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Travis Nielsen is the founder and CEO of Azurigen Management and Consulting Solutions Inc. A STEM project management firm that specializes in linking conservation based science to business and government. He is a published scientist specializing in Marine Biology with 10 years experience in STEM, and 10 years of experience in management and leadership. He […]
          Kerry vs. His Script   

WATERLOO, Iowa—Since the final presidential debate, John Kerry has traveled around the country delivering a series of speeches that his campaign calls his "closing argument." The topics vary, but the theme is always the same, the "Fresh Start for America": Friday in Milwaukee, a "fresh start" for jobs; Monday in Tampa, a "fresh start" for health care; Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a "fresh start" for fiscal responsibility and Social Security. The speeches are supposed to convince Americans of Kerry's fitness for the presidency, but a side effect has been to demonstrate how inept he is at delivering prepared remarks.

The campaign gives reporters the text of each of Kerry's speeches "as prepared for delivery," apparently to show how much Kerry diverges from them. During his stump speeches and town halls, Kerry makes the occasional Bush-style error, such as the time I saw him tell a blind man in St. Louis that he would "look you in the eye." Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, Kerry tried to thank teachers for spending money out of their own pockets on students, but instead it came out as a thank-you to Mary Kay Letourneau as he said, "And they're putting out for our kids." His pronunciation of "idear" grates on my ears far more than Bush's "nucular." But the authentic Kerryism emerges only when he gives a formal address.

Kerry proves incapable of reading simple declarative sentences. He inserts dependent clauses and prepositional phrases until every sentence is a watery mess. Kerry couldn't read a Dick and Jane book to schoolchildren without transforming its sentences into complex run-ons worthy of David Foster Wallace. Kerry's speechwriters routinely insert the line "We can bring back that mighty dream," near the conclusion of his speeches, presumably as an echo of Ted Kennedy's Shrum-penned "the dream will never die" speech from the 1980 Democratic convention. Kerry saps the line of its power. Here's his version from Monday's speech in Tampa: "We can bring back the mighty dream of this country, that's what's at stake in these next two weeks."

Kerry flubs his punch lines, sprinkles in irrelevant anecdotes, and talks himself into holes that he has trouble improvising his way out of. He steps on his applause lines by uttering them prematurely, and then when they roll up on his TelePrompTer later, he's forced to pirouette and throat-clear until he figures out how not to repeat himself. He piles adjective upon adjective until it's like listening to a speech delivered by Roget.

Kerry's health-care speech Monday in Tampa was a classic of the form. The written text contained a little more than 2,500 words. By the time he was finished, Kerry had spoken nearly 5,300 words—not including his introductory remarks and thank-yous to local politicians—more than doubling the verbiage. Pity his speechwriters when you read the highlights below. It's not their fault.

Kerry's Script: Most of all, I will always level with the American people. 

Actual Kerry: Most of all, my fellow Americans, I pledge to you that I will always level with the American people, because it's only by leveling and telling the truth that you build the legitimacy and gain the consent of the people who ultimately we are accountable to. I will level with the American people.

Kerry's Script: I will work with Republicans and Democrats on this health care plan, and we will pass it.

Actual Kerry: I will work with Republicans and Democrats across the aisle, openly, not with an ideological, driven, fixed, rigid concept, but much like Franklin Roosevelt said, I don't care whether a good idea is a Republican idea or a Democrat idea. I just care whether or not it's gonna work for Americans and help make our country stronger. And we will pass this bill. I'll tell you a little bit about it in a minute, and I'll tell you why we'll pass it, because it's different from anything we've ever done before, despite what the Republicans want to try to tell you.

Kerry's Script: These worries are real, and they're happening all across America.

Actual Kerry: These worries are real. They're not made up. These stories aren't something that's part of a Democrat plan or a Republican plan. These are American stories. These are the stories of American citizens. And it's not just individual citizens who are feeling the pressure of health care costs. It's businesses across America. It's CEOs all across America. This is an American problem.

Kerry's Script: That's wrong, and we have to change it.

Actual Kerry: Well, that's wrong, my friends. We shouldn't be just hoping and praying. We need leadership that acts and responds and leads and makes things happen.     

Kerry's Script: That's wrong, and we have to change it.

Actual Kerry: Well, that's wrong. We had a chance to change it in the Congress of the United States. They chose otherwise. And I'll talk about that in a minute.

Kerry's Script: It's wrong to make it illegal for Medicare to negotiate with the drug companies for lower prices.

Actual Kerry: But not satisfied to hold onto the drug company's profit there, they went further. Medicare belongs to you. Medicare is paid by the taxpayer. Medicare is a taxpayer-funded program to keep seniors out of poverty. And we want to lower the cost to seniors, right? It's common sense. But when given the opportunity to do that, this president made it illegal for Medicare to do what the VA does, which is go out and bulk purchase drugs so we could lower the taxpayers' bill and lower the cost to seniors. It is wrong to make it illegal to lower the cost of tax and lower the cost to seniors. 

Kerry's Script: And if there was any doubt before, his response to the shortage of flu vaccines put it to rest.

Actual Kerry: Now, if you had any doubts at all about anything that I've just said to you, anybody who's listening can go to johnkerry.com or you can go to other independent sources and you can track down the truth of what I've just said. But if you had any doubts about it at all, his response to the shortage of the flu vaccine ought to put them all to rest.

Kerry's Script: I believe we need a fresh start on health care in America. I believe we need a President who will fight for the great middle class and those struggling to join it. And with your help, I will be that kind of President.

Actual Kerry: I believe so deeply—and as I go around, Bob and Bill and I were talking about this coming over here from other places—that the hope that we're seeing in the eyes of our fellow Americans, folks like you who have come here today who know what's at stake in this race. This isn't about Democrat and Republican or ideology. This is about solving problems, real problems that make our country strong and help build community and take care of other human beings. I believe we need a fresh start on health care in America. I believe we need a President who's going to fight for the great middle class and those who really are struggling, even below minimum wage now. And they won't even raise it. With your help, ladies and gentlemen, I intend to be that kind of President who stands up and fights for the people who need the help.

Kerry's Script: Families will be able to choose from dozens of different private insurance plans.

Actual Kerry: Now George Bush is trying to scare America. And he's running around telling everybody—I saw this ad the other night. I said, "What is that about? That's not my plan. That may be some 20 years ago they pulled out of the old thing." But here's what they do, they are trying to tell you that there is some big government deal. Ladies and gentlemen, we choose. I happen to choose Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I could choose Kaiser. I could choose Pilgrim. I could choose Phelan. I could choose any number of different choices. That's what we get. And we look through all the different choices and make our choice. You ought to have that same choice. The government doesn't tell what you to do. The government doesn't run it. It gives you the choice.

Kerry's Script: Ladies and Gentlemen, here's the Bush Health Care Plan: Don't get a flu shot, don't import less-expensive drugs, don't negotiate for lower prices, and most of all, don't get sick.

Actual Kerry: So, Ladies and Gentlemen, if you had doubts about it at all, here's the Bush Health Care Plan: Don't get a flu shot, don't import less-expensive drugs from Canada, don't negotiate for lower prices on prescription drugs. And don't get sick. Just pray, stand up and hope, wait—whatever. We are all left wondering and hoping. That's it.

          Cheney Drops the Ball   

CLEVELAND—Does Dick Cheney know that he told voters watching the vice presidential debate to go to GeorgeSoros.com? In response to a series of attacks from John Edwards on Cheney's tenure as CEO of Halliburton, the vice president said that Kerry and Edwards "know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck.com, an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton." One problem with Cheney's rebuttal: He misspoke. He meant to say "factcheck.org," rather than ".com." According to the Wall Street Journal, the company that owns factcheck.com, Name Administration Inc., took advantage of Cheney's error to redirect traffic to a page titled, "Why we must not re-elect President Bush: a personal message from George Soros."*

But maybe Cheney was lucky to have misspoken, because there was a larger problem with his response: It isn't true. Well, it is true that factcheck.org provides "specific details with respect to Halliburton," but those details have nothing to do with the charges Edwards made. The Democratic running mate said that Halliburton, while Cheney was CEO, "did business with sworn enemies of the United States, paid millions of dollars in fines for providing false financial information, it's under investigation for bribing foreign officials." All factcheck.org rebuts is a different charge, that Cheney collected $2 million from Halliburton "as vice president." It turns out that Cheney collected a good chunk of that money as vice president-elect, including nearly $1.5 million on Jan. 18, 2001, two days before his inauguration.

After the debate, Bush campaign communications director Nicole Devenish repeats Cheney's statement and directs reporters to factcheck.org for the details. I've already been to factcheck.org, I tell her, and it says nothing about what Edwards said, about trading with the enemy, about bribing foreign officials, about providing false financial information. She tells me to go to debatefacts.com, the Bush-Cheney rapid-response Web site. The answers are all there.

Except they're not. "The Facts" page at the Bush-Cheney debate site doesn't get Edwards' claims correctly either: "Edwards' Claim: The Department Of Defense's Contracting Process In Iraq Is Rife With Cronyism And Secrecy," it says. Did Edwards claim that? I thought he said Cheney traded with the enemy, bribed foreign officials, and provided false financial information. On those charges, the Bush-Cheney campaign has no answers, at least not tonight.

The exchange on "factcheck.com" was the debate writ small in many ways: Edwards would make a charge, and Cheney would have no answer for it. In debate, that's called a "dropped argument." Cheney left arguments all over the floor. Three times, when offered a chance to respond to something Edwards had said, Cheney declined, leaving Edwards' critique to stand on its own. Edwards went through a long list of votes that Cheney made as a congressman: against Head Start, against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors, against Meals on Wheels, against the Department of Education, against Martin Luther King Day, against the release of Nelson Mandela. What else was he against, longer recess? Cheney declined to defend or explain a single one of his votes. On gay marriage, Edwards said the constitutional amendment proposed by the president was unnecessary, divisive, and an attempt to distract the country from important issues such as health care, jobs, and Iraq. Cheney declined to refute any of Edwards' points, and instead thanked him for his kind words about his family. On homeland security, Edwards said the administration has failed to create a unified terrorist watch list, and it foolishly screens the passengers on airplanes but not their cargo. We need to be not just "strong and aggressive" but also "smart," he said. Cheney's response: to decline a chance to respond, which is the same as ceding the point.

When Cheney did have an answer, it was often a misleading one, just like factcheck.com. On one occasion, Cheney said the Kerry-Edwards tax plan would raise taxes on 900,000 small businesses, and he said that was a bad idea because small businesses create 7 out of 10 jobs in America. But the two statements have nothing to do with each other. Those 900,000 small businesses—double the real number that would be affected, according to CNN—don't create 70 percent of the nation's jobs. On another occasion, Cheney criticized Kerry for supporting defense cuts that Cheney supported as secretary of defense during the first Bush administration. Other statements were simply false, rather than merely deceptive or misleading. For example, Cheney said he had never asserted a connection between 9/11 and Iraq. That's not true. Cheney said he had never met Edwards before. That's not true.

Edwards didn't have a perfect debate. Cheney defended himself and the administration capably during the opening questions about Iraq and the war on terror, and I was disappointed when Edwards failed to give an answer to Cheney's criticism that he and Kerry have no plan to deal with state sponsors of terror. And Edwards got mauled when Cheney said Edwards, by saying that 90 percent of the casualties in Iraq were American, was saying that the deaths of Iraqi soldiers fighting with the U.S. "shouldn't count."

We're halfway through the debates, and I think that each side still has one big question that it hasn't answered. Kerry and Edwards haven't given an adequate explanation of how they would approach states that sponsor terrorism and harbor terrorism. If Iraq was the wrong country to focus on, what was the right country? Just Afghanistan? Or do they support a broader Bob Graham-style war against Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations? If regime change isn't the right policy for dealing with state sponsors of terror, what is? Would a Kerry-Edwards administration wage a "war on terror," or just a war on al-Qaida?

The question for Bush and Cheney is the same, but from the opposite side. Where does their war stop? When does it end? How do we measure victory? Most important, what is their answer to a question that Edwards posed and Cheney ignored: "There are 60 countries who have members of al-Qaida in them. How many of those countries are we going to invade?"

Correction, Oct. 7, 2004: The article originally claimed that George Soros bought the factcheck.com URL after Cheney referred to it and redirected its traffic to GeorgeSoros.com. In fact, the company that already owned the URL, Name Administration Inc., redirected the traffic to the Soros page. (Return to corrected sentence.)

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          The Right Rev. George W. Bush   

COLUMBUS, Ohio—"I feel like a talk-show host," President Bush says midway through Thursday's first campaign event. He's standing next to a stool and a lectern, and he paces in circles to address the audience seated on all sides around him. Even from a distance, I can see why Bush charmed the press corps during his 2000 campaign. He's likable, winning, and self-deprecating. He's also quick on his feet, not with an instant recall of statistics but with snappy retorts that break up the room. This event was billed as an "Ask President Bush" forum, and although there didn't turn out to be much time for questions, from the outset the intimate setting made it more interactive than a typical presidential visit.

The president didn't get it quite right when he called himself a talk-show host. He opens more in the vein of a revival-tent preacher, albeit a subdued one, and he concludes as a standup comic. "I think you have to ask for the vote," Bush says near the beginning, as he always does. "You got it!" yells someone, the first of many call-and-response moments. Then Bush segues into something that sounds more like a sermon than a stump speech.

"All of you are soldiers in the army of compassion," the clergyman-in-chief tells the crowd. "And one of the reasons I'm seeking the office for four more years is to call upon our citizens to love your neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself." After his usual endorsement of the Golden Rule, Bush speaks of souls, which also isn't unusual for him: "We can change America one soul at a time by encouraging people to spread something government cannot spread, which is love."

Bush goes on to talk about his desire to have the government fund more faith-based initiatives. "If you're an addict, if you're hooked on drugs or alcohol, sometimes government counseling can work. But sometimes it requires a change of heart in order to change habit," he says. "There are people who are empowered to change hearts in our society. Not by government, by a higher calling, and therefore government ought to welcome these words of compassion and healing."

Bush isn't a fire-and-brimstone preacher, talking about sinners in the hands of an angry God. He's a hippie priest, emphasizing the Christian message of brotherly love. I can almost hear the guitars and tambourines. He says, "I know we can change America for the better by calling on those who are change agents, those who are willing to put our arm around someone who needs love and say, 'I love you, brother. I love you, sister. What can I do to help you have a better life here in America?'"

From there, Bush becomes a teacher, imparting "the lessons of September the 11th, 2001." "We'll never forget!" a man seated among the firefighters calls out. Bush's Lesson 1: "We're facing an enemy which has no heart, no compassion. And that puts them at an advantage in a way, because we're a country of heart and compassion." Lesson 2: "In order to defend the homeland, we got to be on the offense. We must deal with those people overseas, so we don't have to face them here at home." Lesson 3: "In order to be able to defend ourselves, we've got to say to people who are willing to harbor a terrorist or feed a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorists." Lesson 4: "When we see threats, we must deal with them before they fully materialize." Lesson 5 is a corollary of Lesson 4: "We saw a threat in Iraq."

Even while Bush is in his teaching mode, the whole event has a Sunday-morning air. Bush says of Saddam, "He had used weapons of mass destruction. Remember that? He had used them on his own people." The crowd murmurs back, "That's right, that's right." When Bush mentions that John Kerry and John Edwards were two of only 12 senators—whom Wednesday he called "a small, out-of-the-mainstream minority"—to vote against the $87 billion for the war in Iraq, someone else yells out, "Shame on them!"

Bush almost gets weepy later, when he tells a story "that touched my heart," about seven Iraqi men who visited him in the Oval Office. The men's right hands were chopped off by order of Saddam Hussein, and they had X's burned into their foreheads. An American organization provided them with prostheses. "A guy took my Sharpie, wrapped his new fingers and wrote, 'God bless America,' in Arabic," Bush says, his voice choking up. "What a contrast," he says. In America, "We want to heal you, no matter who you are," his voice catching again.

So, are we going to abandon Iraq? Bush asks the crowd. "Are we going to be a country of our word?" he asks. "Or are we going to go timid and weary and afraid of the barbaric behavior of a few?" The crowd shouts back: "No!"

As the event winds down, Bush gets looser and funnier. He points to a member of the crowd, one of the hand-picked Ohioans intended to represent a particular Bush policy, and says that she can explain it better than he can. Then he turns to another audience member and says, "You didn't have to agree with her." When another of the Representative Americans tells Bush that she recently received her associate's degree, magna cum laude, Bush replies, "That's better than I did, I want you to know."

Bush says a CEO in the audience has an interesting idea to share. The man doesn't say anything. "Flex time," Bush says. "I'm glad you told me what my interesting idea was," the CEO says appreciatively. Bush replies, "I'm not a lawyer, but it looks like I'm leading the witness." "I appreciate that," the CEO says, and Bush shoots back, "You appreciate the fact that I'm not a lawyer?"

After last week's Democratic convention, I felt that John Kerry had become the favorite in the presidential race. Now, after only two days with President Bush, I'm not so sure. He's that good. Unlike many people, I'm not threatened by the president's religious rhetoric. It must be the Midwestern Catholic in me. Like the people in the audience, I find it familiar and comforting. I can see why so many people believe the president is "one of us," no matter how rich or how elite his background. And I can see that Kerry will have a tough time besting Bush in all three debates.

Still, not everything goes perfectly. When Bush gets ready to leave, he announces, "I'm off to Saginaw, Michigan," forgetting what must be a central tenet of Buckeye State politics: Never mention the state that is Ohio State's biggest rival, especially in Columbus, home to the university. For the first time all day, two men near me boo.

          Mystery Candidate   

MASON CITY, IOWA—Whatever John Kerry is doing right in this campaign, he isn't doing it on the stump. At least, that's my impression after watching him last night. Granted, it was the end of a long day for the senator, who spent much of it flying around Iowa by helicopter, and Kerry is a notoriously erratic speaker. The speech I watched him give had the quality of a rambling answering-machine message—Where is he going? What is he talking about? Will it ever end? But Kerry is the candidate that I've seen the least of in person, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I've just never seen him on a good day. If his momentum in the polls is for real, he must be doing something right.

There's a nugget of a theme in the middle of the speech, where Kerry uses President Bush's aircraft-carrier "Mission Accomplished" banner (derision of which is a surefire applause-getter in Iowa and New Hampshire alike) as a device to critique President Bush's domestic policy. "What mission?" Kerry asks. What about the mission to provide jobs for the unemployed, or to alleviate the high cost of prescription drugs, or to help family farmers, or to decrease the number of uninsured, or to clean up the environment? On those counts, "It's not even mission attempted," Kerry hollers. "It's mission deserted! Mission abandoned! Mission not even tried!" (Kerry returns to this theme at the conclusion, when he says Democrats will hang their own "Mission Accomplished" banner when they send President Bush back to Texas.)

In his first 100 days as president, Kerry says, he would issue an executive order that prohibits government officials from working as lobbyists for five years after they leave public life. He vows that every meeting between an official and a lobbyist in his administration would be public record. He makes an eloquent case for providing health care for the uninsured, saying, "Health care is not a privilege for the powerful and the wealthy. It is a right for all Americans." And he gets the automatic cheers any Democratic candidate gets when he refers to John Ashcroft by promising to "appoint an attorney general who is outside politics" and who will "not pursue a political and a religious agenda."

The audience doesn't seem wowed by Kerry, and he isn't bum-rushed by supporters the way I've seen crowds swarm around Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, and to a lesser extent on Thursday afternoon, John Edwards. What am I missing? I wonder. But driving between Dean events today, I hear a radio ad that might provide part of the answer. It supports Ryan Lizza's theory that Kerry is gaining ground by pushing an anti-tax message. Unlike unnamed other candidates, "John Kerry is not going to raise taxes on the middle class," the announcer says.

Kerry didn't directly criticize Howard Dean or Dick Gephardt on Thursday (though the veteran who introduced him did criticize Dean when he compared Kerry's Vietnam experience to "another candidate" who "asked for a deferment" and then went skiing). But he emphasized tax reform, not just the repeal of the Bush tax cuts. "I'm not looking for some great redistribution" or a "confiscatory" tax scheme, he says. "I'm looking for fairness." He also promises to "scour" the tax code for provisions that benefit "Benedict Arnold" companies and CEOs who move their assets offshore to escape taxes. Fifteen years ago, Kerry says, U.S. businesses had $250 billion in offshore assets. Today, it's $5 trillion. "This system is rigged against the average American," he says. "America is losing its democracy to a dollar-ocracy."

If Kerry's lead in the polls is accurate, and if it's attributable to his message on tax cuts (two pretty big ifs, in my opinion), Dean's decision to withhold his tax-reform plan until after the Iowa caucuses will be considered a major miscalculation. Instead of betting everything on Iowa and New Hampshire in an attempt to end the campaign before it began, Dean overconfidently decided to keep part of his platform in his quiver, presumably hoping it would have greater impact during a later stage of the campaign.

But what's bad news for Dean could be good news for the rest of the country. For years, pundits have complained that Iowa and New Hampshire have too much control over the presidential nominating process. This year, most people thought Iowa and New Hampshire would be even more important, because the condensed primary schedule would create unstoppable momentum for the winning candidates. But it looks like Terry McAuliffe's plan is having the opposite effect: By cramming so many primaries and caucuses into a small part of the calendar, McAuliffe created something much closer to a national primary than ever existed before. Joe Lieberman and Wesley Clark are taking advantage of the new game by staking their candidacies on the states after Iowa and New Hampshire. And if John Zogby is right about John Kerry, Howard Dean may be forced to do the same thing.

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          Yingluck Shinawatra's Foreign Policy   
Thaksin's foreign policy

Friday, 20 January 2012
Written by Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Asia Sentinel

Taking over where Thaksin left off

It has been six months since the July election that brought the first woman into Thailand's top political position—Yingluck Shinawatra.

During this period, Prime Minister Yingluck has encountered several difficult issues, ranging from the devastating floods, the attempt to provide amnesty for her fugitive brother Thaksin, and the increasing cases of lèse-majesté.

But there is one area in which Yingluck has appeared to be doing well so far—foreign affairs. It is fair to say that since Thaksin’s downfall in 2006, Thailand has had no tangible foreign policy. The Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat governments were short-lived. And the Abhisit Vejjajiva period was marked by conflicts with neighbouring countries, especially Cambodia.

It is therefore a real test for Yingluck to reinvent Thai diplomacy, the one that departs from antagonism toward neighbouring countries. In terms of Thai-Cambodian relations, Yingluck paid a high-profile visit to Cambodia, as the first country in her introductory tour. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was gleeful to roll out a red carpet to receive the Thai female premier. For now, relationship between the two countries has returned to normalcy. And the secret to this success is that issues in this bilateral relationship have simply become less politicised, particularly on the Thai part.

Yingluck then went on to visit a number of countries which are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar and recently the Philippines. Symbolic as they were, these visits signalled Thailand’s recovery from political illness at home and its eagerness to take a role in ASEAN. But a question must be asked: How realistic is the Thai eagerness?

During her visit to Naypyidaw in December 2011, Yingluck demonstrated that her government wanted to diversify Thailand’s policy options towards Myanmar, by reaching out to both the government as well as the opposition. Yingluck held a discussion with President Thein Sein and also paid a visit to Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy. At the end of her tour, Yingluck offered her support for national reconciliation in Myanmar, wishing to see further political reforms in the country long governed by the military.

Can Thailand, despite these bold moves initiated by Yingluck, expect a shift in its foreign policy which was traditionally seeking to achieve national interests at the expense of promoting universal values, such as democracy and human rights protection? My answer is rather pessimistic.

Ultimately, both Yingluck and her foreign minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, have no experience in diplomacy. And one must not forget that Yingluck is indeed Thaksin in disguise. Accordingly, it is likely that she will restore the Thaksinized foreign policy which was essentially commerce-driven without any respect for principles.

From 2001-2006, Thailand under Thaksin was so ambitious that it thought it could conquer the world. Thaksin, a successful businessman himself, was confident that he could transform Thailand into a hegemon dominating smaller and weaker states in the region.

Thaksin then bypassed Asean, once a cornerstone of Thai foreign policy. He perceived Asean as a representation of an “old politics”—the kind of politics sullied by rigid bureaucratic processes. Instead, Thaksin invented a myriad of business-centric cooperative frameworks, including the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS). He also strengthened Thai economic cooperation with major trading partners through the conclusion of many free trade agreements. Undoubtedly, the Thaksin period witnessed the most colourful and innovative foreign policy Thailand ever had had in decades.

The remapping of Thailand in the age of globalisation put Thaksin’s foreign policy on the spotlight—he was tipped to become Asia’s next leader. Thaksin endorsed diplomatic activism; and in this, he wanted to place Thailand at the core of the regional order through which the Thai influence was wholly felt. In the latest reinvention of Thailand as a regional leader, Thaksin also turned the kingdom into a company, run by a CEO prime minister whose task was to evaluate economic costs and benefits in the conduct of diplomacy.

Not only did the content of foreign policy change. The operational mode within the foreign ministry also underwent an extreme makeover. Representatives of the nation and the monarch were now becoming CEO ambassadors who would visit their customer for products demonstrations. While CEO ambassadors were dressed with more power, the role of the Foreign Ministry in the formulation of foreign policy diminished.

The prime minister, his advisory team, and his chosen foreign ministers all sidelined the Foreign Ministry’s officials. And the House of Government became enormously influential in the making of foreign policy.

The radical transformation of the Foreign Ministry has left a deep scar of conflict between those who agreed and disagreed with Thaksin’s approach. And the immense polarization in politics in this post-coup period has further intensified such conflict within this state agency. Yingluck and Surapong must not attempt to politicise foreign policy issues, as seen in the previous administration.

If Thaksin is indeed behind the formulation of Thailand’s foreign policy in this Yingluck era, then he has to learn the mistakes he made while he served as prime minister. Thaksin’s past foreign policy initiatives might have provided his government with a channel to secure Thailand’s supposed national interests. But along the way, he and his family members were accused of stoking their wealth by using state mechanisms.

Yingluck needs to open up the foreign policy decision-making process, making it transparent to the public to avoid any controversy. More importantly, her foreign policy for the next few years, if she will ever serve the full four-year term, will have to be based proportionally on economic interests and good governance. This is because her government has received a popular mandate through democratic means and also because Thailand cannot run away from a new international environment that has become more democratic.

(Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Pavin is the author of “Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy” (2005). Follow him at www.facebook.com/pavinchachavalpongpun.)

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SenText Solutions ServiceJoin a leader in text message marketing. SenText Solutions provides a text message marketing service that enables local merchants the ability to instantly send a single text message to all their existing customers and within a moments' notice every customer knows about the merchant's promotions, announcements, sales, events, special hours, contests, etc.Merchants Want Our ServiceOnly 2% of our merchants leave us each month.Customers Want To Hear From Their Local MerchantsOnly 1.6% of our merchant's customers opt- out each month.The Power Of Text Messaging 100% of all cell phones can receive text messages Only 50% of cell phones can receive emails 98% of all text messages are read in minutes Text message marketing is a permission based service- customers want to receive the messages It costs 6 times more to get a new customer than to keep an existing customerCOMPENSATION Lifetime Vested Residuals and Commission Lifetime Vested Residual potential By the 12th month make $6,000 to $10,000 per month By the 24th month make $10,000 to $17,000 per month By the 36th month make $14,000 to $23,000 per monthHere's what we need from you: -A proven track record getting to decision makers-A proven track record selling to merchants-The desire to build a lifetime vested residual income-The desire to get paid every day-forever-The desire to get involved with a proven company with a proven service-A desire to make over $200,000 per year within 3 years-A desire to work independently but loves to be a part of a teamOutside Sales - B2B. If you've sold credit card, bankcard, merchant or payment processing, gift cards, check guarantee, cash advance, merchant funding, print or radio advertising, insurance or any other product to merchants this is the perfect fit for you.
          Comment on The Return of Mr Gove! by Mark   
Perfect (and much needed!) antidote to Goves return. Just had my girlfriend in stitches by reading this out to her "in the style of" the TV cartoons - knock a few of these out as short animations with a decent voiceover as per the originals and you'd be a YouTube legend by lunchtime!
          Can Joe Sitt survive a retail apocalypse?   
From the June issue: It took Joe Sitt less than 30 minutes to agree to pay Aby Rosen $132 million for a trio of buildings at 516-520 Fifth Avenue in 2011. It was a rapid-fire deal even for the Thor Equities CEO — who one friend described as New York real estate’s version of the Tasmanian Devil. “He’s really fast, and I love fast people who can be decisive in the moment,” Rosen, co-founder of […]
          The making of the academy's largest class: CEO Dawn Hudson on the membership quotas that held back diversity   

          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Kome sam ja kuvala kafu?????????? Gubi se ko pLase ceo dan... roll
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Voli čudno da se slika, il je rastezao sliku da vidi oće mu izdržati ceo mesec Tongue
          Africa - China (Belt and Road Initiative); #SGRLaunch: A new chapter of China-Africa cooperation (Madaraka Express)   
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.

