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President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese, National Economic Council member Katharine Abraham, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe, in the Oval Office following the release of the monthly employment report, Sept. 2, 2011.


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An aerial view of Ma'aleh Akrabim (Scorpions Pass), part of Israel's Route 227. This steep, twisted road is considered dangerous owing to its poor physical condition. Below the pass there is a dropoff of hundreds of metres, yet the road has no guard rails.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, probably written between 1590 and 1596, about events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. This scene shows two victims of mischievous fairies: the fairy queen Titania and the human weaver Bottom. She is smitten with him due to Oberon's love potion, while his head was changed to an ass's by Puck.

This Edwin Landseer painting, Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, was commissioned by the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel to hang on his dining room wall as part of a series of Shakespeare-themed works. The painting, its subject likely selected by Landseer for its close ties to animals, was popular from its first exhibition the future Queen Victoria described it as "a gem, beautifully fairy-like and graceful".

Mehmed VI (1861–1926) was the 36th and last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He was girded with the Sword of Osman in June 1918, with his reign beginning the following month after his brother's death. Following the Ottoman defeat in World War I, Mehmed VI was tasked with reconciliation with the Allies. However, his settlements were denounced by Turkish nationalists, and in 1922 the Grand National Assembly of Turkey abolished the sultanate. Mehmed VI spent the rest of his life in exile.

Mount Merapi is a stratovolcano located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It has erupted regularly since the 16th century. This Decade Volcano's eruptions in 2010 killed more than 350 people, leading to an exclusion zone of 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) from the peak.

The marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus) is a species of true frog and the largest frog native to Europe females of this sexually dimorphic species may be up to 17 centimetres (6.7 in) long. The marsh frog feeds mainly on insects, but it also eats smaller amphibians, fish, and rodents.

Mammy's Cupboard is a roadside restaurant located on US Highway 61 south of Natchez, Mississippi. The restaurant was built in the shape of a mammy archetype at a time when Gone with the Wind had made it popular the archetype's skin was repainted a lighter shade during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Diners sit in the restaurant's brick skirt, which also holds a gift shop.

This photograph is from the Carol M. Highsmith archive at the Library of Congress, a collection of photographs of Americana donated to the library by the photographer and released into the public domain.

Karen L. Nyberg (b. 1969) is an American mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut. This Minnesota native began working at the Johnson Space Center while still a University of North Dakota student in the 1990s. In 2000, she was selected to train for NASA's space program. She made her first flight in 2008, as part of STS-124, and has logged 180 days in space as of 2014.

The bush cockroach (Ellipsidion australe) is a cockroach of the order Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,600 total are associated with human habitats. Living in a wide range of environments around the world, cockroaches are among the hardiest insects, capable of remaining active for a month without food and able to survive on limited resources.

Photograph: Cyron Ray Macey

The white-necked petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) is a seabird in the family Procellariidae adults measure some 43 centimetres (17 in) in length, with a wingspan of 95–105 centimetres (37–41 in). Although the species is found in much of the South Pacific, it breeds on only three islands and is thus considered vulnerable by the IUCN.

The soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, an evergreen from Central and South America adapted to areas of high humidity and relatively warm winters. The taste has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana.

A family portrait of an Inupiat mother, father, and son, photographed in Noatak, Alaska, by Edward S. Curtis circa 1929. The Inupiat are an Alaska Native people whose traditional territory spans from the Norton Sound on the Bering Sea to the Canadian border. At the time this picture was taken, most were living in coastal areas, having migrated there during a period of starvation and an influenza epidemic.

Rainy Season in the Tropics, an 1866 painting by the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. A central figure in the Hudson River School, Church was inspired by romanticism and luminism in his depictions of dramatic natural phenomena. He traveled widely, including twice to South America (as here), but also around the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Rainy Season in the Tropics has often been associated with Church's Aurora Borealis, both as a completion of an arctic-tropical sequence which also includes The Heart of the Andes and The Icebergs, and because of similar luminosity and composition which suggest a "renewed optimism in natural and historic events".

The New Town Hall is a city hall in Hanover, Germany. Completed over 12 years, it was opened in 1913. The observation deck in the center is almost 100 metres (330 ft) high and accessible via an elevator which follows a parabolic course.

An anatomical diagram of a hypothetical ancestral mollusc. Whether or not such a creature ever existed is a subject of debate among evolutionary biologists, but the construct or bauplan depicted here includes most of the physical attributes likely present in some form of shared molluscan ancestor, including a nervous system which is hypoathroid, an unsegmented, bilaterally symmetrical body, a single domed shell, and with organs occurring either singly or in pairs (i.e., with no metamerism).

Biologists began drawing bauplans of molluscs in the late 19th century in an attempt to summarize the common features of the molluscan phylum. As pictures, however, these illustrations sometimes may actually serve to constrain theoretical understanding rather than aid it, especially given the absence of any specific fossil evidence of such a creature having existed. Nevertheless, depictions continue to be made and revised: organs become rearranged, emphases shift and settle, and the pictures themselves become a subject of analysis (or meta-analysis) quite apart from their completeness or accuracy as scientific works.

