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Publication of a research paper on creating sperm cells from embryonic stem cells has created the usual media furore, complete with mostly uncritical hype about what this technology can actually achieve and a failure to ask scientists the really hard questions. Not being a pro-lifer I have no problem with the use of embryonic stem cells in basic research. However, the idea that sperm cells produced from embryonic stem cells in a laboratory could be used in fertility treatment is a dangerous and unethical technological fantasy. Like the idea of “therapeutic cloning”, what seems simple in theory will in practice prove practically impossible, precisely because it is so unnatural.
Much of the media discussion has focused on the idea that this might lead to 'men becoming redundant'. As with cloning, and the fears of armies of cloned soldiers, the point is not to take such scenarios literally, but to look beneath the surface at what the fears are really about. The scientific drive to abstract the whole of the human reproductive life cycle from its context of actual human bodies is just an example of the deep dynamic of science in our society. Since the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, the function of science has been to control nature and to impose order upon its random messiness, eventually to improve upon it, and ultimately to replace the need for it. What reproductive and biotechnology are now bringing home to us is that nature includes us. Thus, for the last 25 years we have seen the emergence of transhumanist/posthumanist movements, which look forward to the evolution through technology (including bio-, nano- and information technology) of posthuman beings (entities?). Feminists have been arguing since the 1970s that reproductive technology is an attempt to control and appropriate women's fertility, which aims ultimately to end the reliance on the female body for production of children, through artificial wombs. Now, it seems it is men's turn to feel this anxiety.
Of course, the capitalist-scientific drive to dominate nature is very male, (nature is gendered as female in nearly all cultures), and is one of the key features of patriarchy in our societies. What is interesting is that, by its own logic, it must also move to dispense with men's bodies, testes, penises.
There are feminist theories that argue that a major part of men's tendency to try to dominate women comes from a psychological insecurity which arises from the fact that men do not carry and give birth to children, which is, after all, a central part of human life. In that process, men feel like lightweights, and I think this latest research presses exactly on that nerve. That may be why, although the idea that men will become redundant is very unlikely, there has been so much interest in this bit of research.
David King A fuller version of this blog can be found at www.hgalert.org/artiifcial_sperm_blog.htm
And…… Done! I got through 10% of the total games and I’m mighty impressed. I have been mostly just searching for web games and am pleased that there are soo many games that don’t require anything to download. Anyway, here are my favorites (as in they received a 4 or 5 in the overall category). Atomsmash – By […]
The expanding intellectual interest in "masculinities" is welcome but needs greater involvement by gender-justice and women's-rights specialists if it is to be the vehicle of progress, says Emily Esplen.
28 - 02 - 2008
The nature of men's involvement in the struggle for gender justice has long fiercely divided gender-equality advocates. After nearly three decades of disagreement this seam of tension doggedly persists, little engaged with and largely unresolved.
Even as the women's movement remains hesitant, often bordering on hostile, to the idea of men's involvement, the "masculinities agenda" is striding forwards with innovative work on men and masculinities - even though it is at times often flawed in its understanding of power and in the way it merely counterposes to the idea of women's empowerment a focus on working with men "for their sake".
The most promising work in this field is happening at the level of the personal: it concentrates on transforming men's sexual behaviour, challenging violence against women and relations of fatherhood. The pioneering work of organisations like the Instituto Promundo in Brazil, which supports young men to question traditional gender norms and promote gender-equitable behaviours and attitudes, has shown that, yes, men can change. Other organisations, like the Sonke Gender Justice Network in South Africa are taking work with men in exciting new directions, reorienting existing projects aimed at individual men and politicising it in order to promote men's broader mobilisation around structural inequities and injustices. Futhermore, organisations working with men are themselves coming together to facilitate sharing and learning, enabling a stronger, more coherent struggle, as with the recently established "Men Engage" global alliance which seeks to involve men and boys in reducing gender inequalities.
A unique opportunity
This current momentum offers a unique opportunity to advance the common goal of realising gender equality. But while the proliferation of organisations working with men for gender justice is welcome, it is notable that very few of them have close and direct relationships with the women's movement. True, some do have looser connections or networks that include people active in the women's movement in individual countries, but even these are rare. This creates a discernible danger that "masculinities" will become - or has become already - a discrete field of thinking and practice, somehow disconnected from the women's movement and from gender and development more broadly.
Indeed, a depressing reality is coming into view whereby "gender" seems - even among those most committed to the gender agenda - repeatedly to be conflated with women. As long as connections between the women's movement and those working with men remain fragile (at best) to non-existent (at worst), femininities are likely to be rendered invisible in evolving masculinities discourses. The result is that - once again - the fundamental interconnectedness of men and women and the relational nature of gendered power will be lost.
Indeed, I've been repeatedly struck at recent seminars and conferences on "engaging men in gender equality" by the meagre representation from the gender and development field: a couple of us at most, in an audience comprised overwhelmingly of specialists in sexual and reproductive health and rights. In part, this points to one of the weaknesses of the current masculinities field: the overwhelming focus on sexual health and violence, and the corresponding failure to engage sufficiently with equity issues: among them equal pay and leave entitlements, representation in politics, parental rights and benefits, and domestic work/housework. The lack of attention to such issues results in the waste of opportunities to advance shared concerns.
A false equivalence
There are other dangers in refusing to engage constructively with the evolving men and masculinities discourse. While many organisations working with men are deeply informed by feminist thinking and practice, others are less grounded in a pro-feminist framework. As the masculinities bandwagon gathers momentum, there is a temptation to slip into modes of thinking and language that (for example) regard women and men as equivalently vulnerable (i.e. women are harmed by femininity and men are harmed by masculinity), or even describe men as "worse off" than women.
This is reflected in the way that much of the discourse of men and masculinities has been expressed in terms of a "crisis in masculinity". It's certainly the case that many men share with the women in their lives similar experiences of indignity as a result of social and economic oppression. Yet it is important to recognise the real differences in power and privilege experienced by women and men on the basis of gender, and to avoid glossing over men's accountability for the ways in which they choose to act out their privilege. While it's important to engage with poor men's realities, this should be done without positing men as the "new victims".
At a symposium in October 2007 on "Politicising Masculinities", organised by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), it was noted that this issue of false equivalence surfaces frequently in discussions of men's own experience of violence. It is not uncommon to hear the statement that "men are also victims of violence at the hands of women". Such comments can be profoundly unhelpful, not least because this violence is nothing like on the same scale as the many forms of violence experienced by women from men. Alan Greig made clear at the IDS symposium that the mere counterposing of women's and men's experience and perpetration of violence is a trap; the challenge is rather to help illuminate the workings and functions of violence within the systems of oppression that organise our different societies, while holding accountable the individuals and institutions (mostly men and male-dominated) that are responsible for enacting this violence.
But to have some influence over the evolving masculinities discourse and practice in a way that avoids positing men as the "new victims" requires working in solidarity with those in the masculinities field who do understand power and the core issues of gender equality and justice. Now is an opportune time to open up the debate and advance thinking on what it would take to build bridges between the feminist/women's movement and those working with men. The eleventh Association for Women's Rights in Development (Awid) forum in November 2008 is on the horizon, with a timely focus on the power of movements; Men Engage are hosting their first global conference in early 2009 on engaging men and boys in gender equality; and the fifty-third United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on engaging men in caring for people living with HIV.
These spaces offer a much-overdue opportunity for open, constructive dialogue between the feminist/women's movement and organisations working with men for gender justice. It's high time we started to have these conversations - to ask some of the questions people don't like to talk about. It's striking how little we really know or understand about women's hostility towards working with men, or indeed about men's experiences of trying to work with feminist and women's organisations. What will it take to build bridges? How can we promote dialogue and foster greater solidarity? How can we reframe our engagement with questions of masculinities and power so that new alliances can be created, bringing work on masculinities into the heart of movements for social and gender justice?
I don't have the answers - in fact, I doubt that straightforward or singular answers exist. But I do believe these are questions that badly need to be asked if we are to progress beyond the current polarisation of issues that ought to be everyone's concern. The inadequacies of focusing on women in isolation have long been recognised; if we are really serious about achieving a gender-just world, it's time for a more open debate to begin.
1. Boombastic - Shaggy
2. Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle
3. No Letting Go - Wayne Wonder
4. I'm Still In Love with You - Sean Paul feat. Sasha
5. You Don't Love Me (No No No) - Dawn Penn
6. Dat Sexy Body - Sasha
7. Dude - Beenie Man feat. Ms. Thing
8. Boom Shack-a-Lak - Apache Indian
9. Here Comes the Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
10. Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers
11. Pon Di River - Elephant Man
12. Heads High - Mr. Vegas
13. Ting-A-Ling - Shabba Ranks
14. Everyone Falls In Love - Tanto Metro & Devonte
15. Mamacita - Collie Buddz
16. Tempted to Touch - Rupee
17. Taboo - Glamma Kid feat. Shola Ama
18. Hold You - Gyptian
19. No Games - Serani
20. Flex - Mad Cobra
1. Shy Guy - Diana King
2. Baby, I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
3. Shine - Aswad
4. Oh Carolina - Shaggy
5. Tease Me - Chaka Demus & Pliers
6. Who Am I - Beenie Man
7. Run Up - Major Lazer feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj
8. Cheerleader - OMI
9. Rude - MAGIC!
10. Searching - China Black
11. Now That We've Found Love - Third World
12. Mr. Loverman - Shabba Ranks feat. Chevelle Franklin
13. Close to You - Maxi Priest
14. Sweets for My Sweet - C.J. Lewis
15. Compliments on Your Kiss - Red Dragon with Brian & Tony Gold
16. Red Red Wine - UB40
17. Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
18. Don't Turn Around - Aswad
19. Baby Come Back - Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution feat. Ali & Robin Campbell
20. Break My Stride - Blue Lagoon
1. No Woman, No Cry - Fugees
2. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
3. Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
4. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
5. You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker
6. Uptown Top Ranking - Althea & Donna
7. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
8. Money In My Pocket - Dennis Brown
9. Get Up Stand Up - Peter Tosh
10. Good Thing Going (We've Got a Good Thing Going) - Sugar Minott
11. Stir It Up - Johnny Nash
12. Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
13. Double Barrel - Dave & Ansel Collins
14. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
15. Girlie Girlie - Sophia George
16. 54-46 That's My Number - Toots & The Maytals
17. Kingston Town - UB40
18. Silly Games - Janet Kay
19. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers
20. Love of the Common People - Nicky Thomas
Usul yang dibawa Ketua Pembangkang, Chong Chien Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) bagi Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan e-Dagang, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh supaya memohon maaf kerana menuduh bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Pujut, Dr Ting Tiong Choon telah muflis ditolak pada hari ini.
Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar berkata, usul tersebut adalah tidak berkaitan kerana Tiong Choon tidak berada di dalam sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) untuk mempertahankan diri dalam perkara berkenaan.
Asfia menegaskan, maklumat yang diperolehi daripada National Personal Insolvency Index memaparkan nama Tiong Choon pada 29 Jun 2012 dan 11 September tahun sama malah dalam Bankrupcy Register Search yang juga telah mengeluarkan nama beliau.
"Pembatalan kelayakan beliau sebagai ADUN juga adalah berdasarkan Artikel 17(1)(g) Perlembagaan Negeri Sarawak yang mana seseorang itu hilang kelayakan sebagai ADUN jika secara sukarela memperoleh atau menjalankan hak kewarganegaraan atau membuat deklarasi kesetiaan kepada mana-mana negara di luar Persekutuan Malaysia bukannya di bawah Arti17(1)(b) mengenai muflis," katanya lagi.
Asfia berkata demikian ketika membuat keputusan mengenai usul berkenaan pada Mesyuarat Pertama Bagi Penggal Kedua Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak Ke-18, di sini hari ini.
Beliau kemudiannya memutuskan, Soon Koh tidak perlu memohon maaf dan beliau menolak usul berkenaan.
They spike my levels!! I just took my sugar level and it was through the roof! I could not understand why until I realized what I just ate and researched it. I baked some yellow potatoes with onions, green, red and yellow peppers and grilled chicken and sausage. Healthy I so I thought. From now on, no more potatoes, just meat and veggies
The most recent research statistics on growing obesity disclose a dangerously overweight world population. During the last 10 years, there was a dramatic increase in obesity in the world, especially in the United States, England, and Canada. Over the years, the occurrence of obesity has also steadily increased among all genders, ages, all education levels, and ethnic groups.
Obesity is a severe health condition where a person accumulates an abnormally high proportion of body fat. This condition can increase risk of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. The body mass index (BMI) is the common method used to determine obesity and is based on the relation between height and weight.
Obesity statistics indicate that it is the biggest health threat that confronts America today. This warning comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity currently results in an estimated 400,000 deaths annually. It also costs the nation a crippling $122.9 billion.
This disease significantly reduces the quality of life among adults in our nation. This disease creeps right into the fabric of our lifestyle and can cause us to become a nation of social misfits. Other serious health diseases like hypertension and diabetes can result sooner or later when obesity is present.
People who become obesity statistics are usually affected in all areas of their life. But we can come to grips with this problem. We must begin to embrace the belief that we can do it. With consistent application, things will slowly begin to turn around for us.
In the year 2001 in the United States, the Surgeon General released a report outlining the crisis of obesity that the country had fallen into. The point of the report was to generate steps towards taking care of this health problem, which has reached epidemic proportions. The following year, the IOM (Institute of Medicine) was called upon to draw up a prevention plan to help decrease the rising numbers of obese and overweight children in the United States. The idea was to study the behavior and cultural and environmental factors that contribute to childhood obesity while trying to find ways of preventing this from occurring on such a large scale.
The problem of children being obese is a grave one, in that it can have lasting effects on one"??s emotional and physical health. In the year 2000, it was estimated that about a third of all children born in the United States are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes.
In addition, there are the emotional and psychological repercussions that come with being overweight and obese. Young people are often stigmatized for their weight in a society that has little tolerance for this condition.
The key to combating obesity seems to lie in energy balance "?" that is controlling the amount of calories that are consumed versus the amount of calories that are expended. So in other words, when we talk about fighting obesity, we have to talk about both eating and physical activity. This might seem pretty simple, but the fact is eating and physical activity are caught up in a number of complex social and environmental forces. In the last three decades that have seen the epidemic of obesity balloon out of proportion, the society has undergone major changes.
Here are the MSH stats for the bounty hunters from Star Wars. These were originally hosted by Ty States and I resurrected them from his old site.
A- GD (10) S- EX (20) E- IN (40) R- GD (10) I- RM (30) P- RM (30) H- 100 K- 70 R- EX P- (-50) Equipment: Battle Armor personally modified Mandalorian battle armor that covers his head, torso, and arms with no Agility penalties. * Body Armor: RM (30) Material Strength and EX (20) protection from Physical and Energy attacks. * Wrist Lasers: RM (30) Energy damage with PR (1 area) range. * Rocket Dart Launcher: Can pierce IN (40) Material Strength or less. Tip is coated with poison (Poison, Knock-Out, etc.) of RM (30) intensity. FB (1/2 area range). * Turbo-projected Grappling Hook: 20 meter (1/2 area) lanyard (RM (30) Material Strength) with magnetic grappling "hook" (RM (30) Magnetism). FB (1/2 area) range. * Flame Projector: RM (30) Fire Energy damage in 1 meter cone. FB (5 meter (5.45 yards) (1/8 of an area) * Concussion Grenade Launcher: IN (40) Blunt damage to all in one area. Has firing range of AM. Magazine carries 20 grenades. * Jet Pack: For every charge used, he can move at FB Airspeed (30 MPH / 0.5 MPM) either 3 areas horizontally, or 2 areas vertically. His jet pack only has enough fuel for 20 charges. * Sensor Pod: AM (50) Tracking ability. * Infra-red / Motion Sensor: Integrated infra-red and motion sensors in helmet gives EX (20) intensity and range Infra-red vision in darkness. It also allows him to detect motion in front of him and to his sides with EX (20) intensity and range. * Macro binoculars: Enables him to see objects at up to IN (12 area) range. Scope-linked into blaster rifle, allowing him to fire it at +2CS to his Agility (in addition to Marksmanship). * Sound Sensors: Makes out sound at up to EX (20) range. It can tell where the sound is coming from with AM (50) ability. This only works in quiet areas. * Internal Comlink: Can be linked to Slave I's control system (with beckon call) to have it operate under remote control (come to his location, fire weapons, etc.), or it can be tuned into other standard frequencies. It also has an external speaker. * Broadband Antenna: Can intercept and decode most communications made on standard frequencies. As a result, Boba Fett can patch into shipboard communications. * Winch: This is capable of lifting TY (221 pounds) weight (Boba Fett and his equipment only). * Sealed Enviro Filter: Filter system can block out harmful molecules, or in case of insufficient or deadly atmospheres, the suit can seal drawing upon a two hour (1,200 turn) supply of air. Blaster Rifle: Range: AM, Price: (Gun) GD (1,000 credits), (Power Pack) FB (25 credits) Damage: IN (40) Stunning or Energized Force Rate: 1, Shots: 100 per power pack Material: GD (See Macro binoculars in suit description for bonus to hit.) Comlink: This is a personal communication device. It has a SH-X (150) range. It can broadcast over countless different frequencies. It can pick up normal Standard Clear Frequencies (SCF's) (non-restricted bands). It can monitor one specific frequency and SFC's simultaneously. It costs FB (25 credits). Wookie Scalps: Several dangle from his belt. His Popularity with Rebels, Wookies, and the like drops by -10.
This is Boba Fett's personal ship. It has the following: * CONTROL: TY (6). * SPEED: (Atmosphere) UN (40 areas) A.S. / (Space) SH Z (200 areas) A.S. / (Hyperdrive) CL 5000/1 (5,000/1) (100 x light speed) * BODY: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy. * PROTECTION: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy. * Shields: GD (10) vs. Physical and Energy. * Sensors: Passive: AM (50) range /// Scan: UN (100) range ///Search: SH X (150) range /// Focus: TY(06) * Sensor Mask: -2CS to detect Slave I at ranges of MN(75) or greater. * Sensor Jamming: -3CS to sensors to identify Slave I as a ship instead of an ion storm, -2CS to detect the ship's vapor trail. * 2 Twin-mounted Blaster Cannons: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: RM (30) Energized Force. * Concussion Missile Tube Launcher: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: AM (17 areas), Damage: EX (20) Blunt to all in 1 area. * Ion Cannon: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: MN (37 areas), Damage: RM (30) disruption of electrical and mechanical devices. * Tractor Beam Projector: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: UN (50 areas), Damage: RM (30) Tractor beam. * Two Proton Torpedo Launchers: Firing Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: None; attaches homing beacon or S-thread tracker which is mounted on dummy proton torpedoes and which magnetically attach to a target ship's hull. They have short ranges of 15-20 light years, utilizing the same technology as subspace radio's. The S-thread trackers send frequencies on HoloNet reciever bands, allowing him to track a ship to the side of the galaxy provided the ship passed HoloNet S-threads. * Craft: Kuat Systems Engineering's Firespray Class: Firespray-31. * Type: Sublight Patrol and Attack Craft. * Length: 21.5 meters. * Crew: 1. * Passengers: 6 (prisoners). * Cargo Capacity: IN (40) weight (40 metric tons). (It is currently converted into a high security holding area with force cages and restraints to hold the prisoners). * Consumables: 1 month (30 days = 414,000 turns). * Type: Space. * Cost: N/A. Talents: Marksman, Thrown Weapons, Languages, Astrogation, Pilot, Jet Pack Operation, Leadership, Crime, Repair-Tinkering, Computers, Demolition, Electronics, Detective-Espionage, Weapons Specialist: Mandalorian battle armor weapons. Contacts: None. (As per employer. When job is over, it is doubtful that the employer or those in his/her/its employment will remain contacts.) By WLB (WMLEBG@webtv.net)
F- RM (30) A- TY (6)S- EX (20) E- IN (40) R- EX (20) I- RM (30) P- GD (10) H- 96 K- 60 R- GD P- 0 Powers: Claws EX (20) edged damage Armor- Natural Hide TY (6) vs. Blunt damage Equipment: Blaster Rifle RM (30) force damage Grenade Launcher IN (40) force damage Flamethrower RM (30) energy damage Binders RM (30) material strength Talents: W.P. Blaster Rifle, Martial Arts A, B, Pilot, Engineering, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.
Bounty Hunter/Droid F- TY (6) A- RM (30) S- EX (20) E- RM (30) R- RM (30) I- RM (30) P- TY (6) H- 86 K- 66 R- GD P- 0 Powers: Analytical Mind- +2CS to Intuition rolls on guessing the next move of their bounties. Body Armor GD (10) Equipment: Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force damage Stun Gas Blower- RM (30) intensity Talents: Medicine, Law, Pilot, Buisness/Finance, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics, Languages. By "MAD TITAN"
F- EX (20) A- EX (20) S- GD (10) E- RM (30) R- EX (20) I- RM (30) P- TY (6) H- 80 K- 56 R- GD P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage Concussion Grenades- IN (40) Force damage Vibroblade- RM (30) Edged Energy damage Talents: Guns, W.P. Blaster Rifle, Marksman, Martial Arts A, B, E, Acrobatics, Pilot, Crimonology, Detective/Espionage. By "MAD TITAN"
F- TY (6) A- TY (6) S- EX (20) E- AM (50) R- IN (40) I- MN (75) P- GD (10) H- 82 K- 125 R- GD P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage Talents: Guns, Marksman, Weapons Master, Pilot, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.
CTRL: AM SPEED: SH-Z (Hyper-Space CL. 5000) BODY: AM PROT: RM Weapons: Forward Laser Cannons- AM (50) Energy damage Ion Cannon- IN (40) Shields do not effect this weapon. 2 Tractor Beams- MN (75) strength By "MAD TITAN"
This video was the year-end project for the Global Kids youth leaders in Queens, New York who spent the year working in Global Kids' Virtual Video Project, at the Museum of the Moving Image, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The video is based on research done by the youth about the situation of child soldiers in Uganda and the upcoming trial and the International Criminal Court. http://www.holymeatballs.org/machinima/
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Neckties are not just accessories that are used to don a man's suit. They are more than that. As a matter of fact, neckties play a very significant role in completing the overall look of a particular ensemble, picking up the pieces that seem to be littered to make the entire ensemble look more coordinated. A suit without a tie cannot look complete. It is the soul of any man's suit and without it, everything else in the wardrobe would all feel boring and bland. With everyday work, men often find it difficult to search for the perfect tie that would perfectly match their outfit that's why most men spend most of their time looking for the perfect tie for the perfect occasion. With more and more men demanding more unique neckties, the necktie industry has responded to this need by creating custom neck ties.
From Politicalwire.com: July 06, 2007 Public Split on Impeachment From a new American Research Group poll: 45% of Americans favor the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President Bush, while 46% are opposed. 54% of Americans favor the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney, while 40% are opposed.
You're fortunate enough to get invited for a job interview. You have prepared well - have done your research, polished your resume, and memorized your lines. You got everything in place. The only thing that's left for you to do is to dress up for the big day. It's wise of course to check out your wardrobe and see what you should be wearing. You probably had in mind the ideal look - the suit, the dress shirt, the trousers, the leather shoes, and the tie.
Let me thank the 150 respondents from all over who generously responded to my survey on knowledge audit perceptions and experiences. Some very useful insights from the responses, which I summarise below. The detailed report can be found in the attached pdf. Many of you expressed willingness to be contacted – I will be working on the interview plan over the coming weeks.Thanks again for all your help!
1. There is a wide array of understandings of what a knowledge audit is (both in the research literature and in practice).
2. People experienced in knowledge audits focus less on audits for compliance, quality or benchmarking – more general perceptions of knowledge audits amplify the importance of those types.
3. Knowledge audits are composite activities, combining several audit types, most usually an Inventory of knowledge stocks and flows, combined with an internal or external review of KM practices.
4. People experienced in knowledge audits tend to narrow the range of audit types used in combination, compared with general perceptions.
5. If an Inventory Audit is not conducted, the most common types used are internal or external reviews of KM practices, and audits of the quality of KM.
6. Knowledge audits most commonly focus on knowledge stocks and flows, KM processes, strategic knowledge needs and KM capabilities.
7. Knowledge audits are most commonly used to understand organisational knowledge needs, as input to a KM strategy, and to improve operational-level KM.
8. Knowledge audits use a very wide array of methods, with interviews, workshops and surveys being most favoured. The most effective methods are considered to be interviews for their depth and richness, and workshops for building knowledge maps and building consensus.
9. The biggest challenges in conducting knowledge audits relate to getting reliable, comprehensive and accurate data covering non-obvious knowledge sources as well as the obvious ones. This is partially connected to how the audit is scoped, the engagement methods deployed, and how communications are managed, particularly in getting consistent understandings of the goals. The second major cluster of challenges relates to the time required for an audit, getting management buy-in, and getting participation from the right people.
10. The most cited benefit from a knowledge audit is its ability to build consensus and provide underpinning evidence for KM planning, and for a KM strategy and roadmap. A second major benefit (particularly relating to Inventory Audits) is its value in locating important knowledge and ensuring effective knowledge access and use.
Download the detailed report here
If you are in Europe in May, don’t forget to check out the Social Now Conference in Lisbon, May 10-12 – it will be packed with KM thinkers and practitioners, with some excellent masterclasses and a very practical, case-based approach. I’ll be leading a Masterclass on Knowledge Audits at that event.
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“Automagicality” has been one of the banes of knowledge management, and specifically within that, understanding the technologies that go into an effective search and discovery experience, and how different technologies can be combined. Here’s an extended piece describing the elements of the search and discovery stack, and how they work individually and in concert, encompassing search, taxonomy management and text analytics for machine aided classification of content.
I want to acknowledge Dave Clarke, Ahren Lehnert, Agnes Molnar, Maish Nichani and Tom Reamy for their insights and advice – though I take full responsibility for the views expressed here. Enjoy!
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Is it time for Democrats to panic? If you're a John Kerry supporter, here's some bad news to chew on: Despite winning all three debates according to opinion polls, Kerry hasn't taken the horse-race lead in a single poll that's been released since the third debate, and he seems to be trending the wrong way. Time polled voters on Thursday and Friday and turned up a statistical tie among likely voters, 48 percent for President Bush, 46 percent for Kerry, with a 4 point margin of error. Newsweek's poll, taken over the same period with a 4 point margin of error, shows Kerry with only 44 percent among likely voters. Bush gets 50 percent. When the Zogby tracking poll added the day after the debate to its sample, Bush's lead over Kerry increased from 46-45 to 48-44, with a 2.9 point margin of error. The Washington Post daily tracking poll for Friday, Oct. 15, shows Bush opening a 50 to 47 lead over Kerry; the 3 point margin is equal to the poll's margin of error.
Oh, and there's one more poll to report. The Postasked voters on Thursday night whether Kerry's comment during the debate about Mary Cheney was "inappropriate." Not many undecideds here: 64 percent said inappropriate, while 33 percent said appropriate. With a 6 point margin of error, the best statistical case for Kerry is that he offended only 58 percent of the electorate. Of course, just because Kerry offended people doesn't mean he changed anybody's vote, just as winning a debate doesn't necessarily translate into ballots. But if you're searching for the Occam's Razor explanation for Kerry's small but noticeable slide in the polls since Wednesday, his comment about Mary Cheney is probably it.
There is some good news for Democrats, beyond the usual caveats about polls and statistics: The Post poll, taken Wednesday through Friday, shows Kerry with a 10 point lead, 53 to 43, over Bush among likely voters in 13 battleground states. That's consistent with what the Kerry campaign was saying before the third debate, when advisers would acknowledge trailing Bush nationally by about 2 points, but at the same time they said Kerry was much stronger than that in the battlegrounds.
The election's key states have narrowed dramatically in the past week or so, and most people believe the most important states will be Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and maybe Minnesota and New Hampshire. There's Pennsylvania, too, but if Kerry can't win there, he might as well give up now. Twice since the third debate—Thursday morning in Las Vegas and again Saturday in Jeffersonville, Ohio—Mike McCurry has said the Kerry campaign wants to wait as much as 48 hours to see how the battleground is shaping up. For now, Kerry is spending the next three days in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. John Edwards is scheduled for Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio.
