Sisters Arlowene Johnson Overskei, Marcene Johnson Scully, Doris Johnson Gaudineer and Jewell Johnson Beck earned a Guinness World Record when their combined age was verified at more than 389 years.
Sept. 26 (UPI) — A quartet of Wisconsin-native sisters with a combined age of 389 years were awarded the Guinness World Record for highest combined age of four living siblings.
Arlowene Johnson Overskei, 101; Marcene Johnson Scully, 99; Doris Johnson Gaudineer, 96; and Jewell Johnson Beck, 93, were awarded the title when Guinness World Records verified their combined age of 389 years and 197 days as of Aug. 22.
The sisters took the record from the Goebel family, who were verified as having a combined age of more than 383 years earlier this year.
“We are still living, and that’s something to celebrate,” Gaudineer told the Madison Daily Leader.
Current affairs programs are always bringing on experts from think tanks. I got thinking about the term think tank and realized the two words just don’t go together very well. Think connotes an intellectual endeavor, tank on the other hand conjures up images of big metal or glass containers. Not to mention battle tanks.
The two words are completely incongruous together. No matter, I digress, what are these think tanks?
A think tank, policy institute, or research institute is an organisation that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Most policy institutes are non-profit organisations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax exempt status. Other think tanks are funded by governments, advocacy groups, or businesses, or derive revenue from consulting or research work related to their projects.
One of the biggest Think Tanks in the world is RAND Corporation. RAND (“Research and development”) is an American nonprofit global policy think tank originally formed by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the U.S. government and private endowment,corporations,universities and private individuals. The organization has expanded to work with other governments, private foundations, international organizations, and commercial organizations on a host of non-defense issues, including healthcare. RAND aims for interdisciplinary and quantitative problem solving via translating theoretical concepts from formal economics and the physical sciences into novel applications in other areas, that is, via applied science and operations research.*
Headquarters in Santa Monica. Right off the beach, nice.
RAND has approximately 1,700 employees. Its American locations include: Santa Monica, California (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the San Francisco Bay Area; and Boston, Massachusetts. The RAND Gulf States Policy Institute has an office in New Orleans, Louisiana. RAND Europe is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Brussels, Belgium. RAND Australia is located in Canberra, Australia.
Burning Man is an event focused on community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance held annually in the western United States. The name of the event comes from its culminating ceremony: the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy, referred to as the Man, that occurs on the penultimate night of Burning Man, which is the Saturday evening before Labor Day. The event has been located since 1991 at Black Rock City in northwestern Nevada, a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Reno. As outlined by Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey in 2004, the event is guided by ten principles: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy. The event originated on June 22, 1986, on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and Jerry James, the builders of the first Man. It has since been held annually, spanning the nine days leading up to and including Labor Day. Over the event’s history, attendance has generally increased. In 2019, 78,850 people participated in the event. In 2021, the unofficial event had an estimated 20,000 attendees.
A large gathering of 21st century hippies partying hard
A mechanically inclined anti-establishment do-it-your-selfer must have built this contraption.
The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.
Media outlets were told of the decree on Wednesday, a religious police spokesman told BBC Pashto.
The ruling comes two weeks after all women were ordered to wear a face veil in public, or risk punishment.
Restrictions are being tightened on women – they are banned from travelling without a male guardian and secondary schools are shut for girls.
One female Afghan journalist working for a local TV station in Kabul, who did not want to be named, said she’d been shocked to hear the latest news.
“They are putting indirect pressure on us to stop us presenting on TV,” she told the BBC.
“How can I read the news with my mouth covered? I don’t know what to do now – I must work, I am the breadwinner of my family.”The new decree will take effect from 21 May, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue.
(From August 2021) Female presenters return on Afghanistan’s Tolo News, with one interviewing the Taliban
The spokesman referred to the ruling as “advice” – it is not clear what will happen to anyone who fails to comply.
“Based on information received by Tolo news, the order has been issued to all media outlets in Afghanistan,” the news channel reported.
The decision is being widely criticised on Twitter, with many calling it another step by the Taliban to promote extremism.
“The world deploys masks to protect people from Covid. The Taliban deploys masks to protect people from seeing the faces of women journalists. For the Taliban, women are a disease,” one activist tweeted.
The private Shamshad news channel posted a photo of its news presenter wearing a mask, and other similar images are being shared on social media.
During their first stint in power in the 1990s the Taliban forced women to wear the all-encompassing burka in public.
The hardline Islamist movement was driven from power by US-led troops in 2001, after which many restrictions eased. Women appearing on television showing their faces became a common sight.
After retaking power last August, following the withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban had held off issuing new laws on what women should wear.
This raised hopes they would govern Afghanistan, a deeply conservative and patriarchal country, more flexibly this time.
Many women still wore the burka, but in bigger cities it was also common to see women continuing to wear headscarves.
However in early May the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue announced that all women would have to cover their face in public, and indicated that a burka would be the ideal garment to achieve this.
Anyone refusing to comply with the ruling risks an escalating series of punishments.