A map of the world using the Natural Earth projection, a pseudocylindrical projection which is neither conformal nor equal-area. The projection was designed by Tom Patterson, an American cartographer with the National Park Service who has developed several open-source tools and base maps for cartographers.

This map is a derivative of NASA's Blue Marble summer month composite, with oceans lightened to enhance legibility and contrast.

Map: Strebe, using the Geocart map projection software

A crashed Hannover CL.III, shot down by American machine gunners in the First World War. The successor to the CL.II, the CL.III was a two-seat multi-role aircraft, primarily used as a ground-attack machine, that first flew in 1917.

The grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma) is an albatross, averaging 81 cm (32 in) in length and 2.2 m (7.2 ft) in wingspan, which breeds further south than any other mollymawk. Though its common name derives from the species' ashy-grey head, throat and upper neck, the scientific name is a reference to the bright golden streaks on its bill.

A field of common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) near Cardejón, Aragon, Spain. This species of sunflower, indigenous to the Americas, was brought to Europe in the 16th century and used widely (together with its oil) as a cooking ingredient, though it can also be used as bird food, as livestock forage, and in some industrial applications.

A lithograph depicting the Battle of Fort Sanders, the decisive engagement of the 1863 Knoxville Campaign during the American Civil War. The Confederate army, under Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, attacked the Union salient of Fort Sanders. Although he had superior numbers, Longstreet planned poorly and was unable to break through the fort's defenses he called off his attack after 20 minutes. The Union defenders, under Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, suffered 13 casualties to the Confederates' 813.

A female Zygoballus rufipes, a species of jumping spider found from Central America through Canada. First described in 1885 by George and Elizabeth Peckham, there were initially thought to be two species (Z. bettini to the north and Z. rufipes to the south), but they have since been synonymized.

A male Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. First described by Georges Cuvier in 1798, this subspecies of Asian elephant is considered endangered owing to large population declines since the mid-20th century.

Fantine, a character in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, in an 1886 painting by Margaret Bernadine Hall. In the novel, Fantine is a young orphan girl who is impregnated by a rich student, who then abandons her and their child Cosette. Forced by her poverty to become a prostitute, Fantine sacrifices her youth, beauty, and health in order to raise her daughter. After she dies, Cosette is raised by Jean Valjean.

Fantine has been described as the "quintessential mother" whose sacrifice serves the good of her child, and identified with "the saved and saintly prostitute". She has been depicted in numerous adaptations of the novel, including the musical and the 2012 film (in which she was portrayed by Anne Hathaway).

"Weird Al" Yankovic (b. 1959) is an American musician known for his humorous songs which make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. His parodies often extend to his music videos, which may at times be scene-for-scene reinterpretations of the originals. He has won three Grammy Awards, sold more than 12 million albums between 1976 and 2007, and recorded over 150 songs.

The northern carmine bee-eater (Merops nubicus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. Native to Africa, the species is predominantly carmine in colour. Its diet consists mostly of bees and other flying insects.

An evening view of the Sella group, a plateau-shaped massif in the Dolomites mountains of northern Italy. The highest peak is Piz Boè at 3,151 m (10,338 ft) above sea level. Visible here are Piz Ciavazes on the right and Torri del Sella on the left.

The installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in a storm drain project in Mexico, photographed in 2012. HDPE is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum that is known for its high strength to density ratio. It is commonly used in the production of plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, and plastic lumber.

Yacht racing is a sport in which yachts and larger sailboats are raced. Modern yacht racing emerged in the 18th century, and attempts to standardize rules began in the 1800s. Depicted here is the start of the 2013 Cabo San Lucas Race, in which the yachts are raced from Newport Beach, California, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Upon completion in 1976, it was the world's tallest free-standing structure and tallest tower. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower, respectively, both in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.

The armies of the Mughal Emperor Humayun fighting those of Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in the year 1535, as depicted in an Akbarnama manuscript from the late 16th century. Bahadur, the Sultan of Gujarat, had allied with the Portuguese and planned an attack on the Mughals. To preempt such an attack, Humayun struck at Gujarat and conquered Mandu and Champaner before stopping his attack. Bahadur Shah was killed by the Portuguese two years later Humayun was overthrown by Sher Shah Suri in 1540, retaking the throne fifteen years later.

Illustration: Dharmdas, Manre Royale d’Aubusson

Grammodes geometrica is a species of moth in the genus Grammodes. It is found from the Mediterranean east through the Asian and Australasian tropics.

Edward Scriven's engraving of John Masey Wright's illustration to Robert Burns' poem "Halloween". First published in 1786, the poem is included in the Kilmarnock volume and is one of Burns' longer poems.


52 Comments

Omoloc

I guess you're right, Jeff. Bill also plagiarized Stan Lee in #312 showing a scene from Hulk #1 where Bruce Banner run to save a young man from a big gamma bomb that is about to explode.

