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KMail is one of the most important applications inside KDE, I think hardly can argue anybody about it. Everybody is using email, and even if some think that a webmail solution can be just as good, most of us still do what we did 10-15 years ago: download mail to our computer/phone/tablet and carry that around.
And for that we need a mail application.
It is not news that KMail got just too big and not flexible enough in the KDE 3.x days. Somehow it was ported to KDE 4, but this was a crude port, without much improvements in its design. A new generic PIM backend was growing up meantime, and with some corporate support from KDAB, a new generation of KMail, KOrganizer and other PIM application started to take shape.
From those I can tell about KMail, as I was more involved into it. As we wanted to have a mobile, touchscreen version as well, the work of porting KMail to Akonadi was done together with breaking KMail into smaller pieces, more or less standalone libraries to reuse as much code as possible. Time, manpower and other reasons limited what we could do, so this was a part success. We created and improves some generic usage libraries (KIMAP, KMime), some internal libraries that are nice, some that are not that nice, and in the end we had something that could have been a good foundation for KMail 2 series.
I started to use KMail2 at that time, and in the beginning it was a fustrating experience. I can't count how many times I deleted and created again the accounts, the Akonadi database. But after a while I realized that I don't have to do anymore. KMail2 was still not released to the public, but got better and better. Unfortunately only slowly, as even less people worked on it, and only in their free time. It had bugs, some more annoying, some less annoying, but was usable enough to not force me to go back to KMail1.
Then the PIM community took a deep breath - just like the KDE community did with KDE 4.0 - and finally released KMail2 officially.
Funny or not, around this time I started to have problems with it. A migration of my second computer failed horribly. A cleanup of the Akonadi database and changing from the mixed maildir to maildir format was also painful. I blamed the developers a lot (including myself :) ). Then things started to move on and KMail got a new maintainer, who is very active (hi Laurent!). And we organized a developer sprint to stabilize KMail.
The sprint took place last weekend in KDAB's Berlin office and was sponsored by the company. Everybody who knows the KDAB office, knows about the famous foosball table. Do I have to said that in the weekend we played only once? Yes, people were coding intensively, Volker had to raise the priority of the "FOOD" topic often.
Issues were listed on the whiteboard. And everybody picked up what he was interested to do. Work was done on the migrator, the mixed maildir agent, the maildir resource, on the akonadi server, performance bottlenecks were identified and a new filtering resource was created, fixing the most hated KDE bug (should be closed as soon as Tobias Koenig is happy with his work).
My choice in the sprint was mostly maildir related work, I tried to make it more reliable, more standard compliant and somewhat faster than before. And the biggest win is that I fixed most issues that bothered me with KMail's maildir handling. Yes, I was selfish.
The sprint did not end in Berlin, for me it continued on the flight back home (that thanks to the weather and Lufthansa was almost a day longer than expected). And somewhat still continues as of now, although daily work reduces the time I can allocate to KDE.
I can say that I'm happy again with KMail and Akonadi starts to gets less and less in the way of me and the users. The biggest success will be when users will not know that there is a nice server helping them, called Akonadi.
For those eager to try out the changes, unfortunately most of them are in the master branch only (the upcoming KDE 4.8). We will try to port as much as possible into the KDE 4.7 bugfix releases, but as some changes required library additions, this won't be always possible.


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Look what arrived at my doorstep today! My althea orders!

I needed a new face wash and an eye cream. I choose laneige as the brand of choice since it is the most reliable brand for my skin. So I bought Laneige Multi-cleanser and Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel. Bought it on 11 November because of the additional 11% off because of the singles day :). The item arrived on the 18 November, so it took approximately 7 days to arrive. The order includes a tracking number but the tracking stops once it reaches the distribution centre in singapore (singpost).

Anyway my items were nicely bubble wrap. Here is a picture of the parcel when it arrive. Althea was also generous enough to include samples in the parcel. One of it is a facial mask from Missha and another is skin repair essence.

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              Hit-and-Run Chronology, Grand Jury Report & Follow-up Columns, Re; Library Discussion 9-22-16        

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    F. Lee Bailey on Law and Justice in Everyday Life and the Showalter case:

    This book - which is mainly about public officials, police, judges and lawyers either shaming or shining - is a good read. Many of the stories stand alone, like slices of life. Others will appear early in the book, with follow-up chapters later. The crown jewel, in my view, is his handling of the strange death of Kevin Showalter, who was slammed 50 feet down the road in New London, Connecticut on Christmas Eve 1973 while changing a tire on the traffic side of a parked car. For many years, Andy Thibault dogged a case which public officials seemed determined to let die, despite the presence of a likely suspect. He tells me his mentor, John Peterson, broke the case open and then handed over the torch. Joined by the victim's mother, Lucille, who revealed herself as a determined but delightful woman as the story unfolds, Andy beats up on police, prosecutors, judges and governors until finally there is action. Spurred on by an appointment hastened by Gov. Ella Grasso, Judge Joseph Dannehy conducted one of the most brilliant and thorough investigations I have ever seen. If this book were only about the Showalter case, it would be worth the price.

    APPENDIX

    THE SHOWALTER CHRONOLOGY – A FOUR YEAR SEARCH FOR JUSTICE


    New London, Ct.

    1973

    December 24

    Approximately 11:10 to 11:20 p.m. Kevin B. Showalter is killed. Car leaves scene. Only taillights observed by a neighbor.

    There is much confusion. Mr. Showalter had been changing a tire on his companion’s car. His companion Debra Emilyta, was sitting about six feet away from the car on a stone wall.

    Ms. Emilyta told police she heard a thud, but did not see the car which struck Mr. Showalter. She said she ran across the road, a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street, before seeing Mr. Showalter’s body.

    Mr. Showalter’s body was thrown 22 feet from the believed point of impact, onto a sidewalk near a large tree. The police report prepared that night noted the deceased’s shoes were found 110 feet apart. Part of a leg bone was found 75 feet away.

    Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Auto Body gives police body putty, apparently from the car which struck Mr. Showalter. The putty never made it to the police station. Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko later denies its existence.

    December 25

    Autopsy performed. No trace of alcohol or drugs found. Cause of death listed as lacerated liver and broken neck.

    In efforts to console Mrs. Showalter, friends, neighbors, witnesses and officials volunteer information about the accident. She quietly listens for about six weeks, taking it for granted that police are acting on the same information. December 26

    New London police begin full-scale search for red car.

    1974

    February 6

    FBI report describes paint particles on Mr. Showalter’s clothing as “racing green” or “forest green” used on 1968 Chrysler products.

    February 7

    Mrs. Showalter notes she had the impression local police were not actively pursuing the case. She began interviewing those persons who came to her voluntarily and made a written record of her findings.

    During the next three weeks, Mrs. Showalter spends much of her time making telephone calls and knocking on doors. She and her youngest son Craig, then 14, visited a number of local auto dealers and garages. She said in most cases they were told police had not made any inquiries of them.

    February 28

    New London police conduct first interview with Harvey N. Mallove, the downtown merchant and former mayor and city councilor. Mallove stated he drove by Pequot Avenue near Plant Street shortly before 11:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. Seven people near the accident scene contradict what he said he saw.

    April 20

    Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. Edmund J. O’Brien, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation into her son’s death. O’Brien never responds.

    On the same day, Atty. Thomas Bishop, representing Mrs. Showalter as the administratix of Mr. Showalter’s estate, asks Atty. Joseph Moukawsher to conduct a coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death.

    April 23

    Moukawsher agrees to conduct inquest but must confer with New London police before setting date.

    June 4

    Mrs. Showalter writes to New London Police Chief John J. Crowley, asking for a progress report on the investigation by his force. Crowley neither acknowledges receipt of letter nor responds. Copies of letter were sent to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, and Abraham Kirshenbaum, then chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

    June 10

    Mrs. Showalter asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a grand jury investigation.

    June 24

    Santaniello notes Moukawsher has agreed to conduct coroner’s inquest. He tells Mrs. Showalter, “If it appears that during any stage of this proceeding that any further intercession is necessary, appropriate action will be taken at that time.”

    July 2

    Mrs. Showalter writes to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, asking for a report from his office assessing the police department’s handling of the case. She also asks for a reply to her June 4 letter to Police Chief Crowley.

    July 9

    Driscoll tells Crowley to prepare a complete report for Mrs. Showalter.

    July 10

    Bucko completes report on fatal accident.

    July 25

    Driscoll sends Mrs. Showalter Bucko’s report. The report said Mr. Showalter’s body was in the road, but the ambulance crew which took Mr. Showalter to Lawrence Memorial Hospital said they found him on the sidewalk several feet away. No police officer ever saw the body at the scene since the first officer arrived as the body was being placed in the ambulance.

    Bucko says paint particles from a 1968 Plymouth at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton are similar to those found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing, but the same paint is used on any 1968 Chrysler product.

    Bucko also says a piece of metal Mrs. Showalter found near the accident scene is in the detective bureau. When Mrs. Showalter first offered the metal to police, they refused to sign a receipt for it.

    August 6

    Mrs. Showalter writes to Driscoll regarding Bucko’s report. She lists six pages of comments on allegedly “serious omissions” and “strictly opinion judgments” by Bucko.

    Mrs. Showalter also writes to Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley, asking him to send a representative to the coroner’s inquest. She includes copies of correspondence with local officials and Bucko’s report.

    August 9

    Mrs. Showalter requests a meeting with the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

    August 15

    Bucko updates report, at request of city manager Driscoll.

    Bucko said of the body location, “the position he (Mr. Showalter) was found in at the scene of the accident, in my opinion, would not help in solving this matter.” Erroneous on the report is the position of the car jack which is shown on the front bumper. The car Mr. Showalter was working on, a Ford Pinto, had to be jacked from the side of the vehicle.

    Omitted from the report is the location of a car mat seen to the rear of the car and the spare tire Mr. Showalter never got to put on the car.

    August 20

    Gormley writes to Mrs. Showalter, telling her the local police investigation “has proceeded smoothly,” and there is “no reason for this office to initiate its own investigation.”

    August 28

    The Public Safety Committee of the New London City Council meets in closed session for one hour to discuss the hit-run death. Chief Crowley requested the closed session. He said there is evidence that could jeopardize future action.

    Mrs. Showalter submitted a 12-page statement for the meeting, but did not attend.

    Crowley said the case is not closed and it appears an arrest may be made.

    August 31

    Mallove submits official statement to New London police.

    November, 1974

    After being postponed several times, the coroner’s inquest hears testimony from 50 persons. No findings issued.

    1975

    January 24

    A state police detective participating in the federal grand jury probe of the city police department has told one of its patrolmen they identified the driver of the car which struck and killed Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve, 1973.

    “We know who killed the Showalter kid, how come you don’t?” the detective was quoted in The Norwich Bulletin as saying.

    March 19-22

    The Bulletin, in a four-part series, shows:

    - Eyewitnesses and what New London police called “near witnesses” drastically differed in their accounts of the accident.

    - Microscopic paint particles found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing on which police based their search may not have been left by the vehicle which struck him.

    - Evidence entrusted to police officers at the scene has never been seen since.

    - A claim by police that it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles possible involved in the mishap was declared false by the state Motor Vehicle Department.

