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

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

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

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

David King
A fuller version of this blog can be found at www.hgalert.org/artiifcial_sperm_blog.htm
          New #1 atop Top 25 RC rankings after ROAR Nationals   
Ryan Maifield's DNF at the ROAR Fuel Off-Road Nationals dropped him four spots in the Top 25 RC rankings - and pushed Elliott Boots to the top for the first time.
          Pembangunan Sebatian Anti-HIV Pokok Bintangor Memberansangkan -Annuar   

Pembangunan sebatian anti-HIV daripada pokok Bintangor yang dikenalpasti sebagai Calanolide A telah menunjukkan hasil ujian klinikal yang begitu memberangsangkan.

Menteri Muda Penyelidikan Sains dan Bioteknologi, Dr. Anuar Rapaee (ADUN Nangka-BN) berkata, ketika ini beberapa kajian pra-klinikal telah pun dijalankan disamping meningkatkan produk klinikal serta memfailkan produk paten.

"Fasa 1a dan 1b ujian klinikal menggunakan produk tersebut yang telah ditambah baik berjaya dijalankan di Kuching dan Pulau Pinang," kata Annuar sambil menambah, susulan hasil yang meyakinkan itu, satu kertas kerja sedang dibuat untuk memaklumkan perkembangan dan memohon dana kepada Kabinet Negeri untuk melantik konsultan.


Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab soalan tambahan Dr. Hazland Abang Hipni (ADUN Demak Laut-BN) mengenai status sebatian anti-HIV dari pokok Bintangor di Persidangan DUN Sarawak sebentar tadi. -UnReportedNews™®

          UM ANO EM REMISSÃO...   


Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuito FELIZ!!!!


Oieeeeeee...
Espero que todos estejam bem...
Eu estou ótima Graças a Deus!!!
Já estava com saudades de escrever por aqui...
Hoje venho falar de algo MARAVILHOSO.... faz exatamente 1 ano que eu recebi a notícia que eu mais esperei entre 2009/2011, uma das melhores notícias, se não a melhor... A CURA!
É isso mesmo... completo um ano em remissão... um ano da última quimioterapia... um ano sem mais nenhum sinal da doença... Uhuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
Batalha árdua, que só quem passa ou passou por isso sabe o quanto é... Sabemos que a vida nos traz dificuldades... mas graças a Deus, a vida também nos dá soluções... O câncer é realmente uma dificuldade grande, acho que todos já presenciaram de perto... ou na própria pele... ou com algum parente ou com algum amigo... entende o que eu estou falando...
Esse um ano passou rápido demais e quanta coisa foi vivida nesse tempo e beeem vivida... a sede de viver tornou maior e eu tenho orgulho de ter passado por tudo que passei, tenho orgulho da minha vida, tenho orgulho de mim, da força que eu me mostrei ter, porque antes eu não sabia que eu tinha... Meu Deus, fui muito iluminada, e continuo sendo.
Estou aproveitando cada etapa do meu cabelo crescendo, e cada vez mais boba com a rapidez que isso vem acontecendo... Estou de olho na balança... porque eu ganhei uns bons quilos no decorrer do tratamento... já perdi uns e ainda quero perder mais alguns, porém me sinto bem melhor assim...
Voltei a trabalhar e me sinto maravilhada...
O cansaço aos pouquinhos vem diminuindo e hoje já arrisco até uma caminhada mais longa... hahahaha
Acho que tudo que vivi é uma lição de vida, não só pra mim, mas para as pessoas que sempre acompanharam minha história... tenho certeza, que cada um de vocês que leem o meu blog aprenderam muito comigo.... assim como eu aprendi muito com vocês... 
A vida as vezes nos prega peças, coisas que a gente nunca imaginaria que aconteceriam com a gente, acaba acontecendo, faz parte, tem gente que culpa a Deus, eu nunca culpei, sempre pensei que se ele me deu essa cruz, era porque sabia que eu ia conseguir carregar, sempre pensei, se aconteceu comigo, é porque ele quer que eu aprenda algo com isso. E como eu aprendi. Se eu for botar aqui tudo que aprendi, o texto vai ficar mais enorme do que já está...
Para finalizar deixo uma frase:
"O passado já foi, o futuro há de vir, estou vivendo o presente"... O melhor presente aliás.
Fiquem com Deus!!!
Beijos iluminados e muita força...

Olha o tamanho do meu cabelo... hahahahaha


          MAIS UMA ESTRELA NO CÉU....   
Essa era a minha amiga Alessandra e o seu filhinho Leonardo...


Oieeeeeeeeeee...
Espero que todos estejam bem...
Eu estou ótima Graças a Deus!!!!
Andei sumida e sei que vão me compreender...
Mais uma vez fui surpreendida pela perda de uma pessoa querida...
Faleceu a minha amiga Alessandra, aos 38 anos de idade lutando até o último segundo contra um câncer de mama com metástases ósseas...
Conheci a Ale na faculdade em 2006...
No meio do ano seguinte ela avisou que iria fazer um cirurgia para retirar um nódulo na mama... foi retirado um quadrante e após um pouco mais de um mês ela retornou as aulas... já sabia do resultado e como já tinha começado a fazer as quimioterapias... estava careca...
O seu retorno foi uma surpresa para todos da turma... e a Ale cheia de coragem... parou a aula para contar o que estava acontecendo e para deixar um alerta para que nós mulheres nos tocassemos... pois foi no meio de um banho que ela havia sentido o nódulo em sua mama...
A turma toda ficou emocionada... lembro que chorei muito ouvindo o seu depoimento... e quem poderia imaginar que 2 anos depois eu viria a passar pela mesma situação....
Quando soube do meu diagnóstico... a Ale foi uma das primeiras pessoas com quem eu quis conversar... principalmente por ela ter sido um exemplo de força...
Nesses meus dois anos de luta sempre tive essa minha grande amiga por perto... quando não nos víamos... falavamos por telefone...
Ela deixou um filhinho... e esse era o seu maior medo...
Sempre pedia para Deus deixá-la ver o seu filho crescer... e infelizmente isso não será possível...
O câncer dela foi muito agressivo... os medicamentos não conseguiam combater e as metástases foram aumentando... até chegar na medula... as dores foram ficando mais intensas e ela teve que ser internada... estava no A.C. Camargo e foi lá que ela faleceu... após 4 anos de incansável luta...
Peço que rezem pela alma dela e por seus familiares...
Alê descanse em paz minha amiga!!!!
Fiquem com Deus!!!
Beijos no coração

          Commentaires sur Découvrez avec « Camille » le continent noir du sexe par Kikichris   
Je découvre ce livre sous la plume de Bob HOWARD. Quel narrateur! Nonobstant, cette " littérature " n'est pas dans ma bibliothèque ! Je suis curieuse, surtout de lire ces pages uniquement par l'emploi de l'Imparfait du Subjonctif...peu courant mais tellement bien approprié au sujet. Allons voir si Camille...
          En Norvège la "bibliothèque du futur" n'ouvrira ses portes que dans 100 ans   
Année après année, des auteurs de divers pays enrichissent la "bibliothèque du futur" située près d'Oslo. Un ensemble d’œuvres inédites qui ne sera publié qu'au siècle prochain.
          สแกนหุ้นพื้นฐานเด่นผลตอบแทนสูงด้วยF-Score   

F-Score เป็นดัชนีชีวัดคุณภาพของหุ้นด้วยเกณฑ์ทางด้านพื้นฐาน โดยแบ่งเป็นคะแนน 0-9 ยิ่งหุ้นที่มีคะแนน F-Score  มากๆ ก็ยิ่งแสดงว่าพื้นฐานดี สำหรับโปรแกรม Efinance ได้นำค่า Fscore มาช่วยให้นักลงทุนที่ไม่เชี่ยวชาญการวิเคราะห์ปัจจัยพื้นฐานได้ดูคุณภาพบริษัทในเบื้องต้นได้ง่ายขึ้น


F-Score คืออะไร


 Piotroski F-Scoreเป็นการวัดปัจจัยพื้นฐานโดยเป็นเชคลิซ โดยมีเกณฑ์ 9 ข้อคือ
  • การทำกำไร
    • ROA >0
    • ROA เพิ่มขึ้น
    • CFO > 0
    • CFO > กำไร
  • หนี้สิน
    • Current Ratio เพิ่ม
    • DE ratio ลด
    • ไม่มีการเพิ่มทุน
  •  ประสิทธิภาพการดำเนินงาน
    • GPM เพิ่ม
    • Asset turnover เพิ่ม
ยิ่งหุ้นมีคะแนนสูงๆ ก็แสดงว่าพื้นฐานน่าจะดี

 F Score และผลตอบแทนของหุ้น


การกระจายตัวของผลตอบแทนแยกตามคะแนน F score
จะเห็นว่าหุ้นกลุ่มที่มี F-Score สูงๆ จะมีการกระจายตัวของผลตอบแทนที่สูงขึ้นไปได้ ดังนั้นเลือกหุ้นที่คะแนน F-score สูงๆไว้ก่อน น่าจะรอดในการลงทุนได้

ตารางสรุปผลตอบแทนของหุ้นแยกตามคะแนน F-score
กดที่ภาพเพื่อดูขนาดใหญ่



ดูแล้วหุ้นที่ F score สูงๆน่าจะรอดได้

การใช้งาน


ในการลงทุนเราอาจต้องการหุ้นที่มีคะแนน f-score สูงๆ เราก็สามารถเพิ่มเงื่อนไขลงไปในสูตรสแกนได้ครับ จากนั้นใส่สูตร เทคนิคอะไรก็ได้ตามที่เราถนัด
ค่า F-score ในเครื่องมือสแกนหุ้นของ Efin
หรือจะเข้าไปดูค่าของหุ้นรายตัวในเครื่องมือ Fundamental status ก็ได้ครับไม่ยากเลย
ค่า F score ในเครื่องมือ Fundamental status

จะเห็นว่าค่า fscore ช่วยให้เราสามารถลงทุนได้ง่ายขึ้นครับผม โชคดีมีชัยในการลงทุนครับผม

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          Es stinkt.   

Der französische Politiker Édouard Herriot soll gesagt haben: "Politik ist wie eine Andouilette - sie muss nach Scheiße riechen, aber nicht zu sehr." Er meinte damit wohl, dass es immer wieder notwendig ist, unpopuläre Maßnahmen zu setzen, um für alle etwas Positives zu erreichen - nur müsse man eben darauf achten, dass das Positive stets überwiegt.

Momentan bekommen wir gerade mit, wie sehr die europäische Einwanderungspolitik nach Scheiße riecht, und zwar viel zu sehr.

Genau genommen ist das, was Ungarn gerade macht, vom Gesetz her völlig in Ordnung. Genau genommen hat Ungarn europäische Abkommen gebrochen, als es Flüchtlinge einen Tag ausreisen ließ. Möglicherweise gab es dann einen Rüffel von irgendwo, aus Deutschland, aus einem anderen EU-Land, woher auch immer. Also: Grenzen wieder zu, Flüchtlinge in Ungarn registrieren, Asylverfahren ebendort abwickeln. Menschlich korrekt? Naja. Legistisch korrekt? Durchaus, auch wenn es stinkt.

Nur: wie registriert man tausende Flüchtlinge, die das nicht wollen? Deren Warten auf einen Zug mitten in Budapest mit jedem Flüchtling, der dazu kommt, zu einem stillen Protest wird, wo mit jedem weiteren dazukommenden Flüchtling die Stimmung jederzeit kippen kann?

Die kritische Masse von Flüchtlingen, bis zu der die von der EU vorgesehenen Asylverfahren abgewickelt werden können, ist in Ungarn längst überschritten. Die Politik, die stinkt, also Menschen, die weiter wollen, im Land hält, funktioniert nicht mehr. Also greift man zu Mitteln, die zu sehr stinken. Eines dieser Mittel war der plötzlich auftauchende Zug, der nach Sopron fahren sollte und in Bicske stehen blieb (laut ITV-Reporter James Mates [Video-Link] war übrigens nicht behauptet worden, der Zug fahre nach Deutschland, ein mieser Trick war es trotzdem); ein anderes, das wir vielleicht auch noch sehen werden, ist dann Gewaltanwendung. Ja, das stinkt ganz ordentlich nach Scheiße.

Die Situation stinkt auch deshalb so, weil Gesetze auf eine Situation angewendet werden, die für diese Situation nicht geeignet sind. Erstens, weil es eine viel größere Zahl von Flüchtlingen gibt, als dass die Dublin-Regelung noch angewandt werden könnte - wie sollen die Schengen-Grenzländer ernsthaft allein die Massen an Flüchtlingen, die momentan in die EU strömen, registrieren, geschweige denn die Asylverfahren durchführen? Zweitens, weil die aktuellen Flüchtlinge nicht einfach nur vor dem Krieg flüchten, sondern in ein bestimmtes Land wollen (meist Deutschland oder Schweden) - dadurch sind sie genau genommen eigentlich keine Flüchtlinge (das sind nur bis zum Überschreiten der Schengen-Grenze), sondern Migranten.

Die Gesetze gehen nämlich davon aus, dass jemand, der vor Krieg oder Verfolgung flüchtet, um Asyl ansucht, sobald er sich in einem sicheren Land befindet, aber berücksichtigen nicht, dass er in diesem Land möglicherweise nicht bleiben will und höhere Ansprüche als Schutz von Leib und Leben hat. Insofern gibt es keinen automatischen Anspruch auf Weiterreise nach dem Überschreiten der Schengen-Grenze, insofern erfüllt - und hier stinkt es wieder - Ungarn seine politische Pflicht.

Insofern hat - und das stinkt besonders - Viktor Orbán sogar recht, wenn er sagt, die Flüchtlinge seien ein "deutsches Problem", weil keiner der Flüchtlinge in Ungarn bleiben wolle, sondern fast alle nach Deutschland wollen. Das wiederum zieht die geforderten Flüchtlingsquoten für alle EU-Länder ins Absurde: Wenn sich gestern in Bicske Leute auf die Gleise werfen, schreien, in überhitzten Waggons ohne Essen sitzen bleiben, nur weil sie um jeden Preis nach Deutschland wollen, wie werden diese Menschen reagieren, wenn sie dank EU-Quote nach Estland, Polen oder Portugal geschickt werden? Wohl ziemlich genau so.

Die möglichen Lösungen für diese stinkende Misere sind alle einigermaßen problematisch:

Erstens, sich abschotten und einbunkern. Das endet vermutluch in Grenzzäune und irgendwann auch in Selbstschussanlagen, denn der Exodus aus den Krisenregionen hat gerade erst begonnen und wird vermutlich nicht mehr abreißen, wenn sich die Situation in den Krisenregionen nicht drastisch ändert. Die derzeitigen Flüchtlingsströme demonstrieren, wie relativ einfach es geworden ist, große Distanzen zu überwinden, und welch ein lukratives und risikoarmes Geschäft es geworden ist, Menschen in großen Mengen zu verschiffen. Das Geschäft hat gerade erst begonnen.

Zweitens, die Situation in den Krisenländern drastisch ändern. Das wird wohl nur über militärische Interventionen und anschließenden Wiederaufbauhilfen funktionieren. Allerdings ist die Lust der EU, sich mit kleingesparten Armeen in einen Guerillakrieg gegen radikale Gotteskrieger zu begeben, verständlicherweise gering, und den USA, die die Syrien-Kriese mit ausgelöst haben, ist nicht zuzutrauen, dass sie nicht ein ähnliches Chaos hinterlassen wie im Irak oder in Afghanistan. Zudem ist noch nicht gesagt, ob die Verlockungen des westlichen Kapitalismus nicht ohnehin stärker sind; man würde damit zwar den Flüchtlingen im Libanon und der Türkei die Rückkehr ermöglichen, aber Deutschland würde vermutlich nichts von seiner Attraktivität einbüßen.

Drittens, sich der Macht des Faktischen beugen, die Einwanderungsgesetze radikal ändern, und die Leute ins Land lassen. Es werden halt nicht wenige sein. Der deutsche Innenminister sprach vor kurzem von 800.000 zu erwartenden Migranten in diesem Jahr, eine Zahl, die aufgrund der weiterhin steigenden Flüchtlingszahlen bereits in Zweifel gezogen wird; im kommenden Jahr werden es vermutlich deutlich mehr sein. Die Frage, die oft gestellt wird, ob Deutschland einer Million Menschen und eventuell einer weiteren Millionen im nächsten Jahr eine Unterkunft anbieten kann, kann man zwar ziemlich sicher mit "ja" beantworten, wesentlich wichtiger scheint mir aber eine andere Frage zu sein: Kann Deutschland diesen Menschen auch entsprechend viele Arbeitsplätze geben?


          Der blaue Fleck auf der Mariahilfer Straße   

Der Bürgermeister von Vorderholzing, einem imaginären Ort in der Nähe von Schilda, hatte eine Idee: Er wollte einen Badeteich bauen lassen, wusste aber nicht so recht, was die Bevölkerung davon halten würde. Also ließ er, bevor er die Bagger bestellte, in der Größe des geplanten Teichs blaue Farbe auf die Wiese leeren und lud die Bewohner ein, den neuen Teich zu testen. Ein paar Leute stellten auch ihre Liegestühle am Ufer des blauen Flecks auf oder breiteten ihre Picknickdecken aus, aber es wollte keine richtige Badestimmung aufkommen.  Der Bootsverleiher fand es zu mühsam, die Boote händisch über den blauen Fleck zu ziehen und gab nach zwei Tagen entnervt auf, auch weil dauernd Kinder mitten auf dem blauen Fleck herumliefen und ihn irritierten. Als dann die blaue Farbe auch noch Wildschweine anlockte und diese die Gegend unsicher machten, wurde die blaue Farbe wieder von der Wiese entfernt und das Projekt Badeteich abgesagt.

Wer diese Geschichte absurd findet, sollte bedenken, dass dasselbe momentan auf der Mariahilfer Straße geschieht. Auch dort wird eine irreale Situation simuliert, und ebenso wenig wie ein blauer Fleck auf einer Wiese ein Badeteich ist, ist eine zweispurige Straße mit ein paar Schildern und Bodenmarkierungen eine Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone. Sämtliche Probleme, die derzeit in der Mariahilfer Straße auftreten und die zu Recht kritisiert werden, sind allein dadurch begründet, dass keinerlei bauliche Maßnahmen getroffen wurden, um aus einer für den Autoverkehr konzipierten Straße eine taugliche Fußgänger- und Begegnungszone zu machen.

Verkehrsteilnehmer nehmen ihre Umgebung sensuell, nicht rational wahr. Die Fahrbahn beginnt, wo die Gehsteigkante ist. Auf gepflasterten Gehsteigen ist die Gehgeschwindigkeit niedriger als auf asphaltierten. Wo es laut ist, wird niemand verweilen. Etwas, das wie eine Fahrbahn aussieht und sich wie ein solche anfühlt, ist und bleibt eine Fahrbahn, egal welche Schilder und Bodenmarkierungen dort zu finden sind. Eine Fußgängerzone wird weder von den Fußgängern noch von den anderen Verkehrsteilnehmern als solche wahrgenommen, so lange es eine vom Gehsteig getrennte Fahrbahn gibt, egal, ob diese als solche benutzt wird oder nicht.

Mehrfach konnte man lesen, dass die Fußgänger in der Mariahilfer Straße nach wie vor vor allem auf den Gehsteigen gehen und sich nicht trauen, die Fahrbahn zu überqueren. Dabei scheinen die Autoren solcher Zeilen ebenso wie die beschriebenen Fußgänger vergessen zu haben, dass es die "Fahrbahn" ja offiziell gar nicht mehr gibt! Die Raumwahrnehmung ist eben stärker als alle Verkehrsschilder, und da die Gehsteigkanten noch da sind, wird die Trennung Gehsteig/Fahrbahn auch noch als solche wahrgenommen und teilweise verzweifelt nach den verschwundenen Schutzwegen gesucht oder sogar deren Wiedereinführung gefordert, vergessend, dass in einer Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone ja überall Schutzweg ist.

Die Busspur für den 13A scheitert, abgesehen davon, dass sie vom Betriebsrat relativ offensichtlich zu Wahlkampfzwecken genutzt wird, im Grunde am gleichen Problem: Wiener Radfahrer wissen zur Genüge, dass Radwege, die einfach nur auf Gehwege aufgemalt wurden, von den Fußgängern ignoriert werden, und zwar egal, ob sie rot, grün oder nicht eingefärbt sind. Seit letzter Woche wissen die Busfahrer des 13A, dass dasselbe auch für aufgemalte Busspuren gilt. Die Busspur des 13A hätte jedoch funktionieren können, hätte man einfach die Gehsteige bis an den Rand der Busspur vorgezogen und dort mit einer einfachen Gehsteigkante abgetrennt. Den Beweis dafür findet man ums Eck: In der Neubaugasse fährt der 13A zwischen Lindengasse und Mariahilfer Straße seit Jahrzehnten ohne Probleme, ohne Unfälle und ohne Personalproteste durch eine de facto Fußgängerzone, und zwar ohne 20 km/h-Limit und ohne rote Fahrbahn, aber eben mit einer entsprechenden Straßengestaltung.

Es ist bekannt, dass Autofahrer (und im übrigen auch Radfahrer) umso schneller fahren, je breiter eine Straße ist. In einer echten Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone gibt es keine Fahrbahn, also sinkt die Geschwindigkeit drastisch. In der Mariahilfer Straße wurde die zweispurige Fahrbahn durch den Entfall der Parkplätze hingegen optisch auf vier Spuren verbreitert. Zu erwarten, dass dabei die Geschwindigkeit sinkt oder sich Autofahrer auf einer vierspurigen Straße an ein 20 km/h-Limit halten, ist allein schon deshalb unrealistisch, weil auf einer derart breiten Fahrbahn Geschwindigkeiten wesentlich niedriger wahrgenommen werden als sie sind.

In gleicher Weise ist es sinnlos, über Radfahrer zu schimpfen, die schneller als mit Schrittgeschwindigkeit auf einer mehrspurigen Fahrbahn fahren, auf der sich noch dazu nur relativ wenige Fußgänger bewegen. Das hat nichts mit Rücksichtslosigkeit zu tun, es wird unter diesen Bedingungen einfach nicht als Notwendigkeit wahrgenommen, weil die Fahrbahn breit und größtenteils leer ist und "ja eh Gehsteige da sind". Dass Fahrradverkehr mit Rücksichtnahme in echten Fußgängerzonen durchaus funktioniert, und zwar durchaus im Schritttempo, beweisen Beispiele weltweit, von der Rue St. Denis in Paris bis zur Tuchlauben in Wien.

Auf der Mariahilfer Straße ist also der Probebetrieb der größte Feind des Echtbetriebs. Statt eines fortschrittlichen Verkehrsberuhigungskonzeptes wird hier ein Worst-Case-Szenario getestet, nämlich ob und in wie weit man Fußgänger auf eine Fahrbahn schicken und sie dort einem zwar reduzierten, aber unregulierten Auto- und Radverkehr aussetzen kann. Das hat mit einer echten Fußgänger- und Begegnungszone ebenso wenig zu tun wie ein blauer Fleck auf einer Wiese mit einem Badeteich, und es ist zudem um einiges gefährlicher.

Dass der Vorschlag für diesen so genannten "Probebetrieb" ausgerechnet aus dem Grünen Verkehrsressort kam, ist verwunderlich, denn die Idee wirkt eher so, als käme sie aus einer teuflischen Denkfabrik des politischen Gegners (auch wenn Die Presse darauf hinweist, dass wohl eher zu viele Köche den Brei verdorben haben dürften). Sollte dieses für Wien richtungsweisende Projekt scheitern, dann liegt es nicht an der Unmöglichkeit einer Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone, sondern einzig und allein daran, dass eine solche in der Mariahilfer Straße nie getestet wurde.

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Der Autor dieses Artikels ist Fachreferent für Technik, Verkehr und Raumplanung an der Universitätsbibliothek Wien.


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          Idiot President is Lonely   
An excerpt from The Washington Post: A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease Bush, Grasping for Answers and Fixated on Iraq, Remains Resolute By Peter Baker Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 2, 2007; Page A01 At the nadir of his presidency, George W. Bush is looking for answers. One at a time or in […]
          Great Expectations   

PHILADELPHIA—On the Kerry plane Thursday, reporters asked Mike McCurry why the campaign agreed to make the foreign-policy debate first, as the Bush campaign wanted, instead of third, as the Commission on Presidential Debates had scheduled it. "You know, we have to take anything like that and turn it into an opportunity," McCurry said. So, you see it as an opportunity? Not quite: "I'm supposed to lower expectations, not raise them."

Maybe McCurry should tell the candidate. I counted six times this week that Kerry raised his debate expectations by disparaging President Bush's intelligence or knowledge, seven if you count a comment made by Sen. Joe Biden during a Friday rally here. During his Monday night appearance on David Letterman, Kerry said that during the debates, "George Bush is gonna sit on Dick Cheney's lap," an apparent reference to the widespread Democratic belief that the vice president is the ventriloquist/puppeteer and Bush is the dummy. (At least, I hope that was the reference.) On Tuesday's Live With Regis & Kelly, Kerry said of the just-concluded debate negotiations, "The big hang-up was George Bush wanted a lifeline where he could call," an allusion to Regis Philbin's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? game show. That night in Orlando, Kerry said that President Bush says he would have gone to war "even if he knew there was no connection of al-Qaida and Sept. 11 and Iraq—which we knew, but even if he knew that." In Columbus on Thursday, Kerry mocked Bush's claim that the CIA was "just guessing" about Iraq in its National Intelligence Estimate by implying that the president didn't understand the nature of the report and hadn't looked at it: "It's called an analysis. And the president ought to read it, and he ought to study it, and he ought to respond to it." On Friday on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania *, Biden compared the two candidates for president by saying, "John Kerry understands and has actually read history." Earlier that morning, during Kerry's war-on-terror speech at Temple University, Kerry noted that the president agreed to testify before the 9/11 commission "only with Vice President Cheney at his side," and he ridiculed Republican claims that a new president wouldn't be able to get more allies involved in Iraq and the war on terror by saying, "I have news for President Bush: Just because you can't do something doesn't mean it can't be done."

Good lines all—well, except the sitting-in-Cheney's lap one. But was this the week to trot out the Bush-is-an-idiot-controlled-by-Cheney meme? I thought the campaigns were supposed to talk up their opponents before the debates, not deride them. Kerry is Cicero and Bush is Rocky Marciano, the man who has never lost.

Other than this minor misstep in the expectations game, however, Kerry set himself up well this week for Thursday's debate, which will be the most decisive event in the presidential campaign so far. The foreign-policy debate deserves to go first, because this is a foreign-policy election. At Kerry's town halls, even the ones that are supposed to be about health care or Social Security or the economy, the majority of voters ask him questions about Iraq. Here's one way to think about next week's face-off: Bush and Kerry are running for leader of the free world, not just president of the United States, and both candidates want to cast themselves as a global Abraham Lincoln while defining their opponent as an international version of John C. Calhoun.

Bush lays claim to the mantle of Lincoln the Emancipator: Like the 16th president, Bush believes that individual liberty trumps state sovereignty (the international version of states' rights). Sure, Saddam Hussein was sovereign, but he was a tyrant and a menace to his people, Bush says, so America's invasion was a just one. Kofi Annan says Bush's invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law, but Bush appeals to a higher law that says that some laws and some rulers are illegitimate. Bush laid out his Lincolnesque doctrine of liberty over sovereignty in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention: "Our nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom." Bush wants to paint Kerry as a global Calhoun, a man who prefers French sovereignty to Iraqi freedom.

Kerry, on the other hand, casts himself as Lincoln the preserver of the Union (while at the same time questioning Bush's competence and highlighting the disparity between the president's "fantasy world" ideals and the "world of reality" on the ground). I don't want to overstate this, because the Republican caricature of Kerry as a one-worlder who would let France exert a veto over American security is inaccurate. But Kerry clearly believes in the international structures and institutions that have been created since World War II, and he sees Bush, shall we say, nullifying them. In this version of the story, it's Bush who is Calhoun, the man who would elevate the shortsighted rights of his state over the compact that every state has entered to promote the greater good.

This analogy, like all historical analogies, is flawed in many ways. It may be particularly unfair to Kerry, who on the stump talks about relying on allies out of pragmatism rather than idealism. But it gets at the factor that I think will determine the winner of next week's debate: Which candidate will be able to present himself as the internationalist and his opponent as the isolationist? Bush says Kerry would turn his back on the people of the world who suffer under tyranny. Kerry says Bush has already turned his back on the world and has replaced dictatorship in Iraq with chaos, not the freedom he claims.

It will be an uphill battle for Kerry. So far, he's been successful at pointing out the flaws in Bush's policies, but he hasn't convinced enough people that President Kerry's policies would be any better. And Bush's bounce out of the Republican convention showed how attractive the president's principles, if not his policies, are.

In July, voters seemed to have decided that they'd like to get rid of Bush. But when they turned their attention to his potential replacement, they were disappointed by what they discovered. The Republican convention exploited that disappointment, and now there are more undecided voters than ever—because voters found out they don't like either guy.

Bush lost the incumbent's referendum, then Kerry lost the one on the challenger. Now we don't know what we want. That's why Thursday will be so critical. For Kerry to win, he needs to argue successfully that liberty and the international order, like strength and wisdom, are not opposing values.

Correction, Sept. 27, 2004: This article originally said that Biden spoke at the University of Philadelphia. He spoke at the University of Pennsylvania. (Return to corrected sentence.)


          No, Really, It's About Vietnam   

TORONTO—At its simplest, George Butler's pro-Kerry documentary Going Upriver is a powerful rebuttal of the errors—factual and moral—made by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. But the movie also tries, with limited success, to do something more ambitious: to argue implicitly that the current war in Iraq is directly analogous to the war in Vietnam, and that John Kerry's actions of 30-odd years ago really are the most important issue facing Americans in this election. Kerry was right then, the movie implies, which makes him right now.

"You can't understand John unless you understand what Vietnam is to him," a voice—I think it's Max Cleland—declares during Going Upriver's opening moments. The answer to that mystery isn't entirely clear by the end of the film, but it's obvious what Vietnam symbolizes to George Butler: Iraq. Neil Sheehan, an author and historian (and former Vietnam correspondent) who gets a lot of screen time in the movie, is one of the first to make the implicit comparison between the mistakes of Vietnam and the mistakes in Iraq. "Everyone believed in the war at first," he says. Next, we see LBJ making the moral and humanitarian case for war, to "help the little nations" against the tyranny of larger aggressors. Butler doesn't connect the dots for the audience, but it's impossible to miss his drift.

In another scene, we see video of a dead Vietnamese man while listening to Kerry's words about how the orders he is following are supposedly for the benefit of dead men like this one. Sheehan, the historian, makes the obvious parallel: "They were coming as liberators," but the Vietnamese resisted, no matter the cost, no matter how long it took. A veteran debating John O'Neill on the Dick Cavett Show says that opposing your government isn't the same as opposing your country, and that the war in Vietnam has nothing to do with democracy or freedom. "We're destroying ourselves as a nation," he says, instead of being the country that others want to emulate. Sound familiar?

