JFK : 50 YEARS GONE

50 Years Gone

Nearly 50 years ago, Phyllis Hall recalls seeing something few have ever witnessed: the death of a president.

The Parklands Hospital outpatient department in Dallas was quieter than normal as most of the people she would normally have seen had gone into the city to see the President.

Phyllis HallPhyllis Hall was working at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on November 22, 1963. She wasn’t assigned to the emergency room that day, but says she was there visiting colleagues when President John F. Kennedy was brought in after he had been shot.

Hall says a Secret Service agent guided her into the trauma room, where she began working on the president, failing to find a pulse, and watching First Lady Jackie Kennedy stand in the room watching in shock.

“She was in about the deepest, most profound shock I’ve ever seen in my life,” Hall said. “She didn’t respond to anything. If you’ve seen that picture where Johnson is being sworn in on Air Force 1, that look she has, that’s almost the perfect example of what I saw that whole time.”

Hall and others worked on the president for nearly 45 minutes before a doctor pronounced him dead. One in the room heard his final three heart beats through a stethoscope, she says.
She didn’t initially see the head trauma the president had suffered because of where she was standing and where Mrs. Kennedy had been, but when she did, she and others came to the same conclusion.
“We all knew he was dead, but we were going to make a good try to find some sign of life there to work with,” she said.
After 43 minutes, neurosurgeon Dr Kemp Clark made the decision to stop all further resuscitation.
Phyllis says: “He just looked and said, ‘cut’.
Dr Clark was a very of matter-of-fact doctor, sometimes appearing immune to emotion.
He was the best surgeon a patient could ask for but the worst for sympathy.
As the team moved away from the President’s body, Dr Kemp simply turned on his heels.
Without looking at Mrs Kennedy he said quite abruptly, ‘Madam, your husband is dead’ and he continued on his way out of the room.
I couldn’t help feel for her. She was stood with so many people around her but she looked so alone.
I turned to her and said, ‘I am sorry for your loss’. Her face didn’t alter. She just continued to stare.”
It wasn’t until 9pm that Phyllis finished her shift that day.
When she returned home to her husband, she says she didn’t utter a word to him about what had happened. “It was something for years I just kept inside,” she says.
“As a nurse, it didn’t matter who it was who needed our help, we conducted ourselves equally the same.”

However Phyllis’s part in history did not stop there.

During the next few weeks she was regularly called on to treat Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald – the man accused of murdering President Kennedy.
She tells how Ruby would ­intentionally hurt himself to get out of his prison cell.
“He was an attention-seeker,” says Phyllis, who also treated Oswald’s pregnant wife Marina just three weeks before the ­President’s assassination.
“After shooting Oswald, he couldn’t stand to be held in a cell, so he did what he could to get out.
“One day he was brought in handcuffed to two police officers after he ran head first at his cell’s bars.”
She says the hospital continued to treat him until he died from cancer in 1967.

Phyllis, now 78, refuses to go along with the idea that Oswald acted alone to carry out the ­assassination.

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Is Stephen King’s Sequel to ‘The Shining’

In the author’s note that accompanies “Doctor Sleep,” Stephen King explains some of the obstacles he faced in writing this follow-up to “The Shining.”First, there were memory issues: Mr. King used an assistant to check all references to that earlier horror classic rather than rely on his own recall. And there was alcoholism, to which the memory issues were related. Before he became sober, Mr. King wrote many of his scariest books (“Salem’s Lot” in 1975, “The Shining” in 1977, “The Stand” in 1978) while in a purple haze. And it’s hard to write a new installment of a story that was blurry to begin with.

He had two more demons to deal with. One was Stanley Kubrick, whose film version of “The Shining” is at least as well remembered as the novel with which it tampered. (Mr. King has made it clear that this is not his favorite film adaptation.) And perhaps worst of all, there was sequelitis. Even on the rare occasions when a sequel measures up to an original, it rarely gets credit for being any good.

