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Here is an earlier comment by Mike Hurford and my response:

I have read your blogger with interest, but I appear to view our society in a way that none of you do. There are some very sexist and offensive men in our society. I agree. You seem to treat these men as an enemy, challenging their behaviour, and if you find yourselves acting in this way, you attempt to change your behaviour. My problem with your comments is this. Don’t think that a lot of women are equally sexist and offensive to men? There are many sexist women around today. Why don’t you challenge their behaviour in the same way? Feminism would be acceptable to me if it wasn’t so sexist, and didn’t keep generalising about the entire male sex.( Something that they claim to be fighting against, only about women). It seems to me that they, like you, are hypocrites. I have met many sexist people, men and women, but it is only the men who are challenged. The women are supported in their behaviour, by groups such as yours, and society in general. This is my view on feminism, and I would like one of you to discuss with me in an adult way where I’m going wrong. I look forward to a chat with you re the above. Regards M Hurford


Dear Mike,

Thanks for your post, and for raising an issue which seems to confuse a lot of people.

In my view, and I would guess most feminists would agree with me, the issue is not about making wrong generalisations. The feminist claim is there exists a system of oppression of women by men, called patriarchy. This system has existed in all societies we know about for the last few thousand years. In patriarchal societies women, women’s work, women’s values etc are systematically undervalued. Women are forced into a very narrow set of roles and possibilities for their lives. Women’s lives are ruled by men. Men abuse women sexually and with violence. There are too many examples to list, because patriarchy and sexism pervade everything in society. Although in Western liberal democracies some of the rough edges of this system have been knocked off in the last 40 years it is still very much in operation.

What this means is that contrary to what you seem to be assuming, there is no parity between men’s negative ideas about women, and women’s negative ideas about men. Men’s negative ideas about women are part of the system of oppression, and have a great deal of power associated with them. By contrast, women are comparatively much less powerful, and much of their hostility towards men is an understandable reaction to oppression. That does not excuse a general hostility to men, but we should be putting much more attention and energy into trying to deal with the oppression of women. Actually, I do not think that it is appropriate to use the term “sexism” to describe women’s hostility to men, because that word denotes not just a set of attitudes, but the fact that they occur within a system of massive inequality of power in favour of men. I don’t know what word we should use, there doesn’t seems to be one in English, but the key point is that sexism is not just about attitudes.

By the way, just in case you’re getting the wrong idea about where the group and I are coming from, the point of our group is not to beat ourselves up as bad guys. In agreeing with the feminist claim that women are oppressed under the system of patriarchy, we are also claiming that although men benefit from that, there are many aspects of the roles that men are forced into in that system that are harmful to men as well as women. Just one example would be the fact that men are supposed to be invulnerable and never seek support if they are feeling hurt or weak. So, in supporting feminism, we are working for the liberation of men as well.

Best Wishes
David King
          Detenido y en el calabozo por violencia de género el presentador de La Cuatro, "El rey chatarrero"   
Domingo, 18 de Junio, 2017

Su nombre es Javier García Roche, fue fichado por La Cuatro (Mediaset), como presentador de un programa contra el maltrato animal, "A cara de perro", y ha sido detenido por los  los Mossos d’Esquadra en Cornellà del Llobregat (Barcelona), bajo la acusación de delito por la ley de violencia de género.

Mediaset ficha al ‘boxeador chatarrero’ para un programa contra el maltrato a los animales

Ha pasado una noche en los calabozos, las acusaciones son amenazas e insultos a su expareja. Según la acusación Javier Roche se presentó en la casa de la chica y destrozó el piso donde reside la chica. Otra de las acusaciones es la difusión de contenido audiovisual pornográfico de su expareja en internet. En concreto son vídeos.

Ya hay manifestaciones para que si son ciertas las acusaciones Cuatro retire el programa que presenta el Rey Chatarrero.
La red social se llenaba rápidamente de comentarios que exigían una aclaración de la noticia y, en caso de confirmarse, que la cadena retirase el programa.



artículo completo
Fuente:
Javier Roche, el ‘Rey Chatarrero’, detenido por violencia de género
http://www.lavanguardia.com/television/20170616/423439865941/rey-chatarrero-javier-roche-detenido-violencia-genero.html
http://www.abc.es/play/television/noticias/abci-detienen-javier-roche-presentador-cara-perro-acusado-violencia-genero-201706171659_noticia.html
          TRÊS ANOS DE REMISSÃO...   

Euzinha em foto fresquinha tirada em 09/02/2014


Oi queridos...
Espero que todos estejam bem...
Eu estou ótima Graças a Deus!!!
Sei que tenho entrado pouco, porém acabo de ficar espantada com alguém que no anonimato escreveu que infelizmente eu havia falecido...
Ler isso me deixou muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuito chateada e foi então que eu percebi o quanto estava equivocada em não mais escrever aqui no Blog.
Quero pedir desculpas se deixei pessoas preocupadas com o meu estado de saúde e até com esse pensamento de que eu não estava mais por aqui nesse mundão...
Quero que saibam que eu estou Graças a Deus VIVINHA!!!!!! 
REPLETA DE SAÚDE E MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUITO FELIZ!!!!!
Nesse mês de fevereiro de 2014 completei 3 anos de remissão...
Ebaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Rumo ao 4º ano!!!!
Prometo não sumir mais!!!
Vou aparecer com frequência.
Fiquem com Deus!!!!
Beijinhos repletos de carinho...
Jú.


          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Sorry,pricam gluposti...Ne chat nego poruke...Razmenili smo nekoliko...Zivis u inostranstvu ako se ne varam...Rekao sam da ne volim bas poeziju,ti si odgovorila da ne volis bas previse ni ti ali ti se svidja ta pesma... wink


Da, da lol Setila sam se. Bio je to Prever i pesma "...hladno je VI srdacnim TI, ona zamenila..." lol lol

Bio je razlog da je napisem, bas to Vi i Ti lol wink Secam se.


Tacno...Kakva memorija...Ja se nikad ne bih setio pesme...A Jesenjina sam ja pominjao-"kerusu"...bas mi je drago da smo se ovde nasli... :D


I meni, takodje. Ja mu dodjem kao neki veteran na ovom forumu lol oops
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Sorry,pricam gluposti...Ne chat nego poruke...Razmenili smo nekoliko...Zivis u inostranstvu ako se ne varam...Rekao sam da ne volim bas poeziju,ti si odgovorila da ne volis bas previse ni ti ali ti se svidja ta pesma... wink


Da, da lol Setila sam se. Bio je to Prever i pesma "...hladno je VI srdacnim TI, ona zamenila..." lol lol

Bio je razlog da je napisem, bas to Vi i Ti lol wink Secam se.


Tacno...Kakva memorija...Ja se nikad ne bih setio pesme...A Jesenjina sam ja pominjao-"kerusu"...bas mi je drago da smo se ovde nasli... :D
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Sorry,pricam gluposti...Ne chat nego poruke...Razmenili smo nekoliko...Zivis u inostranstvu ako se ne varam...Rekao sam da ne volim bas poeziju,ti si odgovorila da ne volis bas previse ni ti ali ti se svidja ta pesma... wink


Da, da lol Setila sam se. Bio je to Prever i pesma "...hladno je VI srdacnim TI, ona zamenila..." lol lol

Bio je razlog da je napisem, bas to Vi i Ti lol wink Secam se.
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Sorry,pricam gluposti...Ne chat nego poruke...Razmenili smo nekoliko...Zivis u inostranstvu ako se ne varam...Rekao sam da ne volim bas poeziju,ti si odgovorila da ne volis bas previse ni ti ali ti se svidja ta pesma... wink
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Za mene nov lik na forumu, ali mi, po komentarima, deluje vrlo OK. wink



Citirala mi stihove...samo zaboravila...fina i otmena...
Smile


Koje stihove? Smile Podseti me. Mozda mogu jos neke da citiram lol


Eh,ni mene ne sluzi pamcenje bas toliko...mozda Jesenjin...ali ne na chatu...tad nisam bio aktivan... roll


Miko, to si me pobrkao sa nekim. Ja nisam isla na chat, ali to nije razlog da ti citiram neke lepe stihove lol lol wink
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Za mene nov lik na forumu, ali mi, po komentarima, deluje vrlo OK. wink



Citirala mi stihove...samo zaboravila...fina i otmena...
Smile


Koje stihove? Smile Podseti me. Mozda mogu jos neke da citiram lol


Eh,ni mene ne sluzi pamcenje bas toliko...mozda Jesenjin...ali ne na chatu...tad nisam bio aktivan... roll
          Der Schwedenplatz-Wettbewerb und die 6 Entwürfe   

Im Wettbewerb für die Neugestaltung des Schwedenplatzes wurde jetzt die Shortlist von 6 aus 60 eingereichten Gestaltungsentwürfen vorgestellt. Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, sind die Entwürfe irgendwo zwischen brav und pseudomodern angesiedelt und sagen mehr über die Vorstellungen von Architekten über urbane Plätze aus als darüber, wie sich solche Gestaltungen auf die Bewohner und Nutzer dieser Plätze auswirken.

Das lässt sich ehrlich gesagt auch nicht trennen. Meine Kommentare zu den sechs vorgestellten Entwürfen orientieren sich auch daran, welche Ansprüche und Vorstellungen ich von einem an diesem Ort möglicherweise funktionierenden Platz habe.

Meine Kriterien

Ähnlich wie der Karlsplatz ist der Schwedenplatz weniger ein Platz als eine Gegend; auch hier haben wir keine klassische umbaute Piazza, sondern eine nach einer Seite offene Straßenaufweitung. Auch hier befindet sich auf der offenen Platzseite eine mehrspurige Hauptverkehrsstraße mit entsprechender Lärm- und Abgasbelastung. Dazu kommt, dass der Wettbewerb nicht nur den eigentlichen Schwedenplatz, sondern den gesamten Bereich zwischen Marc-Aurel-Straße und Postgasse betrifft, also ein momentan klar in drei unterschiedliche Bereiche geteiltes Areal: Morzinplatz, Straßenbahn- und U-Bahn-Station Schwedenplatz und den Platz vor dem Hotel Capricorno. Ersterer ist ein weitgehend ungestalteter Grünbereich über einer Tiefgarage, zweiterer eine dem Verkehrslärm ausgesetzte Betonwüste und letzterer ein von dichtem Baumbestand umschlossener Grünbereich. Insgesamt ist das deutlich eher eine Gegend als ein Platz.

Mein eigener Ansatz für eine Planung wäre es, dieser Straßenaufweitung einen über die ganze Länge durchgehenden Platzcharakter zu geben. Dazu wären einige grundsätzliche Interventionen notwendig:

1. Zum einen müsste der Platz klar von der Hauptverkehrsstraße getrennt werden. Eine Umbauung ist natürlich weder möglich noch sinnvoll, aber eine durchgehbare Begrenzung durch Baumreihen (und zwar über die gesamte Länge des Platzes) würde schon die notwendige halbdurchlässige Sichtbarriere schaffen, um einen Piazza-Charakter zu erzeugen und Verkehrslärm und -abgase zu mildern.

2. Der Platz sollte weitgehend als offene Fläche gestaltet werden. Es sollte in einem urbanen Raum dieser Größe keine Randzonen geben, deren Nutzung sich deutlich vom Kernbereich unterscheidet. Während kleine, möglicherweise auch noch unübersichtliche Bereiche leicht von Randgruppen eingenommen und besetzt werden können - es reichen dafür mitunter schon 3 Personen, die möglicherweise als Bedrohung empfunden werden -, ist es bei einem durchgehend gestalteten Platz ohne Nischen nicht so einfach möglich, diesen in Beschlag zu nehmen. Außerdem bergen Nischen immer das Potenzial, bei Nacht zu Angsträumen zu werden; auch dies spricht für eine weitgehend offene Gestaltung.

3. Plätze sind Kommunikations- und Interaktionszonen; es ist also darauf zu achten, dass durch ein Nutzungskonzept und eine subtile Gliederung selbst bei einem großen Platz Bereiche für Kommunikation und andere Nutzungen vorgegeben werden, ohne dass einerseits der Platz zerteilt wird oder andererseits eine große leere Fläche entsteht.

4. Der Bereich der Straßenbahn-/U-Bahnstation präsentiert sich momentan als Betonwüste, die direkt dem gesamten Verkehrslärm samt Abgasen ausgesetzt ist. Laut Stadt Wien steigen täglich 150.000 Fahrgäste pro Tag am Schwedenplatz um, an die 10.000 verlassen hier eine Straßenbahn. Ganz wesentlich über den Erfolg eines umgebauten Schwedenplatzes wird also der Eindruck entscheiden, den die wartenden Straßenbahnfahrgäste vom Platz haben. Es wird also dringend nötig sein, die Straßenbahnstation ansprechender zu gestalten, sie besser vor Verkehrslärm und -abgasen zu schützen und auch den schon sehr in die Jahre gekommenen und stark verhüttelten U-Bahn-Abgang komplett zu erneuern.

5. Gerne vergessen wird bei Architekturentwürfen für den öffentlichen Raum, dass dieser öffentlich ist und nicht alle Nutzer den Platz wohlwollend nutzen. Es sollten also Materialien und Objekte verwendet werden, die keinen schnellen Alterungsprozessen unterworfen sind; es ist darauf zu achten, dass sich keine Bereiche als "offene Mistkübel" oder Urinierplätze anbieten; es ist die Taubenabwehr zu berücksichtigen, und es sollen keine Flächen geschaffen werden, die für Graffiti oder zum wilden Plakatieren genutzt werden können.

Aus diesen Grundsätzen nun meine Gedanken zu den sechs Wettbewerbsbeiträgen:

N.B.: Aus rechtlichen Gründen darf ich die Bilder von der Website schwedenplatz.wien.gv.at nicht hier einbetten; ich werde daher immer die Überschrift zum entsprechenden Bild- und Informationsmaterial verlinken.

Beitrag 1

Dieser Entwurf trennt den Bereich genz bewusst in vier separate Plätze, was die Möglichkeit untergräbt, dem gesamten Bereich eine Identität zu geben. Ob sich verweilende Personen der vorgesehenen Nutzung entsprechend verteilen werden, scheint wenig wahrscheinlich. Dass gerade die abgelegeneren Randzonen als Ruhe- und Rastzonen ausgeführt werden sollen, wird wohl dazu führen, dass diese vermehrt Randgruppen anziehen und somit Attraktivität verlieren werden. Der Platz vor dem Hotel Capricorno bleibt ein separarierter Fremdkörper.

Der Bereich an der Straßenbahnhaltestelle bleibt quasi unverändert; es ändert sich nichts an der Lärm- und Abgasbelastung für die wartenden Fahrgäste, wodurch nicht zu erwarten ist, dass diese den Platz positiver oder aufgewertet wahrnehmen.

Die beleuchteten "Sonnenschirme" sind eine nette Gestaltungsidee, aber es bleibt offen, ob die weißen Membranen auch nach 5-10 Jahren noch attraktiv aussehen werden.

Positiv fällt auf, dass zumindestens im westlichen Teil versucht wird, mit einer Baumreihe entlang der Straße und einem zentralen Platz in Verlängerung des Rabensteigs eine Art Platzgefühl zu schaffen; dass die Vegetationsflächen überhöht ausgeführt werden sollen, grenzt jedoch den Platz ein und schafft teilweise enge Korridore und Nischen, die dem Sicherheitsgefühl nicht förderlich sind.

Grundsätzlich ein gut gemeinter Versuch, eine Art Park an die Straßenbahnstation anzuhängen, aber als urbaner Platz finde ich das nur beschränkt bis gar nicht brauchbar.

Mein Fazit: 4/10

Beitrag 2

Dieser Entwurf beschränkt sich auf zwei Interventionen, ist dabei aber erstaunlich radikal: zwischen Hauptverkehrsstraße und Platz ist hier nämlich eine 2-3-reihige Baumallee vorgesehen, in deren Mitte die Straßenbahn fahren soll. Diese Allee zieht sich über die gesamte Länge und bildet bei der Straßenbahnstation sogar ein kleines Wäldchen, was - sobald die Bäume einmal groß genug sind - eine ganz deutliche Verbesserung der Aufenthaltsqualität bringen wird und auch ein sehr spannendes Platzgefühl erzeugen kann.

Als zentrales Element im Westteil wird eine Art große hügelige Stadtwiese vorgeschlagen; dies, und vor allem die etwas arbiträr wirkende Einbettung in den Stadtraum ist wiederum ein wenig merkwürdig, vor allem, weil das durch die Baumreihen ermöglichte "Piazza-Gefühl" wieder untergraben wird, indem statt der Piazza eine Art riesiges Blumenbeet mit Wiese den Platz füllt. Das kann funktionieren oder auch nicht, es kommt dabei darauf an, wie das genau gestaltet wird und welche Nutzungsvorschläge eingebaut werden. Positive Gestaltungsbeispiele, wie etwa die Promenade du Paillon in Nizza, gäbe es ja. Aber reine Liegewiesen in der Stadt können auch ziemlich schief gehen.

Mein Fazit: 7/10

Beitrag 3

Wer in diesem Architekturbüro hat beschlossen, eine Visualisierung in diesen Farben einzureichen? Dieses Bild löst in erster Linie Assoziationen von realsozialistischer Architektur aus den 1970er Jahren aus, und es ist anzunehmen, dass der Beitrag allein wegen des Bildes wohl wenig wohlwollend aufgenommen wird.

Die Idee des Platzes als "Stadtbühne" ist ja an sich nicht schlecht. Die Anhebung der westlichen Platzfläche ist eine brauchbare Idee, um zu erreichen, dass Fußwege nicht mehr durch ein klaustrophobes Gangsystem von überhöhten Pflanztrögen führen, was auch das Sicherheitsgefühl positiv beeinflussen kann. Es gibt keine Nischen und unübersichtliche Bereiche, die zu Angsträumen werden könnten. Der Platz ist "bespielbar", nur sollte dafür auch außerhalb der Christkindlmarktsaison ein anrainerfreundliches Nutzungsprogramm erstellt werden, denn sonst bleibt dieser Platz ein kahler, leerer Präsentierteller. Ob es ein erfolgreicher urbaner Platz wird, steht und fällt also mit der Bespielung.

Der Beitrag bietet allerdings keine Lösung für den Bereich der Straßenbahnstation, wo die Lärm- und Abgasbelastung für die wartenden Fahrgäste unverändert bleibt, und der Platz vor dem Hotel Capricorno wird zwar nach Westen hin geöffnet, ansonsten wirkt dieser Beitrag aber ein wenig unschlüssig, was er damit tun soll.

Mein Fazit: 6/10

Beitrag 4

Man mag das ein wenig brav und hausbacken finden, aber das ist der Entwurf, der mir am besten gefällt. Er erinnert mich auch an Platzlösungen, die ich in Frankreich gesehen und dort als sehr gut gelungen empfunden habe. Dies ist der einzige der sechs Beiträge, der den gesamten Bereich vom Figl-Hof bis zum Hotel Capricorno wirklich als Einheit begreift und durchgängig gestalten will, ohne ihn in einzelne Sektoren aufzuteilen. Trotz Querungen und Straßenbahn-/U-Bahn-Station wird hier ein schlüssiges gesamtheitliches Konzept geboten, ohne dass einer der Bereiche wie ein Fremdkörper wirken würde. Allein dadurch wird der Platz auch für eine fußläufige Durchquerung über die gesamte Länge attraktiv.

Sehr positiv ist der über die gesamte Länge gezogene Grünstreifen mit Baumreihe zur Straße hin, wo zwar mehr Bäume möglich wären, der aber trotzdem den Autoverkehr optisch und aktustisch etwas vom Platz verdrängt, was eine Grundvoraussetzung dafür ist, dass Personen hier verweilen wollen. Viele kleinere, punktuelle Grünbereiche auf der gesamten Platzfläche schaffen ein deutlich freundlicheres Grünkonzept als andere Vorschläge mit wenigeren, größeren Grünflächen.

Gut finde ich auch den in einen Grünrahmen eingebetteten Platz in Verlägerung des Rabensteigs, da hier eine ausgewogene Kombination aus urbanem Raum und Grünflächen entstehen könnte - es vereint Elemente von Platz und Park, wirkt dabei aber trotzdem urban. Das Schattendach als Mittelpunkt in diesem Platz schafft eine Analogie zur U-Bahn-Station im östlichen Bereich des Platzes; es entsteht im Westteil des Platzes ein gutes Gegengewicht zum Schwerpunkt im Ostteil, wodurch der gesamte Bereich weniger "einseitig" wirkt.

Bedenken habe ich primär beim "Gedenkort" am Morzinplatz. So gut ich es finde, dass dieser eingeplant und etwas separiert ist, so hat dieser Bereich bei Nacht wegen der engen Zugänge doch ein Angstraumpotenzial.

Mein Fazit: 8/10

Beitrag 5

Dieser Entwurf löst bei mir ungläubiges Staunen aus. Der Platz verschließt sich zur Bebauung hin, öffnet sich zur Straße hin, am Morzinplatz wird ein Erdhügel aufgeschüttet und eine Brückenkonstruktion spannt sich über die ganze Länge des Platzes und anschließend auch noch über den Kai.

Die Überführungen mögen einen barrierefreien Zugang zur Ruprechtskirche ermöglichen, sind aber ein architektonisches Stilmittel der autofreundlichen 1960er und 70er Jahre, zerteilen den Platz und schaffen potenzielle Angsträume, Urinierwände und Graffitiflächen (Brücken sind für Graffiti besonders beliebt, da wegen der erhöhten Lage besonders gut und von weitem sichtbar).

Der offensichtliche Versuch, den Straßenraum und den Aufenthaltsraum ineinander zu integrieren, schafft einen leeren, kahlen "Verweilraum", in dem wegen des zu erwartenden Lärms (viel glatte Beton/Asphaltfläche, keine Lärmdämmung hin zum Kai) niemand außer Obdachlosen verweilen wollen wird. Das funktioniert schon am Praterstern ganz ausgezeichnet, aber ich halte es nicht für zielführend, auch den Schwedenplatz auf diese Weise "attraktiv" zu machen.

Dem Beitrag fehlt die menschliche Dimension, er erzeugt keine Räume, die als angenehm empfunden werden oder emotionale Bindungen zum Ort schaffen. Stattdessen definieren die Brücken den städtischen Platz als Transitort. Statt nutzbarem Stadtraum bietet diese Lösung architektonischen Schnickschnack, der kurzfristig Eindruck schinden mag, aber keine Funktionalität für einen Platz im Sinne eines Kommunikations- und Interaktionsraumes hat.

Mein Fazit: 0/10

Beitrag 6

Dieser Entwurf versucht wie auch Entwurf 4 eine Art "Park-Intervention" mit verschiedenen parktypischen Nutzungen, verzichtet dabei aber auf den zentralen Platz in der Mitte, wodurch es eben mehr Park und weniger Platz wird und nicht so ganz als urbaner Raum wirkt; hier ist der Rückzugsfaktor stärker als der Interaktionsfaktor, und es gibt hier wiederum Nischen, aber ohne dass der Platz zerteilt würde; er wird schon in seiner Gesamtheit gesehen.

Positiv also auch hier das gesamtheitliche Konzept, die Nutzungsvorschläge, die Trennung des Platzes von der mehrspurigen Straße durch einen Grünstreifen mit Bäumen, wodurch der Straßenverkehr zumindest optisch, aber hoffentlich auch akustisch etwas vom Platz verdrängt wird. Positiv auch die Multifunktionalität, die an diesem Platz wichtig ist, da sich verschiedene Personengruppen nicht auf einzelne Sektoren aufteilen lassen werden.

Als problematisch erachte ich dafür die vorgesehene Fußgänger-/Radfahrerbrücke, da diese einerseits aufgrund der Rollstuhltauglichkeit eine extrem lange Rampe haben muss, die den Platz zerteilt und Angsträume schaffen kann, und andererseits die Pfeiler und seitlichen Brückenteile prädestiniert dafür sind, als Urinier- und Graffitifläche benutzt zu werden. Wie sich die Rampe zum Donaukanal hinunter mit rollstuhltauglichem Gefälle ausgehen soll, bleibt rätselhaft.

Die genaue Gestaltung der Straßenbahnstation bleibt unklar; hier scheint eine Art großes Dach vorgesehen zu sein, aber anscheinend keine Maßnahme, um die wartenden Straßenbahnfahrgäste besser vor dem Straßenlärm zu schützen; der Grünstreifen ist an dieser Stelle nämlich merkwürdigerweise unterbrochen. Immerhin sind hier Grünflächen in Form von Rasengleisen für die Straßenbahn vorgesehen.

Mein Fazit: 7/10

Zusammenfassung

Meine Präferenz wäre also Beitrag 4 mit seinem ganz gut gelungenen Kompromiss aus Piazza und Park. Beitrag 6 finde ich okay, ist aber halt mehr Park als Piazza, was ich für so eine zentrale Lage in der Innenstadt nicht so gut finde. An Beitrag 2 imponiert mir die kompromisslose Baumallee, aber die Wiese mitten auf dem Platz ist irgendwie hochmerkwürdig und hat für mich keine echte urbane Funktionalität. Beitrag 3 ist zu kahl und steht oder fällt mit der Bespielung, Beitrag 1 und 5 mögen bitte nie ernsthaft in Erwägung gezogen werden.

Und jetzt?

Da die Rückmeldungen im derzeitigen Bürgerbeteiligungsverfahren nur eine "Grundlage für die Empfehlungen des Preisgerichts an die Wettbewerbsteilnehmenden für die Überarbeitung und Präzisierung der 2. Wettbewerbsstufe" bilden, ist davon auszugehen, dass keiner der Entwürfe in der vorliegenden Form umgesetzt werden wird. Und selbst das Gewinnerprojekt der nächsten Wettbewerbsstufe kann noch an der Ausführung scheitern - wir denken mit Grauen an andere Plätze in Wien, deren Entwürfe eigentlich eh irgendwie brauchbar waren, die dann aber so minderwertig gebaut wurden, dass das Ergebnis nur noch als Tragikum bezeichnet werden kann.

Es bleibt also spannend.


          Was jetzt anders ist   

Weil ich immer wieder lese, wie Leute ihre Verwunderung darüber äußern, dass Österreich 1956 und 1992 hunderttausende Flüchtlinge anstandslos aufgenommen hat und das kann doch nicht sein, dass das heute nicht mehr gehen soll, möchte ich dieser Argumentation kontern. Doch, das kann so sein. Die Situation ist eine komplett andere. Und zwar aus einer ganzen Reihe von Gründen, von denen ich mal exemplarisch sieben aufzählen will.

Damit kein Missverständnis entsteht: weder identifiziere ich mich mit diesen Begründungen, noch will ich damit irgendwessen Verhalten entschuldigen. Ich will nur aufzeigen, was seit 1992 geschehen ist, das dazu geführt hat, dass die Stimmung gegenüber Flüchtlingen in Teilen der Bevölkerung gekippt ist. Keiner braucht sich darüber zu wundern, denn die Stimmung sitzt nicht nur in wirren Köpfen, sondern sie ist Ergebnis und Ausdruck einer Ideologie, die unser Leben prägt.

1. Die Flüchtlinge 1956 und 1992 waren Nachbarn

Zu Beginn der banalste und sicher nicht ausschlaggebendste Grund: Die Herkunftsländer der Flüchtlinge 1956 und 1992 waren mehr oder weniger direkt angrenzende Länder und bis 1918 sogar Teil der österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie. Man fühlte sich quasi dem selben Kulturkreis zugehörig, ein bisschen Monarchie-Nostalgie mag wohl auch mitgeschwungen sein. Die Flüchtlinge heute kommen aus anderen Ländern, die um einiges weiter weg sind, die man nicht kennt, weil man sie nicht einmal jemals im Urlaub besucht hat. Simpel gesagt: Damals gehörten die irgendwie zu uns und hatten einen Vertrauensvorschuss. Den gibt es heute nicht.

2. Wir leben im Schatten von 9/11 und IS

Naomi Klein hat in ihrem Buch Die Schock-Strategie sehr eindrucksvoll beschrieben, dass sich die Politik sehr gerne den Machterhalt sichert, indem sie feindliche Bedrohung von außen als Faktor benützt, um Konsens im Inneren zu erwirken. Spätestens seit 9/11 erzählen uns Politiker und Medien von der angeblichen stetigen Unterwanderung der westlichen Gesellschaft durch islamische Terroristen und rechtfertigen damit die Beschneidung von Bürgerrechten und die umfassende Überwachung der Bürger.

Bei der Massivität dieses Angst-Diskurses ist es nicht unverständlich, wenn angesichts der Tatsache, dass nun tausende Moslems aus den Kernländern der IS zu uns kommen, Menschen Angst- und Abwehrreaktionen zeigen, und zwar unabhängig davon, dass diese Menschen gerade vor den Terroristen flüchten. Die betroffenen Länder wurden jahrelang fast ausschließlich als Heimat von Terroristen dargestellt, sodass es vielen schon schwer fällt zu glauben, dass die Terroristen dort in der Minderheit sind.

3. Wir leben in keiner egalitären Gesellschaft mehr

1956 und 1992 war die Schere zwischen Arm und Reich in Österreich um einiges geringer als heute. 1956 war eine Mittelschicht gerade im Entstehen, 1992 war sie noch einigermaßen stabil. Momentan ist die Mittelschicht am Erodieren, und die Gesellschaft ist dabei, sich in einen Geldadel (der für seinen Reichtum nicht arbeiten muss, sondern sein Geld arbeiten lässt) und ein Prekariat (das trotz Arbeit an der Armutsgrenze kratzt) aufzuspalten. Es herrscht die Angst vor dem sozialen Abstieg.

In solchen Situationen, das zeigt die Geschichte, suchen sich Gesellschaften gerne Sündenbocke, die in der Hierarchie noch eine Stufe tiefer stehen. In den 1930er Jahren haben die Nationalsozialisten unter der verarmten, arbeitslosen Masse die Klasse der "Untermenschen"(Juden, "Asoziale", Roma, Slawen) eingeführt. Den Begriff würde man heute natürlich nicht verwenden, aber der Grundgedanke ist schon da, und die Ursache ist die selbe: wenn einer Gesellschaft das Gefühl verloren geht, dass alle Mitglieder dieser Gesellschaft gleich sind und gleich behandelt werden, dann geht mit der Zeit auch der Konsens verloren, dass alle Menschen grundsätzlich die gleichen Rechte haben sollen.

4. Wir haben das Prinzip der Kooperation gegen jenes der Konkurrenz getauscht

In der wirtschaftlich einigermaßen abgesicherten Welt des Österreich der Jahre 1956-1992 war Konkurrenz lange Zeit ein eher theoretischer Begriff. Regionale Firmen konnten einen regionalen Markt bedienen, die Transportkosten waren noch nicht lächerlich billig und die Globalisierung selbst 1992 erst am Beginnen. Das angloamerikanische Konkurrenzdenken war bei uns noch nicht wirklich verbreitet, es wollte nicht jeder besser sein als der andere, weil es auch nicht wirklich notwendig war. Das hat zwar die Wirtschaft nicht zu Höchstleistungen getrieben, aber in so einer Atmosphäre konnte man leicht kooperativ sein.

Diese gemächliche Schutzzone gibt es nicht mehr. Heimische Firmen kämpfen gegen Billigimporte, Arbeitssuchende gegen solche, die die selbe Arbeit für weniger Geld machen, Praktikumsplätze werden nicht nur an den Bestqualifizierten und Anspuchslosesten vergeben, sondern müssen zum Teil sogar bezahlt werden. Überall herrscht Konkurrenz und Konkurrenzdenken. In so einer Atmosphäre ist es wenig verwunderlich, wenn die Leute, die darunter am meisten leiden, keine zusätzliche Konkurrenz wollen.

5. Wir sind gefangen zwischen sinkenden Einkommen und steigenden Konsumansprüchen

1956-1992 stiegen die Löhne kontinuierlich an; in den letzten 15 Jahren sind die Reallöhne allerdings gesunken. Das wäre an sich noch nicht so problematisch, denn das Lohnniveau in Österreich ist international gesehen ganz gut. Das Problem ist, dass es die Wirtschaft in einigen Jahrzehnten geschafft hat, Identitätsfindung durch Konsumverhalten zu definieren: wer nicht weiß, wer er ist, schafft sich seine Identität dadurch, dass er bestimmte Produkte kauft. Damit schafft es die Wirtschaft, weiterhin Begehrlichkeiten und Ansprüche zu wecken, auch wenn diese mit den sinkenden Einkommen nicht mehr problemlos zu befriedigen sind.

Das erklärt wohl auch, warum trotz sinkender Einkommen in Österreich die Umsätze im Einzelhandel weiterhin steigen. Gerade die Menschen aus den finanziell prekärsten Schichten sind davon am meisten betroffen, sie haben aber nicht nur das Gefühl, vom erarbeiteten Geld immer weniger zu haben, es schwebt dabei auch die unbewusste Angst vor dem drohenden Identitätsverlust mit.

Natürlich steigt dann der Neid und der Hass auf die, die Geld bekommen sollen, ohne dafür zu arbeiten, egal wie niedrig die Beträge im Vergleich sind. Darum auch das Flüchtlings-Handy als Hassobjekt, denn es gibt dem Flüchtling ein Prestige und eine Identität, die jemand, der sich seine eigene Handy-Rechnung kaum leisten kann, ihm nicht zugestehen will.

6. Wir leben die Austeritäts-Politik

Bis 1983 war der österreichische Wohlfahrtsstaat die viel zitierte "Insel der Seligen". 1983 kam das erste große Sparpaket, es folgten weitere, massiv ab 1995 zur Erfüllung der Maastricht-Kriterien. Spätestens seit 2005 wird uns von der Politik ununterbrochen vorgebetet, wie wichtig es ist, zu sparen. Wohl gemerkt, nicht wir sollen sparen (das würde ja die Wirtschaft bremsen, und deshalb wurden auch die Sparzinsen de facto abgeschafft), nein, der Staat muss sparen, und zwar vor allem bei Bildungs- und Sozialausgaben.

Diverse Länder wurden harten Spardiktaten unterworfen, in Österreich hat man es eher mit der Salamitaktik (in kleinen Scheiben) gelöst, aber es hat keinen Schäuble gebraucht, um uns jahrelang einzutrichtern, dass Sozialausgaben vor allem arbeitsunwilligen "Sozialschmarotzern" nutzen und daher weiter gesenkt werden müssen. Es ist vermessen zu glauben, dass diese jahrelange Indoktrination nicht wirkt, dass die Zahl der Leute, die nicht bereit ist, zuzusehen, wie Fremde Geld aus eben jenen Sozialtöpfen bekommen sollen, rapide steigt. Oder ganz knapp zusammengefasst: Wir haben nichts zu verschenken, und überhaupt, Geiz ist geil.

7. Wir haben bald 30 Jahre Anti-Ausländerparolen der FPÖ

Die FPÖ hatte ihren Durchbruch mit der Machtübernahme von Jörg Haider im Jahr 1986. 1992 haben Haiders Äußerungen noch Aufsehen erregt. Noch 1991 musste er wegen seiner Äußerung über die "ordentliche Beschäftigungspolitik" im Dritten Reich zurücktreten. Heute, 24 Jahre später, ist die politische Sprache der FPÖ längst kein Aufreger mehr, es dürfen Sachen gesagt werden, die damals undenkbar gewesen wären, und natürlich haben sich diese Denkweisen in der Bevölkerung als völlig normal festgesetzt: "Daham statt Islam" ist kein Aufreger. Die FPÖ nimmt sogar direkt darauf Bezug und sagt, sie spreche "unsere Sprache". Damit legitimiert sie ihre politische Diktion sogar als die der (vermeintlichen) Mehrheit.

Waren früher manche politische Äußerungen von FPÖ-Politikern ein Rücktrittsgrund, sind sie also heute "unsere Sprache". Vermutlich gilt das dann eben auch für die Benutzerkommentare auf FPÖ-nahen Facebook-Seiten.

Fazit

Somit: Nein, unsere Situation ist nicht vergleichbar mit 1956 oder 1992. Wir leben heute in einer Gesellschaft, deren Grundideologie in Bezug auf Konsum, Konkurrenz und Gleichheit in den letzten 20 Jahren einem grundlegenden Wandel unterworfen war. Einige haben ihre Einstellung aus dieser Zeit in die Gegenwart herübergerettet, aber viele sind in der neuen Ideologie aufgewachsen oder haben sie aus anderen Gründen übernommen.

Man hat uns in dieser Zeit Angst vor den Moslems gemacht, wir fühlen uns sozial ungleich behandelt und wissen nicht, wie wir mit weniger Geld unsere ständig steigenden Bedürfnisse befriedigen sollen. Man hat uns 20 Jahre lang eingetrichtert, dass Konkurrenz toll und Geiz geil ist, und wir wurden 30 Jahre lang mit Anti-Ausländerparolen abgestumpft.

Politik und Wirtschaft haben uns zwar dazu gebracht, mit weniger Geld weiter einzukaufen und es zu akzeptieren, dass man uns Bürgerrechte und Sozialleistungen wegnimmt, die Menschlichkeit ist dabei aber irgendwo verloren gegangen. Die Mechanismen beschreiben Georg Seeßlen und Markus Metz sehr eindrücklich in den beiden Schlusskapiteln ihres Buches Blödmaschinen. Die zwei Möglichkeiten, die sie als Konsequenz dieser Entwicklung aufzeigen, sind beide nicht schön.


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          Comment on Priesthood in the New Testament Era Church, 5. by Clark Goble   
Part of my worry here is that we're arguing from very little data. Admittedly we have some of the 2cd century fathers and (depending upon how you date it) the Didiche. But primarily we have the NT which gives us very little history at all. So when we say the apostles were eschatological officers I get a tad squeamish. I'm all with you on noting the differing traditions of the leadership in Jerusalem from the apostles. That might indicate they aren't in leadership. But by and large I just don't think we know much here. Not that I'm not enjoying this a lot. It's just that I'm not convinced 2cd century writers tell us much about 1st century structure. (Kind of like reading conference talks from the 1970's to get an idea of pre-Nauvoo church structure) Your point about models though I suspect is correct. This may also reflect the interesting mention that a Bishop has to have one wife. Is this to avoid still present, albeit uncommon, Jewish polygamy relative to Greek/Roman conceptions? I don't know, but it's definitely interesting. Yet, as we've found in our own tradition those can sometimes come to have their own life.
          The $84 Question   

ST. LOUIS—Mike McCurry may have set a new standard in expectations-lowering when he predicted before Friday's debate that his candidate would actually lose in his face-off with President Bush. About a half-hour before Bush and John Kerry walked on stage at Washington University, McCurry made this prediction to a group of reporters in the media filing center: "I guarantee you the story will be"—putting on his best "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" announcer voice—"'Bush bounced back from a dismal performance and sets up the exciting showdown in Arizona ...' "

It sounded good, and in a sense it's true. Bush did bounce back. This wasn't "the Old Testament version of Bush," as McCurry called the bumbling caricature who showed up for the first debate. But it wasn't the return of the charmer of 2000, either. The consensus on the Bush press bus—I'll be traveling with the president between this debate and the finale Wednesday in Tempe—on the way back to our hotel was that Kerry had bested the president once again. Or perhaps it was a tie, but most reporters thought that a draw favors Kerry, because he's got the momentum, and he just has to convince people that he's not a vacillating weakling to get their votes.

Here's my predicted storyline: Before last week's debate, the speculation was whether Bush could knock Kerry out of the race with a decisive win. Heading into next week's debate, my guess is that the speculation will be about whether Kerry can put Bush away and end the campaign before the final three-week stretch begins. In particular, there will be a lot of focus on how the debate favors Kerry because the subject will be domestic policy.

But based on this debate, Bush may have the upper hand next week. Kerry had his foreign-policy answers nailed. He dominated the early portions that dealt with Iraq. But when the questions turned homeward it was Kerry, not Bush, who was on the defensive. A little of the meandering, incoherent Kerry returned, particularly in his answers to the questions on tort reform, stem-cell research, and federal funding for abortions. (But at least Kerry didn't bring up the Dred Scott decision. President Bush: Against chattel slavery.) Kerry may also just be easier to caricature, despite what the polls say, on domestic issues. Surely people are more apt to believe that Kerry will tax them to death than to believe the "global test" nonsense being peddled by the Bush campaign.

Though that wasn't the Bush spin Friday night. The Bush surrogates came into Spin Alley ready to sell the idea that Kerry failed to distance himself during the debate from the "global test" they call the "Kerry doctrine." Unfortunately, their decision highlighted one of the central flaws in Spin Alley: The spinners don't watch the end of the debates. By the time the candidates get to their closing remarks, the campaign staffers and surrogates have positioned themselves near the assembled press, and they're readying themselves for questions and TV appearances. So, maybe Bush campaign communications director Nicolle Devenish didn't hear Kerry say in his closing statement, "I will never cede the authority of our country or our security to any other nation. I'll never give a veto over American security to any other entity—not a nation, not a country, not an institution." Despite Kerry's clear renunciation of a foreign "permission slip," here was Devenish's spin as soon as the debate ended: "What was striking to me was that Kerry didn't even try to retract the global test. He has now accepted the Kerry doctrine as his own." Bush deputy campaign manager Mark Wallace said something similarly erroneous: "He affirmed the global test today, that would say there has to be permission from the world before you can take action." Actually, Kerry did the exact opposite.

Still, Devenish was the only Bush spinner I spoke to after the debate who didn't try to defend the president's strange assertion about the Duelfer report, that it shows that sanctions weren't working in Iraq. "I have to confess to being a campaign official and not an NSC spokesgal," she said. By contrast, here was Dan Bartlett: "Charlie Duelfer said both in the report and in his testimony that sanctions were unraveling, that the gaming of the system that Saddam Hussein was doing was doing just that. He was trying to game it by bribing people." But Saddam was trying to bribe people to get the sanctions lifted, and he wanted them lifted because they worked, because they prevented him from reconstituting his weapons programs. Here's Wallace: Saddam "was making a concerted effort to avoid sanctions," and "he had the means and the ability to reconstitute his WMD program." But, wait—the sanctions were precisely what were keeping Saddam from doing that. He had "the means and the ability" only if the sanctions had been lifted, and a Bush veto in the United Nations could have kept the sanctions in effect permanently. Ed Gillespie and Ken Mehlman cited the oil-for-food program as evidence that the sanctions didn't work. But again, Saddam's bribes were an attempt to get out of the sanctions that had stripped him of his chemical weapons, his biological weapons, and his nuclear program.

