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          Feminism in London 2009   
The second Feminism in London conference held last Saturday (October 10th) at Conway Hall was a great success. As the London Pro-feminist Men's Group we felt very privileged to be able to take part, contribute and support the second LFN conference this year.

We took part in the conference in two main ways as a group. Firstly we supported the LFN conference, by providing childcare and secondly we contributed to the conference by facilitating a workshop entitled "What are the issues for pro-feminist men?".

We had two aims whilst we created the workshop, which were (1) to give a practical introduction to what we do in the London Pro-feminist Men's Group and (2) to get feedback from both men and women on issues for pro-feminist men and what we should / should not do.

By this we hoped to start answering the question posed in the workshop about the connection between men's life issues and the struggle for feminism. In the next part I will outline our aims for the workshop in more detail.

Ad 1.) In the introduction of the workshop we focused on what we do in our group, the essence of which is the traditional feminist practice of consciousness-raising, based on the idea that the personal is political. With men – since we are part of the oppressor group - this is a tricky process. We have to keep our attention on the ways that we are sexist, but making us feel bad about ourselves will not be helpful. Also, it is fairly easy to deal with the ways in which we are consciously sexist, but there are many unconscious ways in which we are sexist. These are often ways of being into which men are socialised from very early age. To change this conscious and unconscious sexism requires sustained work on oneself.

Obviously being a man comes with lots of advantages. We as men generally get what we want and can get away with pretty much everything, We have the luxury to be selfish, we earn more money, we are not expected to bother about our appearance or bother about childcare. At some point, when one looks at oneself and wider society though, it has to become clear that the way we traditionally act as men is not good for society on the whole and that in the long run it is also not good for us. In the end, one has to come to the conclusion that the ways we are treated as boys and the roles we are taught to play as men are not good and that if we continue to act, think and behave in sexist ways, they will cause us major difficulties in our lives - even as they give us dominant positions in society and power over women.

WHY IS IT USEFUL TO MEET AS MEN SEPERATELY?

With that background, we felt it should be fairly clear why it is useful for men to meet separately: (i) in order to understand how we have been socialised as men, we need to share common life experiences; (ii) meeting without women is important in order to create the safety to be able to admit sexist behaviors (iii) men need to learn to create a real relationships with and get support from each other, rather than relying on women for emotional support.

Ad 2.) In the second part of the workshop we split into two groups - one female and one male. During the preparations for the workshop we had decided that we would facilitate the discussion in the men’s group and would not prescribe what the women would discuss. We had decided to do it like that, because we – as men – did not want to prescribe women what they should or should not talk about in a feminist environment. We did however encourage the women to talk about what it is they would / would not want from pro-feminist men.

In the end, two of us from the LPMG (London Pro-feminist Men’s Group) facilitated the men’s discussion, whilst LFN volunteer Jan volunteered on the spot to lead the women’s group discussion.



MEN’S GROUP DISCUSSION

We started our discussion with a round in which we gave our names and an example of being sexist recently. Issues that came up were issues such as:

- interrupting women when they’re talking
- not challenging sexist jokes and comments in a group setting
- not listening to women when they give us feedback – perceiving it as nagging
- stereotyping women
- seeing women as objects

We then talked about how often one of us had organized childcare in the past year, if we had noticed how often man / women had talked in group settings or how often we’d felt fearful when we’d approached a stranger of the opposite sex in the street.

Not surprisingly none of us had organized childcare or felt fearful when approaching a stranger of the opposite sex in the street. We did feel however that men tend to speak more in mixed groups when compared to women. We used this exercise to underline the fact that women’s and men’s lives are very different and how different our positions in life are. Maybe in a way how harder and less safe it must feel to be a woman and how privileged we men are in our daily lives.

Due to time constraints we unfortunately did not get much chance to discuss how socialisation into boyhood / manhood had felt for us, which was what we’d originally planned to do. We did however shortly touch on the subject of pornography within our culture and the effects it has on men and our relationships to women.

WOMEN’S GROUP DISCUSSION / FEEDBACK:

At the end of the workshop the women that took part in the workshop gave us the following feedback.

the women wanted us (the men) to:

CAMPAIGN
BE ENCOURAGING
STAND UP AS FEMINISTS AMONGST MEN
CHANGE THE IMAGE OF FEMINISM
CONFRONT AND CHANGE OUR OWN BEHAVIOUR (e.g. NOT INTERRUPTING)
REJECT INDUSTRIES THAT HARM WOMEN (e.g. PORNOGRAPHY)
TAKE EQUAL DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITY, ESPECIALLY AS DADS
BE ROLE MODELS
LOOK OUTWARD
NOT BLAME OURSELVES PERSONALLY / INDIVIDUALLY FOR WOMEN’S OPPRESSION
SPEAK UP FOR PATERNITY LEAVE ETC., EVEN IF WE’RE NOT FATHERS
DO GIVE THE FACTS
CHALLENGE STEREOTYPES (e.g. AGGRESSIVE, VIOLENT, ANGRY, ADAPTED TO WAR)



the women did not want us (the men) to:

PATRONISE
TAKE OVER
LEAD – WOMEN MUST TAKE THE LEAD



Luckily, we had time to go through these, as we felt it was important that we get direct feedback from the women’s group. It was helpful to see that some of the issues we had discussed as men also had been talked about in the women’s group. Unfortunately there was not enough tome to think together about how we could practically work on these issues and what men can do to become more of a part in the struggle for feminism. In a sense though, I feel that some ideas about this came up in the initial discussion at the start of the workshop. The senses of what we – as men – can do in the struggle for feminism is (1) to get more involved in feminism and expose ourselves to feminism by attending events, conferences, fundraisers, marches and protests, (2) get involved or support in all-gender groups that support equality and struggle for feminism (e.g. OBJECT - http://www.object.org.uk/ or the FAWCETT SOCIETY - http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/)(3) talk openly about our feminism with our friends and spread our thoughts and ideas in our circle of friends and acquaintances. Only if we as men do these important things, as well as keep in mind the "dos & donts" the women in our workshop presented us with, will we as men be able to make a practical contribution to the struggle for feminism.

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Feminism in London conference and a special thank you to everyone who came to our workshop. It was great working with you and we thought it was very valuable to hear all your thoughts and ideas! We were very pleased with the outcome of the workshop. Thank you also for your feedback on our workshop. If you have any further comments or questions with regards to our workshop, please send us an email.
          Men Running Child Care   
Some of us in the Profeminist Men's group work with children in various capacities already and we all share the conviction that profeminist men doing child care is a great idea. It’s one way we can support mothers and other carers (usually also women) and to facilitate feminist organising by giving parents and carers some free time to attend workshops, planning meetings etc. It also shows that men can provide loving child care and that raising kids isn’t “women’s work”. It's also something that men's groups in the 70s and 80s used to do to support the Women's Liberation movement and childcare at political events continues to be under provided today. Those of us that do work with kids also love it, and have really enjoyed doing childcare in a political context.

For example, one member of the group recently helped run a kidspace on Raven’s Ait (an island in the Thames near Surbiton) during the G20 protests. A few of us ran the crèche/playroom thing at the Gender, Race and Class conference at SOAS in February and a couple of us also ran a smaller crèche during a feminist planning meeting back in the summer. We’re planning to continue this work in various forms (Feminism in London Conference next year for one) and aim to work closely with the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) to develop further links with parents and carers who want to make sure that they and their kids are not excluded from political events.

Below is a report about the recent kidspace on the island, written by one of the organisers.



The kidspace and childcare cooperative was organised by the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearers Against Petriarchy), London Pro-feminist Mens Group, the Global Mutiny Network and the community of Ravens Ait island.
Raven's Ait is a squatted island on the River Thames near Surbiton, South London. This artificially made island, which is actually still common land, is steeped in political history, although more recently has been used for weddings and corporate events. The present occupants are creating an amazing peaceful space for community, an eco-conference centre, permaculture gardens and workshops on sustainability and environmental issues.
Raven's Ait was the perfect place for the kidspace. We had a large indoor playroom with views of the river and passing boats, and a stunning grass lawn for the kids to run around on on and climb trees. We had loads of fun playing games and doing forest-school inspired crafts, such as: making dreamcatchers/ spiders webs, nature crowns, tipis, parachute games, football, twister, a mini rock concert, lots of drawing and painting, Spanish singing, picnics and even played croquet on the lawn, dahling! Being at Raven's Ait also gave the children a chance to experience communal living and working, in a safe space, away from the noise of the city and the police brutality during the G20 protests.
Many actions and demos can easily be made more welcoming for children and their carers to participate in, and we would encourage this. However in respect to this weeks G20 protests, we made the decision that it was too unpredictable and heavy for our children to attend, and looking back on it we feel we made the right decision organising the kidspace away from the action.
Mainstream society is not very welcoming to parents, carers and children, and personally I feel that often activism isnt either. Capitalism places no value, monetary or otherwise, on the work parents do, and patriarchy designates it as women's work. As activists we need to challenging these notions. We need to ensure that as much value is placed on the role of childcare, as is placed on all other aspects of organising actions, demos, meetings, workshops, etc. We also need to be challenging the sexist notion that women should be looking after the children, by ensuring that more men are given childcare roles. Paid childcare is very expensive, and most of us cant afford to pay for it to go to meetings or do actions, so if childare isnt provided, or children aren't welcome at meetings etc than we just cant go. Even if childcare cant be arranged, than we should at least think about enabling children attend with their parents/ carers.
This is an appeal for all those organising in the UK at the moment to ensure that your organising facilitates parents, carers and children attending and getting involved.
Dont leave your friends behind!
To get involved: http://www.ravensait.org.uk/, http://www.feministchildrearing.blogspot.com/, http://www.londonprofeministmensgroup.blogspot.com/, http://www.global-mutiny.webs.com/

To listen to our radio interview on dissident island from the kidspace, visit http://www.dissidentisland.org/ and listen to G20 part 1, we're about 30 minutes into the show.

FOR LOTS OF AWESOME PICTURES OF THE KIDSPACE GO TO: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/southcoast/2009/04/426666.html?c=on#c219804
          Recent discussion on homophobia and other issues   
Minutes from 20/1/08


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

>>Men and Emotions<<

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

>>Learning from Women’s Groups<<

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

>>On Homophobia<<

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

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

This led us to talk about …

>>Self Criticism<<

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


Minutes from 3/2/08

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

>>On Homophobia<<

- We discussed how the “flamboyant camp gay man” was an unhelpful stereotype to keep bringing up. It was suggested that this behaviour could, on some level, be a kind of “I’m proud of being gay so deal with it” to all the homophobes out there. We questioned why we’d focussed on it at all. We decided it’s because for some of us it was an important part of our homophobia; that we tended to focus on this particular stereotype.
- Men shaking hands with other men but kissing a woman in a social situation, this reinforces gendered behaviour (obviously) but also keeps men’s bodies apart and could be related to homophobia between men.
- We wondered whether men in activist groups could be crudely characterised by saying the more direct action focussed they are the more likely they are to be masculinist and homophobic because of it being a macho type activity.
- Male homophobia keeps men apart and they lose out on tenderness and affection. One thing suggested by Basil Elias in his article “Starting your own group for men against sexism” which Jon read on XY.com, was for the men in the group to try walking round the block holding hands together to start to break down some of these homophobic barriers. He also says (rather hilariously) “How many guys, when hugging, look like we’re burping each other?”!
          Leggi Keplero che ti fa bene   
In questi giorni stiamo seguendo tutti con il fiato sospeso le notizie nucleari provenienti dal Giappone. E' particolarmente difficile trovare fonti di informazione se non corrette almeno ragionevoli. I quotidiani online al solito si distinguono per un'approssimazione quasi criminale (in particolare Repubblica che tiene la linea "AAAAAAH MORIREMO TUTTI!!"). Fortunatamente oggi abbiamo internet e la possibilità di sapere molto di più che ai tempi di Chernobyl.

Purtroppo chi governa le centrali tende a non essere molto trasparente, e ci sono forti dubbi che conosciamo tutto quello che succede. Qualcosa però sappiamo. Amedeo Balbi ha riassunto in maniera ammirabilmente asettica alcune cose nel suo post "Un po' di cose che so sulle centrali nucleari", di cui sottoscrivo anche le virgole.

Se sai l'inglese hai più opzioni. Non è per niente male l'articolo apparso oggi su Ars Technica (che è capace di trattare in maniera imparziale cose persino più controverse, come i prodotti Apple).  Particolarmente sensata mi sembra la conclusione:

This latter set of issues mean that the surest way to build a safe nuclear plant is to ensure that nothing goes wrong in the first place. There are ways to reduce the risk by adding more safety and monitoring features while tailoring the design to some of the most extreme local events. But these will add to the cost of a nuclear plant, and won't ever be able to ensure that nothing goes wrong. So, deciding on if and how to pursue expanded nuclear power will require a careful risk analysis, something the public is generally ill-equipped for. (grassetto mio)

Io continuo ad essere contrario alla costruzione di centrali nucleari in Italia, sostanzialmente per motivi di costo e (naturalmente) di sfiducia. Niente mi toglie dalla testa che chi le vuole sa benissimo che non saranno mai effettivamente costruite e che si tratta di stipulare contratti, distribuire soldi e pagare penali a industrie bustarellanti.

Aggiornamento: su segnalazione dello Zar metto il link al disegno di Randall Munroe con un confronto grafico fra le quantità di radiazioni assorbite in varie situazioni.


          Football Players Locker Room Is Full Of Raging Hormones and Its Not A Safe Place For Lonely Teen Girls   
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          RCMP Detention Guard - Commissionaires - Barriere, BC   
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          A Prominent Child Care Fostering Children's Integrated Development (KLA School Brickell)   
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          Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.5 Released   
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          Randy & Evi Quaid Jailed    
It’s safe to say kooky Hollywood pair Randy and Evi Quaid won’t be missing any more court dates. The fugitive couple finally appeared in court over that unpaid hotel bill on Monday and were promptly tossed in the slammer!Santa Barbara District Attorney Arnie Tolks said: “The court was angry. Judge Ochoa told the Quaids [...]
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          Natural Resource Specialist - Simpcw First Nation - Barriere, BC   
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          Comment on dokiWatch: a promising smartwatch for children by Martin Terreni   
I got the watch a couple of weeks ago. Short verdict - I'm satisfied Long verdict - I'm only satisfied, not more. When having questions I got the answer within a couple of days at most and I felt the service was at more than acceptable level. I had very few issues with network connection. It had no less, no more connection issues than any smartphone would. The GPS tracking suites the price of the phone (which is about half of a sports GPS watch). It is not very accurate, however it is good enough. The main problem is that it has little GPS reception inside a vehicle and poor refresh rate. As far as I could understand the watch can not initiate video calls, only voice calls. Only the phone calling can initiate video calls. Weirdly enough the admin was not added to the phone book, I had to add my self manually. Also there is no option to change the order of the phone book, you have to rewrite it all. At first I thought of maybe buying a cheap Chinese kids watch for less than half the price, but my conception was that if I'm thinking about my kid safety I should buy a high quality one. Right now I have my doubts weather it was a correct assumption, but I haven't tried the other option so I can't compare.
          Comment on Product Review: SafeSleeve – the world’s first anti-radiation phone wallet by Pippa   
I bought a few of these for me and the rest as gifts, paid high import taxes to the UK as wanted a good quality product...that's NOT what I got! The phone cover material absorbs any sweat from your hands leaving a stained patchy, dirty look and IT DOESNT WIPE CLEAN! So you are left with a permanently grubby looking phone case. Safesleeve customer service is very poor, I was in communications with them for 3 months before I ordered, making sure I ordered from the right company and waiting for the correct size phone cases to be in stock..Yes, this took 3 months! As soon as I realised the problem with the phone covers I requested a refund....they will only refund 50% of some of the phone covers if I send them back, not the others! How does that rectify my problem or compensate me for them providing a poor product? Let alone waiting 3 months! They were happy to respond and be helpful when I was looking to purchase from them but now they won't respond even to my request as to a link where I can provide feedback. I wouldn't order from them again. I gave them weeks to rectify this but they chose not to - POOR QUALITY PHONE COVER AND POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.
          Anxiety - Treatment of it with the Radio   
I had a close friend who had a sound system in her car. If she felt any anxiety - treatment of it began with good music- and it had to be loud! In fact, she used it two ways. If the problem was anxiety - treatment of it meant so loud that she couldn't think straight. Maybe that's why her hair was so curly. The second way she used it was when the engine made any unusual noises. Why visit a mechanic when she could turn up the volume? Good plan?

Maybe not….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


          Sticks Nix Veep Pick   

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—By most standards, John Edwards has been a solid running mate for John Kerry. He throttled Dick Cheney in the vice presidential debate (less sympathetic observers thought he at least held his own), he draws big and enthusiastic crowds, he gave a decent if not spectacular acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, he's always on message, and he's committed no memorable gaffes or otherwise violated the Hippocratic oath of vice presidential nominees. He wasn't selected to win his home state of North Carolina, so it isn't fair for Democrats to be disappointed when the Tar Heel State stays in the Bush column, as it almost certainly will, a week from tonight. But Edwards partisans did expect him to help the Democratic ticket to appeal more to rural voters, and there's no evidence that he's managed to pull off that admittedly difficult feat. If Kerry loses a close election next week, the first second-guessing question has to be, Was John Edwards the right choice?

According to a poll released on Saturday by the Center for Rural Strategies, Kerry trails President Bush by 12 points, 53 to 41 (with a 4.4 percent margin of error), among rural voters in 17 battleground states. Four years ago, Al Gore lost those voters to Bush by a nearly identical margin, 11 points. No reasonable person expected Edwards to help Kerry actually win among rural voters, but it was hoped that he would help the ticket outperform Gore's number and reduce the margin to single digits. When Edwards was criticized for "disappearing" after the convention, the Kerry campaign explained that he had been dispatched to rural areas that were being ignored by the national media, and they assured everyone that he was wowing local media. Local voters seem to be another matter.

During a Tuesday conference call that was set up to discuss how good the Kerry campaign feels about its chances to win the election, the one disappointment expressed by Joe Lockhart and Stan Greenberg was Kerry's performance in rural areas. "I think we recognize that rural voters have not come to us in the way that we had hoped for in this election," Lockhart said. Greenberg said the fact that rural voters were "stuck" was a big factor in why Iowa and New Mexico, states that were won by Gore, remain tossups.

A less exciting but more traditional vice-presidential pick might have served Kerry better by putting one of those states safely in his column. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson or Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack could have guaranteed their states' electoral votes for the Democrats. Perhaps even Arkansas' Wes Clark or one of Florida's two senators, Bob Graham and Bill Nelson, could have put their states away for Kerry.

None of those candidates would have generated the buzz that selecting Edwards did, and there are reasons to believe that each of them would have been truly bad choices. Maybe they all would have been crucified by Dick Cheney. But Vilsack, in particular, made Kerry's shortlist, along with Edwards and Dick Gephardt. If you're a Democrat looking at the electoral map, which would you rather have right now, a veep debate win or Iowa's seven electoral votes?

How I Voted: I didn't mean to abstain from Slate's "Show Us Your Ballots" exercise, but I missed the deadline. Here's my candidate: Kerry. I was ambivalent about the Iraq war before the invasion, and I ultimately decided that if you're ambivalent about war you should be against it. The president and this administration apparently feel otherwise. They've put the burden of proof on peace rather than war. Their disdain for the global institutions that have projected American power overseas for 60 years has undermined not just our country's hard-earned reputation and moral authority but our hard-earned might. Their disregard for the Geneva Conventions is shameful and a dangerous international precedent. On the domestic side, Kerry seems a little too eager to spend taxpayer dollars, but I take his pledges of—if not his instincts for—restraint as a reason for guarded optimism. More important, on that score, he can't be any worse than Bush. Besides, this is a one-issue election for me. I don't hate President Bush. I think he's well-intentioned and a good man. He's just not a good president.


          Second Best   

CLEVELAND—Is John Kerry finally winning? His campaign, which only a week ago was defensive about the candidate's standing in the polls, is now more confidently asserting that he's pulled ahead. Before Friday, the Kerry campaign hadn't been willing to make that claim. Typically, the Bush campaign would argue that the president was leading in the race, and the Kerry campaign would respond by saying, no, it's a tie. But in a Friday afternoon conference call, Kerry's people finally started pointing to the scoreboard.

Here are the numbers outlined by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg on the latest Democracy Corps poll. The numbers are consistent with the latest polls from news organizations, most of which are in keeping with what the Kerry people have been saying all along, that the race is a toss-up. In Greenberg's poll, the horse race is a statistical tie, with Kerry at 49 and Bush at 47. The president's approval rating is 48 percent, "which is just at the edge of electability," Greenberg noted.

So why the confidence? Greenberg cited two internal numbers from the part of the poll that focused on "persuadable" voters. That group includes undecided voters, Bush and Kerry supporters who say their minds remain open, and a third group, Bush voters who say they want the country to go in a significantly different direction. The first number Greenberg cited was this: Fifty-seven percent of the persuadable voters in the Democracy Corps poll said they want to know how a candidate will "make the economy and health care better for people," while only 32 percent want to know "how you'll make us safe." The other number Greenberg highlighted: Given a choice between "I'm comfortable with changing to a new person if he has the right priorities" and "Bush has made us safer and I'm reluctant to change," 54 percent of persuadable voters said they were comfortable with changing, and 45 percent said they were reluctant. The responses to those two questions, Greenberg said, show that Kerry has "an audience" ready to listen to his message. He just has to "seal the deal."

With 11 days to go, that puts Kerry in the exact same place he was with more than three months to go, before the Democratic convention. He had a willing and persuadable audience then, and he proved unable to win them over. People preferred the "generic Democrat" to Bush, but they soured on the specific Democrat. Fortunately for Kerry, in the first debate, Bush reminded voters of what they don't like about him, and now we're back to square one again.

That dynamic is in keeping with the "spotlight" theory of the election being peddled by Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times. The theory goes something like this: Given that a slight majority of the electorate doesn't want Bush, and that a different but similarly slight majority doesn't want Kerry, the winning candidate will be the one who manages to keep the spotlight on his opponent's flaws, rather than his own.

Up to now, I've rejected Brownstein's theory and argued that Kerry has to do more than just watch Bush lose. He has to win the separate "referendum on the challenger" by persuading Americans that he's an acceptable replacement for the president. But if Brownstein is right, neither candidate should get too optimistic by polling data that shows him ahead. Because every time for the past few months that this race has been one man's race to lose, that man hasn't had any trouble finding a way to lose it.


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          Bush's Bulge   

DENVER—An exchange Monday morning between two reporters on the Bush press bus: Q: "What do you think about the lump on his back?" A: "Probably benign."

Da-dum-crash. The reporter's response was meant as a joke, but it's a fair assessment of the attitude of the White House press corps toward the run of stories on the strange rectangular shape seen beneath Bush's suit jacket during the first presidential debate. Some reporters argue that the rectangle is an optical illusion, while others think there just isn't enough evidence of anything for a story. My take: Lefty bloggers are undermining their case by making the huge, completely unsupported leap that Bush was wearing an earpiece wired into an audio box on his back. If Bush is Karl Rove's Rupert Jee, why was his debate performance so miserable? White House communications director Dan Bartlett insinuated as much in Spin Alley after the second debate. A reporter said to him, Bush didn't repeat himself as much as he did last week. What changed? Bartlett's tongue-in-cheek reply: "The guy who was speaking into the audio box—did you hear? He had an audio box in the first one—kept repeating the things to tell him to say, so he kept repeating them."

But just because some conspiracy theorists—some of whom were peddling the same theory four years ago—are making assertions that aren't supported by the evidence doesn't mean that the weird rectangular shape under Bush's coat doesn't exist. If you suspect the still images from the debate have been doctored, watching the video will erase your doubts. Let's go to the tape: Click here to open the video of the debate posted on the Web site of the Washington Post. Right-click on the video to open it in a separate RealPlayer window. Fast-forward to the 14:55 mark, and you'll see the mysterious rectangle.

What is it? I haven't the faintest clue. But I do think it's a legitimate topic of discussion. Umbrella Man didn't shoot John F. Kennedy, but that doesn't mean there wasn't an Umbrella Man. And just because conspiracy theorists are wrong about JFK doesn't mean his assassination isn't worthy of inquiry.

How many electoral votes does the AFC West get? Denver Broncos football coach Mike Shanahan appeared with Bush and Gen. Tommy Franks at a rally Monday at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Morrison, Colo. Earlier this year, Bush visited the Wisconsin training camp of the Kansas City Chiefs, a divisional rival of the Broncos. Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil was asked whether he would welcome Kerry to visit his training camp, too. Vermeil's answer: "Not necessarily." The two other coaches in the division, Marty Schottenheimer and Norv Turner, coach in the safe Democratic state of California, so maybe Bush doesn't care about their votes.

Which Terrorist Is Kerry? Part 2: Mike Pesca of Day to Day dug up a "run but can't hide" quote by President Bush that I missed during my weekend search of White House transcripts. Here's the president on Feb. 5, 2002, in Pittsburgh, on the subject of Osama Bin Laden: "There's no cave deep enough for him to hide. He can run and he thinks he can hide, but we're not going to give up."


          What They Won't Say   

ST. LOUIS—Most debate previews tell readers what to expect when they tune in Friday night to the second presidential debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. Or when they don't tune in: How many people in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be watching high-school football games while the two candidates answer questions from voters on national television? Note to the Commission on Presidential Debates: 9 p.m. ET on a Friday is when you release bad news, not when you schedule events of historic importance.

But if you've been watching this campaign for a while, you already have a pretty good idea of what the two candidates are going to say. It's more interesting to ponder what they won't say, to try to come up with something each candidate could do that might break open a deadlocked race. The campaign is too close for either candidate to take much of a risk on Friday night, so you can be almost certain you won't hear either of the following:

John Kerry: Yes, the world is safer because Saddam Hussein was removed from power. I thought Saddam Hussein was a threat, and that's why I supported President Bush's war. But the world, and America, would be even safer if the president had focused first on finishing the war against al-Qaida and rebuilding Afghanistan after our military's brilliant victory there. If the president had done that, we could now be turning the world's attention to the distant threat that Saddam Hussein posed. If we had waited, the world would have followed us, and I wouldn't be standing here today, because the president would be so popular that he wouldn't have been forced to agree to this Friday night debate that no one is watching. Of course the president has made us safer since 9/11. Any president would have made us safer. But he hasn't made us safe enough. And he's made it harder—by alienating our allies, by alienating moderate Muslims in the Middle East, and by not moving fast enough against al-Qaida—to make us as safe as we need to be.

I'll compare it to the baseball playoffs that are going on right now: President Bush hit a two-out single, and we thank him for it. We'd be far worse off if we had a president who struck out. But a single isn't the best that we can do. His father was born on third base and thought he hit a triple. This President Bush is on first base, and he thinks he hit a home run.

George Bush: Look, I made a mistake when I invaded Iraq. I thought they had weapons of mass destruction. So did the experts. We were wrong. But Sen. Kerry wants us to risk making an even bigger mistake. If we wait until we're certain that a country possesses weapons of mass destruction, we risk waiting too long. Hundreds of thousands of Americans—or Brits or Frenchmen or Iraqis—may die because we waited. I'm not going to risk making that mistake.

Instead, I'll take the risk of making more mistakes like the one I made in Iraq. I may make the same mistake in Iran, or Syria, or North Korea. I prefer my mistake, which liberated a country and toppled a dictator, to the mistake of waiting too long and running the risk of letting al-Qaida obtain weapons of mass destruction. No matter which one of us is elected on Nov. 2, we'll make mistakes. All presidents do.

So, yes; I made a mistake. Yes, I was wrong. But if we went Sen. Kerry's way and he made a mistake, what would the result be?


          Long Live McCurry!   

PHILADELPHIA—"Long live McCurry," wrote the Boston Globe's Glen Johnson in a Tuesday pool report, distributed to the members of the traveling press corps who hunt the elusive Senatorus massachusetts. The occasion for this joyous outburst: John Kerry responded to a question, and the press credits Mike McCurry, the former Clinton press secretary and now the "adult on the plane" for the Kerry campaign, with making the Democratic nominee more accessible. "Will transcribe, but nothing earth-shaking," Johnson wrote. "At least he stopped to answer, though. Long live McCurry …"

McCurry denies that he's responsible for the shift and credits communications director Stephanie Cutter for pushing for more accessibility long before he arrived last week. Either way, the reporters don't care. We were just happy Thursday that Kerry was answering questions again. He did it twice this time, very quickly on the tarmac here with unified middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins and earlier in a more formal environment in Columbus, Ohio. Of Hopkins, Kerry said, "He was giving me tips. He told me exactly how to do it over the next days." Hopkins said, "Exactly, the left hands, the jabs, the whole nine yards." The Globe's Johnson asked, "So you're coming from the left, sir?" Kerry: "I'm not telling you where I'm coming from. That's the secret, right?" Hopkins: "That's right. You don't tell everyone, especially the opponent." For the record, Hopkins has successfully defended his title 19 times, which beats Bob Shrum's 0-7 mark.

In Columbus, Kerry took only three questions, but again, we're not complaining. ABC's Dan Harris asked: "You criticized, to the AP, the president for 'retreating,' I believe was your word, from Fallujah. Given the situation on the ground in Fallujah when there was an offensive there, when there was a rising civilian death toll, a rising criticism among Arab media for our actions there, what would you have done differently?"

Kerry responded in what was almost a reproachful tone, complaining about how "you people judge me" and how his policies "would have prevented Fallujah." Here's his response in full: "Let me tell you, I've said many times, I wouldn't have just done one thing differently in Iraq, I would have done almost everything differently. And when you people judge me, and the American people judge me on this, I want you to judge me on the full record. I stood in Fulton, Mo., and I gave the president advice about what he needed to do. He didn't take it. I stood at Georgetown University a year and a half ago, and I gave the president advice about what he needed to do. He didn't take it. I stood on the floor of the Senate and gave him advice about what he needed to do. He didn't take it. I've laid out a whole series of things I would have done that would have prevented Fallujah. Let me tell you, if the 4th Infantry Division and the diplomacy had been done with Turkey, you wouldn't have had a Fallujah. This president rushed to war, without a plan to win the peace. And ask the military leaders. Go ask the military leaders. General Shinseki told this country how many troops we'd need. The president retired him early for telling the truth. That's why you have Fallujah. That's why you have a mess in Iraq. And that's not the kind of leadership this nation deserves."

As for McCurry, I had dinner with him Thursday night. Here are some quick takeaways from our conversation:

—He's concerned that the message-masters at the Bush campaign, such as Nicolle Devenish and Mark McKinnon, have a better understanding of the Internet and nontraditional media than the Kerry campaign. The slow response to the Swift boat ads was a sign of that, a lack of awareness that voters can acquire information from places other than newspapers and the nightly news.

