“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (TMNT) …. a very nice surprise!!


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~~August 16, 2014~~ 

If you have been following this blog, you may be aware that I have several grandkids. One of the many things I enjoy doing with them is going to the movies. The adventures began when I started taking Angelika, the oldest, to movies that she would want to see.

If wasn’t long before Connor, her younger brother wanted to have these adventures with “Mina” (that’s how they call me). Yesterday … it was adventure time for ConnorMan. We went to see the “TMNT“. 

To tell you the truth, I thought that I’d be bored to heck and wait for it to be over. That wasn’t the case. I was drawn in, into the action, the plot, the characters. Needless to say, it was a very pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it as much as ConnorMan did!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often shortened to TMNT or Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, named after four Renaissance artists, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated animals, and alien invaders while attempting to remain isolated from society.

The characters originated in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book before their expansion into a cartoon series, films, video games, toys, and other general merchandise. During the peak of the franchise’s popularity in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, it gained considerable worldwide success and fame.

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~~THE MOVIE~~

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and stars Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, William Fichtner, and Will Arnett.

The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009. It was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on August 8, 2014. A sequel is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016.

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~~Plot~~

April O’Neil, a reporter for Channel 6 news in New York, has been researching a gang called the Foot Clan which has been terrorizing the city. She questions a dock worker about shipments of chemicals that may be linked to the Foot Clan. April eventually learns that something is being brought in by the docks. That night, she returns and sees the Foot Clan unloading cargo. April tries to record footage using her phone, but a shadowy figure arrives and takes out the Foot Soldiers one by one. She tells her coworkers and her boss, but no one believes her story.

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The Foot Clan next attacks a subway station. April rushes to the scene, hoping to encounter the vigilante (or at least find evidence confirming his existence). She sees four figures this time, who disappear after defeating the Foot Clan. She follows them to a rooftop and tries to photograph them. The Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael notice her and delete the camera’s images, warning her not to divulge their existence. She asks them who they are as they leave, and they say, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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April runs home and opens a box filled with documents, pictures, and videos on “Project Renaissance“, which involved her now-deceased father. She notices that the turtles she cared for from her father’s laboratory fifteen years earlier seem similar to the Ninja Turtles. She recalls that her father was developing some type of mutagen. She continues researching and eventually realizes that the Ninja Turtles are the turtles from the laboratory.

Once again, she tries to convince her boss, Bernadette Thompson, that the Turtles are real. Bernadette becomes so infuriated that she fires April. April tries telling her cameraman boyfriend Vernon about them, but he does not believe her either. He does agree to take her to the old laboratory, though. There she finds her father’s lab partner, Eric Sacks.

April tells him about the Ninja Turtles, showing him the photos. Sacks explains Project Renaissance: he and her father were cultivating the mutagen for its healing properties. Sacks theorizes that, when the laboratory was destroyed, the mutagen must have somehow caused the turtles to mutate into humanoids.

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Meanwhile in the sewers, the Turtles tell their master, Splinter, that April has spotted them. Splinter orders them to find April and bring her to their lair, as she is now in great danger from the Foot Clan since she made contact with the Turtles.

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The Turtles find April and blindfold her so she won’t know their lair’s location. They take her to Splinter, who explains how she saved their lives years before when she rescued them from the fire and released them into the sewers. April admits that she has told her father’s associate about them, unaware that Sacks is actually allied with the Foot Clan’s leader, The Shredder.

Meanwhile, Sacks relays the information to Shredder. Shredder and Sacks plan to spread a deadly virus throughout New York, causing a quarantine, in order to seize control by offering the mutagen as a cure. Shredder needs to kidnap the Turtles and extract the mutagen from their blood.

He and his gang find Splinter and the Turtles in the sewers, and a battle ensues. Shredder captures Leo, Donnie and Mikey and leaves Splinter severely injured. Raphael is (so far) the only turtle left to survive the wreckage of their home while the Foot Clan presumably claims to be dead in the riot. April (who has managed to hide during the melee) tries to dig Splinter out from under the rubble. Raphael emerges and helps. April then tries to tend to Splinter’s wounds. Splinter instructs Raphael and April to save the other three Turtles before Shredder can extract the mutagen from them. April calls Vernon to give them a ride to the laboratory where the other three Turtles are being held.

