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Chuck Robb

Charles Spittal Robb is an American politician and former officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served as the 64th Governor of Virginia from 1982 to 1986, as a United States senator from 1989 until 2001. In 2004, he co-chaired the Iraq Intelligence Commission. Charles Robb was born in Phoenix, the son of Frances Howard and James Spittal Robb, he grew up in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. He attended Cornell University before earning a B. A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1961, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. A United States Marine Corps veteran and honor graduate of Quantico, Robb became a White House social aide, it was there that he met and married Lynda Johnson, the daughter of then-U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in a service celebrated by the Right Reverend Gerald Nicholas McAllister. Robb went on to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he commanded Company I of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in combat, was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Star.

Following his promotion to the rank of Major, he was attached to the Logistics section, 1st Marine Division. After the war he earned a J. D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973, clerked for John D. Butzner, Jr. a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Afterwards he resided in McLean and entered private practice with Williams & Connolly. Robb became active in Virginia politics as a Democrat, was a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Virginia Democratic State Central Committee. In 1977 Robb won the election for lieutenant governor of Virginia, the only one of three Democrats running for statewide office to win that year, leaving him as the de facto head of a political party that had not won a governor's race in a dozen years, he served as from 1978 to 1982. Robb led the statewide Democratic ticket as its candidate for governor in 1981; the three Democrats running for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general won by appealing to conservatives who were disenchanted with Robb's Republican opponent, J. Marshall Coleman.

Virginia Democrats again won all three statewide offices in 1985, viewed as an endorsement of Robb's leadership while in office. As a campaigner, Robb was reserved. During a time when political communication styles were beginning to favor sound bites, Robb was known for speaking in paragraphs about complex policy issues, he was noteworthy among his contemporaries for raising substantial sums of campaign funds. During his term as governor, Robb founded the Democratic Governors Association in 1983. Politically, Robb was a moderate, known as being fiscally conservative, pro-national security, progressive on social issues; as governor, he balanced the state budget without raising taxes, dedicated an additional $1 billion for education. He appointed a record number of women and minorities to state positions, including the first African American to the state Supreme Court, he was the first Virginia governor in 25 years to use the death penalty. Robb was instrumental in creating the Super Tuesday primary that brought political power to the Southern states.

He was a co-founder in creating the Democratic Leadership Council. He was a strong vote-getter in Virginia in the 1980s and helped mold a more progressive Virginia Democratic Party than the one that had ruled the state for decades. For a time he was considered a vice-presidential prospect. Robb served as Democratic member of the US Senate from 1989 until 2001. Robb was elected in 1988. Robb ranked annually as one of the most ideologically centrist senators and acted as a bridge between Democratic and Republican members, as he preferred background deal-making to legislative limelight, his fellow Democrats removed him from the Budget Committee for advocating deeper cuts in federal spending. In 1991, he was one of a handful of Democratic senators to support authorizing the use of force to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait; the same year, he was one of seven Southern Democrats who voted to confirm the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U. S. Supreme Court in a 52 to 48 vote, the narrowest margin of approval in more than a century.

In 1992, he was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, during his term, the DSCC raised record amounts of funding to elect seven new Democrats to the Senate. The Democratic victory included the election of four new female senators and the re-election of a fifth in what was called The Year of the Woman. Robb is more liberal on social issues, he voted against the execution of minors. He was opposed to a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. In 1993, he supported Bill Clinton's proposal to adopt the don't ask, don't tell policy on homosexuals in the armed forces. Three years Robb was the only senator from a Southern state to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. In stating his opposition to the bill, which his friends and supporters urged him to support, he said the following, "I feel strongly that this legislation is wrong. Despite its name, the Defense of Marriage Act does not defend marriage against some imminent, crippling effect. Although we have made huge strides in the struggle against discrimination based on gender and religion, it is more difficult to see beyond our differences regarding sexual orientation.

