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SAG Awards 2015: Winners often go on to win Oscars

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The Screen Actors Guild awards have become an accurate predictor for the Oscars, largely because actors’ union members who vote in the SAG comprise the Academy’s largest voting block.

If the winners of Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards seem particularly excited on their way up to the podium, it isn’t completely an act.

Cate Blanchett accepts an award at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to win best actress at the Academy Awards. -- Image credit: WIRE

Now in its 21st installment, the SAG awards have been an accurate predictor of next month’s acting Oscars, largely because the 111,228 actors’ union members who vote for the SAG-gies comprise the Academy’s largest voting bloc.

Last year’s Academy Award winners — best actor Matthew McConaughey, best actress Cate Blanchett, and supporting actors Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto — all took home SAG statuettes first.

The ensemble category, however, have been less of a barometer of Oscar gold: The cast of “American Hustle” took the SAG trophy last year — but then watched as “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture.

This year’s SAG awards had the requisite pre-show controversy, thanks to a nominees list without Bradley Cooper and the ensemble cast of “American Sniper.”

Going into Sunday night, industry watchers considered the outstanding leading male actor too close to call between Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”). Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) rounded out that category, but were considered longshots.

“As an actor you pour everything you have into every role you do, there’s something alchemic that’s happens a film, you don’t know how it will be received,” Redmayne, who plays the ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking, said as he entered Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “And the fact that so many people seem to.

Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) was considered the favorite for the leading actress award, though Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) had earned some buzz. Though she was shut out for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), can take solace in the old adage, “It’s an honor just to be nominated” (albeit for a SAG). Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) were the other two nominees.

J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) are considered the overwhelming favorites in the supporting actor categories.

Considerably more drama awaited on the television side, where the above-the-marquee talent vying for the best actor in a drama series included Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson and McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Julianne Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Robin Wright (“The Good Wife”) are up for best actress in a drama series.

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Singer @LourdesDBaron To Release New Version of #Jazz Hit “Table For Two” For The Silver Screen

Baron’s exquisite vocals, coupled with the composing eloquence of multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane create a playful sophistication akin to those revered by 50s and 60s jazz standards in her new version of “Table For Two.”

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“Table For Two” is an original song written and produced by Andrew Lane (multi-platinum music producer) specifically for Lourdes Duque Baron. He chose this song for Baron because of “her worldliness and her deep vocal sound.” Lane also composed the arrangement. The song is playful and paints a picture of warm intimacy and romance. Seldom has music seen a more versatile, talented, and dynamic performer than Lourdes Duque Baron as she proves with her vocal range here.

Lourdes Duque Baron 'Table For Two'The single has been a hit on jazz radio stations across the U.S. and several internationally. A special version of the song was chosen for the soundtrack of an upcoming Filipino film (Baron is originally from the Philippines) entitled “Cavort With Butandings.” Baron will also play the lead female role in this film. “Table For Two” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and MTV.

For more information about Lourdes Duque Baron and her projects, please visit her Official Website.

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CERN 411 – The Black Cube, Saturn, Inter-Dimensional Portals &…

By Carla B.

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“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself” — St. Augustine

Above is a picture of the statue of SHIVA that sits outside of CERN.

The LHC at CERN is a particle booster, built to beam up protons in very high speed and opposite directions — until they collide creating a huge amount of energy capable to reproduce similar cosmic conditions that have creating such phenomena as dark matter, antimatter and ultimately the creation of the universe billions of years ago. It has also been rumored to be a device that can bend space time, open dimensional portals. These rumors are indeed a reality and the evidence is overwhelming. CERN is massive scientific instrument that was in fact designed to be a ”stargate”, or a “SATURN MACHINE” (space/time) with the intention of opening up inter-dimensional portals.