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When they arrive, April frees the Turtles, who join Raphael in fighting Shredder, but Shredder defeats them (again) and escapes. April, the Turtles, and Vernon escape to the Turtles’ lair to regroup.

The Turtles plan to attack Shredder on the rooftop of Sacks’ building before he is able to release the toxin, while April and Vernon search for the mutagen inside the building. April finds it and heads onto the rooftop to give it to the Turtles. With April’s help, the Turtles finally defeat Shredder, who falls off the roof.

After the Turtles retreat to the sewers, Shredder inadvertently gets tub full of mutagen on his suit

(This could possibly mean that Shredder could enter a mutation in the sequel).

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~~SOURCES~~

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_(2014_film)

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~~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Trailer~~

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~~Published on Jun 24, 2014~~

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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~~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles~~

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~Filming photos~

~~Published on Aug 30, 2013~~

Photos from the filming of TMNT 2014.

Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptilian warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.

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The judgement of Robin Williams …. who is anyone to judge??


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~~August 13, 2014~~ 

I’m very much aware that much has been written, reported, discussed, argued about Robin Williams’ recent death. The airwaves, the blogosphere and the news have taken to reporting the death of this great talent.

Many are already tired of this topic, others have spoken in ways that show callousness and insensitivity about his passing. I must say I am a fan, I grew up with this man’s creative genius and his work played a part in my life.

Knowing that he’s not here anymore and knowing about his daily battle with depression makes me sad.

Like many, I will miss him ….

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“Some people are being judgmental and rude in the unfortunate passing of the great Robin Williams and it’s really upsetting how people can try to make themselves seem superior even in his and his family’s pain.

Sometimes we take take and take and forget to refill, replace and/or replenish. If there was a well full of water, and you were thirsty, you would most likely drink from this well everyday until the well ran dry. I mean what’s the point in having access to all this water if we can’t enjoy it right? No harm no foul. Or so we think. People do this with people too. I understand that sensation of being drained and pulled in every direction and left dry. I know many people who deal with that daily and I know of people who take selfishly daily too.

To feel more lonely in a room full of people than when you’re by yourself, no one understands this?

Robin Williams gave and gave and gave and when you’re the life of the party, the one with that great warm and inviting smile and everyone expects for you to be the entertainment, who entertains him? Who replenishes his spirit and energy? Although many of us feel a certain way in regards to suicide and feel it’s a very selfish act, whether it is or not, many people who do commit suicide are plagued with a very sad and hard mental illness they can’t control.

Fame, money and fans doesn’t equal complete bliss, peace and happiness. Don’t be so quick to say he had it all.

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Robin Williams made several statements and was quoted for years and if you read or listened to what he was consistent with, this poor man was sick for a long time and was honest about his depression and loneliness. Maybe his cries for help? We don’t really know. Maybe he was as funny and genius in his talent and gave his all to his craft and us because that was when he felt loved and appreciated the most or not alone.

I don’t condone suicide or any life being taken in any form, but I think we all can understand in some capacity, whether small or big, the feeling of being alone or feeling like no one understands. Instead of condemning this man, let’s remember his legacy, his legend, his genius, his talent, his contribution to making you laugh and smile when you were down and out and allow his family to grieve without your harsh comments and judgements.

You never know what people are going through and people don’t always know what you’re going through. Be there for your loved ones and let them be there for you.

Reciprocate and have gratitude for great people in your life.”

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In the words of #SmokeyRobinson

♪♫ People say I’m the life of the party
‘Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I’m blue

So take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears …. ♪♫

Original artwork & credit: @EmilyStepp

#RIPRobinWilliams #NanooNanoo #YouWereLoved #YouWereGreat #WishYouKnewHowMuch #YouWillBeMissed

~~FULL CREDIT/SOURCE~~

https://www.facebook.com/DenyceLawton

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~~Huffington Post~~

Link to “In Memoriam” Robin Williams video … clips from favorite movies

With the recent death of the great actor Robin Williams, we wanted to take a look back at some of his funnier movie moments. From a wacky scientist in “Flubber” to a cross-dressing man in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Williams’ roles are always diverse and inspiring.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/robin-williams-mashup_n_5672130.html

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~~Smokey Robinson & The Miracles~~

~~Uploaded on Sep 6, 2011~~

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown

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At the end of the day …. ending on a sad note!!


