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Matt Taibbi

Matthew C. Taibbi is journalist, he has reported on politics, media and sports. He is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Taibbi began as a freelance reporter in the former Soviet Union, including a period in Uzbekistan, which he was deported from for criticizing President Islam Karimov. Taibbi worked as a sports journalist for the English-language newspaper The Moscow Times, he played professional baseball in Uzbekistan and Russia as well as professional basketball in Mongolia. Taibbi worked for a short time as an investigator at a Boston-based private detective agency. In 1997, he moved back to Russia to edit the tabloid Living Here, but left to co-edit rival tabloid The eXile. Taibbi founded the Buffalo-based newspaper The Beast, he left in 2003 to work as a columnist for the New York Press. In 2004, Taibbi began covering politics for Rolling Stone. In 2008, Taibbi won a National Magazine Award for three columns. In 2019, he launched the podcast Useful Idiots. Taibbi has authored several books, including The Great Derangement.

Taibbi is known for his brazen style, having famously branded Goldman Sachs a "vampire squid" in a 2009 article. His work has drawn comparisons to the gonzo style of writer Hunter S. Thompson, who covered politics for Rolling Stone. Taibbi was born in 1970 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Mike Taibbi, an NBC television reporter, his wife. According to Matt, his surname Taibbi is a Sicilian name of Lebanese or Arabic origin, but his father, of Filipino-Hawaiian descent, was adopted as a child by a Sicilian-American couple who possessed the surname, he grew up in Massachusetts suburbs. He attended Concord Academy in Massachusetts, he attended New York University but transferred after his freshman year to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and graduated in 1992. He spent a year abroad studying at Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University in Russia. In the early 1990s, Taibbi moved from Saint Petersburg to Tashkent, where he began selling news articles more regularly, he was deported in 1992 for writing an article for the Associated Press, critical of President Islam Karimov.

At the time of his deportation, Taibbi was the starting left fielder for the Uzbek national baseball team. Taibbi moved to Ulan Bator, Mongolia for a time in the mid-1990s, where he played professional basketball in the Mongolian Basketball Association, which, he says, is the only basketball league outside the US that uses the same rules as the NBA. Taibbi became known as "The Mongolian Rodman", was paid $100/month to play, says he hosted a radio show while there, he contracted pneumonia and returned to Boston for surgery. Taibbi moved to Russia in 1992, he worked in Russia and the former USSR for more than six years. He joined Mark Ames in 1997 to co-edit the English-language Moscow-based, bi-weekly free newspaper, The eXile, written for the city's expatriate community; the eXile's tone and content were controversial. To some, its commentary was gleefully tasteless. In the U. S. media, Playboy magazine published pieces on Russia both by Taibbi and by Taibbi and Ames together during this time. In 2000, Taibbi published his first book, The Exile: Sex and Libel in the New Russia, co-authored with Ames.

He stated that he was addicted to heroin while he did this early writing. Journalist Kathy Lally wrote in The Washington Post in December 2017 that she and other female journalists were subjected to misogynistic attacks by Taibbi and Ames while she was a correspondent in Moscow in the 1990s. Lally contacted Taibbi in 2017, he told her, "I would not go about things now the way I did back then," and "I apologize for the physical descriptions; that was gratuitous and uncalled for."In 2017, Taibbi came under fire for excerpts from a chapter in the book written by Ames that described sexual harassment of employees at The eXile. In a 2017 Facebook post responding to the controversy, Taibbi apologized for the "cruel and misogynistic language" used in the book, but said the work was conceived as a satire of the "reprehensible" behavior of American expatriates in Russia and that the description of events in the chapter was "fictional and not true". Although the book includes a note saying that it is a work of non-fiction, the publisher, Grove Press, has since said that the "statement on the copyright page is incorrect.