Just to finish, I'd like to know what do you think about this two links. It's in spanish, but images (and the dates) speaks for themselves.

Thanks in advance for your opinion.

Actually, you proved me correct, though not in the way you intended. Apparently, Mr. Mantlo plagiarized from Mr. Stern's issue of The Incredible Hulk as opposed to Mr. Glut (writer of 'Along Came Spidey', whom I'll concede used that small episode likely from Mr. Stern as well). To each his own.

Omoloc

You and I may agree or disagree in Soldier case, but in the case you exposed with chemicals burst in #312 I just proved you were wrong.

I'm sure Harlan Ellison would beg to differ, Omoloc. We'll just have to agree to disagree.

Omoloc

You should read Incredible HulkVol 1#227 September, 1978 by Roger Stern.

And you should be quite sure before you say anyone's work has been plagiarize. It's like calling him a thief.

None of those cases are plagarism. One is a classic plot, the other continuity.

I will say that I did find this a bit suspicious. I have much respect for both Mr. Shooter and Mr. Mantlo, but I'd tend to agree with Mr. Shooter on this one. There were at least 2 plagiarisms I saw in regards to work I saw in stories Mr. Mantlo wrote that were actually predated in animated form. One was Hulk Annual #11 from 1982. It centered around The Leader poisoning New York City's water supply with gamma radiated isotopes to transform the citizens into minions like himself, the Hulk, and the Abomination… a socirty which he would rule. If that sounds strikingly similar to the plot of an episode of "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends", that would be because it was. In the episode 'Triumph of the Green Goblin' (from 1981) the Goblin's big plan is to poison the city's water supply with his formula, which he intends to use to transform all the citizens of New York into Goblin-like creatures like himself.

Another actually comes from the infamous Incredible Hulk #312 story, "Monster". There is a scene which a high school-era Bruce Banner is experimenting and mixing chemicals when one of the students pours another chemical into the mix. The chemicals cause a mild explosion and cover Bruce's face and clothes. This also happened in the "Amazing Friends" flashback episode called 'Along Came Spidey' (from 1982). A pre Spider-Man Peter Parker was doing the exact same thing when another student poured a foreign chemical into the experiment Peter was working on (this student being the ever so troublesome Flash Thompson).

I enjoyed Mr. Mantlo's stories. The Spider-Man/Doc Ock storyline in PPTSSM was in my book, their greatest battle. But it does appear to me that he did plagiarize from many sources.

Anonymous

"I'm trying to imagine how law school could count as relevant to comics."

Maybe the writer would be assigned to Daredevil?

Jim Shooter

No legal issues with Marvel ripping off Marvel. It just annoys the creators whose work was recycled and generally just sucks.

Anonymous

As a matter of liability, it probably doesn't matter. As a matter of ethics, it matters a great deal on (at least) two fronts: first, with respect to the original artist, who may not have an ownership claim to the work, but does have a moral claim to its originality, and second, with respect to the reader, who has an implicit promise from the publisher that the work is original. Of course, ideas get recycled all the time, but there's an understanding that at least the words and images aren't just retyped or traced.

Anonymous

But if you're copying something Marvel published and owned in another Marvel comic, does it really matter?

Plagiarism of Harlan Ellison might get you sued. But Marvel copying Marvel?

Jay C

Buckler was so notorious that a fake ad appeared I believe on the back of one of Alan Moore's 񟬛' books that was an art projector swiping/tracing machine that was labeled as being sold by 'Ruckler Enterprises'.

Czeskleba

I believe the term plagiarism is generally limited to words and ideas, so copying art would not be considered plagiarism. In comics, the term used is swiping, and a lot of people do bring up the extensive amount of swiping Buckler did over his career. It's not a secret at all, and he's been much criticized for it. Google "Rich Buckler swipes" and you'll see many examples.

Anonymous

No one brings up the plagerism of Rich Buckler in his run on Fantastic Four I remember seeing drawings that were reminiscent of Kirby in the Frightful Four issues (147-148 I think) and then going back to the second ecounter with the evill FF and the the fight between the team was identical. This was never called into question, maybe because ten years had passed and the art may not be as memorable as ther story but this was no homage cover and I lost a lot of respect for Buckler as an artist at the time

Just working my way through this blog and wanted to say how awesome those Blue Oyster Cult stories were for me as a kid. BOC as a band has a very comic book oriented aesthetic, both in terms of being filled with exaggerated and odd characters and situations, and in terms being able to evoke real emotion and engagement with those materials, especially from readers/listeners who pay close attention. BOCs songs are like comics in that they often use the fantastic as a way of letting us see (and feel) the everyday in greater relief. those stories briefly and unexpectedly brought two of my separate worlds together. thanks DAK. I'd definitely agree that they're allusion and in no way plagiarism.

thanks for this blog JIm- wonderful to see the world of work that went in to the world of wonder I grew up on as well.

