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i think the argument that men should identify as pro-feminist rather than feminist stems from the notion of what academics call epistemic privilege i.e. in this case, men ought not identify as feminists as they cannot know how it is to experience oppression 'as a woman'.
however i think this is problematic because it a) ignores the way in which patriarchy is also a system that includes relations of power between men, most obviously in the oppression of 'feminised' men. b) overstates the assumption that 'men' cannot empathise and learn about the experiential knowledge of 'women' (even though to homogenise this would be to ignore 30 years of feminist scholarship) c) overstates the value of separatism as a means to radical coalition building d) risks homogenising 'men'
London Profeminist Hi! As you may already know there are many and different opinions on the issue of this distinction. If we wanted to give a reason for our choice, we would say that the LPMG chooses to identify itself as ‘pro-feminist’ instead of ‘feminist’ cause ‘we don’t need and we don’t want to steal the word from the feminist movement’. This is the opinion of many feminists also and we respect that. Of course, the feminist (or anti-sexist, anti-patriarchist) struggle aims to liberate men also from patriarchy and this is very much where our words and actions tend to contribute. However, it is always good to remind people that the structural inequalities and hierarchies still exist and that being a man in a patriarchal society is in no way the same with being a woman (most of all, in terms of experiences). Men can empathize with let’s say the victims of patriarchy, however we should not ever forget that this empathy is a choice (while oppression isn’t) that is made by men who nevertheless still preserve their privileges in this society.
Truly, you see a methodological problem there (eg. homogenizing men) since 30 years of feminist scholarship (and most importantly feminist struggles) were enough to change the way some men think about their masculinities. However let’s not forget the previous 2,000 years or so of massive gender oppression… To empathize, after all, does not mean to say that we have the same experiences as women have. It does not mean to try to eliminate the difference among us and women. It is not a matter of competition of victimhood; it is a matter of respect and giving space to the ‘other’.
And a last thing: the risk of homogenizing all (wo)men is visible in all kinds of gender politics, however many times this is a risk someone must take in order to ‘do politics’ and – let’s say – make a specific demand, no matter how much the academics dislike it. Generalization and homogenization are often strategic steps of this kind of politics and as far as I am concerned they are not false since patriarchy itself is a great, big, awful and violent generalization.
London Profeminist FROM DAVE in the LPMG (but not necessarily representing the views of LPMG!!!)...
"We are certainly not a 'separatist' group: in the context of gender politics, separatism means primarily women's groups who literally try to have nothing whatever to do with men in their lives. That would make no sense whatever for a pro-feminist men's group.
Although there is nowadays a greater emphasis in gender politics on men and women working together and on try to abolish gender roles, collapsing the distinctions too quickly is not helpful, and any decision to do so must rest with women. In my view the postmodern and queer emphasis on dismantling gender identities runs many risks. One is that if the people concerned have not done the work on themselves (and that work is big) it all becomes a pretence. A second risk, which I have often observed happening is that these politics collapse into well-meaning (radical) liberalism."
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Hannah Cann Interviews Jon Waters for York Uni Women's Society Zine
Jon Waters set up the London Profeminist Men’s Group 2 years ago and they’ve been meeting every 2 weeks ever since.
“Well, we discuss it now and again... Not everyone agrees with the name. Some think that we should be called an ‘anti-sexist men’s group’. There’s the idea that we don’t want to colonize a term for a movement set up by women for the liberation of women, and that calling ourselves male feminists or something similar would suggest we don’t understand and aren’t sensitive to the issues. However, plenty of feminists argue that feminism is for all people who want equality, and that men ought to call themselves feminists as they are fighting the same fight as female feminists. I think we’re happy calling ourselves pro-feminists and helping to define what exactly that term means by simply existing under that title!
How do you think Feminism has affected the lives of men?
Feminism definitely has affected the lives of men... in loads of ways. It has forced men in some circumstances to treat women better, or as equals. In certain areas the level of sexism has been reduced a lot...It’s changed attitudes. It was a bit different for my mum and her generation...It was fine for her not to wear dresses and skirts, and ride a motorbike [laughs]. For me growing up, I got to see a much wider range of gender roles. And in some ways, it’s [Feminism] made it more acceptable for men to talk about their emotions more; which has a bit of a backlash because the ‘macho’ thing still weighs heavily on men and boys. But it’s easier than it was for men to be “in touch with their feminine side”, because Feminism’s changed gender roles. Men also benefit from reduced violence to women. Women are their sisters, mums, lovers. Men aren’t purely selfish individuals [laughs]...and obviously they don’t want the women they love to be the victims of violence.
Why do you think it has taken Feminism to promote certain improvements in men’s lives, such as better attitudes towards fatherhood?
I think it’s fantastic that we are starting to see a lot more men pushing buggies down the road, and there’s more talk about equal paternity leave. I don’t think there’s an a priori reason why it needed to be a women’s movement. It’s conceivable that it could have been groups of men fighting for their rights to care for their own kids more. However, I think that men are not generally socialised to be particularly caring, to be blunt! [laughs]. It’s often not high on a man’s list of priorities to be a loving father, but rather a breadwinner and procreator. Being a good dad is in the list of “what a perfect man ought to do”, but particularly in the world of work, which is often male-dominated, there’s a lot of resistance to men taking time off work to look after kids. The more macho the work place, the harder it is. Generally I think it’s a great example of an area where feminists have led the way, and men’s groups can take on the challenge of fighting for men to do more childcare in the home and outside it. As a men’s group we have run several crèches at feminist conferences, and I’m a part of another mixed gender group that focuses on the issue of improving access to activism for parents and carers as well as their kids.
What advice would you give to men who want to take more proactive steps in or for Feminism?
In certain circumstances it might be easier for men to get involved in feminism [than women], because it’s unusual. In some groups men might be welcomed almost as a hero! Similarly, in terms of talking about feminism, people have a lot of preconceptions about feminist women. They switch off, because they think “here we go...” as if they already know what she thinks. With a guy, people are often more intrigued. *Pauses* sorry, what was the question again?!! Oh yeah… I suppose in a university context there are usually gender courses, and there are loads of academic books and “Brief Introductions to Feminism” out there. I would recommend a website called www.xyonline.net, which has tons of stuff written by pro-feminist men about their lives and their activism. It’s also good to know you’re not the only man in the world who cares! Obviously, if you’re in London, come to the Pro-Feminist Men’s Group [laughs] or check out our blog at londonprofeministmensgroup.blogspot.com/. If you’re in York, go to Women’s Committee, or any groups that open doors to men. You also need to be receptive to the issues, and be sensitive about why some groups don’t want men, or at least not all the time. It’s important for men to come to terms with the importance of women only spaces. If you don’t get that, it’s easy to think it’s sexist to exclude men, which is what you’re fighting against! You can end up getting a bit stuck. If you find a group that says it doesn’t allow men at meetings, for example, ask them why and listen carefully guys! It’s really not that hard to understand, honest! If possible, find other men who are interested in feminism. Best by far is to meet face-to-face with other men, but online communities can be a decent substitute if you can’t find anyone. A common theme in the men’s group is that we’ve all had a friend, lover or ex-lover who’s a strong feminist woman and has influenced us, our lives and behaviour. Ideally there’d be enough pro-feminist men out there that it didn’t always have to fall on women to “convert men” but learning lots from feminist friends is generally a great way to start out if you’re interested in gender issues.
What sort of feedback do you get from men and women? Does it vary from men to women?
Personally, I am not a very good advocate for the group. I don’t tend to put the group out there. It’s quite a cowardly approach I suppose. I tend to only tell people I think will be positive about it! When I’m brave enough to tell men about the group it often feels like I’ve just said I’m part of a Jewish Pro-Nazi group. They get a “does not compute” face. ‘Consternation’ would be a good word for it! It’s a difficult job explaining what we do. We don’t have a narrow focus you can sum up in a few words, which makes it hard to talk about sometimes. Generally speaking, women are more interested and sometimes almost congratulatory. Some say they want their boyfriends to go along!
Why is it important for men to think about feminist issues today?
I think a lot of men want to live in a more equal and fair society, and don’t want to see women getting paid less on average, having to deal with loads more domestic violence than men, and generally having less power and privilege than men in most situations. Feminism also gives men the tools to radically alter the gender roles that cause them so much damage, even whilst they confer privilege on them. Boys are taught to become “real men” and face all sorts of bullying if they don’t conform. Changing masculinity and the expectations we have of what “being a real man” means would give men more freedom to be themselves and to express their feelings, hopefully leading to less pent up anger, depression, suicide and violence. A radically different masculinity would mean not having to live in fear of other men’s violence and fear of being seen as weak or not having all the answers all the time. Ultimately, men should get involved in feminist politics because FHM – Feminism Helps Men! Jon Waters recommends www.xyonline.net and Slow Motion – changing masculinities, changing men by Lynne Segal to learn more about the male role in feminism. Contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over a year ago in the run up to the first Feminism In London Conference we asked LFN about childcare for their conference and whether they needed any volunteers. Although we were too late and no crèche had been arranged we agreed to run the crèche for FiL 09 and true to our word a year later we’ve finally done it!
We were very busy in the run up to the conference with some guys taking responsibility for the workshop and me organising the crèche. On the day a total of 4 members of the group and 5 women from LFN volunteered at various times and we had 7 kids come and visit for various lengths of time throughout the day. We had a couple of babies visit with their parents and the rest stayed happily playing whilst their parents/carers enjoyed the rest of the conference, and most didn’t want to leave at the end!
We had great fun making sticking pictures, doing colouring, building and knocking over towers, reading stories, playing catch, making a giant space ship out of chairs and couloured material, playing with balloons, creating a small farm with toy animals and playing with cars.
As well as the kids having fun and their respective adults getting to enjoy the conference the volunteers mostly seemed to get a lot out of it too, one saying that they “should do this more often”.
The quote below is from the parent of a child who stayed the whole day in the crèche and it sums up why I feel it was such a success:
“I would like to thank you for the good care Konrad received yesterday in crèche. He enjoyed it and asked if he can come back tomorrow. It is very good for him to be around pro-feminist men as he does not have many occasions in every day life. Your support means that mothers can with confidence take part in events like FiL and not worry about childcare. Thanks to everyone involved.”
Until next year (or the next crèche anyway), bye for now!
Some of us in the Profeminist Men's group work with children in various capacities already and we all share the conviction that profeminist men doing child care is a great idea. It’s one way we can support mothers and other carers (usually also women) and to facilitate feminist organising by giving parents and carers some free time to attend workshops, planning meetings etc. It also shows that men can provide loving child care and that raising kids isn’t “women’s work”. It's also something that men's groups in the 70s and 80s used to do to support the Women's Liberation movement and childcare at political events continues to be under provided today. Those of us that do work with kids also love it, and have really enjoyed doing childcare in a political context.
For example, one member of the group recently helped run a kidspace on Raven’s Ait (an island in the Thames near Surbiton) during the G20 protests. A few of us ran the crèche/playroom thing at the Gender, Race and Class conference at SOAS in February and a couple of us also ran a smaller crèche during a feminist planning meeting back in the summer. We’re planning to continue this work in various forms (Feminism in London Conference next year for one) and aim to work closely with the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) to develop further links with parents and carers who want to make sure that they and their kids are not excluded from political events.
Below is a report about the recent kidspace on the island, written by one of the organisers.
The kidspace and childcare cooperative was organised by the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearers Against Petriarchy), London Pro-feminist Mens Group, the Global Mutiny Network and the community of Ravens Ait island. Raven's Ait is a squatted island on the River Thames near Surbiton, South London. This artificially made island, which is actually still common land, is steeped in political history, although more recently has been used for weddings and corporate events. The present occupants are creating an amazing peaceful space for community, an eco-conference centre, permaculture gardens and workshops on sustainability and environmental issues. Raven's Ait was the perfect place for the kidspace. We had a large indoor playroom with views of the river and passing boats, and a stunning grass lawn for the kids to run around on on and climb trees. We had loads of fun playing games and doing forest-school inspired crafts, such as: making dreamcatchers/ spiders webs, nature crowns, tipis, parachute games, football, twister, a mini rock concert, lots of drawing and painting, Spanish singing, picnics and even played croquet on the lawn, dahling! Being at Raven's Ait also gave the children a chance to experience communal living and working, in a safe space, away from the noise of the city and the police brutality during the G20 protests. Many actions and demos can easily be made more welcoming for children and their carers to participate in, and we would encourage this. However in respect to this weeks G20 protests, we made the decision that it was too unpredictable and heavy for our children to attend, and looking back on it we feel we made the right decision organising the kidspace away from the action. Mainstream society is not very welcoming to parents, carers and children, and personally I feel that often activism isnt either. Capitalism places no value, monetary or otherwise, on the work parents do, and patriarchy designates it as women's work. As activists we need to challenging these notions. We need to ensure that as much value is placed on the role of childcare, as is placed on all other aspects of organising actions, demos, meetings, workshops, etc. We also need to be challenging the sexist notion that women should be looking after the children, by ensuring that more men are given childcare roles. Paid childcare is very expensive, and most of us cant afford to pay for it to go to meetings or do actions, so if childare isnt provided, or children aren't welcome at meetings etc than we just cant go. Even if childcare cant be arranged, than we should at least think about enabling children attend with their parents/ carers. This is an appeal for all those organising in the UK at the moment to ensure that your organising facilitates parents, carers and children attending and getting involved. Dont leave your friends behind! To get involved: http://www.ravensait.org.uk/, http://www.feministchildrearing.blogspot.com/, http://www.londonprofeministmensgroup.blogspot.com/, http://www.global-mutiny.webs.com/
To listen to our radio interview on dissident island from the kidspace, visit http://www.dissidentisland.org/ and listen to G20 part 1, we're about 30 minutes into the show.
Men and Feminism Workshop @ Ladyfest, 10/5/08 Notes from discussions
This workshop was run by Dan and Jon from the London profeminist men’s group. It was held on Saturday afternoon and lasted 1.5 hours. It took place in a fairly small room with between 18 and 25 people present throughout (as people came and left).
We went round and introduced ourselves saying a little something about why we were at the workshop.
FIRST DISCUSSION – in three small groups
How are boys and men socialized to become dominant?
Points made: - The fear of the consequences of being different. - Families, especially parents, treating children differently. Giving them different toys to play with, dressing them differently, etc. - Stereotypes portrayed in the media of a certain type of dominant masculinity - The potential threat of violence gives men power/dominance - Men are expected to “stand up for themselves” which means carrying yourself in a certain way in the street. Putting up a front of bravado. - Men are taught to be more goal oriented which leads to them being more straightforward in their demands. This in turn leads to them getting more when they do demand stuff, such as higher wages, and this increases their dominance further. - Social expectations in general and peer pressure at school in specific – also from looking up to and copying older boys’ ways of interacting and ways of acting out a dominant masculinity. - Control - The question is kind of about nature vs nurture. - In school boys tend to be noisy and get more attention because of this. This reinforces their self-importance - Girls and boys are praised for different things and this reinforces certain dominant behaviours in boys. - Boys and girls are encouraged to do different subjects at school. - Competitive sport might be another way in which boys are taught to be dominant. - Boys and girls bully in different ways
The links between competitive masculinity and capitalism were noted and it was suggested that men become more dominant because they’re taught to be behave in a way that increases their power in a capitalist society – being goal oriented, competitive, aggressive etc.
Are men really dominant? Obviously females can also fit within the dominant role.
SECOND DISCUSSION – in three small groups
It’s possible to see there being two moments profeminist groups are going through,
1) a moment where men identify and give up their privileges. 2) a consciousness raising moment, where men think about how we got to be this way, work on ourselves and talk about our negative life experiences
How should a profeminist group deal with these two issues:
Should they give up on the second one? Men’s negative experiences of gender should not be discussed in profeminist groups because they are very limited when compared to how other groups suffer under patriarchy. Is the second issue even a "profeminist" issue? How is it supporting the feminist struggle to discuss men's problems? Should these two issues be treated separately, making it clear that they are two different moments, or should we talk about them together? Could the second issue be used as a "marketing strategy" to attract men to the group? Wouldn't that be politically dangerous?
