Monday, November 30, 2015

WHY WE LOVE THE FRENCH

BRANDALISM AND PRESSTITUTION

Temecula, CA - Happening right now over in France is the global climate change conference for all to see. Even Bill Gates is touting his money to 'fix it so poor countries can afford' the machinery for non-fossil energy use, according to my friend AJ.

Though a good friend, dear AJ isn't a regular reader of the Calendar and tends to follow the establishment line, including thinking Hillary is our best alternative. Like many people who are sucked in by false promises from politicians, fabulous 'new and improved' slogans found on brands, or even well-intended and heartfelt platitudes like “Newspapers perform a vital function by holding our government accountable', all political watchdogs get muzzled when ad/bribe dollars come through the door. That's the corruption of capitalism and why some people read real citizen journalism instead.


With the Paris climate talks going on as I write this, the Temecula Calendar is proud to show why we, in particular, love the French. To do this justice, we present two picture editions expressing brandalism and their no presstitutionmindset. One edition is in English and one in French, the special edition for T-town's old music scene roustabout, Kaven. Love ya buddy.

Each edition is separate with identical openings except the French edition will say so. Au Revoir.

The French Edition











BRANDALISM AND PRESSTITUTION - Film Update UPDATE

WHY WE LOVE THE FRENCH

Temecula, CA - Happening right now over in France is the global climate change conference for all to see. Even Bill Gates is touting his money to 'fix it so poor countries can afford' the machinery for non-fossil energy use, according to my friend AJ.

Though a good friend, dear AJ isn't a regular reader of the Calendar and tends to follow the establishment line, including thinking Hillary is our best alternative. Like many people who are sucked in by false promises from politicians, fabulous 'new and improved' slogans found on brands, or even well-intended and heartfelt platitudes like “Newspapers perform a vital function by holding our government accountable', all political watchdogs get muzzled when ad/bribe dollars come through the door. That's the corruption of capitalism and why some people read real citizen journalism instead.


With the Paris climate talks going on as I write this, the Temecula Calendar is proud to show why we, in particular, love the French. To do this justice, we present two picture editions expressing brandalism and their no presstitutionmindset. One edition is in English and one in French, the special edition for T-town's old music scene roustabout, Kaven. Love ya buddy.

Each edition is separate with identical openings except the French edition will say so. Au Revoir.
The English edition














Film update UPDATE: The free viewing time for this film has run out. Thank you.

From Charles Ferguson, Oscar® winner, Inside Job

This filmstarted with a phone call two years ago that piqued my curiosity about the climate problem and, even more importantly, how to solve it. As I learned more, I found myself drawn into what became, without question, the most fascinating, beautiful, scary, hopeful project I have ever undertaken, with each shocking horror scene -- and there were many -- balanced by the most profound beauty and inspiring optimism I have ever experienced. Yes, climate change is really scary; but it is also a totally solvable problem, and if we do it right, we will also make the world a far better, happier, safer, more prosperous place.

To make the film, I was given complete editorial freedom, a generous budget, and unparalleled access to experts around the world. Before we shot a single frame, we conducted hundreds of interviews with climate scientists, economists, national security experts, energy executives, farmers, urban planners, government officials, animal rescue organizations, and health experts.

We filmed all over the United States, Western Europe, Brazil, China, Nigeria, and Kenya. No amount of research could prepare me for what I saw, and what I've tried to show in the film. On the dark side, people had told me about the annual "burning season," destroying forests in Indonesia and Malaysia for palm oilplantations. But the reality stunned me. We couldn't even reach the area for four days, because the smoke was so dense that it forced airports to close for hundreds of miles. When we finally flew in, visibility was perhaps a quarter of a mile and the sun was invisible. Then, flying directly over the fires in a small plane, I saw destruction so vast that no Hollywood special effects could ever compare.

All of our Indonesian filming was illegal -- in Indonesia, filming without a journalist visa is punishable by five years in prison, and during our trip, two French journalists were on trial for this "crime." Now I know why -- this is a country with a lot to hide. A week later, I interviewed the deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Bambang Widjojanto. He was courageous, inspiring, witty, and shockingly direct. But shortly afterwards, he and the KPK chairman were framed by the highly corrupt national police. There was a popular uproar, and their futures now hang in the balance. That's in the film.

But for me at least, the two biggest surprises were more general. The first big surprise was a negative one: realizing that the same practices that are causing climate change are also responsible for far more immediate destruction. Coal mining in Chinahas killed a million people through accidents and black lung; mountaintop removal mining has devastated Appalachia; oil and fighting over control of it has killed millions and financed awful regimes from Iran to ISIS; industrial agriculture has poisoned our food and water, endangering our health; deforestation is killing off some of the most beautiful animals on our planet.

But my other big surprise was in the opposite direction. We don't need to keep living this way; we can solve these problems, right now. Renewable energy works: both solar and wind energy are becoming fully competitive with fossil fuels, with almost none of their damaging side effects. We can design cities to be more walk-able, livable, efficient -- and fun. Electric cars are quiet, efficient, nonpolluting, and inexpensive to operate, and in less than ten years, they will be better than gasoline cars in range, weight, and price. And -- biggest surprise of all -- if we eat less meat and processed industrial food, we will not only help save the planet but will also live longer, healthier lives. The film shows the beauty of everything that we've placed at risk, the new technologies that can save us, the inspiring people leading the way.

The battle to stop climate change is entirely winnable. Only a very small number of people stand in the way. But they are very wealthy, powerful, corrupt people, and the hour is growing late. Do we let them win? It's #TimeToChoose.

Stay tuned for Ripping The Scab Off, coming soon here.

Friday, November 27, 2015

FIRST THE POPE, NOW PEPSI?

USHERING IN THE ALIENS

Temecula, CA – So much is happening so fast, but we bring the latest to you being electronic, not print.

That being said, the Calendar also brings you the news that others can't, given the need for attracting advertisers and ad revenue. Let's face it, advertisers don't like politics that aren't establishment or that are controversial, especially local advertisers. Why do you think you never see anything against Flu shots or fluoridated tap water?


Since that is a reason to scope the Calendar first and stay ahead, it is news when a very major company like Pepsi whose HFCS sodas are almost as bad as Coke, spends a bundle to make this controversial ad featuring a topic that many still consider to be in the tin foil hat posse corral. After the jump, what do The Pope and Pepsi know that we don't? That is the question to ask yourself.

Remember the story here, 'You Can't Spell Annunaki Without U'? What is this girl's name? Notice too how they join hands.


SHOOTER AT GARDEN OF THE GODS - Final

PLANNED PARENTHOOD UNDER ATTACK IN COLORADO

Temecula, CA - At least four police officers have been shot and multiple civilians have been injured in an ongoing active shooter situation at a Colorado Springs branch of Planned Parenthood on Friday afternoon.

"This is still a very active situation," Colorado Springs Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said.
By 2:45 p.m., five people injured in the incident had been transported to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The spokeswoman did not know the patients' condition or whether they were police officers or civilians.

Three more victims were taken to Memorial Hospital, according to a spokesman there.
A SWAT truck was seen evacuating people from the clinic. In one run, first responders unloaded an apparently injured person onto a gurney. In another run, people wrapped in blankets and others wearing hospital scrubs climbed out of the truck and into waiting patrol cars, which then drove away from the scene.