The defensible position for Bush would have been to argue that we had no way of knowing whether sanctions were working before we invaded. But instead he's resorted to this preposterous idea that because Saddam was trying to evade the sanctions, somehow that was evidence that the sanctions weren't working. Somehow the fact that Saddam has no weapons and no stockpiles was evidence that sanctions weren't working.

After Vice President Cheney's frequent difficulties with the truth on Tuesday, President Bush's veracity was under increased scrutiny in this debate. But that didn't stop his campaign from peddling another "global test" lie, nor did it stop Bush from misconstruing Kerry's health-care plan and willfully distorting the conclusions of the Duelfer report. (Let's call Bush's unwillingness to admit a mistake a self-deception, rather than a deception foisted upon the public.) If President Bush weren't running such a truth-stretching campaign, his strangest untruth of the night, denying that he received $84 in income from a timber company, wouldn't be a big deal. After all, it's only $84. Then again, maybe the president voted for the truth about the $84 before he decided against it.


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Some more ATCs and a birthday card for our nephew. The ATCs are for a stitching theme on Do Crafts Forum. I cross-stitched two small pieces - one of a blue bunch of flowers with a creamy yellow bow, and the other of a poppy with seed beads added to represent the stamens. For the blue card, I took a textured card blank and gently rubbed two ink pads over it, Adirondack Juniper and Cool Peri, then spritzed it with a Sky Glitz so giving it a subtle sheen. I added the trimmed and backed stitching, then stamped a row of three flowers along the base in dark blue and coloured them in turquoise. These had a layer of glitter glue added to them for some sparkle. Finally, I went round the edge of the card with a dark blue Sakura pen in a faux stitch and added two ribbon roses to the top of the stitching. I am very pleased with the finished card, as the colour scheme is lovely, very fresh and pretty.
I am much less happy with the other one and am thinking I am not likely to send it to the swap- at least not in its current form. I may have another go at it tomorrow morning.
Finally, I made a birthday card for our nephew who will be eight this week. I used a K & Co card blank in shades of blue and green stripes. To this I added a colourful tag, featuring Chinese lanterns in a row, with some orange ric rac tied at the top. Then I added some K & Co stickers from the same family as the tag and finally an initial J for the birthday boy. This will be posted tomorrow.

          Dads Empty Chair - Fathers Day.   

What I'd give if I could say, "Hello Dad" in the same old way.
To hear his voice and see his smile, to sit with him and chat for a while.
So if your Father is still here,cherish him with care,
for you'll never know the heartache until you see his empty


          WOW - Your Chinese Zodiac Animal And What It Says About Your Personality.   
Did you know you can find out some interesting facts about your personality, based on the traits of the various animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac?

You can determine your Chinese Zodiac animal according to your year of birth; however, do note that the Chinese Zodiac is based on the beginning of the year in the Chinese calendar, not the regular calendar year. The beginning of the year in the Chinese calendar varies from year-to-year and often falls in late January if not early February.

If you are born sometime in the early January or in the new year just before the start of the Chinese New Year in February, you might want to read about the personality traits associated with the previous year’s Zodiac to see if it more likely fits you.

Below are the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and
their personality traits and/or meanings:

YEAR OF THE RAT
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Individuals born in the Year of the Rat are charming and generally companionably and at ease in social situations. As a matter of fact, they are notably popular individuals and exude prowess in business; though, they are also known to be critical and quick-tempered. Rats have an exceptional grasp of information and ideas and additionally have vivid imaginations and unique intellectual abilities. Thus, they often see a lot of opportunities that others may miss. They are opportunists but may take on way too many commitments to fault. Nonetheless, they highly value relationships, and they are very generous and passionate in love as they are in businesses.
YEAR OF THE OX
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
Ox people are very much a representation of the expression ‘strong as an ox’ because of their uncanny ability to face and manage most types of circumstances. They deal with their responsibilities methodically and earn much respect for their confidence and great capabilities. On the negative side, they are sometimes prone to being chauvinists and are very demanding people, determined to defend their own interests to the extremes. Their admirable sense of duty to sometimes result to a less passionate or exciting personal life although very much stable. Nonetheless, ox people are classified as consistently faithful to their families and partners.
YEAR OF THE TIGER
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
People born in the Year of the Tiger are deep sensitive and in-tune with their emotions, thus making them awesome lovers or partners. They seek balance between their domineering and strongly competitive nature and their immense need for love, which both drive them towards seeking independence from love; hence, they both bring passion and open candour into any relationship while also expecting the same in return. They have amazing confidence, though they can be quite shaken or depressed by criticisms at times. They can also be inherently restless. Tigers are best known for their ability to bounce back from negative occurrences, and they are dignified and courageous in facing any challenges, making them great leaders.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT/ HARE
(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
Rabbit people are generally well-liked because they are affectionate, pleasant, and polite-mannered. They feel more comfortable staying out of disputes, controversies, or mini-quarrels. They very much love enjoyable pursuits that, although unintentional, they tend to forget about their loved ones’ needs without them realizing it. They become so distracted with fun. Despite their inclination toward good times, they are also quiet and conservative as well as intellectual. Some people may regard their overly sentimental traits as shallow but they can be very loving. They often seek security in all their relationships.
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
People born in the Year of the Dragon possess an almost charismatic aura and they are always brimming with energy. They are very talented in their pursuits because they are highly intelligent. Occasionally, they may seem loud and boisterous and they often follow their own course, not believing that rules should hold them. Their perfectionism makes them appear very demanding of others, just as they are to themselves. Nonetheless, dragons are generally inclined towards success and they enjoy challenging situations that give them the opportunity to use their innate talents and energies. Although committed relationships are not very important to them, kindred spirits sharing their life’s adventures are most valuable to them.
YEAR OF THE SNAKE
(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
Snake people are profound thinkers. They possess great wisdom and are often willing to work imperceptibly to achieve their goals discreetly without anyone realizing it. They also have a very charming and romantic side to them and they seek elegance in their relationships as well. They are prone to jealousy though. They also tend to be secretive and are most of the time seen as loners. Thus, they are less popular compared to their peers socially-speaking. Nonetheless, this may be ideal to the Snake as snakes often appreciate and prefer solitude.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
The popular expression ‘works like a horse’ hold true to Horse people because they exert great efforts in their line of work. They will readily commit to success and hard work unless they perceive the job as beneath them. Horses may be challenged by their own emotions because they are prone to explode in their tempers and become impulsive especially in love. They are also not regarded as good team players since they prefer independent work. Their independence may lend themselves characteristic of Egotism but their strong intellect and excellent verbal skills aid them in social situations. They can be quite popular.
YEAR OF THE RAM
(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
Ram people are often likable and charming, and socially gracious although quite reserved. They are also kind, sensitive, and sympathetic individuals. Ram persons especially love art, nature, and culture, and they are also often having an artistic or creative nature. On the negative side, they are inclined feel discomfort physically and will often complain about it, plus, they are also prone to pessimism. The Ram often find themselves on the opposite ends of being assertively self-confident and being prone to timidity, but in relationships, as long as there is security, they feel most fulfilled.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
People who are born in the Year of the Monkey have intelligent and energetic natures, and they possess magnetic personalities that draw in crowds. Monkeys generally appear to have very appealing personalities and somewhat an eccentric side to them while also possessing the likely gift of chatter. They are quick-witted and have an easy talent for turning every situation into a humorous one. On the down side, some people see this as suspect, hence the Monkey personality is seen as untrustworthy because of their typical brunt practical jokes. Monkeys also are high-energy and tend to be restless, and may find it difficult to choose careers. Nonetheless, they tend to succeed in environments that thrive on change including dynamic relationships.
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
The Rooster sign is known for having a great sense of industry and diligence when it comes to work, and they also have a natural ease in expressing their opinions. They see their opinions, and their right to share it, as strongly important even to the extent that they have difficulties sharing their spotlight. They often display an attention-grabbing garb and style, and are generally successful at gaining attention they so eagerly love. Despite their sometimes-frustrating meticulous standards, they have many friends and they can be very loyal and genuine in their relationships. They also tend to achieve great success in their chosen careers because of their high standards.
YEAR OF THE DOG
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
Dog people are noteworthy for their loyalty and honesty in any relationship. They also focus their interest in a specialty subject, giving their whole heart and soul into it, be it a hobby or a career. They stick strongly to their principles of fairness and justice, and they also have great creative problem-solving skills. Dog individuals are challenged most by their need to criticize and their innate nature of having “sharp tongues.” As friends and lovers, they can be very trustworthy, but with special someone’s, they can be quite unforgiving because they tend to hold grudges till they feel they have been appeased. They have a profound need for a good, long-lasting relationship, making them loyal for life especially when feel they have found their perfect mate.
YEAR OF THE PIG
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
People born in the Year of the Pig make wonderful companions for they are tolerant, kind, sincere, and intellectually strong, which helps them perform well in rich conversations. They also use their intellect to go after challenging goals and ultimately achieve them. They strongly hold social harmony as highly important to, lending them well in overlooking people’s faults and seeing only the best in people. Pigs are noted, too, for their sense of humour and wit, but their greatest vulnerability lies in their seeming naiveté in expecting the same good traits in others. Their inclination to feel rage when people do not afford them the same kindness they are giving is one of their greatness weaknesses. Pigs are also inclined to physical/material indulgences, but they deeply cherish family or home life.


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          Treatment for Hemorrhoids   
Treatment for Hemorrhoids - Is there are real cure for hemorrhoids?

Sadly we are living in a fast paced world which, although it has its good sides, it has its drawbacks as well. One of them is the fact that more and more people get hemorrhoids. This didn't use to be the case earlier on, but now, whenever I speak with a friend or relative or just someone that I met recently, and somehow the discussion invariably turns to the issue of hemorrhoids, or piles, as they are also called.

Some of the common things we all have is the fact that we eat junk food, which lacks valuable nutrients. We live more stressful lives, we are more tense than ever before and we are basically living very unhealthy lives. No wonder hemorrhoids flare up like mushrooms after rain!

Having hemorrhoids is humiliating as best and taboo to talk about in public at worst. No wonder since they are located in a very private part of our bodies. Many people sadly live a life struggling to overcome their hemorrhoidal problem and don't consult a doctor or try to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids, simply because they are ashamed. Whereas a proper hemorrhoid treatment should be used before they get a chance to become a real chronic condition for each of us.

Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Of course, the best option is prevention. Cure comes next. For example, if you are portly, you should limit your intake of large meals to reduce the clot. Reducing the junk food should be a regular part of our preventive measure to avoid getting hemorrhoids in the first place. Eating a diet full of fibers, meaning fruits and vegetables, whole wheat and salads is one of those things that should replace junk food right away.

Once you have hemorrhoids though, prevention is a moot point. This is where you need to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids which provide you not only a long lasting cure, but also instant relief. Just like with toothache, knowing that the dentist will eventually fix the tooth doesn't help us much when we are pacing the floor every night in utter pain. Instant relief is the first thing that anyone cares about, along with a proper hemorrhoid cure.

Truth is, there are several hemorrhoid cures, most of them are working great, but not all offer the best instant relief there is. Some, sadly, don't work at all. It is a bit difficult to figure out what works and what doesn't, and going through one treatment after the other for most of us is not a real option anyway. You need to find one cure that works best and stick with it.



Hemorrhoid Miracle is one of the best treatment for hemorrhoids there is out there at the moment. I have tried this cure and it works. It works because it is one of the most effective, fastest, natural cure for your problems without side effects and elaborate procedures that will take ages to get rid of your hemorrhoids.

How it all started

I actually came across this book quite by accident. Embarassingly enough, I was suffering from hemorrhoids for quite a while now, didn't even mention this to my partner, and one day I was down having a chat with the pharmacist (who is also my friend) at the pharmacy nearby. He offered me a chair and a coffee, and I wouldn't sit down. Eventually I poured out my soul to him and then he went behind the counter and handed me over a binded manual (was quite torn actually around the edges) and gave it to me to read. He told me if I don't find in this book a final cure for my hemorrhoids, I should be the only one that didn't get a proper treatment for hemorrhoids, because it really helped everybody else before me. I took the book with a skeptical face, but I said to myself, it can't get worse than that. If nothing else, it will be a great bedtime read to put me asleep.

Well, about a week later I returned the book to John, my pharmacist friend and showed him my own copy. I bought my book in the meantime as well, knowing that I have to return the other copy to John eventually. He asked me how did it go and offered me a chair. I sat down this time without any effort from my part.

I told him that after using only one of the cures from the book the bleeding stopped overnight and as I continued with that cure, I haven't had a bleeding 'bum' ever since. Couple that with a few other natural techniques from the book, I have to proudly say that my hemorrhoid is really shrunk. The pharmacist's eyes were smiling at me and with an 'I told you so' look on his face he just nodded and took his book from my hands and put it back behind the counter, no doubt waiting for the next person who will be plagued by the same problem.

Truths about Hemorrhoids

I did ask him one thing though. He is a pharmacist and yet, he hasn't tried to sell me on any creams or pills or anything else from his shop. He told me in confidence that most of these creams do not work, plain and simple. Or they do work short term and you have to keep going back and buy the expensive cream over and over again, as without it, hemorrhoids return. He is a very honest and honorable person and likes to do the right thing, not to sell people on creams and gels and the pharmaceutical companies want us to get dependant on.

I really hope you can use this information to get the proper treatment for hemorrhoids that you deserve. Also I hope that my story has inspired you to keep your own dog eared copy in a drawer and hand it out for freely to any friends who are struggling with hemorrhoids so they read through it and try the 'miracle' cures out for themselves. Once they find the treatment really works, they will buy their own copy and happily return yours.

Click here to visit the official website of the Hemorrhoid Miracle

www.hemorrhoid-miracle.com

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          Graduate Memories & An Exeter Apology...   


Me, today.


Hello, Exeter folks (or regular AdGrads student readers).

As you may or may not have noticed, I’m not there speaking today. Sorry about that.

By way of an apology, I’ve decided to write a blog post. Not just any blog post, either. One that, I hope, is helpful for those who are deciding whether a career in communications* (*PR, Advertising in this case) is the right thing for you. It features a bit of my story and some of the lessons I've learned along the way. Read on...

Once upon a time in my first year, I wandered up from Birks (the old one, not the shiny new Birks Grange – this one resembled something like a 1950’s prison) and went to see the careers folks. I was told I should either become a teacher or a solicitor (NB: Exeter's career service is now excellent, but when I was graduating, finding the right job was a bit trickier for the average English student).

Being an English undergrad at the time, both seemed, well, a bit creatively sterile** (**they are creative in their own way, but I was interested in making stuff; y’know, stuff with my own name attached to it in some way – the English student’s creative conceit, I think).

They also, if I'm honest, seemed a bit grown up. And, as a 19 year old man-child who could barely cook for himself, never mind entertain the notion of a ‘proper’ job, I wasn’t overly enthused:

"COULDN’T a job encourage my creative side? DO I have to wear a suit every day, anyway? WHY can't I be paid well for thinking about and helping to create ideas?"

In a way, I was lucky. I knew of one from the start. That was Advertising. I’d been fortunate enough to grow up in a household in the West Midlands where my father was involved with managing an ad agency. I’d been able to find out about the inner-most workings of how ads got made, and the process of talking to clients, conducting research and creating creative work to solve a client’s business problem/s.

Account handlers (account executives when junior, rising through account manager to account director and beyond) were the day to day liaison with the client – the business minded sorts who sold work to the client and generally ensured everything went smoothly. Account planners were the ones who analysed the marketplace, trends and helped some up a defined problem for communications to solve (in the form of a creative brief), assessing the work as/after it was made. Creatives – art directors, copywriters (and even digital/tech developers) were those who came up with the ideas to help clients sell more products or amplify consumer behaviour.

With all of this prior knowledge and career advice bubbling in the background, I got on with the serious*** (***it wasn't that serious – not with my amount of hours) business of getting a degree. And, I got one. And it was lovely, and all that. Mum was very proud.

Knowing what I know now, I should have tried to get some work experience in the holidays. If you’re reading this as a first or second year student, try and do it as soon as you can, even if it's just one stint. Of course, I wasn’t from the South East, and this poses a massive problem for most people – how do you come to a major ad agency (the overwhelming majority of whom are based in London) if you can’t live at home or don’t have friends in the area?**** (**** the answer is ‘stay in a youth hostel’, for those who’re thinking about it).

Anyway, that’s an aside. I applied to lots of ad agency graduate schemes, all of which I found out through the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) or through my Dad/googling. And, I was confident. I had a good degree, after all. So, what happened next?

Rejection.
Total rejection.

After the first interview (at Leo Burnett, who run a very fine graduate programme), I was rejected from every other place without an initial chat. You might say it was a bit of a set back.

After completing a few pieces of work experience (at Fallon and DLKW)…with even more rounds of rejection… I had a conversational language. I knew how to speak ‘ad’; I was comfortable when talking about ideas in ads – about what ads were trying to achieve and what they could have been.

I’d urge EVERY person reading this who’s thinking about advertising or comms to practice this, and to ask questions of it – what is the comms trying to say? What do you like about it? Or, better yet, what do you dislike? (NB: Check the AdGrads archives for more information; there's lots about this in there).

Spurred on by this, I started a blog***** (***** back when blogging was a new, fairly useful way of standing out; it’s less useful now, as everyone's doing it.) documenting my adventures in adland. The blog, called ‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, can now be found here. All of the archives are there, and I think they helped me when explaining how and why I liked Advertising.

Because of these experiences, I eventually got into account management at Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was a fairly terrible account handler. Happily, I was a better planner. I have worked at Lowe, Edelman, Anomaly and M+C Saatchi/LIDA. I’m still at the latter.

That’s my story.

After going through this experience, I've picked up the odd lesson. I hope these are useful:
  1. Mentors are the most important part of communications (and indeed, any job). With a good one, you learn exponentially and have someone to test things on. Without one, you are prone to free wheeling.
  2. Start big, get smaller. The bigger agencies have the time and resource to train you properly. The small ones, though you learn a lot through doing, you un the risk of not learning properly. You can always work at that sexy small agency. Far better to work there when you know the basics well. 
  3. Think about how you communicate. It’s a bit wanky to say ‘you’re a brand’, but you must be able to prove why you like communications, and be able to be found. If I googled you, would I find you and your opinions/interests? No? Then why do you want to work in communications?
  4. Keep track of your favourite on your lateral thinking. What’s the best example of thinking you’ve seen to solve a problem? It can be non comms led (ideally it would be marketing-based), an ad, something you’ve done or so on – but it must show a clever lateral thought to solve an associated problem. Keep a log of your favourites. They’ll help when demonstrating how you think about the world in an interview.
  5. Don’t get disheartened. Rejection is part and parcel of the game. Before every relevant job or decision, I have been rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. The trick is to use it to spur you on. After all, Advertising is a trade, not a profession. There’s rarely one way to solve a problem, or indeed, one straightforward way to get in.
Exeter folks, I’ll try to be there next time. Honest.

Feel free to email me on William.Humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you have any further questions.

Good luck to any student reading this.
          So, you want to work in Planning?   
Mmm, yellow fats. A classic planning problem.

Hello all.

I'd say about half of the emails I receive about getting into advertising relate to planning.

And, being a planner myself, I'm more than happy to offer advice, especially as it's a tricky line of work to get into. When I was trying to get into it, I read an awful lot of Russell Davies's blog (the planner who did a lot of very good work on Nike and Honda, amongst others) - and, I think, is still a good resource. Additionally, the London Strategy Unit has begun to run a short course for wannabe planners that you should check out.

Planning is always a hard thing to write about, much less explain coherently (though the APG has a brilliant guidebook on it) if you've never done it. And, for most of the folks reading this, the opportunity to do planning is fairly remote.

Now, when you're in the job as a junior planner, there's a post in the AdGrads archives that might be useful. But for those who've never had to write a planning presentation, or want to understand what goes into it, I've written a short presentation to help show how you'd put something together to show your client, and set up what the creative work will be - along with a communications plan, something to  indicate how you'd spend the media money in an ideal world.

I thought it would be a good idea to pick a brand and answer a fictional problem to help folks understand the thought process that goes into a planning presentation - one that's away from the typical sexy brand (your Nikes, your Apples', your Budweiser's) that most think of when they talk about their favourite work. And, after all, the 'yellow fats' category is amongst one of the most traditional planning problems to tackle.


Have a go yourself. Send me your presentations, or put it up on Slideshare, and we can have a Q&A as to how you've tackled it.


Most of this presentation was written with a bit of desk research, some time spent in-store and some time spent chatting to the typical consumers (mums, in short). Check out the ONS, read up on new launches in the category - and see what you think. If I was planner on the business, there'd be a raft of information I'd receive; but in this instance, don't worry about being 100% right when it comes to buying behaviours...just use whatever research you can find on or offline.

The presentation's below, and you can download it (or get in touch with me - william.humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you'd like the keynote presentation with notes) from Slideshare.


A point of view on Flora margarine.. from Will Humphrey

NB: The business has come up for pitch; it'll be interesting to see what sort of work they come up with.
          BMB Ad Scheme - Interviews For All!   
BMB'sad scheme has launched..read on...

Hi all.

More gr(ad) scheme bits and bobs to tell you about. This time it's the turn of BMB.

They've been in touch to tell us about their advertising scheme; this time, they're doing things a little differently. Application forms are out - they want to chat, and to chat to everyone, grads and non-grads alike.

Here's what they've got to say:

"We're continuing our mission to challenge the status quo and democratise the interview process, so whether you're a grad, non-grad, martian or womble, if you want an interview, you can have one. We'll be doing it for one day only – November 22nd.

For those who are unfamiliar with how it works, it's simple really. We'll be getting you all to spin a virtual roulette wheel to let pot luck decide which one of our BMBers you will speak to via Skype for a 7 minute chat. Our BMB panel will be changing all the time, so you won't have a clue which one of our top dogs you'll be talking to. And neither will we.

Essentially, you'll need to come back and visit our website between 7am and 11pm on November 22nd (2012 – just to be totally clear). We'll be streaming the ever-changing interview panel live from an agency webcam – and it'll be up to you to spin the arrow to find out who you'll be chatting to for 7 minutes."

To learn more about the interview, and the job that's up for grabs, click here

Good luck!" 

Best of luck to each of you.

          Want to work at W&K London?   




This is one of the parking spaces. Lovely stuff.

Hi gang.

A bumper crop of opportunities this week, and this one concerns W&K London. They're on the look out for planning placements (both graduates/non graduates) to work there on 3 month long paid planning placements from January.

I know, from personal experience, just how tricky it is to gain meaningful planning experience when you're just starting out, and well, W&K are one of the best agencies in town, so this is a great opportunity. Also, the mass of applicants I had when my old agency Edelman needed a junior planner suggests that lots and lots of you want to get into planning...so there's likely to be a fair bit of competition.

You can apply by clicking here.  The closing date is the 24th of November, and you'll find out whether you've been invited to the agency for a day of chats and coffee by the 3rd of December.

Good luck, all.
          An important post..(updated)   
Yes, you, dear reader.

Hello all.

You'll have noticed that AdGrads has been curiously quiet in the last few months; a combination of pitching and clients have kept me from updating as frequently as I'd have liked.

As such, I think it's the right time to ask for a hand.

AdGrads originally consisted of four people writing about how they got into the business.

However, as time's moved on, we've all had gradually more busy jobs, and all dropped off, save for yours truly. And, in truth, it's been tricky, these past few months, what with various new pitches and otherwise.

Also, when we founded AdGrads, the intention was always to help those who were near us in age get in, as we weren't a bunch of hoary old gits who had no idea what was going on at the sharp end. Well, I'm 28 now (a dinosaur in ad terms), and AdGrads needs an injection of younger folks to help it live on.

I'm very proud of what the site's achieved (I still feel absurdly flattered when people email me to mention that AdGrads has been helpful), and don't want it to wither on the vine as I have less and less time.

What AdGrads needs is the following:

  • A pool of writers (ideally about 4 or 5) from an account management/planning background, ideally aged between 20-28 (preferably, recent or current grads - you don't have to be on a scheme). Must be able to write well.
  • Not creative grads, as the YCC has it pretty well covered.
  • An agreement as to who writes what.
  • Ultimately, a separate URL (this site, annoyingly, has remained the same as one of the guys I founded it with has the details/I haven't been able to reach him). I'd love for it to become the definitive grad site for adgrads for the foreseeable future.
I will still be involved with the site, but I'm conscious you'll be doing most of the writing

Post something in the comments or email me at william.humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you'd be interested in meeting up for a coffee to chat through in a month or so's time.

UPDATE: I've been overwhelmed by the number of people who've been in touch. We're up to about 10 now. There's still going to be a demand for more writers, but let's close it for now.

Thanks for reading, folks.

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          Ho ho ho!   
Oh December, you wacky month of comfort and joy, sore muscles and tasty beverages, and gorgeous starry skies!

I love this month.  I always have.  My father hated the commercialism of Christmas, but my mother loved the whole thing.  When my brother and I were kids, she hardly ever wrapped a present before we fell asleep Christmas Eve, so it really was a wonder on Christmas morning.

Of course I see it a bit differently now that I'm in a business that is so crazy during December, but not too differently.  I love that people come in to buy secret Santa gifts.  I love that folks come in to buy candy filled dreidels, advent calendars, all that stuff.  I'm not a religious person, but I do love the bustle of it all.

After 16 years in business, one of the very coolest rewards is that we have become a tradition in some families.  The idea that Turtle Alley is a known, expected treat during the holidays makes me happier than I can express, actually.  It's hard to believe this all started with one machine and just me.

It's a whole different ball game now, lots of  apron-clad turtles gracing both stores, and lots of candy flying out the door. Chocolate on every surface, customers coming in and going out all day, so many turtles.  Soooo many turtles.

December is a month where attaining a work/life balance can be difficult, but every year it does get a bit better. One of the many added benefits to my job is that in December, it's also a lot of my social life -- I see everyone!  I'm also pretty lucky that my husband is Turtle Alley's shipping manager, otherwise I might not see him at all.....


candy cane pretzels!!
So this month's post is going to be a bit short.  I've got more of these to make:

FYI:  if you're in Cape Ann and watching cable on December 17th, tune in to John Ronan's TV show, "Writers Block".  You'll get to see little ole me chat about my book, candy, all sorts of things!

Until next time:  avoid the news at all costs, tell the people you love that you love them, smile at strangers, and by all means, do NOT make any chocolate related resolutions for the New Year!!

xxx.  Happy Holidays.



          In which the chocolate road leads to delicious POLLOCK!   
On September 20th, I had the distinct pleasure to be one of 5 judges for a Seafood Throwdown at the Boston Local Food Festival.  It was an all woman event:  all women chefs, and the panel of judges, all women authors.  Total honor, and a hoot to boot!

Despite the fact that I make my nut on sweets, I'm no slouch in the kitchen, and am known for a pretty precise palate. This was a great way to meet some other food authors, and stretch my taste buds a bit.  Added bonus?  They wanted us to actually talk about our books, which I am always down with.

I'd only met one of the other judges in person, Heather Atwood.  She did a really lovely review of my book.  We found we had friends in common, and actually got on so well I came precariously close to burning a giant batch of buttercrunch (talk about getting on like a house on fire!).  Other than Heather, I knew no one on the panel (literally, a fish out of water. *sorry*).  What a fantastic group: Ali Berlow, Leigh Belanger, Diana Rodgers.  Fascinating conversations, cool jobs, good earrings, great books.  What else could one ask for?

FISH.
Well hellooooo, Pollock!

There were two teams competing in this Throwdown, and the fish was pollock.  The goal of these throwdowns is to feature under utilized fish, and show folks what can be done with them.  Both of the teams did a fantastic job, but the Fishmongers came out on top (one of the categories to judge is use of the whole fish -- they cooked the skin to crispy perfection!).  It was a really close contest, and both teams were super talented.

As the teams shopped for ingredients and then got down to cooking, each of us in turn was asked to chat a bit about our books.  It was a really fun and informal atmosphere, so I only tanked a little.  The other ladies were on their games, though. Watch and learn, Hallie.  Watch and learn.

All in all, the day couldn't have been better:  the weather, the company, the chefs, the fish.  What an amazing food festival this is.  A total treat to step out of my chocolate covered clogs and into more fish-friendly flip flops.

SO:  not a chocolate blog at all today, just a chocolatier's lucky day out blog.

Not to worry:  I do not intend to marry chocolate and fish anytime soon.  Unless maybe we get into making mole.......

Up next:

Who knows!  It will be about sweets, though, I promise.

PS:  We're losing the light, but try to get out to see these sunsets.  They are fabulous!

No filter.  From my "front porch".















          How to Squeeze More Out of Your Weekly Meetings   

It’s hard to imagine anything more routine than a weekly meeting. Typically scheduled at the same time every week, the meeting starts ten minutes late. People filter in and chat about the week. You try to get some things done: discuss the previous week of work and projects, lay out a foundation for the next week, some people take notes, some don’t, and then someone says meeting adjourned and everyone gets back to work—most likely grumbling. Okay. It may not be this bad—but still, it may not be all that good either. Routines are helpful, but they can lose their

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          'Passengers' stars chat about future space travel, tech   
Sitting down with Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen to talk about space travel and the tech in the film.
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          Linus Explains What Surprises Him After 25 Years Of Linux   
Linus Torvalds appeared in a new "fireside chat" with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel. An anonymous reader writes:Linus explained what still surprises him about Linux development. "Code that I thought was stable continually gets improved. There are things we haven't touched for many years, then someone comes along and improves them or makes bug reports in something I thought no one used. We have new hardware, new features that are developed, but after 25 years, we still have old, very ba ...
          Commentaires sur [Test] Sac Karkoa Smartbag 40 par Greg   
Bonjour, je suis assez intéressé par l'achat de ce sac, mais j'ai une question sans réponse : quid de son étanchéité? Pas entre les compartiments, mais par rapport à la pluie? Je suis motard et je roule toute l'année pour aller bosser, mais comme en Belgique il pleut TRÈS souvent, j'ai besoin de matos qui tienne la route, et à un prix pareil, je préfère ne pas investir sans savoir.
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par François   
Céramique c'est mieux pour les frottements non ?
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par Julien   
titane ou céramique le ménisque ?
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par Courir plutôt que marcher   
Pistorius en vend sur Leboncoin d'Afrique du Sud... En prison, elles servent moins...
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par François   
Un ménisque à droite surtout. Ça ferait un joli cadeau de Noël :-)
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par Jaife   
Il parait qu'il te manque des jambes, tu devrais le mettre sur ta liste ! ;)
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par Courir plutôt que marcher   
Y me semblait bien aussi que j'avais déjà lu ça dans mes classiques du Lagarde & Michard...
          Commentaires sur Guide d’achat pour Noël ! par François   
Ouais, j'ai pas mis d'année, comme ça je peux le recycler tous les ans ;) Ecolo, donc.
          Das Programm   
For my final post in the series of Conversations, we have a chat with Peter Kapos of Das Programm about the future, systems, Ulm influence and the history of Braun. Braun KMM 1 aromatic, Reinhold Weiss 1965 BP: What is your background? What were the beginnings of Das Programm? (…)

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          Gymnastics Adviser Chatter 2   
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          New place, new faces, same old Dublin   

I’ve finally settled down.

No, not marriage. I mean that everything was quite hectic there for a while. Having returned from living in France, I took to house-hunting in Dublin on the following day, found a place by the fifth day, moved in on the sixth, and had my first tour of the season on the seventh! I hadn’t seen my family since January, so after that tour, I got the bus home. More hecticness – packing the rest of my stuff to bring down before my next tour!

Just in case you’re thinking I’ve been having a bad time so far, I’ll tell you I’m happy to back in Dublin, scumbags and all. Colour, chat, variety, mischief – traits that Grenoble blatantly lacked, and some say Dublin has too much of! Tea. Cadbury’s chocolate. Excellent beef. Guinness. They’re all still here! Thank God!

But changes are inevitable, as my good university buddy Heraclitus was always saying. New shops, restaurants, transport ‘improvements’ (which have exacerbated services), buskers on Grafton St., ways to see Dublin, Starbucks (sigh) on the original site of the Bewley’s Café, and, most importantly, new beers!

Tom Crean, the Irish Giant, is known to Irish people as the fella from Kerry who had quite a walk in Antarctica. Those guys who fabricate those fantastic Guinness TV ads succeeded in recalling his achievements to Irish minds about ten years ago.

Funnily, his connection with Irish beer has now become real.

The ‘Dingle Brewing Company’ has created a beer in honour of the great man. Simply named ‘Tom Crean’s’, the smooth lager is something I’d choose over the boring, predictable common lagers you find everywhere, and I'm not just talking about this country. I think I’ve seen it in three Dublin pubs so far. For a huge, and frequently updated, selection of beers on tap, O’Neill’s on Suffolk never lets me down. Well, except for their removal of Curim on tap. L



Eight Degrees Brewing’ has been in half of the pubs I’ve been in since I’m back. Granted, I mainly go into pubs in search of new wonderful inebriating beverages, so that fact is not as startling as would first appear. I‘ve only tried the ‘Sunburnt Irish Red’ (on draught in O’Neill’s on Suffolk St.), but I was mightily impressed – probably my favourite red ale now. It’s rich in flavour and body, two things which 8 degrees obviously knew were desperately lacking from the common Irish red ales.



(I’m still suffering withdrawal symptoms from having worked four months in Belgian beer pub. It’s not all bad; there are places to get Belgian beer here in Dublin, but this post is already too long.)
          Africa - China (Belt and Road Initiative); #SGRLaunch: A new chapter of China-Africa cooperation (Madaraka Express)   
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.


One of the stops along the route is Mtito Andei. It's the nearest station to the Tsavo National Park. President Kenyatta is expected to stop here on the inaugural journey later on Wednesday. Kathryn Omwandho reports.


Kenya's standard gauge rail line is an ambitious project, that has taken five years to build. The SGR is Built and funded by China, and the rail line is part of China's bridge and road initiative CTGN's Robert Nagila went to the streets of Nairobi to find out what Kenyans think of this mega project


Kenya is about to witness its first modern railway. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, or SGR, will massively boost the country's economic growth, and possibly the whole of East Africa. The railway, which is built according to Chinese standards, is another great example of China-Africa cooperation. Here is more on that story


The train is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight women were selected to go to China to learn how to drive the SGR. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train. CGTN's Maria Galang met one of these extraordinary ladies.


There's a lot of excitement in Nairobi since in a matter of hours, the new SGR train will be arriving in the Kenyan capital. CGTN's Kane Kiyo is at the Nairobi Terminal to share the excitement.


As the Kenyan President officially launches the first phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway, Kenyans say the new raiway will not only improve lives but make it easier to do business.


On the vast African savannah, a steel dragon crawls through the terrain. It is part of the East African Master Plan - the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. By introducing Chinese standards, technology, equipment and management to this fast-growing continent, Chinese builders are also bringing hope and love to the people. Today we will visit Maasai Primary School near the Nairobi South station, and listen to their story


Local manufacturers in Kenya have been major beneficiaries of the just launched Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Already, 40% sourcing of materials was dedicated to the local market, generating inflows of about 95 million dollars. Now that Kenya's first modern railway is complete, local players are still set to win big. Earlier on, I had a chat with the CEO of Kenya's manufacturers association, Phyllis Wakiaga, about the benefits of this project to the country's manufacturing sector


It is clear that East Africa is a natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. During the Ming Dynasty, four of the famous admiral Zheng He's seven expeditions reached the east coast of Africa, where they promoted friendship between China and the continent. The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had to pass through Tsavo, an important wildlife reserve in Kenya. In this episode, we will see how the Kenyans and the Chinese worked together to guarantee that the project was completed successfully without affecting the local wildlife.


And ordinary kenyans who were lucky to experience the maiden trip have been speaking out as well


          Withdrawal Symptoms   
Ever tried getting down a running bus? Yup, the inertia funda. Physics, class XI, CBSE.

My prolonged stay at home, after the months spent at IIMC, has put me in that kind of situation. When I was always chasing deadlines at IIMC, I would have laughed at someone had he suggested that nothingness can bore you. And yet here I am, toppled into the abyss of deep boredom. Despite the long sleeping hours, longer hours spent in front of the TV, the days just don't get over.

And the mercury is rising too! Its tough to imagine that the day I arrived here I slept in a rajayi. Now its almost imbearable to be out in the sun. The ceiling fan is no longer adequate to beat the heat. Glad that I won't be here to face the worst.

All's not lost tho', all the cricket happening about half the globe away keeps me company. The idleness compels me to listen to the pre-match chat show too, not that it makes me any wiser or happier. Tut-tut, India's out; but still the arena is wide open! My predictions: Semifinalists - Aus, SA, SL and NZ & Dream Final - Aus vs SA with SA claiming the cup. Long way to that though.

And I'm reading again. A lot, by my own standards. Some recommendations -
  • A Corner of a Foreign Field - Amazing work about mostly pre-independence history of cricket in India. Even if the WC debacle left a bitter taste in mouth, don't miss this masterpiece, for the love of the game. Hat's off to Guha for doing all the hard work in researching the anecdotes and stories to present in such lucid form! (and if cricket still fancies you, pick Pundits from Pakistan also!)
  • Above Average - Doesn't dwell too much on the IIT connection. Very interesting, very piquant. Very nostalgic for any IITian, more so for IITD junta (I guess). Its characters reminded me of many lost faces from my IIT days.
  • Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - The story is definitely very thrilling & impressive, though the narration lacks punch. It's told just like a chronological record of facts. Bit drab in parts, still quite enjoyable as a whole.
  • Being John Mcenroe - Rather than being just descriptive, this book tries to analyze the reasons behind & effects of John Mcenroe on Tennis. Great insights about the genius and his times.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Masterpiece! Absolute masterpiece! Would appeal to anyone with slightest bend of mind towards Science & tiniest tinge of curiosity towards Nature. Simply unputdownable.
  • The IITians - Just started this one. Starts on perhaps a bit too laudatory note, but is building up nicely. Should be a good read.
Apart from all this, I've also started reading blogs again. But my BSNL dial-up doesn't allow me to surf much. By the way, till very recent I wasn't aware that you can just put the BSNL phone cable in your laptop, do simple registration once and can start surfing @ ~40 kbps on totally on-use-basis rates! Check out Account free Internet dial up access based on CLI.

All my bags are not yet packed and I'm not yet ready to go, still another week left. But most of my shopping is done, barring some last minute items. Not yet thinking much about the upcoming internship, but I hope it would be interesting time. Reminds me of an ancient Chinese curse - "May you live in interesting times." Hmm, we'll see that.

Couple of things I have to do in London -
  1. Watch a cricket match, county-shounty, anything!
  2. Watch a soccer match. Some decent clubs whose names I know, hopefully.
  3. Visit some typical Irish pubs (just to check out the atmo, Mom!)
  4. Buy long-pending lenses for my camera and click loads of pictures.
  5. Travel a bit. Bath, Oxford, some coastal towns, perhaps.
Time to hit the bed.
          Meeting Lidia Bastianich at Felidia   
So, when one of your oldest and dearest friends is the GM at Felidia, a 3-star restaurant in Manhattan, where you have enjoyed the delectable cuisine of Lidia Bastianich, you get a little spoiled.  It is truly one of the best dining experiences one can have in NYC.  However, when Lidia is actually there and you get to speak with her, the excitement level grows exponentially.   That is what happened earlier this evening.  While I was having a Manhattan at the bar and catching up with Genji, I noticed her out of corner of my eye.  Genji introduced me and I immediately mentioned how enjoyable it was to see her make octopus salad with Christopher Walken and Anthony Bourdain on the NY holiday episode of the Layover.  She was very gracious and generous with her clientele and it was fun to get a chance to chat with her about cooking.  I will be making her octopus salad that she encouraged me to try out.

TUTTO CRUDO
Shaved raw seafood and vegetables with tomato water and crunchy puffed rice.

SCIALATIELLI
TRADITIONAL AMALFI COAST PASTA
WITH MUSSELS, CLAMS AND BROCCOLI DI RAPE

Getting to chat with Lidia was the perfect end note to a wonderful meal.


          Commentaires sur Réflexions d’un bobo à vélo par Vincent   
Jeanne à vélo > Je me rallie globalement au raisonnement. Cela dit, on ne voit pas poindre le moindre renchérissement significatif du prix des carburants. Leur coût est même constant depuis des décennies (voir les analyses de Jancovici par exemple). De fait, en terme de pouvoir d'achat (heures de travail, idée chère à Fourastier), le litre d'essence coûte aujourd'hui moins cher qu'avant le premier choc pétrolier… ce qui explique qu'un simple Smicard aujourd'hui peut rouler en voiture alors qu'il y a quarante ans, c'était à mobylette. Ceci dit, comme l'explique Jancovici, ce qui compte encore plus que le prix, c'est le <em>volume disponible par habitant</em>. Et là, l'Europe est sur le déclin depuis une bonne dizaine d'années. Thierry Groussin > L’attachement à la voiture n’est pas rationnel. C’est un mélange d’habitudes, d’égo, de conformisme. Ça dépend où on habite et comment on vit : en zone rurale, voire même en grande banlieue avec très peu de transports en commun, a fortiori si on a des horaires décalés, la voiture est de fait une obligation. Toto > Pour les classes plus aisées, posséder une voiture n’est plus nécessaire pour montrer sa réussite et est parfois considéré par les populations urbaines aisées comme superflu Il faut encore distinguer de quelle classe aisée on parle : bobos (de gauche)  vs. bourges (de droite). Autant un prof de fac peut effectivement se passer de voiture parce qu'il dispose d'un certain capital social, autant un cadre du privé va encore considérer ça comme un symbole de réussite.
          Nouveautés fut 17   

le nouvel opus du jeu vidéo FIFA d'EA sport va sortir fin Septembre. mais déjà des vidéos trainent sur les nouveautés du jeu et de la version fut 17 : c'est le cas des coups-francs qui seront plus faciles et plus techniques. En savoir plus sur http://www.stat-foot.fr/credits-fut-17-pas-cher-achat-vente.html

 

voici la vidéo des coups de pieds de FUT 17

 

 

 

 

 

 


          É cada sonho esquisito.    
Sonhei com uma historinha essa noite. Vou contar pra vocês. 