—John Glenn told Kerry Thursday not to worry about the polls that show Bush opening a big lead in Ohio, McCurry said. That always happens around this time, Glenn said, and the mistake people make is to write off the state because of it, as Gore did. McCurry said Glenn persuaded Clinton to remain in Ohio after a similar spike in the polls in 1992, and Clinton carried the state.

—Why are the polls showing an increase in undecided voters? One theory: Soft Republican supporters and soft Democratic supporters are highly volatile this campaign, and the conventions made them "more inchoate." The Republicans are mostly pro-choice moderates who are wondering whether Bush is really compassionate, and the Democrats are moderates who are wondering whether Kerry is really a New Democrat.

—The windsurfing ad that the Bush campaign is running against Kerry is an attempt to be this year's "Dukakis in the tank" spot. McCurry thinks the Kerry campaign neutralized it with their quickly assembled response ad, though it's not over yet.

—McCurry would like Kerry to talk more about abortion, about how he struggles with it because of his Catholic faith. He thinks Kerry needs to come up with a "safe, legal, and rare"-type formula that assures anti-abortion swing voters that he understands their moral concerns and isn't dismissive of them.

—McCurry has never been a big believer in the role of advertising or get-out-the-vote drives in presidential campaigns, though he's acquired a new respect for GOTV after 2000 and 2002. He thinks presidential races come down to whether the candidate can make the sale on the stump. You can't, after all, run TV ads that are completely different from what voters are seeing on the news.

Which leaves the obvious question: Can Kerry make the sale? That was where the race stood before the Democratic Convention in July, and that's where it remains two months later. Kerry hasn't shown he can do it yet. He's got 40 days.


          Ill Communication   

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—"It's actually getting better," John Kerry says, but his voice cracks like an adolescent on "better," making the Democratic nominee for president of the United States sound like Peter Brady in the episode where his voice changes. The timing provokes good-natured laughter from the crowd. "Do you want some Tylenol?" a woman had called out, just moments before. Kerry's sick, and he's losing his voice. At times, he sounds like he can hardly get his words out. 

He gamely soldiers through the town hall, his only event on Wednesday's schedule, but not long after it's over, his campaign announces that he's taking most of Thursday off. John Edwards is called in from the bullpen to attend two events Kerry had scheduled in Iowa, one in Davenport and one in Cedar Rapids, and Kerry cancels an event he had planned to hold in Columbus, Ohio. The press is getting ready to shift from its "Kerry is staggering" storyline to a "Kerry is surging" one, and the last thing his increasingly competent campaign needs is for the candidate to show up with laryngitis at the first presidential debate next week in Miami.

The Sept. 30 face-off is so important that Kerry plans to be "down," as campaign lingo has it, all next week, practicing and preparing for his showdown with President Bush. But before disappearing, Kerry tried out some new rhetoric late Tuesday night in Orlando and then Wednesday here. Perhaps the funniest line Kerry trots out is one about Bush's promise of middle-class "tax relief." "He gave you relief," Kerry says, "kind of like the sort of relief you get when someone comes into your home and relieves you of your TV set. You know, we've been relieved of 1.6 million jobs. Half a million kids have been relieved of child care." He concludes, "And I think it's time we relieve George Bush of his responsibilities." The crowd inside the TD Waterhouse Center—the home of the Orlando Predators, winners of Arena Bowl XIV, according to a banner in the rafters—goes nuts.

But the line that Kerry wants to emphasize, and that he returns to the next day, is one of the president's. Kerry introduces this ersatz Bushism in Orlando by saying, "This is the president of the United States today, standing in New York City, where he was answering questions about Iraq and about his speech to the United Nations." Kerry pulls out a piece of paper to read and says, "Quote, 'The CIA laid out, ah'"—pause here for laughter and a huge, screaming ovation—"I just want you to know, I'm quotin'," Kerry says. "'The CIA laid out, a—several scenarios and said, life could be lousy, life could be OK, life could be better. And they were just guessing"—pause, and more laughter—"as to what the conditions might be like.'" Kerry then asks, "Ladies and gentleman, does that make you feel safer? Does that give you confidence in this president, knows what he's talking about? The CIA was 'just guessing.' This president ought to be turning that CIA over, upside down, if that's all they were doing."

Kerry returns to this theme Wednesday. He drops the "tax relief" line—in fact, the best one-liner comes from the crowd, from a man who shouts of President Bush after hearing Kerry's riff on Social Security, "We ought to privatize him!"—but he goes back to "just guessing." Kerry alters the meaning of Bush's statement slightly, but the gist is the same: "Yesterday, George Bush said he was just guessing on the intelligence estimates about conditions in Iraq. Now, George Bush's guesswork on privatizing Social Security is gonna cost $2 trillion. The president should stop guessing about Iraq, about Social Security."

Was this "guesswork" line going to be Thursday's message, too? Would Kerry have succeeded at connecting Bush's own words to the Kerry campaign's new "fantasy" vs. "reality" critique? (On Wednesday, Kerry says, "Yesterday, I was in Orlando, next to Fantasyland. The difference between me and George Bush is I drove by it. He lives in it.") The world may never know. Instead, in Columbus, Ohio, where Kerry spent the night, reporters joked about their stories for Thursday's empty day: "Today, John Kerry nurses a cold in the battleground state of Ohio…"


             
As the previous post was quite long, I decided to do a fresh post. On Tuesday, QVC had one of their regular Craft Days. Sometimes these are good value (like the aforementioned BP kit) and sometimes they are just fun to dip into and get ideas. This time though I was committed to watching quite avidly as Tim Holtz was appearing, having travelled over from the USA. Tim is an inspirational crafter and with Ranger, is responsible for a range of goodies including alcohol inks, distress inks and all sorts of other great kit, in fabulous colours. He's particularly well known for his "grunge" look but to be fair, many of his techniques and products can be used/enjoyed by any crafter who enjoys messy play. During the craft day they had a selection of goodies from Ranger that were tempting, and as the prices were good, I succumbed. I ordered a selection of 12 Stickles, a fabulous glitter glue in amazing colours which never clogs, drips or spurts. I also ordered a pack which included 3 different Distress Metallic Crackle Paint and matching Distress Stickles. Plus the TSV, which was Tim's new book, bundled with an assortment of goodies, including several products that I had seen before but never actually tried, so figured that now was the time to take the plunge. Previously, when Ranger stuff has been stocked, they've sold out very quickly, so I waited up until midnight on Monday, then ordered via the web, to be sure of getting what I wanted.
The rest of the craft day went well, as I was relaxed about having my purchases safely bagged, and could enjoy the various demos including lots with Tim and his new book. Fast forward, and on Thursday morning, the first of my parcels arrived. QVC do not bag up separate items - they always deliver them in separate packages - I was very impressed with the speed of delivery and sure enough when I opened it, it was a stack of goodies. The new book is brilliant - loads of tips, techniques and ideas, all very inspiring, both for browsing and for detailed technique following. For instance, I didn't know you could use alcohol inks to colour metal charms, so tried out this on a butterfly charm and it seems to have worked brilliantly.
On Saturday, we went out for lunch with my great aunt, leaving the dogs in the house. The postman pushed through the letterbox, two Jiffy Bags with the remaining items while we were out, and Andy decided to do what he does sometimes, and attack the post. We are actually in the process of sourcing a mailbox to affix to the side of the house, as we quite often have letters with teeth marks, rips and so on. Anyway, his teeth punctured a pot of Antique Silver Distress Crackle Paint, so when we came home, the hall was a picture. Piles of ripped and munched post, with paint everywhere, including all over the criminal, and a selection of doggy footprints in Antique Silver on the wooden floor, paint all over the hall rug, and worse of all, paint all over the sofa in the living room, which has loose covers. Clearly, having had a good munch, he decided to go and have a lie down on the sofa and rest after all the excitement.
My feelings were very mixed, to say the least. A combination of laughter (it really did look ridicolous), annoyance at my paint being wasted, and worry over the dog being poisoned by the paint, plus concern over clearing up the mess. We managed to find the pot, and reassuringly it had NON TOXIC written boldly in big letters - did this apply to greyhounds, we wondered? The criminal was bouncing round quite happily when we got home, so it obviously was not a fast acting poison (if at all) so we decided to focus on cleaning up. The hall rug is a complete write off but as it was a very cheap one from Ikea, we are not too worried about that. We stripped off the loose covers from the sofa, and immediately washed them, and worked on the floor - fortunately that came clean immediately. The guilty dog was covered in dried paint on his legs - we've now started calling him Twinkletoes since there have been no ill effects. Unfortunately, however, the paint has not come out from the sofa fabric, so we now need to check our insurance policy to see if it is worth making a claim.
Today, I've been playing with my new purchases, very happily. Andrew and Twinkletoes went for a run together this afternoon, and enjoyed themselves. I'll probably post more pics as projects get finished. All I can say is that I've started work on a little chipboard book, and am having lots of fun, involving paints, squirts, sprays, rubs, stamps and general fun.

             






I had so much fun making the little log cabin table topper that I decided almost immediately to have a go at the other little Honey Bun from the box. This is the "brights" roll and I love the zingy colours and happy prints. I decided as I was making it to give it to a friend of mine as a birthday present - I don't think she reads this blog, so I should be safe in posting details. As before, the little log cabins were great fun to put together. This time, I assembled and finished the whole thing in one afternoon - lovely. I have so enjoyed making these two - just the thing to get my mojo back after a hectic Christmas time. I attach some pics.






I have also been cross stitching two little motifs to go into cards, these will be mounted up tomorrow and I'll photograph them then. And tonight, I have started cross stitching a pretty sampler featuring handbags that I am going to make to give to the friend I made the table topper for. The sampler was always going to be the main present, but as she is such a good friend, I decided that an extra gift wouldn't be a problem. The design is one taken from The World of Cross Stitching - I will photograph it as it progresses and of course when it is finished.

          Another networking puzzle   

After all the michegas about AT&T last week, I decided to order a second Internet connection. I was pretty happy with their high speed DSL, but if they're going to gang up on customers with the record industry, I want to be sure I have an exit planned out.

So I ordered a Comcast network interface. It should arrive in a few days.

The question is can I have both network interfaces running on the same LAN?

I was thinking if I plug the Comcast box into a G4 desktop that has two Ethernet jacks, while the other is plugged into the big switch I bought a few weeks ago (and it's working great, btw) that's connected into the DSL line, that somehow all my computers would be on both nets at the same time?

I figured some of the network gods tuned into this station may have some ideas.

Is there any way to make use of two net connections on one LAN? Or does it necessarily mean two separate local nets?

Comment here, please.

And sorry for destroying our culture, Andrew. smile


          Silicon Valley architecture: Apple, Google, Facebook lead the way   
In a place known for out-of-the-box thinking and risk taking, some tech firms are no longer playing it safe when it comes to their work spaces.
          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?


          I'm a War Vice President   

BOSTON—I admit it. I don't get it. John Edwards is a perfectly fine public speaker, and compared to the likes of Bob Graham, he's Cicero, but I've never understood the press corps' crush on him. Of all the Democratic presidential candidates with whom I shared a small one-on-one encounter—even a handshake and a quick question—I found Edwards the least personally charming. Wesley Clark was a stiff shouter in speeches, but he had a likable way of engaging in locker-room razzing with the media. Howard Dean, the candidate whose stump persona (at least until he began messianic chanting) most closely resembled the one he put forth to the press, had a regular-guy air. Even John Kerry was hands-on, a guy who would put his arm around you to bring you into his circle. The awkward forcedness of the moment was part of its A-for-effort appeal.

Edwards, on the other hand, was guarded, bland, and impenetrable when I sat down for a 30-minute interview with him last September in a supporter's home in Sioux City, Iowa. He had nothing to say beyond the confines of his scripted talking points, even on the subject of his home state of North Carolina's recent pilfering of Roy Williams from my beloved Kansas Jayhawks (beyond conceding, "I wanted Roy baaaaad"). He showed no interest in small talk or idle conversation, just question, response, stop. Question, response, stop. The candidate Edwards most resembled was Dick Gephardt, who was similarly suspicious during my 10-minute encounter with him, but at least Gephardt displayed a deep knowledge of policy. And I didn't mind because, hey, you don't expect to be charmed by Dick Gephardt.

But Edwards' great strength as a candidate is supposed to be his ability to melt people with his winning smile. I was initially impressed by his public charm, particularly the first time I saw him deliver his revamped "Two Americas" stump speech in January. But that quickly wore thin, too. His delivery appears artful at first, but with repetition I saw it as rote and mechanical, so practiced that it's a little bit creepy. I find him as inscrutable as I did in that Iowa living room 10 months ago. As the campaign continued and Edwards kept drawing rave reviews, even from Republicans, I started asking myself: What's wrong with me?

With those doubts in mind, like everyone else I waited for Edwards' moment to arrive Wednesday night with anticipation. I wanted to see him deliver a new speech, a piece of oratory worthy of a presidential nominating convention. Edwards delivered that speech, a captivating declaration of the ways a Kerry-Edwards administration would wage the war on terror. Edwards was sure and forceful, and he outlined a powerful alternative to the Bush administration's war. Unfortunately, he took until the fifth page of the transcript of his seven-page speech to get to that play-within-the-play, and the minispeech was finished by the middle of the sixth page. The speech I wanted to see was bookended by disappointment.

The opening wasn't awful, but it wasn't particularly good, either. I was touched to hear Edwards mention his son Wade, who died in a car accident eight years ago and whom he writes about with grace in his book Four Trials. I don't recall hearing Edwards ever say the word "Wade" in public before. I once saw him tell a voter that he had four children, and then he named only three: Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack.

After that moving—perhaps only to me—moment, Edwards transitioned into the John-Kerry-served-in-Vietnam portion of his address. Maybe it's nitpicky, but some of the assertions he made, and has made before, aren't exactly accurate. He said that Kerry's decision to beach his Swift boat while under fire was made "in a split-second," which isn't right. It was a decision Kerry had talked about and hashed out with his crew in advance. That doesn't make it less brave or less brilliant, but the story ought to be told the right way.

Likewise, Edwards implied that Kerry knew that captaining a Swift boat was a dangerous duty when he volunteered for it, which isn't true. When Kerry asked for Swift duty, he wasn't asking for a combat job. It was only later that the Swifts' role in the war changed. Again, that fact doesn't detract from John Kerry's valor. In fact, it makes Kerry more understandable, more human. It shows how Kerry, an opponent of the Vietnam War before he enlisted, ended up unhappily—but with distinction—participating in it. Without that element of his story, Kerry becomes a thoughtful and serious young man, skeptical about Vietnam, who enthusiastically asks to be allowed to ship out and kill people he thinks of as innocents. I prefer the story of a man who got put in a situation he didn't ask for but did his duty anyway.

After Kerry-in-Vietnam, Edwards shifted into son-of-a-mill-worker mode, followed by Two Americas. He was, however, more substantive than usual, listing off specific policies a Kerry administration would seek to enact: tax credits for health care, child care, and college tuition, paid for by an increase in taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. I think rolling back the high end of the tax cuts is a good idea, but if a lot of Americans thought they were in the top 1 percent four years ago, how many think they are in the top 2 percent? He should have given us a salary figure.

But whatever flaws marred the portions of the speech about domestic policy, they were erased by the masterful section on foreign policy and the war on terrorism. About 20 minutes into his speech, Edwards painted the images of Sept. 11—"the towers falling, the Pentagon in flames, and the smoldering field in Pennsylvania"—and he mourned the nearly 3,000 who died. Unlike many of the speakers during the convention's first three days, Edwards didn't refer to 9/11 as a lost opportunity or a nostalgic period of national unity. He noted it as a tragedy that plunged the nation into war.

Edwards criticized the Bush administration for dragging its feet on intelligence reform, and he promised better homeland security, safer ports, and more money for first responders—firefighters, cops, and emergency medical technicians. He also promised more dead terrorists. "And we will have one clear unmistakable message for al-Qaida and the rest of these terrorists," he said. "You cannot run. You cannot hide. And we will destroy you." And on the subject of Iraq, Edwards declared that America would win. He promised more special forces, a modernized military, stronger alliances, and he even said the magic words I didn't expect to hear: "a democratic Iraq."

Not long after that, he went back to heart-tugging and platitudes, and I was again wondering why I don't get it. But one moment moved me, though you had to have watched Edwards closely for the last year to catch it: He adapted the conclusion of Four Trials, the book in which he talks most freely about Wade, for the speech. The last lines of the book are nearly the same as the ones Edwards said, near the very end of the speech, when he talked about the lessons he has learned during his sometimes tragic life. One lesson, Edwards said, is that "there will always be heartache and struggle—you can't make it go away. But the other is that people of good and strong will can make a difference. One is a sad lesson and the other's inspiring. We are Americans and we choose to be inspired."

I saw it as a second mention of his son, this one a more private one, to pay tribute to the one member of the family who couldn't share this night with his dad.


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          A Browser's Guide to Campaign 2004, Cont'd   

On Aug. 14, 1991, Vermont Gov. Richard Snelling died and was replaced by his mostly unknown lieutenant governor. The state's press corps could only wonder, "Who is Howard Dean?" writes David Moats, the editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald, in the introduction to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President. The book is written by "a team of reporters for Vermont's Rutland Herald & Times-Argus" who purport to know Dean best. Moats writes, "It took the next decade for those of us in the press, and our readership, to gain an understanding of the energetic, ambitious politician who was sworn into office that summer afternoon in 1991."

Unfortunately for the nation, the Vermont press corps can't give us 10 years to gain an understanding of Howard Dean. Instead, they've given us 245 pages. The book sketches a pretty positive portrait, but fair or not, the juicy parts tend to be Dean's lesser-known lowlights:

Like father, unlike son: After being rejected for World War II service "on medical grounds," Dean's father volunteers for a civilian job helping the Allied cause in North Africa. (When Dean bypassed Vietnam under similar circumstances, he went skiing.)

Strange bedfellows: Brother Jim Dean (who now works for the campaign) describes his brother's 1971 graduation from Yale: "We get to Howard's room, and he isn't there, but there are a bunch of people apparently living there who aren't Yale students but are kind of street people with tattoos and all."

Governor who? On the day he took office, "Dean was considered a relatively minor figure, almost a lightweight," writes Darren Allen, chief of the Vermont Press Bureau. "Democratic Lt. Gov. Howard Dean outstripped other Vermont politicians for anonymity," the Associated Press had reported that morning. "Dean has been elected to statewide office three times, but 39 percent of those questioned had no opinion of him or had not heard of him."

Lights out: In one of Dean's first major decisions as governor, he sided with power companies in favor of a 25-year contract to purchase electricity from Quebec. Environment groups opposed the project because of Hydro-Quebec's damming of state rivers; human-rights groups worried about the fate of the Cree Indians, whose land would be flooded; and consumer groups worried whether the plan would even save Vermont money. The consumer groups, at least, turned out to be right: "In the late 1990s, Vermont's two biggest power companies nearly became insolvent as they struggled to pay what turned out to be high costs for Quebec power." Vermont consumers and businesses received "steep rate increases."

Not-so-green Dean: As governor, Dean turned out to be pro-conservation but anti-regulation, a position that some environmentalists find hard to reconcile. The state bought and preserved more than 470,000 acres of wild land, but Dean's administration also gutted or ignored Vermont's environmental regulations in order to land new business development. Upon retirement, the executive officer of Vermont's Water Resources Board charged Dean's administration with underfunding the state's Agency of Natural Resources and with politicizing environmental science: "ANR has not been given the resources to adequately do its job and too often the scientifically sound recommendations by ANR technical staff are overruled in final permit decisions by political appointees." (Dean's budget chief admits in the book that some agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, were underfunded: "I agree that they didn't have enough money to do what they were authorized to do.")

In general, Dean showed a disdain for Vermont's legal and regulatory processes in favor of ad hoc deal-making and what he called "common sense" and "reason." Dean's critics say he abandoned a 20-year approach of appointing locally respected officials to environmental commissions. Instead, he "seems to have looked to people who wouldn't oppose his philosophy, who wouldn't demand tiresome scientific data and who wouldn't mind working for a governor who might inject himself in cases," writes Hamilton E. Davis, former managing editor of the Burlington Free Press. Some of Dean's defenders argue that he "never really understood the damage he was doing to the regulatory system."

Like governor, like candidate: Dean "never quite grasped the idea that he was something other than a normal guy," Davis writes. "He was smarter than most, of course, and with an unusual job, but otherwise he seems to have considered himself an ordinary guy who could say pretty much whatever crossed his mind without getting too wrought up over it."

More love from fellow Democrats: The book relies in many places on All Politics Is Personal, a memoir by Ralph Wright, the Democratic speaker of the Vermont House during much of Dean's political life in the state. "I guess this was the one thing I never could understand about Howard Dean. He always seemed so ready to abandon his cause at the first sign of defeat," Wright complains. "Maybe it was his medical training that toughened him to the certain failures that awaited us all. Maybe it was an unwillingness to have any cause at all, at least any cause for which he was willing to risk his political skin. … It wasn't just causes he was willing to abandon, he was capable of acting the same with people."

Safety second: Dean, at a press conference explaining why he wanted Vermont's Agency of Transportation to stop removing some steep rock walls along a section of the interstate that the agency had deemed too dangerous: "I got sick and tired of looking at [the construction] on my way back and forth between Montpelier and Burlington. … I'm not a safety expert. … If someone gets killed, then it's one someone who didn't have to die. It's very hard to second-guess this. But I react the way a Vermonter has to, to this. I don't like it."

Davis, the former Burlington Free Press managing editor, cites the incident as a good example of Dean's managerial style, "which was to give the agency secretaries something close to full autonomy, but then to hold them accountable publicly." 

Dean's Kentucky campaign begins poorly: Letters received by Dean after he signed Vermont's civil-unions bill: "I was really sorry to read where you have allowed the passage of a bill recognizing queers to marry," wrote someone from Kentucky, "who vowed never to vacation in Vermont again." "I have been a Democrat all my life, but now that the Democrats are turning into queers, I am switching to the Republican Party. I hope you and all your queer buddies rot in hell."

Another said, "Dean Is a Faggot Lover. All Homosexuals, Go to Vermont, Dean Loves You. All Normal People, Stay Away From Vermont. A State Full Of Perverts—Run By Perverts. Boycott Fag Run Vermont." On one fund-raising walk after the bill-signing, an elderly woman walked up to Dean and said, "You fucking, queer-loving son of a bitch."


          Notes From New Hampshire   

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Notes on a day in New Hampshire:

The first Wednesday of every month is Meetup day for Howard Dean supporters, so they're gathered in a cramped restaurant called Merrimack, waiting for the candidate to arrive. It's close to a Holiday Inn where Dean and the other candidates will participate in a "women's issues" debate sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Merrimack is packed with media, including Joe Klein ("Hi, Joe," Dean says when he gets there) and George Stephanopoulos, who appears to be dressed in the same black turtleneck Wesley Clark and Dennis Kucinich wore Tuesday night.

Once Dean arrives, he stands atop a chair to address the crowd. "It's not true that I'm the shortest candidate in the campaign," he says. "In fact, I may be in the top half." This isn't as preposterous as it sounds. There are nine candidates, and only John Kerry, John Edwards, and Dick Gephardt are indisputably taller than Dean. Dennis Kucinich and Carol Moseley Braun are shorter. That leaves a fierce battle for the vital center among Dean, Wesley Clark, Al Sharpton, and Joe Lieberman. Maybe at the next debate they should all line up in their stocking feet.

During his speech, Dean clearly urges his supporters (who are voting this week on whether the campaign should turn down federal matching funds) to let him bust the federal spending caps: "It's a gamble, and there's good things to be said for both sides. But I fundamentally do not believe we can compete with George Bush if we limit our spending to $45 million."

Earlier in the day, Dean delivered a speech in New York (which I watch from the comfort of my Manchester hotel room, on www.howarddean.tv) to announce the vote. What catches my eye: While criticizing President Bush's "powerful money-bundlers," Dean said, "They are people like Walden O'Dell, a 2004 Pioneer, who is also manufacturing electronic voting machines to count our votes, and has said that he is, quote, 'committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.' " Does Dean believe that the Republican Party is going to manipulate electronic voting machines to steal the 2004 election? At Merrimack, I ask him. He admits that he doesn't know much about the subject, but he sounds open to the possibility. "I think it's a serious issue," he says.

A line Dean says to a supporter that he might want to consider dropping: "The only difference between me and McGovern is we're going to be in the White House."

Things of interest during the Planned Parenthood debate:

The candidates are asked to grade themselves on their parenting, and Dean and Clark give the most interesting answers. "I will not pretend for a moment that I did 50 percent of the work, but I did a lot," Dean says. Clark is even more honest. "I don't give myself a very good grade, but I had an A-plus wife," he says. "Sometimes you get better than you deserve in life, and I've been lucky."

They are also asked, "Do you practice a faith, and would you invoke the name of God when discussing a policy?" Nearly every one of them gives the safe answer, that their faith is important to them, but that they respect the separation of church and state. "I pray every night, but don't go to church very often," says Dean. "My religion does not inform my public policy, but it does inform my values," is Edwards's answer, and he adds, "The president of the United States should not be setting policy for the country based on his or her faith."

Only Kucinich dissents. (Along with Clark, Kerry, and Braun, he's one of four Catholics at the debate. Although Braun and Clark self-identify as Catholics, Braun attends an Episcopal church and Clark attends a Presbyterian one.) He says that within the context of a pluralistic society, religious values can and should influence public policy. "We must live our spiritual values in our public policy," such as full employment, health care, and education, he says. "A government that stands for peace reflects spiritual values." After the debate, I try to ask Kucinich about the relationship between his faith and his public policy, but I get off on the wrong foot by saying that he changed his abortion position to pro-choice "right before" he started running for president. "Wrong," Kucinich says, it was spring 2002. The discussion goes nowhere from there.

Since the topic came up, after the debate I also ask Clark why he converted to Catholicism as a young man, and why he no longer practices.

"When I was in England during the Vietnam War, the Nonconformist churches over there were just extraordinarily political. And I just couldn't go to service and have them condemn the armed forces that I was serving in. I mean, they were my West Point classmates there, and they were being accused of terrible crimes, and it wasn't so," he says.

"I believed in the structure, and the balance, and the long-term durability of the Catholic Church, and that's why I converted to Catholicism. But over the years as we went from location to location and saw the church, we found that our spiritual needs were better met by attendance at Protestant services. The services were richer in their spiritual meaning. And of course I still consider myself a Catholic. But I enjoy the singing, I enjoy the sermon, I enjoy the fellowship in the Protestant services. It's just a much deeper spiritual experience. That's for me."

Back to the debate. Three of the candidates say 18-year-old women should be required to register for Selective Service, just like 18-year-old men. "If you have different standards, that begins the path toward discrimination," Dean says. Clark and Kerry say yes, too. Edwards says no, and Braun says it would be OK if it weren't for the fact that one in four women at the Air Force Academy are victims of sexual assault or rape. Kucinich gives my favorite answer, an attempt to have it both ways: "No, not that they can't, if they want to."

What role would a "first lady, first man, or first friend" play in their administrations? There are three interesting answers. Dean confirms that "I'd very much like to be the first president who has a working wife in the White House" who does not participate in his career. Braun, who is divorced, says, "This is an impossible question. There has never been a First Man or First Gentleman." Like Dean, but with more flair, she concludes, "You'll get me, but you'll get no one for free."

But it's Kucinich, who also is divorced, who steals the show. "As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady. Maybe Fox wants to sponsor a national contest or something," he says. He adds that he wants "someone who would not want to just be by my side," but would be a "dynamic outspoken women who was fearless" in her support for peace in the world and universal, single-payer health care. So, "If you're out there, call me."


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          LOST 6.11 Happily Ever After – recap by Evie   
LOST 6.11 : Happily Ever After I’m not sure how many days after Desmond was shot by Benjamin Linus this episode takes place. Des is still beat up a bit, but Ben seems to have healed. Maybe the island has healed him faster or maybe the timeline is off just a bit for the sake of storytelling. So Desmond was brought back to the island against his will by his father-in-law but Charles assured Des that Penny and little Charlie are safe. I wonder how that all went down. Charles tells Desmond that the island isn’t done with him yet and we find out he’s being led to a Jurassic Park-ish container where we’re going to find out if he can withstand another electromagnetic event. Widmore’s crew was supposed to test it out on a bunny first but the technician who entered the box to see why it didn’t fire up the ...
          7° Festival Internacional de Oralidad Artística y Narración Oral Escénica SANTA FE DE CUENTOS   
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          Fulton County and Sister Love Observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Fri Feb 7   

Friday, February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  There are a number of events taking place in and around Atlanta, including an event at Greenbriar Mall Friday afternoon.

As part of WCLK's Fulton Focus program we were joined by Fulton County Health Department Official Veronica Hartwell, and Dazon Dixon Diallo, founder of Sister Love.  Sister Love was founded in Atlanta in 1989 and is a volunteer group of women interested in educating Atlanta, and especially communities of women, about AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques.


