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Discos is a peyote stitch disc shaped beaded bead tutorial with step by step instructions and 17 process photos. A sample page is pictured above. This is an Intermediate skill level project, but Advanced Beginners with a working of knowledge of Circular Peyote Stitch should be able to accomplish it.

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The finished beaded bead is 15 x 8mm. The 12 x 4mm base bead for this project is not widely available but you can purchase them here in my shop. I have them in 2 finishes:


The pattern, once learned, is very adaptable and variations can easily be made using ordinary washers purchased at any hardware store. See the last picture above for examples of variations.

Materials you will need are:
size 15 Japanese seed beads
size 11 Japanese seed beads
size 11 Delicas
0 or B Nymo (or other fine beading thread)
size 12 beading needle
base beads (as described above)

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This listing is for the tutorial only and not for any of the finished beads or jewelry pictured.

You may sell items made with the finished beads but only on the condition that you credit me as the designer. The tutorial itself is protected under copyright law and must not be reproduced, distributed, published or taught without my express permission.

          Avis important aux grands voyageurs cactophiles (cf2) (3 réponses)   
Bonjour !

Toujours à la recherche de taxons impossibles à trouver sous forme de graines, je fais appel à tous les voyageurs cactophiles qui iraient visiter quelque pays d'Amérique que ce soit, y compris les USA ou le Canada.

Pour Taxonomie des Cactaceae "Description des espèces" vol.3 et 4, j'ai besoin de compléter la galerie des photos des graines au microscope numérique. Il reste encore environ 600 taxons à trouver (j'en ai déjà 2000...).

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Je serais heureux de trouver des volontaires pour me rapporter quelques graines des espèces manquantes, notamment des Opuntioidées, que l'on ignore généralement au niveau graines, surtout le genre Opuntia et Cylindropuntia, et d'une manière générale, toutes les graines manquantes sur la liste actualisée que vous pouvez consulter et imprimer.


Comme cette liste concerne tous les taxons, si vous désirez une liste des taxons manquants du pays que vous allez visiter, je peux vous en envoyer une via mon e-mail (joel@cactus-aventures.com)

Vos conditions seront les miennes (je ne paye pas le voyage ! ;-) ), j'offre à tous les contributeurs, les droits sur toutes les photos qui seront obtenues des graines, et ils seront dûment cités dans les ouvrages.

De votre côté, pour chaque taxon, il sera nécessaire d'avoir la localisation et une photo, car les identifications ne seront pas toujours possibles sur le terrain et il peut y avoir confusion.

Je sais que c'est un travail de titan, bien pire que celui des deux premiers volumes, mais je souhaite cet ouvrage le plus complet possible ! Et on est près d'y parvenir !

Les graines peuvent aussi provenir de collections si elles sont bien identifiées ou avec photos des plantes et des fruits si possible.
Le facteur temps est avec nous, la publication ne devrait pas intervenir avant 2021 ! :-/

Merci aux 50 personnes qui travaillent déjà sur ce projet de collectes de graines : je viens de recevoir de la part de "forumeurs" une offre de graines de Cleistocactus candelilla ssp piraymirensis, Selenicereus vagans et de Micranthocereus violaciflorus : les petits ruisseaux font les grandes rivières ! Merci à Fred et à Philippe !

D'avance, merci !
           John McEnroe's autobiography shows star's vulnerable side    
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          Chopped Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing   

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          BLOG: The seed of greed   
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          Yardsellr Scores $5 Million Series A From Accel To Become The eBay Of Facebook   
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          Good Foods For Health and Keeping the Weight Off   
Here are five "good for you" foods that will fill you full of nutrients, fill you up (to help you lose weight easier and quicker), and provide plenty of antioxidant fighting power to help prevent disease -- even the simple common cold.

1. Papaya

An untapped treasure of nutrients. One-half of this exotic fruit provides almost as much potassium as a banana and more than 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C. It's also a good source of the cancer-fighting beta-carotene. Plus, papaya is also low in calories for its bulk and size. 1 papaya = only 58 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber (1 papaya has over 12% of your daily recommended allowance).

Papaya is also an excellent source of natural digestive enzymes. Giving your digestive system a little help with your 5-6 meals a day eating pattern is a smart thing to do. Folic acid is another strong point for papaya as it contains 15% of the USRDA.

2. Kiwi

The strange little fruit in the fuzzy brown wrapper imported from New Zealand proves that good things come in small packages. Each sweet and tangy kiwi fruit provides 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C and 12% of your daily fiber requirement. For a powerful antioxidant punch, kiwi fruit is right up there at the top of the list.

3. Essential Fats

The best sources of this "can't live without" nutrient are fish and plant sources (such as flax seed). Also, another great way to get it is to supplement with carefully pressed oils. The FLORA COMPANY makes the best ones; they invented the extraction process of getting oil from the seeds without using heat (heat destroys the beneficial effects of essential fats).

Finally, don't be scared of the word fat. This type of fat actually helps you lose fat. Salud!

4. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has long been known as the "dieter's friend". And it deserves its reputation as the one food a dieter should never be without. It is one of the most bioavailable sources of protein available. There are few better protein sources for building muscle and helping you lose fat.

And it's in the "helping you lose fat" department where it shines. You see, almost all dairy foods contain a very powerful substance called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Numerous studies have revealed the powerful fat-inducing and muscle building effects of this compound.

However, with the push for lower fat foods over the past couple of decades, including low-fat dairy, the amount of CLA we get today pales in comparison to what we used to receive. You see, CLA is found in high concentrations in the fat of dairy products. And with the push to lower our overall fat intake we inadvertently are also lowering our CLA intake as well.

This is not insignificant, as the studies on CLA have shown it is a very powerful fat loss stimulator. Animals and human subjects supplementing with CLA have shown over a 60%+ decrease in body fat.

This is one of the reasons I recommend full-fat, not low-fat, cottage cheese. The fat in the cottage cheese contains high amounts of the CLA that will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle (another beneficial effect the studies discovered).

If your overall diet is derived from mostly natural foods that contain little fat then eating full-fat cottage cheese will still place you far below the amounts typically eaten by most people. Plus, the fat it does contain promotes fat loss.

Finally, the protein found in cottage cheese contains 2 important muscle-building properties.

First, it contains high amounts of Glutamine, which is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It is extremely important to make sure you get enough glutamine in your diet because of the high demand for it by your body. If not supplied by your diet your body will pull it from other areas in your body high in glutamine. And this is practically any muscle group in your body. This can potentially compromise the lean muscle you're trying desperately hard to increase.

Finally, cottage cheese is composed of effective combinations of whey and casein protein. Whey is a fast acting protein that, when eaten, gets into your bloodstream very quickly. Casein is a much slower, timed-release type of protein. It's important to get both of these as they each have unique benefits that will help build muscle quicker and more effectively than most any other natural protein source.

5. Protein Powders

Protein powders are probably the food product most responsible for building better bodies than any other supplement in the world. And I say this with conviction. From numerous studies and real-world experience, an increased protein intake ALWAYS leads to greater muscularity and increased lean muscle mass, especially for those that were not supplementing with protein powder supplements before. The effect, in most cases, is very dramatic.

Increasing one's protein intake is a very reliable way to increase lean muscle accretion on your body. Most people don't take this serious enough. They think, "I get plenty of protein from the foods I eat."

Nothing could be further from the truth. In order to put serious amounts of lean muscle on your body you have to supplement with much more protein than the USRDA recommends (and even women want to build as much lean muscle tissue as they can - more muscle helps burn more fat).

Of course it's assumed you're also employing a serious weight-training program as well. Extra protein all by itself will do very little to build more muscle tissue. You have to create the demand in the weight room in order to use the extra protein to rebuild your muscles.

Even if you've been taking in 1 gram of protein for every pound of bodyweight in the past, once you up your protein intake into the neighborhood of 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, you should see immediate results.

Your muscles will feel fuller and harder, and you should also feel leaner. A higher protein intake (as long as carbohydrates are kept in check) almost always leads to increased muscularity and reduced body fat.

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          Identity is not always Community   
A few days ago, Rajdeep Sardesai, generally a liberal, reasonable and likable voice in the Indian TV media, tweeted,

Big day for my goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!! @manoharparrikar and Suresh Prabhu.
I cringed. And not just as someone who, through the random genetic lottery, was born in a family whose caste label reads Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB). I was particularly disappointed that an otherwise progressive voice was echoing such medieval sentiments. I tweeted back my disagreement and gave in to the hashtag impulse, labeling it #SaraswatShame. The hashtag was half in jest, half in disappointment, and not exactly accurate, but we'll come to that later.

I was not the only one who found fault with his tweet. Many people pushed back, with the responses ranging from outright abuse to expressions of disappointment. Rajdeep doubled down, responding,

 proud GSB, proud Goan, proud Indian. No contradiction.
And yesterday, he defended himself at length in a column in Hindustan Times titled Identity is not always destiny.

The title of the column is perfect, because identity may not always be destiny, but identity is not always "community" either. In fact, the core of my disagreement with Sardesai lies in conflating caste with community, and placing caste identity in the same bracket as being from a state or a country.

I hate writing stuff like "Oxford/Webster's dictionary defines community as....." so I'll leave it to you to look up exactly what the definition is. But the way I see it, a community is shaped and defined through some common experience or attitude/outlook.

I consider myself a part of many many communities. I am part of Indian, American, Indian-American, Punekar, Mumbaikar, New Yorker, Maharashtrian, Marathi, etc. communities as a result of sharing geography or language and/or nationality with others in that group. I am part of Engineer, IIM, MBA, PhD, Penn State, Academia, Marketing, etc, communities as a result of sharing my education or career related experiences with others in that group. Thinking test cricket is the best sport ever makes me part of the test cricket puritan community. Loving the Pittsburgh Steelers team and cheering it on every season makes me part of the Steeler Nation.

I am not sure what experience or attitude or outlook would or should make me consider myself (and with unabashed pride) part of the GSB community, at least in the 21st century. I can understand caste being considered a source of community identity a century or two ago, when people lived more or less segregated into those castes. But then we all generally realized that the caste system isn't the best topology to adopt if we want to build a good society, because the system seeded and engendered discrimination on the basis of birth.

Almost all Indians I know think (or at least say) that the caste system is a relic that should be relegated to irrelevance in an ideal society. Then a good start would be to think of caste as irrelevant, not as a specious source of pride. And that's where Sardesai's tweet had a problem - by perpetuating that which should ideally be irrelevant.

Sardesai drops a lot of names, from Sachin Tendulkar to Deepika Padukone, when enumerating the "enormous contributions" of our supposed community. But what exactly do Rajdeep or I as GSBs have in common meaningfully with Sachin Tendulkar as a GSB, that we don't with Ajinkya Rahane, also from Mumbai and not (as far as I can tell) a GSB? What have we as GSBs shared with other GSBs other than simply the label of being called GSBs?

Is it the most commonly defined culinary feature of GSBs - we have religious sanction to eat fish? Heh! We do not have religious sanction to eat steaks but clearly both Sardesai and I enjoy a good slab of succulent cow meat.

I don't really consider myself part of the Saraswat "community" and so don't really feel #SaraswatShame in Sardesai's bizarre views. I know being Saraswat is a tiny irrelevant trivial part of my identity, but it's no more defining of me than my identity as a guy with black hair. And I am surprised that someone like Sardesai is conflating such an irrelevant expression of identity with community.

What is the basis of defining this community other than just the label identifying ourselves as such?

Shared history? I won't go into the specifics of the problems with the history-based argument Sardesai makes in his column, mainly because Kaustubh has done it splendidly already.

But history brings me to the other problem with the "Saraswat Pride" sentiment that Sardesai espouses. And that's the history of the privileged and powerful position that brahmins in general, including GSBs, used to hold in the caste system with legal sanction until recently. We had a monopoly on education and on running the religion. We were the "haves" in a system that perpetrated the vilest atrocities, violent as well as insidious, on a large swathe of the population we defined as lower caste or caste-less.

As Sardesai notes a little fallaciously

In this political milieu, the Brahmins have usually lost out because their numerical strength doesn’t justify greater political representation. Which is why it is significant that Parrikar and Prabhu made the cut.
This is a point on which I recently had an argument with some fellow Marathi Brahmin friends as well. This weird self-pitying victim mentality that many Brahmins have about not being uber-dominant in politics the way we are in almost every other aspect of Indian society, from industry to academia to entertainment. Never mind that the proportion of Prime Ministers, Presidents, Chief Ministers, and Governors over the years from the Brahmin community is probably at least 3 times the proportion of Brahmins in the general population (caveat - I haven't crunched the numbers, but I strongly suspect this to be the case based on what I could remember).

But we still love indulging in this weird victim mentality in the "political milieu". Never mind that both guys Sardesai mentions have held positions of political power in the past. Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa and Prabhu was a cabinet minister in the last BJP government as well.

Regardless of all this, even if you grant the factually questionable premise that Brahmins are deprived of political power as a result of caste-based politics prevalent in many parts of the country, this cannot be viewed as divorced from history, especially in a democracy. Autocratic rule allowed higher castes to monopolize power, resources, and education for centuries. If 6 decades of democracy has resulted in a backlash electorally, well, suck it up.

Related to this, someone asked me online, "Why do you have problems with Sardesai touting Saraswat pride but you have no problems with people celebrating historic Dalit or OBC achievements in politics?"

I couldn't believe that I had to actually explain it, but here is what I said. Dalit or OBC leaders achieving a position of power after centuries of discrimination and systematic disenfranchisement is actually bucking the trend of history. Righting old wrongs in a way. In terms of a sports metaphor, it's like cheering the underdog. On the other hand, when people from a caste that held power, enjoyed monopoly over intellectual resources and were complicit in perpetuating discrimination until recently start gloating about their achievements, it almost suggests they are implying supremacy again.

It's like.......so many commentators, black and from other races, expressed pride and satisfaction in a black man becoming President of the United States. In the historic context, it makes perfect sense. Your expressions of community pride, to not seem distasteful, have to gel with the historic context.

Let's say the next President of America is white. What Sardesai tweeted was the equivalent of a white news anchor like Brian Williams tweeting "White pride!" in response. And responding to criticism with "Proud white guy, proud Jersey guy, proud American! No contradictions."

Because identity is not always community.

          The seed of leading a better life   
By Jeff Smith Special to The PREVIEW Evangelical Christian churches believe getting sinners saved is the main goal of our faith. This is a good thing, but they sometimes miss the lesser, more peripheral goal of just doing good whether someone gets saved or not. “ … seek the peace and prosperity of the city […]
          Hari Tatya by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
It's been a couple of years since I translated anything by PuLa. While considering different options about what to translate next, Hari Tatya stood out as a particular appealing candidate. He is so universally identifiable. Hari Tatya - the eccentric but genial family friend with one foot firmly in the distant past that all kids have encountered growing up. Your Hari Tatya might not have been interested in history. Maybe he was into politics, or science, or even astrology. But that does not take away from the HariTatyaness of all Hari Tatyas.
Usual caveats apply - I cannot even pretend to be a good enough translator to keep most of PuLa's magic intact. But even a fraction of the essence of the character sketch should make it readable. And I have changed or omitted some references to make the essay accessible. And used contemporary phrases and expressions.

A couple of days ago, I heard someone use the phrase "irrefutable proof", and I was suddenly reminded of Hari Tatya. I had heard him say "I have irrefutable proof of this!!" hundreds of times during the course of my childhood in Mumbai. So had everyone else who knew him. So much so, that my grandma's nickname for Hari Tatya was "Mr. Irrefutable Proof". 

There was nothing surprising about his penchant for that phrase, because he is always making claims that can't be justified without irrefutable proof. The guy refuses to inhabit the present. And describes the past as if he can see it unfolding in front of his eyes. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. Obviously, I can't remember the first time I saw him. But I am sure he remembers it vividly.

"Purushottam! Come on, son! How can you not remember? It was a Saturday. Late in the afternoon. How can you not remember?"

That's how he's sure to chide me for forgetting the details of my birth.

The remarkable thing about Hari Tatya was how informally he addressed everyone, be they younger or older than him. He is the only person I ever knew who spoke to my generally feared and respected grandpa like an old chum. Of course, we knew him as grandpa's friend. But he was obviously several years younger. Because he generally treated grandpa with respect and veneration. In his own way. He never used the respectful pronoun as is the norm when speaking to elders in India. But whenever grandpa entered the room,  Hari Tatya would sit up straight. Maybe because grandpa gave him some pocket money to tide him over every month. And often provided him with seed funding for his latest entrepreneurial venture.   

No one in the family can remember exactly when this creature named Hari Tatya became a part of our extended household. My grandfather was a very generous man, and a friend to anyone who tried to be his friend. So it was difficult to predict exactly how many people he'd bring home any given evening to have dinner with the family. Of course, in those days of the big joint family, the occasional dinner guest or two didn't really bother those minding the kitchen. In those days, rice, dal, and flour for a meal were measured not by cupfuls, but by fistfuls. The dinner table was populated by not just immediate family, but also uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins once, twice, several times removed. There was also the occasional son or daughter of a family friend studying in the city, in addition to ABC's brother-in-law and XYZ's neighbor's son-in-law. So at pretty much any meal, there were always a few unexpected guests present. I don't recall many evenings when our joint family of 12 had less than 25 plates laid out for dinner.

My grandma seemed to me like Annapoorna (the goddess of nourishment) reincarnated. Her hands were blessed with some magical touch that imparted rich flavor even on a glass of water she served. So you can imagine how tasty and welcoming any dinner table she laid out was. Hari Tatya joined our family by turning up at one such dinner table. After that, he kept turning up. He was there with us at joyous occasions. He was with us at sad moments. 

But all those years, even as I grew up and looked different every year, Hari Tatya always looked the same. A simple cotton shirt, modest dhoti, and a rarely-washed Gandhi cap. We kids referred to his style of wearing the cap as "Compass Fashion". If his nose pointed east, then the two ends of his cap seemed to align with the North-South axis, like a compass needle.   

I never had any idea what Hari Tatya did for a living. I only knew that grandpa kept helping him start some "promising new business" every few months. Grandpa had always had a dream of owning and running his own business. But his stable and respected position in society, the steady income his job brought him, and the large family depending on that income, made taking any big risks all but impossible. So he lived his entrepreneurial dream vicariously through Hari Tatya by funding Hari Tatya's ambitious albeit modestly scaled business ideas. 

I remember one monsoon season when grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling umbrellas. For the next couple of years, everyone in the family got a new umbrella for free in the first week of June. But I doubt Hari Tatya's umbrella business was profitable any longer than an umbrella mushroom's lifespan. It seemed like grandpa was more devoted to making the umbrella business succeed. I remember he would come home from work in the evening every day and hand Hari Tatya a sheet of paper,

"Here are orders for some umbrellas. Be sure to deliver them to these addresses right away."

Then we kids would accompany Hari Tatya, brand new umbrellas stacked on our heads, making deliveries to customers that grandpa has managed to canvas during his day job. We kids usually didn't move a muscle for anyone else. We'd disappear if anyone else tried to give us a chore. But for Hari Tatya, we didn't mind looking ridiculous walking the streets with those umbrellas on our heads. We loved his company so much, we'd have walked on coals with umbrellas on our heads if he had asked us to.

Hari Tatya told us absorbing stories and taught us fascinating poems and shlokas as we accompanied him. That too at the top of his voice while walking on the street without any regard to passers by. I remember an anecdote from one of our umbrella sorties. We were all walking with those umbrellas stacked on our heads. Hari Tatya told us to put the umbrellas down, and join him on a stone bench on a street square, and regaled us with the story of Sant Ramdas.

He had a truly unique narrative style. As a result of that narrative style, for many years, we kids were under the impression that Hari Tatya, Sant Ramdas, Moropant, Sant Tukaram, Vaman Pandit, Shivaji Maharaj etc. all once lived together in the same neighborhood. Because no matter how far back in the past the event he was narrating had occurred, he effortlessly injected himself into the proceedings. The way he recounted those stories convinced us that he had seen it all unfold in front of his eyes.

"Kids, I tell you, this Ramdas, even as a kid, was quite the character! He would run away and hide somewhere. We'd keep searching, keep seeking, but couldn't find him! His mother would ask us - have you seen my little Narayan anywhere? We'd say, sorry ma'am, we have no idea. Poor woman, she'd keep looking for him all over the village."

"Once she asked the village chief - have you seen my Narayan anywhere? The village chief had the habit of pouncing on any opportunity to be arrogant. He said - Narayan? Which Narayan? There are hundreds of Narayans in this village! Mother said - Please help me, sir. My Narayan. Narayan Thosar. Have you seen him?"

"Poor lady. There were tears in her eyes. And with good reason. Tell me Purushottam, if you go missing some day. And your mother is looking for you everywhere. Won't she tear up? Tell me, Purushottam! Won't she??"

Hari Tatya would narrate this story with so much pathos, that all our eyes would moisten up as well. Then we'd start walking again to make sure the umbrellas were delivered on time. But as our hands held the umbrellas on our heads, our shirt sleeves would be busy wiping our tearful eyes as Hari Tatya continued with Sant Ramdas a.k.a Narayan Thosar's story.

"Narayan's mother was terrified! Fair good-looking little boy. I tell you guys, this Narayan looked so beautiful as a child. Positively radiant.  Plus he'd just had his threading ceremony, and wore a pearl earring. She was aghast - did those Muslim invaders kidnap him to convert him to Islam??? Oh my god!!!"

"And kids, I tell you....those damned Muslim invaders in those days....they weren't decent like Muslims we know today. No! They were just so damn #$%%*&^$#......"

And he'd unleash a barrage of expletives that any other adult would've deemed inappropriate for our supposedly innocent young ears. Maybe it's because of these expletives he let loose so readily, but to our pre-pubescent minds, Hari Tatya seemed like the epitome of valor and courage. 

"So then, hours ticked by. And soon it was afternoon. Still no sign of Narayan! Mother ran home and spread her arms in front of Lord Ram's idol. Ah, how beautiful that idol was, kids, believe me! So divine...."

And Hari Tatya folded his hands to pay respects to that imaginary idol of Lord Ram floating in the air in front of him. We all were still carrying umbrellas. But still, we did our best to twist our arms and pay our respects to the imaginary idol too.

"She said - Goddess Sita, please find me my Narayan, and I will give you an offering of my best clothes and a coconut! Mother said that, and opened the closet to take out her best clothes to offer to the goddess. And lo! Narayan was sitting in the closet!"

"Mother wailed in delight - NAAARAAYANAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!"

And Hari Tatya yelled so loudly, that everyone around us on the street stopped whatever they were doing and started staring at us.

"Mother took Narayan in her arms and said - My son, I have been looking for you all over the village. What are you doing here? .... Do you know Purushottam, what Narayan's response was?"

I shook my head.

"Yeah, well, it's difficult for you to know. How would you know? An innocent little child like you can't even imagine what the future Sant Ramdas said. Narayan said...get this, kids.... Narayan said - Mother, I was pondering the fate of the world"

"That's what he said - I was pondering the fate of the world."

Hari Tatya finished the story. He blew his nose. Then he wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeves. All us little umbrella carriers, or chhatrapatis, had no idea what to do next. Hari Tatya regained control of his demeanor and said,

"Just think Purushottam.... he was about your age. And what did he say? I was pondering the fate of the world! Unbelievable! Simply divine! Tell me Purushottam, do you have such a boy in your class? A boy who will hide in the closet? And say - I was pondering the fate of the world?? Is there? Tell me!"

I meekly shook my head.

"Yeah! So that was Ramdas! Saintly right from his childhood. I have irrefutable proof of this. He went on to become Ramdas Swami.... Sant Ramdas. But just because he was a Sant, don't think he was a softie. You should've seen him flex his muscles. The way his biceps sprang up, almost jumping out of his skin, I tell you! All he had to do was bend his arm ever so slightly, and his bicep would spring up. If you struck his bicep with an iron bar, the iron bar would bend! But Sant Ramdas would barely notice the blow. Barely...."

Hari Tatya kept staring into nothingness for a couple of minutes as if he had just seen Sant Ramdas in the flesh. He smiled a little and gradually shook his head in admiration. 

Then suddenly, as if waking up from a dream, he shook his shoulders. And in a voice completely devoid of the narration-specific baritone,  he said,

"Umm....Purushottam....tell me...Nerulkar...Nerulkar is the guy who lives around the corner from the grocery store, right? How many umbrellas has he ordered? Three, right? Let me check..."

Hari Tatya fished out the sheet from his pocket, verified the order, and led our umbrella-bearing procession to the Nerulkar residence. 

No one in that procession had yet truly returned to the present, to the real world. One kid was visualizing the full scale and strength of Sant Ramdas' legendary biceps. Another was wondering how a well-built 10 year could fit inside a 17th century closet in a poor Brahmin family's house. Yet another was promising himself that when he grew up, he'd work out so intensely that an iron bar would bend when struck on his biceps. With all these anachronistic thoughts in our minds, dreamy expressions on our faces, and umbrellas on our heads, we were helping Hari Tatya run his business.

It goes without saying that the umbrella business didn't last long. None of Hari Tatya's businesses did. The reason was obvious to me. Hari Tatya aspired to run those businesses. But his passion and dedication towards running them was nothing compared to the passion and dedication grandpa had for those businesses. But grandpa's passion and dedication was moot, since he couldn't practically quit his job. And Hari Tatya, who was supposed to run the business, usually inhabited a completely different reality.

Later, grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling agarbattis (incense sticks). So Hari Tatya started walking around with a big bag of agarbattis hanging from his neck. Grandpa and Hari Tatya would discuss the sales of the day every evening. Often, it'd turn out that Hari Tatya had taken 1 rupee from a customer for an agarbatti pack worth 75 paise, and returned 50 paise instead of 25 paise. And on most days, the bag hanging from his neck was as full in the evening as it had been in the morning. 

But still, after all these discussions, on his way out, Hari Tatya would open the door and happily yell at us kids,

"Jai Jai Raghuveer Samartha!" 

That's a line from the Dasbodh - Sant Ramdas' treatise on spiritual and practical matters. It is particularly known among Marathi people for its guidance on practical matters, a ready reckoner for success, if you will. Hari Tatya was a man who kept quoting that practical treatise at every possible opportunity, but remained utterly and truly impractical. He never reached an appointment on time, never left an appointment on time.

Grandpa and Hari Tatya clearly loved each other, cared for each other. But they also spent several nights arguing with each other. Random corners of various rooms in our house were stacked with unsold inventory from Hari Tatya's failed ventures - from umbrellas to agarbattis to books to backpacks. Once in a while, when we eavesdropped on the arguments, what Hari Tatya said was oddly but somehow appropriately unrelated to the business at hand and more relevant to arcane Maratha history,

"Dude, I have irrefutable proof of this! Come with me to Maval right now! I can literally see where that horse Krishna's hooves landed!" 

And truly, Hari Tatya could probably see where those hooves has landed centuries ago. I often wonder if Hari Tatya's default existence was in the distant past, in the golden age of the Maratha empire. The odd occasion when he acknowledged the 20th century was probably like a dream to him.

"So there we all were. Standing in the royal court with Shivaji Maharaj on the throne. And they brought in the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! A true beauty if I ever saw one! And as the victorious king, Shivaji Maharaj had the right to have his way with her. She was his for the taking. She was so damn beautiful, I tell you guys! And her flawless milky white complexion! She was at least 6 times as fair as this girl Yami everyone thinks is so fair. And I'm not making this up, boys. I have irrefutable proof of this!"

When I was a kid, our neighbor Yami Gokhale was the benchmark of fair complexion. She had the whitest skin we ever saw. The Gokhales were the only Konknastha Brahmin family in our neighborhood, and Konknastha Brahmins are reputed to have fair/white skins. The rest of us were mainly Deshpande-Kulkarni types with wheatish-to-dark skins. Hari Tatya himself was as dark as the iron pillar in Delhi. So when he said "6 times as fair as this girl Yami", we had genuine trouble imagining how fair the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor must have been. But Hari Tatya had no trouble embellishing his story.

"We were all standing there, staring, admiring her beauty. Maharaj himself was stunned by her beauty..... tell me kids.... Maharaj who???"

We had all memorized the answer to this question thanks to several prior lessons from Hari Tatya,


We kids yelled out the official complete title for Shivaji as if we were orderlies in the Maratha court of the 1600s. When we said this correctly, Hari Tatya regally looked at us with an expression of pride and humility, as if he were Shivaji himself!

"Well done, boys! So anyway....where was I?"

"6 times as fair as Yami" one of us piped up.

"Okay, you idiot. Who was 6 times as fair as Yami?"

"The wife of Kalyan's vanquished governor."

"WIFE????????" Hari Tatya screeched.

We all took a step back.

"You idiot! Where did his wife come from? There in Kalyan, the vanquished governor is splayed out dying, yelling YA ALLAH! YA ALLAH!"

And Hari Tatya laid down on the ground with his limbs flailing in the air, invoking the Koranic almighty.

"He is dying! His wife is next to him, crying! The one they brought to Shivaji Maharaj's court was his beautiful daughter-in-law!" 

"6 times as fair as..."

"YES!" Hari Tatya thundered, "Will you stop obsessing over Yami, for crying out loud?"

The boy looked away and Hari Tatya continued,

"So we were all staring at this exquisite beauty that was the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. And Maharaj was looking at her too. Oh, and how handsome Maharaj himself looked, I tell you, boys! Eyes like an eagle. Sharp straight nose. Thick flowing beard. Rich well-defined sideburns....."

Whenever Hari Tatya narrated a story about Shivaji Maharaj, this effusive description of his appearance was bound to turn up sooner rather than later. As soon as Hari Tatya mentioned the sideburns, we'd complete the remaining description -

"...the regal crown on his head, the divine Bhavani sword at his waist, a pearl necklace hanging against his chest, a tilak on his forehead....."

When we completed this description, Hari Tatya looked at us all with an expression of genuine bliss and satisfaction.

"Well done, boys!" Hari Tatya nodded and continued, "So Maharaj said to the beauty - betaa, pardaa nikaalo, darney ki koi baat nahin (Child, take off your veil. There is no need to be afraid.)"

All of us had heard the story of the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor dozens of times. But every time, this particular line was delivered in Hindi for some reason.

"So that beauty raised her veil. Maharaj looked at her. And said - Wow! Goddess Bhavani has made you extremely beautiful!"

Because of Hari Tatya's numerous renditions of this story, all us kids grew up assuming that the job of making someone beautiful had been assigned to Goddess Bhavani. In fact, we were so convinced of it, that for many years afterwards, whenever I saw a beautiful woman, I'd think to myself - Goddess Bhavani has done a good job on her!

"Maharaj then said - If my mother had been as good looking as you, then maybe I too would have been good looking! Hearing this, I swear you Purushottam, that lady was so touched, tears started flowing from her eyes. Then Maharaj gave her a sari as a gift, and respectfully sent her back to Kalyan, untouched and unmolested. That's how wise and decent our Maharaj was!"

Just as Hari Tatya finished narrating the story, grandpa showed up. Suddenly, Hari Tatya's demeanor changed, and he earnestly said,

"Listen Purushottam, tomorrow morning, we must leave really early to sell those agarbattis, understand? Later on, the streets get so crowded, that it's difficult to move about!"

Of course, all us kids understood the sudden change in Hari Tatya. In fact, we had an unspoken arrangement with him, in which, if we saw grandpa approaching, we would quietly tell Hari Tatya about it.

This arrangement worked great when we were kids. But kids don't always stay kids. They grow up.

We grew up too. Lost our wide-eyes innocence, and developed a healthy sense of cynicism and sarcasm. We went from revering Hari Tatya to poking fun at Hari Tatya. Once we started making fun of the guy, we realized that grandma had been doing it for ages. If he occasionally turned up late for dinner, grandma would say,

"Oh, you still haven't had dinner, Hari Tatya?? When you didn't show up at the usual time, I thought Shivaji Maharaj insisted you stay over at his palace for dinner!"

Hari Tatya would say nothing.

"Or maybe at Peshwa Bajirao's table tonight.... in a silver plate!"

I don't think the ridicule mattered to Hari Tatya. In fact, I am sure that in his mind, he really had dined with Shivaji Maharaj thousands of times. Once he entered the idyllic world of the past, he completely immersed himself in it. 

Once, our entire family went to Pune for a function. Hari Tatya came with us. For him, Pune, steeped in Maratha history, was Valhalla. Not only did he come with us, but he took all us kids for several walks around the city all week, and all but recounted the history associated with every tiny rock we encountered.

When Hari Tatya took us to the bare spartan innards of the historic Peshwa palace Shanivaarvaada, he told us the story of Peshwa Narayanrao's murder. And of course, he ran around the place yelling,


Be it the reign of Shivaji or the reign of Peshwas, this man was always there. 'How was Hari Tatya present at every historic event related to the Maratha empire in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century?' - was a question we never asked ourselves when we were children. And when we grew up, although we poked a little fun at him, we never asked him that uncomfortable question to force him to confront the fact that his fantasy world was just that - a fantasy.

Hari Tatya led us through the streets of Pune, reliving several processions full of elephants and horses. His eyes had apparently seen the first ever public Ganpati, in Kasba. He didn't just know the details of everything that went on at Lal Mahal; he could even identify the window from which Shaistekhan was hanging when he lost his fingers to Shivaji's sword. 

"And the bugger went to the Mughal emperor Delhi and greeted him with his chopped up fingers!" Hari Tatya told us with ill-concealed glee, "The emperor said to Shaistekhan - Sir Uncle, where are your fingers? Khan said to the emperor - that bastard Shivaji, that rat of the hills, he cut them off! Imagine that! This no-good Shaistekhan called Maharaj a bastard! That damn #$%%@#$$#@@@..."

Hari Tatya, in the presence of us kids, fired at Shaistekhan a colorful expletive of such unbridled hostility, that if the Khan had heard it, he would've presented his hands to Hari Tatya and said, "if you want, cut off my remaining fingers, but please, stop with the profanity!"   

Hari Tatya often turned up when least expected. Similarly, he often disappeared when least expected. On Chaturthi (a holy night for Marathis), if Hari Tatya didn't show up for dinner, even grandma would wonder,

"Where the heck is Hari Tatya? Has he gone to Panipat to wage another ill-advised war?"

Hari Tatya was sorely missed on every holy occasion that he didn't show up, solely for his flair at leading aarti (public prayer). He knew hundreds of of aartis. He seemed to know by heart the aarti for every god and goddess in the Hindu pantheon. When a shirtless Hari Tatya, with tilak on his forehead would start the aarti of the Dashaavtaars in his booming voice, everyone's hands instinctively came together in devotion. And when I say his voice boomed, I mean it! Even the person holding the pooja plate would put it down, probably worried about it vibrating because of the voice.


When that "AAAAA" started, all us kids would have bets on who could keep going the longest without stopping for breath.


By the time he was halfway through the 10 avatars, Hari Tatya's own delirious avatar was worth marveling over. We kids would get caught up in the fervor too. Whenever Hari Tatya became engrossed in the aarti, his right eye developed an odd squint. On such occasions, we kids would turn our back on the holy idols and stare at the divine Hari Tatya instead.


At this line, he'd spin on the spot a couple of times. We kids would spin too.


I can still picture the imaginary dip he would take in the imaginary holy river at this line.

Towards the end of the aarti, his voice got even louder at the DEVAAAA.... and of course, all us kids would join in. That was the only moment in the whole year when we had a license to scream as loudly as we wanted. That's what made Hari Tatya so special to us kids - in his company, we could be what we wished we could be all the time.

Today, after remembering Hari Tatya after all these years, I can't help but get a little choked up. Dozens of people of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds came to visit grandpa when I was growing up. I can remember some of them well, can't even picture the faces of many others. But no one was as memorable as Hari Tatya.

When Hari Tatya walked into the compound of our house, he'd first stop and talk to us kids playing in the yard, and only then go greet the adults. He was popular not only among the kids in my family, but also other kids in the neighborhood, who had no compunctions in calling out his name when they saw him,

"Hariii Taatyaaaaaa!"

Hari Tatya would acknowledge the kid who had called out his name and do his best to entertain. He'd pretend to jump up and down like a monkey, make funny faces, march around like a drummer boy until everyone was laughing. He'd stop whatever he was doing to entertain kids.

Sometimes he'd do this when he was walking with grandpa, engaged in some serious discussion about their latest business venture. Grandpa would discover that he was talking to fresh air, and Hari Tatya had stopped several steps back to make faces at some kid. On such occasions, grandpa scolded him in public, asked him to behave like a grown-up.

But grandpa did love Hari Tatya a lot, like a brother. I never fully understood why the bond between them was so strong, because you couldn't find two men more unlike each other. But the bond was strong. If grandma made some special dessert, grandpa would always remind her to set some aside for Hari Tatya. Not that grandma needed any reminders. She cared about him too. Often she'd tell other women in the kitchen to make sure there's enough food set aside for "that old crow Hari Tatya" in case he dropped by.

Hari Tatya resembled a crow in many ways. When he moved his gaze, he moved not just his eyes, but even his neck, like a crow does. His eyes had a slight squint, like crow's eyes. But his squinted gaze had seen a lot of things that others with a normal gaze missed. He had seen Shivaji's coronation, the third battle of Panipat, the Buradi Ghat skirmish...

"Even if we die, we'll keep fighting on!" Hari Tatya, down on the ground in our front yard with  limbs flailing, hollered Dattaji Shinde's dying words.

Even today when I read Dattaji's tragic death, I see him as Hari Tatya in my front yard. Over the years Hari Tatya got me intimately acquainted with Shivaji, Tanaji, Tukaram, and everyone of any importance in Maratha history.

I never really liked history lessons at school, nor did I fully understand them. School history was infested with dates that had to be memorized. Hari Tatya's history wasn't tangled in the cobwebs of distant dates; it was as alive as he was. And he brought it to life for me.

As a child when I made my first trip to Pune, I was surprised not to see Shivaji or Sambhaji Maharaj there. When the train passed through the Sahyadris, I hoped to catch the glimpse of the Marathi army crossing the hills in full battle gear. Hari Tatya's refusal to think of history in past tense had rubbed of on me. His tendency to inject himself into any event and narrate in first person made it seem like all those events had occurred just before Hari Tatya came to our house.

People often personify History when they say things like "History will remember", "History will note", "History tell us", and so on. Today I realize that the "I" in Hari Tatya's stories was never meant to be Hari Tatya himself, but that personification of History.

"All us soldiers on Sinhagad were terrified by the enemy's swollen ranks, and started running away from battle, when Suryaji stood in our way. WAIT, he shouted at us, I HAVE CUT OFF THE ROPES THAT WE USED TO CLIMB UP. Well, what could we do? There was no way to run. So we turned around and joined the battle again. A sword through an enemy's throat, a spear through another's stomach, we kept going!"

"Tanaji had already been martyred. Shelarmama was wounded, but still fighting. I tell you, Purushottam, I have never seen a man bleed as much as Shelarmama did that night. His clothes were completely red. But oh, when he finally landed a blow on that Udaybhaan.... that was all it tok. Udaybhaan was flat on his back. Soon the tide turned, and we had won. We lit up the signal torches. Shivaji Maharaj saw our signal and reached Sinhagad in an hour."

"When he learned that Tanaji had died, Maharaj started bawling like a baby! Like a baby, I tell you! He said in a broken voice - "I got my gad (fort) back, but I lost my sinha (lion)". Oh, the plaintive voice when he said it, I swear to you Purushottam, I couldn't bear to hear it. I had never and have never since heard Maharaj sound like that. And I have irrefutable proof of this. Not making it up. Even the stones on Sinhagad melted at the intensity of Maharaj's sorrow. That's how Maharaj was. Which Maharaj?"

"GoBrahminPratipalak........" we'd break into our well-rehearsed chant.

As time went by, my childhood too became history. Most of the elders in the family passed away. The house also aged. Maintaining the yard became too much of a hassle, so it was tiled. The little flower garden was gone, as were grandpa, grandma, and dad. I lost touch with most other members of the family as well. There was no way to always keep in touch with Hari Tatya.

Once in a while, the clock turns back, and in the broken glasses of the old house's windows, I see countless reflections from my childhood. Occasionally the scent of an agarbatti, or the first drop of rain on a new umbrella makes me think of Hari Tatya. And his voice starts echoing in my head.

That man, no relation of mine, gave me more than most of my close relatives ever did. He'd take us kids high in the open skies of fantasy on his wings of history. Bring to life everyone from history. He made sure that the roots of the tiny saplings that were our childhoods were buried deep in a glorious past. Hari Tatya never gave us snacks or candy that money could buy, but instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage that no treasure in the world can.

He strengthened our tiny wrists with the character of the past. I never realized it then, but can see the true value of his efforts now. Those wrists don't always turn the way they are supposed to. But Hari Tatya instilled in us the confidence that if need be, they can turn the course of history.

Now Hari Tatya himself is part of history. Old age made him a shadow of his former self. It was much later, during his last and eventually fatal bout of illness, that I learned Hari Tatya had a grown-up son. He worked in some trading firm in East Africa.

In those final days, when I went to meet him, I couldn't bear to look at what old age had done to him. He was almost fully blind. As he laid there looking weak, his shriveled body didn't even cover half the bed. I sat next to him.

"Hari Tatya, it's me Purushottam."

"Oh Purushotam! Great!" he smiled in the direction of my voice, "As you can see, I am now Surdas! So how have you been? You're in Delhi these days, right?"


"Ah, never got to see Delhi."

"Why don't you come with me?"

"There's no use now. I may be able to visit Delhi, but won't be able to see it, which is the whole point. No, I'll just admire it in my mind."

Hari Tatya felt silent. I felt tempted to gather all my childhood friends, including the 1/6th fair Yami Gokhale, and holler,


Maybe it would have brought life back to his eyes, put some meat on his bones, and maybe he'd have said,

"I tell you, Purushottam! We were all standing there dumbfounded in the court at Delhi. And Sadashivrao Bhau was chipping away at the golden throne! With his bare hands! Pieces of gold flying all around, as the rest of us watched, unable to move!"

Come to think of it, Hari Tatya didn't need to see Delhi for all this. Whatever he had seen of history, he hadn't seen with the eyes he lost to old age. I spent several hours with him and left, aware that this might be the last time I get to meet him.

A few days later, Hari Tatya's obituary appeared in the newspaper with the cliched salutations and praises - affectionate, kind, loved by all, etc etc. As I read the obituary, I realized it didn't even come close to capturing the essence of the man. It was the first and last printed record my old childhood friend, who usually lived in the distant past, having any contact with the present. All it did was offer "irrefutable proof" that a man called Hari Tatya had existed in our times.

          Harvest Moon successor, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, sets European release date   

Harvest Moon successor Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will launch on 13th October in Europe for 3DS.

While Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns doesn't actually have the words "Harvest" or "Moon" in the title, it's still part of Marvelous Inc.'s long-running farming series. In fact, Trio of Towns celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The reason for the name change is that in 2014 Marvelous decided to use its own American branch, XSEED Games, to distribute the series in North America, yet the previous publisher, Natsume, still owned the name Harvest Moon. So XSEED needed to give the series a new name in the west and it went with Story of Seasons. In Europe Marvelous likewise switched publishing partners to Nintendo of Europe, who decided to stick with the Story of Seasons name to keep things consistent across the west.

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          2017 Wimbledon Odds: Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova Tournament Betting Favorites   

Two of the most successful active tennis players at the All England Club head into this year's Wimbledon tournament as the favorites to win it again. But both of them will try to capture the championship despite not being the top seed.

On the gentlemen's side, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is seeded third for the second year in a row, yet he is listed as +200 chalk (bet $100 to win $200) to take home the title for the eighth time at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

For the ladies, two-time champ Petra Kvitova (2011 and 2014) is a +500 favorite to win her third title as the No. 11 seed over +550 second choice and No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova.

However, Venus Williams has won Wimbledon five times (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008), which helps explain why she is the +1200 fourth choice to win her sixth title even though she is currently ranked 11th in the world. Venus' sister, Serena, would have been the favorite and top seed as a seven-time winner, but she is skipping the tournament as she is pregnant with her first child.


Serena and Andy Murray are the defending singles champions, with the latter listed as the +350 second choice among the men behind Federer. Meanwhile, Venus was just found at fault as the driver in a car accident on June 9 that killed a 78-year-old man, who was a passenger in the other vehicle. Her publicist confirmed Friday she will play in the Grand Slam, according to the Associated Press (h/t Tennis).

Other former men's winners who could be worth betting in addition to Murray (who also won in 2013) include fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal (+400) and second-seeded Novak Djokovic (+600).

Nadal is a two-time winner (2008 and 2010), while Djokovic has taken home three titles (2011, 2014 and 2015). Either Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray has won Wimbledon for each of the past 14 years. That justifies them being the top four choices.

Besides the Williams sisters and Kvitova, Marion Bartoli is the only other woman to win Wimbledon over the past decade. Bartoli won it in 2013 and retired later that year.

Besides Kvitova, Pliskova and Williams, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Great Britain (+1200) and 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza (+900) are also among the favorites for the ladies. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is further down the betting board at +1400.

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          Wimbledon 2017 Draw: Bracket, Schedule and Preview of Men and Women's Event   

World No. 1 Andy Murray could face Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships after being drawn in the upper end of the men's singles bracket on Friday.

Murray will face either a qualifier or a lucky loser in the first match of his Wimbledon title defence, and the competition's official Twitter account teased some of the prospective fixtures in the final eight:

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will be looking to put some of this year's disappointments behind him as he prepares to open his campaign against Martin Klizan.

In the women's singles, top seed Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova were drawn in the top half of the bracket, while Simona Halep and Elena Svitolina took their spots in the bottom half.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times provided a look at the men's draw in full:

Read on for a more detailed breakdown and preview of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships' first round following Friday's draw announcement.

Visit the official Wimbledon website for a look at the tournament schedule and the order of play in full.



Murray may be ranked as top seed in the men's singles entering his Wimbledon title defence, but spirits are hardly at their strongest after he exited this month's AEGON Championships in the opening round.

The Scot has appeared in two ATP finals this year, and although he's yet to add any silverware to his collection in 2017, coach Ivan Lendl is confident regarding his charge's chances, per BBC Sport's David Ornstein:

Djokovic will be another high-profile star seeking at least some redemption at SW19, although world No. 44 Klizan is among the more difficult fixtures he could have been handed outside the seeded ranks.

The Serb's run through England's capital won't be an easy one, either, as Reem Abulleil of Sport 360 illustrated he won't have to wait long before the competition really begins to heat up:

Seven-time champion Roger Federer will begin his search for an all-time record eighth Wimbledon crown against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, with hopes high after enjoying something of a resurgence in 2017 so far.

Nadal has exhibited a rejuvenation of monstrous proportions in recent months and tightened his grip as the French Open's all-time most successful star after adding an unprecedented 10th Roland Garros title to his trophy cabinet.

But the clay season has made way for grass, meaning the Spaniard may no longer be the frontrunner to run riot as he has done at recent competitions.

The women's bracket also features a selection of tantalising potential fixtures as early as the round of 16, as Jose Morgado of Portuguese daily Record posted the women's singles bracket in full:

Serena Williams' pregnancy means the reigning champion will not return to defend her Wimbledon crown, but as was shown by Jelena Ostapenko's shock victory at the French Open, women's titles seem there for the taking.

An open field has emerged in Williams' absence, and Johanna Konta worsened world No. 1 Kerber's 2017 woes with a win at the AEGON International on Thursday, per WTA Insider:

Konta beat Kerber and French Open-winner Ostapenko in the same day to prove her Wimbledon credentials just days prior to the tournament getting underway in earnest, and she'll face Su-Wei Hsieh in the first round.

However, that's provided she's fit to feature in the competition. BBC Sport reported on Friday that Konta was forced to withdraw from the semi-finals in Eastbourne due to a back injury she suffered from a fall during her clash with Kerber.

It's also been reported fourth seed Svitolina is an injury doubt heading to London after she picked up a foot concern at the AEGON Classic, per the official WTA website. She's due to take on Australian Ashleigh Barty in the first round.

