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Fire TV

Posted in death, flicks, video with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2014 by Qritiq

TV as we knew it is over.

Little Miss #@!$#%

Posted in cute, death on February 15, 2014 by Qritiq




Of Shirley Temple, my dad said “She used to swear in her movies.”


He nodded once, firmly, without looking up from the Sunday Times crossword.



Shirley Temple Black, Hollywood’s Biggest Little Star, Dies at 85 –

3 dead, over 200 injured in marathon blasts

Posted in crisis, death, evil with tags on April 15, 2013 by Qritiq

2 dead, 23 injured in marathon blasts

War On Women And Children

Posted in crime, crisis, death, illegal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by Qritiq

These facts were posted by Amanda Harlech, in response to commenters on Gothamist, with regard to the horrific killings in Roslyn Heights, New York.  I really think it’s worth a read.

Fact #1: 17.6 % of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape. Of these, 21.6% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 32.4% were between the ages of 12 and 17. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #2: 64% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #3: Only about half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police. African-American women are more likely than others to report their victimization to police Lawrence A. Greenfeld et al. (1998). (Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Factbook. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #167237. Available from National Criminal Justice Reference Service.)

Fact #4: The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.

Fact #5: In the National Violence Against Women Survey, approximately 25% of women and 8% of men said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetimes. The survey estimates that more than 300,000 intimate partner rapes occur each year against women 18 and older. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #6: The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study estimated that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years (Fisher 2000).

Fact #7: Men perpetrate the majority of violent acts against women (DeLahunta 1997).

Fact #8: Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) calculation based on 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice)

Fact #9: One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998)

Fact #10: Factoring in unreported rapes, about 5% – one out of twenty – of rapists will ever spend a day in jail. 19 out of 20 will walk free. (Probability statistics based on US Department of Justice Statistics)

Fact #11: Fewer than half (48%) of all rapes and sexual assaults are reported to the police (DOJ 2001).

Fact #12: Sexual violence is associated with a host of short- and long-term problems, including physical injury and illness, psychological symptoms, economic costs, and death (National Research Council 1996).

Fact #13: Rape victims often experience anxiety, guilt, nervousness, phobias, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, depression, alienation, sexual dysfunction, and aggression. They often distrust others and replay the assault in their minds, and they are at increased risk of future victimization (DeLahunta 1997).

Fact #14: According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, more than 260,000 rapes or sexual assaults occurred in 2000; 246,180 of them occurred among females and 14,770, among males (Department of Justice 2001).

Fact #15: Sexual violence victims exhibit a variety of psychological symptoms that are similar to those of victims of other types of trauma, such as war and natural disaster (National Research Council 1996). A number of long-lasting symptoms and illnesses have been associated with sexual victimization including chronic pelvic pain; premenstrual syndrome; gastrointestinal disorders; and a variety of chronic pain disorders, including headache, back pain, and facial pain (Koss 1992).Between 4% and 30% of rape victims contract sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the victimization (Resnick 1997).

Fact #16: More than half of all rapes of women occur before age 18; 22% occur before age 12. (Full Report of the Prevalance, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)

Fact #17: In 2000, nearly 88,000 children in the United States experienced sexual abuse (ACF 2002).

Fact #18: About 81% of rape victims are white; 18% are black; 1% are of other races. (Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.)

Fact #19: About half of all rape victims are in the lowest third of income distribution; half are in the upper two-thirds. (Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.)

Fact #20: According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), a national survey of high school students, 7.7% of students had been forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. Female students (10%) were significantly more likely than male students (5%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse. Overall, black students (10%) were significantly more likely than white students (7%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse (CDC 2002).

Fact #21: Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing a rape or sexual assault (DOJ 2001).

Fact #22: Almost two-thirds of all rapes are committed by someone who is known to the victim. 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger (— 38% of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance of the victim, 28% were an intimate and 7% were another relative.) (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005)

Fact #23: The costs of intimate partner violence against women exceed an estimated $5.8 billion. These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in the direct costs of medical care and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity and present value of lifetime earnings. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2003).