This book combines exaggerated, invented satire and nonfiction reporting and was categorized as nonfiction because there is no category for a book, both." Women portrayed in the book have gone on record to defend Taibbi, stating that none of the sexual harassment portrayed in the book "ever happened." In 2002, he returned to the U. S. to start the satirical bi-weekly The Beast in New York. He left that publication, saying that "Running a business and writing is too much." Taibbi continued as a freelancer for The Nation, New York Press, Rolling Stone, New York Sports Express. In March 2005, Taibbi's satirical essay, "The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope", published in the New York Press, was denounced by Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Matt Drudge, Abe Foxman, Anthony Weiner, he left the paper in August 2005, shortly after his editor Jeff Koyen was forced out over the article. Taibbi defended the p

Adrian Shankar

Adrian Anton Shankar is an English cricketer. Shankar is occasional off-spin bowler, he was born at Ascot and educated at Bedford School during his childhood. Spending the majority of his career on the fringes of county cricket, Shankar became embroiled in controversy in 2011 when he was released by Worcestershire County Cricket Club, having been discovered to have lied about his age and achievements in order to gain a professional contract. After leaving Bedford School, where he had played cricket for the school alongside Alastair Cook, following his A Levels in 2000, Shankar proceeded to read law at Cambridge University, it was for the university cricket club that he made his first-class debut against Middlesex in 2002. Shankar played first-class cricket for the university from 2002 to 2005, playing his final first-class match against Oxford University, while on occasion he captained the university. Shankar played 12 first-class matches for the University, scoring 384 runs at an average of 27.42.

His one innings of note came against Oxford University in 2002, when he scored 143 runs from 297 balls, before being dismissed by Stephen Hawinkels. This was Shankar's only first-class century and was the only time he passed fifty; the bowling in the match was described by Cambridge University coach Chris Scott as "utterly bad". Shankar made his debut for Bedfordshire while still at Bedford School, making his debut against Norfolk in the 2000 Minor Counties Championship. Between 2000 and 2006, Shankar played infrequently for Bedfordshire, making 21 Minor Counties Championship appearances and 2 MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances, which came in 2006, it was for Bedfordshire that he made his List A debut, against Sussex in the 2005 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy at Wardown Park. He was dismissed in this match by Jason Lewry for 27 runs, the second highest score in Bedfordshire's innings. During this period, he played Second XI cricket for the Middlesex Second XI, Worcestershire Second XI and Sussex Second XI.

However his career was interrupted for 18 months. After representing the Lancashire Second XI in 2008, Shankar was given a two-year contract with Lancashire. Lancashire cricket coach, Mike Watkinson, stated "Adrian is a quality young batsman who fills a gap in our player development programme, he has attracted interest from a number of other counties which confirms his potential". While on the Lancashire staff, Shankar chose to study part-time for a two-year masters course in international relations at Cambridge, it fitted in with Shankar's ambition to play cricket for Lancashire as the course required that he only had to be in Cambridge for six weeks of the year. However, Shankar did not play for Lancashire's first team. While playing cricket in Sri Lanka in the "Sri Lankan Mercantile League" he came to the attention of Worcestershire, he signed a contract with the injury hit club in May 2011. Shankar was put straight into the Worcestershire first team, making his debut for the county in the Clydesdale Bank 40 against Middlesex, in what would be his only List A appearance for the team.

In this match he was dismissed for a duck by Tim Murtagh. He made a single first-class appearance for the county, he scored 10 unbeaten runs in Worcestershire's first-innings, before retiring hurt with a strained cruciate ligament, set to rule him out for six weeks. Two weeks after signing for his new county, his claims that he was three years younger than his actual age and that he had enjoyed a successful season playing high level cricket in Sri Lanka turned out to be false. Shankar was released from his contract; the cricket he played in Sri Lanka was played at a minor level, with scorecards of the series not appearing on respected archiving websites such as CricketArchive and Cricinfo, a fact it appears Worcestershire failed to check. In light of this, the England and Wales Cricket Board asked Bedfordshire, for whom he was still registered to play Minor counties cricket, to remove him from their list of eligible players. Worcestershire passed his registration documents to West Mercia Police, who decided not to pursue criminal charges.

