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    by George Freund on June 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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    It is 100 years today the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophia were assassinated on a Sarajevo street in 1914. Like most pivotal events in history facts and details are cast to the wind while the cover story is allowed to manifest. The result is the human race can be diverted to an abyss without realizing it. Virtually every war or pogrom starts this way. The repeated lie becomes set in stone and revered while the facts that reveal the true story are seldom regarded in the main. We review the assassination and highlight those ignored details that say they knew. They allowed it to happen. It was truly an Austro Hungarian plot at the behest of Franz Joseph to provide a reason to invade Serbia and remove the heir to the throne that he despised. The Austrians were warned in advance. Their were two plots. In the warning reference was made to an ethnic Serbian Austro Hungarian soldier shooting Franz Ferdinand. Come back to 1914 while we look at the fine details with the conspirator's hindsight. Cui Bono? Franz Joseph.

    The plot was lead by Dragutin Dimitrijević of Serbian military intelligence. He orchestrated the brutal assassination of King Alexander I and Queen Draga in 1903. Many of these conspirators were used again. A previous assassination attempt on June 15, 1910 on Governor Marijan Varešanin by Bogdan Žerajić  was used as the basis to indoctrinate the Sarajevo assassins. They were in fact recipients of newspaper clippings of the attempt in the post. Mind control was in its infancy but established. This may have been their Queen of Diamonds the playing card used in the Manchurian Candidate.

    Franz Joseph ordered the Archduke to Sarajevo to inspect troops. In his military capacity, it was the first and only time Countess Sophie was permitted to attend an official function. Franz Ferdinand married below his station. His wife was shunned by the family. It was their 14th wedding anniversary. Their children were not permitted to succeed to the throne. Sophie feared for their safety. It was also the anniversary date of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo where the Sultan was assassinated.

    Danilo Ilić a plotter was put in touch with Dragutin Dimitrijević. They were members of the Black Hand a shadowy special forces operation that was revived after use in other conflicts. Originally they were supposed to kill Governor Oskar Potiorek. The plot failed. However, Potiorek was the hidden co-ordinator of the movements of the vehicle and the police. Princip even stated he intended to shoot him too. That may well of been an attempted application of the code of silence.

    The plotters were provided with four pistols all the same make, model and caliber; six hand grenades; money; cyanide pills; ammunition; maps and police schedules. They were allowed access to a special tunnel across the border and alternate identities of customs officers. The intelligence agency Narodna Odbrana reported the activities to Serbian Prime Minister Nikola Pašić. He ordered the attempt to halt. He warned the Austro Hungarians. However, another message put the plan in motion again.

    Special security officers were left behind at the train station and replaced with Sarajevo police. The use of soldiers to line the streets was not permitted. This is where Governor Potiorek takes control. Some of the plotters choked but one threw a bomb at the car. It missed and exploded under the next one. There were casualties. Franz Ferdinand attended his Town Hall meeting and then went to the hospital. No one told the driver they changed the route. He stopped at the suggestion of Potiorek beside Princip. The car stalled; the shots were fired. After the grenade attack Potiorek still refused to deploy the troops because they weren't in their dress uniforms.

    Even in death the couple were snubbed. They could not be buried at the royal crypt. The funeral was a private affair. The European royals were walled out. This was a major ingredient to the cause of WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm wished to use the funeral to sort out the peace. There would be none. The children were sent the bill for the funeral. The military were forbidden to salute. It is obvious who caused the assassination. Rioting against Serbs ensued organized by Potiorek. A skirmish at the border lead to full invasion. The war was on. The main plotters were arrested and tried. Princip and Nedeljko Čabrinović died in prison of TB. It may well have been intentionally applied. After a change in government the military plotters were tried for other offences. Three were executed including Apis. Dead men tell no tales.

    On 21 June, Ambassador Jovanović met with Austro-Hungarian Finance Minister Bilinski. According to Serbian Military Attaché to Vienna, Colonel Lesanin, Ambassador Jovanović, spoke to Bilinski and "...stressed in general terms the risks the Archduke heir apparent might run from the inflamed public opinion in Bosnia and Serbia. Some serious personal misadventure might befall him. His journey might give rise to incidents and demonstrations that Serbia would deprecate but that would have fatal repercussions on Austro-Serbian relations."