After Sheehan's "liberators" comment, the moment in the film with the most contemporary resonance is at the Winter Soldier hearings, when a soldier displays a photo of himself, grinning ear to ear, over a dead body. Other soldiers tell how they weren't given instructions in the Geneva Conventions or taught how to treat prisoners of war. One soldier says he was told to count POWs only after unloading them from a boat, never when boarding them, in case one or two didn't make it.

There are reminders, at times, of how different the two wars are: The casualties in Vietnam were much higher, 1,500 dead and 8,000 wounded in the Tet Offensive alone. And Max Cleland says he felt betrayed by the occupant in the Oval Office, something I doubt many troops feel today (though active-duty military support for Bush isn't as high as it has been in recent years for Republicans). "Here we are, mid-assault, and the commander-in-chief turns his back on us," Cleland says of LBJ's decision not to run for re-election.

But the film repeatedly emphasizes the youthful Kerry's statements about his lifetime opposition to war. We hear his letter to Julia Thorne after the death of his friend Dick Pershing, in which Kerry writes that if "I do nothing else in life," he will work to convince people that war (this war, or all war?) is a "wasteful expenditure." During the Vietnam Veterans Against the War march on Washington, Kerry declares that his protest is "not the struggle of one day" but of a lifetime, and that admitting a mistaken policy doesn't mean that America is a "craven, hollow place."

What lessons has Kerry learned, though? When will he explain them to us? It's become a cliché to wonder what happened to the youthful Kerry, to the eloquent young man who risked his political viability to oppose a war out of principle. Just because Kerry opposed Vietnam doesn't mean he has to oppose the war in Iraq, of course, but the largely antiwar crowd at the premiere was stoked by Going Upriver into believing that. During the Q&A after the movie, one man stood and asked, if Kerry he opposed the war in Vietnam out of patriotism and love of country, why doesn't he do the same today? Chris Gregory, a former Army medic and VVAW member who appears in the movie and attended the premiere, objected and said, "It's a little too broad a brush" to say that Vietnam and Iraq are one and the same. "John is very focused on winning this job," Gregory said. "He wants to be right. But he wants to win more than he wants to be right."


             










August seems to have been one of those months with a non-stop succession of visitors! All very welcome, but there has been a slow down in craft progress. However, I've managed to complete a number of things, so here's an update. Firstly, you remember the baby sampler I wanted to take to the show? Well, the weather meant the show was cancelled, about five days before the big day, as the ground was so wet it would have turned into a quagmire. Naturally, I was very disappointed, especially as the framer has done a really wonderful job (I went with the framer rather than simply putting it into a bought frame, at Andrew's suggestion ). From the same little book as the sampler design, I stitched a card to welcome the new baby. As you can see from the attached pic, I added a few green seed beads to the border, and mounted it into a little aperture card, with some adorable "girly" ribbon attached. Since I started the card, the baby arrived, and is a healthy little girl called Amelie. The sampler and card are being dispatched tomorrow after Andrew has carefully packed them.

Secondly, my dear great-aunt (92) has been in hospital with a foot problem, so I attach a get well card I made for her. A narrow pink base card,with pink and green papers layered above. Then some of the new die cuts added and a little bit of glitter added via some Stickles (glitter glue). Very simple but very pretty.

Thirdly, I have started out on Christmas cards for the greyhound shop. First batch, made and bagged up are pictured. There are about 20 here. I usually aim to make a couple of hundred.
Fourthly, I attach a pretty anniversary design (which would also work for a wedding) by Joan Elliott, that I stitched for Andrew's parents. Not surprisingly, I added some clear seed beads to the design, and it looks lovely mounted up in its card.

Finally, my auntie has been staying with us this past week, so we had a nice bit of "crafty" shopping. Went again to the new Hobbycraft and a visit to Inkspot, our local favourite craft store.

             



A few things to update on. July of course is when I disappear from the planet to immerse myself in Tour World - all other things become secondary to that. This year's Tour finishes this Saturday so I will begin to re-emerge from my hibernation then. I'll start with some cross-stitch. One of Andrew's colleagues is expecting her first baby very shortly (approximately three weeks) so I decided to stitch a small sampler for her and her husband and the new arrival (sex unknown). This is a very pretty Joan Elliott design from a small supplement that came with the World of Cross Stitch some time ago - I like Joan Elliott's designs very much. As you can see I am stitching it on a pretty pale blue aida which has been dyed in a way to appear like clouds with little swirls of lighter and darker colours - very attractive. The design is predominantly in soft pastels and won't become distinctive until I add the backstitch at the end. There will also be beads to add which should add a very nice finishing touch. The sampler is small enough for me to feel as though I am making good progress and I am enjoying stitching it. Keeping my fingers crossed, I should have it finished, pressed, framed and a matching card stitched and made up by the time the baby arrives. I will probably pop down to Ikea for a simple frame, likely plain white wood.
Also pictured are some ATCs that I made recently for a Docrafts colour swap in pale blue. Following the wonderful day in May over at Barry, I have fallen in love with the technique of blending inks using cotton wool and in this case I started with two plain white cards. Both were coloured using pale blue ink and then a little bit of darker blue added round the edges to give an attractive shaded effect. On one, I stamped and glittered some birds, the word "Love" and some swirly motifs. On the other, I used some butterfly stickers, glitter glue, ribbon and a rose bud bow to finish the decoration. These were posted a couple of days ago, and I now have a list of other swaps waiting for me to get stuck into.

             




A nice assortment of projects in this post.
First up, another colour swap on the Do crafts ATC forum. The theme was amber/tangerine/orange. For the first card, I covered it in a pretty orange floral print paper that was a part of my goody bag from the recent ATC day in Barry. Then I added a strip of yellow self adhesive ribbons covered in orange flowers, and then added some orange toned die cut flower shapes. Finally, I finished off with a couple of orange butterfly gems that I carefully glued on. For the other two, I took two ATC base cards, that I coloured using shaving foam at the Barry ATC event, in shades of yellow, orange and red. Thed edges were coloured with a red ink pad, then I stamped both with an Anna Griffin paisley stamp in red ink. Finally I added some pretty K & Co adhesive butterfly and bird stickers - in gorgeous rich colours. And off they went! Will be receiving my swapped cards early next week.
Secondly, a 30th birthday card for my friend Rebecca in Cardiff. I took two pieces of card from a DCWV box, one scalloped and turquoise, the other plain yellow and layered them up. On the card, I added a piece of Laura Ashley printed paper, with lots of bright turquoise and yellow in the mix. I then put a yellow ribbon across the card, and used my pokey tool to punch a hole, allowing me to add a yellow flower with blue brad. Finally, I used a bright blue ink to stamp Happy Birthday on a piece of yellow card and added that with 3d foam pads to the front of the card. It was Rebecca's birthday yesterday and she loved the card. We are going out with her to celebrate on Saturday night - about 25 friends all going for pizza.
Finally, a cross-stitched design for Father's Day, for my FIL. This is a Joan Elliott design, and is great. It came with a CD of designs that was a giveaway about two years ago with a copy of Cross Stitcher magazine, and is a reliable source of attractive designs for all sorts of occasions. I liked this cockerel - something so cheerful about the colours. It was a pleasure to stitch, the design coming together very nicely and with only a few fractional stitches. It was mounted in the card tonight and will be hitting the post first thing tomorrow morning.

          Their Kind of Town   

NEW YORK—Zell Miller will be the most notable apostate at the Republican National Convention, but Ed Koch gets to be the first. At the first GOP convention ever held in New York City, the first speaker after the opening remarks by Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner is the former mayor, a Democrat. "Why am I here?" the jovial Koch asks the smattering of assembled delegates at the sparsely attended Monday morning session. "I'm here to convert you. But that's for the next election. This year, I'm voting for the re-election of President George W. Bush." The small crowd gives Koch a huge cheer.

Koch is followed by another New York mayor, the current one. At the first GOP convention ever held in New York City, Republican Michael Bloomberg declares, "Welcome to America's New York." It's a strange choice of words, one that makes it sound as if the Republican delegates suspect they somehow landed in Russia's New York. (Perhaps that was the New York that Koch presided over.) But Bloomberg's choice of words is telling. The picture of New York painted during the convention's morning session is a city in tune with the rest of the country, the South, Middle, and West that most Republicans hail from. Maybe Bloomberg should have said, "Welcome to Red America's New York."

After Bloomberg speaks, a video produced by the History Channel tells the political history of the capital of Blue America, but it's really the history of the Republican Party in New York. We hear about the birth of Teddy Roosevelt, for example, but not, say, the Stonewall riots. (The video also contains the first bit of disinformation at the convention: It calls TR "our second-youngest president" when in fact he was the youngest president, taking office as a 42-year-old after the assassination of President McKinley. JFK, at 43, was the youngest man elected to the presidency.) "America's New York" is where the Bill of Rights was written, not where the gay rights movement began. It's where Abraham Lincoln, the most beloved Republican, denounced the spread of slavery at Cooper Union. It's also home to the machinery of global capitalism: the New York Stock Exchange and the headquarters of more major corporations than any other city.

Long before we get to Rudy Giuliani, New York Mayor No. 3 of the day, the message of Day 1 couldn't be clearer: Don't worry, nervous visitors. Despite what you may have heard from your friends (or seen from the protestors), this is your town!

But the Big Apple love-in doesn't last all that long. No one denounces the city, of course, but the disconnect between the majority of New Yorkers and the majority of Republicans comes across during the succession of speeches by GOP congressional candidates. In the most Jewish city in America, Mississippi congressional candidate Clinton LeSueur strays from President Bush's carefully inclusive religious rhetoric. Instead of making the nonsectarian statement in his prepared text—"The very foundation of this country is faith"—LeSueur says, "The very foundation of this country is Christianity and faith in Jesus Christ."

Ted Poe, a congressional candidate from Texas, goes even further. He compares Upper West Side liberals, at least implicitly, to the nation's enemies in the war on terror. The country is currently fighting for freedom abroad in Iraq, Poe says. But it's also fighting for "basic American principles" at home. "This threat is real," he continues. Don't "complain and criticize as the French did in the war in Iraq." No, this dangerous "threat" must be stopped with a fierce barrage of smaller government and lower taxes. "Sitting on the sidelines is not an option," says Poe, sticking with his hilariously inappropriate analogy. "Now is not the time to be a French Republican" (or, as the official transcript of his piece has it, an all-caps "FRENCH REPUBLICAN").

Who screened Poe's speech? Sure, it's not prime time, but certainly someone pointed out (or someone should have pointed out) that it wasn't a good idea to compare Democrats, by far the majority in New York, to Baathists.

Maybe Poe was more shocked by the scale of the anti-Bush protests in the streets than he should have been. He expected the Republicans to be greeted in Manhattan as liberators.


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          Looking Backward   

MANKATO, Minn.—After watching President Bush speak for only a couple of hours on the 2004 stump, it's easy to see the main tenets of his re-election campaign: My opponent is un-American, or at least less American than me and you. My opponent, much like Al Gore, doesn't know who he is. My opponent is a tax-hiking, big-government liberal. Worse, he wants to ask other countries for permission for America to defend itself against its enemies. Last, and most important, my wife is better than his wife.

What you don't hear from President Bush's stump speech, or from his surrogates, is what he plans to do were he given another four years as president. The problem is particularly glaring on matters of foreign policy. There are glimmers of a domestic agenda in the president's two campaign events Wednesday: He wants to reform America's high schools, increase math and science education, and increase the use of the Internet in schools. He wants more ethanol subsidies. He wants to make health care more available and affordable. He wants less regulation. He likes community colleges. He wants workers to be able to acquire flex time and comp time in lieu of overtime pay.

Bush also gives his audiences a rehash of the greatest hits from his 2000 campaign mantras. He likes tort reform and dislikes "frivolous lawsuits." (A favorite line of Bush crowds: "You cannot be pro-patient and pro-doctor and pro-trial lawyer at the same time. You have to choose. My opponent made his choice, and he put him on the ticket.") He wants private Social Security accounts for younger workers. He likes marriage and the family, which always gets him a big cheer, because what it really means is he's against gay marriage. He's for a "culture of life," "judges who faithfully interpret the law instead of legislating from the bench," and a "culture of responsibility." Not to mention the responsibility society and the ownership society. He's still against the soft bigotry of low expectations. And of course, he wants everyone to love their neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself.

Bush doesn't talk much about the future. He talks about the past. The biggest portions of Bush's speech are spent mounting a vigorous defense of his presidency. When Bush's campaign foundered in New Hampshire four years ago, he retooled his strategy in response to John McCain and began billing himself as a "reformer with results." He's not using that slogan yet, but the rhetoric is similar. "It's not enough to advocate reform," he says. "You have to be able to get it done." The closing section of his speech ends with the mantra, "Results matter." On education, health care, the economy, farms, and security, Bush concludes by saying, "Results matter." Of his Medicare prescription drug benefit, Bush says, "Leaders in both political parties had promised prescription drug coverage for years. We got the job done."

Bush spends the longest amount of time defending his policies after Sept. 11. He takes credit for the creation of the Homeland Security Department (one of those things that Bush voted against before he voted for it), and he takes pride in the Patriot Act. Afghanistan has gone from being the "home base of al-Qaida" to being a "rising democracy." Pakistan, once a "safe transit point for terrorists," is now an ally. Saudi Arabia, he says, "is taking the fight to al-Qaida." Libya has given up its quest for weapons of mass destruction.

Most of all, Bush defends the war in Iraq. He repeats the litany of reasons for going to war: Saddam was defying the will of the United Nations, he harbored terrorists, he funded suicide bombers, he used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. "In other words, we saw a threat," Bush says. "Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and came to the same conclusion."

What Bush doesn't acknowledge is what went wrong: The WMD were never found. We weren't welcomed as liberators. Oil revenues haven't paid for the war. It wasn't a cakewalk. What went wrong? Why? Given four more years, what does Bush plan to do about it? He hasn't told us yet, other than suggesting "more of the same."

"Every incumbent who asks for your vote has got to answer one central question, and that's 'Why?'" Bush says. "Why should the American people give me the high privilege of serving as your president for four more years?" The answer Bush gives to that question is his record. He says he deserves re-election because of what he has already done. At Wednesday's first event, in Davenport, Iowa, U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle embodies this attitude when he introduces Bush to the crowd. "There is no one I would have wanted to be at the helm of this country these last four years than you," Nussle says.

Bush and Nussle are asking the wrong question. The real question an incumbent faces is, what now? What's next? So far, Bush isn't telling. A president's record matters, but the reason it matters is because it has predictive value. Bush's defenders say he is a transformational figure, that he's willing to take on big problems and challenges. Wouldn't you like to know what Bush believes those big problems and challenges would be in foreign policy over the next four years? Are there gathering threats that, like Iraq, he thinks need to be tackled "before they materialize"? The president says that is the lesson of Sept. 11, that the nation must confront its security problems pre-emptively. Where else does he plan to apply that lesson? Does he plan to tell us?

After the 2002 midterm elections, when Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill objected to another round of tax cuts for the rich, Vice President Cheney told O'Neill to discard his worries. We won the midterm elections, Cheney said. "This is our due." As much as liberals dislike President Bush's record over the past four years, it's the prospect of another four years that terrifies them. What they want to know—what keeps them awake at night—is what President Bush hasn't answered yet: What are you going to do next? This time, what will be your due?


          The Composite Candidate   

BOSTON—The early portions of John Kerry's speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president of the United States resembled a typical Kerry for President campaign event. It was variety hour, with Kerry as emcee, introducing and thanking his special guests: his running mate, John Edwards; his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry; his children and stepchildren, Alexandra and Vanessa Kerry and Andre, Chris, and John Heinz; and of course Max Cleland and Kerry's Vietnam "band of brothers." In a new twist, Kerry also took a moment to thank each of his primary opponents by name—Carol Moseley Braun, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Dick Gephardt, Bob Graham, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Lieberman, and Al Sharpton. He thanked them for "teaching me and testing me—but mostly, we say thank you for standing up for our country and for giving us the unity to move America forward." But Kerry forgot to thank them for one other thing: writing his acceptance speech.

When he began his run for the presidency, Kerry possessed the biography, the résumé, the presence, and even the height required for a successful campaign. But initially he struggled to provide a compelling rationale, beyond those assets, for why he should assume the highest office in the land. Sure, he kind of looked like a president, and yes, he seemed to think he deserved it, but that wasn't enough to convince voters in 2003. Later, the rise of Howard Dean and John Edwards sharpened Kerry as a candidate—perhaps because he becomes more focused on deadline, but also because he co-opted their messages, sometimes verbatim.

Kerry turned himself into the Democratic composite candidate, and with the addition of his biography, the one component no other candidate could borrow, he steamrolled the field. So, it was appropriate for him to thank the eight candidates who, in large or small part, provided the content that catapulted Kerry to the nomination and that now, he hopes, will carry him to the presidency.

To be fair, there were healthy chunks of Kerry's message from the primaries in the address. His line that, after Vietnam, "every day is extra" was used in an Iowa TV commercial that helped power him to his surprise victory in the caucuses there. Kerry didn't talk a lot about cutting middle-class taxes during the primaries, but his message that Howard Dean was going to raise taxes on the middle class helped spike Dean's candidacy. The attacks on outsourcing and corporate welfare were familiar to anyone who's watched Kerry campaign, and so was the sense of entitlement—or for those who want to view it charitably, destiny—that came across when he told Americans that as a child in a Colorado hospital, "I was born in the West Wing."

But Kerry also sounded a lot like his running mate, John Edwards. He talked to voters directly about their struggles to pay the bills: "You know what's happening. Your premiums, your co-payments, your deductibles have all gone through the roof." He mentioned the rise in the number of families living in poverty, a pet Edwards issue. His "we're the optimists" line was pure Edwards, and when he noted, "I don't want to claim that God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side," he was pilfering the quote from the guy he chose for the ticket, who used it during their final primary debate.

Kerry sprinkled some of the best stuff from the rest of the field into the speech, too. Dean loved to attack Republicans for trying to appropriate the American flag for their own private use, when in fact it was the flag of all Americans, even—gasp—Democrats. Tonight, Kerry added a similar riff to his repertoire. He also adapted Dean's line about a president's most solemn duty being to tell the truth before taking a nation to war, when he promised to "be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war." There was also a dash of Wesley Clark's "new patriotism," Clark's affirmation of dissent as patriotism's highest form, when Kerry said, "We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism." Clark also had a riff about family values that Kerry adapted tonight, saying, "It is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families."

And, could it be? Was that a tiny drop of Bob Graham I heard when Kerry criticized America's dependence on the Saudi royal family for oil? The speech even contained a hint of Carol Moseley Braun, who liked to say, "It doesn't matter if you came to this country on the Mayflower or a slave ship, through Ellis Island or across the Rio Grande, we're all in the same boat now." What kind of America did Kerry say he wanted to lead? "An America where we are all in the same boat." There were only the tiniest hints, if any at all, of the rhetoric of Gephardt, Kucinich, Lieberman, or Sharpton that I could discern (though I feared before the speech began that its delivery would be pure Joementum), but that was for the best. There's no use burglarizing the poorest houses in your neighborhood.

Kerry shouldn't be criticized for adopting his competitors' rhetoric, especially now that the race is long over. Good politicians borrow, after all, while great politicians steal. And the candidate of a unified party might was well be the sum of all its candidates.

There are two questions, though, about Kerry's use of this political strategy. For one, there's a limit to how much longer he can use it. The zeal of the Democrats to retake the White House grants Kerry a fair amount of leeway to co-opt Bush's message and appeal to the center for the next three months, but he can't exactly get up and declare himself the candidate of compassionate conservatism. (Or can he?)

Perhaps more important is the extent to which Kerry's remarkable ability to be all things to all Democrats has convinced nearly every faction of the party, from paleoliberals to New Democrats, that he is their candidate. Should Kerry actually take office in January, won't his grand coalition splinter once he starts disappointing certain elements within it? My guess is yes, and that Kerry doesn't particularly care at the moment. It's a problem he'd be happy to grapple with for four more years.


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          The Cheese Stands Alone   

BOSTON—Throughout his presidential campaign, John Kerry has relied on a team of salesmen to make the case for why voters should elect him as the next man to occupy the Oval Office. Even before the arrival of John Edwards as his running mate, Kerry seemed to know that he needed a charismatic advocate by his side at all times. In Iowa, Christie Vilsack, the wife of Hawkeye State Gov. Tom Vilsack, charmed the crowds at Kerry events, and the surprise arrival of this-man-saved-my-life Jim Rassman cinched the caucuses for Kerry. In New Hampshire, it was Bay State neighbor Teddy Kennedy who entertained the audience, while Kerry was content to play master of ceremonies to a cavalcade of guest stars. In effect, the first three days of the Democratic convention take the conceit of the standard Kerry campaign event to its logical conclusion, by eliminating the candidate entirely.

Unfortunately, it didn't work quite as well on Monday night as I expected. Al Gore and Jimmy Carter, the night's two main speakers not named Clinton, made powerful and persuasive critiques of George W. Bush's presidency, but they failed to advance much of a positive case for a President Kerry. Gore, the first major speaker to take the stage, gave the best speech it's possible for Al Gore to deliver, hitting that third gear he usually skips, the one in between robotic Gore and mental-patient Gore. It felt like Gore's turn to have a Bob Dole moment, to reinvent himself as an elder statesman who laughs at himself.

But what the speech did for Gore is less important than what it did for Kerry: not enough. Gore's case against Bush was clear and convincing. He asked those who voted for his opponent four years ago, "Did you really get what you expected from the candidate that you voted for? Is our country more united today? Or more divided? Has the promise of compassionate conservatism been fulfilled? Or do those words now ring hollow? For that matter, are the economic policies really conservative at all? Did you expect, for example, the largest deficits in history?" Gore also reached out to Nader voters—and maybe even to capital-L Libertarians—asking, "Do you still believe that there was no difference between the candidates?" Gore even advanced what Mickey Kaus dubs the "Pedro Martinez" theory of the presidential campaign. He asked supporters of the Iraq war to consider the merits of a relief pitcher: "Wouldn't we be better off with a new President who hasn't burned his bridges to our allies, and who could rebuild respect for America in the world?"

But if you're deciding whether to turn to the bullpen, it matters whether the guy warming up is Eric Gagne or Byung-Hyun Kim, and Gore doesn't do much to assure voters who aren't certain about Kerry's merits. Here's the entirety of his case for Kerry: He is loyal. He is honest. He is patriotic. He served in Vietnam. He protects the environment. He fights narcoterrorism. He's a deficit hawk. He picked John Edwards.

It's not a bad list, but it feels insufficient. Carter's speech suffered from a similar problem. It was filled with reasons to vote against George Bush but not enough reasons to vote for John Kerry. Carter's critique of Bush was even more effective than Gore's, though, in part because it was so genially vicious. Alone of all the speakers Monday night, Carter alluded to Bush's service, or lack thereof, in the National Guard. He noted that Truman and Eisenhower, the two presidents Carter served under during his time in the Navy, "faced their active military responsibilities with honor." Kerry, likewise, "showed up when assigned to duty, and he served with honor and distinction." Carter also came the closest of any speaker to calling Bush a liar. He said that if Bush wins reelection, "the manipulation of truth will define America's role in the world," and he said that "in the world at large we cannot lead if our leaders mislead." Carter even made what to my ear sounds like a reference to the Abu Ghraib scandal, saying that "we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others."

Like Gore, however, Carter's embrace of Kerry wasn't as persuasive as his denunciation of Bush. This is nice, but it just isn't enough, I think to myself. Maybe Kerry can't rely on surrogates anymore. He's going to have to finally sell himself. Then Bill Clinton strode into the FleetCenter to worshipful applause.

Clinton sold Kerry, rather than just tearing down the leading brand. And he managed to tie Kerry's Vietnam experience into a compelling thematic refrain, with Kerry declaring "send me," like a believer answering God's call, every time his nation needed him. Soon, the crowd began chanting Clinton's refrain with him. As usual, Clinton's familiarity with the language of religion added depth to his oratory. After Clinton said to remember the Scripture, "Be not afraid," I found myself singing the hymn in my head: "I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart." More concisely: Send me.

The speech was everything Kerry could have wished for, an electric performance by the party's most charismatic salesman. Still, as the former president walked off the stage, I had to wonder how many people were thinking: Send Clinton. This man would beat President Bush—again—in a romp. Kerry, on the other hand, hasn't yet proved that he can close the deal.

So, in the end, Clinton's speech was just like Gore's and Carter's. It was nice, but it isn't enough.


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          The Final Days   

MILWAUKEE—We're at the point in the movie where you know how it's going to end, but you stay up late to watch anyway, no matter how painful it gets. The only reason we're here is to watch the beheading of Howard Dean, one reporter declares in the press room after Sunday night's debate. But didn't we see that part already? The end of Dean's quest for the Democratic presidential nomination is winding up with the leisurely pace of the interminable conclusion of The Return of the King. After New Hampshire, there's been nothing but denouement.

Wisconsin was supposed to be Dean's dramatic last stand. Instead, it has all the excitement of the Missouri primary, but at least Missouri had the excuse that there weren't any candidates there. Members of the Dean campaign staff used Saturday to tour the Miller brewery—some are now sporting Miller High Life lapel pins—and I mentioned that I thought that was a pretty smart use of their free day, since Dean was in Vermont that night watching his son's final high-school hockey game. "They're pretty much all free days now," a campaign staffer replied.

But Dean isn't the only candidate facing a death watch. I hear rumors before the debate that both John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich are dropping out. I don't believe either rumor, but I can't decide whether it's more shocking that people believe Edwards is leaving or that Kucinich is.

Kucinich will never drop out. He's said so several times, and he's the one candidate who I believe means everything that comes out of his mouth. He really means it when he talks about the "militarization of thought," about being a "peace president," and about wanting to "change the metaphor of our society from war to peace." He was serious when he said in the spin room after Sunday's debate that unless we pull out of Iraq, "we're going to have a draft." Irony is not the long suit of the man who extended his wingspan Saturday night in front of a few hundred Democrats and helicoptered silently for several long seconds before shouting "No strings! No strings! No strings! No strings! I'll take you to the White House with no strings attached!" (Mean joke: Sure, he's got no strings to hold him down, but he still needs to be turned into a real candidate.) I feel bad about that joke—not bad enough not to print it—because, as Christopher Hitchens wrote last week, "Dennis Kucinich is the sort of guy who we need in politics." My wife thinks Kucinich is great, except for his crazy positions. I think that's about right.

As for Edwards, what's the point of winning the battle to be the last man standing against Kerry if you're not going to follow through on your long-shot strategy? Edwards did better than expected in Iowa after being endorsed by the state's largest newspaper, followed by a superior performance in the state's final debate. Well, Edwards did pretty well Sunday night—it's fairer to say that Kerry did poorly—and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just endorsed him.

How bad was Kerry's night? It wasn't disastrous, but it's as bad as I've seen him. He sounded like the meandering, orotund Kerry of last summer. His answers to questions about diversity and gay marriage were muddled incoherence, and he claimed that it wasn't his fault that the Bush administration has abused the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the congressional Iraq war resolution. But if you vote for broadly written laws that are abused by the administration in power when you passed them, aren't you at least partly to blame for the consequences? You wouldn't let your 6-year-old drive the family car and then blame him for the accident. And you can be certain that if the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, and the war were popular with Democratic voters, Kerry would be taking credit for them.

Edwards fired off the night's best line in response to Kerry's tortuous answer to a question about whether he feels "any degree of responsibility for the war and its costs and casualties": "That's the longest answer I ever heard to a yes or no question. The answer to your question is: of course; we all accept responsibility for what we did." (The Dean campaign followed up with a press release stating only, "Memo to John Edwards: You are so right.")

But I don't think that moment offsets the fact that Edwards is torching his centrist reputation with his antitrade rhetoric. Granted, it's not only him. Alleged liberal Howard Dean was the only candidate on stage willing to unabashedly defend the passage of free trade agreements such as NAFTA ("I think the free trade agreements were justified"), though he does want to change them now. Kerry seemed evasive when he defended his votes for NAFTA and permanent normal trade relations with China by citing side agreements that dealt with labor and environmental standards.

But Edwards goes much further than Dean and Kerry. His campaign issued a press release trumpeting his votes against "fast track" and against trade agreements with Chile, Singapore, Africa, and the Caribbean. And on stage, he criticized Dean and Kerry for supporting "free trade, as they always have." The anti-NAFTA consensus was the most striking thing to me about Sunday's debate. Was it really more than 10 years ago that Al Gore handed that picture of Reed Smoot and Willis Hawley to Ross Perot on CNN?

Later in the debate, Edwards toned down his rhetoric. "The truth is, some of these jobs are gone," he said. "We're not going to get them back." And I was grateful that no candidate elected to bash Greg Mankiw, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (as Kerry did in a speech Saturday night), for suggesting that the outsourcing of some jobs is good for the American economy in the long run. Bush administration economists have told enough lies—Mankiw's predecessor asserted that there was no connection between the deficit and interest rates, despite writing about the connection in his own textbook—that they deserve some applause when they tell an unpopular truth.


          Dismissed   

MEMPHIS—This is the way a campaign ends. It clings to flailing hopes that Rupert Murdoch and the National Enquirer will bring down the front-runner. The candidate's wife complains to a TV reporter about the media's coverage of her husband. The Washington Post beat reporter says his newspaper is pulling him from the campaign, whether the candidate keeps going or not. During a three-hour ride from Nashville to Memphis, the campaign doesn't provide a campaign spokesman on the press bus. Phone calls and pages go unanswered. The press bus joke is whether the new Clark campaign song should be Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" ("down, down down ..."), Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" ("I thought of quittin', baby, but my heart just ain't gonna buy it"), or Beck's "Loser." Asked about comments from the candidate's son that major changes could be happening in the campaign after the Virginia and Tennessee primaries, Ian Alberg, a campaign staffer says, laughing, "Fire me please," so he can collect unemployment. And, with the possible exception of Wes Clark Jr., anytime anyone says anything interesting, it's off the record.

Exactly a week ago, everyone was certain that Wesley Clark was going to drop out of the presidential campaign after the Feb. 3 primaries until he pulled off a last-minute win in Oklahoma. On Tuesday morning, the Magic 8-Ball once again says that signs point to yes, but there's enough conflicting evidence to keep things muddled for much of the day. The campaign's primary-night party was going to be in Nashville, but it gets moved to Memphis—presumably because Memphis is three hours closer to Clark's home in Little Rock, where he would go after quitting the campaign. But Wes Clark Jr. tells reporters that his father will continue to Super Tuesday, no matter what, because his father told him so Monday night. At a polling place in Nashville, Clark sounds like Howard Dean, telling a voter that he's just waiting for voters to tire of John Kerry. "What's gonna happen is buyer's remorse," he says. "You know, the purpose of a campaign is to wring it out." The day before, to another voter, he said, "I've got a real shot in Wisconsin," and a lot of support in Hollywood.

