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The Mortuary Collection

This is a Shudder original that was released earlier in the month, and I really enjoyed it. It’s an anthology horror collection à la Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt, but with a connective tissue à la Tales from the Darkside, but one that manages to blend into some of the tales (especially the last one). I’m a big fan of anthology horror films like this, and so it’s good to see a new one like this come out, and I wouldn’t mind at all if they managed to turn this into a franchise (which I...
Tags: Travel, Film, Debaser, Movie Marathon, The Mortuary Collection, October 2020

Top 5 Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy!

Do you have too much leftover candy from Halloween? Try these recipes that use up lollies and chocolate and gives them a new life! From a delicious Rocky Road, a chocolate bouquet to the grand finale - a chocolate smash cake!
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Dr Mark Hobart – who’s ACTUALLY worked in Melbourne nursing homes – confirms that MOST people dying WITH covid do not show respiratory symptoms

THIS IS FURTHER PROOF OF THE MASS FRAUD BEING PERPETRATED ON VICTORIANS BY DANIEL ANDREWS. Although from 4 September 2020, I was only sent this info recently. Mark Hobart practices in Sunshine. His views have been reported in The Australian on 16 September  2020: Melbourne GP treating aged care residents warns Victoria Government basing lockdown […]
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Letter by a registered nurse, R.N. Joyce, from Ontario about the DISASTROUS management of nursing homes

PDF of the letter – via Facebook. The letter sounds absolutely authentic, so I’m taking it to be real. It shows how the elderly are dying because of the extreme loneliness and lack of care. The letter also alludes to the massive harms from lockdowns. ===THE LETTER== October 30, 2020. I have been nursing for […]
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Creepshow Animated Special

I was very happy to see that this was going to get released this week — as I wrote in my other post about Creepshow, it’s what reminded me to go back and watch the rest of the series. This was quite good, especially the first story which is by Stephen King, and deliciously macabre — the second tale, by his son Joe Hill, gets good by the end, but the constant Twitter chatter by the main character annoyed me a bit. Also, this is more done as motion comics than purely animated, but it didn’t ...
Tags: Travel, TV, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Creepshow, October 2020, Creepshow Animated Special

Vampire Hunter D

This is another 80s anime film that I decided to revisit for this horror-filled marathon, and I’m glad I did. Sure, it drags on here and there, but it’s still a neat story (despite the traditional vampire setup, the setting is Mars) and the designs of the creatures are pretty gruesome and fun to take in (especially in that sequence where he enters the castle through an underground corridor filled with monstrosities). I think I missed that a sequel was released in 2000 (although note that t...
Tags: Travel, Film, Anime, Mars, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020, Vampire Hunter D


I have mixed feelings after watching this. For most of it I felt pretty down on it, as not only is zombie fatigue big with me, but especially when it comes to the zombie post-apocalyptic variety (blame Walking Dead probably). I can say that I much preferred Train to Busan (this is a sequel to that film, taking place four years later), and I think that’s because of the train setting, which made things quite tense. I also preferred the animated prequel, Seoul Station, because I think the sta...
Tags: Travel, Film, Busan, Seoul, Peninsula, Seoul Station, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Train to Busan, October 2020

Guest Post: Teresa Young

    Hello Friends, my name is Teresa Young. My husband, Dave & I live in a small town in southern Oklahoma. We met later in life, and have enjoyed being able to share our mutual love for art & creativity in life together.  Seems like I always have a million projects going on in my head as well as my life. I think that is how I roll. I always have... Our children are grown and living their adult lives. We have 2 beautiful granddaughters that are truly a joy.   Favorite photo of us with Corey ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Texas, California, France, Dave, United States, Italy, Oklahoma, Corey, Teresa, French la Vie, Round Top Flea Market, Teresa Young, Corey Yann

These Countries Have Shorter Residency Requirements for Citizenship & Passports

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election, there will probably be the usual choruses of “I’m moving to Canada!” from those who aren’t on board with the results. And it’s not only voters: one of the two major-party candidates, current president Donald Trump, issued a similar threat/promise earlier this month.…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Immigration, Canada, Lifehacks, Donald Trump, Passports

