Moultrie sex slave probe was one of biggest ever        
An Atlanta based non-profit reports 7,200 people in Georgia purchase a child for sex each month and each child is sold 10 to 15 times to meet the high demand. MOULTRIE, Ga. (WTOC) — One of the largest federal investigations into the sex slave industry ever busted a ring headquartered in South Georgia on Oct. 30. […]
          Ziox Mobiles announces Sushant Singh Rajput as its Brand Ambassador along with Rs. 300cr investment for FY17 - 18        
Launches its newest Mobile phone ‘Ziox Duopix’
        Forays into LED TV and Consumer Durables Segment
        Plans to open 2 new manufacturing units and R&D facilities with investment of Rs. 200cr.
        Plans a 360-degree marketing campaign with a budget of
Rs. 100 Cr.
by Shrutee K/DNS
In the light of its vigorous expansion, Ziox Mobiles under the aegis of Sun Air voice Pvt Ltd, one of the fastest growing Mobile handsets brand, ropes in the very versatile, Sushant Singh Rajput, as its Brand endorser who truly lives up to the brand name.  While Ziox mobiles is a preferred brand across the country through its outstanding innovation and quality, the other has won the hearts of a million Indians as he slips into any role with nonchalance. Both the brand and its ambassador ride on the precepts of resilience, hard work and steady growth. A rare blend of energy, perseverance, and popularity coupled with his ability to connect to people, Sushant Singh Rajput is a fine addition to the Ziox Mobiles family. This association will further boost the legacy of Ziox Mobiles as the actor resonates to the brand promise: Quality that Speaks.
Answering strong demand and an overwhelming response from the Indian market, Ziox Mobiles also chalked out a detailed expansion plan and the roadmap for FY 2017-2018.The Brand aims to establish a stronger foothold in the Indian Market, with the total investment of over Rs. 200crore which shall span for a year, the Brand announced its plan to set up 2 new manufacturing units (in Sikkim and Noida) and R&D facilities apart from the existing New Delhi unit, with a holding capacity of around 1 Million units per Month. With the induction of Sushant Singh Rajput as its brand endorser along with the total investment of Rs. 100 Cr. this FY 2017-2018, Ziox aims to achieve an estimated revenue of Rs. 1,000 Cr and a sale of 10 million product units.
Commenting on this association and a promising future, Mr. Deepak Kabu, CEO Ziox Mobiles said “The future looks bright, Ziox Mobiles has a range of phones in the pipeline with exciting new launches. We are enthralled to present Sushant Singh Rajput as the new face of Ziox Mobiles. With Sushant Singh Rajput on board, it will help augment sales and further its reach in the market. The partnership with him is timed with Ziox Mobiles’ next phase of expansion on a pan-India level” Mr. Kabu further adds, “Sushant embodies talent, youthfulness and style. More importantly, he blends well with the core values of hard work, reliability, and is the epitome of our brand philosophy. Today our target audience is the young, driven, forward-moving generation, who have ever changing needs. Sushant understands the pulse of this audience well and has a great rapport with them. That is why, with immense preparation, he goes on to entertain his fans with one performance after another just as Ziox Mobiles constantly strives to understand the changing needs of its customers.”
Speaking on the association, Sushant Singh Rajput said, "I have always known Ziox Mobiles to be an inspirational brand in terms of their persuasion to becomes India’s biggest mobile brand. I am happy to be associated with a brand which is very young, and has a journey that is very similar to mine. I love how this brand designs its products to suit every need of its customers and are constantly innovating themselves as I see myself doing that while working on a role. I look forward to being part of the Ziox Mobiles family and to contribute to its fascinating growth journey in India." The ever-evolving brand has slated a major strategic transformation that entails the signing of a new brand endorser, an aggressive expansion and launches of it new products. The Brand at the event also announced the launch of its newest smartphone Series ‘Duopix”, Phone Series with Dual Cameras. Designed to fulfil the brand promise of providing users with superior camera performance and quality, ‘Duopix’ comes equipped with wide angle Dual front camera (8.0MP + 2.0) front +8.0MP Rear. The latest Dual 4G model runs on Android 7.0, with 5inch HD IPS Display along with 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM all packed in 2500mAh battery. Some of the key features includes strong battery life & also the fast charging capability. The budget friendly Smartphone comes equipped with various other features like 21 language support with multilingual phonebook, MP3 player, FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity to help you stay connected. The phone will be available across all retail stores in few week’s time. Along with the smartphones, the brand also announces its foray into LED TVS and Consumer Durables category.

About Ziox Mobile: Ziox Mobiles, part of Sun Airvoice Pvt. Ltd., incepted in the Year 2015, with a singular motto to break the boundaries while offering technologically superior products without compromising on quality. Headquartered in New Delhi, Ziox Mobiles has built up an impressive product portfolio of more than 40 distinguished products and constantly innovating to make superior products.
Empowering consumers with affordable technology through quality products- the brand has truly demonstrated quick and robust expansion since inception, showing profitability and growing sales since the first year of operations. Being considered as one of the most innovative and fastest growing brands in the Mobile category, the brand has established its presence across India through its wide network comprising of its various branch offices and system integrators across several states in India.

          Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)        

Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)

~A culturally enriching and riveting morning hosted by Malaysian Palm Oil Council with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai~

by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 8, 2017 : In April 2017 in conjunction with the visit to India of the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sri’ Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) signed a MoU with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA). Taking this MoU forward, on the morning of August 8th, MPOC and Mumbai Dabbawalas flagged off an event to create awareness for Malaysian Palm Oil and its benefits.

The event took place at the Lower Parel Bridge, where Dabbawalas wore the T-shirts and topis branded with MPOC message. They then delivered the dabbas carrying a booklet of recipes of dishes that can be cooked in palm oil and the benefits of using palm oil. The Dabbawalas are in a unique position to promote MPOC and raise awareness to the positive nutritional attributes of Malaysian Palm Oil. This becomes particularly useful in Indian cuisine as most dishes are cooked in oil. Substituting for a healthier oil can do no harm, besides besides providing the added bonus of eating delicious food cooked in a healthy oil that is nutritious for the body.

To kick off this event, Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, CEO of MPOC, was present, encouraging the use of palm oil and showing appreciation to our Dabbawalas for their exceptional work. The morning was most enjoyable, entertaining and culturally riveting as some of Maharashtra’s best dancers performed the traditional Lezim Dance, a true delight to have watched! For those unaware of the Lezim Dance, it is a Maharashtrian folk dance performed to the beat of the Dholki, a percussion instrument.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kalyan Sundaram, CEO, MPOC, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be here this morning. Dabbawalas have been an integral part of this city and they define what Indians stand for: hardworking, responsible and efficient. They work relentlessly with a smile on their face, be it rain or storm. Malaysian Palm Oil has been a very important part of the Indian diet and with this unique initiative we wish to create awareness for this wonderful oil and its several health benefits. Our association with the Mumbai Dabbawalas allows us to spread the message of healthy cooking to a large number of households and encourages a healthier cooking lifestyle”

Mr. Subhash Talekar, Association Spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association said “We Dabbawalas unfailingly deliver thousands of dabbas to hungry people daily, they are undoubtedly the best people to directly reach out to households and create awareness about palm oil and the health benefits of using it. This is a very exciting new chapter, and we are glad to be partnering with MPOC.”

India is the world’s largest importer of cooking oils. Palm oil constitutes about two-thirds of India’s steadily increasing vegetable oil import. The price, in comparison to competing oils and the proximity of origin, Malaysia, has made Malayisan Palm Oil a highly preferred oil. Now the Dabawallas have taken it upon themselves, with the help of MPOC, to inform families about the benefits of palm oil and how exquisite food can be cooked in palm oil in alternative to other vegetable oils.

Amongst some of the benefits we came to learn about during the event was that palm oil is rich in natural chemical compounds essential for health and nutrition. It has a rich source of carotenoids that are rich in Vitamin A, a potent natural antioxidant, Vitamins D, E, K, fatty acids, and other important fat-soluble micronutrients that boost the human immune system. The health benefits from using palm oil are tremendous - it reduces chances of Cancer, protects against heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and helps children with Vitamin A deficiency.

The oil is great for cooking; it is of vegetable origin, making it free of cholesterol and apt for vegetarians, vegans, and Jains. Furthermore, the oil has a neutral flavor - you needn’t worry about changing tastes, it does not oxidize easily – making it perfect for frying food, and produces less gummy materials and helps in the cooking area maintaining a non-greasy surface; so, most bakers prefer to use a palm-based margarine for baking goods.

With people now more conscious about their health and food habits, palm oil is definitely the healthier choice to make whilst cooking and a step towards healthier bodies and practices.  What better way to create awareness than directly reaching out to the households through our Dabbawalas.

Note to Editors:
MPOC is a Council under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.  Its role is to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance of palm oil through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.

The Council has set up a network of ten offices all over the world, mainly in China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai), Pakistan (Lahore), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Middle East (Istanbul and Cairo), Europe (Brussels and Russia), Africa (Durban) and Americas (Washington DC)  to support, promote and venture into new areas for the industry.

The plantation industry, particularly palm oil, is one of the main pillars of the Malaysian economy.  The palm oil sector has contributed significantly towards providing a continuous inflow of export earnings through the export of raw commodity and valued-added products to the global market. In 2016, palm oil contributed USD 9 billion in export earnings for Malaysia and accounted for 33% of the world’s palm oil production and 39% of total palm oil exports.

          '..Russia .. cyberpower proved the perfect weapon .. political sabotage..' (no replies)        
' “We’d have all these circular meetings,” one senior State Department official said, “in which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didn’t happen.”


Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy — political campaigns and independent media — to his own ends..


..The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of “kompromat,” their term for compromising information.


..the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon..


What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. “The perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,” Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, “Europe is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.” '

'..the White House’s reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.


..President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia moved beyond mere espionage to deliberately try to subvert American democracy and pick the winner of the presidential election.


..A low-cost, high-impact weapon that Russia had test-fired in elections from Ukraine to Europe was trained on the United States, with devastating effectiveness. For Russia, with an enfeebled economy and a nuclear arsenal it cannot use short of all-out war, cyberpower proved the perfect weapon: cheap, hard to see coming, hard to trace.


The United States had two decades of warning that Russia’s intelligence agencies were trying to break into America’s most sensitive computer networks. But the Russians have always managed to stay a step ahead.

Their first major attack was detected on Oct. 7, 1996, when a computer operator at the Colorado School of Mines discovered some nighttime computer activity he could not explain. The school had a major contract with the Navy, and the operator warned his contacts there. But as happened two decades later at the D.N.C., at first “everyone was unable to connect the dots,” said Thomas Rid, a scholar at King’s College in London who has studied the attack.

Investigators gave it a name — Moonlight Maze — and spent two years, often working day and night, tracing how it hopped from the Navy to the Department of Energy to the Air Force and NASA. In the end, they concluded that the total number of files stolen, if printed and stacked, would be taller than the Washington Monument.

Whole weapons designs were flowing out the door, and it was a first taste of what was to come: an escalating campaign of cyberattacks around the world.


The Russians were also quicker to turn their attacks to political purposes. A 2007 cyberattack on Estonia, a former Soviet republic that had joined NATO, sent a message that Russia could paralyze the country without invading it. The next year cyberattacks were used during Russia’s war with Georgia.


Mr. Obama was briefed regularly on all this, but he made a decision that many in the White House now regret: He did not name Russians publicly, or issue sanctions. There was always a reason: fear of escalating a cyberwar, and concern that the United States needed Russia’s cooperation in negotiations over Syria.

“We’d have all these circular meetings,” one senior State Department official said, “in which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didn’t happen.”


Last year, the attacks became more aggressive. Russia hacked a major French television station, frying critical hardware. Around Christmas, it attacked part of the power grid in Ukraine, dropping a portion of the country into darkness, killing backup generators and taking control of generators. In retrospect, it was a warning shot.


..CrowdStrike’s nicknames for the two Russian hacking groups that the firm found at work inside the D.N.C. network. Cozy Bear — the group also known as the Dukes or A.P.T. 29, for “advanced persistent threat” — may or may not be associated with the F.S.B., the main successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B., but it is widely believed to be a Russian government operation. It made its first appearance in 2014, said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief technology officer.


Only in March 2016 did Fancy Bear show up — first penetrating the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and then jumping to the D.N.C., investigators believe. Fancy Bear, sometimes called A.P.T. 28 and believed to be directed by the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency, is an older outfit, tracked by Western investigators for nearly a decade. It was Fancy Bear that got hold of Mr. Podesta’s email.


It was bad enough that Russian hackers had been spying inside the committee’s network for months. Now the public release of documents had turned a conventional espionage operation into something far more menacing: political sabotage, an unpredictable, uncontrollable menace for Democratic campaigns.


Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and editor, has resisted the conclusion that his site became a pass-through for Russian hackers working for Mr. Putin’s government or that he was deliberately trying to undermine Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. But the evidence on both counts appears compelling.


Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy — political campaigns and independent media — to his own ends. The media’s appetite for the hacked material, and its focus on the gossipy content instead of the Russian source, disturbed some of those whose personal emails were being reposted across the web.


In late 2014, hackers working for Kim Jong-un, the North’s young and unpredictable leader, had carried out a well-planned attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment intended to stop the Christmastime release of a comedy about a C.I.A. plot to kill Mr. Kim.

In that case, embarrassing emails had also been released. But the real damage was done to Sony’s own systems: More than 70 percent of its computers melted down when a particularly virulent form of malware was released. Within weeks, intelligence agencies traced the attack back to the North and its leadership. Mr. Obama called North Korea out in public, and issued some not-very-effective sanctions. The Chinese even cooperated, briefly cutting off the North’s internet connections.

As the first Situation Room meetings on the Russian hacking began in July, “it was clear that Russia was going to be a much more complicated case,” said one participant. The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of “kompromat,” their term for compromising information.


..code was put out in the open by the Russians as a warning: Retaliate for the D.N.C., and there are a lot more secrets, from the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon, that might be spilled as well. One senior official compared it to the scene in “The Godfather” where the head of a favorite horse is left in a bed, as a warning.


As the year draws to a close, it now seems possible that there will be multiple investigations of the Russian hacking — the intelligence review Mr. Obama has ordered completed by Jan. 20, the day he leaves office, and one or more congressional inquiries. They will wrestle with, among other things, Mr. Putin’s motive.


Did he seek to mar the brand of American democracy, to forestall anti-Russian activism for both Russians and their neighbors? Or to weaken the next American president, since presumably Mr. Putin had no reason to doubt American forecasts that Mrs. Clinton would win easily? Or was it, as the C.I.A. concluded last month, a deliberate attempt to elect Mr. Trump?

In fact, the Russian hack-and-dox scheme accomplished all three goals.

What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. “The perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,” Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, “Europe is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.” '

- Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane, The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S., December 13, 2016

Context '[Russia] may become a threat to the world. That is the worst thing that could happen to Russia.' - Yegor Gaidar

'..Russian strategy of hybrid influence and destabilization .. German Council on Foreign Relations.'

'German intelligence says Russia is trying to destabilize German society..' - '..war that Moscow is waging against the West..'

'[Putin is doing] anything that can and will expand Russian influence to U.S.S.R.-era levels of power.'

'..Zero tolerance for Russian intrusions .. Estonia .. policy of publicly naming or prosecuting spies..'

'..the Soviet Union was cut off from Western financial markets and was effectively under permanent sanctions..'

          Swing Fest at the Chattanooga Market        
The big band Sweet Georgia Sound will be featured at Swing Fest on Sunday, June 3rd at the Chattanooga Market . Swing Fest began in 2002 as a celebration of big band music and dance. The Chattanooga Market is setting up a dance floor and invites everyone to come down and dance to the music of Sweet Georgia Sound while shopping for local produce and artisan wares. The Chattanooga Market is open every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion on Carter Street.
          AT&T Expands Voice Over LTE To 18 Additional Markets        
AT&T Expands Voice Over LTE To 18 Additional Markets

AT&T first launched its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service about seven months ago, but now the carrier is expanding its reach by adding 18 new markets for its VoLTE and HD Voice offerings.

The list of new markets include District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

The good news is that this is just the beginning. AT&T's target is to transition every consumer to VoLTE. That would be easier said than done for sure, considering the tons of networks that need to be set up and the hardware that needs to be deployed. But AT&T is positive about the outcome, and early signs of success are certainly visible.

As stated by John Donovan, AT&T's Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, the carrier's VoLTE network is performing very well after some internal tests, scoring an average of more than 99 percent in terms of accessibility and retainability (how well the users stay connected).

For those not in the know, VoLTE technology lets users simultaneously make calls and browse the Internet using their smartphones with very fast 4G LTE data speeds. 

As for HD Voice, it is a type of wideband technology that allows for better call quality with minimal background noise, made possible through widening the frequency range of the audio signals.

Voice calls were previously transmitted on a rather limited frequency range (between 300 Hertz to 3.4 Hertz). But with HD Voice, that frequency range is extended from 50 Hertz to 7 KiloHertz, and sometimes even beyond, in order to achieve high definition quality in voice calls.

However, before users can enjoy HD Voice, they need to meet the requirements. Firstly, the service must be available in their geographical area (AT&T is working on it). Secondly, the person calling and the recipient of the call must both use handsets that are HD Voice capable. For AT&T customers, just about the only devices available from their carrier that meet this requirement are the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

AT&T is far from being the only major wireless carrier that offers HD Voice though. Sprint may have been the first off the blocks, offering its customers a 30-day trial run of its HD Voice service in June earlier this year. Even Verizon Wireless is working on its own HD Voice brand, and the talk is that the Big Red will utilizing the AMR-wideband standard (the industry norm) for its service.

Interestingly, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are working together in providing clear call quality in both their customers. If they can pull this off, AT&T customers will be able to call their friends and family who are on Verizon as clearly as possible, and vice versa.

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          5 Best Joomla Security Extensions For You to Breathe Easy        

Apart from WordPress and Drupal content management systems, Joomla is the most popular CMS used all over the world to power websites of all sorts and sizes. Just like any other open-source CMS, Joomla powered sites also have to deal with hacking attacks. In fact, almost every day Joomla powered site encounter callous hackers who mutilate website pages, upload backdoors and steal or delete sensitive information. And sadly, most of the attacks cost website owners substantial amount of time and money in getting the damage fixed. And so, it becomes needful for website owners take all the possible measures into account that helps to strengthen security of their Joomla site.

In this post we have come up with a list of remarkably useful Joomla extensions that helps to secure your Joomla website. 



jHackGuard is an extension designed by Siteground that helps to protect the websites of Joomla users from being hacked. The extension is made publicly available to Joomla site owners, irrespective of whether they're using Siteground hosting services or not. This extension is a blend of a security plugin (that does the system work) and component (that helps to handle configurations) – that helps to protect a Joomla site by filtering the user's input data and integrating more PHP security settings. But, the plugin is disabled so that filters don't prevent authenticated administrators from performing their administrative tasks.

jHackGuard is compatible with Joomla version 3 and higher. And so, if you want to protect your site security running on an older Joomla version, you can choose to download the appropriate versions of jHackGuard for the older Joomla versions such as jHackGuard for Joomla 1.5 or other.