Still, no one really believes that Clark is staying in the race. At 1:55 p.m., Alberg says, "We're going to Wisconsin tomorrow," but within 20 minutes, reporters on the press bus are still calling sources to arrange interviews for post-mortem stories about the campaign. No one knows who to trust for news about the campaign. Does the staff know? Does Wes Jr. know? Does the general know?

At a stop at Noshville, a Nashville deli, candidate Clark doesn't bother with talking to voters, despite his staff's admonitions. Instead, he sits down and eats lunch for an hour. On the bus to Memphis, he takes a nap. "It's been a pretty nice day, all told," he says once we arrive in Memphis. "It's one of the more restful days I've had on the campaign."

At 5:30 p.m., we stop at a polling place in Memphis. "This is a hallelujah day," a voter calls out to the general. "We're gonna win this thing." Clark's staff urges him to talk to voters on their way in to the polls. "I don't want to be running, like I'm assaulting people," he objects. "You've got to be subtle about it." He tells a voter holding a piece of campaign literature, "My name's on that ballot. No, it isn't. That's a different ballot. Where's my sample ballot?" A staff member hands it to him. "That's my name, Wesley Clark. There's a lot of other people's names, but you don't pay attention to them." He's a four-star general and a major-party presidential candidate, handing out sample ballots. It should be an inspiring example of democracy in action. Instead, it's kind of sad.

Clark, however, is having a blast. "This is pretty much fun, isn't it?" he says. When his staff tells him its time to go, he complains. "Do we have to go? Why can't we just stay?" At another point, he just bursts out giggling. "It just kind of tickles me to see it," he tells the assembled reporters. What's so funny? "You're looking at me. The election's not abut me. It's about all these people who are voting." Since that answer doesn't make any sense, I can only speculate that Clark was struck by the the absurdity of the entire day. In the latest sign of the campaign's impending demise, staffers begin taking pictures of each other like it's the last day of summer camp.

Back on the press bus, we hear that CNN has reported that Clark canceled a fund-raiser in Houston. "Nothing's been canceled," Alberg says. Traveling press secretary Jamal Simmons says, "There is no plan to exit anything tonight except Tennessee." Later, Alberg adds, "He's going to make a speech tonight. He's not going to concede tonight."

It sure sounds like a concession speech. Clark hits strange notes, such as "It just doesn't get any better than this." He congratulates Kerry and John Edwards, calling them "patriots." He doesn't talk about his future plans or where he's going next. Instead, he talks broadly and praises the Democratic Party. He may have lost this race, he says, but "we're not going to lose the battle for America's future." And the song they play at the end is the one that Clark lobbied to have as his campaign song, one that's disliked by his staff: Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Following his father on the way out of the room, Wes Jr's eyes are moist.

Shortly after the speech, 19 journalists huddle outside Clark's room—the Danny Thomas Suite—at the downtown Marriott to demand information on what the campaign is going to do next. The person staying across the hall walks out, and I think he's going to complain about the noise. Instead, it turns out that he's a fellow reporter. He says he overheard some people—he was watching them through his room's peephole—say that Clark had already notified his staff that he was dropping out. But he didn't recognize the speaker.

Just before 10 p.m., we're told that communications director Matt Bennett will come to the press filing center at 11:15 p.m. with an announcement. We pile in the elevator and go downstairs. At about 10:05, we're told that Bennett is coming now. Before he arrives, CNN flashes on the crawl: "AP: Wesley Clark abandons presidential campaign." Bennett shows up and confirms the report.

Not that we really needed confirmation. The candidate had said as much in the ballroom after his speech. He was shaking hands and thanking his supporters. I wish you had competed in the Iowa caucuses, says a supporter. "I wish I had, too," Clark replies. "Everything might have been different if I had done that." Then he walked out.


          That '70s Campaign   

NASHVILLE—The Democratic Party's estimates of its chances of defeating President Bush in November have rebounded in concert with John Kerry's campaign. A little more than a month ago, most Democrats were overly pessimistic about the 2004 election. Now they're overly optimistic. Sunday afternoon, during a press conference prior to a Democratic Party rally at the downtown Hilton here, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., declared not only that "Bush 43 looks very beatable at this point," but also that 2004 could be a congressional "tidal wave year" for the Democrats, akin to 1994 for the Republicans.

And if 2004 isn't a Democratic 1994, maybe it's 1976. That was former Vice President Al Gore's message to the Tennessee Democrats Sunday night. In an angry, sweaty shout, sounding like the second coming of Huey Long, Gore drew an extended comparison between the post-Watergate election of 1976, the year of his first election to Congress, and the post-Iraq election of 2004. John Kerry's two main rivals in Tennessee, Wesley Clark and John Edwards, spoke to the party, too, but Gore was clearly the main event. And if he wasn't before he spoke, he was by the time he was finished.

"You know, there was a mood in '76, a spirit of unity, a feeling of determination that we were going to win that race that year," said Gore, clearly linking that feeling to the resolve of 2004 Democrats to win back the presidency. Gore, however, wasn't referring only to the feelings of national Democrats in 1976. He was referring to the feelings of Tennessee Democrats, who were bitter over a Senate race that had been lost six years earlier.

Gore's father, Albert Gore Sr., was defeated in his 1970 campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Gore made a number of comparisons between 1970 and 1976 in Tennessee and 2000, 2002, and 2004 in America. "President George W. Bush reminds me more of former President Richard Nixon than any of his other predecessors," he said, implying, it seemed, that Nixon smeared his father in the midterm elections of 1970 just as President Bush smeared Georgia Senator Max Cleland in 2002. "They tried to make out like my dad was an atheist because he didn't want a constitutional amendment putting the government in charge of telling children how they ought to worship God in the public schools," Gore said. "They came out with accusations that he was unpatriotic because he was opposed to the Vietnam War and the mistaken policy that got us into that war." Gore recalled his father's concession speech on Election Night: "He took the old Confederate slogan about 'The South shall rise again,' and he stood it on its head. And he proudly proclaimed, 'The truth shall rise again!'"

Gore was also drawing an analogy between his father and himself. He was expressing the hope that just as his father's loss was redeemed by the election of a Democrat, Jim Sasser, to his U.S. Senate seat six years later, so too could Gore be redeemed after his loss to George W. Bush, if the Democrats reclaim the White House in 2004. As Gore stood on stage before his remarks, I wondered, what must it be like to be Samuel Tilden? What's it like to be haunted by the fact that you're a historical footnote? Gore's speech provided some answers.

"We have seen an administration which in my view more closely resembles the Nixon-Agnew administration than any other previous administration," he said. "There's a reason I say that. I don't offer that as simply a casual slur." The crowd laughed. "I'm not above a casual slur," Gore added, in a "mind you" tone, to more laughter. "But I'm biased, I didn't vote for the guy." A man calls out, "Neither did America!" To which Gore responds, "Well, there is that."

He continued: "But here's the reason I say that President George W. Bush reminds me more of former President Richard Nixon than any of his other predecessors. Nixon was no more committed to principle than the man in the moon. He, as a conservative Republican, imposed wage and price controls. Hard to believe in this day and time. But he did. And he cared as little about what it meant to be really conservative as George W. Bush has cared in imposing $550 billion budget deficits and trillions in additions to the national debt. That has nothing to do with conservatism and everything to do with his effort to get re-elected!"

Gore then explained how he planned to travel to Iowa in September 2001 to deliver "a real ripsnorter of a speech" that would have harshly critiqued President Bush's first nine months in office and broken Gore's political silence. He abandoned his plan after the Sept. 11 attacks, he said, and instead swallowed his pride and told the Iowa Democrats of the man he clearly feels stole the presidency from him, "George W. Bush is my commander-in-chief."

"I think there were millions just like me, who genuinely, in spite of whatever partisanship they may have felt prior to that time, genuinely felt like they wanted George W. Bush to lead all of us in America wisely and well," he shouted.

"And the reason I'm recalling those feelings now is because those are the feelings that were betrayed by this president! He betrayed this country! He played on our fears! He took America, he took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place!" Gore closed with his father's line from 1970: "And so I say to you in closing my friends, in the year of 2004, the truth shall rise again!"

The crowded erupted in a frenzy that recalled a Howard Dean audience circa August 2003. Which, if you think about it, is pretty much where Gore still is. Many Democrats took the 2000 election personally, and they saw the Dean campaign as the outlet for their anger and frustration. But no Democrat could have taken it more personally than Al Gore. To those who speculate that Gore's endorsement of Dean was a crude and ill-timed political calculation, this speech was a repudiation.

Not only does he believe that he should rightfully be president, he also thinks he performed his patriotic duty in the aftermath of 9/11, and Bush screwed him for it. To Gore, it seems that beating Bush wouldn't suffice. He wants to convince the world that Bush is one of history's worst presidents.

Gore is still popular with the Democratic base, but after this speech, the question for the party's nominee has to be, do you want this man to speak at the convention in Boston? Even if you like the sentiment behind this speech, if Gore delivers an address like this one in July, the historical analogy won't be to the Democrats of 1976 or to the Republicans of 1994. Instead, the comparison will be to the disastrous Republican convention of 1992. The angry white male is back. Do the Democrats really want him?


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          Republican Campaign Preview   

ST. LOUIS—Dick Gephardt's congressional district is Busch country, if not Bush country, so if you're going to hold a Republican presidential campaign rally in a Democratic stronghold, this one's as appropriate as any. Mary Matalin, who's on board the Bush-Cheney '04 team as a campaign adviser, is in town with a phalanx of Missouri Republicans. I'd say she's in town to distract media attention from the Democratic primary in the largest of the Feb. 3 states, except there's pretty much no Democratic campaign to speak of in Missouri. As a result, Missourians appear more interested in the Democratic primary for governor, between incumbent Gov. Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill, than in presidential politics.

The Bush rally does, however, provide some insight into the general-election campaign message that the Bush-Cheney campaign is trying out. If the Democratic primaries and caucuses over the next four or five weeks are a referendum on John Kerry's electability, it's worth knowing what he's expected to be electable against. Monday's rally is the second Republican event I've attended this campaign—the other was in Nashua, N.H., where John McCain stumped for the president—and the president's re-election argument, as advanced by his surrogates, couldn't be clearer. The Republicans want the threshold question of this election to be: On Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2001, would you rather have had George W. Bush as president or his Democratic opponent?

Both Bush rallies that I've attended emphasize the idea that the president merits re-election as a reward for past performance, as much as—or even more than—any promise of future results. "On Sept. 11, when this nation faced in many respects the greatest threat to our security, President Bush stood forward, led this nation with clarity and with strength, which has earned him the admiration and appreciation of the overwhelming majority of Americans, and I believe has earned him another term as president of the United States of America," McCain said in Nashua. The speakers at Monday's event strike similar notes. "This is a man who has restored peace to the American homeland, after we suffered the worst attack we have suffered here since Pearl Harbor," U.S. Sen. Jim Talent says. U.S. Sen. Kit Bond puts it this way: "I'm most concerned about the war on terror. When Sept. 11, 2001, hit us, George Bush knew what to do."

Al Gore tried to run on the Clinton record of peace and prosperity. The Bush campaign looks like it will run on arguable prosperity and war. Kerry's line that the war on terrorism is as much a law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering operation as it is a military one is derided. "There's only one person gonna be running for president in November of this year who believes that the war against terrorism is a war, against a transnational army that attacked and every day threatens the people of the United States, not a law enforcement action against a few stray criminals," Talent says. Matalin concurs. "This is not a law enforcement effort, as has been said. This is a war. This is a global war. This is a war between barbarism and civilization."

Local boy John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act receive a heaping of praise. "John Ashcroft and the Bush administration have been successful," Bond says. "According to the FBI director, at least 100 planned terrorist attacks, underway for the United States, were disrupted because they used the Patriot Act. Thanks heavens we have the Patriot Act and we have somebody like John Ashcroft ..." I think Bond's concluding phrase is "who's going to use it," but I can't hear him over the crowd's applause. This is Bizarro World when compared to the Democratic campaign trail, where Ashcroft is deemed a supervillain second only to Karl Rove.

"The polls show that one of our colleagues in the United States Senate is leading in the Democratic primary here," continues Bond, referring to Kerry. "He wants to get rid of the Patriot Act. He voted for it, now he doesn't like it." The effectiveness of that line is undercut by Bond's demagogic follow-up: "Personally, I like being free of terrorist attacks." The crowd laughs appreciatively. Later, Matalin says that John Ashcroft is more than a mere terrorist-fighting, cell-breaking, plot-disrupting attorney general. "John Ashcroft is a hero."

Argument No. 3 is that the missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are irrelevant. Partly, because as McCain said back in New Hampshire, "Saddam Hussein acquired weapons of mass destruction, he used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and his enemies, and there is no expert that I know that doesn't believe that if Saddam Hussein was still in power he would be attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction."

But the humanitarian benefits of the Iraq war are emphasized more than the threat posed by Saddam. In Nashua, McCain cited a mass grave of 3,000 "men, women, and children," and added, "My friends, when those 8- and 9-year-old boys were let out of prison in Baghdad, our effort and our sacrifice was justified." Matalin compares Bush's hope for a democratic Iraq to the hopes of Islamic radicals. "There are forces that want to go backwards, that are for oppression, repressing women, there is no freedom, versus going forward into the modern world," she says.

After the event is over, I tell Matalin that the Republican pitch sounds backward-looking. OK, people liked President Bush after 9/11. But that's not an agenda. What's the president's plan going forward? "This is a generational commitment to get this job done," she says. "It took 60 years of a policy of hypocrisy, turning the other way when there was oppression and tyranny in that region, to create this kind of terrorism against America. So, getting a whole region to bring in the hallmarks of a modern state, private property, human rights, rights for women, a judicial system, market principles, it takes more than a campaign cycle. So, he reversed a 60-year policy that wasn't working in the region, and he is putting in place, which is going to take more than one term or two terms, collective security arrangements for the 21st century."

That's a mouthful. And it sets up what I think will be the most intriguing question of the general election. Which candidate will succeed in portraying himself as the internationalist in the race? The Democratic contenders push cooperation, alliances, and multilateral institutions, but they also use nationalist rhetoric to tar Bush for spending money abroad rather than spending it at home (say, "opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them in the United States," a Kerry line). Taking off on some of that nationalist rhetoric, the Bush surrogates describe Democrats as isolationists who want the United States to abandon its leadership role in the world. The Democrats respond by describing President Bush as a unilateralist who abandoned the nation's role as a global leader. Who will succeed in defining himself as a broad-minded internationalist and his opponent as a narrow-minded nationalist? Our next president.


          Closing Arguments   

NASHUA, N.H.—I'm feeling sorry for Dennis Kucinich. And the feeling just makes me feel even sorrier, because pity isn't the emotion he's trying to evoke. Kucinich is standing in front of more than 1,000 Democrats at a fund-raiser Saturday night for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, at which every candidate in the New Hampshire primary except Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak. Kucinich must know that he's not going to win Tuesday night, but at the same time he surely fantasizes that this is his moment, this is his chance to make a winning, last-ditch appeal for his unlikely candidacy.

I am the only candidate who voted against the Iraq war and the Patriot Act, Kucinich proclaims to fervent applause. I am the only candidate "who insists on an immediate end to the occupation." Imagine a presidential debate between President Bush and my opponents (other than Al Sharpton), he says. They supported the war, they voted for the invasion, or they support the occupation. "Where's the debate with President Bush?" he asks.

And it's not just the war. Kucinich wants not-for-profit single-payer health care, and his opponents don't. "This is the time," Kucinich is saying, but I can't hear the rest. He's being drowned out, at least in the back of the room where I stand, by cries of "How-ard! How-ard! How-ard! How-ard!" coming from the hallway, where Howard Dean must have just arrived. Nearly a year of campaigning by the Ohio congressman for the highest office in the land is summed up in this moment. What must it be like to imagine yourself as the leader of an incipient movement for progressivism and then to have that movement led by another man, one that you view as a charlatan?

The night's other tragic figure is Joe Lieberman. He's begging for scraps of support by appealing to state pride, the last refuge of a second-tier candidate. "Hey, let me tell you this, I love New Hampshire," he says. "Did you see me at the debate the other day? I swore to God to fight to the death to protect the first-in-the-nation status of the New Hampshire Democratic primary." Lieberman knows he's not popular, but he's hoping against hope, too. "Looking around this room, I see there are some people supporting some other candidates for president, and I respect that diversity," he says.

See, Lieberman's not a conservative Democrat. He's diverse! "I have never wavered for a moment" on the need to remove Saddam Hussein, he says, and it sounds like three people clap. I'm more electable than the others, he says, because there are "a surprising number of Republicans who are disappointed with George W. Bush and ready to go for an acceptable alternative." There's a winning Democratic primary message: The candidate whom Republicans kinda like!

Lieberman can't get it right even when he's shoring up his liberal bona fides by talking about his plan to fight poverty. "Is it right for George W. Bush to have turned his back on 35 Americans in poverty?" he asks, omitting the crucial word, "million." But he's not discouraged. "I feel something happening in this campaign for me," he says. "My staff says that in New Hampshire today, there is an outbreak of 'Joe-mentum,' and I hope so." That's only the latest painful "Joe" pun in a Lieberman campaign list that includes the "Joe-vember to remember" and the campaign vehicle, the "WinnebaJoe."

As he's wrapping up, thanking "the people of New Hampshire for the warmth and respect" they have given him, Lieberman's speech has the feeling of a farewell, very much like a speech I saw Dick Gephardt give the night before the Iowa caucuses. Miracles do happen, and the Lieberman campaign is circulating a poll that shows him in a fight for third place (most polls show him mired in fifth), but inside this room it feels as if Lieberman, like Kucinich, is clinging to a fantasy.

Of the other candidates, Wesley Clark comes across the worst. "I haven't been a member of this party for very long," he says, and the crowd grumbles. "I know," shouts one man, while another calls out, "No shit!" Now that Dean has turned down his volume, Clark is the race's screamer, and he sounds a little unhinged. "We Democrats have got to take out that president," he says, in an unfortunate turn of phrase for one of the two candidates that has actually killed people. The crowd's applause is polite but tepid, and the race feels like it's slipping away from Clark, too.

The chair of the Democratic Party, Kathy Sullivan, introduces Dean as if he's a figure from the distant past, praising him for energizing the party "at a time when we were tired and unsure of ourselves." Dean draws big cheers, but they mostly come from the people in the back rows and in standing-room-only. A woman calls out to him, "Howard, don't ever give up." A man yells, "Give 'em hope, Howard!" Dean's eyebrows rise as he smiles his wicked grin. "I'm going to resist the temptation," he says.

Nearly a year ago, Dean appeared before the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting and declared, "What I want to know is why in the world the Democratic Party leadership is supporting the president's unilateral attack on Iraq." He pricked the post-9/11 bubble surrounding Bush and in the process transformed himself from a curiosity into a contender. But his speech Saturday barely touches on Iraq. He also says something I don't think I've ever heard him say before: "I ask for your vote."

John Edwards captivates the crowd. Edwards doesn't transfix me the way he does other members of the press. His way of merely describing his message as "positive" and "optimistic" and "uplifting" rather than, you know, actually having a message that embodies those qualities grates on me. What's the difference between Edwards' rhetoric and the awkward "Message: I care" rhetoric of George H.W. Bush? Edwards also has this new gesture he's using, where he puts a finger to his lips to appear thoughtful, that makes him look like Austin Powers.

But his message undoubtedly connects. He enters to enthusiastic applause, though it's not Dean-level. His speech about two Americas, about the importance of fighting poverty, and the borrowed Deanisms about restoring American democracy and taking it away from "that crowd of insiders in Washington, D.C.," and the "I believe in you" conclusion wins nearly everyone over. Edwards has become Howard Dean in the body of a good-looking, smooth-talking Southerner, and as he did in Iowa, he feels hot, hot, hot.

Of course, they're all Dean now. (Or, as The Nation'sDavid Corn put it, they're "the Angry Populist, the Calm Populist, the Polite Populist, the Executive Populist, and the Radical Populist.") John Kerry, who I think has the support of the majority of the crowd, says he wants to "break the grip of the powerful interests in this country and put the people in charge."

If Kerry, or whoever is the party's nominee, becomes president in 2005, he'll have Howard Dean to thank. Dean won. That's why he's losing.


          Wesley Clark's Loose Lips   

Whether it's true or not, Gen. Wesley Clark's rise in the polls in New Hampshire is being partly attributed to some voters having "cold feet" about former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, especially Dean's penchant for making statements that are quickly seized upon by Fox News or the Republican Party as evidence of unpatriotic disloyalty. But Clark has the same propensity for speaking imprecisely off the cuff. Here are some statements I heard him make last week during my trip with him in New Hampshire:

Bush was "warned" about 9/11? "President Bush didn't do his job as commander in chief in the early months of his administration. He was warned that the greatest threat to the United States of America was Osama Bin Laden, yet on the 11th of September in 2001, the United States had no plan for dealing with the threat posed by Osama Bin Laden. The ship of state was on autopilot. There were good CIA officers and FBI officers and everybody doing what they'd been taught to do, but the essential leadership process of putting focus on the resources of the United States, and giving these agencies a real target and a mission, it wasn't done. At least, I think that's what the evidence will show if we ever get the results of this presidential commission, and if they've asked the right questions." (Jan. 6, McKelvieMiddle School, Bedford.)

Bush "never intended" to get Osama Bin Laden? "We bombed Afghanistan, we missed Osama Bin Laden, partly because the president never intended to put the resources in to get Osama Bin Laden. All along, right after 9/11, they'd made their mind up, I guess, that we were going to go after Saddam Hussein. That's what people in the Pentagon told me. And they capped the resources, stopped the commitment to Afghanistan, and started shifting to prepare to go after Saddam Hussein." (Jan. 6, McKelvieMiddle School, Bedford.)

There wasn't a single terrorist in Iraq before the war? "The president was not and has not been held accountable yet for misleading the American people. He is continuing to associate Saddam, Iraq, and the problem of terrorism. Yet the only terrorists that are in Iraq are the people that have come there to attack us." (Jan. 7, Town House, Peterborough.)

Fifty-five million voters are "ill-informed" dupes of the Christian right? "Now, there's one party in America that's made the United Nations the enemy. And I don't know how many of you have ever read that series of books that's published by the Christian right that's called the "Left Behind" series? Probably nobody's read it up here. But don't feel bad, I'm not recommending it to you. I'm just telling you that according to the book cover that I saw in the airport, 55 million copies have been printed. And in it, the Antichrist is the United Nations. And so there's this huge, ill-informed body of sentiment out there that's just grinding away against the United Nations." (Jan. 7, FullerElementary School, Keene.)

Does Islam need an Enlightenment or just Match.com? "Young men in an Islamic culture cannot get married until they can support a family. No job, no marriage. No marriage, unhappy young men. They get real angry, they feel real frustrated, they feel real powerless. And a certain number of them are being exploited in the mosques by this recruiting network." (Jan. 8, Havenwoods Heritage Heights senior center, Concord.)

President Bush doesn't even want to find Bin Laden? "Newsweek magazine says he's in the mountains of western Pakistan. And I guess if Newsweek could find him there, we could, too, if we wanted to." (Jan. 8, Havenwoods Heritage Heights senior center, Concord.)

[Update, 1/15/04: Click here and scroll to the bottom to read a more precise explanation of this article.]


          General Electric   

PETERBOROUGH, N.H.—The metaphorical moment of my first 24 hours on the Clark trail took place late Tuesday, when a college student handed her résumé to a Clark aide and asked for a job. The objective emblazoned across the top of the page stated that she wanted a position with the Kerry campaign, except the word "Kerry" was scratched out and "Clark" was hand-written below it in ink. If that's not proof of Clark's newfound No. 2 status in New Hampshire, Howard Dean's campaign produced still more evidence when it authorized volunteers to distribute anti-Clark flyers at a Clark town-hall meeting Wednesday here in Peterborough.

On one side, the flyer reads "WESLEY CLARK: PRO-WAR," followed by a list of the general's much-discussed statements in support of the congressional Iraq war resolution. It's the stuff that gave Clark grief when he entered the race in the fall: He advised Katrina Swett, campaigning at the time *, to vote for the resolution, and he told reporters this past September that "on balance, I probably would have voted for it." On the other side, the flyer reads "WESLEY CLARK: REAL DEMOCRAT?" followed by Clark's much-discussed statements in praise of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Bush Cabinet, plus evidence of his pro-Republican voting record in presidential elections (until 1992).

Clark strategist Chris Lehane paints this as hypocrisy on Dean's part. After calling on Terry McAuliffe to put a stop to intra-party bickering, the former Vermont governor aims his guns at his fellow Democrats when the tactic serves his interests. Fair enough, but who cares? More important is Clark campaign's sense of pride that it has arrived as a serious Dean rival. No campaign has ever been happier to have a target on its back.

Just as a press release at the Oct. 9 Phoenix debate showed that the Dean campaign considered Dick Gephardt its main obstacle of the moment, these flyers, however mild, demonstrate that Clark has become a big enough irritant to merit a swat of his own. "The Howard Dean campaign is starting to get a little nervous," Mo Elleithee, the campaign's New Hampshire communications director, crows at a conference call slapped together to gleefully respond to Dean's "negative attack flyers." "They're hearing our footsteps."

The Clark campaign insists that it was never engaged in any negative campaigning, and it's true that Clark has refrained from explicitly attacking Dean or any of his opponents at the three events I've attended so far. But there's no disputing that a healthy anti-Dean undercurrent runs through Clark's events. "You want to find the candidate you like, and you want to find the candidate who can win," says the man who introduces Clark in Peterborough. President Bush will run for re-election on national security and tax cuts, and Wesley Clark, he says, unlike Dick Gephardt and Howard Dean, can win on both.

Clark himself is even vaguer, but it's clear to whom he is referring when he opens each stump speech with a declaration that the party must rise above its anger in this election. "I'm not running to bash Bush," he says. "I'm running to replace him." The rest of the speech focuses on his patriotism, his faith, and his policies, but I wonder if this is another quiet shot at Dean. During Vietnam, "Every man in America understood that he had a military obligation," so it's no big deal that Clark served his country, Clark insists. (Did Dean understand his obligation?) And then, at a quick press conference after the town hall, a reporter asks Clark to respond directly to the flyers. Sounding more than ever like the man who just attacked him, Clark replies, "I guess that's what professional politicians do."

Correction, Jan. 9, 2004: In the original version of this article Chris Suellentrop referred to Katrina Swett as "Representative," when in fact she was merely campaigning for Congress at the time. Return to the corrected sentence.


          The Second-Place Candidate   

BEDFORD, N.H.—When I last saw Wesley Clark, I called him "Howard Dean with flags." Since then, he's reinvented his candidacy and made himself an even bigger threat to the former Vermont governor. He's now Howard Dean with flags and tax cuts.

Clark seems pretty close to emerging as the consensus pick for the only realistic non-Dean candidate. By sitting on the sidelines during the various Dean-Kerry, Dean-Gephardt, Dean-Lieberman, and Dean-"Insert Democratic candidate here" scraps, it appears that Clark's benefited from the "Dean vs. the Washington Democrats" infighting. He's in a statistical tie with Dean in a national poll. And by camping out in New Hampshire while everyone else makes a two-week sprint toward Iowa, Clark hopes to rise even further in the Granite State polls, too. (To be fair, not everyone is in Iowa. Joe Lieberman is spending a good deal of time in New Hampshire. But Clark strategist Chris Lehane rightly says that Lieberman is like "Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense: He's dead and doesn't know it yet.")

For Dean, Clark poses a slight problem because the general can't be painted with the same brush as Edwards, Gephardt, Kerry, and Lieberman. He's not a "Washington Democrat." He didn't vote for No Child Left Behind. He didn't vote for the Iraq resolution. The question for Clark is whether he will emulate Bill Clinton as the Comeback Kid, turning a potential second-place New Hampshire finish into an expectations victory, or whether he's just the voters' Fallback Guy. After all, the usual sad lot of the first runner-up is to sit around and vainly hope that the reigning Miss America won't be able to fulfill her duties. (Of course, there is always that chance that Howard Dean posed naked somewhere … never mind.)

As a candidate, Clark has improved his skills dramatically since I watched him speak in September. He's smoother, more coherent, and more concise. He's also willing to give voters at least mildly unpopular answers. At a "house party" on Tuesday (the first of several days that I'm going to be following Clark in New Hampshire), Clark tells a man concerned about job losses, "We'll probably never bring back the specific manufacturing jobs that have left." He doesn't rule out means-testing Medicare, though he does say that he's predisposed against it. (My favorite fudge on the subject: "I'm against means-testing as a matter of principle, insofar as it's at all practical.") The house is filled with physicians worried about medical malpractice suits, but Clark states his opposition to "arbitrary caps" on legal damages. "The court system really is important for ordinary Americans," he says. "The truth is if you're a poor person in this country or a person of modest means, the only way you can get legal advice is on a contingent-fee basis."

Despite the widely held belief that Clark is the candidate of Clintonian moderates while Dean is the candidate of the so-called "angry left," I don't see much evidence that voters at Clark events are more centrist or less liberal than voters I've seen elsewhere. (Exhibit A: A reporter walks up to a man in scrubs at the house party. "You're a doctor?" he asks. "An abortion provider!" is the cheery response.) At a town-hall meeting Tuesday night, one of Clark's biggest applause lines is his pledge to raise taxes on people who make more than $200,000 a year: "We're gonna ask them to be patriotic. We're gonna take back the Bush tax cuts."

But what really endears him to the crowd is his indictment of President Bush during the run-up to war. After outlining the Clark plan for Iraq—1) withdraw Paul Bremer; 2) put a non-American in charge; 3) place U.S. forces under NATO; 4) allow a rapid turnover of the country to Iraqis, "long before this July 1 date"; 5) don't let the Kurds keep their weapons, and don't give them an autonomous region—Clark mentions his Monday night appearance on MSNBC's Hardball. Chris Matthews was obsessed with Clinton's impeachment, Clark says. It's all he would ask him about. "We wasted millions of dollars and years in this country trying to find something that Bill and Hillary Clinton did wrong. And it was a waste of money and effort," Clark says. "I'd like to know why the United States Congress and this party is not demanding, every single day, an investigation into why the president of the United States misused the intelligence community, took us to a war we didn't have to fight, and still won't tell the American people the truth! That's what should be investigated! That's the truth!"

The candidate is angry, his voice rises, and the crowd leaps to its feet. It's Clark's best moment of a pretty good day. He's got them, I think, as the crowd presses around him for autographs and picture-taking. But I also can't help but think that Howard Dean would have had them on their feet from the start.


