Any of numerous birds, especially of the genus Pica, related to the crow, but having a long graduated tail and black and white plumage, who are known for their noisy chatter.
(AMc-2: dp. 210; 1. 85'4"; b. 23'4"; s. 10 k.; a. 2 .30 cal. Mg.)
The first Magpie (AMc-2) was built as City of San Pedro in 1936 by Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, Calif.; acquired by the Navy 18 October 1940; converted from a fishing vessel by Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, Calif.; renamed Magpie 29 October 1940; and placed in service 28 March 1941.
Assigned to the 15th Naval District, Magpie departed San Pedro 10 May 1941 for the Panama Canal Zone, arriving 22 May. She performed minesweeping and patrol operations out of Balboa until 7 August 1944 when she departed for the west coast, arriving San Diego 26 August. Magpie was placed out of service at San Pedro 6 October 1944; struck from the Navy list 22 December 1944; and delivered to WSA for return sale to her former owner 5 February 1945.
The name Magpie was assigned to AM-418 on 25 July 1945; but the contract with Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich., was canceled 11 August 1945.
Black-billed Magpie Life History
Black-billed Magpies live among the meadows, grasslands, and sagebrush plains of the West. Their nesting territories often follow stream courses. Though they like open areas and are not found in dense woods, they stay close to cover for protection from raptors. Magpies don’t avoid human development, often spending time near barnyards, livestock areas, and grain elevators where they have ready access to food.Back to top
Like other corvids (members of the jay and crow family), Black-billed Magpies have a wide-ranging diet. They eat wild fruit and grain, as well as grasshoppers and beetles that they find while foraging on the ground (they sometimes find beetles by flipping cow dung). They also kill small mammals such as squirrels and voles, and raid birds’ nests. Carrion is also a main food source, as are the fly maggots found in carrion. Sometimes they steal meat from the kills of coyotes and foxes. Magpies also land atop large animals, such as cows or moose, and pick ticks off them. When they find an abundant food source, magpies will cache food for short periods.Back to top
Magpie AMc-2 - History
- The concept for Magpie is a strangely coincidental mix of fact and fiction. In early 2013 Carmel Hannant dreamt of a story of love and companionship amidst the backdrop of late 30’s, early 40’s Norfolk. After initially writing the screenplay and working on further drafts with Paul Cook as a co-writer of the project, Carmel made progress with her own family history research. In an amazing turn of (past) life imitating art, Carmel discovered that during World War II a family member had in fact lived a life very close to the story that she had written.
Carmel spent the next 8 months developing the plot lines and characters in the film whilst simultaneously researching her family history in more detail. As each new piece of information surfaced, new drafts of the screenplay felt more and more real. The idea that so many women in Britain fell in love with US servicemen during WWII fascinated the film’s writers. The notion of the “G.I. Bride” and also the stories of married women falling for another man felt like a thread to the story that needed investigation.
Alongside this love-triangle storyline, Carmel wanted to explore an aspect of life during and after WWII that was less discussed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is an illness that affects veterans of all conflicts and has for the past 30-40 years become more widely recognised. However, in 1940, and for decades after the conflict, only terms like “battle fatigue” and “shell-shock” were used, often leading to misdiagnosis and little-to-no effective treatment for PTSD-sufferers. This was something that compelled the writers to investigate further and convey on-screen in the character of George.
In 2014 Paul & Carmel produced a zero-budget proof of concept pilot for Magpie, originally titled ‘Blackout.’ This was produced to support a crowdfunding campaign which was to launch later in the year. Unfortunately the project was unsuccessful in reaching its target first time around, but the passion to bring the story to the screen, along with interest from a number of external parties meant that this wasn’t the end for the film.
What was clear from the first attempt to get Magpie made was that there needed to be a more realistic approach. Rather than a 120+ page script that required a budget of hundreds of thousands, a more achievable script was written, rooted much more in the interpersonal drama between its three lead characters Lily, George and Charlie. The script became leaner and its writers became even more determined to bring the story to life.
From around March through to June in 2015, Paul devised a plan to pitch the film in a more unique and memorable way, one that would require some meticulous planning and a lot of rehearsal. He and Carmel wrote the pitch and began to piece together what they needed to achieve it. Carmel gathered up her contacts in the re-enactment community and Paul put together a team of colleagues and industry-professionals to shoot the pitch video.
