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It seems a whole lot of Bollywood directors discovered Love Actually recently. The funda of having multiple parallel love-stories, capturing various shades and emotions, is literally beaten to death in last couple of months.

No "action" for Fardeen
No action for audience

In the race of duplicating ideas, its the laggards who lose worst. Thats why after Salaam-e-Ishq & Honeymoon Travels, its just impossible to digest Just Married.

And that's just first of the many MANY problems with the movie! The pace of the movie is another. The movie just drags and drones, without any point in sight. The story has loopholes of the size of India Gate where from Siddhu can pass with his tractor! I don't think there are still homes in uber-urban Delhi where US-return Marketing Heads would agree to marry some girl without even talking to her. And someone please tell me what actually was the issue in the film? Why was Isha Deol screaming - "Kya sex hi sab kuch hai aapke liye?" Because Fardeen touched his shoulder or because the cockroach touch her legs (eh.. talking to Fardeen or Cockroach)? Oh, and there were other couples too. Mostly artificial and boring. Faces from the TV serials, bringing the typical rude onslaught of emotions from the small screen. Waaaay over the top! See, the issue with the movie is - there is no story!!

Which is saddening, given the fact that it the debut movie of Meghna Gulzar, daughter of famous poet & lyricist Sampooran Singh aka Gulzar. Coming to that, the music of the film was another flop show. Only one song - "Gudgudee" - is worth noting.

Now the acting, Fardeen Khan gave yet another Man-Behind-The-Iron-Mask performance. He definitely beat Isha Deol in Look-I'm-So-Expressionless contest, but by a very narrow margin. I can imagine both set of celebarents (new term coined by me - celeb+parents!) scratching their heads (Firoz very delicately) about where to fit in their wards. Action didn't work, neither did emotion. No chance in romance and too young for bhabhi-bhaiya roles. Well, tough luck. But please move over and spare the poor audience.

And if you've read till here, you must be rewarded with my own PJ. The mention of cockroach brought it forth in my memory. So,
Q. What did the nephew roach call his uncle?
A. Kaka-roach! :-P

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mi nemamo reku, pa ni poplave, zemljotrese, sumske pozare, odrone...
nemamo ni nuklearku, kod nas je milina ziveti!
a kod Vajske potice Dunav a jezero pored je odlican za kupanje i kampovanje.

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          1912-02-23 Mike Gibbons W-KO2 Willie Lewis [Empire Athletic Club, New York, NY, USA]   
1912-02-24 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 5)
Knocked Out by Gibbons in Second Round of Bout.

Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, knocked out Willie Lewis, of this city, in the second round of a ten-round bout at the Empire Athletic Club last night. One minute and twenty-five seconds had elapsed in the second round when Gibbons whipped over left and right hooks to the point of the chin and Lewis fell, to box no more for the night.

The bout was one sided from start to finish, and Lewis was never in the hunt. He landed about four punches, and was fortunate to last out the first round, as seven seconds before the end he was knocked down and saved from defeat then and there by the bell.

Gibbons went at his man at the start in a manner that forecasted the summary ending that followed. Stepping up briskly, he circled about, and, feinting Lewis into kinks, hit him when and where he pleased. Lewis, clever as he is, looked like an untried schoolboy, and was thoroughly afraid of the man before him. In an effort to take a chance he went in close, but Gibbons handled him like a child. His efforts at infighting were smothered, while Gibbons ripped solid counters home at pleasure.

1912-02-24 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page S3)
Willie Lewis is in the Down and Out Club. The clever fighter from the Gas House district hit the toboggan slide at the Empire Athletic Club in Manhattan last night, and still is on his way to oblivion. Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, started Willie along the road. It did not take Mike very long to bid Willie "bon voyage." After one minute had elapsed in the second round, Mike tapped Willie with his right on the point of the latter's jaw, and Willie peacefully passed away. So ended the second lesson, the first having been read at the Fairmont Athletic Club in the Bronx a month or two ago.

Lewis never had a lookin during the encounter. His first knockout at the hands of Gibbons had left the former afraid of the clever fighter from St. Paul, and as a result, Willie wanted to keep well out of the road of Master Gibbons. The St. Paul man kept after the New Yorker and dropped Willie in the first round for the full count. However, the bell saved Lewis and he was able to get to his corner for a minute's rest. Hardly had the second period started than Gibbons sent over his right and Lewis dropped dead to the world. Not waiting to hear the count, Gibbons reached down and helped Referee Tone carry Lewis to his corner. It took a good two minutes to bring Lewis back to the land of the living.

1912-02-24 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 6)
Gibbons Makes Short Work of "Willie" Lewis in Ring
Western Boxer Knocks Out the New York Pugilist in the Second Round.
Wide Open Swings Are Quickly Taken Advantage of by the Winner of Bout.
By Ed. Cole.

It took one round and one minute and twenty-five seconds of the succeeding round for "Mike" Gibbons, of St. Paul, to knock out "Willie" Lewis, of New York, at the Empire Club last night. But for the very friendly bell Lewis would have passed up the fight in the first round, as he was down and the count was going on when the gong sounded to cease hostilities. He came up for the second round in fairly good condition and tried his best to get a swinging right to the young man from St. Paul. But it was a sorry attempt, and after Gibbons pumped a few left jabs into Lewis' face and hooked a short right to his jaw he went down, and everybody, about three thousand lovers of the boxing art, donned their wraps and went home.

That Gibbons is a master of the art of boxing he demonstrated last night without a question of doubt. He showed that he lacks nothing. He knows everything that was ever known in the art of self-defence. In the last three months he has developed what appeared to be lacking in his early fights in this city--a knockout punch. This he has proved he possesses twice within a month by knocking out Cashman and Lewis.

In regard to his cleverness, both with his hands and his footwork, old timers at the boxing game compare him with the one great boxer of the old days, "Jack" Dempsey, "the Nonpareil," who mastered opponents in the most artistic way until he met "Bob" Fitzsimmons. A fighter never leaves a positive record on the books that can prove decisively which is the better man unless they meet, hence it is only a matter of opinion whether Gibbons or the late and much thought of "Jack" Dempsey was the greater fighter.
Gibbons a Phenomenon.

One thing is positive, however, Gibbons is not only phenomenally clever, but he has a snappy punch with either hand that will bring an opponent to the mat. This is something that Dempsey never boasted of. That is the one addition to Gibbons' stock of ability that will possibly give the impression that Gibbons would have proved Dempsey's master had he lived in the days of "the Nonpareil."

That Gibbons is headed for the middleweight championship is assured, and he is loaded to the muzzle with all kinds of shot. He intends to have another meeting with "Jack" Denning some time in April, and if he is in as good condition as he was last night it is only a question how long Denning will be able to stand his punishment. After that there is but one other fence for him to climb, the "Eddie" McGoorty obstacle, and the latter will no doubt prove the hardest proposition he has had to deal with.

Last night's contest needs little description. It was lopsided throughout. That Lewis' intention was to bring Gibbons to earth by a right swing was evident before a minute of the first round had elapsed. Lewis jumped into action immediately he left his chair. He shot his left out and Gibbons dodged it and in return for the attempt Gibbons hooked up his right and followed in one, two succession with his left. Lewis then tried another right swing, but Gibbons just backed away as cleverly as a batter gets away from an inshoot.

Gibbons drew Lewis into a right swing and then sidestepped a trifle and as Lewis floundered from the force of his swing Gibbons hooked him on the point of the chin and passed the left over on him as his head bobbed up from the force of the uppercut. Then with a short stinging right, again on the point of the chin, Lewis toppled over in bad shape. The referee started to count him out but the gong sounded and Lewis was helped to his corner.
The Last of Lewis.

No sooner had the second round been called than Lewis made another effort with his powerful right hand, but it met atmosphere and not Gibbons. That was about the last thing Lewis did in the fighting line, for Gibbons smashed him with right and left, upper cut him and jabbed him. Lewis covered up with both hands, but the storm of gloves that bounced off him caused him to wobble about like a beheaded chicken. Then Gibbons waited for a couple of seconds and Lewis opened his gloves to see where Gibbons was. He didn't have time to locate him, for "Mike" shot his left into his face and hooked up his right to the jaw with the accuracy of a rifleman locating bull's eyes. Another right and left to the jaw and the story is told.

At the ringside Gibbons tipped the beam at 151 pounds and Lewis at 149½ pounds. To-day Gibbons leaves for St. Paul to see his wife, who expects to present a young middleweight to her husband in the near future. After that event he may return here to meet Denning and probably a local boxer in Bridgeport, Conn. He and his manager, "Ed" Reddy, will then take a trip to the coast in search of middleweight game.

1912-02-24 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 4)
Lewis Cries When He Realizes Mike Gibbons Has Knocked Him Out
Local Fighter Quickly Disposed Of in Second Round by St. Paul Fistic Artist.
Three thousand fight fans witnessed the bout between Mike Gibbons of St. Paul and Willie Lewis of this city at the Empire A. C., and after it was over these same three thousand persons left Manhattan Casino proclaiming the Westerner one of the greatest fighters for his weight they have ever seen in action. This high compliment was tendered to Gibbons for the easy and graceful way in which he knocked out Lewis in the second round, after about one minute of fighting, with a terrific right hand swing on the jaw.

Gibbons would have accomplished the feat in the first round had it not been for the clang of the bell, which sounded while Willie was groggy on his feet after having got up from the floor in a helpless condition from a heavy blow on the chin.

Up to the time Gibbons put in the punch that stowed Lewis away the Western "phenom" had given an exhibition of cleverness, ring generalship and clean and terrific hitting which are seldom seen in bouts at the local clubs.

Gibbons fought an entirely different battle from those which he put up in his previous six contests here. Instead of doing a lot of unnecessary feinting, sidestepping and ducking, as he did in these other bouts, Gibbons just walked out of his corner and with his guard high he cut loose at Lewis in a way that showed he was out to win as quickly as possible or lose out himself in the attempt.

After jabbing Lewis a few times in the face Gibbons let fly an overhand left hand swing, which nailed him flush on the cheekbone. The moment the blow landed Lewis's legs began to wobble, and as he started to stagger Gibbons dealt him left and right hand swings on the jaw. These blows dazed Willie completely, and he began to rush at Gibbons, letting fly with a right swing. Gibbons saw the punch coming and, stepping back, let the blow fall short and then countered beautifully with two straight jabs into Lewis's face, sending his head back.

By this time Lewis was bewildered, and Gibbons, seeing he had him at his mercy, hooked a left swing to the jaw which sent him reeling. As quick as a flash Gibbons drove in a right uppercut, dropping Lewis to the floor.

After Referee Tone had counted six, Lewis staggered to his feet. He was very shaky, while both hands hung at his side. Gibbons was just about to put over the finishing punch when the bell rang, causing Referee Tone to go between the men.

When the second round started Gibbons waded right into Lewis by jabbing him hard in the nose with a straight left. Willie then threw over a left hand swing to Gibbons's jaw, which seemed to rile him, for he let go three stiff jabs to Willie's face and then crossed his right to his jaw, sending him to the floor on his back.

With the exception of a slight turn of his head and the raising of his right leg, Lewis did not move, and was counted out. At the fatal count of ten the referee and Gibbons bent down and picking Lewis up carried him to his corner. After he recovered consciousness Lewis, broken-hearted over his defeat, put his head on his glove and began to cry. He was still crying when he was escorted from the ring by his seconds.

Gibbons Best Man I Ever Met, Says Lewis in Adieu to Ring.
By Willie Lewis.

I think Gibbons is a wonderful fighter. He is not only clever and shifty, but he can certainly deliver a terrific blow. Before my fight with him this time I was confident he could not punch. I know different now, for he proved to my satisfaction that he is one of the hardest punchers in the business. I have fought middleweights, light heavyweights and heavyweights, both in this country, England and France, but none of them hit me so hard as Gibbons. I wish to state right now that I am through with the fighting game forever. I have fought my last fight. I took on this bout with Gibbons to find out if I was still there or all in. I am satisfied now that I am all in, and that is the reason why I have retired from the game. I have been fighting for thirteen years next June and I think it's about time for me to quit. I intend to pay strict attention to my cafe in the future and forget the past. I wish Gibbons the best of luck and hope to see him middleweight champion in a year or so.

1912-02-24 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page 11)
Gibbons Knocks Out Lewis
St. Paul Middleweight Puts Local Man Away in Second Round at Empire A.C.
Beaten into a state of utter helplessness and knocked out in the second round, "Willie" Lewis made a sorry showing against "Mike" Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, in the Empire Athletic Club ring last night. Gibbons did not allow Lewis to land a single clean blow, but went after him from the opening gong and battered him down in impressive fashion.

The crowd of five thousand that jammed the hall got an excellent idea of what was coming when Gibbons hammered Lewis down in the first round. Had not the bell come to the local man's relief just as he arose it is highly probable that he would have been saved the necessity of going into the second session. Gibbons took matters coolly, doing the execution in a businesslike way with right and left uppercuts, jabs and smashing jolts to the body. Lewis attempted several left hooks, but he was wild and the St. Paul boxer stepped inside the swings with straight lefts to the head. Gibbons landed half a dozen right uppercuts and left jabs and Lewis hit the boards. As he got up, wavering, the gong sounded.

The second round went just 1m. 25s. Gibbons repeated his programme of the previous round, and finally knocked Lewis out with a ripping left to the jaw. The Minnesota boxer's hair was not even mussed, and he failed to get any perspiration up. In the second bout in the city Gibbons easily defeated Lewis in ten rounds. "Willie" clamored for another chance, and he got it with a vengeance. Gibbons entered the ring weighing 151 pounds and Lewis scaled at 149½.

In the preliminaries "Eddie" McFarland, the Oklahoma lightweight, made a fair showing against "Kid" Alberts, the latter winning on points. "Willie" Chandler stopped "Young Terry" Martin, a negro, in five rounds. "Battling" Reddy and "Phillie" Carmine went six rounds to a fast draw.

1912-02-24 The New York Press (New York, NY) (page 7)
St. Paul Fighter Lands Haymaker with Ease.
New Yorker, Unable to Put Up Defense, Takes a Count Soon After Start.
There's another wreck on the track. Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul Limited, booming along at a mile a minute clip, crashed into Willie Lewis of the Gashouse district at the Empire A. C. of Harlem last night. All that was left of Lewis was the pieces. The once great welterweight was a mere toy in the hands of Glittering Gibbons. Willie's light went out in the second round. After dropping the former pride of the Parisian boulevards toward the end of the first round, the bell coming to Willie's rescue and postponing is enforced sleep, Mike caused the swan song to be sung over McKetrick's roustabout before the second round was half over. Mike sent a snappy right hook to the jaw and the tottering Lewis dropped like a log. Willie fell on his face, unconsciously tried to pull himself up and rolled over on his back while Referee Dan Tone tolled the full drone of the doleful decimal. Lewis was carried to his corner. Two minutes afterward he was revived and led weeping from the ring.

The beginning of the end came in the first two minutes of fighting. About the middle of the first round Gibbons hooked a hard left to the jaw. The punch rocked Lewis from head to toe, and but for his falling into a clinch he would have been floored. Gibbons fought himself free and shot rapid-fire lefts and rights to Lewis's head and body. For a few seconds Lewis weathered the gale. Then "crash!" and he was driven to the boards from a one-two punch, a straight left and a crossing right. Willie arose at the count of five. The fog was still in his eyes and he walked blindly in without offering to protect himself. Gibbons shook the staggering Lewis with stiff punches to head and body, but just when Willie was ready to fall the bell came to his rescue.

Lewis, staggering to his corner, was showered with water by his seconds. He was weak and groggy, however, when he came up for the second round. Mike went right in to finish him. For a few seconds Willie tried to block the lightning punches that Gibbons shot in from all angles. Gibbons, however, picked out the holes in his armor, and drove home shot after shot. Lewis threw discretion to the winds and waded in with his guard down, risking all on one good healthy swing. It was Gibbons, however, that landed the haymaker. He sent three lightning left jabs and a terrific right to the body. Another left jab and a vicious right uppercut followed. Then the terrible crossing right and--it all was over but the count.

Though defeated Lewis was not disgraced, and he went down to defeat like a man. It was another case of the pitcher going once too often to the well. A great fighter in his day, Lewis's stamina and vitality were sapped by loose training that often amounted to excesses. He was but a shell of his former fighting self. In fact, he has been living on his reputation since he was beaten to a pulp and knocked out by Frank Klaus a year ago. His ring generalship and courage have carried him through several tough battles since then, but it only was a question when some good, fast, hard-hitting man would come along and "bust" the bubble.

Gibbons entered the ring at 9.55 p. m., accompanied by his manager, Eddie Reddy, and a retinue of handlers. Lewis followed a minute afterward. Danny McKetrick and Joe Jeanette looked out after things in Lewis's corner. It was announced the men had weighed in, as agreed, at 147 pounds at 3 p. m. The announcer said the ringside weights of the men were: Gibbons, 151 pounds; Lewis, 149½. While the men were donning the gloves Jess Smith, Johnny Dundee, Tommy Coleman and Knock Out Brown were introduced, and a collection was taken up in behalf of the widow of Connie Schmidt, the Jersey fighter who was killed by a freight train last week. The McMahon brothers donated $50 and those around the ringside contributed generously, several hundred dollars being taken up.

The gong rang a few seconds before 10 p. m. Lewis lead with a light left to the face, Mike coming back with a snappy left and a right-hand uppercut to the face. The punch hurt Lewis. Gibbons shot a left to the jaw and Willie, returning the compliment, fell into a clinch. Lewis hooked a right to the jaw on the break and, quick as a flash, Mike planted a left and right to the face. Gibbons stepped back and then leaped in with a crossing right labeled "knock out." The punch missed the mark, grazing the jaw. Lewis shot a left to the face and tried the right for the jaw, but was blocked. Mike then began peppering Lewis with straight lefts. Gibbons shot in his punches with the speed of a bullet, and Lewis could not block or duck them. Willie got wild and missed a hard left swing. Lewis landed a right to the jaw, and then Gibbons hooked a vicious left to Willie's mouth. The punch shook Lewis from head to heel, and he fell into a clinch. Mike fought himself free and hooked a left and right to the jaw. Again Gibbons sent the left and right to the jaw, following with a right cross. Lewis was sent to the boards. He got up at the count of five. Gibbons tried hard to finish him. Lewis, though groggy, was set to receive the punches. Mike was showering him with stiff lefts and rights, and Willie was staggering when the bell came to his rescue.

Lewis had trouble getting to his corner. It looked as if he would fall before he could get to his chair. Frantic work by his seconds brought him up for the second round. Mike opened the round with a left to the face. Lewis missed a right and clinched. Mike shot a right to the body and hooked the left to the face. Gibbons reached the face with a straight left and crossing right. Willie reached the body with a right, and Mike sunk a left and right in Willie's mid-section.

Three times Mike jabbed Lewis in the face. By this time Lewis was almost in. He dropped his guard and tried to land one good, solid punch. Gibbons stepped in and placed a right to the body. He jabbed the face and uppercut the jaw with his right. Suddenly Gibbons crossed his right flush to the jaw. Good night.

1912-02-24 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 12)
St. Paul Man Has New Yorker Staggering Around Ring in Empire A. C. Fight.
Willie Lewis had his chance last night at the Empire Athletic Club to prove that his recent defeat by Mike Gibbons was a fluke, and the St. Paul whirlwind brushed the erstwhile king of welterweights into dreamland in less than five minutes. A right to the jaw was the finishing punch and it did the trick so effectively that Lewis was still in the land of dreams when Gibbons carried him to his corner. The knockout arrived less than two minutes after the second round began.

From the bell which started the rival battlers on their way until Gibbons dropped Lewis to the canvas for the full count, there was nothing to the bout except Gibbons. Lewis, noted for his feinting ability and all-around boxing cleverness, was as powerless before the St. Paul boy as a novice, and during the five minutes he failed to land a single effective punch on Gibbons. Mike simply toyed with the New Yorker, feinted until Willie was dizzy, stepped out of the paths of Lewis's punches without apparent effort, and penetrated Lewis's guard with his terrific punches as often as he desired. It was evident before the first round was half completed that Lewis was in for the trimming of his life. He took almost as much punishment as could be crowded into such a short space of time.

Before the bout was ten seconds old Gibbons had jolted Lewis's head back with two lefts and a right. Within a minute he had Willie staggering around the ring, and before the bell sounded Gibbons dropped Lewis with a terrific right uppercut after staggering him with a left swing. Lewis regained his feet at the count of five, and the bell sounded just in time to save him from a knockout.

Gibbons went in to make a quick finish of the bout in the second round, and succeeded. He was landing often on Willie's jaw with either hand, and Lewis was unable to stop the shower of blows. His right eye was swollen and his face was very red from the punishment already received. A series of rights and lefts soon had Lewis groggy, and Gibbons shot out that terrible right with enough power to end the bout. Lewis did not move a muscle while Referee Tone tolled off the fatal ten, and Gibbons helped Willie's seconds to carry him to his corner.

1912-02-24 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul scrapper, to-day laid claim to the welterweight championship of the world, following his decisive victory last night over Willie Lewis, at the Empire A. C., of Harlem. Mike declared that he had been vindicated by knocking out the New York boy who claimed that Gibbons' recent decision over him was a fluke.

"I said I would put him away in a hurry, and I made good," was Gibbons' comment to-day.

A ring victory was never more decisive. In the first round Gibbons put over a crashing blow which would have ended the battle had not the bell rung while Lewis was lying helpless on the floor. In the second round the St. Paul wonder duplicated, but this time the bell did not come to the rescue.

1912-02-24 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 11)
Gibbons Does the Trick in Second Round at Empire A. C.

Willie Lewis, the local welterweight who once claimed the world's championship, was knocked out cold in the second round by Mike Gibbons of St. Paul at the Empire A. C. in Harlem Casino last night. Lewis was no match for the wonderful Western boxer. He could not land his heavy swings and also found it impossible to defend himself when Gibbons went after him. Gibbons outboxed, outfeinted and outslugged Lewis from start to finish.

Just before the first round ended Lewis was floored with a heavy right hand hook to the jaw. He was just getting on his pins when the bell rang. Gibbons cut out fancy business in the second round and made a punching bag of the Bowery boy.

He hit Lewis from every angle, putting so much power into his punches that a knockout was inevitable. A left hook on the chin finally put Lewis away in such a manner that he was dead to the world when the tenth second was counted.

Attracted by Gibbons, one of the largest crowds ever housed by the club gathered at the ringside, and by the time the preliminaries were at an end there were few empty seats in the big casino. The ringside weights were: Gibbons, 151; Lewis, 149½. Dan Tone was referee.

First Round--As Lewis tore in Gibbons landed a hook with each hand and made the local man break ground. Gibbons danced around his man with great foot work, jabbing him with lefts and sending over a terrific right to the ear. Lewis blocked for a moment and then, rushing in, he received more hooks in the face. Gibbons feinted beautifully, after which he shot a left to the jaw. Lewis's swings were short, and again Gibbons jabbed him in the face. Lewis tore in with a right on the neck, whereupon Gibbons cut loose with a blinding volley of punches. A right put Lewis down, and he staggered up just as the bell rang. Gibbons had the round.

Second Round--Lewis missed a hard blow with the right and Gibbons stepped in with hooks and upper cuts that made Lewis reel. The latter rushed and Gibbons sidestepped him. Again Lewis rushed and this time Gibbons landed a fierce right hook under the chin. Lewis tottered, but instinctively threw up his hands. Gibbons drove in body blows underneath his guard and then, shifting with a left hand upper cut, he reached the point of the jaw. It was a terrific wallop and Lewis's legs bent under him. He sank to the floor in a heap and after being counted out he was literally carried to his corner, where he soon revived. It was an easy victory for Gibbons.
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          Pick your four first-round locks for Ohio State in 2018   

As we drone on through the off-season, and attempt to keep the conversation going, I thought I'd do my part and post about a discussion I'm having with a co-worker and fellow Buckeye fanatic...

Of the entire roster, from any RS Sophomore, to any upper classmen in his final year, you can pick 4 "locks" to be first round picks in the 2018 NFL draft... Who do you have, and why?

1. Jamarco Jones- I think he's the best LT in the country.  He's a guy people just don't talk a lot about, but for an OT that's a great thing.  I think he didn't get the props he deserved last year because the other side of the line left some things to be desired.

2. Jerome Baker- He's just a freak.  He's got the athleticism and speed of Darron Lee, but he's got more size.  The NFL will love him, he'll be what Jaylon Smith was supposed to be.

3. Denzel Ward- Should easily be the #1 corner off the board IMO.

4. Tyquan Lewis- I don't think his measurable will leave anyone with their mouth watering.  I liken him to Derek Barnett of Tennessee this past season, he didn't test all that well, but scouts and coaches fell in love with his game film.  I think when you're the leader of a defensive unit, and you are in a unit that has a super heavy rotation at your position, but you still lead the team in sacks for multiple years, that means something.

Honorable mention: Dre'Mont Jones (I think he'll go in the first, but I feel more confident in the players above), Mike Weber (the RB class will be absolutely loaded this year, so it's tough to find a place for him), Marcus Baugh (just because I think Wilson will make the TE a focal point in the offense, Baugh could show out and sneak his way at least into the second round).



+5 HS

          Οι νεροτσουλήθρες – φάντασμα που κόστισαν εκατομμύρια ευρώ, αλλά στήθηκαν πάνω στην αρχαία Ιερά Οδό όπου περνούσε η πομπή των Ελευσίνιων Μυστηρίων. Βίντεο drone στο Copa Copana   

Σε κοντινή απόσταση βρισκόταν το ιερό της Αφροδίτης και η ευρύτερη περιοχή ήταν μέρος ανασκαφών

Το άρθρο Οι νεροτσουλήθρες – φάντασμα που κόστισαν εκατομμύρια ευρώ, αλλά στήθηκαν πάνω στην αρχαία Ιερά Οδό όπου περνούσε η πομπή των Ελευσίνιων Μυστηρίων. Βίντεο drone στο Copa Copana δημοσιεύθηκε αρχικά στον δικτυακό τόπο ΜΗΧΑΝΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΟΝΟΥ.

          Blueye Robotics lets you remotely pilot an underwater drone to 150 meters   

Now you can search for sunken treasure remotely. Blueye Robotics is announcing that it is creating an underwater drone that consumers can navigate to as deep as 150 meters under the ocean surface — about eight times deeper than divers can normally go. The Blueye Pioneer will be made to appeal to professional underwater drone […]

          Global Trends in Militarization Needs Global Explanations   

In my opinion, James Fearon misses an opportunity to link theories together in a productive way. Of the global decline of military spending (% GDP) and mobilization (soldiers per 1,000 citizens) in the postwar era:
On the domestic side of things, there is pretty good evidence that the spread of democracy has been a significant factor. Not worth getting into the details here, but if you look at the data country by country you find that on average, when countries transition to democracy their military spending and army sizes go down, quite substantially.* In fact they tend to go down when they transition from very autocratic to only somewhat autocratic (that is, to “anocracies”, or semi-democracies using the Polity data). The effect of a democratic transition on arms levels in the state in which the transition occurs looks to be larger than the effect of transitions in neighbors on a state’s own military spending, although this is hard to be sure about statistically due to endogeneity issues. I would guess that most of the democracy effect is a domestic matter—for instance, autocracies want bigger militaries to help put down domestic opposition or to pay off cronies, or democracies want smaller militaries to lower coup threats—but some of it might also be an international effect. That is, if democracies want smaller militaries then this could reduce the demand for big armies in their neighbors.
Fearon is reporting a trend, not advancing a well-formulated argument, but I still think this is fairly weak. Here are some other things we know about violence in the postwar era:

-- Interstate violence is at the lowest point in the capitalist era. Given that, it makes perfect sense for military burdens to be at a low point as well. We do not know for certain why the world is so peaceful, but quite a lot of IR theory suggests that American hegemony (which Fearon does not mention) and nuclear weapons (which he does) may have something to do with it. Regarding the former, the American security umbrella covers other democracies and (sometimes) extends to countries transitioning to democracy -- the pacification and democratization of Europe since 1945 is obviously the most pronounced example -- so that could help explain the domestic patterns without telling a ad hoc story about democracies being worried about coup threats (which strikes me as being ahistorical and is in contradiction to the best evidence). Regarding the latter, technology should push down military cost burdens and personnel needed as more and more security mechanisms become computerized and/or automated, at least during times of peace. Nukes are part of that but so are drones, missile technology, cyber capabilities, etc. Given the decline of international conflict and the lower marginal costs of defense why wouldn't we expect the military burden to decrease?

-- As for the fact that the drop in military burden has happened most in democracies I'd note several things. First, it appears from Fearon's description that many democracies were quite heavily armed in the middle of the 20th century. In Fearon's graph at the link above this is quickly seen by the number of people per 1,000 that were in the military in 1945-1950 in "the West". Given that, I don't think a regime-type explanation works very well. Second, democracies are richer, and richer countries should (on average) spend less on their militaries as a percentage of GDP. That is, there is a almost certainly diminishing returns to spending on security: the 10 trillionth dollar spent on national defense will not get you as much security as the 10 millionth. Among consolidated democracies only the U.S. and Israel spend more than 3% of their GDP on their militaries, and I think there is general agreement that much of the American spending is due to rent-seeking, bureaucratic politics, and its ongoing hegemonic project rather than its regime type.

-- Almost all conflict which does occur in the international system is intra-state. Intra-state violence tends to happen more in non-democracies than in democracies. Countries in a state of conflict should dedicate more of their resources towards the military than countries in a state of peace. Therefore, because they are more peaceful, democracies should spend fewer resources on the military. The only wrinkle in this involves transitions to democracy, which often involve conflict. The way I read Fearon he's saying that after transitioning to democracy the military burden decreases; I'm not sure if his data could tell us what's happening during democratic transitions, but it would be interesting to know.

I'm nit-picking a bit here, albeit for a reason. Fearon found some interesting trends, reported them, and then thought-aloud about what might be causing them. There's nothing wrong with that. But the quick-reflex pivot to explanations based on local factors such as regime type is, for me, unsatisfying. Once one takes that step it makes it difficult to think about broader systems, and makes committing an ecological fallacy much more likely. If we're seeing a systemic trend -- lower military burdens everywhere -- then we should seek to make systemic arguments which can account for the trends. Too frequently we try to explain global phenomena by reference to local factors.
          KidsRuby running on the Raspberry Pi   

KDE Project:

I've been following the development of the Raspberry Pi computer, which is a small ARM based device costing only 25-30 euros. It is designed to plug into TVs, and is targeted at teaching kids to learn programming. I was excited to read today that the KidsRuby programming environment is running on a Raspberry Pi. You can read some of Liz's other blogs for more details about the Raspberry Pi's progress.

That is a subject which is dear to my heart. I don't personally have any kids, but I'm very interested in how they learn programming and how young they can get started. I came to Gran Canaria six years ago to help Agustin Benito put KUbuntu based computers into all the Canarian schools, and to learn Ruby On Rails programming at a great company called 'Foton'. That seemed the perfect combination to me.

I first learned programming when I was 19. I was studying for a degree called 'Philosophy with Cognitive Studies', and we were taught to program by people who were very interested in how people learned to program. The course taught us about 'constructivist' educational theories by Jean Piaget, Symour Papert and so on. The idea is that you learn by doing things. A computer turtle that you can program to move round the floor, or wooden blocks that you assemble into patterns to discover about maths and geometry are the perfect tools for the constructivist approach. This is instead of sitting there in class passively while a teacher stuffs your head with facts, and then at the end of the year you have a massive load of exams to test whether you have learned the facts correctly. Sadly dumb fact learning of a 'national curiculum' and SATS tests are now the norm in 'politician driven' educational systems as in the UK or the USA. Instead of a glorious constructivist future made possible by the learning augmentation features of personal computers that people dreamed of in the 1960s and 1970s, we've ended up with a boring 19th century style dead end to education.

The cognitive studies students were the first guinea pigs for a new way of teaching programming by using the POP-11 language interactively via teletypes in a Unix environment. It seems a bit strange today to think of a teletype as an advanced device, but in the mid-1970s video terminals were still really expensive and most students learned programming using punched cards that they submitted to a central facility. I had gone to some engineering lectures about FORTRAN before I switched to Philosophy, and because it used punched cards the whole subject seemed about the dullest thing you could imagine. But using a teletype interactively to work though self taught assignments was a different thing altogether. You could type a line of code into the computer, hit return and it did something.

In the early 1980s cheap computers running BASIC became widely available. But because I am a bit of a programming snob, I wasn't very interested in BASIC as it seemed like warmed over FORTRAN (it was) to me. I still wanted my own computer but none of them had much appeal. Even though these machines weren't for me, it did mean in the 1980s that many people got started in programming with their Sinclairs, Commadore 64s, BBC Micros and so on. It was a golden age of programming in schools. Once those machines were replaced by Windows machines in schools in the 1990s, those programming environments weren't available. Instead of teaching themselves BASIC, kids would learn about Microsoft Word instead, and that is very sad. Instead of finding about about the fun world of programming, they were learning how to be an Office drone. I once showed my nieces what 'hello world' looked like in QtRuby. They were about 15 and 17 years old and still at school at the time, but neither of them had ever seen a computer program before. They did say that it looked quite english-like and they could work out what it was doing.

After learning programming at University and getting my first programming job, the next big jump in my programming education came when I was 27, and I bought one of the first Apple Macintoshs. I ran MacPascal on it and taught myself Pascal using a book called 'Oh! Pascal' which I think is a classic. After learning Pascal I was able to get myself a programming job as a Pascal programming. That became a pattern for the rest of my career. I bought a NeXT computer, learned Objective-C and then became a professional Objective-C programmer. More recently I learned Ruby by writing the QtRuby bindings on a MacBook and then became a Rails programmer.

Once I had my own computers and my chosen programming environments to learn about, I was able to set the direction of my career. That probably seems fairly normal today, but I don't think it was how most programmers of my age progressed in their careers. Normally you would rely on your current employer to send you on programming courses. Over the years thanks to the generosity of your employer you were able to progress from being a COBOL-74 programmer to a COBOL-85 programmer who also knew RPG. Exciting stuff!

So there is a massive difference between having your own computer that you can program, as opposed to having to borrow someone else's machine before you can learn anything new. This is not only a problem for grown ups like myself, but it is a problem if you are about 9 years old and want to start programming. Your parents probably have a Windows machine that doesn't have any built in programming environment, and even if it did they might not be very happy to let a young kid loose on it. This is where the Raspberry Pi comes in. It is cheap enough for every kid to buy, and they can do what they like with it as it doesn't matter if they fill up the file system with logging messages when their program loops, or how many viruses they accidently download as it doesn't run viruses.

In the blog about KidsRuby running on the Raspberry Pi there is a link to a talk by Ron Evans that he gave at the Golden Gate Ruby Conference 2011 called KidsRuby: Think of the Children. I would have been very interested in the talk anyway, but what made my day is that the KidsRuby application is written in QtRuby, and it even gets a mention in one of the slides!

It made me think I really must try and get QtRuby 3.0 moving again. We had a mini-BOF at the Berlin Desktop Summit where 5 of us got together and then Arno ran through a description of the basics of how Smoke worked, followed by me running through the QtRuby 3.0 code. It is designed to be much easier to follow than the QtRuby 2.x code, and so that the 'bus factor' is increased. If I happen to drink 15 pints of beer one evening and fall off a balcony then it might be the end for me, but at least there would be some chance that others would be able to carry on maintaining QtRuby. It will also be more modular and instead of always loading all the Qt libraries, it will only load the ones you want. That should help memory constrained devices like the Raspberry Pi. I also need to make sure that QtRuby can be built as gems on all platforms right from the start. Ron Evans said in his talk that packaging KidsRuby was one of the trickiest aspects of the project. He sometimes asks questions as 'deadprogram' on the #qtruby irc channel about packaging issues, but I don't think I've personally given it the priority it deserves. Ryan Melt has done a great job with the qtbindings project on github where you can get cross platform gems, but I must try and structure QtRuby 3.0 to make it easy to build gems from the start.

          Commenti su Al potere per il potere, senza questione settentrionale di ric   
Roma polo e Roma ulivo era lo slogan vincente democristianizzato detestate gli eccessi drammatici degli ismi del Novecento che aveva nell'immaginario ripudiato nazismo e comunismo . Un popolo di razza concreta che mal digeriva forme della religione con connotati superstiziosi di interpretazione arcaica per menti deboli . Sdoganati dal feticcio sudista in tal senso era imperativo qualificante per evidenziare una sostanziale valorialitá di virtù e di meriti riconosciuti anche altrove , in Europa per esempio . Il laico _cristiano anche un tantino protestante del nord , detestava l'appiccicoso servilismo doo sud di stile bacia bastone di filosofica cultura turca ottomana d'impronta servile dissimulata e perfida intrisa del precipitato genetico original/ culturale che caratterizzava un insopportabile timbro di arretratezza .Con l' Impossessarsi della leve istituzionali dello stato unitario da parte di tali razze a padroneggiare era insopportabile e ritenuto pragmaticamente poco utile. perciò insopportabile persino alle nostre anime belle anche se votanti nella penombra della cabina elettorale (vedi confessionale ) perché vergognosi di appaledarsi .Stop. Oggi Questa destra è per caso , invece il lavoro brutto sporco e razzista dell'impresentabile Salvini PAGA : prima ci demonizzano ci ridicolizzano , ci beffeggiano , poi .........Vinciamo !
          Fuerza Aerea del Estado Independiente de Croacia - Segunda Parte   

Paracaidistas Croatas

En Enero de 1942, la ZNDH formo una unidad de paracaidistas, conocida como la 1° Compania de Infaneria Ligera Paracaidista (Padobaranski Lovacki Sat o 1 PLS). Tenia una fuerza de 120 hombres con base en Koprivnica, una ciudad en el norte de Croacia, cerca del confine con Hungria. Un Avia Fokker F.7 fue designado permanentemente para el transporte de la unidad, mientras otros transoportes fueron asignados cuando era necesario. Los paracaidistas estaban equipados con rifles, metralletas, ametralladoras ligeras y morteros ligeros. Después de un periodo de entrenamiento, el 1 PLS efectuo una demostración en masa el 6 de Julio de 1943 en el aeropuerto de Borongaj, en Zagreb. En el video se puede ver el salto de los paracaidistas y el Avia Fokker F.7 usado por estos:

>> We've been holding out hope for a good six years that the mighty Glaswegian indie rock combo Projekt A-Ko would return to us. Imagine our surprise when we received word in our inbox earlier this spring that not Projeckt A-Ko, but the trio's notable, '90s-spawned (and we suppose better-known) precursor Urusei Yatsura, would beat the three to the new release bin in September. Well, technically, it's old music, but it is nonetheless exciting. On Sept. 2, the choicest cuts from Urusei Yatsura's highly regarded BBC recordings (which included, among others, five sessions for John Peel and three for Steve Lamacq) will be released as an LP via London's Rocketgirl. The press materials accompanying the announcement speak, with the benefit of distance and hindsight, of Urusei Yatsura's music shining particularly bright when recorded under the constraints radio sessions necessarily present. And it is hard to argue with the results. Fans can hear a particularly fizzing iteration of the rocking 1996 A-side "Phasers On Stun" below. Rocketgirl will release You Are My Urusei Yatsura on 12" vinyl, CD and as a digital download Sept. 2. The LPs are pressed to snappy neon pink media and available in a very limited edition of 300 pieces, so you had better get to pre-ordering if you want this. To be fair to Urusei Yatsura/Projekt A-ko's Fergus Lawrie, he has produced new music over the last seven years, including some engaging "haloed guitar" guitar noise pieces with his project Angel of Everyone Murder. But given the blinding excellence of Projekt A-Ko's sole LP, 2009's Yoyodyne [hypertext!], we remain hopeful that that...erm... project will also be resuscitated. In the meantime, we've the Urusei Yatsura collection to look forward to: stream the aforementioned "Phasers On Stun," recorded for the BBC Evening Session May 8, 1996, via the Soundcloud embed below. Speaking of, fans should pay VERY close attention to the UY Soundcloud, as it features a trove of material, including some cuts found too late to be considered for inclusion on You Are My Urusei Yatsura, like this magical acoustic take on "Burriko Girl."