Shankar's deception had begun at Lancashire, with Shankar claiming his age was 23. Upon his signing with the county, Lancashire released a press statement which stated the Cambridge University coach referring to him as one of the finest young players the university side had seen since John Crawley. Chris Scott contacted Lancashire to deny having made such a claim, saying "I phoned Lancashire and made it clear that I'd never said anything of the sort", before going on to say "He was a poor player and there's no way I would have recommended him." In response to the situation, Bedfordshire president Mike Green had to say "Frankly we were amazed when we found out he was signing for Worcestershire because he would have struggled to get into our side. He hadn’t been good enough to get into our first XI for a good six or seven years." Former Lancashire player Luke Sutton, writing in his blog for the Daily Mail remembered Shankar's spell at Lancashire and recounted his and his fellow Lancashire teammates doubts about Shankar's claims.

Sutton recalled the first doubt being. His other stories didn't appear to add up, with Shankar claiming he had been part of the Arsenal Academy, but according to Sutton when they played football in warm ups he wasn't good. Another claim that seeded further doubts was that Shankar had claimed to have played tennis at a national level

Give Me All You Got

Give Me All You Got is an album by Carrie Rodriguez, released in 2013. It was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and was produced by Lee Townsend. Rodriguez noted, "So much of this album was inspired by coming home to Austin. I had been living in New York City for a decade when I moved back to my hometown. One of the first things that I realized I had been missing was waking up to the sounds of the birds... The peace and quiet here allowed me to reflect on life in a way; the pace is so fast there, it can be hard to be aware and in the present...you are always having to think of the next thing or you will be left behind. A lot of the tunes on this record are reflections of life from a more relaxed vantage point."When TODO Austin interviewed Rodriguez, she explained that the origins of ""Sad Joy"... arose from a conversation with Taylor about a loved one, maintaining a, "bright, beautiful attitude," while dealing with Lou Gehrig's disease. "Chip and I were talking about how, when we are faced with those kinds of things, as sad and difficult as they are, they can bring about a type of joy.

The simple joy of people loving each other and holding each other up — in times of both celebration and in mourning. We started strumming some chords, there it was, a song that lays out those raw emotions without being shy about it. Celebrating them, in fact."" They wrote it "in about 10 minutes," she said to Michael Bialas of the Huffington Post. Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter rated the album 80/100 on Metacritic, saying "Her violin skills are world class but play second fiddle — pun intended — to potent songwriting and vocals. Emotional lyrics rooted in letting go of attachments and propping others up are wonderfully communicated with low boil intensity. Old cohort Chip Taylor writes or co-composes a handful of songs including the opening "Devil in Mind" that combines Rodriguez's Austin rustic roots with the urban influences she has acquired through a decade of living in Brooklyn... The result is her finest, most poignant and accomplished album in an impressive seven year solo career."Lee Zimmerman of Blurt gave her a 7 out of 10, saying "Even on a song like "Devil In Mind," which pays such heed to moss-covered Gothic-like environs, she still manages to exude some saucy spunk and spark...

Give Me All You Got is as seductive and enticing as its name implies because Rodriguez is giving all she has as well."Cara Tillman of the Austin Chronicle noted that the album Give Me All You Got "plays out as a hymn to the free-spirited sinner who embraces the compulsion for adventure, as well as the need to put down roots." Erik Deutsch - keyboards Don Heffington - drums, percussion Hans Holzen - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin Luke Jacobs - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar Kyle Kegerreis - acoustic bass, electric bass Carrie Rodriguez - vocals, tenor guitar, fiddle

