Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pink Panther Super Bonus Cartoons

Pink Panther and Pals.  Over 3 hours of continuous cartoons in one video.  Classic cartoons on GVLN.

The Pink Panther cartoon character
The Pink Panther cartoon character (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mr Magoo Meets Frankenstein - Classic Cartoons

Mr Magoo meets Frankenstein.  Classic Cartoon Saturday here on GVLN.
Mr. Magoo and McBarker from What's New Mr. Magoo?.
Mr. Magoo and McBarker from What's New Mr. Magoo?. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The Battle of the Hook Reenactment in October To Include Amphibious Landing, Cavalry, Recreated Period Tavern and More, According to Recently Released Schedule of Events

Battle of the Hook Revolutionary War Reenactment Returns to Gloucester Oct. 19-20 at the Inn at Warner Hall

Gloucester, Va. (PRWEB) July 25, 2013

The British are coming back, with the Americans and French, too.
And now we know exactly what time. On Oct. 19 and 20, the Allies will engage the British Legion and other Crown forces in a reenactment of the 1781 Battle of the Hookthat took place in Gloucester County, helping win the Siege of Yorktown and America's independence.
A full schedule of events for the event – the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in the country – was released this week for the community.
Saturday, October 19 at the Inn at Warner Hall
9 a.m.

Site opens to the public.
Live field archeology dig and demonstration on the grounds of historic Warner Hall.
Display of actual artifacts from the Battle of the Hook and related historical paintings and art.
Period music, civilian and military.
18th century farm setting with live animals.
Colonial tavern demonstration.
Dramatic presentations.
Camp life in the British, French, and American camps.
Display of art and writings done in commemoration of the Hook.
Period sutlers and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares.
Food service.

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Warner/Lewis Cemetery

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Battalion Drill.

10 to 10:30 a.m.

Artillery demonstration, battlefield.

11 to 11:30 a.m.

French Boat Landing and Skirmish.
Colonial Ladies Program.

1:30 to 2 p.m.

Cavalry Demonstration, battlefield.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Battle of the Hook, battlefield, all troops.

6:30 to 7 p.m.

Dusk Artillery Demonstration, battlefield.

7 to 7:30 p.m.

Storming of Redoubt.
Closed to the public.

Sunday, October 20 at the Inn at Warner Hall
10 a.m.

Site opens to the public.
Live field archeology dig and demonstration on the grounds of historic Warner Hall.
Display of actual artifacts from the Battle of the Hook and related historical paintings and art.
Period music, civilian and military.
18th century farm setting with live animals.
Colonial tavern demonstration.
Dramatic presentations.
Camp life in the British, French, and American camps.
Display of art and writings done in commemoration of the Hook.
Period sutlers and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares.
Food service.

10:15 to 10:40 a.m.

Period Church Service.

11 to 11:30 a.m.

British Boat Landing, and Skirmish.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Attack on the Gloucester Redoubts, Battlefield, all troops.

4 p.m.

Event closes.

The reenactment will bring together more than 1,000 infantry, cavalry, artillery and maritime landing reenactors from across the country at the Inn at Warner Hall, home of President George Washington’s ancestors.
“This Revolutionary War reenactment celebrated General Washington’s victory over the British Army,” said Warren Deal, the Battle of the Hook planning committee’s chairman. “Historic battles will be brought to life by living historians. Recreated military units from across the country will encamp near the actual battlefields where the American Revolution was won after six long years of fighting.”
This is the second Battle of the Hook reenactment. The first took place at the same location nearly five years ago.
The events leading up to the Revolutionary War’s Yorktown Campaign and the subsequent victory of the Allies that insured the independence of the United States are well known. Less well known is the Battle of the Hook – the battle that took place across the York River from Yorktown 16 days before the British capitulation. Although rather brief, it included the largest cavalry engagement of the war, with more than 500 horsemen involved.
The Battle of the Hook reenactment in Gloucester is being financed entirely by donations, including the educational programs.
Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to First Virginia Regiment and mailed to Battle of the Hook c/o First Virginia Regt., 1596 N. Village Rd., Reston, VA 20194.
The Inn at Warner Hall is located roughly three and a half miles from U.S. Route 17 and a 30-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg. The battlefields of Yorktown are within 15 minutes and Jamestown, America’s first settlement, is a 50-minute drive along the scenic Colonial Parkway. The state capitol of Richmond, the Norfolk Harbor, and Virginia Beach are within an hour’s drive.
For more information about the Battle of the Hook, visit
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In The Desert - Daniel Bautista - Free MP3 Song of The Day