Points made: - Everyone is gendered: all forms and degrees of oppression can be fought - Have an open group focussing on male experiences of (pro)feminism and patriarchy. Maybe call it a “gender discussion group” rather than a feminist group. - Would men feel more comfortable in a men only space? Is most of the world already a men only space? - The second moment is valid as a starting point for men arriving at feminism … but not as a marketing strategy? - Challenge the understanding of the word “feminism/profeminism” and make people understand what it really is, not the cultural clichés that have grown from it. - Moment 1) is very individualistic and assumes very altruistic men. But it’s in men’s self-interest to fight patriarchy too. - While some men do come to feminism through altruism or a sense of injustice this might be unsustainable. - Men “giving up power” is far too simplistic. Profeminism is not an act of charity or pity. - Consciousness raising is very important, but we must remember the political dimension. - Foucault said something about how the oppressions of society are inside us and we all know the personal is political so… maybe sharing feelings/being unmasculine together is political. - Is this really feminist though? Is there a difference between challenging patriarchy (through developing a new form of (un)masculinity) and feminism? Maybe it’s not feminist but is profeminist? - Remember, just talking about it might not lead to real changes in our lives. - Men overthrowing their gender roles is a very important step towards ending patriarchy.
THIRD DISCUSSION – all together
What do we think profeminist groups should look like, do, talk about etc?
· should there be men only profeminist groups / Are men only profeminist groups useful for feminist struggles? Couldn't we compare this to bosses gathering together to think about freeing the workers... or white only groups working on black liberation. · what do you think are the main dangers a profeminist group should avoid? · what topics do you think the group should discuss? · what actions should the group be doing other than meeting and talking with each other? · what kind of support are feminist groups expecting from a Men's profeminist group? theoretical, practical, financial? · what should be the goals of a profeminist men’s group? · should a men's only group be "monitored" by women’s feminist groups? · should a men's only group always be "attached" to a women’s feminist group?
On the first question, “should there be men only profeminist groups?” - They are a good was to focus on men becoming feminist - But men already have their own spaces in society and isn’t this just reproducing that? - Depends on why the group exists, what role that group takes - Important for the group not to take over women’s struggles and for men to take a back seat in mixed feminist organisations - We need mixed spaces so maybe the group could link with a women’s group - A non-judgmental space where men can express masculinity - The group should protest outside strip clubs. A men only protest would cause a greater media stir than a mixed or women’s group doing the same. This would (rightly) piss off a lot of women who have been already doing this for years!
On the second question, “what are the main dangers a profeminist group should avoid?” - Reconstructing (reproducing?) the fixed identity of “man” - Getting too hung up on “men’s rights” issues - Mainstream approach - Condemning men who are violent/macho when they have no choice – e.g. men on a working class estate who believe they might sometimes need to fight to survive. [question: does being violent = being macho?] - Being inactive for fear of a (real) feminist backlash from women! In other words fearing to undertake certain types of activity for fear of being told we’re doing the wrong thing by certain groups of feminists. But remember there’s plenty we can do which doesn’t involve stepping on any feminist toes.
Apparently at least one small group came to a rough consensus that a men’s only group was ok but that a mixed group would probably be better in lots of ways.
The group intends to take these comments on board, discuss them at the next meeting and decide how to change the group based on those discussions.
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.
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Equipment: Blaster EX (20) damage
F- FB (2) A- FB (2) S- PR (4) E- EX (20) R- EX (20) I- TY (6) P- TY (6) H- 28 K- 32 R- N/A P- 0
Powers: Claws GD (10) Resist Cold GD (10) Comprehend Languages TY (6) Energy Sponge TY (6) Heat Vision GD (10) Circular Vision Life Detection RM (30) Radarsense IN (40) Radio Communication MN (75) Total Memory UN (100) Body Resistance PR (4) Communicate with Cybernetics MN (75)
Talents: Computers, Detective, Thief, Vehicles, Languages, First Aid, Pilot.
Contacts: C3PO, Luke Skywalker
Equipment: Grappling Hook & Line- 3 area range Fire Extinguisher
F- FB (2) A- PR (4) S- TY (6) E- EX (20) R- EX (20) I- TY (6) P- TY (6) H- 32 K- 32 R- N/A P- 0
Powers: Resist Cold GD (10) Comprehend Languages UN (100) Hyper-Hearing GD (10) Microscopic Vision GD (10) Total Memory UN (100) Communicate with Cybernetics UN (100) Telescopic Vision PR
Talents: Computers, Languages, First Aid.
Contacts: R2D2, Luke Skywalker, Ewoks
F- FB (2) A- FB (2) S- FB (2) E- PR (4) R- IN (40) I- UN (100) P- UN (100) H- 10 K- 240 R- FB P- 50
The FORCE: Control SH-Y Absorb/Dissipate Energy Accelerate Healing Concentration Control Pain Detoxify Poison Emptiness Enhance Attributes Hibernation Trance Reduce Injury Remain Conscious Resist Stun Short-term Memory Enhancement
Sense SH-X Combat Sense Danger Sense Instinctive Astrogration Life Detection Life Sense Magnify Senses Receptive Telepathy Sense Disturbance Sense Force Sense Path
Alter UN Injure/Kill Telekinesis Control/Sense Farseeing Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy Control/Alter Accelerate Other's Healing Control Another's Pain Return Another to Consciousness Transfer Force Sense/Alter Dim Other's Senses Control/Sense/Alter Affect Mind Control Mind Force Harmony
Annakin Skywalker F- IN (40) A- RM (30) S- RM (30) E- IN (40) R- EX (20) I- UN (100) P- UN (100) H- 130 K- 220 R- UN P- (-75)
Talents: Leadership, Occult (the Force), Military, Space Pilot, Martial Arts D.
Equipment: Light Saber Rem material strength Energy Blade Psyche (UN-100) rank damage Reflection Psyche (UN-100) energy reflection
Control SH-X (150) Absorb/Dissipate Energy Accelerate Healing Concentration Control Pain Detoxify Poison Enhance Attributes Hibernation Trance Reduce Injury Remain Conscious Resist Stun
Sense UN (100) Combat Sense Danger Sense Instinctive Astrogration Life Detection Life Sense Magnify Senses Receptive Telepathy Sense Force
Alter MN (75) Injure/Kill Telekinesis Control/Sense Farseeing Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy Control/Alter Feed on Dark Side Inflict Pain Control/Sense/Alter Affect Mind Telekinetic Kill
F- TY (6) A- TY (6) S- PR (4) E- TY (6) R- IN (40) I- UN (100) P- UN (100) H- 22 K- 240 R- MN P- (-50)
Talents: Alien Species, Bureaucracy, Cultures, Intimidation, Law Enforcement, Military History, Planetary Systems, Archaic Library Systems, Arcane Technologies, Clone Vat Systems, Dark Side Lore, Jedi Lore, Lightsaber Histories, Fleet Tactics, Ground Assault Tactics, Leadership, Bargain, Detective/Espionage, Lightsaber Repair.
Control SH-Y Absorb/Dissipate Energy Accelerate Healing Concentration Control Pain Detoxify Poison Enhance Attributes Hibernation Trance Reduce Injury Remain Conscious Resist Stun Short-term Memory Enhancement
Sense SH-X Combat Sense Danger Sense Instinctive Astrogration Life Detection Life Sense Magnify Senses Receptive Telepathy Sense Force
Alter UN Injure/Kill Telekinesis Control/Sense Farseeing Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy Control/Alter Accelerate Other's Healing Control Another's Pain Feed on Dark Side Force Lightning Inflict Pain Return Another to Consciousness Transfer Force Control/Sense/Alter Affect Mind Control Mind Doppelganger Drain Life Essence Enhanced Coordination Telekinetic Kill Transfer Life Sense/Alter Dim Other's Senses
GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN
F- TY (6) A- TY (6) S- TY (6) E- GD (10) R- IN (40) I- RM (30) P- IN (40) H- 28 K- 110 R- AM P- 0
Talents: Artist, Detective, Martial Arts E, Military, Vehicles, Guns, Leadership.
F- EX (20) A- GD (10) S- TY (6) E- GD (10) R- RM (30) I- IN (40) P- IN (40) H- 446 K- 110 R- IN P- 0
Talents: Guns, Martial Arts E, Acrobatics, Law, Law Enforcement, Pilot, Military, Criminology, Computers, Electronics, Leadership.
Equipment: Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force
By "MAD TITAN"
F- EX A- EX S- GD E- EX R- TY I- GD P- EX H- 70 K- 36 Equipment: Blaster Rifle EX Energy damage or intensity stun Armor GD vs. Physical; TY vs. Energy
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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"
Note: Sadly, the best resource, Solo Nexus, has been removed from solo players.
The Yahoo Groups appear to still be out there somewhere. I'm still getting e-mails from them. However, it looks like Yahoo's changed their links and I haven't gotten them updated, yet. Here's the updated list of links, with several new ones-
George W. Bush's last victory party, which took place four years ago in Austin, Texas, never quite got underway. There was some annoying business about a withdrawn concession phone call and a steady downpour of rain. This year's party, held inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., was in one respect an improvement. There was no rain.
The evening began in the Reagan Building's giant, sloping atrium. The GOP herded its youngish volunteers into a mosh pit, jammed between the stage and the TV cameras. Vodka tonics were consumed, and the twentysomethings seemed poised for giddy celebration. Just after 12:30 a.m., Fox News awarded Ohio to Bush, bringing the president's electoral tally, by the network's count, to 266. Four more years! Alaska followed 20 minutes later, nudging Bush to 269. Four more years! At that point, a portly man wearing a blue suit and pin-striped shirt removed his "W Is Still President" lapel pin, held it aloft like a cigarette lighter, and began to lurch toward the stage.
But as soon as the crowd began to rock, Bush's glorious night ground to a halt. More than three hours passed without Fox awarding Bush a single electoral vote. Some of the other networks refused to give him Ohio. It wasn't that the remaining states were breaking for Kerry; they simply weren't breaking at all. The country band playing at the victory celebration exhausted its playlist and began glancing up nervously at the TV monitors. A producer with a ponytail and "W" hat waddled onstage and told them to keep playing. Reporters in the press row reached for their cell phones: The news from Boston was that John Edwards would take the stage and extend the election.
Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, dashed to the podium and, in a speech that lasted for the exact duration of Edwards', declared that Kerry couldn't possibly unearth 100,000 more votes in Ohio. The crowd whooped, but malaise was setting in. Wouldn't the president just get over here and declare victory already? Better yet, wouldn't Kerry just give up?
The heavy eyes were a marked shift from the evening's start, which was brimming with cautious optimism. As Bush swept the early states, Jeremy Bouma, a member of something called the Center for Christian Statesmanship, told me the expected surge in Democratic turnout would be offset by new evangelical voters. "My prayer going into this was that the evangelical vote was the X Factor," he said. Rosario Marin, a former U.S. treasurer, thought that Bush had succeeded in increasing his support among Hispanic voters. She was telling me why Latinos did not, in fact, oppose to the Iraq war when Gillespie announced that ABC had called Florida for Bush.
Aaaaaaaaah! she screamed, into my right ear."Oh, sorry." Then: Aaaaaaaaaah! "Oh, sorry." Aaaaaaaaaaaah! I told her she should go ahead and scream. After she caught her breath, Marin said: "I'm so happy. I'm so excited. My heart is pumping. I've got to call my husband." And then she was gone.
Bush never appeared at his 2000 victory party. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a question arose as to whether, in fact, he would appear at this one. CNN's John King reported that Bush had stormed into Karl Rove's office and asked the guru to let him declare victory. The reporters in the press room that weren't asleep let out a whoop. King later reported that Rove told the networks that if they would just call New Mexico for Bush, the president would make his way to the Reagan Building. The message was clear: I know you're tired. So give me the damn state.
At 5:05 a.m., an end—sort of. CNN reported that Bush wouldn't appear in person Wednesday morning; Andy Card, his chief of staff, would speak in his place. Card arrived in a room with a few dozen listless Republicans and said nothing memorable. Mario H. Lopez, one of the listless, declared, "I don't know how I cannot describe this night as historic." Then he glanced at someone's watch and said, "I think we're gonna get some breakfast and then get ready to go to work." ... 3:17 a.m.
Party Monster: Welcome to George W. Bush's "victory" party in Washington, D.C. Sorta. Us news reporters have been herded into a giant white tent, yards away from the actual party, and contact with revelers looks unlikely. This is what the mob outside Studio 54 must have looked like, if only you upped the dweeb factor.
As the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column notedthis morning: "Reporters wishing to cover the president's election night party will have to pay $300 for the privilege of a 3-by-2-foot work space and a padded seat in a tent nearby to watch the proceedings on television. … Small groups of media will be escorted into the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building to look around—but they won't be allowed to talk to participants." For a White House that hates the press, handcuffing reporters on Victory Night seems appropriate.
Last-minute indicators of victory: The handful of people I saw shuffling out of the White House grounds looked grim. Someone who identified himself as a Homeland Security apparatchik looked ebullient. On Fox News, Bill Kristol and Mort Kondracke are wearing prepared smiles. ... 4:05 p.m.
Recriminations Watch—Hispanic-Vote Edition: In the category of what my friend Noam Scheiber calls "possibly meaningless anecdotal evidence," my relatives in Northern New Mexico report an inordinate number of Bush signs in the poor Hispanic colonias—communities that figured to go overwhelmingly to Kerry. The same relatives report that Hispanic men profess to have a cultural affinity with Bush, who they see as a tough, macho sort of guy. Again, meaningless, but it underscores a point: That's about the only thing Bush has going for him with the Hispanic community. The Bushies, who heralded their leader's minority-outreach miracles as Texas governor, have done a shoddy job of courting Hispanics since entering the White House.
A few months back, Antonio Gonzalez of the William C. Velasquez Institute told me that Kerry staffers had whiffed at the Democratic Convention. They featured too few Hispanic speakers; and the preoccupation with Iraq drew attention away from domestic issues affecting the poor. All Karl Rove had to do, Gonzalez said, was goad his keynote speakers into mumbling a few "qué pasas" and the Hispanic vote might tilt slightly to Bush. Well, it didn't happen and it hasn't happened. Most surveys show Bush polling around 30 percent to 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, about what he did in 2000. Even GOP apparatchiks, wishing for miracles, don't put Bush much above 40 percent.
If Bush loses tight races in Florida and New Mexico (and, God forbid, Nevada and Colorado), an early recrimination theory might be that Bush spent too little time chasing Hispanic voters. Then again, perhaps he didn't have a chance. The sour economy disproportionately affects Hispanic and black communities; so does the Iraq War, which draws foot soldiers from the poorest segments of the population. Though both candidates ran Spanish-language ads in the Southwest, the campaigns seemed, at times, to forget about Hispanic voters entirely. Remember the fixation on the gringo Spanish spoken (haltingly) by Al Gore and Bush in 2000? Did Bush and Kerry ignore Hispanic voters, or has the media processed them as stable members of the electorate?
Even if Bush should lose, the GOP would be wise to thank him for ratcheting up their Hispanic numbers to Ronald Reagan levels—and up from depths plumbed by the Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush campaigns. But for a man who wonEl Paso County in his 1998 gubernatorial race, 35 percent doesn't seem like much of a miracle. ... 1:11 p.m.
Tom DeLay's Poetic Justice: Tom DeLay's push to rejigger Texas' congressional districts, an effort that caused such a kerfuffle last year, has faded under the onslaught of Swift Boat Veterans, the Osama tape, and Al Qaqaa. But DeLay's gambit has been no less effective. Five Texas Democrats face re-election Tuesday in GOP-friendly districts, and even the most optimistic Dems predict that only one or two of them (probably Martin Frost or Chet Edwards) can survive. There's a better-than-even shot that allfive Democrats will lose, giving the House GOP majority an enormous boost.
But it's not all sad news. With an influx of new Republicans comes an infusion of unwitting comic genius. Most of this can be seen in the personage of Ted Poe. Poe, a former Houston felony court judge, kicked off his national political career in August by boldly proclaiming, "Now is not the time to be a French Republican."
