June 28th, 1914: The Day the World Changed,World War I & Our Unfolding Future – Part II

“Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal … A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all … I cannot tell you when that explosion will occur, but I can tell you where … Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans will set it off.”
– Otto von Bismarck, after being asked by the 1878 Congress of Berlin what he thought would start the next major war in Europe.

“I know I shall soon be murdered.” – supposedly said by the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to a group of friends a few weeks prior to his assassination.

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June 28th, 1914: The Day the World Changed, World War I & Our Unfolding Future – Part I

The First World War permanently changed the world and its historical source can be traced back to one particular day in the early 20th century. A date in human history which still affects us – right to this very present moment in modern real time.

A new world emerged following World War I that was no longer naively nationalistic, since the conflict began with all parties on both sides joyfully marching off to fight, and ended with 37 million people losing their lives, never to be seen again.

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Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series: Cancer

Cancer is the one sign I have consistently observed where a significant portion of those born beneath it refrain from tapping into the full potential of their sign’s natural strengths. Crabs of both genders should know one of the best ways for a human to ensure their death in Mother Nature’s Queendom is by simply crossing paths 1 inch the wrong way with the young of any wild animal comparable in size to us.

The Mother of said wild animal whose path you just crossed 1 inch too far will make sure you see the error of your ways…..by killing you 10 times before ‘ya hit the ground.

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Beneath the Surface – The Cancerian Camera of Ringo Starr, Part II

It began with an overlooked box.

Placed on a high shelf, the box had changed locations after numerous moves, numerous times. Nobody considered opening it.

Until 2012, when much to Ringo Starr’s delight he discovered the box contained old postcards that went back as far as 50 years earlier.

And that was just the tip of the sentimental iceberg.

While in the process of “tidying up”, the man known as the “Fourth Beatle” came across a hitherto unopened drawer that when discovered, revealed the most priceless of treasures – hundreds of photographic negatives, the majority taken during a time when the Beatles were still a band and more popular than the big G himself, 1964-1970.

With every photo being taken by the Fourth Beatle, himself.

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Beneath the Surface – The Cancerian Camera of Ringo Starr, Part I

The Funny one. The Last one. The Fourth one.

These are some of the various nicknames that have been tagged onto the personage of Ringo Starr, former drummer and part time vocalist for the band that many regard to be the most influential group in rock history – The Beatles.

Being a Beatles aficionado myself, I’ll be the first to admit the Water signed members of The Fab Four got the short end of the stick when it came to the band’s overall global popularity and international fandom. True to their astrological elements, the Watery duo of Ringo the homey Cancerian and George the humble Piscean quietly took an emotionally sensitive back seat to the non-stop jet stream of verbal communication and creatively rich ruminations that emanated from the Air signed duo of Libran John Lennon and Gemini Paul McCartney.

Despite the majority of the Free World waiting with anxious anticipation over every thought and utterance that came from the powerhouse pair of Lennon & McCartney during the height of the band’s popularity, the watery members of the Fab Four seemed content simply in being exactly just that.

However among the Beatle obsessed, it’s inherently understood The Fab Four didn’t become a musical religion in their own right due to Ringo and George meekly shutting up, looking pretty, and playing their respective instruments whenever needed. Both Water signed mop tops were crucial contributors to the Beatles’ stratospheric success by ways that were indicative of their shared astrological element of Water.

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Winston Churchill: Envisioning Victory in the Darkest of Times

“The New England Historic Genealogical Society traced the family trees of the three major presidential candidates. US presidential hopeful Barack Obama is a distant relative not only of President George W Bush but also of wartime British prime minister Winston Churchill according to US researchers.” – ABC News, March 26th, 2008 “We do not want […]

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Napoleon & Josephine: A Truly Mythic Love

The amorous reputation between the early 19th century Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife the Empress Josephine is legendary and considered by many to be one of the greatest Loves of all time.

However, when observed through a historic lens of romantic reality, this Love of mythic proportions is knocked far from its pedestal of idealism, revealing itself to be a relationship led by misdirected bad timing that was rife with uncertainty.

The Battle of Waterloo may be the event which brought about the undoing of one of history’s most influential statesmen and military leaders, but from a personal perspective, many consider Napoleon’s relationship with his wife Josephine to have been both his greatest triumph and defeat.

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