At least one American will drop at the first hurdle after Shelby Rogers was drawn against compatriot Julia Boserup.  

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          Wimbledon 2017: Full Draw Results, List of Seedings and Brackets   

Defending champion Andy Murray could face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year ahead of a potential semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal, while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on the other side of the draw. 

Record's Jose Morgado tweeted the full draw, which can also be found at Wimbledon's official website:

 Angelique Kerber could have a tough time this year after drawing 2015 finalist Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round, ahead of a potential clash with Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals.

The tournament's official Twitter account shared the projected men's quarter-finals:

Murray has a mixed route to the final, per The Times' Stuart Fraser:

He could face Dustin Brown in Round 2the same stage Brown knocked Nadal out in two years agowhile likely third-round clash Fabio Fognini has an even 3-3 head-to-head record against the Scot.

World No. 15 Lucas Pouille or the mercurial Nick Kyrgios may await in Round 4 before three extremely difficult tests.

Wawrinka knocked Murray out of this year's French Open, while Nadal won the tournament for the 10th time by beating the Swiss star in the final.

His rivals might also face some tricky contests along the way, though, with Federer opening against Alexandr Dolgopolov and Marin Cilic doing the same against PhilippKohlschreiber.

Meanwhile, Nadal and Djokovic will need to avoid potential banana skins in Round 3, as they're lined up to face Karen Khachanov and Juan Martin del Potro, respectively.

Wimbledon also shared the women's projected quarter-final clashes:

With reigning champion Serena Williams absent because of her pregnancy, 2016 runner-up and world No. 1 Kerber has taken her place in the draw, but the German does not have the ideal platform to bounce back from her shock first-round exit at Roland Garros.

Sports journalist Reem Abulleil shared her potential route to the final:

Likely third-round opponent Lucie Safarova has won two of their three past meetings, while Muguruza has won their last four matches together. Kuznetsova also has an edge in their head-to-head, and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska will be a tricky opponent for anyone.

There are plenty of exciting opening clashes in the women's draw, too:

Sixth seed and local favourite Johanna Konta will get the chance to avenge her first-round exit in Paris at the hands of Su-Wei Hsieh, as she faces her once again in the opening round.

The draw has thrown up plenty of thrilling ties for both the men and the women this year, so the next fortnight promises to be yet another memorable edition of the sport's most prestigious Grand Slam.

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          Venus Williams Reportedly Sued in Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Fatal Car Crash   

Venus Williams is being sued for breaking traffic laws in the build-up to a crash earlier this month that led to the death of a 78-year-old man, according to documents obtained by CNN's Chloe Melas, and transcribed by Jill Martin. 

It's been reported Williams has been named in the lawsuit after Jerome Barson died from injuries suffered in the June 9 crash in Palm Beach County, Florida, when the car he was a passenger in collided with Williams' vehicle.

The documents, which were emailed to B/R, allege Venus "negligently operated or maintained the Toyota Sequoia so that she collided with a 2016 Hyundai Accent that was being operated by Linda Barson and occupied by her husband, Jerome Barson," per Martin. 

The suit also says Williams failed to yield the right of way, failed to stop at a red light, failed to obey a traffic control device, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop for oncoming traffic, was driving too fast for the conditions, drove carelessly and recklessly and was distracted while driving.

Barson died almost a fortnight after the crash having sustained a fractured spine as well as massive internal organ damage and internal bleeding. 

The impact caused damaged to both vehicles, per the suit. The Hyundai was "crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered." Williams' SUV "was also severely damaged."

TMZ wrote that a police report said Williams was to blame for the crash, although her attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said she was travelling through a green light at only five miles per hour entering the intersection.

WPBF-TV reporter Ari Hait provided Cunningham's statement in full:

Williams is said to have not been under the influence of any alcohol or drugs when the crash took place, but Malika Andrews of the New York Times reported witnesses told investigators the light was red as she entered the intersection.

Williams is seeded 10th in the 2017 Wimbledon Championship and is scheduled to make her 20th appearance in the competition on Monday, July 3.

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          Andy Murray Expected to Play at Wimbledon Despite Hip Injury, According to Coach   

Ivan Lendl allayed any worry Andy Murray would be unable to defend his Wimbledon title, telling reporters the 2016 champion should return to practice Friday.

"We'll see what the weather is like," Lendl said Thursday, per the Daily Mail's Matt Dickson. "If the weather is good I am sure we will practice."

Lendl added that Murray is "hitting the ball really well" and that he's satisfied by Murray's performance in practice.

Murray has played in one tournament since losing to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semifinals. He lost to Jordan Thompson in the first round of the AEGON Championships in London.

The 30-year-old was set to play in an exhibition match Friday but pulled out, citing a hip injury.

"Sadly I won't be ready to play at the Hurlingham, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it," Murray said, per the BBC.

Even if he's healthy enough to play at Wimbledon, his lack of preparation on grass prior to the event is a concern. When the Wimbledon main draw begins Monday, Murray will have had just one competitive match under his belt in a little over a month.

Granted, Murray only participated in the AEGON Championships last year between the French Open and winning his second Wimbledon title, but he went on to win at the Queen's Club, an omen for what was to come at the All England Club.

Murray will learn his road to a third Wimbledon championship Friday when officials reveal the seedings and draws for the tournament.

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          Comment on Nematodes Terranem by Peterjadams@gmail.com   
Not a review of the product itself but of the customer experience ordering this product. Original order was made April 27 2017 and received order June 28 2017. After sending a couple emails and getting no response, then calling and not having anyone answer I gave up trying to find out the status of my order and just waited to receive it, 2 months after original order date. I think even if I hadn't attempted to contact West Coast Seeds regarding my order, after maybe 3-4 weeks WCS should have perhaps contacted me to update me. If WCS were waiting on a new shipment or something else I would have understood. I would also like to point out the "Order Status" feature in "My Account" is never updated. Orders I received a year ago still say processing. I have given this experience a 1 star because I did receive the product after all.
          Comment on Starhawk Pelleted Organic by sandi_macintosh@hotmail.com   
Low and slow germination with this. Less than half the seeds sprouted. Maybe birds or worms got them? Other pelletted lettuce seeds grew very well, but these disappointed me. However,the plants that have come up are robust, and glowing green with health.
          Comment on Deadheading, Off With Their Heads! by Pamela   
I agree, the ones that reseed themselves typically are stockier and sturdier than ones you pre-start. I seeded Queen Cleome last Fall but I did not get any, I need to try that one again. I know what you mean, sometimes I get a bit to zealous with weeding and realize later I yanked up things that had self sowed so I should've transplanted to a better spot if they were somewhere I really did not want them. Ah well, try again next year. :)
          Comment on Deadheading, Off With Their Heads! by Debbie   
Great info on deadheading. Also plant for continuous color is very helpful! I I sometimes leave the spent flowers from plants laying on the ground hoping they will reseed. Then come winter when weeding I pick the starts and loose more plants that way! Except Cosmos, I know what to look for and love when they reseed because you get shorter plants that way not some 6 foot monsters!
          Avena Muesli With Oats Beef & Chicken Gravy 12.5kg Vat Free   
Avena Muesli With Oats Beef & Chicken Gravy 12.5kg Vat Free

Avena Muesli With Oats Beef & Chicken Gravy 12.5kg Vat Free

Avena is a natural product containing oats coated in Linseed oil Highly digestible blend rich in quality fibre Containing natural vitamins and minerals found in all three constituents Complete adult dog food The oils in the muesli promote a glossier coat and healthier gut functions

          7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever   

You're reading 7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books - reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

  1. Invest BIG in Yourself

Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

  1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

  1. Save BIG Money Every Month

If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

  1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

  1. Exercise Regularly!

Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

  1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life...

With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

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          Cubs' Javier Baez emerging as a marketing star   
Javier Baez will become the first baseball player to appear on David's sunflower seeds packaging since former Yankees star Derek Jeter back in 2005.

          Doobie Twisters - Black or White (1998)   

Artist: Doobie Twisters
Title: Black or White
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Bluelight Records
Genre: Modern Electric Blues
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 45:17
Total Size: 342 MB
01. You're Something (04:03)
02. Wrong Girl (03:37)
03. Little Bit of Blues (04:26)
04. How Can Love (04:28)
05. Full Moon on Main Street (04:04)
06. Change It (03:38)
07. Bad Seed (03:17)
08. Ashes in My Ashtray (04:47)
09. Actin' Like a Child (04:46)
10. I Don't Want No Woman (03:45)
11. B. B. King (04:26)

          Meet Aisha Formanski, Education Team at Beaducation   

Aisha Formanski, Education Team
Joined Beaducation: 2010
Meet Aisha Formanski, Education Team
Got jewelry tools? Aisha certainly does! As a self-proclaimed addict, she admits wanting to have them all. Having worked in the bead and DIY jewelry industry for over half her life, this native Minnesotan has collected so many tools she lost count on how many she has. Not only is Aisha an accomplished jewelry designer with six months of courses at Revere Academy under her belt, she can also spin her own yarn and knit with it. Pretty talented, eh? You betcha!

From Aisha
I had been working in the DIY industry for quite a while, and was VERY fond of all that Beaducation was doing. I moved to the Bay Area is the fall of 2010, looking to focus on my jewelry. That year when I traveled to Tucson to attend the Gem and Mineral show where I met Kate Richbourg. Kate was the Education Director for Beaducation at the time, and her and I hit it off immediately. I explained that I had just moved to the Bay Area, and she expressed that they were looking for a new hire to assist with the Education Department. I was hired a month later!

The supportive and creative team are my favorite part of working with Beaducation. Lisa Niven Kelly is the most supportive, creative, funny, boss you could ever have.

In the last five years the way people are learning online has changed dramatically. When I came on board we were selling our online classes. A couple of years later we decided to turn them all free. People were turning to Youtube for their online tutorials, and we felt like it was time for us to go free.

Since then it's been fun to get great feedback from our viewers about the quality of our classes, and support them in their creative endeavors. We continue to add classes to our website every year. It's been fun to see what people are interested in learning. It went from PMC, to felting, to seed beading, to wirework, to metalwork, but always come back around to the backbone of Beaducation, metal stamping :) The fact that metal stamping continues to grow is AMAZING!

Five years from now I hope that we continue to support makers all over the world with education and cool products! Also, as Lisa Niven Kelly said at my interview in 2010 when I asked her this very question, "Kickin' ass, and heathy snacks".

Aisha has her own studio to create super cool things and has written her own book, New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry by Aisha Formanski! She has her very own jewelry line and is really talented. This super healthy, Midwest girl grew up on a commune (that's right!), is a perfectionist, loves turquoise, Cabochons, gem shows, craft shows, metalsmithing, woodworking and yarn.  She often gives a fake name at Starbucks because they rarely pronounce hers correctly. She once sported a pixie hair cut. It was very cute.
           Tennis-Top seeds open Wimbledon bids against qualifiers    
By Simon CambersLONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Andy Murray will begin the defence of his Wimbledon title against a qualifier after the draw was made for the...
           Experimental and simulation study on steam gasification of phoenix-dactylifera date palm seeds    
Babiker, Mohammed Elamen, Aziz, A. Rashid A., Heikal, Morgan, Yusup, Suzana and Hagos, F.Y. (2016) Experimental and simulation study on steam gasification of phoenix-dactylifera date palm seeds International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, 13 (1). pp. 3201-3214. ISSN 2229-8649
          Comment on Tangy Pickled Cornichon Slaw by Kristina Sloggett   
<strong>absolutely, Deborah - cashew cream / butter is used to slightly thicken, like a mayonnaise would, so if you have some cashews - like, even just a 1/4 cup - you could add them to a blender with some water. cashew butter is my quick way of doing this, because it has a milder flavor than peanut butter. (I have also used a sunflower seed butter for this recipe in the past.) you could omit altogether for a thinner "sauce" or even use a couple tablespoons mayonnaise. hope you enjoy! </strong>
           U.S. soy acres hit record high; wheat plantings lowest ever -USDA    
By Mark WeinraubWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. farmers seeded a record amount of soybeans this spring, the government said on Friday, in the hope...
           U.S. soy acres highest on record; wheat acres lowest on record -USDA    
By Mark WeinraubWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. farmers seeded a record amount of soybeans this spring, the government said on Friday, amid hopes that...
          Mark Wielaard: Fedora rpm debuginfo improvements for rawhide/f27   

Hi Fedora Packagers,

rawhide rpmbuild contains various debuginfo improvements that hopefully will make various hacks in spec files redundant.

If you have your own way of handling debuginfo packages, calling find-debuginfo.sh directly, need hacks for working around debugedit limitations or split your debuginfo package by hand then please try out rpmbuild in rawhide and read below for some macros you can set to tweak debuginfo package generation.

If you still need hacks in your spec file because setting macros isn’t enough to get the debuginfo packages you want then please let us know. Also please let us know about packages that need to set debuginfo rpm macros to non-default values because they would crash and burn with the default settings (best to file a bug against rpmbuild).

The improvements have been mainly driven by the following two change proposals for f27 (some inspired by what other distros do):


The first is completely done and has been enabled by default for some months now in rawhide. The second introduces two new macros to enable separate debugsource and sub-debuginfo packages, but has not been enabled by default yet. If people like the change and no bugs are found (and fesco and releng agree) we can enable them for the f27 mass rebuild.

If your package already splits debuginfo packages in a (common) source package and/or sub-debuginfo packages, please try out the new macros introduced by the second change. You can enable the standard splitting by adding the following to your spec file:

%global _debugsource_packages 1
%global _debuginfo_subpackages 1

Besides the above two changes debuginfo packages can now (and are by default in rawhide) build by running debug extraction in parallel. This should speed up building with lots of binaries/libraries. If you do invoke find-debuginfo.sh by hand you most likely will want to add %{?_smp_mflags} as argument to get the parallel processing speedup.

If your package is invoking find-debuginfo.sh by hand also please take a look at all the new options that have been added. Also note that almost all options can be changed by setting (or undefining) rpm macros now. Using the rpm macros is preferred over invoking find-debuginfo.sh directly since it means you get any defaults and improvements that might need new find-debuginfo.sh arguments automatically.

Here is an overview of various debuginfo rpm macros that you can define undefine in your spec file with the latest rpmbuild:

# Should an ELF file processed by find-debuginfo.sh having no build ID
# terminate a build?  This is left undefined to disable it and defined to
# enable.
%_missing_build_ids_terminate_build    1

# Include minimal debug information in build binaries.
# Requires _enable_debug_packages.
%_include_minidebuginfo        1

# Include a .gdb_index section in the .debug files.
# Requires _enable_debug_packages and gdb-add-index installed.
%_include_gdb_index    1

# Defines how and if build_id links are generated for ELF files.
# The following settings are supported:
# - none
#   No build_id links are generated.
# - alldebug
#   build_id links are generated only when the __debug_package global is
#   defined. This will generate build_id links in the -debuginfo package
#   for both the main file as /usr/lib/debug/.build-id/xx/yyy and for
#   the .debug file as /usr/lib/debug/.build-id/xx/yyy.debug.
#   This is the old style build_id links as generated by the original
#   find-debuginfo.sh script.
# - separate
#   build_id links are generate for all binary packages. If this is a
#   main package (the __debug_package global isn't set) then the
#   build_id link is generated as /usr/lib/.build-id/xx/yyy. If this is
#   a -debuginfo package (the __debug_package global is set) then the
#   build_id link is generated as /usr/lib/debug/.build-id/xx/yyy.
# - compat
#   Same as for "separate" but if the __debug_package global is set then
#   the -debuginfo package will have a compatibility link for the main
#   ELF /usr/lib/debug/.build-id/xx/yyy -> /usr/lib/.build-id/xx/yyy
%_build_id_links compat

# Whether build-ids should be made unique between package version/releases
# when generating debuginfo packages. If set to 1 this will pass
# --build-id-seed "%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}" to find-debuginfo.sh which will
# pass it onto debugedit --build-id-seed to be used to prime the build-id
# note hash.
%_unique_build_ids      1

# Do not recompute build-ids but keep whatever is in the ELF file already.
# Cannot be used together with _unique_build_ids (which forces recomputation).
# Defaults to undefined (unset).
#%_no_recompute_build_ids 1

# Whether .debug files should be made unique between package version,
# release and architecture. If set to 1 this will pass
# --unique-debug-suffix "-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{_arch} find-debuginfo.sh
# to create debuginfo files which end in -<ver>-<rel>.<arch>.debug
# Requires _unique_build_ids.
%_unique_debug_names    1

# Whether the /usr/debug/src/<package> directories should be unique between
# package version, release and architecture. If set to 1 this will pass
# --unique-debug-src-base "%{name}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{_arch}" to
# find-debuginfo.sh to name the directory under /usr/debug/src as
# <name>-<ver>-<rel>.<arch>.
%_unique_debug_srcs     1

# Whether rpm should put debug source files into its own subpackage
#%_debugsource_packages 1

# Whether rpm should create extra debuginfo packages for each subpackage
#%_debuginfo_subpackages 1

# Number of debugging information entries (DIEs) above which
# dwz will stop considering file for multifile optimizations
# and enter a low memory mode, in which it will optimize
# in about half the memory needed otherwise.
%_dwz_low_mem_die_limit          10000000
# Number of DIEs above which dwz will stop processing
# a file altogether.
%_dwz_max_die_limit              50000000

%_find_debuginfo_dwz_opts --run-dwz\\\
--dwz-low-mem-die-limit %{_dwz_low_mem_die_limit}\\\
--dwz-max-die-limit %{_dwz_max_die_limit}

If there are settings missing that would be useful, bugs with the default settings or defaults that should be changed please do file a bug report.

          Aadhaar-PAN seeding: Citizens queue up at centres to update details – Times of India   
NDTV Aadhaar-PAN seeding: Citizens queue up at centres to update detailsTimes of IndiaBengaluru: With linking of the unique identification number with Permanent Account Number (PAN) becoming mandatory, Aadhaar centres across Bengaluru are witnessing a huge rush of citizens seeking to … Continue reading
          6/30/2017: SPORTS: Eastbourne: Djokovic advances to semifinals   
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND— Novak Djokovic converted his fourth match point to beat Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (9) Thursday and advance to the semifinals at the Eastbourne International, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. The top-seeded Djokovic saved two set points,...
          Cubs' Javier Baez emerging as a marketing star   
Javier Baez will become the first baseball player to appear on David's sunflower seeds packaging since former Yankees star Derek Jeter back in 2005.

          Egg Curry - A Winter Warmer   
With plenty of rain and snow expected over the upcoming weeks, you may be seeking some comforting family meal suggestions and this curry is ideal. Similarly to my other Eggcentric recipes it is quick and easy to make, it can be prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes, and it's a great source of protein provided by the British Lion eggs. It is incredibly aromatic and has a mild heat to it which is wonderful to enjoy on colder days in particular - like the weather we are expecting.

Pop it on your meal planner for next week and see what your little ones think.


6 eggs
Olive oil
3 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp garlic puree (you can use cloves as an alternative)
600g chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp of Garam Masaala
2 green chillies

  • Hard boil your eggs and set to one side to cool. Remove the shell and fork them a few times. This will help the flavours to soak into the egg later on.
  • Warm a pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Crush the cardamon and add them to the pan along with the cumin seeds. Stir for a few seconds and then add the tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder and chillies (chopped).
  • Reduce the temperature and let the ingredients simmer for around 15 minutes on a low heat.
  • Add the Garam Masaala and the eggs and stir through gently. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Season and serve with boiled rice and a garnish of coriander.
  • Scoff!

We have been EggCentric ambassadors for British Lion Eggs over the past few months and we have shared several egg based recipes on the blog, over on the Egg Recipes website and also on their Instagram page. You can see my Spicy Egg One Pot just here or take a peek at my Eggs with Chorizo and Asparagus recipe here.

Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins as well as being a tasty alternative to the usual chicken or beef you may use in your cooking. Generally I make quite creamy and mild currys with a coconut base so this rich tomato version made a nice change. The Mini Mes certainly enjoyed it.

 Make this recipe:

What food do you enjoy when the weather is cold?

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          Wimbledon 2017 Preview: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, & Novak Djokovic Still Favored To Win It All   

Wimbledon favorites line up during Carlos Moya's retirement ceremony at the ATP World Tour Finals.

For the past 14 years, no other men have won the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy except for Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The Big 4 of tennis are still the top four seeds, and while the draw in this year’s edition of Wimbledon is relatively tougher, the odds are high that one of the four would add another Grand Slam title to his name.

Andy Murray: Top-Seed, Defending Champion, Homecourt Advantage

Current world No. 1 and Wimbledon tournament top seed Andy Murray became the first Englishman to win Wimbledon in 2013. Last year, he defeated Milos Raonic to win claim his second Wimbledon championship. Murray now has three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals under his belt.

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          Top seeds Tijuana, Monterrey and Chivas in danger of early Liguilla exits   
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored two goals as Tigres trounced local rivals Monterrey 4-1 on Wednesday. There are four games down and four to go before the semifinals of the Liga MX playoffs. Following big wins for Tigres and Toluca on Wednesday, and a couple of close clashes on Thursday night, each club now has just 90 more minutes to fight for a spot in the next round of the Liguilla. Here are five things to watch during the second legs of the quarterfinals. 1. Monterrey's Clasico Regio response at home After losing 4-1 to Tigres in the first leg, Los Rayados will need at least three goals against...
          Ocean Monument & Underwater Stronghold Seed for Minecraft PE   

  As its name suggests, there are 2 main parts in this seed, including an ocean monument and a stronghold. Both of them are considered as rare structures with the underwater generation. Discover all gorgeous features of the seed as below. Creator: InnovatorGavin_3 How Does Ocean Monument & Underwater Stronghold Seed Work? Do you wonder …

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          Desert Temple At Spawn Seed for Minecraft PE   

This seed provides a wonderful place for beginners to enjoy the new Minecraft world. There is a temple here that has many treasures. Go straightly a little bit and you will see many valuable items. Look around the village. You have a good chance to discover a savannah biome, a desert biome, and a jungle …

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          Books I Read   
Below, you will find a list of all the books I read between the 2008-2011. I link to those I recommend.

Adult Non-Fiction

Adult Fiction

Adult Religious

Young Adult [Note: These titles vary greatly in recommended grade levels. Review carefully before assigning to students.]

          Reeling from Horrifying GOP Health Care Bills? Just wait till you lose your Voting Rights, just around the corner.    
While everyone is still wondering how Republicans could ever seriously fix their health care bills that drop 22 to 23 million Americans with a few more insane amendments, voting rights is about to take a huge hit:
The Republican presidential tactic of crippling agencies you don't like by putting either the incompetent or the actively hostile in charge of them (continues) ... Kris Kobach, the godfather of the national movement to suppress the votes of people the GOP would prefer not to exercise the franchise (was) named as vice-chairman of his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a snipe hunt the only apparent purpose of which is maintaining the fiction that masses of people, many of them brown, are gaming our elections. 
Here's the most damning news that might just alert us to specific Republican governors who take the bait:
Kobach wrote a letter to his fellow secretaries of state that left many jaws on the floor. From The Kansas City Star: In a Wednesday letter, Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state's office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and other personal information ... he sent similar letters to election officials in every state. 

Quite simply, any secretary of state who complies with this request is either too stupid to hold the job, or is in sympathy with Kobach's goal of whitewashing the electorate.  Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State for California, said, "California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections."

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill was a bit more discreet: "The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this commission."
BREAKING: Scott Walker gives up voter information to Trump's big government demands. Hey, we just had a recount too. All is well?

Wisconsin elections officials said Friday that they'll sell some voter information to a presidential commission investigating election fraud. Administrator Mike Haas issued a statement Friday saying data is available for purchase and the commission must release it to buyers, adding that the commission routinely sells the information to political parties, candidates and researchers. The commission would charge the presidential panel $12,500 for the data.
Having done a lot of research on "the right to vote," I found that despite the guarantee in the 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments...with help from the Voting Rights Act (now destroyed by activist conservative Justices), voting seems to be the least defended squishy right ever. In fact, I could make the argument that women and African Americans were definitely given the right to vote, but anyone else including white guys...nope.

What if Obama did this? Always the best test against hypocritical Republican policy:
As Vanita Gupta points out in that same K.C. Star report, if someone in the Obama administration had made this request, at the very least, there would be a full week of howler monkeys screaming about federalism from every perch in every conservative think-tank in the jungle. At the most, there would be hearing after hearing about the Obama administration's plan to seed thousands of the president's fellow Kenyans in every crucial precinct in Ohio and Florida. What's more important, though, is that the national campaign to roll back voting rights now has reached the highest levels of government, with the blessing of the president* and the president*-in-waiting. This is the final step backwards across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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          4 Surprising Health Benefits of Hempseed Oil   
Can you think of a supplement which offers a variety of proven health benefits but it has yet to become popular in the United States? Hempseed oil comes to mind as this intriguing oil perfectly fits the label of a multi-purpose natural remedy. Hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some as its association with […]
          7/1/2017: WORLD: Cockatoo is nature’s master of the beats   

AUSTRALIA: A parrot has been unmasked as the rock star of the wild, making its own drumsticks and never missing a beat. Northern Australian palm cockatoos use drumsticks fashioned from twigs or seed pods, which they grip in their left claw, to beat...
          7/1/2017: SPORT: Verdasco out   
Fernando Verdasco has been beaten by Adrian Mannarino in the Antalya Open quarterfinals yesterday. Frenchman Mannarino recovered from losing the first set to record a 2-6 7-5 6-2 victory over the Spanish third seed. Mannarino will face Andreas Seppi in...
          National African American Quilt Convention Exhibitions   
As a part of the National African American Quilt Convention in Lawrence this summer, we are proud to open three new exhibitions. These three fiber artists represent some of the finest working in contemporary quilts today. Sonji Hunt – “Scattered Seeds” Bisa Butler – “Legacy” Lola Jenkins – “Thread Art ” Exhibition dates: June 30 […]
          Comment on Episode-2031- Listener Feedback for 6-26-17 by Gentle Ben   
Propagating Lemon balm can be fairly easy, much like catnip, which I've grown almost all my life. Simplest method with the fastest results is to just gently but firmly (with both hands) grab onto a stem coming out of the main rootball, and pull it out. It'll usually come with a few little rootlets already growing, and so all you do is trim back the leaves severely (just leave 4-6 leaves on it) and put that in a new pot or piece of ground. I planted 1 lemon balm 2 years ago and now I have a raised bed in the middle of the lawn that's full of them, and volunteer seedlings coming up all over the place. Up to 100 feet away. If you need to make lots of divisions, then dividing the main rootball will give larger plants sooner, though. For just a few, then this method works well for any mint family plant except the woody ones, like rosemary.
          Williamsburgh Summer Gala Day   

Williamsburgh Summer Gala Day will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Seedhill Sports ground from 11am until 3pm. All proceeds go to Accord Hospice. Plenty of fun for the whole family.

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          Morning News Call - India, June 30   

To access the newsletter, click on the link: http://share.thomsonreuters.com/assets/newsletters/Indiamorning/MNC_IN_06302017.pdf If you would like to receive this newsletter via email, please register at: https://forms.thomsonreuters.com/india-morning/ FACTORS TO WATCH 9:15 am: CDSL Listing ceremony in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Central Bank of India annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Singapore Airlines event in Mumbai. 2:30 pm: SpiceJet to launch its first SpiceStyle Store in Gurgaon. 3:30 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harshvardhan at an event in New Delhi. 3:30 pm: Hindustan Unilever annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 5:00 pm: India government to release May infrastructure output data in NewDelhi. 5:00 pm: RBI to release weekly foreign exchange data in Mumbai. 6:00 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan, World Bank Team at an eventin New Delhi. 6:30 pm: RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, Banks Board Bureau ChairmanVinod Rai at an event in Mumbai. LIVECHAT - WEEKAHEAD Reuters EMEA markets editor Mike Dolan discusses the upcoming week's mainmarket inflection points at 3:30 pm IST. To join the conversation, click on thelink: https://forms.thomsonreuters.com/communities/ INDIA TOP NEWS • Fast forward; GST set to transform face of Indian logistics industry India's greatest tax reform - replacing an array of provincial duties with anationwide goods and services tax - is transforming the logistics industry in acountry where moving stuff around is notoriously difficult to do, executivessay. • IndiGo eyes Air India stake in possible privatisation India's biggest airline, IndiGo, has expressed unsolicited interest inbuying a stake in state-owned Air India, the junior aviation minister said onThursday, a day after the cabinet approved plans to privatise the carrier. • Eris Lifesciences edges lower after $264 million IPO Indian drug maker Eris Lifesciences Ltd's shares swung between gains andlosses in a tepid market debut on Thursday, after raising $263.8 million in aninitial public offering. • Coal India betting big on renewables, says minister Coal India Ltd, the world's largest miner of the dirty fuel, will generate 1gigawatt of renewable electricity this year as part of its plan to produce asmuch as 10 GW clean power in total, a federal minister said on Thursday. • India could raise import taxes on crude, refined veg oils- governmentsource India is likely to raise import duty on refined and crude vegetable oils,like palm and soyoil, as local oilseed prices slumped below the governmentsupport levels, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. • Mutual funds managers need to improve due diligence: SEBI Indian mutual funds need to improve their due diligence before investing incorporate bonds and not rely only on credit ratings given rising concerns aboutpotential defaults, the chairman of the country's capital markets regulator saidon Thursday. • CRISIL Ratings buys 8.9 percent stake in rival CARE for $68 million CRISIL Ltd, majority owned by S&P Global Inc, bought a 8.9 percent stake inrival CARE Ratings for 4.36 billion rupees $67.55 million, expanding into thecountry's ratings business at a time of surging corporate bond issuance. GLOBAL TOP NEWS • China factory growth fastest in 3 months as new orders, output rise China's manufacturing sector expanded at the quickest pace in three monthsin June, buoyed by strong production and new orders, reassuring news forauthorities trying strike a balance between deleveraging and keeping the economyon an even keel. • Trump administration reverses policy on fiancés as travel ban takes effect U.S. President Donald Trump's administration reversed a decision late onThursday as its revised travel ban took effect and said fiancés would beconsidered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the UnitedStates. • Their fortunes enmeshed, Trump and Putin to hold first meeting next week U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putinnext week at a summit in Germany that brings two world leaders whose politicalfortunes have become intertwined face-to-face for the first time. LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK (As reported by NewsRise) • The SGX Nifty Futures were at 9,504.50, little changed from its previousclose. • The Indian rupee will likely fall against the dollar on expectations localshares will follow regional peers lower, as bond yields harden in developednations amid bets interest rates are headed higher in the U.S. and Europe. • Indian government bonds are likely to edge higher today as some banks mayboost debt purchases on the last day of the fiscal first quarter. However, freshsupply of bonds and higher U.S. yields may lead to selling by some investors.The yield on the benchmark 6.79 percent bond maturing in 2027 is likely to tradein a 6.49 percent-6.54 percent band today. GLOBAL MARKETS • Wall Street fell sharply on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and the Dowindustrials suffering their worst daily percentage drops in about six weeks, asa recent decline in technology shares deepened and outweighed strength in bankshares. • Japan's Nikkei share average stumbled to two-week lows morning afterinvestors turned risk-averse as major central banks signalled that the era ofcheap money was coming to an end, which hurt both U.S. and European marketsovernight. • The dollar languished near a nine-month low against a basket ofcurrencies, bogged down by growing expectations of more hawkish monetarypolicies in Europe and Canada and doubts about another U.S. interest rateincrease this year. • Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose to six-week highs on Thursday on thelikelihood that central banks in Europe will become less accommodative, beforebonds pared price losses as stocks declined. • Crude oil futures were on track for their biggest weekly gain sincemid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by a decline inU.S. output. • Gold prices steadied, supported by an easing dollar and falling equitieseven as comments from global central banks suggested monetary tightening inEurope and Canada. CLOSE FII INVESTMENTS EQUITIES DEBT PNDF spot 64.56/64.59 June 29 -$176.48 mln $145.75 mln 10-yr bond yield 6.87 Month-to-date $498.85 mln $4.55 bln Year-to-date $8.48 bln $17.99 bln For additional data: India govt bond market volumes Stock market reports Non-deliverable forwards data Corporate debt stories [IN CORPD] Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT] Monthly inflows [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN] ($1 = 64.63 Indian rupees) (Compiled by Benny Thomas in Bengaluru)

          Do Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not.    

This story is being co-published with the Genetic Literacy Project.

On Thursday, Science published a large-scale study on the relationship between bees and a pesticide, neonicotinoids. It got quite a bit of pickup in the press—Nature touted that the “Largest-Ever Study of Controversial Pesticides Finds Harm to Bees,” while the BBC explained that a “Large-Scale Study ‘Shows Neonic Pesticides Harm Bees.’ ” The Scientist said the same, with “Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees,” and PBS followed suit with “Neonicotinoid Pesticides Are Slowly Killing Bees.”

These headlines seem to reflect a line included in the abstract of the study itself: “These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.”

Sure sounds like a bummer for the bees. One problem: The data in the paper (and hundreds of pages of supporting data not included but available in background form to reporters) do not support that bold conclusion. No, there is no consensus evidence that neonics are “slowly killing bees.” No, this study did not add to the evidence that neonics are driving bee health problems.

Unfortunately, and predictably, the overheated mainstream news headlines also generated a slew of even more exaggerated stories on activist and quack websites where undermining agricultural chemicals is a top priority (e.g., Greenpeace, End Times Headlines, and Friends of the Earth). The takeaway: The “beepocalypse” is accelerating. A few news outlets, such as Reuters (“Field Studies Fuel Dispute Over Whether Banned Pesticides Harm Bees”) and the Washington Post (“Controversial Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives Could Be Worse.”), got the contradictory findings of the study and the headline right.

But based on the study’s data, the headline could just as easily have read: “Landmark Study Shows Neonic Pesticides Improve Bee Health”—and it would have been equally correct. So how did so many people get this so wrong?

This much-anticipated two year, $3.6 million study is particularly interesting because it was primarily funded by two major producers of neonicotinoids, Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta. They had no involvement with the analysis of the data. The three-country study was led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, or CEH, in the U.K.—a group known for its skepticism of pesticides in general and neonics in particular.

The raw data—more than 1,000 pages of it (only a tiny fraction is reproduced in the study)—are solid. It’s a reservoir of important information for entomologists and ecologists trying to figure out the challenges facing bees. It’s particularly important because to date, the problem with much of the research on neonicotinoids has been the wide gulf between the findings from laboratory-based studies and field studies.

Some, but not all, results from lab research have claimed neonics cause health problems in honeybees and wild bees, endangering the world food supply. This has been widely and often breathlessly echoed in the popular media—remember the execrably reported Time cover story on “A World Without Bees.” But the doses and time of exposure have varied dramatically from lab study to lab study, so many entomologists remain skeptical of these sweeping conclusions. Field studies have consistently shown a different result—in the field, neonics seem to pose little or no harm. The overwhelming threat to bee health, entomologists now agree, is a combination of factors led by the deadly Varroa destructor mite, the miticides used to control them, and bee practices. Relative to these factors, neonics are seen as relatively inconsequential.

I’ve addressed this disparity between field and lab research in a series of articles at the Genetic Literacy Project, and specifically summarized two dozen key field studies, many of which were independently funded and executed. This study was designed in part to bridge that gulf. And the devil is in the interpretation.

According to the lead researcher Richard Pywell of the CEH:

We’ve shown for the first time negative effects of neonicotinoid-coated seed dressings on honeybees and we’ve also shown similar negative effects on wild bees. … Our findings are a cause for serious concern.

I agree that there might be cause for serious concern if the studies had shown convincing evidence of negative effects. But a review of the data—by the GLP and independent scientists—concludes differently. The European study focused on three types of bees placed in fields across three countries—Germany, Hungary, and the U.K. As Jenna Gallegos noted in her particularly nuanced analysis in the Washington Post:

[T]he results were not as clear-cut as experts had hoped. … The differences between bees in treated or untreated fields were largely insignificant, and many of the bees in both groups died before they could be counted.

Overall, the data collected from 33 different fields covered 42 analyses and 258 endpoints—a staggering number. The paper only presented a sliver of that data—a selective glimpse of what the research, in its entirety showed.

What patterns emerged when examining the entire data set? Here is a chart assembled from data supplied to the research funders by the CEH (but not released in the published study) with the findings summarized (light green indicates “no impact,” red points to “negative impact,” and dark green suggests neonics had a positive impact).

In sum, of 258 endpoints, 238—92 percent—showed no effects. (Four endpoints didn’t yield data.) Only 16 showed effects. Negative effects showed up 9 times—3.5 percent of all outcomes; 7 showed a benefit from using neonics—2.7 percent.

As one scientist pointed out, in statistics there is a widely accepted standard that random results are generated about 5 percent of the time—which means by chance alone we would expect 13 results meaninglessly showing up positive or negative.

Norman Carreck, science director of the International Bee Research Association, who was not part of either study, noted, the small number of significant effects “makes it difficult to draw any reliable conclusions.”

When pressed, even Pywell acknowledged the conflicting data.

The data were rife with other contradictions. Worker bees and drones in Britain struggled to survive the winter, but the same variety of wild bees increased in Germany. Egg production also increased in Germany but fell in Hungary.

The health problems seemed to have little to do with pesticides. A fungal infection ran roughshod over Hungary’s bees. In Britain, they were decimated by the deadly and unrelenting Varroa destructor mite—even the controls suffered losses 400 percent greater than the national average. These catastrophic loss numbers suggest the field experiments may have been poorly constructed—raising doubts about the standard of research for the entire research project.

The broader context of the bee health controversy is also important to understand; bees are not in sharp decline—not in North America nor in Europe, where neonics are under a temporary ban that shows signs of becoming permanent, nor worldwide. Earlier this week, Canada reported that its honeybee colonies grew 10 percent year over year and now stand at about 800,000. That’s a new record, and the growth tracks the increased use of neonics, which are critical to canola crops in Western Canada, where 80 percent of the nation’s honey originates.

Managed beehives in the U.S. had been in steady decline since the 1940s, as farm land disappeared to urbanization, but began stabilizing in the mid-1990s, coinciding with the introduction of neonicotinoids. They hit a 22-year high in the last count.

Global hive numbers have steadily increased since the 1960s except for two brief periods—the emergency of the Varroa mite in the late 1980s and the brief outbreak of colony collapse disorder, mostly in the U.S., in the mid-2000s.

So the bees, contrary to widespread popular belief, are actually doing all right in terms of numbers, although the Varroa mite remains a dangerous challenge. But still, a cadre of scientists well known for their vocal opposition to and lobbying against neonics have already begun trying to leverage the misinterpretation of the data. “In the light of this new study, continuing to claim that use of neonicotinoids in farming does not harm bees is no longer a tenable position,” David Goulson, a University of Sussex bee biologist, known in anti-neonic circles as a scientist-for-hire, told the U.K.’s Science Media Centre.

But other, less ideologically invested scientists were far more circumspect. “We learn again: It’s complicated,” said biologist Tjeerd Blacquière of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The mixed findings are likely to intensify ongoing debates about restricting or banning the compounds, with both sides claiming vindication.

The study, while problematic and contradictory in its results, is not without value. It has underscored that it’s possible or even likely that exposure to miticides or insecticides—including neonics, which like all insecticides are designed to target insects—increases the vulnerability of bees to disease and other threats. But that could be said about any chemical, including organic treatments. In Europe, where neonics have been banned since 2013 (based almost entirely on disputed lab studies), farmers have turned to alternatives that are far more toxic to both bees and humans, such as Lorsban and pyrethrins. Canola production is down, and bee health has shown no appreciable change. Farmers are in open revolt, and bees are arguably the worse for it.

Within hours of the release of the study, advocacy groups opposed to intensive agricultural techniques had already begun weaponizing the misreported headlines.

“It shows that industry claims that neonicotinoids do not harm bees at field-relevant concentrations are baseless,” said a Greenpeace senior scientist, a marine biologist with no background in entomology.

“Pressure mounts for a complete ban on neonicotinoid pesticides as landmark study confirms these chemicals are harming bees,” wrote Friends of the Earth.

But viewing the date from the European study in context makes it even more obvious that sweeping statements about the continuing beepocalypse and the deadly dangers to bees from pesticides, and neonicotinoids in particular, are irresponsible. That’s on both the scientists, and the media.

          Bayer to Cut 2017 Forecasts as Crop Unit Struggles in Brazil   

Bayer AG plans to cut its sales and profit forecasts for this year because of unexpectedly high stockpiling in Brazil of its crop-protection products. Full-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other special costs will be reduced by 300 million euros to 400 million euros, the Leverkusen, Germany-based company said in a The dimmer outlook comes even as the conglomerate forges ahead with its proposed $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company.

          IAN funds renewable energy startup Carbon Masters   

Carbon Masters India Pvt. Ltd. is a Bengaluru – based renewable energy provider and a startup. The startup had announced yesterday (29/06/2017) that it has secured Seed funding from the VC firms, Sangam Ventures and Indian Angel Networks (IAN). The exact amount of funding it had received was not revealed. This round of funding was […]

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          Wild ducks in Romania are caught eating small birds for the first time   
They're usually thought of as placid creatures, happy to accept pieces of bread thrown into rivers by willing passers-by. But a shocking new study paints ducks in a very different light. Researchers have captured images of mallard ducks attacking and eating small birds - a behaviour that has never been seen before. Researchers from the University of Cambridge caught the bizarre behaviour on camera, while filming mallard ducks on a reservoir in Romania. Mallards normally eat seeds, acorns, berries, plants and insects, and occasionally eat small fish. But this is the first time they have ever been seen eating other birds.
          Eagleyard to Deliver Laser Diodes for MERLIN Satellite Mission   
Laser diode developer Eagleyard Photonics GmbH has been assigned by SpaceTech to deliver space-qualified distributed feedback (DFB) seed laser diodes for a Franco-German small satellite mission.. ... - Source: www.photonics.com
          la tv de televisa   

Televisa inició en el año de 1950 bajo el nombre de Telesistema Mexicano, ofreciendo las primeras tres señales de televisión en México, las cuales eran ,XHTV-TV, en (1950), XEW-TV, (en 1951) y XHGC-TV, en 1952). La compañía fue fundada por la familia Azcárraga, quienes hasta la fecha siguen siendo los propietarios a pesar de la division accionaria que esta empresa ya tiene. Su sede principal estuvo ubicada en la Avenida Chapultepec, en la Ciudad de México, dicha sede era conocida como Televicentro. El edificio inició sus operaciones el 10 de febrero de 1952.En el año 1968 Televisión Independiente de México (TIM), el principal competidor de Televisa, se colocó en la televisión mexicana con el nombre de XHTIM-TV, Canal 8. Al mismo tiempo, ambas empresas, Telesistema y TIM, tuvieron que competir con XHAW-TV en la ciudad de Monterrey, el cual inició operaciones ese mismo año. Durante los siguientes cuatro años, ambas compañías estuvieron en competencia en cuanto se refiere a programación e imagen, hasta que el 17 de septiembre de 1972 las dos primeras se unieron bajo el nombre de Televisa, en la cual, Telesistema Mexicano era poseedor del 75% de las acciones mientras que Televisión independiente era poseedor del resto, el cual fue comprado más tarde por Telesistema debido a problemas económicos que sufrió TIM. Cuando Telesistema y Televisión Independiente de México se fusionan, los estudios de esta última (Estudios San Angel Inn) pasarían a formar parte de Televisa.
El 7 de septiembre de 1970 fue creado el noticiero 24 horas, siendo el periodista mexicano Jacobo Zabludovsky quien lo condujo durante más de 25 años.
El 23 de septiembre de 1972, Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, quien era el director general de la empresa, murió y Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, su hijo, fue quien continuó al cargo.Es así como el 8 de enero de 1973 Telesistema Mexicano y Televisión Independiente de México decidieron fusionarse y crear una nueva entidad denominada Televisa S.A. (Televisión Vía Satélite S.A.). Presidía la nueva organización Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, figuraban también en su directorio Rómulo O’Farril, Miguel Alemán Velasco, Alejandro Sada y Amalita Gómez ZepedaA partir de 1977, Televisa empezó a transmitir varios programas producidos por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). El 3 de marzo de 1983, el canal 8 cambia de orientación, para adoptar un perfil cultural, transmitiendo programas informativos, de debate y series culturales sin anuncios ni cortes comerciales. Fue el primer canal de televisión en abierto en tener un contenido 100% cultural sin cortes publicitarios. Para el 18 de mayo de 1985, el canal 8 cambió su frecuencia a la del Canal 9 con las siglas XEQ-TV como identificación del canal.El 19 de septiembre de 1985, un terremoto de 8.3 grados Escala de Richter afecta a la ciudad de México. Entre los daños a la infraestructura se encuentra el derrumbe de la torre sur de Televisa Chapultepec. Sin embargo esta empresa pudo recuperarse de aquel siniestro y retomar sus transmisiones al aire.

          Updated PressGo grant application forms available   

PressGo has recently updated application forms and information for applicants for the monies they administer on behalf of the Church – including the Mission Enterprise Fund and Presbyterian Foundation funds. The updated criteria for small grants, development grants and aroha grants can be viewed on the PressGo page of the website. Read more

          Indian Junior Boys Ensure Bronze At Asian TT Tourney   
New Delhi (PTI) The Indian junior boys team thrashed Iran 3-1 in the quarterfinals to ensure a bronze medal in the 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships at Asan, South Korea today. The Indian team comprised Manav Thakkar, Jeet Chandra and Manush Shah. They will clash with top-seeded China in the semi-finals. However, the […]
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          Playtime is over in new Cult of Chucky trailer   

The latest installment in the Chucky horror franchise is a who’s who from the previous movies. Original stars Alex Vincent (Andy Barclay) and Brad Dourif (voice of Chucky) reprise their roles alongside Fiona Dourif (Nica Pierce, Curse of Chucky) and Jennifer Tilly's Tiffany (Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky).

          Breath of the Wild: Master Trials DLC is now available   

If finding all those Korok Seeds isn't keeping you busy during The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's post-game, fear not! The first of two announced DLC packs for Link's newest adventure is available today. The Master Trials brings even more depth to Hyrule. Most notably, a dungeon which is composed of 45 separate rooms has been added. In this dungeon, players must prove their fighting ability by clearing each room of enemies before being allowed to move forward. What makes this interesting is that Link is stripped of his awesome gear, forcing us to fight smart.

If this seems like a lot of work, it's for good reason. When this dungeon is completed successfully, the Master Sword will permanently glow. Originally, the Master Sword would only enter this state within dungeons, around Guardians, and so on. While it glows, the blade of evil's bane is two times stronger than normal. That's a whopping 60 attack power, over the standard 30.

One huge and new dungeon not enough? How about the whole game with extra difficulty? The Master Trials also enables hard mode for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Enemies now regenerate health mid-battle, and are more perceptive of Link's whereabouts if he's sneaking around. Exclusive to hard mode, enemies on floating platforms now exist throughout Hyrule. Taking these airborne baddies out yields a worthwhile treasure, similar to clearing a Bokoblin camp.

The Master Trials DLC also adds a feature called the Hero's Path. Enabling it draws out Link's path on the map of Hyrule, depicting where he has and hasn't traveled on foot. On top of this handy update, players will also be able to find a hidden item called the Travel Medallion which can set a custom fast-travel point based on Link's current location.

Finally, some new items have been added to Hyrule. While most of the new items are cosmetic fun (like Majora's Mask), the Korok's Mask is probably the most useful. With the Korok Mask equipped, players will more easily locate Korok Seeds. With 900 Korok Seeds in the wild, this is a blessing for all the lovely completionists out there.

At $19.99, you can purchase the Expansion Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This includes The Master Trials - available now - and The Champion's Ballad, which is out in December.

          Who Wants to Grow a Garden With Me?   
This is the time of year I typically start planning my garden, buying seed, and getting ready for spring planting. Do any of you want to do it with me?

Its great to have a nice big plot, but you garden spot doesn't have to be big. All you need is a spot w/ at least 6 hrs of sun a day, spring and summer, and you can grow something beautiful and delicious.

