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Dear Friends: It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk this Tuesday, March 21st at 11 pm Pacific/1 pm Central/2 pm EST to cover “Springtime in California”. Click here for the show, or after for an archived podcast.

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This year, as the special snowflakes are melting, we will review the status of Citizen Activism in this state with Dawn Wildman Director- Coalition for Policy Reform
http://www.cprca.org and  Founder-CA Tea Party Groups Coalition.

California has had a blizzard of special snowflake activity recently:

Dawn’s groups will be awfully busy responding to all the insanity! However, it will make for another interesting show.

Dear Friends: It is my pleasure to be a guest on Silvio Canto’s wonderful Blogtalkradio.com program, Canto Talk, this Valentine’s Day. I will be joined by military history expert Barry Jacobsen to review romance-based myths. So, Click HERE on Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 11 am Pacific Time/ 1 pm Central/ 2 pm Eastern or after for the archived show.

Barry will start the program by reviewing some traditional myths surrounding romance. Then, we will review how they have evolved to take darker characters and transform them into romantic heroes, in a trend I will call “twilighting”.

For example, the vampire began its history in literature as a character more suited for Halloween than Valentine’s Day.

But, in the new Millennium, vampires have been transformed into diamond-skin, chivalrous, heart-throbs.

But that isn’t the only transformation that has been occurring either. For example, the myth of Hades and Persephone has been a staple in literature and history courses.

One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone (Goddess of Spring) and instantly fell in love with her.

Ades (Hades) confided his secret in his brother Zeus, asking for help, so the two of them concocted a plan to trap her. As the girl (Persephone) played with her companions, they caused the ground to split underneath her.

Persephone slipped beneath the Earth and Hades stole her to the Underworld where he made her his wife.

The myth says that Persephone was very unhappy, but after much time, she came to love the cold-blooded Hades and lived happily with him.

However, in the world of fan-fiction, the relationship between Hades and Persephone has been rewritten to be a veritable love-match. Forbidden Fruit: Persephone’s Story by Lady Fael is a good example.

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Then, there are the books that follow in the footsteps of these fan-based works:

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Olympian Confessions: Hades and Persephone by Erin Kinsella depicts Hades as the only Greek God who cares about humanity (despite the lack of worship).  Persephone falls in love with the dark hero, because he is the only one who allows her to have the freedom she craves and the trust she needs.  This version of the myth turns Demeter into a real mommie-dearest figure.

for-the-love-of-hadesIn For the Love of Hades by Sasha Sommers, Hades has to do battle in order to save Persephone (who falls in love with him immediately).  After breaking off an engagement with a king and negotiating with the Fates, she is allowed to join Hades for 6 months each year.

To go with these books, there is also a wealth of fan-art.

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At a time when “50 Shades Darker” is the Valentine’s movie offered by Hollywood, taking a look at the “Twilighting” of myths seems like a fun choice for this year’s show.

I hear it tastes like champagne.

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Dear Friends: As we begin the week that will lead to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, Silvio and I have arranged to interview a wonderful woman who can give us some insights about the man.  So, please join me this Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 10 am PST/noon Central/1:00 pm Eastern Standard time on Canto Talk (click HERE for the live show or for the podcast after).

As with all shows, Egypt will be mentioned. In this case, I will have to lead off the show with Egypt, because that is how I met Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza.  We both share a love of the movie Cleopatra, the 1963 version with Elizabeth Taylor, and are on a Facebook group celebrating the film.

However, she took her passion to the galactic level by designing her entire home in an ancient Egyptian theme…including a private theater that replicates the final scene in the iconic film.

The scene:

The room:

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There is cool. Then, there is having Cleopatra’s tomb as your home theater cool.

After I became Facebook friends with Terry, we discovered we had politics in common.  In this case, our support of Donald J. Trump for President.

Unlike your humble blogger, Terry actually knows Donald Trump. Here is a photo of the two at Mar-a-lago during the New Year’s celebration.

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As I had no dog in the primary race, I formally began my support when he became the GOP nominee. However, she was an early supporter of Trump during his successful primary and general election campaigns.  She was a founding member of the Trumpettes. Hollywood reporter turned bicoastal socialite Toni Holt Kramer explains:

You might wonder how this began. It was September 19th, 2015 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Suzi Goldsmith, myself, Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza and Janet Levy were attending an annual Animal Humane Association event with our dear friend Lois Pope, whose Board we all sit on, called LIFE.

The four of us decided we needed to do something to make sure Donald J. Trump becomes President, so at 7.00 p.m. that evening, The Trumpettes were born.

A little over five months later we have women from California to Florida and across this great country doing what the Trumpettes set out to do, making people, particularly women, aware of what a great President and savior of our country, Donald J. Trump will be.

The ladies were most recently featured in Vanity Fair, in a piece reviewing Trump’s motivation behind purchasing Mar-a-lago and how he developed it.