>> The charm of lo-fi, and particularly '90s lo-fi, is that it characteristically sounds thrown together, but still sometimes fumbles its way to transcendence. Sometimes that's just the sound (the example we think of it this Perfect Pussy interview that describes recording clean basic tracks and then layering noise), and sometimes things are actually, you know, thrown together (see every live thing Crazy Horse did with Neil Young). Although we've previously deemed the act mid-fi, Mincer Ray's delightful, be-flanneled recent digital EP Early Morning Am Moritz firmly falls within the latter category. A brief note at the Berlin-based act's Soundcloud reports the short stack of songs was "[c]onceived & recorded to cassette in 3 hours & 47 minutes (more or less)." The collection commences strongly with the yearning, mid-tempo, and alt.-countrified strummer "Everything Is Green," a should-be hit whose straightforward presentation can't hold down the sweeping melody of the big, lovelorn verse. With almost no warning the verse become its chorus, which points to an anthemic, ripping guitar solo that aspires towards David Pajo's amazing face-melter from Palace Brothers' epic "Horses." The balance of Early Morning Am Moritz isn't quite as memorable, although the concise basher "Ned Norris" is bracing to the point of infectious and the loose and gritty "Dine" wouldn't feel entirely out of place on Viva Last Blues. Mincer Ray's EP hit the Internerds in late June, and you can stream the entire thing via the Soundcloud embed below (click through to download all five numbers as .wav files). The set is also now available on cassette via the Chicago and Berlin-based Shaky Tooth Tapes. We last wrote about Mincer Ray right here in 2014.

          Today' Hotness: Eros And The Eschaton, Ghost Orchard, Landing   
Eros And The Eschaton -- Weight Of Matter (detail)

>> Inspired dream-pop concern Eros And The Eschaton's second LP, due later this summer, is heralded by the surprisingly brash and altogether thrilling preview rocker "Rxx." After a bright, uptempo introduction, the song deftly shifts into a spiky, punky verse featuring an arresting vocal by co-founder Kate Perdoni, whose delivery ranges from delightfully bratty to pensive as she mythologizes a restless life on the road and the band's conception (at the climax she erupts "I started this band from a traffic jam when I was trying to find my way back to Canada!"). Formerly based in North Carolina but now operating out of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ms. Perdoni and partner Adam Hawkins now count among their number drummer Alex Koshak, bassist Ryan Spradlin and keyboard player Mitch Macura. The quintet's forthcoming album Weight Of Matter is said to be strongly influenced by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but if "Rxx" takes a cue from Mr. Young's wide-ranging career, it would have to be Young's weird, new wave and experimental pop phase (he was a proponent of and sometime collaborator with DEVO, our older readers might recall). Even that feels a stretch, though, and it really makes no difference, as "Rxx" is so potent a single that it needs no RIYLs to prop it up. While the subdued dream-pop of songs like "You Know I Do" and "Don't Look So Sad" from Eros And The Eschaton's early day feels remote here, the big dynamic drumming, anthemic synth lines, spindly guitars and rich feedback in "Rxx" make for a very potent sound that presents exciting opportunities for the band. Bar/None releases Weight Of Matter Aug. 19 on vinyl and CD and pre-orders are being taken for the set right here. The band celebrates the record with two shows at the end of August in Colorado Springs and Denver and also performs in Denver this Saturday; all dates available at press time are listed below. Stream "Rxx" via the Soundcloud embed below. In related news, Weehawken, NJ-based Bar/None this past March celebrated its 30th anniversary, a very notable achievement indeed, and there are retrospective blog posts and a link to a label comp that are definitely worth checking out right here.

06.25 -- Denver, CO -- Westword Music Festival
07.30 -- Denver, CO -- Underground Music Fest
08.05 -- Colorado Springs, CO -- Fine Arts Center
08.26 -- Colorado Springs, CO -- Flux Capacitor (Record Release Show)
08.27 -- Denver, CO -- Larimer Lounge (Record Release Show)

>> Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Ghost Orchard's latest set, Bliss, is a veiled and smothered bedroom dream-pop wonder that has already soundtracked many a late night to devastating and lonely effect. Led by Sam Hall, the project enlarges the scope of similarly bleary solo work of artists like Astrobrite, Atlas Sound and the recently reviewed Flout for an adventure in woozy, driving sound design, not to mention yearning and youthful lo-fi contemplation. Short and sweet songs like "Seperate" and "Sorry" pair distant percussion to textured and tasteful guitar chords for a contemporary take on the "hypnagogic pop" genre which came to the fore with rise of Ariel Pink and other deconstructed songsmiths. Mr. Hall's mid-range vocals serve as another yawning instrument more than a direct lead, but his pleasant tones nonetheless complement the auditory universe he contrives. Loveless-styled instrumental segues bookend "I Saw You Floating," "Sleepover" and "Wisher," and these run into other pieces, adding to the intimate, toy-instrument song-cycle vibe conjured here effectively. While this style of music has been tackled by many, Hall's inoffensive and rounded mid-heavy production and original instrumentation prestidigitate a boyish wonder that circulates through much of Bliss' 13 songs, making the collection an ideal choice for lazy, searching summer evenings. Take this moment to act decisively, however, as Orchid Tapes' recent second pressing of 100 cassettes is likely to disappear as quickly as this piece can be read. Do it: grab Bliss now on tape or as a digital download right here, lest you have to wait for round three. -- Edward Charlton

>> While the name of Connecticut-based drone-rock four Landing has registered on this reviewer's radar in years past -- perhaps due to its prior association with labels as esteemed as K and Geographic North -- its music had eluded our ears until the recent lead-up to its latest album, Third Sight. That collection hit racks earlier this month on CD and green vinyl LP via El Paraiso Records, but indeed the band's legacy stretches back almost two full decades to 1998. Third Sight is a four-song platter of head music characterized by a psychedelic and ambient narcotic lull, one akin to those conjured by legendary hitmakers Spacemen 3, Stars of the Lid and The Warlocks. Landing achieves this through the use of pristine and full production, as well as a distinct, major-key howl. The collection, recorded as part of El Paraiso's Impetus series, aims for the tranquil yet hallucinogenic side of Landing's sound with protracted, ruminative songs and serious pedal work. The lead preview track "Delusion Sound/Third Site" (split into two tunes on Spotify) presents soft, delayed vocals that intertwine within a drift of synthesizer patches and slow-burning feedback. "Facing South" highlights spewing, long-timed drone pedals and bongo-esque percussion to establish a meditative, instrumental trance, while closer "Morning Sun" aims for middle ground between the two, before female vocals pour a little bit of light into the composition. Much of Third Sight comes across as tempered experimentation and improvisational, but the focus with which Landing tackles its craft makes for a compelling album that, we'll speculate, likely sounds massive on vinyl, the manner of consumption this music seems clearly intended for. Order Third Sight here or check out Landing’s impressive and substantial body of work at their Bandcamp page. -- Edward Charlton

          It starts at the park: Local governments lead the way in drone advocacy and regulation   
Drone use is the next frontier and integration to the concept of a “Smart City,” a notion that describes how local governments are integrating multiple information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) solutions to manage a city's assets.
          Many Strange Encounters with UFOs and Mysterious Creatures in Pennsylvania During 2015   

The follow was submitted by researcher Stan Gordon, and is used here, with permission. Discuss this article on The Black Vault Message Forums by Stan Gordon Did you see anything strange in the sky last year?  Were you out in the woods and encountered a mysterious animal unlike anything that you had ever seen before? Did you experience an incident that you couldn’t find an explanation for?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you were not alone. Many Residents from across the state of Pennsylvania reported numerous observations of strange lights and objects in the sky throughout 2015. Some claimed to have seen formations of glowing lights, while others reported encountering spherical, cigar, triangular and rectangular objects from many locations of the Keystone state. Even stranger were reports from many locations of encounters with mysterious creatures. Sightings of  Bigfoot have historically been recorded for years, and these incidents continue to be reported annually, There were reports of huge birds with massive wingspans (thunderbirds) and even black panthers that are not common to this part of the world. Some creature reports were even stranger. Citizens of Pennsylvania reported many types of strange incidents including seeing strange footprints, hearing frightening howls, whoops and screams from nearby woods, observing odd clouds, seeing fireballs crossing the sky, and experienced loud mystery booms that shook their homes. Some reported various paranormal experiences including capturing strange images on their cameras. As in past years, the majority of anomalies reported concern unusual lights and objects in the sky. My interest in strange occurrences began in 1959, when I began to record and document mysterious incidents that were occurring in my home state of Pennsylvania. I was 16 years old in 1965 when the Kecksburg UFO incident occurred in Westmoreland County, and I began to document details about what  had taken place. I began to conduct in the field investigations of UFO and cryptid reports after that incident, and set up a hotline in 1969, for the public to report UFO sightings and other unusual accounts. After so many years of interest in these strange occurrences, I still have never seen a UFO or Bigfoot. I continue to record such incidents that come to my attention yearly via phone or email. Today there are many other researchers and organizations who also receive Pennsylvania reports. Some of these  resources gathering this information include the National UFO Reporting Center, The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society, the PA Chapter of MUFON, Jim Brown of Jim’s Destinations, and Lon Strickler of “Phantoms & Monsters.” I maintain contact with many UFO and Bigfoot investigators statewide and across the country. When I began my field investigations many years ago into various phenomena, it became apparent that many incidents that initially sounded unusual, when properly investigated, were found to be explainable and determined to be of manmade or natural origin. Many UFO sightings are found to have logical explanations and over the years some observations were explained as bright planets and stars, brilliant meteors or re-entry of space debris, lights on aircraft, satellites, NASA high altitude tests, searchlight beams, lights reflecting off of insects, Chinese lanterns, and remote control aircraft. And now we have to deal with quadcopters (drones) with led displays. Some Bigfoot sightings were only misidentifications of bear or large shaggy dogs. Others were camouflaged hunters in the woods. Many strange footprints were normal tracks that had been distorted by weather and ground conditions. The point is that many anomalies of various types can be explained. Not every UFO and cryptid encounter, however, can be so easily explained away. While strange encounters are reported from many widespread locations from across the state, one of the most active areas for such unusual incidents continues to be along the Chestnut Ridge that covers sections of Westmoreland, Fayette, and Indiana Counties. The following are some of the interesting incidents that came to my attention in 2015. March 12, 2015- Two people had gone out to do some late night shopping near Monessen, located in the Mon Valley area. As they passed under a bridge, the car headlights struck a nine feet tall man-like creature that was covered with black hair that was standing along the side of a road.  As soon as the lights hit it, the creature squinted its eyes and turned and tilted its head. The couple stared at the creature for about 15 seconds then quickly left the area. About 50 feet away from where they saw the creature, they noticed a terrible odor. The Mon valley has had a long history of Bigfoot sightings. March 16, 2015- Numerous sources received information of a loud boom that shook houses that evening over a wide area of Fayette County from Connellsville to Uniontown. About the same time odd lights were reportedly seen in the area, which were followed by observations of an unusual amount of helicopter activity. A similar mystery boom was reported the night before in Allegheny County. April 17, 2015- During the evening at a rural location in Westmoreland County not far from West Newton, two people were sitting off a country road and observed a bright white light in the sky moving in their direction which began to make a circular motion. The solid round white object, which made no sound, approached closer to them and hovered over some trees. Suddenly, the car and the area around it became illuminated by a dim white light that was emitted from the hovering object. The witnesses quickly left the area. April 18, 2015- At a rural location in Greene County not far from Waynesburg, a driver observed what looked like a tall upright figure covered with hair moving quickly up a hillside near a construction site. April 18, 2015- During the early morning hours, a witness located in a rural area near South Greensburg saw what looked like a tall dark figure in the yard. Later at that location, a large unusual footprint was found that measured approximately 16.5 inches long...

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This week:

Tom Strong
Leviathan Configuration

Music for the show provided by Reed Love.

          Comentario en Correos.es sois unos Ladrones, por daniel   
A mi me han abierto una carta que contenía unas monedas... pero como eran de juguete, no las ham robado, y las han puesto en un sobre de plástico transparente de "deteriorado en este servicio". Hijos de pura ladrones.
          Drones: A hazard to your health?   
Mid-February, President Obama signed a new FAA re-authorization bill that allows the use of drones into commercial U.S. skies. Here, Robert Dewar, AdaCore's CEO, explains that it's time to take security seriously and to let people know that the technology to do this currently exists.
          The Pizza and Taco Diet: Sean Gets Skinny   
Sean and I used to constantly make jokes about each other's weight. I'm not even sure where it started because we were both only about ten pounds overweight, but we still teased each other unmercifully. It was just our thing.

"Oh. A second donut, eh fat ass?" I'd ask, as I passed him on the way to the office kitchen, secretly hoping he hadn't taken the last one.

"Would you like the eight or the twelve piece?" the Chick-Fil-A worker would ask.
"Oh, I'll take the twelve"
"Yeah, look at him. He's only ordering the twelve because you don't have a twenty piece."

"Do you guys want to walk to lunch or drive?"
"Well, I'm down to walk, but I doubt Size Large over there has the stamina to walk half a mile unless there's a park bench between here and there."

In August Sean decided that enough was enough. His kids were getting to the age that he was chasing them all over the place, and he took this as a sign that it was time to get in to shape. He wanted me to join him in his quest to get thin, but two things stopped me. First, I truly believed that losing ten pounds would just result in putting back fifteen once I stopped. Second, I was coupled and happy. If Rachael accepted me chubby, why bother getting skinny?

The thing about Sean is, when he starts something, he doesn't start small. He researches. He focuses. He dedicates himself. Normally this dedication lasts about a week until something new and shiny has come along, but if the Liang Prank taught us anything, it's that when he really sinks his teeth in to something, he doesn't screw around. Within a week he had a diet web page set up with the following mission statement:
I want to be skinny enough that I can call Jesse Bearden a fat ass without him being able to respond.
Good luck with that tubby, I thought as he droned on about calories and shoe-less jogging in the office.

To my surprise, three months later Sean had dropped twenty five pounds and seemed to be keeping it off. Even more surprising, he wasn't spending every waking moment rubbing it in my face like I would have done were the roles reversed. Of course by that time I was no longer coupled, and feeling less than emotionally fantastic.

When I get down emotionally, stage one is wallowing in it. This is followed shortly by stage two which is, "As long as you're going to be worthless, you might as well work on you." With that in mind, I soon joined Sean's diet crusade...
          Test segnale range distanza Phantom 4 Pro   

A che distanza arriva il segnale del Phantom 4 Pro? In questo test per misurare il range del Phantom 4 Pro effettuato su spiaggia libera, il drone è arrivato a circa 3700m senza mai perdere il segnale lightbridge a 2.4Ghz. Sia le ricezione del drone che il flusso video non hanno mai perso la connessione. Ci sono innumerevoli test che arrivano anche ben oltre ma con frequenti cadute di connessioni oppure con un segnale video pixelato. Non ha senso spingere il drone fino a 5 km quando non si è in grado di vedere dove sta andando. Un conto è

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          Come editare i video 4k del Phantom 4 Pro anche su Pc poco potenti   

Guida su come fare editing video 4k dei formati H264 e H265 a 100mbps del drone Phantom 4 Pro. Il phantom 4 Pro può registrare i video con il codec H265 fino a 30 frames x secondo e fino a 60 frames x secondo con il codec H264.   Il codec H265 promette una qualità superiore al H264 a parità di bitrate nella misura di circa il 50% , significa che un video del Phantom 4 Pro registrato in H265 al bitrate di 100mbps qualitativamente corrisponderebbe a circa 200mbps nel formato H264.Il problema però di questo codec molto efficiente è

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          Come fare video con drone | Tutorial dji phantom riprese aeree | Guida editing video drone   

Come fare video con il drone? Come effettuare riprese aeree con il drone? come editare al meglio video e riprese di droni ? Hai comprato o vorresti acquistare un drone? Vuoi sapere come girare un video con un drone, come fare video editing, come fare video di qualità utilizzando la fotocamera del drone? Prima di iniziare dai un’occhiata ai nostri video fatti con un DJI Phantom 3 Standard. Prima di sapere come fare a volare con il drone e registrare video con riprese aeree, dovresti conoscere alcune nozioni fotografiche di base che ti permetteranno di realizzare filmati di un livello superiore

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          America’s Undeclared War: Deadly Drone Attacks In Pakistan Reach Record High   
          UPS’in kamyonlarına Drone desteği geliyor! yazısına Goasuarl tarafından yapılan yorumlar   
Sono contro. http://www.sexybang.top/gal/2242.html http://rexuiz.top/ http://forosted.inticampusvirtual.org.ar/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=575057 http://999tovarov.tumblr.com/
          UPS’in kamyonlarına Drone desteği geliyor! yazısına Goasuarl tarafından yapılan yorumlar   
je FГ©licite, la rГ©ponse remarquable... http://liza-andronikovatmr.tumblr.com/ http://www.phpelephant.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=813360&p=985399#p985399 http://funteam.sk-gameservers.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=114789 https://rexuiz.itch.io/rexuiz-fps
          @Enzo Vitale Sì, il succo lo abbiamo capito (lo di...   
@Enzo Vitale
Sì, il succo lo abbiamo capito (lo dico senza ironia) ma è un succo un po' amaro, come dice Stupidocane. Si è persa un'altra buona occasione e la difesa/spiegazione lascia perplessi. Per non parlare delle insinuazione verso il padrone di casa, che avrà difetti come tutti ma non quello di sbagliare i fatti, magari le opinioni, ma non i fatti, soprattutto quando sono scritti.
Ho una normale capacità di comprensione e l'ironia dell'articolo originale non era così chiara e definita, troppe formule dubitative e domandine retoriche. Il titolo, invece, è il classico acchiappaclick e quello era inconfutabilmente un falso, tipico di quel giornalismo che lei dichiara di combattere.
Un'altra occasione sprecata: di tacere, di rettificare, di chiedere scusa, di essere professionisti. Peccato.
          Predator Drones to Patrol Entire U.S.-Mexico Border from September 1   
The U.S. government will have unmanned surveillance aircraft monitoring the whole southwest border with Mexico from September 1, as it ramps up border security in this election year, a top official said on Monday.
          Vigile nei guai: si intascava le multe   
Un agente della Municipale di Ponderano è indagato per peculato. A quanto pare avrebbe sanzionato diversi automobilisti che parcheggiavano nei posteggi dei disabili, chiedendo il pagamento immediato della sanzione e impadronendosi la somma senza girarla al Comune
Por fin es primavera en Estocolmo. El retorno del sol primaveral ha coincidido con otros acontecimientos. Por ejemplo, el cambio de horario , por el que hoy hemos dormido lo mismo, pero no s hemos despertado una hora mas tarde; el día de la Anunciación a la Virgen y sobre todo ...¡el día del Waffle!
¿Y a que viene nombrar el 25 de marzo como dia del Waffle? Pues algunos dicen que está relacionado con lo de la Anunciación de la Virgen, que en sueco es Vårfrudagen (o dia de Nuestra Señora). Por corrupciones de la palabra a través de los tiempos, el nombre degeneró en Våffeldagen (a saber, día del Waffle). Que cosas tan curiosas tiene la vida.
Bueno, pero a mi lo que me mas me ha gustado de este 25 de Marzo es el cambio que ha pegado Estocolmo. Un paseito bajo el Sol, disfrutando del tiempo y las vistas me han cargado las pilas. Y es que el cambio es brutal, fijaos en la foto de la izquierda, de finales de Febrero, y la de hoy. Por lo demas, hemos vuelto a tener ladrones en el corridor. Esta vez se han superado al llevarse ¡el microondas!. Tenemos razones para creer que los del corridor de al lado estan implicados (uy, parezco salido de El Comisario), asi que hemos pedido vaaarias veces que nos cierren las puertas.Y los responsables de la SSSB (el alojamiento) no aparecen, y eso que están al lado. Esto se soluciona mañana, no nos vamos de la oficina hasta que vengan y lo cierren.
Y por último, como no voy a estar por aqui en Semana Santa, he estado haciendo unas torrijas para que mis compis del corridor puedan opinar sobre cocina española (de la que NO soy un buen representante, a todo esto). A ver si les gusta mas que el Pan-perdue o las Arme Ritter.
Y mañana, Japonés de nuevo, buscar oposicion y a esperar la respuesta del tutor sobre nuestro proyecto. Si todo va bien, presentamos a mediados de Abril. Pero hasta entonces...
UPDATE: el microondas ha sido recuperado, nuestra victoria está cerca, hurra, hurra, hurra.

          Houston students share stories about the air they breathe   

In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s eastside, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape.

“It surrounds us,” she said. “When you leave for the first time as a kid, it’s a shock. You see that other places do not have this. We are living in one of the most polluted cities in the country.”

To help others understand that this is not normal or healthy, Ibarra, 18, produced “Houston, At What Cost?” The three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem.

Her work won the first video contest sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund for students from high schools near the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel.

Elena Craft, senior health scientist at EDF, said the contest provided students with a platform to talk about air pollution, a pressing concern in the eight-county Houston region, which has yet to meet federal standards for ozone, or smog.

“We picked these schools because we want these kids to have a voice,” Craft said. “We saw a lot of passion. We saw a lot of emotion. We heard some kids talk about how their lungs hurt on days with high ozone.”

Through the contest, students gained a deeper understanding about the air they breathe. It also showed how a classroom project could inform and influence the community around them, said Juan Carlos Ramirez, an associate principal at Galena Park High School.

“They have the power of one,” Ramirez said. “They can influence people’s opinions. They can affect people’s consciousness. They can create change through video, through technology, social media, whatever means they communicate with the world. Their voice is heard, and it’s strong.”

With roughly 12,000 residents, Galena Park is located along the Ship Channel, 12 miles east of Houston’s downtown. Nearly all of the high school’s students are Latino or African-American, and more than 70 percent of them are eligible for subsidized lunches. Many of its graduates go to work at the nearby oil refineries and other industrial facilities, where wages can start at $30 an hour.

It is a familiar path to Ibarra, whose father, Cesar, went to work for a manufacturer of building materials after graduating from Galena Park High. He is now a police officer in nearby Pasadena.

“The refineries are here to stay,” said Ibarra, who plans to attend the University of Houston in the fall. “But there are things we can do. The smallest things do count.”

A good first step is planting more trees, she said. “We can put more green in the city.”

Her inspiration is the “The Lorax,” Dr. Seuss’s 1971 book on speaking for the trees and saving the environment. She ended her video with a quote from the book: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Ibarra also contributed to the second-place video, produced by five Galena Park classmates: Eduardo Aguillon, Karina Moreno, Adrian Pacheco, Rosie Salgado and Genesis Salinas.

The video is inspired by the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why.” In their production, the students explain the reasons for Houston’s unhealthy air.

Brandon Chacon and Saul Luviano, of Cesar Chavez High School, took third place. They used a drone to follow a boy on his daily run near industrial facilities.

“I was trying to show how close we are to them and how many there are,” said Luviano, whose school is a quarter-mile from three chemical plants. “I can run for a little bit, but I start to feel a certain way that isn’t natural.”

The Furr High School team of Maycol Agreda, Kimberlyn Maldonado and Maria Vazquez earned honorable mention.

EDF will sponsor the video contest again during the upcoming school year.

In addition, EDF is developing youth councils at two of the high schools. The program will give students an opportunity to delve deeper into the health impacts of air pollution and come up with solutions to this persistent problem. At the end of the school year, the students will present their work to their elected representatives.

“We want to continue their good work and foster their interest in clean air,” Craft said.



Bianca Ibarra

Galena Park High School

Houston, At What Cost?



Eduardo Aguillon, Karina Moreno, Adrian Pacheco, Rosie Salgado and Genesis Salinas

Galena Park High School

13 reasons why our air is polluted



Brandon Chacon and Saul Luviano

Chavez High School

Air pollution



Maycol Agreda, Kimberlyn Madonado and Maria Vazquez

Furr High School

Air pollution


          Adieu, Radio Shack   
As expected, Radio Shack filed for Chapter 11 Thursday. The brand isn't worth much, but some of the locations are coveted by the 3rd largest cellphone carrier, who plans to operate almost 3/4 of the stores to peddle cellphone service.

The failure of Radio Shack — like so many other firms — is almost anti-climactic. The business model failed years ago, and the firm has been struggling to find any excuse to stay open and throw good money after bad. The company had its time, and that time has passed: like K-Mart, Sears, Borders, Circuit City and (my greatest distress) Mervyn’s.

Radio Shack served several roles: it was the only hobbyist electronics chain and the only electronics store in many small towns and exurbs. As a parts store, it actually played an important role in the 1970s in getting the PC revolution off the ground. And I still remember visiting it for that purpose in high school and college to get some switch or solder or other part to finish a project. There was also a brief period where they had cutting edge computer equipment, notably the TRS-80 Model 100.

Whether or not that would pay the bills today — and certainly not for 2,400 stories — the company has been struggling to find a business model for the past 10-20 years,with an emphasis on cellphones (plus misc. consumer electronics like novelties like toys). They never had very good audio equipment, so anyone who bought stereo stuff there (other than cables) didn't know what they were doing. But they were a cellphone distributor — and a neutral one at that — in thousands of local malls that gave people a predictable place to buy electronics.

Today, you can buy better stereo and computer equipment at Best Buy (at equally inflated prices): yes you have to drive 5-10 miles instead of 1-2 miles, but if it’s a purchase over $100 it’s worth it (and many of the cables can be purchased at the corner drugstore, Target or Wal-Mart).

The death of Radio Shack won’t even be noticed by Southern California hobbyists. The last two times I went to my local store, I was struck by how few components (like wire or solderable connectors) were offered compared to earlier this century. Instead, we all go to Fry’s which offers components, tools, assembled products, recorded content, toys, kitchen appliances, candy and a cafe.

So Radio Shack is like the pro athlete who retires after two years of warming a bench, or the movie star who dies in their 60s when they haven’t had a role for 15 years. Yes, they were important once, but now no one will shed a tear.

The funny thing is, the hobbyist market might survive the onslaught of Amazon — just as Home Depot (or Lowe’s) could do so. When you're in the middle of a project, you need the part now, and you don’t want to wait 2 days for it to be delivered (and unless you’re in NYC or SF, the Amazon warehouse is unlikely to have it in inventory for same-day drone delivery). So this yet another reason for me to support Fry’s at every opportunity.

So my condolences to Radio Shack’s shareholders and employees. Forgive me if I don’t have time to attend the wake. And if Radio Shack comes back from the dead (as some accounts imply), there’s nothing in their current (or rumored future) formula that’s going to bring me back.
          Система защиты объектов от БПЛА Drone Dome получила лазерное оружие   
Система защиты объектов от беспилотных летательных аппаратов Drone Dome («Жужжащий купол»; drone имеет основное значение «жужжать», а разговорное — «беспилотник»), названная по аналогии с противоракетным комплексом Iron Dome («Железный купол»), получила лазерное оружие.
          India And The H1-B Visa A Non-Issue For Trump-Modi, As Focus Turns To Pakistan - Forbes   


India And The H1-B Visa A Non-Issue For Trump-Modi, As Focus Turns To Pakistan
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          Hearing into CIA drones would dent US ties: UK   

London: Ties between Britain, the US and Pakistan could be jeopardized if a judge grants a request for a court inquiry into the possible role of UK spy agencies in aiding covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan`s northwest tribal region, a government lawyer told Britain`s High Court today.

James Eadie, lawyer for Britain`s Foreign Office, insisted that intelligence sharing between Britain and the US already under strain by previous disclosures made in London courtrooms and links between Washington and Pakistan would all potentially be cast into doubt.

Noor Khan, a 27-year-old whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan in March 2011, has asked Britain`s High Court to examine whether UK intelligence officials assisted the action and may be liable for prosecution.
His legal advisers want a judge to determine whether Britain`s secret eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, has passed location data to guide CIA drones, and whether the UK has agreed to a secret policy of assistance to the program of targeting militants.

"Adjudicating on the claim plainly would have significant impact on the conduct of the United Kingdom`s relations with both the United States and Pakistan," Eadie told a three-day hearing at the High Court.

"It would also be likely to have such an impact on relations between the United States and Pakistan. That impact would be felt in an acutely controversial, sensitive and important context."

Since 2004, CIA drones have targeted suspected militants with missile strikes in the Pakistani tribal regions, killing hundreds of people. The program is controversial because of questions about its legality, the number of civilians it has killed and its impact on Pakistan`s sovereignty.

Khan`s father, Malik Daud Khan, was attending a meeting of local elders in Datta Khel, in North Waziristan, when it was hit by a missile fired from an unmanned drone, killing around 40 people.


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          Panetta spills - a little - on secret CIA drones   

Naval Air Station Sigonella: There was a time when US officials wouldn`t breathe a word about the CIA`s clandestine use of Predator drones.

Now it seems that the veil is lifting, at least a bit.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta — a former CIA director — is occasionally weaving the CIA`s unmanned aircraft into his remarks.

On Friday, he joked to an auditorium full of troops at a base in Naples, Italy, that "obviously I have a helluva lot more weapons available to me in this job than I had at the CIA." Then he added, as an aside, "Although the Predators aren`t that bad."

And at a stop at Sigonella air station a short time later, he was ticking off the attributes of the coalition forces there who have been participating in the Libya operation.

Standing in front of a Global Hawk surveillance drone, he observed that the troops have used the unarmed aircraft in missions over Libya, as well as the armed Predators. And then he added that the Predators were "something I was very familiar with in my last job”.

During Panetta`s tenure at the CIA, the use of armed drones to target insurgents, particularly inside the borders of Pakistan, escalated and expanded. And just last week, a CIA Predator was used in a strike in Yemen to kill US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al Qaeda figure in the Arabian Peninsula.

The CIA`s use of drones to strike militants in Pakistan — largely those who are involved in launching attacks against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan — has drawn sharp criticism from Islamabad and cries that the missions violate the country`s sovereignty.

At no time did Panetta mention any of the countries or CIA operations where the drones were used — saying only that he finds them to be a key weapon.

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          CIA drones now target suspected militants in Pakistan: Report   

Washington: In a dramatic expansion of its
drone strikes in Pakistan`s restive tribal region, the CIA has
received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets,
including suspected militants whose names are not known.

The expanded authority, approved two years ago by the
Bush administration and continued by President Barack Obama,
permits the spy agency to rely on what officials describe as
"pattern of life" analysis, using evidence collected by
surveillance cameras on the unmanned aircraft and from other
sources about individuals and locations, the `Los Angeles
Times` reported.

The information then is used to target suspected
militants, even when their full identities are not known, the
paper quoted current and former counter-terrorism officials as

Previously, the CIA was restricted in most cases to
killing only individuals whose names were on an approved list.

The new rules have transformed the programme from a narrow
effort aimed at killing top Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders into
a large-scale campaign of air strikes in which few militants
are off-limits, as long as they are deemed to pose a threat to
the US, the officials said.v

Missile attacks using Predator and Reaper drones have
risen steeply since Obama took office. There were an estimated
53 drone strikes in 2009, up from just over 30 in Bush`s last
year, according to a website run by the New America Foundation
that tracks press reports of attacks in Pakistan. Through
early this month, there had been 34 more strikes this year, an
average of one every 3 1/2 days, the site said.

The 2010 attacks have killed from 143 to 247 people,
according to estimates collected by the site, but only seven
militants have been publicly identified. Among them are Al
Qaeda explosives expert Ghazwan Yemeni, Taliban commander
Mohammad Qari Zafar, Egyptian Canadian Al Qaeda leader Sheikh
Mansoor and Jordanian Taliban commander Mahmud Mahdi Zeidan.

Instead of just a few dozen attacks per year, the
drones now carry out multiple missile strikes each week
against safe houses, training camps and other hiding places
used by militants in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

Of more than 500 people who US officials say have been
killed since the pace of drone strikes intensified, the vast
majority have been individuals whose names were unknown, or
about whom the agency had only fragmentary information.

The CIA was directed by the Bush administration to
begin using armed drones to track Osama bin Laden and other
senior Al Qaeda figures, as well as Taliban leaders who fled
to Pakistan`s tribal areas after the Sept. 11 attacks.

President Bush secretly decided in his last year in
office to expand the programme. Obama has continued and even
streamlined the process, so that CIA Director Leon Panetta can
sign off on many attacks without notifying the White House
beforehand, the paper quoted an official as saying.


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          A huge crack in Antarctic ice is 'hours, days, or weeks' from breaking off an iceberg the size of Delaware   

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The 1,000-foot-thick, Delaware-sized iceberg that's getting ready to break off of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf could calve within "hours, days, or weeks," researchers say.

Scientists monitoring the ice shelf report that from June 24 to June 27, the outer end of the iceberg started to accelerate to the fastest speeds ever recorded at this location — a development they say is a "notable departure from previous observations." 

As of May 31, the crack itself had just about eight miles to go before the iceberg would break free. The crack has not lengthened in the past month, so the ice is still attached. But that ice has suddenly started to move far faster than it ever has: more than 30 feet per day.

Researchers can't say when the rift will cause the ice to break off the shelf, but when it does calve, that will remove 10% of the Larsen C shelf. The 2,000-square-mile iceberg would then become the third largest in recorded history.

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The increase in the iceberg's movement speed is "another sign that the iceberg calving is imminent," scientists from Swansea University in the UK wrote on the website for Project MIDAS, which is tracking the rift. 

The researchers also warn that the break could destabilize the entire 19,300-square-mile shelf and eventually cause it to disintegrate. This happened with the Larsen B ice shelf after a similar iceberg calved from there in 2002.

The Sentinel-1 satellite image data below illustrates the substantial change in ice speed from early June to late June.



The Project MIDAS team said on June 24 that the rift has been widening about 6 feet per day since the end of May, but there has been no observable change in the length of the crack since then.

When the iceberg does break free and sail into the Southern Ocean, it should not contribute to sea level rise, since it's already on the water. But if the full Larsen C ice shelf collapses, the land-based glaciers that it is holding back could have a significant impact on sea level.

More details about the rift are available in our most recent feature about Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf

Dave Mosher contributed reporting to this post.

SEE ALSO: This new animation shows how close Antarctica is to losing an iceberg the size of Delaware

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NOW WATCH: A Canadian captured this spectacular view of an iceberg on his first drone flight

          Time with the young African entrepreneur network mentor of the week   
Background:  He is a technopreneur and an innovator with background in electrical/electronic engineering and renewable energy. His key interest is in system and designing. He specializes in accelerating the 4th industrial age technologies like Internet of Things, Drones, Augmented /Virtual Reality. He is also the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive. He is no other person than
          Drones That Drive   

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

          Drone video & more from two homes burning in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey   
Fire Sunday afternoon
          Drone video & more from Sanford, Maine mill fire   
Lots of video from large fire on Friday
          Shoulder and Hemiplegia   


Shoulder and Hemiplegia






Background: Good shoulder function is a prerequisite for effective hand function, as well as for performing multiple tasks involving mobility, ambulation, and activities of daily living (ADL). A common sequela of stroke is hemiplegic shoulder pain that can hamper functional recovery and subsequently lead to disability. Poduri et al report that hemiplegic shoulder pain can begin as early as 2 weeks poststroke but typically occurs within 2-3 months poststroke.

Most studies have speculated about the etiology of shoulder pain in hemiplegia but have failed to establish a cause-and-effect relationship. Some of the most frequently suspected factors contributing to shoulder pain include subluxation, contractures, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), rotator cuff injury, and spastic muscle imbalance of the glenohumeral joint (Teasell, 1998). However, identifying the exact mechanism(s) of shoulder pain can be inherently difficult, with many of the current treatment regimens varying according to assumptions made about its cause. Hanger et al suggest that it is highly probable that the cause is multifactorial with different factors contributing at different stages of recovery (ie, flaccidity contributing to subluxation and subsequent capsular stretch, abnormal tonal and synergy patterns contributing to rotator cuff or scapular instability). Because of the difficulty in treating shoulder pain once established, initiate treatment early.

For individuals who have had strokes with resultant hemiplegia, motor and functional recovery also are important steps in the treatment process. Chae et al indicate that the amount of motor recovery is related to the degree of initial severity and the amount of time before voluntary movements are initiated. Numerous neurofacilitative treatments have been developed in hopes of improving the quality and decreasing the amount of time to recovery. Unfortunately, Chae et al have found that the length of stay at most acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities is shortening, with restoration of maximal function involving the use of compensatory strategies as the primary means for treatment rather than the restoration of motor control.

Pathophysiology: In order to understand the pathologic processes and changes that occur in the hemiplegic shoulder, the factors that contribute to normal shoulder position need to be understood. As proposed by Cailliet, normal anatomic position involves a well-approximated glenohumeral joint, proper glenoid fossa angle (forward and upward), and proper scapular alignment with the vertebral column. The joint is stabilized by musculature (ie, supraspinatus, deltoid, latissimus) and, to a smaller degree, the shoulder capsule, which supports the humerus. The trapezius, serratus anterior, and rhomboids provide proper scapular alignment. The latissimus also works to depress the scapula. Erector spinae muscle tone, along with the righting reflex, maintains the vertebral column in an upright alignment. If any of these components are disrupted during the recovery process, then shoulder function may be compromised or a painful shoulder may result.

Following a stroke, the brain and body progress through the following series of stages, which are discussed in detail by Cailliet: (1) transischemic attack, (2) flaccidity, (3) spasticity, and (4) synergy. A gradual progression from one stage to the next usually occurs, but they are not mutually exclusive of one another, and they can occur simultaneously in the affected limb.

Flaccid stage

Once the inciting injury to the brain occurs, the flaccid stage evolves with a state of areflexia. This stage of areflexia includes loss of muscle tone and volitional motor activity, variable sensory loss, and loss of muscle stretch reflexes.

Muscular support of the humeral head in the glenoid fossa by the supraspinatus and deltoid muscles is lost. This leads to downward and outward subluxation of the humeral head, with the only support coming from the joint capsule. The shoulder capsule is thin and is composed of 2 tissue layers. The inner synovial layer, the stratum synovium, is highly vascular but poorly innervated, making it insensitive to pain but highly reactive to heat and cold. The outer layer, the stratum fibrosum, is poorly vascularized but richly innervated, predisposing it to pain from stretch. For this reason, Faghri et al suggest that added capsular stretch in a flaccid shoulder may predispose the capsule to irreversible damage and the shoulder to pain.