The new idea was to deliver a one-take pitch-to-camera detailing the film they wanted to achieve and the story they wished to tell. But, rather than do this in a now overused and tired head-and-shoulder style, they had plans for something quite different. The pitch was to be delivered to camera by Carmel and Matt (one of the film’s leads) amidst an ambitious showcase of the military and technical assets they could muster (re-enactors, vehicles, weapons and state-of-the-art camera kit to name just a few.)
The Magpie Kickstarter campaign went live on 9th September 2015. Within 24 hours it had raised £1000 of its £12,000 target. By the end of the month, with 10 days to go, the team had raised £6000 – but with 50% raised and only 10 days to go the last hurdle was going to be a tough one. The campaign received some great mentions in the media, attracting the attention of local, national and international publications.
The campaign officially ended on October 9th and after a couple of weeks the money had been totalled up, collected and the initial budget for the film was in the bank. Kickstarter and bank fees left the project with just over £11,000 to get the film off the ground and production would begin the following year.
Further work on the screenplay, location scouting and budget planning took us through to Spring 2016 when our main focus became casting the remaining roles of the film, including the leads role of ‘Lily’ and ‘Charlie’ and the supporting roles of ‘Sam’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Leonard.’ The team received nearly 1900 submissions, 200 self-tapes and eventually auditioned a short-list of 24 applicants. Hannah, Mateo, Joseph, James and Guy were soon chosen and the cast was complete.
Throughout May, June and July there was a lot of preparation to do ahead of the film’s busy August production schedule. Sourcing locations was a mixture of challenge and triumph. On the one hand the team had already secured the unique airbase locations that had been on the doorstep for over 70 years Horham, Thorpe Abbotts, Parham and the 95th Bomb Group Hospital Museum (also in Horham.) However other key locations, such as an accurate period property that would serve as George and Lily’s home, took months to find. Eventually a beautiful house in Aldeburgh was found and the other locations, including Southwold’s incredible Electric Picture Palace cinema and Tibenham’s rural Greyhound pub, were also secured.
The team faced a packed shoot schedule which included a total of 13 shoot days in a 3 week period, split across 9 separate locations. Magpie is a great example of an independent film that was made possible by the collective effort and passion of dozens of individuals. By the end of August 2016 almost 75% of the film was in the can. Budget, weather and cast/crew availability meant that further shooting days were to take place later in the year and into 2017.
After our initial block of filming was completed in August the team took stock of the footage they had and what was still needed. A second trip to Horham’s amazing Red Feather Club was the first new shoot in the diary and one of the film’s crucial scenes was soon in the can.
The new year had soon been and gone and the team were quickly back into shooting. The crew also welcomed new cast members to the production for their first days on set Emma Howell and Michael Southgate playing ‘Dorothy’ and ‘Bob’ – both based on real life members of Carmel’s family.
May 29th 2017 marked the 20th and final shooting day of principle photography. The last scene to be shot was one of the film’s crucial moments between George and Sam, and it seemed a fitting end to filming an emotional reflection on their journey together, through thick and thin.
Post-production on Magpie is in full swing and pencilled for a mid-2018 release. The film will tour the film festival circuit initially, screen locally and nationally and the film’s producers will eventually pursue distribution and/or broadcast.
Magpie (ca. 1851-1931)
Oklahoma Historical Society Photo
Magpie was born to Big Man and Magpie Woman, of Stone Calf's band, about 1851. After the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864, Magpie and his family joined relatives in Chief Black Kettle’s Wutapiu band.
Magpie, a teenager by now, and his family were in Black Kettle's camp the morning of November 27, when Lieutenant Colonel Custer and the 7th US Cavalry attacked. The lodge of his father, Big Man, was the last tipi on the west end of the camp. During the attack Magpie ran towards Plum Creek to the west, but his run was halted by soldiers, so he turned and ran east. He was shot in the leg and stomach while being chased by Captain Edward Myers during the fighting. When the fight was over, he helped in the recovery of Chief Black Kettle’s body from the Washita River. Not long after, his family joined Medicine Arrow's band and surrendered at Fort Cobb in 1869.