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          LA FERIA DEL LIBRO EN SANTA FE SERÁ DEL 3 AL 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE   
"Los libros hacen historia en la Estación Belgrano"

Los funcionarios responsables de la organización brindaron un adelanto de lo que sucederá desde el próximo viernes. La apertura será a las 19 y contará con la actuación de la Sonora Caribe.
El lema de la nueva edición de la feria alude también a la recuperación de este emblemático espacio.


Agenda de actividades:


En este marco, se oficializó la programación final propuesta para toda la semana. Así, la agenda se desplegará de la siguiente manera:

Lunes 6. 18.00, Sala Bar Saer, charla “El secreto de aceptar… nuestra vida emocional” de María Guadalupe Buttera. Presenta: Librería Las musas del saber. 19.00, Sala Bar Saer, presentación del libro “Lengua madre” de María Teresa Andruetto; palabras a cargo de Diego Suárez; coordina la Asociación Abracuentos “Libroteca ambulante” y el ISP Nº8 “Almirante Brown”. 19.00, Sala Auditorio, presentación del libro “Historia de un sobreviviente” de Eusebio Cabral (Ediciones UNL), palabras a cargo de Ana Salgado, José Corral, Oscar Belbey y Jorge Daniel Pedraza. 20.00, presentación del libro “Exclusión e inclusión. El problema de los colectivos discriminados”, del Centro de Estudios Sociales DAIA, Libro declarado de interés por la Cámara de Senadores de la Provincia de Santa Fe; palabras a cargo de Marisa Braylan, Eduardo Duschkin y Griselda Tessio.

Martes 7. 17.00, presentación de “La gran aventura del espacio”, charla a cargo del Prof. Jorge Coghlan sobre astronomía y astronáutica; coordinan Ministerio de Educación, CODE, LIADA y UNL. 18.00, charla “Conversando con María Teresa Andruetto sobre libros y literatura para chicas y chicos”; organizan Asociación Abracuentos “Libroteca ambulante” y el ISP Nº8 “Almirante Brown”. 19.00, presentación del libro “Hannah Harendt, sentido común y verdad” del Presbítero Dr. Gerardo Galetto, con la participación de Rogelio Alaniz, de la Editorial Biblos. 19.00, presentación del libro “Temas con historia” de Ricardo Ríos Ortiz. 20.00, presentación del libro “El purgatorio que no fue: acciones profanas entre la esperanza y la soportabilidad” (Ciccus Ediciones) de Adrián Scribano y Eugenia Boito; presentación de la Revista Nº3 Relaces; organiza Palabras Andantes.

Miércoles 8. 15.00, presentación del Fascículo Nº9 Aula Ciudad “Honorable Concejo Municipal”, organiza Gobierno de la Ciudad. 17.00, presentación de la “Guía de Bibliotecas de Santa Fe” en el marco del proyecto de extensión Red de Bibliotecas Públicas y Populares de la ciudad de Santa Fe; organiza UNL. 18.00, presentación del libro “Los pecados provinciales” de Luis Candioti; presentarán Colectivo Editor, Mara Muratore y Palabras Andantes. 19.00 a 21.00, Sala Bar Saer, Taller Literario de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Regional Santa Fe y la Asociación Tribunales; coordina Marta Rodil. 19.00, Sala Auditorio, presentación del libro “Memoria de infancia”, colectivo de escritura del Programa Mirada Maestra, impulsado por el Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura de la provincia de Santa Fe. 20.00, presentación de “Arte Correo”, primera muestra de la convocatoria internacional de “Arte Correo. Santa Fe, la provincia que camina”, del Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura de la provincia de Santa Fe.

Jueves 9. 17.00, presentación de “La gran aventura del espacio”, charla a cargo del Prof. Jorge Coghlan sobre astronomía y astronáutica; coordinan Ministerio de Educación, CODE, LIADA y UNL. 18.00, presentación del libro “Agustín Tosco, 1930-1975. Sindicalismo clasista, socialismo y peronismo revolucionario” de Silvia Licht (Editorial Biblos); organizan ATE y Palabras Andantes. 19.00, presentación del libro “De los templos a las calles” de Diego Mauro, perteneciente a la Colección Los Premios; coordinan Ediciones UNL y Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura de la Provincia de Santa Fe. 20.00, presentación del libro “La Marca” de Norberto Chávez, con la participación de Raúl Belluccia; presentará Librería Ferrovía. 21.00, escenario mayor, Urbana Trío.

Viernes 10. 16.00, presentación del libro “Pasapalabras del Hogar II” voces que vuelan, voces que siembran. Producción de los niños que asisten a los hogares de Día CILSA “Un niño, Un abuelo” de Santa Fe. 18.00, presentación de las Bibliotecas Ferrovía - Cine Club Santa Fe y otras; presenta Librería Ferrovía. 19.00, presentación del libro “La nada que nos viste” de Roberto Malatesta, palabras a cargo de Diego Suárez; perteneciente a la Colección Los Premios; coordinan Ediciones UNL y Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura de la Provincia de Santa Fe. 20.00, Sala Bar Saer, presentación del libro “Sabor a Colmena y otros Relatos” de Rogelio Alaniz (Ediciones UNL). 21.00, presentación de la Revista del Centros de Estudios e Investigación de Políticas Argentinas y Latinoamericanas; presentan Asociación de periodistas de Santa Fe y CEISPAL. 21.00, escenario mayor, Velv Cuarteto de Cuerdas.

Sábado 11. 17.00, presentación de la revista “Horizonte” a cargo del Taller Literario Tinta de Sauce y Escuela José Scalaferri. 18.00, presentación del libro “Memorias de la ciencia y la cultura en la UNL. Judíos italianos en los espacios universitarios” de A. Crolla, Daniel Silber, Oscar Vallejos, Manuel Berrón y Claudia Neil (Ediciones UNL); palabras a cargo de Sergio Peralta y Eugenia Blanche. 18.00, presentación de La Gota Microediciones, edición de autores jóvenes de Santa Fe y la región. 19.00, panel Homenaje “Rescatando Voces”, con lectura de textos de autores santafesinos; presenta la Prof. María Beatriz Bolsi; organiza SADE. 19.00, presentación de los libros “La casa del viento” y “La casa del crimen” de Alicia Barberis; coordina Librería Ferrovía. 20.00, presentación de libros Editorial Espiral Calipso (Rosario). 21.00, presentación del libro “Otto Schneider y Santa Fe. Tradición alemana en Santa Fe, cuna de la cultura cervecera argentina” (Ediciones UNL), de Luciano Alonso, José Larker y Luisina Agostini; participará Juan Pablo Barrale. 21.00, escenario mayor, Danilo Cernoto Cuarteto.

Domingo 12. 17.00, presentación del libro “Método práctico para diseñar moda” de María Antonia Díaz Palomino. 17.00, escenario mayor, La Gordini. 18.00, presentación Colección Álbum Cuentos de Marianela Alegre ilustrados por artistas santafesinos. 19.00, presentación del libro “Pedagogía del Silencio” de Néstor José Didier. 20.00, panel “Ediciones alternativas santafesinas” a cargo de Daniel Dussex director de la Revista Eh! Agenda Urbana, Cristian Lehmann y Raúl Viso del Círculo de Dibujantes Santafesinos; presenta Alejandro Álvarez de “El Arca del Sur”. Actividades permanentes Además de la exposición y venta de libros, habrá otras actividades que se concretarán de forma permanente durante el tiempo que dure la Feria. Una de ellas será “Haciendo visible lo invisible”, muestra artística de Ciruelo y Carlosag. En esta línea, el Gobierno de la Ciudad desplegará el trabajo realizado en “Arte y Comunidad”, amplio programa artístico, pedagógico y cultural desarrollado por el Gobierno de la Ciudad. Por su parte, el Gobierno provincial exhibirá “Arte Correo” y la UNL el primer circuito interactivo de ciencias, al que han denominado “Irrealidades Científicas (lo que ves no siempre es lo que es)".


Fuente: http://www.ellitoral.com/index.php/diarios/2010/09/01/escenariosysociedad/SOCI-03.html

          "La lectura no entusiasma a los chicos de hoy. ¿Acaso lo hacía en el pasado?"   
ANNE-MARIE CHARTIER DOCTORA EN CIENCIAS DE LA EDUCACION.
Entrevistada por Claudio Martyniuk. cmartyniuk@clarin.com


De la exigencia por memorizar en la Edad Media a la necesidad actual de manejar todos los soportes, leer es siempre una actividad que oscila entre el placer y los obstáculos. La escuela no es ajena a visiones tan extremas.
La historia de las tecnologías de escritura y lectura, así como de los soportes materiales de los textos, se entrelaza con la historia de la alfabetización. Y la lectura de ese pasado brinda una renovada comprensión del presente y de las tareas de la escuela ante un objeto clave de nuestra cultura: el libro. Sobre él descansa, ambiguamente, la pretensión civilizatoria. Anne-Marie Chartier es una especialista en la historia de las prácticas de enseñanza de la lectura y escritura reconocida internacionalmente. Visitó Buenos Aires para dictar un seminario en el posgrado en Lectura, escritura y educación de Flacso. En la Edad Media pocas personas sabían leer y accedían a los libros. En los conventos surgió la lectura silenciosa, interna. Esa innovación, ¿qué proyección tuvo?Fue muy importante porque instaló los gestos intelectuales del trabajo con los libros que se mantienen hasta hoy. Pero si bien instaló la lectura mental, moderna y muy rápida, hay una diferencia fundamental con la manera de leer actual: en el medioevo, leer era memorizar íntegramente los textos fundamentales, mientras que hoy lo que esperamos de la lectura mental es la extracción de las informaciones principales de un texto y no su memorización literal. Durante siglos se enseñó a los niños que leer era fijar la memoria literal de un texto. Y los saberes que eran considerados fundamentales para los niños eran los religiosos, los cuales son leídos, repetidos, cantados, recitados. El lugar donde hoy podemos encontrar este estilo de lectura es la poesía. La lectura de poesía nos da una idea de lo que era la lectura en la Edad Media.La minoritaria lectura de poesía en parte parece tener que ver con la falta de lectura en voz alta. ¿Es una pérdida irremediable?No. Felizmente existen los cantantes. El lugar donde nos vemos obligados a pensar la relación entre la voz y el texto son las canciones. En el espectáculo, también en la ópera, esa cuestión de la relación entre la voz y el texto no es algo residual. En la publicidad y en los medios modernos se integran imagen, texto y voz. Pienso que los medios audiovisuales, con las revoluciones de la imagen y el sonido, restituyeron a nuestra vida de lectores una tradición de lectura en voz alta que muestra que nuestra memoria fija las cosas con más fuerza cuando lee con todos nuestros sentidos, con la imagen, el texto y la voz.Sin embargo, la "Galaxia Gutenberg", centrada en el libro, parece desplazada por la imagen. La "Galaxia Gutenberg" perdió el mundo de la imagen y del color para entrar en un mundo en blanco y negro, un mundo gris. Ese descubrimiento extraordinario de la modernidad -la imprenta- en parte suprimió la riqueza de la tradición medieval que vinculaba imagen de color y texto. En la modernidad, la introducción de imágenes en el texto exigió un largo tiempo de trabajo tecnológico hasta llegar a insertar viñetas, pequeñas láminas en el interior de los libros. En la actualidad, reencontramos la riqueza estética medieval en textos que incluyen imágenes en color. La novedad es el sonido. Texto, imagen, color y sonido están conectados en los nuevos soportes tecnológicos.Pero es problemática la comprensión de las imágenes. El procesamiento de la imagen no es secuencial o lineal, como lo es el procesamiento del texto escrito, y hay interacciones entre las imágenes y el texto que no son fáciles de analizar. No hay un procedimiento de lectura de imágenes que pueda enseñarse como se enseña la alfabetización. Siento preocupación cuando se habla de leer imágenes o situaciones, como si la lectura fuera el paradigma de todo entendimiento. Es una metáfora: no se leen las imágenes, las imágenes se comprenden, se analizan, se perciben, se sienten. Decir que las leemos es una manera de hablar que obstaculiza. Las imágenes funcionan de la misma manera en diferentes culturas, y niños que no hablan el mismo idioma pueden comprender la misma imagen. Hay fenómenos que son específicos de la imagen. Yo puedo leer un libro del siglo XVIII con el sentimiento de que hay una continuidad entre esa escritura y la actual. Pero la forma en que están ilustrados los libros del siglo XVIII no tiene nada que ver con la ilustración de los libros actuales. Para la educación esto es un problema porque no hay tradición en la escuela de una cultura de la imagen que no sea una ilustración de lo escrito. En la escuela primero está lo escrito y la imagen aparece como un complemento para adornar, mientras que en la vida no es así.¿Sólo esa función cumple la ilustración en los libros escolares?Hay una evolución desde fines del siglo XIX, con la creación de la escuela republicana -con Sarmiento, aquí en Argentina, y Jules Ferry en Francia; la historia de la creación de la escuela republicana en Argentina y en Francia se parece mucho. En ella, lo prioritario es el texto y las imágenes están para fijar la memoria, utilizando también la emoción en la representación de los próceres de la patria. El libro de Héctor Rubén Cucuzza "Yo, argentino. La construcción de la Nación en los libros escolares (1873-1930)" muestra que ante los próceres que marcaron la historia -que es como la historia de los santos que marcaron la historia de la Iglesia- hay un relato mítico que necesita imágenes, porque ellas fijan la representación de los héroes que jalonan el relato del texto. También los textos de ciencias tienen imágenes.Pero es distinta la ilustración de esos libros escolares que quieren dar una idea del discurso científico con lecciones sobre el agua, el aire o la circulación de la sangre. Se ilustran con esquemas. Los chicos tienen que reproducir el esquema de circulación de la sangre, por ejemplo, mientras que no se les pide que dibujen al prócer. Hay una introducción al gesto científico de representación abstracta de la realidad, la que parece aportar una verdad invisible. En libros escolares muy simples aparece la representación de la variedad de los discursos que existen en el mundo científico. En geografía es el mapa, y en la escuela cada disciplina científica está marcada por un tipo de uso diferente de la articulación imagen-texto. La alianza imagen-texto funciona como un indicador disciplinario, y los chicos saben de inmediato, al abrir un libro, en qué disciplina están, aunque no sepan leer. La escuela encontró un medio muy eficaz para darles a los niños una clasificación de los saberes.¿Hoy los chicos no se entusiasman con la lectura?Parece que no, pero tampoco en el pasado, ¿no cree? En definitiva, habría que probar que la lectura no entusiasma a los chicos hoy y que los entusiasmaba ayer. No hay que mezclar los recuerdos nostálgicos de los amantes de los libros con la realidad de la generación anterior. Yo no tengo la sensación de que en la generación de mi abuela había entusiasmo por los libros. Existía mucha desconfianza respecto de los libros y cuando a las chicas les gustaba leer, se pensaba que eran malas amas de casa y madres y que perdían el tiempo. Había desconfianza hacia los libros en los sectores populares; los consideraban pasatiempo de ricos. Y la mayoría de la gente no leía, salvo el diario para saber las noticias locales y quiénes habían muerto, pero no se tenía la idea de que a uno le faltaba algo cuando no leía. Esto se ha olvidado. Se tiende a reconstruir el pasado con la cultura de las clases medias, que son las clases que enseñan. La extensión de la alfabetización, ¿generó más lectores?Se esperaba, con la generalización de la alfabetización y de los estudios prolongados, un aumento del número de personas que irían a bibliotecas, comprarían libros y leerían. Cuando eso se volvió posible -con los libros de bolsillo y los diarios accesibles- llegó la revolución tecnológica de la televisión y después Internet. ¿Y qué puede hacer la escuela en esa batalla?La escuela está tironeada por dos objetivos: existe para desarrollar una cultura general, científica y literaria, pero debe preparar a los chicos para el mercado de trabajo, algo que nunca antes había tenido que asumir. La cuestión del mercado laboral dependía de una formación profesional o de la demanda local, pero no era rol de la escuela preparar a los niños para oficios, simplemente porque la mayoría de los oficios no requería saber leer. En la actualidad, todos los oficios, aun los de bajo nivel de calificación, exigen el conocimiento de la lectura y la escritura. Un ejemplo: en los hoteles Accor, una cadena internacional, el personal de limpieza tiene un protocolo de 40 ítems para verificar. Cada vez que entran en una habitación, deben ver si funciona la luz, etc. Es una lista escrita y se debe tachar con una cruz. Una mujer que no sabe leer y escribir no puede ser mucama. Eso era impensable antes, cuando para las tareas manuales se requería fuerza de trabajo, no competencia de lectura. ¿Cómo afecta esto a los maestros?Los docentes no desean quedar sometidos a la demanda económica, pero saben que los chicos vienen a la escuela también con una expectativa de inserción social y de éxito en el mercado laboral. Esos imperativos económicos pesan y, como consecuencia, los imperativos culturales de la escuela quedan un poco como de lujo. Se duda: "¿Es necesaria la poesía en la escuela?" Esto trae un problema de identidad cultural en los docentes porque no eligieron la profesión con esa perspectiva.

Copyright Clarín, 2009.

          Primer detenido en España por las reclamaciones falsas a Hoteles, así es como actúan…   
Agentes de la Guardia Civil ha detenido en la zona norte de Mallorca a un ciudadano británico y han interrogado a otro que ha sido imputado por incitar a compatriotas a presentar denuncias falsas, para así obtener indemnizaciones para que sus vacaciones le salgan gratis, una moda que se está extendiendo bastante por toda España […]
          Azure IoT HubのTLS証明書について   
Azure IoT HubのTLSリーフ証明書が更新されるとのことで、
影響範囲やテストベッドに関する情報が公開されています。

Azure IoT Hub Server の TLS リーフ証明書の更新 – 2017 年 5 月

IoT Hubを使用したシステムを構築されている方は、自身のシステムへの影響を調査してください!

          Time Series Insightsを試す(4)   
前回の記事では、Time Series InsightsとIoT Hubとを接続する設定を行いました。
今回は、Time Series Insightsの画面を見て、IoT Hubが受信したデータを表示してみたいと思います。
⇒私のIoT Hubには、BLE Beaconの受信データとして、計測日時やRSSI(電波強度)が入っているので、
 それを表示するように指定見たいと思います。


1. ブレードの「概要」を選択し、上部にある「環境を開く」をクリックします。


2. ブラウザの別タグでTime Series Insightsのサイトが表示されます。
  最初はこんな感じの画面が表示されます。しばらくお待ちください。


3. 起動が完了すると、こんな感じ。最初はイベント数のグラフが表示されています。


4. 画面左側の「Measure」をクリックし、今回は「RSSI」を選択します。


5. 画面上部のプロジェクト名部分をクリックすると、以下のような画面が表示され、時間範囲を設定できます。
  任意の範囲を入力するか、グラフを好きな位置範囲でドラッグし、虫眼鏡の検索マークをクリックしてください。


6. グラフが以下のように表示されます!




          Time Series Insightsを試す(3)   
前回の記事では、Time Series Insightsの構築まで行いました。
今回はIoT Hubとの接続方法について書きます。

まずデータ アクセス ポリシーを設定していきます。

1. Azureのポータル画面から、作成したTime Series Insightsのダッシュボードを表示します。


2. 左側のブレードで「データ アクセス ポリシー」を選択し、「+追加」をクリックします。


3. 以下のような画面が表示されるので、「ユーザーの選択」をクリックします。


4. とりあえず自分がアクセスできるように、自分のアカウントを選択し、「選択」ボタンをクリックします。


5. 次に「ロールを選択する」をクリックし、「共同作成者」にチェックを入れ、「OK」ボタンをクリックします。


6. 「OK」ボタンをクリックします。



続いてイベントソースとしてIoT Hubを設定します。
7. 左側のブレードで「イベント ソース」を選択し、「+追加」をクリックします。


8. 接続するIoT Hubの情報を入力します。


9. ソースにはIoT Hubを指定してください。設定できたら「作成」ボタンをクリックしてください。


10. 設定が完了すると、以下のような画面になります。



以上でIoT Hubとの接続設定は完了です。




          Time Series Insightsを試す(2)   
前回紹介したTime Series Insightsですが、今回は作成方法について書きます。


1.Azureのポータルサイトから新規作成で「モノのインターネット(IoT)」を選択し、
 続いて「タイム シリーズ インサイト(プレビュー)」を選択します。


2.環境名には任意の名前を入力してください。サブスクリプション、リソースグループも
 適切なものを選択してください。


3.場所は「ヨーロッパ北部」、「ヨーロッパ西部」、「米国東部2」、「米国西部」から選択してください。


4.価格レベルは2種類から選べます。
 無料版がないのが残念・・・。


5.「作成」ボタンをクリックすると、プロビジョニングが始まるので、しばらく待ちます。

6. プロビジョニングが完了後、作成したTime Series Insightsのダッシュボードを開きます。



ここまでで、Time Series Insightsの環境が準備できました。
次回は、作成した環境にIoT Hubを接続する方法を説明します。




          Time Series Insightsを試す(1)   
前回のAzure IoT Suiteに関する記事で出てきたTime Series Insightsの話。

このページによると、時系列データを処理するサービスで、2017年5月1日現在、プレビューでの提供とのこと。
OSISoftのPI Systemみたいなサービスだろうか・・・。

Overview of Azure Time Series Insightsをサラッと読む限り、Stream Analyticsを経由せずに
IoT Hubからデータを取れるみたい。
データソースはEvent hubも指定できます。

2017年5月1日現在、Azure IoT Suiteの「Connected Factory」ソリューションで選択できるリージョンが米国とヨーロッパしかないのは、
Time Series Insightsが提供されいているリージョンが上記のみだからなんですかね。

試しにIoT Hubのデータを見せるよう設定してやると、こんな感じ。
Azureポータル側でIoT Hubに入ってくるデータのうち、時刻データのプロパティ名を指定し、
Time Series Insights側で表示したいデータのプロパティ名を指定するのみ。
一つのIoT Hubに複数のデバイスからデータが上がってくる場合、どのプロパティでデータを分割するかも指定できました。


詳細な設定方法などは後日。

価格については、このページを見たところによると、「S1」で15,304円で「S2」だと137,705円。








          Azure IoT Suiteの新しいソリューション「Connected Factory」(2)   
前回から、Azure IoT Suiteの新しいソリューション「Connected Factory」について書いています。

他のソリューション同様、ソースコードがすべてGitHubに公開されています。
azure-iot-connected-factory


それはさておき、画面の各部についてみていこうと思います。
まず、ダッシュボードから。

「ファクトリの場所」というのが、工場の一覧でしょうかね。
中央の地図に何も描かれていないのですが、なんでだろう。
右側は発生しているアラーム(警告)の一覧のようです。
画面下部には総合設備効率(OEE)を表示していますが、性能や品質の値をどうやって計算しているんだろ?
これはソースを見てみないとわからないな・・・。

総合設備効率のグラフの一つ(ここでは総合効率)をクリックすると、
画面右端に過去データ(1時間と24時間)が表示されます。

表示された過去データをクリックすると、「Azure Time Series Insights」のサイトに飛び、時系列データの詳細が見れるようです。

サイトに飛ぶと、「Azure Time Series Insights」がプレビュー版のためか、利用に関する同意を求められます。
読んで問題なければ「I Accept」をクリックしてください。


時系列データのチャート表示とヒートマップ表示が用意されているようです。
以下はチャート表示の場合。


以下はヒートマップ表示の場合。




          Azure IoT Suiteの新しいソリューション「Connected Factory」(1)   
MicrosoftがIoT向けに提供しているPreconfigured Solution「Azure IoT Suite」に
新しいソリューションが追加されています。

まだ一部日本語化されていないようですが、ソリューションを立ち上げてみたので紹介します。

1.Azure IoT Suiteポータルにアクセスし、Azure契約のあるMicrosoftアカウントでサインイン


2.「新しいソリューションの作成」をクリック



3.新しく追加されたソリューションは「Connected Factory」。直訳すると「つながる工場」ですが、スマートファクトリー的な意味ですかね。
 「Connected Factory」の「選択」をクリック



4.ソリューション名を適宜入力してください。サブスクリプションはプルダウンから選択してください。
 リージョンは現在アメリカとヨーロッパの一部のリージョンのみ選択可能です(日本リージョンはまだ選択できない)。
 最後に「ソリューションの作成」をクリック



5.プロビジョニングが始まります。しばらくお待ちください。



6.プロビジョニングが完了すると、以下のような画面になるので、「起動」をクリック



7.再度サインインを促されるので、1で使用したアカウントでサインインしてください。



8.できあがったソリューションがこちら。




次回は画面の中身をいろいろと見ていきたいと思います。



          Windows 10 IoT Core搭載ウェアラブル端末   
MS、「Windows 10 IoT Core」搭載ウォッチを発表--小売りや製造などで活用狙う

これ、めちゃ気になる!
UWPアプリが動くし、恐らくBLEも使えるんでしょう。
あとはバッテリー駆動時間がどうなるか・・・。


          Klup, de gezelligste app komt naar Groningen!   
GRONINGEN - Een groep studenten van het University College Groningen (onderdeel van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) zijn bezig met een project. Het project heeft als doel een bijdrage te leveren bij het ondersteunen van 50-plussers met het verbreden van hun sociale kring. Dit wordt gedaan in samenwerking met de makers van Klup (een gezelligheids app).Gratis kennismakings evenement zal plaatsvinden: op 15 juni (14:00-16:00) in de Wolters-Noordhofzaal van het Groninger Forum (bibliotheek locatie) - Oude Boteringestraat 18 Groningen.
          Comment on We Still Celebrate Independence Day at Church (by Dean Stewart) by Tarheel   
Dean of course I do not think you value patriotism over theology - but your post and comments here indicate that on this Sunday you will in fact do recitations in your worship service - but they will be patriotic recitations. So again - it is not recitations that you oppose in worship service because you will do patriotic recitations in your service. I am not being uncharitable - even you said my understanding was correct before you made accusations toward me. Dean, you plainly said you have never enjoyed a recitation in worship - and even said recitations (the context of which is theological recitations) will not be done in services where you pastor - and in the same article and comment stream you announce with pride that you will in fact be leading a RECITATION the pledge of allegiance in a worship service where you pastor. Now returning your sarcasm - Yeah, there really is nothing about your statements in this article and comment stream on this topic that is inconsistent. Apparently you do not like recitations in worship...Save for only a certain one. Guess now you will say I am ridiculing you - but I am only pointing out a YUGE inconsistency in your statements.
          Comment on We Still Celebrate Independence Day at Church (by Dean Stewart) by Daviss Woodbury   
I'm a pastor of a small rural church in north TX filled with traditional, conservative, patriotic folks. We have flags (U.S. and Christian) in the front corners of the auditorium, off the stage, but still visible. On patriotic holidays, we usually have a patriotic floral arrangement at the front of the room as well. The only elements of the service that call any attention to those types of holidays are the recognition of veterans at the very beginning of the service along with other announcements (really prior to what I would consider the official start of corporate worship, which we signal by the public reading of Scripture and prayer) and mentioning our gratefulness for freedom in our opening prayer. I might also, if it fits, use a historic illustration in my sermon that points to our founding or something similar. No patriotic songs, no pledges, no fireworks. I have seldom, if ever, received complaints about our level of (or lack of) patriotic emphasis in the worship service. That being said, I do have a question for those advocating full patriotic celebrations during the corporate worship hour: understanding that many in the congregation have experienced the kind of love that has resulted in marriage, believing that God is ultimately the source of that kind of love, and believing that God would have us celebrate the covenant of marriage as a gift, would you find it appropriate to have the congregation sing love songs (nothing lewd or unseemly, just good, wholesome love songs...think a nice Nat King Cole tune or a solid 80's power ballad like Journey's "Faithfully") during corporate worship? Is there a difference between singing songs expressing gratefulness for our nation and songs expressing gratefulness for our spouses in corporate worship? I promise I'm not trying to be combative or play "gotcha." I'm just trying to think through implications. Thanks.
          Comment on We Still Celebrate Independence Day at Church (by Dean Stewart) by Chad Dougless   
Kevin, I don't think most of the people here have any issues with expressing gratitude for the freedoms enjoyed in this country. I would even venture to say that most do not have an issue per se with the American flag being on or near the stage. I think the concern is when the worship service becomes dominated by patriotic songs rather than worship songs. Further, should something like the Pledge of Allegiance be said within the context of a worship service? Those are the questions that I think people are struggling with. We are called to pray for our leaders and I believe that should take place both publicly and privately and should be set as an example from the pulpit whether one agrees with the current political motivations of our leaders or not, perhaps especially if they do not. Recognizing those who have served in the military on those days is not an issue I would guess with anyone here either. I could be wrong though. I hope that helps to hopefully clarify a few things. Grace and peace, Chad Dougless
          Monumentos de la Ciudad de Neiva - Huila   


NEIVA HUILA - COLOMBIA

Fundada en 1612 por Diego de Ospina y Medinilla sobre el fértil valle del Alto Magdalena, a una altura de 442 mt y con una temperatura promedio de 28 grados C. Establecida en la orilla derecha del río Magdalena, también es bañada de oriente a occidente por los ríos Las Ceibas y El Loro. Se considera un importante centro administrativo, comercial y cultural de la región y está catalogada como ciudad universitaria, por sus establecimientos educativos.

LUGARES PARA VISITAR

Edificio Nacional de Correos y Telégrafos. Patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila y en proceso de declaratoria como monumento nacional. Construido en 1933 bajo la influencia del estilo morisco.
Estación del Ferrocarril. Monumento nacional y patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila por su arquitectura que data de 1915. Actual sede de la Casa de la Cultura y del Parque Andino, sede de eventos culturales. Está ubicado allí el Parque Mitológico, donde se observan estatuas de los principales personajes de las leyendas huilenses.
Hacienda Matamundo. En la guerra de los Mil Días, sirvió de refugio para los patriotas. Ahora funciona como hostería y su interior es un reflejo del pasado.
Templo Colonial. En uno de los costados del Parque Santander, este templo del siglo XVII conserva originales los pisos de ladrillo, las paredes de tapia pisada, los techos de madera y otros elementos que defienden su importancia histórica.  Catedral Inmaculada Concepción. Patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila por su construcción de estilo gótico que domina todas las miradas de propios y extraños. Se encuentra en el marco del Parque Santander. Parque Santander. Anteriormente la plaza de mercado y hoy el epicentro de Neiva. En su área se localizan la Catedral, el edifico de la Gobernación, el Instituto Huilense de Cultura, la Biblioteca Departamental, el Palacio de Justicia, el Templo Colonial y el Hotel Plaza. Se destaca el lindo mural alegórico a las maravillas del mundo.  Parque Isla del Moháán. Sobre la avenida Circunvalar con calle 9, a orillas del río Magdalena, este parque de 47 hectáreas permite la contemplación del entorno gracias al sendero que recorre varios puntos de la isla. El paseo es en bicicleta o a caballo y hay la opción de practicar la pesca deportiva o deportes extremos.
Monumento a la Cacica Gaitana. Obra del maestro Arenas Betancourt, que representa el tesón de la cacica, en cuya cabeza se llevó a cabo la rebelión indígena al conocerse la muerte de su hijo Timanco a manos de los españoles. La obra, de 16 mt de altura y 12 de ancho, muestra una cara de amor y otra de venganza. El Monumento a los Potros es un homenaje del mismo escultor al escritor José Eustasio Rivera.