Flaccidity of the trapezius, rhomboids, and serratus anterior muscles leads to depression, protraction, and downward rotation of the scapula, which Cailliet believes leads to significant angular changes of the glenoid fossa, subsequently contributing to subluxation. Also, the spine begins to flex laterally toward the hemiparetic side because of the elimination of the righting reflex, further altering the scapulothoracic relationship.

However, Prevost et al compared the affected and unaffected shoulders by using a 3-dimensional radiographic technique that determines the true position of the humeral head in relation to the scapula. This technique revealed less downward rotation of the glenoid fossa than originally expected, and no significant relationship was found between the extent of scapular orientation and the severity of subluxation (Prevost, 1987; Culham, 1995). Subsequently, it was concluded that scapular position does not contribute as much to inferior subluxation as was originally thought. Teasell points out that this now appears to be the most widely accepted viewpoint.

Spastic stage

As stroke recovery evolves, flaccidity may progress to spasticity. Cailliet explains that normally, the brainstem contains upper extremity (UE) flexor patterns and lower extremity (LE) extensor patterns that are refined and coordinated by the premotor and neocortexes. Following a stroke, the connections that control these reflexes can be interrupted, resulting in the release of these basic patterns and the evolution of spasticity and synergy patterns. If the neurologic deficits become severe enough, primitive tonic neck reflexes may develop. When primitive tonic neck reflexes are present, the elbow extends when the head turns toward the affected side, and the elbow flexes when the head turns away. The presence of primitive tonic neck reflexes is considered prognostically unfavorable for motor recovery.

The first evidence of UE spasticity is internal rotation of the humerus from the subscapularis and pectoralis major, with a debate as to which muscle contributes stronger to this pattern. This pattern may then progress into the forearm pronators (ie, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis). Spastic involvement of the rhomboids leads to scapular depression and downward rotation, while the latissimus dorsi contributes to adduction, extension, and internal rotation of the humerus. Biceps brachii spasticity further depresses the head of the humerus and flexes the elbow.

As spasticity and synergy evolve, Teasell notes there is a failure of the antagonist muscles to relax when the agonist muscles contract, thus creating cocontraction. For example, during internal rotation, excessive spasticity of the internal rotators of the humerus (ie, subscapularis, pectoralis major, latissimus, teres major) overwhelms the external rotators (ie, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor). The muscles causing downward and outward rotation of the scapula, the rhomboids, overwhelm the trapezius and serratus anterior muscles. Spastic unilateral paraspinal muscles overwhelm those on the contralateral side, causing lateral flexion of the spine toward the affected side.

Synergy stage

If neurologic impairment of the completed stroke progresses, synergy patterns, which tend to worsen with initiated efforts, may emerge. Cailliet proposes that the synergy component that usually occurs first is spastic elbow flexion; the shoulder phase is weaker and usually requires a more reflexive status to occur. The restrictions created by the synergy patterns create therapeutic challenges to attaining meaningful UE function. Upper extremity flexor synergy patterns include (1) shoulder/scapular depression (downward rotation and retraction), (2) humeral adduction/internal rotation, (3) elbow flexion, (4) forearm pronation (rarely supination), and (5) wrist/finger flexion (thumb-in-hand position).

When treating patients in flexion synergy, aim therapy at retraining the overwhelmed agonists, stressing the desired components of function, and releasing the uninhibited flexion patterns by initiating opposite movements at the “key points of control.”


  • In the US: According to Van Ouwenaller et al, shoulder pathology with resulting pain is relatively common in individuals who develop hemiplegia after stroke and/or brain injury. Van Ouwenaller reports shoulder pathology occurs in up to 85% of patients with spastic symptoms and in up to 18% of patients with flaccid symptoms.

Other clinical trials report a general incidence of shoulder pain in patients with hemiplegic stroke as 16-84% (Forster, 1994; Najenson, 1971), while that for shoulder subluxation has been found to be as high as 81% (Najenson, 1971).

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) also appears to be a relatively common complication of hemiplegia, with Van Ouwenaller reporting an incidence of 27% in patients with spasticity versus 7% of those with flaccidity. Other sources report an incidence of 12.5-61%.



History: Obtaining an accurate and detailed history is an important part of the examination. For those patients who have difficulty with communication, the history may be provided by a family member. Common symptoms of the shoulder/UE reported by patients with hemiplegia may include the following:

  • Reduced mobility of the shoulder
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling/edema
  • Pain with movement
  • Decreased coordination

Physical: The physical examination of a patient with shoulder dysfunction associated with hemiplegia is extensive, as the physician is required to assess the involved musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Suggested clinical tests and evaluations include the following:

  • Observation
    • Atrophy
    • Asymmetry
    • Swelling/edema
    • Tenderness
    • Pain with motion
    • Decreased range of motion (ROM)
    • Decreased coordination
    • Decreased reflexes
  • Palpation
    • Anatomical variation
    • Palpable gap between acromion and humeral head (use fingerbreadths or calipers)
    • External and clinical methods for measuring subluxation (Boyd, 1992) include the following:
      • Palpate and/or measure the subacromial space using calipers or a thermoplastic jig. Compare these findings to those of the opposite shoulder.
      • Measure the distance separating the acromial angle and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus using a sliding caliper (anthropometric measure).
  • Assess pulses
    • Peripheral circulation
    • Adson maneuver
  • Assess arm function - Action Research Arm Test
  • Evaluation of shoulder pain
    • Ritchie Articular Index (ordinal measurement)
    • Shoulder lateral rotation ROM to the point of pain (SROMP)
      • Precise ratio measurement
      • Requires the use of a goniometer
  • Evaluate for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neurologic examination
    • Cognition
      • Orientation
      • Memory
      • Attention span
    • Manual muscle testing
      • Assess strength and tone
      • Evaluate spasticity (Modified Ashworth scale)
    • Sensory evaluation
      • Light touch
      • Pin-prick
      • Vibration
      • Proprioception
      • Two-point discrimination
      • Stereognosis
    • Reflexes
    • Coordination
    • Cranial nerves and visual fields
    • Evaluate for neglect
      • Letter cancellation test
      • Line bisection test
    • Evaluate for apraxia
    • Fugl-Meyer index to test motor performance


  • Glenohumeral subluxation
    • Glenohumeral subluxation basically is defined as a partial or incomplete dislocation that usually stems from changes in the mechanical integrity of the joint. Subluxation is a common problem in patients with hemiplegia, especially during the flaccid stage, and often occurs within 3 weeks poststroke.
    • Subluxation appears to be caused by the weight of the flaccid arm applying direct mechanical stretch to the joint capsule as well as traction to unsupportive muscles of the shoulder. Teasell suggests that other factors contributing to subluxation include improper positioning, lack of support in the upright position, and pulling on the hemiplegic arm when transferring the patient.
    • Controversy exists as to an association between shoulder subluxation and pain. Subluxation has been a commonly sited cause of shoulder pain and disability, with Yu et al reporting that longitudinal data suggests a correlation between early subluxation and shoulder pain. However, Bohannon et al have found no significant correlation between the presence of subluxation and the occurrence of pain, while Wanklyn et al have found no association between the severity of subluxation and the degree of pain. Numerous cases of subluxation without pain have been documented, as well as cases of a painful shoulder without subluxation.
    • A correlation between subluxation and RSD also has been studied. Dursun et al found that subluxation was present in 74.3% of patients with RSD and 40% of patients without RSD; of these same patients, 78.6% with subluxation and 38.1% without subluxation reported shoulder pain. Dursun concluded that shoulder subluxation might be a causative factor of RSD as well as shoulder pain.
    • Physicians usually can diagnose subluxation by palpating and measuring anatomical landmarks (fingerbreadths and calipers, respectively) during physical examination.
      • Bohannon et al found that performing shoulder palpation to help diagnose subluxation can be reliably graded, with good interrater reliability and good correlation with more precise radiographic measurements.
      • Other authors believe that there are no precise clinical means to measure the degree of subluxation, and if one could be devised, then the benefit of treatment would be validated.
      • Several radiographic methods that give a reliable measure of subluxation have been proposed, but some require specialized equipment that is not widely available.
    • Treatment of subluxation by reduction remains a controversial means of controlling shoulder pain. Slings, arm boards, troughs, and lap trays have not proven to be effective and may result in overcorrection in some cases. Sling use also may cause lateral subluxation, impair proprioception, interfere with functional activities, or promote undesirable synergy patterns; furthermore, sling use may not prove beneficial in preventing shoulder subluxation. Strapping also has been attempted with variable results. Even though sling use and other supportive devices remain controversial, Yu et al report that treatment of shoulder subluxation continues to be the standard of care for several reasons, including the following:
      • Painful shoulder subluxation most commonly is present when the UE is in a dependent position. Painful shoulder subluxation improves with joint reduction.
      • Subluxation may have a role in the pathogenesis of other painful conditions by stretching local neurovascular and musculoskeletal tissues.
      • Early prevention is warranted since chronic shoulder pain often is refractory to treatment.
      • Subluxation may inhibit functional recovery by limiting shoulder ROM.
    • Because of the unproven effectiveness of support devices, a newer form of treatment, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), has provided some moderate success in the prevention and treatment of subluxation. Yu et al demonstrated substantial reduction in subluxation, and possibly enhancement of motor recovery and reduction of shoulder pain. However, it is debated whether NMES should be used prophylactically or whether its use should be held until subluxation develops. NMES is discussed further in the treatment section (see Neuromuscular electrical stimulation).
  • Spasticity
    • Spasticity is defined as a velocity-sensitive disorder of motor function causing increased resistance to passive stretch of muscles and hyperactive muscle stretch reflexes. Following stroke, Teasell reports that supraspinal suppressor areas (pyramidal and extrapyramidal motor systems) that are normally responsible for maintaining the delicate balance between the facilitative and inhibiting influences of both alpha and gamma motor neurons are decreased or eliminated, resulting in spasticity, flexor tone, and synergy.
    • Van Ouwenaller identified spasticity as a prime factor and one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in patients with hemiplegia. Compared to patients with flaccidity, patients with spasticity seem to experience a much higher incidence of shoulder pain, which is thought to be the result of muscle imbalance. The muscles found to predominate the synergy pattern in the shoulder include the adductors (ie, teres major, latissimus dorsi), and to a greater extent, the internal rotators (ie, subscapularis, pectoralis major). Bohannon et al reports finding external rotation to correlate most with hemiplegic shoulder pain.
    • The mainstay of treatment for spasticity begins with physical therapy and the use of ROM and stretching exercises, although overly aggressive stretching should be avoided. Proper positioning also is used as a means of controlling spasticity by suppressing the evolution of synergy patterns. Antispasticity medications, as well casting and orthotics, also should be considered. If conservative treatment fails, then the use of motor point blocks have been advocated as an effective means for improving pain, ROM, and possibly function.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (shoulder-hand syndrome, RSD, causalgia, sympathetically maintained pain, Sudeck atrophy, minor dystrophy)
    • The International Association for the Study of Pain has advocated using the terms complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS) type 1 (RSD) and type 2 (causalgia).
      • The International Association for the Study of Pain categorization states that RSD develops secondary to noxious stimuli that are not limited to the distribution of a single peripheral nerve, while causalgia starts after a nerve injury.
      • The incidence of CRPS varies in the literature. Davis et al report that CRPS occurs in 12.5% of patients who have had a stroke, while Chalsen et al report the incidence as 61%.
      • CRPS usually presents within 3 months poststroke and rarely after 5 months poststroke. Davis et al demonstrated that of those patients developing CRPS, 65% had done so by 3 months poststroke, and 98% had done so by 5 months poststroke.
    • CRPS most commonly precipitates in bone or soft tissue injuries, but in up to 30% of the cases, the injury is innocuous and the patient does not remember the injury. Snider reports that about 5-8% of patients have an incomplete nerve injury. Other factors may include UE immobilization, myocardial infarction, stroke, rotator cuff tear, shoulder spasticity, and glenohumeral joint subluxation.
    • CRPS more commonly affects the UE, with Tepperman et al reporting metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint tenderness to be the best diagnostic indicator, having a sensitivity and specificity of 85.7% and 100%, respectively. However, intuitively it is questionable whether any one physical examination maneuver could have such high sensitivity and specificity for a syndrome as complex as RSD.
    • Using electromyography (EMG), Cheng et al found a significant correlation between the presence of spontaneous activity and the development of clinical RSD in 65% of subjects, whereas only 4% of those without spontaneous activity developed RSD. However, this is not consistent with the definition of RSD set forth by The International Association for the Study of Pain, since the IASP criteria would dictate that patients with identifiable nerve lesions may have causalgia, but not RSD.
    • For the best prognosis, early recognition and prompt treatment are essential for patients with CRPS. Vasomotor instability (eg, hand edema, MCP tenderness, dystrophic skin changes) should be sought upon examination. Evaluation with a triple-phase bone scan showing periarticular uptake in the wrist and MCP joints of the involved hand can also help with the diagnosis.
      • Treatment options are numerous, with physical therapy as the cornerstone. ROM exercises, optimal positioning of the limb, and avoiding painful stimuli are all suggested. Other treatments might include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), modalities (eg, electric nerve stimulation, ultrasound), short course of oral steroids, or a ganglion block.
      • Kingery reports that the prognosis for resolution with preserved ROM is better in patients with some voluntary movements, with less spasticity, and without significant sensory loss. Nearly 35% of patients with CRPS type 1 have symptom resolution in one year.


  • Adhesive capsulitis
    • Glenohumeral capsulitis is postulated to play an important role in hemiplegic shoulder pain. Patients usually present with pain and limited passive movement of the shoulder, especially external rotation and abduction.
    • Joynt et al report that adhesive changes may reflect a later stage in the recovery process when chronic irritation or injury, inflammation, or lack of movement eventually results in adhesions.
    • When Rizk et al performed shoulder arthrography in 30 patients with hemiplegic shoulder pain, they found changes consistent only with capsular restriction typical of adhesive capsulitis in 77% of subjects. This finding suggests an association between adhesive changes and shoulder pain.
    • A study by Wanklyn et al also found an association between reduced ROM (specifically external rotation) and hemiplegic shoulder pain, with an incidence as high as 66%. This association was believed to be due to abnormal muscle tone or structural changes, namely adhesions. Because diminished ROM of shoulder spasticity and adhesive capsulitis present similarly, it is often difficult to distinguish between pain in the limited hemiplegic shoulder based on capsulitis, spasticity, or a combination.
    • Treatment for adhesive capsulitis usually involves manual mobilization exercises, analgesics, and possibly steroid injections. If conservative management fails, then the use of distention arthrography or manipulation while the patient is under anesthesia may be indicated.
  • Subacromial bursitis
    • Some patients with hemiplegia complain of lateral shoulder pain that radiates down the arm when moved. This radiating pain seems to correlate with a diagnosis of subacromial bursitis.
    • Joynt et al demonstrated that injecting 10 mL of 1% lidocaine into the subjective pain sites related to at least moderate pain relief at the subacromial injection site and improved ROM in 50% of the patients. This finding suggests that the subacromial bursitis can contribute to pain and poor ROM in a significant number of cases.
    • Early treatment with physical modalities, NSAIDs, steroid injections, and ROM exercises is advocated for the reduction of symptoms and prevention of later complications.
  • Brachial plexus traction neuropathies/injury
    • Patients with hemiplegia who have their flaccid arm in an unsupported dependent position, or patients who have been inappropriately transferred by pulling on the arm, tend to be at increased risk for traction neuropathy.
    • Wanklyn et al reported a 27% increased incidence of shoulder pain in dependent patients after discharge, which may reflect improper handling at home by caregivers. For this reason, patient and caregiver education regarding proper transfer techniques and correct handling of the hemiplegic arm should be stressed. Severe sensory loss or neglect tends to increase the risk for such injuries as well. Kaplan suggests that plexus injury should be considered in a patient who has atypical return of distal function.
    • Treatment for traction injuries is limited to the use of supportive care until the return of function.
  • Heterotopic ossification
    • Heterotopic ossification (HO) presents as calcification of soft tissue around traumatic or neurologically affected joints. Currently, the etiology of HO is unknown.
    • Patients typically are asymptomatic, and the problem usually is incidentally discovered on radiographs of a joint that is losing ROM.
    • Clinically, HO can present with local erythema, warmth, induration, and swelling.
    • Cailliet reports that onset can occur as early as 2 weeks or as late as 3-6 months poststroke.
    • Treatment begins with ROM exercises, followed by medications (eg, Didronel, Indocin) and irradiation. In severe cases, surgery is necessary to resect the extra-articular bone once it is mature.
  • Neglect
    • Joynt et al reports that neglect may lead to increased trauma or disturbed perception of the quality of the pain, thereby producing a sensation of pain without the usual pathology. Snels et al have found that on numerous occasions, patients with sensory deficits, visual field deficits, or neglect more commonly experience recurrent injuries of the shoulder, possibly contributing to capsulitis.
    • Treatment options suggested by Lorish et al include caloric stimulation, prism glasses, visuospatial cueing, computer-assisted training, and compensatory strategies.
  • Thalamic syndrome (central poststroke pain, analgesia dolorosa, Dejerine-Roussy syndrome)
    • Thalamic syndrome usually occurs in less than 5% of stroke survivors, but it is found in 50% of those who have had a thalamic stroke. The pain can evolve spontaneously or can be evoked by touch and is often severe, diffuse, and disabling. Patients describe the pain as burning, tingling ("pins and needles"), sharp, shooting, stabbing, gnawing, dull, or achy. This pain often is refractory to treatment.
    • The patient also relates experiencing hyperpathia (an exaggerated pain reaction to mild external cutaneous stimulation).
    • Treatment includes medications such as analgesics, antidepressants (ie, tricyclic antidepressants), and anticonvulsants. Other treatment alternatives include sympathetic blockade, guanethidine block, as well as psychological evaluation and treatment. Rarely, surgery is necessary.
  • Soft tissue injury/trauma
    • Soft tissue trauma often is a result of uncontrolled ROM exercises, poor positioning of the hemiplegic patient, or improper transfer technique.
    • Kumar et al showed that 62% of their patients using an overhead pulley system for therapy and performing ROM exercises experienced shoulder pain irrespective of other pathology, thus demonstrating that overaggressive stretching or ROM should be avoided during the rehabilitation process.
    • Patients with poor cognition, neglect, and other sensory deficits tend to be predisposed to traumatic injuries to the affected extremity.
  • Rotator cuff inflammation/rupture
    • Because rotator cuff tears are prevalent in the general population, it is often difficult to determine if a tear was present premorbidly or if it occurred poststroke.
    • Through the use of shoulder arthrography, Najenson et al demonstrated an incidence of rotator cuff tear in patients who were poststroke and were experiencing shoulder pain to be as high as 40% on the affected side, compared to only 16% on the unaffected side.
    • Other studies, including one by Joynt et al, have revealed no incidence of rotator cuff tear with hemiplegic shoulder pain. Teasell reports that hemiplegic shoulder pain is not commonly associated with a rotator cuff disorder.




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In Only Revolutions, which was short-listed for the National Book Award, Danielewski continues an experiment in visual textuality that he began in House of Leaves (2000), a monstrous academic-cum-biographical “report” about a documentary filmmaker, a tattoo-parlor assistant, and a physically impossible house. But while the structural and pictographic elements in House of Leaves are wildly unsystematic - the work is a commotion of poems, letters, interview transcripts, distorted/inverted phrases, footnotes, drawings, and medical reports - Only Revolutions presents a much more regulated and refined formal system. In short - there is a system, an unbending order in the novel’s pagination, word count, colour scheme, and general layout. There are bookmarks: yellow for Hailey, green for Sam. And the formal changes that do occur (like the diminishing font size) happen at a fixed rate - as unassailable as 2Πr itself. What is volatile, whimsical, and untethered in this otherwise regimented format is the story of Sam and Hailey, whose lurches, gasps, and poetic unlogic continually pummel the established framework from within. In pushing the thresholds of language and form, Only Revolutions recalls the works of Ginsberg, Cortazar, Borges, and Joyce. But there is also something of Sonic Youth here, the White Stripes video for “The Hardest Button to Button,” Griffin and Sabine - had they carried out the correspondence on crystal meth.

In October, 2006, Danielewski read from Only Revolutions at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. I spoke with him at the Westin Harbourfront Castle.

* * * *

Kiki Benzon: Do you find there’s something odd about live readings? Do you like performing your work?

Mark Z. Danielewski: It varies. Sometimes it’s very strange. I joke that it’s like coming to watch a boxer play chess. Or better: a chess player get boxed. Because you’re coming to watch someone do something that they don’t do. It’s a totally different hat: I’m reading. Fortunately, I do come from a theatrical background. My father was a filmmaker. My mother was an aspiring actress when she met my father. I’ve been always surrounded by performers and the professionalism of that. But it’s not writing.

KB: It’s a totally different space, with different expectations.

MZD: When I’m writing I’m in a totally different world. It’s solitary. The muses are talking or not talking. There’s lightening. That’s where I’m at; that’s what I do. Doing this is ancillary. It’s the dog and pony show. But I do understand in a way that, as much as I’ve just painted a picture of how disconnected they are, with this book in particular [Only Revolutions], there is a music to it. And I think primarily my influences and my attentions are to music. My sister’s a musician. My father was an amazing singer, you know. There’s a lot of musicians that are in my family. There are a lot of friends of mine who are musicians, some incredible composers who put together symphonies. And in many ways when I was writing this, and House of Leaves, there was this musical element.

KB: That’s clear. You speak of symphonies - highly formalized, rigid structures, within which you get lyrical movement. This book is so much more constrained by the parameters you set up than, say, House of Leaves. There are only so many words per page; there are the symmetries, the increasing and decreasing narratives. The constraints govern the narrative - as in Ouplipo. In writing Only Revolutions, did you establish a structure before you worked within it, or did the structure and content evolve simultaneously?

MZD: Simultaneously. The thing about Oulipo, as much as I admire the work, it tends to be about the constraint. It’s almost like alcoholic writing: it tends to be about the drug, you know. It’s deQuincey’s opium, it’s Kerouac’s benzedrine, it’s Fitzgerald’s booze. They tend to be about that liberating substance, whereas Oulipo tends to be about that constraint.

KB: I used the word “gimmick” once and caught heck from another reviewer.

MZD: I would love to hear your thoughts about what is a gimmick, because it’s still something that doesn’t make sense to me. I guess if it is for its own purpose - if it’s only green so that it is green, and attracts attention, I guess it’s gimmicky. I don’t really know.

KB: Apart from its structural intricacies, then - what is Only Revolutions about?

MZD: At the heart of it are these two kids. They were two kids that I came across. They were impertinent, they were courageous, they were penniless, and most important, they were parentless. They were without anybody. They were sitting on a corner begging for change. And they loved each other. They held onto each other, they looked after each other, they lusted after each other they protected each other. They were each other’s world. And the fact that they were without anything was so inspiring. Because they were bold. Maybe they were Homeric gods in disguise. Maybe they truly were Mendicants. But there was something magical about them for me - that absolute attachment to each other. And I looked at them as kind of American Romeo and Juliet. But later I realized that they really weren’t - because they didn’t have the Capulets and the Montagues out there to separate them, to chase them. There’s Bonnie and Clyde, Natural Born Killers. They have the law - they have Harvey Keitel - there’s someone who pursues them. These two are unpursued. So, you know, for me what became interesting was that ongoing discussion, meditation if you will, exploration about freedom and love. Because freedom is ultimately the quest from anything - to be unrestrained by your circumstances, by your society, by even your own body - whereas love is all about attachment. It’s all about the involvement with someone else, which is the opposite of freedom. And yet love allows you to transcend certain things. So, as I was working on this book - and now this is getting back to your question - I realized that I wanted to set them up in a way where they were constrained, they were limited, because their entire quest is how to free themselves.

KB: It’s like Sartre’s notion of freedom and facticity: there’s no such thing as freedom without factical things to be free against.

MZD: Yes, so the word component - the number of words, the structural component - is only part of it. Their freedom is from nature, from society, from work, the road system - you can go through the whole book and start to see all these thematics, add then you can add to that the freedom from -

KB: Time -

MZD: Time, the freedom from history, the freedom from the number of pages there are, the number of words there are. All of these are chains that bind them, which they’re constantly trying to get out of.

KB: That makes sense in terms of the unyielding structure of Only Revolutions, compared to a book like House of Leaves, where it seems - and this might be one of the problems with it - that it is too free. But then it has an amorphousness that speaks to the amorphousness of identity -

MZD: I see House of Leaves as a journeyman’s piece. It’s very connected to the authors I studied, whether it was Borges or Nabokov, Virginia Woolf or Sylvia Plath, whether it was Bukowski, Fuentes or Kerouac. There are all sorts of obvious predecessors to it. There’s a lot of classical stuff and litcrit in there. But for me it was a synthesis of all that. Only Revolutions is different. It goes beyond what you can anticipate in academia. It requires a new kind of nomenclature, I think, to address it. It asks a lot of the readers. But it’s a much more refined piece, a lot more work went into it. It’s a lot scarier, when you get into its depths, than House of Leaves is.

KB:. It has a fugal quality.

MZD: Great. Bach was so necessary for this book.

KB: Especially if you imagine, the voices are simultaneously active. You’re engaged with the diminished voice, and the main one, then historical chorus -

MZD: And another kind of fugal, because there are four moments of history existing at the same spot on the same page. But you’re absolutely right.

KB: So maybe the language is there.

MZD: But as you’re drawing on music, which is great place to start, there’s also the language of art, the formal language of how you look at composition on a single plane, how things are juxtaposed, etc. Usually you don’t have to deal with that, so people who write about books aren’t necessarily familiar with the language of composition. For instance: fonts with serif, versus fonts next to sans serif, and the size and shift of those. And there is a language of juxtaposition, parataxis if you want.

KB: The typography itself: you’d have to know something about it.

MZD: And how the colors work, how they’re related, their symbolic history. You’re asking for an access to a multiplicity of vocabularies. Maybe you’re right, maybe music is the key. But I always joked that it is a quantum book. The first word of Sam is related to the first word of Hailey, which is related to the last word of Sam and the last word of Hailey.

KB:. So geometry is important as well. And the narrative as a “quantum” system. Having the right “nomenclature,” as you say, to access the various meanings of Only Revolutions requires a certain interdisciplinary knowledge. Do you see that the novel right now, one of its demands - one of its functions, even - is to erode the boundaries between supposedly discrete areas of learning?

MZD: I’m going to answer that question twice. The first answer would be I don’t know. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on what the novel is and trying to place that. In many ways I feel like that’s your job. And it’s an exciting job. There’s a way of evaluating this in a larger stream of events, in a larger range of comparison, and developing new words, and it’s very exciting. It’s where academia has a place. If you’re just parodying what Derrida said, or what Lacan said, or the Marxists vocabulary, then you’re just kind of a drone, you’re having a miserable life, making the same old honey.

KB: Yeah, you’re a jargon mill.

MZD: But if you’re actually coming up with your own jargon, your own structure, then you’re presenting a new hive to the world, and it’s exciting. And it’s exciting for me: I mean, I love reading stuff from the academic world that embraces all of this stuff. I don’t think that way, though. And now to answer your question a second time. I really try to focus on what I love. It’s how quantum science was invented, how quantum mathematics and physics were seeing. Those theoreticians, Planck for example, decided they would look at the world the way it was - not the way the formulas set it up. They would just go back again to the beginning and see the way the world was for them, right? And for me I can look at the novels and the way novels have been criticized, and I can base my writing on those writings.

KB: Or against them.

MZD: Or against them. But then it gets to be like an undergrad who’s relying totally on secondary sources. So my feeling was, I’m going to read all that stuff, but now I’m going to go out into the world and see what I see there.

KB: And let it germinate for itself.

MZD: Yeah. And I hear things out there. I hear things. I hear music, and I see movies, and I see theatrical work and performance art. I see amazing pieces, whether it’s or Bjork or Matthew Barney, or whoever the hell you want to name. Goldsworthy or Durrell. I see things and I feel things. And I talk to people. And so then I try to put that into a book. This is getting back a little to the House of Leaves comparison. House of Leaves is what I would call a centripetal book. It’s about interiorities and history and progeny and ancestors. Now this [Only Revolutions] was pointedly a centrifugal novel. It was about getting outside. It was about looking at landscape. It was about addressing what the open was. It was about - not only an academic level - reading Agamben’s “The Open” and readdressing what Heidegger was talking about with “the open.” Looking at the naturalists, looking at ecocriticism. It was also about physically living that role, personally saying, “Mark, you have to get out of the house. You have to go talk to people about what it was like to be sixteen, and talk to them about their experience of history.” Addressing the online community and saying, “Hey, give me your input here: what was your favourite historical moment?” So it’s not just my personal history, but histories that go beyond what I can perceive when I’m looking at thousands of books.

KB: That brings up a question about the individual and the community. There’s a problem with groups, with family, for example, in your fiction: in House of Leaves you have Pelafina, Truant’s parents, the Navidson clan, the Minotaur myth. Families are fractured and guilt-ridden and implosive. Characters are alone, turned in on themselves. One finds a kind of solipsism there - in Navidson suspended at the center of the house, Zampanò just dying alone, blind. Are there communities, or simply collections of individuals?

MZD: It’s hard. This heads into tricky territory. I won’t interpret my own works, I mean I’ll kind of get into some of it. The observations you’ve made are not unfounded, and yet at the same time, there is a counterpoint to that separation in House of Leaves. Not “snapping” but “spanning.” Where Pelafina’s voice ultimately comes across to reassure Johnny through her letters -

KB: It’s a transcendence -

MZD: That becomes a transcendence. He realizes that he has the strength to get out of the house. He’s no longer a footnote; he finds his voice. He actually, for the first time, has a chapter of his own in the book. And even: one of the words, the rope that Navidson uses to bind himself to the surface snaps, and you literally see the word “snaps” - s n a p s across two pages. But if you read it the reverse way, which is allowed because of the way the letters are positioned, then it’s “spans.” What you’re pointing out, I think, is more of a tension in House of Leaves, of things that snap - these relationships - but at the same time, they span. And, interestingly enough, that is part of Only Revolutions. That is part of the dilemma. Like I was saying earlier - the exploration of freedom versus love. Freedom is taken to its nihilistic extreme - ultimately, absenting yourself from everything, cutting yourself off from everything, so you are without attachment. Freedom to its extreme. And I’m not talking about freedom that is nuanced by, say, the American constitution, or the American founding fathers’ desire for freedom in the name of the pursuit of happiness. I’m just talking about if you are free from everything, you are free not to eat or drink anymore, etc, whereas love is about attachment. So it’s how these two things work.

KB: And yet in this novel, they’re working in concert. This could not be a novel about one person. There must be a dyad. And so the love, if it is attachment, is also the means to freedom for them.

MZD: Absolutely. That’s its transcendent quality. It’s through love that you have the greatest amount of freedom. You need attachment.

KB: You know Arcade Fire?

MZD: Uh-huh.

KB: You know the first song on Funeral - “Tunnels”? It reminds me a lot of this book.

MZD: You know, someone just told me that! I have to go and listen to it. I haven’t heard that song since it came out.

KB: It shares that sense of disenchanted youth, ditching the built world - like, let’s get out of this confinement, Thoreau kind of thing. Seems to be a theme working its way in from the fringes.

MZD: And looking for real sources of empowerment, real sources of freedom. Not simply becoming part of the rock-n-roll revolution, which has already been corporatized by these cannibalistic groups that orchestrate and entangle teens, sell them this idea that they’re liberating themselves.

KB: Punkwear at the Gap.

MZD: Exactly.

KB: Commodifying the rogue.

MZD: What’s the album again?

KB: Funeral. “If my parents are crying, then I’ll dig a tunnel from my window to yours. / You climb out the chimney, meet me in the middle of the town. / We’ll let our hair grow long and forget all we used to know… “

MZD: So strange that you’re the second person that’s mentioned this song to me.

KB: You’ve become something of a spokesperson for disenfranchised, non-party-line youth. Sam and Hailey, perennially sixteen, and Truant, a maverick Gen-Xer. Why are you interested in the experience of young people?

MZD: That’s a great question. I don’t have a really satisfying answer for you, or even for myself. I can give you little fragments that at some point might make sense to you, or to me. On a personal level, in Los Angeles, we get these pictures in the mail, these slips of paper in this pale blue ink, and they have pictures of missing children. And they have the dates when they were last seen, you know. And I can’t throw them away. I have a big box full of them. So there’s an attachment there. Obviously, there’s something that has to do with, probably, my own youth, something that’s unresolved. And there’s something that I know I inherit from my parents, who, on the negative side of things, were narcissistic, sensualistic, self-indulgent. But on a positive side, they were very open-minded, very youthful. They never got staid. My father was willing at the age of 70 to take up a new sport and listen to new music, and if he were alive today he would have an iPod. I certainly have to recognize that a part of me is shaped by the culture I live in, the United States.

KB: And L.A.?

MZD: Well, we’ll get to that. But you know, the United States is so youth-driven. Its marketing, all its commercial angles are about youth. And certainly, Los Angeles is even more about that. But there is, again, on a positive side, remaining youthful in our sentiments, our openness.

KB: In reactionary-ness.

MZD: Yeah. The thing that’s interesting is that House of Leaves has become part of that angst-driven youth element. But as much as this is about adolescence, it’s also - and this is what people are starting to bring to me now - it’s about the death of adolescence. It’s a conscious meditation on the United States - its state of adolescence, its unwillingness to look outside of itself. And while Sam and Hailey are pursuing the finality of their journey, we see animals dying on the road, plants falling, petrifying, and rotting. Ultimately, they’re heading towards a mountain, which is ice and the bones of everything else around there. And certainly there’s a critique going on on a political level of a narcissistic lack of awareness that a very adolescent country is currently enacting.

KB: And so at the beginning - or one of the beginnings of the book - for example, there’s Dealey Plaza and the assassination: the death of that president being like the death of adolescence, youth.

MZD: Yeah, and of course, that’s the beginning of Hailey, but it’s also the end of Sam. And not just Kennedy, but his administration, which was described as Camelot, everlasting - you know the corny musical - a place that never changes, where all the seasons are just right. And the further you get into the book, you understand.

KB: I want to ask you about how you see technology now - the accessibility of new forms, new strategies for narrative - how does this impinge upon the novel? Does it have to adapt, given the changing environment?

MZD: That’s a question for you and I would be fascinated to know what you think.

KB: Well, this novel, Only Revolutions, is a mutant. It’s a new phylum. If we’re talking a kind of Darwinian “which species of mediation will survive?” then it seems that a certain kind of “novel” is being selected out. What’s emerging is something of an aggregate. Like House of Leaves, with its emulation of different forms - film, hypertext, and so forth.

MZD: The publishing world knows it’s threatened by all this multimedia. I feel my role is not to be repetitive. My job is to write something that could not just as easily be seen on television or at the movies.

KB: Writing that does what television and film cannot do.

MZD: That’s my point. The comparison would be: what happened to painting when the camera came onto the scene? Suddenly it wasn’t about figurative representational art. It was “Let’s paint the way we feel.” So I view my books as a success if they’re offering an experience that you can’t get in other media. And that fits into your Darwinian idea. Why should a novel survive that takes several weeks to read?

KB: In other words, being sated -

MZD: Much quicker. There’s nothing wrong with quick, by the way. If it’s quick and good, that’s great. If it’s quick and bad, then that’s a problem. So here [Only Revolutions] is something that’s absolutely visual; if you look at each page, it’s like a screenplay. There’s so much action that’s taking place. At the same time, it’s impossible to visualize. Sam and Hailey are all races; they’re all shapes and colours and clothing. How would you actually film that? You can’t. But at the same time we understand who they are. Are people going to expand on that, are they going to toy with that? I don’t know. It’s a lot of work. It’s an expensive process to pour six years into something like this. A lot went by the wayside. Relationships, financial choices. As archaic as it is, with its illuminated text and its ribbons, this book could not exist without technology. Without my G5 and 23-inch screen, with two pages on the screen at one time.

KB: I was going to ask you what software you used.

MZD: Adobe InDesign CS. I had - Font Pro, I think - I had like 10,000 fonts, which is also a huge deal to manage. Online resources, certain archival things. OED online so I could race through etymologies quickly, double-check words. In the old days what do you do to find one word? You take down the two volume set, it takes you a while to find the word -

KB: With the magnifying glass -

MZD: With the magnifying glass. You know, one of the things this [Only Revolutions] resists is vision. The word “light” never appears. With the exception of some colors mentioned, it never quite paints those borders, the edges, it’s always resisting the edges.

KB: Which, again, the visual image can’t do; it’s always there.

MZD: Yeah. So the word, for instance, “spectacular” is never there, because it comes from speculare, to see. Words that are about seeing, for the most part, were taken out. I’ve been described - not as dogmatic as Oulipo - but there’s a resistance to certain things. But the resistance allows for the proliferation of other words, which is important to teenagers too, that they invent words. But going back to your question about where the novel is going, where my writing is going: I still see a vast future of possibilities with the book and with language.

KB: As in hypertext?

MZD: Absolutely. The fact is it would be nice to have a Google page in the book, so you could find out where the quotations came from. So: Mao said, “A revolution is not a dinner party” -

KB: Like footnotes but hyperlinks.

MZD: Hyperlinked, yeah.

KB: But then you wouldn’t have the “revolution” of the book in your hands, the 360° rotation that happens when you read it.

MZD: My feeling is that there is going to be a technology that will look like this book. The three dimensional quality is an experience that cannot be done away with one reading tablet. I think what’s going to happen is there are going to be pages that are as thin as this, and you can go to “A plague on both your houses” and you can click on it, and you’ll connect: “Romeo and Juliet. FDR also said it.” And suddenly you have this connected tissue.

KB: Plasma pages.

MZD: It’s still ten years away. Maybe we’ll have to sit around here and look at Only Revolutions, and it’ll have a shimmering screen or something.

KB: What have you read recently that you’ve enjoyed?

MZD: I’ve almost finished Giraffe by J.M. Ledgard, a Czechoslovakian author. It’s sumptuously written, but kind of depressing, because I know something bad is going to happen to the giraffe and I love the giraffe. I recently read Cormack McCarthy’s The Road. Reread Crime and Punishment.

KB: Do you read mainly fiction?

MZD: No. I recently read Radical Evolution, which is a science book about the future, about where we’re going, talking about texts, genetic manipulation, all sorts of things. I didn’t read this recently, but I do have to give it a plug because it was very important for Only Revolutions - Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World.

KB: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

MZD: Cappuccino maker. A janitor, basically. I was a plumber. I was resetting toilets. I was digging ditches.

KB: I peeled potatoes.

MZD: In the summer heat I am digging ditches. I’m crawling under houses that have leaky toilet pipes. It’s falling all around me. I’ve got black widows.

KB: Was this in service of being a writer?

MZD: I always knew I was going to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was ten. I was lucky. In fact a palm reader said it was obvious because, apparently this is my fate line. I have a fate line. Let’s see - are you right or left handed?