On the bench in Houston, Poe styled himself as a remorseless, Wild West, hangin' judge in the tradition of Roy Bean. His brainchild was something he called "Poetic Justice." With "Poetic Justice," Poe sentenced criminals to public humiliations to teach them a lesson. Shoplifters who found themselves in front of Poe, for instance, had to stand outside the stores they pinched from carrying signs identifying themselves as criminals.
When a man robbed legendary Lone Ranger star Clayton Moore, Poe made the perp shovel manure 20 hours a month at the Houston police department's horse pens. The sentence was to last for 10 years.
The Club for Growth's Stephen Moore reports that Poe made convicted car thieves hand over their own cars to their victims. Convicted murderers were forced to visit their victims' grave sites; others felons had to hang their victims' pictures in their cells and, upon release, carry them in their wallets. According to the Houston Press, Poe slapped one homicidal drunken driver with the following the rap:
… boot camp; erecting and maintaining a cross and Star of David at the accident site; carrying pictures of the victims in his wallet for ten years; observing the autopsy of a drunk-driving victim; placing flowers on the graves of the two victims on their birthdays for the next ten years; and carrying a sign outside a bar that reads, "I killed two people while driving drunk."
This article describes the ambiance of Poe's Houston office: "a poster of Alcatraz, a painting of a scene from the battle of Gettysburg and a sign proclaiming, 'I really don't care how you did it up north.' "
As the Houston Chronicle reports, victims' relatives have charged that Poe would often fail to follow through on the harsh sentences—a revelation which comes as something of a relief. Slate eagerly awaits the punishments Poe metes out on congressional Democrats. ... 11:12 a.m.
A Snowball's Chance: If the election drifts into Mountain Time Tuesday, will John Kerry regret stiffing New Mexico? That's one theory being floated on Joe Monahan's superb New Mexico political blog tonight. George W. Bush visited the state Monday, Dick Cheney over the weekend. So, New Mexicans will wake up Tuesday to read triumphant Bush headlines like this and this, while they'll see news pictures of Kerry overnighting in Wisconsin.
Bill Richardson pulls all the puppet-strings in New Mexico, but there's mounting evidence that Kerry may be in trouble. The polls have looked limp. And there's a theory that Al Gore's slim margin in 2000—366 votes, all found days after the election—may be attributable to one thing: snow.
On Election Day 2000, a freak snowstorm blanketed "Little Texas," the swath of southeastern New Mexico known for its cultural and political kinship with its neighbor. Conservative voters in three counties stayed home in droves. With Gore running strong in northern New Mexico and narrowly winning Albuquerque, the snowed-in voters may have cost Bush the state.
Tuesday's weather report: This site says "rain and snow showers will linger" near the region. Kerry may need every flake and drop. … 12:01 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 2004
The ESPN Primary: "Mr. President, I am wondering how you feel about taxpayers having to have a financial burden placed on them for building new stadiums and new facilities for existing teams?" So went The Candidates: Election 2004,ESPN's special last night that valiantly tried to make Tuesday's contest into a referendum on professional sports. Jim Gray, the thinking man's Ahmad Rashad, the guy who hones his interview technique on coaches trying to sneak off the court before halftime ("So, uh, how do you prepare for the second half?"), landed interviews with both candidates. With its modus operandi inching ever closer to that of Sabado Gigante, it's groovy to see ESPN put on its serious face once in a while—for the shtick to give way to grave pronouncements about THE WORLD BEYOND SPORTS. Except that Gray never acknowledged that such a thing existed.
In response to a question about ticket prices, Bush replied, "I was always concerned when I was with the Rangers that our ticket prices would become so high that the family would be priced out of baseball." Perhaps this is why Bush helped build the Ballpark at Arlington, one of the most expensive venues in baseball and one of its most soulless. For his part, Kerry repeated his I-stand-with-the-working-man pabulum, suggesting that fathers were looting their children's college funds to sit at club level.
Asked to name his favorite athlete, Kerry, of course, straddled, ticking off a fair slice of the Boston Bruins' first line and, for swing-state mojo, a handful of Detroit Red Wings. Bush got another chance to coo about his clutch performance during the 2001 World Series. And that's about as deep as our man Gray got. There are some reasonably interesting questions to ask about sports, such as why it remains one of the viciously anti-gay segments of public life, a black mark that is ignored when it isn't celebrated.
But why get huffy when you can ask both candidates, as Gray did, what should be done about Pete Rose, who after his selfless act of contrition last winter finds himself no closer to baseball's Hall of Fame? This is the kind of spitball that will get you hooted off most respectable sports radio shows, but the candidates tried their level best. Bush said Rose had never really apologized to baseball. Kerry straddled, then agreed. You could see the nervous flicker in both men's eyes—Bush: Christian values!; Kerry: Cincinnati values!—as they tried outflank one another on Charlie Hustle's quagmire. ... 10:02 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.—There are lots of questions going into the third and final presidential debate of the 2004 campaign: Will President Bush find his inside voice? After two debate victories, will the overconfident, coasting "Bad Kerry" return? Will Bush wire himself with an earpiece so he can listen to the baseball playoffs? What bad Red Sox joke will Kerry make? Most important, wouldn't the nation be better off if this were another foreign-policy debate?
If you've paid any attention at all to the presidential campaign for the past seven months, you know the basic differences between Bush and Kerry on taxes, health care, education, abortion, same-sex marriage, Social Security, outsourcing, or whatever your favorite domestic issue is. There are no unanswered questions for the two men that I can think of. Instead, Wednesday night's debate will be a shallow exercise in political point-scoring, with each candidate trying to highlight the embarrassing parts of his opponent's record.
Normally, I'd think such an event would be both great fun and worthwhile. But on foreign policy, the central issue of this election, there's still a great deal of confusion as to where each candidate stands, despite a presidential debate and a half, and a vice presidential debate, on the subject. Do you know, for example, what John Kerry's position is on how the nation should deal with state sponsors of terrorism? Does he agree with Bush that those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves? What's his opinion of the Bush Doctrine? Would he amend it? If so, how? Does he think the nation should adhere to a foreign-policy doctrine, or should we just take an ad hoc approach to terrorism and other global problems?
None of those questions were addressed in the first three debates. The campaign's focus on unilateralism vs. internationalism has obscured the more fundamental foreign-policy difference between Bush and Kerry: their views on the role of states, and state sponsors, in the war on terror. Matt Bai's New York Times Magazinepiece on John Kerry's view of the war on terror elucidates this difference between the two men more clearly than any article yet written on Kerry's foreign policy, including manful attempts by the Atlantic and TheNew Yorker.
Bush's war on terror assumes that states are the main actors in international affairs. After 9/11, Bush expressed skepticism that a mere "network" could have pulled off such a feat. Bush, Bai writes, does not believe that terrorists "can ultimately survive and operate independently of states." The Bush National Security Strategy calls terrorists "clients" of rogue states. The Bush war on terror is remarkably state-centric. After the fall of Afghanistan, the administration immediately began looking for the next state to topple.
Kerry focuses on nonstate actors, international networks that operate outside of state control. "Kerry's view, on the other hand, suggests that it is the very premise of civilized states ... that is under attack," Bai writes. Kerry's internationalism stems from his view of the war on terror, rather than vice versa: "And no one state, acting alone, can possibly have much impact on the threat, because terrorists will always be able to move around, shelter their money and connect in cyberspace; there are no capitals for a superpower like the United States to bomb, no ambassadors to recall, no economies to sanction."
The clear implication of Bai's article is not, as the Bush campaign would have it, that Kerry wants only to reduce terrorism to a "nuisance" while Bush wants to eliminate it. It's that Bush would seek to topple more regimes in his second term, while Kerry wouldn't. Perhaps everyone already knew that. But don't you want to know more about it? I've already proposed several questions for Kerry. Here are some for Bush: Mr. President, you say John Kerry has a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the war on terror when he says it is only a war against al-Qaida. Does this mean that you are likely to try to change other regimes by force in the Middle East in your second term—those that harbor, say, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad? You say those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves. What countries in the world are harboring terrorists, and how do you plan to punish them for their guilt? When you mock Sen. Kerry for saying the war on terror is in large part a "law enforcement operation," are you saying that breaking up terrorist cells is insufficient for victory in the war? What is sufficient for victory? Other than Iraq and Afghanistan, where do you see the next battleground in the war on terror?
If you want to know about the candidates' health-care plans, you can read about them on their Web sites and in newspaper articles. We're a nation at war. Don't you wish the two candidates had to answer some more questions about who exactly we're at war with?
So, as I described over at my other blog, on Thursday last I went to the first in a two part class at Busy Bees on how to make a beautiful felt embroidered bag. Normally I do quilt classes there but I like the fact that they also run these associated needlework courses. The bag was made from a lovely piece of rather gorgeous felt, in a rich cerise colour. It was difficult to choose a colour, as there were so many lovely ones, and I was not familiar with working or stitching on this type of surface. In the class, we were shown how to make a simple template for our bag, then cut out the felt and the batting and glued these together. Very simple so far! Then came the fun part - embroidery. Sandra, our wonderful tutor gathered us round, and demonstrated a variety of stitches to us. Each of us had been given a practice piece of felt and batting to work with and I was using a new type of thread to me, perle, space dyed in lovely bright shades, and much chunkier needles than I am used to using for my cross stitch. It was lovely to sit round in a circle with Sandra teaching us, making our first faltering attempts and Sandra kindly showing us again and again so patiently and cheerfully what to do. The class was full of laughter and smiles as we got to grips with our new stitches, and I was amazed when it was half past twelve and time to go. Sandra had equipped us with the ideas and tools to decorate our bags so our job was to to go home and wield our needles, and do the decorative stitching before returning next week, to make a handle, sew the bag together and add a fastening.
On getting home, I realised that I needed to practice some of the new stitches and had an idea. I bought some felt at the local craft store, and cut out some Christmas ornament shapes using a template from a card making goody bag. My Crop a dile punched a hole in the top for a ribbon, and added a decorative hole finisher (never sure of the right word for these!). Then I did little rows of stitching and added pretty gold and coloured seed beads to give twinkle and dimension. The effect was pretty and festive and I liked it, although I need to keep practicing.
The pics attached show the finished festive ornaments and the bag in the various stages as stitching and then beading was added.
So, a few new things to post. First, the sympathy card. There isn't really a great deal to say about it; I've written before that these are definately the hardest and least pleasant cards to do. This one is for one of Andrew's colleagues who has recently lost her mum.
Below is a thank you card I made for my great aunt. I cross stitched a picture of a teapot as not only does she like drinking tea but she also makes the most wonderful hand knitted tea cosies. This is mounted in an aperture card. For the card front, I used some ink pads to swirl lots of blues and lilacs around (to pick up the colours of the pot) and finally finished off with an adhesive ribbon and a little message. I was very pleased with it - pretty colours.
And finally the birthday card in the top picture. This was for a friend's 19th birthday. It is an A4 card, so plenty of space to fill. I started by layering the card with a beautiful piece from a 12 x 12 stack from DCWV with a medieval theme. This piece has lots of gorgeous glittered paisleys on it,with a rather nice sort of timber framing. On top I cut a piece of A5 white card, which I then coloured gradually in misty layers using ink pads. I put a 10 pence piece on the top so as to leave a circle white, and then with the coin still in place, I spritzed the design with my shimmer sprays and then dried it with the heat gun, giving a beautiful glimmery finish. Lifting off the coin meant there was now a lovely moon in the top of the landscape. The design was completed by randomly stamping lovely vegetation images across the front in a charcoal shade. This was then mounted onto some gold card which was then in turn put on to the main card. Finally, I added a ribbon into the side, and twisted in some purple beads on gold wire as the recipient loves purple. I've subsequently heard the recipient likes it very much which is lovely.
After all the michegas about AT&T last week, I decided to order a second Internet connection. I was pretty happy with their high speed DSL, but if they're going to gang up on customers with the record industry, I want to be sure I have an exit planned out.
So I ordered a Comcast network interface. It should arrive in a few days.
The question is can I have both network interfaces running on the same LAN?
I was thinking if I plug the Comcast box into a G4 desktop that has two Ethernet jacks, while the other is plugged into the big switch I bought a few weeks ago (and it's working great, btw) that's connected into the DSL line, that somehow all my computers would be on both nets at the same time?
I figured some of the network gods tuned into this station may have some ideas.
Is there any way to make use of two net connections on one LAN? Or does it necessarily mean two separate local nets?
In our 3rd preview, BDSL's Michael Schieber lays out his thoughts on the 1st Division and how he thinks it could play out. Soon to be added will be Treasurer Brian Rademakers views of the division as well.
En collaboration avec 'Cresta Talents', un cabinet d'avocats bruxellois, spécialisé en droit du sport, a été créé pour offrir un programme d'aide aux parents de très jeunes footballeurs. Cette annonce a été faite mercredi soir au Centre national ...
Le Chili s'est qualifié pour la finale de la Coupe des Confédérations en battant le Portugal aux tirs au but (0-0 a.p., 3-0 t.a.b.) en demi-finale, mercredi à Kazan. Les doubles champions d'Amérique du Sud l'ont emporté grâce à leur gardien et ...
Le calcul régissant les écarts entre les coureurs d'un même peloton a été modifié à l'occasion du 104e Tour de France qui s'élance samedi de Düsseldorf. Il s'agit de réduire le danger des sprints, a annoncé mercredi l'Union cycliste internationale (UCI).
L'athlète sud-africain Wayde Van Niekerk a réussi la meilleure performance de tous les temps sur la distance peu courue de 300 mètres, lors de la 56e édition du Golden Spike d'Ostava. Il a été chronométré en 30.81 secondes, mercredi soir en République tchèque.
Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 124) s'est imposé au deuxième tour des qualifications des Internationaux de tennis de Grande-Bretagne sur le gazon de Wimbledon, mercredi. En cas de victoire contre l'Autrichien Gerald Melzer au dernier tour, le Limbourgeois ...
Après de longs mois d'attente, Gilles Magnus a enfin pu s'exprimer dans le cadre du championnat NEC de Formule Renault 2.0. Et après ce week-end à Monza, il s'impose comme le premier leader de la compétition.
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Pour tout savoir sur le mercato, notre journal du mercato est le rendez-vous estival à ne pas rater. Que ce soit en Belgique ou à l'étranger, les tractations seront encore une fois légion dans la planète football.
No Quarto Brechó, Fernanda reclama de frio paraAndré. O brother diz que pode emprestar uma camisa para que a mineira possa se esquentar. "Eu queria uma blusa de frio, mas perdi". "Pega uma minha, aí", diz o capixaba.
Fernanda acaba pegando uma camisa cinza de manga comprida de André. "Essa é bacana. Aproveita que essa esquenta, diz o empresário". Aline observa tudo e apenas sorri.
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A trio of Tundra Swans gain altitude as they depart from the Cayuga Pool at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge in late February.
By late summer last year, the drought of 2016 had taken a toll on a good number of the marshes at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge as well as the state run Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas. Waterfowl and other migratory species were forced to look elsewhere for sustainable water.
Thankfully, the water levels are back up at all three locales and by late winter this year the usual cast of characters began showing up once again. A series of trail hikes in late Feb. and again last weekend resulted in these pics we’d like to share with you.
Mating season is underway and the gander on the right is sending a clear message to his would-be rival; "Three's a crowd and you're outta here, fella!"
A drake Mallard at home in the cattail marsh makes for a classic waterfowl photo.
Hey, what do you know? There's a coot!
A member of the Rail family, the American Coot is a marsh-dwelling bird with a short, rounded body and long toes. Unlike other members of the Rail family, the coot likes open water, often feeding alongside ducks. Excellent swimmers and divers that feed on a variety of aquatic plants, Coots are the most aquatic members of the Rail family.
We shall return for more visits to the refuges as spring turns to summer and then on to fall. We look forward to sharing those journeys with you as the cycle of life continues here in the marshes.
An interesting opportunity, this. I'd estimate some 80% of the people who email me off the back of my witterings on AdGrads want to work in planning.
