Artificial sperm and the end of men??   
Publication of a research paper on creating sperm cells from embryonic stem cells has created the usual media furore, complete with mostly uncritical hype about what this technology can actually achieve and a failure to ask scientists the really hard questions. Not being a pro-lifer I have no problem with the use of embryonic stem cells in basic research. However, the idea that sperm cells produced from embryonic stem cells in a laboratory could be used in fertility treatment is a dangerous and unethical technological fantasy. Like the idea of “therapeutic cloning”, what seems simple in theory will in practice prove practically impossible, precisely because it is so unnatural.

Much of the media discussion has focused on the idea that this might lead to 'men becoming redundant'. As with cloning, and the fears of armies of cloned soldiers, the point is not to take such scenarios literally, but to look beneath the surface at what the fears are really about. The scientific drive to abstract the whole of the human reproductive life cycle from its context of actual human bodies is just an example of the deep dynamic of science in our society. Since the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, the function of science has been to control nature and to impose order upon its random messiness, eventually to improve upon it, and ultimately to replace the need for it. What reproductive and biotechnology are now bringing home to us is that nature includes us. Thus, for the last 25 years we have seen the emergence of transhumanist/posthumanist movements, which look forward to the evolution through technology (including bio-, nano- and information technology) of posthuman beings (entities?). Feminists have been arguing since the 1970s that reproductive technology is an attempt to control and appropriate women's fertility, which aims ultimately to end the reliance on the female body for production of children, through artificial wombs. Now, it seems it is men's turn to feel this anxiety.

Of course, the capitalist-scientific drive to dominate nature is very male, (nature is gendered as female in nearly all cultures), and is one of the key features of patriarchy in our societies. What is interesting is that, by its own logic, it must also move to dispense with men's bodies, testes, penises.

There are feminist theories that argue that a major part of men's tendency to try to dominate women comes from a psychological insecurity which arises from the fact that men do not carry and give birth to children, which is, after all, a central part of human life. In that process, men feel like lightweights, and I think this latest research presses exactly on that nerve. That may be why, although the idea that men will become redundant is very unlikely, there has been so much interest in this bit of research.

David King
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          Recent discussion on homophobia and other issues   
Minutes from 20/1/08

We talked about how we were feeling and tried to answer the question “how have we experienced life as a man in the last 2 weeks?”

>>Men and Emotions<<

We talked about how the majority of men we come in contact with just don’t talk about their emotions. We agreed it’s very hard to “reach out to” these men sometimes and there was some disagreement over how important it is to try to “convert” other men to be more profeminist.

>>Learning from Women’s Groups<<

We discussed how (probably due to socialisation into a more caring and thoughtful role) women’s way of doing politics is often much more inclusive in terms of making new people to a group feel at ease and welcomed and that as men we feel we’re not taught to be good at this! This led us to thinking about whether we want to emulate women’s “way of doing politics”, following a kind of women’s lib model, raising consciousness etc. and to what extent that just wasn’t possible (or desirable) as a men’s group. We didn’t get very far on this but agreed it should be a topic for further discussion another week.

>>On Homophobia<<

We talked about our own understandings of homophobia from an early age and how we’d all been called “gay” as an insult at school. We mentioned our various sexual experiences and fantasies about other men, and also discussed our own homophobic attitudes that we wished we didn’t have. One of these attitudes was finding overtly camp and flamboyant gay men intimidating and having some unconscious desire for other men to be “sensible”. Another was about feeling insulted when called gay.
We also mentioned (although didn’t really develop) the idea of how homophobia is a key ingredient in dominant masculinity and how homophobia supports patriarchy.

More positively we also talked about the feeling of loving to be surrounded by queer people, trans, or overtly camp gays or butch lesbians. How exciting it is being with people breaking norms. But then we questioned whether this could be a sort of “politically correct” form of solidarity, that you HAVE to like this or else you’re not a real tolerant left wing profeminist! We even questioned whether it is not a form of homophobia to even feel that we have to react or have to have an opinion about camp flamboyant gay guys, trans people etc. In response to this idea we discussed how enjoying a certain culture/atmosphere normally doesn’t represent a form of discrimination but is most probably a celebration of that culture. However, we never really know what’s going on in our subconscious, so who can really say!

This led us to talk about …

>>Self Criticism<<

We agreed that self criticism and reflection are fundamental to recognising and starting to deal with our own sexism and that this group should foster such self criticism.
We discussed how self critical it was appropriate to be, particularly in the light of some men’s habit of being overly self critical in front of others in order to elicit pity and reassurance. We agreed that this ought to be a safe place to be as self critical as possible and that the other men could be supportive in correcting someone who was being too harsh on themselves. We then wondered if this might become a form of male solidarity with us all letting each other off the hook for being sexist or using porn or whatever, and that this might not be very helpful. Someone knew a guy who’d been in profeminist groups before who felt that the biggest pressure to change his behaviour came from feminist women telling him off quite violently(!), not from the other men in the group. This reminded us of the importance of keeping close friendships with feminists and the importance of also being in mixed gender groups. We also questioned, from personal experience, whether this “being told off” by feminist women would change attitudes and feelings as well as behaviour.

Minutes from 3/2/08

We talked about how we were feeling and tried to answer the question “how have we experienced life as a man in the last 2 weeks?”

>>On Homophobia<<

- We discussed how the “flamboyant camp gay man” was an unhelpful stereotype to keep bringing up. It was suggested that this behaviour could, on some level, be a kind of “I’m proud of being gay so deal with it” to all the homophobes out there. We questioned why we’d focussed on it at all. We decided it’s because for some of us it was an important part of our homophobia; that we tended to focus on this particular stereotype.
- Men shaking hands with other men but kissing a woman in a social situation, this reinforces gendered behaviour (obviously) but also keeps men’s bodies apart and could be related to homophobia between men.
- We wondered whether men in activist groups could be crudely characterised by saying the more direct action focussed they are the more likely they are to be masculinist and homophobic because of it being a macho type activity.
- Male homophobia keeps men apart and they lose out on tenderness and affection. One thing suggested by Basil Elias in his article “Starting your own group for men against sexism” which Jon read on, was for the men in the group to try walking round the block holding hands together to start to break down some of these homophobic barriers. He also says (rather hilariously) “How many guys, when hugging, look like we’re burping each other?”!
          Report: Favoritism for Austin Rivers led Chris Paul to “despise” Doc Rivers   
A lot of Clipper players have been frustrated with the perception that Austin Rivers gets favored treatment.
          Bob Shaw: Sfida al cielo   
Ancora idee interessanti nel romanzo di Bob Shaw, "Sfida al Cielo". Mondo e Sopramondo sono pianeti gemelli così vicini che condividono l'atmosfera. Allora basta una tecnologia rudimentale e astronavi di legno (su Mondo non ci sono metalli) per attraversare lo spazio fra i pianeti.

Come al solito Shaw è divertente. I personaggi sono semplici, lo stile elementare, ma le idee sono buone. "Sfida al Cielo" sarebbe il primo di una trilogia, vediamo se mi riesce di trovare gli altri.

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          The Star Wars Bounty Hunters for MSH   

Here are the MSH stats for the bounty hunters from Star Wars.
These were originally hosted by Ty States and I resurrected them from his old site.


A- GD (10)
S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- GD (10)
I- RM (30)
P- RM (30)
H- 100
K- 70
P- (-50) Equipment: Battle Armor
personally modified Mandalorian battle armor that covers his head, torso, and arms with no Agility penalties.
* Body Armor: RM (30) Material Strength and EX (20) protection from Physical and Energy attacks.
* Wrist Lasers: RM (30) Energy damage with PR (1 area) range.
* Rocket Dart Launcher: Can pierce IN (40) Material Strength or less. Tip is coated with poison (Poison, Knock-Out, etc.) of RM (30) intensity. FB (1/2 area range).
* Turbo-projected Grappling Hook: 20 meter (1/2 area) lanyard (RM (30) Material Strength) with magnetic grappling "hook" (RM (30) Magnetism). FB (1/2 area) range.
* Flame Projector: RM (30) Fire Energy damage in 1 meter cone. FB (5 meter (5.45 yards) (1/8 of an area)
* Concussion Grenade Launcher: IN (40) Blunt damage to all in one area. Has firing range of AM. Magazine carries 20 grenades.
* Jet Pack: For every charge used, he can move at FB Airspeed (30 MPH / 0.5 MPM) either 3 areas horizontally, or 2 areas vertically. His jet pack only has enough fuel for 20 charges.
* Sensor Pod: AM (50) Tracking ability.
* Infra-red / Motion Sensor: Integrated infra-red and motion sensors in helmet gives EX (20) intensity and range Infra-red vision in darkness. It also allows him to detect motion in front of him and to his sides with EX (20) intensity and range.
* Macro binoculars: Enables him to see objects at up to IN (12 area) range. Scope-linked into blaster rifle, allowing him to fire it at +2CS to his Agility (in addition to Marksmanship).
* Sound Sensors: Makes out sound at up to EX (20) range. It can tell where the sound is coming from with AM (50) ability. This only works in quiet areas.
* Internal Comlink: Can be linked to Slave I's control system (with beckon call) to have it operate under remote control (come to his location, fire weapons, etc.), or it can be tuned into other standard frequencies. It also has an external speaker.
* Broadband Antenna: Can intercept and decode most communications made on standard frequencies. As a result, Boba Fett can patch into shipboard communications.
* Winch: This is capable of lifting TY (221 pounds) weight (Boba Fett and his equipment only).
* Sealed Enviro Filter: Filter system can block out harmful molecules, or in case of insufficient or deadly atmospheres, the suit can seal drawing upon a two hour (1,200 turn) supply of air.
Blaster Rifle: Range: AM, Price: (Gun) GD (1,000 credits), (Power Pack) FB (25 credits)
Damage: IN (40) Stunning or Energized Force
Rate: 1, Shots: 100 per power pack
Material: GD (See Macro binoculars in suit description for bonus to hit.)
Comlink: This is a personal communication device. It has a SH-X (150) range. It can broadcast over countless different frequencies. It can pick up normal Standard Clear Frequencies (SCF's) (non-restricted bands). It can monitor one specific frequency and SFC's simultaneously. It costs FB (25 credits).
Wookie Scalps: Several dangle from his belt. His Popularity with Rebels, Wookies, and the like drops by -10.

Slave I:

This is Boba Fett's personal ship. It has the following:
* CONTROL: TY (6).
* SPEED: (Atmosphere) UN (40 areas) A.S. / (Space) SH Z (200 areas) A.S. / (Hyperdrive) CL 5000/1 (5,000/1) (100 x light speed)
* BODY: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy.
* PROTECTION: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy. * Shields: GD (10) vs. Physical and Energy.
* Sensors: Passive: AM (50) range /// Scan: UN (100) range ///Search: SH X (150) range /// Focus: TY(06)
* Sensor Mask: -2CS to detect Slave I at ranges of MN(75) or greater.
* Sensor Jamming: -3CS to sensors to identify Slave I as a ship instead of an ion storm, -2CS to detect the ship's vapor trail.
* 2 Twin-mounted Blaster Cannons: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: RM (30) Energized Force.
* Concussion Missile Tube Launcher: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: AM (17 areas), Damage: EX (20) Blunt to all in 1 area.
* Ion Cannon: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: MN (37 areas), Damage: RM (30) disruption of electrical and mechanical devices.
* Tractor Beam Projector: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: UN (50 areas), Damage: RM (30) Tractor beam.
* Two Proton Torpedo Launchers: Firing Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: None; attaches homing beacon or S-thread tracker which is mounted on dummy proton torpedoes and which magnetically attach to a target ship's hull. They have short ranges of 15-20 light years, utilizing the same technology as subspace radio's. The S-thread trackers send frequencies on HoloNet reciever bands, allowing him to track a ship to the side of the galaxy provided the ship passed HoloNet S-threads.
* Craft: Kuat Systems Engineering's Firespray Class: Firespray-31.
* Type: Sublight Patrol and Attack Craft.
* Length: 21.5 meters.
* Crew: 1.
* Passengers: 6 (prisoners).
* Cargo Capacity: IN (40) weight (40 metric tons). (It is currently converted into a high security holding area with force cages and restraints to hold the prisoners).
* Consumables: 1 month (30 days = 414,000 turns).
* Type: Space.
* Cost: N/A.
Talents: Marksman, Thrown Weapons, Languages, Astrogation, Pilot, Jet Pack Operation, Leadership, Crime, Repair-Tinkering, Computers, Demolition, Electronics, Detective-Espionage, Weapons Specialist: Mandalorian battle armor weapons.
Contacts: None. (As per employer. When job is over, it is doubtful that the employer or those in his/her/its employment will remain contacts.)
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F- RM (30)
A- TY (6)S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- GD (10)
H- 96
K- 60
P- 0 Powers: Claws EX (20) edged damage
Armor- Natural Hide TY (6) vs. Blunt damage
Equipment: Blaster Rifle RM (30) force damage
Grenade Launcher IN (40) force damage
Flamethrower RM (30) energy damage
Binders RM (30) material strength
Talents: W.P. Blaster Rifle, Martial Arts A, B, Pilot, Engineering, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.


Bounty Hunter/Droid F- TY (6)
A- RM (30)
S- EX (20)
E- RM (30)
R- RM (30)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 86
K- 66
P- 0
Powers: Analytical Mind- +2CS to Intuition rolls on guessing the next move of their bounties.
Body Armor GD (10)
Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force damage
Stun Gas Blower- RM (30) intensity
Talents: Medicine, Law, Pilot, Buisness/Finance, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics, Languages.


F- EX (20)
A- EX (20)
S- GD (10)
E- RM (30)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 80
K- 56
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Concussion Grenades- IN (40) Force damage
Vibroblade- RM (30) Edged Energy damage
Talents: Guns, W.P. Blaster Rifle, Marksman, Martial Arts A, B, E, Acrobatics, Pilot, Crimonology, Detective/Espionage.


F- TY (6)
A- TY (6)
S- EX (20)
E- AM (50)
R- IN (40)
I- MN (75)
P- GD (10)
H- 82
K- 125
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Talents: Guns, Marksman, Weapons Master, Pilot, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.

SHIP IG-2000

SPEED: SH-Z (Hyper-Space CL. 5000)
PROT: RM Weapons: Forward Laser Cannons- AM (50) Energy damage
Ion Cannon- IN (40) Shields do not effect this weapon.
2 Tractor Beams- MN (75) strength

          MSH - Batman Family   
Here are cards with base stats for Batman, Robin and Batgirl for use with the Marvel Super-Heroes RPG.
I based these on the '60s TV show versions so they may appear a bit weaker than other stats floating about the 'net.

Their tokens-

And some villain tokens-
(Note: These are not all traditional Batman villains. I threw in some Golden Age DC villains that I thought would fit well with a Batman campaign.)

          Superfriends Cards   
JLA/Superfriends cards to use with either Marvel Super-Heroes or DC Heroes RPGs.
Would make a good starter set.
For these I used just Alex Ross art for the figures to keep them uniform.

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          Was jetzt anders ist   

Weil ich immer wieder lese, wie Leute ihre Verwunderung darüber äußern, dass Österreich 1956 und 1992 hunderttausende Flüchtlinge anstandslos aufgenommen hat und das kann doch nicht sein, dass das heute nicht mehr gehen soll, möchte ich dieser Argumentation kontern. Doch, das kann so sein. Die Situation ist eine komplett andere. Und zwar aus einer ganzen Reihe von Gründen, von denen ich mal exemplarisch sieben aufzählen will.

Damit kein Missverständnis entsteht: weder identifiziere ich mich mit diesen Begründungen, noch will ich damit irgendwessen Verhalten entschuldigen. Ich will nur aufzeigen, was seit 1992 geschehen ist, das dazu geführt hat, dass die Stimmung gegenüber Flüchtlingen in Teilen der Bevölkerung gekippt ist. Keiner braucht sich darüber zu wundern, denn die Stimmung sitzt nicht nur in wirren Köpfen, sondern sie ist Ergebnis und Ausdruck einer Ideologie, die unser Leben prägt.

1. Die Flüchtlinge 1956 und 1992 waren Nachbarn

Zu Beginn der banalste und sicher nicht ausschlaggebendste Grund: Die Herkunftsländer der Flüchtlinge 1956 und 1992 waren mehr oder weniger direkt angrenzende Länder und bis 1918 sogar Teil der österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie. Man fühlte sich quasi dem selben Kulturkreis zugehörig, ein bisschen Monarchie-Nostalgie mag wohl auch mitgeschwungen sein. Die Flüchtlinge heute kommen aus anderen Ländern, die um einiges weiter weg sind, die man nicht kennt, weil man sie nicht einmal jemals im Urlaub besucht hat. Simpel gesagt: Damals gehörten die irgendwie zu uns und hatten einen Vertrauensvorschuss. Den gibt es heute nicht.

2. Wir leben im Schatten von 9/11 und IS

Naomi Klein hat in ihrem Buch Die Schock-Strategie sehr eindrucksvoll beschrieben, dass sich die Politik sehr gerne den Machterhalt sichert, indem sie feindliche Bedrohung von außen als Faktor benützt, um Konsens im Inneren zu erwirken. Spätestens seit 9/11 erzählen uns Politiker und Medien von der angeblichen stetigen Unterwanderung der westlichen Gesellschaft durch islamische Terroristen und rechtfertigen damit die Beschneidung von Bürgerrechten und die umfassende Überwachung der Bürger.

Bei der Massivität dieses Angst-Diskurses ist es nicht unverständlich, wenn angesichts der Tatsache, dass nun tausende Moslems aus den Kernländern der IS zu uns kommen, Menschen Angst- und Abwehrreaktionen zeigen, und zwar unabhängig davon, dass diese Menschen gerade vor den Terroristen flüchten. Die betroffenen Länder wurden jahrelang fast ausschließlich als Heimat von Terroristen dargestellt, sodass es vielen schon schwer fällt zu glauben, dass die Terroristen dort in der Minderheit sind.

3. Wir leben in keiner egalitären Gesellschaft mehr

1956 und 1992 war die Schere zwischen Arm und Reich in Österreich um einiges geringer als heute. 1956 war eine Mittelschicht gerade im Entstehen, 1992 war sie noch einigermaßen stabil. Momentan ist die Mittelschicht am Erodieren, und die Gesellschaft ist dabei, sich in einen Geldadel (der für seinen Reichtum nicht arbeiten muss, sondern sein Geld arbeiten lässt) und ein Prekariat (das trotz Arbeit an der Armutsgrenze kratzt) aufzuspalten. Es herrscht die Angst vor dem sozialen Abstieg.

In solchen Situationen, das zeigt die Geschichte, suchen sich Gesellschaften gerne Sündenbocke, die in der Hierarchie noch eine Stufe tiefer stehen. In den 1930er Jahren haben die Nationalsozialisten unter der verarmten, arbeitslosen Masse die Klasse der "Untermenschen"(Juden, "Asoziale", Roma, Slawen) eingeführt. Den Begriff würde man heute natürlich nicht verwenden, aber der Grundgedanke ist schon da, und die Ursache ist die selbe: wenn einer Gesellschaft das Gefühl verloren geht, dass alle Mitglieder dieser Gesellschaft gleich sind und gleich behandelt werden, dann geht mit der Zeit auch der Konsens verloren, dass alle Menschen grundsätzlich die gleichen Rechte haben sollen.

4. Wir haben das Prinzip der Kooperation gegen jenes der Konkurrenz getauscht

In der wirtschaftlich einigermaßen abgesicherten Welt des Österreich der Jahre 1956-1992 war Konkurrenz lange Zeit ein eher theoretischer Begriff. Regionale Firmen konnten einen regionalen Markt bedienen, die Transportkosten waren noch nicht lächerlich billig und die Globalisierung selbst 1992 erst am Beginnen. Das angloamerikanische Konkurrenzdenken war bei uns noch nicht wirklich verbreitet, es wollte nicht jeder besser sein als der andere, weil es auch nicht wirklich notwendig war. Das hat zwar die Wirtschaft nicht zu Höchstleistungen getrieben, aber in so einer Atmosphäre konnte man leicht kooperativ sein.

Diese gemächliche Schutzzone gibt es nicht mehr. Heimische Firmen kämpfen gegen Billigimporte, Arbeitssuchende gegen solche, die die selbe Arbeit für weniger Geld machen, Praktikumsplätze werden nicht nur an den Bestqualifizierten und Anspuchslosesten vergeben, sondern müssen zum Teil sogar bezahlt werden. Überall herrscht Konkurrenz und Konkurrenzdenken. In so einer Atmosphäre ist es wenig verwunderlich, wenn die Leute, die darunter am meisten leiden, keine zusätzliche Konkurrenz wollen.

5. Wir sind gefangen zwischen sinkenden Einkommen und steigenden Konsumansprüchen

1956-1992 stiegen die Löhne kontinuierlich an; in den letzten 15 Jahren sind die Reallöhne allerdings gesunken. Das wäre an sich noch nicht so problematisch, denn das Lohnniveau in Österreich ist international gesehen ganz gut. Das Problem ist, dass es die Wirtschaft in einigen Jahrzehnten geschafft hat, Identitätsfindung durch Konsumverhalten zu definieren: wer nicht weiß, wer er ist, schafft sich seine Identität dadurch, dass er bestimmte Produkte kauft. Damit schafft es die Wirtschaft, weiterhin Begehrlichkeiten und Ansprüche zu wecken, auch wenn diese mit den sinkenden Einkommen nicht mehr problemlos zu befriedigen sind.

Das erklärt wohl auch, warum trotz sinkender Einkommen in Österreich die Umsätze im Einzelhandel weiterhin steigen. Gerade die Menschen aus den finanziell prekärsten Schichten sind davon am meisten betroffen, sie haben aber nicht nur das Gefühl, vom erarbeiteten Geld immer weniger zu haben, es schwebt dabei auch die unbewusste Angst vor dem drohenden Identitätsverlust mit.

Natürlich steigt dann der Neid und der Hass auf die, die Geld bekommen sollen, ohne dafür zu arbeiten, egal wie niedrig die Beträge im Vergleich sind. Darum auch das Flüchtlings-Handy als Hassobjekt, denn es gibt dem Flüchtling ein Prestige und eine Identität, die jemand, der sich seine eigene Handy-Rechnung kaum leisten kann, ihm nicht zugestehen will.

6. Wir leben die Austeritäts-Politik

Bis 1983 war der österreichische Wohlfahrtsstaat die viel zitierte "Insel der Seligen". 1983 kam das erste große Sparpaket, es folgten weitere, massiv ab 1995 zur Erfüllung der Maastricht-Kriterien. Spätestens seit 2005 wird uns von der Politik ununterbrochen vorgebetet, wie wichtig es ist, zu sparen. Wohl gemerkt, nicht wir sollen sparen (das würde ja die Wirtschaft bremsen, und deshalb wurden auch die Sparzinsen de facto abgeschafft), nein, der Staat muss sparen, und zwar vor allem bei Bildungs- und Sozialausgaben.

Diverse Länder wurden harten Spardiktaten unterworfen, in Österreich hat man es eher mit der Salamitaktik (in kleinen Scheiben) gelöst, aber es hat keinen Schäuble gebraucht, um uns jahrelang einzutrichtern, dass Sozialausgaben vor allem arbeitsunwilligen "Sozialschmarotzern" nutzen und daher weiter gesenkt werden müssen. Es ist vermessen zu glauben, dass diese jahrelange Indoktrination nicht wirkt, dass die Zahl der Leute, die nicht bereit ist, zuzusehen, wie Fremde Geld aus eben jenen Sozialtöpfen bekommen sollen, rapide steigt. Oder ganz knapp zusammengefasst: Wir haben nichts zu verschenken, und überhaupt, Geiz ist geil.

7. Wir haben bald 30 Jahre Anti-Ausländerparolen der FPÖ

Die FPÖ hatte ihren Durchbruch mit der Machtübernahme von Jörg Haider im Jahr 1986. 1992 haben Haiders Äußerungen noch Aufsehen erregt. Noch 1991 musste er wegen seiner Äußerung über die "ordentliche Beschäftigungspolitik" im Dritten Reich zurücktreten. Heute, 24 Jahre später, ist die politische Sprache der FPÖ längst kein Aufreger mehr, es dürfen Sachen gesagt werden, die damals undenkbar gewesen wären, und natürlich haben sich diese Denkweisen in der Bevölkerung als völlig normal festgesetzt: "Daham statt Islam" ist kein Aufreger. Die FPÖ nimmt sogar direkt darauf Bezug und sagt, sie spreche "unsere Sprache". Damit legitimiert sie ihre politische Diktion sogar als die der (vermeintlichen) Mehrheit.

Waren früher manche politische Äußerungen von FPÖ-Politikern ein Rücktrittsgrund, sind sie also heute "unsere Sprache". Vermutlich gilt das dann eben auch für die Benutzerkommentare auf FPÖ-nahen Facebook-Seiten.


Somit: Nein, unsere Situation ist nicht vergleichbar mit 1956 oder 1992. Wir leben heute in einer Gesellschaft, deren Grundideologie in Bezug auf Konsum, Konkurrenz und Gleichheit in den letzten 20 Jahren einem grundlegenden Wandel unterworfen war. Einige haben ihre Einstellung aus dieser Zeit in die Gegenwart herübergerettet, aber viele sind in der neuen Ideologie aufgewachsen oder haben sie aus anderen Gründen übernommen.

Man hat uns in dieser Zeit Angst vor den Moslems gemacht, wir fühlen uns sozial ungleich behandelt und wissen nicht, wie wir mit weniger Geld unsere ständig steigenden Bedürfnisse befriedigen sollen. Man hat uns 20 Jahre lang eingetrichtert, dass Konkurrenz toll und Geiz geil ist, und wir wurden 30 Jahre lang mit Anti-Ausländerparolen abgestumpft.

Politik und Wirtschaft haben uns zwar dazu gebracht, mit weniger Geld weiter einzukaufen und es zu akzeptieren, dass man uns Bürgerrechte und Sozialleistungen wegnimmt, die Menschlichkeit ist dabei aber irgendwo verloren gegangen. Die Mechanismen beschreiben Georg Seeßlen und Markus Metz sehr eindrücklich in den beiden Schlusskapiteln ihres Buches Blödmaschinen. Die zwei Möglichkeiten, die sie als Konsequenz dieser Entwicklung aufzeigen, sind beide nicht schön.

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ดูตามโครงสร้างรายได้แล้ว กลุ่มลูกค้าส่วนใหญ่จะเป็นโรงพญาบาลสังกัดมหาวิทยาลัยแพทย์ แสดงว่าตลาดเล็กลงไปอีก แต่โรงพยาแพทย์ก็เป็นที่ขึ้นชื่อลือชาว่าต้องมีเครื่องมือที่ พิเศษให้นักเรียนแพทย์ได้ใช้งาน ปี 2558 รายได้หายไป เพราะไม่มีงานส่งมอบ

ดังนั้นใครกะว่าจะถือหุ้นตัวนี้ยาวๆ กะถือกินปันผล ก็ต้องทำใจบางปีได้เยอะ บางปีได้นอย แต่ถ้ารายได้กระโดดแบบนี้ เหมาะเก็งกำไรเป็นรอบๆน่าจะได้คำใหญ่อยู่

เนื่องจากรายได้จะรับรู้เมื่อส่งมอบ ก็ต้องมูดูที่สินค้าคงเหลือว่ามีอะไรบ้าง ที่น่าสนใจคือ

  • สินค้าระหว่างติดตั้งเพิ่มขึ้นจาก 0.9 ล้านเป็น 51.93 ล้านบาท
  • สินค้าระหว่างทางเพิ่มขึ้นจาก 42.90 ล้าน เป็น 137.97 ล้านบาท

แสดงว่า เอาเข้าตลาดมาช่วงที่ใกล้ๆส่งมอบงานพอดี ในคำอธิบายเขาบอกว่า

ณ วันที่ 31 ธันวาคม 2558 และ ณ วันที่ 31 มีนาคม 2559 รายการสินค้าคงเหลือส่วนใหญ่เป็นสินค้าระหว่างทางซึ่งมีมูลค่าเท่ากับ 42.90 ล้านบาทและ 137.97 ล้านบาทซึ่งเป็นสินค้าที่บริษัทสั่งซื้อและอยู่ระหว่างการจัดส่งจากบริษัทผู้ผลิตในต่างประเทศ เพื่อรอติดตั้งและส่งมอบงานในปีถัดไปของงานศูนย์วิจัยและรักษามะเร็งกรุงเทพและงานของโรงพยาบาลมะเร็งอุบลราชธานี



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การทำกำไร ผมว่าอัตรากำไรต่ำไปหน่อย และผันผวน ช่วงดีๆก็กำไ 9 % ช่วงแย่ๆก็กำหาย

มาดูที่อัตราการจ่ายเงินปันผล ปันผลกำไรสะสมออกไปทั้งหมดเรียบร้อย ในปี 2558 อัตราปันผลจากกำไร 1000% กันเลยทีเดียว

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          Anxiety - Treatment of it with the Radio   
I had a close friend who had a sound system in her car. If she felt any anxiety - treatment of it began with good music- and it had to be loud! In fact, she used it two ways. If the problem was anxiety - treatment of it meant so loud that she couldn't think straight. Maybe that's why her hair was so curly. The second way she used it was when the engine made any unusual noises. Why visit a mechanic when she could turn up the volume? Good plan?

Maybe not….

Eventually, the noise would get worse, and lead to expensive repairs, right? Eventually, the anxiety would get to be unbearable? It certainly did – now, get this - she graduated as a psychotherapist. Go figure that out! I guess she needed 24/7 counseling! Anyways .....

Anxiety can't be treated by ignoring it and it can't be treated by ignorance. If we want a healthy and happy life, we have to keep life balanced. And balance starts with a balanced emotional state.

We can balance our emotions many, many ways - good food, good music (not too loud now), fresh air, exercise, time off, or change of scenery - lots of ways.

Sometimes we need a jump start, though, and that can be done safely with natural supplements. The word, natural, is important. We all know that nature's way is best. But, oftentimes, we don’t eat all the natural foods that our brain needs to work well. Nature is FULL of herbs that help balance our bodies.

Don’t you love those TV ads that say, "our remedy is the best, but it might kill you". Listen up and pay attention to what these ads say.

But nature doesn’t do that. With nature, there are NO disclaimers!

So, if you have a little anxiety – treatment of it can be as simple as a natural supplement.

          Anxiety – Treatment of it the Holistic Way   
At some time in our lives, all of us suffer some degree of anxiety. Treatment of it can be a minor or major process. It depends on the severity. All too often, we resort to some anti-depressant and leave it at that. The problem with that approach is that it hides the symptoms, but does nothing to resolve the cause of the problem.

This is the issue with so many professional interventions that camouflage symptoms but ignore the cause. A good example is the spine. The spine is a powerhouse of nerves that control major areas of the body. The spine does more than just hold us together. It relays the brain's messages to make our legs move; it sends and receives messages from the heart and lungs. It relays the message that our toes are still there! It is our own personal internet that connects us into one functioning body.

It is our own personal internet that connects us into one functioning body.

What happens if there's a glitch in the web server? You can't access information, or maybe it's so slow you can't use it. What happens if you "feel" the toe is hurting, but really it's a spine "server" problem. You get the idea?

Our body is far more complex, and our "internal internet" needs the best to do its best.

Giving your spine the best - means taking care that it is in good health – before it breaks down and causes issues in other areas of the body. Ask your chiropractor, if the spine can't cause symptoms in other parts of the body.

So, would it help to hide the symptoms?

Would it be better to find the cause of the symptoms - and remove the cause?You can reduce anxiety - treatment of it may be as easy as a visit to your local chiropractor. Believe me, it's a lot cheaper than brain surgery.

          Anxiety - Treatment of it with Healthy Food   
We don't have to suffer from anxiety - treatment of it can be very easy with healthy food. We've all heard about the food pyramid and how we should eat a balance of carbohydrates, and fruit and cereals, and etc.

But how many of us do it?

Let me give an example. A car needs gas to run, but it also needs water to keep cool, and oil so it won't seize up. What else does it need?

Well, at least a battery so that it can start! Right. Why have all that other stuff, if it won't start?

Our body is exactly the same. The heart needs food, the lungs need different food, the brain has other requirements. When I say food, I mean nutrition - different elements that are essential to the health of each part of the body. Common sense, right?

Which part of the body is the control center? Silly question. It's the brain! If the brain isn't getting the right elements it needs, then how can we expect it to run properly!

This is a major reason why people suffer anxiety. The brain is complaining. It's trying to get our attention! It can't keep us balanced because the brain itself isn't balanced!

How can we fix this. Easy!

Start with healthy food, lots of water, exercise, and sunshine. OK, you want to jump start. You're a microwave fan, I can tell.

Jump start with a natural supplement that gives your brain some "brain food". It'll help you get more balance very quickly. But, do take nature's way - take natural supplements. The synthetic, artificial stuff is just trying to fool your body.

Would you put an artificial battery in your car? No - you give it the best to jump start your day!

So, get rid of anxiety - treatment of it starts right now. You can get more information on any of the links above.

Modern life carries a heavy load, including attacks of anxiety - treatment of anxiety can be worse than the anxiety! Some solutions are not so good! Daily grind activities like school, performance targets, fear of layoffs, salary cuts, unfair competition, peer pressure, time away from home and family – the list goes on and on. Life doesn’t seem to get any easier, does it?

But, you can do a lot to relax and slow down. One way is to help your brain in producing its own natural feel-good chemicals. Do this by eating fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain foods; getting lots of fresh air and sunshine, and regular exercise.

Another benefit of healthy food and exercise is that your digestion gets a better chance to eliminate the toxins that stress creates.

Many artificial remedies may produce side effects that create more problems than they resolve. One reason often is that they treat the symptoms but do not help to alleviate the cause. A simple example is a headache. OK, you take something strong for the headache. That "hides" the symptom but does nothing to locate the cause of the pain. Maybe it's in your spine, or your leg. So the problem continues on, but the remedy did nothing to resolve it.

Natural remedies, however, are made from 100% natural ingredients that can help to strengthen the nervous system. This helps keep our nerves more settled and soothedand enables us to cope better with the stresses of modern life.

Natural remedies have been used in medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain, nervous system, and many organs of the body. Our grandparents knew a lot more about plants and remedies than we do. If you travel overseas you will see many countries and cultures which routinely use all sorts of teas and potions made from natural substances. Ever heard that the Amazon jungle contains more natural remedies than we ever dreamed of?

We don't have to be slaves to anxiety. Treatment of anxiety can be easier than you think. If in any doubt, always consult your physician. Treatment may be as simple as a natural boost of naturally occurring elements which a healthy body needs for optimum performance.

          Anxiety - Treatment of It with Passion!   
Our modern lifestyle has a major downside, including extreme anxiety; treatment of which can be just as stressful! Exhausting activities like deadlines, exams, interviews, performance targets, layoffs, salary cuts, unfair competition, peer pressure, time away from family and loved ones – the list goes on forever - and – and – and - it doesn’t get any easier, does it?

Oftentimes the demands may be so overwhelming that it seems almost impossible to slow down and take a deep breath. The result - we worry and lose sleep about pretty much anything and everything. This can spiral down into symptoms of anxiety and panic.

A lot can be done to relax and just slow down. One way is to help our brain produce its own natural feel-good chemicals by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain foods; getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and exercising regularly.

Practicing relaxation techniques, meditation or taking time for a walk can all help to reduce stress levels and facilitate a feeling of calm – helping us to wind down and relax.

Many artificial remedies can produce side effects that create more problems than they resolve. The reason often is that they treat the symptoms but do not help to alleviate the cause. They can fix the pain, but hurt our stomach, or whatever.

However, natural remedies are made 100% from natural ingredients that can help to refresh our nervous system and keep our nerves settled and soothedto enable us to cope more easily with the everyday stresses of rush.

Natural remedies can help relieve anxiety; depression can be conquered – naturally.

In fact, natural remedies have been used routinely in medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system. Our grandparents knew a lot more about plants and remedies than we do! If you travel overseas you will see many countries and cultures which use daily all sorts of teas and potions made from natural substances. Are these remedies some hocus pocus? No way!

They work to relieve anxiety, stress, and all their symptoms!

There are many published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of a wide range of herbs to support the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and maintain a healthy balance - which will always assist with staying calm under pressure.