Tinha um sujeito no mundo que todos odiavam.
Ele era malvadão e rabugento, praticamente insuportável. 
Ai então todos combinaram de desejar que ele não mais existisse. 
E de fato aconteceu, o malvadão desapareceu. Sumiu com sua chatice. 

Em outra realidade o sujeito se encontrou.
Sozinho em um mundo que não criou. 
Ficou feliz porque também não gostava das pessoas. Nem do desleixado, nem do pomposo.
Agora tinha um mundo só pra ele. Não era maravilhoso?

Mas as coisas na nossa realidade não iam bem.
Tremores começaram a surgir, a realidade é frágil, ninguém deveria sumir!
Apenas se o trouxessem de volta a realidade viverá!
O povo se desesperou, quem poderia imaginar?

Tentaram desejar que ele voltasse, mas não funcionou.
Nem sempre uma porta que se abre é a mesma que se fechou.
"Precisamos que alguém vá buscá-lo!" exclamavam.
"Eu vou!" Respondeu um sujeito qualquer. O herói que precisavam.

Desejaram que ele fosse de encontro ao malvadão.
E lá foi ele, para a outra realidade, através dessa oração.
Vagou pelo cosmo e pelo vácuo da existência.
Até que chegou na Terra 2. Nome criado com urgência.

Encontrou o malvadão e foi correndo lhe contar.
"A vida na terra está desmoronando! Você precisa voltar!"
O malvadão lhe olhou nos olhos e exclamou com convicção:
"Apenas se me tornarem rei! Senão não volto não!"

Desejaram então mais do que tudo retornar á terra natal.
E logo estavam lá! Em um cenário surreal.
Os tremores logo cessaram e as pessoas aliviadas ficaram.
"Vida longa ao nosso rei!" todas felizes exclamaram.

O malvadão se tornou um tirano, isso não foi surpresa pra ninguém.
Mas se alguém se queixasse ia pra cadeia. E perderia a cabeça também.
Por décadas foi assim, até que o tirano se aposentou.
Sua morte foi secretamente desejada. Mas isso ninguém jamais comentou.

Essa história tem uma moral, um ensinamento e uma lição.
Se te mandarem embora, vá!
Mas só volte com uma boa condição.

Fim.

          A Vingança dos Sith   
   Estamos atrasados! Mas oras. Tem acontecido tantas coisas nesse mundo que a última coisa que as pessoas vão se preocupar é com um post sobre um filme num blog certo? Errado. E estamos trabalhando duro para corrigir logo esse erro atroz... E é com orgulho que apresento o ultimo post da série especial sobre Wars onde divagaremos sobre o (coincidentemente) último filme da saga... (Depois disso vamos nos virar pra encher o máximo de linguiça até Fevereiro de 2012) (Mas isso de encher linguiça NUNCA foi problema para nós ;D). Bom, senhoras e senhores... O post atrasado mas não menos espetacular sobre o finalmente filme BOM da nova trilogia:



          O filme divisor de águas e opiniões. Bastante polêmico e controverso. Incita disputas e duelos sobre sua seriedade e sua lógica. O mais delicado tambêm, pois é a peça que falta, é a ponte que liga 30 anos de história. Então nada pode ficar faltando e tudo deve estar nos seus devidos lugares... Tomara que sim.
          Devo falar bem dele, mas nem tanto, pois certas coisas não desceram (MESMO) Uma delas: Cara, Anakin certa altura do campeonato (Já na alcunha de Lord Vader!) Mata crianças jedis, mata todo mundo, tá bem locão, mata mermo. E tudo para agradr o seu novo mestre: Palpatine. Mas pra que? Com que motivo? Deve ser algo realmente muito forte que mexeu na cabeça, alma e coração desse outrora jedi para ele fazer tudo o que fez... Ai que tá! Nem é! =D. Any se converte ao lado negro e vira um monstro sem coração por causa da promessa (completamente infundada) de Palp de salvar sua amada esposa (A qual o mesmo se esforça pra convencer o público de que realmente ama de verdade) (Porque né? Ô romancesinho que foi sem graça. Ô casalzinho insosso e sem paixão... Tsc, Compara com Han e Léia e você vê do que eu tô falando...) Viram? Viram porquê Any virou Vader? Porquê ele confiou na palavra de um cara que disse que ele poderia salvar sua esposa que estava bem mas que ele sonhava que ia morrer, assim como ele sonhava que a mãe ia morrer e a mesma morreu. E também porque o conselho jedi tava de bullying pra cima do garoto, e porquê ele não aguentava mais Jar Jar Binks no seu ouvido. É por isso. A cena do nascimento de Vade de fato é bonita e emocionante. Assim como a luta fatídica (mencionada em Nova Esperança) entre Vader e Ben em Mustafar. Sim, eu gostei.  Gostei do detalhe de Ben pegando o sabre de Any e levando consigo (Nova Esperança again). Detalhes. "Vingança" é feita de detalhes. A Millenium Falcon, o amuleto de Padmé, A citação de Yoda sobre Dagobah, Chewie! Fiquei feliz em ver o velho "Carpete ambulante que fala" de volta. Mas as cenas que me fizeram realmente esquecer as chatices extremas de ultra perfeccionismo foram 3 em especial. Luta de Yoda com Palpatine (Awesome stuff!) Os dois seres mais poderosos da galáxia se enfrentando. Ha, foi foda sim. O nascimento dos gêmeos... Duvido algum fã não ter dado um único suspiro quando ouviram Amidala dando os nomes para eles... E a sutil cena no final do tioOwen e a tia Beru com o pequeno Luke vendo os pôr dos sois em Tatooine... É  mesma cena onde o jovem Luke se encontra em Nova Esperança. Isso sim foi bonito de se ver.

Bom. Passaram-se 3 filmes e ninguém usou a força direito. Isso é fato. Usa-se mais a força no Ep.V do que na nova trilogia inteira. Mas foram filmes valiosos que a velha guarda amou odiar e a nova guarda (que acha tudo uma festa mesmo) teve a oportunidade de ver Wars assim como seus pais, tios e mães. E tias. E por ai vai.

Ficamos por aqui e mês que vem um novo post sobre alguma coisa que eu ainda não sei o que é! Mas vai ter a ver com Star Wars (Hóóóóóó)... E não se esqueçam. Agora falta pouco... E continuamos contando.
Abrass!!


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          Chatting Facebook menggunakan Empathy Ubuntu   
Sejak 2 hari yang lalu internet saya sedang mengalami gangguan jadi tidak bisa mengupdate blog saya. Tapi alhamdulillah sekarang internet saya sudah kembali lancar.. Yeah.. ;)

Pada posting kali ini saya akan berbagi cara chatting facebook tanpa login ke facebook dengan menggunakan program chat bawaan Ubuntu, yaitu Empathy. Agar waktu tidak terbuang sia-sia, kita mulai saja tutorialnya.. ^^
  1. Pertama Anda harus mendownload sebuah plugin facebook disini http://adf.ly/6JvTc
  2. Lalu install plugin tersebut.
  3. Jika sudah selesai di install, buka Empathy Anda. (Application >> Internet >> Empathy IM Client)
  4. Pilih menu Edit >> Account atau bisa menggunakan tombol F4.
  5. Setelah itu klik tombol Add yang ada di kiri bawah. Lalu pada bagian protocol pilih Facebook Chat kemudian masukkan username dan password Anda.
  6. Kemudian klik Apply.
*Note : "username bukanlah email Anda, tetapi url profile facebook Anda. Contoh : http://www.facebook.com/yoanpratamaputra jadi yang merupakan username Anda adalah yoanpratamaputra"

Sekian dari saya, semoga bermanfaat bagi kita semua.. ^_^

          Sisi lain Boediono   
Malam semuanya...
Malam ini aku mau ngebahas tentang bapak wapres kita, Boediono, yang sangat jarang sekali terekspos media. Jika berbicara soal Boediono, orang-orang pasti akan mengaitkan dengan kasus Bank Century, dan sampai saat ini kasus itu masih ramai diperbincangkan di media. Rabu kemarin, matanajwa mengundang bapak Boediono spesial dengan topiknya malam itu "Dibalik Diam Boediono".   Berkat acara tersebutlah, masyarakat jadi lebih mengenal sosok Boediono yang sebenarnya sangat sederhana, santun, dan pendiam. Beliau bukan seorang politisi yang sangat memperdulikan pencitraan. Beliau malah tidak suka jika apa yang ia lakukan dieskpos oleh media. Dan lucunya negeri kita ini adalah orang-orang yang tidak terekspos media dianggap tidak melakukan apa-apa, karena popularitasnya kalah dnegan para politisi yang malang-melintang di televisi maupun surat kabar. Pernah suatu kali pak Boediono dan Jokowi pergi blusukan ke salah satu sekolah, lucunya murid-murid di sekolah itu justru mengelu-elukan Jokowi, meneriakkan nama Jokowi keras-keras, seakan-akan tak ada sosok Boediono di situ. Tapi melihat hal itu tidak membuat Boediono sedih atau kecewa tetapi dia justru tertawa lebar dan menampakkan raut wajah bahagia. Kemudian Najwa menanyakan padanya tentang hal itu, mengapa ia tetap tertawa padahal popularitasnya kalah dibanding Jokowi. "Ya Jokowi memang bukan lawan saya dalam kepopuleran. Saya tdk terganggu" ucap Boediono. Ia mengatakan bahwa popularitasnya memang kalah jauh dengan Jokowi karena dia memang tidak mencari popularitas, apa yang ia lakukan semuanya murni pengabdiannya untuk bangsa dan negara, bukan untuk pencitraan atau agar dielu-elukan masyarakat. Salah seorang bawahannya mengatakan dia sering menawarkan pada Boediono untuk mengundang wartawan saat sedang menjalankan tugas-tugasnya sebagai wapres, tetapi Boediono menolak, dia tidak mau dieskpos oleh media. 
 “Dari dulu saya tidak mengejar popularitas. Yg ingin dikejar adalah apa yang saya ingin laksanakan di hati saya.” Kata Boediono.
Mendengar itu saya terharu dan speechless. Ditengah para politisi yang saat ini sibuk melakukan pencitraan untuk merebut hati masyarakat, Boediono justru menolak tawaran untuk diekspos media. Karena hal ini saya kemudian berpikir, Jokowi baru beberapa bulan menjabat sebagai Gubernur tetapi popularitasnya terus meningkat, hal ini tidak lepas karena peran wartawan yang selalu mengikutinya kemana-mana, seakan-akan Jokowi memiliki wartawan pribadi yang terus mengikutinya kemanapun. Jokowi naik ojek diberitakan, Jokowi makan makanan pinggir jalan diberitakan, seakan dirinya tak punya kehidupan pribadi yang tidak terekspos media. Padahal kenyataannya banyak pejabat yang melakukan banyak untuk rakyat tetapi karena tidak pernah diekspos di media jadi orang-orang menganggap ia tak melakukan apa-apa. Lucu ya negeri kita ini :)
Boediono sosok yang sangat sederhana, malam itu saya benar-benar sedih dan terharu. Orang baik seperti dia diberitakan yang buruk, sedangkan orang yang hobinya PENCITRAAN DI MEDIA justru dielu-elukan dan dianggap super hero. 
Salah seorang ajudan Boediono mengatakan beberapa waktu lalu pak Boediono berangkat haji dengan keluarganya menaiki pesawat milik negara, dan beliau memerintahkan bawahannya itu untuk menghitung seluruh biaya tersebut, termasuk biaya parkir pesawat selama berada di sana, dan dia bayar semuanya dengan uangnya pribadi, dan uang tersebut kemudian dimasukkan ke dalam kas negara. Karena kata beliau haji itu kan ibadah saya dan keluarga jadi uang yang digunakan juga harus uang sendiri.  “Waktu naik haji, sebenarnya disediakan pesawat kepresidenan dan ditanggung negara. Tapi Beliau bayar dengan uang pribadi.” Ucap M. Oemar. Ia melanjutkan, " “Tidak hanya bayar tiket pesawat, tapi bahkan ongkos parkirnya pun diganti dengan uang pribadinya.” 
Speechless, hari gini sangaaaaaaat jarang ada pejabat yang sejujur dan sebaik ini :( 
Kemudian, pernah lagi suatu ketika saat Boediono bepergian ke luar negeri, beliau kekurangan beberapa singlet (dalaman) lalu beliau menyuruh bawahannyan untuk membelikannya beberapa singlet. Sesampainya di Indonesia, Boediono memanggil bawahannya itu dan menanyakan berapa biaya yang dia keluarkan untuk membeli singlet-singlet tersebut, uangnya dibayar kembali oleh Boediono.  “Pernah suatu hari kunjungan ke LN, harus beli beberapa singlet. Beliau ganti dengan uang pribadi. Sangat ketat pisahkan soal-soal begini.” Kata M.Oemar.
Super yaaa pak Boediono ini :)
Pernah juga suatu kali Boediono harus menghadiri acara di luar kota. Ternyata dalam acara itu para tamu yang hadir harus memakai pakaian batik, lalu Boediono memakai batik yang sama persis seperti batik yang dipakai para pegawai hotel tempatnya menginap. "Beliau pernah beli batik sederhana di toko dalam hotel, untuk acara resmi. Ternyata itu batik seragam pegawai hotel.” Chatib Basri. 
Walaupun beliau seorang wapres tetapi beliau tidak malu memakai seragam batik hotel agar bisa hadir dalam acara tersebut. Sangat sederhana :)
Sahabat Boediono mengatakan jika disuruh mendeskripsikan orang baik di dunia itu seperti apa ya jawabannya seperti pak Boediono itu jawabannnya.
 “Kalau saya ditanya definisi org baik itu siapa, saya akan jawab Boediono. Saya katakan itu dari hati saya.” Abdillah Toha
Bahkan pihak matanajwa membutuhkan waktu setahun untuk meyakinkan Boediono agar hadir di acara tersebut. Kalau pejabat lain pasti akan sangat senang sekali bisa diundang ke matanajwa (hitung-hitung pencitraan gratis) tapi Boediono justru memilih untuk datang ke matanajwa saat masa jabatannya hampir habis. Wow!!! I love you, Pak Boediono :)
Saat ditanya soal sosok Boediono dulu dan sekarang pada istrinya, istrinya menjawab, “Dia (Boediono) tetap sama dari dulu sampai sekarang. Lugu dan tidak romantis.” Lalu saat ditanya apa yang dipelajari istrinya dari seorang Boediono, ini jawabannya, “Pelajaran tentang kesederhanaan dan memisahkan mana yang hak dan mana yang bukan.” 

Acara matanajwa emang keren banget, selalu menampilkan sesuatu yang lain, sesuatu yang tidak biasa. Matanajwa selalu menampilkan sesuatu yang berbeda ibaratnya matanajwa bisa melihat apa yang tak mampu kita lihat. Berkat matanajwa jugalah orang-orang jadi tahu sosok seperti apa sebenarnya Boediono. Sosok yang sederhana, rendah hati, santun, apa adanya, dan jujur :) semangat terus pak Boediono, kebaikan memang nggak perlu diumbar supaya dielu-elukan orang, karena ada Tuhan yang maha tahu apa yang kita lakukan, cukup dia yang mengetahui kebaikan-kebaikan yang Anda lakukan, karena balasannya pasti di akhirat nanti. Semoga semakin banyak orang-orang seperti Boediono. Boediono memberi harapan pada kita bahwa masih banyak sebenarnya para pejabat yang baik dan jujur, Indonesia tidak seburuk yang terlihat dilayar kaca televisi Anda :)

Konklusi Matanajwa:
1. Pak Boed lama bersama kekuasaan, dalam makna lain telah memberi pengabdian.
2. Dia mungkin contoh yang sempurna, pejabat nonpolitik yang relatif diterima.
3. Sebagai wapres dia tahu diri, berada di gelanggang sebagai pengganti.
4. Kini dia menjadi samsak amuk politik, akibat bank gagal berdampak
sistemik.
5. Ada yang menudingnya miskin terobosan, hanya karena Pak Boed taat aturan.
6. Dia bukan bintang liputan media, meski bukan berarti sedikit bekerja.
7. Selamanya kita bisa belajar dari dirinya, laku keseimbangan yang terjaga.
8. Berwibawa tanpa banyak kata, lama berkuasa namun tetap hidup sederhana.
9. Dia teknokrat yang santun dalam batasan, menyeimbangkan peran & atasan.
10. Bekerja dalam dingin rasionalitas angka, paham distorsi pasar dan negara.
11. Pak boed terpuji karena laku sederhana, merintis jalan menuju negeri sejahtera, meski ia tak sepenuhnya berkuasa.
12. Dalam berkecamuk belenggu para politisi, Boediono contoh pekerja yang memilih sunyi.

          Exim Summit 18th November 2015   

  We were excited to be involved in the EximSummit in Croke Park on the 18th November 2015. The continued growth of the export-import sector has been the driving force of the Irish economy’s record recovery. Now more than ever, it is vital for Irish businesses to capitalise on opportunities available to them, to consider exciting ventures and to build new relationships. EXIM Summit – the only event of its kind – provided export-import practitioners with a forum for education, innovation and thought leadership, and a platform for continued growth. We met old friends and new and got to chat to a number of new exporters and those involved in the export field. Big congrats to the Mespil Group and their fantastic team for delivering the well attended day. Looking forward to what comes next! Chris

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          This is the Water: Twin Peaks, Roswell and the Siren's Song (UPDATE)   

Please tell me you're watching the new season of Twin Peaks. 

Like nearly everyone else my jaw is still on the floor after last night's episode. All the more so since it seems to very closely align with a topic I explored in great detail last year and that's the explosion of the atom bomb seeming to open some kind of doorway that allowed something dangerous to enter into our reality.

And whatever it is that crossed over seems to possess us and use us to its own ends, as we seem to be seeing in recent posts.

Lynch paints this picture in a way that simultaneously feels like a fever dream, Stanley Kubrick's lost masterpiece and some kind of bizarre MK Ultra conditioning session. As we'll see, this episode drew heavily on the work of Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano's Outer Limits, so much so that it played like a tribute.

It's going to take time to sort through but this series seems like a oracle. It feels less like television and more like revelation. Lynch is tapped into something very deep, very dark and very important.  


And it's only because of the conjunction of Chris Cornell's death and the return of Twin Peaks that I got thrown back down the Siren's well. I really thought I was done and good with the story but it so happened that the story wasn't done with me. 

It wasn't until I started putting some of the pieces together that I began to see how Twin Peaks, Chris Cornell and the Siren's song have been locked in a spiderweb of synchronicity since the very beginning.

Pay attention here- someone may be trying to tell us a story in the same nonlinear manner David Lynch is telling the new Twin Peaks.


Chris Cornell 's only acting credit is the Cameron Crowe film Singles. He appears onscreen with Bridget Fonda.


Bridget Fonda also appears onscreen with Bill Pullman in Singles.


Bill Pullman appears in the David Lynch film, Lost Highway, which features Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'

UPDATE: Still don't believe in the dark power of the Siren's Song?

In Lost Highway, Bill Pullman plays a musician falsely accused of murdering his wife, played by Patricia Arquette (who was cast as Jeff Buckley's mother in an unproduced biopic). Though never really explained it's implied that the Mystery Man, played by Robert Blake, is responsible for the murder.

In May 2002- same month the Jeff Buckley biography Everyone Here Wants You aired on British television- Robert Blake was accused of murdering his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakely, in back of a restaurant in Los Angeles.



Just months after David Lynch's Mulholland Dr - a film about an actress (Naomi Watts†) who has her lover killed - had depicted a memorable scene about a looming horror in back of a Los Angeles restaurant.

Mulholland Dr was originally produced as a TV movie after Lynch made Lost Highway.

Blake was acquitted on account of there was no evidence to tie him to the crime, and the only testimony came from two stuntmen associated with Bakely's former lover, the convicted murderer Christian Brando.

Brando shot and killed his sister's lover at Marlon Brando's residence on- wait for it- Mulholland Dr.

And "Bakely?"
The name Bakley belongs to the early history of Britain, its origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England.
Bakely's daughters later successfully sued Blake for wrongful death. 

Lost Highway was Jack Nance's last role. He died under mysterious circumstances before the film was released. David Lynch produced a documentary in his honor, released 2002.

A special thanks to longtime Shemsu Sunner Devin. I knew there was something I was overlooking.



Patricia Arquette is featured in the Lost Highway's 'Song to the Siren' scene.



Arquette also stars in True Romance, which she plays the lover of a young man who is channeling Elvis Presley, who died in Memphis and whose statue overlooks the site of Jeff Buckley's death. Arquette was cast to play Jeff Buckley's mother in the unproduced docudrama Mystery White Boy.

True Romance also features Brad Pitt and this memorable use of Chris Cornell's MDD anthem, 'Outshined'. 


Brad Pitt appears in Jeff Buckley documentary Everybody Here Wants You, which also features Elizabeth Fraser. 

Chris Cornell's tribute to Jeff Buckley, 'Wave Goodbye,' is played on the TV series Roswell, set (of course) in New Mexico 


Roswell star William Sadler played Death in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, starring Keanu (or Ki-Anu) Reeves

Keanu Reeves played Buddha in Little Buddha, with Bridget Fonda and Chris Isaak 


Chris Isaak starred in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the franchise's last chapter until 2017.


Ben Rosenfield appears in its next chapter. 


Rosenfield's first feature film role is portraying Tim Buckley in the Jeff Buckley biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley.


Roswell's William Sadler portrays Lee Underwood (the guitarist on the Starsailor version of 'Song to the Siren') in Greetings from Tim Buckley.


Tim Buckley's first public recording of 'Song to the Siren' first heard on the "Frodis Caper" episode of The Monkees, whose plot revolved around the capture of a flying saucer. 


The 1994 TV movie Roswell revolved around the capture of a flying saucer in New Mexico. 

It aired the very same day Soundgarden played the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Cornell died after Soundgarden played the Fox Theater in Detroit.

Soundgarden performs live in Singles, playing 'Birth Ritual'. Singles co-star Bill Pullman later stars in Independence Day which centers on a UFO captured at Roswell. 


Roswell starred Kyle MacLachlan, who portrays Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks. 


Cooper emerges from the Black Lodge into a storeroom where characters played by Rosenfeld and Madeline Zima were last seen. 


Madeline Zima starred on Californication (itself loaded with Siren symbolism) alongside David Duchovny. 


David Duchovny played a cross-dressing FBI agent on Twin Peaks. He'd later play another FBI agent on The X-Files.  

Duchovny would later be replaced on The X-Files by Robert Patrick, brother of original Nine Inch Nails guitarist Richard Patrick (whose band Filter recorded the rock theme for the first X-Files movie). 



Robert Patrick first appears on X-Files same episode 'Scully's Theme' first heard, which was based on Elizabeth Fraser's 'Song of the Siren'.

 

Don Davis, who portrayed Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks, appeared as Scully's father on The X-Files. Davis's first appearance on The X-Files was in 'Beyond the Sea', which also guest-starred Brad Dourif. 


Brad Dourif appeared in Blue Velvet, the film where Lynch tried and failed to secure rights to Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'. That film starred Laura Dern, who also appears on the new Twin Peaks. 


Laura Dern first appears in Episode 6, which also features this very Blue Velvet-like performance by Balthazar Getty, Patricia Arquette's lover during Lost Highway's playing of  'Song to the Siren'.

'Song to the Siren' was produced by John Fryer, who also produced the prophetic 'In the Gold Dust Rush.'  

Fryer also produced the first Nine Inch Nails album.

Nine Inch Nails toured with David Bowie in 1995.



David Bowie appears in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.  

Nine Inch Nails appear on Twin Peaks episode that centers around a locust chimera that possesses a girl through the mouth.

The Nine Inch Nails' album The Downward Spiral was released the same day as Soundgarden's Superunknown

Trent Reznor appears in 2014 documentary Beautiful Noise, about Cocteau Twins and the movement they inspired.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden toured together in 2014. They opened in Las Vegas.

Downward Spiral, which was recorded at Manson-massacre house 10050 Cielo Drive, features a sample from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the song 'Reptile'.*



Texas Chainsaw Massacre's 2003 remake features cover of Fraser's cover of "Song to the Siren."

David Bowie and Trent Reznor sang "Reptile" as a duet on their 1995 tour.

Three days before Downward Spiral released Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser began their love affair in Atlanta, sparked by Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'.



Fraser is from the Falkirk council area of Scotland, which boasts two enormous statues of the Kelpie, the Scottish water-demon version of the Siren, that shapeshifts from horse to human. 

Falkirk is a half-hour's drive from Rosewell, the town that borders the Rosslyn Chapel.


 There's locusts in her honey mouth 

In the final scene of Episode 8, the possessed young girl is mesmerized by the incantation of a demon who chants an incantation that wouldn't sound out of place on Garlands: 

"This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend.  The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within."

Like the Sirens and the mermaids, the entity is a chimera of a frog and a locust, both plagues that Moses brought down on Egypt in Exodus. 

Elizabeth Fraser's only solo releases are the singles 'Underwater' and 'Moses'. 


The girl in Twin Peaks is played by Tikaeni Faircrest. Tikeani is an Inuit word meaning "Wolf."

After the girl is possessed you hear horses in the desert. Or perhaps it's the Kelpie.


BONUS TIMELINE

• Blue Velvet released. Includes 'Mysteries of Love', song written when Lynch was unable to license 'Song of the Siren'. September 1986 

• Ccoteau Twins release Love's Easy Tears EP September 1986. 


+++++

• Elizabeth Fraser's first child born September 1989

• Soundgarden release first major label album Louder than Love, September 5, 1989

• Julee Cruise releases her first album Floating into the Night, featuring debut of Twin Peaks theme 'Falling'. Also features 'Mysteries of Love'. Released September 12, 1989

• Nine Inch Nails releases first single, 'Down in It', September 15, 1989

+++++


• Jeff Buckley moves to New York February 1990

• Andrew Wood dies of overdose March 1990

Twin Peaks premieres April 1990

Lynch's Wild at Heart is shown at Cannes. Laura Dern stars. May 1990



+++++

• Elizabeth Fraser and Jeff Buckley first meet in New York's Roseland Ballroom, April 1991

• Jeff Buckley makes his public debut at a tribute to late father Tim Buckley in April 1991

• Chris Cornell releases Temple of the Dog, tribute to late friend Andrew Wood, in April 1991

• Twin Peaks put on hiatus April 1991 (canceled June)

+++++

• Elizabeth Fraser and Jeff Buckley begin relationship March 5, 1994 in Atlanta.

•  Superunknown by Soundgarden and The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails released March 8, 1994

• Kurt Cobain is murdered April 5, 1994. Body is discovered morning of April 8, 1994. Cocteau Twins tape appearance on Tonight Show that same afternoon.

• Soundgarden play in Paris that night, where Cocteau Twins' death-omen "Road, River and Rail" is set.

Holy Matrimony opens same day, starring Lost Highway's Patricia Arquette and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levitt would later star in UFO-themed Mysterious Skin which features Cocteau Twins' 'Crushed' and score by Cocteau Twin (and Fraser's ex-husband) Robin Guthrie 


+++++

• Trent Reznor clashes in media with Courtney Love over liaison, Spring 1995

X-Files airs Roswell-themed 'Anasazi', set in New Mexico, featuring actor Bernie Coulson, who former roommate Brad Pitt based his character in True Romance onSpring 1995

• Courtney Love and Jeff Buckley date, Spring- Summer 1995

• David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails tour begins featuring duet on 'Reptile'
early September 1995 

• Cocteau Twins release Elizabeth Fraser's love letters to Jeff Buckley, Twinlights and Rilkean Dreams, September 1995

+++++

Lost Highway, featuring 'Song of Siren' released February 1997

The X-Files airs UFO-capture two-parter in March 1997, guest-starring Tom O'Brien, who later stars on The Dead Zone, whose theme song is Jeff Buckley's 'New Years Prayer', from album co-produced by Chris Cornell.

• Chris Cornell quits Soundgarden in April 1997

• Elizabeth Fraser records 'Teardrop', a love letter to Jeff Buckley, same day he drowns in May 1997

Air Force Roswell Report released June 1997

+++++

Twin Peaks revival announced 2014

• Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails tour together 2014

• Cocteau Twins documentary Beautiful Noise released 2014

+++++


X-Files Season 11 schedule announced May 15, 2017 

• Chris Cornell dies near site of Siren-like legend May 18, 2017

Twin Peaks, the Return Premieres May 21, 2017, featuring Cocteau Twins wannabe's Chromatics

•  70th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting, June 24, 2017

• Nine Inch Nails appear on interdimensional-themed episode of Twin Peaks, June 25, 2017

• Elizabeth Fraser to make first public appearance in 5 years, July 23, 2017, the day of the   rising of Sirius, to talk about Blue Bell Knoll, whose title comes from fairy lore.



The published lyrics for the song NIN played on Twin Peaks reuses a lyric from 'Reptile': "she leaves a trail of honey to show me where she's been." That line is not on the final recording. 

Spirit possession, honey, mouth, locusts. Oh, plus gold that isn't really gold. Why does that all sound so familiar?


† Naomi Watts is married to my wife's second cousin, Liev Schreiber. Bonnie Lee Bakely is from my old stomping grounds Morristown, which is also Richard Hoagland's birthplace.

          Interlude: Sirius Rising    



Click here if you're at all lost.

The first thing I'd like to do here is reframe this narrative. The prism we should see this through is that of the story of the theme song to what was at one time the most watched television show in the world, namely House MD.


And subsequently we're also looking at the backstory of a music video that's gotten over 48 million views on YouTube. Those are Beyonce numbers. 


So rather than try to figure out why this incredibly strange and impossible chain of events has focused on a couple singers most people have never heard of, let's approach it all under that context. 


This is a story tens of millions of people have been exposed to without realizing what it is they're hearing.

I'd also like to let it be known that this isn't a story that ended twenty years ago. As we've seen Chris Cornell- whose death continues to make headlines- somehow found himself wound up in all this, both through his close relationship with Jeff Buckley but also through his unlikely connection to the mythos we're unfolding here.


And into the midst of it all comes the announcement that Elizabeth Fraser is appearing at Royal Albert Hall in July:

John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall. 
The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to see Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.

I really don't know where to start. I couldn't possibly make up an event more symbolically loaded. Is someone actually fucking with me here?

Where to begin? Let's try this, from the must-read VISUP site.
(Robert Anton) Wilson is primarily responsible for bringing the 23 enigma to public attention. Wilson in turn partly became obsessed with the number 23 after supposedly receiving telepathic messages from an alien race based upon Sirius after performing a Crowley-inspired ritual on July 22, 1973. The next morning he found a peculiar message in his 'magickal diary' stating "Sirius is very important." This led Wilson to doing some research. 
"The Skeptic went to town and browsed in the public library. Imagine my state of mind when I discovered that this very day, July 23, when I had received the message 'Sirius is very important,' is the day when, according to Egyptian tradition, the occult link (through hyperspace?) is most powerful between Earth and Sirius. 
"Celebrations of the Dog Star, Sirius, beginning on July 23, are the origin of the expression 'dog days,' meaning the days from July 23 to September 8, when the last rituals to Sirius were performed."- The Cosmic Trigger Volume I, pg. 87 
What Wilson is referring to is the heliacal rising of Sirius, often associated with July 23:
The heliacal rising: the first visible, though brief, appearance of a star on the eastern horizon before sunrise. On the previous morning, sunlight made the star invisible.  
Sirius is also identified with Isis, who plays a major role in our story here:
As the star Sopdet (Sirius (in Greek Sothis)), she heralds the life-giving inundation. 
July 23rd has also been connected with the Ancient Egyptian New Year:
Ancient Egyptian culture was closely tied to the Nile River, and it appears their New Year corresponded with its annual flood. According the Roman writer Censorinus, the Egyptian New Year was predicted when Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—first became visible after a 70-day absence. 
July 23rd is also identified with Our Sweetheart, the Drunk:
This massive party was tied to the myth of Sekhmet, a war goddess who had planned to kill all of humanity until the sun god Ra tricked her into drinking herself unconscious.  
Which turned her into the love goddess Hathor. And then there's this little detail here: 
In ancient Egypt, the helical rising of Sirius coincided with the annual rising of the Nile at Memphis.
Wait: did they say Memphis? I thought so.

Elizabeth Fraser last appeared at Royal Albert Hall with the Cocteau Twins, touring the Milk and Kisses album, which included a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley.




Blue Bell Knoll is a luscious album, the musical equivalent of having warm honey dripped on your head while you're taking a milk bath on really good drugs, but its title has a darker meaning:
In folklore, the flowers assist mortals in seeing fairies or seeing into their reality, but were regarded by some as unlucky because they could also reveal or even attract malign spirits, including the Devil himself... They are also called Dead Men's or Dead Man's Bells, because hearing the bells ringing is an omen of death.  
Remembering the line from Song to the Siren, "Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox?", note that bluebells are also known as harebells:
Campanula rotundifolia is associated with the fairies and with witches...The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares. 
And hey- milk again.
These juices lent the flower another Scottish folk name, "Milk-ort" (milk herb).
More importantly, the bluebell also connects to the central conceit of our story- the seemingly inexplicable symbolic overkill connected to the ancient myth of the goddess (variously associated with sex, war, music and the Moon) and her shepherd-boy consort.

Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley.


As it happens milk plays a very major role in that ur-myth as well. From the first known telling of the story, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi:

  Make your milk sweet and thick, my bridegroom / My shepherd, I will drink your fresh milk / Wild bull Dumuzi, make your milk sweet and thick/ I will drink your fresh milk.
Elizabeth Fraser's dedication on Milk and Kisses plows the same metaphorical furrow.

 "Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley /my Rilkean-Hearted friend."
(We're going to return to The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi again, in a big, bad way).

The bluebell has also been named for Endymion, the young shepherd consort of the goddess Selene, who fell in love with and put under a spell of eternal sleep so that she alone might enjoy his beauty. Selene was also known as Phoebe and one of the key tracks on Blue Bell Knoll is "For Phoebe, Still a Baby."



So I suppose it's only appropriate that this is being held at Royal Albert Hall, named in honor of Prince Albert, formally known as Albert, Prince Consort. 

And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. 

Albert was husband of Queen Victoria, herself named after the Roman goddess of victory. And for those of you who don't know the rest:
Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into a period of deep mourning in which she rarely appeared before her subjects.
 CARNIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH

We saw that that Jeff Buckley drowned on the evening of the Carnival Memphis. As it happens it seems that he and Fraser began their courtship on the eve of the original Carnival...


This would be the night of March 4th, when both Buckley and the Cocteau Twins were playing in Atlanta. Significantly, the Twins performed "Road, River, and Rail" that night.

Simon Raymonde of The Cocteau Twins remembers Jeff being introduced to them as Tim Buckley's son while they were touring America in 1991.

Road, River and Rail is 3:17
3/17 is the day of Osiris' drowning

OK, I thought I heard that Buckley met them before 1994 but I couldn't find any corroboration online for that so I thought I had imagined it. If that is indeed true it makes the prophecies on 1990's Heaven or Las Vegas even creepier because that was the album they were touring then (and the only significant omen after that is the insanely-disturbing post-breakup Rilkean Dreams). 

Continuing:
Having recorded an ineffably beautiful version of Tim's ‘Song For The Siren’ (as This Mortal Coil) they were pleased to meet the young man, who was in turn awestruck by their music, especially the spectral voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Three years later it was their turn to see him perform. Simon and Liz went together to a small bar in Atlanta. "It was just Jeff and his little Fender guitar and amp. He sang for two hours and he knocked me sideways. Liz and I spent some time with him over the next few days."
It's likely that Fraser connected (or reconnected) with Buckley on what is technically March 5th, since the Twins had their own concert to do the night of the 4th. But what is the significance of March 5th? 


It's sacred to Isis. Very sacred, in fact:
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor. 
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival? 
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival). 
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
And this: 
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). 
Jeff Buckley recorded "The Corpus Christi Carol" on his first album.

Then there's this: 

Thus Plutarch tells us that Osiris was murdered on the seventeenth of the month Athyr, and that the Egyptians accordingly observed mournful rites for four days from the seventeenth of Athyr. Now in the Alexandrian calendar, which Plutarch used, these four days corresponded to the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth of November, and this date answers exactly to the other indications given by Plutarch, who says that at the time of the festival the Nile was sinking, the north winds dying away, the nights lengthening, and the leaves falling from the trees.
Which would mean, according to this reckoning, that the "Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys" took place either on or right before November 17. Why is this significant?
Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. 

Next we'll take a closer look at the prophecies involved and why they might have gotten some unwanted attention.


TO BE CONTINUED


UPDATE: Darren reminds of that famous Beatles song that namedrops Albert Hall and also  tells us of another doomed young prince, Tara Browne, dead exactly a month after Jeff Buckley was born. More 17s:

On 17 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h).[2] He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed that Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.


"A Day in the Life"
On 17 January 1967 John Lennon, a friend of Browne's, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading London's Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroner's verdict into Browne's death. He worked the story into the song "A Day in the Life", which was later released on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

John Lennon's "Good Morning Good Morning" was the first song you heard on the last episode of The Monkees. "Song of the Siren" was its swansong.

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          The Cold War Kabuki   



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

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

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

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

I feel stupid even asking the question.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.


And I was right.


Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.


What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.


I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
FBI’S RUSSIA PROBE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ‘PIZZAGATE’ THREATS 
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at TownHall.com has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
 
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Breitbart.com Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.

COME BACK ROY COHN, ALL IS FORGIVEN


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 


It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
 
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.


Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.



UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.


* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          Bob Hope: Unassuming Superstar   
While sitting at my desk in the Mattoon Journal Gazette one fine fall afternoon in 1986, I took a deep breath, picked up the phone, dialed the number of a Florida hotel and said hello to Bob Hope.
Hope was on the road and due to appear at Eastern Illinois University for Parents’ Weekend. He had arranged the interview because, despite his superstar status, he simply thought that was what a professional performer was supposed to do — generate business for the show. I admired that straightforward professionalism.
We chatted for maybe 40 minutes. I was impressed with him, but he was unimpressed with himself. Here was a guy, after all, who’d actually had his own DC comic, just like Superman!
I remarked that he’d done the original version of the Ghostbusters franchise (Ghost Breakers in 1940, with Paulette Goddard), but Hope brushed aside any comparison. He pooh-poohed my question about the rumors that he was the richest guy in Hollywood, without exactly denying it.
Hope remarked that he’d been sitting on his hotel bed the night before, watching reruns of I Love Lucy and thinking how well Lucille Ball’s comedy held up. I could only wonder at the fact that I was talking to someone who, when he said the name “Lucy,” was merely pronouncing the name of an old friend.
Hope did phone interviews with college newspapers as a part of the tour, and one of the student reporters asked him what his old friend and movie co-star Bing Crosby was up to. Hope paused a moment, and then, in that unflappable voice, he replied.
“Well, not much. He’s dead,” Hope said drily.
The crooner had died nine years earlier. I always cite that anecdote to beginning journalism students to underline the advice, “Don’t embarrass yourself! Do your research!”
Hope and I talked about Hollywood, the nature of comedy, his Road pictures, his passion for golf, his military entertainment tours and any number of other things.
After I hung up the phone, I realized I really only knew one thing about Bob Hope — that he actually was still the same regular guy he’d been when he was a London-born unknown vaudevillian. Despite decades of stardom on Broadway, radio, the big and small screens and even in comic books, Hope somehow seemed to keep himself in perspective. No small feat, that.
I interviewed dozens of celebrities in my years in the journalism business, and met many lesser talents who had much larger egos. I’ve puzzled over the fact that it was the most famous of them all — Bob Hope — who had the easiest, most unassuming manner.
He died in 2003, at the age 0f 100. So thanks for the memories, Mr. Hope.

