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Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr. Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones; the film tells the story of two victims of traumatic childhoods who became lovers and mass murderers, are irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. The film is based on an original screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, revised by Stone, writer David Veloz, associate producer Richard Rutowski. Tarantino received a story credit. Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy, Clayton Townsend produced the film, with Arnon Milchan, Thom Mount, Stone as executive producers; the film was released on August 26, 1994 in the United States, screened at the Venice Film Festival on August 29, 1994. It was a box office success, grossing over $50 million against a production budget of $34 million, but received a mixed critical reception; some critics praised the plot, acting and combination of action and romance, while others found the film overly violent and graphic.

Notorious for its violent content and inspiring "copycat" crimes, the film was named the eighth most controversial film in history by Entertainment Weekly in 2006. Mickey Knox and his wife Mallory stop at a diner in the New Mexico desert. A duo of rednecks begin sexually harassing Mallory as she dances by a jukebox, she encourages it before beating one of the men viciously. Mickey joins her, the couple murder everyone in the diner, save one staff member, to whom they proudly declare their names before leaving; the couple camp in the desert, Mallory reminisces about how she met Mickey, a meat deliveryman who serviced her family's household. After a whirlwind romance, the couple murdered Mallory's sexually abusive father and neglectful mother before having an unofficial marriage ceremony on a bridge. Mickey and Mallory hold a woman hostage in their hotel room. Angered by Mickey's desire for a threesome, Mallory leaves, Mickey rapes the hostage. Mallory drives to a nearby gas station, they begin to have sex on the hood of a car, but Mallory kills him after suffering a flashback of being raped by her father.

The pair continue their killing spree claiming fifty-two victims in New Mexico and Nevada. Pursuing them is Detective Jack Scagnetti, who became obsessed with mass murderers after witnessing his mother being shot and killed by Charles Whitman when he was eight. Beneath his heroic facade, he is a violent psychopath and has murdered prostitutes in his past. Following the Knoxes murder spree is a self-serving tabloid journalist, Wayne Gale, who profiles them on his show, American Maniacs, soon elevating them to cult hero status. Mickey and Mallory get lost in the desert after taking psychedelic mushrooms, stumble upon a ranch owned by Warren Red Cloud, a Navajo man who provides them food and shelter; as Mickey and Mallory sleep, Warren senses evil in the couple and attempts to exorcise the demon he perceives in Mickey, chanting over him as he sleeps. Mickey, who has nightmares recounting his abusive parents, awakens during the exorcism, shoots Warren to death; as they couple flee, they feel inexplicably guilty, come across a giant field of rattlesnakes, where they are badly bitten.

They reach a drugstore to purchase snakebite antidote. A pharmacist sets off an alarm before Mickey kills him. Police arrive shortly after and accost the couple, which ends in a shootout followed by police beating the couple while a news crew films the action. One year an imprisoned Mickey and Mallory are scheduled to be transferred to psychiatric hospitals. Scagnetti orders Warden Dwight McClusky to kill the Knoxes during their transfer, claim they tried to escape. Meanwhile, Gale has persuaded Mickey to give a live interview. During the interview, Mickey declares himself a "natural born killer," a phrase that inspires other inmates to start a prison riot. After the interview is terminated by McClusky, Mickey is left alone with Gale, the film crew, several guards. Gale and his crew give a live television report. Meanwhile, Scagnetti attempts to seduce Mallory in her cell, she responds by beating him viciously, another guard subdues her with tear gas. Mickey and Gale reach Mallory's cell, where Mickey kills the guards and engages in a standoff with Scagnetti before Mallory murders him.