Fact #24: Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. (NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, October 1996.)

Fact #25: Boys who witness their fathers’ violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993)

Fact #26: An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 2000)

Fact #27: Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)

Fact #28: A University of Pennsylvania research study found that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to low-income, inner-city Philadelphia women between the ages of 15 to 44 – more common than automobile accidents, mugging and rapes combined. In this study domestic violence included injuries caused by street crime.

Fact #29: Following the Supreme Court’s decision in 2000 to strike down the civil-rights provision of the Federal Violence Against Women Act (ruling that only states could enact such legislation), only two states in the country (Illinois and California) have defined gender-based violence, such as rape and domestic violence, as sex discrimination, and created specific laws that survivors can use to sue their perpetrators in civil court. (Kaethe Morris Hoffer, 2004).

Fact #30: A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, in a dating relationship. (New York Times, 8/01/01)


Fact #31: At least 60 million girls who would otherwise be expected to be alive are “missing” from various populations, mostly in Asia, as a result of sex-selective abortions, infanticide or neglect. (UN Study On The Status of Women, Year 2000)

Fact #32: Globally, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. (UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2/28/00)

Fact #33: A recent survey by the Kenyan Women Rights Awareness Program revealed that 70% of those interviewed said they knew neighbors who beat their wives. Nearly 60% said women were to blame for the beatings. Just 51% said the men should be punished. (The New York Times, 10/31/97)

Fact #34: 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually. (United Nations)

Fact #35: An estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the sex trade each year (UNICEF)

Fact #36: A 2005 World Health Organization study reported that nearly one third of Ethiopian women had been physically forced by a partner to have sex against their will within the 12 months prior to the study. (WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, 2005)

Fact #37: In a study of 475 people in prostitution from five countries (South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zambia):
62% reported having been raped in prostitution.
73% reported having experienced physical assault in prostitution.
92% stated that they wanted to escape prostitution immediately.
(Melissa Farley, Isin Baral, Merab Kiremire, Ufuk Sezgin, “Prostitution in Five Countries: Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” (1998) Feminism & Psychology 8 (4): 405-426)

Fact #38: The most common act of violence against women is being slapped—an experience reported by 9% of women in Japan and 52% in provincial Peru. Rates of sexual abuse also varies greatly around the world—with partner rape being reported by 6% of women from Serbia and Montenegro, 46% of women from provincial Bangladesh, and 59% of women in Ethiopia. (WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, 2005)

Fact #39: So-called “honour killings” take the lives of thousands of young women every year, mainly in North Africa, Western Asia and parts of South Asia. (UNFPA)

Fact #40: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that 2002 saw a 25% increase in “honor killings” of women, with 461 women murdered by family members in 2002, in 2 provinces (Sindh and Punjab) alone. (Pakistan Human Rights Commission, 2002)

Fact #41: More than 90 million African women and girls are victims of female circumcision or other forms of genital mutilation. (Heise: 1994)

Fact #42: In eastern and souther Africa, 17 to 22% of girls aged 15 to 19 are HIV-positive, compared to 3 to 7% of boys of similar age. This pattern—seen in many other regions of the world—is evidence that girls are being infected with HIV by a much older cohort of men. (UNICEF/UNAIDS 2007)

Fact #43: : A 2005 study reported that 7% of partnered Canadian women experienced violence at the hands of a spouse between 1999 and 2004. Of these battered women, nearly one-quarter (23%) reported being beaten, choked, or threatened with a knife or gun. (Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2005)

Fact #44: In Zimbabwe, domestic violence accounts for more than 60% of murder cases that go through the high court in Harare. (ZWRCN)

Fact #45: a study in Zaria, Nigeria found that 16 percent of hospital patients treated for sexually transmitted infections were younger than 5. (UNFPA)

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Posted in crisis, death with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2009 by Qritiq


Rumor has it that a Morningside Heights public elementary school student has died from swine flu.  The child was apparently known to be in critical condition for days before the mayor finally decided to close the school.  If the city and the media continue the news blackout on swine flu deaths, the rumors will continue to fly.

