IN REMEMBRANCE: JUNE 28, 2015

JAMES HORNER, FILM COMPOSER; HIT SCORE FOR ‘TITANIC’ WAS A HIT, TOO

The composer James Horner in the Abbey Road Studios in 1995, working on the score to the film “Braveheart.” Credit Phil Dent/Redferns

Late Tuesday, Mr. Horner’s spokesman, the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, confirmed that he was the pilot of the EMB 312 Tucano that crashed in northern Ventura County. He lived in Calabasas, near the Santa Monica Mountains.

Mr. Horner, a music scholar who taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, may be best remembered for his “Titanic” score and the megahit song from the soundtrack, “My Heart Will Go On.” But “Titanic” was just one of more than 100 films that featured his music, including some of the biggest box-office hits of recent decades: “Cocoon,” “Field of Dreams,” “Glory,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” two installments of the “Star Trek” franchise and, besides “Titanic,” two other blockbusters by the director James Cameron, “Aliens” and “Avatar.”

Mr. Horner in 1998 with his Academy Awards for “Titanic.” Credit Hal Garb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

He also scored a dozen television shows and the theme music for an eclectic series of projects, including Michael Jackson’s “Captain EO” attraction at Disneyland and Katie Couric’s debut on the CBS “Evening News.” He won six Grammy Awards (including one for his work as a producer).

He had just completed scores for two unreleased movies, “33” and “Southpaw,” and for a documentary film, “Living in the Age of Airplanes.”

“The music’s job is to get the audience so involved that they forget how the movie turns out,” Mr. Horner said in an interview on the James Horner Film Music website last November.

Mr. Horner’s refrains were soaring, though some called them soupy; he was credited with elevating movie orchestration to new heights, though a few critics complained that he would sometimes recycle his own works (or other composers’). His productivity, without dispute, was staggering.

A serious student of classical music, he also learned to accommodate Hollywood’s demands.

“I tend to write it and then let go emotionally,” he said in the Horner website interview. “I’ve learned that over the years I used to hang on to things, and it’s so dangerous because you’re in love with your bride, and then once it leaves your hands it goes through sound effects and mixing, and all the stuff you worked so hard on now is pushed down.

“Sometimes it ends up sounding great, and that’s what movies are about, but sometimes you work so hard on something, it gets so beat up by a film director about making every atom perfect and you hear it in the final mix, and you can’t hear any of that stuff,” he continued. “What was the point of getting beat up for a week to get that sequence perfect? It’s covered up by car crashes. It’s insane!”

James Roy Horner was born in Los Angeles on Aug. 14, 1953, the son of Harry Horner and the former Joan Frankel. His father was a set designer and art director who won Academy Awards for “The Heiress” in 1949 and “The Hustler” in 1961.

Raised in London, James started piano lessons when he was 5 and trained at the Royal College of Music. After moving back to California in the 1970s, he received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern California and a master’s and a doctorate, in music composition and theory, from U.C.L.A.

“My tastes went all over the place, from Strauss to Mahler,” he recalled in the website interview. “I was never a big Wagner or Tchaikovsky fan. Benjamin Britten, Tallis, all the early English Medieval music, Prokofiev, some Russian composers, mostly the people that were the colorists, the French.”

Mr. Horner in 2011. Credit Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe

He is survived by his wife, Sara, and their daughters, Emily and Becky.

Mr. Horner began scoring student projects for the American Film Institute in the late 1970s. That led to work on low-budget movies for the producer and director Roger Corman and on “The Lady in Red,” a 1979 gangster film set in the 1930s. His breakthrough was “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), after its director, Nicholas Meyer, said the studio could no longer afford Jerry Goldsmith, who had scored the first “Star Trek” film. Mr. Horner went on to score “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” as well.

He received his first Academy Award nominations in 1986 — for best original score, for “Aliens,” and, with two co-writers, for best original song, “Somewhere Out There,” from the animated feature “An American Tail.”

Nominated 10 times, he won two Oscars, both in 1997, for his work on “Titanic” — for best original dramatic score and, with Will Jennings, who wrote the lyrics, for best original song, “My Heart Will Go On.”

Mr. Horner and Mr. Jennings also won three Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the soundtrack and the song, sung by Celine Dion, whose recording of it became a huge hit and earned her a Grammy as well.