Monumento a La Raza. También del maestro Arenas Betancourt y fue erigido en honor al mestizaje de la región y del país.




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          Champu de biotina anticaida   

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Los beneficios del champu de biotina anticaida Muchas personas son las que conocen la biotina como un completo alimenticio

Este artículo es un contenido original del Blog de champuanticaida


          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



          Radiotuna: El mejor reproductor Shoutcast   

Buscando un buen reproductor para mi radio online encontré este grandioso "flash player". Radiotuna habilita opciones para crear nuestro propio reproductor, configurándolo mediante la URL de nuestro stream y el tamaño del mismo. Como resultado veremos que mostrará el nombre de la estación, el artista y canción en reproducción. Además de mostrar la carátula del álbum. Si uno pensaba que costaba algo, se equivoca. Es totalmente gratuito.

Enlace: Radiotuna
          sebastian jameson; ravenclaw's newest obsession   

sebastian jameson; ravenclaw's newest obsession

sebastian jameson; ravenclaw's newest obsession by ravenwood on Polyvore.com

@amyburns567 here ya go! pm me if anyone maybe wants to roleplay! :) Name: Sebastian Jameson House: Ravenclaw Personality: His two best friends are known for their player and prankster ways. Sebastian is usually the one who comes up all the ideas and is never seen in task, therefore he never gets in trouble. He spends his free time reading books and preparing for tests, and when he has time to balance between quidditch practice, he spends his time in the gym or making music on his guitar. He is a chaser and captain of the quidditch team for Ravenclaw. Sebastian is the golden head boy of Hogwarts, however he hasn't dated or been with a girl his whole life. He is extremely protective over his twin sister in Gryffindor and will hurt anyone who hurts her. Secrets: He has a murder board in his trunk- he hides it from his best friends Oscar and Elliot. It's a murder investigation board on his parents- he is trying to find out why they died. He knows it wasn't just a boating accident. Sebastian is also part Veela, but he doesn't know it. He is fluent in English, French, and Latin. He tried to kill himself because of his depression- which he doesn't talk about, and it is why he has scars up his arm. The only person who knows is his twin sister. Pets: One grey owl named Jaz, which is short for Jasmine- his mother's name. @txstrawberry @natasha-maree13 @gypsyoccult @hayley-177 @fiohelston @questing-witch @muggle-worthy


          삼성 평택공장 가동 눈앞…낸드 1위 수성전   
삼성 평택공장 가동 눈앞…낸드 1위 수성전
[뉴스토마토 왕해나기자] 삼성전자가 경기도 평택에 15조원을 투입해 세계 최대 규모로 건립한 반도체 생산라인이 조만간 정상가동에 돌입한다. 3D 낸드플래시 생산량을 대폭 늘려 시장 주도권을 확고히 하겠다는 전략이다.
 
28일 업계에 따르면 경기도 평택 고덕 국제화계획지구 내 삼성전자 반도체 생산라인이 시험운행을 마무리 짓고 늦어도 다음달 초 3D 낸드플래시를 본격적으로 양산한다. 업계 관계자는 “공장 가동 시기가 정확하게 정해지지는 않았지만 6월 말에서 7월 초로 가닥이 잡히고 있다”고 말했다.
 
다만 이건희 회장과 이재용 부회장의 부재로 준공식은 따로 계획하고 있지 않는 것으로 전해졌다. 이 회장이 와병 중인 데다, 이 부회장마저 구속 수감되면서 공장 가동을 마냥 축하할 수만은 없게 됐다. 삼성전자는 대규모 준공식 대신, 웨이퍼 출하식 등 간소한 행사로 대체할 예정이다.
 
삼성전자 반도체 평택 공장 전경. 사진/삼성전자
 
삼성전자는 2015년 5월 평택 반도체 공장의 첫 삽을 뜬 이후 2년 동안 15조6000억원을 투입했다. 국내는 물론 전 세계적으로도 단일 반도체 생산설비 투자로는 최대 규모다. 부지 면적은 289만㎡(축구장 약 400개 넓이)로, 현재 국내 최대 반도체 생산단지인 기흥, 화성 단지를 합한 면적과 맞먹는다.
 
삼성전자는 평택공장에서 본격적으로 3D 낸드플래시를 양산할 계획이다. 업계는 평택공장 전체가 가동될 경우 양산할 수 있는 웨이퍼(실리콘 기판) 물량은 월 20만장에 달할 것으로 보고 있다. 시장조사업체 IHS마킷에 따르면, 삼성전자의 낸드플래시 생산능력은 웨이퍼 투입 기준으로 월 45만장이다. 평택공장이 가동될 경우 삼성전자의 낸드플래시 웨이퍼 생산능력은 월 65만장까지 약 40% 늘어난다. 41조원의 생산유발 효과와 15만명의 고용 창출도 예상된다.
 
메모리 셀을 수직으로 쌓아 만드는 3D 낸드플래시는 같은 부피에 많은 데이터를 저장할 수 있다. 스마트폰 등 모바일의 대중화와 PC의 소형화, 사물인터넷(IoT) 확산 등으로 최근 수요가 급격하게 늘고 있다. IHS마킷에 따르면 올해 낸드플래시 시장 규모는 지난해보다 37.6% 늘어난 505억5500만달러(57조8000억원)로 추정된다.
 
삼성전자는 이번 평택공장 가동으로 낸드 세계 1위의 입지를 더욱 확고히 할 기반을 마련하게 됐다. IHS마킷에 따르면 매출 기준 삼성전자 낸드 시장점유율은 36.7%로, 독보적인 1위다. 2위인 도시바의 점유율 17.2%와는 두 배 이상 차이가 난다. 업계 관계자는 “도시바는 매각 이슈 등으로 투자를 하는데 어려움을 겪고 있다”면서 “삼성전자는 이번 평택공장 가동으로 낸드플래시 시장에서 도시바와의 차이를 더욱 벌릴 것”이라고 내다봤다. 도시바 메모리 매각으로 불붙은 지각변동이 삼성의 수성전에 힘을 잃게 됐다.
 
왕해나 기자 haena07@etomato.com

          L'école numérique   

 

A l'heure où le campus virtuel est une réalité et où les nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la communication sont  dans les salles de classe, qu'est l'école devenue ?

Les rôles de ses acteurs principaux - enseignants, manuels, éducation nationale - sont remis en question. Leur disparition n'est pas, qu'on se rassure, pour demain, mais une évolution va inexorablement se produire.

Avant de savoir si les NTIC peuvent se substituer à l'enseignant, il faut préciser quel est son rôle. Selon Bernard Stiegler "l'enseignant est un abréviateur de savoir. Il fait en sorte qu'une génération soit capable en peu de temps d'accéder à 2500 ans de connaissance. Il est en quelque sorte un navigateur dans les grands espaces du savoir. Il utilise pour cela des manuels scolaires, eux-mêmes abrégés du savoir. La question devient alors : comment s'articulent les nouveaux médias, qui contiennent des navigateurs automatisés, avec le système existant, l'Education Nationale ? Celle-ci depuis ses débuts a pour mission de transmettre des programmes comportementaux pour que la société fasse corps."

On peut, d'après le directeur général du CNDP, décrire deux attitudes : "ou bien on considère qu'on a affaire à de nouvelles problématiques, ou bien on estime que finalement, rien n'est nouveau, ce n'est qu'une nouvelle forme de "la peur de la bibliothèque". Il faut reconnaître que l'école de France a toujours été réticente à la démarche de recherche de documents. C'est là l'héritage de Descartes : l'idée est qu'on peut déduire beaucoup de choses au tableau noir. Mais cette fois, le couple maître-élève va changer, car la vieille question de la documentation, qui a toujours été marginalisée, va occuper le devant de la scène. De plus, le maître ne sera plus celui qui détient toutes les ressources."

Selon le directeur de l'Information scientifique et technique et des bibliothèques au Ministère de l'Education Nationale, "il faut développer une réflexion à propos des contenus ; pour cela, l'industrie éducative doit être connectée avec les milieux enseignants. Il est en effet nécessaire que les contenus mis en ligne soient valides. On n'en est plus aux expériences : déjà quatre ou cinq académies ont mis en réseau leurs lycées et collèges. Cette fois, en effet, on n'a pas lancé des grands plans d'en haut. Les initiatives ont été locales et il y a eu une émulation entre les établissements. Le problème principal ainsi apparu est le manque de contenus en langue française."

Est-ce finalement qu'il faut repenser l'école globalement ? "Oui", répond-on. "Il faut oser obliger les enseignants à se servir d'ordinateurs. Il est urgent d'agir surtout lorsqu'on voit Microsoft qui relie 400 établissements au réseau et les fait vivre à l'heure américaine." Sommes-nous prêts à y consacrer des moyens importants, à fournir à chaque enseignant un portable, à former l'ensemble du personnel ?

En tout cas, il apparaît nécessaire à Bernard Stiegler de maintenir les programmes officiels. "Si on commence à dire qu'il ne faut plus faire de programmes, on est mal parti : les Américains sont prêts à nous envahir."

 


          06/30/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Biotechnology, Sanna Hokkanen   
"Antilipogenic Mechanism of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Yeast".

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Sanna Hokkanen, M.Sc. (Tech.), will be held on 30 June, 2017, at noon at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering.

The title of the defence is "Antilipogenic Mechanism of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Yeast".

Opponent: Associate Professor A.I.P.M. (Toon) de Kroon, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Supervising Professor: Alexander Frey

The defence takes place at Kemistintie 1, lecture hall Ke2.


          98.5 SPORTS HUB HEADLINE   

Marshall Hook's Afternoon Headline. 


          Segment 7 - Elliot Harrison   

NFL.com and Elliot Harrison have released the head coaching power rankings and the spots that Jay Gruden and other names that have to do with the Skins.


          Is IoT the Next App Store?   

This post originally appeared on CIOReview.com, January 11th, 2017. It is hard to think about the current wave of digital innovation and empowered end-users without thinking about apps. Despite the app store concept in its current form really taking root in 2008 with the launch of Apple’s App Store for iOS, we have been app…

The post Is IoT the Next App Store? appeared first on Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. - Experience Growth..


          Matanajwa "Gara-gara KPK"   
 Topik Matanajwa malam ini (11/12/13) yaitu “Gara-gara KPK”. Dalam tayangan iini dipaparkan fakta-fakta apa yang dialami KPK selama ini, bagaimana proses penangkapan tersangka yang begitu berbelit-belit, proses penyadapan, cara penyadapannya (seperti menaruh alat sadap pada uang, alat sadap pada pembantu rumah tangga tersangka). Sampai bagaimana para tersangka yang meggunakan jasa dukun/paranormal. Bahkan pernah dalam satu persidangan, tiga orang jaksa yang dihadirkan KPK tidak bisa berbicara saat proses persidangan tersebut berlangsung. Pada waktu itu, mantan Ketua KPK sampai harus meminta bantuan paranormal juga untuk menanggulangi masalah tersebut. Kemudian ada juga yang menyuruh dukun untuk meyantet mantan Ketua KPK. Bahkan menurut security KPK, ada yang datang ke gedung KPK dan menabur garam di lantainya, konon katanya dengan melakukan hal itu maka tersangka bisa terbebas dari jeratan kasusnya. Banyak kelakuan aneh para tersangka, kelakuan aneh itu juga mereka lakukan saat proses penyidikan, ada yang berbicaranya harus melihat ke samping kanan, atau cara duduknya diatur sesuai perintah “you know lah”, dan banyak hal aneh lainnya. Juga ada petugas KPK yang sengaja ditabrak hingga patah kakinya. Menurut Bambang Widjayanto, selama dia menjabat sebagai Wakil Ketua KPK, praktis aktivitasnya hanya di Kantor dan di rumah. Dia bahkan tidak pernah lagi menghadiri acara-acara sosial seperti kondangan bahkan kondangan ke tempat keluarga dekatnya sendiri. Alasannya, karena dalam acara itu pasti ada acara foto-foto bersama, ditakutkan dengan kecanggihan teknologi sekarang yaitu teknik cropping, takutnya fotonya nanti akan di crop dan dijadikan alat utuk menjerumuskannya. Begitu banyak rintangan menjadi petugas KPK, bahkan nyawa seakan berada diujung tanduk. Identitas para penyidik KPK pun dilindungi, karena harga kepalanya sangat tinggi. Para koruptor sekarang semakin pintar dengan menggunakan sistem operandi yang semakin canggih bahkan memakai jasa akuntan dan tenaga profesional, bekerja cepat utuk menghilangkan barang-barang bukti. Sehingga para penyidik KPK pun bekerja dengan kecepatan waktu, kadang tidak pulang hingga berhari-hari untuk mengumpulkan barang bukti.

Catatan Matanajwa:

1.       Kelangsungan KPK patut disyukuri, berkali-kali digembosi tapi tetap tegak berdiri
2.       Aksi sadapnya mengecutkan nyali, tersangkanya berujung jeruji besi
3.       Anggarannya pernah dipersulit, personilnya dikriminalisasi dan diotak-atik
4.       Semakin keras KPK dikerdilkan, semakin lantang rakyat menyelamatkan
5.       Inilah organisasi yang mengukir wibawa, karena kerja nyata dan bukan citra
6.       Kita perlu terus menjaga, agar KPK tidak dicemari kepentingan peguasa
7.       Bekerja lurus karena bukti, tidak didorong benci atau politik pribadi
8.       KPK selalu bisa tergelicir salah, setiap itu pula rakyat datang memberi arah
9.       Menjadi institusi yang tak boleh kalah, lebih wajib dibela bukan dibuat lemah.


          Two Mature Idiots Trying To Make A Sex Tape   
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          Will increased lifespans cause overpopulation?   
Overpopulation is the most common objection people make to developing rejuvenation biotechnology and potentially increasing healthy human lifespan. We take a look at why that is and if the figures support this concern. Any discussion of rejuvenation biotechnology almost certainly includes the subject of overpopulation and that objection medical advances that directly address the various […]
          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.


          "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
          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 1   



Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited prequel to Prometheus opened this week in certain countries and is set to open in America next week. For those waiting for a continuation of the storyline from the last movie- when crew member Elizabeth Shaw and the head of android David taking off to invade the Engineer homeworld- well, I hate to say it but you're out of luck. 

The Prometheus story is referenced only as exposition, apparently.  I hope I'm not giving away any spoilers (it feels like half the movie has already been posted to YouTube in the form of trailers and excerpts) but it is what it is.



Of course, the bit with Elizabeth and David's disembodied head from Prometheus is yet another one of those bizarre and inexplicable references to John the Baptist that tentpole sci-fi movies are so fond of. Remember that John's mother was named Elizabeth*, who had her own covenant with an extraterrestrial entity (the Archangel Gabriel, in this case). 

But I digress. If you've been following the previews and the various puff pieces in the media you'll suss out that Alien: Covenant is more like a remake of the first Alien film than a sequel to Prometheus. In much the same way as the JJ Abrams' Star Wars it's meant to act a jumping-on point for the Alien franchise for post-Millennials:
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the way in merging fan-service universe-building with fresh heroes, stories and themes for a new generation, Alien: Covenant grabs the reboot ball and runs with it. 
Director Sir Ridley Scott has said himself how much he was impressed by Disney's handling of Star Wars' renaissance, and it's clear to see why this similarly iconic '70s sci-fi world is equally ripe for a life-extending overhaul.
The film apparently references the AAT of Prometheus but also taps into the current anxieties over AI and robots and their potential to do away with the rest of us, kind of like a more ambitious HAL 9000. Scott apparently 86'd the idea of more direct sequel to Prometheus after reading some of the negative reviews dumped on the film, which he called "a mistake":
What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
Well, somebody thought Scott was wrong, "somebody" almost certainly being a Fox accountant or three. However, one SF fansite accused Scott of "selling out" by not following up on the Prometheus story and I'm sure a lot of other fans will disappointed the story was dispensed with so easily. Either way, Scott continues to make eyebrow-raising comments about aliens in the press, referring to them recently as "superior beings."
Alien creator Ridley Scott has said that he is convinced that there are extra-terrestrials out there – and one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. 
“I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at Nasa said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.” 
“So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he joked.“Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Which makes you wonder about the whole "Covenant" thing, doesn't it? 

The term is essentially religious ('contract' is more commonly used to describe written civil agreements), dating back to the Old Testament.  And seeing how that covenant was made with a god who flew around the sky in a pillar of smoke and light, and needed a special environment built in order to interact with his subjects, you do start to wonder what the implications of all this happen to be. 

Well, start with this. Like Jack Kirby (whose Eternals so inspired the first Alien film),  Scott seems to have been bitten by the ancient astronaut bug and bitten hard. I don't know what the current status is on the project but back in 2014 it was reported that Sir Scott was developing an AAT series for HBO called Pharaoh:
Scott has signed on to serve as the executive producer and director for this project, which was created and sold to the premium cable channel by David Schulner. The Hollywood Reporter explains: 
The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire — one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a “god.” The project was co-created by Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi, who will exec produce alongside Scott and David Zucker for Scott Free. 
His film Prometheus was partially inspired by the writings of Swiss author Erich von Daniken who is known for his books like Chariots of the Gods? and Gods From Outer Space. Von Daniken is also a regular talking head on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
Again, I'm not sure where Pharaoh stands today but according to an October report from Omni the project was still on. It may be why the planned Stargate reboot was reported as being put into turnaround in November. Which, if so, strikes me a bit curious. The mighty Devlin and Emmerich nosed off their turf by Sir Scott? Huh.


But there's an interesting little visual cue in one of the trailers that suggests that Scott takes AAT very seriously. The Covenant crew lands on an alien planet and discovers a familiar sight. From io9:
This alien planet that looks untouched by human hands is growing recognizable wheat, which very much has been touched by human hands. This plays into the Alien mythos that there was a race of “Engineers” that were the progenitors of humans—they’re similar to us, why wouldn’t their food be similar? And if they were traveling around, why wouldn’t they carry seeds like we do?
Why is wheat so significant in the context of the Prometheus teleology? The late Lloyd Pye explains: 
Many have "wild" predecessors that were apparently a starting point for the domesticated variety, but others--like many common vegetables--have no obvious precursors. But for those that do, such as wild grasses, grains and cereals, how they turned into wheat, barley, millet, rice, etc. is a profound mystery. 
No botanist can conclusively explain how wild plants gave rise to domesticated ones. The emphasis here is on "conclusively". Botanists have no trouble hypothesising elaborate scenarios in which Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers somehow figured out how to hybridise wild grasses, grains and cereals, not unlike Gregor Mendel when he cross-bred pea plants to figure out the mechanics of genetic inheritance. It all sounds so simple and so logical, almost no one outside scientific circles ever examines it closely.
Modern wheat is one of those innovations that scientists revert to ontological arguments to explain. The wheat we know obviously exists so it simply had to have been the product of long-term domestication. How exactly the domestication of an essentially-inedible wild grass was domesticated into a modern foodcrop-- over the span of centuries, mind you, if not millennia-- by illiterate Stone Age farmers is never exactly made clear. Pye again:
 On the other hand, those New Stone Age farmers who were fresh out of their caves and only just beginning to turn soil for the first time (as the ”official” scenario goes), somehow managed to transform the wild grasses, grains and cereals growing around them into their domesticated ”cousins”. Is that possible? Only through a course in miracles! Actually, it requires countless miracles within two large categories of miracles.  
The seeds and grains were maddeningly small, like pepper flakes or salt crystals, which put them beyond the grasping and handling capacity of human fingers. They were also hard, like tiny nutshells, making it impossible to convert them to anything edible. Lastly, their chemistry was suited to nourishing animals, not humans. So wild varieties were entirely too small, entirely too tough and nutritionally inappropriate for humans. 
They needed to be greatly expanded in size, greatly softened in texture and overhauled at the molecular level–which would be an imposing challenge for modern botanists, much less Neolithic farmers.  
Despite the seeming impossibility of meeting those daunting objectives, modern botanists are confident the first sodbusters had all they needed to do it: time and patience. Over hundreds of generations of selective crossbreeding, they consciously directed the genetic transformation of the few dozen that would turn out to be most useful to humans. And how did they do it? By the astounding feat of doubling, tripling and quadrupling the number of chromosomes in the wild varieties! 
Domestic wheat and oats were elevated from an ancestor with seven chromosomes to their current 42–an expansion by a factor of six.”
Remember that the cultivation of wheat brought about the rise of the Sumerians, who had oddly intimate relationships with their gods (the Anunaki, of course). The ancient Greeks were certain that wheat was the gift of a god; Demeter, in this case. It was the final "mystery" in the dramas put on at Eleusis. The Egyptians credited wheat to Osiris, the star-sailor.  So its inclusion in this film hardly seems incidental. On the contrary; it looks as if someone were doing their homework.

Now, longtime readers of The Secret Sun realize that nearly every major SF franchise of the past 50 years (starting with 2001: A Space Odyssey) is centered around ancient astronaut theory in one way or the other. 

Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars (arguably), Battlestar GalacticaAlien (of course), Stargate, The X-Files, Transformers, Indiana Jones and the entire Marvel and DC Universes all established their creation myths, in varying degrees, as the work of advanced extraterrestrial interlopers. Does that seem coincidental to you? It certainly does not to me.

There've also been a ton of less-visible but still-signficant TV shows and movies that have done the same, like Jonny Quest, The Phoenix, The Man from Atlantis as well as Childhood's End, Cocoon, Hangar 18, countless American and Japanese cartoons (even the hugely-popular cardgame/anime property Yu-Gi-Oh). So much so that you can't help but wonder if there's not a very powerful cargo cult at work behind the scenes in Tinseltown.


Bearing all that in mind, as well as the Ancient Aliens cable show (now in its 12th season), researchers might be forgiven for believing this was all part of some long-running conditioning program. You know, kind of like the one suggested by the Brookings Institution report back in 1960. 

Or exactly like it, actually.

Researchers would be especially forgiven in light of this recent blockbuster news story:
Was our solar system once home to an advanced civilization other than our own — perhaps one that predated humanity by hundreds of millions of years before being wiped out by an asteroid impact or some other cataclysm? 
There's no evidence for such a pre-human indigenous technological species, though people have been speculating about one since ancient times. But a respected space scientist points out in a provocative new paper that if the existence of home-grown intelligent space aliens has never been established, it's never been ruled out either. 
And if a race of smart and perhaps spacefaring aliens did make their home in our solar system, traces of their lost civilization might still be out there somewhere in the system just waiting for us to find them.
Quite a "synchronicity," don't you think?

UPDATE: Check out Gordon's review on Alien: Covenant on Rune Soup.



TO BE CONTINUED...

* Elizabeth is often traced to Elisheba but you can also frame it as a contraction of Eloah-Isis-Beth, or "House of Isis, the Goddess."

          Commentary: Migrant study designs for epigenetic studies of disease risk   
The Commentary: Migrant study designs for epigenetic studies of disease risk by Hannah R. Elliot and Theresa Tillin was originally published online on January 23 2015 with the DOI 10.1093/ije/dyu258. However, the content was then duplicated, given the doi 10.1093/ije/dyv010, and was published online on 20th February 2015 and here: http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/4/1449.full  in Volume 44 Issue 4, pp1449 - 1451 of the International Journal of Epidemiology.  The Publishers apologise for this error and with permission of the authors and the Editors of International Journal of Epidemiology have agreed to retract the original online version.
          The Cold War Kabuki   



Well, you all know what the big story was this past week. I wasn't going to post on it but enough people have asked and it seems germane to the ongoing Reality Show we're all unwitting (and unwilling) extras in. In case you've been on media blackout or a vision quest, here's a brief thumbnail sketch:
The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week. 
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks, US officials said.
As it happens, the airstrikes apparently didn't even seem to have the desired deterrent effect. The air base was up and running soon after the strikes:
Syrian warplanes took off from the air base hit by US cruise missiles yesterday to carry out bombing raids on rebel-held areas, in a defiant show of strength. 
Just hours after the al-Shayrat airfield was bombed with 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from warships in the Mediterranean, aircraft struck targets in the eastern Homs countryside, according to a monitoring group. 
The airstrikes were carried out on Khan Sheikhoun - the same town Bashar al-Assad’s regime is accused of attacking with chemicals - and seven other towns around eastern Homs, some of which controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
This rebound seemed to catch the War Party off guard, since CNN reported on the same story but appeared to ascribe the airstrikes to phantom warplanes. I mean, it couldn't be the Syrians or the Russians, right?:
(CNN) New airstrikes targeted a town in Syria that was hit by a chemical attack earlier this week, activists said, less than a day after the US bombarded a Syrian air base to "send a message" to the Assad regime. 
It wasn't immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.
CNN, who've been hammering Trump around the clock since he humiliated their network head in a post-election tantrum, suddenly changed their tune when he started raining bombs on Syria. Sam Kriss reports:
The media was kind to Trump’s attack on Syria. Every pompous outlet that has spent the last five months screaming incessantly about the threat to democracy, the inevitable deaths and the terror of wars, had nothing but applause as soon as the wars and the deaths actually got going. 
 A fleshy and dangerous idiot, a vulgarian, an imbecile – until those first perfect screaming shots of Tomahawk missiles being fired were broadcast – that’s our guy, you show them Donny! This is when, as Fareed Zakaria put it on CNN, Trump ‘became the president.’
The same mainstream media, which has become a hornet's hive of conspiracy theorizing since the election, was quick to shoot down any conspiracy theories about the Syria Bombshow.
A volley of US cruise missiles had barely been launched into Syria before the internet filled up with fact-free theories about the real reason for the international crisis.
A popular one on the right-most fringes: the US government actually carried out the chemical weapons massacre in Syria last week - a "false flag" to trick President Donald Trump into retaliating, thus entangling himself in a foreign war. 
A slightly more convoluted strain on the left: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical weapons massacre to help Trump - distracting Americans from an investigation into Trump's campaign ties to Russia by provoking the missile strike.
Alt-left conspiracy theorists prefer the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical weapons massacre to help Trump - distracting Americans from an investigation into Trump's campaign ties to Russia.
Ron Paul, whose son Rand is now a rising star in the Senate, was perhaps the most prominent public figure to cast shade on the Syria op:
“Before this episode of possible gas exposure and who did what, things were going along reasonably well for the conditions,” the former Texas congressman stated. “Trump said let the Syrians decide who should run their country, and peace talks were making out, and Al Qaeda and ISIS were on the run.” 
“It looks like, maybe, somebody didn’t like that so there had to be an episode, and the blame now is we can’t let that happen because it looks like it might benefit Assad.”
For his part, Doctor Bones speculates that the real mark for a possible elaborate sting wasn't Assad or Putin, but in fact another player altogether. The timing seems hard to argue with:
A gas attack launched by the fleeing Syrian rebels, a side quickly losing it’s CIA-sponsorship and well aware it’s continued health depends on American funds, sure has a shit-ton more to gain from wide swathes of civilians dying on camera. Even better if they die particularly gruesomely and in a way the rebels claim they couldn’t be responsible for despite being photographed with all the tech to do so. 
How does Trump’s seemingly pointless explosion-show play into this? The answer: perfectly...
Consider also that the Chinese President was in Mar-a-Largo when the strike was underway, that Trump not only told him it was going to happen but actually ate dinner with him as it went on and the event spirals into even greater significance. A show of force full of technical prowess in a contested warzone while the Russians stood back and watched sends a powerful message to a foreign leader currently dining in enemy territory.
Is this just swivel-eyed speculation? Is there any reason to believe this wasn't all some improbable coincidence, that Xi Jinping was indeed dining with Trump while the Bombshow began? Because if it's not a coincidence then it's one hell of a psyop; running a mindfuck on your most dangerous frenemy during a state visit. What's this all about then? Joseph Farrell reports:
While there have been a spate of articles recently about growing Russo-Chinese defense and security ties, matching their growing financial and economic ties, this one left me stunned, for there was a statement within it that caught my eye, and Mr. B's as well, and I'm sure the reader saw it as well. As one can imagine, this one fueled my "high octane speculation" mode to the nth degree. Here's the statement, and a bit of surrounding context:
Russia and China are tired of Washington's "defensive" military installations in their backyards — and they're already taking action. 
According to the Atlantic Council and other responsible thinkers, the Untied States reserves the right to park its missile shields anywhere it wants, whether it be in Europe, East Asia, or the dark side of the Moon.  
I guess we should have seen all this coming, no? Shortly before the Bombshow, Trump's top Praetorian removed Trump's assumed consigliere from the NSC:
President Trump on Wednesday removed controversial White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council, part of a sweeping staff reshuffling that elevated military, intelligence and Cabinet officials to greater roles on the council and left Bannon less directly involved in shaping the administration’s day-to-day national security policy. 
The restructuring reflects the growing influence of national security adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army three-star general who took over the post after retired general Michael Flynn was ousted in February and who is increasingly asserting himself over the flow of national security information in the White House. 
Do yourself a favor and set a news alert for "McMaster." That's a name you're going to be hearing more of in the days ahead. Or you won't. Which is probably the more troubling scenario.

And with Bannon off the NSC there's apparently an effort to shuffle him off to some fat-salaried thinktank glue factory.  The not-news of Bannon's interest in The Fourth Coming was dragged out yet again, this time by The New York Times. But the article planted a helpful hint of why Bannon is on the elbow list and might be giving us a grim preview of the year ahead:
Bannon’s Views Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, ‘Winter Is Coming’

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon has read the book three times. He still keeps a copy of it — one that’s creased and copiously underlined — in a library with the rest of his favorites at his father’s house in Richmond, Va. 
The book, “The Fourth Turning,” a 1997 work by two amateur historians, Neil Howe and William Strauss, lays out a theory that American history unfurls in predictable, 80-year cycles of prosperity and catastrophe. And it foresees catastrophe right around the corner. 
It also leads to unavoidable questions about war and whether Mr. Bannon, who has recommended the book to countless friends and made a film about it in 2010, is resigned to catastrophic global conflict. He says he is not. 
And he remains unconvinced that the United States can effectively intervene in overseas conflicts like the one unfolding in Syria. As one of the voices in the administration who expressed skepticism about a military strike in response to the Assad regime’s chemical attack on its own citizens, Mr. Bannon insists he is no warmonger.
Well, there you have it.

Is the Syria proxy war threatening to heat up again, or is this all just another dance in the Cold War Kabuki? Have actions like the Bombshow  become like sacrificial actions in ongoing magical actions? Or is the real war is for your mind and is playing out in thousands of manufactured headlines, blizzards of 30 second videos with deceptive text crawls and the endless babbling of overpaid talking heads?

I feel stupid even asking the question.

