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Gay J. Edgar Hoover, Bad Sonny Liston And The Fixed Fight That Made Cassius Clay A Star

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WAS Cassius’s Clay shock victory over Sonny Liston in the heavyweight championship of the world a fix? Clays had been 7-1 to defeat the reigning champion, who was backed by the mob.Ali won by  technical knock-out when Liston remained in his corner at the start of the seventh round.

Now we get to read the FBI’s nots on the bout. A 1966 memo written to J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI at the time, mentions one Ash Resnick as the organiser of many fixes.

 

 

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J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is honored at ceremony when he received an award on Oct. 3, 1966 in Boston

 

The note alleges that a Barnett Magids believed Resnick and Liston each made $1 million by betting on Clay to win.

 

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“At about noon on the day of the fight, [Magids] reached Resnick again by phone, and at this time, Resnick said for him to not make any bets, but just go watch the fight on pay TV and he would know why and that he could not talk further at that time. Magids did go see the fight on TV and immediately realised that Resnick knew that Liston was going to lose. A week later, there was an article in Sports Illustrated writing up Resnick as a big loser because of his backing of Liston. Later, people ‘in the know’ in Las Vegas told Magids that Resnick and Liston both reportedly made over $1 million betting against Liston on the fight and that the magazine article was a cover for this.”

Resnick and Liston are both dead. Hoover is dead. This site alleges a link between the gamblers and the FBI:

Other information suggests Meyer Lansky obtained hard proof of Edgar’s homosexuality and used it to neutralize the FBI as a threat to his own operations.  The first hint came from Irving “Ash” Resnick, the Nevada representative of the Patriarcha family for New England, and an original owner-builder of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  As a high-level mob courier, he traveled extensively.  In Miami Beach, his Christmas destination in the fifties, he stayed at the Gulfstream, in a bungalow next to the one used by Edgar and Clyde.  “I’d sit with him on the beach ever day,” Resnick remembered.  “We were family.”

Another source claims:

Meyer Lansky, a Polish immigrant, was considered the head of the Mafia.

But really, what happened?

Florida State Attorney Richard Gerstein initiated an investigation of the fight to focus on Liston’s shoulder injury, for which he enlisted the services of his office’s medical/legal adviser and the Dade County Medical Examiner. A Florida state law provided for a prison term of up to ten years for anyone found to have fixed or thrown a boxing match.

The boxing commission in Sonny’s home state of Colorado suspended him immediately after the bout. “I’m not gonna look at any medical examination and let that guide me wrongly on account of his being injured,” said one commission member. Some people suggested that Sonny should be barred from the ring for life.

Four weeks after the bout, the results of Gerstein’s investigation confirmed the findings of the eight doctors who had examined Sonny after the fight. “While Liston’s injury is beyond doubt, there is also little doubt that he went into this fight with a sore or lame arm,” stated the report. It also noted that none of the pre-fight information was imparted to the Miami Beach Boxing Commission. That means the commission chose not to mention the fact that they had turned down Sonny’s request for an injury-related postponement. The investigation revealed no evidence that the fight had been fixed, and Gerstein’s office found no fluctuation in the betting odds anywhere in the country.

But the story rumbles on… You can see the fight and the photos from the build up to it here.

 

Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sick and Full of Burning: 13 Regrettable BookTitles

FAR be it from me to stifle creativity – an author should be able to title their work as he or she likes.  However, there is a limit to my tolerance.  Sometimes, the title is so  terrible that it simply must go; creativity be damned.  Here’s a handful of vintage reads which suffer from just such an affliction.

 

12 Chinks and Woman by James Hadley Chase (1941)

 

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I understand people weren’t as sensitive to racial issues back then, but this is ridiculous.  The novel’s title was later changed to The Doll’s Bad News; a wise move, but you can’t undo this level of epic racism.  This from the author who gave us these other great titles: The Marijuana Mob (1950), There’s a Hippie on the Highway (1970) and Goldfish Have No Hiding Place (1974).

 

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Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lewis Gill Killed Andrew Young On A Bournemouth Street: But It Wasn’t Murder

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LEWIS Gill, 20, punched Andrew Young, 40, hard enough for the older man to fall down on a street in Bournemouth. Mr Young hit his head on the pavement. He never recovered, dying in hospital.