JayJayJackson

Dear Omoloc,
Bill Mantlo expressed his opinions about Jim and anyone else he felt like for many years. He had many chances to air his grievances and he did so as freely as he cared to. I don't see how it's unfair for Jim to be able to talk about events that happened, that Jim was personally involved with, especially since he is doing it in a fair and balanced way. He points out positive points and negative ones. From what I've read, Jim has been fairer in speaking about Bill than Bill ever was in speaking about Jim. But if you have already made up your mind before you even read a word, that prejudice and hatred will prevent you from seeing that. To be so angry about a situation you weren't present for between people you don't know strikes me as somewhat irrational.

Jason

Omoloc seems to think it's a good thing to piss off every creative individual on the face of the planet EXCEPT the sainted Bill Mantlo.

Never feed trolls, it only encourages them.

Gregg H

Wow. Shouldn't that guy go back over to CBR or the Byrne site with the rest of the kids?

Bevboy

Jim, that Outer Limits story by Harlan Ellison is called "Soldier". The short story has appeared in at least one Ellison collection.

Bmcmolo

Ah the trolls are coming out from under the bridge.

Omoloc

"Apparently". So, this is great. You wanted to fire Bill without even see the episode he was supposed to had plagiarized. I hope, at least, you talked with Bill first, did you? because you haven't talked about Bill's arguments

And also, you were very frightened that Mr Ellison could sue you (how did you know if Harlan could win that sue without seeing that episode, or talking with a lawyer?, you know, Bill was a lawyer, didn't he?), but you denied any agreement with Bill in arbitration to give him the work you were contractually obligated to give him.

You say you incentivized quality work, but you have said, not once, but several times Bill was a "weak writer", and the years, and the people has proved you wrong.

You say you saw them only by his work, not names, but you have said things like:
"(Bill) was a weak writer, so he willingly created characters to enhance his value and endear himself to the company and the editors. He did it no matter what I said. (…) A few people, like Chris Claremont, just couldn’t contain themselves. It’s tough for incredibly creative people like Chris to rein it in." Can you see it? It's the same action, but Chris Claremont was a incredible creative person, Bill just wanted to endear himself to the company.

Don't bother, but I certainly wouldn't like to have a boss like you.

Jim Shooter

Barry Windsor-Smith apparently feels elements of his story were plagiarized. Ask him about it.

Roger Stern, a smart and knowledgeable man familiar with Harlan's Outer Limits episode, called me as soon as he read Bill's story to tell me it was lifted from Harlan's story. While I was still on the phone with Roger, Harlan himself called to tell me his story had been plagiarized. To this day, I have never seen that episode of Outer Limits, so I can't attest to the degree of the plagiarism. But, it was enough, apparently.

You say: "All science fiction is based in previous works. You can always find some similarities." The examples you cite as comparable to the stories of Bill's in question were different enough from the stories with similarities that preceded them so that no one complained to me or Marvel about them, much less threatened to sue. Barry Windsor-Smith and Harlan Ellison complained about Bill's blatant thefts, and Harlan might have sued if I had not accepted responsibility (on Marvel's behalf).

Regarding Bill not being able to "defend himself." The facts I reported are accurate. BWS and Harlan had a problem with elements of their stories being lifted by Bill. And, therefore, I did. I'm sorry Bill had an accident, I'm sorry he can't comment on what has been said here. That doesn't exonerate him.

I have said plenty about Bill's positive contributions and creativity.

My dealings with Bill had no adverse effect on my position or status at Marvel.

I never attacked Bill or anyone else. I tried to do my job, which was, among other things, to oversee the creative effort. I encouraged and incentivized quality work and demanded that the editors do the same. I discouraged sub-par work every way I could. I called 'em as I saw 'em, without regard to anything but the work itself. Not names, reputations or what they might say about me in the fanzines.

Bill did some things that were very good, and I'm pleased that you love his work. As for my work, well, I'm always trying to improve.

Omoloc

About BWS case, there are some facts that bring me some doubts about the matter:
– BWS apparently didn’t say a (public) word about this thing until 2003. why? BWS proposal is dated in July 1984. Hulk #312 was published in 1985. Bill’s accident was in 1992… why didn’t BWS tell anything until 2003 when Mantlo couldn’t be asked? (Maybe the film based in it? It would be interesting know which were exactly the BWS words from Comic Book Artist #1)
– Looking at those two stories, the only thing in common is the childhood trauma, nothing else: The atmosphere is different. The structure is different (a unique thanksgiving day vs. different life time moments). In one the father is disturbed by war and goes wild when drunk. The other is obsessed by thinking his genius child is a Monster. We see Hulk in one as a metaphor of the child he was (from Banner’s memory), in the other we see a reminiscence of Hulk that means Hulk was always there (a flashback).
-There is a point no one seems to notice: 312 is the end of an argument arch. In 312 one of the main things Mantlo tell us is the origin of the Triad, an arch that started several months before, and had nothing to do with BWS story.
-One weird thing is, BWS story was titled “Thanksgiving”… Mantlo story was titled “Monster” and played with “Who was really the Monster?” theme. But now, BWS’s graphic novel, that uses his original story… is titled “Monsters”!! That doesn’t make any sense to me to put your Graphic Novel the title from the story you say is a plagiarism from yours…
I think it’s very difficult to determine that Mantlo conscientiously plagiarized BWS’s story, and I think it’s unfair to say it since he can’t answer.