The most interesting item on Bush's schedule is a Monday event in Marlton, New Jersey. Is the Garden State seriously up for grabs, or is Karl Rove repeating the error he made four years ago when he sent Bush to campaign in California late in the election, when time would have been better spent increasing the Republican margin in Florida? McCurry says neither: "We don't believe they're going into New Jersey. We think they're going into eastern Pennsylvania," he said in Jeffersonville. (Marlton is about 15 miles east of Philadelphia, and the trip will be covered by the Philly media.) "We'll take it seriously when they buy in the New York media market." The national political press will take the idea of a Kerry slide in the polls seriously if the next Gallup Poll confirms it.
“Automagicality” has been one of the banes of knowledge management, and specifically within that, understanding the technologies that go into an effective search and discovery experience, and how different technologies can be combined. Here’s an extended piece describing the elements of the search and discovery stack, and how they work individually and in concert, encompassing search, taxonomy management and text analytics for machine aided classification of content.
I want to acknowledge Dave Clarke, Ahren Lehnert, Agnes Molnar, Maish Nichani and Tom Reamy for their insights and advice – though I take full responsibility for the views expressed here. Enjoy!
Here are the slides for a bunch of presentations at KM World and Taxonomy Bootcamp Washington DC 2016:
Dave Clarke and Maish Nichani (keynote): Searching outside the box
Dave Clarke and Gene Loh: Linked Data: the world is your database
Patrick Lambe (workshop): Taxonomies and facet analysis for beginners
Patrick Lambe (workshop): Knowledge mapping: identifying and mitigating knowledge risks
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."
WACO, Texas—How long until President Bush pledges to smoke John Kerry out of his hole? Or to "bring him to justice"? The president's new campaign refrain about Kerry—"He can run, but he cannot hide"—signaled the return of Bush the Old West sheriff who pledged to hunt down Osama Bin Laden, "Dead or Alive." The president has always affected a bit of a gunslinger pose on the stump, his shoulders hunched, his arms jutted out at his sides. But his campaign decided to throw in a little Texas lawman talk into the president's stump speech after becoming enamored of Bush's use of the "run, but he cannot hide" line in Friday's debate.
The line sounded so familiar that reporters assumed immediately that Bush had used it in reference to Bin Laden at some point. (The boxer Joe Louis is credited as the originator of the phrase. But it's had a new context since Sept. 11, 2001.) When Joe Lockhart was asked about the new Bush mantra on a conference call Saturday morning, the reporter said, "He used it with Bin Laden of course." But a search of White House transcripts doesn't turn up the phrase.
It's certainly true that people think the president said of Bin Laden, "He can run, but he can't hide." One of the most frequent descriptions of a defeated al-Qaida is an al-Qaida that is "on the run." More important, on the Nov. 9, 2001, edition of Crossfire, Bill Press said, "Well, when you think of presidents or leaders leading a nation during a time of war, you think of Franklin Roosevelt, you think of Winston Churchill, you think of statesmanship. And what do you hear from the lips of George Bush? It's 'Let's roll.' Bring them back dead or alive. They can run, but they can't hide." So, "You can run, but you can't hide" isn't just associated with Bin Laden in the fuzzy memories of reporters more than three years after the fact. Less than two months after 9/11, Bill Press was under the impression that Bush had said something like it about al-Qaida.
But the closest the president came to saying something like "He can run, but he cannot hide" after 9/11 appears to be this statement, uttered on the morning of Sept. 13, 2001: "This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover. But it won't be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide. But it won't be able to hide forever." Here's the closest example that I could find of anyone in the administration saying something like "You can run but you can't hide": During a press gaggle on Air Force One last April, Scott McClellan said, "But this is a clear reminder that terroristscan run, but they cannot hide. We will find them and bring them to justice."
What was McClellan talking about when he made that statement? The capture of Abu Abbas, a Palestinian terrorist who was convicted of the 1985 hijacking of an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro. After that hijacking, President Reagan declared to the terrorists, "You can run, but you can't hide." So Bush's use of the phrase is a twofer: It reminds voters of the post-9/11 Bush, the popular president on the hunt for the enemy, and the phrase also evokes the perpetually popular Reagan. Just this spring, the New York Times referred to Reagan's 1986 bombing of Libya, carried out in retaliation for terrorist acts, as "the 'you can run but you can't hide' airstrikes."
There you have it: The president is definitively not comparing John Kerry to Osama Bin Laden. He's comparing him to Abu Abbas. Or maybe Muammar Qaddafi. Mystery solved.
ST. LOUIS—Mike McCurry may have set a new standard in expectations-lowering when he predicted before Friday's debate that his candidate would actually lose in his face-off with President Bush. About a half-hour before Bush and John Kerry walked on stage at Washington University, McCurry made this prediction to a group of reporters in the media filing center: "I guarantee you the story will be"—putting on his best "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" announcer voice—"'Bush bounced back from a dismal performance and sets up the exciting showdown in Arizona ...' "
It sounded good, and in a sense it's true. Bush did bounce back. This wasn't "the Old Testament version of Bush," as McCurry called the bumbling caricature who showed up for the first debate. But it wasn't the return of the charmer of 2000, either. The consensus on the Bush press bus—I'll be traveling with the president between this debate and the finale Wednesday in Tempe—on the way back to our hotel was that Kerry had bested the president once again. Or perhaps it was a tie, but most reporters thought that a draw favors Kerry, because he's got the momentum, and he just has to convince people that he's not a vacillating weakling to get their votes.
Here's my predicted storyline: Before last week's debate, the speculation was whether Bush could knock Kerry out of the race with a decisive win. Heading into next week's debate, my guess is that the speculation will be about whether Kerry can put Bush away and end the campaign before the final three-week stretch begins. In particular, there will be a lot of focus on how the debate favors Kerry because the subject will be domestic policy.
But based on this debate, Bush may have the upper hand next week. Kerry had his foreign-policy answers nailed. He dominated the early portions that dealt with Iraq. But when the questions turned homeward it was Kerry, not Bush, who was on the defensive. A little of the meandering, incoherent Kerry returned, particularly in his answers to the questions on tort reform, stem-cell research, and federal funding for abortions. (But at least Kerry didn't bring up the Dred Scott decision. President Bush: Against chattel slavery.) Kerry may also just be easier to caricature, despite what the polls say, on domestic issues. Surely people are more apt to believe that Kerry will tax them to death than to believe the "global test" nonsense being peddled by the Bush campaign.
Though that wasn't the Bush spin Friday night. The Bush surrogates came into Spin Alley ready to sell the idea that Kerry failed to distance himself during the debate from the "global test" they call the "Kerry doctrine." Unfortunately, their decision highlighted one of the central flaws in Spin Alley: The spinners don't watch the end of the debates. By the time the candidates get to their closing remarks, the campaign staffers and surrogates have positioned themselves near the assembled press, and they're readying themselves for questions and TV appearances. So, maybe Bush campaign communications director Nicolle Devenish didn't hear Kerry say in his closing statement, "I will never cede the authority of our country or our security to any other nation. I'll never give a veto over American security to any other entity—not a nation, not a country, not an institution." Despite Kerry's clear renunciation of a foreign "permission slip," here was Devenish's spin as soon as the debate ended: "What was striking to me was that Kerry didn't even try to retract the global test. He has now accepted the Kerry doctrine as his own." Bush deputy campaign manager Mark Wallace said something similarly erroneous: "He affirmed the global test today, that would say there has to be permission from the world before you can take action." Actually, Kerry did the exact opposite.
Still, Devenish was the only Bush spinner I spoke to after the debate who didn't try to defend the president's strange assertion about the Duelfer report, that it shows that sanctions weren't working in Iraq. "I have to confess to being a campaign official and not an NSC spokesgal," she said. By contrast, here was Dan Bartlett: "Charlie Duelfer said both in the report and in his testimony that sanctions were unraveling, that the gaming of the system that Saddam Hussein was doing was doing just that. He was trying to game it by bribing people." But Saddam was trying to bribe people to get the sanctions lifted, and he wanted them lifted because they worked, because they prevented him from reconstituting his weapons programs. Here's Wallace: Saddam "was making a concerted effort to avoid sanctions," and "he had the means and the ability to reconstitute his WMD program." But, wait—the sanctions were precisely what were keeping Saddam from doing that. He had "the means and the ability" only if the sanctions had been lifted, and a Bush veto in the United Nations could have kept the sanctions in effect permanently. Ed Gillespie and Ken Mehlman cited the oil-for-food program as evidence that the sanctions didn't work. But again, Saddam's bribes were an attempt to get out of the sanctions that had stripped him of his chemical weapons, his biological weapons, and his nuclear program.
The defensible position for Bush would have been to argue that we had no way of knowing whether sanctions were working before we invaded. But instead he's resorted to this preposterous idea that because Saddam was trying to evade the sanctions, somehow that was evidence that the sanctions weren't working. Somehow the fact that Saddam has no weapons and no stockpiles was evidence that sanctions weren't working.
After Vice President Cheney's frequent difficulties with the truth on Tuesday, President Bush's veracity was under increased scrutiny in this debate. But that didn't stop his campaign from peddling another "global test" lie, nor did it stop Bush from misconstruing Kerry's health-care plan and willfully distorting the conclusions of the Duelfer report. (Let's call Bush's unwillingness to admit a mistake a self-deception, rather than a deception foisted upon the public.) If President Bush weren't running such a truth-stretching campaign, his strangest untruth of the night, denying that he received $84 in income from a timber company, wouldn't be a big deal. After all, it's only $84. Then again, maybe the president voted for the truth about the $84 before he decided against it.
NEW YORK—One of the most striking things about watching the Republican National Convention from inside Madison Square Garden has been the lack of enthusiasm among the delegates on the floor. When they formally, and unanimously, nominated George W. Bush as their party's presidential nominee Wednesday at the conclusion of the roll call of the states, the delegates failed to muster much applause for their action. "We can do better than that," complained Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele from the podium. "Come on now, bring it on for the president." The delegates dutifully applauded some more, but they still weren't very loud, and Steele still seemed disappointed.
But by the end of Wednesday night, the delegates were fired up. What got them going? Speeches by Zell Miller and Dick Cheney arguing that John Kerry can't be trusted on matters of national security, that he's weak, indecisive, and open to influence from foreign leaders. "Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending," Miller scoffed, and the delegates booed. During Cheney's speech, delegates joyously mocked Kerry by chanting "flip flop, flip flop," and they booed the idea that Kerry even aspired to be the country's commander in chief. The knock on Democrats this year is supposed to be that they hate the other guy more than they love their own. Based on this convention, it sure looks like the same is true of Republicans.
Tonight confirmed what I suspected before the Democratic convention began: In violation of the normal rules of politics, this year's election is a referendum on the challenger rather than a referendum on the incumbent. There's a general sense that a change in presidents would be a good thing, but the country is taking that decision more seriously than it would in peacetime, and voters aren't certain, despite their disapproval of President Bush, that a President Kerry would be an improvement.
That's why this was the night the Republicans did their convention right. During the first two days of this convention, the prime-time speakers gave eloquent speeches, but they didn't hammer Kerry enough, with the exception of Rudy Giuliani's effective pummeling of Kerry's reputation for inconsistency. Tonight, Miller and Cheney more than made up for the oversight. My guess is that Republicans won't be able to convince voters that Bush has been a wonderful president, but they just might be able to convince voters that Kerry would be a terrible one.
There is the question, though, of whether anything that happens at this convention will make much of a difference in the race. As a rule, political conventions are aimed at the great mass of undecided voters who typically determine the outcome of elections, and this convention has been no different. But what's interesting about the Republicans' decision to follow those rules and hold a convention that appeals to swing voters is that Karl Rove has already announced that 2004 is a year that the normal rules don't apply.
This is supposed to be a "base" election, not a "swing" one. Rove believes that there are more votes to be found among the conservatives who didn't turn out to vote in 2000 than among the minuscule pool of undecided voters. In search of those stay-at-home voters, President Bush and Vice President Cheney almost exclusively visit heavily Republican areas in swing states.
Democrats fear that the Bush-Cheney campaign may be able to pull off a national version of what Ralph Reed did for Saxby Chambliss in Georgia two years ago, when Reed turned out droves of new evangelical voters who made the difference against Max Cleland. The race in Missouri provides a good example of what Republicans are trying to do. Earlier this year I spoke to Lloyd Smith, who is advising the Bush-Cheney campaign in the Show-Me State this year. Smith said the Bush-Cheney campaign will win the state by going to precincts that had as few as 500 or 600 voters in them four years ago and finding another 100 voters in each one to vote for the president.
In 2000, those stay-at-home voters didn't like George W. Bush enough (or hate Al Gore enough) to be motivated to get out to the polls and vote. Based on Bush's record, my guess is that they don't like him any more now. Love of Bush won't win the Republicans the presidency. Fear of Kerry might.
BEDFORD, N.H.—When I last saw Wesley Clark, I called him "Howard Dean with flags." Since then, he's reinvented his candidacy and made himself an even bigger threat to the former Vermont governor. He's now Howard Dean with flags and tax cuts.
Clark seems pretty close to emerging as the consensus pick for the only realistic non-Dean candidate. By sitting on the sidelines during the various Dean-Kerry, Dean-Gephardt, Dean-Lieberman, and Dean-"Insert Democratic candidate here" scraps, it appears that Clark's benefited from the "Dean vs. the Washington Democrats" infighting. He's in a statistical tie with Dean in a national poll. And by camping out in New Hampshire while everyone else makes a two-week sprint toward Iowa, Clark hopes to rise even further in the Granite State polls, too. (To be fair, not everyone is in Iowa. Joe Lieberman is spending a good deal of time in New Hampshire. But Clark strategist Chris Lehane rightly says that Lieberman is like "Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense: He's dead and doesn't know it yet.")
For Dean, Clark poses a slight problem because the general can't be painted with the same brush as Edwards, Gephardt, Kerry, and Lieberman. He's not a "Washington Democrat." He didn't vote for No Child Left Behind. He didn't vote for the Iraq resolution. The question for Clark is whether he will emulate Bill Clinton as the Comeback Kid, turning a potential second-place New Hampshire finish into an expectations victory, or whether he's just the voters' Fallback Guy. After all, the usual sad lot of the first runner-up is to sit around and vainly hope that the reigning Miss America won't be able to fulfill her duties. (Of course, there is always that chance that Howard Dean posed naked somewhere … never mind.)
As a candidate, Clark has improved his skills dramatically since I watched him speak in September. He's smoother, more coherent, and more concise. He's also willing to give voters at least mildly unpopular answers. At a "house party" on Tuesday (the first of several days that I'm going to be following Clark in New Hampshire), Clark tells a man concerned about job losses, "We'll probably never bring back the specific manufacturing jobs that have left." He doesn't rule out means-testing Medicare, though he does say that he's predisposed against it. (My favorite fudge on the subject: "I'm against means-testing as a matter of principle, insofar as it's at all practical.") The house is filled with physicians worried about medical malpractice suits, but Clark states his opposition to "arbitrary caps" on legal damages. "The court system really is important for ordinary Americans," he says. "The truth is if you're a poor person in this country or a person of modest means, the only way you can get legal advice is on a contingent-fee basis."
Despite the widely held belief that Clark is the candidate of Clintonian moderates while Dean is the candidate of the so-called "angry left," I don't see much evidence that voters at Clark events are more centrist or less liberal than voters I've seen elsewhere. (Exhibit A: A reporter walks up to a man in scrubs at the house party. "You're a doctor?" he asks. "An abortion provider!" is the cheery response.) At a town-hall meeting Tuesday night, one of Clark's biggest applause lines is his pledge to raise taxes on people who make more than $200,000 a year: "We're gonna ask them to be patriotic. We're gonna take back the Bush tax cuts."
But what really endears him to the crowd is his indictment of President Bush during the run-up to war. After outlining the Clark plan for Iraq—1) withdraw Paul Bremer; 2) put a non-American in charge; 3) place U.S. forces under NATO; 4) allow a rapid turnover of the country to Iraqis, "long before this July 1 date"; 5) don't let the Kurds keep their weapons, and don't give them an autonomous region—Clark mentions his Monday night appearance on MSNBC's Hardball. Chris Matthews was obsessed with Clinton's impeachment, Clark says. It's all he would ask him about. "We wasted millions of dollars and years in this country trying to find something that Bill and Hillary Clinton did wrong. And it was a waste of money and effort," Clark says. "I'd like to know why the United States Congress and this party is not demanding, every single day, an investigation into why the president of the United States misused the intelligence community, took us to a war we didn't have to fight, and still won't tell the American people the truth! That's what should be investigated! That's the truth!"
The candidate is angry, his voice rises, and the crowd leaps to its feet. It's Clark's best moment of a pretty good day. He's got them, I think, as the crowd presses around him for autographs and picture-taking. But I also can't help but think that Howard Dean would have had them on their feet from the start.
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The mechanisms that control growth processes in biology tissues have attracted continuous research interest despite their complexity. With the emergence of big data experimental approaches there is an urgent need to develop statistical and computational models to fit the experimental data and that can be used to make predictions to guide future research. In this work we apply statistical methods on growth process of different biological tissues, focusing on development of neuron dendrites and tumor cells.
We first examine the neuron cell growth process, which has implications in neural tissue regenerations, by using a computational model with uniform branching probability and a maximum overall length constraint. One crucial outcome is that we can relate the parameter fits from our model to real data from our experimental collaborators, in order to examine the usefulness of our model under different biological conditions. Our methods can now directly compare branching probabilities of different experimental conditions and provide confidence intervals for these population-level measures. In addition, we have obtained analytical results that show that the underlying probability distribution for this process follows a geometrical progression increase at nearby distances and an approximately geometrical series decrease for far away regions, which can be used to estimate the spatial location of the maximum of the probability distribution. This result is important, since we would expect maximum number of dendrites in this region; this estimate is related to the probability of success for finding a neural target at that distance during a blind search.
We then examined tumor growth processes which have similar evolutional evolution in the sense that they have an initial rapid growth that eventually becomes limited by the resource constraint. For the tumor cells evolution, we found an exponential growth model best describes the experimental data, based on the accuracy and robustness of models. Furthermore, we incorporated this growth rate model into logistic regression models that predict the growth rate of each patient with biomarkers; this formulation can be very useful for clinical trials. Overall, this study aimed to assess the molecular and clinic pathological determinants of breast cancer (BC) growth rate in vivo.
One-dimensional neural networks comprised of large numbers of Integrate-and-Fire neurons have been widely used to model electrical activity propagation in neural slices. Despite these efforts, the vast majority of these computational models have no analytical solutions.
Consequently, my Ph.D. research focuses on a specific class of homogeneous Integrate-and-Fire neural network, for which analytical solutions of network dynamics can be derived. One crucial analytical finding is that the traveling wave acceleration quadratically depends on the instantaneous speed of the activity propagation, which means that two speed solutions exist in the activities of wave propagation: one is fast-stable and the other is slow-unstable.
Furthermore, via this property, we analytically compute temporal-spatial spiking dynamics to help gain insights into the stability mechanisms of traveling wave propagation. Indeed, the analytical solutions are in perfect agreement with the numerical solutions. This analytical method also can be applied to determine the effects induced by a non-conductive gap of brain tissue and extended to more general synaptic connectivity functions, by converting the evolution equations for network dynamics into a low-dimensional system of ordinary differential equations.
Building upon these results, we investigate how periodic inhomogeneities affect the dynamics of activity propagation. In particular, two types of periodic inhomogeneities are studied: alternating regions of additional fixed excitation and inhibition, and cosine form inhomogeneity. Of special interest are the conditions leading to propagation failure. With similar analytical procedures, explicit expressions for critical speeds of activity propagation are obtained under the influence of additional inhibition and excitation. However, an explicit formula for speed modulations is difficult to determine in the case of cosine form inhomogeneity. Instead of exact solutions from the system of equations, a series of speed approximations are constructed, rendering a higher accuracy with a higher order approximation of speed.
Synchronization is an important phenomenon which plays a central role in the function or dysfunction of a wide spectrum of biological and technological networks. Despite the vast literature on network synchronization, the majority of research activities have been focused on oscillators connected through one network. However, in many realistic biological and engineering systems the units can be coupled via multiple, independent networks. This thesis contributes toward the rigorous understanding of the emergence of stable synchronization in dynamical networks with mixed coupling. A mixed network is composed of subgraphs connecting a subnetwork of oscillators via one of the individual oscillator's variables. An illustrative example is a network of Lorenz systems with mixed couplings where some of the oscillators are coupled through the x-variable, some through the y-variable and some through both. This thesis presents a new general synchronization method called the Mixed Connection Graph method, which removes a long-standing obstacle in studying synchronization in mixed dynamical networks of different nature. This method links the stability theory, including the Lyapunov function approach with graph theoretical quantities. The application of the method to specific networks reveals surprising, counterintuitive effects, not seen in networks with one connection graph.
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Kannada director Pawan Kamar (Lucia, U-Turn) brings his considerable talents to act as producer and promoter for Ondu Motteya Kathe (“Egghead”), the first feature film from fellow Kannada filmmaker (as well as writer and actor) Raj B. Shetty. Janardhan (Shetty)– the “Egghead” of the film’s title – is a balding 28-year-old Kannada language lecturer and devotee of Kannada superstar Rajkumar, and is in search of a wife. The marriage broker his parents hire struggles to find a suitable bride (they all reject him because, well, he’s a Kannada lecturer, and he’s bald). Janardhan sets his sights on a pretty economics
With the afternoon sun greatly enhancing the Grackle’s iridescent feathers and looking much like a songbird, here the species almost looks appealing. Looks can be deceiving........
We get a good variety of songbirds here, wrens, finches, warblers, etc. Whether it be at the feeders or in our apple tree when it’s covered with blossoms, we often have a plethora of feathered songsters on hand. Then, one day in spring, like clockwork, a flock of Grackles comes flying in and setting up shop in the surrounding trees. As you might guess, they waste no time taking over our bird feeders. Just like that our songbird fest is over – at least until the feeders have been depleted of seed and the marauding Grackles have moved on.
The Common Grackle’s trademark look of sinister defiance.
Whenever I see Grackles, three distinct images come to mind, two of which bring about feelings of disdain. The first instance occurred while doing a landscape job and seeing what I thought was a piece of paper being blow along by the wind. Following close behind was a Grackle, pecking away at the moving object which turned out to be a fledgling Robin, helpless and trying its best to flee its tormentor.The second occurrence was reported by a friend who told me of watching a horde of Common Grackles strutting through a meadow in search of ground-nesting songbirds.
Imagine what a fledgling bird must feel when confronted by this menacing presence.
Lastly, I was hiking along Tonawanda Creek one spring afternoon when I heard a commotion in cluster of phragmites. The rustling sound roused my curiosity and as tried to get a closer look a grackle sprang forth from those dead reeds, taking flight with a snake dangling from its beak. That little wildlife drama left me with mixed emotions toward the grackle. On one hand there was just the slightest trace of admiration, after all, here was bird not much bigger than a Blue Jay about to make a meal of a snake. On the other hand I felt no remorse for the snake and no hurrah for the grackle.
Taking a break from the rigors of its normal routine, a Red-bellied Woodpecker opts for an easy meal at our suet feeder.
Estimates show that, between foraging for insects, mating displays or for purposes of territoriality, the average woodpecker will strike trees – and sometimes man-made structures, in excess of 12,000 times daily. If you’re even a casual birdwatcher, chances are that at one time or another you wondered how woodpeckers can rapidly and repeatedly hammer away on trees and not appear to suffer any ill effects. Studies have shown that the woodpecker’s brain is encased in a rather spongy bone casing that absorbs the shock of repeated pounding while extra muscle along the back of the woodpecker’s neck provide much needed support for their daily task.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a firm grip on the trunk of an aged Cottonwood.
As the photo above shows, Woodpeckers belong to the avian group classified as tree-clingers. It is on trees such as this where the Red-bellied Woodpecker’s tongue serves it well. It’s barb-covered tongue is nearly two and a half times the length of its bill, enabling it to better apprehend prey hiding in the cracks and crevices of thick bark.
Don't let his diminutive stature fool you.
Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are quite similar in appearance. Both readily dine on berries, nuts & seeds but, most importantly they will aggressively seek out insects, including beetle larvae, adult beetles, ants, caterpillars, etc.
It won't take long for him to find his next meal.
The Pileated Woodpecker is the heavy duty excavator of the tree-clingers, capable of busting out a large rectangular cavity in dead or decaying trees in search of their favorite food, carpenter ants. Whereas the Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are quiet, the Pileated is often heard prior to being spotted, its presence given away by a raucous CUK-CUK-CUK-CUK.
It has been a long while since we’ve wondered whether woodpeckers get headaches from their daily workload. Along the way we’ve not only come to appreciate their role in nature, we also came to realize that every species comes into this world equipped to do the job for which it was intended. Nothing was overlooked because ...........................God saw that is was good.
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A most welcome visitor to our yard and a long time favorite of ours is the Northern “Baltimore” Oriole.
Another reminder that our Father in Heaven oversees all things in the circle of life is currently unfolding before us. Apple blossom time and songbird nesting season go hand in hand. Each day a variety of colorful songsters arrive, a good number of them attracted to the aromatic white clusters in search of insects. Some species still prefer to dine at our bird feeder and a few of our feathered friends will indulge themselves both at the feeder and on the bugs they find among the apple blossoms. After all, it is nesting season and there are hungry little mouths to feed!
The Yellow Warbler has a very familiar and cheery call.
This colorful visitor is the Yellow warbler, each one a tiny study in perpetual motion as they rapidly flit about seemingly non-stop while probing the apple blossoms for a meal. Their call is most pleasing to the ears, one can't help but smile when they're around.
The Red breasted Groseak prefers to be heard, but not seen.
The easy to identify Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another visitor that is both colorful and bears a cheery song as well. We have two nesting pairs in close proximity this year.
The Indigo Bunting, seen here atop our feeder, is often mistaken for a blue bird.
We’ve been seeing more and more of this species in recent years.
Here you have four of our favorites, we hope your enjoy them as much as we do. Each one is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but, the ear as well. Their songs range from sweet to melodious to cheerful. We’ve heard it said the joy of the Lord will put a song in your heart. What might the songbirds be trying to tell us?
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Dog Violets, despite being their somewhat sparse growth compared to other members of the Violet family, they still lend a bit of color to the forest floor.
Once upon a time, while strolling through the woods (wait a sec, this isn't a Fairy Tale, it's a true story). There was a time – albeit long ago - when I seldom, if ever, gave a second thought to the plant growth springing forth from the forest floor as March turned to April. In my haste to get from point A to point B in search of who knows what, I no doubt must have tromped on a good many vibrantly colored woodland gems.
Those days of haste are behind me now, replaced by leisurely and far more attentive strolls wherever I meander each week. Being the curious sort, somewhere along the way, long before "Google" became an adjective, I accumulated a mini library of reference books, books that divulged information on all that I encountered. My bookcase became home to a vast array of outdoor topics ranging from the night sky to butterflies, to mammals, and fish, and birds and, much, much more. One of the more worn books in my collection is about wildflowers. Here are some pics of a few that I happened across while outside near my house recently. I give you this year's "edition" of early woodland blooms.
The flower of the Trout Lily consists of just a solitary, nodding bloom.
their mottled leaves first emerged a couple weeks ago, it's only in recent days that the Trout Lilies finally have sprouted in the small woods adjacent our property. They stand a mere four to ten inches tall but, left undisturbed over time they can develop into large colonies that will blanket the forest floor.
The Trout Lily apparently got its name because someone back in the day thought the mottled blotching on the leaves resembled the markings found along the backs of wild brook trout.
Lesser Clenandine has heart-shaped leaves and shiny yellow flowers.
Lesser Celandine is normally found growing in large to massive clusters in damp woodlots and along sluggish streams and will brighten the forest floor considerably. Late in the day, as the sun nears the western horizon, the blossoms will close tightly and remain so until the next morning after the sun has ascended well overhead. (A word of caution, this is an invasive species and should not be transplanted.)
No, this is not a dandelion.
Another early spring wild flower, Colts Foot first emerged in early March this year. Sometimes mistaken for dandelion, Colts Foot is found along streams as well as roadsides. Thanks to their distinct leaves (hence the name), the plant is one of the more readily identifiable wildflowers. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible and also are used in some natural homeopathic remedies.
Suffice to say at this stage of my life I am no longer in such a hurry when outdoors and more importantly, I no longer knowingly step on delicate wild plants, but rather stop quite often to admire some of the God’s finest handiwork in the spring woodlands. "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."