China destroys domes of famous mosques as cultural whitewash continues

China’s campaign to suppress Islam is accelerating as authorities remove Arab-style onion domes and decorative elements from mosques across the country. Stark changes have been observed at the main mosque in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia province, where most of China’s Hui ethnic Muslim minority live. The bright green onion-shaped domes and golden minarets that used to soar into the sky atop Nanguan Mosque have all been pulled down. Golden Islamic-style filigree, decorative arches, and Arabic scr...
Tags: UK, News, China, Tripadvisor, Scott, Yinchuan, Hui, Ningxia province, Nanguan Mosque, Christina Scott

‘We will not shy away from raising prices,’ says Vodafone Idea CEO

“The current pricing in the market is unsustainable and it’s unsustainable because it provides either very low or almost zero return on capital invested,” Vodafone Idea MD and CEO Ravinder Takkar said during the telco’s Q2FY21 earnings call on October 30. Echoing Bharti Airtel’s MD and CEO Gopal Vittal’s similar concerns, Takkar said that ARPU (average revenue per user) needs to get to ₹200 in the short term and up to ₹300 in the longer term. Absence of returns in a three-player market indicates...
Tags: Travel, News, Vodafone, Telecom, Earnings, Airtel, Reliance Jio, Competition Commission, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI, Bharti Airtel, Jio, Takkar, Gopal Vittal, Vodafone Idea, Airtel Vodafone Idea, AGR

These Countries Have Shorter Residency Requirements for Citizenship

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election, there will probably be the usual choruses of “I’m moving to Canada!” from those who aren’t on board with the results. And it’s not only voters: one of the two major-party candidates, current president Donald Trump, issued a similar threat/promise earlier this month.…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Immigration, Canada, Lifehacks, Donald Trump, Passports

With No Cuts Left to Make, Big Oil Sits and Waits for a Recovery - Bloomberg

With No Cuts Left to Make, Big Oil Sits and Waits for a Recovery - Bloomberg It was Andrew Swiger, the chief financial officer at Exxon Mobil Corp., who summarized the attitude of the whole industry after Big Oil ended reporting another dismal set of quarterly earnings: “Prices will have to rise.”After months of low oil and gas prices driven by weak demand, the world’s largest international oil companies have largely exhausted their financial defenses, leaving little room to maneuver if they’re ...
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How much money can Apple make with Apple One in India?

Apple’s bundled subscription service Apple One has gone live in India, at a much lower price than the service’s US pricing. Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade (the on-demand game app service), and iCloud storage are being bundled for individual subscribers at ₹195 per month, and ₹365 per month in India, as the company had announced earlier. In the US, Apple One costs US$15–20 per month, which is over five times the rate in India. Apple One does not include Apple Fitness+ and Apple News+ in Ind...
Tags: Travel, Apple, News, Indonesia, India, US, Apple Music, Apple News, Apple Music Apple, Hotstar, Faisal Kawoosa, YouTube Premium, Apple One

Twitter will use Topics to target ads at users, a marketplace product may be in the works

Twitter is renewing focus on targeting ads at users using Topics and other data it collects, CEO Jack Dorsey and CFO Ned Segal revealed during the earnings call for Q3FY20 on October 29. Although Segal said that he had “nothing new to report” on non-ad revenue related products, which are the “#1 company priority”, commerce is something the company is looking at. In Q3FY20, at 86.32% ad revenue ($808 million) formed the bulk of the platform’s revenue share. Twitter’s monetisable da...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Twitter, Japan, News, US, Earnings, Jack Dorsey, Ad Tech, Dorsey, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Segal, CPE, Ned Segal, COVID, Earnings Oct-20

OPEC oil output rises more on Libya restart, Iraq - Reuters survey | Reuters

OPEC oil output rises more on Libya restart, Iraq - Reuters survey | Reuters OPEC oil output has risen for a fourth month in October, a Reuters survey found, as a restart of more Libyan installations and higher Iraqi exports offset full adherence by other members to an OPEC-led supply cut deal.The 13-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has pumped 24.59 million barrels per day (bpd) on average in October, the survey found, up 210,000 bpd from September and a further boost fro...
Tags: Travel, Iraq, Opec, Libya, Reuters, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Reuters OPEC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Stephen Brennock