Daniel Bautista with the Song, In The Desert.  Instrumental rock with a touch of country feel to it.  An interesting arrangement.  Well done and catchy.  Not exactly for the summer party, but well worth your time to check out.  If you like it, download a free copy for yourself.

Vegas in the desert
Vegas in the desert (Photo credit: Bert Kaufmann)
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The Pill Poppers

English: Adderall
English: Adderall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Dr. Mercola
Despite what the media preaches to you, your body has no intrinsic need fordrugs. Over the course of a lifetime, the average person may be prescribed 14,000 pills (this doesn’t even include over-the-counter meds), and by the time you reach your 70s you could be taking five or more pills every day, according to Pill Poppers, a documentary.
The featured film asks a poignant question that anyone taking medications should also, which is, are these pills really beneficial, or are they doing more harm than good?

Drug Discovery ‘Owes as Much to Serendipity as to Science’

Pill Poppers takes you on a journey through some of the most popular drugs in the world, from the ADHD drug Ritalin to drugs for erectile dysfunction, depression, pain and contraception.
It starts out by taking you into a lab at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where 2 million chemical compounds are kept in a vault. Scientists know little about their effects; each could be lethal or lifesaving.
Through a process that could be described as finding a needle in a haystack, scientists methodically introduce a known disease molecule to each of the 2 million substances, one at a time, and assess whether anything happens.
If ‘something’ happens, further tests are then conducted to find out what and why. Literally hundreds of millions of such tests are conducted, and it takes about $1 billion and an estimated 15 years of work to reach the ultimate goal: a licensed drug.
Despite what most are led to believe, just because the drug makes it through the regulatory process it’s no guarantee of safety. Typically, more information is learned about a drug after it’s been released to the market than before, because only then does it get the widespread exposure that clinical trials cannot simulate.
It’s usually after millions of people have already started taking a drug that severe, sometimes deadly, side effects are observed, but unfortunately for some, it will be realized too late. As stated in the documentary:
“Drugs are not designed but discovered, and we only find out what they really do to us when we take them.”
Patrick Vallance, the head of drug discovery at GSK, even said:1 “In many ways you learn as much about your medicine after it’s launched as you knew before.”(Of course, GSK has also pleaded guilty to felony charges for knowingly manufacturing and selling adulterated drugs, a practice that adds even more of a ‘learning curve’ when drugs are released… )

The Effects of Many Medications Are Discovered by Mistake

Many people assume that the medications they’re taking are exerting carefully designed effects on specific biological pathways in their bodies. In reality, these effects were not designed but rather observed – often simply as a matter of sheer dumb luck – and the medication was then “discovered.” The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, for instance, was originally developed to treat angina. That it led to increased erections was simply a surprise.
The ADHD drug Ritalin was also discovered by accident, as it was originally designed to treat adults with depression. We’re only now beginning to understand how this drug works, and what its long-term side effects entail, yet now it’s already morphing into a drug with another purpose: as a ‘study drug’ for people without ADHD. And this is only a short list.
It turns out that Ventolin inhalers, a treatment for asthma, can also prevent premature labor; and arsenic, a notorious poison, is making a come back as a treatment for leukemia.”2
While these may sound like beneficial ‘mistakes,’ the surprises can work both ways. Often, drugmakers and scientists are ‘surprised’ to learn that their new blockbuster drug leads to unknown (or undisclosed) side effects, altering and disrupting far more functions in your body than was first realized. Viagra, for instance, can cause blue-green color blindness. And a commonly used class of diabetes drugs is now being investigated for causing pre-cancerous changes, while the antibiotic Zithromax (Z-Pak), may trigger lethal heart arrhythmias.
The truth is, no drug is side effect-free – a fact that many loyal pill takers are not aware of. These side effects are then often treated with… even more drugs, perpetuating a vicious cycle. Even GSK’s Vallance stated in the film:
"When you make a medicine you're trying to disrupt a fundamental biological process. That's a pretty profound change, you can't do that without producing some unwanted effects -- so then the question is, what risks are you prepared to take for what benefit?"