About Hero: I've seen both, and there is very little in common. All science fiction is based in previous works. You can always find some similarities. Mantlo's Hero story is about "hero of the day" (not in Ellison's Story) and Kang (obviously not in Ellison story). I mean… Byrne had an obviuos inspiration, for example, in X-men 143, wich was a evident copy of Alien. Why did you act so different in this case? or Alpha Flight's Gilded Lily (AF #20, 1985) a woman who transforms men into gold by touching them and die with his house… quite similar with Bill Mantlo's "People In Glass Houses Shouldn't Hurt Hulks!" (TIH 262, 1981) story about a woman who transforms men into glass boy touching them and die with his House. Or we could say that Star Brand (which I loved, by the way) is an obvious plagiarism of Green Lantern, couldn't we?

I think it's fair also that those who read this text of yours also know what Bill Mantlo used to think about Jim Shooter. This is what Mantlo said about him, before his accident:
"(Shooter) had been trying to destroy me as a writer ever since he became an editor… He would attack me either directly, or through the editors, by making it miserable for the editors who had to edit my stuff. Some of the editors did not want to work with me because Shooter would be so hard on them"
(…)
"Shooter breached my contract at Marvel by refusing to give me the amount of work they were contractually obligated to give me. I took Marvel to arbitration over this. Shooter bitterly opposed any settlement with me… In the course of our negotiations, it became apparent that Jim Shooter was irrational, and I think this was the first time for management to see this. They basically kept it in mind when his contract came up"

This text of you Mr. Shooter match Bill's words. Trying to destroy him as a writer, even now, that he can't defend himself.

I keep loving Bill's work, but now, Mr. Shooter, I like your Star Brand or your Secret Wars plot a bit less.

Anonymous

Once I nearly — only nearly, thank goodness –accused a writer of plagiarism, and it turned out to be an interesting lesson in how memories are malleable.

Once I was watching Showtime's Outer Limits and saw a story about a dystopian future in which earth was overpopulated, and the government's solution was to have only half the population awake every other day, and they would rotate out. People on the odd days of the year were Alphas and the others were Betas. The story was about an Alpha who fell in love with a Beta and was trying to figure out how they could be together. I remembered from childhood that my father had years ago owned a book that, judging from my reading the summary on the back of the book, was about *that very story*, but the Outer Limits episode didn't have anything in the credits saying, "Based on the story 'such-and-such' by so-and-so." So I found the screenwriter through his sister — the internet is a wonderful thing — and asked him whose story was the basis for his screenplay. He said it was an original screenplay. I wanted to call B.S. on him, especially since I was very interested in reading the original story on which his screenplay was based. But I gave him the benefit of a doubt and instead started asking sci-fi forums and Q&A forums if they knew, and making random searches. Finally I hit upon the book: "Dayworld" by Philip Jose Farmer. And it was only *superficially* like the Outer Limits story! Yes, the earth was overpopulated, but people were split up over all 7 days of the week, and the story was about a detective who illegally lived in all 7 days by maintaining 7 different identities. I was mortified! I had seen the Outer Limits episode and had unconsciously rewritten my memory of the summary on the back of the book I'd seen in my father's library years ago so that it matched every detail of the Outer Limits episode! So I took that as a lesson that not everything I remember really happened…scary thought, but true.

And it's also a good example of how two people can come up with nearly the same idea (e.g., basically timesharing the whole planet to avoid overpopulation) independently, even if the idea is so off-the-beaten-path that you think, "No way did they both think of that!"

Not calling into question any of the recollections in this thread, just giving my own cautionary example. –MikeAnon


Day 227 September 2 2011 - History

Over 100 people gathered on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. in Tooele City’s Veterans Memorial Park to witness the dedication of a statue and pay tribute to veterans that gave their lives in service to their country.

In attendance was Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn, members of the Tooele Elks Lodge 1673, the commander of the Tooele Army Depot, members of the Tooele City Council, and community members and others visitors and guests.

The service began with Dave McCall, a retired veteran from the United States Marine Corps, welcoming those in attendance to the dedication.

Then the posting of colors was presented by the Marine Corps League. After which Elisa Kelley, a resident of Tooele County, sang the national anthem.

After the anthem, Phil Smart, a member of the community, gave the invocation for the event.

Winn then addressed the community members.

“In just a bit we are going to be dedicating this beautiful statue that has sat in this park for a year,” she said. “Thank you for your attendance today.”

Jared Wanlass, president of the Utah Elks Association, spoke briefly.

Wanlass explained how the Elks Association helped veterans each year by hosting camps for children of deceased veterans, and providing assistance to those at the Veteran’s Hospital.

When Wanlass was finished speaking, he invited Steven M. Dowgielwicz, commander at the Tooele Army Depot up to the front.