March 1st I usually plan what I'll be planting, then start buying seed to sow indoors. In my area I keep these i...
          The danger of heretics   

A liking for detective stories brought a familiarity with the Matthew Shardlake stories of CJ Sansom. Shardlake is a barrister in mid-Sixteenth Century England, the mysteries he investigates are set against the background of the seedy and harsh realities of the lives of ordinary people and against the aristocratic and clerical struggles for power in Crown and Church. Sansom also describes the hideous reality of what it meant for those who dared to differ with Church doctrine. His description of the killing of Anne Askew is historically accurate, Bishop Shaxton …

           KB금융그룹, 전략적 투자 통해 핀테크 기업의 성장 지원    
KB금융그룹(회장 윤종규)은 30일 핀테크 스타트업 해빗팩토리(Habit Factory)에 1억5000억 원을 투자했다고 밝혔다. 이번 투자는 KB금융그룹 계열사 중 벤처 투자를 전문으로 하는 KB인베스트먼트에서 Seed 투자의 형태로 진행되었으며, KB금융그룹이 직접 육성하여 제휴한 핀테크 스타트업에 대한 전략적 투자라는 점에서 더욱 주목을 받고 있다. 해빗팩토리는 금융사의 SMS와 푸쉬 메시지에 담긴 고객의 금융 데이터를 분석하여 맞춤형 금융상품을 추천하는 통합 자산관리 솔루션을 보유한 업체이다. 이번 KB인
          Aftercut Patch Fix (4.8kg)   
Aftercut Patch Fix (4.8kg)

Aftercut Patch Fix (4.8kg)

Repairs Lawn Patches Shady conditions Play areas In areas caused by pet urine damage High traffic areas

          Finally...Something New   
This may not be japanese cuisine but it is still a tasty dish.

Irish Cabbage Rolls
Inspired by Diners, Drive-ins and Dives segment on Galway Bay Pub

Pickling Spice added to pre-corned (spiced) packaged beef

Spice amount can vary due to number of beefs you're working with. These amounts work well for 2 point cuts and 1 flat cut corned beef.

Prepackaged Corned Beef, point cut or flat cut (your choice)
3-5 lbs russet potatoes (Adjust amount to size of beef. Figure about 1-1/2 lbs of potatoes to 1 lb of meat. Do not substitute red or yukon gold! You need the high starch found in the russets.)

Pickling Spice
Dehydrated Onion                          2 TBSP
Mustard Seed (Yellow)                   2 TBSP
Black Pepper, Ground                    2 TBSP
White Pepper, Ground (or whole)    2 TBSP
Chili Pepper                                    2 TBSP
Allspice (whole)                              2 TBSP
Granulated Garlic                            2 TBSP
Cloves                                            2 TBSP
Black Pepper, Whole                      2 TBSP
Coriander                                      2 TBSP
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes           2 TBSP
Bay Leaves                                    4-6 Leaves

Dipping Sauce
2 cups Mayo
4 oz Stone Ground Mustard
3-4 oz Heavy Cream
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp Ground Yellow Mustard
2 Tbsp White Vinegar (or add to taste)

Boil 5-1/2 to 6 hours. Let cool to room temp than strip fat from meat. Chill stripped meat several hours or overnight.

Clean and boil potatoes till soft. Mash with butter.

Cut out core from cabbage and boil for 15 minutes. Let cool.

Mix up dipping sauce. NOTE: The more liquid in the dipping makes the beef and potato filling softer and more difficult to cut through the cabbage leaf without it forcing the contents out of the roll and all over the plate.

Chop cold corned beef and mix with mashed potatoes. Mix beef and potatoes with the dipping sauce. Add just enough sauce to bind the meat and potato mixture together.
Gently work cabbage leaves apart from the head. Fill leaves each with a portion of beef and potatoes. Roll up filled leaf, folding in edges as you go.

Steam for 10 minutes.
          IT Manager - Veseys Seeds Ltd - York, PE   
Bachelor’s Degree in Programming, Computer Science or related field would be a major asset. Develop long-term strategic recommendations and plans for digital...
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          6/30/2017: SPORTS: QUOTE OF THE DAY   

IT IS LIBERATING A BIT. ... FOR A CHANGE, IT’S GOOD TO NOT BE ONE OF THE TOP FAVORITES. IT RELEASES A BIT OF THE PRESSURE.” Novak Djokovic, reacting to his No. 2 men’s singles seeding for Wimbledon, which begins Monday. The three- time champion (...
          Sask. farmers planted plenty of canola this spring   
While development of Saskatchewan's crops stayed on schedule this week according to the provincial crop report released Thursday, Statistics Canada released what crops farmers seeded this spring.
          Regina team wins agBOT Challenge for the second consecutive year   
For the second year in a row, the Prairie Robotics team has placed first in the agBOT Challenge in Indiana. The group of four University of Regina engineering graduates competed in the international competition that promotes technology in agriculture. Last year, the group won the seeding competition. This year, their spraying robot took first place […]
          Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings   

Global Packaged Chia Seeds Market 2017-2021 - Key vendors are Benexia, Bestground international , ChiaCorp, Corporacin Kunachia , Naturkost belhr & The Chia Co - Research and Markets )--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Packaged Chia Seeds Market 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the global packaged chi... )--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "InfineonDPS310Capacitive Pressure Sensor: Technology and Cost Analysis" report to their offering.

          This One-Pan North African-Spiced Chicken with Roasted Carrots Recipe Is An Amazing Diet-Friendly Dish   
One-Pan North African-Spiced Chicken With Roasted Carrots
Brent Herrig
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add ancho chili, caraway, coriander, cumin, and peppercorns. Cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes, shaking skillet often. Let cool.
Use a spice grinder or mortal and pestle to finely grind chili and seeds. Combine the spice mixture with salt, and rub it evenly over chicken.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, swirling to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned, turning once, about 10 minutes.
Remove chicken from skillet, and set aside on a plate. Add carrots and 1-2 tbsp orange juice to skillet, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the pan. Place chicken back in skillet, and transfer to oven; roast about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 180°F and carrots are just tender.
Drizzle remaining orange juice over chicken and carrots. Sprinkle with orange zest and cilantro just before serving. Remove skin if desired.

          The 10 Best Chemical-Free SPF Skincare Products of Summer 2017   

          Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100   
In the year 2100, 2 billion people - about one-fifth of the world's population - could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University research. Rising sea levels - such as those at the Mekong Delta in Vietnam - will force residents inland  [Credit: Mike...

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          FREE Always Seems To Suck The Oxygen Out Of The Room   

I closely watch the value the digital bits being exchanged via the Interwebz--it is what I do. @audreywatters always says that APIs are "reducing everything to a transaction", and I am interested understanding the value of these bits, what people are buying and selling them for, and how it keeps the Internet machine chugging along--for better or worse. As I watch Audrey battle with folks about the availability of content with her domain and experience my own shift in what should be made freely available by API providers, I'm left thinking about the damaging effects free has had on our world.

I feel like the seeds of this were set into motion by John Perry Barlow followers imparting their ideology on the web, but was something that was capitalized on during the Web 2.0 movement by tech giants like Google, Twitter, and Facebook when it came to leveling the playing field, giving them the competitive advantage they needed. It is very difficult to compete with FREE. Only certain companies can operate in this environment. It's a brilliant and cutthroat way of doing business, setting a tone for how business should be done in a way that keeps competitors out of the game. When the free and open Internet armies become wielded by this type of passive aggressive capitalism, the resulting zombie army becomes a pretty effect force for attacking any providers who are left operating in this oxygen-deprived environment.

These free zombie armies think the web should be free and openly accessible for them to do what they want, most notably build a startup, getting funding, and sell that startup to another company. Your detailed website of business listings, research into an industry, and other valuable exhaust that MUST remain free is ripe for picking, and inclusion into their businesses. The zombies rarely go picketing after tech giants, telling them that everything must remain free and available, they go after the small service provider who is trying to make a living and build an actual small business. If the tech giants sucking the oxygen out of space with FREE don't get you, the free and open zombies will pick you clean through a sustained, and systematic assault from Reddit and Hacker News.

I'm always amazed at the bipolar conversations I have with folks about how I manage to make a living doing my API research, how rich and detailed my work is, while also being asked to jump on a phone call to talk through my research, so it can be used in their startup, marketing, or infographic. Never being asked if they could pay me, and when I mention getting paid-- they often just scatter. This continuous assault on the web has pushed me to shift my views on what should be FREE, and what we publish and openly license on the web, as well as make available at the lowest tiers of our APIs. These are my valuable bits. I've managed to stay alive and make a living in a field where most analysts either burn out or are acquired and coopted. My bits are how I make a living, please stop demanding that they always be free. Not everyone can operate like Google, Facebook, or Twitter--sometimes things cost money to do well, and might not need to be done at scale.

          The Residue Of Internets C4I DNA Visible In Ubers Behavior   

The military's fingerprints are visible throughout the Internet's history, with much of the history of compute born out of war, so it's no surprise that the next wave of warfare is all about the cyber (its HUGE). With so much of Internet technology being inseparable from military ideology and much of its funding coming from the military-industrial complex, it is going to be pretty hard for Internet tech to shake its core DNA programmed as part of a command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) seeds. 

This DNA is present in the unconscious behavior we see from startups, most recently with the news of Uber deceiving authorities using a tool they developed call Greyball, allowing them to target regulators and law enforcement, and prevent or obscure their access and usage to the ridesharing platform. User profiling and targeting is a staple of Silicon Valley startups. Startups profile and target their definition of ideal behavior(s), and then focus on getting users to operate within this buckets, or you segment them into less desirable buckets, and deal (or don't) with them however you deem appropriate.

If you are a marketer or sales person you think targeting is a good thing. You want as much information on a single user and a group of users as you possibly can so that you can command and control (C2) your desired outcome. If you are a software engineer, this is all a game to you. You gather all the data points you possibly can build your profiles--command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3i). The Internet's DNA whispers to you in your ear--you are the smart one here, everyone is just a pawn in your game. Executives and investors just sit back and pull the puppet strings on all the actors within their control.

It's no surprise that Uber is targeting regulators and law enforcement. They are just another user demographic bucket. I guarantee there are buckets for competitors, and their employees who have signed up for accounts. When any user signs up for your service, you process what you know about them, and put them in a bucket, and see where they exist (or don't) within your sales funnel (repeat, rinse). Competitors, regulators, and law enforcement all have a role to play, the bucket they get put into, and the service they receive will be (slightly) different than everyone else.

Us engineers love to believe that we are the puppet masters, when it reality we are the puppets, with our string pulled by those who invest us, and our one true master--Internet technology. We numb ourselves and conveniently forget the history of the Internet, and lie to ourselves that venture capital has our best interests in mind and that they need us. They do not. We are a commodity. We are the frontline of this new type of warfare that has evolved as the Internet over the last 50 years--we are beginning to see the casualties of this war, democracy, privacy, and security.

This is cyber warfare. It's lower level warfare in the sense that the physical destruction and blood isn't front and center, but the devastation and suffering still exists. Corporations are forming their own militias, drawing lines, defining their buckets, and targeting groups for delivering propaganda to, while they are positioning for a variety of attacks against competitors, regulators, law enforcement, and other competing militias. You attack anyone the algorithm defines as the enemy. You aggressively sell to those who fit your ideal profile. You try to indoctrinate anyone you can trust to be part of your militia, and keep fighting--it is what the Internet wants us to do.

          Neonicotinoids can harm some bees   

Or not to bee

NEONICOTINOIDS are so good at killing things which suck the sap and chew the flesh of crops that they have become the world’s most widely used family of insecticides. For decades, though, there has been a fear that they harm non-crop-eating insects, too—in particular, bees.

The evidence for this has been mixed. Swedish research published in 2015—two years after the EU imposed a moratorium on the use of three popular neonicotinoids, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam—found that wild bees in fields sown with neonicotinoid-treated oilseed rape (canola) reproduced poorly. Yet other field studies have found no discernible effects on either wild-bee or honeybee populations. Two studies published in Science on June 30th add to the case against.

The first*, by Ben Woodcock of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, and colleagues, was funded in part by Bayer CropScience, maker...

          Genetic engineering tool generates antioxidant-rich purple rice   
Researchers in China have developed a genetic engineering approach capable of delivering many genes at once and used it to make rice endosperm-seed tissue that provides nutrients to the developing plant embryo-produce high levels of antioxidant-boosting pigments called anthocyanins.  The...
          World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017   
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Executive Summary

NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.

The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.

Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South

Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.

With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.

          Comment on Thank You To Our Renewing Sponsor Sensi Seeds by Marty   
Too bad they dont ship seeds to the US and Canada. They are quality seeds and many seedshops in the US and Canada are selling fake Sensi Seeds because their reputation is too good to pass up. They really need to drop that rule and start shipping again.
          Column: Pride After Pulse, Gay Pagans Reflect on a Tragedy   
In the LGBTQ+ community, the month of June is the season of pride. While pride has its seeds as a protest movement spawned from the Stonewall riots of 1969, the trajectory of the movement has followed the trajectory of society’s inclusion of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other sexually nonconforming communities. As the arc […]
          Pickerel Rush an Edible and Beautiful Plant for Your Water Garden   
TweetBig thanks to Nick Burtner at School of Permaculture (https://schoolofpermaculture.com) for posting about this plant being edible on Facebook. Been growing it for years and never knew it was that type of resource.  The seeds are pretty good raw, I … Continue reading
          Kérastase Aura Botanica offers beautiful hair in a natural way!   
Kérastase has gone super green with the launch of their Aura Botanica hair care range which is 98% of natural origin - refining nature into a luxurious experience featuring handpicked Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils, with no silicones, no sulfates, and no parabens - for effective care to enhance natural, lightly devitalized hair - leaving it resplendent, glowing and reawakened to its natural beauty.

Available in the collection:

Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire - 250ml - $45 - revolutionizes natural cleansing without sulfates or silicones that instead comes from naturally effective and foaming active ingredients found in Samoan coconut oil so there is no added weight, coating or oiliness - for hair that can truly breathe, glowing with healthy vitality and the feeling of clean, liberated hair. The gentle yet effective cleansing removes all impurities, preparing hair fibres to receive the optimal benefits of:

Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental - 200ml - $50 - with a lightweight, creamy texture that instantly melts into hair fibres for 48 hours of deep, durable nutrition and frizz control. Detangling, even without silicones, is easy thanks to a high concentration of natural oils - coconut, argan and sunflower - that are all in perfect affinity with hair. Just leave on for up to five minutes, then rinse for hair that is strengthened from within, smooth and soft to the touch. 
Ara Botanica Essence d'Éclat - 100ml - $57 - offers customizable care for hair that needs added nutrition with a DIY solution that is packed with 99% natural origin ingredients for an utmost pure boost of replenishing energy including: avocado oil - rich in omega 6 and 9, adds softness and shine;  jojoba oil - with its velvety, dry-to-the-touch feel, enhances the sensory allure; argan oil - to tame  frizz and boost nutrition; along with rosemary extract and sweet orange essential oil. 

What I really like about this product is how versatile it is: use it for the scalp - massage into a dry or tight scalp before shampooing for added nutrition; as a pre-shampoo for normal to thick, sensitized hair -  massage into hair lengths or ends before shampooing; as a treatment - blend into your Soin Fondamental to add intense conditioning to sensitized hair - for fine hair add 4 to 6 pumps and for medium and thick hair add 4 to 8 pumps before use; and it even works great as a body oil for dry  hands and body!

Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel - 50ml - $60 - a lightweight, ultra-fine mist that nourishes hair for two days, while offering three days of anti-frizz control. It has a bi-phase formula - the first phase has four highly nutritious oils - jojoba, avocado, coconut and argan - and for the senses, a touch of sweet orange essential oil. The second water phase contains a dilution of subtly scented damask rose water for added hydration. Just shake well and the oil molecules become suspended in the water, ready to be released in the form of a fine mist that delivers the beneficial oils deep within the hair. It can either be sprayed onto towel-dried hair; misted over dry hair to boost softness and glow or even applied as a finish product to hair ends.

Next to how well hair products works, the next most important thing to me is how they smell and these ones smell great, both soothing and invigorating! The velvety, woody floral accord was developed in collaboration with the perfumers at MANE, as a blend of noble raw materials, essential oils, resinoids and natural extracts. Each ingredient was chosen for its transporting fragrance, its aromatherapy properties and its biodegradability. The top notes vibrate with citrus zests and freshly crushed mint leaves; with a heart of spicy coriander seeds and sparkling pink pepper, enveloped in the purity of white jasmine petals; and base notes that caress with warm amber woods, subtly blended with Indonesian patchouli leaves and vanilla pods for a lingering sensation of absolute comfort - yum!

Available now in Kérastase salons and online at kerastase.ca.

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          Cloud Seeding Water Wars the Cause of Eco-Disasters?   
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          A (almost) Pure Random Demon Name Generator in Racket   

Hey: someone implemented a similar algorithm in one of my favorite languages: Factor! See it here.

Hey. Check out some of these fictional demon names:

("Barzan" "Melkot" "Bandi" "Fek'Ihri" "Krenim")

They are from this list of fictional demon names on the wikipedia.

You see, I've been listening to Songs of the Dying Earth, a short story collection, written by various authors, but set in Jack Vance's Dying Earth setting, which is a far future science fiction/fantasy world where mages insult eachother politely and make mischeif.


Another thing they do is enslave demons from lower or higher realms. This gave me the idea to eventually write a game where you play as one such enslaved demon, and I thought it would be cute to generate a fresh demon name for each play through. So I wrote such a system, in Racket, and here is a guided tour.

This isn't a very advanced technique, but all the code here is side effect free - so if that floats your boat, or if you are just curious how one programs in such a manner, then read on!


Our demon name generator will be a modified, ad-hoc Markov Model generator. What does that mean? It is easier to explain than implement, actually. We will take a corpus of demon names (the list from wikipedia) and do some statistics on it. In particular, we'll calculate how often a given letter follows another letter in a name, and then we can generate names based on that table of transitions. The only wrinkle is that the first letter in a name is obviously going to not have a letter before it to bias the choice, and that any letter might lead to the end of the name.

We'll add an additional wrinkle, which improves name generation, which is that we'll maintain a separate transition table for each position in the name. That is, the probability of going from "a" to "b" might be different if "a" is the third character in the name vs the seventh. This will let our model include the fact that certain letters and transitions are more common, for instance, near the front of the name, than near the end.

Populating our Transition Table

Our corpus looks like this:

(define demon-names 
  (list "Abraxas"

We need to visit each name in the corpus and scan through it, recording each time, for a given index, that the letter at that index follows whatever letter was previous to the index. We want to maintain a side-effect free discipline, so we will use Racket's purely functional, persistent dictionaries to store the transitions. We will often be incrementing the value at a key in such a dictionary by 1, so lets get that code out of the way now:

(define (dict-update d key fun . args)
  (match args
     (let ((val (dict-ref d key)))
       (dict-set d key (fun val))))
    ((list or-value)
     (let ((val (dict-ref d key (lambda () or-value))))
       (dict-set d key (fun val))))))

(define (at-plus d k)
  (dict-update d k (lambda (x) (+ x 1)) 0))

dict-update takes a dictionary, a key and a function, fetches the value currently at the position, calls the function on it, and sets that value in the dictionary, the new version produced by which action is then returned. If they key isn't there, the first value in the args list is passed to the function instead, allowing us to specify a default value.

at-plus used dict-update to increment the value stored at a key by one, setting it to one if no such value is present.

Our dictionary is going to associate transitions with counts. How shall we represent a transtion? A transition is a triple, in our case, consisting of the index the transition covers, the previous character, and the current character. We will use a Racket struct to represent a transition as a triple:

(struct triple (index from to) #:transparent)

We will use the symbol 'a to represent the character "a" and so one. For the first and last transition, we will use the special values 'start and 'end. The first transition always goes from 'start to a letter, and any subsequent transition can arrive at 'end, in which case the name is over.

The function which populates the transition table looks like this, then:

(define (populate-transition-table names)
  (let loop 
      ((names names)
       (table (make-immutable-hash '())))
    (match names
      ((list) table)
      ((cons name names)
       (loop names
              (lambda (triple table)
                (at-plus table triple))
              (string->triples name)))))))

It takes of list of names and iterates over them, accumulating the table as we go. make-immutable-hash returns an empty immutable hash table. The heavy work is done by a call to foldl, which accumulates over the result of calling string->triples on name.

string->triples converts the current name to a list of triples.

(define (string->triples s)
  (let loop
      ((i 0)
       (l (append '(start) 
                  (string->list s)
       (triples '()))
    (match l
      ((list 'end) (reverse triples))
      ((cons from 
             (and rest
                  (cons to _)))
        (+ i 1)
        (cons (triple i
                    (char->symbol* from) 
                    (char->symbol* to))

We initially convert our string to a list, prepend 'start and suffix 'end, and then iterate over the list, looking for 'end to terminate. At each iteration, we grab two values from the list, create a triple, and then recur on the current list minus just one element. Hence the (and rest (cons to _)) pattern match.

Generating Novel Names

Generating a new demon name is easy, now that we have the table. We simply start with an empty name, and consult the table for which character to generate next until we encounter an end.

Most of the work is done by the method next-character, which takes a table, the previous character as a symbol (or 'start) and the index of the character to be generated:

(define (next-character table prev-character index . args)
  (match args
    ((list) (next-character table prev-character
    ((list generator)
     (let* ((sub-table 
             (restrict-table table index prev-character))
            (total-elements (foldl + 0 (dict-values sub-table)))
            (draw (random total-elements generator)))
       (let loop 
           ((draw draw)
            (key/val (dict->list sub-table)))
         (match key/val
           ((cons (cons 
                   (triple _ from to)
                   count) rest)
            (if (or (empty? rest)
                    (<= draw 0))
                (loop (- draw count)

This function restricts the table to the triples which match the index and previous letter, calculates the total number of possible transitions, generates a random number in that range, and iterates through the possible transitions until that number is zero or less, subtracting away the count of each possible transition as it does so. It takes an option random state so that it can be used purely functionally, if we so desire. By default, it consults the current random state, which isn't completely pure - oh well!

This function returns the symbol generated.

generate-demon-name does the rest of the work:

(define (generate-demon-name table . args)
  (match args
    ((list) (generate-demon-name table (current-pseudo-random-generator)))
    ((list gen)
     (let loop ((ix 0)
                (name-list '(start)))
       (let ((next (next-character table (car name-list) ix gen)))
         (if (eq? next 'end)
             (symbol-list->string (cdr (reverse name-list)))
              (+ ix 1)
              (cons next name-list))))))))

This takes a table and an optional random state and calls next-character until and end is found. When it is, the 'start element is stripped off and the list of symbols is converted into a string, which is returned to the user.

It is invoked like this:

(generate-demon-name (populate-transition-table demon-names)) ;->

Another function, generate-demon-names allows many to be generated at once:

(generate-demon-names (populate-transition-table demon-names) 10)



I think the result is pretty nice, and if you precache the table population step, it is also a pretty zippy algorithm. The code is on my github, comments are welcome.

For the intreped, try feeding in other seed data. Included in the library is a list of alien races from Star Trek and a list of all the names in the Book of Mormon. Have fun!

          EEUU: Prevén disputas legales por restricciones migratorias    

WASHINGTON (AP) — Una versión reducida de las restricciones decretadas por el presidente Donald Trump al ingreso a Estados Unidos de personas de seis países mayoritariamente islámicos ha entrado en vigencia, aunque despojada de las disposiciones que provocaron protestas y caos en aeropuertos de todo el mundo en enero, pero se prevé una nueva ronda de disputas legales.

Las nuevas normas, producto de meses de riñas en las cortes, no consisten en una prohibición, sino más sino más bien en un endurecimiento de las normas para el otorgamiento de visas a ciudadanos de los seis países, incluidos los refugiados.

Funcionarios del gobierno prometieron que la aplicación de la norma, vigente desde las 0000 GMT, se realizaría en orden. El vocero del Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE por sus siglas en inglés), Dan Hetlage, dijo que se preveía "normalidad en nuestros puertos de entrada" y que los poseedores de visas válidas podrían viajar.

Con todo, los defensores de los inmigrantes y refugiados prometen impugnar los nuevos requisitos y el gobierno no ha sabido explicar con claridad de qué manera se favorece la seguridad de Estados Unidos.

En Irán, el ministro de Exteriores Mohammad Javad Zarif dijo que la prohibición constituía "una muestra realmente vergonzosa de hostilidad ciega hacia todos los iraníes". La medida, dijo, impedirá que abuelas iraníes visiten a sus nietos en Estados Unidos.

Bajo las normas temporarias, los ciudadanos de Siria, Sudán, Somalia, Libia, Irán y Yemen que ya tienen visa podrán viajar a Estados Unidos, pero los solicitantes nuevos deberán demostrar un parentesco cercano o una relación existente con un negocio o una institución educativa en el país.

No está claro hasta qué punto se verán afectados los viajes, En la mayoría de los países incluidos en la norma, poca gente tiene los recursos para el turismo y esos pocos ya son sometidos a investigación intensa antes de recibir la visa.

No obstante, los defensores de los derechos humanos se preparan a librar nuevas batallas en las cortes. La Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) dijo que los nuevos criterios son "sumamente restrictivos", "arbitrarios" y diseñados para "denigrar y condenar a los musulmanes".

El estado de Hawai presentó el jueves una moción de emergencia en la que solicitó a un juez federal que aclare que el gobierno no puede aplicar las restricciones a los prometidos o parientes como abuelos, tías o tíos, que no fueron incluidos en la definición que hizo el Departamento de Estado sobre relaciones personales “bona fide”, es decir genuinas y comprobables.

Gran parte de la confusión suscitada en enero, cuando entró en vigencia el primer decreto de Trump que prohibía los viajes de las personas de ciertos países a Estados Unidos, tuvo como consecuencia que quienes ya tenían visas aprobadas no pudieran tomar vuelos con destino a territorio estadounidense o se les negara el ingreso a su llegada al país.

Las autoridades de inmigración recibieron el jueves la orden de no impedir el ingreso de las personas con documentos válidos o que reúnan los requisitos para visitar Estados Unidos.


          Seed Processing Assistant - Westland Agro Ltd. - Gravelbourg, SK   
Responsible for incoming and outgoing shipments, operating and maintaining seed cleaning equipment, augers and tractors, ensuring quality of product and... $23 - $28 an hour
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          Mid-Prairie Baseball and Softball Learn Postseason Fate   
The Mid-Prairie baseball and softball teams received their postseason assignments from the state this week. The Golden Hawk baseball team landed in class 2A district 10. The Golden Hawks are the No. 3 seed of six teams and will host their first round game Saturday, July 8th in Wellman against Columbus. Mid-Prairie is 13-10 on […]
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          Exposure to neonic pesticides results in early death for honeybee workers and queens   
Worker and queen honeybees exposed to field realistic levels of neonicotinoids die sooner, reducing the health of the entire colony, biologists have found. The researchers were also surprised to find that the neonicotinoid contaminated pollen collected by the honeybees came not from crops grown from neonicotinoid treated seeds, but plants growing in areas adjacent to those crops. This is season-long, field realistic research with typical exposure.
          2017 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team   
Meet the best and brightest high school students in the state.

The class of 2017, our 23rd, is made up of athletes, coders, budding politicians and brain experts. There's rarely a B on the transcripts of these students — in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers.

Back in 1995, we created the Academic All-Star Team to honor what we then called "the silent majority — the kids who go to school, do their homework (most of it, anyway), graduate and go on to be contributing members of society." Too often, we argued then, all Arkansans heard about young people was how poorly they were faring. Or, when students did get positive attention, it came for athletic achievement.

As you read profiles of this year's All-Stars, it should be abundantly clear that good things are happening in Arkansas schools and there are many academic achievers who deserve to be celebrated. You should get a good idea, as well, of how these stellar students are busy outside school, with extracurricular activities, volunteer work, mission activities and more.

They'll be honored this week at a ceremony at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with plaques and $250 cash awards.

Many college plans listed here are not set in stone, as students await information on scholarships and acceptances.

Age: 17
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: Mount St. Mary Academy
Parents: (guardian) Dennis Chudy
College plans: Duke University

Caroline Coplin-Chudy has a 4.4 grade point average — high enough to rank second in her class at Mount St. Mary Academy — and lost her mother to leukemia during her sophomore year, something she told us came to be a source of inspiration and drive during her academic development. "It was a big adjustment. After my mom passed away, it was just my stepdad. It's a weird realization coming to the idea that both of your parents are gone, and it's just you. ... I still think of her every single day. She motivates me to do well in everything, because my whole life I wanted to make her proud." Caroline is president of Mount St. Mary's Investment Club and of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She's also been a regular volunteer for several years at the Little Rock Compassion Center, whose recovery branch provides meals and health resources to people suffering from addiction. Caroline said she found healing from her own grief in the friendships she forged there. As the recipient of a Questbridge scholarship, described by Caroline's guidance counselor and nominator Amy Perkins as a program where lower-income students qualify for tuition to schools with which they "match" via an early decision process, Caroline will attend Duke University on a full scholarship. "I'm going to study biology and psych, with a minor in Spanish. My plan is to work at the Duke Center for Addiction [Science and Technology] helping people with drug addictions overcome that sort of thing. It's something that I've had experience with, watching my family go through things like that."

Age: 17
Hometown: Pine Bluff
High School: Subiaco Academy
Parents: Sixte Ntamatungiro and Sylvana Niciteretse
College plans: Rice University, neuroscience

Axel Ntamatungiro grew up among books and maps dispersed throughout his home that "paint[ed] the walls with nuanced shades of knowledge." It shows. Not often can a high school senior explain, as Axel does, his love for studying the brain so easily. "Neuroscience is basically a neuron turning on and off," he said. "The fact that you have billions of these combinations that lead to consciousness, that's unbelievable." To continue learning about the mind, Axel is headed to Rice University on a full ride as a QuestBridge scholar. Maybe medical school or graduate school after that. Axel said his parents taught him a "humble intellectualism" that helped him understand "the irrationality of life." They always told him: "Work hard, but you need to realize you don't always get what you deserve." And life has been, at times, irrational and difficult for his family. Axel was the only member of his family born in the United States — in Little Rock in 1999. The rest migrated from Burundi in the early 1990s. They stayed here as the Rwandan genocide inflicted incredible damage in the area. That past was never hidden from Axel. "Instead of avoiding my questions, my parents level-headedly answered [them], telling me about Belgian colonialism, Hutu-Tutsi tension and the systematic poverty afflicting Burundi," he said. Maybe that is why Axel has never been afraid to ask big questions. He said it also helped to have a diverse group of friends who taught him new things. At his cafeteria table for lunch are kids from all over: Nigeria, Fort Smith, Japan, Bentonville and Russia. Everyone's small stories add to a global perspective, something bigger from something small, kind of like those neurons.

Age: 18
Hometown: Springdale
High School: Haas Hall Academy (Fayetteville)
Parents: Brenan and Tiffany DeSpain
College plans: U.S. Naval Academy, nuclear engineering

For Jade DeSpain, the question, "Where's your hometown?" isn't necessarily as straightforward as it seems. The National Merit semifinalist, swimming star and Quiz Bowler spent much of her childhood in Beijing, where her parents — both fluent in Mandarin — taught her Chinese concurrently with English (and where, she notes, she acquired an "incredible prowess with chopsticks.") "We've moved around so much that I don't really have a 'hometown,' but Springdale is the closest I've ever gotten," she said. She's made her impact there, too, tutoring students free of charge through her volunteer work with the M&N Augustine Foundation and putting in time at the Arkansas Council for the Blind and the Springdale Animal Shelter. Jade is ranked second in her class, and her high school transcript is full of aced courses in trigonometry, physics and calculus. She's also the co-founder of Haas Hall Academy's coding club, so a career in nuclear energy development — Jade's field of choice — isn't just an aspiration; it's the plan. "I have a deep appreciation for nature," she told us, citing Devil's Den State Park as a spot to which she feels closely connected, and stressing the importance of preserving natural spaces and developing more long-term options for sustainable energy. On Christmas Day 2016, Jade checked her email to find that she'd attained something she'd wanted as early as age 12: acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy. There, she'll major in nuclear engineering and complete her five mandatory post-Academy years in the Navy, after which she hopes to acquire a Ph.D. in the field.

Age: 18
Hometown: Cabot
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and Melissa Elliott
College plans: University of Arkansas, medicine

Though many of our All-Stars seem destined from birth for academic greatness, there is the occasional inspiring All-Star who has had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. One of those is Cabot High School's Avery Elliott, who was born with nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary eye movements that can make it hard for sufferers to concentrate and learn. Though it's hard to imagine it now, when she was in elementary school Avery found herself falling further and further behind her classmates in reading because of her condition. "That was difficult," she said. "I was behind schedule until about third or fourth grade. I would have to go home and really work with my parents to keep up with the rest of the class." Even though she struggled early on, Avery said that, in a way, the nystagmus contributed to her success and gave her a direction to follow. "I had to learn to really study even outside of school," she said. "I learned some very good study habits. But I think it also really affected where I wanted to go as far as my career. ... I really learned that a medical team can not only dispense medicine, but can really affect someone's life." A National Merit finalist who has volunteered extensively with Special Olympics and already completed 43 hours of college-level coursework, Avery has been awarded the University of Arkansas Fellowship. She plans to study medicine at UAMS after completing her undergrad degree, then practice in Arkansas. That goal has always pushed her to succeed academically. "I wanted to go into the medical field from an early age," she said, "so I knew starting out in high school that I needed to make very good grades in order to get where I needed to. I had to really learn the material, rather than just trying to ace a test."

Age: 17
Hometown: Cabot
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and LeAnne Gilliam
College plans: University of Arkansas, engineering

When most young people say they want to change the world, it's easy to believe that's just pie-in-the-sky thinking by someone who hasn't yet been through the Academy of Hard Knocks. When Jared Gilliam says he wants to change the world, however, there's a good chance he might actually pull it off. Jared even has a plan: He'll change the world through engineering. A National Merit finalist and AP scholar with a GPA of 4.18 and a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, Jared is well placed to do just that. A musician who plays percussion with the Cabot High Marching Band, Jared said his favorite subject in school is math. "I think I'm mostly interested in engineering because I've always been sort of a problem-solver," he said. "I've enjoyed math and science, working through things and finding solutions to everyday problems. This year, I've been in robotics, so we've spent time working on a robot to perform various tasks. I've enjoyed that a lot. I think engineering is where my ability would best be used." He'll attend the University of Arkansas, which has offered him the Honors College Fellowship. He said the drive to excel academically has always been a part of his life. "I've grown up being encouraged to do well, and I guess I have my parents to thank for that and all my teachers," he said. "I think knowing that I have the ability to do all of this, I feel compelled to do what I can to make a difference. I think life would be pretty boring if I didn't go out there and do all the things I do. I don't think I could settle for not being successful."

Age: 18
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High School
Parents: Drs. Bill and Janice Keating
College plans: Undecided

If you were looking for a ringing endorsement of Ben Keating's character, you'd need to look no further than Amy Slater, the guidance counselor who nominated him for our Academic All-Stars roster and who said of Ben, "He is all the things I hope my son turns out to be. ... He really thinks about things, and he practices the trumpet and piano for hours a day. It's crazy, his dedication." Ben probably had something to prove here; he admits to some skepticism on the part of his mother when he announced he'd be pursuing a career in music. He's certainly proved his mettle; Ben is band president at Southside, was a principal trumpet for the 2017 National Youth Honor Orchestra, first chair for Southside's Wind Symphony and for the All-State Jazz Band and was ranked in the top-tier bands for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra each year from 2014-16. The accolades go on and on: Ben has received a Young Artist Award from the International Trumpet Guild, a Gold Medal from the National Piano Guild and superior ratings from the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions for over a decade. He plays for the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and as a volunteer musician for the Fort Smith Community Band. Ben is still deciding where to attend college, but wherever he goes, he hopes to continue playing with an orchestra. Eventually, he wants to teach at the university level. "Ultimately," he wrote, "I want to use my passion to unite people of all different races, backgrounds and cultures. In today's society that is politically and culturally divided, it is more important than ever to share the universal language of music."

Age: 17
Hometown: Hindsville
High School: Huntsville High School
Parents: Shannon Hahn
College plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, biochemical engineering

Katherine Hahn is ranked first in her class at Huntsville High School, which she attends because her hometown of Hindsville is too small to support its own school system. The population of Hindsville is "about 75 people," she told us. At Huntsville High, Katherine plays bass drum in the marching band and marimba/xylophone in the concert band and runs with the Huntsville cross-country team. Her real passion, though, is science. "I think I've always wanted to go to a college that was science-based and research-based," she told us. Her high school principal, Roxanne Enix, noted her own surprise when Katherine announced that she'd take 10 credits her senior year, instead of the recommended eight. "I thought she had lost her mind," Enix stated. Those credits, over half of which are in AP classes, are what Katherine hopes have prepared her for the rigorous workload at MIT. Aiming for a career in pharmaceutical development, Katherine plans to study biochemical engineering, something she said resonated personally with her as a result of her mother's struggle with skin cancer. "Biology helps me understand why medicine does the things it does," Katherine told us. "Whenever I first started out, I wanted to do environmental stuff," she said, but turned her attention to drug delivery systems after observing so many friends and loved ones battling cancer. "I want to help stop people from being scared of losing people," she explained. Katherine, a native of Tahlequah, Okla., who moved to Arkansas around fifth grade, has served on the Madison County Health Coalition as Youth Leader and was named Student of the Year in 2017 by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and Huntsville High School.

Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Bob and Ann Burnside
College plans: Stanford University, biology and public policy

When this reporter mentioned to friends at UAMS that she'd just spoken to an amazingly poised, optimistic and intelligent young woman with a spinal cord injury, they said in unison, "You mean Georgiana Burnside." Her reputation as a teenager who at 16 was paralyzed from the waist down in a snow skiing accident but who considers the event a "blessing" no doubt goes further than UAMS, all the way to Denver's Craig Hospital, where she spent "the most memorable two months in my life," she said, and where she returns to continue her rehabilitation. What is a spinal cord injury? She answers that it is a) a life changed in a split second, b) finding out that a bad attitude is the true disability, c) a time to show off wheelchair tricks, and d) spontaneous moments of unfortunate incontinence. In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Georgiana writes, "my physical brokenness has developed wholeness in my heart about the capacity life holds for individuals regardless of their disabilities." In a phone interview, Georgiana, once a figure skater, talked about her work with Easter Seals, fundraisers for Craig Hospital, and giving talks and testimony about her faith. Georgiana has regained the ability to walk with hiking sticks and leg braces, thanks to the strength in her quads. And, thanks to support from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, Calif., which sponsors athletes with injuries and which has paid for some of her rehabilitation, Georgiana returned to the slopes over spring break, skiing upright with the aid of long forearm equipment. At Stanford, she'll study to be a doctor, with a goal to return to Craig Hospital as a physician who'll treat other injured youths who, though they may have, like Georgiana, at first believed their life was over, will learn they have "a unique role ... enabling the advancement of society."

Age: 17
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: North Little Rock High School
Parents: David and Susan Harvey
College plans: Likely Mississippi State University, chemical engineering

Mitchell Harvey is a big fan of the periodic table. "The elements are amazing little things," he wrote in his Academic All-Star essay. "They make up everything, yet we hardly see them in their pure form in everyday life." Mitchell decided they needed more exposure, so he started collecting examples of the elements and taking them to school for his peers and teachers to see. He extracted helium from an abandoned tank on the side of the road. He found zinc in wheel weights, grew crystals of copper with electrolysis and made bromine, which he describes as "a blood-red liquid that fumes profusely," from a "crude" homemade distillation setup and pool chemicals. Though you can buy sodium readily, Mitchell made his by melting drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide) with a blowtorch and then passing a current through it, separating the mixture into sodium metal, oxygen and water. His parents were OK with the procedure, he says, because he wore a Tyvek suit, three pairs of gloves, safety goggles and a face shield. While on a college visit in California last summer, Mitchell toured Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and was impressed by the large periodic table display exhibit there. So he decided to build one for North Little Rock High. He got money from the school's alumni group, the Wildcat Foundation, to pay for the supplies necessary to construct the 9-foot-by-6-foot display. He hopes to have it completed in the next two weeks and fill it with examples of elements he has collected, though he may need additional funding to pay for other elements. No. 1 in a class of 687, Mitchell scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He's also an Eagle Scout, and led a project to plant 800 native hardwood seedlings at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. After college, Mitchell said, he might start his own waste remediation business. "The business model I would be going for would be taking some byproduct that's hazardous and turning it into something useful."

Age: 18
Hometown: Mabelvale
High school: Bryant High SCHOOL
Parents: Kevin and Ruby Molder
College plans: University of Arkansas

Not everybody plays the mellophone and likes to draw up better interstate exchanges, but Carson Molder does both. The University of Arkansas Honors College-bound student, No. 1 in his class, likes to create three-dimensional schemes in his head, and has been creating road designs since he was young. But as a musician who plays the French horn in his school's orchestra and the mellophone in the Legacy of Bryant marching band, and who has won a band scholarship in addition to his Honors College reward to the UA, he said that one day he may be an audio engineer. "I'm going to put things together and see what sticks," he said of his future. Meanwhile, Carson said the internet has been his Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, taking him to new places that he otherwise could not get to. "I can count on my hands the number of times I have set foot outside Arkansas," Carson wrote in an essay for the Arkansas Times. But with the internet, "I can gaze into the redwood forests of California and the skyscrapers of New York City without leaving my desk." Without the internet, he said in a phone interview, "I would not be at the top of my class." Carson added, "It's not going to replace going out and visiting these things, but if you're a kid and don't have the money to go out, you can visit Yellowstone." Carson, who describes himself as "really ambitious," is looking forward to studying with Dr. Alan Mantooth, the director of the UA National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission. The UA, he said, "will provide me the tools" he'll need to succeed in graduate school, which he hopes will be Stanford University.

Age: 18
Hometown: Jonesboro
High school: Brookland High School
Parents: Kelly Webb and Jonathan Langer
College plans: University of California, Santa Barbara, chemistry

You might think that a student who is No. 1 in her class and a National Merit finalist with nary a B on her high school transcript might not consider one of her greatest achievements her selection as her high school's drum major three years in a row. But here's the thing: Schoolwork comes easy to Olivia Langer. "I never had to work hard," she told us. In fact, her style of learning is "conversation-based," she said; she enjoys "debate without argument." But music was different: "I struggled at points, and had to put in extra work to be good." Her selection as drum major was "something I know I've worked for," she said, and she has enjoyed the responsibilities that come with it. "I like to take care of people. The band calls me band mom," she added. Beside numerous academic awards, Olivia also earned a 2017 state Horatio Alger scholarship for students who have overcome great obstacles. Hers, Olivia said, was financial: She's always had a place to stay and food to eat, but she hasn't been able to afford academic programs. "Honestly, I wasn't able to visit any of the colleges I applied to," she said. So she will see the UC Santa Barbara campus for the first time when she arrives this fall. She's considering a double major in chemistry and anthropology; she's interested in the evolutionary side of anthropology, and plans to seek graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Age: 18
Hometown: Alma
High School: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
Parents: Eileen and Rick Parham
College plans: University of Arkansas or Hendrix College

On a visit to Hanamaki, Japan, with her school, Rebecca Parham noticed that once a month all the citizens would clean the front of their homes and shops. Folks would give each other gifts, too. "It was clear people tended to think for the whole," she said. "I thought that was really nice." An avid chemist, Rebecca did not just improve her Japanese on the trip, she brought those lessons of helping the community back to Arkansas. Her work has been at the intersection of heady science and community impact. In her robotics club, she noticed that girls were less likely to participate. "I decided that was not OK," she said. So, she designed a day with LEGO kits to encourage women to pursue STEM education. That desire to make an impact goes beyond school, too. For her senior project, Rebecca designed a test for homebuyers to see if meth had been cooked on their property (yes, meth). Her parents, on hearing of this project choice, asked her to "please explain a little bit further ... ." Here's the gist: The method of meth production in rural areas has shifted to something called the Birch reduction; older testing kits would no longer work. But Rebecca thought she could produce one that could. She designed a flame test. It finds lithium compounds left behind. The process of invention was "definitely frustrating," Rebecca said, but you "learn things you never thought of before." Rebecca did not plan to spend senior year in her dorm late at night "searching online" how to identify meth production, but she has a driving curiosity toward science and how it "connects to the world." She hopes to work in renewable energy — to be part of the global community, from Japan to Arkansas — making the world a nice place in which to live.

Age: 18
Hometown: Searcy
High school: Searcy High School
Parents: Eric and Lisa Robinson College plans: University of Arkansas

Grant Robinson's father is a cardiologist, and Grant long figured he would follow in his dad's footsteps. But now he's not so sure. Last summer, he was selected, among thousands of applicants from around the world, to participate in a Stanford University summer engineering program. He got to experience a taste of college life, to take advantage of Stanford's decked-out labs and to tour the area to see results of civil engineering. The most memorable part of the program? Grant's small group built a Rube Goldberg machine — a complicated gadget that performs a simple task in a convoluted way — that, by Grant's estimation, was "the most complex and aesthetically pleasing" in the program. It included an electromagnet the group handmade and chemical reactions triggered by the machine. Grant's academic achievements are the byproduct of a natural curiosity. He said he spends what little free time he has exploring YouTube, trying to figure out the way the world works. Another influence: His father, who pulled himself out of poverty to become a doctor, has always instilled in him the importance of hard work. The message clearly stuck. Grant is second in his class of 263, with a 4.27 GPA. He scored a 35 on the ACT. He's a Presidential Scholar. His classmates voted him most likely to receive the Nobel Prize. He also participated in Project Unify (now known as Unified Champion Schools), an effort by the Special Olympics to get young people with and without special needs to come together for activities. Grant helped plan a basketball tournament as part of the project. In the fall, he'll be rooting on the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas.  

Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Jill and Steve Snyder
College plans: Cornell University, industrial and labor relations

Whatever you were doing by your senior year in high school, chances are you probably hadn't already authored a book, much less a book on the complicated intersection of taxation and politics. John Snyder has, though. His book, "The Politics of Fiscal Policy," explores the political aspects of economics, including the pros and cons of various governmental tax schemes and their effect on government spending. It's for sale on Amazon right now. "It's pretty concise," John said, "but I wanted a way to express all my ideas in economic terms. That was a great way to do that." A history buff who serves as vice president of his class, John has a stunning 4.49 GPA and is ranked first in his class of 129. Though he wanted to be a lawyer when he was younger, his plan now is to go into investment banking. "Ultimately I want to have my own hedge fund — this thing called an activist hedge fund — and eventually I want to be actively involved in politics, whether that's in the midst of my business career or after ... . I'd love to run for public office one day." At Cornell University, John will be studying industrial and labor relations, a field that marries his love of multiple subjects. "Basically it ties in business, law, economics and history all into sort of one degree," he said. "You can do limitless things [with the degree]. Some people go into law school, some go into banking, some go to politics. That's why I chose that degree." John said his philosophy is that we have only a limited amount of time on earth, and so we should try to make the most of our lives. "I think there are a lot of things I can do to change the way things currently are in society, whether it's related to business or in academia or public policy," he said. "If I don't play a role in that and I'm not striving to do my best, I would feel like I'm wasting my potential."

Age: 18
Hometown: Benton
High school: Benton High School
Parents: Haley Hicks and Brec Stone
College plans: University of Arkansas, pre-med

Benton High School's Big Man on Campus — No. 1 in his class, captain of the football team, an AP Scholar, straight As — can add to his resume the fact that he helped build his home. Preston, his two brothers and his mother bounced around a bit after her divorce, from Texas to Arkansas, living with grandparents and friends, Preston said. Then the family was selected by Habitat for Humanity, and he and his brothers pitched in to build their house. "It was the first place I could truly call home and it allowed me the stability I needed to grow into the kind of student I am today," he wrote in his essay for the Arkansas Times. Preston, who also helped build a school outreach group called SERVE to help new or struggling students, also credits sports for giving him purpose. He recently volunteered to trade in the pigskin for a basketball, joining a team that played boys at the Alexander Juvenile Detention Center. "It was an awesome experience," Preston said in a phone interview. "We were a little bit nervous at first" at the detention center, he said, but the team enjoyed the game — even though they lost to the Alexander team, formed to reward inmates with good behavior. "They practice every day," Preston said. Preston has received a $70,000 Honors College scholarship at Fayetteville. He won't be playing football with the Razorbacks. Instead he is thinking of following a pre-med track that will lead him to sports medicine. He plans to go Greek, as well.

Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Central High School
Parents: Amy Yu and Shawn Bao
College plans: undecided

Karina Bao embraces complexity. The Central High School valedictorian (in a class of 636) is a member of the school's back-to-back state champion Ethics Bowl Team, for which she said she spent hours "researching, discussing and sometimes even arguing" case studies. Unlike debate, she said Ethics Bowl is "really about the back-and-forth and considering different caveats and nuances and considerations" in issues ranging from local food to gender identity. As president of the school's Brain Club, she leads discussions on brain diseases, disorders and anatomy. It's a role for which she's more than qualified: She placed first in the U.S. Brain Bee, a youth neuroscience competition in which contestants answer questions about anatomy and make diagnoses based on patient actors. Placing No. 1 in the U.S. competition landed Karina a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to the International Brain Bee, which happened to coincide with a Federation of International Neuroscientists conference, where Karina got to talk to scientists from all over the world about their groundbreaking research. She placed fifth in the international competition. A perennial outstanding delegate winner at Model United Nations competitions, Karina said Model U.N. has helped her to "not be scared of the complexity and interconnectedness of pressing issues we face today." In her spare time, Karina volunteers on the oncology wing of Baptist Hospital. "You don't get to do much," she said. "But at least we get to talk to people and help them with whatever they need and be there to listen." In her Academic All-Stars essay, Karina echoed the same drive for understanding: "The stories other people share with me become not my own when I retell them, but a part of humanity's collective spirit to understand each other. We grow from hours of listening and crying, to empathize, to have the strength and openness to pop each successive layer of the protective bubble that keeps us from seeing the very world in which we reside."

Age: 19
Hometown: Greenwood
High school: Greenwood High School
Parents: Mike and Robin Cohea
College plans: University of Tulsa or Vanderbilt university, biology

Though he grew up landlocked, far from the deep blue sea, Greenwood High School standout Bryce Cohea knew from an early age that he wanted to be a marine biologist. To reach that goal, Bryce had to start early. "In the ninth grade," he wrote in his Academic All-Stars essay, "I began planning out all my classes for the next four years. I wanted to graduate top of my class, and in order to do that I would need to take every advanced placement class and get an A in every class." That's exactly what he did, too, making nothing less than a perfect grade in every class for his entire high school career. With a 4.25 GPA and a rank of No. 1 in his class of 275, Bryce has volunteered extensively with the Salvation Army and collected shoes for the homeless; he helps unload trucks and stock shelves at the food bank at his church. A National Merit semifinalist, he also has the distinction of having scored the first perfect ACT score of 36 in Greenwood High School history. "I've honestly been a good test-taker," he said. "The first time I took it, I got a 34. After that, I got the test back and I worked on whatever I missed. After a few more tries, I got a 36." Bryce was still deciding on which university to attend when we spoke to him, but he definitely plans to study science. The subject has always interested him, he said. "I'm planning on majoring in biology and then specializing after that," he said.

Age: 16
Hometown: Rogers
Parents: James and Hyesun Gosserand

College plans: University of Southern California, Harvey Mudd College or Columbia University, computer science or environmental science

Imani Gosserand has a journal in which she organizes the many moving parts of her life — competitive gymnastics, AP classes, computer science, Young Democrats, volunteering — into lists. Personal stuff is in there, too: bucket lists, remembrances. The journal combines the creative and the organized; it is problem-solving with an artful flare, which is how Imani operates. "I really like being able to create something of my own," she said of computer science. At a camp at Stanford University, in California, her team won the competition to program a car. Imani, not surprisingly, is good at math: She learned multiplication at age 4 and went on to skip two grades. Imani thinks schoolwork is fun. "We had a huge packet of homework problems we had to do over one of our breaks," she said. "And no one else was excited about it except for me. I was like 'Oh, I'm so excited to do all these problems!' " She brings that enthusiasm for problem-solving to bigger issues, as well. "I feel like there are so many opportunities for me because our world relies on technology, so I think I could go into any field," she said. She's excited to explore and see where she can help. "I want to meet people from around the world and hear different perspectives."

Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High School: Central High School
Parents: Bobbi and Dustin McDaniel and Chris and Kim Fowler
College plans: Yale University

C.J. Fowler has long been around Democratic politics. His stepfather is former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. But C.J. said he decided to become more politically involved himself after he came out as gay. "The situation that I'm in is not great," he said. "People are not always accepting. But it's on me if I want to try to change that and make it better for the people who come after me. I have to make sure that my community and all marginalized communities have a seat at the table, because far too often a bunch of old gray white guys are making policies that hurt everyone else." The student body president of Central High, C.J. said he's tried to move the student council, a glorified dance committee, toward advocacy and activism for students throughout the district, whose future is being decided by those "people sitting in dark rooms." He said students too often get left out of the conversation about the district "because we're too young to have opinions. But we're not; we're living it every day." C.J. has been a fixture at Little Rock School District public comment periods. Though he can't point to any policy victories, he said at least LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore knows who he is and that he disagrees with him. C.J., who is also the executive director of Young Democrats of Arkansas, sees the backlash against President Trump as encouraging. "We're realizing that, if we're going to go all in for progressive values, we need to go all in." Rather than join the chorus of progressives in the Northeast after he finishes at Yale, C.J. says he wants to come back to Arkansas and possibly continue in politics. He admires state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) and says he hopes if he ever holds office that he can follow her example.

Age: 18
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High
Parents: Claire Price and Scott Price
College plans: Vanderbilt University, political science

"Growing up, I would always argue with everybody," Sophie Price said. Sometimes it was just to play devil's advocate, but mostly, it was because Sophie wants to find the capital-t Truth. Some of this digging for truth is class: seven AP course just this year and 12 during her time in high school. But, some of it is also talking with people, discussing issues. "The best way to improve your argument is to hear the counters, to hear the other side," Sophie said, and often she is willing to be convinced. She wants to do the right thing; she believes in justice. Which is why after college at Vanderbilt on a full scholarship, she wants to field arguments as a judge. "My whole life I've followed this ideal that you have to do what's right," Sophie said. "I want to be a judge so I can kind of decide that." Vanderbilt was the only school to which Sophie applied. She knew it was the right one for her. She arrived in Nashville on a rainy day in January, but through the gloom, she knew. "Something about the beautiful campus and the intelligent people and these varying perspectives just sold me immediately," she said. In a few months she was back at Vanderbilt for a camp where she studied law, and it cemented the deal. "There was something so exhilarating about being able to have this case and have the facts and kind of create your own narrative and really advocate for someone that drew me in," she said. Watch out, because "everything I do, I want to give it a 120 percent," Sophie said.

Age: 17
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: Fayetteville High School
Parents: Anjanette Olsen
College plans: University of Arkansas Honors College, chemical engineering

Fayetteville High School’s top student, with a perfect ACT score of 36, a 4.2 gradepoint average and the co-author of a paper on fractal self-assembly, is not just a bookworm. She’s a leader, her counselor Cindy Alley says, who shows “grit, motivation to succeed and a desire to help others.” She is also, Alley says, “a pure joy to be around.” In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Meagan talked about how she came to understand “ternary counters,” a base-3 method of counting in which only the digits 0, 1 and 2 are used. (Binary counters of 0 and 1 make up our computer’s “thinking,” as people with 10 fingers, we use base 10 to count.) Meagan, trying to make a “self-assembling ternary counter,” said she banged her head against “endless walls” for weeks. Then just after 1 a.m., she woke up with the answer. It’s a wise child who gives credit where credit is due: “I understood,” she wrote, “my mother’s advice about taking a break whenever I was upset.” Meagan’s paper on fractal self-assembly was published in the 22nd International Conference on DNBA Computing and Molecular Programing. She no longer lets frustration prevent her from solving a problem; sometimes, she’ll just sleep on it. Meagan told the Times she plans to attend a small conference this summer and then take some needed down time. She plans to use her degree from Fayetteville to pursue biomedical research.
          Why Arkansas plans to kill eight men in 11 days   
Under the guise of 'synthetic civility.'

If Arkansas goes through with its plan to kill eight men, two a day, over 11 days in April, it will make history. No state has killed so many death row inmates so quickly since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The men to be killed — Bruce Ward, Kenneth Williams, Jack Harold Jones, Jason McGehee, Stacey Johnson, Don Williamson Davis, Marcel Williams and Ledell Lee — were all sentenced before 2000. The reason for the rush now has nothing to do with the horrific details of their cases. It is because of the method Arkansas will use to kill them.

The supply of one of the pharmaceuticals used in Arkansas's three-drug lethal injection protocol is set to expire at the end of the month. Governor Hutchinson wants to kill the inmates before the drug itself dies. Never mind that prison staff will be charged with taking two lives, back to back, four times in under two weeks. Never mind that the drug itself may well be ineffective at anesthetizing a person against the otherwise excruciating pain of the fatal injection.


The execution chamber at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Cummins Unit is a small room with a gurney and white walls. On April 17, 20, 24 and 27, the executions will begin at 7 p.m. There will be two each night.

Executioners in Arkansas are called the "IV Team" in the few documents the state makes public concerning executions. They are supposed to be a cadre of volunteers, each of whom must have a license or certification as an EMT, nurse, physician or physician's assistant and at least two years of experience in their field. This is the state's protocol, despite the American Medical Association's guidelines that a physician should not participate in executions. However, we cannot ask members of the IV Team why they would volunteer to kill someone, because Arkansas law ensures the executioners' identities are not public information.

Before the execution, the IV Team will check the contents of the "Injection Drug Box" to guarantee that everything is prepared. The condemned inmate will be waiting to die in a spartan Cummins holding cell, after traveling about a half-mile from death row at the Varner SuperMax, passing over the sprawling farmland on which prisoners work.

When all is set, the inmate will enter the execution chamber, where the gurney will be positioned so the IV Team can see his face and his "infusion sites." He will be strapped down, and the IV Team will begin its work. They will use the materials in the Injection Drug Box to puncture his arms. Two IV bags will be set up. The tubing will be cleared of air and made ready for use. They will initiate flow of the IV, then double-check to make sure that the rate of flow is uninterrupted. They will wait for the signal from the warden.

Once that signal is given, the IV Team will begin to kill the inmate.

To do this, they will administer two syringes of 250 milligrams of midazolam to sedate the prisoner and wait five minutes. A supervisor (either a Department of Correction deputy director or a designee) will check that the inmate is unconscious. We do not know how he will determine consciousness. In other states, this has meant pinching the prisoner or checking their eyelids.

It will be crucial, though, that the man is actually insensate. If he is not, what happens next would be grisly.

The IV Team will administer the second drug, vecuronium bromide, two syringes of 50 milligrams each, to paralyze the man. If not properly sedated by the midazolam, the inmate will feel as if he is being painfully suffocated — but because the paralytic agent has stopped his movements, he will remain outwardly unresponsive, giving the illusion of peaceful repose. Then comes the third drug, two syringes of 120 milliequivalents of potassium chloride. The final drug, if the inmate was not sedated by the midazolam, will feel like a hot poker crawling through the veins toward the heart before it causes cardiac arrest and death.

Midazolam has not always worked: The possibility of a protracted death while conscious is very real. Prisoners gasped for breath for extended periods when midazolam was used in certain executions in Alabama, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Midazolam is an anti-anxiety drug, not an anesthetic. States have only turned to midazolam within the past five years, as drug manufacturers refused to sell them pharmaceuticals for the purpose of killing inmates. With more effective sedatives such as sodium thiopental effectively unavailable, midazolam has now been used in 20 U.S. executions since 2013.

One of those times was in Arizona in 2014, when a death row inmate named Joe Wood writhed in pain for two hours as he died under ineffective sedation.

"His mouth closed and it opened wide again. His head lurched back and his mouth closed. It opened again and again and then it was Joe Wood constantly gasping and gulping and struggling to breathe for almost two hours," Dale Baich, a defense attorney for Wood, said. "It was unforgettable." This led to a ban on midazolam in lethal injections in Arizona. Florida and Kentucky have moved away from the drug, too.

The Arkansas dates are scheduled when they are because the state's midazolam supply expires at the end of this month. This is the paradoxical logic of Governor Hutchinson's decision to set the executions so closely together: We need to hurry up to use an ineffective drug before we cannot use it at all.

Hutchinson has taken a conciliatory tone, as if his hand had been forced, telling state media, "I would love to have those extended over a period of multiple months and years, but that's not the circumstances that I find myself in." This is baffling, Robert Dunham, director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said, because Hutchinson can extend the period over multiple months and years — he has that power. The only thing stopping him, it seems, is that the state would not be able to use its current supply of midazolam. Instead, it would have to go through the difficult task of finding another sedative in killing these men. Hutchinson, and his office, declined to comment for this story.

"Under the law, there doesn't seem to be any reason why you would carry out eight executions in [11] days," Dunham said. "The only justification is that they're going to run out of the drugs." Even worse, Dunham said, Hutchinson's schedule is "an intentional decision to create a significant risk."

The hasty schedule could increase the risk that the midazolam will be ineffective, especially considering the Department of Correction staff could be ill prepared. The state's last execution was 12 years ago, in 2005. Wendy Kelley, the department's director, has never presided over an execution. Those with experience in executions say that even with training, and under perfect circumstances, it would be hard to prepare for such a grueling string of lethal injections.

"I don't think people understand there's a lot more to it [for Department of Correction staff] than just giving people a shot and then they go to sleep," said Deb Sallings, a longtime capital defense attorney in Arkansas. "It's hugely stressful, even for one execution."

This is why 25 former correction officials urged Hutchinson to reconsider his execution dates in a March 28 letter. "We are gravely concerned that by rushing to complete these executions in April, the state of Arkansas is needlessly exacerbating the strain and stress placed on these officers," the letter said.

Among the signatories is Frank Thompson. Thompson was an employee of Arkansas's Department of Correction for 10 years before moving to Oregon. During his interview to work for Oregon's department, he was asked if he supported the death penalty. Thompson said yes, and on his arrival, the department put him to the test. Oregon had just passed a law changing its method of execution, and the protocols needed to be written for the state's first execution in over three decades and its first ever by lethal injection. Thompson was tasked with developing all the details of how Oregon would kill.

"Well, that exposed me to the whole question of capital punishment at a level that was intensely personal," he said. If not for this experience, Thompson noted, he would have likely continued supporting the death penalty. The specifics changed his opinion. He now advocates against the death penalty, emphasizing the harm it can cause prison staff.

"It is almost impossible to take the life of another human being without the people who are doing so losing some of their humanity," he said. "It is also impossible to ask people to take the life of a human being without one person being started on the road to post-traumatic stress disorder at some level. And the more repetitive that task is, the more cumulative that stress becomes."

"There's no clean way [with lethal injection]," said Jerry Givens, another signatory of the letter and a former correctional officer in Virginia who performed 62 executions. "There's a syringe, and you're dealing with blood."

This is even more troubling because both Thompson and Givens have serious doubts that those on the IV Team are actually volunteering. "When the boss asks you to do something, you're going to do it," Thompson said.

Thompson also noted that just being a correction officer is already extremely stressful. "And then, out of that environment, you ask a group of people to do a dauntingly stressful task," he said. Arkansas is asking this team, he continued, "to do it serially, eight times, in the shortest period of time in recent history in the country, under a circumstance where a drug is still being tried out and has recently been a part of botched execution[s]."

"It creates a scenario that is unimaginable in its stress potential," Thompson said. "Doing it that frequently, under that amount of stress, raises the likelihood that something may not go right, having nothing to do with whether or not the team of professionals are as well-trained as any other team."

Givens prognosticated in a more blunt fashion: "You'll probably have eight mistakes."


Midazolam has never been successfully used as a sedative for a double execution, let alone the four Arkansas will conduct between April 17 and April 27. When Oklahoma attempted a double execution in 2014 using the drug, the first of the two men to be executed, Clayton Lockett, died horrifically.

From the beginning, executioners struggled to find a vein for the IV. Eventually, they located one in Lockett's groin. They then administered midazolam and determined Lockett unconscious, but at some point, the IV became dislodged. This meant that a portion of the dose of the sedative, as well as the next two drugs in the protocol, went into the inmate's tissue instead of his bloodstream. Lockett woke up. He said "the drugs aren't working" and struggled through a slow death. The other execution, of Charles Warner, was postponed.

Lockett's death provides a harrowing case study in the many ways that something could go wrong here in Arkansas. Although the IV was not administered properly, an autopsy determined that the amount of midazolam that entered his bloodstream should have rendered him unconscious nonetheless, which implies the drug may not effectively stop the pain of the subsequent injections. A consciousness check was performed, implying that these checks do not always actually determine whether an inmate is fully sedated. Worst of all, a report released by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety after the execution found that the hastiness of officials in attempting to perform a double execution played a part in the misadministration of the IV. It recommended that "executions ... not be scheduled within seven calendar days of each other."

There's also a chance that such a traumatic death could occur and we just would not see it. It was only because of the poor placement of the IV that Lockett's agony was clear. If properly administered, the second drug in the three-drug protocol — the paralytic — would have hidden much of Lockett's pain from an outside observer.

"Once that paralytic has been administered — once it's on board — everything's going to look fine; no matter what the reality is," Berkeley's McCracken said.

This paralytic element, defense attorney Baich said, has caused many to not question lethal injection. "In the '80s and '90s, reporters would write, 'Prisoner made his last statement, the process began, he closed his eyes and went to sleep.' And what we know is that's not what was going on. What was happening was a very brutal act," Baich said.


It was John Williams' second day as a federal public defender in September 2015 when Governor Hutchinson originally set execution dates for most of these prisoners. (Williams is a former reporter for the Arkansas Times.) At that time, they were scheduled to be spaced out over a longer period but still organized as double executions. But a circuit judge stayed the executions and the state appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Williams and other attorneys knew midazolam's spotty history and argued that the midazolam procedure — with its possibility of resulting in extreme pain — constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

"Even though the death penalty may be legal, you can't carry it out in a way that tortures someone. Certain methods are unacceptable," Williams said.

Whether midazolam was unacceptable was addressed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision from earlier in 2015, Glossip v. Gross. In the Glossip decision, the court affirmed, 5-4, a lower court ruling that prisoners were unable to prove that the use of midazolam constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that "because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution," the logic of "holding that the Eighth Amendment demands the elimination of essentially all risk of pain [during executions] would effectively outlaw the death penalty altogether." The relevant language from Glossip going forward was that the method of execution can cause no "unnecessary pain or suffering," Dunham said, and prisoners — at least by the majority's standards — had not proved the three-drug midazolam protocol caused this. This is why Arkansas promises, in all caps, on the one document describing the lethal injection procedure it makes public, "EVERY EFFORT WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE CONDEMNED INMATE TO ENSURE THAT NO UNNECESSARY PAIN OR SUFFERING IS INFLICTED BY THE IV PROCEDURE."

This did not mean Glossip approved midazolam for executions; it simply said there was not yet enough evidence to rule out its use. Williams and other defense lawyers, in a post-Glossip argument, attempted to prove that the facts had changed and that midazolam was now provable as causing "unnecessary pain or suffering" in Arkansas.


Glossip follows a long history of challenges to the death penalty concerning whether a particular method of execution violates the Eighth Amendment. In the late 1960s and early '70s, a number of court challenges to the death penalty culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Furman v. Georgia, which said that Georgia's death penalty statute violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" because it gave juries complete sentencing discretion, which led to arbitrary outcomes for the convicted. Because other states had similar execution schemes that could lead to arbitrary outcomes, the ruling led to a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in the U.S. It was short-lived. States adapted their statutes, creating guidelines for juries and judges in capital cases. In 1976, the court's Gregg v. Georgia decision reinstated the death penalty in Florida, Georgia and Texas, and said the death penalty itself did not violate the Eighth Amendment.

After this intense battle, proponents of capital punishment needed a "method that would look humane, and here comes lethal injection," said Deborah Denno, a professor at New York's Fordham University Law School who studies the history of the death penalty. The idea was that lethal injection would showcase a medicinal version of killing. "With lethal injection somebody would look like they're going to sleep," she said. "People didn't realize what the drugs were doing."

When the use of lethal injection began, there was talk of broadcasting the executions on television as an act of transparency. The procedure, it was thought, would allow proponents to show that capital punishment was not gruesome.

This was all in the wake of killing prisoners with an electric chair.

"The problem is [that] electrocution is such a hideous way of killing someone that lethal injection seemed much more civil," said Jeff Rosenzweig, a defense attorney for multiple Arkansas death row inmates. "But, as it turns out, the paralytics and stuff were just masking the agony."

There is no reason to use a paralytic during an execution, other than to stop viewers from seeing a dying inmate's movements. It does not contribute medically to the ending of life. It is allowed, the states argue, because it helps the process and the prisoner keep their dignity.

"It was all about looks," Denno said.


The solution presented by Justice Alito was that prisoners, if they can prove the current method of execution is torturous, must choose a better way to be killed. "Under Glossip, they said if you don't like what the state has chosen, you have to pick another one," said Rosenzweig. "We had to plead something that would likely cause a death and is commercially available. "So we did: firing squad."

But Arkansas law does not allow firing squads as a method of execution. In 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected the defense attorneys' idea of a firing squad and other methods and lifted the stay on the executions. A majority of the state's justices held that the prisoners failed to prove that "the current method of execution presents a risk that is sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering" and that "there are known, feasible, readily implemented, and available alternatives that significantly reduce a substantial risk of severe pain." The decision did not say whether midazolam was torturous. It simply said other methods were not available. It did not meet the second prong. The reason: Arkansas's statute only allows one method of execution by law — lethal injection (with a backup of electrocution if lethal injection is not available).

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor summed this up well in a dissent when the court decided to not hear a similar case in which an Alabama prisoner had asked to be killed by firing squad and was denied. She wrote, "Under this view [in Glossip], even if a prisoner can prove that the State plans to kill him in an intolerably cruel manner, and even if he can prove that there is a feasible alternative, all a State has to do to execute him through an unconstitutional method is to pass a statute declining to authorize any alternative method."

In deciding whether a method of killing an inmate is torturous, it seems that appearances matter more than the inmate's actual experience. What legislators approve as methods of execution largely has to do with what the public can stomach, Dunham said. Lethal injection fits the bill. "The American public thinks all the other methods of execution are cruel and unusual punishment. And that's whether it is firing squad, electric chair, lethal gas, hanging or beheading," he said.

"The use of lethal injection has a kind of synthetic civility to it," Dunham said. "It has the appearance of a peaceful passing, and that gives the public comfort."

"Other [methods of execution] would be better [for prisoners]. Firing squad would be better," Williams, the defense attorney, said. "And people are shocked when you propose that as an alternative. And [defense] attorneys wouldn't do that if Glossip didn't make them do it." But the optics have overridden actual suffering in the case of administering the death penalty. "If the death penalty is something that our society wants to be carrying out, we should acknowledge its brutality," he said.


State laws purposefully help keep many of the details of how the Department of Correction administers and prepares for lethal injection hidden from the public — especially the history of the drugs it is using.

In April 2015, the Arkansas legislature passed a law that created a Freedom of Information Act exemption for information about where death penalty drugs come from, their manufacturers or how the state buys them. This was after, in 2013, the Department of Correction had promised the prisoners "the packaging slips, package inserts, and box labels received from the supplier." Attorneys included this contradiction in their challenge to the executions in 2015.

But the Arkansas Supreme Court said that this was not a legitimate complaint because those specific items — packages and labels — could be made public, just "so long as the identification of the seller, supplier, or testing laboratory is redacted and maintained as confidential." In other words, the information prisoners wanted.

The state wants to keep the sellers secret because if it were known where the drugs were coming from, manufacturers — who don't want their products used for lethal injections — could stop supplying them to middleman suppliers. Denno said in her research into the death penalty that this decision by manufacturers is both practical and moral. Drug companies just do not want to be "intertwined in this dirty mess that is the death penalty," she said.

Arkansas's secrecy law therefore facilitates a loophole in which a middleman supplier can buy a drug from a manufacturer — perhaps promising not to sell to a state to be used in executions — but then sell to Arkansas nonetheless. In doing so, the supplier may well have disobeyed its contract with the manufacturer, but no one else knows.

Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt admitted as much at a hearing before Judge Wendell Griffen on Oct. 27, 2015, concerning the law. She said, "the supplier has a contract with the manufacturer of the FDA-approved drug that is currently in the ADC's possession whereby the supplier is contractually not supposed to be selling drugs to state departments of correction for use at execution. This supplier did anyway in an effort to aid the State." By keeping the supplier secret, the state is able to buy drugs for its executions that the manufacturer did not want used to kill.


The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been fighting capital punishment in the state since 1977. Furonda Brasfield, the coalition's executive director, said the compressed execution schedule has shocked the public into action.

"I think that outrage has caused individuals to be more active than maybe they were in the past," Brasfield said.

Sometimes people can forget about the death penalty, said Rev. Steve Copley, board chair of Faith Voices Arkansas and the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

"Humans, we do daily life. Life goes by on a day-to-day basis. Arkansas has not had an execution since 2005. So, you know we're nearly 12 years. And, even though folks are opposed to the death penalty, you know, life continues to happen," he said. "I think any execution being scheduled right now would have caused a reaction, but eight of those in 10 days, after 12 years without an execution, I think just really pushed people's sensitivities."

It means, Deb Sallings, said, "You can't ignore what we're fixing to do, whether you believe in it or not. It's reopening the debate, because we're now faced with it. We didn't have to think about it for 12 years in Arkansas."

The result has been packed town hall meetings, a vigil in front of the Governor's Mansion and national media attention.


There is still a possibility that Arkansas could stop some of these executions.

Five of the eight men who are headed to the execution chamber have asked for the governor to grant them clemency. During the last two weeks of March, prisoners or their attorneys made their cases before the Arkansas Parole Board, a panel of gubernatorial appointees, at the Varner SuperMax facility. In a small room — the inmate and his lawyer sitting at a folding table that faces the parole board's folding table, about two feet away — prisoners expounded on the ways they have changed, who they are as people, and why they should be granted mercy. They drew on large files created by their lawyers.

Stacey Johnson insisted on his innocence and questions DNA evidence used against him at trial. James McGehee was young, only 20, when he committed his crime; his request for clemency argued that "science now understands that a twenty-year-old is more like a juvenile than an adult." Kenneth Williams passionately told the board he found God in prison. He became a minister, he said, and has written often about his harrowing journey to faith.

"Darkness surrounded me; it invaded and stained my soul," Williams wrote in a statement included in his clemency packet. He said he knows he is in prison, not among the "preferred, but among society's waste places. Four concrete walls surround me; a steal [sic] door keeps me confined to an 8 X 10 casket."

Yet, there in that box, he found change. "Inside of me, within the darkness, a small flicker of light sprung forth. Perhaps, I believe it was triggered from a dormant seed of hope, long placed inside of me by someone who cared enough about me. Perhaps they saw something in me worth saving, something I couldn't yet see myself."

Williams wrote a letter of apology to the community that he mailed to the Pine Bluff Commercial. In it, he admitted to other killings he had committed and not been convicted of. He asked forgiveness from the community. He wrote, "Once we determine that we have made a grave mistake, we always say, 'If I could go back in time, I would make this different.' The thing is, we can't go back, what is done, is done."

Each morning of the clemency hearings, after each prisoner made his case, the parole board headed back to Little Rock. In the afternoons, at the offices of the Arkansas Parole Board, prosecutors and victims' families made their cases. And theirs were filled with details, too, that they say have been forgotten in these death penalty cases.

Ledell Lee hit Debra Reese 36 times with a wooden tire tool that her husband had given her for protection and then he strangled her to death. Bruce Ward killed and raped a woman working behind the counter in a convenience store. Jason McGehee led a group that kidnapped, tortured and murdered a 15-year-old boy with special needs. Kenneth Williams — at that point already given life without parole for a capital murder — escaped prison by hiding in a hog-slop tank that he gained access to on a religious call. Once out of prison, he killed a former warden of Cummins who lived near the prison and then another man in Missouri.

Stacey Johnson killed and raped Carol Heath as her 6-year-old daughter, Ashley, watched from the closet. In a letter presented to the clemency board on March 24, Ashley wrote, "Stacey Johnson brutally beat, raped, and slit my mother's throat with both of her young children in the home. There was blood everywhere."

At the hearing, Carol Heath's sister and son spoke passionately about the need for execution, to allow closure for their family. Yet Ashley admitted she felt conflicted about the execution of Johnson. Her letter said, "I cannot agree with the choice of you being executed, but I also cannot agree with your having life in prison."

Heath's comments cut to the heart of how clemency works: The board has to make a decision on life in prison or death. On the morning of March 31, they heard that Jason McGehee has had only one citation for misbehavior (covering a light bulb) during 19 years on death row and that he helped other inmates as a mentor. In the afternoon, though, they heard about the devastation he wrought on the family of John Melbourne Jr., whose picture was set on the lectern facing the board. Melbourne's family desperately wants to see McGehee's death after years of waiting.

"I'm just asking y'all to let this course go through," said John Melbourne Sr., the victim's father. "He hasn't changed. He knew very much what he was doing."

However, the board only makes recommendations; the final decision regarding clemency is up to the governor. It is not expected that Hutchinson will commute any of the eight men's sentences, despite the reputation he has acquired for moderation within his party. Inevitably, that presents a comparison with Arkansas's most famous Republican moderate — Winthrop Rockefeller — who in 1970 commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates then on death row before leaving office. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, came back to Arkansas in 1992 during his run for president to execute Ricky Ray Rector, who had brain damage. Clinton wanted to look tough on crime.

Beyond Hutchinson, the last chance may be a flurry of legal challenges, both state and federal.

One, by Bruce Ward's lawyers, cites his mental incompetence, claiming he "is a diagnosed schizophrenic with no rational understanding of his death sentence and impending execution." Another challenges the clemency hearings, which were carried out fewer than 30 days before the execution, evidently in violation of the state's own regulations.

Others repeat claims that the state's schedule puts extra stress on Department of Correction employees, that the schedule only increases the likelihood of midazolam failing to fully sedate an inmate, and that when Arkansas kills these men it will be cruel and unusual.

The only other question left is who will watch. The state requires that "no fewer than 6 and no more than 12 respectable citizens" view the executions. As of now, it is unclear if the Arkansas Department of Correction has recruited enough citizens. This is probably because it is easier to view the death penalty from afar.

Up close, it can be gruesome.

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          Take A Guess Which Of These Egg Yolks Is Actually From A Healthy Chicken   
One of the more interesting aspects of living in Brazil is the different approaches to food. We are connected to local farms from friends and family, spoiling us with organic homegrown everything. Regarding chicken eggs, the sizes vary, the colors of the shells vary but if the egg comes from the family farm, the yolk almost always a darker color. It is also thicker than the typical yellow yolk you find at the store.

In the United States all the eggs that can be bought at our local supermarket are yellow. Organic, vegetarian or cheap; they are all yellow and the yolk is not as thick. What is the reason for this? Could it be that myself and almost everyone I know has been eating eggs from unhealthy chickens? Have you ever even seen an orange egg? It took me 30 years to discover an egg from a healthy chicken. That’s crazy.

Having returned to the states, Craigslist is the go-to route to accommodate my urban life with homestead flare in search of the dankest foods.

From Garden Betty… Last year, I compared my pasture-foraging, insect-pecking, soil-scratching, whole grain-feeding chickens’ yolks to the yolks of both their “free-ranging” and factory-farmed counterparts. The differences are clearly visible: Yolks from my homegrown eggs were not only darker orange, but also fuller and thicker. Even the eggshells were denser and harder to crack. But what’s the big deal about orange yolks? Besides being a coveted color, orange yolks are an indication of a well balanced and highly nutritious diet. A few things factor into the making of an orange yolk: xanthophylls, omega-3 fatty acids, and meats. Xanthophylls are a class of carotenoids. Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in many fruits and vegetables. It’s often thought that beta-carotene, one of the more well-known carotenoids, is responsible for giving yolks the orange pigment that people associate with carrots. But in actuality, beta-carotene benefits yolks nutritionally, rather than colorfully. The carotenoids that cause deeper yolk coloring are xanthophylls, which are more readily absorbed in the yolks. (Lutein is one such xanthophyll, and a lot of lutein means a lot more orange.) Xanthophylls are found in dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards, as well as in zucchini, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in flax seeds and sea kelp, which are both important components of my homemade whole grain chicken feed.

And did you know that chickens are not meant to be vegetarian, no matter what your premium carton of organic/grain-fed/cage-free eggs tells you? Chickens are omnivores by nature and their healthiest diets include meats, such as mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, grubs, and whatever creepy-crawly they can pull out of the ground. I’ve even heard of chickens (those ballsy ones out in the boonies) attacking small rodents and snakes!

When you have all of these sources incorporated into a hen’s healthful diet, the nutrients they consume are passed on to their eggs and concentrated in their yolks. According to Mother Earth News, which conducted its own egg analysis, and a more recent Pennsylvania State University study, pastured eggs contain higher levels of vitamins A, D and E; more beta-carotene; and more omega-3s.

All this means is that a pastured egg is better for you. And that’s one of the reasons we raise chickens, right?

So, how do we get those delightful dark orange yolks from our backyard chickens?

Let your ladies roam a pasture (or a garden — especially if you’re digging over new beds — or even just a new patch of dirt in their chicken tractor) for an orange-boosting bug buffet.

Give them plenty of fresh greens to increase the lutein in their yolks. The darker the green the better, so I often fix them a feast of edible amaranth (one of my favorite summer greens), kale, collards, broccoli leaves, or whatever I happen to have growing in my garden. If it’s the middle of winter and your garden greens are lacking, you can feed them alfalfa.

They’re very handy helpers at the end of the season when most of my greens have bolted and become bug-ridden. Let the chickens clean up those plants before you pull them out for your compost pile. It’s a win for everybody! (Except the bugs, that is…)

(As an aside, don’t be fooled by the cheater method that egg factories take, and simply feed your chickens more corn. While corn can give your yolks that nice golden color, it has little nutritional value.)

After a few weeks, you’ll be so used to seeing orange yolks (the way most of us have been conditioned to see yellow yolks) that you might even think they haven’t changed in color. Buy some eggs from the store and crack them into a bowl with your homegrown eggs — you’ll be stunned at the difference!

Those are some interesting observations by Garden Betty. Here is a bit more of an explanation by food and nutrition.


When it comes to yolks, the color is determined by a hen’s diet, not its breed (artificial color additives are not permitted in eggs) or the freshness of the egg. Hen diets heavy in green plants, yellow corn, alfalfa and other plant material with xanthophylls pigment (a yellow-orange hue) will produce a darker yellow-orange yolk. Diets of wheat or barley produce pale yellow yolks; hens fed white cornmeal produce almost colorless yolks.

Free-range hens may have access to more heavily pigmented food so they may produce eggs with darker yolks. According to the American Egg Board, consumer preference in the U.S. is typically for light gold- or lemon-colored yolks.

At the end of the day, know your farmer and the diet of the chickens producing the eggs to be eaten.

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          Testing your Boundaries   
I think that growth and pushing our boundaries is important.  I've always been one to sort of poke the things I'm afraid of, because I don't want to be trapped by fear.  But I also know that there is a fine line between healthy growth and being shoved so far out of your comfort zone that it actually becomes problematic.

Fear exists to  keep us safe.  Fear is what prevents us from touching fire or from wandering around in the dark where we can't see danger.  But in many ways our fear responses have not caught up with modern life.  So we develop fears for things that aren't dangerous in the same way:  fear of being rejected, fear of loss, fear of failure.  Even though these things aren't deadly in the traditional sense, our fear response doesn't know this, and so we react as if it were a serious threat.

Sometimes, we can face our fears and by doing things we are uncomfortable with we stretch our boundaries and grow and our fears become diminished.  This is a very healthy thing to do.  It pushes us out past where we feel safe and we have to learn how to navigate in this new space.  We build new boundaries, but they now include areas that were once 'unsafe' to us.

But sometimes we get forced outside our boundaries and it breaks something inside us because we weren't ready.  I don't think that people can be permanently broken, but I do think that sometimes fixing the broken parts of our Self requires a ton of work...way  more than it would have taken to safely expand our boundaries and work through the initial fears that were holding us back.  I also think there is a very real danger that if we are too broken, we can't see that light at the end of the tunnel, all we can see is the broken pieces and this becomes a new cage that keeps us bound up tighter than we were before.  We might also find that we can't bear the thought of living in this new place, and this leads to a risk of doing serious harm to ourselves before we can work our way out of the dark place we are in.

I have seen a lot of cute analogies about breaking through boundaries.  One I particularly like is how a seed must break through it's shell in order to grow.  And this is definitely a good analogy for healthy growth.  Inside the shell, the little seedling is safe.  It starts to grow and soon is pressed up against the inside of the shell.  And still it grows, making the shell no longer a nice safe place, but instead a stifling restriction.  So the seedling pushes even harder, cracking open the shell and opening itself to the dangers of the greater world.

The seed will never become a plant, it will never realize it's potential, if it stays safe within it's shell.  It has to crack and break free and expand in order to become a plant.  The same way we must sometimes push through our own boundaries in order to grow into our own potential.  If we stay bound up in the safe places, we never allow ourselves to bloom.

But another analogy comes to mind that demonstrates the flip side of breaking out of boundaries.  A caterpillar enters into a cocoon as part of it's transition to becoming a butterfly.  Much like the seed, it will eventually need to break free from it's safe cocoon in order to fly.   But the struggle of cracking the cocoon and forcing it's way out is part of what makes it ready for flight.  If an outside source sees the struggle and decides to 'help' cutting away the cocoon to make the process easier, the butterfly won't be able to fly.

I think this beautifully illustrates part of why struggle is healthy for us.  Sometimes, we want to fly to new heights, but if someone lifts us up, we haven't worked our way up, and the new heights can be terrifying.  We can find ourselves where we thought we wanted to be, but because we didn't make our way there ourselves, we may not have the tools to be able to survive.  We may cower in fear, afraid of falling, because we didn't experience the climb up to where we were.

And worse, while in the cocoon, the caterpillar isn't even a caterpillar, but it dissolves into a sort of caterpillar soup:  a goo that contains all the memories of the caterpillar but can't exist on it's own.  If the cocoon is opened too soon, there isn't anything inside that can come out...no butterfly, no caterpillar...just goo.

Sometimes it feels like this when we are pushed to do things we just aren't ready for.  When someone else is trying to shove you outside your boundaries, you may not be able to cope.  The difference between being released from your cocoon as a flightless butterfly and coming out as goo is a matter of scope.  If we are close to being ready to push through, we may be crippled when we come out, but if we are no where near ready then we can be completely incapacitated.

As I said earlier, I am a big believer in the resilience of people.  I think that we can recover from pretty much anything.  But just because we 'can', just because it is within the realm of possibility, doesn't mean that we will.  Some things scar us and we bear those scars for the rest of our life.  They may be superficial scars, things that are seen but don't hold us back in any serious way.  For example, if you had a bad experience after being pushed to speak in front of a group when you weren't ready, you may always remember that moment when you go to speak in front of a group in the future, but it may stay just a memory.  You remember it and you move on.

On the other hand, scars can limit us as well.  That same type of experience could have caused you to have a nervous reaction in the future.  You may feel faint and even pass out at just the thought of getting up in front of a group of people to talk.  It may take you a lifetime to work through this.

What we don't know, and I am not sure we can ever know, is what would have happened if we were allowed to grow on our own terms.  The butterfly knows when it is ready to break free from it's cocoon, just as the seed knows when it's time to crack it's shell.  Perhaps you would always have a fear of speaking in public.  Perhaps you would never feel comfortable in front of a group.  But if we are pushed before we are ready, we never have the opportunity to see what we might have accomplished.

Some amount of encouragement is a good thing.  I personally know that there are many things I am uncomfortable doing, and some of them I would never attempt if someone else wasn't cheering (or pushing) me into them.  But ultimately the decision to do a thing should be mine.  It is one thing to encourage someone to jump into the water and learn to swim...and another thing entirely to shove them into the water when they are begging you not to.

We have to learn to gauge our own fears, to open our eyes and examine each fear.  Listen to what the fear is telling us.  Let yourself sit with your fear for a little while, and see how uncomfortable it makes you.  Sometimes, if we let ourselves experience our fear instead of immediately running the other direction, we find that after those first few moments, things start to settle down.  We start to wrap our head around the idea and no longer feel paralyzed by it.

This is how I feel when I think about teaching.  A big part of me really wants to teach.  I love sharing knowledge (which is one reason why I love blogging!), and I enjoy talking to people, so teaching should be something I enjoy doing.  But I definitely have issues about any kind of formal teaching situation.  If it is just a casual conversation and someone asks me a question, I can answer no problem.  If there is a set time and an official 'I am teaching this subject in a class' situation, then I start to freeze up.

I have to really practice, go over what I may say, remind myself constantly that I will be fine, reassure myself that I have valid information to share.  I will be nervous right up to the moment I start talking, and then most of my anxiety goes away.  I've always been this way with any kind of performance, speech, demonstration or other situation where it's me presenting to a group.

But, sometimes, when we sit with a fear, it starts to grow.  It begins to overshadow everything else, and all we can do is fall prey to the fear.  These are things that we may not be ready to face right now.  We may have to work long and hard to start to approach these fears.  They may be things we have to break into smaller chunks in order to work with, or we may need to call upon friends and allies to face them.

For a long time I have had a pretty irrational fear of falling.  Not of heights, I'm actually pretty good about heights.  But the actual falling, the sensation of falling, triggers me.  It doesn't matter how far the fall is, it's the feeling you get while falling that I can't handle.

Many years ago, while I was in a JROTC spring camp, we had different exercises and challenges to do.  One of them was an obstacle course, and one of the obstacles was a rope that was hanging over a shallow pit, and there was a log across the path on the other side of the pit.  You had to grab the rope, swing over the little pit and then get yourself over the log.  The log wasn't even that tall, perhaps chest height.

But I was having trouble with it, and when I couldn't get over the log, I would swing backwards on the rope, and get the sensation of falling.  It was only a couple of failed attempts before I was starting to have a serious panic attack.  I was shaking and just the idea of trying again made me feel light headed.

At the time, I wasn't ready to face that particular fear.  I now feel that my issues with falling stem from a greater fear about being out of control.  When I am helpless, when there is nothing I can do to make a situation better, that is terrifying to me.  Things that manifest this fear for me include falling, people being sick or injured, flying in a plane...pretty much any situation that I can't do anything to effect the outcome of. 

It is something I have worked with quite a bit, and continue to work with.  There are some facets of it I can now handle.  I went to a ropes course a couple of years ago, and every time I had to walk to the edge of the platform and jump off (while fully in a harness and strapped in), I had to face that fear.  There was that moment of falling each time before the harness caught and you slid along the rope.  That I could manage.  I did not choose to go on the 'jump off the platform and experience freefall for 20 feet' however.

The things we fear are very personal.  Our fears may not even register to someone else, and yet they are very real to us.  Never let someone else belittle you for the things you fear.  Trust your instincts and trust how you feel.  Honor your fears and work with them to understand why you feel the way you do and what you might need to do to start working through them.

We may never fully overcome our fears, but we can learn to manage them.  We can learn to push through them when we need to.  And I think one of the best ways to do this is to keep poking at them.  Find where your line is, where your boundaries are.  See where you feel safe and where you don't.  And start to approach that line.

You may not be able to cross it at first.  It may take everything in you to just get close to it and stand there.  But, over time, you may find that you can stand there for longer and longer.  Then you may take a tiny step forward.  You may be able to take a little step forward every time you try, or you may not.  Do what you can do!  Eventually, you may find that you can cross a toe over that line.  You may need to retreat from time to time, and that is okay too!  Just because one day you could stand right at the line and the next day you can't even get within arm's reach doesn't mean you are failing.  Sometimes we have to push ourselves harder and then take a bit of a rest and let ourselves acclimatize.

Let yourself remember the seedling, and how it grew and grew inside it's shell until it was pressed in so tight that it had to crack the shell.  Grow yourself until you must push on your boundaries, because then you will be ready to be bigger than you were.  Remember the caterpillar goo, and let yourself stay safe in your cocoon until you are ready to become the butterfly.  Remember the butterfly who has to push and strive and force their way out of the cocoon in order to be strong enough to fly and know that all the struggles you have along the way, every time that boundary pushes back or pinches in on you, it is only preparing you for what waits on the other side.  Poke your boundaries, and keep poking them until you have pushed them back to where you want to be.
          Working with eggs!   
I've been doing some research for this month's Witchy Children story (my reward for Patrons who pledge $5 a month over at my Patreon site....check it out and consider pledging if you enjoy my work!)  It doesn't matter what I'm writing, whether it is fiction or not, I like to start from a factual standpoint, and then get creative.

So I've been doing a lot of reading about eggs (and chickens...but this post is about eggs), not only how they have been used magically, but how they form and develop.  This kind of thing  fascinates me.

I've worked with eggs and egg parts before, and thought I knew a decent amount about eggs, and yet as I was writing, I'd come up with a thought and realize I wasn't sure about it, so I'd have to go look it up.  Just like many modern city dwellers, we buy our eggs from the grocery store, so use unfertilized white (and washed) eggs.

There is an urban myth that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs, but the color of a chicken's egg is actually determined by it's breed, and no color is innately healthier than the others.  Not only that, but all chicken eggs start out white, and the color occurs because of pigments that get added as the egg travels through the chicken on it's way to being laid.  I found it really neat that green/olive eggs come from a mix of blue and brown egg laying breeds.

Egg shells are the thing I use most in my work.  I started saving egg shells many years ago after coming across a recipe for egg shell chalk.  The recipe I use is pretty simple:  the shells from 5 eggs (about 1 Tbsp worth of ground shell), 1 tsp flour and one tsp hot water.  You can add food coloring and ground herbs as well (just try to keep the consistency similar to the base recipe).  Mix all the ingredients together and then roll into a stick and let dry (or press into whatever shape you want).

I love magical chalk.  You can use it to draw symbols or to mark boundaries.  Depending on what you add to your chalk base, you can adjust the properties of the chalk, making it more tuned to different energies.  I make a basic cleansing chalk with sage and salt.  You could also make small sculptures from this chalk recipe, like you would salt dough, but with the added qualities of protection or healing from the egg shell.

Since I started making the egg shell chalk, I have been saving my egg shells when I cook with eggs.  I simply rinse them out in the sink (pulling out as much of the inner membrane as I can), and then let them dry.  I rough crunch them (just breaking them up with my hand) and keep them in a small container until I am ready to grind them.  Then I use my mortar and pestle and grind them into a find powder and keep them in a final jar.  You can also toast them in the oven if you want a bit of fire in your powder (be careful not to burn them, the smell is not pleasant!)

You don't have to throw out that membrane either!  It can be used fresh for healing, as it has antimicrobial properties and aids in healing small scrapes and cuts.  Put the wet side down onto the cut, and let it dry on your skin.  You can even use it to help draw out splinters or small pieces of glass that might have gotten stuck in your skin.  The method is the same, put the wet side down on top of the thing you want drawn out (some even use this for pimples/blackheads), and let it dry.  As it dries, it should help pull out the intruder!

Because of these properties, I also started saving the membranes when I save my egg shells.  I wash the membrane (to get all the actual egg off of it) if I am going to save it, and let it dry really well.  Then I can use it for healing spells or to remove unwanted things in my life.

When I first read about using an egg for cleansing, by drawing out bad energies from the body, it was in a fictional story.  The character doing the cleansing was in a pinch, and grabbed a hard boiled egg from the breakfast table, running it over the body of the person who was cursed, to draw the curse into the egg.  It mentioned that afterwards, you could break the egg into a glass of water to divine more about what is going on (which didn't work as the egg was cooked!)  But this practice is based off of a Mesoamerican healing technique.