    The Bulletin, when preparing the series of articles, made repeated efforts to discuss the case with police officials but Lt. K.T. Bucko, who headed the case, on the advice of then Police Chief John Crowley, would not.

    April 3 State police conduct an extensive door-to-door inquiry in the Pequot Avenue region. State police have been looking into the case as part of a federal grand jury investigation into alleged corruption within the city force.

    July 12

    The state of Connecticut offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter. A total of $3,000 is now being offered. Classmates and friends of Mr. Showalter’s have already collected $1,000.

    July 21

    A community effort by friends and classmates raises the reward to $5,000.

    November 8

    The transcript of the coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death conducted nearly a year ago has yet to be typed, Coroner Joseph Moukawsher confirms. He said he wants to review the transcript even though he believes his six-day long inquest did not establish any guilt in the case. He said he has not spoken with the court reporter assigned to the case since the early summer.

    December 10

    Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation. No response.

    1976

    January 6

    Satti refuses to confirm or deny the existence of Mrs. Showalter’s request. Mrs. Showalter has also asked Satti’s office to ascertain the location of recorded tapes made during the coroner’s inquest.

    January 9

    Mrs. Showalter sends a special delivery letter to Satti asking for a response to the December 10 request. No response.

    February 19

    In a feature article, also carried statewide by the Associated Press, The Bulletin profiles Mrs. Showalter on page one.

    Some public officials regard her as a persistent nuisance, someone to be ignored and sidestepped, but Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter will not breathe easily until they tell her who killed her son, Bulletin reporter Fred Vollono wrote.

    “The official comment seems to be there is nothing to it,” Mrs. Showalter said. “It is just the ramblings of a grief-stricken mother. But there are many people who urge me to go on. They say, ‘Lucille, if you stop, then nothing will ever be done.’”

    February 23

    Mrs. Showalter receives a letter of confession from an inmate at Somers state prison. The inmate said he was plagued by news accounts of the death. Every time he seems to forget the accident, the inmate said, he reads another news story.

    April 2

    Mrs. Showalter submits a third written request to Satti for a grand-jury probe. No response.

    May 6

    Common Pleas court Prosecutor Harold Dean quashes the only lead in the two and a half year old investigation, The Norwich Bulletin reports. The lead was the letter of confession written by the inmate at Somers Prison. State police arrested the inmate for harassment of the victim’s mother, Mrs. Showalter, to whom the letter was sent. Dean nolled the case and allowed it to be dismissed despite a prior meeting with state police when the significance of the arrest was discussed.

    State police did not believe the letter writer was responsible for the hit-run death, but they thought the letter contained possibly significant information. Dean said he was certain the accused had no knowledge of the case, because he was incarcerated when Mr. Showalter was killed.

    August 7 The day following the Bulletin’s report of Dean quashing the lead, Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley says he had “no idea” why the lead “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. Two state police officers had met with Gormley to discuss the letter of confession.

    August 6

    State police list the investigation into the killing of Mr. Showalter as “closed pending further development.” That classification came 31 days after Dean threw the harassment case out of court.

    August 30

    Mrs. Showalter again asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a one-man grand jury probe.

    September 1

    Mrs. Showalter publicly renews her efforts to have a one-man grand jury reopen the investigation into the hit-run killing of her son. In a statement sent to 22 media outlets, Mrs. Showalter says she made the appeal in an August 30 letter to Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello. She says she was asking the judge to “make good on a promise” he made to her in June 1974. Santaniello wrote in a June 24, 1974 letter, Superior Court intercession would be possible if the investigation required it.

    Santaniello said, “probably the proper person” to approach would be State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti. But Mrs. Showalter said she is ignoring Satti because he failed to respond to her December 1975 letter asking for the grand jury.

    September 23

    State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti says he needs another three weeks to review information on the killing of Mr. Showalter before deciding whether the investigation should be reopened or shelved.

    Satti says he had hoped to have the matter resolved by today, but the sinking of his 35-foot cabin cruiser two weeks ago, an unexpected report of crimes by New London police, and a new trial forced him behind schedule.

    November 23

    Mrs. Showalter turns to Governor Ella T. Grasso for help.

    “I cannot endure this loss of a beloved son in the midst of a governmental system that appears to neither act nor care,” Mrs. Showalter says in a letter to the governor.

    Mrs. Showalter says she is skeptical the New London County State’s Attorney’s review of the case will result in the one-man grand jury she has requested. Satti today said he is still reviewing transcripts of the Coroner’s Inquest and refused further comment.

    December 21

    Just three days before the third anniversary of the killing of Kevin B. Showalter, the state’s chief court administrator orders the city’s only unsolved hit-and-run case reopened.

    John P. Cotter signs an order creating a one-man jury to probe the death, renewing hopes that allegations of police bungling and mishandling of the case will be settled.

    “I can’t yet believe it,” says Mrs. Showalter, calling the action a “literal miracle.”

    Cotter, a justice on the state Supreme Court, selects retired Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Devlin to head the one-man grand jury.

    An attorney representing Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter also files a $600,000 lawsuit against the unnamed person(s) responsible for the killing of her son. Atty. Averum J. Sprecher of East Haddam says the suit is aimed at protecting Mrs. Showalter’s rights.

    “The action as I have filed it will definitively preserve her rights when the investigative bodies finally determine who killed the boy,” he said. The suit is aimed at heading off fears the state’s statute of limitations might preclude Mrs. Showalter from pursuing civil action if the killer is found.

    December 24

    Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Dannehy is ordered to replace State Referee Raymond J. Devlin as the one-man grand juror investigating Mr. Showalter’s death. Chief Court Administrator John P. Cotter says Judge Devlin had asked to be taken off the case because he was too busy with other duties, and would be unable to commute from his New Haven office.

    1977

    January 4

    Austin J. McGuigan, the special prosecutor assigned to the one-man grand jury probing the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter promises to pull “all the stops” in his investigation but says he needs help from the public to succeed.

    McGuigan has worked for the state for two years as the top investigator of organized crime. He appeals to anyone with information to call him confidentially.

    February 8

    State Police Commissioner Edward P. Leonard, as part of a last-resort effort, makes a personal appeal to area residents for information about the killing of Mr. Showalter. In a letter to the people who live near the Pequot Avenue site where Mr. Showalter died, Leonard asks for facts – “No matter how insignificant they may appear” – which might shed light on the car, the driver or the accident scene.

    Special Prosecutor McGuigan says police “had no suspects.” However, he says if a suspect is found police believe there is sufficient evidence to tie the person to the case.

    April 18

    Investigators say they feel confident the Showalter case will be solved.

    The new optimism comes after a public appeal netted more than 300 leads, new laboratory analysis of existing evidence, and an accounting of each of the more than 10,000 green Chrysler products registered in Eastern Connecticut when Mr. Showalter was killed.

    The new evidence means “there is a significant possibility the vehicle in question was not a green Chrysler,” Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan says. While the investigators will not say what other color the car might have been, the evidence apparently opens new avenues for the investigation. Previously, other theories on who drove the death car, theories which have had some substantiation, were locked into the green Chrysler theory, police acknowledge.

    May 10

    State police investigators spend two and a half hours recreating and filming the Pequot Avenue death scene where Mr. Showalter was the victim of the hit and run.

    May 18

    State police again film and re-create death scene.

    June 22

    The Bulletin reports that one of the most intensive investigations in state police history, the probe into Mr. Showalter’s hit-run death, will be given to a one-man grand jury July 5 in Windham county Superior Court.

    Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror, imposes a gag order on all investigators assigned to the case. Special Prosecutor McGuigan and 17 state police detectives had gathered evidence for the grand jury.

    June 23

    More than 50 persons will be subpoenaed and the scope of the probe will be expanded to include subsequent actions connected with the accident, The Bulletin reports.

    June 24

    Eleven New London police officers, including the top detective involved in the first of three investigations of the hit-run death, have been subpoenaed, The Bulletin reports.

    July 5

    The grand jury begins behind closed doors with testimony by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

    Outside, a television camera crew drips with sweat under the glare of a hot summer sun.

    Inside it is quiet and cool – almost like any other day. The state police detectives and reporters talk about golf, baseball and other summertime activities. Because of the gag order imposed by Judge Dannehy, they can’t talk about what is most on their minds, what has brought them all together – the unsolved hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.

    The session lasts about five hours and also includes testimony by Mrs. Showalter and Debra Emilyta, Mr. Showalter’s companion the night he died.

    Ms. Emilyta has been sitting on a wall about 6 feet from Mr. Showalter when he was killed. She told police she only heard the 20-year-old Mitchell College student struck, and did not see the car which struck him.

    July 6

    Witnesses include Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Arco in New London. What he identified as body putty, apparently from the car that struck and killed Mr. Showalter, has never been seen since police officers placed it in an envelope that night, according to sources.

    Ms. Emilyta concludes testimony.

    Also testifying are Dr. Robert Weller, members of his family, and a friend, who while returning home from church drove past Mr. Showalter as he was changing the tire. They were among the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

    Other witnesses include Mrs. Ruth P. Hendel and Mrs. Charles (Shirley Pope) Alloway, her daughter.

    On Christmas Eve, 1973, Mrs. Hendel had just turned away from the window of her home on Pequot Avenue where she had been watching Mr. Showalter work on the Emilyta car. She heard the noise of the car striking Mr. Showalter and turning back quickly she caught a glimpse of the taillights. Her first impression of the fleeing southbound car was that it was bright-colored, possibly red.

    Mrs. Hendel continued to watch the accident scene as she telephoned Mrs. Alloway, the wife of a New London police officer.

    Arthur Adams of New London, a Mitchell College security guard and former state policeman, also testifies. Aside from Ms. Emilyta and the hit-run driver, Adams may have been one of the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

    Adams saw Mr. Showalter working on the car and Ms. Emilyta sitting on the stone wall, swinging her legs. He observed the girl with a coat collar wrapped around her head, in conversation with Mr. Showalter, after the Weller party had driven by.

    Adams continued on his rounds towards the Montauk Avenue side of the campus. Sometime after 11 p.m., he saw an ambulance heading for the hospital and two police cars heading down Plant Street.

    July 7

    Some of the last persons who saw Mr. Showalter alive and one of the first who saw him dead testify.

    Six members of the Sitty family, who were celebrating Christmas Eve and occasionally watching Mr. Showalter change a tire from inside a house on Pequot Avenue, tell the grand jury what they knew about the case, Edmond Sitty had brought out a blanket and a corduroy coat to put over Mr. Showalter’s body after he had been struck and killed.

    A New London High School classmate of Mr. Showalter, Arthur Petrini, was a passenger in a car that passed the accident scene sometime after Mr. Showalter was killed and before the ambulance and police arrived. He also testified.

    July 12

    Witnesses included two firemen and a dispatcher, two nurses and an orderly, the New London County Medical Examiner, the first man to officially identify Mr. Showalter, and a woman who lives near the accident scene.

    Larry Grimes, a security guard who knew Mr. Showalter from Mitchell College, had made the preliminary identification at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, where he also worked. Mrs. Dorothy Bryson of Pequot Avenue, who came upon the accident scene, also testifies.

    July 13

    New London police officers pack the waiting room of the Windham County Courthouse. Of the 11 who were subpoenaed last month, at least seven are present.