“As an unknown source posted on social media — picnics, speeches, and sales at the mall are nice, but Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice that made us free,” he said.

Speaking about the holiday, Dowgielwicz said, “the price of freedom is high.”

Dowgielwicz then provided a brief history of Memorial Day.

He noted that Memorial Day has been celebrated for 153 years.

After Dowgielwicz’s speech, Winn took to the podium to dedicate the statue.

“The Vietnam War claimed the lives of over 58,000 American soldiers and 3 million Vietnamese citizens from 1960 to 1975,” she said.

When soldiers returned home from the war, they were met with contempt, according to Winn.

“Marvin Hitesman was inspired to create this beautiful statue for the soldiers that fought in the war and to recognize their service to the United States of America,” said Winn. “He worked with Vietnam veterans to tell the little known story of the combat tracker teams.”

Winn explained that the statue symbolizes soldiers that fought in the war and recognizes their service.

She said that the statue was named “Seek On,” because this was a command given to tracker dogs by their handlers to begin tracking enemy reconnaissance, and locating lost or missing friendly personnel.

“It is estimated that the dogs and their handlers saved over 10,000 lives,” Winn said. “I encourage you to take time to research the combat tracker teams.”

“Today we dedicate “Seek On” to those who served our country in Vietnam,” she continued.

After Winn dedicated the statue, a 21-gun salute was performed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and then a closing prayer was given by Smart.

The 400-pound eight foot, nearly 5-foot-wide statue is located on the southeast corner of the park by the flags and is on ground level.

The statue was placed in the park on May 21 last year, but the dedication had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

Hitesman, along with a company called The Foundry created the $54,000 statue.

Marvin Hitesman, a local artist, along with a company called The Foundry created the $54,000

During the Vietnam War, certain soldiers volunteered to go over to Malaysia and become highly trained, along with their dogs — by the British and Malaysian military. When they were finished training, they would go back to Vietnam and begin their service.

Their job was to reestablish contact with the enemy, keep watch for possible enemy activities, and locate lost or missing friendly personnel. The methods that they used were visual and canine tactical tracking. Because the British weren’t supposed to be involved in the war, the combat records of the soldiers were never recorded, Hitesman told the Transcript Bulletin.


Looking back to 2011 and the Botched Launch of Test Drive Unlimited 2

But I now arrive at Test Drive Unlimited 2. The series may have a cult following, but ten years on this game still upsets me. It was one of my most anticipated games ever, with a concept years ahead of what Forza Horizon could achieve. But it remains one of the buggiest launches of a game I can remember, completely tarnishing my memory of it.

Releasing in February 2011, it is the sequel to Test Drive Unlimited. Building upon TDU 1, the second game featured two 1:1 scaled islands: Oahu from the first game and the island of Ibiza. Combined, there was over 1864 miles of road to cover, and these being open-world driving games, you had the opportunity to drive all of it.

I’ll be honest, I do have a slight prejudice towards open-world driving games: Burnout Paradise never captured my heart. Whilst it was never going to compare to the likes of Takedown – though few games ever will – Paradise just took all the fun out of the Burnout series for me, and I put that down to the transition to open-world. The same goes for Need for Speed Underground 2 vastly inferior to the first Underground game.

Of course, the Forza Horizon series bucks this trend by easily being the benchmark for open-world driving games. But even I struggled with the second and third entries in that series a series which probably owes a lot to Test Drive Unlimited.

There was a lot of pre-release info leading up to the launch of Test Drive Unlimited 2, including the fact that any pre-orders would include the Casino DLC for free. An online multiplayer casino sounded like a brilliant idea then – hello, The Four Kings Casino and Resort – and it was perhaps this that convinced me to take the plunge and pre-order the game.

As well as there being a fully playable casino, TDU 2 was way ahead of its time, for both good and bad reasons. A number of ideas made this a fully connected social game within a driving game. You could create an avatar and go shopping with it for some new threads and accessories, or visit your local plastic surgeon for some cosmetic upgrades (I did say not all ideas were good). But this did mean your avatar had to race around in a bandaged-up head for a few hours before unveiling their fresh new look.

You could also become a property magnate and purchase new, gorgeous houses on both islands. These could then be customised in a variety of ways to suit your interior delights. Test Drive Unlimited 2 was all about living the high life as a racing driver not slumming it in some tents at a music festival with races around it.

These innovations extended into the racing itself. Sure, it felt at times you were driving a tank no matter which car you chose, but TDU 2 wasn’t concerned about collecting classic cars or even offering you the chance to drive a bog standard Ford Focus or Golf – if it was a fast car, it was in here to be driven… unless it was a Porsche, but it did have RUF at least. Potato, potato.

TDU 2 tried new things such as Speedtrap events or having to earn licenses before being allowed to drive a faster class of car. Speedtrap events had you racing around a small grid of streets hitting speedtraps as fast as possible against seven other cars simultaneously. The faster you hit a trap, the more points you scored, the winner having the most points at the end. Speed events had you score points but only after you were above a pre-determined speed, with the winner again having the most points. You were still racing, but in new and different ways.

