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PART III: THE FALL

R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez ECW Press ePub

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THE FALL

“The biggest mistake was that they had leadership where all the generals were guys who had never been in a battle. They never had anybody who knew what they were doing. There’s nobody who ever understood wrestling or the minds of wrestling fans. They never understood the nature of the business.”

—Bret Hart, WCW Wrestler 1997 to 2000

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1999:

GAMBLING ON A SAVIOR

On the surface, 1998 had been a hugely successful year. Although WCW made every stupid mistake that could possibly be made, attendance was up 47 percent over 1997, ratings were up 56 percent, buy rates were up 18 percent, a whopping 49 percent of house shows had sold out, and the average house show gross was up 90 percent. It’s not difficult to see why those on the inside thought there was nothing to worry about.

But the sins of 1998 began to take their toll in 1999. Even worse, 1999 was the year that WCW made some of their most horrendous decisions yet, decisions that, instead of turning things around as hoped, actually sped up the company’s decline. Consider this: just two years earlier, WCW was the number-one wrestling company in the entire world. In the 365 days of this year, they managed to lose no less than $15 million—more money than any promotion had ever lost in the history of the business.

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17 | Defensive Strategies

Jesse Vernon Trail ECW Press ePub

Certain plants have developed ingenious ways to defend themselves from marauding creatures that look upon them as a food or water source. Some of the main survival methods include thorns, poisons, hiding and mimicry, each of which we will explore in turn.

The first defensive strategy of plants that comes to mind is thorns. Thorns assume a great variety of shapes and sizes, and so do the plants that carry them. Many of these thorny plants are formidable and imposing, several are beautiful and all are fascinating. There are even thorn forests in India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, South America, Africa and elsewhere. Thorns have proven to be very effective in protecting plants from thirsty or hungry creatures. Many plants, trees, succulents and cacti have thorns on their trunks and branches. A great number of these also have swollen trunks and limbs. The thorns help ensure that the often huge reservoir of water stored within these plants isn’t plundered.

The golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, for example, is beautifully symmetrical, and each of its deep ribs has brilliant golden-yellow three-pronged spines arranged uniformly along its length. These sharp thorns can easily penetrate the skin of any creature that may unwittingly brush past. It would be folly to try and get this plant’s store of water. When in bloom, their bright yellow flowers are borne in a dense circle right at the top of the plant, like a crown.

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Eight: Family

Dan Rubinstein ECW Press ePub

“Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star.”

— John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

“We’re so marinated in the culture of speed that we almost fail to notice the toll it takes on every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it takes a wake-up call to alert us to the fact that we’re hurrying through our lives instead of actually living them.”

— Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slow

The car drove over my legs just above the ankle.

Maggie got hit first. She was on her bike. I was jogging behind her. Daisy trailed a couple pedal strokes back. We were four blocks from home on a bright, crisp morning in mid-September, the ash and maple leaves already tipped with crimson. After dropping off my daughters at school, I planned to go for a run along the river, then sit down to work.

We had a green light and were between the white lines of a pedestrian crossing. Maggie was halfway through the intersection when a car coming from the opposite direction turned right, head-on into our path.

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Into the Labyrinth

Mark Coakley ECW Press ePub

Into the Labyrinth

“Keep eye for hidden walls + secret doors.”

— An officer at the Molson building raid

At eight the next morning, a Barrie Police sergeant went to the Canadiana Room, a large area just south of the fermentation tanks, now used as the office for several DeRosa companies. The fancy-looking room had a fireplace, mahogany beams and a high ceiling; an Emergency Response officer from Bolton would later describe it as a “ritzy office.” The Canadiana Room — which looked as if it had been designed by an advertising agency — was where Molson’s guests had once been given free beer at the end of a tour.

The sergeant spoke to one of Bob DeRosa’s assistant property managers, telling him that nobody would be able to access their vehicles on the property. The assistant manager told the officer that would be a big inconvenience for the tenant trucking companies, with their “just in time” delivery schedules. The sergeant was sympathetic but would not change his position.

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5.07 Death and the Maiden

Crissy Calhoun, Heather Vee ECW Press ePub

Amara: I’ve been in hell for 2,000 years.

Damon: What’s another five minutes?

Amara: Let me die.

5.07 Death and the Maiden

Original air date November 14, 2013

Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine Directed by Leslie Libman

Edited by Tony Solomons Cinematography by Darren Genet

Guest cast Autumn Dial (Doppelgänger Acting Double), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (Girl), Brady McInnes (Guy)

Previously on The Vampire Diaries Paul Wesley

Doppelgängers assemble.

For an episode with some heavy storylines and a high death count, “Death and the Maiden” is a heck of a lot of fun, thanks to bonus Ninas and Pauls, more Katherine and Caroline moments, and the triumphant last moments of two bitter-to-the-end badasses.

If there’s a thin line between love and hate, Tessa has spent two millennia balancing on it, protest as she may that she no longer loves Silas. Her ability to “let go, move on” (as Lexi advised Stefan in the season four finale) is less than zero, but she more than makes up for that lack with her snark, her ferocity, and her dedication to triumphing over Silas and Amara, and by extension the doppelgänger-loving universe that she believes conspires against her interests. Faced with the pain of Silas and Amara’s betrayal all those centuries ago, Tessa turned to bloody vengeance and never looked back. Her suffering at their hands was delivered many-fold upon them: for 2,000 years, Silas was trapped in a tomb, starving save for drips of blood, while Amara (getting the short end of the stick) was encased in stone, trapped, and subjected to the pain of every dying supernatural creature. (From that perspective, Stefan’s three months of drowning does sorta pale.)

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