Top things to do in Iceland - Point to Interest, Travel, Flights   

The most popular and popular image of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon, should be on the list of places to see for any traveler who plans to tread the country.With a reputation for curing skin problems, this lagoon on the Reykjanes peninsula was created when warm seawater from a nearby geothermal plant.


          Brighten Your Day with "Love Live! Sunshine!!" on Crunchyroll   
Latest catalog addition through partnership with Funimation is now available in 8 territories


Get ready to sing your hearts out, Love Live! fans, because the latest addition to Crunchyroll's catalog thanks to the partnership with Funimation is Love Live! Sunshine!!, which is now available to Crunchyroll viewers in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Hit the jump to learn more.


          Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China   
Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China
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A sleeping woman was swallowed by sinkhole in central China after her bedroom collapsed during heavy rain.

The video, filmed in Shizhuling, Hunan Province on June 25, shows how the house partially collapsed when the sinkhole opened due to the unstable terrain composed of a network of caves and waterways.

 

 

Just like Jeff Bush in Florida a few years ago! Fears are growing for a 45-year-old mother in central China who was apparently swallowed by a sinkhole while she was sleeping in her bed.


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Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China (video). via South China Morning Post
It is her husband that rang the alarm on Saturday morning, when after hearing a loud boom, he entered his bedroom, and found a three-square-metre hole in the floor that swallowed a refrigerator, an electric fan and his wife.
The couple lives in Shizhuling, a village in the city of Lianyuan, which had been hard hit by heavy rains over the previous two days.

Search for the swallowed woman

Rescue teams launched a search for the missing woman – digging to a depth of 15 metres – but the work had to be called off when conditions became too dangerous. The excavation in the sodden ground even led to the partial collapse of a neighbouring property.


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Rescue teams dig 15 meters deep and did not find the body of the 42-year-old mother. via South China Morning Post
The deadly sinkhole was most certainly due to geological landscape in the area made of a network of caves and underground waterways.

For the video:
 http://strangesounds.org/2017/06/giant-sinkhole-swallows-sleeping-woman-bedroom-china-video.html

 "And the Earth Shall Swallow up..." 


 

DEVELOPING: Mysterious boom shakes houses and alarms residents in St. Helens, Oregon


A mysterious sound resembling a thunderous explosion was heard around 8 p.m. on June 25 in the St. Helens area. Curious citizens flooded social media with questions about the origin of the loud boom that some said shook homes and rattled windows. According to St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss, the first reports of the sound came in at 8:22 p.m. Moss said his department fielded 11 calls regarding the boom, mainly from residents on the west side of town.
The cause of the sound has not been determined. Moss said this time of year is marked by frequent firework and “loud boom” reports. Without more definitive information, Moss said the matter would be considered closed. There was a viral reaction to the sound on Facebook, where reports of the boom were contentiously debated and numerous theories were offered. READ MORE


BIRTH PANGS: 900 Quakes in Yellowstone, 40 quakes near Lake Tahoe, 40 Quakes in N. Iceland


There are currently several seismic swarms taking place around the world. Nobody knows when they are going to stop and more frightening what they are going to produce. Yellowstone Supervolcano earthquake swarm reaches 878 events in just two weeks. The earthquake swarm hitting the Yellowstone national Park is currently slowing down, but more than 900 quakes have already hit near West Yellowstone on the western edge of the National Park in the last 2 weeks. But there is
virtually no risk of the volcano erupting – USGS hasn’t raised either the volcano alert level or the aviation color. The current earthquake swarm began on June 12. A week later, the USGS put out a statement to say that 464 earthquakes had been recorded, with the largest being magnitude 4.4. This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years. At the time, a spokesperson for the USGS said “slowly winding down,” adding that “no other geological activity has been detected.” However, in a newly released statement about the ongoing swarm, seismologists from the University of Utah said 878 events have now been recorded at Yellowstone National Park. READ MORE


Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected


Floods, landslides and other disasters caused by severe weather across southern China affected more than 7.4 million people in 9 provinces since June 22, 2017, officials said today. As of early June 27, the death toll stands at 32 while 8 people are still missing. According to data provided by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) valid 01:00 UTC (09:00 local time) on June 26, Changde, Yueyang, Yiyang, Loudi, Shangrao, Juijiang and other places recorded between 350 and
470 mm (13.8 – 18.5 inches) of rain since the evening of June 22. By that time, severe weather affected 7.33 million people, 504 000 people were evacuated, and 186 000 needed emergency rescue. 6 500 houses collapsed while 60 000 suffered different degrees of damage. The direct economic loss was estimated at 9.46 billion yuan. At 01:00 UTC on June 27, the number of affected people rose to 7.446 million. READ MORE

Planet X Incoming: Birth Pangs May, 2017  



          Hidden Icelandic Gem by Josh Heidebrecht   


Hidden Icelandic Gem by Josh Heidebrecht


A welcome reprieve from the busy waterfalls in Southern Iceland which attract literal busloads of tourists. This hidden gem takes a little work to get to, but you have the whole place to yourself, and you can hike behind the waterfall.


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          Episode 6.0: "Bogeymen and Fairies"   
Fans, fandom and paranoia. Criag Calcaterra of Hardball Talk and NBC Sports joins us to talk about THAT kind of fan. Also, a discussion of the Pixies, Iceland, and what we are drinking.
          Find Your Inner Explorer in North Dakota   
By ND Commerce Tourism Division
No matter what your interest, now is the perfect time to explore in North Dakota. Grab your boat, hiking shoes, golf clubs or historical flair to find that one experience you have yet to try. Here are a few ideas to get your adventure started:
 
Hit the Trails
How do you like to explore the trails? Whether it’s hiking, biking or on ATV, North Dakota has some exceptional spots you don’t want to miss. Check out the beautiful Pembina Gorge in the northeast where the wooded trails take you through the heart of the gorge, or take on the surrounding hills for impressive scenery and wildlife encounters. Or cut your own trail in a kayak on Lake Renwick in Icelandic State Park or on the scenic Pembina River.
 
Make Your Own Wake
Lake time is some of the best time in North Dakota. If you are looking for a great location for watersports or fishing opportunities try Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea and Lake Metigoshe to start. Spend the morning fishing and once you have your limit, hit the water for some recreational fun in the sun! Camping and lodging opportunities are available in all three areas.
 
Connect with History
North Dakota provides many opportunities to connect with early explorers from Lewis & Clark to Theodore Roosevelt.
Visit the Knife River Indian Villages near Stanton to connect with the path Lewis & Clark followed through the state in 1804. Head further down the Missouri and visit the former home of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer at Fort Abraham Lincoln near Mandan. Explore Mandan Earth Lodges and walk the grounds where the 7th Calvary once drilled before leaving for their fateful trip to the Little Big Horn. Early military life can also be experience at the historic sites at Fort Union and Fort Buford and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center near Williston. Or explore the rugged badlands and connect with Theodore Roosevelt and the national park that bears his name.
 
Package Your UNIQUE Experience
If you want bragging rights, visit the International Peace Garden and put a foot in two countries at the same time as this picturesque garden straddles the U.S and Canadian border. Grab some friends for a stay-and-play package and swing your clubs at North Dakota’s only links style golf course at The Links of North Dakota near Ray. Or capture the essence of North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo, with trendy dining, nightlife and a vibrant downtown shopping experience.
 
There is still much to explore in North Dakota, get more ideas for your next adventure at
NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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          High Hopes for Cavalier Renaissance Zone Program   
By Grand Forks Herald
Bryan McCoy has a straightforward goal for the new Cavalier Renaissance Zone Program.

"My goal is to do one commercial and one housing project per year for 15 years," Cavalier's economic and chamber director said. "The key is to get that first project going. Then others will see what it can do." 

When this Pembina County city of 1,300 launched its Renaissance Zone program last month, it joined 55 other North Dakota cities in the North Dakota Department of Commerce's Division of Community Services program that offers incentives for business and housing improvements. Those incentives include five-year, 100-percent tax exemptions, plus tax credits for:
  • Commercial rehabilitation projects, including apartments.
  • Business purchases or expansions.
  • Historical rehabilitation for properties already listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Others cities in region in the program are: Cando, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Finley, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hope, Lakota, Langdon, Mayville, Munich, Northwood and Park River.

Cavalier has designated 23 square blocks, the maximum allowed for cities under 5,000 population.

So far, a couple of local contractors have expressed interest in housing rehabilitation projects, McCoy said.

Because the program is new in Cavalier, he said many businesses or residents still do not know much about the it or how they might qualify.

One longtime business, Thompson's Cafe, currently is renovating its Main Street property. Besides new flooring and carpeting indoors, contractors worked this week to install new metal shake shingles on the storefront awning.

Daryl Thompson, who owns the cafe with his wife, Kelley, have inquired about the Renaissance program, but they're still not sure if the project might qualify for any tax breaks.

"It would be nice if we do," he said. "But we needed new carpet. When you're doing one thing, it doesn't hurt to go a little further."

When he started, he wanted to have it completed June 19, for the two-day 19th Annual Cavalier Motorcycle Ride In, which promoters call "Little Sturgis of the North." The event draws 1,000 or more bikers from throughout the region.

"They've been so good to us," he said.

In addition, Cavalier is hosting an all-class reunion July 25.

"Our Main Street is OK," McCoy said, despite four or five empty storefronts.

McCoy, a Tennessee native who has a master of public administration degree from UND, has lived in Cavalier for about 14 months. He also spent 15 months in Fargo after graduation, working with the North Dakota Community Action Partnership.

Like communities throughout the region, he said housing is a critical need in Cavalier, which is located about 80 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

Ultimately, McCoy would like to attract a developer to Cavalier who would create a downtown multi-floor, multi-use complex, perhaps with business or office space on the ground floor and apartments on upper floors.

As the local tourism director, he also would like to attract new businesses—such as bicycle, ski or camping shops—that could serve the region's tourism and recreational industry.

Cavalier, part of a regional tourism zone called the Rendezvous Region named for its fur-trade history, is located just a few miles from Icelandic State Park, Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area and Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area.

"I know we're a lot smaller than a lot of cities, but I think we can make it work in Cavalier," he said.

High Hopes for Cavalier Renaissance Zone Program - Grand Forks Herald

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          West Texas oilman is unlikely angel for West Baltimore youth center   

Chris Hicks was lying in bed flipping through the television channels one night last December when he came across a program shot in Baltimore.

The program, an episode of the Viceland series "Payday," featured footage of children taking pictures and playing video games at Kids Safe Zone, the after-school...


          Battle of the "Buldge"   
Right, so I'm a thrity something year old man and I'm overweight. Who isn't overweight these days? I'm American. Which means that, by definition, I have to be obese. Well, that's a great excuse, but it doesn't explain it. I'm somewhere between 320 and 340 pounds (I'm really not sure what I weigh because most home scales don't read above 300). I don't consider myself to be morbidly obese or anything. I do have a rather large frame, broad shoulders and I don't believe I look hideous. I'm just overweight.

It's a goal to lose some weight. I'd like to be sub 300 again sometime soon. I have all the motivation I need. My father has suffered 3 heart attacks. I want to be able to fight better for my medieval hobby. A good friend of mine is a 50 something year old male who is overweight, has diabeties and is in very real danger of losing his leg to an infection due in part to him being overweight, and I'd rather if that wasn't me in 2o years. I don't have a real positive image of myself right now. I have a baby girl on the way that I want to set a good example for.

On top of all of that, I have a friend who has almost literally thrown down the gauntlet at me. He and his family take a horse back riding trip every year during the summer. This Summer, they rode through Iceland. Last year, they rode through the countryside of France. Well, he told me that they are going back to Iceland in 2008. He wants me to go with them. There's a problem.
They don't let people over 250 pounds on the trip. He has told me that if I can get sub 250 by June of 2008, he will pay for half of my trip to get me to go with them to Iceland. Now, for this family, these trips are a regular occurance. However, for me, this could be a once in a lifetime chance.

That makes it two years, and very nearly 100 pounds. Is it possible? I don't know, but I'd like to find out. So what does it take? Well, that's a pretty simple answer. It takes eating right and excersise. Very simple answer. Very difficult execusion. It seems that I get a lot of exercise. I have my fighting once or twice a week. I have a lot of walking at work. I occasionally go horse back riding. However, all of these activities are anaerobic activities. They don't help in the way that I need. I need some aerobic activities to truly get my heart rate up and burn the calories. Great! The problem with that is that it takes time. I know this is only my second post, and therefore I haven't described my weekly schedule, but suffice to say, there isn't a whole lot of "free time" in my week. When there is free time, the last thing I'm thinking about is exercise. It's usually sleep! Again, this is just an excuse, and it's time that I stopped relying on excuses and started doing something about my life.

So my father had this exercise bike that he was no longer using (he's not allowed anymore due to a weakening heart, we'll talk about that later). I brought it over to my house with every intention of using it to get the exercise that I need. It's been at my house for about a month. I've been on it twice! Now, in my defense, it's been twice in the same week, this week, and I really want to make this work so I may have started something, but like a lot of things, I may get bored with it. We'll have to see how it goes. Hopefully, the damn bike will give me the exercise that I need in addition to everything else I do in my life.

That leaves the whole "eating right" part. Well, getting past the whole "eating red meat is good for you / bad for you / good for you again" (or eggs, or dairy, or whatever else they are going to change their minds on this week), I know that I have to reduce portions and that I have to eat things that are better for me. I've tried things like this in the past. I don't want to diet. Diets are short term solutions to long term problems. I'd rather change my eating habits so that they were healthier for the long haul. This is tough for me because in my mind food is comfort. When I get stressed, or when I get sad, or when I get scared, or when I get bored....I eat. There's been a lot of stress recently, and everytime I say "today is the day I start eating right" something happens to stress me out and I fall off the wagon (two visits to Dairy Queen later, and I'm back where I started). This is even tougher than the exercise problem. I will try to stay strong, but it's just not easy for me.

All of this is to say that I'm trying to make changes in my life. I want to do it. I NEED to do it. The question is "Can I do it?". I guess we'll find out together. If you've read this long, then I've wasted way too much of your time. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned. I'll hopefully have something a little more upbeat next time.

          Những lãnh đạo thế giới nói như thế nào về "Hồ sơ Panama"   
Trong khi những tiết lộ về gian lận tài chính, rửa tiền từ "Hồ sơ Panama" đang gây sửng sốt, nhiều lãnh đạo đã khẳng định sẽ điều tra hoặc bác bỏ có liên quan.

Các lãnh đạo thế giới có tên trong tài liệu

Hồ sơ Panama là những tài liệu cáo buộc các khách hàng của công ty Panama, Mossack Fonseca, rửa tiền, qua mặt các lệnh trừng phạt và né việc nộp thuế. Trong một trường hợp được BBC chỉ ra, công ty trên đã đề xuất một triệu phú Mỹ làm giả hồ sơ sở hữu, để che giấu số tiền của mình khỏi cơ quan chức năng. Đây là hành vi vi phạm trực tiếp các quy định quốc tế về chống rửa tiền và trốn thuế.

Có 12 lãnh đạo quốc tế đương nhiệm và đã thôi nhiệm có tên trong tài liệu. Hơn 60 họ hàng, người thân của các lãnh đạo cùng các chính trị gia cũng bị nêu tên.

Iceland

Là một trong những người bị nêu đích danh trong Hồ sơ Panama, Thủ tướng Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson đang chịu áp lực lớn phải từ chức, tờ Telegraph đưa tin. Tài liệu được công bố cuối tuần trước, cho thấy ông Gunnlaugsson và vợ là Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir đã mua một công ty thành lập tại British Virgin Islands từ hãng luật Mossack Fonseca.


Thủ tướng Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson và phu nhân

Công ty trên được vợ chồng ông Gunnlaugsson mua năm 2007 để đầu tư số tiền thu được từ việc bán cổ phần của bà Pálsdóttir trong một công ty của gia đình. Gunnlaugsson bán 50% cổ phần của mình cho bà Pálsdóttir với giá một USD cuối năm 2009, không lâu sau khi được bầu làm nghị sĩ. Ông Gunnlaugsson chưa từng công khai việc có lợi ích tại công ty trên.

Thông báo của văn phòng thủ tướng Iceland khẳng định việc ông Gunnlaugsson sở hữu công ty trên là một sai sót đơn giản do hai vợ chồng ông có chung tài khoản ngân hàng. "Cả hai người đều biết rằng chỉ có vợ của thủ tướng sở hữu số tài sản đó", thông cáo viết.

Theo kênh DW của Đức, trong một cuộc phỏng vấn với kênh truyền hình Thụy Điển SVT, ông Gunnlaugsson được hỏi liệu đã bao giờ ông có giao dịch phi pháp với một công ty ở nước ngoài hay chưa. Đáp lại, thủ tướng nói: "Như tôi đã nói, tài sản của tôi luôn được khai báo".

Tuy nhiên, khi phóng viên hỏi về mối liên quan của ông với một công ty có tên Wintris, ông Gunnlaugsson nói rằng không biết đến nó và ngừng phỏng vấn. Theo Telegraph, Wintris là công ty nắm giữ lượng trái phiếu trị giá hàng triệu USD tại ba ngân hàng đã phá sản của Iceland.

Phát biểu trên truyền hình Iceland ngày 4/4, ông Gunnlaugsson nói sẽ không từ chức. "Tôi chưa cân nhắc chuyện từ chức do vấn đề này và tôi cũng sẽ không từ chức chỉ vì vấn đề này".

Khoảng 10.000 người Iceland đã biểu tình trước tòa nhà quốc hội tại thủ đô Malmo trong đêm qua.

Người Iceland biểu tình rầm rộ sau tiết lộ của Hồ sơ Panama

Pakistan

Cũng đang chịu áp lực do các thành viên trong gia đình bị nêu tên trong tài liệu, Thủ tướng Pakistan Nawaz Sharif đang bị ba đảng đối lập yêu cầu từ chức. Theo Telegraph, tài liệu bị rò rỉ cho thấy các con của ông Sharif sở hữu bất động sản tại London thông qua các công ty ở nước ngoài.

Dù vậy, con trai của ông Sharif là Hussain khẳng định với một tờ báo tại nước này rằng gia đình họ không làm gì phi pháp. "Những căn hộ đó là của chúng tôi và các công ty nước ngoài đó cũng thuộc về chúng tôi", Hussain nói. "Không có gì sai trái cả, và tôi chưa bao giờ che giấu điều đó, và cũng không cần phải làm vậy".

Trong khi đó, lãnh đạo phe đối lập Imran Khan thì gọi những tiết lộ của Hồ sơ Panama là "có thật".

Anh

Không bị nêu đích danh trong Hồ sơ Panama, tuy nhiên, Thủ tướng Anh David Cameron cũng đang phải chịu áp lực. Theo Guardian, tài liệu nói rằng cha của ông là Ian Cameron, người đã qua đời năm 2010 và từng là giám đốc quỹ đầu tư Blairmore Holdings Inc, đã dùng thủ thuật để né thuế suốt 30 năm qua. Blairmore bị cáo buộc thuê nhiều công dân Bahamas, bao gồm cả mục sư, để đứng tên trong các hồ sơ.

Telegraph dẫn một nguồn tin từ văn phòng thủ tướng Anh khẳng định, ông Cameron không hề có cổ phần trong quỹ đầu tư của cha mình.

Nga


Ông Sergei Roldugin (trái) được tin là bạn thân lâu năm của Tổng thống Putin

Hồ sơ Panama còn cáo buộc ông Sergei Roldugin, một nghệ sĩ chơi đàn cello và được cho là bạn thân của Tổng thống Nga Putin, sở hữu ba công ty ở nước ngoài gồm Sonnette Overseas, International Media Overseas và Raytar Limited. Ba công ty này, được thành lập bởi Bank of Russia - một ngân hàng tư nhân ở St Petersburg mà ông Roldugin nắm giữ 3,2% cổ phần - đã mua thành công 12,5% cổ phần tại công ty quảng cáo lớn nhất của Nga là Video International.

Từ thông tin này, Telegraph cho rằng có vẻ ông Putin đang quản lý lượng tiền khổng lồ thông qua các công ty vỏ bọc nêu trên. Dù vậy, người phát ngôn điện Kremlin Peskov đã bác bỏ mạnh mẽ cáo buộc này.

"'Hội chứng ghét Putin' ở nước ngoài đã lên tới độ, nếu nói điều gì tốt về nước Nga hoặc hành động nào của nước Nga, hay bất kỳ thành quả nào người Nga đạt được, đều trở thành cấm kỵ. Thay vào đó, họ phải nói những điều xấu, rất nhiều chuyện xấu, và khi không có gì để nói, họ phải tạo ra nó. Với chúng tôi, điều này là rõ ràng", ông Peskov tuyên bố.

Argentina

Tổng thống Argentina Mauricio Macri cũng đang phải bảo vệ tính hợp pháp của một công ty ở nước ngoài bị nêu tên trong Hồ sơ Panama. TheoTelegraph, ông Macri được nêu tên với chức danh thành viên hội đồng quản trị và phó chủ tịch một công ty có tên Fleg Trading Ltd. tại Bahamas, trong thời gian còn là thị trưởng của Buenos Aires. Công ty này do Mossack Fonseca quản lý.

Người phát ngôn của ông Macri khẳng định cá nhân tổng thống không sở hữu cổ phần tại công ty trên, vốn là một phần hoạt động kinh doanh của gia đình ông. Phát biểu trên truyền hình địa phương tại thành phố Cordoba, Argentina, ông Macri tuyên bố: "Không có gì lạ lùng về hoạt động đó".

Ukraine

Tổng thống Ukraine Petro Poroshenko cũng có vẻ đã sử dụng công ty Mossack Fonseca, theo Hồ sơ Panama. Ông Poroshenko được liệt kê là cổ đông duy nhất tại một công ty có tên Prime Asset Partners Limited, thành lập tại British Virgin Islands, tháng 8/2014.

Người phát ngôn của ông Poroshenko khẳng định việc trên không hề có liên quan đến những diễn biến chính trị hay quân sự, và rằng việc thành lập công ty trên là bước đi chuẩn bị để bán công ty Roshen mà ông Poroshenko sở hữu và điều hành trước khi đắc cử.

Điều tra

Trong khi đó, chính phủ Pháp và Đức đã có những tuyên bố hoan nghênh thông tin được báo giới tiết lộ về hoạt động gian lận thuế. Tổng thống Pháp Francois Hollande ngày 4/4 cam kết sẽ điều tra những thông tin trong Hồ sơ Panama.

"Toàn bộ thông tin được tiết lộ sẽ dẫn đến các cuộc điều tra bởi cơ quan thuế cùng các tiến trình tố tụng", ông Hollande nói trước khi cảm ơn "những người tố giác" khi đưa Hồ sơ Panama ra ánh sáng.

Người phát ngôn của Thủ tướng Đức Angela Merkel, ông Steffen Seibert, cho rằng: "Với chúng tôi, có một điều rõ ràng là áp lực từ cộng đồng quốc tế lên các quốc gia như Panama phải tiếp tục ở mức cao, để họ có những bước đi xa hơn trong việc tạo ra sự minh bạch".

Tổng thống Panama Juan Carlos Varela khẳng định nước ông sẽ hợp tác với "bất kỳ chính phủ nào hay cuộc điều tra nào" diễn ra sau những tiết lộ trên. Dù vậy ông cũng tuyên bố sẽ "bảo vệ hình ảnh của đất nước chúng tôi".

          No 1   
Done quite a fey dives at truly amazing spots, but this is my absolute #1 in the world.

Lokalizacja Silfra (Iceland, Iceland)
          New Book from Jennifer Kingsley   
A year ago, we carried a book review here on Kayak Yak -- a review of Jennifer Kingsley's wonderful book Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild. Sure, her paddling adventures on the Back River in Canada's far north were amazing, but what's she been doing lately? Why, another book on paddling in the far north.
Here's a guest post today on Kayak Yak, written by Helaine Becker for Sci/Why, a blog by Canadian writers of science books for children. She's graciously allowed us to borrow this post!


Meet The North 
posted by Helaine Becker

Paddling North
I recently had the good fortune to meet author Jennifer Kingsley at the Lakefield Literary Festival. I was completely taken with her, and with her story of her current project: circumnavigating the Arctic via word of mouth. She'd talk to someone, who would tell her about someone else in the north she should meet, go see that person, talk to them and get another recommendation, and so on. How fabulous, I thought! How brilliant a demo of the science of communication, in action!

Jennifer Kingsley
I asked Jennifer if she'd talk to Sci-Why, and she very graciously agreed. She sent me her answers to my questions from Greenland, where she is now deep in her project.

Here is the interview:

1. Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do and how you get started on the Meet the North Project.
I'm a Canadian who loves the outdoors, and I express that in two different ways. One: I'm a guide and naturalist, and I work on sailboats and ships in different parts of the world, primarily the Arctic. Two: I'm a writer and radio producer always looking for ways to bring stories and sounds out of remote regions and into the imaginations of my audience.
My first book is called Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, and it's about a 54-day canoe expedition across the Canadian Arctic.
2. Paddlenorth  is terrific. I was so intrigued by your presentation at the Lakefield Festival, I got the book right away! It's full of adventure, of course. But also heart. And there's some serious drama and mystery too. Heart-thumping, page-turning mystery.

Now, you've embarked on a new adventure! Can you describe the Meet the North project for our readers?
Meet the North is my personal journey from WHAT is the Arctic to WHO is the Arctic. It's a project I created, and it's sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic.
Here's the skinny about Meet the North from the project web site www.meetthenorth.org:

#meetthenorth is a project about the lives of northerners from
Svalbard to Greenland, Iceland, the Canadian Arctic, and beyond.
These are among the most remarkable places on Earth, and the
best way to understand them is to ask those who know them best.
This project gets its direction from the people of the north.
Their ideas set our path; we listen, and we follow their lead.
By meeting one person at a time, and by asking that person to
introduce us to someone new, we are getting to know the
Arctic community, and we are sharing our journey with you.

Join the adventure on Instagram at #meetthenorth 

and by following @meetthenorth. Follow the
stories on this website too.




3. Sooooo coool! To my mind, your project is science in action, in that through your project, you are demonstrating and investigating human communication. Do you agree? Can you elaborate?
Meet the North is absolutely about human communication. It's about having a strong vision . . . but not much of a plan. I let the people that I meet set my path, so it's not until they introduce me to someone new that I know where I am going next. I think you could call it social science; it's similar to Snowball Sampling, which is used by some anthropologists.
I think what makes this project valuable and different is that it values the contribution of each individual. It's not about mapping the entire fabric; it's about finding one true thread.
4. It seems to me your project will provide valuable scientific data for use in other fields. Can you elaborate on that?
I believe that this project, and it's method, will help to uncover ideas and topics that would not be discovered otherwise. If I really want to know what is important to someone, I have to be very open. It doesn't serve me to come in with preconceived ideas, nor can I open with directive questions.
In this way, I think Meet the North could help fill out the picture painted by other work in other fields. It gives a human face to the data others are collecting. 
5. Can you describe one encounter you have already had, and what it revealed/meant to you?
I just got home from Iceland, and at the beginning of my time there, I had one meeting set up. That one meeting led me, through a series of introductions, to the far east corner of the country which has been, perhaps, the least impacted by the recent tourism boom. By making personal connections to a very out of the way place, I discovered a project I would never have heard about otherwise.