We know what went before the attack. Just before 4:25pm Mr Young was upset that Gill’s friend Victor Ibitoye had been riding his pushbike on the pavement. He told the cyclists it was a “dangerous activity”. As Ibitoye rode away, Gill, approaching form the Mr Young’s side, swung his fist. Mr Young goes down hard. Gill swaggers off. A youngish looking women with the pair, barely registers the horror, twiddling her hair as she walks on. But Ibitoye stops. Looks back. And gets off his bike. He appears concerned for Mr Young.

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Posted: 26th, February 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


November 1972: Liverpool’s Steve Heighway And Brian Hall Read A Greek newspaper in Athens

FLASHBACK to November 1 1972: Liverpool’s Steve Heighway (left) and Brian Hall (right) read a Greek newspaper in Athens ahead of their UEFA Cup second round second leg match against AEK Athens.

 

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Liverpool won the tie 6-1 on aggregate. They would go on to defeat Spurs in the semi-final and Borussia Mönchengladbach on aggregate to win the cup.

 

 

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Liverpool, Photojournalism, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rebecca Adlington’s Nose Gives The Mail, Sun And Daily Mirror Abuse Amnesia On Fat And Ugly Wayne Rooney

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EVERYONE and their dog has been sticking up for Rebecca Adlington. Apparently, she may or may not have had a nose job. It’s her business, her money and she can do as she pleases.

However, that’s not everything cleared up.

You see, everyone now has to fret and fuss, wondering if this is all the result of years of cruel jibes she’s received on Twitter and from comedians like Frankie Boyle.

Of course, the issue of women being pressured to fit a certain look, or be expected to be good looking if they’re going to be successful is a dreadful narrative that has cropped after, at long last, women started to call bullshit on the practice. It’d be wonderful if we lived in a world where we were celebrated for what we could do, rather than how we look.

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Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Uganda’s Red Paper Newspaper Names ’200 Top Homos’ And Their Worms

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TO UGANDA, where the local Red Pepper newspaper leads with:

“EXPOSED! Uganda’s Top 300 Honos Names”

Congratulations to those who made the list, and commiserations to those who did not, could be premature because Uganda is a beacon of intolerance and bigotry. The paper adds:

“In salutation to the new law, today we unleash Uganda’s top homos and their sympathisers.”

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Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adam Alter Wonders About The Perils of Wishful Thinking

ADAM Alter wonders about the perils of wishful thinking:

According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked 83 German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and finding a job.” Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain.

Heather Barry Kappes, a management professor at the London School of Economics, has published similar research with Oettingen. I asked Kappes why fantasies hamper progress, and she told me that they dull the will to succeed: “Imagining a positive outcome conveys the sense that you’re approaching your goals, which takes the edge off the need to achieve.”

Realism hurts…

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1960s Horror Food: The Luminous Metrecal Diet In A Can

IN the 1950s and 1960s, Mead Johnson’s Metrecal promised to get you into shape. What that shape was, we people of the future can only guess at – and we guess it was a human form jackknifed over a toilet.

Mead Johnson spotted Sustagen, a composite blend of mix of skimmed milk powder, soybean  flour, vitamins, minerals, corn oil, minerals and vitamins spooned into hospital patients not up to eating solids. Pressing ‘Go’ on the random-name-generating computer, produced Metrecal, the weight-reducing miracle. It looked like baby powder. It tasted like baby sick. But – buy – it sure cured your appetite.

Take a drink and get slim. But do stick to the 900 calories of Metrecal a day.

This advert for the vile goop is from 1965:

 

 
The keen-to-be-slim could chow down on Metrecal milkshakes, Metrecal cookies, Metrecal clam chowder (New England style) and Metrecal tuna and noodles. Remember, so long as you kept to 900 calories a day, you’d be thinning. And nothing was better at building the new you than the liquid lunches, dinners and breakfasts.

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Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This Is What George Washington Drank At His Constitution Signing Do

THIS is what George Washington drank at his leaving do:

…we still have available the list of beverages served at a 1787 farewell party in Philadelphia for George Washington just days before the framers signed off on the Constitution. According to the bill preserved from the evening, the 55 attendees drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.

That’s more than two bottles of fruit of the vine, plus a number of shots and a lot of punch and beer, for every delegate. That seems humanly impossible to modern Americans. But, you see, across the country during the Colonial era, the average American consumed many times as much beverage alcohol as contemporary Americans do. Getting drunk—but not losing control—was simply socially accepted.

Chin-chin. Never trust a tea-totaller…

 

 

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Christian Aid’s Hugely Amusing Ideas About Tax In Africa

CHRISTIAN Aid has a new report out about how tax should work in Africa. And it’s a hugely amusing report. Amusing for devotees of blinkered ideologues ignoring reality that is.