At 2:15, the police department reported on Twitter that officers were "encountering gunfire" from a suspect inside the Planned Parenthood building. The gunman has not made any demands or made any statements to officers, Buckley said. She said initial reports described his weapon as a long gun, such as a rifle.

"We do not know about this person's mentality or ideology," Buckley said.


Buckley said the first call for service came at 11:38 a.m. and came from the Planned Parenthood address. The branch is located at 3480 Centennial Blvd., just north of West Fillmore Street.

Mr. J. Motolinia said his sister is in the clinic, and he talked to her by phone about 1:30 p.m. She was at the clinic for an appointment and was hiding under a table and was only able to talk briefly.


"She was very afraid," he said.

While she was talking, he could hear gunfire in the background and after about two minutes, his sister hung up on him.

"She was telling me to take care of her babies," he said. "I heard some shots so people were in there shooting for sure."

At a news conference at about 1:30 on Friday afternoon, Buckley said police cannot confirm where the shooter is located and said the situation is "very active." She said officers didn't yet know for sure whether there was a single shooter or multiple gunmen.

She said police have "brought all of our resources to bear" to the situation.
Earlier, Colorado Springs police Commander Kirk Wilson told media at the scene that police were having trouble getting officers to the shooting area.

"We haven't been able to get in the scene yet," he said.

Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said the situation was fluid and the organization had little information to go on.

"We're monitoring the situation live like everyone else," she said. "Obviously the safety of our patients and staff is our greatest concern. We're hoping for the best."

Alderman was not sure yet if everyone associated with the clinic was safe.

"We believe people are sheltered in place, but we don't know all that for sure yet." she said.
A photo from the scene showed officers in the area hiding behind their vehicles with their weapons drawn. SWAT officers have been called to the scene.


Colorado Springs police have shut down Centennial Boulevard between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street. Some businesses in the area are being evacuated. Patrons and workers at a nearby shopping center have been told to shelter in place.

"We were looking out the window and we had an officer wave us back inside," said Brigitte Wolfe, who works at Jun Japanese Restaurant next door. "They have everything blocked off."

Wolfe said there are roughly a dozen police vehicles at the scene. She said officers have guns drawn and are facing the Planned Parenthood branch.

An employee who answered the phone at a nearby King Soopers said a few dozen customers were locked inside under police orders, but she had not seen a shooter or any other violence across the parking lot from the Planned Parenthood building.

"Everybody here is safe," she said, declining to give her name. "That's all I know, but I'm in the back right now."

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

Staff writers Elizabeth Hernandez and Joey Bunch of the Denver Post – Story source

Update! - Shooter has surrendered, and not being in Chicago, black, or a teenager, the shooter wasn't shot 16 times. Transfer all Chicago cops to Colorado, plus they're used to the cold. Just saying.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FOOTBALL NEWS AFTER WEEK ELEVEN

FROM THE DESK OF THE “FUGITIVE” COMMISSIONER

Hello Football Fans,

COLLEGE: Rivalry games, matchups to decide conference division winners, and ranked teams facing each other in critical games to determine the four playoff teams.  You've got it all this THANKSGIVING WEEKEND.


In the NFL, we have three games on Thursday for continuous viewing throughout the day.

Enjoy,

The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL

Thanksgiving Weekend is RIVALRY WEEK in college football. And there are critical games that will determine conference divisional winners, not to mention those games that will significantly shape the CFP playoff picture. Lots of big games to watch this weekend; see listings near bottom of letter before Quiz Questions.

COLLEGE

The number of undefeated teams is now down to TWO:
CFP#1 CLEMSON (-29h) beat visiting Wake Forest, 33-13.


CFP#5 IOWA (-21) beat visiting Purdue, 40-20.

THREE previously unbeaten teams lost on Saturday:
CFP#3 OHIO STATE (-13) lost at home to CFP#9 Michigan State, 17-14
CFP#6 OKLAHOMA STATE (-1) lost at home to CFP#10 Baylor, 45-35
CFP#19 HOUSTON lost at UConn, 20-17.

It has been difficult for even the top teams in the nation to keep a healthy quarterback on the field, although many of the backups have done quite well. It’s hard to keep up with the attrition, but here are a few examples:

BAYLOR lost starting junior QB Seth Russell for the season at the end of October, and then backup freshman Jarrett Stidham performed well until he was injured. 3rd-stringer Chris Johnson stepped up, and has continued to fill in when Stidham is out (back, ankle).

TCU senior starting QB Trevone Boykin, one of the preseason frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy, has been battling an ankle injury. He did not play in the Oklahoma game last weekend. Replacing Boykin in the starting lineup was redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer, who started fast but then struggled. He was replaced by senior Bram Kohlhausen, who nearly finished off a big Horned Frogs comeback at Oklahoma (two-point conversion to win the game failed and Sooners prevailed 30-29). Boykin may be back for the big game with Baylor this weekend.

OKLAHOMA starting sophomore QB Baker Mayfield was knocked out of last week’s game (concussion) in the first half against TCU. His replacement was junior Trevor Knight. Mayfield is questionable for a key game this week at Oklahoma State, but has passed several concussion protocols.

NOTRE DAME lost its starting QB sophomore Malik Zaire for the season (early, in mid-September before their Clemson loss), but some pundits say backup redshirt freshman QB DeShone Kizer is better than Zaire.

MICHIGAN STATE QB Connor Cook was injured and did not play in the Spartans’ upset win over Ohio State in Columbus, OH in Week #11. Junior backup QB Tyler O’Connor “managed the game” adequately in attempting only 12 passes (7 completions for 89 yards) and 25 yards rushing on 8 attempts.

FLORIDA QB Will Grier (a redshirt freshman; #3 nationally ranked QB out of high school) was caught by the NCAA for a positive performance-enhancing drug test in mid-October and was suspended for one year (not eligible to return until October of 2016). Since then, the Gators have struggled; they lost at LSU, and then barely won against the weakest of opponents (including Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic at home). Sophomore backup QB Treon Harris took over, but is not of the same caliber as Grier (it appears from results on the field).

WASHINGTON STATE QB Luke Falk is questionable this week in the Apple Cup rivalry at Washington on Friday.

OREGON QB Vernon Adams Jr., a transfer from EWU in 2015, was injured early in a Week #4 game (in late September) and the Ducks were downed big-time at home by Utah, 62-20, with junior backup Jeff Lockie taking over at QB. The Ducks struggled and the damage to their record was done, but now Adams is back and on track; last weekend at home vs. USC he was 20 of 25 for 407 yards passing, 6 TD’s and 1 INT and led his team to a 48-28 victory.

FBS ACTION – UNDERDOG WINNERS
This week THIRTEEN underdogs won outright in 58 FBS games for an upset rate of 22.4% (25.9% last week).

FIRST LOSSES OF THE SEASON

AP#9 Michigan State (+13) won at previously undefeated AP#2 Ohio State, 17-14. The Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak was snapped. MSU outgained the Buckeyes from scrimmage, 294-132, and won the war despite losing the turnover battle, 2-0. Ohio State generated only five first downs in the game.