One of them is the curiously named, “Passion Flower" which is used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. In Brazil, the fruit from this beautiful flower is ground and taken as a delicious soothing juice. They don't take is as a remedy - it's a common refreshing drink at any time of day. Ask Brazilians if they are anxious! You guessed right - they are happy people!

This is the natural way to calm down. We don't have to be bound to anxiety. Treatment of anxiety can be much easier than we think. This may involve professional intervention, and of course, if in any doubt, always consult your physician. Treatment may be as simple as a natural boost of naturally occurring elements which a healthy body needs for optimum performance.

          One Nation Under Bush   

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—"I want you to stand, raise your right hands," and recite "the Bush Pledge," said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."

I know the Bush-Cheney campaign occasionally requires the people who attend its events to sign loyalty oaths, but this was the first time I have ever seen an audience actually stand and utter one. Maybe they've replaced the written oath with a verbal one.

This may be the first and only time the "Bush Pledge" has been taken at an event I've attended (or any event for that matter), but I'm not the best witness. One of the unfortunate drawbacks of traveling with a presidential candidate is that you arrive at a political rally when he does, which means you arrive right before he speaks. Neither President Bush nor John Kerry spends a lot of time waiting backstage while the warm-up acts address the crowd. Those speakers are timed to end when the candidate arrives (although, given that Kerry is habitually late, I wonder if they tell the introductory speakers to go long), so the traveling press typically misses their remarks.

Because I've been traveling "outside the bubble" of the campaign planes for the past week, I arrived at a Thursday rally for Laura Bush before it began, and I sat with the local press. For only the second time, I witnessed a Bush campaign event in full. It wasn't a particularly notable experience, except for the fact that it opened with that weird pledge of fealty, reminiscent of the cultlike cheer that Wal-Mart forces its employees to perform. There were a few good lines, such as this one from Florida state Sen. Mike Haridopolos: "Our president likes to sign the front of your check. His opponent likes to sign the back of your check." But the second-most memorable event was a remarkably mendacious speech given by U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida's 16th District.

Foley had the gall to condemn Kerry for his "reckless disregard for the facts" in a speech in which the least of his errors came when he sloppily claimed that John Edwards has served in the U.S. Senate for four years, rather than six. The main target of Foley's attack was Kerry's criticism of the president for allowing the al-Qaqaa weapons dump to be looted, presumably by terrorists, during a war that was designed precisely to prevent such an event from occurring. "The senator from Massachusetts immediately grabbed onto that without doing any checking, any fact-checking. He didn't even call Dan Rather," Foley said. But "NBC News followed up saying, oh-ho, not so fast. We don't have all the facts yet. Yet he went on national TV and announced, with reckless disregard for the facts, that somehow during George Bush's administration, these weapons were stolen." Foley's right in one sense, that we still don't have all the facts. But here's a fact that emerged after Foley's speech: Former weapons inspector David Kay said on CNN after viewing the footage of the site filmed by ABC News, "There was HMX, RDX in there. The seal was broken. And quite frankly, to me the most frightening thing is not only was the seal broken, lock broken, but the soldiers left after opening it up. I mean, to rephrase the so-called Pottery Barn rule. If you open an arms bunker, you own it. You have to provide security."

Foley continued, "Well, folks, one thing it does prove: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before we went there." Well, um, there were weapons. The explosives weren't biological, chemical, or nuclear. And they were locked up by the international weapons inspectors derided by the administration, and they were "liberated" by the president's war. But instead of concluding that the war was a mistake, or at least that it should have been conducted differently, Foley declared, "The other thing it proves is that Saddam Hussein was the most important weapon of mass destruction to remove, and this president took him down." If we invaded North Korea and that country's nuclear weapons ended up in the hands of al-Qaida, would that prove that the invasion was a success?

But if you don't believe the Iraq invasion was justified, you can still vote for President Bush because he hugs little girls and, most important of all, he threw a baseball. After telling the audience of his personal experience of Sept. 11, Foley revisited the story of Bush throwing out the first pitch of the World Series in 2001, which received a hilariously somber treatment in a video narrated by Fred Thompson at the Republican convention. Like any tall tale, the story has become more and more embroidered with time. In Foley's version, the president boldly strode to the mound "without a bulletproof vest." But the entire point of the convention video was that throwing the ball from the mound was so difficult because Bush's arms were restricted by a bulletproof vest.

I'm not sure which is crazier, thinking that al-Qaqaa proves that the Iraq war was justified, or that President Bush stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium less than two months after 9/11 without wearing a flak jacket. Based on his speech, Mark Foley is either delusional or he has a serious problem telling the truth. But you can't blame him. He's probably angling for a job in a second Bush administration.

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          From the Mouths of Babes   

OKLAHOMA CITY—Maybe Wesley Clark Jr. saw the early exit polls. For whatever reason, he's standing in front of a crowd of reporters outside Clark's campaign headquarters in Oklahoma, looking bitter and sounding as if he thinks his father's campaign is over. "It's been a really disillusioning experience," the candidate's 34-year-old son says. "We sacrificed a hell of a lot for this country over 34 years. We lived in a damn trailer when I was a freshman in high school."

I'm late to the party because I was inside the campaign office watching Clark Sr. make phone calls to voters. But apparently Clark Jr. said he was writing a screenplay about the campaign process, and it sounds like it won't be a positive treatment. Of politics, he says, "It's a dirty business, filled with a lot of people who are pretending to be a lot of things they're not." The press never looked at his father's record, he says. They didn't treat the other candidates fairly either. Howard Dean got unfair coverage, he says. So did John Edwards. So did John Kerry. So did everyone.

What about the president? Does he get fair coverage from the press? "If the president had gotten fair coverage, he never would have gotten elected in the first place," Clark says. Has the media done a poor job of getting his father's message out? "It's not the media's job to get his message out. The media's job is to sell advertising."

A reporter asks, do you think your father has been well served by his campaign? For once, Clark declines to offer an opinion. "Uh, I'm not going to comment on the campaign. I'll put it this way. I think he was the best candidate." Then he adds, "I wish they would have competed in Iowa, personally." Because elections don't matter, he says. The media's horse-race coverage is all that matters, and by skipping Iowa, Clark got left out of the horse race. "It's all horse-race questions," he says. "My favorite was Dad wearing a sweater in New Hampshire one day. Maybe he was wearing a sweater because he was cold."

But why has the president gotten positive coverage while the Democrats have gotten negative coverage, in his opinion? "It's about access. You know that you'll be denied access if you actually cover things honestly." He follows this with a recommendation that we go work in Hollywood if we don't understand how the political press works, because they need good storytellers in Hollywood, too. (I hope to have a fuller transcript of Clark's comments later today, after reporters gather to watch the videotape. I'll update if there's anything worth adding.)

At this point, Clark's traveling press secretary, Jamal Simmons, sees the crowd of reporters and breaks things up. Comparing notes with some reporters after the event, I scribble down a few quotes that Clark said before I showed up. Among them are "I'd like him to win today. If he doesn't win, I don't want him to stay out there," and "What did we get on the news for this weekend? A speeding ticket in Oklahoma. You gotta be fucking kidding me."

The press corps gathers at the hotel and gets ready to file. Simmons tells us the general's take on his son's comments: "He loves him. He has his own opinions."

          How To Treat Sunburn And Look After Your Skin During Hot Weather.   
It’s hard to resist soaking up the first few rays of summer sunshine, (while it lasts) but sometimes lounging in the sun can come with a heavy price. If you forget to put on your sunblock, you can end up with a nasty and painful sunburn.

The outer layers of your skin become inflamed by overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the affected area gets hot and tender. Fortunately, there are some tried and true home sunburn remedies that can soothe your stinging skin. Try these ten suggestions to cool off, but remember: repeated sunburns cause your skin to age more rapidly, and increase the risk of cancer, so slather on that sunscreen the next time you venture into the sun.

1. Soak it up. For immediate relief, soak the sunburned areas in cold water (but not ice water) or with cold compresses for 15 minutes. The cold reduces swelling and wicks away heat from your skin.

2. Take a dip. If you’re burned all over, take a soak in a cool bath to which you’ve added oatmeal. You can either buy a colloidal oatmeal product, such as Aveeno, or simply grind up a cup of oatmeal in a food processor and add it to your bath.

3. Give yourself a green tea compress. Brew up a pot of green tea and let it cool. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, and use it as a compress for sunburned areas. The tea contains ingredients that help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage and reduce inflammation.

4. Freshen up with mint. Use the cooling, aromatic qualities of peppermint to quell the scorch of a sunburn. Either make peppermint tea or mix two drops of peppermint oil with a cup of lukewarm water. Chill the concoction and gently bathe the sunburned area.

5. Bring veggies to the rescue. For extra-painful spots of sunburn, rub the area gently with sliced cucumber or potato. They contain compounds that cool the burn and help reduce swelling.

6. Try some vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid—one of the components of medications such as Aspirin. It can help ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. Soak a few sheets of paper towels in white vinegar, and apply them to the sunburned areas. Leave them on until the towels are dry. Repeat as needed.

7. Take a vinegary bath. If the sunburn itches, take a cool bath, but add two cups of vinegar to the bathwater before you get in.

8. Coat yourself. Mix baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste, and slather it over the sunburned areas. Apply the salve before bedtime, and leave it on overnight.

9. Make your bed sunburn-safe. Sprinkle your sheets with corn starch to minimise painful chafing. (Use this technique only for bad sunburns, since you’ll have to wash the sheets afterwards.)

10. Go for aloe. Apply a light coating of pure Aloe Vera to the sunburned skin, using either a fresh piece from the plant or in the gel form you can buy at the drugstore. If you buy the gel, make sure it’s 100% pure Aloe Vera.

Some also say that pure natural yogurt smeared over sunburn has healing properties, however the best remedy is PREVENTION. Always use good quality sun screen, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sun exposure.

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          Did She Really Just Say That?   
The other week, I was in a medical appointment and making small talk with the nurse. I happened to mention that I was coaching my daughter’s soccer team. Later in the appointment, while giving her my medical history, I told the nurse that I endured through three years of fertility treatments. Remembering that I had … Continue reading Did She Really Just Say That?
          Squeezing Water From the Sea   

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          Novel Nonparametric Methods For ROC Curves   

The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve is a widely used graphical method for evaluating the discriminating power of a diagnostic test or a statistical model in various areas such as epidemiology, industrial quality control and material testing, etc. One important quantitative measure summarizing the ROC curve is the area under the ROC curve (AUC). The accuracy of two diagnostic tests with right censored data can be compared using the difference of two ROC curves and the difference of two AUC's. Moreover, the difference of two volumes under surfaces (VUS) is investigated to compare two treatments for the discrimination of three-category classification data, extending the ROC curve to the ROC surface in the three-dimensional case.

A few scientific progresses have been achieved in ROC curves and its related fields over the past decades. In this dissertation, we propose a plug-in empirical likelihood (EL) procedure combining placement values and weighting of inverse probability techniques, to construct stable and precise confidence intervals of the ROC curves, the difference of two ROC curves, the AUC's and the difference of two AUC's with right censoring. We proved that the limiting distribution of the EL ratio is a weighted $\chi^2$ distribution. Furthermore, we introduce a jackknife empirical likelihood (JEL) procedure to explore the difference of two correlated VUS's with complete data. We proved that the limiting distribution of the proposed JEL ratio is a $\chi^2$ distribution, i.e., the Wilk's theorem holds. Extensive simulation studies demonstrate that the new methods have better performance than the existing methods in terms of coverage probability of confidence intervals in most cases. Finally, the proposed methods are applied to analyze data sets of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC), Alzheimer's disease, etc.

          Constructing Empirical Likelihood Confidence Intervals for Medical Cost Data with Censored Observations   

Medical cost analysis is an important part of treatment evaluation. Since resources are limited in society, it is important new treatments are developed with proper costconsiderations. The mean has been mostly accepted as a measure of the medical cost analysis. However, it is well known that cost data is highly skewed and the mean could be highly influenced by outliers. Therefore, in many situations the mean cost alone cannot offer complete information about medical costs. The quantiles (e.g., the first quartile, median and third quartile) of medical costs could better represent the typical costs paid by a group of individuals, and could provide additional information beyond mean cost.

For a specified patient population, cost estimates are generally determined from the beginning of treatments until death or end of the study period. A number of statistical methods have been proposed to estimate medical cost. Since medical cost data are skewed to the right, normal approximation based confidence intervals can have much lower coverage probability than the desired nominal level when the cost data are moderately or severely skewed. Additionally, we note that the variance estimators of the cost estimates are analytically complicated.

In order to address some of the above issues, in the first part of the dissertation we propose two empirical likelihood-based confidence intervals for the mean medical costs: One is an empirical likelihood interval (ELI) based on influence function, the other is a jackknife empirical likelihood (JEL) based interval. We prove that under very general conditions, 2log (empirical likelihood ratio) has an asymptotic standard chi squared distribution with one degree of freedom for mean medical cost. Also we show that the log-jackknife empirical likelihood ratio statistics follow standard χ2 distribution with one degree of freedom for mean medical cost.

In the second part of the dissertation, we propose an influence function-based empirical likelihood method to construct a confidence region for the vector of regression parameters in mean cost regression models with censored data. The proposed confidence region can be used to obtain a confidence interval for the expected total cost of a patient with given covariates. The new method has sound asymptotic property (Wilks Theorem).

In the third part of the dissertation we propose empirical likelihood method based on influence function to construct confidence intervals for quantile medical costs with censored data. We prove that under very general conditions,2log (empirical likelihood ratio) has an asymptotic standard chi squared distribution with one degree of freedom for quantile medical cost. Simulation studies are conducted to compare coverage probabilities and interval lengths of the proposed confidence intervals with the existing confidence intervals. The proposed methods are observed to have better finite sample performances than existing methods. The new methods are also illustrated through a real example.

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          Treatment for Hemorrhoids   
Treatment for Hemorrhoids - Is there are real cure for hemorrhoids?

Sadly we are living in a fast paced world which, although it has its good sides, it has its drawbacks as well. One of them is the fact that more and more people get hemorrhoids. This didn't use to be the case earlier on, but now, whenever I speak with a friend or relative or just someone that I met recently, and somehow the discussion invariably turns to the issue of hemorrhoids, or piles, as they are also called.

Some of the common things we all have is the fact that we eat junk food, which lacks valuable nutrients. We live more stressful lives, we are more tense than ever before and we are basically living very unhealthy lives. No wonder hemorrhoids flare up like mushrooms after rain!

Having hemorrhoids is humiliating as best and taboo to talk about in public at worst. No wonder since they are located in a very private part of our bodies. Many people sadly live a life struggling to overcome their hemorrhoidal problem and don't consult a doctor or try to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids, simply because they are ashamed. Whereas a proper hemorrhoid treatment should be used before they get a chance to become a real chronic condition for each of us.

Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Of course, the best option is prevention. Cure comes next. For example, if you are portly, you should limit your intake of large meals to reduce the clot. Reducing the junk food should be a regular part of our preventive measure to avoid getting hemorrhoids in the first place. Eating a diet full of fibers, meaning fruits and vegetables, whole wheat and salads is one of those things that should replace junk food right away.

Once you have hemorrhoids though, prevention is a moot point. This is where you need to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids which provide you not only a long lasting cure, but also instant relief. Just like with toothache, knowing that the dentist will eventually fix the tooth doesn't help us much when we are pacing the floor every night in utter pain. Instant relief is the first thing that anyone cares about, along with a proper hemorrhoid cure.

Truth is, there are several hemorrhoid cures, most of them are working great, but not all offer the best instant relief there is. Some, sadly, don't work at all. It is a bit difficult to figure out what works and what doesn't, and going through one treatment after the other for most of us is not a real option anyway. You need to find one cure that works best and stick with it.

Hemorrhoid Miracle is one of the best treatment for hemorrhoids there is out there at the moment. I have tried this cure and it works. It works because it is one of the most effective, fastest, natural cure for your problems without side effects and elaborate procedures that will take ages to get rid of your hemorrhoids.

How it all started

I actually came across this book quite by accident. Embarassingly enough, I was suffering from hemorrhoids for quite a while now, didn't even mention this to my partner, and one day I was down having a chat with the pharmacist (who is also my friend) at the pharmacy nearby. He offered me a chair and a coffee, and I wouldn't sit down. Eventually I poured out my soul to him and then he went behind the counter and handed me over a binded manual (was quite torn actually around the edges) and gave it to me to read. He told me if I don't find in this book a final cure for my hemorrhoids, I should be the only one that didn't get a proper treatment for hemorrhoids, because it really helped everybody else before me. I took the book with a skeptical face, but I said to myself, it can't get worse than that. If nothing else, it will be a great bedtime read to put me asleep.

Well, about a week later I returned the book to John, my pharmacist friend and showed him my own copy. I bought my book in the meantime as well, knowing that I have to return the other copy to John eventually. He asked me how did it go and offered me a chair. I sat down this time without any effort from my part.

I told him that after using only one of the cures from the book the bleeding stopped overnight and as I continued with that cure, I haven't had a bleeding 'bum' ever since. Couple that with a few other natural techniques from the book, I have to proudly say that my hemorrhoid is really shrunk. The pharmacist's eyes were smiling at me and with an 'I told you so' look on his face he just nodded and took his book from my hands and put it back behind the counter, no doubt waiting for the next person who will be plagued by the same problem.

Truths about Hemorrhoids

I did ask him one thing though. He is a pharmacist and yet, he hasn't tried to sell me on any creams or pills or anything else from his shop. He told me in confidence that most of these creams do not work, plain and simple. Or they do work short term and you have to keep going back and buy the expensive cream over and over again, as without it, hemorrhoids return. He is a very honest and honorable person and likes to do the right thing, not to sell people on creams and gels and the pharmaceutical companies want us to get dependant on.

I really hope you can use this information to get the proper treatment for hemorrhoids that you deserve. Also I hope that my story has inspired you to keep your own dog eared copy in a drawer and hand it out for freely to any friends who are struggling with hemorrhoids so they read through it and try the 'miracle' cures out for themselves. Once they find the treatment really works, they will buy their own copy and happily return yours.

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BIOS en un mail afectuoso, recuerda su visita a Santo Tomé :
Querida gente que me ha acompañado en los días de mi visita a la provincia de Santa Fe:
En retribución a tanto afecto y apoyo recibido a mi iniciativa, he querido dejar expresado en un breve relato, la experiencia compartida en cada uno de los colegios e instituciones visitados, y dejar también un recuerdo a través de algunas fotos y dibujos.
Para compartirlo, los invito a visitar el sitio:
Desde ya que esto no es más que una breve y subjetiva reseña, por eso los invito a enriquecer el relato de viaje con sus aportes, y a seguir el intercambio.
Ojalá que el material que les he compartido ayude a seguir sembrando interrogantes y aprendizajes, y espero que todo aquello que quieran aportar, de lo que pudiera haber surgido en relación al tema después de mi vista, me lo hagan llegar a través de este medio. Es todo material muy valioso para mí.
Les mando un abrazo y el mayor de mis agradecimientos a todos ustedes, por hacer posible este camino de aprendizaje y crecimiento.
Cariñosos saludos, Mariela.
          Psychiatry - Medical Director - Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Salt Lake City, UT   
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          DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection Announced!   

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          India and the Balance of Power   

India is arriving on the world stage as the first large, economically powerful, culturally vibrant, multiethnic, multireligious democracy outside of the geographic West. As it rises, India has the potential to become a leading member of the "political West" and to play a key role in the great political struggles of the next decades. Whether it will, and how soon, depends above all on the readiness of the Western powers to engage India on its own terms.


India's grand strategy divides the world into three concentric circles. In the first, which encompasses the immediate neighborhood, India has sought primacy and a veto over the actions of outside powers. In the second, which encompasses the so-called extended neighborhood stretching across Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral, India has sought to balance the influence of other powers and prevent them from undercutting its interests. In the third, which includes the entire global stage, India has tried to take its place as one of the great powers, a key player in international peace and security.

Three things have historically prevented India from realizing these grand strategic goals. First, the partition of the South Asian subcontinent along religious lines (first into India and Pakistan, in 1947, then into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in 1971) left India with a persistent conflict with Pakistan and an internal Hindu-Muslim divide. It also physically separated India from historically linked states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the nations of Southeast Asia. The creation of an avowedly Islamic state in Pakistan caused especially profound problems for India's engagement with the Middle East. Such tensions intertwined with regional and global great-power rivalries to severely constrict India's room for maneuver in all three concentric circles.

The second obstacle was the Indian socialist system, which caused a steady relative economic decline and a consequent loss of influence in the years after independence. The state-socialist model led India to shun commercial engagement with the outside world. As a result, India was disconnected from its natural markets and culturally akin areas in the extended neighborhood.

Finally, the Cold War, the onset of which quickly followed India's independence, pushed India into the arms of the Soviet Union in response to Washington's support for Pakistan and China -- and thus put the country on the losing side of the great political contest of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite being the largest democracy in the world, India ended up siding with the opposite camp on most global issues.

The last decade of the twentieth century liberated India from at least two of these constraints; state socialism gave way to economic liberalization and openness to globalization, and the Cold War ended. Suddenly, New Delhi was free to reinvent its foreign policy -- positioning itself to face the rise of China, shifting its strategic approach to its other neighbors, and beginning to work closely with the world's existing great powers.


India's recent embrace of openness and globalization has had an especially dramatic effect on the country's role in the region. As the nations of the subcontinent jettison their old socialist agendas, India is well positioned to promote economic integration. Although the pace has been relatively slow, the process has begun to gain traction. The planned implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement this summer signals the coming reintegration of the subcontinent's markets, which constituted a single economic space until 1947.

At the same time, optimism on the economic front must be tempered by an awareness of the problematic political developments in India's smaller neighbors. The struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal, interminable political violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the simmering civil war in Sri Lanka underscore the potential dangers of failing states on the subcontinent. There are also the uncertain futures of Pakistan and Afghanistan: defeating religious extremism and creating modern and moderate states in both countries is of paramount importance to India. A successful Indian strategy for promoting peace and prosperity within the region would require preventing internal conflicts from undermining regional security, as well as resolving India's own conflicts with its neighbors.

In the past, great-power rivalries, as well as India's own tensions with Pakistan and China, have complicated New Delhi's effort to maintain order in the region. Today, all of the great powers, including the United States and China, support the Indian objective of promoting regional economic integration. The Bush administration has also started to defer to Indian leadership on regional security issues. Given the new convergence of U.S. and Indian interests in promoting democracy and countering extremism and terrorism, New Delhi no longer suspects Washington of trying to undercut its influence in the region. As a result, it is more prepared than ever to work with the United States and other Western powers to pursue regional goals.

Meanwhile, the external environment has never been as conducive as it is today to the resolution of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. The conflict has become less and less relevant to India's relations with the great powers, which has meant a corresponding willingness on New Delhi's part to work toward a solution. Of particular importance has been the steady evolution of the U.S. position on Kashmir since the late 1990s. The support extended by President Bill Clinton to India in its limited war with Pakistan in 1999 removed the perception that Washington would inevitably align with Islamabad in regional conflicts. But India remained distrustful of the Clinton administration's hyperactive, prescriptive approach to Kashmir. It has been more comfortable with the low-key methods of the Bush administration, which has avoided injecting itself directly into the conflict. The Bush administration has also publicly held Pakistan responsible for cross-border terrorism and has extracted the first-ever assurances from Pakistan to put an end to the attacks. New Delhi does not entirely believe these promises, but it has nonetheless come to trust Washington as a source of positive of influence on Islamabad.

These developments have opened the way for a peace process between the two governments. With the growing awareness that the normalization of relations with Pakistan would end a debilitating conflict and help India's regional and global standing, New Delhi has begun to negotiate seriously for the first time in decades. Although the pace of talks has not satisfied Pakistan, the two sides have agreed on a range of confidence-building measures. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the idea of giving up territory, but he has often called for innovative solutions that would improve living conditions and for common institutions that would connect Kashmiris across the Line of Control. Singh has made clear that the Indian leadership is ready to risk political capital on finding a diplomatic solution to Kashmir.

India's recent effort to resolve its long-standing border dispute with China has been just as bold. New Delhi decided in 2003 to seek a settlement with Beijing on a political basis, rather than on the basis of legal or historical claims. As a result, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April 2005, India and China agreed on a set of principles to guide the final settlement. The two governments are now exploring the contours of mutually satisfactory territorial compromises.

India's search for practical solutions to the disputes over Kashmir and its border with China suggests that the country has finally begun to overcome the obsession with territoriality that has consumed it since its formation. Ironically, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan in 1998 may have helped in this regard: although nuclearization initially sharpened New Delhi's conflicts with both Islamabad and Beijing, it also allowed India to approach its territorial problems with greater self-assurance and pragmatism.


Progress on the resolution of either of these conflicts, especially the one over Kashmir, would liberate India's political and diplomatic energies so that the country could play a larger role in the world. It would also finally release India's armed forces from the constraining mission of territorial defense, allowing them to get more involved in peace and stability operations around the Indian Ocean. Even with all the tensions on the subcontinent, the armies of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have been among the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. The normalization of Indo-Pakistani relations would further free up some of the best armed forces in the world for the promotion of the collective good in the greater Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Even as the Kashmir and China questions have remained unsettled, India's profile in its extended neighborhood has grown considerably since the early 1990s. India's outward economic orientation has allowed it to reestablish trade and investment linkages with much of its near abroad. New Delhi is negotiating a slew of free- and preferential-trade agreements with individual countries as well as multilateral bodies including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Southern African Development Community. Just as China has become the motor of economic growth in East Asia, a rising India could become the engine of economic integration in the Indian Ocean region.

After decades of being marginalized from regional institutions in different parts of Asia, India is also now a preferred political partner for ASEAN, the East Asian Summit, the GCC, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the African Union. Moreover, it has emerged as a major aid donor; having been an aid recipient for so long, India is now actively leveraging its own external assistance to promote trade as well as political objectives. For example, India has given $650 million in aid to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Meanwhile, the search for oil has encouraged Indian energy companies to tail their Western and Chinese counterparts throughout the world, from Central Asia and Siberia and to western Africa and Venezuela.

On the security side, India has been actively engaged in defense diplomacy. Thanks to the strength of its armed forces, India is well positioned to assist in stabilizing the Indian Ocean region. It helps that there has been a convergence of U.S. and Indian political interests: countering terrorism, pacifying Islamic radicalism, promoting democracy, and ensuring the security of sea-lanes, to name a few. The Indian navy in particular has been at the cutting edge of India's engagement with the region -- as was evident from its ability to deploy quickly to areas hit by the tsunami at the end of 2004. The Indian navy today is also ready to participate in multinational military operations.


The end of the Cold War freed India to pursue engagement with all the great powers -- but especially the United States. At the start of the 1990s, finding that its relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Europe were all underdeveloped, India moved quickly to repair the situation. Discarding old socialist shibboleths, it began to search for markets for its products and capital to fuel its long-constrained domestic growth. Economic partnerships were easy to construct, and increasing trade flows provided a new basis for stability in India's relations with other major powers. India's emergence as an outsourcing destination and its new prowess in information technology also give it a niche in the world economy -- along with the confidence that it can benefit from economic globalization.

Barely 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, India's omnidirectional engagement with the great powers has paid off handsomely. Never before has India had such expansive relations with all the major powers at the same time -- a result not only of India's increasing weight in the global economy and its growing power potential, but also of New Delhi's savvy and persistent diplomacy.

The evolution of Sino-Indian ties since the 1990s has been especially important and intriguing. Many see violent conflict between the two rising Asian powers as inevitable. But thanks to New Delhi's policy of actively engaging China since the late 1980s, the tensions that characterized relations between them from the late 1950s through the 1970s have become receding memories. Bilateral trade has boomed, growing from less than $200 million in the early 1990s to nearly $20 billion in 2005. In fact, China is set to overtake the European Union and the United States as India's largest trading partner within a few years. The 3,500-kilometer Sino-Indian border, over which the two countries fought a war in 1962, is now tranquil. And during Wen's visit to India in April 2005, India and China announced a "strategic partnership" -- even though just seven years earlier New Delhi had cited concerns over China as a reason for performing nuclear tests, prompting a vicious reaction from Beijing.

India has also cooperated with China in order to neutralize it in conflicts with Pakistan and other smaller neighbors. In the past, China tended to be a free rider on regional security issues, proclaiming noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations while opportunistically befriending regimes in pursuit of its long-term strategic interests. This allowed India's subcontinental neighbors to play the China card against New Delhi when they wanted to resist India's attempts to nudge them toward conflict resolution. But now, Beijing has increasingly avoided taking sides in India's disputes, even as its economic and security profile in the region has grown.

China is not the only Asian power that India is aiming to engage and befriend. Japan has also emerged as an important partner for India, especially since Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has transformed Japanese politics in the last few years. During a visit to New Delhi just a couple of weeks after Wen's in April 2005, Koizumi announced Japan's own "strategic partnership" with India. (This came despite Japan's harsh reaction to India's nuclear test in 1998, which prompted Japanese sanctions and an effort by Tokyo to censure India in the United Nations and other multilateral forums.) Amid growing fears of a rising China and the incipient U.S.-Indian alliance, Japan has elevated India to a key player in its long-term plans for Asian security.

Recognizing the need to diversify its Asian economic portfolio, Tokyo has also, for political reasons, begun to direct some of its foreign investment to India (which has overtaken China as the largest recipient of Japanese development assistance). Since the start of the Bush administration, Japan has also shown increasing interest in expanding military cooperation with India, especially in the maritime domain. India, too, has recognized that it shares with Japan an interest in energy security and in maintaining a stable balance of power in Asia. Japan actively supported India's participation in the inaugural East Asian Summit, in December 2005, despite China's reluctance to include New Delhi. Neither India nor Japan wants to base their political relationship exclusively on a potential threat from China, but both know that deepening their own security cooperation will open up new strategic options and that greater coordination between Asian democracies could limit China's impact.

India's relations with Europe have been limited by the fact that New Delhi is fairly unimpressed with Europe's role in global politics. It senses that Europe and India have traded places in terms of their attitudes toward the United States: while Europe seethes with resentment of U.S. policies, India is giving up on habitually being the first, and most trenchant, critic of Washington. As pessimism overtakes Europe, growing Indian optimism allows New Delhi to support unpopular U.S. policies. Indians consistently give both the United States and the Bush administration very favorable marks; according to a recent Pew Global Attitudes poll, for example, the percentage of Indians with a positive view of the United States rose from 54 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2005. And whereas a declining Europe has tended to be skeptical of India's rise, the Bush administration has been fully sympathetic to India's great-power aspirations.

Still, India does have growing economic and political ties with some European powers. Although many smaller European countries have been critical of the U.S.-Indian nuclear deal, the continent's two nuclear powers, France and the United Kingdom, have been supportive. Paris, in particular, bet long ago (well before Washington did, in fact) that a rising India would provide a good market for high-tech goods; with this in mind, it shielded New Delhi from the ire of the G-8 (the group of eight highly industrialized nations) after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998. In the last several years, the United Kingdom has also started to seize economic opportunities in India and has been generally accommodating of New Delhi's regional and global aspirations.

In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, India also worked to maintain a relationship with Russia. The two states resolved residual issues relating to their old semi-barter rupee-ruble trading arrangements, recast their 1971 peace and friendship treaty, and maintained military cooperation. When President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin, in 2000, India's waiting game paid off. A newly assertive Moscow was determined to revive and expand its strategic cooperation with India. New Delhi's only problems with Moscow today are the weakening bilateral trade relationship and the risk of Russia's doing too much to strengthen China's military capabilities.


At the end of the Cold War, the prospect of India's building a new political relationship with the United States seemed remote. Washington had long favored Pakistan and China in the region, India had in turn aligned itself with the Soviet Union, and a number of global issues seemed to pit the two countries against each other. Yet after the Cold War, India set about wooing the United States. For most of the Clinton administration, this sweet-talking fell on deaf ears, in part because Clinton officials were so focused on the Kashmir dispute and nonproliferation. Clinton, driven by the unshakable assumption that Kashmir was one of the world's most dangerous "nuclear flashpoints" and so needed to be defused, emphasized "preventive diplomacy" and was determined to "cap, roll back, and eventually eliminate" India's nuclear capabilities. Of course, Clinton's approach ran headlong into India's core national security concerns -- territorial integrity and preserving its nuclear option. Pressed by Washington to circumscribe its strategic capabilities, New Delhi reacted by testing nuclear weapons.

But even as it faced U.S. sanctions, New Delhi also began to proclaim that India was a natural ally of the United States. Although the Clinton administration was not interested in an alliance, the nuclear tests forced the United States to engage India seriously for the first time in five decades. That engagement did not resolve the nuclear differences, but it did bring Clinton to India in March 2000 -- the first American presidential visit to India in 22 years. Clinton's personal charm, his genuine empathy for India, and his unexpected support of India in the 1999 war with Pakistan succeeded in improving the atmospherics of the relations and in putting New Delhi on Washington's radar screen in a new way.

It took Bush, however, to transform the strategic context of U.S.-Indian relations. Convinced that India's influence will stretch far beyond its immediate neighborhood, Bush has reconceived the framework of U.S. engagement with New Delhi. He has removed many of the sanctions, opened the door for high-tech cooperation, lent political support to India's own war on terrorism, ended the historical U.S. tilt toward Pakistan on Kashmir, and repositioned the United States in the Sino-Indian equation by drawing closer to New Delhi.

India has responded to these sweeping changes by backing the Bush administration on missile defense, the International Criminal Court, and finding alternative approaches to confronting global warming. It lent active support to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan by protecting U.S. assets in transit through the Strait of Malacca in 2002, agreed to work with the United States on multinational military operations outside of the UN framework, and, in 2005 and 2006, voted twice with Washington against Iran -- an erstwhile Indian ally -- at the International Atomic Energy Agency. India also came close to sending a division of troops to Iraq in the summer of 2003 before pulling back at the last moment. Every one of these actions marked a big departure in Indian foreign policy. And although disappointed by India's decision to stay out of Iraq, the Bush administration recognized that India was in the midst of a historic transformation of its foreign policy -- and kept faith that India's own strategic interests would continue to lead it toward deeper political cooperation with Washington. New Delhi's persistence in reaching out to Washington since 1991 has been driven by the belief that only by fundamentally changing its relationship with the world's sole superpower could it achieve its larger strategic objectives: improving its global position and gaining leverage in its relations with other great powers.

But India's ability to engage everyone at the same time might soon come to an end. As U.S.-Chinese tensions grow and Washington looks for ways to manage China's influence, questions about India's attitude toward the new power politics will arise: Can India choose to remain "nonaligned" between the United States and China, or does India's current grand strategy show a clear bias toward the United States?

The nuclear pact unveiled by Bush and Singh in July 2005 -- and consolidated when Bush went to New Delhi in March 2006 -- was an effort by Washington to influence the ultimate answer to that question. Bush offered to modify U.S. nonproliferation laws (subject to approval by Congress, of course) and revise the global nuclear order to facilitate full cooperation with India on civilian nuclear energy. New Delhi, in return, has promised to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, place its civilian nuclear plants under international safeguards, and abide by a range of nonproliferation obligations. India's interest in such a deal has been apparent for a long time. Having failed to test weapons before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was drafted, in 1968, India was trapped in an uncomfortable position vis-à-vis the nuclear order: it was not willing to give up the nuclear option, but it could not be formally accommodated by the nonproliferation regime as a nuclear weapons state.

India's motives for wanting a change in the nuclear regime are thus obvious. But for the Bush administration, the deal is less about nuclear issues than it is about creating the basis for a true alliance between the United States and India -- about encouraging India to work in the United States' favor as the global balance of power shifts. Ironically, it was the lack of a history of mutual trust and cooperation -- stemming in part from past nuclear disputes -- that convinced the Bush administration that a nuclear deal was necessary.


Many critics argue that the Bush administration's hopes for an alliance are misplaced. They insist that the traditionally nonaligned India will never be a true ally of the United States. But such critics misunderstand India's nonalignment, as well as the nature of its realpolitik over the past 60 years. Contrary to a belief that is especially pervasive in India itself, New Delhi has not had difficulty entering into alliances when its interests so demanded. Its relationship with the Soviet Union, built around a 1971 peace and friendship treaty, had many features of an alliance (notwithstanding India's claim that such ties were consistent with nonalignment); the compact was in many ways a classic response to the alignment of Washington, Beijing, and Islamabad. India has also had treaty-based security relationships with two of its smaller neighbors, Bhutan and Nepal, that date back to 1949-50 -- protectorate arrangements that were a reaction to China's entry into Tibet.