Throughout ancient history there have been many accounts of gods traveling from location to location using intricate machinery that would take them from one dimension to another. There are accounts of the ancient Sumer speaking about so-called gods coming in through a double pillared stargate and there have been carvings that have represented such a feat. It is amazing to think that the ancients had mastered the ability to travel using wormhole technology that we now are hearing about at places like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but it is true. Once again it has to be indicated that CERN is located in Geneva. Geneva and “Saint Geniis” are similar to the word “Genesis.” The purpose of CERN is to find the Origins of Man and the Universe. They have stated that they want to open a doorway to another dimension and find a God. Is it just a coincidence that CERN is short for the horned God Cernunnos? Is it also a coincidence that CERN has to go deep underground to do their “god” harnessing experiments? Cernunnos was the god of the underworld.

CERN is also responsible for the internet and have been doing ongoing research for governments with regard to global sustainability.   It was also reported that in 1999 CERN proposed and carried out quantum Vortex experiments searching for Solar Axions. Axions are hypothetical particles that are components of dark matter. In order to find these Axions CERN proposed the use of a decommissioned magnet called SATAN. It was an acronym for Solar Axion Telescopic Antenna. One of the attempts at creating a portal anchor happened in an area where there is rumored to be an ancient Stargate in the real ancient Babylon, Iraq.  Even a top Physicist at CERN admitted “‘Something may come through’ dimensional ‘doors’ at LHC”. And “Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN.

The capabilities of CERN and evidence suggesting that it is being used as a literal TIME DISTORTION machine is a reality. This is where SATURN comes into play. If the elite worship Saturn which is the god of TIME & SPACE, then surely CERN is connected to this “god”, right? As it turns out, that is exactly the case and the CERN/SATURN rabbit hole is very deep. It is my estimation that CERN among other locations is a central key location and site for a gateway to open for Cernunnos/Pan/Saturn/Satan/demonic forces to manifest in this dimension. This must occur for the elite’s NWO Anti-Christ beast system.

Cernunnos – the horned deity of the Celts/Gauls later to become Pan. Pan-dimensional.

Cronus – the Greek derivative from Seb or Geb of the Egyptian Ennead, the ‘horned one’ later to become the roman god Saturn – Satan.

Kroni – ancient East Indian demon – primordial manifestation of evil – analogous with the Roman Christian Satan – shares many traits with Kali, the Destroyer.

By coincidence the CERN logo is a 666. By coincidence there is a statue of Lord Shiva,  the “god of Destruction,” at CERN.

The conspiracy culture believes there is a ancient group of “enlightened” masters guiding the course of things, above every government and ruler. They use occult knowledge and have been mastering it for centuries. With that assumption its not hard to see why people could believe CERN, a machine that could possibly  discover and re-create the “god particle.”

The VESICA PISCES is also obvious


CERN & Its Relation To Biblical Prophecy

Whether you decide to believe this or not there is an occult agenda behind the CERN.

Mayan calendar left. CERN-LHC right. Why do they look so similar? Is the CERN Large Hadron Collider an attempt at opening inter-dimensional gateway, StarGate, portals … for fallen spiritual beings to come into our dimension?
  • Lord Shiva – “god of Destruction” statue at CERN

    Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV) Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit
    9 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. …..
    ….
    11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
    -The Bible says that these fallen angels (sons of God) of Genesis 6 are confined in Tartarus.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell (Tartarus), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” II Peter 2:4. The word in the Greek is Tartarus, or rather it is .. from that noun. “Cast down to hell” should be tartarused, (tartarosas).

The statue of Lord Shiva, the “god of Destruction”, (see above) sits at CERN and hints at the release of the fallen angel Abaddon/Apollyon which coincidentally also means “the Destroyer”! There are…of course, no coincidences. Why would anyone put this religious statue of a Hindu god at a place of science, the epitome of scientific inquiry?

Interestingly, the Book of Enoch says that these 200 fallen angels(Titans) are imprisoned in Tartarus for 70 generations. A generation in the Bible is about 70 years. These Titans are being imprisoned for about 5000 years. Dec 2012 is the Hebrew year Tevet 5773.

