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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

EUGENICS OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

                                                                                     


                                     EUGENICS OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE


                                                                 




                                             HIDDEN HISTORY OF EUGENICS

Eugenics was a social and scientific movement spearheaded by Francis Galton, Charles Darwin's cousin, around the turn of last century. It was based on a belief that certain traits, behaviours and lives were inferior—those in poverty or displaying criminal tendencies, feeblemindedness, licentiousness, promiscuity, or physical disabilities of all varieties.
Eugenicists wanted to eliminate these traits to improve the human race. They used the emerging science of genetics to justify their claims, and to put in place insidious and influential laws. The result is a very dark phase of human history, which persisted right up until the 1970s.
AND I BELIEVE IT'S STILL GOING ON e.g, our world wide wars, our Austerity and Sanctioning programs and our widespread gross maltreatment of people with mental health issues



                                                                             


                                          ON THE DARK HISTORY OF EUGENICS AND MKULTRA



                                                                           


                                          MY ONGOING MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN



                                                                       

DRAFT CONSTITUTION: The Portico Social Advocacy Group




                                                                 
       

Here is our draft constitution, Our monthly meetings will probably start on a Friday evening during November 2016. If you live in the Edinburgh area and are interested in taking part, then please e-mail me on 

                  leonardthomas70@googlemail.com

and tell me a bit about yourself and your interests.




                                        THE PORTICO SOCIAL ADVOCACY GROUP

Mailing Address: The PSAG Secretary, c/o St. Andrews and St. George's West Church, George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA


                                                      DRAFT CONSTITUTION
                                                (to be discussed at first meeting)



(1) Purpose and Nature of the Group:


The primary purpose of this secular and apolitical group is to confront authority and the echelons of power in a manner which promises to (a) help improve the well-being of all ordinary people everywhere, including the sick, the unemployed, the hungry, the vulnerable, Workfare volunteers, and refugees and asylum seekers from abroad, and to (b) help bring about beneficial social change in Scotland and elsewhere.

We intend to do this in a fashion which yields some chance of achieving beneficial impact, rather than doing token things which merely produce an outward impression or façade of doing good.

The group will not be part of, or subject to undue prescriptive influences from or on behalf of, any other organisation.

In attempting to achieve our objectives, we will plan various events at 13 George Street and elsewhere e.g. meetings with the public on the Portico, invited talks in the Undercroft, and public activities and demonstrations elsewhere in Edinburgh, in the hope of attracting as much attention as possible from the media and the population at large.

Our choices of activities will be made entirely by the members in open meeting and, if necessary, by a simple majority vote of those present. Working parties comprising members will prepare reports on current issues or topics which the members decide are potentially worthy of possible action. The choice as to which issue or topic to pursue at any particular time will be made after considering such reports.

Possible activities include, for the sake of example, (a) confronting the Scottish government regarding their apparent plans to continue with something similarly cruel to Workfare (b) confronting the authorities regarding the inadequate and cruel treatment of the many residents of Scotland who experience mental health issues (c) addressing bullying, intimidation and exploitation in the workplace, and (d) seeking to protect the security and well-being of our many friends and neighbours who are from overseas.

(2) A Secretary shall be appointed from among the members for the purposes of keeping a list of members, helping the Convenors to advertise the meetings and activities of the group, taking succinct minutes of meetings and handling any similarly orientated business. The secretary will also be responsible for handling any money on behalf of the members and shall produce a simple annual account of income and expenditure to the Annual General Meeting.

(3) Definition of member: A member is a person who is invited by a majority of those current members who are present at a monthly meeting to add his or her name to the list of members.

(a) Members will remain members until they either remove their name from the list or are asked to leave by majority vote of the members under the succeeding paragraph on the ground of failing to adhere to the spirit of this constitution or failing to attend six consecutive monthly meetings.

(b) Any person may be asked to leave the membership by way of a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of those present and voting at a monthly meeting, providing the following procedures have been observed:-
  1. at least 21 days’ notice of the intention to propose the resolution must be given to the member concerned, specifying the grounds for the proposed removal; and
  2. the member concerned will be entitled to be heard on the resolution at the monthly meeting at which the resolution is proposed

(c) The three initial members of the group will be James McNeill, Tom Leonard and ****, and the secretary will be elected during the first monthly meeting.

(d) A member can only vote, or propose or second motions, if physically present at a monthly meeting. It cannot be done by proxy.

(4) Convenors shall facilitate the meetings of the group and put in hand preparations for the ensuing meeting. The first meeting will be convened by James McNeill and Tom Leonard. At each subsequent meeting a convenor shall be selected according to the democratic wishes of the group.