A similar method is to keep an egg by your bed for seven days, then break it into a river or bury it (to take the negativity away from you).  This sort of cleansing can be extended beyond people, using the egg as a vessel to draw out negative energies from pets or even from places.  If you want to break the egg and interpret the insides, pour the egg into water and read the shapes it forms (much like you might read tea leaves).  I would definitely recommend disposing of the egg, treating it like something you are banishing, so that any negative energy that it has absorbed will not linger.

Eggs can easily be used for divination as well.  You can absolutely break an egg into a bowl of water and interpret it for other inquiries (not just as part of a cleansing).  Another way eggs were historically read was to paint or color them and then heat them and read the cracks on the shell (if your egg doesn't naturally form cracks in the shell, charge it with your question and then smack it on a hard surface!) 

A group I worked with many years ago had a really nice practice during their Ostara ritual, where they had a bowl of hard boiled eggs, and it was passed around, and everyone present drew some kind of symbol or word on the egg in white crayon (so it was invisible).  Later in the ritual, everyone drew an egg at random from the bowl.  We dyed the eggs, so the symbols appeared, which would then be something for you to consider or something that would be coming into your life (and we ate the eggs to further take that energy into ourselves).

Hard boiled eggs spin very well, so you could even draw a circle with different outcomes around the edge, then spin your egg to find the answers (either draw a mark on one end of the egg, or read where the smaller side of the egg points).

There is a really pretty Chinese food called Tea Eggs.  You start with a hard boiled egg, and crack the shell but don't peel it.  After letting the egg cool a little, you simmer it for about twenty minutes in a mixture of tea and/or spices (common spices include:  soy sauce, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, cloves and peppercorns).  This creates a dark brown liquid that will stain the eggs, and the cracked shell creates a pretty pattern.  The eggs are left to steep in the cool liquid in the fridge for an additional couple of hours (or longer).  This could easily be adapted, picking the tea and spices based on what magical intention you wish to infuse your eggs with.  You could also interpret the shapes made by the cracks on the shell as part of your working!

Because of the color and shape of the egg yolk, they are often associated with the sun.  We see remnants of this in how we order fried eggs:  sunny side up or sunny side down.  You can use the yolk as part of any working to do with the sun, or eat eggs as part of a Sabbat celebration to welcome the sun back during Yule (or to honor the height of solar energy at Midsummer)

In some cultures, the egg was seen as a model of the world, or creation.  You can find all four elements in the egg.  The shell is earth, and the yolk is fire (because of the connection with the sun).  The white of the egg represents water.  The membrane is air, since as the egg matures it creates an air pocket inside the egg (on the larger side of the egg, between the white and the shell...which is why hard boiled eggs often have that depression on their 'bottom')  Also:  food safety tip!  As an egg gets older, that air section gets bigger, which creates buoyancy in an egg.  A very fresh egg will lay on it's side in a glass of water.  The older the egg gets, the more the bottom of the egg will start to lift towards the surface.  When the egg floats, it may no longer be safe to eat.
          A quirky miasma of art and cheap thrills ...   
Movie reviews and images from the seedy underbelly of world cinema. May Definitely does contain offensive language, sex scenes, graphic violence, drug use, horror, gratuitous nudity, and/or traces of nuts.
The Virgin Psychics. Japan, 2016
The Virgin PsychicsThe Virgin Psychics from Sion Sono is a mish-mash of crazy ideas - a preposterous sci-fi/supernatural premise exploited to its fully perverted potential with an abundance of upskirts, dick jokes, and insane situations ... Read more
The Click. France, 1985
The ClickWhat if you had a remote control that could turn any woman into a shameless nympho at the turn of a dial? That is the central conceit of Le Declic, a film based on the erotic comic by highly regarded Italian illustrator Milo Manara ... Read more

Madame de Sade. Japan, 1986
Madame de SadeFor a film containing such highly sexual ideas and situations - the story, acting and cinematography is of a remarkably high order. For those who enjoy some titillation in their movies, but cannot put up with the cinematic dross so often exemplified by most adult entertainment, I can most certainly recommend ... Read more
Erotic Diary of an Office Lady. Japan, 1977
Erotic Diary of an Office LadyWhat's interesting about this film is that, as the name suggests, it is told from a woman's perspective. So while at first we thought these women were your typical sexual fantasies (and with a title like that, who can be blamed!) - Konuma masterfully exposes the viewer to the flipside of the coin ... Read more
Himiko. Japan, 1974
HimikoAs an introduction to the legend of Himiko, the film fulfills it's purpose, and with no small amount of style. The cast is terrific, and the visuals often amazing. It is however a product of its time - experimental, arty, and very different to modern Hollywood fare ... Read more
Zero Woman 5: The Hunted. Japan, 1997
Zero Woman 5This direct to video release is the 5th entry in the Zero Woman franchise, one of the better known and certainly most prolific in the abundant Japanese Girls with Guns genre. The basic storyline will be familiar to anyone who has seen the various incarnations of Nikita ... Read more
The Sorcerer and the White Snake. China/HK, 2011
The Sorcerer and the White SnakeI guess The Sorcerer and the White Snake is the Chinese equivalent of a blockbuster. Big name stars, melodramatic romance, talking animals. Usually not my bag at all. But this is one amazing-looking spectacle and as far as blockbuster entertainment goes you could do a lot worse ... Read more

The Evil Dead. USA, 1981
The Evil Dead Unfairly referred to on release as a 'video nasty', it's far better than that description might suggest, and is a highly accomplished genre film that pushed the creative envelope in many directions, despite its low-budget origins ... Read more

Cold Fish. Japan, 2011
Cold FishIt was with much anticipation that I caught Sion Sono's latest flick at a Film Festival this weekend. I was expecting something surreal and gory, and I knew it was based on a real-life serial killer. But what I didn't expect was the funniest movie I've seen this year... Read more

The Raquel Welch Project. One Million Years B.C, 1966
One Million Years B.C.While the search for a good Raquel Welch movie continues, I had a pretty good idea this was not likely to be one of them. Nevertheless, this is the movie that launched her as an international sex symbol, and the source of the infamous loinskin bikini ... Read more

The Hokusai Manga aka Edo Porn. Japan, 1981
Edo PornAn Academy Award-winning film that features Tentacle Porn? Not likely right? Well, it is when its the Japanese Academy Awards! This historical drama about famed artist Katsushika Hokusai is a quality historical drama with its fair share of titillation ... Read more

Braindead aka Dead-Alive. New Zealand, 1992
BraindeadBefore Peter Jackson won Oscar glory with Lord of the Rings, he was the Splatter King of B-Movies. This balls-out orgy of zombie mayhem may well be the single greatest achievement in B-grade zombie cinema, and incredibly funny for those with a twisted sense of humor ... Read more

Enter the Void. France, 2009
Enter The VoidA twisted, visceral, mind-blowing experience with huge ambitions that no doubt will prove far too edgy for the Oscars, even though its now firmly in front-running for my movie of the year. Hallucinogenic, sexy, transcendent, experimental, in-your-face, and brutal by turns - its not for everyone ... Read more

Angst. Austria, 1983
AngstFor fans of true crime, and anyone seeking a more authentic psycho killer experience this surely rates as one of the most successful of its type. It's nasty, it's seedy, it's disturbing - just like the crime itself. What was the film's biggest downfall is also its greatest asset - it's honesty ... Read more

XX: Beautiful Hunter. Japan, 1994
XX: Beautiful HunterFrom famed Japanese Pinku director Masaru Konuma comes this mid-90's Girls with Guns genre piece, fully stocked with guns, sex, blood and a touch of S&M-themed torture thrown in for good measure ... Read more

Vanilla Sky. USA, 2001
Vanilla SkyThe film that Vanilla Sky is based on, Alejandro Amenabar's Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) is one of my all-time favourite films. And amazingly enough, so is this. Cameron Crowe took the opportunity to not only remake the movie, but to try and improve upon it as well. I still can't decide which of the two films I like better. Read more

School of the Holy Beast. Japan, 1974
School of the Holy BeastNunsploitation. What the fuck, right? It makes me laugh just to say it! But if you're looking for the Rolls-Royce of exploitation films, then this surely must be it. Despite the gorgeous visuals, the story doesn't shirk the exploitation factor, and has all the gratuitous and lurid content you could hope for. Read more

Candy, USA 1968
CandyAs a naive and trusting coed with a heart of gold, Candy is unaware of the effect she has on men, and seems like a bewildered Alice, in a Wonderland populated with sleazy, horny men. Light-hearted bawdy fun, and a worthwhile cinematic trip back to the 60's.
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Boxer's Omen, Hong Kong 1983
Boxer's OmenI've seen more than my share of utterly bat-shit movies in my time, but this may be one of THE most twisted movies I've ever seen. Starting out as a martial arts movie, it segues into a triad theme, introduces a supernatural ghost-monk, and cuts to a gratuitous sex scene ... all within the first 15 minutes!
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Black Dynamite, USA 2009
Black DynamiteA hilariously cheesy throwback to the golden era of 70s blaxploitation - complete with the requisite sexism, racism, macho posturing and kung fu! Some jive turkey has killed his brother and its up to Black Dynamite to find out who is responsible!
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Thirst, Korea 2009
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Angel-A, France 2005
Angel-AThe stunning cinematography around picturesque Paris, combined with the decision to film in black and white lends the film an artistic and classy aesthetic, however the delivery is anything but pretentious. Instead director Luc Besson has delivered a mature and sexy comedy/fantasy that is enjoyable from start to finish ...
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Angstaka Fear
Austria, 1983

Director: Gerald Kargl
Starring: Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Rabenreither
IMDB: 7.7

Generally I am a fan of 'psycho killer' movies. Why? Usually for their black humour (Eg: American Psycho, Edmond) or for great acting (Silence of the Lambs). But also I admit to deriving some measure of perverse glee in watching the average Joe take out his rage on society at large in an uncontrolled release of vented frustration.

I mean, who doesn't travel partway along this road from time to time? Luckily most people have a well-conditioned moral centre, reason, and humanity which when combined with the fear of punishment usually ensures that most of us don't go much further than issuing juicy invective in a non-specific direction.

Which is to say that part of the attraction surely lies in the vicarious thrill engendered through watching films where the chief protagonist, for whatever reason, has no such compulsions holding them back. We can enjoy the movie in full knowledge that we ourselves would never cross this line. It may even be somewhat cathartic. And undoubtedly the enjoyment of such movies can be justified, safe in the knowledge that it's "just a movie" after all.

Angst however, is perhaps not "just a movie" being loosely based on the real-life serial killer Werner Kniesek, who was arrested in 1980 after savagely butchering three people in Salzburg, Austria. Additionally, the film's dialogue is entirely in voice-over, telling us "The Psychopath's" inner feelings as he awaits release from jail the next day, eager to resume his sado-sexual killings at the first opportunity, and then following him as he is released from prison with just one thing on his mind. Much of his dialogue is quoted directly from interviews with real-life serial killers including the Vampire of Dusseldorf, Peter Kürten.

What we have here then, is not the typical glossy Hollywood version of a Psycho Killer, nor a stylised cliche - but an altogether more realistic, and therefore far more disturbing one.

Erwin Leder's portrayal of The Psychopath eschews the smooth, calculating and urbane exteriors of characters such as Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman in favor of a more vile and pitiful characterisation, along similar lines as Ted Levine's turn as Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. He is shown to be chaotic, paranoid, repulsive, and surprisingly ineffective. Basically, pretty fucked up.

Despite being the central character, he is not one you can identify with or root for. Nonetheless we are forced into his world, and into his head, through the aforementioned voice-over and also through some outstanding camerawork from Zbigniew Rybczynski (pronunciation unknown).

The camera takes a floating position somewhat to the side and above the psychopath, rarely leaving him as we are forced to look downwards and watch as events unfold. At other times the camera is employed in a shaky hand-held style, or situated directly behind the actor's head. Interestingly, during the psychopath's triumphant moments, the camera switches position to floor-level, looking up at him looming large, reflecting the state of his ego.

The final part of the equation is the score provided by noted German composer Klaus Schulze. Taking into consideration that this was 1983, the score is eerily fitting and brings to mind Giorgio Moroder's work on Cat People. Ie: It's easily identifiable as "early 80's" with its droning synth lines. This does however add a specific feel to proceedings that suit the time and place of the movie.

Technically speaking this is an interesting film, but due to its realistic and downbeat nature looks low-budget, despite the creativity employed. But then viewers expecting Pirates of the Caribbean production values aren't likely to track down an obscure Austrian film from 1983!

Knowing in advance that French director Gaspar Noe (Irreversible, Enter the Void) has explicitly named this film as an influence, you will have little trouble seeing why. Noe's trademark swooping camera in Irreversible was distinctly foreshadowed here, as was the almost first-person view he used in "Enter the Void".

Which brings us tidily into another Noe comparison for those who recall the infamous brutal rape of Monica Bellucci in his film Irreversible. Let's just say that Noe's version is the tamer one! It is no wonder that director Gerald Kargl had immense trouble getting the film distributed, and even today it is not easy to find. As one IMDB reviewer put it so well, "It makes The Silence of the Lambs and Seven look like kindergarten stuff."

For fans of true crime, and anyone seeking a more authentic psycho killer experience this surely rates as one of the most successful of its type. It's nasty, it's seedy, it's disturbing - just like the crime itself. What was the film's biggest downfall is also its greatest asset - it's honest. Brutally so.

Rating: 7/10. For horror connoisseurs only.
          Update from Tokyo - Takashi Ishii's A Night in Nude Sequel   
If you're wondering why there's been so little activity here at Twisted Flicks recently, its because I'm currently soaking up the atmosphere on holiday in Japan. As you can imagine, there's many better things to do here than blogging!

However, while cycling around Tokyo today, my attention was grabbed by some advertising adorning a streetside clock for the movie Hana to Hebi 3 (Flower and Snake 3).

It's a little surreal seeing advertising for a bondage movie right out in the street like this - and Ginza is not at all a seedy neighbourhood! Its where all the luxury shops are, with the likes of Luis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani etc.

Intrigued, I followed the arrows and came across a grimy movie theatre below the street, the Ginza Cine Patos.

An LCD screen on the wall was showing trailers for upcoming attractions ... and one that caught my eye was the Japanese trailer shown below for Takashi Ishii's Nûdo no yoru: Ai wa oshiminaku ubau - aka 'A Night in Nude' Vol 2 - a sequel to his highly acclaimed 1993 flick. Thought some of you fellow J-Cinema fans might be interested. Looks to be starting its theatrical run in Japan, Oct 2nd, 2010.

Trailer (Japanese only)

And for those that can read Japanese, here's the official website.
          Enter the Void   
Enter the VoidFrance, 2009
Director: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Paz de la Huerta, Nathaniel Brown
IMDB: 7.4

I'm going to cut straight to the chase. Enter the Void is a downright masterpiece, it simply pushes all the right buttons ... for me. I could say your mileage may vary, but I'll go a step further. Your mileage WILL vary, and I'll explain why shortly. Enter the Void is an edgy, experimental, visceral, mind-blowing experience that will more than polarise audiences, so uncompromising is director Gaspar Noe in his vision.

Anyone familiar with Noe's last film Irreversible will be aware he is not one to shy away from shocking the viewer - in fact its something that he strives for. It's safe to say he has not chosen to change his ways here! This is a truly adult movie ... and anyone with hangups about sex, drugs, or violence should stay well away. An open adult mind is a prerequisite.

The film wastes no time in establishing the impact it intends - right from the get-go the opening titles slam into the screen in rapid-fire succession accompanied by a suitably pounding soundtrack. These were impressive enough to be followed by excited applause at the festival premier I attended. The crowd were in high spirits, ready to laugh and interact with the movie in true festival tradition. But it wasn't long before everyone was deadly silent as they were gripped by the intensity of what was unfolding.

Enter the Void is based in Tokyo, and centers around siblings Oscar and Linda. After losing their parents at a very early age the two become extremely close, and Linda makes Oscar promise never to leave her. Nevertheless, they are fostered out to separate homes, and when we first meet Oscar he is living in Tokyo, desperately trying to raise the money to allow his sister to join him.

Being a bit of a drug fiend, its not long before he hits upon the obvious way to raise a bit of quick money - dealing drugs. In the seedy underbelly of Tokyo, in a country notoriously anti-drugs ... this is a dangerous proposition.

The first major scene of the movie involves Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) getting high on DMT. The sound, visuals and atmosphere of this scene are the most impressive translation of a hallucinogenic experience that I have ever seen in a movie. Noe has stated that his inspiration for the film's neon look came from his experimentation with the drug DMT / Ayahuasca - and for what its worth, he compares the effect to the movie Tron.

And its Noe's extraordinary success in representing this state of mind that will turn off many viewers. It's all a bit vague, blurry, and disorienting ... the film fully immerses you in the trip, and is in no great hurry to bring you back down again.

The viewer is taken on a wonderfully psychedelic joyride both inside and outside of Oscar's mind, and into and out of The Void. The visuals are spectacular, thanks in part to the design input of Marc Caro (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children), and the camera takes an almost first person perspective being firmly located just behind Oscar's head for most of the film's run time.

The plot makes use of concepts from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a text that describes the state of consciousness after death, and explicitly compares the experience to the effects of the drug DMT (a well-known effect of the drug). To say more will require entering spoiler territory, suffice to say that this metaphysical idea is fully explored as a major concept of the movie.

Once Linda (Paz de la Huerta) arrives in Tokyo, she soon discovers the easiest way for an attractive young foreign woman to earn a living in a city where western women are very popular. The neon visuals of the strip bar she works in segue seamlessly into the previously mentioned psychedelic motif, and the leggy lead actress throws all modesty to the wind in an extremely brave performance.

Which brings us to the sex. There is quite a lot of it, and its reasonably explicit. Explicit enough to warrant a hefty adult rating anyway. Especially when Noe's swooping camera travels room to room through a love hotel, an idea that would have been utterly exploitational and voyeuristic were it not for the integral plot detail that it served.

As mentioned earlier, Noe is no stranger to hitting the viewer between the eyes with visceral and explosive violence. Some scenes had the impact, almost literally, of being hit in the face with a sledgehammer. This is an aspect of the movie that would surely be best experienced in a theater.

Noe takes his trademark floating camera aesthetic to new heights of excellence here, in combination with some remarkable CGI. This technique caused a lot of excitement when used in Irreversible, but here is used to much greater effect, especially as this time its not just a method but perhaps the best way to portray the story. Some scenes are absolutely breathtaking in scope, and while I was too busy enjoying the ride to bother with technical analysis, I am quite certain that some of these scenes were actually impossible. No doubt the eventual DVD will explain how it was done, and would be fascinating in itself.

The sound of the movie likewise fits the surreal and psychedelic tone, but more in the way David Lynch will use sounds to engender an emotional response without the explicit use of songs per se.

I've not wanted to give too much away in this review, but I hope it comes across just what an ambitious film this is. Noe takes the viewer on a roller-coaster experience in more ways than one, and here 'experience' is the key word. The only criticism I could make of the movie is that at times it is slow and occasionally repetitive. But in this regard it is worthwhile to note that one of Noe's biggest influences for this movie was Kubrick's 2001. Another movie with lengthy non-verbal sequences. It seems quite experimental in nature - you need to let it wash over you, immerse yourself in the alternate realities it presents.

To quote Hunter S. Thompson ... "Buy the ticket, take the ride" and catch it on the big screen if at all possible.

34% of viewers on IMDB rate Enter The Void a 10/10 ... I'm one of them.

Postscript: To learn more about Noe's influences for the film, I highly recommend checking out the documentaries DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and Tibetan Book of the Dead narrated by Leonard Cohen.

Get another opinion

@ Axe Wound. A great review with more details of the plot.
@ The Playlist. For the opposing viewpoint (beware, spoilers)

          Comment on The Lemon Drop Kid Blu-ray Review by B-ROLL   
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26  方世玉与胡惠乾 The Shaolin Avengers (1976) AVC 1080p BD25
27  马永贞 The Boxer from Shantung (1972) AVC 1080i50 BD50 - Shaw Bros, Ger subs only
28  中国超人 The Super Inframan (1975) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros Custom Eng Subs
29  五虎将 The Savage Five (1974) AVC 1080p BD50
30  五毒天罗 The Web of Death (1976) AVC 1080i BD25 - Shaw Bros
31  五虎屠龙 Brothers Five (1970) AVC 1080i BD25 - Shaw Bros
32  五郎八卦棍 Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (1984) AVC 1080p BD50 - Shaw Bros, Custom Eng dub/subs
33  五遁忍术 Five Element Ninjas (1982) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros
34  五毒 Five Deadly Venoms (1978) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros
35  梁山伯与祝英台 The Love Eterne (1963) AVC 1080p BD25
36  缘份 Behind the Yellow Line (1984) AVC 1080p BD25 - Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, Anthony Chan
37  快活林 The Delightful Forest (1972) AVC 1080i BD25 - Shaw Bros
38  方世玉与洪熙官 Heroes Two (1974) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros
39  残缺 Crippled Avengers (1978 ) AVC 1080p BD25 - Custom dub
40  水浒传 The Water Margin (1972) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros, Custom subs
41  血滴子 The Flying Guillotine (1975) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros, Custom
42  刺马The Blood Brothers (1973) AVC 1080i50 BD50 - Shaw Bros, Custom subs
43  大决斗 The Duel (1971) AVC 1080p BD50 - Shaw Bros, Custom subs
44  大醉侠 Come Drink With Me (1966) AVC 1080p BD25 - Custom Multiple Audio & Subs
45  疯猴 Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979) AVC 1080i50 BD50 - Shaw Bros, No subs



46. 流星蝴蝶剑 The killer clans(1976) AVC 1080i BD25 -Killer Clans, Shaw Bros
47.审死官 .Justice.My.foot.1992.Blu-ray.1080p.AVC.LPCM.2.0.Mandarin&Cantonese-chs&eng



49.龙虎斗[日版邵氏 DIY简繁中字]The Chinese Boxer 1970 JPN Blu-ray 1080p AVC LPCM]




50    叉手 Masked Avengers (1981) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros  

51    爱奴 Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

52    报仇 Vengeance (1970) AVC 1080i BD25 - Shaw Bros 

53    杀绝 Soul of the Sword (1978) AVC 1080i BD25 - Shaw Bros 

54    种鬼 Seeding of a Ghost (1983) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

55    三少爷的剑 Death Duel (1977) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

56    冲霄楼 House of Traps (1982) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

57    邪 Hex (1980) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

58    男与女 Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1983) AVC 1080p BD25 

59    降头 Black Magic (1975) AVC 1080p BD25 - Chn/Ger subs only 

60    三笑 The Three Smiles (1969) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros opera 

61    江山美人 The Kingdom and the Beauty (1959) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 

62    济公 The Mad Monk (1993) AVC 1080p BD25 

63    万人斩 Killer Constable (1980) AVC 1080p BD25 - Shaw Bros 








          Crowdtap CEO: Sorry, But The Kardashians Are More Disruptive Than The Beatles   

People are the new media, and the seeds were planted long before Khloe, Kourtney and Kim took over our living rooms.

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          When you buy over $200 worth of seeds . . .   

. . . you plant over $200 worth of seeds. And when your soil is rocky you do most of your digging with a pick axe. That's what I've been up to. Racing one bed at a time. Mind you, some of my beds are raised and filled with imported soil, just not all of them. This doesn't even bring into discussion all of the bareroot trees we had to get into the ground before summer drought season. So I'm entrenched in a garden battle.

I'd like to appologize to readers for the lack of continuity on this blog.

Ericswan had an interesting comment on my previous post about the health properties of a common garden weed -- chickweed. It is worth a read.

I'd also like to point readers over to The Easy Garden, which is a new forum for all things garden-related, aimed at helping new gardeners get themselves well-rooted. This is an off-shoot of The Backyard Chicken forum, which I highly recommend to anyone who raises poultry or is interested in learning about poultry husbandry.

I hope everyone's gardens are coming along! Let me know how yours is growing!

          January Challenge -- Seeds of Change   

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m hoping to offer, every month, a suggestion of a small change we can all make to help conserve resources and green our corner of the planet. Often we will find that these same changes in our lives will help us conserve our own financial resources as well, which is an added bonus.

This month’s challenge was an obvious choice for me, as it was my own challenge to myself – ordering seeds to start this year’s garden. My husband also wants to join in the gardening in 2008. Like any new gardener, his aspirations are high. I have done my best to talk him down to starting small, with easy crops, so that he can get a few successes under his belt before he tackles more challenging crops. I also encouraged him to choose plants that will be successful in our short and often relatively cool growing season. Perhaps the most important lesson a gardener can learn is to grow those plants that suit one’s local conditions best. Otherwise gardening may become more of a disappointment than a delight.

Based upon my discussions with my own eager new gardener, I thought it would be helpful to outline a list of vegetable crops that most beginners, will have a good chance at growing well. For a brief outline on how to get a garden established, you may want to read the following article from the University of British Columbia. Even those of you living without a yard can join in the fun, as all of the suggestions below will also grow contentedly in containers. For a primer on container vegetable garden, you may want to read the following PDF from Iowa State University extension.

Need further incentive for this challenge? Salad greens and lettuce are extremely easy to grow and require only relatively shallow containers for those who don’t have garden space. As with all vegetables, green leafy vegetables are most nutritious when eaten shortly after harvesting. Yet how many of us are accustomed to purchasing our salad greens in those dreaded plastic containers that have flown in from California and then sat on the grocery shelves? Some of those same greens are fairly tolerant of extreme weather and can be grown early in the spring as well as well into late fall or early winter without added protection in some northern climates. With protection you may find yourself with fresh greens well into winter, even in harsher climes. Since salad crops grown in California are absorbing rocket fuel – which is disruptive to the human thyroid – you might also find your self-sown salads leave you feeling healthier and with a bit more energy. Bag the rocket fuel and grow your own rocket (more commonly known as arugula), which is a wonderful addition to any salad and has all the health benefits of the broccoli clan – technically it is a cruciferous vegetable and not a lettuce crop.

What many new gardeners are surprised to learn is that not all traditional vegetable crops grow well during the summer months. In fact, it seems that most of the easiest to grow crops thrive during the cooler months of spring and fall. The advantage of this is clear – your time and labor will be spread out fairly uniformly over the entire growing season. You will find yourself capable of growing a few crops in the spring, several different ones in the summer, and then be able to either repeat some spring crops in the fall or grow something completely different that will tide you over until winter encroaches. And speaking of winter, one gentleman has a fairly simple plan for extending his harvest well into the leaner months.

You will notice some of my links suggest using more conventional growing techniques. I recommend substituting organic methods.

Herbs are also easy to grow, especially mint, oregano, garlic, and Italian parsley. Some herbs will attract beneficial insects and all of them will save you a bundle at the grocery store.

Now for the cast of characters (this list is by no means exhaustive):

When: warm season
Where: full sun; well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter*
How: in garden, or in a container at least 16” deep
Why: high in antioxidants, as well as a good source of iron, zinc, and protein for vegetarians and vegans

When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
Where: full sun; well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter*
How: in garden, or at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
Why: nutritional superstar, high in vitamins A, C, D, and also a good source of calcium

When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
Where: full sun; deep, loose, well-drained soil with plenty of nutrients
How: in garden, or at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
Why: antioxidants and carotenes

When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
Where: nearly any soil, but well-drained with plenty of organic matter* is best
How: in garden, or at least a 6” deep container
Why: good source of vitamins A, C, K; folate, manganese, chromium, and fiber

When: warm season
Where: full sun; light, loose, well-drained soil with organic matter* added during previous growing season
How: in garden, or in containers at least 16” deep
Why: high in potassium, high in vitamin B6 which is necessary for building the nervous system and may alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women

When: warm season
Where: soil with abundant nutrients and organic matter*
How: in garden, or in containers at least 16” deep
Why: good source of vitamin C, beta carotene and potassium

When: cool season (spring/fall)
Where: loose soil with plenty of organic matter*
How: in garden, or in at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
Why: moderately high in vitamin C and K, also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and is beneficial to cold and flu symptoms

* Organic matter is best added to the garden in the form of finished compost

          IT'S THE END OF THE WINTER?   
Hi lovely people!
Are you starting to feel the Spring in the air?
I am, and despite all these grey days that we are having around here,the increase of light in the day it's helping me to keep positive and hopeful. 

I love daffodils, they are a blessing and a hope for longer and warmer days 😊

And with the hope of the near Spring it comes with a lot of hope for our dreams to come true.
All those seeds that patiently and full of faith we planted during the cold and dark months of Winter are trying now  to find their way out, are we gonna be able to find our way too?

Kind of busy around here. ..

Exploring the rockpools 😄

The magic of a rainbow 🌈

Some view. .. 💙

A treat for me. .. 😏

So we have been exploring, painting, discovering, creating. .. 
Having seaside time has done me good, the energy of the sea it's very good for removing negative energies and it gives you a great feeling of refreshing and clear perspective on everything, don't you think? and I am needing some of that so, very grateful for those moments close to the sea.
It is always a pleasure and although I miss the Mediterranean sea (it's where I was born) the sea here in the Uk does inspires me, maybe in a different way but it does makes me feel good and at the end of the day that is what matters, isn't it?

And one thing that I love it's yarn, so I am playing with the idea of a cardigan for myself. 
I am not an expert at all (trying to be one some day) 
But I do love yarn and needles and believe it or not I have been knitting and crocheting for years, I suppose I have never really believe in my ability to become an expert, but I am determined to believe in myself and my ability to become an expert on anything I enjoy doing so. .. 

I am following a pattern that comes with the last issue of Simply Crochet magazine but in case you could be interested in it, the pattern can be found on Ravelry 

What do you enjoy doing?
You can let me know in the comments below if you want, I will be more than happy to get to know a bit about you 😊

It is not how we live in the light
that enlightens us,
it is how we live in the dark.

~Rune Lazuli

So much love 💗
Be very happy!!

Luisa xoxo

          Lisa Renee Update - June 27, 2017   


http://goldenageofgaia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/lisa.jpgThe intensity continues as we move forward into July, we are continuing to be repositioned and shifted so that our energy bodies and our consciousness is congruently aligned with the new timeline architecture, as well as with the new energy foundation. As we continually undergo micro-adjustments in just about every area of our inner person and outward lifestyle, we are witnessing more of the mental patterns and archetypes from our past lives. As cellular memories are surfacing, they can reveal themselves as powerful and intense emotions, images or sensations that arise from within suddenly, as feeling associations are being reconnected.

These cellular memories are from both the ancient human galactic histories, other lifetimes as well as patterns we may have lived out in our current lifetime that may have contributed to fixed patterns of behavior. Many unresolved trauma patterns continue to cross over into multiple stations of identity, these are generally deep patterns of emotional trauma or negative behaviors that surface so that we may resolve them. They may be stemming from our multiple lifetimes, and the many human incarnation experiences where those same patterns were repeated many times without finding energetic balance or conflict resolution. The collective consciousness patterns which have defined who we are in order to accept the belief systems that have been imposed upon us, have been deeply disturbing to our core spiritual being. It is reflected to us daily throughout the macrocosm how isolated and divided we feel as a species, that the human race has evolved completely and utterly alone on this rock, disconnected and without contact from other species, as well as not knowing the existence of our spiritual families. As a species we have been handed many false concepts and negative archetypes that we have believed to be true about ourselves that define our sense of self in our human identity.

As a result, many people on the earth have been negatively conditioned to feel deeply alone, feeling unwanted, feeling they do not belong, feeling burdened by uncertainty and insecurity and believing that there is something wrong with them. When we feel deeply disconnected and alone, all kinds of disempowering thoughts and painful feelings can show up in our lives. When we can shift our awareness from purely focusing on ourselves and looking to the larger picture, it may occur to us that we are not alone, and that this thought form has only surfaced for us to see. An incredible amount of people, nearly all people have directly experienced these exact same thoughts, also experiencing these exact same painful feelings of isolation and disconnection from others. How many people on this earth are feeling this way right now?

When we realize that the pain of disconnection and isolation is the misery within human existence that stems from the negative mind control inflicted upon us by the NAA, we can begin to realize that we are no less than anyone else on this planet. Feeling deep grief, experiencing great loss and sorrow, the state of suffering, this is intrinsic to the general human experience in the current reality of which we all share and are a part. When we can actually see and feel into the collective consciousness that holds this overall collective mindset of disconnection, we can know that we really are not our thoughts and feelings. Did you choose these certain thoughts that surface into your mind? When these negative thoughts pop up in your mind without warning, suddenly surfacing from out of nowhere, observe them and look deeper. You will notice that some of these thoughts and feelings trigger you when they surface while others do not, there are thoughts that show up and they disappear just as quickly. All thoughts and feelings fade away from memory over time, whether you want them to or not. The mind control programming on this earth teaches us that we are supposed to be the content of all of our thoughts and feelings, and when these random thoughts suddenly show up, that they actually belong to us and constitute an essential part of our human identity.

Thus, all of these patterns are being refined during this time to give us the opportunity to see what we need to change or heal inside ourselves that we inherited from the collective consciousness mind control. This is a time where we must learn to create our new reality from an entirely new palette of color, creating new thoughtforms about ourselves, feeling deeply into the new emotional spectrums that ignite cross collaboration, co-creation and manifestation. The infusion of these new color frequencies are from the unity code harmonics, the trinity wave formats that create a base for the new energy platform, and this architecture is available to us now to help us build something entirely different.

As you study these old and painful patterns from the past you will begin to see them embedded as distortions that have great influence upon human consciousness, the 3D belief systems that have profoundly impacted the way human beings function in the world at so many different levels. The mental games and reptilian mind control programs that are running covertly within our unconscious self, those larger behavioral patterns that are set up by the death culture that has been accepted by mass society. All of the subterranean distortions of the upside down world are coming into blaring review for us to more deeply analyze in order to comprehend what is behind it and how it has influenced our lives.  We have to see who and what is running a mental racket into the mental body of our unconscious and conscious mind, in order to become free of its negative triggers. A racket is a corrupt mental program running in our conscious or unconscious self that justifies itself into being, to protect the psyche from discovering its deepest and darkest fears. When the unconscious mind is running rackets it is very tricky and manipulative, trying to cover up the truth in order to continue to feed the ego programs for an emotional payoff. However, we are being pushed to clearly see these mental rackets running within our psyche, as the new energy foundation will not tolerate or support them. Running mental rackets is the antithesis to embodying personal integrity and authenticity. In order to be congruent with the core essence and the nature of our true self, we have to see the rackets that are bargaining with our ego in order to receive a mental or emotional payoff. Then take steps to remove faulty thinking and clear these mental rackets from taking control over our emotional state that influence the spiritual house of our inner being. When we are running mental rackets, we become the cause of our own mental and emotional suffering. When we can recognize that we are contributing to our own suffering by running negative mental rackets we can choose in every moment to give it up instantly.

Suffering is generated from focusing on what we want something to be, seeing the difference between what we want and what is actually the reality in this moment. The expectations of wants, needs and desires put projections onto something or someone that you want to be different from what they actually are, and this generates pain. When we want to force change upon another who is not living up to our expectations or desires, we may be feeding into blockages that make the situation of our own suffering become even worse. When we project our desires and needs onto others, when those expectations are not being met then people feel deeply hurt. And yet this hurt was produced from one’s own internal suffering by placing expectations upon another to relieve it, instead of finding deeper acceptance that allows each person to be who they are in this moment. When we find the generosity to hold total unconditional acceptance and love for others, we naturally find the same unconditional love and acceptance for ourselves.

If we want to be emotionally freed from feeling hurt and abandoned by other people, we must give up all expectations we have of other people, and find acceptance for them and the situation we may find ourselves in the moment.

Are you running mental rackets that are making you suffer? Mental rackets are fixed ways of thinking, being and behaviors that you refuse to change even if they are unhealthy or destructive to you and others. Fixed ways of being can be a mental program playing out certain archetypes or negative patterns, such as feeling victimized by something and looping into the victim-victimizer thoughts that generate repeated grievances and recurring complaints. If we have the same pattern of behaviors that generates recurring complaints about something or someone, then we have to take responsibility to change that mental pattern in order to begin to change the results that we make in our lives. Many people that constantly complain about the same issues and constantly feel hurt and betrayed by others, may not realize that deeply hidden in the unconscious mind, is a mental program running for an emotional payoff.  There is a payoff for every emotionally driven behavior and thought, whether positive or negative, that can be used to manipulate types of responses that you want to get out of other people. We can choose to let them go once we have honestly identified the negative emotions that are repeating patterns, and then digging deeper for the emotional payoff that is received from that behavior.

When we are not self-aware and we continually feed into the same negative behaviors without making an effort to change them, we are continuing to feed into duplicity at the expense of being totally honest with others, with upfront and open communication. Sometimes these negative behaviors happen in our more intimate and emotionally connected relationships. Many people may not be aware they are emotionally duplicitous with others, and that is a seed of deceit that will generate a return of more of the same.  

To go deeper and commit to let go of running mental rackets in order to receive an emotional payoff from them, we can spend some time to untie the knot between the negative behavior and the emotional payoff habit. Spend some time alone honestly assessing the negative patterns you may have running mental rackets that are tied to emotional payoffs. What’s important to recognize is that undesirable or negative behaviors are often associated with a mixture of wanted and unwanted consequences. One of the most important payoffs that is often associated with undesirable behavior is the reduction of anxiety and tension. There are many different types of undesirable and negative behavior that are used as coping mechanisms, that actually help people temporarily reduce their feelings of mental or emotional anxiety.

Once you have more clarity on the deeper reasons why this undesirable pattern has emerged, then find the vulnerability to share honestly with that person when you have noticed this dynamic occurs in that relationship. First, share the negative thought and behavior that has become a habit, once you have identified this happens between you and another person. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and reveal to this person the emotional payoff that you receive for using this negative behavior between you. Then commit to this person and yourself that you will not run this negative behavior and emotional behavior racket anymore to the best of your ability. Then declare to the person what is the most essential parts of your relationship that you value, as well as discovering the ways to build deeper trust together.

This is a time of Reality Check so that we can see what damage has been done that has left coping mechanisms and mental rackets, taking stock of what we have left to mentally and emotionally process, so we can live and speak in the deepest truth and integrity that we are capable of. Blind spots in our awareness or the perception that we hold of others that keep us in denial and living inside the deceptive psychological defense programs, or running mental rackets cannot continue. We are being rid of layers of drama, trauma and defense mechanisms that we have been operating unconsciously and consciously as the result of being a 3D human. Many of us on the ascension path may find ourselves deeply enmeshed in clearing these emotional and archetypal patterns now. It may show up as a part of healing the larger macrocosm mental rackets or healing something in your personal life, however the process of revelation is the same. All of humanity is subject to running these mental rackets and programs. This process can be painful as it requires that you give it all up at the Altar of inner spirit, nothing is held back, nothing is sugar coated, nothing is veiled from your ability to see or live by the truth as you know it. All we need to do is drop any resistance and let the circumstance self-correct as we participate by compassionately witnessing the pattern as it is being shifted or completely dissolved and removed. It is also dissolving the membranes that create energetic walls of separation that exist inside of us, so that we can be more whole within and therefore also be more whole in our interactions with others.  This can be an intense time of spiritual awakening and expansion, so taking the necessary time out and being gentle and forgiving in these circumstances, is the practice of building energetic self-mastery.

          Italian Fritata   
I love making frittatas for breakfast because they are easy to make and very versatile. I enjoy making this Italian frittata for guests at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast because it is not only healthy and delicious, it is colorful and beautiful when it is served.

A frittata is really just a flat omelet that is baked in the oven. Some people start them on the top of the stove in a large skillet and then finish them off in the oven. I prefer to put all the ingredients into a baking dish and bake it in the oven. That just seems to work better for me when I am making breakfast for any number of people. I do prepare two smaller dishes rather than one larger one because they bake in less time and I am sure of having them bake all the way through.

This recipe serves 4. You can use many types of vegetables in the frittata, you just need to make sure they don’t release too much liquid. Roasted vegetables are wonderful in this. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cooking time varies depending on the size of the frittata. You want it to cook through so that the eggs are set and do not ooze or jiggle.

4 shallots peeled and sliced into thin slices,
1 cup baby bella (brown) mushrooms, sliced,
4 small tomatoes ( I use Campari or Roma tomatoes) sliced and seeded,
1 cup fresh Spinach loosely packed,
4 to 6 large fresh basil leaves, torn,
6 to 8 eggs, depending on the size of the eggs,
Lemon pepper (I use Trader Joe’s blend) to taste ( about ½ teaspoon),
Sea salt to taste (about ½ teaspoon),
¼ to ½ cup cheese,
1 Tbls. Olive Oil,
1 Tbls. cold water,

Slice the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and drain on paper towels. This can be done ahead. In a small skillet at medium temperature heat olive oil. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add cold water to caramelize. When done,  remove from skillet and set aside to cool. Use the same warm skillet to cook mushrooms just until they release their juices. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray (I use canola oil or olive oil spray). Layer the shallots, mushrooms, spinach, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Sprinkle the cheese over the layered vegetables. (You may do 2 layers like this if you would like a thicker frittata.) Beat eggs with sea salt and lemon pepper and pour evenly over vegetables. (Vegetables may not be completely covered.) Bake until set. Take out of oven and let set for about 5 minutes before serving. It is ok if it sets longer as this is also good at room temperature. Cut into portions and serve.

We serve this frittata with turkey sausage or bacon and either potato gratin or mini-muffins….Enjoy!
          Recipe For Cool Summer Melon   
On a warm summer morning, what is more refreshing than chilled, fresh melon? Weather permitting we like to serve breakfast al fresco. At our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast, we have a lovely patio with umbrella-covered tables where guests enjoy sitting outdoors to dine in full view of goldfinches having their early morning thistle seeds, the dish-plate sized hibiscus blossoms in full bloom, and the blue hydrangeas that are so prevalent on Cape Cod.

I like using a variety of melons in this fruit dish. Most grocery stores carry cantaloupe, watermelon, Crenshaw, and honeydew melons.  In some areas of the country, you may find other seasonal varieties.  The more different colors you use, the more colorful this dish will be. I use a melon-baller to cut perfect small melon balls. Most melon-ballers come with two different sized balling tools. I like to use the smaller one but the larger will work just as well. I then toss the melon balls with a little bit of honey. I think the honey really brings out the taste of the melon.

I serve the melon balls in crystal compote with a topping of plain Greek yogurt whipped with a little bit of lemon curd and with a dollop of lemon curd on top. I use 2% Fage (pronounced Fa-yeh) as I find fat free yogurt to be a little bit chalky tasting. I also prefer sweetening yogurt myself so that I know what is in it. I also use Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd. It is really beautiful. I chill it before using it.

Melon Balls with Greek Yogurt and Lemon Curd
4 Servings
½ Small Cantaloupe
½ Honeydew Melon
1 small slice seedless watermelon
A drizzle of honey
1 cup Greek yogurt
3 to 4 tablespoons lemon curd
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Ball the melons using the small end of the melon-baller. Drizzle with a little bit of honey and toss together. Whip the lemon curd and lemon zest into the Greek yogurt and store in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Place the melon balls into a fruit compote or bowl and top with the yogurt. Put a dollop of lemon curd on the top.

Option: You can sprinkle with blueberries or cranberries for more color. The yogurt and lemon curd topping also works really well with berries.

If you have lots of people coming for breakfast, brunch, or are using this as dessert with dinner, you can cut the melon balls the night before and mix the topping and just store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. You family and friends will love melon served this way.  Enjoy!

Jan Preus, Innkeeper, Chef, and Artist in Residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA
          New Vegetarian Restaurant in St. John's, NL   
The Heavenly Loft on Duckworth Street in St. John's has only been open a few months. This small vegetarian restaurant has a loyal and growing following. Four of us dropped in last night on our way to a Christmas event at the nearby LSPU Hall. I explained to the very polite waiter/maitre d'/bus boy/co-owner that we had 25 minutes to order, be served, eat and pay, and asked if it was possible. He thought for a split second and told me he'd advise us what to order and it could be done. We stayed and were glad we did. We ordered spring rolls, Singapore noodles and a lotus seed bun. All were good and what was going out to the other tables, the 20 seat dining room was 3/4 full, looked even better. Way better. There was complementary tea and carrot-sweet potato soup that was perfect for the cold wet night. I heartily recommend the Heavenly Loft and commit to going back again soon to try that delicious and delicate looking order of deep-fried enoki mushrooms! A better eview is sure to follow. Stay tuned!
          Comment on 6 Trees You Should Never, Ever Plant by Ron   
I have a collection of trees all you haters would complain about... I love the Catalpa and have planted dozens on my property. I simply love their uniqueness. I have a European Linden, Horse Chestnut, Black Locust, Black Walnut, 3 Osage Oranges, a Black Oak and those crappy Sugar Maples too! I even transplanted an Elm from Elmhurst, Illinois, Boy did some people cry over that one. All these trees are huge shade givers now, drought resistant and beautiful. I am also planting a mulberry this fall. (tired of hunting on ferrule land for them, picking each spring.) I use a tiny 20" (no kidding) hand pushed lawn mower with a bag and have no problems keeping my lawn clean. I have a heck of a mulch pile for my garden as well. I had some big Beautiful designer Green seedless Ash trees, but Mother Nature showed me what happens when you're not diverse. Along came the Emerald Ash Borer and my big beautiful designer trees were all dead. I had "Hybrid" Poplars too. They all died in 20 years and left me terrible towers of falling wood. In the Town I live in, the Village workers go from street to street each year and remove all the giant old trees that were planted between the sidewalk and street (the Parkway). They have stripped most of our streets of their trees, but I protected mine and threatened action if they cut them down. They have bypassed me for now. You now have to ask permission to re-plant, and only smaller designer / hybrids are allowed. CRAZY! I'm sure people say that "Tarzan" lives in that house, but our house is cool. Our land is shaded. We have birds and bees here. Butterflies too! And we have diversity, some planned, some God chosen. I couldn't be happier... Oh and my neighbor across the street has the largest tree in our town. A Colossal Cottonwood that rains drifting cotton every summer. I wouldn't recognize a hot lazy August without it!
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          Сияние_Розы_Жизни: Царь всех растений — враг всех болезней!    

Что мы знаем о специи, которую употребляли еще наши далекие предки? Мы говорим о тмине. Уже многократно установлено, что его семена обладают полезными свойствами. Именно поэтому использование тмина не ограничивалось только в приготовлении еды.


Черный тмин (другое название римский кориандр) согласно словам пророка Муххамеда, является приговором для всех хворей, кроме смерти.   читать далее

          Searching for Sinai Seeds   
Three years ago, driven by childhood memories of sweet, juicy tomatoes and a desire for organic vegetables, Eid began a search for seeds. He didn’t want just any seeds and he definitely did not want the seeds available on the market, expensive ones sold by multinational companies. So he started asking around, inquiring with Bedouin …

Continue reading Searching for Sinai Seeds

          Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows   
A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.
          Comment on Spinach Balls with Sunflower Seeds, Manchego and Turmeric Honey Yogurt (Gluten-Free) by Mia   
Hi! I need a quick answer, pretty please, because I will try to make this balls tomorrow! :) So... My question is: can I substitute butter or ghee with coconut oil and how soft has to be, before I add it to the mixing bowl. Thanks so much! Mia
          For sale - 15 fresh thai sapodilla buah ciku lamoot seeds... - $14   
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          Raw Sushi Rolls With Sunflower Seed ‘Rice’ [Vegan, Gluten-Free]   
rawsushiThese sushi rolls are colorful, jam-packed with nutrients, and can be made in less than 20 minutes. Score.
          Sindhi Loli | Recipe | Vegetarian   

Makes 12 small


1 Cup Atta ( whole wheat flour )
Cream for Kneading
Salt - To Taste
Cookie Cutter
Electric Griller


Mix together atta and salt...Knead with the required amount of cream into a semi-soft dough.
Roll out into a single thick roti.. Cut 3" rounds with a cookie cutter.
Coat one side of the rounds with Sesame seeds.
Heat the electric grill on high, Place all the rotis and grill on both sides.
          El sucesor de Harvest Moon llega en octubre a Europa   

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns ya tiene fecha de salida en Europa.

