4/15/2018

Bugsy Siegel and the Flamingo


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The Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo property includes a 72,299-square-foot (6,716.8 m2) casino along with 3,626 hotel rooms. The 15-acre (6.1 ha) site's architectural theme is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style of Miami and South Beach. Staying true to its theme, the hotel includes a garden courtyard which serves as a wildlife habitat for flamingos. The hotel was the third resort to open on the Strip and remains the oldest resort on the Strip in operation today. The Flamingo has a Las Vegas Monorail station called the Flamingo/Caesars Palace station at the rear of the property. After opening in 1946, it has undergone a number of ownership changes.

Bugsy Siegel

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The name "Bugsy" is a term of endearment or honor in the gangster world and is given out to those that show no fear in sticky situations, or who are willing to do the jobs that others are afraid to take. Bugsy Siegel hated the name and anyone who used it to his face risked their own personal health, as Siegel was not a man to mess with. Siegel preferred to be called Ben and if you didn't know him, "Mr Siegel" would be your best way of addressing him.

Siegel was probably the most colorful, and the most charming, of the famous syndicate killers. In the 1930's Siegel was sent from Brooklyn to California to run the syndicate's West Coast operations, including the lucrative racing wire service for bookmakers. It was here that he found his niche. He was suave and entertaining and became friends with Hollywood celebrities like Jean Harlow, George Raft, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant. Many of them even put money into his enterprises. On one hand, he was the life of the party and on the other, a cold-blooded killer. On occasion, Siegel could be at a party with his "high class friends" and then slip away for a gangland execution, all in the same night.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel went down in crime history as the man who made Las Vegas into the gambling Mecca of the United States. Siegel didn't invent Las Vegas. He wasn't even the first person to look at the desert area and its two track railroad junction. He merely saw a standard mob related opportunity and decided to act on it.

Initially Siegel didn't see any worth in Vegas at all. It was hot, arid and in the middle of nowhere. However Vegas did have one major thing going for it and that was it was in the state of Nevada; and in Nevada it was legal to gamble. His friends and associates on the East Coast already ran a couple of floating casinos that operated outside the three mile US territorial limit. However, setting up a permanent lavish casino in Las Vegas would give them a chance to set up a business that was both legitimate and a license to print money.

Siegel tried to buy up some established gambling joints in Vegas but this proved unsuccessful until he met Billy Wilkerson. Wilkerson was trying to build the the most luxurious hotel that Vegas had ever seen. It would have individual air conditioning, tiled bathrooms and swimming pools. However, Wilkerson had a cash flow problem. This is where Bugsy Siegel came in. He took a controlling interest in the venture. Siegel had it in his mind to create an oasis in the desert where travelers from both the East and West Coast could come for gambling, fine food, luxury accommodations and fabulous entertainment.

Bugsy convinced his fellow gangsters to invest a million dollars to build the Flamingo, rumored to be the nickname of his mistress, Virginia Hill. Some of the gangsters used their own money in the project as well as the mob's; and it was this factor that would ultimately lead to Bugsys death.

The cost of the project soon spiraled out of control as Bugsy was being ripped off behind his back. The original $1.2 million price tag quickly went up to $6 million, and the investors became increasingly worried. By December 1946, a year after the start of the project, the casino had not produced any revenue at all and was sucking the mob dry. As the mobsters were deep in debt, Siegel went back to his Hollywood friends to get more cash.

The mob was not pleased with Siegel and wanted something done about him. They felt that something should be done, but were persuaded by Meyer Lansky to give Bugsy a chance by waiting until The Flamingo opened at Christmas. If it didn't make money when it opened then the mobsters could issue a contract on Siegel's life.

Christmas came and went and The Flamingo opened—although not entirely finished. Siegel pulled out all the stops in hiring the best live entertainment; but the casino was a flop. Although everything was a great lavish spectacle just as intended, no locals came as Vegas was a cowboy town. The weather around opening time was atrocious which didn't help and with no hotel rooms the guests gambled in the casino and took their winnings back to the Frontier or to some of the downtown casinos. Most of the celebrities left after a few days, leaving the place virtually empty.
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The mob was furious and calling for Siegel's blood; but Bugsy was again saved by Meyer Lansky who was convinced that Las Vegas could become profitable. It was agreed that the original Flamingo Corporation should be put into receivership to stop the losses and then the mob could buy out the original partners. Bugsy had a reprieve.