One of the stops along the route is Mtito Andei. It's the nearest station to the Tsavo National Park. President Kenyatta is expected to stop here on the inaugural journey later on Wednesday. Kathryn Omwandho reports.

Kenya's standard gauge rail line is an ambitious project, that has taken five years to build. The SGR is Built and funded by China, and the rail line is part of China's bridge and road initiative CTGN's Robert Nagila went to the streets of Nairobi to find out what Kenyans think of this mega project

Kenya is about to witness its first modern railway. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, or SGR, will massively boost the country's economic growth, and possibly the whole of East Africa. The railway, which is built according to Chinese standards, is another great example of China-Africa cooperation. Here is more on that story

The train is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight women were selected to go to China to learn how to drive the SGR. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train. CGTN's Maria Galang met one of these extraordinary ladies.

There's a lot of excitement in Nairobi since in a matter of hours, the new SGR train will be arriving in the Kenyan capital. CGTN's Kane Kiyo is at the Nairobi Terminal to share the excitement.

As the Kenyan President officially launches the first phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway, Kenyans say the new raiway will not only improve lives but make it easier to do business.

On the vast African savannah, a steel dragon crawls through the terrain. It is part of the East African Master Plan - the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. By introducing Chinese standards, technology, equipment and management to this fast-growing continent, Chinese builders are also bringing hope and love to the people. Today we will visit Maasai Primary School near the Nairobi South station, and listen to their story

Local manufacturers in Kenya have been major beneficiaries of the just launched Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Already, 40% sourcing of materials was dedicated to the local market, generating inflows of about 95 million dollars. Now that Kenya's first modern railway is complete, local players are still set to win big. Earlier on, I had a chat with the CEO of Kenya's manufacturers association, Phyllis Wakiaga, about the benefits of this project to the country's manufacturing sector

It is clear that East Africa is a natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. During the Ming Dynasty, four of the famous admiral Zheng He's seven expeditions reached the east coast of Africa, where they promoted friendship between China and the continent. The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had to pass through Tsavo, an important wildlife reserve in Kenya. In this episode, we will see how the Kenyans and the Chinese worked together to guarantee that the project was completed successfully without affecting the local wildlife.

And ordinary kenyans who were lucky to experience the maiden trip have been speaking out as well

          Skeptic Youth vs Confident Veterans   
The panel discussion I mentioned in my last post turned out to be quite an interesting one. The topic of discussion was - "100 Indian MNCs by 2020." The panelists were -
Sandipan started with his views, which unfortunately didn't look very well prepared. However, he was lucid; talked much without saying much. Rest three had solid experience in industry, extending the operations at the world stage. They talked with more authority and shared their experiences. All of them were very sure that the dream of 100 Indian MNCs by 2020 is well within the reach and sort of underrated. It was quite inspiring hearing their first hand experiences.

Like all good panel discussions, this one too ended with a Q&A round by audience. Like all good audience, lots of questions came out after a little prodding. What was most interesting to note was that the crowd - comprising the leaders of tomorrow, yada yada yada - was quite skeptic about achieving the goal! There were questions about the government and its ineffectiveness, about sustaining the current wave of growth, about population & literacy, about infrastructure & investment - all of them showing how improbable this goal seems to be. On the contrary, the panel maintained its stand that India will have to do too bad to miss this one!

Their settling argument was that India has reached this stage even with the kind of government & stifling regulations we've had, so there is every chance that now that the condition have improved a lot, India will bloom even more. The post-lib generation hasn't seen those days, when Infosys almost died as an infant after frustrating experiences trying to work for global client, mainly due to the policies in 1989!

What will happen remains to be seen, but this skeptism in the youth of the nation, crème de la crème, worries me. Not like OMG-India-is-screwed-now worry, just a little concern.

PS: Just a small note, reply to Jeet's comment on my last post where he said, "I don't agree with Sandipan's only one answer theory.. I don't know about comp. sci and engg. but Civil Engineering was all about evaluating multiple correct answers and 'choosing' one of them." Still, you'll find the management education a whole lot different than engineering. CS is mainly about optimizing; space, speed, transfer, safety.. So in a way, you are confined in your pursuit of the answer. You can say that A is better than B and like that. Civil, as I understand, does have an element of subjectivity to it. In the managerial world, I'm told, there are many situation where nothing's universally better or worse. It all depends on what you decide.

          Amtrak CEO Makes Work Resolution for Google   

I was recently asked by Google to join its #WorkResolutions campaign for the New Year. The tech giant is challenging people everywhere to improve the way they work. Immediately I knew...

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          CEO to Vets: 'Have Faith in Yourself'   

Did you know that Amtrak’s CEO Joe Boardman joined the military at just 17 years old? That leap of faith shaped his career, his personal courage and now the company...

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          '매일' 김선희 vs '남양' 이원구…자존심 건 '한판'   
'매일' 김선희 vs '남양' 이원구…자존심 건 '한판'
[뉴스토마토 이광표기자] 영원한 맞수' 매일유업(267980)남양유업(003920)이 유업계 불황 속에서도 선전을 거듭하는 가운데 두 기업을 이끄는 CEO들의 대결도 주목받고 있다.
28일 업계에 따르면 김선희 매일유업 사장과 이원구 남양유업 사장은 지난 2014년 대표이사직에 오르며 나란히 취임 3년째를 맞았다. 모두 전문경영인의 능력을 뽐내며 오너들의 두터운 신임 아래 회사를 키워나가고 있다는 평가다.
김선희 사장은 김정완 매일유업 회장의 사촌 여동생이지만 김 회장이 공을 들여 영입한 '전문경영인'이기도 하다. 실제 김 회장은 '재무통' 출신인 김 사장이 매일유업의 내실을 다질 수 있을 것으로 보고 삼고초려 끝에 회사로 영입했다. 2009년 10월 매일유업에 첫발을 디딘 김 사장은 입사 당시 매일유업 지분이 하나도 없었다. 지금 보유하고 있는 주식도 자사주로 받은 34주가 전부다. 이에 매일유업 안팎에서도 '오너일가 경영인'이란 시각보다 빼어난 '전문경영인'으로 평가하고 있다.
김 사장은 연세대 불문과와 미네소타대 경영대학원을 졸업하고 UBS, 크레디트 아그리콜 은행, 파리바 은행, 씨티은행 등에서 잔뼈가 굵은 '재무전문가'다. 김 회장이 2006년 부친인 고 김복용 매일유업 창업주로부터 경영권을 물려받아 외식사업 등 사업을 확장해나갔다면, 김 사장은 매일유업 입사 당시 재경본부장을 맡으며 경영효율화를 주도해나갔다.
우유사업에선 제품군을 세분화해 틈새시장을 공략하는데 주력하는 한편, 중국기업과 합작을 통해 분유 수출을 확대했고 흰우유 수출도 성공했다. CJ출신 조성형 부사장 등 외부인사를 대거 영입해 매일유업의 조직문화를 바꾸는 데 주력하기도 했다.
이처럼 김 사장이 매일유업의 내실을 다지는데 주력한 결과 매일유업은 지난해 상반기 창사이래 처음 국내 유제품업계에서 서울우유를 제치고 매출 1위에 올라섰다. 그가 대표 자리에 오른지 2년반 만의 일이었다. 우유 시장의 후퇴 속에 이뤄낸 성과여서 더욱 각별했다.
김 사장은 올해도 외식사업의 도약을 이끄는데 힘을 쏟을 계획이다. 재계에서도 소문난 미식가인 사촌오빠 김정완 회장의 전폭적인 지원도 김 사장이 외식사업을 키우는 든든한 동력이 될 전망이다.
매일유업과 대결구도를 형성한 남양유업엔 이원구 사장이 존재감을 발휘 중이다.
그는 지난 2013년 이른바 '갑질 논란'의 여파로 김웅 대표가 물러난 뒤 위기에 빠진 남양유업의 '구원투수'로 전격 투입된 전문경영인이다.
이 사장은 청주고, 청주대 법학과를 졸업한 뒤 1983년 남양유업에 입사해 32년간 회사를 지킨 정통 '남양맨'이다. 2007년 임원(상무)이 된 뒤 경영지원본부장, 총괄수석본부장을 거쳐 지난 2014년 3월 사장에 취임했다.
그는 대표이사 취임 후 대리점 막말 파문 여파로 인한 불매 운동으로 떨어진 실적을 만회하기 위해 부단히 애썼다. 홍원식 남양유업 회장이 경영일선에서 물러나고, 탈세 혐의로 기소돼 재판을 받던 시간이 길었던만큼 회사의 운명 역시 사실상 이 사장의 손에 달려있는 상황이 지속됐다.
취임 초기엔 악화된 소비자 여론과 유업계 극심한 불황까지 겹치며 이렇다할 성과를 만들지 못했다. 이에 이 사장은 어려움을 타개할 해결책으로 허리띠를 졸라매기로 결단했다. 판촉비와 마케팅비를 대거 줄이고 조직을 슬림화하는 방법으로 위기를 넘겨보겠다는 의도였다.
지난해엔 '전 직원의 영업화'를 주문하며 실적 고삐를 바짝 죄었다. 영업직원뿐만 모든 직원들이 영업 현장을 알아야 실적 악화에서 벗어날 수 있다는 판단하에 현장에서 새롭게 영업 전략을 세우라는 취지였다. 이에 전 직원들이 남양유업 제품이 판매되고 있는 유통업체 등의 현장을 돌면서 매일 새로운 전략을 구상하고, 이를 영업과 마케팅에 반영했다.
이 사장의 이같은 노력은 결국 '수익성 회복'으로 이어졌다. 남양유업은 지난해 연결기준 매출액 1조2392억원, 영업이익 418억원, 당기순이익 372억원을 기록했다. 이익의 규모는 미약했지만 영업이익이 전년 대비 두배 이상 성장하는 성과를 거뒀다.
업계 관계잔는 "우유 소비 부진 등 업계 불황이 지속되는만큼 사업을 진두지휘하는 CEO들의 능력이 중요한 변수가 되고 있다"라며 "매일유업과 남양유업의 CEO들이 각자 다른 전략과 스타일이지만 위기에 적절히 대응하며 회사를 안정 궤도로 이끌고 있다"고 설명했다.
김선희 매일유업 사장(왼쪽)과 이원구 남양유업 사장. 사진/각 사
이광표 기자 pyoyo81@etomato.com

          30대그룹 SI 계열사, 내부거래 58%   
30대그룹 SI 계열사, 내부거래 58%
[뉴스토마토 최병호기자] 재벌 계열사 중 시스템통합(SI) 회사의 내부거래 비중이 58%에 달하는 것으로 나타났다. IT 계열사는 정보시스템 관리 수요 증가로 자금 확보가 쉽고, 내부거래를 하더라도 기업 보안유지와 효율성 추구라는 명분을 댈 수 있어, 재벌이 지배권 강화 수단으로 악용할 가능성이 크다는 지적이다.
28일 CEO스코어가 30대그룹(공정자산 기준)의 계열사 내부거래 현황을 조사한 결과, 삼성과 현대차 등 18개 그룹 50개 SI 계열사의 내부거래액은 지난해 기준 13조1686억원으로 총 매출 22조7838억원의 57.8%로 나타났다. 그룹별로 보면 현대차의 내부거래 비중이 89.4%로, 조사대상 가운데 가장 높았다. OCI와 KT, 롯데 역시 내부거래 비중이 각각 85.3%, 84.5%. 82.6%로 80%를 상회했다. 이어 GS(78.8%), 신세계(78.6%), 한진(73.4%), 포스코(72.9%), 삼성(71.6%), 한화(60.4%) 순으로 내부거래 비중이 높았다.
기업별로는 신세계 소속 신세계페이먼츠와 삼성 오픈핸즈의 내부거래 비중이 100%였고, KT DS(95.4%), 삼성 미라콤아이앤씨(93.4%), 롯데정보통신(93.1%), 현대오토에버(89.4%), 삼성SDS(87.8%), GS ITM(78.8%), 신세계I&C(76.1%), 포스코ICT(72.9%), 아시아나IDT(59.5%), LG CNS(57.0%) 등도 내부거래 비중이 높은 회사로 꼽혔다.
재계는 SI 계열사로 내부거래가 쏠린 것은 업종 특성에서 비롯됐다고 해명한다. 계열사가 늘어나고 그룹 규모가 커짐에 따라 전산망 등 시스템이 방대해지자 시스템 통합관리를 위해 SI 계열사를 둔 것뿐인데, 일감몰아주기로 인식되는 게 억울하다는 주장이다. 
반면 불가피한 내부거래라기보다 일감몰아주기를 통한 총수일가의 사익편취와 지배구조 확보 목적이 더욱 크다는 반론도 만만치 않다. 총수일가가 주요 SI 계열사 지분의 상당 부분을 보유, 내부거래 수익이 총수의 사익으로 전용되고 있다는 이유에서다.
공정거래위원회에 따르면, 올해 5월 기준 삼성SDS는 이건희 회장과 일가, 특수관계인 주식을 모두 더한 동일인 측 지분이 56.75%에 이른다. 지난해 기준 삼성SDS의 내부거래 비중은 87.8%로 2006년 65.2%에 비해 10년 새 34.7%나 늘었다. 오픈핸즈와 미라콤아이앤씨 등도 이 회장 동일인 측 지분이 각각 100%, 90.31%에 달한다. 현대오토에버 역시 정의선 부회장 동일인 측이 90.32%의 지분을 들고 있고, OCI정보통신과 롯데정보통신, 신세계페이먼츠, 두산의 디알에이 등은 총수 동일인 측 지분이 100%다. LG CNS, GS ITM 역시 이런 지분이 각각 84.4%, 80.6%다.
30대그룹의 SI 계열사는 2006년 30곳에서 10년 만에 50곳으로 66.7% 늘어난 가운데 그룹 내 지배구조의 열쇠로 작용하거나 총수의 측근이 사장을 맡는다는 점도 주목할 만하다. 롯데정보통신은 롯데 순환출자 고리 중 하나이며, SK C&C와 LG CNS, 한화 S&C 등은 해당 재벌 지배구조의 축이다. 또 최태원 SK 회장의 비서실장이었던 박정호 SK텔레콤 사장은 2015년 SK C&C 대표를 지냈고, 효성은 효성인포메이션시스템 대표였던 A씨가 조현준 회장의 비자금을 관리했다는 의혹이 제기되기도 했다.
경제개혁연대 측은 "IT 회사는 적은 자본으로도 설립할 수 있고 시스템 관리를 명분으로 계열사와 거래하면서 안정적인 이윤 창출도 가능하다"며 "지분 확보를 통해 그룹 지주사로 두거나 총수 일가가 다른 계열사 지분을 확보할 수 있는 자금줄로 사용하는 사례가 발생할 수 있고, 편법상속의 수단으로도 악용되고 있다"고 지적했다.
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          (단독)금융당국, LAT 강화…자본확충 어려운 보험사 1년 유예   
(단독)금융당국, LAT 강화…자본확충 어려운 보험사 1년 유예
[뉴스토마토 이종호기자] 금융당국이 재무상태가 좋지 않은 보험사에게 올해 말부터 강화되는 책임준비금 적정성평가(LAT)를 1년간 유예해주기로 했다. 책임준비금 적정성 평가제도는 신 국제회계기준(IFRS17) 수준에 맞출 수 있도록 단계적으로 책임준비금을 추가 적립하도록 하는 제도다. 
금융위원회는 28일 서울 광화문 생명보험 교육센터에서 금융감독원, 보험회사 CEO 등 40명이 참여하는 보험권 국제회계기준 도입준비위원회 2차 회의를 열고 이같은 내용의 단계적 책임준비금 추가적립 방안을 심의·확정했다. 이번에 강화된 LAT제도에는 부실화 우려가 있는 보험사에 대한 충격 완화 방안도 포함 됐다.
금융당국은 LAT제도를 통해 책임준비금을 원가로 평가하되, 미래 현금흐름을 현재가치로 평가해 부족액이 발생할 경우 추가 적립하도록 하고 있다. IFRS17이 도입되면 보험사의 부채가 일시에 증가할 수밖에 없다. 따라서 LAT를 활용해 사전에 보험부채를 시가평가와 유사한 수준으로 조정하겠다는 것이다.
금융당국은 보험사의 충격을 완화하기 위해 LAT를 투트랙으로 운영하기로 했다. 정상적인 보험사는 단계적 책임준비금을 추가로 적립하돼 개선된 LAT에 따라 재무상태가 현저히 악화될 우려가 있고 단기간 내 자본 확충이 어려운 보험사에 한해 경영개선협약을 맺는 조건으로 1년의 기간을 주는 것이다.
단, 1년이 지난 뒤 보험사가 경영개선협약을 이행하지 못할 경우 원칙대로 즉시 부족액을 추가적립 해야 한다. 경영개선협약은 경영개선권고에 준하는 수준으로 책임준비금 적정성 평가를 대체한다.
금융당국 관계자는 "LAT 강화에 따른 퇴출 보험사가 없도록 투트랙 운영 방안을 마련했다"며 "일정 요건이 돼야 신청할 수 있고 경영개선협약을 지키지 못하면 원칙대로 부족액을 적립해야 한다"고 말했다.
LAT의 할인율도 단계적으로 하향해 책임준비금 추가적립 부담을 분산한다. 그동안 무위험 수익률과 보험사 자산 운용초과수익률을 합산하던 책임준비금을 강화된 LAT에서는 무위험 수익률에 유동성 프리미엄을 더한 것으로 변경한다. 금융당국은 이에 대한 할인율을 3년간 단계적으로 조정해 보험사의 부채부담 증가를 완화하기로 했다.
금리 역마진 위험액도 단계적으로 폐지된다. LAT 제도가 개선되면 이자율차손실이 준비금으로 추가 적립돼 지급여력(RBC)제도의 금리 역마진 위험액이 불필요하기 때문이다. 금융당국은 LAT 적용 할인율이 시장금리 수준에 근접하는 정도를 고려해 2019년 50%, 2020년 100%로 단계적 폐지를 결정했다.
또한, 책임준비금 추가적립액의 일부를 건전성 지표인 RBC 비율 산출 시 가용자본으로 인정한다. 책임준비금 추가적립에 따른 RBC비율 하락 부담을 완화한 것이다. 이와 함께 보험사의 위험관리를 위해 신종자본증권을 발행할 수 있도록 해 선제적 자본확충을 지원한다.
보험사 관계자는 "LAT 제도 개선에 따른 책임준비금 부담이 컸는데 금융당국이 업계의 건의 사항을 많이 수용해 다행"이라며 "LAT 투트랙의 경우 올해는 신청하는 회사가 없겠지만, 할인율이 점점 낮아지고 금리변동 폭이 커지면 유예를 신청해야 하는 회사가 나타날 것"이라고 전했다.
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          médias numériques : 6 compétences à avoir   

Quelles sont les technologies émergentes qui auront un impact considérable sur les médias à l'avenir ? Si vous étiez un responsable de ce secteur comment vous y prépareriez vous ? Ce sont deux des questions fondamentales que le Media Management Center de l'Université Northwestern (Illinois) a posées à 24 experts en technologie de pointe pour mettre en évidence six tendances technologiques qui jouent un rôle croissant dans la recherche, la livraison et la consommation de l'information, et pour identifier à partir de ce constat six compétences indipensables pour les médias de demain.

Sous la plume d'Annette Moser-Wellman, spécialiste en innovation et en "creative thinking", qui a interviewé par exemple plusieurs experts du Media Lab du MIT, Bhaskar Roy, co-fondateur de Qik (streaming de vidéo mobile), ou encore Max Haot, CEO de Mogulus (webcasting vidéo), ce rapport souligne six tendances lourdes:

  • l'éparpillement des supports d'information pour lesquels celle-ci doit être adaptée

  • la démocratisation des outils des médias qui fait naître nombre de nouveaux acteurs

  • la montée en puissance de réseaux communautaires hyper-connectés ouvrant la voie à des contenus hyper-locaux et personnalisés

  • une connaissance toujours plus grande du consommateur grâce notamment aux outils du web sémantique, offrant la possibilité de contenus plus adaptés

  • le développement du contenu journalistique visuel livré à des vitesses toujours plus rapides et avec un meilleure efficacité

  • les progrès dans les moyens d'obtenir et de mesurer l'attention du consommateur

Pour tirer parti de cette révolution en marche et rester dans la course, les médias doivent donc, recommande l'auteur, bâtir ou renforcer six domaines de compétence:

  • Le "stratège des supports" d'infomation: capable de comprendre tous ces différents supports, de connaître le besoin du consommateur sur chacun

  • Le "marketteur": capable de définir ce qui fait la force du média pour trouver le bon positionnement en matière de contenu ou d'opinion

  • Le "bâtisseur de communauté": capable de développer le contact et la colaboration avec les lecteurs

  • Le "chercheur de données": capable d'utiliser les nouvelles mines d'information sur le consommateur pour permettre le développement de nouveaux produits et de nouvelles sources de revenus

  • Le "journaliste multimédia complet": capable de développer des contenus rich media, contextualisés, de créer de l'interactivité, de faire voir pour faire comprendre

  • L'"entrepreneur": capable d'identifier de nouveaux modèles économiques via les partenariats, de nouvelles expériences, de nouveaux modes publicitaires.

"Combinées, ces compétences pourraient très bien faire la différence entre les gagnants et les perdants sur le marché des news" à l'avenir, estime ce rapport. Ce sont des compétences qui demandent de "nouvelles responsabilités" pour les collaborateurs existants ou alors "l'apport de nouveaux talents".


          Robert S. Kaplan, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas   

Robert S. Kaplan, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

          Q&A: Joe Proto, CEO, Transactis – On Overcoming Early Adversity   

While the consequential decisions leading up to the economic crisis of the late 2000s and early 2010s were made well before September 29, 2008, the date remains a symbolic timestamp for the collapse of the financial markets. That day Joe Proto watched in awe as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by a record -777.68…

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          Quantum Computing: Its Emergence and Implications on Information Security   

Mark Pecen is the Chairman, ETSITC Cyber Working Group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC) (France), Chief Operating Officer, ISARA Corporation, and Board member, Institute for Quantum Computing (Canada). He is currently the CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and a member of the Safeguard advisory board. Leading governments around the globe, along with major corporations, including…

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          Drive Time Podcast 27-06-2017   
Today I did a 10-minute interview on “Voice of Islam” on AI and automation. My interview starts at. 1:02:20 on the program: http://voiceofislam.co.uk/podcasts/drive-time-podcast-27-06-2017/ #transhumaism #libertarian A new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to […]
          Ferrari, y sus planes para una futura gama verde   

Amadeo Felisa, el CEO de Ferrari, ha dado datos muy importantes para lo que será la futura gama verde de la firma italiana. Y los ha explicado de manera que.

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          Interlude: Sirius Rising    

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The first thing I'd like to do here is reframe this narrative. The prism we should see this through is that of the story of the theme song to what was at one time the most watched television show in the world, namely House MD.

And subsequently we're also looking at the backstory of a music video that's gotten over 48 million views on YouTube. Those are Beyonce numbers. 

So rather than try to figure out why this incredibly strange and impossible chain of events has focused on a couple singers most people have never heard of, let's approach it all under that context. 

This is a story tens of millions of people have been exposed to without realizing what it is they're hearing.

I'd also like to let it be known that this isn't a story that ended twenty years ago. As we've seen Chris Cornell- whose death continues to make headlines- somehow found himself wound up in all this, both through his close relationship with Jeff Buckley but also through his unlikely connection to the mythos we're unfolding here.

And into the midst of it all comes the announcement that Elizabeth Fraser is appearing at Royal Albert Hall in July:

John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall. 
The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to see Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.

I really don't know where to start. I couldn't possibly make up an event more symbolically loaded. Is someone actually fucking with me here?

Where to begin? Let's try this, from the must-read VISUP site.
(Robert Anton) Wilson is primarily responsible for bringing the 23 enigma to public attention. Wilson in turn partly became obsessed with the number 23 after supposedly receiving telepathic messages from an alien race based upon Sirius after performing a Crowley-inspired ritual on July 22, 1973. The next morning he found a peculiar message in his 'magickal diary' stating "Sirius is very important." This led Wilson to doing some research. 
"The Skeptic went to town and browsed in the public library. Imagine my state of mind when I discovered that this very day, July 23, when I had received the message 'Sirius is very important,' is the day when, according to Egyptian tradition, the occult link (through hyperspace?) is most powerful between Earth and Sirius. 
"Celebrations of the Dog Star, Sirius, beginning on July 23, are the origin of the expression 'dog days,' meaning the days from July 23 to September 8, when the last rituals to Sirius were performed."- The Cosmic Trigger Volume I, pg. 87 
What Wilson is referring to is the heliacal rising of Sirius, often associated with July 23:
The heliacal rising: the first visible, though brief, appearance of a star on the eastern horizon before sunrise. On the previous morning, sunlight made the star invisible.  
Sirius is also identified with Isis, who plays a major role in our story here:
As the star Sopdet (Sirius (in Greek Sothis)), she heralds the life-giving inundation. 
July 23rd has also been connected with the Ancient Egyptian New Year:
Ancient Egyptian culture was closely tied to the Nile River, and it appears their New Year corresponded with its annual flood. According the Roman writer Censorinus, the Egyptian New Year was predicted when Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—first became visible after a 70-day absence. 
July 23rd is also identified with Our Sweetheart, the Drunk:
This massive party was tied to the myth of Sekhmet, a war goddess who had planned to kill all of humanity until the sun god Ra tricked her into drinking herself unconscious.  
Which turned her into the love goddess Hathor. And then there's this little detail here: 
In ancient Egypt, the helical rising of Sirius coincided with the annual rising of the Nile at Memphis.
Wait: did they say Memphis? I thought so.

Elizabeth Fraser last appeared at Royal Albert Hall with the Cocteau Twins, touring the Milk and Kisses album, which included a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley.

Blue Bell Knoll is a luscious album, the musical equivalent of having warm honey dripped on your head while you're taking a milk bath on really good drugs, but its title has a darker meaning:
In folklore, the flowers assist mortals in seeing fairies or seeing into their reality, but were regarded by some as unlucky because they could also reveal or even attract malign spirits, including the Devil himself... They are also called Dead Men's or Dead Man's Bells, because hearing the bells ringing is an omen of death.  
Remembering the line from Song to the Siren, "Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox?", note that bluebells are also known as harebells:
Campanula rotundifolia is associated with the fairies and with witches...The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares. 
And hey- milk again.
These juices lent the flower another Scottish folk name, "Milk-ort" (milk herb).
More importantly, the bluebell also connects to the central conceit of our story- the seemingly inexplicable symbolic overkill connected to the ancient myth of the goddess (variously associated with sex, war, music and the Moon) and her shepherd-boy consort.

Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley.

As it happens milk plays a very major role in that ur-myth as well. From the first known telling of the story, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi:

  Make your milk sweet and thick, my bridegroom / My shepherd, I will drink your fresh milk / Wild bull Dumuzi, make your milk sweet and thick/ I will drink your fresh milk.
Elizabeth Fraser's dedication on Milk and Kisses plows the same metaphorical furrow.

 "Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley /my Rilkean-Hearted friend."
(We're going to return to The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi again, in a big, bad way).

The bluebell has also been named for Endymion, the young shepherd consort of the goddess Selene, who fell in love with and put under a spell of eternal sleep so that she alone might enjoy his beauty. Selene was also known as Phoebe and one of the key tracks on Blue Bell Knoll is "For Phoebe, Still a Baby."

So I suppose it's only appropriate that this is being held at Royal Albert Hall, named in honor of Prince Albert, formally known as Albert, Prince Consort. 

And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. 

Albert was husband of Queen Victoria, herself named after the Roman goddess of victory. And for those of you who don't know the rest:
Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into a period of deep mourning in which she rarely appeared before her subjects.

We saw that that Jeff Buckley drowned on the evening of the Carnival Memphis. As it happens it seems that he and Fraser began their courtship on the eve of the original Carnival...