The page is here and the actual report here.

Here’s the basic problem. In this part they are correct:

After a decade of high growth, a new narrative of optimism has taken hold about Africa and its economic prospects. Alongside buoyant growth rates, there has been some poverty reduction and some positive progress in sectors such as health and education.

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Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


American Society Has Become Anti-Male

MATT WALSH on sexism and respect:

The respect deficiency in our culture has reached crisis levels.

I’ve discussed at length how men should treat women. I’ve written about the lessons I plan to teach my son; lessons about how he should love, honor, respect, serve, and protect the women in his life. Indeed, men need to respect women, and we, as men, are far from perfect in that regard.

Those posts — the ones where I call on us men to improve the way we treat women — tend to be very popular. They’re popular when I write them or when anyone writes them. Proclaim that women, mothers, and wives should be respected, and a chorus will shout ‘amen.’ Every day on Facebook brings us another viral post excoriating men and supporting women. I’ve written a few of them myself.

But I’ve noticed that the corollary – a message about the respect women must give men, a message challenging wives and encouraging husbands – isn’t quite so palatable for many people. Disrespect for men has become standard practice. That scene I witnessed was sad but unremarkable; we’ve all watched that kind of thing play out a thousand times over. Men are disrespected by their wives – they’re disrespected publicly, they’re disrespected privately, they’re disrespected and then told that they have no right to be upset about it because they aren’t worthy of respect in the first place.

Disrespect for men is a joke to us now.

Men are idiots. Well, that’s what men who own big brands say on the TV.

 

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Great Moments in Phallic Occurrences

HERE are a few vintage phallic instances (either real or inferred) which have gained a bit of notoriety over the years. Read on – your inner idiot will thank you.

 

1. THE RIFLEMAN’S LOG

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This Rifleman comic book has experienced a certain degree of notoriety for what can only be described as a horrifically uncomfortable cover.  How is it possible that the subtext went unnoticed before printing?  Looking through old magazines, comic books, etc. it’s easy to stumble onto accidental phallic imagery.  Perhaps it’s because they weren’t as jaded as we are these days, always finding the tawdry in the innocent.  Or maybe published adverts and illustrations generally weren’t as polished, edited and re-edited as they are today.  Who knows?   Yet, the phallic nature of this one seems so extreme, it couldn’t possibly have been missed by even the most obtrusively naive,… right?

 

 

2. THREEPIO’S UNIT

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This Star Wars trading card has also received some well-earned notoriety.  It appears that C-3PO is sporting a golden metallic erection of impressive proportions.  The robot was supposed to be a “protocol droid”, but this picture has one wondering if C-3PO had other useful functions not fit for a family movie.  According to the official Star Wars site:

It appears that the extra appendage is not the work of an artist, but rather a trick of timing and light…. At the exact instant the photo was snapped, a piece fell off the Threepio costume and just happened to line up in such a way as to suggest a bawdy image.

According to Snopes, whether this was intentional or not remains undetermined.

 

3. SEARS CATALOG PROTRUSION

 

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This unfortunate event occurred in the 1975 Sears Fall/Winter catalog.  Extending below the boxer shorts emerges what appears to be a glimpse of this model’s manhood.  A lot of squinting, enlarging, and Photoshop exploration has occurred over the years trying to get this mysterious object into focus.  Can it truly be what we think it is?  Or is it simply a smudge?  We may never really know.

This phallic incident even inspired a novelty song “The Man on Page 602” by Zoot Fenster, released not long after the catalog was published.

 

“The picture’s got me out of sorts, because I don’t understand,
Are they advertising boxer shorts, or are they trying to sell the man?”

 

 

4. THREE’S COMPANY SCROTAL EXPOSURE

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God knows, shorts certainly lived up to their name in the 1970s.  So, you can hardly fault John Ritter for what took place in episode 161 of Three’s Company.  In this now infamous sitcom episode, he takes a seat on a bed and in the process reveals portions of his junk for the camera. If you blink you miss it, and it’s not exactly in high definition either…. But, make no mistake, Ritter’s naughty bits are definitely there. The incident yielded one of my favorite quotes of all time. When asked by The New York Observer whether they should edit the scene for future broadcasts, Ritter responded:

“I’ve requested that Nickelodeon air both versions, edited and unedited, because sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.”