And, as a planner, I'm delighted to hear that. However, one of the most tricky questions I get asked is 'how do I get a Junior Planner job?' To be quite honest, there's no one clear or easy way into this line of work. It is frequently frustrating, and often requires months/years of interning or being an account handler/manager first.
I was lucky. Through a combination of blogging, interning and being in the right place at the right time, I was able to get into planning without having to do account management for several years. Partly, it was down to one of the dons of planning, Russell Davies (the mind behind 'Grr' for Honda and 'Run London' for Nike, and that's just the tip of the iceberg).
He and his good bunch at the London Strategy Unit have realised that formal grounding and training in planning is fairly thin on the ground, and want to help wannabe (and current junior) planners with some best in class training. Note, this ISN'T just for wannabe planners - it's for those in the business as well.
They're just about to launch a series of training mornings at their place, and have sent the blurb along. Read on:
"One of the things we’ve observed in recent years is how difficult it is for junior strategists, and wannabe strategists, to get a proper foothold into the discipline, particularly agency-side. And by ‘foothold’, we mean access not only to the kinds of people and businesses who can help them on their way, but also to the kind of training and other professional development tools that turn brilliant potential into brilliant performance. Of course, there are people and organisations out there who have already recognised this, and we have a lot of time for the APGs and IPAs of this world. But they can only do so much, limited (as they often are) by available space, available time, and of course available money. (The money point is also important as the relative paucity of available subsidies often precludes people who aren’t already in successful businesses from getting the kind of training and support that can help them get jobs in successful businesses – ironically enough.) So, we’ve decided to try and do our bit. Next Monday at 9.00am we’ll have a new Events section up on our website where you can register interest in our first ‘strategist bootcamp’. That’s a working title; we’re beavering away so hard behind the scenes right now that we haven’t quite decided what it should be called yet. We’ll be running our first event over a couple of days in February next year. It’ll feature interesting industry folk as well as senior LSU people. It’ll be hands-on, practical, and give every participant something of genuine career value. As it’ll be our first one, and we want to use it as an opportunity to try stuff out and learn as we go, we’re going to run the whole thing without attempting to profit from it. That means we’ll be sharing with everyone exactly what it costs us to stage, and simply dividing that by the number of paid tickets available. Tickets will be strictly limited, although to help out those who aren’t currently in jobs we’ll also be offering a few free ones – we’ll leave information on how that works for next week. It’s going to be brilliant, or at least the start of something brilliant, and we hope that you’ll spread the word and come back to learn more next Monday."
So, keep an eye on their site. It's going to be brilliant, whether you want to work as a planner, are just into planning (also, have a look at this post) or if you want to brush up on your skills.
A bumper crop of opportunities this week, and this one concerns W&K London. They're on the look out for planning placements (both graduates/non graduates) to work there on 3 month long paid planning placements from January.
I know, from personal experience, just how tricky it is to gain meaningful planning experience when you're just starting out, and well, W&K are one of the best agencies in town, so this is a great opportunity. Also, the mass of applicants I had when my old agency Edelman needed a junior planner suggests that lots and lots of you want to get into planning...so there's likely to be a fair bit of competition.
You can apply by clicking here.The closing date is the 24th of November, and you'll find out whether you've been invited to the agency for a day of chats and coffee by the 3rd of December.
There's a new opportunity from LBi that you guys should be aware of. They've sent through quite a detailed graduate spec, with a few questions to answer. Have a look, and get involved:
"LBi is a global marketing and technology agency blending strategic, creative, media and technical expertise to create business value. We help our clients to understand ‘What’s next?’ on their digital journey to ensure their customer’s needs are being met in an ever evolving marketplace.
We call what we do ‘Building Exceptional Things’. What that means is that we’re set up to solve our client’s business problems using a number of different digital initiatives. We develop creative concepts that translate into digitally led advertising campaigns, transactional websites, loyalty programmes and social media campaigns and anything else along the way. Our client list includes some of the UK’s biggest and most exciting brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Coca-Cola, Compare the Market, BT, Lloyd’s Banking Group and many, many more.
To manage such high profile clients, we need exceptional people to join our 600 strong UK team, the majority working from our Brick Lane office in London. We’re looking for up to 4 amazing graduates to become part of our Client Services department. You’ll join our graduate training scheme where you’ll develop your skills over a 9 month period with a view to becoming a fully-fledged member of the team working as an Account Executive within one of our portfolio of clients. As part of our structured programme you’ll be given a background in all of our departments, work with some high profile clients and be sponsored through an industry recognised professional qualification with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA).
Given our dedication to developing new talent, we’re not solely looking for applicants with a background in marketing or digital (although this would be a bonus). We’ll ensure that through training and on-the-job learning, LBi will help you become a well-rounded member of the agency with a solid background in all the essentials it takes to become an account management guru.
The Application Process
In order to be considered for this opportunity we need you to send us your CV along with your responses to the questions outlined below by 25th June 2012.
1.At LBi we help our clients through their digital journey, describe some of the key challenges you think they may face and how we could help. (200 words) 2.Our Client Services team are considered to be the face of the agency both to our clients and to our internal teams. Why do you think you’d be a fantastic addition to our client services team? (200 words) 3.What excites you most about working in the digital industry? (200 words) 4.Our values are expert, collaborative and provocative. Give us an example of when you have embodied one or all of these values. (200 words) 5.We are known for putting on amazing parties. If you were to be in charge of our next party, what would be the theme and how would you ensure it would be a success? (200 words)
You can either apply directly via our website at www.lbi.co.uk/join-lbi or email your application to careers at lbi.com with the subject header ‘Client Services graduate scheme’. If your application is successful you will be invited to take part in an assessment day in our Brick Lane offices on 17th July 2012."
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India is arriving on the world stage as the first large, economically powerful, culturally vibrant, multiethnic, multireligious democracy outside of the geographic West. As it rises, India has the potential to become a leading member of the "political West" and to play a key role in the great political struggles of the next decades. Whether it will, and how soon, depends above all on the readiness of the Western powers to engage India on its own terms.
THREE STRATEGIC CIRCLES
India's grand strategy divides the world into three concentric circles. In the first, which encompasses the immediate neighborhood, India has sought primacy and a veto over the actions of outside powers. In the second, which encompasses the so-called extended neighborhood stretching across Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral, India has sought to balance the influence of other powers and prevent them from undercutting its interests. In the third, which includes the entire global stage, India has tried to take its place as one of the great powers, a key player in international peace and security.
Three things have historically prevented India from realizing these grand strategic goals. First, the partition of the South Asian subcontinent along religious lines (first into India and Pakistan, in 1947, then into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in 1971) left India with a persistent conflict with Pakistan and an internal Hindu-Muslim divide. It also physically separated India from historically linked states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the nations of Southeast Asia. The creation of an avowedly Islamic state in Pakistan caused especially profound problems for India's engagement with the Middle East. Such tensions intertwined with regional and global great-power rivalries to severely constrict India's room for maneuver in all three concentric circles.
The second obstacle was the Indian socialist system, which caused a steady relative economic decline and a consequent loss of influence in the years after independence. The state-socialist model led India to shun commercial engagement with the outside world. As a result, India was disconnected from its natural markets and culturally akin areas in the extended neighborhood.
Finally, the Cold War, the onset of which quickly followed India's independence, pushed India into the arms of the Soviet Union in response to Washington's support for Pakistan and China -- and thus put the country on the losing side of the great political contest of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite being the largest democracy in the world, India ended up siding with the opposite camp on most global issues.
The last decade of the twentieth century liberated India from at least two of these constraints; state socialism gave way to economic liberalization and openness to globalization, and the Cold War ended. Suddenly, New Delhi was free to reinvent its foreign policy -- positioning itself to face the rise of China, shifting its strategic approach to its other neighbors, and beginning to work closely with the world's existing great powers.
VARIETIES OF INFLUENCE
India's recent embrace of openness and globalization has had an especially dramatic effect on the country's role in the region. As the nations of the subcontinent jettison their old socialist agendas, India is well positioned to promote economic integration. Although the pace has been relatively slow, the process has begun to gain traction. The planned implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement this summer signals the coming reintegration of the subcontinent's markets, which constituted a single economic space until 1947.
At the same time, optimism on the economic front must be tempered by an awareness of the problematic political developments in India's smaller neighbors. The struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal, interminable political violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the simmering civil war in Sri Lanka underscore the potential dangers of failing states on the subcontinent. There are also the uncertain futures of Pakistan and Afghanistan: defeating religious extremism and creating modern and moderate states in both countries is of paramount importance to India. A successful Indian strategy for promoting peace and prosperity within the region would require preventing internal conflicts from undermining regional security, as well as resolving India's own conflicts with its neighbors.
In the past, great-power rivalries, as well as India's own tensions with Pakistan and China, have complicated New Delhi's effort to maintain order in the region. Today, all of the great powers, including the United States and China, support the Indian objective of promoting regional economic integration. The Bush administration has also started to defer to Indian leadership on regional security issues. Given the new convergence of U.S. and Indian interests in promoting democracy and countering extremism and terrorism, New Delhi no longer suspects Washington of trying to undercut its influence in the region. As a result, it is more prepared than ever to work with the United States and other Western powers to pursue regional goals.
Meanwhile, the external environment has never been as conducive as it is today to the resolution of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. The conflict has become less and less relevant to India's relations with the great powers, which has meant a corresponding willingness on New Delhi's part to work toward a solution. Of particular importance has been the steady evolution of the U.S. position on Kashmir since the late 1990s. The support extended by President Bill Clinton to India in its limited war with Pakistan in 1999 removed the perception that Washington would inevitably align with Islamabad in regional conflicts. But India remained distrustful of the Clinton administration's hyperactive, prescriptive approach to Kashmir. It has been more comfortable with the low-key methods of the Bush administration, which has avoided injecting itself directly into the conflict. The Bush administration has also publicly held Pakistan responsible for cross-border terrorism and has extracted the first-ever assurances from Pakistan to put an end to the attacks. New Delhi does not entirely believe these promises, but it has nonetheless come to trust Washington as a source of positive of influence on Islamabad.
These developments have opened the way for a peace process between the two governments. With the growing awareness that the normalization of relations with Pakistan would end a debilitating conflict and help India's regional and global standing, New Delhi has begun to negotiate seriously for the first time in decades. Although the pace of talks has not satisfied Pakistan, the two sides have agreed on a range of confidence-building measures. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the idea of giving up territory, but he has often called for innovative solutions that would improve living conditions and for common institutions that would connect Kashmiris across the Line of Control. Singh has made clear that the Indian leadership is ready to risk political capital on finding a diplomatic solution to Kashmir.
India's recent effort to resolve its long-standing border dispute with China has been just as bold. New Delhi decided in 2003 to seek a settlement with Beijing on a political basis, rather than on the basis of legal or historical claims. As a result, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April 2005, India and China agreed on a set of principles to guide the final settlement. The two governments are now exploring the contours of mutually satisfactory territorial compromises.
India's search for practical solutions to the disputes over Kashmir and its border with China suggests that the country has finally begun to overcome the obsession with territoriality that has consumed it since its formation. Ironically, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan in 1998 may have helped in this regard: although nuclearization initially sharpened New Delhi's conflicts with both Islamabad and Beijing, it also allowed India to approach its territorial problems with greater self-assurance and pragmatism.
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.
Luna, thank you for Understanding . . . hold the inner space within this mud . . . we will bloom . . . especially you, Luna will rise full in the sky . . . and i, Lunatic, must be still and not impede the massive Dharmic flow rushing around us. You are a pure being, I can "feel" it . . . may you blossom during this birth of light
I've been making chocolate professionally for about 25 years. It's not a big fat brag, it's just what I do. You'd think I'd have it down by now. That's what I think most of the time.
I've had it in my head to bring back an old favorite, Figaro, to the shop. It's been in my head for a few months now. I just could never find the time, it seemed. I realized at the start of the week that in fact, that wasn't true.
I was nervous.
I hadn't made it in years, maybe a decade. I have shadowy memories of it only being partially successful. After I had made it a few times, I still didn't feel like I owned the recipe. It harshed my candyland mellow, and eventually I dropped it from our repertoire.
I've got a birthday coming. Such stupid thoughts in the face of another ring around the sun, said I!
I got all the ingredients last week, and then I put it off again, until just yesterday. I'll tell you what: when I flubbed the first batch, I wasn't surprised at all. Not a whit! Don't get me wrong, it was super tasty. Just wrong. In lots of ways.
So pretty. So wrong.
After retreating into my office to do some non-threatening paperwork, I thought about it some more. Double checking my math, my ratios. The thing about making a mistake in chocolate (especially Figaro), is that it's costly, and I dislike wasting money almost as much as not being an expert. Double whammy, mammy, get on your horse and ride!
And so I did.
Figaro? You're MINE now.
Second time was a charm, but the best part of the whole process was having a laugh at myself and who I think I am sometimes. It's got me all jazzed up to make some more mistakes. We're just heading into a fairly predictable summer season; there's plenty of time and space to work on some new ideas.
Or maybe just make some of the things I love best.
Shame. I hang my head in SHAME, people! I've not had a hot minute to sit down and say hello since....
Oh hell, last year.
it's been 5 months since I wrote last. Here's some bacon.
here's some smoky chipotle to cover the blogger's shame halo.
this one's just cute.
So so so much to report, Turtle Faithful! First, let's go back to LAST YEAR's last post, which talked about our new location in Salem MA. 318 Derby St, people! It's the prettiest shop we've had in Salem to date. Just lovely. The neighborhood has been so warm and supportive, and Amy, Brandy and Kathleen have been loving the new space. A complete lemons-to-lemonade story, as far as I'm concerned. Huzzah!
We had a great holiday season in both shops, then a great Valentine's Day, as well. One of the reasons Valentine's Day was so fab (despite its being on a Tuesday) was that the Phantom Gourmet filmed an excellent piece on us. Couldn't have been nicer to work with, and the timing of the release was beyond perfect. Watch it here:
In that same week (more great timing, and lovely people to work with), our caramel apples got the spotlight on InsiderFood, here:
SO: we had a crazy amount of really wonderful publicity, and have gotten to see a ton of new faces as a result, not to mention all of our loyal customers who have made us what we are today. We are lucky dogs!
In chocolate news, we've stretched our truffle wings a little this winter, and added a couple of new flavors:
Sharing is optional, and not necessarily recommended.
One of our turtle worker bees, Natalia, (and her husband) love to travel. She often brings me back treats. Last summer she brought me back a most divine pink grapefruit truffle, which haunted me for months. I had to figure it out, as I didn't expect to be heading that way with the holidays approaching, and I wanted more. I couldn't be more pleased with the final product (if I do say myself): a true balancing act of tart, sweet, deep, dark, delicious. Feeling pretty proud of that baby.
We also made a beautiful milk chocolate wild fruit ganache truffle. I'm not always a milk chocolate-with-fruit type of gal, but I have to say, it's damn good.
Of course, March is here, so the Stout Truffle is here too. Grab them while the grabbin's good, people.
See? I've been a busy bee. Too busy to write until just this moment. And actually, it was great to get back to the ole keyboard. It's really something to put it all down and see how much has actually gone on in the past few months!
Next up? Easter! Stay tuned for bunny updates! xxx
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.
Sometimes, it's really good to get your routine shaken up. It's not always easy, but it's a good thing. I found myself in such a situation just recently -- not only was I summoned for jury duty, but for the first time in my life, actually chosen.
The courthouse was in Lawrence, and the case was predicted to be two weeks long. Not necessarily the most pleasant or convenient circumstances, but there you have it. I could see no reason not to participate; because I have such a solid crew, I forged ahead with my civic duty.
For those of you who don't know me well, my work commute is generally 8-9 minutes. I can see the ocean the whole ride. I like it that way. As you all know, most of the time my job includes making delicious, messy, chocolate-y treats. My work wardrobe is well suited for mud pie making. Just as I would have it. My day often consists of telling stories, listening to stories, laughing a lot, listening to music, and being productive in ways that are immediately appreciated by 99% of the folks who happen to open our door. Sometimes there is singing. It's good life. It truly is.