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

THREE STRATEGIC CIRCLES

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

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

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

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

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

VARIETIES OF INFLUENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIA UNBOUND

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

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

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

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

AXES AND ALLIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHARM OFFENSIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLY?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Buy this ticket Adult Zones 1-2 dd/mm/yyyy £28.50 Your Oyster card is topped up every time your pay as you go balance falls below £8 and you make a journey       倫敦必做十件事☞10 Tops Things to Do in LONDON http://www.wretch.cc/blog/wvboni/11438678 ✔ Market - 婆婆媽媽逛市集來挖寶 ✔ Boat Trip - 搭渡輪遊泰晤士河 ✔ See - 衛兵交接擠擠擠 ✔ Royal Park - 皇家公園是野生動物園 ✔ Walk - 漫步泰晤士河畔好浪漫 ✔ Bus Tour - 雙層巴士市區巡禮 ✔ Shop - 哩哩叩叩買好多 ✔ Eat - 新鮮多汁炸魚薯條  ✔Museum - 大英博物館古文物探險 ✔ Gallery - 國家藝廊耍氣質   此人遊記好用! http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/wen-shan/archive?l=f&id=33   大英博物館的官網上有參觀建議 http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/planning_your_visit.aspx 時間更多的人可以參考大英博物館的館長 ~ Neil MacGregor 2010年新推出,精選的[100件館藏看世界歷史]計畫 [ A History of the World ~ in 100 objects ] Wiki百科裏面也有這項計畫的介紹與連結 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_History_of_the_World_in_100_Objects 其中的第99項竟然是 [信用卡]   還蠻妙的 科芬園這一帶蠻多店可以逛的 我們去了兩間書店~ Waterstone 和 Stanfords 前者是一般的綜合書店 後者是地圖,旅遊的專門書店  相當讚~ http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Stanfords-London-Store.htm 開店已有超過150年的歷史   倫敦eat 今日午餐: Fire & Stone     牆壁上有世界地圖的裝飾 周一到周四線上預約可享有午餐4.95鎊的優惠 http://www.fireandstone.com/pizza/restaurant/ 午餐有線上 MENU 可以參考   劍橋 其實...如果夏天去劍橋的話... 因為太陽下山的晚...晚上八九天都還亮著... 要是行程不趕...可以選擇搭晚一點的National Express回倫敦... (假設你是當天倫敦劍橋來回) 大概傍晚六七點之後遊客都走的差不多了... 趁這個時候再去看康河...比一大堆遊客的時候漂亮寧靜太多了!!! 劍橋的巷弄也很有古意... (因為個人很喜歡拍風景照勝過於到此一遊照) 所以沒什麼遊客的時候真的很適合靜靜的遊覽... 很慶幸我上次有機會拍到靜靜流過的康河...:P   -- ※ 發信站: 批踢踢實業坊(ptt.cc) ◆ From: 218.171.222.70 推 irenedeai:靜靜的康河很美很美+1                                  06/13 08:29 推 ladyluck: 靜靜的康河很美很美+1 我有一次不小心在傍晚翻進國王學   06/13 09:29 → ladyluck:院裡,就一個人坐在河邊發呆好久,還奇怪怎麼都沒人了...  06/13 09:30 推 appogge:卸卸 我的確是搭乘20:35的coach回倫敦                     06/13 14:00 ※ 編輯: IamSammi        來自: 218.171.226.200      (06/14 21:17) 推 IamSammi:哈哈...我也有翻進國王學院...入口還寫著遊客止步XD       06/14 21:25 → xenopus:有機會來國王學院旁邊的Clare學院,全艦橋最漂亮的河邊�    06/15 07:59 → xenopus:花園!! 人又比國王學院少                                 06/15 08:00 http://ppt.cc/fIzD http://www.thecambridgepuntingcompany.co.uk/   劍橋大學是一個由許多學院(College)組成的大學城,其中比較有名的有國王學院(King’s College)、皇后學院(Queens College)與三一學院(Trinity College),大部份的學院都開放一般民眾參觀,而門口有列出可開放參觀的時間以及進去參觀的場地維護費。不過教大家一招,你可以拿著一個公文紙袋,說你想要申請這個學院,然後想要先看一下這個學院的環境,這樣通常就能免費入場囉!不過記得不要讓人家看出你一副就是觀光客的樣子,不然此法是行不通的。另外,數學橋(Mathematical Bridge)位在皇后學院,是英國首座不用螺絲釘建造的橋樑。   國王學院對面,另外有一家叫做 Fudge Kitchen 的商店,賣的是乳脂軟糖(Fudge:其實是有點像台灣的牛奶糖,不過要比牛奶糖在甜上好幾倍,而且有多種口味可供選擇),在店外就可以聞到陣陣的蕉糖味,而店內則可以觀看師傅們製作 Fudge 的過程。     國王學院旁可以看到國王學院私有的祈禱室↑以及在祈禱室對街的偉大聖瑪莉教堂 (Great St.Mary Church) →,此教堂是週遭最高的一座建築物,進入教堂參觀是不用錢的,另外你可以花兩英磅到教堂的頂端去欣賞週遭的美景...   往河的西邊去,會看到一片名為 The Backs 的叢林 → 再像北走一點便會看到河的對岸有號稱劍橋眾多學院中 規模最大、財力最雄厚、名聲最響亮的學院 從三一學院畢業的名人有牛頓、培根…等人,目前在其校區內也都設有這些著名畢業生的銅像 (英國查理王子也畢業於此,但他年繼還小還沒輪到他蓋銅像) 在康河邊有時會看到不少的水鴉,他們會從河中跳上岸邊,當然也會再岸邊大小便,因此請大家選位子時一定要慎選,或是帶個野餐巾墊著比較保險。   劍橋原為康河 (River Cam)沼澤區旁的一座小市場,其前身起源於牛津大學在 1209 A.D.發生暴動,三名學生被吊死後,一些學者逃難到劍橋,在當時的英王亨利三世的庇佑下,於1233 A.D.建立正式學術組織,而在 1284 A.D. 成立劍橋大學第一個學院 ~ 「彼得學院」。         劍橋大學至今約有800年歷史,歷年來各學院陸續成立,學生也自四面八方湧入,在學術方面始終是世界領先的大學之一。科學和工業是劍橋最引以為傲之學術,因劍橋以英國最高學府的大學城聞名於世,所以「劍橋」久而久之便成了劍橋大學的代名詞。截至目前為止已誕生87位諾貝爾獎得主,根據2010年QS排名,建橋大學全球排名第1,因此傑出人才自不在話下。長久以來與牛津大學合稱為「牛劍」,這兩所大學在文化及現實上的協作已成為英國社會史的一部份。  《QS (Quality Safety) 世界大學排名》~ 2004~2009所依據的權重如下:         ‧學界互評分數(40%)         ‧企業僱主評分(10%)         ‧國際師資分數(  5%)         ‧國際學生分數(  5%)         ‧單位師資論文引用率分數(20%)         劍橋大學是所「書院聯邦制」大學,主要由中央行政機構、科系和學院三個部份組成。科系負責向學生提供課程、組織講座,在監委會監督下進行研究和教學工作,而每個科系的學者們均來自不同的學院。由31所自治獨立的學院組成,其中最古老的學院為「彼得學院(Peterhouse, Cambridge)~ 1284 A.D.」,同時也是最小的一個學院;成立最晚的為「羅賓森學院(Robinson College, Cambridge)~ 1977A.D.」,每個學院擁有獨立的資產及資金來源。31所學院中除了3所學院只收女生外:露西‧卡文迪什學院、新大廳學院和紐姆學院,其餘男女皆收。而其中有4所只收研究生:卡淶爾大廳學院、達爾文學院(Darwin College, Cambridge)、沃爾森學院(Wolfson College, Cambridge)和聖埃德蒙學院(St Edmund's College, Cambridge)。   第四站 ~聖約翰學院「嘆息橋 Bridge of Sigh」 嘆息橋 (Bridge of Sigh) 的名字是19世紀時,由英國詩人---「風騷的浪漫主義文學泰斗」~ 拜倫勛爵所取的,是威尼斯多座建於16世紀的橋樑之一,完工於1600A.D.。造型屬於早期巴洛克式風格,封閉式的拱橋由石灰岩鑄成,呈房屋狀,上部穹隆覆蓋,封閉得很嚴實,只有向運河一側的石樑上開有兩個小窗。嘆息橋橫跨在Rio di Palazzo河上,連接威尼斯公爵府的審訊室和老監獄,是由Antoni Contino設計的,他的叔叔Antonio da Ponte是里亞斯托橋的設計者。囚犯們在義大利威尼斯總督府接受審判被宣判後,從總督府經由嘆亞橋走向死牢,他們面臨的將是永別俗世,嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,所以從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。 聖約翰大學是劍橋大學第二大學院,建於1511.04.09 A.D.。它的前身可追溯到13世紀的聖約翰醫院,醫院於16世紀初時已殘破不堪,因此當時由羅切斯特主教「聖約翰·費舍爾」提出改建醫院建造學院的想法,得到英格蘭國王「亨利八世」和主教「尤利烏斯二世」的批准,伊利主教也同意將這做宗教醫院改建轉變為一所學院,建校經費則源自王太后~亨利七世的母親「瑪格麗特‧博福特(Margaret Beaufort)」女士之遺產。         在院的建築十分宏偉壯觀,學院還擁有5個庭院,其中以1589 A.D.始建的第二庭院最為聞名,被譽為是英格蘭最漂亮的「都鐸式庭院」。傳說中這裡也是17世紀英格蘭與法國簽署和平條約的地方,也促成了查爾斯一世與他的法國王后的聯姻。學院的門樓每天黃昏的時候關閉,將學院和外界隔離。   《Tudor都鐸式》        都鐸式建築原指中世紀英國哥德式建築樣式末期發展出來的歌德建築,其特徵是圓拱尖端為四新圓拱的小尖拱,構造上面為半木構造形式,以及出挑的拱形天花構造等等….,在細部上面以受到隨後的義大利文藝復興樣式的影響,使用陶燒(Teracotta)等材質的文藝復興樣式的裝飾。 http://www.ad.ntust.edu.tw/grad/think/93talksay/allfiles/M9213102M9313102/ 威尼斯嘆息橋 ~        嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。         威尼斯的嘆息橋成名後,被世界各地所仿造,並且同樣被命名為「嘆息橋」,其中包括: ·    英國倫敦泰晤士河上的滑鐵盧橋(英語:Waterloo Bridge),有時也稱作嘆息橋 ·    英國牛津大學內的嘆息橋 ·    英國劍橋大學聖約翰學院內的嘆息橋 ·    德國法蘭克福老市政廳北翼的嘆息橋 ·    美國阿利根尼縣法院連接監獄的嘆息橋         沿著聖約翰學院參觀路線,經過正門、前庭、禮拜堂、中庭後,來到康河河畔,可見聖約翰學院有兩座橋橫跨於康河上,一座為Wren橋,另一座則為著名的嘆息橋(Bridge of Sigh)。       "Bridge of Sighs"(嘆息橋)之所以取名為此,是因為該橋曾是連接學生宿舍和期末考場的必經之路,每到要參加考試之時,學生往往嘆息不止,忐忑不安的經過此橋走向考場。其中的心情,箇中資味是否如威尼斯之嘆息橋般呢?由此可見劍橋學生們的幽默。   劍橋康河第一站 ~ 皇后學院       皇后學院 (Queens' College, Cambridge)由瑪嘉烈‧安茹(亨利六世皇后)於1448 A.D.建立,又於1465 A.D.由伊莉莎白·伍德維爾(愛德華四世皇后)再次建立。  數學橋 (Mathematical Bridge)是一條跨越康河,把皇后學院在康河兩岸的校園接駁起來的一座小橋,數學橋連接了學院早期建築(被學生們稱作黑暗面)和近期的建築(被學生們稱作光明面),是劍橋大學著名的觀光景點之一。數學橋是它的非官方名字,它的官方名字只是「木橋」而已。數學橋是由威廉‧埃瑟里奇(William Etheridge)設計,並在1749 A.D. 由詹姆斯‧艾塞克斯(James Essex)興建,並在1866 A.D. 和1905 A.D. 重建,但是原本的設計並沒有改變。         數學橋的設計來源有幾個說法: 橋是由中國設計的。設計中利用了一些特別的數學方程式,因以得到數學橋的名字。 橋是由一班學生設計的。橋的設計(重量和角道數)非常精密,連一口釘也沒有用上。一位教授看到橋以後嘆為觀止,並想把橋拆下,以便了解橋的設計。但是,教授把橋拆下後,沒有辦法利用原本的設計把橋重建起來。所以,教授就利用釘把橋重建起來。 橋是由牛頓設計和建成的。和第二個傳說一樣,他的設計也沒有用上一口釘。             這些故事只是傳說,事實上該橋由威廉·瑟里奇(1709年—1776年)設計,並由詹姆斯·埃塞克斯(1722年—1784年)建造,於1749年完工(在牛頓逝世後的22年)。以前的學生或院士試圖將該橋拆除,並重新組裝,但他們最終還是失敗了,只好用螺母和螺栓重新把橋固定。這就是我們看到如今的數學橋有螺母和螺栓的原因。該橋因為年代久遠於1866年被翻修,並於1905年被重新建造。重建的數學橋基本依照原有的設計,但採用柚木而不是橡木作為原料,橋上的階梯也改為光滑的橋面為方便輪椅的通行。   劍橋 康河第二站 ~ 國王學院 ( King's College) 國王學院在亨利六世鼎力相助下始建於1441 A.D.。其原設計概念是節儉的,但從1445年起學院的建造目的轉變為「彰顯王室的地位」,  建造過程中學院建築體逐漸佔據劍橋市中心的大部分地區,使得很多街道被迫關閉,因此現今呈現於我們面前之國王學院,其規模才如此的宏偉。         國王學院於1443 A.D. 開始學院採取了一個更加宏大的計劃。學院創始人~ 「威爾」於1448 A.D. 詳細的描述了該計劃要建造一座宏偉的庭院,並在庭院的一側建造一座禮拜堂。但十年後,《玫瑰戰爭》開始,「亨利六世」面臨財政危機,而此時禮拜堂的東側建造了60英尺,而西側之建造了8英尺。建築工程直至1508 A.D. 「亨利七世」獲勝結束戰爭而繼續開始建造禮拜堂的屋頂。禮拜堂內部的建造直至1544 A.D. 在「亨利八世」的幫助下才完工。   抵達市集後,去尋找民宿老闆推薦的店,招牌上面是一個獨眼龍的海盜標誌,而賣的東西是什麼呢?是包餡的牛角麵包,有許多餡料可以選擇,有雞肉、咖哩…等。來到劍橋(Cambridge)有一件事情必做,那就是搭撐船(篙),市集附近就有人會拉遊客去坐撐船(篙),原本開的價格比較高,但看我們感覺有點遲疑,就自動降價給我們,約£11/人(英鎊)左右,那艘船一共可以坐約9~12人左右,到了搭船地點才發現這邊的船有兩種,一種是自己包船自己撐,另一種就是我們所搭乘的船,有人幫我們撐 藝術的倫敦,免費遊! - 2008-07-13, 20:16 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/taiwanarzt/12065456 (精彩照片,懇請移駕部落格) 這是倫敦的夜晚。從Tate Modern望出去,所看到的泰唔士河、千禧年橋以及1981年查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃結婚的聖保羅大教堂。在昂貴的倫敦,這樣美麗的夜景,竟然不用花錢進入特別的觀景台,就能享受得到! 事實上,倫敦在食宿如此昂貴的情況,還可以吸引背包客的興趣和注目,就是因為倫敦有太多免費且是世界級的景點和活動!如果是喜好美術館和博物館的朋友,到了倫敦更是如獲至寶!因為最精采的美術館和博物館,全都是免費入場的!不論是可以看到很多國中高中時,美術課本名畫的國立美術館(The National Gallery )、現代藝術極致表現的Tate Modern、尊爵不凡的大英博物館(British Museum)、還是擁有小朋友最喜歡的恐龍的自然史博物館(Natural History Museum)全都不用付一毛錢,就能進入。以下分別介紹如下。 一、 國立美術館(The National Gallery) 還未走出Charing Cross地鐵站,就能感受到濃郁的藝術氣息(如下圖)。 坐落在Trafalgar廣場旁的國立美術館,收藏從文藝復興到二十世紀初期的重要歐洲畫作。包括提香、莫內、梵谷、秀拉等等幾乎所有西洋藝術史上,叫得出名字的歐洲大師,這裡都有收藏他們的畫作。親眼看到這些大師的畫作,對我造成相當大的震撼。因為同一副畫,由近到遠,或是從不同的角度觀看,竟然會有不同的視覺效果。這些大師的精神和藝術能量,穿越了時空,透過他的畫深深地撼動著我。這樣的感動,不是由網路搜尋出來的圖檔,或是印刷出來的複製品可以感受到的。由於國立美術館收藏品很多,就算走馬看花也要一天的時間才能逛完。因此,建議大家能夠撥出一整天的時間,好好地品味大師的畫作。 此外,Trafalgar廣場上常常有不定期的露天藝術表演(特別是周末)。而且完全不是普通的街頭藝人,而是由非常頂尖的表演團體進行演出,非常地精采!下面這張照片,就是從國立美術館所看到的Trafalgar廣場上的藝術表演和聳立在遠方,倫敦最著名的大笨鐘。 最近的地鐵站:Charing Cross Station  二、 Tate Modern 從查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃成婚的聖保羅大教堂,往泰唔士河的方向走,就會看到通往Tate Modern的千禧年橋(如下圖)。 儘管改建於發電廠的Tate Modern在西元2000年才開幕,但不到十年,就已經成為倫敦不可錯過的重要景點。在Tate Modern中,展示著二十世紀以後的現代藝術。本身就極具現代感的室內空間,完全與展示品融為一體。譬如像是下方照片所呈現出的簡潔的巨大挑高空間,竟然是Tate Modern的出入口之一。 雖然年紀尚輕,但Tate Modern已有豐富的館藏。仔細欣賞也大約需花一天的時間。此外,從Tate Modern所望出的倫敦夜景更是美麗非凡!因此建議大家,在閉館時間延長至22:00的星期五和星期六前往。(其他時間僅開放到18:00) 最近的地鐵站:建議可從St. Paul’s地鐵站,經過聖保羅大教堂後,沿千禧年橋,跨過泰唔士河抵達。沿途的景色非常棒! 三、 大英博物館(British Museum) 成立於1759年的大英博物館,威名遠播,從古樸的前門入口進入後,竟來到如此現代感的開放空間(如下圖)。 大英博物館的尊爵不凡,從其平面圖就可窺探。因為,大英博物館的分區竟然是分成:非洲、希臘與羅馬、西亞、埃及、美洲、中國與南亞和東南亞、伊斯蘭文明等等。這代表大英博物館的展示品貨真價實的囊括了世界各大洲的主要文明。其包括希臘巴特儂神廟的重要浮雕、埃及的各種神像和木乃伊等等。展出的多元性,讓每個人都可以在大英博物館找到自己有興趣的展示。 由於館藏非常豐富,走馬看花也需要整整一天的時間。看到許多旅行團,都只能匆匆來去,不禁感到十分可惜。 而在大英博物館中,亞洲人最不感興趣的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」,反而是最吸引我的地方。因為,我在這邊看到了一尊出土於印度的佛像,其西洋人的外表,對看慣東方佛像的我來說,感到十分的新奇。事實上,對於佛教有興趣的朋友,千萬別錯過大英博物館二樓最北側的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」(China、South Asia、South-East Asia)。裡面收藏了非常多來自印度、中國等世界各地的莊嚴佛像和如舍利塔等佛教相關的藝術品,非常值得一看! 四、 自然史博物館(Natural History Museum) 1880年從大英博物館獨立出來的自然史博物館,或許是大部分背包客最少前往的博物館。宛如大教堂的外觀,裡面竟然珍藏著四億種世界各地的動植物標本。其中,當然包括小朋友最愛的恐龍了! 自然史博物館博物館的恐龍展區,受歡迎的程度甚至到了需要將入場人數分批控管的地步。裡面恐龍的標本,可不是我們的自然科學博物館可以比擬的。即使對自然科學沒有多大興趣的朋友,都十分建議撥冗半天參觀自然史博物館的恐龍區。 最後,幾乎所有博物館漢美術館都只有1/1和12/24~26日的聖誕假期休館,可說是幾乎一整年都全年無休。更好的是,每星期還會有一兩天延遲閉館時間。建議大家如果起床起得晚,可以利用延遲閉館的時候,前往參觀。 延遲閉館的時間如下: ★國立美術館:每日10:00~18:00。每星期三延遲至21:00閉館 ★Tate Modern:每日10:00~18:00。每星期五、六延遲至22:00閉館。(一定要利用延遲閉館日,到Tate Modern欣賞美麗的倫敦夜景喔!) ★大英博物館:每日10:00~17:30。每星期四、五部分區域延遲至20:30閉館。 ★自然史博物館:星期一~星期六:10:00~17:50 / 周日、假日:11:00~17:50。無延遲閉館日。 從這篇文章可看得出來,即使是走馬看花,要遍覽這四大美術館和博物館,就已經要花掉三天半的時間。倫敦的豐富、多元和多采多姿,可由此得知。     National Gallery http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/explore-the-paintings/30-highlight-paintings/   Edinburgh 男主角和女主角跟最後男主角和女兒登上的那座山峰 真的是在愛丁堡 Holyrood Park 亞瑟王的寶座Arthur' s seat 在皇宮的旁邊 沿著皇家哩大道到底就是 One day scene : high street, Parliament square, Warriston’s close and the kitchens of Telford College. 亞瑟王寶座位於皇宮旁邊,或者該說皇宮位於亞瑟王寶座的山腳。若想去踏青可以   沿著皇家哩大道直走到底,便可以看到皇宮旁的大片公園,通往山頂的步道就在公   園裡頭。由於這公園本身就是愛丁堡人踏青旅遊的地方,所以有非常多條步道,記   得看地圖選擇喜歡的步道前進。   愛丁古堡是蘇格蘭的精神象徵,愛丁堡市的徽章上就有愛丁古堡的圖像。位於愛丁堡市的心臟地帶,建立於一座長達三億四千萬年前的死火山岩頂上,從市中心各角落都可看到。海拔120米,從上面可以俯瞰愛丁堡全城的景色。人類在該地區的活動可以追溯到公元前9世紀的銅器時代,七世紀溫伯瑞亞的「愛德溫國王」曾進行大規模整建。雖然堡壘固若金湯,但總免不了在歷史的進程中遭到戰火毀壞,愛丁古堡的建築體在16世紀的「長期圍城」(Lang Siege)事件中一部份被毀,但也有少數建築挺過這次圍城,其中最著名的便是建造於12世紀早期的「聖瑪格麗特禮拜堂」。愛丁古堡於1371 A.D. 蘇格蘭國王「大衛二世」修復後才呈現今日風貌。         愛丁古堡自17世紀起成為軍事基地,目前歸屬於蘇格蘭文物局(Historic Scotland),仍有軍隊駐紮在城堡上。城堡的大多數城堡目前對公眾開放,其內的一些建築也允許遊客參觀。它是蘇格蘭最受歡迎的旅遊景點之一,每年能迎接從世界各地前來的超過120萬名遊客。城堡內有軍事博物館,內陳列有各類實物,並記述有蘇格蘭、英國及歐洲的軍事歷史。 愛丁古堡簡介       古堡內可分為:城堡大道、下(The Lower Ward)、中(Middle Ward) 、上城(The Upper Ward) 及國王廣場 (Crown Squzre) 五大主要部份。 Ⅰ~ 城堡大道 (Esplanade):每年愛丁堡 tattoo 表演處        1.大門 (Gate House):建於1866 A.D.的守衛室及大門,裝飾作用大於實際功效。   Ⅱ~ 下城 (The Lower Ward)        2.舊警衛室 (Old Guardhouse)        3.內城牆 (Inner Barrier)        4.吊閘門 (Portcullis Gate):進入城堡區的正式大門,有內門、外門及閘門三道。        5.捷徑階 (Lang Stairs):70級階梯提供上、中防衛區最短的連接捷徑。   Ⅲ ~ 中城 (Middle Ward)        6.阿吉爾砲台 (Argyle Battery):又稱作六砲台,大砲皆為19世紀拿破侖戰爭時所鑄造。        7.大車庫 (Cartshed):古時停放50 輛大車之車庫,現改為遊客餐廳。附近還有軍火庫及軍醫院景點。        8.總督府(Govemor's House):建於18世紀之總督府目前並未開放參觀,現今為舉辦特殊皇室儀式時才使用。        9.兵營 (New Barracks):提供士兵充份休息處,至今仍為軍事用途並不對外開放參觀。       10.福格之門 (Foog's Gate)   Ⅳ ~ 上城 (The Upper Ward)       11.瑪格麗特禮拜堂 (St. Margare's Chapel):建於12世紀初,為古堡內歷史最悠久之建物。16世紀初時曾為彈藥庫,於1845 A.D. 才改回禮拜堂樣貌。教堂裡有本11世紀的福音書,教堂外為中古世紀存留下來之「蒙斯梅格砲」(Mons Meg),為1449 A.D.於比利時製造,重6噸,所發射之砲彈每顆約為1500 kgw,因為砲體笨重,在蘇格蘭對英格蘭之戰役後自此退役,之後閒置於城堡地窖內。       12.狗墓園 (Dog Cemetery):埋葬許多皇室成員及軍官的寵物狗及軍隊的吉祥動物~鹿。       13.阿吉爾塔       14.福威爾砲台 (Forewall Battery)       15.半月砲台 (Half-Moon Battery):防守最脆弱的城堡東側,陳列了「七姐妹」 ~ 7座16世紀的大砲。       Ⅴ ~  國王廣場 (Crown Square)         16.皇宮 (Royal Palace):16世紀蘇格蘭的瑪麗女王在頂樓的女王臥室產下詹姆士六世。二樓為展示皇室的王冠、寶座之處。         17.大廳 (Great Hall):1639 A.D. 以前都是蘇格蘭國會開會之處,一直以來都是皇室舉行重要儀式場所。大廳內最引人注目之處為16世紀的木樑屋頂,每根柱角都有人物或動物的面具裝飾,每根柱子均繪以精美的幾何畫作裝飾。除了屋頂的雕樑畫棟外,四周的牆壁也以金光閃閃的劍器加以裝點。         18.安女王建築 (Queen Anne Building):建於1708 A.D. 原為軍人休息處所。         19.蘇格蘭國家紀念戰爭館 (Scottish National War Memorial):1927.07.14 開幕的蘇格蘭國家戰爭紀念館是為了紀念第一次、第二次世界大戰中身亡的蘇格蘭士兵,紀念館大門前的四尊雕像分別代表勇氣、和平、正義與仁慈。         20.城堡地窖 (Castle Vaults):國王廣場的正下方就是城堡地窖,這裡以往是做為戰俘牢房、儲藏室、市民監獄等之用,現今牆上仍留有囚犯的註記。       Glasgow   Gallery of modern art: Admission free Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday -10 am to 5 pm, Thursday -10 am to 8pm, Friday and Sunday – 11am to 5pm.   Glasgow Cathedral Galsgow University 人民宮殿 People’s Palace   the Hunterian Art Gallery http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/visit/notices/ 湖區 由以火車站為據點的市區走到Bowness Pier大約15分鐘  抵達Bowness之後, 店家多了起來 在Bowness Pier有好幾條遊湖路線可以選擇 分別行使Ambleside、Lakeside與Bowness之間 前往Lakeside的還可以搭配蒸汽火車(Steam Railway)買套票 除此之外, 夏天有推出晚間渡輪...有些有供應自助餐, 有些是搭配BBQ 還有特別的夕陽渡輪...就是繞整個湖直到夕陽落下 為了能夠在有限的時間內看看其他的湖及山上的風景 回程的時候跑到High Street上的Lake Hotel訂了SuperTours的One Day Tour 我們是參加Tour A, 28鎊/人 詳細的行程跟價格請參考Lakes SuperTours網站 還有另外一家就在Lake Hotel附近叫作 Mountain Goat 有需要的可以比較看看 回來之後, 因為這一天都沒有走太多路, 天氣又很好 我們決定步行到Bowness Pier搭船賞夕陽 不過船上真的很冷...尤其是太陽漸漸落下的時候 要多穿點衣服才不會冷的發抖 夕陽渡輪八點半出發...大概十點天才漸漸黑 我們將近十一點才慢慢步行回B&B...一路上真的很安全, 是個好地方! 最後一天我們打算去划船 那邊的Self Drives有分成兩種, 一種是Motor Boat, 就是有引擎的船 另外一種就是得要自己划的Rowing Boat 為了得到更多樂趣....我們決定玩需要比較多勞力的Rowing Boat 因為Windermere湖很大...那天風不小, 浪很大 Rowing Boat變的超級刺激....跟我想像的湖裡悠哉划船完全不一樣 不過還是很好玩!!! 來湖區當然不能忘記看看彼得兔 這裡是彼得兔的誕生地....有作者波特小姐的博物館 幾乎每個孩子人手一隻彼得兔玩偶 如果想要深度的了解波特小姐在湖區的行蹤, 還有專門的Day Tour可以參加 湖區的玩法還有很多種 可以坐Bus, 可以租腳踏車 我們選了一個輕鬆的玩法 不過我相信不管怎麼玩 只要帶著好心情來, 就不會失望的回去 有關湖上活動資訊可以參考Windermere Lake Cruises 最新票價資訊都在這裡都找的到 利物浦 Liverpool http://celestechien.pixnet.net/blog/post/26257359 利物浦必做10件事
          Karlie ASP Day&Night Geschirr - Gelb 50 - 74 cm   
14,99 EUR
Die Art Sportiv Plus Day & Night Geschirre in der praktischen Step&Go Variante sch?tzen Sie und Ihren Hund beim abendlichen Spaziergang und lassen sich dem Hund ganz einfach anlegen! Besonders in den Wintermonaten, wo es fr?h dunkel wird, ist es wichtig sich und sein Tier f?r Auto- und Radfahrer sichtbar zu machen. Diese reflektierenden Geschirre sind aus stabilem Nylonmaterial, mit verchromten Beschl?gen und bieten durch ihre ausgekl?gelte Konstruktion eine leichte und bequeme Handhabung. Das Geschirranlegen wird zum Kinderspiel, da die Step&Go Geschirre von Karlie nicht ?ber den Kopf des Hundes gezogen werden m?ssen. Sie sind stufenlos verstellbar und mit einem SafetyClick Sicherheitsverschluss ausgestattet. Farbe: Neongelb Brustumfang: ca. 50 - 74 cm Breite: 20 mm

          Bee Hives To Maintain Bee Colony And To Get Raw Honey   
When talking about bee hives and raw honey folk frequently think about having to scale a tree to get them. This is frequently not true as many professional bee keepers have popped up around the planet and have their hives at floor level. This makes removing honey from the hive easier, and safer. There is however still the danger of getting stung, but at least you do not have to fret about breaking your neck.

Bee hives have been the first source of raw honey since the beginning of recorded history. Archeologists have found cave paintings of folks climbing trees to get honey out of suspended hives in varied locations. History does not tell us when we started training bees but we do know that we were actively practicing it around 2400 BC. Historical proof shows that early bee keepers used logs, pottery, and even baskets for bee's to build their colonies in and raise young.

Early beekeepers had to use crude methods of obtaining honey from bee colonies that they inclined. In most situations, they suppressed the bees with smoke then broke into the hive and ripped out the honeycombs. These were then mashed up and the honey was mixed with the larval eggs, the material of the honeycomb itself, and then crudely strained. This worked in getting the honey but wiped out the hive totally.

luckily , bee hives have evolved considerably since those times and removing the raw honey does not harm the colony. Modern bee farmers use slide out hives having a brush like structure that can easily be emptied, and then replaced. This makes sure that the bee colony will be safe, and can produce more honey later. Honey that's's cropped is then run thru a complex system of filters to make sure it's clean, and safe for consumption.

till the 18th century, we did not actually know much about bees. What we probably did know revolved around superstition, folklore, and old wives tales. Scientists at the time had had enough of this and started actively dissecting and investigating bee hives, bees, and the raw honey they produced. This laid the foundation for what we all know about bees today.

Insect behavior is quite complicated, even though it appears simple. Bees communicate with body language, pheromones, and occasionally a mix of the two. This can cause some fascinating activity if you've a colony with a glass window. Folk have been observing bees and other insects like this for decades and it continues to fascinate the curious mind.



