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  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden drama—with a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyer’s dream is not “vampire”...but “meadow.”...“Mountain Meadows,”...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • "Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Heart

    10/14/2014 12:14:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    smithsonian ^ | 10/13/2014 | rachel nuwer
    Archeologists in Bulgaria haved uncovered a 13th century staked "vampire" at Perperikon, an ancient Thracian site in the south of the country, Archaeology reports. The remains once belonged to a man who was likely in his 40s. An iron rod had been hammered through his chest "to keep the corpse from rising from the dead and disturbing the living," Archaeology continues, and his left leg had also been removed and placed beside the corpse. Clearly, this man's neighbors did not trust his remains to stay put. As Nikolai Ovcharov, the archeologist in charge of the dig, told the Telegraph: "We...
  • Serbia is a homeland of vampires, not Romania, claims American journalist

    09/30/2014 7:08:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    romaniantimes.at ^ | 05. 11. 13. - 13:00 | romaniantimes.at
    An American journalist has revealed the homeland of vampires is Serbia, not Romania.
  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2014
    Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution. ... It said the man, who was flown to Switzerland by a private transport company Monday, will be kept under observation at Geneva's University Hospital for the incubation period of three weeks.
  • 'True Blood' Actor Nelsan Ellis: Former Star Quit Because he Didn't 'Want to Play a Gay Part'

    07/24/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    <p>When Luke Grimes started on HBO’s “True Blood” last season his character James Kent was wooing a female vampire. But Grimes reportedly quit in December when he found out Kent was bisexual and starting a romantic relationship with a gay character in the seventh and final season.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Sorry/Not Sorry About Losing the Vampire Vote

    07/23/2014 8:50:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/23/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded on Facebook to a True Blood TV episode that featured a storyline with a massacre at a fundraiser for Ted Cruz at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. In the episode, a pair of left-leaning vampires show up at the Republican fundraiser to search for the parents of their enemy. Pam, the female vampire, catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror with a sparkly dress and big hair and exclaims, “I’m a Republican!” Except instead of “Republican” she invents a sexually crude word that’s not worth repeating here because it’s juvenile and debauched. After...
  • Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’

    07/14/2014 6:40:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 14, 2014 | Andrew Romano
    The infected have worms writhing under their skin and vicious stingers waiting to shoot out of their mouths at the slightest whiff of hemoglobin. The Strain isn't Twilight. The Strain isn’t your average vampire show. This much would have been obvious to anyone watching the series’ premiere Sunday night on FX. For starters, there’s the story. A plane lands at JFK, then stops dead on the tarmac. As epidemiologist Ephraim Goodweather (the excellent Corey Stoll of House of Cards) soon discovers, everyone on board is dead—or so it seems. What Goodweather assumes to be a virus actually turns out to...
  • Why Vampires and Christian Gray Represent the Liberals' Perfect Modern Man

    02/23/2014 4:01:25 PM PST · by 50sDad · 11 replies
    My Fertile Conservative Brain ^ | 02/23/14 | 50's Dad
    In my youth, vampires were EVIL INCARNATE. They used you and left you dead or worse. Somehow, in the past fifty years, vampires have become teenaged heartthrobs, misunderstood and full of angst. But do you realize, from a societal and sociological point of view...vampires are the perfect man for modern women? In my youth, in the movies, men were men. You were either John Wayne…strong, silent, but caring underneath, or you were Cary Grant…quirky, but strong, witty on the surface, but a manly good guy underneath. They were GOOD INCARNATE. We have gelded the modern male. Once they were supposed...
  • 'Vampire' Graves Uncovered in Poland

    07/12/2013 7:14:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 12, 2013 | Marc Lallanilla
    'Vampire' Graves Uncovered in Poland Archaeologists in Poland believe they've made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves. The graves were discovered during the construction of a roadway near the Polish town of Gliwice, where archaeologists are more accustomed to finding the remains of World War II soldiers, according to The Telegraph. But instead of soldiers, the graves contained skeletons whose heads had been severed and placed on their legs. This indicated to the archaeologists that the bodies had been subject to a ritualized execution designed to ensure the dead stayed dead, The Telegraph reports. By keeping the head...
  • Ye olde vampire slaying kit: Victorian oak box complete with wooden stakes

