A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Are you wearing green today? How is it, do you think, that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day?
This video doesn't answer all the questions anyone might have about this holiday, but there were a couple of things I didn't know.
FIRST WOMAN ON CANADIAN MONEY
Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond this week became the first woman to be featured on Canadian currency. This is how Desmond's sister reacted to the honor for her late sibling. (Thank you Jim Stone.)
More about Viola Desmond here.
HELEN MIRREN BEFORE AND AFTER
My friend Chuck Nyren (May I call you my friend, Chuck?) posted a terrific blog story last week about his love for actor Helen Mirren:
”I hate it when I love someone everybody else loves. I feel like I’m just a boring, average, celebrity-obsessed dunderhead. But I do love Helen Mirren.
“Not just lately. I remember her in the 1970s (Oh, Lucky Man!), before long she hid out (from me) doing theatre in England, then popped up again in the 1990s. She was great in The Madness of King George.
“Since then Helen’s made a few flicks and TV shows. What she did a few days ago knocked me out.
What she did was allow herself to be photographed sans makeup for the Oscar show with a followup photo after the artists finished their work on her face and hair. And then, AND THEN, she published the photos to Instagram. I would expect nothing less from her because she is as much a favorite of mine, for all the many good reasons, as for Chuck. Here are the before and after:
You can read Chuck's entire post at Advertising For Baby Boomers.
SHKRELI'S JAILED BUT 5000% PRICE HIKE IS STILL IN EFFECT
Remember that little creep Martin Shkreli who bought the rights to the drug Daraprim and then increased the price by 5000 percent?
This past week he was sentenced to seven years in prison – but for a different lawbreaking, not Daraprim:
”Martin 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison and a $75,000 fine after he was found guilty of defrauding his investors last year,” reports Huffpost.
“Shkreli, however, is best known for an affront to the American public: hiking up the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent in September 2015.”
But guess what. Even with all the terrible publicity and condemnations, the drug still costs $750 per pill:
”HuffPost contacted a representative Vyera Pharmaceuticals, Turing Pharmaceuticals’ new name. A company representative confirmed that Daraprim still costs $750 out of pocket, with a reduced price for patients who meet certain federal poverty guidelines.”
What makes it even worse is that there is no alternative for Daraprim. You can read more here.
A NIGHTCLUB DEEJAY BRINGS HIS SKILLS TO A BUDDHIST TEMPLE
”Gyosen Asakura’s temple is not your average place of worship,” the Youtube page tells us. “Using his training as a professional DJ, Asakura combines Buddhist scripture with techno beats to create a unique experience. His innovative services have attracted a new generation of people with hundreds flocking to witness the DJ Monk bring his temple to life.”
Take a look:
LONDON BEEFEATERS' SECRET PUB
For hundreds of years there has been a secret pub hidden inside the Tower of London. It is private, just for the Beefeaters and their guests. Here's a short video:
Read more about the pub at Atlas Obscura.
VENEZUELAN EAGLE PROTECTOR
Watching harpy eagles being destroyed in the wilds of Venezuela, Alexander Blanco Márquez decided to take matters into his own hands.Now, he’s going to extremes to protect these eagles, often putting his own life on the line.
A FEEL GOODER
That's what Jim Stone said in his email sending me this and I agree:
AN AMAZING MOMENT WITH WILD GORILLAS
Damian Aspinall and his wife, Victoria, made a special trip to a gorilla sanctuary in Gabon. The Gorillas had met Damian before but they had never met his wife. This is the moment where the gorillas decide if Victoria is welcome or not.
Thank you, Darlene Costner, for this.
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