El juego, lanzado hace un año en Japón y el pasado febrero en Norteamérica, es el auténtico sucesor de Harvest Moon, creado por Marvelous Inc. El motivo de que no mantenga dicho nombre es puramente legal: XSEED mantiene los derechos de distribución de dicho nombre en Norteamérica (llegó a sacar su propio Harvest Moon sin el equipo original) y se ha decidido mantener el nombre en todos los países occidentales. Por lo demás, mantiene el estilo y las mecánicas del Harvest Moon de siempre.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns saldrá el 13 de octubre en Europa.

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          Enjoy Life Foods Tantalizes Taste Buds with Three New Baked Chewy Bars   

Enjoy Life Foods is launching three new flavors joining its line of Baked Chewy Bars: Caramel Blondie, Carrot Cake and Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed. The launch follows Enjoy Life’s steadfast portfolio expansion across multiple aisles of the grocery store as it fuels the growth of the Free-From industry, which is projected to reach $20 billion by […]

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          Halloween Appetizers – Creepy Bug Buns   

A great Halloween appetizer for your kids before they go out trick or treating. Creepy Bug Buns Yield: 12 bug bun Prep 30 mins Rise 10 mins Bake 15 mins Ingredients 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (5 ounces) 1 14 1/2 ounce can pizza sauce 1 16 ounce package frozen white roll dough (12 rolls), thawed 1 egg white water Sesame seeds 36 pretzel sticks 12 pretzel nuggets Directions 1. Preheat ...

The post Halloween Appetizers – Creepy Bug Buns appeared first on Moms with Girls.

있다고 다 보여주지말고 안다고 다 말하지말고 가졌다고 다 주지말고 들었다고 다 믿지말라 ___shakespare Less is more🌱🍃🌿 #seed #organic #셀스타그램 #서울
          re: Drug-Free Ways to Help Balance Female Hormones   

I stopped taking BCP in Oct 2016 because I was having severe headaches every day. I knew I had to be prepared for hormonal changes, so I had some evening primrose oil tabs ready. They help tremendously but then the hot flashes/night sweats started and they were awful! A tincture of black cohosh really helped, as well as red clover. Another kind of surprising help was fennel tea. I steep some of the seeds in hot water and drink that and I don't have hot flashes. I have an appt with a naturopath to get bio-identical hormones. I have used essential oils for decades and they have not helped with menopause symptoms, sorry Dr. Mercola!  When you are in the midst of a nuclear hot flash, you need a hormone (or adaptagen) to fix a hormonal issue.

          Tommy's Pumpkin   

Tommy grew a pumpkin this year. It's small, and it was a hard-fought battle to get this little pumpkin for two reasons:
  • As I've belabored to the point of becoming tiresome, our backyard is not sunny enough to grow anything bearing fruit.
  • Squash bores got into the squash vine, and this pumpkin was the sole survivor of that attack.
The pumpkin's special because it was grown from a seed I saved from a pumpkin Tom picked during a kindergarten trip to a local pumpkin patch. Around early November last year, when Max and Tommy had friends over, I removed the seeds, saving and drying some and roasting the others. Then I cooked down the pumpkin and froze the pulp, and threw anything left over into the compost heap. It reminded me of fifth-grade social studies class learning how the Indians were respectful of the buffalo they killed, and used every last part.
So Tommy's prize this year, a descendent of his kindergarten trip, will be cooked into the chocolate chip pumpkin muffins he likes, with seeds saved for next year's sunny front-yard mini pumpkin patch.
          Musings on the Tomato, with Lacto-Fermented Salsa   
Yes, it's been a long time since I've posted. I think this is a record. Yeah for me.
Last year my friend Dave pointed out that my anemic tomatoes weren't the result of the universe plotting against me, but simply that I'd not paid attention to their needing more sun than my semi-wooded backyard would afford. Noted. This year I moved the tomatoes to the front yard, and while we've only had six plants, I've been beside myself with how they've thrived. Simply beside myself. If you have any doubt what sun can do for sun-loving plants like tomatoes, here are two heirloom tomatoes, one in the backyard (because I had some extra plants and a little extra room in the raised beds) and one in the front yard. Case closed.
Sylvia explaining last May why we planted tomatoes out front.
It's been a fun gardening year. I tried potatoes for the first time and am giddy that you can put a part of a potato under ground, and a couple months later dig under the resulting foliage and find... Potatoes. As Phil says, "honest potatoes." I planted a 4 X 4 box with Purple Haze potatoes and we've been eating on them for a bit. I can't find a good source for seed potatoes this fall, so I'm sprouting some myself, and sharing them with my dad, who's never grown potatoes but was fascinated when I told him about our experience this year. By the way, if you're thinking of planting potatoes, you might want to check out The Resilient Gardener, which devotes a whole chapter to spuds. One thing I learned from that book was to watch for the foliage to die, wait another week or two, and then dig up the potatoes. Apparently they keep growing and getting nutrients even while their foliage looks dead and as if nothing good is going to come of them.

Backyard on the left; front yard on the right.
So, back to the sun. I took Dave too literally. While I moved the tomatoes to the front yard, I didn't apply his lessons to all summer vegetables needing sunlight. So my first attempt at corn turned out miniature. The raccoons got it, and frankly, they could have it. Ditto the peppers, which were less than impressive other than one hot pepper plant that did me proud. So the plan next year is to expand the little garden plot next to the driveway , and stock it with tomatoes, peppers, corn, rhubarb, and everything else that's been struggling in the backyard. The raised beds in the backyard will be planted solely with the leafy greens and spring/fall vegetables that thrive there: radishes, lettuce, kale, chard, mache.
Meanwhile, the tomatoes.
I will admit that my ultimate strategy is that we'll be able to grow all or most of our vegetables, and even fruit, on our little 1/4 acre suburban lot. But this year the thought of canning tomatoes made me tired. So very tired. So we're eating and enjoying them fresh, and I'm going to rely on the eight packs of Del Monte organic tomatoes at Costco to get through the winter. Sue me.
That said, we've got an abundance of tomatoes, and even tomato-philes like me and Phil are a little overwhelmed. And we've got a raccoon problem that ends in slightly blemished tomatoes that are still mainly good, if a bit scratched or bitten here and there. Bring in lacto-fermenting. I'm a little in love with it. This is a way to get probiatics (you know... Jamie Lee Curtis yelling at you about a yogurt brand that helps keep you "on track") through crazy-quick and easy prep. No canning. Essentially, you're prepping vegetables (pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut) and then letting them sit at room temperature. The result is living food filled with good bacteria; canning, on the opposite spectrum, kills all bacteria -- bad and harmful as well as good.
So I'm loving lacto-fermented salsa, which uses up less-than-perfect tomatoes, takes about five minutes to make, and tastes phenomenal. (Phil, who is more sensitive to salt than me, says it's a bit salty; I haven't noticed.) I'm using a combination of the method from Nourishing Days and a very slight riff on the recipe from Cheeseslave. I'm tickled that the tomato, garlic, and hot peppers all come from my garden. Next year, the onions will, too. Here's what I've been doing.

Lacto-Fermented Salsa

1 small to medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 to 2 hot peppers, depending on your taste, split and seeded
Juice from 2 lemons
1 Tbsp. salt
4 oz. whey or 1 Tbsp. salt
About 3-4 decent-sized tomatoes
If you like, fresh herbs like cilantro or oregano

In a food processor, process the onion, peppers, and garlic. Now add the tomatoes and whir them a bit. I have a very small food processor, so I have to add the tomatoes, quartered, one at at time. If you're using fresh herbs, put those in and whir them a bit more. Now pour into a bowl, add the lemon juice, salt, and whey (or additional salt). You should have about a quart, so after it's all mixed up, pour it into a quart canning jar, making sure you have about an inch of headspace (space between the top of the salsa and the lid) and let it sit on the counter for a few days. The salsa should be pretty watery, and you'll want to be sure that stray pieces aren't clinging to the lid, as these could develop mold. In two or three days, taste your salsa; it'll be a little tangy and, in my opinion, crazy-delicious. Stick it in the fridge, and it'll keep for a long long time.

If you're really into this, just double the recipe and use a half-gallon canning jar.
For a lot more about lacto-fermenting, which used to scare the bejezus out of me, you might want to check the books Wild Fermentations or Nourishing Traditions.

          You Say Tomato   

A couple months ago I was at the Meredith Corporation office in Des Moines on business, and got to take a tour of the Better Homes & Gardens test garden. It was, as you might expect, jealousy-inducing and so peaceful and colorful, one just wanted to tuck in and take up residence. The garden manager explained that the garden is about 12 years old, "really quite young for a garden," and that they've continued to refine and hone it. As she said, "You're never really DONE with a garden." What a comfort to know that even the BH&G staff, with their Better Garden, sees gardening as iterative.

Which is a long way of saying that my tomato harvest wasn't what I expected. I have about 10 tomato plants in (three are grape and other tiny varieties that volunteered when we moved the old compost location). The tomato plants went insane in early summer, growing taller than me before they toppled over. I had visions of being overrun by tomatoes; handing out heirloom varieties to lucky neighbors and keeping the stovetop canner in constant use. I spent a lot of time researching what to do with my bumper crop once it came; perhaps a bit less (some might say no) research on ensuring the bumper crop.

So we're getting a few tomatoes a day, and we're eating them now. I stand at the mangle of bushes and eat cherry and grape tomatoes off the vine. All in all very pleasant, but it's a good thing our winter eating isn't dependent on our Purple Cherokee harvest.

Fortunately this past weekend an old friend and co-worker dropped by. Dave and I worked together my first job out of college, and have stayed in touch over the years. For the past decade he's been a a volunteer at Gingko Community Garden (that's him on the home page!), an urban garden that supplies fresh, organic produce to those in need. He took a quick look at my toppled tomato plants and had a few tips I'll be integrating next year:

  • Prune. Getting rid of the nonproducing (but not downward-pointing) stems will mean a fuller stem and a better harvest. Let the plants more plant energy into creating the fruits, not more foliage.
  • Move the tomatoes to a sunnier spot. My backyard gets ample morning sun to grow lots of things, but tomatoes need lots and lots of afternoon sun. In fact, the huge growth is likely less attributable to my green thumb as to the plants trying to grow and stretch and get themselves to a sunnier spot. Next summer, I'm putting them in the front yard where they'll have constant access to sun. (Dave reminded me, realizing I'm a pretty lazy gardener, that this will mean I'll need to water more often. Noted.)
  • The sunnier spot goes double for the tomatillo plants. I chalked up the fact that these plants only produced sad little empty husks to their being overwhelmed, nay intimidated, by the monster tomato plants. In fact, they probably needed more consistent sun.
  • Stake. In years past, I've forgotten tomato cages until the plants were too big for them. So I was patting myself on the back over the fact that all were in cages this year. Dave reminded me that I also needed to stake them. This could save the current embarrassment of having a small step-ladder next to the garden trying to keep the fruit of toppled-over plants from touching the ground.
With the garden doctor on hand, I also complained as a helpless victim about the bores that had eaten my zucchini plants. Rather than the bushels of zucchini these plants should have produced, I got one -- one -- before the vines rotted and had to be pulled up and replaced with kale. Dave explained that I could actually bury the nasty part of the vine and the healthy part likely would take off and continue growing and producing. Nice tip.

He also tasted my basil and disagreed that it tasted "wrong" and "soapy," and I made a delicious pesto that night.

I'm already planning next year's garden, what I'll do better, what I'll research, where I'll get seeds. Mucho thankso, Dave.

In other news, this one headed off to kindergarten last week. He's taking it like a champ, and has been excited about the bus and chill about having his personal style succumb to a uniform. I'm in denial that he's this big a boy.

I'm going to pretend that she's never going to grow up:

So there.
          Rose's Heavenly Cakes Bake-Through: Cheater's Pumpkin Cake   
This week Rose's Heavenly Cakes Bake-Through featured Pumpkin Cake with Burnt Orange Silk Meringue Buttercream. No kidding. That's the name. Quite a handle. The cake itself is stunning -- baked in two round molds that are then forged together to create a pumpkin shape. Frosted in burnt orange silk meringue butter cream. Little marzipan pumpkin leaves and tendrils to complete the pumpkin ensemble. It's really spectacular.

I was debating whether to try it when I skimmed the following description two pages into the four pages of frosting instruction: "It will bubble up furiously." This sentence made me woozy. I am often called away from furiously bubbling pans to find the red Power Ranger or change a nasty diaper or replay Weird Al's "Eat It" on the iPod. I wrote off this recipe and decided I'd catch up with the bake-through next week for Baby Chocolate Oblivions.

But Rose's headnote started with, "Anyone who has tasted this cake has pronounced it the best non-chocolate cake ever." Would you feel you could miss this cake after that description? I know I didn't. Rose went on to state that a tube pan could be substituted for the round molds. So I decided to bake the cake and skip all the trimmings.

The cake itself comes together extremely simply. It's almost like a pumpkin walnut quick bread. The only extra step is toasting the walnuts, and that's so simple and quick and adds such flavor, I don't feel I can quibble. The cake itself is very basic: Dry ingredients mixed together, wet ingredients whirred up in a KitchenAid, dry ingredients added to the wet ingredients.

I frosted the cake with a simple buttercream frosting -- the kind of buttercream my mom would make to spread on graham crackers for a makeshift dessert. A little red and yellow food coloring to make it pretty and orange. Easy peasy.

I had only two challenges with this cake:
  • It calls for walnut oil. I stood in the oil section of my grocery store Friday night, Sylvia complaining about being contained in the shopping cart, staring and staring at the oils. Then I cursed Indiana for being so backward it didn't stock walnut oil. Then I debated whether to substitute flax seed or safflower oil. Then I noticed that the walnut oil was right in front of my face. Heh heh. My bad. Indiana is a lovely state in which to live.
  • It's taking every ounce of my depleted willpower to not just take a big wooden spoon to the cake and finish it off tonight. It's delicious. In fact, my now official Tasting Panel (Phil, Noah, and Holly, served during commercial breaks on Mad Men) all pronounced this one utterly delicious. We all had two pieces and thought of going for a third, but that would be excessive, right? This is definitely my favorite cake of the three I've baked so far.
Thinking of the trajectory of cakes, in fact, each has gotten better. The Barcelona Brownies were magnificent. The Apple Upside Down Cake was spectacular. This was even better. I'm fearful for next week's Baby Chocolate Oblivions during the Mad Men season finale. Individual molten chocolate cakes and Don Draper: How much wonderfulness can one person take at a time?

Tune in next week...
          Mitología y ciencia #16 en Onda Regional de Murcia #Ese punto azul pálido (Pale Blue Dot) #noticias   


La diosa Dione era para el poeta Homero la hija de Urano y Gea, el cielo y la Tierra, los dioses primordiales y padres de la primera generación de Titanes y Titánidas, Cíclopes, Gigantes y Hecatónquiros. Y Dione era una de las esposas de Zeus.

Si queréis conocer su influencia en la ciencia y el porqué del cartel de la película La tienda de los horrores que abre el post, lo tendréis que hacer escuchando esta (26/06/2017) nueva entrega radiofónica en ORM. 

Buen finde.

          Si la estrella Betelgeuse estuviese en el lugar del sol   #Fogonazos #noticias   

Un equipo de astrónomos ha utilizado esta semana el sistema de telescopios ALMA para observar por primera vez la superficie de una estrella, en este caso la gigante Betelgeuse de la que se ha obtenido la imagen de mayor resolución hasta la fecha.


Tal y como explican en ESO, Betelgeuse es una de las estrellas más grandes conocidas en la actualidad, con un radio unas 1.400 veces más grande que el del Sol. Esta supergigante roja  encuentra a unos 600 años luz de distancia, en la constelación de Orión y está a punto de convertirse en una supernova. Cuando esto suceda, la explosión resultante será visible desde la Tierra, incluso a plena luz del día.

Para entender mejor su tamaño, en ESO han hecho este pequeño montaje poniendo a Betelgeuse donde ahora está nuestro sol. La estrella llegara hasta donde hoy está Júpiter con su diámetro.

Size comparison: Betelgeuse and the Sun

Entrada publicada en Fogonazos http://www.fogonazos.es/

          Por qué el Sistema Solar es plano y los planetas giran #Fogonazos #noticias   

Con un pequeño motor y un poco de plastilina explican en la Royal Institution cómo se formó el Sistema Solar y cómo el momento angular permite explicar su forma de disco y el hecho de que los planetas sigan girando sin precipitarse hacia la estrella. El vídeo Why Doesn't the Earth Fall into the Sun? ofrece una explicación detallada de cómo giran las nubes moleculares y cómo termina actuando la gravedad y el equilibrio de fuerzas a gran escala. Vía: @RI_Science

Entrada publicada en Fogonazos http://www.fogonazos.es/

          Así se forman los socavones por agua subterránea #Fogonazos #noticias   

En el vídeo How Do Sinkholes Form? los chicos de Practical Engineering explican cómo se forman los grandes socavones que a menudo vemos en las noticias y que se tragan una carretera o un edificio como salidos de la nada. En una simulación con arena y agua, los autores muestran de forma sencilla cómo la erosión subterránea puede provocar que el terreno ceda súbitamente y se trague lo que haya en la superficie. Y muchas veces por acción de los humanos.

Vía @HdAnchiano

Entrada publicada en Fogonazos http://www.fogonazos.es/

          LIGO y la nueva escala del universo #Fogonazos #noticias   


Para entender la escala de los nuevos eventos cósmicos detectados gracias a las ondas gravitacionales y a los detectores como LIGO, nada mejor que esta infografía. En ella podemos ver en morado el tamaño relativo de los agujeros negros detectados mediante el método tradicional mediante rayos X y en azul aparecen las estructuras supermasivas formadas por la colisión de dos agujeros negros que han permitido ver las ondas gravitacionales. Brutal.

Vía: @cienciabrujula. Más info

Entrada publicada en Fogonazos http://www.fogonazos.es/

          [Enlace] Pájaros que han aprendido a usar colillas de cigarro para repeler insectos #La Aldea Irreductible #noticias   

Pájaros que han aprendido a usar colillas de cigarro para repeler insectos
Pájaros que han aprendido a usar colillas de cigarro para repeler insectos

La capacidad de adaptarse con rapidez al entorno es una de las capacidades más importantes para sobrevivir, sobre todo en tiempos tan acelerados como los que vivimos. Los biólogos saben, desde hace ya bastante, que numerosas especies de aves eligen cuidadosamente los materiales para construir sus nidos, añadiendo incluso determinadas plantas aromáticas, como la menta, el curry o la lavanda, con el objetivo de proteger a sus polluelos frente a parásitos o insectos no deseados.

Se han realizado estudios muy curiosos en los que, por ejemplo, analizaban los nidos de herrerillo común (Cyanistes caeruleus) y descubrieron que, de entre los cientos de variedades y especies vegetales que se encontraban a su alrededor, apenas utilizaba diez de ellas en busca de la combinación química perfecta que alejara los insectos. De hecho, si los investigadores retiraban alguno de estos elementos, como por ejemplo la lavanda, el herrerillo volvía a colocar una nueva rama o brote de la misma clase apenas unas horas después.

Así comienza mi artículo "Pájaros que han aprendido a usar colillas de cigarro para repeler insectos" en Yahoo España. Si quieres puedes leer el artículo completo en este enlace.

La entrada [Enlace] Pájaros que han aprendido a usar colillas de cigarro para repeler insectos fue escrita en La Aldea Irreductible.

          Este no es el sonido de la "señal wow" #El Reptiliano escéptico #noticias   


Circula en Youtube desde hace años un audio que presuntamente es como "sonaría" la "Señal wow". Recordemos que la señal captada por el Big Ear no contaba con un mensaje codificado. Las personas que suben el audio por Youtube no explican como lo obtuvieron.

Como era de esperarse, esta información no es auténtica.

Israel Ampuero (en Twitter como @israelampuero) y un servidor, hemos encontrado lo siguiente.

Todo inicia el 7 de diciembre de 2007. El usuario "Coffee300am" sube a YouTube el audio. En la actualidad el video no está disponible, pero aún lo podemos encontrar en Daylimotion.

Imágenes de como se solía ver el video original 

La fecha 
El audio fue resubido por otros internautas. Hasta que descubrieron que el audio original es una frecuencia de radio policial, pero alterada. Nos lo explica el internauta " LOLz personok".

En la descripción del vídeo dice lo siguiente:
"Muestro lo que realmente es el sonido. Si todavía piensas que estoy mintiendo después de ver este video, inténtalo tú mismo. Descarga el archivo de audio (en la descripción del vídeo) y acelerarlo en Audacity en 1.500%."
Es por eso que cuando algunas personas modificaban los parámetros del audio con un programa de edición, descubrían una voz. Eso generaba mal entendidos. No son alienigenas, eran policías...

La banda "Pioneers Of Love" incluyo el sonido en su canción "Biogenesis". Ahora lo que sucede es que cuando un entusiasta a los ovnis sube el audio, le salta una reclamación de copyright por esta canción.


Demostración de como el sonido es de una frecuencia policíal.


Identifican al autor del audio.

El autor Coffee300am aún lo tiene en Dailymotion

Agrupación musical que añadió el sonido a una de sus canciones. Pionners of love. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F8R15R1ViC0

          El inevitable futuro de la humanidad #CdeCiencia #videos   

Estamos rodeados de máquinas. Máquinas que, poco a poco, se van volviendo más inteligentes que sus creadores, los seres humanos. Llegará el día en el que nos superen, y esto... puede ser algo muy bueno o muy malo. Pero seguramente... será inevitable. ¿Qué nos depara el futuro? ¿Será un paso más en nuestra historia... o el fin de la humanidad? Si te gustó el vídeo, suscríbete, dale a "me gusta" y comparte el vídeo. ¡Me ayuda mucho! **************************************************************** Puedes apoyar el canal en Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cdeciencia **************************************************************** Sígueme en Twitter: https://twitter.com/CdeCiencia Sígueme en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CdeCiencia?fref=ts Sígueme en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cdeciencia_oficial/ Música por: Droid Bishop: https://soundcloud.com/droidbishop Kevin Bryce https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKronkmoPSFic9zdAbdyUag ---------- LINKS MUY INTERESANTES ---------- La velocidad de procesamiento en humanos: https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/1n6kfg/how_long_is_the_delay_if_any_between_my_eyes/ El número de dios: http://www.cube20.org/ El récord absoluto del cubo de Rubik: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4287162/Record-breaking-robot-solves-Rubik-s-cube-0-637-SECONDS.html Digitalización pensamientos humanos: http://ncbci.csie.ncku.edu.tw/bspz/BSP/old_data/File/2010%20Slide/Ch8/Pfurtscheller%20IEEE%20Proceedings%202001.pdf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1388245702000573 Neuralink: https://neuralink.com/

          La Tierra y la Luna captadas por el satélite japonés Kaguya #El Robot de Platón #videos   

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          Las 7 maravillas del mundo cuántico #Date un Voltio #videos   

¿Qué tienen en común el Taj Mahal o la Gran Pirámide de Guiza con el efecto Hamlet o el entrelazamiento cuántico? ¡Que todas son consideradas maravillas del mundo! Eso sí, estas últimas del mundo cuántico. ¿Quieres saber cuáles son las 7 maravillas de la cuántica? ¡Suscríbete al canal! Sigue a Javier Santaolalla: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQX_MZRCaluNKxkywkLEgfA/videos http://twitter.com/jasantaolalla http://instagram.com/jasantaolalla/ Síguenos en Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Date-un-Voltio-343219849200135/

          El CSIC confía a Rosa Montero la entrega de los premios Inspiraciencia. ¿Por qué no a Iker Jiménez? #Magonia #noticias   
Rosa Montero entregará mañana en el Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Muncyt), en La Coruña, los premios de la VII Edición del Certamen de Relatos de Inspiración Científica que convoca el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Sí, han leído bien, Rosa Montero, la misma que defendía hace unas semanas en El País Semanal […] La entrada El CSIC confía a Rosa Montero la entrega de los premios Inspiraciencia. ¿Por qué no a Iker Jiménez? aparece primero en Magonia.

Puedes seguir leyendo esta entrada en 'Magonia' si pinchas en el título.

          Síguenos en las redes sociales #ARP-SAPC #noticias   

ARP - Sociedad para el Avance del Pensamiento Crítico está presente en las principales redes sociales. En twitter, el perfil @escepticos  es muy activo, y en él se puede seguir tanto las novedades de la asociación como multitud de tweets sobre actualidad en materia de ciencia y pensamiento crítico.

En Facebook, la asociación mantiene una página oficial y un grupo cerrado. En la primera se publican las novedades de la asociación, mientras que el grupo de discusión permite la interacción de los más de 5200 participantes. Sus direcciones son:

Página oficial: https://www.facebook.com/escepticos.es/?fref=ts

Grupo de discusión: https://www.facebook.com/groups/31934589168/?fref=ts

Otros perfiles de ARP-SAPC en distintas redes y plataformas son:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/arpsapc

Ivoox: http://www.ivoox.com/escuchar-pensando-criticamente_nq_18556_1.html

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/es/podcast/podcast-pensando-criticamente/id495743985

flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25425551@N07/sets/

ISSUU: https://issuu.com/arpsapc


          Vermont Smoke and Cure Gluten-Free Uncured Summer Sausage   
Vermont Smoke and Cure Gluten-Free Uncured Summer SausageFree of Gluten, dairy, soy, MSG, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They craft meats in small batches according to recipes grown from their 45 years of Vermont history. Made with meats grown without antibiotics or added hormones, and never fed animal byproducts. Made in Vermont with beef purchased from the USA and Canada. Uncured: No sodium nitrite, and no nitrities or nitrates added except for those naturally occurring in celery juice and sea salt. Fully cooked, shelf stable and ready to eat. Refrigerate after opening. This is summer sausage the way it is supposed to taste. The real deal. A deep, clean flavor with the mild tang of a true Summer Sausage. Theirs has such great flavor because they still ferment the Summer Sausage for a full 12 hours before cooking, and they don\'t use MSG as a crutch to give it flavor. Pairs well with both mild soft cheeses, with the tangy acidity complementing the fat, and with sharper cheeses, with the mild flavor offsetting a cheese with a bite. Shelf Life: 140 days Ingredients: Beef, pork, sea salt, evaporated cane sugar, spices, celery juice powder, natural flavor, ground mustard seed, garlic powder, lactic acid starter culture (not from milk). Product of United States Nutrition Facts Serving size volume 2 oz. Serving size weight 56g Servings per package 3.5 Calories 170 Calories from fat 120 Total fat 13g - 20% Saturated fat 5g - 26% Trans fat 0g Cholesterol 35mg - 12% Sodium 460mg - 19% Total carbohydrates 1g Dietary fiber 0g Sugars 1g Protein 12g - 24% Vitamin A - 0% Vitamin C - 0% Calcium - 0% Iron - 6%

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          Reader Submitted: A Urine Powered Crop Growing Carpet Designed for Use in Refugee Camps   

RISE is an intelligent carpet for growing crops in refugee camps that is designed to boost resources and restart economic flow. RISE is specifically designed for use in non-fertile humanitarian crisis regions. It is made from 100% biodegradable materials, contains local seeds and liquid filters, and relies solely on human urine as its liquid source.

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          Watch Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman Eat Burgers Naked for ESPN Body Issue (Video)   

There’s two things every New England Patriots fan knows about wide receiver Julian Edelman — he’s very good at football and he loves burgers.

The Super Bowl LI champion celebrates both of those things in the 2017 ESPN the Magazine Body Issue, as shown in behind the scenes footage from his naked photo shoot shared by ESPN on Friday.

In the video, Edelman proved he’s just as good at making jokes as he is at catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady, and he happily dropped one-liners about his food obsession.

“My body is my temple, that’s why I like to feed it burgers — only one burger a day to keep the conditioning away,” the NFL star said.

“What is on your burger is like your children, you never know how they are going to turn out but you’ve got to love them all,” the beef patty connoisseur continued. “Sometimes I’m feeling a little thousand island, sometimes I’m a feeling a little BBQ bacon.”

While we’re pretty sure he doesn’t eat a burger every day, Edelman’s diet is a far cry from Brady’s organic vegan diet that cuts out all white foods and even nightshades

“Everything is to fuel your body, the only thing I have for pleasure is a burger,” the pro athlete said. “Other than that it’s blueberry, flaxseed, kale, and a little love.”

The five-foot-ten receiver made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history in the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in February with his gravity-defying reception in the fourth quarter, leading to a 34-28 victory.

“I was fortunate to keep the eye on the ball and catch the ball,” modest Edelman said of the play that helped earn his second Super Bowl ring. “The No. 1 rule you’re taught as a receiver: You’ve just got to watch the ball. You hear about the guy who was lucky,” he expanded in the full ESPN the Magazine article. “But the guy who was lucky got an opportunity, and he was prepared for it. Sometimes the ball falls your way, and, you know, we’ll take it.

As for stripping off for the Body Issue cameras, “my body tells my story as I’ve got a lot of scars … with injury, that’s part of the game and you just have to keep your body right to perform at a high level.”

In a studio interview with ESPN on Friday, Edelman was asked why he posed with a messy burger for the shoot. “I was doing what I do with a burger — I don’t dip my toe in, I like to dive in the water,” he replied. “That’s an old Bill Belichick saying — so I incorporate that with my burger eating.”

As for what he eats on his cheat day — of course, it’s burgers. “I like whatever the chef prepares, I want to see whatever his piece of art looks like, what topping, what kind of sauce, what bun, what type of meat,” the California native gushed.

Ezekiel Elliott, Isaiah Thomas, Caroline Wozniacki, Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, Novlene Williams-Mills and Gus Kenworthy are among the athletes who stripped for the the ninth annual ESPN Body Issue, which hits newsstands on Friday, July 7.

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          Comment on Some dumb things that are #WhiteGenocide, according to idiots by Scented Fucking Hard Chairs   
<blockquote>The banana. Because it’s such a perfect fruit for humans and apes, has tiny seeds, tastes good, and has an easy to open outer covering, it must have been intelligent design!</blockquote> ... For anybody who's never seen a wild banana, they look like this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/eb/Inside_a_wild-type_banana.jpg/800px-Inside_a_wild-type_banana.jpg Also, they're completely inedible.
          Comment on Some dumb things that are #WhiteGenocide, according to idiots by JS   
Just want to say, the "pre chewed banana" comment reminded my of one of creationists formerly favorite fruit. The banana. Because it's such a perfect fruit for humans and apes, has tiny seeds, tastes good, and has an easy to open outer covering, it must have been intelligent design! Evolutionists then point out the obvious. It was intelligent design, but not that way. It has no seeds, and was created by human agriculture selecting for traits we enjoy, like... no seeds, soft flesh, and sweet taste.
          UTA 2017 interdisciplinary research grants focus on cancer, drug testing, helping youth   
(University of Texas at Arlington) The University of Texas at Arlington has awarded three new seed grants for interdisciplinary research projects that propose new ways to treat skin cancer, provide a new technique for more rapid and cost-effective evaluation of chemotherapy drugs, and to develop innovative programs to reduce the mental health risks of homeless youth.
          Comment on Ask Arthur … pretty much anything you like by SteveMc   
Hello Arthur, I am newly re-diagnosed, from G7 to G9. In a previous exchange with you, I explained my G7 diagnosis whereupon you recommended I see Dr. Pinto, which I did. (Interestingly a scientist at NIH seemed familiar with our exchange, hello stranger.) The latest biopsy shows I'm Gleason 4 + 5 = 9; I'm either T1c or T2a and N0M0 with bone and CT scans coming to verify. PSA is 6.9, up from 6.4 in December, and 4.5 in May '16. Quite a shock! I'm now high risk. As I'm learning about the treatment options, I'm leaning toward brachy boost. I prefer to minimize the ADT for QoL reasons. I have these questions: 1. Why does NCCN recommend ADT as optional (plus or minus designation)? While AUA recommends it for 24 months? <strong><em>Arthur has not gone back to look at the lastest sets of guidelines in detail, but every experienced brachytherapist he knows of recommends at least 18 months of ADT in conjunction with brachy boost radiotherapy for high-risk patients because the radiation and the ADT are synergistic.</em></strong> 2. I'm guessing there is no optimal time for ADT with brachy boost? How does one determine that period then? <strong><em>It is Arthur's understanding that 18 months of ADT has now been proven to be equally as effective as 3 years when used in conjunction with radiation therapy of any type, but you will need to discuss that with your doctors.</em></strong> 3. Why is brachy alone not recommended for high-risk cancer? <strong><em>Arthur says that's easy. It doesn't work as well!</em></strong> 4. My prostate is relative normal sized still (32 cm<sup>3</sup>) which is on the low side for brachy. Is there a minimum size for brachy? <strong><em>Not that Arthur is aware of.</em></strong> 5. Are there promising treatments in clinical trials that I could consider for high-risk cancer? <strong><em>Arthur says that question is almost impossible to answer because although there are certainly trials of promising opportunities, the best trials randomize patients to a current standard of care or to the new investigational opportunity, so that the patient may only be going to get the current standard of care. Arthur is not aware of any ongoing trial in which you could be randomized to brachy boost radiotherapy + ADT as the standard of care as opposed to an investigational therapy.</em></strong> 6. Information on brachy states that the brachy treatment needed to be planned. I understand placement planning, but do the doctors have some latitude on the radiation dosage rates? <strong><em>Arthur says that</em></strong> all <strong><em>radiation therapy has to be carefully planned in order to make sure that the optimal dose is directed to the correct area of the prostate. This will be true for the external beam radiotherapy protion of the treatment as well as for the brachytherapy boost portion.</em></strong> 7. Is ultrasound guidance of seed placement accurate? Is there MRI-guided brachy? <strong><em>Arthur says that brachytherapy boost is not usually conducted using permanent, low-dose-rate (LDR) seed placement. It is carried out using temporary, high-dose-rate (HDR) placement of the radioactive material, which is them removed again. It is Arthur's understanding that this would normally be done using sophisticated imaging techniques to ensure accuracy of the placement of the radiactive source materials, but again you would need to ask the brachytherapy specialist about this because it probably varies from center to center.</strong></em> Sorry to have so many questions. Thank you <strong>Arthur responded as follows:</strong> Dear Steve: Arthur has done his best to answer all your questions in <strong><em>bold, italic type</em></strong> above, but he doesn't have perfect answers for some of your questions. You would need to address some of these with the brachytherapist who was going to treat you. And you need to be quite sure that this is a brachytherapist with significant experience of brachy boost therapy in high-risk prostate cancer patients.
          10 Kitchen gadgets you should throw out today   
10 Kitchen gadgets you should throw out today

Don't feel guilty. We all do it. We see a kitchen gadget and think, "I could use that!" We try it once or twice and then it goes in a drawer and we forget about it. A few years later, our kitchen drawers are stuffed with gadgets we never use.

People are always inventing kitchen gadgets. In most cases, they are unnecessary or at best we might use them occasionally. Even if we use a gadget occasionally, we probably don't need it. Take these ten suggestions with a grain of salt. You may find some of them useful. Most of us don't. They take up space in the kitchen and make it harder to find the things we really need to use.

One: The Garlic Press

Who needs a garlic press? All you have to do to crush garlic is remove a clove and give it a good whack with the side of a knife. You can easily remove the outer shell and if you want your garlic chopped, just use the sharp end of your knife.

Garlic press

Using a garlic press is a colossal waste of time. First you have to place the garlic in the press. Then you press the garlic out. True, it looks nice, but then you have to clean your garlic press. That's not easy because garlic will still be stuck in the holes. In fact, a garlic press is a great way to waste garlic because of all the muck that's left in the press. Chuck it out and use a knife.

Two: An Ice Cream Scoop

Some might argue that an ice cream scoop gives you neat, round scoops of ice cream. That may be true. An ice cream scoop may be useful in an ice cream parlour, where they need to give customers equal sized scoops of ice cream.

An ice cream scoop

Do you really need one at home? We eat ice cream because it tastes good. We hardly notice nice round scoops of ice cream in a bowl. A spoon will do nicely and we don't have to wash the ice cream scoop. "But I want to make sure the kids get equal portions," you say? Just eyeball their bowls. If you can't see the difference, neither will they.

Three: A Lemon Squeezer

Do you really need a lemon squeezer? Think about it. It squeezes lemons, but you can do that by hand. Just cut a lemon in half and squeeze each half with your hand. It's a lot easier than using a lemon squeezer. When you've finished using the lemon squeezer, you have to wash it. That's not easy.

Lemon squeezer

Like a garlic press, a lemon squeezer has lots of little holes. They get filled with pulp and you have to clean your lemon squeezer carefully to get the pulp out of the holes. When you squeeze a lemon with your hand, you may have to remove a few seeds, but the pulp stays in the lemon. Removing a few seeds is a lot easier than cleaning a lemon squeezer.

Four: A Cheese Grater

A cheese grater is another arguably useless kitchen gadget. Yes, a cheese grater grates cheese, but how often do you actually use it? Most cheese graters take up a lot of space and we don't use them often enough to merit purchasing one. If you take your cheese grater out of the drawer to find something else far more often than you use it, consider throwing it away. You can always buy a flat cheese grater and still grate your cheese.

Cheese grater

Five: An Apple Corer

If your family eats a dozen apples every day, you might consider buying an apple corer. If they eat apples at a normal rate, do you really need an apple corer?

Apple corer

There are two ways to eat an apple. You can simply eat it until you get to the core or you can slice it with a knife and remove the core from the slices. It doesn't take long and you don't have an apple corer taking up space in your drawers.

Six: Corn Cob Holders

Most of us like to eat corn on the cob occasionally. It can be argued that a corn cob holder helps keep your hands clean. You can also argue that corn cob holders help you hold a hot corn cob. Nevertheless, corn cob holders get lost in drawers and usually sit there for months before you use them. It won't kill anyone to get their hands a little messy and that's what table napkins are for, anyway. Eat corn on the cob the old fashioned way and save space for more useful items.

Corn cob holders

Seven: Vegetable Peelers

Guess what? A lot of vitamins are contained on the outer skin of vegetables. You don't need to remove the skin of a carrot, for instance. Just wash it off and eat it skin and all. No one really likes an apple without its skin, so why peel it off?

Vegetable peelers

Okay, you might argue that a vegetable peeler makes nice curly strands of carrots and other vegetables. If that's important to you, keep your vegetable peeler. If it's not important, simply slice your vegetables and enjoy their crunchy texture in your salads.

Eight: A Meat Slicer

About the only person who needs a meat slicer is a butcher. They may need it to slice bologna for you. You don't need a bulky meat slicer taking up space in your kitchen. A meat slicer is fairly expensive, but if you try to sell it, you probably won't get many takers. For that matter, you may not even be able to give it away. Drop it in a thrift shop bin and they can worry about how to sell it.

Meat slicer

Nine: Lids Without Pots and Old Pots

We tend to collect a lot of things. Sometimes, a crock pot or other pot will break. We throw out the pot, but the lid may stay in the kitchen. We can even lose a pot or replace an aluminium pot with a stainless steel pot. Why keep pots you don't use and why keep lids that don't have pots to go with them? Have a look through your kitchen and get rid of any lids or pots you no longer use.

Lids without pots and old pots

Ten: Old Cutlery

Have you replaced your cutlery lately? Did you get rid of your old cutlery or is it still taking up space in your drawers? Most of us only need one set of cutlery. If you have a lot of dinner parties, you may need two, but they shouldn't be mismatched. Someone else could use your old cutlery. Give it to a thrift shop and someone will thank you for it. Well, they may not thank you personally, but you will know that old cutlery has gone to a good home. That's better than having it take up space in your kitchen.

Old cutlery

These ten things may be just the tip of the kitchen iceberg. Be ruthless and get rid of everything you don't use. Then take another look at your kitchen and organise your storage areas. Drawer inserts will keep everything tidy and you won't have to find a place for that bulky cheese grater or apple corer. For some storage tips, read How to Plan Your Kitchen Storage. And for even more inspiration, have a look at our Kitchen Cabinet and Kitchen Drawer Inserts photo pages.

          TE makes your Friday night simple   
So, tonight I employed one of the simplest but best applications of the products–paninis! Simply find your favorite bread, meat and cheese and add our products to take them from ordinary to gourmet. I chose turkey, muenster, TE mustard seeds and TE onions for our first panini. The second was a very basic focaccia with […]
          The cicada and the ant (street version)   
"The cicada and the ant"... We all know this fable:

«The cicada and the ant

A cicada, having sung all summer long
Found herself empty handed when the cold wind came along.
She* cried her hunger to the ant, her neighbour,
and begged her for a few seeds to go through winter.
"I will repay you", she said, "before August comes, principal and interests".
Ants are selfish, it's the smallest of their many shortcomings.
"What did you do when the weather was good ?", the ant asked the
"For everyone to enjoy, I was singing. I hope you were not bothered."
"So you sang !", the ant replied. "I am so glad to hear that. Well then, now
dance !"
Poem written in French by Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)»

....But how about recreate the story to our days? Would the end be
something different? I think so! Here is a video that proves that!

- We do our best in every movies we do, but we're trying to get better and better... so if you wanna help us, if you have any idea for a movie, mail us: aaaaital@iol.pt!!!
          Taxus cuspidata   
Japanese Yew. Yews' dense medium-sized shrubs are commonly used in clipped hedges and topiary. These slow-growing, long-lived plants range from 1-foot dwarfs to 60-foot giant trees. Their broad, needlelike dark leaves stay green year-round. The foliage is poisonous, and the scarlet fall fruit of female trees has poisonous seeds, so plant away from small children. Tolerate urban dust, air pollution, and, once established, drought. Protect from winter sun and drying winds. Require moist well-drained soils. Will not tolerate strongly acid or alkaline soils. Prune to control size and shape. Mostly disease-free, but prone to black vine weevils.
          Comment on Bye Bye Byes by blockvoting   
i will just address one thing that isn't immediately obvious as barely logical drama: this new format actually has more room for upsets. a top seeded team now only needs to beat a second seed and 4 other weaker teams for nationals. with this, and assuming regionals have no upsets themselves, they will need to beat another first seed and two second seeds for nationals. for weaker teams, they still need to defeat at least two stronger teams as they need right now, but those stronger teams also need to hit two meets opposed to only one. this format should see more underdogs making nationals, not less.
          Comment on Expanding our knowledge of Pyrola crypta by seeddispersal   
Speaking of dispersal, I searched the Googles and couldn't find any good images of P. picta's seeds. PLANTS doesn't even have photos. Cool post and I hope that all's well!
          Crop Acreage Deadlines In July   
Thursday, 29 June 2017

DeKalb/Cannon County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Donny Green reminds producers of important crop acreage reporting deadlines. Acreage reports filed after established deadlines will require the producer to pay a late-filed fee.
In order to comply with certain FSA program eligibility requirements, producers are encouraged to timely filed a crop acreage report by visiting the DeKalb/Cannon County FSA office to complete an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for DeKalb and Cannon counties:
July 15, 2017:              corn, soybeans, canteloupes, sweet corn, cucumbers, mixed forage, okra, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins,squash, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelons.
August 15, 2017:         Green Beans
November 15, 2017     Crop Year 2018 perennial grasses (hay and pasture)
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.


  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease.  Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.


  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
When a crop or planting is affected by a natural disaster, a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) musts be filedwithin 15 calendar days of the: 1)natural disaster occurrence; 2) final planting date if your planting was prevented by a natural disaster; 3) date damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent to you.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the DeKalb/Cannon County FSA office at 615-597-8225.

          Fazendo Cash   
Bom, postarei aqui umas dicas de onde fazer cash.

Lv 5-35
Faça cash em paras, dropando mushrooms e juntando as seed ebug gosme tera um cash bom para o nivel.
Pode fazer cash em Venonat tambem, com um drowzee, matara facil e tme um loot bom.

Lv 40-55
Faça cash em Venomoth(drop de bug venom) e em Beedrill(Caught).
Podera fazer cash no Rt, dropando muitas stone orbs e Rock Stones.

Lv 60-75
Faça cash em Venomoth, Rt, Gastly, Haunter e Gengar(Drop de Traces of ghost e stones).

Lv 80+
Comece a fazer cash onde sua promotion tem melhor efeito, lucrara muito e tera uma boa chance de stones.

          Picking the Transfer Window That Real Madrid Fans Would Love to Reboot   

Real Madrid have enjoyed plenty of successful summers in the transfer market, as tends to be the case when you're one of the richest clubs in the world and have the additional draw of continual success.

But it doesn't always come together perfectly. Sometimes, the so-called final piece of the jigsaw can come along just a year too late, as another part of the puzzle departs. At other times, a seemingly perfect partner can be brought in just a short while after the other leaves their peak years behind.

Right now, Real Madrid have almost as close to a complete squad as they could possibly have; they won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League last season—but the world of football never stands still, and nor will Los Blancos.

They'll be active in the market for new players; but what if fans could reboot a past window? What if they could select one summer, exactly as it happened, and take the players they signed then for one further season now—the same age, the same talent level as when they initially joined?

Who of the many top-class signings would benefit Zinedine Zidane's team right now?


What are Real Madrid lacking?

An important consideration. Real are, after all, champions of Spain, Europe and indeed the world right now—there's not exactly gaping holes throughout the squad.

But there are always areas to improve and components of the team or bench to upgrade upon.

A challenger to Keylor Navas in goal, an elite centre-back to bring stability to the back line or force Raphael Varane to become the consistent star he has always threatened to be, cover or a challenger for Marcelo at left-back—these are perhaps the three key ingredients Madrid could look for right now.

Additionally, an extra body in midfield and a more consistent threat than Karim Benzema has been for the past 12 months wouldn't go amiss.

Of course, it's Real Madrid, so some star quality has to be injected, too, or any window is a failure.


3. 2007/08: Depth, but not key starters

Go back precisely one decade, and Real Madrid made some interesting moves in the market.

Ahead of the 2007/08 campaign, they brought in four high-profile names, three free transfers and one complete flop—that being Royston Drenthe, a prodigy in 2007 and retired now.

The frees were to flesh out the squad, and they'd play a similar role here, if at all: Jerzy Dudek in goal, Javier Saviola up front and Christoph Metzelder in defence. None of the three, in truth, are hugely required at this point or would add anything to Madrid's squad that Zidane doesn't already have at his disposal.

But the other four are a different matter.

First off, there's Pepe. Yes, the same Pepe who has just departed the Santiago Bernabeu scene, one decade later. Given the service he provided, the industry and aggression and commitment to the cause he gave, would Zidane and the fans have him back for a year, aged 24?

Damn straight they would.

It wasn't always easy for Pepe, and he wasn't always a first pick, but there's no doubting his overall quality and longevity.

In midfield, Wesley Sneijder brings a level of creativity that was, in the first half of 2016/17, missing at times. Isco's rise to prominence later in the campaign solved much, but between Marco Asensio's astonishing start and Isco's brilliant end to the campaign, Madrid lacked ideas and ingenuity.

They also lacked runners from midfield and goals from different areas of the pitch, both of which a rebooted Sneijder—then 23—would offer.

Another Dutch 23-year-old brought far more excitement and flair, pace and panache, but Arjen Robben—even back then moving from Chelsea for big money—would present something of a tactical dilemma for Zidane. Play him wide, move Cristiano Ronaldo infield? Leave Robben as an impact sub?

With the winger, you play him and forge the team around him, or you lose him, which is what happened to Madrid soon after his arrival.

The fourth and final addition was Gabriel Heinze, a rugged and aggressive left-back who would be a perfect short-term back-up for Marcelo in the current side.


2. 2006/07: Balance where required

One year further back, we get a little more specific, a little better at covering all the gaps.

With Zidane switching to a diamond toward the end of last season, four midfielders require at least three quality back-ups—and only Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio gave that to the manager.

The summer 2006 arrivals of Mahamadou Diarra and Emerson would solve that problem, bringing a defensive shield to the side to cover for—or play in a double pivot alongside—Casemiro. Diarra, in particular, was a tremendous acquisition, a guaranteed starter and an absolute star in his first two seasons until a bad knee injury ended his run.