In fact, there is no contradiction between India's alleged preference for "moralpolitik" (in opposition to pure power politics, or Machtpolitik) and the Bush administration's expectation of an alliance with India. New Delhi is increasingly replacing the idea of "autonomy," so dear to Indian traditionalists, with the notion of India's becoming a "responsible power." (Autonomy is thought appropriate for weak states trying to protect themselves from great-power competition but not for a rising force such as India.) As India starts to recognize that its political choices have global consequences, it will become less averse to choosing sides on specific issues. Alliance formation and balancing are tools in the kits of all great powers -- and so they are likely to be in India's as well.

That India is capable of forming alliances does not, however, mean that it will necessarily form a long-term one with the United States. Whether it does will depend on the extent of the countries' shared interests and their political capacity to act on them together. The Bush administration expects that such shared interests -- for example, in balancing China and countering radical Islam in the Middle East -- will provide the basis for long-term strategic cooperation. This outcome is broadly credible, but it is by no means inevitable, especially given the United States' seeming inability to build partnerships based on equality.

When it comes to facing a rising China, India's tendency to engage in regional balancing with Beijing has not come to an end with the proclamation of a strategic partnership between the two nations. Indeed, preventing China from gaining excessive influence in India's immediate neighborhood and competing with Beijing in Southeast Asia are still among the more enduring elements of India's foreign policy. Despite Western concerns about the military regime in Myanmar, New Delhi has vigorously worked to prevent Yangon from falling completely under Beijing's influence, and India's military ties with the Southeast Asian nations are expanding rapidly. In 2005, when Pakistan pushed for giving China observer status in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, India acted quickly to bring Japan, South Korea, and the United States in as well. Given India's deep-seated reluctance to play second fiddle to China in Asia and the Indian Ocean region -- and the relative comfort of working with a distant superpower -- there is a structural reason for New Delhi to favor greater security cooperation with Washington.

In the Middle East, too, India has a common interest with the United States in preventing the rise of radical Islam, which poses an existential threat to India. Given its large Muslim population -- at nearly 150 million, the third largest in the world -- and the ongoing tensions stemming from the subcontinent's partition, India has in the past acted on its own to avert the spread of radical Islam. When Washington aligned with conservative Islamic forces in the Middle East during the Cold War, India's preference was for secular nationalist forces in the region. When the United States acted ambivalently toward the Taliban in the mid-1990s, India worked with Russia, Iran, and the Central Asian states to counter the Taliban by supporting the Northern Alliance. Now, although some in India are concerned that alignment with the United States might make India a prime target for Islamist extremists, there is no way India can compromise with radical Islam, which threatens its very unity.

But shared interests do not automatically produce alliances. The inequality of power between the two countries, the absence of a habit of political cooperation between them, and the remaining bureaucratic resistance to deeper engagement in both capitals will continue to limit the pace and the scope of strategic cooperation between India and the United States. Still, there is no denying that India will have more in common with the United States than with the other great powers for the foreseeable future.

While New Delhi has acknowledged that U.S. support is necessary for India's rise to be successful, Washington has recognized India's potentially critical role in managing emerging challenges to global order and security. As a major beneficiary of accelerating globalization, India could play a crucial role in ensuring that other developing countries manage their transitions as successfully as it has, that is, by taking advantage of opportunities while working to reduce the pain of disruption. Given the pace of its expansion and the scale of its economy, India will also become an important force in ensuring that the unfolding global redistribution of economic power occurs in an orderly fashion. Meanwhile, India could become a key player in the effort to modernize the politics of the Middle East. If nothing else, India's success in ensuring the rights and the integration of its own Muslim minority and in reaching peace with Pakistan would have a powerful demonstration effect.

To secure a long-term partnership with India, Washington must build on the argument of "Indian exceptionalism" that it has advanced in defense of the recent nuclear pact, devising a range of India-specific policies to deepen cooperation. India is unlikely, however, to become a mere subsidiary partner of the United States, ready to sign on to every U.S. adventure and misadventure around the world. It will never become another U.S. ally in the mold of the United Kingdom or Japan. But nor will it be an Asian France, seeking tactical independence within the framework of a formal alliance.

Given the magnitude of the global security challenges today, the United States needs more than meek allies. It should instead be looking to win capable and compatible partners. A rising India may be difficult at times, but it will act broadly to defend and promote the many interests it shares with Washington. Assisting India's rise, then, is in the United States' own long-term interest.

          Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's   
Researchers are working to revive a radical treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment involves transplanting healthy brain cells to replace cells killed off by the disease. It's an approach that was tried decades ago and then set aside after disappointing results. Now, groups in Europe, the U.S. and Asia are preparing to try again, using cells they believe are safer and more effective. "There have been massive advances," says Claire Henchcliffe , a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. "I'm optimistic." "We are very optimistic about ability of [the new] cells to improve patients' symptoms," says Viviane Tabar , a neurosurgeon and stem cell biologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Henchcliffe and Tabar joined several other prominent scientists to describe plans to revive brain cell transplants during a session Tuesday at the International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting in Boston. Their upbeat message marks a dramatic turnaround for the
          In which the chocolate road leads to delicious POLLOCK!   
On September 20th, I had the distinct pleasure to be one of 5 judges for a Seafood Throwdown at the Boston Local Food Festival.  It was an all woman event:  all women chefs, and the panel of judges, all women authors.  Total honor, and a hoot to boot!

Despite the fact that I make my nut on sweets, I'm no slouch in the kitchen, and am known for a pretty precise palate. This was a great way to meet some other food authors, and stretch my taste buds a bit.  Added bonus?  They wanted us to actually talk about our books, which I am always down with.

I'd only met one of the other judges in person, Heather Atwood.  She did a really lovely review of my book.  We found we had friends in common, and actually got on so well I came precariously close to burning a giant batch of buttercrunch (talk about getting on like a house on fire!).  Other than Heather, I knew no one on the panel (literally, a fish out of water. *sorry*).  What a fantastic group: Ali Berlow, Leigh Belanger, Diana Rodgers.  Fascinating conversations, cool jobs, good earrings, great books.  What else could one ask for?

Well hellooooo, Pollock!

There were two teams competing in this Throwdown, and the fish was pollock.  The goal of these throwdowns is to feature under utilized fish, and show folks what can be done with them.  Both of the teams did a fantastic job, but the Fishmongers came out on top (one of the categories to judge is use of the whole fish -- they cooked the skin to crispy perfection!).  It was a really close contest, and both teams were super talented.

As the teams shopped for ingredients and then got down to cooking, each of us in turn was asked to chat a bit about our books.  It was a really fun and informal atmosphere, so I only tanked a little.  The other ladies were on their games, though. Watch and learn, Hallie.  Watch and learn.

All in all, the day couldn't have been better:  the weather, the company, the chefs, the fish.  What an amazing food festival this is.  A total treat to step out of my chocolate covered clogs and into more fish-friendly flip flops.

SO:  not a chocolate blog at all today, just a chocolatier's lucky day out blog.

Not to worry:  I do not intend to marry chocolate and fish anytime soon.  Unless maybe we get into making mole.......

Up next:

Who knows!  It will be about sweets, though, I promise.

PS:  We're losing the light, but try to get out to see these sunsets.  They are fabulous!

No filter.  From my "front porch".

          Ketamine For Severe Depression: 'How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People?'   
Gerard Sanacora, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University, has treated hundreds of severely depressed patients with low doses of ketamine, an anesthetic and popular club drug that isn't approved for depression. This sort of "off-label" prescribing is legal. But Sanacora says other doctors sometimes ask him, "How can you be offering this to patients based on the limited amount of information that's out there and not knowing the potential long-term risk?" Sanacora has a simple answer. "If you have patients that are likely to seriously injure themselves or kill themselves within a short period of time, and they've tried the standard treatments, how do you not offer this treatment?" he says. More and more doctors seem to agree with Sanacora. Dozens of clinics now offer ketamine to patients with depression. And a survey of providers in the U.S. and Canada showed that "well over 3,000" patients have been treated so far, Sanacora says. A number of small studies have found that ketamine
          Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests   
Scientists are hoping that a single drug can treat two devastating brain diseases: Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The drug is nilotinib, which is approved to treat a form of leukemia. In late 2015, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found that small doses of the drug appeared to help a handful of people with Parkinson's disease and a related form of dementia. They'd tried the unlikely treatment because they knew nilotinib triggered cells to get rid of faulty components — including the ones associated with several brain diseases. Results of that preliminary study generated a lot of excitement because there is currently no treatment that can slow or halt the brain damage caused by either Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. "Our phones were basically (ringing) off the hook," says Fernando Pagan , medical director of the translational neurotherapeutics program at Georgetown. Many researchers were cautious, though. "It was such a small trial, there was no placebo control and it
          Warrant sought for shooter   
Thursday, 01 March 2012
May Titthara and David Boyle
The Phnom Penh Post

The Ministry of Interior has sought a warrant for the suspect who shot three people at a protest outside a shoe factory last week amid more allegations from government and police officials that the perpetrator was Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that a complaint had been filed seeking an arrest warrant for the suspect.

The shooter was not police, he was a civil person,” he said, adding that the ministry would go ahead and arrest the suspect if the court decided to issue a warrant, before declining to provide further details.

The shootings took place outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd factory in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town on Monday.

A police officer who was an eyewitness at the scene of the shooting and asked not be named, said Chhouk Bandith became enraged after a worker threw a stone at his head while he tried to find a solution to the protest.

“So he took the gun from his waist to shoot three times into the sky to protect himself [and] get out of the crowd, but I don’t why the bullets hit the workers,” he said.

A senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the perpetrator was Chhouk Bandith, but declined to comment further.

Both of Chhouk Bandith’s phones have remained switched off since he told the Post on Tuesday that he was aware of rumours that he had shot the three workers, which he categorically denied.

But Keo Kong, Bavet municipal police chief, said his part of the investigation had now concluded and in his opinion, Chhouk Bandith was not the perpetrator.

“National police have got everything, but from my point of view, I don’t think that Mr Chhouk Bandith did it,” he said.

Eyewitness reports of the incident suggest a man dressed in a khaki police-style uniform flanked by a bodyguard and another man dressed in police clothing stepped out of a Lexus, fired into the crowd and ran to a nearby black Toyota Camry, which he fled in.

Rights groups and the opposition Sam Rainsy Party have attacked authorities for taking so long to arrest a suspect in a shooting that took place in front of police officers in a crowd of some 6,000 protesters.

They have also asked that security camera footage recorded during the incident, which has reportedly been viewed by MOI officials, be released to reassure the public the real perpetrator was being pursued.

Mathieu Pellerin, a monitoring consultant for the rights group Licadho, said testimony from eyewitnesses and the victims’ injuries suggested the shootings were intentional, but he stressed the most important thing was that a suspect be arrested and an impartial trial conducted.

“What matters is the evidence is brought forward to the court, and if the evidence is showing that there was attempted murder, then that person, however important they may be, should be charged with attempted murder,” he said.

The shooting put three women in hospital: 18-year-old Keo Neth, 23-year-old Nuth Sakhorn and 21-year-old Buot Chinda – who was left in critical condition after a bullet pierced her chest.

Buot Chinda’s older brother, Sam Sinat, said yesterday his sister continued to receive medical treatment, and labelled authorities “hopeless” for failing to arrest a perpetrator.

“I want the authorities to arrest the perpetrator and send them to jail to provide justice for the victim,” he said.

The Kaoway Sports factory supplies sportswear giant PUMA, which has previously said it was investigating the case.

          Death toll from bus crash rises   
An injured woman rests at Koh Kong provincial hospital on Tuesday following a bus crash that left one dead and 46 injured. A second passenger died yesterday before he could be transported to Thailand. Photo Supplied

Thursday, 01 March 2012
Tep Nimol and Bridget Di Certo with additional reporting by Cheang Sokha and Mom Kunthear
The Phnom Penh Post

The death toll from Tuesday’s tour bus crash in Koh Kong climbed by one yesterday when an Austrian man died at the provincial hospital, while the man behind the wheel was detained by authorities.

Koh Kong Provincial Hospital director Mat Ly Hsai Song said the 72-year-old Austrian man who had been traveling on the bus from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong was due to be evacuated to Thailand for medical treatment yesterday.

Before getting in the car to go to Thailand, the Austrian man, who had high-blood pressure, walked into the bathroom, where he fell down dead,” Mat Ly Hsai Song said. “He died instantly from a blood clot and was unable to be saved.”

The Austrian is the second fatality after a 23-year-old Russian woman was killed on Tuesday when the Paramount Angkor Express bus sustained a punctured tyre and rolled over, injuring all 46 passengers – most of them foreign tourists.

Another Austrian man and an American man were evacuated to Thailand for medical care yesterday, Koh Kong Provincial Hospital deputy director Suon Samit said, adding the men were seriously wounded, with broken bones, head injuries and shortness of breath.

A Finnish woman who sustained a serious back injury and a 5-year-old Cambodian girl who had her arm amputated at the shoulder directly after the crash were evacuated to Thailand on Tuesday, Suon Samit said.

The Finnish Embassy in Bangkok told the Post that seven Finnish nationals had been involved in the crash.

All were being treated in Bangkok, but only one was seriously injured.

A Swedish woman was transported from Koh Kong by ambulance yesterday afternoon to Royal Rattanak Hospital in Phnom Penh, hospital staff said yesterday.

She was undergoing operations last night and would be in hospital for seven to 10 days, staff said.

Seven foreigners and five Cambodians who were in stable condition remained at Koh Kong Provincial Hospital yesterday, Suon Samit said, adding that those who had been discharged from hospital had been sent to stay at the Ear Aun guesthouse in Koh Kong district near the hospital.

Provincial governor Bun Loert paid for the accommodation and food expenses for those crash victims who had sought refuge in the guesthouse.

Bun Loert said yesterday that all the crash victims with the exception of one Japanese man had already left the guesthouse.

“We will check to find out the reason for this traffic accident, strengthen the traffic law and the vehicles, and look after the victims until they are better,” he said by telephone yesterday.

The driver of the bus had initially fled the scene of the accident and escaped into a nearby forest, however Koh Kong authorities said yesterday that Phnom Penh police had apprehended him at the central office of Paramount Angkor Express.

The driver will be detained while police complete their investigation of the accident, Koh Kong traffic office chief Uk Sopha said.

“We anticipate handing our investigation over to the court next week because such a big crash takes a long time to investigate,” Uk Sopha said.

“According to the traffic law, if the court finds the driver guilty of provoking the accident, he can be sentenced for between one and two years and the company will have to take some responsibility, too.”

Representatives from Paramount Angkor Express could not be reached yesterday.

Paramount’s insurer, Caminco Insurance Company, said their investigators had visited the hospital and the scene of the crash yesterday.

“The company has third-party liability and passenger liability insurance,” Dy Len, a planning officer at Caminco told the Post.

“This is the biggest case we have ever had,” he said, adding that other concerned parties such as embassies and ministries were also conducting their own investigations.

          Is This What You Are Searching for About Back Pain   
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  我的大象孤兒院LOVE, LIFE and Elephants: an African love story 是由大象孤兒院的創辦人Daphne Sheldrick 所寫的一本書 內容主要在講述Daphne 動人的一生, 她的感情生活, 她在非洲的生活以及她對於搶救孤兒野生動物的行動   『為了解救大象和其他野生孤兒, Daphne Sheldrick於1977年在奈洛比成立了大象孤兒院, 以她對野生動物長年的觀察和瞭解, 和對土地與生命的熱情, 扭轉了孤兒動物的命運. 本書正是這位大象孤兒院創辦人一生的動人自傳,同時也是Daphne和查佛國家公園傳奇園長David Sheldrick的愛情故事』   這本書從我在去非洲之前2013 7月 開始看  一直看著帶去非洲 一直到今天2014 1月我才看完 算是比較容易中斷的書XD   這本書我覺得最另人動容的有兩部份 一部份是Daphne 對於愛情的執著 她在很年輕的時候就嫁給了她的第一任老公 比爾 但她跟比爾在國家公園的工作下 認識了他的第二任老公David Sheldrick  她隨著心智的成熟了解到比爾並不是適合她的終生伴侶  在非常平和的分手下 她與她終生的soul mate David Sheldrick  結為連理 兩人共同為非洲的野生動物保育盡心盡力 這本書非常明顯的寫出她對David Sheldrick的深愛 對他們一起共處的時光 很多溫馨的片段她都記得很深刻 可以感受到她對他深深的崇拜與尊重 我甚至覺得她寫這本自傳  大多是為了大衛   希望把他的精神流傳下去   第二個最令我動容的是她寫許多動物的情感 『國家的偉大和道德進步的程度,可以由它對待動物的方式來衡量』-Mahatma Gandhi 有很多時候我覺得台灣是很進步的國家, 但如果是由上面那句來判定台灣,我實在是覺得台灣落後到不行 到現在還是有很多台灣人覺得動物就是動物  是次於人類的族群 老實說, 我真的很想跟這些人說   多去接觸動物吧  看看書吧 不要活在人類自己建築的水泥塔內 老是覺得我們這群"愛動物患者"過度把動物擬人化 其實動物是有動物獨特的情感的 他們是有記憶的 懂得回報 甚至和人能有心靈的交流的   書中大衛有個哲學思維: 野生動物在許多方面比我們人類更錯綜複雜,就自然而言更為完美,經過數千年的物競天擇, 又特別適應他們所處的環境 他不能忍受認為動物"智力"不如人類這種動物的人,在他看來,每一種物種都沿著生命不同的分枝開展,各自適應自己的目的 一定有我們人類永遠無法完全了解的動物"智力", 而號稱自己了解動物所有智力的人, 只是顯示出他們的無知罷了 他說:你知道的越多,就越知道自己不知道 我們永遠不該這麼傲慢,  認為自己有一切的答案   這個思維不但用在對於動物的錯誤觀念很受用, 我想對很多處事也是如此.....     這本書描寫很多動物的情感很令人動容 很多動物孤兒在經過她的養育後 都非常親近人 有的會偶爾搗蛋胡鬧  有的甚至可以產生跨物種的家族情感 鳥, 大象, 斑馬, 犀牛, 羚羊  許許多多的故事都讓人看了覺得動物是很感性的 他們甚至還用他們的感知救了他們夫妻多次 例如她養大的一隻羚羊 邦蒂  總是能在他們旅行完回來的第一天出現在他們眼前  即使她早就在外自組家庭 就好像有心電感應一樣 也總是在邦蒂要生孩子時她都會回到Daphne 的旁邊  好像知道Daphne 總是能幫助她一樣   這本書裡每一隻大象的故事都讓我覺得心疼 大象是非常有靈性和記憶的動物 他和人一樣可以活到七十歲 好多好多大象寶寶從被獵殺的媽媽身邊帶回時最終都逃不過死亡的命運 因為他們是會感傷而有創傷症候群的動物 有的象寶寶甚至會在象媽媽的身邊流淚不肯離去   大象是母系社會  母象往往非常聰明  會帶領家族朝向生存之路邁進 書裡描寫很多母象的母性  真的很可愛   他們會幫忙照顧孤兒小象  往往有時孤兒小象還是活不成時   這些母象甚至會在他們的墳墓駐足  哀傷不已   公象就比較獨來獨往   書裡面還有提到  一個主角象艾莉諾 在都要60 歲的年紀了  有一天看到一個陌生人出現在孤兒院裡 她竟然衝向那人  用象鼻熱情的跟那個人打招呼  把大家都嚇到 一問之下才發現   原來那個人在艾莉諾五歲時曾經照顧她 多麼令人感動   大象的記憶是如此的深刻   看了覺得很感傷 人類為了他們的象牙  還只是做做裝飾  就謀殺他們的性命 以大象那麼細緻的情感  那麼強的記憶 對他們的創傷該有多大呀~~~~~   我真的很不能忍受那些為了一己之私殘害其他野生物種的人    尤其是只為了擺設 裝飾~~~~~!!!!!  氣得牙癢癢的~~~   唉唷 怎麼寫到最後那麼激動 那來看看大象的第五隻腳吧  XD     PS 這篇的圖都是我在非洲的安博塞利國家公園拍的   我好喜歡大象喔!!!!!!   請大家都要愛護地球愛護動物喔!  啾咪  
          Comment on We Still Celebrate Independence Day at Church (by Dean Stewart) by Louis   
Chad: Thanks for the question and your observations. I agree with the way you describe the SBC. I would put a bit of a twist on your view of how Baptists view the State. I agree that we do not believe in a State church or that the State can dictate religion to others. But there is a tension here, is there not? I would argue that any time Christians seek to bring Biblical truth to the legislative process and argue for that, that we are, in fact, "dictating religion" to others. When we seek to impose a view of abortion in law as the taking of human life, and we do that even in part on theological grounds, we are seeking to impose our religion on others. When we try to outlaw gambling, we do the same. Or when we try to say that marriage is between one man and one woman, that is a religious view. We then seek to impose that on others. Why shouldn't the Mormons and Utah been allowed to join the U.S. without giving up polygamy? It was specifically because of the imposition of religion. This is an inevitable tension in our faith. True, we do not impose belief in Jesus on others or require that they join a church (though not long ago, Christians did that, or at least came really close to it). The issue is when Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you ..." he gave us the command to evangelize and disciple. But the question is to what extent teaching and discipling others involves, in a democracy, teaching what is godly and good to the culture around us, and seeking to impose that by law. Was Wilburforce wrong to trying to abolish slavery, or should he have said, "Well, it's the culture around me. I will take care of the kingdom of God. This is the kingdom of this world?" Or should Martin Luther King not have agitated, on explicitly Christian theological grounds, for the equal treatment of races? And if we are going to use the Bible to speak to the Kingdom of this World and call for it to reflect God's truth, isn't that the imposition of religion in some form? And if we do it in those instances, why not others? Is it just tactical, that is, we have lost this battle, so we move on to other things? If it's not tactical, but we take a different view on other issues of justice and social ills, what is the theological basis for dividing these issues up and saying on the one hand "Thus sayeth the Lord", and on the other hand, "Well, that's the kingdom of this world and it's not the kingdom we are trying to redeem or create." Don't get me wrong. I am not being critical. I am just asking. You are right that the "SBC" is not monolithic on these questions. But these are areas where we do have an agency that works for us that addresses these things, so in effect, "We" are speaking. My sense is that there are different camps in the SBC right now. The Reformed crowd, lots of younger guys, are really gung ho about some issues and are willing to speak to the culture about it and speak to other churches about it - say, for example, race, immigration. But that same crowd has no interest in an issue that motivated our Baptist forefathers for decades - alcohol consumption. And I sense that while they believe in marriage, that many of the younger Reformed guys have no interest in the SBC filing an Amicus brief in support of marriage at the Supreme Court. But that they would on race or immigration. I hope I am making sense here. Again, I am not trying to be critical. I am describing what I am seeing and what is motivating a new generation of young people in the SBC. I would be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on this subject. Are we seeing churches just divide up on the issues, or is there a really principled theological difference in our churches?
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          The Submarine Podcast   
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Genre: Deep Techno Duration: 68 mins Date: January 2009 (Mastered by Mauxuam) New episode of the Abyss saga :) This time is like having a party in a pressurized Submarine cruising underneath Arctic pack ice, searching for the right spot to re-emerge in the surface. The frame-shell of the mix is a sequence of several bits from the tracks listed below, sometimes simply mixed one after the other, but often assembled from different synchronic loops and samples, weaving inside and out during the mix, sometimes carrying on as atmospheric patterns in the background to create drammatic ''dense'' surroundings. Download button below TRACKLIST: 01. Brando Lupi - Mutant Phase \\\ Detune 2007 02. Plastikman - Okx \\\ NovaMute 1993 03. Ø - Atomit \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997 04. Cio D'or - Kimono(Mavi's Traum Mix) \\\ Motoguzzi Records 2008 05. Minilogue - 33000 Honeybees \\\ Cocoon 2008 06. Staffan Linzatti - Slightly Increased \\\ Synewave 2008 07. Oliver Dodd - Tokens \\\ Konstructure 2008 08. Heron - The Way Home \\\ Three60 Recordings 2008 09. JPLS - Combination03 \\\ Minus 2008 10. Ø - Medusa \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997 11. Truss,Donor - Abbott \\\ Synewave 2008 12. Speedy J - Red Shift \\\ Electric Deluxe 2008 13. Sex Trothler - Face(tribute to head) \\\ Wagon Repair 2008 14. Niederflur - Sprinkler \\\ Minus 2005 15. Styro2000 - Linguini Al Dente \\\ Bruchstecke Records 2004 16. Ricardo Villalobos - Skinfummel \\\ Perlon 2008 17. Cio D'or,Paul Brtschitsch - Safran \\\ Broque 2008 18. Obtane - Tribute To Mandragora(Damon Wild Remix) \\\ Synewave 2008 19. Octave - Past Flash \\\ Minus 2008 20. Ellen Allien - Ondu(Paul Ritch Remix) \\\ BPitch 2008 21. Eon,Baby Ford - Dead Eye \\\ Ifach01 1994 22. Gurtz - Frogs \\\ Einmaleins Musik 2007 23. Pascal FEOS - Deep Conga \\\ Subconce Records 2008 24. MRI - Take Kare Not Acid \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008 25. Planetary Assault Systems - MOD \\\ Figure 2008 26. Stewart Walker - Last Week's Disappearance \\\ Persona 2007 27. Sleeparchive - Hospital08 \\\ Sleeparchive 2007 28. Surgeon - Floorshow1.2 \\\ Curle Recordings 2008 29. MRI - Le Bateau \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008 30. Philipp Wolgast - Unrasiert Und Fern(Dilo Mix) \\\ Kompass 2008 31. Johnny D - Scope Of Mind \\\ Amused 2006 32. Function - Pressure \\\ Thema 2008 Play it loud!
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          Karlie Flamingo Nordic Halsband aus Hirschleder - Hellbeige 17 mm / 40 cm   
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          D-Frag! Subtitle Indonesia   

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D-Frag! ~ Kazama Kenji percaya bahwa ia adalah semacam ketua geng di sekolahnya, dan orang lain juga tampaknya setuju dengan hal itu. Menjadi ketua geng di sekolah ternyata tidaklah mudah, lawan pertama “Geng Kazama” adalah sekelompok cewek yang terdiri dari 4 orang yang kelihatannya sih normal-normal aja, tapi ternyata dari keempat cewek itulah debut Kenji sebagai ketua geng menjadi berantakan. Siapakah keempat cewek tersebut? Mau apa mereka dengan Kenji? Dan bagaimana nasib kehidupan sehari-hari Kenji?

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          U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction   
NEW YORK (AP) — In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking…
          Kiefer Sutherland: Glastonbury set was an honour   
Kiefer Sutherland says performing at Glastonbury was "an afternoon" he'll "never forget" and he now wants to return to the festival as a fan and enjoy it's unique atmosphere.
          Poster We designed   

I've joined the design team for the Entrepreneurship Cell at IIM Calcutta. This my first poster for them. The logo at top right is also designed by me. The caption, "What goes my daddy?", is the campus translation for "Mere baap ka kya jaata hai?" :-).

The idea was to catch attention of all the facchas (using the caption) and inspire them to attend the club crasher. The writeup is most likely taken from some Steve Jobs' speech. Fits well tho'.

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          Withdrawal Symptoms   
Ever tried getting down a running bus? Yup, the inertia funda. Physics, class XI, CBSE.

My prolonged stay at home, after the months spent at IIMC, has put me in that kind of situation. When I was always chasing deadlines at IIMC, I would have laughed at someone had he suggested that nothingness can bore you. And yet here I am, toppled into the abyss of deep boredom. Despite the long sleeping hours, longer hours spent in front of the TV, the days just don't get over.

And the mercury is rising too! Its tough to imagine that the day I arrived here I slept in a rajayi. Now its almost imbearable to be out in the sun. The ceiling fan is no longer adequate to beat the heat. Glad that I won't be here to face the worst.

All's not lost tho', all the cricket happening about half the globe away keeps me company. The idleness compels me to listen to the pre-match chat show too, not that it makes me any wiser or happier. Tut-tut, India's out; but still the arena is wide open! My predictions: Semifinalists - Aus, SA, SL and NZ & Dream Final - Aus vs SA with SA claiming the cup. Long way to that though.

And I'm reading again. A lot, by my own standards. Some recommendations -
  • A Corner of a Foreign Field - Amazing work about mostly pre-independence history of cricket in India. Even if the WC debacle left a bitter taste in mouth, don't miss this masterpiece, for the love of the game. Hat's off to Guha for doing all the hard work in researching the anecdotes and stories to present in such lucid form! (and if cricket still fancies you, pick Pundits from Pakistan also!)
  • Above Average - Doesn't dwell too much on the IIT connection. Very interesting, very piquant. Very nostalgic for any IITian, more so for IITD junta (I guess). Its characters reminded me of many lost faces from my IIT days.
  • Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - The story is definitely very thrilling & impressive, though the narration lacks punch. It's told just like a chronological record of facts. Bit drab in parts, still quite enjoyable as a whole.
  • Being John Mcenroe - Rather than being just descriptive, this book tries to analyze the reasons behind & effects of John Mcenroe on Tennis. Great insights about the genius and his times.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Masterpiece! Absolute masterpiece! Would appeal to anyone with slightest bend of mind towards Science & tiniest tinge of curiosity towards Nature. Simply unputdownable.
  • The IITians - Just started this one. Starts on perhaps a bit too laudatory note, but is building up nicely. Should be a good read.
Apart from all this, I've also started reading blogs again. But my BSNL dial-up doesn't allow me to surf much. By the way, till very recent I wasn't aware that you can just put the BSNL phone cable in your laptop, do simple registration once and can start surfing @ ~40 kbps on totally on-use-basis rates! Check out Account free Internet dial up access based on CLI.

All my bags are not yet packed and I'm not yet ready to go, still another week left. But most of my shopping is done, barring some last minute items. Not yet thinking much about the upcoming internship, but I hope it would be interesting time. Reminds me of an ancient Chinese curse - "May you live in interesting times." Hmm, we'll see that.

Couple of things I have to do in London -
  1. Watch a cricket match, county-shounty, anything!
  2. Watch a soccer match. Some decent clubs whose names I know, hopefully.
  3. Visit some typical Irish pubs (just to check out the atmo, Mom!)
  4. Buy long-pending lenses for my camera and click loads of pictures.
  5. Travel a bit. Bath, Oxford, some coastal towns, perhaps.
Time to hit the bed.
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          Homemade Pizzas - Three ways   
I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine and whenever I can make something at home that can be more healthful and tasty, I'm up for the challenge.  This month's issue had summer pizzas featured and with the summer approaching, the school year winding down and a house guest, Christina, my girlfriend's sister staying with us, it all came together.  Off to Fairway we went and with magazine in hand, we gathered the ingredients for three types of pizzas.  A spinach and mozzarella/ricotta cheese (part skim), a vegetarian pizza made with whole wheat dough and a white clam, garlic, shredded pecorino cheese and herb pizza, inspired by the pizzas I've had at Frank Pepe's in Connecticut.  Whenever I am near a Pepe's, hopefully the one in Mohegan Sun, I have to order this pizza.  The pizza preparations took place over two evenings, after school this week and we were all pleased.  Cynthia brought home the tools that ensured my successful foray into the world of homemade pizza making. 

Three Cheese White Pizza
  • 1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach 
  • 1 container marinated artichokes
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 
  • 4 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about a cup) 
  • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal 
  1. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).
  3. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and sliced garlic in a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat 1 1/2 minutes or until the garlic begins to sizzle. Add 6 cups spinach; sauté 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Set aside.
  4. Combine cheeses, milk, and minced garlic in a bowl.
  5. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, and pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven. Sprinkle cornmeal over pizza stone; place dough on pizza stone. Spread cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Bake at 500° for 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is lightly browned. Top with spinach; bake an additional 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven; brush outer crust with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. Cut into 6 large slices.
Inspired by Ann Taylor Pittman, but not truly followed.  I placed everything on the pizza together and let it cook for 15 minutes (at 10 minutes I broiled it under low broil for two minutes and then turned it back to bake for three minutes).

The other two pizzas followed the same techniques.  The White Clam Pizza was inspired by this site.

 Step by mostly step for all three pizzas...

The basics, thought the pizza stone produced a much better final product. A firm, crispy and chewy pizza!

Rolling out the refrigerated dough, remember that flour is your friend.

Preferably use a pizza stone, sprinkled with course cornmeal.  We used a metal pan for this one.

Sliced mozzarella and some olive oil.

Add ricotta, baby spinach and marinated artichokes.

Our fist pizza is assembled.

It was in the oven for about 15 minutes at 500 degrees, with a two minute period on low broil to brown crust.

The finished product.

Two slices please.

Christina was pleased.
Looks good, right?

On to the veggies version.  Slice them up nicely.
Like this.

I added some ricotta dots and sliced kalamata olives.

Whole Wheat pizza with zucchini, squash, red peppers, black olives and ricotta.

And now the mother of them all, the white clam pizza!

Chopped clams, minced garlic, sprinkled dried oregano, basil, pecorino romano and drizzled olive oil.

Into the oven on the pizza stone, with corn meal sprinkled on the preheated stone.

It was divine!

Sans one slice.  This pizza, cooked on the stone was crispy and firm.  Truly an excellent pizza.  Good Luck!

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          11 Weird Facts About The Simpsons That Will Make You Say 'Aye Caramba!'   

1. The Original Showrunner Thought It Wouldn't Last Past Season One


The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows of all time, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it's the greatest television show ever made period. (If you disagree, I hate you...) Ironically, this might be due to the fact that the show's original showrunner, Sam Simon, didn't think that the show would make it past season one. When in the writer's room, Simon was said to tell his employees that their fledgling show would be "13 and out," meaning that the show probably wouldn't return after its initial order.  Though this way of thinking annoyed series creator Matt Groening, who view Simon as being a defeatist, Simon claims that he was actually just trying to make the best show he could. By making the writers believe the show had no future, it allowed them to focus on the sole goal of making 13 great episodes of television that they would be truly proud of. This arguably contributed to the show's quality which, in turn, contributed to the show's unfathomable popularity. Apparently, focusing on quality is a good way to make something that's actually good. Who woulda thunk it?


2. Marge's Hair Used To Hide Secrets...Incredibly Stupid Secrets...


Matt Groening is responsible for some of the greatest television ever created. It's weird therefore that his instincts about his own properties are often....odd. Take for example the story behind Marge's iconic hairdo. It's pretty well known at this point, but it's worth noting because MATT GROENING ORIGINALLY WANTED TO REVEAL THAT MARGE WAS A FUCKING BUNNY RABBIT! Matt Groening came to prominence with the comic strip Life In Hell and it seems to have taken him a while to realize that once The Simpsons came along, nobody could give less of a shit about his stupid comic. As such, Groening wanted to reference the strip (which prominently featured rabbits) by having Marge take down her beehive and reveal a pair of bunny ears underneath. Sam Simon quickly shot down the idea because, well, he wasn't a psychopath, but there's an alternate universe  where the greatest show in history was ruined by the stupidest reveal conceivable.



3. There's A VERY Dirty Easter Egg In Apu's Alma Mater


The Simpsons writers can cram so many jokes into a single frame that it would be impossible for a mere mortal to catch them all. This was the case with the episode Much Apu About Nothing. In it, Apu gives the story about how he came to be an illegal alien living in America. One of the thing he mentions is the fact that he studied at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology. It's a small moment, and one that you're probably not likely to take a second glance least that was the case with censors who didn't notice that the initials for Apu's university spell out "SHIT." Is this the most clever thing The Simpsons has ever done? Not by a long shot. But it's always fun to see just how deep the show's humor can get.  


4. Manjula Appeared In A Flashback TWO SEASONS Before Her Actual Debut


Speaking of Much Apu About Nothing, there's another fun easter egg in there. The episode predicted more than just America's rise towards jingoistic nationalism: It actually gave us our first glimpse at Majula two seasons before her proper debut. When Apu is telling his story about leaving India, he includes a part where he bids goodbye to a young girl and apologizes for not being able to marry her.  To people watching the show at the time, it seems like a small, mildly racist joke, but two seasons later the little girl returns as Apu's now adult, arranged wife, Manjula. Majula then goes on to be a fairly major character on the show, with several episodes revolving around her and Apu's relationship....none of those episodes are particularly good and she's arguably the most banal character in the entire series, but it's still a fun easter egg nonetheless.