Not only do bees produce honey, but they're crucial to the ecosystem of our planet. These sometimes-tiny insects can pollinate many hundreds of flowers in a day. These flowers then support a myriad of other insect and animal life that makes up our food chain. Even the smallest of bugs can have an insurmountable result on our planet.

At the moment, bee hives are still the only source of raw honey we have. Sure, you can try to imitate it with synthetic tastes but nothing comes close to the genuine thing. Honey is an essential part of breakfasts across the globe and many start their day with it. It also has many medical properties that make it highly sought after.
          Macy's Locker Room Assistant Manager Part-Time - (Boston)   
Location: Boston (Downtown)450 Washington StreetGenerate SalesProduce sales gains, by providing customer service.To meet or exceed Company Objectives in all individual statistics.Learn to provide consistent, documented appraisal of an associate's sales performance. Provide support by giving feedback on areas of strength and opportunity while keeping in line with Company Objectives.Adhere to current visual guidelines includes: proper merchandising, signage and store cleanliness.Maintain a professional appearance consistent with Dress Code Policy.Control ExpensesProtect Company assets within guidelines of LIDS Retail policies.Assist in preparation of store schedules that provide proper store coverage and are within the Company guidelines for wage control.Follow all policies to accurately manage store inventory including receiving, transferring, completing price changes and conducting product counts.Perform proper documentation and record keeping per LIDS Retail policies as well as state and federal laws.Open and close the store as required following the procedures per the Operations P&P Manual.Support and adhere to all LIDS policies, procedures, and guidelines.Supervise AssociatesParticipate in LIDS Training Programs, adhere to set goals (for sales and tasks) and regular follow up.Assist in recruiting and training store personnel on proper store operations and procedures.Encourage store associates' direct compliance of established company policies, procedures and guidelines including (but not limited to) safekeeping of company inventory, funds and property.Perform work of subordinates as needed.Communicate with employees at all levels of the company.Other duties as assigned.Education and/or ExperienceHigh school diploma or equivalent plus one year relative experience.Established ability to produce sales results while minimizing loss.Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally in a clear professional manner.Ability to operate a computer, as well as maneuver relative software programs.Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.Ability to climb a ladder and work with hands overhead.Standing required for up to 100% of the work time.Ability to work unsupervised. Source: http://www.juju.com/jad/000000009imzqi?partnerid=af0e5911314cbc501beebaca7889739d&exported=True&hosted_timestamp=0042a345f27ac5dc5c414f01701a3ccb511fd8fc0aa4eabab1fecf86793374f6
          Maryland Barista Speaks Out on Early Benefits of Union Membership   

Seth Dietz, Starbucks barista and IWW member in Rockville Maryland, tells his story:

Life at Starbucks has improved for baristas in Rockville with a union!  We’ve already had victories around the trash in our store, work hours, respect, and recycling.  There is a stronger sense of community among workers. Union members can now walk through the doors with a spring in their step after letting the company know that we aren’t going to be pushed around anymore by bosses. Since declaring membership in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union the presence of a union in our store is bringing about real change.

Trash Problem Solved With Increased Staffing

Our store used to open with two people in the morning. The plan is now three people will be scheduled in the morning.  The result is giving workers adequate time to complete their daily morning tasks including removing the trash heap in the back.  We had wanted a second trashcan to create a safe walkway in the back of the store which was inundated with trash but it turns out there’s not really space for one.  But adding another worker to help us we decided is a better solution! This victory is a direct result of “unofficial negotiations” with the District Manager after we went public with a demand to solve the trash problem.

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          Journeys Store Manager - (Cambridge)   
Sales:Meet and exceed sales goals and standards of performanceDirect and motivate employees to attain personal sales goals weeklyHold staff accountable for meeting sales goalsProviding a fun, full-service shopping experience to customersStay informed of current fashion trendsStaff:Recruit, train, and develop a successful sales teamEvaluate training needsRecognize talented staff and develop them for growth within the companyEvaluate staffing levels to maintain maximum productivity and sales effectivenessPlan weekly staffing schedules in compliance with allotted hoursEnsure that employee time is effectively and efficiently usedOperations:Manage all aspects of store operationsMaintain a safe work environmentFollow all Loss Prevention practices and protect company assetsPerform all operational procedures accurately, in accordance with Operations PoliciesOrganize stock room according to Operations Policy ManualMaintain store appearanceManagement:Lead and direct the store crewProvide feedback and coaching to all employeesSupervise the daily operations of the storeIdentify unacceptable work performance and administer appropriate disciplinary actionResolve customer issues effectivelyUnderstand the culture and demonstrate it to the teamPrior experience in a management or supervisory role6 - 12 months retail sales experienceExcellent interpersonal and customer service skillsDesire to succeed in fast-paced retail environmentAbility to work 45 hours per week, including night and weekend shifts Source: http://www.juju.com/jad/000000009imcy1?partnerid=af0e5911314cbc501beebaca7889739d&exported=True&hosted_timestamp=0042a345f27ac5dc5c414f01701a3ccb511fd8fc0aa4eabab1fecf86793374f6
          Air pollution exposure may hasten death, even at levels deemed 'safe,' study says   

At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans’ lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The nationwide study of...


          COOK/CHEF - The Full Moon Tavern - Kincaid, SK   
Food Safe Certificate. Prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Prepare and cook full course meals. Full course meals....
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          HEAD COOK - Five Hills Regional Health Authority - Gravelbourg, SK   
Food Safe certificate. Journeyperson Cook Certificate. For more information on this job, please visit the employer's website.... $26.11 - $27.98 an hour
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          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
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          barista - Store# 02553, 119TH ST & HWY 69 - Starbucks - Overland Park, KS   
Follows Starbucks operational policies and procedures, including those for cash handling and safety and security, to ensure the safety of all partners during...
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          Returnil System Safe 2011   
Returnil System Safe is built with the end-user in mind. It uses a combination of antivirus, antimalware, system restore and a virtual system to protect your computer from all types of viruses and other malicious threats.
          McAfee AntiSpyware 8.6.0   
McAfee AntiSpyware quickly detects then safely eliminates malicious applications, key loggers, remote-control programs, browser hijackers - before they hide in your system and snatch passwords, rob your identity or monitor browsing activity when you surf or shop.
          Air pollution exposure may hasten death, even at levels deemed 'safe,' study says   

At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans’ lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The nationwide study of...


          On the nineteenth day of April   

Oops, meant to post this yesterday:

On the nineteenth day of April
Their gallant ship set sail,
With fifty-five brave Irish lads
True sons of Gráine Mhaoil.
They landed safely in New York
On the nineteenth day of May,
For to meet their friends and relatives
All in the USA.

Their relatives did meet them there
As soon as they did land,
With many a bumper drank their praise
As they clasped hand in hand.
Though some of them had few friends there,
Their hearts were light and bold
And by those swaggering Yankees
They could not be controlled!

As six of our brave Irish lads
Were going down Charles Street;
One of these Yankee gentlemen
They happened for to meet.
He brought them to an ale house,
Where he called for drinks galore.
I’m sure such entertainment
They’d never seen before.

The ale it flowed full fast and free
They had a jolly time,
Which was more than they expected
Upon that foreign clime.
But when he thought he had them drunk
The Yankee then did say:
‘You are listed in the army now
To fight for America.’

They looked at one another
And then to him made plain:
‘It is not for this that we came here
Across the raging main,
But to earn an honest livelihood
As thousands did before,
Who emigrated from their homes
By the dear old Shannon shore.’

Six of these Yankee soldiers
Came dressed without delay.
They said: ‘Now lads you must prepare
With us to come away.
This is our esteemed office
Who listed you complete,
So do not strive for to resist
We can no longer wait.’

The Irish lads hopped to their feet
Which made the Yankees frown;
With every blow that they did strike
They brought a soldier down.
That office and all his men
They left in crimson gore,
And proved themselves St. Patrick’s sons
Throughtout Columbia’s shore.

A Frenchman of great fame had seen
What the soldiers tried to do.
He said: ‘I will protect you
From the Yankee criminal crew.
I will take you to Ohio,
Where I have authority,
And keep you in employment there
Till you leave this country!’

So now to conclude and finish
Let young and old unite,
And offer up a fervent prayer
Both morning, noon and night
In honour of the Lord above
To help you hold your sway
And keep you from all danger
When you go to the USA.

That was a poem I found in ‘My Father’s Time’, a collection of stories by probably the best Irish seanachai or story-teller of the last fifty years. Although I missed the 19th, the date of my post is still apt. The 20th April is my father’s birthday, indeed, I posted ‘in my father’s time’. 

          Custom Personalized Peppa Fairy Pig Birthday tee shirt Aqua polka dot and pink by LittlehootboutiqueCo   

15.00 USD

Customized super cute Peppa Pig Fairy birthday tee shirt .

Tee shirts are printed with specialized ink/printer on high quality transfer paper and applied and professionally printed with a commercial heat press machine in my home studio.

The tee shirt is available in sizes 0-3m up to a size 5t. Please use the drop down menu to select the size you are needing and age/number and leave a note as to the name you are wanting on the shirt.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
Turn Tee Shirt Inside-Out. Machine Wash Cold. Use Color-Safe Detergent and No Chlorine Bleach. NO Fabric softner (will cause bleeding) Remove Promptly from Washer.
Promptly Tumble Dry on Low Heat with Tee shirt Turned Inside-Out. Do Not Iron Directly on Image.


All items are made to order by myself in my smoke free home studio.
Please allow 3-5 business days for your custom order to be completed this does not included transit time. If you are needing the order sooner please included the rush order fee with your purchase.


          Karlie ASP Day&Night Geschirr - Gelb 42 - 60 cm   
11,99 EUR
Die Art Sportiv Plus Day & Night Geschirre in der praktischen Step&Go Variante sch?tzen Sie und Ihren Hund beim abendlichen Spaziergang und lassen sich dem Hund ganz einfach anlegen! Besonders in den Wintermonaten, wo es fr?h dunkel wird, ist es wichtig sich und sein Tier f?r Auto- und Radfahrer sichtbar zu machen. Diese reflektierenden Geschirre sind aus stabilem Nylonmaterial, mit verchromten Beschl?gen und bieten durch ihre ausgekl?gelte Konstruktion eine leichte und bequeme Handhabung. Das Geschirranlegen wird zum Kinderspiel, da die Step&Go Geschirre von Karlie nicht ?ber den Kopf des Hundes gezogen werden m?ssen. Sie sind stufenlos verstellbar und mit einem SafetyClick Sicherheitsverschluss ausgestattet. Farbe: Neongelb Brustumfang: ca. 42 - 60 cm Breite: 15 mm

          Human Resources Generalist   
CA-Bakersfield, Job Description: Great company is seeking a Human Resources Generalist. Successful candidates will possess education and 3 to 5 years experience as a HR Generalist and come with a strong background in safety. Bilingual in Spanish would be a huge plus,but not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. In this role you will be responsible for directing and implementing HR pol
          Human Resources Generalist   
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          An Appeal   
Couple of days back, one student at IIMC met with an road accident and after about 1 week in the ICU, succumbed to the injuries. It was shocking, disturbing, but more than anything else, it was unfortunate. I personally didn't know the guy, but it disturbed me. "Could've-been-me" feeling! The guy was riding a motorcycle, without a helmet and possibly under the influence of alcohol. He crashed with a bus and hit his head on the road. Pity. Foolishness? Waste!

Kolkata road accidents data.


Couple of years back, I would've put the entire blame on the foolhardiness of that guy, but somehow it doesn't seem right anymore. Most of us aren't aware how easy it is to lose our lives. Just a little misfortune and there's no tomorrow! Most of the time, most of us don't give any thoughts to such possibilities and the consequences. I had my own little face-off with it once, about an year back. And it sets you thinking. One of our professor, whose tongue can sting at times, said,"This is perhaps the most mindless way of dying." And I couldn't agree more.

More fortunately than unfortunately, early in my biking days, when I was still a noob, I had a little accident. I was learning biking and it skidded. I landed safely and absolutely no harm was done. But that incident never left me, it's always there at the back of my mind. Result: I developed as an extra cautious biker. Of course, I've had my moments of madness. Fortunately, I survived all of them.

There isn't much to say. The sad incident can end up being just a statistical data point, unless we take a lesson from it. Sincere appeal to all bikers - please get a helmet!
          Skeptic Youth vs Confident Veterans   
The panel discussion I mentioned in my last post turned out to be quite an interesting one. The topic of discussion was - "100 Indian MNCs by 2020." The panelists were -
Sandipan started with his views, which unfortunately didn't look very well prepared. However, he was lucid; talked much without saying much. Rest three had solid experience in industry, extending the operations at the world stage. They talked with more authority and shared their experiences. All of them were very sure that the dream of 100 Indian MNCs by 2020 is well within the reach and sort of underrated. It was quite inspiring hearing their first hand experiences.

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

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

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

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

          CABINETMAKER / WOODSHOP TECHNICIAN - Flying Colours - Canada   
Applicants with aerospace / aviation experience are preferred. To safely, and efficiently build and finish various cabinets, galleys, lavatories, wardrobes,...
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          clarity multimedia, coastal safety, OSHA compliance, video decompression technology, respiratory protection, hydraulics   
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          Logistics Coordinator - New Gold - Fort Frances, ON   
1-3 years’ experience in the warehouse or logistics field. Reporting to the Warehouse Superintendent, this position coordinates the safe and timely delivery of...
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          Manschap - TSA Safety Group - Zuid-Holland   
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          Manschap Gaspakdrager - TSA Safety Group - Zuid-Holland   
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          Bevelvoerder - TSA Safety Group - Zuid-Holland   
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          Manschap Chauffeur Pompbediener - TSA Safety Group - Zuid-Holland   
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          Day After Helena's Birthday Update   
The different stories that I heard about the "alleged shooter" on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL and getting more and more worried about my granddaughter being at the daycare near the scene that was cordoned off, the 6 pm news announced that no shooter was found.

My blood pressure had shot up when I went to the doctor after getting Helena. She did tell me that she heard an alarm and saw a lot of police officers in her building as they took the kids to a safe room. The teach...
          Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Pet Safety Seminar with Thom Somes, "The Pet Safety Guy™"   

Pet parents learn tips to having the healthiest dog from experts Dr. Ernie Ward, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, Dr. Doug Kenney, Linda Tellington-Jones and more.

(PRWeb June 27, 2013)

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          08/11/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of marine technology, maritime risk and safety, Arsham Mazaheri, M.Sc., MBA   
Utilizing embedded knowledge in maritime transportation system to manage the risk of ship grounding.

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Arsham Mazaheri, M.Sc., MBA), will be held on 11 August 2017 at 12.00 at the Aalto University School of Engineering. The title of the dissertation is A framework for evidence-based risk modeling of ship grounding. Field of the dissertation is marine technology, maritime risk and safety.

Ship grounding accident is one of the most severe threats to the maritime transportation, and thus to the global trade, since more than 80% of the global trade is done through sea transportation. Therefore, it is not surprising that outstanding number of research are conducted so far to model this type of maritime accident and reveal its mechanism. However, questions such as “to which degree such models are helpful for decision and policy makers to mitigate the associated risk”, or “how trustworthy are the results of such models” are still and will always be valid questions.   

This thesis is an attempt to shed some lights for such questions. In the first section of the thesis, a framework is proposed to model ship grounding accident using only the evidence in hand. The framework not only encourages to use primary (i.e. raw data and information with no secondary interpretation) and secondary (i.e. information and knowledge that have some level of secondary interpretation) source of evidence for constructing a risk model, but also proposes a method to clearly visualize the uncertainty level of each module of the constructed model. This way, the users of such model can use the results of each module of the model only if the uncertainty of that module is acceptable for them. In the second section, a model is constructed based on the proposed framework and by utilizing the embedded knowledge in ship grounding incident and accident reports as well as the expertise of sea-pilots. The aim of the constructed model and the provided uncertainty map of the model is to help the decision makers to find the riskiest scenarios for a ship grounding accident, and decide on the possible risk control measures to be in placed in order to mitigate the associated risk.

Opponent: Associate Professor Marcelo Ramos Martins, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil

Supervisor: Professor Pentti Kujala, Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Electronic dissertation: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-7478-8

Contact information: Arsham Mazaheri, arsham.mazaheri@aalto.fi


          Dogington Post Gears Up for Spring Travel Season   

The Spring season is a popular time of year for families to travel, with many people bringing their dogs along with them on Spring Break vacations. To ensure travel is both fun and safe, Dogington Post prepared its readers for the unique preparations and precautions necessary when traveling with dogs.

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          Dogington Post Educates Readers on Snow Safety for Dogs, As Winter Storms Continue to Set Snowfall Records Across the Country   

Many parts of the United States have reported record-breaking snowfall in February and March, and forecasters say the snow will continue. Dogington Post used the opportunity to educate their readers on the importance of keeping dogs safe in cold and snowy weather.

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          Karlie Flamingo Auto-Sicherheitsgeschirr M   
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          White Paper on Pensions   
The European Commission has just published a White Paper on Pensions (16/02/2012). This document is the follow up of the Green Paper 'Towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems' published in July 2010. Its purpose was to initiate a European debate on the key challenges concerning pensions, the main question being: how can the EU best support the efforts of Member States to ensure adequate, sustainable and safe pensions for their citizens both now and in the future. On the basis of the responses to the open consultation launched by the Green Paper, the White Paper identifies the most important measures to be taken forward in this respect at the European level. The ETUI has embarked on this issue for a long time. It has published several Working papers and Policy Briefs to feed into the debate.
          Q&A: Joe Proto, CEO, Transactis – On Overcoming Early Adversity   

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

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          Innovating in a Crowded Marketplace for Healthcare Delivery   

Every patient desires high-quality care at a cost-efficient price.  Studies have shown that these two characteristics are not always in conflict, as less-expensive sites may deliver similar quality care as more expensive sites.  But patients, and thus their providers, tend to prioritize quality over cost or vice versa. This is beginning to lead to a…

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          Quantum Computing: Its Emergence and Implications on Information Security   

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

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          When Is a Unicorn Really Worth $1 Billion?   

In an era of ambitious startup valuations, it’s important to remember how difficult it is to grow and sustain a viable ‘unicorn’ – a company with a billion-dollar price tag. Today, there are 185 companies worth ten figures or more and, according to CB Insights, just 1.28% of all early-stage investments reach this milestone.[1] Last…

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          Winning the Digital Disruption Game: Answering the ‘CAST’ing Call   

This post originally appeared on CIOReview.com on March 6th, 2017.  By: Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research, Salesforce and Scott Snyder, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. It was once a compliment to say that an organization was “a well-tuned machine,” but recent history is telling a different story. Those who achieved market leadership…

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          Outside of the Valley, Alternative Markets Attract Investors   

Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital activity is concentrated in the Bay Area, Boston metro, and New York City’s orbit.[1] For some entrepreneurs, this is seen as an obstacle. Groundbreaking ideas can be marginalized if they are not located in one of these “preferred” regions. But investors are beginning to take a harder…

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          Commentary: Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices   

Over the last 18 months, an alarming number of medical device companies’ challenges with data security have been exposed. In 2015, Hospira’s LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 devices were found to have security vulnerabilities that prompted a recall. In 2016, St. Jude’s Merlin@home™ remote cardiac monitoring devices were found to require security updates after research firm…

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          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…

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          Tongue Tied: Speaking Candidly About Capital   

I cringe when I read a headline that says a startup “pulled in”, “landed” or even “scooped ” new funding. Or better yet, when a venture capital firm is described as having “placed a bet”, “made a bet” or “cut a check” for a startup. These various accounts of winning money and placing bets are oftentimes used by…

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          A Partnership Ripe for the Region   

By now, most people are aware of Safeguard’s rich history of fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurs along their path to disruption. Our tried and true methodology has been built by funding technology-enabled businesses at the Series A or Series B stage, while baking-in value-added support through operational guidance and relevant expertise. Our sightline is fixed on…

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          12 Exporting Tips for Christmas   

Christmas is fast approaching, so we here at Irish Export Co-operative thought we would help you get ready with our ‘12 Days of Christmas Top Tips on Exporting 2013’ for SME out there. Now that Christmas fast approaching and everyone up for some holiday cheer, it might be useful to focus on some top tips for the holiday period and beyond. If you are a small, medium or micro enterprise Sign up with the Irish Export Cooperative to reduce the cost of international courier deliveries for just €30 a year. Join other SMME’s shipping this Christmas through exportcoop.ie The best way to make sure deliveries are made successfully and on time, is to make sure all the contact information is correct and that a valid phone number is on the shipment label. Make sure all goods travelling outside the EU are accompanied by a Proforma invoice listing the quantity and value of the goods being shipped. Make sure that the goods you are shipping will be accepted into the receiver’s country. For example alcohol cannot be shipped to the USA. The last day for collections to be made for deliveries to the EU and the USA / Canada is December the 21st. Make sure goods are packaged correctly so they will not be damaged throughout the transit. Ship as early as possible due to high volumes and possible weather delays. If shipping to a private address, it can be beneficial to use a business address where possible in case the receiver may not be home Track your package and sign up for notifications on the movement of every shipment Keep your customers happy and follow up with an email to confirm the delivery, including a quick survey on well you have done Publicise your packaging ability on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Show your customers the hard work that goes on at this time of year! The personal touch works this time of year so Why not add some cheer? Add a Christmas card or handwrite a short note. Have a safe and pleasant Christmas. Ship well this holiday season and New Year!

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          Health and Safety Department moves into working conditions   
The European Trade Union Institute’s (ETUI) Health and Safety at Work Department is to bring its research and expertise to bear on the huge area of working conditions. It’s a natural development for what started out as the Trade Union Technical Bureau (TUTB), turned into the ETUI Health and Safety Department in 2005, and has now become the Working Conditions, Health and Safety Department.
          ETUI service about EU funding and transnational projects for trade unions revamped    
The SETUP (Support for European trade union projects) service, previously called EU Information Service, was first designed as a tool for trade union organizations providing various kinds of assistance with regard to the strategic use of European funding through transnational projects thereby strengthening cooperation and exchange in trade union activities. The service is now being restructured to take account of the stronger integration between the 3 ETUI departments (Education, Research and Health and Safety), as part of the ETUI’s mission, and of the new visibility strategy through the ETUI website.
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          NTSB Investigating Overnight Amtrak Accident   

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating last night's deadly accident, which shut down Amtrak service between Baltimore and Washington for hours. KYW's Molly Daly reports.


             

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          SpaceX successfully launches and lands used rocket   
SpaceX successfully launched a used rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday afternoon. It landed safely minutes later. Read more
          Let Me Drown: Chris Cornell and the Siren (UPDATE)   


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

I just had no idea how momentous it would be.

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

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


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


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

SEA, SWALLOW ME

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

SHE WILL DESTROY YOU



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

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

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

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

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

The Wolf River is on the 89th Meridian West.

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

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

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

In 1982

Fifteen years before Buckley's death.

And soon after Fraser underwent a somewhat startling transformation:


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

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

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

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE INDIANS

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

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

Jesus. What are the odds?

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

• We have glossolalia as we have with Elizabeth Fraser.

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

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

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

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




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

Are you getting all this now?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


          Chris Cornell: The Muses Choose Broken Vessels   

Jesus Christ Pose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


          From Eleusis to Edinburgh   

Not safe for workish

Well, in honor of the holiday there's a gallery of photos from the Beltane Fire Festival up on the Daily Mail's site to eye-gobble. The Festival is celebrating its 30th year anniversary, yet another landmark correlating to the Years of Seven we looked at a short while back. I'm no numerologist so I can't exactly say why seven seems to be so significant in the World of Weird, I can only catalog the correspondences. 

The Festival is an ancient Mystery play to its innermost core, a spectacle that would have done Eleusis proud (flaming headdresses were a big item there as well). It's astonishing how primal and powerful it all looks in a world in which spectacle has become wallpaper. It's proof of what I was bloviating about recently, how the raw and the human still have meaning and value in a world slouching towards Skynet.



Now some of you may argue that this is all theater, performance art, that the majority of the participants (and observers) don't really believe in any of this any pagan crap, but do you really think it was any different in Classical Greece, who gave us the very words skepticism and agnosticism? Hell,  it probably wasn't all that much different in Pre-Roman Britain.

The deities here are in the details. Like that revanchist pagan holiday Carnival, the gods of these kinds of revelries are verbs. The old gods were about action not idle contemplation. I doubt they much care if anyone believes in them or not, so long as they put on eye-raping spectacles the way Edinburgh does.

I'm currently working on a post about the morphogenesis of British paganism in the context of the current folk horror revival that will revisit some of these themes.



Enjoying another 30 year anniversary is the maiden release from the nascent KLF, then dubbed The Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu.  Back in their heyday, you really couldn't tell if The KLF were high art or an elaborate hoax, geniuses or drugged-out numbskulls on a MIDI bender. Which, of course, means the project was a roaring success.

Since they're tuned into these kinds of things, The KLF appropriately chose another Year of Seven to emerge from a Rip Van Winkle sabbatical. From a helpful recap of their long and strange career in The Guardian:
Now as we reach the symbolic 23rd anniversary of the cash-sacrifice on Jura – 23 being a totemic figure in Illuminatus! numerology and thus in JAMMs lore – the KLF are back. Gnomic flyposters promise a KLF book and an event in August “unearthing aspects of the 2023 trilogy across Liverpool”, where Drummond’s career began. The Illuminati, once a private fixation for Drummond, Cauty and the 1970s counterculture, have become a pop-culture obsession (see Beyoncé and her pyramid hand gestures). The KLF, AKA The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, were always agents of chaos. 
Now the world they anticipated is here.
Interesting that the post-hippie weird wave had such a huge impact on the British underground, ultimately flowering into a battalion of bands who remain interesting to this day. The KLF, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Killing Joke are just a few of the unimaginably influential acts that fed at this trough and in turn fed an even larger legion of copyists. 

There was considerable overlap and incestuous intermingling among this set (the KLF's Jimmy Cauty played with Killing Joke's Youth in Brilliant, who managed at least one great track before falling in the 80s pop arcade and Killing Joke drummer Paul Ferguson played with The Orb).

More proof that the most resonant pop culture has a firm grounding in the esoteric. A good argument could be made that esotericism's only real, objective value is in feeding into the culture through some form of art, whether you're talking music, comics, movies and so on.  That's certainly how the overwhelming majority of people experience it.

Of course, it's also a process that can be used for constructive or destructive ends.




Finally, I wanted to plug this amazing talk with Leslie Kean, whose new book deals with NDEs, reincarnation and other phenomena, on Rune Soup. Gordon is unique as a podcaster in that he always seems to be as knowledgable as his guests on their subjects (kind of terrifying when you consider the wide range of topics he covers) so like a great drummer he can keep the beat steady and propulsive. The first quarter of the show deals with Kean's UFO work so there's an added bonus.

I was especially interested in the talk on childhood reincarnation memories, a topic I've discussed here in the past. It was particularly interesting to hear that kids eventually outgrow these memories and that they're often based in the precedent's violent death. But the entire show is info-dense and nutrient rich and doesn't feel even remotely medicinal so do give it a spin.

It's funny: I can't help but notice that, as most other topics that a leisure-suited Leonard Nimoy may once have ruminated on seem to be receding into history's ether, NDEs UFOs and Synchronicity seem to be holding their own in our rationalist, prove-it anti-culture.  Probably because these are phenomena that non-initiates experience on a consistently-frequent basis. 

 Of course, there's also Bigfoot.

UPDATE: Speaking of Edinburgh and sevens here's an excerpt from a 2012 interview with the Siren. 

And this, she assures me at one point with a wild laugh, is her in decisive mood – she has turned a corner, having said no for such a long time she has resolved to start saying yes.

What's happened, I wonder, to make her feel so uncharacteristically bullish?
She thinks for a moment. "What can I say?" she says. "I think it has to do with sevens."


Sevens?

"I've always had a thing about sevens. And I am coming up for my 49th birthday in August. Seven sevens. It feels like a really important moment to consider all the things that are coming toward me." She stops for a while, reconsiders. "And my mum died very recently so maybe that has something to do with it too."
By the way, we're coming up fast on the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death.



          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.


          Two Magicians Walk into a Bar…    


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Results?," his friend replies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first magician scoffs and begins scanning the room again.

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

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

"No, I sound like a magician."


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          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.”
---
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.”

          Karlie Auto-Sicherheitsgurt M   
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          Technicien D'alarme Incendie - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. - Témiscamingue, QC   
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          Fire Alarm Technician - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. - Témiscamingue, QC   
Protection Incendie Troy Ltée. est à la recherche d'un technicien d'alarme incendie pour la région Abitibi-Témiscamingue / val d'or. Troy est une société 100%
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          Splurge On Yourself With Help From Safeway’s Just For U #SFWJust4U17   

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Tatu Digital Media. All opinions are 100% my own. Recently, I lost an extra 10 pounds, which means my clothes are getting too big. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy some new, better fitting additions to my wardrobe. I love a good bargain, so I …

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          New Laws For 2014   
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The new year in Connecticut will bring a range of new laws, including one requiring state public safety officials to create a registry of people convicted […]
          State Will Detain Only Immigrants Considered Safety Threats   
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed a law setting limits on turning over immigrants to federal authorities for possible deportation.
          As Debit Card Theft Hits 20-Year High, How Safe Is Your ATM?   
While breach-fatigued retailers work to reduce the theft of their customers’ plastic-payment data, scammers have turned their focus to stealing card details at the ATM. During the first four months of 2015, stealing debit card info at automated teller machines hit a 20-year high, reports credit score firm FICO, which also monitors roughly two-thirds of America’s debit cards. Compared with the same period in 2014, skimming attacks increased threefold at ATMs not located at banks and 174 percent at on-branch …
          5 Ways to Make Your Debit Card Safer   
Worried about data breaches but still prefer to use your debit card? You’re not alone. Although debit cards remain our most preferred payment method, their popularity continues to shrink, “likely attributable to the fraud and risk concerns of consumers,” reports TSYS, the nation’s largest processor of payment card transactions. In 2014, the company found, 43 percent of consumers said they preferred to buy with debit cards, compared with 49 percent in 2013 and an overwhelming majority in the past decade. Meanwhile, credit-preferring …
          Fireworks sold at Walmart, Target and other stores recalled over unexpected explosions   
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend because of burn and injury hazards. The TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks were sold at Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger, and Albertsons stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Vermont from May through June. CPSC officials said the recalled fireworks can explode unexpectedly after they’re lit. There have been three reports of burn injuries. The fireworks were sold in a bag containing three canisters: […]
          Karlie Art Sportiv Silverplus Geschirr - Rot 25 mm / 87-128 cm   
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          Karlie TREND LINE Kratzbaum KITTY KIDZ 2 Beige   
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          Hydro Excavation Operator - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
Participate in safe work, behavioral safety audits, and near hits. While not all inclusive, the following is a list of tasks to be performed and/or coordinated....
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          Belly Dump Driver - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
Participate in safe work, behavioral safety audits &amp; near hits.c. Belly Dump Truck Operator*....
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          Dump Truck Driver/laborer - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
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          Oilfield Crew Leader - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
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          Will Title Insurance cover a hidden defect?   
How could insurance cover a Hidden [latent] defect?

