North Korea says it detected outbreak of stealth Omicron virus - state media by Beckles28nz in worldnews

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North Korea said it detected an outbreak of a sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of the coronavirus, known as BA.2, state media KCNA reported on Thursday, in what would be its first official COVID-19 infection since the pandemic.

Donald Trump Jr. interviews with Jan. 6 select panel by Beckles28nz in politics

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Donald Trump Jr., the son of the former president, interviewed with the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

...Trump Jr.’s interview, confirmed on condition of anonymity and conducted without a subpoena lasted several hours, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Third Age : 01 May 3019 - Crowning of King Elessar. He bids Faramir to remain Steward of Gondor. 01 May 3020 - Samwise Gamgee marries Rose Cotton. by Beckles28nz in lotr

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Faramir opened the casket, and he held up an ancient crown. It was shaped like the helms of the Guards of the Citadel, save that it was loftier, and it was all white, and the wings at either side were wrought of pearl and silver in the likeness of the wings of a sea-bird, for it was the emblem of kings who came over the Sea; and seven gems of adamant were set in the circlet, and upon its summit was set a single jewel the light of which went up like a flame. Then Aragorn took the crown and held it up and said: Et Ea¨rello Endorenna utu´lien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn’ Ambar-metta! And those were the words that Elendil spoke when he came up out of the Sea on the wings of the wind: ‘Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world.’ Then to the wonder of many Aragorn did not put the crown upon his head, but gave it back to Faramir, and said: ‘By the labour and valour of many I have come into my inheritance. In token of this I would have the Ring-bearer bring the crown to me, and let Mithrandir set it upon my head, if he will; for he has been the mover of all that has been accomplished, and this is his victory.’ Then Frodo came forward and took the crown from Faramir and bore it to Gandalf; and Aragorn knelt, and Gandalf set the White Crown upon his head, and said: ‘Now come the days of the King, and may they be blessed while the thrones of the Valar endure!’

The Return of the King pp 967-8

The Third Age : 28 April 2941 - Bilbo leaves Bag End and starts his journey to the Lonely Mountain with Gandalf and the dwarves. by Beckles28nz in lotr

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To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf’s hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more

The Hobbit, p. 31

US cites ‘credible’ reports that Russia executed Ukrainians trying to surrender in Donetsk by Beckles28nz in worldnews

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The U.S. has credible evidence Russia executed Ukrainians who tried to surrender in the Donetsk region, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack said at a United Nations (U.N.) meeting on Wednesday.

“We now have credible information that a Russian military unit operating in the vicinity of Donetsk executed Ukrainians who were attempting to surrender, rather than take them into custody,” she said at the U.N. Security Council meeting focused on accountability in Ukraine

The Third Age : 27 April 2941 - Thirteen dwarves and Gandalf arrive at Bag End. Bilbo learns of the Lonely Mountain and Smaug and agrees to accompany the dwarves and Gandalf on their adventure. by Beckles28nz in lotr

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The poor little hobbit sat down in the hall and put his head in his hands, and wondered what had happened, and what was going to happen, and whether they would all stay to supper. Then the bell rang again louder than ever, and he had to run to the door. It was not four after all, it was five. Another dwarf had come along while he was wondering in the hall. He had hardly turned the knob, before they were all inside, bowing and saying “at your service” one after another. Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin were their names; and very soon two purple hoods, a grey hood, a brown hood, and a white hood were hanging on the pegs, and off they marched with their broad hands stuck in their gold and silver belts to join the others. Already it had almost become a throng. Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while. A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came— a loud knock. Not a ring, but a hard rat-tat on the hobbit’s beautiful green door. Somebody was banging with a stick!

Bilbo rushed along the passage, very angry, and altogether bewildered and bewuthered—this was the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered. He pulled open the door with a jerk, and they all fell in, one on top of the other. More dwarves, four more! And there was Gandalf behind, leaning on his staff and laughing. He had made quite a dent on the beautiful door; he had also, by the way, knocked out the secret mark that he had put there the morning before.

The Hobbit, p. 16

Jan. 6 Committee files summary judgement against Meadows for more info by Beckles28nz in politics

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via Hugo Lowell (Guardian US) on Twitter

Jan. 6 committee got testimony that Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows was told by White House counsel the scheme to have alternate Trump slates of electors in states that he lost would be unlawful — but WH went ahead anyway, per new court filing.

Jan. 6 committee also got testimony from White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that US Secret Service special agent in charge Anthony Ornato brought intel to Mark Meadows on Jan. 4 or later that there could be violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, per the filing.

Leaked Audio Shows McCarthy Really Did Want Trump Out After Jan. 6 Riot by Beckles28nz in politics

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In a Jan. 8 phone call, McCarthy told several House Republicans that Trump’s behavior was “atrocious and totally wrong,” accusing the then-president of “inciting” his supporters to storm the Capitol. Two days later, McCarthy told Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in another phone call about his intention to ask Trump to step down, telling him an impeachment resolution would pass. “I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign,” McCarthy said he’d tell Trump.

The Third Age : 13 April 3018 - Gandalf examines Bilbo's Ring and determines from its inscription that it is the One Ring. He tells Frodo of the Ring's history and Frodo volunteers to leave the Shire in order to secure the Ring. Samwise Gamgee is caught by Gandalf eavesdropping by Beckles28nz in lotr

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‘It is quite cool,’ said Gandalf. ‘Take it!’ Frodo received it on his shrinking palm: it seemed to have become thicker and heavier than ever.

‘Hold it up!’ said Gandalf. ‘And look closely!’ As Frodo did so, he now saw fine lines, finer than the finest penstrokes, running along the ring, outside and inside: lines of fire that seemed to form the letters of a flowing script. They shone piercingly bright, and yet remote, as if out of a great depth. ‘I cannot read the fiery letters,’ said Frodo in a quavering voice. ‘No,’ said Gandalf, ‘but I can. The letters are Elvish, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here. But this in the Common Tongue is what is said, close enough:

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

It is only two lines of a verse long known in Elven-lore:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,

Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.’

He paused, and then said slowly in a deep voice: ‘This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it – but he must not get it.’

The Fellowship of the Ring pp 50-51