    In 1924 J. Jovanović went public stating that his warning had been made on his own initiative, and what he said was that "Among the Serb youths (in the army) there may be one who will put a ball-cartridge in his rifle or revolver in place of a blank cartridge and he may fire it, the bullet might strike the man giving provocation (Franz Ferdinand).

    Apis's confession to ordering the assassination of Franz Ferdinand states that Russian Military Attaché Artamonov promised Russia's protection from Austria-Hungary if Serbia's intelligence operations became exposed and that Russia had funded the assassination. Artamonov denied the involvement of his office in an interview with Albertini. Artamonov stated that he went on vacation to Italy leaving Assistant Military Attaché Alexander Werchovsky in charge and though he was in daily contact with Apis he did not learn of Apis's role until after the war had ended. Albertini writes that he "remained unconvinced by the behavior of this officer." Werchovsky admitted the involvement of his office and then fell silent on the subject.

    There is evidence that Russia was at least aware of the plot before 14 June. De Schelking writes:

    On 1 June 1914 (14 June new calendar), Emperor Nicholas had an interview with King Charles I of Roumania, at Constanza. I was there at the time ... yet as far as I could judge from my conversation with members of his (Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov's) entourage, he (Sazonov) was convinced that if the Archduke (Franz Ferdinand) were out of the way, the peace of Europe would not be endangered.

    Everybody knew. Franz Ferdinand was heir to the Habsburg throne. He seemed to be a decent person. So was his wife. People like that are prevented from power. Nothing has changed in 100 years.

  • Mauritania: Men of the Sea
    by George Freund on June 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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    What is it to be a fisherman? What is life without the modern conveniences we take for granted.? What is a communal living? How would we survive in an non industrialized world? First and foremost we must be thankful. It is a hard life, but God provides. Be a fisher of men too.

    A third of the population of Mauritania lives, directly or indirectly, from artisanal fisheries. Bamba Fall, a unionist fisherman, invites us into the hectic activity of the port of Nouakchott: the tragic stories in the sea of ​​old fishermen, the hard work of fishing gear from blacksmithing, imaginatively recycled materials, the sale of fish by bold women, the education of children by the hand of Imam of the mosque... A world in which the dangerous art of fishing exists thanks to the solidarity of those who share it.

  • The Assassin | 60 Minutes | Gavrilo Prin...
    by George Freund on June 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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    Make no mistake about it. Princip was an agent provocateur doing the dirty work of the Franz Joseph I of Austria. The Archduke was reviled by the Emperor. He married below his station and was now heir to the throne. The assassination was in Austria's best interests because it gave them the reason to invade Austria. Cui bone? Franz Joseph and Austria. The old Roman adage of who benefits points to the solution of the crime in this case a false flag to precipitate WWI. If we don't master the tricks, we will destroy ourselves with WWIII. Learn the tricks. Wars are orchestrated from the get go. From the Maine to the Gulf of Tonkin to the yellowcake, it's the same trick. Why we fall for them is a broader question? The USS Liberty incident broke the pattern. It was supposed to start a nuclear war in the Middle East.

    The Assassin: How Gavrilo Princip fired the deadliest shot in history

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Reporter: Charles Wooley Producer: Nick Greenaway

    Gavrilo Princip fired the deadliest shot in history. One bullet that richoted around the world and defined the course of the 20th century. Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, triggering the beginning of World War One and the unprecedented carnage that would follow.

    Sixty thousand Australians would make the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle. This week marks 100th anniversary of the Archduke's assassination. Charles Wooley revisits the exact spot where the world changed forever and meets the assassin's family, who claim he's a hero.

    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - John McDermott

  • HISTORY CHANNEL: The Death of Glory WWI
    by George Freund on June 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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    Alternate copy.