Go cold #Turkey - Riyadh Bureau ht @ahmed

Go cold Turkey - Riyadh Bureau When Riyadh’s chamber of commerce held its election in February, one candidate was utterly ubiquitous: Ajlan al-Ajlan, billionaire founder of a company that sells Saudi men’s clothes, appeared to spare no expense for his campaign. On street billboards, newspaper pages, television channels and social media networks, his face was inescapable. People even joked they found him inside their microwaves and bread toasters.Al-Ajlan’s heavy spending paid off as he came firs...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Ramadan, Riyadh, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ajlan al Ajlan, Turkey Riyadh, Al Ajlan, Ajlan

A mild weekend

We're having a relatively warm and dry weekend. I took advantage of it on Friday morning to rip the tomato plants out of the ground and put away their stakes. Ken picked the last few tomatoes for guacamole, part of Friday's lunch. I saved some stray green ones to see if they'll ripen on the deck. I still want to cut the grass, but that will depend on how much dew we get. This morning looks a little foggy out there. This photo is almost a week old. The leaves are falling to the ground now. So h...
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Reliance Retail’s e-commerce segment growing, offline stores continue to see low footfalls

Reliance Retail’s e-commerce segments such as AJIO, JioMart and Reliance Digital have grown in both customers and value. AJIO, Reliance Retail Ventures Limited’s (RRVL) lifestyle fashion website, recorded four times as many orders compared to pre-COVID-levels. JioMart, the latest entrant into the e-grocery space, is also growing “exponentially”, the company said in its earnings release for the quarter ending September 30. Overall, business is rebounding in a “sharp V-shape” trajectory, according...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Customers, Earnings, Reliance, EBITDA, Reliance Digital, Reliance Retail, Mukesh Ambani, Future Group, Ajio, EBIDTA, Jiomart, Earnings Oct-20, AJIO Reliance Retail Ventures Limited

Amazon’s net income triples YoY, growth in AWS and Prime in Q3

Even though Amazon’s Prime Day in the US was postponed to October instead of the usual July, Inc. tripled its net income, clocking in $6.3 billion in Q3FY20 compared to $2.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Net sales stood at $96.1 billion, up 37% from $69.9 billion in the same period last year.   It’s hard to predict how much of the incremental sales from COVID-19 would recur and continue to grow next year, Brian Olsavsky, CFO and senior VP, said on the investor call. There...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Fcc, Cloud Computing, India, US, Amazon Prime, Turkey, Earnings, SEC, North America, Uae, Amazon Web Services, Alexa

Saregama continues to face pressure in the wake of COVID-19

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Saregama’s operations. While the company’s operations wtinessed a to a 31% YoY decrease in overall turnover, the music label and film production company posted a 45% YoY increase in its net-profits, to Rs 289 in Q2 FY021. Saregama reported that revenues in the music division had reduced by 31% YoY to Rs 6.6 crore, while in the TV & films division revenues fell by 76% YoY to Rs 66 crore and publication wherein revenues fell by 63% YoY to Rs 1.1 crore. “...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Music Streaming, Earnings, Saregama, OTT platform, Carvaan, Warner Spotify, Vikram Mehra, COVID, Warner Music Saregama, Saregama India Ltd OTT

'An incredible scar': the harsh toll of Trump's 400-mile wall through national parks

Samuel Gilbert visited four distinct wilderness areas near the new border wall, which is fragmenting protected habitats and threatening endangered species In the 1980s, When Kevin Dahl first began visiting the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument in southern Arizona, the border was unmarked, save for a simple fence used to keep cattle from a ranch in the US from crossing into Mexico. In those days, park rangers would call in their lunch orders at a diner located just across the border.Since then,...
Tags: Texas, News, California, Mexico, US, Unesco, Canada, Arizona, Jaguar, New Mexico, University Of Arizona, North America, Customs, Department Of Homeland Security, Gulf of Mexico, Sierra Club

Google ad spend does better than expected, rebounding from pandemic impact

Google parent Alphabet reported a significant surge in search revenue for Q3, earning US$26.3 billion from advertisers. This exceeds the US$24.7 billion the company earned from Google search ads in the same quarter last year. This is a significant rebound for the company, whose advertising revenues were deeply impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that the bulk of digital advertising revenue comes from Europe and North America, where the economies are more ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, News, Youtube, India, US, SEC, Department Of Justice, North America, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Pichai, Ruth Porat, Porat, Google Cloud

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