    The 11 include Patrolmen Vincent McGrath, Steven Colonis, Thomas P. Bowes Jr., and Cpl. Joseph Chiapponne, all of whom were involved in the initial investigation. With the change of shift, Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, Patrolmen Richard West and Glenn Davis and Det. Sgt. Konstanty T. Bucko joined the probe. Bucko was off duty at the time.

    McGrath filed the motor vehicle report of the accident and the sketch on the report was by Bowes. Bucko took photographs of the scene and gathered evidence. His photographs may be the only ones taken. Bucko also went to the hospital and got the victim’s clothing, according to sources.

    Colonis, the first officer on the scene, apparently arrived as Mr. Showalter was being placed in the ambulance. He interviewed Ms. Emilyta and took her to the station to file a 13-sentence statement.

    There is some confusion of whether Colonis drove an unmarked police car that night. Sources say police made conflicting statements on that question.

    July 14

    Thomas Wainwright, who played tennis with Kevin Showalter at New London High, saw his lifeless body on a sidewalk on Pequot Avenue before an ambulance or police arrived, and is among those testifying today. Arthur Petrini, who testified last week, was a passenger in Wainwright’s car.

    Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wainwright, who were stopped by police after circling the scene in another auto, also testify.

    At least seven New London police officers are at the courthouse, but it is not known how many are testifying.

    July 19

    The grand jury shifts beyond reconstructions by “near witnesses,” as Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, now retired, testifies. He was the squad leader who reportedly conducted “an intensive investigation” for a red car during the 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift on Christmas Day 1973.

    July 20

    The grand jury investigators spend much of the day alone reviewing physical evidence and testimony. Only three witnesses – New London police who have already appeared during the proceedings – are present.

    July 21

    Det. Bucko appears for at least the fourth time in the nine days the grand jury has convened. The session begins at 10 a.m. and ends about 5:45 p.m., with his departure.

    A nurse’s aide who knelt by Mr. Showalter’s body, feeling for a pulse, also testifies, Sue Costello, who heard the report of an accident as she was leaving Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals in New London from her shift, had arrived on the scene before ambulance personnel and police.

    July 26

    The scope of the grand jury probe goes beyond Mr. Showlater’s death and runs smack into a crucial area of dispute with the appearance of New London police detective Walter Petchark.

    On Christmas Day 1973, with evidence already missing and news of Mr. Showalter’s death on the radio, Petchark reportedly received a call from former mayor Harvey N. Mallove. Mallove later told The Bulletin there was no truth to the report. But he allegedly told Petchark he thought he saw the accident the night before.

    Three city police detectives – Bucko, Petchark, and Carmello Fazzina – were present at the inquiry. They were followed by laboratory technicians from the FBI, who lent their expertise in the analysis of headlight glass possibly belonging to the death vehicle.

    July 27

    The former counsel for the estate of Mr. Showalter testifies. Atty. Thomas Bishop confirms his representation of the estate was severed in June 1974.

    Thomas and Donald Wainwright return for further testimony.

    July 28

    Witnesses include Mrs. S.F. Zimet of Ledyard. Mallove said he was visiting at her home on Christmas Eve 1973, left about 10:45 p.m., and was home in New London about half an hour later.

    Mrs. Zimet is accompanied by her attorney, L. Patrick Gray. Gray, like Bishop, is a member of the New London law firm Suissman, Shapiro, Wool, and Brennan.

    Other witnesses include New London city Manager C. Francis Driscoll and Elise Mallove, Mallove’s daughter. Miss Mallove was home for her Christmas vacation in 1973.

    The grand jury begins a four-week recess. More than 50 persons were called during the first 12 days of the inquiry.

    August 30

    New London police investigators and a newspaper editor who has followed their unsolved hit-run death case for three years are among the witnesses.

    Retired Police Chief John Crowley and Det. Lt. K.T. Bucko, who refused repeated pleas by The Bulletin in March of 1975 to discuss the death of Kevin B. Showalter, gives testimony – as did the paper’s managing editor, John C. Peterson.

    Peterson testifies for three hours.

    August 31

    The attorney who conducted a coroner’s inquest into Mr. Showalter’s death, the results of which have never met public scrutiny, is the first witness today. Atty. Joseph Moukwasher, who heard testimony from 50 witnesses during six days in September and November of 1974, is one of the few persons familiar with the substance of that investigation.

    It took more than two years for the transcripts of the hearings to be typed and submitted to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti.

    State Police Sgt. Donald Crouch, who in 1974 and 1975 worked for the federal grand jury investigating alleged corruption in the New London force, also testifies. Other witnesses included Rosemary Benson and Carol James.

    September 1

    Physical exhibits appear to outnumber witnesses in the 15th day of proceedings. Two state police technicians from the crime lab in Bethany carry satchels concealing evidence into the closed courtroom. One exhibit is a light colored automobile fender, which was dented and streaked.

    September 2

    Det. Edward Pickett of the New London County State’s Attorney’s office, who helped administer a lie detector test to Ms. Emilyta, testifies. Ms. Emilyta passed the test.

    Another detective, private investigator Joe Harris, is also called. A former Waterford police sergeant, he worked on the case for a brief time, on his own.

    Other witnesses in a short session include State Police Sgt. Charles Trotter, a principal investigator in the federal grand jury probe of the New London city police.

    September 12

    Two persons who saw Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve 1973, hours before he was killed testify.

    Ramona Ricci, a coworker of Mr. Showalter’s at a Waterford discotheque, attended one of two parties Mr. Showalter had planned to go to after work that night. Nancy Wicksham, who also testified, had joined friends that holiday evening at the club.

    September 18

    Mallove says his status as a suspect in the case is “nothing new.” During testimony in a New Jersey courtroom, Connecticut State Police revealed Mallove is a prime suspect in the hit-run case. The testimony concerned refusal by two New Jersey men to comply with a subpoena issued by the one-man grand jury. Trooper Charles Wargat also testified he was told the two men repaired Mallove’s car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 1973.

    Mallove tells The Bulletin he did not know the men and never had a car repaired at their shop on Reed Street in New London. He says he didn’t kill Mr. Showalter and doesn’t know anything about anybody who did.

    September 19

    One of the two men who testified with immunity today has said in a published account he has no knowledge of the case and denied any car was repaired in his New London shop on Christmas Eve 1973.

    Walter String Jr. made those comments in the New Jersey Courier Post. He and his son, Walter String III, had been ordered to appear today by a New Jersey judge, after refusing to comply with a subpoena.

    Among the dozen or so witnesses are New London city police Sgt. Donald Sloan and Cpl. Charles Alloway. They took the first full statement from Ms. Emilyta, five days after the accident.

    September 26

    Darlene Barnes, a friend of Mr. Showalter who patronized the Waterford discotheque where he worked, is among the witnesses today. Ms. Barnes was also one of the 50 witnesses during the coroner’s inquest of 1974.

    October 3

    Larry Grimes testifies again. The Mitchell College security guard who made the first identification of Mr. Showalter at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, was also at the courthouse on July 12, and Sept. 26.

    The grand jury will be in recess until October 17. It has convened 20 times since July 5 and heard about 90 witnesses.

    October 11

    Judge Dannehy says published reports that Mallove is a prime suspect in the case “couldn’t bother me in the least.”

    “They (the newspapers) are free to speculate if they wish,” Dannehy says. “I am not concerned with their claimed right to freedom of expression.

    I think that sometimes their attitude is to publish and be damned, but they don’t bother me.”

    “Why don’t you wait” for the grand jury report? Dannehy asked.

    October 17

    The sales manager of a New London auto firm who said he has sold a number of cars to the family of a suspect in the hit-run case testifies.

    In 1970, Peter Emmanuel Sr. of New London Motors sold a Lincoln Continental to Harvey N. Mallove, whom state police have identified as a suspect in the Christmas Eve, 1973 death. A compact car was among the other autos the New London firm sold to Mallove.

    State police were looking for a green Chrysler product when they first questioned New London motors personnel, Emmanuel said before he testified. But the firm didn’t sell Mallove such a vehicle, which police had believed was the death car, he added.

    October 24

    The grand jury does not convene today because the investigators were not ready to proceed, Judge Dannehy said. He said he plans to conduct several more sessions before adjourning to write the final report, but did not specify.

    November 14

    The grand jury meets for its first regular session since October 17 and hears one witness. The witness, Gary Jordan of New London, said he was dating Elise Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973.

    Sources say the grand jury conducted at least one special session since October 17, but it was not known who testified.

    November 21

    State police continue working long and irregular hours probing Mr. Showalter’s death as they re-create the hit-run scene on Pequot Avenue near Plant Street for at least the third time.

    November 29

    The man whom state police have said they consider a prime suspect in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death has his day in court.

    Harvey N. Mallove testifies for about four hours before the secret grand jury probing Mr. Showalter’s death. Atty. Leo J. McNamara accompanies Mallove to the Windham County Courthouse.

    Mallove says he was one of a number of persons who drove by the accident scene shortly before or after Mr. Showalter was killed. But a four-part series by The Bulletin in March of 1975 showed Mallove saw a scene that seven other persons said could not have taken place.

    Mallove passed the accident scene within a minute or two after an ambulance call was logged. His statement to New London police – dated eight months later – conflicts with accounts of seven persons at the scene or looking out their windows seconds after Mr. Showalter was struck.

    Mr. Showalter was struck by a car as he changed a tire on a friend’s parked Ford Pinto, on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street.

    In his statement, Mallove said he saw an automobile parked at an angle in front of the Pinto. None of the seven persons saw any car stopped at the scene immediately after the victim was hit according to the July 10, 1974 report by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

    Mallove’s vivid description of a middle-aged man talking with a girl near the car also conflicts with statements by the seven persons.

    In his statement, Mallove said he assumed the man was a member of the police department. But Bucko claims in the July 10 report that Mallove told him the talking to the girl was “NOT” a policeman.

    Bucko’s report also claims Mallove learned on Christmas Day 1974 that “a man had been killed and he remarked to some people that he saw the body.” But Bucko continued to report that after Mallove viewed photographs of the scene he realized what he mistook for a body was a floor mat. In his statement, Mallove said he saw a “flat object which I assumed was a blanket or a mat.”

    In his August 31, 1974 statement, Mallove said, “Seeing no trouble, accident, or any evidence of anything out of place…I continued on my way home.”

    In the July 10, 1974 report, Bucko claims; “Mr. Mallove stated he was going to stop because he realized there had been an accident.”

    Mallove has told The Bulletin that Bucko misquoted him.

    December 7

    The calling of witnesses ends with Mallove’s second appearance.

    The proceedings included a film screening, apparently of the death scene as re-created by state police.

    After the 35 minute screening, Special Prosecutor McGuigan and Judge Dannehy questioned Mallove for about 40 minutes. That was the bulk of the afternoon session.

    The question of whether indictments should be handed down in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death now rests with Judge Dannehy.

    After 24 sessions and more than 100 witnesses, Dannehy said the next step for the grand jury is the final report on who killed Kevin B. Saltwater.

    1978

    Feb. 17 Report filed.

    Feb. 22

    Report made public.