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Several years ago during the late summer, my morning walk took me along the old Lehigh Railroad bed just South of the Batavia city limits. That particular section is elevated about 15’ above the land on either side. On the North side of the tracks is a small wetland known locally as the “beaver swamp.” To the South, and directly below me was a fairly dense thicket consisting mostly of osier, wild grape vine and various small trees. Despite my vantage point from above, I wasn’t afforded much of a view other than the top of the thicket. As it turns out, I had all the view I would need.
Moments later there was a flash of movement below me and to my left. A Cedar Wax wing was making haste through the tops of the scrub growth with a Cooper’s Hawk in hot pursuit. They passed by practically within spitting distance traveling in the opposite direction. I don’t know what the outcome was but the hawk matched its intended quarry move for move until they disappeared from sight.
I photographed this Cooper's Hawk at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
If ever there was a raptor built for maneuvering through the woods at high speed, it’s the Cooper’s Hawk and his look-alike cousin, the slightly smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk. Some birds of prey, like the Northern Harrier, glide low over the terrain in search of a meal, while some, like the Red-tailed Hawk hunt by circling high overhead or from a lofty perch. Once having spotted their quarry, they will make a rapid nose dive before pouncing on their unsuspecting victims. Not so with the Cooper’s hawk. Their diet consists of mainly smaller birds which they chase down with relentless pursuit, zipping through the woodlands, performing sleek aerial maneuvers as they evade tree limbs, tangles and brush all while staying solely focused on their prey.
Despite my attempt at concealment, he’s been aware of my presence, eyeing me warily the entire time.
Deciding whatever it is that’s watching him is not something to eat, and in the blink of an eye, he'll be gone.
Cooper’s hawks don’t confine their hunting to the wild. Smaller hawks have been known to hunt in residential areas, particularly when bird feeders offer up an easy meal.We enjoy the many colorful songbirds that are drawn to our yard, yet we’re aware they make up a large portion of the Cooper’s hawk’s diet. On occasion we are reminded of this sober truth upon coming across the tell-tale clusters of Blue Jay and Northern Flicker feathers lying on the ground and it is then that I am drawn to Ecclesiastes 3; There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance……….
So goes the cycle of life, all according to His plan.
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I (Will) have written AdGrads for about five and a half years now - and, to get to the point, AdGrads is moving to become part of the IPA's graduate recruitment blog, the AdMission.
Initially, AdGrads was begun by the four of us. Myself, Anton Reyniers, Alex Jena and Sam Ismail. The blog was originally meant to stand as a counterpoint to the dearth of Advertising advice out there. The IPA had a good fact file on agencies, but there was nothing out there that *really* showcased what life was like when getting in as a graduate.
The seeds were sown when my blog (‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, now living here, and still being updated, happily) and Anton & Sam’s blog (‘Ad Lads’) seemed to have the same, underlying purpose - to document what the first steps in Advertising were really like.
People sometimes asked us, ‘have you ever accepted any money for blogging?’ And, I’m pleased to say that no, no-one at AdGrads has. We have always written and posted help and advice because it was the right thing to do. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the blog has had an obvious upside for us - AdGrads has always believed that by helping people out, it’ll benefit the agency sector and help us out when we’re more senior. More bright people equals better work, which in turn, equals better place/s to work - places that aren’t staffed by nepotism and privilege, which was one of the big driving forces behind AdGrads’ inception.
What’s more, over the past few years, I’m pleased to say the blog’s helped a lot of people and agencies recruit and be recruited - examples that range from helping Leo Burnett with their revamped graduate scheme to writing for The Guardian. Personally, as I’ve become the sole writer of the blog, I’ve met a whole lot of bright, vivacious, interesting people who will be the agency stars of the future. I hope, in some small way, that AdGrads has helped them.
Finally, and most encouragingly, I’m delighted to say that as Sam, Alex, Anton and myself became busier and less able to contribute as much as we did back in 2007, the IPA have really stepped up their efforts to help provide different perspectives about how to get into the business. Recent IPA presidencies have made graduate recruitment a priority, which is utterly brilliant.
With that in mind, the IPA have launched the AdMission. You can read more about it here. I (Will) will be writing there periodically - and it'll use 'the best of AdGrads' to help add to its content; however, more to the point, there will be another generation of AdGrads who will be writing about their adventures in the business. Anton, Alex, Sam and myself are now more removed from graduate experiences, and, given that we have less time, it’s good, right and appropriate for the next generation to step up. I wish them all the luck in the world.
Read what they have to say here - the Ad-Mission should be your first point of call for graduate recruitment queries.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. The blog won’t be deleted (even if I wanted to delete it, I’m not the admin - Sam is, and I’ve not been in touch with him for a while); it will still provide a useful resource for those searching for ‘AdGrads’. Similarly, the twitter account will remain, but I’d urge those who follow it to follow the IPA/Ad-Mission twitter account.
P.P.S. If, for some reason or another, you’d like to meet for some graduate advice, I’m more than happy to meet for a coffee before work. Email me at william.humphrey [AT] yahoo.co.uk.
There's a new vacancy going at the LSU (the London Strategy Unit). They've been in touch with us here at AdGrads towers.
Below is the job spec. It's a fairly broad one, so there's every chance you'd be in with a chance if, like a lot of our readers, you have multiple skills and aren't sure if you're a planner, account handler or otherwise:
"We're looking for a couple of researchers, writers or journalist types to help us produce insightful and entertaining content. You'll need to be brand and business savvy as well as having a good knowledge of culture and trends.
Those without a curious mind need not apply.
If this sounds like you, and you're interested - send your CV and no more than 150 words on what makes you the right person for the job to recruitment at londonstrategyunit.com."
Sounds fascinating, eh? They have some of the brightest minds in the business working for them, and it would be a great move for several of you.
Not sure if you realised this, but the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) have an excellent summer school, and it closes at the end of this week. They've been in touch with AdGrads to get us to let you guys know about it. So, on with the show:
“This is the final week for applications for this year’s IPA Ad School, a fantastic chance to spend your summer in one of the UK’s top agencies. There are three programmes: Client Services & Planning, Creative and Search. Alongside 8 weeks of work experience, you’ll also attend weekly evening sessions from industry luminaries – a great chance to learn, ask questions and network with some seriously senior folk. Client Services & Planning and Creative students will also take part in a group project which is pitched at graduation, while Search students leave the School with two industry-respected qualifications: the IPA Search Certificate and the Google Adwords Certificate.
There are some fantastic agencies lined up – we’ve not released the full list but do a little research and you’ll see that Leo Burnett and Publicis are amongst this year’s crop. Last year over 70% of our students were offered jobs or extended placements so while there’s no guarantee, the odds are definitely in your favour.
This year’s School runs from 1st July-23rd August and is open to second-years and above, including graduates. You needn’t have any prior experience or any kind of portfolio or book; all we want from you is great ideas, bundles of enthusiasm, and lots of hard work.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a prize sum (£800 for Client Services & Planning and Creative and £1,500 for Search). Travel within zones 1-2 is paid.
But don’t just take my word for it – hear from last year’s Ad School graduates.
Whether you’ve always wanted to work in advertising or whether it’s a career you’ve never considered before, the IPA Ad School is the perfect way to try the industry to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Apply now for IPA Ad School 2013; the deadline is 11:59pm on 12th April.
If you’ve any questions please email adschool at ipa.co.uk or find us on Facebook.”
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As you may or may not have noticed, I’m not there speaking today. Sorry about that.
By way of an apology, I’ve decided to write a blog post. Not just any blog post, either. One that, I hope, is helpful for those who are deciding whether a career in communications* (*PR, Advertising in this case) is the right thing for you. It features a bit of my story and some of the lessons I've learned along the way. Read on...
Once upon a time in my first year, I wandered up from Birks (the old one, not the shiny new Birks Grange – this one resembled something like a 1950’s prison) and went to see the careers folks. I was told I should either become a teacher or a solicitor (NB: Exeter's career service is now excellent, but when I was graduating, finding the right job was a bit trickier for the average English student).
Being an English undergrad at the time, both seemed, well, a bit creatively sterile** (**they are creative in their own way, but I was interested in making stuff; y’know, stuff with my own name attached to it in some way – the English student’s creative conceit, I think).
They also, if I'm honest, seemed a bit grown up. And, as a 19 year old man-child who could barely cook for himself, never mind entertain the notion of a ‘proper’ job, I wasn’t overly enthused:
"COULDN’T a job encourage my creative side? DO I have to wear a suit every day, anyway? WHY can't I be paid well for thinking about and helping to create ideas?"
In a way, I was lucky. I knew of one from the start. That was Advertising. I’d been fortunate enough to grow up in a household in the West Midlands where my father was involved with managing an ad agency. I’d been able to find out about the inner-most workings of how ads got made, and the process of talking to clients, conducting research and creating creative work to solve a client’s business problem/s.
Account handlers (account executives when junior, rising through account manager to account director and beyond) were the day to day liaison with the client – the business minded sorts who sold work to the client and generally ensured everything went smoothly. Account planners were the ones who analysed the marketplace, trends and helped some up a defined problem for communications to solve (in the form of a creative brief), assessing the work as/after it was made. Creatives – art directors, copywriters (and even digital/tech developers) were those who came up with the ideas to help clients sell more products or amplify consumer behaviour.
With all of this prior knowledge and career advice bubbling in the background, I got on with the serious*** (***it wasn't that serious – not with my amount of hours) business of getting a degree. And, I got one. And it was lovely, and all that. Mum was very proud.
Knowing what I know now, I should have tried to get some work experience in the holidays. If you’re reading this as a first or second year student, try and do it as soon as you can, even if it's just one stint. Of course, I wasn’t from the South East, and this poses a massive problem for most people – how do you come to a major ad agency (the overwhelming majority of whom are based in London) if you can’t live at home or don’t have friends in the area?**** (**** the answer is ‘stay in a youth hostel’, for those who’re thinking about it).
Anyway, that’s an aside. I applied to lots of ad agency graduate schemes, all of which I found out through the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) or through my Dad/googling. And, I was confident. I had a good degree, after all. So, what happened next?
Rejection. Total rejection.
After the first interview (at Leo Burnett, who run a very fine graduate programme), I was rejected from every other place without an initial chat. You might say it was a bit of a set back.
After completing a few pieces of work experience (at Fallon and DLKW)…with even more rounds of rejection… I had a conversational language. I knew how to speak ‘ad’; I was comfortable when talking about ideas in ads – about what ads were trying to achieve and what they could have been.
I’d urge EVERY person reading this who’s thinking about advertising or comms to practice this, and to ask questions of it – what is the comms trying to say? What do you like about it? Or, better yet, what do you dislike? (NB: Check the AdGrads archives for more information; there's lots about this in there).
Spurred on by this, I started a blog***** (***** back when blogging was a new, fairly useful way of standing out; it’s less useful now, as everyone's doing it.) documenting my adventures in adland. The blog, called ‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, can now be found here. All of the archives are there, and I think they helped me when explaining how and why I liked Advertising.
Because of these experiences, I eventually got into account management at Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was a fairly terrible account handler. Happily, I was a better planner. I have worked at Lowe, Edelman, Anomaly and M+C Saatchi/LIDA. I’m still at the latter.
That’s my story.
After going through this experience, I've picked up the odd lesson. I hope these are useful:
Mentors are the most important part of communications (and indeed, any job). With a good one, you learn exponentially and have someone to test things on. Without one, you are prone to free wheeling.
Start big, get smaller. The bigger agencies have the time and resource to train you properly. The small ones, though you learn a lot through doing, you un the risk of not learning properly. You can always work at that sexy small agency. Far better to work there when you know the basics well.
Think about how you communicate. It’s a bit wanky to say ‘you’re a brand’, but you must be able to prove why you like communications, and be able to be found. If I googled you, would I find you and your opinions/interests? No? Then why do you want to work in communications?
Keep track of your favourite on your lateral thinking. What’s the best example of thinking you’ve seen to solve a problem? It can be non comms led (ideally it would be marketing-based), an ad, something you’ve done or so on – but it must show a clever lateral thought to solve an associated problem. Keep a log of your favourites. They’ll help when demonstrating how you think about the world in an interview.
Don’t get disheartened. Rejection is part and parcel of the game. Before every relevant job or decision, I have been rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. The trick is to use it to spur you on. After all, Advertising is a trade, not a profession. There’s rarely one way to solve a problem, or indeed, one straightforward way to get in.
Exeter folks, I’ll try to be there next time. Honest.
Feel free to email me on William.Humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you have any further questions.
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We have a guest post for you today (two posts in two days - I'm as shocked as you). The very kind Lauren Ingram has written a post about her experiences as an intern, and offers tips for you lot about how to turn yours into a permanent job.
Getting the most out of your internship by Lauren Ingram
If you’ve wangled an internship at an agency, make sure you give them a reason to keep you on, or invite you back after uni. It's all about making yourself invaluable.
I was on the IPA Ad School in 2011 in Client Services/Planning, and subsequently stayed on as a copywriter intern – this trial period was worth doing as I’m not quite cut out for Creative! So to distil some things that I learned the hard way…
Know what questions to ask and when to ask them: being curious is a positive trait in adland but don’t be a nuisance. Anything you could find out online – find it out online. Learn as much as you can about what a planner does, what an account handler does, and so on, and get to know your agency's campaigns in detail. This is still important even though you've got the internship now. Many agencies subscribe to Campaign mag as well as other titles, so borrow these during your lunch breaks to stay up to date.
Ask more about the projects your colleagues are working on. You get a better idea of what they actually do all day (and it’s not reorganising the stationery cupboard) and you can offer more relevant help this way. I often found myself asking “is there anything else I can do to help?” and this is fine, but what would be more useful for them is offering help on a specific task. For example, your agency is positioning a brand’s loyalty card, offer to do research into what other brands are doing in this area. Of course, your colleagues might have already done it, but it makes your mentor’s life easier if they don’t have to ‘invent’ tasks for you.
Make good use of empty time: As an intern you probably have more time on your hands than others in the business. Make use of it. Offering everyone tea won't build your skills but it does give you a chance to speak to more people. Also, read your company's blog and decide whether you could write something decent for it. There may be longer thoughtpieces by senior members of staff, but there may also be shorter pieces by other staff members on relevant news in adland. For example, at certain times of year (Christmas, Valentine's Day, around the Olympics, etc) there will be a flurry of advertising activity and you could do a round-up of some of the best ads during that period, or an emerging theme you have noticed within them. Ask who looks after the company blog, then ask them if your submission sounds suitable - they're usually always looking for more content to show how switched on the agency and its employees are. Also look at their Twitter feed, find some interesting links that you think would be suited to their style, then find out who manages it (more networking!) and pass on the links with a very short blurb for each. You could offer to manage the Twitter feed - the New Business/Marketing department probably looks after it - but they might say no as many a Twitter disaster is caused by a rogue intern. A last suggestion would be to ask to attend as many meetings as possible. Sometimes they will only want to have those who absolutely need to be there, so don't be offended if they say no, but for the most part it will give a good impression that you want to get stuck in.
All in all, it's a bit of a balancing act, making yourself memorable without getting in people’s way (and I still haven’t perfected it) but it might be the thing that gets you a Real Job.
I'd say about half of the emails I receive about getting into advertising relate to planning.
And, being a planner myself, I'm more than happy to offer advice, especially as it's a tricky line of work to get into. When I was trying to get into it, I read an awful lot of Russell Davies's blog (the planner who did a lot of very good work on Nike and Honda, amongst others) - and, I think, is still a good resource. Additionally, the London Strategy Unit has begun to run a short course for wannabe planners that you should check out.
Planning is always a hard thing to write about, much less explain coherently (though the APG has a brilliant guidebook on it) if you've never done it. And, for most of the folks reading this, the opportunity to do planning is fairly remote.
Now, when you're in the job as a junior planner, there's a post in the AdGrads archives that might be useful. But for those who've never had to write a planning presentation, or want to understand what goes into it, I've written a short presentation to help show how you'd put something together to show your client, and set up what the creative work will be - along with a communications plan, something to indicate how you'd spend the media money in an ideal world.
I thought it would be a good idea to pick a brand and answer a fictional problem to help folks understand the thought process that goes into a planning presentation - one that's away from the typical sexy brand (your Nikes, your Apples', your Budweiser's) that most think of when they talk about their favourite work. And, after all, the 'yellow fats' category is amongst one of the most traditional planning problems to tackle.
Have a go yourself. Send me your presentations, or put it up on Slideshare, and we can have a Q&A as to how you've tackled it.
Most of this presentation was written with a bit of desk research, some time spent in-store and some time spent chatting to the typical consumers (mums, in short). Check out the ONS, read up on new launches in the category - and see what you think. If I was planner on the business, there'd be a raft of information I'd receive; but in this instance, don't worry about being 100% right when it comes to buying behaviours...just use whatever research you can find on or offline.
The presentation's below, and you can download it (or get in touch with me - william.humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you'd like the keynote presentation with notes) from Slideshare.
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I've had another request for a graduate position from the good people at Quirk.
I'll let them explain:
"Quirk is a dynamic, fun, hard-working and rapidly growing agency looking for an Intern or Graduate to join our Engage team. The post is for a minimum of 3 months, and you’ll be working closely with our Paid Search and Social Media teams. You’ll be supporting some of our largest accounts setting up PPC campaigns, monitoring Social Media accounts and even assisting our SEO Manager. This opportunity will provide you with invaluable, hands on experience that will equip you with important skills & knowledge to help start your digital marketing career. You will also be required to support other areas of the agency as needed. Skills needed include: A real passion for digital, an analytical mind, excellent attention to detail, Excel experience, Google AdWords experience is advantageous - and finally, good writing skills. Please contact tammy at quirk.biz for more information."
As part of the start of a new influx of AdGrads writers, below is an account about how to prepare for interviews by Jen Meyerson Dubbin. Take it away, Jen:
“They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?”
by Jen Meyerson Dubbin
Your blood is pumping. You are hopefully not sweating through your suit. You nervously tap your foot against your leg while sitting on a modern chair that was clearly chosen for design instead of comfort. After having applied to every grad scheme and junior position under the sun, you have landed an interview.
You’re an ad grad who knows their stuff. Your lecturers and professors have prepared you. You brought your portfolio of your previous work to show, and yesterday you reviewed pertinent materials from your lectures to refresh yourself.
You start talking to and sizing up the competition whilst you all wait for a chance to break into Adland. There's someone with a BSc in Biology from Edinburgh, BA in Medieval History from Cambridge, BA in English from Sheffield, and then there's you; an ad grad. When the group finds out you are an ad grad the whole dynamic changes to you versus everyone else. The guy from Cambridge anxiously asks, “They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?” While the girl from Edinburgh reassures him by saying, “They know we aren’t ad people.”
This should be obvious, but make sure you prepare for your interview. When I went on interviews, I was surprised at the number of people who didn’t seem to think they needed to do anything to prepare. Yes, ad agencies do expect you to know about advertising. You aren’t being hired as an account manager or planner for your ability to make a decent cuppa - especially in this economy. There is nothing wrong with never having taken an advertising course, but that’s not a valid excuse to not know about advertising. You wouldn’t expect a lorry driver not to know how to operate a vehicle. No-one expects you to know everything and it's okay to be wrong. However, it’s essential to have an opinion - make sure you're more knowledgeable than a general consumer.
There are several things you can do to prepare for an advertising interview. It might take a bit of work to get there, but knowledge is empowering and a confidence booster too. Obviously, I can’t cover everything in this post - those who've gotten in, please feel free to post additional recommendations in the comment section.
Knowing how an advertising concept works and having knowledge of a little bit of history is essential; especially if there is a team task involved in the interview process. Sometimes you will be lucky by being informed before the interview the type of task you will be given. Use that information to focus your preparation - for instance, I was in a team where one of members was trying to explain to the team that the target market should be as broad as possible when it should actually be narrow and specific to be optimally targeted. He obviously didn’t do his prep work and it hurt the team. In these situations, you don’t want to be the weak link in your group.
What's more, you should try to find out what the person in the position you are applying for does. There are a lot of websites and blogs that should have the information available (Linkedin, for example). If you can’t find anything, note that some agencies do have quirky job titles, so be sure to ask in the interview. Use what you learned to sell yourself by connecting your skills and experience to the position - most things you've done can be related to advertising in some way - you've just got to know what the job entails.
When it comes to research, look at the agency you are applying to online. You can learn about their agency culture, clients, current & past work, people, and history. You can also find information in trade publications and websites such as (e.g., IPA, Brand Republic).
Learn about other agencies. Agencies are brands with communication products just like Coca-Cola is a brand with soft drink products. Other agencies are the competitors of the agency you are applying for. You don’t need to do SWOT analyses for each, but basics like what they offer, who their current & past clients are, current & past work, and agency culture should have you well covered. In the end, you should be able to talk about what differentiates Agency A from Agency B.
Finally, when I set off in advertising school I thought Planners & Account Managers went to college and Creatives went to portfolio school, but the ad world isn’t like that. There are no extra points for having a communications and business background. No specific mold of what makes an ad person exists.
Advertising is incredibly diverse. Some people have degrees while others don’t. Those who do have degrees come from a variety of disciplines. Regardless of their discipline, ad people are willing to put in the work to stay current and knowledgeable because they genuinely like what they do.
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.
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.
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.
Getting backlinks from the free sources are always beneficial for a website and helps a website to get rank well in search engines. If you want to purchase links be careful specially when you want to purchase paid directory listing. I advice stop buying paid links and its better to buy quality content and publish it on your blog.
The search engine giant, Google can easily identify your unnatural link activity even these directories offers free submission. The reason is simple. Google sending link voilation messages to the webmasters through google webmaster tools. Google easily identifies it through sitewide links or the common navigation or footer section where a website's link is placed and this link is found in more than 100 of pages in the same website.
Say No to Sitewide Link or Featured Section
A month ago, I also purchased the paid spots in three directories and got email from google a week ago. When I checked my google webmaster tool, I found more than 2500 links are coming to my site from these three directories. I still see digitalpoint and other webmasters forums where webmasters sell or purchase links without any fear.
The Best Link Building Strategies After Google Panda and Penguine Updates :
Publish not less than 350 words unique content. Link your keyword inside the content with the relevant page.
Avoid reciprocal link building in bulk, sitewide links and links under featured section.
Donot make more than 15-20 links a day.
Rely on free source of backlinks - Directories, Articles, Social Bookmarks.
Focus more on contextual links from relevant sites/blogs only.
Utilize the power of social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter, etc.
A new website owner should keep patience and start link building atleast after 3 months.
Google has launched the new application called Google +1 very recently. If you have seen carefully, there is a +1 sign next to each search result in Google search results page. In this article, let’s take a look at this new tool on how it works, what are its effects on PageRank, are Google+1 and Search Engine Rankings related to each other, and how you can use it on your website.
Basically +1 is acts same as that of “Like” button on FaceBook or “Follow” on Twitter. But the effects of +1 are different from other two, as Google is basically a search engine as well as social media and blogging platform too. With +1 launched, Google is trying to strengthen its position in social media sector. As far its working is concerned, it will add one vote to the search result, website or blogpost, if a user presses on +1 sign next to it. When more number of people press +1, means vote for your website, it will be more trustworthy for Google.
Adding the Google+1 button to your own website is very easy. You have to copy-paste the following code on your website’s homepage and it will start working instantaneously. You need to place inside the <head> or just above the </body> tag of the webpage.
Now comes the important question. Are Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings connected to each other in any way? Whether +1 also affects the Google PageRank of a website, is still not very clear. Some people say that it affects not directly but indirectly somewhere down the line. Whereas others claim that the PageRank is not at all affected by this new tool. However, there is good news for PPC marketers as +1 is going to be a permanent addiction in the Google AdWords. The anti-spam mechanism is already in place and if someone tries to vote more times to his or her own website to improve score, the website can be penalized.
According to some experts Google +1 is going to work in phases. During the first phase, Google will collect all the information for analysis and then during next phase, it will try to provide more personalized experience for searching and ranking operations.
Researchers are working to revive a radical treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment involves transplanting healthy brain cells to replace cells killed off by the disease. It's an approach that was tried decades ago and then set aside after disappointing results. Now, groups in Europe, the U.S. and Asia are preparing to try again, using cells they believe are safer and more effective. "There have been massive advances," says Claire Henchcliffe , a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. "I'm optimistic." "We are very optimistic about ability of [the new] cells to improve patients' symptoms," says Viviane Tabar , a neurosurgeon and stem cell biologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Henchcliffe and Tabar joined several other prominent scientists to describe plans to revive brain cell transplants during a session Tuesday at the International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting in Boston. Their upbeat message marks a dramatic turnaround for the
Many of affiliate marketers use the Google PageRank as a reliable source to measure the popularity of the website. But many of them, in fact, many of internet users do not know how Google PageRank is actually evolved and what the notion behind it is. Ten years ago, the ranking was not the same as that of today, they were quite predictable. The search algorithm was more manually-driven than programmatically and so the search results from Google often showed the same websites over longer period of time. As a result of this, users were dependent on Google more as a site browsing tool. This is one of the facts about Google PageRanking.
However, the conditions have changed a lot now. Google has developed its services in more modern way where there is no manual dependency. All the things are taken care by algorithms. Now you do not experience the same search results for similar terms for even two days. You can see totally search results for same keywords. This really puts a question in front of all Google PageRank users, that is it really useful when Google shows very dynamic Page Ranks for the same website for same keywords. This proves that Page Rank is not merely a number but a result of complicated algorithms applied. To generate Page Rank, Google takes into account following factors- websites Meta tags, titles, keywords density, description tags, links coming from other websites, the Page Ranks of the referring websites. So you can now imagine how complex is the Page Rank generation algorithm. And this is the second of some facts about Google page ranking.
There is a variation in the Google suggestions for search query phrases. This way, the search queries data entered by people can also be under question. You cannot really depend on it. Sometimes, Google search gives totally different and strange results on the referral data of your website. Some people also reported a wide variation or sudden rise in the Google page crawling activity and after such activity, their Google traffic data was significantly decreased and hence lowering their page ranks.
For some webmasters, Google PageRank is not the only parameter to evaluate the popularity of the website. But of course they also get worried when their PageRank is modified because of any known or unknown reasons. This creates a fear among their PR network for sure. This way, above stated facts about Google PageRanking can affect your website’s popularity and thus affecting your money.
Google panda is the new algorithm or tool introduced by Google to make out the difference between the original and duplicate content. In this article, lets find out more about Google Panda as a Ranking Factor. This does the job perfectly and finds out just copy-pasted blog content and other low quality articles created just by re-shuffling keywords. Such websites are also known as article farm. The Google Panda was earlier named as Google Farmer which will remove weeds present in the farms of web where websites with duplicate and /or low quality content are termed as weed. After these weeds are removed, the farm can grow with a healthy crop. This way, the main goal of Google panda is to get rid of such low quality content. The website is said to be "hit with Panda" or "affected by Panda Attack: when Google terms the website as low quality.
On the web, there are many websites which copy the contents from other websites. After running this algorithm, Google marks the entire websites or pages as Panda Pages. Google has designed Panda to check low quality pages. If the website contains too many pages with low quality content, then Panda marks the entire site. This way we can look at Google Panda as a Ranking Factor, however this does not claim that your website is out of Google’s search and other tools. It is still there, and after the site-owner chooses actions to recover from Panda attack, it can be considered as a normal website again. Of course, some days or weeks might be required to get the site out from Panda Attack. In the newer versions of Panda, websites which are not much relevant and are the same since long time are also affected.
One interesting thing is that the Panda filter algorithm is not continuously running, it runs for some period of time and then rests for some time. This particular algorithm requires lot of computing power as the analysis is to be done by using some complicated methods and few hundred of parameters. During each run of Panda filter algorithm, Google has tried to enhance it with some small or big changes. The efforts to figure out good quality and low quality content are really appreciable as it tries to give credits and benefits to the original creator of the content.
In the community of SEO, there are some conflicts of opinions over the topic "Impact of social media on SEO". Some members believe that there is surely an impact on the search engine pages ranks. Today many social media websites used by all the population over the world. Of course it is more seen in urban areas. Every person has an account on FaceBook or Twitter or MySpace. Looking at this fact, more population is available on social networks; why not use it for the purpose of marketing? So a link given on a popular blog can carry equal SEO rank as that of the link given on FaceBook page. Let's discuss the same topic here in this article in details.
