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This may be meaningless to you if you have no idea who Jack T. Chick was. But with a Fortean and SubGenius interest in the weird and comics, it's hard to escape the bizarre tracts that Chick published. To Chick, God was this faceless giant, who sat like a statue of Abraham Lincoln on a throne, and delivered severe judgements on those who didn't the limited idea of Christianity that Chick had. That would get the offenders burnt in the fiery lake (or worse). The thing about Chick (apart from just how bad his tracts were) was the degree to which they were parodied.


RELEVANT LINKS

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Jack T. Chick (Wikipedia)

RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic

Chick Cartoon Tracts (Official Page)

Track Dissections (Straight commentary o n the tracts)


THE PARODIES

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Jack Chick tracts and their parodies

Welcome to the Jack Chick Parody Wing

Chick Tract Satire

The Slack Archives: Haw Haw Haw!
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GABBY
February 2001 - May 2015.
alias Gabbles, Marzipan Puss, Bung-Eyed Cat, Tree Puss, and Alarm Cat

Gabby, like Xena, was named after a character from the Xena TV show,, and lived up to her namesake, being talkative as only a cat can be. She was a gift from my friend Robin who'd accompanied me to Phuket in 2000. She became immediate friends with Xena and Pegasus, who she often slept with and on.

She was never exactly a sensible puss, especially after an accident with a basket ball, but she was inquisitive, playful and affectionate. If I slept in, Gabby would would jump on my chest and then then either lick my hair, or gently bite me on the nose. Gabby was also in the wars, surviving a claw to her left eye, a couple of abscesses, and sensitivity to certain foods. Her general health declined slowly over the last 18 months, first with her coat, and then losing weight.

When I completed my "Trans Tarot Deck" for my Hons in Fine Arts in 2006, she appeared on card #21, as one symbol of a happy household and synthesis with the World. I hope she meows her way across the rainbow bridge.



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Former Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu has died overnight at his home in the Northern Territory. The former Australian of the Year was 56.




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Chrissie Amphlett had been battling MS and breast cancer, and died in New York.




This has rather upset me. I started crying after seeing a Specs & Specs repeat featuring her. That fact that she was two years younger than me doesn't help.

R.I.P. SAM

Mar. 20th, 2013 10:05 am
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Last night I went to a friend's to help them connect a an ADSL modem. It all went smoothly and I got dinner afterwards. I was a little upset though to hear that their dog Sam - whom I minded for 3 weeks last year - had to be put down after eating a plastic toy laced with toxic chemicals.

SAm in the Studio earliet today. For some reason he reminded me of a Dr Suess character.
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121003 EBONY Memorial

I feel absolutely powerless and ineffectual over this. I didn't know what to do, and by the time I did she was gone. That was confirmed by the fire brigade who used a device to peer into the drain. They saw her motionless body with one eye open.

The thing is - I went out three times last night to see she was. I couldn't see down the drain properly but I could hear her. I'd talk and she would meow back. The last time I went out her meow was very faint, and she stopped  meowing  entirely. When I went out this morning I though I could hear something, maybe. But I have tinnitus and it makes it hard to clear faint noises and a magpie's scream sounds like a cat's cry. :(

But this means I was probably there when she died. I couldn't get to her to rescue her, and  and short of ripping up next door's driveway there's no way for me to retrieve the body.
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Seems Harry Harrison has died. I met him ages ago at a Swancon in South Perth. Read more than a few of his books.



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"Who?" you say. This guy:

 


 and



 

I liked his stuff.

 

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As from The Guardian:

The actor Caroline John, who has died aged 71, was best known for defending Earth from alien invasion alongside Jon Pertwee's Doctor in the first colour series of Doctor Who, broadcast in 1970. As Dr Elizabeth Shaw, she provided brains, cool-headed intelligence and maturity where once the Doctor's female companions had screamed and asked questions.
(more on link)

Not that widely remembered as as Liz Sladen or Katy Manning as a Doctor's companion, but I always liked her character.
 

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Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, after a "lengthy illness"  Read a lot of his stuff and enjoyed his stories. Still remember a film I saw at a Swancon in Fremantle about how he created his stories. 



R.I.P. MCA

May. 5th, 2012 08:14 am
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AS everyone already knows, one of the Beastie Boys died from cancer. This group was one of the few Hip Hop bands I liked:


 

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It seems that Jean Giraud (a.k.a Moebius) died on the 10th after a long illness. And who was Meobius you ask? He drew this, among other things:

 

For most of the 80s I read Heavy Metal magazine and it featured his work - initially The air tight garage of Jerry Cornelius. Cool stuff.

He will be missed.


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DESPITE a dream telling me how to fix that bloody PC, when I tried it this morning it didn't work. Sigh. It freezes on this screen. without allowing me to select SETUP or BOOT MENU:

12-01-13 Monitor 1


What's worse is that if I don't press ESC I get this - which must have been burnt to the BIOS by Kevin sometime (it's a picture of Michelle and her sister) before installing the board.