5. Milhouse Is Named After History's Greatest Monsters


Millhouse is an unfortunate little guy and as such, the writers wanted to give him "the most unfortunate name" they could think of. They settled on Millhouse after Richard Nixon's middle name. You may think that things couldn't get worse than being named after history's jowliest president but you'd be very wrong. The other parts of the character's name come from much darker people. For starters, his last name, Van Houten, comes from Leslie Van Houten. If you don't know, Leslie Van Houten was a murderer from the infamous Manson Family, and was the youngest woman to ever be sentenced to death in California. As if that weren't bad enough, later on in the show's run, it was revealed that Milhouse's middle name was "Mussolini." This is, of course, a reference to Benito Mussolini, who if you don't know who that is....well, let's just say he did some very bad things as well. This is all to say, poor Millhouse.



6. The Couch Gags Serve More Purpose Than You Realize


One of the most iconic parts of The Simpsons is their couch gags which are different every episode...You know, except when they aren't. Fans of the earlier episodes might notice that there's one couch gag that's reused more than all others. It features the family in a circus setting and is noticeably longer than most other openers. Why is this the one that gets recycled, you ask? Well, let's just say that when you're creating something as jam packed and ingenious as The Simpsons it can be hard to reach the minimum required runtime. As such, they would often use the nebulous nature of the couch gag to pad out an episode, piping in elongated ones like the one at the circus as they needed. Basically, even the filler on The Simpsons is better than most other things on TV.


7. Dustin Hoffman Is Credited With A Very Funny Pseudonym


One of the greatest guest stars in the history of The Simpsons  was Dustin Hoffman in the season 2 episode, "Lisa's Substitute." Strangely, despite it arguably being his most important role ever, Hoffman only agreed to do the episode if he was credited using a pseudonym. This being The Simpsons, they obviously used this as an opportunity for a joke, choosing to credit one of the greatest actors in history as "Sam Etic." If you don't get the joke, say it out loud. This name is an obvious reference to Hoffman's Jewish heritage, and possibly even his "Semitic good looks," that Lisa talks about during the classic episode.


8. Moe Didn't Get His Last Name Until Season 6


Moe is one of the greatest characters in a show full of great characters. He's popular enough that most of you would probably know the answer if I asked you to say his last name. What you may not know is that he didn't get that last name until season 6 for the sole purpose of throwing off the audience. In the epic two parter, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", the major clue as to the identity of the shooter revolved around the fact, after being shot, Mr. Burns passed out with his arms pointing to the W and the S of the town sundial. undefined

To create multiple viable suspects, the writers played up the possible involvement of anyone whose name might involve those initials. As such, to throw Moe into the mix, they showed his liquor license revealing for the first time that his last name was Syzlack. This gave him initials that lined up with the clue from the sundial and made some internet nerd probably lose his shit thinking he'd cracked the code of who shot Mr. Burns, before ultimately punching a hole in his computer screen when he found out it was Maggie.


9. Two Members Of The Main Family Have Been The Subject Of TV Movies


One of the fun parts about The Simpsons is that the family's exploits can grow so large that they actually make national news within the world of the show. This can be seen in the fact that both Homer AND Bart have been the subjects of two unrelated, made for TV movies. The first of these focused on Bart after he was accused of murdering Principal Skinner. The film was aptly called Blood on the Blackboard  and it starred a young child actor named Neil Patrick Harris as Bart.

Three seasons later, Homer got the TV movie treatment himself when he was accused of sexual harassment. His film was called Homer S: Portrait of an Ass-Grabber and it starred Dennis Franz as the title role. So, if you're ever curious what the writers think a real world Homer would look like, it's this: 




10. The Simpsons Actually DO Go To Delaware


The season 11 episode, Behind The Laughter, was an off the wall, meta-masterpiece that also probably should have served as the show's series finale. Unfortunately, it did not and the show returned season after season to diminishing returns. In a humorous nod to the show's apparent decline in quality, one of the last scenes episode, we see Homer in an editing room watching  a cut of an episode in which Lisa excitedly declares, "The Simpsons are going to Delaware!" It's funny because no show would actually base an episode on the family winning a trip to the most boring state in the union...except, they totally do!

Exactly one season later, The Simpsons do, in fact, win a trip to Delaware! The show reuses the audio that was presented as an example of the show's lack of ideas and work it into an actual episode. Granted, it's clearly done ironically and the majority the episode is an anthology about tall tales, but the instance is still fun to think about. Not only is it a fun callback to an earlier episode, but it also seems to serve as infuriating evidence that even the writers knew that the show was beginning to lose its luster.


11. You Can Apparently Find Waldo Hiding In Springfield


The Simpsons is so jam packed with references that watching it can you're reading a Where's Waldo book....Sometimes, literally! The classic children's character has shown up as a sight gag on at least two unrelated occasions.

The first of these occurs in the episode "Bart's Comet" when the entire town of Springfield is crammed into a tiny bomb shelter. See if you can spot him:


The bestriped traveler appears again a few seasons later in the episode "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder." Homer plays looks at a Where's Waldo? book and fails to find him, only to have the actual character walk around behind him outside the kitchen window: 


So, is the show trying to tell us that Waldo exists in the world of The Simpsons and is, in fact, a resident of Springfield? No of course not. These are clearly just two unrelated sight gags...A guy can dream, though.

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          Jenis-Jenis Pelangi yang Jarang Terlihat   
Pelangi adalah gejala optik dan meteorologi berupa cahaya beraneka warna saling sejajar yang tampak di langit atau medium lainnya. Di langit, pelangi tampak sebagai busur cahaya dengan ujungnya mengarah pada horizon pada saat hujan ringan. Pelangi juga dapat dilihat di sekitar air terjun yang deras.

1. Classic Rainbows

Pelangi Alam terdiri dari enam warna: merah, oranye, kuning, hijau, biru dan ungu. Intensitas warna masing-masingnya tergantung berbagai kondisi atmosfer dan waktu.

2. Circular Rainbows

Pelangi ini benar-benar terlihat seperti busur lingkaran sempurna (dengan radius tepat 42 derajat, menurut Descartes).

3. Secondary Rainbows

Pelangi primer, sering disertai dengan pelangi sekunder biasanya tipis dan redup daripada pelangi primer. Pelangi sekunder terkenal dengan karakteristik tertentu, spektrum ditampilkan dalam urutan terbalik dari sebuah pelangi primer.

4. Red Rainbows

Red Rainbows biasanya terlihat saat fajar atau senja ketika ketebalan filter atmosfir bumi menjadi biru, terlihat lebih merah atau seperti tetesan cahaya oranye mencerminkan dan membiaskan air. Hasilnya adalah pelangi dengan spektrum ujung merah.

5. Sundogs

Yang paling sering terlihat rendah di langit di hari musim dingin yang cerah, sundogs terjadi ketika matahari bersinar melalui kristal es yang tinggi di atmosfer. Sundogs berwarna merah di bagian dalam dan ungu di bagian luar dengan sisa spektrum ramai di antaranya. Semakin tebal konsentrasi kristal es di udara, semakin tebal pula strukturnya.

6. Fogbows

Fogbows lebih jarang terlihat daripada pelangi biasa, karena parameter tertentu yang harus disesuaikan untuk menciptakan mereka. Misalnya, sumber cahaya harus berada di belakang pengamat dan membumi. Juga, kabut di belakang pengamat harus sangat tipis sehingga sinar matahari yang dapat bersinar melalui kabut tebal di depan.

7. Waterfall Rainbows

Kabut air terjun bercampur ke dalam aliran udara konstan atmosfer terus menerus, terlepas dari cuaca. Hal ini membuat sebuah foto air terjun yang sangat baik untuk pelangi.

8. Fire Rainbows

Pelangi ini bukan terbuat dari api, nama untuk efek optik yang indah ini adalah “circumhorizontal arc”. Fenomena ini hanya dapat dilihat dalam kondisi spesifik tertentu: awan cirrus, yang bertindak seperti prisma harus setidaknya berada di ketinggian 20.000 kaki dan matahari harus menyorot ketika mereka berada di ketinggian 58-68 derajat. Rainbow Fire tidak pernah terlihat di lokasi lebih dari 55 derajat utara atau selatan.

9. Moonbows

Moonbows adalah mitra untuk pelangi lunar. Mereka juga jauh lebih sulit dilihat karena badai hujan harus berlalu dan, idealnya, bulan purnama yang terang tidak terhalang oleh awan.

          99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa oleh Hanum Salsabiela   
Pertama kali aku ingin membaca buku itu karena tulisan "best seller" di cover depannya. Entah kenapa kalau udah ada tulisan "best seller" seperti ada jaminan bahwa buku itu pasti bagus untuk dibaca, yah walaupun  sebenarnya nggak semua begitu tapi paling tidak itu menjadi salah satu tolak ukur. Kemudian alasan kedua adalah karena buku itu juga sudah difilmkan ke layar lebar. Itu semakin menambah rasa keingintahuanku untuk membacanya dan tentunya juga didukung oleh sinopsis di belakang buku yang memang menarik. Buku ini diberi judul "99 cahaya di langit Eropa". Sesuai dengan judulnya, buku ini adalah buku yang menceritakan perjalanan spiritual penulis dalam menapaki jejak Islam di Eropa. Sebuah perjalanan mencari cahaya Islam di seluruh penjuru Eropa. Di dalam buku ini, aku mendapatkan banyak sekali informasi yang belum pernah aku ketahui sebelumnya tentang pasang-surut Islam, dan cerita itu mengalir dari bangunan-bangunan peninggalan dari masa ke masa yang menjadi saksi bisu kemajuan dan kemunduran Islam. Diceritakan bagaimana dulu pengaruh Islam di Eropa saat Islam mencapai puncak kejayaan hingga saat ini kemunduran Islam yang hanya menyisakan kenangan-kenangan pada bangunan-bangunan tersebut. Cerita ini adalah kisah perjalanan penulis yaitu Hanum Salsabiela Rais bersama suaminya, Rangga Almahendra. Hanum yang mengikuti suaminya yang sedang menempuh pendidikan Doktoral di Wina, Austria, mencoba mencari potongan demi potongan keterkaitan antara Eropa dan Islam pada masa lalu. Mungkin banyak yang tidak pernah menduga bahwa Eropa yang mayoritas beragam Katolik juga banyak warganya yang Atheis, akan tetapi dulunya pernah bersinggungan dengan Islam, berkaitan erat. Informasi-informasi itu diramu dengan apik oleh penulis sehingga menghasilkan tulisan yang sangat menarik, cerita sejarah yang biasanya membosankan dibuat dengan bahasa yang lebih menarik sehingga lebih mudah dipahami dan enak dibaca. Informasi apa saja yang saya dapatkan? 

Tahukah kalian bahwa roti croissant yang ada di Austria berbentuk bulan sabit? Roti itu dibuat berbentuk bulan sabit sebagai simbol kekalahan Turki terhadap Austria pada masa pemerintahan Turki Ottoman. Di Wina, agama mayoritas yang dianut masyarakat adalah Kristen Katolik, maka jangan heran jika kalian ke sana maka akan sangat susah menemukan mesjid, karena berbeda dengan di Indonesia yang sangat mudah menemukan mesjid, di Wina mesjid hanya ada satu-satu dengan letaknya yang berjauhan antara satu dan lainnya. Kebanyakan warga muslim di sana jika ingin shalat hanya di ruang-ruang atau langgar kecil. Saat tiba waktu shalat pun sangat susah menemukan suara muadzin yang mengumandangkan azan, sangat berbeda dengan di sini. Di situlah tantangan masyarakat muslim di sana. Mungkin bagi kita yang hidup di negara dengan jumlah populasi muslim terbesar melakukan ibadah bukanlah hal yang sulit tapi bagi muslim di sana yang menjadi minoritas sangat susah sekali bagi mereka melakukan ibadah seperti kita. Karena tidak semua orang bertoleransi pada agama kita. Misal, seperti Rangga yang pernah ditegur oleh atasannya karena beribadah salat di ruangannya. Karena mereka melarang membawa-bawa agama dalam lingkungan kampus, kampus harus netral dari isu-isu agama. Aneh bukan? Tapi itulah tantangan yang harus dihadapi oleh warga muslim sehari-harinya di sana. 

Di sini juga diceritakan tentang Cordoba di Spanyol, di sana ada sebuah bangunan yang dulunya mesjid tetapi kini telah diubah menjadi sebuah gereja, namanya Mezquita. Mesjid ini diubah menjadi gereja karena kekalahan kekhalifahan Islam di Granada, akhirnya pemerintahan diambil alih oleh Isabella dan Ferdinand. Dalam kurun waktu 10 tahun setelah Granada takluk, Isabella dan Ferdinand memerintahkan pembaptisan massal pada seluruh penduduk baik Islam maupun Yahudi. Sejak saat itu penggunaan bahasa arab dilarang keras, tradisi-tradisi yang berbau arab dihilangkan dan yang paling agresif adalah pembentukan kepolisian untuk mengawasi muslim dan Yahudi yang sudah "terpaksa" berpindah agama. Makanya tak heran jika kalian pergi di jalan-jalan terutama pasar-pasar Spanyol, para penjual daging babi gantung ada dimana-mana. Petugas kepolisian bertugas memastikan tidak ada warga Spanyol yang memeluk Islam atau Yahudi secara diam-diam. Mereka memaksa setiap warga untuk berjualan babi dan mendemonstrasikan memakan babi di depan mereka. 

Dan kalian tahu agama apa yang paling besar dipeluk di Eropa ini? Bukan katolik dan kristen, tetapi ateisme dan sekulerisme. Ketidakpercayaan mereka terhadap tuhan karena melihat banyaknya orang-orang yang berselisih karena agama, perang agama, dan semacamnya, hal itu membuat mereka semakin tidak percaya akan tuhan. Hmmmmmm 😔😣

Tahukah kalian apa perbedaan Islam yang dulu mencapai masa kejayaan dengan Islam yang sekarang mengalami kemunduran? Bedanya adalah Islam dulu menggabungkan antara agama dan sains (pengetahuan). Bisa dilihat kan dahulu banyak sekali orang-orang Islam yang hebat dalam ilmu pengetahuan, sebut saja Ibnu sina, Ibnu Rushd, dan banyak lagi. Dulu, Islam disebarkan dengan cara yang sangat indah, dengan berperilaku mulia dan lewat ilmu pengetahuan.
Seribu tahun Islam bersinar, lalu pelan-pelan memudar. Kenapa?
Penulis mengatakan bahwa karena sebagian umat Islam sudah mulai melupakan apa yang telah diperdengarkan Jibril kepada Muhammad saw. pertama kali. Karena kita terlalu sibuk bercumbu dengan kata jihad yang salah dimaknai dengan pedang, bukan dengan perantara kalam (pengetahuan).

Coba lihat sekarang apa yang terjadi pada Islam? Islam selalu saja dikaitkan dengan kekerasan, teroris, poligami, dan banyak stigma-stigma negatif lainnya yang sengaja dibangun untuk memperburuk citra Islam. Coba kita lihat di Indonesia, perilaku orang-orang Islam saat ini bagaimana? Tidak menampilkan budi pekerti yang baik, seakan-akan memang seperti itulah Islam. Padahal Islam yang sebenarnya adalah mengajarkan hal-hal terpuji, mengajarkan berbuat baik, berlaku santun, berbudi pekerti. Itulah yang dilakukan masyarakat Islam Turki di Austria saat ini, mereka menyebarkan Islam dengan cara yang indah, dengan senyuman, dengan menebar kebaikan, maka tak heran jika sekarang jumlah muslim di Austria berangsur-angsur jumlahnya semakin banyak walaupun masih menjadi minoritas. Tetapi itulah sebenarnya yang harus kita lakukan "menjadi agen muslim yang baik". 

Mengajak itu tidak perlu dengan kekerasan, pemaksaan, tapi dilakukan dengan mencontohkan perilaku-perilaku yang baik dan positif. Tularkan nilai-nilai keislaman ke seluruh dunia agar mereka tahu betapa indahnya Islam. Dalam buku itu, Hanum menceritakan tentang temannnya, Fatma, seorang wanita Turki yang tinggal di Wina, dia selalu mengatakan bahwa dia ingin menjadi agen muslim yang baik. Bahkan suatu waktu saat mereka duduk di sebuah cafe, ada sekelompok turis yang mengobrol sambil mengejek-ejek Muslim Turki. Fatma mendengarnya tetap tenang walaupun dalam hati ia marah, kemudian yang dia lakukan setelah itu bukan melabrak dan menasehati para turis itu tetapi dia justru membayari semua makanan para turis itu dan menuliskan pesan pada mereka di secarik kertas dan menitipkannya pada pelayan, tulisannya begini, "Hi, I am Fatma, a muslim from Turkey". Lalu dia juga menulis alamat emailnya di situ. 

Dan beberapa waktu setelah kejadian itu, salah seorang dari mereka mengirim email ke alamat yang ditulis Fatma, emailnya begini,  "Hi Fatma, nice to know you. Thanks for the treat in Kahlenberg cafe. We're really looking forward to treat you back someday. Hope to see you soon. It took me quite sometime to send out this e-mail to you because I had no idea how to express my regret, Are you a muslim? Thank God, I think we could be penfriends and I'll tell the world that my best penfriend is a Muslim? Write me back. Paul.
PS: I do hate croissant anyway, because... I love kebab most!

You see? Kebaikan justru membuat mereka (non muslim) tersentuh, bukan diskusi agama yang tak kunjung selesai, bukan jihad yang salah kaprah, bukan ceramah, tapi akhlak yang baik. Karena akhlak tidak berbicara tapi maknanya jauh lebih besar daripada sekedar berbicara.

Ada juga perjalanan penulis di Istanbul, Turki. Jika di Spanyol ada Mezquita, mesjid yang diubah menjadi gereja, maka di Turki ada Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia adalah Katedral Byzantium terbesar di Eropa yang kemudian menjadi mesjid. Ini bukti jatuhnya Konstantinopel ke tangan Dinasti Ottoman.

Selama ini setiap ada yang menyebut kata Belanda pasti langsung kita kaitkan dengan kincir angin dan bunga tulip. Tapi tahukah kalian bahwa ternyata Tulip sudah lebih dahulu menjadi ikon pariwisata di Turki. Tulip itu adalah bunga asli Anatolia Turki dan sebagian Asia Tengah. Tulip menjadi semakin populer saat Ottoman melancarkan invasi ke negara-negara Eropa. Termasuk ketika kapal-kapal Ottoman berlabuh di Belanda. Tidak ada satu pun yang melirik tulip untuk dikembangkan kecuali Belanda. Di Belanda lah kemudian bunga-bunga itu dikembangkan menjadi lebih menarik dalam berbagai warna karena peran teknologi. Nah, itu aja sedikit gambaran yang bisa aku bagikan, yang pasti buku ini sangat menarik dan sangat bagus untuk dibaca.

          Selamat Menjalani Bulan Puasa   
Tinggal sehari lagi, bulan ramadhan akan datang menyapa. Alhamdulillah, tahun ini aku masih bisa menyapa bulan ini dan masih bisa menikmatinya bersama keluarga tercinta, bersama mamak, bapak, dan kak Mena. Bulan ramadhan adalah bulan teristimewa dari semua bulan yang ada. Karena hanya di bulan ini semua aktivitas yang kita lakukan menjadi ibadah. Bernafas, berpuasa, tidur, shalat, berzikir, semuanya ibadah. Dan hanya pada bulan ramadhan jugalah setan-setan akan diikat agar tidak mengganggu manusia-manusia di muka bumi. Walaupun pada saat ramadhan tiba masih banyak kemaksiatan yang terjadi padahal setannya sudah pada diikat. Kenapa bisa? Karena mungkin manusia tersebut sifatnya lebih daripada setan, jadi walaupun setannya pada cuti, manusianya tetap merajalela melakukan kemaksiatan dan kejahatan. Karena setannya sudah menjelma dalam dirinya. Aku memang bukan orang baik, sangat jauh malah dari kata baik, sering melakukan dosa dan khilaf, baik yang disengaja maupun tidak disengaja. Namun aku tahu dan sangat sadar bahwa setiap harinya aku harus mengintrospeksi diri dan berubah menjadi lebih baik, dimulai dari hal-hal yang paling kecil dan mendasar. Karena untuk bisa melakukan perubahan yang besar maka harus dimulai dengan perubahan kecil, sebab perubahan tidak ada yang instan, kalaupun ada pasti tidak akan bertahan lama. Untuk itu jika ingin berubah menjadi orang yang lebih baik maka berubahlah dari hal-hal yang kecil. Caranya berubah adalah dengan menerima semua kritikan orang-orang untuk kita dan menjadikannya alasan untuk kita memperbaiki diri. Dulu aku paling sebel kalau ada yang mengkritik, namun dengan berjalannya waktu, aku sadar bahwa kritikan itulah yang membuatku menjadi lebih baik setiap harinya. Misalnya ketika aku dibilang sombong, jarang senyum, aku berusaha berubah dengan lebih banyak menebar senyum dan berusaha ramah pada siapapun. Toh, ramah sama orang juga tidak mendapat rugi justru mendapat banyak hal positif, salah satunya menambah banyak teman. Hal selanjutnya yang aku lakukan adalah lebih banyak berbaik sangka daripada berburuk sangka. Karena berburuk sangka pada orang lain justru menyakiti diri kita sendiri. Membenci orang lain justru merugikan diri sendiri. Bayangkan saja jika kita membenci orang lain maka setiap harinya kita habiskan hanya dengan menghujat dan mengata-ngatai orang tersebut, lantas apa untungnya buat kita? Yang ada bukannya malah bahagia justru bertambah dosa. Menjadi pembenci atau iri dengan kebahagiaan orang lain hanya menyengsarakan diri sendiri. Jadi kunci bahagia adalah sayangi semua orang di sekitar Anda. Kalaupun mereka tidak menyayangi kita atau membenci kita, cukup untuk tidak menggubrisnya, artinya kebenciannya tidak membuat kita menjadi berkurang kebahagiaan, lanjutkan hidup dan tak usah pedulikan para pembenci. Lama kelamaan juga para pembenci akan merasa bosan dan pergi dengan sendirinya. Cara bahagia yang lain adalah dengan bersyukur. Memang kata yang satu ini sangat mudah diucapkan tapi sulit dilakukan, tapi jika kita mau, tidak ada yang tidak mungkin bukan? Bersyukur adalah menerima segala sesuatu yang diberikan tuhan kepada kita dengan ikhlas. Cara bersyukur adalah dengan lebih banyak melihat ke bawah, karena jika kita terlalu sering melihat ke atas atau kepada orang-orang yang hidupnya bergelimpangan harta dan berkecukupan, atau terlahir dengan paras cantik atau tampan, atau terlahir dengan kecerdasan otak yang luar biasa, maka kecemburuan yang kita rasakan tidak akan ada habisnya. Karena begitu banyak orang yang bisa membuat kita iri dan cemburu. Keuntungannya apa buat kita? Nothing. Yang ada justru kita semakin dimakan kemarahan dan hangus terbakar dengan api kemarahan itu sendiri. Maka itu ketika kita terlalu lama melihat ke atas maka cobalah sejenak melihat ke bawah, pada orang-orang yang berkekurangan daripada kita, pada orang-orang yang tidak punya suatu apa, agar kita mampu bersyukur dan menerima apa yang telah kita miliki. Cara lain mendapat bahagia adalah dengan sholat dan memperbanyak doa pada-Nya, ceritakan apa yang menjadi gelisah hatimu, ceritakan pada-Nya apa yang mengganggu pikiranmu, ceritakan pada-Nya perasaan yang kau rasakan, baik itu senang atau sedih. Kau hanya perlu bercerita pada-Nya maka seakan kau sangat dekat dengan-Nya. Beberapa hari yang lalu, temanku bercerita bagaimana ia bisa bekerja sambil kuliah dan rezeki selalu menghampiri-Nya entah dari arah mana saja dan tanpa terduga. Setiap uang di dompetnya hampir habis, selalu ada orang yang kemudian membukakan jalan rezeki untuknya, akhirnya dompetnya terisi kembali. Aku bertanya padanya apa rahasianya. Dia menjawab dengan simpel, yaitu perbanyak solat dhuha, perbanyak membaca ayat kursi, perbanyak bersedekah maka rezeki itu akan datang dengan sendirinya. Jika kita mendekat pada Tuhan maka Dia juga akan merengkuh tangan kita dan menggenggamnya. Namun kita manusia seringkali lupa menyapa-Nya, seringkali lupa menyebut nama-Nya. Maka jangan marah jika kemudian Dia melupakanmu atau jangan heran jika kemudian Dia membuatmu ditinggalkan oleh orang-orang yang kau sayangi. Agar kau mengingat-Nya dan datang kembali pada-Nya. Mengapa demikian? Karena manusia baru mengingat Tuhannya saat dia kesusahan dan bersusah hati. Selain itu, untuk mendapat bahagia, perbanyak membaca kalimat-kalimat motivasi agar kita selalu termotivasi setiap harinya untuk berusaha, melakukan yang terbaik, dan menjalani hidup dengan baik pula. Bisa juga dengan membaca novel-novel yang bisa menambah motivasi kita. Karena di dalam novel, penulis memaparkan cerita-cerita yang bisa kita jadikan pengalaman dan mungkin suatu ketika akan berguna untuk kita. Atau membaca biografi/authobiografi orang-orang yang sudah sukses agar kita belajar bahwa sukses dan bahagia tidak datang begitu saja tapi ada proses panjang yang harus dilalui, ada banyak perjuangan, kesedihan, pengorbanan atau mungkin penderitaan yang harus dialami untuk mendapat bahagia. Tapi itulah hidup, life is never flat. Oleh karenanya selalu dekat dengan-Nya agar jalan hidup ini bisa lebih mudah karena sebenarnya setiap masalah yang datang dalam hidup kita bukannya tanpa alasan. Masalah itu hanya ujian untuk menguji sejauh mana tingkat kesabaran kita. Masalah diberikan Tuhan bukan hanya supaya kita menemukan solusi untuk menyelesaikannya tapi karena Dia ingin melihat sejauh mana kita sanggup menerima dan menghadapinya. Dan nanti dengan sendirinya Dia pulalah yang akan membantu kita menemukan solusi untuk menyelesaikannya. Jika kita kuat maka kita akan lulus ke level selanjutnya tapi jika kita menyerah dan berputus asa maka kita akan tetap berada di level yang sama hingga nanti kita sudah cukup kuat untuk menapaki level selanjutnya. Jadilah orang baik, bukan untuk mendapat balasan dari manusia, bukan pula supaya dianggap baik dan dipuji orang lain, tapi semata-mata untuk mendapat kemuliaan dan ridha dari-Nya. Karena ketika kita berharap kebaikan kita dibalas orang lain maka jika orang tersebut tidak membalasnya kita pasti akan kecewa. Tapi ingatlah walaupun mungkin orang itu tidak membalas kebaikan kita, Tuhan dengan kasih sayang-Nya akan mengirimkan ribuan orang lain untuk membalas kebaikan kita itu. Kemudian, untuk menjadi orang yang selalu bahagia, bertemanlah dengan orang-orang baik dan bisa memotivasimu setiap hari. Karena teman itu seperti cermin, bagaimana rupa temanmu begitu pulalah kamu. Jika kamu berteman dengan pencuri maka kamu akan ikut mencuri, jika kamu berteman dengan penjahat maka kamu akan ikut jadi penjahat, jika kamu berteman dengan para pendengki maka kamu juga akan ikut menjadi bagian dari mereka, begitu pula jika kamu berteman dengan orang-orang baik maka kamu juga akan mengikuti sikap baiknya. Tapi bukan berarti kita tidak boleh berteman dengan orang jahat, tetapi jika kita tipe orang yang mudah terpengaruh maka lebih baik perbanyak berteman dengan orang-orang baik agar kebaikan-kebaikan itu ikut tertular pada kita. Yakinlah hanya pada-Nya dan mulailah berubah dari hal yang paling kecil. Akhir kata, aku mau mengucapkan selamat menjalani ibadah puasa selama sebulan penuh, selamat menyambut ramadhan, mohon maaf yang sebesar-besarnya pada kalian semua jika selama ini aku banyak salah, semoga kita melakukan banyak kebaikan di bulan yang istimewa ini dan semoga kita menjadi orang yang lebih baik dan lebih baik lagi :)
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On 31 January 2012 the ETUI and the Belgian Council for Equal Opportunities between Men and Women are staging a study day in Brussels to look at gender inequalities and occupational diseases. During this study day, speakers from Quebec, Finland, France and Belgium will be focusing on analysing how these inequalities in treatment between men and women actually operate, and how it is possible to rebuild the career path and get recognition for an occupational disease.
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          Deeper Than You Could Ever Know, or The Eternal Psychodrama   

The rabbit keeps digging. And digging. How far are you ready to go down?

I first began to follow this story when I heard about the drowning death of Jeff Buckley. I'm not sure why but the first thought that came into my head was that it had something to do with Elizabeth Fraser. 

I had no idea that all of this had been prophesied for years and years before, in ways that actually give me chills.

I had no idea that this was all closely following a very ancient script, for reasons I can't begin to wrap my head around. The symbolism is almost shockingly unambiguous, as we'll soon see.

I had no idea that a tragedy involving Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley's close friend and posthumous spokesman, would take place on the banks of another river almost exactly 20 years later, a tragedy that seemed to follow a remarkably similar mythic script. And a tragedy that would seize the attention of millions all around the world.

And I most certainly had no idea twenty years ago that at the very same time police divers were scouring the muddy waters of the Wolf River Lagoon for Jeff Buckley's corpse a well-publicized reenactment of a mystery religion based on the drowning death of a revered ancient Egyptian god was being undertaken by an elite "secret society" just a few blocks away.

Yeah. That happened.

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around that one too.


A reader asked a highly pertinent and perceptive question in the comments section of the previous post. It cuts to the heart of this extraordinarily unlikely mystery we're trying to crack here.
The thing that I keep asking is "why?" Why would spirits reenact this little passion play at all? Why with this small handful of singers and songwriters? It seems like a lot of effort, a lot of autistic attention to trivial details few would even notice - so where's the actual payoff for the Good Folk's effort? The only thing I can think up is that all the world's a play to them, but the dramatis personnae onstage never see more than a few glimpses of their lines before it's time for them to be spoken.
Why indeed? We're not talking about show biz superstars here, we're not talking about Benifer or Brangelina,  we're talking about two cult performers who never broke into the mainstream. 

We're talking about two very vulnerable souls whose supernatural gifts were balanced out by their struggles with their troubled upbringings and mental illness. But at the same time we're talking about two performers who could count the highest echelon of the music biz elite in their circle of apostles.

And we're talking about a love story whose tragic end was prophesied in a song that has garnered a staggering 48 million views on YouTube. Those people may not realize it but they've soaked all this in.

Which only makes sense because what we're actually seeing is a ritualistic reenactment of one of history's oldest love stories.

It's becoming increasingly well-known on the Internet that this song is about Jeff Buckley, though I think most people tend to underestimate how deep Fraser's obsession with the man really was. I don't think she ever got over it.

Buckley idolized Fraser, studied her, imitated her (the first time I heard Jeff Buckley- knowing nothing about him- I said to myself, "this guy sure sounds like he listens to a lot of Cocteau Twins records"). But when they met Fraser was in the middle of a serious- and painfully public- mental health crisis that would find her hospitalized twice within a year. 

Buckley brought color and excitement back into her life but he had far too many groupies chasing him to stay with an older woman who brought a lot of emotional baggage in tow. Plus, his star was rising and her band was in the process of winding down their long run.

The Wikipedia entry recites the almost-unimaginably eerie fact that Fraser was recording this song while the man about whom she was singing was dying on the other side of the world, but omits the fact that they were lovers:
Fraser wrote the song's lyrics. While recording the song on 29 May 1997, she found out that her once-close friend, Jeff Buckley, had drowned. "That was so weird ... I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway." 
And what most people tend to overlook is that not only is she singing about Buckley- yet again- she is also unconsciously prophesying his death. Yet again:

Night, night of matter (?)
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

I have a problem with this interpretation of the lyrics. As far as I can tell what Fraser is actually singing is "Night, night of murder" not "matter." Which makes a lot more sense when followed by "black flowers blossom." 


Because black flowers have traditionally been associated with death and mourning:
The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. They are often used at funerals. 
And then there's this couplet, which connects us to a constellation of ancient goddesses whose dramas all center on lost loves ( and one of whose incarnations is known as "the first mermaid").

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror


Some of Fraser's most extraordinary vocal performances come when she is channeling the dramas of ancient mythologies. This of course includes the Siren but also Lorelei, Echo, Pandora (not just once but twice), Persephone and Coatlicue.

She was, after all, "the Voice of God."

But there's one particular story that she seemed to embody and that's the story of the goddess who fell in love with the young shepherd boy. It seemed to start in an oblique and incidental way:
The Cocteaux released Moon and the Melodies in late 1986, which featured 'Sea, Swallow Me' and 'She Will Destroy You', among others. Then they released Blue Bell Knoll, which again is a reference to an old folk belief about a death omen. The bluebell is also known as Endymion non-scriptus. 
Endymion is yet another doomed mortal whom a goddess fell in love with: 
 Wandering farther afield from the British Isles, the bluebell is associated with the shepherd boy Endymion.  The moon goddess, variously called Seline or Diana, fell in love with him and cast an eternal sleep on him so that she could enjoy his beauty alone, forever.
One of the key cuts on Blue Bell Knoll is 'For Phoebe Still a Baby'. Phoebe is another name for Selene.  
This story goes back to the very cradle of civilization:
In Babylonia, the month Tammuz was established in honor of the eponymous god Tammuz, who originated as a Sumerian shepherd-god, Dumuzid or Dumuzi, the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel consort of Ishtar.
Inanna and Dumuzi also seem to be the stars of one of the earliest known tellings of the Descent into the Underworld, where Inanna traveled to retrieve the soul of her lost shepherd-boy consort. This story would be told over and over again.

This story was retold in Phrygia as the myth of Cybele and Attis (note see Tracy Twyman's dissertation of this myth at her blog):
Cybele loved the beautiful shepherd, and made him her own priest on condition that he should preserve his chastity inviolate. Atys broke the covenant with a nymph, the daughter of the river-god Sangarius, and was thrown by the goddess into a state of madness, in which he unmanned himself. 
This story was told in the pages of Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough, a book Elizabeth Fraser certainly seemed to have read. A variant on the story has the hermaphroditic Agdistis in place of Cybele. Strangely enough this version also correlates to the Fraser-Buckley drama, given the Cocteau Twins' singer's own innate androgyny. As the singer explained in 1995:
"I was very worried about being unattractive because I think I look quite masculine. Sometimes I feel more masculine than feminine and I don't like it. I mean, you've got a person who is in recovery from incest surrounded by men. I've never had a highly developed sense of being female."
Fraser would refer obliquely to Cybele in one of her many songs focused around moths and butterflies, 'Great Spangled Fritilary', a butterfly whose scientific name is S Cybele.

The Greeks retold the love-goddess and shepherd-boy story as that of Aphrodite and the shepherd-boy Adonis:
(Both) Aphrodite and Persephone, goddess of fertility and death, love Adonis, a beautiful young man. Adonis is killed by a wild boar while he is on the hunt: Aphrodite begs Zeus to restore him to life, but Persephone also demands that he be brought back to life for her sake. Zeus settles the dispute by resurrecting Adonis, but commands him to live six months in the upper world with Aphrodite and six months in the lower world with Persephone.

And sure enough, just before she would meet Jeff Buckley, Elizabeth Fraser would be depicted rising from a scallop shell like Aphrodite in the music video for 'Bluebeard'. 

The Syrian version of this archetype, widely believed to be the original incarnation of Aphrodite herself, who takes us right back to the world of sirens and mermaids. The very first mermaid, or so the story goes:
Atargatis was in love with a human shepherd but accidentally killed him.  Out of guilt, the goddess flung herself into the ocean hoping to become a fish.  But her beauty was so great, that she never could fully become a fish.  Instead she became half goddess, half fish, with a tail below the waist and human body above the waist.   


...let's play the Name Game. You see this little mythology primer here isn't just for the giggles and grins, it cuts right to the core of the very strange daisy-chain of synchronicity we are trying to untangle.