(5) Funding: The group will be financed by private donation.

(6) International Group Facebook Page. This will be initially administered by Tom Leonard, but the choice of Facebook administrator is subject to the democratic approval of the group.

(7) Public activities on the Portico and elsewhere on the Church premises: All plans by the group for activities to take place at 13 George Street, other than monthly meetings, will be are subject to the approval of Rev. Ian Gilmour.

(8) Regular meetings of the group. Once a month, on a Friday evening, in the Undercroft, unless otherwise arranged by the members. Each calendar year there shall be an Annual General Meeting at which (i) the appointment of a Secretary shall be confirmed, (ii) the Secretary shall lodge an account of any income and expenditure and (iii) the operation of the group shall be reviewed.

(9) Safe Space Policy: It is essential for members to avoid language expressed attitudes, or actions which are xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, abilistic, or exploitative in nature, and not to create disturbances.

All members are required to abide by these policies; they should then be enabled to feel safe within the group. Members not adhering to this policy may be asked to leave the meeting or activity.


Edinburgh
31st August 2016



THOMAS AND I VISIT DIRLETON CASTLE, EAST LOTHIAN

























































JEAN SEBERG: SCREEN ICON AND VICTIM OF FBI


                                                                 


                                  JEAN SEBERG: BLACK PANTHER SUPPORTER




                                                                             


                                   BIOGRAPHY



                                                                           


                                   WIKI



                                                                               


                             

Film career[edit]

Seberg made her film debut in 1957 in the title role of Saint Joan, from the George Bernard Shaw play, after being chosen from 18,000 hopefuls by director Otto Preminger in a $150,000 talent search. Her name was entered by a neighbor.[8] When she was cast, on October 21, 1956, her only acting experience had been a single season of summer stock performances.[9] The film was associated with a great deal of publicity about which Seberg commented that she was "embarrassed by all the attention".[8] Despite a big build-up, called in the press a "Pygmalion experiment", both the film and Seberg received poor notices.[10] On the failure, she later told the press:
I have two memories of Saint Joan. The first was being burned at the stake in the picture. The second was being burned at the stake by the critics. The latter hurt more. I was scared like a rabbit and it showed on the screen. It was not a good experience at all. I started where most actresses end up.[11]
Preminger, though, had promised her a second chance,[10] and he cast Seberg in his next film Bonjour Tristesse the following year, which was filmed in France. Regarding his decision, Preminger told the press: "It's quite true that, if I had chosen Audrey Hepburn instead of Jean Seberg, it would have been less of a risk, but I prefer to take the risk. [..] I have faith in her. Sure, she still has things to learn about acting, but so did Kim Novak when she started."[10] Seberg again received atrocious reviews and the film nearly ended her career.[11] But her next role was in the successful 1959 comedy, The Mouse That Roared, starring Peter Sellers.
During the filming of Bonjour Tristesse Seberg met François Moreuil, the man who was to be her first husband, and she then based herself in France, achieving success as the free-love heroine of French New Wave films.[11] Most notably, she appeared in 1960 as Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (French title: À bout de souffle), in which she co-starred with Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film became an international success and critics praised Seberg's performance, François Truffauteven hailing her "the best actress in Europe".[12] Despite her achievements in this genre, Seberg did not identify with her characters or the film plots, saying that she was "making films in France about people [she's] not really interested in."[11] The critics did not agree with Seberg's absence of enthusiasm, and raved about her performances, inspiring Hollywood and Broadway to make her important offers.[11]
In 1961, Seberg took on the lead role in her then-husband François Moreuil's directorial debut, La recréation. By that time, Seberg had been estranged from Moreuil, and she recollected that production was "pure hell" and that he "would scream at [her]."[11] In the United States, she starred opposite Warren Beatty in Lilith (1964), which prompted the critics to acknowledge Seberg as a serious actress.[12]
In 1969, she appeared in her first and only musical filmPaint Your Wagon, based on Lerner and Loewe's stage musical, and co-starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood. Her singing voice was dubbed by Anita Gordon.[13] Seberg also starred in the disaster film Airport (1970) opposite Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin.
Seberg was François Truffaut's first choice for the central role of Julie in Day for Night but, after several fruitless attempts to contact her, Truffaut gave up and cast British actress Jacqueline Bisset instead.[14] Her last US film appearance was in the TV movie Mousey (1974). Seberg remained active during the 1970s in European films. She appeared in Bianchi cavalli d'Agosto (White Horses of Summer) (1975), Le Grand Délire (Die Große Ekstase) (1975, with husband Dennis Berry) and Die Wildente (1976, based on Ibsen's The Wild Duck[15]).
At the time of her death she was working on the French film La Légion saute sur Kolwezi. She had scenes filmed in French Guiana and returned to Paris for additional work in September. After her death, the scenes were reshot with actress Mimsy Farmer.