    PART 2:

    They give us the crap line that the assassination was the cause of WWI. That's the excuse not the reason. The quest for power by competing factions vying to be the New World Order was. The main theme for battle was to destroy the Old World Order monarchies by fighting to oblivion and do it again later for WWII political dominions of dollars. At the doorstep of WWIII we will see if we take the bait again. Will it be a bullet or a false flag attack or a nuclear event as has been attempted recently? The causes are manufactured and sold to a gullible public. Mind control programming loyalties rush us off to slaughter. If there was a hidden hand, it was the bankers and their minions. I suspect the Emperor Franz Josef killed his own nephew in a vast conspiracy to eliminate an heir to the throne. He married a lesser woman who was shunned. She could not be Empress in that view. Then the Emperor could start a war and conquer vast swathes of Europe for his empire. It was win win until the karma wave blew across the battlefields. He lost. The Habsburgs were traditionally Holy Roman Emperors. The Crown jewels were the ones Hitler craved and seized. So what is war a response to circumstance or a power play for dominion well orchestrated?

    See how one bullet led to the death of 30 million people, and a lone assassin brought about the end of the world as it was known.

    Its names are loaded with irony. "The Great War" saw chivalry and honor on the battlefield replaced by technology and firepower that swept millions to their deaths. "The War to End All Wars" was followed less than 25 years later by an even deadlier conflict.

    WORLD WAR I: THE DEATH OF GLORY shows how this epic struggle had a more profound effect on civilization than any other war in history. New countries had to be built on the ruins of a continent. It was the end of kings, empires and innocence, and the beginning of weapons like the U-boat, the machine gun, the tank and poison gas. Graphic footage captures the horrors of trench warfare in battles like Verdun, where over one million men died. Riveting commentary from leading experts details the awesome effects of new technology on the battlefield, and the revolutionary changes that the end of the war brought including the near-inevitable rebirth of Germany as a military force to be reckoned with in World War II. Visit the killing fields where history was made, and relive the horrors of the conflict through period commentary and archival artifacts.

    From the fateful shot fired by Gavrilo Princip to the birth of the modern world and warfare, this is the story of WORLD WAR I: THE DEATH OF GLORY.

    by George Freund on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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    The summer solstice arrives benignly. Give me a sign. Giant sink hole opens at World Cup. Polio virus found in Sao Paulo airport sewage. Are soccer fans being seeded? CDC releases live Anthrax among staff. Did the cat get out of the bag before the crisis actors appeared? Brooks cleared. Coulson guilty in hacking trial. Walmart scripts the news. Kerry in Iraq. Russians rescind invasion law. Russians expect NATO to attack. The party line develops over Iraq. No intelligence and a concern for human life. They're throwing al-Malaki under the bus. U.S. fails to supply Iraqi planes with missiles. The Master Plan. Hussein's generals behind ISIS. ISIS leaks on Twitter reveal Saddam era mystery leader. ISIS has drones all the hallmarks of al-CIAda. ISIS may capture Saddam era chemical weapons. The Redirection. The World Cup Doodles Doodles the state of the world and the American war plan. Ukraine false pease. Uighur revolt in China. Polish Central Banker caught running government. Residential school abuse evidence to be destroyed. Are they protecting our leaders? Americans savage Canadians at the border now that they have our police database. Welcome to the NWO. B.C. court makes international order. The dark net. House votes against NSA. DHS raids safe deposit boxes. Gun control point man admits gun control doesn't work. Pope excommunicates Mafia. Obama says we're too dumb to understand. We need an all powerful leader. Can you spell Anti-Christ? On Conspiracy Cafe Welcome to Sherwood.

    OBAMA need for all powerful leader:

    Sen. Lindsey Graham: Get Ready For Major Terror Attack On The US; The Next 9/11 Is Inevitable

    Executive Order 6102 is a United States presidential executive order signed on April 5, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt "forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States". The order criminalized the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation.

    Thank God for ceramic fillings. At least we'll keep them.