KB: Right-handed.

MZD: Yeah, see: you have a fate line too.

KB: What does that mean?

MZD: It just means that you know what you’re doing. But it’s pretty strong. You have this bifurcation here. Seriously, a lot of people don’t have that line at all. You must know where you’re going.

KB: Well, we’re all going to roughly the same place.

MZD: Roughly revolutions.

          Aaand we crashed the drone into the ocean (Florida Keys Road Trip Day 3)   

Yeah, I feel like the title says it all on this one 😫 Florida Keys Road Trip: Day 3 Where We Camped Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina Ah, our first ever ocean front RV campsite. Typically, I would say … Read More

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          Getting Mail on the Road, Hiking, Playing with a Drone, and Wine   

In this week’s episode, we answer everyone’s burning question: How do you get mail on the road? (Plus other cool stuff like hiking on an 80-degree January day, kayaking with a drone, and camping with a winery next door) But first! … Read More

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          'BradCast' 11/13/2015 (NRDC's Kit Kennedy on Cuomo's rejection of Port Ambrose LNG terminal; CIA 9/11, drone admissions)   
Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com
          BradCast 10/15/2015 (Drones, Death, Dems, Denial and Dunces)   
Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com
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          Personal Drones – Flying “Cars” for All   
Great ideas and progress rarely come from well-worn paths. How long have we waited for Flying Cars? Many have tried turning cars into sort of planes, or jet hovering machines. Now it’s possible. Not by making cars fly, but making drones bigger to carry people. Drones are main-stream and mature. The industry grappled with air-space and … Continue reading Personal Drones – Flying “Cars” for All
          By: tomfrompv   
Obama can kill all them witches with his drones. And unlike days of yore, Obama don't need no stinking trials either. If the Prez thinks you're a bad person, you're toast. At least you had a chance with that duck test!
          Voyeur Tapes With Drone Couple Having Sex In The Car In The Middle Of Desert   
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          #85 Rubalcaba ordena a los dirigentes del PSOE que moderen la ofensiva contra el PP por el ‘caso Bárcenas’   

Esta panda de ladrones y traidores que conforman el PSOE están llamados a desaparecer. No se puede ser más cobarde.

» autor: DieAntwoord

          Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone RTF w/ CGO3 Cam   


  • Flight Time: Up to 25min
  • Dimensions: 420x420x210mm?16.5x16.5x8.3in?
  • Gross Weight (with battery and load): 1700g?60oz?
  • Neat Weight (without battery and load): 1130g?40oz?
  • Battery: 5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo?included?
  • Charger: 3S 11.1V LiPo Smart Balance Charger?included?
  • Transmitter: 10 channel 2.4GHz with5.8 GHz video downlink (included)
  • Flight Modes: Smart Mode?Watch Me & Follow Me?, Angle Mode and Home Mode
  • Maximum Flying Height: 400ft(122m) default above ground level
  • Maximum Rotation Rate: 65?/s
  • Maximum Roll Angle: 35?
  • Radio Control Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Max. Climb Rate: 3m/s
  • Max. Descend Rate: 2m/s
  • Max. Flight Rate: 8m/s


  • Working Temperature: ?5?C~50?C
  • Weight: 200g (7.05oz)
  • Focal System: Aerial Optimized Fixed Focus
  • Camera lens: 14mm f/2.8 - No distortion
  • FOV: 115?
  • Video Transmission Range: 400m (1312ft)
  • Video Resolution: UHD: 4K at 30FPS, 2.7K at 30FPS, 2.5K at 30FPS - FULL HD: 1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120FPS
  • Photo Resolution: 12 Megapixels
  • Storage (memory): Micro SD Class 10, 4 to 128 GB
  • Control Angle Accuracy: ?0.02?
  • White Balance: Automatic or manual settings
  • Transmission Band: 5.8GHz
  • Input/Operating Voltage: 12V
  • Storage Temperature: ?20?C~60?C
  • Angular Vibration Range: ?0.02?
  • Control Range: Pitch: Between -85? to 30?
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Sensor: 1/2.3'' CMOS


  • Airframe Weight (with Battery): 14mm f/2.8 - No distortion

Ground Station     

  • Dimension: 115x188x242 mm (4.5x7.4x9.5in)
  • Operating System: Android
  • Number of Channels: 10
  • Control Transmission Distance/Range (Optimum Conditions): FCC Compliance: Up to 800m (2624.67 ft) CE Compliance: Up to 400m (1312.34 ft)
    Warning: You Must Follow Local Laws and Maintain Visual Line of Sight of Aircraft at All Times
  • Robust Radio Control Modulation: Yuneec Protocol
  • Video Link Frequency Band: 5.8GHz
  • Control Transmission Distance/Range (Optimum Conditions): FCC Compliance: Up to 600m (1968.5 ft) CE Compliance: Up to 300m (984.252 ft)
    Warning: You Must Follow Local Laws and Maintain Visual Line of Sight of Aircraft at All Times
  • LED Backlit LCD Screen: Capacitive Multi-touch 5.5''
  • Flight Systems Telemetry Data On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
  • Tactile (Vibrating) and Audible Feedback: Yes
  • Built-In Li-ion Battery Voltage / Capacity: 5200mAh 3.6V 18.72Wh
  • Screen Resolution: 854 ? 480px
  • Camera Settings: White balance, light exposure, ISO, shutter speed, video resolution, FPS, record video, take pictures


  • Weight (with battery, without gimbal): 200g?7.05oz?
  • Compatible Camera: CGO2GB/CGO2+/CGO3

In the Box:

  • Yuneec YUNQ4KUS-R Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone RTF w/ CGO3 Camera, ST10+ & Steady Grip
  • AC-to-DC Adapter
  • Balancing Charger
  • USB adapter/charger and cable

          Drone (Sean Bean) - Preview & trailer   
          95% Death Penalty Support by Capital Murder Survivors   
95% Death Penalty Support by Loved Ones of Capital Murder Victims
Dudley Sharp

(March 2015) Poll by Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate found:

90% of victims' family members support the death penalty. 94% said the imposed death sentence should be carried out. (1)

Any state could, easily, do the same poll. I hope they do.

I don't know if this was a poll of all crime victims and their survivors or only death penalty eligible cases, which would, likely, produce the highest support.

Oklahoma City Bombing case and the 9/11 terrorism attacks:

 Oklahoma City Bombing case:

I am aware of 4 murder victim survivors who opposed Timothy McVeigh's execution.

That is 4 out of 1680 (10 times 168 murder victims) (2), or 0.2% opposed to execution.

Way under 5%, which would require 84 death penalty opponents, using my method (2).

9/11 terrorism attacks:

I am aware of 3 of the nearly 30,000 9/11 murder victim's loved ones who opposed either Bin Laden's death or those killed in drone strikes who were connected to 9/11 or who have voiced any opposition to a death penalty for any other 9/11 conspirators.

That is 0.01% opposed.

5% would be 1500.  I have only found 3.


Sadly, these two mass murders were so huge, it presented this opportunity to see what developed with a media that is always interested to find and publicize murder victim survivors who oppose the death penalty, specifically, in death penalty eligible cases.

When there are death penalty opponents whose loved ones were murdered in highly publicized cases,  the media jumps all over them.

I do my own google search for them, periodically, as well as inquire within the crime victim community.

When I get to 84 and 1500, respectively, I will re calculate. Likely, that will not be necessary.

1)"Widow of slain policeman adamant in support of death penalty', ReadingEagle.com, December 13, 2015

2) I multiplied every murder victim times 10 to arrive at the number of close loved ones per murder victim.

          La ONU denuncia que crece el riesgo de que los terroristas obtengan armas de destrucción masiva   
La ONU avisó hoy de que el riesgo de que grupos terroristas se hagan con armas de destrucción masiva está aumentando y pidió a la comunidad internacional más esfuerzos para evitarlo. La responsable de asuntos de Desarme de la organización, Izumi Nakamitsu, ha dicho al Consejo de Seguridad que se están viendo "amenazas cada vez más complicadas" en este ámbito, sobre todo por el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías, la globalización y la falta de coordinación internacional.

Nakamitsu fue la encargada de abrir un debate especial del Consejo dedicado a analizar este problema y que fue organizado por Bolivia, que este mes ocupa la presidencia de turno. Según la ONU, la posibilidad de que grupos terroristas u otros actores no estatales se hagan con armas químicas, biológicas o nucleares sigue siendo "una amenaza significativa para la seguridad global".


Los riesgos han aumentado en los últimos años, según la ONU, por las cada vez mayores facilidades para que cualquiera acceda a través de internet a información que antes estaba sólo en manos de militares y científicos. La globalización y el aumento del comercio internacional también han aumentado el peligro, que también se incrementa por los intercambios ilícitos que pueden hacerse a través de la red.

Nakamitsu destacó además que nuevas tecnologías como la impresión 3D o los drones plantean también una mayor amenaza de cara a la utilización de armas de destrucción masiva.

La responsable subrayó la necesidad de una mayor cooperación entre países y entre los poderes públicos y la industria para limitar el peligro.

Los miembros del Consejo de Seguridad coincidieron en destacar el riesgo que plantea la posible obtención de armas de destrucción masiva por parte de grupos terroristas y recordaron que recientemente ha habido varios casos de uso de armamento químico por el Estado Islámico (EI, ISIS, Daesh) en Siria o Irak.


- Detenidas seis personas acusadas de integrar Estado Islámico en España, Alemania y Reino Unido

- El yihadista detenido en Madrid sobre el atentado en Manchester: "Da igual que sean niños, aquí va a pasar algo peor"

- Las 10 conclusiones esenciales del 'Libro blanco y negro del terrorismo en Europa'

- Los líderes europeos exigen a las redes sociales la retirada "automática" de contenidos terroristas

- Esto es lo que ocurre cuando un presidente no tiene una política exterior clara

- El Estado Islámico destruye la mezquita en la que su líder proclamó el "califato"

- Javier Martín: "El Estado Islámico tiene espíritu de gobernar y permanecer"

          Drone films Boeing 737 MAX taking a dip   
Boeing's 737 MAX has passed water spray tests at a small airport in Montana, northern USA. For the first time, Boeing engineers used a drone to film the test, an essential part of the aircraft certification process. Watch the video without comment. Read the article to find out more.
          Fuck Labels   

These are all labels I have been called, by myself or others, in my lifetime. Do you ever think about the different words that have been used to label you in your life? There are so many. I'm sure if I thought about it longer I would remember many more, too. It's interesting to write them down and think about what each means. And how one person could be all these things. Well I'm not still called all these today, but I am definitely still many of them.

We LOVE labels in this country. We use them for everything, good and bad. To educate, diagnose, and inspire on one end and persuade, cheat, and manipulate on the other. But more often than not, people use them as insults. Society uses them to box people into groups and ideals. This is most obvious in high school I would say, with all the cliques. At that age it seems everyone uses labels to decide if you're cool or not, worthy of notice, or easy to ignore. They start to define your identity.

As many teenagers do, I spent a lot of time wrestling with my identity. I was called so many different things in those years, I couldn't be all of them. And how many of them were true? How many were just used because of people I hung out with? Because of things I was taught and repeated, without knowing if I believed it? By the time I was done with high school, I remember hating labels and the people who loved to use them to insult. I didn't like being told I was something, whether it was true or not was irrelevant. It was the idea that someone could describe me in one simple word.

I don't think I know anyone I could accurately and completely describe in one word. Except for the word "human". We are all humans. We all have basic human needs and rights that should be met, but being labeled is not one of them. I don't need society's opinion of where I sit in the great chart of cliques. As if life will always be a high school cafeteria, where no one ever changes. You think eventually everyone around you will grow up and it will quit mattering. And if you find good people to surround yourself with, it usually does. But then you'll be around someone who will say another one. I always cringe when I hear it happen. When will it end? Life should be about a lot more than that.

So grow up. Stop it with the negative labels. Whether you mean to or not, it is often insulting to slap a label on someone. It makes you sound like you think you're better than that person. Because why, they're different than you? You're not better than anyone. And no one is better than you. We are all equal. We're all human beings with differing opinions and beliefs that change as often as we do, which is daily! Today I sound like a pissed off crazy person, but last post I was an idealistic dreamer. That's just how it goes.

So society, fuck your labels. I don't need anyone to tell me who I am. I don't need you to try and define me. A label comes with a set of rules. I don't need someone else's rules. We all have our own rules (well most of us) that we live by. They are a personal thing and nobody fits 100% into just one label. Our true "label" is as unique as we are, every person's is different. No two people on the planet are exactly the same. And for that I am very thankful. Imagine how incredibly dull the world would be if we were all like that? I'll take this often chaotic but eclectic group of human beings over a world of easily labeled drones any day!

Keep finding the things that make you unique. Keep being different. Keep being "weird". Keep being you.
          WienerDrone, primer drone para reparto de perritos calientes   
. Oscar Myer presenta el WienerCycle y WienerDrone para las celebraciones del 4 de julio WienerCycle y WienerDrone se unirán al icónico Wienermobile, WienerRover y WienerMini para asegurar que los fans de perritos calientes en todo el mundo tengan la oportunidad de probar los nuevos Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs - - ahora sin nitratos ni nitritos añadidos (excepto los que se producen naturalmente en el jugo de apio), y sin conservantes artificiales en su carne.
          ISIS is weaponising consumer drones and we can’t stop them – yet   
The terrorist group is already strapping grenades to drones as it fights to retain the Iraqi city of Mosul, but what happens if airborne terror comes to the West?

Aerial exploration of parts of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas that i always thought would look cool from the air. Shot on an DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 over the course of a few months.

Music is from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Cast: Rich Lee

Tags: drone, inspire, los angeles, dji, southland, california, aerial and phantom

          Cheerson CX20 Auto-Pathfinder FPV Quadcopter / Drone w/ GPS Auto-return RTF - New   
This Quadcopter / Drone Have GPS attitude and attitude control mode so that pilots can switch between the two modes to achieve a particular flight experience and intelligent orientation control (IOC) function of the MX autopilot system. The package includes Quadcopter, Romote Control, Balance Charger, 4 x Propeller etc.
          From Angst to Enlightenment: Reflections on Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool”   

Images courtesy of anyonlinyr and Opoterser through Wikimedia Commons. Alterations by JJ Feinauer. 

Radiohead’s latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, has been out for a week now and continues to unsettle, dismantle and weirdly uplift me. It plays on auto-loop wherever I go, quietly getting under my skin and dissolving my expectations. This seems to be the standard the band has set since Kid A, always 15 steps ahead of the trend, the pop, the easily accessible. The pattern here? Well, for Radiohead, it might be to erase fandom by continually reinventing the formal language of rock, thereby freeing themselves from the shackles of commercial advice. In this pattern I admit: It’s not always easy listening to Radiohead. Their enigmatic sound can be slippery. They often require you to decode what is not easily decoded, and that can mean elitism for those who don’t get their music. At times, listening to them can feel like doing hard work, where you have to dig, chisel and carefully unearth what no doubt has taken hard work to accomplish, even if it means decoding what appears to sound like airless-machine babble.

I get the feeling that A Moon Shaped Pool was hard to make. Hard to not feel like leftovers from previous albums. Hard to not feel like it needed to capitulate to the band’s famed gloominess. And, most poignantly, hard to not feel like it was saying goodbye, as some rumors have speculated. While listening I found myself needing to separate from these preconceptions, throw on a good pair of headphones, hunker down somewhere quiet, and just bathe in the lunar light of this album’s tremendous heart and soul. Maybe this is what good art forces us to do — get good headphones and, in the spirit of Hail to the Thief, learn to “pay attention.”

A Moon Shaped Pool bleeds with an honest ache. I may even consider it their weightiest album to date, but not because it’s self-parody to say so. It seems to venture into new emotional territories like a letter from an old man confronting the effects of age, divorce and death. For example, the band is aging, time is marching, so forming an exit strategy while remaining genius, I imagine, becomes increasingly hard. In PTA’s “Daydreaming” music video, Thom looks tired and threadbare, and more so than usual. His face bears a syringe-shot full of messy experience, the ultimate drug. Bruised and broken, but he’s learned a lot in the process. Maybe how Yoda would look as human, a wise but cryptic Jedi. In addition, Thom’s well-known history with depression makes his split from Rachel Owen last year even denser, his partner for 23 years and mother of two children. The album seems to shoulder this weight, where on “Identikit” Thom sings, “Broken hearts make it rain,” again and again. Later, on “Ful Stop,” he moans, “You really messed up everything.”

The challenge with these interpretations, of course, is that both songs debuted with more or less the same lyrics in 2012, three years before the split. Naturally, separations don’t occur over night, but it’s possible these emotions were already surfacing from Thom’s psyche. I don’t want to dig too deep here, but this feels more like rhapsody than therapy. As my brother recently tweeted, “This is the sound of an old, broken band saying, “We’re at the end of our journey, but can we muster creative reserves for one last classic?”

No Radiohead album really feels complete without an introspective, panged mood. Ironically, this new album somehow manages to swim upstream beyond the existential clouds like watercolor; dripping and swirling like a prolonged version of “Codex.” It glows with a certain warmth and compassion I haven’t heard on previous albums. It basks in moments of profound beauty and deep, enlightened emotion, not too unlike an old man looking back on his life and waxing nostalgic over what was, is or could have been. Think Johnny Cash here covering Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.”

To make this new feeling of LP9 sink in, review with me briefly the expansive spectrum of Radiohead’s mood. Think about what OK Computerdid to The Bends — it stripped away the stadium elements of guitar-anthem rock and technologized a new textured soundscape that felt more like eerie-spacey science fiction than twangy rock and roll. Think next about what Kid A did to OK Computer — it almost entirely pureed those lovely, immediate space lullabies into soup, adding now a scary electronic palette that experimented more with noise and possibility than with formal hooks, riffs and bridges. While there certainly are hints of both albums in A Moon Shaped Pool, LP9 largely dispenses with alien-angst rock and intrusive, falling apart electronica (a young man’s game). It favors instead a gentle piano and some gorgeous strings. These feel more like the instruments of nostalgia. The instruments of mature men — their memories, pains and joys, and the long roads they’ve walked. We can thank Jonny Greenwood for his tremendous influence here. He stands just as much at the fore as Thom on this album.

With this more personal and enlightened approach, it seems almost strange to have a menacing track like “Burn the Witch” open for the album. The song is terrifically terrifying, one of their best openers I think, even if what it portends is misleading. Bold, dark and brooding, the song is driven by a burst of quick psychotic strings that build to easily one of the best nightmarish climaxes the band has ever arranged. I mean, the daggers of this song. Good night. Listen to that gnashing end-crescendo again and tell me you don’t hear the staccato knife of Norman Bates repeatedly stabbing Marion Crane. Am I right? Like the calm after the storm, “Burn the Witch” perfectly transitions into “Daydreaming” (the album’s “How to Disappear Completely”). It feels like a water-droplet lullaby sliding across a pane of glass, dreamier than its dreary predecessor. The piano is soft and contemplative. The dread is over and we can now recover…well, maybe. I’ve experienced this same shift in moods in previous albums. It’s what Radiohead does best. “Everything in its Right Place” to “Kid A” comes to mind, or “2 + 2 = 5” to “Sit Down. Stand Up.” The pairings are yin and yang, layered then pulled back, spacious then stripped down. It’s not an exact science by any stretch, and sometimes the patterns are self-contained within the songs themselves.

PTA’s “Daydreaming” video also reveals its fascinating connection to “Pulk Revolving Doors.” Thom is seen walking through myriad doors (23 to be exact — a coincidence with his breakup?) where each one seems to move him up and out, higher and higher, beyond the plastic metropolis below, deeper into nature. If this video is any emblem of falling through a series of “trap doors” (maybe Thom’s struggle with depression?) the irony only swells as it nears the end. Here Thom is seen ascending (notice, not descending) a snow caked mountain into a dark, dimly lit ice-cave. The sweat equity he’s purged certainly deserves more than this, yet here he is — alone, cold and ready for bed, as though the higher we climb the lonelier, heavier we become. Completely antithetical to what we’d normally ascribe with moving “up,” climbing “higher,” “ascending,” or “progressing,” etc.

Onto “Decks Dark.” Exclamation point! What an awesome surprise it was to discover this gem, probably their most Radiohead sounding song on the album. This is a brand new track, never even been teased previously, but for me was an ethereal throwback to “Subterranean Homesick Alien” with its marvelously relaxing tempo yet equally spooky nocturnal edges. The piano here is sweet and beautiful, even though what Thom is lyrically getting at expresses fear and paranoia: “In any old life there comes a darkness / There’s a spacecraft blocking out the sky / And there’s no way out … / We are helpless to resist / In our darkest hour.” Following these verses a choral of ghostly voices enter, serenading what sounds like gothic mourning straight out of Edward Scissorhands. Hauntingly memorable. Maybe even magical. Listen up Danny Elfman — you will get goosebumps. Sinking deeper into my headphones I just want to get swooped up in a country lane and hear this song performed live on the moon. Afterwards I want the band to give me a private tour of the Milky Way. I don’t think this is asking for much.

In “Desert Island Disk” a folk-twang, noir-like blues emerges. The song rides on a linear sunset rhythm, already feeling like a classic long distance road-trip groove. I picture myself in a convertible on twilight highways: soft-top collapsed, hair blowing, and sunlight dancing between purple mountains and orange farmhouses. Here, I feel “totally alive in my spirit light.” And from here, it’s an absolute trip to then be gradually preyed upon and seduced by the ominous krautrock-inspired “Ful Stop,” a track that debuted during the 2012 The King of Limbs tour along with “Identikit.” The song feels like it probably belongs on TKOL, too, given its muggy, dark night of the soul detachment, but it’s a sound I’ve grown to relish regardless where it’s placed. Its obscure mélange of synthesizers and space-invader guitars is also a sound the band has been working on for years, and here feels textured enough to be the younger brother of “These Are My Twisted Words,” another krautrock standalone released in the summer of 2009. The mood of “Ful Stop” pulsates with red fever. It drones layers within layers. It buzzes like a fridge, getting dizzying at times, so much that when Thom murmurs, “Truth will mess you up,” the moonstruck will believe him.

There are really no wasted moments or weak tracks on A Moon Shaped Pool, but there are songs that affect me less emotionally despite stirring me intellectually. “Glass Eyes” for example. Did Thom write this in an abandoned cabin while on retreat in Walden Pond? There’s a serious reflection and inwardness here craving escape from the remnants of anything human. It just wants to delve headlong into isolation. Thematically this makes sense for a Radiohead song. It shares familiar ground with certain Kid A and Amnesiac tracks, two albums that exude information overload and alienation. I would compare the mood of “Glass Eyes” with “Life in a Glass House,” only with the caveat that the psychedelic brass in “House” has been replaced with weeping strings. The melody bleakly dialogues between voice and piano, subtly making room for those quivering, glassy strings to peak with somber intensity, then roll over like waves on a shore. It’s a muted poem, a thoughtful journal, and intellectually it’s a fascinating conversation to eavesdrop on. Emotionally, however, it feels too private for me to fully access. It works better as philosophy than music, which makes me think this might be Radiohead at their most impressionistic.

If you don’t agree with me on “Glass Eyes” you certainly won’t agree with me on “Identikit.” The song oddly takes me into nostalgia. Deep 8-bit Nintendo nostalgia, that is. To preface, let me ask a silly question: Was Radiohead at all inspired (even just a tinsy bit) by Megaman 2? Jonny’s a gamer, right? Maybe it’s possible? There’s no immediate connection at first, probably not until the last two minutes, but as the song progresses and Thom’s voice inflects over needle-pick guitar riffage, the spidery but distinct MIDI-theme of Bubble Man emerges. Might even be some Ninja Gaiden in there too, but the MIDI resemblance is undeniable. I mean, the guitar here sounds more like a keytar. It’s just a shame the song ends abruptly right after Jonny’s solo; otherwise, he would have probably ventured into Castlevania. Jest aside: “Identikit” is a standout exercise in sound sculpting minimalism. The trilling choir that washes away Thom’s chant — “Broken hearts make it rain” — reminded of Sufjan Steven’s Age of Adz, where asymphonic echo swirls between eerie electronica and a barbed guitar.

The transition then into the “The Numbers” (formerly “Silent Spring” when Thom played it acoustically solo) is welcomed as perhaps the most robust, balls-to-the-wall song on the album. It’s a different kind of knockout bravado than “Burn the Witch,” wherein bluesy pianos and acoustic guitars careen through lonely, spectral, folk frontiers. It feels like a storm is coming, yet, strangely, with an optimistic promise: “The future is inside us / It’s not somewhere else.” Lyrically, this is the most hope and sunshine Radiohead has offered in years, even though tonally there seems to be precaution. Definitely one of my favorite tracks.

Can “Present Tense” be any groovier than it is? This is a track that dates back to a 2009 solo performance; a later 2013 performance during Thom’s Atom’s for Peace tour reveals a pretty funny moment, too, when Thom literally stops the show to chew out a group of loud, obnoxious fans who clearly aren’t respecting the art. Damn straight, because this song is dead sexy. That shifting samba-percussion, those warm finger-plucking chords, Thom’s angelic sighs — all of this enmeshed with a swooning bossa nova rhythm that splices and layers fragmented vocal loops into a jamming Latin collage. I want to get lost in this song dancing flamenco while high on Spanish Fly. Just “keep it light and keep it moving” feels like a message for our bodies. The song just hangs like that. It is certainly one of the more upbeat Radiohead songs I’ve heard in awhile, maybe since “Lotus Flower” or “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.”

The bump in cadence then transitions smoothly to another wavy but snail-paced beat, the band’s most verbose track name to date: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief.” I will not write that name again. To say the least, the electro bass and cellos in this song steal the show. Twirling like kaleidoscopes against the erotic piano of “All I Need,” the strings take power from the bass as they hover and haunt, duel and churn down Alice’s rabbithole with dizzying magnanimity. This is a song that builds on the steady layering of simple parts to reach its chaotic conclusion, thrust into the static void of a broken record player. Is the album now over?

Not quite. Not without closing out the album with the two-decade history fan favorite, “True Love Waits,” a fragile, star-crossed soul ballad that debuted during the 1995 The Bends tour. The evolution of this song from stage to studio has been a tireless effort. The band’s patience to release it within the right framework certainly reveals their love of the song. Nigel Godrich, the band’s producer and recording engineer, commented in 2012: “We tried to record it countless times, but it never worked. The irony is you have that shitty live version. To Thom’s credit, he needs to feel a song has validation, that it has a reason to exist as a recording. We could do ‘True Love Waits’ and make it sound like John Mayer. Nobody wants to do that.”

I will be honest: I initially had a hard time revising my expectations with this one. Like an undisciplined Radiohead fan, it wasn’t till I heard the song on A Moon Shaped Pool that I realized just how strongly I was attached to “that shitty live version” performed in Brussels in ’95. The recording on LP9 has a very elusive shape, including the way it drifts into nothingness and yearns more for definitive form. Unlike the Brussels’ version, which has clear acoustic chord changes enhanced by a carefree keyboard, this new version abandons those corporeal edges in favor of sparse, ambient pulses. There’s also a riveting but subtle electronic bass underscored by a chaotic piano taking cues from classic minimalism. If you listen closely, you can hear the contrapuntal sound of young puppy love being drowned in a kind of real, visceral love; one that takes its toll on the body as it pays bills, washes dishes and changes diapers. That is the true love of “swollen feet,” a love that decays the body over time, leaving Thom sounding stranded and spiritually aching. The former love is but a fading memory now, abstract without form, without body, making Thom’s final plea “Don’t leave” an utterly enlightened lamentation. It took both versions of the song for me to realize this, but once that happened it hit me like a bomb. This is absolutely soul-crushing stuff, but it works so triumphantly well because it’s true.

A Moon Shaped Pool is an impressive, fully realized album. It has been cared for and loved, given plenty of time to breathe. If this really is a goodbye, I can think of no better way than to grandstand the band for the incredible craftsmanship, atmosphere and enlightened tone they’ve weaved together. Can’t wait to hear how it will translate live come August.

(I originally wrote and posted this blog on Peculiar People)

          5 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Gifts for Your Kids   

5 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Gifts for Your Kids is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - Its all about Money!

The holiday season is often one of the most expensive times of the year due to the various amounts of gifts people tend to buy. If you have kids, you know that Christmas toys and gifts can add up quickly. My son always thinks he’s going to hit the jackpot each year and get all these new toys and expensive play sets. Plus, he is starting to like video games, which can drain your wallet if you aren’t careful. A great gift is the commander le mavic pro drone. At the same time (and like most parents), I want to

          "La revolución rusa y nosotros", por Josep Fontana   
La revolución rusa y nosotros
Josep Fontana. SinPermiso, 26/10/2016

Este texto es la conferencia traducida que Josep Fontana realizó en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) el pasado 24 de octubre en el marco de unas jornadas sobre la Revolución Rusa. Estas jornadas, en las que también han impartido conferencias Antoni Domènech (que publicaremos en nuestra próxima edición), José Luis Martín Ramos y Jordi Borja, han estado organizadas por la Comissió del Centenari de la Revolució Russa y por el grupo de investigación GREF-CEFID de la UAB. SP

Hacia 1890 los partidos socialistas europeos, agrupados en la Segunda Internacional, habían abandonado la ilusión revolucionaria y defendían una vía reformista que les tenía que llevar a integrarse en los parlamentos burgueses, confiando en que un día podrían acceder al poder en través de las elecciones y que desde allí procederían a transformar la sociedad. De esta manera los partidos socialistas alemán, italiano, español, francés, que mantenía todavía el nombre de sección francesa de la Internacional Obrera, o el laborismo británico optaron por una política reformista, aunque conservaran la retórica revolucionaria del marxismo para no desconcertar a sus seguidores obreros, que debían seguir creyendo que sus partidos luchaban por una transformación total de la sociedad.

La contradicción entre retórica y praxis estalló con motivo de la proximidad de la Gran Guerra de 1914. En el congreso que la Internacional socialista celebró en Basilea en noviembre de 1912 se proclamó que "era el deber de las clases obreras y de sus representantes parlamentarios (...) realizar todos los esfuerzos posibles para prevenir el inicio de la guerra" y que, si ésta finalmente empezaba, debían intervenir para que terminara rápidamente y "utilizar la crisis económica y política causada por la guerra para sublevar el pueblo y acelerar la caída del gobierno de la clase capitalista ". El congreso proclamaba, además, su satisfacción ante "la completa unanimidad de los partidos socialistas y los sindicatos de todos los países en la guerra contra la guerra", y llamaba  "a los trabajadores de todos los países a oponer el poder de la solidaridad internacional del proletariado al imperialismo capitalista ".

Pero en la tarde del 4 de agosto de 1914 tanto los socialistas alemanes, que habían organizado actos contra la guerra hasta unas semanas antes, como los franceses aprobaron de manera entusiasta en sus respectivos parlamentos la declaración de la guerra y votaron los créditos necesarios para iniciarla. El Partido Socialdemócrata alemán, además, aceptó una política de tregua social que comportaba los compromisos de no criticar al gobierno y de pedir a los obreros que no hicieran huelgas mientras durase la guerra. En cuanto a los laboristas británicos, no sólo aprobaron la guerra, sino que acabaron integrándose en un gobierno de coalición.

En Rusia las cosas fueron de otra manera, ya que su partido socialdemócrata, dividido en las dos ramas de mencheviques y bolcheviques, no solamente no tenía representación en el parlamento, sino que era perseguido por la policía. A comienzos de 1917 los bolcheviques tenían algunos de sus dirigentes desterrados a Siberia, como Stalin y Kamenev, mientras otros vivían en el exilio, como Lenin, que se había instalado en Suiza, en la ciudad de Zúrich, mientras Trotsky se encontraba entonces en Nueva York.

Cuando en febrero de 1917 comenzó la revolución en Petrogrado, lo hizo sin la presencia de los jefes de los partidos revolucionarios para dirigirla, en un movimiento impulsado por un doble poder, el de los consejos o soviets de los trabajadores y de los soldados por un lado , y el del Comité provisional del parlamento por otro, que se pusieron de acuerdo para establecer un gobierno provisional y para aplazar los cambios políticos hasta la celebración, en noviembre siguiente, de una Asamblea constituyente elegida por sufragio universal.

Cuando el 3 de marzo el gobierno provisional concedió una amnistía "para todos los delitos políticos y religiosos, incluyendo actos terroristas, revueltas militares o crímenes agrarios", Stalin y Kamenev volvieron de Siberia y se encargaron de dirigir Pravda, el periódico de los bolcheviques, donde defendían el programa de continuar la guerra y convocar una Asamblea constituyente, de acuerdo con la mayoría de las fuerzas políticas rusas.

A principios de abril volvía de Suiza Vladimir Lenin, que había podido viajar gracias a que el gobierno alemán, que quería ver Rusia fuera de la guerra, le ayudó a ir en tren hasta la costa del Báltico, desde donde pasar en Suecia y en Finlandia para llegar finalmente, en otro tren, en Petrogrado.

Para entender la acción de los alemanes hay que recordar que en estos primeros meses de 1917 se produjo la crisis con Estados Unidos, que condujo a que estos declararan la guerra a Alemania el 6 de abril. Fueron los alemanes los que le propusieron el viaje, y Lenin presentó exigencias antes de aceptarlo, como que los vagones que lo llevaran a través de Alemania con la treintena de exiliados rusos que le acompañaban tuvieran la status de entidad extraterritorial. A Trotsky, en cambio, los británicos lo detuvieron mientras volvía y no llegó a Petrogrado hasta un mes más tarde.

En la recepción que los bolcheviques le organizaron el 3 de abril en la estación de Finlandia, Lenin dijo, desde la plataforma del vagón: "El pueblo necesita paz, el pueblo necesita pan, el pueblo necesita tierra. Y le dan guerra, hambre en vez de pan, y dejan la tierra a los terratenientes. Debemos luchar por la revolución social, luchar hasta el fin, hasta la victoria completa del proletariado ". Al que añadió aún: "Esta guerra entre piratas imperialistas es el comienzo de una guerra civil en toda Europa. Uno de estos días la totalidad del capitalismo europeo se derrumbará. La revolución rusa que habéis iniciado ha preparado el camino y ha comenzado una nueva época. ¡Viva la revolución socialista mundial!"

Este discurso fue mal recibido por los bolcheviques presentes en la estación y fue rechazado en las primeras votaciones de los órganos del partido. Se habían acostumbrado a la idea de apoyar una revolución democrática burguesa como primera etapa de un largo trayecto hacia el socialismo, a la manera que lo planteaban los partidos socialdemócratas europeos, y querer ir a continuación más allá les parecía una aventura condenada al fracaso.

Lo que planteaba Lenin no se reducía al lema de "paz, tierra y pan"; no era solamente un programa para terminar la guerra de inmediato y a cualquier precio, y para entregar la tierra a los campesinos. En la base de esta propuesta había un planteamiento mucho más radical, que lo llevaba a sostener que, ante los avances logrados desde febrero y de la existencia de los soviets como órganos de ejercicio del poder, no tenía ningún sentido optar por una república parlamentaria burguesa, sino que tenían que ir directamente a un sistema en el que todo el poder estuviera en manos del soviets, que se encargarían de ir aboliendo todos los mecanismos de poder del estado -la policía, el ejército, la burocracia ...- iniciando así el camino hacia su desaparición, que iría seguida de la desaparición paralela de la división social en clases.

Lenin reproducía la crítica de la vía parlamentaria que Marx había hecho en 1875 en la Crítica al programa de Gotha, un texto que los socialdemócratas alemanes mantuvieron escondido durante muchos años, donde rechazaba la idea de avanzar hacia el socialismo a través del "Estado libre" como una especie de etapa de transición, y sostenía: "Entre la sociedad capitalista y la sociedad comunista está el período de transformación revolucionaria de la primera en la segunda. A este periodo le corresponde también un período político de transición en el que el estado no puede ser otro que la dictadura revolucionaria del proletariado".

¿Cómo debía hacerse esta transición? Es difícil de definir porque ningún partido socialista se había planteado seriamente qué hacer una vez llegados al poder, porque la perspectiva de conseguirlo parecía lejana. El único modelo existente era el de la Commune de París de 1871 y había durado demasiado poco como para haber establecido unas reglas orientativas.

Lo que proponía Lenin lo podemos saber a través de lo que decía en El estado y la revolución, donde denunciaba las mentiras del régimen parlamentario burgués donde todo (las reglas del sufragio, el control de la prensa, etc.) contribuía a establecer "una democracia sólo para los ricos ", y preveía la extinción del estado en dos fases. En la primera el estado burgués sería reemplazado por un estado socialista basado en la dictadura del proletariado.

La segunda fase surgiría de la extinción gradual del estado, y conduciría a la sociedad comunista. Durante esta transición los socialistas debían mantener el control más riguroso posible sobre el trabajo y el consumo; un control que sólo podía establecerse con la expropiación de los capitalistas, pero que no debía conducir a la formación de un nuevo estado burocratizado, porque el objetivo final era justamente ir hacia una sociedad en la que no habría "ni división de clases, ni poder del estado".

No es cosa de explicar aquí la historia, bastante conocida, de cómo los bolcheviques llegaron al poder y cómo empezaron a organizar una transición al nuevo sistema.

Lo que me interesa recordar es que el 7 de enero de 1918 Lenin confiaba en que, tras un período en el que habría que vencer la resistencia burguesa, el triunfo de la revolución socialista sería cosa de meses.

A desengañarlo vino una llamada "guerra civil", en el que participaron, apoyando a varios enemigos de la revolución, hasta trece países diferentes, y que tuvo para el nuevo estado de los bolcheviques un coste de ocho millones de muertes , entre víctimas de los combates, del hambre y de las enfermedades, además de conllevar la destrucción total de la economía. Una situación que obligaba a aplazar indefinidamente la implantación de la nueva sociedad.

Es en este momento, superada la guerra civil, cuando esta historia da un giro. Lloyd George, el jefe del gobierno británico, fue el primero en darse cuenta de que la idea de conquistar la Rusia soviética para liquidar la revolución era inútil, además de insuficiente. La lucha contra la revolución cambiaría entonces de carácter, al pasar del escenario ruso a lograr un alcance mundial. Lo que se necesitaba era combatir a escala universal la influencia que las ideas que habían inspirado la revolución soviética ejercían sobre los diversos grupos y movimientos que todo el mundo las tomaban como modelo en sus luchas.

El enemigo que se pasó entonces a combatir con el nombre de comunismo no era el estado soviético, ni siquiera los partidos comunistas de la Tercera Internacional, que hasta los años treinta no pasarían de ser pequeños grupos sectarios de escasa influencia. El enemigo era inmenso, indefinido y universal, nacido no de la observación de la realidad, sino de los miedos obsesivos de los políticos que les hacían ver el comunismo detrás de cualquier huelga o de cualquier protesta colectiva. Como, por ejemplo, de una huelga de los descargadores de los puertos de la costa del Pacífico de los Estados Unidos que movió a Los Angeles Times a asegurar que aquello era "una revuelta organizada por los comunistas para derribar el gobierno" y a pedir, en consecuencia, la intervención del ejército para liquidarla. Ejemplos como este se pueden multiplicar en los más diversos momentos y en los más diversos escenarios.

