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
          Interesting article   
Below is an interesting article about men and feminism which some of you might be interested in. Thanks to Sarah for sending this in our direction.

Men and gender justice: old debate, new perspective

Emily Esplen

The expanding intellectual interest in "masculinities" is welcome but needs greater involvement by gender-justice and women's-rights specialists if it is to be the vehicle of progress, says Emily Esplen.

28 - 02 - 2008

The nature of men's involvement in the struggle for gender justice has long fiercely divided gender-equality advocates. After nearly three decades of disagreement this seam of tension doggedly persists, little engaged with and largely unresolved.

Even as the women's movement remains hesitant, often bordering on hostile, to the idea of men's involvement, the "masculinities agenda" is striding forwards with innovative work on men and masculinities - even though it is at times often flawed in its understanding of power and in the way it merely counterposes to the idea of women's empowerment a focus on working with men "for their sake".

The most promising work in this field is happening at the level of the personal: it concentrates on transforming men's sexual behaviour, challenging violence against women and relations of fatherhood. The pioneering work of organisations like the Instituto Promundo in Brazil, which supports young men to question traditional gender norms and promote gender-equitable behaviours and attitudes, has shown that, yes, men can change. Other organisations, like the Sonke Gender Justice Network in South Africa are taking work with men in exciting new directions, reorienting existing projects aimed at individual men and politicising it in order to promote men's broader mobilisation around structural inequities and injustices. Futhermore, organisations working with men are themselves coming together to facilitate sharing and learning, enabling a stronger, more coherent struggle, as with the recently established "Men Engage" global alliance which seeks to involve men and boys in reducing gender inequalities.

A unique opportunity

This current momentum offers a unique opportunity to advance the common goal of realising gender equality. But while the proliferation of organisations working with men for gender justice is welcome, it is notable that very few of them have close and direct relationships with the women's movement. True, some do have looser connections or networks that include people active in the women's movement in individual countries, but even these are rare. This creates a discernible danger that "masculinities" will become - or has become already - a discrete field of thinking and practice, somehow disconnected from the women's movement and from gender and development more broadly.

Indeed, a depressing reality is coming into view whereby "gender" seems - even among those most committed to the gender agenda - repeatedly to be conflated with women. As long as connections between the women's movement and those working with men remain fragile (at best) to non-existent (at worst), femininities are likely to be rendered invisible in evolving masculinities discourses. The result is that - once again - the fundamental interconnectedness of men and women and the relational nature of gendered power will be lost.

Indeed, I've been repeatedly struck at recent seminars and conferences on "engaging men in gender equality" by the meagre representation from the gender and development field: a couple of us at most, in an audience comprised overwhelmingly of specialists in sexual and reproductive health and rights. In part, this points to one of the weaknesses of the current masculinities field: the overwhelming focus on sexual health and violence, and the corresponding failure to engage sufficiently with equity issues: among them equal pay and leave entitlements, representation in politics, parental rights and benefits, and domestic work/housework. The lack of attention to such issues results in the waste of opportunities to advance shared concerns.

A false equivalence

There are other dangers in refusing to engage constructively with the evolving men and masculinities discourse. While many organisations working with men are deeply informed by feminist thinking and practice, others are less grounded in a pro-feminist framework. As the masculinities bandwagon gathers momentum, there is a temptation to slip into modes of thinking and language that (for example) regard women and men as equivalently vulnerable (i.e. women are harmed by femininity and men are harmed by masculinity), or even describe men as "worse off" than women.

This is reflected in the way that much of the discourse of men and masculinities has been expressed in terms of a "crisis in masculinity". It's certainly the case that many men share with the women in their lives similar experiences of indignity as a result of social and economic oppression. Yet it is important to recognise the real differences in power and privilege experienced by women and men on the basis of gender, and to avoid glossing over men's accountability for the ways in which they choose to act out their privilege. While it's important to engage with poor men's realities, this should be done without positing men as the "new victims".

At a symposium in October 2007 on "Politicising Masculinities", organised by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), it was noted that this issue of false equivalence surfaces frequently in discussions of men's own experience of violence. It is not uncommon to hear the statement that "men are also victims of violence at the hands of women". Such comments can be profoundly unhelpful, not least because this violence is nothing like on the same scale as the many forms of violence experienced by women from men. Alan Greig made clear at the IDS symposium that the mere counterposing of women's and men's experience and perpetration of violence is a trap; the challenge is rather to help illuminate the workings and functions of violence within the systems of oppression that organise our different societies, while holding accountable the individuals and institutions (mostly men and male-dominated) that are responsible for enacting this violence.

But to have some influence over the evolving masculinities discourse and practice in a way that avoids positing men as the "new victims" requires working in solidarity with those in the masculinities field who do understand power and the core issues of gender equality and justice. Now is an opportune time to open up the debate and advance thinking on what it would take to build bridges between the feminist/women's movement and those working with men. The eleventh Association for Women's Rights in Development (Awid) forum in November 2008 is on the horizon, with a timely focus on the power of movements; Men Engage are hosting their first global conference in early 2009 on engaging men and boys in gender equality; and the fifty-third United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on engaging men in caring for people living with HIV.

These spaces offer a much-overdue opportunity for open, constructive dialogue between the feminist/women's movement and organisations working with men for gender justice. It's high time we started to have these conversations - to ask some of the questions people don't like to talk about. It's striking how little we really know or understand about women's hostility towards working with men, or indeed about men's experiences of trying to work with feminist and women's organisations. What will it take to build bridges? How can we promote dialogue and foster greater solidarity? How can we reframe our engagement with questions of masculinities and power so that new alliances can be created, bringing work on masculinities into the heart of movements for social and gender justice?

I don't have the answers - in fact, I doubt that straightforward or singular answers exist. But I do believe these are questions that badly need to be asked if we are to progress beyond the current polarisation of issues that ought to be everyone's concern. The inadequacies of focusing on women in isolation have long been recognised; if we are really serious about achieving a gender-just world, it's time for a more open debate to begin.

Emily Esplen is research and communications officer at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

          La seguridad de los datos en la nube   
Los hackers evolucionan constantemente, y las medidas de prevención contra sus ataques han de hacerlo en paralelo. Herramientas SaaS como kapture utilizan para el alojamiento de los datos servicios web en la nube que, aunque no garantizan la invulnerabilidad, sí que minimizan los riesgos hasta hacerlos prácticamente inapreciables.
          Comment on The Extraterrestrial Messages of Nikola Tesla by Brian Steere   
In 'The book Wizard, the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla', a biography by Marc J. Seifer, it is clearly shown that when Tesla was first 'listening in' to radio signals relating to natural phenomena, he picked up an 'intelligent' repeated ordered signal. Because he thought himself the very first, he was unaware and unable to take into account that Marconi was running trials with the British Navy - and that that was what he picked up. And so it is also noteworthy that the very first wireless transmissions were in a sense eavesdropped - and that two rivals were invisibly entangled in such a way. It was also shown how at that time it was believed and expected that there was life on other planets - especially Mars - by many learned and respected people. There are many interesting details in the book on Tesla's personality and the times and society in which he lived - and which he played such a major role in changing - often without due acknowledgement. Although there was a cartel of corporate investment that used him and refused him - there were also aspects to his character that invited or played into this. While Tesla was a forerunner and pioneer of wireless or 'at a distance' communications and forces - he was not consciously at ease with a psychic-emotional intimacy as a direct participant in such communications, so his belief in life 'out there' and the means to communicate and travel beyond Earth's plane was normal to his thinking, his thinking recoiled from the recognition if 'incoming' intelligence THROUGH the vehicles or instruments of our physicality - even though his mental and imaginative capacities far exceeded most anyone else known in terms of uncovering, designing and testing new technological instruments without recourse to paper and plans. And so in his unique way he was an example of an incoming intelligence to the era of scientific change and technological application - wherever one ascribes that inspiration to. Some of what he invented was extremely dangerous to our level of responsibility - and some was seen as threat to the revenue streams of corporate investment and cartel power. My sense is that such power froze the development of science ever since and so what we have is a corporate capture or scientism that operates not unlike the corrupt Vatican of the previous version of abusing truths for private gratification and gain. The desire to mythologize Tesla is evident as fitting facets of his story to one the teller WANTS to be true. IE The demonisation of Edison and a good v evil narrative as a subtext for a sense of being denied or deprived by 'Them' whoever 'They' are seen to be now. Personalized blame narratives are THE device by which false ideas are protected from exposure - and correction. Yet in a sense I indicate that an ET connection is implicit to the Field of our true mental capacity - but that ET does not mean an 'alien will' but rather that a false set of ideas has alienated us from Our Self and that the physical existence is one in which all else is seen as conflicting or oppositional polarities - within which we seem to have a limited choice of pathways between birth and death by which to develop abilities of manipulation, adaptation and identification as our experience of Existence in, or rather through, form. Rewakening to the Electric Universe is re-opening to a terrain in which ancient catastrophe imprinted trauma on our species and provided the framework for such a profound experience of isolation, vulnerability and the need to mask power as well as mask to hide from it. Your thought is a vibrational attunement to your unique focus within Infinite Idea - and yet for the most part - what we take to be our thought, operates as a blocking or jamming signal. The 'matrix' of a mask or personified sense of fragmentation passes of as 'waking conscious', but as Jesus said 'My Kingdom is not of this world' - for sin, fear and guilt operate 'mind-control' and not a true sovereignty of will. Science needs to serve and align under true will and not mask itself in trojan disguise of 'serving humanity' when really fitted to the same old private agenda of self-specialness and self-blindness of presuming to assert or align in power OVER the will.
          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:

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

          Trump’s Budget Benefits the Most Comfortable Americans and Sticks It to the Most Vulnerable   
          How A Contractor Exploited A Vulnerability In The FCC Website   
RendonWI writes: A Wisconsin wireless contractor discovered a flaw in the FCC's Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) database, and changed the ownership of more than 40 towers from multiple carriers and tower owners into his company's name during the past five months without the rightful owners being notified by the agency, according to FCC documents and sources knowledgeable of the illegal transfers. Sprint, AT&T and key tower companies were targeted in the wide-ranging thefts... Changing A ...
          Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?   
This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this … Continue reading
          SQL Injection Melalui URL   
Udah pada tahukan sql injection itu apa? Kalau yang belum tahu langsung cabut aja dulu ke wikipedia / google gan.. :D

Ok, buat yang udah tahu apa itu sql injection tapi masih bingung caranya. Nih saya share disini..

Pertama-tama mari siapkan :
  1. Target yang akan dituju (bisa di cari di google, bing, dll)
  2. Segelas air putih (biar ga dehidrasi di depan komputer yang panas.. hehe)

Langsung aja ya..
Kalau begitu pertama kita cari targetnya, misalkan
Nah kita tambahkan kutip satu di belakang angka 1 untuk mengetahui apakah web tersebut vulnerable dengan sql injection atau tidak.
Nanti urlnya jadi begini'

Lihat apakah muncul error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax
Kalau muncul error seperti di atas, berarti web tersebut vulnerable. :D

Selanjutnya kalau sudah vulnerable kita lanjutkan dengan mengubah url menjadi
Cek apakah terdapat error lagi atau tidak, kalau tidak lanjutkan dengan mengganti angka 1 yang dibelakang dengan angka 2 dst..
Misalkan terdapat error di angka 5, berarti kita ambil angka 1, 2, 3, dan 4 untuk langkah berikutnya..

Sekarang ubah url menjadi,2,3,4-- untuk melihat angka ajaib yang keluar.. :D
Jika yang keluar angka 3, maka kita ganti angka 3 tersebut menjadi @@version atau version() untuk mengetahui versi mysql yang di gunakan :,2,@@version,4--

Kalau versi mysqlnya 4 kita tinggalkan saja dan cari web yang baru, tapi kalau versi 5 kita lanjut bang.. :D

Kita sudah tahu versi mysqlnya adalah 5, jadi sekarang kita ubah kembali urlnya menjadi,2,group_concat(table_name),4+from+information_schema.tables+where+table_schema=database()--
untuk mengetahui tabel-tabel yang ada di web tersebut.

Jika nama tabelnya sudah keluar, kalian cari mana yang mencurigakan dari namanya. Misalkan kita dapat "admin_log" tanpa kutip.

Kita buka tabel tersebut dengan mengganti group_concat(table_name) menjadi group_concat(column_name) dan information_schema.tables menjadi information_schema.columns lalu table_schema=database() menjadi table_name=admin_log tapi "admin_log" harus di convert dulu ke bilangan hexadesimal dan tambahkan 0x di depan hasil convertnya.
Misalkan hexadesimal admin_log adalah 12345, menjadi 0x12345.

Lihat nama apa saja yang keluar, misalkan "admin,pass".
Kita buka saja isi dari column itu untuk mengetahui username dan password adminnya.. :D
Kita ubah group_concat(column_name) menjadi group_concat(admin,0x23,pass) dan information_schema.tables+where+table_name=0x12345 menjadi admin_log.

Dengan begitu keluarlah semua username dan passwordnya.
Sekarang kalian tinggal mencari halaman login untuk adminnya saja.., tapi ingat jangan disalah gunakan ya.. ;)

Semoga bermanfaat.. ^_^

          Commentary: Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices   

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

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          Interlude: The Spirits Don't Speak Proper English   

"The lord whose oracle is at Delphi neither speaks nor conceals, 
but gives signs."- Heraclitus, on Apollo  

From the very beginning I saw this story as one somehow centered on some kind of possession or channeling. And now that seems to be the only explanation for this endless parade of omen and ancient symbolism of the love goddess and her shepherd-boy consort.

And it only gets stranger and more impossible. 

In truth, I suspected Elizabeth Fraser was channeling something entirely different as soon as I heard "Sugar Hiccup" back in 1983. I grew up around professional musicians- my mother was a trained soprano- and I heard a hell of a lot of music. But somehow I knew something seemed to have come here from somewhere else.

It wasn't just me- you hear the phrase "otherworldly" used quite a lot to describe her singing. 

Even then it felt like something was revealing itself, something very big and strange, through this shy, vulnerable, troubled girl (she was only 19 when she sang "Hiccup") with the mile-wide howl and her art-damaged bandmates.

I just had no idea how big and strange it truly was.


Nope, doesn't look possessed at all. No, sir.

Now, Elizabeth Fraser loved Jeff Buckley. I mean she really loved him. 

I mean she really, really, really loved him. 

This isn't conjecture on my part. She talked about it in interviews, saying her love for him was an "addiction" and that she was "maniacal." She sang that she was a "junkie" for him. Twice

Five years after his death she appeared in the "widow role" on a BBC documentary on Buckley and it was painfully clear that that love still burned inside her.

This is the kind of love that poets used to write epics about. The kind of love that Innana had for Dumuzi, that Selene had for Endymion, that Isis had for Osiris. The kind of love city-states used to go to war over.

She sang about this love. A lot. She wrote an entire EP about it, made a heart-wrenching (and startlingly-prophetic) longform music video about it, dedicated an entire album to it, and eventually wrote the best-known song of her career about it, a song which tens of millions of people have heard. 

And again, she recorded that song the day Buckley died.

Fraser ("strawberry") "Sacred to Aphrodite" 
and Buckley "Shepherd Boy"

So bear all this in mind as we take a deeper look into the prophetic foreshadowing in the Cocteau Twins' music and this increasingly impossible avalanche of omen and symbol, all leading to what very much looks like a real-time god-LARP of the one of the oldest stories known to history- one that's been retold many different times in many different places-  the love of the Love Goddess for a doomed shepherd-boy.

It's a story upon which the world's first great empire rose and fell.


Mapquest calls it "Wolf River Lagoon"

Directly overlooking the spot on the Wolf River Lagoon/Harbor where Jeff Buckley drowned is the Tennessee Welcome Center, which houses a statue of Elvis Presley that is curiously posed in a strange recreation of the same contrapposto stance that Apollo was customarily depicted striking in the Classical world, with a guitar in place of a lyre (same difference, really).

Elvis died in Memphis 20 years before Buckley did so (1977). He is also closely connected to the Carnival Memphis. 

"Kiss Out"- to deprive someone of their share

And of course Apollo is both the god of song and music and the god of prophecy.

 He was also known as Apollo Lyceus, or "Apollo the Wolf God." One of the grand old theaters in Memphis was named in honor of Apollo Lyceus, The Lyceum.

Apollo's powers of prophecy came from a very interesting source, one that will play an important role in the story about to unfold here.
The Homeric Hymn to Apollo acknowledges that Apollo's gift of prophecy first came to him from three bee maidens, usually but doubtfully identified with the Thriae, a trinity of pre-Hellenic Aegean bee goddesses. 
Apollo imparted his prophecies to the rest of us through channeling and his oracles were variously known as the Sibyls or the Pythia ("Pythoness"). The latter of whom, before some asshole had to get all rapey, were originally teenaged girls (like Fraser was when she first recorded Garlands):
The Pythia (or Oracle of Delphi) was the priestess who held court at Pytho, the sanctuary of the Delphinians, a sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Pythia were highly-regarded, for it was believed that she channeled prophecies from Apollo himself, while steeped in a dreamlike trance.  

A Roman historian described how this channeling came about: 
At last Apollo mastered the breast of the Delphian priestess ; as fully as ever in the past, he forced his way into her body, driving out her former thoughts, and bidding her human nature to come forth and leave her heart at his disposal.  
(F)irst the wild frenzy overflowed through her foaming lips ; she groaned and uttered loud inarticulate cries with panting breath ; next, a dismal wailing filled the vast cave ; and at last, when she was mastered, came the sound of articulate speech... ” - Lukan- The Civil Wars
"Elizabeth, we'd like to speak with Apollo now..."

Now, again- see if all of that there- "loud, inarticulate cries with panting breath" and all the rest of it- doesn't sound a bit like this. 

Or this.

Or this.


Perhaps more than anyone else, Elvis is nearly synonymous with Las Vegas. He first played there in 1956 (a month before appearing at the Carnival Memphis) and later began a long residency in the Dog Days of 1969 at the Las Vegas International which would eventually see him give over 700 performances there. 

There was even an Elvis Presley Museum in Vegas. There are still Elvis Wedding Chapels there.

And just as there is one overlooking the exact spot where Jeff Buckley ascended to Heaven, there is also an Elvis statue in Las Vegas.

So if in fact Fraser was first introduced to Buckley backstage in 1991 (and not 1994, when they began seeing each other), it would mean they met during the Heaven or Las Vegas tour.

It would mean Buckley saw the tour where "Wolf in the Breast," "Road, River and Rail" and "Mizake the Mizan" were first played onstage. "Mizake's" lyrics again.

Saw a mermaid in the
Lagoon Klisova

So until the hour
My coeur cheri paiyaa
Grey water
Hoist and throw me down in the water
Hoist and throw me down the waterfall

It would mean that Elizabeth serenaded young Jeffrey with a hit parade of personalized death omens, including 'Blue Bell Knoll', 'Lorelei', 'Road, River and Rail' and 'A Kissed-Out Red Floatboat'.

So just as this love story was beginning we saw a shockingly-specific new set of omens of how it would in fact end. 

I mean, have you read any of the Pythias' prophecies? Bloody amateurs in comparison.


Elizabeth Fraser, Heaven or Las Vegas video
It was quite noticeable that he was borne along by a divine inspiration when he spoke, when from this so wise a mouth flowed in waves the words, which flew like flakes of snow. Then it seemed that his eyes filled with a shining splendor, and all over his face spread rays of a divine illumination. - Marsinus on Proclus, author of On the Signs of Divine Possession
And then there is the question of glossolalia, for which Fraser was world-famous:
Fraser's distinctive singing has earned her much critical praise; she was once described as "the voice of God." Her lyrics range from straightforward English to semi-comprehensible sentences (glossolalia) and abstract mouth music. For some recordings, Fraser has said that she used foreign words without knowing what they meant – the words acquired meaning for her only as she sang them.
So by assembling lyrics out of words in foreign languages she didn't understand, Fraser was literally "speaking in tongues." And it's in this and her use of glossolalia that Fraser was once again acting in the exact same manner as the ancient oracles:
Neoplatonist philosopher Iamblichus linked glossolalia to prophecy, writing that prophecy was divine spirit possession that "emits words which are not understood by those that utter them; for they pronounce them, as it is said, with an insane mouth and are wholly subservient, and entirely yield themselves to the energy of the predominating God."
And again, Fraser herself told the New Musical Express in 1984 that she felt as if she were channeling some other entity and that her songs seemed to write themselves. Mind you, this is not a woman who was given to hyperbole or self-aggrandizement.


The Sibyl with raving mouth utters solemn, unadorned, unlovely words, but she reaches out over a thousand years with her voice by force of the god within her. - Heraclitus
The breath of God in my mouth
A love you can taste, God, get some paste
He and I, breath to breath -"Seekers who are Lovers"

This is really a work-in-progress here so forgive me as I go over a lot of the material. 

But please be aware we're getting grade-A hits here. This isn't some kind of "well, if A=B, then 5=ham sandwich" kind of leaping and stretching. There's no tortured Gematria wrangling or King Kill horseshoe tossing. 

It's all so right on the nose- past the point of overkill- that it's actually terrifying to me.  

UPDATE: Like this- the flower on the cover of Lullabies is the Calla Lily, a poisonous flower also called "The Green Goddess." (H/T Persephone J)
Calla lilies have become a common favorite in wedding ceremonies, but in contrast, lilies are also associated with death. They were often used on the graves of youths who suffered an untimely death.
When Venus, goddess of love, beauty, and desire, saw the lilies she was jealous of their beauty. She cursed their beauty by placing a large yellow pistil in the middle of the flowers. Because of this story, some associate the calla lily with Venus and thus with lust and sexuality. 
Lullabies is the EP the Cocteau Twins put out in 1982 after Garlands (again, Jeff Buckley died on Garlands Day, when sacrifices used to made to ocean gods). We looked at it before but we really need to look at it again.  

So let's decode these songs in reverse order:

And guess what? That's exactly what Apollo imparted onto his oracles. Exactly like someone or something seems to imparted onto the young Elizabeth Fraser.

And as some have noted- including Federico Garcia Lorca- lullabies have often been associated with death.

Now we get to the truly frightening part of the program.

  "The Pythia resembles a shamaness at least to the extent that she communicates with her [deity] while in a state of trance, and conveys as much to those present by uttering unintelligible words."  Martin Litchfield West, The Orphic Poems

And that's the incredibly-witchy 'Alas Dies Laughing'. What I wrote previously:

After two attempts at conventional choruses, the song breaks down into a bridge that has (a pre-transformation) Fraser moaning like the Pythia as the fumes rise. After the breakdown, she dispenses with the niceties and lapses into a repetitive chant about exactly how Alas died laughing:

Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one

(Note: I've listened to this song many times now and am convinced she's singing "Wake takes a lonely one" only she's Liz'ing the hell out of the syllables. It makes more sense with the rest of the lyrics- bone, stone, on)

I really should have taken a closer look at the verses though, because they are absolutely mind-boggling. I had to listen to this song about a hundred times to get the lyrics right but it was worth it. 

And note that like the Pythia, Fraser sounds like she's a trancelike state for the entire EP, even though she belted these songs out live like a trouper. It's actually unnerving. Especially on these lyrics:

Flaxen, the dress is bone
Crush a crushing stone

The rabbit keeps digging. And digging. How far are you ready to go down?

I first began to follow this story when I heard about the drowning death of Jeff Buckley. I'm not sure why but the first thought that came into my head was that it had something to do with Elizabeth Fraser. 

I had no idea that all of this had been prophesied for years and years before, in ways that actually give me chills.

I had no idea that this was all closely following a very ancient script, for reasons I can't begin to wrap my head around. The symbolism is almost shockingly unambiguous, as we'll soon see.

I had no idea that a tragedy involving Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley's close friend and posthumous spokesman, would take place on the banks of another river almost exactly 20 years later, a tragedy that seemed to follow a remarkably similar mythic script. And a tragedy that would seize the attention of millions all around the world.

And I most certainly had no idea twenty years ago that at the very same time police divers were scouring the muddy waters of the Wolf River Lagoon for Jeff Buckley's corpse a well-publicized reenactment of a mystery religion based on the drowning death of a revered ancient Egyptian god was being undertaken by an elite "secret society" just a few blocks away.

Yeah. That happened.

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around that one too.


A reader asked a highly pertinent and perceptive question in the comments section of the previous post. It cuts to the heart of this extraordinarily unlikely mystery we're trying to crack here.
The thing that I keep asking is "why?" Why would spirits reenact this little passion play at all? Why with this small handful of singers and songwriters? It seems like a lot of effort, a lot of autistic attention to trivial details few would even notice - so where's the actual payoff for the Good Folk's effort? The only thing I can think up is that all the world's a play to them, but the dramatis personnae onstage never see more than a few glimpses of their lines before it's time for them to be spoken.
Why indeed? We're not talking about show biz superstars here, we're not talking about Benifer or Brangelina,  we're talking about two cult performers who never broke into the mainstream. 

We're talking about two very vulnerable souls whose supernatural gifts were balanced out by their struggles with their troubled upbringings and mental illness. But at the same time we're talking about two performers who could count the highest echelon of the music biz elite in their circle of apostles.

And we're talking about a love story whose tragic end was prophesied in a song that has garnered a staggering 48 million views on YouTube. Those people may not realize it but they've soaked all this in.

Which only makes sense because what we're actually seeing is a ritualistic reenactment of one of history's oldest love stories.

It's becoming increasingly well-known on the Internet that this song is about Jeff Buckley, though I think most people tend to underestimate how deep Fraser's obsession with the man really was. I don't think she ever got over it.

Buckley idolized Fraser, studied her, imitated her (the first time I heard Jeff Buckley- knowing nothing about him- I said to myself, "this guy sure sounds like he listens to a lot of Cocteau Twins records"). But when they met Fraser was in the middle of a serious- and painfully public- mental health crisis that would find her hospitalized twice within a year. 