AP#10 Baylor (+1) won at previously undefeated AP#4 Oklahoma State, 45-35.
Connecticut (+5) beat visiting and previously undefeated AP#13 Houston, 20-17.

UPSET WINS RESULT IN TOP 25 RANKING

Last Tuesday night, Toledo (+7) won at Bowling Green, 44-28, and with the win moved up into the AP Top 25.

Mississippi State (+3h) won at Arkansas, 51-50. Behind 42-31 after three quarters, the MSU Bulldogs fought back to claim victory and moved into the AP Top 25.

Temple (+1h) beat visiting Memphis, 31-12, and moved into the AP Top 25.

UCLA (+2) won at AP#18 Utah, 17-9. The Bruins moved into the AP Top 25, and the Utes dropped out of the rankings.

OTHER UNDERDOG WINNERS

Last Friday night, South Florida (+2h) beat visiting Cincinnati, 65-27.

Last Friday night, Air Force (+12) won at Boise State, 37-30.

Indiana (+3) won at Maryland, 47-28.

Miami of Ohio (+10) won at UMass, 20-13.

New Mexico State (+16) won at Louisiana-Lafayette, 37-34.

AP#20 Northwestern (+10h) won at AP#21 Wisconsin, 13-7, knocking the UW Badgers out of the AP Top 25.

“NOT QUITE”

Iowa State (+6) made this list for the second straight week. After blowing a big lead at home vs. Oklahoma State the previous week, the ISU Cyclones blew a 35-14 halftime lead at Kansas State in Week #11 and lost 38-35 (did not score in 2nd half). Head coach Paul Rhodes was fired after the game; he posted a record of 32-54 in seven seasons with the Cyclones.

COLLEGE CONFERENCE RACES

BIG 10 WEST:

Iowa (7-0) clinched the division title with a 40-20 win over Purdue on Saturday.

BIG 10 EAST:

One of Ohio State (6-1), Michigan State (6-1) and Michigan (6-1) will win the division title.
Ohio State plays at Michigan in the regular season finale; the loser is eliminated.
However, MICHIGAN STATE holds the tiebreaker over both the Buckeyes and Wolverines, so the Spartans just need a home win vs. Penn State in their regular season finale to win the division.

BIG 10 TITLE GAME: December 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

ACC ATLANTIC:
Clemson (7-0) has clinched.

ACC COASTAL:
North Carolina (7-0) clinched the division title with a 30-27 overtime win at VA Tech on Saturday.

ACC TITLE GAME: Dec. 5th at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

SEC EAST:
Florida (7-1) has clinched. The Gators looked mediocre at best in a 20-14 overtime home win over 31-point underdog Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

SEC WEST:
Alabama (6-1) has nearly clinched, but Ole Miss (5-2) could still win the division with a win against Mississippi State and a Crimson Tide loss at Auburn in the Iron Bowl. [Mississippi has the head-to-head tiebreaker over ‘Bama; we can hope].

SEC TITLE GAME: Dec. 5th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

PAC-12 NORTH:
Stanford (8-1) wrapped up the division title with a 35-22 home win over CAL.

PAC-12 SOUTH:
USC and UCLA are tied with 5-3 records and will play each other on Saturday at the LA Coliseum to determine the division winner. The Bruins won at Utah 17-9 last Saturday night to eliminate the Utes from contention.

PAC-12 TITLE GAME: Dec. 5th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

BIG XII:
Three teams still have a shot.
Oklahoma (7-1) Road game at OK State to finish
Baylor (6-1) Road game at TCU; then home vs. Texas
OK State (7-1) Home game vs. Oklahoma to finish

The OK Sooners own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Baylor, having beaten the Bears on the road in Waco, 44-34.
The BU Bears own the tiebreaker over the OK State Cowboys, having won at Stillwater, OK on Saturday night, 45-35.
With a one-point loss at Oklahoma on Saturday night, 30-29, TCU (6-2) was eliminated from contention for the conference title.

Oklahoma will win the conference with a victory at OK State this Saturday.
If Oklahoma State wins, then Baylor would captures the conference title with two wins to finish its regular season; otherwise, the OSU Cowboys will win the Big XII.
Note: there is no conference title game; each team plays the other nine teams in the conference during the regular season.

GROUP OF FIVE CONFERENCES
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (AAC – “AMERICAN”)

AAC WEST:
Navy (7-0) plays at Houston (6-1) on Friday to determine the division winner.

AAC EAST:
To clinch the division title, Temple (6-1) needs either a home victory over UConn on Saturday or a South Florida (5-2) loss at Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day.
AAC TITLE GAME: Dec. 5th, a home game for the division winner with the best conference record.

MOUNTAIN WEST (MW)

MW MOUNTAIN
Air Force (6-1) clinched the division title after upsetting the Boise State Broncos (4-3) in Boise, ID last Friday night.

MW WEST
San Diego State (7-0) clinched the division title over weak competition (NEV, SJ.ST, UNLV, Fresno, Hawaii). The SDSU Aztecs went unbeaten in the conference for the first time in school history.

MW TITLE GAME: Dec. 5th at the home field of the “higher-ranked” division winner;
A composite poll will be used to determine the host team, with the higher-ranked school earning the home field advantage.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE (MAC)

MAC EAST
Bowling Green (6-1) has clinched the division title.

MAC WEST
Four teams still have a shot.
Northern Illinois (6-1) hosts East Division’s Ohio U. tonight (Tuesday).
Toledo (6-1) hosts Western Michigan (5-2).
Central Michigan (5-2) hosts Eastern Michigan (0-7) on Friday night.

The Northern Illinois Huskies hold the tiebreaker over Toledo, having beaten the Rockets in Toledo, OH three weeks ago, 32-27.

MAC TITLE GAME: Friday, Dec. 4th at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

CONFERENCE USA (C-USA)

C-USA EAST
Marshall (6-1) plays at Western Kentucky (7-0) on Friday night to determine the division winner.

C-USA WEST
Southern Mississippi (6-1) plays at Louisiana Tech (6-1) on Saturday to determine the division winner.

C-USA TITLE GAME: Saturday, Dec. 5th at home field of division winner with the best conference record.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE (SBC)

Three teams have a shot at the conference title. The SBC consists of 11 teams and does not have a conference title game.
Arkansas State (6-0) holds the tiebreaker over Appalachian State (5-1), who holds the tiebreaker over Georgia Southern (5-1). But ARK State and GA Southern don’t play each other this year, so I’m not sure what the next tiebreaker would be.
All three teams have two games remaining in their regular seasons.

COLLEGE FBS RANKINGS

The CFP selection committee released its third set of rankings on Tuesday night. Once again, the final rankings on December 6th will be the only ones that matter.