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“Well, my God, the man is a born winner!” Toni Holt Kramer told me in her grand Palm Beach home. A former Hollywood reporter and the wife of retired car dealer Robert David “Bobby” Kramer, she is the bubbly blonde founder of the Trumpettes, Donald Trump’s most die-hard fans. During the campaign the Trumpettes shouted their allegiance to their hero from sound trucks, and later in the halls of Mar-a-Lago, where they celebrated his victory. “Donald Trump will do whatever it takes to win!” Kramer enthusiastically told me. “People who succeed can’t always be delicate debutantes!”

We will have a lot of fun as we get ready for Friday’s festivities. Please join us!!!

Dear Friends:  It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk today as we look at the post-election news and events that unfolded this day in history in 1963.  As an extra bonus, we will be joined by Captain Capitalism himself…Aaron Clary (who will be discussing his new book).

Please join us at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or with an archived podcast by clicking here

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Silvio and I are big fans of history, so we will spend some time recalling the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:

Crowds of excited people lined the streets and waved to the Kennedys. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza.

Bullets struck the president’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The governor was also hit in the chest.
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The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. Though seriously wounded, Governor Connally would recover.

The president’s body was brought to Love Field and placed on Air Force One. Before the plane took off, a grim-faced Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the tight, crowded compartment and took the oath of office, administered by US District Court Judge Sarah Hughes. The brief ceremony took place at 2:38 p.m.

Less than an hour earlier, police had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository.

Additionally, we will be talking about the history our President-Elect Donald Trump is making. Canto Talk listeners will recall my predictions that Trump had a great chance of winning, because the media was gas-lighting its American audience.

When my super-talented colleague Mary Chastain wrote about the new tone of state Republican party ads, she posted that Hillary Clinton was the most probable winner.

She would be right if the reports we were getting weren’t being offered through a haze of “Gaslight,” a point that conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce has been making often in recent days is that the elite media is manipulating the reports to distort reality to create a very specific outcome (e.g., 3 media organizations have given their employees orders to destroy Trump).

…SUNY Professor Helmut Norpoth, who has accurately predicted election outcomes for the last 5 election based on behavior models, says that Trump has a 87-99% chance of winning. He asserts the polls are bunk.

Based on the available data, I am inclined to agree. The polls are nothing more that the fuel for the gaslight fires.

 
Additionally, we will discussing Trump’s transition process and appointees! We invite you to join us for another historic show.

Dear Reader:  It will be my privilege to be the guest on Canto Talk for our annual Halloween show.  Please join Silvo Canto Jr., and me for an afternoon of scary news and fun traditions on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST (click HERE for the show for a podcast afterward).

This year’s special show will feature the website I have been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters…like I did with Venus and Jupiter!

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Black cats spend a longer time in shelters waiting to be adopted.

This is a problem because cats in shelters are stressed, and they are more likely to get sick.

A very common disease for shelter cats is an upper respiratory infection.

Cats who become sick at a shelter are at risk of being euthanized.

The fact that black cats take longer to be adopted puts them at greater risk of dying in the shelter.

Some people think that black cats are unlucky or evil, but this is just a superstition.

In some places like England, Ireland, Scotland and Japan, black cats are considered good luck!

So how did black gets get to be such an iconic symbol of Halloween?

It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire.

After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambience to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters.

And, as always, we will feature the scary news of the day! So tune in for another ghoulishly great show with the diabolically dashing Silvio Canto, Jr.!

Dear Readers: It is my privilege to join amazing talk show host Silvio Canto on Canto Talk this Thursday, Oct. 6th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST.  Click HERE for the show or the archived podcast afterward.

It will be my privilege to interview my friend and colleague Jacqueline Hardt, who works with me at the Environmental Health/Occupational Safety consulting firm, Zoubek Consulting.  She will be giving an extremely informative webinar for our firm, which will cover the history of the Zika virus’ spread, the health consequences of infection, the real risks associated with the disease, and how people can effectively protect themselves (especially since a vaccine is not  yet available).

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Zika is still spreading in Florida, and currently 115 locally acquired cases have been reported.  Perhaps the most disturbing development this week is the fact that a second case of locally acquired dengue ever has been reported in that state.

Dengue fever is a viral disease that is also spread chiefly by the  Aedes aegypti mosquito. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can result in dangerous or deadly infections.  Hawaii declared a “Dengue Fever Emergency” earlier this year.

Happily, the outbreaks in Hawaii appear to be contained…at least for the time being.

Currently, vector control is the only practical way to prevent the disease. There is only one vaccine for dengue fever currently available, and the newly developed product has only been approved for use in Mexico, the Philippines, and Brazil.

Please join us for what will be a fascinating and informative show.

Please click HERE if you would like more information about Zoubek Consulting.

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