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Para un niño es es fácil de creer que la pobreza proviene de la falta de dinero. Si a uno le dicen, "los ricos tienen mucha plata, los pobres poca plata" pues la inferencia lógica sería "pues la pobreza proviene de la falta de dinero". Adicionalmente si uno medio piensa el asunto, podría fácilmente concluir, que el problema se resolvería haciendo billetes para los pobres. Podríamos citar el intento de chiste "había una persona tan pobre, tan pobre que solo tenía plata" para explicar la falsedad de esta situación. Eso sin perjuicio que si el estado produce dinero, prende la maquinita de billetes, lo que está haciendo es una forma muy sutil de robo, como ya lo denunciaba Juan de Mariana en su libro sobre la mutación de la moneda. Una persona con dinero en una isla desierta cabría en el ejemplo del intento de chiste. Efectivamente ¿de qué me sirve tener un millón de dólares si no lo puedo cambiar por comida, bebida, refugio?

Es así como para responder a la pregunta, la respuesta tajante es NO. La pobreza es la insatisfacción de ciertas necesidades, diferentes para cada persona, en cada situación, contexto. El dinero, en un contexto social, puede cambiarse por cosas que satisfagan necesidades pero no puede hacer que se produzcan esas cosas. Ni la expansión de la oferta monetaria, ni los créditos bancarios, ni nada puede hacerse si nadie produce. Muy por el contrario, si se descubre una forma de vivir -y las personas la acogen- que facilite el intercambio sin dinero y producen mucho, no necesitarán dinero para satisfacer sus necesidades. El dinero es un excelente invento para agilizar los intercambios, pero bien pueden existir otros medios para agilizarlo. Sin embargo, las tesis económicas actuales que se centran en un monetarismo y la centralización de la producción de dinero en los estados convierten al dinero en fin y no en medio. Efectivamente mi querido Keynes, haciendo billetes no vas a calmar el hambre de los pobres, pero sí la perversa avaricia de los gobernantes. 

La economía actual pretende someter y alienar mediante un exagerado culto al dinero. Es que la ciencia económica actual produce la alienación de la persona humana (Véase GARCÍA MUÑOZ, 2011). La visión económica actual parte de la idea que el ser humano es netamente un número que consumo y que la producción está fatalmente determinada (Véase GARCÍA MUÑOZ, 2011). Adicionalmente, al ser el dinero el medio por el cual se mueve el mercado, pues controlar el dinero en el mercado es una alternativa para que ese personaje adicto al consumo (la persona en su reducida visión) no dañe a los otros consumidores... más bien no deslegitime el poder del estado. Es así como la tesis de derecho y economía del santo de hoy 28 de Enero del profesor José Alpiniano nos centra en un punto esencial: "Esta visión aliena la personalidad humana en tanto que somete al hombre al imperio fatal de algo creado por él mismo: el mercado." (GARCÍA MUÑOZ, Derecho y Economía según Tomás de Aquino, Tesis Doctoral, 2011, pág. 131). Y si el mercado surge de intercambios con dinero, en la actualidad nuestra personalidad humana se encuentra alienada al dinero. 

Así ve la economía actual
al ser humano.

Mediante la oferta dineraria, la producción de billetes, intervenciones macroeconómicas en las tasas de interés, control del aumento de los salarios, el incentivo o desincentivo de créditos para consumo, etc., no vamos a lograr satisfacer nuestras necesidades. De hecho, yo he vivenciado eso en términos prácticos. Una situación económica compleja no se resuelve por más sumas, restas, multiplicaciones o divisiones que se realicen con el dinero que se tiene. Es volver al problema que hablábamos en SOBRE EL DINERO un millón de dólares en una isla desierta no sirven para nada.

La alienación económica, es decir, la confusión del dinero con la riqueza, se refleja también en el management o administración. Que el dinero al ser medio de cambio de todas las mercancías mida la riqueza no significa que sea la riqueza en sí. Es como decir que un edificio de 30 metros son 30 metros, no es un edificio. Sería como decir que el avalúo de ese edificio, sea ese edificio. Veamos cómo se ve esta problemática en el management.

 De acuerdo con Hamel y Prahalad (Prahalad QEPD es, entre otras, el creador de la idea "mercadeo en la base de la pirámide" que es aplicada, entre otros, por el profesor César Betancourt de la Universidad de la Sabana en el área de mercadeo) el rendimiento de una inversión se explica de la siguiente manera: "Ahora bien, el rendimiento de la inversión (o rendimiento de los activos netos, o rendimiento del capital empleado) tiene dos componentes: un numerador, que es la renta neta, y un denominador, que es la inversión, los activos netos o el capital empleado." (HAMEL & PRAHALAD, 1999, pág. 44). La estrategia común en la mayoría de los directivos es la reestructuración empresarial, ¿en qué consiste? En disminuir el nivel de gastos, costos y generalmente, la primera idea que se le viene a la cabeza a cualquiera -por más socialista que hubiese sido en su juventud- son los recortes de personal. ¿Por qué esta estrategia? Precisamente por un auto-engaño matemático, si recorto lo que pago en salarios podré, en mi división, ver cómo aumentan los rendimientos y en últimas auto-engañarme creyendo que por esto soy más rico. 

¿Esclavos de la economía?
Pero ¿Qué consideran los autores Hamel y Prahalad frente a esa táctica de mejorar los rendimientos? Frente a esto plantean los citados autores lo siguiente: "A pesar de que quizás ha sido inevitable y en muchos casos loable, la reestructuración ha destruido vidas, hogares y comunidades en nombre de la eficacia y de la productividad" (HAMEL & PRAHALAD, 1999, pág. 44). Si una reestructuración pretende mostrar un número que dice que el rendimiento aumenta, pero destruye familias, hogares, etc., ¿no es eso muestra de la tesis central de Alpiniano sobre cómo la economía nos aliena? ¿Aumento de acciones a costa de destruir vidas? No es que la reestructuración sea mala en sí, sino que en muchos casos no es justa. Por ejemplo, cuando se despiden a tres empleados que trabajan intensamente y se deja a un cuarto con ese trabajo por el mismo salario ¿podemos decir que se aumentó la productividad? Dicen Hamel y Prahalad "la gestión del denominador [o sea reestructuración y recorte de personal] es un atajo contable para aumentar la productividad de los activos" (HAMEL & PRAHALAD, 1999, pág. 45). 

A pesar de que en apariencia los rendimientos aumentan, simplemente por un "atajo matemático", esto no es necesariamente un bien para la empresa: "la reestructuración raramente da como resultado una mejora fundamental de la empresa. En el mejor de los casos sirve para ganar tiempo." (HAMEL & PRAHALAD, 1999, pág. 47). Es así como ese autoengaño bien podía producir efectos al corto plazo, pero no a mediano o a largo plazo en la valoración de las acciones:

"Un estudio realizado entre dieciséis grandes empresas estadounidenses que llevaban, como mínimo, tres años en reestructuración, reveló que, aunque la reconversión normalmente mejoraba el precio de las acciones de la empresa, dicha mejora casi siempre tenía carácter temporal. Tres años después de iniciar la reestructuración, el precio de las acciones de las empresas encuestadas era, en promedio, incluso inferior a la tasa de crecimiento anterior al inicio del procedimiento de reestructuración."  (HAMEL & PRAHALAD, 1999, pág. 47)

Sin embargo, no se trata de condenar a la reestructuración, que es una alternativa necesaria cuando en la empresa se forman estructuras injustas que limitan su eficiencia. Por ejemplo, que en una empresa de familia el hijo gerente gana lo mismo que su hermano que realiza una gestión operativa es un claro ejemplo de estructura injusta. En ese caso hay un desorden que no da al aporte del trabajo de cada uno su justa retribución. Además, debe ser posible reestructurar esa estructura injusta. A veces, como en el caso de las fusiones empresariales es necesario tolerar -por un tiempo- esa estructura injusta porque de lo contrario se quebraría y sería más injusto aún con todos. 

Tanto desde tesis doctorales como del management encontramos que se suele alienar al ser humano a costa de los números de la medida. Confundimos la riqueza con una forma de medirla y por eso, manipulamos su medida en aras de ver mejores resultados. La riqueza no es su medida. ¿Qué es entonces la riqueza? ¿Qué es entonces la pobreza? Para ello escribiremos dos cortos escritos uno sobre cómo el exceso de dinero se utiliza como robo y no genera riqueza y dos sobre lo que es la riqueza.



GARCÍA MUÑOZ, J. A. (2011). Derecho y Economía según Tomás de Aquino, Tesis Doctoral. Pamplona, España: Universidad de Navarra. Facultad de Filosofía .

HAMEL, G., & PRAHALAD, C. K. (1999). Compitiendo por el Futuro. En H. B. Press, La gestión en la incertidumbre (R. Aparicio Aldazabal, Trad., págs. 37-56). Bilbao, España: Ediciones Deusto S.A.


          Â¿POR QUÉ SURGE EL DINERO?        

¿Por qué surge el dinero? ¿Para qué sirve? ¿Cuál es entonces su verdadera naturaleza? En  SOBRE EL DINERO iniciamos una serie de inquietudes acerca de la naturaleza del dinero. El dinero es algo bueno, muy bueno porque puede cambiarse por cualquier cosa útil, sin embargo, en la actualidad, desconocer su naturaleza genera muchos problemas, en especial la crisis económica que se cierne como una sombra sobre el mundo.


Es complicado cambiar hamburguesas por casas
o cosas que
 no le interesen a esta mujer.
El ser humano primero era nómada y hacía de todo menos vivir bueno. Cada persona, o cada familia más bien, debía protegerse, buscar alimento, refugio, sanarse, pasar la enfermedad, entre otras, solo. Esa situación en términos biológicos era una desventaja notoria. Una desventaja que impedía la supervivencia. ¿Entonces Rousseau se equivoca en lo del buen salvaje? ¡Efectivamente! El buen salvaje solo es incapaz de satisfacer por sí mismo todas sus necesidades lo que reduce notablemente su vida.

Un día, unas personas inteligentes, se dieron cuenta. Él es bueno para cazar, yo para arar la tierra (bueno realmente no existía el arado), aquel para hacer protectores para el frío. De esa manera si uno hacía una cosa más veloz que otro, y el otro a su vez más veloz que aquel, pues, en vez de que cada uno intente hacer todas sus labores al tiempo ¿no es mejor que el que las hace más rápido lo haga por mí y yo haga por él lo que él no es capaz de hacer más rápido que yo? Así si uno recogía 10 frutas por día y hacía 2 empaques para conservarla al día y el otro producía 10 empaques para conservar el alimento y recogía 2 frutas. ¿Por qué no se dedica uno a hacer empaques para conservación y el otro a recoger frutas? ¡Eso fue lo que hicieron! Ese fue el origen de la economía y de la ciudad y ya lo comprendía Sócrates desde tiempos inmemoriales:

SÓCRATES: Pues bien la ciudad nace, en mi opinión, por darse la circunstancia de que ninguno de nosotros se basta a sí mismo, sino que necesita de muchas cosas. ¿O crees otra la razón por la cual se fundan las ciudades?

ADIMANTO: Ninguna otra

SÓCRATES: Así, pues, cada uno va tomando consigo a tal hombre para satisfacer esta necesidad y a tal otro para aquella; de este modo, al necesitar todos de muchas cosas, vamos reuniendo en una sola vivienda a multitud de personas en calidad de asociados y auxiliares y a esta cohabitación le damos el nombre de ciudad. ¿No es así? (Platón, pág. 55: 369 B).
Sin embargo, surge un problema. Tenemos en la comunidad una persona que hace chorizos y otra que construye casas. Si el que hace chorizos ofrece un chorizo por la casa, quizás el constructor le conteste "para construir una casa necesito más alimento que un simple chorizo", entonces el que hace chorizos le contestará "me importa un chorizo...", bueno, no le contestará eso. El que hace chorizos seguramente le contestaría que podría darle 100, 1000, los que sean, pero mientras tanto el que construye requerirá comida (además de chorizo), vestidos para protegerse del frío, etc., y con chorizos no podrá intercambiar todas sus necesidades. De la misma manera si recibiera muchos chorizos, es probable que el zapatero sea vegetariano que su medio de pago sean casas o chorizos le importe "un chorizo".

De esa manera, la ciudad, comunidad, foro, plaza, constituye, de forma "consuetudinaria" un medio de cambio. Es así como originarse de una práctica consuetudinaria y ser medio de cambio son las dos características referentes al dinero.

¿Qué implica que sea medio de cambio? Esto quiere decir que es el estándar o lo que mide un determinado intercambio. Es decir, el dinero es algo que puede cambiarse por todas las cosas, por todos los bienes o servicios. Es así como uno vende, pero para tener la libertad de intercambiar lo que quiera, no se vende por dinero porque nos pasaría lo de la isla desierta: ¡no serviría para nada! Con acierto sostuvo Domingo de Soto que se vende para recibir dinero y comprar de lo que falta sin compromiso de tener que recibir del comprador aquello que no necesite: “vendido lo que le sobra de una cosa, compra lo que de otra le falta (…) la compra es el fin de la venta”  (DE SOTO, 1968, pág. 593). El profesor José Alpiniano García Muñoz, en una tesis doctoral recientemente defendida en la Universidad de Navarra, nos aclara esta frase en relación al tema del valor del dinero "En consecuencia, quien vende no tiene como fin el dinero, sino la compra o adquisición de otra cosa que le falta." (GARCÍA MUÑOZ, 2011, pág. 28). La razón de ser del dinero no es otra pues que facilitar los intercambios de cosas realmente necesarias para cada persona. En otro libro del mismo autor se explica con más claridad este punto: "Como se dijo antes, el papel moneda sólo tiene razón de ser en la medida en que, por decirlo gráficamente, represente una cantidad o servicios, esto es, su razón de ser es su valor de cambio objetivo; el dinero vale toda la cantidad de bienes o servicios que puede obtenerse a cambio de él." (GARCÍA-MUÑOZ, 2001, pág. 148).

Bolívar. Moneda Venezolana.
El gobierno ha intentado avaluarla mediante sellos,
pero es la mejor muestra que el valor del dinero
nace de la costumbre.
Adicionalmente el dinero se caracteriza por ser consuetudinario ¿Por qué consuetudinario? Porque es una costumbre, las personas se acostumbran a que esa cosa sea la medida que utilizan para intercambiar las cosas. Sin embargo, no faltan en la vida ciertos personajes que se dan el lujo de hacer dinero. Antes el oro y la plata eran los medios de cambio, en la actualidad, los estados se inventan el cuento que el dinero vale porque es hecho por ellos. Es así como surge el cuento del curso forzoso. Es así como si uno se encuentra del lado Colombiano de la frontera con Venezuela entre Villa del Rosario (Norte de Santander) y San Antonio del Táchira  y va a comprarle a un Venezolano tendría que hacerlo en pesos. Sin embargo, es precisamente en zona de frontera donde se observa lo ridícula que es su existencia. El Venezolano podría recibirle en pesos si quisiera, o únicamente recibirle en el tan "revaluado" Bolívar (moneda de Venezuela). Es que Chávez tiene el poder de producir un Bolívar "fuerte". En San Antonio del Táchira es usual que se reciban pesos como intercambio y en Cúcuta que se reciba el tan "revaluado" Bolívar. Adicionalmente, nada obstaría para que recibieran pesos, dólares, dólares canadienses, euros, yens, o tres vacas, un kilo de oro o una libra de sal. En todo caso, se acostumbra a recibir en una moneda determinada, en un "país" (en su sentido geográfico) determinado.

Un ejemplo de que el dinero se utiliza de forma consuetudinaria es el uso del dólar estadounidense en Ecuador. ¿Por qué si es un billete que únicamente tiene cambio  curso forzoso en los EEUU? Pues porque es una costumbre. Citado por el profesor José Alpiniano, Domingo de Soto, hace ya varios siglos nos decía:  “aunque la moneda no estuviera sellada, tendría el mismo valor en el precio de las cosas”. (DE SOTO, 1968, pág. 585). Es así que si un día en Colombia o en el mundo decidiéramos cambiar nuestro "medio de cambio" por cualquier otro medio de referencia, nadie podría impedirlo...

Es imposible en Colombia que nos inventemos un medio de cambio diferente al peso, dada nuestra mentalidad legalista y con nuestro arraigado culto al estado. Como diría Fernando González estamos sometidos al "espíritu" de Santander que consideraba que la ley era la causa de la libertad. Sin embargo, en la edad media, al resurgir del comercio, el medio de cambio era bastante escaso y el tránsito inseguro por lo que acudieron a diversas vías como el renacimiento del crédito o el contrato de cambio trayecticio (GARCÍA MUÑOZ, TÍTULOS-VALORES. RÉGIMEN GLOBAL, 2008, pág. 23 y siguientes).

El dinero -o medio de cambio- nace como una necesidad para facilitar los intercambios estandarizando los precios de las cosas. No proviene del estado su valor o legitimidad, sino que proviene de los individuos que utilizan cierta cosa o documento para hacer sus intercambios. Eso se denota incluso cómo los individuos en momentos de escasez de un determinado medio de cambio inventan o crean figuras para facilitar el intercambio a pesar de ello.




DE SOTO, D. (1968). De Iustitia et iure (Vol. III). Madrid: Instituto de Estudios Políticos.

GARCÍA MUÑOZ, J. A. (2011). Derecho y Economía según Tomás de Aquino, Tesis Doctoral. Pamplona, España: Universidad de Navarra. Facultad de Filosofía .


GARCÍA-MUÑOZ, J. A. (2001). Derecho Económico de los Contratos.Bogotá: Ediciones Librería del Profesional.

Platón. La República (Versión en PDF ed.).

          SOBRE EL DINERO        
Uno de los problemas tanto de la avaricia como del derroche en el que caemos algunas veces es desconocer lo que es realmente el dinero. ¿Qué es el dinero? En primer lugar el dinero es un BIEN. El dinero no es algo malo como muchos creen, el dinero es necesario. Pensar que el dinero es algo malo es un error rotundo en la naturaleza misma del dinero.

Si el dinero no es malo ¿por qué es mala la avaricia?  He allí el punto, el dinero no hace malo al hombre, lo que pervierte al hombre es desconocer su naturaleza. Digo esto porque en las ocasiones en las que he desconocido la naturaleza del dinero he caído en una tremenda infelicidad, como cuando uno se equivoca. Sí he sido avaro y también derrochador. No en exceso, pero sí por desconocer lo que es el dinero.

Y ¿cuál es la naturaleza del dinero? El dinero es una cosa inútil. Usted puede comerse un billete y ¿es alimento?  Todos sabemos desde niños que es mejor lavarse las manos después de tomar billetes o monedas. El dinero en sí mismo no sirve para nada. En una selva o en una isla desierta y sin gente, si uno está muriéndose de hambre, de nada servirá tener una maleta con un millón de dólares, bueno quizás para hacer una fogata y dudo del potencial de un billete para encender fuego. Para eso es buena la metáfora del rey Midas que todo lo que toca se convierte en oro, ¡qué hambre! Porque el oro no alimenta.