Gale's entire television crew is killed trying to escape the riot, while Gale himself begins indulging in violence, shooting at prison guards. Mickey and Mallory steal a van and escape into the woods with Gale, to whom they give a final interview before declaring that he must die, he attempts various arguments to change their minds, appealing to their trademark practice of leaving one survivor. Gale is shot to death. Unbeknownst to the three, the entire exchange is transmitted to a horrified news anchor through Gale's in-ear microphone. Several years Mickey and Mallory, still on the run, travel in an RV, as a pregnant Mallory watches their two children play. One of the central themes of Natural Born Killers is the relationship between real-life violence and the mass media's coverage of it; this thematic preoccupation was declared in the film's promotional materials, with its theatrical poster advertising it as a "bold new film that takes a look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime, consumed by the media."The character of Wayne Gale, the television host of American Maniacs, functions in the film as a figurehead of lu

Wang Shijing

Wang Shijing was a politician and banker in the Republic of China. He was an important politician during the Provisional Government of the Republic of China and the Wang Jingwei regime, he was born in Anhui. Wang Shijing went to Japan where he graduated the Military Account School (ja:陸軍経理学校), he returned to China, he entered to the Beijing Government, became a secretary to the Minister for Finance Wang Kemin and Zhang Gu. Wang Shijing held the position of Head of the Factory of Clothing. In July 1927 he was appointed a member of the City Management Commission of Wuhan and Vice-Manager to the Hankou Branch of the Bank of China, he was promoted to be Manager to the Shenyang Branch of the Bank of China. In December 1937 Wang Kemin established the Provisional Government of the Republic of China, Wang Shijing participated in it. In March 1938 Wang Shijing was appointed Governor of the United Reserve Bank of China and member of the Japan-China Economical Conference. In March 1940 the Wang Jingwei regime was established, Wang Shijing was appointed Executive Member and Governor to the General Office for Finance of the North China Political Council.

He successively held the positions of Executive Member of the Commission for National Economy, Governor of the General Office for Economy of the North China Political Council, etc. In September 1944 he went to Japan as representative of the North China Political Council, visited Wang Jingwei in hospital, he signed an agreement for 3 hundred million yen loan from the Bank of Japan. After Wang Jinwei regime had collapsed, Wang Shijing was arrested by Chiang Kai-shek's National Government at Beiping on December 5, 1945, he was sent to Nanjing. In next October 15 because of the charge of the treason and surrender to enemy, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on the Capital High Court. In January 1949 he was sent to the prison in Shanghai. After the People's Republic of China had established, his treatment wasn't changed. Wang Shijing died in prison on August 12, 1952. Xu Youchun. Unabridged Biographical Dictionary of the Republic and Enlarged Version . Hebei People's Press. ISBN 978-7-202-03014-1. Yu Zidao.

The Complete History of Wang's Fake Regime. Shanghai People's Press. ISBN 7-208-06486-5. History of Prison in Shanghai The Office of Shanghai’s History Website Liu Shoulin; the Chronological Table of the Republic's Officer. Zhonghua Book Company. ISBN 7-101-01320-1; the Biographies of Most Recent Chinese Important People. Asahi Shimbun. 1941

Narayani Shastri

Narayani Shastri is an Indian television and theatre actress known for her roles in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Kesar, Piya Ka Ghar as Rimjhim, Namak Haraam as Swati Sehgal and Rishton Ka Chakravyuh as Satrupa. Shastri made her debut in the DD National's Kahani Saat Pheron Ki, she played the lead role in Piya Ka Ghar as Rimjhim, replaced Neha Mehta to play Mamta in Zee TV's Mamta. Additionally, she played the role of Tulsi's sister Kesar in Star Plus' Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, she played the character Abhay's evil wife in Sony TV's Kkusum. In 2017, she played the role of powerful business woman Satrupa in Star Plus' show Rishton Ka Chakravyuh. Shastri was in relationship with actor Anuj Saxena, she dated and was in a long-term relationship with co-star Gaurav Chopra with whom she participated in Nach Baliye 2. She married Steven Graver in 2015. Narayani Shastri at Bollywood Hungama Narayani Shastri on IMDb

