Magic Circle – J. W. Waterhouse (1886) …item 3.. Former Red Sox great loses ENTIRE $50 million fortune (22 June 2012) …item 4.. Uncovering the Myths Surrounding Ravens, Blackbirds, and Crows (Jan 8, 2008 ) …

Magic Circle – J. W. Waterhouse (1886) …item 3.. Former Red Sox great loses ENTIRE million fortune (22 June 2012) …item 4.. Uncovering the Myths Surrounding Ravens, Blackbirds, and Crows (Jan 8, 2008 ) …
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Still other cultures considered these blackbirds to be symbols of sexual prowess or even deviancy. They believed that the birds had the power to turn even the best man into a sinner who would commit adultery or other acts of sexual deviance.
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“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” — economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

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Schilling said during a 90-minute interview on WEEI-FM in Boston that he put more than million of his own money in the company and that he’s had to tell his family that ‘the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone.’
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…..item 1)… marsmet462 photostream

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—– a measure of the gap between expectations and reality

—– the economy is fairing much worse than anticipated
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…..item 2)…. Quotations by Author … John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 – 2006)

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– Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

– The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

– Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.
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……item 3)…. Mail Online …Daily Mail … www.dailymail.co.uk/news

Former Red Sox great loses ENTIRE million fortune in bankrupt video game company

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 13:51 EST, 22 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:10 EST, 22 June 2012

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said Friday that the collapse of his 38 Studios video game company has probably cost him his entire baseball fortune, and he placed part of the blame on Rhode Island officials, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Schilling said during a 90-minute interview on WEEI-FM in Boston that he put more than million of his own money in the company and that he’s had to tell his family that ‘the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone.’

Schilling said he hopes to return to work soon as an analyst for ESPN. He took a leave of absence from the network after 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy protection on June 7.
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Former Red Sox great Curt Schilling has had to tell his family he has lost basically all of the million he earned playing baseball on a now bankrupt video game company

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The firm was lured to Providence from Massachusetts in 2010 after Rhode Island offered a million loan guarantee. The state is working to determine how much it’s on the hook for after the company’s collapse.

While he conceded that he ‘absolutely’ was part of the reason the company failed, he said public comments made by Chafee last month questioning the firm’s solvency were harmful as the firm tried — but failed — to raise private capital to stay afloat.

‘I think he had an agenda,’ Schilling said about Chafee.

Chafee vocally opposed the state’s loan guarantee to 38 Studios when he was running for governor in 2010. But after it was a done deal, he was the company’s ‘biggest cheerleader,’ Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said Friday. She had no other immediate comments on Schilling’s interview.
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Schilling pitched for the Red Sox in the historic 2004 World Series winning season

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He famously pitched Game 6 with an injured right ankle that was bleeding through his sock

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Schilling also accused Chafee of failing to work with an investor who was willing to put million to million into the company to help it succeed. He said the investor walked away because of Chafee’s inaction.

38 Studios laid off its entire workforce — nearly 300 employees in Providence and more in Maryland — last month. That move came after it was more than two weeks late on a .1 million payment to the state; officials have said that was the first indication the company was in financial trouble.

The firm had sought millions of dollars in tax credits from Rhode Island as it struggled to stay afloat, but Schilling said Friday that he wasn’t looking for a bailout.

State and federal authorities, meanwhile, are investigating 38 Studios’ finances. Citizens Bank also has sued Schilling to recover .4 million in loans it made to 38 Studios.

Schilling, who also pitched for Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia and Arizona, won the World Series three times and is perhaps best remembered for pitching Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series with an injured ankle that stained his sock with blood.

Schilling said he hasn’t done anything wrong. He said he never took any money from the company, not even a salary. He said the company was close to succeeding but just couldn’t raise enough private capital. He also said he never intended to hurt the firm’s workers.

‘It’s been kind of a surreal 60 days or 65 days,’ Schilling said. ‘It’s crushing and devastating to see it fail the way it did.’

Schilling was asked how the company’s collapse has affected him personally.

‘I don’t know. … It’s not over yet,’ he said. ‘I would imagine the next foreseeable time in our lives is going to be consumed by this. It’s a life-changing thing.’

But he added, ‘I’m not asking for sympathy. It was my choice.’
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…..item 4)…. Yahoo! Voices … voices.yahoo.com … Uncovering the Myths Surrounding Ravens, Blackbirds, and Crows

Charlotte Kuchinsky, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Jan 8, 2008

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Ravens, crows, and blackbirds in general have been negative omens for many different cultures throughout the world. Scavengers willing to pick the skin off a dead carcass, these birds have never been a favorite of humankind.

Some cultures, like the Egyptians, Romans, and Arabs, have respected the power of these birds while others have feared them. Some have viewed them as symbols of pure evil while others have merely viewed them as omens or prophets.

The Irish once used these birds for divination because they believed that they possessed second sight. It is said that the British believed that ravens fleeing the Tower of London would be an omen of the upcoming fall of the English monarchy.

Writers have, over the years, written about the raven. Many contended that he is the symbol of death. The bird is even mentioned in the Bible; plucking out the eyes of sinners in Proverbs 30:17 and descending upon the wicked in Isaiah 34:11.

Some contend that the raven was once a beautiful white bird. However, when Noah sent it out of the Ark to test the waters for land, it failed to return to deliver its message. As punishment, it is was believed that God turned the bird black and condemned it to eat nothing but dead carrion.

The Greeks, on the other hand, believed that it was the sun god, Apollo, who turned the bird black when he dared to reveal a message that the god’s beloved had been unfaithful. The Norse valued the tattletale nature of the bird. It was said that the great god Odin used the raven to travel the world, watching and observing; returning home to inform him of what was happening among his people.

Many religions, including that of Christianity, believed that these blackbirds were symbols of damnation. In many instances they were even associated with the ultimate sinner; that of the devil himself. Still others thought that the birds were the result of the casting of a witch’s spell.

Only a handful of people, including that of some tribes of Native America, have viewed these dark emblems in any kind of positive light. Many tribes, in contrast to so many others, viewed them as guides meant to help mankind along his journey in both life and death. A few viewed them as those lucky enough to be granted the power to see the soul as it leaves the human body on its way to its final resting place.

Other tribes view these birds as messengers who have shared the secrets of The Great Spirit with his people. Many Native American legends deal with the crow or raven as the helper of mankind, rather than as a trickster or a bad omen. The bird is often associated with the creation as well as with helping mankind learn how to survive.

Some cultures viewed the crow in a negative light while they viewed the raven in a positive one. Most others viewed them as one and the same. In mythology, it wasn’t unusual for the gods to take the form of a raven or crow in order to fly down to earth and mix among their people.

Still other cultures considered these blackbirds to be symbols of sexual prowess or even deviancy. They believed that the birds had the power to turn even the best man into a sinner who would commit adultery or other acts of sexual deviance.

Few birds have as much written or verbal lore about them as that of the crow, raven, or blackbird. With perhaps the exception of the eagle or the mythical phoenix, these birds are the most noted.

A symbol of loneliness and solitude, it is possible that these black birds are simply misunderstood. On the other hand, perhaps they are just cunning like the demons and devils that they supposedly emulates. At any rate, it is doubtful that the blackbird, crow, or raven will ever be deemed worthy of any kind of adulation. To quote Edgar Allen Poe "Never more. . ."

Published by Charlotte Kuchinsky

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