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Las Vegas: Satan Vacations Here
by Victoria Alexander
February 6, 2012
The fantastic Australian Bee Gees Show at Excalibur, "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men", Apollo 16 astronauts found alien ship, remote viewers say, Happy Pizza, and more...
Regarding Facebook's new Timeline, Jimmy Kimmel said it best: Facebook should stick to what they do best - letting people know their ex's got fat.
The Australian Bee Gees Show - The Ultimate Tribute to the Bee Gees Extends Contract with Excalibur Through February 2013. This is a fantastic show!
If you haven't seen this show, it is a must! And come ready to dance!
The 75-minute multi-media concert event features impressive and bold sound and giant screens featuring video clips of the Australian Bee Gees performing all over the world. And then there is "Mo's Club" where the audience is encouraged to get up and dance!
The Australian Bee Gees offer up nearly all the hits written by the Brothers Gibb: 'The New York Mining Disaster', 'Massachusetts', 'How Deep is Your Love' , 'Night Fever', 'Jive Talking', 'Lonely Days', 'Tragedy' and 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart', and many more – including a two-song encore.
The singers are Michael Clift as Barry Gibb, lead vocalist David Scott as Robin Gibb, and Wayne Hosking as Maurice Gibb. Also in the band is Tony Richards on bass and Mike Mitchell on drums.
Barry Gibb was the most visible of the Bee Gees, but it is really Robin who sang most of their hits. And David Scott, a terrific and a powerful singer, serves him well.
I sang along with every song. Introducing a medley of disco hits, Maurice tells the audience a special space has been set aside for dancing – called Mo's Club - and encourages audience members to get up and do their best Tony Manero. (Hey, whatever happened to Travolta's co-star Karen Lynn Gorney?)
Remember the great Bee Gees-penned song 'If I Can't Have You' sung by Yvonne Elliman? The Australian Bee Gees do every song to perfection.
Since 1996, The Australian Bee Gees show has performed to more than one million people in sold-out theaters and concert halls in more than 40 countries.
And The Australian Bee Gees will be here for another year! I'm going back soon with a group of girlfriends who love to dance.
Tickets priced at $54.95 and $44.95, plus tax and service fees. Performances are Saturday-Thursday at 7 p.m. nightly. To charge by phone call (702) 597-7600. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Excalibur box office and online at www.excalibur.com. The friendly Australian Bee Gees rushed out of the theater to greet and take photos with fans.
The Bee Gees (remember when hairy chests were in?) retired from performing after the sudden death of Maurice (Robin's twin) in 2003 at the age of 53 from a heart attack. Maurice had been the musical director of the Bee Gees during their final years as a group. In November, 2011, it was announced that Robin Gibb was diagnosed with liver cancer. His exhausting cancer battle forces him to sleep up to 14 hours a day.
Very ill Robin Gibb, 62, will be performing at London's Palladium for a UK charity called Coming Home on February 13. The charity, www.coming-home.org.uk, helps wounded UK soldiers. Robin is set to sing 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You' with several soldiers singing backup. Robin has told organizers he also wants to sing 'How Deep Is Your Love' and 'Words'.
Book Review. "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men" by Mara Hvistendahl. This is an absolutely fascinating, well researched book. It has been impossible for me to stop reading it – I was even reading it on line at Costco.
There are 163 million females missing in Asia. Why and who is to blame?
In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that's as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events. If the male number in the sex ratio is above 106, it means that couples are having abortions when they find out the mother is carrying a girl.
Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121 —though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China's and India's populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107. But the imbalance is not only in Asia. Azerbaijan stands at 115, Georgia at 118 and Armenia at 120.
Hvistendahl puts the blame squarely on sex-selection abortion. In Asia, it was found that women will continue to get pregnant until they have a son. Herein is the problem: A male child is more valued than a female child. And, in China's one-child policy, couples want a son.
Women in the U.S. have a right to have an abortion. But what if abortion was forced on them? What if abortion is used as an alternative to having a female baby? Hvistendahl gives some horrific cases of forced abortions on women 7 and 8 months pregnant. Field workers in Asia got paid for every abortion they performed.
Hvistendahl's research shows that in the 1960s the Ford Foundation, the United Nations and Planned Parenthood zealously backed the use of cheap prenatal technologies (portable ultrasound equipment) that would indicate the sex of a fetus. This was reasoned to be the best way to stop over-population. It permits women to select to have a son. In many cases, the U.S. used foreign aid as a hammer to implement sex-selection policies.