Way out there, in a municipality of 500 people, there is a movement afoot to turn a fjord into a container port. This will only make sense more than a decade from now, if sea ice melts in a certain way and if global politics take a certain turn. It's an attempt to involve Iceland in the evolving Arctic economy, when many Icelanders are opening guest houses and selling souvenirs. It was a whiff of the change in the air - still faint but indicative of big changes ahead. So we interviewed the man spearheading this initiative, out in the middle of the heath. Who knows what will be there 10 years from now.


 Thanks, Jennifer! Good luck with your project, and please keep us posted!

          GLAAD celebrates marriage equality in Germany    

Germany becomes only the twenty-third nation to legalize marriage equality

NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the German Parliament today passed historic legislation which grants marital rights to LGBTQ couples, including the right to jointly adopt children. With over 83 percent of Germans supporting marriage equality prior to this vote, Germany is now only the twenty-third country across the globe which allows the right for LGBTQ couples to legally get married. The vote in the German Bundesrat was 393 to 226 in favor of marriage equality. The measure will move to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his signature.

"Love prevails once again as LGBTQ couples in Germany obtain the right to marry the person they love and build lasting, loving families in their communities. As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, victories like we see in Germany highlight the importance of LGBTQ people staying visible."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT HAVE LEGALIZED MARRIAGE EQUALITY

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          The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle   
The Indo-European Language Family

Indo-European was the first language family to be identified. This discovery, and the beginning of modern linguistics, can be dated to February 2, 1786 at a gathering of scientists and other interested men. Sir William Jones, speaking at the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, made this astounding statement:

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure: more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.

Jones later added Persian and Celtic as likely members of this family of languages.

Jones was uniquely qualified to make this discovery. His parental language was Welsh; he was taught English at school; he learned classical Greek and Latin in university where he studied law; he wrote the first English grammar of the Persian language (which earned him a reputation as one of the most respected linguists in Europe); and when appointed a judge in India at age 37 set out to learn the Sanskrit language to better understand local laws. Thus by age 40 Jones was familiar with a language in 6 (out of a total of 12) different Indo-European language branches.

Indo-European languages are spoken today by over 3 billion people - about half of the world's population - as either a first or second language. These languages are divided into 10 or 12 language branches or subfamilies. See the attached graph (Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12) which is arranged more or less geographically. English is a member of the Germanic subfamily along with German, Dutch, Frisian, the Scandinavian languages (which includes Icelandic), Yiddish, and Afrikaans. Other languages to note include:
            Tocharian – two extinct languages found in western China, the farthest East branch
            Hittite – a member of the extinct Anatolian branch – the earliest branch to separate
            Romany – the language of the Gypsies of Europe, is a member of the Indic branch showing that they originated in northwest India (not to be confused with Rumanian which is a member of the Latin or Romance language branch)



Source: Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12

About 6,000 to 5,000 years ago the parent language, called Proto-Indo-European, was spoken by a semi-nomadic tribe of people in the southern Ukraine and Russia. How their language spread and evolved into all of all these languages could be the subject for a future lecture. Today I want to show how historical linguistics and archaeology were combined to solve the puzzle of who the speakers of Proto-Indo-European were, and where and when they lived.
Source: Figure 1.2 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.14

The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

Since the discovery of the IE language family, the location of the homeland of the original speakers has been claimed by different people to be many different places: India, Pakistan, Syria/Lebanon, the Caucasus Mountains, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans and Germany. By the late 20th century linguists only seriously considered two of these – Anatolia (modern Turkey) and the steppes of southern Ukraine and Russia. And as recently as 2000, Calvert Watkins in his essay “Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans” which introduces his book The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots stated “Archaeologists have not in fact succeeded in locating the Indo-Europeans.”

Colin Renfrew was a strong supporter of the other serious contender, Anatolia. Renfew's elegant proposal, published in the 1990's, had Proto-Indo-European migrant farmers carry their language along with agriculture from the Middle East to the westernmost part of Europe. But like many elegant theories, this one turned out to be not true. (I was greatly disappointed when linguistics and DNA analysis disproved Thor Heyerdahl's theories of Polynesian origins). There are, as we will see, serious problems with Renfrew's theory.

Before going further, I need to emphasize one point. Proto-Indo-European is a language. It is not a culture, nor is it a genetically-definable population. Language does not necessarily follow cultural boundaries, which can be determined by archaeology. Every first year archaeology student is taught “pots are not people”. But we know that someone must have spoken this language, and they must have lived in a particular place during a particular time. So while looking for the speakers of Proto-Indo-European we need to be careful of this constraint.
  
Clues from the Language

Since Proto-Indo-European is a language, let's look first at clues to the homeland from the language itself. The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots published in 2000 contains 1350 reconstructed root words and several thousand more words based on these roots. These words have been painstakingly reconstructed by comparing similar words (called cognates) from the daughter languages over the more than 200 years since Jones' discovery. What can we learn about the people who spoke this language from their vocabulary?

they knew four seasons with snow in winter
they were not familiar with tropical plants or animals
animals include: wolf, lynx, elk beaver, otter, mouse, fish
birds include: crane, goose, duck, eagle, woodpecker
insects: wasp, hornet, fly, louse, bee, honey (mead)
domestic animals include: dog, cattle, sheep and horse
horses play an important role in the culture
they practiced spinning and weaving of wool
they knew metallurgy - copper
they knew of the wheel and used wagons or carts (weak link in Anatolian)
they knew of boats and oars - words like nav (navigate, navy) and rowing.
gift exchange is an important part of their culture
the guest-host relation was important –  *ghosti is the root of both host and guest (ghost originally meant visitor or guest)
they borrowed words from Proto-Uralic, another Eurasian language family, suggesting that the Proto-Indo-European speakers must have lived close to, and likely traded with, people who spoke Proto-Uralic who then, as now, live in northern Europe and Siberia (Hungarian is a member of this family found in Europe because of recent migration (~900CE).

The seasons and animals indicate a northern location either in or adjacent to a forest. The words for bee and honey place the homeland west of the Ural Mountains as honeybees do not occur east of there.

Clues to Dating Proto-Indo-European

Language can also help place the Proto-Indo-European speakers in time as well as location.

Agriculture was introduced to Europe between 6700 and 6500 BC while the wheel was not known until 3400 BC and woolen textiles sometime after 4000 BC. For the daughter language families to have similar words for the wheel and wool, they must have separated from Proto-Indo-European after their arrival. This effectively eliminates the Anatolian farmer immigrant theory. Besides, the two or three Anatolian languages were very similar to each other and spoken by only a small number of people in this area, which strongly suggests they are spoken by Indo-European speaking migrants to Anatolia, not by the ancestors of the language.

The domestication of the horse provides additional clues. Horses were hunted for meat by the people of the steppe for millennia before they were domesticated. They were first domesticated sometime after 4800 BC, a thousand years after cattle were introduced to the area. But they were raised for their meat only. During a cool dry period (4200-3800 BC) horses would have an advantage over cattle because they can forage for themselves during the winter. [Pioneer farmers in Saskatchewan like my grandfather often turned their horses loose for the winter to manage for themselves, rounding them up in the spring]. Riding of horses began on the steppes sometime before 3700 BC and had spread to Northern Kazakhstan, the Caucasus Mountains, and into Europe, by 3000 BC.

An important tool used in the dating of horse riding is bit wear on horse molars. The identification of tooth wear caused by bits of metal, bone, rope and rawhide, was pioneered by the author of The Horse, The Wheel and Language – David W. Anthony, and his wife, fellow archaeologist Dorcas Brown. There is an interesting Saskatchewan connection here. One of the experts they contacted was Hilary Clayton who began studying the mechanics of bits in horses’ mouths while working in Philadelphia, and then took a job at the Western Veterinarian College in Saskatoon. Anthony and Brown followed her to Saskatchewan in 1985 and viewed the X-ray videos she had made of horses chewing their bits.

Riding horses provided a significant benefit to herders in the steppes. A man on horseback could manage a herd of cattle or sheep much larger than a man on foot. With the much later advent of wheeled carts, about 3300 BC, the herders could carry with them tents, food and water allowing them to take advantage of the vast areas between the river valleys. This opened up the steppe much as the horse did to the plains of North America 5,000 years later.

Dating the Daughters

Language provides clues to timing in another way. Linguists can date, with more or less certainty, when each of the daughter language branches separated from the mother language. Here is a list of the branches, in the order of separation, with the approximate date (all BC) of separation (from Figure 3.2 The Horse, The Wheel and Language p. 57).

            Anatolian        4200
            Tocharian       3700 - 3300
            Germanic        3300
            Celtic / Italic   3000
            Greek / Armenian 2500
            Balto-Slavic    2500
            Indo-Iranian    2500-2200

Clues from Archaeology – The Kurgan Cultures

With the time line narrowed to the period 4000 to 2000 BC, it's time to look at the archaeological record and see who was living in the likely homelands and how well they fit with the linguistic clues. The archaeology of the Pontic-Caspian steppes was mostly carried out by Soviet scientists and published in Russian. These were not translated into English until the 1990s. Anthony was one of the first western archaeologists to study this work and relate it to the Proto-Indo-European homeland question.

Anthony found a close fit with the western steppe peoples who built huge burial mounds called kurgans. Their culture varied somewhat over the Proto-Indo-European time line and also geographically from place to place within this large area, but their overall cultures were similar, especially compared to the foragers to the north and east and to the sophisticated farming cultures to the west and south. They were semi-nomadic, raising cattle and sheep. Horses were important both for meat and for riding to manage their growing herds. They used wheeled carts. They mined their own ore and made their own tools and weapons of copper, tin and bronze.

Even more compelling is the evidence, from archaeology, of known migrations out of the steppes in the right directions and at the right times to account for the birth of the daughter language families.

1) to the west 4200-3900 (Anatolian)
2) to the east 3700-3300 (Tocharian)
3) to the west - several waves (Germanic, Celtic, Italic)
4) to north (Baltic, Slavic)
5) to the east and south (Iranian, Indic)

I should explain that by migration I do not mean large scale movement of people displacing existing populations along with their culture and language. This may have been the case with the Pre-Tocharians who made a remarkably long migration in one jump to the Altai Mountains 2000 km to the east (equivalent to the journey made by my grandparents from southern Ontario to Saskatchewan, but without the advantage of trains). Most if not all the other migrations were by small groups who, through some combination of trade or intimidation, became rulers of existing populations. They brought with them enough of their culture to be recognized archaeologically; and they brought their language which, for a variety of reasons, was adopted by the others and continued to spread long after they were gone.
  
Puzzle Solved

While there may be a few objections to his theory not yet satisfactorily answered, Anthony is convinced that the Proto-Indo-European Homeland puzzle has been solved.

Source: Figure 5.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.84

I want to finish with a quote from The Horse, The Wheel and Language  p. 464

Understanding the people who lived before us is difficult, particularly the people who lived in the prehistoric tribal past. Archaeology throws a bright light on some aspects of their lives but leaves much in the dark. Historical linguistics can illuminate a few of those dark corners.

          Grimm’s Law   

In linguistic circles Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) is better known for his discovery of phonetic changes in the development of Proto-Germanic than for his German folk tales.

Jacob was trained as a lawyer but was more interested in history and language – early German literature in particular. He authored many scholarly books including Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache (History of the German Language), Deutsche Grammatik (German Grammar), and the monumental Deutsches Wörterbuch (German Dictionary). In 1812 and 1814 he and his younger brother Wilhelm published their collection of old German folk tales as Grimms Märchen (Grimms’ Fairy Tales) Volumes 1 and 2.


Grimm’s Law was first published in the second edition of his German Grammar in 1822. It is considered significant in linguistic science for introducing “…a rigorous methodology to historic linguistic research.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Grimm].

Sometime during the progression from Proto-Indo-European (about 2000 BC) to Proto-Germanic (about 500 BC), certain sound shifts in consonants occurred which were nearly universal (occurring to all words). These changes did not occur in any other PIE daughter languages such as the Proto-Romance language, so are observable with comparisons between English words taken directly from Latin, French or other Romance languages and those from its Germanic roots.

Greatly simplified, the changes are (with examples):

Labials (sounds made with the lips)
p changes to f: ped / foot; pater / father
f changes to b: fund / bottom
b changes to p: labial / lip

Velars (sounds made mid-palate)
k changes to h: canine / hound
h changes to g: host / guest
g changes to k: genuflect / knee

Dentals (sounds made with the tongue and teeth)
t changes to th: triple / three
th changes to d: thyroid / door
d changes to t: duo / two

Note that in all three groups, the changes go full circle, sort of like musical chairs.

Verner’s Law, developed by Danish linguist Karl Verner, explains further changes that occurred later to certain consonants in certain conditions (depending on the accent of the preceding syllable).

These sound changes are evident in all of the modern Germanic languages: German, Frisian, Dutch (and Africaans), Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Luxembourgish, and of course English.

Sound changes like this are common in language history and take several generations, often a few centuries, to complete. A more recent example in English is known as the Great Vowel Shift which occurred between 1400 and 1600 (between Chaucer and Shakespeare). That’s a subject for a future post.

          Borrowed Words   
All languages borrow words from languages with which they come in contact; English is unique in the extent to which it has done so. Henry Hitchings in his book The Secret Life of Words estimates that English has borrowed words from 350 different languages. This book deals extensively with this phenomenon [1] of the English language. Wikipedia estimates that only 26% of the current 700,000 to 1 million English words come from its Germanic roots, the rest are borrowed from other languages. Words of French origin actually exceeds German, making up 29% of English vocabulary and Latin (including technical words) ties with French at 29%, with the remaining 16% coming from all the other languages [wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_French_origin].

There are different levels to which borrowed words become assimilated into English. Some words like ensemble or bratwurst are obvious borrowings and partially retain their foreign spelling and/or pronunciation. At the other extreme are words like marmalade [2] or mayor that have become Anglicized to the extent that we can't tell from the words themselves (pronunciation or spelling) where they are borrowed from, or even that they have been borrowed. The level of assimilation depends on time and usage - the longer since it was borrowed and the more it is used, the greater its degree of "Englishness" and the more familiar it appears to us. For example, words from Greek like area and problem are  more familiar than euphoria and persona; and from French marriage has been Anglicized while montage retains its French pronunciation.

Many borrowed words result from the age of exploration in which new things were discovered from around the world and named from words taken from the local language. Chimpanzee is from the West African language Tshiluba, geyser from Icelandic, sauna from Finnish, and futon from Japanese. Closer to home, Saskatoon berries and pemmican are from Cree words, as is the name of my province Saskatchewan [3].

Similarly words may be borrowed because there is no English equivalent, even though the object or notion is well known. My favorite example of this is the German word Ohrwurm (literally "ear-worm") for that tune you just can't get out of your head. Other loanwords may already have an English word for it, but the new word is more descriptive (entrepreneur) or adds a particular shade of meaning (scarlet and vermillion from French).

The terms "borrowing" and "loanword" seem rather odd in reference to words, as the loaning languages don't have to give up their words and there is no expectations of having to pay them back (sort of like your teenager "borrowing" $20 to go to the movies). English however has returned the favor many times and loaned words to languages from which it has previously borrowed. French now has le weekend and cool, Japanese intanetto and wado purosessa [4], and German has die bluejeans and der blogger.

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[1] from Greek
[2] from Portuguese
[3] A story goes that some American hunters pull into a gas station and ask the attendant where they are. The attendant replies "Saskatoon, Saskatchewan". One hunter then turns to the driver and says "I told you we went too far north - the natives don't even speak English".
[4] Try saying them out loud without the final "o".
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          Illinois Congressman Ain't Gettin Paid   
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ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN WILL NOT BE PAID

That is Correct.



In our lead story a Court Ruling left the State of Illinois Congressman speechless.

As the State fails to pay over $15 Billion I Bills the courts have ruled that the Illinois Congressman will share in the burden.

No pay for other state employees means no pay for their Congress.

State Congressman have no immunity to budget cuts.

So who do you think will have budget cuts: Those on welfare or the Democratically Controlled State Legislative Branch????

It appears that ALL Blue States are about to face this - Democratically controlled Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, etc.

Further - when the Federal Congress cuts all Federal Funds to Sanctuary States, Counties and Cities - the Mayors, County Executives, and state Congressman will not get paid and what company will bribe their states Congresses to do anything if their state budget is in turmoil????

Justice Has Been Served

In a world with $217,000,000,000,000 in debt - it is time those in congress pay for what they have done.

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In other news:

1) President Trump will now be asking Congress to add Tariffs to those products coming into the United States that are sent here using Foreign Government Funds to destroy the American Industrial Base.

So - for example - if a Toaster is made in China using 80% funds from the Government - Trump will authorize Congress to charge an 80% Tariff for that toaster.

The President will now level the Playing Field.

2) Both Mexico and Venezuela are now running out of oil

President Trump will now run an Oil Pipeline to Mexico to help support their failing companies and has worked out a deal where the Oil Companies will charge a Discounted Rate to help their economy.

Just as Russia provides a discounted rate to the Ukraine for Natural Gas to help their brothers in need, the US will provide Cheap Fuel to Mexico.

3) The EU and Russia and now sanctioning each other.

What this means, for example, is that if a toaster is made in Russia it is Wholesaled through a country like Iceland and then shipped to Europe.

Sanctions never work, not in the day and age of computers

4) The New York Times has finally admitted the Russian Story about stealing an election was totally fake a complete lie, Fake, Felonious and False - thank you X-22 Report

5) CNN Managing Editor called American Voters: "Dumber Than Shit."

Jimmmy Carr, a Hate Filled Associate Producer at CNN, absolutely hates President Trump and openly said: He's Just F..Ing Crazy."

So you are Dumb Shi....s and the President is Crazy.

Guess tat tells us what CNN thinks about We The People.

CNN has Fallen down, Fallen Down, Fallen down
CNN has Fallen down
The Fake News Network

6) Wheat Prices are soaring around the world as South Dakota Wheat Harvests are severely reduced due to bad weather - the Food Prices are now about to jump very high.

7) Finally - Moscow has been under attack by the Elites in terms of weather.

Please pray that all that the Elites do to others is now heaped upon their heads.

President Putin, PM Medvedev - time to attack back. Pinpoint the Elite Head Quarters and deal with these folks ever so harshly of Russia will fall within one year, so sayus the I Am That I Am, who was, and is and is to come.

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Finally - your prayers are working as President Trump moves forward to help stabilize the World’s Economy. Expect 3 months of limited food and limited power - lots of black outs.
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          Roman food: before and after   
What did the Romans eat at their feasts? What came out the other end afterwards? This month we explore the toilets of Pompeii and the kinds of food eaten by its inhabitants. In the news this month: the oldest house in the UK; the HMS Investigator; and some very early human tool use. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we find out how to put up buildings the Icelandic way.
          Changing sea levels and thin sections   
This month on Naked Archaeology: the discovery of a possible link between genus Homo and Australopithecus - Aus. sediba; we find out how people first made it to Cyprus; which is the oldest building still in use and if Icelandic eruptions are a good thing. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Tom and Duncan look through some wafer-thin slices of pot and meet Aegina's finest jug-maker!
          Troy, Ithaca and Iceland   
This month in divested archaeology we cover the archaeology that just happened to turn up in the legends of Homer. We find out about the man who discovered Troy, Heinrich Schliemann, and uncover the most recent finds from the site. We also speak to the team currently searching for Odysseus' Ithaca and it sounds like they're close! Also, does Britain owe its farming to the French? And in Backyard Archaeology we find out why hedges might be the best place to find a Viking.
          This Musician Wanted to Save the Planet--So She Recorded It   

Electronica artist Hydrah has dabbled in many genres: she performed in musicals and with choirs in high school, was part of an Indonesian Gamelan orchestra in college, and even toured the West Coast as the frontwoman of a punk band. But it wasn’t until her fieldwork as a conservation biologist in places like Western Samoa and Costa Rica that she discovered what she calls the most beautiful melodies she’s ever heard. Like music, ocean and wildlife conservation has always been a part of Hydrah’s life, and she’s finally found a way to merge those passions on her new EP Siren, out June 2nd. From black volcanic sand beaches in Iceland, to coral reefs in Western Samoa, buzzing cicadas in Costa Rica, and the calls of Gibbons in the Borneo rainforest, Hydrah explains track by track what inspired her upcoming EP, and the sounds she captured during her travels.

With the EP she includes this message: “If you have had the great fortune of submersing yourself under the surface of the ocean or hiking in a jungle, these sounds will take you back because they are extraordinary and cannot be replicated with technology. They are organic, they are one of a kind, and we are in a position to lose them.” — Rachael Roth


          Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: Iceland-Faeroe Rid... for taxon Malacoraja spinacidermis (Barnard, 1923)   
Note "Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: Iceland-Faeroe Ridge, off northwest Africa (Rio de Oro), off southern Namibia and South Africa. Reported from the eastern slope of Georges Bank (McEachran 2002, in Collette and Klein-MacPhee 2002); ARC 9312004 from Davis Strait" for taxon Malacoraja spinacidermis (Barnard, 1923) has been added by Mary Kennedy via the MS Access interface on 2009-02-16T09:43:45+00:00
          Comment on Travelling to Iceland from the UK by Gwyneth Clover   
Iceland is a very cool place, in all senses of the word, and Icelanders are very cool people. I've only visited once and arriving at Reykjavik is like landing on the moon (OK. I imagine.) The 'lunar' Icelandic landscape has been used to train astronauts and no wonder. But the country is fascinating, with its Arctic landscapes, glaciers, geysers spouting hot steam and water and the extraordinary Blue Lagoon where you bathe in volcanically heated water on a freezing cold day in a cloud of steam created by the icy air. Iceland also has unique and fragile arctic plant life, a vibrant capital - Reykjavik - towns that are thermally heated, the world's oldest parliament (10th century), and the most literate population in the world. Cheers then.
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United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
 
 

Russia
Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
 
 

China
Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock
 
 

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland
 
 

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll
 
 

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies
 
 

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
 
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
 

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania
 
 

 
 

Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base
 

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'
 
 


Summer of Love (Love Dub) (1986) (7'56) - The B-52s.
Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Summer of Love (Love Dub) appears on Side 2 of the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of Summer of Love, Cat. No. 0-20509.

Track listing for the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of Summer of Love released in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records. Cat. No. 0-20509:

Side 1

1. Summer Party Mix / 6'04

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Side 2

1. Love Dub / 7'47
2. Single Edit / 3'58

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

The album version of Summer of Love appears on Bouncing Off The Satellites, an album first released in 1986.

Track listing for the U.S. vinyl pressing of Bouncing Off The Satellites released in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records. Cat. No. 1-25504:

Side 1

1. Summer of Love / 4'02
2. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Iceland / 4'22
3. Housework / 4'04
4. Detour Thru Your Mind / 5'06
5. Wig / 4'22
Side 2

1. Theme For A Nude Beach / 4'50
2. Ain't It A Shame / 5'30
3. Juicy Jungle / 4'50
4. Communicate / 4'08
5. She Brake For Rainbows / 4'41

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
(P) & (C) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Check Out More Great Music By The B-52s:

Channel Z (12" Rock Mix) (1989) (6'29) - The B'52's.
Love Shack (12" Remix) (1989) (7'59) - The B-52's.
Roam (12" Remix) (1989) (8'28) - The B-52's.
Roam (Extended Mix) (1989) (5'34) - The B-52's.
Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) (1986) (6'20) - The B-52s.

Check Out More Great Music On This Blog By:

Shep Pettibone.

What's NEW In The B-52s' Amazon Store? Find Out HERE!

Front of record sleeve for US 12" vinyl pressing
of 'Summer of Love'. Warner Bros. Records. Cat.
No. 0-20509. Image courtesy of Discogs.com

Video from YouTube channel RockAndPopClassic

Thank You for your visit today.

          Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) - The B-52s   

Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) (1986) (6'20) - The B-52s.
Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) appears on Side 1 of the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of Summer of Love, Cat. No. 0-20509.

Track listing for the U.S. 12" vinyl pressing of Summer of Love released in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records. Cat. No. 0-20509:

Side 1

1. Summer Party Mix / 6'04

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Side 2

1. Love Dub / 7'47
2. Single Edit / 3'58

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Additional Production and Remix by Shep Pettibone for Mastermix Productions.
(P) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

The album version of Summer of Love appears on Bouncing Off The Satellites, an album first released in 1986.

Track listing for the U.S. vinyl pressing of Bouncing Off The Satellites released in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records. Cat. No. 1-25504:

Side 1

1. Summer of Love / 4'02
2. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Iceland / 4'22
3. Housework / 4'04
4. Detour Thru Your Mind / 5'06
5. Wig / 4'22
Side 2

1. Theme For A Nude Beach / 4'50
2. Ain't It A Shame / 5'30
3. Juicy Jungle / 4'50
4. Communicate / 4'08
5. She Brake For Rainbows / 4'41

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
(P) & (C) 1986 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Check Out More Great Music By The B-52s:

Channel Z (12" Rock Mix) (1989) (6'29) - The B'52's.
Love Shack (12" Remix) (1989) (7'59) - The B-52's.
Roam (12" Remix) (1989) (8'28) - The B-52's.
Roam (Extended Mix) (1989) (5'34) - The B-52's.
Summer of Love (Love Dub) (1986) (7'56) - The B-52s.

Check Out More Great Music On This Blog By:

Shep Pettibone.

What's NEW In The B-52s' Amazon Store? Find Out HERE!

Front of record sleeve for US 12" vinyl pressing
of 'Summer of Love'. Warner Bros. Records. Cat.
No. 0-20509. Image courtesy of Discogs.com

Video from YouTube channel RockAndPopClassic

Thank You for your visit today.