“Steep yourself in the footage,” Mr. Cameron suggested to Mr. Horner during the making of “Titanic.” “Crack the melody, and it doesn’t matter whether you play it on solo piano, it’ll work.”

In the book “Titanic and the Making of James Cameron,” Paula Parisi wrote that three weeks later, having decided on Celtic instrumentation to reflect the ship’s origin and manifest — it was built in Belfast and carried hundreds of Irish people, mostly in steerage — Mr. Horner “invited Cameron out to his studio and with no preamble launched into the ‘Titanic’ theme on his piano.”

“Cameron’s eyes were tearing up by the time Horner finished,” Ms. Parisi wrote. “The music was everything he had hoped and prayed it would be, gliding from intimacy to grandeur to heart-wringing sadness. Effortless, the music seemed to bridge the 85 years between then and now.”

In the 2000 interview with The Times, Mr. Horner singled out his score for the animated film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in discussing some of his compositional methods.

“If the music is too emphatic and emotional, it might drown the comedy,” he said. “But if the music is toned down too much, the scene might not give the audience the emotional catharsis it wants from the climax.

“It’s like being a tightrope walker with one foot in the air at all times,” he added.

“When it makes me cry, then I know I’ve nailed it,” he said. “I can’t do any better.”

Correction: June 25, 2015
An obituary in some editions on Wednesday about the composer James Horner misstated the number of Grammy Awards he won. It was six, not five.SOURCE

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PATRICK MACNEE, DAPPER AND UNFLAPPABLE IN ‘THE AVENGERS’

Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee in the 1960s British spy series “The Avengers,” which Mr. Macnee called “groundbreaking.” Credit ITV

His son, Rupert, confirmed his death.

Mr. Macnee faced off against an assortment of evildoers, armed with understated wit and a traditionalist British fashion sense that made him look less like a spy in the Bond mold than “a junior cabinet minister,” as he once put it, although his tightly rolled umbrella concealed a sword and other crime-fighting gadgets, and his bowler hat, lined with a steel plate, could stop bullets and, when thrown, fell an opponent.

He was paired with a comely female sidekick, initially Honor Blackman (who left the series to play Pussy Galore in the James Bond film “Goldfinger”) but most famously Diana Rigg, stylish in a leather cat suit and every bit his equal in the wit and hand-to-hand-combat departments.

In many scenes he was content to observe, an eyebrow cocked, as Emma — whom he always referred to as Mrs. Peel — unleashed her martial arts expertise on a hapless foe. He would often summon her to action with the words “Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.” Steed carried no gun. Aplomb and sang-froid were his weapons. In one episode, his back to the wall and facing a firing squad, he was asked if he had a last request. “Would you cancel my milk?” he said.

Mr. Macnee in 1997. Credit Fred Prouser/Reuters

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born on Feb. 6, 1922, in London and grew up in Lambourn. At Summer Fields preparatory school, he acted in a production of “Henry V,” with his classmate Christopher Lee, who died this month, playing the Dauphin.

Mr. Macnee’s father, Daniel, known as Shrimp, was a horse trainer, and he claimed that his mother, the former Dorothea Hastings, was a direct descendant of Robin Hood. After Dorothea divorced Mr. Macnee’s father for another woman, Patrick moved in with the two women. “Uncle Evelyn,” as Macnee referred to his mother’s lover in his memoir, “Blind in One Ear,” helped pay for his schooling.

After being expelled from Eton College for running a sports book and selling pornography, he attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where he met his first wife, Barbara Douglas. He appeared in a few London stage productions and films before joining the coastal forces of the Royal Navy in 1941. He was commissioned as a lieutenant and would ultimately receive the Atlantic Star.

He then spent the next 15 years bouncing between England and Canada, appearing in various plays and films — he was the young Marley in the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol” in 1951 — before settling in the United States, where he became an American citizen in 1959.

In the first season of “The Avengers,” broadcast in 1961 in Britain, Steed was a bare-knuckled, trench-coat-wearing subordinate to David Keel, a doctor played by Ian Hendry. In the first two episodes, the men set about avenging the murder of Keel’s fiancée, hence the title of the series. They went on to tackle various criminal cases, with Steed’s character looming larger with each episode. Katherine Woodville, who played the fiancée, later became Mr. Macnee’s second wife.

Mr. Macnee’s first two marriages ended in divorce. His third wife, Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye, died in 2007. In addition to his son, from his first marriage, he is survived by a daughter, Jenny, also from his first marriage, and a grandson.