Because Jeff Buckley's very surname means "shepherd boy."
Ó Buachalla, taken from the Irish word 'buachaill' originally meaning 'herdsman' (in modern Irish it has come to mean 'boy'), was anglcised early as Ó Boughelly, Boughla, Buhilly and later as Buckley. 
So you see I'm not exaggerating when I claim that what we're seeing here is a very ancient psychodrama that chose to play itself out in real time. I mean it literally. Do you understand me now?

And what about Liz Fraser? Well, given the Egyptian origin of the Biblical name (the first Elizabeth was connected to Moses and Aaron, both of which are native Egyptian names) I will go to my grave believing that in fact it comes from Eloah-Esi-Beth, or "Temple of the Goddess Isis." We'll get to Isis shortly.

But first the Fraser name, which ties into Knights Templar history, of all things:
The Frasers are believed to have come from Anjou in France. The name Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant (fraisier in French). 
Might come from "fraisier." Gee, you think? 

But what's the significance of strawberries in this tale here? Well, it ties right back into the lineage of the same goddesses we're looking at. In this case the Syro-Roman variant:
The strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shapes and red color.
In a connection that will take on greater significance when we get to the next chapter of this drama, it so happens that Venus had a very Roswell kind of origin story:
In another story, told by Hyginus, an egg fell from the sky into the Euphrates, was rolled onto land by fish, doves settled on it and hatched it, and Venus, known as the Syrian goddess, came forth
Yeah, we're going there. But don't worry- it's baked right into the cake.

Yeah, those eyes. I know.

But of course the big kahuna of love-goddess and doomed shepherd myths is that of Isis and Osiris. In the best-known telling of the tale, Osiris' first death comes when he is drowned in the Nile inside his sarcophagus:
In some cases the texts suggest that Set takes the form of a wild animal, such as a crocodile or bull, to slay Osiris; in others they imply that Osiris's corpse is thrown in the water or that he is drowned. This latter tradition is the origin of the Egyptian belief that people who had drowned in the Nile were sacred.
And just to establish his shepherd cred:
 He also carries the crook and flail. The crook is thought to represent Osiris as a shepherd god. The symbolism of the flail is more uncertain with shepherds whip, fly-whisk, or association with the god Andjety of the ninth nome of Lower Egypt proposed.[12]
And as the fathomless enigmas of fate would have it, one of the foundation texts for the Isis-Osiris myth takes us back to- you guessed it- Memphis:
Another important source is the Memphite Theology, a religious narrative that includes an account of Osiris's death as well as the resolution of the dispute between Horus and Set. This narrative associates the kingship that Osiris and Horus represent with Ptah, the creator deity of Memphis. 
Quoting directly from the Memphite Theology, we have this:
Isis and Nepthys without delay, for Osiris had drowned in his water. Isis [and Nephthys] looked out, [beheld him and attended to him].  
OK, we have a river, a drowning and a Memphis. Can I shoehorn a wolf into this little catty-corner?

Oh, yes I can:
In the beginning, Osiris was associated mostly with agriculture. This cult spread rapidly into Upper Egypt, and soon Osiris became identified with the funeral god, Abydos, Khenti-Amentiu, who was symbolized by the wolf.  
But then we get thrown right down the crazy-stairs...

Oh, the eyes. Interesting.

While police divers were still dragging the Wolf River Harbor for Jeff Buckley's body, just a few blocks east the Grand Krewe of Osiris was enjoying the Carnival Memphis, kicking off at the Crosstown Concourse:
The Carnival Memphis Association organizes, plans, budgets, and promotes the King, Queen, and Royal Court, as well as many of the events staged during Carnival week. However, the Grand Krewes (once known as secret societies) also stage their own festivities throughout the year, elect their own royalty, manage their own budget, and have their own membership requirements.  
Most of these organizations bear Egyptian names in accordance to tradition originally set out by the Mystic Memphi, and in conjunction with Memphis being the sister city of ancient Memphis, Egypt. The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bees.  
The Carnival kicks off the first weekend following Memorial Day. 

But what exactly is the Grand Krewe of Osiris? Well, besides the hosts of, that is?
Osiris was founded in 1934 as a Mystic Secret Society. Osiris membership has always consisted of top professional and business leaders. 
The Great Eye, the hieroglyphic symbol of Osiris for thousands of years, continues looking intently forward to the future of great city of Memphis, on the American Nile.
The Great Eye? You mean the one glowing in the middle of that giant pyramid you got there? The one on the shore of the Wolf River Lagoon? OK. Thanks.

Good, clean Masonic fun

And what exactly do their ceremonies entail?
The ceremonies were mysterious and symbolic, but the most common feature was the procession of Queen Isis in her carriage, far beyond the precincts of her temple on occasions to other towns. 
These occasions were passed amid great rejoicing, music, dancing, and feasting which formed important parts of the festival rites. 
The feast was held within lofty walls, with an entrance between immense pylons inscribed with hieroglyphs. 
Those called to join celebrated the regeneration of the land, the renewal of friendships, and the hopes for a productive and joyful year!

Is it just me or does this sound like something straight out of Summerisle? And how exactly do these ceremonies climax?
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
OK, now I'm sure this is all fun and harmless and zany (totally Masonic) fun for the Memphite upper crust. But that doesn't matter in the context of ritual, especially the kind of ritual that goes beyond ritual. 

Because all this was going on while Jeff Buckley's body was floating a few blocks away in the Wolf River in the same exact way Osiris' body floated in the Nile.

You know Osiris-- the star-sailor. 

I said the Starsailor.

But again, the point is that happened. That actually happened. A bunch of drunk lawyers, doctors and their wives were playacting the mysteries of Isis and Osiris while an aspiring rock superstar was actually playing the part of Osiris in a ritual who I can't begin to imagine who -or more accurately, what -- was staging.

I mean, I never heard of this Carnival until a few hours ago. Have you?

What are the odds Elizabeth Fraser knew about any of this while she was writing songs that prophesy how a man she wouldn't meet for another 12 years would die? 

Somewhere between slim, zip and fuckall I'd wager.

But stay tuned because this story is about to take a very dark and sinister turn, taking us into the world of elite UFO cultists, the Tower of Babel, demons of the air, World War Three, and a prophecy of the most momentous event of our times.

I wish I were kidding.


          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult: Concluded   


Let's get this out of the way first - SPOILERS! Then this: Alien: Covenant is not a very good movie. 

It's not offensively terrible, in fact it goes out of its way to be as inoffensive as possible. Even the gore seems polite. 

I'd give you a synopsis but you can just as easily take all your favorite scenes from the Alien franchise, arrange them however you please, add in a cartoon villain whose motivations are entirely incomprehensible and then go fix yourself up some Jiffy Pop.

Alien: Covenant goes to great lengths to piss away the entire ontology proposed in the film it's meant to act as a sequel to, ostensibly annihilating the god-like Engineer race in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it CGI eruption that has all the heft and drama of a 80s video game. 

But at the same time it seems to tell a story beneath the surface narrative. And a lot of its riffs will be well familiar to anyone versed in Ancient Astronaut Theory. Which, let's face it, was arguably extraneous to the running plot of Prometheus (space mission finds remains of alien race mixed up with the xenomorph progenitors).

As Gordon and I discussed, it also feels like it meant to originally serve as the advance guard for a new AAT media blitz*, a plan that appears to have been scuttled in the wake of Hurricane Trump and the resultant cold (for the time being) civil war the country has been plunged into. 

I've never seen divide-and-rule politics as divisive as what we're seeing today, with the ostensible goal being to atomize the population into impotent, squabbling subsects in order to preempt any potential challenge to oligarchal rule, even if the oligarchy itself is itself carved up into mutually antagonistic camps. (I should mention here that this whole program seems to have fired up in the wake of the Occupy movements).

Of course there's also the fact that the easiest social grouping (tribe, country, empire, etc) to conquer is one that's divided against itself. 

Just saying.

But even this miserable turn of events seems to resonate with the AAT perspective as well, specifically the "gods at war" subplot running through Zecharia Sitchin's bibliography, as well as some of the theorizing emerging on the fringe science circuit.

Now, there's a strand of thinking among those who wrestle with the Fermi Paradox, essentially arguing that high technology is inherently anti-adaptive and inevitably leads to self-destruction. 

What this theory essentially proposes is that we've not had any (acknowledged) contact with extraterrestrial races because they've all been wiped out by their own advanced technology (read: 'weaponry'). This of course is a wildly egocentric assumption ("extraterrestrial races are all as savage and murderous as we are") and automatically presumes that our own high technology is not in fact some kind of alien intrusion, even if it behaves every bit like one.

I bring this up because there are two running themes in Alien: Covenant I do want to unpack, because they do (obliquely) reference some of the basic tenets of AAT (the film seems to keep a lot of its AAT on the DL).

First off is David's genocide of the Engineer planet. This was a fairly ridiculous subplot, essentially chucking everything we were told about these beings in the first film. This is a billions year-old race that seeded all life on Earth and yet they're all defeated by a lone android who had hijacked one of their spacecraft? Huh?

Wouldn't they naturally have some kind of defense infrastructure that would have intercepted this ship before it ever reached orbit? There's no attempt at following the story's own internal logic.

Now there are all kinds of ways you could have made sense of this. The Engineers had degenerated over the millennia and lost their high technology, that they'd become so drunk on their own power that they never expected any exterior challenge, etc etc etc. But the film makes absolutely no attempt to sell any of that.

But by the same token there's a fascinating allegory at work here, even if it's unintentional, and that ties back to the war of the gods theme running through a lot of AAT theorizing. 

Note that the Engineers aren't decked up in their Gigeresque finery in the apocalypse scene but look more like the kind of quasi-Medievals familiar to space fantasy fans. They also look pretty stupid gazing up at the approaching ship like the hapless New Agers in Mars Attacks. 

But were they in fact the Engineers? Some fans don't seem to think so.

A closer look at the (humanoid) aliens in the film may suggest that this in fact was another descendant race, the clue being the skintone (matte and pinkish as opposed to chalky white and moderately reflective). They also don't seem quite as black-eyed. Another clue is their reaction to the ship, arguably suggesting these people were expecting their gods to return.


Is this a fakeout or a reference to another covert subplot altogether? It's possible there was a revelation that this was just a descendant race in the original script but that all got lost in the rewriting process. 

Perhaps David's apparent plan to kill off the human colonists- who are both his progenitors and another descendant race- are the clue here. Either way, the story (mankind's cousins wiped out by a space invader) ties in pretty neatly with the theories put forth by plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg:
"Dr. Brandenburg has previously theorized that the red color of Mars and the radioactive substances in its soil are the result of a thermonuclear explosion from natural causes. He now says that the “high concentration” of Xenon-129 in the Martian atmosphere and uranium and thorium on the surface are remnants of two unnatural nuclear explosions, most likely triggered by alien invaders. 
"Who were these aliens invading and eventually wiping out? Brandenburg believes Mars once had a climate like Earth and was inhabited by two civilizations – one in a region called Cydonia Mensa and another at Galaxias Chaos. Why these two regions? 
'Analysis of new images from Odyssey, MRO and Mars Express orbiters now show strong evidence of eroded archeological objects at these sites.'
According to Brandenburg, the Martians maintained a high civilization, albeit a non-technological one:
He says Mars once had an Earth-like climate home to animal and plant life, and any intelligent life would have been about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians on Earth.
There's also David's genetic tinkering with the xenomorph genome. As a self-styled god, David here is playing the part suggested by AATheorists, who postulate that the Anunaki went through a series of experiments in creating the modern human genome and eradicated unwanted models while they did so. 

Strangely enough, this also correlates to the AAT-friendly origin myth put forth by the ancient Greek writer Hesiod in his landmark Works and Days. Hesiod, significantly, was apparently deeply influenced by Babylonian literature, the Enuma Elish in particular

And the war of the gods certainly correlates to the Titanomachy, or the wars between the Olympians and their progenitors, the Titans.

So is there an unspoken inference that David is the titular Prometheus, defying the "gods" and shepherding the engineered development of the xenomorph race? In the context of the film itself it's really hard to care one way or the other but it does suggest that there was in fact a lot more meat on the bone in previous drafts of the script.


But it's worth noting that the Alien franchise is not only another example of a major SF property that revolves around AAT it's also an example of a SF franchise onto which AAT was grafted midstream (at the same time it was grafted onto the Predator franchise). 

Some franchises have AAT baked into their genome at conception (Star Trek (more or less), the Space Odyssey series, Battlestar Galactica) but many more seem to have it implanted sometime into their runs (Quatermass, Doctor Who, X-Files, Indiana Jones, Transformers, Jonny Quest, Godzilla, Doom, Halo, Assassin's Creed). 

When the Olympics came to Hollywood

This raises a very simple question: why? Is there in fact a AAT cargo cult at work in the entertainment industry? I mean that sounds ridiculous, right? 

Well, maybe it seems a bit less so when you look at the influence the Nine had on the Star Trek franchise (relaunching on television this year) or the fact that one of the most powerful cults in Hollywood is explicitly AAT-oriented right down to its very core. There's also the Mormon Church, which is at the very least AAT-compatible.

On the other hand, there's also the Brookings Report. 
The report has become noted for one short section entitled "The implications of a discovery of extraterrestrial life", which examines the potential implications of such a discovery on public attitudes and values. The section briefly considers possible public reactions to some possible scenarios for the discovery of extraterrestrial life, stressing a need for further research in this area. It recommends continuing studies to determine the likely social impact of such a discovery and its effects on public attitudes…" 
One detail that caught the eye of researchers like Richard Hoagland is the mention of possible artifacts discovered on our neighbors, artifacts that might call our entire view of our planet and our very existence into question.
"While face-to-face meetings with it will not occur within the next twenty years (unless its technology is more advanced than ours, qualifying it to visit Earth), artifacts left at some point in time by these life forms might possibly be discovered through our space activities on the Moon, Mars, or Venus." 
And then there's this passage, which basically explains why so many STEM types are so deeply wounded by AAT:
"It has been speculated that, of all groups, scientists and engineers might be the most devastated by the discovery of relatively superior creatures, since these professions are most clearly associated with the mastery of nature, rather than with the understanding and expression of man. Advanced understanding of nature might vitiate all our theories at the very least, if not also require a culture and perhaps a brain inaccessible to Earth scientists."  

And the money quote: suggestions for how that eventuality- or some kind of alien contact- might be managed by the Managers.
Continuing studies to determine emotional and intellectual understanding and attitudes -- and successive alterations of them if any -- regarding the possibility and consequences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life. 
Historical and empirical studies of the behavior of peoples and their leaders when confronted with dramatic and unfamiliar events or social pressures. Such studies might help to provide programs for meeting and adjusting to the implications of such a discovery. Questions one might wish to answer by such studies would include: How might such information, under what circumstances, be presented to or withheld from the public for what ends?  
And lo and behold, 57 years after the Brookings Report we get this:
The solar system that humanity calls home may have once been inhabited by an extinct species of spacefaring aliens, a top scientist has suggested. 
A space scientist has suggested ancient extraterrestrials could have lived on Mars, Venus or even Earth before disappearing without a trace. 
In a fascinating academic paper about “prior indigenous technological species,” Jason T. Wright from Pennsylvania State University raised the fascinating possibility that evidence of these extinct aliens could exist somewhere in the solar system. 
Wright is an astronomer who received global attention after suggesting an “alien megastructure” had been spotted in orbit around a distant star.Now the stargazer has said advanced aliens may have left behind “technosignatures” for us to find — if only we knew where to look for them.
Of course, this is exactly what Richard Hoagland has been talking about- and has been roundly attacked for doing so- for at least the past 40 years. But I suppose it's different when the very same theorizing comes from within the priesthood.

It's funny; last night I was cutting the grass and thinking about stuff. You know, like you do when you're cutting the grass. Then I started mulling over how simplistic and repetitive the Ancient Aliens show is and how quickly Giorgio Tsoukalos transformed himself into a cartoon character. 

But then I realized that's how educational indoctrination works in our culture. 

All kinds of teaching and training materials in public schools use cartoon characters, right? Walt Disney probably made a fortune licensing his characters for educational films. And it's through repetition that people really learn anything. 

So Ancient Aliens might chew over the same gristle year after year but that helps keep its messaging consistent as its audience ebbs and flows (read: enters/graduates high school). Love it or loathe it, you have to acknowledge that there's a cogent methodology at work there. 

Government-conditioning program or cult indoctrination, they all work out of the same toolbox.

Is it all leading up to some major revelation, the way 'Disclosure' advocates expect? Or is all leading up to some massive Project Blue Beam type of hoax? 

Well,  why would anyone expect it to? Why would anyone expect the skies to open- or not- as the climax of all this conditioning? 

The answer, of course, is Hollywood. Because that's the way it works in the movies. Real life doesn't usually work that way. 

However, no matter who or what is behind all this the fact remains that, like it or don't, AAT (and the UFO topic in general) have already dramatically changed our culture, our technology and our society. Certainly our popular culture. 

Being a bit long in the tooth it still boggles my mind how many younger people take the basic assumptions of AAT for granted, even if they haven't read a page of Sitchin or Von Daniken or even watched a single Ancient Aliens. They don't have to. So much of their favorite pop culture is neck deep in it.

*You can toss in the Sekret Machines project here, spearheaded by former Blink 182 guitarist Tom Delonge and Peter Levenda of Necronomicon and Sinister Forces fame, and involving all kinds of Deep State heavies such as John Podesta.

          Chris Cornell: The Muses Choose Broken Vessels   

Jesus Christ Pose

The Alternative Rock explosion of the early 90s was fueled by a wave of great singers. After a lost decade of metallic shriekers and New Wave gurglers-- which some call the 80s-- there was suddenly an embarrassment of strong voices revitalizing rock music, especially hard rock music. 

Most of these had cut their teeth on punk and hardcore and subsequently learned to trim back the fat and excess that torpedoed their 70s forebears. They also learned to step around the wretched excesses that ran the 80s metal explosion into the ground; cookie-cutter sameness, image over substance, half-written songs, cliche piled on cliche.

Alternative rock would itself get watered down and xeroxed into oblivion, especially as careerists figured out a way to counterfeit the formula (I'm looking at you, Candlebox and Seven Mary Three) and record companies signed up every pseudo-grunge band they could find (and strong-armed other acts to hop on the bandwagon). 

By the end of the 90s it all devolved into an obnoxious fratboy rock (I'm looking at you, Limp Bizkit and Creed) that reached its inevitable apotheosis at the disastrous Woodstock '99 (held on a decommissioned military base). 

But before that all went down some of the most vital and exciting rock music of all time was produced.

Alternative Rock, or more accurately GenX Rock, has taken its place in the classic rock canon. Tracks by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are snuggled in tightly between all the Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd cuts overplayed on FM radio. But five of the most remarkable vocalists of that era- Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jeff Buckley, Scott Weiland and now Chris Cornell--- are lost to us.

And the 9-ton Tyrannosaurus lurking in the back of the concert hall is that modern plague, clinical depression. It's a subject I'm all too familiar with. It's the witches' curse on Generation X.

Chris Cornell was an enigmatic figure among the Grunge pantheon. If Kurt Cobain was the snotty punk, Eddie Vedder the self-serious poet, Layne Staley the tortured howler and Scott Weiland the Joker in the pack, Cornell was an entirely unique presence, as was Soundgarden. Tall, lean but ripped, possessing an odd, androgynous beauty and an enviable black mane, he came across as aloof, Olympian. His piercing, multi-octave voice felt like a weapon,  more like an incarnation of Apollo the Destroyer than Ozzy Osbourne.

Similarly, Soundgarden was perhaps the most effective translator of the power of early Black Sabbath yet, but were brainy, difficult, challenging. 

They were unmistakably Heavy Metal-- in the original, Blue Cheer definition of the term --but didn't shriek the usual ditties about dick size and date rape. It was pretty clear they had no time for that kind of nonsense (See "Big Dumb Sex"). It was clear they took as much inspiration from King Crimson and Black Flag as from Zeppelin and Sabbath. 

Their first major single was an epic environmentalist jeremiad that goofed on Metal's "kill-your-mother-music" reputation by screaming "you're going to kill your mother" in the refrain. The mother here being Mother Earth, of course.

Predictably, Chris Cornell's corpse was literally not cold yet before the modern ambulance chasers of the Internet were declaring it was obviously an Illuminati sacrifice. One hilarious YouTard video went on about how there was no other explanation for Cornell's death, that he'd have no reason to kill himself. 

Obviously someone who never actually listened to a single stitch of Soundgarden.

Like Ian Curtis-- who hung himself 37 years almost to the day before-- many of Cornell's lyrics read like suicide notes. After all, this is a man who kicked off one of his biggest hits with the couplet "Nothing seems to kill me/ No matter how hard I try." Two of his other big hits "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days" are practically master classes in the art of expressing the utter hopelessness ("'Neath the black the sky looks dead") that can overtake you when a depressive episode strikes. 

The same goes for Soundgarden's breakout hit, "Outshined," practically a hymn about searching for a crack of sunlight while waiting a dire episode out. "The Day I Tried to Live" is even more astonishing, a documentary retelling of those mornings when depression- aggression turned inwards- becomes aggression turned on the world outside.

Cornell was very candid about his struggles with depression. In an interview with Rolling Stone he discussed the inspiration for "Fell on Black Days":
This reissue includes several versions of "Fell on Black Days," which is pretty dark. What inspired it? 

Well, I had this idea, and I had it for a long time. I'd noticed already in my life where there would be periods where I would feel suddenly, "Things aren't going so well, and I don't feel that great about my life." Not based on any particular thing. I'd sort of noticed that people have this tendency to look up one day and realize that things have changed. There wasn't a catastrophe. There wasn't a relationship split up. Nobody got in a car wreck. Nobody's parents died or anything. The outlook had changed, while everything appears circumstantially the same. That was the song I wanted to write about. 
No matter how happy you are, you can wake up one day without any specific thing occurring to bring you into a darker place, and you'll just be in a darker place anyway. To me, that was always a terrifying thought, because that's something that – as far as I know – we don't necessarily have control over. So that was the song I wanted to write. 
It wasn't just for the gloom-metal gimmick of Soundgarden that Cornell laid bare his struggles. They crept into tracks he recorded with Audioslave- the supergroup made up of Cornell and the musicians of Rage Against the Machine, including their biggest hit "Like a Stone."

Cornell was also candid about his history with clinical depression, which he traced back to a somewhat hardscrabble upbringing. 
Cornell abstained from drug use for a time following an adverse reaction to the hallucinogenic PCP, but the frightening, dissociative experience, coupled with the trauma of his parent’s divorce, plunged him into a severe depression. “I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16. There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn’t deal with anybody, didn’t talk to anybody, didn’t have any friends at all.”
And clearly showing that he also struggled with suicidal ideation, Cornell foreshadowed his own end in an interview with, saying, “You’ll think somebody has run-of-the-mill depression, and then the next thing you know, they’re hanging from a rope." 

Writer Kate Paulk wrote about the black dog of depression recently and offered up an apt metaphor lifted from pop culture:
Let’s start by clearing up one thing. Sadness, grieving in response to a loss… that is not depression. It’s sadness. Grief. It passes with time, and even at its worst there are moments of joy and hope. Depression is not like that. Everything is poisoned. 
J. K. Rowling is describing depression when she describes the Dementors and their impact. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. 
This is precisely what depression does. There is an absence of hope, an inability to believe that there can ever be anything positive in your life again. That isn’t sadness or grief, and it isn’t necessarily expressed by tears.
Cornell was also a substance abuser and dove headlong into an opioid addiction after Soundgarden split in 1997. It may well have come from a chronic pain issue, closely related to chronic depression: 
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery. 
“Depressed people are in a state of alarm,” said Mark Sullivan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. “They’re fearful, or frozen in place. There’s a heightened sense of threat.” That increased threat sensitivity might also be what heightens sensations of pain. 
Opioids certainly aren't very effective painkillers in the long term but they are very effective anesthetics when you're struggling with chronic depression. 
Opioids treat pain, but depression and pain are often comorbid, and some antidepressants relieve neuropathic pain even in the absence of depression. Depression involves dysfunction in monoamine systems, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and hippocampal neurogenesis, but could it also be rooted in a deficit of endorphins, or even an endopharmacological withdrawal state? 
Before the modern antidepressant era, depression was often treated with opiates—with a sometimes heavy price of addiction.  
The real hell of opioids is that they rewire your brain, causing the natural processes that regulate depression and euphoria to atrophy. Depression can skyrocket when you stop taking them, since your brain basically forgot how to produce sufficient amounts of the neurotransmitters that manage your moods.
u-agonists relieve depression-like behavior acutely, but tolerance develops, and depression is worse on withdrawal from long-term administration. Delta-agonists appear to improve mood, while kappa-agonists worsen it. There is evidence that opioid dysfunction accounts for lack of pleasure in depression, while problems with dopamine impair motivation. Opioid systems, then, participate in many mood-related functions. They are examples of evolutionary repurposing of neurotransmitters that originally evolved for one purpose to meet a variety of other needs.

Cornell's family is understandably shocked by his death. His widow blames an elevated dose of the tranquilizer Ativan for the somewhat disturbing performance he put on in Detroit and his resulting suicide. 
Cornell died on the evening May 17th, 2017, shortly after performing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI. His death was met with shock by many; his representative described it as "sudden and unexpected," adding that the singer's family will be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause." 
Hours after his death was reported, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office ruled Chris' death a suicide by hanging. According to Us Weekly, a family friend had found Cornell on the bathroom floor of his MGM Grand hotel room. ABC News also reported that two Detroit papers claimed that Cornell was found with "a band around his neck," though Detroit Police spokesman Michael Woody could not confirm that information. 
Cornell's wife, Vicky, released a statement on his death on Friday, May 19th, 2017, in which she cast doubts that his suicide was intentional. In fact, on the day of his death, Vicky claimed they had "discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do." "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she said. 
"What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she continued. "I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."
I think the fact that Cornell ad-libbed verses from "In My Time of Dying" over a rendition of "Slaves and Bulldozers" during the closing encore in Detroit  gives a fairly compelling signal that he had resolved himself to a course of action that night. Despite an incredibly shaky performance he seemed in good spirits to some, all too common with depressives resolved to suicide. But others noticed he seemed irritable and unfocused, forgetting the lyrics. He complimented the Detroit audience and then said, "I feel sorry for the next city."

An extra Ativan or two is unlikely to induce suicide. But long-term use of it (it's recommended that lorezepam-- a member of the highly-problematic benzodiazepene family-- be used only a short term basis) might. And it's very possible he took an extra dose of the drug to gird his loins for a decision he had already made:
Suicidality: Benzodiazepines may sometimes unmask suicidal ideation in depressed patients, possibly through disinhibition or fear reduction. The concern is that benzodiazepines may inadvertently become facilitators of suicidal behavior. Therefore, lorazepam should not be prescribed in high doses or as the sole treatment in depression, but only with an appropriate antidepressant.
Depression and suicidal ideation go hand in glove. And there are all kinds of psychiatric drugs that tell you upfront that suicidal ideation is a major side effect. How that doesn't keep them off the market is a mystery to me. 

The other problem is that people who obsess on suicide usually don't talk about it with people close to them since they realize that confessing to it will very likely act to derail what they have been planning. And again, professionals will tell you that very often when a depressive has resolved themselves to suicide they can often seem very cheerful and upbeat, since they believe that their suffering will soon end. 

So the question becomes if a rich, celebrated and handsome rock star can't find a reason to stay alive, what hope is there for the rest of us? Well, it's a lot more complicated than that. Aside from his struggles with clinical depression, Cornell was also beset by tragedy, losing people closest to him to early death. 

The first of these was his roommate Andrew Wood, the flamboyant singer for legendary Seattle band Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that he formed a defacto supergroup with members of MLB and recorded the now-legendary Temple of the Dog album as a tribute, which produced the grunge anthem "Hunger Strike" (featuring a duet between Cornell and future Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder).

Temple of the Dog in fact led to the formation of Pearl Jam, facilitated by the introduction of Vedder to the Seattle scenesters by drummer Jack Irons, a member of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers who also played with Pearl Jam and Joe Strummer, among an army of others. Strangely enough, Irons has his own struggles with depression. As did Joe Strummer, for that matter. 

The Muses choose broken vessels. It's a Secret Sun truism. 

Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that it would haunt Soundgarden songs as well.
The song you workshopped the most was "Like Suicide." In the liner notes, you say it kind of became a metaphor for how you were feeling at the time about late Mother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood. 
Yeah, the lyrics were actually this simple moment that happened to me. I don't know that I ever directly related it to Andy, though there are a lot of songs that people probably don't know where there were references to him or how I was feeling about what happened with him. I just think that that was something that happened to me that was a traumatic thing and that I had a difficult time resolving it. I still never really have. I still live with it, and that's one of the moments where maybe in some ways it could have shown up, but I'm not really sure specifically where.
Another body blow was the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, another friend who died in time to cast a pall of existential darkness over Soundgarden's epochal Superunknown album, released a month before Cobain's death. So even as Soundgarden were enjoying their moment, death and tragedy revisited Cornell. (Cobain had his own issues, exacerbated by years of opioid abuse, but there are those of us who don't buy the suicide angle in this particular case).

It had to hurt, especially since Cobain had told Cornell that Soundgarden has inspired him to form Nirvana in the first place. 

Superunknown was an instant classic, easily one of the top 10 Hard Rock albums ever recorded, hammering you with one killer track after another. Along with Stone Temple Pilots' Purple album, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and several others it established 1994 as the watershed for Alernative Rock, despite Cobain's death and Nirvana's dissolution. 

Soundgarden's 1996 follow-up Down on the Upside, failed to capitalize on its predecessor's momentum, and seem to showcase a band uncertain of direction and sense of purpose. No one was really surprised when Soundgarden broke up the following year. Oddly enough the breakup seemed to go down almost exactly three years after Kurt Cobain's death. 

But Tragedy wasn't finished with Cornell yet. Shortly after Soundgarden broke up Cornell would lose another soulmate.
He lost two friends within the space of a few years. Cobain died in 1994 and, three years later, singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, practically a brother to Cornell, drowned while swimming in a tributary of the Mississippi in Tennessee.

"Kurt was fairly quiet and introverted most of the time. Jeff was the opposite. He was very much full of life and had a lot to say. He was somebody in love with experiencing everything. Within a very short time, he had all these famous old rock stars coming to his shows. Which put a a lot of pressure on him. People talked about his concerts the way they used to talk about Hendrix: they'd sit there, wide-eyed, telling you stories about him. He definitely had an aura. It's impossible to say what it is exactly a guy like that has, that is so attractive to other people. But he had more of it than anyone I had ever met."
Of course, this brings all this squarely into the Secret Sun wheelhouse. Cornell would be haunted by Buckley's death, writing the aching "Wave Goodbye" (in which he seems to channel Buckley's ghost) for his first solo album and acting as a de facto executor-slash-curator for Buckley's posthumous releases.

This tells us a lot, since the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death is coming up fast and furious. Cornell showed he was clearly still haunted by Buckley's passing when he brought the late singer's old landline phone onstage with him during his 2011 acoustic solo tour.
KALAMAZOO — I've had several people ask about the red phone that was on stage during Chris Cornell's 130-minute set at the Kalamazoo State Theatre last week. Cornell never addressed it during the show and it never rang, so I didn't think much of it. After another reader asked Monday, I looked into it. 
According to a representative with the New York-based Press Here Publicity, which handled promotion for Cornell's solo tour, the phone belonged to singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
As Secret Sun readers will remember, the last song Jeff Buckley sang before his death was "Whole Lotta Love", a blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into what one critic called "a themonuclear rape."

And it would be "In My Time of Dying," another old blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into a jackhammering stomper that acted as Cornell's own self-elegy. This, along with the timing of Ian Curtis's own death by hanging in 1980 seems a bit too synchronized for Cornell's death to be some kind of mad whim because he took too much Ativan.  As painful as it might be to admit, it seems as if this was probably a very long time coming. After all, this is the man who wrote "Pretty Noose."

So it seems apparent that it wasn't the Illuminati but in fact the demon possession of depression that took Chris Cornell away from his family. With many of his closest friends gone and the glory days of the 90s more and more a fading memory in a world itself gripped by chronic depression, I can't say I'm surprised by the suicide ruling.  

The life of the rock star in 2017 is a galaxy away from the golden age of the rock star in 1977. It's become a grueling job in the age of streaming and piracy, since you need to make all your money on the road now. Spending your life traveling from one brutalist concrete box to another when you're fifty-two is surely a lot less appealing than when you're twenty-two.

If there's any good to come of this tragedy it's to understand that depression isn't some kind of scarlet letter, it's an inevitable result of what one scientist called "the greatest blind experiment in history," the bombardment of our brains and bodies with every manner of stimulus and stress imaginable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and then some.

Having spend my teenage years in the white-hot cauldron of hardcore punk I can tell you that that kind of hyperstimulation had -- how do I put this? --less than a salutary effect on a lot of people I knew. Seeing that same formula translated into the mainstream culture goes a long way in explaining why depression has become the great mass epidemic of our time. Now it's claimed another trophy and we're all the poorer for it.

But as the Greeks and Romans once said, vita brevis ars longa

French philosophers once said that the invention of motion pictures had conquered death, that people would now live on forever once they were recorded. I guess the same goes for recorded music as well. So I think it's safe to say that after three decades of music, Chris Cornell has earned his place among the immortals. Let's hope someone learns something from his story.

          Two Magicians Walk into a Bar…    

So two magicians walk into a bar, a fashionable new joint in Williamsburg with exposed brick walls and artfully-painted pipes and ductwork along the ceiling. They take a seat at a table near the back. The room is dimly but artfully lit, offering up a faintly conspiratorial atmosphere for the upwardly mobile patrons enjoying the early Spring afternoon. 

The first magician orders the latest, hippest craft beer-- a winter wheat number with a ginger infusion-- and the other orders a black coffee. The jukebox is especially loud and obnoxious in this joint, but at least the music is good; a carefully curated selection of vintage 60s rock and 70s soul. 

The magicians are old friends, but have gone in very different directions in recent years.

"So I wanted to touch base with you and see how your work has been progressing," the first says, carefully sipping from his wheat beer, carefully dabbing at the foam on hip lips with a cloth napkin. "I've been making some major strides with my own practices."

The other magician eyes his companion, careful not to betray a hint of judgment. "Really," he says neutrally, "what kind of strides are those?"

"I'm working with some people I met on Facebook. They're working in a number of different modalities and doing some exciting things," the first magician replies cheerily.

"What kind of modalities are those?," the other magician says, sipping at his coffee, trying to disguise his growing skepticism. It is very good coffee and he's grateful to have something to focus his attention on.

"Well, the dominant praxis is based in the Obeah tradition, but we're working in a number of different indigenous modalities and finding points of congruence among them," the first magician says, drumming his fingers on the table, somewhat arthymically, to an early Funkadelic number. "I'm considering becoming a priest in a Hoodoo coven operating out of Portland, which also incorporates Alexandrian and Chaos magic, as well as some Dianic and Tantric practices. I may have to leave the Golden Dawn order I'm involved with, though. It's considered an expression of vestigial imperialism in certain circles. It is, when you think about it. All of its rituals are based in Medieval European monarchial rites. But the Order is falling apart anyway."

"I see," the other answers, stirring his coffee, even though he takes it black. Staring hard at his cup, he asks his friend, "And you don't find that problematic at all?" A 'hoodoo coven.' Jesus. And how do you join a coven in Portland when you live in Park Slope?

"What do you mean?," his friend replies, with more than a slight hint of indignation.

"Can traditions be divorced from the cultures that birthed them? Can you just take bits and pieces at will like that? Isn't this just consumerism run amok?"

"What are you talking about?," the first magician says. "That's the way magic has always worked. Religion, culture, everything."

"What I'm trying to say is that you grew up eating Cheerios and watching He-Man and Transformers in the suburbs, not on a Haitian sugar plantation," the second magician replies,  "I know where your parents live, their house would have been considered a lavish castle in the Antebellum South. Don't you think you're engaging in…. cultural appropriation by assuming that Hoodoo or Obeah is yours for the taking? What dues have you paid to justify reinventing yourself as a Hoodoo man?"

