AD 70

AD 70 was a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Titus; the denomination AD 70 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. Emperor Vespasian and his son Caesar Vespasian become Roman consuls. Panic strikes Rome as adverse winds delay grain shipments from Africa and Egypt, producing a bread shortage. Ships laden with wheat from North Africa sail 300 miles to Rome's port of Ostia in 3 days, the 1,000 mile voyage from Alexandria averages 13 days; the vessels carry 1,000 tons each to provide the city with the 8,000 tons per week it consumes. Sextus Julius Frontinus is praetor of Rome. Legio II Adiutrix is created from marines of Classis Ravennatis. Pliny the Elder serves as procurator in Gallia Narbonensis. 14th of Xanthikos – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus surrounds the Jewish capital, with three legions on the western side and a fourth on the Mount of Olives to the east.

He puts pressure on the food and water supplies of the inhabitants by allowing pilgrims to enter the city to celebrate Passover and refusing them egress. About April 21 – Titus opens a full-scale assault on Jerusalem, concentrating his attack on the city's Third Wall to the northwest; the Roman army begins trying to breach the wall using testudos, siege towers, battering rams. 7th of Artemisios – The Third Wall of Jerusalem collapses and the Jews withdraw from Bezetha to the Second Wall, where the defences are unorganized. 12th of Artemisios – Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall; the Romans start building a circumvallation. 21st of Artemisios – A "certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon", "chariots and troops" seen running in the clouds around Jerusalem Pentecost – Priests in the Temple in Jerusalem feel a quaking and hear "a sound as of a great multitude saying, Let us remove hence". 17th of Panemos, about July 14) – Sacrifices cease in the temple.

24th of Panemos – Romans set fire to a cloister after the capture of the Fortress of Antonia, north of the Temple Mount. The Romans are drawn into street fighting with the Zealots. 10th of Loios – Titus destroys the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Roman troops are abolish the Jewish high priesthood and Sanhedrin; this becomes known as the Fall of Jerusalem, a conclusive event in the First Jewish–Roman War, which began in 66 AD. Following this event, the Jewish religious leadership moves from Jerusalem to Jamnia, this date is mourned annually as the Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av. August – Titus lays siege to the Upper City of Jerusalem. 8th of Gorpiaios – Romans gain control of all of Jerusalem and proceed to burn it and kill its remaining residents, except for some who are taken captive to be killed or enslaved. Neapolis is founded in Iudaea Province. Naval clashes on the Rhine during the Batavian Revolt. Roman legions V Alaudae and XV Primigenia are destroyed by the Batavi. Quintus Petillius Cerialis puts down the Batavian rebellion of Gaius Julius Civilis.

Vespasian disbands four Rhine legions, disgraced for having surrendered or lost their eagles during the revolt of Julius Civilis. Roman emperor Domitian marries Domitia Longina. Romans make a punitive expedition against the Garamantes – they are forced to have an official relationship with the Roman Empire. Annexation of the island of Samothrace by the Roman Empire under Vespasian. India sees the end of the Hellenistic dynasties. Expedition by the Roman Septimius Flaccus to southern Egypt, he reaches Sudan. Ze-Hakèlé becomes king of Aksum. Members of the Oneida Community, a now non-existent religious group formed in the nineteenth century, believed this was the year Jesus Christ returned. Demonax, Greek Cynic philosopher Gaius Julius Quadratus Bassus, Roman politician Marinus of Tyre, Greek geographer and writer Menelaus of Alexandria, Greek mathematician Eleazar ben Simon, Jewish leader of the Zealots Gaius Dillius Vocula, Roman general Hero of Alexandria, Greek mathematician and engineer Lucius Calpurnius Piso, Roman consul and governor Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, Roman writer Malichus II, Roman client king of Nabatea Matthias, Jewish governor and priest Phannias ben Samuel, high priest of Israel Simeon ben Gamliel, Jewish leader Simon bar Giora, Jewish leader

Pilot (Better Off Ted)

"Pilot" is the series premiere of the American sitcom Better Off Ted aired on ABC. It premiered on March 18, 2009, with positive reviews, over five and a half million viewers. In the premiere, Ted struggles with the ethics of freezing one of his scientists on his company's orders. Meanwhile, Linda is stealing creamer from the office in order to satisfy her need to rebel against the company. Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani plays Dr. Bhamba a one-time character. Bhamba became a recurring character, next appearing in "Goodbye Mr. Chips". Jay Harrington as Theodore Margaret "Ted" Crisp Portia de Rossi as Veronica Palmer Andrea Anders as Linda Katherine Zwordling Jonathan Slavin as Dr. Philip "Phil" Myman Malcolm Barrett as Dr. Lem Hewitt Isabella Acres as Rose Crisp Ted Crisp works for the powerful company, Veridian Dynamics, he works on everything from mice that can withstand high temperatures to a weapon made from pumpkins. After making pumpkins lethal, creating an office chair, so uncomfortable it makes people work harder, Veronica wants Ted to work on a new project, freezing Phil, one of Ted's scientists, just to see if it's possible.