WATCH ENGLAND'S SIXTEEN ODI SIXES



                                                                     


                                          ENGLAND POST WORLD RECORD SCORE



                                                                       



                                                  TIMES OF INDIA



                                                                     


                                                  SCORE CARD

Saturday, 27 August 2016

ALDOUS LEONARD HUXLEY (1894-1963)---BRAVE NEW WORLD



                                                                                 































Brave New World's title derives from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I:[4]
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
— William ShakespeareThe Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[5

VEDANTA, HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, AND QUANTUM PHYSICS


                                                                                               

                                                                          KRISHNA  PATH BLOG



                                                                                 


                                                                            VEDANTA (Wiki)




                                                                             

Friday, 26 August 2016

My new record Chess.com rating (1932)



                                                                             

                                                                Eduardo Martinelli



                                                               BLITZ RECORD


                                                     EDUARDO MARTINOLI versus LEONARD


                                                      AYERE ALUYA versus LEONARD


                                                                         

Ayere  Aluya









Sinusa Uskokovic






A WIN WITH THE KING'S GAMBIT AGAINST A HIGHLY RATED YANK



                                                               


                                              LEONARD VERSUS JOSH TAIT (USA)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US TO CONFRONT AUTHORITY? The Portico Social Advocacy Group


                                                             



The Portico

                                       
                                           INFORMAL, DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT

                                                              Tom Leonard


The planning of this secular, apolitical, democratic group is currently at an 
embryonic stage and a draft constitution with a safe space policy is in preparation
by myself and another Church member, with advice from several members of the
community at large. While the group will be centred on St. Andrews and St. George's
West (SOC) Church on George Street in central Edinburgh, it will not be explicitly
Christian in nature or controlled or unduly influenced by other groups, or by a 
leadership or steering committee. While we will elect a Secretary and a Facebook 
moderator, there will be no other elected or unelected official. It is anticipated that 
the group will interface between the Christian and secular components of our 
community.

     The idea is to seek ways of successfully confronting authority regarding the 
important social issues of the day. These include, but are by no means limited to 
(a) the protection of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers (b) reforming our
benefits system and Workfare, and scrapping Sanctioning (c) addressing the current widespread maltreatment of people with mental health issues (d) addressing 
ecological problems relating to the environment (e) demanding more help for the 
homeless, the  hungry, the sick. the elderly, and the vulnerable.

    Possibly ways of confronting authority include (A) well publicised public lectures 
and debates (B) public demonstrations, marches, and even pickets. These could prove 
to be more successful than, say, signing petitions or writing to Government officials, 
but all possibilities will be considered. including Parliamentary petitions for changes 
in the law. We also plan to organise various international campaigns, with a group 
Facebook page and maybe a blog.

    We plan to hold monthly meetings of the group, probably from 7pm until 10pm 
during a weekday evening. During these meetings, members will be encouraged 
to organise themselves into working groups which will consider how to further 
address specific social issues of interest.

     It is anticipated that this group is likely to attract interest from a wide range of 
socially active people and organizations in the Edinburgh area. If you are interested, 
then please e-mail me on

       leonardthomas70@googlemail.com

     Please say where you live, and whether you would like to be heavily, not so heavily,  
or tangentially involved with our group. Please also say something about yourself,

     We are planning to hold two or three informal meetings prior to our first formal 
meeting in November, and we will advise and invite you accordingly. 

                                                                 
                                                                
                                                                The Undercroft              

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

UPSTAIRS ON THE PHONE, A very short story


                                                                                 




                                                        UPSTAIRS ON THE PHONE

                                                        by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard


       "He was tired and confused, Officer, and not sure which day the car insurance was due. So, instead of driving to North Berwick, we went back to his mother's house to find out. I sat in the flower garden at the back and played with Angel, while he went up to his room. Twenty minutes later, I wondered what had happened to him. So I crept to the bottom of the stairs. I heard him mumbling into the telephone---some lengthy conversation or other. So I went back to the garden. I must have nodded off. When I went into the house about half an hour later, he still seemed to be mumbling on the phone. But when I walked into the bedroom, I discovered that the sounds were coming from a tape recorder! Then, when I walked through the front door, he was just lying there by the Volkswagen, with a knife stuck through the back of his neck. A few minutes later, you and your colleagues turned up."

      "You're full of bullshit, you creep. We have three eye witnesses. We're charging you with murder."