Misbehave on the roads though, and the cops would be alerted and chase after you. We’re not talking GTA V-style where the army would roll in after you, but you could be fined if caught.

But trying new things can only get you so far – you need to execute them as well. And it is tough to execute anything when you have a launch as bad as Test Drive Unlimited 2 had.

Launch day came and I was as giddy as a kipper: the driving and racing could wait, because I wanted to jump straight into the casino and earn my fortunes before hitting up the car showrooms (in TDU 2 you actually had to drive to showrooms and browse the cars available). I inserted the disc and pressed start, and that was as far as I could go. Being hooked up to the internet to get the full experience came at a cost of actually being able to play the game.

Of course, server issues were blamed only after the initial buzz had died down. Before that though I tried everything I could think of to get it to work: installed the game, and deleted everything else off my 20GB HDD. I refused to play the game ‘offline’ because that defeated the object of everything I wanted from TDU 2, so had to concede defeat until the game was patched.

Those patches came, but it could never really get over the initial issues that plagued the game. Some 18 months after the game launched, I gave it one last try, only to be greeted with the same ‘unable to connect’ issues.

It wasn’t a complete disaster there was a period of a few weeks where I was able to play the game to some extent. I did get to experience the laughably bad dialogue, interesting game modes and, yes, I spent a lot of time in the casino. Never won my millions though, unfortunately.

Some would say that they were never switched on, but the servers for TDU 2 did go offline permanently towards the end of 2018. A sequel is in development, but I am going into that one with far more trepidation.

The botched launch of Test Drive Unlimited 2 though did teach me a valuable lesson about the ‘hype train’. Since this game, I have always tried to keep a more composed head on things that I look forward to, with varying degrees of success. I guess everyone needs a TDU 2 to disappoint them to learn such lessons? Looking at you Cyberpunk 2077, that I’m sure people will have had a similar experience with.

But what are your memories of Test Drive Unlimited 2? Did you suffer as badly as I did, or were you fortunate enough to be allowed entry by the servers? As always, let us know in the comments. Oh, and if you still want to pick up a copy of the game, the Xbox Store will sort you out.


Proposition 187 is approved in California

On November 8, 1994, 59 percent of California voters approve Proposition 187, banning undocumented immigrants from using the state’s major public services. Despite its wide margin of victory, the ballot measure never takes effect.

In 1994, California, the home of Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, was not yet the Democratic stronghold many now consider it to be. A popular destination for immigrants from both Latin America and Asia, its demographics changed dramatically in the second half of the century, but neither Republicans nor Democrats won a decisive share of these newcomers’ votes. That would change after a group of Republican activists and state-level legislators, responding to the state’s economic slump and the presence of over a million undocumented immigrants, decided to launch the campaign for what became Prop 187. In the name of saving taxpayer money, the proposition prohibited the undocumented from accessing basic public services such as non-emergency health care and both primary and secondary education. It also required public servants like medical professionals and teachers to monitor and report on the immigration status of those under their charge.

Although public support was high from the start, the threat of barring over a million California residents from basic public services stirred up vocal opposition. As Republican Governor Pete Wilson’s campaign used the threat of immigration in an attempt to scare voters, 70,000 people marched against 187 in downtown Los Angeles, and 10,000 public school students walked out of class on November 2, just days before the vote. The measure’s passage on November 8 was an entirely symbolic and short-lived victory for conservatives.


Diagnostic Testing

The Bartonella species are difficult to culture, and culture is not routinely recommended. Serology is the best initial test and can be performed by indirect fluorescent assay or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Although more sensitive than culture, serologic tests lack specificity because many asymptomatic persons have positive serology because of previous (often asymptomatic) exposure.17 The percentage of the general population that has a positive serologic test varies widely, but appears to be higher in cat owners.17 Immunoglobulin G titers less than 1:64 suggest the patient does not have current Bartonella infection. Titers between 1:64 and 1:256 represent possible infection repeat testing should be performed in these patients in 10 to 14 days. Titers greater than 1:256 strongly suggest active or recent infection.18 , 19 A positive immunoglobulin M test suggests acute disease, but production of immunoglobulin M is brief. Immunoglobulin G has significant cross-reactivity between B. henselae and B. quintana . Polymerase chain reaction can detect different Bartonella species specificity is very high, but the sensitivity is lower than with serology.

Consequently, when a child or adult presents with unilateral lymphadenopathy,3 the physician should consider the differential diagnoses provided in Table 1 . A history of cat exposure should be sought and appropriate tests ordered, including serology for CSD. A history of cat exposure, lymphadenopathy, and elevated antibodies to B. henselae detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or indirect fluorescent assay confirms the diagnosis.