The Post has finally identified one of the dead as Danita Lee, 55, of Queens, who attended the FEGS career placement center in the Bronx.

City Councilman John C. Liu of Queens says the Bloomberg administration has failed to disclose enough information. “The cloak of secrecy is not alleviating anyone’s fears, whether they’re real or perceived,” he said.

Wrongful Death Suit

Posted in death with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by Qritiq

Steven Trunnell, the husband of the first U.S. resident to die from swine flu, has sued the owner of the Mexican pig farm where the virus reportedly originated.

Trunnell said that his wife, Judy Trunnell, 33, did not have underlying ailments that contributed to her death, despite Texas health officials reporting that she had a respiratory condition.

“She was in perfect health,” attorney Marc Rosenthal said.

Judy Trunnell taught special education at an elementary school. She was eight months pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital with flu symptoms. Doctors were able to save her baby daughter after Judy slipped into a coma.

Her death came about a week after that of a Mexico City toddler who became the first person to die in the United States from swine flu.

News reports traced the first cases of swine flu to the Mexican town of La Gloria in the state of Veracruz, the location of the world’s largest pig farm.

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Is This Sexy?

Posted in death with tags , , , on April 23, 2009 by Qritiq



This is Stephanie Naumoska.  She was chosen as a top finalist for Miss Universe Australia.  She is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 108 pounds.  The Australian pageant judges chose her over 7000 other contestant applicants.   Health professionals have reported that her weight for her height is well below the level that medically marks a diagnosis of malnutrition.  They also report that Naumoska’s upper arms and legs exhibit muscle wastage.

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Eight Belles

Posted in death, solutions with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2008 by Qritiq
Trainer Larry JonesEd Reinke/Associated Press

Eight Belles’ trainer Larry Jones


from by JOE DRAPE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Larry Jones has watched the replay dozens of times. He has examined photographs of Eight Belles, and he still cannot fathom how the filly he trained was at one moment crossing the finish line in second place in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, and then in the next, she was gone.

Jones was proud of Eight Belles as she stormed down the stretch, chasing the winner, Big Brown, a powerful colt. He is now heartbroken after she shattered her front ankles as she galloped out around the far turn and had to be euthanized on the racetrack. Mostly, however, he is mystified.

“We have some photographers that we really got to know last year,” said Jones, who finished second here last year with Hard Spun. “They were on the first turn taking pictures as everybody was galloping out.

“We’ve got a lot of great pictures, they say, of her, and she’s got her ears up and was not in any kind of distress galloping out around the turn. I don’t know what happened and when. Just all of the sudden, it just went.”

Dr. Larry Bramlage, an equine surgeon who was the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ on-call veterinarian at the Derby, said it appeared that Eight Belles’s injuries would not have been prevented on a synthetic surface.

John Ward, a third-generation horseman who trained the 2001 Derby winner, Monarchos, says the industry must continue working on technologies that can screen horses more closely before they go into competition.

He told a story of a 3-year-old filly who was promising as a 2-year-old but had not seemed to be her best. An early set of X-rays did not show any injuries. When Ward sent her to the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for more sophisticated full-body tests, veterinarians found she had microfractures in three of her ankles.

“She was a catastrophe waiting to happen, and she had never spent an unsound day in her life,” Ward said. “We have got to start examining these animals at the molecular level, and protect them.”

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Allusions in Mulholland Drive

Posted in coffee, death, dreams with tags , , on February 9, 2008 by Qritiq

I finally got around to watching this flick. And then I had to watch it again. My random thoughts plus some cut/pasted mythology stuff interspersed, below.


Do NOT read below if you haven’t seen it yet.  Watch the movie here first: Mulholland Drive on hulu






-the audition script is what really happened – an underage teen molested by her father’s best friend. After running through it Betty says “Well there it was.” because it really happened to Diane.

-Betty is not a real person in the current year.  She says “I can‘t believe it“, “now I’m in this dream place.”

-Rita passes Sunset Blvd (the protagonist in Sunset Boulevard is already dead).