  • THE DANNEHY REPORT


  • SHOWALTER COVERUP COLUMNS

    Chapter 1

    Law and Justice in Everyday Life

    Cover-Up In New London

    Hit-And-Run Continues To Mock Justice


    Sept. 4, 2000

    If Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney John Bailey wants to bring closure to cold cases, here’s one from New London that should top the list: The Showalter hit-and-run cover-up is a dark chapter in Connecticut history, a tale more appropriate for a Third World country.

    And yet, only one thing bothers former New London County State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti about the Showalter case: that it was investigated at all.

    Satti, now retired, made the point again and again, most recently this year. Satti’s complaint, made during the wake of the late state police Detective George Ryalls, was that Ryalls’ obituary mentioned the suspect the prosecutor refused to pursue in the Showalter probe.

    Kevin B. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, was killed at 11:12 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. He was changing a tire on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue on the New London shoreline when he was struck and killed. His girlfriend, sitting only 6 feet away on a stone wall, claims she saw nothing.

    Auto body putty from the death car disappeared after a tow truck driver gave it to New London police. The evidence file that was supposed to contain the putty was stuffed with bathroom tiles. The file that was supposed to contain headlight glass from the death car instead contained glass from three different headlights. State police and others suspected that, in order to throw legitimate investigators off the trail, the late young man's clothing was pounded on a different-colored car than the one that killed him.

    The victim's mother, Lucille M. Showalter, tried to get a grand jury investigation of the cover-up. She was rebuffed repeatedly by the presiding judge, Angelo Santaniello who, it later became clear, was best friends with the leading suspect. Santaniello then referred Showalter to prosecutor Satti, who happened to be his former law partner. Satti refused to acknowledge registered letters from Mrs. Showalter pleading for a grand jury probe.

    Satti did finally meet with Mrs. Showalter in 1978, after Judge Joseph Dannehy of Willimantic, acting as a one-man grand jury, named former New London Mayor Harvey N. Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle. Satti called the three-hour meeting, in which he repeatedly told Mrs. Showalter that there never should have been a grand jury investigation under Dannehy.

    Mallove held a good hand; he had the best legal muscle in New London County on his side. New London police would not question him for more than seven months, and then only in a perfunctory manner. They would say they inspected his cars, but they did not. Significantly, Mallove’s Lincoln had been repaired, but it wasn’t until state police took over the case four years after the accident that the fender was finally seized.

    Santaniello would arrange for a coroner’s inquest and put his niece in charge of typing the transcript. Only after two years of intense public pressure would the transcript be typed. But the inquest never issued a finding.

    Santaniello tipped off Mallove that he was a suspect. The judge was also aware of what local police knew about the case. Mrs. Showalter memorialized the admissions in tape-recorded telephone conversations.

    “I did talk to Harvey,” Santaniello told Mrs. Showalter on Oct. 17, 1975, “and I said, `You’re suspected.’ As a matter of fact, at that time a police officer came to him on the same day or the next day, and told him you were making accusations about him and that he was a prime suspect.” The day before, Mallove told Mrs. Showalter, “Judge Santaniello is of the opinion that you fingered me.”

    It was not until 1977 that state police, who took over the case at the behest of former Gov. Ella Grasso, formally named Mallove a suspect. Next week, I'll propose a means to solve the Showalter cover-up.

    Showalter Cover-Up Is New London's Shame

    Sept. 11, 2000

    New London, where I grew up and began working in the 1960s and ‘70s, was a dirty little city with character.

    It had a restaurant called the Hygienic that was everything but. There were at least a couple bars where the cops couldn't do anything, except maybe a little business.

    The top pimp in town never went to jail until he was about 60 and a certain court official retired.

    New London will always be the city that tried to cover up the Christmas Eve 1973 hit-and-run death of Kevin B. Showalter. It's been doing a pretty good job for nearly 27 years, but the onion is beginning to peel.

    The local daily newspaper admitted -- in its official history published this year -- that it did a shoddy job on the Showalter case. Specifically, The Day admitted its failure to explore the relationship between a former mayor and a top judge, and their influence on the course of the criminal investigation. That’s a beginning.

    Political and police corruption goes back a couple generations in New London. By the 1970s, New London police were widely known to be involved in the selling of women, dope and refrigerators, among other things. A federal grand jury took note. But as with the Showalter case, there were these little problems with the evidence.

    A jewelry store owner and former city mayor multi-millionaire Harvey Mallove was the prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of Showalter, a student at Mitchell College. Showalter’s date that night, Christmas Eve 1973, said she saw nothing from her vantage point six feet away, sitting on a stone wall under a streetlight on a residential street as a young man changed the tire of her car.

    Harvey was everybody’s pal. He would take kids to the Super Bowl, then, down the road, get them jobs as cops. He was friends with bums in the street and bums in high political office. He was wired. The standing joke among reporters became: Harvey's a great guy to have a beer with, just don't change your tire if he's driving by.

    “I didn't kill the kid in any way, shape or form,” Harvey told me many times. As mayor, Harvey helped hire a few police chiefs. His best friend was the administrative judge for the county; that was the judge who controlled the early stages of the investigation, specifically a coroner’s inquest that never issued a finding.

    State police followed up a report that Mallove’s best friend, County Administrative Judge Angelo G. Santaniello, was with Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973. Santaniello reportedly was No. 11 on a guest list for a party at the home of his political mentor, the late state Sen. Peter Mariani. The Mariani party was one of two Mallove attended that night.

    Santaniello told reporters he never went out on Christmas Eve.

    Another state judge, Joseph F. Dannehy, conducted two grand jury investigations. In 1978, Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle, but said evidence that might have ensured conviction was either mishandled or destroyed.

    Mallove died a few years ago with this legacy. Others still have time to come clean and tell the truth about the cover-up. Mrs. Showalter tried unsuccessfully to have Satti, Santaniello and others prosecuted for hindrance of prosecution (CGS Section 53a-166) warning of impending discovery, providing means of avoiding discovery, preventing discovery by deception. Because a conspiracy to hinder prosecution is an ongoing crime, those with information could tell Chief State's Attorney John Bailey, who has begun an initiative to solve some of the state's cold homicide cases.

    Isn’t it time? No one kept the system honest when it counted, though some tried. Most stood by as the system that was supposed to protect the victim and his family betrayed them all.

    Where is the conscience of the community?

    Cold Case On Ice Forever

    Nov. 6, 2000

    One way to deflect attention from a suspect is to get investigators involved in meaningless, time-consuming tasks. Another way is to create a bogus suspect who is then exposed as such, causing a belief that the case is just too hazy to pursue.

    Both of these devices were used repeatedly in the cover-up of the Showalter hit-run case in New London. Whether this was happenstance, indifference, incompetence or malfeasance, the result was the same. The system failed.

    And now, it seems, the truth will remain buried forever.

    Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror who investigated the case, wrote in his finding of fact: “After December 25, 1973, the New London Police Department did virtually nothing to solve the hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.” The accident occurred the night before.

    Local police and court officials, however, were pro-active in another sense. Their actions served to protect the assailant.

    For example, New London police claimed it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles using data from the state Motor Vehicle Department. The motor vehicle department declared there was no such charge.

    Nevertheless, New London police spent their time hand-sorting local motor vehicle cards. They looked for a green Chrysler. That was likely a false lead; state police said paint particles found on the victim's clothing did not come from the car that killed him.

    Former Mayor Harvey Mallove began meeting informally with police and court officials as early as Dec. 25, 1973. Mallove wanted to know what the police knew.

    The only lead after two and a half years was quashed by then New London Common Pleas Court Prosecutor Harold Dean in May 1976. The lead was a letter of confession written by a Somers prison inmate to the victim’s mother, Lucille Showalter.

    “I told Harold how important that was to me,” Mallove, the prime suspect, confided to an associate. He also acknowledged discussing the purported confession with his best friend, the presiding judge for the county, Angelo Santaniello.

    The author of the letter was known to be connected with “fences,” or purveyors of stolen goods in the New London area. State police arrested him for harassment of Mrs. Showalter. Two state troopers met with Dean for an hour. They told him the letter contained possibly significant information. State police also believed they could connect the dots in New London between the letter writer and the powers-that-be. Did he owe some favors? Was he paid? Police knew the author had no liability for the accident; he was actually in Florida at the time of the hit-run.

    Dean nolled and dismissed the case without telling the troopers or Mallove. Soon thereafter, state police listed the killing of Showalter as “closed pending further development.” Upon learning of Dean's action, Chief State's Attorney Joseph Gormley remarked he had “no idea” why the lead, “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. The case would remain closed for six months, until Gov. Ella Grasso brought the matter to Justice John Cotter.

    Was there criminal activity connected with the Showalter cover-up? It appears we will never know for certain. Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver, noting that evidence which might have ensured conviction was destroyed. The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed aspects of the case this fall after a series of columns appeared in The Law Tribune. However, the statute of limitations for the most likely potential charge, conspiracy to hinder prosecution of motor vehicle misconduct, has expired. This shameful case, it appears, is destined to stay on ice forever.

    - AND:

    Olympic Gold for Missing Evidence


    November 28, 2005

    Judge Ellen Gordon was in way over her head with what she tried pass off as a ruling in Day Publishing v. State's Attorney.

    Clueless Gordon was handed a hot one, a case no one has ever wanted in the so-called New London Judicial District. Every single time this case has come to court, begging for justice, The Robes, the prosecutors and their minions have either desecrated their oaths or looked the other way. Clueless Gordon, fairly new to the scene, has managed to join the list of those who are both ostriches and failures.

    The Day newspaper asked Gordon this year to release the grand jury testimony regarding the cover-up of the 1973 hit-run death of Kevin Showalter. Before Gordon probably ever heard of Showalter, five New London County judges recused themselves from a John Doe civil suit against the driver because they were friends with the prime suspect, Harvey Mallove. Mallove -- the late mayor of New London and multimillionaire jeweler who picked police chiefs, planned to run for Congress and starred in the social scene -- was prone to say, "I never killed the kid -- in any way, shape or form."

    It's not like we could expect a New London judge to show guts or brains in this case. Compelling testimony from the first of two grand juries implicated local law enforcement and court officials in a widespread cover-up.

    On Christmas Eve 1973 at 11:12 p.m., as the call came in, a high-ranking New London officer, said, "F--k him, he's dead," and then left to go home. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, lay dead on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue by the shoreline. His body was thrown 22 feet from the point of impact. His shoes were found 110 feet apart. A leg bone was 75 feet away.

    A tow truck driver gave police auto body putty from the death car. The putty was never seen again. New London police mixed headlight glass from at least three different cars in what they called the evidence file. Replacing the auto body putty was bathroom tile. A local coroner's inquest never issued a finding. State police, who took over the case at the behest of Gov. Ella Grasso, were bewildered and angry when they could not find the transcript of the coroner's inquest. Mallove's best friend -- the presiding judge for the county, Angelo G. Santaniello -- had put his niece in charge of typing that transcript. Santaniello also tipped off Mallove to his status as a suspect.

    Now, Clueless Gordon can't find the 3,000-page transcript of the first grand jury. Does she care? Court clerks allegedly performed a diligent search. Would any reasonable person believe or accept any of this?