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek is a 1987 American made-for-television drama film directed by Richard Lang and produced by Billie André and Blue André, with the screenplay written by Michael Norell and Andy Siegel. The film stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat, with Kim Delaney, Zachary Ansley, Joy Coghill and Hoyt Axton. Music for the film includes songs recorded by Billy Milo. Scenes set in Willow Creek were filmed in Dawson City, with the Palace Grand Theatre's exterior representing the general store. Willow Creek, Alaska is going through problems because the town's main business, a cannery, has closed and many residents no longer have jobs. Ray and Pete are brothers. Pete is trying to figure out what to do with his rebellious son Michael, angry that his father is always on the road trucking. Ray and Pete are hired by an old friend, Al Bensinger, to bring Christmas presents and a big surprise from California all the way up to his home town of Willow Creek, Alaska; the brothers do not realize that they will have to rely on one another and along the way, the brothers and Pete's son argue and get stuck in a blizzard.

As she gives birth, they reconcile with each other, arrive at their destination greeted by a crowd of happy townspeople. Earlier in the movie, it is discovered that Ray was a champion chili cooker, the surprise is that Al has loaded the truck with enough supplies to reopen the cannery and manufacture chili. Ray and his spouse like the small town and decide to stay and help the cannery get working again. Pete informs his son that Al has made him a partner in their company, so he won't have to drive a truck anymore and they can be closer together from here on out. John Schneider - Ray Tom Wopat - Pete Kim Delaney - Jessie Zachary Ansley - Michael Joy Coghill - Charlotte Hoyt Axton - Al Bensinger Brian MacDonald - Dwayne Dwight Koss - Mayor Newman Barbara Russell - Edna Mae Ted Stidder - Doc Robert Forsythe - Chief Cobb Charissa Reeves - Sabrina Geordie Needham - Thurgood Robin Mossley - Cecil Christmas Comes to Willow Creek on IMDb Christmas Comes to Willow Creek at Rotten Tomatoes

Kirsten McAslan

Kirsten McAslan is a British sprinter. She competed in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, her best in the 400 m sprint is 52.13s. She is the daughter of Fiona Hargreaves, her father was twice the British Universities triple jump champion. Her mother ran for Scotland at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and was once the British Student 400m Champion. Kirsten McAslan was the champion of the British Universities and Colleges Championships in 2013, she is a graduate of Biochemistry from the University of Bath. As a junior, McAslan represented Great Britain at the 2011 European Junior Championships, she finished fourth in her heat. She anchored the junior quartet to a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay three days later. In 2014, she ran for Scotland in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2015 Glasgow Commonwealth Games; the Scottish team did not make it to the final of the event. In 2015, McAslan became the British indoor 400 m champion, she ran the anchor leg for Great Britain in the women's 4 × 400 m relay at the 2015 European U23 Championships.

The team consisting of Seren Bundy-Davies, Zoey Clark, Victoria Ohuruogu and McAslan won the gold medal in a national U23 record. McAslan anchored the British 4 × 400 m quartet that won the silver medal at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague. On 4 January 2015, McAslan ran the fastest 600 m by a Scottish athlete in a time of 1:26.22. This was personal best for the young athlete. McAslan's time beat the mark of Linsey MacDonald, who ran 1:27.4 in December 1981. Kirsten McAslan at World Athletics Kirsten McAslan Profile at Power of 10 Kirsten McAslan on Twitter

My Ruin

My Ruin is an American Los Angeles-based alternative metal band, composed of the husband and wife duo Tairrie B and Mick Murphy. The band has been through various line-up changes since its formation in 1999, its fanbase is in the UK. Its sound consists of passionate vocals set against heavy rock beats. Vocalist Tairrie B Murphy has cultivated a reputation both on and off the stage for her aggressive performances and acerbic vocal style. Over the decade since the band's formation, the sound has evolved and become heavier with each record, with Mick Murphy's guitar playing becoming a prominent feature along with his solos and riffs. My Ruin are a DIY band. In the past they have released several of their records via Rovena Recordings; these records include. They have been signed to numerous record labels, including Snapper, Century Media, Undergroove Records, Rovena Recordings and Tiefdruck Musik. My Ruin was founded by frontwoman Tairrie B in February 1999, shortly after her previous outfit, Tura Satana, disbanded in late 1998 after the release of their 2nd studio album Relief Through Release.