TEAM (record)              AP Rank Comment

#1 Clemson (11-0)            #1 Plays at soft S.CAR; then UNC in ACC title game
#2 Alabama (10-1)           #2 Plays at Auburn & with win plays FL for SEC Title
#3 Oklahoma (10-1)         #5 Plays at Okie State on Saturday
#4 Iowa (11-0)                 #3 Plays at Nebraska in regular season finale on Friday
#5 Michigan St. (10-1)     #6 Hosts Penn State on Saturday; controls destiny
#6 Notre Dame (10-1)      #4 Plays at Stanford on Saturday
#7 Baylor (9-1)                #7 Plays at TCU on Friday
#8 Ohio State (10-1)        #8 Plays at Michigan on Saturday
#9 Stanford (9-2)             #13 Hosts Notre Dame on Saturday
#10 Michigan (9-2)          #12 Hosts Ohio State on Saturday
#11 Oklahoma St (10-1)   #9 Hosts Oklahoma on Saturday
#12 Florida (10-1)           #10 Hosts #14 FSU on Saturday
#13 Florida State (9-2)    #14 Plays at Florida on Saturday
#14 N. Carolina (10-1)    #11 Plays at NC St. on Sat.; then Clemson for ACC title
#15 Navy (9-1)                #16 TOP GROUP OF 5 team; plays at HOU Friday
#16 Northwestern (9-2)   #17
#17 Oregon (8-3)             #18
#18 Mississippi (8-3)      #19 Plays at Miss. St on Saturday
#19 TCU (9-2)                 #15 Hosts Baylor on Friday
#20 Washington St. (8-3) #20
#21 Miss. State (8-3)       #23
#22 UCLA (8-3)              #22 Plays at USC on Saturday
#23 Utah (8-3)                 #26
#24 Toledo (9-1)             #24
#25 Temple (9-2)            #25

COMMENTS:
There are so many critical games this weekend that I am going to stifle myself until the turkey has settled.

ODDS FOR TEAMS TO WIN THE CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Las Vegas SuperBook has posted odds for teams to win the NCAA title (as of 11/23/15):

ALABAMA 3/2
CLEMSON 4/1
OKLAHOMA 7/1
BAYLOR 8/1
NOTRE DAME 8/1
MICHIGAN ST. 12/1
IOWA 20/1
OHIO STATE 20/1

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL DETAIL
In the latest AP Top 25 rankings, there are only TWO remaining undefeated teams (after Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Houston lost last weekend).

EIGHT teams in last week’s AP Top 25 lost over the weekend (for the 3rd week in a row), and four of them fell out of the Top 25:

RANKED                                                                         NEW-
TEAM     RESULTS                                                         RANKING
#2 Ohio State Lost to visiting #9 Mich.St, 17-14           #8 [MSU #6]
#4 Oklahoma State Lost to visiting #10 Baylor, 45-35   #9 [Baylor #7]
#11 TCU Lost at #7 Oklahoma, 30-29                            #15 [OKLA #5]
#13 Houston Lost at unranked UConn, 20-17                  #21
#17 LSU Lost at #25 Ole Miss, 38-17                            OUT [MISS #19]
#18 Utah Lost to visiting UCLA, 17-9                            OUT [UCLA #22]
#21 Wisconsin Lost to visiting #20 Northwestern, 13-7 OUT [NW #17]
#22 USC Lost at #23 Oregon, 48-28                               OUT [OREG #18]

That means four teams moved INTO the Top 25:
New #22 UCLA (8-3)
New #23 Mississippi State (8-3)
New #24 Toledo (9-1)
New #25 Temple (9-2)

The breakout of votes for the #1 ranking in the polls (with last week’s #1 votes in parentheses):
AP# Rank &                                                  Ranking in

TEAM             AP Poll  Coaches Poll         Coaches Poll
#1 Clemson     55 (34)   58 (28)                 #1 Unbeaten
#2 Alabama       6 (4)      5 (4)                    #2 One home loss to Ole Miss
#3 Iowa             0 (0)      1 (0)                    #3 Unbeaten
#4 Notre Dame  0 (0)      0 (0)                    #4 One loss at #1 Clemson
#5 Oklahoma     0 (0)      0 (0)                    #5 One loss vs. Texas (neutral)
#6 Michigan State 0 (0)  0 (0)                    #6 One loss at Nebraska
#7 Baylor          0 (0)      0 (0)                    #7 One home loss to Oklahoma
#8 Ohio State    0 (23)    0 (32)                  #8 One home loss to Mich. State
#9 Oklahoma State 0 (0) 0 (0)                    #10 One home loss to Baylor
#10 Florida       0 (0)      0 (0)                    #9 One loss at LSU
#11 North Carolina 0 (0) 0 (0)                   #11 One loss to S.CAR (neutral)


#12 Michigan    0 (0)      0 (0)                    #T12 Two losses: Mich.St, at Utah
#13 Stanford     0 (0)       0 (0)                   #T12 Two losses: at NW, OREG

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

After Week #11, there were still only 71 teams that had become bowl-eligible (six or more qualifying wins). With 80 teams needed to fill all of the bowl spots (41 bowl games including the CFP Final), there is a real threat that one or more teams with a 5-7 record will receive a bowl invitation (if less than nine of the teams below don’t get six wins).

The following 16 teams can still reach the 6-win mark before the end of the regular season (12-game regular season):

TEAM                  RECORD
East Carolina          5-6
Tulsa                       5-6
Virginia Tech          5-6
Indiana                    5-6
Illinois                    5-6
Minnesota               5-6
Nebraska                5-6
Old Dominion        5-6
Buffalo                   5-6
San Jose State        5-6
Washington            5-6
Kentucky                5-6
Missouri                5-6
South Alabama      5-5
LA-Lafayette         4-6
Texas                    4-6

FCS PLAYOFFS

The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs begin this Saturday, November 28th. Twenty-four teams qualified for the postseason tournament. The eight seeded playoff teams get a bye week; the other 16 teams play in Round 1, with the winners earning the right to face one of the seeded teams in Round 2.

Note that the FCS Coaches Poll Rankings are different than the seedings for the playoffs.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

FCS#15 Fordham (9-2) at FCS#8 Chattanooga (8-3)
Winner faces #1 seed Jacksonville State (10-1), ranked FCS#1 [only loss at Auburn]

FCS#29 Western Illinois (6-5) at FCS# 30 Dayton (10-1)
Winner faces #2 seed Illinois State (9-2), ranked FCS#4 [was 2014 runner-up in playoffs]

FCS#12 South Dakota State (8-3) at FCS#17 Montana (7-4)
Winner faces #3 seed North Dakota State (9-2), ranked FCS#3 [4-time FCS champion]

FCS#16 Southern Utah (8-3) at FCS#10 Sam Houston State (8-3)
Winner faces #4 seed McNeese State (10-0), ranked FCS#2 [only unbeaten FCS team; the MSU Cowboys had LSU on their schedule, but game was cancelled-bad weather]

FCS#35 Colgate (7-4) at FCS#28 New Hampshire (7-4)
Winner faces #5 seed James Madison (9-2), ranked FCS#6 [beat FBS SMU 48-45]

FCS#25 Eastern Illinois (7-4) at FCS#14 Northern Iowa (7-4)
Winner faces #6 seed Portland State (9-2), ranked FCS#5 [beat FBS WA.St & N.Texas]

Unranked Duquesne (8-3) at FCS#13 William & Mary (8-3)
Winner faces #7 seed Richmond (8-3), ranked FCS#11 [no FBS wins]

FCS#18 The Citadel (8-3) at FCS#9 Coastal Carolina (9-2)
Winner faces #8 seed Charleston Southern (9-2), ranked FCS#7 [no FBS wins]

FCS RESULTS FROM LAST WEEKEND

FCS#4 Coastal Carolina lost at unranked Liberty, 24-21, and dropped five spots in the pre-playoff rankings; the CCU Chanticleers missed out on a “bye” week in the playoffs.