          Mary Wickes: A Suspected Treasure   
Mary Wickes was the original Mary Poppins on American television in 1949
From the start, like Bette Davis in Now Voyager, Paul Beals and I suspected that Mary Wickes might be a treasure.
We met her in the summer of 1976 when she was at the Hyatt-Regency in downtown Chicago promoting her short-lived CBS TV show, Doc.
What we didn’t know then is that Wickes, always marching to the beat of her own drummer, would get herself fired from that MTM Productions show by demanding the right to change dialogue she found distasteful.
Affable and chatty, the homely, beloved character actress seemed to be as direct, wisecracking and approachable as the maids and nurses she’d always played. Never a star, she was nevertheless a central figure in Hollywood since the 1930s. It was strange to hear her rattle off names like “Lucy,” “Orson” and “Bette,” seemingly not as an affectation, but simply because these were ordinary friends and colleagues of hers.
Like actor Lyle Talbot, whom I interviewed later, Wickes was one of those fascinating people who had almost literally been everywhere and known everyone.
“Whether nurse, nun or housekeeper, she was always the wry observer peering into a world that she did not entirely belong to,” wrote Steve Taravella in his biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before. “Intimately a part of whatever was taking place on screen or stage, she was at the same time an outsider — and it was clear to everyone that she had made her peace with this status. Although she was never the lead, she was the one who held my attention. Her persona resonated with me.”
Wickes was the beleaguered nurse in The Man Who Came to Dinner on stage and screen and the housekeeper inWhite Christmas. She was the original Mary Poppins on live television, and the animators’ model for Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians.
Her long experience in comedy left her with a considerable bag of tricks. For example, she developed five variations on the “double take:” the Regular Double Take, the Pigeon Double Take (with neck stretched), the Butterfly Double Take (with multiple quick glances), the Triple Take (each growing in intensity) and the One Where You’re Caught (pretending you didn’t just do a double take).
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Born in St. Louis in 1910, Wickes had a quasi-19th century horse-and-buggy childhood, taking family excursions on Mississippi riverboats. “Everybody took their own lunch in baskets,” she recalled. “If you got thirsty, you got a big, wonderful, cold stein if A&W root beer with a big head on it, a lot of foam. And that was lovely, oh my. That hurrying down to the levy to make the boat before it left was lovely.”
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Beyond a curse or a blessing, Wickes’ homely looks were finally just a fact she used to her advantage.
“Some time or other, it always gets around to boys, and there was no boy in Mary’s life,” recalled family friend Mary Vahle. “She was always tall, and that’s a drawback. And Mary had a receding chin and a big nose. Boys that age don’t look beyond the surface.”
Taravella noted, “For decades, Mary withstood — as few others could — harsh public mockery regarding her appearance. Callous descriptions — ‘the wrinkle with lips’ is how one character refers to her in a 1990s sitcom — became so routine that they limited Mary’s career in ways she found hard to accept… (But) Mary’s appearance more than enhanced her career; in some ways, it allowed her to have one. Together, her height, her pronounced nose, her receding chin and her attention-grabbing bark drew the notice of casting directors. Such was true from the very beginning.”
Writer and actor Peter Walker said, “I don’t know if Mary ever realized that she was such a homely woman. But it was that homely thing that obviously got her the work. She knew that (her appearance and voice) was where her money was coming from, that she was never going to be the Claire Trevor or the pretty second leading lady. As a businesswoman she was very wise, and she kept her mother and herself very well.”
Never married, Wickes lived with her widowed mother Isabella, and they made a lively and devoted pair.
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Though notoriously frugal, Wickes did not stint when it came to entertaining at home.
“Be it lunch, dinner or the afternoon teas she liked to arrange, she was a lavish, generous host who offered liquor and hearty amounts of food, most of which she prepared herself,” Taravella wrote.
“She served with family crystal and silver, and she went out of her way to make her guests comfortable. The food she served was distinctly Midwestern. No matter how famous the guest, Mary’s meals were likely to include chicken salad or chili, homemade brownies and Jell-O. She liked to prepare an appetizer that she called actor’s pâté made of liverwurst, cream cheese, chives, Worcester sauce and dry mustard.”
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Wickes was a long-time professional colleague of Bette Davis, a good friend of Doris Day and Vivian Vance and a really close friend of Lucille Ball (who somewhat exploited that friendship by underpaying Mary for appearances on her sitcoms).
Though disappointed that she didn’t land the role of Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, Wickes became something of a real-life Ethel in occasional antics with Lucy. After Lucy bought a Rolls-Royce that had been owned by her late neighbor Hedda Hopper, the pair had a misadventure while out for a drive when they realized, as darkness fell, that they didn’t know how to turn on the headlights.
Then there was the time Lucy took Wickes shopping for sheets and pillowcases along with a baby chimpanzee Lucy adored. Recalling how Lucy refused to take her own children out in public for fear of being mobbed, her daughter Lucie Arnaz said, “She wouldn’t take me to the market, but she’d take a chimpanzee and a six-foot-tall woman in a long plaid skirt because God forbid she should draw any attention to herself.”
The affection between Lucy and Wickes ran deep, and is evident in the tone of the many letters they exchanged.
In 1973, while caring for Wickes’ plants while she was away, Lucy wrote, “Your plants are thriving, but they ask for you and wonder why you don’t drop by. I think one of them is pregnant if you have any instructions concerning same.”
“If you don’t want to come yourself, Mary, take pity on poor Isabell and let her get drunk once in a while,” Lucy wrote in 1958, inviting Wickes to a party. “You’re much too hard on her. I understand you have ruined her sex life.”
The quip was one few but Lucy could have gotten away with, because Wickes’ moral views were frequently described as Victorian. “In the old days, people who had character didn’t change it with every person they met,” Lucie Arnaz said. “They didn’t change to fit the style or the clothes or to fit the mood, to be hip or whatever. They were who they were. Mary had that in her own character. She had it all her life.”
Wickes caused herself no end of trouble rejecting what she regarded as “blue” material in scripts. But her tolerance could also surprise. Many of her escorts were gay men. “Her notes reveal that — at least with regard to gifts — Mary treated her friends in same-sex relationships the same as her friends in heterosexual relationships,” Taravella wrote.
Perhaps that’s because one of Wickes’ enduring principles was loyalty. Stefan Kanfer, in his biography Ball of Fire, noted how Wickes always looked out for Lucy. “(Wickes) was acting in summer stock in 1979 when she persuaded Lucy to fly to San Francisco for a sentimental journey,” he wrote. “Together the two old friends called on a bedridden Vivian Vance. Most of the day was spent in happy reminiscence between Lucy and Vivian, with Mary off in a corner. The laughter lasted for two hours; afterward the visitors cried all the way to the airport. Vance died that August.”
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For all that, Wickes remained a guarded figure, in some ways unknowable.
“Mary lived behind walls, not merely walls against unpleasantness … but also walls of secrecy about her health; walls of fear about her (right-wing) political leanings being discovered; walls of lies about her age; walls, certainly, against physical intimacy,” Taravella wrote.
“These were walls of privacy so great that when friends wrote her apartment number on mail addressed to her, she was angered, fearing others might learn the precise location of her apartment.
“Most notably, she erected walls against any emotional closeness. Mary laughed and joked and told stories, but never really opened up — not even with her closest friends. In virtually every context, Mary placed limits on the warmth she would extend, so much so that emotional reticence is one of the first qualities friends mention when asked about her.”

Whatever Wickes had went straight into her work. She prided herself on her professionalism, badgered other theatrical professionals for assignments and was known to walk into rehearsal halls proclaiming, “It’s Mary Wickes, grand old lady of stage, screen and shortwave radio!”

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          Cuando me siento bien - Efecto Pasillo    
por Fernando Lugo Alba 

La experiencia: Cuando me siento bien, la sartén no se pega.




Vídeo musicalVídeo que intercala escenas de grupo Efecto Pasillo cantando en diversos escenarios y chicas en bikini en la playa o bailando.  

  El vídeo quiere trasmitir optimismo, pasión, sensualidad al ritmo de la música pop - latina.  

El significado de Cuando me siento bien: Efecto Pasillo le ha puesto ritmo a las emociones de la pasión del amor. El prisma del amor te hace ver la vida con los colores del optimismo; la vida parece más llevadera, más ligera como la brisa del mar, pero también llena de pasión y deseo como el ardiente sol playero. 

Pero el amor no se puede reducir a la pura pasión y emoción del momento, pues corremos el riesgo de utilizar al otro como puro objeto de placer. De hecho, en el vídeo y en la letra da la impresión que las chicas son valoradas por los deseos sexuales que suscitan.  



Pregúntate: Cuando ya no hay pasión en el amor y la sartén se pega, la tortilla ya no sale redondita ¿Es posible el amor? ¿Cómo? 



LETRA:


Cuando me siento bien la sarten no se pega, 
Me sale la tortilla redondita, perfecta. 
El frío es una escusa pa' abrazarte más, 
Si la casa esta muy sucia nos vamos a un hostal. 

Me siento bien, la música me inspira. 
Merengue, bachata y tu voz de dormida. 
Con cuatro palabras te hago una poesía, 
Enciendo la noche y alargo los días. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy cantando las vueltas del mundo, 
En solo un segundo le prendo la luz al sol. 
Te doy mi sonrisa y te cambia la vida, 
Hoy tu lotería voy a ser yo. 
Voy a ser yo... 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me dices te quiero. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 
Uuuuh... uuuuh.... 

Cuando me siento bien aparco donde sea, 
Pinto los semáforos de verde siempre 
Regalando suerte pa' que tengas un gran día. 
Yo soy licenciado en amor y alegría. 

Me siento bien, me huele a primavera, 
Menta cilantro y tu piel de canela. 

Todo lo bonito que hay en una vida entera 
Ya te lo consigo pa' que tú me quieras. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy cantando las vueltas del mundo, 
En solo un segundo le prendo la luz al sol. 

Te doy mi sonrisa y te cambia la vida, 
Hoy tu lotería voy a ser yo. 
Voy a ser yo... 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me sigues el juego. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 
Uuuuh... uuuuh.... 

Eh, eh, eeh 
Puedo volar, desaparecer, 
Colarme en tus sueños, cantar y cocer. 
Abracadabra, me ves, no me ves. Un genio sin lámpara. 
Hoy deseo ser veinte veces más fuerte que tú y veloz. 
Yo siempre estoy de buen humor. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me dices te quiero. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me sigues el juego. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo.


          Cuando Me Siento Bien - Efecto Pasillo   
http://www.lastfm.it/
por Javier Rubio Hípola 

Experiencia: Qué suerte tenerte. En un mundo en el que parecen gobernar el pesimismo y el principio de sexo por el sexo, Efecto Pasillo nos ofrece un toque de genuino optimismo latino: la vida tiene mucho más sabor si conseguimos que tiemble el universo.  


Vídeo Musical: Tomas del grupo cantando en una playa al amanecer junto con algunas tomas de jóvenes disfrutando a las orillas del mar. Un vídeo muy festivo y bastante veraniego, aunque en la letra se acentúa metafóricamente que estamos en primavera.

Significado de Cuando me siento bien: Una de las grandes posibilidades del hombre es la capacidad de darle a todo en la vida un significado más, un motivo trascendente, un sentido. Eso es la base de la poesía y del arte en general. Efecto Pasillo nos propone en esta canción que tomemos las pequeñas y grandes cosas de nuestra vida (desde la tortilla del principio hasta el amor que permea toda la canción)... y que las demos un nuevo sentido.
Fascinante la referencia -hacia el final- de la canción de "David el Gnomo" de nuestra infancia: Hoy deseo ser veinte veces más fuerte que tú y veloz. Yo siempre estoy de buen humor...

Pregúntate: ¿Has hecho alguna vez el ejercicio de buscar un significado a los eventos en tu vida? En base a ello: ¿crees que existe una Providencia o que la vida se desenvuelve por azar o por un destino ciego? ¿Te gustaría vivir en un mundo en el que hasta el detalle más pequeño tiene un sentido que va más allá? ¿Por qué sí o por qué no? 

LETRA:
Cuando me siento bien la sarten no se pega, 
Me sale la tortilla redondita, perfecta. 
El frío es una escusa pa' abrazarte más, 
Si la casa esta muy sucia nos vamos a un hostal. 

Me siento bien, la música me inspira. 
Merengue, bachata y tu voz de dormida. 
Con cuatro palabras te hago una poesía, 
Enciendo la noche y alargo los días. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy cantando las vueltas del mundo, 
En solo un segundo le prendo la luz al sol. 

Te doy mi sonrisa y te cambia la vida, 
Hoy tu lotería voy a ser yo. 
Voy a ser yo... 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me dices te quiero. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 
Uuuuh... uuuuh.... 

Cuando me siento bien aparco donde sea, 
Pinto los semáforos de verde siempre 
Regalando suerte pa' que tengas un gran día. 
Yo soy licenciado en amor y alegría. 

Me siento bien, me huele a primavera, 
Menta cilantro y tu piel de canela. 
Todo lo bonito que hay en una vida entera 
Ya te lo consigo pa' que tú me quieras. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy cantando las vueltas del mundo, 
En solo un segundo le prendo la luz al sol. 

Te doy mi sonrisa y te cambia la vida, 
Hoy tu lotería voy a ser yo. 
Voy a ser yo... 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me sigues el juego. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 
Uuuuh... uuuuh.... 

Eh, eh, eeh 
Puedo volar, desaparecer, 
Colarme en tus sueños, cantar y cocer. 
Abracadabra, me ves, no me ves. Un genio sin lámpara. 
Hoy deseo ser veinte veces más fuerte que tú y veloz. 
Yo siempre estoy de buen humor. 

Soy capaz de leerte la mente, 
Arreglar los problemas de toda la gente. 
Voy 

(Instrumental) 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me dices te quiero. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo. 

Qué suerte tenerte cuando amanece y me sigues el juego. 
Quererte tan fuerte que tiemble de emoción el universo.

          Neuer Bundesliga-Spielplan: Vorstellung auf SPORT1    

Die Bundesliga-Saison 2017/18 wirft ihre Schatten voraus:

Am Donnerstag gibt die Deutsche Fußball-Liga (DFL) nun die Spielpläne der 1. und 2. Bundesliga bekannt. SPORT1 zeigt die Vorstellung ab 11.45 Uhr im LIVESTREAM auf SPORT1.de, bei Youtube und auf der Facebook-Seite von SPORT1.

Bestandteil der Spielplanveröffentlichung sind die detaillierte Darstellung der ersten beiden Spieltage der 1. Bundesliga sowie des ersten Spieltags in der 2. Bundesliga. Anschließend ist der komplette Spielplan der beiden Bundesligen auf SPORT1.de abrufbar.

Im Eröffnungsspiel der Bundesliga tritt wie in den vergangenen Jahren der amtierende Meister FC Bayern an - anders als bisher ist ein Heimspiel für den FCB allerdings nicht garantiert.

Der erste Spieltag ist für den 18. bis 20. August 2017 angesetzt, die zweite Liga beginnt drei Wochen früher am 28. Juli. Der letzte Spieltag steigt am 12. (Bundesliga) bzw. 13. Mai 2018 (2. Bundesliga).

Bereits vor der Bekanntgabe des Spielplans steht fest, dass Schalke 04 und Hertha BSC mit einem Heimspiel in die Saison starten. Die Stadien der beiden Bundesligisten sind am 2. Spieltag belegt, demzufolge treten die Klubs dabei auswärts an.

Durch das Heimspiel von S04 am ersten Spieltag muss Revierrivale Borussia Dortmund zu Beginn auswärts antreten.


          ATC décembre   

avec Laetitia, pour cloturer cette année 2015 d'échanges,

merci à Malina pour son organisation tout au long de ces 12 mois -

 sur 12 mois + 3 thèmes, y'a eu que 2 loupés/15... mais ayant envoyé un mail resté sans réponse à mes 2 binômes, je n'ai pas envoyé les 2 ATC, donc: aucun regret.... hihihi!

J'en profite également pour vous offrir tous mes voeux pour cette nouvelle année - gros bisous à toutes (tous)

 

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          Bos Google: Smartphone itu Mengekang   

TEMPO.CO, California- Raksasa internet Google telah merambah dunia teknologi yang berpengaruh pada kehidupan banyak orang. Setelah merambah dan dominan dalam sistem operasi mobile, dengan Android OS, Google mulai merambah ke dalam sektor baru, wearble gadget alias perangkat yang bisa dipakai. Produknya adalah kaca mata Google Glass.



Dengan Google Glass, orang bisa bertelepon, sms, chat, browsing dan melakukan segala fungsi yang dimiliki smartphone. Dalam konferensi TED di California, Jumat kemarin, pendiri dan bos Google Sergey Brin mengenakan kacamata ini. Dengan kaca mata ini, menurut Brin smartphone itu mengekang aktivitas manusia.



"Ketika kami memulai Google 15 tahun lalu, kami membayangkan informasi yang datang pada kita saat dibutuhkan, tanpa perlu dicari," ujarnya. Namun dengan adanya smartphone, yang berbentuk kotak, membuat perhatian orang malah tersedot ke dalam smartphone. Membungkuk menatap smartohone "Ini mengekang kita. Ini bukanlah cara kita berinteraksi dengan orang lain dan tak membebaskan pandangan anda," ujarnya.



Tentu omongan Brin ini adalah trik jualan. Dia menyodorkan Google Glass. Menurutnya, gagdget ini tak mengekang dan membebaskan pandangannya walau tetap mengonsumsi informasi dari dunia maya. Gadget yang bisa dipakai ini di kepala ini bentuknya seperti kaca mata. Dalam dua tahun terakhir pengembangan, produk ini telah mengalamai banyak perkembangan. ?Saat pertama dibuat, bentuknya seperti ponsel dan kaca mata menyatu, dan menempel di kepala,? ujarya. Fungsinya laiknya ponsel, hanya bentuknya seperti kaca mata dan diperintah melalui suara.



Ini seperti bayangan Brin dan Larry Page, rekannya pendiri Google, 15 tahun lalu. Bahwa informasi datang saat dibutuhkan. Dengan teknologi Augmented Reality, maka segala informasi yang diperlukan bisa tampil dalam kaca mata. Google Glass juga bisa menelpon, bikin janji, menampilkan peta, memotret/merekam dan melakukan fungsi smartphone.



Perangkat ini masih terbatas jumlahnya. Harganya juga cukup mahal, US $ 1.500, atauu hampir Rp 15 juta. Simak berita teknologi lainnya di sini.



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Just a friendly reminder.  Infragistics will be out in force at the pre-TechEd 2007 Party with Palermo.  If you're getting into town on Sunday or before, you should definitely come by for some free food, drink, and fun!

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Party with Palermo If you haven't heard about it yet, Jeffrey Palermo is throwing another Party with Palermo, one of his pre-conference bashes, at TechEd 2007.  These are always a lot of fun--free food, stuff, and fun people. 

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          The Sydney Marathon Clinic Road Race Series 2012, Race 2, 21k   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But by the 18th km, my quads were beginning to tighten up. So did Erwin’s and Allan’s that we were increasing our km walk breaks from 10 seconds to 15-20 seconds. We managed to close in the gap, though, by increasing our running pace that by the km 21, we were just astounded as we crossed together the finish line at 2:14:50. We were running at an even pace between 6:15-6:17 per km.

The official time placed Erwin 23rd and me 24th out of 25 in our age group while Allan placed 24th out of 25 in his respective age group. Overall, our time ranked us 94th, 95th and 96th over 105 runners for the 21k (the last runners to come in was a 60-year old female at 2:46—10 minutes faster than my first half marathon over 2 years ago!). 


Sure we finished at the tail end of the pack but I gather our finishing time was not bad at all given that we were physically undertrained but immensely confident.
Finishing 2:14 in an 'all for one, one for all' fashion.

Good race nevertheless. We achieved what we came for—Allan, his first half; Erwin, a long run; and as for me, a gauge of my current fitness level. That sub-2-hour half marathon will have to be taken at a stepwise approach. I have ran the half previously in 2:55, 2:31, 2:30, 2:24 and 2:21. Since finishing 2:14, it would be prudent to aim 2:05-2:10 by January or February.
 
Getting ready for the next race!
Not in a hurry but can't wait!


          Conquering my Everest: The Cebu City Marathon   
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." -- Haruki Murakami, Japanese author.

Indeed.

The culmination of the year's training runs came to a close. Last Sunday I ran the full marathon distance and joined less than 1% of the world's population who have run it. Who gave me that statistic? Beats me.

42.195 km is not an easy distance. Go ask everybody else who did their own virgin race topped off with the infamous heat and humidity in the SRP (South Reclamation Project)-- 22 km back and forth pan-fried by the unforgiving sun.

34 km. Photo by the master, Estan.
My race recap can be summed up in one word: 
S U F F E R I N G.   

Due to an Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS) on the right, I lagged behind in base training having failed to do LSDs (long slow distance running) and did a DNF (did not finish) in a 21k leading up to race day.

Too late to back out now. I was fine tuned for the marathon. 28 km was doable, perhaps 30. And the remaining 12?

So here I was on race day. I was already at the race venue some 2 hours before gun start. I made 4 restroom breaks owing to excitement. The roaming "taho" vendor curbed my hunger despite having a plate of pasta an hour earlier.

3.45 am: We congregated at the starting area. I finally met my elementary classmate after 28 years, JO from Australia. Chatted also with Coleen who was still nursing a fever (but did finish well). Saw a few more celebs from the Ungo group and TTB. Saw 5 Africans (must have been Kenyans) arrive earlier in a taxi and I was sure it spelled trouble for Cebu's elite runners.

4 am: Elaborate fireworks! Off we went, a thousand plus runners in the marathon. It was almost 2 minutes before my friend Kent and I crossed the starting line.

1 to 5 km: By the volume of runners, we were forced to slow down our pace. We saw the Marathon Foodie and followed her closely until YMCA when she upped her pace and never looked back. No, we weren't going to follow the ultrarunner. By my reckoning, I think she wanted to do a sub-5 while all we wanted to do was finish the race... smiling with our sanity intact.

6 to 10 km: I lost my friend, Kent, at this point. Traffic was at a standstill in the main thoroughfares as runners were given priority (sorry motorists). My planned splits were right on as I headed into the tunnel.

11 to 20 km: My Garmin went crazy having lost its signal in the tunnel. We came out into the SRP still dark. Some parts of the route had no lights so it was quite difficult to get your footing as I was in my Bikilas. I took my first potty break and like the typical Pinoy male, I made it by just facing the other side. Swisshhh! There were lots of water, energy drinks, chocolates, cookies, sponges, liniments, music and dancers along the way. The 5 Kenyans were already on their last 12 km when I was still in my first 12. Talk about fast! I could see other runners coming back from the U-turn near Minglanilla. Saw Jacob on KAI sandals streaming past and JO going against the sub-4 pacer. Saw my friend Salvdian. Saw Gifford's staff Larry, Arnel and Raj. Saw Katol on VFFs, too! Go brother! Saw mommy Phindy running her first 42 @ 42, Twinkle in costume (but of course!) and a runner from Manila dragging 2 tires from start to finish. Amazing! 

There were lots of spectators on the road but unlike the big ones you see in NY or Chicago cheering you on, people here see us runners as complications to their daily routine. There was a report of thumb tacs thrown on the road. Low point here. This was also where my demons started to come.  
Pain. Period. (photo by Abigail)

21 to 25 km: I felt something scratching the back of my left knee. I prayed it was not my ITB on the left acting up which surfaced 2 weeks ago. I stopped and unfolded my knee support and found out that I had chaffed a big part of my skin. It was small but was painful. My foot also started to hurt and I was crying. Crying due to the sun block I had applied earlier that was now pouring down my eyes. Surprisingly my calves were fine. Some of the runners were on grass. I took out my Alaxan pack and downed a cap. 2 caps.

26 to 34 km: I slowed down to a run/walk strategy. No longer could I maintain running as the sun was already high up and my ITB decided to say "Hi". Took out my music player and the upbeat 80s music helped a bit. I had long walks in the SRP as I contemplated my finishing time-- 5:30, 5:35 and 5:45 slipping by. I was passed by the sub-5:30 pacer, a platoon of police recruits, and the sub-6 pacer who was on a similar run/walk strategy. Not bad. So I resigned myself to follow him through the tunnel once again (thank God out of SRP!), Colon St and Osmena Blvd. I got so hungry this time I couldn't wait to get to McDonald's near Fuente Osmena where I've asked the missus to wait for me, not with a kiddie meal I hope.

Munching on my patty with Kent.
35 to 40 km: I was met by my wife at McDonald's with Kent, who surrendered his race bib to DNF at the 28-km point, injured too. I munched on the double patty  burger hungrily and felt good! Everything tastes good when you're running 35 km. Runners were passing me and looking at my burger. I saw one get inside McDonald's. I did not bother running just yet. I knew it was already hard to finish a sub-6 so I took my time and enjoyed the vehicular traffic, where not much is seen in the province. Run already! Haide is too far ahead of you. My wife said as I procrastinated with useless chatter. I did not want to continue truthfully. I was very tired and the vehicular traffic was a sight to behold. Really now.

Mango Avenue was busy. Again runners were given priority. I saw 74-year old Noy Rening on marshal duty who encouraged me, "5 km na lang, dong." May ka diha, ako kapoy na.

The sprint to the finish line. Oops, my wife missed the shot. :D
41 km and to the finish line: The sub-6 pacer and I kept passing each other as we both maintained our run/walk strategy from Osmena Blvd. and Escario St. While he maintained perfect form, I ran like Frankenstein dragging my left leg with me, favoring the right. But from UP Lahug onwards, I pushed and never looked back. I thought I left him behind until 200 meters to the finish line, the pacer suddenly appeared beside me. We were shoulder to shoulder as loud music and  rounds of applause greeted us. I saw my wife at the corner ready with her camera. With a burst of adrenaline, I suddenly sprinted the last few meters just to get ahead that my wife missed her shot as I suddenly streaked past. (Said burst of speed sprained my chest muscles in the process. Blah.)

I made it! I made it! 6:09:19 official time. Both me and the sub-6 pacer didn't quite get our target times but nevertheless, we made it! A girl handed me my Finisher's medal. I walked a few aimless steps before I slumped on the sidewalk, too stunned to move even forgetting to turn off my Garmin. The realization that I actually did cover the entire distance today made me teary-eyed for a moment. I actually did it!  

I. Am. A. Marathon. Virgin. No. More.

With my one-(wo)man support crew.
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And the medal was worth every mile! 

Shall I do it again? I'm too tired to answer and my legs are killing me. But ask me again in a few days time, and like most of my friends who finished with me, the answer is most definitely YES.

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If we want to further the discussion about how to better treat chronic pain, we need to talk to the people who are suffering from chronic pain! We will tell you what is happening, what is working & what isn't. The marginalization of chronic pain patients (particularly those who are on longterm opioid therapy), is pervasive, and getting worse. Even is pain medicine literature, and studies, there seems to be very little distinction between "chronic pain patients" and people who abuse opioid medications. There may be some overlap in these groups, but not to extent that is perceived. Many of us have found pain relief, and increased functioning through the legal and legitimate use of prescription opioids. This is not our only mode of pain relief, but for many of us, without it, we cannot participate in life enough to utilize other modes! I have suffered from debilitating acute and chronic pain caused by a genetic connective tissue disorder called, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome for my entire life. Many patients like me are tired of being misunderstood & judged by members of the medical community. For starters, let's stop treating chronic pain patients as guilty until proven innocent, interns of the legitimacy of their pain. We are a community of patients for whom life is very difficult to begin with. We deserve compassion, understanding, respect, and relief from our suffering.
          Comment on Tufts PREP Hosts WEGO Health Twitter Chat (#HAchat) on March 13 by Linda   
I have cronic pain since 3 years now. I learned a lot off things about it to read articles like this! This article has a lot off good information, but it is also very interesting to know that there are so many people who are in the same situation. There should be more sites like this and perhaps an idea to do more with informing people to prefent? Because one important thing I have learned: You always can have something that gives you this pain, but when you don't listen to your own body, and just go on the way you do, it only will get worse.
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          BLOG: Haiti, Voodoo and Self-Reflection   
The older view of things that God still judges our world has become quite politically incorrect. The modern world has no place for a God who judges, and I think that Christians are sometimes influenced by this to the point that we can be reluctant to assert that God still engages in temporal judgment.

Does not every severe providence serve as an example of Romans 1:18, "For the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of men, who are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness" (My attempt to bring out the present participle)?

Our Lord certainly points in that direction with the natural and political atrocities mentioned in Luke 13:1-5. But his words profoundly caution us to steer clear of self-righteous finger pointing at others. However, they do remind us that finger pointing may be appropriate when it comes to ourselves. In the face of the disasters he mentions, the Lord Jesus presses us to confess that we stand in need of repentance. I believe that daily repentance is one element in the essence of the true Christian life, which is summed up in self-denial. When I reflect on that in light of Philippians 2, I find myself daily indicted.

Every severe providence points beyond itself to the coming judgment on our world, so Katrina and Haiti are signposts pointing to that Dreadful Day and they press us to examine ourselves.

One danger in the theology of Mr. Robertson, and indeed of most people associated with his kind of thinking, is the enigma of history. "Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it" (Ecclesiastes 8:17). The book of Job also serves as a profound rebuttal of the so-called Prosperity Gospel.

However, there is an opposite danger, and that is the reluctance ever to look at severe providence as a judgment for sin. When we become ill or have financial setbacks or face some other painful situation, our first response should be to ask God whether there is something amiss in our lives. Of course, as the story of Job cautions with the Lord's rebutting the glib self-righteous analyses of Job's friends, there is no absolute connection between specific painful circumstances and specific acts of human sin, even though all these things flow out of the sin of Adam. Yet, that being said, when we experience adversity, the first place we should turn is to our heavenly Father, reminding ourselves of his benevolence and love for us as we go, but also going seeking for wisdom, as James instructs in the face of trials (James 1:5 in context). But, again, we must remind ourselves of the love of God: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son" (Hebrews 12:5, 6, quoting Proverbs 3:11, 12).

That is why instead of first calling the doctor, we should first pray and then, possibly, call the elders of the church, as James goes on to remind us: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:14-16).

That does not mean that I am against calling the doctor -- I was with three of them last night in our session meeting and am on my way to the pharmacist to pick up a cream to treat potential skin cancers on my old hands this morning. But it does mean that James connects sin with sickness above, even though, as I have said, Scripture does not connect the two things absolutely.

I will go back to the earlier issue. Is there a connection between what is happening now in Haiti and Voodoo, not simply the ceremony that preceded the Haitian revolt from the French, but what is the present practice?

Forgetting for a moment this question of God's temporal judgment on nations, does Scripture teach that God still judges people who profess to belong to him? Do not baptism and the Supper also function as curse-signs for those who externally take the signs and seals of the covenant while repudiating its terms?

What then is Voodoo? Voodoo is the melding of Roman Catholicism with demonic, African spiritism.

Voodoo finds an analogy in the practices of the people the Assyrians placed in Israel: "They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought" (2 Kings 17:33). This religious syncretism came about as a result of these pagan's failure to worship Yahweh and after he inflicted severe temporal judgment on them: "When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people" (2 Kings 17:25).

Again, one does not have to embrace the idea that God judges nations today, but surely no Bible-believing Christian would deny that God judges those who take up his name and then live in defiance of his commandments. However, when we witness such likely judgments on others, our response must always be humility and self-examination in the face of these things, coupled with reaching out and giving that "cup of cold water" for Jesus' sake (Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41).

When I witness the horrors of Haiti, I am reminded of when Sandy and I drove one of our church vans down into New Orleans and helped haul people out of the Super Dome in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was one of the profoundest things we have ever experienced, realizing that our family, congregation and ourselves were no more deserving of God's temporal, conserving grace than were those wretched souls. The people's clothing was soaked with excrement, and one of our passengers told us of the silent, almost catatonic woman sitting there on our back seat: "She came into the Dome Monday night with five children, and she doesn't know what happened to them." It was hellishly terrible, but the situation in Haiti is vastly more dreadful.

Vastly more dreadful still is the coming judgment on our own nation and all nations as precursors to the Trumpet sound and shout of the Archangel. Is it soon or a few days off (see 2 Peter 3:8-10 where we are told that a thousand years and a day are the same to God)? Only the Lord knows. "The clarion call of New Testament eschatology is to steadfastness until the end within a deceptive and antagonistic environment" (G. C. Berkouwer, The Return of Christ, ed. Marlin J. Van Elderen, trans. James Van Oosterom, Studies in Dogmatics, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1972, p. 250).

May God bless the people of Haiti; it is a land where people have been paid for generations to curse others.

Cordially in Christ, Bob

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          Multiculturalism at work   

Charing Cross Road, a heaving mass of punters, tourists and ambling drunkards flows past Samuel's workplace at its usual frenetic, clogged pace, until one of its number dislodges himself. An ambling drunkard. He sports baggy pants, a loose striped jacket and a whiskery, unkempt beard. He shouts at Samuel to the rustle of a plastic Waterstone's bag. "Fuck… eh, you….you… what are you doing?" "What!" Samuel stays back, keeps cool. The abuse runs in thick streams, words can barely be made out. Curious shoppers stare wildly over their issues of Zoo and The Economist. The man is black; Samuel is black too. "Fou!" Is it French? Red-eyed, mouth agape, the man keeps screaming, grabs his bag and plunges back into the crowd. Punters dive back into their torrents of headlines, semi-nudes and Harry Potter blurbs at the Borders storefront. Samuel resumes his lax position at the reception, wistfully contemplating the crowds.

Charing Cross Road is the pulse of multicultural London, an artery of pleasure, strife and boredom, snaking from the imperial grandeur of Trafalgar Square to the heart of Oxford Street. Its pedestrian flow makes a garish display; multicultural, festive and sweaty. Almost half of the UK's ethnic minorities live in the capital, clustered in villages: Jews up Golders Green, Cypriots in Haringey, Arabs at Edgware Road and hip white things in Islington. Charing Cross road is where they meet, shop and scuffle: but it is also a place where cultures are put to work. If the now bitterly contested British model of multiculturalism is falling ill, Charing Cross Road is a good place to take its blood pressure.

The security guard

"We don't get too much abuse. We are trained to handle this," Samuel says laconically. No security guard clichés apply to his five foot eight inch frame: no bouncy muscles, towering torso or chiselled face, and only a small corporate insignia on his plain T-shirt indicates he might be at work. Except, that is, for one distinct marker of those guarding the shopfronts and clubs of central London's incongruous geography these days, a marker by now too clichéd to even be noticed by most Londoners: Samuel is black.

"I have been working as a security guard for three years," he says. "You get a lot of junkies in this area. Sometimes you have to be aggressive." Samuel smiles, pushing out his chest a little. "You have to know how to act depending on the person. It's like science – action and reaction." He chuckles ever so slightly.

Samuel comes from Nigeria, as do many others in his profession. His eyes flick back and forth, scanning the throng of people. "You can't stand like this for too long, talking – somebody might just go in, take a pack of CDs and leave," he says. Samuel excuses himself, adding his name and a furtive handshake as an afterthought. Less than five minutes' talk in all.

The private security sector is expanding, and guards now adorn even the humblest of supermarket checkouts and dingiest of clubs. A "visual deterrent" to crime, security companies claim. And this visual deterrence is increasingly performed by bored-looking black Britons and Africans. The good news may be that black minorities, still two and a half times more likely to be unemployed than white Britons, are now entrusted with security matters, inching a bit higher up London's pecking order. The bad news is that an ethnic furrow is drilled into London's asphalt, channelling black men into badly paid, vulnerable frontline positions.

Politicians, pundits and even the police have often praised the multicultural British model of integration, not without good reason. Nobody will launch into patriotic sing-a-longs or wave a Union Jack in the face of the hookah-smoking, Morris dancing, Qur'an-chanting and sauerkraut-eating masses. But this is all multiculturalism by night. Multiculturalism also works – works hard – up Charing Cross Road, down dingy backstreets, at the back of fusty pubs, deep in the cellars of milk-white Kensington hotels, under the sterile bulbs of NHS surgeries.

It may be insolent to heave another load of real-world grit onto multiculturalism's back at this time of trials by government, racism and terror. But dreary work is the flipside to London's multicultural project. Black bouncers, Asian shopkeepers, African parking attendants, Polish bartenders, Spanish chambermaids, Irish builders, African nurses, Indian doctors – they all come to London and find their place, as if by serendipity, from £4.85 an hour and counting. Europe's financial capital is insatiable, spongy, absorbent. But do people pick jobs according to ability and preference, or is the grid already laid out for them; colourful, deceptive and non-negotiable as a London tube map?

The parking attendant

Like security guards, parking attendants are too busy for a chat. Brisk, outsourced, undaunted, they roam the capital's grimy single yellow lines armed with just an oversized machine to crunch number-plates and a council vest against cold winds and the evil eye. And they are virtually unstoppable, furtive figures.

"I am too busy, don't have time," says my first interview target, a stern black parking attendant. He walks off briskly, escaping the lunging white hack. Luck comes in the voluminous shape of a fast-paced black woman negotiating a Camden sidestreet. Her vest is deceptively branded with a comforting council-green dye that blends with a minuscule NCP insignia – the private, nationwide parking venture that won Camden Council's lucrative enforcement contract in 2001.

Is this one of London's toughest jobs? "No, it's not that hard!" she chuckles, scanning a white van's pay-and-display ticket. She treads along briskly. "Really, it's OK," she assures me. "In the beginning it's harder, but you get used to it. The abuse comes daily, of course. It's not the job for you if you can't handle abuse. But if you know you are doing the right thing, it's OK. You just walk away when they start shouting."

She is matter-of-fact, stout and cheerful, her hair sculpted into a bun. I tag along, barely keeping up. Is she running away from her stalker? What's her name? "You can call me this!" she chuckles again, pointing to her shoulder cuff. It says 1571. "I am not allowed to say my name. Here I am a number – my name doesn't matter." 1571 looks busier and busier. The radio crackles. Where is she from? "Nigeria." Why do so many Africans do this job? "Oh, I don't know," 1571 says, curtly or just briskly. We reach the end of the block, another grey Camden thoroughfare beckons beyond, with a neat stack of pay-and-displays. She is speeding – wait … too late. 1571 chuckles, says goodbye. A colleague approaches – could be her cousin: hair neatly wrapped, fast-paced, African features. Then a male colleague – black, African traits. One, two, three, all heading down the same street, an avalanche of attendants … And my failed source, pacing briskly as ever. But now he smiles. "So, you found somebody?" His accent, too, is African.

No job evokes such hostility as parking enforcement, more so since public-private partnerships and new profit-making incentives began unleashing a ticketing bonanza on the capital's streets. But London's parking business has been doubly outsourced: to private ventures and flak-catching Africans, who have relentlessly populated the payrolls. At the public-private faultline they teeter, armed with silly hats and plastic machinery, come rain or shine or saliva-spattering owners of four-by-fours.

Enforcing London's rules and patrolling private property are tough tasks, but somebody's got to do them. Not to worry: multiculturalism assigns the posts. Please tick the ethnic monitoring form and wait in line. If you tick "black", the chance is you will soon find your place within London's hard-working, visually deterring foot soldier community.

Who's doing what – A rough guide to working Britain

4.3 per cent of Pakistanis work as shopkeepers, wholesale and retail dealers, compared to 0.5 per cent of white Britons

4.2 per cent of Indians work as medical practitioners, compared to 0.5 per cent white Britons

16 per cent of Bangladeshis work as chefs, compared to 0.7 per cent white Britons

11.3 per cent of Bangladeshis work as retail assistants, compared to 6.3 of all Asians and 4.5 of whites

2 per cent of Asians work as cashiers or checkout operators, compared to 1.1 per cent of whites

9.4 per cent of Pakistanis are chauffeurs or cab drivers, compared to 0.5 per cent whites and 0.9 per cent of blacks

8.5 per cent of black Africans are nurses, compared to 1.7 per cent whites, few South Asians and 11.2 per cent of "other Asians"

3.6 per cent of black Africans work as security guards, compared to 0.5 per cent of whites

Approximations based on data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, December 2004 – February 2005. Ethnic minority data is unreliable due to sample size.

The shopkeeper

Aftab huddles behind a desk cluttered with weekly glossies, breath mints, KP nuts and 2p sweets, the radio filling his shop with muted noise. "Violence is not the solution," he sighs, referring both to the still recent 7 July London bombs and Iraq. On a shelf by the open door, a four-year-old copy of The Economist peeks out next to a gaudy selection of lads' mags. "The day the world changed", its front page trumpets, to the dust and fumes of Manhattan. "It reminds me of when it all started," Aftab says softly.

His cornershop is set in the shadow of thronging, roaring Camden Town station. Aftab comes from Pakistan, or rather, Kashmir. "Ever since Pakistan was created out of the British Empire in 1947 by [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah, it has failed to reconcile the different nations within its borders. It's an artificial creation. Actually, there are only two countries in the world created on the basis of religion: Israel and Pakistan," he says, bemused. "Their borders are a colonial legacy."

Since coming to Britain in 1997, Aftab has become the hub of a local community made up of itinerant builders, international students, crackheads, Bangladeshi shopkeepers and working-class families. He knows everybody. "My brother was running the shop when I got here, then he fell ill. I started coming to the shop, reading four-five papers a day: that's how I got to know all the people around here." He has braved shoplifters, stinkbombs and random yobbery, and recently appeared on the BBC after launching a petition against drug-related crime.

Aftab holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Karachi. "When I came here they told me that if you have a Third World qualification, you need to get a diploma in this country," he says. "The Job Centre is just there to give you your £52 a week in benefit, and then you're off. They don't help you find jobs. I was registered there for two years, and scanned job offers all the time. At one point I said, 'please, just give me anything!' I told them I could study for a diploma to complete my qualifications, but they weren't interested. Then I started to get more involved here." He still wants to study a Masters of Science in Human Rights.

Has he felt discriminated against? "No, it's the same for everyone." He smiles. I ask him why he thinks so many Asians have set up shop. He looks unsure, and eventually produces a bit of sociology. "When migrants first started arriving here, many were uneducated and set up shops and have continued since then. But their children often prefer to go looking for employers. With Sainsbury's and Tesco opening local stores, the cornershop is becoming a thing of the past."

In this "nation of shopkeepers", shopkeeping has been subcontracted to that old imperial safeguard of the nation's values, British Asia. Small-scale entrepreneurs of Indian or Pakistani extraction have absorbed the retail function, running cornerstores as well as staffing supermarkets, high street stores and bank counters. They are not alone, of course: Turkish Cypriots have carved a clothes-and-food niche out of north London. But Asian shopkeepers are the only group with full-spectrum dominance, from Haringey to Hampstead. However their market share is increasingly threatened by supermarkets that wedge their slick Express, Local, Metro and Central chains into minuscule urban spaces. Does that leave you, or your kids, unemployed? Please tick the "Asian" box, and be patient: the chance is you will be handling supermarket tills, sorting ballpoint pens in a stationers, or stacking crates before you know it.

The supermarket assistant

Feronda pauses from stacking tins and dons a sincere, expectant grin worthy of the glossiest of Corporate Social Responsibility reviews. He is happy with his job as a Sainsbury's customer assistant. "I'm from Sri Lanka. I'm a refugee. Only I and one more are from Sri Lanka in this shop – most of the other people here are Pakistani." Actually, all the other customer assistants seem to be Brits of Pakistani background. Even the security guard is Asian. Why does Feronda think this is so? "Oh, this I don't know," he says, tugging his grin along, keen to move on to the next question. "I like it here, I want to stay – I especially enjoy being on the shop floor. Before I worked for four years as a car mechanic up the road," – he waves past pea cans, north – "doing night shifts. That was very hard." Now he works 3-11pm, five days a week, at £6 an hour. "Let's see… about £850 a month for a 39-hour week," he says. He looks thrilled, grateful. Before coming to the UK he studied computers, but struggles to translate his education into British levels. "I didn't apply for any other jobs – just this," he says. But is there anything he doesn't like about the job? "No, no," he says, with the sparkling grin making a lingering plea for mercy. The largely white Chalk Farm clientele scavenges for breakfast bagels and tender-stem broccoli. Feronda's colleagues shuffle past, aisle-wide looks in their eyes.

Whether British supermarkets' workforces are as diverse as their stock of curries, mozzarella and stodgy German bread is hard to ascertain – their statistics slip from your hands like salmon. Fourteen percent of Sainsbury's employees and three to four percent of its managers come from ethnic minorities: more detailed figures are not available from either Sainsbury's or Tesco, despite their equal opportunities policies.

Sainsbury's prohibits discrimination and strives to "move beyond simple legal compliance," according to Cheryl Kuczynski, a spokeswoman. "We actively look to employ colleagues who reflect the diversity of our customers," she says. Tesco, the behemoth of the British food market, says targets have been set to get so-called "ethnic groups" into managerial positions. Flexible work during Ramadan and Diwali and briefings in languages like Hindi, Urdu, and Bangladeshi are two selling points. All according to its Corporate Social Responsibility review.