When Mr. Hendry left after the first season to pursue a film career, Steed was elevated to the primary role. The creators then experimented with a flurry of actors before settling on the formula of juxtaposing the newly buttoned-down Steed with a series of assertive and alluring women.

The formula was hugely successful. “The Avengers” ran for 161 episodes before winding up in 1969. It made its debut on American television in 1966, with Ms. Rigg firmly installed as Mr. Macnee’s partner.

In all its time on the air, it was never entirely clear whom Steed worked for.

Mr. Macnee returned to the role of John Steed in 1976 with the British series “The New Avengers,” with Steed occupying a more supervisory role in British intelligence. The show, which made its way to American television in 1978, was not nearly as successful as the original.

Mr. Macnee appeared with the familiar suit and umbrella (but no bowler) in a video for the Oasis song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in 1996 and contributed an off-screen voice in the poorly received 1998 film of “The Avengers,” in which Ralph Fiennes played Steed and Uma Thurman played Mrs. Peel.

Mr. Macnee ultimately joined forces with his peer in dapper British espionage: He played a fellow Secret Service agent in “A View to a Kill,” starring Roger Moore as James Bond, and narrated more than a dozen making-of documentaries about the Bond films.

He and Mr. Moore also appeared together as British crime-fighters of an earlier vintage: Mr. Macnee played Dr. Watson to Mr. Moore’s Sherlock Holmes in a TV movie before eventually moving up to the main role himself in the 1993 TV movie “The Hound of London.”

His stage credits include several West End productions and a long-running stint in “Sleuth” on Broadway, a role he would revisit on several American tours. He appeared in such cult films as “This Is Spinal Tap” (as the British entrepreneur Sir Denis Eton-Hogg) and “The Howling,” and narrated a number of audiobooks by the likes of Peter Mayle and Jack Higgins.

In addition to his memoir, he wrote an insider’s account, “The Avengers and Me.”

“I’m not surprised ‘The Avengers’ has such enduring popularity, because it was a groundbreaking series that changed television,” he told The Daily Express in 2010. “It was the first show that put its leading man and leading lady on an equal footing, and showed a woman fighting and kicking and throwing men around. That was a radical departure in its time.”

Correction: June 26, 2015
An earlier version of this obituary misstated the timing of Mr. Macnee’s appearance in the film “A Christmas Carol,” starring Alastair Sim. It was in 1951, after he left the Royal Navy — not before he joined, in 1941.SOURCE

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DICK VAN PATTEN, HARRIED FATHER ON ‘EIGHT IS ENOUGH’

Dick Van Patten, right, with Connie Needham, left, and Betty Buckley, played a suburban father on “Eight Is Enough.” Credit ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

The cause was complications of diabetes, said a spokesman, Jeffrey Ballard.

“Eight Is Enough,” based on a memoir by Tom Braden, starred Mr. Van Patten as Tom Bradford, the patriarch of a family of eight children. It was among the top-rated shows on television during its four-year run on ABC, from 1977 to 1981.

Some of the show’s young actors, including Willie Aames and Grant Goodeve, became stars, but its serene center was Mr. Van Patten, whose Tom Bradford dealt genially with the various small family dramas that arose week after week, only to be neatly solved by the closing credits.

While it was reminiscent of another California-based family comedy with lots of kids, “The Brady Bunch,” the hourlong “Eight Is Enough” was more serious; it sought to deal with some of life’s larger issues, at least in passing. That goal was brought to the fore when Diana Hyland, who played Mr. Van Patten’s wife, died of cancer after four episodes. Her death was written into the show, something that would have been hard to imagine in the candy-coated world of the Bradys, and Mr. Van Patten’s character later married a schoolteacher, played by Betty Buckley.

Mr. Van Patten was a father figure on the set, helping to calm some of the more outrageous instincts of young actors and actresses suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Credit ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Mr. Van Patten, who had three children of his own — Nels, Jimmy and Vincent, who all followed him into acting — was a father figure on the set, helping to calm some of the more outrageous instincts of young actors and actresses suddenly thrust into the spotlight. A profile in People magazine said that Mr. Van Patten’s only vices were twice-weekly poker games and regular visits to the racetrack.