Si el dinero es inútil, ¿por qué la gente trabaja por dinero? ¿Cambia una cosa por dinero? ¿lo primero que busca un atracador es dinero? ¿Por qué un banco paga dinero por recibir dinero en depósito y cobra dinero por dar dinero en préstamo?  Â¿Por qué lo que se produce se cuenta en dinero? Pues trabajan, cambian, atracan, especulan y producen cosas ¡inútiles! No, eso no es cierto, el dinero es inútil pero puede cambiarse ¡por cualquier cosa útil!

Es así como iniciaremos con este una serie de cortas notas para explicar lo que es el dinero y cómo las crisis actuales no se resuelven simplemente porque parten de un desconocimiento de la naturaleza misma del dinero.

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Aber die meisten von uns haben Mühe, diese neuen Ideen dann tatsächlich einmal in die Wirklichkeit umzusetzen.

Das hat mehrere Gründe. Richtig blöd ist aber, wenn wir zwar eine geniale Idee haben, sie danach mit der Zeit vergessen.

Damit dir das nicht passiert, gibt es die Ideenliste.

Ursprünglich habe ich diese Idee (sic!) bei „Getting Things Done“ (GTD) kennengelernt.

David Allen empfiehlt ja den Kontext „Irgendwann/Vielleicht“ (Someday/Maybe). Hier gehören alle Ideen hin.

Jede Woche (wichtig!) schaut man auf diese Liste und prüft, ob man nicht etwas davon umsetzen möchte.

Das ist aber nur die eine Funktion der Ideenliste: Dafür sorgen, dass wir keine Idee vergessen.

Es gibt noch weitere Vorteile, weshalb sich eine Ideenliste lohnt. Hier sind fünf davon.

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Ein anderes Gebiet, in dem es auch um Veränderung geht, ist Fitness, Bewegung und Ernährung. Was liegt also näher, als mal einen echten Experten rund um Veränderung zu befragen?

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Vergiss nicht: Wenn wir mit dem Finger auf jemanden zeigen, zeigen ziemlich viele unserer anderen Finger auf uns selbst.

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          #130 Aufschieberitis: Das kannst du wirklich gegen den inneren Schweinehund tun.        

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In-Kyung Kim retained control during the third round of the 2017 Women's British Open, posting a score of six-under 66 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was smooth on the greens and leads the competition by six shots at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife, Scotland, residing on 17 under for the tournament.

For the latest leaderboard, visit the Ladies European Tour website.

Kim sprinted out of the blocks on the front nine, seemingly playing without pressure as she sank four birdies in the opening seven holes.

The 29-year-old was unflappable, and her consistency was world class as she drove off the tee with confidence.

Birdies on No. 11 and 12 pushed Kim's lead, and she putted at her best throughout the round.

The tournament's official Twitter account highlighted her finishing:

Kim played with a smile on her face over the final holes as she headed to the clubhouse, and she will be a big favorite to capture the major title on Sunday.

Georgia Hall braved the conditions to lead the charge for the British contingent, finishing the day joint-second on the leaderboard with Moriya Jutanugarn on 11 under.

The English starlet, who turned professional in 2014, suffered a bogey on No. 3 but countered with a magnificent eagle on No. 5 to fight back.

Three successive birdies on the back nine put Hall within striking distance of Kim, but she dropped three strokes in the final three holes.

The Women's British Open shared her last birdie of the day:

After a magnificent couple of days, Kim is in the driver's seat and deservedly so. 

She last dropped a shot on the opening hole of the second round, and she has navigated the wet conditions with consummate ease.

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          Women's British Open 2017: In-Kyung Kim Leads, Michelle Wie Falters        

In-Kyung Kim took the lead at the 2017 Women's British Open on Friday, after a round of four-under 68 in dreadful weather conditions. 

The 29-year-old sits two shots ahead of Georgia Hall and Lexi Thompson, while overnight leader Michelle Wie tumbled down the standings after a dreadful second round.

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Kim enjoyed a second solid day in a row at the Women's British Open, finishing Friday's round atop the leaderboard. Her round of four-under golf included an eagle on the 11th and just a single bogey, despite miserable weather conditions as she finished her round.

Consistency was once again the key, as the Korean star took few risks with her approaches and relied on smart putting to grab the lead.

Earlier in the day, Hall and Thompson fired themselves to a share of the lead, at nine-under. The former dropped her first two shots of the tournament but had a great run on the front-nine, with four straight birdies, and finished the day five-under par.

As shared by the tournament's official Twitter account, her short game was on point:

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          BEHIND THE FENCE - IT IS FAIR GAME        


Behind the fence hunts have been a controversial topic for many years and one of the primary targets of the anti-hunting organizations. And unfortunately they are also looked upon by some hunters and hunting organizations with disdain as well. I understand the objection by the anti’s but quite frankly I do not understand that of the hunters. But after talking with many of these hunters I have found that the majority of them do not totally understand exactly what takes place at these preserves and ranches. True, years ago there were fenced operations which literally offered and utilized unethical “boxed” hunts. But these places are, and have been gone for many years, and today’s hunting preserves offer a truly realistic and ethical hunt. And in this article that I will attempt to explain to the hunter, not the unreasonable anti-hunter, just what goes on “behind the fence” and how these hunting preserves serve a very important purpose, not only to the hunter; but the future of our hunting tradition as well.

I think Ted Nugent summed it up perfectly in a recent Field & Stream interview when asked if high fence hunting degrades the heritage of American hunting and the rules of fair chase. Here is a recap of his answers. This is the Motor City Madman at his very best.

There will always be whiners and small-minded squawkers who overreact base on assumption and other unidentifiable presumptuous notions. To their way of thinking in-line muzzleloaders, scopes, treestands, compound and crossbows, deer drives, etc. degrade our American hunting heritage and our reputation. They are so divisive and unsophisticated and I pray that they become educated.

And when asked if he prefers to hunt in enclosures or in the wild he said, “I prefer to hunt, period, and shall more and more each year everyplace I possibly can. I am a hunter.”

Now let’s look at some the truths about hunting these enclosures; first from my own experiences.

Part of my job as an outdoor writer is to test, evaluate and report to the sportsmen/women on the latest new firearms, bows and even crossbows. These tests include extensive on the range accuracy and performance reviews and comparisons which I like to followed up by an actual hunting situation.

Hunting with these new firearms and bows are usually not a problem in NYS but it is with the crossbow due to strict disable-only hunter regulations. However these regulations do not apply to hunting preserves in NYS and therefore I am able to hunt with the Horton Crossbow at a preserve just a short distance from my home.

Actually my first harvest with a crossbow took place on a preserve. My choice of game - a 1700 pound bison that took me that I think covered almost every inch of the preserve and two full days of hunting before I was able to get clean kill shot. It was one of my greatest hunts that included some very anxious moments and a VERY dramatic and dangerous face to face encounter with a one ton herd bull who was not happy with my continued pursuit of him and his herd that I will never forget.

It was at this same preserve that I met two hunters who were both hunting their first Russian wild boar. And it was from these average hunters that I really learned what these preserves really offered the everyday hunter.

During dinner that evening at the lodge I asked them “why they chose a preserve to hunt.” Their answer was short and simple: time and money. “We just do not have the time nor the money to go out of state to hunt boar. We priced the wild boar hunts in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and the average costs would have been close to $2000; and that did not include transportation and taking a week off from work. Here it is just $500, we don’t need a license, we can pick our own season and it was just a 31/2 hour ride from our house.” Economics, convenience and the thrill of a good hunt - this is what any reputable preserve will offer you.

Now I would like to ask one questions for those of you hunters who look down upon those who hunt behind the fence: “Who gets hurt ?” If a man or woman has the desire to shoot a trophy or exotic animal not native to the area, but cannot ever hope to afford it, should he/she be denied the opportunity or right to do it, as long as it is done legally, ethically and within the confines of a preserve? I agree that it may not be for everyone, but you should not judge the intentions of those that do.

Fair chase is another term that often arises in conversations involving enclosure or behind the fence hunting. Boone and Crockett defines fair chase as the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking an any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals. Doesn’t hunting legally over bait, using a ground blind or treestand, using a rifle scope, etc. also give the hunter an advantage?

In the past twenty years I have hunted in a number of preserves and do not consider myself any less of a hunter. I know that I would have probably never been able to afford or experience the thrills and excitement of hunting 9 wild boar, 2 fallow and sika deer, stags, bison, rams and 2 wild crossbow turkeys. And I can honestly say that my most memorable hunt took place last year behind a fence where I shot a magnificent bull elk. Let me share this elk hunt with you.

It was well before sunup when I met Dan Jennings, the manager of the Easton View Outfitters, a private preserve located in the Washington County town of Easton, New York. Dan was going to be my guide for my elk hunt and I must admit I was pumped. Joining me was Tim Blodgett, host of the local All Outdoors radio show, who would be taping the play-by-play of the hunt. He would also be doubling as my camera man.

The game plan was to circle the preserve and come in through the heavily wooded topside of the mountain and work our way down. Dan expected the elk would be bedded down in the valley, fields and swamp below us.

I remember standing on a ledge whispering how excited I was about the hunt and describing how pretty the sun was as it started to peek through the pines into Tim’s tape recorder when we heard our first unsolicited bugle. A bull elk bugling in New York State - it gave me the chills followed shortly thereafter by a real adrenaline rush. I don’t think I have felt this way since the first time I sighted in on a whitetail buck.

Quickly Dan had us moving down the steep slopes to a blow down about 200 yards below us. Once in place Dan hadn’t even finished his first call when the bull responded. And each call he made the bull answered; but he didn’t seem to be getting any closer. Then out of nowhere, there about 100 yards below was a young spike bull headed right for us. At one point he was less than 10 yards from where I was sitting.

For the next hour I had no less that four other bull elk in my scope at distances from 10 to 100yards; one of which was a beautiful 5 by 5 that had Dan given me the word, I would have ended my hunt right then. But he said, “Not that one; we can do better.” Easy for him to say, but I trusted his judgement and relaxed.

Another hour and a half of calling got distance responses but they just didn’t seem to get any closer to us. Perhaps the bull already had his harem of cows and did not want to leave them. And when he stopped responding to the calls and we sat in silence for another 45 minutes I was beginning to get that, “I should have taken the 5 by 5 feeling.” But that ill-feeling quickly departed when Dan nudge me and smilingly whispered: “There’s your bull; get ready.”

There just 200 yards below was a beautiful 6 by 6 bull elk raking his huge rack on several small scrub pines. Now he was talking again and each call Dan made was answered with a spine chilling response and he was coming closer. It was awesome to watch the bull as he lowered his head and responded to Dan’s love-sick cow calls.

It took several deep breaths to settle my nerves and at about 75 yards I slowly raised the old Marlin 336SC towards him and placed the crosshairs of my scope on his massive body, following him as he moved through the heavy cover.

Each step brought him closer but there was really only one opening between two pines where I could get a clear shot; hopefully he would walk through it. He was about 50 yards slightly quartering away when I place the crosshairs just behind his front shoulder and unleashed the 200 grain Hornady LEVERevolution 200 grain FTX bullet.

Immediately I saw the fur fly through my scope and watched him stumble and fall; and all I could think of was “what a bull.” I guess I must have repeated it out loud because both Dan and Tim echoed their agreement. I just sat there staring at him when I heard Dan say we may have a little problem. About 100 yards below my fallen trophy was a huge 7 by 7 and he was headed towards the downed bull at a very quick pace.

He ignored our shouts and charged right in, head down and rammed my bull actually moving him along the ground several yards. Obviously these two must have had previous confrontations. It wasn’t really until Dan continued to shout and threw a few rocks and branches at him that he finally backed off. There was one moment however when he turned and faced us shaking his head from side to side, that I thought he was going to charge, but he didn’t, and finally we watched him disappear into the edge of the swamp.

High - 5s and photos were all a part of the after the hunt celebration as was the interview Tim taped of my feelings.
Absolutely the best hunt that I have ever had and it all occurred within 30 miles of my home.

But it wasn’t really until I stood over my bull that I fully appreciated what I had just accomplished - he was huge. The tale of the tape and scale revealed just how magnificent he really was. He tipped the scale at 807 pounds and his antlers measured: 40 inch wide spread, 41 inch main beams, with 9 inch bases. In terms of record book score I never did get an official score but I do know that he scored “number one” in my book; and always will.

For information on Easton View Outfitters go to: or check out their ad in this issue of Outdoors Magazine. And by the way, that 7 by 7 is still there and a year older.
          Sandy Springs considers fining dealers for false alarms        

The new Sandy Springs, Ga. alarm ordinance, which is set to be voted on July 18, is alarming many in the security industry as it looks to force alarm dealers to pay their subscriber's false alarm fees and fines.

“This makes as much sense as a car rental company being responsible for paying your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in their car,” Dan Gordon, president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association (GELSSA), and owner of Ga.-based Gordon Security, told Security System News.

Gordon, as well as many security companies working in Georgia, including LOUD Security and Ackerman Security, are rallying others in the industry to pay attention to what is going on in Sandy Springs.

“If Sandy Springs passes this, which city goes next?” John Loud, president of LOUD Security Systems, told SSN, noting that he does not think this ordinance will help Sandy Springs reduce false dispatches.

“They outsource the collections to a firm called CryWolf (Public Safety Corporation),” Loud explained. “Their service includes collecting the assessed fines. The cost to Sandy Springs is the same, whether the bill goes to the end users of the alarm system or the alarm company. But the alarm company’s costs will increase. They will now have to bill their customers and establish a collection process, increasing the workload for their personnel.”

Loud and others in opposition to the ordinance believe this will actually cause an increase in the amount of false dispatches.

“Citizens will usually respond to citations from their local police or city municipality,” he explained. “If a vendor or service provider sends an assessment, they could very easily change monitoring companies and get additional false alarms through new providers. They can choose to never pay and continually change companies.”

He noted that this would result in more false dispatches as the end user would never be forced to change their behavior.

Loud also pointed out that the court systems of Sandy Springs will have a lot more cases. ”Either the alarm companies will be filing suit to collect monies from customers refusing to pay or the city will be pursuing alarm companies for nonpayment of fines they do not have the money to pay.”

He continued, “You will likely see many alarm companies choosing to not do business with residents/businesses that must comply with this ordinance. In Sandy Springs, most alarm companies charge only $25 per month. While false alarm fees can cost hundreds of dollars, the accounts receivable process will likely make it financially impossible for fire/alarm companies to take on such risk.”

He said that Sandy Springs could achieve greater reduction in the false dispatches if they would enforce all of their current ordinance provisions, such as:

- Follow the Enhanced Call Verification Georgia State law that went into effect in 2013. “The 911 operator could very easily ask for the two phone numbers the alarm company called prior to dispatch request,” said Loud.

- Do not allow dispatch on the subscribers that have not paid for previous fines—put them on a do not dispatch list.

- Do not allow dispatch for subscribers that have had 10 false alarms in a permit year.

- Activate the false alarm school the ordinance allows for, which will provide the training and prevention of future false alarms.

“Another step Sandy Springs could pursue is a higher fee structure for excessive false alarms,” said Loud. “This would force subscribers to either fix their system, teach others to use it properly or they could choose to stop arming their system. All three of the options result in reduced dispatches.”

He continued, “While I certainly see there are many ways to help unite with the City of Sandy Springs and help them achieve their ultimate goal of reducing false dispatches and wasting government recourses, I do not believe requiring the alarm companies to pay the fees is the answer.”

The GELSSA, along with strong industry voices like Loud's, are urging those in the industry to reach out to the mayor of Sandy Springs to voice their concerns, and for security dealers in the Sandy Springs area to attend the planned vote on July 18.


          MILLENIALS AND PRE-NUPS        
CBC NEWS REPORT Millennials are more open to pre-nups than older generations, says B.C. family lawyer Georgialee Lang Millennials are marrying with more assets they would like to see protected, lawyer says. Prenuptial agreements are becoming more prevalent as millennials decide to marry in their early 30s, often entering relationships with significant assets, says B.C. … Continue reading MILLENIALS AND PRE-NUPS
          STOP crying and LOOK forward !        

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Sedih jika dikenang sekarang tidak seperti dulu. Aku tak tahu di mana, apa yang sedang berlaku dan segala-galaNya. Actually, memang aku tak layak tahu pon. So, harus YAKIN bahawa Allah sentiasa bersama hambaNya. Pasti akan jaga dan melindungi hambaNya dgn penuh kasih sayang.

Jika di renung sedalam-dalamnya. YA! Memang inilah jalan yang terbaek dan Allah telah tetapkan segala-galanya yang terbaek buat perjalanan setiap hambaNya. Harus YAKIN kpdNya.

p/s: STOP cyring and LOOK forward !

وَ السَّلاَمُ

The Beauty of Islam.
Lets Mengislahkan Diri =)
#Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laillahaillallah, Allahukbar, Astaghfirullahal`azim ♥

          Kena cari ke?        
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Soalan wanita : Cinta kena cari ke? Atau biar lelaki cari kita, takut pula kalau kita cari macam terhegeh2 nak dia.

Pakar diari hati : Setiap apa pun perlu utk diusahakan, masakan dapat sagu jika tak dipecahkan ruyungnya. Namun, usaha yg bagaimana sesuai dgn fitrah wanita itu? Usahakanlah dgn doa dan menjadikan diri solehah dulu sebelum meminta yg soleh, lagi satuuu...

"Jarak ini bukan untuk menghukummu, tetapi ia untuk menjaga aku dan diri kamu" 

Hadiah terbaik untuk seseorang adalah doa ♥

Jangan risau andai kita tidak dapat berhubung secara nyata/ bersua muka kerana melalui Allah swt saja kita dapat sampaikan doa yang terbaek kpd seseorang itu, kerana Dia adalah Penyampai yang terbaek dan yakinlah pada Allah swt dan janjiNya. Allah swt sentiasa akan menjaga, melindungi, kasih dan sayang terhadap hambaNya.

Sentiasalah berdoa akan kesejahteraannya. Semoga ikhtilat kita terpelihara ^^

"Apabila dirimu meminati seseorang, bermohonlah kepada Allah SWT agar hatinya akan kamu miliki. Jika kamu sangat menginginkannya dengan sebenar-benar keinginan, maka bermohonlah dengan sebenar-benar pengharapan.

Jangan sesekali kamu merayu pada si dia, kerana bicaranya mungkin akan membuatkan kamu terluka. Apabila hati dipersenda, pasti sebuah kekecewaan akan menerpa .

Namun, jika dirimu memohon terus kepada Allah, Penciptanya, dua kemungkinan sedia menanti kamu, iaitu mungkin dirimu mendapatkan hatinya atau mungkin kamu akan mendapat seseorang yang lebih baik darinya… " (Aidil Sahipaludin)

وَ السَّلاَمُ

The Beauty of Islam.
Lets Mengislahkan Diri =)
#Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laillahaillallah, Allahukbar, Astaghfirullahal`azim ♥

          Westinghouse, U.S. Rep. John Barrow Celebrate Construction Progress at Plant Vogtle        

Westinghouse Electric Company and its nuclear construction consortium partners achieved a significant milestone today as the 40 hour and 46 minute continuous placement of nuclear concrete for Georgia Power’s Vogtle Unit 4 AP1000® nuclear reactor was safely concluded.

