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A News Item --- Hong Kong
Posted:Dec 10, 2019 8:28 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2019 11:37 pm
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**** this article is posted in it's complete form without editing by me covering an item the lamestream media of the USA has failed to cover being so caught up in the phony impeachment crap. In college I had a very nice guy from Hong Kong in a class so the Crown Colony has a special place in my heart and hope he and his family are safe.



TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests.

Speaking to The Associated Press in Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was careful to say his government has no desire to intervene in Hong Kong’s internal affairs, and that existing legislation is sufficient to deal with a relatively small number of Hong Kong students or others seeking to reside in Taiwan.


Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

But he added that Hong Kong police have responded with “disproportionate force” to the protests. He said that any intervention by mainland Chinese forces would be “a new level of violence” that would prompt Taiwan to take a different stance in helping those seeking to leave Hong Kong.

“When that happens, Taiwan is going to work with the international community to provide necessary assistance to those who are displaced by the violence there,” he said.

Chinese paramilitary forces have deployed to the Chinese city of Shenzhen, just outside Hong Kong, since the protests began in June. Neither they nor the thousands of Chinese military troops garrisoned in Hong Kong itself have been deployed to confront the protesters so far.


“The people here understand that how the Chinese government treats Hong Kong is going to be the future way of them treating Taiwan. And what turned out in Hong Kong is not very appealing to the Taiwanese people,” Wu said.

China’s Communist Party insists that Taiwan is part of China and must be reunited with it, even if by force. Modern Taiwan was founded when Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, who once ruled on the mainland, were forced to retreat to the island in 1949 after the Communists took power in the Chinese Civil War.

Beijing has suggested that Taiwan could be reunited under the “one country, two systems” model that applied to Hong Kong after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. That agreement allowed Hong Kong to keep its civil liberties, independent courts and capitalist system, though many in Hong Kong accuse Beijing of undermining those freedoms under President Xi Jinping.



Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said that the “one country, two systems” model has failed in Hong Kong and brought the city to “the brink of disorder.”

Government surveys earlier this year showed that about 80% of Taiwanese citizens oppose reunification with China.

Wu spoke a month before Taiwanese voters go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 11. Opinion surveys suggest that Tsai, a U.S. and British-educated law scholar who rejects Beijing’s claims to Taiwan, is on track to secure a second term over her more China-friendly rival, Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party.


President Tsai Ing-wen

China severed links with Taiwan's government after Tsai took office in 2016 because of her refusal to accept Beijing’s claims on the island. It has since been increasing diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan.

That includes sending aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait — the most recent transit was last month — and peeling away Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies. Two more, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, switched their diplomatic recognition to Beijing in September.

A second term for Tsai would see a continuation of Taiwan's tough stance against its much larger neighbour .

“If President Tsai is reelected, we'll continue to ... maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. We'll continue to send out goodwill gestures to China," Wu said. “We want to make sure that the Chinese have no excuse in launching a war against Taiwan.”



Taiwan, known officially as the Republic of China, lacks a seat at the United Nations. It counts on its 15 official diplomatic allies, which are mostly small and poor, to help bolster its claims to international legitimacy.

Safeguarding diplomatic relations with those remaining countries is a top priority for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wu said.

“I think our relations with these 15 countries are quite strong at this moment and we don't worry that much," he said.

Taiwan also has unofficial relationships with several other countries, including the United States, which does not support its independence but is bound by law to ensure its defense .

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HRH Post Boxes are still in use in Hong Kong !!! Some items still remain. God Save the Queen.
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Turning Japanese.........
Posted:Dec 10, 2019 6:34 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2019 11:38 pm
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Just as I am about to make my posting this wacky tune hits our 80's playlist...... "Turning Japanese" which is a song that was released by an English band the Vapors, from their 1980 album New Clear Days. It was an international hit, and is the song for which The Vapors are best known. The lyric describe the narrator being separated from a woman he loves and thus preoccupied with photos of her.



The point of my blog being..... duuhhh I have banged my head on the desk several times to get the tune OUTTA MY HEAD.....is for those members who have a pet cat in the house.



According to Japanese Mythology The gods sent cats down to earth to watch over their creation!



The only time something goes WRONG is when their protective cats are napping!

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HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted:Dec 9, 2019 7:35 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2019 11:40 pm
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ALL my search engines are leading astray!!!!!! To a street and district in frigging Calipornia!



I know one of those "Texans" has a close friend in Peru that can get around the information barrier and get the true history of Peru.



The coin is from a Hacienda Peunte in 1878 Peru for centavos



It was issued by Dionisio Derteano Family somewhere in Peru. Now the guy or family had to have some pull to issue coins that have circulated worldwide. This coin on the open market may command about $0 !!! However, I want to know about the family and the regions history... NOT a lousy Calipornia district !



up Peru’s ‘Rainbow Mountain.’