For a year, though, that iteration of Diarra would be of enormous benefit to this Real Madrid.

Further forward, Ruud van Nistelrooy was signed—and the then-30-year-old hit 25 goals in his debut campaign at the Bernabeu. Suffice to say, whether as a starter or an alternate option, he'd bring the killer instinct Madrid require.

Jose Reyes was signed on loan and would be nothing more than a sub for this Madrid outfit—though he was a sub on the final day in 2006/07 and came off the bench to seal the title, so it's not all bad—but the final capture was all-important: Fabio Cannavaro.

A FIFA World Cup winner a month earlier and a Ballon d'Or winner a few months later, Cannavaro was at his peak during this period, controlling the defence with ease and assuredness.

The centre-back would be a welcome addition right now, with Pepe having left and an amount of uncertainty still present in Madrid's back line more often than is welcome.


1. 1996/97: Elite stars, depth and cover

We have to turn the clocks back over 20 years for the perfect window to reboot for Real Madrid, but this one would suit every need, fill every requirement and bring a whole lot of excitement to the fans.

Two are overkill: Secretario and Christian Panucci were both right-backs, but neither are displacing Dani Cavajal, and Danilo has been reasonable, if nowhere near the star he was made out to be upon signing.

Everywhere else, though, it's spot-on.

Left-back needing competition? No problem. Marcelo took over the job from the legendary Roberto Carlos, and here he is being signed from Inter Milan in 96, 23 years old and full of running, power and scorching crosses.

Keylor Navas needs a challenger, or even replacing? How about Bodo Illgner, a World Cup winner, a Madrid icon and a double Champions League winner. He was commanding, authoritative and consistent, until a young upstart named Iker Casillas came and won his spot.

Needing depth in midfield? That's filled, by none other than Clarence Seedorf. The Dutch legend spent three years at the Bernabeu after joining at 20, and he was already an incredible talent then. Offensive-minded, creative, capable of the spectacular and with a great work rate, he's an all-round option for Zidane to include.

More options in attack? This summer brought a double investment in goalscoring prowess: Predrag Mijatovic to create, and Davor Suker to score.

The latter scored eight goals in his first nine league games for the club and hit 26 overall that season, a monster finisher of faultless repute. Whether Zidane continues with his two centre-forwards system or reverts to 4-3-3, both these players could be incorporated and flourish.

Mijatovic could play as a 10, wider in the attacking line or even as a striker, and despite not being a primary goal source, he still hit 14 himself that term.

Were assists and chances recorded in 1996/97, it's a fair bet he'd have run away with that title, and Ronaldo, in particular, would revel in being fed chances constantly by the former Yugoslavian forward.

The only item missing on the list is a centre-back—but hey, you can't have it all. And besides, where's the fun in having a complete, perfect, rounded-out squad? Then there'd be nobody to sign next summer...



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          Did a bagel cost mom her baby?   
Maybe she should have gone with cinamon raisin. A woman in New Castle, Pa., says her newborn was taken away after she allegedly failed a drug test. But she says she ate a poppy-seed bagel before she gave birth, and that’s why her drug test was flagged. It showed opiates. The ACLU is working on
          David Lamelas: time zones   
David Lamelas (Image: Andreas Gegner)

The conceptual art pioneer David Lamelas has used sculpture, photography, film and live performance to explore space and time since the 1960s. He attracted widespread attention in 1968 when, aged just 21, he represented Argentina at the Venice Biennale, making the work Office of Information About the Vietnam War at Three Levels, which used a desk, a chair and a telex that received constant updates on the Vietnam war, relayed live by a news reader. He then studied at St Martins School of Art in London in Anthony Caros sculpture department, where he made his first film. He showed in the Documenta 5 exhibition in 1972 and is back for Documenta 14 this year in Kassel and Athens, with a version of his ongoing project Time as Activity. Next, he has two shows opening in Los Angeles in September, including a career survey as part of the Gettys Pacific Standard Time (PST) LA/LA.

The Art Newspaper: Pacific Standard Time focuses on Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, yet national identity seems a fluid concept for you.

David Lamelas: Nationality is not that important to me. When I moved from Argentina to London in the late 1960s I became this British artist, and then when I moved from London to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s I had to rebuild an identity; I had no idea what the United States was about and they had no idea about who I was or my previous work. Opening myself up to a new culture was very exciting, and little by little I became an Angeleno and left my London base behind. But it has always stayed in my heart. I never really leave any of the places I live. Now, having this show is forcing me to think about my work and all these comings and goings between Argentina, Los Angeles, London and Europe. In a way, the past becomes the present and, as you know, I am very interested in memory and the dimension of time.

Your Pacific Standard Time show includes work from the 1960s up to recently made pieces. How did you decide what to select?

When I was in London I wrote ten points to follow in my work; one was that it has to have its own identity and evolve naturally. Like when a child evolves into a grown-up and then into an older person, I wanted my work to have its own consciousness and a life of its own, separate from mine. Some of the works in the retrospective have evolved into grown-ups but there are also some that are still children; I love them, too, because they are my young works. And Im still a child.

What was the thinking behind your piece at the Venice Biennale in 1968?

I always liked reading newspapers and following world politics. The most important political issue at that moment was the Vietnam War. So I decided to make a display that exposed how the information about the Vietnam War gets disseminated throughout the world. The work was about systems of information rather than a comment about the war itself. But one thing leads into another. I wanted to show what was going on in the real world, and changing that into art was what really fascinated me.

How were you drawn to the complex notions of time, space, dematerialisation and memory that run through your work?

At art school in Buenos Aires it was a very traditional training, but I was always interested in social issues and expanding the idea of an artists work. I have always connected my work with all the things that interested mepolitics, architecture, cinema, musicand felt that I should expand my thoughts around other areas to question what art is. When I was a teenager I used to go to the British Council library where I was familiar with Studio International magazine and so knew what was going on in England. I also went to the Lincoln Library where they had American newspapers and magazines. I was also lucky that it was a more progressive time in Argentina. Just for a small number of years there were one or two presidents who were democratically elected; it was a brief moment of hope and freedom when the young and their ideas were well received. It was at this time that a few curators started to pay attention to my work.

After the Biennale you studied sculpture at St Martins. How important was that time?

Talking about it now, my skin shivers with emotion. I arrived at just the right moment when there was the move from the British sculpture of the 1950s and 1960s to a new conceptualism. I had the seeds of this within me, and it was like a tree that just grew and grew. One of the things I loved about that time was that there was no competition; we were all one and the idea was to move ahead with a new perception of art. To this day, I feel thankful for what happened to me in London.

So why did you leave for Los Angeles?

Claire Copley Gallery asked me to show in LA and I thought it was the right moment. Although I was very happy in London, by then I felt conceptual art had gone into a cul-de-sac. Id started working in film as soon as I first arrived in London and thought that moving to the US and opening myself to a new culture would expand my workand myself. I made The Desert People there but went back to London for the post-production.

How was the Los Angeles scene in comparison to London?

I didnt understand that, in Hollywood, film is entertainment. I wanted to make my conceptual films, but I came up in front of a wall. So I decided to make my own independent, small films rather than going around town having lunches and trying to get money. Ive nothing against entertainment, but my departure point is different. In fact, Im just about to go back to LA to make a new film, which Im very excited about.

David Lamelas: a Life of Their Own, University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, 17 September-10 December; David Lamelas, Sprth Magers, Los Angeles, 5 September-4 November

          Venus Williams found 'at fault' in fatal car crash in Florida   

Former world number one Venus Williams has been found "at fault" in a traffic accident in Florida that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.

As per the report filed by the police, Venus slowed down in the middle of an intersection when her vehicle was hit by a car driven by the man's 68-year-old wife on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, a small city north of Miami.

As per Sport24, the driver's husband suffered a head injury in the accident and died two weeks later at the hospital.

According to a local newspaper, the driver's husband suffered head trauma and was hospitalised in intensive care prior to his death.

The police also informed that the 37-year-old tennis star was not using her phone and had not taken drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Venus, winner of seven Grand Slam championships, told the police that she drove into the intersection after exiting from another street on a green light, but stopped at the median break to wait for cross-traffic to clear, then proceeded without seeing Barson.

The victim's wife went to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police has said that the crash is under investigation.

Williams is seeded 10th at the upcoming Wimbledon 2017 beginning June 2.

          The first demonstration of engineering such a complex metabolic pathway in plants: Purple rice   

Researchers in China have developed a genetic engineering approach capable of delivering many genes at once and used it to make rice endosperm–seed tissue that provides nutrients to the developing plant embryo–produce high levels of antioxidant-boosting pigments called anthocyanins. The resulting purple endosperm rice holds potential for decreasing the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease,

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          The Bulls waive Rajon Rondo, ending a very weird partnership after one year   
Rajon Rondo's back on the market. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Rajon Rondo’s back on the market. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

So, after all that, the Chicago Bulls are down to just one “Alpha.”

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The Bulls announced Friday afternoon that they’ve waived point guard Rajon Rondo, just shy of one year after Chicago signed him to a two-year deal to serve as the Bulls’ new lead ball-handler. The team had reportedly tried to find a taker for the final year and $13.3 million Rondo was due for the 2017-18 season, but couldn’t find a trade partner for the 31-year-old former All-Star. Instead, the Bulls chose to waive him hours before the start of the NBA’s 2017 free agent season at 12 a.m. ET Saturday, paying him $3 million rather than his full freight to open up a little under $21 million in cap space heading into free agency.

Not that the Bulls are expected to make a big splash once things get underway. At last Thursday’s 2017 NBA draft, Chicago shipped All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, far and away the team’s best player, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for shooting guard Zach LaVine, 2016 first-round pick point guard Kris Dunn and 2017 first-round choice Lauri Markkanen, a 7-foot shooter out of Arizona — all age 23 and under, joining a collection of recent draft picks and additions (Denzel Valentine, Paul Zipser, Bobby Portis, Jerian Grant, Cristiano Felicio, Cameron Payne) in what now seems to be a full-on youth movement that’s not exactly conducive to spending big money in free agency.

The move seemed curious from the jump. Yes, Rondo had led the NBA in assists one season earlier on a Sacramento Kings team on which, as he colorfully said, “you couldn’t name three people,” and yes, he came at a comparatively low annual price tag for a starting point guard in the wake of the Bulls trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. But as a ball-dominant, non-3-point-shooting playmaker whose best defensive days are behind him and whose prickly personality had resulted in more than a few run-ins with coaches during his time in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, Rondo seemed an odd fit alongside incumbent rising superstar Butler and the Bulls’ other big-name, big-ticket 2016 free-agent signing: hometown hero Dwyane Wade, himself a ball-dominant, non-3-point-shooting playmaker whose best defensive days are behind him.

The players insisted before the start of the season that they’d make it work, that having “Three Alphas” in the locker room and on the court was better than having none. The results didn’t exactly bear that out, as the Bulls sputtered and stumbled for most of the season before finishing 41-41, briefly putting the fear of God into the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, and losing four straight games to get eliminated after Rondo suffered a broken thumb that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.

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It was a weird year. Rondo began the season as Chicago’s starting point guard, then earned a one-game suspension in December for “conduct detrimental to the team” after a heated exchange with assistant coach Jim Boylen. Later that month, he got benched for five straight games in favor of former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, and even racked up a DNP-CD on his own celebratory bobblehead night. He returned to the lineup after the “bulls***” benching and, before long, into controversy, as he, Butler and Wade sparred publicly and via social media over the leadership reins of a team that was underperforming its own lofty expectations and running out of time to solve its issues.

The Bulls eventually got it together enough to hit .500 and earn the East’s eighth and final playoff spot on the final night of the season. They stunned the top-seeded Celtics to start the opening round, taking two games in Boston behind strong performances from Butler, center Robin Lopez and Rondo, as the former Celtic averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in two stellar outings in his old stomping grounds. It all turned, though, after Rondo broke his right thumb in Game 2. Fred Hoiberg didn’t have another option at the point capable of filling Rondo’s role, and a Celtics team that figured out the tactical lever to pull to put the Bulls’ backs against the wall — playing small-ball from the start of the game to pull Chicago’s bigs away from the rim, forcing Hoiberg to try to match size with size, neutralizing Lopez and the Bulls’ rebounding advantage inside — ripped off four straight wins to eliminate the Bulls.

Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 26.7 minutes per game in 69 appearances in his lone season in Chicago, insisted after the season that the Bulls would’ve swept the C’s had he not gotten injured. The Bulls insisted they wanted to bring Rondo back. Neither came to pass, and now the veteran point guard will have to wait to see what kind of interest he can generate on the free-agent market.

Chicago also waived point guard Isaiah Canaan, who made 39 appearances off the Bulls bench last year, averaging 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 15.2 minutes per game, and who started in Round 1 after Rondo went down.

(Like I said: weird year.)

Despite having moved decisively in the direction of a youth-led rebuild over the past eight days, the Bulls appear to be sticking with holding on to their lone remaining “Alpha,” who exercised the $23.8 million player option he held for the season to come:

How exactly paying Wade $24 million to lead a team in transition makes sense doesn’t exactly compute. But then, that’s sort of par for the course, as any major Rondo will tell you:

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          NBA Free Agency Shopping Lists: Southeast Division   
Is Paul Millsap pointing to the exit. (AP)
Is Paul Millsap pointing to the exit. (AP)

Free agency is a complicated time full of misdirection, brief opportunities and a whole lot of persuasion. We’ve put together these shopping lists to ensure every team stays on track.

Atlanta Hawks

2016-17 record: 43-39, eliminated in the first round

Unrestricted free agents: Paul Millsap, Ersan Ilyasova, Thabo Sefolosha, Kris Humphries, Jose Calderon

Restricted free agents: Tim Hardaway Jr., Mike Muscala

Millsap is testing the free-agent market, and with every other member of the 2015 starting five that won 60 games together now gone, the 32-year-old may pursue greener NBA pastures, too. Atlanta might as well have posted an “under construction” sign outside Philips Arena after trading Dwight Howard for some Charlotte Hornets debris last week, so the Hawks aren’t really hard-selling Millsap.

(Ironically, the Hawks quite literally revealed plans for a Philips Arena renovation on Wednesday.)

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If Millsap walks, there’s not much sense in Atlanta making any serious commitments to veterans Ilyasova, Sefolosha, Humphries and Calderon. In which case, the Hawks will have money to spend in free agency, but the problem is finding big-name talents who will commit to a team that has almost half its salary cap tied up in Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroder and Miles Plumlee stock through 2020.

After a banner year, Hardaway will receive significant offers in restricted free agency, and Muscala will have suitors to a lesser degree, so the Hawks must decide whether either is worth adding long-term to an already overpaid young core. Sans Millsap, this group is headed for the lottery, and new GM Travis Schlenk would be best suited filling out the roster with short-term deals and a flier or two on still-young free agents with high upside, maintaining cap flexibility and collecting pingpong balls.

Charlotte Hornets

2016-17 record: 36-46

Unrestricted free agents: Ramon Sessions, Brian Roberts

Restricted free agents: Christian Wood

With Howard’s $23.5 million salary added to a swarm of Hornets making between $12-24 million for the next two seasons — Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller and Kemba Walker (who, believe it or not, is the lowest-paid member of that sextet) — Charlotte also enters free agency over the salary cap. So, owner Michael Jordan and GM Rich Cho will do their best to recruit reclamation projects with non-taxpayer mid-level and bi-annual exceptions and minimum contracts.

The addition of Howard means Charlotte will more than likely continue its tradition of making the playoffs (and being eliminated in the first round) every other year since 2013. Jeremy Lamb is under contract for this year and next, and recent first-round picks Frank Kaminsky and Malik Monk are under the Hornets’ control moving forward. Their core is set, for better or worse, so they can take free agents Sessions, Roberts and Wood or leave them. None of that trio contributed much to last year’s roster.

Depth at any position isn’t as much of an issue as top-end talent, but the Hornets could use help behind Walker and on the wings. Charlotte has had mixed success with journeymen Al Jefferson, Lance Stephenson, Jeremy Lin and Roy Hibbert in free agency over the years, and Jordan has a certain allure for veteran players looking to resurrect their value. How many they hit on this season will determine how frisky they are as a road playoff seed, but best not to commit long-term to anyone else.

Dion Waiters raised his profile this past season. (AP)
Dion Waiters raised his profile this past season. (AP)

Miami Heat

2016-17 record: 41-41

Unrestricted free agents: Udonis Haslem, Luke Babbit, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Willie Reed

Restricted free agents: None

With Chris Bosh off the books, Pat Riley has max cap space in Miami, and that’s generally a dangerous proposition for the NBA. The Heat will primarily compete with the Celtics in trying to lure Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin from the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, selling South Beach and a chance to vie in the East to every big-name player looking for a change this summer.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who finished second in Coach of the Year voting, and a roster that finished the second half of last season with a 30-11 record are some strong selling points. That roster also got significant contributions out of Johnson and Waiters, who will be in high demand after career years.

Because the Heat do not own full Bird Rights on Johnson or Waiters, the decision on them comes down to signing both to eight-figure salaries or letting them walk and chasing a star. Riley will chase the star every time. Committing the available cap space to a pair of non-stars for several seasons wouldn’t be prudent in Miami, where the Heat can always get a meeting with anyone who matters.

The Heat will hope to add Hayward or Griffin to a core that already includes Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and a handful of under-25 talents led by Justise Winslow. Regardless of whether they land a big-name free agent this summer, Riley will seek to sign the next Waiters and Johnson willing to come to Miami for below market value and let Spoelstra do the rest until it’s time to chase the next star.

Orlando Magic

2016-17 record: 29-53

Unrestricted free agents: Jodie Meeks, Jeff Green

Restricted free agents: Damjan Rudez

Back in early April, when the Magic signed Argentine wing Patricio Garino, Orlando’s offseason plans were broadcast to the world in a picture on Twitter. A week later, the Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan, so we may never know whether he would have pulled off that Aaron Gordon for Dario Saric trade, sought Luol Deng’s contract(!) or landed any of the many hybrid and spread bigs on his list.

New GM John Hammond has experience building veteran-laden middle-of-the-road teams coached by Scott Skiles, which was also Hennigan’s Magic plan over the past several years, but Hammond is also an architect of one of the NBA’s grandest experiments — a freakishly long, athletic young squadron that appears on the verge of real contention in Milwaukee — so there may be hope for Orlando yet.

There’s work to be done, and the only thing they should absolutely not do is exactly what they did last year: Trade their young talent and draft picks for Serge Ibaka’s expiring contract and two years of Jodie Meeks, then sign vets Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin for a combined $40 million per season. That is nowhere close to a long-term plan for success. I’m not even sure what that is.

Instead, the new Magic brass has to evaluate what they can salvage from the wreckage. That means showcasing Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, Nikola Vucevic and Biyomobo — all of whom are signed for the next two years — in hopes of unloading their contracts for pieces that might still be around when (if?) Orlando is good. It also means heavy minutes for recent first-round picks Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton, to determine whether they’re worth keeping around or trade bait as well.

The only untouchable is this year’s No. 6 overall pick Jonathan Isaac, who should also see significant playing time. So, preserve what little cap space you have, try to create more for the future, stockpile picks, ensure your own is a high lottery one in 2018 and for the love of all things basketball do not spend your money on high-priced low-ceiling free agents who might win you a couple extra games.

Otto Porter Jr. will have a lot of zeroes on his next contract. (AP)
Otto Porter Jr. will have a lot of zeroes on his next contract. (AP)

Washington Wizards

2016-17 record: 49-33, eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals

Unrestricted free agents: Brandon Jennings

Restricted free agents: Otto Porter Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic, Trey Burke

The Wizards are cash-strapped with borderline All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal signing a max contract last summer, definite All-Star point guard John Wall now eligible for a super-max extension and the bruising frontcourt tandem of Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris due another $20 million combined next season. Last year’s $64 million deal for Ian Mahinmi didn’t help the bottom line, either.

That leaves general manager Ernie Grunfeld with few options in free agency beyond the taxpayer mid-level and bi-annual exceptions. And while Wall may be pushing to trade for Paul George, Washington’s dearth of talent beyond its starting five leaves precious few assets for the Wizards to offer in return.

All of which makes the decision on Porter’s impending free agency a difficult one. The former No. 3 pick enjoyed a career year in his fourth NBA season, and now at worse looks to be a talented 3-and-D swingman with a long career ahead of him. He will have suitors driving up his salary on the open market, and the Wizards have little choice but to match the highest offer, because they do not have the money to find a commensurate replacement in free agency, and to lose him would be a step back.

At the same rate, signing Porter to a market-value salary locks this group in for at least two more seasons, meaning Grunfeld will once again be scrambling to fill out a bench that even Wall conceded was the team’s “downfall” in a seven-game Eastern Conference semifinals loss to the Boston Celtics.

Second-year wing Kelly Oubre Jr. showed promise, the Wizards added capable backup point guard Tim Frazier for a second-round pick on draft day, and they will hope to retain Bogdanovic, who they dealt their first-round pick for at the trade deadline. That still leaves an awful lot of work to do with little money to spend, which unfortunately means relying on Grunfeld to find cheap depth at all positions. Regardless, I’d just as soon let Brandon Jennings walk, because he was abysmal in Washington.

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          Defending Women's Champs Baylor To Battle Cardinals' Tough Defense   
The NCAA women's basketball tournament's Sweet 16 round continues Sunday, with No. 1 overall seed Baylor taking on No. 5 University of Louisville. Baylor is the defending national champion, and is widely considered the team to beat in this tournament. Baylor has been one of the most successful women's programs in the nation since head coach Kim Mulkey's first national championship in 2005. The Lady Bears have lost only one game in the past two seasons, and Brooklyn Pope, the lone graduate student on the roster, says they're mentally tougher in 2013. "Everyone knows the goal ahead, and everyone's on the same page to let our egos go to the side," Pope says. "The personality of this team is mainly pride and focus." The other reason for Baylor's success is Brittney Griner. Only half a dozen women ever dunked in a college game before Griner started her decorated career in 2009, and the Houston native's 18 career dunks and counting are more than all six of those players combined . Figuring
          Whatever Happened to Mrs. Mac?   
I do a little more posting on my other blog, The Thrifty Garden Home

The Mr. retired on New Year's Eve .. so we're on our 'honeymoon' period of retirement.  We have not gotten tired of each other's company (yet). 

August!  Really, that was the last post before this shorty!

Nathan is growing leaps and bounds .. he'll be 18 in two months!  Transitioning to adult services is quite the challenge.  And, we're in the process of becoming his legal guardians.  So much paperwork!!

About now is the time I pour over my garden plans and order a few seed packets.  I've learned over the years to only plant that which my family will eat.  So we stick with green beans, carrots, potatoes .. and skip some of the exotic things like eggplant. (I like eggplant.)

I'm glad the Christmas stuff is put away, but I really have no idea how to put things back in order.  Should have taken pictures before I decorated.  Everything looks so blah!

Well, that's enough of coming out of hibernation.  Go visit my other blog if you want to keep up to date on the Mac Family.

          It's Been A BUSY Two Months   
... since my last post.

We have had gardens to put in, company ... and my little granddaughter had heart surgery.  Many times I have come here and have not known what to write.  Ideas flying out my head .. then out the window as well.  Life takes turns and sometimes the ride is a roller coaster; I don't 'do' roller coasters.  But .. lately .. I've been along for the ride.

How can summer be just a few weeks away.  I've yearned for this season since last January while snow bound at home pouring over seed catalogs daydreaming.  The garden has been planted except for one type of seed .. morning glories.  It may not be too late to stick some seeds along the fence line and hope they have time to sprout and mature in our short growing season.

The grass needs to be mowed .. and so do the weeds.  Somehow, we have had several rainy days this past week giving me a break with watering the garden ... yet causing the grass to grow with wild abandon adding to the job of mowing.

This is the last week of junior high school for Nathan ... then he gets promoted to high school.  He's excited and prepared to make the step up.  School is serving him well as he is learning many life skills that are important to his current and future life. 

There is so much life to live in our short summer months.  Staying outdoors .. tending the veggie/fruit patches .. summer camp for Nathan .. watching the grand kids grow .. and soaking in the fresh mountain air.  It's time to get the kayaks and bikes out.  BBQ past 7 PM.  Star gaze around the fire pit.  Make homemade ice cream outside with chipped ice and salt, and listening to the cricket serenade.  How about you; what's up in your world?
          Interview: Benji Coetzee EmptyTrips CEO, Seedstars Finalist   
Interview: Benji Coetzee EmptyTrips CEO, Seedstars Finalist
In another eye-opening interview, IT News Africa spoke to Benji Coetzee, the CEO and Founder of innovative startup, EmptyTrips. EmptyTrips is a startup which is looking to usher in a new age of logistics. As many transporters and companies suffer from empty return legs and with shippers suffering from high costs to ship their goods [&hellip
          Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding   
Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding
Ghanaian tech startup, OMG Digital, has announced that the company has closed on Seed Funding of $1.1M having received backing from a number international investors. Backed by the Y-Combinator, the new media company is targeting Africa’s millennial population through shareable and hyper-local pop-culture content, which has seen the startup being dubbed as the ‘Buzzfeed of [&hellip
          Malaysia S Cradle Fund Aims To Help Early Stage Startups Commercialise Their Products   

Cradle Fund an agency under Malaysia s Ministry of Finance has launched a pre seed program named Cradle Investment Programme With the program the agency intends to assist early stage entrepreneurs to develop and commercialise their products...
          Wholesale Crop Protection and Seed Crops Area Sales Manager - MFA Incorporated - Pittsfield, IL   
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          Unconstitutional, unethical, unscientific   

Dr P M Bhargava Lamblasts BRAI Bill. Says Threat to Health.

Source: Arkitect India: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arkitectindia/message/12263


The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, if passed, will adversely affect agriculture, health of humans and animals, and the environment, causing unparalleled harm.

It is now widely accepted that the existing procedure in India (and even elsewhere) for regulation of genetic engineering technology is faulty and insufficient. It was for this reason that Jairam Ramesh, then Minister for Environment and Forests, put an indefinite moratorium on the open release of genetically engineered Bt brinjal, which was approved by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee of the Ministry on October 14, 2009.

The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, proposed to be put up to Parliament, claims to take care of the deficiencies in the existing system of approval of genetically modified (GM) crops. As it turns out, the Bill is unconstitutional, unethical, unscientific, self-contradictory, and not people-oriented. It suffers from greater flaws and deficiencies than the present system. If passed, it will seriously and adversely affect agriculture, health of humans and animals, and the environment, causing unparalleled harm.

BRAI will consist of three full-time and two part-time members. It will have three divisions, each headed by a Chief Regulatory Officer. It will be supported by a Risk Assessment Unit, an Enforcement Unit, a Monitoring Office, a Product Ruling Committee, an Environmental Appraisal Panel, Scientific Advisory Panels, an Inter-ministerial Governing Board, a Biotechnology Advisory Council, and State Biotechnology Regulatory Advisory Committees. These bodies would consist mostly of bureaucrats who are likely to have little knowledge of the highly complex issues that arise in today's biotechnology. No civil society participation is proposed anywhere. Even the proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Appellate Tribunal will not accept complaints from civil society, in spite of the fact that the Bill directly or indirectly affects every citizen. It is not even clear which department of the Government of India will service BRAI. The Convener of the Selection Committee for members of BRAI will be from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), which is a vendor of genetic engineering (the technology that BRAI is supposed to regulate) in the country. The Bill says the members of BRAI will be persons of integrity. There is, however, no requirement of integrity for members of any of the other committees mentioned above!

The Bill is unconstitutional as agriculture is a State subject, and it takes away from the State government the authority to take decisions on GM plant products. In this connection, it is noteworthy that more than 10 States cutting across political affiliations formally told Mr. Ramesh in 2009-2010 that they would not permit Bt brinjal to be released in their territories.

No public consultation

Article 28 of the Bill states the information declared by BRAI “confidential commercial information” will not come under the RTI Act, and there is no way civil society can challenge its decision to declare any information confidential. In spite of the fact that BRAI encompasses activities that would virtually affect every Indian, there is no mention in the Bill of public consultation.

Articles 81, 86 and 87.2, which allow BRAI to override any existing law in the areas covered by BRAI, contradict Article 86, which says “the provisions [of BRAI] shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other law for the time being in force

The definition of modern biotechnology in Article 3 (r) is absurd as it excludes a large number (over 25) of areas such as peptide synthesis, immuno-technology, tissue culture, stem cells and nano-biotechnology that are an integral part of today's biotechnology. Not only that, it would make techniques that are used in everyday research in modern biology such as isolation or sequencing of DNA and the PCR technique illegal, unless approved by BRAI in every specific case. So every university in the country teaching these extremely widely used techniques will have to get BRAI permission for teaching them to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Funnier is the inclusion in Schedule I (which lists organisms and products “which should be regulated by the Authority”) of cloned animals, DNA vaccines, and stem cell-based products. There is no mention of them in the main text of the Bill. Schedule 1 also includes “products of synthetic biology for human or animal use.” I have been in the business of modern biology for six decades and seen the modern biological evolution from very close quarters with more than 20 of my friends having won Nobel prizes but, for the life of me, I cannot make out what is meant by “products of synthetic biology.

In fact, if one strictly followed item 2(d) of Schedule 1, no organ transplantation would be possible in the country without BRAI permission!

One would also have expected that the Bill, if it was people-oriented, to state the procedure to be adopted before approval of a GM product. The first step should be to determine the need for the product through a socio-economic survey and analysis. If there is need, then one should determine if there are cheaper, better and well-established alternatives such as smart or molecular breeding, organic agriculture, or use of Integrated Pest Management or bio-pesticides in the case of GM products containing a foreign pesticidal gene. If it is concluded that there is no alternative to, say, a GM crop, one would need to state a mechanism for deciding what tests the GM crop would need to undergo, and a statement of who will do the tests to ensure public credibility. There is no provision in the Bill for an independent testing laboratory for GM crops, in which civil society would have confidence.

No mention of mandatory labelling

There is no mention of mandatory labelling of GM food products, and there is no protection provided to, say, farmers whose fields growing, for example products of organic agriculture, get contaminated with a GM product of the neighbouring farm.

Article 62 under “Offences and Penalties” is unprecedented. It implies that anyone making a statement about a GM crop which BRAI decides is false or misleading, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three months and also with a fine which may extend to Rs. 5 lakh. BRAI will not be obliged to state the basis of its decision which is not challengeable by any member of civil society. The Bill thus assumes that all the wisdom of biotechnology lies with the five members of the Authority, and what thousands of leading scientists say will cut no ice with the members of BRAI.

One may justifiably ask why this Bill. The reasons are clear. Food business is the biggest in the world. Whosoever controls it will control the world. To control food production, one needs to control just seed and agrochemicals production. This is what a handful of multinational seed companies, which are also producers of agrochemicals such as pesticides and weedicides, are attempting to do through patented GM crops. These companies are located in the United States, and liaise closely with the U.S. government.

In fact, one of the biggest quarrels between the U.S. and Europe is that Europe, by and large, does not allow GM crops and requires appropriate labelling of all food products that contain more than 0.9 per cent of GM material. No such labelling is required in the U.S. where, therefore, a person today does not know if he is consuming GM food.

Till a few years ago, there was no significant opposition to GM crops in India. In fact, the mechanism set up by the Government of India, ostensibly to regulate GM products, largely worked as a vendor of GM products, serving the interests of seed and agrochemical MNCs.

But, then, people of India became wiser and better-informed. Consequently, against all odds and expectations of the MNCs, and of the U.S. government and the rulers in India, we had an indefinite moratorium on Bt brinjal, and the opposition to GM crops became a force to reckon with. Some components of the existing regulatory system have also begun to assert themselves. As of today, at least five States (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh) have formally declared that they will not allow field trials and/or open release of any GM crop. So, the present system had to be disabled, and roadblocks to fulfilling the ambition of the U.S. and the seed MNCs removed. What better way to achieve this than by BRAI — so the government thought. But, I believe, the GoI has again underestimated the collective wisdom of the people of India!

(Pushpa M. Bhargava is former Vice-Chairman, National Knowledge Commission.)


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Britain's Katy Dunne missed out on the chance to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw after being beaten 7-5 3-6 6-2 by Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton. The 22-year-old from Hemel Hemstead was looking to secure a place at SW19, having previously been handed wild-card entries by the All England Club, but despite a second-set recovery Dunne could not get past the world number 98. Van Uytvanck, who was seeded second for the qualifying tournament, had opened up a 5-2 lead in the first set before Dunne rallied to level at 5-5, but then broke the Briton again to close out 7-5.

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          An American Boycott   
I thought about this for a long time and all the supports and friends within our Network agrees...it is past time for a boycott against China Products, The Arabic Nations Oil, The United Nations Funding Needs, and any other country that has moved to replace the American Currency as the World Currency.
 The Name George Soros seems to turn up in places you it would not seem to think he was there. This video..
 Now no one stated this will happen but its better to be safe then sorry....
Publisher, S&A Research
From  Stansberry & Associates Investment Research has released a News Update...
 ....talked about the riches men in the USA...as soon as he said George Soros....at the very same time my mind was searching for his name, because this is his kind of work...To force the American People into some sorted New World Order Concept. George Soros must be using Pharmaceutical Narcotics...because he is full of himself.
 Supporting News:
By Marin Katusa, Casey Research
There's a major shift under way, one the US mainstream media has left largely untouched even though it will send the United States into an economic maelstrom and dramatically reduce the country's importance in the world: the demise of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.
For decades the US dollar has been absolutely dominant in international trade, especially in the oil markets. This role has created immense demand for US dollars, and that international demand constitutes a huge part of the dollar's valuation. Not only did the global-currency role add massive value to the dollar, it also created an almost endless pool of demand for US Treasuries as countries around the world sought to maintain stores of petrodollars. The availability of all this credit, denominated in a dollar supported by nothing less than the entirety of global trade, enabled the American federal government to borrow without limit and spend with abandon.
The dominance of the dollar gave the United States incredible power and influence around the world… but the times they are a-changing. As the world's emerging economies gain ever more prominence, the US is losing hold of its position as the world's superpower. Many on the long list of nations that dislike America are pondering ways to reduce American influence in their affairs. Ditching the dollar is a very good start.
and in Canada a few weeks ago and there were places that did not accept US dollars...found in comment page:
Economist Paul Samuelson and others (including, at his death, Milton Friedman) have maintained that the overseas demand for dollars allows the United States to maintain persistent trade deficits without causing the value of the currency to depreciate or the flow of trade to readjust. But Samuelson stated in 2005 that at some uncertain future period these pressures would precipitate a run against the U.S. dollar with serious global financial consequences.[1]
China and Japan Abandon U.S. Dollar as a Means of Trade 

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British Virgin Islands
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I am still troubled over the amount of spending at around $109 Trillion Dollars
Spending per year best guess at numbers...
according to statements by Political Officials they bring in only $3 Trillion Tax Dollars Per Year at around $33 Trillion in 11 years..
   $109 Trillion
-   $33 Trillion
  $73 Trillion - in the negative...as far as we know
 The News is spreading fast...
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM
7:24 PM
I do not have the money to buy gold, and even if I did I would not buy the gold this Government has bought up. Odds are the market value will not go up, and you will lose money.
 Simple things to do, save up you coins... the value of the coin will grow or stay the same.
 from the half dollar to the penny
 collect old coins
 now this if things go bad will make good wiping paper or to start up your fire place.
 Now to make it clear, no one said this will happen, its more a 50% - 50% per cent chance we will see something take place.
Also buy seeds for food, grow your own....because I went into BiLo and  I was charged $3.09 for a Loaf of Bread,,,I said no...a gallon of milk was close to $4 to $6.00 per gallon.... depending on which brand.
 Just say no and let the stuff rot on the shelf......
 Buy only American Gas...
 Buy only American Made Items.....
 In one month you will see a change...in six months....you will see a concern....in one year you will see these countries back paddle.....
 The Health Care Bill...just say no. I stand against it because of Abortion and Pharmaceutical Narcotics is paid for with the system...
This is not a Tea Party Boycott, Democrat Boycott, or Republican Boycott....it is by all means An American Boycott.
 I for one will make a stand you have the right to do as you please....
This is only  a few ideas, more will be most welcome...
 I must be off to other site I have over 136 to up date....this posting may be shared...there is no copy right for doing the right thing...
 One last note...if we do not boycott these countries this good old USA could fall into this area of Civil War that so may War Mongers want, and millions of people will die....

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          Thread: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization:: Variants:: The Mao Zedong peaceful variant   

by esabatine

This is yet another peaceful variant.

The difference is that it is a little less peaceful than the other peaceful variants. Aggressions are still an important part of the game, just a little less important. The volume is turned down two clicks.

The premise is that when people complain about military being over-emphasized in the game (the New Story of Civilization version, I understand its been toned down a little from earlier versions), they are really complaining about the War on Culture war. If the military leader gets one WoC, he typically swings about 20 points from the culture leader to himself. Two WoCs mean upwards of 40 points, or the ability to take a lot of points each from two culture leaders. This often decides the game.

Furthermore, the War on Culture is the most reliable of the few comeback measures in the game. Really the only others are the Chaplin/ movies/ Hollywood combination, and good luck not getting hit with a War on Culture if you get that (but sometimes you can generate enough points to win anyway), or to get lucky with drawing and being able to seed exactly the right impacts, which as implied is pretty luck dependent. Of course, WoCs are also luck dependent, sometimes the military leader doesn't get them. Sometimes he gets two or three.

The other aggressions are fine. The two other wars, on tech and territory, and all the raids, armed interventions, plunders etc. are all good at tripping up your opponents and getting resources into your hands. They all have to be guarded against them. But none are game-winners like the War on Culture, you really have to get hit with several to be knocked out or to be able to use several to come out on top using the military route.

So in this variant, all the aggression cards stay in, except the war on culture. You can still win with military, its just more work.

However, just removing the War on Culture card is not that great an idea, because there are very few mechanisms for players who are behind to come back, and that is the main one. So in this variant the card stays in the game, but is changed. This is how it works.

The Mao Zedong Variant:

1. A player no longer plays Wars on Culture against other players. Instead a player plays a War on Culture on himself (mostly).

2. When a War on Culture is played, all of the player's choice of his production (rocks), food, civil actions, and/ or science is converted immediately into culture. The player gets the culture, but may not use any of what he converted that turn.

3. If a player playing a War on Culture chooses to covert production or food, the production and/ or food is not lost, but just unusable that turn and added back at the end of the turn, plus any additional food or rock produced that turn (with all the additional corruption that entails). If the player chooses to convert science or civil actions, those are lost permanently.

4. When a War on Culture is played, no other player except the player playing the event may produce culture when they take their next turn, except from events, aggressions (armed intervention) and Age III wonder bonuses. All culture that would otherwise be produced is permanently lost.

5. Wars on Culture are played during the political phase and take three military actions as before. If Gandhi is in play as a leader, the War on Culture takes six actions, a player who has Gandhi as a leader can still play a War on Culture, it just take six military actions.

It probably more thematic at this point to rename the War on Culture the "Cultural Revolution."

If playing this using Boardgaming Online, it would require some adjustment or annotation of various totals in several categories, but at least it would only be a factor in the last third of the game and not require that much bookkeeping.

The War on Culture is kept as a means to swing culture to yourself and away from your opponents. Not only that, but military actions are still important in being able to play this. The difference is that it no longer requires a big military build-up to use this.
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          Review: Ethnos:: Ethnos is one for the collection   

by damcree

Executive Summary:
This game is really solid game. I didn't expect this game to grab me like it did but the simplicity of the game play along with the strategy and tension really create a great experience for the players. If you enjoy set collection, area majority, and variable powers, then you need to play this game.

Game play

Not going to go into depth on the game play since Rodney Smith has created a how to play video on this game, and others have actually done a great job explaining just how simple this game is to play. But to give you an idea, you are collecting cards so you can place a control markers in a region so at the end of an age, you will score victory points. Whoever has the most victory points at the end of three ages is the winner. While simple, there are some really solid decisions that must be made in this game.

Pros for me
There are twelve factions in this game and during setup, you will randomly draw six of those factions to play with. After requesting the assistance of a gentleman who is getting his PHD in Stats, he reminded me that there will be 924 possible combinations that you could play. Not sure about you, but that is plenty of replay options for me. Then again, you could find the combo that you like best and just stick to it.

This is an area majority versus an area control. Whenever I introduce a game that has a certain look to it, my friends always ask if this is Small World and they asked it with this game. It isn't that they dislike Small World, but it isn't a favorite for them. They are not big fans of the area control, so when this had no battles and it was just who had the most markers, they really liked that mechanic. Also, whoever has the most markers will score the points that are shown for that age. These points are determined randomly at the start of the game which brings us to another really nice aspect of the game.

At the end of each of the three ages, players will score the indicated points for that age. Because these points are placed randomly in the areas, then sorted in ascending order, can make certain areas on the board more valuable than others. This might not agree with everyone, but this element adds more decision on the sets you play and the strategy you implore as you play. Do you forgo control in this one area and let others fight it out or do you try to be the one to gain the points each round and sacrifice other areas. Very simple decisions, but they impact the sets that you are collecting.

As you know from the Watch It Played video, in order to place a marker in a location, you must exceed the current count of markers you have it that area. In other words, you have one marker there, you must play a set of two cards and so on. New players to the game will often find themselves just playing enough cards to place a marker and forgetting that at the end of an age, sets that you played are worth points. This element of scoring brings another enjoyable aspect to Ethnos.

Unlike other set collection games, Ethnos doesn't allow you to keep cards in your hand once you play a set, they must go back to the inventory where the other players will have access to them. That is right, they aren't discarded, they are now part of the inventory pool that people may pick from. There is some hard decisions to make here in how you build the sets because you want to deny the other players, but then it might not be the most strategic play for you. That balance makes this more than just a collect and play cards game. You really need to think about the sets your are building, especially with a hand size limit of 10.

Final pro is on the tension. The end of an age is marked when the third dragon is revealed from the draw deck which at the start of the game, the lower half was seeded with three copies. I mentioned that the players can draw from the inventory or the draw deck. When the inventory is gone, players must pick from the draw deck. As each dragon is revealed, the tension builds for players wonder if they will get their chance to play their last set. Players can also try and rush to the third dragon in hopes of scoring the areas before other players can gain control. This can easily come into play when certain races are being used in the game. Anyway you look at it, this is a great timing mechanism that adds the level of tension to a game that I enjoy.

Didn't really have any for this game. The artwork didn't jump off the board at you, but as long as it works, then it works for me. I will say that in a six player game, tokens were easily spilled, so more space in the areas would have been nice, but hey, you just added dexterity to the game mechanics.

As stated at the beginning, Ethnos is a game that I will keep in the collection and use along with other entry level games to teach new gamers the basic mechanisms of set collection, card powers, and area management.

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          Review: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War:: Club Fantasci Review: 1754: Conquest - The French and Indian War   

by Moezilla

Publisher: Academy Games
Game Designer: Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl
Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $70


1754 – Conquest: The French and Indian War is the third and final title in the Birth of America series from Academy Games. The game carries on the same core game play of the first two games, 1812: The Invasion of Canada and 1775: Rebellion, making it very easy for gamers already familiar with the system to jump right in.


1754 covers the Seven Year’s War, which ran from 1754 – 1763, and was fought between the French and British along the northern American colonies, to points west and into Canada. As with the other titles in the series, this is an area control game with randomly dictated turn orders and card play, for two to four players. Random turn ordering and being card driven are two mechanisms that I really enjoy in games. I find that they keep both the play and strategies fluid, and drive unexpected momentum swings.

Component and rule book quality are top-notch as expected, this is Academy Games after all, and they rarely disappoint. The game is rules light, clocking in at a mere three pages, with the balance of the book covering examples of play, card explanations, and historical background to the conflict. When you have an elegant design, wordy rules aren’t a necessity, and this is quite an elegant system.

The board gets pre-seeded with different colored cubes, representing the starting forces of all five factions in the game. The two main antagonists are composed of British regulars and colonials, taking on the French regulars and French Canadiens. The Native Americans make up the fifth faction, and act as free agents throughout the game.

The six Native Nations form a buffer between the existing French and British territories, and ally with whomever is in contact with them first. These alliances are fleeting, and last only as long as you stay with them. However, they are a powerful force to not be overlooked because they bolster your forces immediately, granting you the extra troops needed to take or protect critical control points, which in the end are everything.

Winning is a simple case of having the most control markers at game’s end, which comes at either the end of the eighth round, or can be triggered once all four sides have played the Truce card from their hand.

Truce cards are one of the twelve cards in each player’s deck, from which players always have a hand of three to work with. Eight of the cards handle movement, while four others are a mix of events with a historical flavor that benefits its faction. The cards are well balanced, having both matching and unique cards for either side sprinkled between the factions. When playing a four-player game, good communications and team work are essential in maximizing card play opportunities.

Player Board

Aside from the tried and true mechanics of the series proper, 1754 adds a couple of new tricks to the mix. The additions of Forts and Ports is fantastic and distinguishes this title with its own identity, adding new and interesting avenues to be explored through repeated plays.

Each side has three Forts under their control at the start, with another that can be added through card play. Forts add a defense die to combat, giving the defender a 50/50 chance of blocking one hit from the attacker. This is a minor change, but one that can have a major implications in combat, slowing the pace of the siege and really frustrating the attacker.

If your Fort defense isn’t faring well, you have the option of destroying it while withdrawing using the command die. This is an important point to keep in mind, you don’t want to just hand over a strong defensive position to your opponent at a critical juncture. Forts can and will change the tide of battle!

Ports are an incredibly critical feature in the game, this is where the French and British regulars receive reinforcements and can move freely across large sections of the map. While the colonial militia and French Canadiens have limited muster sites in home territory cities, French and British troops make the trek from Europe. So anchoring those port locations (pun intended) with a steady troop presence is key. Leave them open, and your opponent will choke off control of the area.

Along with their reinforcement importance, ports are also where you can ferry troops to and from, to launch amphibious assaults. Using any movement card, you can move from port to port, make landfall and an offensive ingress into your opponent’s territory. There are no water movement cards that limit you in this game, a very welcome and smart game change in my opinion.

To be successful in battle, you’ll need to optimize your forces with a mix of Regulars, militia and Native Americans to build a good dice pool. Although the Regulars have the stronger combat die, the militia can add up to three more and the Native Americans another pair, greatly increasing your odds. I like how the dice abstractly resolve the outcome of the battle. Sure, there’s some luck involved, as there always is in dice rolling, but there are different levels of luck in battle as well.

When using Native Americans, be sure to bring more than your opponent does to a battle to gain the die bonus. Not really having a dog in the fight, Indians will avoid fighting each other, and cancel each other out on a one-for-one basis.

Stepping back to the militia for a moment, it’s true that they have a greater chance of fleeing back to their homes when the battle gets tough, but don’t write them off too quickly. With an extra three dice, you have a greater chance of failure, but when successful, they can quickly whittle down your opponents armies. Letting them take hits first also protects your Regulars, yes, they are cannon fodder.

Native Alliance Card

There’s one last addition to touch on and it’s an interesting one, the Native Alliance expansion. This 15 card deck adds some interesting abilities and powers. The cards are drawn randomly, one per faction at the start of the game. They can grant extra control markers, if you have control of the specified area and have a Native cube in it with you. Or, can give you special abilities, such as the Mingo power. This ability blocks the defender from rolling a Fort die in combat, and that can be huge! It’s a fun little expansion that keeps things fresh and helps broaden the game nicely.

One minor niggle I had with the game was an absence of an overflow area for battles. Some territories are fairly tight on the map, and when those areas become points of contention, the cube count becomes unwieldy. Perhaps in future iterations of the system, a battle board could be used to make managing this a little easier. That way players won’t be ham fisting other cubes out of the way in neighboring spots. Yea, I’ve done that more than once.

Games move pretty quickly, generally lasting about 90 minutes. There is a lot of back and forth action, as territories change hands and strategies are adjusted based on turn order. The game has a nice historic feel, keeps things balanced and makes for a highly enjoyable gaming experience for any level and age of gamer.