FCS#5 South Dakota State lost at Western Illinois, 30-24, and dropped seven spots in the pre-playoff rankings. The SDSU Jackrabbits also missed out on a playoff “bye” week.

FCS#7 William & Mary lost to visiting FCS#16 Richmond, 20-9, and dropped six spots in the pre-playoff rankings. The W&M Tribe missed out on a playoff “bye” week.

FCS#13 North Carolina A&T lost to visiting NC Central, 21-16, and didn’t get an invitation to the playoffs.

FCS#19 Eastern Washington lost to visiting FCS#11 Portland State, 34-31, and the EWU Eagles missed out on their chance for the playoffs.

FCS#20 Northern Arizona lost at FCS#18 Southern Utah, 49-41, and also failed to get a spot in the playoffs.

FCS#25 Central Arkansas lost to visiting FCS#12 Sam Houston State, 42-13, and failed to get a spot in the playoffs.

FCS#15 Northern Iowa beat visiting Southern Illinois, 49-28, and the UNI Panthers with the win secured a spot in the playoffs.

FCS RANKINGS PRIOR TO PLAYOFFS

PLAYOFF
SEEDING
#1 Jacksonville State (10-1)         #1           Only loss (barely) at FBS Auburn, 31-24
#2 McNeese State (10-0)              #4
#3 North Dakota State (9-2)         #3
#4 Illinois State (9-2)                   #2
#5 Portland State (9-2)                 #6
#6 James Madison (9-2)               #5
#7 Charleston Southern (9-2)       #8
#8 Chattanooga (8-3)                   Not seeded
#9 Coastal Carolina (9-2)           Not seeded
#10 Sam Houston State (8-3)      Not seeded
#11 Richmond (8-3)                    #7
#12 South Dakota State (8-3)      Not seeded
#13 William & Mary (8-3)         Not seeded
#14 Northern Iowa (7-4)            Not seeded
#15 Fordham (9-2)                     Not seeded
#16 Southern Utah (8-3)             Not seeded
#17 Montana (7-4)                     Not seeded
#18 The Citadel (8-3)                Not seeded

#19 through #24 didn’t make the playoffs:
Harvard (9-1), North Carolina A&T (9-2), Bethune-Cookman (9-2), Dartmouth (9-1), Northern Arizona (7-4), and Grambling State (8-2)

Other playoff teams:
#25 Eastern Illinois (7-4)         Not seeded
#28 New Hampshire (7-4)       Not seeded
#29 Western Illinois (6-5)        Not seeded
#30 Dayton (10-1)                    Not seeded
#35 Colgate (7-4)                     Not seeded

NFL

UNBEATENS
After Week #11, there are still TWO undefeated teams (NE and CAR at 10-0).

NFL ACTION – UNDERDOG WINNERS
SIX underdogs won outright in 14 NFL games this week for an upset rate of 42.9% (71.4% the previous week).

Detroit (+1h) beat visiting Oakland, 18-13.
Dallas (+1) won at Miami, 24-14, with Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo back in the lineup.
Indianapolis (+6) won at Atlanta, 24-21.
Green Bay (+1) won at Minnesota, 30-13.
Tampa Bay (+6) won at Philadelphia, 45-17.
Denver (+1) won at Chicago, 17-15, with the Broncos’ QB Manning out of action.

NFL DIVISIONAL STANDINGS
AFC

AFC EAST:


NEW ENGLAND (10-0) extended its lead over the NY Jets (5-5) and Buffalo (5-5) to four games after the Patriots beat the visiting Bills on Monday night, 20-13. The Bills and Jets are currently tied for the 2nd wild card spot with Kansas City and Indianapolis/Houston.

AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI (8-2) saw its lead shrink to 2 games over idle Pittsburgh (6-4) after the Bengals lost on Sunday night at Arizona, 34-31. The PIT Steelers currently hold the first wild card spot in the AFC.

AFC WEST
DENVER (8-2) won at Chicago on Sunday, 17-15, with QB Brock Osweiler subbing for the injured Peyton Manning. The Broncos maintained their big 3-game lead in the division over the KC Chiefs (5-5), who won handily at San Diego, 33-3.

The Hapless AFC SOUTH (no teams over .500):
The mediocre Indianapolis Colts (5-5) and the mediocre Houston Texans (5-5) are now tied for the division lead after both teams won in Week #11. Jacksonville (4-6) is only one game back after beating Tennessee 19-13 on Thursday night.

NFC

NFC SOUTH:
CAROLINA (10-0) beat Washington 44-16, and the Panthers increased their lead to four games over Atlanta (6-4), who lost for the 4th straight time. However, the slumping Falcons currently hold one of the two wild card spots in the NFC.

NFC NORTH:
GREEN BAY (7-3) and MINNESOTA (7-3) are tied for the division lead after the Packers won on the road over the Vikings on Sunday, 30-13.

The Hapless NFC EAST (no team over .500)
The NY Football Giants (5-5) increased its division lead during a “bye” week to one full game over Philadelphia (4-6), who lost at home to Tampa Bay, 45-17. Also lurking is Washington (4-6), but they also lost at Carolina to not reach the .500 mark for the season. Cellar dweller Dallas (3-7) is still only 2 games behind the NYG after QB Tony Romo came back from injury and led his team to victory on Sunday at Miami.

NFC WEST


Arizona (8-2) retained its division lead of three games over the SEA Seahawks (5-5), as both teams won at home on Sunday of Week #11.

FFHL RESULTS – WEEK ELEVEN

Overall, we FFHL’ers posted a decent record of 45-36-3 ATS (55.4%). But in the NFL, we stunk it up with a record of 11-16-3 ATS (41.7%, better than last week). In college games we were a solid 34-20-0 ATS (63.0%). We selected 23 underdogs and posted a stellar record of 17-6-0 ATS (73.9%). With the college ‘dogs, we were 11-4-0 ATS (73.3%) and with NFL ‘dogs we were 6-2-0 ATS (75.0%). That means our “favorites” picks were not that great again at 28-30-3 ATS (48.4%).

FFHL LOP-SIDED and CONTESTED PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD (ATS)

Listed below is a breakdown of some of our significant picks.
We had only three contrary picks in college out of 54 total picks.
We had six contrary picks in the NFL out of 30 total picks.