Vinicunca — also known as the Mountain of Colors, or more simply Rainbow Mountain — was discovered four years ago when the snow covering it melted, revealing the natural beauty of the rock beneath. Formed by weathering, environmental conditions and sedimentary deposits over time, the mountain’s unique mineralogy created a marbling effect, with layered hues of gold, lavender, red and turquoise towering into the .
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Homemade Jelly
Posted:Dec 9, 2019 6:45 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2019 11:45 pm
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About >>>TTeeNN<<< am the snow was coming down so heavy I was concerned that we'd be buried up to our tail feathers. In reality we only received about two inches.



We received some plums in a large seasonal fruit basket. Neither of us eat fresh plums but made into jelly we love them. Sooo add an apple to the mix and you have the makings for great jelly.



Quarter the fruit then remove the core from the apple then pop the pits from the plums.



Add enough fruit juice to make the blender puree the fruit. In my case about a cup then rise out the blender. About any fruit juice will work here.



Add 2 cups along with a packet of Surejell. the allow the blender to incorporate the mix before dumping into a pan.



Bring the fruit puree to a rolling boil for about a half hour.


(sorry the picture's not clear)

Pour your jelly into sterilized jars then cap them to seal.



You now have some delicious jelly for your toast! I made some baking powder biscuits to go with our hamburger stew for dinner tonight.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted:Dec 8, 2019 5:27 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2019 11:47 pm
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Happy 85th Birthday Dame Judi Dench a highly esteemed English actress, appearing in theater , television and film throughout her career.



Dench began her career in theater, becoming a prominent actress for Shakespearian roles in the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Dench also took on television roles winning a BAFTA in 1966 for "Talking to a Stranger" and later the series "A Fine Romance" opposite her husband Michael Williams (1981 -1984) Henry V, a 1989 British historical drama film adapted for the screen by the BBC Judi was cast as Mistress Quickly, an innkeeper.



Dench's work gained wider popularity with her casting as M in the James Bond film "Goldeneye" in 1995 and in her 1st film starring role as Queen Victoria in "Mrs Brown" in 1997. Dench then won an Academy Award in a Best Supporting Actress Role for the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love".



Dench's subsequent film career includes roles in "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Notes on a Scandal" (2006) and the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (20). Throughout her career Dench has also won 10 BAFTAs, 6 Oliver Awards and 1 Tony award



Dench was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1970 Birthday Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1988 Year Honours. She was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2005 Birthday Honours. In June 20, she became a fellow of the British Film Institute (BFI ).



Dame Judi Dench revealed that she cried when Bond producers told her that M was being killed off. The veteran actress played the MI6 chief in Bond films but her character was meet her demise in Skyfall in 20. She said she “laughed through her tears” when Bond producers told her the news over lunch in London. “They told gently and I laughed through tears. [Bond] films is a long time. But MI6 would have given her the push by now, don't you think?”, she told Radio Times magazine. However, to me Skyfall is probably her very best and I too cry every time we watch it.



Thank you Judi for a lifetime of entertainment.

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ROGER.... DON'T LOOK IN HERE TONIGHT !
Posted:Dec 7, 2019 6:29 pm
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2019 12:46 am
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National Brownie Day, also known as National Chocolate Brownie Day, is being observed Tomorrow on December 8th.



We celebrate the popular chocolate dessert, the brownie.



Brownies can vary in their texture; they may have a similar consistency to cake, fudge, or cookies. Although they are often plain, they many times include ingredients such as nuts, frosting, or powdered .



They almost always are chocolate, but variations exist such as the blonde brownie, which substitutes the chocolate for brown , and butterscotch brownies, popular in the South, which also contain no chocolate, and are topped with butterscotch meringue.



Brownies were created in the late 1 century, and were popularized at the beginning of the 20th. There is some debate as their provenance. story claims that Bertha Palmer, wife of the owner of the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, asked a pastry chef to create a dessert for women to eat at the World's Columbian Exposition. The chef created the Palmer House Brownie, a brownie with walnuts and apricot glaze, that is still sold at the hotel today.



Another story claims a housewife in Bangor, Maine, created the brownie. Brownies began appearing in their current form in various cookbooks during the first decade of the 20th century.