-Betty/Diane is from Deep River – in myth, a river separates the Earth from the Underworld. Is Betty an angel of death come to take Camilla?  Persephone’s job was to guide the dead, to help them on their journey.  Betty’s last name is Elms.  The Elm tree is the Tree of Dreams. The spirits of dreams roosted on the branches of an elm tree near the entrance to the Underworld. (Source: Virgil)  Camilla’s last name is Rhodes.  Rhode was a nymph who was a playmate of Persephone’s.

-Diane had Camilla killed.  Beyond the Underworld is Lethe, where the common souls flocked to erase all memory (Rita/Camilla had no memory), and the pool of Mnemosyne (“memory”), where the initiates of the Mysteries drank (Diane’s dream seems to have memories of old Hollywood that are not hers).  In folk etymology, the name Adam is associated with Hades.  Adam always wears black. Hades’ weapon was a two-pronged fork, which he used to shatter anything that was in his way or not to his liking (golf club).  When asked “This is Adam Kesher’s house?”, Lorraine says “Like hell it is.”  Hades is associated with jewelry because he owns all the gems and precious metals in the ground.  There were three gods in the Underworld, who acted as judges and presided over the souls of the dead. Of these, Minos made the final decisions.  Adam was happy with the judge’s decision.  Adam is a stand-in for Lynch.

-Adam repeatedly says he’s going home.  This is really Diane’s thought; she is going home.  Wayfaring Stranger: I’m going there to meet my Father, I’m going there no more to roam, I’m just a going over Jordan, I’m just a going over home (Jordan is a river like Styx.)  Ed’s stolen book is the Book of Numbers which dealt with preparations for crossing the river Jordan.  Ed also says the book is “the history of the world”.  The history of the world for Greek mythology is Metamorphoses.  allusion to Diane’s metamorphosis (innocent hopeful, waitress, prostitute, homeless)  Herodotus, the first Greek historian, recorded the history of the world up to his own time. He was known to write in a lively manner,sometimes including stories he himself did not believe, but thinking they made his accounts more interesting (unbelievable, but that story made you laugh)

-Upon death, Camilla drank from Lethe which caused her to lose her memory and Diane drank from Mnemosyne which caused her to remember pasts. Camilla went to the mouth of the river Styx (Havenhurst). Diane was haunted by her murder of Camilla by the old evil couple (loosed by the demon). The detectives are knocking at her door; she shoots herself, drinks from the pool of memory then passes into the underworld and returns as Betty to usher Camilla to her end.  She comes in through Departures at LAX because she is already departed.  When Betty tells Rita she is in love with her, she is expressing Diane’s love for her.  That’s why she avoids Rita/Camilla’s question “Have you done this before?” She has done it before. With Camilla!  Notice Rita does not say “I love you too”; this is because Camilla is not in love with Diane.

-Rita’s possible progression – she is dead after the accident/hit. She drinks from Lethe and loses her memory.  She is drawn to Havenhurst (“haven” means the mouth of a river (Styx)). Since Rita is dead, the drunk couple and the redheaded woman cannot see her.  Rita carries the silver paid to kill her and the key to her future.  Betty ushers her forward, handing Rita her future (a void) and Betty leaves this world when her job is done.

-Ryan Entertainment:  Rian means river, way
(Eventually, Rita actually experiences all the rivers (wailing (at Havenhurst), woe (at Silencio), abhorrence (of the corpse), etc.) that you must get through in order to pass through the Underworld)

-When Mr. Roque calls to say “The girl is still missing.” He means that Rita has not yet reached the Underworld.  She is at Havenhurst.  Then the series of phone calls ends with the phone by the red lampshade.  No-one answers.  This phone is later seen to be Diane‘s.

-there’s dog crap in the Havenhurst courtyard.  Cerberus’ perhaps?  Coco refers to “that damn dog”.  Kangaroos live down under.  The demon in back of Winkies may be Charon (Charon is appallingly filthy). 