By its very nature, it is something hidden.

Not so fast .....


the case revolves around Paul and Stefanie Macdonald who bought a home in the city that they believed had been poorly renovated by its previous owner. When they attempted to undertake renovations of their own, they found that load-bearing walls had been taken out without building permits – making the second floor unsafe for use. This prompted the city of Toronto to issue a work order to support the unsafe floors with the Macdonalds paying out $75,000. They made a claim to Chicago Title on their insurance policy to cover these costs because the policy was said to provide coverage if the title was unmarketable. However, the claim was denied as the company stated that it was not covered under the policy.
This, in turn, prompted court action beginning in 2014, with the judge ruling that the municipal work order resulted from a hidden defect that was not covered under the policy. It stated that the work order did not affect “ownership of the land” as it was not registered on the property title – even though work orders are never registered against the title.
http://www.insurancebusiness.ca/ca/news/breaking-news/huge-title-insurance-case-reaches-conclusion-217419.aspx

 It was last year that the decision was reversed with the insurer ordered to pay more than $50,000 in costs with the ruling suggesting the hidden defect made the title unmarketable. Now an appeal by the insurer has been dismissed and the ruling upheld.


So  what's the conclusion?

The situation will be taken under advisement and studied by the Industry.   I am sure if you are in the situation to sue; you now have case law in your favour.


Do you check the insurance claims history of a house before you buy? 
You can actually    With a Home Verified Report
http://eleganthomesinwesttoronto.blogspot.ca/2013/07/did-you-buy-house-with-flood-damage.html

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          Why is AirBnB Bad?   
Condos are fighting back against AirBnb

  • Wild parties
  • Never Ending Visitors
  • Over Use of Common Elements
  • Owner Apathy causes values to decrease   


Pick one!

Here's what Lash Condo Law had to say...
What do you think? 

With the growth in the “sharing economy”, many condominiums have been forced to turn their minds to the issue of short-term rentals.  While some investor owners are listing their units on short-term rental sites in order to maximize the revenue generated from their units, many resident owners do not welcome short-term rentals.From the perspective of resident owners, short-term rentals have negative ramifications:§ They detract from the sense of community that many residents desire
§ There are increased concerns about safety with so many strangers coming and going at all hours
§ There is increased wear and tear on the common elements
§ Inappropriate behavior by many short-term renters interferes with the quiet enjoyment of residents
§ The condominium is in effect an unlicensed, unregulated hotel.
Without any legislation that prohibits short-term rentals in condominiums, many condominium corporations are finding it quite challenging to put a stop to this type of activity in their building. However, there have been recent reports in the media about some condominium corporations that are winning the battle against short-term rentals.CBC News reported about a condominium where owners were able to successfully oust from the board, directors who favoured short-term rentals, even though the condominium documents prohibited rentals for a term less than a year. In this case, there were two short-term rental companies that leased units from investor owners and then in turn, advertised and rented the units on a short-term basis and had been doing so for five years.  It took two years for the resident owners to get control of the board so that the prohibition on short-term rentals in the condominium documents would be enforced.The Globe and Mail recently reported about a condominium concierge who was spending several hours a day scanning short-term rental websites looking for units being offered in his building.  He was also keeping a diligent lookout for strangers arriving with luggage and refusing to allow them entry into the building.While it may not be easy or quick to put a stop to short-term rentals, these two stories show that it can be done.Click hereto access our Practical Guide to Short-Term Stays (Hoteling), which provides practical steps to condominium boards to effectively address this issue.


 What do you think? 

David Pylyp
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          One in 10 could be behind with their mortgage   
The high level of debt carried by Home Owners in Toronto is exceeding their capacity to safe for their rainy day fund.   One singular event, a car accident or if one wage earner is laid off can have serious consequences.

We may qualify at the posted rates and take a mortgage at the variable rates; additional expenses make it harder to save for retirement or that annual vacation.

Who says so?   CD Howe Institute.  December of 2015

 The portion of mortgage indebted households with a primary mortgage debt-to-disposable income ratio in excess of 500 percent has climbed from 3 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2012.December 9, 2015 – The federal government should pay close attention to several pockets of risk in the Canadian housing market, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Mortgaged to the Hilt: Risks From The Distribution of Household Mortgage Debt,” authors Craig Alexander and Paul Jacobson expose pockets of vulnerability by going beyond national averages and focusing on the distribution of house mortgage debt by income, age and region, all of which matter most when assessing risk.
“Household mortgage debt has risen dramatically and traditional economy-wide averages understate the degree of financial risk for those that carried mortgages because they typically divide the value of mortgages across the income of households with and without mortgages”, remarks Alexander.
Using the data from the Survey of Financial Security, the authors find that the ratio of the value of mortgages on primary dwellings have jumped from 144 percent of after-tax income in 1999 to 204 percent in 2012.  However, this also understates the degree of financial risk for a significant minority of households.
The author’s analysis suggests that a significant minority of Canadians having taken on a high degree of financial risk. The portion of mortgage indebted households with a primary mortgage debt-to-disposable income ratio in excess of 500 percent has climbed from 3 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2012. Their analysis of the distribution of mortgage debt is as follows:
  1. Income: The increase in highly mortgage-indebted households has been in all income groups, but more so in lower-income quintiles.
  1. Age: The increase in financial risk is also evident across all age groups, but more so for younger Canadians who have entered the market most recently.
  1. Region: As one might expect, there has been greater concentration of mortgage debt in the provinces with the strongest housing booms.
Additionally, the authors find that roughly 1-in-5 of mortgage indebted households have less than $5,000 in financial assets to draw upon in response to a loss of income or to higher debt service costs. 1-in-10 mortgage-indebted households have less than $1,500 in financial assets to address any shock. This represents an inadequate financial buffer, as average mortgage payments are more than $1,000 a month, before taxes and operating costs.
The federal government may want to consider further policy actions to lean against the shift towards significantly higher mortgage burdens. However, such policy measures should not be unduly heavy handed and should be targeted to address the distributional nature of the risks.
For example, potential targeted measures would be to tighten underwriting requirements by lifting required credit scores, capping total debt-service ratios at lower levels, lifting qualifying interest rates when doing income testing, or varying the minimum downpayment by the size of mortgage to target higher-priced markets. Such measures would build on the regulatory tightening already done to date without posing a material threat to Canadian real estate markets. https://www.cdhowe.org/sites/default/files/attachments/research_papers/mixed/Commentary_441_0.pdf    Click here for the full report

Getting the correct Mortgage Advice; living with your means and eliminating HIGH Interest rate credit card debt all count towards securing your long term comfort.  I recommend a debt check up with http://RenewyourMortgage.ca

Because the best mortgage is NO mortgage at all.

David Pylyp

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          Is it OK to VIDEO the OPEN HOUSE?   
Your home viewing experience is being shared live with the Sellers and our Entire Periscope Live Streaming Audience.

Is that an invasion of your privacy?

Does it safe guard against theft?

Live Streaming your Open House.
Fab or Fail? 



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          Bike trailer for two Provo   
Gently used Instep bike trailer. Spots for 2 toddlers/children. All straps, zippers, buckles, etc. in perfect order. dsHas mesh zipper flap and plastic flap to keep out rain. Hooks easily to a bicycle, has a large storage pocket in the back and a safety flag. This is really fun to own. We're moving so we unfortunately have to get rid of it. Call or text to come take a look!

          You should know the facts to Change your life in 2016   
What prices should we watch this year?   Everything is going to be more expensive!

We faced financial extinction in 2008 and bounced back. The average Toronto detached home approaches $622k. Sales continue unabated averaging 10% per year in financial gains per year since '95 breaking 100K units in the GTA. 

The key seems to be consistency.

This could be coming to an end.

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Oil Prices have been falling, much to our delight at the gas pumps but now we realise that OIL and Gas related employment accounts for 25% of our economy. Increased expenses for everything we eat, as we suffer with exchange rate that is an eleven year low.

Brick-and-mortar stores still have value in the form of sales and brand experience, but if they’re not building a strong online presence in tandem, they’ll quickly find themselves out of the running.

Canadian Consumers are increasingly shopping online.

Mortgage Finance rules have changed requiring Larger downpayments and stricter lending guidelines. Those Millennials fortunate enought to have found a decent paying dependable job will some trouble qualifying for new mortgages; Those with contract work will find it a struggle. 

With so much weakness in the domestic economic picture,  uncertainty over oil prices and negativity in Canadian markets, year-end seems a good time for homeowners to focus on eliminating debt and consider finally working towards being debt free.

We All still see Canada as a safe haven for investment and immigration. People will continue to arrive and 95% want the Canadian dream of Home ownership. 


It all simply comes down to consumer confidance... 


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Accredited Senior Agent
Toronto Canada 

RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Mississauga, ON








          Toronto's Million Dollar Homes are HOT   
The luxury market in the Greater Toronto Area was very active during the first seven months of the year. Sales of properties over $3 million increased 119 per cent year-over-year. The increase of sales at the top-end of the luxury market can be attributed to two factors.

One is overall price appreciation in both markets, driven by low inventory and high demand for single-family homes that has led to more homes meeting the higher dollar threshold. A second factor is high demand for luxury homes from foreign buyers in both markets. 

Two demographics make up the majority of buyers in Toronto’s luxury market.  One is families with older children and parents with professional jobs who have built up enough equity in their previous home to upgrade. The second are families from outside of Canada, primarily China, with school-aged children. These buyers typically choose four or five-bedroom homes and are strongly influenced by proximity to good schools.


http://download.remax.ca/PR/HMO2016/Report/REMAXHousingMarketOutlook2016.pdf#20561241

Average sales prices now exceed $600,000 for a detached home.  Our year over year gain for 2015 is expected to be at or near 10%

Canada Mortgage and housing has introduced new rules for additional down payments requiring 10% down after the $500k threshold.   I doubt these measures will have any effect to slow sales.

Rates continue sub inflation
Inventory Remains Low
Immigration for Jobs and Safe Haven Continues

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          Comment on Placer County Sheriff’s Department deputy’s daughter, 3, shoots herself with Dad’s gun by Karina   
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Ontario's "Tent City" has been revamped for safety and other reasons, and there are new procedures:

Ontario's improved Homeless Services Area will start admitting permit-holding homeless people Tuesday, said Brent Schultz, the city's housing manager, at a meeting of service providers at the Ontario Convention Center....

The first order of business for volunteers who plan to continue feeding, counseling or otherwise helping those at Tent City is getting "provider permits."

Schultz said those who can show affiliation with a legal organization (such as a nonprofit), who have insurance, and county approvals for things such as kitchen inspections would qualify for permits.

"Anyone within the Homeless Services Area will need a permit to be there," he said. "This is to respect privacy, limit illegal dumping and reduce crime and keep people from coming in to prey upon the homeless."


And perhaps permits sound like Hitler tactics, but one could argue that if a restaurant needs a permit to provide food outside of Tent City, then permits should be required inside of Tent City.
          Breaking the law, breaking the law   
The Daily Bulletin broke the news about a series of three signs.

The first sign, on Interstate 10 Eastbound at the Euclid overpass, read:

Katie

The next sign, on a subsequent overpass, read:

Will You

And perhaps you can guess the third:

Marry Me?

The Daily Bulletin noted that the signs were removed a short time later, but I bet that they weren't removed by Katie, or by Katie's lover. Presumably Cal Trans stepped in, since the signs probably presented a hazard. Previous attempts to use freeway overpasses for messaging have failed:

Nathan Benjamin, a Bay Area attorney, filed a lawsuit [in 2002] against the state Department of Transportation for taking down an anti-war highway sign. Benjamin says he sees nothing in state law banning people from doing this.

In that court case, however, an appeals court ruled that overpasses are not a "public forum." Subsequently a judge ruled that Caltrans could take down signs if the agency felt they might cause a safety hazard, but Caltrans must then take down all signs, or none. It can't pick and choose based on political messages.

Caltrans' stance, reiterated last week, is that signs on overpasses and freeway soundwalls are potential safety hazards.

"We don't allow anything up there," spokesman David Anderson said.


Don't know whether Katie ever saw the marriage proposal. If you know more about this, please contact mark.petix@dailybulletin.com (who is presumably the Daily Bulletin's advisor for freeway-loving lovers).
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          Race Report - Williamsburg Half-Marathon   
The Pied Piper and the Fife and Drum Corps.

After the amazing friend-frenzy that was Rochester Marathon, it became quite clear that the focus of my late-thirties running fetish HAD to be running with friends. I mean, let's face it folks, no matter WHAT the distance, the last 1/5th of any distance is the LEAST favorite. Why not run those last steps with someone who you know? RIGHT?

Well, I think that my Lima friends will laugh at this (maybe if only a little) but I kind-of fancy myself as being the "pied-piper of running virgins." It seems that the last year of my life has been spent telling our tale of training and running- of reading and writing- of eating and living ... I never intended to convince my friends to join us in our running frenzy, but I would be a liar if I said it didn't bring a smile to my face. The fact of the matter is that I really only thought that a few of you would join in - NOT SO MANY OF YOU!!! You are making it hard for me to slack off (and for that, I thank you)

ON WITH MY STORY...

In July, when I was still FRESH FRESH FRESH with tales of our maiden marathon, our family took a trip to Virginia to visit the best man at our wedding, Todd,  and his fabulous wife, Francine, and their four daughters. Francine and her eldest daughter, Bailey, had begun running and were very interested in our tale. I was in the midst of my Rochester Marathon training, so I headed out one morning for a pre-heat-wave run from Williamsburg to Jamestown Settlement and back. 9 miles later, I returned to find my husband and Todd jamming on their guitars (could have cared less that I got lost out there....)- BUT, I vowed to come back to run in the fantastic historical corridor that is Williamsburg.

As so many of us runners do, I searched the internet and found the Williamsburg Half-Marathon on the calendar, placed the bait for Francine and Bailey, and LANDED the fish. Francine and Bailey decided to begin training for their first half-marathon. (the third time that I convinced someone to run a race - now I, TOO, was comitted to the race.)

The weather this winter has been BRUTAL, and my husband and I knew that would be a factor for this run. Not only did the unusualy cold winter hinder my abilty to keep up with my training, but the nasty winter storm that hit our area on Friday hindered our ability to get to Williamsburg safely. ALL SCHOOLS in our area were closed on Friday - but as proud Western New Yorkers, we decided to get an early start to our trip. OK - H O R R I B L E driving conditions for about three hours and then H O R R I B L E traffic back-ups around DC and Richmond..... it took us over 10 hours to reach Williamsburg.

WORTH IT WORTH IT WORTH IT WORTH IT.....

Sunday morning arrived. Francine and Bailey were certainly nervous for their first race, and I enjoyed being in the midst of their excitement. What to eat, what not to eat, what to wear, where to register, how to drink on the run, when to arrive at the start, how to meet up with the supporters, logistics, etc..... LOVED IT. Francine draws strength from her faith in God and the teachings of the Bible. While this is not the source of strength that I look to, I did take a quiet moment of the morning to share with her some passages from my new "Bible" of running, Born to Run, the book that I look to for insipration and strength. I knew that she was worried about the 2hour 30 minute cut-off for the race. I knew that Francine was concerned about running too slow.....

"You were amazing," Scott said.
"Yeah," I said. "Amazingly slow." It had taken me over twelve hours, meaning that Scott and Arnulfo could have run the course all over again and still beaten me.
"That's what I'm saying," Scott insisted. "I've been there, man. I've been there a lot. It takes more guts than going fast."

ARE YOU WATCHING ATALANTA???
(Me **wearing my skort**, Francine, Bailey)

The start of this halfie was on the beautiful campus of William and Mary College. We were marched to the starting line by the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps - AWESOME!!!!
(the three of us marching to the start with the Fife and Drum Corps)

I am kind of glad that we didn't know the course before this race - we heard shallow whispers of  'hilly course' but we did not listen. What could we do about it, right? I remained focused on psyching up my running partners. We had a plan, and we were sticking to it. ... I insisted that Francine and Bailey run this half with the goal of finishing and having fun. We were going to try and stay under a 10:30 pace and feel it out as we run.

Francine and Bailey started out strong, almost too strong for me. We were down near 9 minute miles for the first several minutes (even through the NASTY hills in the first mile - our first indication of what the end would be. Did I mention that this race was an out-and-back??? I know how much Michael loves that!!!) I pulled them back a bit and let many people pass us. The run through Colonial Williamsburg was gorgeous. While we never actually ran through the historical section, the houses and sights were pleasantly distracting. Our run quickly took us to a very hilly golf course that reminded me of the Boilermaker in Utica. By the first 5 miles, I would guess that we spent the vast majority of that distance climbing hills. (did I mention that this was an out-and-back?Ughhh)

Some of the most severe hills were coming up from some of the water crossings (over boardwalks.) At one particular bridge/hill, Francine and I passed a man who seemed to be struggling. We gave him a "WOOT WOOT YOU GOT THIS" .....and we found ourself a new running partner. Nick joked that it was my SKORT that got him motivated - he grabbed onto our energy and helped us through the majority of the race that was ahead of us. (Bailey latched onto another younger runner and they were off ahead of us like the hare to the tortoise.) Nick was great. He would put his hands to his mouth, forming a make-shift megaphone, and yell "GO FRANCINE"....."GO LAURA"...."GO NICK".... Nick was running his first half-marathon, too. He made us laugh and brought a great vibe to those HILLY middle miles. (particularly when Francine and I lost our sense-of-humor.) Francine and I held back a bit to reserve some energy for those hills that we knew were ahead of us. As we approached the water stations, we were greeted by members of the William and Mary athletic teams yelling "GO FRANCINE" .... Nick had been there. AWESOME!!!


I can't lie - this race was difficult. I was hoping that it wouldn't be. I needed it to be easy, particularly following my difficult winter training and my nasty drive to Virginia. LEAST OF WHICH, I really needed this race to be easy for Francine and Bailey. I needed them to finish strong and be happy with their race.

Francine and I took to walking the steeper hills in the last 3 miles. My achilles tendon started reminding me that it hates hills and Francine's knees were starting to require some tlc.  As we approached the finish line, and climbed the hills, we were feeling strong and were anxious to turn the corner to the indoor stadium finish. 2hours and 20 minutes after the starting bell, we finished. Bailey was five minutes ahead of us, Nick was two minutes behind her, and we crossed the finish line to cheers from our family and friends.

Facing a 9-hour drive home, Justin and I were in our car within a half-hour of finishing and were heading home. I didn't LOVE the idea of a long drive after a hard run, but the chance to run with Francine and Bailey for their first half was worth it.  

(I did a little searching for some results/reviews of this half marathon.  While the word on the street is generally mixed about the organization of the run, one thing is for sure: "An exceptionally challenging course - beginners beware. If you're looking for a PR, its not going to happen" - couldn't have said it better myself.  "This is by far the my most challenging race of the season. It's hilly but a very scenic route"  This is a race that challenges the veteran runners. To finish with the strength that we did is a testament to the strength of Atalanta and her fellow Running Femmes!)

Today's text from Francine when asked how she felt:
" a little achey in the knees, otherwise told Todd next time I will take AM off to recoup a little"

To which I said:
"So, that sounds like there will be ANOTHER?"

 Response:
"He he... YES."

AND THAT MY FRIENDS, is how the Pied Piper does her magic

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          Best letter to the editor EVER!!!   
This letter is from last week. If you missed it, you missed the best letter I’ve ever seen in the Argus Leader. Lucky for all us blogger types, we be safe.
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A safety sill for a vehicle body, which is characterized by at least two molded parts that are connected to one another in a form-closed manner and form a body member, wherein the first load-bearing molded part is a support element having an inside and an outside and the second load-bearing molded part is a sill element, the outside of the support element faces the sill element and either the support element or the sill element can be mounted to the body-in-white and the other load-bearing molded part can be mounted to the molded part mounted to the body-in-white, is provided.
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          Stop Smoking   

The Danger Of Smooking

About the dangers of smoking in general, I feel I have much to know, especially for people who smoke cigarettes every day, because it’s in every pack of cigarettes there are writings about the dangers of smoking, such as this. SMOKING CAN CAUSE CANCER, HEART ATTACK, impotence AND PREGNANCY AND FETAL DISORDERS.
But surprisingly despite the pack or packs of cigarettes are contained writings about the dangers of smoking are very scary, still many who smoke.
Cigarettes contain more than four thousand substances and two thousand of them have been declared impact is not good for our health, such as radioactive materials (polonium-201) and materials used in the paint (acetone), washing the floor (ammonia), ubat silverfish (naphthalene), insecticide (DDT), termite poison (arsenic), toxic gases (hydrogen cyanide) used in the “death chamber” for pesalah who undergo the death penalty, and many more. And substances in cigarettes are the most dangerous is the Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide. Tar contains approximately forty three ingredients that cause cancer or called by carcinogens. Nicotine has a substance in cigarettes that can cause addiction, which led to these users is very difficult to quit cigarette smoking. Nicotine is the substance in cigarettes that cause heart disease risk, 25 percent of people with heart disease caused by smoking
Here is the danger of smoking on our health :
cigarettes can cause cancer piss pot,
Stomach cancer,
Intestinal and uterine cancer,
Oral cancer,
Esophageal cancer,
Pharynx cancer,
Cancer pankrias,
Breast cancer,
Lung cancer,
Chronic respiratory diseases
Stroke,
pengkroposan bone, known as osteoporosis
Heart disease,
Sterility,
Disconnect the initial period,
Gave birth to babies with disabilities
Miscarriage baby,
Bronchitis,
Cough,
Peptic ulcer disease,
Emfisima,
Muscle weakness,
Gum disease,
Damage to the eye


Mentioned above are the dangers of smoking for current smokers, active smokers what? Active smokers are people who smoke directly inhaled cigarette, whereas passive smokers are people who do not directly inhale smoke, but inhale cigarette smoke issued from the mouths of people who are smoking.


Below are the dangers of secondhand smoke for nonsmokers.
Increase the risk of lung cancer and heart disease
Respiratory problems including pneumonia and bronchitis
Sore or painful eyes
Sneezing and coughing
Sore throat
Headache


The substances contained in tobacco smoke are:
2 times more nicotine
5 times more carbon monoxide
3 times more tar
50 times more chemicals that are hazardous to health


Dangers of cigarette smoke on pregnant women and fetuses
Miscarried fetus
Tumbesaran fetal terencat – 30% higher
The death of the fetus in the womb
Bleeding from the afterbirth (placenta abruption)
Reduced weight – 20 to 30%


Dangers of secondhand smoke on infant
Problems and respiratory diseases
Disrupt the development of intelligence
Outbreaks of ear
Leukeamia
22% of brain cancer
Tired quickly
Sudden death syndrome


The Effects of Smoking on the Body

Tobacco smoke is enormously harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks associated with tobacco products.

Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer. Many of the same ingredients are found in cigars and in tobacco used in pipes and hookahs. According to the National Cancer Institute, cigars have a higher level of carcinogens, toxins, and tar than cigarettes.

When using a hookah pipe, you’re likely to inhale more smoke than you would from a cigarette. Hookah smoke has many toxic compounds and exposes you to more carbon monoxide than cigarettes do. Hookahs also produce more secondhand smoke.

In the United States, the mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death.
Central Nervous System

One of the ingredients in tobacco is a mood-altering drug called nicotine. Nicotine reaches your brain in mere seconds. It’s a central nervous system stimulant, so it makes you feel more energized for a little while. As that effect subsides, you feel tired and crave more. Nicotine is habit forming.

Smoking increases risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and poor eyesight. It can also weaken your sense of taste and sense of smell, so food may become less enjoyable.

Your body has a stress hormone called corticosterone, which lowers the effects of nicotine. If you’re under a lot of stress, you’ll need more nicotine to get the same effect.

Physical withdrawal from smoking can impair your cognitive functioning and make you feel anxious, irritated, and depressed. Withdrawal can also cause headaches and sleep problems.
Respiratory System

When you inhale smoke, you’re taking in substances that can damage your lungs. Over time, your lungs lose their ability to filter harmful chemicals. Coughing can’t clear out the toxins sufficiently, so these toxins get trapped in the lungs. Smokers have a higher risk of respiratory infections, colds, and flu.

In a condition called emphysema, the air sacs in your lungs are destroyed. In chronic bronchitis, the lining of the tubes of the lungs becomes inflamed. Over time, smokers are at increased risk of developing these forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Long-term smokers are also at increased risk of lung cancer.

Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause temporary congestion and respiratory pain as your lungs begin to clear out.

Children whose parents smoke are more prone to coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks than children whose parents don’t. They also tend to have more ear infections. Children of smokers have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis.
Cardiovascular System

Smoking damages your entire cardiovascular system. When nicotine hits your body, it gives your blood sugar a boost. After a short time, you’re left feeling tired and craving more. Nicotine causes blood vessels to tighten, which restricts the flow of blood (peripheral artery disease). Smoking lowers good cholesterol levels and raises blood pressure, which can result in stretching of the arteries and a buildup of bad cholesterol (atherosclerosis). Smoking raises the risk of forming blood clots.

Blood clots and weakened blood vessels in the brain increase a smoker’s risk of stroke. Smokers who have heart bypass surgery are at increased risk of recurrent coronary heart disease. In the long term, smokers are at greater risk of blood cancer (leukemia).

There’s a risk to nonsmokers, too. Breathing secondhand smoke has an immediate effect on the cardiovascular system. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and coronary heart disease.
Skin, Hair, and Nails (Integumentary System)

Some of the more obvious signs of smoking involve the skin. The substances in tobacco smoke actually change the structure of your skin. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging. Your fingernails and the skin on your fingers may have yellow staining from holding cigarettes. Smokers usually develop yellow or brown stains on their teeth. Hair holds on to the smell of tobacco long after you put your cigarette out. It even clings to nonsmokers.
Digestive System

Smokers are at great risk of developing oral problems. Tobacco use can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) or infection (periodontitis). These problems can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and bad breath.

Smoking also increases risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus. Smokers have higher rates of kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer. Even cigar smokers who don’t inhale are at increased risk of mouth cancer.

Smoking also has an effect on insulin, making it more likely that you’ll develop insulin resistance. That puts you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, smokers tend to develop complications at a faster rate than nonsmokers.

Smoking also depresses appetite, so you may not be getting all the nutrients your body needs. Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause nausea.
Sexuality and Reproductive System

Restricted blood flow can affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Both men and women who smoke may have difficulty achieving orgasm and are at higher risk of infertility. Women who smoke may experience menopause at an earlier age than nonsmoking women. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer.

Smokers experience more complications of pregnancy, including miscarriage, problems with the placenta, and premature delivery.

Pregnant mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also more likely to have a baby with low birth weight. Babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant are at greater risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Newborns who breathe secondhand smoke suffer more ear infections and asthma attacks.


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The Effects of Smoking on the Body

Tobacco smoke is enormously harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks associated with tobacco products.
Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer. Many of the same ingredients are found in cigars and in tobacco used in pipes and hookahs. According to the National Cancer Institute, cigars have a higher level of carcinogens, toxins, and tar than cigarettes.
When using a hookah pipe, you’re likely to inhale more smoke than you would from a cigarette. Hookah smoke has many toxic compounds and exposes you to more carbon monoxide than cigarettes do. Hookahs also produce more secondhand smoke.
In the United States, the mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death.

Central Nervous System

One of the ingredients in tobacco is a mood-altering drug called nicotine. Nicotine reaches your brain in mere seconds. It’s a central nervous system stimulant, so it makes you feel more energized for a little while. As that effect subsides, you feel tired and crave more. Nicotine is habit forming.
Smoking increases risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and poor eyesight. It can also weaken your sense of taste and sense of smell, so food may become less enjoyable.
Your body has a stress hormone called corticosterone, which lowers the effects of nicotine. If you’re under a lot of stress, you’ll need more nicotine to get the same effect.
Physical withdrawal from smoking can impair your cognitive functioning and make you feel anxious, irritated, and depressed. Withdrawal can also cause headaches and sleep problems.

Respiratory System

When you inhale smoke, you’re taking in substances that can damage your lungs. Over time, your lungs lose their ability to filter harmful chemicals. Coughing can’t clear out the toxins sufficiently, so these toxins get trapped in the lungs. Smokers have a higher risk of respiratory infections, colds, and flu.
In a condition called emphysema, the air sacs in your lungs are destroyed. In chronic bronchitis, the lining of the tubes of the lungs becomes inflamed. Over time, smokers are at increased risk of developing these forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Long-term smokers are also at increased risk of lung cancer.
Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause temporary congestion and respiratory pain as your lungs begin to clear out.
Children whose parents smoke are more prone to coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks than children whose parents don’t. They also tend to have more ear infections. Children of smokers have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis.

Cardiovascular System

Smoking damages your entire cardiovascular system. When nicotine hits your body, it gives your blood sugar a boost. After a short time, you’re left feeling tired and craving more. Nicotine causes blood vessels to tighten, which restricts the flow of blood (peripheral artery disease). Smoking lowers good cholesterol levels and raises blood pressure, which can result in stretching of the arteries and a buildup of bad cholesterol (atherosclerosis). Smoking raises the risk of forming blood clots.
Blood clots and weakened blood vessels in the brain increase a smoker’s risk of stroke. Smokers who have heart bypass surgery are at increased risk of recurrent coronary heart disease. In the long term, smokers are at greater risk of blood cancer (leukemia).
There’s a risk to nonsmokers, too. Breathing secondhand smoke has an immediate effect on the cardiovascular system. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and coronary heart disease.

Skin, Hair, and Nails (Integumentary System)

Some of the more obvious signs of smoking involve the skin. The substances in tobacco smoke actually change the structure of your skin. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging. Your fingernails and the skin on your fingers may have yellow staining from holding cigarettes. Smokers usually develop yellow or brown stains on their teeth. Hair holds on to the smell of tobacco long after you put your cigarette out. It even clings to nonsmokers.

Digestive System

Smokers are at great risk of developing oral problems. Tobacco use can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) or infection (periodontitis). These problems can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and bad breath.
Smoking also increases risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus. Smokers have higher rates of kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer. Even cigar smokers who don’t inhale are at increased risk of mouth cancer.
Smoking also has an effect on insulin, making it more likely that you’ll develop insulin resistance. That puts you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, smokers tend to develop complications at a faster rate than nonsmokers.
Smoking also depresses appetite, so you may not be getting all the nutrients your body needs. Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause nausea.

