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Quickie Book Review: And the Band Played On  »  A Life in the Day
by Randy ShiltsIn the early 1980s, a new disease quickly began appearing in San Francisco and New York. The purple blotches of Kaposi's sarcoma and mysterious bouts of pneumocystis carinii seemed to only affect a very small minority of the public -- the gay community. But unlike other mysterious outbreaks, such as with Legionnaires' disease, the government and media response to the new disease was almost non-existent. Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic, how many groups (the Regan administration, the media, the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, gay activists ...
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Posted:  7/30 6:01am
TENNIS TUESDAY: Serena Ready To Play Stanford, Tiafoe Loses In ATP Debut  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Serena Williams is scheduled to return to the WTA Tour today, almost 4 weeks after she was last seen on a tennis court barely able to hit a tennis ball during her ill-fated doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon.Serena has been spending time in Croatia with her hitting partner Sasha and doing some training as well as enjoying herself on vacation.Despite rumors to the contrary, Serena has not stopped working with her coach Patrick Moutaoglou and even though she pulled out of the Swedish Open (on clay) she is fulfilling her commitment to the Bank of the ...
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Posted:  7/30 2:21am
Lindsay Lohan is demanding €30,000 for interviews now  »  popbytes
Over the course of being a gossip blogger, you’re bound to read a lot of Lindsay Lohan interviews. A LOT. Which is why I cannot believe that LiLo is now demanding €30,000 per interview over in Europe. Or to put that into perspective, $40,000 for those of us across the pond. So yeah, just imagine using a down payment on a home as a wick for a molotov cocktail, and you have an accurate metaphor for all of this. RadarOnline reports … Lohan jetted from London to Linz, Austria, Friday, July 25, to attend the PlusCity White Party. According ...
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Posted:  7/30 12:30am
Revealed: Who’s Who on ‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’  »  popbytes
I think there’s still like three months until FX’s American Horror Story: Freakshow premieres, and while the web desperately clings to fake season four trailers to tide us over (whoops … fell for it!), here’s the character / cast list that leaked online. The unofficial who’s who, via Out magazine …
  • Jessica Lange is Elsa Mars
  • Emma Roberts is Maggie
  • Sarah Paulson is the dual role of Siamese twins Bette and Dot (a vision to behold)
  • Michael Chiklis is Evan del Toreado
  • Kathy Bates is Ethel Darling
  • Angela Bassett is del Toreado’s ex-wife Desiree Dupre
  • Evan Peters is
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Posted:  7/30 12:20am
Rock Island (and Moline)  »  Ron's Log
Rock Island, Illinois, is considering hosting a large marijuana cultivation facility while neighboring Moline considers permitting a dispensary. The Rock Island City Council approved the sale of the land with a 5-0 vote. And that's all they've done. The investors still have a lot of hoops to jump through before they can get their hands dirty. The facility will be 30,000 to 50,000 s.f. and create at least 30 jobs, they say. Here is the proposed location: You can see the city (in color) has done some gerrymandering with its boundaries. The city describes this as "difficult ...
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Posted:  7/29 10:46pm
Video at the Tour de France  »  Ron's Log
I didn't know until today that the Tour de France had changed its rules this year to permit action cameras mounted on bicycles. According to Gizmodo most of the on-bike cameras are the Shiman CM-1000 which is 40% lighter than a GoPro Hero3+. $289 at Amazon. Besides its lighter weight, it supports private wireless connections to Shimano receivers, which would be in the team cars...essential for bike racing. Here's the best one, starting at the best part. This skips the first 51 seconds which includes the part where we see first hand what TdF ...
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Posted:  7/30 12:17am
Billierosie Likes Licks And Promises  »  imagination is intelligence with an erection
This is so wonderfully touching: check out this very cool review of my collection, Licks & Promises by the amazing Billierosie!I’ve just finished reading M.Christian’s superb collection of stories, LICKS AND PROMISES, and I’m trying to catch my breath. Such a fascinating display of twists and turns, demonstrating the themes of desire, lust, disappointment, betrayal, death and more.There’s humour here too, in the brilliant “Regrets.” Who says Americans don’t do irony? Well, the Brits mostly, and I am one. But Christian shows that up for the silly concept that it is, in this wonderfully, intelligent piece of ...
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Posted:  7/29 10:57pm
DHS Planning Commission - July 17, 2014  »  Ron's Log
CUP Flamingo Hotel This is a proposal to re-establish the 33-room hotel with spa and restaurant. The main issues are the architecture and landscaping. The restaurant is not included in this proposal. "The proposed improvements including rehabilitating the destroyed area, repainting the facades, making parking lot improvements to comply with current ADA standards, installing new landscaping, installing private outdoor patios on some of the units, new trash enclosure, providing drainage improvements and interior tenant improvements." The building is legal nonconforming in its setbacks. The legal requirements for setbacks are "20 feet in front, 10 feet at the rear, and 15 feet ...