    Among the last persons known to possess the grand jury report was the late State's Attorney, C. Robert Satti. Satti, who refused to investigate the case before a special prosecutor was appointed, claimed he returned a copy to the grand juror, then Willimantic Superior Court Judge (later Supreme Court Justice) Joseph Dannehy. Both Dannehy and Satti are dead. Did "Do Nothing Bob" -- Mallove's moniker for Satti -- take it with him? We might as well ask Harvey, also dead, or Kevin.

    Gordon's pathetic decision, dated Nov. 7, went on for about a sentence before its first fatal error. It might sound like a technical error, but it's much, much more than that. She actually said New London police investigated the case.

    Before this, I thought it might take generations to remove the stench from the New London courthouse. Alas, for New London, the stench of this cover-up is forever.







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    of cops who trespassed




    By Andy Thibault

    This is the haunting voice of trauma inflicted on a 12-year-old girl:

    “That day never goes away. It’s like I can’t really escape it, no matter how hard I try. I should have done something – anything – to stop that bullet from hitting him in the head.”

    And here is some police scanner chatter about the shooting:

    “Have you got anybody hit?

    “Negative, negative, just a dog.

    “We’re all set, shut down the lights. I don’t want a scene here at the, uh, neighborhood.”

    The shooting occurred after school on Dec. 20, 2006 on Enfield Street in Hartford’s North End. The girl, known as K. Harris, suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and became suicidal.

    The U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals ruled two years ago that the cops were trespassing and ordered a trial just to determine damages. The Second Circuit ruling overturned a 2012 verdict by an all-suburban jury in Hartford U.S. District Court supporting the home invasion by police.

    The appeals court also opened the door to both compensatory and punitive damages. Now – as a trial on the amount to award the plaintiff is scheduled to begin Monday – the city is trying to weasel out of its obligation and in the process throwing the cops it promised to indemnify under the bus.

    The Associated Press reported over the weekend that the city of Hartford had reversed its position to indemnify the officers found at fault by the appeals court. Hartford Police Union President Richard Holton told the AP that officers Johnmichael O’Hare and Anthony Pia had been “hung out to dry.”

    Friday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez ordered the officers’ personal assets attached in the amount of 1.4 million – O’Hare at $750,000 and Pia at $650,000.



    In a documentary which premiered this summer at the Toronto Film Festival, K. Harris recalls letting her dog – a St. Bernard named Seven – outside after school and then hearing a commotion in her front yard.


    “There was a police officer standing over Seven with a gun pointed at Seven. I yelled at him, please, no, don’t shoot my dog!

    “He looked at me dead in my eyes for like a second and then he took a step and then he shot Seven in the head. The police officer was like, ‘I’m sorry, Ma’am, your dog isn’t going to make it.’

    “My life ended right there.”

    Because the officers lacked a warrant or probable cause to invade the Harris property, they violated the family’s Fourth Amendment rights ...

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  •           Coming Into Seed        
    Coming Into Seed
    The rainy season came and went, the explosion of spring flowers has quieted down, and was replaced by lacy white flowers from the carrot family. Now that the rain stopped completely, we seems to be entering a period of gradual death. First some of the wild oats has taken the bright colour of gold, and bit by bit all the lush green wile plants are changing into the summer foliage: slimmer, and at times thorny leaves that will prevent loss of moisture in the upcoming months.

    Artedia squamata
    I've been through this season at least twenty times before, but never experienced it this way. There is so much beauty in this late spring, entering summertime. The intolerable heat of summer is inevitable but it is not here quite yet. And there are still plenty of flowers: hollyhocks, lacy white doilies of wild carrots, Queen Anne's Lace and many other from the umbellifera family. The tiny ones look like floating bubbles, the medium ones stick together to form bridal gowns of the wildest designs, and the largest of all make a fashion statement like an Italian straw hat that a famous actress would wear.

    Artedia squamata

    All of the spring flowers (except of the late bloomers that are still churning up pollen and nectar) have already gone to seeds. My brothers and I are collecting some of our favourites (e.g., Ricotia lunaria) and spread them around so they will grow in more places next year. There is magic in knowing that within all that dry death that came upon the flowers - there is promise for much life and continuity next year. It somehow makes me feel better about my grandmother too.
              E-day Final - Hari Majlis yang Dinantikan        
    Salam semuaaaa.. ada ke yang reading blog ni, kang syiokkk sendiri pulak. Hihihihihi~

    OK......... tarik nafas panjang-panjang, dalam-dalam.......... fuhhhhhhh!!

    Dengan ini, saya dah official jadi TUNANGAN ORANG!!! yeahhh!!

    Letih juga tau nak menjelang hari e-day ni. Dengan tiba-tiba asthma attack few days sebelum majlis sampai takleh nak kemas rumah or buat keja berat sikit, confirm semput. Tapi alhamdulillah, all went well!

    OK, kat bawah ni official list barang-barang hantaran daripada pihak lelaki dan pihak perempuan which is my side.


    Pihak lelaki (5 hantaran)
    **  Cincin emas dengan diamond
    **  Hand bag Carlo Rino
    **  Skincare Orique + Jam tangan ICE
    **  Kek tunang
    **  Buah-buahan

    Pihak perempuan (7 hantaran)
    **  Perfume Calvin Klein
    **  Kemeja
    **  Jam tangan ICE
    **  Belt + Dompet Sembonia
    **  Cupcake
    **  Buah-buahan
    **  Set penjagan muka dan badan sponsored by "Lembut by Adlina"

    Lain-lain
    **  Baju tunang custom made by Lesung Creation
    **  Tudung (mama beli kain meter kat Jakel dan Mak Lang potong dan jahitkan)
    **  Makeup daripada Lembut by Adlina
    **  Pelamin tunang DIY (kalau berkenan dengan pelamin wanie macam ni, boleh contact Lembut by Adlina - sewa RM 199 sahaja sekali stage! )




    Part makanan pula, boleh kata semua homemade. Mama masak mi kari dan dessert pula puding jagung. Abah order roti jala jugak. Lepas tu along orderkan red velvet cake yang yaaaa ampunnn sedap yakmat!


    Part nak disatukan pula, kitorang plan bulan 3 tahun depan. Tapi sekarang ni mama dengan wanie dah siap-siap pergi survey bridal boutique di sekitar sini. So far, kitorang dah terjah Butik Pengantin Nabil Barakbah di Alor Setar dan Ixora Bridal Boutique di Changlun. Dua-dua cantik dan harga ditawarkan pun within the budget (below 6k untuk kedua-dua belah pihak). Cuma sekarang ni, kena discuss dengan mr tunang dulu (ecewahhh.. status dah upgrade kawww.. hahahaha) dan oleh sebab size cik tunang kita ni agak XXL, kena lah datang fitting kat butik dulu. Kalau tak muat, kenalah baju baru (korang pesan partner korang nanti diet sket.. taknak diet takpe, tapi siapkan duit yeee.. hahahaha).

    Oklah, meh wanie belanja sket gambar nye...




     






              E-Day Part 3 - Barang Hantaran Tunang        
    Holaaa korang...


    Letih haaaa letihhhh! Tunang aje pun, belum nikah. Letih bukan sebab apa, sebab budget constrain kan.. so nak meminimakan habis perbelanjaan (ya rabbi, nak type minima tu berapa kali type-delete-type-delete - typo manjang!)


    31 August lepas, parent cik abam datang jumpe parent wanie. Alaaa... bukan sebelum ni tak pernah jumpa. Cuma kali ni, officially datang discuss untuk bertunang. Nevess mak nakk! Hahahaha~ alhamdulillah, all went well. Kata sepakat dah tercapai. Hantaran 5 dulang dari pihak lelaki berbalas 7 dari pihak perempuan.


    Jadinya, wanie dengan bakal tunang (tudiaaaaa.. meremang bulu roma type bakal tunang tuuu) hahahahha~ ok sambung sambung... jadinya wanie dengan cik abam menunggu weekend ni lah nak pegi shopping barang-barang tunang. Post checklist sebelum tunang sebelum ni banyak kali di edit ikut kesesuaian dan budget semasa. Hahahaha~ tapi at least, time blur dalam kereta, bagus jugak posting macam tu. Bila tengok list-list barang, macam idea kena spark untuk itu ini... so, bawah ni list terbaru lepas discuss dengan cik abam :


    1. sireh junjung **tak jadi, so masih tengah berfikir nak bagi apa.. hahaha
    2. pulut kacau mama buat
    3. cupcake along order
    4. kemeja
    5. dompet + tali pinggang
    6. puding mama buat
    7. shower set / perfume body shop


    Dari pihak lelaki pula :
    1.  Cincin
    2.  Kek (bakal adik ipar dah request siap-siap nak buat kat abang dia... hehehehe)
    3.  Orique (skincare product yang wanie guna - mahal, kesian pulak kat cik abam.. tapi dia insist sebab dia kata kalau nak beli brand lain nanti wanie tak guna sebab skin sangat sensitive).
    4.  Clutch (Carlo Rino je kut)
    5.  Sepasang telekung


    So, hujung minggu ni dah plan nak ke Mitsuit Premium Outlet. Nanti nak sawit sawit sikit lajak ke Melaka Premium Outlet kee... boleh pekena kenat shake (coconut shake). Hahahhaha~ and oh ya, kat Melaka banyak Pokemon best. Okehbai!



              PS Vita's Twitter app shown off in Hong Kong, we go hands-on (video)        
    Here's a little souvenir for Twitter addicts eyeing the upcoming PS Vita: at today's debut event in Hong Kong, we got to see said console's Twitter app in action for the very first time, and we were also fortunate enough to get some exclusive hands-on time with Sony's in-house software. As you can see in our video after the break, the overall design feels very much in line with Twitter's standard ID: the same shade of blue, the usual tabs on the left column, slick elastic scrolling in the timelines, and support for geotagging, hash tags plus photo attachment while tweeting. No surprises here, but hey, the app worked well for us.

    That said, we were told that the app wasn't quite finished yet, and Sony still couldn't confirm whether this -- along with the other dedicated apps like Skype, Foursquare and Facebook -- will be ready for download by the time the Vita launches in Hong Kong on December 23rd (just a tad later than Japan's launch on the 17th). In case you're wondering, the Vita there will cost HK$2,280 (US$290) for the WiFi version and HK$2,780 (US$360) for the 3G flavor, both unsubsidized but cheaper than their Japanese counterparts. Of course, given that the console isn't region-locked, feel free to go do some shopping in Hong Kong then -- just save some for the locals, OK? Also, check out our gallery below for some close-up shots of the Vita's music and video apps.
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              Checklist / Tips Sebelum Tunang : E-Day Part 1        

    ** LAST UPDATE : 21/9/2016
    (click here to updated post)

    Hi korang


    Debar-debar pulak kite nak hapdet entry kali ni. Wahhhhh gittew! Update kali ni lebih kepada checklist, senang sikit kalau nak check balik to-do, budget ke, senarai-senarai butik yang nak diterjah ke.. so, entry kali ni akan sentiasa diupdate time-to-time. Ala.. boleh recycle je post ni kalau hari nak kawen nanti.. wakakakak!