Sexuality and Reproductive System

Restricted blood flow can affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Both men and women who smoke may have difficulty achieving orgasm and are at higher risk of infertility. Women who smoke may experience menopause at an earlier age than nonsmoking women. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer.
Smokers experience more complications of pregnancy, including miscarriage, problems with the placenta, and premature delivery.
Pregnant mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also more likely to have a baby with low birth weight. Babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant are at greater risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Newborns who breathe secondhand smoke suffer more ear infections and asthma attacks.
- See more at: http://www.healthline.com/health/smoking/effects-on-body#sthash.nc5cR9wc.dpuf

The Effects of Smoking on the Body

Tobacco smoke is enormously harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks associated with tobacco products.
Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer. Many of the same ingredients are found in cigars and in tobacco used in pipes and hookahs. According to the National Cancer Institute, cigars have a higher level of carcinogens, toxins, and tar than cigarettes.
When using a hookah pipe, you’re likely to inhale more smoke than you would from a cigarette. Hookah smoke has many toxic compounds and exposes you to more carbon monoxide than cigarettes do. Hookahs also produce more secondhand smoke.
In the United States, the mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death.

Central Nervous System

One of the ingredients in tobacco is a mood-altering drug called nicotine. Nicotine reaches your brain in mere seconds. It’s a central nervous system stimulant, so it makes you feel more energized for a little while. As that effect subsides, you feel tired and crave more. Nicotine is habit forming.
Smoking increases risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and poor eyesight. It can also weaken your sense of taste and sense of smell, so food may become less enjoyable.
Your body has a stress hormone called corticosterone, which lowers the effects of nicotine. If you’re under a lot of stress, you’ll need more nicotine to get the same effect.
Physical withdrawal from smoking can impair your cognitive functioning and make you feel anxious, irritated, and depressed. Withdrawal can also cause headaches and sleep problems.

Respiratory System

When you inhale smoke, you’re taking in substances that can damage your lungs. Over time, your lungs lose their ability to filter harmful chemicals. Coughing can’t clear out the toxins sufficiently, so these toxins get trapped in the lungs. Smokers have a higher risk of respiratory infections, colds, and flu.
In a condition called emphysema, the air sacs in your lungs are destroyed. In chronic bronchitis, the lining of the tubes of the lungs becomes inflamed. Over time, smokers are at increased risk of developing these forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Long-term smokers are also at increased risk of lung cancer.
Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause temporary congestion and respiratory pain as your lungs begin to clear out.
Children whose parents smoke are more prone to coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks than children whose parents don’t. They also tend to have more ear infections. Children of smokers have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis.

Cardiovascular System

Smoking damages your entire cardiovascular system. When nicotine hits your body, it gives your blood sugar a boost. After a short time, you’re left feeling tired and craving more. Nicotine causes blood vessels to tighten, which restricts the flow of blood (peripheral artery disease). Smoking lowers good cholesterol levels and raises blood pressure, which can result in stretching of the arteries and a buildup of bad cholesterol (atherosclerosis). Smoking raises the risk of forming blood clots.
Blood clots and weakened blood vessels in the brain increase a smoker’s risk of stroke. Smokers who have heart bypass surgery are at increased risk of recurrent coronary heart disease. In the long term, smokers are at greater risk of blood cancer (leukemia).
There’s a risk to nonsmokers, too. Breathing secondhand smoke has an immediate effect on the cardiovascular system. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and coronary heart disease.

Skin, Hair, and Nails (Integumentary System)

Some of the more obvious signs of smoking involve the skin. The substances in tobacco smoke actually change the structure of your skin. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging. Your fingernails and the skin on your fingers may have yellow staining from holding cigarettes. Smokers usually develop yellow or brown stains on their teeth. Hair holds on to the smell of tobacco long after you put your cigarette out. It even clings to nonsmokers.

Digestive System

Smokers are at great risk of developing oral problems. Tobacco use can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) or infection (periodontitis). These problems can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and bad breath.
Smoking also increases risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus. Smokers have higher rates of kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer. Even cigar smokers who don’t inhale are at increased risk of mouth cancer.
Smoking also has an effect on insulin, making it more likely that you’ll develop insulin resistance. That puts you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, smokers tend to develop complications at a faster rate than nonsmokers.
Smoking also depresses appetite, so you may not be getting all the nutrients your body needs. Withdrawal from tobacco products can cause nausea.

Sexuality and Reproductive System

Restricted blood flow can affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Both men and women who smoke may have difficulty achieving orgasm and are at higher risk of infertility. Women who smoke may experience menopause at an earlier age than nonsmoking women. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer.
Smokers experience more complications of pregnancy, including miscarriage, problems with the placenta, and premature delivery.
Pregnant mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also more likely to have a baby with low birth weight. Babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant are at greater risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Newborns who breathe secondhand smoke suffer more ear infections and asthma attacks.
- See more at: http://www.healthline.com/health/smoking/effects-on-body#sthash.nc5cR9wc.dpuf

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

1. Gears of War

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

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

2. Phantom Dust

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

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

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

3. Halo

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

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

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

4. State of Decay

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

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

5. Crackdown

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

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

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

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

6. Sea of Thieves

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

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

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

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

7. Indie Darlings

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

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

8. Quantum Break

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

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

9. Lost Odyssey

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

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

10. Banjo-Kazooie

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

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

11. Fable

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

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

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

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

12. Forza

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

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

13. Perfect Dark

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

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

Over to You, Fellow Gamers

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

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

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

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          Consensus Document of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (ANMCO), Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology (SICP), and Italian Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics (SIGO): pregnancy and congenital heart diseases   
<span class="paragraphSection">The success of cardiac surgery over the past 50 years has increased numbers and median age of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adults now represent two-thirds of patients with CHD; in the USA alone the number is estimated to exceed 1 million. In this population, many affected women reach reproductive age and wish to have children. While in many CHD patients pregnancy can be accomplished successfully, some special situations with complex anatomy, iatrogenic or residual pathology are associated with an increased risk of severe maternal and fetal complications. Pre-conception counselling allows women to come to truly informed choices. Risk stratification tools can also help high-risk women to eventually renounce to pregnancy and to adopt safe contraception options. Once pregnant, women identified as intermediate or high risk should receive multidisciplinary care involving a cardiologist, an obstetrician and an anesthesiologist with specific expertise in managing this peculiar medical challenge.This document is intended to provide cardiologists working in hospitals where an Obstetrics and Gynecology Department is available with a streamlined and practical tool, useful for them to select the best management strategies to deal with a woman affected by CHD who desires to plan pregnancy or is already pregnant.</span>
          ANMCO Position Paper: the use of non-vitamin K dependent new oral anticoagulant(s) in pulmonary embolism therapy and prevention   
<span class="paragraphSection">The new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have radically changed the approach to the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic pulmonary embolism. The authors of this position paper face, in succession, issues concerning NOACs, including (i) their mechanism of action, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics; (ii) the use in the acute phase with the ‘double drug single dose’ approach or with ‘single drug double dose’; (iii) the use in the extended phase with demonstrated efficacy and with low incidence of bleeding events; (iv) the encouraging use of NOACs in particular subgroups of patients such as those with cancer, the ones under- or overweight, with renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance > 30 mL/min), the elderly (>75 years); (v) they propose a possible laboratory clinical pathway for follow-up; and (vi) carry out an examination on the main drug interactions, their potential bleeding risk, and the way to deal with some bleeding complications. The authors conclude that the use of NOACs both in the acute phase and in the extended phase is equally effective to conventional therapy and associated with fewer major bleeding events, which make their use in patients at higher risk of recurrences safer.</span>
          ANMCO/AIAC/SICI-GISE/SIC/SICCH Consensus Document: percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients: indications, patient selection, staff skills, organisation, and training   
<span class="paragraphSection">Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at five-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban). Despite these advances, many patients still do not receive adequate anticoagulation therapy because of contraindications (relative and absolute) to this treatment. Over the last decade, percutaneous closure of left atrial appendage, main site of thrombus formation during AF, proved effective in reducing thromboembolic complications, thus offering a valid medical treatment especially in patients at increased bleeding risk. The aim of this consensus document is to review the main aspects of left atrial appendage occlusion (selection and multidisciplinary assessment of patients, currently available methods and devices, requirements for centres and operators, associated therapies and follow-up modalities) having as a ground the significant evolution of techniques and the available relevant clinical data.</span>
          2017 Uvex Jimm Octo+ Helmet Review   

This is one well-thought-out brain bucket. Its in-mold construction provides safety while maintaining a lightweight profile and vents placed in the front and rear keep the breeze flowing. That comfort is furthered by Uvex’s proprietary fitting system, Octo+, which uses flexible “fins” that automatically conform to the shape of your head.

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          Marker Kojack Otis Helmet – 2016   

The Marker Kojack Otis Helmet is jam-packed with beneficial safety features. An adaptive polymer material that regains its shape and volume almost immediately after impact is strategically placed in key locations—the ones known to take the most blows. An ABS hard-shell and EPS foam core combine to protect the head and absorb the biggest tumbles.

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          POC Fornix Helmet – 2016   

Ultra-lightweight and super strong aramid fibers are molded with a shock absorbing liner to produce the feather-light and protective POC Fornix Helmet. Aramid works by dispersing energy from the initial impact spot to the entire protected area, safeguarding you from big crashes. An adjustable ventilation system keeps air fl owing when you need it, while […]

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          Pret Facet Helmet – 2014   

Pret’s top of the line women’s helmet offers ultimate perfor- mance, comfort and safety. The VTT3 venting, Ultra Fleece liner and RCS fit system create the perfect combination of warmth, feel and fit. Class, style and comfort defined.

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          Shred Half Brain Clarity Helmet – 2014   

The Half Brain Clarity is everything you need and nothing you don’t, and now introducing ICEdot identifier for added safety. Hike the pipe and session all day with reduced fog and moisture build-up.

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          POC Receptor Bug Communication Helmet – 2014   

POC is known for making some of the safest products on the market because of designs like this—a ventilated double- shell system which utilizes two offset shells for maximum protection and great airflow. Pair that with exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre speakers, and this combo is hard to top.

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          Shred Half Brain D-Lux Helmet – 2014   

Along with exceeding safety standards, this collab between Shred and Slopeside Syrup of Vermont features the ICEdot identifier for use in the event of an emergency. Look to the SHREDwheel dial-in fit system to keep you comfortable along with a removable liner and plush, audio-compatible ear pads. Ten vents take care of heat and moisture, […]

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          POC Receptor Bug Tanner Hall Ed.   

POC designs and produces some of the most advanced safety gear on the market and this helmet is a great example. There are two primary types of helmet designs available today: In-mold, which shines with lower-force impacts and ABS which is best at high-speed impacts. The Receptor Bug has overlapping shells that combine both of […]

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          Bolle Synergy Helmet   

The Synergy helmet is the pinnacle of Bollé helmet technol- ogy. It features a Hybrid shell, integrating materials for more consistent protection. Its Air-Flow Extractor venting ensures cool and safe riding no matter what conditions you’re in. A padded chin strap, Click-to-Fit adjustment and perfect goggle/helmet integration make it a helmet you’ll feel good wearing […]

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          Bolle Synergy Helmet   

The Synergy helmet is the pinnacle of Bollé helmet technol- ogy. It features a Hybrid shell, integrating materials for more consistent protection. Its Air-Flow Extractor venting ensures cool and safe riding no matter what conditions you’re in. A padded chin strap, Click-to-Fit adjustment and perfect goggle/helmet integration make it a helmet you’ll feel good wearing […]

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          Bolle B-Style Helmet   

Weighing in at only 390 grams, the B-Style combines tech and style like no other helmet in its price range. Featuring an in-mold shell to reduce weight, it combines removable ear pads, a plush hypoallergenic liner and Bollé’s patented Click-to-Fit system for the ultimate in fit and safety. It also features an available audio kit that […]

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          Bolle B-Style Helmet   

Weighing in at only 390 grams, the B-Style combines tech and style like no other helmet in its price range. Featuring an in-mold shell to reduce weight, it combines removable ear pads, a plush hypoallergenic liner and Bollé’s patented Click-to-Fit system for the ultimate in fit and safety. It also features an available audio kit that […]

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          Roxy Ora Helmet   

Add some style to your safety with the Roxy Ora. Three color options—black, burgundy and white— add a little female flair without going over the top, and eight vents make up a flow-through system that keeps your temperature right where you want it. A comfortable, removable inner lining and earpads allow you to rock it […]

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          Roxy Ora Helmet   

Add some style to your safety with the Roxy Ora. Three color options—black, burgundy and white— add a little female flair without going over the top, and eight vents make up a flow-through system that keeps your temperature right where you want it. A comfortable, removable inner lining and earpads allow you to rock it […]

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          Web Services Best Practices   

As I sit here on my deck, enjoying the cool autumn breeze1, I thought, what better thing to write about than Web services!  Well, no, actually I am just recalling some stuff that's happened lately.  On the MSDN Architecture forums and in some coding and design discussions we had this week, both of which involve the question of best practices for Web services.

Before we talk about Web services best practices, it seems to me that we need to distinguish between two kinds of application services.  First, there are the services that everyone has been talking about for the last several years--those that pertain to service-oriented architecture (SOA).  These are the services that fall into the application integration camp, so I like to call them inter-application services. 

Second, there are services that are in place to make a complete application, such as logging, exception handling, data access and persistence, etc.--pretty much anything that makes an application go and is not a behavior of a particular domain object.  Maybe thinking of them as domain object services would work, but I fear I may already be losing some, so let's get back to it.  The main concern within this post are those services using within an application, so I call them intra-application services.

It seems like these latter services, the intra-application ones, are being often confused with the former--the inter-application services.  It's certainly understandable because there has been so much hype around SOA in recent years that the term "service" has been taken over and has lost its more generic meaning.  What's worse is that there has been a lot of confusion around the interaction of the terms Web service and just plain service (in the context of SOA).  The result is that you have folks thinking that all Web services are SO services and sometimes that SO services are always Web services.

My hope here is to make some clarification as to the way I think we should be thinking about all this.  First off, Web services are, in my book at least, simply a way of saying HTTP-protocol-based services, usually involving XML as the message format.  There is no, nor should there be, any implicit connection between the term Web service and service-oriented service.  So when you think Web service, don't assume anything more than that you're dealing with a software service that uses HTTP and XML. 

The more important distinction comes in the intent of the service--the purpose the service is designed for.  Before you even start worrying about whether a service is a Web service or not, you need to figure out what the purpose of the service is.  This is where I get pragmatic (and those who know me know that I tend to be an idealist at heart).  You simply need to determine if the service in question will be consumed by a client that you do not control. 

The reason this question is important is that it dramatically affects how you design the service.  If the answer is yes, you automatically take on the burden of treating the service as an integration (inter-application) service, and you must concern yourself with following best practices for those kinds of services.  The core guideline is that you cannot assume anything about the way your service will be used.  These services are the SO-type services that are much harder to design correctly, and there is tons of guidance available on how to do them2.  I won't go in further depth on those here.

I do think, though, that the other kind of services--intra-application services--have been broadly overlooked or just lost amidst all the discussion of the other kind.  Intra-application services do not have the external burdens that inter-application services have.  They can and should be designed to serve the needs of your application or, in the case of cross-cutting services (concerns) to serve the needs of the applications within your enterprise.  The wonderful thing about this is that you do have influence over your consumers, so you can safely make assumptions about them to enable you to make compromises in favor of other architectural concerns like performance, ease of use, maintainability, etc.

Now let's bring this back to the concrete question of best practices for intra-application Web services.  For those who are using object-oriented design, designing a strong domain model, you may run into quite a bit of trouble when you need to distribute your application across physical (or at least process) tiers.  Often this is the case for smart client applications--you have a rich front end client that uses Web services to communicate (usually for data access and persistence).  The problem is that when you cross process boundaries, you end up needing to serialize, and with Web services, you usually serialize to XML.  That in itself can pose some challenges, mainly around identity of objects, but with .NET, you also have to deal with the quirks of the serialization mechanisms.

For example, the default XML serialization is such that you have to have properties be public and  read-write, and you must have a default constructor.  These can break encapsulation and make it harder to design an object model that you can count on to act the way you expect it to.  WCF makes this better by letting you use attributes to have better control over serialization.  The other commonly faced challenge is on the client.  By default, if you use the VS Add Web Reference, it takes care of the trouble of generating your service proxies, but it introduces a separate set of proxy objects that are of different types than your domain objects.

So you're left with the option of either using the proxy as-is and doing a conversion routine to convert the proxy objects to your domain objects, or you can modify the proxy to use your actual domain objects.  The first solution introduces both a performance (creating more objects and transferring more data) and a complexity (having conversion routines to maintain) hit; the second solution introduces just a complexity hit (you have to modify the generated proxy a bit).  Neither solution is perfectly elegant--we'd need the framework to change to support this scenario elegantly; as it is now, the Web services stuff is designed more with inter-application services in mind (hence the dumb proxies that encourage an anemic domain model) than the intra-application scenario we have where we intend to use the domain model itself on the client side.

If you take nothing else away from this discussion, I'd suggest the key take away is that when designing Web services, it is perfectly valid to do so within the scope of your application (or enterprise framework).  There is a class of services for which it is safe to make assumptions about the clients, and you shouldn't let all of the high-falutin talk about SOA, WS-*, interoperability, etc. concern you if your scenario does not involve integration with other systems that are out of your control.  If you find the need for such integration at a later point, you can design services (in a service layer) then to meet those needs, and you won't be shooting yourself in the foot trying to design one-size-fits-all services now that make so many compromises so as to make the app either impossible to use or very poorly performing.

My own preference that I'd recommend is to use the command-line tools that will generate proxies for you (you can even include a batch file in your project to do this) but then modify them to work with your domain model--you don't even need your clients to use the service proxies directly.  If you use a provider model (plugin pattern) for these services, you can design a set of providers that use the Web services and a set that talk directly to your database.  This enables you to use your domain model easily in both scenarios (both in a Web application that talks directly to the db as well as a smart client that uses Web services). 

It requires a little extra effort, but it means you can design and use a real domain model and make it easier easier to use by hiding the complexity of dealing with these framework deficiencies for consumers of the domain model.  This is especially helpful in situations where you have different sets of developers working on different layers of the application, but it is also ideal for use and reuse by future developers as well.

One of these days, I'll write some sample code to exemplify this approach, maybe as part of a future exemplar.

Notes
1. The weatherthing says it's 65 degrees Fahrenheit right now--at 1pm!
2. My observation is that it is safe to assume that when other people talk about services and Web services, these are the kind they're thinking of, even if they don't make the distinction I do in this post. 


          Dainty Tiny Cubic Zirconia Necklace, CZ Diamond Necklace / Simple Layering Necklace, Minimalist Jewelry Layered Necklace Gold or Silver by hotmixcold   

25.00 USD

Minimal. Dainty. Floating Tiny Cubic Zirconia Necklace, Diamond Necklace, Perfect Simple Layering Necklace or alone in sterling silver or gold filled chain.


SOLITAIRE CUBIC ZIRCONIA DIAMOND NECKLACE


- Rhodium plated or 16K Gold plated or Rose Gold plated Sterling Silver cubic zirconia bead
- All Other metal setting is high quality solid Sterling Silver or 14K Gold filled or 14K Rose Gold for high quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length including the pendant.


Second sample picture can be purchased here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/241965604/layered-necklace-silver-or-gold-tiny?

For more simple necklaces, please click on this link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=7990019&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.

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BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized jewelry, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or layered and long necklaces set: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

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Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift giving with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

If you purchase as gift and did NOT request to give the recipient your info then we won't send anything, just our shop info, without invoice. A short hand-writing note card (15 words) is compliment upon request

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* Website: www.HotMixCold.com

* CONNECT with HotMixCold
For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • PINTEREST
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TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.

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WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Custom Initial Gold Charm Bracelet, Silver Tiny Birthstone Bar or Stacking Bracelet Set of 2, Rose Gold Circle Disc Bracelet by hotmixcold   

19.00 USD

Option to purchase and personalized the disc bracelet or the tiny stone bar bracelet only or purchase as a set of 2, available in 14k Gold filled, 14K Rose Gold filled or 925 Sterling Silver

Set of 2 or Medium Disc or Tiny Stone Bar Bracelet


They will be shipped as ONE bracelet if purchase as a SET, if you want TWO individual bracelets, please request when checking out.

- Thick Medium size disc ....... approx. 7/16" OD (a bit more than 1cm)
- Mini stone bar with your choice of stone ....... check pictures for more options
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and put on your favorite texture into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high-quality solid 925 Sterling Silver, 14K Rose Gold Filled or 14K Gold Filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in the USA.
- Larger link chain for easy adjustable can be changed upon request.
- End to End Length is the total size including the disc or stone bar.


First sample picture:
- Silver disc bracelet: Finish: Satin - Font: #1A - Letter: L - Plain initial
- Mini bar stone bracelet: dyed light blue jade


Second sample picture:
- Bangle is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/170613363/skinny-hammered-bar-bangle-personalized?
- Other Delicate/Minimalist bracelets is here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/238307333/dainty-layering-bracelet-minimalist?


Matching NECKLACE can be purchased here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/82888422

More Bracelets are here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=8129319&ref=shopsection_leftnav_6

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HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

* Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
* Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Which stone # do you prefer? If purchase with mini stone bar bracelet.
- Do you want any character on the disc OR leave it Blank? This depends on the option you selected on the drop bar menu above.
- Which FONT do you want? #1A is default
- Which Hand-made TEXTURE on the disc you prefer? Available in:
Hammered - edge
Satin -- Default as pictured
Shiny
Brush*
Hammered*
(*) Blacken/darker character(s) is recommended for these finishes
- Do you want the character to blacken/Darker or Plain? Plain character is default if not noted
- End to end length is the total size including the disc or stone bar.

NOTE: To have the perfect length (size), please measure at the smallest part on your wrist, then add 0.5" or to where you want the bracelet will be.

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CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customize a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.
......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklaces, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.

......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Instagram @hotmixcold: https://instagram.com/hotmixcold (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree)
- Twitter @hotmixcold: https://twitter.com/hotmixcold/ (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hotmixcold/

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TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.
......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Layered and Long Necklace, Gold Square Necklace and Bar Drop Lariat Y Necklace / Silver Layering Jewelry, Delicate Satellite Necklace by hotmixcold   

64.00 USD

Modern. Simple. This Layered and Long Lariat Necklace Set with Personalized Square Pendant, Drop Bar Necklace and Delicate Satellite Chain can be perfect Layering Jewelry with other necklace or worn together.
A modern accent piece with a bikini for the Summer or with a V-neck top for the Fall . Available in 14K Gold filled, Sterling silver or 14k Rose Gold filled. Can be personalized with an initial, monogram or leave it blank with a hammered finish as a focal point or your choice of finish.


Layered Necklace Set of 2: Square Long Lariat Y Necklace + Satellite Chain Necklace


This listing is including:
- A satellite plain chain
- Hand-cut thick square (0.5") and short skinny bar drop (1")
- All metal setting is high quality solid 14K Gold Filled, 925 Sterling Silver or 14K Rose Gold filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length around the neck including the square . The length you select on the drop bar menu will be for top and bottom necklaces . Length in sample picture is 15" & 24" but can be changed the length upon request, please specify when check out.

NOTE : These are 2 separate necklaces, more flexible for you to layer with your existing necklaces.

First sample picture: "Gold personalized" option
- Top necklace: satellite chain - 15"
- Bottom necklace: - Finish Hammered edge - Font 1A - Initial P - Plain - 24"

EVEN MORE CUSTOMIZATION! Can be changed upon request:
- The drop chain length (5") can be changed to 3", 4"
- Space between two necklaces etc..

More Layered necklaces can be purchased here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=14837571&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

......................................................................

HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

*** Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
*** Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Any One Large or up to three small characters on the Square or leave it Blank? This depends on the option you selected on the drop bar menu above.
- Which FONT you prefer on the square? #1A is default if not requested,
- Which TEXTURE you prefer for the square? Available in:
Satin
Hammered-edged - Default as pictured for Square
Shiny
Brush*
Hammered*
(*) Blackened/darker character is recommended for Brush and Hammered finishes, if you want the character more invisible.
- The bar will have a shiny texture and blank
- Do you want Blackened/darker or PLAIN character? Plain is default if not noted.

......................................................................

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.
......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklace, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.

......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/hotmixcold (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree, @hotmixcold)
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotmixcold/ (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree, @hotmixcold)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hotmixcold/
......................................................................

TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.
......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

Please visit my SHOP'S POLICY before purchase: http://etsy.me/XfMNSE

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          Simple Layering Necklace, Personalized Disc Necklace, Layered Necklace Set, Tiny Gemstone Bead Necklace, Gold Initial Necklace by hotmixcold   

22.00 USD

Delicate Layered Necklace Set with Disc Necklace and Gemstone Necklace in 14k Gold Fill, 925 Sterling Silver or Rose gold filled. Personalized any initial, symbol or leave it blank with any available finish.


LAYERED NECKLACE SET: Gemstone + Medium Disc


- Thick disc size Medium -- approx. 7/16"
- A small natural gemstone/birthstone or Swarovski element crystal of you choice, more option on pictures
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high quality solid 925 Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Filled or 14K Rose Gold filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length including the bead or disc. The length you select on the drop bar menu will be for top and bottom necklaces. Length in sample picture is 15" & 17" but can be changed the length upon request, please specify when check out.

NOTE: These are 2 separate necklaces, more flexible for you to layer with your existing necklaces. When wearing 2+ necklaces together there is a great chance of the chains getting tangle and twisted.
We can make the bead offset as pictured then they will need to become ONE necklace but it will be easier to get tangle.

First sample picture:
- Top necklace: Swarovski crystal turquoise bead #123 - Length 15"
- Bottom necklace: Hammered finish disc - Blank - Length 17"

More layering necklaces are here
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=14837571&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

............................................................

HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

* Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
* Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Any character on the disc or leave it blank? This depends on your selection on the drop bar menu above
- Which FONT you prefer? Please check pictures for more options - #3A is default
- Which hand-made TEXTURE you prefer? Available in:
Satin
Hammered - edge
Shiny
Brush*
Hammered*
(*) Blacken/darker character is recommended for Brush and Hammered finishes if you want more visible.
- Do you want Blackened/darker or PLAIN character? Plain is default if not noted.
- Which is your choice of Gemstone/Birthstone or Swarovski crystal bead?

.......................................................................

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.

......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklace, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.

......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/hotmixcold (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree, @hotmixcold)
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotmixcold/ (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree, @hotmixcold)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hotmixcold/

......................................................................

TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.

......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

Please visit my SHOP'S POLICY before purchase: http://etsy.me/XfMNSE

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          Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace, Initial Necklace / Long Skinny Bar Necklace Silver, Gold Letter Necklace / CZ Diamond Necklace Rose Gold by hotmixcold   

32.00 USD

Simple. Delicate. Trendy. Personalized this delicate Long Bar Necklace with any initial or Layering this thin Bar with other Circle Charm Necklace. A touch of crystal make the bar more elegant. Long Vertical Skinny Bar Necklace in Gold Fill, Rose Gold Fill or Sterling Silver.


LONG SKINNY VERTICAL BAR NECKLACE + CRYSTAL DIAMOND


The skinny vertical bar necklace is including:
- Thick long skinny Bar -- approx. 3-4mm x 37mm (1.5")
- A tiny Swarovski element crystal diamond
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high quality solid 925 Sterling Silver, 14K Rose Gold Filled or 14K Gold Filled for quality heirloom not plated (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length.



Prefer a shorter or longer bar, skinny/narrow or regular? We have them all, please click here to find your perfect necklace:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=bar&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

......................................................................

HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

* Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
* Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Any character on the bar OR leave it Blank? This depends on the option you select on the drop bar menu above.
- Which Font you prefer? Please check pictures for more options - #1A is default
- Which Layout Style you prefer?
- Which Texture you prefer? Available in:
Satin
Shiny -- Default as pictured
Brush*
Hammered*
(*) Blacken/darker character is recommended for hammered and brush textures if you want the character more visible.
- Blackened or Plain initial is default as pictured
- Which Crystal Color you want? If not noted, clear will be shipped as pictured.

.....................................................................

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.

......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized jewelry, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or layered and long necklaces set: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more? http://etsy.me/TTzhA8

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift giving with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

If you purchase as gift and did NOT request to give the recipient your info then we won't send anything, just our shop info, without invoice. A short hand-writing note card (15 words) is compliment upon request

......................................................................


CONNECT WITH HotMixCold
For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • PINTEREST
@hotmixcold #hotmixcold
- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold

......................................................................

TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.

......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

Please visit my SHOP'S POLICY before purchase: http://etsy.me/XfMNSE

New to Etsy or don't have Paypal account? Please check this article. http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339


Thank you for checking!


          Long Layered Necklace Set, Custom Gemstone Bar Necklace, Rose Gold Disc Necklace, Gold Initial Necklace, Silver Layering Necklace by hotmixcold   

57.00 USD

Simple Layered Necklaces Set of 2 in 14K Gold Fill, Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Fill. Delicate Gemstone Bar Necklace with your choice of stone, personalized Hammered Disc Necklace with any initial or leave it blank with hammered or other finish.


LAYERING NECKLACE SET: Short Gemstone Bar + XLarge Disc


This listing is including:
- Thick circle disc size X-Large -- approx. 5/8" (about a dime)
- Approx. 1.5" gemstone bar with your choice of birthstone/gemstone or bead
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high quality solid Sterling Silver, 14K Gold filled or 14K Rose Gold filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- The length you select on the drop bar menu will be for top and bottom necklaces (including the bead or disc) . Length in sample picture is 16" & 18" but can be changed the length upon request, please specify when check out.

NOTE : These are 2 separate necklaces, more flexible for you to layer with your existing necklaces. When wearing 2+ necklaces together there is a great chance of the chains getting tangle and twisted.

First sample picture:
- Top necklace: gemstone bar is natural turquoise stone #325 - 16"
- Bottom necklace: Circle disc is hammered finish - Blank - 18"

More layered necklaces are here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=14837571&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

.............................................................

HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

*** Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
*** Please specify your request/info in the "note to seller" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Do you want any One Large or Three Small characters on the disc or leave it blank with any texture? This depends on your selection on the drop bar menu.
- Which FONT do you prefer? Please check pictures for more options - #3A is default
- Which hand-made TEXTURE do you prefer? Available in:
Satin
Hammered - edge
Shiny
Brushed*
Hammered*
(*) Blackened/darker character is recommended for Brush and Hammered finishes, if you want the character more invisible.
- Do you want Blackened/darker or leave your character PLAIN? Plain is default if not noted.
- Which is your choice of Gemstone/Birthstone or Swarovski crystal bead/pearl for your bar?