    06/07/2012 8:07:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2012 | Tom Gardner
    They say you can never be too prepared... but even for the most superstitious person this may be overkill. A 19th century Vampire slaying kit, which includes a wooden mallet and four oak stakes, glass vials of holy water and garlic paste is expected to fetch up Ł2,000 when auctioned later this month. The macabre artefact also has a percussion cap pistol - invented in the 1830 - and a steel bullet mold, all carefully crafted to offer the best protection against any creatures of the night.
  • Ancient 'Vampire' Corpses Unearthed by Bulgarian Archaeologists

    06/06/2012 3:52:39 AM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 5-5-2012 | Christine Hsu
    More than 100 "vampire" corpses have been dug out from graves across Bulgaria during historic excavations, according to the country's archaeologists. Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, said on Tuesday that Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into the undead. Dimitrov said that the two "vampire" remains were found last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol. The tradition of hammering an iron rod through the chest bones and heart of 'evil' people to prevent them...
  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (Trailer)

    02/14/2012 11:44:59 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/14/2012 | Youtube
    This looks absurd....which means it will be either awesome or dreadful.
  • Audi Handles Vampires the Right Way Super Bowl Ad

    02/04/2012 11:12:20 AM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Audi handles Vampires the Slayer approved way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw9ZeXB2uKs&feature=youtu.be
  • Kristin Bauer van Straten (vampire actress wants to "feed off" Sarah Palin)

    12/17/2011 7:31:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Improper Bostonian ^ | Jonathan Soroff
    Who would you feed off of? Boy, that would be fun, because you could feed off of people you hate. You could feed off of people you thought were hot. You could feed a little too much off of some politicians or celebrities you’re sick of. So, feeding off of Sarah Palin? That would be kind of awesome.
  • Mormon Women, Twilight, and Internalized Sexism

    06/09/2011 8:06:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    Beliefnet.com ^ | June 6, 2011 | Jana Riess
    A couple of years ago, I published a BYU Studies article about Mormon themes in Twilight that was picked up by Meridian, an LDS website. I received some feedback on the piece, mostly positive, though several readers took issue with one criticism I made about Stephenie Meyer’s series: “I find myself concerned about the retrogressive gender stereotypes in all of her novels, particularly the ineptitude of Bella. Although the novels repeatedly tell the reader that Bella is smart and strong, they repeatedly show her powerlessness. She passes out; she trips repeatedly; she is victimized three times in the first novel...
  • NJEA president at rally accuses Gov. Christie of trying to start a 'middle-class civil war'

    02/25/2011 12:40:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    NJEA president at rally accuses Gov. Christie of trying to start a 'middle-class civil war' Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 2:30 PM Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 3:25 PM Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau TRENTON — In front of a crowd of thousands of protestors, the president of the state’s largest teachers union accused Gov. Chris Christie of trying to foment a civil war within the middle-class. “All of New Jersey’s middle-class is hurting, but this governor and his right-wing supporters are trying to start a middle-class civil war,” said New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian. As she spoke, thousands of...
  • Bite marks story leads to trouble for teen 'Twilight' fan

    02/11/2011 8:33:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 11, 2011
    MARATHON — After a lengthy investigation, police say a teenage girl admitted that bite marks on her body came from engaging in "fantasy biting" and not an attack as she had previously claimed. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the 15-year-old girl is a fan of the vampire-based "Twilight" movies and books. After being with a 19-year-old boy at her Marathon home in August, she worried about her mother seeing bruising and bite marks on her neck, arms and back.
  • Man Blames Bloodsucker In Stabbing (Arizona)