Desde ese momento la lucha contra la revolución comunista se transformó en un combate que nos afectaba y nos implicaba a todos. La segunda república española, por ejemplo, que aparecía en 1931 en el escenario internacional cuando en la mayor parte de Europa la inquietud social se iba resolviendo con dictaduras de derecha, fue recibida con hostilidad por los gobiernos de las grandes potencias. El embajador estadounidense en Madrid, por ejemplo, informaba al departamento de Estado el 16 de abril de 1931, a los dos días de la proclamación de la República, en los siguiente términos: "el pueblo español, con su mentalidad del siglo XVII, cautivado por falsedades comunistoides, ve de repente una tierra prometida que no existe. Cuando les llegue la desilusión, se tumbarán ciegamente hacia lo que esté a su alcance, y si la débil contención de este gobierno deja paso, la muy extendida influencia bolchevique puede capturarlos ".

No importaba que los mensajes posteriores revelaran que el embajador ignoraba incluso quienes eran los dirigentes republicanos. En una semejanza del gobierno que enviaba a Washington estos mismos días dice, por ejemplo, de Azaña: "no encuentro ninguna referencia de parte de la embajada. El agregado militar se refiere a él como un asociado a Alejandro Lerroux. Aparentemente un "republicano radical". Lo ignoraba todo de los republicanos, pero el de la "influencia bolchevique" sí lo tenía claro.

De nuevo en 1936, al producirse el levantamiento militar en España, las potencias europeas optaron por dejar indefensa la república española ante la intervención de alemanes e italianos con hombres, armas y aviones, por temor a un contagio comunista que en 1936 no existía en absoluto.

Mientras tanto el estado soviético, bajo la dirección de Stalin, vivía con el miedo de ser agredido desde fuera y invertía en armas para su defensa unos recursos que podían haber servido para mejorar los niveles de vida de sus ciudadanos. Pero la peor de las consecuencias de este gran temor fue que degenerara en un pánico obsesivo a las conspiraciones interiores que creían que se estaban preparando para colaborar con algún ataque desde el exterior destinado a acabar con el estado de la revolución. Un miedo que fue responsable de las más de setecientas mil ejecuciones que se produjeron en la Unión Soviética de 1936 a 1939. La orden 00447 de la NKVD, de 30 de julio de 1937, "sobre la represión de antiguos kulaks, criminales y otros elementos antisoviéticos" afectó sobre todo a ciudadanos ordinarios, campesinos y trabajadores que no estaban implicados en ninguna conspiración, ni eran una amenaza para el estado. Y aunque los sucesores de Stalin no volvieron nunca a recurrir al terror en esta escala, conservaron siempre un miedo a la disidencia que hizo muy difícil que toleraran la democracia interna.

Consiguieron así salvar el estado soviético, pero fue a costa de renunciar a avanzar en la construcción de una sociedad socialista. El programa que había nacido para eliminar la tiranía del estado terminó construyendo un estado opresor.

A pesar de todo, fuera de la Unión Soviética, en el resto el mundo, la ilusión generada por el proyecto leninista siguió animando durante muchos años las luchas del otro "comunismo", y obligó a los defensores del orden establecido a buscar nuevas formas de combatirlo.

Terminada la segunda guerra mundial, la coalición que encabezaban y dirigían los Estados Unidos organizó una lucha sistemática contra el comunismo, tal como ellos la entendían, que abarcaba todo lo que pudiera representar un obstáculo al pleno desarrollo de la "libre empresa" capitalista , preferiblemente estadounidense.

La campaña tenía ahora una doble vertiente. Por un lado mantenía una ficción, la de la guerra fría, que se presentaba como la defensa del "mundo libre", integrado en buena medida por dictaduras, contra una agresión de la Unión Soviética, que se presentaba como inevitable. Todo era mentira; lo era que los soviéticos hubieran pensado en una guerra de conquista mundial, ya que desde Lenin acá tenían muy claro que la revolución no se podía hacer más que desde el interior de los mismos países. Como también era mentira que los estadounidenses se prepararan para destruir la Unión Soviética preventivamente. Pero estas dos mentiras convenían a los estadounidenses para mantener disciplinados sus aliados, la primera, y atemorizados y ocupados los soviéticos en preparar su defensa, la segunda.

"Lo peor que nos podría pasar en una guerra global, decía Eisenhower en privado, sería ganarla. ¿Qué haríamos con Rusia si ganábamos?" Y Ronald Reagan se sorprendió en 1983 cuando supo que los rusos temían realmente que los fueran a atacar por sorpresa y escribió en su diario: "Les deberíamos decir que aquí no hay nadie que tenga intención de hacerlo. ¿Qué demonios tienen que los demás pudiéramos desear?". Se sorprendía que no hubieran descubierto el engaño, como lo hicieron, demasiado tarde, en 1986, cuando Gorbachov decidió abandonar la carrera de los armamentos porque, decía, "nadie nos atacará aunque nos desarmemos completamente".

La finalidad real de la segunda vertiente de estos proyecto, que se presentaba como una cruzada global contra el comunismo, era luchar contra la extensión de las ideas que pudieran oponerse al desarrollo del capitalismo. El objetivo no era defender la democracia, sino la libre empresa: Mossadeq no fue derribado en Irán porque pusiera en peligro la democracia, sino porque convenía a las compañías petroleras; Lumumba no fue asesinado para proteger la libertad de los congoleños, sino la de las compañías que explotaban las minas de uranio de Katanga, de donde había salido el mineral con el que se elaboró ​​la bomba de Hiroshima.

Y cuando el combate no se hacía para defender unos intereses puntuales y concretos, sino en términos generales para salvar la libertad de la empresa, los resultados todavía podían ser más nefastos. Uno de los peores crímenes del siglo fue el que llevó a matar tres millones doscientos mil campesinos vietnamitas argumentando que se disponían a iniciar la conquista de Asia. No se fue a Vietnam a defender la democracia, porque lo que había en Vietnam del sur era una dictadura militar.

La mentira fundacional de aquella guerra la denunció crudamente John Laurence, que fue corresponsal de la CBS en Vietnam entre 1965 y 1970, con estas palabras: "Hemos estado matando gente durante cinco años sin otro resultado que favorecer a un grupo de generales vietnamitas ladrones que se han hecho ricos con nuestro dinero. Esto es lo que hemos hecho realmente. ¿La amenaza comunista? ¡Y una puñeta! (...) Nos hemos metido tan a fondo que no podíamos salir, porque parecería que habíamos perdido. Es una locura. No ganaremos, eso lo sabe todo el mundo. Pero no lo admitiremos y volveremos a casa, seguiremos matando a la gente, miles y miles de personas, incluyendo a los nuestros".

Por eso resultan tan reveladoras de la confusa naturaleza de la lucha anticomunista las palabras que pronunció Obama recientemente, glorificando los hombres que fueron a Vietnam, según él: "avanzando por junglas y arrozales, entre el calor y las lluvias, luchando heroicamente para proteger los ideales que reverenciamos como americanos". ¿Cuáles eran esos ideales?

No había tampoco ninguna conjura comunista en los países de América Central que fueron devastados por las guerras sucias de la CIA. Lo reconoció el Senado de los Estados Unidos en 1995 cuando denunció que los supuestos subversivos que habían sido asesinados allí eran en realidad "organizadores sindicales, activistas de los derechos humanos, periodistas, abogados y profesores, la mayoría de los cuales estaban ligados a actividades que serían legales en cualquier país democrático ". Una guerra sucia que continúa aún hoy, cuando en Honduras las bandas organizadas por el gobierno y por las empresas internacionales interesadas en la explotación de sus recursos naturales siguen matando, con la tolerancia y protección de los Estados Unidos, dirigentes campesinos que defienden la propiedad colectiva de las tierras y las aguas: como Berta Cáceres, asesinada el 3 de marzo de este año, por instigación de la empresa holandesa que patrocina el proyecto de Agua Zarca, o como José Ángel Flores, presidente del Movimiento Unificado de Campesinos del Aguán, asesinado el 18 de octubre de 2016.

El silencio ante la brutalidad de todas estas guerras lo denunció Harold Pinter en el discurso de aceptación del Premio Nobel de Literatura, en 2005, cuando sostenía que Estados Unidos, implicados en una campaña por el poder mundial, habían conseguido enmascarar sus crímenes , presentándose como "una fuerza para el bien mundial".

Mientras Estados Unidos defendían la libre empresa, y mientras los países del "socialismo realmente existente" fracasaban en estos años de la posguerra en el intento de construir una sociedad mejor, fue el otro "comunismo" en su conjunto, en la difusa y vaga acepción que habían creado los miedos de sus enemigos, lo que consiguió un triunfo a escala global del que nos hemos beneficiado todos.

Y es que el miedo que generaba este comunismo global, no por su fuerza militar, sino por su capacidad de inspirar a todo el mundo las luchas contra los abusos del capitalismo, combinada con la evidencia de que la represión no era suficiente para detenerlo, forzaron a los gobiernos de occidente a poner en marcha unos proyectos reformistas que prometían alcanzar los objetivos de mejora social sin recurrir a la violencia revolucionaria. Es este miedo a la que debemos las tres décadas felices de después de la segunda guerra mundial con el desarrollo del estado del bienestar y con el logro de niveles de igualdad en el reparto de los beneficios de la producción entre empresarios y trabajadores como nunca se habían alcanzado antes.

El problema fue que cuando el "socialismo realmente existente" mostró sus límites como proyecto revolucionario, a partir de 1968, cuando en París renunció a implicarse en los combates en la calle, y cuando en Praga aplastó las posibilidades de desarrollar un socialismo con rostro humano, los comunistas perdieron esa gran fuerza que Karl Kraus valoraba por encima de todo cuando decía "que Dios nos conserve para siempre el comunismo, porque esta chusma -la de los capitalistas- no se vuelva aún más desvergonzada ( ...) y porque, al menos, cuando se acuesten tengan pesadillas".

Desde mediados de los años setenta del siglo pasado esta chusma duerme tranquila por las noches sin temer que sus privilegios estén amenazados por la revolución. Y ha sido justamente eso lo que les ha animado a recuperar gradualmente, no sólo las concesiones que habían hecho en los años de la guerra fría, sino incluso buena parte de las que se habían ganado antes, en un siglo y medio de luchas obreras. El resultado ha sido este mundo en que vivimos hoy, en que la desigualdad crece de manera imparable, con el estancamiento económico como daño colateral.

En estos momentos en que se aproxima el centenario de la revolución de 1917, volveremos a oír repetidas las descalificaciones habituales sobre aquellos hechos. Unas condenas que a algunos les parecen más necesarias que nunca en unos momento en que, según un informe de 17 de octubre de 2016 de la Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation no solo resulta que los jóvenes estadounidenses de 16 a 20 años, los "millennials", lo ignoran todo sobre aquella historia, sino que, y esto es más alarmante, casi la mitad se declaran dispuestos a votar a un socialista, y un 21 por ciento hasta a un comunista; la mitad piensan que "el sistema económico les es contrario" y un 40 por ciento querrían un cambio total que asegurara que los que ganan más pagaran de acuerdo con su riqueza. Todo lo cual lleva a la fundación a reclamar desesperadamente a que se enseñe a los jóvenes la siniestra historia "del sistema colectivista".

Yo pienso que nosotros necesitamos otro tipo de conmemoración, que nos permita, por un lado, recuperar la historia de aquella gran esperanza frustrada en su dimensión más global, que encierra también nuestras luchas sociales.

Pero que nos lleve a más, por otra parte, a reflexionar sobre algunas lecciones que los hechos de 1917 pueden ofrecernos en relación con nuestros problemas del presente. Porque resulta interesante comprobar que cuando un estudioso del capitalismo global contemporáneo como William Robinson se refiere a la crisis actual llega por su cuenta a unas conclusiones con las que habría estado de acuerdo Lenin: que la reforma no es suficiente -que la vieja vía de la socialdemocracia está agotada- y que uno de los obstáculos que hay que superar es justamente el del poder de unos estados que están hoy al servicio exclusivo de los intereses empresariales. Para acabar concluyendo que la sola alternativa posible al capitalismo global de nuestro tiempo es un proyecto popular transnacional, que va a ser el equivalente de la revolución socialista mundial que invocaba Lenin en abril de 1917 cuando bajó del tren en la estación de Finlandia.

Las fuerzas que deberían construir este proyecto popular serán seguramente muy diferentes de los partidos tradicionales del pasado. Serán fuerzas como las que hoy surgen de abajo, de las experiencias cotidianas de los hombres y las mujeres. Del tipo de las que se están constituyendo a partir de las luchas de los trabajadores de Sudáfrica o los indígenas de Perú contra las grandes compañías mineras internacionales, de las de los zapatistas que reivindican una rebeldía "desde abajo y a la izquierda" , de los guerrilleros kurdos de Kurdistán sirio que quieren construir una democracia sin estado, los maestros mexicanos que se manifiestan en defensa de la educación pública, los campesinos de muchos países que no militan en partidos, sino en asociaciones locales como el Movimiento Unificado de campesinos del Aguán, que presidía José Ángel Flores: unas asociaciones que se integran en otros de nivel estatal, como el Consejo de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, que dirigía Berta Cáceres, que a su vez lo hacen en una gran entidad transnacional como es Vía Campesina. Estas fuerzas no representan todavía, ni solas ni todas sumadas, una amenaza para el orden establecido, pero anuncian las posibilidades futuras de un gran despertar colectivo.

El camino que tienen por delante, si quieren escapar de este futuro de desigualdad y empobrecimiento que nos amenaza a todos, es bastante complicado. El fracaso de la experiencia de 1917 muestra que las dificultades son muy grandes; pero pienso que nos ha enseñado también que, a pesar de todo, había que probarlo y que intentarlo de nuevo quizás valdrá la pena.

Traducción para Sin Permiso: Daniel Raventós

Josep Fontana miembro del Consejo Editorial de Sin Permiso, es catedrático emérito de Historia de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.

          Un drone de l’OSCE attaqué par les forces ukrainiennes dans le Donbass   
L’armée ukrainienne a attaqué un drone de la mission spéciale de surveillance de l'OSCE en utilisant des armes légères, a signalé le 28 juin à Sputnik le représentant du service de presse de la mission.
          آموزش ساخت کوادکوپتر با آردوینو — جلسه ۶   

به نام خدا   تو این پست میخوام کد های اصلی رو قرار بدم. کدها رو از قسمت زیر کپی و روی بردتون آپلود کنید. تو این قسمت نیازی به استفاده از سریال مانیتور ندارین!!! دانلود برنامه : http://bayanbox.ir/download/4577630397828721159/YMFC-3D-V2-Flight-controller.ino   مراحل زیر رو قدم به قدم دنبال کنید : ۱ – ملخ ها رو مطابق عکس زیر […]

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          آموزش ساخت کوادکوپتر با آردوینو — جلسه ۳   

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          Trump stresses strong ties with India but urges Modi to fix deficit   

US President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong US-Indian relationship.

At a closely watched first meeting between the two, Trump and Modi appeared to get along well.

Modi pulled in Trump for a bear hug on the stage as the cameras rolled in the Rose Garden.

"I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations,” Modi told him.

“I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights.

Trump was also warm but made clear he sees a need for more balance in the US-India trade relationship in keeping with his campaign promise to expand American exports and create more jobs at home.

Last year the US trade deficit with India neared $31 billion.

Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is “fair and reciprocal.”

“It is important that barriers be removed to the export of US goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” he said.

Trump said he was pleased about an Indian airlines recent order of 100 new American planes and that the United States looked forward to exporting more energy, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.

These energy contracts “are being negotiated and we will sign trying to get the price up a little bit,” Trump said.

Modi came to Washington looking to revitalise a relationship that thrived under former President Barack Obama but has appeared to flag as Trump courted India's rival China in an effort to persuade Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea.

Modi effusively praised Trump, hailing his vast and successful experience in the business world and great leadership for US-India ties, which he said should lend an aggressive and forward looking agenda to our relations.

Trump accepted Modi's invitation to visit India, the White House said in a statement, but no time frame was given for the trip.

Modi harked back to Trump's “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan to stress that his agenda for his country was little different than Trump's.

“I am sure that the convergence of my vision for “New India” and President Trumps vision for making America great again will add new dimensions to our cooperation,” he said.

Trump did not mention US differences with India on immigration and the Paris climate accord.

“The future of our partnership has never looked brighter,” Trump said as both leaders underscored the importance of the defence and security relationship.

Aviation deals

As they met, a Pentagon agency said the US State Department has approved the possible sale to India of a Boeing C-17 transport aircraft with an estimated cost of $366 million.

The United States also has offered to sell a naval variant of the Predator drone made by US defence contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the White House said in a statement, a deal that would be worth more than $2 billion.

The United States has become the leading supplier of defence equipment to India, signing contracts worth more than $15 billion since 2008.

On Monday evening, Trump and Modi had a working dinner, the first time Trump has played host to a foreign dignitary at a White House dinner.

Trump administration officials have pointed to both leaders' impact on social media - each has more than 30 million Twitter followers - as proof they are cut from the same cloth.

“If the chemistry is good, everything else gets sorted,” said an Indian official.

“The only way is up. How much up we go depends on the leaders. If they click, we go up higher.”

Trade, however, remains an irritant, and on Saturday, leading US congressmen complained in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement had failed to eliminate major barriers to US imports and investment and had not deterred India from imposing new ones.

Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi's “Make in India” platform is protectionist and complain about the U.S. regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit imports.

They stress the future importance of the huge Indian market to U. firms and major growth in areas such as aviation which will offer significant opportunities for U.S. manufacturers.

Among the Indian business executives in Washington for Modi's visit was Ajay Singh, chairman of Indian budget airline SpiceJet, which in January announced a deal to buy up to 205 aircraft from Boeing, worth up to $22 billion at list prices.

Singh told Reuters that according to the US Department of Commerce, the deal would sustain up to 132,000 jobs.

“The market is growing 20-25 percent a year. Even at today's pace you need 100 more planes a year just to keep pace with the market and we are not getting anywhere close to that number.”

As our economy grows ... we can potentially create a lot of jobs for Americans in the United States, he said.

Boeing has estimated India will need 1,850 new aircraft worth $265 billion by 2036 to meet demand for air travel.

          Trump, Modi call on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks   

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends and partners Monday, vowing to work more closely on combating terrorism, the war on Afghanistan and defence cooperation.

The two leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries, a statement from the White House said.

Trump and Modi also “called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law,” the statement said.

Addressing a small audience at the White House following a bilateral meeting with senior members of their administrations, Trump said both the US and India have been affected by the “evils of terrorism” and the “radical ideology that drives them.”

While Trump's relations with some traditional allies had a rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters.

While there were no major announcements, Trump's administration confirmed it had given the green light to the $366 million sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 drones.

The United States has become the leading supplier of defense equipment to India, signing contracts worth more than $15 billion since 2008.

Modi and Trump pledged their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world's two largest democracies.

“I would say the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been better,” Trump told a beaming Modi as they made statements.

“I look forward to working with you, Mr prime minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal.”

After Trump said it was “important that barriers be removed to the export of US goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” Modi said India was becoming an easier place for American companies to do business.

“We consider the United States as our primary partner in India's socio-economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes,” he added.

“I'm sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump's vision for 'Making America Great Again' will add a new dimension to our cooperation,” added Modi, in reference to Trump's signature campaign slogan.

Any differences over issues such as immigration and climate change were kept behind closed doors.

'New strength'

Commentators had predicted that Trump and Modi would find much in common, with both men having won power by portraying themselves as establishment outsiders.

Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest.

“We're believers, giving the people... the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them,” said Trump.

Modi in turn made Trump smile by hailing the property tycoon's reputation as dealmaker.

“I'm sure that... your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and bold agenda to our relations.”

Their warm words extended into the evening, when Modi became the first foreign leader to enjoy a White House dinner since Trump came to power.

“We enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it's never been better than it is today,” Trump told Modi at the dinner.

While ties with some allies have been strained by Trump's complaints that Washington has been the loser in trade agreements, Modi appears sensitive to his host's emphasis on transactional diplomacy.

India is currently the world's fastest growing major economy, a status that Modi is hoping to cement by drawing in more foreign investment ─ in part by encouraging manufacturers to do business in Asia's third-largest economy.

Busy day of meetings

Ahead of his talks with Trump, Modi met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The State Department later announced that it was slapping sanctions on a senior figure in the Kashmiri separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

The designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist marks a diplomatic victory for India, which has been battling a decades-long insurgency by separatist groups in Kashmir.

US-India relations were generally cool until the 1990s, but they warmed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties.

Shortly after Trump's election, obstacles emerged on issues such as trade and visas for Indians wanting to work in the United States.

Trump then accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate accord as he announced the US withdrawal from the deal this month.

A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas ─ used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States ─ has caused concern in New Delhi.

But Indian officials have downplayed those differences, insisting that Modi was alert to Trump's concerns over jobs and trade.

Afghanistan on agenda

Regional security did feature in the talks, including on Afghanistan, as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops to help local forces fighting insurgent groups.

Trump said he wanted to “thank the Indian people” for their contribution to helping development in Afghanistan.

Modi in turn said India “would maintain close consultation and communication with the US” to achieve the joint goal of “peace and stability.”

          Kashmiri militant leader punished as Modi visits US   

The US State Department on Monday designated Hizbul Mujahideen's supreme commander Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on him.

He is the leader of the largest militant group that fights against security forces in India-held Kashmir.

The development surfaced hours ahead of the scheduled meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.

He was designated a terrorist "under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals" or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, said a release issued from the US State Department.

The action bars US persons from financial transactions with Hizbul Mujahideen supreme leader Syed Salahuddin.

The department says that in September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict. He threatened to train Kashmiri suicide bombers and turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.”

The US says the militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

The scheduled meeting between Modi and Trump is the first between the leaders of the world's two largest democracies. It takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues.

Trump has focused on outreach to China, India's strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea. But Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power.

In advance of the meeting, the Trump administration approved India's purchase of nearly two dozen unarmed surveillance drones. The deal, estimated to be worth about $2 billion, is still subject to congressional approval.

          DJI Spark: Drone ‘mini’ yang akan ubah peta permainan industri drone   
Pada Rabu (24/5) perusahaan drone terpenting asal China, DJI, meluncurkan drone paling barunya bernama Spark. Drone ini begitu tidak sama dari drone umumnya, karna memiliki bentuk yang begitu mungil. Ditulis dari Mashable, drone yang cuma sebesar smartphone ini cukup kecil bahkan juga untuk disaku. Drone ini pas untuk selfie karna beragam feature video shot yang … Continue reading "DJI Spark: Drone ‘mini’ yang akan ubah peta permainan industri drone"
          Drone interferes with Arizona wildfire response   

Drone interferes with Arizona wildfire responseOfficials spot drone near blaze causing a delay in action

          UAV / Drone Pilot - Landpoint - Midland, TX   
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          NRA Demands US Government Outlaw Drones Despite 2nd Amendment   
In a strange reversal of policy the NRA has demanded that the U.S. make a ban on drones very much like the ban on guns that they have so heatedly fought against in the past. Speaking at a press conference NRA Fuhrer Wayne LaPierre has vehemently asserted that “Drones are dangerous! They are potential weapons […]
Il 5 dicembre scorso, si è spento a Johannesburg Nelson Madiba Mandela, leader del movimento anti-apartheid che nel 1990 portò all'eliminazione di quest'ultima e ciò permise a Mandela di salire al potere come Presidente del Sudafrica. Mandela viene spesso ricordato col nome "Madiba" col quale era conosciuto nel suo clan. Per sostenere la lotta contro le discriminazioni e i soprusi dei bianchi verso i neri, Mandela appoggiò la lotta armata e per questo fu arrestato e condannato a 27 anni di carcere dopo i quali salì al potere. Le sue azioni e la sua lotta per la libertà gli hanno fatto vincere il "Premio Nobel per la Pace" nel 1993. Anche a scuola, per non dimenticare questo grande uomo, abbiamo visto "Invictus" un film di Clint Eastwood che parla delle vicende avvenute nel mandato di Mandela. Il film è incentrato sul rugby e dimostra quanto sia vero che "Lo sport unisce le persone" infatti, per dare il colpo di grazia all'apartheid, Mandela si serve dei "Campionati Mondiali Di Rugby" che il Sudafrica  ha ospitato nel 1995. Nel film Mandela  (interpretato da Morgan Freeman) incoraggerà la sfortunata nazionale di rugby sudafricana (gli Springboks) a non mollare mai e, facendo leggere al capitano della squadra una poesia, porterà il Sudafrica ad una (miracolosa) vittoria in una finale al cardiopalma contro i leggendari "All Blacks". La citazione preferita di Mandela nel film esiste davvero ed è di Henley e dice: "Sono il padrone del mio destino, il capitano della mia anima".        
                         (post a cura di Francesco Giardino)

La frase "Io sono il padrone del mio destino, il capitano della mia anima" mi ha fatto riflettere pensando che il destino dobbiamo costruirlo noi, agendo nel modo più giusto che riteniamo, non facendoci influenzare dalle altre persone o da quello che accade intorno a noi. Siamo tutti uguali, abbiamo tutti diritto allo stesso rispetto, abbiamo tutti pari dignità e valore indipendentemente dalla razza, siamo i capitani di quello che abbiamo o che ci appartiene. Se è necessario bisogna lottare per ciò che è proprio ma senza ricorrere alla violenza.
                    (post a cura del  Alfredo Consiglio)

          Upgrading My Quadcopter from KK2.0 to APM 2.5   

Like many drone enthusiasts, my first DIY quadcopter build used the KK2.x flight control board. I went through several iterations of my KK2 quadcopter and I still highly recommend the KK2 for beginners and anyone looking for an affordable, capable flight control board. It’s got support for just about any multirotor configuration you can imagine ...

The post Upgrading My Quadcopter from KK2.0 to APM 2.5 appeared first on Quadcopter Garage.

          The Lunchbox Copter   

After experimenting with a few different styles of DIY quadcopter frames, I came across some posts on DIYdrones by Jake Wells who has built some quadcopters out of plastic storage boxes. Dubbed the BoxCopter, his creations are light, stable, and watertight on the bottom, so they can land on water which is especially cool when ...

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Drohne von Indigenous Rising Media durch Polizei abgeschossen

drohne afghanistan zivilisten schüler - Google-Suche

 Krieg mit Drohnen: Das Gesicht unserer Gegner von morgen - Debatten - FAZ

  blog:thedronesarecoming []

 Friko Berlin: Brief an die Sammelnden von Unterschriften | DROHNEN-KAMPAGNE

 film.neuperlach.de -Ramersdorf-Neuperlach-aus-der-Luft


 Drohnenballett - SPIEGEL ONLINE

 Tanzende Drohnen - Künstliche Intelligenz der Lüfte

 KATSU's Drone Paintings - YouTube

 Darmstadt: Drohne wirft Flugblätter über NSA-Komplex ab, um Agenten zum Ausstieg zu bewegen | Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

 NSA-Affäre: Eine Telefonnummer reicht, um Menschen zu töten | ZEIT ONLINE

  Brandon Bryant – Wikipedia Long distance jammer knocks drones from the sky 

Unmanned: America's Drone Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  US-Drohnenkrieg via Ramstein stoppen! 23.05.2015 (Friedensratschlag)

  animals vs drones - YouTube

 Science-Fiction in Russland: Drohnen-Aufnahmen zeigen mysteriösen Superpower-Tesla-Tower - Video - Video - FOCUS Online

 Drohnen sollen pro Jahr eine Milliarde Bäume pflanzen

 Drohnen liefern Drogen ins Gefängnis | Berliner Zeitung


drone afghanistan - Twitter Search Nexsound – experimental, ambient, noise, improv record label

 yemen drone error bei DuckDuckGo

 Drones Against Frontex | A Noise Protest.

 I HAVE A DRONE - Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney [RAP NEWS 16] - YouTube



          Autónomos proponen dispositivo para mejorar la atención en salud en áreas rurales   

Jose Jair Arias, Carlos Mario Osorio y Jonathan Lezcano, estudiantes de último semestre de Ingeniería Biomédica, desarrollaron en la asignatura de ‘Diseño de dispositivos biomédicos’, orientada por el docente Andrés Mauricio González, coordinador del Semillero en Bioinstrumentación, un proyecto llamado “Monitoreo de signos vitales portable a través de tecnologías de vehículos aéreos no tripulados”.

 El proyecto consiste en medir variables fisiológicas como la saturación de oxígeno, temperatura, presión arterial no invasiva y nivel de glucosa en sangre y la lectura de los electrocardiogramas, ECG, y electromiografía, EMG, a través de vehículos aéreos no tripulados (drones). La interfaz se puede conectar a través de un aplicativo móvil, lo que vuelve más simple e intuitiva la forma en que el paciente y las instituciones hospitalarias se involucran en conjunto con el estado de salud de la persona.

La importancia de este dispositivo, afirma Jose Jair, radica en la posibilidad de mejorar la calidad de atención en salud, así como llevar servicios médicos a lugares de difícil acceso, siendo la telemedicina una buena opción. Así mismo, considera que este tipo de herramientas “permiten dar paso a una nueva etapa en la que todos podamos ser atendidos de una manera eficaz, sin importar donde nos encontremos, ya sea mediante el uso de drones u otro tipo de diseño. Cuando nos ponemos en los zapatos de nuestros campesinos, personas en proceso de postconflicto o en situación de discapacidad en zonas rurales, etc., el impacto del proyecto se vuelve realmente valioso, pues estas comunidades ya no tendrán que desplazarse a la ciudad para una consulta o un chequeo médico, esta vez la salud llegará a ellas”.

En este sentido, enfatiza en que el Newton Drone es una herramienta clave en una red de monitor más compleja, por lo que a futuro se espera que el dispositivo sea capaz de generar indicadores para reconocer tendencias en el comportamiento epidemiológico de la población, lo que mejoraría los planes de promoción y prevención.

Investigación de vanguardia

Para el desarrollo de estos procesos investigativos, los estudiantes tuvieron a su disposición la infraestructura de la Universidad, como los laboratorios de Electrónica, el FabLab, y software especializado para generar aplicaciones móviles. Según José Arias, estos tres elementos fueron claves para el desarrollo del prototipo.

Igualmente, el estudiante destaca el acompañamiento del profesor Andrés Mauricio González, quien les proporcionó los elementos conceptuales para delimitar el proyecto, cumplir con los objetivos y poder generar un dispositivo completo que pueda transformar e impactar la manera como actualmente se accede al sistema de salud. “Confiamos en que el trabajo que hicimos en este proyecto será el primer paso para innovar y ser pioneros en la fabricación de dispositivos médicos en nuestra región. Nuestro objetivo es beneficiar al sector salud y mejorar la calidad de vida de la población ubicada en zonas rurales”, concluyó Arias.

Bioinnova Technologies

Al principio del proceso de diseño del Newton Drone, los estudiantes pensaban que el dispositivo debería estar diseñado para que fuera accesible a los habitantes de las zonas veredales o cabeceras de las zonas rurales. Pero, por normativa legal, esto no es posible; para implementar herramientas de telemedicina se requieren dos partes fundamentales, los centros de referencia  y las entidades remisoras.

Para esto, la solución fue diseñar una red de monitoreo perteneciente a los centros de referencia en puntos de atención a bajo costo, localizados de manera estratégica. Con ello, el Newton Drone podía ser la herramienta fundamental y el principal eje de funcionamiento de esta red. En estos puntos de atención las personas pueden acudir, ser monitoreados y diagnosticados en menor tiempo con un solo dispositivo desde los centros de referencia.

“Si hay 100 centros de monitoreo, en teoría tendrían que haber 100 dispositivos que permitan atender a las personas. Pero, con el Newton Drone solo se necesitaría un dispositivo para que sea posible la atención en estos 100 puntos; las brigadas médicas serían más efectivas, supondrían un ahorro en costos de atención y en planes de promoción y prevención. Las ventajas directas sería un aumento en indicadores de cobertura y oportunidad, lo que permitiría mejorar la calidad con la que accedemos a nuestro sistema de salud”, comenta Jose Arias.

Actualmente, Jose Arias, Carlos Mario Osorio y Jonathan Lezcano, desarrollan el proyecto a través de su emprendimiento Bioinnova Technologies, Start Up que surgió con un enfoque en innovación de ingeniería biomédica y ahora se dedica al desarrollo de herramientas de telemedicina, entre las cuales sobresale el Newton Drone.

Bioinnova Technologies,  se encuentra en busca de inversionistas para lanzar el proyecto Newton al mercado en conjunto con otras herramientas digitales que resultan viables financieramente para los involucrados, principalmente las EPS. “Nuestra visión es lograr implementar estos proyectos dentro de los próximos tres años y estamos seguros de que el impacto que causará la puesta en marcha de estas herramientas cambiará de manera radical la forma en que las personas acceden al sistema de salud”, concluye Arias.

La entrada Autónomos proponen dispositivo para mejorar la atención en salud en áreas rurales aparece primero en Agencia de noticias Universidad Autónoma de Occidente.

          Chapter III UAV got to be kidding I am droning my life away!   

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F-35ing the F-22?

The weekly "well duh!!!!"

Purchasing Incest!!  

How to Run a Tanker Program KC-390 

Afghani woman becoming Military pilots 

First Afghani woman pilot http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/07/female-pilot-helps-afghan-air-force-take-off/

Our last two news stories lead into this weeks topic  UAVs   Both articles are illustrating the see change in military aviation. 

 The history of UAVs and  FSATS 

For more reading!!

JP Santiago's  P-63 Pinballs article http://aviationtrivia.blogspot.com/2010/09/bell-rp-63-pinball.html
Old jets don’t die they just live to be blown away. 

          Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera - Black $109.99   

Equiped With A Key Return & HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM For Any Level Of Player To Prevent From Losing The Copter
Altitude Hold Function: Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allow you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height.

          Geek Squad Certified 3DR Refurbished Solo Drone + FREE $20 OR 8x8 Photo Book - Shutterfly $179.99   

Real-time, first-person view of your flight
Control both drone and camera with 1 remote controller
Save footage directly to your phone
Automated camera control for cinematic shots.

          Researchers Hoping ‘Cheetah’ Will Be Used In Search And Rescue Missions In Hostile Environments   
It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles.
          Don’t bring your drone to concerts because confetti cannons exist   
Don’t bring your drone to concerts because confetti cannons exist Drones flying in the sky are becoming a commonplace sight, so seeing one swing perilously close to a DJ mid-concert is not concerning by itself. Seeing one fall from the sky like Icarus a few seconds later is a little more unusual. In the video, you can see the drone hovering between the crowd and the bouncing DJ. As it’s pulling back from the stage, a confetti cannon spews right in its direction. Rotors apparently jammed, it plunges down and out of sight. It’s not exactly clear whose drone it was — my guess is it belonged to the production…

This story continues at The Next Web Reported by The Next Web 15 minutes ago.
          Lost dogs finally reunite with family because they smelled sausage   
Miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were lost for four days in Cumbria, England until the smell of sizzling sausages brought them back, Caters reports.

Image: Jim Davis/Caters News

Liz and Graham Hampson were distressed when their fuzzy furbabies went missing on June 16, so they went all out to get their pups back.

SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots

The couple's rescue campaign involved friends, family, mountain rescue teams, and even two drones. Overall, more than 120 people helped in the endeavor.

Over 90 hours later, the dogs still weren't found. So the family "decided to barbecue some sausages near the spot where they vanished and shouted the dogs’ names."  Read more...

More about England, Cute Animals, Dog, Lost, and Culture Reported by Mashable 49 minutes ago.
          6/28/2017: NEWS: Attack of the drones: Amazon craft could get sirens to warn off children   

PIXIE LOTT and Gigi Hadid both showed their love of pink as they partied the night away. Singer Lott, 26, launched her new hair dye at The Cuckoo Club in the West End while in New York, model Hadid, 22, made a statement in a metallic pink catsuit as...
          Mum's big announcement   
My mum said she had something very importnat to tell Josie and me. Well, she droned on for a while ...
          Just like Earth, WoW's Azeroth is actually flat   

Remember that guy who brought a spirit level onto a plane to prove the Earth is flat? He opened our eyes to the fact our world is actually an infinite plane, and not a rotating sphere spinning through an endless void. 

Leave the boundaries of Earth with our list of the best space games. (We never went to the moon, by the way.)


The governments of the world have been hiding this terrible truth - roping in every pilot, sailor, teacher, scientist, astronaut, drone operator, and aeroplane passenger to keep the secret safe. The Earth is flat, satellites don’t exist, and don’t mind that round shadow on the moon or the fact that every other observed planet and star is round. Shut up. Here’s a meme. 

          Medical drones set to be tested in the Far North   
Paua Interface will start trialling medicine drops by drone later this year to isolated rural patients. Company principal Robyn Kamira says this is a first for New Zealand and possibly the world and it could improve the health of many.


Il 18 aprile 2008 il libro è tornato in Emilia, a Rovereto (non quella che pensate), nel modenese (precisamente al Bar Polisportiva Roveretana presso Centro Sportivo via Curiel • Rovereto s/S) ospite dell'associazione culturale L'Aquilone.
Con me Stefano Santarsiere e Chiara Bertazzoni.

A Torino il 12 dicembre 2007, Barriera di Milano, in compagnia di Simone Sarasso e del "padrone di casa" JP Rossano, si è parlato di piccola e grande criminalità, di come, intrecciandosi, agiscono sulla quotidianità. Alla serata la partecipazione è stata scarsa in quantità, ma di assoluto alto profilo di qualità.


Qui siamo a Fidenza, alla libreria Mondadori:

da sinistra: Stefano Santarsiere, Mariella Lombardi, Andrea Villani, Chiara Bertazzoni, Fabio Mazzoni.


e qui a Ponzano Superiore (SP), nell'ambito di Settembre Noir

da sinistra: Fabio Mazzoni, Ariodante Petacco, Chiara Bertazzoni, M/Merisi


allo Zocaffé di Bologna, il 15 settembre, eravamo in tanti. Un grazie speciale a Valerio Varesi, per le sue parole e la sua presenza.


qui al Castello di Belgioioso, sabato 22 settembre 2007

da sinistra: JP Rossano, Marinella Lombardi, Chiara Bertazzoni, Fabio Mazzoni, Matteo Fraccaro


Chiedilo al tuo libraio di fiducia, oppure ordinalo qui


Guarda la mappa di tutte le presentazioni.


Primero es necesario entender bien lo que son los polinomios...

Concepto de Polinomios

Un polinomio es una expresión que se construye por una o más variables, usando solamente las operaciones de adición, sustracción, multiplicación y exponentes numéricos positivos.
Existen tipos de Polinomios

POLINOMIO HOMOGÉNEO: Son los polinomio que cada termino tiene igual grado absoluto.

POLINOMIO ORDENADO: Son los polinomios que tienes todos los exponentes del mayor al menor de manera 
ordenada ya sea ascendente o descendente.
x6 +3x5 -2x4+3x3 -x2 +6x1 -1x0

POLINOMIO NULO: Son los polinomios que tiene todos los coeficientes son iguales a cero.