Most Muslims around the world do not consider women covering their face mandatory, or oppose them working.
Women are still employed in some jobs in Afghanistan, such as healthcare and education, but many others have been told not to return to work now the Taliban are back in power.
The country has been plunged into economic crisis and famine under Taliban rule.
Western diplomats have indicated that resuming development funding and unlocking frozen cash depends on better treatment of women.
But early hopes the Taliban might relax their approach have been eroded amid signs influential hardliners in the group have the upper hand.
The journalist in Kabul who spoke to the BBC wanted the international community to put pressure on the Taliban.
“They should tell them you have 10 days to change otherwise we are going to cut off relations and aid.”
She said she believed the Taliban planned to stop women doing all kinds of work outside their homes. “They want women to live like prisoners at home. Every day they issued decrees against us – I don’t think we can survive.”
The Taliban are pretending that they are living in the 15th century.
In this celebration of Louisiana’s Cajun culture, complete with Zydeco music and a crawfish boil, Bourdain goes off the beaten path and takes part in the less familiar Mardi Gras traditions of the region’s history stemming from the French Middle Ages. Donning a conical hat, mask and colorful fringed costume, the host participates in the day long Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou. Meals include a home cooked meal in Grand Coteau, lunch at Laura’s 2 in Lafayette with creole cowboys, and boudin & cracklings at Billy’s in Opelousas.
Crazy costumes, horse riding and powerful drinking in this episode. After the celebration the next morning Anthony was too hungover to even eat. He said it was one of the worse hangovers he ever experienced.
The extremely inebriated Cajuns still had the ability to ride their ponies standing up.
Las Vegas weddings refers to wedding ceremonies held in Las Vegas, Nevada, which came to be known as the “Marriage Capital of the World” because of the ease of acquiring a marriage license and the minimal costs involved. The city continues to be known as a popular wedding destination for the same reasons, but also as a result of the various types of weddings available.
Nevada marriage licenses are considered notoriously easy to get; there is no blood test or required waiting period. Las Vegas has streamlined the process further. Once a short form is completed and submitted to the marriage license bureau along with $77.00 cash or money order and a government issued photo identification, a marriage license may be obtained within minutes until midnight every night.
Within one year of receipt of the marriage license a wedding ceremony must be performed in order to have a legal union, and marriages are legal and binding throughout the United States under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, as well as most other countries.
There are approximately 120,000 weddings in Las Vegas in a year. That is roughly 330 wedding ceremonies per day.
There are numerous options for wedding ceremonies in Las Vegas. The least expensive option, costing $75.00, is to marry at the Office of Civil Marriages.
Most weddings performed in Las Vegas may be a civil or religious service depending upon the wedding venue selected.
Most of the city’s major hotels have wedding chapels and many of the local restaurants offer wedding ceremonies. Weddings may also be performed in one of the local churches, synagogues, at one of the many golf courses, or at a free standing wedding chapel. Drive-thru weddings are also available.
A Drive-thru wedding
The majority of the newer wedding chapels are located on the Las Vegas Strip. A local law in the 1970s made it impossible to build a free standing wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip. The older wedding chapels will be found downtown.
Many chapels also offer themed weddings. Common themes include Hawaiian, Fairy Tale, Star Trek, Star Wars, Gothic, Halloween, and weddings with an Elvis impersonator or Michael Jackson impersonator. The Tropicana has offered a “rock star” wedding officiated by former Quiet Riot frontman Paul Shortino. Every year an electronic dance festival called Electric Daisy Carnival held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway offers couples to marry during the festival with varied themes, these packages are an option when purchasing entry, prices range from $300-$700.
Graceland Wedding Chapel is a wedding chapel that has been the site of many celebrity weddings. It is one of the oldest wedding chapels in Las Vegas and claims to be the first chapel ever to conduct weddings performed by Elvis impersonators.
WINNIPEG– Manitoba’s Crown Royal has been named the best whiskey in Canada at the Canadian Whiskey Awards.
The head judge says Noble Collection Winter Wheat won by a landslide.
Crown Royal also won best blended whiskey and sippin’ whiskey of the year.
All of it is made at the distillery of the year on 360 acres on the shores of Lake Winnipeg just north of Gimli.
The Gimli, Manitoba Whiskey Factory
Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky owned by Diageo, which purchased it when the Seagram portfolio was dissolved in 2000. It is the top-selling Canadian whisky in the United States.
The reigning monarch King George VI, and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, visited Canada in 1939. Crown Royal was introduced that year by Samuel Bronfman, president of Seagram, as a tribute to the royal visit. It was available only in Canada until 1964.
Today, Crown Royal is produced solely at the Crown Royal distillery at Gimli, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was also produced in Waterloo, Ontario, until the plant there closed in 1992. Daily production of Crown Royal uses 10,000 bushels of grain and requires 750,000 imperial gallons (3,400,000 L; 900,000 US gal) of water. The whisky produced at the Manitoba distillery is stored in two million barrels, located in 46 warehouses over 5 acres (2 ha) of land. The whisky is then blended and bottled in Amherstburg, Ontario.