The time for their release is probably at hand.

Notably, Mayan and Aztec prophecies for 21 Dec 2012 does not say anything about end of the world apocalypse! Rather it speaks about the return of the serpent god/Bolon Yokte/the Nine gods. These are probably the fallen angels of Genesis 6, the 200 watchers of the Book of Enoch! The occult world seems to be pointing to something coming to earth on the Mayan calendar date of 21 Dec 2012.
The Aztec religion predicted that a serpent would come from heaven and appear on earth on 21 December 2012. According to an Aztec legend, human beings can ascend into Heaven when the serpent descends. …. On this day the Aztec religious calendar prophesied that a great serpent would come to earth; thus, Satan’s fall coincides with the end of the Aztec calendar as well as the Chinese calendar.
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2012: The Return of the Nine
… The Mayan prophecy to do with 2012 was that it would signal the return of “The Nine”. … “At the next creation, the Bolon Yokte Ku, or Nine Support Gods, would return.” However, the actual word “return”, sometimes translated as “descent” …. Who are the Bolon Yokte Ku – The Nine? They have variously been translated as the God of Nine Strides, the Nine-Footed God, Jaguar-Foot-Tree and Nine-Dog-Tree. They were seen as living in the Underworld and were generally described as god(s) of conflict, warfare, and are hence linked with dangerous transition times, social unrest, eclipses, and natural disasters like earthquakes. … The question nevertheless remains as to who these Nine Gods truly are. Indeed, “Nine Gods” are not just an ingredient of the Mayan culture. There were also Nine Gods in the ancient Egyptian religion, as well as many others (e.g. India). To the Egyptians, they were also known as the Nine Principles and they were directly linked with their Creator Deity, Atum.

The mayans did not predict the end of world, but the return of one of their god’s
The predictions of the Mayans to December 2012 do not refer to the end of the world, but the return of the god Bolon Yokte would return at the end of an era and the beginning of another … it is mentioned that on December 21 “would be invested deity Bolon Yokote,” bound to create a god and war, who attended the beginning of the current era … The text of the narrative character, … shows that the Maya rulers should “prepare the ground for the return of the god Bolon Yokte … According to this prognosis, the god Bolon Yokte preside over the birth of a new era that was set to begin  December 21, 2012, and oversee the end of the current era.

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead @ 90, Half Brother Ascends Throne to Become King

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against Al Qaeda and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died at 90, according to Saudi state TV.

His successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the ailing Abdullah’s responsibilities.

The announcement came in statement read by a presenter on Saudi state TV, which aired video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca.

Saudi state TV said he died after midnight Friday.

A former American diplomat close to the Saudi royal family told Fox News the death of King Abdullah, coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, is a “worst case scenario” for the U.S. because current events are allowing Iran to extend its reach and influence in the region.

With the collapse of President Hadi’s government in Yemen, the former diplomat said Teheran’s influence is now seen in at least four Middle Eastern capitals – Sana’a in Yemen, Baghdad in Iraq, Damascus in Syria, and to a lesser extent in Beirut, Lebanon.

In a written statement issued shortly after the announcement of Abdullah’s death, President Obama expressed condolences and said, ” I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.

“One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”

Obama visited with the ailing king in his desert compound last March.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in London for a meeting of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, called Abdullah “a brave partner in fighting violent extremism who proved just as important as a proponent of peace.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the king “a powerful voice for tolerance, moderation and peace — in the Islamic world and across the globe.”

Former President George H.W. Bush said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and partner King Abdullah. As President, I found His Majesty always to be a wise and reliable ally, helping our nations build on a strategic relationship and enduring friendship dating back to World War II.”

Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud in 2013. Credit Raed Qutena/European Pressphoto Agency

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Abdullah “an important voice for reform in Saudi Arabia. He pushed for the modernization of the education system, curbed the authority of the religious police, and extended women the right to vote and run in municipal elections.”