POLINOMIO COMPLETO: Son los polinomios que tienen todos los exponentes desde  el menor al mayor, pero no necesariamente tiene que estar ordenado.
 6x3 -5x1+3x5 +x2 -x4 +5x0

Se pueden hacer operaciones con:

Peter Beaumont and Chris Stephen of The Guardian report;

Crucially, it has been Dhao who has provided the most compelling account yet offered of Gaddafi’s last day of life as he attempted to leave the last pocket in the shattered seaside District Two to reach the countryside beyond Sirte’s eastern boundary.

“Gaddafi did not run away, and he did not want to escape,” Dhao said. “We left the area where we were staying, to head towards Jarif, where he comes from. The rebels were surrounding the whole area, so we had heavy clashes with them and tried to escape towards Jarif and break out of the siege. After that the rebels surrounded us outside the area and prevented us from reaching the road to Jarif. They launched heavy raids on us which led to the destruction of the cars and the death of many individuals who were with us.
“After that we came out of the cars and split into several groups and we walked on foot, and I was with Gaddafi’s group that included Abu Bakr Yunis Jabr and his sons, and several volunteers and soldiers. I do not know what happened in the final moments, because I was unconscious after I was hit on my back.”
Some things do not ring true. According to Dhao, Gaddafi was moving from place to place and apartment to apartment until last week, but given the state of the siege of Sirte at that stage it seems unlikely that he could have entered the city from outside. The net was closing around the last loyalists who were squeezed into a pocket, surrounded on all sides, that was becoming ever smaller by the day.

Dhao made no mention either of the attack on the Gaddafi convoy by a US Predator drone and a French Rafale jet as it tried to break out of Sirte, attempting to drive three kilometres through hostile territory before it was scattered and brought to a halt by rebel fighters. It is possible that Dhao did not know that the first missiles to hit the Gaddafi convoy as it tried to flee came from the air.

What is clear is that at around 8am on Thursday, as National Transitional Council fighters launched a final assault to capture the last remaining buildings in Sirte, in an area about 700 metres square, the pro-Gaddafi forces had also readied a large convoy to break out.

But if Dhao was not aware of the air strike, then neither did Nato’s air controllers and liaison officers with the NTC fighters know that Gaddafi was in the convoy of 75 cars attempting to flee Sirte, a fact revealed in a lengthy statement on Friday.

“At the time of the strike,” a spokesman said, “Nato did not know that Gaddafi was in the convoy. These armed vehicles were leaving Sirte at high speed and were attempting to force their way around the outskirts of the city. The vehicles were carrying a substantial amount of weapons and ammunition, posing a significant threat to the local civilian population. The convoy was engaged by a Nato aircraft to reduce the threat.”

It was that air attack – which destroyed around a dozen cars – that dispersed the convoy into several groups, the largest numbering about 20. As NTC fighters descended on the fleeing groups of cars, some individuals jumped from their vehicles to escape on foot, among them Gaddafi and a group of guards. Finding a trail of blood, NTC fighters followed it to a sandy culvert with two storm drains. In one of these Gaddafi was hiding.

Accounts here differ. According to some fighters quoted after the event, he begged his captors not to shoot. Others say he asked of one: “What did I do to you?”

          Interview of Edward M. Ward by Brian Shoemaker   
Interview of Edward M. Ward by Brian Shoemaker Ward, Edward M., 1918-2004 Commander Edward Ward was the first Commanding Officer of VXE-6, the naval aviation group that was involved in exploration of Antarctica in the 1950s. Ward had been interested in aviation from his early youth. In 1938 he joined the Marine Corps Reserve, but two years later entered the Navy to attend flight school, his primary interest. He graduated from flight school in May 1941. In September 1941, he married Marilyn Hesser Ward, though at the time officers in his program were forbidden to marry, so he kept the arrangement secret. Initially he expected to be assigned to a carrier, but instead he was sent to Pensacola to attend Instructor’s School. After graduation, as the war began, he was assigned to a PBY squadron, and flew many anti-submarine flights. Later he served on Okinawa, and as the war ended, briefly in Japan. Ward applied for, and was granted, a regular navy commission. His first assignment in the regular navy was to Point Barrow, Alaska, where in May 1946, he began to fly a PBY as part of an aerial magnetometer survey, the Special Alaskan Magnetic Survey (SPAM). He made magnetometer flights with scientists from the US Coast and Geodetic Survey team to Kodiak, Umiak, and to Petroleum Reserve No. 4, which then included the entire north coast of Alaska. From the air they were seeking indications of oil deposits. Their major discovery was Prudhoe Bay, recognized, in later years, as the largest oil field in North America. Ward also had some close contacts with the local Eskimo community, despite the fact such contacts were discouraged because of the high incidence of tuberculosis among the natives. His SPAM assignment ended in August 1946, but it would prove to be the start of a lifetime of involvement with the polar regions. In early 1947 Ward made other magnetometer aerial surveys of the Aleutian Trench, including dormant volcanoes, such as Great Sitkin, that dominated the entrance to Adak. He also flew from Adak to Midway and Wake Islands, to do aerial surveys of Bikini and Enewetak atolls. In September 1947, he flew home to Alameda aboard the huge Mars seaplane, the world’s largest commercial seaplane. In early 1949 Ward was sent to GCA (Ground Control Approach) School, but soon received different orders to Military Air Transport Service (MATS) with the Air Force. This was excellent duty, but temporary, and in October 1950, he returned to Alaska to participate in Ski Jump I, which among other things, involved landing an R4D on skis on sea ice on the Arctic Ice Cap to do oceanographic research. Except for Sir Hubert Wilkins, who had earlier crash landed on the sea ice, no one had ever done this before. Ward and his crew stayed at the Naval Arctic Research Lab (NARL) at Barrow. There were three officers and several high ranking enlisted men in his crew, and included photographers and radiomen. They transported civilian oceanographers from Wood’s Hole. Their challenge was to find suitable, safe landing sites on smooth sea ice. These were provided by the “leads,” or areas of open seas that had recently refrozen. Their first landing was successful, and Ward and scientists from Wood’s Hole started immediately to set up Oceanographic Station No. 1. The location was approximately 280 miles due north of Barrow. Using an ordinary chain saw, the scientists drilled a square hole in the ice, through which a 10,000 foot cable could be lowered to the bottom of the ocean to measure temperature and salinity, take depth soundings, and collect bottom samples. The men set up a tent, but slept aboard the plane. Ideally the ice should be three feet thick for a safe landing. All landings were made on wheels, not skis. During their first year of operation, Ward and his colleagues established twelve ice stations between March and June 1951, as part of Operation Ski Jump I. About a year later Ward returned to the Arctic in February 1952, as part of Ski Jump II. It was a larger, more ambitious enterprise, using three planes rather than one, two P2V’s, and an R4D. Twice the P2V’s had engine failure, and multiple oil leaks. The men were cautioned to look out for polar bears, and carried carbines in case of an attack. None ever occurred. Typically Ward and his colleagues could make two ice landings on a single day, but occasionally they would remain at a site for a day or longer. Large bladders filled with fuel were deposited at several locations, but it was found that direct refueling from another plane worked best. On a planned trip to the North Pole Ward’s R4D, running low on fuel, landed on a less than ideal ice cap. Another pilot, carrying fuel, landed a P2V, but his plane was damaged in the landing. Fortunately repairs were made, the R4D refueled, and the P2V returned safely to base. Unfortunately, Ward’s plane was damaged in takeoff, lost a prop, and the men found themselves in a survival situation 800 miles north of Barrow in one of the most remote places in the world. Nobody knew where they were, and radio communication did not work. After two days the radio man established contact with an amateur ham radio operator who notified the Navy of the location and plight of the damaged aircraft. After nearly a week Jack Cooley, a pilot, found the downed plane and returned the nine men safely to Barrow. But plans for a flight to the North Pole were scrapped. The R4D plane was abandoned. Soon Operation Ski Jump II was concluded. It had led to the creation of six additional oceanographic ice stations, making a total of 18 for both Ski Jump I and II. After two brief postings, in July 1953 Ward was assigned to the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. The next year a chance encounter with Admiral Byrd gave Ward an opportunity to indicate his interest in an Antarctic assignment. Thanks to a timely intervention by President Eisenhower, funding was found for another expedition. Captain (soon to be Admiral) George Dufek, USN, brought back from retirement, was placed in charge, and Ward volunteered to accompany him to Antarctica. This was the beginning of Operation Deep Freeze I. Ward was named as the Air Operations officer. Dufek provided strong leadership, and Admiral Byrd, also recalled from retirement, was named Officer in Charge of Antarctic Programs, a glorified title for his role as a consultant. Herb “Trigger” Hawkes was named Chief of Air Operations by Dufek for Deep Freeze I, and he recruited various other team members. As it happened, the Secretary of the Navy rejected Hawkes as Chief of Air Operations. Ward replaced him temporarily as Commander, but four months later Gordon Ebbe became the Skipper of the Squadron. Commander Ward, stationed at the time at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent, Maryland, conferred frequently with Admiral Dufek, and worked to recruit additional members of Deep Freeze I. Harry Hedblom, Commander, USN, was recruited as Senior Flight Surgeon. Hal Kolp, Marine Lt. Colonel, was named Executive Officer of VX-6. As it happened, Ward was not able to participate in Deep Freeze I in Antarctica. Shortly before his planned departure his wife, Marilyn, faced a dangerous medical situation caused by a caesarian birth. Consequently, Ward was named Officer in Charge of the Patuxent Detachment so that he could remain at home close to his wife. Those who participated in Deep Freeze I recorded many significant accomplishments, including some of the first long-range reconnaissance flights in the R5D. Joe Entrigen piloted the first airplane to land at McMurdo after a long international flight. Later he made a long flight toward the magnetic South Pole. Hank Jorda and Jack Donavan, accompanied by Gordon Ebbe, flew Admiral Byrd to the South Pole, his last visit there. Back home, one of Ward’s responsibilities at Patuxent was to line up planes for the expedition. Two planes connected to Deep Freeze I crashed; an Otter in Antarctica, and a P2V in the Brazilian jungle not far from Manaus. Fortunately, all crew members from both flights were rescued. Ward was able to participate in Deep Freeze II. He flew to McMurdo via Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand. The final leg of the flight, on October 17, 1955, from Christchurch to McMurdo, was the “worst flight” he ever made in his entire career. On part of the trip they flew through blizzard conditions. Minutes before they landed, a second plane, a P2V, crashed on the runway. Four crewmen were killed on that flight. Virtually out of fuel Ward successfully landed his own plane. The next day Ward was named to write the formal accident report on the crashed P2V. Soon he was busy making various flights, including three long-range R4D flights over the South Pole and beyond, to do trimetrogon photography. His flights were the first ever made to these locations. Hank Hanson was his co-pilot, Dick Swadener his navigator. He also flew an Otter several times to Marble Point although he never landed there. Admiral Dufek had some interest in possibly constructing a permanent base there. Gus Shinn, pilot, and “Trigger” Hawkes, co-pilot, made the first landing at the South Pole on October 30, 1956. Admiral Dufek and Doug Cordiner sat in the back as passengers. Ward himself landed at the Pole on November 30, 1956. Construction started soon thereafter by the Seabees on the first base at the South Pole. The Air Force used C-124’s to drop supplies. In February, 1957, Ward, and others, including Shinn and Cordiner, were flown out to the sea plane tender, USS Glacier, for the trip back to New Zealand; from there they flew home to Quonset Point aboard an R5D. He did not participate in Deep Freeze III. Instead he was named Commanding Officer of VU4, a utility squadron based at Chincoteague, Virginia. He managed various kinds of aircraft including drones. Later he had several different commands. For his polar achievements Ward was named an Honorary Member of the American Polar Society. Major Topics Aerial surveys in late 1940’s for oil sites on north coast of Alaska Operations Ski Jump I (1950) and Ski Jump II in Alaska (1952) Construction of 18 research stations on ice floes in early 1950’s Capability and features of various military aircraft in 1950’s Operation Deep Freeze II in Antarctica (1955-56) Recollections about numerous Navy pilots and personnel from 1950’s and 1960’s Key Names Bower, Dick, Seabee who built South Pole station, p. 148 Bower, Paul, p. 103 Brewer, Max, pp. 65-66 Brower, Tom, pp. 30-31 Butler, Smedley D., Marine Corps General, p. 5 Byrd, Richard, Admiral, pp. 1, 42, 44, 90-91, 116-117, 161 Canham, Dave, Lt. Commander, USN, Seabees, p. 138 Carey, Dave, USN pilot, p. 137 Cooley, Jack, pp. 69-70, 70-80, 86-88 Cordiner, Doug, USN pilot, pp. 118, 129-130, 149, 153 Crary, Bert, pp. 66-67 Dietrich, Henry, USN Captain, pp. 93, 95 Disney, Walt, pp. 99-100 Donovan, Jack, USN pilot, p. 116 Dufek, George, USN Captain (and later Admiral), pp. 93-104, 109-110, 121, 127, 142-44, 149, 153 Ebbe, Gordon, pp. 16-17, 52-53, 64-5, 106-108, 112-113, 116, 121, 129, 137, 144, 154 Eielson, Ben, Navy pilot, p. 43 Eisenhower, Dwight, pp. 91-92 Entrigen, Joe, USN pilot, pp. 114-116 Fletcher, Joe, pp. 77-78, 86 Frankiewicz, Eddie, USN pilot, pp. 122, 148 GCA, Ground Control Approach, Navy radar landing system, pp. 40-41 Gould, Larry, pp. 91, 97, 101 Hanson, Hank, USN pilot, pp. 139-142 Hawkes, Herb “Trigger”, Chief of Air Operations for Deepfreeze I, pp. 19, 104, 111, 114, 137-139, 149 Hedblom, Harry, Commander, USN, p. 109 Holmes, John, Senior scientist from Wood’s Hole, pp. 59, 63, 67, 71 Jorda, Hank, USN pilot, p. 116 Keller, Fred, scientist, pp. 12-13, 19, 24, 34 Kielhorn, Bill, Coast Guard reserve officer, p. 66 Kolp, Hal, Marine Lt. Col., pp. 103, 113-114 McHale, [?], Navy Chief, pilot, pp. 63, 82, 88 Mirabito, John, pp. 129-130 Morehead, Dave, Lt. JG, Navy navigator, pp. 49-50 Ogle, John, Navy Commander at Attu, pp. 35-36 Otti, Charlie, USN pilot, pp. 120, 124 Pendergraff, Penny, pp. 104-05 Sabolik, Pete, Eskimo friend of Ward, p. 28 Shinn, Gus, pp. 103-04, 118, 146, 149-150, 153 Siple, Paul, pp. 2, 91, 138, 148 Sterling, Stu, Navy officer, pp. 41-41 Swadener, Dick, USN navigator, pp. 131, 142, 149 Torbert, Jack, USN pilot, pp. 111, 120, 124 Ward, Marilyn Hester, wife of Edward Ward, pp. 8-10, 112-113 Weigand, Rudy, p. 103 Wein, Sig, Eskimo bush pilot, pp. 29-30 Wilkins, Sir Hubert, Arctic explorer, pp 43, 66 Winkler, Tom, USN navigator, p. 120 Woodward, Edward, Navy pilot, pp. 45, 49-50, 88 Worthington, Val, pilot, pp. 67, 71
          Quand Trump se met en scène sur une fausse Une du Time   
Trump sur une fausse couverture du Time, un drone chinois qui innove dans l'agriculture et un robot-aspirateur dans les eaux de Mayotte pour la recherche médicale... Découvrez les insolites du jour. 
          Se destapa la verdad tras el ataque del helicóptero   
Sebastiana Barráez, experta en temas de seguridad en Venezuela, afirmó que los tres hechos de ayer, entre los que se incluye el vuelo de helicóptero y el lanzamiento de tres granadas sobre la Corte, fueron “una puesta en escena para hacerle creer al país” que hay una amenaza golpista. “Es un montaje”, sentenció
El 27 de Junio, tres hechos, pusieron en alerta a los venezolano y al mundo. El presidente de Venezuela amenazó con usar las armas; un policía sobrevoló con un helicóptero el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, llamó a la sublevación y lanzó tres granadas; y los diputados opositores fueron asediados por colectivos chavistas durante varias horas en las que permanecieron encerrados en el Parlamento.
Sebastiana Barráez, experta en temas de seguridad en Venezuela y periodista de investigación, afirmó en diálogo con Infobae que “la situación fue muy extraña, muy de montaje, muy a tufo de una puesta en escena que se le quiso hacer creer al país“.
Barrez asegura que en Venezuela, “en este momento”, no hay actos de insurrección y que ayer tampoco los hubo. Para ella, los tres incidentes de ayer están relacionados.
Sobre las amenazas de Maduro, afirmó que se trató de una orden a las FFAA. “Él, además de ser el presidente, es el comandante en jefe de las FFAA, les dio una orden”, aseguró.
Sobre el episodio en el que el policía Oscar Pérez sobrevoló el Tribunal Supremo, Barráez es más contundente aún.
“En paralelo a las declaraciones de Maduro, sobrevuela una aeronave, un helicóptero que despliega una bandera llamando al artículo 350 de la Constitución. Pero el espacio aéreo de Caracas es el más custodiado y vigilado de todo el país. Cómo es que sobrevuela Caracas y ni es neutralizado, ni cercado y no aparece ninguna de los aviones militares de última tecnología que tiene la aviación militar“, sospecha la experta y agrega: “En otras oportunidades hemos tenido la acción inmediata por la aparición de un drone…”.
las dudas persisten en torno al incidente en al sede del Parlamento. “En Caracas, el parlamento, el Palacio de Miraflores y el Tribunal Supremo están muy cerca, en al zona más custodiada del país, ¿cómo llegaron armados a asediar el Parlamento?“.
Para abonar a su teoría, asegura que este gobierno “nunca da explicaciones oficiales de los temas importantes”, sin embargo, detalla, el propio ministro de Comunicaciones del régimen “salió a hablar de un supuesto golpe de Estado”.
“La situación es muy de montaje”, insiste.
Fuente: https://www.noticiasaldiayalahora.co/

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          Bons Plans : iPhone 6, Apple Watch, Drone Parrot, SSD Samsung EVO, Mac et plus   

C'est aujourd'hui le coup d'envoi des soldes sur toutes les boutiques. RueDuCommerce propose pour l'occasion de nombreuses promotions intéressantes sur plusieurs produits. La Fnac a également prévu de jolies baisses tarifaires.

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          Getting a drone for Christmas? You'll need to register it with the FAA   
Published today on tampabay.com: Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government has decided to require that the aircraft be registered in order to make it easier to identify their owners and educate amateur aviators.
          P1 Debat: Var Obama fake news? 2017-01-25   
Slog Obama flere ihjel med droner og bomber end tidligere præsidenter? Fængslede han flere whistleblowers end sine forgængere? Optrappede Obama konflikten med Rusland? Alt imens Vesten, og Venstrefløjen især, var forblændet og forelsket i smukke ord og storslåede taler? P1Debattører: Trine Christensen, generalsekretær Amnesty, Peter Kofod, aktivist, Morten Ougaard, professor CBS, Kristian Thorup, lærer. Vært: Gitte Hansen. www.dr.dk/p1debat
          All Disturbing Animals   

This is the list of horror-game-appropriate animals for Demon City. If you see anything missing, inconsistent, or that you think should be fleshed out more, let me know. No, I didn't include hippose, the most dangerous animal in Africa. Yes, what was on purpose.

Note that "Calm Check" is how much seeing the animal in the wild freaks people out.

And remember: in real life animals are our friends and we are far more dangerous to them than they are to us--except for ones from Australian who can fuck right off.


Animals can become menacing in many ways—as familiars to witches (see pg XXX), as drone slaves (see pg XXX) to necromancers or demons (see pg xxx), as revenants (see pg xxx) come back from the dead—and its also possible that they could simply decide on their own they’ve had enough and begin to kill us all.

Statistics for some horror-friendly animals are listed here: All animals have Cash and Knowledge at 0—Appeal scores indicate how likely the average naive observer is to approach the animal. Insects, rats and other vermin attacking in groups together are covered under “Swarms” (see pg XXX). Supernaturally intelligent or controlled animals which are not normally dangerous like birds or housecats will generally attack a target’s eyes first.

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 6
Perception: 2
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Notes: Amphibious, bite grapples & inflicts damage simultaneously, can’t open their mouths if held closed.

Calm: 1
Agility: 4
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 2/4 if attacking

Notes: Echolocation, Flying

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 8
Perception: 6
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Notes: Bite or “hug” inflicts damage and grapples simultaneously

Boar/Wild Pig
Calm: 2
Agility: 2
Toughness: 5
Perception: 4
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 1/4 if attacking

Calm: 1
Agility: 5
Toughness: 2
Perception: 6
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 3 only if attacking

Calm: 1
Agility: 5
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 3

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Calm: 2
Agility: 5
Toughness: 0
Perception: 3
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 1 only if attacking

Notes: When hidden, requires a Perception Check against a 6 to find

Calm: 2
Agility: 6
Toughness: 4
Perception: 6
Appeal: 3

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Notes: Can run 40 mph over sprint distances

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 2
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 1/3 if attacking

Calm: 3
Agility: 3
Toughness: 0
Perception: 2
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Notes: Flying

Crow/Raven/other small birds
Calm: 1
Agility: 7
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Notes: Flying

Calm: 3
Agility: 3
Toughness: 0-2
Perception: 6
Appeal: 3

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Calm: 1
Agility: 7
Toughness: 1
Perception: 7
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Notes: Flying

Electric Eel
Calm: 2
Agility: 6
Toughness: 0
Perception: 3
Appeal: 3

Calm Check: 2/3 if attacking

Notes: Aquatic, tts only attack is a painful shock—failing a Toughness check vs a 0 causes damage as an ordinary attack.

Calm: 3
Agility: 2
Toughness: 9
Perception: 4
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 0/5 only if attacking

Notes: Trample attack is made at Agility 1 but causes Massive Damage

Calm: 1
Agility: 5
Toughness: 1
Perception: 6
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Calm: 2
Agility: 5
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 1 only if attacking

Notes: Some are amphibious, the only ones that can effectively attack humans are poison arrow frogs, which range from mildly to immensely toxic (like the tiny Golden Poison Frog)—Intensity 1-10. 

Calm: 3
Agility: 2
Toughness: 1
Perception: 3
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Calm: 2
Agility: 6
Toughness: 7
Perception: 5
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 0/4 only if attacking

Notes: Climbing, opposable thumb

Calm: 0
Agility: 3
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 1 only if attacking

Notes: Lagomorphs ordinarily have no effective attack against humans. Hares can run up to 30mph for short distances.

Calm: 1
Agility: 4
Toughness: 7
Perception: 5
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 4 only if attacking

Notes: Can run up to 25-30 mph

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 4
Perception: 6
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Calm: 0
Agility: 1 (land) 7 (flying)
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 0-3

Calm Check: 0-1

Notes: Some amphibious or aquatic or amphibious, some fly. Most have no effective attack alone, except venomous ones (including bees, wasps, harvester ants, caterpillars and spiders) which can vary wildly, from Intensity 1-10. The most dangerous ones are spiders, including Brazilian Wandering Spiders and Australia’s Northern Funnel Web.

Calm: 3
Agility: 5
Toughness: 6
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Notes: Can climb trees

Calm: 2
Agility: 1
Toughness: 0
Perception: 1
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 0/3 if attacking

Notes: Aquatic. Jellyfish stings range from harmless in some species to intensity 10 toxicity. They have no other effective attack alone. Australia’s Box Jellyfish is toxicity 10 as are tiny Irukandji Jellyfish—no bigger than a thumbnail. The massive (8 ft diameter) and eerie Lion’s Mane Jellyfish has an Intensity 1 toxin.

Komodo dragon
Calm: 2
Agility: 2
Toughness: 4
Perception: 1
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Notes: Komodo dragon’s mildly toxic bites cause the victim to make a Toughness check vs intensity 1 or lose a point of Toughness, however this toxin alone can never bring an adult below 0.

Calm: 5
Agility: 0
Toughness: 0
Perception: 1
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 0/3 if on the character

Notes: Some are amphibious, normally have no way of attacking humans, though leeches can spread infections.

Calm: 1
Agility: 6
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Notes: Climbing, semi-opposable thumb allows some ability to manipulate objects

Calm: 4
Agility: 5
Toughness: 7
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Calm: 1
Agility: 7
Toughness: 1
Perception: 4
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 4 if attacking

Notes: Climbing, opposable thumb

Calm: 4
Agility: 6
Toughness: 0-4
Perception: 3
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 3 for giant squid only, 4 if attacking

Notes: Aquatic, eject obscuring ink clouds (Perception vs 2 to find your way through), chameleonlike coloration (5 to find a hidden octopus), the only ones with an effective attack against humans are the blue ringed octopus (Poison intensity 7 or suffer total paralysis for 1-10 hours and die within 1-10 minutes if not given cpr) and, possibly, the giant squid.

Calm: 1
Agility: 7
Toughness: 1
Perception: 7
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 0, 2 if attacking

Notes: Flying, night vision

Calm: 1
Agility: 1
Toughness: 0
Perception: 2
Appeal: 5

Calm Check: 0 only if attacking

Notes: No effective attack against humans unless their face is already very close to beak or claws

Calm: 1
Agility: 4
Toughness: 0
Perception: 3
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 4 if recognized

Notes: Aquatic. Piranha are only dangerous in Swarms.

Calm: 3
Agility: 4
Toughness: 0
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 1/4 if attacking

Notes: Climbing

Calm: 0
Agility: 4
Toughness: 0
Perception: 4
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 2/4 if attacking

Notes: Climbing, sometimes disease-carrying

Calm: 1
Agility: 4
Toughness: 7
Perception: 5
Appeal: 3

Calm Check: 4 if attacking

Calm: 3
Agility: 3
Toughness: 8
Perception: 2
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 1/4 if attacking

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 7
Perception: 3
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Notes: aquatic

Calm: 2
Agility: 6
Toughness: 1-3
Perception: 4
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Note: amphibious, the largest pythons are technically capable of killing an adult human but in practice it’s incredibly rare, in most cases the constrictor is frightening and perhaps an impediment but not a real danger.

Calm: 2
Agility: 6
Toughness: 0-1
Perception: 4
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Notes: Amphibious, snake venoms vary wildly in toxicity by species as well as amount of venom delivered per bite—Intensity 1-10. Intensity 10 snakes mostly come from Australia including the Inland Taipan, the Dubois Sea Snake (widely distributed there and in Southeast Asia), and the excitingly-named Eastern Brown Snake.

Calm: 3
Agility: 3
Toughness: 1
Perception: 3
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 0/3 if attacked

Notes: Aquatic. Most stings are merely painful, but if the victim fails a Toughness check vs 0, the embedded spine can cause a standard damage.


Calm: 2
Agility: 2
Toughness: 0
Perception: 2
Appeal: 4

Calm Check: 1 only if attacked

Notes: Flying, floating, swans usually have no way of hurt adult humans.

Calm: 2
Agility: 5
Toughness: 7
Perception: 6
Appeal: 2

Calm Check: 4/5 if attacking

Calm: 4
Agility: 0
Toughness: 1
Perception: 1
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 2 only if attacking

Notes: Amphibious, shell can provides protection equal to Toughness 1-4 against incidental damage, they’re normally harmless, other than snapping turtles, which can bite off a finger—treat as an Agility 3 standard attack that’s never fatal.

Calm: 2
Agility: 2
Toughness: 1
Perception: 4
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 3 only if attacking

Notes: Flying, harmless normally

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 4
Perception: 6
Appeal: 1

Calm Check: 3/4 if attacking

Calm: 2
Agility: 4
Toughness: 3
Perception: 6
Appeal: 0

Calm Check: 2/4 if attacking

Notes: Climbing

          Honey Bees - Behaviour, Facts and Control   

Honey Bees - What’s All The Buzz About?  

Bees are found all around the globe, with more than 20,000 species known of to date. Honey bees represent a small percentage of these species, but as pollinators they are incredibly important to the survival of mankind. One quarter of the food humans consume comes from crops pollinated by honey bees. It might be surprising, but beekeeping is one of the oldest agricultural efforts known to humans. Today, beekeeping is both a hobby and a business.

honey bee pest controlHoney Bee Appearance  

Honey bees can be recognized by their golden, light brown colour and oval shaped bodies with dark-to-light ridges along their abdomen. They are typically about 15mm long and are covered with a golden fur. These herbivores are typically non aggressive, but they do have a stinger, which they will use if they feel threatened. For this reason, it is best to have a professional come and remove any honey bee nests that might be located near your home or business.

Habits and Behaviour 

pest control london ontario
bee control london ontarioHoney bees are unique from other bee species because they are extremely social creatures and live co-operatively among other members in the hive. In the wild, hives can typically be found in hollow trees; although, in rocky areas, caves and crevices in rocks can also be a good spot for bee hives.  Honey bee hives can also be found in homes, most commonly in wall voids. A honey bee hive is made entirely out of a wax that the worker bee secretes from a highly specialized gland in its abdomen. The  worker bee takes a couple pieces of wax from their abdomen, mixes it with saliva until it’s soft enough to form into the comb cells that make up the hive. In Canada and the rest of North-America, man-made bee hives are called apiaries and are constructed out of wooden box frames stacked on top of one another to make the hive.

Honey bees are social creatures that live in colonies; a single colony consists of: 

  • One Queen  - The queen lays eggs in the cells of nest and establishes new colonies; she can produce up to 2,000 eggs daily. The queen bee mates with drones; this happens only once in her life. She has a special organ that allows her to store sperm and release it, as needed, to fertilize eggs. The queen honey bee will produce worker bees for the remainder of her life, usually lasting up to five years.

  • Drones - These are male bees that have only one job, to mate with virgin queen bees; they die shortly after mating which happens in spring and summer. Drones are the minority in the hive; because their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens, they are forced out of the hive in the fall to conserve on food for the queen.

  • Workers - These are infertile females with several important duties in their short life span of 35-40 days. Her first job, as a one day old worker, is to:  clean the cells in which the queen will lay eggs, clean the new bees, and seal brood cells once an egg has be laid. At three days old she will tend to larva and the queen.  As she ages she will take care of: feeding and cleaning the queen, cleaning the comb, making honey, and protecting the hive from outside intruders.  As worker bees get older they will take care of: secreting wax and building cells, cleaning the hive, pollen packing, nectar ripening, sealing honey cells, and maintaining hive temperature by fanning the comb.  The last stage of the workers life involves working outside of the hive, including: protecting the hive, foraging, making sure the hive is well ventilated.

Swarming is a natural part of a healthy bee colony and will happen when a hive has limited space. This happens when the honey production is so great that the bees being fill cells that were intended for eggs. With limited space for egg laying, the queen with leave and split the colony. In this case, a queen bee will leave, bringing with her half of the worker bees and leaving behind a new virgin queen to ensure the survival of the hive. A honey bee swarm may consist of thousands of worker bees that temporary form a cluster on tree branches or shrubs, and will remain there for up to a few days; during this time a scout honey bee searches for a new location for the colony. Once a site is located, the swarm immediately flies to the new site. 


Honey bees and flowering plants live in symbiosis, depending on one-another to carry out their jobs on planet earth. Our planet would be drastically different without honey bees here to cross-pollinate flowering plants and fruit blossoms, which is why these creatures are of such high importance to humans. They are responsible for pollinating a vast amount of crops that produce seeds and food for our survival. This is why it is important to understand the significance of pollination by honey bees and to protect them through education and research. 

Professional Removal and Relocation of Honey Bees

Honey bees serve an important purpose, but they can also pose a problem and sting you if they feel threatened. This is why it’s important to have a professional remove a honey bee nest that may be located in or around your home or business.  Honey bee nests can often be found inside of wall voids and the roof of a home. It is vital that you do not try to kill a honey bee’s nest. These creatures are decreasing in numbers and need to be protected, not killed. 

Sawyer Pest Control is available to remove bee swarms and or nests located within structures. Once captured or removed, bees are placed into a hive and relocated from the site to a foster location or one of our yards. This is a time consuming and labor intensive process that requires skill, proper equipment and the specialized clothing. Sawyer Pest Control uses environmentally friendly methods to deal with honey bees, ensuring the least amount of damage to the area requiring removal, if any. A professional will safely remove the bees and relocate them to an awaiting hive or apiary, where the bees can continue with their job of pollination and humans can benefit from their honey production. This is a unique control process which supports the survival of the honey bee allowing for continued pollination services.

Below are some photos of a honeybee removal from a home.

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Holes in the exterior of a house allow bees to move inside and locate a nesting place.

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The honey bees are nested under the floor.

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Carefully, we access the sub flooring to expose the nesting site.

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The honey bee’s have made a hive in the insulation beneath the floor as shown here.

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The bee’s have been carefully removed and placed in a bin for relocation.

If you are having problems with bees or wasps please contact Sawyer Pest Management Inc. for additional information and control options.

Sawyer Pest Management Inc. is your local pest control professional and is licensed by the Ontario ministry of the Environment and is insured to provide pest management services. Each service representative is a licensed structural exterminator, and is trained and competent in the services we provide.

Sawyer Pest Management is proud to provided service programs in the communities of London, Melbourne, Ingersoll, Aylmer, Port Stanley, Strathroy, St. Thomas, Parkhill, Grand Bend, Bayfield, Exeter, Lucan and St. Marys and in the surrounding communities. Below are some action photo’s of honey bee removal by Sawyer Pest Control.

          How to Kill Carpenter Ants   

Carpenter ants are exceptionally common, exceptionally destructive pests. Left unchecked, a carpenter ant infestation can spread rapidly. Because of this, identifying and exterminating carpenter ants as early as possible can help prevent serious structural damage, which can be quite costly to repair. See Step 1 below to start stamping out a carpenter ant infestation before it grows out of control.

Part 1 of 3: Spotting an Infestation

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    Learn how to identify carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are a group of ants belonging to the genus Camponotus, of which there are over 1,000 species.[1]Carpenter ants live on every continent except for Antarctica and, as individual species, have a wide variety of differentiating features. However, certain traits common to the entire genus are useful to know when attempting to decide whether the ants in your home are carpenter ants or another variety. Some common traits to look for are:[2]
    • Color: Usually red, black, or an intermediate shade
    • Shape: Segmented with oval abdomen and boxy, thin thorax. The tops of carpenter ant thoraxes typically have a smooth, even curve, rather than an uneven or bumpy one.
    • Size: Approximately 3/8”-1/2", depending on caste
    • Antennae: Yes
    • Wings: Typical worker ants do not have wings. However, relatively rare male drones may possess them.
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    Learn where carpenter ants live. Carpenter ants can (and will) establish a nest inside or outside of any type of structure, but wooden homes are especially at risk because carpenter ants like to bore tiny tunnels into wood. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't eat wood - they only tunnel into the structure to create a nest.[3] Because moist wood is easier than dry wood for carpenter ants to tunnel through, the interior locations of carpenter ants will often be near a moisture source, like a leaky sink or bath.
    • Sometimes, carpenter ants build a network of one or more satellite or parent colonies outside a structure and travel between these colonies and their foothold indoors, entering the structure through small cracks or openings. In these cases, outdoor colonies will often be located in tree stumps, landscape timbers, wood piles or other sources of damp wood. You can often locate carpenter ant trails between colonies in the early morning or early evening when the carpenter ants are foraging.
    • When carpenter ants tunnel, they can leave “frass", a substance resembling tiny wood shavings or sawdust, behind. Frass often contains dead insects. This can provide clues to their nesting location. If you come across small piles of frass in or around your house, carefully inspect the wood nearby for tunnels - probing the suspected wood with a thin screwdriver can reveal hollow spots.[4]
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    Know where to look for carpenter ant activity. Though they usually nest in wood, if a carpenter ant colony is within the wall of your home, you may have a hard time finding it. If you suspect you have carpenter ants, it's a good idea to look for them in easily-accessible places where you are likely to find them. Certain common household sites are more supportive of carpenter ant activities than others - especially if these sites are damp and/or have access to food. Look for ants in the following areas:
    • Carpets – Check around doors, fireplaces, and other areas with easy access to the outside.
    • Patios and foundations
    • Areas with vegetation - Ants like to nest and forage in trails out of sight behind any vegetation, tree stumps, branches which rests against foundations, patios, etc. Pull back the vegetation to look for ants. When you find foraging ants, attempt to follow them back to their colony.
      • Mulch and leaf litter can harbor numerous types of ants in addition to carpenter ants, such as pavement ants, fire ants, and Argentine ants. Rake mulch back from the ground to check for colonies.
    • Floors – Potted plants, compost bends, or any other suitable item that has ground contact can contain carpenter ants.

Part 2 of 3: Exterminating Carpenter Ants

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    Use caution when dealing with carpenter ants. Though it's unlikely to happen, this warning bears mentioning: don't handle carpenter ants or their nests directly. Carpenter ants are not particularly aggressive and will not usually bite humans. However, when irritated or threatened, they can and will inflict a painful bite. Carpenter ants are also known to spray formic acid into bite wounds, increasing the pain. Though it's not the end of the world to be bitten by carpenter ants, you can avoid unnecessary pain by avoiding touching the ants or their nests unless it's absolutely necessary, in which case you should use long sleeves and gloves.
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    Locate the colony or colonies. The first step to exterminating a carpenter ant colony is to find it. To pinpoint the location of colonies in your home, look for ants, small holes, and piles of frass in the locations discussed in Part One, paying special attention to any areas that appear to contain moist wood. You can also test wood for infestations near the surface by firmly tapping. Wood with extensive burrowing can sound thinner or hollower than unaffected wood. Tapping can also agitate ants, causing them to leave the nest, where you may be able to see them more easily.
    • Don't forget that mature nests often have smaller satellite nests nearby, which also must be located to ensure the entire ant infestation is exterminated.
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    Destroy or remove the colony. In the case of smaller colonies, or ones that are fairly easy to access, it's sometimes possible to simply get rid of the colony itself. If the colony is outdoors, simply dispose of the affected wood carefully, using impenetrable materials like tarps to protect yourself from the ants as you handle the wood. If the colony has been located indoors, some pest control websites recommend using a vacuum cleaner's hose attachment to disrupt the colony and suck the ants out.[5]
    • If using the vacuum cleaner method, be sure to carefully seal and dispose of the dust bag to keep any ants that survive from escaping.
    • If you find a colony that has extensively burrowed through the wood in your wall, don't cut the wood out - you risk compromising the structural integrity of your house. Instead, call a professional.
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    Use baits for ant colonies that cannot be treated directly. You may not always be able to find carpenter ant colonies. However, if you can find significant numbers of the ants themselves, placing insecticides in their trails can control and eliminate the colony. A variety of baits, traps, and other ant-killing products are available for sale to the general public - visit your local hardware store to check which options are available to you.
    • Be very careful when using poison ant bait in houses with small children. Make sure that the child knows not to eat the poison, or, if s/he is too young to understand, keep the child under close supervision.
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    Contact a professional. If you can't quickly locate and eliminate the colony and you haven't had success with insecticides, it's usually best to contact a professional exterminator. Professionals have access to insecticides and other tools that aren't available to the general public, but, more importantly, their training and experience allows them to locate and assess carpenter ant infestations much more intelligently than the average person.
    • Keep in mind that certain methods that exterminators use to kill ants may require your family to temporarily vacate your house for a day or two.
    • Don't delay in contacting a professional - the longer you wait to deal with a carpenter ant infestation, the larger the colony can grow and the more extensive the damage to your wood structure may be.