(PRWeb November 21, 2013)

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          Viviendo como un hada 5 :en Diciembre tu eres la mayor estrella        
" Las mujeres saben dar pero son tacañas a la hora de recibir. Cuando compras regalos para otros ¿te acuerdas  e la persona que más se los merece de todas las que conoces? Seguramente no. Pero es necesario que debajo  del árbol aparezca un "justo lo que siempre he querido ¿cómo lo ha sabido? una chuchería magníficamente envuelta, con tu nombre escrito en ella [...]

Una de mis tradiciones favoritas consiste en celebrar los Doce Días de navidad con pequeños regalos que me mimen cuyo objetivo es recordarme que, cuando una tiene que cuidarse, no sólo el pensamiento es lo que cuenta.

Reune los regalos de antemano en un cesto grande, una hermosa bolsa de la compra forrada con servilletas de papel el calcetín más grande que tengas. Coloca los presentes en un sitio donde los veas para aumentar tu felicidad con la expléndida espectativa de abrir cada regalo. Empieza a disfrutar de tus placeres durante media hora robada a cada atardecer, a partir del 13 de diciembre

Tus 12 regalos de Navidad

1 La piel que se ha secado debido al viento y al radiador necesita hidratación extra. Pon en el cesto una botellita de aceite de almendras (lo venden en tienda de dietética). Para utlizarlo mójate las puntas de los dedos y aplícatelo en la cara con movimientos ascendientes

2 No te olvides de los labios. Para tu cesto preparalo siguiente: mezcla varias gotas de miel con dos cucharadas de vaselina en una tacita y envásalo en un frasquito que cierre bien. Aplícalo sobre los labio secos cortados.

3- Cómprate una sola pastilla de jabón con una fragancia relacionada con la Navidad, como el incienso o la mirra.

4- Una chocolatina de un mordisco o dos... no es mala para la dieta y a tu alma le sentará de maravilla

5- Contrarresta el chocolate con una manzana de cultivo biológico más grande que encuentres .

6- Pon 2 naranjas, 1 lima y 1 plátano en el cesto. Cuando el plátano esté maduro agasájate con un nutritivo postre tropical. Prepara zumo con los cítricos y pela y corta el plátano. Mézclalo todo en la batidora y añade media taza de iogurt. Sírvelo en un vaso alto y brinda por tu salud.

7- Hazte tus propios polvos perfumados para después del baño poniendo una taza de almidón de maíz en una bolsa de plástico con cierre. Añádele unas gotas d etu perfume favorito, agua de rosas o estracto de vainilla. cierra y agita bien, guárdalo en un bote hermético y acuérdate d eponer una borla bien mullida en la cesta para ponértelo ^:^

8- En una tienda naturista compra pequeñas botellas de aceite de soja y aceite esencial de menta. Cuando tengas las piernas cansadas al final del día este es el mejor regalo que puedes hacerte. Mezcla media taza de aceite de soja con 4 gotas de aceite esencial de menta y utilízalo para darte un masaje en las piernas. A continuación toma un baño de pies caliente.

9- Compra un paño para abrillantar metales y relájate una tarde después de cenar limpiando tus joyas. Juega un rato a vestirte de fiesta antes de guardarlas de nuevo.

10-Comprate un nuevo cepillo para el pelo de buena calidad, y al menos la primera vez cepilla el pelo 100 veces como hacía tu abuela.

11- Unas manoplas para la ducha de algodón egipcio te relajarán en el baño si frotas con ellas todos los centímetros de tu piel de pies acabeza.

12- Compra té a granel y mezclalo con 2 partes de hojas de menta seca y 1 de manzanilla. Guárdalo en una lata. Para hacer la infusión echa una cucharadita de la mezcla por taza de agua ardiendo y deja reposar 10 minutos. "

de: "El encanto cotidiano" de Sarah Ban Breathnach


Diciembre es maravilloso y agotador, los días son mágicos blancos y azules pero con millones de cosas que hacer y muchísimo trabajo... Por eso, porque las mujeres nos lo merecemos creo que es uan idea genial el hacerse estos pequeños regalos este mes!!

Y quería aprovechar también esta entrada subir  las imágenes de los dos dragones guardianes que hice la semana pasada. No los subí antes porque son dos regalitos y no quería estropear la sorpresa a sus dueñas ñiiiiiiiiiii!!! Cada vez estoy más aficionada a la arcilla polimerica, me relaja un montón y hace que me olvide del mundo!

Estos dos pequeños han sido unos regalos para dos mujeres a las que quiero mucho y son enorrrrrmes: Marta (duendes del Reloj)  y Violeta, un hada preciosa.

Parece que no pueden dejar de nacer, y me transportan a un lugar que creo que está fuera del tiempo, si buscas un dragón guardian puedes pedírmelo y lo haré tal y como desees, rosa? violeta? destellos de polvo de oro? cual se esconde en tu interior... ponte en contacto conmigo si quieres adoptar el tuyo!


Quiero aprovechar para recordaros que está en marcha la segunda tanda de la subasta benéfica cuyos beneficios serán destinados a la ayuda de perros y gatos sin hogar... podeis pujar por mi bolso ericito y otras piezas muy muy bonitas... solo teneis que hacer clic!

Y ahora me voy, porque voy a montar el arbol de Navidad YUPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
          Si una estrella se enreda en tu pelo...        
A veces, en invierno, los cielos son tan claros que, si subimos a una colina un poco alta  las estrellas se enredan en nuestros cabellos... quizás tengas suerte y sea la estrella polar la que juegue con ellos y te de una parte de su brillo y te ayude siempre a no perder el norte, o mejor aún, quizá te conceda un deseo... pero según se dice, según se comenta en los rincones sombríos donde suelen esconderse las personas sabias, para que esto ocurra hay que seguir unos pasos que sabidos son desde que la Tierra era un lugar de Leyendas y parajes siempreverdes...

Esta es la Tiara de Hada Estrella Polar, la he hecho como un regalo para una persona que se ha convertido para mí en alguien muy especial, con deseo de que no uno sino muchos muchos deseos le sean concedidos.

La estrella es de raso, acolchada y después una finisima capa blanca con brillos de nieve-plata se ha posado encima, adornada con una perla del río y pequeñas lentejuelas, esta tiara nace en lo más puro del invierno.

Las cintas están hechas en groguén y adornadas con galón de pasamanería, es adaptable pues lleva gomita detrás....

DOS MÁS DISPONIBLES TENGO, si piensas que una es para ti, escríbeme corre! aquí aquí:

Y Recuerda esto que te digo, cuando  su brillante corona muestre la Estrella Polar.
Si un deseo quieres pedir, estos pasos debes seguir:

Para que una estrella te conceda un deseo...

Salid fuera y el cielo mirad,
 cerrad los ojos y al corazón excuchad.
Alza la varita, (sie en el taller está, con tu dedo bastará.)
Busca una estrella, la que más brillará....
y bajo su luz, en un papel,
escribe tu deseo (con letra clara, que la lea bien!)
Dile a tu estrella con fuerte, fuerte voz:


Tres veces lo debes repetir
(por si la primera no la pudiere oir)
y tras eso
una vela plateada (o blanca, si menestere)
debes encender , con cuidado (no te quemes)
prende tu papel y contempla flotar
el humo que tu deseo  a la estrella ha de susurrar.

          Niña-Conejo y la Nieve        

Yo, particularmente inclinada
 a amar lo hermoso que no es amado
de todas las estaciones, la que más amo
es el invierno.

Hoy no podía pasar por aquí sin citar a mi admiradísima escritora Sarah Ban Breathnach, porque su libro "El Encanto Cotidiano" es uno de mis mayores placeres, sobretodo cuando hace frío... Y hoy me sugiere, mientras me describe los maravillosos placeres que me brinda Noviembre, que me abrigue bien y salga, ahora que la nieve está limpia y nueva, y sin pisadas, ni huellas, ni roderas de coches, a tomar lo que necesite para el postre de esta noche, un postre puro como el cielo.

Y al igual que yo, la pequeña Niña-Bany despertó una de esas claras, clarísimas mañanas de Noviembre con el maravilloso regalo que es la Primera Nieve, quizá ella también quería salir corriendo a buscar su postre de esa noche...

Estas camisetas son las dos primeras de la colección de inviernoque enviaré a mi querida Yolanda, para su preciosa tienda "Los Tesoros de Senda" en Málaga... me encantaría que la visitarais ya que ella siempre desde que yo al conozco ha sido un gran apoyo para todas aquellas que dedicamos una parte de nuestras vidas a crear... además de eso expone en su espacio, en su tienda preciosas piezas y exposiciones fabulosas.

Las he hecho sobre unos jerseys super supercalentitos, porque por dentro llevan pelusita, tipo polar, me he probado una de ellas y de verdad que me he pensado dos veces si me la quedaba para mí porque son superconfortables... en dos colores, plomo y granate, con dibujo pintado a mano y decorada con pequeños abalorios y detalles en pintura plata y azul nácar (que no se aprecian en las fotos)

Me hace ilusión compartir con vosotras lo que me ha llegado en un precioso sobre blanco y rosa de mi queridisima Miriam Miri Kong.. y lo más maravilloso fue que me lo mandó porque sí, y tal como ella me dice en su carta "Los regalos sin motivo son los más queridos... ¿y qué había dentro? os preguntareis, pues una colección de sus pinzas folk que me enamoraron cuando las vi en su blog, y ya en cuanto las vi sabía que irían destinadas a colgar unas bonitas láminas...

 Me gusta la idea de colgarlas, lo mismo que la ropita limpia, aquí teneis una foto más detallada de las pinzas, siento la mala calidad, mi cámara no capta muy bien los detalles, además que ha sido un día nublado y la luz no era nada favorable...

Y junto con las pinzas folk de mis amores llegó este precioso broche fantasma, que Miriam es muy pilla y ya sabe lo que me gustan estas cosaaas!! ^_^

Verdad que es todo precioso??

Pero... upps que se me olvidaba una cosita, cual es, cual será el maravilloso postre, el maravilloso mimo que el cielo me ofrece como maná?
Qué tal un sorbete de Nieve? Si? Pues aquí teneis:


1 taza de nata para montar
1/2 taza de azúcar glas
1 cucharada de estracto de vainilla
8 tazas de nieve (atención por dios, nieve limpia y pura, si está sucia olvidadlo si??)
Chocolate y nuez moscada rallados para decorar

Mezclar la nata el azúcar y la vainilla
Bátelo hasta conseguir una consistencia espumosa
Viértelo en un cuenco grande y vierte la nieve poco a poco hasta que el líquido quede absorvido
Poner en el frigo hasta el momento de servir.
Decorar con chocolate y nuez moscada...

No es maravilloso Noviembre?

          Fresas Salvajes y grajeas Bertie Botts de Todos Los Sabores (de todos todos)        
Queridas mías...

Esta brujilla, hoy no tenía muy claro sobre qué actualizar el blog, porque tengo un montón de cositas que tengo ganas de compartir aquí...
Pero justo ahora he encontrado entre las hojas del caminito que conduce al bosque la primera de las Fresas Salvajes de Invierno, con un hechizo muy básico la he transformado en este bolso, que acompañará a una personita en sus aventuras ;)

Acolchadito, perfumadito mmm suave como las fresas, las primeras fresas de invierno...

pero como con una sola fresa no me sentí del todo satisfecha y este época del año no es muy productiva frutíferamente, decidí entrar en mi cocina... para fabricar yo misma las...


Y cuando digo de todos los sabores me refiero a todos todos!!! Las Seguidoras de la Saga Harry Potter ya las conoceran... y seguro que muchas de vosotras deseais probar estos dulces tan de moda en el mundo mágico!!! Y bueno no todas podemos desplazarnos a Hogsmeade cada vez que nos apetece así que...

Quereis hacerlas vosotras mismas??? Si?? Pues Lapiz y Papel!! Ahí va esta receta supersecreta!!!

NOTA: la receta escrita a continuación ha sido sacada de un antiquísimo libro custodiado en la Biblioteca Nacional de Brujas y Magos asi que no me ha sido nada fácil conseguirla!!

Los sabores de las mermeladas utilizados para hacer las grajeas pueden ser cambiados a vuestro gusto... yo os daré algunos ejemplos, pero después podeis hacer grajeas de chorizo o potaje de garbanzos o de sandía!!! Lo que más os guste!! Creo que es una idea muy chula para la Noche de halloween!! Y a los niños seguuuuro que les encanta y os ayudaran encantados a prepararla!!!



300 ml de agua
300 gr de mermelada (a vuestra elección)
25 grs de maicena
150 grs de azúcar
15 grs de cola de pez (son unas láminas que se venden en el súper para hacer gelatina sin sabor)


Lo primero que tenemos que hacer es reblandecer la cola de pez en un taza de agua fría.

Ahora ponemos los 300ml de agua a hervir junto con el azúcar.
Cuando hierva le añadimos la maicena disuelta de un dedo de agua fría.
Mezclamos todo y removemoscon un cucharón (puede ser una cuchara pero lo  de cucharón suena más dramático) hasta que la maicena se haya disuelto del todo.

Cuando empieze a hervir de nuevo añadimos la mermelada y sin dejar de remover dejamos cocer un par de minutos.
Ahora escurrimos la cola de pez que ya se habrá ablandado y la añadimos a la mezcla, batiendo hasta que se disuelva del todo.
Seguimos removieeeeeeeendo y removieeeeeendo (se cantas sale más bueno) hasta conseguir una masa gelatinosa y homogenea.

Y ahora ya queda poco... vertemos la masa en un molde rectangular y lo dejamos reposar para que se enfríe y espese.

Cuando ya tenga buena consistencia la cortamos en dados y ya sooo queda el toque final, las pintamos con clara de huevo y las espolvoreamos con azúcar glas.




Pero, ¿como darles sabores realmente peculariares a nuestras grajeas? Necesitamos mermeladas de sabores curiosos, calabaza, cebolla, calabacín... donde conseguirla? Cómo hacerla?? Don t worry!! Aquí os doy las recetas de algunas mermeladas muy fáciles de hacer en casa para preparar las grajeas!! Lo más divertido es hacer grajeas de sabores distintos, algunos agradables y otros no tanto, y mezclarlas todas de manera que no sepas cual te va a tocar!!!!





  Podeis buscar más recetas de mermeladas en internet!! podeis tambíén seguir la receta y no poner mermelada y en su lugar poner por ejemplo un montón de pimienta negra!!!

besitos de castañas haditas!!!! Voy a darme un paseo por vuetros blogs, pero tengo tan mala señal de internet estos días que tarda 10 minutos en cargar cada blog así que perdonadme si me veis un poco ausente, no lo estoy eh??? ;

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          TEXTO REFLEXIVO        


"(Fábula sobre as diferentes maneiras de Serem estudantes, escrito por um aluno) 

Esta é uma história que se passa em qualquer canto do Brasil em qualquer escola, com qualquer aluno, comigo, com você... 
Eram quatro rapazes que estudavam numa escola em uma mesma classe: Arrependido, Falso, Mínimo e Quero-Tentar. 
Arrependido era um rapaz desanimado com os estudos, não fazia nada na sala de aula e muito menos os deveres de casa. Não pensava no seu futuro e vivia achando que estava perdendo tempo naquela escola e por isso arrependia-se por não poder ficar pelas ruas com seus colegas. Por não gostar de estudar tirava notas baixas. 
Falso era um cara mentiroso e um pouco preguiçoso para com os estudos. Ou copiava de alguém ou falsificava o que fazia, na realidade mesmo, nada fazia era tão falso quanto sua nota - apesar de ser razoável - pois tudo que precisava era colar ou confiar no amigo na hora da avaliação, raramente isto falhava. 
Mínimo era um rapaz que não pensava em ir muito longe, para este o que importava era conseguir uma nota que o aprovasse, portanto, estudava pouco, mas não 'colava' nas avaliações e não passava disso, 60% era o bastante e contentava-se com este mínimo. Sempre tinha um pensamento 'tenho boas notas porque não perdi nenhuma'. 
Quero-Tentar gostava do que fazia. Quando lhe apresentava algo novo, um problema que ele não soubesse, ele dizia: 'Vou tentar resolvê-lo' e quase sempre conseguia mesmo. 
Assim Quero-Tentar era o primeiro da classe. Em termos de aprendizagem, Mínimo era o penúltimo, Falso era o último, pois só tinha nota e não sabia nada, e Arrependido abandonou a escola. 
Hoje são todos homens feitos e cada um teve o seu destino: 
Arrependido mora numa favela chamada Tarde Demais. 
Falso, queria se político, mas infeliz descobriram sua falsidade; foi julgado e condenado por um juiz chamado Verdade. 
Mínimo, com seu conhecimento mínimo, é soldado mínimo, ganha salário mínimo e tem um comandante muito exigente chamado Máximo que sempre lhe cobra 100% 
“Quero - Tentar se saiu melhor, hoje é presidente de um país chamado ‘República Democrática dos Sucessos’.” 
Qual dos alunos citados no texto você foi até o ano anterior?
Qual pretende ser a partir de 2012? 
Justifique sua resposta. Os textos serão colocados dentro de um envelope, lacrados e abertos somente no final do ano letivo.


                             Em 17 de março de 2016, às 18 horas acontecerá uma reunião envolvendo todos os segmentos da comunidade escolar.
           Momento em que a Gestora apresentará seus objetivos e união com todos montará ações que deverão norteá os trabalhos pa
ra 2016.

          Kira McEntire ‘13        

Kira McEntire '13, a biology/environmental studies major and art minor is attending graduate school at the University of Georgia.

          The Art Of The Summer Garden 2009        
A Photo-Journal Feature
written and photographed by
Ginger Van Hook

Features Beverly Hills Artist

Local Beverly Hills Artist Creates Art
From Her Garden
Launching a new project called

A local artist and resident of Beverly Hills turned her garden into an art form by creating a project called “Plant It Forward”. Linda Kunik, an artist and alumna from Otis College of Art and Design has initiated a project to enhance her artistic community as well as inspire local artists to do the same. “Plant It Forward” is about establishing community while reconnecting with the earth, a vision which includes artists bartering for vegetables either by working in the garden or helping in the documentation of the garden’s delights by photographing, videotaping and or journaling about the experience. Ms. Kunik believes trading services for food in these tough economic times makes sense because while cultivating the soil, a group of artists will also cultivate friendships and nourish the community. The foundation of Linda Kunik’s work is to get back to the roots of sustainable agriculture. “Plant It Forward” does exactly what it says. The seeds are planted now and the fruits of this labor go forward to feed people who take from the harvest the inspiration to plant their own gardens.

“…My vision is for everyone to have their own garden, large or small and if that is not possible, to raise enough awareness for the people to shop locally and support their local Farmer’s Markets…” Ms. Kunik states as she points to the five large gardens she created in the back yard of her home, replacing flowerbeds and lawns in order to plant vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. Kunik wanted to give back to her community, raise awareness of the need for personal gardens and utilize the artistic medium to make her statement. “My work has always referenced the land. From my early days as a watercolorist painting landscapes to later works making paintings of deforestation or global warming; the beauty and fragility of the earth has been a recurring theme. Combining my agricultural practice with my art-making seems to be an natural evolution.”