    The U.S. Treasury came into possession of a large number of safe deposit boxes due to bank failures. During the 1930s, over 3,000 banks failed and the contents of their safe deposit boxes were remanded to the custody of the Treasury. If no one claimed the box, it remained in the possession of the Treasury. As of October 1981, there were 1,605 cardboard cartons in the basement of the Treasury, each carton containing the contents of one unclaimed safe deposit box.

    by George Freund on June 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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    The future never looked better in the past. Singularity on the horizon with man machines. It was way ahead of its time. It's a good copy and gives the TV show Beyong Westworld some background for those too young to know. Enjoy.


    Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton and produced by Paul Lazarus III. It stars Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, and Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as guests of the park.

    Westworld was the first theatrical feature directed by Michael Crichton. It was also the first feature film to use digital image processing, to pixellate photography to simulate an android point of view. The film was nominated for Hugo, Nebula and Golden Scroll (a.k.a. Saturn) awards, and was followed by a sequel film, Futureworld, and a short-lived television series, Beyond Westworld. In August 2013, HBO announced plans for a television series based on the original film.


    Sometime in the near future a high-tech, highly-realistic adult amusement park called Delos features three themed "worlds" — West World (the American Old West), Medieval World (medieval Europe), and Roman World (pre-Christian Rome). The resort's three "worlds" are populated with lifelike androids that are practically indistinguishable from human beings, each programmed in character for their assigned historical environment. For $1,000 per day, guests may indulge in any adventure with the android population of the park, including sexual encounters and even a fight to the death, depending on the android model. Delos' tagline in its advertising promises "Have we got a vacation for you!"

    Peter Martin (Benjamin), a first-timer, and his friend John Blane (Brolin), who has visited previously, visit West World. One of the attractions in West World is the Gunslinger (Brynner), a robot programmed to instigate gunfights. The firearms issued to the park guests have temperature sensors that prevent them from shooting humans or anything else living, but allow them to "kill" the "cold-blooded" androids. The Gunslinger's programming allows guests to outdraw it and "kill" it, always returning the next day for a new duel.

    The technicians running Delos notice problems beginning to spread like an infection among the androids: the robots in Roman World and Medieval World begin experiencing an increasing number of breakdowns and systemic failures, which are said to have spread to West World. When one of the supervising computer scientists scoffs at the "analogy of an infectious disease," he is told by the Chief Supervisor (Alan Oppenheimer), "We aren't dealing with ordinary machines here. These are highly complicated pieces of equipment, almost as complicated as living organisms. In some cases, they've been designed by other computers. We don't know exactly how they work."

    The malfunctions become less peripheral and more central when an android rattlesnake succeeds in injuring Blane in West World, and, against its programming, an android refuses a guest's sexual advances in Medieval World. The failures escalate until Medieval World's robotic Black Knight kills a guest in a swordfight. The resort's supervisors, in increasing desperation, try to regain control by shutting down power to the entire park, but this traps them in the control rooms, unable to turn the power back on while the robots run amok on reserve power.

    Martin and Blane, passed out drunk after a bar-room brawl, wake up in West World's bordello, unaware of the breakdown. When the Gunslinger challenges the two men to a showdown, Blane treats the confrontation as a typical amusement until the robot outdraws, shoots and actually hits him, mortally wounding him. Martin runs for his life as the robot implacably follows him.

    Martin flees to the other areas of the park, but finds only dead guests, damaged robots, and a panicked technician who is shortly shot by the Gunslinger. Martin climbs down through a manhole in Roman World to the underground control area and discovers that the resort's technicians suffocated when the ventilation system shut down. The Gunslinger stalks Martin through the underground corridors. Ambushing it, Martin throws acid into its face and bolts, returning to the surface in the Medieval World castle. With its optical inputs damaged by the acid, the Gunslinger is unable to track him normally, resorting to infra-red scanning, and Martin sets it on fire with a torch. He tries to rescue a woman chained up in a dungeon, but she turns out to be an android. The burned hulk of the Gunslinger attacks him one last time on the dungeon steps before succumbing to its damage. Martin, apparently the sole human survivor, sits in a state of near-exhaustion and shock, as the irony of Delos' slogan resonates: "Have we got a vacation for you!"