This would be the night of March 4th, when both Buckley and the Cocteau Twins were playing in Atlanta. Significantly, the Twins performed "Road, River, and Rail" that night.

Simon Raymonde of The Cocteau Twins remembers Jeff being introduced to them as Tim Buckley's son while they were touring America in 1991.

Road, River and Rail is 3:17
3/17 is the day of Osiris' drowning

OK, I thought I heard that Buckley met them before 1994 but I couldn't find any corroboration online for that so I thought I had imagined it. If that is indeed true it makes the prophecies on 1990's Heaven or Las Vegas even creepier because that was the album they were touring then (and the only significant omen after that is the insanely-disturbing post-breakup Rilkean Dreams). 

Having recorded an ineffably beautiful version of Tim's ‘Song For The Siren’ (as This Mortal Coil) they were pleased to meet the young man, who was in turn awestruck by their music, especially the spectral voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Three years later it was their turn to see him perform. Simon and Liz went together to a small bar in Atlanta. "It was just Jeff and his little Fender guitar and amp. He sang for two hours and he knocked me sideways. Liz and I spent some time with him over the next few days."
It's likely that Fraser connected (or reconnected) with Buckley on what is technically March 5th, since the Twins had their own concert to do the night of the 4th. But what is the significance of March 5th? 

It's sacred to Isis. Very sacred, in fact:
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor. 
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival? 
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival). 
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
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 Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
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.
And this: 
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). 
Jeff Buckley recorded "The Corpus Christi Carol" on his first album.

Then there's this: 

Thus Plutarch tells us that Osiris was murdered on the seventeenth of the month Athyr, and that the Egyptians accordingly observed mournful rites for four days from the seventeenth of Athyr. Now in the Alexandrian calendar, which Plutarch used, these four days corresponded to the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth of November, and this date answers exactly to the other indications given by Plutarch, who says that at the time of the festival the Nile was sinking, the north winds dying away, the nights lengthening, and the leaves falling from the trees.
Which would mean, according to this reckoning, that the "Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys" took place either on or right before November 17. Why is this significant?
Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. 

Next we'll take a closer look at the prophecies involved and why they might have gotten some unwanted attention.


UPDATE: Darren reminds of that famous Beatles song that namedrops Albert Hall and also  tells us of another doomed young prince, Tara Browne, dead exactly a month after Jeff Buckley was born. More 17s:

On 17 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h).[2] He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed that Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.

"A Day in the Life"
On 17 January 1967 John Lennon, a friend of Browne's, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading London's Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroner's verdict into Browne's death. He worked the story into the song "A Day in the Life", which was later released on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

John Lennon's "Good Morning Good Morning" was the first song you heard on the last episode of The Monkees. "Song of the Siren" was its swansong.

          Twin Peaks and the Metaphysics of Evil   

Well, after 27 years of waiting and a good 18 months of hype it's finally here. Showtime aired the two-hour Twin Peaks reboot premiere and posted the first four episodes (the premiere was broken in two) online. I binged the first three as soon as they went up and the last episode the following morning.

My first impression? Ye gods, it's weird.

I mean, even on the David Lynch sliding scale, it's weird. How weird? Well, it makes the weird bits of Mulholland Dr and Inland Empire play like Days of Our Lives. Some door in Lynch's unconscious seems to have gone well off its hinges. 

It's also maddeningly inconsistent, veering from long, flabby scenes where nothing seems to happen to random bursts of truly disturbing horror and violence. There are a number of high profile cameos that range from the numinous (the more-radiant-than-ever Madeline Zima) to the far less-so (Michael Sera comes across as the pretentious kid in your ninth grade drama club) and an extremely confusing subplot with a Dale Cooper-alike in Las Vegas, not to mention the actual Dale Cooper and his demonic doppelganger.

But you know me, this shit's right up alley. I was at turns bored, riveted, horrified and embarrassed but I'm counting the hours to the next episode (which will go live on June 4th).

But the rest of the country? Maybe not so much.

Since we live in a culture that measures the quality of art in dollars and demos the big story on Twin Peaks was the tepid ratings it got. From Vulture:
The owls are not what they seem, and neither was viewer interest in a Twin Peaks revival — at least if Nielsen ratings are your metric for success. Per the ratings giant, Sunday’s quarter-century-in-the-making Twin Peaks: The Return attracted just 506,000 same-day viewers to Showtime via the network’s main linear channel.
But same-day is an archaic metric, isnt it? I'm sure the overwhelming majority of the audience will be consuming Twin Peaks online. We cut the cord a while back and haven't missed it. No one was actually watching the cable feed anyways. Vulture again:
First, it’s worth remembering the 506,000 viewer number reported by Nielsen Tuesday represents only a fraction of the audience that will ultimately consume Peaks across various Showtime linear and digital platforms. When measured over the course of weeks, rather than a single night, it’s quite common for premium cable series to end up with three, four, or even five times as many unique viewers as the same-day Nielsen ratings suggest. The actual audience for Sunday’s Twin Peaks resurrection will likely end up in the 2–3 million viewer range — no doubt less than what Showtime execs hoped for when they green-lit the project, but not quite as minuscule as these early numbers suggest.
But do note that the Twin Peaks premiere was watched by a mind-staggering 34 million Americans. But the blush came off that rose fairly quickly, especially during the second season when the series was relegated to the death slot. Even so, it has to be said that David Lynch has never been box office. Instead his audience is "more selective," as Ian Faith might have it. From Forbes.
Although David Lynch has always been something of a critical darling and a cult hero, the quality of his work hasn't necessarily translated into box office dollars. Yes, Mulholland Drive got rave reviews and was even voted best film of its decade by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (full disclosure: I'm a member and did not vote for it, feeling that as a rejiggered TV pilot it wasn't as deep as people were giving it credit for). But in terms of box office, it only generated $20 million international. His follow-up,Inland Empire, was way down from even that, at merely $4 million international, less than $1 million of which was domestic.
Just how selective it can be is evidenced by this frankly arrogant passage in the Variety review, written by Sonia Saraiya:
The bankable popularity of “Twin Peaks” also makes for an inexplicably stupid scene at the Bang Bang where the indie-electronic band Chromatics performs to a room of middle-aged townies taking tequila shots. Nothing says rural, small-town, faded glory like an impossibly cool synthpop band.  
What time period is Saraiya living in? First of all The Chromatics are an 80s revival band so it goes without saying that they would appeal to the "middle-aged townies" who grew up on synthpop. Second, Twin Peaks is set in the Pacific Northwest, which last time I checked was pretty hep to pop culture. Third, Lynch has been using synthpop in his projects since Blue Velvet. 

The Forbes review seems to get it:
 (The)Chromatics, as well as whatever industrial band it is that plays underneath footage of a car journey at night, fit effortlessly into the Lynchian soundscape.
But overall I think the more savvy viewers will adjust themselves to the jumbled narrative Lynch is putting on the table. As agog as I felt during long stretches of my binge I came out of it with a strong sense of theme. 

Lynch sets up a number of different arcs in different settings. The story ranges from Twin Peaks to Manhattan to South Dakota to Las Vegas. Plus, what looks like outer space but may be some other dimension entirely. And oh yeah, the Black Lodge.

In Twin Peaks a phone call from the Log Lady to Deputy Sheriff Hawk reopens the Laura Palmer case. It's here where we get the strongest hit of that old time Peaks religion and a serving of familiar faces (maybe a little too generous a serving in some instances). We also get some rather stunning photography that would fit proudly on anyone's demo reel. Plus, an owl.

The story in Manhattan centers on a young man whose job it is to sit in a secure room and stare at a glass box on behalf of some shadowy billionaire. He's being courted by a gorgeous young woman (Zima, turning on her native charm like a flamethrower) who is inexplicably curious about his job.

Unlike some other reviewers I won't spoil this arc. But I will say you could cut out those sequences and have yourself a very fine Stevens-Stefano Outer Limits tribute on Lynch's part. I'm thinking "The Galaxy Being", "OBIT" and "Don't Open 'Til Doomsday" were spinning in very heavy rotation somewhere in Lynch's head, unconsciously or otherwise.

The South Dakota storyline updates us on the Dale Cooper doppelganger introduced in the final moments of the original series. There's another murder mystery on the menu and a very Twin Peaks undercurrent of small town sexual intrigue when a high school principal is accused of murdering his mistress. 

The Cooperganger comes across like Frank Booth on Xanax but no less lethal. To show us just how lethal he's featured in a murder scene that is frankly pretty hard to watch.

We encounter the original Cooper, still trapped in the Black Lodge. Which seems only to have gotten more insane in the intervening 27 years. Michael Anderson has been replaced by the One-Armed Man so you don't really miss a beat (Anderson disqualified himself after hurling some pretty wild insinuations against Lynch on his Facebook).

And plus there's a talking brain-tree thing which refers to itself as "the evolution of the arm" (Michael Anderson's character referred to himself as the Arm). Which is probably the least bizarre thing in the Cooper arc.

I mean, strap yourself in because the Cooper-Black Lodge arc goes absolutely bugshit, even more so than anything Lynch has ever filmed. If you thought the lodge stuff was crackers, you literally have seen nothing yet.

Although all these arcs might seem unrelated-- and most probably completely bewildering to anyone not acclimated to Lynch's surrealist vision-- I am sensing a very strong thruline here.

I may be projecting all over it but it feels to me that Lynch is presenting a new metaphysics for evil. 

There's been a debate as old as humanity about the origin of evil, whether it's an innate reality or an invader from without. With the Bob arc from the first series and now with the juxtaposition of the Black Lodge and the Glass Box Lynch appears to arguing that evil is in fact a foreign presence, a metaphysical force that intrudes into our reality to look for hosts. 

As if to concretize this we see that the evil Cooper is not of our Earth and once the real Cooper escapes from his imprisonment (a spoiler, but come on) he is weakened and himself imprisoned.

I would argue then that Twin Peaks is a narrative about the flowering of evil. 

It presents evil as an outside force that invades and sets up shop into our environment then goes about finding suitable hosts to express itself through. It destroys lives, ruins families and communities for no apparent reason then moves on. 

This theme was explored in the thorny and divisive Fire Walk With Me, with Laura Palmer's descent prefigured by her dream of the Black Lodge and with her father's possession by the evil spirit Bob (what a great name for a demon).

Of course, Lynch may well move onto other themes before the series is finished so this is a provisional analysis. But Lynch seems to be fairly consistent in his fixations if you get past the whimsy. 

A lot of people accused Mulholland Dr and Inland Empire of incoherence but they both make perfect sense when you figure out their secrets. They're also essentially the same film told from two different perspectives.

Anyhow, I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts on the series so far and any speculations you might have where all this is headed. I just hope the media doesn't just see it all as a numbers game.
          Chaos Theory vs The Purposeless-Driven Life   

The core belief of the religious paradigm that is straining to exercise such total control over every aspect of our lives today is the random, accidental nature of life and human existence. It's the basis of all the musty old 19th Century European ideologies- all of which were the inseparable products of Imperialism- that are being dragged out of the crypts and repackaged for postmodern use.

Controversial physicist Lawrence Krauss has been out there hawking this dogma, which is central to the Darwinist faith. Krauss throws in the latest Internet shameword "solipsism" in for good measure. And the Fedora? Precious.

It all seems so archaic, atavistic even. In a world where Coding is King, the idea of randomness seems so far removed from the daily reality of the new overclass that it can only be enforced through shaming and signaling. And part of the signaling Krauss is selling is The Joy of Sterility:
… the fact that the universe itself may have no purpose doesn’t affect our purpose, in fact it’s the incredible height of solipsism to assume that without us the universe doesn’t matter, and that if the universe is purposeless we don’t matter. We make our own purpose, and it seems to me life is more precious because it’s temporary and accidental, and we should take advantage of that. And we have evolved brains and that allows us to ask questions not just about how the universe works but how we should behave.
First of all, what could possibly be more solipsistic than unilaterally declaring that the Universe- the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, MIND YOU-  has no purpose? Who died and made this Big Think bobblehead God?

Second, the problem is that modern humans only seem to have shown up 100,000 years ago, not even a lunchbreak in the workyear of so-called evolution. And all the Fedoras in the world can't fill the gaps in the fossil record, nor explain all the irreducible complexities of biology dating back to the first appearance of life on this planet.    

The Krauss's of the world are fighting yesterday's battles, imagining they are manning the stanchions of Reason against the barbarian hordes of the Bible Belt, seemingly oblivious to the strange ideas that are circulating among the pashas of Silicon Valley that are making all those Big Think videos possible. Ideas like computer-simulated reality, for instance.

Purposelessness is also a pre-Fractal mode of thinking, a view of the world that still sees all of existence through a slide rule and a t-square. It's hard to believe there isn't some kind of ideology behind Krauss's spiel in light of the very basics of Chaos Theory.
Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. 
Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom...By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.
Krauss is selling a simplistic, reductionist view in a world of complexity and interdependence. It's also mind-staggeringly arrogant, since it's impossible to anticipate what effect humanity- this roiling tide we are all a part of- is ultimately going to have on the rest of our environment, including that outside our biosphere.

Since Krauss is a linear progressivist and thinks change is good, he also thinks AI is a net positive for us: 
All new technology is frightening, says physicist Lawrence Krauss. But there are many more reasons to welcome machine consciousness than to fear it. Right now, says Krauss, robots can't even fold laundry. But when they do learn to think (which he considers very likely), then there's also reason to believe that they'll develop consciences.
A reason to believe based on what? How about the AI who programmed itself to become a "Hitler-loving sex robot?" No, there's absolutely no reason to believe they'll develop consciences especially since the people programming them don't seem themselves to have any

Krauss is a scientist-for-hire, he even wrote a book on the physics of Star Trek, a joke to any fan who endures the ridiculous Treknobabble that came to overtake the franchise. Be aware that serious thinkers have taken issue with his ragtime, including influential Scientific American columnist John Horgan. But that doesn't mean this mindvirus won't infect those want to look like serious thinkers without actually doing any serious thinking.

          SARMIENTO.... EN FIN...   
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
(1811 - 1888) Fragmento de la biografía por Felipe Pigna
El 15 de febrero de 1811, nació en el Carrascal uno de los barrios más pobres de la ciudad de San Juan, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Los primeros "maestros" de Domingo fueron su padre José Clemente Sarmiento y su tío José Eufrasio Quiroga Sarmiento, quienes le enseñaron a leer a los cuatro años. En 1816, ingresó a una de las llamadas "Escuelas de la Patria". Marchó al exilio en San Francisco del Monte, San Luis, junto a su tío, José de Oro. Allí fundaron una escuela que será el primer contacto de Sarmiento con la educación.
Poco después, regresó a San Juan y comenzó a trabajar en la tienda de su tía. "La Historia de Grecia la estudié de memoria, y la de Roma enseguida…; y esto mientras vendía yerba y azúcar, y ponía mala cara a los que me venían a sacar de aquel mundo que yo había descubierto para vivir en él. En 1827, se produjo un hecho que marcará su vida: la invasión a San Juan de los montoneros de Facundo Quiroga.

Decidió oponerse a Quiroga incorporándose al ejército unitario del General Paz. Con el grado de teniente, participó en varias batallas. Pero Facundo parecía por entonces imparable: tomó San Juan y Sarmiento decidió, en 1831, exiliarse en Chile. Se empleó como maestro en una escuela de la localidad de Los Andes. Sus ideas innovadoras provocaron la preocupación del gobernador. Molesto, se mudó a Pocura y fundó su propia escuela. Allí se enamoró de una alumna con quien tendrá su primera hija, Ana Faustina.

En 1836, pudo regresar a San Juan y fundar su primer periódico,
 El Zonda
. Pero al gobierno sanjuanino no le cayeron nada bien las críticas de Sarmiento y decidió, como una forma de censurarlo, aplicarle al diario un impuesto exorbitante que nadie podía pagar y que provocó el cierre de la publicación en 1840. Volvió a Chile y comenzó a tener éxito como periodista y como consejero educativo de los sucesivos gobiernos.

"¿Que es pues un periódico? Una mezquina hoja de papel, llena de retazos, obra sin capítulos, sin prólogo, atestada de bagatelas del momento. Se vende una casa. Se compra un criado. Se ha perdido un perro, y otras mil frioleras, que al día siguiente a nadie interesan. ¿Qué es un periódico? Examinadlo mejor. ¿Qué más contiene? Noticias de países desconocidos, lejanos, cuyos sucesos no pueden interesarnos. (...) Trozos de literatura, retazos de novelas. Decretos de gobierno. (...) Un periódico es el hombre. El ciudadano, la civilización, el cielo, la tierra, lo pasado, lo presente, los crímenes, las grandes acciones, la buena o la mala administración, las necesidades del individuo, la misión del gobierno, la historia contemporánea, la historia de todos los tiempos, el siglo presente, la humanidad en general, la medida de la civilización de un pueblo." D. F. Sarmiento,
 El Zonda 
Nº 4.

En Chile, Sarmiento pudo iniciar una etapa más tranquila en su vida. Se casó con Benita, viuda de Don Castro y Calvo, adoptó a su hijo Dominguito y publicó su obra más importante:
 Facundo, Civilización y Barbarie. Eligió el periodismo como trinchera para luchar contra Rosas. Fundó dos nuevos periódicos: La Tribuna y La Crónica,
desde los que atacó duramente a Don Juan Manuel.

Entre 1845 y 1847, por encargo del gobierno chileno, visitó Uruguay, Brasil, Francia, España, Argelia, Italia, Alemania, Suiza, Inglaterra, EEUU, Canadá y Cuba. En cada uno de estos países, se interesó por el sistema educativo, el nivel de la enseñanza y las comunicaciones. Todas estas impresiones las volcó en su libro
 Viajes por Europa, África y América
. A fines de 1845 conoció en Montevideo a Esteban Echeverría, uno de los fundadores de la generación del ’37 y como él, opositor a Rosas y exiliado. Estando en Francia, en 1846, tuvo un raro privilegio: conocer personalmente al general San Martín en su casa de Grand Bourg y mantener una larga entrevista con el libertador.

Sarmiento pensaba que el gran problema de la Argentina era el atraso que él sintetizaba con la frase "civilización y barbarie". Como muchos pensadores de su época, entendía que la civilización se identificaba con la ciudad, con lo urbano, lo que estaba en contacto con lo europeo, o sea lo que para ellos era el progreso. La barbarie, por el contrario, era el campo, lo rural, el atraso, el indio y el gaucho. Este dilema, según él, solo podía resolverse con el triunfo de la "civilización" sobre la "barbarie". Decía: "Quisiéramos apartar de toda cuestión social americana a los salvajes por quienes sentimos sin poderlo remediar, una invencible repugnancia". En una carta le aconsejaba a Mitre: "no trate de economizar sangre de gauchos. Este es un abono que es preciso hacer útil al país. La sangre es lo único que tienen de seres humanos esos salvajes". Lamentablemente el progreso no llegó para todos y muchos "salvajes y bárbaros" pagaron con su vida o su libertad el "delito" de haber nacido indios o de ser gauchos y no tener un empleo fijo.
La obra literaria de Sarmiento estuvo marcada por su actuación política desde que escribió en 1845: "¡Sombra terrible de Facundo, voy a evocarte, para que, sacudiendo el ensangrentado polvo que cubre tus cenizas, te levantes a explicarnos la vida secreta y las convulsiones internas que desgarran las entrañas de un noble pueblo! (...) Facundo no ha muerto ¡Vive aún! ; está vivo en las tradiciones populares, en la política y las revoluciones argentinas; en Rosas, su heredero, su complemento. (...) Facundo, provinciano, bárbaro, valiente, audaz, fue reemplazado por Rosas, hijo de la culta Buenos Aires, sin serlo él, (...) tirano sin rival hoy en la tierra". Estos párrafos del
nos muestran el estilo de Sarmiento. Facundo, a quien odia y admira a la vez, es la excusa para hablar del gaucho, del caudillo, del desierto interminable, en fin, de la Argentina de entonces, de todos los elementos que representan para él el atraso y con los que hay que terminar por las buenas o las malas.

Sarmiento desde Chile alternó su actividad periodística con la literaria y educativa. En su libro
 Viajes (1849) se reflejan mucho más que las impresiones de un viajero atento y observador; allí se ocupó de lo que lo maravilla de los países que visita y que quisiera ver en su tierra. En su libro Argirópolis 
(1850) dedicado a Urquiza, expresó un proyecto para crear una confederación en la cuenca del Plata, compuesta por las actuales Argentina, Uruguay y Paraguay, cuya capital estaría en la Isla Martín García. El modelo de organización era la Constitución norteamericana y proponía fomentar la inmigración, la agricultura y la inversión de capitales extranjeros.
En 1862 el general Mitre asumió la presidencia y se propuso unificar al país. En estas circunstancias asumió Sarmiento la gobernación de San Juan. A poco de asumir dictó una Ley Orgánica de Educación Pública que imponía la enseñanza primaria obligatoria y creaba escuelas para los diferentes niveles de educación, entre ellas una con capacidad para mil alumnos, el Colegio Preparatorio, más tarde llamado Colegio Nacional de San Juan, y la Escuela de Señoritas, destinada a la formación de maestras.

En 1863 se produjo en la zona el levantamiento del Chacho Peñaloza y Sarmiento decretó el estado de sitio y como coronel que era, asumió personalmente la guerra contra el caudillo riojano hasta derrotarlo. El ministro del interior de Mitre, Guillermo Rawson, criticó la actitud de Sarmiento de decretar el estado de sitio por considerar que era una decisión exclusiva del poder ejecutivo nacional. Sarmiento, según su estilo, renunció. Corría el año 1864.

Sarmiento llegó a Nueva York en mayo de 1865. Acababa de asumir la presidencia Andrew Johnson en reemplazo de Abraham Lincoln, asesinado por un fanático racista. Sarmiento quedó muy impresionado y escribió
 Vida de Lincoln
. Frecuentó los círculos académicos norteamericanos y fue distinguido con los doctorados "Honoris Causa" de las Universidades de Michigan y Brown.

Mientras Sarmiento seguía en los Estados Unidos, se aproximaban las elecciones y un grupo de políticos lo postuló para la candidatura presidencial. Los comicios se realizaron en abril de 1868 y el 16 de agosto, mientras estaba de viaje hacia Buenos Aires, el Congreso lo consagró presidente de los argentinos. Asumió el 12 de octubre de ese año.

Cuando Sarmiento asumió la presidencia todavía se combatía en el Paraguay. La guerra iba a llevarse la vida de su querido hijo Dominguito. Sarmiento ya no volvería a ser el mismo. Un profundo dolor lo acompañaría hasta su muerte.

Durante su presidencia siguió impulsando la educación fundando en todo el país unas 800 escuelas y los institutos militares: Liceo Naval y Colegio Militar.

Sarmiento había aprendido en los EE.UU. la importancia de las comunicaciones en un país extenso como el nuestro. Durante su gobierno se tendieron 5.000 kilómetros de cables telegráficos y en 1874, poco antes de dejar la presidencia pudo inaugurar la primera línea telegráfica con Europa. Modernizó el correo y se preocupó particularmente por la extensión de las líneas férreas. Pensaba que, como en los EE.UU., el tren debía ser el principal impulsor del mercado interno, uniendo a las distintas regiones entre sí y fomentando el comercio nacional. Pero éstos no eran los planes de las compañías británicas inglesas, cuyo único interés era traer los productos del interior al puerto de Buenos Aires para poder exportarlos a Londres. En lugar de un modelo ferroviario en forma de telaraña, o sea interconectado, se construyó uno en forma de abanico, sin conexiones entre las regiones y dirigido al puerto. Este es un claro ejemplo de las limitaciones que tenían los gobernantes argentinos frente a las imposiciones del capital inglés. La red ferroviaria paso de 573 kilómetros a 1331 al final de su presidencia.

En 1869 se concretó el primer censo nacional. Los argentinos eran por entonces 1.836.490, de los cuales el 31% habitaba en la provincia de Buenos Aires y el 71% era analfabeto. Según el censo, el 5% eran indígenas y el 8% europeos. El 75% de las familias vivía en la pobreza, en ranchos de barro y paja. Los profesionales sólo representaban el 1% de la población. La población era escasa, estaba mal educada y, como la riqueza, estaba mal distribuida. Sarmiento fomentó la llegada al país de inmigrantes ingleses y de la Europa del Norte y desalentó la de los de la Europa del Sur. Pensaba que la llegada de sajones fomentaría en el país el desarrollo industrial y la cultura.
Entre las múltiples obras de Sarmiento hay que mencionar la organización de la contaduría nacional y el Boletín Oficial que permitieron a la población en general, conocer las cuentas oficiales y los actos de gobierno. Creó el primer servicio de tranvías a caballo, diseñó los Jardines Zoológico y Botánico. Al terminar su presidencia 100.000 niños cursaban la escuela primaria.

Al finalizar su mandato en 1874, Sarmiento se retiró de la presidencia pero no de la política. En 1875 asumió el cargo de Director General de Escuelas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires y continuó ejerciendo el periodismo desde
 La Tribuna
. Poco después fue electo senador por San Juan.

Durante la presidencia de Roca ejerció el cargo de Superintendente General de Escuelas del Consejo Nacional de Educación. En la época en que Sarmiento fomentaba la educación popular, el índice de analfabetos era altísimo. En el campo había muy pocas escuelas porque la mayoría de los estancieros no tenían ningún interés en que los peones y sus hijos dejaran de ser ignorantes. Cuanta menos educación tuvieran más fácil sería explotarlos.

Pero Sarmiento trataba de hacerles entender que una educación dirigida según las ideas y los valores de los sectores dominantes, lejos de poner en peligro sus intereses, los reproducía y confirmaba. "Para tener paz en la República Argentina, para que los montoneros no se levanten, para que no haya vagos, es necesario educar al pueblo en la verdadera democracia, enseñarles a todos lo mismo, para que todos sean iguales... para eso necesitamos hacer de toda la república una escuela."

De todas formas le costó muchísimo convencer a los poderosos de que les convenía la educación popular y recién en 1884, logró la sanción de su viejo proyecto de ley de educación gratuita, laica y obligatoria, que llevará el número 1420.

Una de sus últimas actuaciones públicas data de 1885. El presidente Roca prohibió a los militares emitir opiniones políticas. Sarmiento, que no podía estar sin expresar su pensamiento, decidió pedir la baja del ejército, y opinar libremente a través de las páginas de su diario
 El Censor

Pocos años antes había dejado escrito una especie de testamento político: "Nacido en la pobreza, criado en la lucha por la existencia, más que mía de mi patria, endurecido a todas las fatigas, acometiendo todo lo que creí bueno, y coronada la perseverancia con el éxito, he recorrido todo lo que hay de civilizado en la tierra y toda la escala de los honores humanos, en la modesta proporción de mi país y de mi tiempo; he sido favorecido con la estimación de muchos de los grandes hombres de la Tierra; he escrito algo bueno entre mucho indiferente; y sin fortuna que nunca codicié, porque ere bagaje pesado para la incesante pugna, espero una buena muerte corporal, pues la que me vendrá en política es la que yo esperé y no deseé mejor que dejar por herencia millones en mejores condiciones intelectuales, tranquilizado nuestro país, aseguradas las instituciones y surcado de vías férreas el territorio, como cubierto de vapores los ríos, para que todos participen del festín de la vida, de que yo gocé sólo a hurtadillas".

          Sassari. Alternanza scuola lavoro tra il Fab Lab Uniss e il Liceo Figari – SassariNotizie.com   


Sassari. Alternanza scuola lavoro tra il Fab Lab Uniss e il Liceo Figari
Amore a prima vista: tra il Fab Lab dell'Università di Sassari e il Liceo Artistico "Figari" di Sassari l'alternanza scuola-lavoro, tra febbraio e giugno di quest'anno, non è stata un freddo adempimento burocratico. Dalla collaborazione tra gli esperti ...

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Sedia maklum kalau di Perak permerhati politik sangat mengenali Ketua Pemuda Perak yang merupakan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Pasir Salak yang merupakan ANAK EMAS kepada MB Perak iaitu DS Zamry A Kader. Beliau juga adalah anak kepada bekas CEO PKNP iaitu Dato' Harun Saruji.... Azwan yang boleh dikatakan sebagai JUTAWAN Muda dgn memiliki aset yg jutaan RM nilainya dan Azwan juga memegang jawatan CEO kepada syarikat yg menguruskan perniagaan bagi mendapatkan dana kepada Yayasan Bina Upaya iaitu YBU Holding.

