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Elizabeth Taylor's fortune may approach $1B

Elizabeth Taylor
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A 1983 photo of Elizabeth Taylor.
Few realize the other side of the film legend: mogul; Where will all the money go, and how much can she make from the grave?

Elizabeth Taylor left more than her historic Hollywood legacy when she died Wednesday at 79.

It's believed she was worth between $600 million and $1 billion, most of it, according to Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Editor Diane Brady, from the side of her few fans realized had grown so big - Liz Taylor, businesswoman.

Brady says Taylor was actually "one of the first people out there basically branding her personality."

On The Early Show on Saturday Morning, Brady told co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis estimates of the size of Taylor's fortune fall in a "pretty broad range. You are hearing a billion. You're hearing $600 million. I think $600 million seems to be what most people are settling on.

"But, you know, clearly, they're auctioning off her jewelry collection. They think that's going to be about $150 million. She had real estate that was worth at least $130 million.

"But a lot of the money she made was actually in her perfume business. She had costume jewelry.

"This was an entrepreneur. So it wasn't just an actress who amassed a fortune. She was one of the first people out there basically branding her personality."

Crusader

Elizabeth Taylor: James Dean was molested by his minister

Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean
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Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in a scene from Giant
Elizabeth Taylor shared a shocking secret about fellow screen legend James Dean during an interview 14 years ago, but requested that it not be published until after she died.

"I loved Jimmy. I'm going to tell you something, but it's off the record until I die. OK?" she told writer Kevin Sessums during a 1997 interview for POZ magazine, according to a piece published by the Daily Beast Friday.

"When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister," she alleged.. "I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot."

"During Giant we'd stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me," Taylor said, referring to the 1956 movie the two co-starred in with Rock Hudson.

Dean was killed in 1955 in a car accident at the age of 24. He earned two posthumous Oscar nominations, one in 1956 for East of Eden and in 1957 for his role in "Giant."

Taylor died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at 79. She was 15 minutes late for her own funeral on Thursday.

Nuke

Where were you between April 26 and May 9, 1986? Animation of Radiation Cloud Over Europe Following Chernobyl

Translated from French by Sott.net


This animation shows the spread of radiation based on readings taken of the concentration levels of cesium 137 over Europe between April 26 and May 6, 1986.

Download the note accompanying the animation - "Modeling the Europe-wide dispersion of cesium 137 in the air following the Chernobyl accident" (pdf) .fr

Wolf

The Psychopath

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Let me tell you about a man, but there are women who also fit his description.

This is a man who knows you. A man who in some way is involved in your life. And you know him too.

Or at least, you think that you know him. But you don't. Really, you don't.

He has no conscience. No feelings of guilt or remorse for anything that he does. He is totally unscrupulous. He has no sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends or even family members. He even enjoys seeing you suffer.

And you are more likely to fall victim to him if you are vulnerable or disenfranchised.

He only cares about himself. He is totally self-centered, totally self-absorbed, being the ultimate Narcissist.

He has little interest in consequences and little fear or concern about the future, because he feels that he can deal with whatever comes.

Comment: See the following link for more information on the destructive nature of psychopaths in our society.
Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes


Che Guevara

UK: London march may be the biggest in history

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The TUC-organized March for the Alternative in London enjoys the potential to demonstrate unity and solidarity among every member of Britain's labor movement.

Between 100,000 to 300,000 people are expected to turn out in the massive protests organized by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) today to show that they are united and determined to resist the coalition government's cuts program.

Tens of thousands of teachers, council staff, nurses, students, National Health Service (NHS) and other workers are scheduled to partake in the huge demonstration, which is the biggest public backlash against the government's spending cuts since it came to power after May 2010 general elections.

The protest march is the biggest union-organized march for more than 20 years and the largest in the country since the anti-Iraq war march in 2003.

Labour politicians including leader Ed Miliband will also be attending, as well as hundreds of radical activists intent on taking direct action.

A number of protesters have vowed to occupy Oxford Street and key buildings along the protest route.

War Whore

'114 Libyans killed in US-led strikes'

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A Libyan mourner at the grave of an opposition force killed in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.
Libya says at least 114 people, including several civilians, have been killed and 445 others injured in a week-long campaign of US-led military airstrikes in the oil-rich country.