  • US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Rus...
    by George Freund on June 24, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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    Putin's economic adviser reveals the massive militarization of Ukraine, intended not only to crush Donbass, but to re-take Crimea, and be the puppets to start another world war for further consolidation of the US hegemony over Eurasia. From 10th June 2014 RIA Novosti English subtitles. Transcript in the youtube comments.

  • The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Bein...
    by George Freund on June 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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    Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you're being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media. Sources and full transcript:

  • Third Reich - Operation UFO (Nazi Base I...
    by George Freund on June 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM
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    First Release of Fully Translated Russian Antarctic Documentary

    September 26, 2012

    By David Griffin, M.Sc.

    For the first time, the legendary 2006 Russian documentary ‘Third Reich – Operation UFO’ in its entirety, fully translated into English and available for free viewing. Many thanks to Irina Du Toit for the translation and the saucer people for the subtitles.

    The film explores the historical mysteries and rumours of a Nazi secret base in Antarctica, the 1947 flying saucer attack on Admiral Byrd’s ill-fated ‘Operation Highjump’ expedition and the occult origins of Third Reich anti-gravity engines, flying discs and ancient Atlantean technologies viewed through the lens of perhaps the three most mysterious twentieth century German organisations of all: the ‘Thule Society, ‘Vril Society’ and the ‘Ahnenerbe’

    One of the core themes of the film is the alleged existence of ‘Base 211′, the legendary underground Nazi base in the Antarctica. Drawing upon the pre-war Nazi interest in Antarctica and the creation of ‘New Swabia’; the testimony of German U-Boat submarine commanders and the alleged disappearance of thousands of Nazi scientists and engineers at the end of the war, personnel that cannot be accounted for by the Vatican and Odessa ‘rat lines’ or American ‘Operation Paperclip’ activities. In addition, the film analyses the actual geo-physical possibilities of an underground base in Antarctica.

    The other core theme is the alleged existence of a Nazi flying saucer program and the many evidential strands that this area generates. From the supposed channeling of extraterrestrial engineering schematics by members of the German occult group ‘Thule Society’ in the early part of the twentieth century to the ‘implosion engine’ of Viktor Schauberger and its possible appropriation by the Third Reich.

    Bringing us to the the latter part of the twentieth century the documentary illustrates the many sightings of unknown crafts around the Antartic region and the theoretical basis for polar wormholes as entrance and exit points for visiting extraterrestrial spaceships and the possible involvement of HAARP, as well as asking why nearly all American Antarctic bases seem to be populated by agents of the National Security Agency and CIA.

    Like the study of any phenomena and/or events that exist at the edges of consensus reality, occupy imaginal realms and are subject to historical revisionism; the interface of myth and reality is a shifting mosaic of fact, speculation, disinformation and fantasy, or to use the phrase of head CIA counter-intelligence spook, James Jesus Angleton, we have entered a “wilderness of mirrors”.

    Certainly there are elements in the documentary that give cause for concern such as the alleged “Special Bureau 13″, the Nazi secret flying saucer research group and its similarity to the top secret government agency in the early eighties role playing game “Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic ” (though equally the RPG title could be an insider homage to this secret Nazi organisation). Likewise, there is the lack of information on the existence of the US Navy destroyer ‘Murdoch’ in the testimony recounted by pilot ‘John Sireson’ in his description of the flying saucer attack on Admiral Byrd’s fleet (testimony taken from an interview by the late pioneering American researcher Leonard Stringfield).

    For other interesting issues which happened in the same region during the early 1980′s – see also:

    Equally, the testimony of Admiral Byrd that flying saucers attacked the ‘Operation Highjump’ fleet is of historical record as is his testimony to Congress of enemies that have the ability to fly “pole to pole”. Likewise, the creation of ‘New Swabia’ is as much a historical fact as the ‘impossible’ existence of the ‘Piri Reis’ map.

    What sets this documentary apart from most others of its kind is the inclusion of high ranking Russian scientists and military personnel and their testimony should not be discounted.