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

THE DISAPPEARANCES, A very short story by Scott F.



                                                         
                                                                   

     


                                               THE DISAPPEARANCES

                                                              Scott F.

      "And what relation do you have to the disappeared, Miss?"

      "I was their neighbour, Sir."

      "Tell me from the top."

      "The sun was just setting on the horizon. I was cooking in the kitchen. My husband's

 been---sick you see. He's never been quite the same since he went AWOL so to speak,

six months ago-----we found him wandering in the woods, He has terrible nightmares."

        "I see, go on,"

        "Well darkness was falling and the street lights had come on for the night. It was

a still night, My window was open to let out the steam from cooking. I was washing

some dishes in the sink, and and glimpsed up to look through the window.'

         "There was some kids, very young kids---pale kids---sickly looking kids---wandering

 around, going door to door, but few people seemed to answer.. I watched them as they

 approached my neighbours' door,'

         "And the strangest thing of all----I know it was dark but I remember their eyes

glinting in the moonlight---it haunts me---pure black---absolutely no colour----it gives me

the shivers up my spine.'

          "And that was the last I saw of my neighbours, There was some brief conversation.

I think the kids asked to use their phone and my neighbours let them inside,"


Monday, 22 August 2016

JOHN W.TUKEY and the KINSEY REPORTS on HUMAN SEXUALITY

                                                                       

The Kinsey Reports on male and female sexuality emphasised that gay and lesbian behaviour was much more prevalent than hitherto acknowledged, and endemic in the population. One of the lasting effects of the report has been the socially labelling of people into categories into which they might not wish to be put, For example, some of us still believe that there is an element of choice. Others think that we are all, by and large, a mixture,

     Alfred Kinsey has long since been vilified with various accusations regarding his supposed sexual activities, It is not obvious to me how many of these terrible accusations come from the reactionary American right wing, If true, then they could discredit Kinsey's scientific investigations,

       John W.Tukey and his colleagues criticized the soundness of Kinsey's data collection procedures at an early stage, Despite the deep flaws which Tukey exposed, Kinsey's key conclusions could well be true, in broadly qualitative, though not in precise quantitative terms.


                                                                           


                                                    THE KINSEY REPORTS (1948 and 1953)


The Kinsey Reports are two books on human sexual behaviorSexual Behavior in the Human Male[1] (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female[2] (1953), written by Alfred KinseyWardell Pomeroy and others and published by Saunders. Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University and the founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction (more widely known as the Kinsey Institute).
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was based on personal interviews with approximately 6,000 women. Kinsey analyzed data for the frequency with which women participate in various types of sexual activity and looked at how factors such as age, social-economic status and religious adherence influence sexual behavior. Comparisons are made of female and male sexual activities. Kinsey's evidence suggested that women were less sexually active than men.[3]
The publications were immediately controversial among the general public. The findings caused shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects that had previously beentaboo.[4]
Kinsey's methodology used to collect data has received criticism. It has been suggested that some data in the reports could not have been obtained without collaborations with child molesters.[5] The Kinsey Institute denies this charge, though it acknowledges that men who have had sexual experiences with children were interviewed, with Kinsey balancing what he saw as the need for their anonymity to solicit "honest answers on such taboo subjects" against the likelihood that their crimes would continue.[6][7] Additionally, concerns over the sample populations used were later addressed by the Kinsey Institute. The conclusion of the Kinsey Institute was that none of Kinsey's original estimates were significantly affected by these data sources.[8]

                                                                         



                                                            JOHN W.TUKEY


 And way back in the 1950s, while working for the National Research Council, he made a splash by criticizing Alfred C. Kinsey's research on sexual behavior. The Kinsey Report had shocked the nation by depicting the country's sexual habits as far more diverse than had been thought. But Tukey thought the work was seriously flawed, using, as it did, convenience samples of people who knew each other (rather than scientific random samples). For years, Kinsey and Tukey clashed. Even at their first meeting, Kinsey asked Tukey to stop singing that Gilbert and Sullivan tune while working. Retorted Tukey: "A random selection of three people would have been better than a group of 300 chosen by Mr. Kinsey."


                           STATISTICAL PROBLEMS OF THE KINSEY REPORT
                              (COCHRAN, MOSTELLER, and TUKEY. 1953)


                                                             


                                              1953 SYMPOSIUM


                                                                               



                 THE COCHRAN-MOSTELLER-TUKEY EVALUATIONS OF THE KINSEY REPORT REVISITED

               
                                                                     


                                                 JOHN WILDER TUKEY (pdf)

                                          See pages 15-16 (the Kinsey Report)