          Comment on Ferry ‘Bo Hengy II’ Suffers Steering Failure by Poncho Villa   
My vessel was only 48'fourty thousand pounds with a simple single rudder system...Norwegian vessels are very good.Finland,Sweden,Norway,Iceland, Holland,Denmark,Germany....are very familiar with the ocean and their vessels...
          Birthday Facts About July 3, 1964 You Need To Know   
July 3, 1964 clever birthday facts no one tells you about. Get Jul 3 epic list of celebrity and famous birthdays, #1 song, horoscope and FREE gift. What day was my birthday Jul 3, 1964? July 3, 1964 was a Friday and it was the 185th day of the year 1964. The next time you can reuse your old 1964 calendar will be in 2020. Both calendars will be exactly the same! This is assuming you are not interested in the dates for Easter and other irregular holidays that are based on a lunisolar calendar. Who else were born on July 3? Here’s a short list of famous people in history who were born on Jul 3. 1926 Johnny Coles, American trumpet player (d. 1997) 1929 Clément Perron, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999) 1946 Leszek Miller, Polish political scientist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Poland 1949 Bo Xilai, Chinese politician, Chinese Minister of Commerce 1973 Ólafur Stefánsson, Icelandic handball player 1976 Andrea Barber, American actress 1976 Shane Lynch, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Boyzone) 1976 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011) 1981 Justin Torkildsen, American actor 1991 Tomomi Itano, Japanese actress and singer (AKB48) What happened on my birthday – Jul 3? These were the events that made history that coincide with your birthday. 1608 Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain. 1819 The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens. 1839 The first state normal school in the United States, the forerunner to today’s Framingham State College, opens in Lexington, Massachusetts with three students. 1898 Spanish–American War: The Spanish fleet, led by Pascual Cervera y Topete, is destroyed by the U.S. Navy in Santiago, Cuba. 1913 Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenact Pickett’s Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they are met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors. 1938 World speed record for a steam railway locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 125.88 mph. 1940 World War II: In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers El Kébir, is bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: French battleship Dunkerque, French battleship Provence and French battleship Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perish. 1952 The SS United States sets sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship takes the Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary. 1979 U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. 1995 Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party wins the general elections and is restored to power after being in opposition for 15 years.
           Iceland battens down hatches, cooling investor inflows amid volcanic growth    
Most capital controls from the 2008 banking crisis were lifted in March allowing money to flow in and out of the country more freely
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-519 - $199.00   
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          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-518 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-517 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-516 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-515 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-514 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-513 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-512 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-511 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-510 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-509 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-508 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-507 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-506 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-505 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-504 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-503 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-502 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-501 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-500 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-499 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin SP-498 - $199.00   
Coloration Spotted patterns vary from white with a single black spot, to the reverse. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Taupe Icelandic Sheepskin TP-000 - $199.00   
Coloration These two-tone taupe Icelandic sheepskins are dyed in a muted beige with grey-ish undertones offering a more vibrant option to our naturally colored selections. Size 46-49" x 36-38", the wool is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr We highly recommend purchasing a brush to maintain your sheepskin.
          Large Blue Sheepskin BL-000 - $100.00   
Coloration These blue Icelandic sheepskins are dyed in a bright blue offering a more vibrant option to our naturally colored selections. Size 46-49" x 36-38", the wool is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr We highly recommend purchasing a brush to maintain your sheepskin.
          Large Pink Sheepskin PK-000 - $199.00   
Coloration These pink Icelandic sheepskins are dyed in a bright pink offering a more vibrant option to our naturally colored selections. Size 46-49" x 36-38", the wool is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr We highly recommend purchasing a brush to maintain your sheepskin.
          Large Blush Sheepskin VT-000 - $199.00   
Coloration These two-tone blush Icelandic sheepskins are dyed in a muted pink with grey undertones offering a more vibrant option to our naturally colored selections. Size 46-49" x 36-38", the wool is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr We highly recommend purchasing a brush to maintain your sheepskin.
          Large Silver Sheepskin SL-000 - $199.00   
Coloration These two-tone silver Icelandic sheepskins are dyed in a consistent coloration offering an economical alternative to our natural grey Icelandics. Size 46-49" x 36-38", the wool is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr We highly recommend purchasing a brush to maintain your sheepskin.
          Large White Icelandic Sheepskin - $189.00   
MANY IN STOCK Coloration Color varies naturally from snow white to white with shades of creams and grays (as shown in pic 3).. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Double White Icelandic Sheepskin - $375.00   
Coloration Color varies naturally from snow white to white with shades of creams and grays (as shown in pic 3).. Size 90-100" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Shorn White Icelandic Sheepskin - $189.00   
Coloration Color varies naturally from snow white to white with shades of cream. Wool is shorn. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the wool is ~1-1-1/2" long. Note: Measurements are approximate. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Black Icelandic Sheepskin - $189.00   
Coloration Color varies naturally from midnight black to rusty black. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product may differ from the images shown due to natural variation. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Double Black Icelandic Sheepskin - $375.00   
Coloration Color varies naturally from midnight black to rusty black. Size 90-100" x 30-38", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Shorn Black Icelandic Sheepskin - $189.00   
Coloration Color varies naturally from midnight black to black with grey undertones. Wool is shorn. Size 45-51" x 30-38", the wool is ~1-1-1/2" long. Note: Measurements are approximate. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Large Brown Icelandic Sheepskin BR-001 - $249.00   
Coloration Brown comes in a close second to grey in rareness. Coloration ranges from milk chocolate through to caramel. Size: 42-45" x 32-34", the fur is ~4-8" long Note: Measurements are approximate, taken from the fur side. Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Black Icelandic Sheepskin Pillow Cover PLBL-000 - $159.00   
Coloration Base color is a natural black/deep brown. Size 16" x 16", the fur is ~4-6" long. Note: Measurements are approximate. Front: Icelandic sheepskin wool Back: Cloth with zipper Insert: Not included Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          White Icelandic Sheepskin Pillow Cover PLWH-000 - $159.00   
Coloration Base color is a natural white/cream. Size 16" x 16", the fur is ~4-6" long. Note: Measurements are approximate. Front: Icelandic sheepskin wool Back: Cloth with zipper Insert: Not included Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr
          Sami Reindeer Hide Without Legs | DARK - $149.00   
Our reindeer hides are hand-selected for their symmetry and patterning. Coloration These darker hides range in tones from caramel to dark chocolat with natural patterning in greys and light brown. Note that photos are for representation only - the hide you receive may differ slightly in coloration. Size 40-45" x 38-42" Without legs. Eco-Friendly Our reindeer hides are sourced from the sustainable herds of the indigenous Lappish and Sami tribes of Finland and Sweden. Farmed for their milk and meat, their hides are a bi-product used for clothing and to keep warm in the winter. Their soft, silky hides make excellent throws, wall hangings and rugs. Note: A reindeer's hair is not as robust as that of the Icelandic sheep. They should not be used in high traffic areas or outdoors as this will cause them to shed hair over time. See the care section of our website found on the main page for more info.
          Sami Reindeer Hide | LIGHT - $299.00   
Our reindeer hides are hand-selected for their symmetry and patterning. Coloration These light hides have a predominately creamy white base color with secondary coloration in tones from grey and taupe through to caramel brown. Note that photos are for representation only - the hide you receive may differ slightly in coloration. Size 40-45" x 38-42" Eco-Friendly Our reindeer hides are sourced from the sustainable herds of the indigenous Lappish and Sami tribes of Finland and Sweden. Farmed for their milk and meat, their hides are a bi-product used for clothing and to keep warm in the winter. Their soft, silky hides make excellent throws, wall hangings and rugs. Note: A reindeer's hair is not as robust as that of the Icelandic sheep. They should not be used in high traffic areas or outdoors as this will cause them to shed hair over time. See the care section of our website found on the main page for more info.
          Sami Reindeer Hide | DARK - $299.00   
Our reindeer hides are hand-selected for their symmetry and patterning. Coloration These darker hides range in tones from caramel to dark chocolat with natural patterning in greys and light brown. Note that photos are for representation only - the hide you receive may differ slightly in coloration. Size 40-45" x 38-42" Eco-Friendly Our reindeer hides are sourced from the sustainable herds of the indigenous Lappish and Sami tribes of Finland and Sweden. Farmed for their milk and meat, their hides are a bi-product used for clothing and to keep warm in the winter. Their soft, silky hides make excellent throws, wall hangings and rugs. Note: A reindeer's hair is not as robust as that of the Icelandic sheep. They should not be used in high traffic areas or outdoors as this will cause them to shed hair over time. See the care section of our website found on the main page for more info.
          Grey Icelandic Sheepskin Pillow Cover - $189.00   
Coloration Grey is the rarest natural coloration. Shades range from silver to rust to charcoal. Size 16" x 16", the fur is ~4-6" long. Note: Measurements are approximate. Front: Icelandic sheepskin wool Back: Cloth with zipper Insert: Not included Eco-Friendly The processing of these sheepskin conforms to strict EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection — no chromium or bleaches were used in the tanning process. Actual product is shown in these images. To see images in situ, please visit our Tumblr Many of various shades available - contact us for images of our current stock
          Sheepskin Brush - $9.00   
Icelandic sheepskin wool is naturally curly and unruly. These brushes will help to straighten-it-out should you wish to maintain a more groomed appearance.
          Role aerosols play in climate change unlocked by spectacular Icelandic volcanic eruption   

Cloud systems “well buffered” against aerosol changes in the atmosphere, research shows.


          Iceland’s volcano lapse   

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work.

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          Writer’s Bock   
From tangy to mango: four summer beers worth a taste.

Suffering from writer's block, I went over to see David Smith at Hammer & Ale in Cooper-Young, because the guy knows an awful lot about local beer. Standing before the constellation of 24 revolving local and regional (if you include Iceland) beers, he pointed out the very popular Yazoo Summer Seasonal Gose. "It's a light ale, citrusy sour with coriander and sea salt."

He wasn't talking about a new salad on the menu, but one of those continental sour beers that started showing up about two summers ago, claiming to be the next IPA.

"That sounds dreadful," I said.

David has spent a lot of his adult life in the art world — operating on taste rather than utility — and was kind enough not to call me a Neanderthal. "Well," he said, "we are going through a lot of it." Knowing what I know about the good people at Yazoo Brewing, this was probably one of the better examples of a traditional Gose. It may not be to your tastes, but they don't get it wrong very often.

I'm a professional, so I ordered a flight of four, including the offending sour. It wasn't as powerful as those Lambics that make you want to suck your tongue, but four ounces was enough for me to know I'd had enough. It was very tart. In Yazoo's defense, these sour beers are not for me. A couple of people in this city have tried to change my mind about them but, evidently, I just don't like the style. To be fair, it wasn't dreadful, and if a lot of people are drinking it, there's got to be a reason.

Next on the flight was a limited Lagunator Lager — a bock-style lager by Lagunitas, another brewery not known for getting it wrong. It had that heavier bock finish, but it wasn't anything you'd call a heavy. It was light enough and very good. It is the sort of beer someone who spends the depths of winter plowing through Scottish ales would love to hoist in the summer.

My next beer was a Longfin Lager by Ballast Point. And this was where I stumbled on a really great summer beer: very light and crisp, without tasting watered down. It's the craft beer that Mrs. M, a Bud Light girl, and I would likely agree on. And that's the sort of compromise that makes for a happy marriage.

Where Ballast Point lost me was on the final stop: Mango Even Keel IPA. I like IPA, and I like Mangos. But similarly, I like chocolate, and I like olives, but not chocolate-covered olives. If I were inclined to throw some mango into something I was drinking, that something would be rum.

My dominant thought while drinking it was, "Can't we just leave IPAs alone?" These waves of innovation are teetering on the edge of what the Brits would call "Too clever by half," and they invented the stuff. It's like trying to put a modern spin on your grandmother's fried chicken when you ought to just admit the old gal got it right the first time. And I say your grandmother because neither of mine could boil an egg.

The great thing about Hammer & Ale, though, is its mix of new and traditional beers. Experiments, even failed ones, can be fun. So even if I was offended by mango in my IPA (this is a pretty popular selection, so try it yourself), I could contemplate the ordeal with a pint of one of my go-tos, like Founders All Day IPA — which lives up to its name with enough hops to know it's there, but not so overpowering to get bitter in the heat.

It's the sort of beer your grandfather might have had. Again, not my grandfathers, they were from Clarksdale. Mrs. M's grandfather, on the other hand, was a Brit. I don't think he could boil an egg either.


          On The Hunt For Icelandic Fans In Dublin   

Icelandic FansOxygen.ie’s Oisin McQueirns prowls the streets of Dublin in search of some Icelandic fans. Oisin McQueirns and Peter Stears

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          5 things we learnt from the Euro 2016 Quarter-Finals   

In anticipation of even more footballing, Oisin McQueirns gives his views on some of the best and worst kicking of balls in the Quarter-Finals of Euro 2016. When the going gets tough, the Belgian’s get eliminated: Let’s kick things off with Friday night’s game between Wales and Belgium. Marc Wilmot’s men were the heavy favourites going into the […]

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          Irish Abroad: Iceland   

Being Irish is a huge commodity when travelling. People naturally pre-conceive us as friendly, beer-guzzling socialites that love to party and have absolutely no desire to take life seriously. I mean, I don’t think many other nationalities get that reaction. Of course, we know these stereotypes aren’t true (to a large extent), but regardless, being […]

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          Today the Dyrholaey lookout was so windy... — Vik, Iceland   
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          Out to the end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula — Stykkishólmur, Iceland   
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          Iceland visit starts from the airport — Keflavík, Iceland   
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          Last glances of Reykjavik include Northern Lights — Reykjavík, Iceland   
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          Iceland goodbye — Keflavík, Iceland   
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          Reykjavik sparkles today — Reykjavík, Iceland   
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          Viking Sushi!!! — Stykkishólmur, Iceland   
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          Borgarnes to Stykkisholmur — Stykkishólmur, Iceland   
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          Moving to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula — Borgarnes, Iceland   
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          Iceland's Golden Circle plus extras — Hveragerði, Iceland   
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          Tony Ward   
With nearly four decades in the hair industry and more than 15 years of working for films, including last year’s Homefront, Beautiful Creatures, and Remember Sunday, Tony Ward isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The Hollywood hairstylist has always loved doing hair, from playfully styling his sister’s doll collection as a child to cutting his friends’ and family’s hair through his teen and early adult years. What prompted Ward to make the switch from the salon to behind the scenes was a chance opportunity to assist a friend on a film. “I was bitten by the film bug and knew this was what I was meant to do,” remembered Ward. Just before Ward set off to work on his next film, Our Brand is Crisis, we spoke with him about his 2015 films American Ultra and Midnight Special, creative process, career accomplishments and the craziest hairstyling he’s ever done on set.

How does styling hair for film compare to working on a television set or a photo shoot?

I’ve done all three. Photo shoots can be fun and sometimes very creative. Television is fun, but it’s a very fast-paced process. It’s not unusual on television to shoot 10 pages of script, whereas film might max out at three pages. I just like film because you get to spend a little more time on the creative process.

Explain the creative process that goes behind styling hair for film.

Doing hair for film is a team effort between the actor, director, costume designer, hairstylist and makeup artist. It starts off with breaking down the character and then getting together with these people and coming up with a look and then creating that look. That’s why we have test days, so that we can see how the finished look appears on camera and make any necessary changes before we start shooting.

How big is the hair team that you work with during films?

It depends on the script and the number of characters. It could be as few as just the department head and key hairstylist, and I have worked on films that had up to 25 and 30 hairstylists.

What was it like working on the set of American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg?

For me, the most enjoyment comes from the cast. If we have a good cast, it’s a good show. The cast on American Ultra was definitely a good cast. I especially connected with Jesse Eisenberg, and we had a fantastic time. He was such a joy.

How about Midnight Special with Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver?

Midnight Special had a great cast also. But it was very challenging in the fact that Jeff Nichols like to create the right atmosphere for the cast. Because of that, we traveled a lot every day to Mississippi, Florida and New Mexico and worked long hours. Plus, the local places we shot were never closer than a 45-minute drive. It really took a physical toll on us. Kirsten, Adam, Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon were great fun to work with. We all had so much fun.

What can we expect from the hairstyles in both films?

They are two completely different character films. Most of the actors in Midnight Special played Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) members and, according to their guidelines, they have a very specific look. The women never cut their hair, and it is brought up into a very high formation in the front. Some research said that the higher it was in the front was an indication of how spiritual they were. Then the back hung down in a very long braid.

American Ultra was more contemporary with relaxed, unkempt hair. One group of agents had a very stylish look to separate them from the others, who had shaved heads and bleached hair. There were very feminine styles for some guys. It was just an array of creative hairstyles.

What are your go-to Oribe products?

Like everyone else I’m sure, my favorite product is the Dry Texturizing Spray. I love layering this product with the waxes, pomades and pastes. It creates a wonderful and truly workable texture. Of course, living in an extremely humid area like New Orleans, the Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray is a must.

Do you have a favorite genre to style hair for?

I love period work or true stories where you have to recreate a certain person or time period. My favorite time period would probably be the ’30s. The styles are less polished than the ’20s with slick crowns, more volume at the base and lots of small hats.

What’s the craziest hair you’ve ever created on set?

Probably the craziest thing I’ve had to do was create a photo double for a German Shepherd. I had to cut its hair and put temporary color on it to make it look like the main German Shepherd.

Where's the best place you've ever traveled for a film? For fun?

My favorite place that I’ve traveled for work was Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s such a beautiful city and I got to spend a month there. For fun, my favorite place is Mazatlan, Mexico. My partner, Mario, is from there and we go sometimes twice a year to visit family. Such a wonderful place and wonderful people!

What is your hair philosophy?

I believe that hair should be beautiful in whatever form that takes. You can be taught to do anything, but if you can’t step back and see that it looks beautiful as what it is, or what to do to get it there, then the work is pointless.

Who are some of your hair icons and mentors?

Back in the ’80s I worked for Ann and Gary Bray, who were both competitors in the world hairdressing competitions. That's how they originally met, competing against each other. Gary became a coach for the 1978 and 1984 USA Team, which won gold medals. He trained members of the Korean, Australian, Mexican and Icelandic Teams. He was very generous in sharing his knowledge with other people. Ann was the first American female to win the world championship of hairdressing. She is very well known in the hairdressing industry. She has always been an inspiration and is definitely someone that I look up to. Her creativity is boundless.

What do you feel have been the greatest accomplishments in your styling career?

As children, we all dream of characters and stories we see on film of being a part of that. To be able to meet some of my lifelong icons that I admire, Terry Baliel, Gloria Casny, director Martin Campbell, actors John Malkovich and Emma Thompson, just to name a few, is priceless. I feel very blessed.

What do you do for fun when you're not on set?

Usually for the first couple weeks after a show I just try to rest and recuperate. Film work can really take a physical toll on you. Then I love hanging out with Mario and our friends. We both love traveling, so we travel as much as we can.

Can you share some of your upcoming projects?

At the moment I am prepping a film called Our Brand is Crisis, based on the documentary of the same name. It stars Sandra Bullock, Scoots McNairy and Anthony Mackie. The full cast hasn't been cast yet. We are still in that process.
          Phoebe Smith   
UK-based Wanderlust Magazine editor Phoebe Smith knows exactly how to mix business and pleasure. She explores various corners of the globe in search of the perfect story, immersing herself in cultures and experiences with an insatiable appetite for adventure. Her walking, wandering and writing have led her to author several books, including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, and end up on this year’s shortlist for the Visit England Award for Excellence in Travel Writing. Just back from her most recent excursion to Canada, Phoebe talked to us about her travel essentials, the hottest new destinations and how to make the most of your vacation snapshots.

How did you get your start in travel?


I had specialized in journalism in university, so I naturally wanted to work in magazines. While I was backpacking my way around the world after finishing school, a staff writer job came up at a backpacker magazine in Sydney, Australia, and I went for it and got it. I haven’t looked back since.

What do you love most about your work?


The variety. My first passion is writing, and I get to do a fair bit of that on my favorite subject: travel. Aside from actually exploring new places, I do genuinely love the art of magazine craft, too. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to organize and put a magazine together; and then to see people respond to it, it’s very rewarding.

Do you recommend doing a lot of planning before embarking on a trip?


I think by far the most important thing you can take with you when you travel is an open mind. Planning beforehand is great—and, in my job, rather important—but then you always have to be prepared to deal with last-minute problems or changes and learn to enjoy it anyway. Remember that the best travel stories are when things didn’t go as planned; those are the tales people want to hear about.

What are the hot new travel destinations for this fall?


Burma has to be one of the hottest destinations right now (the best time to go is November to February). In the last few years, the country has opened its doors to tourism, and people are eager to check it out for themselves—even more since Barack Obama visited in 2012. It won Top Country in our Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards and is constantly one of the most searched for destinations on our website. People go there for cultural tours, to learn about the people and to see the landscapes that they’ve read about but never visited before. Aside from Burma, I’d say there’s a lot of interest in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, also for cultural experiences, and a lot of people are looking to book trips to Iceland, Norway and Sweden for the Northern Lights, which are supposed to be spectacular this year.

What tips would you give to someone trying to plan a last-minute summer vacation?


Don't delay any longer! Book as soon as possible; otherwise, the time will slip away and the prices will get higher. Check out our Trip Finder, which can can search for trips by activity, destination, dates and region.

What are your travel essentials?


I never go anywhere without my notebook and pen. It might be old school, but unlike electronic devices, you don’t need to worry about charging it, getting a signal or having it stolen. Also, my pashmina that I picked up in Nepal—it’s great to use as a blanket if it gets cold on the plane, perfect to keep you cool from the sun when waiting for buses/trains, can double as an emergency towel and is ideal for covering up if visiting mosques…and it looks good, too!

Where’s your favorite place to travel?


It’s really hard to pick just one place! I travel all over the world for work but when I get a chance I love being a tourist in my own backyard and discovering the wilder corners of the UK…I even wrote a book about it (Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper). My particular favorites are Snowdonia, the Lake District and the far north of Scotland. Go in the fall when the crowds and midges have gone but the colors of the landscape are changing. I’d suggest walking and camping/glamping for something different.

Is there anywhere you’re dying to go/stay/eat/play?


South America. I haven’t had time to do much there at all. I’d love to gaze up at the mountains, watch the stars from the Atacama Desert and maybe hop on a boat at Ushuaia, Antarctica-bound.

As summer and early fall weddings hit their peak, what are some of the best/most popular honeymoon destinations?


I think these days less and less people are looking to just fly and flop on a beach; they want an experience that they can remember. This time of year, people tend to look to New England, where they can enjoy the scenery and famous fall colors by day and cozy up in a romantic inn at night; South Africa for wildlife—game-viewing is at its best in September and October; and, for the more energetic, Nepal in October, when the Himalayas are in their prime for walking. You can check out our Unique Honeymoons website for inspiration.

People tend to get a little camera-crazy on vacations. What tips could you give for taking better travel photos?


Digital cameras and smart phones have made it far too easy for us to fire off loads of snaps without thinking about it. My advice: Be selective. Think about the photo you’re taking. Ask yourself what elements you want to include in it and take a minute to think about the composition. But, above all, remember that perfect shots are available on the postcards; make sure you put the camera down every now and again to actually experience where you are and what you’re seeing. You don’t want all your memories to be through a lens! For more tips, click here.
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          Tree rings pinpoint eruption of Icelandic volcano to half a century before human settlement   

An international group of researchers has dated a large volcanic eruption in Iceland to within a few months. The eruption, which is the oldest volcanic eruption to be precisely dated at high northern latitudes, occurred shortly before the first permanent human settlements were established, when parts of the now mostly treeless island were still covered with forest.


          Niall Benvie - Harlequin ducks, River Laxa, Iceland   

It's funny how photographs that you saw early in your photographic life stay in your mind over the years. One of the books that had most influence on me in the early 1990s was Tom Mangelsen's Images of Nature. While the pictures may look a little dated now, they had an authenticity that was often lacking in American nature photography at that time. One photograph that followed me was of a group of harlequin ducks on a overgrown river bank, taken on Vancouver Island. I loved how the extravagance of the drake's plumage contrasted with the tranquility of the setting. And so it was, while leading a photo tour in Iceland with Charlotte this June, that I felt I'd somehow completed a circle.
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Nokia was a vital cog in Finland’s economy and a world leader in mobile technology for 14 years, but what is the company up to now?

 

While you may have heard that Nokia recently released a new and updated version of their classic 3310 handset, you might not know what the tech giants have up their sleeve next. Bloomberg reveals they want to power a new world of driverless cars and telemedicine.

Elsewhere, Singapore is looking to Finland and Iceland to see how the two Nordic countries have found success in preventing drug abuse among young people.


          Cold Part Two   
This weeks Twisted Groove was prompted by the cold weather we’ve been having and the start of winter. The show is kind of dreamy, kind of electronic and I believe evokes winter. I play some brand new releases and mix that with older releases. The second hour starts out with the Icelandic band Sigur Ros […]
          Meeting Point by Max Rive   


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This is a pano taken at sunset with the Matterhorn in the distance. Exposure blending was necessary here. I had a very productive trip in the Alps recently – though only had the time to process this one. Many more will follow in October. A few spots for my Photo Tours came free – contact me if you want to receive a very special offer: Iceland Workshop 2018 Greenland Workshop 2018 Norway Midnight Sun Workshop 2018


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          Sigur Ros To Play Open'er 2016   
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The band recently emerged from their slumber, posting an emotive note to fans on social media. Signalling their intention to get back out on the road, Sigur Ros vow to make each performance special.

Set to play Open'er in Poland, Sigur Ros join an ever-expanding line up that also includes fellow new additions Beirut.

Taking place in Gdynia, tickets for Open'er are already online - and with budget flights available, this could work out as one of next summer's most cost effective treats...

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          Les paysages extraordinaires de Zack Seckler    
Zack Seckler est né à Boston en1980 et vit actuellement dans la banlieue de New York.  L‘artiste commence à produire des œuvres d’art à partir de 2008 et poursuit aujourd‘hui sa pratique artistique. Cette série «Aerial Iceland» a donc été réalisée en Islande puis retravaillée de sorte que ces paysages, initialement étonnants, s’apparentent à des images fantastiques et abstraites.  Pour capturer ces vues, l‘artiste voyage sur un avion, il a ainsi sillonné les airs au dessus de l’Afrique du Sud, le Botswana en Afrique australe et l’Islande. Zack Seckler souhaite transformer l‘odinaire en extraordinaire, pari gagné !Découvrez les différentes séries de photographies sur le site de l’artiste. Photographies /Tous droits réservés © Zack Seckler
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          Byrne wary from bitter experience   
Last week's win in Iceland was a case of redemption for some of the Shamrock Rovers party: and for the club overall, next Thursday's Europa League first round, second leg tie at home to Stjarnan is a chance to get a foothold back on the European stage after some bleak years.
          10 Negara Paling Berbahagia di Dunia   
Organisasi untuk Kerjasama Ekonomi dan Pembangunan (OECD) baru-baru ini merilis Indeks Kehidupan yang Lebih Baik 2016 dari negara-negara dengan kualitas hidup terbaik.
Untuk melakukan hal ini, OECD mempelajari 34 negara di seluruh 11 parameter kesejahteraan, termasuk keseimbangan kehidupan kerja (work life balance), kekayaan finansial, keamanan, pendidikan, dan kualitas lingkungan. Semua ini data ini diambil dari PBB, Kantor Statistik Nasional, dan Gallup Organization.
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10. Islandia
Islandia turun delapan posisi dari indeks tahun lalu. Persentase angkatan kerja Islandia yang  menganggur selama satu tahun atau lebih adalah hampir 0,7%, lebih rendah dari rata-rata OECD 2,6%.


9. Amerika Serikat

Meskipun turun empat posisi dari Indeks tahun lalu, AS keluar di atas di daerah perumahan, pendapatan, dan kekayaan. Disposable income rata-rata rumah tangga $ 41.071 per tahun, tertinggi dalam penelitian OECD


7. Selandia Baru

Naik dua posisi dari tahun lalu, Selandia Baru mengutamakan lingkungan. emisi rumah kaca relatif rendah di negeri ini, terutama karena penduduknya rendah.



6. Swedia

Orang-orang di Swedia memiliki tingkat tinggi dari keterlibatan sipil. Dalam pemilihan terbaru, 83% dari penduduk ternyata memilih parlemen alias sangat sedikit yang golput.


5. Kanada

Negara ini menduduki peringkat tinggi dalam hal fasilitas perumahan yang terjangkau untuk rakyat. Pada tahun 2000-an, pemerintah Toronto dan Vancouver mengatur ulang semua lingkungan keluarga, sehingga pemilik rumah bisa menyewakan kamar tambahan (sehingga meningkatkan jumlah sewa yang terjangkau tersedia).


4. Swiss

Tingkat pengangguran di Swiss sekitar 3,1%, salah satu yang terendah di dunia.



3. Denmark

Negara melompat 7 posisi dari indeks tahun lalu, dan peringkat tinggi di waktu liburan dibayar, rata-rata 5 minggu off per tahun. Rata-rata, pekerja penuh waktu melaporkan mengabdikan 66% dari hari-hari mereka untuk "perawatan pribadi".


2. Australia 

Meskipun Australia menempati peringkat sebagai nomor satu untuk 2013 dan 2014 (kemudian keempat tahun 2015), itu adalah yang kedua dalam indeks tahun ini. OECD menemukan bahwa orang merasa rasa yang kuat dari masyarakat di Australia: 95% warga Australia percaya bahwa mereka tahu seseorang yang mereka bisa mengandalkan.