Katie Jenkins, Tesco's employment spokeswoman, says that diversity "creates a great atmosphere in stores" and makes everybody contribute with different skills and knowledge. "Retail is a fast-paced environment, so we look for people who can adapt well to change, people who are very customer-focused. The stores reflect the demographics of the local area. It is about recruiting local people into local jobs."

In lush white Hampstead, amid the cobblestones, blonde beer, Unitarian churches, window displays of pains au céréales and fragrant Jojoba oils, lurks an unbecoming Tesco Express. Inside, Jayvishal is morosely stacking boxes of vegetables. "I can't do an interview if it's going to take time," he warns. I try an optimistic note. What does he like most about his job?" "I don't like it at all," he says, his slightly pained face sloping down into an unlikely smile. "It's hard work, very hard work. Packing all the time."

Jayvishal is from India. "There are not many Indians here – mainly Sri Lankans and some Europeans," he says. By European he must mean British Asian: all the shop's staff look Asian. How did he find this £6-an-hour job? "Oh, through the Job Centre, and then I had some friends over here," Jayvishal answers, somewhat cryptically. "I have been in the UK since 2003, and couldn't find a job for a while. It was very hard. Legally, international students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week, but during vacations I do overtime. It is difficult economically – I have to pay rent, transport and everything, and only earn £500 a month."

Jayvishal is studying a Masters in Business and Finance at London's Metropolitan University. While not in India he lives in Queensbury, zone four, on the Jubilee line that branches through a parallel part – or galaxy, perhaps – of north London. Skills and knowledge he has: a local he is not. The manager, a short-set, trim-bearded man of South Asian features presses up against us, fingering the stack of plastic boxes. Time to retreat. "And when you're finished…" – the orders fade, giving way to wine bars and American ice cream parlours slanting down the north London hillside.

Hampstead is at the extreme end of the spectrum. But a random Monday afternoon headcount at seventeen West End supermarkets, where workers are least likely to be drawn from a residential pool, confirms the ethnic pattern, albeit with minor variations. One hundred customer assistants were of Asian background, fifty-eight were black, nineteen white, and four "other Asians". The eleven security guards on duty were all black but for one.

The bar tender

It would be a mistake to think that low-paid jobs are the reserve of the Queen's post-colonial subjects. Some minorities have fared quite well: ethnic Indians, for one, are now approaching the employment chances of white Britons. Meanwhile, London's pint-pullers earn even less than its shelf-fillers, and a terrifying ninety-seven percent of pub workers nationwide are white. Why?

Perhaps Al Murray's comedy act the Pub Landlord hinted at the answer when saying that there should be no things foreign in a proper English pub, with the natural exception of peanuts. Peanuts are more nondescript than exotic, a bit like the "white other" box on the ethnic monitoring forms. And so it is that Europeans, Australians and their fellow Antipodeans have been swallowed by the fusty land of minimum wages, ruddy-faced regulars and sticky floors.

Behind the bar, a twenty-something lad moves packets of crisps about. Covent Garden's cobbled streets unfold outside. "Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning all the time," he says, in spotless English. "There's lots of cleaning in this pub." He doesn't look glum at all saying it. The pub is one of a constellation of glinting properties on the online London map of the Spirit Group, one of the UK's biggest pub businesses with over two thousand venues to its name. Boleslaw has worked here since May, and shares the pleasure with a girl from Sweden, another from France, an Irish boss and two other Poles – a friend and the assistant manager. He got his job through the previous manager, also Irish. "That's a traditional English pub for you!" he says.

This is not the first time I come across the Ladder. The Ladder is a peculiar upstairs-downstairs way of ordering the capital's economy. The lower steps of many a London workplace are, predictably enough, dominated by the poor relatives of the world economy: Poles, Colombians and Nigerians abound. But climb one step up, and surprisingly often you will find employees from closer to home: Irish managing continental Europeans, perhaps, or Spaniards managing Colombians. On the top of the Ladder, perch the white English top managers and boardroom staff. The Commission for Racial Equality's (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips has called it "snow-capping", or white on black: only 1.4 percent of executive management comes from ethnic minorities.

"It's a very hard job and not paid very well. The minimum: £4.85," Boleslaw continues. No big deal. This is his third bout of pub work in London. "At least this is a very nice area, with lots of theatres around." Nice areas make customer flows impressive, and it's hectic, lager-churning madness. "After a while you get used to it – even if it's packed you can listen to the music and chat up a girl. But you work till late and don't have time for yourself. You wake up at nine or ten next morning and start work at 12. It's like a full circle." He smiles. "If you get some days off, you just chill upstairs," he adds, pointing heavenward. Boleslaw and his colleagues sleep upstairs: it's a live-in pub.

Despite paying rent to his landlord-bosses, Boleslaw can save "a few hundreds" each month, he says. He is a graphic designer and photographer, a graduate of Poland's Academy of Fine Arts, and has worked for advertising agencies back home. "It's a dodgy job market in Poland, simple as that," he says, unapologetically. "The UK market is more stable. You can do bar work for a while, then start looking around for what you really want to do."

A man with entourage orders pints of Tetley and pork scratchings. A colleague shows up, and Boleslaw breaks into Polish for a few sentences, cackling until the colleague disappears into the sunshine.

What do his fellow Poles do in the capital these days? "Any job you can get," he says. "Normally, guys who are tough enough go work on building sites, but others go into these jobs. The guy who just left, for example, is a doctor." A doctor? "Yeah – it's easy to find them working in pubs. We got lawyers, we got doctors, graphic designers, actors, the lot. This country has got the most educated bar staff ever," he says cheerily, pouring pints of Guinness for a couple of Koreans. He has only applied for one graphic design job so far, and saves his pounds with determination. "I felt I had too good qualifications. They looked at my portfolio and said 'you're too good, you better go somewhere else'. When the time comes, I'll do it."

Years back, London's fleet of theme pubs, Irish pubs, local pubs and all the other concept and brand name pubs shop-fronting for Japanese investment banks were manned by cheery mates from Down Under. The Anglo-Saxon reaches of empire supplemented London's homegrown working class with much-needed building and boozing skills. Aussies and Kiwis provided the pint-pulling crowd. South Africans joined the Irish on the building sites. The Working Holiday Visa kept the children of the Commonwealth snuggled on old England's beer belly for years.

But in 2000, New Labour sowed the seeds of a revised migration strategy, which has blossomed into today's demand-based, quotas-and-points approach. Working Holiday rules for Commonwealth countries changed in 2003, and Antipodeans have moved into administration, computer work and public services with the easing of job-type restrictions. Poles are entering the pub-and-scaffolding race, quickly filling their predecessors' place. Some 98,500 Poles had applied for Britain's worker registration scheme in May 2005, over half of all new east European hopefuls arriving in the wake of 2004's EU expansion. Eighty percent of them earned up to £5 an hour.

The arrival of Poles is changing the demographic makeup of other parts of London's service economy, too. José Vigo, employment adviser, senses a growing fashion for east European employees at his West End Job Centre, which specialises in low-paid hotel and catering vacancies "that have not been taken through the domestic labour market".

Southern Europeans and Latin Americans, often over-skilled but with poor English, have peopled the lower reaches of London's job market for years, where a dank stereotype of the Latin service worker has grown. A recent Job Centre language survey confirms the lingering Mediterranean makeup of London's catering and hotel trades: Spanish clocked in as first language, followed by Portuguese, French and Italian – but with upstart Polish wedged in at third place.

Statistics are scant and unreliable and the turnover ferocious, but Vigo confirms that employers now head for eastern Europe rather than scavenging the Iberian soils for catering and hotel staff. "There they get better levels of English and people willing to do that kind of job."

The service sector is likely to continue haunting southern European visitors, however. "London is still one of the most popular places in Europe for young Spaniards," says Manuela Martínez, adviser for EU employment network Eures in southern Spain. "People want to master English and make their CVs look better. But if their level of English is low, they will work in places where they don't deal with the public, in 'backstage' jobs. They end up spending a year in London and bring back three or four words related to the hotel trade. Then, naturally, they only tell people about the good things that happened, and the process starts snowballing."

The backstage jobs of London's fickle service economy have a convenient feature: as Portuguese hotel workers, Spanish chambermaids and Latin American kitchen porters mingle in their trade, they speak Spanish instead of English. And the less English they speak, the more likely they will languish in their underpaid niches. London keeps luring job-hunters into its wide nets, its finance-fuelled economy selects and cherrypicks the candidates, and multiculturalism keeps them apart, blissful in their ghettoes.

The state's story

Government departments are blissful in their ghettoes, too, and keep chucking the ball out of their own ponds. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not target specific ethnic groups, says Ben Lloyd, a spokesman, who suggests I try the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), which deals with safeguarding employees' rights. And what does the DTI think? A spokesperson mentions Tony Blair's 2003 cross-departmental Ethnic Minorities Employment Task Force, but little more: the DWP is wrong – "we don't deal with getting people into jobs."

Academia is also suffering from a "paucity of research" on ethnic recruitment according to Dr Sophia Skyers, senior research fellow on the London labour market with the public interest company Office for Public Management (OPM). She explains ethnic niching in relation to London's expanding knowledge economy. "We are seeing a polarisation of the labour force into, on the one hand, high-paid jobs in professional and financial services and, on the other hand, retail, protective services and other personal services like healthcare," she says. "What we get is a pattern of occupational segregation – a lot of people are forced into particular employment groups, often because of discrimination in other sectors. The stereotype goes with the job, and sticks to the people who get these jobs."

Professor Michael Hardt, co-author of the watershed tome Empire about how power has been redistributed in a globalised world, agrees that multiculturalism plays an economic role in the new economy. "Britain's multicultural model can facilitate an ethnic division of labour, a model that has perhaps a longer history in the Americas," he says. "Racialized hierarchies and exploitation do not always function along the old or assumed models of exclusion. But it's worth insisting that recognizing that cultural diversity can be part of a new scheme of exploitation does not mean we should be against cultural diversity as such. What we need to strive for is equality and freedom within this multicultural society."

Trevor Phillips has criticised multiculturalism for keeping people apart, labelling it "a typically British way of dealing with difference". But now the stakes are higher. While London Mayor Ken Livingstone praised multiculturalism in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, Tony Blair announced a crackdown on Britain's permissive liberal consensus to a chorus of tabloid approval. But even multiculturalism's defenders often have little clue of what it really is, or does. Multiculturalism is not only a heap of colours, it is a machine with cogs that whirr. It not only fuses, but keeps apart. It doesn't so much discriminate as direct a choreography of cultures. Much like a latter-day, benign sort of empire, where all races and cultures play a minor part in the symphony of power.

On the ring road again

Your no-frills flight descends among thick nighttime clouds and your bags emerge from the bowels of Stansted airport. Now it's business the British way. Bearded Muslims, lavish Iberian girls and red-nosed Brits clutching Su Doku books mingle in the halls and tow their luggage into the rainy night, stared on by billboards vying for their London fare. Outside, hordes of many-accented hustlers flog £5 one-ways for cheap airbus upstarts. Beyond the Pink Elephant car park waits the National Express. A stream of people crosses the wet asphalt, oblivious to the hustlers' calls. This is how multicultural London commutes, in and out of London, twenty-four hours a day, every fifteen minutes.

Chris descends from his bus and lights a quick fag before his next drive. "The job is not as stressful as it looks," he says. "It's easy, and the pay's quite good. £22,000 a year because I do night shifts." He cuts a stoic figure, tall and bulky, his shaved head pinched by an earring. His colleagues, like him, are overwhelmingly white, bald, and big, emblems of the well-fed English working class. They ferry multiculturalism in and out of the capital. What do the people boarding his coach to the throbbing financial hub of Europe do, then? "Well," Chris puffs on his fag, thinks. "We carry a lot of students, some come over on a gap year, a small portion are on business and the bulk of them are tourists and sightseers."

What about the workers? Where are they? Who notices the shelf-stacker in the business student, the pint-puller in the graduate, the cornershop owner among the businessmen, the sandwich wrappers, cappuccino steamers and doormen among the tourists? Not Chris, not Ken, not Tony, nor Middle England or the City elite. The City: white as a scrubbed cathedral wall, home of offshore dollars and high-value bonds, generator of the service economy and its guards, attendants, retailers, cleaners, drivers. And Chris, where does he live? "I live in Haverhill, outside Cambridge," he says, stubs out his fag, and sets the motor purring towards the M25.


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          YU SUSHI餐廳 新現代日本料理令人驚豔   

創新美式風格融入傳統日本料理為深厚基礎的YU SUSHI餐廳,最近又有新菜推出!除了招牌「美式加州卷」、「節令有機野菜天婦羅」外,即日起再推出「YU精選紅酒生魚片套餐」,絕佳的搭配,引出海鮮的美味,將讓饕客們品嚐到鮮美甘甜的季節美味!


「YU SUSHI餐廳」是國賓大飯店新品牌事業部繼Market Cafe味‧集廚房後,又緊接登場的新餐廳;與一般日本料理不同的,該餐廳不但有日本料理的精神及創新的風格,更洋溢著美式餐飲的愜意自在感受,可稱之為「現代日本料理」。且很難得的,該餐廳擁有超過十七年日本料理經驗的年輕料理長蔡全成主廚,不但廚藝好外,對客人的服務態度更是親切、專業,客人如果有需要,還可為消費者量身打造個人菜單,獻上最速配的現代日本料理。


而最近推出的新菜「YU精選紅酒生魚片套餐」,是該餐廳與國際食尚潮流同步,精心挑選Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon美國加州以及Chateau de Brague法國波爾多兩款非常適合搭配生魚片跟壽司的紅酒,藉由這兩款質地柔順圓潤,帶有果香的葡萄紅酒,?柔地喚醒味蕾,恰當地導引出日式料理的鮮味,激盪出絕佳配對意想不到的口感,讓日本料理更加的多元豐富。


其實日本料理搭紅酒的風氣,在國外已蔚為風潮,如此的新風格日本料理吃起來多些時尚感和新潮味,但並非天馬行空,紅酒之所以能與日式料理作出絕妙的搭配,主要是因為它的口味種類繁多,甜、澀、濃、淡一應俱全,挑選適宜,能相得益彰,巧妙的提升食物的美味;而這次特別別挑選二款果香馥郁、絕佳配對的紅酒,獨特黑醋粟與藍莓果香的芬芳,融入淡淡烘烤香氣, 清新、優雅的口感,用以搭配魚肉油脂含量較豐富的義式鮪魚生魚及特選季節生魚片,能恰到好處的提引出魚肉的鮮美甘甜,後韻多層次口感,更是美妙!


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Genere Azione - USA, 2017. Durata 100 minuti circa. Da giovedì 20 luglio al cinema.

Jon Baker e Frank "Ponch" Poncherello entrano a far parte della California Highway Patrol (CHP) di Los Angeles, spinti da motivazioni diverse. Baker è un ex motociclista professionista che si è arruolato per rimettere apposto la sua vita e il suo matrimonio. Poncherello è un agente federale sotto copertura piuttosto arrogante, che ha il compito di scoprire se una recente rapina multimilionaria è stata compiuta da agenti della CHP.

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          What We Wore: Biking!   
I have been dying to wear these shorts that I got at the Mighty Swell Summer Sale, so cute, summery and bright! I adore them, so I just decided to take them for a test run (and a for a few silly pictures), just biking to meet a friend for coffee and a chat.  I wore my new nutcase forest green helmet, yellow vintage shorts and my sheer gray, yellow and turquoise top from a boutique in Spain.
Happy Riding!
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          Miroslav Volf Against Libertarian Economics   

Volf - Work in the SpiritI’ve been reading Miroslav Volf’s absolutely excellent book, Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work. In the final chapter, he moves into ways a Christian theology of work can overcome the many ways we see work in our contemporary society alienating us from being fully human. His premise is this:

“Human work, properly understood theologically, is related to the goal of all human history, which will bring God, human beings, and the nonhuman creation into ‘shalomic’ harmony.” (p. 85)

Volf (Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University Divinity School and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture) offers a pneumatological theology of work, in which the Holy Spirit gifts human beings with the abilities to provide not only for their own sustenance, but to work for the common good.

“When God calls people to become children of God, the Spirit gives them calling, talents, and ‘enablings’ (charisms) so that they can do God’s will in the Christian fellowship and in the world in anticipation of God’s eschatological new creation. All Christians have several gifts from the Spirit. Since most of these gifts can be exercised only through work, work must be considered a central aspect of Christian living.” (p. 124)

Therefore, if a large aspect of being a human is to work for the common good, then this leads Volf to criticize the economic philosophy of libertarianism, which centers on individual freedom, placing individual liberty as the most fundamental rule in economics. According to libertarian economics, we must let the free market rule itself. As individuals work for their own self-interests, the “invisible hand” of the unfettered free market transforms the individuals’ pursuit of their own interests into the public good. The best way to care for others, according to libertarian economics, is for everyone to work for themselves. The common good is best served when people do not take economic responsibility for others, but rather by seeking their own self interests.

But such an economic system rubs against the way God has created human beings.

“Individual self-interest can be pursued validly but it must be accompanied by the pursuit of the good of others. These two pursuits are not in principle mutually exclusive but complementary (though in concrete cases they often conflict). My own good and the good of the whole human family are both included in the shalom of the new creation. Therefore, no contradiction is involved when a person ‘gives himself up’ for someone and ‘loves himself’ at the same time (see Eph. 5:25-28). (p. 192)

“Unlike libertarian philosophy, Christian faith does make demands on people to accept economic responsibility for others. And these demands are not only demands of generosity. They are demands on them to practice justice. Both in the Old and the New Testaments the concept of justice includes concern for the underprivileged (see Matt. 6:1; Ps. 112:9). Paul, for instance, calls the financial help of gentile Christians to the Jerusalem poor ‘justice’ (2 Cor. 9:9). Correspondingly, the mere refusal of the wealthy to aid the poor can be considered a criminal act (Ezek. 16:49).” (p. 194)

“Important as it is, from a Christian perspective, respect for individual liberty will not suffice as a basic rule for the market game. Respect for the right of sustenance of all individuals must be added as a rule that is even more basic than respect for individual liberty. If the market will not behave according to this rule, it is the market that has to go, not the rule. For the basic criterion of the humanness of an economic system is whether or not it secures lasting justice for the poor.” (p. 195)

The answer is not Marxism, according to Volf, but “a market economy directed by a vision of the common good.” In other words, a market economy that has parameters that ensure individual freedom while also caring for the basic needs of all people.


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          Cirurgia de estapedectomia do ouvido direito (Otosclerose)   


Olá!! Vocês acreditam que eu já operei do ouvido direito? Como falei no último post a cirurgia seria dia 15 de julho, mas o médico adiou para dia 01 de agosto devido a um congresso que ele teve que participar. Isso foi bom, porque me restabeleci da sinusite e me preparei melhor para o grande dia.

A internação foi ao meio-dia, engraçado que mesmo já tendo passado pela cirurgia de estapedectomia do ouvido esquerdo há 4 anos, dessa vez eu estava mais ansiosa e receosa. Eu confio muito em Deus, e acredito que ele tem formas de nos prevenir de certas coisas que poderiam acontecer conosco. A cirurgia estava marcada para dia 15 de julho e a secretária do médico ligou para cancelar, fiquei chateada no dia porque estava tudo programado certinho, férias de escola da minha filha e do meu marido, e tivemos que mudar tudo de uma hora para outra.

Passando 3 dias da ligação, meu marido estava indo trabalhar depois do almoço e eu estava na garagem onde temos uma rede, olhei para ela e pensei, quando eu operar vou ficar aqui na rede, ler e usar a internet, aqui é mais quentinho. Eu já pensava isso antes, então, resolvi sentar, e quando fiz isso a rede não estava presa direito e fui para o chão, um tombo feio, pois bati a minha cabeça fortemente na porta do carro, e doeu a tarde toda. Acredito que o cancelamento da cirurgia não foi em vão, imaginem se eu tivesse operado dia 15? No dia 18 já teria perdido tudo, agradeci muito a Deus por ter cuidado de mim.

Continuando, a cirurgia foi mais ou menos as 15h, acordei na sala de recuperação com a enfermeira insistindo para eu respirar e ainda bem porque eu me peguei várias vezes apagada e acordava com a insistência dela “respira...respira”. Logo fui para o quarto, onde tudo rodava, e me lembrei da primeira cirurgia que a enfermeira me orientou a ficar com os olhos fechado que logo passaria, fiz isso e logo passou. Mesmo já tendo o ouvido esquerdo já operado eu senti diferença na audição, sons estavam ainda mais claros, passei a noite no hospital e sai no dia seguinte logo cedo.

Estou há 8 dias em recuperação fazendo o repouso necessário. É muito importante seguir as recomendações médicas corretamente, evitar movimentos bruscos com a cabeça, não molhar o ouvido, não tomar café, chocolate e chá. Sentia o ouvido tapado e tive muito mais zumbidos, mas tudo dentro do normal porque o curativo seca e tem esses sintomas. No dia 8 de agosto fui no hospital tirar o curativo, o Dr Andy fez a limpeza aspirando o ouvido, A sensação na hora que tira o curativo e aspira é um pouco desconfortável e tive um pouco de tontura.

Logo após a retirada do curativo eu ouvi tudo muito alto, a voz do médico e o barulho do aparelhinho que ele colocava no ouvido. Posso dizer que ouvi muito mais do que quando operei o ouvido esquerdo, o médico disse que é normal, preciso usar algodão pra sair na rua, e em casa estão precisando tomar cuidado porque qualquer barulho me assusta...que felicidade gente!!!

Embora eu tenha achado que algumas coisas mudaram no hospital tenho que falar que a equipe médica e os enfermeiros são pessoas muito dedicadas e estão sempre a disposição, agradeço muito.  Agradeço também a Deus que cuidou de tudo, e a minha família que me ama muito e me cuidam com muito carinho, Amo vocês!!!  ♥ 




          Depoimento pós cirurgia de otosclerose da Raquel Benfica   

 Olá leitores do blog, hoje o depoimento sobre a cirurgia de otosclerose é da Kel, eu a conheci porque ela me adicionou no facebook e me contou que tinha passado pela cirurgia, de cara gostei muito dela, por ser uma pessoa espontânea, divertida e muito amável>>> "Kel muito obrigada". 

Olá, meu nome é Raquel, sou mineira, tenho 29 anos e desde os 15 anos percebo a otosclerose. Lembro-me como se fosse hoje o dia que senti a primeira vez aqueles surdões seguidos de zumbidos que a otosclerose nos acomete. Foi numa manhã de Abril do ano de 2002, faltavam 2 dias para eu completar meus 15 anos. A princípio acreditei ser uma coisa passageira, mas me acompanhou e ainda acompanha no ouvido esquerdo. Realizei audiometrias com diagnostico de perda auditiva moderadamente severa em ambas a s orelhas. Com o tempo eu aprendi que a leitura labial me ajudava compreender melhor e acreditem, aprendi LIBRAS . Eu não sentia que a perda era tanta porque eu fazia a leitura labial, mas a TV eu ouvia no vol. 25. Aos 19 anos eu entrei na fila do SUS para conseguir a cirurgia, até hoje não me chamaram. Me casei aos 20 anos e meu marido me prometeu que quando ele pudesse seria realizado minha cirurgia. Em 2015 Deus preparou de começar a realizar os exames para a operação, onde comecei a pesquisar sobre a cirurgia, os prós e os contras. Conheci o Blog da Bete e li os depoimentos. Lembro-me que ao ver a audiometria de uma depoente eu fiquei boquiaberta, que maravilha! A adicionei no facebook para tirar todas as minhas dúvidas, desde então criamos um elo de amizade maravilhoso. Muitas perguntas foram feitas e muitas dúvidas tiradas e a força que ela me deu para arriscar e que daria certo não há explicação. Além de nos tornarmos amigas, descobrimos que somos gêmeas do coração. Eu nascida em 08 de Abril de 1987, a Jo em 16 de Abril do mesmo ano. Duas arianas que amam o azul, eu Cruzeirense, ela Gremista. Paris um sonho em comum! Sentimos tantas coisas em comum que algumas pessoas podem não acreditar, mas sim, somos gêmeas do coração e amigas pela otosclerose. Em 01 de março de 2016 eu operei meu ouvido direito, os curativos me deixaram apavorada por não ouvir, mas o dia que desentupiu o ouvido foi a maior alegria da minha vida. Eu ouvia a água passar pela torneira, escorrer no ralo no banheiro, a TV no vol. 9, meu marido falar baixinho, o trem que apitava na rua de baixo eu passei a ouvir e até assustar com ele,hehehehe. O tic TAC do relógio, a geladeira funcionar, minha gatinha miar.... muitas coisas que eu nem sabia que existia som eu passei a ouvir, como a toalha secando o corpo. Agradeço a Deus imensamente por ter me permitido essa oportunidade, da minha cirurgia ter sido um sucesso. Já se completaram 3 meses que operei e a qualidade de vida melhorou quase 100%. Aaaa, e minha gêmea gaúcha veio me visitar recentemente, isso só nos aproximou ainda mais e provou que somos gêmeas mesmo,hehehehe, detalhe que quase sou duas dela em tamanho e gordura,hahahahah. Agradeço a Betinha pela oportunidade de falar aqui no Blog, e falar muito né? Mineiro é um trem que fala bastante mesmo,hahaha. Gente!!! Hoje eu tiro onda pedindo para abaixar a TV, pedindo para falar mais baixo. Mas o que mais amei, foi ouvir a aceleração dos carros bravos, das motos. Antes eu ouvia mas era abafado, agora é nítido. Ouvir a orquestra da igreja também foi uma maravilha. Mas tudo tem um lado meio chato, tipo o ronco do marido a noite toda, hehehhehehe. Quem ainda tiver dúvida sobre fazer a cirurgia, eu digo, faça! Os riscos são muito baixos para não tentar. Abraços!

Kel Benfica

Em tempo: Aaa esqueci de dizer do vento bater na orelha hahaha que é maravilhoso, não tem preço.

          Depoimento do Alexandre atualizado (3 meses pós cirúrgico de otosclerose)   


CIRURGIA OTOSCLEROSE – 3 MESES DEPOIS

Agora, segue “atualização” da situação pós cirúrgica, passado pouco mais de 3 meses.

Após um mês da cirurgia, fui ao médico revisar. Ainda tinha algumas tonturas (mas nada demais) ao caminhar mais rápido. Também pouco afetado o paladar/língua do lado operado. Aqueles sintomas esperados. O médico olhou o ouvido, fez alguns testes e a primeira impressão dele (como já era a minha) é que tinha tido uma recuperação super boa, tipo uns 90%. Disse que a partir dali era “vida normal”. Pediu uma audiometria e impedancio pra dali a 2 meses (que seriam 3 meses da cirurgia).

Logo depois dessa consulta, já foram parando as tonturas e o paladar ficando 100% normal.

Vida social muito melhor. Trabalho, amigos, família, podendo ouvir de novo e participar das “rodas de conversa”, sem medo e ansiedade.

Lá pelo fim de novembro, início do mês de dezembro (pouco mais de 2 meses depois da cirurgia) começou um problema, primeiro bem espaçado e depois ficando mais constante. Parece que o som chega com um pouco “distorcido”, rádio “mal sintonizado”, “chiado”, “estridente”, alto falante com mau contato. Enfim, não é muito simples de descrever, mas é um troço chato. Quando é alguém falando, principalmente em microfone, bah, aí fica pior. Não chega a ser uma perda da audição, mas é uma alteração que atrapalha. Dor, nenhuma.

Como esse negócio foi ficando cada vez mais constante, consultei novamente o médico, no dia 9/12. Ele, sempre muito seguro, disponível e atencioso, disse que até já estava mesmo na hora de revisar, pois tinha se passado quase 3 meses da cirurgia.

Expliquei a situação. Ele examinou, fez testes. Disse que a prótese estava lá e funcionando. Perguntou se eu tinha tido algum evento que pudesse ter deslocado a prótese, eu disse que não. Segundo ele, e se eu entendi bem, pelos meus sintomas, uma hipótese é que a prótese pode ter soltado um pouco do gancho/argola (ou algo assim) que prende/fixa ela. Que talvez tenha ali tipo uma “folga”, mas que isso pode ser preenchido pelo próprio corpo, de forma natural. Pediu pra eu tomar por um mês um fitoterápico, pra melhorar a circulação ali. Pediu também pra eu ter paciência, que deve melhorar. Que, se for caso de revisão cirúrgica, só daqui a uns 2 ou 3 meses, mas que não deve ser necessário. E também não fez nenhuma restrição por conta disso: “vida normal”. Reiterou o pedido da audiometria.

Fiz então a áudio e impedancio (16/12 – 3 meses pós cirurgia). A própria fono, ali na hora, comparando com o exame anterior à cirurgia, disse que tinha ficado “quase normal”, restou uma perda muito leve. Que tinha uma alteração na membrana, mas que podia ser em virtude da cirurgia.

O médico, analisando esses exames, disse que não tinha nada pra se preocupar. E, comparando com os anteriores, confirmou que recuperou uns 80% e deve melhorar ainda mais nos próximos meses.


Em resumo: estou ouvindo bem melhor, vida social sem medo, embora tenha essa questão de “sintonia”, mas que deve melhorar (tomara...). De qualquer forma, até pelos relatos que eu tinha lido, eu sabia que podia ter alguma alteração pós cirurgia em função da prótese, já que não era algo “natural”. É que, como estava praticamente “perfeito”, melhor, claro, que assim ficasse. Mas, enfim, acho que eu não deixaria de fazer a cirurgia, mesmo se tivesse certeza que teriam essas alterações (lógico, considerando que não vá piorar, rsrsrs), afinal, ouvir bem é muito mais importante do que ter de conviver com essas “alterações”, que, conforme dito antes, devem ser passageiras.

          80 imagens para zoar nos comentários do Facebook   

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          Informal Chat With The Steele's   
A new MP3 sermon from Hilltop Audio Ministries is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Informal Chat With The Steele's
Subtitle: Series: Misc.
Speaker: Paul E. Steele
Broadcaster: Hilltop Audio Ministries
Event: Special Meeting
Date: 5/31/1987
Length: 37 min. (64kbps)
          500.000 Drivers para Técnico informática.   

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          Kraul Der kleine Farbenspaß Experimentierkasten   
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          Snapchat now lets you create your own filters – right in the app   

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          Plone-the-product vs. Plone-the-platform, Joel-on-software edition   
This week Plone has a summit to discuss strategy. For me, "strategy" means high-level kinds of questions like: - What should Plone do well (vs. not worry about doing well) - Who is it for (vs. not necessarily for) - What makes it unique (vs. what things are commodity) - Who are your natural competitors Using summit time to assess features for future releases is a good idea. But there should also be time to tackle strategy decisions that inform feature planning. I believe Jon is helping make that happen. In trying to help sort out such strategy questions, it's useful to make a distinction between "Plone-the-product" and "Plone-the-platform" (aka the framework). The former is an out-of-the-box application with specific functionality for certain users. That is, a specific user experience. The latter is UI-less set of capabilities from which you can go in various directions to make your own products. And each has a totally different set of answers to the questions above. Stated differently, a totally different "strategy". In trying to bring this up, I get either strong support or strong pushback. The latter goes along the line of "we're both", "why limit ourselves", and foremost, "why does it matter". In this case, Joel Spolsky does a very admirable job discussing platforms.

It's really, really important to figure out if your product is a platform or not, because platforms need to be marketed in a very different way to be successful. That's because a platform needs to appeal to developers first and foremost, not end users.

I just had the good fortune to read an advance copy of Rick Chapman's excellent new book on stupidity in the software industry...One of the biggest themes in software industry failures is a platform vendor that didn't understand that they were a platform vendor, so they alienated their key constituency: the developers.

Over the course of Zope's history, I've watched this issue go through several permutations. The original Zope was a product that tried to hide, of all things, Python. It then grew an extension concept (Products) for developers. The extension part was so popular that Python developers became the core constituency. Zope 3 mostly-abandoned the "product" side, while still sorta implying it would come up with backwards-compatibility to keep those interests in the fold. Instead, Zope 3 was a self-contained application server and platform. And now, having failed to get traction as a self-contained universe, there is a final push to make it assume its most natural place as a system of awesome, high-quality Python components. (See Jens's response on "The Zope Confusion".) I also think Mozilla is an example of not knowing if you're a product or a tool. Three years ago, Mozilla was trying to make the best browser on the planet. Oh, and a great mail client. And a great calendar. And (of all freaking things) chat client. Oh, and it was also a platform of technologies (XUL, etc.) to write extensions for said suite of stuff that went along with said browser. In fact, forget our products entirely...Mozilla is a platform for building *anything*. People got woefully confused. What exactly was Mozilla trying to succeed at? And so Mozilla re-branded: the browser became Firefox, the suite was sent to Siberia, the mail client was spun out, and the chat client was "set free". The word "Mozilla" meant platform. And that still wasn't enough focus. The Mozilla Foundation finally, FINALLY made it clear whether their raison d'etre was to make a killer browser or a generic internet technology. They say that in the ham-and-egg breakfast, the chicken is interested but the pig is committed. MoFoCo said the browser *would* be excellent and the plaform *should* be excellent. Big distinction. Using the word "Plone" to mean both the product and the platform is, IMO, the least attractive way forward. It will never be clear to people what, exactly, Plone is and isn't for. What is it committed to excellence on. Who is its primary audience. And finally, the reason for not choosing product-or-platform will become the ultimate "house divided against itself" outcome: people will think Plone components developed for the Plone framework will only run in Plone. The good news is that Plone already runs on a framework. In fact, several frameworks (Zope 2, CMF, Archetypes, Zope 3.) Anoint one (or help invent one) as that which people should pay attention to, then invest our activities under that flag, and make Plone a gorgeous assembly atop that other framework's genius.
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          Thankful Thursday - Meeting My Biological Family   
It has been a few weeks since I received my original birth certificate. As I announced in a previous post Surname Saturday - Huffman I was adopted and just received my original birth certificate in August. Before I tell my story, there is something I have to explain. My life has been like a puzzle with missing pieces. There are pieces of me that never quite fit anywhere. I did not look like anyone and often heard people casually state they had grandma's eyes or their mother's bone structure. These comments happen more often than you think. But many of the missing pieces had nothing to do with appearance. It was also my personality - the essence of who I am. Things like morals and ethics are all taught and my parents taught me well. And part of who a person's personality is molded by their environment and experiences in life. We are, after all, constantly changing and it is our life's experiences that help change us. But a part of each person's personality comes from somewhere deep within their genetic make up. I have always known this because a huge part of the person I am had no explanation and I never understood that part of me. As time went on I realized I was trying very hard to fit into a mold but I never quite fit. I have tried all my life to fit that mold and because it never quite fit me, I was not comfortable in my own skin.

Soon after I obtained my birth certificate, I discovered I had a biological brother. I wrote my brother and waited to see if he would respond. I waited over a week and when I heard nothing, I began the process of accepting the fact I never would receive a response. I was sad, but I understood and had hope he would change his mind. I woke up on my birthday and made my coffee as usual. As I was sipping my coffee, my phone rang. I answered it and heard "Happy birthday Sis!". I was speechless - and trust me, that NEVER happens! We talked for about a half hour and one thing was clear. He was just as happy as I was! After I hung up the phone, I cried - very happy tears. It was the best birthday I ever had. He called me back a few days later (as promised) to arrange our meeting. It was during this phone call I learned I also had a sister! A sister and a brother! My head was spinning! And, the best part was they seemed as anxious as I was to meet. I was overjoyed! After 50 some years of separation, I was about to meet the siblings I never knew I had. The first time I would come face to face with a biological family member. During my initial phone conversations with my brother, he seemed so excited and happy which instantly quelled all my fears. I will forever be grateful for his obvious enthusiasm.


As I drove the 3 hours to meet them, I felt every emotion you can think of. And I wondered...would they like me, would this be our only meeting, what were they thinking and so much more. I worried I would get too emotional and make a fool of myself. I decided I was thinking too much and turned up the car stereo and tried to relax. As I pulled my car into our meeting place, I took a deep breath and got out of the car. Lots of hugs ensued. Except for the birth of my daughter it was the happiest day of my life. I never expected the warm welcome I received. And it just got better as the day progressed. It was still a shock but my brother's happiness was contagious. Considering they never knew I existed, I am sure they were in more shock than I. By the end of the day, I would learn all my fears were for nothing, but was glad I expected the worst because it just enhanced my joy that day. The day began meeting my new found brother, his wife, my sister and her daughter (my niece!). The day ended meeting a few cousins and the sister of my biological mother, my aunt. The day was overwhelming (in a good way). I had so much to absorb. Seeing people who looked like me for the first time was so surreal and so amazing. I saw so much of myself in my brother, but not just our faces, but also in his personality. I thought I must be wrong. What made it more amazing was each one of their reactions to me. Every person I met made it clear I was very welcome - as a member of the family. That was something that I had not expected and honestly a scenario that never occurred to me. I never looked past the moment, it was way too scarey for me. All that fear is gone now, replaced with joy. As I met a cousin and my aunt, I felt this strange feeling that I can only describe as a familiarity like I had met them somewhere before...but I knew that was not possible. They lived over 100 miles from me. It was a wonderful day I was told the annual Huffman family reunion was the following weekend and was asked to come and of course I agreed. During the week, I talked to both my brother and sister on the phone and chatted online with my brother's wife almost every day. It occurred to me that I genuinely liked my brother, his wife and my sister so much that if we had not been related, I still would have liked them as friends. The day of the reunion came and the day began badly - I was running late due to many reasons I arrived and met my brother in a parking lot so he could show me the way to the park and of course, so I would not have to walk in alone. I will not go into detail about the day but it was amazing. And as I met and talked to each member of this large and beautiful family, I began to see so much of myself in them both visually and in their personalities. I was not nervous but was completely at ease and I was myself. I recognized much of my own personality in so many of these people. The day ended too soon and I left wanting more time. I got in my car and began the 2-3 hour drive home. As I drove, I thought about the day and the conversations. My first visit to Rossville (before I wrote my brother) ended at the grave of my biological mother. I knew I was a secret (she left Rossville for the orphanage in Chicago when she was 3 months pregnant) and I asked her what would she think if I broke her secret and wrote my brother. As I began to cry, I looked up and saw a sliver of a rainbow. About an hour into my drive home from the reunion, I was thinking about what my new uncle had told me. He told me he asked my mother if she ever thought about those babies she left at the orphanage shortly before she died. She told him, every night before she went to bed. As I drove, I thought about that statement and how very sad it was. It must have been such a heavy burden for her to carry. I began to cry and as I looked in the rear view mirror, I was shocked to see a rainbow. I had to pull off at the exit. I pulled into a parking lot and cried. And I thought about everyone I met. I was thinking about all the similarities I saw in my own personality. And for the first time it occurred to me, I fit in. I was myself completely and never once tried to fit a mold - I did not have to. It was then I realized, all the pieces to the puzzle that was me, fit perfectly together. I am part Huffman, part Napolitano, part Dewey and part me. I now know who I look like and finally understand why I am the person I am. I can at last be comfortable in my own skin. I have been truly blessed with not one, but two awesome families. I would be remiss if I did not thank my friend Jim Bianco, who gave me the push and support I needed to find my family and in that process, myself. I now feel complete. If you were adopted and hesitating to find your family, my advice is this. Do it! Even if your story does not have the happy ending mine did, it is worth the risk. Unless you try, you will never know.
But, this story is far from over. If you read this well, you may have caught what my uncle asked my mother...those babies...plural. I was not the only baby my mother gave birth to and had to leave at an orphanage. There are more missing siblings! Another child was born in Chicago and we believe 2 were born in Louisville, Kentucky. And this warm and wonderful family wants to be reunited with them too. And so a new journey begins, to complete our family. My next blog post will give all the information I know regarding my other adopted siblings. I hope you will share it and help us find them.




          Save The Date: Boiler Room Returns to Shanghai   

Electronic music junkies and dance addicts better dust off their raving shoes, as Boiler Room is returning to Shanghai.

 

The London-based organisation are pioneers of alternative dance music, regularly throwing parties in New York, Miami, Brussels and Berlin, with their live broadcasts being watched by over 60 million fans every month, and on July 6, they’ll be in Shanghai.

 

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Boiler Room has teamed up with Budweiser to bring us the beats of internationally acclaimed DJs Mr Carmack, DJ Wordy, Knopha and Guzz. It’ll be delivered through their bone shattering sound-system and broadcast live on LeTV for those who can’t cop a ticket.

 

The event will be held in a secret location, which invitees will be informed of closer to the time. For more information and the chance to win exclusive guest list access just follow Boiler Room on WeChat at boilerroomtv. 

 

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Boiler Room is of the most celebrated and mysterious underground music live-streaming platforms and has become an international flag-bearer of youth underground subculture since founded by London-based CEO Blaise Belville in 2010. They made their China debut at a show in Shanghai late last year.

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What: Boiler Room x Budweiser ‘Discover What’s Brewing’ Global Tour
Where: Secret Location (TBC)
When: 8pm Thursday, July 6 
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          BrewDog at The Hop Project, Launch Party This Weekend   

Craft beer pop-up The Hop Project, on Dagu Lu, is announcing a BrewDog Tap Takeover. For six months, starting from the first of July, The Hop Project will be pouring a rotation of eight taps of Brewdog beers.  Some of these new beers have never been seen in China before, and will only be available at The Hop Project.

 

Craft beer in Shanghai: Brewdog at The Hop Project

In celebration the collaboration, a BrewDog Opening Party/Hop Fiction Release Party will be thrown on Saturday, complete with live music. There will be an exclusive launch of the limited edition Hop Fiction Pale Ale, as well as free gift bags for the first 50 people. It’ll be RMB30 for Punk and Hop Fiction pours.

 

BrewDog, founded in the UK in 2007, has since garnered international acclaim in craft beer industry. After brewing tiny batches and filling bottles by hand, they launched a large equity crowdfunding scheme in 2015 and opened a total of 44 BrewDog bars worldwide. A BrewDog brewer be visiting The Hop Project later this year to promote craft beer awareness, so expect to see craft beer information nights in addition to great parties.

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          Shanghai's Best Independence Day Events   

Ready to celebrate your home country's independence day? Here's a list of events and parties to help you get into the Independence day spirit. Cheers to North American independence!

Best independence day events Canada Day

Canada Day at Big Bamboo

Where: Big Bamboo 132 Nanyang Lu (near Tongren Lu), 南阳路132号 (近铜仁路)

When: Sat 10:30am

How Much: Free

Big Bamboo is celebrating Canada Day with all-day happy hours on their Canadian Club Bloody Caesar Moosehead. Hot dogs and burgers are RMB65 and comes with a bottle of Moosehead beer, add RMB10 for poutine. 

