104. Justin Timberlake And Ben Affleck Want Your Money!

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1. Justin Timberlake And Ben Affleck Want Your Money!
They Will Throw You To The Crocodiles To Get It!  

Runner, Runner is this week’s top movie selection. The movie introduces slot machines, online poker, beautiful people, a gorgeous locale, and greed.

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A gambling primer, please, before we continue…

  1. People that play the slot machines know that the casino takes seventeen to twenty percent out of everything that is played by gamblers. The casino NEVER loses, because payouts are taken from money lost by other bettors. The more money that walks into a casino the more the casino will make. Busloads of people are needed to fuel this money grab and they are extremely important to a casino’s business!
  2. Online and in casino poker is not played against the casino. You are playing against the other players in the game. The casino takes as much as ten percent (the rake) out of every pot played. If three-billion-dollars is bet by players, as the movie contends, then the hosting organization makes 300 million dollars. It is an easy 300 million just for running an enticing poker application.

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Ben Affleck owns a casino and an online poker business. He makes piles of money as his “in movie” lifestyle depicts. Justin Timberlake is a naïve former Wall Street broker and Princeton student, though naïve isn’t associated with either of those places. Gemma Arterton is the cooler. Keeping the Affleck-Timberlake relationship working is her job as she oversees Costa Rica’s highest grossing casino. She started the casino with Ben Affleck. She will end up with one of the stars but the three double-crosses will keep you guessing.

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Three hundred million dollars can cause some spectacular movie interplay with the FBI, politicos, and alligators. The reason three hundred million dollars isn’t enough for Affleck goes back to Charles Dickens. He created a character that wanted more gruel. This “Give Me More” syndrome has been in play ever since. It has run rampant in gambling, banking, the corporate and drug business, sports, and checkers. This movie takes greed to the next penthouse level.

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Since winning the Empire Best New Actress Award in 2009 for her work in Quantum of Solace and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Gemma Arterton has appeared in more movies than any other current female star. Research her movies and great variety of work in your On Demand, Amazon Prime, and Netflix settings.

Here is the list of the countries that have lost the most per capita gambling. You will be surprised that the United States isn’t even in the top ten.

5. Finland…$675 per person
4. Canada $610 per person
3Ireland $600 per person
2. Singaporeans $1,174 per person…and the winner is:

1. Australia $1,288 per person

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2. Movies…Melanie Griffith Keeps Shining Through!

The second expedition to your On Demand, Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime settings should be the Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith movie Shining Through. Working Girl may be on the top of everyone’s Melanie Griffith movie viewing list. She is far better and more dynamic in Shining Through. She was also exceptional in Chicago on Broadway.
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The movie is a World War II espionage thriller showing the importance of women to the World War II effort. Griffith, a secretary and German translator, volunteers to replace a murdered agent in Berlin. Her country German accent and home style cooking taught to her by her German mother might be enough to get her into the high command’s dinner kitchen.

Michael Douglas is her ‘spy’ bureau chief, her handler, and her lover. Griffith’s spy acumen is minus ten for her mission. War movies are her passion. It is amazing how they will be introduced and how they will come into play in this feature.

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The new German rockets that are beginning to land in England and their platform are her assignment. Peenemunde seems to be the staging plant for the new German V2 rockets and place of firing origin. Operation Crossbow in 1943 was the real attempt to disable this facility. This operation is a noteworthy read in a number of Internet sources.

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3. Travel: Saint Petersburg, Russia By Valeriya Innam

Valeriya Innam is a bit upset at our Budapest write-up. She claims Saint Petersburg is a better and more cordial host for the ‘American Traveler’ than Budapest. She, also, stresses that St. Petersburg is Europe’s best city for food, fashion, entertainment, history, the arts, and fun.

She recommends The Hermitage as a visitor’s first stop for feeling the vibrancy of her great city. This magnificent home and museum was the winter residence of Russia’s czars and emperors. It sounds like you could spend a week in the Hermitage Museum touring its six buildings and viewing its fascinating artifacts.

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Saint Petersburg’s and Russia’s history, art, and culture are on display for the museum’s millions of visitors. The Hermitage Museum (1764) was founded by Catherine The Great. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, boasting over three million items. The largest collection of paintings in the world is included in these three million pieces of art and history.

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After absorbing everything the Hermitage has to offer, Valeriya recommends taking the walking tour titled: Statues and Russian History. She relays that many people get dressed up in the various time periods and capture themselves in creative poses next to a number of statues and ornate murals.