In the field of Search Engine Optimization, the link building process is very important. The links pointing to your website which originate from other popular website carry lot of weight in deciding the PageRank of your website. In the same way, social media sites are also very attractive. When a link posted by you is seen by many of your potential customers and also can be carried forward to many more. All the pages on social media websites are indexed and therefore they prove to be very important in gaining good ranks. So we can say that there is surely an impact of social media on SEO.
Getting associated with social networking websites is not a very tedious job. Anyone can register with a genuine email address and set up fan pages on FB. You should try to find social site with more niche approach. This way you can target and become active on hundreds of niche websites. If you seek properly, you can get connected to various groups on social media which are associated to particular industry or area. This gives you access to all the other people or we can say potential customers connected in the group.
When talking of social media, a small hint about URL shortners will come handy. URL shortners are always present on social media, especially on Twitter. They prove to be a very good tool to shorten the URL by keeping the main anchor texts intact. If the URL shorter is not keeping the anchor tag same as original one, then the source page or website might not get ranked properly. You should prefer some paid URL shorteners which keep the anchor href tag intact while shortening it.
When it comes to breast-feeding, orangutans are the champs. Past studies of orangutans in the wild have found that mothers nurse their offspring for up to seven years, longer than any other primate. But a new study of orangutan teeth suggests even that estimate is low, a team reports Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. The study found evidence that during periods when fruit and other food became scarce, young orangutans would supplement their diet with breast milk. "And this pattern could last up until 8 or 9 years of age, which is very long," says Christine Austin , an author of the paper and a researcher in the department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. This late weaning is probably a survival strategy, says Tanya Smith , the study's lead author, who works at the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University. "Having a long period of nursing may be a way for juveniles to learn the ins and outs of
SEO is a buzzword in the world of Internet. Everyone is trying to master the skill and get the first page position on the search engine results. Many websites and article directories contain tons of pages stating the correct ways of achieving search engine optimization. They guarantee that following their tips or guidelines will surely make your site appear in first page of Google search. However, not all these pages contain valid and usable information and it is not a matter of just one day or few hours to get into the best position in search results. It surely requires continuous efforts for some consecutive days to reach the best position or we can say desired position.
Here are few things, again we don’t claim, these are ALL the things, required for better SEO. These surely work as far as our experience is concerned. Paying attention to following things will surely help to improve the search engine ranking for your website.
Content - Content is the main thing in any website. We can easily say that great and original content is everything required for SEO. It is like a property with a very high value. The more good is your content, the better are the possibilities for good page ranks in search engine results. You must put new and fresh content after a regular interval on your website. Latest updates in content are also required for better SEO.
Keywords – As stated in above paragraph, content is the main requirement for SEO. But whole content can not be used for optimization, you must select some important words or phrases which best describe your product or service you are offering from your website. Those important words are also called as keywords. Finding these keywords in the written content or conversely, developing content around keywords is more important task. These keywords can be put in “bold” case so that they can be prominently seen on the page by the search engine.
Density of Keywords – Number of keywords appearing on a single page is also one of the factors that is considered by search engine. This is because, if somebody has written only keywords in bold case hundred times, then the content is surely useless and adds no value. So three to four keywords per page is considered as ideal density by the content developers as well as search engines too.
It has often been seen and reviewed over the time that even the top SEO marketing tips for success fail to respond in effective manner. This is not due to the lack of efficacy rather it is because of wrong implementation technique which the clients stick to. You should be bewaring of the false promises, attractive offers and the easy and inexpensive methods which various online sources fetch you for the SEO purpose. This is something which always affects the working module of the SEO strategy and you will not receive the needed results within the given timeframe. So, it is the utmost requirement for the customer to view and analyze all the relative scopes which may lead to the needed success for the website. Trust and honesty may be preferred over the overflow and exaggeration of contents and product description. Here are some of the most vital tips which will definitely give a new shape to your SEO strategy.
Just make it sure that newly posted contents on your website are easily accessible for the online visitors. Often posting of crawlers in lack of strong link structure, good site navigation and topical archives fail to justify your efforts.
Do not focus on much complex and complicated URLs rather believe in having or employing simple URL for your website and contents? This will be easy for the customers to remember and repeated visits. Top SEO marketing tips will always benefit the client in earning reputation and huge cash.
Always keep an eye on the duplicate contents and URL which will negatively affect the web traffic and internet earning in a long run.
Try to focus on making the title tag at the top and even in the first sentence in the content or description of the product and services. Believe it your title should clearly and simply define the content.
Content Management System or literally known as CMS, should be customized in the most popular manner. This will boost the overall performance.
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Emphasize on SEO training for everyone in the organization or company.
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Tiny, 3-D clusters of human brain cells grown in a petri dish are providing hints about the origins of disorders like autism and epilepsy. An experiment using these cell clusters — which are only about the size of the head of a pin — found that a genetic mutation associated with both autism and epilepsy kept developing cells from migrating normally from one cluster of brain cells to another, researchers report in the journal Nature. "They were sort of left behind," says Dr. Sergiu Pasca , an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. And that type of delay could be enough to disrupt the precise timing required for an actual brain to develop normally, he says. The clusters — often called minibrains , organoids or spheroids — are created by transforming skin cells from a person into neural stem cells. These stem cells can then grow into structures like those found in the brain and even form networks of communicating cells. Brain organoids cannot grow beyond a
People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses of electricity — if they're properly timed. A typical person's ability to remember things tends to vary a lot, says Michael Kahana, who directs the computational memory lab at the University of Pennsylvania. "Some days we're at the top of our game," he says, "and some days we're just off our game." That's also true for people whose memory has been impaired — by a brain injury or disease. So Kahana wondered whether there might be some way to help these people perform at their peak level all the time. "If they could just move their game up so that every day was their best day, then it would really significantly change their quality of life," Kahana says. He and a team of researchers thought they might be able to do this by stimulating
One of the most reputed terms associated with the popularity index of your webpage or website is the order of preference and selection of a successful SEO strategy. This will no doubt, give the website a huge boost to the selected portfolio of your website. For effective implementation of the strategy, you should be quite known to various steps and tips related to the same and thus, it becomes very effective and reliable tool to promote your business and marketing trend over the internet. Certain steps and tips are mentioned below for your guidance that will definitely help you.
1.The owner should completely and comprehensively analyze the nature of website he is willing to optimize. No doubt, a detailed study of the various aspects like the contents, layout, web design, materials and promotional campaigns related to the same will effectively constitute a better and successful SEO strategy. You will make comparison of back links, portfolios of interest, enlisted directories to the corresponding company or website, web traffic and drawbacks which your website possess so that you may try your best to add the lacking criteria to your website.
2.Further, you will have to keep an eye on your competitors and other websites which are related to your topic of interest. You may decide your competitor by measuring the target audience capacity it has and various other factors to consider. You can use the comparative study to share a common link with the competitors at the earliest.
3.See, this step corresponds to a detailed study of the successful SEO strategy which must be done to your website. A comparison to your competitor and thorough analysis of your website features will give you much needed idea about the prospects and expectations of online visitors. No doubt, this will help you in improving the web traffic and thus, internet sale.
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5.Well, coming to the last and next step it is the time of thorough assessment of the results which you are receiving after the implementation of successful SEO strategy.
Most of us have about five dreams each night, though we're not likely to remember any of them. But a team of researchers has found a pattern of brain activity that seems to reveal not only when the brain is generating a dream but something about the content of that dream. "When subjects were having [dream] experiences during sleep, there was a region in the back of the brain that tended to be very active, as if this region was a little bit more awake," says Francesca Siclari , a researcher at the Center for Research and Investigation in Sleep at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. Patterns of brain activity in this region also suggested whether the dream included a face or movement, Siclari and a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report in Nature Neuroscience . The team found that dreams occurred during both rapid eye movement — REM — and non-REM sleep. But there were also periods of deep sleep in which dreaming did not occur. The team studied dreams
If you are interested in maintaining a high profile SEO page, you must strict to quality back links and quality link building feature, which in turn will increase the web traffic. Further, it should also be noted here that building such high quality and standard back links for SEO purpose need an extensive research on the topic and your precious time should be invested there. It is better to place your back links in the collaboration of free and paid sites to an ultimate level which can fetch you the maximum benefits in terms of cash and web traffic.
Here are certain vital tips that will guide and help you in creating quality links
Always be aware of the page strength of the concerned website or webpage so that you can know the exact PR of your SEO. This in turn, will give you the accurate and more elaborate description of quality link building capacity. Just do not go on the rank which usually the various search engines and online directories provide you. In reality, ranking is more complex. Also, does not check only the rank of your home page rather believe in overall ranking?
It should be always be kept in mind that your webpage contains an optimum number of back links otherwise it will impact negatively. This is often the case with most of the website owners and those people who are interested in pursuing SEO.
See that the concerned directory is indexed with Yahoo, Bing or Google or not? This is the most important factor to consider here because you should be left out with false promises.
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SEO profession is very challenging profession and seo is always fighting to get rank well in search engines. Without success there is no chance for you to do online business. My below search engine optimization tips will definately guide beginners to achieve their target :
Scientists are hoping that a single drug can treat two devastating brain diseases: Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The drug is nilotinib, which is approved to treat a form of leukemia. In late 2015, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found that small doses of the drug appeared to help a handful of people with Parkinson's disease and a related form of dementia. They'd tried the unlikely treatment because they knew nilotinib triggered cells to get rid of faulty components — including the ones associated with several brain diseases. Results of that preliminary study generated a lot of excitement because there is currently no treatment that can slow or halt the brain damage caused by either Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. "Our phones were basically (ringing) off the hook," says Fernando Pagan , medical director of the translational neurotherapeutics program at Georgetown. Many researchers were cautious, though. "It was such a small trial, there was no placebo control and it
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…like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away….
Koh Ker, Cambodia – Protests from the Kingdom of Cambodia recently halted the multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale of an ancient stone statue with the support of the United States government. When the Cambodians sought help bringing the thousand-year-old Khmer statue back to their country the New York Times ran a detailed article entitled “Mythic Warrior Is Captive in Global Art Conflict.”
10th century Cambodian sculpture previously scheduled for a multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale.
Their investigation reveals that the legal and moral issues surrounding the ownership and sale of ancient art are quite complex. In this case, one generous art collector may actually provide a positive solution. But like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away.
Mystery of the Missing Men of Koh Ker
One thousand years ago, the Khmer Empire ruled most of what is now Southeast Asia from its capital in Angkor. During their heyday, the architecturally and artistically sophisticated Khmer people created some of humanity’s most extraordinary stone temples and statues. Apart from a few stone inscriptions, however, no written records of the civilization survived. Out of necessity, archaeologists have had no alternative but to piece the story of the Khmer people together, clue by clue and stone by stone.
Rising above 30 meters in height, Koh Ker’s central temple-mountain of Prasat Thom was built 100 years before Angkor Wat. Photo: Khmersearch, Panoramio.
Early in the 10th century (for reasons that are still unclear), King Jayavarman IV and his son Harsavarman II relocated the empire’s capital from Angkor to an isolated plateau 100 km to the northeast. There they built the city of Koh Ker, a huge new complex of temples and shrines, where they established their throne for a brief 16 year period (928-944 AD). Like all great Khmer cities, Koh Ker was ultimately abandoned and swallowed up by the jungle. The rediscovery of the Khmer civilization by Westerners didn’t begin until French explorers arrived in the second half of the 19th century.
In 2007, stone conservator Simon Warrack was working with the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP), a scientific organization that had been doing critical restoration on Angkor Wat temple for more than a decade. In May, Warrack took a side trip to the Koh Ker site (Google Map link) to consider future conservation needs there.
At Koh Ker, Warrack noticed two distinctive pedestal platforms in the first enclosure of Prasat Chen. There, by the west gopura (an entry structure), he saw the feet where two statues had clearly been broken off. But the gods that once stood there were nowhere to be found. The mystery sparked his imagination.
The two Koh Ker pedestals as Warrack found them at Prasat Chen in May 2007. The pedestal circled in red shows a fabric section still attached in the center.
Virtually Connecting Ancient Dots…and Stones
From my own research cataloging the devata of Angkor I can attest that field work is generally hot, uncomfortable and distracting. Almost all of my discoveries happen at my desk in Florida examining photos taken weeks or years before at remote locations. Warrack continued his search in similar fashion.
The Norton Simon dvarapala featured in “Adoration and Glory”, p. 149
He pondered the distinctive bases and began searching for photos in books and research archives. Finally, he found a possible solution. In “Adoration and Glory – The Golden Age of Khmer Art” by Emma Bunker and Douglas Latchford one image stood out. It showed a figure identified as a dvarapala (guardian) at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena California. That statue was missing its feet, but many are. The key to solving this puzzle was the unique tail at the bottom of its clothing element. After scanning images and digitally combining them Warrack confirmed the close match between the two fragments.
Warrack’s 2007 digital superimposition of the base and body of the Koh Ker statue.
Warrack immediately wrote a short paper to seek opinions from others in the field of Khmer studies. He forwarded copies to friends and associates as well as to key authorities including the APSARA Authority, which manages the Angkor region’s heritage assets; the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh; and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), a French organization dedicated to Asian studies that has been active in conservation efforts at Angkor since 1907. I met Simon in 2007 shortly after his find and the photos above come from the original article he shared with me.
Everyone who saw his image realized the importance of this observation. Determining the original location of displaced objects can be a huge help in interpreting their meaning and significance within the context of an ancient civilization. The record shows that the Norton Simon piece was acquired legitimately and is on public display for educational, artistic and cultural appreciation. But not all art ends up this way. Much of it disappears into private collections, out of view.
Such was the case of the complimentary statue that stood face to face with this one more than a thousand years ago at the Khmer capital of Koh Ker.
Sotheby's twin Khmer warrior. Note the unbroken base of the fabric tail.
The Long Lost Twin Reappears
In the summer of 2010, a “noble European lady” contacted Sotheby’s to discuss the sale of a “spectacular tenth-century Cambodian sculpture, 160 centimeters in height and exceptionally well carved.” Word got out quickly to the worlds of art and archaeology. When pictures began to circulate it was instantaneously clear that this was the long-lost companion to the statue Warrack had connected to the Norton Simon Museum three years earlier.
Meanwhile, in New York, the matching sculpture was estimated to sell for millions of dollars. According to the owner’s records, she legally acquired the piece in 1975 from the now-defunct London art dealer Spink & Son. The Norton Simon Museum also acquired their piece that year. Some evidence suggests that both statues left Cambodia in the late 1960s, but exactly when and how that happened, and who arranged it, is unknown.
Paraphrasing Sotheby’s Senior Vice President Jane A. Levine, the New York Times article stated “Ms. Levine countered that the statue could have been removed any time in its thousand-year history, and said the word ‘stolen’ was often ‘used loosely.’ ” Meanwhile, Christie’s auction house acquired Spinks in 1993 and claims that the 1975 records of the statue’s origin are “no longer available.”
Regardless of the lack of facts, the ownership of both statues seems quite legal under international laws. Which brings us to a question at the heart of this matter.
Who Should Own Historical Art?
An idealistic answer is “humanity” but even this dream can have unexpected consequences as we’ll discover below. My personal goal would be for historical assets to be accessible to everyone who wants to respect them, preserve them, appreciate them and learn from them. But this philosophy wouldn’t get me through the front door at most of the world’s public institutions holding these assets (let alone to private collections).
Most of us are fortunate enough to live in a free society. We can buy, sell and own personal property within the law. The laws protecting heritage assets have evolved considerably over the past few decades, and they continue to do so. But the fact remains that countless artifacts were legally acquired by collectors (“noble ladies” included) as well as public museums since the beginning of time. Isn’t it their right to display, use and sell their property as they see fit?
Let’s consider some difficult questions raised by recent news:
The taller Buddha of Bamiyan before and after destruction. Photo: Wikipedia.
1. Can a government or private entity decide to demolish old structures? This happens every day in every city around the world. Sometimes historical societies rally to save a site. Sometimes they can’t, as seen in the shocking annihilation of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Was that government right? Were those people right? And who are you to judge? Do you live there?
In Sarasota Florida some local groups rallied to have this mural erased from a shop.
2. Can a government or private entity destroy something offensive or blasphemous to their values or religion? How far does freedom of expression go? This Yale article discusses the destruction of Buddha images in the Maldives. But it also mentions things like Henry VIII’s systematic destruction of all the monasteries in England, Wales and Ireland. Near my home in Sarasota Florida a debate has run for months about erasing a mural that may promote gangs. Acts of artistic control and destruction happen all the time.
Sunken treasure found by Odyssey Marine 1700 feet deep in the Atlantic Ociean.
3. Can a private group use its own funds to recover or preserve historical objects that were clearly abandoned by the original owners hundreds or even thousands of years earlier? In other words, does everything actually belong to some hypothetical “rightful owner”? And who owned these things before them? Odyssey Marine Exploration in Tampa Florida just got a harsh lesson in how arbitrarily this question can be answered. Odyssey spent years working to locate and salvage a ship in international waters off the coast of Portugal. It lay, unknown and untouched for two centuries in 1700 feet of water. US courts just ruled against Odyssey and returned all the artifacts to Spain.
Ironically, that silver and gold was mined in Peru by peasants working under slave-like conditions. Peru, of course, came under Spanish control in the 16th century when conquistadors brutally subjugated the Inca civilization in their quest for territory, power and treasure. But to the US courts, 200 years of ownership was enough to confiscate assets for an “original” owner…but not 400 years. Peru’s claim to the artifacts was ignored.
On the other side of the gold coin, salvage operations generally destroy much of the archaeological evidence that exists on a wreck site. I took an archaeological research diver workshop at a Florida galleon site, and I’ve also had the privilege of discussing this topic with the father of underwater archaeology, George Bass. I am quite opposed to the wholesale destruction of history to recover precious metals on land or at sea.
But in this case, Odyssey Marine consistently gathers a lot of archaeological data from their sites. And is it reasonable to ask when and how carefully archaeologists would be excavating this particular site more than half a kilometer deep? It seems we can all learn much from Odyssey’s digital photos, detailed site maps and the thousands of objects recovered. More than we would have known if the site was never found. Now the responsibility falls to Spain to educate and inspire us with their recovered objects. The world watches.
The “Angel of Beng Mealea” - March 5, 2006 and February 12, 2007.
4. Do poor people have the right to take abandoned objects from public places just to survive? I wrote about my own painful experience with this at Beng Mealea in this article “Death of an Angel.”
There are countless examples. There will be countless more. Each situation is different. Right and wrong are not always clear. And certainly never appear the same to opposing parties in a disagreement.
Back in 2008 I bought a used car legally. But what if the original owner (or the factory, or the country where it was built) tried to reclaim it because “I parked it too long” or “I wasn’t taking care of it” or “they want to study it” or “it belongs in the original place”? I can’t say I’d be too happy.
But there are solutions to these issues…as there are to most human conflicts: communication, empathy and diplomacy. Fortunately, a combination of these factors may lead to a resolution to the quandary of the Sotheby’s statue sale.
Collectors Who Share
Cultural sensitivity about who historical objects should belong to is a fairly new concept. As noted above people have the right to own private property. This has been going on for a long time. Humans are an acquisitive species by nature.
It’s worth noting that some of the most successful “acquirers” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates come to mind) have also proven themselves as some of our most generous givers. And some art collectors have proven themselves in this way, too. After a lifetime of actively hunting, obsessively gathering and painstakingly preserving the rare objects they crave…many end up donating their collections to public institutions.
In the world of Khmer art, Douglas Latchford, co-author of “Adoration and Glory” with art historian Emmy Bunker, is one example. He began collecting Khmer artifacts 56 years ago (1956). Over the years he and his friends have shared financial gifts with the National Museum of Cambodia. More significantly, he is the museum’s biggest contributor of artifacts (read more about Douglas Latchford on KI-Media).
Now another collector may assist with a solution to the thorny situation of the Koh Ker statue at Sotheby’s.
Dr. István Zelnik, founder of the Gold Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
During the 1970s, Dr. István Zelnik served as a Hungarian diplomat in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Like many passionate collectors he invested his money in rare books, antiques and works of art. Motivated by a love of art and curiosity about the objects he found, he became an increasingly sought after consulting expert for museums and archaeologists around the world. In 2011 his dreams culminated with his greatest achievement: founding the Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest Hungary.
In a statement to the New York Times Dr. Zelnik expressed the possibility that he may purchase the statue for donation to the people of Cambodia. A generous, diplomatic and expedient solution in our complex world. The owner would be compensated for her private property, huge amounts of time and money would not be wasted on legal litigation, and the people who respect and admire the art of the Khmer people could once again see this expression of creativity in the land where it was born.
I wish him success and encourage him along with Mr. Latchford and other collectors to continue sharing the objects of their passion with the world.
The two mythic Cambodian warriors as they one faced each other at Koh Ker. Below, Simon Warrack asks if they can one day be reunited?
Could Two Ancient Brothers Meet Again?
To conclude this article I contacted Simon Warrack to ask his current ideas about the ownership of historic art. Here’s what he had to say:
“The concept of “ownership” may be the wrong place to start when considering important objects. It is the value and significance of an object that should be thought of first, rather than who it belongs to.
”The questions should really be about the object itself, not who it belongs to. Where is the object best valued? Where is it best appreciated? Where is it best understood? Where is it best conserved?
“Who an object belongs to should be secondary. As one of my colleagues observed ‘Objects are not important because they are in museums. They are in museums because they are important.’ The object itself is the important factor, not the museum that possesses it.
“After finding the empty pedestals seven years ago actually seeing both Koh Ker statues is remarkable. The possibility now exists that, one day, they may be reunited.
“Today, I called HE Hab Touch to ask his opinion on this matter. He is optimistic but noted that at this early stage no decisions or agreements are in place. However, Cambodia is ready and there are at least two suitable, secure locations where the pieces could be located for public appreciation. In the National Museum, of course, but plans are also being made for a museum at Preah Vihear, the same province where Koh Ker is located. There, the museum will become a gateway to the World Heritage Site and these figures could, once again, provide a wonderful center piece to welcome visitors from around the world.”
Simon closed by mentioning a concept from the book, Who Owns Antiquity by James Cuno. Cuno observes that national museums in wealthy nations host “encyclopedic” collections of objects from around the world, while national museums in less wealthy countries host indigenous local art relating to their own history.
He suggests that the global exchange of art would be a good direction to head in. Just as it is good for a child in Pasadena to experience the art of Cambodia, wouldn’t it also be wonderful for a child of Cambodia to see pieces of American history? Or the creations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mexico, etc.?
With communication, empathy and diplomacy we can all grow and learn.
This file photo shows a woman riding her tricycle, loaded with polystyrene boxes, in Shanghai. China might set an annual economic growth target below 8.0 percent for this year, state media said, as the leaders of the world's second largest economy acknowledge it is slowing.
03 March 2012 AFP News
China might set an annual economic growth target below 8.0 percent for this year, state media said, as the leaders of the world's second largest economy acknowledge it is slowing.
The report in the official Shanghai Securities News came before Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers an annual policy address to lawmakers on Monday, when he is due to announce economic goals for the year.
China's economy expanded by 9.2 percent last year, slowing from 10.4 percent in 2010, as global turbulence and efforts to tame high inflation put the brakes on growth.
"An economic growth rate adjusted down to around 7.5 percent will not have any impact on economic development," the newspaper quoted Li Guozhang, an academic at Lanzhou University and member of an advisory body to the National People's Congress, or legislature, as saying.
China typically exceeds the annual growth target unveiled every March at the parliament session, and most economists are predicting GDP growth of 8.0-8.5 percent for China this year.
The 2011 increase in gross domestic product was well above the government's 8.0 percent target.
In a bid to counter slowing exports, the government has cut reserve requirements for banks twice in the last three months to increase lending and give the economy a boost.
Investment bank Goldman Sachs has forecast China will set a lower GDP growth target of 7.5 percent at the legislative meeting, but said that implied the government was willing to accept slower growth.
"A slightly lower GDP growth target rate is sensible given the fall in the level of potential GDP growth," Goldman said Friday in a research report.
"It can also be viewed as a gesture from the central government that local governments should not focus solely on the pace of GDP growth."
China has sought to prod local governments to focus on the quality of growth instead of its speed, while also seeking to shift away from dependence on exports to other engines such as domestic consumption.
China could target containing inflation to less than 4.0 percent this year at the upcoming congress, the Shanghai Securities News said, amid worries surging prices could spark social unrest.
For all of 2011, China's consumer price inflation was 5.4 percent, official figures showed, well above the government's full-year target of 4.0 percent and higher than the 2010 rate of 3.3 percent.
Researchers have created mice that appear impervious to the lure of cocaine. Even after the genetically engineered animals were given the drug repeatedly, they did not appear to crave it the way typical mice do, a team reports in Nature Neuroscience. "They didn't keep going into the room where they received the cocaine and they seemed to be just as happy exploring all around the cage," says Shernaz Bamji , a professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. "Addiction is a form of learning," Bamji says. And somehow, these mice never learned to associate the pleasurable feelings produced by cocaine with the place where they received the drug. The result was startling because the scientists thought these mice would be especially susceptible to addiction. "We repeated the experiment several times to see if we had made a mistake," Bamji says. The reason for the team's surprise had to do with proteins that affect learning.
Never put ads to new sites right away as Google may mark your site as “ ad farm “ and will not index the site. You should wait for a month or so to begin ad activity.
It has been seen that Google bestows high ranking to sites having multiple inbound links. The important fact is that such links must correspond to higher ranking site only.
You will not get any benefit from any sub standard link exchange sites and more over Google will side line your site for link farming. Your inbound links must be relevant to content of website.
You can link web site with good social book marking services like del.icio.us, reddit.com, dig.com to name a few but there are many other such sites which will serve your purpose but Most of social book marking sites use rel="nofollow" attribute which does not help increasing Page rank of website.
Google detects duplicate contents, copied content etc and never index sites which use them. It is always advisable to give relevant link and disclose the content source etc.
Always link single page with canonical URL. Always refrain from excess use of key words, over optimizing, irrelevant use of key word as this adversely affects website’s page ranking.
It has been very common practice to use invisible text and use it at the end of the main page but this is no longer a sensible thing to do as modern search engines detect it and may penalize your site. Always try to avoid query characters such as “?” as search engines never appreciate dynamic pages with such characters.
It is very essential to perform correct redirecting. When moving content from one page to another make sure to include 301 redirect codes, which indicates that page has been moved permanently.
Google suggests that there should be less than 100 links in a single page.
Always put links having equal or higher page rank sites and must be relevant to the content of the page.
Never use unauthorized softwares or programs to check rankings, submit page as you may be violating service terms etc.
Updated at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 27 There has been a lot of arguing about the size of crowds in the past few days. Estimates for President Trump's inauguration and the Women's March a day later vary widely. And for crowd scientists, that's pretty normal. "I think this is expected," says Mubarak Shah , director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at the University of Central Florida. Shah says he encountered something similar during mass protests in Barcelona, Spain a couple of years ago. "The government was claiming smaller number than the opposition was claiming," he says. Counting quarrels have popped up during previous events in the U.S. as well. During the Million Man March in 1995, the National Park Service estimated the crowd to be far smaller than the organizers claimed. The controversy led Congress to bar the Park Service from doing head counts on the National Mall. The reason that disagreements frequently arise is that there's no foolproof way to get an accurate head
It has been seen that people tend to make many mistakes while making efforts to boost up the page rank of their respective websites.
Such mistakes are pretty common mistakes and made by almost everybody who tries to up lift the page rank. It is very important to learn from those mistakes and never repeat them. Here are some important Search engine optimization mistakes one must always avoid.
Excess use of Keyword: It is very important to use keyword as they help achieving optimization as per the search engine requirement. But one must avoid excessive use of keywords. It is a misconception that if keyword is used many times it will result in better page rank. It is advisable to keep in mind that search engines do not blindly follow the keywords they have set algorithm to track the genuine contents. There is a possibility of getting penalized with excessive keyword use. if you wish to have better rank and good optimization in terms of search engines then always use fresh content with appropriate use of key words.
Index without Page rank: It is a wide spread misconception among people that if page is indexed then its page rank will automatically get increased by search engine. What they fail to realize that there are some very basic optimization techniques which can help increasing page rank. How ever hard you try to make your site better to get higher page rank but if it is not optimized properly then you will never get the desired results.