    10/08/2010 2:48:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    ... The third person, whom police did not identify, said Homer stabbed him after he said he didn't want to be part of the couple’s blood-sucking rituals anymore, police said. Police said they were called to a home at 625 N. Alma School Road, where they found Homer and Williamson with a lot of blood in the apartment, as well as a trail of blood leaving the apartment. ...
  • Bedbugs found in basement of Empire State Building

    08/21/2010 1:00:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 8/21/2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It survived the Depression, a bomber crash and King Kong's climb, but can the Empire State Building withstand a bedbug infestation? Officials say exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the tower's basement after bedbugs were found there last week. The officials tell The New York Daily News that an employee had the bedbugs on his clothes and brought them into the building, but that the problem is now under control. Tourists visiting the skyscraper say they are disgusted by the bloodsucking pests.
  • Killer Vampire Bats Attack 500 People

    08/14/2010 7:58:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 Aug 2010
    Rabid vampire bats have attacked more than 500 people in Peru's Amazon, leading to the deaths of four children. The attacks occurred in the village of Urakusa, in northeastern Peru, where the indigenous Aguajun tribe lives. At least four people are believed to have succumbed to rabies as a result. Medical supplies and vaccines to treat those infected with rabies have been sent to the tribe. Rabies, a virus that causes acute inflammation of the brain, is usually spread to humans by dog bites and has an incubation period that can last several months. Health teams are looking for people...
  • Woman Blames Vampire for Crash Near Fruita

    08/02/2010 10:51:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies · 12+ views
    KKCO ^ | Jun 28, 2010
    A woman claims she spotted a vampire on the road ahead of her and it made her back her car into a canal around 11 p.m. Sunday. A woman claims she spotted a vampire on the road ahead of her and it made her back her car into a canal around 11 p.m. Sunday. According to authorities, the woman was driving on a dirt road at K and 20 Roads near Fruita when she says she encountered the vampire. She says it scared her, and she threw her car into reverse, backing it into a canal. She was not injured....
  • Anne Rice says no more to Christianity (and no new vampires)

    07/30/2010 7:54:04 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 63 replies · 6+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7-30-10 | Hillel Italie
    "In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen" ... "I believed for a long time that the differences, the quarrels among Christians didn't matter a lot for the individual, that you live your life and stay out of it. But then I began to realize that it wasn't an easy thing to do," said Rice, speaking from her home near Palm Springs, California. "I came...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Does 'Late Nite Catechism' mock Catholicism?; Anne Rice's 'vampire logic'

    07/30/2010 12:06:34 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Renew America ^ | 7-30-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Although I haven't seen it — and I really have no desire to see it — I think it's safe to say that the play Late Nite Catechism has been at least somewhat popular among Catholics, even being advertised in the Catholic New World, the Archdiocese of Chicago's official newspaper. I wouldn't be surprised if it's advertised in other diocesan newspapers as well. But not all Catholics are pleased with this theatrical attempt at humor. Bill Donohue, president of the despised-by-dissenters Catholic League, has stated: "Late Nite Catechism continues the artistic assault on Roman Catholicism by ridiculing virtually every aspect...
  • Twilight Fans Flock For Vampire Fangs

    07/14/2010 10:38:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News Online ^ | Tuesday July 13, 2010 | Lorna Blount
    Twilight fans are sinking their teeth into vampire culture by paying cosmetic surgeons to give them fangs. In most cases the young fans are willing to spend around $200 (about Ł132) of their - or their parents’ - money on temporary vampire veneers. Taylor Wilkins, 16, had the sharp fangs installed at the Houston office of Floss Dental. ...In the clinic Dr Clint Herzog applied a tooth-coloured resin to Taylor's canines then shaped the composite into gently-sloped fangs. "It's similar to the material that we use to bond braces on the teeth," Dr Herzog explains. "So it can be put...
  • Twilight Fans' Vampire Addiction Affecting Relationships