Buckley brought color and excitement back into her life but he had far too many groupies chasing him to stay with an older woman who brought a lot of emotional baggage in tow. Plus, his star was rising and her band was in the process of winding down their long run.

The Wikipedia entry recites the almost-unimaginably eerie fact that Fraser was recording this song while the man about whom she was singing was dying on the other side of the world, but omits the fact that they were lovers:
Fraser wrote the song's lyrics. While recording the song on 29 May 1997, she found out that her once-close friend, Jeff Buckley, had drowned. "That was so weird ... I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway." 
And what most people tend to overlook is that not only is she singing about Buckley- yet again- she is also unconsciously prophesying his death. Yet again:

Night, night of matter (?)
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

I have a problem with this interpretation of the lyrics. As far as I can tell what Fraser is actually singing is "Night, night of murder" not "matter." Which makes a lot more sense when followed by "black flowers blossom." 


Because black flowers have traditionally been associated with death and mourning:
The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. They are often used at funerals. 
And then there's this couplet, which connects us to a constellation of ancient goddesses whose dramas all center on lost loves ( and one of whose incarnations is known as "the first mermaid").

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror


Some of Fraser's most extraordinary vocal performances come when she is channeling the dramas of ancient mythologies. This of course includes the Siren but also Lorelei, Echo, Pandora (not just once but twice), Persephone and Coatlicue.

She was, after all, "the Voice of God."

But there's one particular story that she seemed to embody and that's the story of the goddess who fell in love with the young shepherd boy. It seemed to start in an oblique and incidental way:
The Cocteaux released Moon and the Melodies in late 1986, which featured 'Sea, Swallow Me' and 'She Will Destroy You', among others. Then they released Blue Bell Knoll, which again is a reference to an old folk belief about a death omen. The bluebell is also known as Endymion non-scriptus. 
Endymion is yet another doomed mortal whom a goddess fell in love with: 
 Wandering farther afield from the British Isles, the bluebell is associated with the shepherd boy Endymion.  The moon goddess, variously called Seline or Diana, fell in love with him and cast an eternal sleep on him so that she could enjoy his beauty alone, forever.
One of the key cuts on Blue Bell Knoll is 'For Phoebe Still a Baby'. Phoebe is another name for Selene.  
This story goes back to the very cradle of civilization:
In Babylonia, the month Tammuz was established in honor of the eponymous god Tammuz, who originated as a Sumerian shepherd-god, Dumuzid or Dumuzi, the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel consort of Ishtar.
Inanna and Dumuzi also seem to be the stars of one of the earliest known tellings of the Descent into the Underworld, where Inanna traveled to retrieve the soul of her lost shepherd-boy consort. This story would be told over and over again.

This story was retold in Phrygia as the myth of Cybele and Attis (note see Tracy Twyman's dissertation of this myth at her blog):
Cybele loved the beautiful shepherd, and made him her own priest on condition that he should preserve his chastity inviolate. Atys broke the covenant with a nymph, the daughter of the river-god Sangarius, and was thrown by the goddess into a state of madness, in which he unmanned himself. 
This story was told in the pages of Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough, a book Elizabeth Fraser certainly seemed to have read. A variant on the story has the hermaphroditic Agdistis in place of Cybele. Strangely enough this version also correlates to the Fraser-Buckley drama, given the Cocteau Twins' singer's own innate androgyny. As the singer explained in 1995:
"I was very worried about being unattractive because I think I look quite masculine. Sometimes I feel more masculine than feminine and I don't like it. I mean, you've got a person who is in recovery from incest surrounded by men. I've never had a highly developed sense of being female."
Fraser would refer obliquely to Cybele in one of her many songs focused around moths and butterflies, 'Great Spangled Fritilary', a butterfly whose scientific name is S Cybele.

The Greeks retold the love-goddess and shepherd-boy story as that of Aphrodite and the shepherd-boy Adonis:
(Both) Aphrodite and Persephone, goddess of fertility and death, love Adonis, a beautiful young man. Adonis is killed by a wild boar while he is on the hunt: Aphrodite begs Zeus to restore him to life, but Persephone also demands that he be brought back to life for her sake. Zeus settles the dispute by resurrecting Adonis, but commands him to live six months in the upper world with Aphrodite and six months in the lower world with Persephone.

And sure enough, just before she would meet Jeff Buckley, Elizabeth Fraser would be depicted rising from a scallop shell like Aphrodite in the music video for 'Bluebeard'. 

The Syrian version of this archetype, widely believed to be the original incarnation of Aphrodite herself, who takes us right back to the world of sirens and mermaids. The very first mermaid, or so the story goes:
Atargatis was in love with a human shepherd but accidentally killed him.  Out of guilt, the goddess flung herself into the ocean hoping to become a fish.  But her beauty was so great, that she never could fully become a fish.  Instead she became half goddess, half fish, with a tail below the waist and human body above the waist.   


...let's play the Name Game. You see this little mythology primer here isn't just for the giggles and grins, it cuts right to the core of the very strange daisy-chain of synchronicity we are trying to untangle.

Because Jeff Buckley's very surname means "shepherd boy."
Ó Buachalla, taken from the Irish word 'buachaill' originally meaning 'herdsman' (in modern Irish it has come to mean 'boy'), was anglcised early as Ó Boughelly, Boughla, Buhilly and later as Buckley. 
So you see I'm not exaggerating when I claim that what we're seeing here is a very ancient psychodrama that chose to play itself out in real time. I mean it literally. Do you understand me now?

And what about Liz Fraser? Well, given the Egyptian origin of the Biblical name (the first Elizabeth was connected to Moses and Aaron, both of which are native Egyptian names) I will go to my grave believing that in fact it comes from Eloah-Esi-Beth, or "Temple of the Goddess Isis." We'll get to Isis shortly.

But first the Fraser name, which ties into Knights Templar history, of all things:
The Frasers are believed to have come from Anjou in France. The name Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant (fraisier in French). 
Might come from "fraisier." Gee, you think? 

But what's the significance of strawberries in this tale here? Well, it ties right back into the lineage of the same goddesses we're looking at. In this case the Syro-Roman variant:
The strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shapes and red color.
In a connection that will take on greater significance when we get to the next chapter of this drama, it so happens that Venus had a very Roswell kind of origin story:
In another story, told by Hyginus, an egg fell from the sky into the Euphrates, was rolled onto land by fish, doves settled on it and hatched it, and Venus, known as the Syrian goddess, came forth
Yeah, we're going there. But don't worry- it's baked right into the cake.

Yeah, those eyes. I know.

But of course the big kahuna of love-goddess and doomed shepherd myths is that of Isis and Osiris. In the best-known telling of the tale, Osiris' first death comes when he is drowned in the Nile inside his sarcophagus:
In some cases the texts suggest that Set takes the form of a wild animal, such as a crocodile or bull, to slay Osiris; in others they imply that Osiris's corpse is thrown in the water or that he is drowned. This latter tradition is the origin of the Egyptian belief that people who had drowned in the Nile were sacred.
And just to establish his shepherd cred:
 He also carries the crook and flail. The crook is thought to represent Osiris as a shepherd god. The symbolism of the flail is more uncertain with shepherds whip, fly-whisk, or association with the god Andjety of the ninth nome of Lower Egypt proposed.[12]
And as the fathomless enigmas of fate would have it, one of the foundation texts for the Isis-Osiris myth takes us back to- you guessed it- Memphis:
Another important source is the Memphite Theology, a religious narrative that includes an account of Osiris's death as well as the resolution of the dispute between Horus and Set. This narrative associates the kingship that Osiris and Horus represent with Ptah, the creator deity of Memphis. 
Quoting directly from the Memphite Theology, we have this:
Isis and Nepthys without delay, for Osiris had drowned in his water. Isis [and Nephthys] looked out, [beheld him and attended to him].  
OK, we have a river, a drowning and a Memphis. Can I shoehorn a wolf into this little catty-corner?

Oh, yes I can:
In the beginning, Osiris was associated mostly with agriculture. This cult spread rapidly into Upper Egypt, and soon Osiris became identified with the funeral god, Abydos, Khenti-Amentiu, who was symbolized by the wolf.  
But then we get thrown right down the crazy-stairs...

Oh, the eyes. Interesting.

While police divers were still dragging the Wolf River Harbor for Jeff Buckley's body, just a few blocks east the Grand Krewe of Osiris was enjoying the Carnival Memphis, kicking off at the Crosstown Concourse:
The Carnival Memphis Association organizes, plans, budgets, and promotes the King, Queen, and Royal Court, as well as many of the events staged during Carnival week. However, the Grand Krewes (once known as secret societies) also stage their own festivities throughout the year, elect their own royalty, manage their own budget, and have their own membership requirements.  
Most of these organizations bear Egyptian names in accordance to tradition originally set out by the Mystic Memphi, and in conjunction with Memphis being the sister city of ancient Memphis, Egypt. 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 Bees.  
The Carnival kicks off the first weekend following Memorial Day. 

But what exactly is the Grand Krewe of Osiris? Well, besides the hosts of, that is?
Osiris was founded in 1934 as a Mystic Secret Society. Osiris membership has always consisted of top professional and business leaders. 
The Great Eye, the hieroglyphic symbol of Osiris for thousands of years, continues looking intently forward to the future of great city of Memphis, on the American Nile.
The Great Eye? You mean the one glowing in the middle of that giant pyramid you got there? The one on the shore of the Wolf River Lagoon? OK. Thanks.

Good, clean Masonic fun

And what exactly do their ceremonies entail?
The ceremonies were mysterious and symbolic, but the most common feature was the procession of Queen Isis in her carriage, far beyond the precincts of her temple on occasions to other towns. 
These occasions were passed amid great rejoicing, music, dancing, and feasting which formed important parts of the festival rites. 
The feast was held within lofty walls, with an entrance between immense pylons inscribed with hieroglyphs. 
Those called to join celebrated the regeneration of the land, the renewal of friendships, and the hopes for a productive and joyful year!

Is it just me or does this sound like something straight out of Summerisle? And how exactly do these ceremonies climax?
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.
OK, now I'm sure this is all fun and harmless and zany (totally Masonic) fun for the Memphite upper crust. But that doesn't matter in the context of ritual, especially the kind of ritual that goes beyond ritual. 

Because all this was going on while Jeff Buckley's body was floating a few blocks away in the Wolf River in the same exact way Osiris' body floated in the Nile.

You know Osiris-- the star-sailor. 

I said the Starsailor.

But again, the point is that happened. That actually happened. A bunch of drunk lawyers, doctors and their wives were playacting the mysteries of Isis and Osiris while an aspiring rock superstar was actually playing the part of Osiris in a ritual who I can't begin to imagine who -or more accurately, what -- was staging.

I mean, I never heard of this Carnival until a few hours ago. Have you?

What are the odds Elizabeth Fraser knew about any of this while she was writing songs that prophesy how a man she wouldn't meet for another 12 years would die? 

Somewhere between slim, zip and fuckall I'd wager.

But stay tuned because this story is about to take a very dark and sinister turn, taking us into the world of elite UFO cultists, the Tower of Babel, demons of the air, World War Three, and a prophecy of the most momentous event of our times.

I wish I were kidding.


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          Geraldine Page: Freedom on the Stage   
“I don’t know of anything prettier than a scissortail flyin' through the sky!” — Geraldine Page in A Trip to Bountiful

Born in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of an osteopath, the actress Geraldine Page grew up in Chicago, where she walked home from piano lessons lost in thought, “…looking at the old houses on the quiet streets, and at the wet leaves on the sidewalks.”
Geraldine Page
I still love walking,” she wrote in 1961 for the book The Player: A Profile of an Art. “Every once in a while, I’ll walk from Times Square to Greenwich Village, where I live.
“I always wanted to be good at something, to be somebody. I used to read biographies constantly, to find out how people did it.”
“I had been raised on the movies, and was addicted to them, but it never entered my head that I could be a movie actress, because I thought I wasn’t good-looking enough. Besides, nice girls from Methodist families didn’t drink or smoke or become movie actresses. Becoming an actress at all was bizarre and presumptuous, glorious and awful, all at the same time.
“I didn’t really know there was any professional acting outside the movies until the drama director for our young people’s group took us to the Goodman Theatre,” she recalled. “After getting out of high school, in 1942, I spent the summer working at Kresge’s to earn money for the Goodman Theatre School. It was a wonderful job, in a store on the corner of Sixty-third and Halsted — the wildest corner in Chicago. I sold powder puffs and Kleenex, and loved it.
“I took the full three-year course at the Goodman School, and have never been happier. All day long, I was doing what I was actually interested in — speech and diction, body movement, history of the theatre. We acted in front of live audiences right away. We didn’t just sit around and theorize. I was hungry for everything. I was insatiable. The student directors at the school found their ideal subject in me. They’d have to con most of the other first-year students into acting in one-act plays they directed, but I’d volunteer for allof them. I’d run from one to another. I’d be in at least five at one time.”
It paid off. Page made her Broadway debut in 1953 and earned Tony Award nominations for Sweet Bird of Youth (1959–60), Absurd Person Singular (1974–75), Agnes of God (1982) and Blithe Spirit (1987) while winning Golden Globe Awards for Summer and Smoke(1961) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). She got Emmy Awards for two Truman Capote dramas: A Christmas Memory (1966) and The Thanksgiving Visitor (1967). She was nominated for Academy Awards in Hondo (1953), Summer and Smoke (1961), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Pete 'n' Tillie(1972), Interiors (1978) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful (1985).
“For years, I was haunted with the question, ‘How did she do that . . . how did she hold me and move me so, and, how can I do that?’ ” said actress Cicely Tyson, recalling Page’s performance in a production of The Cherry Orchard.“The answer is, she went to the marrow of the bone and found the essence.”
I know what Tyson meant. At least two of Page’s film characters — those in Summer and Smoke and A Trip to Bountiful — have always haunted me with their vulnerability.
“The main thing is the ability to control your instrument, which, in the actor, is yourself,” Page said. “Look the way you want the character to look. Sound the way you want the character to sound. Once you’ve trained the instrument to do what you want, you’re in control and you’re free.”
“Convincing an audience that I am somebody else makes me feel that I am in control of something. To feel that you, and only you, are in control gives you the most wonderful sense of freedom.”
Page had an affinity for the plays of Tennessee Williams, who likened her to a quote by Oscar Wilder: “She lives the poetry she cannot write.”
“I’m a dreamer,” Williams told author James Grissom in 1982. “I anticipate events, emotions, outcomes, and I am always disappointed. Gerry does not dream until a task is at hand, and she dreams with the assistance of a writer and a director and a design crew, so her dreams find manifestation, even if she is never satisfied with the final presentation. I could learn so much from her. I haven’t learned yet to not dream of or for anything, unless it is directly related to work. The people in our daily midst are not deserving of our dreams. We must be like Gerry and walk and move and take care of daily events, but we must not commit to these activities our priceless ability to transform through a dream.”
Page had a different take on all that, expressed in Grissom’s book Follies of God. “But you see, dreaming is a negative thing, in a way,” she said. “Dreams come when we’re asleep or unconscious or drugged or near death. We see white light and dead friends and relatives in a sort of dream when the brain recedes. It’s very poetic, but it’s not a state in which I care to work. I need all of my senses when I’m working. I need to remember and to be alive and afraid and able to edit and censor and evaluate.
“There’s an age to dream, and I’m past that. So was Tennessee. So are you. The dreams are the first act, I guess. The overture. And the work begins. One should always be beginning to work. And then you allow others to dream.”
Married to violinist Alexander Schneider from 1954 to 1957, Page then wed an actor six years younger, Rip Torn, in 1963. They remained married until her death, and had three children.
With a certain Method synchronicity, the actress simply disappeared while playing Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre in 1987.  She did not appear for either of the show’s two Saturday performances on June 13. At the end of the evening performance, the play’s producer announced her death, of what turned out to be a heart attack, at age 62. 

          Shirley Booth: The Too-Likeable Lady   
“So genial, so felt-slippers, she nevertheless could be acid and spike heels.” That’s playwright Arthur Laurents in his memoir Original Story By describing Shirley Booth, who starred in his Broadway play The Time of the Cuckoo (made into a move called Summertime starring Katherine Hepburn).
“Shirley Booth looked like a bargain shopper, not an actress; not even onstage where she never appeared to be acting,” Laurents wrote. “She was heartbreaking because she was walking vulnerability; her laughs were surefire because she had an intuitive comic talent and was immensely skilled. She knew her craft and respected it; little was accidental and if it was and worked, she put it in her bag to pluck out when she needed it.
“She had a theory about comedy: you got a laugh by sending it out to the audience with a rise from a chair, a turn of the head, a thrust of the hand, a flick of a handkerchief. She was not above kicking out her leg on an exit.
“Her persona was warm, pleasant, reticent, but she was a tough cookie like any star, particularly women stars who don’t get there otherwise in a male-dominated culture. Day One, she warned her understudy she would never go on. ‘I’m here and I’m staying here,’ Shirley told the talented younger player. ‘If I have to crawl, I’ll go on…’”
“There is a climatic scene at a party in the second act of ‘The Time of the Cuckoo’ where Leona is publicly embarrassed. High to begin with, she gets drunk; out of her agony, she lashes out viciously at everyone, (Producer) Bob Whitehead loved the scene — ‘If only every scene in the play could be as good as that one,’ he sighed — but it frightened Shirley because it exposed the Achilles’ heel in her acting.
“We were standing onstage, discussing the scene during a rehearsal break. Tension was high. Pointing to the auditorium, she said, ‘I want them to like me.’ That desire was the flaw in her acting, a desire shared by far too many of her peers. It limits the actor, it’s destructive to his performance and, thus inevitably, to the play.”
Although Booth wouldn’t play mean on stage, she could do it well enough in real life.
Finally dismissing the director Harold Clurman as ineffective, Booth devised a way to remind him of it. “Each evening out of town before the performance began, Shirley gathered the small cast on stage to play a game she had invented: Who knew a worse director than Harold Clurman?” Laurents recalled. “No matter what name was proposed, she knocked it down: No, no, Harold Clurman was worse. He was onstage once or twice to hear the game: he laughed pretend-cheerful.”
The director and the star had clashed over, among other things, her approach to a central scene. “Di Rossi, the Italian Leona is falling in love with, has a speech where he tells her he knows all too well what she dreams:
“He is young, handsome, rich, witty, brilliant. A gondola of his own. A duke, or a count at the very least. And — unmarried. Well, I am a shopkeeper. Not handsome. Not rich, not young, not witty, not brilliant. No title, no gondola. And not unmarried. But Miss Samish, I am a man and I want you. But you? ‘It’s wrong, it’s wicked, it’s this, it’s that.’ You are a hungry child to who someone brings ravioli. ‘But I don’t want ravioli. I want beefsteak!’ You are hungry, Miss Samish. Eat the ravioli.
“And Leona answers: ‘I’m not that hungry.’
Harold thought the exchange touching, capable of bringing out the Kleenex. Shirley assessed ‘Eat the ravioli’ as a big laugh to be topped by her ‘I’m not that hungry.’ The actor playing Di Rossi had no opinion. He barely spoke English: his pronunciation of ‘count’ often came out as ‘cunt.’ — quite confusing in context.
‘The playwright felt the scene as a whole was touching but comedy often makes a scene more touching and did so in that scene. Shirley was totally right about the two laughs. The first performance before an audience proved her case.
“Di Rossi got a roar. Shirley helped him with a timed turn of her head, didn’t step on the laugh but let it roll until an alarm clock in her gut went off and said Go and she did. She shot her line out and brought down the house. She helped Di Rossi because she knew it helped her but also because she was a very generous actor. The best always are.”
Laurents was of the opinion, by the way, that Leona Samish in fact “ate the ravioli,” and having created the character, he ought to know. But his opinion cut no ice with Booth.
“I’ve thought it out carefully, and I’m convinced she doesn’t,” Booth said, quoted in a biography by David C. Tucker. “Even Arthur Laurents, the author, argued about it with me, but I said, ‘After all, Arthur, I should know. I was there.’” 

          Longitudinal course of disaster-related PTSD among a prospective sample of adult Chilean natural disaster survivors   
Background: With an increasing number of individuals surviving natural disasters, it is crucial to understand who is most at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The objective of this study was to prospectively examine the role that pre-existing psychopathology plays in developing PTSD after a disaster.Methods: This study uses data from a prospective 5-wave longitudinal cohort (years 2003-11) of Chilean adults from 10 health centres (N = 1708). At baseline, participants completed the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI), a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic instrument. In 2010, the sixth most powerful earthquake on record struck Chile. One year later, a modified version of the PTSD module of the CIDI was administered. Marginal structural logistic regressions with inverse probability censoring weights were constructed to identify pre-disaster psychiatric predictors of post-disaster PTSD.Results: The majority of participants were female (75.9%) and had a high-school/college education (66.9%). After controlling for pre-disaster PTSD, pre-existing dysthymia [odds ratio (OR) = 2.21; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.39-3.52], brief psychotic disorder (OR = 2.67; 95% CI = 1.21-5.90), anxiety disorders (not including PTSD; OR = 1.49; 95% CI = 1.27-1.76), panic disorder (OR = 2.46; 95% CI = 1.37-4.42), agoraphobia (OR = 2.23; 95% CI = 1.22-4.10), social phobia (OR = 1.86; 95% CI = 1.06-3.29), specific phobia (OR = 2.07; 95% CI = 1.50-2.86) and hypochondriasis (OR = 2.10; 95% CI = 1.05-4.18) were predictors of post-disaster PTSD. After controlling for pre-disaster anxiety disorders, dysthymia, and non-affective psychotic disorders, individuals with pre-disaster PTSD (vs those without pre-disaster PTSD) had higher odds of developing post-disaster PTSD (OR = 2.53; 95% CI = 1.37-4.65).Conclusions: This is the first Chilean study to demonstrate prospectively that pre-disaster psychiatric disorders, independent of a prior history of other psychiatric disorders, increase the vulnerability to develop PTSD following a major natural disaster.

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

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

Who says so?   CD Howe Institute.  December of 2015

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

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          "Errata" by Kevin Young   
I enjoyed this poem because I though it was cute and jumbly. I thought it was creative and interesting how he intentionally misspelled the words. It made it seems like he was acutely nervous. I also like the sentence, "Mill you larry me?" It was charming! Like a nervous man about to ask his girlfriend to marry him. The loving, vulnerable vibe to it really caught my attention, along with the mixed up lettering. Over all it was just adorable.
          A necessidade de fazer justiça   

A corrupção, sinônimo de depravação, suborno e prevaricação, tem impactado a sociedade brasileira, prejudicando a governança, não só no plano econômico mas, principalmente, no campo da ética. “Nossa miséria não se improvisa; é uma obra de séculos”, já profetizava Nelson Rodrigues. Se não mudarmos a história, nenhuma reforma nos recolocará na rota do crescimento. A corrupção suga, por meio de mais impostos, a energia da produção e, por meio de mais e mais desvios, a qualidade dos serviços públicos.

Movimentos sociais exaltam a necessidade de se fazer justiça. Definida como a primeira virtude das instituições públicas do Estado, do direito, da economia e das relações interpessoais, a justiça funda e deve reger todo o arco da ética individual e social. Como virtude, a justiça forma interiormente as pessoas para o respeito ao semelhante. A violação física é ato de injustiça. Como princípio, a justiça preside a sociedade, ordena a correta divisão dos bens materiais e organiza o respeito à coisa pública, da limpeza da rua ao patrimônio dos cidadãos.

A pessoa é justa quando cumpre as leis, busca para si e a comunidade seus direitos constitucionais (educação, saúde, habitação, liberdade de pensamento e de expressão), trabalha politicamente para que os cidadãos tenham consciência social e quando, finalmente, luta pela correta repartição dos bens materiais (terra, renda, salário e participação empresarial).

A justiça deve ser a virtude e o princípio do cidadão que se elege para o exercício de funções públicas: legislativas, executivas e judiciárias. Sem convicções de justiça, o cidadão que ocupa cargos públicos é vulnerável às tentações do conluio, do suborno, do desvio de verbas públicas, das compras superfaturadas, das nomeações ilegais e demais formas de corrupção. A ética consiste na formação da pessoa como indivíduo e cidadão para a justiça, desde o berço da família, aos jovens nas escolas e universidades, aos adultos nas associações, sindicatos e partidos políticos. Todos precisamos progredir na vivência cotidiana da ética constitucional, ou seja, na vivência efetiva e em cada momento dos princípios de justiça que regem a cidadania brasileira. Naturalmente, a justiça deve começar pelos menos favorecidos. Entre nós, eles estão em clamorosa evidência nas favelas, nas ruas e nos campos. São milhões de marginalizados que a Constituição não alcança para efeitos de saúde, educação, habitação, salários justos e participação cultural e política.

Impõe-se, portanto, uma mudança radical na filosofia ético-política subjacente às estruturas institucionais e empresariais no nosso país. Recolocar a vida humana como valor central da história e do progresso é tarefa para muitos anos e trabalho intensivo que vai das bases populares, às escolas, igrejas e centros tecnológicos. Nesta virada de mentalidade e da necessária nova ordem brasileira estarão empenhadas a ética, a sociologia, a religião, as organizações humanitárias, os partidos políticos renovados. Estes podem vir a tornar-se uma das forças mais positivas de nosso processo político, contanto que sejam revitalizados de forma a cumprirem com eficiência e honestidade seus verdadeiros objetivos. Os partidos ainda são as organizações populares com maiores possibilidades de influenciar o governo, embora infelizmente, na prática, a maior parte dessas possibilidades não se concretize.

Carlos Alberto Rabaça é sociólogo e professor

          Quanto vale?   