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Remembrance Day
Posted:Dec 6, 2019 8:21 pm
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2019 6:19 pm
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On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on our Naval Station Pearl Harbor, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day remembers and honors the 2,403 citizens of the United States lost their lives there that day. Veterans and citizens have commemorated the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor since it took place, but the day became an official observance when Congress designated the day with a joint resolution on October 3, 1984. The resolution authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States "to observe this solemn occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities" and "to pledge eternal vigilance and strong resolve to defend this Nation and its allies from all future aggression." Accordingly, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5286 on December 4, 1984. Subsequent Congresses and presidents have passed resolutions and issued proclamations for the day. On the day, flags are flown at half-staff sunset honor those died from the attacks. Events, including a commemoration ceremony, are held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.



Although the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, tensions had been building between the United States and Japan for years. In the 1930s, Japan expanded into China, taking over its import market, agitating the United States. Japan invaded China in 1937 and subsequently participated in the Nanjing Massacre. During the following year, the United States gave its first loan to China. The United States instituted economic sanctions and trade embargoes with hopes they would keep Japan from expanding. In July 1939, the United States terminated the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation, which had stood with Japan since 19. In the summer of 1940, the United States began restricting the export of some materials Japan that would be useful them in war. In July 1941, all commercial and financial connections with Japan were cut off, Japan's assets were frozen, and an embargo was placed on petroleum and other war materials. Concurrently, the United States stepped up aid China, which did not please Japan's militarists. Japan did not shift course and tensions continued rise.



Japan ordered the attack on November 5, but negotiations took place between Japan and the United States right up the day of the attack, and Japan's commanders were told that they may be recalled if negotiations produced a favorable outcome. On November 26, the Japanese fleet stationed itself about 275 miles north of Hawaii. It was from this location that around 360 planes eventually launched to Pearl Harbor.



On more than one occasion, most notably on November 27, U.S. Army and Navy commanders at Pearl Harbor were warned that an attack was possible. They took some steps, but as they did not think that an attack would happen, their preparations were far from adequate. Washington didn't take the steps that were needed to be prepared either—they didn't expect Japan to attack Hawaii as Japan was about 4,000 miles from the island and Hawaii was about 2,000 miles from mainland United States. There were also some indications right before the attack that should have raised red flags that one was imminent. Early on the morning of the attack, it was learned in Washington that the Japanese ambassadors wanted an interview with the secretary of state at 1:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Hawaii time), which signaled war. Meanwhile, in Pearl Harbor, a Japanese submarine was spotted by a minesweeper hours before the attack. Then, an hour and a half before the attack, the USS Ward, a destroyer, transmitted a message saying that it had engaged the submarine. Additionally, U.S. Army Pvt. George Elliott detected incoming planes on a radar screen, but he was told by his lieutenant that B- bombers from the United States were soon arrive, so he should disregard what he saw.



On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, the first of hundreds of fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked Naval Station Pearl Harbor. After much success, Japan launched a second wave of attack at 8:50 a.m., which lasted shortly after 9 a.m. Most of the United States Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the center of the harbor at the time, and many airplanes were parked at nearby airfields. Japan's goal was take the fleet, and then go on other parts of the South Pacific, which the United States would then be unable defend.



The attack on Pearl Harbor left 2,403 United States citizens dead, including 2,335 service members and 68 civilians. Additionally, 1,8 Americans were injured. Most of the damage was done in the first 30 minutes of the attack. Around 8:10 a.m., a 1,800-pound bomb was dropped on the USS Arizona, which went through the deck and into the forward ammunition magazine, causing the ship to explode and 1,7 of its crew members perish. Following the destruction of the USS Arizona, torpedoes the USS Oklahoma, which sank, causing the loss of life of 400 sailors. The USS Utah—a battleship that was converted a target ship in 1931—was sunk and 58 lost their lives. The rest of the battleships at the harbor were either sunk or damaged, and there were casualties on each vessel, including the USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee, and USS Nevada. Each of these battleships would eventually be returned service. destroyers, cruisers, and minelayer were damaged. Aircraft were also targeted, with 9 being damaged and 8 being destroyed, most while parked at Naval Air Station on Ford Island and at nearby Wheeler and Hickam fields.



Although these losses and damages were disastrous for the United States, the Pacific Fleet's aircraft carriers were away from the base at the time, remaining unscathed, which was of immense importance. Some cruisers and destroyers were also near the aircraft carriers, of harm's way. Of additional importance, parts of Pearl Harbor—submarine docks, shipyards, repair shops, and oil storage depots—were not harmed. As for the Japanese, they lost fewer than 100 men, 60 or fewer planes, midget submarines, and perhaps or fleet submarines in the attack.



The events of Pearl Harbor unified the American public and precipitated the almost immediate entry of the country into World War II. The day after the attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a speech to Congress in which he said December 7, 1941, was "a date which will live in infamy." He went on to say, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not defend ourselves the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again." He closed his speech by asking Congress declare war on Japan. Congress declared war the day and the United States entered World War II on the side of the Allies. When Germany and Italy declared war on the United States days later, the US declared war on them as well.