More than his guarded and hidebound predecessors, Abdullah assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His priority was to counter the influence of rival, mainly Shiite Iran wherever it tried to make advances. He and fellow Sunni Arab monarchs also staunchly opposed the Middle East’s wave of pro-democracy uprisings, seeing them as a threat to stability and their own rule.

And while the king maintained the historically close alliance with Washington, there were frictions as he sought to put those relations on Saudi Arabia’s terms. He was constantly frustrated by Washington’s failure to broker a settlement to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He also pushed the Obama administration to take a tougher stand against Iran and to more strongly back the mainly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1924, one of the dozens of sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. Like all Abdul-Aziz’s sons, Abdullah had only rudimentary education. Tall and heavyset, he felt more at home in the Nejd, the kingdom’s desert heartland, riding stallions and hunting with falcons.

Abdullah was selected as crown prince in 1982 on the day his half-brother Fahd ascended to the throne.

Abdullah became de facto ruler in 1995 when a stroke incapacitated Fahd. Abdullah was believed to have long rankled at the closeness of the alliance with the United States, and as regent he pressed Washington to withdraw the troops it had deployed in the kingdom since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The U.S. finally did so in 2003.

When President George W. Bush came to office, Abdullah again showed his readiness to push against his U.S. allies.

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In 2000, Abdullah convinced the Arab League to approve an unprecedented offer that all Arab states would agree to peace with Israel if it withdrew from lands it captured in 1967. The next year, he sent his ambassador in Washington to tell the Bush administration that it was too unquestioningly biased in favor of Israel and that the kingdom would from now on pursue its own interests apart from Washington’s.

Bush soon after advocated for the first time the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The next month, the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks took place in the United States, and Abdullah had to steer the alliance through the resulting criticism. The kingdom was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers, and many pointed out that the baseline ideology for Al Qaeda and other groups stemmed from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

When Al Qaeda militants in 2003 began a wave of violence in the kingdom aimed at toppling the monarchy, Abdullah cracked down hard. For the next three years, security forces battled militants, finally forcing them to flee to neighboring Yemen.

There, they created a new Al Qaeda branch, and Saudi Arabia has played a behind-the-scenes role in fighting it.

The tougher line helped affirm Abdullah’s commitment to fighting Al Qaeda. He paid two visits to Bush — in 2002 and 2005 — at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

When Fahd died in 2005, Abdullah officially rose to the throne. He then began to more openly push his agenda.

His aim at home was to modernize the kingdom to face the future. One of the world’s largest oil exporters, Saudi Arabia is fabulously wealthy, but there are deep disparities in wealth and a burgeoning youth population in need of jobs, housing and education.

Abdullah was a strong supporter of education, building universities at home and increasing scholarships abroad for Saudi students.

Abdullah for the first time gave women seats on the Shura Council, an unelected body that advises the king and government. He promised women would be able to vote and run in 2015 elections for municipal councils, the only elections held in the country. He appointed the first female deputy minister in a 2009. Two Saudi female athletes competed in the Olympics for the first time in 2012, and a small handful of women were granted licenses to work as lawyers during his rule.

One of his most ambitious projects was a Western-style university that bears his name, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which opened in 2009. Men and women share classrooms and study together inside the campus, a major departure in a country where even small talk between the sexes in public can bring a warning from the morality police.

But he treaded carefully in the face of the ultraconservative Wahhabi clerics who hold near total sway over society and, in return, give the Al Saud family’s rule religious legitimacy.

Regionally, perhaps Abdullah’s biggest priority was to confront Iran, the Shiite powerhouse across the Gulf.

Worried about Tehran’s nuclear program, Abdullah told the United States in 2008 to consider military action to “cut off the head of the snake” and prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic memo.