Estima-se que a Floresta Amazônica bombeie 20 bilhões de toneladas de vapor d’água para a atmosfera todos os dias, o que alimenta boa parte das chuvas na região central e no Sudeste do Brasil. Se tivéssemos que aquecer água para promover a mesma evaporação, precisaríamos de seis meses de toda a capacidade de geração elétrica do planeta para cada dia. Sobre este único aspecto, o valor dos serviços da floresta soma alguns milhares de dólares por hectare por dia. Quem cuida e protege o patrimônio florestal do Brasil presta um enorme serviço.

Dona Maria de Jesus recebia desde 2014 cerca R$ 100 por mês por conservar as florestas em seu lote da Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá, na fronteira do Acre com o Peru. É muito pouco, mas essencial para a manutenção da família grande, que vive da extração sustentável de produtos como castanha e borracha e da agrofloresta. Na Reserva, onde 804 famílias recebem o mesmo benefício, 97% da área permanecem cobertos por florestas.

A família da Dona Maria Antônia é uma das 53 mil beneficiárias do Bolsa Verde, um programa implementado em 2011 com o objetivo de incentivar as famílias de baixa renda vivendo em assentamentos e unidades de conservação a se desenvolverem ao mesmo tempo que protegem as florestas. Na prática, é o primeiro programa em larga escala de pagamento por serviços ambientais no Brasil.

São 28 milhões de hectares (o que equivale a seis vezes o Estado do Rio de Janeiro) que mantêm mais de 95% de cobertura florestal e com consistente queda do desmatamento desde a implantação do programa. Mesmo em 2015 e 2016, quando as taxas de desmatamento de toda a Amazônia subiram, nas áreas do Bolsa Verde baixaram.

Quanto vale o Bolsa Verde? São milhões que protegem bilhões para nós e as futuras gerações.

Pois o programa está seriamente ameaçado pelo corte de orçamento promovido pelo governo federal. Faltam R$ 35 milhões para arcar com os benefícios até o fim do ano e, para 2018, a proposta orçamentária em discussão corta os recursos a praticamente zero. Na prática, significaria o fim do programa. Isso no momento em que o Brasil precisa de ações efetivas — além do monitoramento e controle — para conter o avanço do desmatamento.

A corrupção, os desvios de finalidade e a falta de prioridades têm drenado os recursos públicos de áreas estratégicas e fundamentais para manutenção da vitalidade do país. Os ajustes da economia para lidar com o buraco nas contas públicas fazem vítimas entre os mais vulneráveis.

É preciso reagir. O Bolsa Verde não pode acabar!

Tasso Azevedo é engenheiro florestal

          The future of telemedicine for the management of heart failure patients: a Consensus Document of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (A.N.M.C.O), the Italian Society of Cardiology (S.I.C.) and the Italian Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (Digital S.I.T.)   
<span class="paragraphSection">Telemedicine applied to heart failure patients is a tool for recording and providing remote transmission, storage and interpretation of cardiovascular parameters and/or useful diagnostic images to allow for intensive home monitoring of patients with advanced heart failure, or during the vulnerable post-acute phase, to improve patient’s prognosis and quality of life.Recently, several meta-analyses have shown that telemedicine-supported care pathways are not only effective but also economically advantageous. Benefits seem to be substantial, with a 30–35% reduction in mortality and 15–20% decrease in hospitalizations. Patients implanted with cardiac devices can also benefit from an integrated remote clinical management since all modern devices can transmit technical and diagnostic data. However, telemedicine may provide benefits to heart failure patients only as part of a shared and integrated multi-disciplinary and multi-professional ‘chronic care model’. Moreover, the future development of remote telemonitoring programs in Italy will require the primary use of products certified as medical devices, validated organizational solutions as well as legislative and administrative adoption of new care methods and the widespread growth of clinical care competence to remotely manage the complexity of chronicity.Through this consensus document, Italian Cardiology reaffirms its willingness to contribute promoting a new phase of qualitative assessment, standardization of processes and testing of telemedicine-based care models in heart failure.By recognizing the relevance of telemedicine for the care of non-hospitalized patients with heart failure, its strategic importance for the design of innovative models of care, and the many challenges and opportunities it raises, ANMCO and SIC through this document report a consensus on the main directions for its widespread and sustainable clinical implementation</span>
          Melding science and tradition to tackle climate change   

In the latest of several partnerships between tradition and modern science aimed at improving resilience to climate change, pastoralists and meteorologists in Tanzania are working together to produce weather forecasts better suited to farmers.

The hope is that by drawing from both indigenous knowledge and contemporary weather forecasting techniques, crop yields could be increased.

“We wanted to see if the two can complement or supplement each other,” Isaac Yonah, a senior officer coordinating community meetings employed by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), told IRIN by phone.

Using traditional indicators such as the movement of red ants, the flowering of mango and other trees, the migration of termites and patterns and colours in the sky, farmers in Sakala village of Ngorongoro District compare their two-weekly forecasts with those released by the TMA.

“This is done… to validate how accurate their forecast is and to come up with a consensus [forecast]. In the last three seasons, more than 80 percent accuracy in the findings has been witnessed,” said Yonah.

The project is a partnership between TMA, Hakikazi Catalyst (a non-profit organization), and the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

“Strengthening such practices could enhance the resilience of communities which are most vulnerable to climate change. Upscaling the projects will see the knowledge gap between traditional and scientific bridged,” said Yonah.

Research published in Uganda in 2013 detailed 23 different indicators used by traditional forecasters to predict weather.

“Farmers would profit from weather forecasts provided by governmental institutions. This [marriage of the old and new] will enable farmers to make sound decisions on how to fully exploit the seasonal distribution of rainfall to improve and stabilize crop yields,” said Joshua Okonyo, author of the study Indigenous Knowledge of Seasonal Weather Forecasting.

The indicators cited included wind direction, cuckoo calls, and the timing of winged termites’ departure from their nests.

Working with the Nganyi community in Kenya

For the past five years in Kenya, government meteorologists have worked with the Nganyi community in the west of the country in a project carried out in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC).

The Nganyi observe bird migrations and other animal behaviour in their forecasts.

“After thorough research, we have noticed that these traditional indicators have a high scientific value that could be integrated with the local climate information,” said Laban Ogallo, the project’s coordinator.

“Since predicting weather within the tropics is a challenge to scientists, we wanted to learn how the [Nganyi] community has been doing it over the years. Their knowledge will be helpful,” Abraham Changara, chief meteorologist at the Kenya Meteorological Department, told IRIN.

As meteorologists are waking up to the value of traditional forecasting methods in adapting to climate change, it seems climate change itself poses a threat to the sustainability of these methods.

''There is rapid disappearance of plants and animals due to climate variability and human activities,” according to Weather Forecasting and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, published by Great Zimbabwe University.

“There are few elders aware of traditional methods of weather forecasting. This makes traditional weather forecast less reliable,'' the study added.


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          Reseña "Melocotón loco" de Megan Maxwell   

Fecha de publicación:09/01/2014
440 páginas
Código: 10011660
Formato: 14,5 x 21,5 cm.
Presentación: Rústica sin solapas
Colección: Chick Lit

Ana y Nekane regentan un estudio de fotografía en el casco antiguo de Madrid. Un día se declara un incendio en su edificio y, aunque están acostumbradas a trabajar con modelos de lo más glamurosos, no pueden dejar de sorprenderse ante aquellos valerosos «machomanes» vestidos de azul que no se preocupan porque su pelo se encrespe ni sus manos se ensucien.

Cuando el objetivo de la cámara de Ana se centra en Rodrigo, su corazón le indica que ya nada volverá a ser igual. Él se da cuenta de lo embobada que lo está mirando y, a pesar de que no le gusta, inician una extraña amistad.

Todo se complica cuando Ana descubre que está embarazada y Nekane la anima a que cumpla su fantasía sexual con el bombero antes de que la barriga, las estrías y los vómitos matinales se manifiesten y lo espanten.
Pero una mentira de Ana a sus padres ocasionará un sinfín de enredos y situaciones alucinantes que dejarán a Rodrigo sin habla.

Leer a Megan Maxwell es siempre una delicia, especialmente cuando necesitas una dosis extra de energía y buen rollo, porque eso es lo que desprende cada una de sus historias; para mí es como una terapia ¿Qué he tenido un día malo? ¡¡Púes leo algo de Megan!! Cada uno de sus libros me ha encantado, pero este que os recomiendo hoy tiene un “algo” que lo hace todavía más especial, quizá ese algo sea lo identificada que me he sentido con la protagonista en todo momento, y no, no porque tenga la suerte de tener un pedazo machoman como Rodrigo loquito por mis huesos, pero si he sido madre soltera y he vivido los mismos miedos e inquietudes que Ana en la historia. Es una de las cosas que más admiro de la autora, la capacidad para tratar temas tan actuales, y en algunos casos delicados, de manera tan natural y desenfadada, sin restarle importancia, pero tampoco sin llegar a convertirlo en un drama.

Pero volviendo al hilo de la reseña, Melocotón Loco, nos cuenta la historia de Ana, una chica de clase alta londinense que renuncia a su vida de lujo para venir a España a cumplir su sueño, ser fotógrafa. Uno años después no solo ha logrado cumplir su sueño, sino que junto a Nekane,  su mejor amiga, dispone de su propio estudio fotográfico.  Un buen día la apacible vida de las chicas se verá trastocada por un incendio en el edificio y por los pedazo de bomberos que llegan para rescatarlas; desde que la mirada de Ana se cruza con la de Rodrigo algo se incendia en su interior y ya no podrá pensar en otra cosa, pero sus iniciales planes de conquista se vendrán abajo cuando descubra que está embarazada de un turista suizo del que únicamente conoce el nombre.  A pesar de ello, entre Ana y Rodrigo surge una bonita y especial amistad que los llevara a un gran enredo con la familia de la chica… ¿puede el amor superar todas las barreras?

Como su autora ya nos tiene acostumbradas, las protagonistas de esta historia son mujeres independientes, de esas que cogen la vida por los cuernos y luchan por lo que quieren, pero Ana quizá se sale un poco de ese patrón, solo un poquito, pero tras esa fachada de mujer fuerte se deja entrever un hilo de vulnerabilidad que le da un toque de mayor realismo a su personalidad, es una de las protagonistas de las historias de Megan que más me ha gustado y con la que más empatice.  No puedo decir lo mismo de Rodrigo, con quien me sucedió todo lo contrario, llegando incluso a no soportarlo en algunas ocasiones, demasiado mujeriego y cabezón para mi gusto, aunque finalmente es imposible no caer rendida a sus “encantos, porque hay que admitirlo, a las mujeres nos vuelven loca esta clase de hombres…

Los personajes secundarios, como también es habitual en Megan, tienen especial protagonismo,  viviendo sus propias historias a la par. Nekane tiene una personalidad arrolladora y particular que no deja indiferente. Y como no, tengo que nombrar a Encarna, la vecina gallega de las chicas que es la monda, todas deberíamos tener una vecina así, ella es la culpable de las inevitables carcajadas mientras leía.

La historia que viven los protagonistas es preciosa, un amor que surge de forma lenta y pausada a pesar de las circunstancias; en medio de un divertidisimo malentendido. Como no, es una historia llena de humor, con escenas de lo más cómicas que a mi, literalmente, me han echo llorar de la risa. 

A rasgos generales, Melocotón loco, sigue el mismo estilo lineal que las anteriores obras de su autora,  la misma pluma fresca y desenfadada, junto a un lenguaje coloquial y su característico toque de humor; una novela chic-lit en toda regla; pero tiene ese “algo” que no se definir de otro modo, que la hace diferente, o puede que simplemente sea mi visión particular. Sea como sea, es una novela que he disfrutado mucho y que recomiendo  enormemente; en especial para esos momentos en los que es necesario desconectar del mundo y permitirnos el lujo de soñar un rato.

En definitiva, Melocotón loco, es una historia de amor cocida a fuego lento, una historia que nos hace ver el gran poder del amor para cambiar a las personas y superar todos los obstáculos. Una novela que desprende buen rollo, ternura y simpatía, a través de unos personajes maravillosos que se hacen hueco en el corazón del lector. Una novela chick lit en toda regla muy al estilo Megan Maxwel, ¿la recomiendo? Por supuestísimo que si! 

          Salvador terá esquema especial de serviços para o 2 de Julho   
Os locais por onde passarão o desfile e festejos do 2 de Julho terão um esquema especial de serviços públicos. A programação feita pela prefeitura inclui alterações nas áreas de trânsito, transporte, saúde, manutenção, ordenamento de ambulantes, defesa civil, prevenção à violência e proteção ao patrimônio público. Manutenção – Na preparação para a festividade, a Secretaria de Manutenção (Seman) já realizou a limpeza de caixas de passagem, podas de árvores e verificação e desobstrução da rede de drenagem no percurso da festa. O órgão também realizou o recapeamento asfáltico das vias com áreas asfálticas desgastadas, através da Operação Tapa Buraco. A Seman é responsável ainda pela montagem das estruturas que serão utilizadas no evento, localizadas na Praça Municipal e no Largo Dois de Julho. Saúde – A Secretaria Municipal de Saúde (SMS) estará com uma ambulância de plantão durante as comemorações que se iniciam no sábado (1º), com a chegada do fogo simbólico no bairro de Pirajá. A unidade móvel ficará estrategicamente localizada no Largo de Pirajá para dar suporte aos cidadãos que precisarem de atendimento em saúde. Já no domingo (2), onde as atividades comemorativas ocorrem no Centro da cidade, serão disponibilizadas duas ambulâncias, uma para o período matutino e outra para o vespertino, que fará o monitoramento e acompanhamento do cortejo. Além do apoio móvel, os cidadãos que precisarem vão contar com as 14 unidades físicas de urgência e emergência municipais e atendimento através do Samu 192. Guarda Civil – Em meio às comemorações pelo aniversário de 8 anos, no dia 2 de julho, a Guarda Civil Municipal (GCM) designou um efetivo com cerca de 200 agentes para apoiar a celebração cívica. Os guardas civis foram solicitados por órgãos e entidades do poder público para atuar, preventivamente, na proteção do patrimônio público, ações em apoio no trânsito, garantia dos serviços e ordem pública, além da integridade física dos servidores envolvidos. Distribuídos por eventos entre os dias 1º e 5 de julho, os agentes apoiam a recepção do “Fogo Simbólico” (Largo de Pirajá), a cerimônia em apoio ao General Labatut (Pirajá), a segurança ininterrupta da Praça Campo Grande, da comitiva da Prefeitura e dos carros dos caboclos, além da organização dos festejos com agentes por todo o trajeto. Ainda no dia 2, no período da noite, a Banda de Música da GCM se apresentará no XXVI Encontro de Filarmônicas. Comércio informal – De acordo com a Secretaria de Ordem Pública (Semop), não haverá licenciamento para os ambulantes que queiram trabalhar no Dois de Julho. Em contrapartida, 60 agentes de fiscalização da pasta estarão presentes, distribuídos nos circuitos da festa, realizando a fiscalização e o ordenamento do comércio informal nos trechos compreendidos da Lapinha até a Praça Municipal, e da Praça Municipal até o Largo Dois de Julho (Campo Grande). Abordagens sociais - Serão realizadas, através da Secretaria Municipal de Promoção Social e Combate à Pobreza (Semps), ações de abordagem social no percurso e nas ruas do entorno dos festejos do 2 de Julho, com o objetivo de identificar e evitar situações de trabalho infantil que ocasionam vulnerabilidade e risco social para crianças e adolescentes. Os técnicos do serviço de abordagem social da Semps farão o cadastro das crianças e adolescentes que forem identificadas em situação de trabalho, e farão os encaminhamentos devidos dos indivíduos para os serviços socioassistenciais necessários. Defesa Civil – A Codesal estará de plantão no domingo pronta para atender possíveis chamados da população. O órgão também já realizou toda a vistoria no percurso festivo para que as comemorações pela Independência da Bahia ocorram sem nenhum transtorno. Ascensores – De acordo com a Secretaria Municipal de Mobilidade (Semob), o Plano Inclinado Pilar funcionará gratuitamente e em caráter especial neste domingo (2), das 7 às 13h, para facilitar o acesso dos participantes de desfile cívico, que será realizado pela manhã entre a Lapinha e o Pelourinho. Já o Elevador Lacerda terá reforço na equipe também para atender a demanda, com funcionamento das 6h às 22h, com tarifa normal de R$0,15. Trânsito – Segundo a Superintendência de Trânsito de Salvador (Transalvador), algumas alterações no trânsito da cidade serão necessárias para a realização das comemorações. Já no sábado (1º), será proibido o estacionamento de veículos na Rua Oito de Novembro, em Pirajá, nas proximidades do Largo do Panteão, das 7h às 18h. Os veículos que habitualmente trafegam por este trecho interditado terão como opção de tráfego as Ruas 24 de Agosto e Oscar Seixas. Já os veículos de transporte coletivo deverão utilizar o terminal da Rua Nova. A Transalvador também realizará o monitoramento do tráfego de veículos e circulação de pedestres na Rua Oito de Novembro, a partir das 16h. No domingo (2), a partir da 0h, a circulação de veículos e estacionamento também será interrompida no Largo e Corredor da Lapinha, Largo e Ladeira da Soledade, nas ruas São José de Cima, Fonte de Santo Antônio e dos Perdões. O bloqueio também será efetuado no Largo da Quitandinha do Capim, Ladeira do Boqueirão, ruas dos Adobes, Direta de Santo Antônio, do Carmo, do Paço, Largo da Cruz do Pascoal e da Misericórdia, além do Largo do Terreiro de Jesus, Praça da Sé e Praça Municipal. A partir das 14h, o fluxo de veículos também será interrompido na Praça Municipal, Rua Chile, Praça Castro Alves e Avenida Sete de Setembro nos seguintes trechos: São Bento, São Pedro, Piedade, Rosário, Mercês e Passeio Público e Largo do Campo Grande. Também será efetuado um desvio no trânsito destinado aos veículos que passarem pela Rua Lima e Silva, na Liberdade, que serão direcionados para a Rua Pero Vaz, a partir das 5h. Com as interdições, os ônibus que seguirem sentido Centro terão como opções a Rua Lima e Silva, Rua Pero Vaz, Rua Conde de Porto Alegre, Largo do Tamarineiro, Rua Rodrigo de Menezes, Rua Quinta dos Lázaros e Rua General Argolo. No fluxo contrário, saindo do Centro a caminho de outros bairros, os ônibus terão disponíveis o Largo Dois Leões, Av. Glauber Rocha, Rua Quinta dos Lázaros, Rua Rodrigo de Menezes, Largo do Tamarineiro, Rua Conde de Porto Alegre, Rua Pero Vaz, Rua Lima e Silva. Será estabelecido, também no domingo, um corredor especial de tráfego destinado exclusivamente aos credenciados, na Avenida Anita Garibaldi, Dique do Tororó, Rua Djalma Dutra, Dois Leões, Estrada da Rainha, Largo do Queimadinho e Rua Campos França. Transporte – Para os usuários de ônibus que vão acompanhar as comemorações da Independência do Brasil na Bahia, a Secretaria Municipal de Mobilidade (Semob) disponibiliza 36 linhas que vão operar com frota máxima das 11h até 20h, no domingo (2). Além disso, nove veículos da frota reguladora poderão operar para a Estação da Lapa, das 16h às 23h.  As linhas que acessam a Baixa dos Sapateiros deverão fazer o retorno no Terminal da Barroquinha a partir das 13h. Além disso, o itinerário de alguns ônibus será alterado por conta da interdição total de veículos, a partir da 0h do dia 2, no trecho que compreende o Largo da Lapinha até o Campo Grande, passando pela Avenida Sete de Setembro. Linhas que vão operar com frota máxima das 11h às 20h: 0418   Pau Miúdo – Barroquinha 0424   Santa Mônica – Barroquinha 0705   Nordeste – Baixa dos Sapateiros 0717   Vale das Pedrinhas – Barroquinha 0923   Conjunto Guilherme Marback – Barroquinha 1005   Itapuã – Lapa 1022  Praia do Flamengo – Lapa  0417   IAPI – Lapa  1005   Itapuã – Lapa 1034   Parque São Cristóvão – Barroquinha 1022  Praia do Flamengo - Lapa 0722   Nordeste – Campo Grande R2 0804   Pituba – Campo Grande R2 0915   Vale dos Rios/Stiep R4 0503   Brotas – Lapa Salvador Norte 1030   Praia do Flamengo – Campo Grande 1002   Aeroporto – Campo Grande 1109   Pernambués – Barroquinha 1116   Saboeiro – Lapa 1202   Tancredo Neves – Barroquinha 1216   Mata Escura – Barroquinha 1228   Jardim Santo Inácio – Barroquinha 1227   Nova Sussuarana – Barroquinha  1418   Cajazeira 7/6 – Lapa  1317   Pau da Lima – Barroquinha 1321   São Marcos – Barroquinha 1448   Fazenda Grande 4/3/2 – Barroquinha   
          What Went Wrong In Flint? Scientists Investigate 'Poisoned Water'   
"Water. Turn on the faucet and it's always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water?" Using Flint, Michigan, as a case study, a new documentary focuses in on vulnerabilities in water systems across the U.S. Lead began seeping into the drinking water when the city switched its supply in 2014, causing a massive public health crisis .
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          Duke vs. Virginia Tech: Ask a Hokies’ beat writer   
Each week, I'll (hopefully) talk to a beat writer who covers Duke's opponent. Today we have Andy Bitter, who covers the Hokies for the Roanoke Times/Virginian-Pilot. Links to his work can be found here and check out his blog here. Andyis also on Twitter at @AndyBitterVT.

1. After last year's 7-6 campaign and near-losses to Conference USA's Marshall and East Carolina, many were declaring the end of the Frank Beamer era of dominance. Since then, though, the Hokies have gone 3-0 in conference play and risen to No. 16 in the AP Poll. Is everything back to normal in Blacksburg?

In a way, yes. The offense, at least since Michael Vick left Blacksburg, has never really been anything special. Even during the Tyrod Taylor years, Tech had some pretty statistically bad offenses. So the fact that Scot Loeffler's crew ranks 110th nationally in total yards isn't really too much of a departure from what the Hokies have been like in the past decade. But they're doing some things more effectively on offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas looks sharper, especially with his progressions and mechanics. The receivers are making plays. They're not making crippling turnovers like they were last year. In essence, they're doing just enough.

And just enough is more than enough for this defense, which is a vintage Bud Foster group, limiting the yards but also disrupting things by getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers. Even the tight wins against Marshall and East Carolina -- who I think are actually pretty decent teams -- were how Virginia Tech normally wins games: lean on the defense and get enough offense to do the trick. It's been a successful formula for Beamer for the last 20-plus years. It makes sense that it's working again this season.

2. Last year's defense was a surprise disappointment, but this year's has been a pleasant surprise, ranking No. 2 in the country in total defense. Why is this year's group so much better?

If you ask Foster, he'll say experience and depth. The starting defensive line and inside linebackers have five seniors among them. The secondary has everyone, except for Antone Exum so far, back and in the same spot they were playing last year (they shuffled things around in the 2012 offseason). And on top of that experience, Tech doesn't drop off significantly when it gets to the backups, especially up front. The d-line goes about eight deep. It's good enough that the Hokies are trying to find a role for sophomore defensive end Dadi Nicolas, who had three sacks in a hybrid DE/OLB position against Pittsburgh.

The other big thing has been the true freshman cornerbacks, Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson. They've played well beyond their years, enough that the Hokies haven't had Exum, a second-team All-ACC performer last year, play in a game this season and they still rank third nationally in passing defense and interceptions. Fuller has been able to play both a regular cornerback spot and a nickelback position, which Tech has used the vast majority of the time (and will against Duke). Facyson has thrived when he's been in, with a team-high four picks (although he's dealing with a concussion this week). Last year, Tech didn't have anybody after Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum at corner. This year, they do.

3. If Duke is going to stay in this game, it's going to be because the offense is putting up points. Where is the weakest spot in the defense?

There aren't a ton of weaknesses, although I will say the Hokies have occasionally been vulnerable on passes across the middle. Safety Detrick Bonner hasn't had the most consistent season in pass coverage and has given up some yardage in one-on-one matchups across over the middle. Other than that, there aren't many chinks in the armor. The key is probably protection. The Hokies' pass defense has been good, but that's in large part thanks to the pressure the defensive line is putting on the quarterback. Duke will have to protect well and Anthony Boone will need to get rid of the ball quickly, because Virginia Tech's opponents haven't had a whole bunch of time to throw this year.

A mobile quarterback has a much better shot. Pitt's Tom Savage was a sitting duck a few weeks ago (Tech sacked him eight times and probably could have had 12), but Marshall's Rakeem Cato and North Carolina's Marquise Williams had some success moving around in the pocket and getting some decent yardage scrambling. It definitely gives the Hokies at least one more thing to think about.

4. Part of the reason the Hokies almost lost to C-USA teams was because of that anemic offense, led by the uneven performances of QB Logan Thomas. You look at the point totals from the three ACC wins - 17-10 over Georgia Tech, 27-17 over UNC and 19-9 over Pitt -- and they don't jump off the page. Has the offense improved of late, though?

I think it has, even though the running game has still been abysmal, one of the worst the Hokies have had under Beamer in fact. But Thomas has played better. In ACC play, he's completing 65 percent of his passes for 251 yards a game, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's thrown 109 straight passes without an interception, which is approaching his career-best streak. It's helped that the receivers, who had about 10 drops in the season-opening loss to Alabama, have come around, turning into viable options for Thomas to throw to. The offensive line has been OK at pass blocking but leaves plenty to be desired on the ground.

The Hokies aren't going to have an offense that goes up and down the field and put up great stats, but with a defense like they have, they don't really have to. So far, they've controlled the clock (36th nationally in time of possession) and haven't turned the ball over. Last year's team struggled with both of those things, and it stressed a defense that wasn't quite up to the task of carrying things. This year, Tech has that defense, so Beamer is content with winning ugly. The key is Thomas. If he's off, there aren't many players on the offense who can carry the day.