The prospect of jumping into an artistic adventure to produce homegrown fruits and vegetables with a group of fellow artists was contagious. Thus the enthusiasm carried this labor of love into the summer as Ms. Kunik worked with a group of artists to bring in soil, create raised beds and began to fill them with the seeds of tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, corn, and a variety of herbs, citrus fruits and assorted vegetables. Some of the artists participating in Plant It Forward include Juna Amano (Painting & Sculpture), Marissa Magdalena (Installation, Performance and Drawing), Ofunne Obiamawe (Photographer), Suzanne Oshinsky (Videographer), Michiko Smith (Painting), Whitney Stolich (Photographer) and Ginger Van Hook (Photographer) as well as the new artists joining every week.

It is the zenith of summer now and already some of the tomatoes have ripened looking fat, juicy and red. In recent weeks, there have already been harvests of endive lettuce, carrots and radishes. The important element in the formation of this garden is the artistic component of Ms. Kunik’s vision. The raised beds and gardens are shaped into asymmetrical forms with a walking path between them. Large Sunflowers adorn the corners of each of the vegetable beds and the aromas of fresh tomatoes and rosemary mixes with the fragrances of roses and lavender permeating the air in her back yard.

Linda Kunik has written a blog about her work and continues to support the arts by highlighting the artistry of organic gardening in photography and painting. She also founded a community artist forum called the O Salon. The O Salon is where artists network and take part in conceptual critique as well as share information about each other’s works. Ms. Kunik is involved in a number of professional organizations including the Los Angeles Art Association, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Docent Council and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Linda Kunik photographed beside her painting
Exhibition at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, California, 2008
(Photo by Ginger Van Hook)

Plant It Forward-the starving artist project

Additional artists websites and blogs:

  • Juna Amano (Painting & Sculpture)

  • Marissa Magdalena (Installation, Performance and Drawing)

  • Ofunne Obiamawe (Photographer)

  • Suzanne Oshinsky (Videographer)

  • Michiko Smith (Painting)

  • Whitney Stolich (Photographer)

  • Ginger Van Hook (Photographer)

  • Luke Van Hook (Painting)

"Plant It Forward" : The week of June 07, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 01, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 08, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 15, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 22, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 29, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : The week of August 5, 2009

Artist, Linda Kunik planted a garden to share with fellow artists.

"Plant It Forward" : The day of August 08, 2009


"Plant It Forward" : The Week of August 12, 2009

"Plant It Forward" : Week of August 19, 2009

          Best Time To Invest in Art, NOW! by Ginger Van Hook        
TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld",
is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the
Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award
by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION,
stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007.
The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle.
by Luke Van Hook
(Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)

As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.

y husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.

Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.

We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.

MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.

Monrovia, California
Foothill Mountain Communities
Some Artists in Action...

THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 ( 626-256-3124

Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (

The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (

California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)

The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (

The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.



August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201

A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.

Artist, Melanie Rothschild

Artist, Patsy Cox

Artist, Yuriko Etue

Artist, Jerrin Wagstaff



16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007


Kathryn Andrews
Chris Lipomi
Donald Morgan
Stephanie Taylor
organized by Kathryn Andrews

Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007

2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
Santa Monica, CA 90405



Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS, (The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School) David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah Carpenter July 23- August 31, 2007 310-770-2525
Photo by Ginger Van Hook



TAG Gallery
Elizabeth Sadoff
Gallery Director
2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery
handing out awards to the winning artists.

Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter "The Flooded Room" TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist, Lorien Suarez,
TAG Gallery August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist, Carlos Daub,
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola Three artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007

Photo by Ginger Van Hook

TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
August 18, 2007
Standing room only at the popular show

Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated
at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition,
August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Já há sete anos lecionando no curso de Letras, é possível perceber as transformações que vão se operando no graduando desta área do conhecimento. Muitos chegam sem a real compreensão do que trata o curso; outros parecem buscar apenas o certificado, alegando ser necessário, "hoje em dia", ter um curso superior; e ainda há aqueles vocacionados para as letras, que já chegam com certa bagagem de leitura e vontade de aprofundar seus conhecimentos linguísticos e literários. No meio da caminho, muitos desistem, pois não é fácil estudar Letras sem a devida dedicação; por outro lado, muitos daqueles que chegam sem o suficiente preparo acabam se identificando de tal maneira que se tornam exemplos de boa conduta, dedicação e entusiasmo. Ensinar literatura é o mesmo que ensinar a gostar de literatura? Até certo ponto sim, porém não depende apenas do professor, mas de um envolvimento do aluno para com as disposições teóricas e as leituras "obrigatórias"; um dos sintomas de que este envolvimento esteja acontecendo é quando eles não encaram mais as leituras como obrigatórias, mas como fontes de conhecimento e prazer. O aluno não deve aprender Fernando Pessoa pensando que precisa ensinar, depois, no Ensino Médio, as características de cada heterônimo; também não deve estudar Romantismo com a ingênua visão de que precisa saber responder, na prova, onde o movimento começou, quais as suas características, seus autores e obras. O aluno deve se abrir ao olhar transformador, compreeder as obras e as matrizes teóricas como formas de ampliar sua visão sobre o mundo e sobre si mesmo. Um estudante de literatura não pode ser alheio aos conteúdos, mas perceber-se como parte integrada de um "mecanismo" que leva em conta subjetividades, percepções e criações. Afinal de contas, o que faz das grandes obras o que elas são, é sua capacidade de "sempre dizer", de "não se fechar a um tempo"; ainda que se olhe para ela com o distanciamento de um crítico, é preciso compreender e aceitar que num primeiro momento deve-se senti-la. Ler um conto de Clarice Lispector desejando aplicar teorias é como encará-la do ponto de vista matemático, lógico, preciso. Entregar-se a uma leitura de forma desprovida, inicialmente, é devolver a ela sua originalidade e sua capacidade de surpreender. Digo isso pensando nos estudantes de Letras, que muitas vezes consideram as leituras como um "peso" a ser carregado durante alguns anos de graduação. Por outro lado, é de extrema satisfação acompanhar o progresso de tantos outros alunos que se percebem amantes da literatura, e devoram as obras, as aulas e os estudos como quem experimenta sempre o novo; é nítida sua mudança de postura e de habilidade verbal, além de seu refinamento de espírito. Por estes alunos, vale muito a pena propor discussões, análises e leituras; com eles, rememoramos o prazer proporcionado pela descoberta das "primeiras e eternas letras".

Depois de onze anos da sua última obra poética, Ferreira Gullar publica, em 2010, Em alguma parte alguma. Já aclamado pela crítica – e não poderia ser diferente –, a obra poética aparece prefaciada por Alfredo Bosi e Antonio Carlos Secchin, que ressaltam a qualidade e a originalidade da voz poética de Gullar. Militante na vida política, artística e cultural, o poeta e crítico participou de movimentos vários, tendo acompanhado de perto alguns desdobramentos de vanguarda e, dentre eles, o Concretismo e suas ramificações, a partir da década de 50. Seu contato imediato com as linhas de força da poesia brasileira desde o Modernismo lhe proporcionou um poetar de múltiplas vozes e tendências, além de um diálogo fremente com a herança recebida dos vários modernismos e da contemporaneidade, o que se percebe, também, na última obra. Segue, abaixo, um poema que compõe Em alguma parte alguma:


Gatinho, meu amigo,
fazes ideia do que seja uma estrela?

Dizem que todo este nosso imenso planeta
        coberto de oceanos e montanhas
        é menos que um grão de poeira
        se comparado a uma delas

Estrelas são explosões nucleares em cadeia
numa sucessão que dura bilhões de anos

O mesmo que a eternidade

Não obstante, Gatinho, confesso
que pouco me importa
                  quanto dura uma estrela

Importa-me quanto duras tu,
                  querido amigo,
                  e esses teus olhos azul-safira
                  com que me fitas


It's almost evening.

The river rages relentlessly, its water white, its roar deafening.  

It's a normal world not too far from here. 

People must have gone to work, worked hard throughout, tired by the end of the day. It must be someone's first day at work, and they must have been excited about it. Someone must have gotten their first salary, and they must have been ecstatic. Someone must have been fired from their jobs for no fault of theirs. Someone must have gotten a raise or a promotion, and they must have felt really proud.

But here, here was different. Time didn't seem to move so quickly as it did out there, in the normal world. I have been sitting here since morning. I like doing that.

Children must have gone to schools, and their teachers must have taught them, about the world. There must have been exams for some of them, and some must have done really well. Meanwhile, a few others have not cared about their results. They will show the world their potential one day. One day. Or at least that's what they would like to believe. 

I had never been here before, here, isolated, not a soul for as far as eye could see, except birds, trees, and the River.

Someone must have met someone and must have been bowled over. Someone must have told how they felt about the person they loved, for the first time. Someone must have had a big fight with their partner, and must have said things which cannot be unsaid, and it must have gone irreparably wrong. Someone must have asked their partners to marry them, and their partners must have said 'yes', overwhelmed.

Someone must have gotten married today, to someone they deeply care about, with a promise to be together for life. Someone must have filed for a divorce today because it just wouldn't work. Some happy couples must have had a baby today, and they must have been feeling joyous. They must be thinking about doing their best, and giving their children the best possible future. Someone must have died. Their loved ones must have mourned, and remembered their legacy.

It happened when the moon and the sun were in the sky together. I saw smoke rising from distance, that dragged me out of my stupor. I started walking towards it first, and then running. I started to feel out of breath soon but I keep going. It looked bad.

As I began approaching it, I saw a burning hut, engulfed in high flames. There was hardly anything I could have done to save it, it was too late. A middle-aged uncouth man stood beside it, looking at it, smiling, naked. I stood stunned for a while, then I went closer and I frantically asked, shouting at the top of my voice to make myself heard above the din, "What are you doing?"

He looked at me, hardly surprised at seeing another person there. He didn't need to shout to make himself heard, and calmly said, "I lived in this hut for several years. This, and everything inside, is all I had come to have over the years. I burnt it."


As if I didn't see the obvious, he replied, "Now I have nothing to lose. I am free."

I couldn't think of anything to say.

A stream of water rose from the river, and started flowing mid-air towards us with an intimidating force. I didn't have much time to react. The stream flowing along its serpentine path, drowned the hut and the man. I remained untouched by water, and could hardly see or make sense of anything in all the chaos. In a flash, the stream receded, the river flowed as usual, the hut and the man disappeared.

          Salme Pasi        

Salme Pasi voitti ja pori meni sekaisin. Torille en mennyt, se ihmispaljous mua ei kiinosta ja olin kyllä töissä ja muissa hommissa,,,,,mutta Sillai kait,,Ihan pehmeet touhuu <3


Tämä oli sitten tytön suosikki ja itku tuli kun tippui.

Tää oli myös tosi hyvä,,,miehellä ihan hyvän näköinen kroppa :D


El Juez liberó la nota que dejó el Dr. René Favaloro antes de suicidarse.

(Del Dr. René Favaloro/ julio 29-2000 - 14,30 horas)

Si se lee mi carta de renuncia a la Cleveland Clinic , está claro que mi regreso a la Argentina (después de haber alcanzado un lugar destacado en la cirugía cardiovascular) se debió a mi eterno compromiso con mi patria. Nunca perdí mis raíces.. Volví para trabajar en docencia, investigación y asistencia médica. La primera etapa en el Sanatorio Güemes, demostró que inmediatamente organizamos la residencia en cardiología y cirugía cardiovascular, además de cursos de post grado a todos los niveles.
Le dimos importancia también a la investigación clínica en donde participaron la mayoría de los miembros de nuestro grupo.

En lo asistencial exigimos de entrada un número de camas para los indigentes. Así, cientos de pacientes fueron operados sin cargo alguno. La mayoría de nuestros pacientes provenían de las obras sociales. El sanatorio tenía contrato con las más importantes de aquel entonces.
La relación con el sanatorio fue muy clara: los honorarios, provinieran de donde provinieran, eran de nosotros; la internación, del sanatorio (sin duda la mayor tajada).

Nosotros con los honorarios pagamos las residencias y las secretarias y nuestras entradas se distribuían entre los médicos proporcionalmente.

Nunca permití que se tocara un solo peso de los que no nos correspondía.

A pesar de que los directores aseguraban que no había retornos, yo conocía que sí los había. De vez en cuando, a pedido de su director, saludaba a los sindicalistas de turno, que agradecían nuestro trabajo.

Este era nuestro único contacto.

A mediados de la década del 70, comenzamos a organizar la Fundación. Primero con la ayuda de la Sedra, creamos el departamento de investigación básica que tanta satisfacción nos ha dado y luego la construcción del Instituto de Cardiología y cirugía cardiovascular.
Cuando entró en funciones, redacté los 10 mandamientos que debían sostenerse a rajatabla, basados en el lineamiento ético que siempre me ha acompañado.

La calidad de nuestro trabajo, basado en la tecnología incorporada más la tarea de los profesionales seleccionados hizo que no nos faltara trabajo, pero debimos luchar continuamente con la corrupción imperante en la medicina (parte de la tremenda corrupción que ha contaminado a nuestro país en todos los niveles sin límites de ninguna naturaleza). Nos hemos negado sistemáticamente a quebrar los lineamientos éticos, como consecuencia, jamás dimos un solo peso de retorno.. Así, obras sociales de envergadura no mandaron ni mandan sus pacientes al Instituto.

¡Lo que tendría que narrar de las innumerables entrevistas con los sindicalistas de turno!

Manga de corruptos que viven a costa de los obreros y coimean fundamentalmente con el dinero de las obras sociales que corresponde a la atención médica.

Lo mismo ocurre con el PAMI. Esto lo pueden certificar los médicos de mi país que para sobrevivir deben aceptar participar del sistema implementado a lo largo y ancho de todo el país.

Valga un solo ejemplo: el PAMI tiene una vieja deuda con nosotros, (creo desde el año 94 o 95) de 1.900.000 pesos; la hubiéramos cobrado en 48 horas si hubiéramos aceptado los retornos que se nos pedían (como es lógico no a mí directamente).

Si hubiéramos aceptado las condiciones imperantes por la corrupción del sistema (que se ha ido incrementando en estos últimos años) deberíamos tener 100 camas más. No daríamos abasto para atender toda la demanda.

El que quiera negar que todo esto es cierto que acepte que rija en la Argentina, el principio fundamental de la libre elección del médico, que terminaría con los acomodados de turno.

Los mismo ocurre con los pacientes privados (incluyendo los de la medicina prepaga) el médico que envía a estos pacientes por el famoso ana-ana , sabe, espera, recibir una jugosa participación del cirujano.

Hace muchísimos años debo escuchar aquello de que Favaloro no opera más! ¿De dónde proviene este infundio?. Muy simple: el pacientes es estudiado.. Conclusión, su cardiólogo le dice que debe ser operado. El paciente acepta y expresa sus deseos de que yo lo opere. 'Pero cómo, usted no sabe que Favaloro no opera hace tiempo?'. 'Yo le voy a recomendar un cirujano de real valor, no se preocupe'. El cirujano 'de real valor' además de su capacidad profesional retornará al cardiólogo mandante un 50% de los honorarios!

Varios de esos pacientes han venido a mi consulta no obstante las 'indicaciones' de su cardiólogo. '¿Doctor, usted sigue operando?' y una vez más debo explicar que sí, que lo sigo haciendo con el mismo entusiasmo y responsabilidad de siempre.
Muchos de estos cardiólogos, son de prestigio nacional e internacional.

Concurren a los Congresos del American College o de la American Heart y entonces sí, allí me brindan toda clase de felicitaciones y abrazos cada vez que debo exponer alguna 'lecture' de significación. Así ocurrió cuando la de Paul D. White lecture en Dallas, decenas de cardiólogos argentinos me abrazaron, algunos con lágrimas en los ojos. Pero aquí, vuelven a insertarse en el 'sistema' y el dinero es lo que más les interesa.

La corrupción ha alcanzado niveles que nunca pensé presenciar. Instituciones de prestigio como el Instituto Cardiovascular Buenos Aires, con excelentes profesionales médicos, envían empleados bien entrenados que visitan a los médicos cardiólogos en sus consultorios. Allí les explican en detalles los mecanismos del retorno y los porcentajes que recibirán no solamente por la cirugía, los métodos de diagnóstico no invasivo (Holter eco, camara y etc., etc.) los cateterismos, las angioplastias, etc. etc., están incluidos...

No es la única institución. Médicos de la Fundación me han mostrado las hojas que les dejan con todo muy bien explicado. Llegado el caso, una vez el paciente operado, el mismo personal entrenado, visitará nuevamente al cardiólogo, explicará en detalle 'la operación económica' y entregará el sobre correspondiente!.

La situación actual de la Fundación es desesperante, millones de pesos a cobrar de tarea realizada, incluyendo pacientes de alto riesgo que no podemos rechazar. Es fácil decir 'no hay camas disponibles'.

Nuestro juramento médico lo impide.

Estos pacientes demandan un alto costo raramente reconocido por las obras sociales. A ello se agregan deudas por todos lados, las que corresponden a la construcción y equipamiento del ICYCC, los proveedores, la DGI, los bancos, los médicos con atrasos de varios meses.. Todos nuestros proyectos tambalean y cada vez más todo se complica.

En Estados Unidos, las grandes instituciones médicas, pueden realizar su tarea asistencial, la docencia y la investigación por las donaciones que reciben.

Las cinco facultades médicas más trascendentes reciben más de 100 millones de dólares cada una! Aquí, ni soñando.

Realicé gestiones en el BID que nos ayudó en la etapa inicial y luego publicitó en varias de sus publicaciones a nuestro instituto como uno de sus logros!. Envié cuatro cartas a Enrique Iglesias, solicitando ayuda (¡tiran tanto dinero por la borda en esta Latinoamérica!) todavía estoy esperando alguna respuesta. Maneja miles de millones de dólares, pero para una institución que ha entrenado centenares de médicos desparramados por nuestro país y toda Latinoamérica, no hay respuesta.

¿Cómo se mide el valor social de nuestra tarea docente?

Es indudable que ser honesto, en esta sociedad corrupta tiene su precio. A la corta o a la larga te lo hacen pagar.

La mayoría del tiempo me siento solo. En aquella carta de renuncia a la C. Clinic , le decía al Dr. Effen que sabía de antemano que iba a tener que luchar y le recordaba que Don Quijote era español!

Sin duda la lucha ha sido muy desigual.

El proyecto de la Fundación tambalea y empieza a resquebrajarse.

Hemos tenido varias reuniones, mis colaboradores más cercanos, algunos de ellos compañeros de lucha desde nuestro recordado Colegio Nacional de La Plata, me aconsejan que para salvar a la Fundación debemos incorporarnos al 'sistema'.

Sí al retorno, sí al ana-ana..

'Pondremos gente a organizar todo'. Hay 'especialistas' que saben como hacerlo. 'Debes dar un paso al costado. Aclararemos que vos no sabes nada, que no estás enterado'. 'Debes comprenderlo si querés salvar a la Fundación'

¡Quién va a creer que yo no estoy enterado!

En este momento y a esta edad terminar con los principios éticos que recibí de mis padres, mis maestros y profesores me resulta extremadamente difícil. No puedo cambiar, prefiero desaparecer.