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    Eliminate sources of moisture. Moisture is a big factor in carpenter ant infestations. Often, a patch of wood will become susceptible to infestation after it's been exposed to moisture. By fixing or sealing any leaks that allow water into your house, you can make it much more difficult for carpenter ants to nest. Below are a few suggestions for eliminating the moisture that can contribute to carpenter ant infestations:[6]
    • Check around windows for signs of an improper seal
    • Check your roof and weather-facing walls for leaks
    • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well-ventilated
    • Look for and fix leaky pipes
    • Clean clogged gutters to eliminate runoff water
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    Seal up entry points, cracks and crevices. If carpenter ants can no longer get in and out your house, any indoor satellite colonies that are being fed by larger outside colonies will become isolated and may die off. Inspect the outside of your home for cracks, holes, and other small spaces that allow the passage of ants - pay special attention to the areas of exterior walls that are closest to the ground or foundation. Seal any holes you find with caulk or a strong putty.
    • Also check around the points where water and electrical lines enter your home, as these points are extra vulnerable to ant infestation.[7]
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    Eliminate wood materials near your home. Because carpenter ants like to make their nests in wood both inside and outside of buildings, finding and eliminating infested wood outside your wood can keep ants from making their way into your house. Carefully inspect any sources of wood near your home - if infested, move or carefully dispose of these wood sources. Places to look include:[8]
    • Stumps
    • Firewood piles
    • Old trees, especially if their branches touch your house.
    • Piles of yard waste
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    Consider installing an artificial barrier. If carpenter ants are a recurring problem, you may want to think about installing a small strip of gravel or stones around your home. This "barrier" zone is fairly inhospitable to carpenter ants and may discourage them from crawling into your house through holes near the foundation. Consult with a contractor to discuss the practicality and affordability of such a project at your house, or, if you're particularly handy, tackle this home improvement project yourself.

          Bitcoin Engineer - Kid Koderz City Inc. - Toronto, ON   
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          Terlepas pulak...   
Assalamualaikum semua dan selamat sejahtera.

Sedar tak sedar, sudah lebih sebulan aku tidak mengemaskini blog aku ini. Al maklum lah, sibuk dengan hal kerja nye, hal sakit nye, hal puasa nye, celebrate hari raya dan balik kampung serta lain lain perkara.

Last update blog ini semasa bulan puasa iaitu bulan Jun lepas. Kemudian, bermula daripada situ la sibuk dengan pelbagai macam perkara. Termasuk lah dengan pelbagai masalah lain. Memang ujian dan dugaan bulan puasa tahun ini. Sabor ajer lah...

Maka bagi episode entry kali ini, aku akan rewind apa yang dah berlaku semasa bulan puasa dan raya bebaru ini. Oh tidak lupa, sebab hari ini second last day of Syawal..so wish all of my Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

Gambar gambar ini, seingat aku lah..masa hari kedua atau ketiga bulan puasa tahun 2016 bulan 6 lalu. Allahuakbar..,hujan yang teramat lebat bahkan lebih lebat daripada hujan lebat musim tengkujuh hinggakan di sesetengah tempat banyak pokok tumbang. Agak aneh sekali hujan masa tu. Namun bagi aku dan housemates yang lain, alhamdulillah kami dapat berbuka puasa. Nak jadikan cerita, tak sangka jiran kami beri pula bihun goreng campur telur mata 4 biji. Salah seorang housemate aku pula buat jejemput bawang bilis. Okay la..rezeki Allah.. murah betul. Duit pun jimat.

Sesi baik pulih round 1. Round 2 kat kedai.
Bulan puasa tak bermakna serba serbi kena hold atau stop. Contoh bab hobi favourite aku dalam RC masih lagi berjalan seperti biasa. Cuma kali ini ada kelainan sedikit sebab aku mula berjinak dengan RC drone. Di Malaysia tak silap aku RC drone mula diperkenalkan sejak tahun 2010 lagi tapi ini cuma andaian peribadi aku sahaja, jika ada yang tahu hal sebenar boleh perbetulkan lah. RC drone yang aku beli ini ialah jenama Syma model X8G. Ia berkeupayaan untuk terbang setinggi 150 meter di udara selama 15 minit tanpa henti. Ia dilengkapi dengan 4 bilah kipas rotor utama dan ada juga diberikan 4 bilah kipas tambahan jika kipas rotor ada kerosakan. Ia juga turut dibekalkan dengan satu set kamera mirip seperti kamera GoPro tetapi buatan Syma. Kamera ini cuma boleh rekod gambar dan video sahaja. Tiada sistem WiFi camera yang membolehkan kita tengok terus daripada android handphone kita. Ia dikuasakan dengan bateri LiPo berkapasiti 7.4 Volt 1800 mAh atau 2000 mAh. Tatkala entry ini dibuat, Syma X8G sedang masih dalam proses baikpulih kerana mengalami 'nahas udara' akibat masalah teknikal pada sistem rotor. Yang pasti RC drone ini bukan lah hobi yang murah walaupun pada level toy grade sahaja. Kos baikpulih dan ganti alat pun boleh mencecah harga ratusan ringgit bergantung kepada model. Jika model RC Drone itu ialah jenama DJI Phantom, WL Toys, Walkera, dan Typhoon kena sediakan dalam bajet 4 angka. Teguran daripada tokey RC drone khusus yang memilik RC drone yang ada sistem GPS seperti Phantom dan Typhoon ialah tolong jangan terbang dekat kawasan lapangan terbang dan juga laluan pesawat udara lain seperti kapal terbang ringan dan helikopter. Bahkan beberapa hari lepas Putrajaya telah mengisytiharkan bahawa wilayah Putraya ialah kawasan No Fly Drone zone. Tindakan undang undang boleh dikenakan jika ditangkap. Bahkan DCA (Jabatan Penerbangan Awam) juga akan mengusulkan kepada Parlimen tidak lama lagi untuk menetapkan bahawa setiap pemilik drone wajib memiliki lesen drone. DCA juga telah menguatkuasakan larangan terbang drone di sekitar kawasan lapangan terbang. Begitu juga halnya dengan pihak TUDM yang melarang penerbangan drone dekat kawasan lapangan terbang TUDM.

Walaubagaimanapun, larangan ini hanya lah untuk mereka yang degil dan ingkar untuk menerbangkan di kawasan kawasan yang telah disebutkan tadi. Selain daripada tempat tempat itu, ia dibenarkan. Maka bermain lah drone dengan penuh etika.

RC tank pula macam biasa cuma kali ini ada buat sedikit video dan diorama cuma terlupa pula nak upload ke dalam akaun Youtube. Insya Allah akan dibuat tidak lama lagi.

Gambar semua ni pulak, seingat aku lah...masa minggu kedua atau ketiga bulan puasa lepas. Alhamdulillah, ada rezeki lebih sikit maka apa salahnya belanja satu department makan sekali setahun. Kena pulak dalam bulan penuh barakah yang mana satu amal kebaikan / kebajikan dilipatkali ganda sebanyak 10 kali. Selain itu, ia juga dibuat untuk mengeratkan sesama kami juru X-ray Kulliyyah of Dentistry. So takde lah terperuk kat office dan bilik X-ray sahaja kan. Lokasi jamuan ini ialah di New Horizon Garden di bandar Kuantan. Alhamdulillah..the price of package is not bad which not expensive neither cheap too but it's affordable untuk hold jamuan makan ramai ramai. Cuma nak habaq mai, sehari dua selepas jamuan ini aku terkena gastritis attack. Mungkin sebab makanan yang ada element sour dan spicy. Kena admit jam 5 pagi waktu sahur..dapat lah MC free 1 hari. Lepas ni sebelum nak makan jamuan kena study dan tanya dulu ramuan apa yang digunakan. Maaf kualiti gambar tak cantik sebab guna kamera tablet ASUS.

Bulan puasa juga tidak membataskan diri aku untuk buat kerja luar dan juga buat pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala. Ketika bulan puasa lepas, aku berkesempatan untuk mendaftarkan diri dan menyertai Medical Insurance kumpulan AIA Berhad di cawangan AIA Kuantan. Alhamdulillah bayaran tahunan lump sum telah pun dibuat dan akan mendapat kontrak polisi insuran dan medical card dalam tempoh kurang seminggu lagi setelah berurusan dengan pihak HQ AIA Kuala Lumpur dek kerana ada kesilapan kecil dalam poskod yang digunakan.

Kemudian, aku juga sempat buat pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala di bulan puasa ini. Alhamdulillah, result memang cantik cuma pihak BP Healthcare menerusi health advisor membuat komen tang lemak yang dikira agak tinggi sedikit. Selain itu ujian darah penuh juga masih menunjukkan kadar LDL (kolesterol jahat) yang melebihi paras optimum namun dibandingkan dengan ujian darah penuh 3 bulan sebelum (bulan 3 lepas) ia didapati menunjukkan penurunan ketara. Again, Alhamdulillah be grateful and thankful a lot to Allah the Almighty. Buat masa ini aku masih perlu kena pantang makan, kawal jumlah makanan dan jaga waktu makan. Di samping itu kena kekalkan latihan fizikal setiap hari sekurang kurangnya 30 minit sehari dengan sama ada berjalan kaki, berbasikal, jogging dan juga aerobic. Aku kerap buat aerobic sekarang ni. Hehehe.. Salah satu video yang aku suka guna untuk tujuan aerobic ialah ini

Buat exercise tau bukan tengok aurat instructor tu. Hahaha..

Bulan puasa juga pada tahun 2016 ini agak sibuk kerana 2 minggu pertama bulan puasa masih ada sesi klinikal oleh para pelajar pergigian. Selepas tamat sahaja sesi klinikal, aku dan rakan rakan lain juga turut disibukkan dengan pelbagai kerja tambahan lain seperti mengisi data statistik, menguruskan hal pembelian aset, membuat kertas kerja pembelian aset, dan pelbagai lagi. Kemudian, tempat kerja aku juga telah didatangi oleh syarikat One Dental Supply yang menunjukkan demonstrasi tentang alat baru iaitu Photostimulable Phosphor Plate scanner atau secara mudah dipanggil PSP scanner. Ia merupakan satu alat untuk menukarkan imej X-ray daripada alat perakam imej X-ray iaitu Image phosphor plate kepada imej X-ray yang boleh dilihat di paparan skrin monitor komputer. Kos pembelian alat ini mencecah RM 27,800.00 per unit termasuk sekali dengan IP plate dan lain lain aksesori. Buat masa ini ia masih dalam proses menunggu kelulusan dan harap akan diluluskan kerana digital X-ray sensor yang sedia ada banyak pula buat masalah. Selain itu, aku juga masih dalam proses mendapatkan surat sebut harga bagi membolehkan kesemua mesin X-ray di premis ini dapat dibuat ujian Quality Assurance and Control. Belum masuk lagi bab kerja service dan maintenance yang sedang diuruskan oleh engineer di premis ini. Pendek kata, walaupun students bercuti tetapi kami warga kerja tak pernah rasa cuti bila buat kerja. Nak buek camno..kijo ajo lah.

Okay lah sebelum nak mengakhiri entry ini..don't worry akan ada sambungan ye...

Ini ialah sebahagian rakaman gambar yang diambil di pasar Ramadhan di Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu. Ini dirakam seminggu sebelum Aidilfitri. Tak sempat nak capture banyak kerana keadaan cuaca yang mendung dan hampir hujan. Masa ini tak silap aku jam 6.30 petang dan orang pun memang ramai membeli juadah berbuka puasa. Selain gerai gerai jualan makanan dan minuman ada juga gerai gerai menjual ikan, sayuran, buah buahan segar, pakaian, tudung, produk kesihatan dan kecantikan dan juga bungapi serta mercun. Aiseh men..aku sendiri pun terbeli tapi beli mercun roket dan mercun bawang ajer lah. Hahaha..

Okay lah sampai sini sahaja catitan entry ini. Jumpa sambungan lain pula. Wasalam..

          The Secret of Everything   
The Secret of Everything
author: Barbara O'Neal
name: Melinda
average rating: 4.12
book published: 2009
rating: 4
read at: 2012/04/22
date added: 2017/06/28
The title of Barbara O'Neal's novel says it all, as THE SECRET TO EVERYTHING includes a little bit of EVERYTHING for all kinds of readers.

Anyone who loves: outdoor adventures; animals; who is a foodie; nature lover; who likes learning about a tad of mysticism; who likes books about the bonds between family members; about relationships that occur between men and women in their 40s … any reader fond of these subjects should check this novel out for an enjoyable read!

The main character Tessa is a woman in her late 30s who was raised by her hippie father Sam, and who at one point in her childhood lived in a commune near the town of Los Ladrones, New Mexico. Tessa grew up traveling the world, and in her adult life found great satisfaction in leading hiking tours. The novel opens after a tragic event occurred while Tessa led an excursion in Montana, and she has returned to New Mexico to stay with her father, as she tries to recover from both physical and emotional injuries.

The incident in Montana causes Tessa to have flashbacks of a time that her memory had almost completely erased, when she was a little girl who almost drowned in a river while living at the commune. These bits and pieces of recollections, along with Tessa's desire to "start living again," spur Tessa to get permission from her boss to investigate the now "hip" town of Los Ladrones as a possible destination for her to lead tours as a travel guide.

During Tessa's stay in Los Ladrones, the images of her past become more prevalent, and she crosses paths with people she feels she might have met or been connected to a long time ago. She forms a relationship with such individuals as restaurant owner Vita, a woman in her 60s with the build of a marathon runner, and with a parolee who works there named Annie, a quiet woman about the same age as Tessa. At the location of the former commune which now is an organic farm, Tessa meets Cherry and Paula, and these interactions cause her to really question her father for more information about her near-drowning accident as a child—an event he's tried over the years to disperse as little information as possible about to Tessa.

Single-parent Vince Grasso is a firefighter/rescue worker, who lives with his three young daughters Natalie, Jade and Hannah. Immediate sparks fly between Vince and Tessa, but she's not sure what might happen with this family, as she still struggles with the hurts of her past, and how to handle the baggage Vince himself carries.

O'Neal displays her talent for description throughout the entire book, from food, to locations, to people. I admire an author who has the ability to make an object on the page almost palpable, and who can create a setting with such detail and use of sensory description that I feel as if I'm sitting at that location right along with the characters in the book.

A couple of examples when the author displays her skill in this area occur any time a scene takes place in the market in the plaza or at the 100 Breakfasts Café, or whenever O'Neal describes food, such as this passage:

"She skimmed the thick outer skin from the mango and bit into the buttery flesh, mopping the juice from her chin with a bandana. The tea was hot and milky, sweet with real sugar, and the bread—while not quite as tangy as San Francisco sourdough—complemented the mango perfectly."

Speaking of food, one of the unique aspects of O'Neal's novel is the inclusion of several recipes for the menu items served at 100 Breakfasts Café. (My favorite I'm going to try to make is Breakfast #90 Huevos del Diablo.) I also discovered the author's website includes multiple recipes for dishes mentioned in her other novels.

On a positive ending note, I'm thankful my Goodreads group Women and Books picked THE SECRET TO EVERYTHING for their April discussion. This was the first time I've read any of O'Neal's writing, and since I enjoyed her writing style and this story, I will certainly buy other books by this author.

          Buying Based on Background Checks    
Roughly a year ago, I was diagnosed with numerous food allergies. The huge adjustment in my diet not only taught me the importance of self-discipline, but also showed me the significance of knowing where and how my food is made. In order to stay healthy, I now must scrutinize every food label - and it seems I shouldn't reserve my new habit just for what I eat.

While in California, every Green expert I chatted with stressed the importance of understanding where our products come from and how they are made. The new movement of buying based on background checks keeps both us and the environment healthy - not to mention our bank accounts if we choose wisely.

The tops things we should look for when conducting a "product perusal" are:

  • Where did the products come from? Were they grown organically? Were they harvested in a safe manner from a renewable resource?  
  • How far did the product have to be transported before it reached you?
  • Are there toxic glues or resins holding the product together? Does the product emit toxic chemicals?
  • Is the product made from high-quality materials and methods? You don't want to have to throw it away and buy a new one a year from now. It should be built to last.

Asking those questions is highly important, but I'm sure you're hearing it everywhere. Even as I write them, I'm already bored - better put, turned off. I've become one of the drones contributing to the massive cycle of eco-fatigue because we keep repeating the same message over and over again.

So here's the new part of the message. Conducting background checks before buying is no different than what we've been doing for years. It's nothing new. The background checks before were based on whether the item was priced reasonably, sold by a reputable seller and made well. Now we've just added a few extra criteria because we're smarter. And just as we didn't always make the best decisions about what to buy before, we won't make the best decisions now.

Sure, I'm very strict when it comes to not buying foods that I'm allergic to. Then again I have a very good incentive: breathing. But when it comes to purchasing other products, I'm no saint. As I write this I'm wearing non-organic clothes, have toxic paint on my walls and am about to eat off plates that were probably sent farther than I've ever traveled in my life. And that's okay. The important thing is that I'm trying to make smart purchases and conducting a background check will help - even if it is a bit of a hassle.

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          Pharma Market Trends 2010   
The product mix of pharmaceutical companies' pipelines and commercial drugs is of crucial importance to contract development and manufacturing organizations as they evaluate their service capabilities and tailor them to demand. Market fundamentals are changing. The erosion of the blockbuster-drug model, traditionally supported by small-molecule drugs (i.e., drugs with a molecular weight of < 500 Da), in favor of an increased emphasis on biologic-based development is an important consideration not only for pharmaceutical companies' product strategies, but for contract service providers that offer drug-substance and finished-product manufacturing. Although small-molecule drugs will continue to dominate the overall pharmaceutical market, market growth in small-molecule drugs will contract in the near term. Growth for monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), therapeutic proteins, and vaccines is expected to be strong. Big Pharma's growing focus on biologics

Table I: Combined global prescription sales for the top 50 pharmaceutical companies (excluding generic-drug companies) by molecule type (2009–2014).
In 2009, the value of the small-molecules market was $411 billion. The biologics market, on the other hand, was only valued at $124 billion. By 2014, the small-molecule market will contract by $17 billion as a direct result of the 2011 patent cliff and heavy erosion of branded-drug sales caused by generics (1). This large sales decline is the driving force behind the pharmaceutical industry's shift in strategy to focus on high-growth markets such as biologics. mAbs alone will generate an additional $23 billion between 2009 and 2014, thus enticing a growing number of companies to expand in this field with the hope of ensuring long-term growth. In fact, 36 of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies (excluding generics companies) will have a presence in the mAb, therapeutic protein, or vaccines sector by 2014. Currently, 32 of the top 50 companies are now in those sectors. Vaccines will grow at a 5.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2009 and 2014, partly because of the emergence of new technologies and the recent commercial success of several novel products such as Pfizer's (New York) pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar and Merck & Co.'s (Whitehouse Station, NJ) human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil (see Table I).

More biologic licenses and fewer new molecular entities

Reflecting the pharmaceutical industry's burgeoning interest in high-growth biologic markets, 27% (seven out of 26) of US Food and Drug Administration new drug approvals in 2009 were for biologic license applications (BLAs). This number represents the highest proportion of biologic approvals since 2003 (2). In fact, the growth in approved BLAs offset the decline in approved new molecular entities (NMEs). Furthermore, the number of US orphan-drug designations has more than doubled in the past decade, from 208 (2000–2002) to 425 (2006–2008) (3). The number of orphan drug approvals grew from 32 to 47, an increase of 47%. In 2009, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted orphan status to 103 medicines, the highest number since European orphan-medicines legislation was introduced in 2000 (4).

Injectable drugs set to drive market growth

Despite the current dominance of oral drugs, which typically are associated with small-molecule drug delivery, injectable drugs enjoyed strong growth between 2002 and 2008 at 20.8% CAGR. Injectables will continue to enjoy the fastest growth rate of all delivery mechanisms (i.e., 4.9% CAGR) until 2014, aided by the development of vaccines and mAb therapies which are typically delivered by this mechanism. The loss of patent protection for blockbuster brands such as Pfizer's Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Effexor (venlafaxine), and AstraZeneca's (London) Seroquel (quetiapine) will trigger strong generic-drug competition and sales erosion for oral drugs.

Secondary-care therapy areas become a priority

Historically, small-molecule drugs dominated therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular and central nervous system (CNS) conditions and contributed to significant sales growth. However, these markets are not only saturated with me-too drugs, but also suffer from rapid market erosion because of the influx of generic drugs after the patent expirations of key brands. For example, in 2009, sales of cardiovascular drugs totaled $99 billion; they are forecast to decline at 2.8% CAGR (2009–2014). The forecast contraction in this market is likely the reason for Pfizer's announcement in September 2008 that the company was ending its research and development (R&D) investment in this therapy area—a landmark move, given the dominance of cardiovascular drugs in Pfizer's portfolio.

Now pharmaceutical companies are shifting their R&D focus toward developing novel—often biologic—therapies for the treatment of niche indications, which should ensure longer-term growth given biosimilars' minimal impact to date. Examples of target therapy areas are oncology, immunology and inflammation, and endocrine diseases, which are forecast to grow at rates of 5.9%, 4.0%, and 6.3% CAGR, respectively, between 2009 and 2014.

In 2009, several noteworthy therapies were launched, representing truly novel drugs that target unmet needs. Johnson & Johnson's (New Brunswick, NJ) Stelara (ustekinumab) for plaque psoriasis stands out as a first-in-class agent with efficacy superior to that of traditional therapies. Also, Takeda's (Osaka) Uloric (febuxostat) is the first new treatment for gout in 40 years, and Forest's (New York) Savella (milnacipran) is the first drug indicated solely for fibromyalgia (1).

Table II: Combined global prescription sales for the top 50 pharmaceutical companies (excluding generic-drug companies) by therapeutic area (2009–2014).
In addition, these target markets—oncology, endocrinology, and immunology and inflammation—will experience the highest sales growth and become the principal growth drivers for the top 50 pharmaceutical companies (excluding generic-drug companies), collectively generating an additional $45 billion by 2014. It is therefore expected that an increasing number of companies will focus on these more profitable markets (see Table II).

Factors driving the shift away from the primary-care model

Figure 1: Factors inspiring the shift away from the primary-care blockbuster model toward niche indications. (ALL FIGURE ARE COURTESY OF DATAMONITOR GROUP)
With cash-strapped payers now scrutinizing drugs' costs and clinical benefits, it is not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry is now focused on biologic therapies in secondary care and niche markets (5). Additional factors that attract pharmaceutical companies toward niche indications include the faster and cheaper R&D process that results from the smaller patient populations and clinical-trial sizes. In addition, several regulatory agencies provide incentives and subsidize R&D in the development of orphan drugs. The agencies offer tax credits, regulatory assistance, and accelerated approval. Also, one of the largest cost-saving factors for companies with a niche product is that large-scale patient and physician marketing through various channels is largely irrelevant. In fact, annual average marketing costs for an orphan drug are seven times lower than those for nonorphan products. Figure 1 summarizes the factors inspiring the shift away from the primary-care blockbuster model toward niche indications.

Big Pharma will remain dependent on small molecules, but biologics will spur growth

Figure 2: Molecular-class focus by company type, 2002–2014. mAb is monoclonal antibody, sm is small molecule, TP is therapeutic protein, and Vacc is vaccine.
The Big Pharma business model essentially was built on small-molecule products, which are relatively inexpensive to develop and manufacture, thus allowing companies to concentrate on fueling growth with an assertive sales and marketing strategy. However, once patent protection is lost, small molecules are easy for generic-drug companies to manufacture. Manufacturers of generic drugs do not have to support large R&D teams and they are able to compete aggressively on price. The resulting commoditization of the small-molecule market has forced the Big Pharma players to seek diversification into areas of high unmet need (e.g., oncology) or, in terms of molecule type, into biologics. The Big Pharma shift to biologics will be led by mAbs, which are forecast to grow by $22.1 billion during 2008–2014 at a 9.5% CAGR, thus making them the biggest growth factor for this sector. Therapeutic proteins also will experience strong growth during 2008–2014, contributing an increase in sales of $9.2 billion at a CAGR of 3.6%. By contrast, small molecules—which accounted for 80.4% of Big Pharma's 2007 sales—will decline by $25.6 billion during 2008–2014. Despite these shifts, Big Pharma will remain dependent on small-molecules, which will account for 71.4% of its sales in 2014. Biologics (i.e., mAbs and therapeutic proteins combined) will account for 21.8% of sales, up 6.7% from 2008 (see Figure 2).

At a company level, a clear correlation can be drawn between small molecules and declining sales versus biologics and sales growth. Of the top 16 Big Pharma companies, only Novartis (Basel), Bayer (Leverkusen, Germany), Merck & Co, and Boehringer Ingelheim (Ridgefield, CT) will see net positive growth from their small-molecule portfolios. By contrast, the remaining 12 companies are forecast to see a net growth in their biologics portfolios.

Roche (Basel)—primarily through its acquisition of Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)—contributes about 51.4% of the mAb growth for Big Pharma. Aside from Roche, Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL) also will exhibit strong growth in the mAb sector. Its growth is attributable to its acquisition of Knoll and its licensing of international rights to Synagis and Numax from MedImmune (Gaithersburg, MD). Johnson & Johnson also will exhibit strong growth, spurred by the growth of Simponi (golimumab), Stelara (ustekinumab), and its share of bapineuzumab sales.

Growth from therapeutic proteins will be spread more evenly across Big Pharma. Sanofi-Aventis (Paris), primarily through insulin analog Lantus; Pfizer, through Enbrel; and Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York), through Orencia and belatacept, will make significant contributions. Novartis also will report growth in therapeutic proteins, primarily attributable to its launch of biosimilar drugs through its generic-drug division Sandoz. However, none of these companies will experience biologics growth remotely close to the level of mAb growth forecast for Roche.

Midcap companies stick with small molecules

Datamonitor defines a midcap pharmaceutical company as one that has annual prescription sales below $10 billion, derives >50% of sales from biologics, and is not headquartered in Japan. Midcap pharma is entrenched in the small-molecule market and accounts for $46.7 billion or 93.8% of total sales in 2008. This percentage is expected to remain relatively unchanged. Interestingly, Gilead (Foster City, CA), Actelion (Allschwil, Switzerland), and Celgene (Summit, NJ), the strongest performing midcap pharmaceutical companies until 2014, will derive all of their growth from small-molecule sales. However, these companies will expand into other molecule types only at a low level. UCB (Brussels) will expand through the growth of its mAbs Cimzia and epratuzumab, and Allergan (Irvine, CA) through the growth of therapeutic protein Botox. By 2014, mAb and therapeutic proteins will account for 1.7% and 5.9% of midcap pharmaceutical sales, respectively (see Figure 2).

Therapeutic proteins dominate, but mAbs gain ground

Biotechnology companies focus primarily on biologics, but from 2008 to 2014, the dominance of therapeutic proteins within the molecular class mix will decline steadily as mAbs gain market share. Nevertheless, therapeutic proteins will remain the dominant molecule type throughout, accounting for 68.0% of 2014 sales. This shift in focus toward mAbs will be spurred by this molecular class's relatively strong growth of $4.4 billion in 2008–2014, which resulted primarily from the launch of Amgen's (Thousand Oaks, CA) Prolia and continued sales growth of Merck KGaA's (Darmstadt, Germany) Erbitux. Interestingly, therapeutic proteins will deliver greater sales growth until 2014 (i.e., $5.2 billion) because of Novo Nordisk's (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) insulin-analog portfolio, which includes NovoRapid, NovoMix, and Levemir. Small-molecule growth will total less than half of that delivered by biologics, at $3.1 billion.

Biogen Idec has the biggest mAb focus and also the biggest biologics focus; mAbs and therapeutic proteins accounted for 98.9% of its 2008 sales. Novo Nordisk will account for the majority of the peer set's therapeutic-protein sales growth, with an increase of $4.7 billion forecast between 2008 and 2014, to be supported primarily by Genzyme (Cambridge, MA, $1.3 billion). By contrast, declines of $741 million and $221 million are forecast for Biogen Idec and Amgen's therapeutic-protein portfolios, respectively (see Figure 2).

Looking forward

For the foreseeable future, blockbuster drugs will provide the bulk of sales for the top 50 pharmaceutical companies (excluding generic-drug companies). These drugs generated $344 billion collectively in 2008, representing 66% of prescription sales. However, the outlook for these drugs is less than stellar; 66 drugs with blockbuster status in 2010 will see a sales decline of more than $200 million by 2014, in response to me-too and direct or indirect generic competition. As a result, total forecast sales for blockbusters will decline by 2.1% CAGR from 2009 to 2014. Pfizer will be the hardest hit, with 2014 blockbuster drugs sales forecast to decline by $8.3 billion versus its 2009 level. The Wyeth merger will soften the blow slightly for Pfizer, but the company will remain the most strongly affected in terms of blockbuster expirations and total sales losses over the 2009–2014 period. Bristol-Myers Squibb and sanofi-aventis are also forecast to experience losses of $5.0 billion in blockbuster-drug sales by 2014 versus 2009 because of the generic erosion of blockbuster brands.

As the industry moves away from the old primary-care blockbuster model toward targeting specialty secondary-care indications, several novel drugs launched in 2009 still have the potential for blockbuster status, including sanofi-aventis's antiarrhythmia agent Multaq (dronedarone), Johnson & Johnson's Simponi (golimumab) indicated for rheumatoid arthritis, and Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca's Onglyza (saxagliptin) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Nevertheless, entering a multibillion-dollar therapy area cannot guarantee blockbuster status, particularly in today's price-conscious environment.

Key factors that will be important for determining blockbuster success within the biologic markets include the ability to gain first-mover advantage within a given indication, the subsequent horizontal expansion across disease stages and indications, and the creation of high barriers to competition through the accumulation of clinical safety and efficacy data. In addition, with the increasing cost pressures facing payers, manufacturers will need to demonstrate comprehensive pharmacoeconomic data and drug benefits for these therapies in relation to the disease frequency and severity. They may also need to demonstrate an advantage in comparative effectiveness over existing products. This competitive advantage may be achieved best through coupling drugs with companion diagnostics or creating disease-management solutions. Pharmaceutical companies frequently employ risk-sharing agreements as a means of securing a place on reimbursement lists, thus sharing the risk between the payer and the manufacturer. These schemes also encourage responsible prescribing by healthcare professionals and ensure that resources are not wasted on ineffective treatments. By addressing payer concerns regarding both economic and clinical outcomes, risk-sharing schemes have the potential to change the pricing landscape of high-cost drugs.

These very factors have led to the dominance of mAb products such as Roche's Avastin (bevacizumab), Herceptin (trastuzumab), and MabThera (rituximab); Abbott's Humira (adalimumab); and Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co's Remicade (infliximab), which together accrued a 72% share of mAb sales in 2008. However, the market share of these top five brands will fall to 57% in 2014 because of increasing competition from newly launched mAbs. In fact, from 2008 to 2014, the number of mAbs achieving blockbuster status will increase from five to 15. Nine other mAbs will generate sales of more than $500 million in 2014. Overall, the mAbs market will remain healthy.

Clearly, a paradigm shift is taking place in the pharmaceutical industry, as the small-molecule business model that historically inspired sales growth is replaced by a high-value specialty-biologics model to fend off further sales erosion. As the patent cliff approaches, it will be increasingly important for all pharmaceutical companies to consider putting a biologics strategy in place, either through organic means or through partnerships, to avoid being left behind in this dynamic, competitive environment.

          La mediterránea podría ser la mejor dieta para el control de la diabetes.   
08 de febrero de 2013
La mediterránea podría ser la mejor dieta para el control de la diabetes.
Así lo ha evidenciado una investigación realizada por los Western Sussex Hospitals del Reino Unido y publicada en American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Para el especialista en diabetes de estos centros hospitalarios británicos y autor principal de este trabajo, Olubukola Ajala, este tipo de alimentación «puede mejorar varios aspectos» relacionados con esta patología.

Estos pacientes «no pueden almacenar eficazmente la glucosa en las células», algo que puede hacer que sus niveles de azúcar en la sangre sean «peligrosamente altos», indica el experto.

Ante ello, y para optimizar el control del azúcar en sangre y reducir el riesgo de complicaciones de la enfermedad, se inclina por los cambios de estilo de vida, «como la pérdida de peso». Sin embargo, el experto expone que aún «no ha quedado claro» que plan de dieta funciona mejor para ello.

Para descifrar este enigma, Ajala y su equipo de investigación han revisado los resultados de 20 estudios que compararon el efecto de siete dietas populares en adultos con diabetes tipo II.

Frutas y verduras
Los expertos han constatado que la dieta mediterránea, las bajas en carbohidratos, las altas en proteínas y las de bajo índice glucémico «hacen que las personas bajen su nivel de azúcar».

No obstante, transcurridos seis meses, las personas con un plan de alimentación mediterránea perdieron un promedio de 1,81 kilos, mientras que las otras no tuvieron un efecto «significativo» sobre el peso, manifiestan. En concreto, la dieta mediterránea propone una alimentación a base de «frutas, verduras, legumbres, pescado, y aceite de oliva», sostiene Ajala.

Además, fomenta la utilización de hierbas en lugar de alimentos como «mantequilla y sal», explica.

Otros estudios previos han vinculado su consumo al menor riesgo de «cáncer, alzhéimer, párkinson o infarto de miocardio», señala el investigador. A ello se añade el hecho de que «aumenta el colesterol bueno en un 10% y reduce el nivel de triglicéridos en un 9%», concluye.
Fuente: ABC

          Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan, expanding drone strikes and withholding aid   

The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace.(TheGuardian Reported)   Similar tactics have failed in the past, and analysts warn that the US can only influence the south Asian country by coupling force with diplomacy, which [...]

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          La pression du numérique sur la démocratie suisse   
Réseaux sociaux et «chambres d’écho», voitures autonomes et limousines Uber, robotisation, sécurité des données, drones, internet des objets… «La technologie numérique est aujourd’hui le principal domaine sur lequel le politique doit légiférer», estime Walter Thurnherr, qui en tant que chancelier, occupe une des fonctions les plus importantes de la Confédération. Cet article fait partie de #DearDemocracy, la plateforme de swissinfo.ch pour la démocratie directe. En Suisse, les insiders de la politique sont pratiquement seuls à connaître son visage. Pourtant, il apparaît comme huitième tête sur la fameuse photo des sept membres du Conseil fédéral (gouvernement) qui fait généralement le tour des médias en début d’année. A la tête de la Chancellerie fédérale, Walter Thurnherr occupe une des positions les plus sous-estimées du pays. Dans les faits, l’Argovien de 53 ans est un des rouages clé de cette mécanique fine qu’est la démocratie suisse. Il est à la fois une sorte de ...
          Drones (quadcopters) inteligentes que encuentran su camino sin ayuda humana y sin GPS [eng]   

Este programa de tecnología avanzada de DARPA permite a pequeños drones volar de manera autónoma entre edificios desordenados y ambientes diversos a altas velocidades (hasta 45 mph) usando cámaras, sensores como "ojos" y algoritmos de auto navegación. Así como también lo hacen en lugares donde no es posible utilizar GPS.

etiquetas: tecnología, drones, inteligencia artificial, militar, darpa

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          Top 12 Transportation Stories of 2012   

The start of the new year provides a great opportunity to look back at the major transportation stories of the past year. 2012 was an active year in transportation. Below are the top 12 stories of 2012 in order of importance. 

1) Passage of MAP-21 Surface Transportation Bill: The U.S. had been operating on the tenth extension of SAFETEA-LU--the last multi-year transportation bill that expired in 2009. Most observers believed that a new transportation bill would have to wait until 2014 since transportation was not a big priority for decision makers. In addition Congress lacked the financial resources and the House instituted a moratorium on earmarks. However, many failed to realize how hard Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman John Mica would work for a bill. The new bill had several noteworthy aspects. It did not include a major increase in funding. In fact in order to keep the same funding levels, the 2-year bill borrowed against the next 10 years of revenue. Still, holding the line on funding increases is a big deal--especially in Washington D.C. The bill also expanded the TIFIA program from $150 million in funding to $1 billion. In addition, the bill slightly expanded the tolling provisions. 

2) Passage of a new Federal Aviation Administration Bill: Often overshadowed by the new surface transportation bill, the U.S. had been operating under the 23rd extension of the last FAA bill that expired in 2007. The new bill creates a framework for the needed Next-Generation radar system. But without much funding, implementation of the system will be slow. The bill also forced TSA to resume accepting applications that want to opt-out of federal screening. This option was written into the original post 9/11 TSA bill. However, clarification was needed after TSA Administrator John Pistole refused to allow any additional airports to opt out of federal screening. The new bill also creates rules for future drone flights. 

3) Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disasters and Transportation: Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of much of the East Coast to major storms. A Senate bill to provide $60 billion in aid died in the House leaving the region in limbo. House Republicans refused to pass the Senate bill for two reasons. First, because of the size of the bill, most of the Sandy revenue came from the general fund not the transportation fund. Second, much of the $60 billion in funding had little to do with emergency relief. While the logical long-term fix would be for the government to stop backing mortgages to residents who live in flood plains, this country seldom does logical. Since future disasters are inevitable and the Northeast’s run of good luck may be over, the U.S. should provide a realistic level of emergency funding, fund infrastructure directly affected by the storm only, and decide how best to distribute such funding. More info is available here. 

4) Managed Lanes Momentum: The concept of adding priced capacity continues to gain momentum. Transportation Planners know that widening highways in fast-growing metro areas can be a frustrating exercise. While mobility is enhanced in the short-term, growth and the resulting additional trips return the highways to its congested state in approximately 2-5 years. Priced lanes offer a long-term congestion reduction strategy and in some cases help fund new improvements. The biggest opening was the I-495 lanes in Virginia from I-95 to the Dulles Toll Road. These lanes provide much needed new capacity for one of the busiest interstates in the country. Virginia is also converting the I-95 HOV lanes from Dumfries to I-495 to Managed Lanes and extending the lanes south to Stafford. Texas added Managed Lanes on the North Tarrant Express in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. California is in the process of converting many of its HOV lanes to HOT lanes. While political challenges remain, managed lanes continue to be the most realistic way to add capacity in urban and suburban areas.

5) Failure of Georgia Transportation Investment Act in 9 of 12 regions: While 2/3 of local transportation ballot measures pass, some fail and some that fail do so in spectacular fashion. The latter describes what happened in the metro Atlanta region. While the poor state of the economy and the state’s conservative electorate were factors, the entire process was a mess. The Georgia legislature, which could have increased funding by itself, punted the issue to local governments. These governments made political decisions, not transportation decisions on which projects to add. The MPOs attempted to create the best list of projects but were told by politicians which projects to choose and how much those projects would cost. The top-down campaign antagonized the tea party, the Sierra Club, and the NAACP. The advertising campaign was a failure; the more times citizens saw the pro-tax adds, the less likely they were to vote for the tax. While most experts expected the tax to fail, the 37%-63% margin was surprising. What are the takeaways? The defeat is not necessarily transferrable to other areas. But other metros should ensure that any proposed tax actually funds merit-based transportation projects. Funding economic development through a transportation tax was not popular in metro Atlanta. And the Atlanta community needs to find a better way to explain and promote transportation.