Social media is not enough: Over the years social networking sites have gained tremendous popularity, they are not only famous but carry millions of fan following as well, for example face book, orkut and twitter. Major reason for such massive spread is that they hit the target bang on right and sing the right chord of emotions. They play good role getting traffic but not good for back links. They ends up getting you no follow back links. Thus start looking for more meaningful sources to get good traffic and back links.
Unethical link building: there is no short cut to success. Always avoid unethical promoters who promise you to get fast and useful links in jiffy. You may encounter sudden rise in page rank due to links but they are unethical links could result is penalizing your site or permanently banning it.
A comparison of kid brains and grownup brains may explain why our ability to recognize faces keeps getting better until about age 30. Brain scans of 25 adults and 22 children showed that an area devoted to facial recognition keeps growing long after adolescence, researchers report in the journal Science. The area didn't acquire more neurons, says Jesse Gomez , a graduate student in neurosciences at Stanford University and the study's lead author. Instead the brain region became more densely populated with the structures that connect and support neurons. "You can imagine a 10-foot by 10-foot garden, and it has some number of flowers in there," Gomez says. "The number of flowers isn't changing, but their stems and branches and leaves are getting more complex." To see whether that sort of change occurred elsewhere in the brain, the researchers also looked at a nearby area that responds to places, instead of faces. In this area, there was no difference between children and adults. The
Internet is the best way to generate income through blog or website. Blogs are the easy way to make money without having to work too much and its easy to setup.
What is a blog? A blog is online dairy that displays data/content in chronological order. It displays the content in descending order with date and time. A blog is easily picked and crawled fastly by the search engines. So it is a good way to direct traffic to the desired websites. Regular updation and little seo work will increase the ranking of the blog in search engines and it can play and important role in selling the products or inform the users about the new products added on the website.
Write Unique Content for Your Blog We all know that content is king. So if you are selling your products or add new product, write some unique lines about the product and direct the traffic to the product page of your website. Donot copy the content from your website and paste on your blog. Unique content will increase traffic on your website. So always update the post with unique content.
Blogging Daily If a blog is not updated on regular basis, it becomes useless for you. So always try to blog about the products and services offered by your company. A content write can be hired if you have lack of time to update your blog.
Blog About Products To direct more traffic to your website and earn, always blog about your products. Write it review. Also compare it with the other products. Comparing will provide option to your visitors to select the best one. If do not sell any products, join affiliate program and write posts on the products of the manufacturer. When a visitor purchase any product through your affiliate link, you get the commission.
Earn from Google Adsense Google adsense is the best way to make money online for the publisher. It shows the relevant ads on the content pages. You will earn when a visitor clicks on google ads displayed on your blog. It easy to setup. Fill the form offered by Google to apply for google adsense account.
There is no need to invest money in hosting and domain registration for blogging. The Blogger and Wordpress are the most popular platforms for blogging. Create your account and start blogging. Wordpress is very user-friendly and most popular but you cannot earn money from google adsense here. The free version of wordpress will not allow you to add the google adsense code anywhere in your blog.
For patients with serious brain injuries, there's a strong link between sleep patterns and recovery. A study of 30 patients hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries found that sleep quality and brain function improved in tandem, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Patients who still had low levels of consciousness and cognitive functioning would "sleep for a couple of minutes and then wake up for a couple of minutes," both day and night, says Nadia Gosselin , the study's senior author and an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Montreal. But "when the brain recovered, the [normal] sleep-wake cycle reappeared," Gosselin says. The results raise the possibility that patients with brain injuries might recover more quickly if hospitals took steps to restore normal sleep patterns, Gosselin says. Drugs are one option, she says. Another is making sure patients are exposed to sunlight or its equivalent during the day and
Whenever we go for online marketing the first two popular methods we remember are organic search engine marketing and pay per click advertising. You can use both the strategies to make your website visible on the web. Choose one of the methods which best suits for maximizing your site profile over the web.
Organic search engine marketing offer several advantages over, pay per click advertising. Some of the listings from the previous study are as follows:
Tendency to Click : By the past studies it is evident that many are showing interest in the organic search engine marketing only. Only less number of people is showing interest in the paid click services. Many reported that they are getting the required information in the organic search engine marketing only and the people are also showing interest in clicking only on the top five results that are listed in the search engine result pages.
Faith : According to the past studies people have more faith in organic search engine as compared to the pay per click advertising. Many reported that the results found in the pay per click are not relevant to the search they had made.
Visitor's Value : Value of the visitors is more in the organic search engine marketing only. Only in organic search engine marketing the visitors are given importance.
Guests Know About Advertising : Many people turn toward internet for research and to get information. There is a little percentage of people who are aware of the paid and non paid results. Many people are using the organic search engine marketing as their basic searching tool.
Advertisement Cost : In the case of pay per click, the keywords cost is increasing and this cost may rise according to the time where as in the organic search engine marketing the search engine optimization prices remain stable.
Long-standing Results : From the organic search engine marketing, you will able to get long-standing results. Whenever the price of the pay per click increases then the company may decide to terminate the campaign. Where as in organic search engine marketing you can get the results until the algorithm for search engine marketing is changed.
Consequences : You will be able to get immediate consequence from pay per click advertisement, but in the case of organic search engine optimization the outcome will be slow. Pay per click is better for those who are looking to promote an initiative.
Financial Plan : When talking about budget, the pay per click is less expensive as compared to organic search engine marketing. For a small business pay per click advertising is the better choice.
Handling : Organic search engine marketing requires a steep learning curve while pay per click is easier to handle. Concept of pay per click is easy to understand than that of the organic search engine marketing.
Contracts : Contracts is very much essential in the case of organic search engine marketing, but it is not required in pay per click.
Considering these you can choose the type of method for your website to maximize.
Recently I have visited the blogs and found some mistakes by the blogs owner. SOme mistakes are serious and search engines can penalize for these careless jobs. Few things are important and it helps you to get more traffic and get benefits. Some of the important points and steps are mentioned below :
Remove the hyperlink of Title from the single post: Its common mistakes I have seen in the blogs. If a visitor in the single post then the title must not be hyperlinked. It is very easy to remove the hyperlink from the post title. Just go to Presentation > Theme Editor > and open singlepost.php and replace the following line "> with .
Use Wordpress Plugins: Many plugins available free that helps you to make your website more seo-friendly. Some of the plugins are : Google Sitemap Generator : Sitemap makes search engine easy to crawl all the pages. With the help of this, you can create the sitemap for your blog and submit it in google webmaster tools.
Optimize your Meta Description Tag : Meta descriptions are not very important, but still helpful in yahoo and other search engines. With the help of this plugin, you can manually insert the meta description for each post separately.
Title Tags Generator : Titles are still important. Install this plugin and insert title tags for each post.
Optimize Images : Image optimization is the basic on-page seo. The visitors enters the website with the help of images also. So must include alt tags in the images.
Change the default Wordpress Theme: The default wordpress theme is not very impressive. Lots of free attractive themes available. Download the theme and replace it with default. This makes your wordpress blog more professional.
Add noindex and nofollow to Category and Archieves: Add noindex to categories, archieves, tags to avoid duplicate content issue. To insert noindex in the archieve, goto Theme Editor>header.php and replace with "meta name="robots" content="noindex"
The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. But the small wearable devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure that could eventually have helped researchers understand the links between bomb blasts, concussions and brain diseases. And they produced evidence that many service members are exposed to worrisome levels of blast pressure simply by being near a heavy weapon when it's fired. The decision to warehouse the blast gauges is "a huge mistake," says retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli , who was the Army's vice chief of staff before retiring in 2012 and is now the chief executive officer of One Mind , a nonprofit focused on brain illness and injury. Mild TBI was the signature wound of the wars in
Making outlines if a fundamental writing skill. Outlines can be useful for anything that you write including articles, essays, and research papers. Outlining is one of the most basic and first techniques taught to young writers to help them organize their thoughts and structure their arguments. Unfortunately, although outlining is one of the first skills we learn, not all people make them while writing.
The Internet has placed a new emphasis on writing. Most websites rely on the written word to get across their messages. Writers that write clear, concise, and to the point articles get rewarded. All of these reasons reinforce the need for people to gravitate to writing better by using outlines. Yet some people still do not.
Although challenging, writing could be a very rewarding career. It is indeed funny to think that some people would choose to work at some sort of menial job rather than sit down with a pen and write. Those who do write, enjoy the freedom of being able to work wherever they choose to along with unlimited potential for creativity.
Creating outlines before immediately starting to write is a good way to gather your ideas and organize your thoughts. Having a well-prepared outline makes writing go smoothly because of the prep time you already put in to carefully plan the sequence of your thoughts.
An outline serves as a framework for your article. It helps you in structuring the introduction, body and conclusion of your
article. While outlining, you can and should write down just about anything that comes to your mind about your topic. The next step is to organize this collection of ideas.
Here are some tricks on how to effectively outline :
Jot down everything in your head. Do not worry about it making sense. Just go ahead and squeeze out all you can from your brain. Take all the time you need but remember you might have a deadline, so manage your time wisely.
Label your thoughts. After gathering your ideas on a subject matter, think about what would make these ideas pop out to the reader. In this stage, go for captivating words for your subtitles.
Connect the dots. You now have everything you need to start working on the article. So start on sequencing your collected thoughts and make logical sense of them.
Write a draft. This is your trial and error stage, and with practice, eventually you might end up just doing this once.
Proofread your work. A good writer always make sure that the message you want to be delivered to your readers are perfectly conveyed, which is why you need to recheck for grammatical errors and place the right punctuations in stressing out your point.
Have fun making your outlines and most importantly, enjoy writing!
In our last article we considered how to structure your title tag for optimisation. We gave examples of how you should place your keyword phrase at the beginning of the tag and then again in the title. We even stated that variations on the keyword were acceptable. We are now going to look at a few other tips to help you out.
Your title tag should have your company name in the title. Most often it is best to be at the end because it will be the lesser important phrase. Your keywords, in other words, need to be prominent in the tag. So the company name is usually found with a –company name. Some do not believe the company name should be in the tag. So this is up to you, but most argue that it helps someone find and recognise you. Thus if you leave it in, it should not be at the beginning of the tag but at the end. The only time a company name is at the beginning of a title tag is if your name is also the keyword. This is very rare. Most company names, while they reflect some aspect of the keyword, are not usually helpful enough for it to be the primary keyword.
Most of the individuals who use title tags and the company name in it do so for branding. The brand name helps boost the tag in the consumer mind, but does not affect your rankings. In fact your name is very easy to rank in other ways.
Search engine optimisation is all about the ranking of your page. In that way the title tag which will be indexed is also highly influential in your success. Overall, when talking about title tags you have to understand what parts of the title tag are elemental. In other words these aspects cannot be forgotten or left out. The construction of your title tag could mean the difference between the first or second page in the listings. You will need to experiment a little bit with how you structure the tag before you launch it.
By changing the order of the words and searching for the best or primary phrase, you can ensure you have success. Title tags are of course not the only area in which you can work on SEO, but it is often an area that is over looked.
The search for good SEO services online today can be frustrating. I have researched many SEO websites and tried to trace back to the real firm doing the work to see what's what. In many cases, I find that a website that says it is about SEO is really about link building. If you do your homework, you will find that it may not really be an SEO services business at all. It might just be a side project for someone. Or other times it's a hobby site that someone put up to make a few extra bucks.
To me, this is not the type of organization you want to trust your SEO to. When you look for SEO services you should check on a few very important things before you decide to do business with any specific company.
1) Do they have large corporate clients? I like to see this. This is a sign to me that the company is real. If they are able to convince large well-known businesses to work with them, they are probably trustworthy of your business. After all, a big company will have the resources and discipline to thoroughly review the firm before agreeing to work with them.
2) When you engage their SEO services, what type of reports and access do you get to what they are doing. Avoid any type of black-box thingy. You want an SEO who tells you exactly what they will do. This is, after all, not rocket science. I know many people are afraid of SEO. But to me it's not that hard to figure out. However, it is hard to put in the hours to do it. That's why you hire qualified SEO services from a trustworthy firm.
In sum, when you look for SEO online, do your homework. If you follow the two steps I've outlined here you are fairly likely to be doing business with a real shop that will increase your search engine rankings using the appropriate SEO tactics.
A map created by the rights group Licadho shows economic land concessions and mining concessions in Cambodia. Map Supplied
Thursday, 01 March 2012 May Titthara and David Boyle The Phnom Penh Post
If the government continues to grant economic land and mining concessions at the current rate, there will be no more arable land left in the country to give away within one year, a researcher from the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights said yesterday.
Pointing to the vast increase in economic land concessions granted last year alone, which rights group Adhoc places at about 800,000 hectares, Ouch Leng, the head of the CCHR’s land reform program, said only 300,000 hectares of unclaimed arable land remained.
“The government can grant licenses for one more year because the remaining arable land is only 386,294 hectares,” he said.
Exploratory mining concessions had been included in this calculation, he said, because while firms granted these rights did not technically own the land, they acted like it in practice by erecting fences and expelling villagers from the area.
Ouch Leng said increasing outbreaks of civil unrest across the country such as the protests in Kandal, Kratie and Ratanikkiri province were sounding a clear message that Prime Minister Hun Sen had begun to heed.
On Monday, the premier canceled all 35 commercial fishing lots on the Tonle Sap lake, leaving the country’s most fertile fishing ground entirely for small scale fishermen.
Beng Hong Socheat Khnmero, spokesman for the Ministry of Land Management, said ELCs were not the responsibility of his ministry and deferred questions to Ministry of Agriculture officials, who could not be reached for comment.
But figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday showed 1.19 million hectares had now been granted in ELCs, far below findings from rights groups Adhoc and Licadho released late last year, which put the number closer to 2 million.
A map from Licadho obtained by the Post shows that 54.90 per cent of all arable land in Cambodia had been absorbed by ELC’s alone up until November 2011.
Am Sam Ath, senior investigator at Licadho, said that the latest figures show two-thirds of all arable land in Cambodia has now been given away through ELCs.
“We [Cambodians] are dependent on agriculture, but two-thirds of arable land has been granted as economic land concessions,” he said.
“I don’t know if the government is worried, but NGOs are.”
Statistics released by Adhoc last year found that when all types of private concessions were added together, including forest concessions, about 39 per cent of Cambodia’s entire land mass has been granted to private firms.
Keywords are probably the most important factor to establishing a successful website. When you visit your favorite search engine, their software is using Keywords to decide what websites to show you and in what order to display them on the search results. To a webmaster, profiting off of the popularity of their website through online advertising, keywords are very important indeed.
When a search engine is deciding what website to display, it is reviewing millions of sites at once, and is searching for the proper optimization of keywords to decide which pages will be listed first. Obviously the first page of results in the search engine is going to be the most visited by traffic searching for the applicable topic. There is understandably quite a large amount of competition for these spots. The only get your page to top the list is to use Keywords efficiently and correctly.
When using Keywords, generally 10-15 targeted words are chosen to base the site’s content around. These keywords should be the words that potential site visitors would use on the search engine.
Another way of generating traffic through keywords is by creating your keyword-heavy content as an article on social networking sites, including links to your website. Another way the search engine determines page ranking in the search results is by the number of “back links” a site has. Back links are links posted on other web pages that will redirect the user to your site. The more back links a site has, the more traffic it can expect.
Keywords can definitely increase the amount of traffic coming to your website or Blog if done correctly. It should be stressed that keywords can be overused within content and can be neglected by search engines if no real content is present. When used properly though, keywords can drive more traffic to your site than any other method. In the end though, Keywords are only as useful as the content they are in. Successful websites have unique and well-written content. Keywords only add onto the value of your websites content.
Xayaburi work goes on (photo credit: Suthep Kritsanavarin)
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 Written by Our Correspondent Asian Sentinel
Despite reservations from Mekong Basin countries, construction continues
Over the opposition of environmental groups and the governments of other countries in the Mekong Basin, the Thai government is pushing ahead with the construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam, environmentalists say.
Although the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments have expressed concerns about the dam and work was supposed to stop until further study has been completed, preliminary construction on the giant dam deep inside Laos, is continuing, according to International Rivers, which opposes the structure.
Large numbers of workers have been on the job for two years to build access roads and facilities for the project, said Pianporn Deetes, Thailand Campaign Coordinator for International Rivers. Ch. Karnchang, Thailand’s largest construction company, has the contract to build the dam for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, better known as EGAT, which has contracted to 95 percent of the energy from the dam.
“It doesn’t mean the dam can’t be stopped,” Deets told Asia Sentinel in a telephone interview. “We believe there are many channels that we can try to cancel the PPA (power purchase agreement).”
Thailand appears to be defying an agreement in early December by the Mekong River Commission Council, comprising water and environment ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, to seek international support to produce a more complete study of the dam, which is intended to produce 1,280 megawatts of power for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.
The Mekong supports the largest freshwater fishery in the world. The downstream governments are concerned that the Xayaburi and 10 other dams planned for the Mekong, which feeds a river basin populated by 60 million people, will do irreparable damage to the river’s habitat.
Environmentalists say anywhere between 23 and 100 fish species could be adversely affected.
The dam, 810 meters wide and 32 meters high, is opposed by 263 NGOs from 51 countries. Thousands of people in the region have urged that it be cancelled. Its primary objective is to generate, along with electricity, foreign exchange earnings for financing socio-economic development in Laos, a landlocked and obscure country of 6.8 million mostly poverty-stricken people. Laos is seeking to develop its way into prosperity through extensive investment in dams, mines and plantations, hoping for jobs, rising incomes and revenues to end poverty.
Wracked by incessant bombing and the dropping of tens of millions of antipersonnel mines by the Americans during the Vietnam War, Laos remains one of the world's poorest countries, ranking 135th in the world. Nearly 41 percent of the population are under the age of 14. It is one of the few remaining one-party Communist countries left on the planet. Subsistence agriculture accounts for as much as 30 percent of gross domestic product, according to the CIA Factbook, and provides 80 percent of total employment.
Ten dams are already in operation across the country, generating 669 megawatts of power. Another eight are expected to be operational by this year, generating an additional 2,531 megawatts. Nineteen more are planned and 42 more are the subject of feasibility studies, almost all of them financed and developed by foreign interests expecting to turn a profit from electricity generation. Thailand is to import up to 7,000 megawatts by 2015. Vietnam will take another 3,000 megawatts by 2015 possibly rising to 5,000 megawatts by 2020 in accordance with an understanding reached in December 2006, according to a 2010 study titled Development in LAO PDR: the Food Security Paradox, produced for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and written by researcher David Fullbrook.
In 2010, the Mekong River Commission commissioned a strategic environmental assessment that recommended all decisions on Mekong mainstream dams be deferred for a period of at least 10 years while further studies can be conducted.
“We are afraid the fish migration could be destroyed,” Deets said. “There are 60 million people in the basin who depend for their livelihood on the river.”
The Thai government, she said in a prepared statement, “has ignored the agreements made last year among the four regional governments and the concerns expressed by Cambodia and Vietnam. With more than eight provinces in Thailand at risk from the Xayaburi Dam’s transboundary impacts, the state has also disregarded its duty to protect its own people from harm. It’s irresponsible to push forward with this dam, when the project’s impacts on Thailand have yet to be adequately studied.”
“The Mekong River Commission governments have not yet reached agreement on the Xayaburi Dam nor have they closed the prior consultation process,” the press release quoted Lam Thi Thu Suu, Director of the Centre for Social Research and Development in Vietnam, as saying. “By committing to purchase power from the dam and moving forward with the project’s implementation, EGAT and Ch. Karnchang are violating the trust and goodwill of Thailand’s neighbors. No construction on the Xayaburi Dam should proceed while further study is underway.”
Four Thai banks have already provided financial support for the dam including the state-owned Krung Thai Bank. When the Commission asked about the steps they took to examine the project’s environmental and social impacts, however, the banks were not able to provide detailed information.
“It’s astonishing to think that the financiers of this project have not taken the dam’s significant environmental and social impacts more seriously. Even a five minute search on the internet would reveal numerous media reports that highlight the concerns of the Thai people,” Deets said. “The recklessness of EGAT’s and the Thai companies’ pursuit of the project is likely to become a catastrophe for our country’s reputation. We call on the Thai government to immediately cancel the power purchase agreement and for Thai banks to withdraw financing from the Xayaburi Dam.”
An independent study has already concluded that the Xayaburi Dam’s electricity is not needed to meet Thailand’s demand for energy in the coming decades.
Primarily, a correct sitting pose can help in forestalling back pain, so ensure that you sit right to steer clear of any pressure on your back muscles. An alternative treatment to back ache that is bit by bit beginning to be accepted as a result of its celebrated accomplishments is acupuncture- an art that has been in practice in the Chinese people's culture for many long years and consists of the incorporation of needles into explicit points of the sufferer's body to bring about a healing flow.
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The current state of math education in America is certainly not ideal, writes Gizem Karaali, but mathematicians, researchers, policy makers and others are working on it -- and it is definitely a problem worth working on.
On 20 and 21 June 2017, the ETUI Foresight Unit organised its first prospective seminar on the theme "Work in the digital economy in 2030". For two days, some twenty researchers, mainly academics but also from trade unions, from different countries of the European Union and experts in the fields of digitisation of the economy met in Brussels, at ETUI's premises, to discuss and debate possible scenarios.
Genre: Deep Techno
Duration: 68 mins
Date: January 2009
(Mastered by Mauxuam)
New episode of the Abyss saga :)
This time is like having a party in a pressurized Submarine cruising underneath Arctic pack ice, searching for the right spot to re-emerge in the surface.
The frame-shell of the mix is a sequence of several bits from the tracks listed below, sometimes simply mixed one after the other, but often assembled from different synchronic loops and samples, weaving inside and out during the mix, sometimes carrying on as atmospheric patterns in the background to create drammatic ''dense'' surroundings.
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01. Brando Lupi - Mutant Phase \\\ Detune 2007
02. Plastikman - Okx \\\ NovaMute 1993
03. Ø - Atomit \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997
04. Cio D'or - Kimono(Mavi's Traum Mix) \\\ Motoguzzi Records 2008
05. Minilogue - 33000 Honeybees \\\ Cocoon 2008
06. Staffan Linzatti - Slightly Increased \\\ Synewave 2008
07. Oliver Dodd - Tokens \\\ Konstructure 2008
08. Heron - The Way Home \\\ Three60 Recordings 2008
09. JPLS - Combination03 \\\ Minus 2008
10. Ø - Medusa \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997
11. Truss,Donor - Abbott \\\ Synewave 2008
12. Speedy J - Red Shift \\\ Electric Deluxe 2008
13. Sex Trothler - Face(tribute to head) \\\ Wagon Repair 2008
14. Niederflur - Sprinkler \\\ Minus 2005
15. Styro2000 - Linguini Al Dente \\\ Bruchstecke Records 2004
16. Ricardo Villalobos - Skinfummel \\\ Perlon 2008
17. Cio D'or,Paul Brtschitsch - Safran \\\ Broque 2008
18. Obtane - Tribute To Mandragora(Damon Wild Remix) \\\ Synewave 2008
19. Octave - Past Flash \\\ Minus 2008
20. Ellen Allien - Ondu(Paul Ritch Remix) \\\ BPitch 2008
21. Eon,Baby Ford - Dead Eye \\\ Ifach01 1994
22. Gurtz - Frogs \\\ Einmaleins Musik 2007
23. Pascal FEOS - Deep Conga \\\ Subconce Records 2008
24. MRI - Take Kare Not Acid \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008
25. Planetary Assault Systems - MOD \\\ Figure 2008
26. Stewart Walker - Last Week's Disappearance \\\ Persona 2007
27. Sleeparchive - Hospital08 \\\ Sleeparchive 2007
28. Surgeon - Floorshow1.2 \\\ Curle Recordings 2008
29. MRI - Le Bateau \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008
30. Philipp Wolgast - Unrasiert Und Fern(Dilo Mix) \\\ Kompass 2008
31. Johnny D - Scope Of Mind \\\ Amused 2006
32. Function - Pressure \\\ Thema 2008
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Visual Studio, SQL Server Mgt Studio, Eclipse, Net Beans
Rational Unified Process (RUP), Agile, Rational Rose , UML, IIS, Tomcat, Crystal Reports, Power Shell, NUnit , JUnit, MVC
Global Knowledge Initiative, Washington DC, USA
The Global Knowledge Initiative is an NGO which build global knowledge partnerships between individuals and institutions of higher education and research. They help partners access the global knowledge, technology, and human resources needed to sustain growth and achieve prosperity for all.
Involved in a team of three on migrating and upgrading the organization site to build a dynamic from the existing static website. Responsibilities:
Designed and implemented the user interface.
Maintained, updated, and enhanced the organization site.
Designed and implemented the relational database
Writing Test Plan, Test Case Development and Test Automation.
Functional, Integration, performance, Stress, Regression, Black box, White box, and UI Testing.
Technical Environment: C#, ASP.Net, Silver light, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visio, HTML, XML, Java script, CSS, IIS and FileZilla.
Involved in a team of three on design and implementation of e-Commerce website to enable users to shop online for traditional clothing they like. The customers will search through company’s inventory by different categories, add the item to shopping cart and, finally, check out. Responsibilities:
Designed the management of administrative tasks, such as pricing and discounts when needed, upload images of clothes and manage orders status
Implemented creation of a profile for users and set up a username and password
Implemented feature for users to step through the shopping process such as searching for products, add or delete items to shopping cart, and finally check out
Implemented feature for users to check out and asked for their billing, shipping and payment method information.
Involved in a development of banking application used to cut down communication gap between the bank and its customers. The customers can directly communicate with the bank online with the user friendly interfaces. The application handles online money transactions by the customer which includes withdrawal, deposit and money transfers to another account, and accessing online statements. Responsibilities:
Participated in the design of use case, association, class and activity diagrams using UML
Worked on creation of .Net framework customized classes that would be used later for the application
Worked on the SQL queries, stored procedures & functions using SQL server
Prepared Test plan, Test cases and other documentations.
Used Nunit for our unit test cases.
Functional, Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Stress, Performance and UI Testing.
Master of Science in Computer Science May 2008 – Jan 2010 Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Sept 2000 - Jan 2005 Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Long-time Slashdot reader quotes Ars Technica:The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no matter where the data is stored. The request for Supreme Court intervention concerns a 4-year-old legal battl ...
"Attackers that have set up a malicious site can use users' account registration process to successfully perform a password reset process on a number of popular websites and messaging mobile applications, researchers have demonstrated." Orome1 quotes Help Net Security:The Password Reset Man in the Middle attack exploits the similarity of the registration and password reset processes. To launch such an attack, the attacker only needs to control a website. To entice victims to make an account on t ...
ArmoredDragon writes: German police have raided 36 homes of people accused of using illegal speech on Facebook and Twitter. Much of it was aimed at political speech. According to the article, "Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats ...
Ao Haru Ride ~ Yoshioka Futaba memiliki beberapa alasan kenapa dia ingin mereset citranya & kehidupan sebagai murid baru di SMA. Karena dia cantik, dia dikucilkan oleh teman-teman perempuannya di SMP, dan karena kesalahpahaman, dia tak bisa mengutarakan perasaannya pada seorang anak laki-laki dia sukai yaitu Tanaka-kun. Sekarang di SMA, dia bertekad untuk menjadi tak terlihat seperti wanita, sehingga teman-temannya tidak akan cemburu lagi. Saat dia sudah nyaman dengan kehidupannya, dia bertemu Tanaka-kun lagi, tapi dia sekarang merubah namanya menjadi Mabuchi Kou. Dia mengatakan padanya bahwa dia merasakan hal yang sama seperti yang ia lakukan saat mereka masih muda, tapi sekarang segalanya tak pernah bisa sama lagi. Akankah Futaba dapat melanjutkan cintanya yang bahkan belum pernah ia mulai sejak tiga tahun yang lalu?
Psycho - Pass ~ Berlangsung di masa depan, masa di mana kita secara praktis mampu untuk mengukur dan menilai kepribadian dan pikiran seorang individu. Informasi ini direkam dan diproses, dan istilah “Psycho-Pass” mengacu pada standar yang digunakan untuk mengukur sikap seseorang. Cerita utamanya seputar Shinya Kougami sang “Petugas Pelaksana”, yang ditugaskan untuk menangani kriminalitas di berbagai belahan dunia.