Abdullah had more than 30 children from around a dozen wives.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pop Culture: Lourdes Duque Barons Official Website: Breaking News; Videos, Photos, Tour Dates

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Anti Government Filmmaker David Crowley found dead in “murder-suicide” admitted “I’m not prone to suicide”

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By Doug Hagmann for Canada Free Press

 (Alternative Media) — Upon hearing the news that filmmaker David Crowley of the Gray State project was found dead in an apparent murder/suicide along with his wife and 5-year old daughter, I immediately recalled our private conversation of October 3, 2012. It was about three hours before airtime when we first spoke, candidly and without the restrictions imposed by a program clock.

David Crowley, Gray State The Movie -- Image credit: Joel Franklin - LibertyShots

We talked about his vision for the film Gray State, a depiction of future events in a post-collapse America he recently launched. Mr. Crowley was very articulate and outlined his vision well. It was obvious that he had big plans for his project, and even bigger plans for his future. I recalled him being very detail oriented, and knew that creating this movie was not going to be a small or short project.

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In addition to the film project, we discussed other matters – personal matters. He spoke of his wife and daughter with the pride of a loving husband and father. He spoke of past events that brought him to this point in his life. He spoke of what he saw as a country in dire trouble from a ruling elite who were bent on destruction of our country and our way of life. He was not, however, fanatical about what he saw taking place. He was reserved, measured and practical.

It was during our conversation that I chided him a bit about the dangers of his undertaking, that it might not be a popular move to appear on our radio show in the run-up to the 2012 elections. He chuckled and said that he was glad to have any opportunity, no matter how big or small, to expose the machinations of the corrupt and the complicit who were destroying the country in which his daughter would grow up.

t was during the latter part of our conversation that he made the statement that is most unsettling and troubling to me. It was six months after the death of Andrew Breitbart and five months before the “accident” that claimed the life of Michael Hastings. He ominously confided that he had no intentions of committing suicide or otherwise becoming a statistic as he had so much to live for. “I’m not prone to suicide,” he told me.

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Although I lost touch of late, the narrative being constructed in the public about David Crowley is the complete opposite of the man I spoke with, joked with, and subsequently interviewed. I understand that people change, things happen, and people will surprise you. I’ve seen it many times. I get it.
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What I don’t understand is the public’s acquiescence or resignation to the official narrative without question, especially considering the people whom we’ve lost to questionable, if not outright strange circumstances. There is something very wrong here. The death of David Crowley, his wife and daughter is more than a tragedy. It seems to fit a disturbing pattern.

We need the complete truth about what happened, and not accept anything less. Although his death and the murder of his five year-old daughter and 28 year-old wife could have been by his hand, I’m not buying it. Others aren’t either.

A “Justice for David Crowley of Gray State” page has just been launched on Facebook. They want answers. So do I.

Read the full story via Canada Free Press Now.

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Prosecutor Alberto Nisman shot dead before testifying against Néstor Kirchner

BUENOS AIRES — Police sentries guarded the federal prosecutor’s luxury high-rise building. His door on the 13th floor had been locked from the inside, and a gun with a spent cartridge was found on the floor near his body. There was no suicide note.

Officials transporting the body of Alberto Nisman, a federal prosecutor, to a morgue in Buenos Aires on Monday. Credit Claudio Fanchi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Just one day earlier, on Saturday, the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, said, “I might get out of this dead.”

From the moment 10 years ago when he was assigned to investigate the 1994 suicide bombing of a Jewish center here that left 85 people dead, Mr. Nisman, an even-keeled lawyer, became entangled in a labyrinthine plot that he traced to Iran and its militant Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.

But it was only in the past week that Mr. Nisman, 51, leveled explosive accusations that top Argentine officials, including President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, had conspired with Iran to cover up responsibility for the bombing as part of a deal that would supply Iranian oil to Argentina. Now, the mystery has deepened with the discovery of Mr. Nisman’s body on Sunday — the day before he was to testify before lawmakers about those accusations.

The timing of his death, and the outrage and skepticism it provoked in Argentina and elsewhere, raised a torrent of new questions about an unresolved case that many here call a national disgrace.