The Flamingo limped through the month of January until Siegel ordered it closed until the hotel could be finished. No rooms meant the customers were leaving with their winnings. The Flamingo reopened in March with the hotel mostly finished and it appeared that Bugsy had got away with it when the resort reported a profit of over $250,000 for the first half of 1947 despite the disastrous start.

On the evening of June 20, 1947 Ben Siegel was in the Beverly Hills home of Virginia Hill when he was shot in the head. Four more bullets hit his body, and at 42 years of age Bugsy Siegel was dead.

It appeared that the mob never really forgave him for the financial problems that he put them through. With many investing their own money, it appears that revenge was the motive for the killing. No one really knows who killed him, but there were none of his so called friends at his funeral.

The Las Vegas that Bugsy knew doesn't exist anymore. The big hotel chains and developers eventually moved in to build the new hotels and casinos that dwarfed the image of The Flamingo. For many years The Flamingo did represent the best of Las Vegas; and with more than 3,500 rooms, it was one of the largest hotels in the world.

The Flamingo was acquired by the Hilton Corporation in 1972 and became the Flamingo Hilton in 1974. The last of the original Flamingo Hotel structure was torn down on December 14, 1993; and the hotel's garden was built on the site, complete with a plaque to Bugsy Siegel.

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Ever since his untimely demise there have been sightings of Bugsy's smiling phantom, nattily attired in a smoking jacket and slacks in the style of times long since past. He usually appears in and around the rose garden — with its swans, waterfalls, birds, roses and brightly colored koi fish — or in the wedding chapel area. Bugsy is also believed to haunt the Presidential Suite of the Flamingo, where he lived for several years before his death. Guests in this room have reported a number of strange encounters with his ghost, from eerie, moving cold spots to items that vanish and move about the suite. They have also seen his apparition in the bathroom and near the pool table. Those who have encountered him say this spirit does not seem unhappy or distressed and in fact, seems content to still be around.

The hotel may not be the only place he haunts. Virginia Hill’s former home, which is a private residence on Linden Drive in Beverly Hills, is reportedly still haunted by the panicked presence of Bugsy Siegel as he scrambles for cover, attempting to hide from the bullets that killed him. His stark fear, as he spotted his killer and knew that the game was up, has left an indelible impression on the house. According to reports, witnesses have been surprised for years by the apparition of a man running and ducking across the living room of the house, only to disappear as suddenly as he came.

A psychic who was brought in to investigate the house claimed that the image was the residual presence of Bugsy Siegel, imprinted on the place in his last desperate moments before death.

Sources:

http://www.prairieghosts.com/hollywood11.html





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4/08/2018

DO YOU TRUST THIS COMPUTER - Fullmovie Elon Musk




A new documentary from the director of Who Killed the Electric Car? is now available to stream for free this weekend, courtesy of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Do You Trust This Computer? explores the rise of artificial intelligence in all aspects of modern society, and features commentary from industry figures such as Stanford University professor Jerry Kaplan, director Johnathan Nolan, and journalist John Markoff. The film premiered recently at the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Los Angeles.
“[Director] Chris [Paine] and his team have done an amazing job with this movie. It’s a very important subject that will affect our lives in ways we can’t even imagine — some scary, some good. It’s a subject that I feel we should be paying close attention to,” said Musk in an announcement. “I think it’s important that a lot people see this movie, so I’m paying for it to be seen to the world for free this weekend.”
Nothing will affect the future of humanity more than digital super-intelligence. Watch Chris Paine’s new AI movie for free until Sunday night at http://doyoutrustthiscomputer.org/watch 
Musk, who has a rather dark outlook on the future of artificial intelligence, is one of the many prominent figures interviewed by director Chris Paine. He cautions that evil tyrants of the past were limited by the fact they were human, a problem not shared by intelligent supercomputers. “You would have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape,” he says in the film.


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4/07/2018

Ozark Mountain Family Restaurant, in Ozark Missouri






Ozark Mountain Family Restaurant, which will specialize in "down-home Southern cooking," says co-owner Brenda Guilliams.
The restaurant will have its grand opening March 1, she says. 
The building has been vacant since a Shoney's restaurant closed six years ago, she tells me. It is visible from the highway at 780 N. 18th St., between a Rib Crib and a Taco Bell.

The interior has been extensively remodeled, she says.
"It does not even look like a Shoney's."
She is leasing the building. The interior has 6,426 square feet and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
Her business partner is Phil Mills Jr., who has no restaurant experience, she says.
Mills is from Auxvasse, a small town south of Mexico, Missouri, but lives in Georgia. He will spend limited time at the restaurant. 