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Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour’s hotel in Somewhere in Time has the same distinction as a dress up location.

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4. Halloween As Only Frankenstein Can Do It!

This is a perfect challenge for any of the Halloween festivities held at home or in classroom. Please, stop complaining about the difficulty of our weekly puzzles. The fourth graders that write most of the clues are laughing at you! Before starting the activity below, students are asked to record these three words in their notebooks: paper, crown, and nightmare. They are then asked to accompany us on a creature hunt. What living creatures can you find in exact order in each word? Of course, ape, crow, and mare are the answers. Now, with the clues below, we are looking for body parts! To make it harder, the word that has the body part in it has to be determined through a clue. Place the number of letters in the found body part over the total letters in its host word and you will arrive at a fraction. This is a great way to integrate language arts and mathematics.

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Frankenstein’s Body Part Hunt
© 2013 Thomas J. Palumbo

Can you picture the poor teacher that has Frankenstein (you know the Mary Shelley monster made with assorted body parts) in his or her class? He or she knows Frankenstein is looking for more body parts, but at the same time, the teacher is responsible for teaching reading and mathematics. The activity you are about to do is the same activity this teacher designed to keep Frankenstein’s attention. Frankenstein had fourteen correct and almost collected a whole body. See how many body pieces you can collect. The clue (Column A) will give you a clue word (Column B) that contains a body part (Column C). Underline the body part and record what fraction (Column D) of your whole word is made up of that body part. Good luck grave robbers and fiendish people while building your monster. Hope you do better than that big, not so scary, Frankenstein person sitting in our classroom!

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Clue                                       Clue Word               Body Part     Body Part/Word

1.  Clogged sink fixer       plunger                     lung                                        4/7
2.  Opposite of later           ____________            ____________          ____________
3.  Form of pearl jewelry   ____________            ____________          ____________
4.  Soil color                          ____________            ____________         ____________
5.  Tea pot part                    ____________            ____________          ____________
6.  Boat synonym                ____________            ____________          ____________
7.  Answering’s opposite    ____________            ____________         ____________
8.  Slow creature                 ____________            ____________          ____________
9.  John Elway’s sport        ____________            ____________         ____________
10. Dear Sir:  is a                 ____________            ____________         ____________

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11. A mass of bees             ____________            ____________            ____________
12. Condition of icy road  ____________            ____________          ____________
13. Large cooking fireplace   _hearth___                __heart______            ____5/6____
14.  A diamond’s key features  _________          _____________          ____________
15. Exchanging                   ____________            _____________        ____________
16. Prayer position             ____________            _____________       ____________
17. Movie candy bears     ____________            _____________          ____________
18. February follower        ____________            _____________        ____________
19. Newborn’s bed             ____________            _____________   ____________
20. Type of beans              __kidney____           ___kidney_________6/6_____

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5. Photography: The Ginger Levin Experience

Here is what Ginger says about her photography featured in this issue:

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Photography is my passion. I like capturing nature at its best and people of  the moment. To me, photography is as natural as breathing, the rush I feel when I capture the perfect moment is a natural high. It’s like a drug to me, I always want to find that perfect moment to catch and to hold on to forever. If I had to sit in a studio all day I would just go crazy! The lighting isn’t natural! It all feels fake. I could never choose that when I have the option of natural lighting right at my fingertips. I love that freedom of stepping outside to breath in the world and enjoy the sunlight as I capture the photo of a person, scenery, and animals. To me I can’t just sit still and take pictures, I have to move around. If it’s optional, I prefer taking pictures that do not need further editing. I adore when photos come out of the camera like a film photo, without further edition of lighting or color. A little sharping is ok, but too much can overpower the photo. It all depends. I can confidently say I push myself to the limit. Many think my photos are well put together but I know I can do better. That’s normal to think, I mean, aren’t all artist hard on themselves? We are emotional beings. We feel so much more than the average person.

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6. Christopher Columbus Is Irrelevant…Say It Ain’t So, Marilyn Monroe

Only 25% of American schools and businesses are closed for Columbus Day. More papers and magazines are attacking his treatment of the natives he encountered than are lauding his courage. Columbus has received less press this week than the attempt to remove Redskin’s from the Washington football team’s persona. Should a reinstatement battle begin or should we eliminate this great discoverer and navigator from our history books?

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What would happen if no one named their daughters Nina or Maria?

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6. Dr. Charles Drew…Two Million People Saved And Counting!

Charles Drew was an African American doctor and miracle worker. His work in the field of transfusions, blood banks, and the creation of blood plasma has saved millions of lives since his ideas were first formulated in the 1940’s.