    06/28/2010 5:21:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Yahoo Movie Talk ^ | June 28, 2010 | Lindsay Robertson
    With fans turning the area outside the Nokia theater in L.A. into a tent city in advance of the "Eclipse" premiere, the Los Angeles Times examines the phenomenon of fans whose lives are upended by their fierce love of the vampire books and movies. The Times found women who have nearly lost their marriages by neglecting their husbands in favor of "Twilight" fan sites, blogs, and message boards. One woman gushes that she's seen the movies "over 300 times." So-called "Twilight addiction" proliferates on the Internet, where a fan can take any of hundreds of quizzes to self-diagnose their condition,...
  • John Carpenter is back to rescue us from whiny, emo vampires

    06/07/2010 6:14:45 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 55+ views
    SciFi Wire ^ | 06/07/10
    Yeah, we know, all you can think about is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse heading your way at the end of the month, but there's another vampire book that's being turned into a movie, and this one not only has the street cred of a horror master, but an Academy Award winner in the lead to boot. According to Total Film, John Carpenter has signed to direct Fangland, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Fangland, for once, is actually not about a girl in love with a broody emo vampire. Swank will play Evangeline Harker (hmm, related to Dracula's Mina Harker?)....
  • The Spiritual Toll of Pervasive Occultism

    05/04/2010 5:16:00 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 48 replies · 685+ views
    Spesunica ^ | April, 2010 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer is president of Virginia-based Human Life International, which has affiliates and partners in 87 countries around the world. A trained exorcist, Fr. Euteneuer has been authorized to perform the ancient rite in several dioceses in the U.S. Vampires, witches, Ouija boards, Satanic rock music and video games — innocent fun? I don't think so. The proliferation of these dark forces is creating a subculture of youth who are suffering the effects of occult involvement. The sheer magnitude of these demonic influences has already left us with a wounded generation of youth, many of whom will...
  • Piercing the Darkness (the sinister chaos permeating American society)

    04/03/2010 7:06:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 769+ views
    CE ^ | April 2, 2010 | Fr. Thomas Euteneuer
    Even a casual observer of American society can tell that there is a certain sinister chaos spreading throughout every aspect of public life these days. Naturally, as it filters through society it finds its way into our homes, families and personal lives as well. The reports of monumental breakups and takeovers, meltdowns, dysfunctions, cutbacks, disasters, protests, catastrophic events, scandals, and just plain moral chaos are, shall we say, legion, and it does not look like there will be any let up in the dismantling of our formerly decent society any time soon. Public officials and the movers-and-shakers of social...
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (!)

    03/03/2010 5:56:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 439+ views
    YouTube ^ | February 25, 2010 | HachetteBookGroup
    From the New York Times bestselling author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES comes the true (sic) history of our sixteenth president - Seth Grahame-Smith's ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. (Click onto the link provided to watch the video)
  • Vampires and the Anthropic Principle (Can Vampires shed light on God's existence?)

    02/10/2010 2:50:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 508+ views
    First Things ^ | 02/11/2010 | Joe Carter
    In debates over the existence of God and man, the existence of vampires rarely enters the discussion. Whether Count Dracula and his kin exist hardly seems to be a relevant concern. But a fascinating paper by a pair of physicists makes me wonder if the existence—or rather the non-existence—of vampires can shed light on one of the popular arguments for the existence for God—the argument from fine-tuning. In Ghosts, Vampires and Zombies: Cinema Fiction vs Physics Reality, Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi use math and physics to illuminate inconsistencies associated with the popular myths about ghosts, zombies, and vampires....
  • Virtuous Vampires?