 

 

5. POPSICLE OF SHAME

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I present to you this highly troubling Evel Knievel Popsicle ad.  It hasn’t garnered any notoriety yet, but it’s high time it did.   Spread the word.

 

THE END

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More here.

 

Posted: 25th, February 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1950: The Search For Mr Appollo And A British Man With Great Teeth

IN 1950, Britain’s most gorgeous men competed for the title ‘Mr Apollo’.

The judges feature the lovely Sylvia Wren (Holiday Bathing Girl 1949), seen here on the cover of classy news organ TITBITS magazine, 13 April 1957.

 

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Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Local News: Hunt On For Minehead Scotch Egg Bandit

IT’S all kicking off in Minehead:

 

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Spotter

Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1810: Friedrich Kauffman of Dresden’s First Robot In History

FLASHBACK to April, 30, 1950:  An elderly Bavarian inspects what is said to be the first robot in history, a soldier with an automatic bellows that blows a trumpet, made in 1810 by Friedrich Kauffman of Dresden. The robot is one of the many attractions of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

 

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Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aberdeen’s Inaugural Kurt Cobain Day Is A Riot

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TO Aberdeen, where it’s Kurt Cobain day.

Things to look out for:

1.  Mentions of “muddy banks of the Wishkah”

2.  34s – the reporter recalls his enema

3. 1m 12s –  microphone sausage.

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Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your Guidebook to Creating a Proper Heavy Metal Album Cover

A PRIME reason for heavy metal’s success is that it is a culture unto itself.  Fads come and go, but a culture has staying power.  It comes with its own dress code, etiquette and idolatry.  A small but important part of that culture is the album cover – the visual representation of the music, the heart of the heavy metal universe. If you’re a metal band, it’s imperative you get this facet right.  So, let’s tour through some metal covers from the 1980s, a time when heavy metal was king, and learn from their successes and failures.

 

LESSON 1: THE 6 REQUIREMENTS

 

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Iron Angel – Hellish Crossfire (1985)

 

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Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1954: Arsenal Players Lark About In Dressing Room Before Moscow Match

FLASHBACK to September 30th 1954:  - Arsenal players at the Highbury ground, North London.

Centre forward Tommy Lawton tries on a Russian fur hat in the Arsenal dressing room as a preliminary to Sunday’s trip to Dynamo Moscow with the ‘Gunners’. Other Arsenal players are – left to right – Alex Forbes, Walley Barnes and Jack Kelsey.

 

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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Arsenal, Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Maybe The Sun’s Teenager Sold For Sex Will Pop Up On Sky TV

IN “Sold for sex at 14″, the Sun (prop. R. Murdoch) shows readers “Moment Romanian dad shook hands on £12k deal to sell daughter as a hooker in Britain”.

The alleged sale of a minor to a Sun man posing as a brothel keeper is “chilling”. The girl could end up as a “sex slave in Britain”.

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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: A Secret Dossier On Thieving Gypsies That An Anonymous Women Knows About

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MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.

The Daily Mail: “Madeleine police shown secret Portuguese dossier on spate of burglaries in the area where she went missing”

British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been handed a confidential dossier on burglars in the Algarve by Portuguese officers. They kept the secret file because of a rash of burglaries in and near Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine went missing in May 2007 when she was three.

Is that clear? They kept the file secret because of a spate of burglaries? Wouldn’t these crimes have been logged?

Some children were abused during the burglaries.

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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Good News: The Dying Record Industry Continues To Fleece Music Lovers And Acts For Mega Bucks

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IDIOTS keep saying the music industry is dying. Of course it isn’t. Have you seen how much money they spent on The Brits? If they’re skint, award shows would be held in a pub function room with darts trophies handed to the three remaining artists who have been daft enough to sign to a record company.

No, the record industry is doing just fine.

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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Money, Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sleep It Off: Rebekah Brooks Email About Advice From Tony Blair Re-Hacking Scandal

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QUOTES of the week: Rebekah Brooks email about advice from Tony Blair re-hacking scandal:

1. Form an independent unit that has a outside junior council, ken macdonald, a great and good type, a serious forensic criminal barrister, internal counsel, proper fact checkers etc in it. Get them to investigate me and others and publish a hutton style report.
2. Publish part one of the report at same time as the police closes its inquiry and clear you and accept short comings and new solutions and process and part two when any trials are over.
3. Keep strong and definitely sleeping pills. Need to have clear heads and remember no rash short term solutions as they only give you long term headaches.
4. It will pass. Tough up.

Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0