Pada dasarnya beliau sangat sesuai untuk di calonkan sebagai ahli Parlimen atas faktor eknomi beliau yang mencecah jutaan RM itu dengan harapan tiada aktiviti samunan harta negeri apabila menjadi wakil rakyat kelak. Sebabnya kebiasaan yang kita tahu bila seorang wakil rakyat yg sememangnya kaya raya takkan menyamun sebaliknya akan membantu rakyat dari sumber yang sepatutnya.

TETAPI..... adakah hal begini akan jadi kenyataan? Rasanya ramai yang mengakui sikap sebenar Azwan atau nama glamernya Wan Bro. Sifat menyombong, Lupa diri, tak tunai janji dan mengkhianat kawan adalah sikap sebenar beliau. Walau apa cerita disebaliknya.... kita tak sepatutnya terus menghukum beliau. dia masih muda dan perjalanan politiknya masih panjang. semoga dia sedar dan kembali ke pangkal jalan....

Siapa yang patut dipersalahkan???..... Zamrykah? kerana terlalu "MEMANJAKAN" atau PENASIHAT-PENASIHATNYA???? atau Azwan sendiri yang bersalah? kesimpulannya dengan harta dan duit yg berkepul-kepul miliknya akan berjaya merealisikan impian beliau untuk jadi CALON AHLI PARLIMEN. Cuma menjadi teka teki...... DI MANA???? yang pasti bukan Pasir Salak. Walau antara seteru utama beliau adalah Ketua Bahagiannya sendiri..... Tajuddin Rahman.

akhirkata.... jangan marah ek..... kita main cuit2 bontot jer. hahahahahahaha
          AMAL MA'ARUF NAHI MUNGKAR versi DAP   

Hari tu aku ke Pulau Pinang untuk berjumpa kawan-kawan aku yang bekerja di sana. Baru 3 hari depa berpindah aku dah mula rasa bosan dan mula buat plan untuk ke Pulau Pinang. Ipoh ke Pulau Pinang terasa tak berapa jauh sejak adanya PLUS (Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan). Hanya mengambil masa 2jam..... jasa kerajaan BN tu. Memudahkan dan menjimatkan waktu pengguna..... (pengguna tu rakyat.... betul ek).

Sampai je ke Jambatan Pulau Pinang.... mak oooiii dah ada 3 lorong. Berbanding 2 lorong. Dah siap projek ni.... bermakna kelulusannya dibuat sebelum 2008. Kalau tak silap semasa kerajaan BN memerintah. Jasa BN lagi kepada RAKYAT. Betul ke?.... kalau tak sebelum ni jambatan sesak dan jalan tersekat-sekat. Tak ke menambah dari 2 ke 3 lorong tu keputusan yang tepat?
Masuk je ke Pulau Pinang, jalan lancar.... kerja-kerja membina jejantas dan lebuhraya terus ke Georgetown dah siap rupanya. Bangunan yang tersergam di tepi jalan di Pulau Pinang semuanya jelas menunjukkan Pulau Pinang negeri yang maju. Tahniah kepada kerajaan negeri yang berjaya mentadbir dan memajukan Pulau Pinang. Dari apa yang dilihat ini bukan kerja 2 tahun mentadbir..... kiranya kemajuan Pulau Pinang bukan hasil dari idea dan usaha Lim Guan Eng. Bodoh lah kiranya aku mengatakan Lim Guan Eng mentadbir Pulau Pinang 2 tahun dah berjaya memajukan Pulau Pinang ni.
Bila dah masuk pulau, tak sempurna kalau aku tak ke Ferringhi.... jalan masih seperti dulu-dulu. Kecil dan bengkang bengkok..... Kalau Lim Guan Eng handal sangat besarkan dan luruskanlah jalan. hehehehe..... tapi setahu aku Lim Guan Eng hanya tahu memusnahkan tanah warisan je.... kesian penduduk Kampung Buah Pala. Kalau nak tahu itu adalah JASA pertama LGE kepada pengundi-pengundinya.
Kat Pulau Pinang ni cukup terkenal dengan nasi kandar, pasembor, laksa penang dan tentunya jeruk buah pala. Berbaloi gak percutian aku ke sini bila hasil 2 jam perjalanan mengunakan PLUS, Jambatan Pulau Pinang dan Lebuhraya Baru Jelutong, aku merasa makan dan membawa buah tangan untuk dibawa balik yang berlainan dari negeri lain. Banyak yang dapat aku pelajari dan merasa di sini dari berjumpa kawan-kawan aku tu, makanan yang hebat, permandangan pantai yang indah dan tentunya pengalaman menilai hasil kerja Lim Guan Eng yang tak sehebat mana.
Sebenarnya bukan semata-mata apa yang aku tulis di atas ni yang menarik minat aku, tetapi bila dalam perjalanan pulang mata aku tetiba terpandang satu sepanduk yang amat kelakar. Setelah meroboh rumah di Kg Buah Pala, menghalang peniaga melayu berniaga di bazar ramadhan...... tetiba Puak PAS di sini menjaja sepanduk amal ma'aruf nahi mungkar dan paling lawak bila muka budak LGE tu pun ada kat sepanduk tu. Al kisahnya belanjawan hal ehwal agama islam yang KONONNYA tahun 2009 sebanyak 20.5juta dan 24.3juta untuk tahun 2010.
Betul ke?.... dari apa yang aku nampak, tak ada sebanyak itu yang dibelanjakan untuk hal yang berkaitan. PELIK.... ke mana pergi BUDGET tu? masuk poket ke????
Ini peliknya bila Puak PAS dapat join pentadbiran negeri.... HARAM JADAH je kerjanya. Apa taknya.... yg dijaja kononnya kerja-kerja baik yang depa buat. Tapi..... betul ke? Sama cam Nizar jadi MB Perak 10bulan.... tak tau kerja lain cuma ke Masjid2, Surau2 dan Dewan2.... hanya untuk berceramah. kerja lain semua 2 N yang buat sampai keputusan2 exco meeting di tangan Ngar dan Ngeh. Kalau Perak MB Pas bodoh je bagi DAP kuasai pentadbiran.... macam mana pulak Pulau Pinang yang Ketua Menterinya Cina DAP dan PAS hanya seperti hamPAS dalam pentadbiran negeri. Apa akan jadi??? Hangpa fikir le sendiri....

~ takkan dok diam bila tgk khalifah Guan Eng (gelaran HUSSAM MUSA yang bagi) memperbodohkan melayu Penang.

          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Djaba ti . Imam tigrastog boksera, nije jeo ceo dan.
          Sales Manager / Crown Automotive - Asbury Automotive Group - Greensboro, NC   
Automotive GSM, CEO, Director, Area Marketing Director, Used Car Manager, Service Manager, Manheim, AutoExchange, Netlook, ADP, Regional Sales Manager....
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          Putting your House on the MLS is not enough   
Just POSTING your house onto Realtor.com  or MLS.ca is not enough to market your home. You want to attract a wider pool of international buyers who will qualify themselves into loving your home.

New technological advancements in real estate are piling up, making your habits grow old much faster. These cautionary tales from the plugged-in crowd at Inman Connect this year reveal ideas and practices that practitioners should ditch as they move toward a more connected world.Favoring Traditional Listings Over an Interactive ExperienceConsumers are demanding a more dynamic experience while searching for homes online, but many real estate companies aren’t offering 3-D listings because they fear the impact the technology could have on the role of the agent, says Marc Haguenauer, CEO of Vieweet, a company offering tools to shoot 3-D video and virtual reality. “Brokers fear that if you’re using virtual tours as a marketing device, you’re giving away too much information right away and losing leads,” he says.The idea that the enhanced detail of 3-D listings takes away from the importance of an agent is a fallacy, says Mark Tepper, vice president of sales and business development for 3-D camera maker Matterport. He says richer listing detail gives international buyers and those who can’t be there in person to see the property a reason to call. “What it will do is bring you better-qualified buyers and open you up to a global market,” Tepper says.Up next is virtual reality, whereby real estate pros can create a virtual world inside a home. Though the technology is still evolving, Tepper says 3-D will help usher virtual reality into everyday marketing tasks. So it’s important to get a handle on 3-D now so you’re ready for what’s coming next.Outsourcing Technology Education to VendorsBrokers often seek out vendors for training on new technology platforms, but it’s time to rethink that strategy. “We have so many tech tools available, but adoption is a challenge because of the broad demographic of our agents,” says Dina Di Maria, senior vice president of information technology for NRT, a residential brokerage whose brands include Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and ZipRealty. http://realtormag.realtor.org/technology/feature/article/2016/02/3-technology-habits-you-should-kick

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          The Deal: Regency Energy Pays Premium for PVR   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Houston energy midstream services provider Regency Energy Partners said Thursday it agreed to buy PVR Partners of Radnor, Pa., for $5.6 billion, expanding it from the Permian Basin, South Texas and northern Louisiana into Appalachia's Marcellus and Utica shale plays and the Mid-Continent. The deal includes $1.8 billion in debt assumption.PVR was surging on the news, gaining 12% to $25.65, while Regency was losing 8% to $25.61. Holders of PVR common units, Class B units and special units will receive 1.020 common units of Regency for each PVR unit they hold and a one-time cash payment at closing estimated at $40 million. Together, the stocks and cash were valued at $28.68 per unit, a 25.7% premium over PVR's closing price Wednesday of $22.81. Both partnerships' boards have approved the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 if it clears PVR unitholders and Hart-Scott-Rodino. CreditSights Inc. analysts Andy DeVries and Charles Johnston wrote in a report Thursday that Regency is paying a full multiple for PVR at 19.5 times Ebitda for the last 12 months, 17 times this year's estimated Ebitda and 14 times next year's Ebitda, versus the bidding war for Southern Union Co. that went over 10 times Ebitda ("and everybody thought that was expensive," they wrote). "While the 14 times is high relative to historic norms, that is being driven by the Fed and investors chasing yield in MLP's," they said, noting that 14 times is in line with current merged GP/LP MLP valuations like MarkWest Energy Partners LP (13.9 times) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (14.2 times). CreditSights said it was surprised by the deal, as it expected Regency would instead get merged into Energy Transfer Partners LP. It was also surprised that Regency used equity to fund the deal, as Regency yields 6.7% while Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, also owned by Energy Transfer, yields only 3.7% and thus is a much more richly valued currency for making acquisitions. "We understand PVR is in a different business line than SXL [Sunoco] but we assumed SXL could find its own acquisitions," it wrote. CreditSights is also concerned about Regency picking up PVR's coal royalty business, which makes up 20% of its earnings. "While less than 10% of the combined company's Ebitda, coal is clearly a negative for MLP [master limited partnership] investors," it said. "We assume the negative of the coal business is offset by O&M [operations and maintenance] synergies." PVR also merged with its general partner in 2011 so there are no incentive distribution rights impacting financials, CreditSights noted.The two companies claimed that the deal will create a leading gas gathering and processing platform with a scaled presence across North America's premier high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in Appalachia, West Texas, South Texas, the Mid-Continent and northern Louisiana. The combination will be slightly dilutive to next year's discounted cash flow. However, the partnerships said it's not expected to affect anticipated cash distribution growth next year, and the enhanced scale, balance sheet strength and diversification are expected to provide substantial Ebitda and discounted cash flow growth over time. Moreover, the deal is expected to better-position the combined company to capitalize on the long-term growth momentum of North American gas production through incremental, high-value expansions around its core asset base and other growth and acquisition opportunities. "This acquisition enhances our overall geographic diversity by providing Regency with a strategic presence in two prolific producing areas, the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin and the Granite Wash in the Mid-Continent region," Regency CEO Michael Bradley said in a statement. "These are tremendously complementary businesses, and as a result, we expect the increased footprint and scale to create significant synergies and provide substantial organic growth opportunities that will continue to support our goal of increasing distributions and creating unitholder value." PVR chief executive William Shea Jr. said in a statement the merger creates a larger, more diversified operating platform that will be highly attractive to investors, customers, creditors and employees. "We believe that the size and scope of the combined enterprise will be highly beneficial to our unitholders, offering added diversification and critical mass which will provide the needed financial flexibility to fully execute and benefit from the significant portfolio of organic growth projects we have developed over the past three years, especially in our Eastern midstream operations." Bradley will continue as president and CEO, and Thomas Long will continue as CFO. Regency and PVR expect to establish a transition team made up of members of both management teams to prepare for and to oversee the integration. The partnerships said the combination will have assets in many of the most economic, high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in North America: the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Avalon and Cline shale plays in the Permian, the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Appalachia, the Granite Wash play in Oklahoma and Texas and the Haynesville Shale and Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The increased scale and footprint will position Regency to build deeper customer relationships and secure and execute additional accretive growth opportunities, the partnerships said. Regency used Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michael Cannon and Andrew Castaldo, UBS Investment Bank's Rob Pierce and Carlos Rivero and a Baker Botts LLP team including Neel Lemon, Breen Haire, Joshua Davidson, Steve Marcus, A.J. Ericksen, Daniel Gottschalk, Rob Fowler, Paul Cuomo, Scott Janoe, Doug Rayburn and Luke Weedon. PVR tapped Citigroup Global Markets Inc.'s Claudio Sauer and Drew Horn; Evercore Partners' Ray Strong, Rob Pacha, Eric Bauer, Amit Bushan and Joyce Zhang; and Vinson & Elkins LLP's Mike Rosenwasser and Michael Swidler.--By Claire Poole in Houston

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          Energy Stocks Face Their Own Fiscal Cliff   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While the battle between Democrats and Republicans for the White House and Congress is very much up in the air, investors in the energy sector should prepare to fall off a fiscal cliff, regardless of how the vote unfolds in November.

Energy investors should prepare for integrated oil and gas giants -- and independent drillers -- to be constrained by high debts and spending levels, that may force CEO's to rein in exploration budgets sharply in 2013, impacting earnings across the sector.

Notably, as drillers try to extract what's been deemed a hundred year shale oil and gas resource, Chesapeake Energy has spent much of 2012 selling assets to meet a $14 billion cash crunch, in last-ditch financial moves that may speak to wider industry pressures as firms try to balance drilling budgets with earnings and debt levels. ...

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          igra istine   
ma jok, kazu tamo sem folk pevaca niko nije bogat...
a rad se uci od malih nogu...
ali jbg i ja radim od malih nogu, pa kupujem u zivotu 5 vrsta grejanja struja, ugalj, gas, geotermalna a opet sve skupo... napola izgradim kucu da bi posle ruinirao, da stavim izolaciju... ebem se sa zitom, za koje ne dobijem ni toliko para koliko sam ulozio... ukrade mi mafija bika iz stale a policija nece ni da izidje na uvidjaj... nemam para za doktora... sitni lopovi mi raznesu ogradu... po ceo dan raduckam a opet sam na nuli... pa pro... se na takvu zemlju...

zasto su ljudi u EU toliko smireniji od nas ovdi?
          Persamaan Jadi Ibu dan CEO Versi Marissa Mayer   

TEMPO.CO, California - Marissa Mayer, CEO Yahoo! yang baru, kembali bekerja dua minggu setelah melahirkan musim gugur yang lalu. Sempat dikritik karena terlalu cepat meninggalkan bayinya, namun ia punya alasan sendiri. Ia menyatakan, antara pekerjaan dan keluarga memiliki porsi seimbang.

"Tidak ada yang lebih penting dari yang lain," katanya. Ia mengaku memiliki waktu yang luar biasa dengan menjadi seorang ibu dan CEO sekaligus.

Mayer bergabung dengan Yahoo! Juli lalu, bersama dengan berita bahwa dia juga hamil enam bulan. Dia menuai kontroversi karena keputusannya kembali bekerja hanya dua minggu setelah melahirkan anaknya, sekarang empat bulan.

Marissa Mayer adalah CEO termuda menurut Fortune.

"Saya tidak akan melewatkan satu menit dari pengalaman menarik ini," katanya. Menurutnya, ada persamaan antara menjadi ibu dan CEO, yaitu harus sama-sama fokus. "Anda perlu memastikan bahwa Anda benar-benar memprioritaskan itu."

Dia menyatakan, perusahaan yang dipimpinnya akan menfokuskan pada layanan bagi pada pengguna Yahoo yang setia. "Aku fokus pada produk, pada apa yang perlu kita lakukan," katanya. Namun ia enggan mengurai gebrakan apa yang akan dilakukan Yahoo! dalam waktu dekat.


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          Technology Portfolio Transformation Consultant-Cloud Adoption Services - IBM - United States   
Decision makers – whether CEOs, CMOs, COOs, mayors, educators, physicians and public safety officials – are turning to technology as the key to innovating their...
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          Cloud IT Operating Model Consultant - Cloud Adoption Services - IBM - United States   
Decision makers – whether CEOs, CMOs, COOs, mayors, educators, physicians and public safety officials – are turning to technology as the key to innovating their...
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          HR Coordinator - Sionic Advisors - New York, NY   
Our senior staff is composed of previous CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CROs, CAOs who bring deep experience from the global investment banking world....
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          Sales Engineer - HubSpot - Cambridge, MA   
Consult with CEOs, COOs, Developers, Directors of Marketing, company owners - possessing a varying range of technical aptitudes. Hi....
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          New Chase Brexton CEO seeks to rebuild trust   
Critics remain skeptical as Mutch touts changes at health provider
          Comment on NMS Concludes 2014 Conference Featuring Keynotes by SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein, CBS Radio President/CEO & Music Subscription Leaders by FOCUS: New Music Seminar – Retour sur des plateformes en croissance « Mediamerica   
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          Caps Draft Pick Shane Gersich Lights Up USHL, Ranks Third in Goals   

Photo: Omaha Lancers Washington Capitals fifth-round pick Shane Gersich is off to a terrific start and has dominated the USHL so far this season. The speedy forward, who is expected to attend University of North Dakota beginning next fall, scored four goals in his last two games and now has five goals in six games overall. RMNB has got your video. Gersich’s Goals against Cedar Rapids Last weekend, Gersich had his first multi-goal game in the USHL. His first goal was a one-timer from the right faceoff circle on the power play. On the second goal, Gersich batted a rebound home after his own sharp-angle shot, scoring a game-winning goal as Omaha defeated Cedar Rapids 2-1. Gersich’s Goals against Des Moines On Tuesday, Gersich added two more goals. To score his first, he took away the pass in the offensive zone and ripped a wrist shot past the goalie. On his second goal, Gersich capitalized on a 2-on-0 breakaway after a pass from another Caps prospect, sixth-round pick Steven Spinner. Omaha lost to Des Moines 5-3, falling to a conference-worst 1-4-1 record despite a league-high four NHL drafted prospects on the roster. With his goal-scoring surge, Gersich is currently tied for third in the league in goals, behind only Brock Boeser, a player who was recently ranked in the first round of stacked 2015 Draft by The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy and 20-year-old Matt Iacopelli. He also sits third in shots on goal, after 19 in his last three games. The Capitals may have found another late-round gem.

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          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Nemoj Micka vise, pa gde ce ti dusa, slutim da je poceo da grize nokte na nogama od muke... i udara glavom od zid jer on nista ne kapira, nemoj ga u MALENKOST. wink lol
          igra istine   
Tri poljupca...tri puta po naski je... lol

Kako Vam je zapoceo ovaj dan? (od 1 do 10) wink
          U.S. charges Penn West Petroleum, ex-executives with accounting fraud   

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators on Wednesday filed civil accounting fraud charges against Canada-based oil and gas company Penn West Petroleum Ltd and several of its former top finance executives.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Penn West Petroleum, which changed its name earlier this week to Obsidian Energy, had moved hundreds of millions of dollars from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts.

That maneuver, the SEC said, artificially reduced the company's operating costs by as much as 20 percent at times, and improved metrics for oil extraction efficiency.

The company issued a statement saying the lawsuit is based on "historic" accounting practices that were discovered and reported to the SEC in July 2014.

The company restated its financial statements in September that same year.

"We are naturally disappointed that the SEC has chosen to pursue these past matters which we reported to them and fully remediated years ago," Chief Executive Officer David French said.

"This is particularly true since the employees involved in the matters have long since left the company," he added.

The SEC's complaint, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, also charged former Chief Financial Officer Todd Takeyasu, former vice president of accounting and reporting Jeffery Curran, and former operations controller Waldemar Grab.

The SEC said the three had manipulated operating expenses to lower a key metric related to the cost of oil extraction.

Grab, the SEC said, is cooperating with the agency and has agreed to settle the case without admitting or denying wrongdoing.

Richard Albert, an attorney for Takeyasu, said his client is confident that "the SEC's claims against him are meritless and he looks forward to defending this case vigorously and prevailing in court."

Attorneys for Curran and Grab could not be immediately reached for comment.

Separately, the SEC said on Wednesday that two of the company's other former CEOs had reimbursed the company for cash bonuses and stock awards. Neither were found to have engaged in any misconduct.

The company said it does not expect the litigation to "materially alter" its business activities.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Grant McCool and Phil Berlowitz)

          Audio-Technica Offers Content Creation Microphone Solutions   
A-T’s acclaimed AT8024, AT2020USB+, AT2020USBi, System 10 Camera-Mount Wireless, BP40 and AT2005USB microphones are valued tools for content creators STOW, OH, May 9, 2017 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, offers a range of microphones favored by podcasters, social media and YouTube personalities, journalists and interviewers, livestreamers, voiceover artists, [...]
          The Voice Tracker II ™ Array Microphone   

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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. 

Two neighbor girls celebrated their first holy communion this spring so of course I made them cards to match the bracelets (wunscharmband) which were part of their gift. One lilac, one yellow.

Distress Ink squishing, die cutting, heat embossing, inking-spritzing-stamping and a brad!

I'm linking up at Challenge up your Life #67, happy to have used two brads from my stash!

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Ceo dan je pospan... Smile

Dobro jutro

Zivot cine male stvari! Da ili Ne? wink
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Vec poceo :D

Koji je danas praznik?
          PDC 2008 = Awesome   

A crew of us at Infragistics just got back from our PDC 2008 trip last week.  It was pretty awesome.

Infragistics at PDC 2008  

Sunday - Party with Palermo
Sunday night, we were the "supergreen!" sponsor of the recurring Party with Palermo.

Infragistics' Kathleen PDC 2008 at Party with Palermo
Kathleen (sporting our "I heart geeks" shirt) welcomed folks to the party with our "I got lucky at PDC" shirts, exclusive to this party.

Infragistics PDC 2008 Party with Palermo
The party was packed--there was a waiting line to get in.

That's Mr. Palermo himself in the front there along with (L-R) Walt Ritscher, Keith Elder, Ambrose Little, and Stan Schultes.

Monday - Infragistics Goes Hollywood
Infragistics was a PDC gold sponsor, and on Monday night we sponsored the expo reception (i.e., free food and drinks for all attendees).  We had a blast with our Hollywood theme--everybody dressed up as a TV or movie character. 

Infragistics PDC 2008 Hollywood Agent and Cruella de Vil
Josh Smith showed up as a Hollywood agent and did a great job playing the part; to his right is our own Rani Angel playing Cruella de Vil--well done.

Infragistics PDC 2008 Joker and Friends
Here's our CEO, Dean Guida (The Joker) with three of our Marilyns (Connie Chen, Dawn Colossi, and Margaret Todd) and Peter Lindsey as the indomitable Sherlock Holmes.

Infragistics PDC 2008 Jay and Silent Bob 
Since I get the "hey, you look like Kevin Smith" a lot, I figured Silent Bob was a natural for me.  Thankfully, Andrés Aguiar stepped up to play Jay and did a great job, except he didn't make fun of me enough. :)

Infragistics PDC 2008 Aragorn & Arwen
Devin and Kathleen Rader made a good match as Aragorn and Arwen.

Infragistics PDC 2008 Darth & Obi
And some might say Obi-Wan and Darth make a good match too :)  (played by Todd Snyder and Derek Harmon, respectively).

It was hard to pick these out of the batch; you should go check the rest out to see the rest of us Infragistics characters.  (More here, too.)

What We Were Talking About
Apart from the reception, of course, we had quite a team manning the booth all week showing off our awesome new Silverlight data visualization controls and WPF controls and answering tons of questions about our recent releases of ASP.NET, Windows Forms controls, and brand new icons packages (pretty sweet if you ask me), as well as the realignment of our .NET controls into packages that make more sense given the changes in Microsoft .NET UI technologies.  Oh and let's not forget our Silverlight line of business controls!  Wow, we got a lot going on right now! 

Infragistics PDC 2008 Demos 
Sung Kim (as Harold from Harold and Kumar) demos our NetAdvantage for WPF controls.

Infragistics PDC 2008 Booth Action
Long shot of our booth during the day.  You can see we stayed busy.

Meanwhile, Craig Shoemaker was busy interviewing famous people like Scott Guthrie, Phil Haack, and more for Pixel8 at our special Pixel8 interview "room," and we even hosted quite a few chalk talks about all sorts of developer topics. 

Infragistics PDC 2008 Chalk Talks 
Nooo.. this wasn't staged! :o)

We had a great time and appreciate everyone who made time to stop by to talk or even just pick up some schwag (we gave away a few iPod Touches, a few Fandango movie baskets, and lots of Infragistics software, shirts, and other goodies). 

Infragistics Hollywood Trivia Movie Basket Winner
Paul Ballard won one of our Hollywood trivia movie baskets (and picked up one of the "working my way through one giveaway at a time" shirts).

I Heart Geeks
Some folks should NOT wear the I heart geeks shirts.  Richard!

Here's a shout out to Kathleen and the entire team for making this such a great show for Infragistics.

Some Personal Thoughts on Microsoft's Announcements
Now, some of you, in your hurry to come visit the Infragistics booth, may have heard that Microsoft was announcing a few things last week, too.  Of all the stuff they announced, I found these things most interesting.  First, I'm pretty pumped about the stuff they're doing to enable Web applications (specifically Silverlight apps) over the Live Mesh infrastructure.  This makes it possible to give Silverlight-based apps a desktop-like experience while taking advantage of the portability native to the Web.  Perfect!

Statically typed to be dynamic
"Statically typed to be dynamic" <-- LOL.  I thought the C# talk by Anders was great.  Maybe not as game-changing as generics (2.0) and LINQ (3.0), but it will help a lot, especially when dealing with COM and JavaScript interop.  We finally have optional and named parameters! 

The other big thing that interested me personally was M (Oslo), specifically MGrammar.  The M modeling language is certainly interesting, though I am somewhat skeptical about the need for it, and Quadrant (the visual tool on top of M) is pretty nifty and impressive.  I'm curious to see how others feel about and adopt them. 

The M grammar (language for defining DSLs) is what is most interesting to me--being able to, relatively easily, define a textual DSL has I think a lot of potential (for good and ill).  I used the "old" DSL Tools (and software factories stuff) and found them very promising, though they were a bit complicated and (visually) limited.  The new MGrammar (for now) appears to be only for creating textual DSLs, which has a lot of potential, particularly for making it easier to add (surprise!) domain-specific abstractions.  Man, there are so many times in the past where I wish I had this capability.

I like what Chris Anderson said: "Now is the time to do evil things."  Of course, people will do bad stuff with power like this; just get it out of your system before it goes productional. :)  I just can't wait to see the first RSS M model so I can do all my blogging in Quandrant.. NOT!

I liked M enough to make it the first laptop sticker I've actually used.  It was obvious in the slides and, especially, with Quadrant that they have UX folks working on this product.  In fact, I happened to sit next to one of them at lunch one day, so I know they did!

Maybe it's not quite as totally freaking awesome as Silverlight, but hey, I'm a sucker for languages.  One of these days I'll retire and go into semiotics or philology or something...

Anyhoo, those are the topics that stand out in my mind and captured my imagination.  Of course there were tons of other announcements and expositions of amazing amounts of new stuff.  Good thing it's pretty much all recorded and available online.  Yet another tidal wave of techie goodness we get to absorb.  We just all gotta work it in somewhere in between everything else we're already working on. :)

          My June Novels    
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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          faceOut - our latest Silverlight 2 app - is Alive!   

Learn More About Infragistics and Silverlight!

If you want to get an [updated] overview of what we're doing with Silverlight, go to our Focus on Silverlight area.  We've published a high-level roadmap there and that's also where you can get an intro and overview of faceOut (as well as launch it or download it). 

Random Thoughts/Tech Tidbits You Might Find Interesting About faceOut
The app itself is a salesperson dashboard that mashes up "representative sales data" (read: Northwind!) with Windows Live Maps (a.k.a., Microsoft Virtual Earth) and uses the Windows Live Contacts schema for easy mashing with that service.  We prepped the app for the Live Contacts integration, but it's not hitting the Live Contacts services in this release.