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CONTACT US if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.
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BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklace, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.
......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:

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WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED
Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Gold Monogram Necklace and Small Gemstone Bead, Personalized Silver Circle Necklace, Delicate Turquoise Jewelry, Rose Gold Charm Necklace by hotmixcold   

25.00 USD

Delicate Initial Pendant Necklace in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Circle Disc and Gemstone Necklace. Personalized Minimal Necklace with Turquoise Birthstone Jewelry


MEDIUM CIRCLE DISC NECKLACE + SMALL GEMSTONE BEAD


- Small natural gemstone/birthstone or Swarovski crystal bead of your choice
- Thick Medium size disc -- approx. 7/16"
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high quality solid Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Filled or 14K Rose Gold Filled for quality heirloom not plated or vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length including the disc and stone.


First sample picture: "Gold personalized option
- Shiny finish -- letter A -- font #2A -- stone natural turquoise -- 17"


More Circle disc necklaces are here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=17702222&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

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HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

* Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
* Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Any character on the disc OR leave it blank? This depends on your selection on the drop bar menu above.
- FONT -- #2A is default as pictured -- please check pictures for more options
- Which hand-made FINISH for the disc you prefer? Available in:
Satin
Hammered-edge
Shiny -- Default as pictured
Brush*
Hammered*
(*) Blacken/darker character(s) is recommended for these finishes
- Blackened or PLAIN initial is default
- ONE small gemstone/birthstone or freshwater pearl or Swarovski crystal of your choice -- please check pictures for more options

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CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.
......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklace, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.
......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Instagram @hotmixcold: https://instagram.com/hotmixcold (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree)
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- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hotmixcold/

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TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.
......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Y Lariat Bar Drop Necklace / Mini Gemstone Bar Layering Necklace / Personalized Silver Rose Gold Narrow Bar Layered and Long Necklace Set by hotmixcold   

52.00 USD

Y Lariat Bar Drop Necklace / Mini Gemstone Bar Layering Necklace / Personalized Silver Rose Gold Narrow Bar Layered and Long Necklace Set


LARIAT Y NECKLACE or SET OF 2 LAYERING NECKLACES


Available in Sterling silver, Gold filled and Rose gold filled. Each necklace can be wore with other necklaces for a perfect layered look or as single necklaces.
These are two separate necklaces, if you want us to connect to one necklace, please request when check out.

- Mini stone bar (with more choice of stone/ bead in other pictures)
- 1.5" Thick Hand-cut bar
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
- All metal setting is high quality solid Sterling Silver, 14/20K Rose, Gold Filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.
- End to end length is the total length including the gemstone bar.


NOTE: If you want two-toned Rose gold filled bar, a pink color on one side and other side is gold color for mix metal look or all in rose gold or vice versa, best of both world :) , please request when check out.


First sample picture:
- Mini gemstone bar - 17" - Natural black spinel (aka black diamond)
- Y lariat necklace - 22" (can be personalized with an initial, the drop chain length (5") can be changed upon your request.)
Total length end to end you Selected will be for the short/ top necklace then other necklaces will be spaced accordingly.


Single Y lariat necklace is available here
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213186491/skinny-bar-drop-lariat-necklace-delicate?


More Layering necklaces are here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=14837571&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

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HOW TO ORDER WITH PERSONALIZED OPTION

--- Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
--- Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Which gemstones/birthstone or beads for the gemstone bar necklace?
- Any ONE Tiny letter on the metal bar OR leave Blank? This depends on the option you selected on the drop bar menu above.
- Which hand-made FINISH for metal bar you prefer? Available in:
Satin
Shiny -- Default as pictured
Brush*
(*) Blacken/darker character is recommended for these finishes
- FONT: #3A is default -- Check pictures for options
- Blacken/darker or PLAIN character is default
- Total length end to end you Selected will be for the short/top necklace then other necklaces will be spaced accordingly.



CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.


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BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized jewelry, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or layered and long necklaces set: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more? http://etsy.me/TTzhA8

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift giving with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

If you purchase as gift and did NOT request to give the recipient your info then we won't send anything, just our shop info, without invoice. A short hand-writing note card (15 words) is compliment upon request

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* Website: www.HotMixCold.com

* CONNECT with HotMixCold
For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • PINTEREST
@hotmixcold #hotmixcold
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TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.

......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Infinity Pendant Pearl necklace, Small, Infinity Necklace, Forever friendship, Bridesmaid gifts, Sister, Flower girl, Silver infinity by hotmixcold   

27.00 USD

Infinity Pendant Pearl necklace, Small, Infinity Necklace, Forever friendship, Bridesmaid gifts, Sister, Flower girl, Silver infinity


INFINITY + PEARL NECKLACE


- Sterling silver, Rose gold or yellow gold vermeil Small infinity pendant -- approx. 0.80"H
- Natural creamy white freshwater pearl
- All OTHER metal setting is solid 925 Sterling Silver, 14k Rose or Gold filled for quality heirloom not plated. Except Rose and Gold infinity pendant are vermeil ( gold over sterling silver). Chain and findings are made in USA or Italy.

* Please Note: Due to the nature of freshwater pearl, no two pearls are exactly alike. Pearl color might vary due to the nature of photographing and monitor color settings.

Matching EARRINGS can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/107485395

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want me to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.

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BACK TO SHOP for more bar necklace, layered and long necklace, personalized jewelry: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more? http://etsy.me/TTzhA8

Each item/set will come with a little gift box and bow on top ready for gift giving with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

If you purchase as gift and did NOT request to give the recipient your info then we won't send anything, just our shop info, without invoice. A short hand-writing note card (15 words) is compliment upon request

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587/

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For update on new items and sales, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Facebook
- Instagram
- Twitter
- Pinterest
@hotmixcold #hotmixcold

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WHAT IS GOLD FILLED
Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

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          Custom Gold Charm Initial Necklace, Family Monogram Necklace, Mothers Jewelry, Disc Necklace, Bridesmaid Gift, Silver Pendant Necklace by hotmixcold   

21.00 USD

Custom Gold Charm Initial Necklace, Family Monogram Necklace or Mothers Jewelry. Find this Simple Disc Necklace in sterling silver, 14K rose gold or gold filled for everyday jewelry or a nice surprise gift for mom, a way to say you are always on her heart . Or as a perfect Bridesmaid Gift with their initial


SMALL DISC CHARM NECKLACE


- Thick disc Small size -- approx. 0.40" OD
- Each pendant will be smooth around the edges and putting on your finished into a complete beautiful product.
All metal setting is high quality solid 925 Sterling Silver, 14K Rose Gold Fill or 14K Rose Gold Filled for quality heirloom not plated nor vermeil (is hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin) and made in USA or Italy, will last for years with proper care.
- Jewelry will come in a beautiful package, ready for gifting.
- Handmade, handcrafted in USA.


First sample picture:
- Letter A is brush finish - Font #3A - Plain
- Letter G, L are hammered finish - Font #3A - Plain
- The rest are shiny finish - Font #2A - Plain


Last sample picture is here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/77130809/personalized-layered-necklace-gold-rose?
- Top necklace: Shiny finish - Initial A - Font: #3A - Plain - 17"
- Bottom necklace: Hammered finish - Blank - 20"


More Circle Disc necklaces can be purchased here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold?section_id=17702222&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

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* Please read all the info and check pictures for reference/options and contact us if you have any questions before placing the order, we will get back to you shortly.
* Please specify your request/info in the "note to Hotmixcold" box when checking out in order to complete your order on time, otherwise the default option will be shipped as pictured.

- Any character on each disc from left to right when facing OR leave it Blank? This depends on the option you selected on the drop bar menu above.
- Which FONT you prefer? #2A is default -- please check pictures for more options
- Blackened or PLAIN initial is default as pictured
- Which hand-made TEXTURE you prefer? Available in:
Hammered - edge
Satin
Shiny -- Default as pictured
Brush *
Hammered *
(*) Blacken/darker character is recommended for Brush and Hammered finishes if you want the character more visible.


......................................................................

CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv if you have any questions or want to customized a perfect gift for your loved one or just for you.
......................................................................

BACK TO HotMixCold SHOP for more personalized necklace, minimalist jewelry, birthstone necklace or long and layered necklaces set:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold

GO PERSONALIZED! Add a charm, birthstone or more?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hotmixcold/search?search_query=add+on&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

TO ADD A MESSAGE/ GREETING CARD for Bridesmaid, Mother, Sister, Friends..etc.. please purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109938587

Each item/set will come with a little gift box, ready for gift gifting with anti-tarnish bag for storage.

We do not include any invoice or price info for all orders so it is perfect for gifting. A short hand-written note card (15 words) is complimentary upon request.
......................................................................

Website: www.HotMixCold.com

For update on new items, promotions and give away, please "LIKE", share and follow us on:
- Instagram @hotmixcold: https://instagram.com/hotmixcold (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree)
- Twitter @hotmixcold: https://twitter.com/hotmixcold/ (#hotmixcold, #beboldandbefree)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotmixcold
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hotmixcold

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TURN AROUND TIME/ PROCESSING TIME

Please check under "shipping and policies" section for more info.
......................................................................

WHAT IS ROSE and GOLD FILLED

Rose and Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass and very durable. Gold-filled items are more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and the gold is a much higher quality. Gold-filled jewelry is beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold and safe on sensitive skin.

......................................................................

Multiple DISCOUNT available, contact for more info or if you have any question, CONTACT LINK: http://etsy.me/VJQqNv

Please visit my SHOP'S POLICY before purchase: http://etsy.me/XfMNSE

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          September 26th with guest Garry Gilka   
For over 30 years Gary has applied his engineering experience to develop technical solutions that enhance productivity, quality, safety and profitability for the industrial, medical, aerospace and manufacturing sector. Gary has developed technical devices and instruments including the Mel Meter series, which is named after his late daughter. These devices are specifically designed to help […]
          The Sydney Marathon Clinic Road Race Series 2012, Race 2, 21k   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


          A Valentine's Treat   

Ask any race organizer and he will most likely agree with me. While a runner’s day starts a few hours prior to a race, a race organizer’s starts on the day he said yes. 

How long does it take to get a race organized? The difference between this race and my first (hospital activity) and second (school activity) race directing duties was on the level of participation. This was an open run on a provincial scale.


My day started about 2 weeks prior when my proposal last year for a quarterly run was approved by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur.

Dubbed Valentine’s 8k and 5k Fun Run, my proposed race was unique in itself. Agusan del Sur divided into 2 Congressional districts since the latest elections will have 2 starting points but one finish line, the Governor’s residence.





This race will also usher in the 80th birthday celebration of the province's matriarch considered "Ang Inahan sa Agusan del Sur", former Governor Valentina Galido Plaza.

District 1 will have a hilly 8k from Prosperidad Municipal Hall with the gun being fired by none other than former Governor now Congresswoman Tina Plaza. Running the 8 on this one with its unforgiving elevations will feel like 10.  


Newly formed District 2 will have a flat 5k from neighboring San Francisco town, its gun start fired by Congresswoman Bebs Mellana. 

All runners will converge at Governor Eddie Bong Plaza’s residence in Patin-ay where Certificates and snacks await the finishers, as well as, prizes for the Top 3 finishers.





With the support of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur, anchored by the Regional Trial Court Branch 6, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Agusan del Sur Chapter and the D.O.  Plaza Memorial Hospital Medics, the race started amidst foggy and cloudy conditions, perfect climate for runners.

And with over 300 registrants for the 5k division and more than 50 runners for the 8k, the race saw running enthusiasts as young as 10 to as old as 67, this despite the lack of full information dissemination through radio, print and broadcast media as the organizers were keeping the numbers down for safety reasons.

Special thanks to the following:

   -Former Governor Valentina Galido Plaza
   -Office of the Provincial Governor, Hon. Adolph Edward G. Plaza
   -Office of the Provincial Administrator
   -Office of the Provincial Sports Coordinator
   -Regional Trial Court Branch 6
   -IBP Agusan del Sur
   -Philippine National Police and Highway Patrol Group
   -Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur (SARAS)
   -Medical First Responders (MFR) 
   -Patin-ay National High School
   -Office of the Vice Mayor Frederick Mark Mellana, Prosperidad
   -Office of the Mayor of San Francisco
   -Office of House Representative Hon. Valentina "Tina" G. Plaza
   -Office of House Respresentative Hon. Evelyn "Bebs" Mellana
   -Edward P. Mellana

 
  -and the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital Medics composed of our tireless doctors (Lor, Marge, Erryll, Elmore, Susan, Mama Bau, Viern, Richard, Rhadz, Alain and the rest) and nurses (Kat, Alvin, Ed, Luchie, Bepven, Daryl and the rest) for making this event a success.

Mandated by the Governor himself who is an active outdoorsman, a planned 10 miler to a half marathon distance (21k) is in the works to herald the celebration of the Naliyagan Festival in June. The race will involve neighboring towns and NGOs so the number of registrants will be higher. 

This is probably one of those times when I want 3 of me, 1 to run the race, 1 to take photos, and the other to supervise.

Watch out for it!

Until then, see you on the road runners!

Photos at our fan page. Facebook: DOPMH Medics

          Dont overflow yourself!   
Clojure has many nice less highlighted features, one of these is overflow protection, this can be a true life saver:

user=> (unchecked-add 1 2); not safe but might be faster
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user=> (unchecked-add (. Integer MAX_VALUE) 2); oops
-2147483647
user=> (+ (. Integer MAX_VALUE) 2) ; using safe arithmetic again
2147483649
user=> (+ (. Integer MAX_VALUE) 23)
2147483670
user=> (class (+ (. Integer MAX_VALUE) 23)); Clojure does the right thing for us
java.lang.Long


It does pack more than just concurrency up its sleeve.
          The Safe Patient Handling Mobility National Standards.   
Alabama Nurse; 12/01/2014
(AN 103861009); ISSN: 00024317
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          Holiday Gift Ideas: For The Person Who Has Everything   
My culinary nutrition training has me spinning my creative many directions but one thing I’ve started to think about (ahead of time for once) is holiday shopping.  I need to be strategic with my gifting so I have some ideas that will hopefully help you gift consciously and creatively for the people in your life.... Read More »

          Safe Food Storage Options   
Over the past few years, I have become somewhat of an aspiring chef.  A whole foods nutritional healing chef to be precise.  I am currently embarking on a program that will help me hone those skills and be able to apply the knowledge I gain towards my career in health and fitness.  I see so... Read More »

          Thinksport Sunscreen & MightyFix From MightyNest   
I’ve had a long time love affair with MightyNest since the inception of SafeMama.com – I visited them a few years ago in Chicago and toured the warehouse and met all the wonderful people and family behind the company.  They are genuinely great people and I love to support motivated awesome folks like them.  So... Read More »

          Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins   
I have been working on a few things in tandem but one of them is a short cheat sheet on vitamins for kids and moms.  I have avoided it in the past but I felt that with the number of questions I get regarding supplements I better look closer at it.  I have a list... Read More »

          7 Things Having Boys Has Taught Me   
This post is a bit of a departure for us here but while I’m knee deep in sunscreen cheat sheets I wanted to share something I journaled this past week.  As you all may know, I have two boys, ages 10 and 6.  They are, quite simply the most wonderful loving frustrating awakening toughest elements... Read More »

          The Oh She Glows Cookbook & Healing Food   
This website is evolving, and not evolving away from the core of what I love to do here, which is provide you with ready to go information in one place, yet I also want to contribute how my life has evolved with it.  As I’ve grown, along with SafeMama.com, I have become intently interested in all aspects... Read More »

          EcocentricMom.com Mom Box UN-boxing!   
You may recall that I have reviewed these EcocentricMom boxes in the past, or you may have seen my face on a card on the inside of the box if you were a subscriber.  A few years have gone by and I have now gotten the chance to reintroduce you to this great company.  There... Read More »

          How much to you trust product labels?   
In the news recently we have seen a few headlines that pertain to lawsuits happening regarding products and labeling. It’s long been an issue in the past with products claiming “natural” on the label when in fact the product is far from it.  Now I know that not everything in the history of forever can... Read More »

          Earth Mama Angel Baby Unboxing on YouTube!   
Ok, going out if my comfort zone here and doing a VIDEO review for my good friends at Earth Mama Angel Baby, one of my all time favorite companies and friends.  I love all their products and how safe they are for Mom and Baby before, during and after pregnancy and birth. Like, subscribe and... Read More »

          Raise Them Well Baby & Mom Skin Care Line   
Remember being pregnant, or maybe you are, and when your belly starts to get big and stretch that it got itchy? That tight skin holding your guts and your kid in your body felt like it was being pulled tighter than an overinflated balloon? I remember it.  And I still have the scars to remind... Read More »

          Make Your Own Produce Wash Recipes   
Whether you buy organic fruit and vegetables or not, it’s good practice to get in the habit of washing your produce.  Cleaning off residue, dirt, sand and other ickies can make your meals as healthy as possible.  The FDA recommends washing fruit and vegetables before eating them to reduce surface bacteria and prevent food borne illnesses.... Read More »

          6 Tips For Battling Winter Dry Skin Naturally   
My legs start to look like a molting snake in the winter time. Gross right? You’re welcome for that imagery.  The combination of dry heat and dry cold winter air can dry you out as if you were living in the desert. Over the years I have managed to figure out a few ways to combat winter... Read More »

          5 Health Benefits of Turmeric   
As with any new “super food”, buzz starts to generate around a particular food item and then everyone goes nuts with it.  First it was flax, then kale, then acai and now the new super food craze is over turmeric. If you don’t know, turmeric is a relative of the ginger family and is a... Read More »

          The New EWG Verified Seal of Approval   
In case you haven’t heard, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has always been a source of product analysis and has an online rating system for skin care and body care products (EWG Skin Deep Database) which has been a valuable resource for us as consumers and as conscientious shoppers. I have not always agreed with... Read More »

          Make Your Own Multi-purpose Cleaner   
I have a Healthier Cleaning Product Cheat Sheet for times when you just need to buy something safer or don’t have it in you to make your own toilet scrubber.  I totally get it.  I am one of those people. I consistently use products from Better Life (which is now available in Target and so easy to... Read More »

          Keeping Elections Safe From Hackers – Chicago Tonight | WTTW   

Chicago Tonight | WTTW Keeping Elections Safe From HackersChicago Tonight | WTTWAmid the array of investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 election, the director of the Illinois State Board of Elections testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Illinois was the target of a hack that exposed … Source link

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          Warehouse Manager - CP Lab Safety - Novato, CA   
Our customers include Merck, Pfizer, Bristol Meyers Squibb, the US Government:. Warehouse, and Shipping and Assembly*.... $35,360 a year
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          Senior Information Security Analyst - General Dynamics Information Technology - Schofield, HI   
Requires understanding of firewall theory and configuration. Performs all procedures necessary to ensure the safety of information systems assets and to protect...
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          District 2 City Council Runoff Forum: William 'Cruz' Shaw Speaks   
Texas Public Radio's "The Source" hosts a series of forums with city council candidates in preparation for the June 10 runoff election. Early voting ends Tuesday, June 6. Settled near San Antonio's urban core, the lively and diverse District 2 largely covers the city's East side. In this year's May elections, incumbent City Council representative Alan E. Warrick II took 40 percent of the vote against three challengers. Attorney William "Cruz" Shaw picked up 28 percent, earning a place in the runoff election. Economic development and public safety are major concerns in District 2. Shaw's platform shows support for women- and minority-owned businesses, improved infrastructure, and workforce development. Who will District 2 voters choose to represent them, moving forward? If you live in the following zip codes, you may reside in District 2: 78219, 78220, 78210, 78208, 78209, 78202, 78203, 78218. Input an address to find your city council district here.
          What Went Wrong In Flint? Scientists Investigate 'Poisoned Water'   
"Water. Turn on the faucet and it's always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water?" Using Flint, Michigan, as a case study, a new documentary focuses in on vulnerabilities in water systems across the U.S. Lead began seeping into the drinking water when the city switched its supply in 2014, causing a massive public health crisis .
          District 6 City Council Runoff Forum: Greg Brockhouse & Melissa Cabello Havrda   
Texas Public Radio's "The Source" hosts a series of forums with city council candidates in preparation for the June 10 runoff election. Early voting begins May 30. District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez will max out his term limits on the San Antonio City Council this year. Out of the six registered candidates in the May elections, two won a place in the runoff. Greg Brockhouse garnered 36 percent of the votes, while Melissa Cabello Havrda, who earned 20 percent, edged out opponent Ricardo Trevino by only 28 votes. Brockhouse and Cabello Havrda each have previous political experience and have called District 6 home since youth. Public safety and neighborhood improvements like streets and sidewalks are priorities for both candidates. Supporting the police and fire forces in San Antonio is a key issue for Brockhouse, a business and political consultant . Cabello Havrda, a lawyer specializing in disability rights, plans to give working families a voice, according to her website. With concerns
          It’s National Safety Month, Part 5: Leash Laws   
June is National Safety Month. And while many people might first think that National Safety Month is about water safety, workplace safety, and safety while out on the roads, it’s important to remember to keep our pets safe, too. The leash laws in Arizona are meant to do just this, and to keep everyone around...
          Jump Ring Jewelry Making Tool Kit - Basic Jump Ring Starter Pack - Pliers with Jump Ring Opener and 200 5mm Jump Rings STARTER1 by BohemianFindings   

5.95 USD

Here's a great buy on a staple in every crafter's drawer!

These stainless steel chain nose pliers are great for all of your jewelry making needs. Paired with our jump ring opener, they are all you need to create gorgeous charm bracelets and necklaces! This kit also includes 200 of our most popular jump ring, silver plated 5mm.

The jump ring opener helps you easily open almost any sized jump ring. Simply slip over your index finger, grasp the jump ring with a pair of pliers then insert into one of the slits that fit the thickness of your ring. Simply twist slightly and your ring is opened. A great alternative to your fingertips... and much easier on your hands!

Opener Measurements: 19mm x 8mm
Pliers Measurements: 13.5cm
Jump Ring Measurements: 5mm x 0.7mm (21 gauge)

All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          250 Jump Rings 6MM High Quality Silver Plated J3 by BohemianFindings   

2.25 USD

Perfect for all of your jewelry-making needs!

These high quality 6MM jump rings are open.. not soldered shut. They are .9mm in thickness... perfect to insure that they do not open when on a necklace or bracelets.

Each jump ring is made from a silver-plated metal alloy and are both lead and nickel free.

.9mm or 20 gauge





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All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          Tratamiento Hemorroides - The Best Hemorrhoids Treatment   
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Are you searching for the right hemorrhoid treatment at home and you are curious whether the H Miracle guide really works? This haemorrhoids treatment guide makes a plea to be a completely natural and safe cure that is meant to work within a few days. In this article, I will talk about my experience with H Miracle as well as other effective strategies to treat hemorrhoids at home.

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Inside the H Miracle package, there are charts, audios and written information about the ingredients wanted to create the remedy. The author also provides lots of information about piles which I found really helpful.

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There are also other types of treatment that people have used to heal the problem.

Inserting Suppositories Within The Rectum


This strategy is good for making certain the hemorrhoid can heal without rupturing.

Creams And Ointments


Applying creams and ointments on the outer rectal area can help to relax the tissue and soothe the blood vessels. The result is the the tissue will not bulge as much and the hemorrhoid is not as likely to flare up. The drawback of this method is the subject is almost guaranteed to flare up again even though it will provide good short term relief.

5. Consuming Pills To Regulate Blood Pressure

Pills can be used to tighten the vein tissue and cut back the hemorrhoid's susceptibility to problems, but there are numerous complications of this method.
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          Letter w Stainless Steel Charms Alphabet - Lowercase Cursive - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BFSA4-w by BohemianFindings   

2.95 USD

Stainless steel letter w charms... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel hand polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish. The lettering will not fade, as we don’t use any aerosol paints or chemicals in our lasering process.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 17mm x 13mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



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All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          Beach Stainless Steel Charm - Salt in the Air and Sand in my Hair - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BFS586 by BohemianFindings   

1.95 USD

Stainless steel charms with "Salt in the Air and Sand in my Hair" laser engraved... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel hand polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish. The lettering will not fade, as we don’t use any aerosol paints or chemicals in our lasering process.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 3/4" x 7/8" or 19mm x 22mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



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All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          2 Memorial Charms - If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever - Antique Silver Tone Heart - SC5889 by BohemianFindings   

2.50 USD

Take a look at these sweet "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever" charms...

You will receive 2 pieces.

These charms are made from a zinc alloy metal which is lead and nickel free. Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 25mm x 30mm


All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          Beautiful Stainless Steel Charms - Create Something Beautiful Each Day - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BFS1142 by BohemianFindings   

1.95 USD

Stainless steel charms with Create Something Beautiful Each Day laser engraved... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel hand polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish. The lettering will not fade, as we don’t use any aerosol paints or chemicals in our lasering process.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 3/4" x 7/8" or 19mm x 22mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



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All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          Mommy To An Angel Stainless Steel Charm - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BFS1850 by BohemianFindings   

1.95 USD

Stainless steel charms with "Mommy To An Angel" laser engraved... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 3/4" x 7/8" or 19mm x 22mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

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All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          4 Serotonin Molecule Charms Antique Silver Tone Neurotransmitter - SC5290 by BohemianFindings   

2.50 USD

Take a look at these unique serotonin molecule charms...

You will receive 4 pieces.

These charms are made from a zinc alloy metal which is lead and nickel free. Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 24mm x 17mm


All of our products are lead and cadmium free, and nickel safe. As they contain small parts, all items are for adult jewelry/craft making use only, not intended for children under the age of 15.


          Strong Woman Stainless Steel Charms -She's Like Whiskey In A Teacup - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BFS2188 NEW5 by BohemianFindings   

1.95 USD

Stainless steel charms with "She's Like Whiskey In A Teacup" laser engraved... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks and key chains!

Measurements: 3/4" x 7/8" or 19mm x 22mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



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          She Is Fierce Charm Stainless Steel Bar Drop - and though she be but little she is fierce - Exclusive Line - Quantity Options - BAR6 by BohemianFindings   

2.50 USD

Stainless steel charms with "and though she be but little she is fierce..." laser engraved... from our exclusive line, specially designed for Bohemian Findings.

The charms are made from high-quality stainless steel hand polished on both sides. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic and won't tarnish. The lettering will not fade, as we don’t use any aerosol paints or chemicals in our lasering process.

We LASER, not ENGRAVE your phrase directly onto the charm. Etching or engraving only scratches the charm surface and produces a white, hard to read script. Our Laser method actually cuts deeply into the charm and brings out the dark tones of the metal. Your phrase will be clearly legible in any light... easy to read... fabulous quality! We do all the lasering right here in rural PEI!

Perfect for simple and elegant bar necklaces...

Measurements: 5/16" x 1 5/16" or 8mm x 34mm

Choose your quantity from the drop down box... quantity savings!

Need more? Just drop me a convo!

Important Notice: Although we will make every effort to ship your order within 1-2 working days, any orders including a number of laser charms may take 3-4 business days to produce, as they are custom made to order. Please convo us if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



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          Tips y consejos para pintar un dormitorio pequeño   






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Pintando las paredes con los tonos y las combinaciones correctos podés hacer maravillas
Habitualmente, toda casa tiene un dormitorio que nos parece demasiado pequeño y probamos sacando muebles, quitando cortinas, reemplazando lámparas grandes por otras más chicas pero ni aún logramos generar sensación de amplitud. Sin embargo, es posible recurrir a trucos visuales para cumplir con nuestro objetivo. Todo depende de tomar en cuenta algunos consejos a la hora de pintar y elegir los colores apropiados.
Elegí colores claros, especialmente el blanco
Un dormitorio pequeño debe ser luminoso y una buena forma de lograrlo es con el uso de los colores suaves y del blanco. Todos estos tonos ayudan a la luminosidad y permiten que los espacios se vean más despejados y menos agobiantes.
Algunas opciones para crear el efecto de amplitud son los colores beige como Intricate Ivory (SW 6350) o el Crisp Linen (SW 6378) de la paleta de Sherwin Williams. Este tipo de tonos pasteles ayudan a agrandar las habitaciones porque reflejan la luz y dan claridad. Asimismo, hacen ver los dormitorios más acogedores y cálidos.
Para magnificar los espacios, utilizá parte del mobiliario y elementos de decoración del mismo color que las paredes, así como cortinas livianas y blancas o de tonos neutros suaves.
Los colores azules y verdes pueden ser una buena elección
Los colores fríos pueden hacer que un espacio se perciba un poco más amplio de lo que realmente es. No necesariamente hay que pintar todas las paredes iguales, ni tampoco utilizar variantes muy oscuras. Lo mejor es decantarse por las tonalidades medias y suaves como el verde Sea Salt (SW 6204) utilizado en la fotografía de la habitación matrimonial que acompaña este artículo. Este color es uno de los aliados a la hora de generar lejanía entre los objetos y aumentar las proporciones reales del dormitorio.
Por otra parte, la gama de los azules como el Byte Blue (SW 6498) es ideal para transmitir amplitud y tranquilidad. Además, estos colores combinan perfectamente con el blanco creando espacios frescos y luminosos.
Alejate de los grandes contrastes
Un ambiente pequeño puede lucir amplio si se unifica el color, pintando todas las paredes iguales, incluso el techo puede ir en el mismo tono. Si el resultado te parece un poco aburrido, destacá una pared en un color de la misma gama un poco más oscuro.
Los colores neutros son siempre recomendados
Los neutros son bienvenidos siempre en ambientes pequeños. Un color neutro crea un clima relajado y armoniza con casi cualquier otro, por lo que podés pintar las paredes de arena Popular Gray (SW 6071), o probar con un gris suave como el Repose Gray(SW 7015) que está presente en la fotografía del cuarto infantil.
Acerca de Sherwin-Williams Argentina
Sherwin-Williams es una compañía multinacional dedicada al desarrollo, fabricación y comercialización de pinturas y recubrimientos. En 1926 se instala en Argentina por primera vez y, desde entonces, mantiene su posición de liderazgo e innovación. Sherwin-Williams es percibida como una compañía de altos estándares de calidad que marca tendencia en cada temporada con sus lanzamientos y nuevas paletas de colores. En la actualidad, Sherwin-Williams Argentina comercializa productos para los segmentos arquitectónico, industrial y automotor. Las marcas de su línea Hogar y Obra están compuestas por Sherwin-Williams, Loxon Larga Duración, Z-10, Kem, Shertex, Rexpar, XR y Krylon, entre otras.
Desde hace 150 años, Sherwin-Williams se sustenta en los mismos valores que la mantienen a la vanguardia: calidad, innovación y servicio, posicionándose como el experto en pinturas y recubrimientos.
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          Aluar construirá parque eólico que demandará u$s 815 millones de inversión   


Aluar, la única empresa fabricante de aluminio del país, con planta en Puerto Madryn, Chubut, comenzará en los próximos días las obras de instalación de su propio parque eólico con la correspondiente línea de alta tensión, que demandará una inversión total de 815 millones de dólares.
La compañía es una industria electrointensiva que utiliza la energía como insumo imprescindible para transformar la aluminita en aluminio mediante un proceso de electrólisis que informó hoy que modificó su estatuto social para incluir las nuevas actividades energéticas, que se desarrollarán a través de la firma controlada Genpat.
En una nota enviada a la Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires, Aluar comunicó hoy que fueron incorporados al estatuto los objetivos de producción de “energía eólica, térmica y solar”, y de comercialización de energía eléctrica “generada en cualquiera de sus formas”. 
Aluar obtuvo semanas atrás el visto bueno de las autoridades ambientales de la provincia, mientras a fines de marzo pasado se realizó la correspondiente audiencia obligatoria, según confirmaron a Télam fuentes de la empresa.
 