 

 

Best independence day events POP

POP Independence Day

Where: POP American Brasserie 7/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu), 中山东一路3号7楼 (近广东路)

When: Sat 11:00am

How Much: RMB208+

POP is hosting four days of non-stop USA Independence Day celebrations from July 1 to July 4. It kicks off with brunch on Saturday and Sunday, starting from RMB208 for two courses, plus a two-for-one deal on sangria punch, and on Monday and Tuesday, two-for-one selected summer cocktails.

 

 

Best independence day events Canada Day

Street Festival for Canada's 150th Anniversary at Rockbund

Where: No.1 Waitanyuan Rock Bund, 133 Yuanmingyuan Road (near Beijing Dong Lu), 外滩源,圆明园路133号 (近北京东路)

When: Sat 2:00pm

How Much: RMB100-200

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai is throwing a lively street festival for the celebration of Canada's historic 150th birthday at Rockbund. There will be Canadian food, live music, art and fun activities for the whole family. Tickets are RMB100 for members, RMB150 for non-members, RMB60 for children (age 6 -12), and RMB200 at the door.

 

 

Best independence day events Zapata's party

Independence Day Party

Where: Zapata's 5 Hengshan Lu (near Dongping Lu), 衡山路5号 (近东平路)

When: Sat 9:10pm

How Much: Free

Wear red white and blue for a free corona at the door before 11pm. Crazy balloon hats and free tequila at the door. Drinking contests and much more.

 

 

Best independence day events Bar Gatsby

'Murica Pub Crawl: Independence Day Special

Where: Bar Gatsby 488 Dagu Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu), 大沽路488号 (近石门一路)

When: Sat 9:30pm

How Much: RMB200

Celebrate 4th of July with Bar Gatsby's special red, white and blue bash. There will be shots and beer for all. Tickets are RMB200 with RSVP including an hour of open bar, complimentary patriotic accessories, shots and a party bus to take you to four huge bashes around town.

 

 

Best independence day events Star Spangled

Star Spangled Summer Fest at Lil' Laundry

Where: Lil' Laundry Unit 120, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Xikang Lu), 南京西路1376号 (近西康路)

When: Sun 11:00am

How Much: Free

Lil' Laundry is celebrating American Independence Day with a Star Spangled summer fest featuring reborn American classic foods, live music, a DJ line up, craft beer, prohibition era cocktails and more. They'll be inviting all-American restaurants and bars to join in, including Big Bamboo, Madison Kitchen, Egg, Spread The Bagel, Strictly Cookies, Element Fresh, Blind Pig, Boxing Cat Brewery, Fields, Alice's Time, Al's Diner and Senator Saloon. There will be a pie eating contest and a Charity Chug-Off. Both events cost RMB500 to enter and all proceeds will go to Shanghai Healing Home. Compete to win a keg party from Boxing Cat Brewery. To register, email Kaylynn@boxingcatbrewery.com.

 

 

Best independence day events Blind Pig

Independence Day at The Blind Pig

Where: The Blind Pig No. 8, 3338 Hongmei Lu (near Yan'an Xi Lu), 虹梅路3338弄8号 (近延安西路)

When: Tue 10:30am

How Much: Free

The Bling Pig is celebrating American independence day by offering 50% off their spare ribs, TKo IPA and bourbons.

 

 

Best independence day events Sasha's

USA Independence Day BBQ at Sasha's

Where: Sasha's Restaurant and Bar 11 Dongping Lu (near Hengshan Lu), 东平路11号 (近衡山路)

When: Tue 6:00pm

How Much: RMB278

Sasha's is celebrating American independence day with an outdoor BBQ buffet, offering an all-you-can-eat spread and free-flow Carlsberg for RMB278 per person. All guests get a free Bourbon drink. Children enter at half-price.

 

 

Best independence day events Zapata's

Zapata’s Taco Buffet Fourth of July

Where: Zapata's 5 Hengshan Lu (near Dongping Lu), 衡山路5号 (近东平路)

When: Tue 6:00pm

How Much: RMB138

Zapata's is at it again. If there's a celebration of any kind, there's a taco buffet. Stuff your face with all-you-can-eat tacos and chicken wings for RMB138. It also includes free-flow Jim Beam and coke, Carlsberg and margaritas.

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          Jason Atherton To Open Sosharu in Shanghai   

Jason Atherton announces plans to open Sosharu, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant in Shanghai.

 

Sosharu is Jason and Irha Atherton’s Japanese izakaya-style restaurant and bar in London, created in collaboration with executive head chef Alex Craciun. Atherton spoke in an industry event in London this June, announcing plans to open a branch of Sosharu in Shanghai with Craciun next year. However, he added that plans could be put on hold due to Brexit.

 

Sosharu serves casual yet refined Japanese cuisine using British seasonal ingredients. It also has a cocktail bar, 7 Tales, serving drinks inspired by Japanese culture and philosophies.

 

Atherton launched his first venture in Shanghai, Table No. 1, at the Waterhouse at South Bund in May 2010, now helmed by Christopher Pitts. Following that was The Commune Social in 2013, headed by Scott Melvin.

 

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          The Best Speakeasy Bars in Shanghai   

Some of the best bars in Shanghai are hiding from you. You just have to know which door to open, which employee to ask, which secret lever to pull or button to press. Speakeasy bars are a big thing in Shanghai, and, in spite of prior predictions, the trend shows no sign of fizzling out anytime soon. This is our list of the best ones in town. Just don't tell anybody we told you.

 

best speakeasy bars in shanghai, the bunker.
 

The Bunker

If you’re looking for prohibition-style cocktails and a militaristic atmosphere, check out one of Xintiandi’s newer additions: The Bunker. It’s tucked away in back of Green & Safe The Barn, past the main dining room. There will be curt and efficient waiters in button ups serving you drinks with a mixture of intriguing ingredients in this dimly lit, well, bunker. For a breakfast-inspired drink, try the Morning Maneuver (RMB85), flavored with black tea and cinnamon with a layer of egg white foam floating on top. If you want to spice things up, look for the seasonal Mission Passion (RMB80), with passion fruit, mango and chili, but be ready for the mango flavor to take control. 

Address: No. 22, 188 Taicang Lu (near Huangpi Nan Lu) 太仓路188弄22号 (近黄陂南路)
Tel: 5382-0315

 

Best speakeasy bars in shanghai, Barules.

Barules

Located in the Former French Concession, Barules is one of the bars in Shanghai that you might just miss if you’re not looking carefully. Search for the London-style red telephone booth on Fenyang Lu that marks the entrance and step inside for a night of creative and fun cocktails. Boyhood (RMB90) takes the Japanese style of mixology to create a fizzy mix of grape and homemade (alcoholic) ginger beer. Choose from sour, tiki, or bold drinks with intriguing names like “Bloom Bloom.” For a berry and lemon flavored drink, try Bramble (RMB75), which combines lemon with a Crème de Mure and Bombay Sapphire gin. With a friendly and attentive staff and interesting flavor combinations, you’ll be sure to have a fun night.
Address: 51 Fenyang Lu (near Fuxing Zhong Lu) 汾阳路51号 (近复兴中路)
Tel: 138-1713-1574

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Speak Low.

Speak Low

Founded by acclaimed mixologist Shingo Gokan, Speak Low is ranked one of the best bars in Shanghai, having placed #15 The World's 50 Best Bars Awards 2016. Slide behind the secret bookshelf of a cocktail supply store and find a speakeasy bar with wood panels, jazz music and well-dressed bartenders. Thecocktails are delicious, but be prepared to pay the price. They serve an intriguing mix of flavors, like the Green Dolphin St (RMB120)made with brown butter-infused Bacardi 8, banana, milk, cold brew coffee, brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, and parsley. For something more savory, try the Sweet Lorraine (RMB120), which fuses Absolut Elyx with tomato water, a touch of lemon and tomato confit. There’s also another secret room on the top most floor where the cocktail prices jump a notch higher, too. Speak Low is also known for serving bacon as a garnish for cocktails. 
Address: 2/F & 3/F, 579 Fuxing Zhong Lu (near Ruijin Er Lu) 复兴中路579号 (近瑞金二路)
Tel: 6416-0133

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Xixi Bistro.

Xixi Bistro

Xixi Bistro is a fusion of traditional Shanghai with a contemporary touch, providing a speakeasy bar and dining experience. This Shanghai restaurant moved from their former lane house location to a new spot in Xintiandi, and has expanded to include two bars, a tiki lounge and a speakeasy bar in addition to the dining room. Enter into the tiki lounge for cocktails with a touch of tea and Chinese spices. Try the Silk Road (RMB70), a fruity, summertime drink made with five-spice powder, dark rum, lime and orange. Further down the hall and to the right is the speakeasy bar. Thedecor there is styled after 1930s Shanghai, complete with ornate lamps, furniture and even a vintage piano with a DJ booth built into it. A darker drink to try there is the Widow's Kiss (RMB95), an all-black drink. It combines Calvados, yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, bitters and charcoal for color.

Address: Unit 02, No. 16, Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Lu (near Huangpi Nan Lu) 太仓路181弄新天地16号02单元 (近黄陂南路)
Tel:63218861

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Shrine.

Shrine

On the second floor of United Valley, there's a Catholic shrine that opens up into a speakeasy bar when you press your hand down on a bible and “confess your sins.” Following his previous two bars Taste Buds Cocktail Palace and the now defunct Starling, local mixologist Daniel An brings us this tranquil space with vintage cocktails and a list of his specialty Shrine “numbered” cocktails. Shrine No. 13 (RMB88) blends Irish whiskey, cinnamon and pineapple together in a foamy mixture. Or try the vodka-based Shrine No. 7 (RMB88), which is sweet with a sour bite. These delicious drinks achieve a strong balance between alcohol content and flavor. Take a trip to this dimly lit, intimate bar for a date, or any other night fit for a sin.

Address: 1/F 462 Changle Lu (near Shaanxi Nan Lu) 长乐路462号1楼 (近陕西南路)

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Second Moment.

Second Moment

If you find the automatic sliding door in the backroom of Hunan restaurant Spicy Moment, you’ll make your way into luminary mixologist Eddy Yang’s speakeasy, known as Second Moment. The small, old-timey bar has just enough room for you and some friends to order prohibition-style drinks. Try the Sazerac (RMB98), with a fusion of rye, cognac, absinthe, sugar, and bitters. Many of their drinks are typical of the average speakeasy, so for a more unique cocktail, taste the Milano-Torino (RMB78), a fragrant, yet bittersweet, Negroni-esque drink, made with Punt e Mes vermouth, Campari, maraschino and two kinds of bitters. Visit this illicit-feeling, dimly lit bar and tell us what you think yourself.

Address: 71 Wuyuan Lu (near Changshu Lu) 五原路71号 (近常熟路)
Tel: 6472-0775

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Oji.

Oji

This Japanese-style speakeasy has drinks carefully crafted and specially made for their guests. Located within the Zhong Plaza and hidden behind cocktail bar el Ocho, Oji is a great place to partake in Shanghai nightlife. After figuring out how to twist the vintage silver phone “door knob” on the blank wall in the back to get in, there won’t find a menu, but mixologist Naoji Oji creating drinks based on your preferred base alcohol and flavor. Ask for something spicy and you might get a tomato-based cocktail (RMB88) made with vodka and baijiu that’s a lighter Bloody Mary. For something stronger, try Oji’s take on a negroni (RMB88) with Canadian whisky, Italian harbor wine, and bitters. The drinks are reasonably priced, but be prepared for a longer wait - Oji’s methodology can’t be rushed.

Address: Zhong Plaza, 3/F, 99 Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu) 泰兴路99号3楼 (近吴江路)
Tel: 152-1660-2685

 

Best speakeasy bars in Shanghai, Barber Shop.
 

Barber Shop

In a barbershop on Yongjia Lu that looks suspiciously clean and empty, you may stumble into a speakeasy bar with the same name if you head to the back and look behind the mirror. Although a majority of the decor and characteristics can be found in similar bars in Shanghai, there’s a unique outdoor area and wooden paneled patio to look for. The elaborate drinks also make it worth a visit. For a sweet mixture, check out Why Nut? (RMB85),  made with gin, sherry, soymilk powder, vanilla syrup. You can also try a Justin Bieber (RMB90), which combines rum, passion fruit, cinnamon, lime and mint, and you’ll get a fun tiki glass too. 

Address: 615 Yongjia Lu (near Wulumuqi Lu) 永嘉路615号近乌鲁木齐路
Tel: 188-0177-7008

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          Nightlife and Arts News in Shanghai: July 2017    

 

Good news, festival season is heating up and the folks behind JZ Festival have released their official lineup. As of now, the performers include: old-school funk act Kool and the Gang along with Andy Summers formerly of 1980’s power trio The Police as well as 50 or so other international and local artists. 

 

kool in the gang at jz jazz festival shanghai.

Meanwhile on August 5, new club ALL has booked a Concrete and Grass Festival pre-show featuring electronic music producer Elysia Crampton as well as grime music artist Bok Bok. While headliners haven’t been announced, expect a mish-mash of jazz, dream pop, J-Rock, and Chinese indie bands, along with a hip-hop headliner of sorts. Also, good news for hip-hop junkies, DJ pioneer Grandmaster Flash is likely scheduled for a set at Le Baron on August 1 or 4. 

 

On October 14 English duo The Candle Thieves will be bringing the rock at Mao Livehouse. On the art front, Cabaret Broadway, is set to return to Chair Club this fall. Get ready for a series of performances highlighting musical hits of yesterday. Finally, Shanghai Comedy Club has booked Australian comedian Adam Hunter for late August, as well as Tom Rhodes in late October.  

October will also  see the return of the Shanghai International Arts Festival, a month long arts extravaganza complete with public performances, workshops, exhibitions, and arts classes for all.

 

grandmaster flash at le baron shanghai.

 

Also, stay tuned for the Shanghai Comic  Convention at the World Expo Center for three days of pop culture fun, focused around comics, movies, TV and video games.

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          EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Kelsea Ballerini "Love Me Like You Mean It" + Wildest Dreams Analysis Part 2 - Episode 178 - Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast   

Episode 178 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Remember when we featured Kelsea Ballerini in “What Are Swifties Listening To?” then about a week later, Taylor herself tweeted about Kelsea? Well… In this week’s episode, we chat with Kelsea Ballerini about that moment, plus her upcoming album and more! After that, the Amazing Steve-dini worked his magic and salvaged the second half of our “Wildest Dreams” analysis from last week! Let us know your thoughts and what you think of “Wildest Dreams.” Enjoy the episode!

Also: We were nominated for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST at the 2015 Podcast Awards!! VOTE AT PODCASTAWARDS.COM DAILY.

 

Highlights from Episode 178 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion 1: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Kelsea Ballerini
– What was it like for Kelsea when Taylor tweeted about her and her music?
– We know Taylor is jamming to Kelsea’s EP. But what is Kelsea’s favorite Taylor song?
– Kelsea reveals a song title off her upcoming album! Find out what it is
– Are you going to see Kelsea perform outside Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh before Taylor goes on? ‘Cause ya should! Steve will be there, so go join him to see Kelsea LIVE! 

**BONUS: Steve’s “Future Queens of Country” playlist

Main Discussion 2: “Wildest Dreams” Song Analysis
– The second half of Episode 178

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– Taylor will appear on Live with Kelly and Michael on March 25th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.


          Former Pro Players Call For Marijuana Reform In The NBA And NFL   
There has been a lot of chatter regarding marijuana testing and use in professional sports, and this week two former athletes, Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls and Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos, have both come out in support of their respective leagues being more open to cannabis. “It’s
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          “Pueden asesinarnos, pero nuestra bandera no caerá”   
El primer ministro palestino, Ismail Haniyeh, asegura que la ofensiva militar israelí, bautizada como “Lluvia de verano”, no conseguirá derribar Hamás.

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AFP / END. Israel mantiene su ofensiva militar en Gaza, causando muerte y caos entre la población palestina.

La ofensiva terrestre israelí contra Gaza estaba frenada este viernes tras una mediación egipcia para liberar al soldado israelí secuestrado, pero Israel mantenía su presión en la región intensificando sus ataques aéreos. Mientras tanto, el primer ministro palestino Ismail Haniyeh, señaló que la ofensiva israelí no provocará la caída de su gobierno.

Las autoridades israelíes asestaron este viernes un nuevo golpe a la dirección política del Movimiento de Resistencia Islámica (cuyo acrónimo en árabe es Hamas), que dirige el gobierno palestino, anulando el estatuto de residentes en Jerusalén este de un ministro y tres diputados palestinos de esta organización.

El ministro para los Asuntos de Jerusalén, Jaled Abu Arafeh, y tres diputados radicados en Jerusalén Este anexada ya no tendrán derecho a vivir allí, según esta decisión sin precedentes tomada por el ministerio del Interior. Estos cuatro responsables fueron detenidos el jueves durante una ola de arrestos en la cual al menos 64 ministros, diputados, alcaldes y otros dirigentes políticos del Hamas fueron encarcelados.

El primer ministro palestino Ismail Haniyeh, miembro del Hamas, señaló este viernes en una prédica que la ofensiva israelí no provocará la caída de su gobierno. Los israelíes "pueden asesinar a dirigentes, arrestar a ministros y diputados, pero nuestra bandera no caerá", proclamó en su primera intervención desde el comienzo de la ofensiva israelí.

En cuanto al soldado israelí secuestrado, Haniyeh dijo que "continuamos nuestros esfuerzos y nuestras comunicaciones con los egipcios, con el presidente (Mahmud Abas) y otras partes para poner fin a este asunto, pero la escalada israelí pone obstáculos". También anunció que no habrá referéndum sobre un documento para resolver la crisis tras la conclusión de un acuerdo entre los movimientos palestinos.


AFP / END. El primer ministro palestino, Ismail Haniyeh, afirmó hoy que la ofensiva israelí no logrará derribar al gobierno de Hamas.


La operación "Lluvia de verano", lanzada para liberar al cabo Gilad Shalit, adopta cada vez más la forma de una campaña sistemática contra el Hamas tratando de anular los resultados de las elecciones de enero, que llevaron al poder a este movimiento que preconiza la lucha armada contra Israel y que se niega a reconocer a ese país.

"Si el cabo Gilad Shalit es asesinado por sus secuestradores será el fin del gobierno de Hamas", advirtió un alto responsable del ministerio de Defensa israelí que solicitó el anonimato.

"Israel tiene una ocasión única de terminar con Hamas. Es por eso que el objetivo de Israel no es solamente liberar a Gilad Shalit, sino erradicar al gobierno del Hamas", sostuvo el diario Yediot Aharonot. En cambio, el periódico Haaretz acusó al gobierno israelí de "haber perdido la razón" y de haber iniciado "una escalada militar carente de toda lógica".

"Presionar al gobierno palestino no sirve para nada, ya que está claro que ignoraba que se llevaría a cabo un ataque el domingo", afirmó Haaretz, refiriéndose a la operación del domingo durante la cual este cabo fue hecho prisionero y dos militares israelíes y dos atacantes palestinos murieron. Sin embargo, dicho ataque fue reivindicado por el brazo armado del Hamas.

Por otra parte, la decisión del primer ministro israelí Ehud Olmert de suspender el jueves la ofensiva terrestre provocó fuertes disensiones con el estado mayor, se supo de fuente gubernamental. Olmert rechazó el jueves la propuesta de llevar a cabo una operación de gran envergadura en el sector de Beit Hanun, en el norte de la franja de Gaza, destinada fundamentalmente a poner fin a los disparos de cohetes contra Israel.

El jefe del gobierno israelí estimó que la misma causaría un número demasiado elevado de víctimas civiles, mientras la magnitud de la ofensiva israelí comienza a provocar numerosas críticas en la comunidad internacional.

La presidencia del Consejo indicó que la operación en el norte de la franja de Gaza fue congelada luego de un pedido de Egipto de que diera más tiempo a la negociación para liberar a Gilad Shalit. Sin embargo, la oficina del primer ministro reiteró que Israel no negociará ningún intercambio de prisioneros "con los terroristas".
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          Filling some awfully big shoes at the Shoe   

Picking up where we left off with last week's tale ... It's one thing to watch your favorite Disney show as a fan. It's quite another to know that -- in 45 minutes -- you're going to be a member of the cast, carrying on a proud tradition started 25 years before by Walt Disney and Wally Boag.

It's April 16th, 1980. My first day of training to step into the comic lead in the Golden Horseshoe Revue. I'm sitting in the stage left booth -- Walt's box -- watching Wally perform his traveling salesman pitch. Amazing the crowd with his 'Boagaloons' bit and bring the house down with his tooth-spitting routine.

After that show ends and the guests have exited the theater, the house staff quickly moves in to reset everything and sweep up 'teeth' that have flown into the audience. Wally Boag himself steps out from behind the curtain to escort me backstage ... and right out the door.

I have to hustle to keep up with him as Wally dashes through Adventureland and across the Jungle Cruise dock. He goes right to the far edge of the dock and steps off. For a moment I wonder whether my 'dream job' will involve swimming the dark green waters of the jungle.


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Then I notice that Boag is stepping onto a trail of stones in the water that lead along the shore, behind the stage of the Tahitian Terrace and into a cave. Okay, Wally isn't trying to drown me. But where are we going?

The cave opens into the industrial area behind Main Street. We run upstairs to the second floor of a building which houses the Plaza Pavilion, the Tahitian Terrace, the Enchanted Tiki Room and (it turns out) Mr. Boag's dressing room.

Actually it's more like a studio apartment, with a day bed and media room, a walk-in closet full of costumes and props and an office with an unimpressive view of the back of Main Street. I would use the fire escape outside that window all summer, when I'd climb up to the roof to watch the fireworks each night.

When we sit down to talk (and I finish gushing about what a thrill this is) Wally asks: "Okay. What do you want to do in your act?"


 Wally Boag (L) and Ron Schneider (R) chat on stage at the Golden Horseshoe during
a cast member open house that was held in honor of Disneyland's 25th anniversary

It hadn't occurred to me that I could do what I wanted at the Golden Horseshoe. No wonder Wally always looked like he was having a great time onstage - he was doing what he wanted to do, the way he wanted to do it. I answer that I'll do a blend of my stuff and his ... As I want to carry on the traditions of the Golden Horseshoe Revue.

I watch a few more shows that afternoon, meet Fulton Burley, Betty Taylor, Bobby Davis (i.e. the show's stage manager, who bears an amazing resemblance to Jiminy Cricket), Bernice, the ladies' dresser, and the Band and the 'Line' (i.e. the can-can dancers). After lunch, I'm measured for my new period suit by Jack Muhs, the costume designer for Disneyland Entertainment. In the fitting room, I jump a mile when I round the corner and nearly slam into an 8-foot figure of Stromboli that's being prepped for the park's new Pinocchio ride.

Before I leave that first day, Wally loans me a cassette recording of the show, one of his six-shooters and a bag of dried baby lima beans. So I can practice twirling the guns and spitting out teeth for the Pecos Bill number. I don't have the heart to tell him I already have several recordings of the Golden Horseshoe, going back ten years.

Back home, I run through the material over & over and practice twirling the heavy gun with both hands (standing over my bed - cuts down on bending over to pick it up off the floor). But how to practice spitting out teeth? I don't want to have to pick up hundreds of lima beans off my apartment floor.


This Andy Warhol-inspired painting of Wally Boag will be auctioned off
at Saturday night's Golden Horseshoe tribute event. To view more of this
artist's work, follow this link. Photo courtesy of Davelandweb.com

I wind up walking down Vermont Avenue with a handful of beans secreted in my cheek. As cars drive by, I practice casually bouncing beans off their windshields. I get pretty good at it, too. I get one down the back of a lady's blouse. She never knew what hit her.

I spend the next few days getting paid to hang out with Wally and Fulton backstage at the Shoe. This thing runs like clockwork. Five shows a day with everyone and everything timed to within an inch of its life.

What I find most amazing is the way Wally just seems to know when it's time to drop what he's doing and hightail it through the cave, across the stones and backstage to pick up his props. Then it's back outside to enter through the front doors of the saloon. He always makes it just as the production number is wrapping up, stopping at the bar to wait for the lights to fade down so he can sneak into the center of the room for his entrance.

As we're standing back there in the dark waiting for Wally's cue, I see several people in each show turn around and look at him. I had to laugh at this. You see, when you stood in line for the Horseshoe Revue you never knew who the comedian was going to be that day. It was probably Wally ... But it could be Wally's talented understudy, Jim Adams; or it might be Bert Henry, who eventually moves to Orlando to star in the Diamond Horseshoe.


 Wally's longtime understudy, Jim Adams.
Copyright 2005 Prof. Productions

Whenever I saw that show, I knew to turn around during the production number to see who the comic was. I love to see that ALL the Horseshoe fans do that exact same thing.

After a few days of watching shows and working on the Pecos Bill number, I show up one morning and Wally greets me with "Your costume is up in my room. You're doing the third show today. I'm going to the track."

Gulp.

I sit down in Walt's box and watch Wally do the first two shows, just as I had a hundred times over the last ten years. This time, though, is bittersweet. It occurs to me that working as Wally's sub means that -- from now on -- I'll be at the Horseshoe when he isn't. This will be one of the last times I get to sit and appreciate the work of this man who has taught me so much... and given my life purpose.

The third show finally arrives. The walk outside to the front entrance is like a dream. I try to adopt the same laid-back manner I'd learned watching Wally and used hundreds of times back at Spillikin Corners. But I can't wipe the smile off my face.


 Photo courtesy of Davelandweb.com. All Rights Reserved

Standing in the back waiting for my cue, I'm almost convinced I have nothing to worry about. Then those Horseshoe fans turn around to see who's on that day. Well, Schneider... You wanted to carry on the traditions of the Golden Horseshoe Revue? Here's your chance.

Long story short (too late!) that first show goes off without a hitch. Sure, I nearly bust up laughing when I get nose-to-nose with Fulton. And I nearly choke to death when one lima bean decides to slide down my throat instead of shoot out of my mouth.

But the drummer catches and punctuates every move I make. I see the band laughing at my routine. And when I walk off at the end, Bobby tells me, "I've seen 'em come and I've seen 'em go. But that was the best first show I've ever seen."

Backstage, Wally shakes my hand and -- true to his word -- leaves for the track. I'm left to do the last two shows that day and walk across Adventureland by myself up to Wally's room and call home.

Who was it that said, "If you can dream it, then you can do it"? Oh, yeah ...

 


 Image courtesy of Ape Pen Publishing

Are you one of those folks who dearly misses this Disneyland show? Well, tomorrow night, Ape Pen Publishing will be paying tribute to Wally Boag with "The Golden Horseshoe Dinner Show & Celebration." Which will be held at the Sheraton directly across from Disneyland. There are literally only a handful of tickets left for this event. Which will feature performances by Dana Daniels and many of the other entertainers that Mr. Boag has inspired over the years. Plus -- of course -- an appearance by the great man himself. So if you'd like to get in on the fun, you should fire off an e-mail off to themagicmakers@charter.net ASAP

As for Mr. Schneider ... He's still hard at work on his memoirs, "Themes, Dreams & Schemes: 40 Years Behind a Nametag." Which should hit store shelves by the late Fall / early winter of 2008.


          دانلود U Messenger - Photo Chat 3.9.2 برنامه یو مسنجر اندروید   
برنامه یو مسنجر U Messenger - Photo Chat یک نرم افزار چت جدید از کمپانی معتبر و نام آشنای CyberLink است که به تازگی در مارکت گوگل عرضه شده است و تصمیم گرفتیم مثل همیشه اولین نسخه برنامه را در سایت گـت اندروید خدمت کاربران گرامی معرفی کنیم. U Messenger یک مسنجر معمولی نیست و با تمام برنامه های مشابهی که تا به امروز دیده اید تفاوت دارد. یو مسنجر یک برنامه حرفه ای و تمام عیار برای به اشتراک گذاری تصاویر شماست. شما میتوانید عکس هایی که از مسافرت ها ، مهمانی ها ، جشن ها و لحظات خوشی که داشته اید گرفته اید را به راحتی با دوستانتان به اشتراک بگذارید. از امکانات جالب یومسنجر این است که میتوانید گالری تصاویر شخصیتان را ایجاد کرده و تصاویرتان را به آن گالری ها اضافه کنید. همچنین میتوانید متن دلخواه همراه با صدای خودتان را به تصاویر اضافه کرده و آنرا با دوستانتان به اشتراک بگذارید. این نرم افزار دارای صدها استیکر جذاب و فانتزی رایگان است که مطمئنا از دیدنشان لذت خواهید برد.
          igra istine   
Konvertibilne znaci KE lol

Hocete li mi pomoci oko onog chata Unhappy
          felt like the Grinch   
I had a case of the humbuggs this weekend. I chatted with someone Saturday night about the hardships of dealing with a seriously ill partner. This got me a little down, so I decided to go to the local bar for a beer. There I ran into one of my wife's good friends, and we started talking about her (this woman and her ex husband had rode with my wife and I on our first date). She told me that my wife had called her the day before she died, and said that she "just wanted it all to be over". I knew about this but it was syill hard to hear and talk about I came home afterwards, and sat up until amost 5:00 in the morning dealing with old memories. Then I was tired and grumpy on sunday. To add insult to injury only half of my billiards team showed up Sunday afternoon, so we had to forfeit so many games we no longer have a chance to win the league. After a nice long ride and half a bottle of apple pie, I am feeling better. Now I have to fix the water pipe that burst in my orchard last night
          Hunted by Spooner, Meagan.   
Yeva knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering them. Out in the wilderness there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas, or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. When her father goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the Beast he'd been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. As Yeva hunts, she finds a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures she's only h
          La 'Flota de la Libertad', una operación anti-Israeli   


Antisemitismo y críticas a Israel.

A riesgo de equivocarme quiero comenzar esta anotación, casi artículo, señalando que los hechos relativos a la 'Flota de la libertad” que pretendía romper el bloqueo a la franja de Gaza, serán en menos de un mes no más que el recuerdo de la enésima operación del islamismo radical (dirigido esta vez por la Turquía de Erdogan) contra el Estado de Israel, con la inestimable ayuda de los tontos útiles habituales de occidente (ONG’s, eurodiputados, intelectuales varios, gobiernos y medios de comunicación) los cuales tratan de disfrazar su "antisemitismo" con "criticas al Estado de Israel". Si bien muchos judíos viven desligados de Israel (aunque a casi ninguno puede resultarle indiferente lo que le pasa), lo contrario es imposible, y a la historia de los últimos 60 años me remito. Parto, pues, de la presunción de que sobre toda crítica a Israel planea la sombra del antisemitismo. Desde un punto de vista racional y desapasionado es posible cuestionar los aspectos concretos de la política exterior y de seguridad del Estado de Israel, pero en estos casos suelo invertir la carga de la prueba, y pasas a ser los “críticos” quienes han de probar que no son cómplices, aún involuntarios y de buena fe, de la enésima campaña antisemita. Por desgracia, en el asunto de la 'Flota de la libertad' muchos han caído, otra vez, en al trampa de los que desean que Israel sea borrado del mapa.



Sobre las 'opciones' militares, el uso de la fuerza y las victimas civiles(?)

Por más vueltas que se ha dado a los argumentos esgrimidos para desaprobar la conducta del ejercito Israeli por el abordaje (que no asalto) al carguero perteneciente a la flotilla, el Mavi Marvara, sospechoso de transportar armas y combatientes islamistas, ninguno me ha hecho cambiar de opinión. Es más, a cada minuto que pasa y más cosas se van sabiendo, me convenzo de que no había otra opción desde el punto de vista militar. En primer lugar, se ha dicho que pudo bloquearse el paso de los barcos con la marina israeli, pero esto no hubiera impedido que la flotilla siguiera avanzando hasta incluso chocar físicamente con los israelíes si así lo deseaban, poniendo a estos en una situación de riesgo inasumible, ya que, sin saber que contenían aquellos barcos, de haberse producido una agresión a poca distancia, la única opción a mano sería la de abrir fuego directo contra todos ellos. Del mismo modo, el haber esperado a que la flotilla entrará en aguas israelíes en vez de actuar en aguas internacionales, habría situado al ejercito israelí en una situación igual de delicada, estando legitimado para proceder a su hundimiento sin previo aviso. Por ello creo que el abordaje en altamar respondía acertadamente a fines preventivos y de limitación del uso de la fuerza y daños a civiles, mientras que otras opciones no eran viables o asumibles.

En segundo lugar, se ha criticado la forma en que se desarrollo el abordaje, pues debieron usarse desde el principio gases lacrimógenos o fuego indirecto disuasorio, como si estas medidas estuvieran exentas de riesgo para la salud e integridad física de los tripulantes. Una cosa es sospechar que puede tratarse de un barco hostil y otra declararlo como tal, y más cuando lo único pretendido es la inspección de la carga (de la que incluso fuera posible que los tripulantes desconocieran todo su contenido). Un asalto si hubiera significado una extralimitación solo sería legitimo si Israel considerara que el barco y todos o algunos de sus tripulantes constituían una amenaza directa, solo entonces podían haber entrado usando ese nivel de fuerza.

Respecto de la "desgraciada" muerte de 9 tripulantes, lo sería de llevar al extremo esa ética que considerara que cualquier perdida de vida humana es condenable, ética indolora del estilo del exMinstro de Defensa José Bono y su "prefiero morir a matar" y que significa la rendición contra todo aquel que amenace nuestra existencia. Sin embargo, dudo que de haber sido los muertos soldados israelíes se hubiera producido una reacción internacional de condena contra la "perdida de vidas humanas". También se obvia que dichas personas no eran ya "civiles" tras blandir palos, cuchillos, hachas y arpones, hasta cócteles molotov, contra los soldados, a los que intentaron desarmar, como ha quedado demostrado por vídeo y fotografía.

Derecho internacional humanitario y legitima defensa.

Más absurdo es el debate sobre el derecho internacional aplicable al caso, viciado de prejuicios positivistas, abierto con respecto tanto de la operación de bloqueo sobre Gaza (bloqueo ejecutado también por Egipto) y el hecho del abordaje del Mavi Marvara. El derecho internacional se usa hoy día más como causa de justificación que como principio legitimador. Así, los responsables de la Flota y sus simpatizantes apelan al derecho internacional humanitario para justificar su total inmunidad para transportar, supuestamente, alimentos y medicinas a Gaza. Lo cierto es que cualquier derecho positivo internacional es impotente frente a un principio general y superior como es la "legitima defensa" y que asiste al Estado de Israel para proteger su territorio y ciudadanos del terrorismo de Hamas.

Una operación islamista contra Israel.

Siguiendo con el derecho internacional, Turquía ha tenido la desfachatez de invocar el articulo V del Tratado de la OTAN para pedir ayuda de sus aliados frente al abordaje de Israel de un barco bajo su pabellón. O mejor dicho, el gobierno islamista de Erdogan. Este personaje, al que ilegalizaron dos partidos políticos de manera consecutiva en su propio país por pretender instaurar la “sharia” o ley/costumbre islámica como norma suprema del Gobierno Civil, llegó a la Presidencia mediante la ocultación de dicho proyecto, pero a él sigue dedicando esfuerzos denodados. Otro de sus objetivos encubiertos (ahora ya menos) es acabar con el Estado de Israel, al que amenaza ahora con quitarle la condición de aliado, y Turquia lo fue mientras sus dirigentes eran declarados laicos, partidarios de la separación entre Iglesia y Estado, y respetaban el legado del padre de la nación turca moderna, Kamal Ataturk. Pero desde que Erdogan y sus partidarios se hicieron con el poder, las relaciones diplomáticas entre ambos países son prácticamente inexistentes.

La 'Flota de la libertad' se montó con el beneplácito y colaboración de las autoridades turcas, por conocidos simpatizantes del islamismo radical, por tanto, si alguien esta legitimado para denunciar, por ejemplo, ante el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas, ese es Israel, sobre la base de que el Turquía impulso una maniobra que pretendía romper un bloqueo naval legítimo, afectando a la seguridad y credibilidad de Israel. Turquía además se negó a que funcionarios de la embajada de Israel verificasen el contenido inicuo de la carga transportada antes de partir de puertos turcos.

La hipocresía de la comunidad internacional.

En la Unión Europea, algunos países han condenado las acciones de Israel, por lo menos en un primer momento, culpabilizandole del resultado (aunque la mayoría empieza a marcar distancias con esa postura crítica inicial). Pero ni Obama ni los dirigentes europeos están en posición de criticar nada, cuando desde el principio han demostrado escaso interés por el conflicto bélico con Gaza (solo el ya mencionado Egipto colaborara activamente con los israelies). Estos países que ahora se llevan las manos a la cabeza debieron ejercer presión sobre la autoridades turcas para que los israelíes despejaran todas sus dudas sobre la flotilla, no lo hicieron así. También permitieron que algunas personalidades de sus países y eurodiputados se prestaran a ejercer de escudos humanos de la flota.

Pedir fe cuando claramente se observa que lo pretendido con la "flotilla humanitaria" era apuntarse una victoria simbólica contra Israel mediante la ruptura del bloqueo naval sobre Gaza, es como mínimo una ingenuidad. Más gravemente es una muestra palpable del escaso interés por la suerte del Estado de Israel, única democracia de la región, acosada por el islamismo radical y aislada de la comunidad internacional por el antisemitismo presente en importantes círculos políticos, intelectuales y sociales de Occidente.

          In Conversation with Bill Barrable   
Bill Barrable is the recipient of the University of Toronto Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Society of Graduates Leadership Award for 2010. For 15 years, Bill was chief executive officer (CEO) of British Columbia Transplant where he implemented several innovative approaches to transplant services including activity-based alternative payment plans for physicians and the world's first online digital signature organ registry. In other roles, he was founding chair of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, former entrepreneur-in-residence at Simon Frazer University, recipient of Canada's Top 40 under 40 and co-founder of a venture capital fund for British Columbia's biotechnology sector. Bill recently became CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute, a Vancouver-based organization committed to minimizing disability and maximizing quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries. HQ's Ken Tremblay recently had a chance to chat with Bill about challenges and opportunities, both in work and in life.
          WTD Episode 1: This week in tech comm   
In this first episode, we introduce the co-hosts, the podcast theme, and chat about a few articles. The four co-hosts include Jared Morgan, Carlee Potter, Chris Ward, and Tom Johnson. We're located in Sydney, Brisbane, Berlin, and California. In this episode, we chat about content strategy, style guides, abbreviations and acronyms, developer-written UI copy, and more.
          L’entreprise L’Gros trappeur prend de l’expansion   

L’entreprise L’Gros trappeur prend de l’expansion avec l’achat et la rénovation d’un bâtiment à Nédélec. Pascal Laliberté, trappeur et taxidermiste et sa conjointe, Claude Cardinal, gestionnaire, conceptrice et confectionneuse forment une équipe d’entrepreneurs fébriles à l’idée de développer leur créneau. Les débuts du Gros trappeur se situent il y a sept ans alors que Pascal...

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          RELEASE TOUR FOR DARIEN'S DESIRE    




DARIEN'S DESIRE
Two Hearts ~ One Love series, book 2
by Daryl Devoré

Genre: Contemporary Romance *heat level hot*



It's complicated is not only her relationship status, but the definition of Erika Bailey's life. She loves managing her drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand, but her rock star boyfriend resides in North Carolina. And to top it off, her father threatens she must stay away from Darien or lose the Pink Flamingo. Does she protect her club or her love?

Darien Scott, Grammy award winning international superstar, wants nothing more than to wake up in the arms of Erika, the woman he loves, but contractual obligations force him to exotic video shoots and an isolated movie set with one of Hollywood's sexiest stars.

With the feeding frenzy of social media trending every aspect of Darien's life—real or not—it's hard for Erika to know the truth. Will she be able to see through the lies and trust Darien? Or will evidence from damaging Internet rumors condemn their relationship?


Erika rubbed her palms on her thighs. "Darien went out with his friends and they got a little drunk. Then some girls came over and started chatting."

"Bitches." Sandee pursed his lips.

"Oh, I haven't got to the bitch yet."

"What?" Sandee pressed his hand on his chest.

"Her name's Savannah and she's an ex."

His eyes widen. "Oh. No. He didn't. I will bitch slap that boy the next time I see him." He chuckled. "I think I just channeled Ra-chell."

"She kissed him. Twice. Then suggested they leave for somewhere more private."

He placed his hands over his ears. "La la la. I'm not listening."

Erika laughed and pulled his hands down. "He didn't go with her. He went home."

Sandee scratched his head. "So why are you so sad?"

"He almost did. What if he had?" Her voice broke on the last word.

"Look on the bright side. He didn't cheat on you." Sandee held out his hands palm up. "Think of it this way. He went to the donut store. He had a choice between a chocolate covered donut or a bagel." He lifted his left hand. "Donut." Then his right hand. "Bagel. The donut has sprinkles. Sprinkles will get a man every time. I outta know, I'm awesome with sprinkles." He fanned himself.

"Trust me Sandee, there is no one as fab-U-lous as you."

"I know. But back to Darien. Darien wants the donut. He lusts after the donut. His groin is on fire for the sprinkles."

Erika waved her hand in front of her face. "I'm getting the picture."

"But did he eat the donut?" Sandee shook his head. "No. He tossed the donut on her ass." He flipped his left hand with a pompous sneer.

"Which leaves me being the bagel." She raised an eyebrow.






Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo. 

Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.

Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.

Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?



Daryl Devore (@darydevore) lives in an in old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road, or snow shoe across the back acres and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She's been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life's an adventure and Daryl's having fun living it.

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          Necky Chatham 16   

It’s designed to get the crap beat out of it and bring you back alive.

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          Mengenal Jenis-jenis Program Aplikasi Komputer    
Program aplikasi komputer adalah software atau perangkat lunak komputer yang dibuat untuk melakukan tugas tertentu. Jika sistem operasi komputer (misalnya Windows) berfungsi untuk melakukan operasi dasar, program aplikasi tertentu bisa kita tambahkan (install) untuk melengkapi kemampuan sistem operasi komputer untuk melakukan tugas-tugas yang lebih spesifik.