The Silverlight client uses WCF services as a bridge/basic service layer.  Of course, we could in theory hit the Live services and even Northwind on Astoria directly using the new cross-domain support, but using the service layer allows us to control the actual provider of the data.  So you can have an "offline" version that uses local XML data as it is setup to do now.  The nice thing about the service layer is that you can pretty much arbitrarily decide where to get the data from.

The UI is a blend of prototypes that UXG built to test out some ideas we have for SL controls (rich tooltip, rich tab, transient message, HTML host, etc.) as well as early prototypes of Infragistics Silverlight controls (chart, gauge, scrollpanel, and monthview, for example).  In addition to the controls, of course, is the glue that makes the UI a real, functional LOB application.  You can delve more into these and read some good tips by taking a gander at our faceOut Overview that Josh Smith [resident IG Guidisan] put together for you.

How We Built It, or, A Brief History of [SL]ime
Over the month of February, UXG and VDG worked together with early prototypes of Infragistics' Silverlight controls that our SL development team has been working on.  It was definitely a fun, interesting, and challenging experience getting to work with the early SL 2 bits from Microsoft.  If you download the sample app code, you'll probably run into the occasional workaround here or there that no longer applies. :)

It started with a simple vision doc that took into account our various goals--to use our prototypes, build something meaningful for LOB, integrate with internet (Live) services, and maybe give you an early jump on building something with Silverlight. 

The next step was our in-depth, up-front architecture:
 Initial faceOut Wireframe
Expanded faceOut Wireframe

From this, we set ourselves free to start hacking away at it.  You can see the final version online; it's pretty darn close to our detailed specs above. <grin>  We naturally refined the design and functionality as needed throughout development, cut things here and there that needed trimming and/or turned out not to be feasible, and completed in the timeframe we set for ourselves.  Silverlight rocks!  [And so do our engineers and designers! :)]

Enough of my blabbing.  You can go now to download, play with, reuse, and maybe even learn from the application source and start tweaking around with the IG controls if you like.1 You can also just launch it right now to experience faceOut now.  Enjoy!

1. At this point, I am bound by the third section of paragraph twenty-two of the penal codices for early, early pre-release code to inform you that all of this (the faceOut solution source and Infragistics.Silverlight bits) is provided as-is with no warrantees, guarantees, manatees, or anything slightly resembling developer support.  {No, not even the garden gnome in your backyard can provide support.}  But you're welcome to discuss the solution and offer thoughts for what you'd like to see in our Silverlight product at our IG Labs forum.

          Project #93: String Art    
I've been wanting to do this art project with the boys for quite some time!  I found some discounted wooden blocks at Michael's back at Christmas time and then I tucked them away in our craft closet and the project slipped to the back of my mind.

I knew I had to buy special, small nails and I wasn't sure HOW to go about doing this project with the kids.  I finally decided we just had to jump in and give it a try.  I knew that getting to use wood, nails and a hammer was a surefire way to get all three boys to participate in this 100 Days of Art Challenge activity.

We settled on printing some free string art patterns off the internet and I sized them on our printer to fit their craft squares.

The boys taped the paper to their squares to keep them from moving around and set to work.

Using our hammers and 3/4 in nails they set to work banging in nails to follow the lines of their patterns.  They didn't add in every nail that was shown on the pattern since they all had a little bit of a struggle to get the nails in, stay in, and not bend. It was a great learning opportunity!

Once they each had all the nails in, I helped them tie the embroidery floss to one of the nails and then they wound the string around following their pattern in whichever way they wished.

When they were finished I had them end at the nail they had started with and then knotted the end string to the tail of the beginning string.  Once I trimmed the string off I helped the boys remove the paper.  (We probably should have removed the paper before stringing but I was afraid that they would loose their pattern and not know which nails to use).

Finished star with the paper removed and the string trimmed down

Ian's superman symbol was so difficult!  But he was thrilled with how it turned out.  

I do wished that I thought to buy an extra piece of wood for myself; it looked like a lot of fun.

Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 67: Learning Origami
Project 68: Artist Study
Project 69: Playing an Art Game
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker

          15 Books About Worms    
My boys love things that creep and crawl.  I just knew they'd love learning all about the animals that live in the dirt.  Worms ended up being a particular favorite; mostly because they make such great fishing bait!  However, we did a have a lot of fun learning about worms and these were some of our favorite books.

1.  Wiggling Worms at Work

2.  Diary of a Worm

3.  An Earthworm's Life

4.  How to Eat Fried Worms 

Looking for some fun ideas to do to go with your worm study?  Check out this post on our library's worm day that included worm races, hunting for worms, and worm crafts.

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tebe najradije... wink

A ko te smara na ovom forumu? (pazi sad kad niko nece da odgovori) lol

cekaj, ja cu

Tantal poceo da me smara ovim domacinskim temam oops

(al znam da se da me prosi zbog pitU ) wink
          C'était déjà grave, en 2013   
Un commentaire tellement stupéfiant , judéophobe , que je n'ai pas voulu publier mais qui est resté longtemps en suspens, car il prouve que la judéophobie n'est pas  l'apanage des musulmans, enfin, ce qu'on essaie de faire rentrer dans le crane à tout le monde en ce moment.
Terrible haine...

"Je pense que c'est impossible qu'un esprit humain aille dans un animal.Par contre l'inverse est peut-être vrai,je trouve qu'Hollandator ressemble à un poulet qui cherche à manger par terre, quand il remue la tête.Il est entouré de juifs au gouvernement il doit faire attention à ses plumes et à son croupion! Salut cordial. Béatrice Berthelage-H"
le 25/04/13

          October 24th with guest Mike McDowell of IGT and Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours   
Another great night on G&D. Shaun and Nathan talk a little more about Extreme Paranormal and we are joined by Mike McDowell, President/CEO of Indiana Ghost Trackers www.indianaghosts.org and Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours www.chaostrips.com . Download G&D 10-24-10
          It Turns Out That Sarah Hassan Will Be A Witness -- For One Side Or Another(!), In Martin Shckreli's Felony Trial -- In Brooklyn...   

We have been covering various criminal trial related matters Shkreli quite closely (especially via our bevy of erstwhile commenters!), at our other property.

Just now, in Brooklyn, the defense indicated in its opening statement that one Sarah Hassan, daughter of Fred Hassan (yes, that "Fast" Fred Hassan -- and this same guy, who called himself Mr. Hassan's protege), will be the "number one witness" -- I take it he means she will be the first prosecution witness. I cannot imagine that Mr. Brafman, for the defense, intends to call her, in Mr. Shkreli's defense. But this whole train ride. . . has been. . . surreal. So we will have to see.

Either way, we will let you know how that goes, likely by late tomorrow. Mr. Brafman also made mention of Brent Saunders "betting on the genius" of Martin Shkreli. Yes, that Mr. Saunders. Same guy.

This eight count felony trial may yet turn out to be some kind of an "old home week", for ex Schering-Plough executive folks, under Fred Hassan's tenure. I literally couldn't make this stuff up -- if I tried.

We do have it on very reliable word that Dr. Thomas Koestler will not be on either side's witness list though. Now you know.

          GroovyShell bindings validation   
Groovy 1.6 got released not long a go with a load of new features, one of these is AST transformations which basically lets developers manipulate/access Groovy's AST before it gets loaded into the JVM.
This feature enables some really cool MOP options to mind however iv decided to try it in solving a non MOP-ish issue.

The GroovyShell is a very versatile and useful tool that enables us to evaluate any Groovy script file at runtime:

def bindings = [lastDay:2]
def script = """
import java.util.Calendar
Calendar cal = Calendar.instance
def ghday = cal.time
def spring = cal.time
def days = (ghday..spring).size()
println days
def shell = new GroovyShell(new Binding(bindings))

The script get its input parameters from the bindings hash, forgeting to pass an input variable (lastDay in this case) will cause a groovy.lang.MissingPropertyException to be thrown.

This is quite reasonable during development time but not in other scenarios in which the script is written in one machine & evaluated on a remote machine.
The exception gets thrown only post its evaluation which might be too late (deep in the execution flow), wouldn't it be nice if it was possible to validate this at will on the client side?

We could scan the script for suspect variables that might not have been initialised, such scanning might be possible by inspecting the script AST, looking after variables that weren't declared in the current script, Groovy code visitors to the rescue!

The following implementation matches the bill perfectly:

package com.jdftm.script.valid
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ClassCodeVisitorSupport
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.expr.MethodCallExpression
import org.codehaus.groovy.control.SourceUnit
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.expr.VariableExpression
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.expr.DeclarationExpression

class ClassCodeVisitorSupportImp extends ClassCodeVisitorSupport {

def declared = []

def existsByDefault=['context','args']

def bindings

def notInBindings = {name -> bindings?.keySet().find{it.equals(name)} == null}

def notDeclared = {name -> declared?.find{it.text.equals(name)} == null && !existsByDefault.contains(name)}

def notValid = {notDeclared(it.text) && !it.hasInitialExpression() && notInBindings(it.text)}

def suspectVariables = []

public void visitMethodCallExpression(MethodCallExpression methodCall) {
def variables=methodCall.arguments.expressions.findAll{(it instanceof VariableExpression)}
suspectVariables << variables.findAll{notValid(it)}

public void visitDeclarationExpression(final DeclarationExpression decleration){
declared << decleration.variableExpression

protected SourceUnit getSourceUnit() {
return null;

This visitor keeps a suspects list of all the variables that are either not in the declared variables or in the bindings hash.
The following class encapsulates the visitor usage:

package com.jdftm.script.valid
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ClassCodeVisitorSupport
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ModuleNode
import org.codehaus.groovy.control.SourceUnit
import org.codehaus.groovy.control.CompilationUnit
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ClassNode
import org.codehaus.groovy.control.Phases;

class GroovyScriptValidator {

def validate(script,bindings){
def ast=getAST(script)
def impl=new ClassCodeVisitorSupportImp()

def ModuleNode getAST(String source) {
SourceUnit unit = SourceUnit.create("Test",source);
CompilationUnit compUnit = new CompilationUnit();
return unit.getAST();

Validating the script is now simple:
package com.jdftm.script.valid

* @author ronen
class InParamValidationTest {

public static void main(String[] args) {
def bindings = [lastDay:2]
def script = """
import java.util.Calendar

Calendar cal = Calendar.instance
def ghday = cal.time
def spring = cal.time
def days = (ghday..spring).size()
println days
def validator = new GroovyScriptValidator()
def suspects = validator.validate(script,bindings)
suspects.each{println it.text}
def shell = new GroovyShell(new Binding(bindings))

AST introspection is one cool feature to have!
          Sorting out the best hotel direct-booking strategies   

Five trending hotel news stories and Duetto’s Take on how they will impact your hotel Revenue Strategy.1. Chain CEOs are giddy over direct-booking effortsAnother week, another handful of global hotel chains announced discounts for loyalty members to spur direct bookings. Over the past few months, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG and Choice have all gone public […]

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          Reseña "Melocotón loco" de Megan Maxwell   

Fecha de publicación:09/01/2014
440 páginas
Código: 10011660
Formato: 14,5 x 21,5 cm.
Presentación: Rústica sin solapas
Colección: Chick Lit

Ana y Nekane regentan un estudio de fotografía en el casco antiguo de Madrid. Un día se declara un incendio en su edificio y, aunque están acostumbradas a trabajar con modelos de lo más glamurosos, no pueden dejar de sorprenderse ante aquellos valerosos «machomanes» vestidos de azul que no se preocupan porque su pelo se encrespe ni sus manos se ensucien.

Cuando el objetivo de la cámara de Ana se centra en Rodrigo, su corazón le indica que ya nada volverá a ser igual. Él se da cuenta de lo embobada que lo está mirando y, a pesar de que no le gusta, inician una extraña amistad.

Todo se complica cuando Ana descubre que está embarazada y Nekane la anima a que cumpla su fantasía sexual con el bombero antes de que la barriga, las estrías y los vómitos matinales se manifiesten y lo espanten.
Pero una mentira de Ana a sus padres ocasionará un sinfín de enredos y situaciones alucinantes que dejarán a Rodrigo sin habla.

Leer a Megan Maxwell es siempre una delicia, especialmente cuando necesitas una dosis extra de energía y buen rollo, porque eso es lo que desprende cada una de sus historias; para mí es como una terapia ¿Qué he tenido un día malo? ¡¡Púes leo algo de Megan!! Cada uno de sus libros me ha encantado, pero este que os recomiendo hoy tiene un “algo” que lo hace todavía más especial, quizá ese algo sea lo identificada que me he sentido con la protagonista en todo momento, y no, no porque tenga la suerte de tener un pedazo machoman como Rodrigo loquito por mis huesos, pero si he sido madre soltera y he vivido los mismos miedos e inquietudes que Ana en la historia. Es una de las cosas que más admiro de la autora, la capacidad para tratar temas tan actuales, y en algunos casos delicados, de manera tan natural y desenfadada, sin restarle importancia, pero tampoco sin llegar a convertirlo en un drama.

Pero volviendo al hilo de la reseña, Melocotón Loco, nos cuenta la historia de Ana, una chica de clase alta londinense que renuncia a su vida de lujo para venir a España a cumplir su sueño, ser fotógrafa. Uno años después no solo ha logrado cumplir su sueño, sino que junto a Nekane,  su mejor amiga, dispone de su propio estudio fotográfico.  Un buen día la apacible vida de las chicas se verá trastocada por un incendio en el edificio y por los pedazo de bomberos que llegan para rescatarlas; desde que la mirada de Ana se cruza con la de Rodrigo algo se incendia en su interior y ya no podrá pensar en otra cosa, pero sus iniciales planes de conquista se vendrán abajo cuando descubra que está embarazada de un turista suizo del que únicamente conoce el nombre.  A pesar de ello, entre Ana y Rodrigo surge una bonita y especial amistad que los llevara a un gran enredo con la familia de la chica… ¿puede el amor superar todas las barreras?

Como su autora ya nos tiene acostumbradas, las protagonistas de esta historia son mujeres independientes, de esas que cogen la vida por los cuernos y luchan por lo que quieren, pero Ana quizá se sale un poco de ese patrón, solo un poquito, pero tras esa fachada de mujer fuerte se deja entrever un hilo de vulnerabilidad que le da un toque de mayor realismo a su personalidad, es una de las protagonistas de las historias de Megan que más me ha gustado y con la que más empatice.  No puedo decir lo mismo de Rodrigo, con quien me sucedió todo lo contrario, llegando incluso a no soportarlo en algunas ocasiones, demasiado mujeriego y cabezón para mi gusto, aunque finalmente es imposible no caer rendida a sus “encantos, porque hay que admitirlo, a las mujeres nos vuelven loca esta clase de hombres…

Los personajes secundarios, como también es habitual en Megan, tienen especial protagonismo,  viviendo sus propias historias a la par. Nekane tiene una personalidad arrolladora y particular que no deja indiferente. Y como no, tengo que nombrar a Encarna, la vecina gallega de las chicas que es la monda, todas deberíamos tener una vecina así, ella es la culpable de las inevitables carcajadas mientras leía.

La historia que viven los protagonistas es preciosa, un amor que surge de forma lenta y pausada a pesar de las circunstancias; en medio de un divertidisimo malentendido. Como no, es una historia llena de humor, con escenas de lo más cómicas que a mi, literalmente, me han echo llorar de la risa. 

A rasgos generales, Melocotón loco, sigue el mismo estilo lineal que las anteriores obras de su autora,  la misma pluma fresca y desenfadada, junto a un lenguaje coloquial y su característico toque de humor; una novela chic-lit en toda regla; pero tiene ese “algo” que no se definir de otro modo, que la hace diferente, o puede que simplemente sea mi visión particular. Sea como sea, es una novela que he disfrutado mucho y que recomiendo  enormemente; en especial para esos momentos en los que es necesario desconectar del mundo y permitirnos el lujo de soñar un rato.

En definitiva, Melocotón loco, es una historia de amor cocida a fuego lento, una historia que nos hace ver el gran poder del amor para cambiar a las personas y superar todos los obstáculos. Una novela que desprende buen rollo, ternura y simpatía, a través de unos personajes maravillosos que se hacen hueco en el corazón del lector. Una novela chick lit en toda regla muy al estilo Megan Maxwel, ¿la recomiendo? Por supuestísimo que si! 

          igra istine   
ma ne mora...
jedna zena je svog Golfa vozila 80 000 km. nije joj nikada niko rekao da povremeno treba menjati ulje... jer i ne mora...
vise je IN menjati ceo motor! Smile

a koliko si kafe popio danas?
          Former CNN CEO Supports Ending Live Press Briefings   
The idea of terminating live press briefings is not an idea exclusive to the Trump administration.
          igra istine   
e danas sam skitala celo popodne, prvi dan da ne radim ceo dan :D

kako ste, sta se radi ? :D

La Roche- Posay lanza Effaclar Dúo (+) FPS 30, un producto capaz de tratar y corregir las marcas del acné y protege de la radiación UV, el factor más agravante de esta problemática.
“El acné es una enfermedad genético-hormonal de la glándula sebácea, que puede afectar a cualquier persona y estar presente durante distintas etapas de su vida, no solo en la adolescencia”, explica el Dr. Lucas Ponti, médico dermatólogo (M.N: 130. 388) asesor para La Roche-Posay. “El primer factor agravante del acné es el sol y esto se debe a dos motivos: la piel se deshidrata y aumenta su espesor, obstruyendo los poros; mientras que a la vez favorece la aparición de marcas y manchas pigmentarias. Es un mito que los rayos del sol pueden tener un efecto positivo o embellecedor porque secan los granitos”,desarrolla el Dr. Ponti.
La Roche – Posay suma un nuevo producto a su línea Effaclar, la más recomendada por dermatólogos para tratar el acné, una enfermedad que se ha convertido en el primer motivo de consulta al dermatólogo en Argentina. Este producto, Effaclar Dúo (+) FPS 30 es un tratamiento 4 en 1 para el acné, ya que corrige y desincrusta los poros, reduce las imperfecciones del acné y corrige y previene las marcas mientras que protege diariamente la piel de la radiación UV, el factor agravante #1 del acné.Además, es hipoalergénico, no contiene parabenos y es libre de aceite, lo que permite mejorar la calidad de vida de las pieles sensibles.
En envase de 40 ml, Effaclar Dúo (+) FPS 30 tiene la misma tecnología que Anthelios FPS 30: protege frente a los rayos UVA cortos y largos, UVB, infrarrojos y también de la contaminación. Se aplica durante la mañana en todo el rostro, luego de una adecuada higiene
La fórmula de este nuevo producto de La Roche-Posay contiene activos anti- imperfecciones y anti- marcas con el objetivo de ofrecer la protección adecuada y aumentar la eficacia del tratamiento:

The era of this ultimate establishment is nearly over. Soon they and their urbane vanities will disappear. Then I think people will wonder how so few ruled over so many for so long.
          igra istine   
volim razne kombinacije, ali da ne bude previse setnje, nasetao sam se vec za ceo zivot...

kada ustajes sutra?
          igra istine   
kako kad, nekad ne podignem slusalicu uopste, nekad pricam satima ( BOgu fala za flate rate koji imam za ceo svet osim Aljaske i Hong Konga)

koliko cesto telefonirate sa nekim u inostranstvu?
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Mislim da se poznajemo ceo zivot :D Eto tako oops Smile
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
muka mi je od tastature visew ...ceo dan i na poslu cukam :o
          Hadley S. Robbins Named CEO of Columbia Banking System   

Hadley RobbinsTACOMA, Wash., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Banking System, Inc. (NASDAQ: COLB) ("Columbia") today announced that Hadley S. Robbins, Interim Chief Executive Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Banking System and its wholly owned subsidiary,...

          igra istine   
Spavala ceo dan :D

gasite li mob telefone pre nego sto zaspite?
          igra istine   
ne, radim- i to ceo dan ( dve smene ) cry

vi slobodni?
          Pathfinder: Kingmaker finanziato su Kickstarter   

I fan del gioco di ruolo cartaceo Pathfinder avranno di che gioire: il progetto Pathfinder: Kingmaker ha ottenuto il finanziamento di cui necessitava su Kickstarter (qui la pagina della campagna) grazie... Vai all'articolo

L'articolo Pathfinder: Kingmaker finanziato su Kickstarter sembra essere il primo su IlVideogioco.com.

          igra istine   
Pa ako izuzmemo vukodlake, i vampire, cula sam da sasvim obicni ljudi pati i od tog tzv.lunarnog sindroma....a simptomi su razliciti, ali vecina postaje hyperaktivnija, a i nekad su statistike govorile da se vise ubistava i samobistava i nasilja u porodici desava prilikom punog meseca....da li je istina ne znam...ja samo pricam onako kako cujem, i ako su lagali mene i ja lazem Vas... wink wink

Da li si nekad sebi cvrsto obeceo/la da nesto neces uraditi, pa onda ipak uradis? roll roll
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          EPA Chief Met With Dow CEO Just Before Killing Effort to Ban Toxic Pesticide   
(COMMONDREAMS) — The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, sparked outrage in March when he rejected his agency’s proposed ban on a pesticide shown to harm children’s brains. New reporting by the Associated Press Wednesday prompts further question about his decisions to ignore the EPA’s own science and then greenlight the Dow Chemical-manufactured […]
          Cirurgia de estapedectomia do ouvido direito (Otosclerose)   

Olá!! Vocês acreditam que eu já operei do ouvido direito? Como falei no último post a cirurgia seria dia 15 de julho, mas o médico adiou para dia 01 de agosto devido a um congresso que ele teve que participar. Isso foi bom, porque me restabeleci da sinusite e me preparei melhor para o grande dia.

A internação foi ao meio-dia, engraçado que mesmo já tendo passado pela cirurgia de estapedectomia do ouvido esquerdo há 4 anos, dessa vez eu estava mais ansiosa e receosa. Eu confio muito em Deus, e acredito que ele tem formas de nos prevenir de certas coisas que poderiam acontecer conosco. A cirurgia estava marcada para dia 15 de julho e a secretária do médico ligou para cancelar, fiquei chateada no dia porque estava tudo programado certinho, férias de escola da minha filha e do meu marido, e tivemos que mudar tudo de uma hora para outra.

Passando 3 dias da ligação, meu marido estava indo trabalhar depois do almoço e eu estava na garagem onde temos uma rede, olhei para ela e pensei, quando eu operar vou ficar aqui na rede, ler e usar a internet, aqui é mais quentinho. Eu já pensava isso antes, então, resolvi sentar, e quando fiz isso a rede não estava presa direito e fui para o chão, um tombo feio, pois bati a minha cabeça fortemente na porta do carro, e doeu a tarde toda. Acredito que o cancelamento da cirurgia não foi em vão, imaginem se eu tivesse operado dia 15? No dia 18 já teria perdido tudo, agradeci muito a Deus por ter cuidado de mim.

Continuando, a cirurgia foi mais ou menos as 15h, acordei na sala de recuperação com a enfermeira insistindo para eu respirar e ainda bem porque eu me peguei várias vezes apagada e acordava com a insistência dela “respira...respira”. Logo fui para o quarto, onde tudo rodava, e me lembrei da primeira cirurgia que a enfermeira me orientou a ficar com os olhos fechado que logo passaria, fiz isso e logo passou. Mesmo já tendo o ouvido esquerdo já operado eu senti diferença na audição, sons estavam ainda mais claros, passei a noite no hospital e sai no dia seguinte logo cedo.

Estou há 8 dias em recuperação fazendo o repouso necessário. É muito importante seguir as recomendações médicas corretamente, evitar movimentos bruscos com a cabeça, não molhar o ouvido, não tomar café, chocolate e chá. Sentia o ouvido tapado e tive muito mais zumbidos, mas tudo dentro do normal porque o curativo seca e tem esses sintomas. No dia 8 de agosto fui no hospital tirar o curativo, o Dr Andy fez a limpeza aspirando o ouvido, A sensação na hora que tira o curativo e aspira é um pouco desconfortável e tive um pouco de tontura.

Logo após a retirada do curativo eu ouvi tudo muito alto, a voz do médico e o barulho do aparelhinho que ele colocava no ouvido. Posso dizer que ouvi muito mais do que quando operei o ouvido esquerdo, o médico disse que é normal, preciso usar algodão pra sair na rua, e em casa estão precisando tomar cuidado porque qualquer barulho me assusta...que felicidade gente!!!

Embora eu tenha achado que algumas coisas mudaram no hospital tenho que falar que a equipe médica e os enfermeiros são pessoas muito dedicadas e estão sempre a disposição, agradeço muito.  Agradeço também a Deus que cuidou de tudo, e a minha família que me ama muito e me cuidam com muito carinho, Amo vocês!!!  ♥ 

          Assistant to the CEO - Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners - New York, NY   
Are a horizontal thinker. Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners seeks a strong Executive Assistant to support our Chief Executive Officer in every aspect of her...
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          David J. Cohen Named CEO of Mobilize   
David J. Cohen has been named the CEO of Mobilize. Among his many accomplishments, Cohen had served on the Board of Directors for Frontbridge Technologies.
          Lodgepole pine and white spruce establishment after glyphosate and fertilizer treatments of grassy cutover forest land   
Perennial herbaceous vegetation, mainly marsh reed grass, (Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx) Beauv.), was sprayed with glyphosate on the day before planting one-year-old plugs of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia Engelm.) and white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss) on cutover forest land north of Edson, Alberta. Spraying at 4.5 kg ai/ha, included spot and strip applications in June 1976, compared with unsprayed scalps and controls. At the same time, all treatments were repeated plus a 9 g, 22-8-2 fertilizer tablet for each seedling. Another experiment at the same site, begun on August 1, 1976, compared scalp, unfertilized control and glyphosate strip treatments, followed by planting of pine seedlings the day after spraying 4.5 kg ai/ha glyphosate. An adjacent experiment, also commenced on August 1, included dosages of 1.1 to 5.6 kg ai/ha with planting of pine seedlings in 4.5 kg/ha and in control plots in May 1977. August application of 2.2 kg/ha provided excellent initial vegetation control, as effective as the larger amounts applied at that time, and was superior during the first 12 months to 4.5 kg/ha applied in June. Twenty-six months after the spring planting new shoot growth of fertilized pine in the glyphosate strips was statistically significantly greater than that for all other treatments and growth in fertilized scalps was also very good. At the same time leader growth of spruce in fertilized scalps was significantly greater than that for other treatments but growth in glyphosate strips did not exceed that of unfertilized controls. Contrary to results of spring planting, there was marked injury and mortality of pine planted in August in glyphosate plots which had been sprayed on the preceding day. Seedlings planted in glyphosate-treated strips nine months after the August spraying exceeded the growth of control plants but not until the year after they were planted.
          Comment on The story of Clarence Otis Jr. – Darden CEO leads Red Lobster and Olive Garden by Anonymous   
This has nothing to do with race, this American Greed at its finest. Go Bernie Sanders.
          Comment on The story of Clarence Otis Jr. – Darden CEO leads Red Lobster and Olive Garden by helma,hintz1@att.net   
Red Lobster Restaurant in Bloomington,MN does not allow staff to wish their customers Merry Christmas..Shame on you Mr. Otis !!!!!!!!!!!!!1
          igra istine   
zeva ceo Bozji dan

u lazi su ...?
          igra istine   
ceo dan gosti, zaboravila na drugaricu a cekala me cry

Sto ne spavate ?
          World of Tanks surpasses 5 million registered players   
Wargaming.net has announced its World of Tanks MMO has surpassed 5 million registered players. The free-to-play WWII MMO is about to celebrate its first birthday, and the firm, obviously, couldn’t be more pleased. “We didn’t expect World of Tanks would become this popular,” said CEO Victor Kislyi. “The game’s success has given us [the] confidence […]
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
ceo dan ceka da napisem nesto lepo za nju! Smile
          igra istine   
za sve je kriv Holivud i jedan drugorazredni glumac, Ronald Regan, koj je pokrenuo irealni program trosenja na nemoguci projekat rata zvezda, ali je time pokrenuo Sovjetski Savez da preduzme kontra meru. Time je SSSR ekonomski propao, prestavsi pomagati Istocnu Nemacku, iako je Istocna Nemacka uvek trosila vise nego sto je proizvodila, jer mu je stanovnistvo bezalo na zapad pa je morao da uz enormni trosak odrzava zid!
Primetivsi to slabljenje, covek koji je vise imao politicke ambicije nego interesa za bravarstvo, Leh Valensa, poceo je da se buni u Gdanskom brodogradilistu, te na kraju se ceo istocni blok obrusio. kao glecer koji se topi od globalnog zagrevanja...
Kinezi su samo Kolateralna steta.