Fearing a renewal of hostilities, his family left the reservation in the 1870s and joined the Northern Cheyenne in the Powder River country of Montana. On June 17, 1876, Magpie participated in the Battle of the Rosebud, during which he was wounded twice by General George Crook's soldiers. A week later, June 25, he participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn against Lt. Col. Custer.
Magpie returned to the reservation in 1878. He enlisted as an US Indian Scout at Cantonment in 1879 and served as a sergeant through 1885. Magpie married Little Woman and had just one child, Grace Magpie.
On November 27, 1930, he participated with Little Beaver and Left Hand in the reburial ceremony of the remains of Cheyenne warrior Hawk, south of the village area. As part of the ceremony, Chief Magpie said,”I have forgiven General Custer for the part he has played in the Battle of the Washita, and I pray that God would forgive Custer.” Chief Magpie died in sleep on March 16, 1931, at Watonga, Oklahoma.
Bibliography Hardorff, Richard. Washita Memories: Eyewitness Views of Custer's Attack on Black Kettle's Village. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. (Pgs. 301-311)
Brill, Charles J. Black Kettle and the Fight of the Washita. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. (Pgs. 1-238)
Hinz-Penner, Raylene. Searching for Sacred Ground: The Journey of Chief Lawrence Hart, Mennonite. Tedford, PA: Cascadia Publishing House, 2007. (Pgs. 45, 57, 84-86)
Max Bear, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Concho, OK: December 16, 2020.
Cheyenne Chief Magpie, Oklahoma, 1930.
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Magpie, any of several long-tailed birds belonging to the family Corvidae (order Passeriformes). The best-known species, often called the black-billed magpie (Pica pica), is a 45-centimetre (18-inch) black-and-white (i.e., pied) bird, with an iridescent blue-green tail. It occurs in northwestern Africa, across Eurasia, and in western North America. A bird of farmlands and tree-studded open country, it eats insects, seeds, small vertebrates, the eggs and young of other birds, and fresh carrion. It makes a large round nest of twigs cemented with mud.
Brilliant blue or green magpies in Asia include those of the genera Cyanopica, Cissa, and Urocissa. For Australasian magpies, see bell-magpie.
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یواساس مگپای (ایامسی-۲)
یواساس مگپای (ایامسی-۲) (به انگلیسی: USS Magpie (AMc-2) ) یک کشتی بود که طول آن ۸۵ فوت ۴ اینچ (۲۶٫۰۱ متر) بود. این کشتی در سال ۱۹۳۶ ساخته شد.
|به دست آورده شده:||۱۸ اکتبر ۱۹۴۰|
|وزن:||۲۱۰ long ton (۲۱۳ تن)|
|درازا:||۸۵ فوت ۴ اینچ (۲۶٫۰۱ متر)|
|پهنا:||۲۳ فوت ۴ اینچ (۷٫۱۱ متر)|
|سرعت:||۱۰ گره (۱۹ کیلومتر بر ساعت؛ ۱۲ مایل بر ساعت)|
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Magpie as a totem
As totems magpies have an interesting symbolism. People born under this totem or protected by this totem are opportunistic. They always see the brighter side of life and you will rarely see them depressed or down.
Feeling sorry for the chances they have missed out or feeling sorry for themselves in general is not their type of thing.
When things are not going their way, they will sit down and think about options that are available for them.
If you are protected by this totem then you are also very flashy. You like showing off your style and he is definitely something else. You are probably a fan of jewelry and shiny things. We all know how magpies love shiny and sparkly things.
Magpie people are very perceptive when it comes to people and their surroundings.
They simply notice things easier than other people. Things that are going around them are always interesting and they realize the importance of always being aware.
Intelligence happens to be their most important trait. They can become excellent in every career and in every job. Magpie people are usually scientists, entrepreneurs and doctors. Since they love communicating with other people and sharing ideas, managing positions are best suited for them.
Being a part of community is something they need. Magpie people don’t like spending time alone and they would choose hanging out with friends and family members over meditation for sure. They can easily transfer their ideas and thoughts to other people without a problem.
They don’t talk just enough to pass on their thoughts and avoid blabbering about things that are irrelevant.
Magpie people are very sociable. They have a large circle of friends with whom they spend a lot of time.