Just in case you're worried that this is all leading to nukes raining down on American cities,  the cognitive warriors seem to be trying to defuse any expectations of impending Armageddon: 
White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster says that while the U.S. would push for regime change in Syria, “We’re not the ones who are going to effect that change.” 
“What we’re saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions,” McMaster said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." “Russia should ask themselves, ‘What are we doing here?’ Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?’”
Translation: No way in Hell we have the readiness needed for a hot war with a military superpower.

And since the mindfuck is the mother's milk of Cog-War, the careful inoculation of mixed messages into the mediafeed becomes just as vital a weapon as a cruise missile. Scratch that- much, much more so.
Trump Administration Is Contradicting Itself On Regime Change In Syria 
The Trump administration appears divided on whether the U.S. is pursuing a policy of regime change in Syria, days after the first direct American military attack against the Syrian government. 
Thursday’s strike “was related solely to the most recent horrific use of chemical weapons,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. The goal of the attack was to send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad and its ally Russia that the U.S. wouldn’t tolerate the use of chemical weapons, he continued. “Other than that, there is no change to our military posture.”
But United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said there can be no peace in Syria with Assad in power. “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria.​”​
Though Haley stopped short of indicating the U.S. would take military action to overthrow the Syrian dictator, her comments reflect a sharp change from the administration’s previous position.
The difference here, of course, is that Tillerson sets and executes policy and Haley sits in a glorified debating society and blows smoke and fairy dust for a bunch of bored bureaucrats wishing they had their real government jobs back, the ones they enjoyed before being pushed upstairs to their present posts. The media only pays attention when bombs are falling.

It's all black magic, make no mistake about it. There are different terms and epithets for it all now,  but when you strip all the twenty-dollar words and the credentials and the technology away the intent and the effect is no different than a witch doctor's curse. 

William S. Burroughs understood this, since his uncle Ivy Lee was the creator of one of these modern strains of black magic, so-called "public relations." Burroughs considered his uncle a bonafide "evil genius." And Lee was a piker compared to the algorithm-fired masters of the dark arts striding the globe today.

Here's a story that probably won't pop up on your Facebook feed. Anyone paying attention to the Russia hacking story probably knows how incredibly weak the hacking evidence actually is,* but now Wikileaks is teasing out the Seth Rich mystery again.
‘Guccifer 2.0’ Chat With Nude Model Sparks New Conspiracy Theories About Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich 
New chat logs between alleged Democratic National Committee hacker Guccifer 2.0 and a Playboy centerfold model surfaced today via Wikileaks on Twitter, throwing more fuel on the conspiracy theories surrounding murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich. The Twitter conversation, conducted via direct messages, purports to reveal Rich as the primary leaker of the DNC e-mails that proved highly disruptive during the 2016 presidential election. 
In direct messages dated August 25, 2016, Guccifer 2.0 mentioned having a whistleblower at the DNC, and said he was looking for a “person of trust who can be a guarantee in case anything happens.”
When Young suggested trusting Julian Assange, Guccifer 2.0 called him “unsafe” and that he “may be connected with Russians” despite being his hero. 
“I’d like to find a journalist who can do an investigation and teel [sic] the real story of his life and death,” he said, and revealed that the whistleblower he was referring to was none other than a person named “Seth.” 
“I suppose u know who I’m talking about,” he said, adding that he felt sorry about the murdered DNC staffer’s parents and that he wished for journalists to uncover the truth of his murder.
  
Seth Rich, a 27-year-old mid-level DNC staffer, was shot and killed in the early morning of July 2016 in Washington DC, while he was walking home from a bar and talking with his girlfriend on his mobile phone. Rich’s killers left his watch and wallet untouched on his body. 
This wasn't floated by Alex Jones or David Icke, it popped up on Heat Street, which is owned by the Dow Jones Company and Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp. This story looks like it's going to grow some legs yet.

So are you sick of the Cog-War and the Cold War Kabuki yet? Tired of your social media hijacked by proxy warriors fighting battles for cliques within the Intelligence community? Burnt out on the whole Reality Show Presidency and its discontents altogether?

Start looking into ashrams in Sri Lanka, then. This machine is just getting warmed up. 




*Maybe some bright young spark should see if maybe the hacking an inside job by intel people who correctly judged a Trump White House would be easier to dominate than a bloated, top-heavy Clinton one. Just throwing that out there for giggles and grins.


          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
 

          Walt Whitman: Singer of the Body Electric   
The fire, the sweet hell within,
The unknown want, the destiny of me.
— Walt Whitman
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“By the time he was 12 years old, an apprentice printer in Brooklyn, Walt had lived in about a dozen different houses, each one more cramped than the last. Of the eight Whitman children who survived infancy, one was a mental defective and three were psychic disasters; three were normal, and one became the chief celebrant of what William James called ‘the religion of healthy-mindedness,’” wrote Justin Kaplan in Walt Whitman: A Life.
“Walt’s father … owned a copy of The Ruins, a celebrated attack on Christianity and supernaturalism by the French savant Count Constantin de Volney. Like others who grew up on such literature, Walt believed that a long, dark tyranny over man’s mind and body was at last coming to an end; the Children of Adam would be able to walk in their parents’ garden. Leaves of Grass borrowed the insurgent and questioning spirit of these mentors along with literal quotations from their writings.”
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“Words, when he acquired language, became life itself, links to the external world and to his unconscious,” Kaplan wrote, quoting Whitman: “ ‘A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do any thing that man or woman or the natural powers can do.’ Words were instruments of command and of relationship to a world waiting to be named for the first time.”
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Whitman had the dubious benefit of a “…thrifty and national scheme of education devised by an English Quaker, Joseph Lancaster,” Kaplan noted. “Assisted by hierarchies of student monitors, one teacher was able to distribute rote learning, together with fundamental social values and strict notions of the good and the useful, to 200 and more pupils.
“Sometimes he invoked muscular Christianity and resorted to the birch rod, the cowhide strap and, in Whitman’s words, ‘other ingenious methods of child torture,’ mental as well as physical. He demanded unison, unquestioning obedience to regulations, undivided attention and a physical discipline that dictated the precise way to hold and close a book during recitations and the position of hands when students stood at parade rest.
“The Lancaster method was designed to separate children from their ignorance as cleanly and impersonally as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin separated fibers from seeds. It proved to be stupefying even for pupils less jealous of their emotional freedom than Walt.”
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Whitman said that the first time he wanted to write anything was “…when I saw a ship under full sail, and had the desire to describe it exactly as it seemed to me.”
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Whitman loved swimming with other young men, nude in the fashion of the 19th century, their bodies electric.

Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embracing, arm-curving and tightening,
The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the eyes,
The skin, the sun-burnt shade, freckles, hair,
The curious sympathy one feels, when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body,
The circling rivers, the breath, and breathing it in and out…

“The young men ran dancing and laughing along the sand, bathed in the surf, fished, dug clams, speared messes of fat, sweet-meated eel,” wrote biographer Kaplan. “He loved swimming, of a passive sort — ‘I was a first-rate aquatic loafer,’ he recalled. ‘I possessed almost unlimited capacity for floating on my back.’ Cradled, rocked and drowsing, his body rolling ‘silently to and fro in the heave of the water,’ he lay suspended between the depths and the light, between the unconscious and the world of necessity.”
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As a young man, Whitman wrote a bad didactic novel about the evils of drink, and edited a newspaper attacking Catholics and the Irish. For solutions, like other Americans, he looked West.
“Continentalism and Union were to shape Whitman’s poetic vision (‘I am large. I contain multitudes’),” Kaplan wrote. “ ‘California’s shores’ were not only the western boundaries of the Union — they were the boundaries of the found and the ‘yet unfound,’ the measure of his psychic growth. (‘Eastward I go only by force,’ Thoreau said, ‘but westward I go free.’)”
Unfortunately, Whitman’s enthusiasm for freedom only went so far. While sympathetic to the plight of individual black people, Whitman regarded their race as unfit for freedom and decried the “ranting” and “abominable fanaticism” of the abolitionists.
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“Sylvester Graham, temperance reformer, physiological guru and eponym of the delicious cracker, joined in the battle against dyspepsia, or indigestion, a malady of epidemic proportions for Americans,” wrote Kaplan. “The “Peristaltic Persuader,” as he was called, favored internal and external applications of cold water and repasts of boiled vegetables and bread made from unsifted whole-wheat flour. Alcohol, tea, coffee and red meat were proscribed, on the grounds that they stimulated the lower nature.
“In a celebrated lecture on chastity, Graham argued that there had to be something amiss with any organ that sent priority messages to the brain — an erect penis was no more wholesome than a bloated stomach or an infected finger. According to him and other popular theorists of the day, the seminal loss for a man in one act of sexual intercourse was the equivalent of 40 ounces of blood, a fifth of the body’s supply. This appalling figure was a warning against sexual overindulgence — meaning more than once a month — could cause tuberculosis, convulsions, indigestion and even imbecilism; sex — especially masturbation — withered the thinking organs of men, just as thinking withered the reproductive organs of women. Sex was a major disorder, even a catastrophe; it was a wonder the species had lasted as long as it had.”
And then came Whitman. “By 1855, when Whitman presented himself coatless and bare-necked, his pelvis thrust forward, in his Leaves of Glass frontispiece, men of fashion were dressed from head to toe like black tubes,” Kaplan wrote. “No other poet of his century wrote about the body with such explicitness and joy, anatomizing it at rest and cataloguing its parts, celebrating it as an instrument of love:

“Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex,
“Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.

“No other poet of his century paid such a continuing high price for his boldness, ostracism, ostentatious neglect, ridicule, censorship, suppression.”
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“…Whitman saw few encouraging signs in 1850. Democratic hope was at an ebb tide. Two years earlier, the overthrow of Louis Phillipe in France had touched off a wave of revolutions all over Europe. Americans rejoiced in the expectation that soon no throne would be left standing anywhere.

“‘God, ‘twas delicious,’ Whitman wrote,
‘That brief, tight, glorious grip
‘Upon the throats of kings.

“But the forces of liberal nationalism — Emerson’s ‘party of the Future,’ ‘the Movement’ — were crushed with appalling ferocity. The revolutionaries of 1848 died on the battlefields, at the barricades and before firing squads, or they fled into exile. Karl Marx spent the rest of his life in London writing Das Kapital in the reading room of the British Museum. Mazzini and Carl Schurz also took shelter in London; Giuseppe Garibaldi dipped candles on Staten Island. Whitman was to see the Hungarian patriot Louis Kossuth riding up Broadway. Reaction, repression and militarism prevailed once again.”
And then came the Civil War.
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Whitman poured his love of young men onto the emotional desert of war, soothing its victims at great cost to himself.
“(H)e dedicated all his resources of physical and emotional strength into service to wounded soldiers, the maimed, the sick and the dying, for well nigh three years — until his strength broke down and he was prostrated for six months, probably the start of his later paralysis,” wrote A.L. Rowse in Homosexuals in History.
“He did an extraordinary job as a nurse-missionary-almoner all on his own; the doctors said that his services in the Washington war-hospitals and camps were more valuable than their own. Today he would be described as a psychotherapist; he was healer, father-confessor, dispenser of consolation and gifts he collected for the men. But his outpouring of love was the most important. A good lady-worker told him that the men were unresponsive. Little did she know: with limbs shattered, sick or dying, they longed to be kissed. Here was one young wounded New Yorker among thousands. ‘He behaved very manly and affectionate. The kiss I gave him as I was about leaving he returned fourfold. I had several such interviews with him. He died just after the one described.
“One cannot go into all that Walt did for these men, writing their letters, always bringing presents, spending all he could collect on them to keep their spirits going, consoling, hearing their prayers, taking their last messages.”
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Neil McKenna, in his The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, reported that in his trip to America in 1882, “Oscar desperately wanted to meet Walt Whitman, whom he and many others considered to be America’s living poet… Whitman’s poetry spoke of the potency of friendship and love between men, particularly between working-class men, and positively oozed homoeroticism. Indeed, the Calamus section of Whitman’s great poetic cycle Leaves of Grass was so intensely homoerotic that it gave rise to the short-lived term ‘calamite’ to denote a man who loved men.”
They spent hours together, drinking elderberry wine. “One of the first things I said was that I should call him ‘Oscar,’” Whitman reported. “‘I like that so much,’ he answered, laying his hand on my knee. He seemed to me like a great big, splendid boy. He is so frank, and outspoken, and manly. I don’t see why such mocking things are written of him.”
And Wilde’s reaction? David Friedman wrote that, “A Philadelphian joked that it must have been hard for Wilde to swallow the homemade wine Whitman had offered. For once Wilde rejected an invitation to snobbery. ‘If it had been vinegar, I should have drunk it all the same,’ he said. ‘I have an admiration for that man which I can hardly express.’”
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Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, was present when Whitman met Henry David Thoreau in 1856.
“Observing the edgy traffic between them, Alcott was reminded of ‘two beasts, each wondering what the other would do, whether to snap or run,”” Kaplan noted.
“He decided that either Henry was afraid Walt would steal his woods or Walt had recognized that for once he had met his match in Henry, ‘a sagacity potent, penetrating and peerless as his own,; an ego as unbiddable, an eye as hawklike. (Emerson surmised that perhaps Henry’s ‘fancy for Walt Whitman grew out of his taste for wild nature, for an otter, a woodchuck or a loon.’)… Each had his own vector of self-willed resistance to a trade- and conformity-minded society.”
Thoreau became an evangelical booster of Leaves of Grass.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson urged Whitman to cut some of the more physically vivid passages from the expanding editions of Leaves of Grass. No more “love-flesh swelling and deliciously aching” or “limitless limpid jets of loves hot and enormous.” And please no more references to…

…The young man that wakes, deep at night, the hot hand seeking to repress what would master him;        
The mystic amorous night — the strange half-welcome pangs, visions, sweats,        
The pulse pounding through palms and trembling encircling fingers — the young man all color’d, red, ashamed, angry;

Whitman asked Emerson if the book would be as good without such passages. Emerson paused, then replied, “I did not say as good a book. I said a good book.”
Years later, Whitman said, “Expurgation is apology — yes, surrender — yes, an admission that something or other was wrong. Emerson said expurgate — I said no, no... I have not lived to regret my Emerson no.”
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Whitman’s optimism was hard-pressed during the Civil War. In a single year, 1864, Whitman’s brother George became a prisoner of war and Whitman had his violent brother Jesse committed to the Kings County Lunatic Asylum. His alcoholic, widowed sister-in-law Nancy became a prostitute and gave birth to a son who was run over and killed by a brewery wagon in 1868. And Whitman’s nursing of all those shattered and dying soldiers he loved finally brought him to the verge of physical and mental collapse.
Yet, faced with calamity, Whitman determined “…to be self-balanced for contingencies,
“To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.”
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Kaplan wrote: “Somehow I seem’d to get identity with each and every thing around me, in its condition,” (Whitman) said at Timber Creek. “Nature was naked, and I was also.” Earth rocks, trees and small living beings were lessons in imperturbability, concreteness and strength. “Being” was superior to “the human trait of mere seeming,” The human habit of “persistent strayings and sickly abstractions.”
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Ironically, while Whitman could identify with small living beings, apparently he couldn’t do so with large ones who happened to be black.
Although opposed to slavery, Whitman remained a racist. Watching five black regiments of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s army march in review, Whitman remarked, “It looked funny to see the president standing with his hat off to them just the same as the rest.”
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The following is from a Bill Moyers essay: “American democracy grew a soul, as it were -- given voice by one of our greatest poets, Walt Whitman, with his all-inclusive embrace in Song of Myself:

“Whoever degrades another degrades me,
and whatever is done or said returns at last to me...
I speak the pass-word primeval — I give the sign of democracy;
By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms...
(I am large -- I contain multitudes.)”

Author Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has vividly described Whitman seeing himself in whomever he met in America. As he wrote in I Sing the Body Electric:
“-- the horseman in his saddle,
Girls, mothers, house-keepers, in all their performances,
The group of laborers seated at noon-time with their open dinner-kettles and their wives waiting,
The female soothing a child — the farmer’s daughter in the garden or cow-yard,
The young fellow hoeing corn --”
…Whitman saw something else in the soul of the country: Americans at work, the laboring people whose toil and sweat built this nation.  Townsend contrasts his attitude with the way politicians and the media today — in their endless debates about wealth creation, capital gains reduction and high corporate taxes — seem to have forgotten working people. “But Whitman wouldn’t have forgotten them.” She writes, “He celebrates a nation where everyone is worthy, not where a few do well.”
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I dream in my dream all the dreams of the other dreamers.
And I become the other dreamers….
Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake.
— Walt Whitman

Whitman was apparently subject to kenshō, that spontaneous mental state described by Dumoulin as “… an insight into the identity of one’s own nature with all of reality in an eternal now, as a vision that removes all distinctions.”
“He had shared the experience of countless people, irreligious by common standards, who had flashes of illumination or ecstasy — even Caliban saw the clouds open and ‘cried to dream again,’” Whiteman biographer Justin Kaplan wrote. “These experiences have a remembered correlative or ‘trigger.’ With Whitman it was the sea, music, the grass, the green world of summer. The rhythm of these experiences is sexual and urgent — tumescence, climax, detumescence — but the ‘afterglow’ may last a lifetime, as it did with him, and he invited it an prolonged it through poetry; the poet was the shaman of modern society — a master of ‘the techniques of ecstasy.’"

          Ramon Novarro: Ben-Hur on Sunset Boulevard   
In a turn of events that reminded more than one person of Sunset Boulevard, the 69-year-old former silent film star Ramon Novarro was murdered by two brothers who were male hustlers.
At their murder trial, defense attorney Richard Walton told the jury, “Back in the days of Valentino, this man who set female hearts aflutter was nothing but a queer. There’s no way of calculating how many felonies this man committed over the years, for all his piety. What would have happened if Paul had not gotten drunk on Novarro’s booze, at Novarro’s urging and at Novarro’s behest? What would have happened if Novarro had not been a seducer and traducer of young men? The answers to those questions will determine the issue and degree of guilt of Tom Ferguson and the issue and degree of guilt of Paul Ferguson.”
Being beaten to death is what an officer of the court felt free to argue that a gay man deserved in 1969, two months after the Stonewall Riots.
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In 1876, during a train journey, a former general and failed attorney named Lew Wallace was humiliated.
While debating religion with the famed agnostic author Robert G. Ingersoll, Wallace realized that he knew next to nothing about his own Christian faith.
Wallace devoted three years to studying the Bible and researching Christianity, and the result was an adventure novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which eventually outsold every book in the United States except the Bible.
I was fascinated to learn that the first dramatic adaptation of the story was notthe silent film version, but a six-act, three-and-a-half-hour 1899 Broadway play which boasted spectacular lighting, large onstage crowds and, as biographer Andre Soares noted, “…two horse-drawn chariots darting at full speed on parallel treadmills, with a Circus Maximus backdrop revolving behind them.” Half a million people saw the play on Broadway, and more than 20 million saw it on tour throughout the world.
His starring role in the tortuous production of the 1925 film Ben-Hurwould cap Novarro’s career.
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Throughout most of the 1920s, Novarro had an intense personal, professional and presumably sexual relationship with movie journalist Herbert Howe.
Their relationship had cooled by 1928, and in a 1931 article for The New Movie Magazine, Howe hinted why. “All his emotions are adolescent,” Howe wrote. “He never hates because he never loves too much. He is not a particularly good companion. As he often said: ‘I have so little to give.’ His life is expressed in acting, not in thought or conversation. You get the essence of him seeing him on the screen. Off the screen he is … a theater with the lights out.”
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In April 1930, when he was one of America’s most popular screen stars, Novarro wrote a check for a new car and drove away with it. The embarrassing call came later. His check had bounced.
He’d earned $248,000 in 1928, $170,000 in 1929 and $125,000 for his last movie alone, and had $160 left in his bank account. Novarro had entrusted his business affairs to a (presumed) former lover, Louis Samuel, now married, who had embezzled the money to cover his brother’s stock market losses and to pay the mortgage on his own home in Hollywood Hills, one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Novarro refused to press charges against his former friend, and scrambled to recover from the devastating financial blow. He was able to secure a refund on his income taxes, which helped him get by.
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Declining box office receipts for his pictures cost Novarro his contract with MGM in the mid-1930s. A series of uncertain career moves didn’t help the situation, nor did his growing dependence on alcohol.
On Dec. 12, 1940, on the way home from a birthday party for Laura Hope Crews, a drunken Novarro was seriously injured in a head-on collision. He lied to friends about the accident’s cause and displayed not the slightest interest in the other driver, whom he might have killed.
“The man who could be so generous with his money could also be unabashedly self-centered when trying to shield himself from recriminations — whether from the law, from friends and relatives, or from within,” wrote Soares in Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro. “Even so, such tactics fell far short of total effectiveness. The law would find him guilty of reckless driving a number of times; his family … was ‘extremely embarrassed’ by his drunken driving arrests; and Novarro himself was undoubtedly aware of both his culpability in the car accident and his alcoholism. Despite his attempts at self-deceit, Novarro knew he had a serious problem that he was unable to solve.”
Novarro spent the rest of his life alternating between shameful alcoholic episodes and self-righteous periods of arch-Catholic religiosity, I think at least in part because he no longer had an effective way to express his artistic impulses. He never found a creative path off the dead end of Sunset Boulevard.

          Clifton Webb: Slightly Swishy Superman   
Reading the unfinished autobiography of the actor Clifton Webb, I learned he was born in Indianapolis in 1889. His stage-struck mother Mabelle Parmelee, with whom he lived all her life, came from Coles County, IL, where she was listed in the 1870 census.
In other words, Mr. Belvedere sprang from here!
Clifton Webb in the noir mystery film "Laura"
“Clifton Webb was a most unlikely movie star,” wrote biographer David L. Smith. “In a day when all leading men were supposed to be strong, virile and brave, he was a misogynist hero. Most movie stars of his day were supposed to have women melting in their arms. Webb had a considerably different approach. He said proudly, ‘I have destroyed the formula completely. I’m not young, I don’t get the girl in the end and I don’t swallow her tonsils, but I have become a national figure.’
“He was one of the most consistent moneymakers in Fox history. The movie-going public loved him, overlooking his well-known status as a bachelor and the fact that he lived with his mother all his life. For more than 15 years, he was a top-billed leading man who rivaled most other leading men of that day. Not bad for an actor who made his first major movie at age 55.”
Known for being smug, snide and condescending — and obviously gay in an era that blanched at the very idea — Webb somehow turned those barriers into steps to stardom. The Indianapolis native was assumed to be a Londoner even by Londoners. The character actor became a notable leading man. An accomplished former dancer, he always had a winning air of confidence.
Praised for the star-studded parties he and his mother threw, Webb replied dryly, “Fascinating people always attract fascinating people.”
In 1950, Clifton Webb slipped into the role of slightly swishy superman Mr. Belvedere as easily and effectively as one of the elegant suits that kept him on the best-dressed lists for years. The hit film Sitting Pretty inspired two sequels.
A kind of dandyish Derek Flint, Belvedere was an author who was posing as a babysitter to gather material, Belvedere was an expert at dancing, child psychology, yoga, geography and anything else that’s required.
Twentieth Century-Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck loved the character, and said: “The wonderful thing about Mr. Belvedere is his superior attitude, his sureness, and it is amazing that an audience will completely believe whatever he tells them.”
That sure, superior hand came naturally to Webb. “A scene in the film (Sitting Pretty) required Mr. Belvedere to play the piano,” Smith wrote. “As he is playing, he is asked, ‘Beethoven?’ And he replies, ‘No, Belvedere.’ When Webb saw this scene in the script, he said to director Elliot Nugent, ‘We could play it true to type and use the concerto I wrote.’ Nugent asked, ‘Do you write music too?’ Webb replied, ‘Certainly.’ Webb arranged to play his concerto for Nugent and music director Alfred Newman. Both agreed it was perfect for the film. Webb told them he had written it many years ago as a tribute to Jeanne Eagels, to whom he was greatly devoted. He named it Rain,after her greatest stage play. He said he hadn’t written it down yet, but could if he wanted to. Thus the concerto that Webb plays in the film was his own composition.”
But this effortlessly accomplished man had an Achilles’ heel: mother. He was literally inconsolable when she died in 1960 at age 91. Noel Coward tried to help, but noted, “Poor Clifton is still, after two months, wailing and sobbing over Mabelle’s death. As she was well over 90, gaga, and had driven him mad for years, this seems excessive and over-indulgent. He arrives here (in Jamaica) on Monday and I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas. Poor, poor, Clifton. I am, of course, deeply sorry for him but he must snap out of it.”
When he didn’t, Coward was driven to snapping out one of his great bon mots: “It must be tough to be orphaned at 71!”
Webb survived only another five years, but he lives on still, not merely as the insufferably superior Lynn Belvedere, but also in leading roles he played in a surprisingly hefty number of durable classic films, including Laura,The Razor’s Edge, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Man Who Never Was, Woman’s World, Mister Scoutmaster, The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker and the 1953 Titanic. The latter concludes with a powerful scene in which Webb’s doomed character Richard Sturges embraces and gives courage to his young son, stoically ignoring the fact that had learned shortly before — that the boy isn’t really his.

Webb also continues to entertain in canine form, any time someone watches Jay Ward’s famed Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. Webb was the model for the off-handedly superior time-traveling beagle, Mr. Peabody,  who owned an orphan boy.