-there’s lots of robes; Persephone is invariably portrayed robed. She was also the Queen of the Dead, whose name was not safe to speak aloud, who was euphemistically named.  Betty is not a true name.  Persephone has a dread-gaze, as does the woman in back of Winkie’s.  Persephone was cheerful and innocent, as Betty is.

-Persephone and Hades love each other (love at first sight between Adam and Betty)

-Betty says Havenhurst is “unbelievable”

-Psyche was known for her great beauty.  She had jealous sisters.  Psyche was to go to the Underworld and ask Persephone for a bit of her beauty to put in a box.  Psyche walked to a tower, deciding that the quickest way to the underworld would be to die.  A voice told her a route that would allow her to enter and return still living, as well as telling her how to pass Cerberus, Charon and the other dangers of the route.  Once there, Persephone (Betty) offered her a feast but Psyche refused, knowing it would keep her in the underworld forever (No-one eats at the dinner party except Coco; the prostitute refuses to eat “here”).  Psyche (Rita) decided to open the box and take a little bit of the beauty for herself. Inside was a “Stygian sleep” which overtook her.

-Coco Lenoix eats walnuts; Lenoix means walnut or dark.  (CocoNUT)  Nut is the mother of the god of the underworld (Osiris).  Coco: possibly Hecate the Greek goddess of fertility (Coco is a mother) who was associated with Persephone and protector of witches (Louise Bonner)

-Louise Bonner is psychic; Bonheur means fortune.  Tiresius is a blind seer who has one foot in the Underworld and one in this world; one foot in the present and one in the future.  Tiresius became a woman. Tiresius’ fortune telling is not clear as to whether something happened in the past, present or the future; but she is never wrong.  (although Coco says Louise is sometimes wrong (??))

-The cowboy is Hermes.  Hermes is the god of cow-herds; he’s a cattle-driver and the bringer of dreams.  Hermes drives Persephone from the Underworld to our world in a chariot (“I’m driving this buggy”).  Persephone spends part of her time in the Underworld and part in our world.  That’s why the cowboy wakes Diane – bringing her from the dream world to the real world.  Hermes also served as an escort for the newly dead to help them find their way to the Underworld.  He’s also the god of persuasion, and ultimately persuades Adam to cast the girl.

-The real world bleeds into Diane’s dream in real-time:
Dan, Dan, are you allright? (Diane, Diane, are you allright?)
phone ringing, knocks at the door, the sleeping Diane hears her answering machine message play when Betty calls.
Betty convulses at the moment of Diane’s death, we hear her last heart beat and the magician disappears.  Betty never speaks again.

-Silence (Silencio) reigns in the Underworld as the dead only whisper.  Hades has blue hair.

-Adam is “recasting”, because Camilla is already dead.  Diane says of Camilla “This is the girl”.  Adam says of “Camilla Rhodes”, “There’s no way that girl is in my movie.” and “That girl is not in my film.”  Because Camilla is dead, she cannot be in the film.

-Lorraine (from Lothar -> Lothario (meaning lady-killer), from the book “The Fair Penitent”):   Aphrodite was a  cheating wife; she loved Adonis who represents the cycle of death (Gene Clean is a solvent that destroys DNA).  Aphrodite was a ‘man killer’, ‘gravedigger’, ‘the unholy’, ‘she upon the tombs’ and, above all, Pasiphaessa, ‘the far shining’ queen of the underworld. 

-Cynthia means Artemis who is present at night and a virgin  (Cynthia talks to Adam at night and can’t get laid.)

-Winkie’s=Winken,Blinken and Nod; poem about dreaming

-it’s like The Wizard of Oz in that real elements of Diane’s life turn up in her dream

-the hitman’s first victim says the accident is “unreal”; the hitman says it’s “unbelievable”

-When the hitman asks Diane if this is what she really wants, she says yes, more than anything in this world. This implies other worlds (like an Underworld).