Dewasa ini ada banyak sekali program aplikasi komputer. Secara garis besar, jenis aplikasi komputer berdasarkan kegunaan dan contohnya adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Aplikasi Perkantoran atau Office: untuk menunjang tugas administratif perkantoran. Di antaranya Microsoft Office dan OpenOffice.
  • Aplikasi Grafis: untuk mendesain dan mengolah gambar atau foto. Di antaranya adalah aplikasi CorelDraw, GIMP, dan Photoshop.
  • Aplikasi Multimedia: untuk memutar file multimedia. Misalnya aplikasi WinAmp, Windows Media Player, dan QuickTime.
  • Aplikasi Internet: untuk mengakses beragam layanan internet. Di antaranya Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, dan Opera yang semuanya berfungsi untuk menjelajah internet atau browsing. Selain itu ada beberapa software khusus,misalnya mIRC dan Yahoo! Messenger untuk chatting, FileZilla untuk transfer file, dan Outlook untuk mengelola email.
  • Aplikasi Game: aneka aplikasi permainan.

Ikon Berbagai Program Aplikasi Komputer
Aplikasi Office sendiri biasanya berupa beberapa aplikasi yang dikemas menjadi satu paket. Aplikasi-aplikasi yang dikemas di dalam paket aplikasi Office dan contoh programnya antara lain :
  • Aplikasi Pengolah Kata, contohnya Microsoft Word.
  • Aplikasi Pengolah Angka, contohnya Microsoft Excel.
  • Aplikasi Pengolah Basis Data, contohnya Microsoft Access.
  • Aplikasi Pengolah Presentasi, contohnya Microsoft Powerpoint.

          Pioneer Woman...and Cowboy Josh!   
WE INTERRUPT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED 'Disney Fever Thursday' to PRESENT...
"I MET THE PIONEER WOMAN and COWBOY JOSH!"
Hallelujiah!
I have been reading the Pioneer Woman's website for....mmmm.... 4.5 years I think? LOVE HER. I really think we'd be the best of friends if she knew who I was!
Well, TODAY, she finally did a book signing here in Wichita. Her second cookbook just came out! (Her first one sits on my counter 24/7, I use it a lot!).
We packed into this random venue like sardines. She came out and did a presentation for about 45 minutes. She was adorable and funny and claiming to be totally nervous.
My favorite slide from her presentation:
Which she followed up by saying "other than that, it was a year of bliss!" ---hahahah {she got pregnant on their honeymoon. yikes}
After that, they called ticket numbers 25 at a time to line up to get your book(s) signed. I was number 106. It actually went pretty fast, which is good because I was so hungry I was looking in my purse for fruit snacks or purse candy or some kind of sustenance.
{We were at a cookbook signing...dude...where were the samples?!}
When we got to the table, I had a little gift for Ree. I wanted to do something fun and sweet.
I thought about baking her something. Then worried she might be one of those people that looks at food from strangers and thinks "what if they let their cat lick the spoon?"
I was going to make her some flower magnets from some pics I did recently (and complete my friend Kristen's at the same time).... but I didn't think of it in time to get it done.
I was going to find a cute subway art printable and print that for her.... ran out of colored ink.
So instead I made her this 5x7 black and white subway art. I can't post the actual file because apparently I saved it as a PDF instead of a jpg...but it's a subway art of all her book tour stops. Printed on cream cardstock as a 5x7.
Gave it to her with a little card. And because it was so quick and chaotic, I accidentally handed her this sign and she went to put it all in her purse. I said 'oops! Wait! Let me see that piece of paper!" and then had her take a pic of it for my Aunt Debbie.
I was kind of a spaz. Really I just wanted to sit and chat with her, ya know?
Before I knew it, she was on to the next group. Never fear though. Cowboy Josh was in the hallway.
I have to tell you, that is one adorably flirty cowboy.
Tonight was almost as exciting as the night this past July when I touched two Backstreet Boys. (which...I just discovered...I never blogged about?!? What?!?!)
Thanks for coming to Wichita, Ree!!! I'll just keep an eye out for my ranch invite next :)

          Comment on The Common Thread in the Castile and Cosby Cases by Danny   
<i>It’s not a guise if I’m honest about it.</i> It is if you're only honest about it when questioned about it. <i>And point of clarification, Constand’s original case was brought in 2004, but we didn’t hear about it…wonder why that is…</i> More suspense and leading questions. And even then the time gap is still pretty big. This chat was good. I hope to do it again someday.
          igra istine   
Treba verovati ali se to poverenje treba i graditi i zasluziti,dimenzijom koja je samo vremenski merljiva.


Shta radite sada?
Ako jedete nemo mi prichate,crko Tongue
          Chemnitz verpflichtet TV-Star und Model    

Beim Chemnitzer FC kommt in der nächsten Saison Glanz in die Hütte. Der Drittligist verpflichtete mit Myroslav Slavov nicht nur einen neuen Stürmer, sondern auch einen echten Fernsehstar.

Der 26-Jährige war in Österreich der Bachelor und nahm auch bei "Austria's Next Topmodel" teil. Zudem modelt der in Kiew geborene Torjäger, unter anderem für Gaultier - was ihn auch schon mit diversen Berühmtheiten in Kontakt gebracht hat.

Fußballspielen kann Slavov auch noch. Für den Viertligisten Berliner AK erzielte der Stürmer in der vergangenen Saison 16 Tore, er war auch schon beim Milliardärsklub Anschi Machatschkala aktiv.

"Fußball ist einfach meine große Leidenschaft, seit ich fünf bin, und ich möchte einfach nichts unversucht lassen, darin so erfolgreich wie nur irgend möglich zu sein", sagte er im vergangenen Jahr auf die Frage, warum er trotz des TV-Ruhms weiter versucht, im Sport Fuß zu fassen. 

Neben Slavov brachte Chemnitz noch einen weiteren Wechsel unter Dach und Fach. Ebenfalls vom Berliner AK kommt Innenverteidiger Maurice Trapp. CFC-Sportchef Steffen Ziffert: "Beide Spieler haben Verträge bis 2019 erhalten, die für die 3. Liga sowie für die 2. Liga gültig sind."


          Verletzte und Angriffe auf Polizei bei Jenas Aufstieg    

Der Aufstieg des Traditionsklubs Carl Zeiss Jena in die 3. Liga ist von Ausschreitungen überschattet worden.

Während des Playoff-Rückspiels am Donnerstag gegen Viktoria Köln (0:1/Hinspiel: 3:2) brannten Jena-Anhänger Pyrotechnik ab, unmittelbar nach dem Schlusspfiff kam es zu einem Platzsturm.

Dabei verletzten sich 23 Personen vor allem beim Übersteigen der Zäune. Sechs von ihnen mussten stationär versorgt werden.

Etwas später zogen 350 bis 400 Jena-Anhänger in aggressiver Stimmung durch die Innenstadt und brannten dabei Pyrotechnik ab.

Bengalos, Flaschen und andere Gegenstände wurden auf Polizisten geworfen. Die Jenaer Polizei sprach von einer "massiven Anti-Stimmung gegen die Beamten".

Bereits in der Nacht vor dem Spiel war der Mannschaftsbus der Kölner im Umfeld eines Hotels in Weimar durch Unbekannte beschmiert worden.

Der dreimalige DDR-Meister Jena kehrt trotz einer 0:1-Niederlage am Donnerstag nach fünf Jahren in der Regionalliga zurück in den Profifußball. Das Hinspiel in Köln hatte Carl Zeiss 3:2 gewonnen.


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          Paderborn steigt ab, Regensburg in Relegation    

Nach einem vom Verdacht eines Manipulationsversuchs überschattetem Saisonfinale steht Zweitliga-Absteiger SC Paderborn als dritter Absteiger aus der 3. Liga fest. 

Den Ostwestfalen wurde am Ende ein 0:0 beim VfL Osnabrück zum Verhängnis, da Werder Bremen II 1:0 (0:0) gegen den VfR Aalen gewann. Der FSV Frankfurt und der FSV Mainz 05 II standen bereits zuvor als Absteiger fest. Für Werder Bremen gelang Dominic Volkmer in der 85. der erlösende Treffer gegen Aalen, der den Klassenerhalt sicherte.

Der Kontrollausschuss des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB) hatte zuvor Ermittlungen anlässlich des Verdachts der versuchten Einflussnahme auf das Osnabrück-Paderborn-Spiel aufgenommen.

Nach Angaben des DFB war vor dem Spieltag ein Hinweis eingegangen. Demnach hätten Osnabrücker Spieler versucht, von der im Abstiegskampf befindlichen Mannschaft Werder Bremen II Gegenleistungen zu bekommen, "wenn sie sich in ihrem Spiel gegen die ebenfalls abstiegsbedrohten Paderborner um einen Sieg bemühen".

Die drei Spieler, deren Namen noch nicht veröffentlicht wurden, wurden von Osnabrück nicht eingesetzt und vom Spielbetrieb ausgeschlossen.

Regensburg behauptet sich vor Magdeburg

Jahn Regensburg darf derweil weiter vom Durchmarsch in die 2. Bundesliga träumen. Dem Aufsteiger reichte am 38. und letzten Spieltag der 3. Liga ein 1:0 (0:0)-Zittersieg bei Preußen Münster, um sich den dritten Tabellenplatz zu sichern. Als dritter Absteiger steht hingegen der SC Paderborn fest.

Das Regensburger Team von Trainer Heiko Herrlich trifft in den Relegationsspielen am 26. und 30. Mai auf den Drittletzten der 2. Liga, der aber erst am Sonntagnachmittag ermittelt wird

Die Oberpfälzer, die zuletzt in der Saison 2012/13 im Unterhaus aktiv waren, setzten sich auf der Zielgeraden mit 63 Punkten gegen den 1. FC Magdeburg (61) durch, der gegen Aufsteiger Sportfreunde Lotte 2:0 (0:0) gewann und bis zur 83. Minute von der Relegation träumen durfte.

In Magdeburg wurde nach Treffern von Michel Niemeyer (64.) und Florian Kath (68.) schon der Einzug in die Relegation gefeiert, ehe die ernüchternde Nachricht aus Münster kam. Dort verwandelte Andreas Geipl in der 83. Minute einen Handelfmeter, der dem Jahn den dritten Rang sicherte. 

Duisburg sichert sich Meisterschaft

Bereits am vergangenen Samstag hatten die Traditionsvereine MSV Duisburg und Holstein Kiel ihre Rückkehr in die 2. Bundesliga perfekt gemacht.

Duisburg sicherte sich zudem durch ein 5:1 (2:1) gegen den FSV Zwickau auch die Meisterschaft vor den Störchen, die zum Abschluss den Halleschen SC 3:0 (2:0) besiegten. Der MSV hatten am Ende mit 68 Punkten aber einen Zähler mehr als die Schleswig-Holsteiner auf dem Konto.

In Duisburg ging Zwickau durch Patrick Wolf (16.) in Führung. Andreas Wiegel (19./44.), Enis Hajri (66.), Kingsley Onuegbu (67.) und Kevin Wolze (89.) machten anschließend aber nicht nur den Titel perfekt, sondern sorgten auch für eine ausgelassene Aufstiegsparty an der Wedau.

Steven Lewerenz (25.) und Marvin Ducksch (42.) heizten mit ihren Treffern in Kiel frühzeitig die Partystimmung an. Benjamin Pintol (52.) unterlief zudem für Halle ein Eigentor.


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          Done.   
The trek out.


I called Lin back after talking with Noelle.  We tried to have the conversation we had both been looking forward to, but I could not find the mood after the conflict with my sister. We chatted about the climb and agreed it was good to be done.  Then I felt consumed with fatigue and said I was going to get some sleep. But before I could do so, Paul, the Austrian member of the team, brought me a can of beer and suggested I join the others celebrating near the Comm Tent. This I did, and was glad of the choice, but the combination of two month’s sobriety, altitude, and exhaustion combined to deliver me into a state of almost immediate intoxication.  I fell asleep in a folding chair still holding what remained of that first beer.  

Waking a short while later, I shuffled off to my tent. I looked into the warm yellow glow of the rainfly as I lay there considering the climb. It did not seem real. Not yet. Any satisfaction for having summited Everest was pushed back by a greater force. My immediate sensations were flooded with a deep gratitude that I had won the right to live the rest of my life. I would get to see my children marry and have children of their own. I would get to grow old with Lin, holding hands like each day was a prom date. I could crab fish, mountain bike, perform Improv, and write. I could return to the work I love as a Financial Planner. I would see Summer and cheese burgers, candles and campfires. I had not realized how completely these things had been set aside. Nothing was on my calendar post-Everest, but now I was free to fill it up with the pile of chips being slid back across the table toward me. 

The camp cook’s assistant, Llama, made money on the side doing laundry for Climbers. For 2,000 Rupee (about $16) he would wash, dry, and fold a garbage bag of dirty clothes. I sorted out the worst of my garments and delivered them to him with a Hershey bar meant more as an apology than gratuity.  Llama loaned me a tiny mirror from his kit so I could shave, then he filled the cistern for my shower.  

The on-demand water heater popped to life as propane and spark came together within. I had showered only twice during the expedition, with the water temperature touching extreme ends of the thermometer with each experience. But on this day a satisfying warmth fell upon me, and steam filled the tented walls. Large flat stones had been gathered to make a shower floor.  Their texture felt pleasing against my bare feet. I stood beneath the water sensing something close to comfort, examining the ravages of altitude upon my naked body. There were bruises, cuts, a swollen knee. Much of the muscle mass I had spent months building was gone, consumed by my body through weeks of burning more calories than I could eat. In all I had lost 30 pounds. 

I walked out of camp the next morning to meet Ty and Lakpa as they disgorged from the Ice Fall. I had checked with Big Boss the night before and he confirmed they would be coming down from camp 2 in the early hours. Spring had arrived, so even at 17,000 feet the morning temperature was warm enough to sit out in short sleeves. I perched on a boulder tall enough to afford a clear view of the trail and waited. They appeared an hour later, looking tired but happy. 
“Gimme that pack,” I said to Ty.  
“No. I gotta finish this thing,” he answered with a prideful smile.
We walked together back to IMG Base Camp, discussing the events of the last few days and came to agree that, for the most part, things had happened as they should have given the circumstances. All was good between us and we were now free to celebrate the achievement that had brought us closer than ever. 

          Final rotation complete!   


May 3, 2013
EBC to Camp 2

Climbing days start early. This is necessitated by the heat that comes with daylight and the resultant instability it brings to the snow and ice surfaces we must climb in, on, and around. On this day we ate breakfast at 2:30 a.m. By now we are expected to show up at breakfast with climbing harness on and ready to go. There is a nervous energy about the team and we rush at our tasks to release it, though there typically is no cause to rush. Conversation is limited to requests for items spread out along the long table we sit down to, our persons ringing like wind chimes from the metallic climbing implements hanging at our waists. Each of us is studying the day ahead in our minds. 

On this day we would climb from EBC directly to Camp 2, omitting the overnight at Camp 1 we found so welcome on our last ascent. It would be a big day, launching our third and final acclimation rotation. Like most of my team mates, I had a plan. I would climb steady through the ice fall, but only at 70% of my pace. This would allow reserves to then carry me on to camp 2. But the ice fall had other plans. 

As Mingma and I entered mid ice fall the adjacent hillside released an avalanche of boulders and ice.  Quickening our pace, we entered an area of large roundish ice blocks called The Popcorn. A singular strand of prayer flags hang over this section signifying the heightened danger of same. I could hear Mingma chanting prayers in low tones just ahead of me as an ice avalanche broke loose next to us. There was a concise snap, followed by a roar not unlike a locamotive going by. The break of the fall line carried the debris beneath us. I wondered about the other climbers for a moment, but sensed Mingma’s urgency and put all I had into staying with him. We arrived at a safe zone called The Football Field just as one of the Air Force climbers was leaving to continue up the hill. 

Mingma listened on his radio to the chatter among Sherpa and Basecamp Leaders as I tried to eat and drink. No one had been caught up in either avalanche. Just then a third avalanche released above us in a notoriously active section known as “Lo La Pass.” By my estimate the Air Force climber who had just left would be square in the middle of it. We cut our rest stop short and hurried up to check on the Airman. Indeed Lo La Pass had been swept through by the ice fall, but the fresh foot prints of the climber and his Sherpa confirmed they had arrived after the release. We continued to press hard through the remainder of the ice fall, arriving at camp 1 just four hours after leaving EBC. This was much faster than the 6 hours normally consumed.  I was spent and nerve-wracked as I collapsed into a vacant tent to lay down for a moment.  One by one, other team members emerged likewise “knackered”.  We rested here for a bit, before then proceeding on to camp 2. 

The wind was blowing hard and the pre-dawn cold left us in single digits as we tried to consume the contents of our packed lunches; frozen juice box, frozen salmon spread, frozen cheese square, and frozen dessert pastry. After 20 minutes of futility, the frustration combined with a creeping cold to inspire the kind of vigorous movement that might generate some body heat. Myself and another team member set out with our Sherpas for camp 2. I could see direct sunlight slowly working its way down the side of Nuptse, staging a soft landing on the gaining valley floor. At some point I left the othe team member behind and it was just Mingma and I. I could see the tents of camp 2 an hour and a half up the valley, but now the over-exertion of the ice fall came to collect and I “bonked”. I stopped in the trail and breathed hard for twenty chest-fulls. Feeling marginally better, I motioned to Mingma that we should continue on. 100 steps later I had to stop and breath again. “I’m sorry, MIngma” I apologized. “I just can’t catch my breath.” “It’s OK,” he offered, “we go slow.” I continued to deteriorate, only able to go 80 steps, then 60, and so on before needing to rest and breath hard. We straggled into camp 2 six and a half hours after leaving EBC. I am unsure by what hidden strength I managed the last quarter mile. Remaining team members staggered into camp 2 over the next 4 hours. Our stories were very similar; the fear and adrenaline of the ice fall had over-taxed our resources and from there on the will to place one foot in front of the other had gotten us to camp 2. We slept until dinner, then logged another 12 hours to breakfast. 


May 4, 2013
Rest day at camp 2

I have written about the process a mountain climber goes through, a process that tears down his humanity until he has become that animal he must be to climb the highest mountains. I blew my nose, a moment ago, into a soiled frozen wool sock I know I must wear tomorrow. By this account I should think I am getting close to summit ready. 

The Lohtse Face
May 5, 2013
Camp 2 to Camp 3 (Touch and return)

Camp 3 sits at an elevation of 24,000 feet, carved into the side of the Lohtse face by the mean trade of ice axes. Ten tents cling there, an outpost of the most minimal accommodations for climbers in route to camp 4 (the South Col). Our original plan for this rotation was to have each team member spend a night (without supplemental oxygen) at camp three to establish the high threshold for his acclimation. “You probably won’t sleep. It will be a miserable night,” Big Boss Greg Venovage promised during our preparation talk. Our first team of three climbers spent the night of May 4 at camp 3 in accordance with this plan. 

By the next morning the weather forecasts had changed to then predict severe wind and cold up high, So the remainder of the team was instructed to climb to camp 3, spend a few hours acclimating, then return the same day to camp 2. This was a welcome change as an earlier climber had descended from camp 3 a few days earlier with a frostbitten finger and ear. 

Mingma and I left camp 2 at four a.m. in our down suits and warmest gloves. We arrived at the Lohtse face an hour later and began climbing the steep icy incline. So steep is the Lohtse face, that I could reach out and touch it while standing plumb vertical.  

We were only 20 minutes up the face when Mingma stopped to listen to his radio. “Sherpa sick,” he said to me with concern. He said one of the Sherpas above us at camp three had gotten up, dressed, eaten some breakfast, but then said he felt dizzy. The Sherpa vomited, then went to lay down in his tent.  A camp Physician was patched onto the line and I could hear her instructing the people at camp three to administer Niphedipine and place the Sherpa on bottled oxygen. We continued our climb upward. 

Mingma stopped again ten minutes later and turned to me. “Sherpa died,” he said pointing at his radio. He also told me this Sherpa was his brother in-law.  We would later learn that two team members had worked frantically to save the man’s life and would later descend, traumatized by what had happened. This Sherpa was a longtime veteran of IMG and had spent much time higher than camp 3 on Everest. Theories evolved, none of which could be conclusively proven, but the available symptoms suggested the victim had contracted High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) which then progressed quite quickly to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). I told Mingma how sorry I was for his loss and suggested we should turn around and go back to camp 2, but he insisted we continue up. I believe this was because he felt an obligation to get to the body as soon as possible so he could make certain proper Buddhist traditions were observed. Our climb to camp 3 was called off 1,000 vertical feet short of the camp. Mingma continued up. I was assigned another Sherpa to lead me back down. A team of Sherpas lowered the body down the Lohtse face, where a helicopter picked up Mingma and his deceased brother in-law, transporting them to their home village of Phortse. IMG  located the man’s parents in another village and had a helicopter take them to Phortse as well. 


May 6, 2013
Camp 2 to EBC

Team Leaders were eager to get us all back down to EBC before the forecast storm hit. So a 3:30 a.m. breakfast was scheduled with plans to head down by 4:00 a.m. It was 7 degrees fahrenheit in our tent when my alarm woke Ty and I. Everything we touched was frozen. The roof of the tent shed ice crystals on us when we bumped it. Several times I had to stop and warm my hands against my abdomen. But we made it to breakfast then shouldered our packs. 

A well-known and highly accomplished Sherpa named Toshi was assigned to stand in for Mingma in leading me down to EBC. But when the time came to leave he instructed me to go drink coffee in the dining tent while he dealt with another sick Sherpa.  Very short of breath and registering an alarmingly low SpO2, this Sherpa was dosed with Niphedipine and placed on bottled oxygen.  An hour went by and the man’s SpO2 improved to the low 60’s. At this point he was be able to descend to the clinic at EBC with the help of other Sherpas and continued bottled oxygen. We descended together, at a slow a measured pace. The sick Sherpa was fine. 

May 7, 2013
Rest day at EBC

 Shower. Shave. Laundry. Call Mom. 

I called Lin. It was so good to hear her voice. As she has been throughout this whole strange journey, Lin was supportive, inspiring, and spoke from a place of love. We discussed the days ahead and my plans for the upcoming summit attempt, agreeing that focus on each step would be the key. It is easy to be swept up in the vast scenery or a complex pitch you know is coming. Staying present will be essential. 

The Climbers invited the Sherpas to join us for a movie in the group tent after dinner. The feature was “Anchorman” with Will Ferrell. The humor did not always translate well, but the Sherpas definitely thought the fight scene was funny. 


Liking the O2 system.

May 8, 2013
Rest day at EBC. Trek to Gorak Shep

Myself and the Australian member of the team are typically the first up on rest days. I bring a handfull of Starbucks instant coffee packets (decaf) down to the dinning tent and we enjoy a relaxed cup. By then the sun is touching camp so I drag a chair outside and have a second cup while the rest of the team files by for breakfast. 

This morning we learned the sad news of another Sherpa (not IMG) having passed. He was crossing the yellow band above camp 3 last night and stumbled. Though a fixed line was available, he had not clipped into it. He fell 3,000 feet down the Lhotse face. This set me to thinking about Mingma and his family with their own recent loss.  I took  a stick of incense up to the Puja Altar and left it there as an offering. 

Greg Venovage
After breakfast Big Boss held our instruction session on how to use the oxygen bottles and masks.  I did not expect to feel any different breathing the denser air, given the many weeks we have acclimated to Base camp and higher. But the instant clarity that came to my head left me wondering how I have managed to feed and cloth myself up to this point. In addition to allowing me to climb higher into extremely thin air, this supplemental oxygen should also keep me feeling warmer and lessen the risk of frostbite. 

Now we wait. The team has completed all phases of preparation for a summit bid of Everest. We expect the rope fixing to be done by May 10, and we will send our first group to the summit at the next weather window after that. Once a summit attempt is launched from EBC it takes 4 days to arrive at the top of Everest. So the most likely date for myself to summit is still May 18 ...depending on weather.  I hope to have one more opportunity to post to this blog before then. In any case, I promise to blog the details of the climb upon returning to EBC. But for those of you who would like a more timely update I encourage checking the IMG Trip Report                       which should post daily updates at http://www.mountainguides.com/everest-south13.shtml

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          April 21 through 28   
Jangbu watches climbers move up the mountain.


April 21, 2013
Solo Trek to Gorak Shep

Note to Readers: I was able to repair the punctured air mattress. Also, my Palm Tree mascot has been joined by an inflatable kangaroo marking the tent of our Australian team member. 

***You can follow daily updates called in by satellite phone at this link  http://www.mountainguides.com/everest-south13.shtml
In these rather basic posts they will refer to my group as "Classic Climbers" Guided by Max and Aaron. I am only able to post when the team has returned to EBC after a rotation. 

This was suppose to be the day we put boots to ground for the first time on Everest. The plan was to rise at 3 a.m. and enter the ice fall, climb about three quarters of the way through it to an area called “The Football Field”, and return to base. Like everything we have done thus far, this too was intended to acclimate us for higher camps to come. But snow fell heavy through the night and “Big Boss” Greg Venovage judged the ice fall unsafe. “Hey Dave,” he called from outside my tent around 2:30 a.m., “I’m calling off the climb for today so get some sleep.” Then he shook my tent to relieve the heavy accumulation of snow and commented “Nice palm tree.” 

This is climbing Everest. As essential as it is to have a plan, it is still more important that one be willing to change it. After breakfast I checked out a radio from the Comm tent and set out on the four mile trek down the valley to Gorak Shep. I wanted to post to this blog, check my email, and connect with friends and family on Facebook. I find it helps me keep my spirits up when I read the comments blog Readers' posts, or friends add to my Facebook wall. Thank you! 

I skipped around Trekkers bound in heavy layers and moving in slow motion. That was me the first time I trekked into EBC, but I have since time acclimated. It felt good to clip along comfortably with Chicago playing in my ears, watching the rugged landscape of glacial moraine fold over on itself as a river emerged. 



April 22, 2013
Into the Ice Fall

We finished breakfast at 3:30 a.m. and began shuffling over to the Sherpa group tent. I was once again the last climber to arrive. Mingma looked a bit concerned but did not ask me to explain my chronic tardiness. This was fortunate as I had no good excuse aside from the general malaise that comes with being up and active at such an hour. Under Mingma’s lead we immediately began passing other Climbers, sometimes leap-frogging four at a time. I would have asked him to slow down, except this pace solved a different problem I had. I had only dressed in Long Johns and a shell layer in anticipation of the hard work ahead and presently felt quite chilled. Soon I was generating enough body heat to feel comfortable as we navigated the blue ice statues that stand sentry to the fall. 

By far, the majority of fatalities on Everest occur in the ice fall. There are two reasons for this. The first is the fact that the ice fall consists of the pieces of ice broken off the upper glacier. These pieces, ranging in size from mailbox to commercial building, are all melting, shifting, and toppling in slow motion as gravity and spring temperatures work upon them. Occasionally that movement is not be in slow motion. The second reason the ice fall is susceptible to tragedy is the somewhat regular snow and ice avalanches that sweep down from the west shoulder of Everest. It goes without saying some parts of the ice fall are more dangerous than others. So a big part of managing one’s passage involves keeping enough gas in the tank to speed through those troublesome areas. 

Myself descending a ladder in the ice fall. 

At times Mingma would invite me to lead our ascent, offering counsel when we entered areas where speed was important. At some point I noticed we were alone. I called for a break at a safe spot and asked MIngma what he had heard over the radio as other Sherpa and IMG personnel chattered. He said Big Boss had just turned everyone around.  Mingma and I had already crossed most of the ladders and were only 10 minutes from our objective, the Football Field. He got on the radio and received permission for us to finish out. In the end, myself and two of the Air Force climbers were the only ones to make it to the Football Field. I felt good about this, but was also spent after four hours of hard climbing. We arrived back in EBC a bit after 9:00 a.m. I slept until lunch. 

Big Boss, Max, and one of our Climbers interrupted lunch to make an announcement. This Climber had decided to end his bid. The altitude was causing severe blurring of his vision and he felt it would not be safe to continue given this. He would be leaving EBC by helicopter in a few hours. The Climber was tearful as he talked about how hard it had been to make this decision and surrender his dream. We tried to console him.  A well liked team member, he will be missed by all.


April 23, 2013
Rest Day

April 24, 2013
Arrive Camp 1
SpO2 = 74  RHR = 77


From a distance, the ice fall looks like a jumbled pile of fractured ice. But up close, when you are inside the ice fall, it is a strange and wonderous world not unlike something Dr. Suess might have created. 

It starts with the blue ice statues of cold
They welcome you in like climbers of old. 
“He’s over-dressed. He’ll get hot, then get sweaty.”
“This will attract fatigue or a Yeti.”
The ground undulates like a Pirian Fong
The ice creaks and sings it’s happy ice song
You enter a narrow white corridor.
Now the ice is above, below, to the fore. 
But the shapes are not straight the way you had thought. 
They’re round and reaching, curved like a pot.
Your headlamp bends the shadows like skilm
or the haunting features in a Tim Burton film. 
The trail narrows until thats all that there is,
flanked by darkness and the demons of Miz.
Now you slide to the side in a crystalline room.
It dazzles and rings, but you must leave soon. 
Straight up through the ceiling with crampons and rope.
Up up to the next place. Wide open, you hope.
It’s hard to breathe. The air is so thin. 
You gasp like a gold fish on land, one fin.
The ice block above you could fall any time. 
So you can’t rest here. Keep moving. Must climb.
Next come the ladders, scratched and bent. 
They span the deep fissures, where others have went.
They scale the tall ice, three, four lashed together
like a whoozit flamboozle left out in the weather. 
You cross them with shoes made of steel-soled spikes. 
you hold onto the ropes, the rungs and the likes. 
Then six hours later you emerge from a crack. 
The sun has risen. You take off your pack. 
You’re here at last. You’ve arrived at Camp One. 
Now nap in your tent. Your work day is done. 


April 25, 2013
Rest day Camp 1

Camp 1

We ate breakfast in our tents. The Sherpas brought us hot water for tea and to mix with our Oat Meal. Shortly thereafter we set out in light gear on the path to Camp 2. We had no intention of covering the entire  distance, but merely wished to keep our legs from stiffening up after the difficult prior day. 

Though the terrain was a pleasant rolling snow scape of little consequence, we never the less clipped our safety leashes into the running fixed lines. The soft contours of this windswept snow belie the many deep crevasses beneath. Indeed, the first casualty of this Everest season occurred on this very stretch. A Sherpa, part of the team setting fixed lines, fell 47 meters through a thin hidden snow bridge. 

We turned back at the halfway point, returning to camp just prior to a subzero wind storm setting in. We ate MRE’s while hiding in our thick down sleeping bags, then rested for the move to Camp 2 the following day.  

April 26, 2013
Move to Camp 2 (Elev 21,300 feet)
SpO2 = 71  RHR = 98

Crossing a ladder

The white faces of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse from a perfect solar concentration down on the valley common to them all. It is a strict “no no” to get caught out in this valley during the hear of the day when temperatures can race from the morning cool of 10 F to 90 F at peak sun. So it goes we left Camp 1 at 6:00 a.m. in the tight chill of night and the soft dusky light of dawn. Ty and his Sherpa, Lakpa, together with Mingma and I, enjoyed a casual pace that delivered us to Camp 2, just as the first direct rays touched the tents.  We threw out things into a vacant tent, then adjorned to the dining tent for some hot Tang drink. 


Ty and I started talking about a wayward butterfly that had come into our tent the previous afternoon, taking refuge from the coming storm. Ty enlisted the counsel of the Sherpa tending the dining tent. “This is good luck,” the Sherpa asserted. Ty then added that the butterfly had sadly passed on during the night. The Sherpa looked uncomfortable, assuming we likewise wanted his interpretation of this turn. It must be understood that the Sherpa culture avoids conflict, bad tidings or any whiff of negativity. “Ummmm. Uhhhhhhh,” he stammered. “This is VERY good luck,” I offered, though it made no sense at all. “Yes,” the relieved Sherpa agreed, “this is very good luck.”

April 27, 2013
Rest Day at Camp 2
SpO2 = 76  RHR 86

Ty, loading his pack at camp 2
I am missing Lin and the boys. It has been several days since I have had cell service. I dream about them at night, pedestrian dreams where I am following them around the house. I will be back at EBC tomorrow as we finish this rotation and I plan to call them straight away. 

A big shout-out to my friends at The House. I have known some difficult moments during this rotation and found strength in your prayers. Many thanks and God bless. 

I break this climb down into two metrics; The game plan and my overall status. At this point we are still on game plan A, which is to say our summit day is likely around May 18th. Frankly, I consider this remarkable given the many variables at hand. Good on us! I also consider myself to be on my A game. This is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual health. To be sure, there have been times I was not on my A game. But here, looking up the steep icy Lhotse face, I am grateful to feel this good. 
The Lohtse Face and approach
We will have to come to terms with the Lhotse Face on our next rotation. It is said this challenge separates many climbers from their dream. 

April 28, 2013
Camp 2 to EBC
At EBC SpO2 = 86   RHR = 83  
Oxygen bottles moved up to camp 2
Mingma stopped by my tent to the night before. He wanted to make sure I knew breakfast was at 4:30 a.m. and we were leaving right after. “Don’t be late,” he pleaded. I decided Mingma had done so much for me that I would make a concerted effort to satisfied this request. 

It was not just a matter of getting out of bed. All my gear had to be sorted for what would stay behind in a rice sack at camp 2 and what would return with me to EBC. I dedicated the next 2 hours (in 10 F temperatures) to this task. Some things were obvious; Down Suit, -40 F sleeping bag, and mattress pad would all stay. But when it came to a certain hat or candy bar I found myself flummoxed. It is entirely possible this was a symptom of the altitude. In most instances I ate the candy bar and left the hat behind, rationalizing that it had taken a lot of energy to get that hat up the hill and I owed it to myself to celebrate that success by not creating a counterfeit second effort. 
Team Leader Max Bunce and Mingma Chhing
I reported for breakfast very much on time. The Cook prepared fried egg and bacon on toast. It was quite tasty. Then Mingma and I set out into the predawn light at an improved pace. Not a lot of talking takes place during such a move. From time to time my concentration was summoned as we crossed another aluminum ladder laid out across a hungry crevasse, but otherwise I was free to be with my thoughts.  

My thoughts;
      -On the 1960’s sitcom Bewitched it was unfair of Darren to demand his wife not use her powers. She should have turned him into a newt.
      -I wonder what my son, Trevor, is doing right now?
      -The only track I can recall bass player of the Who, John Entwistle, singing lead on is My Wife.  This lyric indictment paints his wife as being a maniacal shrew for not understanding how he might have “had a bit too much to drink,” taken a wrong turn, and thus been AWOL the last four days. True or not, this could not have been good for his marriage.
       -What did I do with that last Mars bar?
       -When I get to EBC I will have concluded the second acclimation rotation. There will only be one more rotation before I am ready to make a summit attempt!
        -Mingma declined my invitation to make barnyard noises. Is it possible he is ashamed of his cow?
        -I can’t wait to shower and shave at EBC. It has been 9 days. 
        -I wonder how much weight I’ve lost.
        -My niece, Sasha, wrote a very nice message to me on Facebook. I already liked Sasha before this, but now I like her even more. I should either send a nice message back to her or ship a Mars bar from Gorak Shep. 


          What does Everest Base Camp sound like?   


April 20, 2013
Rest Day at Everest Base Camp
SpO2 = 82  RHR = 76

I am thinking of all my friends at the Bellingham Boys & Girls Club this morning. First of all, you are all AWESOME! (high five someone near you). Secondly, I know I owe a couple games of foosball to a few of you and I am hoping you are working on your skilz so we can settle, once and for all, who is the King Mondo Foosball Dominator of the free world when I get back. 

I want to take you on a tour of Everest Base Camp today. But I thought it might be fun let the sounds lead us. So close your eyes (I assume one of the equally awesome staff members is reading this to you) (Staff member should high five someone near by) and try to imagine what comes next. 

It is early morning, and we can hear snow sliding off our tent. Normally it is too cold to snow at Everest Base Camp (EBC), but a warm spell has settled in. There is bird singing from the top of a nearby rock pile. We peek outside the tent to see it. This bird looks a lot like a Robin.  Aside from the big wooly yaks, there aren’t many animals around EBC, so this is special. The snow has covered all the tents scattered among the giant piles of rock and dirt here. It is very peaceful. 

We can hear a gas cooker working over in the cook’s tent. He is already putting together breakfast. Then a soft wampf wampf wampf starts moving up the valley toward us. It gets louder and faster as the sound moves closer. It is a helicopter coming to EBC. As it lands a football field away, the powerful rotors stir up the fresh fallen snow, scattering it in whirling white clouds about the camp. We look out from a crack in the tent door and see two people climb on board the helicopter. Then it is gone. It is probably taking a sick Climber to the lower elevations where he can get better. He will be alright. 

This is a special day. Today we will inflate the palm tree we have packed all the way from Bellingham. We remove the packaging and start breathing into the colorful plastic decoration. Pthhhhhhhhh, Pthhhhhhhhh, Pthhhhhhhhhh. It doesn’t take long to inflate, and we don’t even feel dizzy because the air is thin up here at 17,500 feet. After anchoring the palm tree down next to our tent, we walk toward the dining tent to get a cup of cocoa. The snow crunches beneath our feet. A big piece of ice breaks away from the hillside and rumbles down the hill. As we pass by one tent we can hear a man talking to his family on a phone. He sounds happy-sad. You know, like when you are so happy sometimes you cry a little. 

As we pass by the green communications tent little bursts of radio talk emerge from it. It sounds like there are climbers moving up to higher camps on Everest and the staff is keeping track of everything. Long strings of prayer flags flutter overhead throughout camp. The Sherpa people believe the prayers written on these flags are carried by the wind and bless everyone that wind touches. All of these strings of flags come together at a Buddhist alter in the center of our camp. We can hear the soft chanting of one of the Sherpas as he burns juniper branches at the alter. The smell is wonderful.  

There is no one in the dining tent yet, but a tiny propane heater is hissing quietly at the far end of the long table we all eat at. The table is cluttered with tea, cocoa, and other drink mixes. There are also boxes of various cookies and biscuits. We can see our breath when we exhale. It is very cold in the tent. So we sit at the end next to the heater and pour hot water from one of the thermos containers, then mix in the cocoa. We use more cocoa mix than we normally would because we are hoping the sweet taste will help us forget about the cold. We know this is probably silly reasoning but we do it anyway. 

Soon the tent fills with other members of our climbing team and a happy chatter seems to chase the cold away. We talk about how we slept, what we will do with our day, and funny things we have seen or heard.  We did not know each other a month ago, but now we are good good friends. It feels like summer camp.  The cook beats on a tin pan to bring any stragglers to breakfast, then starts serving hot spam with potato wedges and egg omelette. It tastes good. 




          The next several days   
Approaching Everest Base Camp

Dear Readers, 
Internet access has proven more challenging than I had thought   ...which is to say our satellite BGAN system at Everest Base Camp is very nearly useless. I will continue to blog this adventure, but it will likely come to you in batches of 5 days at a time as I am able to make the 1 hour hike down to  Gorak Shep. 
All the best, 
Dave

April 10, 2013
Lobuche Base Camp: Elev 15,800 ft. 
SpO2 = 86  RHR = 81

We set out from Phariche under overcast skies, with a cold headwind that encouraged most of us to add a layer of clothing. I had slept well and felt happy to be moving on, but for some reason my energy level was low. This might have bothered me in earlier years; might have enlisted my ego to drive hard for the sake of keeping up with the fastest Trekkers. No more. I reminded myself there will be good days and bad in the course of the two month span of this expedition. The most important thing is to not beat myself up. Take it day by day. I credit my good friend Phil Drowley for this perspective. I hung back with the Trekkers keeping a more casual pace and had a perfectly enjoyable day. 

We arrived at Lobuche Base Camp around 1p.m. Our advance Sherpa Team had already set up the tents, the kitchen, a dining tent and drop toilets. A few years ago we would have stayed in the village of Lobuche, but expedition organizers deemed the conditions there intolerable. Since then IMG has opted to create their own village away from town in a low depression sheltered from the wind.  This allows for better control of the circumstances contributing to food safety. By all accounts this has been a success, and one could easily meter a lift in morale among expedition members as we settled in. 

We enjoyed a hearty lunch made all the more delectable by virtue of being less worrisome. There were thermoses of hot tea, coffee, and citrus drink. The kitchen staff brought us warm moist towels scented with menthol to clean up before the meal, then served hot dogs on fresh baked buns, baked beans, and cucumber/beet salads. 

After moving into our tents, we spent the remainder of the day getting to know the camp. Snow started to fall in heavy wet flakes as we finished dinner. The temperature dropped to the mid 20’s, but I was perfectly comfortable in my down sleeping bag. 

April 11, 2013
Rest day in Lobuche Base Camp
SpO2 = 88  RHR = 75

It is easy to take simple things for granted. The basic act of washing one’s hands is one such thing. You can walk into almost any public restroom in America and find hot water, soap, and paper towels provided gratis. There will also be light, and functioning private toilets. It is a mistake to assume any of these will exist when visiting a restroom in Nepal. If there is a sink, there is not necessarily water. If there is water, it will most certainly be cold.  You learn to carry soap and a small towel on your person. 

So imagine the sublime joy I experienced that first morning at Lobuche Base Camp when hot water came out of the spigot of the cooler at our camp hand washing station. It was 6 a.m.  Fresh snow had covered our camp, and yet the kitchen crew had already filled the cooler with hot water. What is more, there was a fresh bar of soap and clean towel at the ready. I choked back tears of joy as I washed my hands a fourth time. Seized with the purpose of a Disciple, I wanted to spread this good word, waking tent after tent of the unclean.  Sure they had all used Purell and it’s package purports to kill 99.9% of germs, but we all knew it was that .1% germ that had sickened us and probably propagated like Starbucks franchises during our sleep. Who would not gladly surrender much needed rest to receive such information? In the end I did not wake anyone, instead choosing to accost people as they emerged sleepy-eyed from their dwelling.  


April 12, 2013
A second rest day in Lobuche Base Camp. 
SpO2 = 90  RHR = 73

Our first case of the Khumbu Cough came forth on this day. This is a dry incessant cough believed to be brought on by exertion in the dry cold air of greater altitudes. Our best defense is to breath through a buff, especially at night, and avoid overly strenuous pacing when on the move. That said, it is likely 70% of us will have contracted Khumbu Cough two weeks from now and will not be rid of it until returning home many weeks hence. 