12-01-13 Monitor 2

Fortunately I can salvage the drives from it.

End Tucker

Nov. 13th, 2011 03:48 pm
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Oh shit. Just learnt that TUCKER (the dog next door) had been put down yesterday. He did have a BRAIN TUMOUR and he got worse and killed the hamsters there and bit Brook twice. So sad. Poor bugger. :(

steve jobs

Oct. 6th, 2011 05:45 pm
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He's dead, apparently. Looking at the footage shown on TV he looked a lot like Montgomery Burns later in life.The TV compared him to Edison. If yyou've read anything about Edison and how he treated his employees, that might be an apt comparison. Pancreatic cancer doesn't sound like a pleasant way to go. I'm reassured by the fact that he's two years older than me.

The brighter they are the faster they burn.
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As copied from Wikipedia (but also see this Biography):

Jeffrey Catherine Jones (January 10, 1944 – May 19, 2011) was an American artist whose work is best known from the late 1960s through 2000s. Jones provided over 150 covers for many different types of books through 1976, as well as venturing into fine art during and after this time. World renowned illustration artist Frank Frazetta called Jeffrey Jones "the greatest living painter"

I was familiar with Jeffrey Jones via Idyll, which was published in Heavy Metal and elsewhere. Another one bites the dust.
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From http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/02/3205331.htm:

US president Barack Obama has confirmed the United States has conducted an operation in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

Mr Obama made the statement during an address broadcast around the world earlier this afternoon.

"The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda - a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children," he said.

The confirmation follows widespread media reports that bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside Pakistan's capital Islamabad last week. Mr Obama said he was briefed last August on a lead that bin Laden was hiding inside "a compound deep inside Pakistan".

"Last week [it was] determined we had enough information to attack the compound," he said. "Today at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan. "A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."

No Americans or civilians were injured during in the mission, Mr Obama said. US officials said the operation that killed bin Laden lasted less than 40 minutes and also left three other men and a woman dead, including a son of the Al Qaeda chief. Two of the men worked as couriers for bin Laden and the third was believed to be an adult son of bin Laden, the official said.

"One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant. Two other women were injured," the official added.

US forces lost a helicopter in the operation due to "mechanical failure" and the chopper was destroyed by the Americans, the official said. Other US officials said they were stunned when intelligence reports first revealed the elaborate security at the compound where bin Laden was hiding, with 12-18 foot high walls topped with barbed wire. Early reports said bin Laden had been killed along with 20 other people.

"The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our effort to defeat Al Qaeda," Mr Obama said. "Tonight is a testament to the greatness of our country... we are reminded that America can do whatever we set our minds to."

The 54-year-old Saudi had been the most wanted man in the world since 2001 when he helped orchestrate the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. "It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by an attack on the American people," Mr Obama said.

"Nearly 3,000 citizens were taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. "We reaffirmed our ties to each other, our love of community and country."We were united as one American family. "We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation... we went to war against Al Qaeda. "The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens."

Mr Obama reaffirmed the US was not at war with Islam. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he killed scores of Muslims." Mr Obama said he had a message for the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks. "We have never forgotten your loss nor wavered in our commitment to do whatever it takes to prevent further attacks on our shores," he said.

Officials say the US is ensuring bin Laden's body is being handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. The killing of bin Laden is a major accomplishment for Mr Obama and his national security team, fulfilling the goal once voiced by Mr Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, to bring bin Laden to justice. Mr Bush, who was in office at the time of the September 11 attacks and famously said he wanted bin Laden dead or alive, said his death was a "momentous achievement".

"The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Mr Bush said in a statement. US soldiers and Afghan militia forces launched a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains after the attacks in pursuit of bin Laden. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan. While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his militant Islamist views in videotapes spirited from his hideaway. Besides September 11, the US has also linked bin Laden to a string of attacks, including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen.

The death of bin Laden will raise huge questions about the future shape of Al Qaeda and also have steep implications for US security and foreign policy 10 years into a global anti-terror campaign. It will also raise fears that the United States and its allies will face retaliation from supporters of bin Laden  and other Islamic extremist groups. Chants of "USA, USA" rang out from tourists outside the White House as reports of bin Laden's death sent an electric charge through Washington. A large group of people gathered outside the fence of the presidential mansion sung the US national anthem and started shouting and cheering.

Despite the decade that has elapsed since the September 11 attacks, the event, one of the most traumatic in US history, still stirs raw emotions, and bin Laden's demise will be celebrated across the United States.


54 years old? Osama was the same age as I am.
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From Mail Online:

Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen has died following a battle with cancer. She was 63.

The Liverpool-born star, who played the Doctor's assistant Sarah Jane Smith since the Seventies, passed away this morning after suffering from the illness for some time.

The BBC confirmed her death in a statement: 'It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning. She was 63.'


Damn, that's upset me!

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