"Listen, as a victim of late-stage capitalism I-- we-- are all paying some heavy dues, especially with the current occupant of the White House," his tablemate replies, despite the fact that he is pulling in a low six-figure salary as a systems analyst. "We have been robbed of our own ancient traditions. The patriarchal Abrahamic religions wiped out the indigenous faith of my Celtic forebears. I consider it an act of resistance to submit myself to a system that was birthed by the marginalized and the oppressed." 

He took another sip of his wheat beer and practiced his hard look, stung by the insinuation that he'd stoop to something as offensive as culto-spiritual appropriation. Theft, in other words. No better than a 18th Century slave trader.

The second magician decides to let it pass."What kind of results are you seeing," he asks instead, trying to re-steer the dialogue.

"Results?," his friend replies.

"Yes, what kind of results are you getting from the work? Are you keeping a journal?"

"Sure. But this isn't like rubbing a magic lamp and asking a djinn for three wishes or something. This is about exploration, self-discovery, self-actualization. We're not doing this to make withdrawals from the spirit-world ATM."

"OK," the second magician says. Since when wasn't magic about results? New Age therapeutic happytalk was everywhere now.

A waiter approaches to ask if they want to order anything from the kitchen. The first magician orders zucchini sticks, his companion orders buffalo wings. The arrival was well-timed since it broke the tension building between the two friends.

"So what kind of blood sacrifices are you partaking in?," the second magician inquires and immediately regrets the slip, which immediately kickstarts the aggro again.

"Is that some kind of joke?", the first magician replies, angrily. "We take it as a vow to do no harm to any sentient creature. I'm a practicing vegan now. Most of us are. I've had a lot of requests for curses, y'know, binding spells, even love spells. But we don't work that way."

"These traditions you're working with take animal sacrifice for granted. They have for a very long time. It's the currency of the spirit world. Hell, even Greek housewives brought sacrificial piglets and lambs to Mystery cults as the price of admission. At one time or other, every religion in the known world practiced blood sacrifice. It was the basis of temple worship in Judaism, all over the Mediterranean. Those Celtic forebears of yours didn't blink at human sacrifice. It was the foundation of their belief system. Same goes with the Norse. Same goes for the Phoenicians, the Canaanites, Mesoamericans. I mean, why should these spirits or the gods grant you favors if you aren't willing to give them something in return?"

"You sound like you're on a dangerous path, my friend," the first magician says, and begins scanning the room for a familiar face so he could escape this conversation.

"Me? No. I'm not the one claiming to rewrite ancient traditions to suit my needs. Animal sacrifice is not an opt-out in those traditions, it's part of the code. Always has been. Civil rights battles have been fought in court over preserving these practices. But here's the deal; if you're not willing to make some kind of meaningful sacrifice to the these spirits, who've been expecting them for thousands of years, then at some point sacrifices will be made for you. And I guarantee that you won't like that."

An uncomfortable silence takes hold. Both magicians stare hard at their cups.

"I don't know where all this is coming from," the first magician says, still studying the foam in his beer. "I was really looking forward to a meeting of the minds with you today."

"It's coming from concern for your safety and well-being," his friend replies, "Folk magic is not a hobby, it's not the latest boho fad. You and your friends are dabbling in systems that can't just be rewritten to suit the needs of postindustrial urban professionals. It's not a steam table at a buffet restaurant. These are not systems you can curate. You're dealing with the premodern, not the postmodern."

"What does that even mean?", the first magician asks. 

"It means that things have rules for a reason. And these are systems that based in deal-making with spirits who don't really give a shit whether you live or die. Just whether or not you can be useful to them."

"You're being seriously overly dramatic," the first magician says,  "I know people who've been working with these systems for years and haven't experienced anything like that."

"Haven't they? Maybe they just haven't made the connection. The spirits don't usually send you emails when they decide to fuck up your shit. Well, if you know their language you'll most certainly get the message. But first you need to let go of the illusion that the Universe is constantly conspiring on your behalf."

The first magician scoffs and begins scanning the room again.

"Listen, if you want to pursue all this, I can't stop you," the second magician says,  "All I can say is that you can't separate blood and sacrifice from religions that have been working around blood and sacrifice for millennia. You can certainly try but at some point, blood and sacrifice will come into your life whether you want it to or not. You might be a vegan but these spirits are most certainly carnivores."

"What happened to you, man?," the first magician asks, testily, "You sound like some friggin' church lady." 

"No, I sound like a magician."

          Twin Peaks: Can You Go Home Again?   

Back in 1990, the Boston Phoenix ran a review of the first few episodes of Twin Peaks along with the plot of the sitcom Wings. 

It was an odd juxtaposition, intentionally so, contrasting David Lynch's highly-anticipated boutique series against a paint-by-numbers half-hour comedy. But the reviewer was a cynical bastard, and cast a jaundiced eye on the potential of a quirky auteur like Lynch to appeal to a mainstream television audience. 

The verdict was that Wings would stick around but Twin Peaks would not, its tone and style too idiosyncratic for a medium that, at the time, counted its audience in the tens of millions.

I tuned into the first season of Twin Peaks-- a miniseries, really-- but found it to be a bit too much of a compromise between Lynch's surrealist vision and the narrative demands of mainstream television. There was also a creeping absurdism that sometimes threatened to undermine the grim procedural drama that framed it.

I had high hopes for the project, having been brain-seared four years earlier by Blue Velvet. The first time I saw it I almost had an out of body experience- and not the pleasant kind- since it seemed so disturbingly familiar to me. Frank Booth was like any number of dangerous men that floated through the edges of my world, strange presences in bars in Weymouth Landing or Quincy Center. 

Frank Booth also reminded me all too much of a recently-released ex-convict my friend's mother had taken in as a boarder; a volatile alcoholic who drove a big old Cadillac and who, presciently, believed that cable TV was being used to spy on people.

A few years after seeing Blue Velvet I'd work for a woman who was close friends with Dennis Hopper's daughter Marin, who I'd later meet. I was told that Hopper wasn't actually acting in Blue Velvet, that that was basically his behavior on any given night before he rehabbed. Hopper told Lynch as much while auditioning for the part, insisting that he was Frank Booth.

Frank Booth was the black hole of Blue Velvet, the irrestible center of gravity around which the rest of the film revolved. I saw Blue Velvet twice at the Waverly Theater on Sixth Ave in Greenwich Village, and once Hopper blasted off you could feel the physical pressure descend upon the room. People walked out, not just a few, that's how intense it was. I brought two friends the second viewing and their knuckles were white the whole time. 

They were from Braintree, so they knew.

Twin Peaks didn't have nearly as compelling a focus, not Leland Palmer, not Bob, not anyone. Given the strictures of early 90s broadcast television it couldn't have. Instead the show went for mood and atmosphere and slowly-building tension. That, the lush scenery, appealing cast and seductive Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack were enough to sustain the series at first. 

But it failed to answer the central question ("Who killed Laura Palmer?") in its initial miniseries run and subsequently lost a lot of the curious and more besides. (AMC's remake of The Killing would make the same mistake more recently).

Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost distanced themselves from the series in the second season, for a number of varying reasons, including Lynch's work on Wild at Heart, which would star Nicholas Cage and Lynch muse Laura Dern. 

Even so, Lynch would direct episodes at the beginning and end of the season. But the spell the series had cast had been broken. The new production team didn't quite get a handle on Lynch's mix of darkness and whimsy (as if anyone else really could) and the new episodes seemed to lapse into self-parody without the author's oblique ability to square the contradictions.

But there were glimpses of a deeper magic, including cryptic subplots dealing with an alien satellite, demonic possession, doubles of dead characters and scenes inside the mysterious extradimensional portal, the Black Lodge. In short, the second series had a ton of potential on the conceptual end but a lot less so execution-wise. Plus, it was all a bit too challenging for network drama then. It would probably be just as much so today, which is why it's being revived on Showtime.

By the time it was cancelled Twin Peaks had been moved to the Saturday night death-slot and had slumped badly in the ratings. Lynch wanted another crack at it, however, so a spinoff film was planned. But Kyle MacLachlan felt betrayed that Lynch and Frost had bailed out on the show's second season (and by its resultant quality slippage), so after initially turning the picture down he agreed to a limited role. Chris Isaak, then a hot property, stepped in to play a ringer. Lara Flynn Boyle opted out for the same reasons as MacLachlan, forcing Lynch to recast the role with a non-lookalike replacement.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is one of those special kinds of films that has garnered a type of cult audience that tends to overlook what a total catastrophe it was in its initial release. Fire was outright butchered by the critics and didn't even earn back half its production budget in the US. Twin Peaks Fever had long since, uh, peaked, and the movie doesn't even try to meet a mainstream audience halfway. 

There's no wondering why: it's an incredibly dark and polarizing film and can be as hard to watch as Blue Velvet, if not for different reasons.

But it certainly follows a vision; it's not a cash-in on any level. It may not be light entertainment but in the long run it didn't hurt Twin Peaks' rep, in fact it undid most of the damage inflicted on the franchise by the frivolity of the second season. 

Even so, it would five years before Lynch would release another feature, 1997's Lost Highway. That too would be a deeply polarizing commercial disappointment.

It's been 11 years since Lynch released a feature film, 2006's masterpiece, Inland Empire. That in turn came five years after another masterpiece, 2001's Mulholland Dr. Both films are deeply informed by the vision Lynch cultivated on Twin Peaks, even if they bear little resemblance thematically, or even stylistically. It's more a feeling.

Mulholland Dr -- which Inland Empire models itself on in many important ways-- also began life as a TV pilot for ABC and was only morphed into a feature after the network passed. 

For my money, Mulholland Dr and Inland Empire remain Lynch's best, most fully-realized works. Like all of his creations they mine dream reality to a level of numinosity that most film-makers are incapable of reaching. It's both telling and damning that he's either been unable to secure financing or unwilling to jump through the requisite hoops needed to have followed up on them. 

I really don't know if Lynch felt a burning desire to return to Twin Peaks but I do know he's a better artist now than he was when he worked on the series. However, the power of a brand name trumps artistic vision in this environment. In that Mulholland and Inland are just as much elegies as films.

Judging from the press releases for the revival it seems Lynch's absence from longform film-making hasn't been for lack of energy. He directed all 18 episodes, wrote a 400 page screenplay (whether this was for the first episode or the series itself is unclear) and cast 217 actors. So both the spirit and the flesh seem to be willing in this case.

But is his mind in that space? This is the danger of the revival syndrome. 

It's been 27 very long years since the series first aired and we're living in an entirely different world now. The 1950s world that informed Lynch's vision isn't even a memory anymore. And the actors are no longer young, hot unknowns; many are more than twice as old as they were back then and some have come out the wrong end of Hollywood's merciless grinder. 

The inherent promise of the revival (or the reunion) is that the intervening years will melt away and we can vicariously return to the Garden, back to our innocence. It's not only the promise but the danger; woe betide you if you don't fire up that time machine for your audience. With an artist as quirky and unpredictable as David Lynch that danger only multiplies. Exponentially.

Lynch has already proven himself unwilling to pander with the Twin Peaks franchise, having unleashed a film as caustic and uncompromising as Fire Walk with Me. You get the sense he bores very easily, and might well use this opportunity to unleash all kinds of ideas he's been warehousing for other projects. That's both exciting and worrying. Exciting creatively and artistically, worrying critically and audience-wise.

Last year we saw Chris Carter use the X-Files revival as a soapbox for some truly confrontational storytelling, and the similar hype parade we're seeing now for Twin Peaks is giving me a bit of deja vu. But The X-Files was a bonafide cultural phenomenon, a game-changer. It's part of the common lexicon, worldwide. 

Twin Peaks is more a cult thing, an artifact of the Curator Era. Lynch could bring his absolute A-game and still confuse the hell out most of his new audience. And in the Internet Age that could go south very quickly.

Twin Peaks may have been a high point for Lynch as far as visibility but it also presaged a difficult stretch for him creatively, commercially and critically, with Wild at Heart and Lost Highway-- as well as Fire Walk with Me-- damaging his rep as an auteur. He restored his glimmer starting with The Straight Story but, frankly, he's a weird guy and you never know where his muses will carry him.  

The story of Twin Peaks, the franchise, is one about a boatload of potential that was never fully realized. Here's hoping Lynch closes the deal this time around. That will make it a story for the ages. has a documentary on the revival here.

          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.

And I was right.

Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.

What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.

I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 

Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 

It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.

Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.

UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.

* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          Implementing medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol in Norway 1998–2013   
Background: Medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol was introduced in Norway in 1998, and since then there has been an almost complete change from predominantly surgical to medical abortions. We aimed to describe the medical abortion implementation process, and to compare characteristics of women obtaining medical and surgical abortion.Methods: Information from all departments of obstetrics and gynaecology in Norway on the time of implementation of medical abortion and abortion procedures in use up to 12 weeks of gestation was assessed by surveys in 2008 and 2012. We also analysed data from the National Abortion Registry comprising 223 692 women requesting abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation during 1998–2013.Results: In 2012, all hospitals offered medical abortion, 84.4% offered medical abortion at 9–12 weeks of gestation and 92.1% offered home administration of misoprostol. The use of medical abortion increased from 5.9% of all abortions in 1998 to 82.1% in 2013. Compared with women having a surgical abortion, women obtaining medical abortion had higher odds for undergoing an abortion at 4–6 weeks (adjusted OR 2.33; 95% confidence interval 2.28-2.38). Waiting time between registered request for an abortion until termination was reduced from 11.3 days in 1998 to 7.3 days in 2013.Conclusions: Norwegian women have gained access to more treatment modalities and simplified protocols for medical abortion. At the same time they obtained abortions at an earlier gestational age and the waiting time has been reduced.

          HIV treatment as prevention among people who inject drugs – a re-evaluation of the evidence   
Background: Population-level associations between community measures of HIV viral load and HIV incidence have been interpreted as evidence for HIV anti-retroviral treatment (ART) as prevention among people who inject drugs (PWID). However, investigation of concurrent HCV and HIV incidence trends allows examination of alternative explanations for the fall in HIV incidence. We estimate the contribution of ART and reductions in injecting risk for reducing HIV incidence in Vancouver between 1996 and 2007.Methods: A deterministic model of HIV and HCV transmission among PWID was calibrated to the baseline (1996) HIV and HCV epidemic among PWID in Vancouver. While incorporating parameter uncertainty, the model projected what levels of ART protection and decreases in injecting risk could reproduce the observed reduction in HIV and HCV incidence for 1996–2007, and so what impact would have been achieved with just ART or just reductions in injecting risk.Results: Model predictions suggest the estimated reduction (84%) in HCV incidence for 1996–2007 required a 59% (2.5–97.5 percentile range 49–76%) reduction in injecting risk, which accounted for nine-tenths of the observed decrease in HIV incidence; the remainder was achieved with a moderate ART efficacy for reducing sexual HIV infectivity (70%, 51–89%) and an uncertain ART efficacy for reducing injection-related HIV infectivity (44%, 0–96%). Despite this uncertainty, projections suggest that the decrease in injecting risk reduced HIV incidence by 76% (63–85%) and ART further reduced HIV incidence by 8% (2–19%), or on its own by 3% (−34–37%).Conclusions: Observed declines in HIV incidence in Vancouver between 1996 and 2007 should be seen as a success for intensive harm reduction, whereas ART probably played a small role.

          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
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          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
ete ti ga sad
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Pa vidiš kako sam human i hrišćanski nastojen više od ovog batmana gore ona bi samo da prima lol

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          Optimal timing of antiretroviral treatment initiation in HIV-positive children and adolescents: a multiregional analysis from Southern Africa, West Africa and Europe   
Background: There is limited knowledge about the optimal timing of antiretroviral treatment initiation in older children and adolescents.Methods: A total of 20 576 antiretroviral treatment (ART)-naïve patients, aged 1-16 years at enrolment, from 19 cohorts in Europe, Southern Africa and West Africa, were included. We compared mortality and growth outcomes for different ART initiation criteria, aligned with previous and recent World Health Organization criteria, for 5 years of follow-up, adjusting for all measured baseline and time-dependent confounders using the g-formula.Results: Median (1st;3rd percentile) CD4 count at baseline was 676 cells/mm3 (394; 1037) (children aged ≥ 1 and < 5 years), 373 (172; 630) (≥ 5 and < 10 years) and 238 (88; 425) (≥ 10 and < 16 years). There was a general trend towards lower mortality and better growth with earlier treatment initiation. In children < 10 years old at enrolment, by 5 years of follow-up there was lower mortality and a higher mean height-for-age z-score with immediate ART initiation versus delaying until CD4 count < 350 cells/mm3 (or CD4% < 15% or weight-for-age z-score < -2) with absolute differences in mortality and height-for-age z-score of 0.3% (95% confidence interval: 0.1%; 0.6%) and -0.08 (-0.09; -0.06) (≥ 1 and < 5 years), and 0.3% (0.04%; 0.5%) and -0.07 (-0.08; -0.05) (≥ 5 and < 10 years). In those aged > 10 years at enrolment we did not find any difference in mortality or growth with immediate ART initiation, with estimated differences of -0.1% (-0.2%; 0.6%) and -0.03 (-0.05; 0.00), respectively. Growth differences in children aged < 10 years persisted for treatment thresholds using higher CD4 values. Regular follow-up led to better height and mortality outcomes.Conclusions: Immediate ART is associated with lower mortality and better growth for up to 5 years in children < 10 years old. Our results on adolescents were inconclusive.

          Cohort Profile: Standardized Management of Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort (MASTER Cohort)   
MASTER in a nutshell
  • The Italian MASTER cohort is a hospital-based multicentre, open, dynamic HIV cohort which was set up to investigate mid- and long-term clinical outcomes, impact of therapeutic strategies and public health issues.
  • A total of 24 672 HIV-infected patients from eight Italian hospitals, aged 18 years and over, both treatment naïve and treatment experienced, were enrolled between 1986 and 2013.
  • Each patient underwent a routine check-up every 3–4 months. The cumulative probability of drop-out was 31.6% (95% CI: 30.8–32.5%) over the period 1998–2013; 12 022 subjects were still active on 31 December 2013.
  • The data set comprises demographic data and a wide range of clinical and laboratory data, and linkage to health databases.
  • MASTER data have been shared with a multinational cohort (COHERE), and MASTER is a supported access resource [].

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          More ATM Trouble: Scammer Innovations Boost Risk   
On the heels of findings that skimming attacks recently hit a 20-year high comes even more risk at ATMs, thanks to innovations by evil-genius crooks. The first whammy: a new breed of wafer-thin card-reading “insert skimmers” placed directly into the mouth of ATMs, making them harder to detect than old-school, sometimes obtrusive devices planted on the front or back of the slot. One type, found in Mexico, reads data on newer, more secure chip-enabled cards. It’s called a shimmer because …
          As Debit Card Theft Hits 20-Year High, How Safe Is Your ATM?   
While breach-fatigued retailers work to reduce the theft of their customers’ plastic-payment data, scammers have turned their focus to stealing card details at the ATM. During the first four months of 2015, stealing debit card info at automated teller machines hit a 20-year high, reports credit score firm FICO, which also monitors roughly two-thirds of America’s debit cards. Compared with the same period in 2014, skimming attacks increased threefold at ATMs not located at banks and 174 percent at on-branch …
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          Mutlu Yaşlanmanın Yolları   

Margaret Manning’in internet sayfasında; hayatlarını, başardıklarını ve öğrendiklerini anlatmak isteyen kadınlar var. O aynı zamanda bir başka proje daha yürütüyor: zaman geçtikçe kırışıklık sahibi olmaktan korkan genç kadınlara kendilerini daha iyi hissetmeleri ve mutlu yaşlanmaları için yardımcı oluyor. Anlattıklarına göre, 30 yaşına girip de gençliğini kaybettiğini düşünen genç kadınların sayısı onu çok şaşırtmış. Bu yüzden bizlere 30 […]

La entrada Mutlu Yaşlanmanın Yolları aparece primero en Sağliğa bir adim.

          Comment on SanBernardinoCity: Sheriff Hoops Fouls San Bernardino by maurice   
are there any complaints on a smash officer named A. Garcia on excessive force from the highland san bernardino sheriff depatment?
          Good Read: Chasing the White Dog by Max Watman   
Product Description: From these moonshine pioneers, to the bathtub gin runners of the 1920s, to todays booming bootleg businessmen, journalist Max Watman traces the historical roots and contemporary story of white lightning, which has played a surprisingly large role in American history. It touched the election of Thomas Jefferson, the invention of the IRS, and the origins of NASCAR. It is a story of tommy guns, hot rods, and shot houses, and the story is far from over. In this fascinating, centuries-long history of illicit booze, Watman infiltrates every aspect of small-scale distilling in America, taking us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the gritty nip joints of Philadelphia, from a federal courthouse to Pocono Speedway. Along the way, this unrepentant lover of moonshine profiles the colorful characters who make up white whiskeys lore and hilariously chronicles his own attempts to distill hooch from his initial ill-fated batch to his first successful jar of shine. Angela Hatton
          Smoke Smoke Smokin' in my condo   

Trudeau...   The Past Prime Minister said it best when he said the "Government has no business in your bedroom"

What would he say about this?

Section 2(1) of the Human Rights Code provides that:
2.  (1)  Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to the occupancy of accommodation, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability or the receipt of public assistance.
For the purposes of section 2(1) “occupancy of accommodation” has been interpreted to include living in a condominium corporation and “disability” includes a medical condition which may be irritated by the presence of smoke.
It is crucial to note that the Human Rights Code takes precedence over all other Ontario provincial laws, including the Condominium Act.

Meanwhile, those who smoke on balconies and carelessly flick their butts away are responsible for fires.   Who says so?    The Fire Department.

In the last five years, cigarettes sparked 97 fires on condo and apartment balconies, tallying $45M in damage, said fire chief Ken Block.
That includes the Clareview condo complex fire in May sparked by cigarette butt discarded into a diaper pail, which left more than 300 people without a home.
"Fires caused by the improper disposal of smoking material are completely preventable, and yet are the cause of some of our city's most dangerous and devastating fires,

So where will we go for a cigarette?

What about marijuana?   Legal Medical use...  I have a permit / script for that...   right?

What are your thoughts?

          Comment on Placer County Sheriff’s Department deputy’s daughter, 3, shoots herself with Dad’s gun by Karina   
Karma is a bitch, isn't it?? If this was an "average Joe" he would spend life in prison but alas Deputy Skogen is a part of the BIG justice money machine in Roseville......Why didn't they put him in the same jail where he supports the abuse and inhuman treatment of inmates. Placer County is a joke, you do not cure drug addiction or alcoholism by locking people up and giving them unmanageable probation hoops to jump through if they are lucky enough to get out. All I know is this, the people are coming for the DA, Sheriff's, judges, public defenders (they are in bed with the DA), lawyers, and bail bondmen who are all happy to keep as many in jail and the legal system as possible. WE are coming for you and when we catch you, you will be in an ice cold jail cell with indifferent guards, and sickening food, one blanket, and incompetent medical care. The child is in God's hands now which is a lot safer and more loving than a power crazy, corrupt, abusive, bully like her father. She is lucky, the rest of us have to continue to be on the planet with Satan Skogan
          Juegos de Enero 2015   
Acá va mi lista de los Juegos que termine en Enero del 2015

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Muy buen juego, me engancho bastante la historia y lo jugue casi de forma continua hasta terminarlo.


Otro excelente juego, Limbo es del tipo de juegos de plataforma/puzzles que me gustan y atrapa mucho mas que cualquier otro, el juego me parecio muy bueno, el final por ahi hubiera esperado mas, pero genial juego de todas formas.

Monument Valley

Enero parece haber sido un buen mes, porque tambien tengo comentarios positivos para este. Monument Valley es EL MEJOR juego para plataformas moviles que he jugado, pero por lejos, no pude parar de jugarlo hasta que lo termine (y apenas lo termine segui jugando la expansion "Forgotten Shores"), fue como tener un juego donde realmente te sentis comodo jugandolo en una tablet y no cae en las limitaciones o mecanicas repetitivas de tantos otros juegos. La unica contra es que es bastante corto, pero vale la pena.

          R.I.P Adam West Batman   
First post
Adam West from 60's t.v show Batman passed away at age 88 Friday. He was Batman on the 60's t.v show.
          From normal life to daily hospital appointments for cancer treatment   
Nicole Huston thought she might be anaemic.

          Análisis de las cámaras Netatmo Welcome y Presence (Vídeo)   
Netatmo es una compañía centrada en productos para el internet de las cosas. En este caso nos centramos en dos cámaras con reconocimiento facial. Otro aperitivo para una futura casa inteligente.
          Registered Physiotherapist - Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting Inc. - Okanagan, BC   
Documents assessment results, goals, treatment, client progress and discharge plans. Experience with in home assessments and treatments, and the use of manual...
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          Dietitian - CBI Health Centre P.C. - Hanwell, NB   
Provide assessment and treatment to a wide variety of clients with varying needs. Provide assessments, interventions, client education, and consultation to home...
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          1 Stars: Be prepared for gouging and indifferent treatment. (by by hfwjim at Citysearch)   

Four of us arrive at Suite well healed. My physician friend is taking us out to celebrate his just announced engagement. We were told that to enter we were to purchase a table and a bottle per couple, for a minimum of $600. For New Years Eve that's one thing, but for a regular night and it being somewhat early, (there was no crowd and the parking lot was near empty) I just wonder what gives. Attractiveness can be arbitrarily judged, but if we arrive well dressed, and there is room, then our business should be appreciated. No Sweat

          BNI Resmikan Kantor Kas Ciwastra   

Laporan Wartawan Tribun Jabar, Ida Romlah

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, BANDUNG - PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BBNI) meresmikan Kantor Kas Ciwastra di Komplek Mustika Hegar Regency, Jalan Margacinta, Bandung, Kamis (28/2).

Peresmian dilakukan dalam sebuah acara yang dihadiri pimpinan Bank BNI Kanwil Bandung, BNI KCU Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, perwakilan Polda Jabar, Polsek Buah Batu, Muspika Buah Batu, dan tamu undangan lain.

Pemimpin Bank BNI Kanwil Bandung, Nurul Anwar mengatakan, BNI selalu berkomitmen meningkatkan kualitas pelayanan perbankan maupun solusi kepada masyarakat baik perorangan maupun corporate. "Kami memperkuat ekspansinya di Bandung melalui kantor cabang dan ATM," katanya.

Menurut Nurul Anwar, BNI Kantor Kas Ciwastra ini merupakan kantor kas ke-101 dan atm ke-698 untuk Kanwil Bandung. "Kehadiran kami di sini diharapkan bisa melayani masyarakat dengan baik dan tentu lebih dekat," ujarnya.

          [Desempenho] 1S 2014 - Devemos desistir?   
Fala galera, post rápido que estou enrolando faz tempo para postar mas que de certa forma tem muito a ver com o momento em que a blogosfera vive.

O desempenho histórico da carteira do migrante até este primeiro semestre de 2014!

Vamos lá:

Desempenho pífio?
Como podem observar no gráfico acima, o meu desempenho (Índice) não foi muito bom até então. aqui entramos em um ponto importante tocado pelo Dividendos, de que talvez seja melhor deixarmos nosso dinheiro na renda fixa.

Ainda não penso bem assim. É visível que o esforço tem certo valor, se comparado ao IBOV (e consequentemente a compras passivas de ETFs BOVA11). Porém o mesmo ainda perde para o DI e até mesmo o IPCA. Triste... Acredito que o desempenho de Julho e Agosto devam melhorar este gráfico. Mas outros 2 pontos pesam contra este resultado. O desempenho ruim da renda variável dos ultimos anos e o fato de minha carteira ainda ser muito nova. Ainda acredito que no longo prazo, tudo será frutífero! Isso ainda porque estou evoluindo cada vez mais. Esse mês já até comprei FIIs e operei opções. Pela primeira vez! Diversificando assim cada vez mais a estratégia. Tentanto colher frutos dos melhores pomares possíveis!

A todos os amigos que divulgaram sua insatisfação com o mercado ultimamente, conforme discutido no belo post do El Rey Troll. Eu vos digo! Eu ainda "tenho fé"! (metaforicamente, sou ateu!)

Acumulo Patrimonial do Migrante - Histórico - 1° Semestre/2014
Ainda bem que iniciei essa jornada em 2013.
Se está desse jeito estando ruim... Fico imaginando quando estiver bom!

Avante Guerreiros!

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Terdapat sebilangan ayat Quran yang menceritakan tentang kebangkitan dan kedatangan sosok Rasulullah kepada sesuatu kaum untuk melakukan kerja-kerja tarbiyah. Pada sebilangan ayat ini, sosok seorang Rasul sebagai seorang murabbi diketengahkan. Namun, pada sebilangan ayat ini, Allah sering menggunakan perkataan fiikum (kepada mereka) atau minkum (daripada mereka) yang menggambarkan dari mana dan bagaimana seorang rasul itu didatangkan.

Sebilangan ayat ini boleh kita rujuk pada Surah Jumuah ayat 2, Surah al-Baqarah ayat 151,129 dan di sekian tempat yang lain. Perkataan-perkataan yang dibawa ini menghubungkan kedatangan seorang Rasul secara fizikal dan luaran.

Tetapi tidak pada satu ayat ini. Dalam satu ayat yang kita bakal bahaskan ini insya Allah, ungkapan yang dibawa oleh al-Quran sedikit berbeza. Ungkapan dibangkitkan seorang Rasul dengan sifat-sifat terpuji, halus dan mendalam, dijelaskan secara terperinci.

Lebih menarik, ungkapan yang halus dan mendalam ini ada pada surah At-Taubah, surah yang mengilhamkan kita betapa Allah bersikap keras terhadap orang munafik sehingga tidak dimulai dengan basamalah. Surah yang menggambarkan bagaimana kisah segelintir sahabat yang berbelah bagi dalam menyikapi arahan Rasulullah. Surah yang menyaksikan peristiwa pelanggaran disiplin dan iqob (hukuman) oleh jemaah muslim kepada anggotanya.

Pendek kata dalam surah at-Taubah ini perbicaraannya agak keras dan kasar, tegas dan tiada kompromi. Tetapi ditutupi dengan satu ayat yang penuh menginspirasi, berkenaan sosok seorang Rasul justeru seorang murabbi umat..

Ungkap Sayyid Quttb,

Dalam ayat ini Allah tidak mengatakan “telah datang seorang dari dari kamu (minkum)” malah Ia mengatakan “dari (kalangan) diri kamu”  (min anfusikum) kerana ungkapan ini lebih peka dan lebih mendalam hubungannya serta lebih memperlihatkan semacam hubungan yang rapat yang mengikat mereka dengan beliau, iaitu beliau adalah sebahagian dari diri mereka yang mempunyai hubungan jiwa yang lebih mendalam dan lebih peka.
Berikut ialah ayat yang dimaksudkan;

Sesungguhnya telah datang kepada kamu seorang Rasul dari golongan kamu sendiri (iaitu Nabi Muhammad s.a.w), yang menjadi sangat berat kepadanya sebarang kesusahan yang ditanggung oleh kamu, yang sangat tamak (inginkan) kebaikan bagi kamu, (dan) ia pula menumpahkan perasaan belas serta kasih sayangnya kepada orang-orang yang beriman.
(At-Taubah :128)

Sekali lagi kita mengambil buah fikiran serta fiqh dakwah yang diungkapkan oleh Sayyid Qutb melalui penfasiran Quran, fi zilalil Quran.

Suatu pandangan yang cukup halus dan mengesankan jiwa. Menceritakan  bagaimana sepatutnya menjadi satu sosok murabbi. Murabbi tidak sekadar datang mengelola  halaqah seminggu sekali dan kemudian bertemu pada pertemuan minggu berikutnya. Ternyata bukan.

Murabbi bukan sekadar datang seacara fizikal, bertanya khabar seputar kehidupan anak binaanynya lalu dia pun berlalu pergi. Dia bukan sekadar sebahagian daripada anak binaan kerana di sana ada hubungan hubungan lain seperti hubungan tinggal setempat, hubungan pelajaran senior dan junior, hubungan cikgu dan guru mahupun hubungan rakan sejawatan.

Tidak. Ternyata.

Lalu siapakah murabbi?

Pada hemah kami yang terbatas ini;

Murabbi ialah seorang dalam serba kekurangan dia datang memenuhi kebutuhan binaan dan diri sendiri. Meskipun ilmu tidak memenuhi dada, lidah tidak fasih membacakan ayat ayat cinta dan ibadah pun sering terkurang di sini dan sana, namun dek kerana sekelumit kefahaman dia gagahi jua

Kadang-kadang kejujurannya di salah erti. Niat baiknya sering disalah tafsir dan pengorbanan pengorbanannya sering kali dipandang sepi tetapi kerana cinta kepada yang maha Esa, dia tidak peduli. Dia tidak mengharapkan ucapan syukur dan penghargaan kerana dia tahu tugas kemurabian yang dia imani itu untuk manfaat dirinya sendiri, kurniaan Rahmat yang Allah limpahkan dalam hidup dia.

Dia bukan sekadar hadir melafazkan hadis sahih mahupun memeriksa amal dan membacakan ayat ayat Quran. Ada kala ia menjadi telinga yang mendengar, penggera yang mengejutkan subuh, pakar motivasi, mesin ATM, tukang masak, mekanik, tukang sapu, perancang kewangan, konsultan kerjaya dan sebagainya...

Tetapi akhirnya, murabbi itu seorang manusia. Yang makan nasi dan berjalan jalan di pasar, yang tidak mampu membaca masa depan mahupun mendapatkan berita dari langit. Sering kali dia juga jatuh, luka, lesu dan futur.

Hanya sahaja rahmat Allah masih sudi menyapanya.

Kalaulah dunia yang menjadi neraca, nescaya sudah lama dia tinggalkan semua ini. Tetapi unta-unta merah yang dijanjikan oleh ar Rasul uswahnya sering kali menjadi penguat di hati. Kecintaannya pada umat ini sentiasa hangat dan menjadi motivasi dalaman buat dia. Kerinduan kepada syurga dan khazanahnya yang dijanjikan oleh al-Quran membuatkan dia ternanti-nanti untuk kembali ke pangkuan Tuhannya dengan sebaik-baik amal.

Begitulah yang kami diajarkan tentang seorang murabbi.

Keseluruhan fikirannya berlegar sekitar mutarabbinya, binaannya.

Dia mengharapkan segala bentuk infaq yang diberikan, ilmu yang tercurah dalam lapangan tarbiyah dan produk binaan yang soleh seterusnya yang akan mendoakan ruhnya setelah menetap di alam kubur nanti menjadi benteng dari segala bentuk siksaan.

Semoga dikau terus tegar berlari, meskipun dari ujang kota yang jauh untuk membacakan firman Allah itu.

Alangkah indahnya.

Jadi mengapa tidak saudaraku, mengapa tidak kita mengupayakan diri untuk menjadi seorang murabbi?

Mari kembalikan sosok kemurabbian itu, yang menjadikan dakwah dan tarbiyah nafas dan nadinya.
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Sei que essa relação de filmes é meio pop demais para os meus amigos bem cultos da blogosfera, mas aproveitei os convites assim:
- Comecei assistindo "Speed Racer" com toda a família, algumas músicas brotaram lágrimas nos olhos, mas gostei bastante da história e ambientação, lembra bastante as estórias que assistia quando era pequeno. Fora isso, meu filho, que já ama corridas, ficou meio fã do Speed, tenho vários acessórios aqui.
- Comecei Corpus Christi assistindo "Indiana Jones e o reino da caveira de cristal", que achei o mais fraco de todos, bem previsível e com gosto de final de novela da Globo.
- Dois dias depois assistí "Homem de Ferro", não sei se era a trilha sonora bem pesada, mas gostei bastante do filme. Só achei Robert Downey Jr. muito parecido com Al Pacino.
- Anteontem assistí "Agente 86", faz tempo que não rio tanto em um filme, gostei das cenas de ação que me impressionaram bastante, pensei que não iriam caprichar tanto, e a Anne Hathaway é realmente linda.
E é isso, nada tão original, engraçado que muito do que emplacou nestes últimos dias tenha sido mais coisas para lembrar do que alguma coisa realmente nova, ou talvez eu esteja muito nostálgico, mas não estou sozinho.
Ah! Os últimos dois ingressos! Espero utilizá-los já no próximo mês, não quero perder o "Cavaleiro das Trevas". Embora ache que vão estar longe da tremenda estória lançada há uns 15 anos atrás (pra começar, Batman estava aposentado, com mais de 50 anos, encontrava o Superman e ganhou uma Robin nova) eu gosto muito desse último Batman, este do Batman Begins, achei um tipo de filme de horror às avessas, os criminosos tinham muito medo e tinham motivo para isso. Já estou aguardando...
          BAJU 20 KANCING   

 لأخي محبوب

 Untuk saudara kami yang dicintai,

"Apa pendapatmu jika seorang pemegang amanah itu gagal melaksanakan tugas yang diberikan ?"
" Pada pendapatku, kita tukar sahaja orangnya"

Ya. Begitulah amanah dakwah ini. Telah berlalu umat umat terdahulu, silih berganti memikul amanah yang sering gagal dilaksanakan 
Sehinggakan ketika tiada bangsa manusia yang ingin mengangkat tangan dan berkata, "akulah orangnya" maka Allah swt menyerahkan tugas ini kepada umat lain.