The latest turn is convulsing Argentina’s political establishment over whether the country’s acutely politicized institutions can ever prosecute those responsible for the bombing, one of the deadliest anti-Semitic attacks since World War II.

“This has turned into an attack on the credibility of the fundamental institutions of the republic,” said Santiago Kovadloff, an essayist and columnist for the newspaper La Nación.

Officials in Mrs. Kirchner’s government were quick to assert that Mr. Nisman appeared to have killed himself. The security minister, Sergio Berni, said evidence at the scene, including a .22 caliber pistol and spent cartridge found near Mr. Nisman’s body, indicated suicide. Autopsy results announced later said he had died of a bullet wound to the head.

The bullet was almost definitely fired from the Bersa pistol that lay next to his body, according to an unidentified police official quoted by Télam, the state news agency. The government’s national firearms registry also said that Mr. Nisman had two guns registered in his name. It was unclear whether the Bersa was one of them.

Another line of investigation, Télam reported, was that the gun used may have been lent by a friend to Mr. Nisman.

News of his death immediately provoked skepticism and outrage from the political opposition and leaders of Argentina’s Jewish community, Latin America’s largest with an estimated 250,000 people. “Everything is far more sordid than it appears,” said Elisa Carrió, an outspoken congresswoman. “They killed him or they induced his death.”

On Twitter, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a congressman, called Mr. Nisman “victim 86 of the AMIA attack,” using the Argentine acronym for the Argentina Israelite Mutual Association, the destroyed Jewish community center.
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Mr. Nisman, who had been selected to investigate the bombing by Néstor Kirchner, Argentina’s former president and Mrs. Kirchner’s late husband, had been expected at the hearing to explain the criminal complaint he filed last week against Mrs. Kirchner; her foreign minister, Héctor Timerman; and others.

On Sunday afternoon, the officers assigned to guard Mr. Nisman were concerned because they had been unable to contact him by telephone and his Sunday newspaper still lay outside his apartment. They called his family, but his mother was unable to open the apartment door with a spare key because a key was stuck in the lock on the other side. A locksmith was called, and Mr. Nisman’s mother entered the apartment with the officers.

The prosecutor investigating Mr. Nisman’s death, Viviana Fein, told reporters on Monday morning that there were no witnesses and no suicide note. She said she was awaiting evidence that included closed-circuit television footage and a list of phone calls. She also said that Mr. Nisman had not eaten dinner Sunday.

Ms. Fein emphasized that it remained unclear whether Mr. Nisman had killed himself. In comments broadcast on Argentine radio, she said that the gun found at his side may not have been his, and that investigators were reviewing his phone records and text messages to determine if he had been receiving threats.

“We cannot say that this case is solved,” Ms. Fein said.

After years of inquiry into the 1994 attack, marred by delays and corruption charges, Mr. Nisman seemed to bring vigor to the investigation after taking over in 2005. He accused Hezbollah of having carried out the bombing and senior Iranian officials of having planned and financed it, accusations that Hezbollah and Iran’s government have long denied.

The charges put a deep chill on relations between the two countries until 2013, when they reached an agreement to investigate the attack.

The president did not comment on Mr. Nisman’s death. But Aníbal Fernández, a top official at the presidency, was quoted by Argentine news media as saying he believed Mr. Nisman had killed himself. Declaring that he was “stupefied,” Mr. Fernández also sought to assure that the investigation into the bombing would not be undermined if Mr. Nisman had filed his years of findings properly.

Mr. Nisman seemed to have dropped an oddly prophetic hint last Wednesday, telling a TV interviewer, “With Nisman around or not, the evidence is there.”

He disclosed last week that he had obtained intercepts of telephone calls between Argentine intelligence agents and Iranian officials in which details of the secret deal were discussed. He accused Mrs. Kirchner of directly ordering a covert team of negotiators to make an offer “from the shadows” to Iran. In return, Mr. Nisman said, Argentina guaranteed immunity to former Iranian government officials in an effort to obtain Iranian oil to ease Argentina’s energy shortage.