19th Relief of Lwow Infantry Regiment

19th Relief of Lwów Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment of the Polish Army. It existed from April 1919 until September 1939. Garrisoned in Lwów, the unit belonged to the 5th Lwów Infantry Division from Lwów, its reserve battalion was stationed in Brzeżany. During the 1939 Invasion of Poland, the regiment, together with its division, belonged to Pomorze Army. In early November 1918, Lwów was captured by the armed forces of the West Ukrainian People's Republic; the city, with its predominantly Polish population, was defended by irregular units of Polish students, workers and others. Among them were children, who came to be known as Lwów Eaglets. At the same time in Warsaw, the Committee of Defence of Lwów was formed by Antoni Osuchowski, its members called for the relief of the city, soon afterwards, with permission of Józef Piłsudski, the so-called Volunteer Unit of Relief of Lwów was formed by Colonel Stanislaw Skrzynski. Its First Battalion, without weapons, commanded by Captain Antoni Olkowski, was in mid-December 1918 transported to Lublin and to Przemyśl, where it was armed.

On December 23, 1918, the battalion with its 27 officers and 303 soldiers entered Lwów, greeted enthusiastically by the Polish residents. The unit clashed several times with the enemy in January and March 1919, winning several battles, managing to keep Grodek Jagiellonski, despite numerical superiority of the Ukrainians; the Second Battalion of the Volunteer Unit of Relief of Lwów came to the city in March 1919. Commanded by Captain Ludwik Szyman, it merged with the First Battalion on April 12, 1919. After the Third Battalion was formed in Radom, the new unit was named the 19th Relief of Lwów Infantry Regiment; the regiment was involved in heavy fighting in eastern part of former Austrian Galicia. Praised for the bravery of its soldiers, on June 1, 1919 it captured Tarnopol, together with 81 Ukrainian officers, 4000 soldiers and 69 machine guns. On June 7, it reached the Zbruch river. By that time, it had been reinforced by the Third Battalion. Regimental orchestra was sponsored by the wife of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

In late June 1919, Ukrainian forces began a major offensive, aimed at pushing back Polish units. The regiment, part of the 5th Infantry Division, managed to hold its positions, capture Zloczow. By early July, another enemy appeared in Galicia: the Red Army. After several clashes, in early autumn 1919 the regiment was sent to Wisniowiec, to Tarnopol, remaining in reserve until February 1920. On February 18, 1920, the regiment was sent to the area of Ploskirow. After several clashes with the Soviets it was ordered to hold the line of the Southern Bug river; the regiment carried out a number of successful raids: during one of them, it captured a Soviet armoured train. In late April 1920, Polish forces began their offensive towards Kiev. On May 3, the 19th Relief of Lwów Infantry Regiment captured Nemyriv, a few days it was transported to the area of Samhorodek. There, it clashed with the 1st Cavalry Army of Semyon Budyonny, losing 497 soldiers. In late June 1920, during Polish retreat, the regiment clashed with the enemy near Zasław and in the area of Krzemieniec, defending its positions for a prolonged time.

In early August 1920 it fought near Brody. Since the city of Lwów was threatened by the Soviets, the regiment was ordered to capture Busk. In mid-September, after Polish counteroffensive had begun, the unit began its march eastwards, reaching Chmielnik on October 18, 1920. On February 27, 1921, the regiment returned to Lwów. In the 1939 German and Soviet Invasion of Poland, the 19th Relief of Lwów Infantry Regiment defended the town of Włocławek, during the first week of the campaign, it did not engage the enemy. On September 6, General Władysław Bortnowski ordered the unit to protect western suburbs of Włocławek, to enable the 16th Lwów Infantry Division to cross the Vistula. On September 8, after all Polish soldiers had crossed the river, the regiment destroyed the bridge at Włocławek, joined the 27th Lwów Infantry Division. Following the order of General Bortnowski, the regiment moved to Płock, to replace Nowogródzka Cavalry Brigade. On September 12, the Wehrmacht began to cross the Vistula.