Any game in this series is a perfect introduction for a new wargamer, or when trying convert a friend over to the dark side. Each has its own identity, and 1754 – Conquest: The French and Indian War is no exception. The introduction of forts and ports are both important aspects to securing and maintaining footholds in different regions, with water movement no longer limited to specific water movement only cards, things really open up. These new mechanisms expand an elegant system, giving it its own flavor and feel and makes it shine.

I don’t often say a game is a classic title, and while it may be a bit early to lay that title here, I do feel that 1754, and the whole BoA line are deserving of that moniker. These are games that will be played for years to come, because they are great gateway wargames that are easy to teach, play, are very fun, and make you want to keep coming back for more. This is a credit to the solid design work of Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl, for creating a solid and versatile system.

Thanks to a concise and informative rule book coupled with intuitive play, 1754 is accessible to any audience. Everyone from families to grumpy old grognards will find this an engaging bit of quality entertainment, that even manages to sneak in a little history lesson. Well done once again Academy Games!

While the game is rules light, 1754 has enough layers of strategic depth to keep you coming back again and again. Most importantly, it’s a damn fun game, and one that really belongs on your shelf. Now pardon me, I need to go acquire 1812: The Invasion of Canada, so I can finally own all three games in this series.

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          Dos años de aplicación de las "Leyes Mordaza"   

Organizaciones y movimientos sociales exigen que se cumplan diez principios básicos para garantizar la protección de los Derechos Humanos.

Comunicado "No somos delito"

El 1 de julio se cumplen dos años de la entrada en vigor de las conocidas como Leyes Mordaza (Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana y reformas del Código Penal). Desde su entrada en vigor, en 2015, organizaciones y movimientos sociales venimos denunciando las graves consecuencias de la aplicación de estas leyes para el libre ejercicio de los derechos humanos. En estos dos años, hemos sido testigos de un incremento de la discrecionalidad policial y de la vulneración de derechos fundamentales, consecuencia en muchos casos del abuso por parte de los agentes de la presunción de veracidad y del poder de interpretación que les otorga la citada Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana.

Los últimos datos extraídos del informe del Ministerio del Interior muestran que el primer motivo de sanción referente a seguridad ciudadana son las multas por "faltas de respeto y consideración a la autoridad". Uno de los tantos artículos que aparecen redactados de una forma indeterminada en esta ley, en el cual no se especifica de una forma clara cuáles pueden ser los motivos concretos de dicha sanción. Este hecho pone de manifiesto cómo la ambigüedad de la ley, está dejando a la ciudadanía en una situación de indefensión ante el poder de la policía, que es quien tiene la potestad de interpretar qué hechos son sancionables o no dentro del libre ejercicio de derechos fundamentales como la libertad de expresión o reunión.

Por tanto, no es de extrañar que desde que se empezó a aplicar la Ley Mordaza se estén produciendo situaciones de personas denunciados por policías, no sólo en el ámbito de las movilizaciones activistas, por motivos como no tratarlos de usted, criticar la extralimitación en sus funciones o vestir una camiseta con una leyenda reivindicativa, por poner algunos ejemplos. También son alarmantes los casos de periodistas multados por esta ley, restringiendo de esta forma el derecho de la ciudadanía a recibir una información veraz.

Ante una posible reforma de esta ley en el Congreso, las organizaciones y colectivos sociales que hemos denunciado la arbitrariedad y falta de garantías de esta norma legal seguimos trabajando para que las modificaciones que se lleven a cabo por los grupos parlamentarios respondan a unos mínimos que garanticen el libre ejercicio de los derechos fundamentales. Por este motivo, hemos iniciado la redacción de una propuesta para una ley que garantice la Seguridad Jurídica y la protección del ejercicio de los Derechos Humanos que recoge los 10 principios básicos que consideramos que debería contener una legislación que defienda y proteja los derechos y libertades de las personas.

Se trata de un texto en construcción y en continuo desarrollo, redactado por el Grupo de Análisis de la Plataforma No Somos Delito, compuesto por más de 15 juristas, con el apoyo de numerosos colectivos, asociaciones y organizaciones de diversas características que tienen en común la defensa de los Derechos Humanos. Documento al que se han adherido desde un inicio más de 10 organizaciones entre las que se encuentran: Jueces y Juezas para la Democracia, la Asociación Libre de Abogados y Abogadas (ALA), la Comisión Legal Sol, Hetaira, Greenpeace, la Coordinadora de ONGD, la Plataforma en Defensa de la Libertad de Información (PDLI), Red Acoge, la Coordinadora de Barrios, Xnet, 15MPaRato, PAH Madrid, Sos Racismo, Defender a quien defiende, Hetaira, Federación de Sindicatos de Periodistas (FeSP), Yayoflautas Madrid, Asociación Apoyo, Forn de Teatre Pa'tothom, PAH AlcoSanse (confirma este jueves), Psicología Solidaria, etc. El objetivo de este proyecto es sumar a muchas más personas individuales y colectivos que trabajan en la defensa de los Derechos Humanos para conseguir en los próximos meses un documento enriquecido que pueda ser la base de una legislación realmente garantista y que cumpla con los principios de un Estado democrático en el que se respeten los derechos humanos.

The mangoes have been exceptionally sweet and juicy lately, and we have enjoyed this salad many times.  The dressing is not only great on salads but is also fantastic drizzled on grilled salmon or chicken. 

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens 
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup cashew pieces or sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 
  1. In a salad bowl, combine greens, mango slices, red onion, cucumber and cashews or almonds.
  2. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss it all together.
  3. Serve.
*If plating the salads individually, place a few of the mango slices on top.

Serves 4.

Mango Citrus Vinaigrette:
  •  1 ripe mango
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Peel one mango, and remove pit. 
  2. Chop and  place in blender with remaining ingredients; puree until smooth. 
  3. Store in a small jar in refrigerator (for up to a week) and shake to blend before use.

Line salad bowl or platter with mixed greens. Top with fresh fruits and berries of your choice, including cubed mango. Serve with mango citrus vinaigrette and candied walnuts or pecans as optional topping.

              Strawberry and Peppers Salad / Salsa   

    It is fresh local grown strawberry season here. I got this recipe a few years ago from my friend Susi and we have enjoyed it ever since! Try putting it on BBQ burger, or alongside grilled chicken and steak; it is delicious! You can leave everything coarse like the above image, or finely chop like the picture below to serve as a tasty salsa with tortilla chips. It is good either way.

    • 1/2 of a medium red onion,  thinly sliced or diced
    • 1 jalapeno, minced and seeded
    • 1/2 each of a yellow and orange or red pepper (I used a green pepper too), sliced into thin strips or finely diced
    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    • add pepper to taste
    • 2-3 cups of sliced or diced strawberries
    • cilantro or parsley optional
    Combine all the ingredients and serve as a salad or salsa. 

              6/0 Southwest 3 Cut Czech Glass Stripe Picasso Seed Bead Mix : 1 Ten inch Strand Orange Turquoise Three Cut Mix by BobbiThisnThat   

    4.25 USD

    Gorgeous new Czech glass seed beads! These beads are hand cut on three sides of the bead, revealing the gorgeous opaque glass underneath. A rich picasso finish gives them a beautiful aged look and feel.

    These are a 6/0 size, approximately 4mm with 80 to 85 beads per strand - they are not a precise cut and match - size does vary slightly.

    Each 10 inch strand is a unique assortment of beads, I will select one for you at random:)


              4/0 Blue Seas Mix Czech Glass Striped Seed Bead : 10 Inch Strand 4/0 Aged Picasso Mix by BobbiThisnThat   

    3.95 USD

    A gorgeous mix of turquoise and denim blue, with white and beige striped beads. All with a rich picasso finish!

    Size of the seed beads is 4/0 (5x4mm), with hole size averaging 1mm. Size does vary, they are not a precise cut and match. Strands measure approximately 10 inches, and contain anywhere from 70 to 75 beads.

    Note - beads may be loose.

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              Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon challenge in doubt after Eastbourne withdrawal   
    • British No1 injured back after heavy fall in win over Angelique Kerber
    • ‘I’m not thinking about [Wimbledon]. Right now I’m just resting’

    If Johanna Konta decides to pull out of Wimbledon – and judging by her low-key mood on Friday, that sounds at least a 40/60 proposition – it will be the right call, whatever the despondency it spreads. Hers has never been a fast-burning career, more a grinding build towards excellence that has carried her to No7 in the world at the age of 26 and, in the absence of Serena Williams, sixth seed at these championships.

    Before the most heroic day of her career – at Eastbourne on Thursday when she beat the newly crowned French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, then fell heavily to the ground on the third of four match points on her way to victory over the woebegone world No1, Angelique Kerber – her Wimbledon seeding would have appeared generous to many who have witnessed her indifferent form since breaking through to win the prestigious Miami title in early April.

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              Gift-women Gift-for-her Agate-jewelry Tree-Of-Life Necklace Pendant Tree-Of-Life Jewelry Wire Wrapped Pendant Agate-Pendant Gift-for-wife by KittenUmka   

    36.88 USD

    Gift-women Gift-for-her Agate-jewelry Tree-Of-Life Necklace Pendant Tree-Of-Life Jewelry Wire Wrapped Pendant Agate-Pendant Gift-for-wife

    This tree of life pendant is crafted from copper wire and natural agate.
    • Pendant approx 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm / 1.8" x 1.4"
    • Real colors may slightly differ from one monitor to another, as it depends on specific monitor settings.

    Jewelry with Meaning: Reasons to Wear the Tree of Life:

    - Gain Knowledge and Deeper Awareness of Self and Others
    The Tree of Life is associated with knowledge and wisdom. If you’re seeking a symbol to remind you and keep you focused on your quest for awareness, knowledge and wisdom, the Tree Of Life will do just that.

    - Find Strength and Stability
    The Tree of Life can help you find strength and stability. A simple Tree of Life necklace can keep you inspired and encouraged.
    The Tree of Life symbolizes immortality in many cultures and when you’re faced with sickness, disease, or even, death the Tree of Life can inspire fresh hope and fuel your strength to keep moving on with complete faith.

    - Nurture Family Ties
    The Tree of Life with its seeds, branches and roots signifies the family tree. Whether you wish to start a family or strengthen the one you have, the Tree of Life carries great significance for you.

    - Infuse Abundance and Prosperity into Your Life
    If you seek greater abundance, wealth and prosperity, the Tree of Life with its fruit-bearing branches, it’s deep roots and its fertile seeds is an excellent piece of jewelry to wear.

    Regardless of what you desire or wish for, chances are that the Tree of Life will give you deep meaningfulness each time you wear it.

    • All items are packaged very carefully and shipped within 1-4 days after your payment has been received.

    •I'm shipping from Belarus, Europe, via international registered airmail.
    You will receive a tracking number to control the process of the shipment. Usually a delivery takes about 7-21 business days but sometimes it takes up to 4-5 weeks.

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              Government & Industry Relations Manager - Syngenta - Canada   
    Understanding of biotechnology,. Provincial laws and regulations governing biotechnology, crop protection, seeds....
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              Flash the flesh: Manchester's gay club heroes – in pictures   

    From sweaty encounters at the Haçienda to cross-dressing pageants in seedy pubs, Manchester’s music scene has always loved LGBT culture. The curator of new show Queer Noise talks us through its finest moments – and golden codpieces

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              Long hard times in space   
    "Tubes of space borscht are on sale in the museum gift shop. "There are white and black tubes. On the white is written: 'BLONDE.' On black one: 'BRUNETTE.' " Astronauts relate challenges of life in space.
              Hello, I'm back   
    It's been a while since I've posted anything on this BLOG. I'm still eating and still cooking, although my main meals have been mostly salads such as the one described in the post immediately preceding this one.

    I haven't invented any new dishes and I haven't absconded with any new dishes from Paula Deene either. I guess my repertoire of recipes is just about used up.

    I have, however, decided that I like the way I prepare raw mushrooms for a garnish for dinners. Alan, of course, won't even think of eating a mushroom, if he knows it's a mushrooms. I can hide mushrooms in cooked meals, but haven't found a way to disguise it in my mushroom salad.

    This is not a recipe from Runnemede per se, but I don't know where it came from, so maybe it is.

    1 package of sliced mushrooms (button/white mushrooms)
    1 lemon, squeezed
    1 T olive oil
    1 T salad seasoning (McCormick makes this, so does Kroger, but you have to really hunt for it)
    1 stalk celery finely chopped
    a couple of shakes of garlic salt
    a couple of shakes of ground pepper (I use the coarsely ground pepper)
    salt to taste (may not be necessary depending on which brand of salad seasoning you get.

    NOTE: Salad seasoning is what you are looking for. It is a mixture of seasoned salt, sesame seeds, celery seed, salt, pepper, and a little bit of chili powder. But it is called "Salad Seasoning."
    And I use this on many things, including as a meat rub.

    That's it. Mix it all together. Let it set overnight. Shake it up occasionally so that all the mushrooms get into the marinade. I like it and I hope you do, too.

              Lunch with a friend   
    I had lunch with a friend yesterday. It was such a treat for ME to have my friend visit and then stay for lunch. I still like to entertain, and now that my knees are doing so much better, I can entertain without getting so sore.

    My mother didn't do lunches with friends, but the recipes I used for my luncheon were mostly hers.

    The luncheon consisted of:

    • Lime flavor chips and green (tomatilo) salsa (bottled). I have to say that I don't really care for this salsa. It's just too mild for me. I think I'll stick to the red (tomato) salsa.
    • Fresh garden salad with a lemon/white wine vinegar dressing. Salad contained fresh greens, cucumber from the garden, fresh picked tomatoes, and avocado.
    • Cucumber sandwiches
    • Peaches with whipped cream

    The lemon/white wine vinegar dressing is very simple to make. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the avocado and over the cucumbers. Salt the salad lightly. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil or olive oil (depending on your taste). Stir thoroughly.

    The cucumber sandwiches are made as follows: remove the outer skin from the cucumber. Cut the cucumber in half length-wise and remove all the seeds. Then slice the cucumbers into thin slices. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Chill overnight. To make the actual sandwich, I use the softer bread, but any bread (your favorite) will do. Spread a very thin covering on one slice of bread of Philadelphia brand whipped cream cheese. Lay on top of the cream cheese the slices of cucumber that you made last night. Cut into quarters. If you wish, take off the crusts. Do not make these too far ahead as the bread will get soggy.

    The cucumber sandwiches are delicious as is the salad. Enjoy.


              Dil ka dhacay Gaalkacyo oo daba socda xukunkii toogashada ee Bosaso ka dhacay   

    Fiidnimadii caawa oo Jimace waxaa xaafada Garsoor ee Galbeedka Gaalkacyo, lagu diley askeri ka tirsan ciidanka Puntland, waxaana lagu dhaawacy qof shacab ah oo la fadhiyey askeriga la diley. Dilka ayaa ka dhacay goob Hotel banaankeeda. Sida ay sheegayaan dad ku dhawaa halka dilku ka dhacay weerarka waxaa fuliyey laba nin oo ka yimid dhanka […]

    The post Dil ka dhacay Gaalkacyo oo daba socda xukunkii toogashada ee Bosaso ka dhacay appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News • Politics & Opinion.

              Wasiir kuxigeenkii hore ee Maaliyadda Puntland oo ka hadley lacagta faalsada iyo shirkado saami ku leh dakhliga Puntland (Video)   

    Wasiir ku xigeenkii hore ee Puntland Mudane Axmed Yaasiin Saalax oo marti u ahaa barnaamijka Deberani Show ee ka baxa Telefishanka Somali Cable ayaa uga hadley arrimo badan oo xasaasi. Lacagta Bosaso Lagu daabaco Wasiirka ayaa si cad uga hadley daabacadda lacagta Soomaaliga ee Puntland ku daabacdo gudaha Bosaaso, waxaana uu ka sheekeeyey sababaha ay […]

    The post Wasiir kuxigeenkii hore ee Maaliyadda Puntland oo ka hadley lacagta faalsada iyo shirkado saami ku leh dakhliga Puntland (Video) appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News • Politics & Opinion.

              Puntland oo dil ku fulisey koox ka tirsan al-Shabaab -DHEGAYSO   

    Waxaa maanta ka dhacay magaalada Bosaso fulinta xukun dil ah oo lagu fuliyey 7 qof oo ku eedeysnaa in ay ka tirsanaayeen al-Shabaab kuwaas oo dilal ka geystey gudaha Puntland sidoo kale lagu soo qabtey iyaga oo magaalada Bosaso gelinaaya jawaano ay ka buuxaan waxyaabaha qarxa. Xeer ilaaliyaha Maxkamada Ciidanka ee shanta gobol Col. Cabdullaahi […]

    The post Puntland oo dil ku fulisey koox ka tirsan al-Shabaab -DHEGAYSO appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News • Politics & Opinion.

              Shirka Golaha Wasiirada Puntland oo looga hadlay ansixinta heshiiska Dekadda Bosaso   

    Shirka golaha wasiirada ee Puntland-Soomaaliya ayaa looga hadlay arrimaha kala ah amniga dalka, ansixinta heshiiskii dekadda Bosaso, wax ka bedelka dastuurka dowladda federaalka ah ee Soomaaliya, ansixinta degmooyinka cusub, ansixinta xeerka xiriirka jaaliyadaha iyo warbixino Waxaa shirka golaha wasiirada Puntland shir gudoominayey madaxweynaha Puntland Dr. Cabdiweli Maxamad Cali Gaas. Hoos  ka akhriso war-saxaafadeedka oo dhammeystiran […]

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              Make: Bagel for Birds   

    This is an easy activity to do with your kids, and one that you (and your feathery friends) will feel good about! 


    1/2 of a bagel
    Peanut butter or honey

              Less dovish comments from central banks are driving a global bond and equity sell-off, which is being led by Europe; NZD the worst performing currency, along with a soft USD, in a risk-off environment   

    By Jason Wong

    The coordinated, less dovish, tone of major central banks remains at the forefront of mind for investors, driving a good old-fashioned sell-off in the bond market and equities.  In the risk-off environment, the NZD is the worst performing currency, alongside a still-soft USD.

    Euro area data showed rising economic confidence to its highest level in a decade, while Germany CPI data were higher than expected.  This sort of dataset supported ECB President Draghi’s speech earlier in the week, where he sowed for the seed for an eventual removal of monetary policy accommodation.  With a chorus of central banks now singing the same tune, this idea is gradually permeating through asset markets, a theme we suspect will continue in the months ahead.  No panic has set in but we are seeing global bond yields grinding higher and equity markets grinding lower. 

    Following a chunky 1.3% fall in the Euro Stoxx 600, the S&P500 was down 1.4% when I started tapping away but is now down by “only” 0.9%.  The VIX index spiked up to 15, but now sits just below 13.  Losses have been driven by further rotation away from the tech sector and even as financial stocks have gained, with a more positive yield curve and the Fed’s positive bank stress tests, which open the way for increased dividend payments.

    The global bond market sell-off has been led by Europe, with the UK 10-year gilt up 10bps to 1.25% and German 10-year bunds up 8bps to 0.45%.  US 10-year Treasuries have traded as high as 2.29%, but are currently 2.26%, up about 4bps from the NZ close.  The yield curve has steepened again, with the 2-year rate up less than 2bps to 1.37%.

    In currency markets, the NZD is leading the charge lower with the risk-off backdrop, down against all the major currencies, and the 0.2% fall against the USD to 0.7290 moderated to the extent that the USD itself is trading weakly.  Yesterday afternoon the NZD found some support after the very positive ANZ business outlook survey, which highlighted underlying economic  support for the economy, although rising capacity constraints look to be a curb on growth and are leading to higher inflationary pressure.  The 0.7330 level the currency reached in the hour after that release proved to be the high for the day. Earlier in the week we noted the vulnerability of the NZD to the downside, given the surge in net speculative long positions to their highest level in four years.  Fast-month accounts are likely trimming those positions, with lower risk appetite the order of the day.

    The AUD hasn’t suffered during this episode.  Commodity prices have been supported by the weakness in the USD, while iron ore prices continue to show a significant recovery.  They tacked on another 4% yesterday, following similar rises over the previous two days.  The AUD is up 0.5% to 0.7675, dragging NZD/AUD down below 0.95.  Both of our short-term fair value models currently show the 0.95 level to be a fair price.

    Both EUR and GBP are up about 0.5% against the USD to 1.1430 and around 1.30 respectively.  The BoE’s Chief Economist Haldane told the BBC that the central bank needed to look seriously at raising rates, a repeat of his comments last week.   OIS pricing shows a growing probability of a BoE rate increase as the year progresses, but the first full hike not priced until early next year.  NZD/GBP is trading down to around 0.56, while NZD/EUR moved sub-0.64.  Our highest conviction call is for further NZD/EUR weakness, with a likely move sub-60 just being a matter of time, either later this year or early next year.

    The yen remains out of favour, with the BoJ likely needing to step up its JGB purchases to keep its 10-year rate close to zero amidst the global bond sell-off.  Still, it has managed to strengthen against the USD a little, with USD/JPY back down to around 112.  NZD/JPY is 0.5% lower at 81.6.

    NZ rates remain at the mercy of global trends, with even the short end of the curve being impacted by the less dovish global central banks, despite the RBNZ’s clear policy guidance of unchanged rates for some time.  The 2-year swap rate has broken out of its 2.15-2.25% range to the upside, rising 3bps to 2.2750.  The OIS curve has brought forward expectations of the first RBNZ hike.  A May 2018 hike is now within a few basis points of being fully priced. 

    The NZ 10-year swap rate rose by 5bps to 3.26%.  More savage moves were seen in the bond market, with NZ’s 10-year rate rising 8.5bps to 2.875%, underperforming the US bond sell-off in the order of 5bps.

    The economic calendar ahead is full. During the NZ market open, Japan CPI and China PMI data will be closely watched.  US PCE deflator data are expected to be soft, as indicated by previously released CPI data. Euro-area CPI data are likely to be higher than the now out-of-date consensus, following stronger Germany CPI data.

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              Cucurbita Moschata: Growing Butternut Squash from Seed   

    Growing butternut squash from seed, which is categorized as a winter squash, is similar to that of pumpkins, cantaloupe and cucumbers.

    The post Cucurbita Moschata: Growing Butternut Squash from Seed appeared first on Countryside Network.

              There’s No End to Zucchini Recipes!   

    By Laura Shirk, Missouri
    Zucchini Pineapple
    • 4 quarts zucchini, grated or diced, seeds removed
    • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice, bottled
    • 1 – 46 oz. can unsweetened pineapple juice
    • 3 cups sugar

    The post There’s No End to Zucchini Recipes! appeared first on Countryside Network.

              Olivia P's statement necklace: get the look   
    As always, I'm in awe of Olivia's latest look as seen on her own style blog: www.oliviapalermo.com. This simple yet striking ensemble in my opinion, is made by her choice of accessories (as quite often is the case with Miss P's winning looks).

    Olivia Palermo Hair

    I've been searching the net trying to find the closest pieces I can and here's what I've found...

    Seed Bead Section Necklace www.topshop.com £18.50

    Olivia's own neck candy is from Charming Charlie, you can shop here > charmingcharlie.com. Since the prices are actually extremely reasonable, I think I'll be opting for the real deal! Stunning pieces that will polish off any look.


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    Это упражнение укрепит ваши ягодицы и ахиллесовы сухожилия, заодно задействуя мышцы живота, спины и внутренних бёдер. Для разнообразия можно поднимать бёдра, упёршись ступнями в пол, а затем медленно вытягивать одну ногу вверх.

    4. Выпады.


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    Станьте ровно, ноги вместе, руки по сторонам тела. Сделайте шаг правой ногой вперёд и опустите тело, чтобы переднее колено было углом 90 градусов, а заднее не касалось пола.

    Чтобы завершить упражнение, оттолкнитесь правой ногой, выпрямляя при этом левую. Не касайтесь пола правой ногой и держите правое бедро параллельно полу.

    5. Планки.


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    Планка давно стала ключевым упражнением для корпуса. Если вам трудно удерживать позу на вытянутых руках, попробуйте опереться на предплечья. Следите, чтобы локти и плечи были на одной линии, а бёдра, пятки и плечи — на одной высоте.

    6. Краб.


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    Это упражнение задействует трицепсы, корпус и ягодицы, а также развивает координацию. Если у вас устают запястья, попробуйте слегка выгнуть руки в стороны или делайте перерывы, чтобы размять запястья. Следите, чтобы бёдра не касались пола при выполнении этого упражнения.

    7. Позвоночное равновесие.


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    Станьте на колени и руки, чтобы голова и шея были на одной линии с позвоночником. Вытяните правую руку вперёд от плеча. Держа руку ладонью вниз, медленно вытяните левую ногу назад на уровне бедра.

    Вернитесь в исходное положение и повторите с другой стороны.

    8. Двойные поднимания ног.

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    Это упражнение для нижних мышц живота поможет вам укрепить спину и защитит вас от травм.

    Не отрывайте поясницу от пола и опускайте ноги как можно ниже, но не касаясь ими пола. Чтобы упростить упражнение, согните ноги в коленях. Для большей сложности держите ноги ровными.

    9. Боковые выпады.

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    Большинство людей упражняются в двух направлениях: вверх-вниз или вперёд-назад. Именно поэтому боковые выпады так эффективны: они тренируют движения вбок.

    Эта разновидность выпадов — отличное дополнение к любому плану тренировок, поскольку задействует мышечные волокна, связки и сухожилия в непривычных движениях. Чтобы усложнить упражнение, добавьте боковое поднимание ног — это задействует корпус.

    10. Прыжки в приседе.

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    Это простой, но эффективный способ тонизировать и укрепить всю нижнюю часть тела: квадрицепсы, ахилловы сухожилия и ягодицы. Бонус: заодно вы укрепите корпус, станете сильнее и сможете прыгать выше.

    11. Подъёмы торса.

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    Правильное выполнение подъёма торса — одно из самых сложных упражнений, поскольку требуется дополнительная сила брюшных мышц, чтобы подняться полностью без помощи рук и ног. Если у вас не получается стандартный подъём, попробуйте делать кранчи.

    12. Скалолаз.

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    Это одно из лучших упражнений для корпуса, сочетающее в себе сложность планки, стабилизацию корпуса и попеременные подъёмы коленей к груди. Кроме того, поднимание коленей также увеличивает частоту сердцебиения, а это отличный способ накачать пресс и сжечь калории.

    В этом упражнении очень важно выдерживать ровное положение, держа плечи и запястья на одной линии.

    13. Лягушка.

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    Это упражнение задействует нижнюю часть тела, учащая сердцебиение, что полезно для сердечно-сосудистой системы и развивает мускулатуру.

    Сядьте в присед, держа руки за бёдрами. Оттолкнитесь пятками и прыгните вперёд, приземлитесь и тут же вернитесь в присед и прыгайте снова.

    14. Плие.

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    Станьте так, чтобы ноги были шире плеч, а носки смотрели наружу. Опуститесь в присед, чтобы бёдра были параллельны полу. Теперь оттолкнитесь от пола и вернитесь в исходное положение.

    15. Бег с захлёстом.

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    Станьте с ногами по ширине бёдер, затем выполняйте бег на месте. При этом старайтесь пятками касаться ягодиц. Это упражнение растягивает квадрицепсы и заодно обеспечивает кардионагрузку.

    Поделитесь этим планом тренировок с теми, кто хочет похудеть!

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              Dries Buytaert: Acquia's first decade: the founding story   

    This week marked Acquia's 10th anniversary. In 2007, Jay Batson and I set out to build a software company based on open source and Drupal that we would come to call Acquia. In honor of our tenth anniversary this week, I wanted to share some of the milestones and lessons that have helped shape Acquia into the company it is today. I hope that my record of Acquia's history not only pays homage to our incredible colleagues, customers and partners that have made this journey worthwhile, but that it offers honest insight into the challenges and rewards of building a company from the ground up.

    A Red Hat for Drupal

    In 2007, I was attending the University of Ghent working on my PhD dissertation. At the same time, Drupal was gaining momentum; I will never forget when MTV called me seeking support for their new Drupal site. I remember being amazed that a brand like MTV, an institution I had grown up with, had selected Drupal for their website. I was determined to make Drupal successful and helped MTV free of charge.

    It became clear that for Drupal to grow, it needed a company focused on helping large organizations like MTV be successful with the software. A "Red Hat for Drupal", as it were. I also noticed that other open source projects, such as Linux had benefitted from well-capitalized backers like Red Hat and IBM. While I knew I wanted to start such a company, I had not yet figured out how. I wanted to complete my PhD first before pursuing business. Due to the limited time and resources afforded to a graduate student, Drupal remained a hobby.

    Little did I know that at the same time, over 3,000 miles away, Jay Batson was skimming through a WWII Navajo Code Talker Dictionary. Jay was stationed as an Entrepreneur in Residence at North Bridge Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Boston. Passionate about open source, Jay realized there was an opportunity to build a company that provided customers with the services necessary to scale and succeed with open source software. We were fortunate that Michael Skok, a Venture Partner at North Bridge and Jay's sponsor, was working closely with Jay to evaluate hundreds of open source software projects. In the end, Jay narrowed his efforts to Drupal and Apache Solr.

    If you're curious as to how the Navajo Code Talker Dictionary fits into all of this, it's how Jay stumbled upon the name Acquia. Roughly translating as "to spot or locate", Acquia was the closest concept in the dictionary that reinforced the ideals of information and content that are intrinsic to Drupal (it also didn't hurt that the letter A would rank first in alphabetical listings). Finally, the similarity to the world "Aqua" paid homage to the Drupal Drop; this would eventually provide direction for Acquia's logo.

    Breakfast in Sunnyvale

    In March of 2007, I flew from Belgium to California to attend Yahoo's Open Source CMS Summit, where I also helped host DrupalCon Sunnyvale. It was at DrupalCon Sunnyvale where Jay first introduced himself to me. He explained that he was interested in building a company that could provide enterprise organizations supplementary services and support for a number of open source projects, including Drupal and Apache Solr. Initially, I was hesitant to meet with Jay. I was focused on getting Drupal 5 released, and I wasn't ready to start a company until I finished my PhD. Eventually I agreed to breakfast.

    Over a baguette and jelly, I discovered that there was overlap between Jay's ideas and my desire to start a "RedHat for Drupal". While I wasn't convinced that it made sense to bring Apache Solr into the equation, I liked that Jay believed in open source and that he recognized that open source projects were more likely to make a big impact when they were supported by companies that had strong commercial backing.

    We spent the next few months talking about a vision for the business, eliminated Apache Solr from the plan, talked about how we could elevate the Drupal community, and how we would make money. In many ways, finding a business partner is like dating. You have to get to know each other, build trust, and see if there is a match; it's a process that doesn't happen overnight.

    On June 25th, 2007, Jay filed the paperwork to incorporate Acquia and officially register the company name. We had no prospective customers, no employees, and no formal product to sell. In the summer of 2007, we received a convertible note from North Bridge. This initial seed investment gave us the capital to create a business plan, travel to pitch to other investors, and hire our first employees. Since meeting Jay in Sunnyvale, I had gotten to know Michael Skok who also became an influential mentor for me.

    Wired interview
    Jay and me on one of our early fundraising trips to San Francisco.

    Throughout this period, I remained hesitant about committing to Acquia as I was devoted to completing my PhD. Eventually, Jay and Michael convinced me to get on board while finishing my PhD, rather than doing things sequentially.

    Acquia, my Drupal startup

    Soon thereafter, Acquia received a Series A term sheet from North Bridge, with Michael Skok leading the investment. We also selected Sigma Partners and Tim O'Reilly's OATV from all of the interested funds as co-investors with North Bridge; Tim had become both a friend and an advisor to me.

    In many ways we were an unusual startup. Acquia itself didn't have a product to sell when we received our Series A funding. We knew our product would likely be support for Drupal, and evolve into an Acquia-equivalent of the RedHat Network. However, neither of those things existed, and we were raising money purely on a PowerPoint deck. North Bridge, Sigma and OATV mostly invested in Jay and I, and the belief that Drupal could become a billion dollar company that would disrupt the web content management market. I'm incredibly thankful for Jay, North Bridge, Sigma and OATV for making a huge bet on me.

    Receiving our Series A funding was an incredible vote of confidence in Drupal, but it was also a milestone with lots of mixed emotions. We had raised $7 million, which is not a trivial amount. While I was excited, it was also a big step into the unknown. I was convinced that Acquia would be good for Drupal and open source, but I also understood that this would have a transformative impact on my life. In the end, I felt comfortable making the jump because I found strong mentors to help translate my vision for Drupal into a business plan; Jay and Michael's tenure as entrepreneurs and business builders complimented my technical strength and enabled me to fine-tune my own business building skills.

    In November 2017, we officially announced Acquia to the world. We weren't ready but a reporter had caught wind of our stealth startup, and forced us to unveil Acquia's existence to the Drupal community with only 24 hours notice. We scrambled and worked through the night on a blog post. Reactions were mixed, but generally very supportive. I shared in that first post my hopes that Acquia would accomplish two things: (i) form a company that supported me in providing leadership to the Drupal community and achieving my vision for Drupal and (ii) establish a company that would be to Drupal what Ubuntu or RedHat were to Linux.

    Acquia com march
    An early version of Acquia.com, with our original logo and tagline. March 2008.

    The importance of enduring values

    It was at an offsite in late 2007 where we determined our corporate values. I'm proud to say that we've held true to those values that were scribbled onto our whiteboard 10 years ago. The leading tenant of our mission was to build a company that would "empower everyone to rapidly assemble killer websites".

    Acquia vision

    In January 2008, we had six people on staff: Gábor Hojtsy (Principal Acquia engineer, Drupal 6 branch maintainer), Kieran Lal (Acquia product manager, key Drupal contributor), Barry Jaspan (Principal Acquia engineer, Drupal core developer) and Jeff Whatcott (Vice President of Marketing). Because I was still living in Belgium at the time, many of our meetings took place screen-to-screen:

    Typical work day

    Opening our doors for business

    We spent a majority of the first year building our first products. Finally, in September of 2008, we officially opened our doors for business. We publicly announced commercial availability of the Acquia Drupal distribution and the Acquia Network. The Acquia Network would offer subscription-based access to commercial support for all of the modules in Acquia Drupal, our free distribution of Drupal. This first product launched closely mirrored the Red Hat business model by prioritizing enterprise support.

    We quickly learned that in order to truly embrace Drupal, customers would need support for far more than just Acquia Drupal. In the first week of January 2009, we relaunched our support offering and announced that we would support all things related to Drupal 6, including all modules and themes available on drupal.org as well as custom code.

    This was our first major turning point; supporting "everything Drupal" was a big shift at the time. Selling support for Acquia Drupal exclusively was not appealing to customers, however, we were unsure that we could financially sustain support for every Drupal module. As a startup, you have to be open to modifying and revising your plans, and to failing fast. It was a scary transition, but we knew it was the right thing to do.

    Building a new business model for open source

    Exiting 2008, we had launched Acquia Drupal, the Acquia Network, and had committed to supporting all things Drupal. While we had generated a respectable pipeline for Acquia Network subscriptions, we were not addressing Drupal's biggest adoption challenges; usability and scalability.

    In October of 2008, our team gathered for a strategic offsite. Tom Erickson, who was on our board of directors, facilitated the offsite. Red Hat's operational model, which primarily offered support, had laid the foundation for how companies could monetize open source, but were convinced that the emergence of the cloud gave us a bigger opportunity and helped us address Drupal's adoption challenges. Coming out of that seminal offsite we formalized the ambitious decision to build Drupal Gardens and Acquia Hosting. Here's why these two products were so important:

    Solving for scalability: In 2008, scaling Drupal was a challenge for many organizations. Drupal scaled well, but the infrastructure companies required to make Drupal scale well was expensive and hard to find. We determined that the best way to help enterprise companies scale was by shifting the paradigm for web hosting from traditional rack models to the then emerging promise of the "cloud".

    Solving for usability: In 2008, CMSs like Wordpress and Ning made it really easy for people to start blogging or to set up a social network. At the time, Drupal didn't encourage this same level of adoption for non-technical audiences. Drupal Gardens was created to offer an easy on-ramp for people to experience the power of Drupal, without worrying about installation, hosting, and upgrading. It was one of the first times we developed an operational model that would offer "Drupal-as-a-service".

    Acquia roadmap

    Fast forward to today, and Acquia Hosting evolved into Acquia Cloud. Drupal Gardens evolved into Acquia Cloud Site Factory. In 2008, this product roadmap to move Drupal into the cloud was a bold move. Today, the Cloud is the starting point for any modern digital architecture. By adopting the Cloud into our product offering, I believe Acquia helped establish a new business model to commercialize open source. Today, I can't think of many open source companies that don't have a cloud offering.

    Tom Erickson takes a chance on Acquia

    Tom joined Acquia as an advisor and a member of our Board of Directors when Acquia was founded. Since the first time I met Tom, I always wanted him to be an integral part of Acquia. It took some convincing, but Tom eventually agreed to join us full time as our CEO in 2009. Jay Batson, Acquia's founding CEO, continued on as the Vice President at Acquia responsible for incubating new products and partnerships.

    Moving from Europe to the United States

    In 2010, after spending my entire life in Antwerp, I decided to move to Boston. The move would allow me to be closer to the team. A majority of the company was in Massachusetts, and at the pace we were growing, it was getting harder to help execute our vision all the way from Belgium. I was also hoping to cut down on travel time; in 2009 flew 100,000 miles in just one year (little did I know that come 2016, I'd be flying 250,00 miles!).

    This is a challenge that many entrepreneurs face when they commit to starting their own company. Initially, I was only planning on staying on the East Coast for two years. Moving 3,500 miles away from your home town, most of your relatives, and many of your best friends is not an easy choice. However, it was important to increase our chances of success, and relocating to Boston felt essential. My experience of moving to the US had a big impact on my life.

    Building the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences

    Entering 2010, I remember feeling that Acquia was really 3 startups in one; our support business (Acquia Network, which was very similar to Red Hat's business model), our managed cloud hosting business (Acquia Hosting) and Drupal Gardens (a WordPress.com based on Drupal). Welcoming Tom as our CEO would allow us to best execute on this offering, and moving to Boston enabled me to partner with Tom directly. It was during this transformational time that I think we truly transitioned out of our "founding period" and began to emulate the company I know today.

    The decisions we made early in the company's life, have proven to be correct. The world has embraced open source and cloud without reservation, and our long-term commitment to this disruptive combination has put us at the right place at the right time. Acquia has grown into a company with over 800 employees around the world; in total, we have 14 offices around the globe, including our headquarters in Boston. We also support an incredible roster of customers, including 16 of the Fortune 100 companies. Our work continues to be endorsed by industry analysts, as we have emerged as a true leader in our market. Over the past ten years I've had the privilege of watching Acquia grow from a small startup to a company that has crossed the chasm.

    With a decade behind us, and many lessons learned, we are on the cusp of yet another big shift that is as important as the decision we made to launch Acquia Field and Gardens in 2008. In 2016, I led the project to update Acquia's mission to "build the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences". This means expanding our focus, and becoming the leader in building digital customer experiences. Just like I openly shared our roadmap and strategy in 2009, I plan to share our next 10 year plan in the near future. It's time for Acquia to lay down the ambitious foundation that will enable us to be at the forefront of innovation and digital experience in 2027.

    A big thank you

    Of course, none of these results and milestones would be possible without the hard work of the Acquia team, our customers, partners, the Drupal community, and our many friends. Thank you for all your hard work. After 10 years, I continue to love the work I do at Acquia each day — and that is because of you.

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              Chucky's back and still your friend till the end! Trailer for CULT OF CHUCKY is here!   

    Original Child's Play star Alex Vincent returns for the latest outing featuring everybody's favorite killer doll!

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    Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I've got a lot of love for the Child's Play movies. The first two were made in that perfect grainy, grimey late '80s/early '90s period and managed to be creepy despite the goofy premise of a serial killer inhabiting the body of a popular child's toy. The third gets a bit cheap and silly, but then they switched gears pretty spectacularly into horror-comedy with Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.
    They're still pumping new Chucky movies out, the last one being Curse of Chucky, which was okay, but not my favorite. The new one brings landmark characters from all Chucky eras together. You get Alex Vincent (little Andy from the first two), Jennifer Tilly (Bride) and Fiona Dourif from Curse all in one movie, with Brad Dourif of course returning to provide the voice for Charles Lee Ray.
    Cult of Chucky hits video and VOD this October and you can see the full first trailer below to get yourself a good look at the new iteration of the pint sized horror icon! Enjoy!

    Cult definitely feels more in line with the low budget DTV feel of Curse, but as long as they keep making these Child's Play movies I'll keep watching 'em. What about you?
    -Eric Vespe”Quint” quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter

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              Motorola Moto M gets Android 7 Nougat update in India   

    Motorola has started seeding Android 7 Nougat update for its mid range smartphone, Motorola Moto M. The upgrade is being rolled out via Over the Air update. The device was launched in December in India. As you can see in the image above, the Android 7 Nougat update for Motorola Moto M comes with build […]

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              The Indolence of the Filipinos   
    English translation by Charles Derbyshire. The article by José Rizal, originally written in Spanish, was published in La Solidaridad in five installments,from July 15 to September 15, 1890.

    PART ONE: Doctor Sanciano, in his Progreso de Filipinas, has taken up this question, agitated, as he calls it, and relying upon facts and reports furnished by the very same Spanish authorities that ruled the Philippines has demonstrated that such indolence does not exist, and that all said about it does not deserve a reply or even passing choice.

    Nevertheless as discussion of it has been continued, not only by government employees who make it responsible for their own shortcomings, not only by the friars who regard it as necessary in order that they may continue to represent themselves as indispensable, but also by serious and disinterested persons: and as evidence of greater or less weight may be adduced in opposition to that which Dr. Sanciano cites, it seems expedient to us to study this question thoroughly, without superciliousness or sensitiveness, without prejudice, without pessimism. As as we can only serve our country by telling the truth, however, bitter it be, just as flagrant and skillful negation cannot refute a real and positive fact, in spite of the brilliance of the arguments; as mere affirmation is not sufficient to create something possible, let us calmly examine the facts, using on our part all the impartiality of which a man is capable who is convinced that there is no redemption except upon solid bases of virtue.

    The word indolence has been greatly misused in the sense of little love for work and lack of energy, while ridicule has concealed the misuse. This much-discussed question has met with the same fate as certain panaceas and specifics of the quacks who by ascribing to them impossible virtues have discredited them. In the Middle Ages, and even in some Catholic countries now, the devil is blamed for everything that superstitious folk cannot understand or the perversity of mankind is loath to confess. In the Philippines one's and another's faults, the shortcomings of one, the misdeeds of another, are attributed to indolence. And just as in the Middle Ages he who sought the explanation of phenomena outside of infernal influences was persecuted, so in the Philippines worse happens to him who seeks the origin of the trouble outside of accepted beliefs.

    The consequence of this misuse is that there are some who are interested in stating it as a dogma and others in combating it as a ridiculous superstition, if not a punishable delusion. Yet it is not to be inferred from the misuse of a thing that it does not exist.

    We think that there must be something behind all this outcry, for it is incredible that so many should err, among whom we have said there are a lot of serious and disinterested persons. Some act in bad faith, though levity, through levity, through want of sound judgment, through limitation in reasoning power, ignorance of the past, or other cause. Some repeat what they have heard, without examination or reflection; others speak through pessimism or are impelled by that human characteristic which paints as perfect everything that belongs to oneself and defective whatever belongs to another. But it cannot be denied that there are some who worship truth, or if not truth itself at least the semblance thereof which is truth in the mind of the crowd.

    Examining well, then, all scenes and all the men that we have known from childhood; and the life of our country, we believe that indolence does exist there. The Filipinos, who can measure up with the most active peoples in the world, will doubtless not repudiate his admission, for it is true there one works and struggles against the climate, against nature and against men. But we must not take the exception for the general rule, and should rather seek the good of our country by stating what we believe to be true. We must confess that indolence does actually and positively exist there, only that, instead of holding it to be the cause of the backwardness and the trouble, we regard it as the effect of the trouble and the backwardness, by fostering the development of a lamentable predisposition.

    Those who have as yet treated of indolence, with the exception of Dr. Sancianco, have been content to deny or affirm it. We know of no one who has studied its causes. Nevertheless, those who admit its existence and exaggerate it more or less have not therefore failed to advise remedies taken from here and there, from Java, from India, from other English or Dutch colonies, like the quack who saw a fever cured with a dozen sardines and afterwards always prescribed these fish at every rise in temperature that he discovered in his patient.

    We shall proceed otherwise. Before proposing a remedy we shall examine the causes, and even though strictly speaking a predisposition is not a cause, let us, however, study at its true value this predisposition due to nature.

    The predisposition exists? Why shouldn't it?

    A hot climate requires of the individual quiet and rest, just as cold incites to labor and action. For this reason the Spaniard is more indolent than the Frenchman; the Frenchman more so than the German. The Europeans themselves who reproach the residents of the colonies so much (and I am not now speaking of the Spaniards but of the Germans and English themselves), how do they live in tropical countries? Surrounded by a numerous train of servants, never-going afoot but riding in a carriage, needing servants not only to take off their shoes for them but even to them! And yet they live and eat better, they work for themselves to get rich, with the hope of a future, free and respected, while the poor colonist, the indolent colonist, is badly nourished, has no hope, toils for others, and works under force and compulsion! Perhaps the reply to this will be that white men are not made to stand the severity of the climate. A mistake! A man can live in any climate, if he will only adapt himself to its requirements and conditions. What kills the European in hot countries is the abuse of liquors, the attempt to live according to the nature of his own country under another sky and another sun. We inhabitants of hot countries live will in northern Europe whenever we take the precautions of the people there do. Europeans can also stand the torrid zone, if only they would get rid of their prejudices.

    The fact is that in tropical countries violent work is not a good thing as it is in cold countries, there it is death, destruction, annihilation. Nature knows this and like a just mother has therefore made the earth more fertile, more productive, as a compensation. An hour's work under that burning sun, in the midst of pernicious influences springing from nature in activity, is equal to a day's work in a temperate climate; it is, then, just that the earth yields a hundred fold! Moreover, do we not see the active European, who feels the fresh blood of spring boil in his veins, do we not see him abandon his labors, during the few days of his variable summer, close his office -- where the work is not violent and amounts for many to talking and gesticulating in the shade beside a lunch stand -- flee to watering places, sit in the cafes or stroll about. What wonder then that the inhabitant of tropical countries, worn out and with his blood thinned by the continuous and excessive heat is reduced to inaction? Who is the indolent one in the Manila offices? Is it the poor clerk who comes in at eight in the morning and leaves at one in the afternoon with only his parasol, who copies and writes and works for himself and for his chief, or is it the chief, who comes in a carriage at ten o'clock, leaves before twelve, reads his newspaper while smoking and with his feet cocked up on a chair or a table, or gossiping about all his friends? What is indolent, the native coadjutor, poorly paid and badly treated, who has to visit all the indigent sick living in the country, or the friar curate who gets fabulously rich, goes about in a carriage, eats and drinks well, and does not put himself to any trouble without collecting an excessive fee?

    Without speaking further of the Europeans in what violent labor does the Chinaman engage in tropical countries, the industrious Chinaman, who flees from his own country driven by hunger and whose whole ambition is to amass a small fortune? With the exception of some porters, an occupation that the natives also follow, he nearly always engages in the trade, in commerce; so rarely does he take up agriculture that we do not know of a single case. The Chinaman who in other colonies cultivates the soil does so only for a certain number of years and then retires.

    We find, then, the tendency to indolence very natural, and have to admit and bless it, for we cannot alter natural laws, and without it the race would have disappeared. l Man is not a brute, he is not a machine, his object is not merely to produce, in spite of the pretensions of some Christian whites who would make of the colored Christian a kind of motive power somewhat more intelligent and less costly than steam. Man's object is not to satisfy the passions of another man, his object is to seek happiness for himself and his kind by traveling along the road of progress and pe