1. Norwegia

Negara ini juga mencetak rekor tertinggi tahun lalu. Orang-orang menjalani kehidupan yang sangat bagus di Norwegia, di mana mayoritas telah mempunyai pekerjaan, tingkat pendidikan yang tinggi, dan umur hidup rata-rata kehidupan manusia adalah 82 tahun.




          Wedding Bells Ringing in Denmark, for Everyone!   
Anxiously waiting as the final vote was tallied in parliament
Great news from Copenhagen as yesterday the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, voted overwhelmingly to amend that nation's marriage law, making it gender neutral.  The previous day (Wednesday), parliament rejected a bill that would have created a separate system of marriage for gay couples under different terminology.

With the passage of the new, gender-neutral law, same-sex couples will now be able to marry in churches of their choice, the same as opposite-sex couples.  Priests will not be forced to perform the weddings if they happen to disagree on personal grounds, however, a majority of pastors in the country do support marriage equality.  This includes a majority of priests in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to which 80% of Danes belong.

Denmark now joins its neighbors Sweden, Iceland, and my country, Norway, making the four Scandinavian countries a solid marriage equality neighborhood.  I couldn't be prouder!

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt fulfilled last year's campaign promise
Denmark's current system of registered partnerships has been in place since 1989, when Denmark became the first modern country to enact such a law.  Registered partnerships conferred all the same rights of marriage, only without calling it marriage.  With yesterday's legislation, however, the separate-but-equal status is gone and all couples and marriages will be viewed and treated as 100% equal before the law, and just in time for June weddings.

By the way, I checked the news and weather in Copenhagen and things look fine.  No floods, no earthquakes, no tsunamis, fireballs, or rains of frogs.  Just partly cloudy and 18°C.  Sorry CBCP, I'm sure that probably confounds and upsets you.

Congratulations to all the happy couples in Denmark!


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          Introducing Uber Frugal Month   


The next step towards a more minimal, no, scratch that, a more intentional life, seems obvious to me: get a handle on our finances and get out of debt.

As well, our situation is dicey. My husband is losing his job some time this fall and, I confess, it is freaking me out not a little. There are all sorts of complications with the timing of it all, his pension (and cuts to it depending on various scenarios which we are still trying to work out) and the severance package. The fact that we are thisclose to the warehouse shutting down and no one has answers for us is maddening to say the least. One thing we can pretty much count on, unfortunately, is that it is not likely he will be employed again at anywhere near the wage he is getting now.

This is the rainy day we should have been preparing for--and we haven't. So, rather than learning to be frugal proactively, which we should have done--we are going to do it reactively.

But we are going to do it!

I am not sure what to expect.

I just wanted to put this out there so you can have a chance to join up as well, if it interests you. Every day during the month of July, starting on the first, the blogger behind Frugalwoods will be sending out prompts to encourage u to be, well, uber frugal.

We had some homework to do prior to starting. Here is mine.

Step 1: Establish your goals.

1. Why are you participating in this Challenge?

 I want to get a handle on our finances. I need some help and support to spend less.

2. What do you hope to achieve?

At the end of the month, I want a clear do-able plan for living uber-frugally until our debt is gone, no matter what our income may be.  (Yes, we did Dave Ramsey. No, we were not gazelles.) Specifically, I want to see my way clearly through Steps 4 thru 10, below.

3. What are your long term life goals?

 I still want to travel. I'd love to take hiking and biking tours in Europe, Iceland and the U.K. If I dared dream big, I'd say Thailand, too, or another equally exotic location. Dreams. Dreams are nice.

4. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

I want to be in a small house by the sea.



5. What about your current lifestyle might prevent those goals from coming to fruition and what can you do about it?

I think I spend money mainly for convenience and to treat myself, food-wise. I also use money to indulge my love for creating, designing, and decorating.


Step 2: Review last month’s spending.

Done. I used to track our spending. I haven't in a long time. Funny, there's a direct correlation between how much we save to how much I track. I guess it really isn't funny at all. 

Step 3: Categorize your expenses.

Fixed Mandatory Expenses. Yep. Got 'em. Surprisingly, they only make up about 20% of our income. 

Discretionary Expenses (everything else.)

Step 4: What can I eliminate entirely?

Eating out and snacks
Clothing (for a while)
Entertainment


Step 5: Embrace the art of substitution.

The idea behind this frugal step is to substitute something free for something you are paying for. So, for example, I do pay the city a certain amount to use the pool for my aquafit classes. I try to go once a week. I love aquafit. 



Step 6: Reduce spending on discretionary expenses.

I could shop for groceries at a cheaper place than Safeway, I'm sure. 
Now that I've lost a bit of weight, I'm looking into paying a little less for life insurance, perhaps.
As for our utilities, I have this little project in mind for a spot in our basement:



I am hoping the challenge can help with this step.


Step 7: Empower yourself to insource!


The idea with this one is to stop paying other peopleto do things for you. Do them yourself. So, these are the things we paid other people to do this month: 

  • repair the Jeep
  • make two windows to replace our bedroom windows which are failing.
  • prepare food in restaurants so I (or someone else) didn't have to cook.
  • repair teeth (the dentist)
  • align the body (the chiropractor)
  • cut hair 
  • teach me what to wear, and how to declutter. (two on-line courses)
  • groom the dog

Hmmm, that seems like a lot all written out that way.

Step 8: Examine your habits.

Someone needs to be taking shorter showers, ahem. Again, this is an area I hope will be easier for me to see and thus do something about by the end of the challenge.

Step 9: Plan ahead.

Yes. Keeping up the meal planning and grocery shopping is de rigeur and it would be wise to add in what I plan to eat for lunch, too. I should also talk to the teenagers about this. 

We could also seriously cut down on the number of trips we make to the grocery store. We made over 25 visits to Safeway this month alone--only two were large weekly shopping trips with responsible lists. Not really sure what's going on there.

Step 10: If you do buy stuff, get it used (or cheap!)

This is an area we do not do well in, I admit. But, I have promised myself that I will go to Value Village for temporary clothes while I am losing weight. Of course, I say that, and yes, I did buy a pair of shorts there this month--but I also bought two T-shirts, a pair of capris and a dress--at a regular clothing store where people bring you alternate sizes to try on and you don't have to wait in line for a change room. sigh. Frugality is hard.

Step 11: Banish excuses.

I take it back. 


Major Lifestyle Changes

This whole section of our "homework" seems a bit premature and since this post is already too long, I'll spare you my thought processes for now. In brief:

1) Do you need to earn more?

Yes. We will.

2) Would moving help?

No. The house is paid off. We will move, eventually, and that will help substantially but that won't happen until the youngest finishes University--in about 5-6 years.

3) Should you get rid of your car (or one of your cars)? 

We would have to be pretty desperate for me to live without a car again.

4) Are you paying to work? 

No.

Conclusion

I am going to give the penultimate word to Mrs. Frugalwoods:

The crux of successful, joyful frugality is spending in service of your goals and on the things that matter most to you. By identifying what you want out of life and eliminating spending that doesn’t get you to that final destination, you will succeed.

I only wish I had started down (and stayed on!) this path long, long ago. 

We'll see what happens.


          Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Parents and Pediatricians Need To Be Aware Of   

By Dr. Mercola

Vaccines: Are they safe? Are they effective? To help answer those questions is Neil Z. Miller,1 a medical research journalist and director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute.

Miller has investigated vaccines for three decades and written several books on the subject, including "Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?," "Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners" and, most recently, "Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers."

"Miller's Review," published in 2016, is a magnificent piece of work. In it, he reviews the concern about vaccine safety and efficacy raised by 400 peer-reviewed published studies. The book doesn't review studies that support vaccination (almost all of which are funded by the industry and the government, by the way) as those studies are available on the CDC website.

"I got started when my own children were born … over 30 years ago … When my wife was pregnant, I felt I had to do due diligence about vaccines. I have to be honest, though. Before I even started to research vaccines, my wife and I pretty much knew intuitively that we were not going to inject our children with vaccines.

When I give lectures, I often tell people, 'How can you expect to achieve health by injecting healthy children with toxic substances?' I intuitively knew that … but still felt an obligation to do my due diligence and to do the research," Miller says.

"The thing is that when I do things, I do them pretty thoroughly … I was doing my research at medical libraries. I was gathering everything and I started to collate it and coordinate it … People started to find out about the information I had organized. They were asking me about vaccines even way back then. I organized it into a booklet. I started to share that with people. Everything snowballed from that first booklet."

Don't Believe the 'There's No Evidence' Argument

"Miller's Review" was created in response to the common refrain that "there are no studies showing vaccines are unsafe or ineffective."

"I hear this often," Miller says. "Parents come to me all the time, saying, 'My doctor told me that vaccines are safe and there are no studies that prove [otherwise].' I've been doing the research for 30 years. I know of literally thousands of studies that document [concerns]. My books all document [those] studies."

"Miller's Review" is unique in that it summarizes 400 studies in bullet points with direct quotes from the study — with one study per page — plus citations so that you can find and read the study in full should you decide to do so. All of the studies are published in peer-reviewed journals and indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

"These are valid studies by valid researchers in many journals that people have heard about — The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, all the mainstream journals (and some of the smaller journals, but they're still valid peer-reviewed studies) that show there are problems with vaccines: There are safety problems, there are efficacy problems.

They're all in one place so that people, like doctors, can get this information all in one convenient place. This book has been very effective with medical doctors. When medical doctors who are on the fence, or who are pro-vaccine, get this book and read it, I hear back from parents that their doctor is no longer pressuring them to get the vaccines.

Their doctor is now respecting their decisions to not vaccinate or to go to some sort of alternative vaccine schedule if that's the choice these parents make …

I am all about having uncensored, unfettered access to all of the available information out there about vaccines. Not just what your medical doctor wants you to know. Not just what the pharmaceutical companies want you to know and not just what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling doctors to share with their patients.

I want [parents] to be absolutely free to make a decision whether or not they want to vaccinate their children … It's really a human rights issue. It's really about the mandatory aspect of vaccines. I think all vaccines are problematic. I think this not just based on my own feelings, but based on the evidence I've researched over the years."

Uninformed Decision-Making Is Part of the Problem

Ultimately, every parent will make a decision about whether or not to vaccinate. The problem is, most of the time, it's an uninformed decision. An issue brought up in some of his earlier books is that there's been a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at making you believe vaccines are far more effective than they actually are.

For example, disease incidence data is used to suggest vaccines have dramatically reduced the incidence of a given disease, when in fact the disease rate had already declined by 90 percent, or more in some cases, before a vaccine was ever available. Measles has been problematic in developing nations, mostly because of malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, lack of clean water, sanitation and quick access to medical care. As these measures are addressed, the mortality from measles declines on its own.

Vitamin A appears particularly important, and studies sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that high doses of vitamin A supplementation protect children against complications and death associated with the disease.

"By the time the measles vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1963, by the late 1950s, the mortality rate from measles had drastically dropped. This was due to the [fact] that the population had gained protection against the more dangerous ravages of the disease. This happens with a lot of different diseases.

In my book, I've got many different types of graphs and illustrations to help the reader understand the main points I'm making … [M]any of these graphs show that these diseases were declining significantly on their own, well before vaccines were introduced.

For example, scarlet fever. Where did scarlet fever go? Why don't we see cases of scarlet fever when we didn't have mass vaccinations with a scarlet fever vaccine? That's an important point to be made."

Many Childhood Diseases Are Protective Against Cancer

Another significant point is there are dozens of studies demonstrating that contracting certain childhood diseases actually protects you against various types of cancer later in life — everything from melanoma to leukemia.

It's important to realize that when you have a naturally-acquired infection, you're really exercising your immune system quite profoundly, developing authentic, lifelong immunity in the process, which is radically different from the type of artificial and temporary immunity you get from a vaccine.

One of the reasons for this is because vaccines stimulate a completely different part of your immune system than does fighting off a naturally-acquired infection. There's even evidence suggesting childhood diseases help protect against future heart disease.

"[A] Japanese study … looked at over 100,000 men and women of elderly age. They looked back at their history of catching these common childhood illnesses. Did they catch chickenpox, rubella, measles and mumps? What they found was it's actually protective against heart disease.

You're protected against heart attacks and various types of arteriosclerotic disease of the artery systems. It's protecting the arterial system so that you are protected not only — when you catch these diseases — from cancers, but from heart disease, heart attacks and strokes as well … There are different theories on why that takes place. But the important thing is that study after study confirms that it takes place."

Vaccines Create Problematic Mutations

Another vaccine-related problem that many are completely unaware of is the fact that vaccines cause mutations in the disease-bearing microorganisms, much in the same way antibiotics cause bacteria to mutate. The diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTaP), for example, has caused the pertussis microorganism, Bordetella pertussis, to mutate and evade the vaccine. The same thing happened with the pneumococcal vaccine and the Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine.

"They're finding, for example, when you've got a vaccine that targets only certain strains of disease where multiple strains are actually causing the disease, the vaccine is pretty effective at reducing the incidence of disease from that particular strain. But what happens is the other strains come and take their place …  They come back even stronger.

That's what [happened] with Prevnar, a vaccine for pneumococcus, pneumococcal disease. All infants that receive vaccines according to the CDC's standard immunization schedule receive a pneumococcal vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. That vaccine only targeted seven strains. Pneumococcal has 90 different strains capable of causing pneumococcal disease.

They were pretty effective at reducing the amount of disease caused by the pneumococcal strains targeted by the vaccine. But what happened within just a few short years, the other strains became more prevalent … taking the place of the original strains [and] they became more virulent.

They came out with a new vaccine in 2010 … to deal with the vaccine losing its efficacy because of what I just explained. The new vaccine included the original seven strains plus six additional strains, the ones that were causing most of the pneumococcal disease now. Within two years of the new upgraded, updated pneumococcal vaccine, the strains had already mutated … "

Tragically, parents are being blamed and harassed for many of these vaccine failures. Parents are being told that if you don't vaccinate your kids, you are responsible for spreading the disease. That's the idea the CDC, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry are promoting.

However, if you actually read the studies, you'll find what the scientists know —the real problem is evolutionary adaptation. Dr. Meryl Nass expounded on this issue in a 2013 interview. The microorganisms adapt. "What's happened with pertussis [is] the pertussis microorganism has changed. It's now not only become more virulent; it's become more prevalent," Miller explains. "It's evaded the actual vaccine."

Herd Immunity Cannot Be Achieved Through Immunizations

Another core argument for mass vaccinations is achieving herd immunity. Miller believes, and I agree with this belief that herd immunity may never be achieved through vaccination because high vaccination rates encourage the evolution of more severe disease-causing agents. In a vaccinated population, the virulence increases due to selective pressure, as the pathogen is strengthened and adapts in its fight for survival against the vaccine.

Meanwhile, in an unvaccinated population, the environment actually promotes lowered virulence, as the pathogen does not want to kill its host. A wise pathogen is one that's able to infect many hosts without killing them, because when the host dies, the pathogen loses the environment upon which its own survival depends.

However, once the disease organism mutates and becomes more virulent within the vaccinated population, it raises the stakes not only among the vaccinated but also among the unvaccinated, who are now faced with a far more virulent foe than normal.

"In terms of herd immunity, you not only have … this selective pressure that's keeping you from being able to achieve herd immunity (because the microorganisms are always attempting to evade the vaccine), but pertussis vaccine is only 60 percent effective. That's with the best estimates. And that's only for a couple of years.

Studies show that even after three, four or five years, you're back to almost no efficacy whatsoever, almost back to the pre-vaccine period.

How can you expect to achieve herd immunity with a vaccine that is only 60 percent effective? You can vaccinate 100 percent of the population and you cannot achieve herd immunity with a vaccine that is only 60 percent effective. Influenza vaccines — many years, these vaccines are not good matches for the circulating virus — so you have zero percent efficacy. In the best years, you only have 30, 40 or 50 percent efficacy."

Studies Show Vaccinations Increase Infant Mortality

One of the tenets of conventional medicine is that if you vaccinate a population, everyone is going to be healthier. There will be less disease. But when you compare vaccination rates and health statistics, you find the converse is actually true. This is some of the most compelling information Miller shares in his book.

For example, when comparing vaccination rates in 34 developed nations, they found a significant correlation between infant mortality rates and the number of vaccine doses infants received. Developed nations like the United States that require the most vaccines tend to have the highest infant mortality. You can read this study here.2

"I'm the lead author on that study, actually. My co-author was Gary Goldman [Ph.D., who] worked for the CDC for seven years. He quit when he found that the CDC was not allowing anything detrimental [to get out]. Goldman found problems with the chickenpox vaccine and wanted to publish that data. The CDC said, 'We're not going to allow you to do that.' That's when Goldman quit …

Goldman and I did two peer-reviewed studies … The children in the United States are required — if they follow the CDC's immunization schedule — to receive the most vaccines in the developed world, actually throughout the world. Globally. Twenty-six vaccines. Other developed nations require less.

Some nations only require 12 vaccines — Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and other European nations — yet they have better infant mortality rates. That's what our study looked at. [V]accines are promoted as being lifesaving. They're given to children to protect them against dying from infectious diseases.

We gathered all the immunization schedules from the 34 nations [and found] the United States had the 34th worst infant mortality rate ... It had the worst. Thirty-three nations in the developed world had better infant mortality rates. We did the study and we found what many people would find to be a counterintuitive relationship.

We found a statistically significant relationship. There was a direct correlation between the number of vaccines that a nation required for their infants and the infant mortality rate. The more vaccines that a nation required, the worse the infant mortality rate."

Why Is This Not Front-Page News?

Many naïvely believe that if all of this is true, if vaccines truly were doing more harm than good, it would be front-page news. The reason you rarely if ever hear anything about studies such as this one is because the vaccine industry has an iron grip on the information being publicly disseminated. Collusion between federal regulatory agencies, the government and the industry is just one of several hurdles preventing this kind of information from being widely known.

You have individuals like Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed up the CDC and was in charge of infectious disease recommendations for seven years before moving on to become president of Merck Vaccines, one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world. That's just one of many dozens of examples of this revolving door, which in turn has led to the breakdown of true science-based medicine.

"We have a serious problem where top scientists admit that they drop data points from studies that they've been influenced by the people who are funding their studies to sometimes not publish the study because it didn't come up with the results they wanted, and so on," Miller says.

"We have a serious problem with the pharmaceutical industry controlling which studies get published. Also, there's a serious problem because the pharmaceutical companies are controlling the advertising dollars that go out to the major media.

Mainstream media makes approximately 70 percent of its income from pharmaceutical ads. They do not want to publish or promote anything, even in their newscasts that would be critical of vaccines because it could compromise their potential to keep bringing in these millions of dollars they make every year from the pharmaceutical companies."

The greatest, most serious problem we currently face is the concerted push to mandate vaccines and eliminate personal belief exemptions. For example, to go to school in California, you now have to be fully vaccinated. No exemptions are allowed, which is really a violation of human rights.

Giving Multiple Simultaneous Vaccines Is Extremely Risky, Study Shows

The second study3 Miller and Goldman published analyzed nearly 40,000 reports of infants who suffered adverse reactions after vaccines. Here, they found that infants given the most vaccines were significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die compared to those who received fewer vaccines.

It's worth noting that this data was obtained from the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) database, a passive reporting system, and that research has confirmed passive reporting systems underreport by 50 to 1.

What this means is that when you find one report in VAERS, you have to multiply that by 50 to get closer to reality because, on average, only 1 in 50 adverse events are ever reported. Doctors have a legal obligation to report side effects to VAERS, but they don't, and there are no ramifications for failure to make a report. Parents can also make a report to the database, and I encourage all parents to do so, should your child experience a vaccine reaction.

At present, VAERS has over 500,000 reports of adverse reactions to vaccines, and every year, more than 30,000 new reports are added to it. Miller and Goldman downloaded this database and created a program to extract all the reports involving infants. In all, they extracted the reports of 38,000 infants who experienced an adverse reaction following the receipt of one or more vaccines.

They then created a program that was able to determine the number of vaccines each infant had received before suffering an adverse reaction, and stratified the reports by the number of vaccines (anywhere from one to eight) the infants had received simultaneously before the reaction took place. They specifically honed in on serious adverse reactions requiring hospitalization or that led to death. Here's what they found:

  • Infants who received three vaccines simultaneously were statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die after receiving their vaccines than children who received two vaccines at the same time
  • Infants who received four vaccines simultaneously were statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who received three or two vaccines, and so on all the way up to eight vaccines
  • Children who received eight vaccines simultaneously were "off-the-charts" statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die after receiving those vaccines
  • Children who received vaccines at an earlier age were significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who receive those vaccines at a later age

Childhood Vaccination Schedule Is Based on Convenience, Not Science or Safety

As noted by Miller:

"The industry, the CDC and Dr. Paul Offit tell us that you can take multiple vaccines. Offit said you could theoretically take 10,000 vaccines at one time; that an infant can be exposed to that many pathogens simultaneously without hurting the child. The CDC's immunization schedule requires that children receive eight vaccines at 2 months of age, eight vaccines at 4 months of age and eight vaccines at 6 months of age.

I ask parents, 'When did you ever take eight drugs at the same time? … If you did take eight drugs at the same time, would you think it was more likely that you would or would not have an adverse reaction?' Because toxicologists know that the more drugs you take at the same time, the more potential for some kind of a synergistic or additive toxicity … What this study confirms is that it's a dangerous practice to give multiple vaccines simultaneously.

The CDC has put together a schedule based on convenience. They say '[G]ive eight vaccines at 2 months, give eight more vaccines at 4 months and give eight more booster shots at 6 months' because it's convenient. They're afraid that parents will not come to the pediatrician again and again and again if they have to keep coming back for more vaccines, so they get multiple [shots all at once].

They said, 'We're going to make this schedule based on convenience.' Not based on evidence. Not based on science. There's nothing scientific about the CDC's recommended immunization schedule. We've shown it with our study …

We also showed that children who received vaccines at an earlier age are statistically significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who receive it at a later age. We divided it up to children who receive their vaccines in the first 6 months of age versus children who receive their vaccines in the last six months of infancy.

Again, off-the-charts statistically significant, it's much more dangerous to give younger infants multiple vaccines than to give older infants multiple vaccines. This makes sense because they're giving the same dose to a newborn or a baby that might be 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 pounds at 2 months of age versus a child who might be 15 or 17 pounds … at a later age."

More Information

You can find "Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers" on ThinkTwice.com. This book is an invaluable resource for parents who want to do their due diligence before making up their mind about whether or not to vaccinate their children. On his website, you will also find his other books, along with studies and publications relating to vaccine safety and efficacy concerns.

Another resource is the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). NVIC is leading the charge when it comes to educating the public about efforts to impose mandatory vaccinations, and how to preserve our health freedoms on the local, state and federal levels.

Ultimately, everyone will have to make a choice about vaccinations. They key is to make it an informed one — to understand and weigh the potential risks and benefits. To do that, you need access to both sides of the debate, and Miller has done us all a great favor by making the largely hidden side of the equation more readily accessible.


          Vicky Featherstone: ‘Theatre is in the middle of a big change’   
The Royal Court artistic director on risk-taking, role models and her latest project – putting women in the Dr Strangelove war room…

Vicky Featherstone has been artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre since April 2013 and is known for her work with new writers. Before that, she was the founding artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland. She is working with Israeli-born artist Yael Bartana on What If Women Ruled the World for the Manchester international festival. The work takes the end of the Stanley Kubrick film Dr Strangelove as its starting point, and will be performed on 5-8 July at Mayfield in Manchester.

Can you describe What If Women Ruled the World?
Yael has set up a theatrical live event in order to ask the question: if women were ruling the world, what structures would be different, how would it feel different? It starts off in the Dr Strangelove war room, and five female actors play the characters in Dr Strangelove, in a parody. And then into that she invites five female experts: they’re nuclear arms experts, refugee experts, an Icelandic politician… and they come into this environment and they each get asked: what do you believe is the greatest threat to humanity? It’s like a theatrical conference. The actors, as characters, are leading this conversation with the experts to come up with new ways we could imagine the world being. It’s intended to be optimistic about our future.

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          Comment on Renewing Our Vows by Nudist Librarian  – Casteluzzo   
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          Comment on I’M LEAVING. (The state.) by Anonymous   
Yesterday I visited the Phallological Museum in Reykjavik. Yes, Iceland has a penis museum. When in Colorado you should visit at least one marijuana dispensary. Will you be doing a book signing while in Denver? I'm currently in Greenland checking out the scenery and ruins fron the Viking Age. Fun fact: arg means angry in Swedish.
          Breidablik vs FH Hafnarfjordur, Jul 03, 2017 – Live Stream, Score, Prediction   
Icelandic Pepsideild, Breidablik – Hafnarfjordur, Monday, 4:00 pm ET Short Preview During this match we will watch a battle between a team from the middle of a tournament table and a leader (ranked 8 and 4). Recent matches Breidablik is playing changeable (in the last 5 games wins – 2). Hafnarfjordur is in a first-class […]
          Stefán Karl Stefánsson   
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          'Above Bellingham' soars from bay to Mount Baker   
'Above Bellingham' takes you all the way from the shores of Bellingham Bay to the top of Mt. Baker, highlighting the City of Subdued Excitement from the air.

Earlier this year, visual journalist Kjell Redal released the second video in his 'Above' 4K drone video series, this time turning his attention to the city of Bellingham, WA. The video ably encapsulates the so-called 'City of Subdued Excitement' as well as its immediate surroundings, featuring mountain bikers charging through forests, skiers charging through some Mt. Baker powder, and beautiful flyovers of some of Bellingham's picturesque waterfront.

We chatted with Redal about his experience in making the video, his background and some challenges along the way.


DPR: To start off, tell us a little about yourself, your background and what you do.

Kjell Redal: I'm a video producer and visual journalist from Colorado originally, but I've been in Washington for the last four years, recently finishing school at Western Washington University. I'm trained as a journalist so I enjoy finding real-life storylines that inspire, entertain, scare and teach people. I like to tell these kinds of stories through even better visuals and I've found that drones help a lot in the latter part of this goal.

That uniqueness of perspective was what really attracted me to the tech as a cinematic tool.

What spurred you to get into drone flying and video capture?

Before I started flying, I remember seeing a lot of travel videos on Vimeo's Staff Picks channel that included shots unlike any I've ever seen. I remember one of them in this Iceland video where a drone was recording while moving only about a foot over these flowers at a decent speed and it was the first time I've seen that camera movement from that angle. That uniqueness of perspective was what really attracted me to the technology as a cinematic tool.

Hiking trails and stellar views are plentiful in the greater Bellingham area.

What was the inspiration for 'Above Bellingham?'

Above Bellingham came as the second part in my 'Above' series where I feature two towns I've come to know well via the air. My first video in the small series was 'Above Boulder' which featured scenes from my hometown. I tried to capture both the iconic places from the two areas in both videos, as well as some less well-known spots that give the cities their character.

Tell me a little about how the video has been received.

The video was received great! I had a lot of people tell me thanks for capturing a place they know and love from a new perspective. I can only think of one minor negative comment about drones on the comment board for that one.

The DJI Phantom 3.
Image via: DJI

What were the biggest challenges you experienced throughout this project? Did you have any crashes or issues with the FAA?

I haven't had a crash on either of these projects (knock on wood) and got my FAA certification to fly commercially in September of last year. Other than the test being a bit more difficult than I expected, as well as full of what I saw as fairly irrelevant information to drone pilots, like reading airport-issued weather reports and guidelines for flying at ridiculously high altitudes, everything went pretty smooth during the productions.