The fact that our hearts don't speak in the same way is not cause or justification to discriminate." Some have speculated that his position on gay rights, along with his positions on other hot-button issues like abortion, alienated the conservative voters of Virginia and cont

Those Who Walk in Darkness

Those Who Walk in Darkness is a novel by John Ridley, published in May 2003. It details the life of a member of an elite police task force in Los Angeles that hunts down superhumans known as metanormals, it was followed in 2006 by a sequel. In a world where, until a few years ago, the streets were rocked by battles between colorfully clad men and women with astounding metanormal powers, the people have declared all-out war against these modern-day titans. Following the destruction of the city of San Francisco in a super-battle gone bad, the federal government has issued an executive order outlawing not only the use of super powers, but the people who possess them. For the beings known as Metanormals, it doesn't matter whether they were once superheroes, supervillains, or neither; the main character is Soledad O'Roark, a rookie MTac whose single-minded hatred of the Metas is extreme by the obsessive standards of her profession. Soledad earns the hated nickname "Bullet" on her first call, when she uses an O'Dwyer Variable-Lethality Law Enforcement gun to blow away a rampaging pyrokinetic in the act of frying her squad.

Soledad herself modified the high-tech gun, which comes complete with color-coded bullets designed to exploit the individual weaknesses of various common Metas. The gun saves her life and the lives of several of her partners, but the department brass still demotes her, considers filing charges, for her failure to follow official procedure by using the unregistered weapon. Soledad's lawyer, suspects a conspiracy. Michelle, an angelic winged woman who possesses a mysterious ability to either avert disasters or bring back the dead, lives in hiding with her telepathic husband, a mentally disabled metal manipulator named Aubrey; when Michelle reveals herself in order to save the lives of an entire construction crew during a deadly street collapse, Soledad shoots the winged woman dead, dismissing the horrified reaction of one witness with a shrugged "She's not an Angel. Angels don't bleed. She's just another freak." The grieving Vaughn succumbs to his anger, which his gentle wife held in check for so long, declares war against the MTacs.

What Fire Cannot Burn continues to follow Soledad and fellow MTAC officer Eddi Aoki as they go undercover to investigate a serial killer targeting metanormals hunts in Los Angeles, a serial killer who might work for the police. An animated 2003 version of the film was released starring rapper Lil' Kim as Soledad, it was animated using Flash and was released on the internet before being released on DVD by Lightyear Entertainment. Those Who Walk in Darkness on IMDb Those Who Walk in Darkness at AllMovie

The Mud Bath

The Mud Bath is a 1914 oil-on-canvas painting by David Bomberg. The work is considered a masterpiece of Bomberg's work in this period. Bomberg was a founder member of the London Group, the painting is considered a leading example of Vorticism, although Bomberg resisted being described as a Vorticist; the painting is a striking composition of human figures formed from white and blue geometric planes and angles, in a rectangular bath of vibrant red surrounded by a landscape of mustard brown, arranged around a brown and black vertical element. There is a suggestion; the scene is based on Schewzik Russian Vapour Baths in Brick Lane, near Bomberg's home in east London, used by the local Jewish population for cleanliness and for religious observances, including the mikveh ritual bath. Bomberg's Jewishness was a important part of his identity as an artist; the bathing room, with a communal bath 10-foot square and balcony above, was open to either men and women on different days, may have been the inspiration for his 1913 work, Ju-Jitsu.

Bomberg created a series of crayon and chalk studies before the painting. The completed work measures 152.4 centimetres by 224.2 centimetres. It was a key component in his one-man exhibition the Chenil Gallery in Chelsea in 1914. In addition to taking first place in the catalogue, the work was hung on the wall outside the gallery so that it could have "every advantage of lighting and space". A critic remarked that the work was "rained upon, baked by the sun and garlanded with flags", but it did not entice many passing the gallery to enter; the London Chronicle noted that "The passers-by make no comment, because they do not recognise it as a picture". Bomberg recalled that as they turned the corner of King's Road, horses pulling the number 29 bus would shy at it; the work was purchased by the Tate Gallery seven years after Bomberg's death. David Bomberg, The Mud Bath, 1914, Tate Gallery Study for The Mud Bath 1914, Tate Gallery http://www.vorticism.co.uk/vorts_bomberg.html Origins and Development, Volume 1 of Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age, Richard Cork, p. 203-207...