    01/11/2010 5:28:43 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 16 replies · 566+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/11/2010 | Terry L. Brown
    Over the last year a fascination with vampires has reached a fevered pitch as books, movies, and TV shows about them have inundated our culture and invaded our schools and homes. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series is perhaps the best known example. This is a series of four books (two of which have already been made into movies) that tell the story of 18-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan and her relationship with Edward Cullen, a 104-year-old vampire whose “eternal age” is 17.
  • The Real Science and History of Vampires

    11/30/2009 9:40:34 AM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 661+ views
    Live Science ^ | Nov 30, 2009 | Benjamin Radford
    Vampires are everywhere these days. Last weekend, the new vampire film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" broke box office records, taking in over $70 million and may end up being one of the largest openings in history. The film is based on the best-selling "Twilight" series, which of course joins a long list of other vampire-themed best-sellers dating back decades. > Some sources incorrectly trace vampires back to Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (1431-1476), who fought for independence against the Ottoman Empire. Though by most accounts his methods were brutal and sadistic (for example, slowly impaling his enemies on stakes, drawing...
  • Vampire or werewolf? What's a girl to do?

    11/15/2009 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 1,007+ views
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 11/15/2009 | Cindy Pearlman
    BEVERLY HILLS — When you’re the Sexiest Vampire Alive, the ladies want to sink their dentures into you. Robert Pattinson runs a hand through all that professionally moussed hair and recalls his strangest encounter with an intense and quite mature “Twilight” fan. At first, it all sounds quite normal. She rushed him in an airport, telling him that he was quite the looker. “[She] was around 92 years old,” he says. “I always find it funny when older people come up. The strange thing is the 92-year-old lady said the same thing as the 12-year-old girls.” Pattinson has become a...
  • Books of the Un-Dead (Imitators of Bram Stoker’s classic 'Dracula' have missed the point. Until now)

    10/30/2009 7:37:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1,607+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/30/2009 | S.T. Karnick
    Although the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, has surely been one of the most influential works of genre fiction ever written, ironically the central point of the book has nearly always been missed. Fortunately, a new novel co-written by Stoker’s great-grandnephew brings that aspect of the Dracula myth back to its appropriate place of primacy. Stoker’s clear intention in the original novel Dracula was to make the devil, literally Satan, real to readers by depicting a naturally occurring but preternatural stand-in, Count Dracula. This is indicated throughout the book by direct references to Dracula as a devil, and by imagery...
  • Vampires vow till death do us part at wedding

    10/05/2009 7:07:29 PM PDT · by Justaham · 11 replies · 903+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10-5-09
    A bride and ghoul have vowed to love each other and haunt and howl at the moon together at a Halloween-themed wedding. The Chronicle-Telegram reports that 61-year-old Jack Holsinger and 44-year-old Connie Spitznagel were both made up as pale-faced vampires for their ceremony Saturday night at a haunted house near Cleveland, Ohio. They chose the location because it's operated by the same people who own a campground where the couple met.
  • Archaeologists Discover ‘Count Dracula's’ Cellar

    10/02/2009 11:39:12 AM PDT · by mgstarr · 13 replies · 869+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 10/2/09 | Christopher Szabo
    Archaeologists have found a cellar in the university town of Pécs in southern Hungary, which they believe to have belonged to Wallachian Duke Vlad III, more commonly known as ”Dracula.” Tamás Fedeles, tutor of medieval and early modern history at Pécs University said his research showed that Vlad III Tepes alias ”Dracula,” lived in a two-story town house on what is now the city’s central square. Fedeles says the Duke of Wallachia (modern-day southern Rumania) owned the house in the 1460s and this is confirmed by a 1489 document that refers to it as ”Drakulya House.” The document contains a...
  • Twilight: Giving heed to fables

    08/18/2009 11:43:02 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 119 replies · 2,116+ views
    believersingrace.com ^ | May 25 2009 | Bill Randles
    Twilight - Giving heed to fables… By: Pastor Bill Randles Why “Twilight” is spiritually fatal, and what it shows us about the state of Christian youth. “…and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:4) If someone would have told me 25 years ago, that one day a popular series of “vampire romance” books would be accepted and promoted by evangelical ministries, I wouldn’t have been able to believe it. That’s why I was shocked to read this article by Christian documentarian and researcher, Caryl Matrisciana and Paul Villanueva, http://carylmatrisciana.com/x2/content/view/81/1/...
  • In Pictures: Hollywood's 10 Most Powerful Vampires