“I’m not certain myself who is really mine and who I borrowed from the show,” he said of his brood of real and fictional children. The well-publicized misbehavior of some of his young co-stars, as well as declining ratings, led ABC to cancel “Eight Is Enough” in 1981. Mr. Van Patten said he learned of the cancellation by reading about it in the newspaper.

Mr. Van Patten’s other main claim to fame was his presence in comedies by Mel Brooks. He first worked with Mr. Brooks on television, playing Friar Tuck in “When Things Were Rotten,” an ill-fated (and perhaps ill-conceived) 1975 sitcom based on the legend of Robin Hood. He went on to play small but memorable roles in Mr. Brooks’s “High Anxiety” (1977), “Spaceballs” (1987) and, completing the circle, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993) — although as an abbot this time, and not as Friar Tuck; Mr. Brooks renamed that character Rabbi Tuckman and played it himself.

While the Bradford and Brooks roles may have thrust him into the public eye, Mr. Van Patten had been a working actor for decades before they came along. Indeed, like his young co-stars in “Eight Is Enough,” he had started acting as a child.

Richard Vincent Van Patten was born on Dec. 9, 1928, in Kew Gardens, Queens, to Richard Van Patten and the former Josephine Acerno. He grew up in Brooklyn. His father was an interior decorator, and his mother worked in advertising. Every Friday night, his parents would take him to see a Broadway show, which he later said inspired his lifelong love of acting.

Mr. Van Patten in a scene from the second season of “Eight Is Enough.”

Credit ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

His mother encouraged him and his younger sister, Joyce, to go into acting, setting up meetings with agents and producers and sending them to the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. (Joyce Van Patten, who survives him, is still acting professionally.)

His career began at the age of 7, when he landed a role as the son of Melvyn Douglas in “Tapestry in Gray” on Broadway. Billed as Dickie Van Patten well into his teens, he went on to appear in more than a dozen Broadway productions between 1937 and 1951, among them “The Skin of Our Teeth,” with Fredric March and Tallulah Bankhead, and “Mister Roberts,” with Henry Fonda, in which he replaced David Wayne as Ensign Pulver.

Mr. Van Patten continued to appear occasionally on Broadway until 1975 (his last role was in the comedy “Thieves”), but television became his focus once he landed a role on one of the first family drama series,“Mama” (1949-56). He was rarely absent from the small screen after that.

Among the many other shows on which he appeared were “Happy Days,” “Love, American Style,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and, most recently, “Hot in Cleveland.” Before landing “Eight Is Enough,” he played Captain Stubing in the pilot for “The Love Boat,” a role that eventually went to Gavin MacLeod. (Perhaps as a consolation prize, Mr. Van Patten was cast in various roles in later episodes.)

His movies also included “Charly” (1968), “Joe Kidd” (1972), “Westworld” (1973), “Soylent Green” (1973) and “Freaky Friday” (1976).

An animal enthusiast, Mr. Van Patten founded a pet food company, Natural Balance, in 1989 and helped establish National Guide Dog Month in 2008.

In addition to his sons and his sister, Mr. Van Patten’s survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Poole, and a half brother, Timothy Van Patten, a television director.

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SKYWATCH: VENUS AND JUPITER TOGETHER AT LAST, DO WE NEED ASTEROID DAY?, AND MORE

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Are we really doing enough to find asteroids, especially the smaller ones that could destroy a city? A private initiative urges a rapid ramp-up of the search effort — but not everyone agrees.

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Hotspots on Venus might be researchers’ long-sought evidence for active volcanoes.

Weighing a Supermassive Black Hole

Combining a novel technique and a world-class telescope, astronomers have measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of barred spiral NGC 1097.

Dust-poor Early Galaxies

New ALMA observations reveal low levels of dust in nine early galaxies, suggesting astronomers should revise some of their calculations.

Dark Galaxies Suffuse the Coma Cluster

Following on a surprising find reported last year, astronomers have now discovered almost 1,000 dark matter-rich galaxies in the Coma Cluster.

Searching for Exoplanet Stratospheres

Researchers identify titanium oxide as a potential molecule at work in exoplanet atmospheres.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, June 26 – July 4

Telescope users in eastern North America can watch for the thin, invisible dark limb of the Moon to occult the 4.1-magnitude star Theta Librae.

Venus and Jupiter: Together at Last

The two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky, and their celestial dance culminates with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th.

Tour July’s Sky: Saturn and the Scorpion

Stargazing in July is warm and pleasant. After sunset Venus and Jupiter are together in the west and Saturn is low in the south amid the stars of Scorpius.