This was a true rest day. Unlike yesterday, there was no acclimation hike. Most of us took advantage of the sunny weather and did laundry. The kitchen crew provided large bowls of hot water to this end. A colorful display of garments were then left to dry on rocks and makeshift clothes lines while spontaneous games of Frisbee and Hackusack commenced. 

Swept up in the spirit of cleanliness, I decided to shower and shave. A tall narrow tent had been erected with flat stones placed for a floor. A large bowl of hot water was provided with a ladle.  Under such circumstances one comes to understand how little we actually need to bath. I treated myself with a clean change of clothes and felt as shiny as a new dime.  

Our camp sits at the base of Mt Lobuche (elev 19,600 ft). It is our first round acclimation objective. We will trek to Everest Base Camp (elev 17,500) tomorrow and spend two days acclimating before returning here and mounting our attempt on Mt Lobuche. One of the earlier IMG teams left here yesterday for Lobuche High Camp. We watched them all morning through binoculars, sharply defined against the steep white flanks, as they summitted under perfect conditions. It was thrilling to see climbers on the mountain plying their craft. We chattered excitedly, eyes cast skyward, deconstructing the route as  we fixed our own ambitions several days from now.





April 13, 2013
Trek to Everest Base Camp: Elev 17,500
SpO2 = 76  RHR = 90

The seven hour trek to Everest Base Camp took us through the dusty and unremarkable villages of Lobuche and Gorak Shep. One member of our party began suffering the ill effects of altitude and so turned back for Lobuche Base Camp. Otherwise it was a pleasant day of trekking the higher Khumbu valley. Most of the route followed the same river valley that is fed by Everest snow melt. Snow still lay in scattered patches along the shady side of the valley. Our trail traversed the sunny side through grazed pasture lands that smelled of summer as the day’s warmth awakened the low cropped grass. At one point my I-pod randomly chose the song Mellisa by the Alman Brothers. It was the perfect sound track.

We wandered the glacial moraine to the area near the Khumbu ice fall staked out by IMG.  Lunch was served and camp chief (Big Boss) Greg Venovage greeted us. Greg is a tall affable man with a quick smile and quicker wit. He is a veteran of Everest expeditions and sports the kind of physique that says so. You could bounce a quarter off his chest and it would ring all the way to the ground. 
The Punja ceremony to bless us and our equipment
After lunch we moved into our tents.  We each have our own two-man tent to call home for the next many weeks. This may sound like a luxury, but having a small piece of personal space is vitally important when it comes to keeping one’s mental balance during such a protracted measure of time. I unpacked a few things, but was already getting the headache that typically comes with moving up to a new altitude. I drank a liter of water and took a short nap. Feeling better, I then hung some photos I had brought along; My Fiancé Lin, my boys Trevor & Chase, and my Mom. 

Several large ice falls in the surrounding hills woke the camp that night as spring inched a bit closer.  I pulled on my down clothes around 3 a.m. and stepped out of my tent to look at the sky.  The brilliance of the stars easily challenged a thin crescent moon and the pale yellow light it cast on Everest. A monument in the center of our camp crackled with fire as prayer flags reached out into the darkness in every direction. “I am here,” I thought. Having spent so much time thinking about this climb and the experiences it would bring, the moment felt surreal. 

The first part of any Everest expedition is getting to Everest Base Camp. While this can be quite enjoyable, it is not without it’s challenges. But Ty and I made it in good health and high spirits.  If anyone reading this post has considered a trekking experience in Nepal I would, in spite of the fore mentioned challenges, strongly recommend it. It is a magical experience that will take you away from everything you know, and pleasantly haunt you for some time after. 

April 14, 2013
Everest Base Camp: Elev 17,500
SpO2 = 79  RHR = 85

Myself and Mingma Chhing
Today we were gathered before the climbing Sherpas and each assigned as team mates for the duration of the climb. The process of matching Sherpa and Climber remains somewhat mysterious, but for however it may work one thing seems clear; I won the Sherpa lottery. I have been paired up with Mingma Chhing, ten time Everest Summiter. He is a senior Sherpa and quite often seems to be the guy in charge. We got to know each other while going over my equipment. Like myself, Mingma has two boys.

The expedition then spent some time practicing crossing ladders with crampons on. I noticed Mingma stepped forward to study my technique and gave me an approving smile when I was done.
Myself crossing a ladder

April 15, 2013
Everest Base Camp
SpO2 = 85  RHR = 74

We spent a few hours training today on our ice techniques. Under the watchful eyes of our Guide Max, and our companion Sherpas, we scaled a small ice face near camp using crampons and ascender, safety leashes and figure 8 descenders. Everyone performed well and it felt good to finally be doing some ice work. Tomorrow we start our first acclimation rotation, leaving EBC for Lobuche Base Camp and the climbing of same. 






          TEN THOUSAND SALES   
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          Keep Calm and Hack On   

KDE Project:

I've just got back from the Qt Contributor's Summit, and I had a really good time.

I arrived on Wednesday evening and we had arranged to meet in a bar called 'Brauhaus Lemke' in Hackescher Markt which is quite near Alexanderplatz. It did look easier to find on the map than it actually was, but Hackescher Markt is a great place. There is a big square with loads of bars that have seats outside. The Lemke is slightly off the main square.

When I got there we had about one and a half giant tables full of KDE people. I was really impressed with the beer menu; they had four brews which they make themselves. A 'Saison' which means seasonal and could be anything, a Pils, a Weiz beer and a very nice 'Lemke Original' which was amber coloured which an interesting depth of taste, and that was my personal favourite. You really need to go through all four at least twice I would say to get started, and you can get a 'test kit' with small samples of each to do that. They have vegetarian food, and I thought the Swiss Rusti - potato cakes with fried eggs on top - was particularly good.

So for the Desktop Summit I don't think you could go far wrong with arranging to meet people at one of the bars in Hackescher Markt. It's even got 'Hacke..' in the name after all..

The following morning we arrived at the Summit for a morning of keynotes.

The conference was held in an East German 'retro modernist' building (if that is the right word). The rooms were named after space things like 'Vostok' or 'Mars' and there was even a Sputnick sculpture above a mural of 'herioc workers' type stuff at the front. My only criticism was that there were so many attendees that the rooms were packed and the air conditioning couldn't keep up and it got really hot.

After Alex Leisse introduced the conference, the first keynote was from the Nokia guy running the Open Source software program - I didn't take a note of his name. He reassured us that an Open Source plan does actually exist contrary to what you might think from the public reports. One major theme of the conference is that what is really happening in private isn't quite the same as the public image of Nokia although they couldn't tell us anything about what they called 'confidential things.'

Then Lars Knoll gave an account of the plans for Qt5 in detail. This is what I had mainly been looking forward to finding out about, and I was very impressed. They want to make the QML scene graph 3d the main focus of UI development although imperative QPainter based apis for drawing will still be there if you need them (I assume that is in the QtGui module). The biggest change was that QWidgets were being moved out of QtGui into their own module. I don't think the idea was to make them 'legacy only', but instead to optimize memory usage for small devices which don't need them. Other than those major changes most other things were just clean ups and tidying that would be reasonably source compatible.

The aim was to try and move as fast as possible, but not include too much in the 5.0 release so that either quality would be compromised or feature creep would cause delays. From the point of view of KDE we will need to just wait and see, and make sure we don't commit too early. We have plenty of other things to do at the moment, and I don't think we absolutely must switch when Qt 5.0 comes out, and instead just do enough research to have a thorough understanding of what it's about.

The first bindings guy I hadn't met before was Matti who runs the PySide project. He told me he wasn't too technical, but he could relay any issues we came up with for bindings back to the guys in Brazil.

After the keynotes, we had lunch which was a box with sandwiches and stuff in it. Half the sandwiches and food were vegetarian throughout the conference, which was pretty good, and I didn't end up being distracted by feeling really hungry as I couldn't eat any of the food, like had happened once or twice at the recent UDS conference in Buderpest.

The first discussion sessions started in the afternoon, and I was particulary interested in one about slots/signals changes in Qt5. I had read a blog on Qt Labs by Olivier Goffart about proposals for new slots/signals (I can't seem to find it via Google at the moment). The proposals looked as though they might be a bit 'boosty', and that they would screw up language bindings projects by changing to entirely statically typed signals/slots. It turned out that wasn't the plan, and in fact the new functor style slots weren't replacements for Qt's QMetaObject based slots, but were in addition to them. Attaching a C++ lamda directly to a signal looked pretty neat, and pretty similar to what we've done with QtRuby with invoking ruby blocks attached to signals.

In the Thursday evening we had a party and listened to the Troll's house band who did some good covers of sometimes 'dodgy' original material. I probably liked Pierre's trumpet riffs best - they were appropriate, to the point and not overdone. Similar to how I like code I suppose. We had a robot dance from the legendary Knut Yrvin along with some lessons on how to do his basic moves - only feasible for normal humans after quite a few Becks I would say.

On the Friday there was a second QMetaObject session about dynamically generating them. There were some minor issues about how to handle the function that is used by qt_static_metacall(), but mainly it seems pretty good from a bindings point of view and I don't think we're going to need to drastically redesign the slots/signals stuff and it will carry on working much the same.

There was this guy there who talked about Python in the QMetaObjects session, but he had his name badge reversed so I couldn't actually confirm who I suspected it was. After the session I introduced myself and found out that he was indeed Phil Thompson of PyQt fame. I had wanted to meet Phil for a while - every now and then he posts a helpful mail to the kde bindings mailing list and I had been impressed with the PyQt code when I studied it.

We went downstairs outside and had lunch outside sitting on benches in the sunshine which was very pleasant. We had a long chat about bindings issues and agreed that Qt4 was mainly fine from the point of view of bindings and Qt5 looked like it was carrying on being much the same.

A common issue was what on earth to do about QML integration. We have some problems about how to do custom QML types in bindings languages, but far more important is the effect of mixing two dynamic languages with different syntaxes in the same application. Phil's approach was to provide basic support for QML for those who wanted to use it, but he is working on a very ambitious sounding Python based declarative language that would be used instead of QML, not as well as QML. I had thought about that for Ruby, but decided that it wasn't really option. So we'll have to see how it turns out for PyQt.

On the Friday evening I went back to the Lemke bar for some more 'research' and was pleased to find there were a pile of people from the conference already there.

We finished up on Saturday with more follow on session mainly to expand on what had already been discussed. I had a language bindings session and we went over a few things especially QMetaObject stuff again with Olivier.

So that was it. I have been impressed with what I've learned about Qt5, and think that Berlin is a great place and am looking forward to the Desktop Summit. I really, really must get my flight and hotel booked this week.

Oh, one last thing. Why is this blog called "Keep Calm and Hack On"? It is because we were all given t-shirts with that phrase in big green letters with a pair of crossed swords at the top. Are we all the 'Right Stuff' in other words. I think we will be..


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          Quase "de maior"   
13 de abril. Uma data para comemorar sempre... ainda que sozinha, ainda que ninguém fique sabendo que é uma data especial.

Há 17 anos, hoje eu estava acordando da cirurgia em que foi extraída minha tireoide.
Entrei no centro cirúrgico sem ter ideia do que aconteceria em seguida. Se haveria iodoterapia, se as cordas vocais seriam afetadas, e especialmente como iria me encontrar com a "nova eu" que surgia ali.

Nao foi facil. Sair do estado  "ligada em 220" e passar para o "devagar quase parando" foi a pior parte. Acomodar no mesmo "ambiente" a cabeça e o corpo com essas diferenças foi dose.

Mas apesar de estar andando em marcha reduzida, com alterações hormonais que mexeram no metabolismo, nas unhas, no cabelo, na memória... essa "nova  eu"  tem qualidades, sim.

É mais corajosa, mais firme. Mais maleável, ao mesmo tempo. Ouve mais, embora não necessariamente fale menos. Amadureceu a duras  penas. Aprendeu a aceitar as mudanças sem reclamar tanto.

Quem a conhece sem ter conhecido a antiga, não pode ter noção das diferenças, mas eu tenho. E aprendi a amá-la,  mesmo que a gente brigue e eu me chateie com ela de vez em quando.

Parabéns, moça.


  •  Foto com o celular da lua minguante que celebra minha vida.

          31 perguntas para quebrar um silêncio constrangedor   
1. Você gosta de coentro ou acha que tem gosto de sabonete?
Adoro.  Coentro ou Coentrão... os dois são uma delícia.

2. O que você acha de áudios do WhatsApp?
Deveria ser proibido mandar áudios com mais de 30 segundos.

3. Você também comia o chocolate da Turma da Mônica pelas bordinhas?
Não faço ideia de que chocolate seja esse...

4. Qual é a melhor consoante do alfabeto?
C.

5. Qual é a primeira rede social que você vê de manhã?
Whatsapp.

6. Você acha que existe alguma bala melhor que 7 Belo?
Ah, vá... Não sou nem tão fã de 7 belo assim... acho muito doce. Adoro bala de café e de canela.

7. Que cor você acha menos confiável?
Branco. Sempre pode dar merda...

8. Qual foi o último filme que você viu e odiou?
Não lembro. Tenho visto poucos filmes, e gostado de todos.

9. Qual animal parece mais simpático, um pato ou um golfinho?
Golfinho, lógico.

10. Toddy ou Nescau?
Nescau. Mas o bom mesmo é chocolate em pó e não achocolatado. #prontofalei

11. Você acha que bebês conversam uns com os outros?
Achar, eu não acho. Mas adorei aquele filme em que os bebês conversavam entre si e sabiam o sentido da vida, mas esqueciam tudo quando aprendiam a falar "a língua dos humanos" (não lembro o nome).

12. Sabia que todo mundo é feito de poeira de estrelas?
Quem falou?

13. Ouro Branco ou Sonho de Valsa?
Sonho de valsa.

14. Qual era seu desenho favorito na infância?
Eu assistia tuuuudo... mas não era bem por gostar, não.

15. Que série você jamais reveria?
Sei lá... Não tenho tempo pra VER, quanto mais pra REVER! Bem, Gilmore Girls eu revejo, trivejo, quadrivejo... e ainda é pouco. O resto é resto.

16. Qual personagem do Harry Potter você menos gosta?
Não sou fã de Harry Potter... Então nem sei os nomes, quanto mais desgostar de alguém.

17. Qual é sua opinião sobre barrinhas de cereal?
Não suporto.

18. Com quem você dividiria um Bis?
Com ninguém. Bis é pequeno demais. Se não for pra comer sozinha eu nem quero.

19. O que você faria se achasse R$ 50 na rua?
Gastava.

20. Quanto tempo uma comida precisa estar na geladeira para você considerar ela velha?
Depende da comida e da fome (resposta de Maria João, e eu copiei).

21. Qual é seu número preferido?
1.

22. Qual é o aplicativo mais inútil do seu celular?
Rádio. Todos os outros estão lá porque eu uso.

23. Quem você tiraria do elenco de “Friends” se fosse obrigado?
Nunca assisti Friends...

24. Você é contra ou a favor de comer macarrão com arroz?
Eu não como, mas Marido come e ainda come pão junto. Mas pra mim a heresia maior é macarrão com feijão..

25. Qual foi a última vez que você precisou usar a Fórmula de Bhaskara?
Na prova do ENEM, em 2015.

26. Você acha que dá para morrer de overdose de rúcula?
Eu, jamais. O que como de rúcula é só "enganada".

27. Quanto tempo você levou para entender como funciona o Snapchat?
Pra entender, foi rapidinho. Mas não uso, nem tenho instalado. Já comentei aqui que gosto que os registros "fiquem registrados" e não evaporem em 24h.

28. Qual é sua opção favorita no restaurante por quilo?
Dia de sexta... caruru e vatapá. Nos outros dias sou bem eclética, faço cada mistura que vocês não acreditariam.

29. Você gosta de “Sorry” do Justin Bieber?
Outra coisa da qual não me sinto em condições de opinar (aka Glória Pires no Oscar).

30. Você prefere passar muito frio ou muito calor?
Em geral, muito calor. Mas com o tempo fui aprendendo que frio é muito bom nos lugares certos. Em Paris ou Londres, prefiro passar muito frio.  ;) Aqui, no #meuNordestelindo, muito calor.

31. Você está dormindo e sobe uma barata na sua cara. Você prefere continuar dormindo e nunca saber ou acordar e fazer alguma coisa?
Já acordaria gritando. Impossível não acordar e correr direto pro banho.

          Da memória    
"Minha vida se faz ao ser contada e minha memória se fixa com a escrita; o que não ponho em palavras, no papel, o tempo apaga."ALLENDE, Isabel. Paula. 1994.
Cada vez mais tenho certeza disso. E por isso escrevo... por isso fotografo e coloco legendas... ainda que tenham significado apenas para mim. 

Gosto da permanência das coisas na memória. Talvez seja por isso que não me encantei pelo Snapchat e nem pelo Stories do Instagram. 

Qual o sentido em compartilhar algo que tem um prazo de validade tão curto? Se é pra mostrar, mostro de forma que possa retornar ali quantas vezes desejar.

Minha vida registrada online serve para me trazer recordações, para me dar motivos de sorrir ou chorar, mas sobretudo para provar que vivi. Aqui no blog e no Instagram mais do que no facebook, onde um algorítmo louco mistura e esconde as postagens, serve para eu me reconhecer e me reinventar a partir do que já fui.


Tentando descobrir que rumo tomar na vida. (Praia de Sibauma-Pipa RN, nov/16)


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          Some little perks   

Everyone should treat themselves once in a while otherwise you’re just the mule pulling the wagon and where’s the fun in that? So my question today is, how do you treat yourself?

Are you the manicure gal? Some of my friends do this every two weeks. They really don’t consider it a perk so much as routine upkeep. It is important for them to have nice nails. I tried this once. Paid a lot of money for a nice manicure then went home and weeded the garden and washed the car.

 I am so not a manicure gal. I’m always digging and cleaning and even when I do the garden glove thing it’s no use, the dirt always finds its way into my gloves and gives me the ugly fingernail crud. So for me a manicure is a waste of money.

Maybe a perk is out to lunch with friends? This I totally get. Tomorrow I’m doing lunch with Tonya Kappes, definitely the highlight of my week. I love getting together with friends for lunch and chatting about books and writing. This is definitely a perk for me.

Shopping? Is that your little perk? I work
at the Snooty Fox so shopping is part of work and fun but I have to say I enjoy a little retail therapy for a break. When I’m tired I’ll go to Chico online and check out the new stuff they have coming in. A perk is a splurge on a new blouse or pants that is not from the consignment shop. I don’t do this often but once in a while is great fun.

What about a doughnut? Okay this seems like a small perk but sometimes I dream of doughnuts. Let me tell you, it is not easy getting old with no metabolism. So yes, a doughnut is a perk when you know its going right to your butt and staying there till you Zumba it off.

I’ve tossed out a few ideas of perks, so what is your perk? What do you do when you want to treat yourself?



          The Next Big Thing: Google Wave   

Oramai ne avrete sentito parlare tutti, l'ultimo parto del colosso Google che si presenta con questo slogan: "is What Email Would Look Like If It Were Invented Today"

Sto parlando ovviamente di Google Wave,
la nuova piattaforma di comunicazione made in Google. Nello specifico e' un framework che integra email, forum, chat, piattaforma wiki, social networking e ogni servizio made in Google in un unico ambiente, il che da premesse, sembra un ottimo strumento per gruppi di lavoro... ma non solo
In un era dove il social networking e' fin troppo utilizzato (sopratutto in un modo superficiale, daltraparte siamo nell'era delle apparenze...) Google Wave potrebbe riportare un po' di ordine, proponendosi come uno strumento estremamente "collaborativo".

Attualmente Google Wave e' in fase sperimentale e solo pochi hanno avuto il piacere di ricevere un invito nella loro (obsoleta [?]) casella mail, ma ci sono gia' delle prime impressioni da parte dei pochissimi fortunati scelti dalla casa di Mountain View

nuZz ( di cui, essendo io un modesto cinefilo, seguo puntualmente anche il blog di cinema http://www.nuzzmovie.it/ ) ne ha ricevuto finalmente uno
sarai tu il prossimo? (te lo auguro, ma io, per ora, spero per me :D )


          i like mr 11   
Please bring back the comments section! And please, can we have more chat about the models?

Mr 11 is uncut and has a real big one! my favorite things to watch for!
          Lo "Youtube" dei Videgames   

Quando il programmatore Jim Greer ha incontrato gli investitori della Silicon Valley per ricevere un milione di dollari per la sua idea, a convincerli e' bastata una semplice frase: "E' lo Youtube dei Videogames".

L'ha chiamato Kongregate.com, da dicembre e' aperto al pubblico che può gratuitamente creare, pubblicare e giocare qualsiasi gioco presente sul sito.

Si puo' proprio parlare di uno Youtube per i videogiochi allora:
attualmente kongregate.com offre 300 giochi differenti creati dagli utenti stessi, che possono sfidarsi e chattare come il buon multiplayer insegna

"If you get thousands of people creating content, really interesting things emerge"

e non si puo' proprio dargli torto, ma Greer non e' nuovo a al mondo dei videogiochi: iniziò sul suo Apple II a 12 anni e il suo primo lavoro fu alla Origin, la "mamma" di Ultima Online, mica poco!
Piu' recentemente, Greer ha assunto il ruolo di direttore tecnico del sito Pogo.com (proprietà Electronic Arts), dove attualmente piu' di 14 milioni di persone giocano a giochi di parole, di carte e risolvono puzzle.

Vedremo in futuro se questo Kongregate.com portera' la stessa rivoluzione del famoso Youtube
Nel caso... io scommetto una tempestiva acquisizione di google, chi ci sta?

Fonte: news.com


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We all went hiking today. It was supposed to rain, but we decided to chance it and went anyway. Luckily we caught a break between storms and enjoyed a beautiful hike together. 

You never want to start off riding in the backpack. You are much too independent for that! We let you drag your hiking stick and scramble up the trail with us. After a few steps you asked me to hold your hand because in was too steep. Navigating all the bumps and rocks is tricky for your little legs, but you only slipped once. After a brief tear break, you bravely continued for a few more minutes before announcing that it was time for the back pack!


The weather was perfect. The morning was crisp and cool following last nights storm and everything smelled fresh and new. The trail was damp enough to keep the dust down but not so muddy that it cakes your shoes. The trail climbed quickly through the trees just starting to change their leaves, then wound around a glacier carved valley. Instead of returning on the same trail, we crossed the river and wandered through a cabin community to get back to the car.

Your Dad and I talked about our upcoming vacation, snowshoeing, and someday owning a cabin. We also discussed the uncertainty yet importance of following Spiritual promptings as we consider directions to take our family. You chatted happily about the raindrops still lingering on the leaves and rocks to throw in the river. Your sister slept soundly while we talked. It was a perfect morning. I wished for a moment that we could freeze time, that somehow we could capture your excitement and hold on to it forever.




          Vasant Navratri 2011 dates   


Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – April 4, 2011
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 5, 2011
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 6, 2011
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 7, 2011
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 8, 2011
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 9, 2011
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 10, 2011
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - April 11, 2011
Vasant Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 12, 2011

          Vande Mataram Song   
January 26th is one of the most remarkable days in the history of India and for all Indians. On this very special day in 1950, our constitution and our motherland became a totally sovereign, democratic and republic state. The day is honored with great respect and celebrated with immense zeal, fervor and grandeur. While the main event takes place at the Rajpath at India Gate in the capital of New Delhi, other states carry out their individual flag hoisting ceremonies. A large variety of patriotic songs can be heard from all across the country. 'Vande Mataram' is the national song of India, composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. The song lyrics combine both Bengali and Sanskrit words. Find the lyrics of the 'Vande Matram' song in the following lines.

Vande Mataram Lyrics

Vande Maataram, vande maataram
Sujala sufala malayaja-shitalaam
Shashya-shyaamala maataram
Vande maataram

Shubhra-jyotsna-pulakita yaamini
Phulakusumati-drumadala shobhini
Suhaasini sumadhur bhaashini
Sukhada varada maataram
Vande maataram

Koti Koti Kantha Kalakalaninada Karaale
Koti Koti Bhujaidhritakharakaravale
Abalaa Keno Maa Eto Bale
Bahubaladharinim Namami Tarinim
Ripudalavarinim Maataram
Vande Mataram

Tumi Vidyaa Tumi Dharma
Tumi Hridi Tumi Marma
Tvam Hi Pranah Sharire Baahute Tumi Maa Shakti
Hridaye Tumi Maa Bhakti
Tomaara Pratima Gadi
Mandire Mandire
Vande Mataram

Tvam Hi Durga Dashapraharanadharini
Kamala Kamaladala Vihaarini
Vani Vidyadayini Namami Tvam
Namami Kamalam Amalam Atulam
Sujalam Suphalam Maataram
Shyaamalam Saralam Susmitam Bhushhitam
Dharanim Bharanim Maataram
Vande Mataram...

          2011 Hindu Festival Calendar   

January
Lohri: Thursday, 13-01-2011
Makarsankranti / Pongal: Friday, 14-01-2011
Uttarayan & Kite Festival: Friday, 14-01-2011
Thiruvalluvar Day: Sunday, 16-01-2011
Thaipusam: Thursday, 20-01-2011


February
Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja: Tuesday, 08-02-2011
Ratha Saptami: Thursday, 10-02-2011


March
Maha Shivaratri: Wednesday, 02-03-2011
Holi: Sunday, 20-03-2011


April
Telugu New Year/ Ugadi / Gudi Padwa/ Cheti Chand: Monday, 04-04-2011
Hindi New Year (Saka Era 1933): Monday, 04-04-2011
Ramayana Week: Monday, 04-04-2011 to Tuesday, 12-04-2011
Ramanavami: Tuesday, 12-04-2011
Tamil New Year: Thursday, 14-04-2011
Baisakhi / Vishu: Thursday, 14-04-2011
Bengali New Year / Bohag Bihu: Friday, 15-04-2011
Hanuman Jayanti: Sunday/Monday, 17/18-04-2011


May
Akshaya Tritiya / Akhateej: Friday, 06-05-2011
Buddha Purnima / Vaisakhi Purnima: Tuesday, 17-05-2011


June
Ganga Dashami / Ganga Dussehra: Saturday, 11-06-2011
Vat Purnima: Wednesday, 15-06-2011


July
Rath Yatra: Sunday, 03-07-2011
Guru Purnima / Asadha Purnima: Friday, 15-07-2011


August
Nag Panchami: Saturday, 04-08-2011
India's Independence Day: Monday, 15-08-2011
Raksha-Bandhan: Saturday, 13-08-2011
Krishna Janmashtami: Monday, 22-08-2011


September
Ganesh/Vinayak Chaturthi: Thursday, 01-09-2011
Shikshak Divas / Teacher's Day: Monday, 05-09-2011
Onam: Thursday/Friday, 08/09-09-2011
Vishwakarma Puja: Saturday, 17-09-2011
Pitri-Paksha: Tuesday, 13-09-2011 to Tuesday, 27-09-2011
Mahalaya: Tuesday, 27-09-2011
Navaratri begins: Wednesday, 28-09-2011


October
Gandhi Jayanti: Sunday, 02-10-2011
Durga Puja begins (Maha Saptami): Monday, 03-10-2011
Durga Puja (Maha Ashtami): Tuesday, 04-10-2011
Durga Puja (Maha Navami): Wednesday, 05-10-2011
Navaratri ends: Wednesday, 05-10-2011
Vijaya Dashami/Dusshera: Thursday, 06-10-2011
Lakshmi Puja / Kojagari Purnima / Sharad Purnima: Tuesday, 11-10-2011
Valmiki Jayanti: Tuesday, 11-10-2011
Karwa Chauth: Saturday, 15-10-2011
Dhanteras / Dhantrayodashi: Monday, 24-10-2011
Chhoti Diwali: Tuesday, 25-10-2011
Diwali / Deepavali: Wednesday, 26-10-2011
Vikram New Year 2068 / Gujarati New Year: Thursday, 27-10-2011
Skanda Sashti: Thursday, 27-10-2011 to Tuesday, 01-11-2011
Bhai Dooj / Bhai Phota / Bhav-Bij: Friday, 28-10-2011


November
Chhat Puja: Tuesday/Wednesday, 01/02-11-2011
Tulsi Vivah: Sunday, 06-11-2011
Guru Nanak Jayanti: Monday, 21-11-2011


December
Gita Jayanti: Tuesday, 06-12-2011

          Deepavali   

Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, Dewali, Diwali, Divali, Dipotsavi, Dipapratipad ) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. It literally translated means 'Row of Lights' (from Sanskrit: dipa = lamp / awali = row, line). It celebrates the victory of goodness over evil, light over darkness, and ushers in the new year. For this event people are cleaning their houses and wear new clothes. Diwali is a 5 days festival as Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Badi (Main) Diwali, Padwa and Bhaiduj. There are many different names for the days of Diwali in different regions of India (South & North India, East & West India) and in the different languages spoken in that regions (i.e. Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali). During Deepavali people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperty and wisdom, but also to God Ganesha, the 'Remover of Obstacles' or the 'Lord of Beginnings'.

Deepavali celebrations take place in many countries in the world. On the first day of the Diwali festival people pray, eating a special breakfast made of many different foods. The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi's statue and images are carried through the streets in processions. There are various legends and stories about the Diwali festival. The story of Bali, Emergence of Laxmi, Krisna Narakasur Fight, Victory of Rama over Ravana and many more. Dipa Lights (also called Diwali Diyas, Kandils, Ghee Lamps, Parvati Ganesha Lamps) that are made of clay, fueled with Oil from Coconuts or Mustard or Ghee (clarified butter), the wick made of cotton wool, are placed outside of houses, on floors and doorways. During Diwali festival doorways are hung with torans of mango leaves and marigolds. Deepavali Mela is being celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains & Buddhists. On the day of Deepavali people exchange gifts, using firecrackers, making fireworks & bonfires, having festive meals. The Indian Festival of Lights takes place after the monsoon season when the weather is pleasant. Diwali Melas (fairs) are held throughout India and the celebrations abroad.

Deepavali 2010 Calendar

What date is Diwali 2010 being celebrated ?

3 November, 2010 - Dhanteras (also: Dhantheran, Dhantrayodashi, Dhanwantari Triodasi, Yamadeepdaan, Dhan Teyras)
4 November, 2010 - Choti Diwali (also: Kali Chaudas, Narak Chaturdashi )
5 November, 2010 - Main Deepavali / Baddi Diwali (Lakshmi Puja)
6 November, 2010 - Padwa Puja & Govardhan Puja (also: Pratipat, Gudi Padwa, Annakoot )
7 November, 2010 - Bhai Duj (also: Bhhaya Dooj, Bhai Beej, Dvitiya )

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          Thai AirAsia starts 33rd domestic route   

Thai AirAsia connects Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani with daily flights. Thai AirAsia has added a new domestic route to its network. On 23 June the LCC began daily A320 flights on the 739-kilometre route linking Chiang Mai (CNX) with Ubon Ratchathani (UBP). According to the airline the load factor was around 85% in both […]

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          New look and a new post   
Gave the ol' blog a fresh coat of paint and posting a buncha stuff I never got around to...


"Take me out to the ball game..."
NYCC 2015 exclusive • 12"x36" 6-color screenprint


"The Wind in the Willows" Book Cover Design
Rock Paper Books • Kickstarter campaign for artists reimagining classic book covers


"Le Chat Orange" • Garfield screenprint
Sold Via Bottleneck Gallery • 18"x24" 3-colors on French Banana Split Paper
Limited Edition of 100
© Paws All Rights Reserved


"The Frighteners" • screening at the Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
Sold via Cinema 412 • 18" x 24" 3-color screenprint
proceeds benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation



"Riley and Bing Bong's Sing Along"
Sold Via Cyclops Print Works • 10"x 20"  7-color screenprint on Stardream Crystal 285 gsm paper
Limited Edition of 250
© Disney/Pixar

 

"Meet our Crew... Leela"
Sold Via Dark Ink Art • 12" x 24" 4-color screenprint
Edition of 250
© 20th Century Fox

 

"Meet our Crew... Bender"
Sold Via Dark Ink Art • 12" x 24" 4-color screenprint
Edition of 250
© 20th Century Fox
 
  
"Archer"
Sold Via Dark Ink Art • 12" x 36" 6-color screenprint
Edition of 250
© 20th Century Fox


"Team Zissou Activity Sheet"
Sold Via Spoke Art Gallery • 12" x 18" 2-color screenprint
Edition of 50


"Merc with a Mouth - Since 1991"
Sold Via Grey Matter Art • 12" x 24" 4-color screenprint
Edition of 150
© Marvel


"Pulp Fiction"
Sold Via Upper Deck • 12" x 36" 6-color screenprint
Edition of 250
© Miramax


"The Descendents"
Sold Via Rockabilia • 12" x 24" 3-color screenprints
Edition of 77 on each colorway

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          Es ist Zeit für Komplizenschaft unserer Generation: Mein Buch dazu.   
Keine Kinder sind auch keine Lösung.
BASTEI LÜBBE
- DER PROLOG -



Ich sitze an einem lauen Sommerabend in einem Biergarten. Um mich rum tummeln sich Freundinnen und Freunde und der kleine KarlVor mir steht ein beeindruckendes Weizenbier mit Grapefruitgeschmack. Ich rauche eine halbe Zigarette und trage dabei einen Sonnenhut im SonnenuntergangSo schmeckt die Freiheit. Ich bin die Marlboro-Mann-Werbung, nur ohne Pferd und ist herrlich schwindelig. Der Bürotag war lang bisher, nun soll er bitte noch ein bisschen länger dauern. Nur ohne Büro.
Ich mache ein optimal ausgeleuchtetes Selfie mit meinem Keine-Falten-Filter und schicke es an meine Mutter. Meine Kinder liegen heute mal bei Oma und Opa im Bett, trinken Apfelsaft pur und hören die zwölfte Gute-Nacht-Geschichte. Meine Mutter macht sofort ein komplett verwackeltes Selfie von sich und den Kindern und schickt es fünfmal hintereinander an meinen Mann. Der ist im Fußballstadion, trinkt Bier pur und fällt fremden Männern in die Arme,sobald ein anderer fremder Mann ein Tor schießt. Mein Mann macht ein Foto von seiner Bratwurst und schickt es an mich. 
Alle sechs Familienmitglieder sind in diesem Moment sehr zufrieden,und zumindest zwei von ihnen etwas betrunken. 

What a wonderful world.

Da schiebt sich ein Schatten vor die Sonne. Ein Herr mit ergrautem Haupthaar erhebt sich von der Bierbank und gleichzeitig seine sonore Stimme. Er spricht zu mir. Glaube ich zumindest.

Was, zum Teufel, stimmt eigentlich nicht mit Ihnen?

Vermutlich geht’s euch jungen Frauen einfach zu gut. Im Ernst, ihr jungen Leute habt doch genug Geld, mit euren Smartphones und euren Fitnessarmbändern. Ihr seid die Erbengeneration. Ihr habt einen Abschluss. Ihr habt einen Job. Ihr Frauen werdet sogar bei „gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt“ und niemand darf euch „jung“ oder „naiv“ oder „dick“ oder „doof“ nennen. Das ist doch geradezu ideal, oder nicht? Und was macht ihr? Ihr tretet in einen beleidigten Gebärstreik! 
Ihr könnt euch im Internet durch die Parameter eurer Elitepartner tindern und „Matches“ ausloten, bevor ihr eure virtuellen Herzchen verteilt. Heutzutage könnt ihr sogar heiraten,wen und wann ihr wollt. Frauen können Frauen und Männer können Männer lebenspartnern. Zwar fehlen denen die Spermien oder wahlweise die Gebärmütter für die einzig sinnvolle Folge des Treueschwurs, der Fortpflanzung, aber ihr dürft es eben trotzdem.

Meine Freundin Klara gegenüber lässt verschämt ihr Handy sinken. Gerade hatten wir übereinstimmend einem Simon (36) aus Hamburg, der über einen niedlichen Welpen und einen Hundeblick verfügt, ein fettes SUPERLIKE auf Tinder gegeben. Er hat einem Date zugesagt. Morgen hat Klara ihren „freien“ Tag mit ihrem Baby. Wie übrigens jeden Tag derzeit. Sie sucht verzweifelt einen Job. 
Der Mann ramentert weiter.



Vor der Geburt bekommt ihr Kündigungsschutz, nach der Geburt bekommt ihr wochenlang euer altes Gehalt, die Papas ein paar lässige Vätermonate und dann gibt‘s monatelang steuerfinanziertes Elterngeld noch obendrauf. Tausende von Euro. Ganz ohne Arbeit. Geschenkt. Vom Steuerzahler. Den Antrag stellt ihr bequem online von der Couch aus. Natürlich nachdem ihr euer von der Krankenkasse gesponsertes Reagenzglaskind in einem hochtechnisierten Kreißsaal geboren und euch im Anschluss im Familienzimmer mit einem Exemplar der „neuen Vätergeneration“ von den Strapazen der gemeinsamen Wassergeburt erholt habt. Euer Chef muss euch sogar den Arbeitsplatz freihalten, bis ihr aufgehört habt, in der Öffentlichkeit unkontrolliert herumzustillen und daheim Bio-Pastinake einzukochen und laut zu jammern, wie wenig „Wertschätzung“ ihr bekommt
Langweilig geworden zu Hause? Ganz spontan könnt ihr dann bei eurem Chef anrufen und verkünden, dass ihr endlich wieder was Richtiges arbeiten wollt. Aber zu kinderfreundlichen Zeiten, bitteschön. Vollzeit ist euch unangenehm? Ihr könnt euch eine befristete Teilzeitstelle vor dem Arbeitsgericht einklagen, egal ob es der Firma schadet oder nicht. „Eltern First“ - das habt ihr kapiert. Falls der passende, steuerfinanzierte Krippenplatz nicht da ist, klagt ihr den vor dem Verwaltungsgericht auch noch ein und fordert zusätzlich, dass der kostenlos ist. Ja klar! Sollen die anderen zahlen, eure Kinderlein. Ach ja, das Ganze gespickt mit einem Schadenersatzanspruch gegen Vater Staat, weil’s alles so lange gedauert hat und ihr nicht arbeiten konntet. Darf es sonst noch was sein? Homeoffice vielleicht? Ein Spaziergang durch alle Instanzen und dabei schreit ihr ganz laut „Diskriminierung!“. Ihr seid doch selbst Schuld. Kein Gesetz diskriminiert euch, und jetzt ist auch langsam mal gut. Leistet mal was. Wir haben uns auch nicht so angestellt. Früher ging es auch.

Ein leises, aber schrilles Klingeln macht sich in meinem Ohr breit. 
Ich hatte einen langen Tag voller solcher schönen Spaziergänge durch verschiedene Instanzen. 
Mir tun die Füße weh. 

Ihr habt ein Recht auf wochenlangen Mutterschutz, Kleinkindbetreuung und diskriminierungsfreie Arbeitsplätze.Ihr 
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          Spielt mit mir "Wer bin ich ?" - Facebook und die Klarnamen.   
Ich wurde ausgeschlossen. Aus einer Gruppe. Vor fünf Tagen. Das letzte Mal ist mir das vor 20 Jahren passiert. Da wollte mich eine Gruppe von blöden Pferdemädchen nicht auf einen Ausritt mitnehmen. Sie haben mir erzählt, alle Ponys wären schon besetzt. Ich saß weinend in der stinkenden Pferdebox und zählte Pferdeäpfel. Meine Reiterhofkarriere war beendet bevor sie anfing.




Diesmal hat mich Facebook aus seiner Mitte katapultiert. 
Erbarmungslos wurde mein privater Account gelöscht und ich dazu aufgefordert, meinen Ausweis mit Lichtbild zur Überprüfung bei Facebook einzureichen, sollte ich weiterhin ein Teil des größten sozialen Netzwerkes der Welt sein wollen. Ich wurde kurzerhand aus einer Weltgemeinschaft entfernt! Wie gemein! Ich hatte offenbar gegen die "Klarnamenpflicht" verstoßen, weil ich in meinem privaten Profil unter einem Spitznamen auftrat und damit Facebook in seinen "Gemeinschaftstandards" tief verletzt habe. So tief, dass sie nichts mehr mit mir zu tun haben wollen. 

Ich fühlte mich fünf Tage lang wie Nordkorea, nur dass ich nicht mit atomarer Aufrüstung sondern mit automatischer Entrüstung und stillem Protest reagierte. Beleidigt und stur schickte ich meinen Ausweis natürlich nicht hin. Ich wollte mich nicht täuschen lassen, von dem falsch-freundlichen Hinweis: "Ni! Deine Freunde wollen wissen wer Du wirklich bist. Nenne uns Deinen echten Namen, dann schalten wir Dein Konto wieder frei."
Mann ey, meine Freunde wissen doch, dass ich das bin! Selbst wenn ich mich auf Facebook Xena, Göttin des Feuers  nennen würde. Vermutlich gerade dann.

Vor einigen Monaten habe ich bereits über den Datenschutz und seine Tücken geschrieben. Darüber, wie gläsern wir alle werden und warum der Satz "Ich habe ja nichts zu verbergen" leider zu kurz greift. Aus diesem Grund biss ich mir jetzt natürlich die Fingernägel kurz. Ich haderte tagelang mit mir selbst und Facebook lies mich am langen Arm verhungern. Facebook vermisste mich überhaupt nicht. Wer mich suchte, mich verlinken oder kontaktieren wollte, fand nur noch einen gelb unterlegten Hinweis "Der Nutzer wird derzeit überprüft". Alarmiert riefen nach zwei Tagen vereinzelt Freunde bei mir an, ob ich vielleicht tot, im Knast oder im besten Falle komisch geworden sei, aber egal wie oft ich versuchte, mich wieder einzuloggen: Es blieb beim gelöschten Account. 

Wäre meine Juramama-Facebookseite nicht zwingend mit meinem persönlichen Profil verlinkt und mir der Zugriff darauf nicht ebenfalls verwehrt geblieben, hätte ich vielleicht einfach wieder weinend Pferdeäpfel gezählt und wäre ein beleidigter Facebookausgestoßener geblieben. 

Aber ich knickte ein. 
Heute morgen.
Vor mich hin schimpfend wie das Faktu-Akut-Männchen aus der Hämorrhoidenwerbung, fotografierte ich meine Krankenkassenkarte mit dem abscheulichen Lichtbild und schickte sie an Facebook. Die Datenkrake hat mich besiegt und ich liege geschlagen auf dem Rücken. Getragen von der Hoffung, dass die biometrischen Daten meines verzerrten F