                                              ATS Picks
Team                                     For-Against                    Result / Unsolicited comments
OAK Raiders -1h at DET        5-0                    LOSS, Detroit wins outright, 18-13
AZ Cardinals -4 vs. CIN         4-2                    LOSS, Arizona wins only 34-31 to not cover by 1
NE Patriots -7 vs. BUF           3-0                    TIE, New England won 20-13 to tie ATS
CHI Bears -1 vs. DEN            3-1                    LOSS, Denver wins outright, 17-15
CAR Panthers -7 vs. WSH      2-1                   WIN, Carolina blows out Washington, 44-16
Navy -12 at Tulsa                    6-0                   WIN, Midshipmen win 44-21 to cover by 11
Michigan -4 at Penn State        7-1                   WIN, Wolverines win 28-16 to cover by 8
Michigan St +13 at OH ST      5-0                   WIN, Spartans upset host OSU Buckeyes, 17-14
Arkansas -3h vs. Miss. St.      3-0                    LOSS, ARK Razorbacks lose outright, 51-50

COLLEGE

This week – FFHL Week #11:

                                           ATS               STRAIGHT-UP
                                       Record                 Record

FAVORITES               34-24-0 (58.6%)   45-13 (77.6%)
HOME TEAMS         26-31-0 (45.6%)    32-25 (56.1%)

There was one neutral site game: Notre Dame vs. Boston College at Fenway Park

COLLEGE
CUMULATIVE after twelve weeks:

                                   ATS                        STRAIGHT-UP
                                Record                         Record

FAVORITES      322-312-12 (50.8%)      509-137 (78.8%)
HOME TEAMS 287-335-10 (46.2%)      372-260 (58.9%)

NFL
In the 11th week:

                                      ATS                    STRAIGHT-UP
                                   Record                     Record

FAVORITES           6-7-1 (46.4%)            8-6 (57.1%)
HOME TEAMS     6-7-1 (46.4%)            8-6 (57.1%)

Note: four teams had “byes”

NFL
CUMULATIVE after eleven weeks:

                                   ATS                     STRAIGHT-UP
                                Record                     Record

FAVORITES       67-86-7 (44.1%)        97-63 (60.6%)
HOME TEAMS 72-78-7 (48.1%)         87-70 (55.4%)

FOOTBALL NEWS and MINUTIA

NFL – RACE FOR THE #1 OVERALL DRAFT PICK

The #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is still up for grabs.
Here is the latest list of contenders:
Cleveland    2-8
San Diego    2-8
Tennessee    2-8
SF                3-7
Baltimore    3-7
Detroit         3-7
Dallas         3-7

COLLEGE COACHING CHANGES
Syracuse fired its head coach Scott Shafer after the Orangemen’s loss at NC State last Saturday. He will finish out the season vs. Boston College.
The heat seems to be heavily on Louisiana State HC Les Miles, who reportedly gets a $15 million buyout if the LSU Tigers decide to let him go. Stay tuned.

NFL MINUTIA
BAL Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco torn his ACL and MCL and is out for the season. Baltimore just picked up Jimmy Clausen, who had been cut earlier in the week by the CHI Bears (so they could retain rookie practice squad QB David Fales, who was promoted to the active roster). Baltimore’s OC is former Bears’ HC Marc Trestman, hence the connection with Clausen. The Ravens’ starter for Week #12 will be former backup Matt Schaub.

The undefeated CAR Panthers get some good news. DE Charles Johnson comes off the IR to the active roster for Week #12.

CIN Bengals lost CB Darqueze Dennard for the year after he suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s game at Arizona. It was his first career start, having replaced an injured Adam “Pacman” Jones.

HOU Texans QB Brian Hoyer will return as the starter in Week #12; he had suffered a concussion in Week #10. Backup T.J. Yates won two games for Houston while Hoyer recovered. Good choice? HC Bill O’Brien may be second-guessed on this decision if the Texans start losing again.

DEN Broncos’ backup QB Brock Osweiler is going to start in Week #12 vs. New England. Peyton Manning is either still recovering from injuries, and/or is over the hill.


CLE Browns QB Johnny Manziel was promoted to starting QB for the remainder of the season heading into their bye week. Last weekend, he went out “partying” and was videotaped in an unflattering (maybe inebriated) state, although it appeared to be no big deal on the surface. But HC Mike Pettine again saw a lack of leadership characteristics (I’m extrapolating here) and has already demoted him to 3rd string. Josh McCown will start in Week #12, and the backup will be Austin Davis.

OAK Raiders DE Aldon Smith has been suspended from the NFL for one year through mid-November of 2016.

LOOKING AHEAD – selected games, not the full slate

COLLEGE FOOTBALL - FFHL WEEK #12 (college FB’s 13th week)

Tuesday Ohio U. (+13h) at Northern Illinois
Nov 24th Bowling Green (-23) at Ball State

Thursday Texas Tech (+1h) at Texas
Nov 26th South Florida (no line yet) at Central Florida
TURKEY
DAY

Friday AP#3 Iowa (-1h) at Nebraska Hawks 6-day rest; ‘Huskers 13-day rest
Nov 27th Oregon State (+34h) at AP#18 Oregon
AP#20 Washington State (NL) at Washington WSU QB? Playing for “Apple Cup”
AP#7 Baylor (no line yet) at AP#15 TCU Both QB situations??
AP# 5 Oklahoma (-6h) at AP#9 Oklahoma State “Bedlam” game
Miami.FL (+6) at Pittsburgh
AP#16 Navy (NL) at Houston for AAC West Title; HOU QB??
Tulsa (-6) at Tulane
Boise State (-7h) at San Jose State
Western Michigan (+8) at Toledo
Eastern Michigan (+24) at Central Michigan
Kent State (+10h) at Akron
Massachusetts (+6h) at Buffalo
Marshall (+10h) at Western Kentucky
Troy (+1) at Georgia State

Saturday TOP 25 MATCHUPS:
Nov 28th AP#8 Ohio State (Pick’em) at AP#12 Michigan
AP#4 Notre Dame (+4) at AP#13 Stanford
AP#14 Florida State (-1h) at AP#10 Florida

Other ranked teams in action:
AP#2 Alabama (-13h) at Auburn Iron Bowl
Mississippi (-1) at AP#23 Mississippi State
AP#1 Clemson (-17) at South Carolina
Penn State (no line yet) at AP#6 Michigan State MSU QB ??
AP#17 Northwestern (-3h) vs. Illinois Neutral site Chicago
                                                                               at Bears’ Soldier Field
AP#22 UCLA (+3h) at USC
Colorado (+16h) at USAToday#25 Utah
AP#11 North Carolina (-6) at North Carolina State

Others:
Georgia (-5) at Georgia Tech
Vanderbilt (+17) at Tennessee
Louisville (-4) at Kentucky
Kansas State (-20) at Kansas
Duke (-4) at Wake Forest
Virginia Tech (-3h) at Virginia
BYU (-3) at Utah State
UTEP (+2h) at North Texas
Texas A&M (+5h) at LSU

NFL WEEK #12 – SELECTED GAMES

BYE WEEKS: NONE for the rest of the regular season
Thursday Philadelphia (-1) at Detroit
Nov 27th Carolina (-1) at Dallas
TURKEY Chicago (+9) at Green Bay
DAY

Sunday Divisional Matchups:

Nov 29th Miami (+3h) at NY Jets
NY Giants (-2h) at Washington
Arizona (-10) at San Francisco

Others:
Minnesota (+2) at Atlanta
Buffalo (+4) at Kansas City
Pittsburgh (+4) at Seattle
New England (-3) at Denver

Monday Baltimore (+2h) at Cleveland Ravens’ QB Flacco is out for year;
Nov 30th Browns’ QB Manziel was demoted

FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTIONS

QUESTION #1: Kansas City Chiefs’ nose tackle Dontari Poe scored an offensive touchdown on a one-yard run from scrimmage in San Diego last Sunday and broke the record for the heaviest player in NFL history to rush for a TD (and score an offensive TD). He is listed at 346 pounds. Whose record did he break?