-Diane’s possible progression: gets some money as an inheritance from an aunt, comes from Canada to LA to be a star, loses an audition to Camilla, becomes Camilla’s girlfriend and Camilla helps her to get bit parts.  Camilla dumps her for a wealthy director, Diane becomes a waitress at Winkie’s, Diane becomes a prostitute, then homeless (the homeless woman in back of Winkie‘s has Diane‘s box (seen in her drawer next to the gun).  7 incarnations: Diane, Betty, the corpse, the waitress, the prostitute, the demon, the blonde Camilla Rhodes

-Rita cannot act; Camilla can

-Ruth’s possible progression: Wins a jitterbug contest in Canada, goes to Hollywood, loses the big role in the Sylvia North Story, loses the girl (Aunt Ruth is unmarried), waits tables (Diane tries to avoid the question of what Ruth did for work), commits suicide (that’s why she’s dead).  Ruth spoke to Louise from the grave; Louise is asking Coco to shoo a ghost from her room.  Ruth is in the Underworld. Since, in Diane’s “dream“, both Betty and Coco are not current people, they are able to communicate with Ruth on the phone.  7 incarnations: Ruth, Linney, Sierra Bonita redhead, jitterbugger, redhead at LAX, Gilda, who is #7? Rebekah Del Rio?

-When the magician says “it‘s an illusion“, he means everything up to that point in the movie is not real.

-Both Lorraine and Cynthia are very surprised that Adam goes home.  Lorraine tells him “Damn you Adam.” She casts him out and damns him.  She says “He’s never coming back, ever.”

-When told he’s broke, Adam says “That’s unbelievable.” It’s actually Diane who is broke, because she paid for the hit.  It’s Diane (not Adam) who has people looking for her and they know where to find her — the detectives.  The cowboy is also really talking to Diane.  We see the cowboy twice more because Diane did bad.

-When Betty says “My name’s Betty.”, Louise says “No it’s not.” (because Betty is the waitress’ name)

-Linney tells Betty there’s a project she will “kill”. (Because Betty/Diane is a killer – she killed the project because Diane had the leading lady killed.)  Linney says she and her assistant are catty, “we love actors, all actors”.  The feline goddess Bastet (mentioned in the Book of the Dead) was associated with fertility, motherhood, grace and beauty. It was believed that the goddess Bastet watched over the souls of the dead.  There were two guardian gate keeper lions of the underworld who were named Sef and Tuau meaning ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’  Ancient texts indicate they had a somewhat threatening nature.

-Aker is a lion god (Jimmy KATZ). He guarded the gate of the dawn through which the sun god emerged every morning. He was a healer (tell me where it hurts). Aker was the god who opened up the earth’s gate for kings to pass into the underworld.

-“just tell me where it hurts baby” (a reference to Chad Everett’s fame for playing a tv dr.)  “What?”, replies Naomi; she’s too young to get the joke.

-blonde BETTY Grable  (her married name is JAMES), is in Inglewood PARK Cemetery.  So is Hoot Gibson:

 theCowboy(look familiar?)hg
Linney JAMES: “knock it out of the PARK” Adam stays at the PARK Hotel.  Hollywood Memorial PARK is adjacent to Paramount. (There is a statue of Cupid and Psyche there.) Linney is taking Betty “across” from Paramount to see Adam.  Rita points to Paramount on the map.  David O. SELznick and Samuel GoldWYN (Diane SELWYN) are at Forest Lawn Memorial PARK

Wally Brown (Walter Wanger), Sylvia North (Sylvia Sidney who once played a character named Linda Brown (Linney Brown James), a young lady who was fascinated by older men)  Sydney: “Paramount paid me by the tear”, “Hollywood! It’s like an old chair – if it’s useful, keep it; if not, give it to Goodwill.”, “What’s the use of talking about a favorite role if you can’t get it…The role you’re doing ought to be your favorite. If you don’t like a part it’s probably because you’ve a feeling of inadequacy about it.”

-we don’t actually hear Diane order a hit; we don’t actually hear Adam announce an engagement, Roque doesn‘t actually order the film shut down.