6) San Juan Airport Privatization: Most airports in the United States are publicly owned and operated. Most cities resist privatization of their airports at all costs. This is unfortunate since running an airport is a specialized skill in which most public entities do not excel. However Governor Fortuno of Puerto Rico approached the situation differently. Fortuno led the process by approving a concession agreement with American Airlines and a request for proposals in 2011. In 2012, the Commonwealth accepted bids. While the deal has not yet reached financial close, its new Governor Padilla, from a different political party, supports the privatization and is trying to finalize the transaction. This bipartisan effort may lead more cities to consider airport privatization in 2013. Privatizing airports may be especially intriguing to struggling cities, which can make a lot of money from leasing or selling their airport. These cities can use those funds to support education, public works or unfunded pension programs. 

7) High-Speed Rail--The Saga Continues: High-speed-rail remains in the news both domestically and internationally. California continues to be the biggest U.S. story. Legislators approved Governor Brown’s request to begin selling $4.5 billion in voter approved bonds including $2.6 billion that will fund the central valley line. This occurred after the CA HSR Authority approved another new business plan that allows its high-speed rail trains to share the track with local commuter rail trains in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This reduces the total price tag from $98 billion to $68 billion. But that plan still relies on billions from the federal government, revenue from an untested cap and trade plan that is intended for environmental uses and a private partner that would fund this money-losing venture. The circuitous route from Los Angeles to San Francisco is another major flaw. The most logical HSR route in the United States is the northeast corridor. While construction on this route would be expensive, its density may justify its high costs. Yet President Obama seems to have little interest in this corridor. Fortunately other countries seem to be a little more logical. Portugal has abandoned its high-speed rail plans. Spain has halted construction on most new lines. China may be the biggest country to watch. While the country halted construction as a result of its latest HSR crash, it appears to be building HSR again with a lower top speed of 186 miles per hour. Most average Chinese cannot afford the train and remain opposed to the construction. China’s central government does not concern itself with whether its citizens approve of its spending but the $640 billion debt from building HSR might cause China to slow down future construction.

8) Growth of BRT over Rail: While intercity HSR continues to be popular, intracity Bus-Rapid-Transit continues to gain popularity over new rail. BRT is often less than a tenth the cost of rail. And BRT comes in many different forms. Expressway BRT makes use of managed lanes, either HOT or HOV, to offer a reliable travel time on highways. Arterial BRT makes use of queue jumpers and special lanes to move faster than the regular traffic on busy arterials. And a new concept called managed arterials would allow buses to use arterials with tolled grade separations to provide a faster, more reliable travel speed. Such a BRT network can be coupled with a robust local bus network to create a comprehensive transit system. Over the past five years, the implementation of new BRT lines has been increasing while the implementation of new light-rail lines has been decreasing. 

9) Obama White House MIA in Transportation: Discussing the White House’s lack of involvement in transportation is like beating a dead horse but the lack of realistic ideas from Pennsylvania Avenue remain a major problem. The White House has proposed stimulus style spending and infrastructure bank grants. But neither of these ideas helps transportation. Stimulus spending is bad economic policy but it is especially foolish for transportation. Most of the needed transportation projects are long and take multiple years. Short term spending only funds repavings and minor repairs. In order to make such spending effective, state DOT’s and MPO’s have to move money around, a convoluted approach for sure. The President’s infrastructure grant program chooses projects on a political basis. If the selection criteria were merit based that might help, but most transportation watchers are not interested in another TIGER based stimulus grant program. The President’s lack of interest in transportation has had negative consequences for fellow Democrats. The White House’s failure to pass a new bill in 2009 helped lead to the defeat of many moderate democrats in 2010; this year the President had to accept a much less urban-friendly bill. Replacing Ray LaHood with someone with both a background and passion for transportation would help. 

10) Tidewater Tunnels: It was a busy year for transportation in the Commonwealth. VDOT reached a deal with Elizabeth River Crossings to begin construction on the new Midtown tunnel. The deal doubles capacity of the Tunnel and improves both the quality and quantity of bus and ferry transit service between Portsmouth and Norfolk. While the tunnel will have a toll between $1.59-$1.84, this is 40% lower than the initial estimate. The project also makes substantial upgrades to the Downtown Tunnel and extends the Martin Luther King Expressway from London Blvd to I-264. Both projects will help relieve traffic congestion on the area’s bridges. And the user-pays user-benefits nature of tolling is fairer for taxpayers. Virginia advanced two lesser projects in the I-95 reconstruction and the new expressway between Petersburg and Norfolk. I-95 tolling for reconstruction is a promising idea but the current plan to have one tollbooth near the North Carolina border needs to be reworked. Building an unneeded expressway with money the state does not have is a bad idea and should be abandoned. 

11) Chicago Infrastructure Bank: In contrast to his former boss, former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is heavily involved in transportation. In April, Emanuel and the city council approved a new infrastructure bank to increase private investment. The Infrastructure Trust would review projects that generate revenue and projects such as a BRT system could be funded by the private sector. Many investors have already put up more than $2 billion for the Infrastructure Trust. The Infrastructure bank provides access to funds the city could not otherwise obtain and is also a hedge against risk. The city can offload risk to private investors for projects with uncertain benefits. At the same time, Chicago has to create well-structured deals. Chicago undervalued its parking meters in 2008. As a result the city negotiated a poor deal for itself. True infrastructure banks are an excellent way to increase funding without raising taxes. In today’s economy more cities may look at Chicago’s example. 

12) TSA In the News: The Transportation Security Administration is like a bad song on Top 40 radio. Every time it makes news it annoys and yet nobody can find a way to get rid of it. TSA screeners steal personal items and abuse thier power. But more significantly the agency has failed to improve security. Why? The TSA concentrates on screening passengers at the front of the airport but leaves the back door wide open. There is no protection from intruders entering the secure side of an airport through a fence or waterway as happened earlier this year at Kennedy International Airport. In Newark a knife-wielding intruder got onto the tarmac by scaling an eight-foot fence. In Dallas a group bypassed all security and posted a video of themselves on YouTube. These problems could be remedied if airports and not TSA oversaw screening on their property. Currently, TSA has dual purposes—conducting the screening and overseeing the screening process. Having airports run security screening and allowing TSA to focus on overseeing screening would end this conflict.

          Why Job Descriptions Are A Waste Of Paper   
You were a vampire, and I may never see the light --Concrete Blonde, "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" Once upon a time, there were an army of drones called the "Personnel" department. Their jobs were to take humans and turn them into employees, hopefully drumming out most creativity -- a.k.a., [...]
          Chroma Blade 4K-equipped drone   
Over the last few years, consumer drones have slowly started to grow in popularity. What started as a fairly expensive hobby, has grown into a much more competitive market. So much so, that the US government recently began imposing a new law that requi ......

El reciente episodio protagonizado por esa piltrafa llamada Gustavo Cordera es un símbolo de nuestra tan mentada transformación cultural. Nada más progre que Cordera, nada más repugnante. Este individuo epiceno y embotado se jacta de haber asistido a varias sesiones de ayauhasca en la selva, ritual cool si los hay en la progresía sedienta de pseudomísticas. Condensó su evangelio humanocéntrico en la obscena Soy mi Soberano, que podría haber sido redactada por un ángel caído si se perdonan los ripios y las torpezas. Mostró obscenidades y vulgaridades y todo con un fuerte sentido luciferino, detectable en otros exponentes de nuestra gloriosa subcultura –como el conjunto preferido de Aníbal Fernández- formada por el humus y las heces de la droga, el resentimiento, la abyección y la náusea.

Las bellas almas de la progresía se rasgan ahora las vestiduras, porque el sujeto en cuestión exaltó el estupro y aseguró que ciertas mujeres necesitaban ser violadas.  Novaresio mesó sus barbas, Domán estalló en indignación, la directora de Barcelona –tan luego- se ofendió. Y sin embargo, las declaraciones de Cordera ilustran el fondo nihilista y característico de la moral de horda de la versión progresista del pensamiento latinoamericano. Mientras que en otras latitudes viste tweed, se expresa con rigurosidad y eventualmente mantiene ciertas formas que tienden al paganismo, el progresismo argentino y latinoamericano no es más que el retroceso al estado de barbarie prehispánica, la degradación entrópica de la cultura en horda, sobre todo en lo sexual, en la transgresión del incesto, en la abyección que campeaba por sus fueros antes de que el glorioso Portador de Cristo pisara tierra americana. El Kirchnerismo oficializó esa cultura el día que elevó a status matrimonial el “casamiento homosexual” y una Morsa de bigotes blanquecinos defendía a los pibes y a la legalización de la droga. El mal trabajo se hizo mal, y hoy la sociedad se divide entre progres enragé y progres moderados, más un enorme rebaño de corderos en silencio que engullen los pastos de los tópicos progres con mansedumbre.

En pocos lugares del mundo se hace tan evidente que el progreso del progresismo es regresión. Deberíamos hablar de regresismo. En Caracas, disuelto el contrato social en medio de escalada de violencias, delitos, y escasez, es regreso a las formas más precarias de vida. Aquí ha devenido regresión a etapas de salteadores de caminos y ladrones de tumbas. El progresismo no es más que la deconstrucción de la sociedad humana, regresando a embriogenéticas anteriores y eventualmente a su disolución. Y tal veneno, tal nefanda meningitis, propagada a la Iglesia por su mayor representante en la variante latinoamericana, como dice el Wanderer en su último post, comporta disolución a lío y carne, y carne invertebrada. La Iglesia convertida en un montón de carne.

El progresismo es rebelión contra las naturalezas, sean individuales, sociales o sobrenaturales. El progresismo es el enemigo de la Ley, pero también de la gracia.

El progresismo es el mal, el progresismo es la muerte.

          Гидронефроз почки, эпидемиология и причины возникновения. Классификация гидронефроза. Гидронефроз у детей. Симптомы, диагностика и лечение   

Гидронефроз (от греч. hydro - вода и nephros - почка) почки (гидронефротическая трансформация почки) – это заболевание почек, обусловленное прогрессирующим расширением чашечно-лоханочного комплекса, при этом нарушается отток мочи из почки, повышается гидростатическое давление и атрофируется почечная паренхима. В результате нарушения оттока мочи из лоханки и чашечек почки, и нарушения гемоциркуляции в почечной паренхиме ухудшаются все основные почечные функции. Суть порока в нарушении проходимости мочи из лоханки в мочеточник.

Моча образуется в клубочках паренхимы почки, в которых постоянно протекают процессы фильтрации крови от ненужных и вредных веществ. Затем моча поступает в чашечки (5-6 штук), потом в лоханку и по мочеточникам, наконец, и в мочевой пузырь, где накапливается до определенного уровня и выделяется наружу во время мочеиспускания. Таким образом выглядит нормальный процесс мочеобразования и мочевыведения.

N. Katherine Hayles is known for breaking new ground at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. In Unthought, she once again bridges disciplines by revealing how we think without thinking—how we use cognitive processes that are inaccessible to consciousness yet necessary for it to function. Marshalling fresh insights from neuroscience, cognitive science, cognitive biology, and literature, Hayles expands our understanding of cognition and demonstrates that it involves more than consciousness alone. Cognition, as Hayles defines it, is applicable not only to nonconscious processes in humans but to all forms of life, including unicellular organisms and plants. Startlingly, she also shows that cognition operates in the sophisticated information-processing abilities of technical systems: when humans and cognitive technical systems interact, they form “cognitive assemblages”—as found in urban traffic control, drones, and the trading algorithms of finance capital, for instance—and these assemblages are transforming life on earth. The result is what Hayles calls a “planetary cognitive ecology,” which includes both human and technical actors and which poses urgent questions to humanists and social scientists alike. At a time when scientific and technological advances are bringing far-reaching aspects of cognition into the public eye, Unthought reflects deeply on our contemporary situation and moves us toward a more sustainable and flourishing environment for all beings.
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          Final Thoughts 57: Shadowrun: Hong Kong   

Final Thoughts 57

Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Note: This is not a review, but merely my musings after having recently completed a game as part of my Rogue's Adventures playthrough of my backlog. Follow @RoguesAdventure to keep up with my playthroughs and check out my live streams and videos.

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Developer: Harebrained Schemes

Publisher: Harebrained Holdings

Release Date: Aug 30, 2015

Franchise Fatigue. It happens to the best of them. Many times it's a "it's not you it's me" kind of situation. Maybe you played a bunch of entries in a row, or maybe a sequel simply doesn't do enough to differentiate itself form its predecessors.

I didn't think I'd start feeling Franchise Fatigue in the Shadowrun games. Shadowrun: Hong Kong is only the third game after Harebrained Schemes resurrected the series through Kickstarter several years ago.

Shadowrun: Returns told a great story using a simple but effective turn-based combat system reminiscent of XCOM. It was very short and linear, however. Shadowrun: Dragonfall began life as a large expansion before being developed into a stand-alone game via a Director's Cut. It was a vast improvement, with tons of varied missions and content, and an excellent cast of supporting characters and party members.


I loved Dragonfall, and Hong Kong is pretty much more of the same. That should be perfectly acceptable. Except the story is weaker, the characters not as interesting, and the gameplay now feels far too simplistic. Shadowrun: Hong Kong is still a fun game, but it's just inferior to Dragonfall.

The story opens with your old adoptive mentor Raymond Black sending you a mysterious note to meet him in Hong Kong. I've loved the Noir plot devices and themes in the Shadowrun world, and it's used to great effect in this opening.

You soon meet up with your fellow adopted brother Duncan, now a cop. Duncan ended up being one of the better characters of the game, with a passion he wears on his sleeve. The opening mission results in several deaths, and you're suddenly on the run with a surviving group of Shadowrunners - a rat shaman named Gobbet and a dwarf decker named Is0bel.


The awkward plot structure of Dragonfall returns here. Shadowrun is all about going on missions to earn money. Unfortunately this means the main story often takes a back seat while you tackle a bunch of fun but self-contained missions. Hong Kong doesn't really fix this. I made an effort to actually skip a few missions so I could get through the more interesting main story faster, but it ended up going in a predicable and tiresome direction.

I like when Shadowrun deals with Noir and cyberpunk themes like betrayal, murder, gang warfare, transhumanism, etc. I don't like it when they simply do the big fantasy thing of demons, dimensional portals, and the end of the world. Shadowrun: Returns was guilty of this at the end as well.

Hong Kong's villain is also basically just this outside corporate figure, which is a big bummer. Instead most of your interactions are with your crew and your fixer, the delightfully surly older woman Kindly Cheng. She reminded me of Avasarala in The Expanse series - abrasive, cursing, and intimidating. She's great.


Your fellow runners are used the same way as in Dragonfall. Duncan, Gobbet, and Is0bel are later joined by Rachter, a smooth Russian rigger and Gaichu, a ghoul samurai. Overall these characters just aren't quite as fun or interesting as your crew in Dragonfall, and I found myself not talking to them nearly as much. Though Gobbet's stories of past runs gone wrong were entertaining.

The writing and art is still fantastic. The art design has never been better. Nearly every area of the city drips with a steady rain fall and an impressive level of detail in every background. It does have the unfortunate side effect of highlighting the few things you can actually interact with. There are very few people and objects you can ever click on - an annoying limit that I've finally grown sick of.

Inventory and character management is still a mess as well. There's very little loot and you still can't manipulate your party member's equipment until you actually loot something - which is very rare.


The writing remains a major hallmark of the series. I love the descriptive text and the dialogue kept me engaged in most scenes. Many runs have a twist or quirk thrown in that forces you to adapt - like a third party contacting me in the middle of a run to reveal that my client was setting up to betray me. Whom can you trust is a wonderfully recurring theme, though some missions worked much better than others.

A particularly irksome one involved the new Matrix changes. The Matrix is essentially Shadowrun's "future internet." In the games it's represented by a Tron-like level that only deckers can traverse. In Shadowrun: Hong Kong they added stealth mechanics, allowing combat to be triggered by enemy sight or manually by you. It rarely made any difference in meat space.


In the Matrix dodging these new little sentry patrols was a royal pain in the ass. Combat is still a slog as you have limited moves and only one character (who takes more than 1 decker?).

In the penultimate mission you infiltrate a megacorp building, which sounds cool. But most encounters involve holding off security forces while your decker has to go through the boring motions of Matrix combat.

The one change that was a welcome addition was each of your core party members has some cool unique weaponry or abilities (making it even dumber to spend your precious little nuyen on outside hirelings). Is0bel has a crazy awesome grenade launcher. Rachter can power up his awesome four-legged drone. Gobbet can use her rat totem to steal other spirits. It helps give them all unique flavors and helps make the familiar combat a bit more interesting.

I thought I'd love Shadowrun: Hong Kong because I dig the Shadowrun world and the previous two tactical RPGs. Hell based on the fun I had with those games I ran a Shadowrun tabletop game for a solid five months. But in this case the "same-ness" of the combat and structure felt more tiresome than fun.

I didn't find the plot nor the characters quite as fun or engaging as Dragonfall, and the frustratingly limited UI and world are too annoying to ignore. I sincerely want to play more Shadowrun games by Harebrained Schemes, but they really need to evolve beyond making clones of the previous iterations.



  • Retains the immersive noir-cyberpunk writing and art of previous entries

  • Party members have fun unique abilities

  • Lots of great new weapons, especially melee-based


  • Too much "been there, done that" if you've played previous Shadowrun games

  • Still very limited in inventory, interactivity, and combat

  • Plot starts strong but devolves into lame "defeat the big bad, save the world"

  • New optional stealth/ambush mechanics don't work very well

  • Matrix still sucks

Final Say: Another fun Shadowrun adventure, but overall weaker than Dragonfall as the series hits its gameplay limits.

          My Top Ten Games of 2015: #4   

My Top Ten Games of 2015


#9 Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

#8 Tales from the Borderlands

#7 Ori and the Blind Forest

#6 Super Mario Maker

#5 Yo-Kai Watch

#4 Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Fallout is among my favorite gaming franchises, with Fallout 2 one of my favorite games of all time. Though I ultimately prefer my RPGs in old-school tactical format (a tease for my #1 Game of the Year), I’ve always enjoyed Bethesda’s massive open-world RPGs. Nothing excites me more than exploring a big world, and Fallout 4‘s post-apocalyptic Boston is satisfyingly gigantic.

More important than just being large is density of content, something that Bethesda has really improved upon with each entry in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. You can hardly walk anywhere without finding something interesting, whether it’s a full-on dungeon location or a simple truck with some loot. The world is full of stuff yet still feels appropriately desolate, and most importantly, dangerous.

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Screenshot by me!

Big new changes include multiple-choice dialogue, voiced protagonist, and a huge crafting system that’s clearly inspired by the Minecraft crowd (as was Skyrim‘s Hearthfire DLC before that). The narrative updates play to BioWare’s successful RPGs and give it a more cinematic and natural feel that just letting an NPC drone on.

The crafting system is impressive, though the interface, like previous Bethesda games, is frustratingly designed for consoles, even on PC. Once again, we have to wait for a big overhaul mod (like SkyUI) to make it more user-friendly for those of us on PC.

The settlement crafting is not something I plan on diving too deeply into, but I like the idea of owning property and finding allies to settle in. The weapons and armor crafting, however, is a very cool addition and expansion on what Obsidian did with Fallout: New Vegas.

And the power armor! I think Bethesda made a huge mistake giving you power armor within like the first two hours of gameplay, but it is definitely awesome. The fusion core as fuel system is interesting, though I’m not even close to running out of my half dozen cores. It has a definiteIron Man feel to it as part vehicle/part armor – really neat.

fallout 4 power armor

Screenshot by me!

I’m fairly confident in saying I like Fallout 4 more than Fallout 3, and probably Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas. Though despite buying it on launch I’m barely 20 hours in and just scratching the surface into Boston proper – too many awesome games in November and December!

Fallout 4 is most assuredly a sequel, taking everything we loved about Fallout 3 and expanding on what worked, while minimizing what didn’t. For that reason it does feel like the least exciting and fresh Bethesda game I’ve played. Yet even a simple improved iteration on the greatness ofFallout still ranks highly among my favorite games of the year.

          Transperitoneal Laparoscopic Pyelopyelostomy for Retrocaval Ureter without Excision of the Retrocaval Segment: Experience on Three Cases   
Introduction. Retrocaval ureter is a rare congenital anomaly. Open surgery was the classic treatment for this condition. Laparoscopy is currently an admitted procedure to treat many urological diseases. The objective of our study is to present our experience and discuss the safety and the feasibility of transperitoneal laparoscopic pyelopyelostomy for treatment of retrocaval ureter (RCU). Materials and Methods. Three symptomatic patients underwent laparoscopic repair for RCU in our department. The diagnosis was suspected on the computed tomography scan (CT) and confirmed on ascending pyelography. After placement of a JJ stent, and, using the transperitoneal approach, the retro peritoneum was exposed; the ureter was identified in both sides of the vena cava. The retrocaval segment was entirely mobilized and pulled from behind of the vena cava after section of renal pelvis. A pyelopyelostomy was done in a normal anatomic position. Results. All operations were achieved laparoscopically without conversion to open surgery. The mean operative time was 140 minutes (110–190). No intraoperative complication occurred. Blood loss was less than 50 mL in all patients. The mean hospital stay was 5 days (4–6 days). All patients were symptom-free after surgery and had reduction of hydronephrosis in control imagery. Conclusion. Laparoscopy seems safe, feasible, and reproducible in managing retrocaval ureter.
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          Post 'TRAVESIA AL PICO DEL CUERVO (3.145 m) EN SOLITARIO EL 25-04-2012'   
Autor: LUIS FERNANDEZ, con fecha 27/04/2012 11:24

<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> DESDE JEREZ DEL MARQUESADO, SUBO EN COCHE POR LA PISTA HASTA EL REFUGIO DE POSTERO ALTO (37º08´13 N, 3º12´12 O, 1876 m ALTITUD)<br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EJujxKn3cHY/T5rV6-d5qdI/AAAAAAAADsI/sz490Wjchjo/s1600/P4250233.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EJujxKn3cHY/T5rV6-d5qdI/AAAAAAAADsI/sz490Wjchjo/s640/P4250233.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> EL REFUGIO, DE POR SI, ES ESPECTACULAR. EL MAS BONITO QUE HE VISTO HASTA AHORA. HAY QUE FELICITAR A SU DISEÑADOR</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wD6VIAuzW-w/T5rdNJoMzXI/AAAAAAAADtU/pXFtHoFrgqo/s1600/P4250023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wD6VIAuzW-w/T5rdNJoMzXI/AAAAAAAADtU/pXFtHoFrgqo/s640/P4250023.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> POR AQUI PASA EL SENDERO GR-240 SULAYR. AL LADO DEL REFUGIO HAY UN CARTEL EXPLICATIVO</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R8WdER9Gq8I/T5rcyECCMqI/AAAAAAAADtM/A9C0EsyjneM/s1600/P4250022.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R8WdER9Gq8I/T5rcyECCMqI/AAAAAAAADtM/A9C0EsyjneM/s640/P4250022.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> EN ROJO EL ITINERARIO DE IDA QUE VOY A HACER. EN AZUL, EL DE REGRESO</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4eVd-8QJfgw/T5rqdL9Wt9I/AAAAAAAADvY/o_6RwV_tcVM/s1600/GOOGLE-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="336" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4eVd-8QJfgw/T5rqdL9Wt9I/AAAAAAAADvY/o_6RwV_tcVM/s640/GOOGLE-1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> CON LAS PRIMERAS LUCES DEL DIA, SALGO POR EL CAMINO DIRECCION SO, QUE ME LLEVA A  LA LOMA DE ENMEDIO</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--INvG0RQUzk/T5rW8Oga05I/AAAAAAAADsQ/rNMQEf2Vs4k/s1600/P4250013.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--INvG0RQUzk/T5rW8Oga05I/AAAAAAAADsQ/rNMQEf2Vs4k/s640/P4250013.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qZzA0QiJp3o/T5rW-kVhDaI/AAAAAAAADsY/SqIRPBk6kIA/s1600/P4250033.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qZzA0QiJp3o/T5rW-kVhDaI/AAAAAAAADsY/SqIRPBk6kIA/s640/P4250033.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> AL PRINCIPIO VOY POR UN CORTAFUEGOS, Y MAS ADELANTE COGO UNA SENDA. HAY QUE SUBIR  POR LA LOMA O LIGERAMENTE A LA IZDA</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gzIGuIXLc_k/T5rXgZ0LGaI/AAAAAAAADsg/ZOLWVS4s4CI/s1600/P4250040.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gzIGuIXLc_k/T5rXgZ0LGaI/AAAAAAAADsg/ZOLWVS4s4CI/s640/P4250040.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> DE MOMENTO NO HAY  NIEVE, AUNQUE ALGO MAS A LA IZDA HAY ALGUN QUE OTRO NEVERO. SIGO GANANDO ALTURA Y LLEGO A LA PIEDRA DE LOS LADRONES (37º06´44 N, 3º14´26 O, 2.949 m ALTITUD)</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X7SgSX0qlRE/T5rYZKKjsVI/AAAAAAAADso/RUmlXjqbo98/s1600/P4250064.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X7SgSX0qlRE/T5rYZKKjsVI/AAAAAAAADso/RUmlXjqbo98/s640/P4250064.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> A PARTIR DE AQUI YA HAY MAS NIEVE, Y ME  DIRIGO AL PUNTAL DE JUNTILLAS (37º06´50 N, 3º15´27 O, 3.140 m ALTITUD). EL PAISAJE ES ESPECTACULAR. TODA LA TRAVESIA ESTA PRESIDIDA POR LOS ESPECTACULARES PICOS DE LA ALCAZABA Y EL MULHACEN.  EL ENTORNO ES INABARCABLE</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JOjSnRqNeA8/T5rZCCytzQI/AAAAAAAADsw/FOJDtH0gc8U/s1600/P4250089.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JOjSnRqNeA8/T5rZCCytzQI/AAAAAAAADsw/FOJDtH0gc8U/s640/P4250089.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> CONTINUO LA TRAVESIA, DIRECCION A LOS CERVATILLOS</div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uMVpYp_EU30/T5rZIb5AL-I/AAAAAAAADs4/U0DtOhQBfq4/s1600/P4250095.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uMVpYp_EU30/T5rZIb5AL-I/AAAAAAAADs4/U0DtOhQBfq4/s640/P4250095.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> LLEGO A LOS CERVATILLOS (3.115 m ALTITUD)</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-80EpsDCxf2o/T5raDWawAPI/AAAAAAAADtA/vb7jyUROapw/s1600/P4250103.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-80EpsDCxf2o/T5raDWawAPI/AAAAAAAADtA/vb7jyUROapw/s640/P4250103.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> CONTINUO AL PUNTAL DE LOS CUARTOS (37º06´38 N, 3º16´26 O, 3.152 m ALTITUD)</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eJ4Dl8V6QfE/T5reehQFX0I/AAAAAAAADtc/Ucbqd5s9gik/s1600/P4250110.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eJ4Dl8V6QfE/T5reehQFX0I/AAAAAAAADtc/Ucbqd5s9gik/s640/P4250110.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y20UPc-D93I/T5rfT55FEXI/AAAAAAAADtk/MXvOnPQ8GG8/s1600/P4250115.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y20UPc-D93I/T5rfT55FEXI/AAAAAAAADtk/MXvOnPQ8GG8/s640/P4250115.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> EL PAISAJE ES FABULOSO. NO TE PUEDES CANSAR DE QUEDARTE ABSORTO CONTEMPLANDOLO. DAN GANAS DE PARAR Y QUEDARTE EN CUALQUIERA DE ESTAS MAGNIFICAS CUMBRES TODO EL TIEMPO. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> PERO HAY QUE SEGUIR, HACIA EL PICO LA ATALAYA (37º06´09 N, 3º16´41 O, 3.139 m ALTITUD)</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FvOetk_-zg/T5rfqJyhkWI/AAAAAAAADts/MePtRVsL2VI/s1600/P4250120.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FvOetk_-zg/T5rfqJyhkWI/AAAAAAAADts/MePtRVsL2VI/s640/P4250120.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> LLEGO AL PICO DE LA ATALAYA</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ufqLXzvIzmY/T5rgLMCifkI/AAAAAAAADt0/C22-LDVdeKA/s1600/P4250134.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7ZUNHoIaVsE/T5rhvWUxGII/AAAAAAAADuc/C4gKDH9ZAoE/s1600/P4250157.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7ZUNHoIaVsE/T5rhvWUxGII/AAAAAAAADuc/C4gKDH9ZAoE/s640/P4250157.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> BAJO AL COLLADO DE LAS BUITRERAS</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G9vuX_QZ0FA/T5rhV-BBeQI/AAAAAAAADuU/1yDhsqqYEM0/s1600/P4250156.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G9vuX_QZ0FA/T5rhV-BBeQI/AAAAAAAADuU/1yDhsqqYEM0/s640/P4250156.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> INICIO LA SUBIDA AL PICO DEL CUERVO (37º05´51 N, 3º17´11 O, 3.145 m ALTITUD)</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ovZbq02k5_Q/T5riL6Q8t9I/AAAAAAAADuk/S7gvib6LIp0/s1600/P4250165.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ovZbq02k5_Q/T5riL6Q8t9I/AAAAAAAADuk/S7gvib6LIp0/s640/P4250165.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4qcPzagskBc/T5riYkJdEtI/AAAAAAAADus/1oi2OSNdv9U/s1600/P4250175.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4qcPzagskBc/T5riYkJdEtI/AAAAAAAADus/1oi2OSNdv9U/s640/P4250175.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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TENEMOS MAS CERCA A LA ALCAZABA Y EL MULHACEN</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LyjISYlZS0Q/T5risBRZVzI/AAAAAAAADu0/OIfQV4UMobw/s1600/P4250190.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LyjISYlZS0Q/T5risBRZVzI/AAAAAAAADu0/OIfQV4UMobw/s640/P4250190.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> AL OTRO LADO DEL VALLE, EL VELETA</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ttbOlDe8-KA/T5ri2RU7E7I/AAAAAAAADu8/hwuVxMw-s8Q/s1600/P4250194.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ttbOlDe8-KA/T5ri2RU7E7I/AAAAAAAADu8/hwuVxMw-s8Q/s640/P4250194.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> ESTA VEZ TOCA REGRESAR. EN VEZ DE HACERLO POR LA CRESTERIA, BORDEO POR EL SUR LA ATALAYA Y ME DIRIGO DIRECTO AL PUNTAL DE JUNTILLAS</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BbaLTRV-1O4/T5rjS07xmeI/AAAAAAAADvE/b-ReXssZunQ/s1600/P4250221.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BbaLTRV-1O4/T5rjS07xmeI/AAAAAAAADvE/b-ReXssZunQ/s640/P4250221.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> AL LLEGAR AL PUNTAL, SIGO HACIA LA LOMA DE ENMEDIO Y DE VUELTA AL REFUGIO DE POSTERO ALTO, POR EL CAMINO QUE RECORRI ESTA MAÑANA</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cPcj4rpJt_Q/T5rjrKYKcBI/AAAAAAAADvM/eMV2j1Iiw6M/s1600/P4250226.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cPcj4rpJt_Q/T5rjrKYKcBI/AAAAAAAADvM/eMV2j1Iiw6M/s640/P4250226.JPG" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3107620624778611870-462434600635022600?l=luisfernan57.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/OmXL4XM08Gqcep40S1RM0vvDg-c/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/OmXL4XM08Gqcep40S1RM0vvDg-c/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a><br/> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/OmXL4XM08Gqcep40S1RM0vvDg-c/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/OmXL4XM08Gqcep40S1RM0vvDg-c/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EsBuenoSerImportanteEsMasImportanteSerBueno/~4/jpBmqJsxYhE" height="1" width="1"/> Ver post | Ver más blog
          Review for Dead Body Collection - Remembrance Of Flesh, Memories Of Heaven from Roger Batty   

From April 2015  here we have a double C80 cassette box set that brings together a selection of out-of-print releases from this highly prolific Serbian walled noise project. The set compiles  together tracks from nine 3inch CDR releases, which appeared between the years 2010 & 2012 on various underground noise labels. The box set came in a edition of 50 copies. The two professional duplicated & printed tapes come in a fairly bulky yet squat white vinyl case- the outside of this features a macabre orange paper collage sleeve artwork which takes in a mix of pictures of grotesque face lumps, insects, and medical book diagrams of cut open bodies. The set also includes a pro printed 8 page black & white/ glossy inlay booklets, and this features pictures of the project along with full details of each release. All in all a really nice looking item, which is sadly now out of print with the label, but as of writing there are a few copies available of discogs. Or you can download the whole release over at DBC's bandcamp page here

The release runs in chronological order, and each track has a running time between the ten to twenty minute mark.  First up we have on side A we have two tracks, and first of these is "Néant Gris"- this track originally appeared back in 2010 on French wall-noise label anarchofreaksproduction. The  tracks a fairly typically, though rewardingly intense slice of fixed HNW- it brings together a deep buzzing roast, with a grimy & grim dense static grind, all to create a oppressive & densely seared wall.   The second track on side A comes in the form of “Incomplete Fracture”- this originally appeared on Ireland’s Bored Bear recordings also in 2010. The track finds a deep churning & slightly industrial like worming drone, that is edged by a continual circling mass of chopping & slightly juddering noise tones.

Flipping over to side B, and first up we have the track "I'm Nothing", and once again this track appeared in 2010- this time on French power electronics/ Harsh Noise label  Corrosive Art Records. The ‘wall’ is a boorish, muffled & crushing mix of deep, bone-grind & rapid bass rumble, and this skittered with a twisting & hazed  maelstrom of billowing, cluttering & coarse grained noise matter. Second on side B we have “Her Nails Against My Skin”, and once again this is from 2010 & appeared on the SSIP PISS label.  This track brings together a  truly massive & punishing bass bound billow, and these is strewn with buried & muffled noise elements taking in ringing & moody semi harmonics, clamouring  yet hazed judders, and pelting hammerings. The track is a great balance of truly battering intensity, and more moody/ buried undercarriage.
Moving onto tape two & side C, and first up we have "This Is The Hell That You Created For Me", which comes from 2012 & the British Quagga Curious Sounds label. This track is a bit of a departure from the projects normal overloaded; bass bound, and mainly fixed sound. As starts off been built around a mix of pared back rushing wind textures, and layers of building & growing billowing & juddering noise textures. over time the track builds up it’s density & depth, though it does still thin back, and through-out retains quite a atmospheric & seared emotional  feel.  Second on side C we have “I´d Fallen Before, But It Never Hurt Like This”- this track is from 2012, and appeared on Us noise label Violent Noise Atrocities. It brings together a thick constantly boiling bass of  taut billow, with a thin haze of skittering ‘n’ spinning noise matter.
Flipping over to the last side, and we have three more  tracks. First of these is "The World Is A Beautiful Place...", and this comes from 2012 & was the first track on SSIP PISS release I Have Such Sights to Show You. This track brutally melds of rattling ‘n’ rumble bass descent, with grating mid-ranged junk metal repetition. Second up we the other track from the I Have Such Sights to Show You, and this comes in the form of "...To Be Trapped Inside". This sees a thick & bothersome blend of  two bass bound, murky, and blunt tones- we have a deep aquatic billowing & slightly crust bound juddering. Last up on side D we have "A Constellation Of Scars", and this originally appeared in 2012 on German label L White Records which mainly puts out power electronic releases.  This ‘wall’  brings together a mid-paced churning ‘n’  juddering blunt bass base, with a cluttering ‘n’ grinding top layer of mid range static.
So in summing this is tape set is really a great bringing together of some the shorter releases from this most  highly prolific & mostly extreme brutal walled noise project. Sure it’s not the most varied sounding of releases, but there is enough variation from track to track to make it worthy, and it’s great to have these tracks all in one place, and in a rather neat looking box set.
Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

by Roger Batty

          Review for Dead Body Collection - Highway Of Tears from Roger Batty   

Highways of Tears is the latest slice of blunt, brutal & unrelenting walled noise from this high prolific Serbian based project.  It comes in the form of a C40 cassette tape on French noise label Autistic Campaign, in an edition of 50 copies.
The release takes it’s name & theme from a 800-mile stretch of Canadian road, where around 43 women have gone missing/ or  have been murdered over a 30 year period. And both ‘walls’ here are suitably bleak, battering, and hopeless to fit the releases theme.

The doubled sided labelled cassette comes in a white sleeve, that features blood red text/ landscape pictures (taken near the highway). With a secondary tracing paper front cover featuring one of five different pictures of one of the victims, with their eyes crossed out- there are 10 copies of each variation. The whole thing is topped off with a inlay card with track information, and a hand number in red pen ink.

Side A’s track is entitled "The Suffering Of Strangers". This track pulls together a deep & bone rumbling  bass drone, with layers of simple yet effective jittering ‘n’ juddering on top.  The whole thing is akin to the amp-up sound  of a massive earth boring machine, and it makes ones brain feel like it’s been continual drilled & brutal vibrated in your skull.

Side B’s track is "The Agony Of Friends", and this ‘wall’ brings together a compressed & tightly rolled bass judder, with several layers of similar patterned buzzing grey static jittering- these elements are both weaved into a seemingly continual slowing wall( though I think this is purely a trick of the track, and in reality the whole thing is fairly firm). The 'wall' has a wonderfully constricting & highly oppressive weighty-ness to it, and it really does seem to make ones listener space feel airless & terminal bleak.  Both tracks here are satisfying in  their intensity & bleakness, but I think this second track is my favourite of the two, as it has such a crushing & suffocating feel to it.

So in summing if you are after incredible bleak & intense walled noise, which  is totally immersed  in a feeling of complete hopeless-ness & crushing stark sonic weight Highway Of Tears is worth checking in with. 

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

by Roger Batty

          A drone photographer discovered a new island in North Carolina thanks to his aerial images   

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • A vacationer in North Carolina discovered a new landform off the coast of the Outer Banks.
  • Using his drone, he captured incredible aerial photos of the new island.
  • According to local officials, however, the island could disappear soon since the North Carolina coastline changes constantly.

Thanks to his enthusiasm for drone photography, Chad Koczera discovered a new island off the coast of North Carolina, according to CNN.

Koczera, who was collecting seashells on a nearby beach, noticed the landmass and decided to fly his drone over the area. His pictures revealed a sandbar-like area that had not previously been identified.

The sandbank, which was nothing but a little hunk of sand a few weeks ago, grew to an island about a mile in length, and is located near Cape Hatteras, part of the Outer Banks. It is now being explored by visitors, some of whom have nicknamed it "Shelly Island."

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Due to a variety of factors, including sea-level rise, urban development, and storm damage, the future of the Outer Banks is unclear. In fact, it is increasingly common for sandbars and landmasses, like Koczera's discovery, to form and disappear along the coastline.

Koczera's Instagram is filled with drone photography, so there's no telling what he might discover next.