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~~August 22, 2014~~

The Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died this morning in California.

He was 63.

By now we all know. The social media platforms have gone on high gear announcing this huge, sad loss for those who are left behind.

Born in Chicago, Williams discovered his passion for acting in high school, before moving to New York City to study at Juilliard alongside Christopher Reeve.A few years later, he also began doing stand-up comedy and working in television, before landing a star-making guest role as alien Mork in “Happy Days.” In 1978, he was given his own spin-off series, “Mork & Mindy,” for which he won a Golden Globe.

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BuyzcCAIEAETLBcBig break: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Morkl and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence.

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Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.RW4article-0-02049C0B0000044D-855_634x622RW6RW7

~~SOURCES/RELATED~~

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/actor-robin-williams-dead-63/story?id=24937522

http://theobamacrat.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-dies-at-the-tender-age-of-63-in-an-apparent-suicide/

http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/a-terrible-loss/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/chicago-native-robin-williams-dead-at-63/

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~~Patch Adams~~

Release date – December 25, 1998

Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter by Adams and Maureen Mylander.

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Hunter “Patch” Adams (Robin Williams) commits himself into a mental institution. Once there, he finds that using humor to help his fellow inmates gives him a purpose in life. Because of this he wants to become a medical doctor and two years later enrolls at the Medical College of Virginia (now known as VCU School of Medicine) as the oldest first year student. He questions the school’s soulless approach to medical care and clashes with the school’s Dean Walcott (Bob Gunton), who believes that doctors must treat patients as patients and not bond with them as people.

Because of this and incidents such as setting up a giant pair of legs during an obstetric conference, he is expelled from the medical school, although he is later reinstated due to his methods actually helping patients improve. He even goes to a meat packer’s convention and steals a butcher’s jacket so he can impersonate a third-year med-student and infiltrate rounds. Adams encourages medical students to work closely with nurses, learn interviewing skills early, and argues that death should be treated with dignity and sometimes even humor.

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Patch Adams was a very instrumental film for me.

This character portrayed the kind of doctor I wanted to be. The film was released in 1998. I was already a full-fledged doctor by then.

“He questions the school’s soulless approach to medical care and clashes with the school’s Dean Walcott (Bob Gunton), who believes that doctors must treat patients as patients and not bond with them as people.”

This quote from the movie description describes to a “T” the way that many doctors feel. I learned from some of them. I never liked the way a sense separateness came between the doctor and the patient. Watching this movie, at the time, confirmed to me that my feelings of connectedness with my patients.

I looked up to the character that Robin Williams brought to life through his immense acting talent and served as an example for me to follow.

For this, and for so many other moments, I will always be grateful, Mr. Williams. 

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~~Patch Adams – Trailer~~

~~Uploaded on Nov 21, 2011~~

Robin Williams is Patch Adams, a doctor who will do anything to make his patients laugh — even if it means risking his own career — in this inspiring comedy based on a true story.

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The bad monster that many battle … depression!

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Remember the BP Oil Spill? The Gulf is back to normal … yeah, right!!


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~~August 2, 2014~~ 

IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS

How can anyone say that the Gulf is back to normal?

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect.

It claimed eleven lives and is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, an estimated 8% to 31% larger in volume than the previously largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010.

The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3). After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010.

Some reports indicate the well site continues to leak.

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In November 2012, BP and the United States Department of Justice settled federal criminal charges with BP pleading guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter, two misdemeanors, and a felony count of lying to Congress.

BP also agreed to four years of government monitoring of its safety practices and ethics, and the Environmental Protection Agency announced that BP would be temporarily banned from new contracts with the US government. BP and the Department of Justice agreed to a record-setting $4.525 billion in fines and other payments but further legal proceedings not expected to conclude until 2014 are ongoing to determine payouts and fines under the Clean Water Act and the Natural Resources Damage Assessment.