5. How and why is Cody Journell still the Hokies' kicker? He's 7-of-11 on field goal attempts this year and has missed at least one kick in the last four games he's lined up for a field goal (and he went 0-for-2 against ECU)?

Beamer seems to have a soft spot for Journell, who was the first scholarship kicker he's had straight out of high school since Shayne Graham and who has had some missteps -- an ugly breaking and entering arrest that led him to miss the '11 Sugar Bowl and a recent one-game suspension for a violation of team rules -- that most coaches wouldn't put up with.

On top of that, he was genuinely bad in the East Carolina game earlier this year. He technically only finished 0-for-2 on field goal attempts, but he also missed an extra point and had another field goal miss from a reasonable distance wiped out by a penalty. He was suspended for the Marshall game and has since been OK, although he has some strange misses. He was good from 39 at Georgia Tech but then had a dead pull from one of the hashes on a 25-yarder that would have put the game away. He went 4-for-5 with a career-long 48-yarder against Pittsburgh (earning ACC Specialist of the Week honors), but he also missed from 33.

Bottom line: he's a senior and Tech doesn't really have anybody else. Ethan Keyserling stepped in during Journell's suspension against Marshall and went 0-for-3 (although the weather was horrible that game). Journell is good enough to hit from 50, and he saved the Hokies' butt on three or four occasions last year, but I don't know if anyone in Blacksburg, outside of Beamer, is entirely comfortable whenever he's lining up for a kick.

Bonus: I was asked to do this after dropping the ball last weekend in Charlottesville: where are good breakfast spots in Blacksburg for the early arrives, and where should out-of-towners head to get dinner and a drink after the game?

I don't know of too many good breakfast spots. Don't get out that early too often. I think Lefty's Main Street Grille has a solid breakfast. Bull & Bones also has a breakfast, although I haven't sampled it yet.

As for afterward, both of those places are good dinner options too. Cabo Fish Taco is one of my personal favorites for lunch/dinner. I recommend the Soy Ginger Shrimp Tacos. Downtown, TOTS is probably the bar most people will suggest for post-game drinking (order a Rail). I'd also suggest Bull & Bones for drinking afterward. It's a little bit away from downtown and they brew their own beer.

Thanks to Andy for his time. Be sure to check Duke Now for more Duke football news.

- Laura Keeley
          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.

          Good Words from Obama - About Children Who Die Due To Abortion   
President Obama's speech about what he intends to do to address gun violence was very good. 

But as I heard it and then read it online, the question occurred to me, "Mr. President, Why is this not all also true of the unborn that are killed by the violence of abortion?" 

Look at these excellent words from our President - and see how they are also applicable to the 1.3 Million children aborted each year.

"These are our kids... And so what we should be thinking about is our responsibility to care for them, and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up and do everything that they’re capable of doing — not just to pursue their own dreams, but to help build this country.
"This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged...If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try."
"This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever."
"That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness…those rights are at stake."
"… when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now."

          Convocatoria para investigación en Gobierno Electrónico   
Bajo la denominación “El ciudadano y el gobierno electrónico en las Américas”, el proyecto está dirigido a fortalecer los procesos de gobernabilidad democrática en América latina y el Caribe.
El Colegio de las Américas de la Organización Universitaria Interamericana (COLAM / OUI), la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) y el Centro Internacional de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo (IDRC) anunció el llamado a propuestas institucionales de investigación en Gobierno Electrónico.
Bajo la denominación “El ciudadano y el gobierno electrónico en las Américas”, el proyecto está dirigido a fortalecer los procesos de gobernabilidad democrática en América latina y el Caribe mediante la constitución de una comunidad que genere conocimiento empírico en e-Gobierno a través de investigación aplicada que tenga una relación directa con las necesidades y retos de los tomadores de decisiones para apoyar los procesos de diseño, ejecución o evaluación de estrategias y políticas de e-Gobierno.
El objetivo será centrar aplicaciones de e-Gobierno en el ciudadano y en las poblaciones más vulnerables, a efectos de consolidar los avances logrados y dar un salto cualitativo en la modernización del Estado y la transparencia.
En el siguiente enlace se encuentra la Convocatoria para la presentación de proyectos de investigación aplicada en el campo de Gobierno Electrónico en las Américas así como todos los detalles necesarios para la obtención de un financiamientos de hasta US$100.000 dólares canadienses por proyecto de investigación. 

Ciudadano y e-Gobierno en las Américas
27 de agosto de 2010
Fecha límite del llamado, que cierra a las 17h00, hora de Washington, DC (GMT -4)
17 de septiembre de 2010
El comité de evaluación emitirá su dictamen
22 de septiembre de 2010
Publicación de los resultados de la evaluación
8 de octubre de 2010
Finalización de firma de convenios y acuerdos contractuales
11 de octubre de 2010
Fecha de inicio para la ejecución de los proyectos.

Año III - PuntoGov - 1ra Edición de Julio

Resumen de Noticias 8 de Julio de 2010

Título de Tapa
La red en peligro
Un informe sobre acceso a la información reveló la vulnerabilidad de los derechos a la red en varios países del mundo. Presentamos un resumen del "Monitor Mundial de la Sociedad de la Información, (MMSI) 2009".

Maximiliano Chisnerman, de la municipalidad de Mercedes
El plan de Mercedes Digital

Ciudades digitales
Pedirán a UNASUR incorporar la TV digital
El Consejo Asesor del Sistema Argentino de Televisión Digital Terrestre (SATVD-T) solicitará la creación de un área de trabajo específica sobre televisión digital.

Agenda digital
Avanza el plan Conectar Igualdad
Este mes se licitarán las netbooks para secundarias

El avance de la Tecnología y su relación con el factor humano

Por Concepción Ana Bognanni (*)

Público Privado
Premios Sadosky 2010
La convocatoria cierra el 30 de agosto

Curso de Evaluación y Planeamiento de Gobierno Electrónico

          Re: GreaseMonkey script for Firefox to add WR Links to WoW Forum   

Author: DM.

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:06 pm

I heard about this a couple of days ago. Its basically just a trojan that identifies itself as Greasemonkey and installs itself as that onto your computer.

Its not a vulnerability in Greasemonkey or Firefox, its just someone who thinks they downloaded Greasemonkey but instead didn't and downloaded something else. Mozilla has said that the Greasemonkey available on their site is legit and safe to use.
          Lifeguard and Swim Instructor - Boys & Girls Club of London - London, ON   
Current First Aid &amp; C.P.R. Experience in program planning implementation and evaluation. Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance issued by local police station,...
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          VICTIM WITNESS SERVICE WORKER - Ministry of the Attorney General - London, ON   
The Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division is seeking a dedicated individual to provide a full range of services to victim/witnesses of crime, including needs... $29.52 - $36.24 an hour
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          Microsoft October 2006 patch Tuesday   
The first thing I should mention is that this months update from Microsoft is the last for XP SP1 users should plan a migration path to SP2 to keep getting updates to XP. Multiple vulnerabilities this month have been patched in Office There are 4 advisories, but a total of 15 issues covered by those [...]
          Security Advisory 2017-03: Security Update for all OTRS Versions   
  June 06, 2017 — Please read carefully and check if the version of your OTRS system is affected by this vulnerability. Please send information regarding vulnerabilities in OTRS to: PGP Key pub 2048R/9C227C6B 2011-03-21 [expires at: 2017-08-20] uid OTRS Security Team <> GPG Fingerprint E330 4608 DA6E 34B7 1551 C244 7F9E 44E9 9C22
          Security Advisory 2017-02: Security Update for all OTRS Versions   
  June 06, 2017 — Please read carefully and check if the version of your OTRS system is affected by this vulnerability. Please send information regarding vulnerabilities in OTRS to: PGP Key pub 2048R/9C227C6B 2011-03-21 [expires at: 2017-08-20] uid OTRS Security Team <> GPG Fingerprint E330 4608 DA6E 34B7 1551 C244 7F9E 44E9 9C22
          WPS WPA WiFi Tester v5.0 APK   

Download WPS WPA WiFi Tester v5.0 APK from with direct download links,  Test if your router is vulnerable through WPS bruteforce attack. Find the WPA key! Features: -Pin Bruteforce (from pin to pin) -Restore previous saved session -Different Calculating Algorithms for default pins -Shows saved Passwords (ROOT ONLY) -Decrypt “wpa_supplicant” Passwords (ROOT ONLY) -Copy […]

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          Wifi WPS Unlocker v2.1.5 [Unlocked] APK   

Download Wifi WPS Unlocker v2.1.5 [Unlocked] APK from with direct download links,  This application recover the default WPS PIN. You can connect to wireless networks which have enable the protocol WPS. The application was developed for educational purposes. In this application you can check if your router is vulnerable or not. if you realize […]

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          Security Advisory 2017-01: Security Update for OTRS Business Solution™   
  January 24, 2017 — Please read carefully and check if the version of your OTRS system is affected by this vulnerability. Please send information regarding vulnerabilities in OTRS to: PGP Key pub 2048R/9C227C6B 2011-03-21 [expires at: 2017-08-20] uid OTRS Security Team <> GPG Fingerprint E330 4608 DA6E 34B7 1551 C244 7F9E 44E9 9C22
          Security Advisory 2016-02: Security Update for OTRS   
  November 01, 2016 — Please read carefully and check if the version of your OTRS system is affected by this vulnerability. Please send information regarding vulnerabilities in OTRS to: PGP Key pub 2048R/9C227C6B 2011-03-21 [expires at: 2017-08-20] uid OTRS Security Team <> GPG Fingerprint E330 4608 DA6E 34B7 1551 C244 7F9E 44E9 9C22
          Security Advisory 2016-01: Security Update for OTRS FAQ package   
  July 01, 2016 — Please read carefully and check if the version of your OTRS system is affected by this vulnerability. Please send information regarding vulnerabilities in OTRS to: PGP Key pub 2048R/9C227C6B 2011-03-21 [expires at: 2017-08-20] uid OTRS Security Team <> GPG Fingerprint E330 4608 DA6E 34B7 1551 C244 7F9E 44E9 9C22
          PP balear: pero, ¿por qué no van a los tribunales?   
No me canso de decirlo desde hace años. Lo repetí a raiz del congreso a la búlgara de Valencia, donde el candidato dos veces derrotado fue confirmado como presidente del PP, sin cuestionamiento alguno de bases y dirigentes.

Ahora ha vuelto a suceder en Baleares. Si nadie lo remedia el candidato oficialista (esto suena a Argentina) José Ramón Bauzá será nombrado Presidente regional del partido sin visos de democracia interna en el proceso. El otro aspirante oficioso (pues a poco más puede aspirar con los estatutos en la mano), Carlos Delgado, ferviente defensor de la libertad lingüística frente al modelo 'normalizadores' (Cataluña) y multilingüisticos (¿Valencia?) entre ilegales y absurdos, y al que hace unos días pudimos oírle explicar de manera  muy elocuente cual era la triple crisis en que se sumía el PP balear. Delgado ha sido engañado, literalmente por la dirección del Partido que había prometido un Congreso democrático.

¿Qué es lo que temen en Génova con las primarias? En en último Congreso Balear que eligió al sucesor del investigado por corrupción Jaume Matas (la señora Rosa Estarás, hoy  huida/exiliada en el Parlamento Europeo), el PP quedo en esa Comunidad Autónoma dividido en dos facciones. El  "sector Delgado" que se mantenía crítico con la dirección ejercida durante años por Matas, demostró tener más implicación entre las bases de lo que al sector oficialista gustaría. El otro, el "sector Rajoyista" parece dispuesto a traicionar a sus votantes en el tema de la lengua (certificando la inmersión lingüística y cultural catalana de Baleares). Existe la posibilidad de que se repita esa división que podría dar al traste con las opciones de Gobierno de los populares (que revierta la menos en algo la pésima gestión del socialista Antich) o que una posible victoria de Delgado y los suyos pusiera en riesgo la estrategia nacional de Rajoy de boca pequeña y no hacer nada en temas cruciales que implican los derechos y libertades de los ciudadanos que pudiera afectar a un futuro pacto con los nacionalistas catalanes.

Parece que Bauzá y cia. se van a salir con la suya, ya que la única forma de que Delgado impidiese el rodillo sería acudir a los tribunales de justicia, sin embargo los militantes de los partidos tienen alergia a usar de esta vía, temerosos de represalias que los alejen del acceso a cargos públicos o de estar en las listas electorales , un derecho fundamental para el artículo 23 de la Constitución. Hay base jurídica suficiente para anular casi todas las designaciones de lideres y directivas de partidos de este país y declarar inconstitucionales sus estatutos organizativos que deben ser democráticos (artículo 6 CE). No solo en la elección de cargos, también en los procedimientos disciplinarios, intransparentes y que vulneran las más mínimas garantías, dejando nuevamente la reclamación judicial como única solución. 

Con respecto al último Congreso nacional advertí que la política no es para advenedizos que busquen  aprovecharse de la crisis del partido correspondiente (en Valencia salieron unos cuantos que hacían bueno a Rajoy), pero si se cortan de cuajo las vías internas de debate y confrontación de opiniones y liderazgos, se llegará al anquilosamiento de los partidos políticos y al desapego con respecto de las preocupaciones de los ciudadanos, convirtiéndose estos en terreno acto para tramposos y maquiavelos de postín. Hay una sensación cada vez mayor en la opinión publica de que vivimos en un régimen de 'democracia de partidos', donde los ciudadanos deben contentarse con elegir votar a una de las varias rígidas, jerarquizadas y caudillescamente dirigidas estructuras que son los partidos políticos españoles, como un mal menor pero sobre el que no tiene ninguna esperanza de poder influir. Los partidos se sitúan así fuera de la sociedad que dicen representar.

Siguiendo a Tocqueville, la única esperanza para evitar los males de la democracia tal vez sea eso, más democracia. Solo mediante la prueba y el error y el debate continuos se evitarán a largo plazo los males del gobierno popular, cerrarse a ello en cambio llevará al autoritarismo, a las persecuciones internas y a la corrupción institucional. Y lo dicho para Valencia y Baleares vale para cualquier otro sitio.

          Susan Boyle, atacada por un grupo de jóvenes   
La cantante revelación del programa «Got Talent» de Inglaterra Susan Boyle (56) se ha llevado el susto de su vida al ser atacada por un grupo de jóvenes, de 16 y 18 años de edad, en las calles de West Lothian en Escocia. El incidente sucedió cuando la artista, que se encontraba esperando el autobús, fue atacada física y verbalmente por quince adolescentes que incluso intentaron agredirla. «Vieja y fea bestia», le han dicho a la artista durante el incidente. La banda también causó daños en papeleras y lanzaron piedras contra el propio vehículo público. «Me lanzaron una botella de vidrio a la cabeza. Eligieron a la persona más vulnerable», dice uno de los agredidos al periódico «The Sun», refiriénsose a Boyle que padece síndrome de Asperger, un trastorno neurobiológico que forma parte de un grupo de afecciones denominadas trastornos del espectro autista. Los vecinos, alarmados por lo sucedido, decidieron llamar a la Policía y todo quedó en un pequeño susto. Los jovenes son rostros conocidos del barrio que suelen pasar las horas en un parque infantil cercano desde el que suelen tirar huevos a las ventanas de los edificios más próximos.

A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure
by Laura Strickland

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Reynold Michaels might not be the smartest man in the city, but he knows a beautiful woman when he sees one. The lovely creature he watches disembark from the steam tram every morning simply cannot be a prostitute…or an automaton. Yet at the high-priced bordello where she works he discovers she’s not only a hybrid mechanical, she’s funny, vulnerable, and quite possibly the missing piece of his heart.

Lily Landry understands that as an automaton she isn’t entitled to make her own choices. She must do as instructed or face the ultimate horror of being shut down. But when she forms a bond with Reynold, she quickly learns what it means to desire a life of her own.

In a city conflicted over automaton rights, can they hope for a future together?

She smiled at him. “How would you like to begin?”

“I don’t rightly know.”

She reached for the buttons on the front of her dress, which had been sewn of pearl-colored silk. “Most my clients like to see what they have paid for. Would you like me to strip?”

He swallowed convulsively. A dull flush rose to his cheeks.

“Have you ever visited with one of Landry’s Ladies before?” Maybe he did not know what to expect, thought she would not look or feel like a human woman. Unless he touched her in certain places, he should not be able to tell the difference.

“No. No, I haven’t.”

She wondered how to put him at ease. She abandoned the buttons and reached for her hairpins instead. “Would you like me to take my hair down?”

“I would. I’d like that very much.”

A scratch came at the door which opened to admit the little mechanical maid with a tray holding whiskey and one glass.

The client leaped away from it. As soon as the maid left, he filled the glass with whiskey and gulped half of it down.

“Oh, I’m sorry.” He extended the glass to Lily. “Will you take some?”

“I cannot drink.”


She shook her head. Her loosened hair fell down around her shoulders in separate tendrils, and he took a step closer.

“My God, you’re beautiful.”

Born in Buffalo and raised on the Niagara Frontier, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. She believes the spunky, tenacious, undefeatable ethnic mix that is Buffalo spells the perfect setting for a little Steampunk, so she created her own Victorian world there. She knows the people of Buffalo are stronger, tougher and smarter than those who haven't survived the muggy summers and blizzard blasts found on the shores of the mighty Niagara. Tough enough to survive a squad of automatons? Well, just maybe.

          Comment on Men, Intimacy, and Power by Kassandra Brown   
Thanks for your thoughtful words, Danny. It sounds like you've had some hard experiences where you expected more compassion than you got. That can make anyone shy away from vulnerability. It sounds like you're still opening up but you'd like to be received with more grace and kindness. I agree that while men need to learn how to ask for the intimacy they want (no small feat!) the way they are listened to is key. I would like to see all of us learning better communication skills, asking for what we want, setting and keeping clear boundaries, and learning to trust ourselves and each other.
          Staying Ahead of the Curve Malicious Code Prevention Report

As malware attacks continue to make headlines, many organizations struggle to stay ahead of the complex, evolving threat landscape. Attackers use both old and new ways to deliver malware through exploiting existing vulnerabilities, evading security solutions, and using social engineering to deliver malicious payloads. Millions of unique pieces of malware are discovered every year, and even with the best security controls in place, monitoring the thousands of endpoints within your network for malware can be nearly impossible.

Use to quickly address systems that are at risk

Once inside your network, malware can disable security controls, gain access to privileged accounts, replicate to other systems, or maintain persistence for long periods of time. If these risks are not addressed quickly, they can result in long term, devastating consequences for any organization. Using the Malicious Code Prevention Report from™ provides you with the visibility needed to quickly address systems that are at risk.

Malicious Code Prevention Report

Malware scanning includes a customizable malware scan template where you can incorporate both good and bad known MD5 hashes, along with a hosts file whitelist. On Windows systems, hosts files contain commented lines of text that consist of two localhost address entries. Most systems will query local DNS servers to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Some organizations will add entries into hosts files for dedicated systems within their environment or to block unauthorized websites. Once a hosts file is modified, the local system will use the entries within the hosts file first and bypass records within your DNS server.

Malware also targets the hosts file to insert redirects to malicious sites or block security solutions from obtaining patches and security updates. For organizations utilizing the hosts file, the Malware Scan template provides you with the ability to add whitelist entries that would otherwise be flagged as abnormal by existing security solutions within your environment.

Malware Scan template

Enabling the File System Scanning option enables you to scan specific directories within your Windows environment such as the C:\Windows, C:\Program Files, and User Profile directories that are frequently used to install malware. You can also scan malware within directories such as C:\ProgramData that are hidden by default on Windows systems.

Scanning files

Organizations can have any number of mapped drives and devices connected to a system. Most anti-virus solutions only scan default directories such as the C:\ drive, and without additional rules in place, malware could easily bypass this security control via flash drive or external USB drive.

The Malware Scan template provides an additional layer of security to scan network drives and attached devices that may not be targeted by your anti-virus solution

The Malware Scan template provides an additional layer of security to scan network drives and attached devices that may not be targeted by your anti-virus solution. Using the Custom File Directories option, you can include a list of directories within your scan to target mapped drives and attached devices.

Yara rules can also be incorporated into your malware scan. Using a combination of regular expressions, text strings, and other values, Yara will examine systems for specific files that match values within the rules file.


The Malicious Code Prevention report provides a comprehensive overview of systems infected with malicious backdoors, hosts communicating with botnets, and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware just to name a few.

Along with malware and malicious processes, this report also highlights systems with vulnerabilities that are exploitable by malware. Exploitable vulnerabilities can provide attackers with a backdoor into your network to enable privilege escalation or launch malicious code.

Hosts with vulnerabilities that are exploitable by malware uses both active and passive methods to detect malicious content uses both active and passive methods to detect malicious content, including web traffic analysis, md5sum matching, public malware databases, and links pointing to known malware operators. Web servers hosting malicious content are also included within this report. Malicious code can be injected into website due to a cross-site scripting (XSS) or SQL injection vulnerability.

Attackers often target websites to deliver malicious payloads to a larger audience through message boards or blog posts. Malicious code often remains hidden within iframes, JavaScript code, and other embedded tags that link to third-party websites. This data can help you target and remediate issues on web servers before critical assets or services are impacted.

Botnets often use the HTTP protocol as well as encryption to evade detection by modern security solutions. Information reported by Nessus® and Nessus Network Monitor highlights active inbound and outbound communications with command and control (C&C) servers.

Hosts interacting with known botnets

Keeping your anti-virus clients updated helps to ensure your systems remain protected from malware. This report provides valuable information on the status of your anti-virus and anti-malware solutions, ensuring that they are installed and up to date. The Malware Protection chapter provides a summary of hosts running up-to-date anti-virus clients per operating system.

Anti-virus status will analyze hosts with outdated anti-virus clients and provide targeted information you can use to remediate issues with anti-virus clients. Data is collected from Nessus that checks the status of various anti-virus clients across Windows, Linux, and Unix-based platforms. Using this information can also help you determine if your anti-virus client has been disabled.

Outdated anti-virus details

No organization is immune from vulnerabilities and attacks

No organization is immune from vulnerabilities and attacks. Knowing how systems are compromised can help target response efforts and minimize future damage. provides you with critical insight needed to measure the effectiveness of your security program, and to gain insight into your current risk posture. Using the Malicious Code Prevention report by provides you with targeted information to prioritize remediation efforts, close malicious entry points, and stay one step ahead of attackers and other persistent threats.

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          Comment on Celebrity Couple News: Pink & Carey Hart Are ‘Solid’ After Two Breaks from Their Marriage by Mark against Bullying   
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          Fuerza Aerea del Estado Independiente de Croacia - Segunda Parte   

Paracaidistas Croatas

En Enero de 1942, la ZNDH formo una unidad de paracaidistas, conocida como la 1° Compania de Infaneria Ligera Paracaidista (Padobaranski Lovacki Sat o 1 PLS). Tenia una fuerza de 120 hombres con base en Koprivnica, una ciudad en el norte de Croacia, cerca del confine con Hungria. Un Avia Fokker F.7 fue designado permanentemente para el transporte de la unidad, mientras otros transoportes fueron asignados cuando era necesario. Los paracaidistas estaban equipados con rifles, metralletas, ametralladoras ligeras y morteros ligeros. Después de un periodo de entrenamiento, el 1 PLS efectuo una demostración en masa el 6 de Julio de 1943 en el aeropuerto de Borongaj, en Zagreb. En el video se puede ver el salto de los paracaidistas y el Avia Fokker F.7 usado por estos:

          Waxahatchee’s “Never Been Wrong” Is Indie Rock at Its Best   

In indie rock, you can be precious, you can be pompous, and you can be extremely art school, but there is no great way to spin “whiny.” The irony is, complaining is inherent in the genre’s DNA. It goes beyond lyrics, manifesting in guitar tones that simmer with angst rather than exploding with it, like punk often does. So while it may sound like an insult to call “Never Been Wrong,” the opening track off Waxahatchee’s upcoming fourth album, a whiny indie rock classic, it is meant as a compliment to project mastermind Katie Crutchfield. This is how you complain bitterly in song: You turn it into a self-aware, vividly voiced ode to stubbornness in action.

Crutchfield admits in ugly detail to blowing things out of proportion, to savoring being right, to twisting the story in her favor, and to pitying herself when the game’s outcome doesn’t go her way. Most importantly, she mirrors all that interpersonal tension in music that doesn’t resolve cleanly. The drums pummel forward and the riffs flair up with bright flashes of feedback, but they cool down at the end of each verse, like a rage blackout that lasts just a minute before it’s back to business as usual. Instead of totally flying off the handle, Crutchfield pauses for lovely vocal harmony breaks that bring pop levity to one of her most straightforwardly rock songs to date. For a songwriter known for her deep well of vulnerable introspection, Crutchfield really ought to get pissed more often.

          Arcade Fire Stay Epic on “Everything Now”   

There’s a pleasant irony in the way Arcade Fire’s most devout followers first heard their new song, “Everything Now.” Shortly after the band released it on vinyl in Spain at Primavera Festival merch tables, fans began circulating a YouTube video filmed on an iPhone of the 12” spinning in a record store, drowned out by people talking over it. It was the kind of promo you can’t pay for (not to mention a metaphor Win Butler would kill for), with every aspect of the song feeling cryptic and mysterious. Is that the riff from “Dancing Queen?” Is that a fucking pan flute? When will we be able to play this song on our turntables and talk over it?

The title track from Arcade Fire’s upcoming fifth album is finally out, and it’s another grand, sweeping statement from a band who doesn’t know how to communicate any other way. But maybe the most gratifying thing about “Everything Now” is that—after the heady, complex dance music on Reflektor—the band’s just sailing here. The disco beat and ABBA strings certainly help, but, for a song that confronts our need to obtain everything immediately, ”Everything Now” succeeds by virtue of patience, replacing the peaks and crescendos of previous Arcade Fire anthems with one momentous rush.