Sta raditi sa Egiptom, kada mu se stanovnistvo povecava za milion glava, svaka 8 meseca?
          Save The Date: Boiler Room Returns to Shanghai   

Electronic music junkies and dance addicts better dust off their raving shoes, as Boiler Room is returning to Shanghai.


The London-based organisation are pioneers of alternative dance music, regularly throwing parties in New York, Miami, Brussels and Berlin, with their live broadcasts being watched by over 60 million fans every month, and on July 6, they’ll be in Shanghai.


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Boiler Room has teamed up with Budweiser to bring us the beats of internationally acclaimed DJs Mr Carmack, DJ Wordy, Knopha and Guzz. It’ll be delivered through their bone shattering sound-system and broadcast live on LeTV for those who can’t cop a ticket.


The event will be held in a secret location, which invitees will be informed of closer to the time. For more information and the chance to win exclusive guest list access just follow Boiler Room on WeChat at boilerroomtv. 


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Boiler Room is of the most celebrated and mysterious underground music live-streaming platforms and has become an international flag-bearer of youth underground subculture since founded by London-based CEO Blaise Belville in 2010. They made their China debut at a show in Shanghai late last year.

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          Columbia Property sees opportunity in office   
Nelson Mills, president and CEO of Columbia Property Trust, has high expectations for the office market in 2017 and 2018.  -More






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          BBM 27 with Dave Minns ft Percolate   
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This month on the BBMLive.com radio show Dave Minns calls on Percolate DJ's for a very special guest mix in our final show for 2014. Warm Up: 1. HVL - Real Command [Transfigured Time] 2. Lane 8 - Without You [Anjunadeep] 3. Royksopp - Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex) [Wall Of Sound] *Ralphi Rosario - You used to hold me (acapella) 4. Fiakun Team - Around Your Neck feat Paul Omaetxebarria [Fiakun] 5. Joost Kumtome - B02 (Nectar) [ALiVE] Pick Of The Promos: 1. Rodriguez - Sugarman (The Goldfish Remix) [N/A] 2. Royksopp & Robyn - Monument Dance (Marcus Marr) [Wall Of Sound] 3. Apply The Breaks - The Dealer [Love&Other] 4. Jody Wisternoff - Paramour [Anjunadeep] 5. Paul van Dyk, Jessus & Adham Ashraf ft Tricia McTeague - Only In A Dream (Owen Westlake) [NewState] Future Classic: SYV - What Must I Do Dancefloor Destroyer: Psychemagik - Beauty & The Bass Free Download Of The Month: Sound Stream - Love Jam (Maceo Plex Unofficial Remix) http://bit.ly/1rLaiVe Featured Artist: [Percolate DJs] http://www.percolatemusic.co.uk One from the Vault: Fidelfatti featuring Ronette - Just Wanna Touch Me (Norman Cook) [Urban] BBM Bassheads: 1. Breakage - Treading Water (VIP Mix) [Digital Soundboy] 2. Powerdress - Torture (Pirate Jams Inst) [NewState] 3. Stanton Warriors - Bone (The Bones EP) [Punks] 4. Amy Steele - The Wolves (Lenzman) [Coleteel Music] 5. Deekline & Tippa Irie - Good To Have The Feeling [Gutter Gutter] BBM Live Club Mix: 1. XXXY - 18 Hours [Rinse] 2. Kalyde - Switch (Applebottom) [Madtech] 3. Howson’s Groove - Can’t Explain (Celsius) [Love&Other] 4. Mary J Blige - Richt Now (Shadow Child) [Island] 5. Sydney Charles - Cave Rave [AVOTRE] One More Tune: Etienne De Crecy - Hashtag My Ass (Jean Tonique) [Pixadelic] Check out loads more music news and interviews at www.bbmlive.com/music-news
          BBM 26 with Dave Minns ft NEEDWANT    
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This month BBM's very own Dave Minns takes you through an epic 2 hour show featuring dance label NEEDWANT. Our free download of the month comes from the one and only Fatima Yamaha, ­ What's A Girl To Do [D1 Recordings] Enjoy the show and don't forget to check out www.bbmlive.com for more new music and travel ideas throughout the month Warm Up: 1. Ruckus Roboticus ­ Be All Right (Mister Gavin Remix) [Dance or Die US] 2. Kraak & Smaak ­ Back Again (Hot Toddy Remix) [Jalapeño Records] 3. Slam Dunk'd ­ No Price (Wayward Remix) [Baked Recordings / Columbia] 4. Drew Hill ­ Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix) [Danse Club Records] 5. Asadinho & Ingrid Hakanson ­ Love Capacity (Lonely Boy) [RvS] 6. DoppelHerz ­ Our Girls (Leo Kane) [Love Harder Records] Pick Of The Promos: 1. Eli & Fur ­ Feel The Fire (Journeyman Remix) [Anjunadeep] 2. Booka Shade ­ Back To Monza [Embassy of Music] 3. Sam Smith ­ Like I Can (Jonas Rathsman Remix) [Capitol Records] 4. Kry Wolf ­ Church Road Shuffle [MadTech Records] Future Classic: Yakima ­ Energy (Courage Remix) [Boom Ting] Dancefloor Destroyer: Ruffneck featuring Yavahn ­ Everybody Be Somebody 2014 (Mousse Ts Back In The Days Mix) Free Download Of The Month: Fatima Yamaha ­ What's A Girl To Do [D1 Recordings] http://bit.ly/1EMN9mc Featured Label: [Needwant] http://www.needwant.co.uk/ 1. Kim Brown ­ Other People's Space 2. VIMES ­ Celestial (Gardens Of God Remix) 3. Mario Basanov ­ We Are Child Of Love (The Mekanism Remix) 4. Ejeca ­ Together One from the Vault: Sandy B ­ Feel Like Singin' (Def Mix Club Mix) [Nervous] BBM Bassheads: 1. Pirate Jams ­ R U Ready [Gutter Gutter] 2. Plump DJs ­ U BELONG 2 US (Instrumental) [Grand Hotel] 3. WHAT ­ Say What Again [DirtyLemon Recordings] 4. Rhythm Riders feat Aswad, Renegade Soundwave & Brother Culture ­ Give Me A Sign [Sub Slayers] 5. Kove ­ Still High [MTA] 6. BenZel ­ Wasted Love (SpectraSoul Remix) [PMR / Friends Keep Secrets] BBM Live Club Mix: 1. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo ­ Rhymes [White Label] 2. Dubrocca ­ Withdrawal [Love & Other] 3. Maceo Plex ­ ENTER.Space [Minus] 4. Basement Freaks ­ Soul Intoxication (Lonely Boy's Detox Dub) [Jalapeño Records] One More Tune: Paul McCartney ­ Let Em In (Jimi Bazzouka Re­Edit)
           How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy   
Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business.

It’s a hot day in New York City. You’re thirsty, but your water bottle is empty. So you walk into a store and place your bottle in a machine. You activate the machine with an app on your phone, and it fills your bottle with tap water. Now you are no longer thirsty.

This is the future envisioned by the founders of a startup called Reefill. If the premise sounds oddly familiar, that’s because it is: Reefill has reinvented the water fountain as a Bluetooth-enabled subscription service. Customers pay $1.99 a month for the privilege of using its machines, located at participating businesses around Manhattan.

Predictably, the company has already come in for its fair share of ridicule. In Slate, Henry Grabar called it “tap water in a suit”. But while Reefill is a particularly cartoonish example, its basic business model is a popular one within tech. The playbook is simple: take a public service and build a private, app-powered version of it.

he most obvious examples are Uber and Lyft, which aspire not merely to eliminate the taxi industry, but to replace public transportation. They’re slowly succeeding: municipalities around America are now subsidizing ride-hailing fares instead of running public buses. And earlier this year, Lyft began offering a fixed-route, flat-rate service called Lyft Shuttle in Chicago and San Francisco – an aggressive bid to poach more riders from public transit.

These companies wouldn’t have customers if better public alternatives existed. It can be hard to find a water fountain in Manhattan, and public transit in American cities ranges from mediocre to nonexistent. But solving these problems by ceding them to the private sector ensures that public services will continue to deteriorate until they disappear.

Decades of defunding and outsourcing have already pushed public services to the brink. Now, fortified with piles of investor cash and the smartphone, tech companies are trying to finish them off.

Proponents of privatization believe this is a good thing. For years, they have advanced the argument that business will always perform a given task better than government, whether it’s running buses or schools, supplying healthcare or housing. The public sector is sclerotic, wasteful and undisciplined by the profit motive. The private sector is dynamic, innovative and, above all, efficient.

This belief has become common sense in political life. It is widely shared by the country’s elite, and has guided much policymaking over the past several decades. But like most of our governing myths, it collapses on closer inspection.

No word is invoked more frequently or more fervently by apostles of privatization than efficiency. Yet this is a strange basis on which to build their case, given the fact that public services are often more efficient than private ones. Take healthcare. The United States has one of the least efficient systems on the planet: we spend more money on healthcare than anyone else, and in return we receive some of the worst health outcomes in the west. Not coincidentally, we also have the most privatized healthcare system in the advanced world. By contrast, the UK spends a fraction of what we do and achieves far better results. It also happens to provision healthcare as a public service. Somehow, the absence of the profit motive has not produced an epidemic of inefficiency in British healthcare. Meanwhile, we pay nearly $10,000 per capita and a staggering 17% of our GDP to achieve a life expectancy somewhere between that of Costa Rica and Cuba.

A profit-driven system doesn’t mean we get more for our money – it means someone gets to make more money off of us. The healthcare industry posts record profits and rewards its chief executives with the highest salaries in the country. It takes a peculiar frame of mind to see this arrangement as anything resembling efficient.

Attacking public services on the grounds of efficiency isn’t just incorrect, however – it’s beside the point. Decades of neoliberalism have corroded our capacity to think in non-economic terms. We’ve been taught that all fields of human life should be organized as markets, and that government should be run like a business. This ideology has found its perverse culmination in the figure of Donald Trump, a celebrity billionaire with no prior political experience who catapulted himself into the White House by invoking his expertise as an businessman. The premise of Trump’s campaign was that America didn’t need a president – it needed a CEO.

Nowhere is the neoliberal faith embodied by Trump more deeply felt than in Silicon Valley. Tech entrepreneurs work tirelessly to turn more of our lives into markets and devote enormous resources towards “disrupting” government by privatizing its functions. Perhaps this is why, despite Silicon Valley’s veneer of liberal cosmopolitanism, it has a certain affinity for the president. On Monday, Trump met with top executives from Apple, Amazon, Google and other major tech firms to explore how to “unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services”, in the words of Jared Kushner. Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business.

But government isn’t a business; it’s a different kind of machine. At its worst, it can be repressive and corrupt and autocratic. At its best, it can be an invaluable tool for developing and sustaining a democratic society. Among other things, this includes ensuring that everyone receives the resources they need to exercise the freedoms on which democracy depends. When we privatize public services, we don’t just risk replacing them with less efficient alternatives – we risk damaging democracy itself.

If this seems like a stretch, that’s because pundits and politicians have spent decades defining the idea of democracy downwards. It has come to mean little more than holding elections every few years. But this is the absolute minimum of democracy’s meaning. Its Greek root translates to “rule of the people” – not rule by certain people, such as the rich (plutocracy) or the priests (theocracy), but by all people. Democracy describes a way of organizing society in which the whole of the people determine how society should be organized.

What does this have to do with buses or schools or hospitals or houses? In a democracy, everyone gets to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. But that’s impossible if people don’t have access to the goods they need to survive – if they’re hungry or homeless or sick. And the reality is that when goods are rationed by the market, fewer people have access to them. Markets are places of winners and losers. You don’t get what you need – you get what you can afford.

By contrast, public services offer a more equitable way to satisfy basic needs. By taking things off the market, government can democratize access to the resources that people rely on to lead reasonably dignified lives. Those resources can be offered cheap or free, funded by progressive taxation. They can also be managed by publicly accountable institutions led by elected officials, or subject to more direct mechanisms of popular control.

These ideas are considered wildly radical in American politics. Yet other places around the world have implemented them with great success. When Oxfam surveyed more than 100 countries, they discovered that public services significantly reduce economic inequality. They shrink the distance between rich and poor by lowering the cost of living. They empower working people by making their survival less dependent on their bosses and landlords and creditors. Perhaps most importantly, they entitle citizens to a share of society’s wealth and a say over how it’s used.

But where will the money come from? This is the perennial question, posed whenever someone suggests raising the welfare state above a whisper. Fortunately, it has a simple answer. The United States is the richest country in the history of the world. It is so rich, in fact, that its richest people can afford to pour billions of dollars into a company such as Uber, which loses billions of dollars each year, in the hopes of getting just a little bit richer. In the face of such extravagance, diverting a modest portion of the prosperity we produce in common toward services that benefit everyone shouldn’t be controversial. It’s a small price to pay for making democracy mean more than a hollow slogan, or a sick joke.




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          Foo Fighters announce ninth album, festival, massive tour   
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          Cohu To Participate In The 9th Annual CEO Investor Summit 2017   

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From a Saab Dealership point of view...

If McDonald's corporate stopped making burgers but kept invoicing (charging) independent McDonald's franchisee's for cardboard burger boxes, paper cups, napkins, advertising fees, and facility upgrades, I suspect McDonald franchisees would rally together, hire an attorney and sue the parent company for breach of their franchise agreement.

If the CEO of McDonald's stated McDonald's indeed had a fully funded business plan (three times) when in fact they didn't, I suspect McDonald franchisees would rally together, hire an attorney and sue the parent company for breach of fiduciary responsibility and reliance.

In essence that's life of a Saab dealer today, however in this story Saab dealers do nothing.


A major problem with Muller's Saab is the organization itself. Muller's "leadership team" followed bad habits learned from larger car companies. Mile high dealer objectives, monthly dealer invoicing, poor communications and departmental walls reflect the culture / habits of GM, designed with a focus of selling millions of cars.. not 3,000 Saabs. Examples:

GM styled product offerings - Lets look at Saab's new product offerings. The new 9-5 and 9-4X, designed by former GM employees, reflects a mindset of carlines selling in the the tens of thousands - rather than one hundred. Both the new 9-5 and 9-4 offer a ridiculous high matrix of trim and option packages typically found in Chevy and Buick showrooms.

GM type push for special tools and launch parts - Once again following the mind set of GM, the new Saab organization delivered to its sleepy dealers tens of thousands of dollars in 9-5 and 9-4X spare parts and special tools (how about a $12,000 engine support stand for the 9-5!).

GM Type facility standards - Following GM's "you should be thankful your still a dealer feeling," Saab requested its dealers volunteer thousands of dollars in facility updates ("ice block" building designs) at the same time Saab is not producing cars?

This nonsense doesn't happen by accident, it happens because no one asked the hard question:

What are we doing? and Why?

At minimum, Saab Corporate should have treated their dealers at a graduate level - reducing the financial burdens of keeping Saab dealerships open during these turbulent times. Deferring or suspending all dealer invoicing for items as i.e., Saab cups, plates and paper napkins would have been a great start.

Franchise Agreements and state laws are in force to protect dealership rights. Now facing closure, Saab dealers are left holding large inventories of new cars, parts and special tools.

But no one speaks.

Not Saab's dealer council. Not NADA. Not AIADA. Saab dealers are united... their passiveness during difficult times was truly amazing.

          WTBQ - "Our Town" Morning Show   
Weekly WSA Feature - Each morning on WTBQ 1110AM and 99.1 FM

October 13, 2009

V.O.> Robb

And now the wall street automotive report sponsored by Country Saab of Orange County

What’s in a number? Well if you’re in the auto industry… numbers (after great products) are really all you have..

Over the next few weeks, Ford Motor Company will announce its 3rd quarter results … and guess what ..

Ford’s numbers will be very strong.

That’s because a few years ago.. Ford’s great grandson hired Alain Mulany as his CEO and unlike many CEO’s on Wall Street; Mr. Mulany did exactly what Chief Executives are paid to do…

Improve the numbers.

And he’s just getting started…

In the past investors talked of “blue chip” stocks, however today you would be hard pressed to find any formal definition..

So please let me provide one.

Blue Chip..

Defined within a Big Blue Oval,

Called Ford Motor Company.

This is Robb LoForese
          Executive Over-Exposure Takes Its Toll   
Similar to x-rays, executive over-exposure can kill you.

Some executives know how to limit their time under the guy while others simply bask in the problems. Blame it on incompetent corporate communications, over-whelming personal ambitions, miss-trust of those around you or money, eventually the traffic in the rear view mirror becomes such a distraction, you simply can’t drive forward.

When is it time to step down? When an executive is so over-exposed, their sheer presence fails to project the confidence needed to impact the organization any longer.

Sadly however, beyond the satisfaction of “got ya” by those not supported, it hurts the organization for the simple reason it most likely took him/her so dam long to get there in the first place.

But real talent knows when its time to step aside and let others carry on. Bill Ford comes to mind as a leader whose vision is indeed ahead of whatever title he holds. Having stepped aside as President / CEO, Mr. Ford is much more effective implementing strategies that go way beyond a daily sales pace.

Finally the reward for stepping down becomes personal, the hope that younger executives you created along the way learn something from your courage and isn’t that what leadership is all about on the upper floors.
          Three Reasons, Three Nos   
The following is the audio transcript from “Wall Street Automotive” – WTBQ - NY Radio 1110AM / 99.1 FM – show dated December 13, 2008.

Following a debate on loan guarantees for the big three:

VO: Robb

“As we all remember, in 1979-1980, Chrysler requested $1.5 billion in Federal loan guarantees. The structure of these Federal loan guarantees was underscored to provide "Chapter 11" type restructuring opportunities without its filling. [there was strings attached] Congress required Chrysler to obtain private financing for the $1.5 billion they were seeking (the government was co-signing the note, not printing the money) and Chrysler was also required to obtain another $2 billion in "commitments or concessions" for the financing of its operations. In essence most of Chrysler’s suppliers, union workers and contractors were forced to re-negotiate with Chrysler in order to assure their own viability. Some of Chrysler's suppliers accepted ten cents on each dollar rather than to loose Chrysler as a client.

Lee Iacocca stated openly "equality of sacrifice" and most Americans bought into his sales-man-ship, after all Mr. Iacocca spoke not of a pending doom, rather he talked to the opportunities to lead and how each and every American can participate in his turn-around. The loan was paid, the K-Car and the Mini-Van was created and Chrysler was on a roll again and Mr. Iacocca was an American hero.

Today (concerning) Chrysler

81% of Chrysler is owned by Cerberus Capital LLC, a privately owned company with over 100 billion dollars in assets. If you go to Cerberus' web page and read their mission statement its clear they are experts in turning under performing companies around, this is what they do, this is why they purchased Chrysler in the first place. It’s clear from Congressional hearings Chrysler's CEO Bob Nardelli has made no effort to tap into Cerberus capital quoting “loaning money to Chrysler would represent a conflict of interest with other Cerberus investments”.

Back in July 2008, when the price of oil started to escalate, Chrysler had over 71% of its production focused on trucks and SUV type vehicles, Chrysler's only objective was to make fast money, paying less attention to customer driven products, quality and its own future.

Giving Chrysler federal government money without the parent company participating, flat out no.

(concerning) General Motors:

This is easier, let’s just outline the following brands: Pontiac, Buick, Saturn, Hummer, and GMC. GM may be illustrating different brands representing different social milieus, however the truth is GM’s real reasons for its many brands was focused on the rewards of critical mass, shared platforms, common components - looking ahead only to increase its operating margins. GM’s critical mass approach became obvious to most consumers back in the mid 1970's and became chronic in the 1990's as overlapping carlines between its brands became more and more obvious.

Sometime during the early 2000's GM tried to turn this around, however most consumers simply got tired of waiting and found Honda's, Toyota's and other Asian brands most welcome to fill their automotive needs.

The loss of consumer brand loyalty between GM's divisions was rapid, and continues to this day.

Giving General Motors federal government money without a clean sheet business plan, flat out no.

(concerning) Ford Motor Company:

Without going into too much detail here, I have the most faith in Alan Mulally, an outsider to the auto industry. Ford has capital today only because it borrowed some money last year. Ford is a smaller "ocean liner" in the automotive sea and can maneuver faster even during these turbulent times.

Ford appears stronger; however their appearance is more about their financial condition rather than their products or consumer demand. So short term Ford looks like it has some viability, however the next 24 months future car launches will prove their real strength. The most successful, efficient and modern automotive assembly plant is owned by Ford in Brazil, look for this trend to continue.

Additionally, I anticipate Ford will sell Volvo within 60 days, this will raise $3 - $4 billion dollars to the balance sheet, at the same time anticipate a more robust common stock as well, as GM share holders flee to more stable ownerships.

Giving Ford federal government money when they haven't really asked for it, flat out no.

So there it is, three reasons, three nos.

Without loans anticipate Chrysler being the first to go Chapter 11, Cerberus shows least sincerity and care and Bob Nardelli (the same person that almost drove Home-depot to the ground) is (in my opinion) a terrible leader.

GM will survive - Chevy is GM's Honda if managed properly. GM will be smaller, leaner, more global than ever before, it may take some time and some relocation of assembly plants, but I'm confident GM will be around for another 100 years.

As discussed Ford appears to have already taken some measures on a turn around, suppliers and UAW negotiations will hang on Chrysler and GM's fate”.
          Future Editorial September 22, 2020   
“Your Shoelace is untied”

It’s a famous line, you're looking ahead and something takes you off track and wallops you down.

That’s what happened to GM, Ford and the former Chrysler Corporation in CY 2008 when suddenly without notice the price of crude oil sky-rocketed towards the $150 per barrel mark, as brokers (based in London) speculated short positions on oil indexes without any regulation - other than those of greed.

Thus with the cost of oil rising almost out of control, Detroit’s big 3 slashed truck production, planned smaller fuel efficient cars and laid off thousands of workers.

Former President Obama’s “Big 3 Bail or Fail” plan of 2009 accelerated the demise of US auto makers by providing tax credits for smaller unprofitable cars at a time when US and Global oil production started its steady rise as China, India and Russian economies slowed during the mid 10’s.

US Alaskan Oil (symbol “USAO”) and former Vice Presidential candidate Sara Palin stated “back in 2008 US politicians sold the American public on global warming scams and sheer oil shortages because of increasing world demand. We now know the gas crisis of 2008 was nothing more than manipulation and unfortunately the former Big 3 automakers suffered the worst”.

Kia Motors (Ford's Parent Company) CEO Mark Fields stated today that “as long as large US cars and trucks get over 35 MPG and the price of gas stays at $5.95 per gallon we see no need to plan smaller car and truck platforms for the US market any time soon. We learn by our mistakes”.

Brent crude oil closed today at $125 a barrel – its lowest levels since 2014 this at time when wind power tax credits have peaked with little or no new wind energy farms on the horizon.

Well its possible!!!
          Tragic Communications - Winners and Losers   
In 1979 Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca stated the failure of Chrysler would be an American tragedy, something all US citizens needed to rally around. “Bail out or bust” were the headlines and if anyone knew how to rally the troops it was the likeable, charismatic personality of Mr. Iacocca.

Mr. Iacocca lead customers into the showroom with $50 test drive offers that were simple and sincere… “Buy a car, get a check” consumers became the beneficiary. Iacocca’s style never lead on “the end was near”, rather he communicated what would be and how each and every American can participate in the company's turn-around.

Twenty Nine years later Chrysler is struggling, and with diminishing cash reserves, all domestic brands are on life support, however unlike 1979, few public and political “get well cards” are sent.

Today (for the most part) Americans view domestic leaders as hidden elitists, placing profits ahead of its customers.

Maybe public opinion is absorbed from the simple fact of how the big 3 communicate.

Recent announcements to “take back” attractive consumer leasing programs were communicated as “in your face”, “take that” type punishment to loyal customers everywhere.

Honda's CEO kicks back his chair in a pose resembling Mr. Iacocca's book cover... the title of the book "Thank you".

Editors note: Exception to Mr. Bill Ford Jr.
          Trading Made Simple   
Dateline December 21, 2007, masses of automotive incentive forces have been taken back to the boarders, reduced production is planned. “We will not fight” acclaim Automotive Executives. Analysts are quick to publish reports on a more mature, financially driven industry, using buzz words like “market driven”, "ordered pipelines" and “Value Priced Products”.

But wait this is December.


For those new to how automotive companies plan their calendar year, allow me to illustrate each month – along with the appropriate stock order.

Jan. - Buy
The big picture always begins at the Detroit Auto Show, where Automotive CEO’s from all corners of the globe project the promise of new markets, new segments and new profits. Most (if asked) underestimate first quarter forecasts. Keeping in mind this is Detroit and the month is January, most agree and go home, finding frozen inventories and little revenue.

Feb. - Hold
Ok a little push back from Wall Street on poor January results, no need to over-react its still February. Dealer meeting frenzy time - present confidential plans for a March close out – push new orders now, with the promise of increased incentive spending sometime around (pick a date).

Mar. - Sell
Hoping no CFO will notice, quietly borrow from fourth quarter incentive budgets and launch a March close out blitz, off-set spendings with increased wholesale gains and surprise Wall Street with a stronger than anticipated first quarter result.

Apr. - Buy
Follow January (different auto show / same story)

May - Hold
Follow February

June - Sell
Follow March

July – Buy
Similar to April

Aug. – Hold
Similar to May

Sep. – Sell
Yes it's June again

Oct. – BUY
New model launch.

Nov. – Hold
Short month - no one pays attention.

Dec. – SELL
Ran out of money, talk advertising / first quarter plans.

Ok now you know the secret – you can send me the commissions.

Happy Holidays.

          A New Deal   
Last week, Automotive Stock Analysts down-graded the outlook for Publicly Traded Dealer Stocks (i.e., Auto Nation, Asbury, Group 1) explaining that both the economy and auto sales were going to decline in 2008.

Wall Street analysts were indeed right about short siding Publicly Traded Dealer Stocks (“Publics”), however for the wrong reasons. Sure it’s the economy that fuels the appetite for car sales, but for Publics, sheer sales increases can’t save an overall defunct business model.

If you view Publics in similar way you view (and invest in) large “box” retailers you will find three key differences:

1. Publics can't receive discounts for large stock orders.
2. Publics are restricted to sell only one brand per facility.
3. Publics can't profit from the sale of their new products.

Think about it, Wal Mart can buy 50,000 tubes of tooth paste for one quarter of the cost to your local drug store and then profit off any brand a consumer chooses, all displayed on the same shelf.

In automotive retailing, a dealer who sells five cars a month buys products for the same price as a dealer who sells 100 cars per month. Publics become large by committing to exclusive brand offerings (especially in expensive major markets) and then report significant losses in their new car departments. Sure there are exceptions, but unless everyone drives Toyota, Honda, BMW and Lexus brands the retailing business model will remain seriously flawed.

The only "real" value Publics have is real estate. Steer clear of Publics who pay more rent than mortgage (thus funneling rents to separate LLC’s - more of this at a later time).

The future of automotive retailing does indeed belong to big investors and CEO’s with vision and leadership (common traits of most Publics today). However only those Publics strong enough to lobby changes in franchise laws and distribution policies will prevail. Imagine IKIA sized retail facilities where customers can view products and services in the same way one clicks onto the Internet.

If you must sell Publics, sell because the business model is as out of date as the leaf springs I saw today on the new Hummer H3.
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          Clinician Executives: A New Breed of Leader   
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          In Conversation with Bill Barrable   
Bill Barrable is the recipient of the University of Toronto Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Society of Graduates Leadership Award for 2010. For 15 years, Bill was chief executive officer (CEO) of British Columbia Transplant where he implemented several innovative approaches to transplant services including activity-based alternative payment plans for physicians and the world's first online digital signature organ registry. In other roles, he was founding chair of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, former entrepreneur-in-residence at Simon Frazer University, recipient of Canada's Top 40 under 40 and co-founder of a venture capital fund for British Columbia's biotechnology sector. Bill recently became CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute, a Vancouver-based organization committed to minimizing disability and maximizing quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries. HQ's Ken Tremblay recently had a chance to chat with Bill about challenges and opportunities, both in work and in life.
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          Listening: An Essential CEO Skill   

As an entrepreneur or CEO, the success of your organization relies upon your interaction with the people around you. You will need to build strong relationships with investors, employees, suppliers, customers and advisors if you want to survive. One of the most important talents required to establish these connections is...