    Sejujurnya, budget is my utmost priority. Memang nak minimize sehabis boleh sebab saving wanie nanti nak spend banyak untuk persediaan rumah baru nanti. Huwaa... rumah lagi, nak kawen lagi... seb baik keta tak meragam sampai nak kena tukar pakai Subaru XV STI pun cantik jugak.. eh~~?? Tunang-tunang ni pun, sebab permintaan dari pihak keluarga. Nak kawen pun sebab dah kena bising, dorang cakap nak tunggu sampai kertu keeewww.. hahahah~ kalau nak ikut tak ready, memang sampai sudah tak pernah nye ready kan. Hahaha.. ok dah merepek meraban.


    Checklist
    --------------------------------------
    1.  Cincin tunang (budget 1k ke bawah je sudah), time nikah nanti dah taknak cincin. So sebentuk ni dah cukup. Nikah nanti mungkin gelang je kut.
    //cincin ada diamond mana ada 1k.. dah survey.. hahahah.. lepas discuss dengan Teddy, budget cincin dalam below RM 1800 . uwaaa... gelang tak beli lagi.... 
    8/8 - hahahah budget mender? ke lauutttt lepas pergi tengok kat Habib Ampang. rambang mata dari pergi usha-usha Wah Chan.. dah tengok-tengok, so weekend ni insyallah pergi pulak dan beli terus.. hehehe

    2.  Hantaran (idea) - Budget below RM 400
    ** Kemeja
    ** Chocolate and cookies
    ** Kek / caramel pudding
    ** Buah-buahan
    ** Perfume
    ** Belt
    ** Cupcakes
    ** Potpouri
    ** Pulut kuning
    ** Sejadah
    ** Telekung

    3.  Makeup (to survey)
    ** Shu Eumura (approx RM 80 - blog)
    ** MAC (RM 190-265 ) - check this link
    ** MUA
    ** makeup dari bridal boutique
    ** beli makeup sendiri

    4.  Baju (budget below RM 400)
    ** http://buttonmybuttons.com/
    ** http://www.minaz.com.my/
    ** https://www.instagram.com/unreveur/?hl=en (mahal ni.. hahahaha, tapi nak cuci mata boleh lah)
    ** Ampang Park 
    ** SACC Mall & Plaza Alam Central
    8/8 : ok, baju dah confirm dan alhamdulillah, RM 260 je

    5.  Pelamin and photographer (to be determine later, macam not necessary je)
    //photographer mama dah talk dengan kawan dia, murah ya amat! kawan mama cakap sebab dah kenal bagi RM 50-100 je dah, siap dengan gambar edit nanti.. alahai.. tak tergamak nak bagi murah sangat, RM 150 ok kut... sebab request softcopy je nanti..

    6.  Food (budget RM 400-500)
    ** nasi
    ** lauk pauk
    ** agar-agar
    ** air
    //untuk tunang, mama cakap dia dah jumpa kawan dia, budget dalam RM7/head. So, mungkin ambik untuk 50-70 tetamu. so still dalam budget below RM 500

    7.  Goodies bag (time tunang kena bagi ke eh? tapi list down idea juga lah)
    ** potpouri
    ** kuih/kek span atau kek buah + air mineral/kotak
    ** candies
    ** yassin + tasbih
    ** nuts/honey/cookies in cute jar
    ** pudding (buat sendiri pun ok jugak)

    Goodies link for idea :
    *** http://www.saranghaeyo.com/ ( boleh walk in ke P6, Block C, GM Klang Wholesale City, Jalan Kasuarina 1, Klang )
    ** http://reemdoorgift.com/
    ** http://sweetdoorgifts.com/
    ** http://www.house-of-favors.com/
    ** http://www.renowngift.com.my/product/



              EL AUMENTO DE LOS IMPUESTOS ES CONSECUENCIA DEL AUMENTO DEL ESTADO        
    El recaudador de impuestos. Pieter Brueghel
    Para una de las materias de la Universidad en la maestría en economía tuve que hacer un largo escrito presentando una investigación. Mi tesis o trabajo de maestría será sobre impuestos. Aunque inicialmente [en realidad inicialmente pensé en algo muy enredado y como los fractales de longitud infinita] pensé dedicarme a denunciar el aumento de la retención en la fuente a título de renta que se observa en series de tiempo, creo que tengo motivos suficientes para ampliarlo al impuesto de renta.

    ¿Por qué ampliar un poco el tema al impuesto como tal? a La razón es que a veces para los particulares y empresas la retención en la fuente es conveniente. Luego de haber escrito una larga disertación de su inconveniencia, una amiga contadora me dijo que había casos en los que era conveniente. Coincidencialmente, luego del comentario de mi amiga contadora como agente retenedor me pidieron dos personas en menos de una semana que no se acogían a beneficios legales que me permitían no retenerles sino que por el contrario me pedían que les retuviera. Esto tiene también su fundamento en el flujo de caja, el impuesto de renta afecta fuertemente el flujo de caja, la retención en la fuente puede diferir esa afectación al flujo de caja que es el impuesto de renta.

    En todo caso, sin perjuicio de los alcances que la investigación vaya a tener o a cambiar quisiera compartir unas pequeñas notas sobre por qué los impuestos tienden a subir –o a bajar-. ¿Qué hace que paguemos más impuestos en términos reales? ¿Por qué el estado promueve reformas tributarias? Básicamente porque necesita dinero. A continuación se mostrarán dos perspectivas, la histórica y la teoría económica sobre por qué aumentan los impuestos. Ambas coinciden a pesar de su diferencia en perspectiva.

    Aunque  se desconoce si existe algún marco teórico que presente hechos estilizados [hechos que se repiten al aumentar los impuestos] o hipótesis de las causas que influyen en el recaudo, hay un hecho central los impuestos surgen de la necesidad que tienen los estados de financiar el “gasto público”.  Esto puede observarse tanto desde la perspectiva histórica como desde la teoría económica.

    1. PERSPECTIVA HISTÓRICA Y FILOSÓFICA
    A mi modo de ver hay hechos estilizados están en un análisis histórico. Mil años antes de Cristo en el libro primero de Samuel se hace una advertencia vital: ¡Los reyes cuestan! (1 Samuel vs 11-18). Se tienen registros de impuestos alrededor de 3000 años antes de Cristo en la China (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008). En la antigua Grecia los impuestos se usaban para la guerra pero cuando esta terminaba se devolvían (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008). Quien fuese el tutor de uno de los más grandes tiranos de la historia, Aristóteles, tenía claro que los impuestos no pertenecían al que los recaudaba sino al “tesoro público” (ARISTÓTELES, pág. Volumen 8) y que eran objeto de reembolso (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008).

    En la Antigüedad parece entonces que los impuestos respondían a guerras y eran en general en cantidades pequeñas. El impuesto sobre las ventas del emperador Julio César era del 1% (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008). Los impuestos para financiar las guerras como el crecimiento imperial eran la mayor motivación para cobrarlos como sus aumentos. Por ejemplo, Pedro el Grande en Rusia gravó todo lo que pudo (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008) para sus ambiciones imperiales.  Por ejemplo en Inglaterra en 1914 el impuesto sobre el ingreso era del 6% y pasó al 30% al finalizar la primera Guerra Mundial en 1918  (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008).

    En la antigüedad eran muy pequeñas las cantidades que prácticamente no tenían efecto sobre la mayoría de los ciudadanos. Sin embargo, con el paso del tiempo las ideas de limitar los impuestos o inclusive negar su legitimidad han ido aumentando. Claro de la mano del crecimiento del estado. Tan es así que sorprende lo poco que importaban a los grandes filósofos estos temas con únicamente pequeñas alusiones al tema, siendo la Aristotélica mucho más racional y la platónica suelta una denuncia en uno de los apartados de la República. No es sino hasta la escolástica española que se hace un análisis jurídico-económico a los impuestos. La historia también ha mostrado ejemplos de límites y desobediencia a los impuestos. Francisco Suárez nos cuenta Carlos Parma sintetizó basado en las enseñanzas de Santo Tomás los límites de los impuestos. Según él estos debían ser para que fuesen justos (LAMAS):

    -          debe ser impuesta por la máxima autoridad legislativa;
    -          su finalidad debe ser conocida y justa
    -          y la proporción del tributo establecido por ella debe ser acorde con su finalidad, en el momento de su creación y durante la subsistencia del impuesto.

    Derivado de estos principios es que Juan de Mariana denuncia la mutación de la moneda –el aumento del flujo circulante de dinero- como un impuesto encubierto. Este método en la actualidad consiste en que el Banco Central [en Colombia Banco de la República] prenda la máquina de billetes a favor de los acreedores del estado. Esa mutación de la moneda es un robo, o viéndolo más “objetivamente” es un impuesto encubierto.

    Por otro lado, las cuestiones tributarias han sido motivo de movimientos políticos como la independencia de los Estados Unidos (NEW INTERNACIONALISM, 2008).  También se cuenta que el pensador Norteamericano Henry David Thoureau autor de On the duty of civil disobedience fue encarcelado por no pagar un impuesto que financiaba una guerra que los Estados Unidos libraba con México (COY-FERRER, 1975, pág. 414). La oposición a los impuestos se encuentra de manera directa en las acciones de Thoureau, el filósofo Lysander Spooner (SPOONER, 1882)  al igual que el alemán Friedich Nietzsche (NIETZSCHE, pág. 68), consideran que no existe tal tesoro público sino que lo que “pertenece” al estado es robado.

    No presento las teorías que favorecen los impuestos por dos razones. La primera es que parecen estar implícitas en la mente de todos, como un lavado de cerebro muy bien hecho, así todos se quejen de ellos. Esta primera razón le explicará de entrada por qué le choca la cita Nietzscheana. La segunda razón es que más adelante sí hablaré de ellas.

    2. PERSPECTIVA ECONÓMICA
    Desde la perspectiva de la teoría económica hay una coincidencia total con la perspectiva histórica. La ventaja de la insípida perspectiva económica es que nos permite decir la verdad, sin necesidad de que usen nuestras ideas para distorsionar la veracidad de nuestras afirmaciones. El aumento del gasto público como impuesto presente o futuro es lo que se conoce como la equivalencia ricardiana. ¿Qué nos explica la equivalencia ricardiana?

    “Esta dice que cualquier cambio en el timing de los impuestos —es decir, por ejemplo, bajar transitoriamente impuestos hoy, financiar con deuda y repagar- la en el futuro— no tiene efectos sobre la economía, en particular sobre las decisiones del público. De ahí que se pueda argumentar que, a partir de esta idea, la deuda pública no es riqueza agregada, ya que al final hay que pagarla, y lo que la restricción del gobierno nos dice es que este pago se hará con impuestos.” (DE GREGORIO, 2007, pág. 148)

     Uno de los conceptos claves frente al recaudo es el déficit fiscal. El déficit fiscal puede expresarse matemáticamente la siguiente manera:


    Si es negativo se considera superávit fiscal e implica que los gobiernos o estados están gastando menos de lo que les ingresa lo cual es positivo en términos de finanzas públicas. Hay diversas distinciones sobre los distintos niveles de déficit pero la noción es clara. Ahora bien, ¿Qué pasa si el estado para crecer gasta más de lo que recauda? ¡Tiene necesariamente que endeudarse! Ya vimos que lo que enseña la equivalencia ricardiana tarde que temprano tiene que pagarse con más impuestos. Esto nos permite inferir la restricción presupuestaria del gobierno [o sea que el gobierno no tiene dinero absoluto en el tiempo] a lo largo del tiempo así:


    Esto quiere decir que el valor actual de todos los gastos más el valor actual de la deuda deben ser financiadas completamente por el flujo proyectado de impuestos. El último término significa que la deuda al final de los periodos tiene que tender a cero o decrecer lo que nos permite reexpresar así:



    Esto quiere decir que el valor actual de todo el flujo de impuestos, menos el flujo de gastos debe ser igual al valor actual de la deuda. Esta restricción presupuestaria intertemporal es la que impide que haya un déficit elevado y que la deuda no crezca a una tasa mayor que los intereses. Por tal motivo, habrá un momento que para suplir la restricción presupuestaria del gobierno habrá que aumentar los impuestos o estaríamos violando la condición de solvencia.