Information Type: BD Episodes: 22 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013 Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Fuji TV, Nitroplus, Sony Music Entertainment Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police Duration: 23 min. per episode Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) =============== Subtitle : Souki-Hasshou ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) & Shinokun ===============
Karen Senki ~ Sebagai buntut pasca-apokaliptik perang antara mesin dan pencipta mereka, mesin memerintah perbudakan manusia. Karakter tituler Karen memimpin Perlawanan Kelompok 11, kelompok eklektik manusia denagn tujuan memperjuangkan hidup mereka, karena mereka diburu oleh robot di setiap episode. Apakah ini akhir dari umat manusia? Apakah mereka kalah bertempur?
Melalui Karen, kita menggali pertempuran antara benar dan salah, antara ketidakpedulian dan cinta, yang mengeksplorasi beberapa pertanyaan terdalam tentang manusia. Apa perbedaan antara mesin yang berpikir dan manusia? Apa itu jiwa?
Information Type: ONA Episodes: 12 Status: Currently Airing Aired: Sep 27, 2014 to ? Producers: Next Media Animation Genres: Action, Sci-Fi Duration: 11 min. per episode Rating: None =============== Subtitle : Mazushi ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Movie ~ Sama seperti TV Seriesnya tetapi dalam movie kali ini menceritakan sudut pandang tentang Menma yang telah meningal pada waktu kecil dan ada janji Menma dengan Ibu Gintan yang belum terpenuhi.dan Movie ini menceritakan masa kecil Menma bersama teman-teman.
Information Type: Movie Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Aug 31, 2013 Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, Aniplex of America Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural Duration: 1 hr. 39 min. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Awsubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & Extrimida ===============
Shingeki no Kyojin OVA ~ Diterbitkan dari 12, 13, dan14 volume manga edisi terbatas
Episode 1: Jurnal tua ditemukan oleh Levi dan Erwin ketika mereka melakukan operasi pengawasan di luar tembok. Isi "Ilse Jurnal" menghasilkan beberapa tindakan yang tak terduga dari Hange.
Episode 2: Cerita lain dari 104th Trainee Squad.
Episode 3: Akan menggambarkan "episode mengesankan sebelum Training Corps 104 bersatu."
Information Type: OVA Episodes: 3 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Dec 9, 2013 to Aug 8, 2014 Producers: Production I.G, Wit Studio Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power Duration: 23 min. per episode Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) =============== Subtitle : Awsubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & Extrimida ===============
Shingeki no Kyojin OVA ~ Diterbitkan dari 12, 13, dan14 volume manga edisi terbatas
Episode 1: Jurnal tua ditemukan oleh Levi dan Erwin ketika mereka melakukan operasi pengawasan di luar tembok. Isi "Ilse Jurnal" menghasilkan beberapa tindakan yang tak terduga dari Hange.
Episode 2: Cerita lain dari 104th Trainee Squad.
Episode 3: Akan menggambarkan "episode mengesankan sebelum Training Corps 104 bersatu."
Information Type: OVA Episodes: 3 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Dec 9, 2013 to Aug 8, 2014 Producers: Production I.G, Wit Studio Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power Duration: 23 min. per episode Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) =============== Subtitle : Karui ReEncoded : CZAnime & Extrimida ===============
Nyan Koi! ~ Junpei Kousaka adalah siswa SMA tahun kedua yang membenci kucing dan memiliki alergi terhadap mereka. Kebetulan bahwa naksir SMA-nya adalah Kaede Mizuno, seorang gadis yang memuja kucing. Suatu hari, saat berjalan pulang dari sekolah, Junpei tendangan sebuah kaleng kosong dan sayangnya kacang lokal neko- jizou-sama (dewa penjaga kucing). Ia menemukan ia sekarang dapat memahami apa yang dikatakan kucing, termasuk keluarganya sendiri kucing pemarah, Nyamusas. Namun, jika ia tidak memberikan 100 keinginan dari kucing, ia akan berubah menjadi kucing sendiri.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Oct 2, 2009 to Dec 18, 2009 Producers: AIC, Sentai FilmworksL, Flex Comics Genres: Comedy, Romance, Harem Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Neosubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Nourin ~ Seluruh Jepang mendadak gempar saat seorang idola ternama, Kusakabe Yuka, tiba-tiba pensiun dari dunia hiburan. Kousaku Hata yang merupakan fans beratnya merasa ama terpuruk atas kejadian itu. Saat teman-temannya berhasil menghiburnya agar ceria lagi, tiba-tiba dia dikejutkan dengan kedatangan seorang murid baru yang ternyata adalah sang idola, tetapi dia memakai nama samaran Kinoshita Ringo.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014 Producers: Frontier Works, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Silver Link Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Awsubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Sword Art Online II (SAOII) ~ 1 tahun setelah insiden SAO, Kirito didatangi oleh Seijiro Kikuoka dari Kementerian Dalam Negeri dan Komunikasi Departemen “Divisi VR” Jepang dengan permintaan yang agak aneh. Terkait penyelidikan pada “Death Gun” insiden yang terjadi dalam game VRMMO yang disebut Gun Gale online (GGO). “Pemain yang ditembak oleh seorang avatar misterius dengan pistol hitam akan kehilangan nyawa mereka bahkan di dunia nyata …” Gagal menolak permintaan aneh Kikuoka itu, Kirito masuk ke dalam GGO meskipun ia tidak sepenuhnya yakin bahwa dunia maya bisa secara fisik mempengaruhi dunia nyata.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 24 Status: Currently Airing Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to ? Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, Genco, Aniplex of AmericaL Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, Shounen Duration: 23 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Awsubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & Extrimida ===============
Noragami ~ Setiap hari, seorang gadis SMP bernama Hiyori Iki selalu bersabar saat di-bully oleh teman- temannya. Suatu hari ia pergi sendirian ke toilet dan menangis. Namun di satu dinding toilet tertulis nomor telepon dan tulisan "Saya akan memecahkan masalah Anda." Lalu ia telepon dan bertemu dengan seorang lelaki pengangguran dan tunawisma bernama Yato yang mengaku kalau dia adalah Dewa!
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014 Producers: Bones, Avex Entertainment, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Kodansha, Ai Addiction Genres: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Anti Fansub & Shirosubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Non Non Biyori ~ Murid SD yang bernama Hotaru Ichijou telah pindah bersama orang tuanya dari Tokyo ke daerah pedesaan. Sekarang dia harus beradaptasi dengan sekolah barunya, di mana ada total hanya ada 5 siswa di kelas yang sama yang berkisar muridnya bercampur dari sekolas dasar hingga sekolah menengah pertama. Ikutilah petualangan sehari-hari mereka di pedasaan itu.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Dec 24, 2013 Producers: Lantis, Media Factory, Silver Link, Sentai FilmworksL Genres: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Seinen Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Kyoukai no Kanata ~ Fantasi gelap mengikuti pelajar SMA bernama Akihito Kanbara. Meskipun anak itu muncul sebagai manusia, dia adalah setengah Youmu dan kebal terhadap luka sehingga bisa sembuh dengan cepat. Suatu hari, Akihito bertemu Mirai Kuriyama ketika. Tampaknya siswi tersebut berniat melompat dari atap sekolah. Mirai terisolasi karena kemampuannya untuk memanipulasi darah, yang unik bahkan di antara Prajurit Dunia Roh. Kejadian mengganggu mulai terungkap setelah Akihito menyelamatkan Mirai.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013 Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai FilmworksL Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Moesubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Kami-sama no Memochou ~ Narumi Fujishima bukan siswa SMA khas Anda. Dia tidak pernah benar-benar cocok dan telah menjadi semakin lebih terisolasi dari teman-teman sekelasnya. Tapi dia tidak sendirian, dan ketika Ayaka, satu-satunya anggota Gardening Club, memperkenalkan dia untuk gadis penyendiri yang tinggal di atas toko ramen, Narumi memasuki dunia rahasia baru. Alice adalah NEET, seseorang yang Tidak bekerja, sedang Dididik atau pelatihan, tetapi sebagai Narumi cepat menemukan, itu tidak berarti bahwa dia tidak apa-apa sepanjang hari.
Di sela cenderung pasukan kecilnya boneka beruang, Alice adalah seorang hacker ahli dan seorang detektif swasta yang sangat eksklusif. Yang mengejutkan, Narumi menemukan dirinya dirancang sebagai salah satu tim yang aneh-tapi-elit rekan bahwa Alice telah dirakit dari kenalan NEET nya. Bersama-sama mereka akan pertempuran geng, pencuri, pembunuh, dan bandar narkoba. Dan di tengah-tengah itu semua, Narumi akan menemukan hidupnya berubah selamanya!
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jul 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011 Producers: J.C.Staff, Lantis, AT-X, Sentai FilmworksL, Warner Bros., The Klock Worx, ASCII Media Works Genres: Mystery Duration: 26 min. per episode Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) =============== Subtitle : Soukisubs X AnimesubIND ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha ~ Fushimi Inari adalah seorang gadis pemalu, gadis SMP yang tinggal di Kyoto. Dia suka teman sekelasnya Tanbabashi, tapi tidak bisa mengungkapkan perasaannya. Suatu hari, sebagai ucapan terima kasih karena telah membantu anak rubah, dewa Uka no Mitama no Kami memberikan dia kemampuan untuk mengubah bentuk tubuhnya.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 10 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jan 15, 2014 to Mar 19, 2014 Producers: FUNimation EntertainmentL, DAX Production, flying DOG, Production IMS Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Supernatural Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Patsubber ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
D-Frag! ~ Kazama Kenji percaya bahwa ia adalah semacam ketua geng di sekolahnya, dan orang lain juga tampaknya setuju dengan hal itu. Menjadi ketua geng di sekolah ternyata tidaklah mudah, lawan pertama “Geng Kazama” adalah sekelompok cewek yang terdiri dari 4 orang yang kelihatannya sih normal-normal aja, tapi ternyata dari keempat cewek itulah debut Kenji sebagai ketua geng menjadi berantakan. Siapakah keempat cewek tersebut? Mau apa mereka dengan Kenji? Dan bagaimana nasib kehidupan sehari-hari Kenji?
Information Type: TV Episodes: 12 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jan 7, 2014 to Mar 25, 2014 Producers: FUNimation EntertainmentL, Media Factory, Brains Base, Kadokawa Shoten Genres: Comedy, School, Seinen Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Cybersubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Clannad ~ Okazaki Tomoya seorang siswa bermasalah yang optimis bahwa dia tidak akan pernah meraih sesuatu yang berguna. Bersama dengan temannya Sunohara, mereka bolos dari pelajaran sekolah dan berencana untuk membuang masa-masa SMA nya begitu saja. Suatu hari saat dia sedang berangkat menuju sekolah, Tomoya bertemu dengan seorang gadis yang bergumam sendiri. Tiba-tiba gadis itu berteriak "Anpan!" (Salah satu makanan Jepang) dan Tomoya pun menjadi tertarik dengan gadis itu. Dia segera mencari tau tentang dirinya. Gadis itu bernama Furukawa Nagisa dan dia suka berteriak sesuatu yang dia suka agar menjadi termotivasi. Nagisa menganggap bahwa mereka itu berteman, tetapi Tomoya tidak berpikir demikian.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru OVA 1 ~ Di episode kali ini Amakusa Kanade masuk kedalam dunia game galge yang berjudul "Katajou". Apa yang akan terjadi dengan Amakusa?
Information Type: OVA Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: May 20, 2014 Producers: Diomedea, DAX Production, Studio Jack Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Duration: 24 min. per episode Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) =============== Subtitle : Tiramisubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & EXTRIMIDA (CZ-EX) ===============
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ~ Jinta Yadomi dan teman semasa kecilnya menjadi asing satu sama lain lantaran pasca suatu tragedi. Sekarang setelah mereka semua di SMA, sesuatu memaksa penyesalan dan rasa bersalah mereka untuk muncul kembali atas tradegi yang terjadi pada hari itu dan mulai menyimpulkan “hantu” yang muncul dari masa lalu mereka.
Information Type: TV Episodes: 11 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011 Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Fuji TV, NIS America, Inc.L, Fuji Pacific Music Publishing Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural Duration: 22 min. per episode Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older =============== Subtitle : Moesubs ReEncoded : CZAnime & Extrimida ===============
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No, not marriage. I mean that everything was quite hectic there for a while. Having returned from living in France, I took to house-hunting in Dublin on the following day, found a place by the fifth day, moved in on the sixth, and had my first tour of the season on the seventh! I hadn’t seen my family since January, so after that tour, I got the bus home. More hecticness – packing the rest of my stuff to bring down before my next tour!
Just in case you’re thinking I’ve been having a bad time so far, I’ll tell you I’m happy to back in Dublin, scumbags and all. Colour, chat, variety, mischief – traits that Grenoble blatantly lacked, and some say Dublin has too much of! Tea. Cadbury’s chocolate. Excellent beef. Guinness. They’re all still here! Thank God!
But changes are inevitable, as my good university buddy Heraclitus was always saying. New shops, restaurants, transport ‘improvements’ (which have exacerbated services), buskers on Grafton St., ways to see Dublin, Starbucks (sigh) on the original site of the Bewley’s Café, and, most importantly, new beers!
Tom Crean, the Irish Giant, is known to Irish people as the fella from Kerry who had quite a walk in Antarctica. Those guys who fabricate those fantastic Guinness TV ads succeeded in recalling his achievements to Irish minds about ten years ago.
Funnily, his connection with Irish beer has now become real.
The ‘Dingle Brewing Company’ has created a beer in honour of the great man. Simply named ‘Tom Crean’s’, the smooth lager is something I’d choose over the boring, predictable common lagers you find everywhere, and I'm not just talking about this country. I think I’ve seen it in three Dublin pubs so far. For a huge, and frequently updated, selection of beers on tap, O’Neill’s on Suffolk never lets me down. Well, except for their removal of Curim on tap. L
‘Eight Degrees Brewing’ has been in half of the pubs I’ve been in since I’m back. Granted, I mainly go into pubs in search of new wonderful inebriating beverages, so that fact is not as startling as would first appear. I‘ve only tried the ‘Sunburnt Irish Red’ (on draught in O’Neill’s on Suffolk St.), but I was mightily impressed – probably my favourite red ale now. It’s rich in flavour and body, two things which 8 degrees obviously knew were desperately lacking from the common Irish red ales.
(I’m still suffering withdrawal symptoms from having worked four months in Belgian beer pub. It’s not all bad; there are places to get Belgian beer here in Dublin, but this post is already too long.)
The first high-speed train designed and manufactured entirely in China debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line on Monday. It boasts a top speed of 400 kilometers per hour (kph). The high-speed train is called ‘Fuxing’ which means 'rejuvenation.' There are currently two models, CR400AF and CR400BF, operated by China Railway Corporation.
A CR400AF model departed from Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 am local time for Shanghai. At the same time, a CR400BF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing. The trains will run at a steady 350 kph meaning it takes three and a half hours to travel between Shanghai and Beijing. Currently, the travel time between the two cities by rail is around five hours. The Beijing-Shanghai railway line is China's busiest, used by more than 50,000 passengers daily.
The Fuxing train has a sophisticated monitoring system which checks its performance in real time and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions. The bullet trains provide free Wi-Fi and more legroom in all carriages. According to Lu Dongfu, the general manager of the China Railway Corporation, the new train models were developed according to China's railway standards and technologies.
Beijing plans to export Fuxing trains to foreign countries, including Russia. A senior researcher with the Chinese high-speed rail program, Jia Limin told China Daily the Fuxing Bullet Trains would operate on the Chinese network as well as on the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail line in Russia. https://www.rt.com/business/394130-china-debuts-bullet-train/
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Proud to present - Deja Vu. A film by IITB alum, Anshul Singhal, dealing with the issue of suicides at the campuses. The film has been received very warmly, it seems.
So impressed was Bollywood screenplay writer and actor Ranjit Kapoor (of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Na fame) with the film that he said after the premiere, "With a little bit of trimming, the film can actually be sent to Cannes. I thought I would view Deja Vu a bit patronisingly, but this film has taught me a thing or two."
While I'm not totally convinced that the suicides were totally due to the academic pressures, any step towards addressing them is appreciable. And what better way than a film by friendly neighbourhood directors & actors.
I tried searching for the movie on youtube and all, but obviously it isn't uploaded over there. They are planning to send it to various national and international film fests with the active support of IIT. Great!
In a way, they are living my dream. Me and couple of friends are also very enthu about film-making and likes. Our music video - Early Days @ Joka - was our first foray in this field. It was frantic! We didn't start with a proper script or anything; most of our ideas evolved while shooting and we learnt a lot about it, while filming. But it was fun too. We had a great time as a team! We did shoot lots of redundent footage, which now won't see the light, most likely.
Anyway, don't mind the ramblings. Looking forward, we are getting together again in June and planning to work on some short fillers, advertisments and kinds. One constraint we face is the camera. We shoot with Sreeni's panasonic and tho' we still have to try a lot with its controls, I doubt it has all that professional jazz to offer. Another constraint is the lack of actors; at the campus we can find people within certain age groups. If the story demands some child or old people, we don't have any way to get 'em. Anyway, these certainly won't dampen our spirits and we shall keep trying. You keep watching this space.
P.S. : Jagmohan Mundra (of recent Provoked fame) is the bigger name in film-making from IIT Bombay. I hope Anshul will go on to be the bigger name eventually!
Subhash Chandra, of Zee fame, has announced the formation of new cricket series, the Indian Cricket League. Apparently Chandra was miffed by the poor performance at the World Cup and wants to develop "a reserve pool of cricketers who could play for the country." No one minds making millions in the process, of course. "We are not shying away to tell that this is also a business proposition but at the macro level, this is a passion of the group to promote cricket," Chandra said.
Whatever be the intention behind it, this can make difference. Check out Chandra's plans -
Format: Six teams will participate in this year`s league, which would start any time between July and August. The number of teams would be extended to 16 in the coming three years. Each team would comprise of two national, four international and eight budding players, who would be selected by the talent scouts. The matches will be played both in the ODI and Twenty20 formats with teams playing on a home and away basis.
Ball's in BCCI's court now.
Infrastructure Support: The league will be supported by cricketing academies across the country having state-of-the-art facilities headed by international and domestic coaches. Talent scouts would pick talents from across the country and groom them in academies to provide a pipeline of reserve players.
Chandra did mention Kerry Packer - "No, that was a coup. All the players of Australia were signed and he also chose not to get the telecast rights of the Australian board," he reasoned. Chandra has seeked support from BCCI & state cricket associations and said, "If BCCI wants to draw from the talent pool, they are welcome to do so." BCCI is yet to respond, but I guess they won't be happy to lose the monopoly control they have over Indian cricket.
This thing looks good. The point about searching talent at the grass-root and grooming them at state-of-the-art academies and giving them chance to rub shoulders with international players, all this sounds too good to be true! This should definitely bring forth some quality competition in the domestic circuit. Chandra is basically offering to do the work BCCI should be doing, and taking the bounty in the process, sounds fair to me! However, we presently have a mechanism in place to find players from the member states of BCCI. All players representing the teams in domestic tournies are basically held by contracts. If BCCI puts its foot down and outlaws it to play in the ICL, the league might get reduced to all fizz and no fun. Some players might get lured by the money, but I doubt if it'll be a big number. Then we'll have probably retired or forgotten players; Vinod Kambli might just get another chance there :-).
"At present there are only 20 players contracted with the board and there is a restriction that they cannot play for anybody else. From each state only 25 players can come up as registered players. What about the millions of boys playing cricket in schools and colleges? Do they get a chance?" Chandra said. Not another reality show, I hope! But if Chandra's league doesn't get the top 20-25 players from the states, I doubt if their talent scouts can hunt plenty of good ones. Hence, the ball essentially lies in BCCI's court. As per the good of Indian cricket, Chandra's plans definitely have my thumbs up. It's essentially an open market vs monopoly situation and I would always go for open market.
Ever tried getting down a running bus? Yup, the inertia funda. Physics, class XI, CBSE.
My prolonged stay at home, after the months spent at IIMC, has put me in that kind of situation. When I was always chasing deadlines at IIMC, I would have laughed at someone had he suggested that nothingness can bore you. And yet here I am, toppled into the abyss of deep boredom. Despite the long sleeping hours, longer hours spent in front of the TV, the days just don't get over.
And the mercury is rising too! Its tough to imagine that the day I arrived here I slept in a rajayi. Now its almost imbearable to be out in the sun. The ceiling fan is no longer adequate to beat the heat. Glad that I won't be here to face the worst.
All's not lost tho', all the cricket happening about half the globe away keeps me company. The idleness compels me to listen to the pre-match chat show too, not that it makes me any wiser or happier. Tut-tut, India's out; but still the arena is wide open! My predictions: Semifinalists - Aus, SA, SL and NZ & Dream Final - Aus vs SA with SA claiming the cup. Long way to that though.
And I'm reading again. A lot, by my own standards. Some recommendations -
A Corner of a Foreign Field - Amazing work about mostly pre-independence history of cricket in India. Even if the WC debacle left a bitter taste in mouth, don't miss this masterpiece, for the love of the game. Hat's off to Guha for doing all the hard work in researching the anecdotes and stories to present in such lucid form! (and if cricket still fancies you, pick Pundits from Pakistan also!)
Above Average - Doesn't dwell too much on the IIT connection. Very interesting, very piquant. Very nostalgic for any IITian, more so for IITD junta (I guess). Its characters reminded me of many lost faces from my IIT days.
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - The story is definitely very thrilling & impressive, though the narration lacks punch. It's told just like a chronological record of facts. Bit drab in parts, still quite enjoyable as a whole.
Being John Mcenroe - Rather than being just descriptive, this book tries to analyze the reasons behind & effects of John Mcenroe on Tennis. Great insights about the genius and his times.
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Masterpiece! Absolute masterpiece! Would appeal to anyone with slightest bend of mind towards Science & tiniest tinge of curiosity towards Nature. Simply unputdownable.
The IITians - Just started this one. Starts on perhaps a bit too laudatory note, but is building up nicely. Should be a good read.
Apart from all this, I've also started reading blogs again. But my BSNL dial-up doesn't allow me to surf much. By the way, till very recent I wasn't aware that you can just put the BSNL phone cable in your laptop, do simple registration once and can start surfing @ ~40 kbps on totally on-use-basis rates! Check out Account free Internet dial up access based on CLI.
All my bags are not yet packed and I'm not yet ready to go, still another week left. But most of my shopping is done, barring some last minute items. Not yet thinking much about the upcoming internship, but I hope it would be interesting time. Reminds me of an ancient Chinese curse - "May you live in interesting times." Hmm, we'll see that.
Couple of things I have to do in London -
Watch a cricket match, county-shounty, anything!
Watch a soccer match. Some decent clubs whose names I know, hopefully.
Visit some typical Irish pubs (just to check out the atmo, Mom!)
Buy long-pending lenses for my camera and click loads of pictures.
Travel a bit. Bath, Oxford, some coastal towns, perhaps.
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Veronica, often called Ronnie or V, by her friends and her brother, if a worry-free, life enjoying, love searching maniac. She may be what people call a hopeless romantic, but in her senior year of high school, love is all she wants. She has a dirty blonde to a light blonde hair color, which is usually down in messy waves, and brown eyes. Ronnie think's they're really boring, but many people seem to disagree. She doesn't pay much attention to her looks, which some people seem to surprisingly like. She spends her time playing basketball with her older brother when he comes back from college, video gaming, making food, and of course having fun with boys. She gets a little self conscious when people look at her body, because she is quite skinny, but also muscular, tan, and curvy. She attends a private school down the coast of Los Angeles, along with her best friend. She spends her time partying, drinking, flirting, and having the time of her life, looking for the one... when maybe, he's been in front of her all along. Ronnie may be in love with her 20 year old brother... who may not even be her brother... **** pm me if you'd like to roleplay! :) @slothwithablog @fiohelston @txstrawberry @gypsyoccult @pitchslapped @hayley-177 @ironkyle @natasha-maree13 @amyburns567 @amy1239 @bxc0nsoda
Summer Vacation // Round 01 The Set (x) 2+ pictures of your OC (x) Your OC’s house crest- wampus (x) Your OC’s name somewhere in the set- Alaska Ryde (x) A landscape theme regarding what your OC did during their vacation- yacht/ocean (x) a magazine/newspaper filler (x) One thing that is your OC’s most prized possession - Arctic Monkeys CD she used to listen to with her mom 30//30 The Description (x) Your OC’s name Alaska Ryde (x) Your OC’s house Wampus (x) What year is your OC in? Seventh (x) What did you do in your summer vacation? This must be over two paragraphs Alaska has had enough of her father, so she decides to leave her flat in LA, and spend her summer with her best friend, Dylan, on a yacht to Italy and back. Over the week she had on the yacht, she discovered that she had feelings for Dylan, but she knew she couldn't have him the way she wanted. She was going to turn into her father eventually, she thought. She was going to become a monster. They both explored the realms and secrets of Italy, having the best time of their lives, especially listening to the Arctic Monkey's, as they drove around in Dylan's jeep. Everything changes when Dylan tells her how he feels about her. So she denies everything, and they finally come to the agreement of friends with benefits. But slowly, this escalates to more. She can't hide her feelings any longer, and neither can Dylan. They both keep getting hurt, and they can't stand it. When Aly, otherwise known as Alaska, goes missing on a hike in one of the Italian mountains in Pompeii, Dylan realizes how much he needs her. Day after Day, Dylan's feelings slowly start to turn to stone as the search for Alaska has no change. But when she comes back with another man, he looses it all. He continues the vacation in Italy using his player ways, distracting himself and ignoring Alaska the whole time. Exploring on his own, learning on his own. Alaska and Dylan may never be that inseparable duo again. (x) Tag the mod: @natasha-maree13 (x) Use the hashtag: #ilvermorny2016 (x) Write a scene between 100 – 1000 words about an activity your OC did during your vacation. This could be a day at work or something your OC did whilst travelling. Use dialog Alaska went straight back home right after sixth year ended. She didn't say a word to her teachers or friends. Not even Dylan Hathaway, her best friend. She headed back to her flat in LA, only to see her father, her murderer of a father, making love to another woman. A blonde woman who wore too much make up and looked half his age. She could not stand the sight of her poor excuse of a dad. He was terrible to her. So she did the first thing that came to mind. She trashed the living room, took his credit cards and her bags, and bolted out of the house without even saying goodbye. Again. She did the first thing that came to mind. She called Dylan. "D-Dly... Dlyan..." She whispered, tears surfacing her eyes. However, she did not allow them to fall. Crying is for the weak. "Alaska! Aly! Where the hell were you? You just left without even saying anything! I was so worried! Thank god you called-" He frantically spoke. But then he cut himself off, knowing that something was wrong. "Alaska... what's wrong?" Dylan asked, concern lacing his deep voice. "H-He... was with another woman! He doesn't have feelings! He's probably going to break that poor woman too! He didn't even bother to acknowledge me!" She wept. "Oh, Alaska... I didn't know. Damnit, come over here, I'll help you. We're traveling on the yacht to Italy- yes, the no-maj form of transportation- for dad's business trip. I'm sure he wouldn't mind, because I definitely wouldn't mind. But when I get my hands on that poor excuse of a man who makes you feel like this, who hurts you, who killed his wife, he will pay. I'll make sure of it. He won't hurt you anymore, darling. I promise." Dylan spoke, spitting out the last few sentences. He was shaking with anger- his eyes darkening, as he thought of someone hurting his Alaska. "Okay, Dylan. There will be none of that, but I'll be over in a few. Thank you. You're the bestest best friend ever." She thanked, finally allowing herself to calm down. But, Alaska wanted to be more than just friends. She just new she didn't deserve someone as great as Dylan. 50//50 @natasha-maree13 Bonus (x) Include something with text that is not the magazine/newspaper filler (x) Include another OC that belongs to someone else in your story- Dylan Hathaway 10//10
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Since first hearing about Charleston Fashion Week three years ago, I’ve searched for the best way to cover it. Around that time similar events started popping up all over the South, and I wondered what might make one more relevant to our region than the other. What would make someone in Texas or D.C. care about runway shows happening in South […]
Have you ever gone on Amazon to search an item – say a watch?