I did get some heat after the Boulder video went out though. I didn't realize the city had out-and-out banned drones before I started filming (something they can't really do according to the FAA, see paragraph 9). I followed all the FAA regulations for flying in the airspace and nothing more than angry commenters came of it, but I think I'd have a fairly solid federal preemption claim were the city to have pressed charges.

And lastly, what drone(s) did you use for this project?

I used a DJI Phantom 3 4K for all of last year, and just got a Phantom 4 Pro this spring - looking forward to the next big project to go with the new drone!


To see more of Kjell Redal's work, check out his portfolio at kjellredal.com.


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          Visit 2 Cities – Icelandair – $485: Portland – Paris, France & Reykjavik, Iceland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
Visit 2 Cities – Icelandair – $485: Portland – Paris, France & Reykjavik, Iceland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
Visit both Paris and Reykjavik. You can go to Paris with or without the stopover in Reykjavik. Icelandair includes ONE free checked bags with the fare. Here are some practical travel tips to Iceland, another take on Iceland and The Westman Islands, Iceland. Sample Travel Date: Portland to Paris: November 14th Paris to Reykjavik: November […]
          Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Parents and Pediatricians Need To Be Aware Of   

By Dr. Mercola

Vaccines: Are they safe? Are they effective? To help answer those questions is Neil Z. Miller,1 a medical research journalist and director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute.

Miller has investigated vaccines for three decades and written several books on the subject, including "Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?," "Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners" and, most recently, "Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers."

"Miller's Review," published in 2016, is a magnificent piece of work. In it, he reviews the concern about vaccine safety and efficacy raised by 400 peer-reviewed published studies. The book doesn't review studies that support vaccination (almost all of which are funded by the industry and the government, by the way) as those studies are available on the CDC website.

"I got started when my own children were born … over 30 years ago … When my wife was pregnant, I felt I had to do due diligence about vaccines. I have to be honest, though. Before I even started to research vaccines, my wife and I pretty much knew intuitively that we were not going to inject our children with vaccines.

When I give lectures, I often tell people, 'How can you expect to achieve health by injecting healthy children with toxic substances?' I intuitively knew that … but still felt an obligation to do my due diligence and to do the research," Miller says.

"The thing is that when I do things, I do them pretty thoroughly … I was doing my research at medical libraries. I was gathering everything and I started to collate it and coordinate it … People started to find out about the information I had organized. They were asking me about vaccines even way back then. I organized it into a booklet. I started to share that with people. Everything snowballed from that first booklet."

Don't Believe the 'There's No Evidence' Argument

"Miller's Review" was created in response to the common refrain that "there are no studies showing vaccines are unsafe or ineffective."

"I hear this often," Miller says. "Parents come to me all the time, saying, 'My doctor told me that vaccines are safe and there are no studies that prove [otherwise].' I've been doing the research for 30 years. I know of literally thousands of studies that document [concerns]. My books all document [those] studies."

"Miller's Review" is unique in that it summarizes 400 studies in bullet points with direct quotes from the study — with one study per page — plus citations so that you can find and read the study in full should you decide to do so. All of the studies are published in peer-reviewed journals and indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

"These are valid studies by valid researchers in many journals that people have heard about — The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, all the mainstream journals (and some of the smaller journals, but they're still valid peer-reviewed studies) that show there are problems with vaccines: There are safety problems, there are efficacy problems.

They're all in one place so that people, like doctors, can get this information all in one convenient place. This book has been very effective with medical doctors. When medical doctors who are on the fence, or who are pro-vaccine, get this book and read it, I hear back from parents that their doctor is no longer pressuring them to get the vaccines.

Their doctor is now respecting their decisions to not vaccinate or to go to some sort of alternative vaccine schedule if that's the choice these parents make …

I am all about having uncensored, unfettered access to all of the available information out there about vaccines. Not just what your medical doctor wants you to know. Not just what the pharmaceutical companies want you to know and not just what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling doctors to share with their patients.

I want [parents] to be absolutely free to make a decision whether or not they want to vaccinate their children … It's really a human rights issue. It's really about the mandatory aspect of vaccines. I think all vaccines are problematic. I think this not just based on my own feelings, but based on the evidence I've researched over the years."

Uninformed Decision-Making Is Part of the Problem

Ultimately, every parent will make a decision about whether or not to vaccinate. The problem is, most of the time, it's an uninformed decision. An issue brought up in some of his earlier books is that there's been a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at making you believe vaccines are far more effective than they actually are.

For example, disease incidence data is used to suggest vaccines have dramatically reduced the incidence of a given disease, when in fact the disease rate had already declined by 90 percent, or more in some cases, before a vaccine was ever available. Measles has been problematic in developing nations, mostly because of malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, lack of clean water, sanitation and quick access to medical care. As these measures are addressed, the mortality from measles declines on its own.

Vitamin A appears particularly important, and studies sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that high doses of vitamin A supplementation protect children against complications and death associated with the disease.

"By the time the measles vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1963, by the late 1950s, the mortality rate from measles had drastically dropped. This was due to the [fact] that the population had gained protection against the more dangerous ravages of the disease. This happens with a lot of different diseases.

In my book, I've got many different types of graphs and illustrations to help the reader understand the main points I'm making … [M]any of these graphs show that these diseases were declining significantly on their own, well before vaccines were introduced.

For example, scarlet fever. Where did scarlet fever go? Why don't we see cases of scarlet fever when we didn't have mass vaccinations with a scarlet fever vaccine? That's an important point to be made."

Many Childhood Diseases Are Protective Against Cancer

Another significant point is there are dozens of studies demonstrating that contracting certain childhood diseases actually protects you against various types of cancer later in life — everything from melanoma to leukemia.

It's important to realize that when you have a naturally-acquired infection, you're really exercising your immune system quite profoundly, developing authentic, lifelong immunity in the process, which is radically different from the type of artificial and temporary immunity you get from a vaccine.

One of the reasons for this is because vaccines stimulate a completely different part of your immune system than does fighting off a naturally-acquired infection. There's even evidence suggesting childhood diseases help protect against future heart disease.

"[A] Japanese study … looked at over 100,000 men and women of elderly age. They looked back at their history of catching these common childhood illnesses. Did they catch chickenpox, rubella, measles and mumps? What they found was it's actually protective against heart disease.

You're protected against heart attacks and various types of arteriosclerotic disease of the artery systems. It's protecting the arterial system so that you are protected not only — when you catch these diseases — from cancers, but from heart disease, heart attacks and strokes as well … There are different theories on why that takes place. But the important thing is that study after study confirms that it takes place."

Vaccines Create Problematic Mutations

Another vaccine-related problem that many are completely unaware of is the fact that vaccines cause mutations in the disease-bearing microorganisms, much in the same way antibiotics cause bacteria to mutate. The diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTaP), for example, has caused the pertussis microorganism, Bordetella pertussis, to mutate and evade the vaccine. The same thing happened with the pneumococcal vaccine and the Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine.

"They're finding, for example, when you've got a vaccine that targets only certain strains of disease where multiple strains are actually causing the disease, the vaccine is pretty effective at reducing the incidence of disease from that particular strain. But what happens is the other strains come and take their place …  They come back even stronger.

That's what [happened] with Prevnar, a vaccine for pneumococcus, pneumococcal disease. All infants that receive vaccines according to the CDC's standard immunization schedule receive a pneumococcal vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. That vaccine only targeted seven strains. Pneumococcal has 90 different strains capable of causing pneumococcal disease.

They were pretty effective at reducing the amount of disease caused by the pneumococcal strains targeted by the vaccine. But what happened within just a few short years, the other strains became more prevalent … taking the place of the original strains [and] they became more virulent.

They came out with a new vaccine in 2010 … to deal with the vaccine losing its efficacy because of what I just explained. The new vaccine included the original seven strains plus six additional strains, the ones that were causing most of the pneumococcal disease now. Within two years of the new upgraded, updated pneumococcal vaccine, the strains had already mutated … "

Tragically, parents are being blamed and harassed for many of these vaccine failures. Parents are being told that if you don't vaccinate your kids, you are responsible for spreading the disease. That's the idea the CDC, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry are promoting.

However, if you actually read the studies, you'll find what the scientists know —the real problem is evolutionary adaptation. Dr. Meryl Nass expounded on this issue in a 2013 interview. The microorganisms adapt. "What's happened with pertussis [is] the pertussis microorganism has changed. It's now not only become more virulent; it's become more prevalent," Miller explains. "It's evaded the actual vaccine."

Herd Immunity Cannot Be Achieved Through Immunizations

Another core argument for mass vaccinations is achieving herd immunity. Miller believes, and I agree with this belief that herd immunity may never be achieved through vaccination because high vaccination rates encourage the evolution of more severe disease-causing agents. In a vaccinated population, the virulence increases due to selective pressure, as the pathogen is strengthened and adapts in its fight for survival against the vaccine.

Meanwhile, in an unvaccinated population, the environment actually promotes lowered virulence, as the pathogen does not want to kill its host. A wise pathogen is one that's able to infect many hosts without killing them, because when the host dies, the pathogen loses the environment upon which its own survival depends.

However, once the disease organism mutates and becomes more virulent within the vaccinated population, it raises the stakes not only among the vaccinated but also among the unvaccinated, who are now faced with a far more virulent foe than normal.

"In terms of herd immunity, you not only have … this selective pressure that's keeping you from being able to achieve herd immunity (because the microorganisms are always attempting to evade the vaccine), but pertussis vaccine is only 60 percent effective. That's with the best estimates. And that's only for a couple of years.

Studies show that even after three, four or five years, you're back to almost no efficacy whatsoever, almost back to the pre-vaccine period.

How can you expect to achieve herd immunity with a vaccine that is only 60 percent effective? You can vaccinate 100 percent of the population and you cannot achieve herd immunity with a vaccine that is only 60 percent effective. Influenza vaccines — many years, these vaccines are not good matches for the circulating virus — so you have zero percent efficacy. In the best years, you only have 30, 40 or 50 percent efficacy."

Studies Show Vaccinations Increase Infant Mortality

One of the tenets of conventional medicine is that if you vaccinate a population, everyone is going to be healthier. There will be less disease. But when you compare vaccination rates and health statistics, you find the converse is actually true. This is some of the most compelling information Miller shares in his book.

For example, when comparing vaccination rates in 34 developed nations, they found a significant correlation between infant mortality rates and the number of vaccine doses infants received. Developed nations like the United States that require the most vaccines tend to have the highest infant mortality. You can read this study here.2

"I'm the lead author on that study, actually. My co-author was Gary Goldman [Ph.D., who] worked for the CDC for seven years. He quit when he found that the CDC was not allowing anything detrimental [to get out]. Goldman found problems with the chickenpox vaccine and wanted to publish that data. The CDC said, 'We're not going to allow you to do that.' That's when Goldman quit …

Goldman and I did two peer-reviewed studies … The children in the United States are required — if they follow the CDC's immunization schedule — to receive the most vaccines in the developed world, actually throughout the world. Globally. Twenty-six vaccines. Other developed nations require less.

Some nations only require 12 vaccines — Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and other European nations — yet they have better infant mortality rates. That's what our study looked at. [V]accines are promoted as being lifesaving. They're given to children to protect them against dying from infectious diseases.

We gathered all the immunization schedules from the 34 nations [and found] the United States had the 34th worst infant mortality rate ... It had the worst. Thirty-three nations in the developed world had better infant mortality rates. We did the study and we found what many people would find to be a counterintuitive relationship.

We found a statistically significant relationship. There was a direct correlation between the number of vaccines that a nation required for their infants and the infant mortality rate. The more vaccines that a nation required, the worse the infant mortality rate."

Why Is This Not Front-Page News?

Many naïvely believe that if all of this is true, if vaccines truly were doing more harm than good, it would be front-page news. The reason you rarely if ever hear anything about studies such as this one is because the vaccine industry has an iron grip on the information being publicly disseminated. Collusion between federal regulatory agencies, the government and the industry is just one of several hurdles preventing this kind of information from being widely known.

You have individuals like Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed up the CDC and was in charge of infectious disease recommendations for seven years before moving on to become president of Merck Vaccines, one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world. That's just one of many dozens of examples of this revolving door, which in turn has led to the breakdown of true science-based medicine.

"We have a serious problem where top scientists admit that they drop data points from studies that they've been influenced by the people who are funding their studies to sometimes not publish the study because it didn't come up with the results they wanted, and so on," Miller says.

"We have a serious problem with the pharmaceutical industry controlling which studies get published. Also, there's a serious problem because the pharmaceutical companies are controlling the advertising dollars that go out to the major media.

Mainstream media makes approximately 70 percent of its income from pharmaceutical ads. They do not want to publish or promote anything, even in their newscasts that would be critical of vaccines because it could compromise their potential to keep bringing in these millions of dollars they make every year from the pharmaceutical companies."

The greatest, most serious problem we currently face is the concerted push to mandate vaccines and eliminate personal belief exemptions. For example, to go to school in California, you now have to be fully vaccinated. No exemptions are allowed, which is really a violation of human rights.

Giving Multiple Simultaneous Vaccines Is Extremely Risky, Study Shows

The second study3 Miller and Goldman published analyzed nearly 40,000 reports of infants who suffered adverse reactions after vaccines. Here, they found that infants given the most vaccines were significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die compared to those who received fewer vaccines.

It's worth noting that this data was obtained from the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) database, a passive reporting system, and that research has confirmed passive reporting systems underreport by 50 to 1.

What this means is that when you find one report in VAERS, you have to multiply that by 50 to get closer to reality because, on average, only 1 in 50 adverse events are ever reported. Doctors have a legal obligation to report side effects to VAERS, but they don't, and there are no ramifications for failure to make a report. Parents can also make a report to the database, and I encourage all parents to do so, should your child experience a vaccine reaction.

At present, VAERS has over 500,000 reports of adverse reactions to vaccines, and every year, more than 30,000 new reports are added to it. Miller and Goldman downloaded this database and created a program to extract all the reports involving infants. In all, they extracted the reports of 38,000 infants who experienced an adverse reaction following the receipt of one or more vaccines.

They then created a program that was able to determine the number of vaccines each infant had received before suffering an adverse reaction, and stratified the reports by the number of vaccines (anywhere from one to eight) the infants had received simultaneously before the reaction took place. They specifically honed in on serious adverse reactions requiring hospitalization or that led to death. Here's what they found:

  • Infants who received three vaccines simultaneously were statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die after receiving their vaccines than children who received two vaccines at the same time
  • Infants who received four vaccines simultaneously were statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who received three or two vaccines, and so on all the way up to eight vaccines
  • Children who received eight vaccines simultaneously were "off-the-charts" statistically and significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die after receiving those vaccines
  • Children who received vaccines at an earlier age were significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who receive those vaccines at a later age

Childhood Vaccination Schedule Is Based on Convenience, Not Science or Safety

As noted by Miller:

"The industry, the CDC and Dr. Paul Offit tell us that you can take multiple vaccines. Offit said you could theoretically take 10,000 vaccines at one time; that an infant can be exposed to that many pathogens simultaneously without hurting the child. The CDC's immunization schedule requires that children receive eight vaccines at 2 months of age, eight vaccines at 4 months of age and eight vaccines at 6 months of age.

I ask parents, 'When did you ever take eight drugs at the same time? … If you did take eight drugs at the same time, would you think it was more likely that you would or would not have an adverse reaction?' Because toxicologists know that the more drugs you take at the same time, the more potential for some kind of a synergistic or additive toxicity … What this study confirms is that it's a dangerous practice to give multiple vaccines simultaneously.

The CDC has put together a schedule based on convenience. They say '[G]ive eight vaccines at 2 months, give eight more vaccines at 4 months and give eight more booster shots at 6 months' because it's convenient. They're afraid that parents will not come to the pediatrician again and again and again if they have to keep coming back for more vaccines, so they get multiple [shots all at once].

They said, 'We're going to make this schedule based on convenience.' Not based on evidence. Not based on science. There's nothing scientific about the CDC's recommended immunization schedule. We've shown it with our study …

We also showed that children who received vaccines at an earlier age are statistically significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die than children who receive it at a later age. We divided it up to children who receive their vaccines in the first 6 months of age versus children who receive their vaccines in the last six months of infancy.

Again, off-the-charts statistically significant, it's much more dangerous to give younger infants multiple vaccines than to give older infants multiple vaccines. This makes sense because they're giving the same dose to a newborn or a baby that might be 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 pounds at 2 months of age versus a child who might be 15 or 17 pounds … at a later age."

More Information

You can find "Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers" on ThinkTwice.com. This book is an invaluable resource for parents who want to do their due diligence before making up their mind about whether or not to vaccinate their children. On his website, you will also find his other books, along with studies and publications relating to vaccine safety and efficacy concerns.

Another resource is the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). NVIC is leading the charge when it comes to educating the public about efforts to impose mandatory vaccinations, and how to preserve our health freedoms on the local, state and federal levels.

Ultimately, everyone will have to make a choice about vaccinations. They key is to make it an informed one — to understand and weigh the potential risks and benefits. To do that, you need access to both sides of the debate, and Miller has done us all a great favor by making the largely hidden side of the equation more readily accessible.


          Luke Byrne wary from bitter experience   
Last week's win in Iceland was a case of redemption for some of the Shamrock Rovers party: and for the club overall, next Thursday's Europa League first round, second leg tie at home to Stjarnan is a chance to get a foothold back on the European stage after some bleak years.
          How Much Will the Price of Beer Go Up in Response to Tariffs on Aluminum?   

That's the question millions are asking after reading a NYT article on the state of the U.S. aluminum industry. The article notes that an increasing share of alumunim is imported, mostly from Iceland and other countries with low cost electricity. (The industry uses huge amounts of electricity.) However it also points out that China is getting a growing share of the market and the industry claims that the Chinese firms are subsidized by the government. The industry and steelworkers union are arguing for offsetting tariffs.

The piece then presents a comment from an executive at the Molson Coors Brewing:

"If there are duties on aluminum coming to this country, it will obviously get passed on to us and the customer, .... Our prices will go up."

The piece doesn't give any sense of how much beer prices to consumers would rise from the tariffs being considered. While it would take a bit of homework to calculate the prospective increase from a tariff, suppose that tariffs on Chinese aluminum raised the price of aluminum by 10 percent. This is almost certainly too high a figure, since Chinese aluminum only accounts for 5 percent of U.S. consumption, according to the article.

Suppose that the cost of the aluminum accounts for 10 percent of the price of a can of beer in the store. This is also almost certainly far too high, since the current cost of aluminum is less than a dollar a pound. If you can get twenty cans out of a pound of aluminum that would make the cost per can less than five cents.

In this scenario, tariffs would raise the price of a can of beer by 1.0 percent. It's a safe bet that the beer drinking public would rather not pay 1.0 percent more for their beer, but most would probably not be terrified by this prospect.


          Iceland Volcano Eruption   
Iceland Volcano Eruption Iceland Volcano Eruption on Newsfeed -The Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland erupted this weekend on Saturday… wait what? I thought nothing happened with the Rapture, this isn’t the beginning of the end right? I’m not ready at all. What’s that? The rapture didn’t happen? Just the volcano…no lave? Cool, I got nervous there for a second. The volcano, which is located 120 miles from the capital spewed ash and smoke 12 miles into the air turning the sky black. The biggest problem it caused is that all airplane flights in and out of the country to be canceled. I understand the in flight cancelation, but how mad are you if your flight out got canceled. “Yeah… I am aware that there is a volcano erupting that’s why I’d like to leave… really bad.”

          PIC: Here's Where Ireland Ranks On A Map Showing The Hottest Temperatures Recorded In Europe   

Ahhh Irish summer. Fresh smell of grass, an ice-cream from Teddy's and of course, your cute little summer scarf and rainjacket. It has to be done unfortunately. Summer here lasts about a week - maybe less - so when we see other countries complaining about their glorious heatwaves we see red. A new map however, shows the highest ever recorded temperatures in Europe, and we're not gonna lie: some places are too damn hot. Almost 50 degrees in Spain and Italy? No thanks mate. Poor little Ireland is the second coldest spot in the map, just about beating Iceland.


          New technology could add product placement to old TV programmes   

Described as ‘product placement on steroids’, the technique is being premiered for Bushmills whiskey on Vice’s TV channel

Your favourite episodes of Friends could soon come with added product placement following the rollout of new technology that digitally inserts branded goods into pre-existing video programmes.

The technology, described as “product placement on steroids” is being premiered for Bushmills whiskey in specially created segments in between normal programmes on Vice’s Viceland TV channel, but it could also be used to introduce product placements into older shows.

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          Visit 2 Cities – Icelandair – $428: Denver – Stockholm, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
Visit both Stockholm and Reykjavik with this fare. You can visit Stockholm with or without the stopover in Reykjavik. With the stopover, fares are $428 on Priceline (ITA will show prices of $431). Without the stopover, fares are priced at $416. Here are some practical travel tips for Stockholm and for Iceland. Sample Travel Date: October […]
          Summer cabin for sale in Iceland   
Dunno, the air fare might make a visit impractical, but maybe it could be a profitable rental?

The listing, in Icelandic.

This dreamy cabin a short drive from Reykjavik is up for grabs, two kayaks included in the price.
The cabin measures only 37 square metres and was built in 2012.  It stands at a small lake popular for recreation called Meðalfellsvatn and is situated on the other side of Mount Esja, the mountain overlooking Reykjavik. 
The cabin is stylishly decorated and includes a trendy SMEG fridge and stove.  But maybe black isn't a really good color, unless it's painted that way to absorb solar heat.
Plus, a fishing river right there.  I'd guess that unless there's a big waterfall downstream, there would be a salmon run.
Gather up your Icelandic Krona boys and girls, this one might be a good deal.






          Flight review: Icelandair Business Class | Video   

Airline: Icelandair Route: Amsterdam-Keflavik Toestel: 757-200 Klasse: Saga Class (Business Class) Mei 2017 Full service, short-haul in Saga Class Beoordeling:  ...

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          Review: Saga Business Lounge   

Half mei opende Icelandair de nieuwe Saga Business Lounge op Keflavik Airport. Up in the Sky was ter plaatse en ...

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          🐎💨: The emoji guide to life with horses (What did we do without them?)   
CBYEB9 An Icelandic horse makes funny facial expressions.
Here we give you a beginner’s guide to life with horses in the ‘language’ of emoji...
          The Radavist 2017 Calendar: July   
This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Ring Road” Shot with a Leica M10 and a 135mm lens in Mývatn, Iceland “If there’s one thing that is both beautiful and wildly intimidating, it’s the Ring Road, a ribbon of tarmac that circumnavigates the island. The conditions of this road are ideal […]
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          Food Prices Drop, Thanks to Costco Effect   
Inflation figures for June reflect the impact of the opening of Costco warehouse club on the retail industry in Iceland, according to Arion Bank’s research division.
          Icelandic as Second Language Most Popular Course   
There is growing interest among foreigners in studying the Icelandic language, according to Margrét Jónsdóttir, head of Icelandic Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of Iceland.
          Frisbígolf nýtur mikilla vinsælda hér á landi   
Sprenging hefur orðið í fjölgun iðkenda í frisbígolfi á Íslandi og í gær fór hér fram alþjóðlegt mót sem hluti af Evrópumótaröðinni. Þá er hér staddur heimsmeistarinn í frisbígolfi.   Frisbígolf var nýlega viðurkennd íþrótt af Alþjóðaólympíunefndinni en hún gengur út á að kasta frisbídisk í körfu í sem fæstum köstum og eru notaðar þrjár tegundir af diskum, sá þyngsti er svokallaður driver og drífur lengst og sá léttasti er pútterinn. Vinsældir frisbígolfsins hér á landi eru miklar og í dag eru hér 42 frisbígolfvellir. 70 keppendur tóku þátt í Iceland Solstice Showdown mótinu í gær, helmingur þeirra erlendis frá en mótið er liður í Evrópumótaröðinni. Bandaríkjamaðurinn Ricky Wysocki varð um síðustu helgi heimsmeistari í frisbígolfi í annað sinn og hann er hér staddur en tók þó ekki þátt í mótinu.  
          Mikil óvissa og breytingar ollu uppsögnum   
Hröð þróun síðustu mánaða í ferðaþjónustu olli því að breytingar í kjölfar kaupa stærsta afþreyingarfyrirtækis landsins Arctic Adventures á öðru fyrirtæki urðu kannski harkalegri en ráð var fyrir gert í fyrrahaust, segir framkvæmdastjórinn. Tugum leiðsögumanna var sagt upp. Formaður Félags leiðsögumanna segir mikla vinnu að hafa í ferðamannagóðærinu en gæta þurfi þess að ekki sé gengið á rétt þeirra.  Kaupin tóku gildi í gær og verður Extreme Iceland áfram rekið sem sjálfstætt félag. 35 leiðsögumönnum hefur verið sagt upp með hefðbundnum uppsagnarfresti en 200 leiðsögumenn starfa þó áfram hjá fyrirtækjunum. 
          From New York to Oslo, Norway for $299! 2 in 1 with Iceland for $326!   
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          Riga to Iceland with return to Vilnius for only for €42.48!   
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          Distribution: Greenland; Iceland; Norway to France... for taxon Eunice pennata (Müller, 1776)   
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          ‘Shark Drunk,’ by Morten Strøksnes   
The photos are often grainy and fugitive, because the shark, being a Greenlander, likes it cold, in the shark’s case typically 4,000 feet under the water’s surface. The Greenland shark is the totemic protagonist of Norwegian journalist Morten Strøksnes’s prime, digressive — a brand of free association that knows when to rein in — entertainment, “Shark Drunk.” Partaking of the flesh in its pristine state results in a feeling supposedly similar to taking in an extreme amount of alcohol or hallucinogenic drugs. Icelanders consider the flesh a delicacy once properly prepared, which requires “repeated boiling, drying, or even burying the meat until it ferments.” The elemental Why? anyone should choose to monkey around with the Greenland shark is that its liver is a vast repository of oil, and whale oil was a big thing for a good long time: to light lamps, make soap, and as a cooking oil. [...] he doesn’t treat it like some gonzo bizarrerie, but as chromatic, investigative work, one in which you can laugh instead of feel nothing but grim. Aasjord, on the other hand, has longtime family ties to the area — for many natives of which the shark has, understandably, shamanic qualities — so even a momentary communing with the creature would be a numinous experience. Luckily, Aasjord had found the perfect bait right before the weather would bring the light air and calm seas needed to fish from a rubber dinghy in “the deep, salty black sea ... cold and indifferent, lacking all empathy” for a shark that weighs as much as a Studebaker: the rotting remains of a fairly recently slaughtered Scottish Highland bull, waiting for them patiently in the summer warmth of a nearby field. Heroically, they gather the remains in garbage bags, and it is Strøksnes’s job to chum; that is, to toss most of the bull remains into the water to arouse the shark’s olefactory interest. Most bioluminescence produced by various deep-sea species is blue, and blue light is the only color most of these species are capable of seeing. [...] the equally spooky sound of the sea’s underwater, “a deep humming that emanates from itself,” long sea swells creating trembles on the sea floor.
          Verizon's plan to create a data powerhouse to challenge Facebook and Google is fraught with challenges   

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Verizon, or more specifically it's newly formed digital media division Oath, has an intriguing new plan. It wants to put together a wireless data powerhouse in its quest to challenge Facebook and Google in digital advertising.