    As the great American anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory says of many elements of deep politics: “its food for thought and grounds for further research”.

    Exopolitics UK and ‘The Saucer People’ are looking for other non-English UFO/alien related videos to help translate and subtitle, we have dozens of Russian documentaries waiting to be translated into English. If you speak Russian and are interested in translating any of this material please get in touch.

    Likewise, if your country of origin has produced any UFO/alien documentaries and are interested in creating English translations to be subtitled please contact us.

    It took a lot of hard work to make the translation of this documentary into English and create the subtitles and we would like to dedicate our work to the late American researcher Wendelle Stevens who is quoted in the film, In our opinion, Wendelle, who died in 2011 was one of the few genuine professional researchers in the UFO community and is sadly missed.

    NOTE: There was no USS Murdoch extant in the US Navy. USS Casablanca was decommissioned at the time. It doesn't mean their wasn't a coverup.

    by George Freund on June 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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    Notice the numbers on both planes are 666. F 24 24 and 603. Even time can't erase the devil in Hollywood.

    Night Flight (also known as Dark to Dawn) is a 1933 aviation drama film produced by David O. Selznick and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Clarence Brown. The film stars Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Clark Gable and Helen Hayes. It is based on the 1931 novel of the same name which won the Prix Femina the same year, by French writer and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Based on Saint-Exupéry's personal experiences while flying on South American mail routes, Night Flight recreates a 24-hour period of the operations of the fictional airline, Trans-Andean European Air Mail.

    In 1942, Night Flight was withdrawn from circulation as a result of a dispute between MGM and Saint Exupéry. Its public re-release had to wait until 2011, when legal obstacles were overcome.


    In South America, the daunting mountains and dangerous weather have hampered the operations of Trans-Andean European Air Mail, a 1930s-era airline. Charged with delivering a serum to stem an outbreak of infantile paralysis in Rio de Janeiro, Auguste Pellerin (Robert Montgomery) conquers his fears, but is reprimanded by the airline's stern director, A. Riviére (John Barrymore) for coming in late.

    Determined to make the night flight program work, Riviére has sent pilot Jules Fabian (Clark Gable) and his wireless operator on another dangerous flight. The pair are caught in a torrential rain storm and when Madame Fabian (Helen Hayes) comes to the headquarters, she realizes that her husband is overdue. The two airmen, flying blind over the ocean, run out of fuel and choose to jump but are drowned.

    Riviére refuses to quit and orders a Brazilian pilot (William Gargan) to take the mail to Rio, but the pilot's wife (Myrna Loy) pleads with him not to go. Despite the dangers, the night mail is delivered on time. The pilot despairs that his flight only meant that someone in Paris can get a postcard on Tuesday instead of Thursday, but its real value is proven when the serum is also delivered and a child is saved.

  • Beyond Westworld
    by George Freund on June 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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    Of course we know it better today as the Singularity. It says a lot that a show nominated for 2 Emmy's was cancelled after three episodes. You can't let people in on the secret to destroy mankind and take over the world. It's too soon.

    THE SINGULARITY PROJECT The End of Mankind as We Know It

    Beyond Westworld was a short-lived 1980 television series that carried on the stories of the two feature films, Westworld and Futureworld. It featured Jim McMullan as Security Chief John Moore of the Delos Corporation. The story revolved around John Moore having to stop the evil scientist, Quaid, as he planned to use the robots in Delos to try to take over the world. Despite being nominated for two Emmys (Outstanding Achievement In Makeup, and Outstanding Art Direction For A Series), only five episodes were produced, and only three of them were aired before cancellation.


    Jim McMullan as John Moore

    James Wainwright as Simon Quaid

    Connie Sellecca as Pamela Williams

    William Jordan as Joseph Oppenheimer

    Severn Darden as Foley

    Anne McCurry as Roberta

    Judith Chapman as Laura Garvey (pilot only)

    Judith Chapman's character Laura Garvey was supposed to be John Moore's companion for the series. Chapman was replaced by Connie Sellecca in the second episode. Sellecca had just come off a successful run as an airline stewardess in the TV series Flying High.