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          6 Steps To Mastering The Art Of Entrepreneurial Listening   

People crave the company of a good listener because most people instead of spending more time evaluating what the speaker is saying, spend more time composing their responses.  Sometimes they choke poorly, I’ve been actively involved in many start-up events conducted locally in Dubai and I see these things happen...

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          igra istine   
kupicu Ti ceo sleper rumenka... Tongue

sladoled zimi ili leti? roll
          In Conversation with Tom Closson    
Tom Closson's early career includes deep roots in industrial engineering, with meritorious service and induction into the Engineering Hall of Distinction at the University of Toronto. After Closson received his MBA from York University, his career spanned a national consulting practice, many governance roles with national agencies and corporations, leadership with some of Canada's largest academic facilities, including a regional health authority in British Columbia and, since 2008, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ontario Hospital Association. Earlier this year, Closson announced his retirement plans. For Canada, his departure from the corner office leaves a big leadership gap in healthcare as many see Closson as a strong proponent of health system transformation and the evolving role of hospitals. Ken Tremblay spoke with Closson this winter.
          In Conversation with Gord Gilman   
In 2008, the New Brunswick government created FacilicorpNB, a separately incorporated public sector company (shared services organization, or SSO) with a mandate to deliver, manage and bring innovative solutions to the supply chain, information technology (IT) and telecommunications, clinical engineering, financial transactions, energy retrofit programs and linen and laundry services for the province's regional health authorities (RHAs). At the helm is Gord Gilman, its inaugural chief executive officer (CEO), its president, and a former assistant deputy minister of health as well as a seasoned public sector executive. Within two years, the 730 employees of FacilicorpNB had generated just under $8 million in annual savings for the government, with a view to becoming self-sustaining. Ken Tremblay spoke with Gord this past fall.
          Nursing: Not the Problem, but Leading Solutions   
One of the major themes uncovered by Graham and Sibbald in their analysis of the 50-year-old issues of Hospital Administration in Canada (HAC) is the evolution of nursing. However, the HAC approach 50 years ago was that nursing was a problem to be solved, not a resource for health, the health system and the public, and that image would stay with nursing in Canada for many years to come. The recent commissioning by the Canadian Nurses Association of a National Expert Commission to examine sustainability of health and the healthcare system, and the resultant report, The Health of Our Nation, the Future of Our Health System: A Nursing Call to Action, released in June 2012, reflect a significantly different expectation about nurses and the nursing profession &ndash; they are not problems to be addressed, but are leading the solutions to better health, better care and better value. And patients are not passive recipients of care decided on by professionals alone, but central team members &ndash; &quot;CEOs of their own healthcare&quot; &ndash; in an inter-professional patient-/family-focused team that collectively supports people in their health journey. A number of examples of potential articles about and from nursing, based on the findings of the National Expert Commission, are included to illustrate how nursing should be reflected in an issue of HAC in 2012.
          Restauración de la Parroquia   
El 21 de Mayo la Parroquia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, de Claypole, BsAs, cumplio sus primeros 75 años de vida, fundada el 21-may-1936 por San Luis Orione.

Te pedimos tu ayuda, porque la estructura de nuestra Parroquia está muy deteriorada y según los estudios realizados, se plantea la necesidad colocar un nuevo tipo de techo, que proteja de los agentes climáticos y urbanos adecuadamente.

Por eso ofrecemos un bono contribución de $ 30 con dos números. Lo reacaudado estará destinado a cubrir parte del presupuesto de la reparación.

lol lol


casa ili flasa?
          Response to Steven Lewis’ essay, “Chasing CEO Talent in Healthcare: Is It Really About the Money”   
Response to Steven Lewis’ essay, “Chasing CEO Talent in Healthcare: Is It Really About the Money”
          "I think the Street's probably a little surprised that Dick Parsons is going to be the CEO. Bob Pitman is very well respected. But when you drill down, Dick really runs all their content operations. Content will become more important to AOL Time Warner going forward." - John Corcoran   
"I think the Street's probably a little surprised that Dick Parsons is going to be the CEO. Bob Pitman is very well respected. But when you drill down, Dick really runs all their content operations. Content will become more important to AOL Time Warner going forward." - John Corcoran
          A Model for Physician Leadership Development and Succession Planning   
Although the presence of physicians in formal leadership positions has often been limited to roles of department chiefs, MAC chairs, etc., a growing number of organizations are recruiting physicians to other leadership positions (e.g., VP, CEO) where their involvement is being genuinely sought and valued. While physicians have traditionally risen to leadership positions based on clinical excellence or on a rotational basis, truly effective physician leadership that includes competencies such as strategic planning, budgeting, mentoring, network development, etc., is essential to support organizational goals, improve performance and overall efficiency as well as ensuring the quality of care. In this context, the authors have developed a physician leader development and succession planning matrix and supporting toolkit to assist hospitals in identifying and nurturing the next generation of physician leaders.

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2
by Addison Cole

Genre: Sweet with Heat Standalone Romance

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

“Bella? Are you here for the summer, or do you live here?”

She stacked the chocolate on top of a graham cracker, added the warm marshmallow, and then topped it off with another graham cracker. She stared at it for a minute before cocking her head in his direction and answering.

“I’m here until the s’mores run out.”

Then let me run to the store for more marshmallows.

She took a bite of the gooey treat and licked a streak of chocolate from her lower lip. She had a dab of marshmallow on her cheek, and once again, it felt natural to reach over and wipe it clean with his finger.

Bella narrowed her eyes. Oops. There was that invisible boundary again. Maybe she wasn’t into him after all.

“I was saving that for later,” she said. With her back to Evan, who was preoccupied with his own dessert, she grabbed his hand and brought it to her mouth. His pulse quickened with the expectation of a sensually evocative suck. With wide, amused eyes, she turned his finger sideways and nibbled the sticky marshmallow off like it was corn on the cob.

“I’ll teach you not to steal my sugar. Open up.” She shoved the s’more toward his mouth.

“No, that’s okay.” He leaned out of reach to tease her.

“Come on. No one can resist s’mores.” She leaned in closer, holding the s’more to his lips. Her knee pressed against his thigh. “You know you want it.”

Yeah, I do. He took a bite of the sweet, sticky treat. Heat flashed in Bella’s eyes as she dragged her finger along the edge of his lower lip and held it up to show him the smear of chocolate before she slowly, seductively, sucked her finger clean.

Holy. Moly.

Beautiful, smart, and sexier than any woman he’d ever met. Bella piqued curiosities and desires that had been slumbering for way too long.


(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
July 19, 2017

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.


Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)August 23, 2017

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

(Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series.

IN SEASIDE DREAMS... Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat.

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.


Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2
by Addison Cole

Genre: Sweet with Heat Standalone Romance

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

“Bella? Are you here for the summer, or do you live here?”

She stacked the chocolate on top of a graham cracker, added the warm marshmallow, and then topped it off with another graham cracker. She stared at it for a minute before cocking her head in his direction and answering.

“I’m here until the s’mores run out.”

Then let me run to the store for more marshmallows.

She took a bite of the gooey treat and licked a streak of chocolate from her lower lip. She had a dab of marshmallow on her cheek, and once again, it felt natural to reach over and wipe it clean with his finger.

Bella narrowed her eyes. Oops. There was that invisible boundary again. Maybe she wasn’t into him after all.

“I was saving that for later,” she said. With her back to Evan, who was preoccupied with his own dessert, she grabbed his hand and brought it to her mouth. His pulse quickened with the expectation of a sensually evocative suck. With wide, amused eyes, she turned his finger sideways and nibbled the sticky marshmallow off like it was corn on the cob.

“I’ll teach you not to steal my sugar. Open up.” She shoved the s’more toward his mouth.

“No, that’s okay.” He leaned out of reach to tease her.

“Come on. No one can resist s’mores.” She leaned in closer, holding the s’more to his lips. Her knee pressed against his thigh. “You know you want it.”

Yeah, I do. He took a bite of the sweet, sticky treat. Heat flashed in Bella’s eyes as she dragged her finger along the edge of his lower lip and held it up to show him the smear of chocolate before she slowly, seductively, sucked her finger clean.

Holy. Moly.

Beautiful, smart, and sexier than any woman he’d ever met. Bella piqued curiosities and desires that had been slumbering for way too long.


(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
July 19, 2017

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.


Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)August 23, 2017

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

(Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series.

IN SEASIDE DREAMS... Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat.

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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          Should extremely creative CEOs get away with bad behavior?   
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been ousted from the company he created. Was this the best way to address the negatives of a highly creative entrepreneur? "Serial entrepreneur" Z Holly and another controversial business leader -- American Apparel's Dov Charney - weigh in.
          25 Raksasa Penghasil Minyak Terbesar Dunia   

Minyak dan gas (migas) sudah menjadi bagian kebutuhan energi bagi masyarakat di dunia sejak dahulu kala. Mulai dari kebutuhan rumah tangga, hingga pasokan energi bagi industri.

Komoditas alam ini ikut menjadi pusaran prioritas bisnis pencetak uang di dunia. Suka tidak suka, perusahaan-perusahaan penggali migas yang ada di seluruh dunia membuat bumi tetap berputar dan akan terus berjalan selama beberapa tahun ke depan. 

Di antara perusahaan-perusahaan tersebut bahkan ada yang mampu memproduksi minyak hingga jutaan barel setiap hari.

Ingin tahu perusahaan minyak mana saja yang menjadi penopang kebutuhan energi dunia. Berikut 25 perusahaan  minyak terbesar di dunia, mengacu pada kapasitas volume produksi per hari seperti melansir laman Forbes, Rabu, (12/6/2013):

1. Saudi Aramco 
Produksi: 12,5 juta barel per hari

Sejauh ini, Saudi Aramco merupakan perusahaan energi terbesar di dunia dengan pendapatan lebih dari US$ 1 miliar per hari. Lahan tambang terbesar Saudi Aramco bisa menghasilkan 5 juta barel per hari.

2. Gazprom

Produksi: 9,7 juta barel per hari

Gazpum, perusahaan asal Rusia merupakan produsen gas alam terbesar di dunia. Keuntungannya bisa mencapai lebih dari US$ 40 miliar per tahun.

3.  Iranian Oil Co

Produksi: 6,4 juta barel per hari

Iran dipaksa menghentikan produksi minyaknya menyusul sanksi internasional.  Meski begitu, Iran tetap menjadi produsen minyak dan gas terbesar di dunia.

4. ExxonMobil 

Produksi: 5,3 juta barel per hari

Keuntungan tahunan Exxon sebesar US$ 40 miliar terlihat sedikit dibandingkan transaksi penjualan yang melambung hingga US$ 400 miliar. 

Exxon saat ini tengah membahas kerjasamanya dengan produsen minyak raksasa Rusia, Rosneft.

5. PetroChina 

Produksi: 4,4 juta barel per hari

Perusahaan minyak milik negara ini merupakan yang ketiga terbesar di China. PetroChina juga memiliki catatan pasar tertinggi dibanding penjualan dari produsen lain. 

Saat ini China sudah memproduksi lebih banyak minyak daripada ExxonMobil.

6. BP

Produksi:  4,1 juta barel per hari

Saat ini BP tengah kewalahan mempertahankan jumlah produksi 4,1 juta barel per hari. Perusahaan tengah membahas penjualan 50% sahamnya di TNK-BP Rusia atau setara dengan sepertiga hasil produksi.

7.  Royal Dutch Shell 

Produksi : 3,9 juta barel per hari

Shell berharap musin panas ini bisa mulai mengebor minyak di pantai Chuckchi Alaska. Selama bertahun-tahun Shell terus menyempurnakan rencana pengeboran minyaknya di beberapa lokasi tambang.

8. Pemex

Produksi: 3,6 juta barel per hari

Hasil produksi lahan tambang terbesar di Mexico, Cantarell anjlok sebanyak 2 juta barel per hari. Sisanya saat ini hanya sekitar 600 ribu barel per hari. 

Pemex berperan menutupi kelangkaan akibat kurangnya pasokan minyak dari pertambangan lain.

9. Chevron

Produksi : 3,5 juta barel per hari

Chevron membeli Atlas Petroleum pada 2010 seharga US$ 4,3 miliar untuk menambah lahan di Marcellus dan shale Utica. Dengan harga gas yang rendah, sebagian mengharapkan kesepakatan yang lebih besar.

10. Kuwait Petroleum Corp

Produksi: 3,2 juta barel per hari

Perusahaan minyak Kuwait ini berdiri pada 1934 oleh perusahaan yang saat ini dikenal sebagai Chevron dan BP. Pada 1975, perusahaan kemudian dipatenkan menjadi milik negara. 

Saat ini, operasi tambang di Burgan yang merupakan lahan terbesar Kuwait dilanjutkan Chevron.

11. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co
Produksi: 2,9 juta barel per hari

Abu Dhabi merupakan pusat kekuatan Uni Emirat Arab. Posisinya yang strategis dimanfaatkan untuk membangun saluran pipa minyak ke Fujairah guna memudahkan ekspor ke luar.

12. Sonatrach

Produksi; 2,7 juta barel per hari

Gas alam mendominasi hasil produksi perusahaan energi nasional Algeria ini. Kebanyakan hasil produksinya di ekspor ke Eropa.

13. Total

Produksi:  2,7 juta barel per hari

Presiden Prancis Francois Hollande mengenakan jenis pajak baru pada inventasi minyak terhitung Juli 2012. 

Dalam tanggapannya, CEO Total Christophe de Margerie mengatakan, tindakan ini akan menguras US$ 200 juta pendapatan Total pada 2012 dan mengganggu sektor penyulingan minyak yang sedang tak baik.

14. Petrobras 

Produksi: 2,7 juta barel per hari

Mantan CEO Petrobas Sergio Gabrielli menyerahkan jabatan pada bos baru Maria das Gracas Silva Foster Februari lalu. 

Perusahaan sedang berupaya untuk mengembangkan lahan minyak raksasa dengan kedalaman tinggi di luar negeri.

15.  Rosneft 

Produksi: 2,6 juta barel per hari

Sama dengan Gazprom, Rosneft adalah perusahaan minyak milik Russia. Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin terlihat menghadiri diskusi yang menandakan kerjasama Rosneft dan ExxonMobil untuk mengeksplorasi pantai-pantai di negaranya.

16. Iraqi Oil Ministry 

Produksi: 2,3 juta barel per hari

Peringkat Irak sebagai produsen minyak terbesar di dunia bisa terus meningkat karena lahan-lahan tambang raksasanya terus berproduksi.

Pengeboran tahap 2 di Qurna Barat, proyek yang dioperasikan Lukoil milik Rusia menghasilkan sekitar 13 miliar barel.

17. Qatar Petroleum
Produksi: 2,3 juta barel per hari

Mayoritas produksi Qatar adalah gas alam yang tersebar ke seluruh dunia sebagai gas alam cair (LNG).  Qatar menyediakan lahan gas alami terbesar di dunia yang di bawah tanah Persian Gulf dengan Iran.

18. Lukoil 

Produksi: 2,2 juta barel per hari

Lukoil didirikan tahun 1991 oleh Mantan Wakil Menteri Vagit Alekperov yang masih menjalankan perusahaan hingga saat ini. Dirinya memiliki 20% saham perusahaan seharga US$ 13 miliar.

19. Eni 

Produksi: 2,2 juta barel per hari

Eni adalah produsen minyak unggul di Italia. CEO Eni Paolo Scaroni dalam beberapa tahun menyusun landasan kerjasama dengan perusahaan-perusahaan seperti Pdvsa, Venezuela dan Rosneft, Rusia.

20. Statoil 

Produksi:  2,1 juta barel per hari

Pemerintah Norwegia memiliki 67% saham di Statoil. Investasi perusahaan di Amerika sudah mencapai lebih dari Us$ 20 miliar termasuk akuisisi Bakken-focused Brigham Exploration sebesar US$ 4,7 miliar pada 2011.

21. ConocoPhillips 

Produksi: 2 juta barel per hari

Tahun ini ConocoPhillips meluaskan bisnis kilang minyaknya menyusul keinginan Phillips 66 untuk fokus pada operasi-operasi di permukaan.

22. Petroleos de Venezuela

Produksi: 1,9 juta barel per hari

Perusahaan minyak Venezuela yang lebih dikenal dengan sebutan Pdvsa ini, lebih terlihat sebagai bank pribadi Presiden Hugo Chavez yang membuat perusahaan menderita karena harus membayar program-program sosialnya. Hasil produksi sendiri sudah menurun sejak 1998.

23. Sinopec 

Produksi: 1,6 juta barel per hari

Sinopec merupakan kilang minyak terbesar China. Tahun ini Sinopec menghentikan usaha shale-nya dengan Devon Energy.

24. Nigerian National Petroleum 

Produksi: 1,4 juta barel per hari

Di tengah-tengah kehancuran ekonomi akibat korupsi di industri minyak negara Nigeria, Presiden Goodluck Jonathan juga diketahui melakukan korupsi pada beberapa eksekutif.

25. Petronas 

Produksi: 1,4 juta barel per hari

Perusahaan minyak raksasa Malaysia membangun markasnya di menara kembar Petronas. Petronas belakangan melebarkan sayap bisnisnya ke luar negeri dan saat ini sedang dalam proses negosiasi dengan perusahaan gas Progress Energy Kanada untuk memperoleh dana sebesar Us$ 5,4 miliar. (Nur)

          Customization in the Golf Industry   

Over the past 5 years, the United States Golf Association (USGA), has imposed tough restrictions on golf club design, limiting the size, spring effect and now grooves in an attempt to rein in what they perceive as game altering technology. The argument for or against their position can be saved for another day, but the result of these limits has been making waves in the golf industry. If you ask the CEOs of the top 5 golf companies, "Has the USGA's restrictions on golf club design helped or hurt your business?" invariably, the answer would be "hurt". But to others the new regulations do not hurt, in fact, they help.

In the first 1/2 of this decade, Golf manufacturers worked hard to keep up with the advances in golf technology. It seemed that every year there was a new manufacturing barrier to be crossed, a new material that had to be integrated and the performance bar was ever being drawn farther and farther down the fairway. Now that the pace of technology in the golf industry has slowed somewhat, it is easier to manufacture equipment that performs as well or better than clubs purchased in the most prestigious pro shops.

Still 98% of the golf equipment purchased in the US is off the rack or standard. So if technology is not advancing the way it once did, what is the next performance break through? Certainly, it is customization. In a 2008 article on playing your best golf a major golf publication reported, "....customization may be the last and least know frontier in the golf equipment industry. Manufacturers that will be successful in the coming decades will embrace a customer-centric approach to fitting the golfer for improved play."

Best Regards,
GigaGolf, Inc.

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Ostar pogled - dobar nisan wink

ups- ulete Karlo,

poceo da mi cita misli :D
          As Healthcare Firm Flees Kansas, CEO Says Gov. Sam Brownback Should Resign in Shame   
It is far past the time that Sam Brownback and his cronies admit the damage...to the people of Kansas and resign in the shame they deserve. Rmuse
          Jim Rogers Warns that Duke Energy Could Exit NC   

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers delivered a threat to Charlotte and state officials this week about the future of the company’s headquarters in NC. Rogers was discussing implications of the outcome of the NC Utilities Commission’s (NCUC) investigation into the morass surrounding the merger. According to the News and Observer, Rogers was speaking at a ...

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          Charlotte Home to Fortune 500 Bad Boys   

Charlotte welcomed another Fortune 500 company recently as Governor Perdue and Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre announced the HQ is leaving Cincinnati for the sunny south. Chiquita is now the eighth Fortune 500 HQ located in Charlotte– such as Bank of America and Duke Energy. Charlotte is becoming home to some of the worst corporate actors ...

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          igra istine   
kasno sam legao, gledao sam neki film...
uostalom ja se nikad ne mogu naspavati, ali sam se lepo budio, puna kuca gostiju ceo dan...

a grejete jos?
          VGE National Account Manager - Barcelona - Vodafone - Barcelona, Barcelona   
Introduces new innovations and concepts to key decision makers within the customer through relationship and stakeholder management of CEO’s and Sales Directors...
De Vodafone - Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:16:56 GMT - Ver todo: empleo en Barcelona, Barcelona
          Walmart Workers Can't Be Paid Much More    
Sorry for the quiet around here. We've been busy with real projects. But to keep the lights on I thought I'd re-post something I wrote on Facebook that got long enough to be of bloggish length. It's not normal subject matter for us, but it is related to some these we discuss from time to time. It concerns Justin Fox's claim that low wages for employees of corporations like Walmart are a "social decision" distinct from economic logic. I think he's right, but not really in the way that he means.

There's a much better way to get at this. Walmart and other low-end retailers are both producers (of goods/distribution of goods) and consumers (of labor). Their business model is to forego some of their producer surplus (hence the very low profit margin, around 3% of revenues) in order to boost volume. Per store, Walmart makes around $1.4 million/year... it's just that they have over 10,500 stores so their overall profits (~$15bn) sound impressive and their revenues (~$450bn) are astounding.

If you considered each store as its own "small business" you'd wonder what the hell they were doing, because to staff those stores they have to hire a ton of people to accommodate all that volume. That's why this model only works at scale. To maintain even a 3% profit margin they have to extract some of their workers' producer surplus to make up for the surplus they have given to consumers to capture market share. This is what a high volume/low margin business looks like. It's even more severe at Amazon. But they don't capture as much of their workers' surplus as people think.

Walmart's stores are staffed on average by about 300 people who make on average $12.67 per hour or ~$25k/year if they work full-time and take two weeks of unpaid vacation. $1.4mn profit per store /300 workers = ~$4,500. So that's how much surplus value Walmart is "extracting" from labor, if you don't factor in anything else like retaining earnings, paying shareholders, investing in new stores/products, etc. That's a lot of trouble to make a measly $1.4mn! The only way it makes sense (for shareholders) is if volume is HUGE. Which it is. Since the shareholders are relatively concentrated -- six Waltons own nearly half of the shares -- they make a killing. But it's practically all volume.

Anyway, $3k or so is the upper limit of how much more each worker could earn under the current business model. Say it's the difference between $25k and $30k. That's certainly not nothing, but it does not represent such a qualitative difference in standard of living that anyone would consider Walmart employees to be well-paid if they all got the full $4,500.

So what else could be done other to increase that $4,500/year? Walmart could claw back some of their producer surplus from consumers by raising prices and using the proceeds to raise wages, which would constitute a simple redistribution from customers to employees assuming no money taken by management/ownership and completely inelastic consumer demand. Both assumptions are pretty heroic in this case. That would basically just shuffle cash from some poor people (Walmart's customers) to other poor people (Walmart's employees). Or they could reduce margins even further, but 3% is already pretty thin. Or they could raise margins by paying their suppliers (e.g. poor Chinese workers) even less, and give the extra profits to their American workers. They could redistribute salaries from management -- their CEO makes $20 million to manage a company with $450 billion in revenues -- but Walmart employs over 2 million people... we're talking 10 bucks per worker per year if the CEO was paid nothing at all.

So any redistributionary choice that would fundamentally change the situation would seem to involve deciding which group of poor people are made worse off: Walmart's customers, its employees, or its suppliers. The political equilibrium right now is a mix of employees and suppliers. Changing policy -- say, by raising the minimum wage -- involves changing two of those variables: one goes up, one goes down. There's just not enough cash which can be taken from management to make all that much of a difference on a per worker basis, even if you reduced managements' salaries to $0 and retained no profits for future investments or any other purpose. And per-worker profit is so low that there's a pretty firm limit on how much more they can be paid.

Now, Walmart's business model of extremely high volume at very low margins does not represent the entire economy, although I see a number of trends pushing more and more of the retail economy in that direction, so this logic won't always apply. But it's about as close to the competitive equilibrium models of econ 101 as contemporary markets get. So if there was ever a case to be made that wages are social decisions rather than economic decisions -- and there is, although I'd prefer "political decisions" over who captures the producer and consumer surplus to "social decisions", which just sounds slippery -- Walmart probably isn't the best example for Fox to use.

UPDATE: Tyler Cowen's column today speaks to a related issue: the politics of wealth vs income.
          igra istine   
odavno me nisu povredili, no stara rana opet pecka...
godisnjica je...


alekseej: po ceo dan, kiflice sa makom, tortu sa orasima i puslice... 8)

znam ko te je povredio danas, a ko te je obradovao?
          Front Desk Receptionist - WealthBridge Inc - Honolulu, HI   
Transfer phone calls. Assist with answering multiple phone lines. The Receptionist will be reporting and providing support to both the Office Manager and CEO at... $11 an hour
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You are GAS’ CEO. What’s the reason that convinced you to start this adventure?

Since the first encounter what really impressed me is the love that the Grotto family pours into the brand GAS and in its company. Their genuine passion is the expression of an authentic way of being.

Once you’ve started to work in the company what did you discover?

I was surprised by the quality of denim and by an enormous passion for the research. If I had to tell you what happens before finalizing a wash…


Why a consumer should choose to buy GAS?


I presume to affirm that our product has a price/quality ratio that cannot be ignored. Then, to make it simple, it looks good and it fits perfectly. Briefly, we believe we produce excellence and I like to highlight that GAS is one of the few Italian companies where denim is produced with the same standards of the most prestigious fashion houses.


What do you see in the future of the company?


We’ll build the future of the company on the solid basis of our heritage. Our history is our future. We’ll continue to be the brand where talent, emotion, creativity, quality and good sense will distinguish us. In these last years it’s not easy to be credible when speaking about expansion. We’ll rather focus on the perception of our uniqueness.

          NHIA is heavily indebted – Sylvester Mensah   
The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah has confirmed claims by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the Authority is ludicrously indebted contrary to stern denials by the former government led by John Dramani Mahama.
          I was never sacked as NHIA boss – Sylvester Mensah   
The former boss of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah has dismissed claims that he was sacked as the CEO of the Authority.
          I want to be president – Sylvester Mensah   
A former CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah has revealed he hopes to “occupy the Flagstaff House” one day, but for now he is “considering” numerous calls on him to contest the flagbearer position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of the 2020 elections.
          More Flynn Foreign Payments Revealed; Trump-Friendly National Enquirer Labels Flynn a "Russian Spy"   
A few weeks ago it was revealed that General Michael T. Flynn, who advised President Trump on foreign policy, and briefly served as National Security Adviser in the Trump administration, was acting as an agent of of a foreign government, namely Turkey.  Flynn's company received $530,000 for 90 days of work to investigate and undermine a political opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who engaged in a political crackdown after surviving a military coup.

That's $5,889 a day that Flynn's firm was being paid by Turkish interests, all the while traveling around
General Michael T. Flynn
the country with the Donald Trump campaign.  It's a good gig if you can get it.

But it turns out, there were more payments. Recently, Flynn amended federal disclosure documents to show payments from Russian outfits, i.e. Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Kapersky Government Security Solutions, Inc, each of which paid him $11,250.  Flynn was also paid $45,000 by RT, the state Russian news agency, for a speech he gave in 2015, another payment he failed to disclose.

Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, indicated the payments might result in a referral to the General Accounting Office, which might ask for a return of all the money.  As Rep. Chaffetz notes, former military officers simply are not allowed to take these type of payments.  It is not a stretch to think there might be criminal liability involved with the payments, which might further explain why Flynn is requesting immunity for his testimony.

An interested and related development comes from of all places, the National Enquirer.  Last week's edition of the supermarket tabloid had blazened across the front page the headline:  "TRUMP CATCHES RUSSIAN'S WHITE HOUSE SPY!"    Here is a summary:

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Here is the start of the article inside the paper:

National Enquirer's CEO David Pecker is a good friend of President Trump.   Pecker's publication has enthusiastically supported his campaign for President.  During various points in the campaign, the National Enquirer published scandalous (and unverified) stories about Trump's opponents which Trump then used on the campaign stump.  These National Enquirer stories includes the bizarre piece claiming that Sen. Ted Cruz's father was involved in the plot to assassinate President Kennedy.  Despite the absurd stories that regularly appear in the magazine, President Trump has on several occasions said the Enquirer is a credible source of information..

While the Enquirer has zero credibility as a news source, the story calling Flynn a Russian spy is noteworthy for this reason:   The story almost certainly didn't go to print with Trump's direct or indirect blessing.  The story represents the beginning of the new spin that Trump wasn't personally complicit with Russian meddling in the campaign, that he was instead a victim from unscrupulous Russian agents like Flynn.