Specifically, the company wants to rent reams of consumer data from major competitors like Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefonica that can be used for ad targeting.

Call it the Hulu of wireless data.

Besides the unusual competitive politics involved in such an undertaking (who's in charge? How are we getting paid), it's worth asking, what would such an arrangement look like when it comes to execution? Just how hard is this going to be from a technical perspective? Business Insider talked to some experts about what Oath will be facing in putting such an endeavor together.

Here are some of their big questions:

How hard will it be to mix different data from different wireless companies?

Austin Wright, senior vice president of strategy at the data-centric marketing firm Ansira, said that just stitching together the multiple data sets together will be a Herculean challenge, since each provider "may be supplying data at different levels." For example, one carrier may supply more granular numbers on its customers, while another may provide summarized data, or data on broad segments of consumers.

"Let’s say Verizon’s data is tracked on zip code, and T-Mobile is based on households," said Jeff Smith, chief marketing officer at LiveRamp, which helps marketers move data between different systems. "That's not that simple. It's not just a few more columns in the spreadsheet."

Plus, some carriers may estimate portions of their consumer data, Wright said, while another may focus on more raw numbers. And some data may come from households with multiple accounts, such as family plans.

"All of which further complicates matters," Wright said.

How with the data integration actually work?

Smith said that Oath and its would-be partners have to figure out whether they will mix and match the data themselves, or do so virtually using a third party tech company. Doing it yourself can be messy, he explained. 

You either need a third party that has built software designed to reconcile reams of data, or you "need some data scientists," he said. Smith pointed to comScore's acquisition of Rentrak last year as a model of how big companies with big data sets were able to mesh them together quickly with the help of third parties.

Smith estimated that working with an outside vendor could take Verizon and company six to nine months to make its mixed data sets useful, while the DIY option could take more than a year.

Servers for data storage are seen at Advania's Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Ari Thomson ReutersBeside the data blending, what about security?

Steven Wolfe Pereira, chief marketing officer at Neustar, a tech company specializing in data management, noted the recent string of cyber attacks as making security concerns even more paramount.

That means that Oath and friends will not only have to make sure that nobody's real names or addresses are shared among partners or with the outside world, but also have to take steps to ensure that whatever consumers have or have not permitted individual carriers to track is respected even as advertisers look to run big campaigns that employ data from multiple carriers.

"For example, there will have to be a way to make sure that advertisers can control how frequently they show people messages and don't creep people out," said Wolfe Pereira.

Another security issue of importance is making sure that carriers don't learn too much about their competitors' customers. "You don't want Sprint to start prospecting T-Mobile's customers," said Smith. 

microsoft excel spreadsheetShutterstockAll that being said, if Oath actually pulls this off, will marketers be interested?

"Yes!," Wright said. "Most advertisers are continually serving up most of their ad budget to a handful of sources ...They want other options."

"Email addresses, web cookies, these are fractional identifiers for marketers," said Wolfe Pereira. "But the phone number is one of the most persistent identifiers, and it can be tied to a bill in your home. You can theoretically track people's online and offline behavior."

That has powerful applications for ad targeting, he said. "When it’s anonymized, and done the right way, it's a really smart play."

NOW WATCH: JPMorgan Chase explains why it pulled ads from YouTube and Megyn Kelly's show, and reveals a unique strategy it uses to combat fake news


          Visit 2 Cities – Icelandair – $428: Denver – Stockholm, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
Visit both Stockholm and Reykjavik with this fare. You can visit Stockholm with or without the stopover in Reykjavik. With the stopover, fares are $428 on Priceline (ITA will show prices of $431). Without the stopover, fares are priced at $416. Here are some practical travel tips for Stockholm and for Iceland. Sample Travel Date: October […]
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          Verizon's plan to create a data powerhouse to challenge Facebook and Google is fraught with challenges   

switchboard telephone operatorWikimedia Commons

Verizon, or more specifically it's newly formed digital media division Oath, has an intriguing new plan. It wants to put together a wireless data powerhouse in its quest to challenge Facebook and Google in digital advertising.

Specifically, the company wants to rent reams of consumer data from major competitors like Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefonica that can be used for ad targeting.

Call it the Hulu of wireless data.

Besides the unusual competitive politics involved in such an undertaking (who's in charge? How are we getting paid), it's worth asking, what would such an arrangement look like when it comes to execution? Just how hard is this going to be from a technical perspective? Business Insider talked to some experts about what Oath will be facing in putting such an endeavor together.

Here are some of their big questions:

How hard will it be to mix different data from different wireless companies?

Austin Wright, senior vice president of strategy at the data-centric marketing firm Ansira, said that just stitching together the multiple data sets together will be a Herculean challenge, since each provider "may be supplying data at different levels." For example, one carrier may supply more granular numbers on its customers, while another may provide summarized data, or data on broad segments of consumers.

"Let’s say Verizon’s data is tracked on zip code, and T-Mobile is based on households," said Jeff Smith, chief marketing officer at LiveRamp, which helps marketers move data between different systems. "That's not that simple. It's not just a few more columns in the spreadsheet."

Plus, some carriers may estimate portions of their consumer data, Wright said, while another may focus on more raw numbers. And some data may come from households with multiple accounts, such as family plans.

"All of which further complicates matters," Wright said.

How with the data integration actually work?

Smith said that Oath and its would-be partners have to figure out whether they will mix and match the data themselves, or do so virtually using a third party tech company. Doing it yourself can be messy, he explained. 

You either need a third party that has built software designed to reconcile reams of data, or you "need some data scientists," he said. Smith pointed to comScore's acquisition of Rentrak last year as a model of how big companies with big data sets were able to mesh them together quickly with the help of third parties.

Smith estimated that working with an outside vendor could take Verizon and company six to nine months to make its mixed data sets useful, while the DIY option could take more than a year.

Servers for data storage are seen at Advania's Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Ari Thomson ReutersBeside the data blending, what about security?

Steven Wolfe Pereira, chief marketing officer at Neustar, a tech company specializing in data management, noted the recent string of cyber attacks as making security concerns even more paramount.

That means that Oath and friends will not only have to make sure that nobody's real names or addresses are shared among partners or with the outside world, but also have to take steps to ensure that whatever consumers have or have not permitted individual carriers to track is respected even as advertisers look to run big campaigns that employ data from multiple carriers.

"For example, there will have to be a way to make sure that advertisers can control how frequently they show people messages and don't creep people out," said Wolfe Pereira.

Another security issue of importance is making sure that carriers don't learn too much about their competitors' customers. "You don't want Sprint to start prospecting T-Mobile's customers," said Smith. 

microsoft excel spreadsheetShutterstockAll that being said, if Oath actually pulls this off, will marketers be interested?

"Yes!," Wright said. "Most advertisers are continually serving up most of their ad budget to a handful of sources ...They want other options."

"Email addresses, web cookies, these are fractional identifiers for marketers," said Wolfe Pereira. "But the phone number is one of the most persistent identifiers, and it can be tied to a bill in your home. You can theoretically track people's online and offline behavior."

That has powerful applications for ad targeting, he said. "When it’s anonymized, and done the right way, it's a really smart play."

NOW WATCH: JPMorgan Chase explains why it pulled ads from YouTube and Megyn Kelly's show, and reveals a unique strategy it uses to combat fake news


          Tree rings pinpoint eruption of Icelandic volcano to half a century before human settlement    
An international group of researchers has dated a large volcanic eruption in Iceland to within a few months. The eruption, which is the oldest volcanic eruption to be precisely dated at high northern latitudes, occurred shortly before the first permanent human settlements were established, when parts of the now mostly treeless island were still covered with forest. Drumbabót forest in Iceland [Credit: Ulf Büntgen]The team, which...

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3rd July

1844 – The last nesting pair of Great Auks was killed. They were found incubating an egg off Iceland. Jón Brandsson and Sigurður Ísleifsson strangled the adults and Ketill Ketilsson smashed the egg with his boot.

1884 – The Dow Jones published its 1st stock average.

1928 - The first colour television transmission took place in London.

1969 - Former Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones (born Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones) drowned.

1971 - Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors, was found dead in a bathtub in Paris of heart failure. He was only 27.

1976 - Israeli commandos rescued 103 hostages held by Arab militants at Entebbe airport, Uganda.

1987 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment at a court in Lyon.

1988 - Missiles fired from an American naval warship, the USS Vincennes, brought down an Iranian passenger jet in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

1996 – The Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland.

2005 – A national law legalizing same-sex marriage took effect in Spain.

          Is Ireland more liberal than the US? New ranking says yes    

Ireland has been ranked as the 11th most progressive country in the world, coming in one spot ahead of our neighbors in the UK and seven places above the US. Compiled by the Social Progress Index, Ireland is classed among the top 14 countries which qualify with “very high social progress” while the US is classed as having “high social progress”.

We have to look to Scandinavia for the most socially progressive countries, according to the research, however, with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway making up the top four. Canada also ranks very high on the list coming in sixth place.

The index took into account what life is like for people in different nations by looking at the extent of basic human needs provided, including medication, sanitation, shelter and security as well as education, rights, freedoms and tolerance.

The report states that Ireland was among the countries that ranked very highly because of the access available to citizens to a high level of education.

“Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the UK outperform countries at a similar level of GDP per capita on Access to Advanced Education,” the report states.

“These countries provide relatively high access to world-class universities.”

The current housing market and rising costs of rent are having a detrimental effect on the country’s ranking, however, the report outlining that “a number of high-income countries, such as Canada, France, and Ireland, also saw declines in the availability of good, affordable housing, primarily driven by the housing markets in urban centers.”  

The United States, which ranked at 18th in only the second tier of progress despite being a G7 country with significant wealth, was classed by the study as underperformer. This tier is said to have achieved the same kind of standings in the index “ on Nutrition and Basic Medical Care, Water and Sanitation, and Access to Basic Knowledge, but lags significantly behind Very High Social Progress Tier countries on Personal Freedom and Choice and Tolerance and Inclusion.”

Read more: Is is time for progressive women like me to quit the Catholic Church?

Tolerance and inclusion, in particular, were believed to be a reason why the US rankings are dipping, with increased intolerance for immigrants and increased discrimination against minorities.

“In the US, Tolerance and Inclusion scores declined significantly due to an increase in anti-Semitic activities and an increase in discrimination against minorities,” the report concludes.

“The US ranks just 23rd in the world across this component, placing it behind less prosperous countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.”

It appears that Europe is the most socially progressive continent with eleven European countries making it to the top 14 “very high social progress” end of the scale.

Of all the 128 countries ranked on the index, African countries fared the worst making up six of the seven marked with “very low social progress.” The very bottom spot was taken by the Central African Republic while Niger, Angola, Chad, and Afghanistan made up the rest of the bottom five.

Overall, the report found that the social progress being made by the world is on the up “with most countries increasing their score on the Social Progress Index from 2014 to 2017.”

“The countries with the most room for improvement, which are mostly low-income countries, are also those that are progressing most rapidly,” it continued.  

The Social Progress Index was compiled by the Social Progress Imperative based in Washington D.C. The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.

You can read the full report here.

H/T: The Independent 


          Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio   
CRYSTAL clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

In southern Iceland, the massive Almannagja gorge stretches as far as the eye can see. Its spectacular setting was chosen as the location for an epic battle scene in "Game of Thrones" between the characters Brienne of Tarth and the Hound.

"The diversity is so big that you can create almost any kind of landscape," says Leifur Dagfinnsson, president of the Icelandic production company Truenorth, which holds 90% of the market.

"You can both shoot Iceland for Iceland or you can have Iceland double for other places like the Himalayas, the Mongolian tundra, Siberia or Greenland," he tells AFP.

Located in the North Atlantic, Iceland's moon-like landscape has served as a filmset for many science fiction films portraying other planets, Dagfinnsson, says.

From TV series such as Black Mirror, to blockbusters including Interstellar, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Star Wars, James Bond movies and Fast and Furious 8, the list of films shot in Iceland in recent years is long.

'Surreal landscapes'

The country's uninhabited landscapes offer moviemakers the opportunity to film everything from dramatic action-filled scenes to apocalyptic scenery and futuristic worlds.

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky chose Iceland as a film location for his biblical blockbuster movie "Noah" in 2014, starring Russell Crowe.

"The landscapes are surreal -- practically of another world," Aronofsky's producing partner Scott Franklin told the Los Angeles Times at the time.

The sky can look as though it's on fire in the middle of winter, or teeming with roaring clouds trailed by black smoke.

These aren't caused by a volcanic eruption or a storm, but pyrotechnic explosions and swarms of helicopters from the movie sets.

And at the foot of a waterfall or on a beach of silvery pebbles, one might even encounter a strange sword-carrying soldier on horseback returning from battle...

Post-financial crisis

Iceland's economic collapse in 2008 has made it an inexpensive country in which to work and it boasts strong infrastructure with easy access to shooting locations, according to Kristinn Thordarson, president of the Association of Icelandic Film Producers (SIK).

The economy is once again growing thanks to a booming tourism industry and a thriving fishing sector, but a dark cloud looms over its rising currency, the krona, which the heavily export-reliant country has repeatedly tried to tame.

As an incentive to film in Iceland, a tax rebate was increased this year from 20 to 25% of the overall budget of producing a movie in the country, and Thordarson said he hopes it will be boosted to 30% within four years, just behind Ireland's 32%.

In the land of ice and fire, 2016 was a peak year for television and movie productions, with turnover for local companies of 20 billion kronur (RM843 million).

But Thordarson wants to take it even further.

"If we build a studio here and if the filmmakers use the studio... (then) they would do more in Iceland than just film locations," he said.

Filming is strictly regulated, especially in the country's more than 100 protected areas, from nature reserves to national parks, where a licence from the Icelandic Environment Agency is required.

Shooting permits have been rising sharply since 2013 and "the conditions for obtaining (them) remain very strict," says Adalbjorg Guttormsdottir, who leads a team that manages licence applications.

Disrupting the country's flora and fauna is strictly forbidden, and even turning over a stone without putting it back in place is out of the question.

Cinema tourism

The Almannagja fault is now a popular destination for tourists and "Game of Thrones" fans.

Eddy Marks made a one-day return trip to follow a tour of the HBO hit series, after visiting other sets in Croatia's Dubrovnik and Malta.

"It's nice to see ... something on the TV and then you come to see it in real life. It's a different experience," says the Californian after taking a selfie in front of the Langjokull glacier framed by snow.

Here, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates divide, creating a deep canyon.

And it is at this spot, in the heart of the Thingvellir national park, now listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, that the world's oldest parliament was created, in 930.

Marks is among 20 other tourists who came to the national park to see a territory in "Game of Thrones" called Beyond the Wall.

"The weather was different in some of the TV scenes," Glenn McGregor, a Canadian retiree, says with a chuckle, as heavy rain falls.

Iceland's unpredictable weather is known for tormenting film crews.

"Many days were lost because of this," recalls Theodore Hansson, 35, a long-haired, bearded "Game of Thrones" tour guide.

A medieval history student at the University of Reykjavik, he also appeared as an extra in season two, three and four of "Game of Thrones" as well as the most recent seventh season.

But the bad weather also has its advantages.

"(It) creates an even more realistic and more beautiful scenario," says Leifur Dagfinnsson.

"Sometimes it is a plus." — AFP Relaxnews
          Confluence 6.3.0 beta Release Notes   

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          История лошади    

Согласно новому исследованию, почти все современные породы лошадей восходят к двум линиям ближневосточных лошадей, завезенных в Европу около 700 лет назад.

Современные ученые считают, что лошади были одомашнены около 4000 года до н. э. жителями степей Евразии. Поскольку существует довольно много пород лошадей, среди исследователей была довольно длительная дискуссия о том, восходят ли они все к одному предку и разделились между собой в результате отбора, или же разные группы пород возникли из-за приручения разных видов или подвидов диких лошадей.

Авторами теории множественного происхождения пород лошади были шотландский зоолог Джеймс Эварт (1851 – 1933) и немецкий Йохан Ульрих Дюрст (1876 – 1950). Эварт и Дюрст считали, что у домашних лошадей было три предка: «лесная лошадь» (Equus caballus germanicus), дикая азиатская лошадь, современным потомком которой является лошадь Пржевальского (Equus caballus przewalskii), и тарпан (Equus caballus gmelini). Позднее специалист по коневодству Элвин Эдвардс добавил к ним четвертого предка – гипотетическую «тундровую лошадь», которую считал родоначальником якутской породы.

В послевоенные годы группа гиппологов предложила выделить среди диких предков домашней лошади четыре типа лошадей по телосложению и физическим качествам, не присваивая им ранг видов или подвидов. Первый «пони-1», устойчивый к холоду и влажности, встречался на северо-западе Европы был похож на современных эксмурских пони. «Пони-2» был покрупнее и тоже устойчив к холоду. Обитал он в северных районах Евразии. К нему, по мысли авторов, восходили горный шотландский пони и норвежская порода. «Лошадь-1» из Центральной Азии, устойчивая к жаре и засухи, дала начало туркменским ахалтекинцам и португальской породе соррайя. Наконец, «лошадь-2» из Западной Азии, небольшая и тонкокостная, была предком так называемой каспийской лошади, которая считается единственным современным потомком лошадей Персидской империи Ахеменидов.

Последний вариант теории множественного происхождения лошадей предложила в 1990-е годы палеонтолог и гипполог Дэб Беннет. Согласно ее исследованиям, ранняя форма дикой лошади дала семь подвидов, из которых четыре активно участвовали в формировании домашних лошадей. Древнейший из подвидов Equus caballus mosbachensis стал основным предком латвийской и гронингенской пород, а также многих так называемых полукровных пород. Карликовый подвид Equus caballus caballus дал эксмурских и шетлендских пони, суффолькскую лошадь и породу брабансон. Адаптированный к пустынному климату восточный подвид Equus caballus pumpelli стал родоначальником арабских лошадей, пород Иранского нагорья, марварской лошади в Индии. Наконец, к тарпану (Equus caballus gmelini) восходят вятская и гуцульская лошади, польский коник и большинство пород Монголии. Отделившаяся от тарпана лошадь Пржевальского, а также два подвида Нового Света: Equus caballus alaskae и Equus caballus laurentius, согласно Беннет, не оказали заметного влияния на домашних лошадей.

Начало активных генетических исследований скорректировало эти взгляды. Анализ ДНК показывает, что все домашние лошади происходят от сравнительно небольшого числа диких жеребцов, входивших в одну и ту же популяцию. А вот кобылы для этого использовались самые разные. Вероятно, с распространением коневодства в каждом регионе люди использовали для получения потомства местных диких кобыл. Крупное исследование, проведенное в 2012 году, в ходе которого были секвенированы геномы 300 лошадей различных пород, а также учтены данные предыдущих исследований по митохондриальной и Y-хромосомной ДНК и свидетельство археологических источников, привело авторов к выводу, что лошади были первоначально одомашнены в западной части евразийских степей. Впоследствии, как уже говорилось, домашняя популяция неоднократно пополнялась генами от диких кобыл из самых разных регионов. Возможно, независимый центр приручения лошади существовал на Пиренейском полуострове, но это предположение пока не смогли ни подтвердить, ни опровергнуть.

Однако по-прежнему многие неизвестно об истории конкретных пород лошадей, поэтому генетические исследования лошади продолжаются. Изучение истории лошадей облегчается наличием племенных книг, которые конезаводчики вели на протяжении многих поколений. Но такая практика в Европе началась только в 1700-х годах, так что о более ранней истории лошадей надо судить по данным, полученным в ходе секвенирования ДНК. Нынешнее исследование проведено большой группой ученых из Австрии, Швейцарии, Германии, Швеции и США, которую возглавила Барбара Валлнер (Barbara Wallner) из Университета ветеринарной медицины в Вене. Результаты их работы опубликованы в журнале Current Biology.

Валлнер и ее коллеги сочетали изучение старых племенных книг с генетическим методом. Авторы работы описали десятки вариаций сегмента Y-хромосомы у 52 современных жеребцов, принадлежащих к 21 различной породе. Поскольку эти мутации содержатся в Y-хромосоме, они наследуются всем мужским потомством жеребца, позволяя проследить, какие кони от какого предка происходят.

Предположив, что новое поколение лошадей появляется в среднем за семь лет, и основываясь на скорости мутаций, Валлернер и ее коллеги определили, что самый последний общий предок 18 современных пород жил около 700 лет назад. Родство с остальными трех оставшихся пород оказалось более отдаленным. К этим трем породам относятся шетлендский пони, норвежская фиордская и исландская лошади.

На втором этапе исследования группа ученых включила в рассмотрения 363 жеребцов, представляющих 57 современных пород (то есть одной пятой всех признанных современных пород лошадей), получив в итоге обширную схему Y-хромосомных линий. Оказалось, что почти все современные лошади восходят к двум линиям азиатского происхождения. Одна из них – арабские лошади, родина которых Аравия. Вторая – ныне исчезнувшие древние туркменские лошади. Самыми близкими из современными потомками, сохранившими многие их внешние признаки, являются современные породы лошадей Туркменистана: ахалтекинская, йомудская, гокланская и нохурлийская.

В течение сотен лет европейские коннозаводчики отмечали, что жеребцы арабские и туркменские дают потомство с высокими качествами, поэтому они неоднократно использовали этих лошадей для улучшения местных пород, пока эти две линии не стали практически повсеместными. Сегодня они образуют патрилинейную основу почти каждой современной породы лошадей.

Для многих пород их происхождение от арабских и туркменских истоков и так было известно. Таковы, например, английская чистокровная верховая лошадь и орловский рысак. Для выведения последней породы граф Алексей Орлов специально закупал в Османской империи племенных жеребцов, а непосредственным родоначальником ее считается арабский жеребец Сметанка, купленный у турецкого султана. Для других же пород наличие арабских и/или туркменских (ахалтекинских) кровей оказалось сюрпризом для ученых и для специалистов по коневодству. К таким породам относятся, например, липпицианская лошадь (выведена в словенском поселке Липица на границе с Италией) или фрайбергер (порода из округа Франш-Монтань в швейцарском кантоне Юра).


             
The term eczema refers to a set of clinical characteristics. Classification of the underlying diseases has been haphazard and unsystematic, with many synonyms used to describe the same condition. A type of eczema may be described by location (e.g., hand eczema), by specific appearance (eczema craquele or discoid), or by possible cause (varicose eczema). Further adding to the confusion, many sources use the term eczema and the term for the most common type of eczema (atopic eczema) interchangeably.
The European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) published a position paper in 2001 which simplifies the nomenclature of allergy-related diseases including atopic and allergic contact eczemas. Non-allergic eczemas are not affected by this proposal.

The classification below is ordered by incidence frequency.
Types of common eczemas
Atopic eczema (aka infantile e., flexural e., atopic dermatitis) is an allergic disease believed to have a hereditary component and often runs in families whose members also have asthma. Itchy rash is particularly noticeable on head and scalp, neck, inside of elbows, behind knees, and buttocks. Experts are urging doctors to be more vigilant in weeding out cases that are, in actuality, irritant contact dermatitis. It is very common in developed countries, and rising. (L20)
Contact dermatitis is of two types: allergic (resulting from a delayed reaction to some allergen, such as poison ivy or nickel), and irritant (resulting from direct reaction to a detergent, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, for example). Some substances act both as allergen and irritant (wet cement, for example). Other substances cause a problem after sunlight exposure, bringing on phototoxic dermatitis. About three quarters of cases of contact eczema are of the irritant type, which is the most common occupational skin disease. Contact eczema is curable, provided the offending substance can be avoided and its traces removed from one’s environment. (L23; L24; L56.1; L56.0)
Xerotic eczema (aka asteatotic e., e. craquele or craquelatum, winter itch, pruritus hiemalis) is dry skin that becomes so serious it turns into eczema. It worsens in dry winter weather, and limbs and trunk are most often affected. The itchy, tender skin resembles a dry, cracked, river bed. This disorder is very common among the older population. Ichthyosis is a related disorder. (L30.8A; L85.0)


Seborrhoeic dermatitis or Seborrheic dermatitis ("cradle cap" in infants) is a condition sometimes classified as a form of eczema that is closely related to dandruff. It causes dry or greasy peeling of the scalp, eyebrows, and face, and sometimes trunk. The condition is harmless except in severe cases of cradle cap. In newborns it causes a thick, yellow crusty scalp rash called cradle cap, which seems related to lack of biotin and is often curable. (L21; L21.0)
Less common eczemas
Dyshidrosis (aka dyshidrotic e., pompholyx, vesicular palmoplantar dermatitis, housewife’s eczema) only occurs on palms, soles, and sides of fingers and toes. Tiny opaque bumps called vesicles, thickening, and cracks are accompanied by itching, which gets worse at night. A common type of hand eczema, it worsens in warm weather. (L30.1)
Discoid eczema (aka nummular e., exudative e., microbial e.) is characterized by round spots of oozing or dry rash, with clear boundaries, often on lower legs. It is usually worse in winter. Cause is unknown, and the condition tends to come and go. (L30.0)
Venous eczema (aka gravitational e., stasis dermatitis, varicose e.) occurs in people with impaired circulation, varicose veins and edema, and is particularly common in the ankle area of people over 50. There is redness, scaling, darkening of the skin and itching. The disorder predisposes to leg ulcers. (I83.1)
Dermatitis herpetiformis (aka Duhring’s Disease) causes intensely itchy and typically symmetrical rash on arms, thighs, knees, and back. It is directly related to celiac disease, can often be put into remission with appropriate diet, and tends to get worse at night. (L13.0)
Neurodermatitis (aka lichen simplex chronicus, localized scratch dermatitis) is an itchy area of thickened, pigmented eczema patch that results from habitual rubbing and scratching. Usually there is only one spot. Often curable through behavior modification and anti-inflammatory medication. Prurigo nodularis is a related disorder showing multiple lumps. (L28.0; L28.1)
Autoeczematization (aka id reaction, autosensitization) is an eczematous reaction to an infection with parasites, fungi, bacteria or viruses. It is completely curable with the clearance of the original infection that caused it. The appearance varies depending on the cause. It always occurs some distance away from the original infection. (L30.2)
There are also eczemas overlaid by viral infections (e. herpeticum, e. vaccinatum), and eczemas resulting from underlying disease (e.g. lymphoma). Eczemas originating from ingestion of medications, foods, and chemicals, have not yet been clearly systematized. Other rare eczematous disorders exist in addition to those listed here.