Of course, the irony of a song lamenting our need for overstimulation and immediate gratification coming from one of the generation’s most grandiose rock bands is not lost on the musicians. Win Butler’s lyrics are searing and self-reflexive, even if his delivery remains wholly earnest. Here, he invert the “us vs. them” structure of his previous narratives with something more vulnerable, owning up to his complicity and achieving a new kind of catharsis. “We turn the speakers up ‘til they break,” he repeatedly sings, “‘Cuz every time you smile it’s a fake.” As the music glides on, Butler sounds desperate for connection: He’s never had more at his fingertips, yet he’s never seemed more lost.

          Selena Gomez Finds Perfection, Finally, on “Bad Liar”   

Selena Gomez is a figure who has pitched herself right at the center of the celebrity Venn diagram: This is a woman who, in addition to her successful career as a singer, endorses everything from Coach to Coca-Cola, has acted in wholesome Disney television shows and edgy Harmony Korine movies, modeled in Louis Vuitton campaign ads and also designed clothes for Kmart. Never exactly trendy and never exactly timeless, she rides the middle. With her music, she has certainly had a few bangers: “Come & Get It” will get you through a spin class, and “Love You Like a Love Song” is now a cult karaoke classic. But if her songs have always been pretty good, they’ve never been really and truly great. The hit she has on the radio right now is a fairly anonymous EDM-lite number with Kygo called “It Ain’t Me,” a title that only begs the question: Well if this ain’t you, Selena, what and who is?

Hopefully, it’s the artist we hear on “Bad Liar,” a brand new song Gomez wrote alongside Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. Looking at the single’s cover, shot by Petra Collins, you might develop some fairly tragic expectations concerning what you’re about to hear. In what seems like a reference to a tabloid firestorm over her recent stint in rehab, Gomez is wearing hospital bandages and gazing vulnerably at the camera. But “Bad Liar” isn’t that deep. The all-rhythm track is a simple proposition, sampling the jagged, iconic Tina Weymouth bass line from Talking Heads’ beloved “Psycho Killer” for a light, spritzy song about romantic anticipation. And it works. Really well. Even snagging an endorsement from David Byrne. 

Her contemporaries Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, who have in the past burned brighter than Gomez, are lately scattered and floundering in search of new identities, leaving behind the cartoon characters and twerk provocateurs they once were, unsure of who to be instead. Cyrus is going for a middling Shania-lite sound with her new single “Malibu,” while Perry has, unfortunately, been trying out woke disco and Migos-assisted trap. Now, Gomez’s consistent affability is beginning to feel like a solid strength. Maybe she’s had it right all the time, the proverbial tortoise to the fame hares of the world, slowly and methodically edging through the race, one foot in front of the other, until she snags a win. Which is precisely what “Bad Liar” is: A victory for an uncomplicated pop star who makes uncomplicated pop music, and a fizzy fun track that will sound as good all summer as the Gomez-endorsed Coke you pour into your rum.

          The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly of Being Part of an Online Support Group   

I honestly did not feel the need to seek a support group, let alone a support group on Facebook, when I received an invitation to join first one group and then another. Soon I was hooked. I can easily now spend an hour reading and replying to posts about children with needs similar to my son’s.

For the first time, I was looking at pictures of families like mine. I saw posts about challenging moments, illness, and death. I saw honesty and vulnerability, pain and sadness, and I liked that because to me that is reality--- I see that where I work very frequently. I have cried over children lost and I’ve been filled with fear for what might come our way. I have also rejoiced for the happy moments and the recoveries. There is a time to cry and a time to laugh.

Being part of an online support group showed me as well what’s going better and worse for others. For someone like me, who often falls prey to social comparison, this is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I’ve seen how good we’ve had it---no tracheostomy, no frequent hospitalizations, a healthy immune system, and seizures under good control. On the other hand, I have felt a mixture of disillusion and guilt when seeing children doing much better developmentally than my son. I wish, for instance, that my son would reach for my face like many others do.

Disillusion disappears the moment I look at Caleb. Truth is, I not only love him, but adore him the way he is, and he does not need to be able to do anything more for disillusion to be replaced by gratitude and contentment. Guilt, on the contrary, lingers. It tells me there is always something more that I should do, or that I did not do. It is my fault. I haven’t been diligent enough.

In our group, families whose children are doing well share their progress and victories to encourage and push back the negativity and prejudice permeating the medical community in the world of trisomy 13 and 18, particularly full trisomy. The goal is to send a message loud and clear which is in sharp contrast with the doom and gloom often forecasted by doctors because of the severity of the health problems and the developmental delays which accompany both diagnoses.

This message is absolutely necessary as many parents have been told there is either nothing to do or nothing worth doing to save their children when, in fact, often there is. Many, therefore, have been encouraged, even pressured, to terminate their pregnancies. Many have been assured their children won’t have “quality of life” when, actually, a parent’s definition of “quality” often times differs greatly from that of a doctor's. The unspoken or straightforward question seems to be, “Is a life like that of our children worth living?” and for those in the group the answer is a resounding yes!

If doctors could look at our pictures and our videos, but more than anything, if they could read our posts, they would see that we cherish our children’s lives no matter how short and how limited. They’d be surprised to see quite a few kids doing remarkably well developmentally, beyond many doctors’ imaginations---kids sitting, crawling, starting to walk, and saying a few words. Yes, reaching these milestones is a big deal for a trisomy 13 or 18 child!

To be fair and honest, I do believe that every now and then we get carried away in our attempt to offer hope and to counterbalance the doom and gloom message. We can swing to the other extreme. We can start to ignore the spectrum. We can start generalizing and painting all doctors with the same brush making it hard to expect anything good from them, making us suspicious of their motives. Unintentionally, the message seems to become “because our child can or did, so can yours,” as if it were a matter of sheer determination.

Our group is formed of people whose children are long-term survivors and of people whose kids died in utero, shortly after birth, or a long time ago. Many women turn to our group after a prenatal diagnosis, and I can say with all confidence that we become a lifeline for them. I know they would have been for me, had I found out prenatally that my son had full trisomy 13. Yet this is not without risk.

Parents starting on the road of bitter-sweet assume those in the group understand, and we do because many of us have been in their shoes. So they open up their lives and invite us into their prenatal journeys asking for advice and looking for hope, perhaps never fearing that we will question their decisions afterwards, until it happens, and people get hurt. Both the seeker and the giver of advice walk a fine line. We are always taking a chance when we expose our lives.

I used to think Facebook was not for me. People looked too happy and pretty, always smiling against beautiful backgrounds, having fun surrounded by friends, while I felt lonely, anxious, and exhausted. Being part of an online support group has allowed me to meet others, whose lives look more like mine. Even though the experience isn’t always safe, and we have our moments when opinions clash, I am grateful for the opportunity to grieve and celebrate with others; I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and to be challenged by the example of perseverance and determination of many parents who always expect more for their children. And believe it or not, it has eased my entrance into the world of ‘mainstream’ Facebook too.

          What They Don't Know   
This was my first attempt at writing an essay about my experience. I wrote it in April 2012.

“The preliminary results show a problem with chromosome 13. This is very serious...,” the doctor said with a grave expression.

“That’s the one which is incompatible with life, right?”

“It can be.”

The doctor and I were referring to trisomy 13, and that’s how our story begins.

My second son, Caleb, was born on March 25, 2010, three weeks ahead of time. We knew there was a chance that something might be wrong since a couple of soft markers had been detected during my first level 2 ultrasound. However, after a re-check a month later, we had been reassured by an optimistic perinatologist that there was a 95% probability that everything was normal. Caleb was so much a surprise to us as he was to the doctors.

You see, Caleb has very few of the common physical traits seen in trisomy 13. He is a lucky boy born with a healthy heart, healthy lungs and good enough kidneys. He does not have a cleft lip nor a cleft palate. He does not have any extra fingers nor does he have underdeveloped eyes. He could pass as a “normal” baby provided you don’t notice the feeding tube, the shape and position of his ears, the small jaw, and the fact that he cannot see; most of all, provided you don’t know he is two-years old. Caleb has the body of a 9 month-old and the motor and cognitive skills of a 2 month-old. Probably not even that. Caleb is Caleb.

I noticed right away that something was not quite right. For one, his nose was too wide to belong to our family. I even told him moments after birth, “Estás bien fellillo, hijo” (“You are pretty ugly, my son.”) He showed no interest in breastfeeding. He was simply there, seemingly taking it all in. Soon we started learning of his several abnormalities; those which the doctors could see with a naked eye.

When the neonatologist on call came to tell me about the preliminary genetic testing, my husband, Paul, was home and my OB/Gyn was in the room with me. The neonatologist asked to speak with Paul over the phone personally and urged him to come back to the hospital right away.

Why the rush? He did not say it then, but now I understand he did not know how long Caleb would live. There is a reason why trisomy 13 is very often labeled “incompatible with life.” These children tend to suffer from apnea. They forget to breathe.

After saying how sorry they all were, the doctors left, and I cried for the first time the most honest cry of pain and gratitude. With all sincerity I thanked God for my two boys: Daniel, my healthy 4 year-old at that time, and Caleb, my sick child. My theological turmoil would start later.

Today, just like two years ago, Caleb’s life is full of certainties and uncertainties. However, that is life for everyone, isn’t it?

Still, you are born with an extra chromosome 13, and doctors know better than palm-readers (or so they think) what will happen in your life:

You will die young (most likely shortly after birth).

You will be profoundly mentally retarded.

You won’t walk nor talk.

You will be prone to seizures.

What they don’t know is how much you will be loved. That is up to those around you. And those around you don’t know either. That is the first miracle.

It’s the miracle of a profound love never experienced, a love that moves you to tenderness, a love that makes you want to give yourself completely to a vulnerable human being. It’s the miracle of unconditional love.

          Herencia y genetica   

Herencia y genetica
Metodos anticonceptivos
Anatomia humana

Herencia genética

La herencia genética es la transmisión a través del material genético contenido en el núcleo celular, de las características anatómicas, fisiológicas, etc. de un ser vivo a sus descendientes. El ser vivo resultante tendrá caracteres de uno o los dos padres.

La herencia consiste en la transmisión a su descendencia de los caracteres de los ascendentes. El conjunto de todos los caracteres transmisibles, que vienen fijado en los genes, recibe el nombre de genotipo y su manifestación exterior en el aspecto del individuo el de fenotipo. Se llama idiotipo al conjunto de posibilidades de manifestar un carácter que presenta un individuo.

Para que los genes se transmitan a los descendientes es necesaria una reproducción idéntica que dé lugar a una réplica de cada uno de ellos; este fenómeno tiene un lugar en la mitosis. En el organismo que surge del cigoto, a medida que va desarrollándose a partir del cúmulo inicial de célula es posible diferenciar dos estirpes celulares: una línea somática, que dará lugar a los sistemas orgánicos que mantendrán con vida al organismo, y otra germinal, que será la encargada de que el organismo se reproduzca.

La mitosis, o división del núcleo de la célula, es un proceso que consta de cuatro etapas: profasemetafase (los cromosomas adquieren una forma completa y se disponen en una zona central llamada placa ecuatorial), anafase (los cromosomas se dividen en dos partes, llamadas cromatidios, que emigran hacia los polos) y telofase (los cromatidios se sitúan en los polos y reaparecen el nucleolo y la membrana nuclear). Después de esta última fase se produce un periodo llamado interfase, en el cual los cromosomas vuelven a hacerse invisibles y los genes entran en acción. (los cromosomas se espiralizan y hacen visibles, desaparecen el nucleolo y la membrana nuclear, aparece una serie de filamentos llamado huso acromático donde se insertan los cromosomas),

Lo esencial de la herencia queda establecido en la denominada teoría cromosómica de la herencia:

  1. los genes están situados en los cromosomas.
  2. los genes están dispuestos linealmente en los cromosomas.
  3. la recombinación de los genes se corresponde con el intercambio de segmentos cromosómicos.

Críticas a la definición de herencia como herencia genética

La Teoría de los sistemas de desarrollo (DST), se opone a la definición de herencia como transmisión de genes y aplica el concepto a cualquier recurso que se encuentre en generaciones sucesivas y que contribuya a explicar por qué cada generación se parece a la que le precede. Estos recursos incluyen factores celulares y factores externos como la gravedad o la luz solar. La DST utiliza, por tanto, el concepto de herencia para explicar la estabilidad de la forma biológica de una generación a otra.


La genética (del término "Gen", que proviene de la palabra griega γένος y significa "raza, generación") es el campo de las ciencias biológicas que trata de comprender cómo la herencia biológica es transmitida de una generación a la siguiente, y cómo se efectúa el desarrollo de las características que controlan estos procesos.


La genética es una rama de las ciencias biológicas, cuyo objeto es el estudio de los patrones de herencia, del modo en que los rasgos y las características se transmiten de padres a hijos. Los genes se forman de segmentos de ADN (ácido desoxirribonucleico), la molécula que codifica la información genética en las células. El ADN controla la estructura, la función y el comportamiento de las células y puede crear copias casi o exactas de sí mismo.

La herencia y la variación constituyen la base de la Genética.

En la prehistoria, los seres humanos aplicaron sus intuiciones sobre los mecanismos de la herencia a la domesticación y mejora de plantas y animales. En la investigación moderna, la Genética proporciona herramientas importantes para la investigación de la función de genes particulares, como el análisis de interacciones genéticas. En los organismos, la información genética generalmente reside en los cromosomas, donde está almacenada en la secuencia de moléculas de ácido desoxirribonucleico (ADN).

Los genes contienen la información necesaria para determinar la secuencia de aminoácidos de las proteínas. Éstas, a su vez, desempeñan una función importante en la determinación del fenotipodiploides, un alelo dominante en uno de los cromosomas homólogos enmascara la expresión de un alelo recesivo en el otro. final, o apariencia física, del organismo. En los organismos

En la jerga de los genéticos, el verbo codificar se usa frecuentemente para significar que un gen contiene las instrucciones para sintetizar una proteína particular, como en la frase el gen codifica una proteína. Ahora sabemos que el concepto "un gen, una proteína" es simplista y que un mismo gen puede a veces dar lugar a múltiples productos, dependiendo de cómo se regula su transcripción y traducción.

La Genética determina buena parte (aunque no totalmente) de la apariencia de los organismos, incluyendo a los seres humanos. Las diferencias en el ambiente y otros factores aleatorios son también responsables en parte. Los gemelos idénticos (o monocigóticos), clones que resultan de la división del embrión, poseen el mismo ADN pero diferentes personalidades y huellas dactilares.

Subdivisiones de la genética

La genética se subdivide en varias ramas, como:

  • Clásica o mendeliana: Se preocupa del estudio de los cromosomas y los genes y de cómo se heredan de generación en generación.
  • Cuantitativa, que analiza el impacto de múltiples genes sobre el fenotipo, muy especialmente cuando estos tienen efectos de pequeña escala
  • Molecular: Estudia el ADN, su composición y la manera en que se duplica. Asimismo, estudia la función de los genes desde el punto de vista molecular.
  • de Poblaciones y evolutiva: Se preocupa del comportamiento de los genes en una población y de cómo esto determina la evolución de los organismos.
  • del desarrollo: Se preocupa de cómo los genes controlan el desarrollo de los organismos

Ingeniería genética

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La ingeniería genética es la especialidad que utiliza tecnología de la manipulación y trasferencia del ADN de unos organismos a otros, permitiendo controlar algunas de sus propiedades genéticas. Mediante la ingeniería genética se pueden potenciar y eliminar cualidades de organismos en el laboratorio. Por ejemplo, se pueden corregir defectos genéticos (terapia génica), fabricar antibióticos en las glándulas mamarias de vacas de granja o clonar animales como la oveja Dolly. Algunas de las formas de controlar esto es mediante transfección (lisar células y usar material genético libre), conjugación (plásmidos) y transducción (uso de fagos o virus), entre otras formas. Además se puede ver la manera de regular esta expresión genética en los organismos (Operon)

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4. Herencia genética e inteligencia

La medida de la base genética de la inteligencia relacional ha sido y sigue siendo un tema de debate intenso por las consecuencias que se derivan de una u otra postura.

Como ya he comentado antes, el Estudio EDI sobre Evolución y Diseño de la Inteligencia se presenta un análisis estadístico de genética mendeliana mejorada que demuestra, a mi juicio, tanto el carácter hereditario de la inteligencia en sentido estricto y, por lo tanto, de la inteligencia relacional en general, como de gran parte de la propia TGECV- Teoría General de la Evolución Condicionada de la Vida.

Aunque la estadística sea una ciencia famosa por su vulnerabilidad a la manipulación, también es cierto que este argumento se utiliza a menudo cuando no se quieren reconocer los hechos, por muy claros que éstos sean.

Veamos brevemente algunos de los puntos a favor de la naturaleza genética de la inteligencia y los puntos en contra, dificultades o elementos que permiten la coexistencia de posiciones tan dispares.

4.a) Genética humana

4.a.1. Niños superdotados

La mera existencia de niños superdotados nos indica fuera de toda duda razonable la herencia genética de la inteligencia y que nos encontramos ante un tema con profundas, si no únicas, raíces genéticas.

El otro gran argumento que avala la herencia genética de la inteligencia humana es el que no se ha podido aislar ninguna causa concreta de medio ambiente que afecte a la inteligencia por sí sola. Es harto conocido el tema de la existencia de muchos hermanos con similares condiciones medio ambientales y distinto nivel de inteligencia.

Por otra parte, no sólo existen niños superdotados en inteligencia sino en muchas otras capacidades tanto intelectuales como físicas o artísticas, lo que añade más argumentos al carácter hereditario de dichas habilidades.

4.a.2. Genética mendeliana y el método VIG

Si las precisiones conceptuales efectuadas sobre la inteligencia y la intuición en cuanto a la diferente forma de obtener las respuestas requeridas al sistema son aceptadas, indirectamente estaríamos aceptando la base genética de la inteligencia.

El método de verificación de la información genética se efectúa, en este caso, en un momento posterior a la transmisión genética e incluso posterior al desarrollo inicial del nuevo ser. No obstante, prefiero conservar el adjetivo relativo a la genética en la denominación de este método para indicar que la estructura operativa viene determinada por los genes.

La base teórica del modelo estadístico citado anteriormente es la Teoría General de la Evolución Condicionada de la Vida, en el libro de la TGECV se presenta en detalle una explicación gráfica de la herencia de la inteligencia con genética mendeliana y operatividad o no del método de verificación de la información genética.


Un tema siempre presente al estudiar en profundidad la herencia genética de la inteligencia es la posibilidad de mejora de la misma y la forma de llevar a cabo dicha mejora.

Normalmente se entiende que si la inteligencia es una característica genética, además de representar una desigualdad inicial de los seres humanos, no se podría mejorar; lo cual no es muy agradable para la mayoría de las personas y lleva a no aceptar la herencia genética de la inteligencia mientras no se demuestre con certeza absoluta, algo imposible incluso en materias tan asépticas como la Física.

Sin embargo, en un futuro próximo se puede pensar en la mejora de la capacidad intelectual, aunque tenga naturaleza hereditaria, si la ingeniería genética alcanza un grado de desarrollo tecnológico suficiente. Todavía estamos lejos de esta posibilidad, pero quizás no tan lejos como se podría pensar en principio; a continuación se exponen algunas reflexiones sobre la posible aplicación de la ingeniería genética a la mejora de la inteligencia.

El Estudio EDI sobre la Evolución y Diseño de la Inteligencia demuestra, a mi juicio, no sólo la heredabilidad de las funciones de relación que componen la inteligencia sino también que deben estar concentradas en un único cromosoma.

Suponiendo que las conclusiones de dicho estudio sean correctas, el problema de la mejora de la inteligencia heredada se limitaría a la mejora del cromosoma implicado, en principio podría ser el cromosoma sexual, tanto el Y como el X, pero ahora no vamos a argumentar este aspecto, pues daría igual si fuese otro el cromosoma de la inteligencia, con identificarlo sería suficiente para poder empezar a pensar en utilizar la ingeniería genética.

Una película que trata el tema general de la elección de cualidades de los descendientes con una gran ternura y respeto a la libertad individual, en cuanto a utilizar la ingeniería genética o no, es Gataca. Curiosamente la película Gataca se centra especialmente en la característica de la inteligencia genética, si bien no entra en ningún momento en detalles técnicos

Obviamente el problema de la alteración de cualidades hereditarias es la pérdida de identidad o línea evolutiva del hijo respecto de los padres. En consecuencia, parece extraño incluso el plantearse determinados cambios debido a las implicaciones morales. No obstante, como en Gataca, si se respeta por un lado la libertad de elección de los padres y, por otro, las características que no se desean cambiar mantienen su evolución normal, no habría en principio ninguna objeción moral a la posibilidad de la aplicación de la técnica de la ingeniería genética para mejorar la inteligencia, al igual que ya se está utilizando para evitar enfermedades congénitas.

Antes se ha dicho que la inteligencia se concentra en un cromosoma y si reflexionamos sobre el sentido o razón de existencia de los cromosomas nos daremos cuenta de que en alguna medida deben representar unidades independientes de código genético; es decir, un nuevo ser se puede formar a partir de código genético con cromosomas de distintas personas. Es lo que hace la naturaleza, y funciona bien, luego no existe incompatibilidad funcional entre el desarrollo genético que implican los distintos cromosomas o, al menos, es mucho menor.

En consecuencia, si la ingeniería genética permitiese cambiar un cromosoma en la fecundación artificial, nos podríamos encontrar con un nuevo ser con todas las características de los progenitores menos las derivadas de la inteligencia y de todas aquellas características que se encuentren en el mismo cromosoma.

No se trata de forzar o inventar nada extraño sobre la herencia genética; lo que se plantea es la posibilidad de una aplicación de la ingeniería genética en el futuro más o menos próximo (50 años) siempre y cuando fuesen correctas las conclusiones del Estudio EDI, no existiesen problemas colaterales, se respeten las características personales de la evolución natural y, por supuesto, la libertad individual de las personas a elegir con las garantías necesarias.

          NIST Vetting Guide Helps in Testing Mobile Apps to Learn What They Really Do   

Cross-posted from While many mobile device apps such as a calendar or collaboration tools are very handy and can improve productivity, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network resources at risk. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing recommendations for organizations to help them leverage the benefits of mobile apps while managing their risks. The authors are asking for public comments on a draft of Technical Considerations for Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications* by September 18, 2014.

          Lluvia de estrellas   

Todo aquel que se precie de ser un buen aficionado a la NBA, siempre y cuando su economía se lo permita, tiene que ir a ver un partido en el que juegue alguna de nuestras idolatradas estrellas. Debe ser una peregrinación obligatoria. 

El martes pasado fui al Palau Sant Jordi para ver a España contra el USA Team y os quiero transmitir las sensaciones que saqué de mi encuentro con las estrellas. Las conclusiones que obtuve de aquel show tanto a nivel deportivo como extradeportivo (condicionantes y parafernalia previa).

Quizá el error fue mio, pensé que me encontraría un show parecido al que acontece en los partidos de la NBA, pero la ambientación que los organizadores generaron no superó las expectativas con las que venía. Sé que esta sensación no fue solo mía, pero prefiero centrarme en mi experiencia, a pesar de que probablemente sea compartida por muchos de los asistentes a aquel partido. Quizá fui un iluso al pretender presenciar un espectáculo como el que se ve allí, en el cual en los tiempos muertos ocurren tantas o más cosas que durante el partido. Por desgracia, no fue así.
La presentación se asemejó en demasía a cualquier otro partido de liga ACB o Euroliga. Esta sensación de “pobreza” organizativa se acrecentó aún más en los tiempos muertos, pues no es de recibo el poco o nulo espectáculo que se sucedió en ellos. Me parece muy bien que durante los tiempos muertos hagan “juegos” publicitarios en la pantalla del recinto, pero quiero que en pista me ofrezcan una alternativa. No me parece de recibo sacar esa clase de juegos en medio de la pista, obligándote a verlos porque no hay nada mejor que ver. Ya que el precio de una entrada para ver un USA-España es muy superior a ver un Australia-España, por ejemplo, el espectáculo durante los Time Outs debe de ser diferente; superior. Tan solo los castellers del descanso, junto al homenaje a Navarro y a tres miembros del Dream Team allí presentes (Mullin, Robinson y Drexler) merecieron la pena.

Ahora vayamos a lo importante, lo que pagué por ver, es decir, los jugadores. Esa constelación de estrellas bajo el cielo de Barcelona.
Cuando los ves en vivo se desvanece esa sensación que se tiene de jugadores de ficción, casi irreales. Conviertes la imagen que tantas veces has visto en un monitor en realidad. Los ves en carne y hueso. Existen.

Centrándonos en el partido, España tuvo un inicio fulgurante, la defensa norteamericana no cerraba su zona y permitía penetraciones españolas con relativa facilidad. José Manuel Calderón se encargaba de hacer jugar a la selección, mientras que Ibaka se beneficiaba de un tipo de base que en OKC desconoce. La afición que abarrotaba el Sant Jordi gritaba enfervorizada el espectacular inicio del combinado español, los continuos (y claros) pasos que el trío arbitral se encargaba de penalizar (en especial el dúo español) no permitía a los norteamericanos meterse en el partido. En un momento del mismo, los tres árbitros parecían adoptar una posición muy partidista, muy patriótica. Eso contribuyó a un desconcierto que benefició a Estados Unidos, en especial a Carmelo Anthony que, a diferencia del partido contra Argentina, demostró la calidad que atesora y ya en el descanso llevaba 23 puntos con un 5 de 6 en triples.