          William Manchester: The Reasonable Warrior   
“War is literally unreasonable,” wrote the author, biographer and historian William Manchester in his 1979 Pacific combat memoir Goodbye, Darkness.
“Today’s youth cannot understand it; mine, I suppose, was the last generation to believe audacity in combat is a virtue. And I don’t know why we believed it. The mystery troubled me and baffled me, for some of my actions in the early 1940s make no sense to me now.
“On Okinawa, on Saturday, June 2, 1945, I suffered a superficial gunshot wound just above my right kneecap and was ship back to a field hospital. Mine was what we called a ‘million-dollar wound.’ Although I could hear the Long Toms in the distance, I was warm, dry and safe. My machismo was intact; I was simply hors de combat.
“The next day I heard that my regiment was going to land behind enemy lines on Oroku Penisula. I left my cot, jumped hospital, hitchhiked to the front and made the landing on Monday.
“Why had I returned to terror? To be sure, I had been gung ho at the outbreak of war. But I had quickly become a summer soldier and a sunshine patriot. I was indifferent toward rank, and I certainly sought no glory. ‘We owe God a death,” wrote Shakespeare. So we do, but I hoped God would extend my line of credit indefinitely. I was very young. I hadn’t published a short story, fathered a child or even slept with a girl. And because I am possessed, like most writers, by an intense curiosity, I wanted to stick around until, at the very least, I knew which side had won the war.
“So, craftily, I became the least intrepid of warriors, a survivor, not a hero, more terrier than lion. If there was a coward’s way, I took it. The word hero, to me, is redolent of Nelson Eddy in his Smokey Bear hat, with Jeanette McDonald shrieking in his ear, or of John Wayne being booed in a Hawaiian hospital by an audience of wounded Marines from Iwo Jima and Okinawa, men who had macho acts, in a phrase of the day, up their asses to their armpits.
“To be sure, I was not an inept fighter. I was lean and hard and tough and proud. I had tremendous reserves of stamina. I never bolted. I was a crack shot. I had a shifty, shambling run, and a lovely eye for defilade — for what the Duke of Wellington called ‘dead ground,’ that is, a spot shielded from flat-trajectory enemy fire by a natural obstacle, like a tree or a rock — coupled with a good sense of direction and a better sense of ground. To this day, I check emergency exits immediately after registering in a hotel, and in bars you will find me occupying a corner table, with my flanks secure.
“But that was the sum of my military skills. I had walked through the valley of the shadow of death and had been terribly frightened. Afterward, those few of us in my unit who had survived received a document from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal citing us for ‘gallantry,’ ‘valor,’ ‘tenacity’ and ‘extraordinary heroism against enemy Japanese forces,’ but those shining words didn’t really apply to me. Indeed, at times it seemed that they applied to no one except the dead. I agreed with Hemingway: ‘Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the number of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.’
“For us, they had been Buna and Suribachi; the Kokoda Trail and Tarawa; the First Marine Division and the Eleventh Airborne; the Kumusi and the Asa Kawa; December 7, 1941, and V-J Day. I honored them while hating the whole red and ragged business of war.”
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Manchester, who had harrowing experiences as a Marine in World War II, was an eloquent and even compassionate writer with a determined honesty, and yet a blind spot.
Reading his memoir, you find it easy to spot a theme that constantly reappears. It’s that the concerns and fates and white male warriors are the only things that really matter, and that their extreme sacrifices somehow sanctified that principle. Only his band of brothers and their fathers were fully real existentially. All others were somewhat shadowy figures who owed them gratitude.
By 1979, Manchester felt himself to be someone whom time was passing by. And he was right. It was and it has. A growing awareness of justice has entirely swept his worldview away, leaving the reader to admire him, yes, but also to feel a little embarrassed for him. But how few of us manage not to embarrass our descendants.
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“War monuments have never stirred me,” Manchester wrote. “They are like the reconstructed buildings at Colonial Williamsburg, or elaborate reproductions of great paintings; no matter how deft the execution, they are essentially counterfeit.
“In addition, they are usually beautiful and in good taste, whereas combat is neither. Before the war I thought that Hemingway, by stripping battle narratives of their ripe prose, was describing the real thing. Afterward I realized that he had simply replaced traditional overstatement with romantic understatement.
“War is never understated. Combat as I saw it was exorbitant, outrageous, excruciating and above all tasteless, perhaps because the number of fighting men who had read Hemingway or Remarque was a fraction of those who had seen B movies about bloodshed. If a platoon leader had watched Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Errol Flynn, Victor McLaglen, John Wayne or Gary Cooper leap recklessly about, he was likely to follow his role model.
“In crises, most people are imitative. Soldiers received ‘Dear John’ letters copied from those quoted in the press. The minority who avoid Hollywood paradigms were, like me, people who watched fewer B movies than we had read books. That does not mean we were better soldiers and citizens. We certainly weren’t braver. I do think that our optics were clearer, however — that what we saw was closer to the truth because we weren’t looking through MGM or RKO prisms.”
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Manchester’s already passé notions about gender roles mixed with melancholy about humanity’s fate when he visited Tinian, the island from which, on the late afternoon of Aug. 6, 1945, the B-29 named Enola Gay took off to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
“There is an air of forbidding stillness on the isle, a desolation unmatched in, say, rebuilt Hiroshima,” Manchester wrote. “This is where the nuclear shadow first appeared. I feel forlorn, alienated, wholly without empathy for the men who did what they did. This was not my war. In my war, a single fighter with one rifle could make a difference, however infinitesimal, in the struggle against the Axis. It was here that the role of men as protectors began to fade until women, seeing how much it had diminished, left their own traditional roleas behind and shouldered their way upward.”
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The bored Marines stood at attention, listening to Buck Rogers describe homosexual sex acts.
Manchester recalled that his captain, “Buck” Rogers, would read aloud from Navy courts-martial arising from sexual indiscretions.
“As unsubtly as possible, we were being warned that no matter how horny we got, we couldn’t go down on each other,” Manchester wrote. “It mystified us. Youth is more sophisticated today, but in our innocence we knew almost nothing about homosexuality.”
“There was so much excitement (and apocrypha about) heterosexuality that we seldom gave homosexuality a second thought. Had we been told that practitioners of oral sodomy wanted to live together openly, with the approval of society, and insisted on being called ‘gay,’ we would have guffawed. That just wasn’t one of the rights we were fighting to protect. We weren’t exactly prejudiced. It was, literally, mindlessness. We hadn’t thought about it. That didn’t make it unique. We weren’t fighting for the emancipation of housewives, either, or for the right of blacks, who performed menial, if safe, tasks far behind the lines, to bleed alongside us. Like most soldiers in most wars, we were fighting for status quo ante bellum. And like the others, we were doomed to disappointment.”
All those bored Marines knew were that perverts were guys who lisped and longed to put on a dress. “Therefore the other NCOs and I laughed when our sergeant major told us, in a drunken moment (and an unusual one, because liquor was generally reserved for officers; enlisted men, including sergeants, got beer), that he had slept with men. Mike Powers was in the regular Marine Corps, a professional soldier; he had served in Nicaragua, Haiti and on Gibraltar. It was on Gibraltar that he had, by his soused account, violated Chapter Two Specification Seventeen almost nightly. His lovers had been civilians, he said, some of them distinguished European civilians.”
Powers told them that when he retired, he planned to write a book calledFamous Cocks I Have Sucked.
“We didn’t take him seriously, partly because in the Marine Corps there was a constant rivalry to see who could be coarsest,” Manchester wrote. “His behavior was in many ways regrettable, but always in macho ways which, we thought, were the exact opposite of homosexuality. Six feet two, blond and virile, he was heavily muscled and deep voiced.”
Powers was tough and brave, but he had a flaw in combat. “Our strutting, bullying, powerfully built sergeant major just couldn’t stand the strain of concentrated enemy shellfire,” Manchester said. “He could take small-arms fire, and once he demolished a Nambu light-machine-gun nest with a hand grenade. But artillery turned his bowels to water.”
And so one night, when the firing stopped after a sustained attack from 81-millimeter mortar shells, Powers cracked up. The Marines knew that the silence was a tactic to draw them out in the open so they could relieve themselves, at which point they’d be caught in a fresh fusillade. Powers began ranting and yelling and ordering a charge that would have gotten them all killed, so Manchester was forced to relieve Powers and get him to a battalion aid station.
Manchester never saw Powers again, but he learned Powers’ fate much later, when Manchester, bedridden in a naval hospital, heard the officer of the day describe the court martial of one Michael J. Powers. Powers had been caught having oral sex with the young medical corpsman who had soothed and befriended him when Manchester left him at the aid station. And he’d been sentenced to 85 years in Portsmouth Naval Prison for it.
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One perverse irony of war, Manchester found, is how it sanctifies bloody disasters while underrating undramatic military victories.
“Time (magazine) trumpeted the defense of the American tactics: ‘Last week some 2,000 or 3,000 United States Marines, most of them now dead or wounded, gave the nation a name to stand beside those of … the Alamo, Little Big Horn and Belleau Wood. The name was Tarawa,’” Manchester wrote. As a sergeant, he’d been in the middle of that 76-hour battle in which roughly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans and Americans died, mostly on and around the small coral island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.
“That made everyone on Betio stand tall, but it deserves second thoughts. The Alamo and Little Big Horn were massacres for Americans, and the Fifth and Sixth Marines had been cut to pieces in Belleau Wood. Time’s comment may be attributed to a curious principle which seems to guide those who write of titanic battles. The longer the casualty lists — the vaster the investment in blood — the greater the need to justify the slain. Thus the fallen are honored by hallowing the names of the places were they fell, thus writers enshrine in memory the Verduns, the Passchendaeles, the Dunkirks and the Iwo Jimas, while neglecting decisive struggles in which the loss of life was small.
“At the turn of the 18thcentury, the Duke of Marlborough led 10 successful, relatively bloodless campaigns on the Continent, after which he was hounded into exile by his political enemies. In World War I, Douglas Haig butchered the flower of England’s youth on the Somme and in Flanders without winning a single victory. He was raised to the peerage and awarded 100,000 pounds by a grateful Parliament...”
“Similarly, in World War II, Anzio and Peleliu are apotheosized, though neither contributed to the defeat of Germany and Japan, while the capture of Ulithi, one of the Pacific’s finest anchorages, is unsung since the enemy had evacuated it, and Hollandia, (Gen. Douglas) MacArthur’s greatest triumph in that war, is forgotten because the general’s genius outfoxed the Japanese and limited his losses to a handful of GIs.
“In the Pacific, we received ‘pony’ editions — reduced in size, with no ads — of Time and the New Yorker. The comparison of Tarawa with great battles of the past didn’t impress most of us; we saw it for what it was: wartime propaganda designed to boost the morale of subscribers, a sophisticated version of the rhapsodies about the Glorious Dead who had Given Their All, making the Supreme Sacrifice. Our sympathies were with those who protested the high casualties.”
From his vantage point on the battlefield, Manchester immediately saw through military myth-making, but years would pass before he could bring himself to cast a cold eye on other hypocrisies of war. “At the time it was impolitic to pay the slightest tribute to the enemy, and Nip determination, their refusal to say die, was commonly attributed to ‘fanaticism,’” he recalled. “In retrospect, it is indistinguishable from heroism. To call it anything less cheapens the victory, for American valor was necessary to defeat it.”
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Memory was Manchester’s thing. He remembered sights like this: “You could always tell whether men were moving up or coming off the line. Usually those coming off had samurai swords jutting from their packs. And they had a different look — dull, sightless eyes showing the strain, misery, shock, sleeplessness and, in veteran fighters, the supreme indifference of young men who have lost their youth and will never recover it. The Spanish poet Frederico Garcio Lorca caught their expressions. They had ‘sad infinite eyes, like those of a newborn beast of burden.’”
Manchester remembered, even as he watched others forget. “When a man reaches his late fifties almost any change empties him a little,” he wrote. “It is disconcerting to feel quaint.”
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Thirty-five years after the war, Manchester ticked off the Marines he had known well and seen killed.
“Shiloh Davidson II, Williams ’44, a strong candidate for his family’s stock exchange seat, crawled out on a one-man twilight patrol up Sugar Loaf. He had just cleared our wire when a Nambu burst eviscerated him. Thrown back, he was caught on improvised wire. The only natural light came from the palest wash of moon, but the Japs illuminated that side of the hill all night with their green flares. There was no way that any of us could reach Shiloh, so he hung there, screaming for his mother, until about 4:30 in the morning, when he died.
“After the war, I visited his mother. She had heard, on a Gabriel Heatter broadcast, that the Twenty-ninth was assaulting Sugar Loaf. She had spent the night on her knees, praying for her son. She said to me, ‘God didn’t answer my prayers.’ I said, ‘He didn’t answer any of mine.’’
Recalling Okinawa, Manchester wrote, “I was in the midst of satanic madness: I knew it. I wanted to return to sanity: I couldn’t. All one could do, it seemed to me, was to stop combat from breaking you in half, to keep going until you reached the other side of your immediate objective, hoping it would be different from this side while knowing all the time, with the weary cynicism of the veteran, that it would be exactly the same. It was in this mood that we scapegoated all cases of combat fatigue — my father’s generation of infantrymen had called it ‘shell shock’ — because we felt that those so diagnosed were taking the dishonorable way out. We were all psychotic, inmates of the greatest madhouse in history, but staying on the line was a matter of pride. Pride was important to young men then. Today it is derided as machismo. But without that macho spirit, California and Australia would have been invaded long before this final battle.”

          Cary Grant: The Unease Behind That Easy Elegance   

"Everyone wants to be Cary Grant," Cary Grant said. "Even I want to be Cary Grant."




The seeming effortlessness with which Cary Grant projected his on-screen persona must have been simultaneously gratifying and somewhat frustrating to the actor born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England.
His ease at appearing urbane, witty, elegant, utterly self-assured and devastatingly attractive made it difficult for his worldwide audience to understand that he did not always believe himself to be those things.
“In truth, he still had no clear image of who he really was,” biographer Marc Eliot wrote. “Whenever he saw himself on screen, it was like looking at a gigantic mirror whose reflection was familiar, but one he could not quite identify with or relate to. The person up there, the idealized and romanticized character whose every move was dictated by an unseen director, whose every clever word and turn of phrase were put into his mouth by an unseen screenwriter, and who was lit and photographed by unseen experts who knew just how to make his skin glossy, his eyes bright, his hair shiny, his chin granite — that manufactured character, he believed, was more handsome and funny and clever and wise than he could ever be in real life, more smoothly graceful and impossibly svelte than any man could ever be. That was the man everybody adored — that was ‘Cary Grant.’”
Off screen, Grant was famously frugal, perhaps a residual effect of his childhood awareness of having poor parents who quarreled about money and well-to-do maternal grandparents. His often-absent father, a handsome dreamer who pressed pants six days a week, gave his young son one lecture about appearance that stuck with him permanently. Don’t buy four pairs of cheap shoes that will fall apart, he said. Buy one pair of really good ones and take care of them.
Grant’s sartorial splendor came more easily during his long tenure as a Hollywood star, in part because Archie Leach got to wear all Cary Grant’s clothes for free. Eliot noted that Grant’s high-quality wardrobe was always relatively sparse. “Once he became an independent player, to the end of his career, he contracted to keep, at his discretion, all the clothing he wore in his films, more than once green-lighting a script out of consideration of the wardrobe,” Eliot wrote. “Grant was quoted as saying that his favorite film in terms of fashion was 'That Touch of Mink,’ because of the luxurious and exclusive custom-made Cardinal suits his character wore. At the end of shooting he kept the entire wardrobe of blues and grays that so perfectly offset his then blue-gray hair.”
No slave to convention in his private life, Grant admitted to reporter Joe Hyams that he preferred wearing women’s nylon panties under his regular clothes when he traveled “…because they were easier to pack than men’s underwear and he could wash them out himself, which saved on hotel laundry bills.”
Remarkable that Grant was able to project even the imageof such self-assurance on screen. His father had walked out on mother and son when the boy was a child, setting up a new household 80 miles away. Then in 1914, when Grant was 10, he came home one afternoon and looked from room to room for his mother. She was gone, vanished without warning. Relatives told the boy his mother was staying at a seaside resort, then that she had died of a heart attack. Neither was true. In fact, she had been committed to a mental institution — something Grant didn’t find out for another 20 years.
When he learned the truth from his father, Grant raced to the asylum and found his mother not only alive but smiling. She didn’t realize how much time had passed and still treated him as her little boy, not knowing that he was now a film star. Fighting tears, Grant promised his mother he’d have her free by her next birthday, her 58th. It was a tale he almost never told anyone.
That wasn’t Grant’s only secret. His affair with cowboy actor Randolph Scott was much more long-term and intense than I realized. In fact, it was probably the primary romantic relationship of both their lives.
“I’ve heard the fag rumor for years,” Grant told an interviewer. “Look at it this way. I’ve always tried to dress well. I’ve had some success and I include in that success some relationships with some very special women. If someone wants to say I’m gay, what can I do? I think it’s probably said about every man who’s been known to do well with women. I don’t let that sort of thing bother me. What matters to me is that I know who I am.” And what he rather adroitly did not say is, “I’m not gay.”

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          The Sexless Idiot   

At a time when sex is the starting point rather than the goal of most romantic relationships, we don’t have a rich phrasebook for understanding why two seemingly interested people fail at step one.

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          Kommentarer till Jag hjälper Bråvalla Festival motverka sexövergrepp! av Frida Gustavlin   
Det är någon typ av märklig metapatriotism som dessa vänsterdebattörer kör med. De kanske inte kan lägga munkavel på opinionsbildare i utlandet, så det som återstår är att försöka sätta hörselkåpor på alla de som lyssnar på vad de har att säga - eller snarare - sätta hörselkåpor på dem som kan tänkas lyssna till de som återberättar vad dessa fräcka okunniga dödsknarkarnazistutlänningar fört fram.
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          Comment on Accused CIA Rapist’s Alleged Victims Did Not File Local Charges by Lissakrhumanelife   
Reblogged this on <a href="http://lissakr11humanelife.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/17938/" rel="nofollow">USA COINTELPRO VICTIM OF THE PATRIOT ACT</a> and commented: Interesting tidbits continue to shake out from the strange case of Andrew Warren, the erstwhile CIA station chief in Algeria accused of date rape.First is the overlooked statement of Algeria’s interior minister that the two “local” Muslim women who complained to U.S. embassy officials that Warren spiked their cocktails for nonconsensual sex hold “dual citizenship,” presumably American and Algerian. That could at least partly explain why the women did not file local criminal charges against Warren, the other reason being that the CIA’s top man in Algeria worked under State Department cover, theoretically giving him diplomatic immunity. Another factor is that in Muslim countries where the legal code adheres more or less to Islamic sharia law, women face prohibitive hurdles against filing rape charges, including a requirement to come up with as many as four male witnesses. It’s also not uncommon for victims to be punished. But Interior Minister M. Noureddine Y. Zerhouni said last month that “the agent [Warren] is subject [to] an investigation which is still ongoing,” according to an Algerian news site. Zerhouini also said “that the sexual scandal of the CIA man in Algeria could be connected to the U.S. intelligence framework of recruiting the victims to work with the CIA,” according to the report. And not just in Algeria. “Egypt compiled a list of names of women who frequently visited the American institutions in Egypt at the time, to investigate if they were recruited for the CIA,” it said. U.S. investigators have reportedly found more than two dozen videotapes that Warren allegedly made of his sexual escapades. Meanwhile, Warren’s steamy novel of sex and terrorism set in – you guessed it – Algeria, has gotten its first bad reviews. See also: CIA Man Accused of Rape Claimed to Be FBI Agent in Parking Row CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes A visitor to the Amazon.com site that features “People of the Veil” published in 2002, noted that the half dozen reviews that accompanied the book’s publication in 2002 were oddly uniform in their praise. “What cracks me up is that the prior gushing reviews are all but one, by single one time reviewers, who appear with Amazon accounts at the time the item is listed, and never review nothing [sic] else, classic indicators they are all likely shill reviews by the author.” Another amateur reviewer made a crack about the charges against Warren, and then claimed to find a curiosity. “Hey, while five visitors found my review helpful, four found it not helpful,” said the blogger who identifies himself as “q.“. Amazon tracked those four down votes to Blackberry IPs in turn assigned to a small import export firm called ‘Langley Vetting’ somewhere in Virginia. Strange.” Indeed. I could find no reference to a “Langley Vetting” online. Share this: StumbleUpon Digg Reddit
          Comment on Ex-director of San Bernardino’s Operation Phoenix Glenn Baude placed on leave by Lissakrhumanelife   
Reblogged this on <a href="http://lissakr11humanelife.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/17937/" rel="nofollow">USA COINTELPRO VICTIM OF THE PATRIOT ACT</a> and commented: The former director of Operation Phoenix has been placed on administrative leave, City Manager Fred Wilson confirmed Monday Wilson declined to comment further. James Curtis IV, an attorney representing former program director Glenn Baude, called Wilson’s action an attempt at scapegoating. Prosecutors have brought two dozen felony charges against Michael Steven Miller, 48, a supervisor at one of the city’s Operation Phoenix community centers, accusing him of molesting two young girls in recent months and another more than a decade ago. Miller could face life in prison if convicted on all counts. After Miller’s arrest, the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office investigated whether Baude, parks Director Kevin Hawkins or parks department employees Glenda Robinson and Curtis Brown had prior knowledge of Miller’s possible sexual involvement with a minor or had violated state child abuse reporting laws. The district attorney’s office announced Friday that there was not enough evidence to prove that they had violated any laws. Curtis said Wilson placed Baude on administrative leave the next day. “Mr. Baude has acted not only within the legal parameters that his job requires, but has acted ethically and above board through this entire sequence of events,” Curtis said. “It seems that the city may very well be looking for a scapegoat.
          Klimatyzacja sprawdziła się na porodówce, będzie też w tuczarni   
Coolboksy działają jak klimatyzacja, schładzają napływające z zewnątrz budynku gorące powietrze, gdy temperatura powietrza wzrośnie powyżej 20 st. C. Dwa lata użytkowania urządzeń na chlewni macior przekonały Piotra Jędrzejczaka, że ta inwestycja się opłaca i warto ją uwzględnić w projekcie nowej tuczarni.
          An American in Amaracchiacity   

Amaracchia da ragazzina studiava musica, un corso di clarinetto e uno di solfeggio, e nei pomeriggi dopo scuola si armava di valigetta, sottraeva 500 lire dal portaspiccioli dei nonni in piena pennica pomeridiana, attraversava la strada, comprava una chewing gum rosa sintetico e attendeva l'ora di lezione giornaliera.
Chiaramente nel periodo di crisi mistica l'impressionabile Amaracchia si convinse che le sciagure del mondo erano dovute a quei pochi spiccioli sottratti al nonno, ma questa è un'altra storia, quasi totalmente superata.

Del corso di Solfeggio Amaracchia ricorda poco, a parte un libro giallognolo con la copertina verde acqua tutto interamente evidenziato con un bel giallo intenso, una bruttura estetica talmente evidente che ancora oggi resiste una idiosincrasia leggendaria per gli evidenziatori.
In realtà ricorda anche che era noioso da morire, che si sentiva idiota a far svolazzare le mani e che una volta capito il funzionamento non era poi così difficile coordinarsi, mentre il suo compagno di banco insisteva con prenderla a ceffoni facendo finta di sbagliare.

Il clarinetto, invece, era la sua croce e delizia.
Faceva figo per una ragazzina di dodici anni avere un clarinetto di ebano e saperlo suonare senza troppi fischi, solo che vedersi allo specchio mentre si esercitava le faceva venire l'ansia e la pelle paonazza e questo non era bene in quella fase della vita.
Ciononostante Amaracchia ignorò il secondo problema e continuò imperterrita.

Quello che la mente volitiva Amaracchiesca ancora non riesce a sotterrare sotto altri ricordi della giovinezza è la figura del suo maestro di clarinetto, un baldo 30enne idolatrato dall'intera popolazione femminile della scuola media, sempre impeccabile nei suoi capelli mossi col ciuffo, magro, alto, col nasone e esibizionista.

Improvvisava leggii costruendo grattacieli di sedie e banchi, assestava il libro con gli spartiti degli esercizi e teneva il tempo schioccando le dita mentre correva e si agitava per l'aula; quando era di ottimo umore lasciava suonare le scale agli allievi e, ignorando le stonature straccianervi, ricamava il suono col suo clarinetto costosissimo.
Per spiegare un suono o un effetto ricorreva sempre a George Gershwin, era la chiave di tutto secondo lui, ma per pecoroni di dodici anni era come assistere ad un seminario sui sistemi dinamici e la teoria del Caos, follia allo stato puro.

Aveva la chiara tendenza a fare bella mostra di sé: ripeteva fino alla nausea l'attacco di Rhapsody in blue, sempre ai suddetti pecoroni di dodici anni, che erano sì rapiti da quel suono deformato e tondo, ma, ammettiamolo, non era granché corretto.
Diciamo che gli piaceva vincere facile.

Ogni fine anno c'era un saggio in cui si cantava e si suonava e a parte i cori, gli strumentisti si esibivano in assoli portentosi.
Lui, il baldo maestro, assegno alla sua classe Gershwin, naturalmente, e Nino Rota, il secondo suo pilastro di vita.
Preparò spartiti scritti a mano per i suoi cinque clarinettisti, tra cui una Amaracchia persino solista in"An American in Paris", un estratto da "Il Padrino" in cui Amaracchia si esibiva in una sessione di bassi portentosi e un accenno di "Rhapsody in blue" in cui si era preso lui stesso l'incarico dell'intro.

Inutile dire che rispetto a Brilla brilla mia Stellina o Il ballo del Qua Qua si faceva un gran figurone solo a pronunciare il nome del gruppo di clarinettisti: pionieri della musica di qualità, mai venduti al sistema infantile come fu per oboisti e trombettisti, radical chic fin nel midollo.

E faceva nulla se poi Gershwin e Rota ne venissero fuori straziati a fine saggio, sarebbe stata una scelta politica del gruppo e del suo maestro.

Caso volle che l'Amaracchia ribelle non preparò affatto il suo pezzo da solista, perché era giovane e un po' rincoglionita probabilmente, e al saggio si accontentò della poderosa sezione di bassi illudendosi che fosse sufficiente per il proprio ego, e lo è stato anche per parecchi anni.
Ma poi, caro Maestro, Amaracchia l'ha ricercata tra i profili facebook e l'ha ritrovata, sempre col suo ciuffo invidiabile, il suo nasone, impeccabile nella sua giacca e camicia nera, con la barba di un giorno ben visibile, un tuffo al cuore e anni di convinzioni son volate via.
Amaracchia fece male, malissimo ad accontentarsi all'epoca, avrebbe vissuto i suoi dieci minuti di esibizione sentendosi Gershwin in persona, un Gershwin dalla mise orribile, certo, ma pur sempre un talento, e forse un giorno avrebbe raccontato in questo blog il trionfo e i fiori sul palco, gli applausi vigorosi e l'ovazione sua,oh maestro, che in questo blog si sarebbe trasformata in quella di mille jazzisti, senza il minimo pudore.

Ma ahimè, la giovane e ignara Amaracchia scelse di accontentarsi, errore madornale mai più ripetuto, ma se fosse possibile riparare sarebbe un sogno.
Ancora lei, il suo clarinetto e il pubblico distratto, e lo spartito scritto a mano.

Quando vuole, Maestro.
Con commozione,

Amaracchia



          O Enthusiasm, where art thou?   
Per le strade di Salentignano, se non si è particolarmente attenti, si possono spalmare sull'asfalto i riccetti; di per sè la cosa non è certo così straordinaria, ma la giovine Amaracchia ha apprezzato questo particolare bucolico, perchè al massimo ad Amaracchiacity si può avere a che fare coi sorcioni.
A dire il vero tutto a Salentignano ha una dimensione diversa, una forma nuova e una dimensione ridotta, che a lungo andare diventa familiare anche ai cittadini puri come Amaracchia.

Per esempio la festa del patrono ha in sè quei fasti che solo un migliaio di lampadine a 50 watt possono ricreare, tutte ordinatamente posizionate in quel barocco elettrico che Amaracchia ha sempre apprezzato fin da bambina, con sommo stupore di Montagna d'Uomo.
Il poveraccio, dal canto suo, s'è interrogato più volte su dove cercare il fascino della festa di San Rocco, che di bancarelle ne conta solo quattro, di cui una dedicata alle statuette religiose di gesso dipinte un po' a casaccio, ma dagli straordinari occhi psichedelici.
L'Amaracchia fiduciosa ha cercato a lungo il suddetto fascino per il suo Montagna d'Uomo, scrutando la varia umanità che frantumava arachidi ascoltando la banda in concerto, ed è arrivata ad una conclusione importante: le vecchiette di Salentignano erano chiaramente sosia di Giorgio Canali, anzi, a dire il vero tutta la popolazione sopra i settant'anni aveva un che di Giorgio Canali. Solo che lo scettico e guastafeste MdU non ha apprezzato la scoperta.

La banda, dal canto suo, ha provato con vigore ad entusiasmare MdU, esibendosi nelle note di New York, New York, nella Marcia di Radetzky, arie di operetta random e persino il repertorio intero di Ennio Morricone in fase western, che pareva quasi stessero portando in processione il busto di Clint Eastwood, tanti erano gli applausi e il mormorio.
Ma niente, niente di tutto ciò ha riscaldato il giovane cuore di Montagna d'Uomo.

Il giorno dopo è toccato anche al revival anni novanta di un famoso cantautore con la reputazione in caduta libera da anni, giunto fresco fresco dalla Toscana per proporre il suo repertorio di cinque, e non più di cinque, canzoni più ben quattro, e non più di quattro, cover; in tutto cinquanta minuti di trash condensato su basi registrate, che per smaltirlo ci sono voluti 4 giorni di silenzio e genuflessioni.

Come colpo finale i nostri eroi hanno provato pure con la sagra della Sangria, che a parte l'assonanza non aveva proprio niente altro di divertente, e con pazienza Amaracchia e Montagna d'Uomo, altrimenti detti l'Astemia e Vorreimanonposso, hanno portato a termine una fila interminabile con un obolo ridicolo per un bicchiere di plastica e dell'alcool stantio.

Da allora niente è più stato lo stesso: Amaracchia è entrata nel vortice del Chetristezza, mentre Montagna d'Uomo ancora cerca di affogare i suoi dispiaceri nei Pasticciotti mangiati di nascosto al bar, esibendo accuratamente la sua versione più salutista solo per far sentire in colpa la sua tristona, nonchè ex entusiasta di professione.



Qui sotto:
I giovini Salentignanesi al Luna park



L'addetto all'occhio di bue durante il concerto del decadente toscano, entusiasta all'ennesima potenza


Il copioso pubblico durante l'esecuzione de Il buono, il brutto e il cattivo

          Scuse tardive   
Il figlio della vicina di casa di Amaracchia avrà meno di sei mesi, ma riserve di grasso di un dodicenne e cresta e piglio serioso del più truzzo dei Mister T. Ha indicato Amaracchia col dito grassoccio e l'ha fatta sentire colpevole, non si sa di cosa, ma tanto colpevole.


Ci sono persone che hanno questo potere di colpevolizzare solo rivolgendo la parola e per Amaracchia coincidono, più o meno, con tutta la popolazione mondiale.
Lei si sente in colpa per tutto, per qualsiasi cosa vada storta nel mondo sente che c'è una parte di responsabilità che è strettamente correlata alla sua pigrizia, e sebbene con l'età abbia imparato a nascondere la preoccupazione sul suo ruolo nello scatafascio mondiale e italiano, le manca ancora il passaggio successivo, la negazione.
E così in una qualsiasi conversazione, mentre gli altri elaborano tesi e controbattono , Amaracchia elabora tesi, controbatte con veemenza, ma nel suo intimo è già convinta che un po' è anche colpa sua se la raccolta differenziata è una chiavica qui in Amaracchialand, e tutto perchè quel giorno non separò la carta dalla plastica nelle buste da lettera con finestra.
Per non parlare, poi, del Tetrapak: cos'è, plastica o carta?

Nel 2006 Amaracchia fu trascinata ad un grosso evento rock nel Nord Italia, ed essendo giovane ed inesperta di grossi eventi, si lasciò prendere dalle emozioni del momento beccandosi la peggiore insolazione della storia mondiale, con annesse crisi isteriche e di gioia quando partivano i concerti la sera.
L'ultima delle tre sere, persasi nel marasma di quasi 50mila persone, vagò spaesata per una buona mezz'ora, ubriaca di facce e pestata di gusto da ogni tipo di essere umano.
Nella penombra le si avvicinò un piccoletto con volto rugoso: "Vuoi un po' di zucchero?", le chiese di fretta.
Amaracchia, intontita com'era, aprì il suo migliore sorriso e rispose a cotanta gentilezza ringraziando più e più volte "ma ho già il mio zucchero nella tasca!".
Il giovine rugoso grugnì e andò via.
Entusiasta dell'empatia umana raccontò del gentil rugoso alla sorella che l'aveva seminata nel marasma: "Sai un tipo m'ha visto spaesata e ha pensato che avessi bisogno di zucchero per rimettermi in forze!", e fu allora che la sorella le rivelò l'arcano e Amaracchia si sentì talmente idiota che riparò con un meraviglioso: " Ma dai, sei sicura?"

A distanza di 3 anni, o caro amico rugoso, Amaracchia vuole scusarsi della sua tontaggine e della mancata preparazione del gergo di voi ggiovani rugosi, e seppur ringraziandoti, si vede costretta a declinare l'offerta, la bustina dello zucchero rubata al bar è più che sufficiente.
Scusa per il disturbo.
          Comentario en Pirata por Mala   
Yo voy este verano con una bolsa de ropa iotnrier y calcetines, una bolsa vaceda para ropa y otra para libros. Me voy a poner las botas!
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          Mugshot Monday - “Great Grains” mug with Morning Glory Blend by...   


Mugshot Monday - “Great Grains” mug with Morning Glory Blend by Peace Coffee

This was a fun mugshot! It even has it’s own video documentary (embedded below). I hope you like how it turned out.

I contributed to a video series that the fine folks at Great Grains are working on called “A Salute to Starters”. They wanted to interview me on camera and talk about my Mugshot Monday project.

It was a fun topic in the context of creating my mugshots. Monday is THE START of our week and the day traditionally sucks because it’s hard to get going. But I choose to post these photos and stories every Monday.

When I think about it, I believe my mugshots are therapeutic. I honestly don’t feel like my Mondays suck at all because of them – it’s something I look forward to.

Another “starting” theme that came out was that I really had no idea WHAT my project would become exactly. But I just started posting. And then it evolved and iterated. I didn’t really know that every mug had a story back then, but now that’s what it turned into.

And ever since I started I can’t seem to quit.

A+ for the video edits – it turned out awesome! Thanks for making my ramblings sound intelligent. I’ll give myself a C+ on the interview – my goal was to NOT sound like an idiot and it’s something I want to continue to work on.

It was super fun experience! And I love the mugshot and the story.

The mug I’m holding is obviously a mock-up, but I hope Great Grains decides to make some mugs. It’s the perfect size for cereal eating.

Full disclosure: I didn’t get paid for doing this, but they did give me some free cereal. The Great Grains granola in particular was really good. However, I don’t know what flavor it was because my kids finished it off before I could check. Haha!

Here’s the video: “A Salute to Starters“

See also my 380+ photos from the Mugshot Monday project here:  www.MugshotMonday.com – Every Mug Has A Story


          Um contrato antipatriota: O estado da Guiné-Bissau é uma entidade assim como a EUROATLANTIC AIRWAYS. No Artigo 2 - PREÇO é mencionado a conta bancaria da EuroAtlantic para efeitos de pagamentos, porque é que no Artigo 3 - PAGAMENTOS concretamente no ponto 3.2 não foi mencionado a conta bancaria do estado da Guiné-Bissau?, porque será?. Camaradas, os pontos que eu anotei são um dos mais escandalosos deste dito contrato mas há mais, e para não vos tentar tratar de "analfabrutos" assim c   

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          Tunesien-Boss im Visier    

Wegen des Verdachts auf Geldwäsche haben die tunesischen Behörden das Vermögen des Klub-Präsidenten Slim Riahi von Pokalsieger Club Africain Tunis eingefroren.

Ein Untersuchungsrichter verhängte Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft zufolge Sperren von Riahis Aktiendepots und Bankkonten sowie die Beschlagnahmung seiner Gründstücke.