Lymph node biopsy is not indicated for most patients however, it is appropriate in patients whose lymph nodes fail to involute and in whom diagnosis is uncertain. Lymph node specimens in patients with CSD show lymphoid hyperplasia and stellate granulomas. B. henselae is a small, curved, aerobic gram-negative bacillus that stains with silver. In bacillary angiomatosis, lobular proliferation of small blood vessels occurs with the presence of bacilli in adjacent connective tissue and blood vessels. In a series of 786 lymph node specimens from patients in whom CSD was suspected, only 245 (31.2 percent) had evidence of CSD. Thirteen of the 245 patients had concurrent mycobacteriosis or neoplasm. It is prudent that physicians follow up with patients who have unilateral lymphadenopathy, even those with confirmed CSD.20


Neglect

The other night I was looking through old blog posts as I was trying to process my Project 365 pictures and realized something—it had been almost one month in between posts. And not only that, my posts had been really sporadic all summer. I guess that’s just what happens when I’m working a ton of 12 hour days with not much else going on in life.

I honestly don’t know what I did from May to August, except for work. August was a really great month, though, because it came with two fantastic vacations and so much rest. By the time September rolled around, I actually felt rejuvenated and so much less stressed! This has been a bit of a rough year both because of work & some stuff that I’ve really had to work through and I was feeling really overwhelmed and depressed before my August vacations. I can’t fully express just how much I needed that time off and how healing it was to be away from the everyday “stuff” that tends to weigh me down.

I feel so much better prepared to deal with things now, and while a lot of it has to do with having time away, I can also contribute some of it to the new Bible study that I’m doing with some girls from work. I posted a while ago about some of my insecurities and not really knowing how to deal with them, and some of you recommended Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity study. Thank you!! We are on our fifth week of the study and are getting so much out of it! I’m so thankful for the study and excited, though a little nervous, to see how God is going to use it in my life and the lives of the other ladies.


Ride the Machine

Roland Pike was a very successful racer / engineer in British and Continental road racing events in the 1935-1952 period. He entered 168 racing events, scored 29 first, 38 second and 13 third places.

Mainly on home-brewed pre-war 250cc Rudges he competed against “state of art” factory racers. He wasn’t afraid to race the little Rudges in 350 and 500cc events. Like one time in 1947 at Cadwell when he won a 500cc heat and finished fourth in the final.

Known for always immaculately prepared machinery, his bikes were always the first to fire when starting, and went into first corner with the rest of the field still pushing off.

During the German GP held at the Solitude rennstrecke at the 25th of July 1954 Dennis lost his life in a racing accident in the 500cc heat. In front of 400.000+ spectators Dennis blocked his front wheel in braking in the penultimate lap, slid into the side of the road and died instantly of a broken neck.

“The winner is who crosses the line first, not the one that crosses the line fastest” was his theory


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Archived Texas Pro Sedan Series

Four-cylinder stock car racing at its best. Oldest continuous series in Texas.

Archived Central Texas Speedway forum

Home of "Fast Cars and Hot Guitars," this paved 3/8-mile oval is located in Kyle, Texas.

Archived San Antonio Speedway forum

Now closed, San Antonio Speedway was a 1/2-mile, high-banked, asphalt oval just south of town on Texas Highway 16. It was the fastest short track in Texas!

Archived Thunderhill Raceway forum

3/8-mile D-shaped track in Kyle, Texas, south of Austin. No walls in the turns makes this track one of the favorites among Texas racers.

Archived South TX Promotions forum

Organizing, promoting, and directing South / Central Texas growth in motorsports special events

Archived "Pick the Winner" contests

Archived but kept here for reference purposes.

Archived "Who Will Win" contests

Archived for reference purposes only.

Archived Texas Allstar Limited Modified Series forum

A fast-growing asphalt series run by drivers for drivers

Archived Texas Thunder Speedway forum

TTS was a 1/4-mile, semi-banked dirt track in Killeen, Texas. Sadly, it is now history

Archived Texas Dirt Raceway forum

Now I-37 Raceway, Texas Dirt Raceway had a brief, rather unpleasant history.

Archived Texas Super Racing Series forum

At one time, Texas' premier Late Model racing series.

Archived 105 Motor Speedway forum

1/4-mile dirt track near Cleveland, Texas, closed in 2010.

Archived Lone Star Quarter Midget Association forum

Archived David Starr forum

This forum is for reference only. You will not be able to post in this forum

Archived Hot Rod Hill Motor Park

Hopefully this 1/4-mile, high-banked, black-clay oval located near Bryan, Texas, will re-open one day.

Archived Hill Country Raceway

Hill Country Raceway, a 1/4-mile dirt oval located in Mountain Home, Texas, awaits a new owner.

Archived Gator Motorplex forum

1/4-mile high-banked dirt oval in Willis, Texas closed at the end of 2017

Archived Red River Speedway forum

Located near Wichita Falls, Texas, the Speedway is a tight, semi-banked, 1/4-mile, clay oval.

Archived Rio Grande Speedway

Quarter-mile dirt track located in McAllen, Texas. Now closed

Archived Sim Racing forum

Home for all sim racing topics.

Archived Shady Oaks Speedway forum

This 1/3-mile dirt oval in historic Goliad, Texas, boasted a shady pit area and a fast track. Sadly, closed in early 2017


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