I haven't spent much time in Lawrence. It's pretty big, there's a lot of history, and a refreshingly vibrant and diverse population. The employees of the Supreme Court were really lovely, very accommodating, very helpful. There's a lot of excellent food in this city. I was determined to have lunch hour be my carrot every day, scoured Yelp for recommendations, and had some excellent luck.
Our jury consisted of fourteen individuals, and it took two days for the full number to be reached. Our jury was as diverse as Lawrence itself, which was really pretty cool; I really didn't know what to expect, and this was a happy surprise. All ages, colors, sexes, really, a great cross section.
The whole process is fascinating, but what was really interesting was this: while we know that jurors are not allowed to talk about the case outside of the courthouse until the case is completed, I was surprised to find that the actual jurors were not permitted to talk among themselves about the case until all of the evidence and testimony has been heard. This actually makes a great deal of sense, as new information comes to light every day, and opinions can easily change as the case reveals itself.
So here are these fourteen strangers, spending countless hours together, not talking about the only thing the group had in common. Lots of traffic talk, lunch talk, small talk. The group dynamics were fascinating to watch; people's personalities took a couple of days to surface (or assert themselves, in some cases). Interesting to see who always sat in the same seat in the deliberation room, who worked the room, who kept their heads down and read, those who complained, stared into space, knitted, tried to talk about the case, overshared, played games on their phones, just mesmerizing stuff.
In the courtroom, the sociological fodder was just as rich -- watching witnesses, lawyers, the defendants, the plaintiffs, so much to see and hear. Riveting! I soaked it all up like a sponge.
This isn't to say my transition was easy. Waking up at an ungodly hour to fight traffic for 50 minutes or more each morning was only slightly better than trying to figure out what would be considered grown up clothes in which to attend court. I found myself up against a wall of striped shirts. Sweaters, too. Apparently, one can have too many striped shirts....
On the commute home, despite the fact that the judge required us to forget all about the case until the next morning, I often would mull over what I saw and heard throughout the day. After about day four, it became very clear that we fourteen people were going to have a significant impact on some people's lives. It could get a little heavy.
After 6 days of testimony and evidence, we were sent to the deliberation room, where we were to stay until we had either come to a decision, or the day was up. Our case was a civil case, not criminal. The major difference between the two as far as I could tell, was that while a criminal case had to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, a criminal case is decided on the preponderance of evidence -- the weight of the testimony and evidence heard. This distinction can make reaching a verdict really difficult, a 12-2 verdict almost impossible, in our case.
On the first day of deliberation, most of us had no idea what the other did for work. I was outed as the Turtle lady on the first day of court (there were three of us from Gloucester), so was an open book. I had theories about what different people did professionally. A couple of times I was spot on, but mostly I had no idea. It was intriguing to me that only during the course of deliberations, almost everyone identified what they did, as it informed their opinions of the case.
What a talented, varied, brilliant group. Really. Just fabulous. Well spoken, thoughtful. For almost 12 hours over two days, the debate was thorough, civilized, just really smart. In the end, most of us were content with the verdict reached. Some were just pleased to have avoided a hung jury. All of us were looking forward to returning to our lives.
Me? Feeling really fortunate to have had the chance to do my civic duty, and grateful the Turtle team could roll on without me at the helm. Mostly, though, I'm delighted to be back making mud pies, my less-than-ten-minute commute, laughing lots, and telling stories.
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Seth Dietz, Starbucks barista and IWW member in Rockville Maryland, tells his story:
Life at Starbucks has improved for baristas in Rockville with a union! We’ve already had victories around the trash in our store, work hours, respect, and recycling. There is a stronger sense of community among workers. Union members can now walk through the doors with a spring in their step after letting the company know that we aren’t going to be pushed around anymore by bosses. Since declaring membership in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union the presence of a union in our store is bringing about real change.
Trash Problem Solved With Increased Staffing
Our store used to open with two people in the morning. The plan is now three people will be scheduled in the morning. The result is giving workers adequate time to complete their daily morning tasks including removing the trash heap in the back. We had wanted a second trashcan to create a safe walkway in the back of the store which was inundated with trash but it turns out there’s not really space for one. But adding another worker to help us we decided is a better solution! This victory is a direct result of “unofficial negotiations” with the District Manager after we went public with a demand to solve the trash problem.
Terra Formars ~ Setting ceritanya berada di masa depan, yaitu di planet Mars pada abad 26-27. Latar belakangnya adalah karena populasi bumi sudah semakin padat & kekurangan sumber energi, maka ilmuwan memikirkan bagaimana caranya agar manusia tetap mempunyai lahan untuk hidup, dan yang menjadi targetnya adalah planet tetangga: Mars. Proyek inilah yg dinamakan “Terraforming project”, intinya menciptakan kondisi Mars menjadi stabil, agar manusia bisa hidup di sana. Teorinya adalah: “Jika kita melepaskan sejumlah besar lumut dan “Black organism” ke mars, maka mars akan mulai menjadi hangat dan menyerap cahaya matahari” dan “Black organism” yang dipilih ternyata adalah kecoa!
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New York City lost more than 11 million square feet of industrial space to rezonings between 2007 and 2016, according to a new report. Although several large rezonings of manufacturing space in the city went into effect during the early 2000s, millions of industrial square feet have also been rezoned over the past decade, an analysis by Ariel Property Advisors found. Some properties been transformed into residential lofts and offices, but a surprising amount remains […]
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Крупнейший британский финансовый конгломерат Barclays ведет переговоры с регуляторами и финтех-компаниями о криптовалютах Об этом сообщил Ашок Васвани, генеральный директор Barclays, на финтех-конференции Money 20/20 в Копенгагене. Он не раскрыл содержание беседы с представителями британского Управления по финансовому регулированию (FCA), но заявил, что речь идет о том, как «ввести криптовалюты в игру» и сделать их […]
AUBAGNE T3.4 Duplex Cuisine équipée Balcon Climatisation eau inclus plein sud vue sur Jardin R.neuf Loyer: 760 € hc - Toutes nos annonces sur gitimmo -. FA 390€ .
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В рамах конференции eDelivery Expo, посвященной сервисам доставки для электронной коммерции в Украине, эксперты обсудили, как развиваются сервисы финансовых операций Дмитрий Зарахович, управляющий партнер компании UAPAY & Softinvest, поделился инновационной услугой «Безопасная сделка». Цель услуги – повышать показатели продаж за счет повышения финансовой безопасности. Даная услуга функционирует на платформе бесплатных объявлений OLX . Компания UAPAY […]
Appartement de 34 m² situé près de larrêt de tram Les Hangars avec vue sur les quais, au 2ème étage dun immeuble rénové. Il est composé, dune entrée, dune pièce de vie, une cuisine américaine, une salle deau avec WC. Parquet ancien, double...
34 m²17 €/m²parquetrénové
Исполняющий обязанности Главы НБУ Яков Смолий отреагировал на заявление Александра Шлапака об отставке Об этом сообщили в пресс-службе регулятора. «Александр Шлапак возглавил ПриватБанк в сложный для банка переходный период после банкротства и продемонстрировал профессионализм в стабилизации работы банка. Он подтвердил надежность банка, обеспечив его бесперебойную операционную деятельность после перехода в государственную собственность, и благодаря этому […]
A louer, à Chambéry, Rue Doppet, Centre ville, une studette meublée de 9.20 m² au 7ème étage avec ascenseur, comprenant une pièce principale équipée dun lit mezzanine et dun bureau, coin kitchenette équipée, salle deau avec WC. Chauffage...
9 m²33 €/m²ascenseurmeubléchauffage
В сети банкоматов ПриватБанка появился новый сервис для быстрой оплаты коммунальных платежей Как сообщают в пресс-службе финучреждения, с помощью услуги «Мои платежи» можно оплачивать коммуналку в пару кликов в любом банкомате или терминале самообслуживания банка. «Теперь мгновенные коммунальные платежи, которые раньше можно было сделать в терминале самообслуживания, доступны еще и в банкоматах, – сообщил руководитель […]
EXCEPTIONNELLE / 200EUROS DE REMISE SUR LA LOCATION DUN LOGEMENT T2 Appartement T2 a louer en rez-de-chaussée dune résidence neuve et sécurisée idéalement situé a Aytre. Proche des commerces et ligne de bus ce logement dispose dune entrée avec...
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A louer, T2 lumineux au sein dune charmanterésidence LES FLAMBOYANTS, située au 769 rue Émile Jeanbrau à Montpellier. Proche de la faculté de lettres, du CNRS, de Vert Bois et de toutes commodités. Situé au 1er étage, ce T2 de 35m² se compose...
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SEYNOD-ANNECY dans Petite Résidence au calme rare T 7 très belles prestations, 3ème et dernier étage - ascenseur accès direct et privé, Belle cuisine équipée ouverte sur spacieux séjour avec cheminée donnant sur grande terrasse souvrant Plein Sud...
4 pièces2 salles de bains143 m²11 €/m²ascenseurterrassecheminéecuisine équipéedouche
PALM BEACH - STUDIO A LOUER Dans une résidence de standing au coeur du Palm Beach, beau studio 3ème étage avec ascenseur, avec vue dégagée cuisine équipée (réfrigérateur-congélateur), terrasse transformée en loggia fermée. Hall dentrée, placard,...
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Location Nice 3 pièces meublé situé quartier Californie Quartier Californie, proche fac de Lettres, dernier étage avec ascenseur dun immeuble niçois, 3 pièces meublé en très bon état, composé dune entrée, un séjour, une cuisine indépendante...
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St Romain centre, agréable maison pierre rénovée dune surface de 78m², offrant un vaste séjour -coin cuisine équipée, dégagement, salle deau, WC et à létage = palier, 2 chambres avec penderie, jardin avec vue dégagée. DETAIL loyer hors charges...
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Très beau type 4 de 83m² entièrement parqueté (parquet chêne), situé à proximité de la porte de Paris - Au 4ème étage avec ascenseur dune résidence sécurisée avec gardien - Beau séjour donnant sur balcon avec vue sur le parc - Cuisine séparée...
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Au coeur du Vieux Nice, sur la rue Droite au calme, proche tramway et commerces, agréable studio de 27 m² très lumineux. Au 6e et dernier étage (sans ascenseur) il se compose dune entrée, pièce à vivre triple exposition avec vue sur la colline du...
1 salle de bain27 m²16 €/m²ascenseurchauffagebaignoire
TEKAIMMO vous présente cette villa F5 neuve avec de belles finitions, denviron 120 m² habitable a louer au Guillaume St Paul. 2 emplacements voitures, rez-de-chaussée: séjour avec cuisine ouverte et équipée, bureau en mezzanine ou chambre dami,...
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SANS HONORAIRES. Quai de la Charente, Appartement de 3 pièces comprenant, une entrée avec placard, une cuisine ouverte sur le séjour, 2 chambres avec placard, une salle de bains et des WC séparés. Beau parquet et vue dégagée. Résidence venant...
2 pièces1 salle de bain60 m²24 €/m²parquet
Nice quartier du port au 6e étage et disposant dune agréable terrasse avec vue, grand studio de 40 m². Il se compose dun hall dentrée avec placards, belle pièce à vivre donnant sur terrasse (possible coin nuit), cuisine séparée, salle de bains et...
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Mouans-sartoux / location vide: bel appartement de type 2 pièces en duplex denv 38m². Cave. Lumineux - proche toutes commodités - bel espace jour - bien agencé - vue dégagée / village - pas de charges. Loyer 650euro cc. Honoraires: 500.63euro...
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RUEIL MALMAISON-BUZENVAL- Dans un grand parc arboré, calme et sécurisé situé à proximité des transports et des commerces, au 3ème étage, très bel appartement avec balcon et vue panoramique sur Rueil Malmaison. Il est composé dun grand séjour...
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Avenue Jean Jaurès Metro Ourcq ou Laumière A deux pas du Bassin de la Villette et du parc des Buttes Chaumont, proche de tous commerces. Dans un immeuble ancien de bon standing au 4ème étage sans ascenseur. Appartement deux pièces, 38 m²: une...
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Appartement de standing, -ENTIÈREMENT RÉNOVÉ, situé ave de Suffren, à deux pas du Champ de Mars et de la Tour Eiffel, élégant double séjour souvrant sur un petit balcon, deux ravissantes chambres, un bureau ou chambre dinvité, cuisine américaine...
2 pièces1 salle de bain104 m²26 €/m²balcondoucheparquetrénovébaignoire
EXCLUSIVITÉ. Au pied du métro Sully-Morland, dans immeuble ancien en pierre de taille, à louer grand 2 pièces, de 65,78m² au 4ème étage sans ascenseur. Lentrée-couloir dessert le séjour de 18m² avec vue très dégagée, exposition Est. Une belle...
1 pièce1 salle de bain65 m²26 €/m²ascenseurparquetchauffagebaignoire
Loyer 1390€ + 190€ soit 1580€ avec les charges Dans une petite résidence de standing, 2 pièces (45 m²), jardin privatif (20 m²), parking en sous-sol. Charmant, calme, très bien distribué, salon donnant sur jardin avec vue sur parc. Nombreux...
1 pièce1 salle de bain45 m²30 €/m²jardinparking
Loyer: 2490 €/mois + charges 290 €. Très bel appartement au quatrième étage dune résidence de standing récente (1998), 4 pièces dune superficie de 92 m² loi Carrez avec larges balcons, offrant une belle vue dégagée sur verdure. Il se compose dune...
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PONT DE NEUILLY, Situé Avenue Charles de Gaulle, au 6ème étage avec ascenseur, vue entièrement dégagée, un beau 2 pièces de 57 m² comprenant: un grand salon avec cuisine ouverte équipée, une grande chambre, une salle de bain, WC séparés. Eau...
1 pièce1 salle de bain57 m²27 €/m²ascenseurchauffage
Appartement 2 pièces, équipé dune cuisine américaine et disposant dune vue dégagée, il est très ensoleillé. Lappartement est situé au 6ème étage, accessible par ascenseur.
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ÎLE DE LA CITÉ -PRES NOTRE DAME- RUE CHANOINESSE avec Vue sur la SEINE. Magnifique Appartement de 4 PIÈCES refait NEUF au 2ème étage sans ascenseur dans immeuble ancien. Entrée, Cuisine entièrement équipée, Salle de bains + Salle deau, WC....
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Spacieux, ventilé, très agréable T3 situé sur les hauteurs de Baillif en Haut de Villa. Appartement comprenant: 2 chambres, 1 séjour avec bar, 1 cuisine aménagée, 1 salle deau avec WC et toilettes indépendantes.Vue panoramique mer et montagne.Eau...
2 pièces100 m²7 €/m²
Location vide - 94340 JOINVILLE LE PONT - RER Joinville le pont à 10mn. Immeuble Meulière - Appartement au 4ème dernier étage sans ascenseur composé de entrée 3 pièces cuisine équipée salle deau WC - Parquet, cheminées. Vue superbe et dégagée....
2 pièces45 m²16 €/m²ascenseurcuisine équipéeparquet
92130 Issy les Moulineaux, Metro Mairie dIssy Ligne 12, Studio en bon état avec petite terrasse, dune superficie de 27.80, dans un immeuble standing 2013 au 3ème étage avec ascenseur, vue dégagée au calme, chauffage collectif compris.
28 m²25 €/m²terrasseascenseurchauffage
Paris 17ème ARGENTINE rue Saint-FERDINAND, au 7ème étage avec ascenseur dun immeuble de bon standing, nous vous proposons à la location MEUBLÉE ce bel appartement de 108 m² avec balcon et jolie vue dégagée. Entrée, grand salon/salle à manger de...
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RÉSIDENCE NEUVELES SENIORIALESau 7 Etage avec ascenseur appartement avec vue dégagée, exposition ouest, séjour et chambre avec grande terrasse, cuisine équipée, salle deau dans la chambre, chauffage et eau chaude collectifs. Résidence réservée...
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Dans une résidence neuve, venez visiter cet appartement offrant une cuisine équipée (Hotte, évier, réfrigérateur modèle Top, une plaque Vitrocéramique, Meubles de rangements) ouverte sur séjour avec accès au balcon (vue sur Bois classé), dune...