En la segunda mitad se sumaron a la fiesta más jugadores y el resultado que reflejaba el marcador en el descanso (40-48) no hizo más que aumentar, ni la zona planteada por Scariolo era capaz de detener el vendaval norteamericano. Jugadores como LeBron, Durant o Westbrook aumentaron el nivel en la segunda mitad del encuentro y España se deshizo como un azucarillo. El griterío de los primeros minutos de partido se fue apagando en concordancia con el juego de España, que estuvo muy errática en el tiro, incluso desde la línea de personal. Sus exteriores no supieron nutrir de buenos balones a un Gasol defendido por LeBron, circumstancia a mejorar en un probable enfrentamiento en Londres.

A pesar de la clara victoria norteamericana (78-100) no tuve la sensación de ver un juego espectacular, un equipo imbatible. Estados Unidos no juega como equipo, aún no ha aprendido. Es un cúmulo de estrellas cuyo repertorio táctico se basa en repetir hasta la saciedad los pick&pops o pick&rolls, sin arsenal táctico más allá de la espontaneidad de sus estrellas. Un juego basado en el 1 para 1 o 2 para 2 centrándose en romper a su par para conseguir ventaja y beneficiarse de ella. Su asfixiante defensa les permite ocultar esa carencia ofensiva, pues muchos puntos llegaron y llegarán de contraataques o transiciones rápidas. En ese aspecto la actitud de los colegiados será decisiva, pues deberán penalizar a los jugadores norteamericanos cuando incurran en pasos. Hecho que, temo, sucederá con frecuencia.

Mención aparte merece Ibaka, no cabe duda de que es un bastión defensivo de primer orden mundial. Un jugador capaz de intimidar incluso al USA Team solo lo tiene España y es evidente que lo aprovecharemos. Pero no estaría de más rebajar la ansiedad con la que juega, pues en muchas ocasiones Serge se empeña en buscar el tapón a toda costa, sin percibir que el balón desciende o ya ha tocado tablero; debe aprender a leer el momento oportuno para taponar.

En la mayoría de partidos no será necesario, pero a medida que la competición vaya avanzando y los rivales sean de mayor entidad, tendremos que mandar más balones a nuestros pívots; los mejores de los JJOO. Eso facilitará la labor de los exteriores y sobre todo dañará las defensas rivales desde el interior, donde son más vulnerables. Si lo consiguen, el sueño de batir al temido equipo norteamericano puede dejar de serlo. Nadie, ni tan solo Estados Unidos, cuenta con dos 7 pies de tal calidad técnica. Es necesario que juguemos para ellos, iniciar la jugada subministrando balones a nuestros interiores.

Espero presenciar un segundo enfrentamiento entre estos colosos del baloncesto mundial, quiero ver desatar sus fuerzas en el telón de fondo más importante del mundo.

¡Qué empiecen los Juegos!

          december songs 31   
i am making it a goal this december to find a video a day that just says it. maybe it is bitter, hopeful, tragic, or celebratory. maybe it inspires. i do hope that some of you may also find it cathartic. let me know... 

i can't get through 31 days of december songs without mention of neil young. so december songs 31 is a recent piece by him, indian givers, in protest of the dakota pipeline. neil young is the master of protest songs, especially important in the coming days of our new administration. may we all continue to defend what is good, sacred, and vulnerable in 20

There's a battle raging on the sacred land
Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand
Against us now for what we all been doin'
On the sacred land there's a battle brewin'

I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news

Now it's been about 500 years

We keep taking what we gave away
Just like what we call Indian givers
It makes you sick and gives you shivers

I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news

Big money going backwards and ripping the soil

Where graves are scattered and blood was boiled
When all who look can see the truth
But they just move on and keep their groove

I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news

Saw Happy locked to the big machine

They had to cut him loose and you know what that means
That's when Happy went to jail
Behind big money justice always fails

I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news

Bring back the days when good was good

Lose these imposters in our neighborhood
Across our farms and through our waters
All at the cost of our sons and squaw daughters
Yeah our brave sons and daughters

We're all here together fighting poison waters
Standing against the evil way
That's what we have at the end of day

I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news
I wish somebody would share the news

          Beyond repeal of Obamacare   
The proposed Medicaid cuts in the new U.S. Senate bill could impact coverage for 400,000 Arkansas children.

On June 22, Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a long-awaited bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, the health care law often referred to as Obamacare. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would rework the ACA's subsidies for individual insurance policies, cut taxes for higher-income households, end the mandate that individuals have insurance, and allow states to opt out of ACA requirements that insurance policies include benefits such as mental health and maternity coverage. It would also put an end to the enhanced funding rate that made it possible to expand Medicaid to cover some 14.4 million low-income adults nationwide.

But the Senate bill, like similar legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, would also institute major cuts to the traditional Medicaid program, potentially affecting coverage for millions of children, elderly people and disabled adults nationwide. In Arkansas, 30 percent of the state's population — about 912,000 people — were enrolled in some form of Medicaid in March 2017, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That figure includes enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which together with Medicaid pays for ARKids A and B.

Marquita Little, health policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said the Senate bill "goes well beyond the political promise of repealing Obamacare. It restructures Medicaid funding. And so, it really is a U-turn on the promise that the federal government has always made to states — that Medicaid would be funded through a state-federal partnership." (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has contributed funding to the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network.)

The Senate bill would reshape Medicaid in two ways. First, beginning in 2021, it would phase out the Medicaid expansion created by the ACA, which provides coverage to low-income adults. Approximately 300,000 Arkansans are now enrolled in Arkansas Works, the program funded by the Medicaid expansion. Second, the Senate bill would cap federal spending on the rest of Medicaid, which existed long before the ACA's expansion and which is composed of programs such as ARKids. Rather than Medicaid paying for patients' medical care on an open-ended basis, as is now the case, the federal government would disburse funds to states in lump sums, either on a per capita basis or through block grants. The Congressional Budget Office projects 22 million people would lose coverage if the Senate bill become law.

Parents like Julie Kauffman of Mountain Home are anxiously watching developments in Washington and wondering how the proposed cuts would translate to Arkansas. Kauffman's daughter, Olive, suffers from cerebral palsy that resulted from viral encephalitis that developed 12 days after she was born. After the infant was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital, Kauffman and her husband were told their private Blue Cross policy would pay for less than half of the helicopter ride, leaving them on the hook for $7,000.

"That was kind of our first introduction to, 'Oh, our health insurance doesn't cover what our child needs,' " Kauffman said. The financial office at the hospital told the parents they should get Olive on Medicaid. "I thought, 'We have health insurance, this is ridiculous. We don't need Medicaid.' Two helicopter rides later, and thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars later, we desperately need Medicaid."

Now 3 years old, Olive's condition requires periodic visits to specialists at the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital, plus regular speech, occupational and physical therapy sessions at a clinic in Mountain Home. She now spends nine hours in therapy per week. "What Blue Cross covers for her and therapy, she maxes out every year in February. That's when Medicaid picks up the rest of her tally," Kauffman said.

It's especially crucial that Olive receive intensive therapy at a young age, Kauffman explained, to maximize her chances of developing the skills necessary to lead a more independent life. "It's now or never. I mean, we have to do it now. She's 30 pounds. She doesn't have head control. She can't sit up and feed herself. She's nonverbal. She's, you know, total care, and unless we get as much bang for our buck now, what does her future look like?" On July 1, a new rule from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, which administers Medicaid in Arkansas, will limit the number of billable minutes of speech, occupational and physical therapy a beneficiary may receive each week without special authorization. The cap is 90 minutes for each category — about half what Olive receives right now. DHS said in a September legal notice that the change is estimated to save the Arkansas Medicaid budget $56.2 million annually. Kauffman said she will seek DHS approval to keep paying for the additional therapy hours, but she's concerned about the future.

"What's happening in the state alone, along with what's coming down from the federal level — it's just terrifying."

Kauffman said her biggest concerns about the Senate bill "are the cuts and the block grants. If it comes down to a block grant system where the federal government gives each state a set amount of dollars, how is that going to be disbursed from child to child? I don't know how they would even begin to figure that out. My kid is expensive, and that's not her fault. ... I understand the thought process that Medicaid cannot sustain at the rate that it's going. But there are also a lot of kids in my daughter's situation who didn't ask for this. They need as much help as they can possibly get, and in a perfect world her private insurance would cover what she needs — but it just doesn't."

Olive previously was on ARKids but now has Medicaid coverage through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability. "Because my husband and I are both self-employed and our income fluctuates, she qualifies for SSI at the moment — but that could change at any moment," Kauffman said. She is a subcontractor for a medical billing company; her husband owns a furniture company, where she also works part time. Although their daughter receives substantial government benefits, the couple also ends up devoting much of their household income to her care as well, from specialized equipment to travel costs to St. Louis to therapy that must be paid for out-of-pocket. For the self-employed, time away from home is time spent not working — an additional drain on family resources.

"We're fortunate to have grandparents who chip in when they can and relatives who help out as needed, but, for the most part, we're just doing the best we can do to get by," she said. "We could have $10 million and it still wouldn't be enough."

Approximately 400,000 kids in Arkansas are on Medicaid — about half the children in the state. Only a small percentage have medical needs as pronounced as Olive's. Nonetheless, Marquita Little said, reductions to federal Medicaid spending proposed by the Senate bill would be "devastating to our medical system in Arkansas.

"Our overall impression is that it's still a dangerous bill for kids, for our most vulnerable populations ... [including] seniors, people with disabilities. By capping funding on traditional Medicaid, we would basically be reducing funding that we have in place for those populations. ... So what that means for Arkansas is that we would be forced to make some tough decisions about how we absorb those cuts. You either have to reduce what you actually cover, or you have to reduce payments that we're making to providers."

Having a child who requires such specialized care has changed her perception of Medicaid and those who benefit from the program, Kauffman said. "The biggest thing is that Medicaid helps so many more people than just what everybody assumes... . You know, people who don't want to go out and find a job and take care of themselves. Medicaid is so much more than that. So I think it's just this misconception ... and I was guilty of that. But now I know how needed it is."

This reporting is courtesy of the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, an independent, nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans.

          Look to Kansas   
The grand austerity experiment of the once great state of Kansas has finally collapsed.

Look to Kansas

The grand austerity experiment of the once great state of Kansas has finally collapsed. The Republican dominated state legislature of Kansas passed a bill to reinstate some previous taxes in an effort to raise $1.2 billion in two years, but Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the bill, which forced the legislature to override the veto. The Kansas state budget already faced a whopping $900 million shortfall over the next two years, according to CNN reports. Can this kind of Republican madness occur in Arkansas?

The mainstream media may not have caught on yet, but there are two factors driving the Kansas fiscal calamity. The first factor is the Republican lack of will to cut Republican spending. Austerity cannot work until everybody cuts spending. The second is the Koch factor. The infamous king makers, the Koch brothers, are headquartered on 37th Street in Wichita, Kan., which makes Kansas the veritable ground zero for austere Republican directives. A better analogy is that the Kochs have created a black hole in Wichita, which is destroying all common sense in the surrounding red states and swallowing up Arkansas. For instance, just five months ago, President Obama left our nation and Arkansas with low unemployment and a booming economy. Governor Hutchinson and his General Assembly of Koch zombies cannot even fund a highway bill.

Hey, Toto! We're in Kansas!

Gene Mason


From the web in response to Ernest Dumas' June 22 column, "Obamascare":

As H.L. Mencken once observed, in somewhat different terms, one should never rely on the intelligence of American voters, Ernie. One of his supporters once enthusiastically told Adlai Stevenson, in the 1956 campaign against Ike Eisenhower, "Mr. Stevenson you have the support of every thinking American." To which, he calmly replied, "That's not enough, ma'am. I need a majority."


From the web in response to the June 26 Arkansas Blog post "Supreme Court orders Arkansas to stop birth certificate discrimination":

Another big win for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, heh heh.


Is there anything in the Obergefell decision that would treat same sex married couples any different than the protected classes of the Civil Rights Act? If not, an overturning of the Colorado baker decision would relegate all protected classes equally vulnerable to discrimination on the grounds of sincerely held beliefs. Not just LGBT people, but also blacks and Jews and women. Woolworth's could then say that blacks at their lunch counters offends their religious beliefs, and the entire Civil Rights Act would be moot.


While, of course, celebrating this and all other decisions favoring gay rights, I do wonder if we may need a parallel system to track strictly genetic origins. Otherwise aren't sperm and egg donation going to make true ancestry tracking problematic? When the doc asks if there's a history of heart disease in your family, you kinda need to know where your genes came from.


We're reaching the point that DNA can identify medical conditions better than personal/family history. Especially when, and it's true, ancestral history may not be what it seems. Just saying.


From the web in response to the June 23 Arkansas Blog post, "Little Rock to sell $90 million in bonds to build Southwest High School, do other work":

Excellent explainer on the difference between the failed bond extension and this method of financing the school construction, but coming on the heels of the vote, it's hard not to see this as a calculated FU by Key to the voters of the district.


          ANA-Michigan Endorses National Nurse Act   

May 23, 2016

To The Michigan Congressional Delegation:

On behalf of the American Nurses Association (ANA)-Michigan, representing 147,234 registered nurses in Michigan, we are writing to request your co sponsorship of the National Nurse Act of 2015 (H.R. 379) (S. 1205) and express our full support for this legislation.

Designating the Chief Nurse Officer position as the National Nurse for Public Health will help strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in bolstering a nationwide shift to prevention to yield improved health outcomes. The National Nurse for Public Health’s support for the Surgeon General’s focus on prevention, developing nurses as community health advocates, and promoting professional nursing is key to the role nursing plays in our nation’s healthcare infrastructure.

The projected total coat of chronic disease from 2016-2030 in Michigan is $1.3 trillion. In 2015, 6.1 million people in Michigan had at least 1 chronic disease and 2.4 million had 2 or more chronic diseases. Most of these conditions are largely preventable. By promoting health awareness increasing health literacy, and reducing health disparities, the National Nurse for Public Health would play an important role in improving our nation’s health.

Now more than ever, nurses must continue to be proactive in the fight against illness and disease. We recognize the potential of having the National Nurse for Public Health as a representative who would meet with health care leaders to determine ways to address continued health disparities and access issues for the country’s most vulnerable.

As we continue to transform our health systems at the state and national level, it is important that we work to elevate the role of public health nursing to create community level systems, identify public health concerns, and achieve early intervention for identified needs. A philosophical and cultural shift to focus on wellness here in Michigan and on the national level that is reinforced by nurses in every community would go a long way in promoting health, reducing costs, and saving lives.

We request your co sponsorship for the National Nurse Act of 2015 and are ready to work with you to help move this legislation forward.


MaryLee Pakieser

          La Obra Social 'la Caixa' destina 100.000 euros a tres proyectos sociales en la provincia   
La Obra Social 'la Caixa' ha concedido ayudas por valor de 100.000 euros a tres proyectos sociales en la provincia de Huelva destinados a favorecer el desarrollo integral y la igualdad de oportunidades de personas en situación de pobreza y vulnerabilidad social.
          The need for comprehensive email security is greater than ever   

Email continues to be the most common attack vector by which networks are compromised and malware spread. Spam still comprises the majority of messages sent, while blended threats and phishing attacks continue to grow in both volume and sophistication. Too often, existing antivirus and anti-spam solutions leave businesses vulnerable to emerging threats.

Robust email security encompasses not only protection against the obvious threats to security, but also the less obvious threats to productivity. Given the critical nature of email as a communication tool for businesses, any downtime can have a substantial impact on an organization’s productivity.

          Vulnerabilities discovered in Microsoft browsers   

A Wellington-based ICT security company,, has uncovered vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers which can allow attackers to obtain sensitive information and potentially run malicious code on victim machines.

          Assistência Jurídica Dilatada e o quádruplo alcance do termo “vulnerabilidade”   
(Re)visitando o conceito de “necessitados”
          Rode NTG3 Package D   
Rode NTG3 Package D

Rode NTG3 Package D

Rode NTG-3 PACKAGE D © includes:     Rode NTG3B shotgun microphone (NTG3B) Rode BOOM POLE (BOOMPOLE) Rode BLIMP2 (BLIMP2) Digibroadcast 5MTR XLR CABLE (5MXLR3PIN) Rode NTSM3 (NTSM3)   The NTG-3 is the result of years of development by RØDE engineers, providing the professional broadcast and film industries with an affordable yet uncompromising microphone.Using a technology known as RF-bias the RØDE NTG-3 is almost completely resistant to moisture, making it the only option when recording in any demanding environments where condensation is an issue.In addition to its robust properties the NTG-3 combines very low weight (163g), a durable anti-glare finish and incredibly low handling and self-noise (13dBA) to become RØDE’s premier A/V microphone.When not in use the NTG-3 can be stored away in the included weather resistant aluminium storage cylinder, providing additional protection when travelling and storing the microphone. Designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions 50% less self-noise than the majority of shotgun microphones True condenser (externally RF biased) Extremely low handling noise High level of immunity to radio frequency broadcast Superior broadcast sound quality Weather resistant aluminium storage cylinder Telescopic Boom Pole. Extends to 3m RØDE Microphones releases the Blimp, an all new suspension windshield for use with professional shotgun microphones. The new RØDE Blimp is a complete windshield and shock mounting accessory, designed to accommodate the RØDE NTG-1, NTG-2 and NTG-3 shotgun microphones in addition to the NT4 stereo microphone and most third party shotgun microphones up to 325mm (12 ¾”) in length.“During the design of the RØDE Blimp we continually focussed on adding tangible performance benefits for the user.” explained the RØDE Blimp’s Lead Industrial Designer, Matthew Hall. “None of the features unique to the Blimp were incorporated without careful analysis and consideration for their purpose. We took great care to ensure all elements worked cohesively and were integrated into the overall design in a manner to provide the best possible windshield product on the market today.”The Blimp’s main housing is based on a 10 frequency geodesic dome, with a triangular cross-section that allows the part to be injection-moulded in one piece. This geometry creates a high open-area ratio that greatly improves the acoustic transparency over existing solutions, yet an unparalleled level of robustness and physical protection for the microphone. The end-domes can be easily removed by twisting off, allowing easy access to the microphone. An oversize thread allows easy and intuitive re-attachment of the domes, avoiding clip systems that are difficult to use and vulnerable to breaking.A high quality ‘Dead Wombat’ synthetic fur cover and brush is supplied for additional wind protection in extreme environments. 5 Meter 3 Pin XLR Cable NTSM3 Suspension shock mount (cold shoe adaptor). Made for the RØDE NTG series. Features a 4-way rubber suspension system with quick release tilt mechanism, and a 3-way mounting system with 1/4"x20 and 3/8"x16 internal threads for boom pole or tripod mounting and a standard hot shoe adaptor for direct camera mounting. Will work with all similar diameter shotgun mics.     *Digibroadcast has put together some bespoke Rode packages for our clients based on our own research and surveys and holds the right to protect all of its content ©  

          "Janot, o homem mais poderoso e perigoso do Brasil "   

quarta-feira, junho 21, 2017
Uma ala da direita preferiu fingir que Rodrigo Janot não dava todos os sinais de parcialidade em sua cruzada contra a corrupção só para poder atacar “todos que estão aí”, o sistema como um todo, sem distinções. E a bola da vez era Temer com seu PMDB e o apoio do PSDB. É compreensível a revolta contra todos os principais partidos, todos eles de esquerda, diga-se, ainda que seja cegueira ou burrice não perceber que o PT é mil vezes pior, por não ser “apenas” corrupto, e sim totalitário e bolchevique. Saber quem atacar primeiro não é ter bandido preferido; é questão de prioridade. Mas, no afã de posar de purista jacobino contra todas as forças do mal, eis que uma turma à direita fechou os olhos e “casou” com Janot. Com Janot! O mesmo que hibernou em cima dos processos contra os petistas graúdos. Fazer pacto com o diabo pensando no curto prazo é sempre muito perigoso. Carlos Andreazza, em corajoso artigo, mostra como esse apoio a Janot serve apenas aos interesses dos próprios petistas. Não dá para ser inocente útil da extrema-esquerda, que já deu todas as provas de jogar sujo, de não medir esforços e não ter escrúpulo algum em sua busca pelo poder. Diz Andreazza, expondo o duplo padrão do procurador-geral da República: Note o leitor que, na investida de Janot, muito mais que um movimento contra Aécio Neves, vai explícita a criminalização da atividade política. É da ordem da barbárie difundir uma reunião entre políticos como conspiração contra a democracia. Mas essa generalização — que a todos iguala por baixo — serve a um projeto. A reabilitação do PT, especificamente a de Lula, só está em curso porque se enterrou a política na lama. Escolhido por Dilma Rousseff e reconduzido ao cargo por ela, Janot é hoje — mérito consequente de muita determinação — o homem mais poderoso do Brasil, trabalhador incansável por fazer justiça, guerreiro cujo entusiasmo por acusar poderosos é outro desde que o PT saiu do Planalto. Está aí um patriota a quem o impeachment liberou. Senhor da agenda que pauta — e paralisa — a vida pública no país, há semanas tem o presidente sob a ameaça de uma denúncia ao Supremo, com cujo ritmo brinca como se fosse João Gilberto com o tempo de uma canção. Nesse período, diariamente, vaza-se à imprensa que talvez a cousa seja formalizada amanhã, mas que, bem, pode ser na semana que vem. Depende. Depende — digo eu — do momento. Do momento político. De um em que Michel Temer se encontre vulnerável. Andreazza chama a atenção para o arbítrio do procurador-geral, do uso seletivo de seus poderes, do uso abusivo de seus poderes, resumindo ser ele hoje “a única autoridade que faz o que quer neste país”. E como a alvo é Temer ou Aécio, que ninguém quer defender, que não contarão jamais com um exército paralelo para gritar nas ruas “heróis do povo brasileiro”, como fazem os petistas com seus bandidos, então a turma faz vista grossa aos abusos. Mas isso é extremamente perigoso. Afinal, se o arbítrio é tolerado hoje, ele poderá ser usado amanhã também. “Até o dia em que esses métodos se voltarem contra um dos nossos. Aí, será o quê? Estado policial?”, pergunta o autor. Andreazza conclui lembrando das possíveis intenções políticas de Janot: Não sem aviso, chegamos ao momento em que um tipo como Joesley Batista diz que Temer é líder da “maior e mais perigosa organização criminosa deste país” — e fica tudo por isso mesmo. Ai, ai… Os desconfiados — teóricos da conspiração — atrapalham o Brasil. Essa é a verdade. Dificilmente, contudo, atrapalharão o movimento orgânico dos que militam para que Janot se candidate a senador em 2018, pelo Estado de Minas Gerais, na vaga a ser aberta por Aécio Neves. Mas pode ser a governador. Será pelo PT? Ou disfarçaremos numa linha auxiliar? Rede?

          Calendula Bio - Estratto Idroalcolico   

Calendula Officinalis L.
Nome comune: Calendula
Famiglia: Asteraceae
Parte utilizzata: sommità fiorite


• 6,25% glucosidi triterpenici
• 3% carotenoidi (caroteni e xantofille: azione vulneraria)
• Flavonoidi e cumarine
• 0,1-0,4% olio essenziale (az.antimicrobica)
• Polisaccardidi (az.immunostimolante)
• Composti azotati


  • Antinfiammatoria, antisettica, cicatrizzante
  • Ipotensiva, vasodilatatrice periferica, antispasmodica, emmenagoga e coleretica


USO INTERNO: amenorrea, irregolarità mestruali, dismenorrea

USO ESTERNO: trattamento pelli screpolate, facilmente arrossabili, dermatosi eritematose (eritema da pannolino, ustioni lievi, eritema da agenti chimicofisici), contusioni ,ulcere e ipercheratosi


La letteratura medica non segnala effetti secondari tossici.


Calendula O. T.M.: 30 gocce 2/3 volte al dì


Tutti conoscono la Calendula soprattutto per i suoi fiori arancione ma un'attenta analisi del fitocomplesso consente di attribuire alla pianta innumerevoli proprietà.

I componenti dell'olio essenziale sono responsabili dell'attività antimicrobica, antifungiva ed antivirale.

L'attività è diretta in particolare nei confronti dei batteri Gram-positivi.

L'attività antiinfiammatoria sarebbe da attribuire invece agli alcoli triterpenici. Le proprietà vulnerarie sono determinate da un'aumento dell'attività fagocitaria del Sistema Reticolo Endoteliale, dall'incremento di produzione di fibrina con rapida chiusura delle ferite e formazione di tessuto di granulazione.

Come emmenagogo e antidismenorroico ristabilisce il flusso mestruale diminuendone i fenomeni dolorosi e i disturbi di natura riflessa.

Le mucillagini della Calendula svolgono una specifica azione emolliente, filmogena, protettiva e contemporaneamente isolano e proteggono le parti irritate e ne condizionano il grado di umidità.

E' quindi valida l'indicazione nelle dermatiti da pannolino.

Può essere infine prescritta per lunghi periodi nei disturbi della circolazione venosa con varicosi e tromboflebiti in quanto migliora le condizioni della cute riducendo la tensione tissutale locale.

          iOS 7.1.1 Jailbreak Bootloop: How to Solve the Problem   

The only iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak available today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices have been launched by hackers from China. The team behind this exploit has created programs to support Windows and Mac. The interface is now available in English to support foreign users who wish to jailbreak their iDevices but don’t want to see everything in Chinese.

The first version of Pangu used the exploit found by i0n1c who isn’t happy about this. As he tweeted recently, it is surely “no way okay” when someone presents a public jailbreak with the vulnerability found by Stefan Esser also known as i0n1c. This well-known hacker revealed his exploits to students at one of the training courses for hackers. But now the Chinese team assures they have swapped out the holes discovered by Esser and moved to new exploits.

The version 1.1 of the new Pangu 7.1.1 jailbreak untethered seems to burn at least two exploits. As Esser notes, they are simply “wasting ever more bugs on something unimportant” as the minor update with Mac support can only offer untethered 7.1.1 jailbreak and nothing more.

While the jailbreaking community doesn’t like what Chinese hackers did some users take advantage of using iOS 7.1.1 exploit and jailbreaking their iDevice. The question is what users will do after Apple officially releases its next big iOS 8 update with most exploits killed right now? Will hackers create a new program or update their old one to support the untethered jailbreaking of this next firmware?