La potencia instalada total del parque será de 510 megavatios (MW), mientras la línea de alta tensión de 132 KW tendrá una extensión de 21,4 kilómetros para transportar la energía generada.
El proyecto implicará la instalación de 170 molinos en 3 etapas, al oeste de la ruta nacional 3 y al norte de la ruta provincial 4, sobre una superficie de 140 kilómetros cuadrados, a unos 10 kilómetros de Puerto Madryn.
“Al desafectar algo más de 14.000 hectáreas de la actividad ganadera tradicional se estimula la recuperación de la diversidad vegetal y faunística del predio dedicado al proyecto”, destacó Aluar.
La primera etapa se concretará en no más de un año, mediante la instalación de 16 molinos de 180 metros de altura y con una potencia de 3,45 MW, que es mayor a los 2 MW de los aerogeneradores actualmente en operación.
La energía generada inicialmente no irá al Sistema Interconectado Nacional, sino que suplirá el uso de combustibles fósiles y asegurará el autoabastecimiento de Aluar.
El proyecto ubicará a la provincia de Chubut como la jurisdicción de mayor generación de energía eólica en el país, con tres parques, considerando el que construirá Genpat y los que están en funcionamiento, en las inmediaciones de las ciudades de Trelew y Rawson.
Según se estima, el emprendimiento requerirá en promedio 250 puestos de trabajo durante los 5 años de corresponden a las etapas de construcción y montaje.
 
La compañía planea complementar a mediano plazo sus actuales fuentes de provisión energética: la central hidroeléctrica de Futaleufú (que posee en un 60% y cuya potencia es de 472 MW) y la planta de generación térmica de ciclo combinado de Puerto Madryn.
 
Aluar también posee el 20,4% de Transpa, compañía encargada del transporte de energía eléctrica en la región, a través de dos líneas de 330 KW de 550 kilómetros de longitud.
En lo que respecta al estudio ambiental del proyecto, se destacan “aspectos positivos” como la menor emisión de gases de efecto invernadero: “por cada GWh generado a partir de fuentes renovables se evita la emisión de 500 toneladas de CO2 si se compara con la energía eléctrica que se obtiene por medio de una central térmica que consume combustibles fósiles‘, describe el estudio.
Se señalan también ‘aspectos negativos”, entre los que se menciona que los molinos interferirán sobre la visual del horizonte para las personas que circulan por las rutas nacional 3 y A010, y provincial 4.
Para instalar los equipos se realizará el desmonte de la cobertura vegetal autóctona en el 2% de la superficie de terreno dedicada el proyecto.

             
Mother of all Establishments

The ruling class, the creme de la creme, the establishment - the mother of all establishments in fact - what is it like? Its wit tends to be both dry and acerbic. Its city is New York. Its profession is attorney. Its manner cool. Its clothes black. Its heroes Kennedys. Its music is mostly jazz standards I think. Its passion is film, or maybe dating. (Though I doubt their self-conscious coupling deserves the name of passion.) Its ethnicity is mixed, but the Anglo-Saxon and Jewish elements predominate. Its politics are moderate but liberal on certain social issues like abortion.

Many minor-league establishments send their best players to the big leagues. The ultimate establishment draws from corporate CEO's; judges; college presidents; the highest ranks of the military; union bosses; partners in prestigious law firms; titans of finance; media royalty; upper echelons of the ever-spreading government bureaucracies; nabobs from the political world - governors, senators, etc.; successful entertainers of all kinds- talk show hosts, rap artists, journalists. Powers from other nations are included: prime ministers, despots, treasury secretaries, generals, top smugglers and rights activists. The distillation of all these subsidiary elites, everyone from bankers to performance artists, physicists and film stars, mayors who've clawed their way up from the streets alongside the residue of the most aristocratic families - are all blended together to create the mother of all establishments.

Don't confuse the ultimate establishment with the penultimate establishment. The penultimate establishment consists of conservative Republicans picked to play the role of the ultimate establishment. They are the designated target, the Simon Legree at whom we are directed to hiss. They, very visibly, perform the disagreeable but necessary tasks of Power. They are the millionaires who keep the economy moving, the generals who keep the armies moving. They are the father figures who can, eventually, be safely discarded.

If you think these Republicans are in fact the ultimate establishment they are supposed to be you are wrong: 1) Conservative Republicans always lose the bitter battles over social policy - the struggles over segregation, abortion, feminism, gay rights, etc. 2) The supreme establishment would never, at least visibly, ally itself with the rich or the military. The rich are wildly unpopular (They like escaping their tax obligation as much as cutting badly-needed services to working people.) The military commanders may be popular domestically, but they are hated abroad. The supreme establishment instead derives power from pretending to battle these dangerous forces. 3) Businessmen are ruled by the market, by the desires of consumers. The government, in contrast, can do whatever it wants - it can arrest you; jail you; take your house, your children, all your money.

What are the beliefs of the mother of all establishments? While hostile to the world's religions, especially those denigrated as "fundamentalist", the ultimate establishment does possess a faith. They hate any restrictions placed on individuals by churches or clan patriarchs or rural communities - any restrictions placed on individuals by Tradition.

The era of this ultimate establishment is nearly over. Soon they and their urbane vanities will disappear. Then I think people will wonder how so few ruled over so many for so long.
          Cultura BCBA   
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          Hands-on Social Media Workshop, Toronto July 2017   

Are you floundering when it comes to understanding social media? Or perhaps a friend or colleague needs help getting up to speed with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms. On July 27, 2017 I’ll be leading another Hands-on Social Media Workshop. Within the safety and collegiality of a small group, we will cover the WHY […]

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          Duke vs. Virginia Tech: Ask a Hokies’ beat writer   
Each week, I'll (hopefully) talk to a beat writer who covers Duke's opponent. Today we have Andy Bitter, who covers the Hokies for the Roanoke Times/Virginian-Pilot. Links to his work can be found here and check out his blog here. Andyis also on Twitter at @AndyBitterVT.

1. After last year's 7-6 campaign and near-losses to Conference USA's Marshall and East Carolina, many were declaring the end of the Frank Beamer era of dominance. Since then, though, the Hokies have gone 3-0 in conference play and risen to No. 16 in the AP Poll. Is everything back to normal in Blacksburg?

In a way, yes. The offense, at least since Michael Vick left Blacksburg, has never really been anything special. Even during the Tyrod Taylor years, Tech had some pretty statistically bad offenses. So the fact that Scot Loeffler's crew ranks 110th nationally in total yards isn't really too much of a departure from what the Hokies have been like in the past decade. But they're doing some things more effectively on offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas looks sharper, especially with his progressions and mechanics. The receivers are making plays. They're not making crippling turnovers like they were last year. In essence, they're doing just enough.

And just enough is more than enough for this defense, which is a vintage Bud Foster group, limiting the yards but also disrupting things by getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers. Even the tight wins against Marshall and East Carolina -- who I think are actually pretty decent teams -- were how Virginia Tech normally wins games: lean on the defense and get enough offense to do the trick. It's been a successful formula for Beamer for the last 20-plus years. It makes sense that it's working again this season.

2. Last year's defense was a surprise disappointment, but this year's has been a pleasant surprise, ranking No. 2 in the country in total defense. Why is this year's group so much better?

If you ask Foster, he'll say experience and depth. The starting defensive line and inside linebackers have five seniors among them. The secondary has everyone, except for Antone Exum so far, back and in the same spot they were playing last year (they shuffled things around in the 2012 offseason). And on top of that experience, Tech doesn't drop off significantly when it gets to the backups, especially up front. The d-line goes about eight deep. It's good enough that the Hokies are trying to find a role for sophomore defensive end Dadi Nicolas, who had three sacks in a hybrid DE/OLB position against Pittsburgh.

The other big thing has been the true freshman cornerbacks, Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson. They've played well beyond their years, enough that the Hokies haven't had Exum, a second-team All-ACC performer last year, play in a game this season and they still rank third nationally in passing defense and interceptions. Fuller has been able to play both a regular cornerback spot and a nickelback position, which Tech has used the vast majority of the time (and will against Duke). Facyson has thrived when he's been in, with a team-high four picks (although he's dealing with a concussion this week). Last year, Tech didn't have anybody after Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum at corner. This year, they do.

3. If Duke is going to stay in this game, it's going to be because the offense is putting up points. Where is the weakest spot in the defense?

There aren't a ton of weaknesses, although I will say the Hokies have occasionally been vulnerable on passes across the middle. Safety Detrick Bonner hasn't had the most consistent season in pass coverage and has given up some yardage in one-on-one matchups across over the middle. Other than that, there aren't many chinks in the armor. The key is probably protection. The Hokies' pass defense has been good, but that's in large part thanks to the pressure the defensive line is putting on the quarterback. Duke will have to protect well and Anthony Boone will need to get rid of the ball quickly, because Virginia Tech's opponents haven't had a whole bunch of time to throw this year.

A mobile quarterback has a much better shot. Pitt's Tom Savage was a sitting duck a few weeks ago (Tech sacked him eight times and probably could have had 12), but Marshall's Rakeem Cato and North Carolina's Marquise Williams had some success moving around in the pocket and getting some decent yardage scrambling. It definitely gives the Hokies at least one more thing to think about.

4. Part of the reason the Hokies almost lost to C-USA teams was because of that anemic offense, led by the uneven performances of QB Logan Thomas. You look at the point totals from the three ACC wins - 17-10 over Georgia Tech, 27-17 over UNC and 19-9 over Pitt -- and they don't jump off the page. Has the offense improved of late, though?

I think it has, even though the running game has still been abysmal, one of the worst the Hokies have had under Beamer in fact. But Thomas has played better. In ACC play, he's completing 65 percent of his passes for 251 yards a game, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's thrown 109 straight passes without an interception, which is approaching his career-best streak. It's helped that the receivers, who had about 10 drops in the season-opening loss to Alabama, have come around, turning into viable options for Thomas to throw to. The offensive line has been OK at pass blocking but leaves plenty to be desired on the ground.

The Hokies aren't going to have an offense that goes up and down the field and put up great stats, but with a defense like they have, they don't really have to. So far, they've controlled the clock (36th nationally in time of possession) and haven't turned the ball over. Last year's team struggled with both of those things, and it stressed a defense that wasn't quite up to the task of carrying things. This year, Tech has that defense, so Beamer is content with winning ugly. The key is Thomas. If he's off, there aren't many players on the offense who can carry the day.

5. How and why is Cody Journell still the Hokies' kicker? He's 7-of-11 on field goal attempts this year and has missed at least one kick in the last four games he's lined up for a field goal (and he went 0-for-2 against ECU)?

Beamer seems to have a soft spot for Journell, who was the first scholarship kicker he's had straight out of high school since Shayne Graham and who has had some missteps -- an ugly breaking and entering arrest that led him to miss the '11 Sugar Bowl and a recent one-game suspension for a violation of team rules -- that most coaches wouldn't put up with.

On top of that, he was genuinely bad in the East Carolina game earlier this year. He technically only finished 0-for-2 on field goal attempts, but he also missed an extra point and had another field goal miss from a reasonable distance wiped out by a penalty. He was suspended for the Marshall game and has since been OK, although he has some strange misses. He was good from 39 at Georgia Tech but then had a dead pull from one of the hashes on a 25-yarder that would have put the game away. He went 4-for-5 with a career-long 48-yarder against Pittsburgh (earning ACC Specialist of the Week honors), but he also missed from 33.

Bottom line: he's a senior and Tech doesn't really have anybody else. Ethan Keyserling stepped in during Journell's suspension against Marshall and went 0-for-3 (although the weather was horrible that game). Journell is good enough to hit from 50, and he saved the Hokies' butt on three or four occasions last year, but I don't know if anyone in Blacksburg, outside of Beamer, is entirely comfortable whenever he's lining up for a kick.

Bonus: I was asked to do this after dropping the ball last weekend in Charlottesville: where are good breakfast spots in Blacksburg for the early arrives, and where should out-of-towners head to get dinner and a drink after the game?

I don't know of too many good breakfast spots. Don't get out that early too often. I think Lefty's Main Street Grille has a solid breakfast. Bull & Bones also has a breakfast, although I haven't sampled it yet.

As for afterward, both of those places are good dinner options too. Cabo Fish Taco is one of my personal favorites for lunch/dinner. I recommend the Soy Ginger Shrimp Tacos. Downtown, TOTS is probably the bar most people will suggest for post-game drinking (order a Rail). I'd also suggest Bull & Bones for drinking afterward. It's a little bit away from downtown and they brew their own beer.

Thanks to Andy for his time. Be sure to check Duke Now for more Duke football news.

- Laura Keeley
          UPDATE: Missing sister found safe following family appeal after car was spotted in Oxford   
A WOMAN has been found safe and well after going missing for several days.
          Recycling centres safe in 'medium term' as new contract signed   
ALL seven of Oxfordshire's recycling centres are to stay open in the medium term, Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed.
          UNC coach: Clowney best defensive player ever game-planned against    

Larry Fedora began his Division I college coaching career in 1990. Before becoming the head coach at North Carolina, he was an offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma State. Then came his four years as a head coach at Southern Miss.

So Fedora has been around a while, in a different parts of the country, in a variety of conferences. I asked him earlier today to name the best defensive player he’d ever had to game plan against.
His answer came quickly.

“I’m going to say Clowney,” Fedora said of Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina defensive end whom UNC will face next Thursday night. “Yeah, I’m going to say Clowney. Because the guy – I’ve never played against a guy that’s 272 pounds and runs a 4.4.

“And it’s obvious on film. He plays at a different speed than other guys, because he is faster than other guys. And then he plays hard. And you see him out (there) – I’m trying to remember which game it was where I saw them hand the ball off to a back on a sweep, and he broke and I think Clowney caught him about 25 yards down the field. So he can run. When you have that kind of speed, it’s always a difficult situation.”

Chances are Clowney will be the answer to that question – best defensive player you’ve game planned against – for a lot of coaches this season. As for who sticks out in Fedora’s mind as second best? I asked him that, as well.

“I’ve been coaching a long time now,” he said. “Probably Urlacher.”

Brian Urlacher, remembered for his All-Pro NFL years with the Chicago Bears, played in college at New Mexico. As part of the offensive coaching staff at Air Force in the late 1990s, Fedora had a chance to see Urlacher up close.

“What I remember about him,” Fedora said, “(is0 he lined up at free safety, he lined up at linebacker, he lined up at defensive end, he lined up at outside linebacker, he lined up at defensive tackle and he returned punts in that game.”

At least Clowney won’t be returning punts. We think.

-- Andrew Carter

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          UNC football concludes camp: What we learned   
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina on Monday finished up the formal “camp” portion of the preseason. Obviously, there’s still a bit of time – nine days, to be exact – before the Tar Heels begin the season on Aug. 29 at South Carolina. And so there is some preseason remaining.
But the rest of it will be focused on preparing for the Gamecocks. UNC on Monday actually began installing its game plan for South Carolina. Before that practice, on Saturday, the Tar Heels moved out of the hotel they shared during the past three weeks.
Indeed, camp is over. But, good or bad, the work the Tar Heels accomplished in recent weeks is likely to carry on throughout the season. Here’s a look at some things we learned from UNC’s preseason camp …
1. The defense will remain a work in progress.
Vic Koenning, the UNC defensive coordinator, might refer to this as a “MOTO” statement. That stands for master of the obvious. Koenning broke that out after a practice one day not long ago, and I found it humorous. But as obvious as it might be that the Tar Heels’ defense will be a work in progress, it’s probably fair to say this was a more difficult-than-expected preseason for the defense.
It was already going to be challenging, trying to replace the production and leadership from departed seniors Sylvester Williams and Kevin Reddick. A rash of injuries throughout the preseason, though, have made things even more difficult. Shakeel Rashad and Sam Smiley, two potential starters, were lost for the season less than a week into camp. Injuries routinely kept other players out of practice.
Even linebacker, where UNC thought it had plenty of depth, hasn’t been immune. The starters or set there, and coach Larry Fedora recently praised the job Travis Hughes did throughout the preseason, but injuries have made depth a concern entering the season. The numbers situation was so dire in recent weeks thatJack Tabb, the tight end, worked at linebacker. And Damien Washington, a former receiver, was moved to safety.
There’s been constant movement on the defense throughout the preseason. Hardly any position has been immune. Questions surrounded this unit entering the preseason, and those questions have only intensified during recent weeks, when injuries piled up at an uncanny pace. The good news is that outside of Williams and Reddick, the defense returned lots of experience.
But the bad news? Who knows how injuries and attrition and the constant movement will affect UNC.
2. Outside of right tackle, the offensive line has come together well.
Entering the preseason, no position group on offense faced more uncertainty than the offensive line. It lost three starters from last season, and all three were selected in the NFL draft. Among those draft picks wasJonathan Cooper, the left guard who was perhaps the best lineman in school history.
Amid all the losses, it was fair to wonder how the line would come together. The answer: Nicely – with the exception of one position. Caleb Peterson, a redshirt freshman, has impressed enough throughout the preseason that neither Fedora nor offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic seem all that concerned about him filling the void left by Cooper. At right guard, Landon Turner, a sophomore who started the final four games of last season in place of the injured Brennan Williams, has played well.
Peterson and Turner join senior left tackle James Hurst and junior center Russell Bodine, two All-ACC candidates. From left tackle to right guard, the Tar Heels’ line has the potential to be among the best in the conference. Right tackle, though, remains a concern – as I wrote about in a story here.
The good news for UNC, at least, is that the right tackle position isn’t without talent. Jon Heck, the son of an NFL offensive line coach, is a cerebral, technically-sound player who would start at right tackle if the season started today. Kiaro Holts, whom coaches were hoping would seize control of the position, is a former highly-recruited prospect who has been beset by injuries, but whose talent has never been a question. Nick Appel and John Ferranto have played well enough in the preseason, too, to receive first-team reps at right tackle.
UNC is still seeking clarity at the position, which is important for the sake of the line’s consistency and continuity. Overall, though, the line has made a relatively smooth transition after losing three NFL players.
3. The offense shouldn’t lack for playmakers.
Much has been said, and written, about Eric Ebron, the UNC tight end who must catch at least 12 touchdown passes to meet Fedora’s expectations. Ebron, Fedora and his staff believes, has the talent to be a future first-round NFL draft pick, and it’d be difficult to find a more physically-able tight end in the nation. He should have a big year.
The Tar Heels’ offense, though, doesn’t lack for explosiveness and playmaking ability. Among the players that Fedora spoke most often about during the preseason were two freshmen: Ryan Switzer and Jonathan Howard, who is often referred to by his nickname, “Bug.”
Switzer and Howard are both receivers but they couldn’t be much more opposite, physically. Switzer, a Parade All-American from West Virginia, is listed at 5-foot-10 but that might be a slight exaggeration. Howard, from Georgia, is 6-foot-4. Both made various high school All-American teams, and both arrived at UNC in part thanks to the allure of playing in Fedora’s up-tempo, wide-open spread offense.
And both, it seems, will have a chance to contribute immediate. Switzer, in fact, practiced with the first team throughout much of the preseason. He has the makings to be a dangerous slot receiver. Howard, meanwhile, is similar physically to sophomore Quinshad Davis, who caught 61 passes last season.
Depth at receiver was a constant issue last season, but it shouldn’t be this season. Davis, Fedora said, will have a chance to catch 100 passes. The freshmen should contribute. Sean Tapley, a junior receiver, has had a productive preseason, Fedora said.
The numbers are good at running back, too, with returnees Romar Morris and A.J. Blue, and freshmanKhris Francis and T.J. Logan. It’d make sense if one of either Francis or Logan redshirted, but both have played well throughout the preseason, and both stand a good chance to contribute. Plus, Blue has been banged up throughout the preseason, and if those injuries persist UNC might want to use both Francis and Logan.
So those are the three things we learned …
Some things we didn’t learn:
--Who’s the backup quarterback? Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky spent the preseason going back and forth. My guess: Williams would replace Bryn Renner in short-term situations, or if an injury happened late in the season. If for some reason Renner can’t play for an extended time early on, though, Trubisky just might be the guy.
--Will the secondary be better? This is a unit that was at times scorched last season. Everybody is back, but we won’t know if that’s really a good thing or not until we get into the season. Tre Boston, the preseason All-ACC safety, said earlier this week he has worked on not gambling as much, and remaining disciplined in his coverage.
--What relative unknown on defense is best-suited to emerge as a key player? We know about Boston, Hughes, Kareem Martin and Tim Jackson. But for this defense to reach its potential, it’s going to take someone coming out of nowhere, relatively, and becoming a really good player. I’d go with Norkeithus Otis, the bandit. Strong preseason.
Nine days.
- Andrew Carter




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          UNC loses Shakeel Rashad, Sam Smiley and Dalton Stogner for season   
CHAPEL HILL — One week into practice, North Carolina has already lost three players to season-ending injuries.

Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said on Wednesday that sophomore bandit Shakeel Rashad, sophomore safety Sam Smiley and freshman receiver Dalton Stogner had all suffered season-ending injuries.

Rashad (knee) and Smiley (toe/foot) were competing for starting positions. Stogner (knee) is a walk-on who showed promise in the spring.

“Any time you lose one guy, it’s concerning,” Fedora said. “And to lose three – that’s why you’re constantly talking about depth. Building that depth and doing the things that it takes, depth-wise.”

Rashad, who enrolled in January 2012, played in 11 games last season and started at bandit – the hybrid defensive end and linebacker position – in the season finale against Maryland. He finished last season with 18 tackles – 3.5 for loss – and also had 1.5 sacks and an interception.

Smiley started at safety in five of the seven games he appeared in last season. A nagging toe and foot injury kept him out of the Tar Heels’ other five games. Stogner had a promising spring and was listed on the preseason depth chart as the backup to Quinshad Davis at one of UNC’s three starting receiving positions.

- Andrew Carter



          Reflections of Re-Entry   
OK, I have bashed the UAE for some things such as internet censorship, Sharia Law, telecommunications monopoly, banking and labor abuses and being a "Plastic Banana" country. The place sucked me dry after awhile. Now it is time to reflect on my thoughts of my own country after being away for over 3 years.

First of all, the US is very expensive. Food and ordinary items that used to cost 2X+ what I remember. What used to be an in and out at a grocery store for $50 now cost more than $100. Not only that, there are bills in my mailbox everyday from people and organizations that want money. Setting up a new household over here costs an exhorbitant amount of money considering deposits, leases, auto registration, utilities, taxes, etc. Everyone has their hands out and wherever I leak, someone has a bucket.

Second, there are retail outlets everywhere for anything one could want or hope for, acres (or hectares) of strip malls that sell everything from hamburgers to massages to bankruptcy lawyers. It is quite overwhelming but convenient, maybe too convenient. After the financial bubble burst, there are a lot of broke folks here and the last thing they need are more temptations.

Crime in the US is an assumed risk but I consider that as the price to pay for a free society. It was safe in the UAE but I am one of the last ones that seem to refuse to trade security for freedom.

That being said, driving in the murderous motoring maelstrom on the UAE roads just might entail more risks than the US crime rate would. 

Although the US is not perfect, it is still home to me and theoretically I have a say in the operation of my governmental representatives. In Abu Dhabi, I was a guest that could thrown out on my head just for flipping the "bird" to someone. That type of  stress in addition to the "saving face" culture where nobody can seem to lose wore me down to where everyday seemed an excercise in frustration. I can finally call someone an ASSHOLE and not be arrested for committing a crime against the State..

Anyway, no place is perfect. I enjoyed living in Abu Dhabi for awhile but it was not "home".I knew I had to come back to America someday. I was only a guest that could be evicted at anytime for any reason.

I am now settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, arguably one of the most exciting cities in the world and diametrically opposite of the faux venues in the UAE. Gambling, alcohol and debauchery are openly encouraged in "Sin City." and folks seem just as happy here as they are in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I guess that is because gambling, alcohol and prostitution are equally available in both places but those activities are not advertised as much in the UAE..

Even though I am living back in the US for now, I will continue this blog as people are curious and interested in working in the sandpit. I will continue to give advice to those wannabes. I have lived there and have lots of hints and advice.

I am building a new blog, lasvegasdispatches.com. to chronicle the good and the bad of the world's "Sin City". It will be up and running in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to the friends I met overseas. I appreciate you as the adventurers you all are. It takes big balls to do what we did and kudos to those who still live and thrive over in the Sandpit. I am glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again. Best Regards to my buddies and readers I left behind and I hope our paths will cross again. I will never forget you all!

Seeya,
Ace




  






          More "Adios Abu Dhabi"   
I had a comment on my last post that said I was being "negative and bitter". Ok, maybe I was kind of tough on the UAE, after all, I lived and worked there for 3 1/2 years. Everything I said has passed through most expatriot's mind at one time or another. Maybe I got carried away by my new found freedom of speech and like a degenerate wino, I drank deeply from that bottle.

To be fair, the things I liked about the UAE are:

It is a very safe place, I could walk anywhere, anytime without fear of personal harm

Being of a Western persuasion, I received special service and attention, not that I consider that right but it just happened. I guess it was assumed I was of some importance.

Good infrastructure, at least in the cities. Roads were the best anywhere on Earth. The drivers are another story.

English spoken everywhere. After all it is the language of money and petroleum. No need to learn Arabic.

The Winter weather! Perfect Miami Beach style climate.

The things that bothered me about the UAE:

To me everything seemed "plastic banana", AKA fake. For example, The roads into the city from the airport are lined by nice date palm trees and lavish landscaping that extended perhaps 20 meters off each side of the road and then the natural landscape of the ubiquitous ugly beige sand began. The greenery is a facade to fool arrivals that this is a verdant country

Expatriot employee rights do not exist. Terms and conditions can be changed at any time. Unions are illegal and I won't even get into the Labor Camp abuse issues. Also, expatriots cannot ever become citizens and can be deported for the slightest of misdeeds.

No freedom of speech. I personally know of a popular local publication that was almost shut down because one of the contributing writers mentioned the body of water between the UAE and Iran as the Persian Gulf rather than the officially mandated UAE version, the Arabian Gulf. The editor was directed to remove all previously distrtibuted copies of the magazine and was threatened with a shutdown by the UAE government.

The Summer weather, 120F is excessive. Folks just stayed inside. The sky stayed a depressing light brown during June-Sept. Many people became alcoholics during this time.

Owing money is a criminal offence. Many dusty cars in airport parking garages due to this. People are forced to leave the country rather than being given the opportunity to pay back debts from abroad.

Sharia law insures expats will not get a fair shake in court.

Also, do not fall for the trap that Dubai is. With all the glitz and glamor, you are in a still in a Middle Eastern country and you do not want to run afoul of "rules" you may not even be aware of.

For example, prostitution  is prohibited but rampant in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The government and police turn a blind eye, but if you do something else for which you get caught, you are in a lot of trouble as the Ho charge will be added.

The UAE is trying and doing a good job for just being 35 years old, but the country is young and some things are going to be weird until lessons are learned. Again, there seems to be a huge inferiority complex and a real yearning to join/be considered a1st word country. The facades are in place but there is a long way to go before they are accepted as a leading global country and that bothers them.

The UAE has oil and money but it takes more than that to be a world player, more than shiny buildings and palm trees next to the road. I see the yearning to be accepted as an influential world power but the execution is ersatz and weak.

I am back in the US and there is a huge mess here as well but at least I can discuss it at will and theoretically my government says I have some self-determination....we shall see!











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          Shearing the Sheep   
For the last 3+ years I have lived in a relatively insulated area of the world and I have had the unique opportunity to see Western culture and specifically the USA from the outside. Most in America have never heard of Abu Dhabi and assume it is some place in Africa due to the exotic sounding name, they know of Dubai, though. The 2 cities are but 50 miles apart. The UAE is a benevolent monarchy which in the most part takes care of its residents and citizens. Things are not perfect here but this area seemed to largely escape the degree of economic carnage that befell the rest of the world.
 
As you know I have recently decided to return to my homeland and I fear I will not be so happy about some things happening there. I consider the bank bailouts on the taxpayers' dime a travesty which will haunt middle class Americans for generations to come. Uncounted trillions of dollars literally evaporated overnight and it will take decades to recover.

It has affected me personally as I own real estate and have investments that have losses in the tens of thousands of dollars in value. The economic crisis was a huge "pump and dump" by the international bankers. I am pissed off as I did not get a government bailout because I am not "too big to fail" so I have to just take it in the shorts, I guess.

The international banks (Goldman Sachs, et al) made out like bandits with the cooperation of the US government and the Federal Reserve which is just another private bank. They all caused the problem which is reverberating worldwide, yet the whole situation remains opaque and the same players remain in power within the US government and Wall Street. They should be in prison as it seems the whole scheme was orchestrated years ago with the lobbying away of financial rules and safeguards that allowed certain toxic financial instruments to be created for the sole purpose of wealth transfer.

When this house of cards collapsed, the players were inexplicably rewarded with an unprecedented bounty of public funds from the federal government instead of well deserved sanctions. Common sense would dictate letting these private banking organizations rot on the vine from their irresponsible actions, instead they were given a "mulligan" at taxpayers' expense. This suggests a much too cozy of a relationship between the robber-barons of Wall Street and the US government that has the responsibility of regulating them.

Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and even France are facing financial meltdowns and the bankers are at the ready to step in and "help" these beleaguered economies by buying assets for pennies on the dollar. It seems to be all about the money. Trace the new leaders of Greece and Italy and you will find they have backgrounds with the same international banking organizations. As always, follow the money

I am not a tin foil hat wearing guy but I can put 2+2 together. You do not have to agree with me but the puzzle pieces are self-evident. Everyone should be a critical thinker and question authority.

Below are some thought provoking videos I found. The first 2 are from the prophetic movie Network (1976) and one from critical thinker, social analyst and part-time comedian, George Carlin.