Joaquín V. González, escribió la lección de optimismo que se nos entregaba al recibirnos: 'a mí no me ha derrotado nadie'. Yo no puedo decir lo mismo. A mí me ha derrotado esta sociedad corrupta que todo lo controla. Estoy cansado de recibir homenajes y elogios al nivel internacional. Hace pocos días fui incluido en el grupo selecto de las leyendas del milenio en cirugía cardiovascular. El año pasado debí participar en varios países desde Suecia a la India escuchando siempre lo mismo.

'¡La leyenda, la leyenda!'

Quizá el pecado capital que he cometido, aquí en mi país, fue expresar siempre en voz alta mis sentimientos, mis críticas, insisto, en esta sociedad del privilegio, donde unos pocos gozan hasta el hartazgo, mientras la mayoría vive en la miseria y la desesperación. Todo esto no se perdona, por el contrario se castiga.

Me consuela el haber atendido a mis pacientes sin distinción de ninguna naturaleza. Mis colaboradores saben de mi inclinación por los pobres, que viene de mis lejanos años en Jacinto Arauz.

Estoy cansado de luchar y luchar, galopando contra el viento como decía Don Ata.

No puedo cambiar.

No ha sido una decisión fácil pero sí meditada.
No se hable de debilidad o valentía.

El cirujano vive con la muerte, es su compañera inseparable, hable de debilidad o valentía.

El cirujano vive con la muerte, es su compañera inseparable, con ella me voy de la mano..

Sólo espero no se haga de este acto una comedia. Al periodismo le pido que tenga un poco de piedad.

Estoy tranquilo.. Alguna vez en un acto académico en USA se me presentó como a un hombre bueno que sigue siendo un médico rural. Perdónenme, pero creo, es cierto. Espero que me recuerden así.

En estos días he mandado cartas desesperadas a entidades nacionales, provinciales, empresarios, sin recibir respuesta.

En la Fundación ha comenzado a actuar un comité de crisis con asesoramiento externo. Ayer empezaron a producirse las primeras cesantías.. Algunos, pocos, han sido colaboradores fieles y dedicados. El lunes no podría dar la cara..

A mi familia en particular a mis queridos sobrinos, a mis colaboradores, a mis amigos, recuerden que llegué a los 77 años. No aflojen, tienen la obligación de seguir luchando por lo menos hasta alcanzar la misma edad, que no es poco.

Una vez más reitero la obligación de cremarme inmediatamente sin perder tiempo y tirar mis cenizas en los montes cercanos a Jacinto Arauz, allá en La Pampa.

Queda terminantemente prohibido realizar ceremonias religiosas o civiles.

Un abrazo a todos
René Favaloro

          Latina Crafter Blog Hop Alumni        

Hola !! y bienvenid@s a este blog hop especial! estamos celebrando el 6to Aniversario de Latina Crafter ! Yo tuve la fortuna de formar parte del equipo de diseño de LC por algun tiempo y fue una grata experiencia, he conocido chicas maravillosas y talentosas, ademas los productos son de primera calidad y siempre disfrute crear con ellos. Quiero agradecer en especial a Diana por haberme permitido ser parte del equipo, para ella y todas las chicas solo quiero decir GRACIAS!

Y  es asi como se titula mi tarjeta, Esta vez  utilice colores mas vibrantes con tema de Verano, para los sellos use embossing en color dorado para que combinara con los demas elementos.
recuerden comentar en todos los blogs, habra una tarjeta de regalo de $25!

Orden del salto:
Regresa a Latina Crafter para anotarte en el inlinkz: hasta el domingo 11 de Junio para participar!! buena suerte a tod@s!

          Norte Pioneiro - Tecnologia verde como meta         
A TI Compracam foi a primeira empresa a se instalar na unidade de Jacarezinho e representa o 100º negócio incubado no Tecpar

Jacarezinho - Uma parceria entre o Tecpar (Instituto de Tecnologia do Paraná) e a Unilivre (Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente) irá oferecer oportunidades a empreendedores e empresários no desenvolvimento e na criação de negócios inovadores com o uso de tecnologias sustentáveis, além de ofertar infraestrutura inicial para esses projetos por meio do Programa Incubação Verde, da Intec (Incubadora Tecnológica do Tecpar).

De acordo com o diretor-superintendente da Unilivre, Celso Kloss, a parceria levará mais uma oportunidade de apoio à tecnologia verde e irá atuar em duas frentes: nas universidades, para acelerar a transformação de pesquisa em novos produtos sustentáveis; e nas empresas, para que elas possam desenvolver, junto à Intec, projetos com tecnologias ambientais. "Vamos capacitar os empresários na área de gestão ambiental, com assessoria e consultoria no desenvolvimento dos projetos. Queremos aproveitar o Programa Patente Verde do Inpi (Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial), que dá prioridade no exame do requerimento de pedidos de patente de tecnologias inovadoras voltadas ao meio ambiente, para que inovações na área se desenvolvam", explica Kloss.

O gerente dos Parques e Incubadoras Tecnológicas do Tecpar, Gilberto Passos Lima, salienta que um edital específico para o Programa de Incubação Verde está sendo criado na Intec e deve ser lançado em breve. "Está tudo programado para ser publicado neste segundo semestre. No entanto, os empreendedores e empresários já podem candidatar seus projetos sustentáveis com base no edital vigente", orienta Lima.

A Incubadora Tecnológica do Tecpar oferece 32 vagas a empresas inovadoras que buscam o apoio do instituto para desenvolver seus negócios. São 16 vagas para a modalidade de incubação residente (quando a empresa permanece nas dependências da Intec) e outras 16 para a incubação não residente, quando o empresário não se instala na incubadora, mas conta com o apoio dos especialistas do instituto. As vagas estão divididas nas duas unidades da Intec, em Curitiba (20) e em Jacarezinho (12).

Para concorrer a uma das vagas, o projeto deve apresentar três requisitos: inovação (introdução de novidade ou aperfeiçoamento que resulte em novos produtos, serviços ou processos), base tecnológica (aplicação de conhecimento técnico-científico e investimento em Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento) e prova de conceito ou protótipo (modelo prático que possa provar o conceito estabelecido).

Ao longo de 27 anos, a Intec ofereceu suporte tecnológico a mais de 100 negócios. Atualmente, oito empresas passam pelo programa no instituto com o desenvolvimento de tecnologias em diversas áreas, duas delas no Parque Tecnológico do Norte Pioneiro, em Jacarezinho.

Uma é a Forrest Brasil Tecnologia, que desenvolve uma metodologia inédita voltada à saúde pública. O projeto de Desenvolvimento e Inovação (D&I) irá produzir e liberar na natureza machos estéreis do mosquito transmissor do Aedes aegypti para o controle natural dos insetos. Com a aprovação da ideia, a tendência é que haja queda da incidência do mosquito em até 90%, com redução significativa de registros nos casos de doença como a dengue, zika e chikungunya. A outra companhia é a TI Compracam, que desenvolve sistemas de gestão empresarial. Ela ingressou na Intec em novembro de 2016, e representa o 100º negócio incubado no Tecpar e a primeira da unidade de Jacarezinho.

Os interessados em participar do processo seletivo podem acessar o edital pelo site da Intec ( Mais informações podem ser obtidas pelo telefone (41) 3316-3176.
Luiz Guilherme Bannwart
Especial para a FOLHA DE LONDRINA

          Estado pode ter roteiro de turismo religioso         
Durante dez dias, milhares de fiéis participam das celebrações ao padroeiro de Siqueira Campos, no Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus da Cana Verde

O Paraná pode contar com um roteiro de turismo religioso para atrair turistas e peregrinos para locais de grande expressão religiosa no Estado. A informação foi repassada pelo governador Beto Richa, em Siqueira Campo, no último sábado (5), durante sua visita à Festa do Senhor Bom Jesus da Cana Verde. O evento, que está em sua 86ª edição, faz parte do Calendário Oficial do Estado e é uma das festividades religiosas mais tradicionais do Paraná. A festa teve início no dia 28 de julho e se encerrou no domingo (06), dia do padroeiro.

O Estado, segundo o governador, planeja concluir o roteiro até o ano que vem. "O Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus da Cana Verde será incluído neste roteiro por ser um dos locais que, tradicionalmente, mais recebem romeiros em todo o Estado", explicou.

Durante os dez dias de celebração do dia do padroeiro, o Santuário recebe cerca de 100 mil fiéis, vindos de diversas cidades do Paraná e também de outros estados, principalmente de São Paulo. Além de excursões de ônibus e carro, muitos romeiros vão a pé ou a cavalo até Siqueira Campos em promessa ao padroeiro.

O governador e a secretária da Família e Desenvolvimento Social, Fernanda Richa, participaram da missa celebrada pelo frei Carlos Gonzaga, pároco do santuário, e visitaram a sala dos milagres, local que reúne itens e fotografias deixadas por fiéis que receberam graças do Bom Jesus da Cana Verde.

O prefeito Fabiano Bueno destacou a importância do evento para Siqueira Campos. "É uma das maiores festas religiosas do Paraná. O municípios se preparou em todos os aspectos para receber todos os romeiros e autoridades que prestigiam este evento."

Frei Marcus Miranda, reitor do santuário, conta que a devoção a Bom Jesus da Cana Verde começou ainda no século 19. A imagem do padroeiro, esculpida em cedro vermelho, foi trazida de Minas Gerais ao município vizinho Carlópolis entre os anos 1820 e 1830. "É uma imagem do tempo do barroco. Não temos dados certos, mas acredita-se que ela foi esculpida por Aleijadinho ou um de seus discípulos", disse Frei Marcus.

"A imagem representa o Jesus sofredor, açoitado na casa de Pilatos antes da crucificação. Jesus segura em sua mão uma cana verde, que de acordo com a história, é porque a estátua veio de uma fazenda chamada Cana Verde", detalhou o reitor.

Na década de 1930, a Diocese de Jacarezinho determinou que a imagem fosse levada a Siqueira Campos, que já contava com uma paróquia estabelecida. Foi então que começou o culto ao padroeiro, que hoje reúne milhares de pessoas todos os anos.

Após a festa, o governador visitou o Lar do Menor Siqueirense, instituição criada em 1985 para desenvolver atividades sociais e educacionais a crianças e adolescentes em situação de vulnerabilidade social.

A entidade é uma das beneficiadas pelo programa Nota Paraná, que distribui parte do ICMS recolhido pelo Estado aos contribuintes e instituições sociais. O Lar do Menor já recebeu R$ 127 mil do programa.

Em evento com a imprensa local Richa destacou alguns investimentos do governo do Estado em Siqueira Campos e outros municípios do Norte Pioneiro, como a revitalização da PR-092, que será duplicada no trecho urbano de Siqueira Campos. O projeto inclui também a construção de um contorno em Wenceslau Braz e a readequação dos trevos de Siqueira Campos.
Reportagem Local/FOLHA DE LONDRINA

          Ministério do Esporte abre inscrições para o Bolsa Atleta         
O Ministério do Esporte abre nesta terça (9) as inscrições para o programa Bolsa Atleta 2017. O novo edital foi publicado nessa segunda-feira (7) no Diário Oficial da União. As inscrições poderão ser feitas até o próximo dia 22 e o processo seletivo terá como base os resultados obtidos pelos atletas em 2016.

Segundo o ministério, podem concorrer à bolsa os atletas que conquistaram bons resultados em competições nacionais e internacionais e que estejam vinculados a uma entidade de prática desportiva. No entanto, para a modalidade Bolsa Estudantil, os desportistas serão selecionados nos Jogos Escolares e nos Jogos Universitários Brasileiros.

Os valores das bolsas variam de acordo com cada categoria - atleta de base (R$ 370,00), estudantil (R$ 370,00), nacional (R$ 925,00), internacional (R$ 1.850,00), e plímpica/paralímpica (R$ 3.100,00). O atleta contemplado receberá o equivalente a 12 parcelas do valor definido na categoria.

O programa tem como prioridade apoiar os atletas de esportes que compõem os Jogos Olímpicos e Paralímpicos. Posteriormente, o benefício é voltado para atletas de modalidades conhecidas como "não olímpicas" (que não fazem parte das Olimpíadas).

"A expectativa é manter o programa no mesmo patamar dos anos anteriores, beneficiando cerca de 6 mil atletas na primeira fase do edital", informa o Ministério do Esporte.


As inscrições podem ser feitas exclusivamente no site do ministério, que mostra os requisitos específicos exigidos para cada categoria.

O Bolsa Atleta é considerado o maior programa de patrocínio esportivo individual e direto do mundo. De acordo com o Ministério do Esporte, o principal objetivo é contribuir com a formação de atletas para representar o país em competições nacionais e internacionais.

Desde 2005, quando o programa foi criado, cerca de 20,7 mil atletas foram beneficiados com 51 mil bolsas. O Investimento ultrapassa R$ 890 milhões.

          Elemento post o mais importante no Blogger        
A parte que abriga os post de todo blog é com certeza a parte mais importante de todo projeto.
Através dela nossos leitores aprendem, se divertem, ficam sabendo do que está acontecendo. Sendo assim vamos dar uma atenção para ela.
Antes de começar a codificar as postagens, você tem que ter em mente que, está parte tem que ter todo cuidado.
Primeiro padronize como ela será, seja no papel ou em sua cabeça, mas ela terá que ser agradável e ter um equilibrio, principalmente se forem textos enormes ou tutoriais. Crie um padrão para tamanhos de imagens, espaços entre parágrafos, lista simples e outros elementos.

Vamos começar:

A classe .post abriga os elementos de uma postagem. Sendo uma classe ela se torna um elemento filho de da div main-wrapper que configuramos em tutoriais anteriores com uma largura de 417px.
Veja o código CSS do nosso exemplo:

.post {
margin: 0 0 0 20px;
background: url( no-repeat center bottom;
padding-bottom: 20px;
text-indent : 25px;
text-align : justify;

A largura de 377px para o post nos da uma sobra de 40px em relação a div main-wrapper.
Sendo assim, colocamos uma margem a esquerda (left) de 20px, o que centralizará nossa classe.
Colocamos uma imagem abaixo em vez de uma borda, para ficar mais bonito.
Demos um espaçamento de 20px abaixo do post para separar os links de comentários nome do autor, etc.
Text-indent é um recuo do primeiro parágrafo, que também serve para estilo de beleza.
Justificamos o texto para dar equilibrio na classe e definimos o tamanho da fonte em 12 px.

Todo post tem um título com um elemento h3. Se h3 está dentro da classe .post, então ele é filho deste elemento.
Vamos referencia-lo

.post h3 {
margin : 18px 0 10px;
font-size : 18px;
font-weight : normal;
font-style : italic;
letter-spacing : -1px;
text-align : center;

Demos uma margem em cima para dar espaço entre a imagem de sombreamento e demos uma margem embaixo para separar do texto da postagem.
Definimos o tamanho da fonte em 18px;
Estilo da fonte foi declarada em normal e ítalica (deitada)
Os espaços entre as letras do título foi declarada em 1px para dar equilibrio para fonte Georgia.
Colocamos o título no centro da classe .post.

Como o título é um link, vamos estilizar seus estados quando o mouse está por cima, quando é visitado, etc.

.post h3 a, .post h3 a:visited, .post h3 strong {

Sempre que puder generalizar vários elementos, faça. Isso economiza código e trabalho.
Este trecho não precisa de muita explicação pois utiliza uma css simples, mas veja que foram estilizados 3 elementos de uma vez. Sempre que puder faça isso.
Uma dica é que aqui você poderá colocar uma imagem de fundo nos títulos.

Como o elemento .post é vasto vamos ficar por aqui hoje e continuar no próximo artigo.

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          Estilização, herança, especificidade são importantes        
Praticamente já deixamos nosso blog com um visual mais apurado e profissional com os tutoriais anteriores. Agora vamos dar estilos específicos aos elementes internos.
Esses elementos XHTML são: Títulos de widgets, data, títulos de post, etc.

Vamos começar de onde paramos:

No código CSS vá até o item /* Headings. É daqui que vamos começar e estilizar os títulos dos widgets

h2 {
  margin:1.5em 0 .75em;
  line-height: 1.4em;
 font-family: Georgia;
 font-weight : bold;

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          Surprise, surprise - those Murray-Darling Basin water raiders have slithered over the horizon once more and are eyeing off the Clarence Valley river system yet again        

With so little fanfare that much of  Northern Rivers region missed it, the NSW Berejiklian Government reopened the March 2016 inquiry into augmentation of water supply for rural and regional New South Wales on 28 May 2017, with Terms of Reference published in July 2017.

This Upper House inquiry is chaired by Robert Brown MLC, from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and its reporting date has been extended to 30 March 2018. 

Current committee membership is as follows:

Robert Brown MLC, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, Chair
Mick Veitch MLC, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Chair
Jeremy Buckingham MLC, The Greens
Rick Colless MLC, The Nationals
Scot MacDonald MLC, Liberal Party
Greg Pearce MLC, Liberal Party
Penny Sharpe MLC, Australian Labor Party
Daniel Mookhey MLC, Australian Labor Party
Paul Green MLC, Christian Democratic Party
* Jeremy Buckingham MLC (Greens)is substituting for Dr Mehreen Faruqui MLC for the duration of the inquiry.
* Matthew Mason-Cox MLC (Liberal)  is substituting for Hon Greg Pearce MLC for the duration of the inquiry.
* Paul Green MLC and Penny Sharpe MLC will be participating for the duration of the inquiry.

A poorly advertised public hearing scheduled for 1 August 2017 in Lismore (with details sent to media on 31 July 2017) excluded Northern Rivers residents from giving evidence unless they represented a small number of invited groups.

It appears the committee had also determined that Clarence Valley Council was to be asked its view on diverting Clarence River system flood water.

Given flood water is already diverted to the purpose built Shannon Creek side dam to ensure a sustainable water supply for the est. 125,103 residents (Census 2016) currently living in Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour local government areas, there are no prizes for guessing where any additional water diversion would be allocated.

Yes, that paragon of sustainable water mismanagement - the cluster of councils, industries, irrigators and water traders within the Murray-Darling Basin.

It will come as no surprise that Griffith Council is still pursuing a Clarence River dam and divert scheme. North Coast Voices reported on its obsession in August 2016.

This is what the Griffith City Council Deputy mayor, Dino Zappacosta of Zappacosta Estate Wines in Hanwood, told the inquiry on 1 March 2017:

The issue that my committee, Build More Dams, has looked at is that we need more water because farmers are crying out for more water. We need new water. By "new water", I mean water that is not currently being used at all. We looked at various options, including the Clarence Valley area, where millions and millions of megalitres of water flow out into the sea for what seems to be no real benefit at all for the community of the Clarence region, other than for the natural farming land and the fishery industry there.

It soon became apparent that, appart from the notion of free water at the expense of Clarence Valley communities’ social, cultural, aesthetic, environmental and economic values, Griffith Council knew little about how this dam and divert scheme would work.

The Hon. RICK COLLESS: You have been talking about the Clarence River diversion scheme. Is it correct that that is essentially restricted to the Mann River subcatchment?

Mr ZAPPACOSTA: To the best of my knowledge, it covers most of the tributaries—for example, the Boyd River, the Mann River, the Nymboida River and the Timbarra River. They are highlighted on map 2, which was provided to the Committee.