1 pièce1 salle de bain42 m²13 €/m²balconmachine à lavercuisine équipéeréfrigérateurbaignoireparking
Location NON Meublé. Au coeur du centre ville de chantilly, proche de toutes les commodités, beau 2 pièces de 39 m² LC et 46.16 m² au sol refait entièrement à neuf avec poutres apparentes et de très belles prestations comprenant une entrée avec...
1 pièce1 salle de bain38 m²19 €/m²machine à laverparquetbaignoire
Arthur Wellesley, aka The Duke of Wellington, aka the guy who defeated Napoleon, was born on this day in 1769. Unfortunately (in his eyes nonetheless), he was born in Ireland.
Now there are many greats in Ireland's history that were born in Ireland but whose parents, or at least one of them, were English. Take some literary figures for example. Swift, Wilde, Yeats and Stoker are not strikingly obvious Irish names (I bet ALL of them are not Irish names), yet we definitely count them in the list of great Irish literary figures. Heck, I'm one of the few who would even count Shakespeare in the list!
But, we don't know for certain which, if any, would actually prefer NOT to be counted in such a list. Wellington definitely did not really regard himself as an Irishman, or if he did, he resented such a tag. We don't care. If he didn'twant to be one of us, we don't want him to be one of us! So there, Wellington!
That's the way I see the 'label' of 'Irishness' - you can claim or deny Irishness, but only with legitimate principles: and "it's St. Patrick's Day, I'm Irish" is not legitimate!
I bring up this issue on today of all days because there's a royal wedding happening in London. It will be watched by a couple billion people around the world, among them many Irish. Nowadays, we Irish have a strange relationship with the British monarchy (a relationship that will get even stranger, I bet, once and after the Queen arrives for a visit) - many Irish bought 'Candle in the Wind' after Diane's death, and, doubtless, thousands have tuned in today to watch the royal wedding. I am not one of them.
So I wonder if many people in Ireland today have done 'a Wellington'.
Parois 16ème, roche rue dAuteuil, Métro Michel Ange Auteuil, au 5ème étage dun immeuble de 1975 avec digicode, ascenseur et gardien, studio meublé de bon de standing, calme, clair, offrant une vue dégagée sur jardin, comprenant cuisine américaine...
1 salle de bain37 m²24 €/m²tvascenseurmeubléparquetchauffagejardin
Au pied du bus 183 en face de Simply Market. Dans une résidence arborée et bien entretenue, 3 pièces en étage avec vue dégagée disposant dune entrée, un séjour, 2 chambres avec placards, une cuisine séparée attenant à un loggia de 2 m², une salle...
2 pièces1 salle de bain64 m²17 €/m²chauffageparking
En plein coeur de ville; Proximité place de la Canourgue et Préfecture. Très bel F3 dans hôtel particulier dexception. Appartement avec beaucoup de cachet, dans un excellent état. Couloir dentrée, salon, salle à manger, 2 chambres, cuisine, salle...
2 pièces1 salle de bain80 m²10 €/m²chauffage
Joli et spacieux studio avec une grande terrasse vue mer seulement à 5 minutes des plages. Cuisine indépendante. Dernière étage, les places de parking sont disponible dans la résidence. Idéal étudiant.
32 m²18 €/m²terrassemeubléparking
Magnifique appartement de 50 m² avec une belle terrasse de 16 m² et vue par et belle échappée mer. Place de parking souterrain, loué meublé de Septembre au Juan. Idéal étudiant. Nous sommes à votre disposition pour toute question.
1 pièce1 salle de bain50 m²16 €/m²terrassemeubléparking
Appartement 2 pièces de 60 m² atypique et de charme, dans un très bel immeuble Haussmannien, situé dans un quartier très agréable et vivant (Triangle dor-rue Marbeuf), comprenant entrée, belle pièce de réception avec très jolie vue, cuisine, une...
1 pièce60 m²27 €/m²
Beau T3/4 lumineux en dernier étage avec mezzanine et vue dégagée à côté des commerces, bus, métro, écoles et parc Longchamp. Il se situe au 3ème et dernier étage, sans ascenseur, du 165 boulevard de La Libération dans le 13001. Ce T3 de 57m² +...
3 pièces1 salle de bain57 m²14 €/m²ascenseurinternetdouchechauffage
Visite virtuelle disponible à lagence. Venez découvrir ce bel appartement de 140 m² situé dans une impasse calme du centre ville au deuxième étage dune copropriété avec cour à accès sécurisé. Il se compose dune entrée avec penderie, dune...
3 pièces1 salle de bain140 m²7 €/m²baignoirefour
A DEUX PAS DU PARC MONCEAU ! Magnifique hôtel particulier en pierre de taille dans style gothique, développé sur 4 niveaux, dégageant énormément de charme, très lumineux, aucun vis à vis, vue dégagée, lensemble a totalement été rénové dans des...
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Proximité place de lEtoile, entre avenue Foch et Grande armée, dans immeuble Haussmannien de 1928 situé dans un square privé, très calme appartement de grand standing de 6 pièces de 194 m² loi Carrez avec un grand balcon de 7.65 m² au 2e étage...
4 pièces1 salle de bain195 m²24 €/m²balconascenseurdoucheparquetchauffage
Croix Rouge/Lambezellec - 17 rue Florian - T1 de 28 m² - parking privé Cet appartement T1 en parfait état est situé au 3ème et dernier étage dune petite résidence calme avec parking privé. Il se compose dun séjour donnant sur balcon fermé, dune...
28 m²13 €/m²balconparking
Entre le chemin du Roucas Blanc et la rue dEndoume dans immeuble récent, appartement traversant situé au 2e et dernier étage et bénéficiant dune jolie vue sur les toits et la mer. Logement entièrement meublé et en très bon état.
1 pièce1 salle de bain38 m²18 €/m²meublé
92390 Villeneuve la Garenne, RER C Gennevilliers / RER H Saint-Denis, Studio meublé avec grande terrasse de 14 m², tout confort, parfait état, surface 28.90 m², nombreux rangements, vue dégagée, calme, immeuble grand standing sécurisé, clair,...
29 m²23 €/m²terrassemeublé
Au coeur du village provençal du Beausset dans un immeuble ancien de 3 étages Très bel appartement de type2 dune surface habitable denviron 45 m² avec poutres apparentes sans vis à vis. Cet appartement est situé au 3ème et dernier étage sans...
1 pièce1 salle de bain45 m²12 €/m²ascenseurdouchejardin
Vue Notre Dame. Appartement clair et ensoleillé de 3 pièces refait à neuf de 59.53 m² au 5e étage avec ascenseur dans un immeuble situé rue Monge: -Entrée, Cuisine aménagée et non équipée ouvrant sur un double séjour, une chambre avec dressing,...
1 pièce60 m²33 €/m²balconascenseurchauffage
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!
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Sandipan started with his views, which unfortunately didn't look very well prepared. However, he was lucid; talked much without saying much. Rest three had solid experience in industry, extending the operations at the world stage. They talked with more authority and shared their experiences. All of them were very sure that the dream of 100 Indian MNCs by 2020 is well within the reach and sort of underrated. It was quite inspiring hearing their first hand experiences.
Like all good panel discussions, this one too ended with a Q&A round by audience. Like all good audience, lots of questions came out after a little prodding. What was most interesting to note was that the crowd - comprising the leaders of tomorrow, yada yada yada - was quite skeptic about achieving the goal! There were questions about the government and its ineffectiveness, about sustaining the current wave of growth, about population & literacy, about infrastructure & investment - all of them showing how improbable this goal seems to be. On the contrary, the panel maintained its stand that India will have to do too bad to miss this one!
Their settling argument was that India has reached this stage even with the kind of government & stifling regulations we've had, so there is every chance that now that the condition have improved a lot, India will bloom even more. The post-lib generation hasn't seen those days, when Infosys almost died as an infant after frustrating experiences trying to work for global client, mainly due to the policies in 1989!
What will happen remains to be seen, but this skeptism in the youth of the nation, crème de la crème, worries me. Not like OMG-India-is-screwed-now worry, just a little concern.
PS: Just a small note, reply to Jeet's comment on my last post where he said, "I don't agree with Sandipan's only one answer theory.. I don't know about comp. sci and engg. but Civil Engineering was all about evaluating multiple correct answers and 'choosing' one of them." Still, you'll find the management education a whole lot different than engineering. CS is mainly about optimizing; space, speed, transfer, safety.. So in a way, you are confined in your pursuit of the answer. You can say that A is better than B and like that. Civil, as I understand, does have an element of subjectivity to it. In the managerial world, I'm told, there are many situation where nothing's universally better or worse. It all depends on what you decide.
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pm me if you maybe want to roleplay with this character! :) Full Name: Ashton Khatri Life: Ashton is born into a family with a single mom due to his godly father. His mom is the only person he lets in- he doesn't not allow himself to get close with anyone, or to even have friends, especially after eight years of bullying. He worked hard to get the the image he now has. He has North Indian heritage in him, coming from his mother. He is usually cold and rude towards people. Visual: Around 6'1" with dark brown hair, which sometimes looks black, and is usually styled into a quiff. He has piercing grey eyes, and a naturally tan, light brown complexion, with an athletic and defined build. Weapon of Choice: Knives or Daggers. Ash can throw a bullseye without even looking at the target. Likes: Music, heat, fire, knives, his graffiti art, the galaxy/space, the color red, girls, and smoking. Dislikes: Fake people, happy people, bright colors, drowning, not being good enough, disappointing his mom, and the fact that he is too cold towards everyone, but can't help it. Secrets: Ashton almost killed the people who bullied him when he finally fought back, he is scared of being lonely forever, and can get extremely violent at times, not being able to control his anger. @fiohelston @gypsyoccult @hayley-177 @teenage-rxjxct @jiminslefteyebrow @txstrawberry
For today's movie, I decided I wanted to revisit an old favorite of mine: "Scary Movie 3." Happily, it holds up! It may be the third in the franchise but it will always be number one in my heart. Have a look at some of my favorite moments below:
If you guys have more movies you'd like to see a quotes compliation of, feel free to leave them in the comments. You'll get some laughs and I won't have to do my regular job. Everyone wins! (NOTE: TV Shows also work. Basically anything that would be fun to watch during the work day!)
L'Ecole serait-elle un "endroit réservé" ? Faut-il mettre la "culture des jeunes" dans l'Ecole ? La "culture des jeunes" est-ce seulement la jeunesse ?
Pour certains spécialistes en éducation il est évident qu'il faudrait un "s" à cultures, issues de milieux sociaux, d'ancrages, d'origines culturelles, de pratiques scolaires fondés sur la différence.
Mais n'accentue-t-on pas trop cette différenciation culturelle ? François Dubet, sociologue, volontairement provocateur, parle de l'école "construite comme un ordre régulier", dont le monopole est en train de se décomposer par la démocratisation de l'enseignement.
Alors, faut-il fermer l'Ecole ? Ou faut-il plutôt l'ouvrir complètement ? La question est ailleurs : c'est un problème de rapport et de nature entre deux cultures qui cohabitent dans le même espace.
Hector Loaiza , dans le cadre de la Mission pour les Arts et la Culture latino-américaine, se demande s'il faut parler de culture(s) ou de sous-culture(s), de démocratie ou de démocratisation culturelle ?
Réactions diverses : - Les cultures juvéniles n'appartiennent qu'aux jeunes. Il y a donc phénomène de marginalisation. Ils veulent une expérience culturelle unique et "privée". L'intrusion de l'adulte est une agression.
- Les enfants ont de réels intérêts culturels. Ils attendent que les enseignants donnent des réponses aux questions réellement posées. Les "bons" enseignants savent le faire depuis longtemps.
- Il est dangereux de séparer les deux cultures. On tombe dans le vieux débat entre naturalisme et culture scolaire formaliste.
- L'Ecole a permis à tous les milieux l'accès à une culture dont ils ne pouvaient disposer avant, et elle continue. Il y a, actuellement, une explosion d'expériences qui, avec l'aide de partenaires, associent connaissance et plaisir. Car il est vrai que les cultures scolaires académiques sont trop évaluatives, trop contrôlées, trop créatives. La formation des enseignants est un faux problème : pourquoi toujours responsabiliser les institutions ? N'est-ce pas une question d'individus ?
- La culture scolaire ne se transforme pas, c'est le rapport que l'on a avec elle qui se transforme.
- La question importante reste cependant celle des "ruptures culturelles". La façon de procéder et de parler de culture exclut certains jeunes et les humilie. Aborder "le Tartuffe" pour certains issus de l'immigration de milieu islamique exige une contextualisation de l'œuvre sinon on les "envoie au massacre",. Il y a une vraie responsabilité pédagogique et politique de l'enseignant qui a à manier les produits culturels d'une élite sociale.
- Les enseignants sont dans un carcan. Quelle est leur part de liberté ? Il faut donner du temps aux écoles. (d'après L'ANAE)
A l'heure où le campus virtuel est une réalité et où les nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la communication sont dans les salles de classe, qu'est l'école devenue ?
Les rôles de ses acteurs principaux - enseignants, manuels, éducation nationale - sont remis en question. Leur disparition n'est pas, qu'on se rassure, pour demain, mais une évolution va inexorablement se produire.
Avant de savoir si les NTIC peuvent se substituer à l'enseignant, il faut préciser quel est son rôle. Selon Bernard Stiegler "l'enseignant est un abréviateur de savoir. Il fait en sorte qu'une génération soit capable en peu de temps d'accéder à 2500 ans de connaissance. Il est en quelque sorte un navigateur dans les grands espaces du savoir. Il utilise pour cela des manuels scolaires, eux-mêmes abrégés du savoir. La question devient alors : comment s'articulent les nouveaux médias, qui contiennent des navigateurs automatisés, avec le système existant, l'Education Nationale ? Celle-ci depuis ses débuts a pour mission de transmettre des programmes comportementaux pour que la société fasse corps."
On peut, d'après le directeur général du CNDP, décrire deux attitudes : "ou bien on considère qu'on a affaire à de nouvelles problématiques, ou bien on estime que finalement, rien n'est nouveau, ce n'est qu'une nouvelle forme de "la peur de la bibliothèque". Il faut reconnaître que l'école de France a toujours été réticente à la démarche de recherche de documents. C'est là l'héritage de Descartes : l'idée est qu'on peut déduire beaucoup de choses au tableau noir. Mais cette fois, le couple maître-élève va changer, car la vieille question de la documentation, qui a toujours été marginalisée, va occuper le devant de la scène. De plus, le maître ne sera plus celui qui détient toutes les ressources."
Selon le directeur de l'Information scientifique et technique et des bibliothèques au Ministère de l'Education Nationale, "il faut développer une réflexion à propos des contenus ; pour cela, l'industrie éducative doit être connectée avec les milieux enseignants. Il est en effet nécessaire que les contenus mis en ligne soient valides. On n'en est plus aux expériences : déjà quatre ou cinq académies ont mis en réseau leurs lycées et collèges. Cette fois, en effet, on n'a pas lancé des grands plans d'en haut. Les initiatives ont été locales et il y a eu une émulation entre les établissements. Le problème principal ainsi apparu est le manque de contenus en langue française."
Est-ce finalement qu'il faut repenser l'école globalement ? "Oui", répond-on. "Il faut oser obliger les enseignants à se servir d'ordinateurs. Il est urgent d'agir surtout lorsqu'on voit Microsoft qui relie 400 établissements au réseau et les fait vivre à l'heure américaine." Sommes-nous prêts à y consacrer des moyens importants, à fournir à chaque enseignant un portable, à former l'ensemble du personnel ?
En tout cas, il apparaît nécessaire à Bernard Stiegler de maintenir les programmes officiels. "Si on commence à dire qu'il ne faut plus faire de programmes, on est mal parti : les Américains sont prêts à nous envahir."