In a heavy battle, which lasted until September 15, the regiment lost 300 KIA and 700 WIA. Since on September 16, Polish front collapsed in the Battle of the Bzura, the regiment was ordered to march to Iłów. On the next day, it was raided by the Luftwaffe. Polish losses were so heavy. Isolated groups of soldiers managed to get to Warsaw. Captain Eugeniusz Zongollowicz Colonel Adolf Dabrowski Colonel Konstanty Oświęcimski Captain Eugeniusz Zongollowicz Colonel Mieczyslaw Kawka Colonel Juliusz Zulauf Colonel Mikolaj Freund-Krasicki Colonel Feliks Kwiatek Colonel Kazimierz Dziurzynski Colonel Stanislaw Sadowski First flag of the 19th Relief of Lwów Infantry Regiment was funded by Warsaw Committee of Defence of Lwów, was handed to its soldiers on April 23, 1919. Second flag, purchased by Civic Committee of Lwów and Eastern Lesser Poland, was handed to it by General Edward Śmigły-Rydz in Lwów, on June 1, 1928. During the war, the flag was kept in Sosnowiec, it is kept at Polish Army Museum in Warsaw.

The badge, approved in 1928, featured the coats of arms of Lwów and Warsaw, with Polish Eagle and the inscription 19 PP. Kazimierz Satora: Opowieści wrześniowych sztandarów. Warszawa: Instytut Wydawniczy Pax, 1990 Zdzisław Jagiełło: Piecho

Civilization (Star Trek: Enterprise)

"Civilization" is the ninth episode of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, was written by Phyllis Strong and Michael Sussman. Mike Vejar served as director for the episode. TrekToday gave the episode a positive review. Enterprise investigates a pre-industrial civilization of about 500 million people, they discover. After Captain Archer, Commander Tucker, Ensign Sato, Sub-Commander T'Pol arrive, they discover a local scientist who believes a local merchant is causing the sickness in the town. Enterprise locates a planet inhabited by pre-industrial humanoids. Scanners detect technology which does not correspond with the planet's technological level. Against Sub-Commander T'Pol's recommendation, Captain Archer decides to visit. Going in disguise, T'Pol suggests a distant rural landing site. Once in the Akaali city, Ensign Sato notices inhabitants. Scans lead them to an old curio shop, they are confronted by a local apothecary, Riann. T'Pol stuns her, when she awakens, Archer persuades her that he is an investigator from another city.

Archer and Tucker revisit the shop during the day posing as antique collectors. They confront Garos why his DNA is not Akaali. After confirming Tucker and Archer are not natives either, he admits his origins: he is part of a survey mission from Malur, the power source is a fabrication unit to provide food and clothes. Archer tells him about the illness. Doctor Phlox, discovers that the water near the shop has been contaminated with a toxic chemical, tetracyanate 622. Archer and Riann observe the shop at night to try to see, they follow a man leaving the shop with a delivery. He leaves the crates in a forest clearing, Archer is attacked by a Malurian. Under the shop and Riann discover that Garos is mining a veridium isotope, the poisoned water is a by-product. Archer orders the reactor beamed up by Enterprise but the Malurians now have a warship in orbit. T'Pol beams the power plant into the alien ship's path, using torpedoes to detonate it and crippling their shields. On the planet, Archer provides Riann with the antidote, assures her that the Vulcans will monitor the planet to ensure the Malurians do not return.

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Shell plating

Shell plating is the outer-most structure on the hull of a steel or aluminum ship or boat. A strake is the name given to each line of planking in a wooden vessel. In modern ship construction it refers to the longitudinal run of plating covering the hull and bulkhead structure. Certain specific strakes are uniquely identified: Keel: is a special strake of the Bottom plating extending from the centerplane outboard. Bottom: the Bottom Shell plate strakes extend from the Keel to the Bilge. Bilge: is the plating which transitions from the more-or-less horizontal Bottom Shell to the more-or-less vertical Side Shell and is curved. See Chine. Side: is the plating. Shear: is a special strake of the Side plating, it is the strake. Stringer: is a special strake of the Strength Deck plating, it is the strake. Strength Deck: is a special deck, it is the uppermost continuous deck and forms the top flange of the hull girder. Strength of ships Hull Naval architecture