BONUS: Who was the heaviest player in NFL history to score any type of TD? In this case, it was a defensive player getting two interceptions for touchdowns (i.e., “Pick 6”).


ANSWER #1:
The loveable William “The Refrigerator” Perry, who was listed at 335 pounds (may have actually been a few doughnuts heavier than that). He scored three offensive TD’s during the Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl season.

BONUS:
Defensive tackle Sam Adams was listed at 350 pounds, and picked off a pass in 1998 while playing with the Seattle Seahawks and ran it back 25 yards for a TD. In 2003 while playing with the Buffalo Bills, he had another “Pick 6” for a 37-yard TD.

Right behind Adams was the SD Chargers’ defensive tackle Jamal Williams, listed at 348 pounds, who recorded a Pick 6 TD in his rookie season in 1998.

This year, the Baylor Bears have a senior tight end that is listed at 6’7”, 410 pounds. His name is LaQuan McGowan, and he could be a future NFL record-breaker in this category.






Tuesday, November 24, 2015

OUR INDIAN SUMMER

THE COLORS IN MY HOOD

Temecula, CA – As my friends Woody and Randy [Winston in Memoirs] dig out in Iowa, see picture, we take a look at the Indian Summer period happening this past couple days and the trees in my neighborhood that are changing colors before all the leaves fall. 


After the jump we look at pictures of the trees all decked out in their fall colors while others are starting to turn as the temps are scheduled to turn cool for the next foreseeable weather forecast period.


In southern Cali our trees don't turn all at once.



But when they turn, 


They turn on a dime. Witness the same trees two days later.


They start the way gray hair starts, a little at a time.




And sometimes you get a streak,


But mostly when Autumn happens around here, you can find some amazing colors if you look.






Plus we still have our flowers



Even our trees still have flowers


Happy Thanksgiving


Monday, November 23, 2015

EVER HEAR OF RED MERCURY? ISIS HAS

WHEN A ROOSTER COMES HOME TO ROAST

Temecula, CA – Though some may think the title of 'The Great Satan' means evil, the article is more in the vein of 'death' in a tarot deck, meant in an alchemist way. As Satan has knowledge that isn't meant for mortal man because of its inherent danger, so this country has knowledge that should never have been discovered. Like CERN, perhaps some things are better left undone.

During the Cold War the competition between us and them continued with its one-upsmanship until finally the ideal weapon was theorized and proven mathematically. This dream to end Mankind was called the Neutron Bomb. Some of you younger readers may be saying 'how can a bomb named after a Saturday Morning kid cartoon be that bad?' Trust me, the bomb idea came before Jimmy's show.

What makes the Neutron Bomb so badass is red mercury. Bet you never heard of the stuff, right? Unfortunately ISIS has and like the Lost Ark, they have 'top men' working on it. This is what happens when you tell the world and your allies 'No' and really mean 'yes' in bomb development. Now this rooster may be coming back to roast U.S.


'The hunt for the ultimate weapon began in January 2014, when a smuggler who fills shopping lists for the Islamic State, met a jihadist commander in Tal Abyad, a Syrian town near the Turkish border. The Islamic State was shopping for red mercury. Read the latest after the jump.


Red mercury — precious and rare, exceptionally dangerous and exorbitantly expensive, its properties unmatched by any compound known to science — was the stuff of doomsday daydreams. According to well-traveled tales of its potency, when detonated in combination with conventional high explosives, red mercury could create the city-flattening blast of a nuclear bomb. In another application, a famous nuclear scientist once suggested it could be used as a component in a neutron bomb small enough to fit in a sandwich-size paper bag.

The Islamic State was seeking a weapon that could do more than strike fear in its enemies. It sought a weapon that could kill its enemies wholesale, instantly changing the character of the war. Imagine the price the Islamic State would pay.


To approach the subject of red mercury is to journey into a comic-book universe, a zone where the stubborn facts of science give way to unverifiable claims, fantasy and outright magic, and where villains pursuing the dark promise of a mysterious weapon could be rushing headlong to the end of the world. This is all the more remarkable given the broad agreement among nonproliferation specialists that red mercury, at least as a chemical compound with explosive pop, does not exist.

Legends of red mercury’s powers began circulating by late in the Cold War. But their breakout period came after the Soviet Union’s demise, when disarray and penury settled over the Kremlin’s arms programs. As declining security fueled worries of illicit trafficking, red mercury embedded itself in the lexicon of the freewheeling black-market arms bazaar. Aided by credulous news reports, it became an arms trafficker’s marvelous elixir, a substance that could do almost anything a shady client might need: guide missiles, shield objects from radar, equip a rogue underdog state or terrorist group with weapons rivaling those of a superpower. It was priced accordingly, at hundreds of thousands of dollars a kilogram. With time, the asking price would soar.

As often happens with durable urban legends, the red-mercury meme found just enough public support to assure an inextinguishable life. Chief among its proponents was Samuel T. Cohen, the American physicist and Manhattan Project veteran often called the father of the neutron bomb, who before his death in 2010 spoke vividly of the perils of nuclear terrorism and what he said was poor government preparation for such attacks. Cohen joined the red-mercury bandwagon as it gathered momentum in the early 1990s, staking a lonely position by asserting that the substance could be used to build nuclear weapons of exceptionally small size.

In one edition of his autobiography, he claimed red mercury was manufactured by ‘‘mixing special nuclear materials in very small amounts into the ordinary compound and then inserting the mixture into a nuclear reactor or bombarding it with a particle-accelerator beam.’’ The result, he said, ‘‘is a remarkable non-exploding high explosive’’ that, when detonated, becomes ‘‘extremely hot, which allows pressures and temperatures to be built up that are capable of igniting the heavy hydrogen and producing a pure-fusion mini neutron bomb.’’ Here was a proliferation threat of an order never before seen.

The establishment largely dismissed him. ‘‘If he did ever reveal evidence, I never saw it,’’ said Peter D. Zimmerman, a nuclear physicist who served as chief scientific adviser for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the time. He added, ‘‘I would have seen it, at that point in history.’’ Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation analyst at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, Calif., put matters less delicately, saying Cohen followed a classic formula for conspiracy theories, mixing ‘‘nonscientific mumbo jumbo’’ with allegations that governments were withholding the truth. ‘‘I could never figure out where Sam Cohen the physicist ended and Sam Cohen the polemicist began,’’ he said.

Russian news organizations in the 1990s nevertheless relayed claims of red mercury’s destructive potential at face value, and foreign news outlets occasionally repeated them, boosting the material’s credibility and mystique. Britain’s Channel 4 elevated the material’s profile with two documentaries — ‘‘Trail of Red Mercury’’ and ‘‘Pocket Neutron’’ — that presented, according to their producers, ‘‘startling evidence that Russian scientists have designed a miniature neutron bomb using a mysterious compound called red mercury.’’ Cohen held a news conference after one broadcast to say it confirmed his fears.