    08/04/2009 5:37:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 2,018+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 8/3/2009 | Lauren Streib
    Methodology Just for fun, we decided to see which versions of the vampire are the most popular (and potentially most lucrative) in entertainment. We considered all major vampire characters in wide-release films and television series in the last 30 years. (Characters in vampire-centric series who are not vampires throughout the majority of the storyline, notably vampire hunters and vampire paramours, were not considered.) Rankings were based on television ratings, inflation-adjusted box office performance, as well as presence in popular culture through blog and press mentions. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE LIST, PICTURES AND EXPLANATIONS.
  • Actions in D.C. Mirror Vampire Craze

    If you’ve been able to take a few minutes break from the 12 jobs you now have to work in order to pay your tax increases, you may have noticed that our culture has become obsessed with vampires. HBO’s “True Blood” is dominating the cable ratings. It’s a phenom that’s reaching ratings levels that “The Sopronos” did in its early seasons. The movie “Twilight” recently did so spectacularly at the box office it’s now in franchise overdrive. The CW’s fall television adaptation of “The Vampire Diaries” is the talk of Tinseltown. And pretty much all of the actors in the...
  • The Fans Killed Their Idol. They Always Do

    06/27/2009 8:37:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 981+ views
    London Times ^ | June 27, 2009
    June 27, 2009 The fans killed their idol. They always do Those who professed to love Michael Jackson were vampires, feeders and jackals – their adulation hastened his end Janice Turner Outside UCLA hospital they gather with their candles and their teddies, spooky lookalikes in full Thriller garb, wan teenagers wearing a single lace glove. They sway and sing I’ll Be There with sad faces to disguise the serotonin buzz from their frenzied collective mourn-in. Fans cry now for Michael Jackson, but they killed him. They always do. I met Pete Doherty’s mother a few years back when he was...
  • Garlic Chemical Tablet Treats Diabetes I And II, Study Suggests

    11/21/2008 11:11:34 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 24 replies · 1,166+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Nov. 19, 2008 | Science Daily
    A drug based on a chemical found in garlic can treat diabetes types I and II when taken as a tablet, a study in the new Royal Society of Chemistry journal Metallomics say. When Hiromu Sakurai and colleagues from the Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan, gave the drug orally to type I diabetic mice, they found it reduced blood glucose levels. The drug is based on vanadium and allixin, a compound found in garlic, and its action described in an Advance Article from Metallomics available free online from today. The first issue of the new journal will be published...
  • 'Twilight' Author Reacts to 'Breaking Dawn' Complaints [Stephenie Meyer]

    08/08/2008 3:14:39 PM PDT · by lainie · 16 replies · 879+ views
    eMpTyV ^ | 8-8-08 | Sabrina Rojas Weiss
    Last Saturday afternoon, less than a day after "Breaking Dawn," the conclusion of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, hit shelves, the Internet grumblings began. Of course, many readers were still eagerly drinking up the saga of Edward and Bella. But one fast reader expressed her disappointment in the book by launching a discussion on Amazon.com urging fellow disgruntled fans, "Don't burn your copies of the book — RETURN THEM." (SPOILER ALERT, though we'll try to keep them vague for all you slowpokes.) And judging by the heated back-and-forth that followed, there are plenty of other Twilighters complaining about what is or...
  • States are losing money This Holiday Season with On-Line sales

    12/08/2007 5:55:48 PM PST · by chicagolady · 31 replies · 174+ views
    National Conference of State Legislatures ^ | Dec 6 2007 | National Conference of State Legislatures
    States are Losing Money This Holiday Season with On-Line sales Streamlined system makes it easier for retailers to collect sales taxes WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Steven Rauschenberger, past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the former assistant Republican leader of the Illinois Senate, will testify before the House Subcommittee on Administrative and Commercial Law in support of "The Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification Act" or H.R. 3396. Sponsored in the House by Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt and Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood, the bill responds to the eight-year effort by state legislators, governors and the private sector to...
  • PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT OF HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT: (Anne Rice)