Riahi, der 2014 für das Amt des Staatspräsidenten kandidiert hatte, bezeichnete sich in einer ersten Reaktion in einem TV-Interview als ein Opfer "politischer Erpressung". Der Spitzenpolitiker der Freien Patriotischen Union (UPL), die bei der Wahl 2014 drittstärkste Kraft war, beschuldigte konkurrierende Parteien, ihn durch Verleumdungen kaltstellen zu zu wollen.


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Ma jument de race camargaise, 35 ans, se gratte la croupe et la queue par épisode, on m'a parlé de dermite estivale. A ce jour, elle n'a plus de crins sur la queue et tout ce que je dois couper pour enlever les oeufs des mouches, je viens de nouveau de lui nettoyer et d'enlever les asticots qui la dévorent et la cicatrisation a dû mal à se faire, je lui mets de la bombe bleue (antibiotique) mais je voudrais savoir si quelqu'un aurait un truc pour que je puisse protéger sa queue des mouches et de cette gratte qui persiste. merci par avance
          Our daily bread - and our trespasses   
The spiraling world food grains crisis has been a long time coming.There have been warnings aplenty, but they didn't really grab theheadlines. The two things that seem to have caught the world'sattention are rising prices (ie food seen in monetary terms) and the social unrest of riots.
          PT Pos Indonesia Jual Tiket Merpati   

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA - Membeli tiket penerbangan PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines semakin mudah. Pasca penandatanganan kerja sama logistik, rencananya PT Pos Indonesia menyediakan stok tiket Merpati yang bisa dijual langsung ke konsumen.


Rencananya pesawat milik Merpati akan di-branding Pos Indonesia sebagai salah satu perwujudan telah bersinerginya Merpati Pos. Tidak hanya itu, setiap kantor Pos juga bisa melakukan penjualan tiket Merpati ke semua rute. Tujuannya yaitu, pelanggan PT Pos bisa lebhi mudah dalam membeli tiket.


"Kedua kelebihan dua perusahaan BUMN ini akan menjadi modal awal yang bagus untuk menjalankan kerja sama antara Pos Indonesia dan MNA," ujar Direktur Utama MNA Rudy Setyopurnomo.


Kerja sama ini sebagai salah satu implementasi Big Win Sistem Logistik Nasional sebagaimana tertuang dalam peraturan presiden nomor 26 tahun 2012, untuk dapat lebih meningkatkan kinerja berkehendak melakukan upaya sinergi dengan memanfaatkan potensi yang dimiliki Pos Indonesia maupun Merpati Nusantara Airlines.


Pada kesempatan yang sama dilakukan penyerahan sertifikasi ISO 9001:2008 untuk Kantor Tukar Soekahatta (KTSH). KTSH adalah unit kerja PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) yang berperan sebagai kantor tukar kiriman internasional dan kantor yang melaksanakan pengendalian pelaksanaan pekerjaan proses penerimaan dan pengiriman atau penyaluran kirimanpos udara domestik dan internasional.


Seperti diberitakan sebelumnya, Pos Indonesia menggandeng Merpati untuk kerja sama layanan kargo udara Merpati Pos. Kerja sama dua perusahaan BUMN ini merupakan bentuk pengembangan bisnis logistik keduanya.


Perjanjian kerja sama ditandatangani oleh Direktur Utama PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) I Ketut Mardjana dan Direktur Utama PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines Rudy Setyopurnomo, Rabu (27/2/2013) di JW Marriot Jakarta.




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          Laboratório de Genômica Estrutural   
Unidade: Centro de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (CDTEC) Curso: Biotecnologia Website: – Código NULAB: 90539 Descrição – Localização Campus: Capão do Leão Prédio/Bloco: 20 Sala: 13 Contato Nome: Prof. – E-mail: – Equipamentos Termociclador Sequenciador de Monogeração
          Laboratório de Biopolímeros   
Unidade: Centro de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (CDTEC) Curso: Biotecnologia Website: – Código NULAB: 90158 Descrição – Localização Campus: Capão do Leão Prédio/Bloco: 19 Sala: 01 Contato Nome: Prof. – E-mail: – Equipamentos Fermentador – Bioreator de Bancada Reômetro Micrômetro Agitador Orbital Microscópio Óptico Capela de Fluxo Laminar Estufa de Circulação de Ar Forçada Secador por Atomização
          Laboratório de Imunologia Aplicada   
Unidade: Centro de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (CDTEC) Curso: Biotecnologia Website: – Código NULAB: 90393 Descrição – Localização Campus: Capão do Leão Prédio/Bloco: 19 Sala: 06 Contato Nome: Prof. Fabrício Rochedo Conceição E-mail: – Equipamentos Termociclador Eletroforese de Campo Pulsado Leitor de Microplacas Agitador Orbital Estufa CO2
          Laboratório de Vacinologia   
Unidade: Centro de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (CDTEC) Curso: Biotecnologia Website: – Código NULAB: 90160 Descrição – Localização Campus: Capão do Leão Prédio/Bloco: 19 Sala: 07 Contato Nome: Prof. Odir Dellagostin E-mail: odirad@gmail.com Equipamentos Termociclador em Tempo Real Centrífuga Refrigerada Microcentrífugas Eletroporador Balanças de Precisão Sistema de Eletroforese Sistema de Fotodocumentação Shaker Incubador Estuda BOD Cabine de Segurança Biológica
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          COLOQUIOS DEL CEU   
El gran José Morente me manda esta información, que comparto.


AULA DE TAUROMAQUIA
UNIVERSIDAD SAN PABLO - C.E.U.
CURSO ACADÉMICO 2012 - 2013

DESARROLLO DEL PRIMER TRIMESTRE

Las conferencias se celebrarán en el Aula Magna de la Facultad de Derecho (Julián Romea, 22; Edificio Biblioteca), a las 19.30 horas, con entrada libre y gratuita.


* Jueves, 25 de Octubre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
Presentación del XII Aula de Tauromaquia y del libro “Joselito en Bilbao. La culminación del mérito” (Madrid, 2012) de R. Cabrera.
D. Domingo Delgado de la Cámara. Abogado, escritor y cronista taurino.
D. Rafael Cabrera Bonet. Director del Aula de Tauromaquia CEU-San Pablo.


* Jueves, 8 de Noviembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. Víctor Pérez López. Escritor y miembro de la Unión de Bibliófilos Taurinos.
“Acontecimientos y curiosidades de la edad de plata en Madrid”.
 
* Jueves, 15 de Noviembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. Rafael Cabrera Bonet. Director del Aula de Tauromaquia CEU-San Pablo.
“Entre Vázquez y Veragua”.

* Jueves, 22 de Noviembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. Adrián Martín Albo. Médico hematólogo, miembro del equipo médico de Las Ventas.
“La intelectualidad y los toros”.


* Jueves, 29 de Noviembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. José Morente. Arquitecto y colaborador habitual de distintos blogs y medios taurinos.
“De Joselito el Gallo a José Tomás. La técnica en el toreo”


* Jueves, 13 de Diciembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. Fernando Cisneros Manrique. Miembro de la Unión de Bibliófilos Taurinos.
“Toros en Roma. Las corridas papales”.


* Jueves, 20 de Diciembre de 2012. (19.30 horas)
D. Francisco Salamanca. Veterinario. Miembro de la Junta Directiva de VETASE.
“Influencia del encierro en el toro de lidia”.




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En este mi final del verano me veo obligada a relataros un extraño fenómeno que me ha acaecido. He sentido crecer en mi pecho de una manera ligera pero constante un cierto amor a mi país (España).

Y es que el agudo síndrome postvacacional se me ha manifestado en la manera de "adicción a la actualidad" y es en la actualidad donde he encontrado ciertos elementos dignos de mi admiración.

El primero de ellos concierne al caso de los niños desaparecidos (¿asesinados?) Ruth y José. Un nuevo informe que ha analizado los restos de una hoguera en la finca de sus padre ha determinado, once meses después, que son humanos. El primer informe decía que se trataba de pequeños roedores. Este nuevo informe ha sido encargado por la propia madre de los niños. 

Ayer declaraba en televisión el comisario jefe de este caso Serafín Castro. De sus declaraciones se deduce que la investigación sabía con certeza absoluta que los niños no habían salido de la finca y que por eso buscaban en ella con tanta insistencia. A principios de agosto la policía había llegado a la conclusión de que en sus investigaciones fallaba algo y habían tomado la decisión de volver a empezar desde cero. Así pues, sus propias pesquisas les hubieran llevado a solicitar otro informe forense. Si el de la madre se adelantó fue cuestión de tiempo. 

Tal y como yo lo entiendo la investigación ha sido implacable y solamente podía haber llevado a la resolución definitiva del caso. Y esto, el exquisito funcionamiento de la policía, que es exquisito hasta para detectar sus propios errores, es mi primer motivo de patriotismo.

El segundo tiene que ver con la asistencia sanitaria a los inmigrantes en situación irregular. Andalucía, Navarra, País Vasco y Cataluña directamente han decidido no aplicar el decreto que deja a estar personas sin asistencia médica lo cual ya es digno de mi admiración.

En el resto de comunidades autónomas, según he entendido, se está organizando la objeción de conciencia. No solamente los médicos, sino miembros de todas las profesiones sanitarias se están organizando para poder dar cobertura a estas personas. Se pretende que exista un circuito conocido de objetores que incluya todas las especialidades al que estos inmigrantes puedan acudir. 

En particular leí el otro día una entrevista con una trabajadora de la recepción de un centro sanitario. Ella explicaba que a estas personas las va a derivar a los médicos que se han subido al carro de la objeción. Como su manera habitual de trabajar se apoya en medios informáticos ha ideado un plan para esquivar al sistema que consiste simplemente en "volver a las fichas escritas a mano".

Supongo que mi amor a la patria sería mayor si la ley obligara a atender a todo el mundo sin papel alguno. Mientras tanto, siento que de repente me enorgullezco de pertenecer a un país en el que no poca gente siente la obligación moral de proporcionar tratamientos médicos a quien lo necesita.

Pienso aferrarme a este leve entusiasmo para salir reforzada de esta nebulosa postvacacional. ¡Feliz fin de verano!
          Rośnie potencjał strefy przygranicznej. Przybywa firm zajmujących się handlem   
W ostatnich latach odnotowano systematyczny wzrost liczby podmiotów gospodarki narodowej w strefie przygranicznej. Jak podaje GUS, stosunkowo duży udział stanowiły podmioty zajmujące się handlem. Ważną rolę odgrywają również spółki z udziałem kapitału zagranicznego, których obecność może świadczyć o atrakcyjności inwestycyjnej danego regionu.
          Laser Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy   

Laser Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy It is a non-invasive and pain free light-based therapy that uses infrared and red light as physical agents. The therapeutic laser provides patients with a safe and effective therapy to target inflamed, injured and…

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          Custom Made Orthotics   

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          Causes of Cold Feet   

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          Spinal Traction   

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          PILLOWS – Happy Sleeping!   

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          What is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder?   

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          BUAT AKH YANG KEKECEWAAN   


Khowatir Surah Qasas



Surah Qasas merupakan antara surah yang sarat dengan pengajaran-pengajaran yang begitu dekat dengan para duat, pejuang kebenaran yang menempuh jalan yang sukar dan hari-harinya berhadapan dengan kejadian-kejadian yang boleh mengecewakan dan mematahkan semangat.


Sekali lagi, seperti  mana banyak kesempatan dalam surah-surah yang lain, Allah swt menjadikan kisah nabi Musa as sebagai latar surah ini, untuk diambil dan dinikmati pengajarannya. Sungguh istimewa sosok nabi Musa ini kerana kisah-kisahnya sering menjadi rujukan para daie. Alangkah besarnya manfaat dan kebaikan yang mengalir buat nabi Musa. Ternyata beliau layak mendapat kemuliaan dan penghargaan ini. Begitulah Allah mengangkat hamba-hambaNya yang banyak bekorban dan berjuang untuk agamanya, mereka tidak akan dilupakan dan ganjaran untuk mereka tidak putus-putus.

Baiklah, berbalik kepada surah Qasas.


Uslub atau pendekatan surah Qasas ini memiliki keistimewaan tersendiri. Di awal surah, Allah swt menyebut beberapa janji Allah kepada bani Israel dan juga kepada keluarga nabi Musa. Kumpulan ayat yang menyebut sebilangan janji-janji Allah ini boleh dikatakan ‘trailer’ atau ‘prolog’ bagi keseluruhan surah. Kemudian, dalam saki baki ayat yang seterusnya, sedikit demi sedikit, satu persatu janji yang Allah sebutkan ini menjadi kenyataan dalam kisah nabi Musa. Storyboard nya sungguh epik dan memukau.


Tidak hairanlah, Syeikh Amr Khaled mengangkat tema “Thiqah dengan Janji Allah”[1]bagi surah Qasas ini. Kerana bagi orang yang yakin dengan janji Allah, dia tidak akan berhenti di separuh jalan perjuangannya, dia akan bertahan, bertenang dan meneruskan perjalanan takdir yang Allah tetapkan sambil menunggu dengan penuh tawakal dan sabar dalam beramal untuk menunggu kebenaran janji Allah swt.


Keseluruhan sifat ini ada pada nabi Musa as.

Selain daripada mencungkil tema surah dengan mengkaji ayat-ayat dalam surah ini, Syeikh juga berkongsi hikmah mengapakah surah ini dinamakan al-Qasas.

Dari segi bahasa, Qasas bermaksud kisah-kisah. Dalam surah ini, perkataan ini muncul pada ayat ke 25 tatkala nabi Musa menceritakan kisahnya kepada si ayah kepada dua perempuan yang ditemuinya dalam perjalanan pelariannya dari kezaliman firaun.

“...maka tatkala Musa mendatangani bapanya dan menceritakan kepadanya cerita mengenai dirinya..”
(Al-Qasas :25)


Barangkali surah al-Qasas diangkat menjadi nama surah berikutan kisah nabi Musa ini. Sebenarnya, perkataan qasas berasal dari perkataan qoso, yang juga membawa maksud mengikuti, to follow. Ini selari dengan pengunaannya dalam ayat ke sebelas. Ketika mana ibu musa menyuruh kakaknya mengikut atau ‘trace’ jejak nabi Musa,

Al-Quran menyebut perkaataan ‘qusiihi’..


“Dan berkatalah ibu Musa kepada saudara perempuan Musa, ikutilah dia..”
(Al-Qasas:11)


Apa yang menarik adalah komentar yang diberikan oleh syeikh berkenaan keselarasan makna perkataan ini. Surah Qasas bukan sahaja menceritakan bagaimana sedikit demi sedikit janji Allah terbukti dan materialised dalam kisah-kisah perjuangan nabi Musa, tetapi yang lebih penting adalah untuk sampai kepada masa terbuktinya janji –janji tadi, kita meski mengikut jejak perjuangan nabi Musa. Satu sisi pandang yang menarik.


Ia bukan sekadar sekumpulan ayat berbicara tentang kisah-kisah, bukan sekumpulan kisah-kisah untuk dinikmati plotnya, bukan untuk diceritakan sebagai lipur lara dan sebagainya, tetapi satu petunjuk, kisah yang perlu diikuti secara keseluruhannya untuk mendapatkan habuan berupa kebenaran kepada janji-janji Allah swt. Janji Allah swt merupakan janji yang evergreen, relevant dan tidak tertakluk kepada sebab kisah itu.

Ia akan terbukti.


Golongan lemah, yang ditindas akan diberi kekuasaan mewarisi urusan dunia. Itu adalah pasti. Tetapi sejauh mana kita yakin dan bersedia untuk mengikuti siri perjuangan nabi Musa itu menjadi persoalannya.


Ikhwah fillah,


Pengajaran ini begitu penting dan bermanfaat buat aktivis dakwah. Saban hari mereka diserang syubhah tentang kemenangan islam. Hari-hari dakwah ditolak. Musuh-musuh islam semakin kuat dan berkembang dengan cepat. Pada waktu yang sama orang yang meninggalkan dakwah juga bertambah,bahkan kadang-kadang kadarnya lebih cepat berbanding orang yang ingin bersama dakwah. Tidak hairan dan tidak mustahil, akn timbul keraguan dan prasangka dalam benak ikhwah sekalian untuk meninggalkan jalan, untuk berasa perjuangan ini tidak membawa ke mana-mana.

Tetapi tatapilah kisah nabi Musa ini dengan sebetulnya.

Ikutilah ia. Qusiihi.

Dengan mengikut track perjuangan inilah baru kita akan menikmati kebenaran janji Allah swt. Kita tidak tahu bilakah masanya janji-janji itu akan tertunai dan menjadi kebenaran sekali lagi dan lagi. Kita juga tidak tahu apakah kita sempat untuk menikmati janji itu tertegak. Tetapi cukuplah kita yakin akannya dan terus mengikuti jejak langkah nabi Musa, yang yakin dengan janji Allah.


Sekiranya kecewa dengan  halaqah setelah hambar pengisiannya, atau tidak yakin dengan keberkesannya, atau kecewa prestasi tajmik yang mencabar, mad’u yang gila-gila, penolakan yang radikal, ancaman musuh, dirudum pelbagai masalah kehidupan pula, janganlah jadikan berhenti daripada mengikut jejak ini sebagai option yang wajar untuk diambil. Sebaliknya berilah diri kita sedikit masa.

Ikutilah .



Teruskan perjalanan. Semakin lama kita akan semakin yakin dan memahami tabiat jalan ini insya Allah.


Orang yang berhenti setelah diuji berkali-kali, dan setelah begitu lama berada di titik kekecewaan sebenarnya telah berhenti mempercayai kebenaran janji Allah swt. Di saat kita mahu berhenti, sebenarnya jarak kita dengan janji itu telah terlalu dekat. Alangkah ruginya jika kita tidak bersabar sedikit lagi.

Begitulah besarnya manfaat surah ini. Ia patut dibaca oleh para ikhwah yang mulia berkali-kali, ditadabur terus menerus dan dijadikan bahan hiburan tatkala semua perkara yang lain telah mengecewakan dia.

Maka akhi,

Kembalilah! :)


[1] Khowatir Qur’aniyah

          Ergonomic Aids   

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          Front Desk Clerk - Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott - Jackson, MI   
Answers and routes calls as appropriate; Greets, registers, and assigns rooms to guests. Answers inquiries pertaining to hotel services, registration of guests,...
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          Mobility Aids   

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          Knee Braces   

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          Injury Management   

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          OS DISCÍPULOS DE JESUS   
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Os doze discípulos/apóstolos originais de Jesus estão listados na Bíblia em Mateus 10:2-4: “Ora, os nomes dos doze apóstolos são estes: primeiro, Simão, por sobrenome Pedro, e André, seu irmão; Tiago, filho de Zebedeu, e João, seu irmão; Filipe e Bartolomeu; Tomé e Mateus, o publicano; Tiago, filho de Alfeu, e Tadeu; Simão, o Zelote, e Judas Iscariotes, que foi quem o traiu”. A Bíblia também lista os 12 discípulos/apóstolos em Marcos 3:16-19 e Lucas 6:13-16. Ao comparar as três passagens, há algumas pequenas diferenças. Aparentemente, Tadeu também era conhecido como “Judas, filho de Tiago” (Lucas 6:16). Simão, o Zelote também era conhecido como Simão, o cananeu. Judas Iscariotes, que traiu Jesus, foi substituído entre os doze apóstolos por Matias (veja Atos 1:20-26). Alguns estudiosos bíblicos vêem Matias como um membro “inválido” para os 12 apóstolos, e acreditam que o apóstolo Paulo foi a escolha de Deus para substituir Judas Iscariotes como o décimo segundo apóstolo. O certo é que os doze discípulos/apóstolos eram homens comuns a quem Deus usou de maneira extraordinária. Entre os 12 estavam pescadores, um coletor de impostos, e um revolucionário. Os Evangelhos registram as constantes falhas, dificuldades e dúvidas destes doze homens que seguiam a Jesus Cristo. Mas após testemunharem a ressurreição e a ascensão de Jesus ao Céu, eles se transformaram em homens poderosos de Deus que “viraram o mundo de cabeça para baixo” (Atos 17:6). Mas além deles, outros seguidores de Jesus também merecem ser lembrados. Pesquisa e narração de Sérgio Mello.
          Harddisk Definition   


Hard disk drive (HDD)
A computer hard disk drive (HDD) is the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes data storage. A hard disk drive -- often shortened to hard drive -- and hard disk are not the same thing, but they are packaged as a unit and either term can refer to the whole unit. Hard disk drives can be found in desktop computers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and enterprise storage arrays in data centers.
5 Data Storage Technologies to Watch in 2016
For the past 13 years, the experts at SearchStorage.com have honored the best and brightest technologies for the upcoming year. As always, we're proud to present a batch of technologies we believe will make a big impact on the data storage market.

History of hard disk drives
The hard disk was created in 1953 by engineers at IBM who wanted to find a way to provide random access to high capacities of data at a low cost. The disk drives developed were the size of refrigerators, could store 3.75 megabytes of data and began shipping in 1956. Memorex, Seagate and Western Digital were other early vendors of hard disk drive technology.
Hard disk drive form-factor size has continued to decrease as the technology evolves. By the mid-1980s, 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors were introduced, and it was at this time they first became a standard in personal computers (PCs).
Hard disk drive density has increased since the technology was first developed. The first hard disk drives were able to store megabytes of data, while today they are in the terabyte (TB) range. Hitachi released the first 1 TB hard drives in 2007. In 2015, HGST announced the first 10 TB hard drive.

The Voice Tracker II ™ Array Microphone


Speech Recognition
 Mobile With Devices


BAB 1

PENDAHULUAN

1.1 Latar Belakang

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

1.2 Tujuan

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

1.3 Ruang Lingkup

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

BAB 2

KONSEP

Enterprise Unified Process

2.1 Pengertian Enterprise Unified Process

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

2.2 Penurunan pada Enterprise Unified Process

2.2.1 Pengertian Rational Unified Process

Rational Unified Process (RUP) merupakan suatu metode rekayasa perangkat lunak yang dikembangkan dengan mengumpulkan berbagai best practises yang terdapat dalam industri pengembangan perangkat lunak. Ciri utama metode ini adalah menggunakan use-case driven dan pendekatan iteratif untuk siklus pengembangan perankat lunak. Gambar dibawah menunjukkan secara keseluruhan arsitektur yang dimiliki RUP. RUP menggunakan konsep object oriented, dengan aktifitas yang berfokus pada pengembangan model dengan menggunakan Unified Model Language (UML). Melalui gambar dibawah dapat dilihat bahwa RUP memiliki, yaitu:
  • Dimensi pertama digambarkan secara horizontal. Dimensi ini mewakili aspek-aspek dinamis dari pengembangan perangkat lunak. Aspek ini dijabarkan dalam tahapan pengembangan atau fase. Setiap fase akan memiliki suatu major milestone yang menandakan akhir dari awal dari phase selanjutnya. Setiap phase dapat berdiri dari satu beberapa iterasi. Dimensi ini terdiri atas Inception, Elaboration, Construction, dan Transition.
  • Dimensi kedua digambarkan secara vertikal. Dimensi ini mewakili aspek-aspek statis dari proses pengembangan perangkat lunak yang dikelompokkan ke dalam beberapa disiplin. Proses pengembangan perangkat lunak yang dijelaskan kedalam beberapa disiplin terdiri dari empat elemen penting, yakni who is doing, what, how dan when. Dimensi ini terdiri atas
Business Modeling, Requirement, Analysis and Design, Implementation, Test, Deployment, Configuration dan Change Manegement, Project Management, Environtment. 
  oops a Vi kako te? lol
          playing with zigs - pt 4   
Ready for another one of the series of cards I made when having a play with my Zig clean color brush markers?


flower stamp
sentiment stamp

One heat embossed bloom and some masking and stamping of the others. A heat embossed sentiment and a fantasy-watercolored bloom. Voila!

Hope you're enjoying my series. Have a great day!
          The circus is in town   
"When we set out to make this short, our intention simply was to observe the phenomenon of fashion bloggers and street style stars. As we started to review the footage, two salient trends became apparent: fashion editors frustrated by the ensuing commotion outside of shows, and the rise of "peacocking" street style stars as a result of the proliferation of blogs. This film examines these themes from both perspectives".

TAKE MY PICTURE from GARAGE Magazine on Vimeo.


If you have the time to watch this video, do so, it's very interesting. A couple of years ago (actually four years ago!) I was in Paris while the Couture shows. Of course I was then extremely excited about being there, (not exactly attending the shows, but outside, obviously) and seeing everyone (Giovanna, Carine, Emmanuelle, Grace, Franca...). Those were the post-teen years when I still believe in the purity of fashion. But after watching the video above I couldn't help but feeling sad.

Why sad? Because it's really like a joke. Fashion is all about magic, yes. Models posing on editorials is fine, it's their job, what dreams are made of and all that... but I can't cope with the editorial/styling people posing (Anna dello Russo moment) doing idiotic movements. Seriously? These street-style snaps were supposed to be spontaneous and now people seem to dress up to be photographed, no matter what. That's the issue now, to have your picture taken and to be on blogs around the world. And then what?

Does it really mean something anymore to be on blogs? I have the feeling that fashion is no longer celebrating well-dressed people, but just eye-catching outfits. Am I right?




          Pelvic Health Physiotherapist - A Body In Motion Rehabilitation - Kitchener-Waterloo, ON   
*A Body In Motion’s Pelvic Physiotherapy team is growing again and we are looking for a very enthusiastic and motivated Registered _Pelvic Physiotherapist_ to
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          Photo Flash: First Look at Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Craig Mather, Neil McDermott and More in THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS in the West End   

The new West End musical THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS features Rufus Hound as the amazing MR Toad, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Craig Mather as Mole, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, with Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger. The show is currently previewing at the London Palladium with opening night on Thursday 29 June. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The full company includes Chris Aukett, RosAnna Bates, Joel Baylis, Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, Emilie Du Leslay, Joshua Gannon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan, Georgie Westall and Natalie Woods.

Based on Kenneth Grahame's treasured novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has been adapted for the stage with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive MR Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world-famous London Palladium.

Produced by Jamie Hendry, MJE Productions and Josh Gilinski, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Aletta Collins, set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen, wig and makeup design by Linda McKnight, orchestrations by Chris Jahnke and David Shrubsole and musical supervision by Simon Lee.

Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

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Neil McDermott and the company of The Wind in the Willows


Neil McDermott and the company of The Wind in the Willows


Neil McDermott and the company of The Wind in the Willows


Rufus Hound as Mr. Toad and the company of The Wind in the Willows


Rufus Hound as Mr. Toad

Craig Mather as Mole and Simon Lipkin as Ratty

Craig Mather as Mole and Simon Lipkin as Ratty


The cast of The Wind in the Willows

Craig Mather as Mole


The cast of The Wind in the Willows


The cast of The Wind in the Willows


The cast of The Wind in the Willows


The cast of The Wind in the Willows


The cast of The Wind in the Willows


The cast of The Wind in the Willows

Simon Lipkin as Ratty


          Relacja z Mountain Touch Challenge 2014   
Pełny tekst relacji: RELACJA MTC 2014. Około północy przestaje padać. Po drodze robimy kilka drobnych błędów nawigacyjnych ale posuwamy się do przodu, choć idzie nam to strasznie wolno. W Limanowej prosto w nasze nozdrza trafia znajomy i jakże przyjemny zapach – piekarnia! Piotr bez wahania puka do drzwi, które otwiera nieco zdezorientowana Pani. Udało się […]
          ANMCO/AIOM/AICO Consensus Document on clinical and management pathways of cardio-oncology: executive summary   
<span class="paragraphSection">Cardiovascular disease and cancer are leading causes of death. Both diseases share the same risk factors and, having the highest incidence and prevalence in the elderly, they often coexist in the same individual. Furthermore, the enhanced survival of cancer patients registered in the last decades and linked to early diagnosis and improvement of care, not infrequently exposes them to the appearance of ominous cardiovascular complications due to the deleterious effects of cancer treatment on the heart and circulatory system. The above considerations have led to the development of a new branch of clinical cardiology based on the principles of multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologists and oncologists: Cardio-oncology, which aims to find solutions to the prevention, monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of heart damage induced by cancer care in order to pursue, in the individual patient, the best possible care for cancer while minimizing the risk of cardiac toxicity. In this consensus document we provide practical recommendations on how to assess, monitor, treat and supervise the candidate or patient treated with potentially cardiotoxic cancer therapy in order to treat cancer and protect the heart at all stages of the oncological disease. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer often share the same risk factors and can coexist in the same individual. Such possibility is amplified by the deleterious effects of cancer treatment on the heart. The above considerations have led to the development of a new branch of clinical cardiology, based on multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologist and oncologist: the cardio-oncology. It aims to prevent, monitor, and treat heart damages induced by cancer therapies in order to achieve the most effective cancer treatment, while minimizing the risk of cardiac toxicity. In this paper, we provide practical recommendations on how to assess, monitor, treat and supervise patients treated with potential cardiotoxic cancer therapies.</span>
          Pro-Tec Riot Boa Helmet   

And you thought Boa was only for snowboard boots. Not anymore. The Boa system wraps the plush interior of the Riot around your head to provide one of the best fits available. The sleek polycarbonate shell has a clean look with seven passive vents on top and earpads that are ready to accept most drop-in […]

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          Pro-Tec Riot Boa Helmet   

And you thought Boa was only for snowboard boots. Not anymore. The Boa system wraps the plush interior of the Riot around your head to provide one of the best fits available. The sleek polycarbonate shell has a clean look with seven passive vents on top and earpads that are ready to accept most drop-in […]

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          Sep 4 with John Kassir The Crypt Keeper/Pete’s Dragon   
Nathan and Shaun sit down with John Kassir AKA The Crypt Keeper from HBO’s Tales from the Crypt to discuss his latest projects including his work as the voice of Elliot in Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon. -Download Here-
          My Boys' June Books    
Even though we officially finished up our schoolwork by the first Friday in June, my boys have still been reading just about every day.  Alec, in particular, has been reading up a storm and they have all picked some really great books to read lately!



The Wolf Keepers


The White Wolf


Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape


Splat the Cat; The Rain is a Pain


The X-ed Out X-ray

Infragistics at PDC 2008  

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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          Visual Studio Tutorials (.com)   

One of our IG champs (unofficial term), Christopher Bishop, has put up a really snazzy independent community site called VisualStudioTutorials.com:

VisualStudioTutorials.com Screen Shot

It has a tutorials, code snippets, and forums, and he'd love to get more folks using Infragistics and/or VS to share their stuff.  An interesting feature of the site is "The Challenge" area.  The general idea, as I understand it, is to try to reverse engineer interesting applications in under 30 days. 

The first challenge is the desktop challenge--to build a Web-based desktop.  It's coming along very well, and it's only a few days in.  He's also been challenged to build an Outlook-like Web client, which he's been doing using Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET.  Pretty cool stuff!

Great work, Chris!


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




1.  Wiggling Worms at Work


2.  Diary of a Worm