 

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INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE: JUNE 26, 2015

INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
The UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture serves as a reminder to people that human torture is a crime.
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What do people do?

Rehabilitation centers and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture.

Organizations, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Amnesty International, have played an active role in organizing events around the world to promote the day. Activities may include: photo exhibitions; the distribution of posters and other material to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human torture; and television advertisements.

Public life

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is not a public holiday and public life is not affected.

Background

On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the process of globalizing human rights and acknowledging that torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment should be universally illegal. In 1997 the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated June 26 each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998. It was a day when the United Nations appealed to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. That same year marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. The logo appears in colors such as black on a white or light yellow background.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Fri Jun 26 1998 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1999 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2000 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2001 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2002 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2003 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2004 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2005 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2006 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2007 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2008 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2009 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2010 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2011 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2012 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2013 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2015 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2016 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2017 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2018 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2019 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2020 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture United Nations observance

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INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING: JUNE 26, 2015

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
This photo is used for illustrative purposes only. It does not imply the attitudes, behaviour or actions of the model in this photo.
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What do people do?

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

Public life

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or gold against a light purple background.

2015 Theme: “Lets Develop — Our Lives — Our Communities — Our Identities — Without Drugs”

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Jun 26 1990 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 1991 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 1992 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1993 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 1994 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 1995 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 1996 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 1997 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 1998 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 1999 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2000 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2001 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2002 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2003 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2004 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2005 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2006 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2007 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2008 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2009 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sat Jun 26 2010 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2011 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2012 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2013 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Thu Jun 26 2014 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2015 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Sun Jun 26 2016 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Mon Jun 26 2017 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Tue Jun 26 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Wed Jun 26 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance
Fri Jun 26 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking United Nations observance

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DAY OF THE SEAFARER [IMO]: JUNE 25, 2015

 

DAY OF THE SEAFARER

June 25 is observed worldwide as the Day of the Seafarer.

The first Day of the Seafarer was observed on June 25, 2011.
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In 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decided to designate June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

The purpose of the day is to give thanks to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society; and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.

Background

According to IMO’s estimates, ships transport almost 90 percent of the world’s goods trade. Seafarers are not only responsible for the operations of such ships, but are also responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of the cargo.

The day not only acknowledges the invaluable work of seafarers, but also aims to bring global attention to the issues affecting their work and lives, such as piracy. It calls on governments to develop policies that lead to fair treatment of seafarers at ports, and asks private ship companies and owners to provide their employees proper facilities and comforts while they are at sea.

Observances

Since 2011, the IMO has taken the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer online, calling for the public to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to voice their support for seafarers and to thank them for their work.

The United Nations has now included the Day of the Seafarer in its list of observances.

Day of the Seafarer Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sat Jun 25 2011 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Mon Jun 25 2012 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Tue Jun 25 2013 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Wed Jun 25 2014 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Thu Jun 25 2015 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Sat Jun 25 2016 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Sun Jun 25 2017 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Mon Jun 25 2018 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Tue Jun 25 2019 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance
Thu Jun 25 2020 Day of the Seafarer United Nations observance

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HATEWATCH: THE KILLING SEASON

 

The Killing Season

By Heidi Beirich on June 25, 2015 – 3:47 pm

For the third time in less than three years, a “lone-wolf” racist killer has attacked a religious institution in the United States.

All the attacks have been mass shootings, involving one individual with a single firearm. And they have been particularly lethal, leaving 18 dead and only 4 wounded. All of the shootings occurred at a time when a large number of congregants were present at the targeted institution.

These killings have also occurred within about a three and a half month period, between mid-April and early August. This inexplicable compression of attack timing, what investigators call an “offense cluster,” is historically consistent with other mass killings by racist extremists, including the July 22nd, 2011 murders in Norway by Anders Breivik, the May 2nd, 2012 mass shooting in Phoenix by neo-Nazi, JT Ready, and the April 19th, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh.

Before we dismiss the timing and targeting as mere coincidence, we should at least ask the question: Are racists using the Internet to indoctrinate their fragile- minded followers into killers or are they instructing them?