وَمَا مِنْ دَابَّةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا طَائِرٍ يَطِيرُ بِجَنَاحَيْهِ إِلَّا أُمَمٌ أَمْثَالُكُمْ ۚ مَا فَرَّطْنَا فِي الْكِتَابِ مِنْ شَيْءٍ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ

Dan tiadalah binatang-binatang yang ada di bumi dan burung-burung yang terbang dengan kedua sayapnya, melainkan umat (juga) seperti kamu. Tiadalah Kami alpakan sesuatupun dalam Al-Kitab, kemudian kepada Tuhanlah mereka dihimpunkan.


Ketika mana Arab jahiliah Mekah enggan melindungi Kaabah dari serangan Abrahah dan tentera tenteranya, maka Allah swt hadirkan ababil.

Ketika mana Quraisy di Mekah dan penduduk Thoif berpaling daripada seruan Rasulullah, maka Allah hantarkan jin jin untuk mendengar bacaan firmannya lalu mereka mendakwahi kaum mereka.
Ketika Masyarakat Mekah mengusir Rasulullah kerana tidak mahu beriman dan dimuliakan dengan risalah ini, maka Allah swt telah mengangkat masyarakat Madinah untuk menjadi sebaik baik masyarakat.

Ketika mana bangsa Arab sudah pun senang lenang dan menguasai dunia sehingga tanggungjawab mula dilupakan, lalu kepimpinan umat diserahkan kepada orang Ajam.

Begitulah baton silih berganti, diberikan kepada orang yang mahu, sanggup dan layak.
Hari ini, baton telah sampai ke tanganku dan tanganmu. Apakah kita akan melepaskannya atau memacu bersamanya?

Ayuh akhi ,

Jangan biarkan diri kita terhina kerana terpaku dengan dunia, lemah hamasah dan malas berjuang sehingga Allah menggantikan dengan orang lain.

Perhatikan ayat ayat-ayatNya

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَنْ يَرْتَدَّ مِنْكُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ يُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَائِمٍ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

Hai orang-orang yang beriman, barangsiapa di antara kamu yang murtad dari agamanya, maka kelak Allah akan mendatangkan suatu kaum yang Allah mencintai mereka dan merekapun mencintai-Nya, yang bersikap lemah lembut terhadap orang yang mukmin, yang bersikap keras terhadap orang-orang kafir, yang berjihad dijalan Allah, dan yang tidak takut kepada celaan orang yang suka mencela. Itulah karunia Allah, diberikan-Nya kepada siapa yang dikehendaki-Nya, dan Allah Maha Luas (pemberian-Nya), lagi Maha Mengetahui.


إِلَّا تَنْفِرُوا يُعَذِّبْكُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا وَيَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ وَلَا تَضُرُّوهُ شَيْئًا ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Jika kamu tidak berangkat untuk berperang, niscaya Allah menyiksa kamu dengan siksa yang pedih dan digantinya (kamu) dengan kaum yang lain, dan kamu tidak akan dapat memberi kemudharatan kepada-Nya sedikitpun. Allah Maha Kuasa atas segala sesuatu.


هَا أَنْتُمْ هَٰؤُلَاءِ تُدْعَوْنَ لِتُنْفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَمِنْكُمْ مَنْ يَبْخَلُ ۖ وَمَنْ يَبْخَلْ فَإِنَّمَا يَبْخَلُ عَنْ نَفْسِهِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ الْغَنِيُّ وَأَنْتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ ۚ وَإِنْ تَتَوَلَّوْا يَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَكُونُوا أَمْثَالَكُمْ

Ingatlah, kamu ini orang-orang yang diajak untuk menafkahkan (hartamu) pada jalan Allah. Maka di antara kamu ada yang kikir, dan siapa yang kikir sesungguhnya dia hanyalah kikir terhadap dirinya sendiri. Dan Allah-lah yang Maha Kaya sedangkan kamulah orang-orang yang berkehendak (kepada-Nya); dan jika kamu berpaling niscaya Dia akan mengganti (kamu) dengan kaum yang lain; dan mereka tidak akan seperti kamu ini.


Ayuh berangkatlah. Seorang pejuang itu bajunya hanya satu kancing. Bukan 20 kancing. Dadanya bersedia pada bila bila masa sahaja untuk dijadikan tampanan peluru.

Jiwanya berada di tangan, bukan dalam sangkar. Ketika dikatakan,

" Mana jiwamu?"

Lantas dia menghulurkan tangan dan berkata 
" Ini dia"

Dia pun mara dan syahid bertemu Allah swt. Bukankah syahid di jalan Allah adalah nasyid yang kita ulang ulangkan suatu ketika dahulu?

          MENGENAL DIRI YANG KE 81 (4)   


Hanya orang-orang khusus saja yang faham dengan istilah DIRI TAJALLI ini namun  tidak pula terkecuali untuk orang awam memahaminya asalkan mereka rajin berwirid dengan al quran, DIRI TAJALLI ini bermula di ceritakan oleh golongan yang menghampiri diri mereka kepada Allah s.w.t sama ada mereka ingin mengetahui dengan jelas lagi bagaimana perhubungan manusia dalam soal beribadah (Uluhiyah) Walau apapun DIRI TAJALLI ini bukan makhluk akan tetapi Rububiyah

Kesah bermula daripada peristiwa Nabi Allah Musa mahu melihat Zat Allah s.w.t sebagaimana firmanNya dalam surah Al A'araf ayat 143

Firman Allah s.w.t

ولما جاء موسى لميقتنا وكلمه ربه قال رب أرنى أنظر أليك 
قال لن ترنى ولكن انظر ألى الجبل فأن استقر مكانه فسوف 
ترنى فلما تجلى ربه للجبل جعله د كا و خرموسى صعقا فلما
أفاق قال سبحنك تبت أليك وأنا أول المؤمنين 

Maksudnya:  Dan tetekala nabi Musa  datang pada waktu yang Kami telah tentukan itu, dan Tuhanmu berkata dengannya, maka nabi Musa berkata "Wahai Tuhankuperlihatkanlah kepadaku (akan ZatMu) supaya aku dapat memandang kepadaMU,  Allah berfirman "Engkau tidak sekali-kali akan sanggup melihatKu, tetapi lihatlah ke gunung itu, maka jika ia tetap berada pada tempatnya, nescaya engkau akan dapat melihatKu, maka tetekala Tuhan mentajallikan dirinya, kepada gunung itu maka hancur leburlah gunung itu, lalu Musapun jatuh pengsan, setelah ia sedar semula berkatalah Musa Maha suci Engkau, aku bertaubat kepadaMu dan akulah orang yang awal beriman kepadaMu

Demikianlah sejarah Tajalli yang di kaitkan dengan ilmu DIRI TAJALLI.  Istilah DIRI TAJALLI ini ada yang mengertikan sebagai menunjukkan Diri Zat, ada juga yang mentafsirkan sebagai menzahirkan, dan  ada juga sebagai menampakkan diri Zat itu, dalam tafsiran pimpinan Ar Rahman menyebut sebagai menzahirkan sifat kebesaran ZatNya, walau apapun soal pokoknya ialah Zat yang Maha Agong itu telah mentajallikan dirinya di bukit Thur Sina lalu bukit itu menjadi hancur berderai


berdasarkan ayat Tajalli di atas sudah jelas bahawa DIRI TAJALLI itu bukan makhluk akan tetapi Tuhan dengan sifat keagunganNya yang memiliki sifat yang berlainan dengan sifat kebesaranNya, saya lebih menumpukan analisa ini berdasarkan ilmu sifat 20 yang membezakan sifat keagungan dan sifat kebesaranNya kerana sifat keagunganNya itu adalah sifat yang menetapkan sifat keagungan DiriNya secara mutlak sementara sifat kebesaranNya adalah sifat yang di timpakan kepada sekalian makhlukNya  sebab itulah sifat ma'anawiyah dan Salbiyah berbeza, hal ini perlu di rujuk kepada guru yang lebih arif

Soal mengapa DIRI TAJALLI ini menjadi rujukan diri yang di kaitkan dengan  diri manusia ialah kerana ujud sifat salbiyah (Wahdaniyah) pada sifat Kamal Allah s.w.t hal ini adalah jelas, inilah yang terdapat pada sifat Iftiqar kerana itu di katakan bahawa  semua perbuatan,kehendak, dan kuasa penggerak adalah datang daripada Allah s.w.t sila rujuk pada ayat at takwir 29, ayat ash shaffat 96, ayat Al An'am 61, ayat surah al Baro'ah 51, ayat surah al anfal 17 dan An Nisa 78 dan banyak ayat lagi, dan yang terbaiknya ialah berjumpalah dengan guru yang arif

Jika kita ambil daripada peristiwa Musa ini maka kita dapati ilmu ini merangkumi dua ilmu yang besar dan asas iaitu ilmu Rububiyah dan Uluhiyah yang mana ilmu Rububiyah inilah yang di katakan Tuhan menjadikan sesuatu daripada alam ini, sementara ilmu uluhiyah adalah ilmu yang membabitkan diri terdiri, diri terperi dan diri sebenar diri dan yang menghubungkan di antara dua ilmu yang asas ini ialah sifat Wahdaniyah dari kumpulan sifat Salbiyah. Tuhan tidak di katakan Tuhan jika Dia tidak bersifat Salbiyah

Melihatkan kepada peristiwa  nabi Musa maka jelaslah kuasa Uluhiyah di kuasai oleh sifat Wahdaniyah yang ada pada sifat Kamal yang menunjukkan bahawa segala sesuatu itu datangnya daripada Ke Esaan Allah belaka iaitu SETIAP SESUATU ITU DATANG DARIPADA ALLAH.   cuma adalah agak mustahil bagi nabi Musa mahu melihat wajah Zat Allah sebab kuasa Nur ala Nur itu tersangat kuat sehinggakan bukit Thur sinapun hancur berderai menjadi abu, itulah sebabnya  pandangan para ulama menyatakan bahawa NUR itu memiliki kuasa yang bukan layak bagi sekalian baharu mendampinginya dan sebab itulah juga Allah menjadikan alam yang nyata ini bersumber daripada tanah nurani, air nurani, angin nurani dan api nurul adhom sebagai pelindung kuasa ketahanan, semua ini perlu di gurui

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1.1 Latar Belakang

Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) adalah perpanjangan varian dari Rasional Unified Proses dan dikembangkan oleh Scott W. Ambler dan Larry Constantine pada tahun 2000, terakhir dikerjakan ulang pada tahun 2005 oleh Ambler, John Nalbone dan Michael Vizdos. EUP diperkenalkan untuk mengatasi beberapa kekurangan dari RUP, yaitu kurangnya dukungan sistem dan akhir penggunaan sistem software. Jadi dua fase dan beberapa disiplin ilmu baru ditambahkan ke RUP.

1.2 Tujuan

Tujuan pelaksanaan ini adalah untuk memberikan panduan pembelajaran bagaimana, EUP merupakan implementasikan dalam suatu pengembangan perangkat lunak

1.3 Ruang Lingkup

Pengembangan aplikasi intranet potal dilakukan menggunakan metodologi Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) dengan menggunakan perangkat lunak Rational Enterprise Suite. Perangkat bantu yang digunakan adlah Rational Requisite Pro untuk menemukan dan mendokumentasikan kebuuhan user terhadap aplikasi yang akan dikembangkan dan Rational Rose untuk melakukan pengembangan kerangka aplikasi
Dalam implementasi akan dikembangkan aplikasi intranet protal untuk fullright indonesia sebagai model dan studi kasus dengan menggunakan RUP dalam proses pengembangan aplikasi, Adapu ruang lingkup pengembang Aplikasi intranet portal mencakup hal-hal sebagai :
  • Pengembangan spesifikasi dan moldul aplikasi antar muka (interface) yang menjadi penghubung antar pengguna dengan infrastruktur dan sumber daya yang dimiliki Fulbright Indonesia.
  • Pengembangan spesifikasi dan modul aplikasi perangkat bantu (tools) yang dapat diintegrasikan ke sistem seperti yang diperlukan oleh sistem.
  • Pengembangan spesifikasi database yang diperlukan oleh sistem.



Enterprise Unified Process

2.1 Pengertian Enterprise Unified Process

Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) adalah perpanjangan varian dari Rasional Unified Proses dan dikembangkan oleh Scott W. Ambler dan Larry Constantine pada tahun 2000, terakhir dikerjakan ulang pada tahun 2005 oleh Ambler, John Nalbone dan Michael Vizdos.EUP diperkenalkan untuk mengatasi beberapa kekurangan dari RUP, yaitu kurangnya dukungan sistem dan akhir penggunaan sistem software. Jadi dua fase dan beberapa disiplin ilmu baru ditambahkan ke RUP. EUP melihat pengembangan perangkat lunak bukan sebagai kegiatan mandiri, tetapi tertanam dalam siklus hidup sistem (yang akan dibangun atau ditingkatkan atau diganti), Siklus hidup TI dari perusahaan dan organziation/bisnis adlah siklus hidup perusahaan itu sendiri. Ini berkaitan dengan pengembangan perangkat lunak dilihat dari sudut pandang pelanggan.

2.2 Penurunan pada Enterprise Unified Process

2.2.1 Pengertian Rational Unified Process

Rational Unified Process (RUP) merupakan suatu metode rekayasa perangkat lunak yang dikembangkan dengan mengumpulkan berbagai best practises yang terdapat dalam industri pengembangan perangkat lunak. Ciri utama metode ini adalah menggunakan use-case driven dan pendekatan iteratif untuk siklus pengembangan perankat lunak. Gambar dibawah menunjukkan secara keseluruhan arsitektur yang dimiliki RUP. RUP menggunakan konsep object oriented, dengan aktifitas yang berfokus pada pengembangan model dengan menggunakan Unified Model Language (UML). Melalui gambar dibawah dapat dilihat bahwa RUP memiliki, yaitu:
  • Dimensi pertama digambarkan secara horizontal. Dimensi ini mewakili aspek-aspek dinamis dari pengembangan perangkat lunak. Aspek ini dijabarkan dalam tahapan pengembangan atau fase. Setiap fase akan memiliki suatu major milestone yang menandakan akhir dari awal dari phase selanjutnya. Setiap phase dapat berdiri dari satu beberapa iterasi. Dimensi ini terdiri atas Inception, Elaboration, Construction, dan Transition.
  • Dimensi kedua digambarkan secara vertikal. Dimensi ini mewakili aspek-aspek statis dari proses pengembangan perangkat lunak yang dikelompokkan ke dalam beberapa disiplin. Proses pengembangan perangkat lunak yang dijelaskan kedalam beberapa disiplin terdiri dari empat elemen penting, yakni who is doing, what, how dan when. Dimensi ini terdiri atas
Business Modeling, Requirement, Analysis and Design, Implementation, Test, Deployment, Configuration dan Change Manegement, Project Management, Environtment. 
Phillip and Oliver are the minds behind Shopikon, a new digital guide and App to shop locally worldwide. Oxymoron? Not at all! This guides are a celebration of independent stores and uniqueness. 

You can do your search by categories (Accessories, Books&Music, Children, Clothing, Food, Health&Beauty, Home&Design, Markets or Other), or by neighbourhood, obviusly depending on the city you are searching. Currently they have guides for London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, New York, and San Francisco. The fact that they list shops on their guides based on high standards (and for free) it's a good sign that at Shopikon there is no room for mediocrity. 

The mix of beautiful images, simple interface and quality writing was good enough to spend hours searching on Shopikon, but their shop selection is so exquisite that even if I have found out about it just a couple of weeks ago (shame on me!), my custom made maps have become a can't-live-without tool.

They were kind enough to answer a few questions here:

How did the idea for Shopikon come up?
P-I was traveling in Japan in 2009 when I was looking online for design stores in Tokyo and to my great astonishment almost nothing came up. While the internet is full of guides for restaurants and general sightseeing spots, shops seemed to be the most overlooked corner of the travel/blog world. 

You are from Vienna but you are based in New York, still most of the cities you cover are in Europe, is it difficult to organise the shop search?
It's not easy. While our research is very work intensive, it's the only way to ensure that we can maintain our high standards.
You simply cannot judge a store by its website or press photos. You have to be inside the place. Pick up the products, get a feeling for the atmosphere, the service, the lighting and mission statement.
We generally visit every city at least twice a year and then spend hours walking around every day, which can be very rewarding as you always discover new neighborhoods and truly experience things like a local.

Your project aims to offer a global approach to local quality shopping, do you think this kind of shops will survive the scary globalisation?
Absolutely. Chain stores can never replace the diversity and abundance of charm of locally owned places. We believe that there is a place for both.
But at the same time, small shops need our help. They don't have the luxury to spend a lot of money on marketing and tend to hide in quaint little side streets.
Especially tourists need to be made aware of, how they can escape the 5th avenue's, oxford street's and champs élysées of this world.

Shopikon team (from left, Phillip and Oliver)

Your App service is free, as well as your website, can your users trust your independence?
We get lots of emails every day of places that want to be listed, even chain stores. But we are incredibly picky in what makes our selection. Shopikon clearly distinguishes itself from the booklets you find in many shops that only list paid and therefore often mediocre places.
All our shops get listed for free, to ensure we get all the great places on board. We will however offer services this fall that will allow shops to interact more with their customers. But to answer your question: yes, no one can buy their way into Shopikon.
How can a person know the price ranges in the shops you recommend? What do the stars mean?
The stars represent the average user rating. We are working on a system right now that will allow users to assess the price range of stores.
Which are your favourites shops in the world? (it would be great if you could let me know for each of you three)
Phillip- I love bookstores and stationary stores, so R.S.V.P in Berlin, Rizzoli bookstore in NYC and Press: Works on Paper in San Francisco.
R.S.V.P in Berlin - courtesy of Shopikon
Oliver- Natalie Capell in Barcelona, Compotoir de L'Image in Paris and Cut Brooklyn in NYC.

Natalie Capell Barcelona - courtesy of Shopikon

Julian (contributor)-Living in london for two and a half years i was lucky to get to know some of the people involved in ln-cc. I am not able to afford most of what they have but the vibe and feel of the store is really something different. Also their music selection is excellent, and they're all together really nice people. 

I also really love Baerck in Berlin. Again, the people who run it are supernice, they change the set-up of the store every couple weeks it can tell they love what they're doing.
Are your guides address to the design-savvy only?
Even though one might think that at the first glance, Shopikon features every kind of store. Whether a butcher, flower store or and old stamps shop.
The places can be run down at times, as long as the products are carefully selected and the owner knows his stuff.

What are your plans for Shopikon for the future? Paper version maybe?
We will definitely bring out a paper version in the near future and have been talking to a few interested publishers.We haven't decided on the final format. Also we will add new cities next year and bring out exciting features.
What's the meaning behing "Shopikon", was it difficult to find a name that you all liked?
You bet ;). There isn't much left in terms of domain names, which explains the "k". All of our shops are icons of retails and it's extremely gratifying to find and feature them.

Wanna hear more? You can stay tuned through their Facebook page.

And if you think you could be one of their contributors, check their requirements:
Our contributors have to have two key qualifications. 
1) they have to love and know their city. We rely on them to keep us up to date and in touch with what is happening.
2) they have to be excellent writers. Our text are as important as our photos, we want them to really bring across the emotions and feeling of every place and find out why the store exists.

          World Book Day   
Do you like books? Today I am lucky enough to be in Madrid, where the World Book Day (23rd April) is a large-scale celebration.

There are books everywhere and the atmosphere couldn't be better. Although the 10% discount is far from being an amazing incentive, there are many events going on at bookshops and libraries today, even on the streets and that is enough to catch the attention of tourists and passers-by.

In half an hour Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville will be at the Real Casa de Correos, in Madrid city centre, to hold a conference, including Q&A time.

Also around that area, in Callao, there is a red carpet waiting for everyone who would like to take their picture with the book they have bought for themselves or as a present for someone else. The aim is to have a map of Madrilenian readers through their books (and to make people buy books, obviously).

However, even if Madrid tries, Barcelona wins by a mile. Today they not only have books, but also roses. 

          What Exclusive Titles Will We See on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)?    

XBox 2 Exclusives
Console exclusives have long been used as a means of arguing why one is better than another. There’s no denying that certain franchises define their consoles after so many generations of exclusive titles.

It’s these games that win us over and bring us from one side to another. Microsoft has a nice library of titles, both past and present, that would work really well on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Today, we’re going to take a look at the franchises exclusive to Xbox systems, and what form they could take on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio).

13 Exclusives You’ll Most Likely See on Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)

Some of these titles are a given, but others come from deep in the vaults of Microsoft. With the recent cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft has axed one of their precious exclusives. It was shaping up pretty well, but the hammer came down anyway.

Are any of these games safe? In some cases, the answer is a definite yes, but in others, the future could be uncertain. It’s worth noting that, even if these games come out on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), they won’t be exclusive to that system unless they’re in VR.

Microsoft has said already Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, save for these virtual reality experiences.

So, most likely you’ll see these titles in some form on Xbox One as well, but odds are they will shine best on the new console. Let’s look at the lineup!

1. Gears of War

While Microsoft has a lot of AAA exclusives, nothing hits quite like Gears of War. The first three games in this franchise were powerhouse examples of what could be done on Xbox 360. Gears of War 4 looks and plays great on Xbox One, but it wasn’t the revival I wanted from the series.

Even so, there’s no doubting that the series will continue on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. It will most likely be used to showcase the 4K power of the system to great effect. Not only that, but if Microsoft lets developers harness the power of the system beyond a resolution boost, we could see a knockout performance from then next Gears game. This one a definite, though, because we know they are creating a new trilogy for the beloved series.

2. Phantom Dust

My first experience with Phantom Dust came from an impulse buy at Walmart in the original Xbox bargain bin. Man, was it a hidden gem, though. This game combined customizable attacks with an amazing combat system that randomly deployed attacks in your “deck” three at a time.

So, let’s say you got a shield, a projectile, and a melee attack. You could map those on the fly to your character and then come back when new ones spawned to change up your arsenal in the middle of battle. Such a cool exclusive, and Microsoft even announced a remake at E3 2014.

Since then, they have seemingly canceled the project, but have also said that it’s still going to come out at some point. It’s confusing, which makes this one a “maybe” in our book. Even so, this is such a unique franchise, I’m really hoping it sees the light of day.

3. Halo

Ah yes, good old Master Chief. He’s been a flagship representative of the Xbox brand since the days of the original Xbox. We’re up to Halo 5 now, but don’t expect this series to go anywhere. Halo 6 is guaranteed, and I’m sure we’ll see something past that.

At the very least, spin-offs like Halo Wars keep the series alive and fresh. Halo 6 will conclude the second trilogy for the series and I guarantee you it will be yet another major selling point for owners of Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio).

Since we’re also expecting VR on Xbox Two, I would also submit that Halo will get the virtual reality treatment in some form. Depending on how successful VR is, it will either be a “Halo experience” or a full game in VR, but mark my words, it will happen.

4. State of Decay

State of Decay is one of those games that I have in my library that I keep saying I’ll get around to. It’s a pretty good zombie apocalypse title that combines an open world with unique survival mechanics.

At E3 2016, Microsoft announced a sequel in the form of State of Decay 2. Since the series is seeing another iteration, I think we have a new exclusive franchise on our hands. While the zombie thing has been done to death, this could be another title that would make a great VR experience. At the very least, we will see them expand on the survival mechanics and possibly take the whole thing online DayZ style.

5. Crackdown

I absolutely loved the first Crackdown on Xbox 360. It somehow managed to nail the open-world feeling while also providing a compelling reason to collect a whole lot of orbs. The way your character felt physically more powerful as the game went on was amazing and addicting.

Then Crackdown 2 came along and kinda messed things up. The switch to zombies made next to zero sense, and the repetitive cycle they came up with gave my nightmares akin to the ones I have when I think about the original Assassin’s Creed.

I thought the series was done, but Microsoft announced Crackdown 3 and everything suddenly came back to me. The game has made waves since a demo was shown behind closed doors that gave the press a look at how Microsoft is finally using the cloud to do some pretty amazing stuff.

With Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) we could see the cloud finally become utilized in the way that Crackdown 3 does in the multiplayer mode. For this game, the city in multiplayer is 100% destructible and it stays that way across sessions thanks to the cloud technology.

6. Sea of Thieves

Microsoft’s ownership of Rare Studios has been something they rarely take advantage of. Prior to games like Rare Replay, they were only working on Kinect titles. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Rare is working on a new franchise called Sea of Thieves that has had some truly impressive showings at gaming conferences. This online pirate game allows you to set sail on open seas and fight other players as you journey with your friends into the unknown.

This is something that will most likely hit shelves shortly after Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) releases, which puts it in the perfect place to take advantage of the new hardware. A massive world like this could greatly benefit from the aforementioned cloud technology that Crackdown 3 is using as well.

Perhaps with the release of Xbox Two/Project Scorpio, we’ll see the cloud revived as well.

7. Indie Darlings

Microsoft has been showing indie titles a lot of love, and why not? They tend to have unique ideas and interesting stories to tell. There’s also some exclusives happening with games like Below and Cuphead.

Microsoft will absolutely continue to embrace the independent developers in the industry with Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio). Running simpler games in 4K is something the system should be able to do without breaking a sweat. It will be a great source of native 4K content for the console.

8. Quantum Break

Remedy is responsible for games like Max Payne, Alan Wake, and of course, Quantum Break. This incredibly unique shooter combined live action episodes with gameplay in a way that made it feel like an interactive TV show.

I really enjoyed it, and I’m not the only one either. With the strong reviews and sales, Remedy is bound to come back to this universe on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio). We’ll hopefully see the return of the live action episodes in glorious 4K and improved graphics as a result of Scorpio’s hardware.

9. Lost Odyssey

Sony has been killing it with the RPG selection on PS4, but Xbox is looking a little light in this regard. During the Xbox 360 generation, the tables were turned when Microsoft had games like Blue Dragon and of course, Lost Odyssey.

Lost Odyssey has a special place in my heart as one of my favorite RPGs. I would absolutely love to see Mistwalker return to this universe with a gorgeous 4K RPG on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Will it happen? It’s hard to say, but Microsoft did recently make the classic RPG backwards compatible with Xbox One, so there’s still interest in seeing it come back.

10. Banjo-Kazooie

One of the first things you think of when Rare shows up, is Banjo-Kazooie. While we did get a new title in this series on Xbox 360, it wasn’t really what people wanted, or needed for that matter. We wanted a classic platformer, and we still do.

Once they’re done with Sea of Thieves, I wouldn’t be surprised if they leapt on a project in this franchise to compete with Sony’s announcement of Crash Bandicoot being remastered.

11. Fable

Fable has had a rough ride, courtesy of series creator Peter Molyneux. He tends to make promises and checks that he can’t cash, which gave the Fable series a very muddled image in the mainstream gaming world.

An old co-worker of mine used to call it “The Fisher-Price of RPGs” which is a little harsh, but not entirely off the mark. It offered an approachable option in the genre and, while it didn’t meet all expectations, it’s still a series I remember fondly.

We thought it was coming back with Fable Legends, but that was unfortunately canceled. Even Lionhead studios was shuttered after this as well, but I have faith that the Fable brand won’t fade into history.

It will return in another form, with a new developer. Mark my words.

12. Forza

Forza Motorsport is one of the most successful racing franchises ever, and it continues to smash records every year for Microsoft. Whether it’s the traditional series, or the Horizon spin-offs, this one isn’t going anywhere.

When it comes to games that can and will benefit from Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), this is a no-brainer. It will be a glorious entry into the 4K lineup.

13. Perfect Dark

Last up is another Rare classic. Perfect Dark has had its fair share of ups and downs, but it was always remembered fondly by fans. The Xbox 360 entry is something we don’t talk about, but the HD remaster available in the Rare Replay collection reminded me that we need to see this series come back.

In a market dominated by Battlefield and Call of Duty, a unique first-person espionage shooter like Perfect Dark would find a comfortable place on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio.

Over to You, Fellow Gamers

Project Scorpio, A.K.A Xbox Two, is coming in holiday of 2017. The games that Microsoft plans to bring to the new console will be gorgeous and exciting. The prospect of VR titles is even more amazing, especially given this lineup of exclusive franchises to choose from.

We can only speculate for now, and hope that our favorite franchises can come back from a hiatus and be reborn in glorious 4K or VR. It’s only a matter of time, my friends, before we see some of these names on the big screen again.

Which exclusives do you want to see on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)? Let your voice be heard in the comments!


          Quanto vale?   

Estima-se que a Floresta Amazônica bombeie 20 bilhões de toneladas de vapor d’água para a atmosfera todos os dias, o que alimenta boa parte das chuvas na região central e no Sudeste do Brasil. Se tivéssemos que aquecer água para promover a mesma evaporação, precisaríamos de seis meses de toda a capacidade de geração elétrica do planeta para cada dia. Sobre este único aspecto, o valor dos serviços da floresta soma alguns milhares de dólares por hectare por dia. Quem cuida e protege o patrimônio florestal do Brasil presta um enorme serviço.

Dona Maria de Jesus recebia desde 2014 cerca R$ 100 por mês por conservar as florestas em seu lote da Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá, na fronteira do Acre com o Peru. É muito pouco, mas essencial para a manutenção da família grande, que vive da extração sustentável de produtos como castanha e borracha e da agrofloresta. Na Reserva, onde 804 famílias recebem o mesmo benefício, 97% da área permanecem cobertos por florestas.

A família da Dona Maria Antônia é uma das 53 mil beneficiárias do Bolsa Verde, um programa implementado em 2011 com o objetivo de incentivar as famílias de baixa renda vivendo em assentamentos e unidades de conservação a se desenvolverem ao mesmo tempo que protegem as florestas. Na prática, é o primeiro programa em larga escala de pagamento por serviços ambientais no Brasil.

São 28 milhões de hectares (o que equivale a seis vezes o Estado do Rio de Janeiro) que mantêm mais de 95% de cobertura florestal e com consistente queda do desmatamento desde a implantação do programa. Mesmo em 2015 e 2016, quando as taxas de desmatamento de toda a Amazônia subiram, nas áreas do Bolsa Verde baixaram.

Quanto vale o Bolsa Verde? São milhões que protegem bilhões para nós e as futuras gerações.

Pois o programa está seriamente ameaçado pelo corte de orçamento promovido pelo governo federal. Faltam R$ 35 milhões para arcar com os benefícios até o fim do ano e, para 2018, a proposta orçamentária em discussão corta os recursos a praticamente zero. Na prática, significaria o fim do programa. Isso no momento em que o Brasil precisa de ações efetivas — além do monitoramento e controle — para conter o avanço do desmatamento.

A corrupção, os desvios de finalidade e a falta de prioridades têm drenado os recursos públicos de áreas estratégicas e fundamentais para manutenção da vitalidade do país. Os ajustes da economia para lidar com o buraco nas contas públicas fazem vítimas entre os mais vulneráveis.

É preciso reagir. O Bolsa Verde não pode acabar!

Tasso Azevedo é engenheiro florestal

          Livestream vom Roskilde Festival mit Moderat, Slowdive und vielen mehr   

Höhepunkte des Roskilde Festivals vom 28.06.-02.07.2017 live sehen

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Schau hier den Livestream vom Roskilde Festival 2017 vom 28.06.-02.07.2017 und erfahre, wann welches Konzert live übrtragen wird.