Outside this circle of the faithful, red mercury faced doubters. The substance was almost everything but scientifically verifiable. It was not even reasonably explicable. ‘‘Over all it doesn’t make much sense,’’ an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory wrote to a supervisor in 1994. It was also devilishly elusive, turning up in tales of smuggling mafias but never quite finding its way to a law-enforcement body or nuclear agency for proper frisking. When hopeful sellers were caught, substance in hand, it reliably turned out to be something else, sometimes a placebo of chuckle-worthy simplicity: ordinary mercury mixed with dye. The shadowy weaponeer’s little helper, it was unobtainable in the post-Soviet world.

Among specialists who investigated the claims, the doubts hardened to an unequivocal verdict: Red mercury was a lure, the central prop of a confidence game designed to fleece ignorant buyers. ‘‘Take a bogus material, give it an enigmatic name, exaggerate its physical properties and intended uses, mix in some human greed and intrigue, and voilĂ : one half-baked scam,’’ the Department of Energy’s Critical Technologies Newsletter declared. In 1998, 15 authors from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which helps maintain the American nuclear-weapons stockpile, published an article in The Journal of Radio Analytical and Nuclear Chemistry that called red mercury ‘‘a relatively notorious nuclear hoax.’’ In 1999, Jane’s Intelligence Review suggested that the scam’s victims may have included Osama bin Laden, whose Qaeda purchasing agents were ‘‘nuclear novices.’’ The most accommodating theory held that red mercury might have been a Soviet code name for something else — maybe lithium-6, a controlled material with an actual use in nuclear weapons — and traffickers re-purposed the label for whatever nuclear detritus they were trying to move.

A true believer of the legends might interject that official skepticism in public did not preclude another discussion playing out on classified channels. But when WikiLeaks published American diplomatic cables in 2010 and 2011, snippets of the internal red-mercury dialogue were consistent with the public statements. In 2006, according to one cable, Sri Lanka notified the American Embassy in Colombo of concerns that the Tamil Tigers, a secessionist militant group, had tried to procure the substance. ‘‘Red Mercury is a well-known scam material,’’ a State Department nonproliferation official told the embassy. ‘‘There is nothing to be concerned about.’’

Few people are more familiar with the lingering red-mercury assertions than Zimmerman, who later became director of the Center for Science and Security Studies at King’s College in London. For years, he canvassed his peers in nuclear-weapons and nonproliferation communities. He asked about the substance in conferences. He brought it up in one-on-one sessions with weaponeers from multiple countries and scientists from the former Communist bloc. He concluded that the substance was not just ‘‘hot air, myth, smoke and mirrors’’ but also ‘‘a con job.’’

Some of the stories he’d heard, he said, resembled ‘‘an old Jack Benny routine.’’ He paused to be straightforward and clear. Red mercury (or, for that matter, any mercury compound of any color), he said, had no nuclear-weapons application of any sort. The particulars of its supposed martial utility do not square with basic science. ‘‘It cannot be true,’’ he said, and spoke as if restating a longstanding challenge. ‘‘I have plenty of times staked my reputation on these statements, and no one has ever called me on it.’’

And yet a generation after the hype first burned bright, shopworn legends of red mercury’s powers, lodged in fringe provinces of the popular imagination, continue to surface, rekindled by shifting casts of jihadists, tomb looters, smugglers, journalists, YouTube salesmen and other wannabe profiteers. One thing about red mercury: If it’s not nuclear, it’s viral.


How much was the Islamic State willing to pay. The answer was vague. The Islamic State would pay, ‘‘whatever was asked.’’ Up to $4 million — and a $100,000 bonus — for each unit of red mercury matching that shown in a set of photographs sent over WhatsApp, the mobile-messaging service.

The images showed a pale, oblong object, roughly the length of a hot-dog bun, with a hole at each end. It bore no similarity to the red mercury that smugglers often described — a thick liquid with a brilliant metallic sheen. It appeared to be a dull piece of injection-molded plastic, like a swim-lane buoy or a children’s toy. But it had an intriguing resemblance that hinted at how the Islamic State’s interest might have been piqued: It was the exact likeness of an object that in 2013 the Cihan News Agency, one of Turkey’s largest news agencies, had called a red-mercury rocket warhead.

In that case, three men were said to have been arrested near Kayseri, a city in central Turkey. Cihan’s coverage followed the familiar arc of red-mercury hype. Footage shot at night showed officials in protective suits and masks approaching a van. The news presenter reported the operation in matter-of-fact tones, noting that the seized rocket component ‘‘was examined by six different institutions, including the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, all of which found that it contained the material red mercury. The liquid can cause large explosions and is worth $1 million per liter. Red mercury is used for intercontinental rocket systems and hydrogen bombs.’’

With that validation, the photographs traveled on social media, finding their way to the Islamic State. ‘‘Red mercury has a red color, and there is mercury that has the color of dark blood,’’ the source said. ‘‘And there is green mercury, which is used for sexual enhancement, and silver mercury is used for medical purposes. The most expensive type is called Blood of the Slaves, which is the darkest type. Magicians use it to summon jinni.’’

This primer — passionate, thorough, outlandish to its core — fits a type. In meetings with smugglers in several towns along the border, red mercury inhabited the fertile mental terrain where fear and distrust of authority meet superstitious folklore. Descriptions of the material varied slightly in detail and sharply in price, and there were ample contradictions. But there was a remarkable consistency in several intricate legends and origin stories, even among people who did not know one another and who were separated by many miles.

‘‘It has two different types: hot and cold,’’. The cold form, ‘‘spiritual mercury,’’ he said, ‘‘can be found in Roman graveyards.’’ He added: ‘‘Kings and princes and sultans used to take it to the graves with them.’’

Cold red mercury, these smugglers said, could not be used for nuclear weapons; that was the role of hot red mercury, which had a more recent origin. Only sophisticated laboratories manufactured it, and the hot red mercury available in Syria had come from the Soviet Union ‘‘in a specially maintained box with equipment and a manual and special gloves.’’

Hot red mercury was sometimes offered for sale in Syria and could be useful for the Islamic State, which has a cadre of former Iraqi officials who would know how to harness its power. But buyers could easily make a grievous mistake. ‘‘It is not only about getting the red mercury. ‘‘The very small box needs special equipment to open it, and special reactors to work with it. If you open this box, a radius of eight kilometers around you will be destroyed.’’

If red mercury seemed a perfect fit for the particular nature of this brutal, shadowy war — an apocalyptic weapon for a terrorist group driven in part by the belief that we are approaching the return of the Mahdi, the final defeat of infidels and the end of the world — it was not making itself easy to get. In June, Turkish news agencies reported another red-mercury bust, this time of a pair of Georgians only to be arrested in Ankara before they could unload it. The authorities kept this red mercury.

None of this was verifiable, either. The Turkish government declined to answer questions about its red-mercury arrests over the last two years. You can’t be too careful in the red-mercury game.


(This report is heavily edited to condense facts and redact names - Ed)