The three religious institution attackers are linked to only four racist websites. Wade Michael Page shot and killed six people at a Sikh Temple on August 5th, 2012 and had accounts on Stormfront and Crew38. Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people outside a Jewish Community Center on April 13th, 2014 and had accounts at VNN Forum and Stormfront. And Dylann Storm Roof, who murdered nine parishioners at an African American church last week, acknowledges the Council of Conservative Citizens website as his primary ideological influence.

Earl P. Holt III, CCC president

At least in Mr. Roof’s case, the website he frequented may have been more than just a source of indoctrination.

Less than three days before Roof committed mass murder at the AME church in Charleston, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens suggested taking a .45 caliber pistol into the black community to “help mitigate violent black crime at its source.”

On Monday June 17th, CCC president, Earl P. Holt III, posted his comments in an article on the CCC Website. He wrote:

“Old guys like me should dress in a disheveled manner, pretend to be intoxicated, hang-out in “the hood,” and bring along a large-caliber handgun (with backup!) and help mitigate violent black crime at its source…”

Minutes later, Holt added:

“I prefer my Sig .45 with HP loads…”

Almost as if in response to this suggestion, Roof wrote in his manifesto,

“I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet.”

Five days before the shootings, Holt posted a comment on the CCC website on the topic of “wreaking revenge on innocent nigros [sic]”:

“As much as I hate “those people”?—?especially the violent black criminals who seek out white victims?—?I am somewhat repulsed at the thought of wreaking revenge on innocent nigros,[sic] not involved in crimes against whites.

But then Holt went on to say:

“Nigros, on the other hand?—?with their under-evolved Frontal Lobes?—?think nothing of taking revenge against ANY WHITE for whatever alleged grievances they harbor, real or imagined…”

Since the killings, the CCC has denounced Roof’s actions but stands by their statements, maintaining they mean what they say on their website.

Perhaps we should take them at their word.

Three weeks before the shootings, Earl Holt advocated lynching black people on the CCC site. He wrote:

“A tall tree, a short rope, and a good knot are not an expensive endeavor…”

Six weeks before the shootings, responding to an April 28th American Renaissance article about crime in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, Holt advocated the type of domestic terrorism used by the Ku Klux Klan when he wrote about the coming “race war”:

“It occurs to me that if if [sic] TSHTF?—?and we attack the enemy head-on and in force?—?we will very soon become the targets of law enforcement. However, the exploits of Nathan Bedford Forrest should be an inspiration to every Patriot wishing to do his duty, and should serve as an example of how to successfully manage the coming race war…”

In the same April article, Holt advised “White Crackers” to purchase a handgun. He wrote:

“LISTEN UP YOU WHITE CRACKERS:

1-H3dv4TveWFR0D40MgVCRGA“If you do not have one, get your selves to a gun shop and get a good handgun for self-protection, and a shotgun for protecting your home. If you do not know how to use and handle one, then learn.”

Some time that same month, Dylann Storm Roof went to a gun shop and purchased the .45 caliber Glock pistol he would use to murder nine innocent parishioners at a Bible study class in Charleston last week.

Whether these attacks are random and just coincidental, the asymmetrical “hive mentality” of the often-unstable people who frequent racist forums on the Internet seems to be encouraging the targeting of minority religious institutions for attack.

Churches, synagogues, and mosques are usually among the softest targets in town. “Soft targets offer militant planners an advantage in that they can frequently be attacked by a single operative or small team using a simple attack plan,” according to a study on the security intelligence websiteStratfor.

Racist attacks on minority religious institutions are increasing and have been since Barack Obama took office. In Springfield, Massachusetts on November 5th, 2008, within hours of Obama’s election, three racist arsonists burned an African American church to the ground. The Macedonia Church of God in Christ was set ablaze in retaliation over the election of our first black president.

And church attacks are accelerating in frequency. Three weeks ago, on June 3rd, racist vandals slashed the tires of a African American church bus near Dallas and poisoned a puppy belonging to the pastor’s family. They also spray painted the words “No Niggers” on the church van.

Four weeks ago, on May 22nd, the congregation of the Sanctuary at Wilmington, NC arrived to find several nooses dangling from the trees in front of their church.

Nine weeks ago, on April 15th, after years of racist harassment, an African American church in Oak Harbor, WA was burglarized and vandalized.

Ten weeks ago, on April 7th, a synagogue in Gaithersburgh, MD was defaced with swastikas and the letters “KKK.”

On February 17th, the New Shiloh Christian Center in Melbourne, FL, an African American church, was set ablaze and a swastika was spray painted on the wall with the words “we see u.”