If the same happened to you as what happened to me, for the next while, every time I was on their site, Amazon flashed a variety of watches – I mean every – single – time. It’s like they flagged what I was interested in, and then tempted me in every way possible.
This brings back a memory of when my husband and I were on a train in Cusco, waiting at the station, with Machu Picchu as our destination. Along the tracks were vendors all holding up their wares at the passenger’s windows. They were trying to tempt us with anything from t-shits to woven bags, jewellery – a huge variety of items. One of the T-shirts caught my attention and I waved the fellow over. Within seconds, every vendor there had dropped what they had been showing and were now waving T-shirts, trying to get the sale.
Amazon’s selling style reminds me of that time. And the reason they follow this sales method isn’t hard to understand. It’s because it works.
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New Biomateriality Lab in the Enter and Encounter exhibition presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects.
Enter and Encounter – 24.3.–22.10.2017 Designmuseum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki
Historically, wood cellulose has had a remarkable role in Finnish industry, though mainly for high volume and low value products. The annual growth of wood biomass in Finland is 104 million m3 and about one fifth of this is not brought into use. This equates to about four million additional tonnes of cellulose per year. If this additional tonnage could be refined into value-added cellulose products and if those products had an estimated price similar to that of cotton, then the value of that additional business for Finland could be worth five billion euros per year. However, we still need to closely monitor that we are using our precious forests in a smart and responsible way.
The ongoing collaboration between designers, architects, material scientists, engineers and business specialists aims to generate a new high-value industry. Through the combination of traditional large-scale and new start-up businesses, the Finnish cellulose ecosystem will be a strong player in the global market of the future.
The exhibition is coordinated by Aalto University’s CHEMARTS collaboration and participating projects are DWoC, NoMa, Hiilinielu Designstudio and Trash2Cash. The main partners are Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technical University of Tampere, Universities of Applied Sciences in Lahti and Tampere, University of Vaasa and Design Forum Finland, in collaboration with various companies, funded by Tekes and EU.
An exhibition of the Aalto University course: Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture
The final exhibition of the transdisciplinary course at Aalto University is a concrete opening to enhance the interaction between scientific and artistic practices. It aims to break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena of the field to the level of human experience.
Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines enables the pursuit of diverse goals and aims. The exhibition also presents inspiring examples and ideas of new directions for education, from early childhood to research level. Students on the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.
“Sensual Mathematics” is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approaches of each team of students towards low dimensional geometry and topology.
The vertical artworks of the exhibition create a natural space inviting the visitor to wander into its forest-like growth.
What affects rubber frictional performance on ice?
The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of András Kriston, M.Sc. (Eng.)., will be held on 30 June 2017 at 12.00 at the Aalto University School of Engineering. The title of the dissertation is Micro contact analysis of rubber-ice interaction during frictional processes. The field of the dissertation is engineering design and production, vehicle engineering, rubber/ice friction.
The good frictional performance of rubber on ice heavily influences vehicles’ mobility at winter conditions. In this dissertation, a methodology chain was developed using various microscopical imaging techniques in order the reveal the main frictional mechanisms when tire tread rubber slides on ice. The studies presented in this thesis help to broaden our understanding in the physics of tire-ice contact.
By analyzing the ice surface at its post-sliding state, different kind of contact marks can be observed depending on simulated traffic conditions (i.e. ice surface contamination), rubber hardness and rubber surface roughness. The results showed that it is not possible to single out one specific frictional mechanism due to the complexity of the tribosystem. The friction can be low when the rubber compound is harder, or the ice surface temperature is higher resulting local melting spots, leading to more hydrodynamic friction. Contrary, when the rubber compound is soft enough, or the ice surface temperature is colder, the likelihood of melting is low thus other mechanisms like deforming ice surface asperities and ploughing by hard fillers in rubber are more dominant. Interestingly, it was observed that pre-melted ice layer always lubricates the contact surface.
To overcome on the difficulties of observing three-dimensional micro contact state when rubber is squeezed against different type of road surfaces, a new, micro-computed-tomography based method was proposed. As a result, it was seen that the contact area on ice-like flat road surface is governed by the deformation of the rubber surface asperities, while on a rough road surface the contact is driven by the bulk deformation of the rubber. The nature of the contact state influences the frictional mechanisms of rubber on road surfaces. The large variety of observed frictional and contact mechanisms indicates that all modern tire compound development needs to fulfil multiplicity of requirements. Optimizing dynamic stiffness of the rubber, a good control over the rubber surface roughness and improving the molecular level interactions, like adhesion, can improve the performance of tires on icy surfaces.
Opponent: Dr. Lasse Makkonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Supervisor: Professor Kari Tammi, Aalto University, Finland
Advisors: Dr. Tibor Fülöp, Goodyear S.A., Luxembourg; Ari Tuononen, D.Sc.,Aalto University, Finland
An international conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications.
The 4th NANOENERGY conference will address the theory, design, research, discovery and development of new materials and nanotechnologies in relation to the field of energy applications (e.g. in energy harvesting, production, storage, transfer and use, etc.). NANOENERGY aims to bring together academia, industries and policy makers interested in the application of nanotechnology in the energy sector. A wide range of disciplines will be included from theory to experiments, device development, technology demonstration, manufacture and scale-up of nanotechnology applied to energy.
The conference chairs are Professor Peter D. Lund (Aalto University, Finland) and Professor Jawwad A. Darr (University College London, UK).
A Finnish-Chinese Symposium on Advanced Fuel Cells and Materials will be held in parallel to the Nanoenergy conference. The participants of the conference can attend the first day of the symposium. Further information on the symposium on the conference website.
• Thematic Nanoenergy sessions
– Young Scientist as an entrepreneur
– Training tutorial and workshop
– Industry excursion and exhibition (e.g. ALD)
– Aalto Nanocenter & Micro & Nanotechnology Center
– High-level Panel discussion on future directions
– Meet the Nano Journals
• Social Arrangements (Nature Walk, Urban Mill, Energy Garage, Aalto Design Factory)
• Global Nanoenergy Prize, Best Poster Awards (1-3)
Dr. Muhammad Imran Asghar
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
The focus of the dissertation is on achieving change in the existing architectural outdoor lighting design paradigm by introducing the use of heuristic metaphors, modern - and also forgotten lighting design tools in practical architectural lighting design projects.
M.Sc. (arch) Julle Oksanen will defend his dissertation Design Concepts in Architectural Outdoor Lighting Design Based on Metaphors as a Heuristical Tool on Wenesday 18 August 2017.
Opponent: PhD, prof. Ihab Elzeyadi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Custos: prof. Anssi Joutsiniemi, Aalto University Department of Architecture
Discussion will be in English
Architectural outdoor lighting design is currently based on strictly rule and system oriented technical lighting design. This method is totally impervious to external feedback and creative aesthetic development. The focus of the dissertation is on achieving change in the existing architectural outdoor lighting design paradigm by introducing the use of heuristic metaphors, modern - and also forgotten lighting design tools in practical architectural lighting design projects.
The key tool to a successful design solution is “The Law of The Pragmatic Truth”. Pragmatism is a rejection of the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Instead, pragmatists develop their philosophy around the idea that the function of thought is that of an instrument or tool for prediction, action, and problem solving. We design buildings today according to these laws, although we now know that they are not theoretically perfect, they are however, precise enough for practical calculations and work in real life. “The Law of Pragmatic Truth” can be used as a tool to define pragmatic and collectively accepted “tolerances” between scientific research results and practical values in architectural outdoor lighting projects. Wise use of this tool also saves huge amounts of energy in public lighting.
The dissertation presents important and partly new design elements and their development. The dissertation delves deeper into the principle structures of the design core and its elements than the basic practical architectural lighting design tools. It opens the doors for creative aesthetic architectural outdoor lighting design world and can change its paradigm.
This dissertation is a work of interdisciplinary lighting design research, adding art and science in a harmonious and useful combination, focusing on the new paradigm for architectural outdoor lighting. However, it also provides tools and examples for future research on a change of approach to architectural indoor lighting and also for architectural design generally.
The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at theLearning Hub Arabia (Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor, room 570), at latest 10 days before the defence date.
Persuasive Trust Building in Oral Financial Presentations – An Analysis of a narrative Investor Relations genre
The doctoral dissertation of Anja Caspers, Diplom-Volkswirt, in the field of Organizational Communication "Persuasive Trust Building in Oral Financial Presentations – An Analysis of a narrative Investor Relations genre" will be publicly examined at the Aalto University School of Business on Friday, 8 September 2017.
The defence of dissertation will be held in the Chydenia building (address: Runeberginkatu 22-24, Helsinki, Finland), Saastamoinen Foundation Hall, H-324 (3rd floor), starting at 12 a.m.
Opponent: Associate Professor Irene Pollach, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University Custos: Senior Research Fellow Leena Louhiala-Salminen, Aalto University School of Business
A sprawling metropolis in the state of Texas, Houston is also the fourth most populous city in the whole of United States. Lovingly referred by the natives as the ‘Space City’, Houston can be rightly touted as a global hub of business, culture, international trade, fashion, media, technology, education, sports, science, medicine, and even research. … Read more
Hmm, kali ini saya akan berbagi sedikit informasi untuk sedikit mempercepat browsing dengan mozilla firefox 3.x.x. Mungkin sudah banyak yang tahu cara ini, tapi tidak ada salahnya jika saya memaparkannya karena khawatir masih ada yang belum mengetahui tentang ini. ;)
Agar tidak membuang waktu Anda karena membaca tulisan di atas, saya akan segera mulai tutorial ini. Hehe..
Pertama yang harus Anda lakukan adalah membuka tab baru di firefox Anda. (tekan ctrl + T)Jika tab baru sudah terbuka, ketikkan "about:config" (tanpa tanda kutip) pada url barnya.
Setelah itu akan keluar peringatan di halaman browser Anda, tekan saja "Enter".
Ketika Anda sudah menekan tombol enter, maka akan banyak sekali tulisan.
Lihat pada kotak search di bagian atas, ketikkan "network.http.pipelining" (tanpa tanda kutip).
Maka akan keluar tulisan seperti yang kita cari, lalu klik dua kali.
Jika nanti ada pilihan, pilih yang "true".
Setelah itu, lakukan hal yang sama seperti di atas pada kata-kata di bawah ini :
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests (ganti angka 30 menjadi angka 8)
network.http.max-connections (ganti angka 30 menjadi 96)
network.http.max-connections-per-server (ganti angka 15 menjadi 32)
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server (ganti angka 6 menjadi 8)
network.http.pipelining.ssl (ganti false menjadi true)
network.http.proxy.pipelining (ganti false menjadi true)
Jika semuanya sudah selesai, tekan F5 untuk refresh dan restart firefox Anda.
Sekian dari saya, semoga bermanfaat bagi kita semua. ^_^
Working conditions are deteriorating in Europe, helping to reinforce social inequalities between workers, in particular in terms of health. Such is the conclusion drawn at the end of a two-day seminar staged in late March in Brussels by the ETUI. This event, originally intended for the research community, attracted a far wider audience of some 170 participants: proof that even at a time of economic crisis, the question of working conditions remains more than ever a major social issue.
On 29 March 2012 ETUI and EPSU will hold a joint one-day workshop to reflect on how we define and measure social progress, that is, improvements in wellbeing in societies, and also, in view of current circumstances, how we measure social regression. The gathering aims to bring together research contributions on this issue as a means of exploring the current state-of-play and its potential relevance for reframing economic policy debate in Europe insofar as it is, at the present time, entirely and exclusively focused on GDP growth.
Conference co-organized by the Socialists & Democrats, the Greens and the ETUI, 9 February 2012, European Parliament
The purpose of this conference is to obtain reactions and feedback – from MEPs, academics and social policy actors – to some of the ETUI’s research findings and policy proposals. How is the current situation to be evaluated? What are the most relevant considerations in constructing an agenda, a narrative, and policy alternatives to unadulterated austerity measures? These are the two major questions up for discussion.
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…
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…
The Europe 2020 Strategy aims at achieving an employment rate of 75% and reducing poverty. What decides about success or failure of this strategy? And what about job quality? The new Labour Market Monitor of AK (Chamber of Labour) and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) depicts a strengths-weaknesses profile of the EU-Labour Markets, which goes beyond the usual comparison of employment and unemployment rates. The Job Quality Index of the ETUI 2011 provides information on the job quality in Europe.
Clicktailing The Irish Export Cooperative are proud to be a part of the Clicktailing programme run in conjunction with the NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), helping 20 companies to set up an online presence from scratch to launch in just 5 weeks. When they needed help, they asked a number of organisations including the Irish Export Cooperative and our own Chris Gordon for help with developing the Logistics and Shipping modules of this important programme. Applications for the programme are now closed, but here are some of the topics covered over the course of the few weeks. Workshop 1- Photography and styling May 8 – 10th – Get product styling advice from professionals. – Learn photography techniques that you can do at home. – Work with the pro’s to understand why a good picture can sell a product. Workshop 2 – Design and development May 14 – Choose an e-commerce website design for your product – Work with designers to create a professional looking website Workshop 3 Transactions and Marketing May 21 – Get your merchant account – Learn about pricing, margins, cost of customer acquisition – Digital marketing how to drive traffic to your site – Online customer service Workshop 4 Logistics May 28 – Packaging, cost considerations, volume, weight and insurance. – Choices, pay per parcel, pay per load, part fulfillment. – Your policy and how to manage returns. Workshop 5 Launch your store June 4 – Launch your online store – Learn to measure its success with analytics Showcase event – Date TBC We’ll have plenty more details of the course and will be releasing our experiences on working with these brave retailers for the time we are together. The Irish Export Cooperative would like to thank the NDRC with Mark and Fiona for pulling the programme together and making it easier for companies to get the assistance they need to get their shops off the ground!
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.
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) brought its new website online at the start of July. The new site adds the finishing touch to the Institute’s revamped visual identity, with a home page that showcases our various research and training activities, giving direct access to nine key topics for a social Europe and the European labour movement, including the crisis, jobs and worker participation.
ETUC Congress: the ETUI welcomes you to its stand.
On the occasion of the Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation, the ETUI invites you to visit its stand in Athens from 16 to 19 May. Here you will not only find a selection of our most recent publications but also have the opportunity to discuss our trade union research and training programmes with members of our team. You are also invited to take part in the various activities being organised on our stand and on the fringe of the Congress.
UKPSC Uttarakhand Public Service Commission has letest published the Recruitment notification 2016 to fill up the empty post 138 vacancies of the various Officer Posts. It is a good news for the all candidates who are wetting or searching for the Government Jobs in Uttarakhand state. Applicants who are fulfill interested in Public Service Commission Jobs. they have […]
ETUI senior researcher Andrew Watt participated in the conference ‘A Political Economy for the Good Society’ organised by the FES London and Compass on 18-19 November 2010. He discussed the requirements of a new political economy for Europe.
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.
The government’s mission to put the UK at the forefront of commercial spaceflight has been given a big boost after plans were announced to build the world’s first private space research centre in Bedfordshire. The £120 million Blue Abyss facility will be constructed at RAF Henlow, providing domestic and international companies with access to the […]
Good morning, everyone. I’m new at this forum, although I’ve been reading it since a very long time. My name is Mauricio Villamayor, I'm designing a calligraphic typeface for my thesis and I have a problem in doing it. I hope if you can help me with this situation.
Basically, the problem is with the ligatures. The typography has a lot of them, since the calligraphic characters are more complicated to bond harmonically. The ligatures work in all the combinations, except in the accented (acute accent) letters.
For example, a specific ligature exists for the combination “yo” (which works), but when I create the combination “yó”, it doesn’t work, indicating an error when I compile the ligaduras.
This is the specific error that shows:
"[FATAL] invalid token (text was "ó") [C:/Users/Maui/Documents/FontLab/Studio5/fontlab.fea 4]"
Is it possible to create ligaduras with accented letters? Or am I doing something wrong?
Maybe an error in the language configuration of the font?
I searched a lot on the Internet about what could be the problem, but nobody seems to have a problem like mine (maybe because in English there are no accented letters).
I would be really thankful if you could help me, I never had to do ligaduras with accented letters and right now I’m in a hurry since this work is for my thesis.
Perhaps this is just picking at nits, but I think the juxtaposition of ideology and methodology distracts from your essential point, and is a bit counterproductive. I buy the idea that new media is changing the game for history in fundamental ways. And I buy the idea that looking back to the early days of the profession can help historicize many practices in the profession that seem resistant to this change. Research scholarship around the turn of the century was bound up with the collection of materials (and supporting pedagogy) in ways that are quite similar to the efforts of historians working in new media.
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Disney researchers have developed innovative technology that will allow people to charge their devices in a truly wireless fashion If this technology could be commercially adopted, it could revolutionize the way that we use and create everything from smartphones to AI robots It seems like almost everything has gone wireless. Yet somehow, when it comes […]
Having a vacation cabin is a great way to get away from the stresses of life and enjoy the beauty of nature. The problem is that many of these cabins are in places that do not have access to the power grid. You don't need to worry about this because there is an answer to this problem. The solution to this problem is solar power. Solar power can supply your cabin with all the energy you need and will save you the expense of having a power bill at your vacation cabin.
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Commercial Real Estate Tips
Many people have made it big investing in commercial property. However, no quick and easy blueprint for doing so exists. Instead, success in commercial real estate requires knowledge, experience, and old-fashioned effort. Continue reading in order to gain some useful information that can help you discover what is required to be a winner in the field of commercial real estate.
Whether you are buying or selling, don't shy away from negotiation. Let people know what you want and make sure you are asking for a realistic price.
Try practicing patience and remain calm, if you are considering purchasing any commercial real estate. Don't enter into a commercial venture hastily. Without due consideration, you might find that the real estate purchase does not meet your criteria for successful financial gain. It could take as long as a year to find the right investment in your market.
When you lease a commercial site it is very important to that pest control is kept up-to-date. If you are renting a space that has known vermin problems, be sure to find out exactly who is responsible for pest control.
You might have to spend a lot of time on your investment at first. First, you will need to search for a golden opportunity. After you have purchased the property, you may have to spend some time and money making repairs or remodeling it. Don't let the amount time you need to put in during this phase discourage you. You will reap the rewards of all your hard work.
Make sure your asking price is realistic. Most appraisers can't take all factors into account because there are an infinite number of variables involved in determining the value of a piece of property. These variables can all make your property worth less than the appraisal claims it is worth.
If your real estate deal includes inspections (and it always should), make sure to ask to see the credentials of all of the inspectors. A lot of people have no accreditation, especially in pest control services. A non-accredited inspector could be a source of problems.
With the right approach, handled the right way, your success in commercial property can be easy. Keep in mind all that you learned from the article and you should have no problem having some success with your business. Don't stop learning about the industry, and continue to gain knowledge and methods for improvement. As you gain more experience, you will become more successful.
If you are not sure why you should support rejuvenation research, or know people who aren’t, this article explains why rejuvenation would be good for you as an individual. The reasons why rejuvenation would be good for any given individual should be bleeding obvious. However, you’d be surprised how often people think it all boils […]
Real Estate Investing Information.
Is real estate investing something you have been thinking about? Do you have an eye on a home that you want to renovate? This piece is full of tips for getting things going. Apply this advice to make the best possible decisions. You'll be well prepared in making good choices when it comes to investing in real estate.
Learn from other real estate investors. Real estate investing is very popular nowadays. It is so popular that there are community groups about it. If there aren't any near you, you can find forums online where other investors hang out. Get out there and see what your peers can teach you.
Find your comfort zone and stick with it. This will help you to maximize the profits that you make. Work with a niche you are familiar with, whether you are trying to flip houses, purchase starter home or buy properties that require low down payments.
If you're considering real estate investing, you should contemplate the amount of time you can apply to managing your investment. Tenant problems can be extremely time consuming. Consider hiring a company that handles property management.
When renting out your investment property, take great care in selecting tenants. Make sure your tenants pay you a deposit and first and last month's rent. If this isn't possible with the tenant, they are likely going to default on any rent agreement. Pass them up for somebody else instead.
Consider rental values as you determine how much any given property is worth. You can make a tidy sum each year if you rent your place out. After renting the house for a few years, you can profit further by selling it.
It is wise to have a capable handyman who charges reasonable prices available if you're buying investment property. Otherwise, you may end up spending lots of money getting repairs done. A handyman that's good should be able to handle any emergency a tenant has after hours.
Know how much the opportunity costs are to start with. Are you getting into rehabbing properties but aren't factoring in the manual labor time? Or, are you better off handing off the work and spending your time hunting new opportunities? Outsource everything you can to allow yourself time to research the market. This will help you to focus on the important things.
Don't buy properties in bad areas. Always pay attention to where you are purchasing a piece of property. Do the research needed. Nice houses with great prices are sometimes in rotten locations. Not only could selling it be a challenge, vandals could ruin your hard work.
It is important that you start out slow in the beginning. You might find that your first transaction takes some time. There may not be any good properties available, or perhaps the terms of the deals you are offered are not right. Refrain from stressing out if this happen to you. You will inevitably lose money if you do. Wait for the perfect opportunity.
Now that you've read this, you should feel more familiar with the practice of real estate investing. It can make you lots of money when you know what you're doing. Owning a place is better than renting. These suggestions are a fantastic place to begin with real estate.
Buying real estate is important for anyone who is looking for a new place to live or a new opportunity for renting out a home. Picking the right area and doing some research goes a long way when picking real estate. Read the tips in this article to make sure you're picking the best choice!
One important tip when it comes to real estate is to inspect the entire neighborhood and make sure it lives up to your expectations for your own home. This is important because it may just be the reason why what appears to be your dream house is so affordable. If you have a beautiful home in a not-so-nice neighborhood your resale value and overall happiness may suffer.
When renting a piece of real estate, make sure to take photos of the condition of the property before or on the same day you get the keys. You will need these if here is ever a dispute about damage you may or may not have caused. Pictures are a much better option than just a written description.
One of the first things you should do before initiating the home-buying process is to check your credit score. Make sure that you don't have any outstanding debt. Find out what's on your credit report and work to tie up any loose ends before ultimately putting in for a loan with the bank.
Before looking at the houses that are for sale, you need to decide if you are really ready for such a large purchase. Not only do you need to look at your finances, you need to make sure you are ready for the commitment and the responsibility that goes along with home owning.
As said previously, buying real estate will be a task that many different people have to undergo, whether buying a first home or looking to lease out a house. By remembering the tips in this article, you can successfully pick an area that will suit your real estate needs.
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The crime, the traffic, the congestion, the noise, and non-stop pace of the big city take its toll on your health. That’s not just anecdotal any longer, researchers are uncovering some not so surprising facts about the negative impact big cities have on peoples’ health.
In the heart of the busy metropolitan jungles, more people suffer from heart attacks, strokes, and anxiety than those who live in more rural areas.
The Big City is a Threat Your Physical Health
All that traffic, high crime, and noise isn’t just going gentle into the night, it’s having a real affect on its residents physical well being. New research shows that people living in a big city have a higher risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Busy commutes tend not only to be stressful, but detrimental as well. Spending hours on a train or hopping from bus to bus means a lot more time spent parked in a seat. That’s not good for the heart or the belly. Studies reveal that many choose to eat while commuting in an effort to save time. The net result is a bigger waistline, which increases blood pressure, decreases circulation, and cause more fatigue.
More weight means a higher risk for hypertension and other physical health risks like high cholesterol. Simply put, less walking and more sitting have an adverse impact.
It’s Also Mental, Studies Show
Aside from the physical health risks, people living in big cities face a 21 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders, a 39 percent increase in mood disorders, thanks to a study conducted on 32 healthy participants which was published in the journal Nature.
Conversely 24 participants from rural communities were included in this brain scan study,a statistical dead-heat in the world of MRI. Those 24 people showed little to no signs of increased risk to their mental health, a finding that wouldn’t at all surprise the average urban dweller.
The hustle and bustle of the big city isn’t healthy, physically or mentally, according to the research.
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If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need? AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify noises, and […]
"The lord whose oracle is at Delphi neither speaks nor conceals,
but gives signs."- Heraclitus, on Apollo
From the very beginning I saw this story as one somehow centered on some kind of possession or channeling.And now that seems to be the only explanation for this endless parade of omen and ancient symbolism of the love goddess and her shepherd-boy consort. And it only gets stranger and more impossible. In truth, I suspected Elizabeth Fraser was channeling something entirely different as soon as I heard "Sugar Hiccup" back in 1983. I grew up around professional musicians- my mother was a trained soprano- and I heard a hell of a lot of music. But somehow I knew something seemed to have come here from somewhere else. It wasn't just me- you hear the phrase "otherworldly" used quite a lot to describe her singing. Even then it felt like something was revealing itself, something very big and strange, through this shy, vulnerable, troubled girl (she was only 19 when she sang "Hiccup") with the mile-wide howl and her art-damaged bandmates. I just had no idea how big and strange it truly was. UNDER APHRODITE'S SPELL
Nope, doesn't look possessed at all. No, sir.
Now, Elizabeth Fraser loved Jeff Buckley. I mean she really loved him. I mean she really, really, really loved him. This isn't conjecture on my part. She talked about it in interviews, saying her love for him was an "addiction" and that she was "maniacal." She sang that she was a "junkie" for him. Twice. Five years after his death she appeared in the "widow role" on a BBC documentary on Buckley and it was painfully clear that that love still burned inside her.
This is the kind of love that poets used to write epics about. The kind of love that Innana had for Dumuzi, that Selene had for Endymion, that Isis had for Osiris. The kind of love city-states used to go to war over. She sang about this love. A lot. She wrote an entire EP about it, made a heart-wrenching (and startlingly-prophetic) longform music video about it, dedicated an entire album to it, and eventually wrote the best-known song of her career about it, a song which tens of millions of people have heard. And again, she recorded that song the day Buckley died.
So bear all this in mind as we take a deeper look into the prophetic foreshadowing in the Cocteau Twins' music and this increasingly impossible avalanche of omen and symbol, all leading to what very much looks like a real-time god-LARP of the one of the oldest stories known to history- one that's been retold many different times in many different places- the love of the Love Goddess for a doomed shepherd-boy. It's a story upon which the world's first great empire rose and fell.
And of course Apollo is both the god of song and music and the god of prophecy.
He was also known as Apollo Lyceus, or "Apollo the Wolf God." One of the grand old theaters in Memphis was named in honor of Apollo Lyceus, The Lyceum.
Apollo's powers of prophecy came from a very interesting source, one that will play an important role in the story about to unfold here.
The Homeric Hymn to Apollo acknowledges that Apollo's gift of prophecy first came to him from three bee maidens, usually but doubtfully identified with the Thriae, a trinity of pre-Hellenic Aegean bee goddesses.
Apollo imparted his prophecies to the rest of us through channeling and his oracles were variously known as the Sibyls or the Pythia ("Pythoness"). The latter of whom, before some asshole had to get all rapey, were originally teenaged girls (like Fraser was when she first recorded Garlands):
The Pythia (or Oracle of Delphi) was the priestess who held court at Pytho, the sanctuary of the Delphinians, a sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Pythia were highly-regarded, for it was believed that she channeled prophecies from Apollo himself, while steeped in a dreamlike trance.
A Roman historian described how this channeling came about:
At last Apollo mastered the breast of the Delphian priestess ; as fully as ever in the past, he forced his way into her body, driving out her former thoughts, and bidding her human nature to come forth and leave her heart at his disposal.
(F)irst the wild frenzy overflowed through her foaming lips ; she groaned and uttered loud inarticulate cries with panting breath ; next, a dismal wailing filled the vast cave ; and at last, when she was mastered, came the sound of articulate speech... ” - Lukan- The Civil Wars
"Elizabeth, we'd like to speak with Apollo now..."
Now, again- see if all of that there- "loud, inarticulate cries with panting breath" and all the rest of it- doesn't sound a bit like this.
Perhaps more than anyone else, Elvis is nearly synonymous with Las Vegas. He first played there in 1956 (a month before appearing at the Carnival Memphis) and later began a long residency in the Dog Days of 1969 at the Las Vegas International which would eventually see him give over 700 performances there. There was even an Elvis Presley Museum in Vegas. There are still Elvis Wedding Chapels there.
And just as there is one overlooking the exact spot where Jeff Buckley ascended to Heaven, there is also an Elvis statue in Las Vegas.