The world is becoming increasingly male. What will that mean in the near future?
Sex-selection abortions are the reason that 163 million girls are missing from the world.
It all started with Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller "The Population Bomb." He popularized the idea that ensuring that couples had sons was an effective means of curbing population growth.
What are the consequences? Hvistendahl lists "wife tourism", bride buying, prostitution, and other horrific practices. A world predominately male brings with it increased violence and social unrest.
Yet, how can the U.S. expect other countries to ban abortions when there is really no way to know if telling a woman the sex of her fetus means the woman will have an abortion? Women go to one doctor to find out the sex of their fetus and then, if they are carrying a female fetus, go to another doctor for an abortion.
Hvistendahl illustrates the problem in South Korea which has the fourth-lowest birthrate in the world, according to the United Nations.
South Korea will soon be a country primarily of old people. To combat this frightening problem, abortion is now illegal in South Korea except in specific cases. Take for example this: In 2009, Sungshin Women's University in Seoul organized an event aimed at trying to raise awareness about the country's very low birth rate. It sparked controversy when the organizers requested women students in the audience to submit a sworn statement that they would have children.
Apollo 16 astronauts found alien ship, psychics say. A group of parapsychology sleuths accuse NASA of hiding evidence of aliens on the lunar surface. On FoxNews.com, Ray Villard writes about a group of Remote Viewers in Texas and then gives Remote Viewers a challenge – The Pluto Challenge.
Transception Incorporated, self-described as an Austin, Tex., based psychic R&D operation, sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden that nominates the Apollo 16 crew for the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
The medal is being recommended for astronauts John Young and Charles Duke allegedly coming upon an extraterrestrial "shipwreck" on the surface of the moon during their third lunar surface excursion on April 23, 1972. A prerequisite for the award is that the crew is "released from secrecy" about what they really saw on the moon.
A variety of "shipwreck elements" -- described as "structures, people/aliens, biological technology, and their plight" -- were reportedly seen through a psychic technique called remote viewing by six experts hired by Transception.
One of the six remote viewers contracted by Transception for this project told me, on the condition of anonymity, that the data collected was accurate and very good but the critics are right in questioning the analysis of the data.
The Pluto Challenge. In writing about Transception's claim, Ray Villard posted a challenge to remote viewers everywhere. Villard wants somebody to "please remote view the icy dwarf planet Pluto for me from a close-up distance?"
If you want to participate, here is what Villard wants you to do:
"You must draw a map of both hemispheres that has detailed information about the coordinates and sizes of major features: impact basins, crater fields, ice flows, outcrops, tectonics rifts, cryovolcanoes, whatever -- even crashed spaceships. The best pictures of Pluto to date, from the Hubble Space Telescope, only show variations in color and reflectivity across Pluto's surface, but not topography. I'll leave the details to the remote viewers, who by their claims can supposedly do a better job than Hubble or any other spacecraft. (But, still, no peeking at the Hubble pictures!) Please send me your detailed drawings and I'll gladly publish them. And, in 2015 we will be able to validate -- or invalidate -- this remote sensing experiment by seeing real close up photos from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it zooms by Pluto at 36,000 miles per hour."
So get out your crayons and email a drawing to Villard at: email@example.com
Happy Pizza. Sure, I heard about it and looked everywhere, but when I found it, I was too scared to actually order one. But I did take photos. In Laos and Cambodia, "Happy Pizza" is pizza made like a typical international pizza, the only difference is a thin layer of "MerryJane" beneath the melted cheese and tomato sauce.
At "Happy Pizza" restaurants, menus will offer pizzas such as "Mildly Happy Pizza", "Extra Happy Pizza", and "Very Happy Pizza". The "happier" the pizza, the stronger the dose of weed.
I have read that in Cambodia there is "Extremely Happy Pizza", but I never saw it on a menu. In recent years the Laos and Cambodia governments has cracked down on authentic Happy Pizza restaurants and signs advertising them were nowhere to be found on the main streets in Laos. Of course, down by the very popular tubing sites where all the backpackers congregate, it might be another story.
In Laos, I took a photo of the menu offering "Bob Marley Pizza" – but no ingredients listed! Can you just imagine what "Vang Vieng Pizza" (at 100,000 kip) consists of?
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