    Mejor dicho, a los estados también los pueden enviar a “cobro jurídico” por no pagar, por eso a la larga tendrán que pagar sus deudas. Pero ¿cómo pagan las deudas que son el precio del “bien común”? O vendiendo bienes propios o aumentando los impuestos porque es la única fuente de ingresos.

    3. IMPUESTOS EN EL ESTADO COLOMBIANO.
    Hemos visto que históricamente los afanes expansionistas estatales generan como consecuencia directa o indirecta el aumento de los impuestos. Y Colombia está en un afán estatal expansionista. Desde esta perspectiva, el flujo de gastos del estado colombiano se espera que crezca en los próximos años las razones son entre otras las siguientes:

    -          Las indemnizaciones a las víctimas del conflicto, el Consejo de Estado maneja la tesis de la reparación integral bastante costosa.

    -          El estado social de derecho que significa estado de bienestar en términos económicos y consiste en que el estadovela por el denominado “mínimo vital” de los individuos.

    -          Esto implica que los gastos en salud, educación, recreación, entre muchos otros sean prestados por el estado.

    ¿Quién paga esos costos? Derivado de la tesis del “mínimo vital” pronto caeremos en un pasivo pensional elevado, subsidios al agro, al desempleo –y al empleo-, subsidios a los ricos y a los pobres [que paga la clase media] que el estado tendrá que pagar con dinero recaudado de más impuestos.

    Previamente no citamos las corrientes que fundamentan los impuestos. Este es el momento. Si usted cree en el estado social de derecho tendrá que afirmar que el pago de los impuestos es vital para el sostenimiento de labores estatales como el “gasto público social”. Que es vital una estructura impositiva para redistribuir los ingresos de las clases más favorecidas a las menos favorecidas y que eso es labor del estado. En la teoría eso suena hermoso pero en la práctica es más impuestos para todos.

    Como el estado depende de una gran burocracia y ya no solamente se paga la corte del rey [por aquello de los “frenos y contrapesos”] sino la de Presidencia, Fiscalía, Procuraduría, Defensoría del Pueblo, Banco de la República, Gobernaciones, Alcaldías, Superintendencias, Establecimientos Públicos, Comisiones de Regulación, la DIAN, altas Cortes, Congreso –con altos salarios- con su aparato administrativo y todos aquellos extraterrestres administrativos como le decía una profesora (que creía en el estado) que podrían crecer ad infinitum. ¿Cómo así que pueden crecer ad infinitum? Pues infinitas son las formas de corrupción luego para preverlas se necesitan infinitos entes que también pueden ser corruptas: ¡una bonita serie de crecimiento geométrico! Es claro, con la burocracia que el estadoes un ente redistributivo, toma el dinero de las clases medias para dárselo a las altas o sea congresistas, funcionarios públicos, entre otras. Efectivamente ¿quién paga los impuestos? A más impuestos ¿quién pagará más si nadie quiere pagarlos?

    4.  REFLEXIÓN FINAL
    Uno de los objetivos del trabajo de grado no le gustaba al asesor, pero fue propuesto por el asesor [estos académicos no se ponen de acuerdo]. El objetivo es el siguiente:

    “Denunciar el peligro político y jurídico de que la retención en la fuente crezca a un ritmo porcentual superior al del ingreso de familias y empresas.”

    En este objetivo soy claro, mis afanes académicos tienen que tener una finalidad que sirva a la gente, sino escribiré buena carreta. De alguna manera hay algo entre este objetivo y esto que son notas previas a la investigación que en términos académicos llaman “marco teórico”. Sin embargo, el objetivo no se sobrepone a la conclusión que es levemente distinta: para reducir impuestos se requiere reducir el estado. Y ¿por qué es bueno reducir el estado? Pregúntese ¿De qué le sirve el estado? Y ¿Cuánto le cuesta el estado? Y con un análisis práctico quizás sepa la respuesta.

    Referencias.

    ARISTÓTELES. (s.f.). LA POLÍTICA (Vol. 8). La Editorial Virtual. Recuperado el 28 de 11 de 2013, de http://www.laeditorialvirtual.com.ar/pages/Aristoteles_LaPolitica/Aristoteles_LaPolitica_000.htm

    COY-FERRER, J. (1975). THOUREAU, HENRY DAVID. En E. RIALP, GRAN ENCICLOPEDIA RIALP (Vol. 22, págs. 413-414). Madrid: Ediciones RIALP S.A.

    DE GREGORIO, J. (2007). MACROECONOMÍA. TEORÍA Y POLÍTICAS. Santiago de Chile: Pearson. Recuperado el 28 de 11 de 2013, de http://www.degregorio.cl/pdf/Macroeconomia.pdf

    LAMAS, F. A. (s.f.). CARLOS PARMA. Recuperado el 28 de 11 de 2013, de Francisco Suarez y el impuesto injusto: http://www.carlosparma.com.ar/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172:francisco-suarez-y-el-impuesto-injusto-&catid=47:filosofia-del-derecho&Itemid=27

    NEW INTERNACIONALISM. (01 de 10 de 2008). NEW INTERNACIONALISM. Recuperado el 27 de 11 de 2013, de A short history of TAXATION: http://newint.org/features/2008/10/01/tax-history/

    NIETZSCHE, F. W. (s.f.). ASÍ HABLÓ ZARATHUSTRA. España: Euroliber S.A.

    SPOONER, L. (1882). NATURAL LAW OR THE SCIENCE OF JUSTICE. Boston. Recuperado el 28 de 11 de 2013, de http://lysanderspooner.org/node/59


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              88. samostatná dopravní letka stíhacího letectva PVO [1943-19??]         
    Autor: Panzer

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:38:10



     
    Název:
    Name:
    88. samostatná dopravná letka stíhacieho letectva protivzdušnej obrany 88th Independent Transport Squadron of the Fighter Aviation of Counter-Air Defence
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    88-я отдельная транспортная авиационная эскадрилья Истребительной Авиации Противо-воздушной обороны
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    - -
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Jurkov, Grigorij Dmitrievič (Kapitan / Kапитан)
    Výzbroj:
    Armament:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Douglas C-47
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    - -
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=46229544
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=46802695

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:30:36



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti Engineer Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Patzelt, Vilém (Štábní kapitán)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:28:43



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti Signal Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Hlavička, František (Nadporučík)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:20:43



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti Artillery Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Heider, Vilém (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              38. těžká dopravní letka [1940-????]        
    Autor: Panzer

    Datum: 10.08.2017 12:54:01



     
    Název:
    Name:
    38. ťažká dopravná letka 38th Heavy Transport Aviation Squadron
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    38-я тяжелая транспортная авиационная эскадрилья
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    DD.02.1940
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    - -
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR, ( )
    Výzbroj:
    Armament:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Tupolev TB-3
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    - -
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Siničkijanc, A.M.: Otečestva krylatyje syny, Mozaika, 2002 (Синичкиянц А.М. Отечества крылатые сыны. - М.: "Мозаика", 2002)

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 11:01:02



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti Engineer Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Brož, František (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 10:59:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti Signal Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Hronek, František (Nadporučík)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 10:56:42



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti Artillery Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Kánský, Eduard (Podplukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:45:36



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise Engineer Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Matohlína, Josef (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
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    - -
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    -
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    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:41:14



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise Signal Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Morvic, Jan (Štábní kapitán)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
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    Honorary Name:
    - -
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    -
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    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:38:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise Artillery Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Horejší, Jaroslav (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
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    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
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    -
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    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:34:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise Engineer Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veverka, Jaroslav (Brigádní generál)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
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    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
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    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:32:23



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise Signal Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Kovář, František (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
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    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
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    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:08:41



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise Artillery Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Šandera, Ladislav (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE - SCI SILVER AWARD        


    PART I - THE BEGINNING
    Have you ever flipped through the pages of Field & Stream or watched an exciting big game hunt on the Outdoor Channel and said to yourself, “Someday I would like to do that?” I guess all hunters have a specific species they dream about pursuing and mine has always been a moose. In terms of my “bucket list” for animals I want to hunt, the moose has always been number one. For years, I have sent my check to Vermont and Maine in hopes of getting drawn in their moose hunting lottery; but it never was. But last Fall I received an email from Amsterdam hunters Dick Andrews and Marshall Knapik and Rich Kraus(Ballston Spa) about their Newfoundland moose hunt that finally lit the fire under me. And the results is that in 3 weeks my dream hunt will finally become a reality.

    The moose, which is derived from the Algonkian name meaning “eater of twigs,” was not native to Newfoundland. They were introduced, two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick, in 1904 and today it is estimated that there is a population of 120,000. Moose are the largest member of the deer family with a weak eyesight but their most acute sense is their hearing. Their habitat is includes swampy areas as well as forested higher ground around lakes.

    The destination, which I choose mainly because of Dick’s recommendation and the fact that he has hunted there successfully five times already and will be returning in 2010, is Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps located in Portland Creek, Newfoundland, Canada. Owned and operated by Sam and Hebbert Caines, they have over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting hunters. Sam’s has three hunting camps located in Area No. 3 on the Northern Peninsula: St. Paul’s Big Pond, where I will be hunting, which is one-half mile from Gros Morne National Park which is 35 miles from Deer Lake; Long Range Mountains at Trophy Lake and High Pond which are each 60 miles from Deer Lake which is the pick up point for all Sam’s hunters. Now although we will be hunting from fly-in remote sites, which I am looking forward to, it is comforting to know that there is two-way radio and cell telephone contact with these camps.

    There are two ways to get to Deer Lake; driving and flying. If you drive there is a 5 - 8 hour ferry crossing depending upon the weather or, my choice, drive to Montreal and fly into Deer Lake. Here I will spend the night, be picked up early the next morning and flown in to camp by helicopter. And this, the helicopter ride, is something I am looking forward to also. All the camps are built to Newfoundland Tourism specifications and include indoor toilets, showers, two bedroom with two single beds in each, a large dining room and a kitchen. And each camp has a full time cook. Each hunter has his/her own guide. The actual hunting is done by spot and stalk, which is walking and glassing a variety of terrains, and/or sometimes glassing from elevated blinds.

    Now when choosing a guide/outfitter success rate should always be a major consideration. In the case of Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps he has a 90 percent success rate for moose and 100 percent for caribou. Unfortunately, I applied for a Woodland caribou hunting tag but did not receive one; but I did get a black bear permit which I hopefully will be able to fill during this hunt. As for the caribou, I will try again next year.