It doesn’t look like Chinese guys want to save their vulnerabilities for new versions. What do you think about their release and possible plans for the future? Do you believe they will find more holes in the mobile operating system?
          Sisters of Somalia   

Asha Hagi Elmi is a humanitarian activist, internationally recognised for her work helping to build peace and defend the rights of women in Somalia. Witness journeys with Asha to the refugee camps of Mogadishu, swelled to bursting point in 2011 by tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing drought and the threat of famine.

Asha, her sister Amina and other women from the NGO she founded, Saving Somali Women and Children (SSWC), distribute food, clothing, medical and practical aid, lend an ear to the refugees' stories and, most of all, attempt to restore dignity to the lives of the often traumatised and extremely vulnerable women and children they meet in the camps.

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          Beyond repeal of Obamacare   
The proposed Medicaid cuts in the new U.S. Senate bill could impact coverage for 400,000 Arkansas children.

On June 22, Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a long-awaited bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, the health care law often referred to as Obamacare. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would rework the ACA's subsidies for individual insurance policies, cut taxes for higher-income households, end the mandate that individuals have insurance, and allow states to opt out of ACA requirements that insurance policies include benefits such as mental health and maternity coverage. It would also put an end to the enhanced funding rate that made it possible to expand Medicaid to cover some 14.4 million low-income adults nationwide.

But the Senate bill, like similar legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, would also institute major cuts to the traditional Medicaid program, potentially affecting coverage for millions of children, elderly people and disabled adults nationwide. In Arkansas, 30 percent of the state's population — about 912,000 people — were enrolled in some form of Medicaid in March 2017, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That figure includes enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which together with Medicaid pays for ARKids A and B.

Marquita Little, health policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said the Senate bill "goes well beyond the political promise of repealing Obamacare. It restructures Medicaid funding. And so, it really is a U-turn on the promise that the federal government has always made to states — that Medicaid would be funded through a state-federal partnership." (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has contributed funding to the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network.)

The Senate bill would reshape Medicaid in two ways. First, beginning in 2021, it would phase out the Medicaid expansion created by the ACA, which provides coverage to low-income adults. Approximately 300,000 Arkansans are now enrolled in Arkansas Works, the program funded by the Medicaid expansion. Second, the Senate bill would cap federal spending on the rest of Medicaid, which existed long before the ACA's expansion and which is composed of programs such as ARKids. Rather than Medicaid paying for patients' medical care on an open-ended basis, as is now the case, the federal government would disburse funds to states in lump sums, either on a per capita basis or through block grants. The Congressional Budget Office projects 22 million people would lose coverage if the Senate bill become law.

Parents like Julie Kauffman of Mountain Home are anxiously watching developments in Washington and wondering how the proposed cuts would translate to Arkansas. Kauffman's daughter, Olive, suffers from cerebral palsy that resulted from viral encephalitis that developed 12 days after she was born. After the infant was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital, Kauffman and her husband were told their private Blue Cross policy would pay for less than half of the helicopter ride, leaving them on the hook for $7,000.

"That was kind of our first introduction to, 'Oh, our health insurance doesn't cover what our child needs,' " Kauffman said. The financial office at the hospital told the parents they should get Olive on Medicaid. "I thought, 'We have health insurance, this is ridiculous. We don't need Medicaid.' Two helicopter rides later, and thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars later, we desperately need Medicaid."

Now 3 years old, Olive's condition requires periodic visits to specialists at the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital, plus regular speech, occupational and physical therapy sessions at a clinic in Mountain Home. She now spends nine hours in therapy per week. "What Blue Cross covers for her and therapy, she maxes out every year in February. That's when Medicaid picks up the rest of her tally," Kauffman said.

It's especially crucial that Olive receive intensive therapy at a young age, Kauffman explained, to maximize her chances of developing the skills necessary to lead a more independent life. "It's now or never. I mean, we have to do it now. She's 30 pounds. She doesn't have head control. She can't sit up and feed herself. She's nonverbal. She's, you know, total care, and unless we get as much bang for our buck now, what does her future look like?" On July 1, a new rule from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, which administers Medicaid in Arkansas, will limit the number of billable minutes of speech, occupational and physical therapy a beneficiary may receive each week without special authorization. The cap is 90 minutes for each category — about half what Olive receives right now. DHS said in a September legal notice that the change is estimated to save the Arkansas Medicaid budget $56.2 million annually. Kauffman said she will seek DHS approval to keep paying for the additional therapy hours, but she's concerned about the future.

"What's happening in the state alone, along with what's coming down from the federal level — it's just terrifying."

Kauffman said her biggest concerns about the Senate bill "are the cuts and the block grants. If it comes down to a block grant system where the federal government gives each state a set amount of dollars, how is that going to be disbursed from child to child? I don't know how they would even begin to figure that out. My kid is expensive, and that's not her fault. ... I understand the thought process that Medicaid cannot sustain at the rate that it's going. But there are also a lot of kids in my daughter's situation who didn't ask for this. They need as much help as they can possibly get, and in a perfect world her private insurance would cover what she needs — but it just doesn't."

Olive previously was on ARKids but now has Medicaid coverage through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability. "Because my husband and I are both self-employed and our income fluctuates, she qualifies for SSI at the moment — but that could change at any moment," Kauffman said. She is a subcontractor for a medical billing company; her husband owns a furniture company, where she also works part time. Although their daughter receives substantial government benefits, the couple also ends up devoting much of their household income to her care as well, from specialized equipment to travel costs to St. Louis to therapy that must be paid for out-of-pocket. For the self-employed, time away from home is time spent not working — an additional drain on family resources.

"We're fortunate to have grandparents who chip in when they can and relatives who help out as needed, but, for the most part, we're just doing the best we can do to get by," she said. "We could have $10 million and it still wouldn't be enough."

Approximately 400,000 kids in Arkansas are on Medicaid — about half the children in the state. Only a small percentage have medical needs as pronounced as Olive's. Nonetheless, Marquita Little said, reductions to federal Medicaid spending proposed by the Senate bill would be "devastating to our medical system in Arkansas.

"Our overall impression is that it's still a dangerous bill for kids, for our most vulnerable populations ... [including] seniors, people with disabilities. By capping funding on traditional Medicaid, we would basically be reducing funding that we have in place for those populations. ... So what that means for Arkansas is that we would be forced to make some tough decisions about how we absorb those cuts. You either have to reduce what you actually cover, or you have to reduce payments that we're making to providers."

Having a child who requires such specialized care has changed her perception of Medicaid and those who benefit from the program, Kauffman said. "The biggest thing is that Medicaid helps so many more people than just what everybody assumes... . You know, people who don't want to go out and find a job and take care of themselves. Medicaid is so much more than that. So I think it's just this misconception ... and I was guilty of that. But now I know how needed it is."

This reporting is courtesy of the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, an independent, nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans.

          Grey-winged Inca-finch (Incaspiza ortizi): downlist from Vulnerable to Near Threatened or Least Concern?   
Grey-winged Inca-finch, Incaspiza ortizi, is currently listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2 on the basis that it is known from only a limited number of locations (BirdLife International 2017). The species is endemic to Peru, with known records from Palamba, … Continue reading
          Dig Pink - Jersey Auction and more!   

On Wednesday, October 17, Berry Volleyball will hold our second annual Dig Pink event to raise money and awareness to benefit the Side Out Foundation, a charitable organization that is committed to the unification of the sport of volleyball and its alliance with the movement for breast cancer awareness, education, and research.  You can click on the link above to donate directly to help us reach our fundraising goal of $2,500, or you can help us reach our goal in a number of other ways.

1) Attend our match versus Shorter on October 17, and 100% of the gate admission will go towards the cause!

2) Bring your spare change to donate at the event.  We will have a "penny" war to see which school's fans can raise the most money.

3) Pledge to donate an amount of money per dig that we make in our Oct 17 match.  We are averaging 13.03 digs per set which means we are likely to have between 39 and 65 digs in the match depending on how many sets we play.  So, a pledge of $.50 per dig would mean a donation of between $19.50 and $32.50.  You can e-mail Coach Mika Robinson at or contact your favorite player to make a pledge.

4) Buy a Berry Dig Pink shirt at the event or by e-mailing Coach Mika Robinson at  Shirts are $10 each and are available in adult sizes.

5) Buy one of the game jerseys in our jersey auction!  To bid on a jersey, e-mail Coach Mika Robinson at to get a bid number.  You may e-mail Coach Robinson as often as you like to update your bid.  This post will be updated to reflect current bids.  Remote bidding will close at 3:00pm on Oct 17 and silent auction bidding will re-open at the match.  If you are unable to attend the match, you can e-mail a "high bid" to be applied at the end of the evening.  The following jerseys are available for auction:


 #      Player Name                            Current Bid       Current High Bid #
1      Stephanie Steele                 $75                     5
2      Krista Miller                         $40                    7
3      Sarah Steffan                      $20    
4      Emily Stromberg                 $20    
6      Kelsey Lochstampfor           $75                    10  
7      Stephanie Quinn                  $40                     6
8      Meredith Hopper                   $500                  1
9      Chrissy Ricketts                    $20                   4
10    Lauren Schmitz                     $20                  12
11    Anna Keappler                      $50                   9       
12    Gretchen Kaufman                $35                  11      
13    Megan Woodall                     $20        
14    Katie O'Rourke                      $20          
15    Claressa Brekke                    $50                   3
18    Jennifer Tinnell                      $20


 #      Player Name                      Current Bid       Current High Bid #
1       Jennifer Campbell          $20
2       Jasmine Crook               $20
3       Megan Pepe                   $20
4       Christina Johnson          $20
5       Lauren Millsaps             $20
7       Taylor Wilkerson           $20
8       Jasmine Nieman            $20
9       Leslie Welch                 $20
11     Brooke Dowd               $20
12     Loren Olive                   $20
13     Tanequa Whitman         $20
14     Anna Graham                $20
15     Jessica White                 $20                  13
16     Sarah Armstrong           $20
17     Dena Pierce                   $20
21     Jordan Corder                $20
22     Kelsey Kirk                   $20
23     Michala Askew              $20


          Avoiding Change? Making Changes That Stick   

Change is never easy, even change for the better. It’s why so many people choose to stay in jobs they loathe, in relationships that chip away at their self-confidence or sticking to habits that rob years from their life, rather than embrace the uneasiness, uncertainty and vulnerability that change creates. Change can take a toll. […]

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          Stand up for yourself. You teach people how to treat you!   

There are many ways we’re called to be courageous in our lives, but often the most difficult is in our relationships. Our deep desire to belong and feel loved coupled with our fear of rejection and confrontation can trigger our vulnerability and override our better judgement. Sometimes it may simply be that we let an […]

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          Beyond Facebook: Why it’s important to share our struggles, not just status updates   

Perhaps your Facebook status updates reflect what's really going on in your life. However if not, then I encourage you to be more courageous in connecting with those around you, dropping your guard, letting go the need to show you've got it all together, and sharing how you really are (i.e., the stuff you might never post on Facebook). While our fears drive us to avoid situations that put us at risk of rejection or ridicule or criticism, only when we have the courage to do just that can we forge the rich, and incredibly rewarding relationships that help to buoy us over life's bigger waves, and retain our sense of humour as we go.

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          Q&A with Margie: Acting with courage in an increasingly busy & cautious world.   

  I was recently interviewed for an article in a magazine via email. I know my answers will be edited down to fit their word count but thought you might enjoy reading through this short Q&A about courage in an increasingly time-poor world. How do you define courage? Courage is choosing to make ourselves vulnerable to what we […]

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          Is Facebook making us lonely? Why we mustn’t hide behind technology   

As our online networks have grown ever more expansive, our relationships offline have thinned, leaving many people feeling more alone with fewer confidents than they had in the era "B.F." (Before Facebook.) As social media appeals to our vanity and vulnerability, we must be vigilant not to hide behind the technology in communicating with the people around us, escaping the ‘real work’ of addressing the issues which arise in real (and truly authentic) relationships.

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          Why you are wired for inaction!   

we human beings are wired to be risk averse. In other words, we find it much easier to settle with the status quo, keep our mouths closed and our heads down rather than to make a change, take a chance or speak up and engage in what I call a "courageous conversation." When weighing up whether to do something that makes us vulnerable to failing, losing face or some other form or loss, we have an innate tendency to over estimate the size of risks and under estimate our ability to handle them.

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          “Courage is…”   

Courage is saying ‘Enough!’ to the fears that urge you to play safe, speak safe, love safe and live safe, knowing that becoming vulnerable to you fears lies at the heart of everything worthwhile.

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          Do you have a Risk-Ready or Risk-Averse Mindset?   

When we’re willing to step outside our emotional comfort zone, and become vulnerable to what we fear, we discover that most our fears are either exaggerated or unfounded, and that we are far braver than we thought ourselves to be. Not only that, whole new worlds up opportunity open up in the process.

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          Why You Must Risk Vulnerability.   

Courage has many faces, so what it means for one person to be courageous is very different for another. But at the core of courage is a willingness to become vulnerable. Vulnerable to rejection, criticism, failing, social humiliation, to messing up, falling short of the mark or simply to the disappointment that comes when we don’t achieve what we set out toward.
Around the globe today millions of people live in abject poverty. Around the globe today, yes TODAY, thousands of young women are forced into the sex trade. Around the globe today countless babies are aborted because their mothers don’t want them. Around the globe today people are mourning the loss of those they love to war, to disease and to malnutrition. Around the globe today, but particularly in the wealthy developed corners of the western world, people are taking their lives, because they have given up hope that life will ever offer anything for them to make it worth living. Without courageous action on the part of those who can influence change, nothing will.

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          Perfectionism: Are you stuck on the perfectionist merry-go-round?   

The quest for perfectionism leaves us stuck on a merry-go-round that takes us around and around in circles, but never forward. The merry-go-round has no place for compassion. It is not tolerant of exposing vulnerability. There is no embracing those aspects of us that flawed; only berating them or trying to cover them up lest they be expose to those we seek to impress or prove our worthiness to. Stuck on the perfectionist merry-go-round we can't move foreward. Only when we can see how it holds us back can we get off it.

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          9/11 Remembered… a Profound Lesson in Courage   

Our lives have all moved on in the last ten years. Events beyond our control have shaped us in ways we would never have known or predicted. Today you will likely find yourself watching replays of the images from today ten years ago. As you reflect on how you felt that day, and on the courage you saw in the brave men and women, New York fireman front and center, who risked and gave their lives to save others that day, I invite you to reconnect to with your own courage and to commit to risking greater vulnerability so that you can live your life more fully and honor the many lives of those who lost theirs that day, ten years ago today.

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          Digital : Now Or Never   

The present era of business is seeing lot of excitement and promise all around. Around the world, every day in our lives bring lot of changes – fast, unpredictable and may times we have to struggle hard to understand what the change stands for. Globalization, technology has transformed the playing fields across continents, industries and sectors. Very powerful forces of change have shaken the beliefs in many aspects of governance and social thinking. Fortune 500 companies list is changing faster than the fast pace that we have seen in the past. Powerful brands have suffered huge damages and many industries have gotten transformed substantially so much so that many successful leaders today claim their business need to adapt and transform faster than ever. Leading edge corporations run faster in this direction to ensure that their rate of change inside is ahead of the change seen in their external environments. Looking at these developments, it’s clear that the time to re-imagine the future is now, and it is best done by a fresh school of thought that governs our thinking frameworks to enable a fundamental rethink and envision what is desirable and sustainable. For some of the enterprises, it looks like embarking on a massive digital initiative would help meet some of these opportunities and challenges.

One of the most opportune moments in business today is the ability to strike really big in the digital space. The opportunities provided by digital structural change are really far reaching and there’s every indication that such initiatives will get more bold and impactful in the future. The reach and virulence of such initiatives become more evident when it can be seen that everyone can participate in varying capacities in the digital space so long as they have access to the internet. In the word of myriad type of configurations, it can be seen that flexible and varied relationships are formed between people and their diverse identities in the online and offline worlds. This also throws itself amenable to experimental forms of participation and such collaboration will become more pronounced in the medium term, which will continually influence the value creation process in many firms. Digitalisation is thus changing our social and economic lives as well as the way that we interact with one another and how corporates and individuals (have to learn to) handle (personal) data in future.

The larger risk that corporates face in this sweeping wave of digitalization is one of existence. If they do not manage to change and succeed in the digital world, they will be out of market over a period of time. The question then is who are at risk and to what degrees and how to mitigate the risk while capitalizing on the opportunity to grow in this age? The road to survival for several longstanding players is thus paved with painful consolidation measures and cost-intensive reforms that are; however, important in ensuring they hold their own in the new competitive environment of the future. The increasing adoption of digital models and technologies give rise to new market entry opportunities, particularly for corporates who can leverage technology in their core operations. As in the case of a market changing and a new market emerging, the attractive opportunities for the new players, create and impose new norms of competitive pressure on the established players. Due to digitalization, many traditional firms are finding themselves exposed in some areas that could in turn develop into Achilles' heels. These vulnerabilities provide especially fast-growing internet firms with the opportunity to occupy certain market niches, both to monetize their digital content and make their own product range more appealing to an even wider audience. After all, the business world is ever dynamic, and the dynamism is heavily accelerated in the digital wave that’s engulfing the world of business.

A lasting change in consumption and media usage behavior has occurred. Today it is not always about ownership and possession, but more often only about access to products and services. For some time, lots of small technology-driven start-ups and niche operators active in the markets that are also fighting with the incumbents for market share. In addition, the internet behemoths have been spreading their wings/ influencing the business models across various industries and services,, investing billions of dollars, experimenting in diverse markets – increasingly also outside their core business – and offering new especially digitalized business models. Competition is therefore intensifying appreciably in many sectors and in many markets.Sharing assets, services, and time are known elements; in fact the “sharing economy” is not new, but the internet is accelerating its penetration into daily life. The sharing economy is a phenomenon created by individuals seeking to provide flexible services, lower costs and generate profits; it works because it creates more favorable economics when parties share underutilized assets. In this model, the ability to scale up the business is related more to imagination and not just around asset ownership.The publishing sector is now offering e-books on demand (Scribd, Kindle Unlimited); in the music and film segments digital content is increasingly being streamed (Spotify, Amazon); accommodation is being offered and organized globally by private individuals (Airbnb); projects and start-ups are obtaining finance via the crowd (Seedmatch, Kickstarter) and the mobility and local public transport sectors are also seeing alternative, web-based business models being offered (Uber, Lyft). Add to this the consumer’s desire to be globally minded, sustainable, and adventurous and valuable. This shift in consumer behavior towards welcoming services and sharing assets with strangers was born out of the peer-to-peer marketplace model first introduced by internet companies like eBay, Craigslist, Napster, Wikipedia, YouTube, and The business ideas behind them are often not really new in and of themselves, but they are based on digital value creation processes. In addition, the new players speak the language of the internet. “Convenience”, ubiquitous access across channels and “one-stop shop” are the key ideas. The economics behind this is relatively simple: digital value creation processes can be managed much more cost efficiently and wider (customer) reach is achieved faster thanks to economies of scale and network effects. In dynamic markets with shorter product life cycles these are valuable competitive advantages.

Ofcourse, some of these modern developments are still in their infancy and require an appropriate regulatory framework in order to be able to achieve their full potential. Various parts of the word is just seeing some maturity regarding applicable laws for the internet. The challenges include finding ways of usefully integrating modern technologies and methods into people's daily lives without violating freedoms, without discrimination, competition infringements or tampering taking place or without increasing people's fear of being spied upon. On account of the many varied interests and the international nature of the products and services, however, (national) legislation pertaining to online issues often has a limited impact.Many new player have their noses in front in many markets because from the outset their business model concepts have been “digital”, as have been the structuring and regular development of these models. These digital players can expose their offerings as services to their ecosystem, enabling collaboration amongst with partners and sometimes competitors. This makes them fast and flexible in their reaction to market needs but most importantly they change the dynamics of the business as a whole. The consumers benefit a lot and they begin to demand more and more. It is apparent that many of the traditional general firms can be found to be lagging behind the new players with regard to implementing the necessary digitalisation of their various marketing and communications channels and of preferring to work on siloed solutions instead of subjecting their processes to radical innovation therapy. The battle for the wallet share of digital customers is in full swing and is so intense that many established companies are (still) not adequately prepared for it.

With the digital ecosystems currently in place the firms operating online are relatively small in number, but they command a relatively strong position in the market. All the same, many small start-ups as well as niche operators are providing valuable stimulus to the market, but it is not uncommon to see them serve as attractive takeover candidates for the wallet rich or bigger digital players. However, although some digital firms and some start-ups are currently (still) leaders in modern technologies and data analysis – the battle for customers and market share in the digital age has only just begun. Internet behemoths like Google, Facebook were also small when they started out. Of course they enjoy a certain lead in information and expertise with respect to algorithms and data analysis.The wannabe’s and the ambitious enterprise must begin planning the digital re-imagination of their businesses now – just as companies like Netflix/Amazon did long time back. Established companies in these sectors will be challenged by outsiders and newcomers that aren’t burdened by legacy business models and assets. Just as online publishers are trying to displace established publishers, Netflix displaced Blockbuster companies in sectors with high digital intensity should expect serious incursions into their markets. In contrast, companies whose offerings and customer experience can’t be replaced by a digital version – think Disney World – might focus less on digital reimagination and more on transforming the offering they provide today, as Disney is doing with its theme park digital initiative or like in the case of a bank/insurance company leveraging digital technologies to the hilt in providing services to their customers. . The strategy in this case may be more about digital transformation. These companies – especially ones with big investments in physical assets – must find ways to use digital technologies to give customers a better experience with products and services (e.g., a trip to a Disney resort) that they already value.

Many online innovations are incremental in nature and emerge largely via trial and error. However, they require investment, scope for experimentation, scope for freedom as well as scope for creativity and error tolerance. Traditional firms, too, must continually adapt and improve their capabilities for this. After all, there is no magic bullet for innovations in the internet age. Just as in the analogue age, the people behind them are creative types who have good ideas, are courageous and prepared to take risks – and of course need a bit of luck. This is, however, not the main's a tribute to the accelerating accelerating digital phenomenon that some nations are now focussed on innovation-stimulating measures that includes an appropriate internet policy, improved immigration opportunities for skilled personnel, greater autonomy in the higher education sector or the rethinking of the (excessively) long periods for which intellectual property rights are protected in some sectors. With the limitless possibilities for upside in the digital world, the most often asked question is which is the right digital strategy for a company or a division of that company (if its business is quite different from the businesses of other divisions – different customers, different offerings, and so on)? We believe it depends largely on two factors - Digital affability of the company or division: This refers to the degree to which its core offerings, business processes (especially marketing, sales, and distribution),and market’s experience in using those offerings can get digitized. The sectors that have a greater digital intensity are banking & financial services, insurance, media and entertainment, telecommunications besides software Such companies are especially vulnerable to disruption, since their products can be fully digitized: payments made through a smartphone, movies streamed to a desk or tablet computer, software rented ‘by the tap’ from the cloud, and so on.

Like in every other evolving paradigm, clearly not all can get into the digital bandwagon and count results by the quarter - aside from the vision and sophistication of the program being attempted influencing the quality and upside of the outcomes, different sectors will clearly have graded adoption. while overnight quick ramp-up success stories will continue to show up, fact is that a complete digital canvas as a reality for all industries will take its own time. Apart from the inertia inside enterprises, investment size, regulations, market acceptance of digital offerings will play a big role in shaping their digital journey. There may be some industries that may not see digital disruption in some parts of their business - like in the utility business with massive assets and providing everyday service to customers, but these companies need to exploit digitalization for providing better experience - which in turn could beget huge upsides in their top lines and bottom line. Like Uber experience or IoT enabled Barbie toys almost redefining the core of the business, automobiles and wearables embracing digital, there are enough white spaces to conquer. It’s seen that in early adapters, digitization helps the enterprises to get closer to the customers and are redesigning the future of business. The gap in traditional customer engagement models will directly and the new avenues of interactions powered by technology will pave the way for the next wave of disruption. The best guideline to make this happen will be to build an ecosystem that will help us look at our products from the customer’s perspective, and help conduct easy business with everyone. Clearly, the question is not how and why,but fast becoming “when” but the answer is ready : it’s “now or never”.

          #211 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#210 En la calle no se vulnera ninguna intimidad, y no es delito fotografiar a la gente en la calle.

Te repito, depende de la voluntad (si es por sacar un partido de fútbol y apareces secundariamente no hay voluntad de vulnerar la intimidad, puedes hacer la foto, si fuera para decir "mira, fulanito fue al fútbol" no puedes hacerla); hay montones de sentencias de fotos publicadas hechas en la calle sin permiso que han sido condenados. Y la ley no diferencia entre obtener y publicar fotos, pero sí diferencia si la voluntad es vulnerar la intimidad o si la voluntad es otra.

» autor: natrix

          #210 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#209 Banquete de bodas = ámbito privado. Sacarte una foto en la calle = lugar público.

Nada que ver con lo que te pedí :-)

Y la otra sentencia dice claramente:

Emisión de anuncio televisivo que recoge las imágenes de un partido de fútbol en las que aparecen los demandantes.

No tienes nada que te respalde, asume ya que no tienes razón. En la calle no se vulnera ninguna intimidad, y no es delito fotografiar a la gente en la calle.

» autor: --380362--

          #209 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#208 Aquí la tienes.
60.101 euros por grabar sin permiso, lo que es "una clara violación de la intimidad y la propia imagen".