"From March 20 to March 23, the attacks have killed 114 people and injured 445 people," the Libyan State TV quoted Libyan Health Minister Khaled Omar as saying at a press conference in Tripoli on Saturday.

According to government figures, 104 people were killed in the capital Tripoli -- the city of 2 million that is most firmly in Gaddafi's grip and some other suburbs -- while another 10 civilians lost their lives in Sirte, the hometown of the Libyan strongman.

Meanwhile, on the eight day of the US-led military operations on Saturday, the British, French and US warplanes hit civilian and military sites in Tripoli and Zliten. Several large explosions were heard in Tripoli.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his US counterpart Barack Obama on Thursday that preventing deaths of civilians in Libya should be the overriding priority for the Western forces participating in the Libya war.

The situation in Libya's third-largest city, Misrata, which is some 210 km (130 miles) east of Tripoli and has a population of more than half a million, is much worse than the other areas.

Sheeple

The 'puppy' born to a Sheep

Vets say it's impossible - but to Chinese farmer Liu Naiying his birth is a miracle.

For Mr Liu insists one of his sheep has given birth to a dog

The 'puppy' has wool like a lamb but its mouth, nose, eyes, paws and tail look more like a dog's.

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'Miracle': The sheep/dog and the ewe that allegedly gave birth to him in Shaanxi Province, China

USA

US: Wisconsin Union Law Published Despite Court Order

Wis. law taking away collective bargaining rights published; disagreement over taking effect


Wisconsin officials couldn't agree Friday about whether an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite a court order blocking implementation.

The head of the Legislative Reference Bureau that made the move Friday afternoon, as well as a nonpartisan attorney for the Legislature, said the action was merely procedural. But Republican legislative leaders, who encouraged the bureau's action, insisted it meant the law would take effect Saturday.

Gov. Scott Walker's office, meanwhile, would issue only a vague statement saying simply that the administration planned to carry out the law as required.

The action late Friday was just the latest in a series of parliamentary and legal maneuvers employed over the past six weeks to enact a bill that prompted Senate Democrats to flee the state to block a vote and brought on waves of Capitol protests that grew to more than 85,000 people as Wisconsin became the center of a national fight over union rights.

A state judge declined to take emergency action on the matter. In an order issued late Friday, Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O'Brien said she didn't know what legal significance there was to the publication of the law on the Legislature's website. Ordering it removed, as she said the district attorney wanted her to require, would mean nothing, the judge said.

Stormtrooper

At least 20 dead as Syrian forces fire on protesters

At least 20 killed near Daraa, a witness tells Al Jazeera, as anti-government protesters defy security crackdown.


The bloody crackdown on protesters in Syria has left dozens dead as President Bashar al-Assad faces the greatest challenge to his 11-year rule.

Security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the city of Sanamin near Daraa on Friday, killing at least 20 people, according to one witness.

"There are more than 20 martyrs .... they [security forces] opened fire haphazardly," the witness told Al Jazeera on Friday.

Rula Amin, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Damascus, said Syrian forces apparently fired after protesters set fire to a statue of the late president, Hafez al-Assad.

Footage on YouTube also showed protesters in the cental square of Daraa dismantling a portrait of his son, Bashar al-Assad, the current president.

Reuters reported that heavy gunfire could be heard in the southern city of Daraa, the focal point for demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad's regime in recent days.

Three people were also reported killed in Mouadamieh district of Damascus after a crowd confronted a procession of cars driven by supporters of president Bashar al-Assad, residents said, according to Reuters.

Mr. Potato

Canadian government collapses in no-confidence vote

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"I'm stroking a kitten. Trust me." Canadian PM Steven Harper.
Fourth election in seven years will take place in May after opposition parties bring down Stephen Harper government

Canadian opposition parties have brought down the government of Stephen Harper in a vote of no confidence, triggering an election that polls suggest will reinstate the status quo of minority rule by his Conservative party.

The opposition parties held the prime minister in contempt of parliament in a 156-145 vote for failing to disclose the full financial details of his tougher crime legislation, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets.

Opinion polls expect Harper's Conservative party to be re-elected but not with a majority, meaning he could only continue governing dependent on opposition votes.

The opposition parties combined hold the majority of the seats in parliament with 160 while the Conservatives have 143. There is a chance the left-of-centre parties might join forces in a coalition if Harper wins another minority government on the expected election date of 2 May.