          ANMCO/ELAS/SIBioC Consensus Document: biomarkers in heart failure   
<span class="paragraphSection">Biomarkers have dramatically impacted the way heart failure (HF) patients are evaluated and managed. A biomarker is a characteristic that is objectively measured and evaluated as an indicator of normal biological or pathogenic processes, or pharmacological responses to a therapeutic intervention. Natriuretic peptides [B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal proBNP] are the gold standard biomarkers in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of HF, and a natriuretic peptide-guided HF management looks promising. In the last few years, an array of additional biomarkers has emerged, each reflecting different pathophysiological processes in the development and progression of HF: myocardial insult, inflammation, fibrosis, and remodelling, but their role in the clinical care of the patient is still partially defined and more studies are needed before to be well validated. Moreover, several new biomarkers have the potential to identify patients with early renal dysfunction and appear to have promise to help the management cardio-renal syndrome. With different biomarkers reflecting HF presence, the various pathways involved in its progression, as well as identifying unique treatment options for HF management, a closer cardiologist-laboratory link, with a multi-biomarker approach to the HF patient, is not far ahead, allowing the unique opportunity for specifically tailoring care to the individual pathological phenotype.</span>
          Clinical pathways and management of antithrombotic therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS): a Consensus Document from the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (ANMCO), Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC), Italian Society of Emergency Medicine (SIMEU) and Italian Society of Interventional Cardiology (SICI-GISE)   
<span class="paragraphSection">Antiplatelet therapy is the cornerstone of the pharmacologic management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Over the last years, several studies have evaluated old and new oral or intravenous antiplatelet agents in ACS patients. In particular, research was focused on assessing superiority of two novel platelet ADP P2Y12 receptor antagonists (i.e., prasugrel and ticagrelor) over clopidogrel. Several large randomized controlled trials have been undertaken in this setting and a wide variety of prespecified and <span style="font-style:italic;">post-hoc</span> analyses are available that evaluated the potential benefits of novel antiplatelet therapies in different subsets of patients with ACS. The aim of this document is to review recent data on the use of current antiplatelet agents for in-hospital treatment of ACS patients. In addition, in order to overcome increasing clinical challenges and implement effective therapeutic interventions, this document identifies all potential specific care pathway for ACS patients and accordingly proposes individualized therapeutic options.</span>
          Consensus Document of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (ANMCO), Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC), Italian Association of Interventional Cardiology (SICI-GISE) and Italian Society of Cardiac Surgery (SICCH): clinical approach to pharmacologic pre-treatment for patients undergoing myocardial revascularization procedures   
<span class="paragraphSection">The wide availability of effective drugs in reducing cardiovascular events together with the use of myocardial revascularization has greatly improved the prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. The combination of antithrombotic drugs to be administered before the knowledge of the coronary anatomy and before the consequent therapeutic strategies, can allow to anticipate optimal treatment, but can also expose the patients at risk of bleeding that, especially in acute coronary syndromes, can significantly weigh on their prognosis, even more than the expected theoretical benefit. In non ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes patients in particular, we propose a ‘selective pre-treatment’ with P2Y<sub>12</sub> inhibitors, based on the ischaemic risk, on the bleeding risk and on the time scheduled for the execution of coronary angiography. Much of the problems concerning this issue would be resolved by an early access to coronary angiography, particularly for patients at higher ischaemic and bleeding risk.</span>
          ANMCO-SIMEU Consensus Document: in-hospital management of patients presenting with chest pain   
<span class="paragraphSection">Chest pain is a common general practice presentation that requires careful diagnostic assessment because of its diverse and potentially serious causes. However, the evaluation of acute chest pain remains challenging, despite many new insights over the past two decades. The percentage of patients presenting to the emergency departments because of acute chest pain appears to be increasing. Nowadays, there are two essential chest pain-related issues: (i) the missed diagnoses of acute coronary syndromes with a poor short-term prognosis; and (ii) the increasing percentage of hospitalizations of low-risk cases. It is well known that hospitalization of a low-risk chest pain patient can lead to unnecessary tests and procedures, with an increasing trend of complications and burden of costs. Therefore, the significantly reduced financial resources of healthcare systems induce physicians and administrators to improve the efficiency of care protocols for patients with acute chest pain. Despite the efforts of the Scientific Societies in producing statements on this topic, in Italy there is still a significant difference between emergency physicians and cardiologists in managing patients with chest pain. For this reason, the aim of the present consensus document is double: first, to review the evidence-based efficacy and utility of various diagnostic tools, and, second, to delineate the critical pathways (describing key steps) that need to be implemented in order to standardize the management of chest pain patients, making a correct diagnosis and treatment as uniform as possible across the entire country.</span>
          ANMCO/SIT Consensus Document: telemedicine for cardiovascular emergency networks   
<span class="paragraphSection">Telemedicine has deeply innovated the field of emergency cardiology, particularly the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. The ability to record an ECG in the early prehospital phase, thus avoiding any delay in diagnosing myocardial infarction with direct transfer to the cath-lab for primary angioplasty, has proven to significantly reduce treatment times and mortality. This consensus document aims to analyse the available evidence and organizational models based on a support by telemedicine, focusing on technical requirements, education, and legal aspects.</span>
          ANMCO Position Paper: the use of non-vitamin K dependent new oral anticoagulant(s) in pulmonary embolism therapy and prevention   
<span class="paragraphSection">The new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have radically changed the approach to the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic pulmonary embolism. The authors of this position paper face, in succession, issues concerning NOACs, including (i) their mechanism of action, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics; (ii) the use in the acute phase with the ‘double drug single dose’ approach or with ‘single drug double dose’; (iii) the use in the extended phase with demonstrated efficacy and with low incidence of bleeding events; (iv) the encouraging use of NOACs in particular subgroups of patients such as those with cancer, the ones under- or overweight, with renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance > 30 mL/min), the elderly (>75 years); (v) they propose a possible laboratory clinical pathway for follow-up; and (vi) carry out an examination on the main drug interactions, their potential bleeding risk, and the way to deal with some bleeding complications. The authors conclude that the use of NOACs both in the acute phase and in the extended phase is equally effective to conventional therapy and associated with fewer major bleeding events, which make their use in patients at higher risk of recurrences safer.</span>
          ANMCO Position Paper: long-term follow-up of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism   
<span class="paragraphSection">Venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis, is the third most common cause of cardiovascular death. The management of the acute phase of VTE has already been described in several guidelines. However, the management of the follow-up (FU) of these patients has been poorly defined. This consensus document, created by the Italian cardiologists, wants to clarify this issue using the currently available evidence in VTE. Clinical and instrumental data acquired during the acute phase of the disease are the cornerstone for planning the FU. Acquired or congenital thrombophilic disorders could be identified in apparently unprovoked VTE during the FU. In other cases, an occult cancer could be discovered after a VTE. The main targets of the post-acute management are to prevent recurrence of VTE and to identify the patients who can develop a chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Knowledge of pathophysiology and therapeutic approaches is fundamental to decide the most appropriate long-term treatment. Moreover, prognostic stratification during the FU should be constantly updated on the basis of the new evidence acquired. Currently, the cornerstone of VTE treatment is represented by both the oral and the parenteral anticoagulation. Novel oral anticoagulants should be an interesting alternative in the long-term treatment.</span>
          ANMCO/AIAC/SICI-GISE/SIC/SICCH Consensus Document: percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients: indications, patient selection, staff skills, organisation, and training   
<span class="paragraphSection">Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at five-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban). Despite these advances, many patients still do not receive adequate anticoagulation therapy because of contraindications (relative and absolute) to this treatment. Over the last decade, percutaneous closure of left atrial appendage, main site of thrombus formation during AF, proved effective in reducing thromboembolic complications, thus offering a valid medical treatment especially in patients at increased bleeding risk. The aim of this consensus document is to review the main aspects of left atrial appendage occlusion (selection and multidisciplinary assessment of patients, currently available methods and devices, requirements for centres and operators, associated therapies and follow-up modalities) having as a ground the significant evolution of techniques and the available relevant clinical data.</span>
          ANMCO/SIC/SICI-GISE/SICCH Executive Summary of Consensus Document on Risk Stratification in elderly patients with aortic stenosis before surgery or transcatheter aortic valve replacement   
<span class="paragraphSection">Aortic stenosis is one of the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public health resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly people with severe aortic stenosis is not eligible to surgery because of the advanced age, frailty, and multiple co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy. However, a significant percentage of patients die or show no improvement in quality of life (QOL) in the follow-up. In the decision-making process, it is important to determine: (i) whether and how much frailty of the patient influences the risk of procedures; (ii) how the QOL and the individual patient’s survival are influenced by aortic valve disease or from other associated conditions; and (iii) whether a geriatric specialist intervention to evaluate and correct frailty or other diseases with their potential or already manifest disabilities can improve the outcome of surgery or TAVI. Consequently, in addition to risk stratification with conventional tools, a number of factors including multi-morbidity, disability, frailty, and cognitive function should be considered, in order to assess the expected benefit of both surgery and TAVI. The pre-operative optimization through a multidisciplinary approach with a Heart Team can counteract the multiple damage (cardiac, neurological, muscular, respiratory, and kidney) that can potentially aggravate the reduced physiological reserves characteristic of frailty. The systematic application in clinical practice of multidimensional assessment instruments of frailty and cognitive function in the screening and the adoption of specific care pathways should facilitate this task.</span>
          ANMCO/AIOM/AICO Consensus Document on clinical and management pathways of cardio-oncology: executive summary   
<span class="paragraphSection">Cardiovascular disease and cancer are leading causes of death. Both diseases share the same risk factors and, having the highest incidence and prevalence in the elderly, they often coexist in the same individual. Furthermore, the enhanced survival of cancer patients registered in the last decades and linked to early diagnosis and improvement of care, not infrequently exposes them to the appearance of ominous cardiovascular complications due to the deleterious effects of cancer treatment on the heart and circulatory system. The above considerations have led to the development of a new branch of clinical cardiology based on the principles of multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologists and oncologists: Cardio-oncology, which aims to find solutions to the prevention, monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of heart damage induced by cancer care in order to pursue, in the individual patient, the best possible care for cancer while minimizing the risk of cardiac toxicity. In this consensus document we provide practical recommendations on how to assess, monitor, treat and supervise the candidate or patient treated with potentially cardiotoxic cancer therapy in order to treat cancer and protect the heart at all stages of the oncological disease. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer often share the same risk factors and can coexist in the same individual. Such possibility is amplified by the deleterious effects of cancer treatment on the heart. The above considerations have led to the development of a new branch of clinical cardiology, based on multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologist and oncologist: the cardio-oncology. It aims to prevent, monitor, and treat heart damages induced by cancer therapies in order to achieve the most effective cancer treatment, while minimizing the risk of cardiac toxicity. In this paper, we provide practical recommendations on how to assess, monitor, treat and supervise patients treated with potential cardiotoxic cancer therapies.</span>
          Batman and Superman   

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          ANMCO Position Paper: diagnostic–therapeutic pathway in patients with hypercholesterolaemia and statin intolerance   
<span class="paragraphSection">Statins are a class of drugs used to lower total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol. Clinical trials performed over the last 25 years have shown that these agents are effective in improving cardiovascular outcomes in several different clinical settings. However, in some cases statin treatment may be associated with significant side effects and adverse reactions. The occurrence of these adverse events during statin therapy may cause discontinuation of treatment, and hence the impossibility of achieving recommended lipid goals. The clinical condition in which patients experience major unacceptable symptoms and/or develop laboratory abnormalities during statin therapy is defined as statin intolerance. This document outlines the diagnostic and therapeutic pathways for the clinical management of patients with hypercholesterolaemia and statin intolerance.</span>
          ANMCO/SIC Consensus Document: cardiology networks for outpatient heart failure care   
<span class="paragraphSection">Changing demographics and an increasing burden of multiple chronic comorbidities in Western countries dictate refocusing of heart failure (HF) services from acute in-hospital care to better support the long inter-critical out-of- hospital phases of HF. In Italy, as well as in other countries, needs of the HF population are not adequately addressed by current HF outpatient services, as documented by differences in age, gender, comorbidities and recommended therapies between patients discharged for acute hospitalized HF and those followed-up at HF clinics.The Italian Working Group on Heart Failure has drafted a guidance document for the organisation of a national HF care network. Aims of the document are to describe tasks and requirements of the different health system points of contact for HF patients, and to define how diagnosis, management and care processes should be documented and shared among health-care professionals.The document classifies HF outpatient clinics in three groups: (i) community HF clinics, devoted to management of stable patients in strict liaison with primary care, periodic re-evaluation of emerging clinical needs and prompt treatment of impending destabilizations, (ii) hospital HF clinics, that target both new onset and chronic HF patients for diagnostic assessment, treatment planning and early post-discharge follow-up. They act as main referral for general internal medicine units and community clinics, and (iii) advanced HF clinics, directed at patients with severe disease or persistent clinical instability, candidates to advanced treatment options such as heart transplant or mechanical circulatory support. Those different types of HF clinics are integrated in a dedicated network for management of HF patients on a regional basis, according to geographic features. By sharing predefined protocols and communication systems, these HF networks integrate multi-professional providers to ensure continuity of care and patient empowerment.In conclusion, This guidance document details roles and interactions of cardiology specialists, so as to best exploit the added value of their input in the care of HF patients and is intended to promote a more efficient and effective organization of HF services.</span>
          Biomed Tech - U.S. Renal Care - Wayne, NJ   
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          Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week We Were Bored EVERY day!    
Typically we enjoy a good month of swimming in the lake, playing outside, playing with water balloons, etc before I hear my boys complain that they are bored.  This year, however, my boys only made it one week.  I must have heard "there's nothing to do" a million times this week.

No one wanted to go swimming in the lake, play outside, go on a hike, a field trip, etc... nothing.  I must have suggested a handful of things we could do each day and every single time my suggestions were met with shrugs, eye rolls, or sighs... so I let them be bored and ignored the complaints.

By the end of the week they were all pretty good at finding ways to keep themselves occupied!

Friday we met up with some friends at the movies and saw Cars 3.  Alec started the day making some delicious strawberry/ white chocolate chunk cookies (recipe will be on the blog tomorrow!).  The older two boys spent quite a bit of time working with the color by number coloring books and markers too.  They each brought a book and some markers in the car to keep them occupied while listening to our book on CD.

The boys were pretty much on their own Saturday.  My husband and I spent much of the day in our attic trying to get our duct work set up for our new heating/air conditioning unit (ours died a few months ago and getting a new unit required quite a lot of work!).  The boys spent time playing with their Lego sets, coloring, and crafting.  I was so startled to see Evan sitting at the table using Perler beads.  He had fun making a Minecraft healing potion using the new Minecraft idea book we got.  Ian took off with his grandfather to work for the afternoon; they built another picnic table.

The boys spent a good portion of the day outside on Sunday.  Ian started the day fishing with his grandfather.  The boys went swimming and tubing.  Evan asked us to take him to Gamestop so he could buy a new video game using the money he earned working.  We needed to head to Lowe's and buy some more supplies to get our heating system up and running anyway and we stopped for lunch at Subway.  We got the air conditioning up and running by dinnertime and we had a very nice meal for my husband with all of his favorites for Father's Day.  Complete with fresh strawberry shortcake that Alec made special for him.

Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet days.  Ian had a friend over on Monday and the boys spent some time outside playing in the yard and up in their rooms.  We did go to karate this week and the boys got to work on break falls and forward rolls.  We played some card games, spent some time out in the sun and just enjoyed a few quiet days at home.  Alec spent lots of time in his room coloring and reading.

The boys helped me clean the whole house on Wednesday; we had a guy coming to inspect it and take pictures since we were switching insurance companies.  They grumbled a bit but realized it had been awhile since we cleaned.  We worked together room by room and got the whole house looking nice within an hour.  The older boys settled down to play Monopoly while Evan and I played Uno and War.  By the time lunch rolled around the older boys were yelling at each other and I had them clean up the game.  They were pretty unhappy with one another for the rest of the day.  We spent another afternoon inside since the caterpillars are out in full force now and even falling from the trees; though the younger boys and I did chance a quick walk up to our mailbox to get some fresh air and exercise.  We also had fun watching some hummingbirds at our feeder.  Ian headed off to work with his grandfather after supper and Evan and I settled down to watch the Lego Batman movie (again).  Alec had a sleepover planned that had been canceled at the last minute and while he was so upset he did cheer himself up watching some funny YouTube videos about Minecraft .

Ian headed out to work on Thursday morning.  He was moving the painted picnic tables out of our yard and bringing over some new ones for his brothers to paint.  He also had some mowing to do but the mower was running low on gas so he had to take a break until his father or grandfather got home.  The boys were fighting again and I figured I needed to find something for us to do so I pulled out some crafting supplies and we tried our hand at making metal stamped bookmarks.  Next thing I knew my boys were swimming (no that's not our pool), riding scooters and bikes, having a water balloon fight.  We spent the whole rest of the day outside!

Don't you just feel so bad for them?

What do you do when your kids complain that they're bored?

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          My Boys' June Books    
Even though we officially finished up our schoolwork by the first Friday in June, my boys have still been reading just about every day.  Alec, in particular, has been reading up a storm and they have all picked some really great books to read lately!

The Wolf Keepers

The White Wolf

Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape

Splat the Cat; The Rain is a Pain

The X-ed Out X-ray

I have had so much fun reading this month!  With our school year ending and spending more of our days relaxing I have had a lot of time to read... and I found so many wonderful books to indulge with.

1.  All Dressed In White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke--  I love mystery novels and this book was fantastic!  5 years after Amanda mysteriously disappears from a seaside resort just days before her wedding her family asks the show Under Suspicion to do an expose on what really happened; hoping beyond hope to finally find out what happened to Amanda on that fateful night and answer once and for all the question of whether or not she's still alive.

2.  Irresistible by Susan Mallery--Elissa is a struggling single mom who has sworn off men until her daughter is old enough to leave home.... then her new neighbor, an ex- marine, and all around helpful guy begins to lend her a hand.  Will he prove to irresistible to ignore?

3.  Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah-- When Birdie and her husband Jack Shore find themselves with an empty house and unfulfilled dreams they are left wondering how life passed them by. As they drift apart they decide to purposely spend time apart and end up on opposites sides of the United States with Jack in New York and Birdie enjoying the pacific northwest.  As they both struggle to hold onto their dreams they are unsure if they should let one another go too.

4.  Still Alice by Lisa Genova-- I watched the movie when it first came out on DVD and just loved it but I had put off reading the book; mostly because I found the movie so moving and emotional I had no idea how I would survive the book.  It was fabulous!  When Alice first begins forgetting simple everyday things she chalks it up to the onset of menopause but soon realizes that these are not run of the mill memory lapses.  The book shows her and her family's struggle to cope with early onset Alzheimer's.

5.  Delicious by Susan Mallery -- In this prequel to Irresistible I got to read all about how Penny and her ex- husband Cal reconnected and fell madly in love with one another.  Even though they both had lots of issue, secrets, and misunderstandings.

6.  Sizzling by Susan Mallery-- After reading the first two books in the series, I just knew I had to keep going!  In sizzling Reid meets his match with feisty home nurse Lori.

7.  Tempting by Susan Mallery-- I just had to finish up the series and learn what happened with black sheep of the family; Dani Buchanan.  When she discovers who her real father is, Dani must decide what to do about him and his adopted son, Alex.

8.  We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman-- Stella, a hospice nurse, finds solace writing last letters for her patients making sure that their last words and thoughts are preserved for their families.  With her husband returned from Afghanistan a totally different man, she find escape and meaning in her work.  One night while writing a letter, Stella is faced with a dilemma.  The letters are always delivered after the patients' death but just this one time Stella feels that there could be a very different ending if she delivers it before...

9.  Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews-- Greer is thrilled when she finds a small town Florida town that fits the exact specifications of her bosses list.  As a location scout for a movie company, Greer is used to paving the way for the film crew and all that shooting a movie on location entails but she meets her match in Cypress Keys when mayor Eb takes objection to their plans.  Will they find a way to make their movie in this beach town?

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          The American Tourister Atmosphera II Overnight Tote $28 at Walmart   

Walmart has the The American Tourister Atmosphera II Overnight Tote (black) for $28 with free in-store pickup or free shipping on $35+. Reviews say it's a great small carry-on if you're flying on Spirit Airlines. 

          UEFA Yılın Takımı   
FIFA'nın oylamasıyla birebir hatta hemen hemen aynı desek yeri var ama gel gör ki prestij açısından FIFA'nınki üç, dört gömlek daha üstün durumda. Dolanırken denk gelince oylama haberi oyladım gitti. Seçtiğim kadrodan 9 tane topçu, senenin kadrosunda seçilmezse bu kafayı keserim. FIFA'ya nazaran UEFA'nın oylamasını daha çok seviyorum. FIFA kendi çapında heyecan yaratma peşinde, kaleciler şu gün, defans şu gün forvetler ayı bilmem kaçında açıklanacak tipinde atraksiyonlar boşa heyecan zira bütün adayların kimler olacağı belli bu neyin heyecanı ? Forvet adaylarında Burak Yılmaz'da bulunmakta. Şaşırmadım hiç desem yeri var. Geçen yılki gol krallığı ardına bu sene UCL'de 5 maç sonunda 5 gollük performansı artı Cluj deplasmanındaki 3'lemeside burda olasında payı var. Oylamak içinse yol buradan tık tık tık tık tık. Ağır abilere gelince ortam şu şekilde;
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus FC
Iker Casillas - Real Madrid CF
Peter Cech - Chelsea FC
Manuel Neuer - FC Bayern München
Andrea Barzagli - Juventus FC
Ashley Cole - Chelsea FC
Mats Hummels - BVB Dortmund
Branislav Ivanovic - Chelsea FC
Jordi Alba - FC Barcelona
Vincent Kompany - Manchester City FC
Philipp Lahm - FC Bayern München
Javier Mascherano - FC Barecelona
Pepe - Real Madrid CF
Gerard Pique -  FC Barcelona
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid CF
Thiago Silva- Paris Saint Germain
Orta Saha
Xabi Alonso - Real Madrid CF
Jakub Błaszczykowski - BVB Dortmund
Eden Hazard - Chelsea FC
Andres Iniesta - FC Barcelona
Juan Mata - Chelsea FC
Claudio Marchisio - Juventus FC
Mesut Özil - Real Madrid CF
Andrea Pirlo - Juventus FC
Marco Reus - BVB Dortmund
David Silva - Manchester City FC
Yaya Toure - Manchester City FC
Xavi - FC Barcelona
Sergio Agüero - Manchester City FC
Burak Yılmaz - Galatasaray SK
Edison Cavani - SSC Napoli
Didier Drogba - Shanghai Shenhua
Radamel Falcao - Club Atletico Madrid
Mario Gomez - FC Bayern München
Klaas Jan Huntelaar - FC Schalke 04
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris Saint Germain
Robert Lewandowski - BVB Dortmund
Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid CF
Robin van Persie - Manchester United FC
          Olivo - Varietà e Tecniche Colturali    

Olivo - Varietà e Tecniche Colturali

  • Difesa da avversità e malattie
  • Avversità atmosferiche e climatiche
  • Malattie da insetti
  • Malattie da funghi e batteri
  • Frantoiani
  • Come si ottiene l'olio
  • L'olio d'oliva denocciolato
  • Conservazione dell'olio
  • La conservazione delle olive
  • Aromatizzare l'olio
  • Le virtù dell'olio
  • Come si degusta l'olio
  • Acquistare olio confezionato
  • Gli oli italiani
  • Come trapiantare un vecchio olivo

          57 Ekran: Çok Değişik Bir Maç   
 Yeni bir stad, ekranda acayip fazla yağdığı görülen bir yağmur - belkide gayet normal - maça gidenlerin söylendiği rezalet yol, zeminin hali ve hala bu takımda ne varki neresi rüya takım ben anlayabilmiş değilim. Maçın özeti Fatih Terim'in tam resimdeki gibi gökyüzüne bakarken ekrana gelmesiydi aslında. Seneler önceki büyüklerin anlattığı Werder maçı gibiydi bu maç yada bizim gördüğümüz Adler'in Adler olduğu Leverkusen maçı. Hava şartları koca İstanbul'da sarı-kırmızı renk nerde fazla görünce oraya ayrı özen göstermeye hala devam ediyo belli. Zeminin haline değinmeye hiç gerek yok. Klasik Türkiye, klasik rezillik. Bizim yaşımız görmeye ve izlemeye yetti, hani Stade de Gerland'da Mustafa Özkan'ın golüyle Denizlispor daha ilk dakikalarda öne geçmişti Lyon karşısında, sonrada hayatımda görüp görebilceğim en büyük baskıya rağmen yenmişlerdi onları, bu maçında pek farkı yoktu o maçtan, biraz ıslaklık dışında.

 Resimdeki Parçalı formalıların penaltı konusunda resimde yer değiştirmeleri gerekiyordu. 8 önde, 10 numaralı arkada izliyor olacaktı ki herşey daha güzel olsun. Neden ben atcam deyip kullandı anlamak güç. Bknz. Ankaraspor-Fenerbahçe maçı Kezman'ın açırdığı penaltı.

 Yine kalar içinde, yine seviyorum bu adamı, yine seviyorum. Kewell bir sen iki. Toulouse'da oynarkende, Bolton'da oynerkende hayrandım sana. Kaşında aynı yerden patlamaya devam ediyor, şimdide 1 ay yok. Olmadı.

 Büyük golcü olmak, gol kralı etiketine sahip olmak hep gol atmak demektir. 4 büyük kulüpte forma giyip bilmemkaç Şampiyonlar Ligi maçına çıkıpta daha ilk defa bu sahnede gol atmak değildir gol kralı olmak. Neden alındığını hala bir anlayabilsem.

Bu resme bi isim koymak zor. Kapalı spor salonlarının bile bu zamanda hala çatısı akıp, antrenman yapanlara aldırmadan suyun damla damla içine dolmasını bekleyen kovalar olduğu ve var olduğu sürece bu resimler fırından ekmek almak kadar sıradan.

Galatasaray 1 - 1 CFR Cluj
76' Burak Yılmaz
19' Dany (k.k.)

@ Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi TT Arena, İstanbul

          The Sydney Marathon Clinic Road Race Series 2012, Race 2, 21k   

Perfect weather for a half marathon in Fairfield.
As a hundred pairs of shuffling feet settled calmly before the starting line, three runners shifted nervously as they made their way into the back of the pack. What does an aspiring triathlete, a road cyclist and an average runner have in common? A love affair 21 km long.

You come early, you get to help.
18 November 2012, Sydney Marathon Clinic (SMC) Race Series, Race 2, half marathon road running under race conditions.

The journey began a few months back as 3 blokes who happen to enjoy running decided to run the half distance, each one battling their own demons to prove a point.
Runners off to a very fast clip at 5-5:30 race pace.

Allan, a road cyclist all his life, decided it was time to try the grueling distance of the 21k; Erwin, a triathlete, needed the race volume to augment his training for the half ironman; and yours truly, a one-time ultrarunner decided it was time to renew his age-old 2:21 personal best in the 21k.
Eating hills for breakfast.
We arrived at Rosford Street Reserve earlier that morning still debating whether to join the 6:30 gun start for the 21k (for slow runners finishing 2:15 or more) or just join the regular run at 7:00. But looking at the array of starters for the 6:30 gun start (senior runners), we knew we had to check in with the regular run—if only to keep our sanity intact.

The SMC, being run by club members and volunteers, is a no nonsense type of race. What it lacks in festive running atmosphere it gives back by way of expert race organization, race timing, safety precautions and accurate distance markers measured by a Jones Counter.

Runner too fast, need autofocus!
It was a subdued countdown and immediately runners were off to a very fast start along the Reserve’s neat cycleway cutting through an immaculately trimmed landscape and overhanging trees. The pace was a sickening 5-5:30 min per km, a 10k race pace for me, well above planned pace. I had to restrain the other “musketeers” (more on that later), who had armed themselves with a small water bottle (Allan) and a sports drink (Erwin), to slow down. I armed myself with a digital point and shoot instead. Come to think of it, I was the only one running and taking photos at the same time!

Joan: 58' PB in the 10k.
The photographer in me was just at awe at all the sights and great scenery that runners had to run through-- the early morning light shining through patches of tall leaf-covered pines, the spring-blossomed flowers lining along footpaths, the sloping uphills reflected by the morning sun, and the lush greenery that was just waking up to the sights and sounds of Fairfield. Even the uniformly lined water cups, sports drinks and jelly beans seem to align perfectly in a race where the light footfalls of the road, the steady breathing of my lungs and the pounding of my heart was just music to my ears.

The bike enthusiast enjoying his first half marathon.
With the course looping around a 5k distance which was all uphill, the km walk breaks was a welcome relief. But having started (and maintained) an easy back-of-the-pack race pace while chatting aimlessly amongst ourselves, a race marshal dutifully called us “the three musketeers”. All for one, one for all!

Mucking around at the turnaround.
At each of the provided water stations, volunteers gave us encouraging words while prodding us on. At the end of the loop, we turned around and headed back clearly surprised by the absence of race marshals at this end of the loop. Back home, race marshals are a necessity to deter runners who might make shortcuts. Such is the honest display here of making your own race count.

We made good headway by utilizing a revised Galloway method—15 second walk break per kilometer at 6-minute pace. We were hitting 32 minutes per 5 km despite the harshness of the sun bearing down our caps and the sweat pouring down our backs.

But by the 18th km, my quads were beginning to tighten up. So did Erwin’s and Allan’s that we were increasing our km walk breaks from 10 seconds to 15-20 seconds. We managed to close in the gap, though, by increasing our running pace that by the km 21, we were just astounded as we crossed together the finish line at 2:14:50. We were running at an even pace between 6:15-6:17 per km.

The official time placed Erwin 23rd and me 24th out of 25 in our age group while Allan placed 24th out of 25 in his respective age group. Overall, our time ranked us 94th, 95th and 96th over 105 runners for the 21k (the last runners to come in was a 60-year old female at 2:46—10 minutes faster than my first half marathon over 2 years ago!). 

Sure we finished at the tail end of the pack but I gather our finishing time was not bad at all given that we were physically undertrained but immensely confident.
Finishing 2:14 in an 'all for one, one for all' fashion.

Good race nevertheless. We achieved what we came for—Allan, his first half; Erwin, a long run; and as for me, a gauge of my current fitness level. That sub-2-hour half marathon will have to be taken at a stepwise approach. I have ran the half previously in 2:55, 2:31, 2:30, 2:24 and 2:21. Since finishing 2:14, it would be prudent to aim 2:05-2:10 by January or February.
Getting ready for the next race!
Not in a hurry but can't wait!

          GA1848 La novella   
la-novellaGA1848 l'atmosfera sospesa e leggera della lettura e dell'ascolto trovano ulteriore motivo di delicatissima poesia nelle nebbie e nelle evanescenze del fondo...

          GA12195 Falciatori   
falciatoriGA12195 La virgiliana atmosfera dell'ambiente della campagna. Come ancora era pochi decenni fa. La poesia del lavoro agreste sulla serena vista del paesaggio toscano che si perde e svanisce lontano tra brume caligini umori.Il lavoro e l'impegno della gente dei campi inteso come nobile antichissima arte della conduzione dei raccolti con una misura e un rapporto armonioso tra l'uomo e l'ambiente che oggi purtroppo va perdendosi.

          igra istine   
Ness i čašu vode wink ili domaću u kućnoj atmosferi , malo šeKera

Ja pristavila, msm kafu.

sta ti nedostaje?
          Baked Oatmeal   
Here is my version of baked oatmeal. The original recipe called for ripe bananas and I didn't have any ripe enough so I subbed apples. It is soooo good! I can't wait to try it again with bananas. You could do pretty much any combination of fruit. After I try the banana/blueberry mix, I think I will try cherry/blueberry.

2 medium apples, sliced and skinned
1 1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup honey
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamo...
          Canti Lungo i Sentieri di Toscana   

Traspare in un’aura di rispetto ammirato, l’autentica cultura dei nostri antenati rurali e l’atmosfera dei loro colloqui con il mondo naturale e spirituale, insieme a un senso di importanza del vivere che nella società tecnologica si tiene lontano.

          Orto e Piante da Frutto   

Un grande manuale dedicato all'orto

e alle piante da frutto per sapere tutto,

ma proprio tutto, dalla A alla Z.

Partendo dalle nozioni di base, imparare come preparare il terreno, scegliere le piante, quali sono le principali operazioni colturali e come difendervi dai parassiti e agenti atmosferici. in breve tempo prendervi cura di ortaggi, frutti e aromatiche vi regalerà grandi soddisfazioni!

          Arthur I. Cyr: North Korea killing of Otto Warmbier — and how to respond    
The tragic death of Otto Warmbier, the young American imprisoned and tormented by the nightmare North Korea regime, is a poignant as well as horrific event. The death of a young person is particularly tragic, under any circumstances. The undeniable evidence of brutal treatment of this young man, who was in a coma when released by the government in Pyongyang, is profoundly disturbing.Warmbier was accused by the regime of stealing a communist propaganda poster from a restricted staff area in [...]
          Road Trip Snacks/Foods   

We are getting excited about an upcoming vacation to Lake George.  I've been starting to prepare a bit of snacks for our trip.  While I have every intention of enjoying delicious and maybe not so nutritious meals out from time to time, I know our bodies and they crave good for us foods.

First up?  These bad boys!  I remember years ago Joe meeting a guy who had his hands in on the actual making of these.  We had a taste and they were SO good.  Had to grab them when I saw them!

I'm in an amazing accountability group where the girls share food and recipe ideas. I totally hit up Amazon for these!  Brooke likes the fruit bars and Bradley loves the sqaure bars.  I haven't tried the power snacks yet, but I love me some Justin's maple almond butter!

I'm on that mom who believes in eating as healthy as possible, but real life and simple snacks that kids will eat happen too.  Bradley loves these tomato basil lentil bean snacks, the mac and cheese is an SOS meal if the kids don't eat their dinner or are starving.  Quick oatmeal in case of breakfast meltdowns before we leave the hotel.  Brooke loves the chocolate organic pop tarts.  PBJ --because, peanut butter and jelly is always an easy go to.   Rice cakes and quest bars for me.

Apples, mint milanos & graham crackers.

My friend Ann told me about these delicious waters!

We are bringing our Ninja and going to make these happen and sip them by the pool one day. #vacay

Can't leave without this yummy drink!

My sweet friend Shelby gifted me this adorable cooler bag with my monogram.

It will be perfect to keep my cans of rose cold!

I'll also throw in deli meat, cheese sticks & yogurt tubes.  I may be overpacking but I'd rather have too much than not enough.  Been there done that before and it's no fun!!  

Bring on the loose schedule, family time, beach and poolside fun!

What healthy-ish snacks do you bring on road trips?

          Mütevazi çocuklar yenilendi   

Ünlü Japon otomobil üreticisi Subaru, 2016 yılında yenilenecek Outback ve Legacy için yapılacak makyajı duyurdu. Görünüm olarak önemli bir değişikliğe gidilmeyen modellerde hissedilecek değişiklik genel olarak altyapıda yoğunlaşmış. Elektrik destekli direksiyon sisteminin yanı sıra aydınlatma grubu ve silecekler için otomatik sensörlerin eklendiğini gördüğümüz otomobillerde EyeSight ve Şerit Takip Asistanı sistemleri de geliştirilmiş. Tıpkı diğer yeni […]

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          Sal con una chica que lee....   

Hace tiempo que tengo guardado este artículo de la escritora Rosemary Urquico, que lleva por título "Sal con una chica que lee", no recuerdo donde lo encontré, pero lo guardé porque me gusto muchísimo y me encantaría compartirlo con vosotros. Merece la pena perder unos minutos en leerlo..¡es sensacional!

Sal con una chica que lee...por Rosemary Urquico

“Sal con alguien que se gasta todo su dinero en libros y no en ropa, y que tiene problemas de espacio en el clóset porque ha comprado demasiados. Invita a salir a una chica que tiene una lista de libros por leer y que desde los doce años ha tenido una tarjeta de suscripción a una biblioteca.
Encuentra una chica que lee. Sabrás que es una ávida lectora porque en su maleta siempre llevará un libro que aún no ha comenzado a leer. Es la que siempre mira amorosamente los estantes de las librerías, la que grita en silencio cuando encuentra el libro que quería. ¿Ves a esa chica un tanto extraña oliendo las páginas de un libro viejo en una librería de segunda mano? Es la lectora. Nunca puede resistirse a oler las páginas de un libro, y más si están amarillas.
Es la chica que está sentada en el café del final de la calle, leyendo mientras espera. Si le echas una mirada a su taza, la crema deslactosada ha adquirido una textura un tanto natosa y flota encima del café porque ella está absorta en la lectura, perdida en el mundo que el autor ha creado. Siéntate a su lado. Es posible que te eche una mirada llena de indignación porque la mayoría de las lectoras odian ser interrumpidas. Pregúntale si le ha gustado el libro que tiene entre las manos.

tumblr_mf73k8c6On1qcwugjo1_500_largeInvítala a otra taza de café y dile qué opinas de Murakami. Averigua si fue capaz de terminar el primer capítulo de Fellowship y sé consciente de que si te dice que entendió el Ulises de Joyce lo hace solo para parecer inteligente. Pregúntale si le encanta Alicia o si quisiera ser ella.
Es fácil salir con una chica que lee. Regálale libros en su cumpleaños, de Navidad y en cada aniversario. Dale un regalo de palabras, bien sea en poesía o en una canción. Dale a Neruda, a Pound, a Sexton, a Cummings y hazle saber que entiendes que las palabras son amor. Comprende que ella es consciente de la diferencia entre realidad y ficción pero que de todas maneras va a buscar que su vida se asemeje a su libro favorito. No será culpa tuya si lo hace.
Por lo menos tiene que intentarlo.
Miéntele entiende de sintaxis también comprenderá tu necesidad de mentirle. Detrás de las palabras hay otras cosas: motivación, valor, matiz, diálogo; no será el fin del mundo.
Fállale. La lectora sabe que el fracaso lleva al clímax y que todo tiene un final, pero también entiende que siempre existe la posibilidad de escribirle una segunda parte a la historia y que se puede volver a empezar una y otra vez y aun así seguir siendo el héroe. También es consciente de que durante la vida habrá que toparse con uno o dos villanos.
¿Por qué tener miedo de lo que no eres? Las chicas que leen saben que las personas maduran, lo mismo que los personajes de un cuento o una novela, excepción hecha de los protagonistas de la saga Crepúsculo.
Si te llegas a encontrar una chica que lee mantenla cerca, y cuando a las dos de la mañana la pilles llorando y abrazando el libro contra su pecho, prepárale una taza de té y consiéntela. Es probable que la pierdas durante un par de horas pero siempre va a regresar a ti. Hablará de los protagonistas del libro como si fueran reales y es que, por un tiempo, siempre lo son.
Le propondrás matrimonio durante un viaje en globo o en medio de un concierto de rock, o quizás formularás la pregunta por absoluta casualidad la próxima vez que se enferme; puede que hasta sea por Skype.
Sonreirás con tal fuerza que te preguntarás por qué tu corazón no ha estallado todavía haciendo que la sangre ruede por tu pecho. Escribirás la historia de ustedes, tendrán hijos con nombres extraños y gustos aún más raros. Ella les leerá a tus hijos The Cat in the Hat y Aslan, e incluso puede que lo haga el mismo día. Caminarán juntos los inviernos de la vejez y ella recitará los poemas de Keats en un susurro mientras tú sacudes la nieve de tus botas.
Sal con una chica que lee porque te lo mereces. Te mereces una mujer capaz de darte la vida más colorida que puedas imaginar. Si solo tienes para darle monotonía, horas trilladas y propuestas a medio cocinar, te vendrá mejor estar solo. Pero si quieres el mundo y los mundos que hay más allá, invita a salir a una chica que lee.
O mejor aún, a una que escriba.”
¡¡Espero que os haya gustado tanto como a mí!! Un beso...¡¡Nos leemos!!

          Book Tag: Cuentos clásicos   
¡¡Hola, holaa!!

¿Que tal se presenta el fin de semana? Espero que fenomenal!

Hoy vengo con un book tag que he visto en varios blogs y que me parece muy entretenido, consiste en buscar libros con alguna característica basada en los cuentos clásicos de Disney , es idea original de Silencios entre páginas.. Yo tengo muy mala memoria para ponerme a rememorar todos los libros que llevo leídos en mi vida, por lo tanto lo haré con las últimas lecturas o aquellos que me vengan a la mente en el momento.

¡Espero que os guste!! Empezamos...