It was quite noticeable that he was borne along by a divine inspiration when he spoke, when from this so wise a mouth flowed in waves the words, which flew like flakes of snow. Then it seemed that his eyes filled with a shining splendor, and all over his face spread rays of a divine illumination. - Marsinus on Proclus, author of On the Signs of Divine Possession
And then there is the question of glossolalia, for which Fraser was world-famous:
Fraser's distinctive singing has earned her much critical praise; she was once described as "the voice of God." Her lyrics range from straightforward English to semi-comprehensible sentences (glossolalia) and abstract mouth music. For some recordings, Fraser has said that she used foreign words without knowing what they meant – the words acquired meaning for her only as she sang them.
So by assembling lyrics out of words in foreign languages she didn't understand, Fraser was literally "speaking in tongues." And it's in this and her use of glossolalia that Fraser was once again acting in the exact same manner as the ancient oracles:
Neoplatonist philosopher Iamblichus linked glossolalia to prophecy, writing that prophecy was divine spirit possession that "emits words which are not understood by those that utter them; for they pronounce them, as it is said, with an insane mouth and are wholly subservient, and entirely yield themselves to the energy of the predominating God."
And again, Fraser herself told the New Musical Express in 1984 that she felt as if she were channeling some other entity and that her songs seemed to write themselves. Mind you, this is not a woman who was given to hyperbole or self-aggrandizement.
The Sibyl with raving mouth utters solemn, unadorned, unlovely words, but she reaches out over a thousand years with her voice by force of the god within her. - Heraclitus
The breath of God in my mouth
A love you can taste, God, get some paste
He and I, breath to breath -"Seekers who are Lovers"
This is really a work-in-progress here so forgive me as I go over a lot of the material.
But please be aware we're getting grade-A hits here. This isn't some kind of "well, if A=B, then 5=ham sandwich" kind of leaping and stretching. There's no tortured Gematria wrangling or King Kill horseshoe tossing.
It's all so right on the nose- past the point of overkill- that it's actually terrifying to me.
UPDATE: Like this- the flower on the cover of Lullabies is the Calla Lily,a poisonous flower also called "The Green Goddess." (H/T Persephone J)
Calla lilies have become a common favorite in wedding ceremonies, but in contrast, lilies are also associated with death. They were often used on the graves of youths who suffered an untimely death.
When Venus, goddess of love, beauty, and desire, saw the lilies she was jealous of their beauty. She cursed their beauty by placing a large yellow pistil in the middle of the flowers. Because of this story, some associate the calla lily with Venus and thus with lust and sexuality.
Lullabies is the EP the Cocteau Twins put out in 1982 after Garlands (again, Jeff Buckley died on Garlands Day, when sacrifices used to made to ocean gods). We looked at it before but we really need to look at it again.
And guess what? That's exactly what Apollo imparted onto his oracles. Exactly like someone or something seems to imparted onto the young Elizabeth Fraser.
And as some have noted- including Federico Garcia Lorca- lullabies have often been associated with death.
Now we get to the truly frightening part of the program.
"The Pythia resembles a shamaness at least to the extent that she communicates with her [deity] while in a state of trance, and conveys as much to those present by uttering unintelligible words." Martin Litchfield West, The Orphic Poems
And that's the incredibly-witchy 'Alas Dies Laughing'. What I wrote previously:
After two attempts at conventional choruses, the song breaks down into a bridge that has (a pre-transformation) Fraser moaning like the Pythia as the fumes rise. After the breakdown, she dispenses with the niceties and lapses into a repetitive chant about exactly how Alas died laughing:
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one (Note: I've listened to this song many times now and am convinced she's singing "Wake takes a lonely one" only she's Liz'ing the hell out of the syllables. It makes more sense with the rest of the lyrics- bone, stone, on)
I really should have taken a closer look at the verses though, because they are absolutely mind-boggling.I had to listen to this song about a hundred times to get the lyrics right but it was worth it. And note that like the Pythia, Fraser sounds like she's a trancelike state for the entire EP, even though she belted these songs out live like a trouper. It's actually unnerving. Especially on these lyrics:
The first thing I'd like to do here is reframe this narrative. The prism we should see this through is that of the story of the theme song to what was at one time the most watched television show in the world, namely House MD. And subsequently we're also looking at the backstory of a music video that's gotten over 48 million views on YouTube. Those are Beyonce numbers. So rather than try to figure out why this incredibly strange and impossible chain of events has focused on a couple singers most people have never heard of, let's approach it all under that context. This is a story tens of millions of people have been exposed to without realizing what it is they're hearing. I'd also like to let it be known that this isn't a story that ended twenty years ago. As we've seen Chris Cornell- whose death continues to make headlines- somehow found himself wound up in all this, both through his close relationship with Jeff Buckley but also through his unlikely connection to the mythos we're unfolding here. And into the midst of it all comes the announcement that Elizabeth Fraser is appearing at Royal Albert Hall in July:
John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall.
The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to see Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.
I really don't know where to start. I couldn't possibly make up an event more symbolically loaded. Is someone actually fucking with me here?
(Robert Anton) Wilson is primarily responsible for bringing the 23 enigma to public attention. Wilson in turn partly became obsessed with the number 23 after supposedly receiving telepathic messages from an alien race based upon Sirius after performing a Crowley-inspired ritual on July 22, 1973. The next morning he found a peculiar message in his 'magickal diary' stating "Sirius is very important." This led Wilson to doing some research.
"The Skeptic went to town and browsed in the public library. Imagine my state of mind when I discovered that this very day, July 23, when I had received the message 'Sirius is very important,' is the day when, according to Egyptian tradition, the occult link (through hyperspace?) is most powerful between Earth and Sirius.
"Celebrations of the Dog Star, Sirius, beginning on July 23, are the origin of the expression 'dog days,' meaning the days from July 23 to September 8, when the last rituals to Sirius were performed."- The Cosmic Trigger Volume I, pg. 87
Ancient Egyptian culture was closely tied to the Nile River, and it appears their New Year corresponded with its annual flood. According the Roman writer Censorinus, the Egyptian New Year was predicted when Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—first became visible after a 70-day absence.
Blue Bell Knoll is a luscious album, the musical equivalent of having warm honey dripped on your head while you're taking a milk bath on really good drugs, but its title has a darker meaning:
In folklore, the flowers assist mortals in seeing fairies or seeing into their reality, but were regarded by some as unlucky because they could also reveal or even attract malign spirits, including the Devil himself... They are also called Dead Men's or Dead Man's Bells, because hearing the bells ringing is an omen of death.
Remembering the line from Song to the Siren, "Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox?", note that bluebells are also known as harebells:
Campanula rotundifolia is associated with the fairies and with witches...The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares.
And hey- milk again.
These juices lent the flower another Scottish folk name, "Milk-ort" (milk herb).
More importantly, the bluebell also connects to the central conceit of our story- the seemingly inexplicable symbolic overkill connected to the ancient myth of the goddess (variously associated with sex, war, music and the Moon) and her shepherd-boy consort. Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley. As it happens milk plays a very major role in that ur-myth as well. From the first known telling of the story, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi:
Make your milk sweet and thick, my bridegroom / My shepherd, I will drink your fresh milk / Wild bull Dumuzi, make your milk sweet and thick/ I will drink your fresh milk.
Elizabeth Fraser's dedication on Milk and Kisses plows the same metaphorical furrow.
"Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley /my Rilkean-Hearted friend."
(We're going to return to The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi again, in a big, bad way).
The bluebell has also been named for Endymion, the young shepherd consort of the goddess Selene, who fell in love with and put under a spell of eternal sleep so that she alone might enjoy his beauty. Selene was also known as Phoebe and one of the key tracks on Blue Bell Knoll is "For Phoebe, Still a Baby."
So I suppose it's only appropriate that this is being held at Royal Albert Hall, named in honor of Prince Albert, formally known as Albert, Prince Consort. And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. Albert was husband of Queen Victoria, herself named after the Roman goddess of victory. And for those of you who don't know the rest:
Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into a period of deep mourning in which she rarely appeared before her subjects.
CARNIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH We saw that that Jeff Buckley drowned on the evening of the Carnival Memphis. As it happens it seems that he and Fraser began their courtship on the eve of the original Carnival... This would be the night of March 4th, when both Buckley and the Cocteau Twins were playing in Atlanta. Significantly, the Twins performed "Road, River, and Rail" that night.
Simon Raymonde of The Cocteau Twins remembers Jeff being introduced to them as Tim Buckley's son while they were touring America in 1991.
Road, River and Rail is 3:17 3/17 is the day of Osiris' drowning
OK, I thought I heard that Buckley met them before 1994 but I couldn't find any corroboration online for that so I thought I had imagined it. If that is indeed true it makes the prophecies on 1990's Heaven or Las Vegas even creepier because that was the album they were touring then (and the only significant omen after that is the insanely-disturbing post-breakup Rilkean Dreams). Continuing:
Having recorded an ineffably beautiful version of Tim's ‘Song For The Siren’ (as This Mortal Coil) they were pleased to meet the young man, who was in turn awestruck by their music, especially the spectral voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Three years later it was their turn to see him perform. Simon and Liz went together to a small bar in Atlanta. "It was just Jeff and his little Fender guitar and amp. He sang for two hours and he knocked me sideways. Liz and I spent some time with him over the next few days."
It's likely that Fraser connected (or reconnected) with Buckley on what is technically March 5th, since the Twins had their own concert to do the night of the 4th. But what is the significance of March 5th?
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor.
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival?
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival).
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol.
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).
Thus Plutarch tells us that Osiris was murdered on the seventeenth of the month Athyr, and that the Egyptians accordingly observed mournful rites for four days from the seventeenth of Athyr. Now in the Alexandrian calendar, which Plutarch used, these four days corresponded to the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth of November, and this date answers exactly to the other indications given by Plutarch, who says that at the time of the festival the Nile was sinking, the north winds dying away, the nights lengthening, and the leaves falling from the trees.
Which would mean, according to this reckoning, that the "Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys" took place either on or right before November 17. Why is this significant?
Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Next we'll take a closer look at the prophecies involved and why they might have gotten some unwanted attention.
TO BE CONTINUED
UPDATE: Darren reminds of that famous Beatles song that namedrops Albert Hall and also tells us of another doomed young prince, Tara Browne, dead exactly a month after Jeff Buckley was born. More 17s:
On 17 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h). He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed that Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.
"A Day in the Life" On 17 January 1967 John Lennon, a friend of Browne's, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading London's Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroner's verdict into Browne's death. He worked the story into the song "A Day in the Life", which was later released on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
John Lennon's "Good Morning Good Morning" was the first song you heard on the last episode of The Monkees. "Song of the Siren" was its swansong.
A weird little coincidence struck me yesterday. As we've seen, the last songs Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell sang were songs most commonly associated with Led Zeppelin.
Cornell’s “sudden and unexpected” death right in the middle of Soundgarden’s U.S. tour that kicked off only last month is compounded only by the fact that his death was ruled a suicide, and while the 52-year-old musician outwardly showed no signs of depression or suicidal tendencies, the final song from last night’s sold out show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre: a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”.
When Buckley entered the water from the trash-strewn bank, he was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and boots. He turned, grinning back at Foti, as he drifted in backward. When he was about knee deep, Foti remembers cautioning him: "You can't swim in that water." As Buckley continued, Foti repeated his caution: "What are you doing, man?" But Buckley smilingly reclined into the slate-gray water, singing the chorus of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" as he backstroked into the channel.
In 1974, Led Zeppelin started their own record label called Swan Song. The term swan song comes from an ancient belief that swans will sing a beautiful song just before they are about to die. Now we're treading into dangerous waters here, no pun intended. There's a temptation to cast too wide a net in search of symbolic connections, which, as they pile up, can tend to have a numbing effect. Plus, ancient mythology is so enormous that you could probably dig out a connection for whatever you like if you're not rigorous about it. And there's still the open question as to why we would see so much symbolism and prophecy - practically to the point of overkill - attached to what most people might see as an historical footnote. So let's then establish that we're specifically looking here at the "swan songs," the very last performances by the people in question.
So with that in mind let's look at the very last line of the last verse of the last song on the last Cocteau Twins album- or if you prefer, their swan song. The song is "Seekers Who Are Lovers" and the line goes like this:
"So send Lucifer into Hell."
The song is- you guessed it- yet another of Elizabeth Fraser's love letters to Jeff Buckley*, in this case a little note explicitly reminding him how amazing she thought the sex was. Which is probably why nearly all of her performances of the song were extremely passionate, in her very strange way. Then there's this :
Love, on the tip of it/ The old river's lack of other sweet sex†/ So sweet/You are a woman just as you are a man
The last line there corresponds to Buckley's self-identification of a "chanteuse with a penis," a reference to his interpretations of torch songs by singers like Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Which, of course, it's also entirely compatible with his role as a postmodern incarnation of Attis. And then there's that "river" reference again. This in turn then corresponds to the more recent death of one of Buckley's closest friends (and posthumous spoeksman) just a few minutes away from Belle Isle on the Detroit River, which is itself closely associated with a Native American variant of the Siren myth. Note also the connection of these fertility gods we've been looking at to rivers:
Adonis sprang from a tree; the body of Osiris was concealed in a tree which grew round the sea-drifted chest in which he was concealed. Diarmid concealed himself in a tree when pursued by Finn. The blood of Tammuz, Osiris, and Adonis reddened the swollen rivers which fertilized the soil.
But there's another connection between these ancient fertility gods and Lucifer; all of them were sent into the Underworld. And the way to the Underworld was traditionally the River Styx. CHILDREN OF THE CORN(ELL)
Bearing in mind that Buckley died on the eve of an explicit Osiris ritual in Memphis, remember that the consort of Osris (who drowned in the Nile River) is Isis, whom "The Greeks conceived of (her) as a corn-goddess, for they identified her with Demeter. In a Greek epigram she is described as 'she who has given birth to the fruits of the earth,” and “the mother of the ears of corn.'” Similarly, Attis was identified closely with corn:
Like tree-spirits in general, Attis was apparently thought to wield power over the fruits of the earth or even to be identical with the corn. One of his epithets was “very fruitful”: he was addressed as the “reaped green (or yellow) ear of corn”; and the story of his sufferings, death, and resurrection was interpreted as the ripe grain wounded by the reaper, buried in the granary, and coming to life again when it is sown in the ground
Corn-- and subsequently Cornell-- both derive from the Latin cornu, meaning "horn." The closest Egyptian analog to goddesses like Isthar and Aphrodite is actually Hathor, whom Isis would eventually syncretize with, and who was commonly depicted as wearing horns. She has an interesting origin story:
In the Story of Re, she was created by her father Re as "Sekhmet" as a destroyer of men, who were disobedient to him. Later Re changed his mind, but even he could not stop her from killing men. He then disguised beer as blood and when Sekhmet became drunk, she could no longer kill and was known thereafter as Hathor, a goddess of love.
Jeff Buckley's eventual swan song- which Chris Cornell was closely involved in producing- was the collection Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. It included the song "Morning Theft", commonly assumed to be a documentation of Buckley's reunion with Fraser sometime around the recording of 'All Flowers in Time Bend Toward the Sun'.
There's been an ongoing controversy over the Swan Song label, which depicts an angel or winged man in the throes of death. One side of the debate claims it's a depiction of Icarus and others claim it's actually paying homage to Lucifer, and that the image is a depiction of his fall from Heaven. The painting is in fact an adaptation of a sketch by 19th century painter William Rimmer entitied "Evening, the Fall of Day." Some have argued that the image is a depiction of Apollo, but we don't see the chariot here which was associated with him when he absorbed the aspects of the Titan Helios.
So I think the Lucifer interpretation is probably closest to the mark. "The Fall of Day" is most probably a reference to Phosphoros the daystar, whose name is the Greek equivalent of Lucifer. Note that Jimmy Page had recently recorded the Lucifer Rising and later used a similar image for the release of the soundtrack. Plus, Jimmy Page. What we also need to remember here is that Led Zeppelin's first use of the Swan Song logo was on the first side of the first disk of Physical Graffiti. And the last song on that side is Chris Cornell's swan song, 'In My Time of Dying'. The album also has a strong link to Jeff Buckley:
"When I was 12, I decided to become a musician," Buckley says. "Physical Graffiti was the first album I ever owned. My stepfather [who lived with Buckley's mother from 1971 to 1973] bought that for me."
But wait! There's more: Swans were closely associated with the love goddeses of the ancient world, particularly Aphrodite. As we saw, Elizabeth Fraser- in what seems to be her only foray into cosplay ever- explicitly portrayed herself as a rising Aphrodite (0r Atargatis) in the video for 'Bluebeard'. That single was released in February 1994. Fraser and Buckley met in March. At the time Fraser was in the midst of an ongoing personal crisis and seemed to experience a meltdown when the band performed 'Bluebeard' on The Tonight Show, going into full-WTF alien mode. That meltdown was taped the same day Chris Cornell's friend Kurt Cobain died, which was called a suicide at the time. And just to throw out another creepy death omen, Jeff Buckley would have a fling with Cobain's widow shortly before he died. ALL FLOWERS
Like Icarus, the archangel Lucifer is said to have fallen because of his pride and vanity over his own beauty and power, much like the myth of Narcissus. This supreme spirit of evil who was once radiant, but who because of his sin of pride fell from heaven into darkness and became Satan, saying: “Non serviam: I will not serve,” and thus brought upon himself the everlasting wrath of God.
NOTE: It's also important to remember that Icarus- whose sin was disobedience- actually died by drowning. * The lyric "His poor essence" may in fact be "His Pur Essence," a reference to the fact the Fraser may have realized that she seemed to call Buckley by his given name - Scott Moorhead- in "Summerhead" (read:"S.Moorhead") in between the songs "Essence" and "Pur" on Four Calendar Cafe. That album was recorded while Buckley was still doing club gigs in tiny dive bars in Manhattan. They wouldn't begin their relationship for at least another year. † Erroneously listed as "sweet scents" on some lyric sites.
Led Zeppelin. John Lennon. Prince. George Michael. The Monkees. Lord Byron. Sinead O'Connor. Chris Cornell. What do all these people have in common? They're all connected in one way or another to an unfolding drama orbiting a seminal song written by a doomed folk singer and debuted to the world wrapped in a salad of black magic, alien technology and mind control.
And from then on, things got really weird.
I really didn't mean to get sucked back into all of this. I meant to do an overview post to observe the 20th anniversary and be done with it all. But then Chris Cornell died and the same archetypes rose again. Which means this story is still telling itself. That kicked in the OCD and got me looking again for prophecies.
And boy howdy, I found some real brain-blowers. "NOW WE ARE ANGELS"
Now I know a lot of you out there don't care about the Cocteau Twins or Jeff Buckley's music. And for a lot of you this might all be old news. I get that, it's totally fine by me. But the music isn't really the point of all this.
The point is the story, this ancient archetypal myth playing out in real time, for whatever possible reason it may have other than the spirit world seems to have a dark sense of irony. And it may have well taken more trophies.
So, esoterically speaking, this is the equivalent of a Darwinist being able to watch a dog evolving into a turtle.
You see, what we have here is a drama that seems to weave in elements of the occult, witchcraft, precognition, prophecy, synchronicity, and maybe even some spirit possession. We have the story of a strange young woman from a dysfunctional working class family who grew up in a place saturated with the power of the old stories. A woman who seems to have dabbled in witchcraft before undergoing a startling transformation in which she suddenly came into possession of an electrifying musical gift that led one British newspaper to declare she had "the Voice of God."
In an entirely matter of fact, self-effacing manner she would claim that in fact she was possessed by or channeling some kind of entity, something I don't find very hard to believe at all. I mean, think about it; what sounds more like genuine entity possession to you, this or this? This or this?
And from the very first moment Elizabeth Fraser came into the public eye she seemed to prophesy a terrible event that revolved around an old 60s folk song that seems to have taken on a life of its own in the years since it first debuted. And if you take all the apparent prophecies-- prophecies that fly around this story like wasps at your birthday barbecue--together, you come up with the name, place, time and manner that this story would reach its inevitable climax. And it all seemed to unfold over a span of four decades.
Mind you, all of this is something we can objectively document. Interpret the facts any way you like but the beauty of it is that you don't need to rely on hearsay or anecdote here. We're looking at accepted and recorded events of history not testimony or speculation.
But there's also that song, which itself seems to be some kind of supernatural totem.
ENTER THE SIREN
In true Secret Sun style, the 'Song to the Siren' made its worldwide debut in a very strange and unlikely venue. It was first heard on the final episode of The Monkees TV show in 1968.
And as readers would probably expect by now, the episode dealt with aliens, mind control and black magic. Plus, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band:
The episode begins with a sunrise scene as the boys awaken to the sounds of the Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning,” which was the first time the Beatles had allowed their music to be used in a non-Beatles arena.
The episode is, in short, about the evil Wizard Glick (played by Rip Taylor) who is on a mission to control people’s minds via their television sets. The airwaves beam out a hypnotic eye that is, well, hypnotizing its viewers, a not-so-subtle comment on the brain deadening effects of television.
Eventually, the boys discover that a creature called the Frodis plant had been captured when its spaceship landed on Earth, and was being used for evil by Wizard Glick. They realize they must rescue the Frodis and return it to its spaceship. Upon rescue, the plant emits this cloud of smoke, and in the process, seems to mellow out Glick and his cohorts, “I’ll let you work out that reference, folks,” adds Dolenz. The anti-war song “Zor and Zam” is featured during the “typical Monkees romp.”
As the story part of the episode ends, on walks the late singer-songwriter Tim Buckley to perform a solo acoustic version of his classic “Song to the Siren.” Buckley was a friend of Dolenz, who thought he should be introduced to the world.
The beautiful song had, at the time, not been released.
Note John Lennon wrote 'Good Morning Good Morning'.
I mentioned this episode several years ago but hadn't seen it until recently. And my god, is it terrible. But as it happens, it also had an alternate title; 'The Frodis Caper.' I hadn't known that until just this past week. What's the significance of that title?
Here, let me write it like this: FRodiScapER
No luck? Try this:FRodiScapER
There's even an A in there, if you want to get anagrammatic. And an 'Odic' too. If you really want to get obsessive you can make the p silent (as in Pfeiffer).
Tim Buckley, who never actually knew his son, died of an OD in 1975 at the age of 27. But already the prophecy machine seemed to have hummed to life.
It'll End in Tears including
'Song to the Siren'
And just so we're clear on all this, I'm by no means the only person who gets how eerie this whole situation is, even if I was probably one of the first outside of the inner circle of people involved to do so. Even The Guardian has caught on:
(Tim) Buckley's eerie original is backed by stark waves of guitar and occasional high-pitched "siren" wails (is it his voice? An extremely flanged guitar?), and his five-octave-spanning tenor – "the closest thing to flying without taking acid or getting on a plane," Watts-Russell reckons.
But Fraser's version suggested she was the siren of Homer's Odyssey personified, luring lovers to a premature grave
Sinead O'Connor, who was heavily influenced by Elizabeth Fraser, frames the story quite well here:
"I didn't know Buckley hadn't written the words," O'Connor says, "but I always felt there was a prophecy of death in that song." It's apparently the reason Fraser won't discuss the song (an interview request was ignored). Tim Buckley's son Jeff wrote to her when he heard the This Mortal Coil cover and, a couple of years before he drowned, aged 30, in 1997, they had a relationship.
The Financial Times also suggestively dropped that tragedy onto the last paragraph of their piece on 'Song to the Siren', but also noted the TMC/Cocteau Twins' version was so influential, that subsequent versions have mostly been covers of them:
Their reading set the template for those that were to follow — drifty, druggy, drenched in reverb, a perfect setting for lyrics such as “Did I dream you dreamed about me?"
And it so transpires that there are lot of well-known fans of Fraser's interpretation (including superstar directors Peter Jackson and David Lynch):
In 2002, Robert Plant covered it on his Dreamland album, garnished with his characteristic “oh-ohs”. In 2007, George Michael opened his gig at the new Wembley stadium by singing “Siren” from offstage (he later released it as a single)…Sinéad O’Connor’s 2010 version is heavily indebted to This Mortal Coil’s mystic-Celticism.
Indeed, George Michael - Greek by origin- did his level best to reproduce- note for note- Elizabeth Fraser's version of the song. At what was one of the biggest gigs of his career.
Of course, Michael himself recently died under circumstances that don't seem entirely transparent. There was a lot of mystery surrounding his passing, even if it was subsequently declared to be from natural causes. But Michael wasn't the only pop superstar to worship the Twins:
Madonna loved them, Prince wanted to sign them and Scritti Politti's Green Gartside said the vocally gymnastic Fraser was his third favourite melodicist of all time (behind Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson).
You can throw in Peter Gabriel and Boy George as well (George once said Fraser was his favorite singer). And yes, Prince was indeed a major Cocteau Twins fan.
Tictactoe is the tenth track on Prince's 36th album Plectrumelectrum (the first by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl). It is likely the track was recorded in February 2014.
The magazine quotes Prince describing the recording of the track: “We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio Studio One in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.”
Prince also died recently, at too young an age. Under circumstances that have inspired terrabytes of Internet speculation.
And just to add more fuel to the occult fire we have the Led Zeppelin connection to all of this. As you know, both Jeff Buckley and his best friend Chris Cornell sang Led Zeppelin tunes (or more accurately, blues standards commonly associated with Led Zep) shortly before they died. And Zeppelin's personal connections to Buckley are well-recorded:
One man who loved Grace was Jimmy Page. There was arguably no-one whose opinion Buckley valued more. He’d sung Zeppelin songs at Sin-é…One might even say there was a transference of Zeppelin energy taking place, a blessing or endorsement from afar, from the older men to the young. When Page and Buckley met, it was clear they understood each other on a profound level.
“Jeff told me they cried,” says Chris Dowd. “They actually cried when they met each other. Jimmy heard himself in Jeff, and Jeff was meeting his idol. Jimmy Page was the godfather of Jeff’s music. A lot of people thought Tim was the influence on Jeff, but it was really Zeppelin.
Less known is Led Zeppelin's connection to the Cocteau Twins- Robert Plant was/is a major devotee, saying in one interview "I wanted to be the Cocteau Twins". Then there's this, from a Twins interview:
Robert Plant went through a phase of raving about them in every interview he did. Liz doesn't tell me about the time she introduced herself to him, but Robin does. They had gone to see Echo & the Bunnymen. Liz, who was a little tipsy, spotted Robert Plant at the bar and tapped him on the shoulder.
"Excuse me," she said. "I read that you really like the Cocteau Twins.""Yeah," the mousy-maned ex-sex god grunted. "I like them. Do you like them?"Mortified, she muttered her assent and slunk away.
According to another telling what she actually said is, "they're OK, I guess." Which is absolutely adorable.
EXHIBIT ONE: GARLANDS LYRICS SLEEVE The lyrical swatches printed on the inner sleeve of the Cocteaux' 1982 debut album Garlands are tantalizing, and the band's official bio lists them in an interesting order. See this post for more information on Garlands. And again, Jeff Buckley died on Garland Day.
First we have a quarrel with a lover, peppered with threats of violence. "My mouthing at you; My tongue the stake; I should welt should I hold you; I should gash should I kiss you..." (Blind Dumb Deaf) Things get a bit darker next- a song about blood sacrifice. "Things from the forest die here, but I don't; Dead forest things are offered here, but I'm not...." (But I'm Not) Then death on a river. Bear in mind the person who wrote these remarkable lyrics was only 18 years old: "The then shallow she Earth as we know it; The then hallow she a sky for the sacred; Stars in my eyes; stars at my feet; womb in the belly; capital place..." (Shallow Then Halo) As mentioned before, Memphis was the capital of Egypt's lower kingdom. And Jeff Buckley was swimming in shallow waters when he drowned (the deepest point of the Wolf River Harbor is only nine feet deep). Next we have drugs, religion and death. "Garlands evergreen; forget-me-not wreaths; chaplets see me drugged; I could die in the rosary...." (Garlands) Then this: "Grail overfloweth, there is rain; and there's saliva and there's you...." (Grail Overfloweth) As detailed before, we have two Buckley connections here, both to the rain during the search the night he disappeared and to the Grail-inspired "Corpus Christi Song" on Grace.
Now, returning to 'Shallow then Halo' we see wings and feathers connected to the river. We also see the mention of fertile soil.
Dirty rich soil
Strong and fertile
What's the significance of wings and feathers to a river? Well, considering this is the Mississippi, perhaps we need to look at the Mississippi state seal for a clue.