He has one main qualification for the restaurant biz, she tells me.
"He likes to eat ... He has eaten my cooking before and knew what kind of pies I can make."
Mills and Guilliams initially met on Facebook. 
"We are just two of the best friends," she says.


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https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2018/02/05/answer-man-reader-wants-know-new-business-ozark-right-off-highway-65/307711002/


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4/06/2018

Martin Pistorius My Way Back to Words - Ghost Boy Book

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Trapped inside of his own body for a decade and thought to be severely brain-damaged, Martin Pistorius was actually fully aware the entire time. His story is one marked by abuse, neglect, love and despair. An expert on what people do when they think no one is looking, Martin has become well versed on human nature and self-determination. Martin Pistorius is the author of the New York Times best-selling book "Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body."

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Brittany Greer is my daughter,
Alyssa is my granddaughter,
  I am proud of them both.  ~  BH


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Find beauty in my flaws, for they are what make me unique. At first glance you do not see all of me. I am more than just my disabilities. I am special. I am beautiful. I am all that I am meant to be. So take a second look. Try not to focus on what makes me different but what makes me just like you. I smile when I am happy. I cry when I am upset. I have feelings too. I may not express them the way you do, but it still hurts me to be looked at differently.
Find strength in my challenges, for they will never define me or hold me back. Do not pity me. I am fulfilled and happy. I have adapted to the world around me. This is all I know. I can do anything you can do, it may just be in a different way. And if I cannot, that is ok, because at least I know I tried. I push myself to learn new things, but at my own pace. Do not compare me or get discouraged. All I need is your love and understanding to reach my full potential.
Find hope in my future, for it is destined to be great. I will go far in life in spite of what others think. I am of value and worth. I do not have the same fear for my future that others have. I overcome obstacles and face the world head on. That is how I was taught. My challenges have given me strength and my flaws have made me beautiful. I have seen the worry on my parent's faces and I know they are scared of the unknown. I wish they could see the world through my eyes, then they would know how great of a life they have given me.
For my daughter,
Alyssa
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Eckhart Tolle - The Journey Into Now - BEST SPEECH OF ALL TIME By Eckhart Tolle





► Credit: ****Source****: https://goo.gl/kgCWkZ; Eckhart Tolle's Homepage: https://www.eckharttolle.com/; Eckhart Tolle's Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EckhartT... ► About Eckhart Tolle: born Ulrich Leonard Tölle on February 16, 1948) is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle "the most popular spiritual author in the United States". In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works. Tolle said he was depressed for much of his life until age 29, when he underwent an "inner transformation". He then spent several years wandering "in a state of deep bliss" before becoming a spiritual teacher. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1995 and currently divides between Canada and California. He began writing his first book, The Power of Now, in 1997 and it reached The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000. The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009. In 2008, approximately 35 million people participated in a series of 10 live webinars with Tolle and television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.





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Dr. William Pepper on the Assassination of Martin Luther King






WATCH "TRUTH AT LAST" - https://www.corbettreport.com/mlk/ SHOW NOTES AND MP3 AUDIO - https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=26643 An interview with Dr. William F. Pepper, Esq. on his four decade long investigation into the assassination of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and his third book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This interview was conducted by Dan Dicks of PressForTruth.ca on March 10, 2018 in New York.





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4/02/2018

News Anchors Recite the Same Script





Did Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script? https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/how... Earlier this month, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations in the U.S., would be forcing its news anchors to record a promo about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” The script, which parrots Donald Trump’s oft-declarations of developments negative to his presidency as “fake news,” brought upheaval to newsrooms already dismayed with Sinclair’s consistent interference to bring right-wing propaganda to local television broadcasts. Original video Credit - (Sinclair's Script for Stations): https://youtu.be/hWLjYJ4BzvI YouTube Channel: Jungle Surfer - https://youtu.be/JXDgiPbuxoY Fake News Lecture: https://youtu.be/c2gkNg-l1GI Music credit: Hopeful Ambient by Ladislav Weyrostek Video Original Source link: https://youtu.be/hWLjYJ4BzvI And from: HighImpactFlix - https://youtu.be/QceTGjUutss FAIR-USE COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER * Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, commenting, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. 1)This video has no negative impact on the original works (It would actually be positive for them) 2)This video is also for teaching purposes. 3)It is not transformative in nature. 4)I only used bits and pieces of videos to get the point across where necessary. BUDDY HUGGINS does not own the rights to these video clips. They have, in accordance with fair use, been repurposed with the intent of educating and inspiring others. However, if any content owners would like their images removed, please contact us by email at buddyhuggins@gmail.com





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