-there’s lots of old baggage shown

-the word “world” is used often as well as “dream”, “see”, “name”, “sorry”, “someone else“, “unbelievable”

-certain dead are unable to part from the land of the living

-the Underworld is the unseen world

-Morpheus (Dreams) can come and go freely to the Underworld

-The jitterbug contest is taking place in the 1940’s. The winner is probably the redhead (Ruth).

Adam is auditioning actresses for Sylvia North’s story.  At the dinner party, Diane says she lost this role to Camilla.

-The accident takes place at Mulholland Drive near Adam’s house, where Diane found out about Camilla and Adam‘s plans at the dinner party.

-Coco gives a key to Betty because she says Betty and her aunt have “an understanding”.  The hitman leaves a blue key for Diane to indicate that Camilla is dead.  Rita finds a blue key in her purse.

-When the neighbor took back her piano ashtray, the blue key (signifying that Camilla has been killed) was next to it and Diane was wearing a white robe — a faded version of Betty’s. 

the “man” behind Winkies is like Persephone — the guy who dreams about him dies from looking at him.  He has the box from which the devilish couple emerge.  His face is seen after Diane shoots herself, and fades to Betty‘s face.

-the redheaded woman hears the box drop to the floor in her bedroom. She is dressed exactly as she is dressed when she grabs her keys.  She left in the cab after Rita opened the box.  A premonition?  Or is the redheaded woman a ghostly loop.  Persephone’s virgin aunt, Hestia, is the goddess of fire (redhead); she represents happiness and hospitality.  “Ruth” means remorse.

-Ruth’s body is in the heavy luggage that her cabbie loads into the trunk.  Those are not her house keys she grabs, she needs to bring the keys to the Underworld with her to gain entry.  Havenhurst is the mouth of the river Styx (all the great ones have been through here); as Ruth leaves for the Underworld, Rita arrives.  Betty/Diane and Camilla also have the keys to the Underworld.  Joe is Thanatos (Death).  Thanatos appears at the very moment of death.  Just before Joe kills, he has only one blue eye (blue smoke and red fire at the death scenes).  Thanatos is overseen by Hermes (Joe says he’s working for “this guy”, the cowboy.)  Joe laughs when Diane asks what the key opens.  Rita needed to bring the money with her, because Charon won’t ferry you to the Underworld, if you don’t pay him.

So I guess what I am saying is that the first part of the movie is not JUST a dream.  These things are actually happening on some level in some place.  Especially when you consider that Morpheus (Dreams) can come and go freely from the Underworld and that the Underworld is the unseen world..

Stuff other people on the net noticed: 

The coffee cup is from Winkies.

Irene and her companion represent the Erinyes (the Furies; the Erinyes are from the Underworld and avenge homicides)

“O” and “D” are highlighted in the beginning shot of the HOLLYWOOD sign

The poster says “There never was a woman like Gilda.”

it says “Hell” on the lamppost

the demon has a pop top; Betty likes Coke

There are similarities to Angel Heart, another great flick on a similar theme.  Also to Alice in Wonderland.

This guy has an interesting take on it:

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Emergency Handbook

Posted in crisis, death with tags on January 27, 2008 by Qritiq

Emergency Handbook

Step 1. Check to see if patient is breathing.

Step 2. Check for pulse.

Step 3. Call Mary Kate.


No Change in Newark

Posted in crisis, death, evil, illegal on September 17, 2007 by Qritiq

From the AP: CORY BOOKER, NEWARK, NJ MAYOR said “Local law enforcement officials should not be going out, asking, inquiring and investigating as to whether people are documented or undocumented immigrants.”

From ABC News:  “They should stop illegal people from coming over here,” said Racheal Smith of Newark. “They’re trying to make it legal for them to come over here and they shouldn’t be, because they can’t even keep track of these people, and they’re going out committing all types of crimes.”

From Three of the four victims, two women and two young men aged 18 to 20, were forced to kneel facing a wall before being shot in the head. Both women, one of whom survived, were slashed in the face with a machete

Fox 5 News reported that two of the victims were possibly sexually attacked.

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Posted in death, evil on September 12, 2007 by Qritiq

9-11-01 Stern audio