Creating Diseases to Fit the Treatments

Drug companies are masters at disease mongering -- inventing non-existent diseases and exaggerating minor ones, with the end result making you rush to your doctor to request their drug solutions. It also misleads people into thinking drugs are the onlyoption for every ill. Viagra is a perfect example, as it was originally intended only for men with actual erectile dysfunction. Many men have an occasional problem in this area, and that is normal, but Viagra is marketed in a way that makes it appear as though it’s not.
Another blatant example of creating a market for a disease where none existed before is low female sex drive, or female sexual dysfunction, for which drug makers are actively seeking a ‘cure.’ One more example? In order to market its antidepressant Paxil, GSK hired a PR firm to create a public awareness campaign about an "under-diagnosed" disease.
The disease? Social anxiety disorder… previously known as shyness. You may have seen this campaign firsthand a couple of years back; ads stating "Imagine being allergic to people" were distributed widely, celebrities gave interviews to the press and psychiatrists gave lectures on this new disease in the top 25 media markets. As a result, mentions of social anxiety in the pressrose from about 50 to over 1 billion in just two years… social anxiety disorder became the "third most common mental illness" in the US… and Paxil skyrocketed to the top of the charts as one of the most profitable and most prescribed drugs in the US.

The Drug Industry Is Now Trying to Treat Not Just Diseases but Risk Factors

The drug market is saturated with drugs to treat existing diseases and many drug firms are now trying to create markets for new drugs via disease-mongering. But another way to drum up business, which the industry is fully embracing, is using drugs to treat diseases you don’t even have…
If you have a ‘risk’ of heart disease, for instance, which could apply to anyone aged 50 or over, you should be taking a statin, according to some ‘experts.’ Typically, statins are reserved for people considered to be at high risk of heart attack or stroke, usually (incorrectly) defined as someone with "high" cholesterol. The current value of the cholesterol-lowering drug industry is estimated at around $30 billion a year – but the pharmaceutical industry is still salivating at the thought of how big that number could get if statins could be prescribed to even more people. Alas, researchers came out with a study stating that even people atlow risk of heart problems should take statins!3
So even if you’re healthy, you still need to be popping pills to preserve your health, according to the drug industry. Millions of others take drugs for reasons outside of health, such as contraception, or rely on them for functions for which there are far better solutions, such as weight loss, sleep or, in the case of using ADHD drugs for studying, increased focus or energy. Yet, disease is not the result of a drug deficiency, nor will good health ever be the sole result of taking prescription drugs.

For video and more information on this subject, please visit the above link at website.
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Gloucester Cabinet Pudding - Recipe Of The Day

One quart of milk, four eggs, four table-spoonfuls of sugar, half a teaspoonful of salt, one table-spoonful of butter, three pints of stale sponge cake, one cupful of raisins, chopped citron and currants. Have a little more of the currants than of the two other fruits. Beat the eggs, sugar and salt together, and add the milk. Butter a three- pint pudding mould (the melon shape is nice), sprinkle the sides and bottom with the fruit, and put in a layer of cake. Again sprinkle in fruit, and put in more cake. Continue this until all the materials are used. Gradually pour on the custard. Let the pudding stand two hours, and steam an hour and a quarter. Serve with wine or creamy sauce.

Make something extraordinary tonight.