The Hon. RICK COLLESS: I am a little confused about the way the map reads. It appears as though the water is coming out of the Mann River catchment, which is a subcatchment of the Clarence. The divisions appear to be above the confluence of the Nymboida and the Mann. You recommend a 23 per cent Clarence River diversion, but the question is: What percentage of is that of the Mann River flow and what environmental impact will that have on the Mann River below where it is diverted? We should keep in mind the history of the Snowy River and what has happened there over the past 50 years. Does anybody have any thoughts about that? Mr ZAPPACOSTA: I will have to take on notice exactly how much comes from the Mann River itself.

The Hon. RICK COLLESS: What is the reduction in flow from the sub-catchment rivers below where the water is diverted from them? What environmental impacts will that have on those rivers?

Mr ZAPPACOSTA: I appreciate the question. I think what you are asking is something we should dig into a bit deeper; there should be a study of it, preferably a feasibility study.

The Hon. RICK COLLESS: There needs to be a lot of work done on this, as you would appreciate.

While the Director of Utilities at Griffith City Council stated:

As an engineer I see the great benefits of supporting a scheme such as the Clarence River diversion scheme, not only from a water augmentation point of view. My directorate covers water supply as well as the flooding impacts caused by rainfall run-off. The Clarence River diversion scheme is not only a supply scheme but a flood mitigation solution, as the general manager mentioned. In my research I have referred to the document entitled Lower Clarence Flood Model—Update 2013 produced by BMT WBM consultants. They happen to be the same consultants who undertook our flood study and provided our flood mitigation options. They work across the State and they are well versed in flooding, from the Northern Rivers down to our area.

The Clarence River catchment on the far North Coast of New South Wales is one of the largest catchments on the east coast of Australia. It is approximately 20,000 square kilometres. It is above the towns of Grafton, Maclean and Yamba, and it is home to more than 20,000 people. The lower Clarence Valley has a long history of flooding, since settlement in about 1850. Bear with me as I read out the dates of the flooding events. I was just going to say a number, but it has more of an impact when you follow the years of flooding that the area has endured due to the large catchment that sits above it. Floods were recorded in 1863 and 1864. There was a record flood in 1890 in which two people lost their lives and there was extensive damage to the rural area. Further floods occurred in 1921 and 1928. Since 1945 the incidence of major flooding has been much higher, with floods occurring in 1945, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2001, 2009 and 2013.

There is a regular occurrence of extreme flooding in the Northern Rivers catchment, below the Clarence River. Section 4.4 of the Lower Clarence Flood Model—Update 2013 acknowledges that "the river flows originating from upstream of Grafton dominate flooding in the Lower Clarence Valley". Diversion of the Clarence River flows for that area towards the west, and the 25 per cent or 23.8 per cent that will be captured, diverted and controlled, will be of great benefit to flood mitigation in the Northern Rivers area. The document further says that it will maximise the investment from the Government not only to help solve water augmentation issues but to reduce the financial and human impacts flooding has in the northern coastal areas. The Clarence River diversion scheme was documented in 1981 by David Coffey and he estimated costings back then. We have done a projection to a present-day cost of approximately $10 billion. There are statistics on the map that I have provided to the Committee.

The Snowy Mountains scheme would have cost $10 billion in present-day money, so there are similar costings in the schemes. The 1,100 gigalitres diverted per annum from the Clarence River has generated $1.82 billion in agriculture. The scheme means that 23.8 per cent of the flows that would be heading down to flood people can be diverted. When you equate the $550 million a year in flood damages with the cost of a diversion scheme, 1,100 gigalitres can generate $1.8 billion a year in agriculture growth. The additional water means that 118,000 hectares of viable open country can be farmed. The offset of diversion and flood protection is that it is beneficial to all. That is where I will leave it.

The public hearing in Griffith was reported thus by The Area News on 2 March 2017:

HIGH-profile Griffith water users and city officials enjoyed a rare opportunity to sit face-to-face with Members of the NSW Upper House on Wednesday to discuss their handling of water….

The Honourable Rick Colless, The Honourable Paul Green, The Honourable Matthew Mason-Cox and The Honourable Penelope Sharpe were on hand to hear the concerns of the community….

Along with wanting to fix the water sharing plans, the other hot topic was the Clarence River Scheme, initially conceptualised by David Coffey in the 1970s.

The plan outlined diverting river flows westward from high rainfall catchments in the Northern Rivers.

According to Griffith City Council, the scheme will benefit lands south of the Dumaresq River while also providing flows into the Murray River, reducing the reliance for Murray-Darling Basin allocations to fill the original allocation to the basin. 

“We have looked at various options and we look at the Clarence Valley area where there are millions of millions of megalitres of water flowing out into the sea for what seems to be for no real benefit,” Councilor Dino Zappacosta said.

Griffith City Council general manager, Brett Stonestreet said it’s time the scheme is looked at again.

“It provides new water to give this state another shot in the arm,” he said.

“It also looks at potentially reducing flooding impact of the coastal communities adjacent to the Clarence by 25 per cent.

“There is a huge amount of money that can be generated and inland communities rediscovered and regenerated through new water.”

Mayor Dal Broi was pleased with how the inquiry was conducted and the feedback from the Senators.

“Some of the questions that were asked by the panel members, we know now what they are thinking,” he said.

“They were very receptive to the concept of new water so whether it's the diversion of the Clarence or lifting the wall on Burrinjuck Dam ... they were very receptive to that because we tried to make the point that the limited resources at the moment.”

“We need new water if our regions are to grow and have a better long-term sustainable allocation.”

Not content with bringing down the largest river system in Australia in order to line their own pockets, these wanabee water raiders just keep on coming after what they see as more 'free' water for the rorting.

Clarence Valley Council gave evidence at the re-opened inquiry on 1 August and the only question of interest to the water raiders came after a few minutes of questioning at Page 26 of the Lismore public hearing transcript:

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: Thank you for your submission. In your submission you talk about this idea of diversion of the Clarence River to west of the Great Dividing Range. Could you give us a bit of a background on that proposal and what your council thinks about it?

Mr ANDERSON: I will start but Mr Mashiah might finish. Our council has resolved six times that they do not support the diversion of the Clarence, and each time that has been unanimous in regard to council's position. That is based on the fact that damage to the environment and the ecological systems that work within the Clarence River emerge from there. 

The CHAIR [Robert Brown MLC, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party]: You probably cannot answer this, but that is an all-encompassing position of council?


The CHAIR : I wonder what the council's position would be on the diversion of floodwaters only.

Mr ANDERSON: Again, Mr Chair, like you said, I cannot answer that question.

The CHAIR: What I am asking you is that I guess the council's resolutions were not burrowed down to that extent to be able to answer that question. We might ask Clarence council for an opinion on that.

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: Are those decisions supported by an independent side to pick advice? How were they derived?

Mr MASHIAH: There was a Healthy Rivers Commission inquiry into the Clarence in I think it was 1999, from memory, and part of the outcome of that commission inquiry was the importance of regular flood events in terms of the fishing industry and also the cane industry. I believe you have representatives from the cane industry here with us later.

The CHAIR: This afternoon, yes.

Mr MASHIAH: And also in terms of fisheries, one of the aspects that Clarence Valley Council has been active in for the past 20 years is trying to manage the floodplain to address issues such as acid runoff.

The CHAIR: Solid sulfate soils.

Mr MASHIAH: As the sulfate soils and particular acids run off. So we have done things like open floodgates and—

The CHAIR: And you should be congratulated.

Mr MASHIAH: Thank you, Mr Chair, for that. I will pass that on to the relevant staff who have been coordinating that. The regular flushing of those areas, which are fish breeding grounds, by floodwaters is very important. So if floods were diverted there are significant concerns from the fishing industry about the ongoing viability of the industry because the grounds where fish breed, according to the studies that have been undertaken, would then be adversely impacted. So that is one of the reasons that the fishing industry has very strongly opposed, through our estuary management committee in particular and through the estuary management plan, any diversion of water and we have tried to ensure that the fish breeding grounds are protected.

The CHAIR: I just made the observation that most of those fish breeding grounds would not be the same areas of land that are subject to high residential development or business or commercial or other aspects. In other words, you are not talking about the township of Grafton itself, you are talking river peripheries, flooded-out areas, for breeding concerns?

Mr MASHIAH: The challenge is that the urban footprint on the lower Clarence floodplain is probably about 1 to 2 per cent of the total surface area and all the urban areas are surrounded by rural areas. So it is very hard to work out how you manage that 1 or 2 per cent without adversely impacting the other 98 per cent, or vice versa, how do you manage the 98 per cent without adversely impacting 1 or 2 per cent of urban area?

The CHAIR: The 2013 flood, you have described it as a major flood, correct?

Mr MASHIAH: It was the flood of record at Grafton.

The CHAIR: I am wondering how the 2013 flood would have enhanced the fishery on the Clarence?

Mr MASHIAH: The main issue with the 2013 flood—I guess with any flood in the Clarence the flood behaviour in the upper river is a lot different to the flood behaviour in the lower river because of the tidal influences in particular and also how wet the floodplain is already. The 2013 event was actually three floods.

The CHAIR: And they rolled up on each other?

Mr MASHIAH: Yes, within a three-week period—quite distinct flood events.

The CHAIR: So it was a prolonged flood.

Mr MASHIAH: It was a prolonged flood and that meant there was significant inundation of back swamp areas, and I understand that there were some areas that effectively were areas that were flushed that had not been flushed in floods probably since 2001, so it is probably 12 years. So from an ecological perspective, talking to our environmental scientists, I understand that it was actually quite beneficial because the bigger floods only get into those areas once every 10 to 20 years.

The CHAIR: Were there any concurrent blackwater events for the fishery?

Mr MASHIAH: Not that I can recall, and I think that is a result of the management measures that have been undertaken on the floodplain because most of the farmers now operate the floodgates and so only shut the floodgates when there is actually a flood coming and open them fairly soon afterwards.

The CHAIR: So it is their responsibility to operate their own floodgates, is it?

Mr MASHIAH: That has been passed on to them, yes.

The CHAIR: Do you have any oversight of that?

Mr ANDERSON: Yes, we do, and we work with those groups and undertake training et cetera . It is a two-way street of communication: they tell us what they need and, vice versa, we provide training associated with that and inductions and operate that through a number of committees et cetera as well.

Evidence was also given by the NSW Professional Fishermen’s Association (commencing Page 38) the NSW Canegrowers Association (commencing Page 45) and the Clarence Environment Centre (commencing Page 56).

One has to wonder why the committee members of this reformed Water Augmentation Inquiry didn't seek the views of those holding Native Title (See Yaegl People #1 Yaegl People #2) over the Clarence River from the waters approximately half-way between Ulmarra and Brushgrove right down to the eastern extremities of the northern and southern breakwater walls at the mouth of the river.

After all they are significant stakeholders in any discussion of water policy and water management in the Clarence River catchment area.

The other matter of note, arising from North Coast Voices somewhat belated discovery that the water raiders were back on the scene, is the suggestion that not all Clarence Valley councillors had forewarning that council staff were appearing before the inquiry on 1 August.

If true this would be a disturbing indication that council administration has retained some of the bad habits it acquired under the former general manager who was handed his hat in March this year.

          Support the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, H.R. 3356        

On behalf of FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and encourage him or her to cosponsor the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, H.R. 3356, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). This bill would require the Attorney General to develop an offender risk and needs assessment system and incentivizes offenders to lower their risk of recidivism.

On a fiscal level, this bill simply makes sense. Right now, taxpayers are not getting a return on their investment. In 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics an office of the Department of Justice tracked over 400,000 offenders in over 30 states after their release from prison. The study found that within three years 67.8 percent reoffended and in five years 76.6 percent reoffended. This failure rate is unacceptable, and Congress must change the direction by utilizing evidenced-based practices to reduce recidivism.

Thankfully, the states – the laboratories of policy innovation – have shown that rehabilitative programming in state prisons reduces recidivism and enhances public safety. In 2007, for example, Texas began the first phase of its justice reinvestment initiative, using a data-driven approach to corrections to reduce recidivism. Crime in the Lone Star State is now at its lowest rate 1968. More than 30 states, including Georgia and South Carolina, have adopted similar justice reinvestment initiatives.

The Prison Reform and Redemption Act would require the Attorney General to develop a post-sentencing risk and needs assessment. All prisoners in the federal prison system will be assigned recidivism reduction programming. The Bureau of Prisons would be responsible for the implementation of the risk and needs assessments for each prisoner and development of recidivism reduction programming.

Each offender will be assessed for risk on an individual level to develop a comprehensive plan based on his or her need and probability of reoffending. Utilizing private public partnerships in this capacity would allow non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and private sector entities to build relationships and community for the most vulnerable citizens in our society. The bill would incentivize prisoners to reduce their risk of recidivism. For every 30 days of successfully completed recidivism reduction programming, prisoners will ten days of time credits. Prisoners can earn an additional five days, for a total of 15 days, after two successful risk assessment periods. Those prisoners who have are considered low or no risk of recidivism can earn an additional five days, for a total of 15, provided that their risk of recidivism doesn’t increase over two risk assessment periods.

Certain categories offenders – including violent offenders, sex offenders, and terrorists – would not be eligible to earn time credits.

The Prison Reform and Redemption Act would allow for great access to visitation and phone privileges, create a pilot program to address the heroin and opioid epidemic, and prohibit the use restraints of pregnant offenders unless the offender poses a serious threat. The bill would require the Bureau of Prisons to collect statistical and demographic information to be provided to Congress on an annual basis.

Congress has fallen behind the states on this important issue. While other policy changes – such as sentencing reforms and reentry reforms – are needed, this bill would bring a key component of state-level success to the federal prison system, offering prisoners an opportunity for restorative justice while enhancing public safety. For these reasons, I urge you to contact your representative and encourage him or her to cosponsor the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, H.R. 3356.


Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

          States Lead the Way on Criminal Justice Reform        

Over the past several months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a step back on federal justice reform efforts, regressing to purportedly “tough on crime” stances. From advising increased penalties for nonviolent offenders to more recently promising an increase in the use of civil asset forfeiture by the federal government, Sessions has been doing everything in his power to give the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s full support to 80s-era policies from which many conservatives have abandoned in favor of evidenced-based practices that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

A study from the Urban Institute found that increased penalties were at best mixed in reducing crime with other factors beyond incarceration driving down the incarceration rate, no evidence it drove down drug crime, and the use of imprisonment as a deterrent to be very costly. As of 2015, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world at 25 percent while the total number incarcerated has increased by 500 percent over the last forty years.

Meanwhile, the recidivism rate within three years of release increased by five percent between 1983 and 1994, highlighting a failure of harsher sentences to reduce both incarceration and reimprisonment. Keeping in mind that over-incarceration costs taxpayers at all levels of government around $80 billion each year, and those costs are only rising, it comes as no surprise that the “tough on crime” mindset has become both costly and unpopular after failing to get tangible results.

What is surprising about this is that the states seem to be taking the opposite direction in pursuing criminal justice reform. From increased protections implemented on civil asset forfeiture to expanding licensing opportunities, states have been leading the way in creating new methods to reduce crime, incarceration, and recidivism. The amount of work and variation is actually quite amazing.

One such reform was pursued in the state of Kentucky. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB 120 into law, which would eliminate a blanket ban on getting a job license and instead transfer it to a licensing board which will review each case. This will open up opportunities for previous offenders to now get jobs which will make it easier to reintegrate into society.

The state legislation comes at a very important time for both the country and the state of Kentucky. A report from Reason magazine highlighted that prevention from getting a license due to a criminal record can increase the recidivism rate. There have been repeated cases where individuals have had problems getting licenses because blanket bans like the one in Kentucky have prevented them from getting jobs.

A study by Arizona State University economist Stephen Slivinski found that recidivism increased by a whopping 9.4 percent in states that had blanket bans for former offenders while in states where it was easier for them to receive licenses it decreased by 4.2 percent. In addition, it was found that “between 60 and 75 percent of released prisoners remain unemployed one year after getting out” which is a problem since a Manhattan Institute Study found that employed individuals are more likely to return if they do not find a job relatively soon to release. Overall, a job is more likely to get people out of crime and reintegrated into society so reform like that in Kentucky will be a step in the right direction.

For Kentucky, especially at the moment, this will help address problems it is facing. At the moment, Kentucky is failing to fill 110,000 job openings and ranks as having the 47th lowest job participation rate in the country. Getting reformed offenders into the job market will reduce that rate and help get new applicants for the jobs it is failing to fill.

Similar concepts have also been pursued in the state of Illinois. As the Reason magazine article also notes, Illinois had passed a law in 2011 to ban all licensed healthcare professionals with a previous criminal record. This had initially been done since sex offenders had somehow managed to get licensed as doctors and nurses, but the problem is that the law was far too broad, applying to all former offenders as well.

This included one Carlos Romero, who had left prison in 1993 and had been working for two years as a respiratory therapist with no legal issues after release until his license was revoked in 2013 because of the 2011 law. Romero and several other individuals who had not committed a legal wrong after release had lost their licenses. In response, he worked with State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) to create an appeals process that would allow him and others with a previous conviction to make an appeal to get their license back. In 2016, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law, allowing Carlos and countless others a chance to get their jobs back and remain proud contributors to the economy.

This is not the only reform the state of Illinois has pursued. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill to add burden of proof requirements to the police’s use of civil asset forfeiture, a tool that allows police to seize from accused individuals who have not been convicted. Though the bill has not yet been signed by the governor, it has veto proof majorities in both houses. Considering the fact that Chicago Police Department has acquired $150 million in assets from low income and minority neighborhoods and it has included “things like flashy jewelry, flat screen TVs, and a copy of the Call of Duty: Ghosts video game,” this reform is clearly needed.

Kentucky and Illinois are not the only states have pursued reforms. In Nebraska, State Sen. Laura Ebke (L-Crete) is pursuing the same reforms as Kentucky, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has implemented civil asset forfeiture reforms in Arizona to allow for more transparency, the state of Louisiana passed ten new laws on various justice reform topics this year, and many, many, MANY other states have done similar work. It would appear that across the country, states doing everything to find new and smarter ways to address and reduce crime in ways that drive down recidivism and restore rights.

The DOJ is continuing to pursue “tough on crime” policies, but the states continue to believe it is better to be “smart on crime.” Increased penalties have been tried for decades and there is lackluster evidence that it has accomplished its goals at a reasonable cost. Meanwhile, states are pursuing newer, fairer, smarter, and better ways to reduce crime, protect rights, and promote outreach. With trends the way they are now, the country will like continue down this path with the states continuing to lead the way on justice reform.

          ESM's QuickLessons A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group Lesson 8         

Hilary Gadsby

QuickLesson 8: What Constitutes Proof?    
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 8: What Constitutes Proof?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : accessed 4 May 2016).

Genealogy, like many other disciplines, has to acknowledge that just because something has been recorded, be it, written, spoken or visual, does not automatically make it truthful or accurate. 
Incorrect information may have been recorded for any number of reasons. 
Alterations can be made, even in official documents, which means that the information contained in a source may not reflect the truth.

In this lesson, the author, explains how genealogical proof is a process of building or assembling the evidence required.

When a structure is built we need to take care to build it correctly so it can stand the test of time like the castle in this photograph.