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Posted:  7/29 7:10am
What We've Missed On TV  »  Ron's Log
Kyle Kingsbury at his weigh-in. The video is better. From his Wikipedia page: "Kingsbury faced Patrick Cummins on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24) and subsequently announced his retirement from MMA." ...
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Posted:  7/29 7:57am
Fourth Circuit Decision  »  Ron's Log
It's like an old zombie story...I repeat old zombie story. You know, the original ones where the zombies were slow and had no intelligence. But there were so many of them and they had such a drive to achieve their single-minded goal: brains. In our story the old slow zombies are played by religious conservatives who, totally lacking in the brains department, simply keep repeating the same useless words over and over: protect the children, protect marriage, follow the Bible's instruction to have no more than 500 concubines - or something like that. Today it was the 4th Circuit's ...
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Posted:  7/29 5:02am
MAP: State of Marriage Equality Right Now  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Joe Jervis posted this map of the current state of marriage equality nationwide from Wikipedia. Blue states indicate where same-sex marriage is currently legal, red where it is banned and yellow where laws banning marriage equality have been struck down by judges but the ruling are on hold by a court. ...
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Posted:  7/29 3:13am
Filling In For Susan Sarandon At Burning Man This Year Will Be...  »  Ron's Log
Grover Norquist?! Would Twitter lie? Its official. Samah and I are off to "Burning Man" this year. Scratch one from the Bucket List.— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) July 28, 2014 Wikipedia. If he gifts me on the playa, I'll let you know. I wonder if he delayed this announcement until he got his tickets in the mail or if he was in the STEP program and just got the email that his tickets will be at Will Call. ...
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Posted:  7/29 2:47am
Around El Paseo  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/29 3:08am
Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Virginia's Ban On Marriage Equality!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a February 2014 district court decision that struck down Virginia's ban on marriage equality. The ruling puts the marriage bans in four sates covered by the 4th Circuit (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia) in question. However, it is likely that there will be stay on proceedings in the Fourth Circuit until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a final ruling in the case.Just a  few weeks ago the Tenth Circuit issued rulings affirming that Utah's and Oklahoma's ...
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Posted:  7/28 10:16pm
Box Office: Lucy! Hercules! Plus Monkeys, Planes and Stuff  »  popbytes
  • What’s funny about last weekend’s box office is that the two main releases, Lucy and Hercules, were really cut from the same cloth: Both were big loud action movies that so lovingly embraced the conventions they were in that they ended up turning into brilliantly entertaining little nuggets of cinema. But ultimately, Lucy wound up winning this weekend with a $44 Million opening, which is what happens when you give director Luc Besson room to do his thing. Fifth Element represent!
  • And likewise, Hercules took home the silver medal this week with a $29 Million opening. And now for some reason all
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Posted:  7/29 12:30am
Beyoncé: Kim Kardashian will not social climb via my rung!  »  popbytes
Remember that time Beyoncé reportedly bailed on Kim Kardashian‘s wedding because she didn’t want to be on Kim’s trashy reality TV show? Of course you do, because that tiny spark of hope is what keeps us going through this dark night known as “The Kardashians’ Fame”. Anyway, RadarOnline has brought it up again, with a new story about how Beyoncé reportedly said that she doesn’t want Kim or any of her family to start using her as a rung in the social climbing ladder … “Beyoncé wasn’t going to allow a Kardashian to socially climb ...
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Posted:  7/29 12:40am
Black Rock City Reincarnated  »  Ron's Log
With the driving of the Golden Spike today, the rebuilding of Black Rock City has commenced. The Golden Spike indicates dead center for the city. The Man will be constructed directly over the spike. Photo by Logan Mirto. ...
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Posted:  7/28 11:52pm
WATCH: Sneak Preview of Season 5 of Walking Dead  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Here is the trailer for Season 5 of Walking Dead! The new season begins on October 12. ...
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Posted:  7/28 7:42am
EYE CANDY: Blake Sciortino  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Blake Sciortino is a smoking hot find by Gorgeous Sexy Guys. According to his Model Mayhem profile he is 21 years old, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He has Facebook and Twitter pages.I'm not sure what his ethnicity is but from his last name I suspect he is Italian. As I have said before. "Hawt is hawt"!You're welcome! ...
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Posted:  7/28 8:48am