    08/18/2007 12:45:49 PM PDT · by Renfield · 128 replies · 2,934+ views
    annerice.com ^ | 8/10/07 | Anne Rice
    To my readers: Some time ago, I made an effort to remove from this website all political statements made by me in the past. Many of these statements were incomplete statements, and many were dated. And a good many of the emails I received about these statements indicated that they were confusing to my newer Christian readers. I felt, when I removed the material, that I was doing what was best for my personal vocation --- which is, to write books for Jesus Christ. My vocation at this time remains unchanged. I am committed to writing books for the Lord,...
  • Young Muscovite’s passion for Satanism drives her mother to lethal stroke

    07/17/2007 5:32:57 AM PDT · by kawaii · 9 replies · 314+ views
    Interfax ^ | 17 July 2007, 11:54 | interfax
    17 July 2007, 11:54 Young Muscovite’s passion for Satanism drives her mother to lethal stroke Moscow, July 17, Interfax - 14-year old Muscovite Tatiana’s passion for Satanism has ended in a tragedy in her family. Another family row in which Tatiana threatened to cut her veins if her parents did not let her go to meet her friends drove her mother Lyubov Ivanovna to a stroke. A few days later she died in hospital, the Komsolomolskaya Pravda daily writes on Tuesday. ‘Yes, I pushed my mom too far. I am sorry, of course, though we kept abusing each other. I...
  • Man Drives Stake In Grave Of Slobodan Milosevic

    03/05/2007 9:52:18 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 25 replies · 2,423+ views
    Javno ^ | Tuesday March 6, 2007 | Javno
    SLOBA THE VAMPIRE Man Drives Stake In Grave Of Slobodan Milosevic Be careful or Milosevic will get you from his grave, the police told the man who had driven a stake through Milosevic's grave. On Saturday, Miroslav Milosevic, a well known member of the Resistance from Pozarevac, invaded the grave of Slobodan Milosevic through his neighbour's courtyard and put up a hawthorn stake, report Serbian media. The time of vampiresHe visited Milosevic's grave twice that Saturday: the first time at 1 A.M., when he wrote the following words in the Book of Memory: "Dark to dark, he is buried...
  • Angelina Jolie to Join Council on Foreign Relations

    02/26/2007 2:22:16 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 58 replies · 2,069+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 26, 2007
    NEW YORK — The prestigious Council on Foreign Relations is about to get a jolt of sex appeal. The exclusive, Manhattan-based foreign-policy group has decided to admit actress Angelina Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador who has taken more than 30 trips worldwide to advocate for refugees, AIDS orphans and disaster victims.
  • 'Vampira' Stalks Qns. High

    05/01/2006 3:04:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 434+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 1, 2006 | KIERAN CROWLEY
    May 1, 2006 -- A twisted teenage vampiress attacked three girls who attend her Queens high school - savagely sinking her teeth into their necks in a series of bizarre bloodlettings, a shocking new lawsuit charges. Lawyer Jeff Lisabeth is filing a multimillion-dollar suit today against Hillcrest HS in Jamaica for failing to prevent the unprovoked slashings and neck-biting attacks by the 15-year-old girl, whom police have arrested but will not identify because of her age. One of the victims, Michelle Melendez, 16, told The Post that the girl drew blood from her neck and face, leaving disfiguring teeth marks...
  • Prosecutor likens Guantanamo defendants to vampires

    02/28/2006 3:34:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 582+ views
    Confronting the defendants at the Guantanamo tribunals with the evidence against them will be like dragging vampires into the sunlight, the chief prosecutor said on Tuesday. The cases of two Guantanamo captives charged with conspiring with Al Qaeda to attack civilians, commit murder and destroy property will begin pre-trial hearings on Wednesday. A scheduled hearing for a third defendant was delayed at the request of his military lawyer, who sought more time to prepare his case. The tribunals are the first held by the United States since World War II and convened in August 2004, over two-and-a-half years after the...