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Satan's Diary - Not What You Expect

SATAN’S DIARY,” Leonid Andreyev’s last work, was completed by the great Russian a few days before he died in Finland, in September, 1919. But a few years ago the most popular and successful of Russian writers, Andreyev died almost penniless, a sad, tragic figure, disillusioned, broken-hearted over the tragedy of Russia.
A year ago Leonid Andreyev wrote me that he was eager to come to America, to study this country and familiarize Americans with the fate of his unfortunate countrymen. I arranged for his visit to this country and informed him of this by cable. But on the very day I sent my cable the sad news came from Finland announcing that Leonid Andreyev died of heart failure.
In “Satan’s Diary” Andreyev summed up his boundless disillusionment in an absorbing satire on human life. Fearlessly and mercilessly he hurled the falsehoods and hypocrisies into the face of life. He portrayed Satan coming to this earth to amuse himself and play. Having assumed the form of an American multi-millionaire, Satan set out on a tour through Europe in quest of amusement and adventure. Before him passed various forms of spurious virtues, hypocrisies, vithe ruthless cruelty of man and the often deceptive innocence of woman. Within a short time Satan finds himself outwitted, deceived, relieved of his millions, mocked, humiliated, beaten by man in his own devilish devices.

Free downloads of this e-book are available.
The link above is for a free download.  The e-book is in PDF file format.  Less than 4 megs in size.  You can also download a copy from our SlideShare site.  Enjoy.

English: Leonid Andreyev sitting on a chair II
English: Leonid Andreyev sitting on a chair II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Hessians Are Coming

Liberty's Kids episode 23, The Hessians Are Coming.

King George of England.  You never get to see King George in any of the Liberty's Kids videos so we thought we would put an image of a painting of him here.

Free downloads are available on the above e-book from our SlideShare site.  You have to log in with either a Facebook account or LinkedIn account.

More information on the Hessians, an historical account.
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Gloucester, VA To Get Illegal Middle School? Part One

Gloucester, Virginia To Get Illegal Middle School?
Above is from a Gloucester County board meeting where the request for a school bond has been made and approved as of July, 2nd, 2013.  This does not constitute money in the bank.  It constitutes the selling of bonds to raise money in order to have sufficient funds to construct a school only.
Above is from a Gloucester County board meeting where the request for a school bond has been made and approved as of July, 2nd, 2013.  This does not constitute money in the bank.  It constitutes the selling of bonds to raise money in order to have sufficient funds to construct a school only.

Looking at the information, it appears that Gloucester Officials are not following the rules:

Various headlines and work already completed indicate that Gloucester has every intention of forcing a new middle school down the throats of the citizens of the county whether or not the citizens agree that the new school should even be built.  Other problems we seem to be finding is that it has the appearance that Gloucester officials are violating state code to push their agenda through.  Let's look at the facts and then we will look at Virginia Code.  Not what Gloucester officials want done and not what the local tabloid papers are willing to investigate.  

  According to the local papers, Gloucester officials have already started requesting bids for the new school construction.  A meeting was held in July with potential builders and requests for their bids have already been made by Gloucester County officials who want those bids on their desks by August 2nd.  But is that legal?  Our research staff has been looking into that and here is what they found according to Virginia Code;

§ 15.2-1238. Certification of sufficient funds.

Except in emergency, no order for delivery on a contract or open market order for supplies or contractual services for any county department or agency shall be awarded until the chief financial officer has certified that the unencumbered balance in the appropriation concerned, in excess of all unpaid obligations, is sufficient to defray the cost of such order.

What the above specifically means is that Gloucester officials can not contract or award a contract for construction without having all the proper funds in place.  

15.2-1239. Orders and contracts in violation of article.

If any department or agency of the county government purchases or contracts for any supplies or contractual services contrary to the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations made thereunder, such order or contract shall be void and the head of such department or agency shall be personally liable for the costs of such order or contract.

What this means, Gloucester officials can not under any circumstances award a contract ahead of schedule and having the sufficient funds already in place for such.  What about when a contract is implied though?