Even when they form their own families, magpie people will continue to spend time with their friends and go out. They don’t like that feeling of being tied to one place and not having the opportunity to go out and meet new people and experience new places.
Two negative characteristics of these people are deceptiveness and cunningness.
To some people, they can be real nightmares. When their goals in life are endangered they are not going to pick ways to protect their career or personal life. This means they might even hurt other people in order to protect themselves.
Overall, magpie people are very intelligent and cunning people who are likely to succeed in almost every area of life. Spending time with family and friends is another thing important to them and being social is something they can’t live without.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Sensevere-Dreher
Stories of explorers who got lost and sometimes found interesting places.
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Resource: chapter book
Written with engaging prose, this book tells the stories of the explorers who got lost and sometimes found unexpected people, places and things. Rich in information on a variety of explorers including chapters on Bartalomeau Dias, Vasco Da Gama, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Ferdinand Magellan, Giovanni Da Verrazano, Jacques Cartier and Henry Hudson. Some of the explorers did some very unpleasant things in the name of their kings, queens and God. How they behaved continues to be an issue even today. I think that this book deals with those issues fairly and without graphic detail. In addition to the stories on each of the explorers there are side boxes with additional information on topics relating to each story. Examples include conquistadors, slavery and French Explorers. There is an introduction and a little history to give some back story on Prince Henry the Navigator who got the whole era started. The back of the book contains a detailed chronology and an excellent index. Illustrated with black and white cartoons.
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Reading Level: grade 4 - 7
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Magpie AMc-2 - History
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Daniel Bran Griffith - The Chattering Magpie
In April of 2021 a member posted a series of questions in a Facebook group that raised many interesting responses. Unfortunately the posts and the comments were eventually deleted. Fortunately I had kept rough notes of my own responses and contributions to the discussion. I have therefore been able to rewrite my own thoughts and these I now share. I do so in the hope that they will provoke some consideration by the reader. Ask what relevance these questions have to you? Ask yourself, 'How would I have answered?'
What has been the influence of Alex Sanders on contemporary Paganism?
Alex Sanders is one of the most controversial and influential figures of the twentieth century, within Witchcraft and the Occult. He has been so influential that one of the main branches of Wicca/Witchcraft has taken his name. He has influenced the lives and works of many since his highpoint of activity and not just the famous Farrars who have in turn influenced many others since.
One cannot deny that he had some traits that are best described today as embarrassing. He was without doubt a showman and his claims regards his childhood initiation, cannot be taken seriously in anyway whatsoever. Sadly there are still a few around today who attempt to impress with these ridiculous 'Granny stories' but back in the twentieth century, such stories were ubiquitous.
Despite all of this, his name lives on in the tradition that carries his name and in the lives of those down the line from him. That in my opinion, is a major achievement.
Is there an expectation that new seekers or members of a specific tradition, be familiar with the names of the founders or elders?
In my opinion, yes there is. You do not join an initiatory tradition without some awareness of its history and heritage. It is not a requirement to sit a history exam but some understanding as to where people fit within a general time frame is to be expected.
One would not join the OTO and be ignorant of Crowley, one would not join the Theosophical Society and not know the name Helen Blavatsky, one would not join the Fraternity of the Inner Light and be ignorant of Dion Fortune (Violet Firth).
In posting this question, the member also asked if Sanders and Gardner were false Messiahs. Unfortunately there was no explanation as to what was meant by 'false Messiah' or even by 'Messiah' in this context. It is regrettable that no further clarification was forthcoming. However, all Christians know who their Messiah is. So yes, I would expect a new seeker to know the names if not necessarily the complete biographical details.
Would Paganism exist today were it not for Alex Sanders and Gerald Gardner?
Possibly but not in the way we see it now. Some of the 'Paganisms' that we have today, stem from the occult revival of the late Victorian period. Not just the Golden Dawn but the Pre-Raphaelites, Freemasonry, the Theosophical Society and various Folklore studies. The revivals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had many streams flowing into them.
Sanders, Gardner, the less well known but equally important Ross Nichols, were all a major influence in moving Paganism away from the more 'ceremonial magic' origins of the movement. By doing so they have made Paganism more accessible to the public, primarily through their writings but also the writings of those of the next generation.