    Episode 1: "Westworld Destroyed" Ted Post Lou Shaw March 5, 1980

    John Moore is assigned to hunt down Quaid who has some androids that he proposes to use to further his own ends. The first one is hiding amongst the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine.

    by George Freund on June 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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    Bank job that opened the door on a royal sex scandal 

    Speculation quickly arose that compromising sexual photographs of the Queen's sister, the late Princess Margaret, had been uncovered in the bank vault. It was rumoured they had been stashed away by well-known underworld figure Michael X. A drug dealer and Black Power leader, he was convicted of murder and hanged in Trinidad in 1975. A government file on him will remain closed until 2054.

    The Baker Street robbery was a robbery of the safe deposit boxes at a branch of Lloyds Bank on the corner of Baker Street and Marylebone Road, London, on the night of 11 September 1971.

    The robbers had rented a leather goods shop named Le Sac, two doors down from the bank, and tunnelled a distance of approximately 50 feet (15 m) passing under the intervening Chicken Inn restaurant. To avoid being overheard they only dug during weekends. They used a thermal lance to try to break into the vault but ultimately had to use explosives.


    Robert Rowlands, a radio ham operator, overheard conversations between the robbers and their rooftop lookout at about 11 pm. He contacted police and tape recorded the conversations while the robbery was in progress, but there was insufficient information to identify which bank was being robbed. At 2 am a senior police officer alerted radio detector vans to track down the gang. Police checked the 750 banks within 10 miles of Mr Rowlands' receiver, including the Baker Street bank. At the time, the thieves were still in the bank, but the police failed to realise the fact because the security door was still locked. The thieves got away with £1.5m cash (2010: £16.5m) and valuables from safe deposit boxes. The total haul was believed to be near £3m (2010: £33.1m).


    It has often been reported that after four days of news coverage British authorities issued a D-Notice, requesting that such reporting be discontinued for reasons of national security and the story disappeared from newspapers. It is claimed by national newspapers in recent years, that some of the security boxes contained embarrassing or nationally sensitive material and that the purpose of the request was to protect a prominent member of the British Royal Family.Rowlands, the aforementioned ham radio operator, claims that the police attempted to prevent him from talking to the press by means of the D-Notice, which he felt was an attempt to hide police incompetence. He also claims that police threatened to prosecute him for listening to an unlicensed radio station. An investigation some years later showed that a request had never been made to the D-Notice committee at that time. Furthermore, a D-Notice has no legal status, being a mere request and not a legally enforceable order. The Times newspaper was still reporting about the case over two months later.

    Other recent reports suggest that the identity of the criminals and their sentences have never been revealed. However, The Times (amongst other newspapers) reported in January 1973 that four men had been convicted of the robbery at a trial at the Old Bailey. Three of these men were named as: Anthony Gavin, 38, a photographer from Dalston; Thomas Stephens, 35, a car dealer from Islington; and Reginald Tucker, 37, a company director from Hackney, who all pleaded guilty and who each received twelve years imprisonment. The fourth man, Benjamin Wolfe, 66, a fancy goods dealer from East Dulwich, pleaded not guilty but was subsequently convicted and received eight years. Wolfe had signed the lease on the shop used by the robbers. Two other men accused of handling banknotes from the robbery were acquitted. According to one press report, the police believed that the mastermind of the crime was another London car dealer who was never apprehended. Thomas Stephens and Reg Tucker had sentences reduced to eight years on appeal.

    The Bank Job

    A semi-fictional version of the robbery is the subject of the film The Bank Job (2008), which explores another popular theory of the crime that argues the robbery was either set up by, or later covered up by, MI5 to secure sexually compromising photographs of Princess Margaret which were being kept in a deposit box at the bank by known radical Michael X. While this theory has usually been considered yet another urban myth, there have been some individuals, including George McIndoe, an advisor to the film who claimed to have knowledge of the actual robbery, purporting that this was indeed the real motivation for the robbery.

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