On February 16th, racist vandals attacked a Hindu Temple and a local school in Bothell, Washington with racist graffiti and swastikas. In December, three African American churches in Wakula, Florida were vandalized with the letters “KKK” spray painted on their walls. And in October, John White, a 40-year-old neo-Nazi, told his mother he was going out to “shoot Jews”.White drove to Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois, smashed out several windows and wrote “Kill Israel and Death” on the entrance of the synagogue before police arrived and arrested him at the scene.

Let’s not kid ourselves. If ISIS were involved, these attacks would be viewed as coordinated, organized acts of domestic terrorism. And until federal law enforcement calls them what they are and begins to connect some dots, the racist “killing season” in America is likely to continue.

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THE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA SHOOTINGS AND DYLANN STORM ROOF

 

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Revelation 17:16; 18:8-10.  King James Version (KJV)

He murdered nine innocent people who never did him any harm.

He entered their church to destroy their lives and hopefully create a race war.

He is by all rights, a racist hater and a domestic terrorist.

He is Dylann Storm Roof.

Proof positive that race hatred is not confined to older White people. Race hatred is taught, taught, carefully taught.

It does not materialize out of nowhere. It is nurtured by parents, uncles, aunts, neighbors, friends—and a nation which seethes with rage when told of its atrocities against its Black citizens.

Now so many people are crying for the taking down of the Confederate flag.

I am in no way a fan of this most racist of symbols of the White Southerner, but, removing the flag will not in any way acknowledge nor admit what this nation has done to, and is still doing, to her Black citizens.

By all means, take the flag down, but accept the fact that denigration, degradation and defilement of Black Americans is at the heart and root of why people like Roof exist. Roof is no lone gun. He had help all along the way from the America which has for over 400 years sought the annihilation of all things Black. The America which created the divide of white purity and black inhumanity.

The America that created race-based slavery. The destruction of Reconstruction. The Ku Klux Klan, America’s first homegrown terrorist organization. The creation of and codification in de jure and de facto law 90 years of Jane Crow segregation.

The America that created, with the help of the federal government by way of the Federal Housing Administration, legalized racial restrictive covenants. The denial of the most basic of human rights; the denial of the vote; the subjugation of so many, many Black citizen’s lives that every day was a racial pogrom. The obliteration on a daily basis that America inflicted upon her Black citizens.

“Nigger, don’t let the Sun go down on you.”

The death by a thousand papercuts of Driving While Black. Shopping While Black. Living While Black.

The wages of whiteness wrote this sad sorry chapter centuries ago.

The nine murders Roof committed are a long string in tens of thousands of murders done to Black citizens in the name of whiteness.

There shall be no end to blackness and whiteness in America.

On Fux News’s “Fox and Friends,” one host called the killings “a horrifying attack on faith.”

No. It was not an attack on faith. Have the balls to calls it what it is: venomous racial hatred of Black citizens. It is what it has always been:  an all-out racial war against Black citizens.

“You are raping our women and taking over the country.”

No.

Rape is primarily white-on-white and black-on-black.

As for taking over the country, no where is such an insane statement backed up by fact.

As for White men suffering and losing ground in America, well to that I say let them trade places with Black American women. Then come and tell me just how bad you have it here in the good ‘ol USA.

The Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist group whose ideology Roof adheres to, has a federal non-profit tax-exempt status, which is the ultimate slap in the face of all taxpaying U.S. citizens. Which, in effect, makes all U.S. citizens funders of hate.

America’s war against her Black citizens has been enslavement. Segregation. Malnutrition. Starvation. Mass rape. Burned, raped and tortured before and during lynching spectacles. Inadequate and non-sufficient education. Denigrating racist stereotypes. Racist housing policies. Laws to circumvent and strangle the existence of Black lives.

I feel no pity for people like Roof.

People like Roof know exactly what they are doing and no amount of their planned  insanity pleas will convince me otherwise.

Likewise, I feel no pity for a nation such as the United States of America.

Forget the Osama bin Ladins of the world. Forget Al Qaeda. Forget ISIS. They do not hold a candle to the slaughterfest that has been committed against Black citizens throughout this nation’s history.

Until the Great Whore of Babylon deals with all the viciousness she has done to her Black citizens, viciousness of the past and present, she will continue to go down in the muck and mire as the monster that she is.

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