Medications
[edit]Corticosteroids
Dermatitis is often treated with corticosteroids. They do not cure eczema, but are highly effective in controlling or suppressing symptoms in most cases.[5] For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone or desonide), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide). Medium-potency corticosteroids such as clobetasone butyrate (Eumovate), Betamethasone Valerate (Betnovate) or triamcinolone are also available. Generally medical practitioners will prescribe the less potent ones first before trying the more potent ones. In many countries, weak steroids can be purchased 'over the counter' (e.g., hydrocortisone in UK, United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland), while the more potent ones require a prescription.
[edit]Side effects
Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids is thought to increase the risk of possible side effects, the most common of which is the skin becoming thin and fragile (atrophy).[6] Because of this, if used on the face or other delicate skin, only a low-strength steroid should be used. Additionally, high-strength steroids used over large areas, or under occlusion, may be significantly absorbed into the body, causing hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression (HPA axis suppression) Finally by their immunosuppressive action they can, if used without antibiotics or antifungal drugs, lead to some skin infections (fungal or bacterial). Care must be taken to avoid the eyes, as topical corticosteroids applied to the eye can cause glaucoma [8] or cataracts.
Because of the risks associated with this type of drug, a steroid of an appropriate strength should be sparingly applied only to control an episode of eczema. Once the desired response has been achieved, it should be discontinued and replaced with emollients as maintenance therapy. Corticosteroids are generally considered safe to use in the short- to medium-term for controlling eczema, with no significant side effects differing from treatment with non-steroidal ointment.
However, recent research has shown that topically applied corticosteroids did not significantly increase the risk of skin thinning, stretch marks or HPA axis suppression (and where such suppression did occur, it was mild and reversible where the corticosteroids were used for limited periods of time). Further, skin conditions are often under-treated because of fears of side effects. This has led some researchers to suggest that the usual dosage instructions should be changed from "Use sparingly" to "Apply enough to cover affected areas," and that specific dosage directions using "fingertip units" or FTU's be provided, along with photos to illustrate FTU's.
[edit]Other forms
In severe cases, oral cortisosteroids such as prednisolone or injections such as triamcinolone injections may also be prescribed. While these usually bring about rapid improvements, they should not be taken for any length of time and the eczema often returns to its previous level of severity once the medication is stopped. In the case of triamcinolone injections, a waiting period between treatments may be required.
[edit]Immunomodulators
Topical immunomodulators like pimecrolimus (Elidel and Douglan) and tacrolimus (Protopic) were developed after corticosteroid treatments, effectively suppressing the immune system in the affected area, and appear to yield better results in some populations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health advisory about the possible risk of lymph node or skin cancer from use of these products,[11] but many professional medical organizations disagree with the FDA's findings;
The postulation is that the immune system may help remove some pre-cancerous abnormal cells which is prevented by these drugs. However, any chronic inflammatory condition such as eczema, by the very nature of increased metabolism and cell replication, has a tiny associated risk of cancer (see Bowen's disease).
Current practice by UK dermatologists is not to consider this a significant real concern and they are increasingly recommending the use of these new drugs. The dramatic improvement on the condition can significantly improve the quality of life of sufferers (and families kept awake by the distress of affected children). The major debate, in the UK, has been about the cost of such newer treatments and, given only finite NHS resources, when they are most appropriate to use.
In addition to cancer risk, there are other potential side effects with this class of drugs. Adverse reactions including severe flushing,headaches, flu-like syndrome, photosensitive reactivity and possible drug interactions with a variety of medications, alcohol and grapefruit.
Antibiotics
When the normal protective barrier of the skin is disrupted (dry and cracked), it allows easy entry for bacteria. Scratching by the patient both introduces infection and spreads it from one area to another. Any skin infection further irritates the skin and a rapid deterioration in the condition may ensue; the appropriate antibiotic should be given.
Immunosuppressants

When eczema is severe and does not respond to other forms of treatment, immunosuppressant drugs are sometimes prescribed. These dampen the immune system and can result in dramatic improvements to the patient's eczema. However, immunosuppressants can cause side effects on the body. As such, patients must undergo regular blood tests and be closely monitored by a doctor. In the UK, the most commonly used immunosuppressants for eczema are ciclosporin(Cyclosporine), azathioprine and methotrexate. These drugs were generally designed for other medical conditions but have been found to be effective against eczema. Commonly prescribed as an immunosuppressant in the United States for Eczema is the steroid Prednisone.
Itch relief

Anti-itch drugs, often antihistamine, may reduce the itch during a flare up of eczema, and the reduced scratching in turn reduces damage and irritation to the skin (the Itch cycle).[citation needed], however,in eczema, the itch relief is often due to the sedative side effects of these drugs, rather than their specific antihistamine effect. Hence, sedating antihistamines such as promethazine (Phenergan) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) are more effective at relieving itch than the newer, nonsedating antihistamines.
Capsaicin applied to the skin acts as a counter irritant (see: Gate control theory of nerve signal transmission).
Hydrocortisone applied to the skin aids in temporary itch relief.
Avoiding dry skin
Moisturizing
Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms.
Soaps and harsh detergents should not be used on affected skin because they can strip natural skin oils and lead to excessive dryness. Instead, the use of moisturizing body wash, or an emollient like aqueous cream, will maintain natural skin oils and may reduce some of the need to moisturize the skin. Another option is to try bathing using colloidal oatmeal bath treatments. In addition to avoiding soap, other products that may dry the skin such as powders or perfume should also be avoided.
Moistening agents are called 'emollients'. In general, it is best to match thicker ointments to the driest, flakiest skin. Light emollients like aqueous cream may not have any effect on severely dry skin. Some common emollients for the relief of eczema include Oilatum, Balneum, Medi Oil, Diprobase, bath oils and aqueous cream. Sebexol, Epaderm ointment, Exederm and Eucerin lotion or cream may also be helpful with itching. Lotions or creams may be applied directly to the skin after bathing to lock in moisture. Moisturizing gloves (gloves which keep emollients in contact with skin on the hands) can be worn while sleeping. Generally, twice-daily applications of emollients work best. While creams are easy to apply, they are quickly absorbed into the skin, and therefore need frequent reapplication. Ointments, with less water content, stay on the skin for longer and need fewer applications, but they can be greasy and inconvenient. Steroids may also be mixed in with ointments.
For unbroken skin, direct application of waterproof tape with or without an emollient or prescription ointment can improve moisture levels and skin integrity which allows the skin to heal. This treatment regimen can also help prevent the skin from cracking, as well as put a stop to the itch cycle. The end result is reduced lichenification (the roughening of skin from repeated scratching). Taping works best on skin away from joints.
There is a disagreement whether baths are desirable or a necessary evil. For example, the Mayo Clinic advises against daily baths to avoid skin drying. On the other hand, the American Academy of Dermatology claims "it is a common misconception that bathing dries the skin and should be kept to a bare minimum" and recommends bathing to hydrate skin. They even suggest up to 3 short baths a day for people with severe eczema. According to them, a moisturizer should be applied within 3 minutes to trap the moisture from bath in the skin. U.S. National Eczema Association and the Eczema Society of Canada make similar recommendations.
Regardless of more or less frequent bathing, the hardness of the bathing water is a major factor. Soft water can have therapeutic effects for people with eczema currently using hard water. An ion exchange water softener can be installed (plumbing required) to reduce the hardness of the water supply.
Recently, ceramides, which are the major lipid constituent of the stratum corneum, have been used in the treatment of eczema. They are often one of the ingredients of modern moisturizers. These lipids were also successfully produced synthetically in the laboratory.
However, detergents are so ubiquitous in modern environments in items like tissues, and so persistent on surfaces, "safe" soaps are necessary to remove them from the skin in order to control eczema. Although most eczema recommendations use the terms "detergents" and "soaps" interchangeably, and tell eczema sufferers to avoid both, detergents and soaps are not the same and are not equally problematic to eczema sufferers. Detergents, often made from petrochemicals, increase the permeability of skin membranes in a way that soaps and water alone do not. Sodium lauryl sulfate, the most common household detergent, has been shown to amplify the allergenicity of other substances ("increase antigen penetration").
Unfortunately there is no one agreed-upon best kind of skin cleanser for eczema sufferers. Different clinical tests, sponsored by different personal product companies, unsurprisingly tout various brands as the most skin-friendly based on specific properties of various products and different underlying assumptions as to what really determines skin friendliness. The terms "hypoallergenic" and "doctor tested" are not regulated,[26] and no research has been done showing that products labeled "hypoallergenic" are in fact less problematic than any others. It may be best to avoid soaps and detergent cleansers all together, except for the armpits, groin and perianal areas, and use cheap bland emolients in the bath or shower, for example aqueous cream.
Dermatological recommendations in choosing a soap generally include:[citation needed]
Avoid harsh detergents or drying soaps
Choose a soap that has an oil or fat base
Use an unscented soap
Patch test your soap choice, by using it only on a small area until you are sure of its results
Use a non-soap based cleanser
Instructions for using soap:
Use soap sparingly
Avoid using washcloths, sponges, or loofahs, or anything that will abrade the skin
Use soap only on areas where it is necessary
Soap up only at the very end of your bath
Use a fragrance-free barrier-type moisturizer such as petroleum jelly before drying off
Use care when selecting lotion, soap, or perfumes to avoid suspected allergens; ask your doctor for recommendations
Never rub your skin dry, or else your skin's oil/moisture will be on the towel and not your body; pat dry instead
source from : wikipedia

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Some things should not happen, but they do. 


In 324, Battle of AdrianopleConstantine I defeated Licinius, who fled to Byzantium. 987, Hugh Capet was crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France until the French Revolution in 1792. 1035, William the Conqueror became the Duke of Normandy, reigned until 1087. 1767, Pitcairn Island was discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret. 1775, American Revolutionary WarGeorge Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1778, American Revolutionary War: British forces killed 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.

In 1819, the Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opened. 1839, the first state normal school in the United States, the forerunner to today's Framingham State College, opened in Lexington, Massachusetts with three students. 1844, the last pair of great auks was killed. 1848, slaves were freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans. In 1863, American Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminated with Pickett's Charge. 1866, Austro-Prussian War was decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria. 1884, Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average. 1886, Karl Benz officially unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen: The first purpose-built automobile. Also 1886, the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand. 

In 1913, Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenacted Pickett's Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they were met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors. In 1940, World War II: In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers El Kébir, was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: DunkerqueProvence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perished. 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. 2013, Egyptian coup d'étatPresident of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military after four days of protests all over the country called for Morsi's resignation, to which he didn't respond. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour was declared acting president.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.




Here is a video I made Wednesday Morning 3am

Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. is the debut album by folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, released October 19, 1964. It was produced by Tom Wilson and engineered by Roy Halee. It initially flopped, but was re-released in January 1966 to capitalize on their newfound radio success and reached #30 on the Billboard pop charts. It is perhaps best known for the acoustic version of "The Sound of Silence". In several concerts, Art Garfunkel related that during the photo sessions for the album cover, several hundred pictures were taken that were unusable due to the "all-familiar suggestion" on the wall in the background, which inspired the song "A Poem on the Underground Wall".

Seriously awful lyric writing must be celebrated

Of the girl that I love
As she lies here beside me
Asleep with the night
And her hair, in a fine mist
Floats on my pillow
Reflecting the glow
Of the winter moonlight

She is soft, she is warm
But my heart remains heavy
And I watch as her breasts
Gently rise, gently fall
For I know with the first light of dawn
I'll be leaving
And tonight will be
All I have left to recall

Oh, what have I done,
Why have I done it?
I've committed a crime,
I have broken the law
For twenty-five dollars
And pieces of silver
I held up and robbed
A hard liquor store

My life seems unreal,
My crime an illusion
A scene badly written
In which I must play
Yet I know as I gaze
At my young love beside me
The morning is just a few hours away



=== from 2016 ===
Halle Yaffa Ariel rests in the arms of the Lord. She deserved a long full life. And she was denied it by cowards who hide from reason in their safe spaces. Killed by those who gave Muslim extremists a free pass. She was Jewish, and so after a dance recital seen by 150, she went to her home and went to sleep. A 17 year old extremist Islamic broke into her home while she slept, and stabbed her to death. The so called Palestinian (Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah) had entered the house while both parents and two younger sisters were elsewhere. He later stabbed a security guard and was killed. Some two hundred so called Palestinians have been killed trying to commit similar atrocity since October 2015. They have succeeded in claiming some 33 innocent Israeli lives. It is what Obama and Kerry call 'Peace.' Some would say the cowardly Muhammad was not really Islamic, but many claim that in killing an innocent sleeping child he represents the Islamic ideal. Palestinian leadership have repeatedly called for similar attacks, and the UN endorses it.

Turnbull's legacy is assured and eternal. He could attempt to stab a Muslim woman and fail, when it turned out to be an umbrella. Police could seize him and no one would think less of him.The speech matched Turnbull as PM. Divisive, desperate and incapable.Bill Shorten had not campaigned to win, but to get back the ALP heartland that had deserted ALP when it became apparent that they lied and were corrupt in 2013, but even so did not reflect true ALP values which are also selfish and spiteful. Shorten's lies about Medicare weren't believed by ALP heartland, but were examples of Shorten connecting with those who want to believe we will all go down together come the revolution. Or evolution. Or something. On radio 3AW, in Melbourne, one caller post election said she believed the ALP lies because she had once heard a reporter say the Libs were planning to privatise Medicare. When it was explained to her that privatising Medicare could not be done as it was loss making, but privatising the fiscal collection aspect had been discussed and shelved, she said she knew the truth and liked Bill Shorten. Heartland. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
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Typical of the left wing, the issues facing Greece are met with calls claiming it is not possible to run Greece well. All that is required is a cut in spending. The Greek government claims it can still find other people's money to spend. Ten years ago Greece did not have a problem. Those pointing to historical issues have got it wrong. Greece needs to cut spending, to live within her means, and to repay her debts. It will be better for Greece than try to steal more money. 

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From 2014
Some terrorists, possibly from those who were released by demand from Obama for 'peace,' murder three Israeli boys. Then an honour killing of a gay Islamic boy is blamed on Israel by media. Turns out US money is funding terrorist operations but no one is blaming a military official as Oliver North was blamed .. this ugly situation is at the feet of world leaders like Obama and the UN secretary General. And neither of them is denying it. Meanwhile, Iran has apparently been granted permission to build an atomic bomb. When will the madness end? 2016? 

Today, in 1035, a supposed descendant of Rollo, reputed brother of the semi mythical Ragnar Lothbrok, became Duke of Normandy. He was also an ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II. The French royal line was also founded on this day in 987, with Hugh Capet crowned. For equivalent US royalty, George Washington committed his only surrender in 1754, and took command of the US army in 1775. But it was a royal stuff up by General Lee to order Pickett's charge at Gettysburgh in 1863. Wasting the lives of 50% of his men in a futile charge. Years later, when interviewed about the cause of the defeat, a confederate officer remarked that the Union forces had a lot to do with it. Touchingly, 50 years later, to the day, opposing forces met and held hands at the high point of the charge. And there is the majesty of royalty, that so many die for the state. But it is no explanation for the deaths of four youths in Israel at the hands of terrorists. 

Born on this day in 1943 was Judith Durham, a Seeker. Jim Morrison passed through a door on this day in 1971, and the carnival was over. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 324, Battle of AdrianopleConstantine I defeated Licinius, who fled to Byzantium. 987, Hugh Capet was crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France until the French Revolution in 1792. 1035, William the Conqueror became the Duke of Normandy, reigned until 1087. 1608, Québec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain. 1754, French and Indian WarGeorge Washington surrendered Fort Necessity to French forces. 1767, Pitcairn Island was discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret. Also 1767, Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, was founded and the first edition was published. 1775, American Revolutionary WarGeorge Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1778, American Revolutionary War: British forces killed 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.

In 1819, the Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opened. 1839, the first state normal school in the United States, the forerunner to today's Framingham State College, opened in Lexington, Massachusetts with three students. 1844, the last pair of great auks was killed. 1848, slaves were freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans. 1852, Congress established the United States' 2nd mint in San Francisco.

In 1863, American Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminated with Pickett's Charge. 1866, Austro-Prussian War was decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria. 1884, Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average. 1886, Karl Benz officially unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen: The first purpose-built automobile. Also 1886, the New York Tribunebecame the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand. 1890, Idaho was admitted as the 43rd U.S. state. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Spanish fleet, led by Pascual Cervera y Topete, was destroyed by the U.S. Navy in SantiagoCuba.

In 1913, Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenacted Pickett's Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they were met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors. 1938, World speed record for a steam railway locomotive was set in England, by the Mallard, which reached a speed of 125.88 miles per hour (202.58 km/h). Also 1938, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lit the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.

In 1940, World War II: In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers El Kébir, was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: DunkerqueProvence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perish. 1944, World War II: Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration. 1952, the Constitution of Puerto Rico was approved by the Congress of the United States. Also 1952, the SS United States set sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship took the Blue Ribandaway from the RMS Queen Mary. 1967, the Aden Emergency: The Battle of the Crater in which the British Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders retook the Crater district following the Arab Police Mutiny. 1969, Space Race: The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred when the Soviet N-1 rocket exploded and subsequently destroyed its launchpad.

In 1970, the Troubles: The "Falls Curfew" began in BelfastNorthern Ireland. 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. 1988, United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. Also 1988, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey was completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus. 1995, Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party won the general elections and was restored to power after being in opposition for 15 years. 1996, Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland. 2013, Egyptian coup d'étatPresident of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military after four days of protests all over the country called for Morsi's resignation, to which he didn't respond. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour was declared acting president.
=== Publishing News ===
This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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I am publishing a book called Bread of Life: January. 

Bread of Life is a daily bible quote with a layman's understanding of the meaning. I give one quote for each day, and also a series of personal stories illustrating key concepts eg Who is God? What is a miracle? Why is there tragedy?

January is the first of the anticipated year-long work of thirteen books. One for each month and the whole year. It costs to publish. It (Kindle version) should retail at about $2US online, but the paperback version would cost more, according to production cost.
If you have a heart for giving, I fundraise at gofund.me/27tkwuc
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Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with AugustSeptemberOctober, or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4  The kindle version is cheaper, but the soft back version allows a free kindle version.

List of available items at Create Space
Happy birthday and many happy returns Annie NguyenFreedom Gt and Emmanuel D'Annunzio. Born on the same day, across the years. Independence Day in Belarus. In 1844, The last known pair of Great Auks, the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus, were killed in Eldey, off the coast of Iceland. 1863, Pickett's Charge, a futile Confederate infantry assault against Union Army positions, occurred during the final and bloodiest day of fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg, marking a turning point in the American Civil War. 1970, The Troubles: The British Army imposed the Falls Curfew on Belfast, Northern Ireland, which only resulted in greater Irish republican resistance. 2005, Same-sex marriage became legal in Spain. Not everything is futile. Party long enough and you will see that. Cheers.
1423 – Louis XI of France (d. 1483)
1442 – Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1500)
1590 – Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana, Italian singer, organist, and composer (d. 1662)
1789 – Johann Friedrich Overbeck, German painter (d. 1869)
1846 – Achilles Alferaki, Russian-Greek composer (d. 1919)
1851 – Charles Bannerman, Australian cricketer (d. 1930)
1883 – Franz Kafka, Czech-German author (d. 1924)
1893 – Sándor Bortnyik, Hungarian painter and graphic designer (d. 1976)
1893 – Mississippi John Hurt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)
1921 – François Reichenbach, French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
1928 – Evelyn Anthony, British writer
1935 – Cheo Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Fania All-Stars) (d. 2014)
1937 – Nicholas Maxwell, British philosopher of science
1943 – Judith Durham, Australian singer-songwriter (The Seekers)
1947 – Top Topham, English guitarist (The Yardbirds)
1951 – Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer
1958 – Didier Mouron, Swiss-Canadian painter
1960 – Vince Clarke, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Depeche ModeYazooThe AssemblyErasure, and VCMG)
1964 – Yeardley Smith, French-American actress
1971 – Julian Assange, Australian journalist, publisher, and activist, founded WikiLeaks
1981 – Aoi Tada, Japanese singer-songwriter and actress
1985 – Keisuke Minami, Japanese actor and singer (PureBoys)
1991 – Tomomi Itano, Japanese actress and singer (AKB48)
1991 – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russian tennis player
1993 – Roy Kim, Korean singer
1997 – Mia Mckenna-Bruce, English child actress 


Deaths
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          WOW Air, where’s my $92 refund?   

Colleen Lamont's flight from Scotland to Iceland is delayed, making her miss her connecting flight back home. When her airline rebooks her, it's on a different airline -- and to a different return airport than the one she originally booked. Does it owe her anything for the inconvenience?

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          Can this trip be saved? Icelandair’s ESTA snafu strands 18-year-old in UK   

Carrie LaMarr is steamed at Icelandair. Because of a misunderstanding over her son's visa requirements, he was denied boarding on a flight this summer. He had to stay in Europe two extra days and pay another $905 to fly home.

The post Can this trip be saved? Icelandair’s ESTA snafu strands 18-year-old in UK appeared first on Elliott.


          Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about flying and volcanoes but were afraid to ask   

The ash from an Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcanic eruption in Iceland that forced the cancellation of more than 4,000 flights in Northern Europe this morning has raised some questions about the rights of air travelers, and particularly how EU laws handle displaced passengers.

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          The Golden Circle — Fluðir, Iceland   
This is not a Holiday. This is an Adventure.
          Price Drop: Pro ComboBox - Translator (Reference)   

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          Berlitz Pocket Guide Iceland   
BERLITZ POCKET GUIDE ICELAND.
          copy2calendar   
Create calendar entries from text in any application copy2calendar automatically converts text containing date, time and appointment data into calendar entries. Supported applications include Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes and Palm Desktop. copy2calendar is as easy to use as the Windows clipboard 1. Select the text containing the appointment information (including date and time). 2. Press Ctrl-C twice. 3. copy2calendar launches your calendar and creates the new entry. Date, time and additional information are copied from the selected text. You can make final edits to the calendar entry before you save it. copy2calendar can create entries in three major calendar applications - Microsoft Outlook - Lotus Notes - Palm Desktop type2calendar - an easy way to enter appointment information type2calendar allows you to create new calendar entries faster and easier. Simply enter your appointment information (including date, time and subject) as free form text. copy2calendar automatically converts it into a calendar entry. Sophisticated date parser copy2calendar includes a highly sophisticated recognition engine (parser) that analyzes your text for date and time information. - Understands date and time specifications in 13 languages Catalan Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Icelandic Italian Norwegian Portuguese Spanish Swedish - Understands date and time ranges (Feb. 1 - 2, 9-10.30am) - Lets you choose when an ambiguous date or time specification is found - Can be configured to handle virtually any date and time format Requires Windows NT, 2000 or XP. Tag:
          Location, Local, Location   
By Tom Inglesby


The real estate sales mantra, “Location, Location, Location!” can fit nicely with the independent filmmaker’s mantra, “Keep It Cheap.” The majors can send scouts to find just the right location for a film or TV show based on the script writer’s concepts. It often seems that the big budget productions send crews and actors around the world looking for the perfect spot to resemble another spot that didn’t quite look like what it was supposed to look like, even though it was the actual spot being portrayed. Case in point: shooting the latest Pirates of the Caribbean… in Australia. Or Portland, Ore., sited for Boston in the TV show Leverage.

Okay, we recognize that several factors come into play when a studio looks for a site for a project that, according to the writer—or the author of the book that the project is based upon—is a particular city or area. For obvious reasons, Game of Thrones and The Hobbit are not going to be shot in Westeros and Middle Earth, respectively. The former travels to Northern Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Iceland, and Croatia while the multiple parts of the Lord of the Rings franchise have been shot in New Zealand and touched up in the UK.

But why choose these locations over others? Often that come down to money, or to put it in the term many producers prefer, incentives. Where will they offer the best tax breaks, local crew rebates, quickest and easiest permitting, and so forth? States compete to land those blockbusters-in-the-making and some literally go broke doing so. Not the whole state, but the film commission office, where the budgets can fluctuate wildly year-to-year and success is measured in tourist influx. Few locations, outside of LA, Las Vegas and NYC, have achieved this better than Albuquerque. The six-year run of Breaking Bad has made “Duke City” a choice vacation destination for fans to come and explore the sites familiar to them from the show. Car wash, anyone?

Scenery, of course, plays a role in the choices producers make. How exotic, how typical, how outlandish; the camera can catch it all in long shot and close up. Game of Thrones seems to pick shooting sites for the visuals, uncommon to most of the world, that convey an other-worldly—or at least other time—feeling. And once the fans find out where those scenes were shot, the tourist trade goes up. And find out they do with fan sites on the Internet hounding the production for inside information.

But those are big studio productions. What about the indie producer? Not likely to have a budget big enough for the film and location scouts, many turn to another mantra, that of Fiction Writing 101: “Write what you know.” Or in paraphrase: “Go where you know.” That can help in many ways, not the least of which is cutting travel costs. Shoot in your home town and you can go home every night. Well, maybe not. Check out the philosophy of John Putch in our June issue’s Spotlight feature. His low-budget shorts were shot in his hometown area, southern Pennsylvania, but still required cast and crew to stay in hotels and motels.

And that brings up another cost savings, if you have the chutzpah to work on it: trade outs. “No promises, but we can make (fill in name of motel, restaurant, car wash) famous by showing it in our film. Oh, in return, we sure could use (fill in trade: sleeping rooms, meals, car washes) on the house.”

Hey, it works for travel writers…


          2017 Scandinavian Film Festival (Ticket Giveaway)   
2017 Scandinavian Film Festival (Ticket Giveaway)

Want to go to Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and/or Iceland but can't spare the Euros? The Scandinavian Film Festival is your next best option – and we have tickets to give away.

Want to go to Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and/or Iceland but can't spare the Euros? The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is your next best option – and it's touring around Australia this July and August. Screening 20 films in total (you can check out the whole program here), it’s like late-night SBS, only better. Here’s a little of what’s on offer.

The festival opens with cinema legend Aki Kaurismäki’s latest, The Other Side of Hope – a timely, wryly observed portrait of a Syrian immigrant’s experience of life in modern Finland. It picked up the coveted Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, so is definitely one to watch out for.

Speaking of Finland: Tom of Finland offers a portrait of the famous outsider artist whose erotic creations galvanised a generation of men (and women) hungry for leather-clad, muscle-bound authority figures in an age of repressed sexuality.

If you’ve cottoned on to the fantastic television coming out Norway in the last decade, Charlotte Sieling’s latest should intrigue. Sieling’s behind the Holy Trinity of Nordic crime drama (The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge), and her latest film – The Man – brings her trademark suspense to the big screen. It’s a searing portrait of the pretensions and paranoid rivalries in Copenhagen’s elite art scene. We won’t say any more than that.

Other standouts include the big budget WWII drama The King’s Choice, the (very) black comedy Small Town Killers, and the darker (and entirely comedy-free) A Conspiracy of Faith, which looks at religious cults in rural Denmark.

Festival details
The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from July 11 until August 6. See the session times for your city here.

Giveaway
We have 10 double passes to give away. To enter, fill out this online form, making sure to list your preferred screening* and city.

*Excludes opening/closing nights and special events.


          Project Berlin   
When I was in college I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This should have come as a surprise to no one, and as it turns out, by the time I was diagnosed I was busy spinning so many plates to keep myself together that any surprise remaining in me was half-hearted at best.

I've debated about whether I should elaborate on this in some other entry, but this story is not about what I went through back then.  It does, however, set the scene.

I set out to attend a four-day Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, Germany in early May.  I also gave myself another week to spend in Germany on my own.  As much as I love traveling and living abroad, the process of actually going abroad is slightly terrifying to me, like the professional skydiver who is afraid of heights or public speakers who will admit to having stagefright.

The plan was to spend four days at the conference.  After that I had some very loose notions of what I would do in Germany, but I also went to run a test of sorts on myself and to see how open I could be to what life has in store:

I was going to go in with a vague idea at best, and with no preparations beyond that (such as no pre-arranged places to stay) just to see how life would fall into place if I took my hands off the wheel.  Instead of planning for everything to overcorrect the mild but constant drone of anxiety that accompanies me every waking minute, I stopped tinkering to see what would arise spontaneously.  This was my experimental project, such that it was.

I hope that my new friends and acquaintances will read this and some of my other entries, but for those need a definition of this funny sounding word, a polyglot is a person who has a fluent handle on several languages.  There is no real set number on how many qualify - some think it is three, although I personally won't consider myself one until I can speak five languages.  I also am not even going to touch the question of what counts as fluency, since that is beyond the scope of this entry.