Le panneau LED est un luminaire ultra-mince adapté en remplacement des tubes fluorescents T5 classiques
Les panneaux avec technologie LED intégrée offrent une solution d’éclairage de qualité professionnelle — avec à la clé des économies d’énergie optimales — pour les bureaux, les entreprises, les écoles et les supermarchés. De plus, leur conception ultra-mince rend leur installation aisée dans les systèmes de plafond standard même avec une hauteur sous-plafond limitée. La source de lumière LED intégrée permet de bénéficier d’une lumière diffuse et uniforme avec une finition épurée pour une longue durée de vie et un faible entretien grâce à leur étanchéité à la poussière. Moins énergivore, les panneaux LED sont les substituts idéaux des tubes fluorescents T5 existants.
En effet, les anciens luminaires 60x60 cm avec 4x18W tubes fluorescents et ballasts peuvent être immédiatement remplacés par un panneau LED 33W. Ainsi, vous économisez jusqu’à 60% sur votre dépense énergétique en passant de 79W à 33W pour une meilleure efficacité lumineuse.
Dimensions ⎪ Les dimensions les plus communes des panneaux LED sont 60x60cm ou 30x120cm. Cela correspond aux dimensions standards des systèmes de plafond. Cependant, nous vous conseillons de toujours vérifier la dimension de votre système de plafond.
Couleurs de lumière
830 : 3000 Kelvin - blanc chaud.
840 : 4000 Kelvin - blanc froid. Couleur de lumière la plus utilisée au sein des bureaux.
865 : 6500 Kelvin - lumière du jour.
Les panneaux LED au sein des bureaux et des salles de classe
L’éclairage au sein des lieux de travail comme les bureaux ou les salles de classe doit être conforme aux exigences décrites dans la norme EN 12464-1 intitulée « Éclairage des lieux de travail : lieux de travail intérieurs ». Une valeur UGR — qui mesure le taux d’éblouissement — inférieure à 19 est requise. L’éclairage doit pouvoir garantir un confort visuel permettant la concentration et/ou l’apprentissage pour une meilleure productivité. Enfin, les panneaux LED sont assurés sans scintillement contrairement aux tubes TL standards qui provoquent une gêne visuelle.
Deux exemples de panneaux LED conformes à la norme européenne
Pour l'éclairage des zones publiques — salles d'attente, couloirs, etc. — un panneau LED avec un UGR inférieur à 22 peut être utilisé. Pour toute question sur la valeur UGR, n’hésitez pas à contacter nos experts en produits d’éclairage.
Lorsque vous achetez un panneau LED, le driver est inclus. Celui-ci est directement connecté à la tension secteur (220-240V) avec une prise jack.
L’installation d’un panneau LED peut se faire de 3 manières différentes :
Directement encastré dans le cadre de montage du plafond.
Avec un kit de montage mural ou un kit de montage en surface pour plafond.
Suspendu avec un set de suspension au plafond.
Grâce aux différentes possibilités de montage, les panneaux LED peuvent être placés dans quasi tous les bureaux ou autres espaces intérieurs. Les châssis et autres système pour panneaux LED sont disponibles séparément.
Nous vous offrons 5 ans de garantie sur l’ensemble des panneaux LED de qualité professionnelle disponibles
[뉴스토마토 최원석기자] 셀트리온(068270)과 삼성바이오에피스가 양강 구도를 형성하고 있는 바이오시밀러(바이오복제약) 시장에 중소사·바이오벤처들도 도전장을 내밀었다. 시장 경쟁이 치열한 미국과 유럽보다는 틈새시장을 겨냥하고 있다.
28일 의약품 시장조사기관인 프로스트&설리반에 따르면 전세계 바이오시밀러 시장은 2015년 50억달러(약 5조원)에 달한다. 바이오신약들의 특허만료로 크게 성장할 것으로 예측된다. 2019년에는 239억달러(약 27조원)로 확대될 전망이다.
미국과 유럽은 바이오시밀러 최대 시장으로 꼽힌다. 유럽은 전세계 바이오시밀러 시장의 40% 이상을 점유하고 있다. 2006년 최초 바이오시밀러를 허가하는 등 시장 주도권을 선점했다. 미국은 2015년 첫 바이오시밀러를 허가했다. 유럽보다 10여년이 늦었지만 바이오시밀러 시장이 본격적으로 개화하면서 폭발적으로 성장할 것으로 예측된다. 국내사 중에선 셀트리온과 삼성바이오에피스가 시장을 선도하고 있다.
뒤늦게 바이오시밀러 시장에 뛰어든 업체들은 미국과 유럽보다 중국, 동남아, 일본 등 신흥시장에 주목하고 있다. 경쟁사가 적은 데다가 시장 초기 단계라 성장 잠재력이 높기기 때문이다. 현지 업체와 공동개발 등 제휴를 체결하는 전략이 활발하다. 자본을 분담하고 개발 실패 가능성의 위험을 줄이고 있다는 게 장점이다.
동아쏘시오홀딩스(000640)는 일본 메이지세이카파마와 2011년 바이오시밀러 개발·생산을 위해 디엠바이오라는 회사를 공동 설립했다. 유방암 치료 '허셉틴' 바이오시밀러를 내년 일본 출시를 목표로 하고 있다. 또한 관절염 치료 '휴미라' 바이오시밀러도 일본에서 임상을 실시하고 있다. 일본 시장을 중심으로 유럽에 진출하겠다는 계획이다.
LG화학(051910)(옛 LG생명과학)은 일본 바이오시밀러 시장에 진출하기 위해 2012년 모치다제약과 제휴를 체결했다. 휴미라와 '엔브렐' 바이오시밀러 2종을 일본에서 개발하고 있다. 모치다제약은 LG화학이 개발한 휴미라 바이오시밀러의 일본 독점권리를 확보하고, LG화학은 상업화 이후 완제품을 전량 생산해 공급할 예정이다.
에이프로젠의 일본 니찌이꼬제약과 바이오시밀러를 공동 개발하고 있다. 니찌이꼬제약은 에이프로젠의 최대주주이자 사업 파트너다. 에이프로젠과 니찌이고제약은 '레미케이드', '리툭산', '허셉틴' 등 바이오시밀러로 일본과 미국 진출을 계획하고 있다.
알테오젠(196170)은 올초 중국 치루제약과 바이오시밀러 공동 개발 및 라이센싱-아웃을 위한 양해각서를 체결했다. 브라질 크리스탈리아와는 성장호르몬 바이오베터의 공동개발 및 기술이전을 위한 제휴를 체결했다. 브라질을 포함한 남미지역에 제품을 출시하기 위해 제품을 공동개발하고 기술이전하겠다는 방침이다. 디엠바이오, 동아쏘시오홀딩스와 바이오의약품 생산 및 연구 협력에 관한 양해각서를 최근 체결하기도 했다.
펜젠은 말레이시아 국영기업인 CCM의 자회사 듀오파마(Duopharma)와 빈혈(EPO) 바이오시밀러를 개발하고 있다. 말레이시아, 브루나이, 싱가포르에 대한 판권을 이전했다. 태국과 터키에 대한 마케팅 계약도 체결했다.
업계 관계자는 "중국, 인도, 브라질, 멕시코 등 국가가 바이오시밀러가 급성장될 것으로 전망되는 신흥시장"이라며 "미국과 유럽보다는 진입 장벽이 낮아 국내 바이오시밀러 후발업체들이 주목하고 있다"고 말했다.
As we get closer and closer to the possibility of us colonizing on Mars and implementing interstellar traveling across the board, it’s time to start thinking about some of the finer details. One such point is how people will travel in space. Will they be awake during these flights or is it best to incorporate cryogenic sleep into the trip?
Uma luz fria, como o topo das mais altas montanhas, e este frio era o que conservava o coração do guardião relativamente gelado, mantendo-o paciente e estático em sua posição, ignorando os acontecimentos ao seu redor.
E esta luz era suficiente para manter a personalidade do guardião intacta, podendo ser preservada eternamente a salvo de qualquer alteração vinda do mundo exterior, continuando o mesmo sábio de sempre, o sedentário que usa camisetas gola pólo e é fã de certo encanador bigodudo.
Porém o guardião notou que a mesma luz que o protegia do mundo exterior, também acabava ofuscando sua visão para determinados assuntos; E foi ai que começaram os problemas...
...Após descobrir que a mesma luz que o protegia durante todo o tempo, também ofuscava sua visão, o guardião acabou entrando em uma crise existencial.
Então através de sua sabedoria, o guardião notou que duas forças interiores estavam entrando em conflito, pois uma pequena sombra começava a tomar forma em meio à luz, e esta sombra começou a aumentar de tamanho e disputar por espaço, causando um Caos que não poderia ser controlado tão facilmente, obrigando aquele que antes era tido como Iluminado, a fazer duras escolhas, pois este já não sabia distinguir Luz de Trevas, Passado de Futuro, Quem era e o que Queria...
...Então, após o Caos ter sido instalado devido ao surgimento das Trevas no guardião, um mundo novo de escolhas e possibilidades aparenta ter surgido diante de seus olhos, porém, estas escolhas levariam a um aumento do seu lado sombrio.
Sendo este um mundo mais escuro que o normal, é muito fácil se perder nele, necessitando de mais força física do que intelectual. E devido a ser um território fora de sua área de conforto, mais precisamente em sua área de conflito, alguns pensamentos sombrios começam a surgir em sua mente, sendo necessário certo cuidado para não expor demais tais pensamentos. Porém, devido sua sabedoria ainda estar preservada, o guardião nota que deve dissipar todo esse lado negro antes que seja corrompido por ele, então começa a fazer coisas que ninguém imaginaria que ele fosse capaz de fazer, porém acaba sendo criticado por seus mais próximos.
Sendo este, um prólogo para o 4º Movimento, onde tudo deverá ser decidido, se as Trevas tomarão conta do guardião, ou a Luz voltará a iluminar (Só o tempo poderá dizer!)...
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.
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
Get startup and exporting advice for free! It is our privilege to be able to announce that the Irish Export Cooperative will be taking part in getting SME’s exporting at the RDS for businessexpo.ie. Amongst many of the opportunities available, the Export Coop will be in the ‘Export Pavilion’ assisting the attendees of the exposition to find out more information and to get exporting. This incredible initiative, the National Business Expo, is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of starting up or already involved in a small, medium or micro enterprise in Ireland. The show ranges from start up supports to finance workshops to incredible speakers and events. For just two days, the RDS will be a showcase for everything positive with the sector and a guide for those who have questions about running a small business. And all of this is for free! Registering tickets couldn’t be easier and we would encourage all members to avail of the opportunity to view all that there is on offer. Click here to register for your free tickets to the National Business Expo 2013 If you are interested in the supports that are available, check out the list of those that will be on stand: InterTrade Ireland, Management Works, LIT, Enterprise Ireland, FR Kelly, Credit Review Office, County Enterprise Boards, Bank of Ireland, Microfinance Ireland, Vodafone, 11890, UPC, Kernel Capital, Sage, Grant Thornton, Irish Times and RTE Radio One amongst many other exhibitors and speakers. Amongst many of the workshops and seminars that are offered are: new market entry, e-commerce, mobile marketing, social media, business productivity, space as a service, selling online, product protection, cloud computing, digital mentoring, business model development, senior enterprise, women in business, exporting, credit clinics, setting up a company and r&d tax credit amongst a host more over 2 days. Also, why not check out and share our micro site on the businessexpo.ie main site.
Dalam sebuah karya yang telah dihasilkan perlu adanya penilaian terkait dengan karya tersebut. Resensi merupakan sebuah tulisan yang berisi tentang penilaian sebuah karya, bisa berupa buku ataupun film. Resensi sebuah karya tidak hanya dipajang di beberapa surat kabar maupun majalah. Resensi digelar di kampus, televisi, radio, toko buku, ataupun internet. Bahkan sebagian besar surat kabar telah menyediakan kolom atau halaman khusus untuk memajang masalah perbukuan ini.
Dalam kegiatan resensi, juga perlu adanya penelitian yang seimbang. Penilaian yang seimbang akan memberikan makna tersendiri bagi penulis, penerbit, dan pembaca.
Resesi diperlukan untuk mengetahui informasi dari sebuah buku. Buku yang diresensi merupakan buku yang baru diterbitkan. Melalui resensi, masyarakat pembaca dapat memperoleh informasi tentang penting tidaknya buku itu untuk dibaca dengan berbagai keunggulan dan kelemahan yang terdapat pada buku tersebut.
Menulis resensi berarti menyampaikan informasi mengenai ketetapan buku bagi pembaca. Didalamnya disajikan berbagai ulasan mengenai buku tersebut dari berbagai segi. Ulasan ini dikaitkan dengan selera pembaca dalam upaya memenuhi kebutuhan akan bacaan yang dapat dijadikan acuan bagi kepentingannya. Dalam makalah ini akan dibahas segala sesuatu tentang resensi yaitu pengertian atau definisi ,tujuan resensi dan sebagainya.
1.2 Rumusan Masalah
1. Apa itu pengertian resensi?
2. Apa saja tujuan resensi?
3. Apa sajakah dasar-dasar resensi?
4. Bagaimana pola tulisan resensi?
5. Apa sajakah langkah-langkah meresensi buku?
6. apa sajakah unsur-unsur resensi?
1.3 Tujuan Penulisan
1. Untuk mengetahui pengertian resensi
2. Untuk mengetahui tujuan resensi
3. Untuk mengetahui dasar-dasar resensi
4. Untuk mengetahui pola tulisan resensi
5. Untuk mengetahui langkah-langkah meresensi buku
6. untuk mengetahui apa saja unsur-unsur resensi
2.1 Pengertian Resensi
Resensi adalah suatu tulisan atau ulasan mengenai nilai sebuah hasil karya, baik itu buku, novel, majalah, komik, film, kaset, CD, VCD, maupun DVD. Tujuan resensi adalah menyampaikan informasi kepada para pembaca tentang sebuah karya.
Resensi berasal dari bahasa latin, yaitu dari kata kerja revidere atau recensere. Artinya melihat kembali, menimbang, atau menilai. Arti yang sama untuk istilah itu dalam bahasa Belanda dikenal sebagai recensie, sedangkan dalam bahasa Inggris dikenal dengan istilah review. Tiga istilah itu mengacu pada hal yang sama, yaitu mengulas sebuah buku.
Di Indonesia, resensi sering juga diistilahkan dengan timbangan buku, tinjauan buku, dan bedah buku. Adapun menurut Webster Collegate Dictionary (1995), reviewadalah a critical evaluation of a book, karena itu pada hakikatnya resensi haruslah menjelaskan apa adanya suatu buku; kelebihan dan kekurangan buku itu. Resensi adalah suatu tulisan atau ulasan mengenai nilai sebuah hasil karya atau buku. Resensi adalah suatu jenis karangan yang berisi pertimbangan baik atau buruknya suatu karya. Resensi bertujuan untuk menyampaikan kepada pembaca apakah sebuah buku atau hasil karya itu patut mendapat sambutan dari masyarakat atau tidak. Bertolak dari tujuannya, resensi bermanfaat bagi para pembaca untuk menentukan perlu tidaknya membaca buku tertentu atau perlu tidaknya menikmati suatu hasil karya seni. Dalam arti lebih luas, resensi dibuat juga untuk memberikan pertimbangan-pertimbangan terhadap karya-karya seni lainnya seperti drama, film, dan sebuah pementasan. Karena pertimbangan yang disampaikan penulis resensi itu harus disesuaikan dengan selera pembaca, maka sebuah resensi yang disiarkan sebuah majalah mungkin tidak sama dengan yang disiarkan pada majalah lain. Tindakan meresensi buku dapat berarti memberikan penilaian, mengungkap kembali isi buku, membahas, atau mengkritik buku.
Dengan pengertian yang cukup luas itu, maksud ditulisnya resensi buku tentu menginformasikan isi buku kepada masyarakat luas. Dalam meresensi sebuah karya harus berkaitan dengan kualitas dari karya yang sedang dicermati atau diresensi tersebut. Penilaian tersebut harus dilakukan secara seimbang dan proporsional. Maksudnya ialah tidak boleh seorang peresensi tersebut hanya memberikan penilaiannya yang positifnya saja atau tidak tepat juga jika resensi itu hanya dilakukan untuk menilai kelemahan dan kekurangannya saja.