Lindisfarne Castle

If we fail to maintain the structure or do not consider correctly what we need to correctly build it initially we could end up with something similar to this second photograph.

Lindisfarne Priory
So what things do we need to consider in order to build a robust proof.

Elizabeth Shown Mills suggests we need 11 basics in building our proof.
These key words sum up those points.
        1. Thorough
        2. Thoughtful
        3. Careful
        4. Unbiased
        5. Accurate
        6. Knowledgable
        7. Skilled
        8. Creative
        9. Critical
        10. Logical
        11. Well-reasoned
If all of these come in to play it would be reasonable to assume that any beginner would be unlikely to have all the skills needed to produce a well crafted proof. But none of these is unsurmountable and the skills and knowledge can be acquired through practice and education. 
Many of these skills may be taught in school and there has never been a better time to attain the knowledge of what resources are available in order to carry out thorough research.

Do not expect the answers to your research questions to be found in a single document, if an answer is there, consider how you confirm it is correct.
Many things require interpretation, it may be that any conclusion is just the best inference drawn from the resources currently available. We must always be open to changing our interpretation if further evidence is found.

Being thorough does not solely mean finding lots of sources, it also applies to how we look at what we have found. We need to consider, each of these words, each time we look at information, if we are to interprete all of the evidence we have.

It is almost certain that each of us at some stage in our research have gone back to a document or individual in our research to discover that due to a lapse in applying the basics we have missed or misinterpreted something.

I had mistakenly assigned the wrong parents to one of my husband's ancestors Richard Ward. There were 2 Richard's in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, England. One christened on 6 Jun 1813 son of William and Catharine and the other on 25 Jun 1809 son of Catherine Ward which I now believe to be the correct Richard. The year of birth from the 1841-1871 census returns varies between 1809-1811 and the place of birth of Mary his wife is listed as outside Leicestershire, Marston Lincolnshire or Leicestershire, Muston, Leicestershire and Harston, Leicestershire on the census returns. I had failed to note the earlier christening fitted the information from the census records and that the Richard christened in 1813 had married a Sarah and moved to Harston, Leicestershire. Subsequent research has found Mary, whose maiden name was given as Gray at marriage and in christeninng records for some of their children, was herself christened in Marston, Lincolnshire. 

To sum up, each and everyone of us should keep in the back of our minds whenever we evaluate our sources, am I involving those basics in reaching my current conclusion. 

          August New release        
Céline's here to share a New release inspiration card.
I used " Christmas Melodie" here in the shop.

So cuuute !

          Nathalie - Simple card        
my new project for Crafty Sentiments Inspiration is a simple card.

For this card, I use Isobel on Frienship set 4. Coloured it with my copics.
Thank for your visit.

          August new release day - 5 -        
Hi Everyone 

 Welcome to our last day of our 5 days release.
This month our theme is Christmas

AND GREAT NEWS it's DIGI release

You will see some wonderful makes by the DT, i'm sure you will love them all.

Today we show you this pretty rubber stamp : Delivery our presents




The new rubber stamps will be in the shop 
Have a lovely day!

Suzette and the Crafty Sentiments release Team .

          August New release day - 4 -        
Hi Everyone 

 Welcome to our 4th day of our 5 days release.
This month our theme is Chistmas

AND GREAT NEWS it's DIGI release

You will see some wonderful makes by the DT, i'm sure you will love them all.

Today we show you this pretty rubber stamp : Wishing on star

Lisa W




The new rubber stamps will be in the shop 
Have a lovely day!

Suzette and the Crafty Sentiments release Team .

          August New release day - 3 -        
Hi Everyone 

 Welcome to our 3rd day of our 5 days release.
This month our theme is Christmas

AND GREAT NEWS it's DIGI release

You will see some wonderful makes by the DT, i'm sure you will love them all.

Today we show you this pretty rubber stamp : New holiday dress

Lisa W


The new rubber stamps will be in the shop 
Have a lovely day!

Suzette and the Crafty Sentiments release Team .

          August New release day - 2 -        
Hi everyone

Welcome to our second day of our 5 days release.
This month our theme is Christmas

ANd GREAT NEWS it's DIGI reease !!!

You will see some wonderful makes by the DT, i'm sure you will love them all.

Today we show you this cute rubber stamp : My christmas helper


Lisa W



The new rubber stamps will be in the shop today
Have a lovely day!

Suzette and the Crafty Sentiments release Team .

          August New release day - 1 -        
Hi Everyone 

 Welcome to our first day of our 5 days release.
This month our theme is Christmas.

AND GREAT NEWS it's a DIGI release !!!

You will see some wonderful makes by the DT, i'm sure you will love them all.

Today we show you the first rubber stamp : Christmas Melodies



The new rubber stamps will be in the shop tomorrow
Have a lovely day!

Suzette and the Crafty Sentiments release Team .

          July new release        
Céline's here to share a New release inspiration card.
I used " Mermaid day dream" here in the shop.

I totally love this cute stamp.

          Vertical Step card        
this is my new project for Crafty Sentiments. This is a Verical Step card.

For this card, you need :
Canson Montval : 29.3 cm x 14.2 cm
Papers : for step : 4 x (3.4 cm x 3.4 cm)
                  for the right side : 10.8 cm x 14 cm
                  for the left side  : 7.6 cm x 14 cm
                for the front side : 2 x (10.6 cm x 14 cm) 

On the canson report measures as a photo.

For this project, I use "This rose" & colouring it with my copics.
Thank for your vivit.

          July New release        
Céline's here to share a New release inspiration card.
I used " Vacations begins" here in the shop.

I totally love this cute stamp.

          July New release        
Céline's here to share a New release inspiration card.
I used " Ice pop" here in the shop.

I totally love this cute stamp.

          Criss Cross card        
this is my new project for Crafty Sentiments Inspiration is a simple card : Criss Cross card.

For this project, I use "Lily Fairy-Lollipops dreams" image and colouring it with my copics.
Thank for your visit.

          England book Under-20s final showdown with New Zealand        
England captain Zach Mercer admits his side were forced to dig deep after edging past South Africa to set up a World Rugby Under-20s Championship final clash with New Zealand in Georgia.
          England and France march on in Georgia        
England's bid to win a fourth World Rugby Under-20s Championship title in five years remains on course after they booked their place in the semi-finals on Thursday.
          Under-20s prepare for final pool games in Georgia        
There is one round of pool games remaining at the World Rugby Under-20s Championship with four teams from the Six Nations still in contention for a place in the semi-finals.
          England U20s' strong form continues while Scotland beat Ireland        
Under-20s Six Nations Grand Slam champions England moved to within touching distance of a semi-final spot at the World Rugby Under-20s Championship after a second win of the campaign in Georgia.
          England look to build on good start in U20 World Championship as Ireland look to bounce back against Scotland        
The World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 got underway in Georgia on Wednesday, and the future stars of world rugby put on a show of running rugby that didn't disappoint.
          Homeschoolers Included in Dual Credit Courses        
A new law allows Georgia high school students, including those in a home study program, to earn credits at both the high school and college level.
          Attorney General Agrees With HSLDA        
The Georgia Attorney General recently issued an opinion agreeing with HSLDA that proposed regulations by the Georgia Student Finance Commission violate state law as applied to homeschoolers.
          School District Operating Under Old Law        
HSLDA assisted a member family in Georgia after the school district in which they live erroneously informed parents about legal requirements for homeschooling.
          2016 New Acquisitions / 7 Years of PLL!!!!!!!        
 I have no excuse! I have been very behind on accessioning books into the Library. Okay - one excuse is the lack of available shelf-space. I am working on making space on the shelf for all of these books. Pictured above are four books in the Robert Smithson Collection:

Mallarmé by Guy Michaud (also below, such a beautiful cover!)
New Lives, New Landscapes by Nan Fairbrother
American Space by John Jackson
The Watershed: A Biography of Johannes Kepler by Arthur Koestler

 More from the Robert Smithson Collection:

The Artist's World in Pictures by Fred McDurrah
Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible by B.H. Friedman
Modern Artists in America, vol. 1, edited by Robert Motherwell and Ad Reinhardt
Object & Idea: An Art Critic's Journal 1961-1967 by Brian O'Doherty

Below is a spread in the "Women Artists" (hmmm) chapter of The Artist's World in Pictures.

 Below are more art books from the Smithson Collection:

Turner: His Life & Work by Jack Lindsay
Matisse by Jacques Lassaigne
Matisse and the Nude by Alan Bowness
Art & Visual Perception by Rudolf Arnheim

One of the loveliest spreads in a book - from Lassaigne's Matisse - seen above.

 Gardening & Gardens! (from Smithson's Collection):

Lawns & Ground Covers by James Crockett
Italian Gardens by Georgiana Masson
Gardens of England & Wales Open to the Public by National Gardens Scheme
Garden Making by Example by G.C. Taylor

Below, an example of what you can learn from Lawns & Ground Covers:
 At this point, just assume these books are from the Smithson Collection, unless I say otherwise:

Let's Explore Indian Villages by Bertha Dutton
Dictionary of Geological Terms by American Geological Institute
Clocks & Watches by Chester Johnson
Easy Guide to Merida, Yucatan and Nearby Archaeological Zones by Richard Bloomgarden

Insect Ways by Clarence Weed
The Observer's Book of Common Insects and Spiders by E.F. Linssen
The Ants by Wilhelm Goetsch

From Maria Mitchell's Collection - one of the most incredible astronomy books in the PLL holdings! This is truly a book to see in person:

Outlines of Astronomy by Sir John Herschel

Not pictured, but also accessioned:

The Social History of Art, vol. 2 by Arnold Hauser (Robert Smithson Collection)
Geography of the Heavens by Elijah Burritt (Maria Mitchell Collection)

For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

          September New Acquisitions!        
As we head into Autumn, I found a moment to accession the PLL's newest batch of books. All but one are from the Robert Smithson Collection. The following, Spectrum Analysis by Henry Roscoe, is from the Maria Mitchell Collection. This beautiful volume has multiple color images of spectra, such as the "Spectra of the Metals of the Alkalies & Alkaline Earths:"

A grouping of blue covers
The Antarctic Challenged by Admiral Lord Mountevans
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by Gyorgy Kepes
The Mystery of Matter, edited by Louise Young

Kepes founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT; his research can be seen in these book spreads:

A group of grey covers

Notebooks 1914-1917 by Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Cardinal Points of Borges, edited by L. Dunham and Ivar Ivask
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The last groupings contain

Revolution for the Hell of It by Free (Abbie Hoffman)
Shells & Shelling by Ralph Barrett
Trees of North America by C. Frank Brockman
The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler
Art and Culture by Clement Greenberg
Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals by Gauguin

Shells & Shelling is a comprehensive guide that is beautifully designed:

For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

          May 2014 Acquisitions        

Things have settled down at the Library, after returning to its usual space and shelves. Many new members joined the Library during the Portland Biennial; here are some of the resulting new acquisitions!

Included in this new batch of books:
Volumes I & II of Robert Graves' The Greek Myths (Jorge Luis Borges Personal Library)
Paolo Zellini's A Brief History of Infinity (Italo Calvino Personal Library)

Above is a spread from The Double Helix by James Watson, showing "Linus Pauling with his atomic models." The front cover elaborates on the title: Being a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, a major scientific advance which led to the award of a Nobel Prize. Watson's book is in the Anne Spencer Personal Library, as is Allen Smith's Life in a Putty Factory.

Space, Time, and New Mathematics, edited by Robert Marks, is a compilation of "writings by Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Gamow, Wiener, Poincaré, and others." This book, in the Robert Smithson Personal Library, is a great companion to related books by Gamow, Wiener, and more in his collection. The above cartoon likens Einstein to a magician.

Also new to the Smithson Library:
Lost Continents: The Atlantis Theme in History, Science, and Literature by L. Sprague de Camp, and
Language and Myth by Ernst Cassirer

This beautiful frontispiece and title page is from Robert Mudie's The Earth, from Maria Mitchell's Personal Library. The printing is really extraordinary, with debossed birds on very thick paper; about the printing is stated: Baxter's Oil Colour Printing - 3, Charter-house Square.

The Zodiac: A Life Epitome, by Walter H. Sampson, not only has a compelling ct ligature throughout the text, but a lovely frontispiece and fold-out at the end of the book. It is from the Robert Smithson Personal Library, along with the related Meditations on the Signs of the Zodiac by John Jocelyn.

Lastly, is this remarkable book, Within the Circle: Portrait of the Arctic, by Evelyn Stefansson (Robert Smithson Personal Library), with fantastic photographs of land, flora and fauna.

For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 
          First Lines of New Acquisitions        

There are many new acquisitions for Spring 2014, mostly from the Robert Smithson Collection. Each new book and their first sentence is listed below, and starting with:
1.  The Language of Magic and Gardening by Bronislaw Malinowski:
The linguistic problem before the ethnographer is to give as full a presentation of language as of any other aspect of culture.

2.  Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson:

An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful.

3.  Changing: Essays in Art Criticism by Lucy Lippard: (seen above)

André Ferminier writes: “What has perhaps been most damaging to the art critic is the prodigious gobbledygook that with him takes the place of vocabulary; and the prefaces to exhibition catalogs in particular would provide a classic anthology of the art of saying nothing.”

4.  The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society by Norbert Wiener:

The beginning of the twentieth century marked more than the end of one hundred-year period and the start of another.

5.  Logic Machines & Diagrams by Martin Gardner: (seen above)

A logic machine is a device, electrical or mechanical, designed specifically for solving problems in formal logic.

6.  Field Book of Ponds and Streams by Ann Haven Morgan: (seen above)

Minnows and frogs and brown water beetles, scurrying to cover as we approach the shore of a still clear pond, show us that the water has some very lively inhabitants.

7.  The Modern Technique of Rock Blasting by U. Langefors and B. Kihlström:

Within some thousandths of a second after the initiation of the explosive there occurs in a charged hole a series of events which, in drama and violence, have few equivalents in civil technology.

8.   The Message of the Stars by Max and Augusta Heindel: (seen above, outside + next to its dust jacket)

It is a matter of common knowledge among mystics that the evolutionary career of mankind is indissolubly bound up with the divine hierarchies who rule the planets and the signs of the Zodiac, and that the passage of the Sun and the planets through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, marks man’s progress in time and in space.

9.  Field Book of Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Miner: (seen above and with Message of the Stars)

Protozoa are single-celled animals.

10.  Tropical Trees of Hawaii by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves: (seen above)

High among the list of reasons people love to visit Hawaii is the lovely tropical foliage to be enjoyed everywhere and at all times of the year.
11.  Geography Made Easy by Jedidiah Morse: (from the Maria Mitchell Library)

Geography is a science, which describes the figure, motion, magnitude, and component parts of the earth; the situations, extent, and appearances of the various parts of its surface; its productions animal and vegetable; its natural and political divisions; and the history, manners, customs, and religion of its inhabitants.

For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

          Reflexão :A História das Três Árvores        
"Havia, numa cidade, três pequenas árvores que sonhavam o que seriam depois de grandes.
A primeira, olhando as estrelas, disse:
- Eu quero ser o baú mais precioso do mundo, cheio de tesouros. Para tal, até me disponho a ser cortada.
A segunda olhou para o riacho e suspirou:
- Eu quero ser um grande navio para transportar reis e rainhas.
A terceira árvore olhou o vale e disse:
- Quero ficar aqui no alto da montanha e crescer tanto, mas tanto, que as pessoas, ao olharem para mim, levantem seus olhos e pensem em Deus.
Muitos anos se passaram e certo dia vieram três lenhadores e cortaram as três árvores, todas ansiosas em serem transformadas naquilo que sonhavam.
Mas lenhadores não costumam ouvir e nem entender sonhos... Que pena!
A primeira árvore acabou sendo transformada num coxo de animais, coberto de feno. A segunda virou um simples e pequeno barco de pesca, carregando pessoas e peixes todos os dias. E a terceira, mesmo sonhando em ficar no alto da montanha, acabou cortada em grossas vigas e colocada de lado num depósito.
E todas as três se perguntavam desiludidas e tristes:

"- Para que isso?"
Mas, numa certa noite, cheia de luz e de estrelas, onde havia mil melodias no ar, uma jovem mulher colocou seu bebê recém nascido naquele coxo de animais. E, de repente, a primeira árvore percebeu que continha o maior tesouro do mundo.
A segunda árvore, anos mais tarde, acabou transportando um homem que acabou dormindo no barco, e, no meio de uma tempestade, quando o estavam quase afundando, o homem levantou e disse ao mar revolto: "Sossegai". Num relance, a segunda árvore entendeu que estava carregando o Rei dos Céus e da Terra.
Tempos mais tarde, numa sexta-feira, a terceira árvore espantou-se quando suas vigas foram unidas em forma de cruz e um homem foi pregado nela, pois fora condenado à morte, mesmo sendo inocente.
Logo, sentiu-se horrível e cruel.

Mas no domingo, o mundo vibrou de alegria e a terceira árvore entendeu que nela havia sido pregado um homem para salvação da humanidade, e que as pessoas sempre se lembrariam de Deus e de Seu Filho Jesus Cristo ao olharem para ela.

Eis a moral da história: as árvores tinham sonhos, mas as suas realizações foram mil vezes melhores e mais sábias do que haviam imaginado.

          Comment on Julian Bond 1940-2015 by Burroughston Broch        
When I was studying at Georgia Tech in the 1960s I attended a luncheon club that featured speakers of the day. One meeting in early 1967 featured newly-elected Georgia Governor Lester Maddox as speaker. Lester was full of his usual bluster and I thought, “What a buffoon.” The next meeting’s speaker was Julian Bond, at the height of his verbal and apparent ethical powers. The contrast between the two couldn’t have been more extreme. Years passed. Lester governed far better than expected and was a pretty good governor. Julian progressed little and squandered his advantages so apparent 48 years ago. He could have been so much more.
          I'm Back! with Star Wars crochet characters        
Back in 2015, I was shopping with my brother to print photos for his wedding, when we came across a crochet Star Wars Crochet kit (my brother is huge Star Wars fan). He instantly looked at me and said Â´I have a present for you´. I responded with Â´yeah a present for me´

After 18 months of casually crocheting character after character, I finally completed the whole set! Chewbacca and Boba Fett are probably my favourites!

The book in the kit includes crochet patterns for 12 characters; Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Jabba the Hutt, Ewok, Chewbacca, Yoda, Han Solo.
Though keep in mind that the  kit only includes enough yarn for 2 characters (Yoda and Stormtrooper)  

Star Wars Crocheting Kit by Lucy Collin

I have been mucking around with making videos lately so I made this little stop animation of the characters.

A 14 second crocheted Star Wars short :)

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          Ð¿Ñ€Ð¾_искусство: Художник Дмитрий Лёвин        
Дмитрий Лёвин, признанный мастер русского пейзажа, родился в 1955 году в Моршанске. Окончил Пензенское художественное училище. Особая привязанность этого художника и источник вдохновения – родная природа. На его картинах – деревенские пейзажи, дышащие утренней свежестью и лесной прохладой, которые удивительным образом передают тонкий аромат полевых цветов. Персональные выставки Дмитрия Лёвина проходили в Люксембурге, Германии, Франции, Австрии, Словакии, Дании, Италии, Голландии, США, Китае.


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