What we see so far, Gloucester Officials are already negotiating contracts but have not awarded any because they do not have the money to award such contracts.  Question, why start the bidding early?

§ 22.1-175.5. Capital School Projects Fund.

A. The governing body of any locality which is awarded a grant pursuant to this chapter may authorize the local treasurer or fiscal officer, by ordinance or resolution, to create a separate escrow account upon the books of the locality, as described in this section. Upon the adoption of such ordinance or resolution, the treasurer of the locality shall place such grant awards into this account.

B. The escrow account shall be known as the "County/City/Town of ____________ Capital School Projects Fund." All principal deposited to such fund, together with all income from or attributable to the fund, shall be used solely for (i) construction, additions, renovations, including retrofitting and enlarging public school buildings, infrastructure, including technology infrastructure, and site acquisition for public school buildings and facilities or (ii) debt service payments, or a portion thereof, for any such projects completed in the previous ten years if so designated. No disbursement from the fund may be made except upon specific appropriation by the governing body in accordance with applicable law. If a locality establishes such a fund and designates any portion of the funds deposited therein to pay debt service for (i) any general obligation of the locality held by the Virginia Public School Authority or (ii) any Literary Fund loan, the locality shall obtain an opinion of bond counsel that designation of funds to pay debt service on obligations described in clauses (i) and (ii) hereof does not adversely impact the tax-exempt status of such obligations.

C. All grant awards deposited in the fund, including all income from or attributable to such fund, shall be deemed public funds of the locality and shall be subject to all limitations upon deposit and investment provided by general law, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Security for Public Deposits Act (§ 2.2-4400 et seq.). Income, dividends, distributions, and grants accruing to the fund shall be retained in such fund and shall be expended only in accordance with the terms of this section.

D. Nothing in this section shall be deemed or construed to authorize a school board or school division to receive, hold or invest funds in its own name, nor to expend funds in the absence of a specific appropriation by the governing body of the locality in accordance with applicable law.

What this means, still can not violate awarding contracts early and how the funds are to be used.

Question, early bid requests for construction when funds are not secured, does this constitute a contract negotiation?  County officials have already publicly stated that an award to a contract bid is expected to be given by the end of August with the exact date stated as August 30th, 2013.  That is an implied contract award.  All this ahead of time of when bonds will have already been sold?

Is that legal?  Implied contract award and an actual contract award are two separate areas of law.  We would say that Gloucester officials have committed to an implied contract without having sufficient funds to do so from what we are seeing in the papers and on the county website.

Yet Gloucester Officials have already ordered bids for this construction as though the money is already in hand.

  The issuance of final approval must be done at a later date with a public hearing to be held.  That public hearing is to be held on August 6th, 2013 and it is a public hearing.  Everything we are seeing so far, the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, despite what the local citizens may disagree to, have every intention of pushing this through.  That is big government doing what it wants to when it wants to and damn the people.

  But let's look closer at these issues.  Are Gloucester officials violating their oaths of office?  We think there is a case for that, and if there is, then everything they do here could end up on their shoulders and be null and void and all expenses on each individual official involved.

Let's explore that now.  The following is what the Virginia Code reads;

§ 49-1. Form of general oath required of officers.

Every person before entering upon the discharge of any function as an
officer of this Commonwealth shall take and subscribe the following oath: "I
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the
United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that
I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me
as .......... according to the best of my ability, (so help me God)."

§ 24.2-120. Oath of office.

The oath of office for the members of the electoral board, registrars, and officers of election shall be the oath stated in Article II, Section 7, of the Constitution. Each member of the electoral board, registrar, and officer of election shall take and sign the oath before performing the duties of his office.

Each member of an electoral board and general registrar shall file the original signed oath in the clerk's office of the circuit court of his county or city. The general registrar shall file a copy with the secretary of his electoral board.

The oath of office for assistant and substitute registrars, officers of election, and voting equipment custodians may be administered by a general registrar or a notary as well as by persons authorized to administer oaths under § 49-3.