Jika diklasifikasikan, ada tiga bidang garapan resensi, yaitu (a) buku, baik fiksi maupun non fiksi; (b) pementasan seni, seperti film, sinetron, drama, musik, atau kaset; (c) pameran seni, baik seni lukis maupun seni patung.
Secara umum, resensi dibagi menjadi tiga, yaitu:
1.Deskriptif, ialah mengggambarkan dan menjelaskan tentang karya seseorang secara menyeluruh, baik dari segi isi, penulisannya, maupun penciptanya (creator). Resensi ini tidak sampai pada penilaian kritik (bagus/tidak) si penulis terhadap karya yang dia resensi. Dia hanya menjelaskan secara singkat tentang isi, proses, dan pencipta sebuah karya.
2.Deskriptif evaluatif, ialah melakukan penilaian terhadap sebuah karya lebih dalam daripada yang pertama. Dia tidak hanya menggambarkan, tapi menilai sebuah karya secara keseluruhan dengan kritis dan argumentatif. Sehingga ada kesimpulan pada akhir resensi apakah karya yang diresensi baik kualitasnya atau tidak.
3.Deskriptif-komparatif, ialah mencoba melakukan penilaian pada sebuah karya dengan cara membandingkan karya orang lain yang memiliki kesamaan atau keterkaitan secara isi dan materi. Selain membutuhkan analisa mendalam dan kritis, resensi ini juga membutuhkan pengetahuan dan wawasan luas. Karena tidak hanya satu karya yang harus dipahami, namun karya-karya lain yang berhubungan dengan karya yang dia resensi juga harus pula dia pahami.
Namun, ada juga yang berpendapat bahwa tiga jenis resensi buku adalah :
1. Informatif; maksudnya, isi dari resensi hanya secara singkat dan umum dalam, menyampaikan keseluruhan isi buku.
2. Deskriptif; maksudnya, ulasan bersifat detail pada tiap bagian/bab.
3. Kritis; maksudnya, resensi berbentuk ulasan detail dengan metodologi ilmu pengetahuan tertentu. Isi dari resensi biasanya kritis dan objektif dalam menilai isi buku.
Ketiga jenis resensi di atas tidak baku. Bisa jadi resensi jenis informatif namun memuat analisa deskripsi dan kritis. Dengan demikian, ketiganya bisa diterapkan bersamaan.
2.2 Tujuan Resensi
Sebelum meresensi, hendaknya peresensi memahami tujuan resensi. Berikut adalah tujuan resensi :
a.Menyampaikan informasi kepada pembaca apakah sebuah karya patut mendapat sambutan atau tidak.
b.Menunjukkan kepada para pembaca layak tidaknya sebuah buku dibaca.
c.Mengajak pembaca untuk memikirkan, merenungkan, dan mendiskusikan lebih jauh fenomena atau problema yang muncul dalam sebuah buku.
d.Memberitahukan kepada pembaca perihal buku-buku baru dan ulasan kelebihan maupun kekurangan buku tersebut.
Untuk menulis resensi, kita harus memerhatikan dari sisi latar belakang dan nilai buku.
Agar resensi bermanfaat bagi para pembaca, maka penulis mulai menyajikan resensi dengan mengemukakan latar belakang buku itu, dimulai dengan tema dari karangan buku tersebut. Penyajian temanya secara singkat itu dapat juga dilengkapi dengan deskripsi buku tersebut, sehingga para pembaca yang belum tahu dapat memperoleh gambaran mengenai isi buku tersebut. Deskripsi buku itu bukan hanya tentang isinya tetapi juga dapat menyangkut badan mana yang menerbitkan buku itu, kapan dan di mana diterbitkan, berapa tebalnya, dan formatnya. Penulis resensi juga dapat memperkenalkan pengarangnya: namanya, ketenaran yang diperolehnya, buku atau karya mana yang telah ditulisnya, atau mengapa ia sampai menulis buku itu.
b.Macam dan Jenis Buku
Para pembaca memiliki selera yang berbeda. Oleh karena itu, penulis resensi harus membuat klasifikasi mengenai buku tersebut. Dengan memasukkannya ke dalam kelas buku tertentu, akan mudah menunjukkan persamaan dan perbedaan dari buku-buku lain, sehingga pembaca akan tertarik untuk membacanya dan ingin mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai buku tersebut.
Untuk memberikan evaluasi terhadap sebuah buku yaitu dengan cara mengemukakan segi-segi yang menarik dari buku itu. Mengenai keunggulan buku, peresensi pertama-tama mempersoalkan kerangka buku itu, hubungan antarsatu bagian dengan bagian yang lain. Yang kedua untuk menilai dari dekat sebuah buku, penulis resensi juga mempersoalkan bagaimana isinya. Hal yang ketiga dari masalah buku yaitu bahasa yang digunakan, bagaimana bahasa penulis dalam menulis buku tersebut. Menilai sebuah buku berarti memberi saran kepada para pembaca untuk menolak atau menerima kehadiran buku itu. Penulis resensi harus tetap berusaha untuk memberi kesan kepada pembaca bahwa penilaiannya telah diberikan secara tepat dan objektif.
Dengan memberikan gambaran mengenai latar belakang dan mengemukakan pokok-pokok yang menjadi sasaran penilaian, peresensi sebenarnya telah memberikan pendapatnya mengenai nilai buku itu. Mengkritik berarti memberi pertimbangan, menilai, dan menunjukkan kelebihan-kelebihan buku itu secara penuh tanggung jawab. Tugas utamanya peresensi yaitu membuat penilaian secara jujur dan objektif terhadap sebuah buku, menganalisis tujuan penulisan buku, kualifikasi penulisnya, serta membandingkannya dengan buku-buku lain. Sebelum menulis resensi, seseorang harus membaca buku yang akan diresensi secara utuh. Di bawah ini, beberapa hal yang dapat dijadikan pedoman menyusun resensi, yaitu:
1.Penulis resensi harus mengetahui jenis buku yang akan diresensi;
2.Sebutkan keunggulan buku tersebut;
3.Dimanakah letak kelebihan buku tersebut; pada penyampaiannya, plotnya, bahasanya, gambaran latarnya, penyusunannya, atau isinya;
4.Sebutkan kelebihan dan kelemahannya. Memberikan kritik berarti memberikan pertimbangan-pertimbangan;
5.Berikan bukti atas komentar atau pertimbangan dengan mengutip kata atau kalimat yang dibicarakan.
Untuk mempermudah menyusun resensi, petunjuk teknis di bawah ini dapat diikuti:
a.Bacalah buku secara global, untuk mengetahui sekilas dan secara cepat isi buku yang akan diresensi;
b.Bacalah buku tersebut untuk kedua kalinya dan mencatat hal-hal yang akan diungkapkan dalam resensi;
c.Tulislah kesan yang timbul setelah membaca buku. Kesan tersebut dapat dijadikan judul resensi;
d.Mulailah menulis resensi.
Caranya sebagai berikut:
-Tulislah judul resensi;
-Tulislah judul buku yang akan diresensi;
-Tulislah nama pengarang buku tersebut;
-Jika buku tersebut merupakan buku terjemahan, tulislah judul dan pengarang aslinya, serta penerjemahnya;
-Tulislah tebal buku/jumlah halaman;
-Tulislah tubuh resensi;
-Sebutkan jenis buku yang diresensi;
-Sebutkan pokok persoalan dalam buku tersebut;
-Tulislah alur ceritanya;
-Tulislah kesan atau ulasan alur tersebut.
Ini adalah cara meresensi yang biasa digunakan dalam buku-buku fiksi. Selain harus menguasai isi buku, peresensi juga harus mencari perimbangan antara jalan cerita (plot, sinopsis) dan tema cerita. Kadang dipaparkan juga tentang proses kreatif pembuatan karya oleh penulis buku itu sementara isi buku sendiri hanya dipaparkan sekilas saja. Perbedaan antara resensi buku dan resensi film terletak pada latar belakangnya saja. Jika pada resensi buku jumlah halaman/tebal buku, isi buku, dan tempat terbitnya, maka pada resensi film terdapat berapa lama film tersebut (durasi waktunya), dan harga dari film tersebut. Dari segi isi, antara resensi film dan resensi tidak ada perbedaan.
2.3 Dasar-dasar Resensi
Dasar-dasar resensi juga perlu diketahui agar peresensi dapat meresensi sebuah karya dengan benar. Berikut dasar-dasar resensi :
a.Peresensi memahami sepenuhnya tujuan pengarang buku itu.
b.Peresensi menyadari sepenuhnya tujuan meresensi karena sangat menentukan corak resensi yang akan dibuat.
c.Peresensi memahami betul latar belakang pembaca yang menjadi sasarannya, misal selera, tingkat pendidikan, dari kalangan macam apa asalnya, dan sebagainya.
d.Peresensi memahami karakteristik media cetak yang akan memuat resensi. Setiap media cetak mempunyai identitas, termasuk dalam visi dan misi. Dengan demikian, kita akan mengetahui kebijakan dan resensi macam apa yang disukai oleh redaksi. Kesukaan redaksi dimuat biasanya sesuai dengan visi dan misinya. Misalnya, majalah sastra tidak menampilkan resensi buku tentang teknik. Jenis buku yang dimuat pasti buku yang berkaitan dengan masalah ekonomi.
Kegiatan meresensi buku pada hakikatnya melakukan penilaian terhadap buku. Menilai berarti mengulas, mempertimbangkan, mengkritik, dan menunjukkan kelebihan-kelebihan serta kekurangan-kekurangan buku dengan penuh tanggung jawab. Dengan penuh tanggung jawab artinya mengajukan dasar-dasar atau argumen terhadap pendapatnya, dan kriteria-kriteria yang dipergunakan untuk membentuk pendapatnya itu, serta data yang meyakinkan (dengan menyajikan kutipan-kutipan yang tepat dan relevan). Akan tetapi, sasaran penilaian (organisasi, isi, bahasa, dan teknik) itu sering sulit diterapkan secara mekanis. Suatu unsur, sering lebih mendapat tekanan daripada unsur yang lain. Hal yang patut diperhatikan sebaiknya tidak menggunakan salah satu unsur untuk menilai keseluruhan buku. Nilai buku akan lebih jelas apabila dibandingkan dengan karya-karya sejenis, baik yang ditulis oleh pengarang itu sendiri maupun yang ditulis oleh pengarang lain. Bahasa resensi biasanya singkat-padat, tegas, dan tandas. Pemilihan karakter bahasa yang digunakan disesuaikan dengan karakter media cetak yang akan memuatnya dan karakter pembaca yang akan menjadi sasarannya. Pemilihan karakter bahasa berkaitan erat dengan masalah penyajian tulisan. Misalnya, tulisan yang runtut kalimatnya, ejaannya benar, dan tidak panjang lebar (bertele-tele). Di samping itu, penyajian tulisan resensi bersifat padat, singkat, mudah ditangkap, menarik, dan enak dibaca baik itu oleh redaktur (penanggung jawab rubrik) maupun pembaca. Kita perlu membiasakan diri membaca resensi itu dengan menempatkan diri sebagai redaktur atau pembaca. Untuk itu, jadikanlah diri kita seolah-olah redaktur atau pembaca. Dengan cara ini, emosi sebagai penulis bisa ditanggalkan. Kita akan mampu melihat kekuatan dan kelemahan resensi kita.
Selanjutnya, untuk peresensi sendiri memiliki syarat tertentu yaitu peresensi sebaiknya memiliki bekal pengetahuan yang memadai untuk memahami isi yang akan diresensi. Peresensi yang sama sekali tidak tahu sastra dan tidak pernah membaca buku-buku sastra, tentu akan sulit jika diminta meresensi novel-novel sastra. Ada satu penerbitan di Amerika Serikat, yang isi sepenuhnya ialah resensi-resensi buku. Yang hebat, para penulis resensi itu bukan orang sembarangan, tetapi para ahli dan pakar (beberapa di antaranya para pemenang Hadiah Nobel). Buku yang diresensi pun yaitu karya terpilih, juga karangan orang-orang hebat. Dengan membaca resensi semacam itu, yang ditulis oleh mereka yang sangat menguasai bidang keahliannya, pembaca mendapat tambahan ilmu pengetahuan yang luar biasa. Menurut Daniel Samad, peresensi buku sastra harus dapat menyampaikan dua lapis penilaian atau pertimbangan, yakni nilai literer dan manfaat untuk hidup. Nilai literer terungkap dari kegiatannya yang disebut apresiasi sastra dan manfaat untuk hidup terungkap dari apresiasinya atas kebutuhan masyarakat.peresensi dapat menyoroti salah satu dari bahan resensi yang ditinjau dari segi bahasa yakni biasanya bernas (singkat-padat), dan tegas. Pemilihan karakter bahasa yang digunakan disesuaikan dengan karakter media cetak yang akan memuat dan karakter pembaca yang akan menjadi sasarannya.
a.Tidak basi. Jika dibandingkan dengan tulisan lain, seperti berita, artikel, dan karangan khas (features), resensi lebih tahan lama. Artinya, andaipun resensi dikembalikan oleh redaksi, resensi itu masih bisa dikirim ke media lain. Demikian pula buku yang diresensi, tidak harus buku yang baru terbit. Kita boleh meresensi buku yang terbit setahun lalu, asalkan buku itu belum pernah dimuat di media yang akan dituju. Meskipun demikian, pada umumnya buku yang diresensi yaitu buku-buku yang baru terbit.
b.Menambah wawasan. Informasi dari buku sangat berguna untuk menambah wawasan berpikir dan mengasah daya kritis. Kita juga bisa menilai apakah buku itu bermutu atau tidak.
2.4 Pola Tulisan Resensi
Ada tiga pola tulisan resensi buku, yaitu :
a.Meringkas (sinopsis) berarti menyajikan semua persoalan buku secara padat dan jelas. Sebuah buku biasanya menyajikan banyak persoalan. Persoalan-persoalan itu sebaiknya diringkas. Untuk itu, perlu dipilih sejumlah masalah yang dianggap penting dan ditulis dalam surat uraian singkat.
b.Menjabarkan (deskripsi) berarti mengungkapkan hal-hal menonjol dari sinopsis yang sudah dibuat. Jika perlu, bagian-bagian yang mendukung uraian-uraian itu dikutip.
c.Mengulas berarti menyajikan uraian sebagai berikut:
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Commercial Real Estate Tips
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During hot and cool home sale periods, there are homes which simply have difficulty generating buyer interest. While homes around it have offers coming in, they remain largely unseen and do not sell. The trick others have often discovered isn't just about pricing the home right. Or finding the perfect real estate agent. It's usually the homeowners have hired or taken the lead of a home stager.
What is Home Staging?
Home staging is the process of making a house look not only presentable to potential buyers, but look like their future home. Staging involves rearranging and/or updating the home's interior furniture and decor, de-cluttering and adding curb appeal. In general, a staged home is a clean, well-lit home depersonalized from the current resident.
What Are the Basics of Home Staging?
Home staging is about one fundamental principle--making the home look more like a new construction model than a family's home. Fit for a brochure is another way to think of home staging. But it involves these key factors:
Clean and Clear
The first thing which needs to be done is to lighten the load inside the home. Meaning, de-cluttering the space. Taking down family photos and other personal items is a must. Anything which personalizes the space has to be removed because it acts as a mental barrier to potential buyers. In addition, scrubbing the floors, freshening up the walls with some paint and dusting thoroughly is absolutely necessary.
Light the Space
Curtains and blinds are cleaned and opened. The more light inside a home, the better. It not only helps to "connect" the outside space, it makes the house appear more open. It also promotes a sense of warmth.
Enhance Curb Appeal
Mow the yard. Pull weeds. Plant colorful flowers and plants along the walkway and place potted plants or flowers near the door. Pressure wash the exterior walls and roof, along with the garage floor and driveway. If the paint looks worn even after the pressure washing, it's time to slap on a coat of paint.
Highlight Key Features
Pools, fireplaces, spas, kitchens and baths. These are key features in any home. Making them stand out is very important to staging the home properly. Using furnishings and decor, make those key features pop with pizzazz. Color goes a long way in making a home more inviting. Lastly, get some inspiration from home staging magazines. Or, look online at staged homes for guidance.
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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"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."