Conquistador : a Novel of Alternate History by S.M. Stirling

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A new alternate history of America from the author of “The Peshawar Lancers,” the bestselling novel the “Chicago Sun-Times” called “a pleasure to read” and Harry Turtledove hailed as “first-rate adventure all the way.”
1945: An ex-marine has discovered a portal that permits him to travel between the America he knows-and a virgin America untouched by European influence. 21st century: The two realities collide.

District 9 (2009)

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Users: 8.3/10 (154,681 votes) 1,064 reviews | Critics: 392 reviews

n 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed “The Prawns,” appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new ‘Prawn’ friends.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp

Writers:

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (Canada)

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Happy Thanksgiving Canada

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Thanksgiving Canada 2010 - 2010 Canadian Thanks Giving

Observed by: Canada, United States

Type: National

Date: 2nd Monday in October (Canada), 4th Thursday in November (U.S.)

2009 date: October 12, 2009 (Canada); November 26, 2009 (U.S.)

2010 date: October 11, 2010 (Canada); November 25, 2010 (U.S.)

Celebrations: Spending Time with Family, feasting, religious practice

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated since 1957, on the second Monday of October. It is a chance to give thanks for good harvest and other fortunes in the past year for the people. People have a day off work on this day, though perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is identified as a secular holiday now. Many stores and other organizations and businesses are also closed on this day.

The 13th Warrior (1999)

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Users: 6.3/10 (36,309 votes) 515 reviews | Critics: 133 reviews

In AD 922, an important emissary who is banished from his homeland. The nomadic outcast comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path. Eventually surrounded by the frightening and ferocious foe… See full summary »

Director:

John McTiernan, and 1 more credit »

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), William Wisher Jr. (screenplay), and 1 more credit »

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA)

The Game (1997)

 

R  129 min  –  Action | Adventure | Mystery | Thriller

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Users: 7.7/10 (74,849 votes) 385 reviews | Critics: 113 reviews

Wealthy financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (Canada)

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Ricky Martin Gives a Damn

 

The Give a Damn Campaign has released a new message, which premiered Monday night on CNN’s Larry King Live during an episode featuring the topic of anti-gay bullying.

In this clip, Ricky Martin joins Elton John, Idina Menzel, Rachael Harris and Wanda Sykes — all speaking out to end these senseless acts of violence and intimidation.

My personal feelings towards M. Martin is that he should have given a damn many moons ago, when his presence was oh so much bigger. Ricky could have and WOULD have made a much more lasting impression using his star influence on this campaign to end bullying.