As of February 2013, criminal and civil settlements and payments to a trust fund had cost the company $42.2 billion.

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~~FULL READ/SOURCE/FULL ARTICLE~~ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

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~~11 Facts about the BP Oil Spill~~

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bp-oil-spill

~~BP Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico 2010 Footage and Images~~

I still get chills watching this

~~Uploaded on Jun 6, 2010~~

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called the BP Oil Spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout.

I don’t own the Video Footage or Images. Special thanks to the various people that captured the video footage and the images.

Music : This is a soundtrack from an Korean TV show “Over The Green Fields”. The composer is Thao Nguyen Xanh.

Water and oil don’t mix. Will we ever learn?

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We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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At the end of the day …. Playing for Change: “Smell The Rain” by Genevieve Chadwick!!


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~~July 26, 2014~~ 

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

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~~Origin~~

Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland.

Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

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~~SOURCES~~

https://plus.google.com/+playingchange/posts/KvDQnPcPaWo

https://plus.google.com/104646493038578787518/posts/9V3RC3ZKvFn

http://www.reverbnation.com/genevievechadwick

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/04/06/Chadwick_singing_in_the_rain/

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~~Smell The Rain by Genevieve Chadwick~~
~Live Outside~
~~Playing For Change~~

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~~Published on Jul 26, 2014~~

Today’s video, “Smell the Rain”, was recorded and filmed live on the streets of Sydney, Australia and features our soul sister, Genevieve Chadwick.

We are proud to announce the release of Genevieve’s solo album, produced by Playing For Change and recorded in Sydney with PFC Band members Roberto Luti, Orbe Ortiz, and Peter Bunetta. The album is exclusively available on our website, both the CD and Digital Download!

Feel the love in this moment and share the joy with everyone you meet!!

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Leading cause of death behind the wheel …. guess!!


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~~July 25, 2014~~

~~Eyes on the road~~

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~Volkswagen~

~~Published on Jun 6, 2014~~

Kudos Volkswagen

What a brilliant way to communicate how risky it is to use mobile phones while driving.

Please visit and subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/MadOverAd to watch more amazing commercials from around the world.

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At the end of the day …. still wondering about Malaysian Airlines MH17!!


~~July 18, 2014~~ 

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash

Was the cure for AIDS lost along with Joep Lange and 100 top researchers?

Will never know.

There are fears the cure for Aids could have been lost with 100 of the “best and brightest” scientists and researchers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Joep Lange, a world-renowned researcher and former president of the International Aids Society, was with the group heading to the Global Aids 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The exact number of scientists he was travelling with has not been confirmed but delegates in Sydney were told that emails indicted around 100 attendees were on the ill-fated plane.

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Nine British passengers, including a student, former BBC journalist and two Newcastle United fans, were among the 298 people killed when the Boeing 777-200 was reportedly shot down as it passed over the war-torn country on Thursday.

Trevor Stratton, a Canadian HIV researcher attending the conference told ABC researchers had been getting close to a vaccine against AIDS.

“What if the cure for AIDS was on that plane? Really? We don’t know,” he said. “There were some really prominent researchers that have been doing this for a very long time and we’re getting close to vaccines and people are talking about cures and the end of AIDS.

Professor Richard Boyd, director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, told Guardian Australia there were “some serious HIV leaders” on board.

“This will have ramifications globally because whenever you lose a leader in any field, it has an impact. That knowledge is irreplaceable,” he said. “We’ve lost global leaders and also some bright young people who were coming through. It’s a gut-wrenching loss. I was involved in the aftermath of 9/11 in New York and it brings back that level of catastrophe.”

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~~SOURCE~~ 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-crash-joep-lange-among-up-to-100-aids-researchers-and-activists-on-board-flight-mh17-9613821.html

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~~Anthony Hayes – Gay Men’s Crisis~~

~~Published on Jul 18, 2014~~

There is an outpouring of condolences across the scientific community after news that researchers and activists heading to the Global Aids 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Final moments before take off inside doomed flight MH17 Up to 100 passengers on board doomed MH17 ‘were experts headed for International.

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