The oath of office for officers of election may be administered by a member of the electoral board, the general registrar, an assistant or substitute registrar, as well as by notaries and persons authorized to administer oaths under §49-3.

Article 2

Section 7. Oath or affirmation.

All officers elected or appointed under or pursuant to this Constitution shall, before they enter on the performance of their public duties, severally take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as ...................., according to the best of my ability (so help me God)."

Section 8. Electoral boards; registrars and officers of election.

There shall be in each county and city an electoral board composed of three members, selected as provided by law. In the appointment of the electoral boards, representation, as far as practicable, shall be given to each of the two political parties which, at the general election next preceding their appointment, cast the highest and the next highest number of votes. The present members of such boards shall continue in office until the expiration of their respective terms; thereafter their successors shall be appointed for the term of three years. Any vacancy occurring in any board shall be filled by the same authority for the unexpired term.

Each electoral board shall appoint the officers of election and general registrar for its county or city. In appointing such officers of election, representation, as far as practicable, shall be given to each of the two political parties which, at the general election next preceding their appointment, cast the highest and next highest number of votes.

No person, nor the deputy of any person, who is employed by or holds any office or post of profit or emolument, or who holds any elective office of profit or trust, under the governments of the United States, the Commonwealth, or any county, city, or town, shall be appointed a member of the electoral board or general registrar. No person, nor the deputy or the employee of any person, who holds any elective office of profit or trust under the government of the United States, the Commonwealth, or any county, city, or town of the Commonwealth shall be appointed an assistant registrar or officer of election.

The amendment ratified November 4, 1986 and effective January 1, 1987—In paragraph two, after "officers", deleted the words "and registrars" and added "and general registrar" after "of election". In paragraph three, after "the electoral board or", added the word "general" before "registrar" and deleted a reference to officer of election, and added the last sentence: "No person, nor the deputy or the employee of any person . . .".

Above is the legal status of each Gloucester official.  They are sworn to uphold the federal as well as the state Constitution.  No exceptions.  What happens if they violate that oath?  We have found that answer and here it is.

§ 15.2-1405. Immunity of members of local governmental entities; exception.

The members of the governing bodies of any locality or political subdivision and the members of boards, commissions, agencies and authorities thereof and other governing bodies of any local governmental entity, whether compensated or not, shall be immune from suit arising from the exercise or failure to exercise their discretionary or governmental authority as members of the governing body, board, commission, agency or authority which does not involve the unauthorized appropriation or misappropriation of funds. However, the immunity granted by this section shall not apply to conduct constituting intentional or willful misconduct or gross negligence.

The above is from the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting held July, 2nd, 2013.  Clear that the bonds have not even been fully approved yet.  

However, bids for construction are being sought for this new school.  That seems to be an implied contract.  Download a copy of the video.  It's an MP4 version and less than 95 megs in size.

The above video link shows that Gloucester will in fact be going through with the new school construction even though they have another school being remodeled that could easily cover the needs of schooling for the community.

  The person states that there will be a new contractor for the construction of the new school.  Implied contract seems to fully exist in our view.  Now does the implied contract violate Virginia State Code?  That is the main question at this point and in our own view, yes it does.  If it shown to be a violation of state code, then Gloucester officials can be forced into paying all these costs out of their own pockets and all contracts are null and void.  

This is part one of several parts to this story.  We have uncovered much more and will be covering it all very soon.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Behind Green Lights - Classic Movie For Friday

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.
Carole Landis - Janet Bradley
William Gargan - Lt. Sam Carson
Richard Crane - Johnny Williams
Mary Anderson - Nora Bard
John Ireland - Det. Oppenheimer
Charles Russell - Arthur Templeton

1946 Classic Movie.  

Like this movie?  Get a free copy of it right here.  The above is a download link.

File is under 200 megs in size, will take some time, but not to long.  Pick the free user option and then download.  Enjoy.

Cropped screenshot of Carole Landis from the f...
Cropped screenshot of Carole Landis from the film Topper Returns. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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