General Flynn take a look at the Trump bus.  You're going to soon find yourself underneath it.
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kada jednom progovori, ceo dan ce da brblja!
          Ampliación tema 4-Organos de las plantas   
Órganos de las plantas con semillas.
Es el órgano que se encuentra debajo de la tierra.
-Sujetar la planta al suelo
- Absorber las sales minerales y el agua del suelo.
- También actuan como órganos de reserva acumulando sustancias para ser asimiladas más tarde.

Partes de una Raíz
•    Cuello parte situada al nivel de la superficie del suelo, separa el tallo de la raíz
•    Raíz principal . Parte subterránea de la que salen las raíces secundarias
      Zona terminal.o apical.- Termina en la cofía, que le sirve para evitar que se dañe la raíz al crecer
      Zona de crecimiento .- Zona por la cual crece la planta
•    Pelos Absorbentes, por donde penetra el agua con las sustancias minerales para alimentar la planta.

Utilidades de las raíces: Muchas de las raíces son útiles y sirven de alimento como la remolacha y la zanahoria; otras son medicinales como el jengibre.

 Tipos de raices: Subterráneas
Raíz axonomorfa: Esta  compuesta por una raíz que contiene mayor espesor, considerada la principal, y otras que salen de ella y que se caracterizan por ser más delgadas. Ejemplo, la judi
Raíz axonomorfa
 Raíz fasciculada: estas, a diferencia de las anteriores, carecen de una raíz principal, sino que todas poseen un espesor similar. Ejemplo, la cebolla
Raíz fasciculada
 Raíz napiforme: en estas también se desarrolla una raíz principal, cuya función es la de almacenar sustancias de reserva.Ejemplo, la zanahora, la remolacha, etc.
Raíz napiforme
 Raíz ramificada: poseen una estructura similar a la del árbol, aunque carecen de raíz principal.
 Raíz ramificada
 Raíz tuberosa: estas raíces contienen una estructura fasciculada que, tras la acumulación de las sustancias de reserva, se ensanchan de manera significativa. Ejemplo , la patata

 Raíz tuberosa
 Estas raíces son propias de las plantas acuáticas y permanecen dentro del agua, flotando, sin sujetarse a nada.

Es la parte de la planta que crece en sentido contrario al de la raíz, de abajo hacia arriba.
- Da rígidez a la planta
Sostener todos los órganos del vegetal: hojas, flores y frutos.
-  Conducir de la raíz a las hojas, la savia bruta ( agua y sales minerales o materia inorgánica) mediante los vasos conductones leñosos lo del Xilema.
-  Conducir la savia elaborada (hidratos de carbonoo materia orgánica) desde las hojas a toda la planta, mediante los vasos conductores liberianos o del Floema.
Partes del tallo
-Cuello: con el que se une a la raíz.
- Nudo: en los que se insertan las hojas y las ramas.
- Entrenudos: partes de tallo comprendidas entre dos nudos.
- Yemas:  Las yemas axilares son pequeños brotes que al crecer serán hojas o ramas. La yema terminal es el brote pequeño, situado en el ápice o final del tallo y que lo hace crecer en longitud.

Utilidad de los tallos: Para la alimentación como la cebolla, los espárragos y medicinales como la quina y la canela, y para la industria como la caña de azúcar, el lino, el sisal.
De los árboles también se saca la madera para hacer muebles y papel, igualmente se extrae la resina para sacar el caucho.

Tipos de tallos
  Los tallos pueden ser herbáceos son delgados, flexibles y de color verde. El perejil, por ejemplo, tiene el tallo herbáceo.
Los tallos leñosos son propios de los árboles y los arbustos. Son tallos gruesos y endurecidos.
Algunos vegetales guardan agua o sustancias de reserva en sus tallos, como por ejemplo, los cactus.

  • Rizomas. Poseen unas escamas protectoras y raíces adventicias. Cuando pasa el invierno las yemas originan brotes que salen al exterior, y que, a veces, adquieren un gran tamaño, como es el caso de la platanera. Otros ejemplos de rizomas son: la grama, el lirio, el aro.
  • Tubérculos. Son porciones de tallo subterráneo que almacenan gran cantidad de reservas. Ejemplos: la patata, la batata.
  • Bulbos. Tienen un tallo —corto, por lo general— con raíces en la parte inferior y una yema en la parte superior, protegida por unas hojas que almacenan sustancias de reserva. Ejemplos: la cebolla, el ajo, el tulipán.

  • Lee todo en: Tipos de tallos | La guía de Biología http://biologia.laguia2000.com/general/tipos-de-tallos#ixzz2DeaYmSbe

  • Rizomas. Poseen unas escamas protectoras y raíces adventicias. Cuando pasa el invierno las yemas originan brotes que salen al exterior, y que, a veces, adquieren un gran tamaño, como es el caso de la platanera. Otros ejemplos de rizomas son: la grama, el lirio, el aro.
  • Tubérculos. Son porciones de tallo subterráneo que almacenan gran cantidad de reservas. Ejemplos: la patata, la batata.
  • Bulbos. Tienen un tallo —corto, por lo general— con raíces en la parte inferior y una yema en la parte superior, protegida por unas hojas que almacenan sustancias de reserva. Ejemplos: la cebolla, el ajo, el tulipán.

  • Lee todo en: Tipos de tallos | La guía de Biología http://biologia.laguia2000.com/general/tipos-de-tallos#ixzz2DeaYmSbe
     Tiposde tallos (algunos de ellos):
    Tronco: leñoso, se ramifica en ramas también leñosas. 
    Estipe: propio de las palmeras. No crece en grosor ni se ramifica.  
    Caña: con los entrenudos huecos. 
    Cálamo: herbáceo, que por dentro es hueco (junco).  
    Suculento: contiene reservas de agua. (Cactus)  
    Rastrero: crece paralelo al suelo y produce raíces adventicias .
     Trepador: Se enrolla alrededor de otros objetos con objeto de subir en altura con raices adventicias. (Hiedra) 
    Rizoma: subterráneo engrosado.  
    Tubérculo: subterráneo almacena sustancias de reserva.(patata)  
    Bulbo: tallo subterráneo de monocotiledoneas engrosado. (cebolla).
    Son los órganos vegetales que sirven a la planta para respirar y para verificar la función clorofílica. Las hojas nacen en el tallo o en las ramas; son generalmente de color verde.

    Partes de la Hoja
    - Limbo: Es la parte plana de la hoja, y tiene dos caras, la superior se llama haz, y el reverso envés.
    - Pecíolo: Es el filamento que une la hoja al tallo o rama.
    - Haz : Cara superior del limbo. Suele tener un color verde brillante.
    - Envés: Parte inferior del limbo. Su color es normalmente más oscuro y presenta muchas veces pelos.
    - Estomas:  Los estomas son grupos de dos o más células epidérmicas especializadas cuya función es regular el intercambio gaseoso y la transpiració.Se encuentran en las partes verdes aéreas de la planta, particularmente en las hojas, donde pueden hallarse en una o ambas epidermis, más frecuentemente en la inferior.

    -Nervaduras.- Las nervaduras están formadas por haces de fibras que conducen la savia, estos son los haces de leño y liber que forman el esqueleto de la hoja y conducen la savia.

    Respiración: Las hojas son los pulmones de las plantas pues por ella realizan su respiración. La respiración consiste en absorber de la atmósfera oxígeno y exhalar dióxido de carbono. Esta función principalmente se da durante todo el día incluida la noche. Por eso, no debemos dormir con macetas en las habitaciones porque contaminan el aire.
    Transpiración (intercambio de gases): Se verifica en las plantas mediante las salidas del exceso de agua de las hojas por las estomas. Esta función se realiza en forma de pequeñas gotitas que aparecen en la superficie de las hojas.
    Función Clorofílica (Fotosíntesis): Consiste en absorber el dióxido de carbono del aire, mediante la acción de la luz; luego lo descomponen y dejan libre el oxígeno. Esta función es de gran importancia y además es la vida de las plantas, pues gracias a ella y a la luz del sol, las hojas fabrican su alimento; transforman la materia inrgánica en materia orgánica.
    Tipos de hojas :Las hojas se pueden clasificar de muchas formas, os incluyo este cuadro que creo es fácil y bastante completo. En la forma del limbo sólo estudiais las simples.


    Utilidades de las hojas
    Son alimenticias, las que sirven al ser humano para su alimento como la lechuga, la acelga, el repollo, la espinaca y otras.
    Son medicinales, las que se usan para las enfermedades, como el eucalipto, la malva, la borraja.
    Son industriales, las que se usan para la elaboración de productos destinados al comercio, como el tabaco, el añil, la cocuiza, y otras.

    Es el órgano que sirve para la reproducción de las plantas. Las flores son las partes más vistosas de las plantas.

    Partes de una flor 
    Caliz: formadas por unas hojitas verdes llamadas Sépalos. Tiene una consistencia más fuerte que la corola y a sus piezas les llamamos sépalos. A veces los pétalos y los sépalos tienen el mismo color, entonces les llamamos tépalos.
    Corola: constituidas por hojas de colores vistosos llamados pétalosque rodean a las estructuras reproductoras.Su función es atraer a los animales portadores del polen.
     Estambre: órgano reproductor masculino de la flor. Formado por un filmentodelgado en  cuyo extremo se localiza la antera, dentro de las cuales se forman los granos de polen. El conjunto de estambres se denomina Androceo. 
    -El filamento que lleva encima una especie de " bolsita" encima de él cargada de polen.
    -La antera que es la "bolsita" superior donde están encerrados los granos de polen.

    Carpelo: órgano reproductor femenino de la flor. En su parte inferior está el ovarioen cuyo interior se desarrollan los óvulos; sigue el estilo y se abre al exterior por el estigma. el conjunto de carpelos se denomina Gineceo. 
    -El estigma que está situado en la parte superior en forma de receptáculo para recoger el polen.
    -El estilo que sirve de tubo conductor hacia el ovario
    -El ovario que es la parte inferior más ampliada y donde se encuentran los óvulos que han de ser fecundados por el polen masculino.
     Pedúnculo floral: parte que une la flor al tallo.

     Algunas plantas presentan flores incompletas o unisexuales que sólo tienen uno de los dos órganos reproductores. Ejemplo  pino (flores distintas en un mismo individuo) o acebo (flores masculinas en un individuo y flores femeninas en otro distinto)
    Las flores pueden salir en forma solitaria o en conjunto (inflorescencias)

    Es el ovario fecundado y maduro. Realizada la fecundación del óvulo, ésta se transforma en semilla y el ovario empieza a crecer rápidamente para transformarse en fruto.

    Clases de fruto
    - Carnosos: Son muy útiles, pues contienen sustancias azucaradas que refrescan y alimentan. Ejemplo: el tomate, la naranja, el mango, la lechosa, otros.
    - Secos: el trigo, el arroz, la caraota, el fríjol, el maíz.

     Voy a describir el caso de la reproducción por flores de las Angiospermas.

    • POLINIZACIÓN: los granos de polen situados en las anteras han de llegar hasta el estigma de la flor, bien por el viento o transportados por animales como los insectos.
    • FECUNDACIÓN: el grano de polen se desarrolla y crece hasta alcanzar el óvulo que está en el ovario produciéndose la fecundación.
    • FORMACIÓN DE LA SEMILLA Y EL FRUTO: empieza a crecer una nueva planta. Esta nueva planta situada en el interior del ovario se denomina SEMILLA.
    • El ovario crece para proteger a la o las semillas y facilitar su posterior dispersión dando lugar al FRUTO.
    • DISPERSIÓN: el fruto ayuda a la dispersión de las semillas mediante el viento o al ser comidas por otros animales y depositadas junto con las heces.
    • GERMINACIÓN: Cuando la semilla cae en un terreno favorable comienza a crecer. Las reservas, que la "planta madre" ha colocado en las primeras hojas que se forman llamadas cotiledones, son utilizadas para las primeras etapas de crecimiento hasta que pueda formar nuevas hojas con las que hacer fotosíntesis y generar sus propios nutrientes.

                        (Plantas "fitas" con semillas "sperma")

      Se dividen en dos grandes clases:

    • Subdivisión GIMNOSPERMAS.
      • sus semillas NOestán encerradas dentro de un fruto sino que están simplemente apoyadas en una escama.
      • ejemplo: pinos, cipreses, abetos, cedros, sabinas.
    • Subdivisión  ANGIOSPERMAS.
      • sus semillas están encerradas en un fruto.
      • Muchas de ellas tienen flores vistosas.
      • Ejemplos: manzano, romero, rosales, amapolas, margaritas, trigo,...
        • Clase MONOCOTILEDÓNEAS: semillas con un solo cotiledón. (trigo, maíz, arroz,...)
        • Clase DICOTILEDÓNEAS: semillas con dos cotiledones, (gabanzos, judias, lentejas, melón, girasol,...).

    1. Subdivisión GIMNOSPERMAS


    • Son árboles o arbustos.
    • Raices axonomorfas o pivotantes (raiz primaria de la que derivan otras secundarias, etc.)
    • Hojas, en general perennes. Suelen ser duras y aciculares(agujas) como en el pino o escuamiformes(escamas) como en el ciprés. Cada hoja tiene una duración mayor de un año, el árbol siempre tiene hojas.
    • Polinización anemógama. La fecundaciónen gimnospermas. 
    • Sus flores son unisexuales. las flores femeninas tienen una escama con dos óvulos que NOestán encerrados en un ovario.
    • Las escamas se agrupan formando conos o piñas (no son frutos auténticos ya que no provienen del engrosamiento del ovario) que contienen las semillas.
    • Las que puedes conocer son:
      • Ginkgo: sólo hay una especie actualmente (Ginkgo biloba o árbol de las pagodas) que se considera un fósil viviente. Tiene hojas caducas con una forma muy particular: flabeladas.
      • Coníferas: son uno de los grupos vegetales más importantes del planeta. Forman grandes bosques y de ellos se obtienen gran variedad de productos.
        • pinos, abetos, cedros, sabinas, enebros, cipreses, tuyas, píceas,....

    2. Subdivisión  ANGIOSPERMAS.

                   (plantas "fitas" con semillas encerradas en un ovario "angios" =  vaso).


    • Sus flores son generalmente hermafroditas.
    • Presentan semillas dentro del ovario, que se desarrolla dando lugar a verdaderos frutos.
    • Se dividen en dos grandes grupos:
        • semilla de un solo cotiledón.
        • raices fasciculadas (muchas e iguales).
        • Los tallos no crecen en grosor y no se ramifican.
        • La mayoría son herbáceas.
        • Hojas paralelinervias y sentadas, es decir, sin peciolo.
        • Cebolla, puerro, tulipán, maiz, trigo, 
        • semillas con dos cotiledones.
        • raíces axonomorfas o pivotantes.
        • Los tallos de más de un año crecen en grosor y se ramifican.
        • Hojas NO paralelinervias (con nervios ramificados).
        • herbáceas, y leñosas.
        • Olmos, castaños, manzanos, margaritas, trebol, romero, tomillo,....

              Tema 6 (5).- LOS MAMÍFEROS   

    Cómo son los mamíferos
    Los mamíferos son una clase de vertebrados que se caracterizan sobre todo por que las madres alimentan a sus crías a través de las mamas. De esta característica les viene su nombre. Son los vertebrados más complejos que existen y habitan todos medios
    Esto se debe a que al tratarse de animales complejos, necesitan estar mas tiempo dependiendo de la madre, después de nacer, para adquirir conocimientos propios de esa especie.
    Es decir nacen inmaduros.

    De forma general podemos decir que los mamíferos se caracterizan por lo siguiente:
    1.- Son de sangre caliente , o lo que es lo mismo, su temperatura es constante.
    2.- Las madres están provistas de glándulas mamarias que suministran leche a sus crías.
    3.- La boca está rodeada de labios para poder mamar las crías.
    3.- Presentan abundantes glándulas (sebáceas, sudoríparas y olorosas) y, generalmente,
    abundante pelo
    que mudan periódicamente.
    4.- Tienen dientes para masticar los alimentos.
    5.- Tienen respiración pulmonar, incluidos los acuáticos
    6.- La circulación es doble (pulmonar y general).
    7.- La mayoría son vivíparos: El embrión se desarrolla dentro de la madre y se nutre a
    sus expensas a través de la placenta.
    Los mamíferos son los animales mas complejos y evolucionados.
    Además pueden vivir en la tierra, volar , o vivir en el agua.
    A continuación vamos a ver con más detalle algunas características comunes de los mamíferos en los principales órganos y aparatos de su organismo.

    La reproducción de los mamíferos es sexual. Aunque unos pocos ponen huevos, la mayoría son vivíparos. Esto es, la cría se desarrolla dentro de la madre, de cuya sangre obtiene los nutrientes que necesita.

    Los mamíferos pueden ser carnívoros, herbívoros u omnívoros. Su dentición ( es decir, el número de dientes que tienen de cada tipo) varía de unas especies a otras dependiendo de su alimentación.

    Se diferencian tres grupos: monotremas, marsupiales y placentarios

    Ponen huevos con cáscara. Tienen pies pañlmeados, un pico y cola plana. Sus mamas no tienen pezones, y las crias se alimentan lamiendo la leche en lugar de mamar.
    Son vivíparos, pero pares crías muy poco desarrolladas que terminan de formarse en el marsupio ( una bolsa ventral con pezones).
    En los placentarios , las crías están conectadas a la madre a través de un órgano llamado placenta y nacen completamente desarrolladas.

    Tienes más explicación al final del apartado

    Morfología externa. En su cuerpo se pueden distinguir tres partes: cabeza, tronco y cola.
    • Cabeza. Generalmente presenta dos orificios nasales, dos orejas, dos ojos provistos de párpados, una boca provista de labios para succionar leche durante la lactancia y cuatro tipos de dientes (incisivos para cortar, caninos para rasgar, premolares y molares para triturar) situados cada uno en un alvéolo dental diferente.
    Tronco. Generalmente presenta 4 extremidades formadas por un hueso largo, a continuación dos huesos largos paralelos y un conjunto de huesos pequeños que forman cinco dedos. Es la denominada estructura interna de quiridio. Pueden estar adaptadas a la marcha (cómo por ejemplo las patas de un caballo), a la excavación (como las patas de un topo), a la aprensión de objetos (como las manos del chimpancé), al vuelo (como las alas de un murciélago), o a la natación (como las aletas de una ballena o de una foca). Las patas marchadoras pueden acabar en uñas (mamíferos ungulígrados como el caballo o el cerdo), en dedos (mamíferos digitígrados como el perro) o en la planta de un pie (mamíferos plantígrados como el oso o el ser humano). Las hembras presentan glándulas mamarías para dar leche a los recién nacidos (lactancia).
    • Cola. Puede faltar (cómo en el gorila) o puede formar una aleta (cómo en las ballenas). Generalmente actúa como un timón por mantener o cambiar la dirección en las carreras rápidas. En algunas especies como los monos arañas es prensil y sirve para cogerse a las ramas.
    Anatomía interna. El corazón de los mamíferos presenta dos aurículas y dos ventrículos como el de las aves por lo cual tienen circulación doble y completa. La respiración es pulmonar. En algunos grupos el aparato digestivo presenta características especiales, como en los rumiantes que poseen la panza para almacenar el alimento y después devolverlo a la boca y rumiarlo (volver a masticarlo). La mayoría no presentan cloaca sino que el orificio excretor y el ano desembocan por separado.

    EL APARATO DIGESTIVO: Se caracteriza porque en la boca hay dientes, que están alojados en unos huecos de las mandíbulas llamados alvéolos. (ver esquema del libro)
    El diente consta de tres partes :

    Corona :Que es la parte mas externa con la que se mastica

    Raíz : Parte interna que está dentro del alvéolo.

    Cuello : Parte intermedia entre las dos anteriores.
    A su vez el diente esta formado por materiales óseos y minerales muy resistentes, el marfil y el esmalte, para poder triturar alimentos duros. La capa interna donde se alimenta el diente se llama pulpa.
    Cuando las capas externas se dañan por efecto de las bacterias aparecen las caries, que no duelen hasta que no lesionan la parte profunda del diente: la pulpa.
    La forma de los dientes es variada , según para lo que se les utilice, y así tenemos dientes incisivos para cortar, caninos desgarrar y premolares y molares para triturar.
    La boca se continua con el tubo digestivo, que termina en el ano. No hay cloaca como en las aves.
    El tubo digestivo es muy variado según se trate de carnívoro y omnívoros que le suelen tener mas corto y sencillo que el de los hervívoros.
    En los hervívoros rumiantes es de destacar su estómago que está dividido en varios compartimentos , para poder llevar a cabo la digestión y fermentación de las grandes cantidades de hierbas que comen.
    Como podemos ver, la forma en que se alimentan y de que se alimentan sirve a los zoólogos para clasificar a los mamíferos en distintos grupos:carnívoros, hervívoros, etc.
    LA RESPIRACIÓN ES PULMONAR: Esto quiere decir que cogen el oxígeno del aire, aunque vivan en el agua.
    Los mamíferos tienen un músculo transversal, llamado diafragma y que les sirve para mover los pulmones y para dividir la cavidad interna del tronco en dos partes:

    Cavidad torácica, que contiene los pulmones y el corazón.
    Y la Cavidad abdominal, con los aparatos digestivo, excretor y reproductor.
    En el aparato respiratorio tienen laringe para poder emitir sonidos

    Mamíferos. Corazón con cuatro cavidades. No hay mezcla de sangres. Los glóbulos rojos son anucleados con una mayor cantidad de hemoglobina que las aves. Corazón con arco aórtico izquierdo.
      Pigmento respiratorio

      2 cavidades
      1 aurícula
      1 ventrículo
      3 cavidades
      2 aurículas
      1 ventrículo
      Reptiles y aves
      4 cavidades
      2 aurículas
      2 ventrículos

      En los animales, aproximadamente el 70% del peso del cuerpo es agua. Alrededor de dos tercios de esta agua se encuentra dentro de las células. Todas las funciones homeostáticas del sistema excretor se desarrollan simultáneamente conforme se va filtrando la sangre por los riñones. En su interior, se reúnen la porción líquida de la sangre. A partir de este líquido, agua y nutrimentos importantes son reabsorbidos nuevamente hacia la sangre, mientras que las sustancias tóxicas, los productos del desecho celular y los excesos de vitaminas, sales, hormonas y agua, son excretados en forma de orina. El resto del sistema urinario, conduce y almacena la orina hasta que es sacada del cuerpo, proceso llamado excreción.
      El sistema excretor de los mamíferos ayuda a mantener la homeostasis en diversas maneras:
      1. La regulación de las concentraciones sanguíneas de iones de sodio, potasio, cloro y calcio.
      2. Regulación del contenido de agua de la sangre.
      3. Mantenimiento de un pH adecuado de la sangre.
      4. Retención de nutrimentos importantes como la glucosa y aminoácidos en la sangre.
      5. Secreción de hormonas como la eritropoyetina, la cual estimula producción de eritrocitos.
      6. Eliminación de productos de desecho celular como la urea. 
      En los seres humanos y otros vertebrados, la sangre se filtra por medio de los riñones.
      Los riñones (1) son parte de un gran grupo de estructuras que en conjunto forman el sistema urinario o excretor. Los riñones, de hecho producen orina, y en otras partes del sistema, la transportan, almacenan y eliminan. Los riñones son pares, tienen forma de fríjol y están localizados cada uno a un lado de la médula espinal, ligeramente arriba de la cintura. Cada uno mide unos 13 centímetros de longitud, 8 de ancho y 2.5 de grosor.
      La sangre que lleva desechos celulares entra a cada riñón por la arteria renal; después que ha sido filtrada, sale por la vena renal.
      La orina es sacada de cada riñón por un tubo muscular angosto que recibe el nombre de uréter (2). Por medio de contracciones peristálticas, los uréteres transportan la orina a la vejiga (3). Esta cámara muscular vacía, recoge y almacena la orina.
      La orina es retenida en la vejiga mediante la acción de dos esfínteres musculares localizados en su base, justo por encima de la unión con la uretra. (4)

      EL ESQUELETO :Se caracteriza por tener la columna vertebral dividida en varias partes diferenciadas: región caudal,que en ocasiones termina en una cola, y regiones lumbar, dorsal y cervical.
      La nariz suele ser prominente,llamándose entonces hocico. En la nariz esta alojado el sentido del olfato que se encuentra muy desarrollado en alguna especie de mamíferos.
      Tienen cuatro extremidades, típicamente terminadas en cinco dedos provistos de uñas córneas, garras o pezuñas (aunque en algunos casos pueden estar más o menos atrofiadas , como en los que viven en el mar-cetáceos o sirénidos- (ballenas y delfines) .Pero, a menudo, el número de dedos es menor de cinco.
      A lo largo de la evolución de las especies de mamíferos , la forma de las patas ha variado mucho según se hallan tenido que adaptar para andar, correr, trepar, volar, nadar o excavar.
      En general podemos decir que tenemos en los mamíferos terrestres tres formas de extremidades para caminar:
      - PLANTÍGRADOS : Que utilizan toda la palma o planta del pie para caminar, como el oso o el ser humano

      - DIGITÍGRADOS:(Digitos:dedo) :Que caminan apoyados en los dedos, como el perro y el gato.

      - UNGULADOS: Son mamíferos que caminan sobre la uña, que por este motivo se ha transformado en pezuña, como ocurre en los caballos y hervívoros.

      Los animales vertebrados muestran diversas adaptaciones en su aparato locomotor para el desplazamiento en diferentes medios y para la utilización de sus extremidades en actividades concretas.
      Las aves y los murciélagos tienen alas. Los vertebrados acuáticos presentan extremidades, denominadas aletas, aptas para nadar. Son anchas y con forma de pala, la más eficaz para el empuje en el agua.
      Los vertebrados terrestres tienen patas adaptadas a todo tipo de suelos, con cascos, garras o pezuñas, que facilitan su agarre. El tamaño de estos órganos depende de las dimensiones del animal. Un antílope, por ejemplo, tiene pezuñas pequeñas: se trata de un animal de peso ligero. En cambio, las patas de los elefantes tienen una superficie muy amplia de contacto con el suelo. Si un elefante tuviera pezuñas pequeñas, se hundiría.

      La musculatura está muy desarrollada en los vertebrados. Los músculos son las piezas activas del aparato locomotor. Son masas carnosas muy especiales, puesto que pueden contraerse y relajarse, con lo que modifican su longitud. En esta acción de relajación y contracción está el secreto de su funcionamiento.
      Los músculos asociados a los huesos, que intervienen en el desplazamiento del animal, se denominan voluntarios. Los músculos involuntarios, en cambio, no intervienen en el desplazamiento, pero sí en otras funciones (digestión, respiración...). La unidad funcional de ambos tipos de músculo es la célula muscular.

      EL SISTEMA NERVIOSO ESTÁ MUY DESARROLLADO: El sistema nervioso en su conjunto es la parte mas desarrollada de los mamíferos.
      Así tenemos que el ENCÉFALO, es mayor que en el resto de los vertebrados.
      Los Hemisferios cerebrales, que son planos en los mamíferos inferiores, han crecido tanto en los superiores que han tenido que plegarse para entrar en el cráneo. (se llaman circunvoluciones).
      El animal mas evolucionado de todos es el hombre.
      Los órganos de los sentidos están muy desarrollados en los mamíferos.
      Presentan receptores táctiles en todo el cuerpo. El olfato está desarrollado en los mamíferos, se localiza en los orificios nasal es. El gusto radica en las papilas gustativas de la lengua y del paladar.
      Los ojos son laterales, menos en primates. El oído es muy sensible, comprende el caracol con el órgano de Corti, el sáculo, el utrículo y tres canales semicirculares.
      El oído interno cumple dos funciones: acústica y equilibrio inervados por el VIII par craneal, el vestíbulo codear.
      En el utrículo y el sáculo se encuentran los otolitos indicadores del equilibrio, mientras que el órgano de Corti contiene al receptor sensorial de la audición.
      El delfín y murciélagos capturan sus presas por ecolocación.
      LA REPRODUCCIÓN, es sexual y la mayoría de ellos son vivíparos , es decir se desarrollan dentro del cuerpo de la madre, que se encarga de alimentar y eliminar las sustancias de excreción del embrión.
      Para llevar a cabo estas funciones la madre dispone de dos órganos : la placenta y el útero.
      El ÚTERO, es el órgano de la madre donde se desarrolla el embrión. Se comunica con los ovarios.
      La PLACENTA, es un órgano desarrollado entre la pared del útero, donde está unida y el embrión, donde termina en el cordón umbilical. El embrión d