Pointing to delays that have long shrouded the investigation, and to the endemic pressuring of judges and prosecutors here, the political opposition demanded a transparent and speedy inquiry into his death.
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“We’re used to things in Argentina remaining in the dark,” said Gabriela Michetti, an opposition politician.

Further fueling suspicions here is Argentina’s recent history of suspicious deaths officially described as suicides. In 1990, for example, the death of a former top customs official who had been investigating irregularities was presented as a suicide. An autopsy later showed that he had been struck in the face before the bullet that killed him was fired.

The political opposition and large Jewish community here have fiercely objected to the agreement with Iran, calling it a vehicle for immunity. The agreement also was ruled an unconstitutional overreach of the executive branch by a local court last year.

The Anti-Defamation League, the New York-based group that campaigns against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, said in a statement that Mr. Nisman’s death was “another tragic episode in the sordid saga of Argentina’s failure to act decisively and unceasingly to find, arrest and prosecute those responsible for the AMIA terror attack.”

A crowd of thousands gathered outside the presidential palace here Monday night to protest the mysterious circumstances shrouding Mr. Nisman’s death. They clapped in unison, and some held signs that read “Cristina murderer,” a reference to the president, or “I am Nisman.”

“They forced him to suicide, which is the same as murder,” said Cecilia Viñuela, 50, a publicist who was in the crowd. “I’m angry and sad because I know we will never know the truth.”

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Gunshots fired near VP Joe Biden’s home in Delaware, report

By Tanya Blake

Vice President Joe Biden. — Gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday.

Photo: Emrah Gurel / Associated Press

The vice president and his wife were not at home Saturday at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

The Wilmington home is several hundred yards from the main road where the shots rang out, and authorities were searching outside the Biden residence and nearby homes to determine whether any rounds hit anything. Police in New Castle County, Del., said there were no reports of injuries.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at about 8:25 p.m. on a public road outside the home’s secure perimeter. Secret Service personnel heard the shots, saw the vehicle drive past the home at a high rate of speed and flee.

The Secret Service said about 30 minutes later, an individual in a vehicle tried to pass a county police officer at a checkpoint set up after the shooting near the Biden home. That person was arrested for resisting arrest and was to be questioned regarding the shooting incident. County Police Sgt. Jacob Andrews said it appears the man was not involved in the shooting.

Nestled in a heavily wooded area, the vice president’s home is not visible from the main road. A small cottage, occupied by the Secret Service, sits on the property near a gate in front of the driveway that is blocked by Secret Service vehicles and personnel.

News Source: Associated Press

 

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Lea Michele is set to star in Fox’s upcoming comedy-horror anthology, ‘Scream Queens’

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 17th, 2015 - in Breaking News, Entertainment News, Pop Culture, TV

By Tanya Blake

The upcoming anthology, from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, will premiere in autumn 2015. The first season will consist of 15 hour long episodes with the plot centering on a series of murders on a college campus, according to Billboard.

Lea MicheleLea Michele will be joined by Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee). Ariana Grande has a recurring role on the show, returning to television since her last appearance in Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat in 2014.

Scream Queens will see Murphy reunited with a number of actors and crew members who have previously worked on his other projects including Glee and American Horror Story. Michelle, who starred in Murphy’s Glee, is currently filming the final season and Scream Queens will be her first role after the hit musical-comedy series. Murphy has also previously worked with Roberts on American Horror Story‘s third and fourth seasons. Scream Queens will also see Glee and American Horror Story co-creator and producer Brad Falchuk and Glee producer Ian Brennan.

The casting announcement was made by Fox on Saturday (17th January) at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Fox also announced the cast members for its upcoming musical Grease: Live. Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) will star as Sandy and Rizzo, according to Variety.

Scream Queens is expected to air later this year and Grease: Live in January 2016

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