London, And 1914, Michael J. K. Walsh, p. 138-139 Ju-Jitsu circa 1913, Tate Gallery

Eudonia aspidota

Eudonia aspidota is a moth in the family Crambidae. It is found in New Zealand; this species was first named Xeroscopa aspidota. Meyrick added further detail when he described the species in 1884. In 1913 Meyrick placed the species within the genus Scoparia; the wingspan is 22–26 mm. The forewings are light ochreous, sometimes mixed with reddish-ochreous. There is a black white-margined triangular spot on the costa; the hindwings are pale grey with hind marginal line. Although the wing markings of this species attract attention, they imitate bird droppings; this mimicry offers protection to E. aspidota. E. aspidota is endemic in New Zealand. Meyrick stated it could be found in Wellington, Castle Hill, Mount Hutt and Lake Wakatipu. George Hudson added to the localities where E. aspidota could be found and included Raurimu, Buller River and Stewart Island. Hudson was of the opinion that the species was distributed throughout New Zealand; the habitat of this species is amongst forest. Host plants The larvae of this species lives on mosses.

Adults of E. aspidota are present during December and January. This species is attracted to light

Andreas Bummel

Andreas Bummel is co-founder and Director of Democracy Without Borders and of the international campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. From 1998 to 2008 he was coordinator for UN reform issues of the Society for Threatened Peoples, one of Germany’s leading human rights organizations and since 1998 he is a member of the Council of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy in New York. In 2012, he was elected as a fellow by the World Academy of Art and Science in recognition of his work on a world parliament and in 2015 the Society for Threatened Peoples awarded him the association’s honorary membership. In 2018, he authored a major book on the history and implementation of a world parliament titled "A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century". Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly, Great Transition Initiative, August 2016 A World Parliament and the Transition from International Law to World Law, Cadmus Journal, Vol. 2, no.

3, October 2014 Developing International Democracy – For a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations. A strategy paper of the Committee for a Democratic U. N. 2010

Lochailort

Lochailort is a hamlet in Scotland that lies at the head of Loch Ailort, a sea loch, on the junction of the Road to the Isles between Fort William and Mallaig with the A861 towards Salen and Strontian. It is served by Lochailort railway station on the West Highland Line. Nearby is Lochailort Inn, a public house, Our Lady of the Braes, a small Roman Catholic church, consecrated in 1874 but little used since 1964 as Sunday Mass is celebrated in the chapel at Inverailort House, located on the opposite side of the loch; the wife of the owner of Inverailort House, Christian Cameron, was a keen photographer in the late 19th century. She took many photographs of the house and surrounding area but most of the glass plates were lost or destroyed when the military took over the house during World War II but the surviving photographs have been published in a book. Christian Cameron is said to have died of a broken heart after much of the contents of the house were badly damaged by the army when they emptied it.

The house was requisitioned by the War Office at the end of May 1940 for use in the training of irregular forces as the Special Training Centre. This was operated by MI but became part of Combined Operations. Many techniques of guerrilla and irregular warfare were developed there and training techniques which were adopted for Commando training as well as Achnacarry Castle. SOE training was centred on nearby Arisaig House; the army moved out of the house on 20 August 1942 and, after having been taken over by the Royal Navy, subsequently became HMS Lochailort and was used for the training of naval cadet ratings to be officers on small craft used by Combined Operations. The Royal Navy moved out in January 1945; the village and nearby buildings have appeared in films such as Local Hero, Breaking the Waves and Complicity. The main businesses in the area are salmon farming in the loch. Lech-a-Vuie Platform railway station lochaber.com Lochailort Inn Loch Ailort and the salt marshes Lochailort railway station Video of Inverailort House Map sources for Lochailort