I don't recall the numbers now but there were several dozen countries and languages represented.  Other than English, almost everyone spoke German, which somehow surprised me, although in a crowd of polyglots, German would be one of the major languages learned first. Naturally the other biggies were represented, too: Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and many others that would be two numerous to list here.  But there were also smaller (yet just as precious)  languages to be heard: Welsh, Irish, Icelandic, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Basque, Navajo, and at least one dialect of Sami (also known as the Lapp language, although nowadays Lapp is considered a politically incorrect and insulting term in those cultures).

Additionally there were some constructed languages gracing the crowds: Esperanto seemed to be spoken about as widely as Italian or German. There were two people who had knowledge of Klingon (I've also studied it, but now can only vaguely describe the features of the language) and Toki Panasonic (which I've also flirted with.

For myself I only speak English, Spanish and German.  I also included Esperanto, Norwegian, French and several others on my name tag but I am not yet fluent in but have studied.  I marked them as such out of the hope it would start connections along the lines of "Oh I studied that one as well for a summer, etc" but instead it caused confusion and left me feeling slightly misleading about what I could speak, so I simplified my card to just ones I could function in currently.

Most people spoke at least three languages, although a few spoke just English and their native language.  Weighing in at three myself, I was certainly on the lower end of the numbers spectrum. The majority of people could probably handle about five languages, and there were a few who spoke around thirty.

To me, the most subtle and most interesting aspect of the whole gathering was that while you could argue that some or most of the world's best language learners were all at this gathering, there was an atmosphere of just common air.  There was practically no arrogance at all, no ego of who spoke more or who spoke best.  There was no competition in who knew the most languages, and if there were any geniuses or prodigies in the crowd, you would never have noticed.  Everyone was absolutely normal and average (or as normal and average as you can expect of out lovingly obsessed language geeks, one of which I am proud to be).

There is the idea that to speak a large number of languages, or even one or two more languages in addition to your native language, you need to have a superior brain, but this in fact false, or at least mostly so.  Certainly there is talent and some have more talent than others, but most people who learn something well do it because they love or because they need it.  And many people will probably not learn six or eight languages or more because they "need" them.  When you get to that point, it you have the mark of a language lover.  And it is a lot of work, too.  It can be very enjoyable, but it is still work.  However, it is fun work.  And that is what the folks at this gathering understood.  So if you told a polyglot they were a genius, they would probably be a little confused by that remark, since they know how much energy rather than the acute lack of cerebral magic it takes.  And I think everyone at this grasped this innately by this point.

It was also touching to see how many Americans were present - not a lot but not a few either - breaking the ever-more-outdated stereotype that Americans are monolingual.

For me, one of the most interesting sessions was a two-parter about life as an interpreter, presented and taught by Lýdia Machová (you can find more information about her and her language mentoring in both English and Slovak).  I already do some interpreting on the phone but it was fascinating to see an experienced and trained interpreter with years of professional experience talk about working at huge gatherings and speak about some of the pitfalls that can happen, like when some kicks the cable to the microphone and kills the audio, or if a doorknob falls off the interpreter's booth and the maintenance worker decides to drill it back into place while you are still at work.  The next day included interpreting exercises which proved to be so demanding (and fun) that it whet my interest to learn more about this art and profession.  I still prefer writing however, which means I am more inclined to translate.

The people themselves were wonderful and I made some new friends from around the globe.  One of the first people I met was Cristina, a woman from Norway, and while walking around in Berlin in the 50 F degree weather (10 C) she commented on how hot it was, which I knew to be true for her but I still thought that was a mild tragedy. She probably thought the same about me for saying that in Austin it was getting up to 90's F (30's C) and that I thought that was decent weather.  This conversation proved not to be the strangest one we would have but certainly be beginning to many interesting ones.

And interesting conversations were to be had in several languages, indeed.  German has been near and dear to my heart for many years, but I found my practice lacking in America, as I focus more on Spanish for my job.  My goal is to move to Germany to at least study translation in a grad school program, and possibly to move there long term.  So if there is anyone who reading this who has advice on how to apply for school in Europe, I would love to hear from you, please.

Other languages I found a rekindled interest in were Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch.  Now, these were all languages I have near the top of my to-learn list, and it doesn't hurt that they were all spoken very very pretty women at the Gathering, but meeting people to speak them with and to see it was possible (which I always knew, to but to meet people who've accomplished it helps) was a great inspiration on its own.  In fact, on my way home I ended up speaking with a new Russian friend in Norwegian on a chat feature on my phone.  I didn't really even know I could converse in Norwegian beyond "I've studied it for a little bit but I've forgotten almost everything."

In one memorable instance I wanted to test the melody of a Dutch sentence with Hannah, a woman from Flanders.  I've been told the sentence "I have a rusty razor that needs to to be sharpened" gives a fine concert of throat explosions when rendered into Dutch, and so I asked Hannah to please translate it for me without bothering to tell her why I wanted to hear it. She gave me a bemused look and then started translating it before pausing and asking "But, wouldn't you just buy a new one?" The answer was so disarming I decided not to worry about the translation.

So for my next gathering, I'm planning on adding Dutch and Norwegian to my list, and possibly Finnish and Swedish too, in addition to maintaining my German and Spanish.

I'm afraid of leaving some languages out, since I always met some nice Poles and French speakers...but I've known for ages that my To-Learn List for languages would be a week long.

The Gathering was only four days, with a couple of book-ended activities that were fun, but after the four days it was time to say good bye to almost everyone, and I found myself with a few new buddies to speak with from around the globe and to look forward to meet again.

Myself, I still had plans to stay in Germany for another week. I didn't want to travel so far for just four days, so I took almost two weeks of vacation.  And that is where I took a bit of a leap of faith or whatever you want to call it.  I knew I'd be nervous about what I would do, where I would stay, what I would eat, and all those other things that my mind grasps at like sand going through your fingers. So I kept to my project of planning only the bare minimum and see what would happen.

I had planned on visiting a few friends in Germany, but that all came quickly undone: two had important engagements they couldn't get around and one of them had fallen ill and needed to be with her family.  I toyed with the idea of going to Prague but it was harder than I had expected to get in touch with my friends there (and one of them was out of town anyways) and, quite frankly, after four days of hundreds of people, I needed time to decompress and recharge. So I booked myself a single room in the hostel I stayed at for the conference and started wandering around the town, taking pictures and running into Russians (I'll get back to that).

This does not mean I was a hermit, though. There were a few other people who stayed late after the conference that I did some sight-seeing with while they stayed in town. It also happened that Julia, a friend of mine from when I studied in Germany, suggested I meet up with Heike, her old roommate, who now lived in Berlin.  I wrote Heike a Facebook introduction to which she replied that she would love to meet up.  She suggested I join her roommates, friends and herself to watch a soccer game at a bar.

I personally find sports dull to no end, but I didn't exactly  want to say that, so instead I said, "Sure, sounds great."  Heike met me at the subway station to take me to the bar, and asked me if I enjoyed soccer.  She seemed nice enough and I didn't really feel like making shit up so I said no, which she laughed at and said she didn't really either.

The start of a beautiful friendship!

But indeed watching the game was fun.  By which I mean it was fun to see everyone sitting outside the bar watching a TV through and drinking mugs of beer that make American glasses look like samplers.

Heike then invited me back to her place with her friends to have some Riesling wine, which was from the region that the two of us (as well as Julia, my friend who put us in touch) all studied in.

So really, I have Julia and Heike to thank for making the second part of my trip so culturally enriching.  Heike invited me to an old GDR cinema to watch a movie and to a barbeque her neighbors hosted.  She also introduced me to the German tradition of watching crime shows on Sunday evening.  Unfortunately for her, the mystery had a major twist itself when it turned out the bar was showing the wrong show.  So I think I was only half-introduced to this German tradition.  Does it count if the show is not correct?

I met up and got breakfast with another old friend, Anna, who I first wrote about in this entry, and also met up with a penpal of mine, Gregg, an American polyglot who has amassed knowledge of a huge number of languages and yet was still humble and down-to-earth about his usage of them.  While walking around the city we passed a Japanese restaurant that had an English/Japanese advertisement and I asked Gregg if he could read it. Instead of bragging or bluffing or just reading the English and saying he was reading the Japanese, he merely pointed out the characters he could understand, told me what the meant, and said that the rest of them he could not read. And yet in the course of our trip in addition to English, he moved gracefully between German with passersby and French on his phone, and told me stories of his in-laws whose language he had to learn as well because they speak a dialect of German so unique that it has since been deemed its own separate language in the Germanic branch.

The vast majority of my trip was one of quietness though. As Heike was at work and my other friends were busy, I busied myself by not being busy at all.  I wandered over to river banks and drank pints of beer while I read my book, and sought out Döner Kebabs to dine on. On one particular evening I decided to visit a park I had heard about; Treptower Park.  I thought this would be a nice and spacious place to meander and take some pictures of a monument I had heard about.

What I did not know was that it is full of Soviet memorials for those lost in the war and particularly in the taking of Berlin.  I also didn't consider that the week I was there they commemorating the end of World War II and so the park was far from empty.  Instead there were thousands of Russians standing in droves, shouting chants, holding flags, looking at the memorials and laying thousands of beautiful flowers and wreaths at the bases of the statues.  So indeed I got my pictures.

I also got myself promptly lost while trying to find an abandoned and haunted-looking theme park called Spreepark.  Somehow I completely lost it, finding instead only a bus and train stop that looked plenty haunted itself.  I then promptly ended up getting my own self lost trying to get back to my metro station, or so I thought.  It turned out I wasn't lost at all, I was just confused, which amounts to the same thing when you boil it down.

My last day in Berlin were spent visiting two more friends from my Trier days, Maren and her boyfriend Micha, and then sight-seeing in the evening with Heike where we visited one of largest protestant cathedrals in Berlin and went to the top of the Fernseherturm, the tallest point in Berlin. Heike and I finished off the evening by going dinner at an East-German style restaurant.

My experiment had been to see what would happen if I took my hands out of the mix of planning and just let things fall into place, and things indeed worked out quite nicely during my trip.  It was inspiring to see that life has its way of working out, as it tend it tends to do.  Space was filled plenty and in a better way that I could have planned for by myself.   Even though the hum of anxiety drones on in the back of my life, there comes a point when it just becomes part of the soundscape, the way the sound insects chirping outside is no longer noticed when you stop focusing on it.

As to the Polyglot Gathering, I am definitely going to do everything in my power to go next year and see some of most wonderful and interesting people the corners of the world has to offer. 

*****

Addendum:

The morning I woke up to leave Germany, I got a text from a friend directing me to a news article which reported that the skeleton of a young woman was found at the bottom of a cliff in Trier.  This struck a chord with both him and me because this person proved to be Tanja Gräff, a student at our University who had had suddenly vanished seven years prior during a summer party during her first year there, which had also been our first year there.  Even though I had never met her I had wondered from time to time what had become of her, although I don't think anyone was surprised to see that it had been a fatal outcome.  According to the articles I read, even her mother had known in her heart that Tanja had died, but at least there will finally be some closure.



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          PHOTO: Jan de Nul Wraps Up Cable Repair Off Iceland   
Jan de Nul has completed the cable repair job between Westman Island and the main land of Iceland in less than one month, the company informed through social media. The company was hired to conduct...

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          Исландский бизнес проявляет интерес к Калининградской области   
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В Калининград прибыли представители восьми
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          Great Auk   

          Verizon's plan to create a data powerhouse to challenge Facebook and Google is fraught with challenges   

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Verizon, or more specifically it's newly formed digital media division Oath, has an intriguing new plan. It wants to put together a wireless data powerhouse in its quest to challenge Facebook and Google in digital advertising.

Specifically, the company wants to rent reams of consumer data from major competitors like Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefonica that can be used for ad targeting.

Call it the Hulu of wireless data.

Besides the unusual competitive politics involved in such an undertaking (who's in charge? How are we getting paid), it's worth asking, what would such an arrangement look like when it comes to execution? Just how hard is this going to be from a technical perspective? Business Insider talked to some experts about what Oath will be facing in putting such an endeavor together.

Here are some of their big questions:

How hard will it be to mix different data from different wireless companies?

Austin Wright, senior vice president of strategy at the data-centric marketing firm Ansira, said that just stitching together the multiple data sets together will be a Herculean challenge, since each provider "may be supplying data at different levels." For example, one carrier may supply more granular numbers on its customers, while another may provide summarized data, or data on broad segments of consumers.

"Let’s say Verizon’s data is tracked on zip code, and T-Mobile is based on households," said Jeff Smith, chief marketing officer at LiveRamp, which helps marketers move data between different systems. "That's not that simple. It's not just a few more columns in the spreadsheet."

Plus, some carriers may estimate portions of their consumer data, Wright said, while another may focus on more raw numbers. And some data may come from households with multiple accounts, such as family plans.

"All of which further complicates matters," Wright said.

How with the data integration actually work?

Smith said that Oath and its would-be partners have to figure out whether they will mix and match the data themselves, or do so virtually using a third party tech company. Doing it yourself can be messy, he explained. 

You either need a third party that has built software designed to reconcile reams of data, or you "need some data scientists," he said. Smith pointed to comScore's acquisition of Rentrak last year as a model of how big companies with big data sets were able to mesh them together quickly with the help of third parties.

Smith estimated that working with an outside vendor could take Verizon and company six to nine months to make its mixed data sets useful, while the DIY option could take more than a year.

Servers for data storage are seen at Advania's Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Ari Beside the data blending, what about security?

Steven Wolfe Pereira, chief marketing officer at Neustar, a tech company specializing in data management, noted the recent string of cyber attacks as making security concerns even more paramount.

That means that Oath and friends will not only have to make sure that nobody's real names or addresses are shared among partners or with the outside world, but also have to take steps to ensure that whatever consumers have or have not permitted individual carriers to track is respected even as advertisers look to run big campaigns that employ data from multiple carriers.

"For example, there will have to be a way to make sure that advertisers can control how frequently they show people messages and don't creep people out," said Wolfe Pereira.

Another security issue of importance is making sure that carriers don't learn too much about their competitors' customers. "You don't want Sprint to start prospecting T-Mobile's customers," said Smith. 

microsoft excel spreadsheetAll that being said, if Oath actually pulls this off, will marketers be interested?

"Yes!," Wright said. "Most advertisers are continually serving up most of their ad budget to a handful of sources ...They want other options."

"Email addresses, web cookies, these are fractional identifiers for marketers," said Wolfe Pereira. "But the phone number is one of the most persistent identifiers, and it can be tied to a bill in your home. You can theoretically track people's online and offline behavior."

That has powerful applications for ad targeting, he said. "When it’s anonymized, and done the right way, it's a really smart play."

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          Those Icelandic fundamentalists again   
I hate to say I told you so but I think you’ll find I was warning you of the Icelandic terrorist threat back in December. Of course it’s too late now. You just had to go flocking round Peston instead, didn’t you? Peston my arse.
          There's No Place Like Home!   
RHYS BOWEN: As those of you who follow me on Facebook know ( Hi Joan, Karen etc) I'm writing this from London. I've been in Europe for six weeks. Stayed with SIL at her lovely 14th century manor house, met up with college friends, spent a week in Barcelona and then took a 12 day cruise around the coast of Spain and France. All lovely (except Barcelona was extremely hot and noisy) but I'm ready to come home. I am craving home cooked food without any fancy sauces on it. I'm longing to throw a load in the washer! And I want to see the family again. Six weeks is a long time.


I've seen a lot of fabulous things on this trip, but they were fleeting impressions. Cruises are great because you only have to unpack once and there is a spa onboard and you can find something to eat day and night but they are a little like peeking in through a window at someone else's world. So I'm wondering if my ideal vacation has changed

Do I still want to see new places and cram in sightseeing? (Please not another museum!) or would I rather stay put in a beautiful place and just adjust to the rhythm of that community, sit on a porch reading, stroll into a village to buy croissants, sit on a harbor for dinner while watching the boats returning?
That sort of vacation sounds really good to me now. I've already announced to John that next year we're renting a cottage in Provence. Shopping at the market, tasting local wines and time for me to paint and sketch


So how about you, Reds? What is your ideal vacation? Do you still yearn to see new places? Are you feeling frustrated that you haven't done the Silk Road or the Siberian train? Or do you dream of peace, beauty, tranquility and a less frantic lifestyle? Do you now want to return to places you have enjoyed or does it have to be somewhere new? Any bucket list journeys still waiting to be fulfilled?

Me? Right now I'm feeling there is no place like home.

INGRID THOFT: The big dilemma for us is the active (usually tropical) vacation vs. the cultural/sightseeing trip.  We love both, but given that time and money are limited, we have to prioritize.  Some trips are restful and re-energizing; they usually involve physical activity, good food, sleep, and lots of time for reading.  The trips to foreign cities stimulate our brains, but we rarely come home feeling relaxed.  I wouldn’t trade anything for witnessing the chaos of Hanoi and Saigon, but those destinations certainly weren't restful.  Last week, we were in Los Angeles, for a mix of business and pleasure.  We lived there many years ago, so it was a bit of a homecoming.  Rather than rush around to see too many things, we had a little bit of everything:  Seeing old friends, taking a hike in Will Rogers State Park, eating poké  at the beach.  It was wonderful, but now we have a third category of trips to contemplate—the return visit to cities we love!

HALLIE EPHRON: All my travel right now is book related -- which I enjoy but it's work. Still on my bucket list is Alaska, and this summer we're going. Beyond that, I've seen most of the places I've yearned to see, and I hear you Rhys when you describe a few weeks in Provence just living. This year we went to Puerto Rico for a week with our daughters, son-in-law, and two grandkids and I'd love to go back with them and rent a house on the south coast and enjoy PR's Latin rhythms: music, life, food.  Or maybe Provence. Or Tuscany...

LUCY BURDETTE: Both kinds of traveling sounds good, but home does too! The hardest part of staying someplace for a longer period of time is my animals. It might sound silly, but they are senior citizens and I hate to leave them for too long. The first thing I do after choosing place and date is line up the best pet sitters!

As for where...Provence sounds divine. But I have to negotiate with my John, who says it can't be all France all the time. Though we haven't been to Brittany, and that I want to see. Or Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand. And I'd love to go back to Australia--our trip there was spectacular! Next up for us though is the Galapagos, which we decided to treat ourselves on for our 25th wedding anniversary. I'll keep you posted on that!

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN:   Over the past three weeks, I've flown back and forth from Boston to Toronto, Pittsburgh and to Chicago. After battling the craziness of OHare, I am so happy to be home.-- although I must say my travels were incredibly rewarding and fantastic.
 I've theoretically love to go to Paris for a month, and really live there, just Jonathan and me, and the language and just being there.  But then I'd start thinking… How would I pack? What would I take?  
not the real place--but EXACTLY like
Who would take care of the house? How would I work?   We spent two weeks in Italy, with a week in Tuscany at a revamped 14th century farm, and it was glorious.

 We are also very happy doing nothing on the beach, I must say. But we are also very happy, like right now, at home without any responsibilities for four whole days. (Pretty much no responsibilities, at least.). We are going to movies, and going out to dinner, and hanging out  getting our brains relax.

 There are moments, when I think gosh… I should be traveling the world. So, we will. When we get rested enough to do that.

DEBORAH CROMBIE: Rhys, you are a trooper! Six weeks is a long time to be away from home. I start to get homesick at about three weeks, and I think four weeks is about my limit.

There are so many places I have yet to see, and I do love traveling, even the whirlwind of month-long book tours. But what I love even more is going someplace and just settling into the rhythm of life there. I would love to spend a month in Provence or Tuscany, or Paris, or on a narrowboat on the English waterways. And although I get homesick towards the end of three or four weeks in London, I'm never ready to leave!

And I also really like staying home! I am so enjoying this summer, with no travel commitments, no big plans except to write and enjoy the garden and the family. But it is going by much too fast, and come September I'll be traveling again for the autumn. I suppose it's all about finding a balance...

JENN MCKINLAY: I am definitely a go to one place and become one with the locals sort of girl. We have a summer home in Nova Scotia so this is an annual trek (except for this year - sob!) and we hunker in and get in touch with our inner Canadian as we spend our days playing at our house on the Bay of Fundy. When we travel to other locations, it is the same. Instead of ten cities in seven days, I like to go to one place and spend the entire trip getting to know it. My favorite places to date have been London, Florence, and Anna Maria Island but I am always up for seeing more!

RHYS: So, dear Readers... Any dream vacations? New experiences? Saying put? 

              
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The program includes solo works for guitar by Icelandic composers Snorri Sigfús Birgisson, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Kjartan Ólafsson and the world premiere of Karólína Eiríksdóttir’s Sonata for Guitar. The two guitarists then synergize with virtuoso duets from around the world.
 

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MUSIQUE - Il y a les artistes qui avancent masqués pour protéger leur identité, éviter d'être reconnus dans la rue, ou tout simplement pour se créer un alter ego. Et puis il y a ceux qui ne veulent pas choquer leur maman.

Le rappeur français Kekra, l'une des sensations rap du moment, fait partie de cette catégorie. C'est du moins ce qu'il révèle dans son interview pour Viceland, mise en ligne ce 1er juillet (Viceland est la chaîne de télé du groupe Vice, disponible en France sur CanalSat).

Pour la saison 2 de l'émission musicale "Noisey", l'auteur de "Sans visage" et "9 mili" était à la Gaieté Lyrique, à Paris, le 20 mai. Il a répondu, dans un très bon anglais, aux journalistes de Viceland.

Pourquoi porte-t-il le masque? Si certains ont pensé que c'était pour "ne pas contaminer les autres", l'artiste du 92 donne cette fois une réponse plutôt sincère.

"Pour que ma mère ne découvre pas que je suis un rappeur, elle serait déçue, dit-il. Elle aurait honte je pense. Parce que j'ai honte de ce que je fais actuellement. Parce que le rap ce n'est pas un vrai métier, le rap c'est de la merde."

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As immersive experiences continue to plant themselves firmly into popular culture, Icelandair has announced that it will present its own, titled "Opening Flight," as a way to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The show is being promoted by the airline as the world's first transatlantic immersive theater performance and will be presented in three acts, starting on September 8 from London:

Act 1: London to Keflavík - departs September 8, 2017

Act 2: Icelandair Saga Lounge - Keflavík airport

Act 3: Keflavík to New York - departs September 8, 2017

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Vương cung thánh đường Đức Bà, Montreal, Canada

Vương cung thánh đường Đức Bà là nhà thờ đầu tiên ở Canada được xây dựng theo phong cách Phục Hưng. Nhà thờ này được xây trong thời gian ngắn, từ năm 1824 đến năm 1829. Tại thời điểm đó, đây là nhà thờ lớn nhất Bắc Mỹ. Ảnh: Shutterstock.

Thánh đường St. Patrick, New York, Mỹ

Được xây vào năm 1879, từ những khoản tiền đóng góp của người dân New York, thánh đường St. Patrick là biểu tượng của lòng vị tha và tự do tôn giáo. Ngày nay, với những tòa nhà chọc trời nằm bao quanh, nhà thờ cổ kính này thật sự trở thành một sự đối lập thú vị thu hút du khách đến New York. Ảnh: iStock.

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Được thiết kế bởi kiến trúc sư Brazil nổi tiếng Oscar Niemeyer, nhà thờ Lớn Brasília trông giống như những bàn tay vươn tới thiên đường, với 16 cột bê tông nặng 90 tấn nhưng nhìn vô cùng mềm mại. Để vào trong nhà thờ, du khách sẽ phải đi qua một đường hầm tối dẫn xuống lòng đất, bởi chỉ có trần nhà bằng kính và tháp chuông của nhà thờ nằm trên mặt đất. Ảnh: Shutterstock.

Thánh đường Las Lajas, Nariño, Colombia

Du khách đến thăm Thánh đường Las Lajas cần băng qua một cây cầu nằm bên hẻm núi, giữa biên giới Colombia và Ecuador. Nhà thờ được xây dựng ngay giữa hẻm núi, với con sông Guáitara chảy phía dưới. Theo truyền thuyết, thánh đường này là nơi Đức Mẹ Maria từng xuất hiện, vì thế Las Lajas trở thành địa điểm hành hương nổi tiếng thu hút hàng triệu lượt người đổ về đây mỗi năm. Ảnh: iStock.

Nhà thờ Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavic, Iceland

Nhà thờ Hallgrímskirkja là tòa nhà cao nhất ở thành phố Reykjavic, được hoàn thành vào năm 1986. Bên cạnh thiết kế độc đáo, tối giản, Hallgrímskirkja còn thu hút du khách với cây đàn đại phong cầm cao hơn 15 m, nặng 25 tấn đặt bên trong nhà thờ. Ảnh: iStock.

Vương cung thánh đường Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Tây Ban Nha

Thánh đường Sagrada Familia được khởi công xây dựng từ cuối những năm 1800, nhưng đến nay vẫn chưa được hoàn thiện. Theo kế hoạch, tới năm 2026, đội ngũ thi công sẽ hoàn thành thêm 6 toà tháp, để kỷ niệm 100 năm ngày mất của Antoni Gaudí, kiến trúc sư thiết kế nhà thờ. Sau khi hoàn tất, thánh đường này sẽ trở thành nhà thờ cao nhất châu Âu, với chiều cao gần 172 m và tổng cộng 18 tòa tháp. Ảnh: Shutterstock.

Nhà thờ chính tòa Firenze, Florence, Italy

Nhà thờ chính tòa Firenze với lớp mái ngói đỏ rực được nhiều du khách coi là biểu tượng của thành phố Florence, Italy. Nơi đây giống như một tác phẩm nghệ thuật thực sự, với những tấm đá cẩm thạch màu trắng, hồng, xanh lá được lát bên ngoài. Bên trong, nhà thờ có gần 44 cửa sổ kính màu cũng như nhiều bức tranh tường đẹp mắt. Ảnh: Shutterstock.

Nhà thờ chính tòa Milano, Milan, Italy

Với diện tích gần 12.000 m2, có sức chứa đến 40.000 người, nhà thờ chính tòa Milano là một trong 5 nhà thờ Công giáo lớn nhất thế giới. Du khách tới đây sẽ có cơ hội dạo bước trên mái nhà thờ và ngắm khung cảnh tuyệt đẹp của Milan. Ảnh: iStock.

Nhà thờ Chúa Cứu thế, St. Petersburg, Nga

Nhà thờ đầy màu sắc nổi bật ở St. Petersburg này nằm trên vị trí nơi Sa hoàng Alexander II bị một nhóm các nhà cách mạng ám sát vào năm 1881. Nhà thờ không chỉ có vẻ ngoài lộng lẫy, mà không gian bên trong cũng có rất nhiều bức tranh khảm đá rực rỡ. Ảnh: Shutterstock.

Nhà thờ Thánh Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem, Israel

Sa hoàng Alexander III cho xây dựng nhà thờ này vào năm 1888, gần Vườn Gethsemane, nơi Chúa Jesus đã cầu nguyện lần cuối cùng trước khi Người bị bắt đem đi đóng đinh vào thập giá, để tưởng nhớ mẹ của ông. Những tòa tháp vòm mạ vàng của nhà thờ Thánh Mary Magdalene nổi bật và đối lập với cánh rừng xanh rì trên núi Olive. Ảnh: Wiki.

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It says something about the adventurous nature of the inaugural Emerald Haze festival — set for Sept. 1-2 in Dublin, Ireland and co-presented by The Obelisk — that it will be headlined by Sólstafir and Church of the Cosmic Skull. The former, a genreless Icelandic outfit, specialize in a highly individualized brand of melodic melancholia. […]