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Criticized for his belief that all blood was the same and racial segregation of blood was stupidity, he went on to pioneer new procedures in blood transfusions and the storage of all blood. The American Red Cross owes their ‘blood bank’ concept to Dr. Drew.

Drew’s work at McGill University in Canada and Columbia University in New York were firsts for African-Americans. The American University named after him has archives of papers and videos with information about his life and work.

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7. Fun.: Does Two Hundred And Thirteen Million Hits Define Them?

New York City is the home of the new band Fun.. That extra period is part of the band’s name and branding. The group consisting of lead singer Nate Reuss along with Andrew Doss and Jack Antonoff were the lead feature group on the recent I Heart Radio Musical Festival in Las Vegas. This Extravaganza was billed as the biggest radio music event in history. They (Fun.) were featured above the likes of Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Bruno Mars, J. Cole, Muse, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and 23 other top recording artists.

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Join the 83 million viewers of Some Nights in its Civil War theme setting on You Tube or the 30 million viewers of Carry On on the same site if you haven’t heard them yet. After these two recommendations, try the 213 million sing-along We Are Young. This song will carry you home tonight as the lyrics suggest. The less viewed Why Am I The One is our favorite. She pulls him by the hair when she wants him and won’t tell him she loves him!

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8. Books: Marsha Howard’s The Last Resort

Here is what Marsha Howard said about her writing as we feature the introduction to her new book The Last Resort.

Dear Mr. Palumbo,
I received your card from my mother Kathy Howard whom you recently met at 7-11 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. First of all, I know that you are busy, so I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to review my work. When she told me about meeting you, I was shocked to say the least. It’s not everyday that you get to meet someone of your caliber especially when you are an unknown writer trying to be discovered. I have many projects in the works. In addition to my novel and the script treatment, I also have created two television shows, wrote another screenplay, a children’s book that I would like to see become an animated feature and songs that range from Pop, Rhythm and Blues, and Country & Western. I am sending you a synopsis of my novel and a chapter excerpt. If you would like to see more of my work, please, let me know…marshahoward20@gmail.com.

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The Last Resort

In a strange turn of events Cassandra Culligan has killed her abuser but at what cost? Given their history self- defense wasn’t an option. The only logical explanation was to run. But run where? Despite her background in law enforcement even she was taking on more than one person could handle. Enter Maxine Mason a take no prisoners ball buster with all the right connections who also happened to be her younger sister and confidant. With Maxine’s help she is able to adopt a new identity and elude the authorities. Then enter another obstacle, a determined veteran detective who is hell bent on apprehending the number one suspect in the murder of a fellow officer. Now, in a race against time and an impending jail sentence, one woman must keep her sanity while continuing to stay one step ahead of the police and an obsessed detective who is hot on her trail.

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9. Saluting Local Businesses, Artists, Photographers, And Writers

The invitation that follows was sent out to 1600 readers. They were asked to contribute something to this weekly column. Hopefully you have something you can share similar or quite different from the items you have read in this column.

Our Invite Went Like This:

The Best Advertising Is Free Advertising (Any New Takers)?

Tom Palumbo, nationally known author (24 books) is offering FREE space on his column for educators, businessmen, artists, photographers, media specialists, entrepreneurs, and writers. It gives his column a more national flavor as he writes about educational and business issues, movies, books, gaming, technology, creative thinking, and the arts.

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Mary Higgins Clark, America’s top author, and J. L. Witterick, Canada’s top new author, took time out from their busy schedules to discuss their new books with Tom and pose for photos (see column #30).

10,000 new LinkedIn eyes and 10 relisting sites will help any business or organization. Maybe you, too, have something to share in the form of:

  1. a business write-up
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  3. some great artwork
  4. your photography
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  8. the next great play
  9. a can’t miss movie
  10. 10.  another promotion and shout-out we haven’t featured?
  11. Send a two paragraph write-up and some your best photos to:

tjpalumbo@aol.com.

Scott Kaplan, Esskay LLC, sent the perfect business overview of his work (see column #102). It contained his picture, one of his webpage, contact information, and information everyone could use in their work and business. His soft sell format worked perfectly and showcased my column even more.

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Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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One Response to 104. Justin Timberlake And Ben Affleck Want Your Money!

  1. Jenny Witterick says:

    I can’t believe you mentioned Shining Through with .Melanie Griffiths…I love that movie. She knows how to portray vulnerability and strength at the same time. I love her voice too. Jenny

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