Phil at first not wanting to do it, talks it over with his wife, enthusiastic about the idea. Meanwhile, at work Ted discovers that Linda is stealing creamer from the office as a way to "get back" at the company. At home, Ted's daughter, Rose talks to Ted, having problems with the ethics of freezing one of his own employees. Rose convinces Ted that it shouldn't be done, however the next day at work, despite Ted's pleas, Phil goes through with it and freezes himself. While watching Phil freeze and Linda have a moment where they hold hands, however both try to hide it. After three days, the company decides to break its promise that Phil can stay in the lab, decides to move him; the two janitors drop the tube when one of them answers his cell phone, Phil thaws, with no memory of what happened to him. Everyone is ordered not to tell Phil what happened to him and Phil is put back into regular work, with one problem. At random moments throughout the day he will stop, start screeching without realizing it.

The pilot episode was watched by 5.64 million American viewers with a household rating of 3.6. General reception of the pilot of Better Off Ted was positive, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, "Better Off Ted has the fresh and lively feel of something great being born...". They credited Portia de Rossi with a good performance, by "...being able to make a cold assassination funny, something, hard to do." Linda Stasl of the New York Post gave the show a positive review, saying that, "Veridian, a company so morally challenged that it would make Michael Clayton run for cover." Alan Sepinwall gave a mediocre review saying, "For the seven of you who remember Andy Richter, Better Off Ted isn't quite as good -- in part because star Jay Harrington isn't as innately funny as Richter, because Fresco ditched the fantasy scenes that were the most memorable part of the earlier series -- but it's still a breath of fresh air in the present stale environment for TV comedy, as well as an accidentally timely show."

Matt Fowler of IGN gave a more negative review saying, "This show is amusing, but not in enough of a manner that makes me want to keep up with it."

Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars is a 2013 American documentary film, which accompanies the book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill. The film is directed by Richard Rowley, written by Scahill and David Riker. Production for the film began in 2010 when Scahill, who worked as a reporter for The Nation magazine, traveled to Afghanistan with director Richard Rowley, with only a vague idea for what the film would be about; the film had no budget, at the outset Scahill and Rowley traveled to Afghanistan using money from a grant Scahill had received to support his reporting. The film was not intended to have Scahill as a narrator or protagonist, instead acting as a "tour guide" as the film traveled between the sites of covert U. S. military action. David Riker was brought on board to assist with writing after an initial four-hour rough cut of the film was put together, he convinced Scahill and Rowley to make the film more personal. During filming and Rowley traveled to Somalia to meet warlords in different territories of the country.

As no American insurance companies would cover them to travel there, they had to get kidnap and ransom insurance from another country. Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill travels to Afghanistan, Yemen and other countries where the United States has taken military action in the War on Terror. In Afghanistan, he investigates the United States military and government cover-up of the deaths of five civilians, including two pregnant women killed by US soldiers from the Joint Special Operations Command. After investigating the attack, Scahill travels to other sites of JSOC intervention, interviewing both proponents and opponents, the survivors, of such raids, including U. S. Senator Ron Wyden. Scahill investigates the assassinations of American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, meeting with their family at their home in Yemen. Scahill suggests that the War on Terror is in fact a "self-fulfilling prophecy" and causes the radicalization of Muslims, he discusses the case of Yemeni investigative journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, detained and sentenced on terrorism-related charges after reporting on American drone strikes.

Dirty Wars premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013. The film competed in the U. S. documentary section, it won the Cinematography award. The film was released in four theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC on June 7, 2013. Over the opening weekend, it grossed an estimated $66,000, a theater average of $16,500; the film opened in British cinemas on November 29, 2013 with showings in nine cities around the country. Dirty Wars received critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes certified the film as "fresh" with a score of 85% based on 67 reviews; the website's critical consensus reads, "Some viewers may find fault with director Rick Rowley's filmmaking methods, but they aren't distracting enough to keep Dirty Wars from serving as a compelling argument against elements of American foreign policy.". Metacritic rated the film 76 based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews"; the film obtained a high score of 7.5 out of 10 from the aggregation of more than 6000 votes at the Internet Movie Database.

Trevor Johnston found the film to be a "gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness behind President Obama’s good-guy facade. Scahill may not have the screen charisma of a Hollywood leading man, but he has the integrity to keep on pushing at closed doors after threats are made to his personal security, he widens his focus to include Yemen and Somalia and draws a pattern of state-sanctioned assassination by unchecked US special forces and their mercenary hirelings."However, Douglas Valentine wrote "...the film is so devoid of historical context, so contrived, as to render it a work of art, rather than political commentary. And as art, it is pure self-indulgence." Some reviewers criticized the film's focus on Scahill rather than on the issues. Ella Taylor said that "as a journalist Scahill is the messenger, not the subject, the attention he receives in Dirty Wars distracts us from the bigger picture he paints."

Dirty Wars was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher Barnett won the 2014 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Dialogue, ADR and Music in a Feature Documentary, given by the Motion Picture Sound Editors society; the film was nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. List of films featuring drones Official website Dirty Wars on IMDb Dirty Wars at Metacritic Dirty Wars at Box Office Mojo Dirty Wars at Rotten Tomatoes