Tairrie started making plans for her next musical incarnation, which would be a solo project. Of the project in early 1999, Tairrie stated: "The band won’t just be called Tairrie B, but it will be a solo thing – just like Nine Inch Nails is just Trent Reznor… It’s all down to me now. If it fails I won’t have anyone else to blame."Recording for Speak and Destroy started in February 1999. Speak and Destroy, released on 23 August 1999 in the UK and Europe, would see Tairrie explore uncharted musical territory; the album would be an experimental amalgamation of styles, part Spoken word, part metal, part industrial with electronic stylings. There are some Rap metal style verses thrown in for good measure as homage to Tairrie's days in hardcore rap metal outfit Manhole; the album received favorable reviews from the mainstream rock press, with the likes of Kerrang! Rating the album 4k's out of 5. Many journalists noted that the album was the perfect showcase for the "multi-faceted character" of Tairrie B and her perceived volatile persona, Kerrang! magazine stated: "With My Ruin the volatile vocalist has found a worthy platform for her talents."The album and subsequent singles charted high in the UK charts.

The collage of different styles on the record may have been due in part to the fact that the recording took place in four different locations around the world, with different musicians and bands contributing to the recording and production. At the time in an interview, Tairrie said: "Bushaq recorded some of the songs here in England, Mel and I did some with Joe Bishara, Ares from downset. Did some and Joe Bishara did some with Tura Satana. So there were four different scenarios."Amidst the chaos, Tairrie found her main song-writing partner and guitarist in Melanie Makaiwi. Of the partnership and friendship that formed between the pair Tairrie said: “I enjoyed doing the stuff with Mel most of all, it was me going,'okay, this is the scenario. What do I need to do?’. Melanie was writer, artist, mentor, best friend, drink technician and drug partner on this album, she was everything a girl could be.” Further to this, Tairrie cited Makaiwi as the one who led Tairrie to explore a more restrained vocal style than what she was used to: “Working with Melanie was a cool influence because when we started working together it started as a casual, experimental vibe.

She’d say, ‘You don’t need to scream on everything, you need to try something different’.”Sick with It and the 8MM film soundtrack The track Sick With It went on to feature on the soundtrack for the Nicolas Cage blockbuster hit 8MM. The track was written with Tairrie’s previous musical cohorts Tura Satana for inclusion on Speak and Destroy. In an early interview promoting Speak and Destroy, Tairrie revealed that she and her Tura Satana bandmates were still on good terms: “It’s not like when we fired Scott. Me and the guys still hang out together.”In another interview regarding the song, Tairrie revealed that there are two versions of the song, the one on Speak and Destroy and the one on 8MM soundtrack: “The three Tura Satana guys are involved, I’ve got Grady Avenell and Michael Martin from Will Haven on a track called ‘Sick With It’. This was written by Brian Harrah, a different version is on the soundtrack for the new Nicolas Cage movie 8MM.”Singles: Terror and Tainted Love Speak and Destroy spawned two singles: Tainted Love backed with Blasphemous Girl, released in July 1999 and Terror backed with June 10th, released in October 1999.

The singles were released on both CD and limited edition numbered vinyl. 1,000 copies of the Tainted Love single was released on red vinyl and 1,000 copies of the Terror single were released on standard vinyl. The Tainted Love CD single was a 3 track single featuring the Tainted Love cover Blasphemous Girl and spoken word track Scars; the Terror CD single was a 3 track single of remixed versions of Terror, June 10th and a live studio recording of the Snot track Stoopid. The track Terror somewhat bridged the gap between Tairrie’s previous album, because it was a re-working of a hidden spoken word track at the end of Relief Through Release; the track served as a statement of intent, kicking against the naysayers who said she was crazy for splitting up Tur