On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we remember and honor those lost their lives 78 years ago at Pearl Harbor. We fly the flag at half-staff and attend events in their honor. We remember the great significance of the day and how it brought the United States into World War II, forever changing the nation.

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#TBT for SCBrooke
Posted:Dec 5, 2019 8:04 pm
Last Updated:Dec 6, 2019 10:26 pm
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You'd mentioned Tony Dow as being in the minority with an OUTie naval and found this picture.



I found another from the series with a good shot of his naval.



Here is a gut shot of my picture enlarged



HOWEVER.......... I did manage to find a nude proporting to be an early Tony Dow



IS THE NUDE... the real Tony Dow ???????????
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St. Nicholas Day
Posted:Dec 5, 2019 7:27 pm
Last Updated:Dec 6, 2019 7:36 pm
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St. Nicholas Day celebrates St. Nicholas, a popular Christian saint in Western and Eastern churches. In the fourth century, he was a bishop in Myra, a Greek town in the ancient district of Lycia, in Asia Minor, near present-day Demre, Turkey. The story of much of his life is not based on historical evidence, but on traditional stories and legends. It is believed that he was born in Patara, a seaport in Lycia, and that he traveled to Palestine and Egypt before coming to Myra. He was imprisoned for his beliefs by Roman Emperor Diocletian but was freed by Constantine the Great. He is believed to have been at the first council of Nicaea, and there are many legends that say he performed miracles for the poor. He was known for giving gifts and putting coins in people's shoes, and this influenced the way he is celebrated, as well as how other traditions during the Christmas season are celebrated.


St Nicholas Church, (Byzantine Church; Myra ) Demre, Turkey

St. Nicholas was buried in his church in Myra, and over the next few centuries, pilgrims began coming to his shrine. In 1087, his remains were stolen and taken to Bari, Italy. This increased his popularity in Europe, and Bari became a popular pilgrimage site. Most of his remains are still at the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari. His popularity continued to rise during the Middle Ages, but disappeared in most places except the Netherlands during the Reformation. His popularity has come back in Europe, and he has since become the patron saint of many places and people.


Pontifical Basilica of San Nicola

St. Nicholas Day is popular in Europe, particularly with , because of the belief that St. Nicholas brings them gifts. Before the day, many European place shoes or special St. Nicholas boots in front of fireplaces or outside of their front door at night. On the morning of the day, they receive small presents, such as candy, cookies, fruit, and small toys. Besides shoes or boots, presents are also placed in stockings, socks, or bags. In some countries, gifts are given on the eve of the day. In some European cities, especially those where he is the patron saint, the day is also marked with parades, feasts, and festivals. Some churches also have special services dedicated to the day.



Some in America also celebrate St. Nicholas Day. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch brought the tradition to New Amsterdam, which is now New York City. St. Nicholas had been called Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, and when he was brought to America he eventually became known as Santa Claus.



During the nineteenth century, the Santa Claus we think of today came into his own. Similar to Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, Father Christmas of Britain is inspired by St. Nicholas.



The Santa Claus we all know and love — that big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard — didn’t always that way. In fact, many people are surprised learn that prior 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin.



In 1931 the company began placing Coca-Cola ads in popular magazines. Archie Lee, the D'Arcy Advertising Agency executive working with The Coca-Cola Company, wanted the campaign show a wholesome Santa who was both realistic and symbolic. So Coca-Cola commissioned Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to develop advertising images using Santa Claus — showing Santa himself, not a man dressed as Santa.



From 1931 to 1964, Coca-Cola advertising showed Santa delivering toys (and playing with them!), pausing to read a letter and enjoy a Coke, visiting with the who stayed up to greet him, and raiding the refrigerators at a of homes. The original oil paintings Sundblom created were adapted for Coca-Cola advertising in magazines and on store displays, billboards, posters, calendars and plush dolls. Many of those items today are popular collectibles.



Probably the most important aspect of the day is the gift of giving... giving of yourself... time... resources.... love.

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ALL ABOARD
Posted:Dec 5, 2019 5:42 pm
Last Updated:Dec 6, 2019 7:41 pm
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For the Fans of OZZY We'd be wishing his lead guitarist Randall William Rhoads a Happy 63rd Birthday.


Randy was an American heavy metal guitarist played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.



A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.



He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida on March 19, 1982.



His signature Jackson USA RR1 Randy Rhoads Select Series Electric Guitar in Snow White Pearl with Black Pinstripe are still popular for Rockers today and cost about $2,900



CRAZY TRAIN.....................
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