But Mr. King also undertook “Doctor Sleep” with a couple of clear advantages. One was a lack of baggage. The Overlook Hotel has burned to the ground, and the murderously writer’s-blocked Jack Torrance is dead. So is his wife, Wendy, which leaves only little Dan Torrance as a requisite figure for “Doctor Sleep.” And Mr. King had an easy way of approaching Dan’s story: He was the son of a violent drunk, and he had psychic powers that spooked him. Ergo, Dan must have become a drunk too.

“Doctor Sleep” draws heavily on the writings and slogans of Alcoholics Anonymous as it presents Dan and his troubling legacy. Dan has also been sexually abused (with a nod to “N0S4A2,” the novel by Mr. King’s son Joe Hill) and receives brief but creepy visits from the last of the Overlook ghosts. This history, combined with a vague sense that he still has the Shining (i.e., psychic powers to detect the energy of other psychics and even meet them in some vaporous form), is more than Dan, now a young man, can bear. The book describes what happens when he hits bottom, inadvertently contributing to the death of a toddler because he’s too drunk to intervene. Dan then wanders his way into a New England town — and lands a hospice job that makes him the Doctor Sleep of the title. Dan’s powers can help ease dying patients as they “cycle” (the book’s word) out of this world.

Since Dan’s boss insists on sobriety, the job can be seen as a blessing. But Mr. King doesn’t write whole books about nice things, does he? Also roaming through “Doctor Sleep” is a band of tetchy freaks, led by an evil beauty called Rose the Hat. This group calls itself the True Knot — or the True, when it’s feeling more like a rock band. True members nourish themselves with the “steam” that emanates from humans who have the Shining. Unfortunately, the best steam is harvested when those humans die in horrible pain.

Add one more evanescence and the book’s setup is complete. A girl named Abra begins demonstrating paranormal powers from the time she is a baby. Abra, Dan and Rose are all capable of communicating on Mr. King’s way-cooler version of an astral plane: when any two of them are in touch, they can hear each other’s words without speaking, inhabit each other’s bodies, whatever. Dan and Abra are on the good side of this equation and Rose on the evil one. At least for starters.

So “Doctor Sleep” has its own vivid frightscape, one that’s not too derivative of “The Shining.” And it’s scary enough to match the first book, though not better or scarier. Mr. King has in recent years created much more fully imagined characters than he did in his 100-proof horror days; “Under the Dome” was full of them. The trade-off has been a loss of bloodcurdling apparitions, like those in which “The Shining” specialized. By the way, Tony, Dan’s invisible friend, still lingers in the new book, as evidenced by the word “Redrum” scrawled on its back cover. That word still packs quite a wallop.

“Doctor Sleep” is less panic-inducingly surreal. The adult Dan is, after all, struggling to keep his mind clear and to understand exactly what his supernatural capacities are. He’s also eager to make amends for that terrible, boozy lapse involving the toddler, a memory that haunts him as much as any of this book’s otherworldly creatures do. So even when he and Abra join forces to thwart the creeps from True Knot, it’s in a rational, even heroic way. “You may have some talents, you son of a bitch, but I don’t think you have much in the way of telepathy,” Dan says, speaking in Abra’s voice. (It’s complicated.) “I think when you want to talk to your girlfriend, you use the phone.”

This sequel takes life, aging and death too seriously to be a young man’s book. The same is true of its attitude toward sobriety, which is often discussed. Mr. King’s earlier books were full of phantasms and demons, but he grows ever more adept at rooting his dark thoughts and toughest struggles in reality. And when Abra goes into warrior mode, it’s not much of a fantasy stretch. She just models herself on a character from “Game of Thrones.”

“Doctor Sleep” is on the long side, but it tells a very quick and nimble story. It makes up in suspense what it lacks in nuance, and its special effects are easy to visualize. The body-switching among characters smacks of exorcism, though it has no religious component. The red mist secreted by the dying is terrifying to imagine. And the steam of those who Shine is one of Mr. King’s best surreal inventions. He remains amazingly resourceful. He’s so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles.

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Th£ Killing of Tony Blair – Kickstarter Project

 

 

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The Killing of Tony Blair – The Documentary

The Killing of Tony Blair –  is a feature length documentary about former British Prime Minister Tony Blair by George Galloway MP. Currently in production.

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Vivian Maier The Lost Photographs

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New Dr Who ?

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