La ley es clara:
Artículo 197

1. El que, para descubrir los secretos o vulnerar la intimidad de otro, sin su consentimiento, se apodere de sus papeles, cartas, mensajes de correo electrónico o cualesquiera otros documentos o efectos personales o intercepte sus telecomunicaciones o utilice artificios técnicos de escucha, transmisión, grabación o reproducción del sonido o de la imagen, o de cualquier otra señal de comunicación, será castigado con las penas de prisión de uno a cuatro años y multa de doce a veinticuatro meses.

REsumen sacado de
El contenido del derecho a la propia imagen posee, por lo tanto, una vertiente positiva, que se resume
en la facultad de la persona de reproducir su propia imagen, y un aspecto negativo, que se traduce en la
facultad de prohibir a terceros obtener, reproducir y divulgar la imagen de la persona sin su consentimiento
(Sentencia de 24 de julio de 2008 que recoge abundantes citas jurisprudenciales).

En definitiva, depende de la voluntad, si lo haces para tener una foto de la playa, no pasa nada; pero si lo haces para vulnerar la intimidad de otro no puedes hacer la foto. [La voluntad dependerá de lo que crea el juez].

» autor: natrix

          #202 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#194 La intimidad no depende de lugares; nadie tiene derecho a vulnerar la intimidad ni la propia imagen sin su permiso, por mucha gente que haya.,CONDENA,PER

» autor: natrix

          #151 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

Cito un comentario en #0.

No existe conducta penalmente perseguible en este caso, por mucho que lo detengan.
El artículo 197 CP castiga la filmacion de personas en su intimidad. Es la propia "victima" la que renuncia a su intimidad desde el momento que acude desnudo a un lugar público.
La conducta sería totalmente legal si es para consumo propio. Y en caso de publicación o transmisión a terceros se trataria simplemente de una vulneracion del derecho a la propia imagen, por VÏA CIVIL. Aqui no hay confucta penalmente perseguible alguna.
(Art 7.5 Ley 1/1982)

» autor: --377453--

          #144 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#12 Difundirlas puede ser el delito, y en ese caso se le puede acusar solo si y cuando las difunda, pero no por "desconocer que va a hacer con ellas" de igual forma que no pueden detenerte por comprar un cuchillo por no saber si vas a matar a alguien con ese cuchillo

El tribunal supremo opina que simplemente tomar esa foto es intromisión ilegítima en el derecho fundamental a la intimidad personal.

Ver último párrafo:

Lo que indudablemente es un delito es retener a alguien entre 15 personas y quitarle la cámara mientras se le acosa, eso si es un delito, la detención ciudadana solo puede usarse en caso de delito evidente, si aquí no hay delito evidente, los que han cometido la infracción son los que lo retienen

No es delito rodear a alguien hasta que llega la poli, sobre todo si ese alguien no intenta escabullirse y hay una sospecha de delito de por medio.

En el caso concreto además de la difusión pública de imágenes (pongamos por caso un documental en la tele) si estás en un espacio público (playa, calle, estadio de futbol saltando como espontáneo) por propia voluntad desnudo, es evidente que no consideras que el estar desnudo en público "dañe tu intimidad" y por tanto esas imágenes son utilizables en un documental, o en las noticias ¿cuantas veces has visto vídeos de espontáneos saltando en bolas a un campo de futbol? ¿o fotos de las de femen enseñando las tetas? son perfectamente usables en la tele sin necesidad de pedir permiso al "afectado"

De nuevo incorrecto por lo que dice la sentencia de arriba: que tú te bañes como, cuando y donde quieras y mientras no vulneres la legislación al respecto es asunto tuyo, no interés general.

Otro tema sería que tu te desmayaras por ejemplo te desnudaran y yo usara esas fotos, era "en contra de tu voluntad" (o en un accidente que perdieras ropa, sería de mal gusto) pero en una playa nudista o haciendo topless, evidentemente no hay problema porque si lo haces es porque quieres y no puedes quejarte luego de ver afectada tu "intimidad"

El mal gusto no es delito.

» autor: perico_de_los_palotes

          Bits of things.   
You wouldn't know it from the looks of these photos,
but the last 11 weeks have been the most intense, enduring, and stressful of my life.
I went from one placement in a 1st/2nd grade classroom
with a mentor I adore almost as much as my own mother (not really, mom!),
to a 4th grade class at a new school, with a new mentor teacher, and yet another work sample to create and teach.

It's been a whirlwind of constant work, self-reflection, vulnerability, and, sometimes, self-doubt.
I'm doing what I can to get by. Emotionally and physically.
I am doing my best to fulfill all of my requirements, while doing it creatively, thoughtfully, energetically,
and somehow find it within myself to also be all of those things at home with my family.
The balance is not easy, but, perhaps anything truly worth pursuing should have some sort of intense struggle.
Who knows what I'm talking about. 
I'm tired. I should be sleeping, but I thought it was about time to update this ol' thing.

These photos give a little glimpse of the past few weeks.
Last week Ramona's grandparents took her across the state to stay with them,
giving us some much needed time to both relax/have fun, as well as work freely on things we needed to finish up.
I brunched, biked around the city, went dancing, and arguably could've/should've worked more, 
but my spirit needed that little bit of fun more than I needed to type a few more pages.

I valued that time more than I can even say, 
but after five days, I was sure ready to see my little lady again.

I graduate next weekend, WITH A MASTER IN TEACHING (!!!!!!!!!!!!),
although it seems a bit false since I have eight more weeks of school with my students.

I'll get there, and by then it'll be SUMMER.
For now, this gorgeous Northwest Spring weather is doing amazing things for my mood and energy.


          #91 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#86 Como norma general NADIE tiene derecho a captar tu imagen sin tu consentimiento salvo que sea de forma involuntaria. Y nadie es nadie. Y no importa que estés en un lugar público.

Como norma general NADIE es culpable de haber cometido una ilegalidad salvo que se demuestre lo contrario.

Como norma general NADIE debería ser detenido y sus pertenencias registradas salvo que existan claras evidencias de que ha cometido una ilegalidad.

En tanto que la persona grabada haya aparecido de forma accesoria en las imágenes o de forma protagonista es un elemento difícil de conocer sin ver las imágenes e incluso en ciertos casos es un hecho subjetivo debería ser bastante complicado por las autoridades llevar a cabo ese tipo de registros en caso de grabaciones en lugares públicos.

A lo que hay que añadir que si no existe difusión es aún más dudoso que se vulnere el derecho a la imagen de la persona afectada.

» autor: sorrillo

          #85 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#70 Donde se especifica ese derecho a la imagen sin consentimiento?

Si yo voy por una playa, nudista o no nudista, grabando, solo grabo lo que veo, es decir, lo que otra gente ha decidido mostrar.

No hay nada malo en grabar/mirar en una playa nudista o cualquier otro lugar público. Ese supuesto derecho a la intimidad (que no veo como puede ser vulnerado por tomar imágenes de algo que tú has visto ya que estaba en un lugar público al que la gente fue voluntariamente) no está por encima de mi derecho a tener los ojos abiertos, mirar en la dirección que quiera en un lugar público o tomar grabaciones de algo que estoy oyendo siempre y cuando no sea privado (y está claro que no es privado si lo están hablando en público y conmigo al lado).

Igual es un poco desviar el tema, pero siempre me han hecho gracia los nudistas que se quejan de que la gente los mira. Vamos, que tienes el derecho a vestir como quieras pero el resto no tiene derecho a mirar a donde quiera.

» autor: usuario.poco.conocido

          #78 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#24 #22 #15
Derecho a la intimidad y propia imagen= fundamental. Máxima protección, casi absoluta.

Sólo se puede vulnerar en aras de garantizar otro derecho fundamental, de igual nivel. La CE cita expresamente el de informacion como límite posible.
¿hay información en grabar chochos en la playa, relevancia informativa seria? NO. ¿Pajearse con el chocho de otros es un DDFF? No. Pues prima intimidad/propia imagen porque la protección de ese tipo de derechos es lo único que puede violentar un DDFF.
#74 Lo de las revistas lo cito por la especial proteccion dada a la intimidad en una playa nudista. A pesar de ser un personaje publico, que tiene reducido su derecho a la propia imagen

#79 la policía tiene claro que sx delito. Un elito contra los derechos fundamentales. Los que no lo saben don los ignorantes que dan lecciones de derecho sin haber leido la Constitucion.

» autor: Alecto

          #69 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#59 Es interpretable. Yo no veo vulneración alguna.

» autor: usuario.poco.conocido

          #61 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#60 Y dale otra vez con lo mismo. Sólo es delito lo que está dentro del código penal, es decir, lo que has puesto en #48. Grabar a alguien en la calle o en la playa no es delito, porque no se está vulnerando ninguna intimidad.

» autor: --380362--

          #59 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#50 Si tú usas esas imágenes para lo que sea estás vulnerando su intimidad, porque lo haces sin su consentimiento.

» autor: natrix

          #50 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#48 Si yo uso unas imágenes de otra(s) persona(s) para mi registro privado, sin hacer ningún uso público de ellas ni ninguna otra cosa perjudicial para esa persona, ¿cual es la base para decir que estoy vulnerando su intimidad?

» autor: usuario.poco.conocido

          #48 Un grupo de nudistas acorraló al bañista que les grababa con una microcámara en Benalmádena   

#47 Lo indica en el prólogo de la ley que indica #26

Sí está en el código penal
Del descubrimiento y revelación de secretos

Artículo 197

1. El que, para descubrir los secretos o vulnerar la intimidad de otro, sin su consentimiento, se apodere de sus papeles, cartas, mensajes de correo electrónico o cualesquiera otros documentos o efectos personales o intercepte sus telecomunicaciones o utilice artificios técnicos de escucha, transmisión, grabación o reproducción del sonido o de la imagen, o de cualquier otra señal de comunicación, será castigado con las penas de prisión de uno a cuatro años y multa de doce a veinticuatro meses.

» autor: natrix

          Marzà, sobre el plurilingüismo: «no toleraremos que se meta miedo en el cuerpo a los directores»   
El conseller de Educación, Investigación, Cultura y Deporte, Vicent Marzà, ha defendido la "plena legalidad" del decreto de plurilingüismo, que viene avalado por un procedimiento que ha calificado de "impecable". También ha censurado las manifestaciones de algunos partidos políticos y ha avisado: "No toleraremos que se meta miedo en el cuerpo a los directores". Ha agregado que la Generalitat está cumpliendo el auto del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Comunitat Valenciana (TSJCV) que lo ha suspendido cautelarmente puesto que la norma "no se está desarrollando" y ha recordado que será la Conselleria, tras haber pedido un informe a la Abogacía, la que dictará las instrucciones correspondientes a los centros. Así se ha expresado Marzà en una comparecencia en la Comisión de Educación de las Corts Valencianes en la que ha hablado del decreto de plurilingüismo del Consell en enseñanza no universitaria que actualmente está suspendido cautelarmente por el alto tribunal valenciano tras solicitarlo en su recurso la Diputación de Alicante. El responsable de política educativa del Ejecutivo autonómico ha manifestado que, después de la paralización del decreto, como "el auto no es firme y no estamos de acuerdo, lo vamos a recurrir" al Tribunal Supremo, porque "pensamos que hay un fundamento tanto jurídico como pedagógico y tenemos toda la tranquilidad del mundo". «No se está desarrollando» Asimismo, Marzà ha subrayado que "no se está desarrollando el decreto". "Respetamos la justicia, cada uno que piense si la ha respetado o no en su tiempo. Se ha pedido un informe a la Abogacía para que nos diga qué efectos tiene (la suspensión) y volvemos a dar tranquilidad a las familias y a los centros porque las instrucciones las daremos nosotros, que somos los responsables". Por eso, ha advertido que desde su departamento "no se va a tolerar que se meta el miedo en el cuerpo a los directores y a los profesores". "Las responsabilidades son nuestras y, por tanto, no han de hacer nada hasta que nosotros no demos la orden", ha agregado. Desde la oposición, la diputada del Partido Popular Beatriz Gascó ha culpado a Marzà del "caos que están viviendo los centros" y ha considerado que la única solución es que "dimita". Asimismo, ha manifestado que no permitirán "bajo ningún punto de vista la desobediencia: la ley o se cumple toda o no se cumple y estaremos totalmente vigilantes para que no intenten hacer trampas y aplicar algo que no se puede aplicar". Por su parte, Ciudadanos (Cs), a través de la parlamentaria Mercedes Ventura, ha pedido al conseller que explique su "plan B" y le ha reprochado que haya "suspendido" el curso en lo que se refiere al plurilingüismo por un decreto que "vulnera los derechos de igualdad de oportunidades". Frente a esto, ha abogado por un "modelo equitativo" que potencie el aprendizaje del alumnado en todas las lenguas y que no utilice el inglés como "moneda de cambio".
          The Corpse of Human Design   

Think of the human body as an ancient fortress, each stone in its walls a building block of inherited DNA, the matter handed down through the generations, your grandmother’s poor circulation a treacherous ivy climbing the lookout tower, a reverse Rapunzel creeping into the throats of your archers as they sleep – their bows and arrows the Airborne and Emergen-C you take to fend off the chill of viral invaders.

Imagine the vaccinations swimming your moat, their pointed teeth glistening in the light of a germ-laden moon, fattening themselves upon one another, leaving a single surviving crocodile-shaped nemesis, a giant serpentine vise of ravenous fangs, ready to leap from its murky ring, pulling you and your doctor-recommended horse from the drawbridge settled across the divide between your inoculated home and the terrifying unknown – where the far reaches of the natural world fester with furtive demons mingling, rubbing their wicked haunches with the multiplying minutia carrying disease and pestilence, toxic misery lurking beneath the scales of their arched backs, between the bristles lining their milky throats, floating the pustules clouding their microscopic eyes, the evil pink blisters peppering their wrinkled hides.

Imagine every weakness blossoming on the horizon, the teeming unsanitary hordes, setting their eyeglasses on your guarded domain, plotting to rape and plunder the sanctity of your well being, the cherished robustness of a life so charmed, Charles Atlas coiled about Jack LaLanne, a vigor so reliant upon things so many of us do not understand.

Life sure is scary, eh?

Problem is, the legions massing at the bulwark of your prescribed health are already within your castle architecture, their invisible movements composing your mortal design, the armies parading your particulars fighting their own endless war, their struggle doing more to secure your position than the armored additions every grinning Willy Loman offers at the door.

The sad fact is, each shiny new medication luring you from your guard is a complication to the integrity of your stronghold, your natural agents of protection sent pouring from their armory to encounter the flu shot, the allergy medicine, the cough suppressant, the cholesterol drug, the heart pill.
     Even the anti-bacterial soap with which you wash your fortress hands – the Febreeze that scents the castle air – even these assault your precious ranks, each an occupation force demanding regular attention, putting your kingdom at risk of sneak attack – every vacated sentry post a vulnerable gap in your defenses, a Terry-Thomas smiling for the camera.

How is it that we have become so ignorant of our born securities – those that preserve us with their ambassadorial mingling among foreign bodies, signing treaties with viral commanders, shaking hands with growing concerns – that we allow the oily snake such easy entrance through the ramparts of our sovereignty, welcoming with our pocket books the lab-concocted minstrels of the closed-air drug market, the golden drops of each price-fixed cure set on waiting tongues by the technicians of the pharmaceutical age?

Can it be that we spend so much time lingering at the gates of a security sold on faith and promise, convinced of our fragility in the face of external invasion, that we neglect and erode our very structural confidence?
     Is the castle keep of the intelligent ape to be his casket too, its high barriers the lonely enclave of his self-inflicted suffocation?

Is it already too late to turn the mad chemist away?
     Is it possible to banish every penicillin-fueled Lon Chaney back to the dank depths of his dungeon laboratory?
     Or have we so compromised ourselves out of existence that the battlements of our retreat are filling with the corpses of human design?
          Here Comes the Sun   

I really don’t think it’s fair to claim the sun as the cause of skin cancer, just as it’s wrong to blame it for blinding us when we attempt to stare into its shifting heart. We’re the ones with the weak corneas, the compromised immune systems, after all.
     The sun just is.
     Or rather – was.

Helios, Hyperion, Titan, Phaethon, Phoebus, Apollo, Amen-Ra, Shamash, Surya, Old Sol – the seemingly-eternal, glowing residue of a clash of energies so colossal they’ve forged a universe in their afterthought, a universe in which we spin – hopelessly bound to our part in the cosmic detonation.

How can we point to the sun and blame it for our fragility in the face of life’s indifferent trajectory – when we owe everything, our very existence, to that dying orb lighting the heavens?
     It’s like the egg complaining that the hen is smothering it.
     Like referring to John Belushi as Jim Belushi’s brother.

We need to step back and acknowledge our humble posture in regards to what William Shakespeare called “the fire that severs day from night”.
     We need to envision ourselves – such tiny pink creatures, running the surface of the Earth – so vulnerable, so mercurial in our corporal vessel – we who, if left untended, would surely shrivel in the rays of the radiant battery that has given us life.

The sun ain’t a bad guy, not really, he just gets a unflattering portrayal every now and then – one that counters any previous positive image.
     Think of the cheery “Sunny”, the animated daystar who has toiled ablaze for William Kellogg since 1966, selling millions upon millions of boxes of Raisin Bran.
     Now think of the fiery ball of doom casting its orange-yellow pallor over London in the 1961 science fiction film The Day the Earth Caught Fire.

Where’s the parity?

Why such moody swings of definition for Milton’s “God of life and poesy and light”?

Milton, the English poet, that is – not the toaster in those old Pop-Tarts commercials.

I mean, really – in the blink of a watery eye – the sun goes from Adolf Hitler to Adolf Rupp – from Hannibal Lecter to Hannibal, Missouri – from Dick Van Dyke to Dick Cheney!
     Shouldn’t we reserve that sort of bi-polarity for the moon?

While the plenilune brings upon us the werewolf, a teenage Michael Landon creating the tides – making your girlfriend feel uncomfortable in her skin – the sun is busy banishing the vampire, warming the oceans, putting a happy smile on that special face.

Respect the sun, praise it if need be – let it power your home, lighten your hair, darken your skin – but leave it alone – let it be.

Give it not a face, lest it turn on you.

Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright…

“Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” T. Edison

From NYT.

August 17, 2008
Phelps’s Epic Journey Ends in Perfection

BEIJING — It was so surreal to be Michael Phelps here, to listen to people debate whether he is the greatest athlete in Olympic history after he passed a group that included the runners Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi to become the one with the most gold medals.

Phelps is a self-described klutz, a real fish out of water on land, and he has a surgical scar on his right wrist to prove it. In October he took a nasty stumble that imperiled his pursuit of Mark Spitz’s single Games record of seven gold medals. Phelps, 23, slipped on a patch of ice and fell while climbing into a friend’s car in Michigan and broke his right wrist.

It made for a tough start to the training cycle that carried him through these Beijing Games, but the climax was perfect. On Sunday morning, Phelps swam the butterfly leg on the United States 4x100-meter medley relay that held off Australia in a world record-setting victory, giving Phelps his eighth gold medal of these Games and his 14th over all.

“I wanted to do something nobody ever did,” Phelps said. “This goes hand in hand with my goal of changing swimming.”

Spitz’s record lasted 36 years, and it figures to be even longer before the world sees Phelps’s successor. In 1972, Spitz swam two strokes, the freestyle and the butterfly, and none of his swims covered more than 200 meters. Phelps swam all four strokes, at distances ranging from 100 to 400 meters, and faced three rounds in each of his five individual events, one more round than Spitz had.

“I think it’s probably one of the greatest things sport in general has ever seen,” said Brendan Hansen, who swam the breaststroke leg in the winning relay Sunday. “The shame of it is other athletes aren’t going to realize how hard it is. The world is fast in swimming right now. The world was not fast when Mark Spitz did his seven.”

How fabulous was Phelps’s feat? At Sunday’s start, the Person’s Republic of Michael would have ranked fourth in gold medals and been ahead of all but 14 countries in the medal count.

Phelps’s longtime coach, Bob Bowman, has been preparing him for this since Phelps made his first Olympic team, in the 200 butterfly, as a 15-year-old in 2000. In the beginning it seemed foolhardy, sending Phelps out to swim 17 races over nine days.

As time went on, one could see Bowman’s vision crystallizing. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Phelps won six gold medals and two bronzes. Swimming the same program at the 2007 world championships, he won seven golds, missing a shot at an eighth when a relay he would have raced was disqualified in a preliminary heat.

Every time Phelps dived into the water for a final here, the ripples extended into every corner of the Water Cube. On Saturday, the Andrew Lauterstein of Australia won the bronze medal in the 100 butterfly. Standing on the medals podium alongside Phelps, Lauterstein said, he was thrilled to have had a cameo role in this recording of history. “I was saying to myself, ‘This is pretty special,’ ” he said. “ ‘Look around and try to remember this moment.’ ”

Lauterstein’s countrywoman, Liesl Jones, who won two golds and a silver here, said: “I just feel very privileged that I got to watch Michael Phelps win eight gold medals. That’s been the highlight of my Olympics.”

These Games produced many unforgettable swims. With Phelps contributing to seven, 25 world records fell, 10 more than were broken at the 2007 world championships in Melbourne, Australia. The pool was conducive to fast times. It was three meters, or 10 feet, deep, with two empty lanes on either side serving as buffers to keep waves from ricocheting. The new corset-like suits, which shoehorn the swimmers’ bodies into more streamlined positions, also had a role in the record assault.

Not to be overlooked is the psychological component. When one swimmer achieves what was once unthinkable, be it Phelps breaking 1 minute 43 seconds in the 200-meter freestyle or 4:04 in the 400-meter individual medley, it makes every barrier suddenly look vulnerable.

“When you come out and swim fast times, people realize that it can be done,” Grant Hackett, a three-time medalist in the 1,500-meter freestyle, said. “You set that bar a bit high and people are going to come with you.”

As the meet went on, the otherworldliness of Phelps’s performance found expression in other swimmers’ tales. In the men’s 50 freestyle final on Saturday, the goggles of Eamon Sullivan, the Australian world-record holder, filled with water on his dive and he never recovered, finishing sixth.

In the third of Phelps’s five individual events, the 200-meter butterfly on Wednesday, his goggles were leaking so badly he could not see the ends of the pool. Counting his strokes to gauge where the walls were, he won and shaved six-hundredths of a second off his 17-month-old world record.

Katie Hoff came to Beijing billed as the female Phelps because she, too, had qualified in five individual events at the United States Olympic trials. After performing well below expectations and collecting one silver and two bronze medals, Hoff said her program had been too ambitious.

“Michael is doing what he’s doing,” she said, “and it kind of makes the rest of us look like if we don’t win a gold medal ...” Hoff’s voice trailed off.

Swimmers who, by any yardstick other than Phelps, were wildly successful here, were among the awed. The individual medley specialist Stephanie Rice, who became the fifth Australian to win three gold medals in a single Olympics, said, “I don’t even know how he does it.” Rice, who, like Phelps, competed in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and the 4x200 freestyle relay, became worn down from the stress and got sick. “I just don’t even know how he holds himself together,” she said.

There was one night when Phelps’s spirit felt weak. On Friday night, after winning the 200 I.M. and racing in the semifinals of the 100 butterfly, he said, “I was absolutely to the point of where I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.”

Phelps was absolutely to the point of despair after the fracture was discovered in his wrist last fall. Bowman said that when they talked immediately after the accident, Phelps was as upset as Bowman had ever seen him. “He was devastated,” Bowman said. “He kept saying, ‘It’s over. I’m finished.’ ”

The bad circumstance ended up doing Phelps a world of good. For a few weeks after the surgery, Phelps was confined to kicking in the pool with a kickboard while his teammates swam. All that kicking strengthened Phelps’s legs, which was like a fish growing more gills.

Phelps was already blessed with a killer kick, but his added strength was evident on the turns in his races here and at the finish of the 100 butterfly, his seventh event. In the last five meters, an exhausted Milorad Cavic was dragging his legs while Phelps used a strong kick to get his hands to the wall first, by a hundredth of a second.

With his victory in the 100 butterfly, Phelps tied Spitz’s record. Swimming the third leg of Sunday’s relay, Phelps propelled the Americans to first place from third, adding to his legend. The team of Aaron Peirsol, Hansen, Phelps and Jason Lezak was timed in 3:29.34, 1.34 seconds faster than the 4-year-old world record, set by the United States at the Athens Games, and 0.70 of a second ahead of Australia. On the freestyle leg, Lezak’s split of 46.76 — 0.70 of a second slower than his gallant effort in the 4x100 freestyle — was enough to hold off Sullivan.

With 16 overall Olympic medals, Phelps is behind only the former Soviet gymnast Laryssa Latynina, who has the most, with 18 over three Games.

“This is all a dream come true,” he said. “Doing all best times. Winning every race. Everything was accomplished that I wanted to do. It’s been one fun week, that’s for sure.”

Throughout this journey, Phelps has insisted he was not following Spitz’s footsteps but forging his own path. “I want to be the first Michael Phelps, not the second Mark Spitz,” he has said repeatedly.

Before traveling here from Baltimore, Phelps’s mother, Debbie, received a letter from Barbara Kines, who had taught Phelps in the third grade. Before he found an outlet for his abundant energy in swimming, Phelps had immense difficulties concentrating and sitting still, leading one of his grade-school teachers to wonder if he would ever be able to focus on anything.

Kines, recalling those days, wrote about how proud she was of Phelps and how, perhaps, it had never been focus he lacked, but, rather, a goal worthy of his focus.

The only loss Phelps sustained all week was for words. “I’ve been speechless,” he said. How could he explain all that he was feeling? “If you dream as big as you can dream,” he said, “anything is possible.”

          Hacking Boeing's 787...   
If you, like me, think that flying is for birds :-), an extra reason to be worried... (Via Wired).

FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack

Photo: Robert Sorbo / Corbis, Wired

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.

The revelation is causing concern in security circles because the physical connection of the networks makes the plane's control systems vulnerable to hackers. A more secure design would physically separate the two computer networks. Boeing said it's aware of the issue and has designed a solution it will test shortly.

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