    BORDER CROSSING
    When hunting in Canada there are a number of forms and documents that are needed when crossing the border. The easiest way to travel to and from Canada is with a passport. As for your firearm, this too is fairly simple and most of the paperwork can be competed before you go. You cannot bring a fully automatic weapon, handgun or pepper spray into Canada. Your regular hunting rifle/shotgun is not a problem as long as complete a Nonresident Firearms Declaration(CAFC909EF) form. Sam sent this form to me when I confirmed my hunt with him in February. The form is very simple to complete and on it you can register up to 3 firearms and the cost is $25(Canadian) which you pay at the time of crossing. The registration is good for 60 days. Do not sign and date the form until you are at customs. In all the times I have traveled to Canada with a firearm(s) to hunt it has been a very simple process which usually will take no more than 30 minutes. To download this form Goggle “Canadian firearms declaration form.”

    With regards to transporting firearms to Canada , which they may or may not inspect at the border, is in a protective and lockable case, and obviously, unloaded. It is wise if your gun is a bolt action to remove the bolt, and if it a clip remove the clip.

    CLOTHING
    Weather-wise, during September it is usually very pleasant in the mid - 40s which is good hunting weather. But Dick and other hunters who have been to Newfoundland in September all agree that things can change very quickly. “You will hunt in the rain,” they tell me and things will get damp and therefore layering you clothing is the best method. The absolute must for this trip is quality rain gear which should include quality rubber boots that are 16 or 17 inches high and with aggressive tread.


    THE GUN/AMMO
    Now those of you who know me are probably saying: “First moose hunt; he will surely have to buy a new gun.” That’s what my wife thought also. Well, believe it or not, the gun that I will be using is one that is already in my gun cabinet. In fact I have had it for at least 7 years now and never really shot anything with it. It is a ported Remington Model 700 BDL in the .300 Win Mag caliber. I told you I knew that one day I would be making this hunt and actually bought the gun solely for the purpose of hunting moose with it. The only action it has seen up until now has been a twice a year complete cleaning and oiling. But now that my dream hunt is going to be a reality I have added a quality optic and spent some range time getting acquainted with this gun; and I am very impressed with its performance and power; just what is needed to bring down a large bull moose that stands higher than a large saddle horse and can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.

    When I asked Sam and Hebbert what to expect in terms of the range of shooting distance he said that it could be anywhere from 50 yards to 400 yards; which was another reason I chose the .300 win mag cartridge.

    With the number of quality scopes offered today my selection of the right one for this rifle and especially this hunt was difficult. At the Shot Show in January I spent one day visiting optic manufacturers booths and reviewing what they were offering in scopes. One in particular impressed me; Hawke Optics. And when Brad Bonar, their Sales Manager, let me look through their Endurance 30 series 3-12x50 L3 Dot IR reticle scope all I could think about was placing that red dot on the shoulder of my Newfoundland bull moose. Other important features include a 30mm matt black mono tube, it is fog and waterproof, shockproof and has an 11 setting rheostat to adjust the Dot’s intensity to any light condition.

    After mounting and bore sighting the scope I headed for the range where I tested 3 brands of ammunition shooting from a Caldwell Lead Sled shooting rest which is the only way to sight in a firearm for two reasons: one is that you get the best accuracy and two, it absorbs almost all of the felt recoil. My 3-shot grouping with the Endurance was quite impressive(one-half inch) and the best results were with the Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, 180 grain 2-stage expansion bullet with delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration and high weight retention. Ballistically it has a muzzle velocity of 3000 feet per second and energy of 3597 foot pounds. Just the right medicine for taking a moose down. Zeroed at 200 yards it will be 1.4 inches high at 100 yards and 6.4 inches low at 300 yards. And should I get that 400 yard shot, my holdover will be 18.5 inches.

    One other service I found helpful when dealing with Hawke Optics was their Ballistic Reticle Calculator(BRC) which is a free software package that will help you to choose the right ammunition for your gun and print a copy of the results. This program covers calibers from a 177 air rifle, up to a 300 Weatherby magnum and even will calculate the best crossbow bolt for your crossbow. To get the BRC go to their web at hawkeoptics, click on “Hawke BRC” and they will email it to you. And while you are there click on “NEW Reticle Information” and see how my L3 DOT IR looks when sighting in a bull elk in the field.

    PART II - THE HUNT

    Forty five years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed big game hunting I promised myself that someday I was going to go on a moose hunt. And two weeks ago my wish came true in Newfoundland at Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps; and I can honestly say it was the most exciting hunting adventures I have ever experienced.

    It was 2a.m. when I stepped off the plane in Deer Lake along with several other camo clad passengers and headed for the baggage claim conveyor. Now if you have ever traveled with a firearm on a hunting trip you know how good you feel when you see that gun case come out on the conveyor; and mine did. But my suitcase, with all my hunting clothes, boots and other accessories, didn’t. Now I had a real problem because in just 4 hours my outfitter Sam Caines was going to pick me up and take me to the helicopter that would fly me into St. Paul’s Big Pond; which was the only access to the camp.

    At the airline desk I completed the missing baggage claim form and explained the situation and asked how, when they found my bag, they would get it to me. They would have to send it to the outfitter who would then have it flown out to me at the camp. So when I climbed into that helicopter later that morning I was wearing my hunting clothes: jeans, Nike shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, baseball cap and a photographer’s vest. Not exactly what I needed for the spot and stalk hunting in wet bogs in the wind and rain and temperatures in the low 40s.

    The helicopter ride was great and I got a chance to see just how beautiful the Newfoundland wilderness really is; and it was then that I felt the excitement of the upcoming hunt despite the knot in my stomach because of my lost luggage. I could not hunt like this and all I thought about was having to stay in camp for 7 days and not being able to hunt; something I waited a lifetime to do.

    After settling in, which did not take long for me, I got to meet the other three hunters: Oscar Primelles, my roommate from Florida; and Victor Chandler and Wayne Cleveland who were both from Nova Scotia. The staff included guides Hebbert, Sherman and Harrison Caines, Ralph House and Derrick Kelly our camp cook. Each hunter at Sam’s has his/her own guide. Ironically all had heard of my problem with the airlines and they all said “they would dress me.” Each one of them contributed to my hunting outfit and when I dressed for hunting on Monday morning the only piece of clothing I was wearing that was mine was my underwear; which by the way, I washed each evening and hung over the wood stove to dry.

    That evening before the hunt I felt lot better knowing I would be able to hunt comfortably and thoroughly enjoyed Derrick’s ham dinner with all the trimmings which we all found out was equally outstanding all week. And that included the home made bread, pies and cakes.

    MONDAY
    It rained all night and it was raining at 7 a.m. with 5-10 ph winds and temperatures in the mid - 30s when Sherman, my guide, and I along with Oscar and his guide Hebbert, all climbed into an 18 foot aluminum boat and headed for the other end of the pond. This “pond” by the way was the size of Saratoga Lake.

    Once on shore we all started up 12 STOP mountain which is the name I gave it because it required 12 rest stops where I would catch my breath before I reached the top. Sherman and I stayed on one side of the top while Oscar and Hebbert went over the top to the other side to set up. Each of the guides would call, using only their mouths, but nothing came in.

    By 9 a.m. the wind had picked up considerably and that combined with the heavy rains made sitting difficult; and at by 11:00 we were back in the boat and headed for camp. And when we got there Derrick’s homemade turkey vegetable soup was just what we all needed. No one that morning had seen a moose.

    The afternoon watch took us up another steep incline( 10 Stop mountain) and the bad weather conditions were the same. I remember reading that moose do not move much when it is rainy and windy and they didn’t this evening either. Victor and Ralph reported seeing two cow moose that evening but they were about 500 yards across the bog.

    TUESDAY
    Anticipation was high that morning despite the fact that conditions had actually gotten tougher and we had to wait about an hour for the fog to lift before we left camp. This time Sherman and I headed out behind the camp for an area they called the Waiting Rock stand. It was an 8 stops climb for me and we climbed into the 20 foot high tower. These towers are quite unique. They(guides) find four 10 - 12 inch trees that are in a square about 5 or 6 feet apart, trim the branches from the ground up, cut the tops off the trees, and build a platform blind enclosing the sides with canvas and with seats. It is quite comfortable but I found out that temperatures were a bit colder at this height. And at times the high winds would create horizontal rains which added to our discomfort. But that’s hunting. And again, by 10 a.m. we were headed back to camp without sighting a single moose.

    It was on this trip back to camp that I found out about what Newfoundlanders call a bog hole, and why they told me to always watch and duplicate where your guide steps; which I did on the first day. However on this day I got caught up in looking at the beautiful scenery and my right foot with the 18 inch high boot found its way into a 24 in hole full f water. I knew than that I was done hunting for the day. But as it turned out, because of the bad weather no one went out that afternoon.

    WEDNESDAY
    Finally Mother Nature turned off the water, reduced the wind and replaced them with chilly 34 degree temperatures. At daybreak Sherman and I headed back up for the Waiting Rock tower; but we never made it. The evening before Hebbert had told me that in the history of this camp Waiting Rock had produced at least 100 moose harvests and on this day I was about to make it 101.

    Several hundred yards from camp we stopped and Sherman made a few cow calls but got no response. Continuing up the hill we were just about 100 yards from the bog that the tower was located in when Sherman stopped, tapped his ear and pointed at the thick spruce off to our left. I heard the scraping and then saw those large palmated antlers thrashing the trees and brush about 80 yards from us. I think I froze momentarily in awe. It is one thing to watch something like this on the Outdoor Channel, but it is nothing like actually being there. Quickly and quietly I chambered a round and turned the Hawke scopes power down to 4. I don’t remember being nervous but I am sure I was.

    By watching the movement of the bushes and trees we could see the bull was heading parallel to us and hopefully he would cross a 15 foot opening about 50 yards from me. Sherman motioned me up a few yards where I set up on a small rise in the trail, got down on one knee, clicked off my safety and laid my cheek on the stock.

    All the time I could feel the chill running up and down my spine and my heart was pounding. To keep the bull headed in our direction Sherman cleverly turned his back on the bull and called again making it sound like this love sick cow was leaving. It worked.

    Not only did the bull step into the opening but he started to turn down the trail towards me. I don’t know remember my feelings or even pulling the trigger when that big bull was just 40 yards from me slowly tossing his head from side to side. I knew I had hit him, but I am not sure he knew. Shot number two got the reaction I was looking for and shot number three put him on the ground. It was then that I remember what the veteran hunters and guides in camp said; “ shoot until he is down.”

    My knees were a bit shaky when I stood up and so were my hands as Sherman and I waited a few minutes before moving cautiously toward the fallen bull. And when we were sure he was dead the high 5s, hoots, hugs and handshakes began. I don’t know exactly how many times I thanked Sherman, my 27 year old guide, for my first bull; and he thanked me also; because I was actually the first client he had guided.

    I believe I stood over my bull for at least 15 minutes just admiring his rack, head, swollen neck and shoulders. Everything about him was “BIG.”

    Now the real work was about to begin for Sherman. That big half ton at least animal had to be rolled over and not only field dressed but boned, quartered and carried out on a pack frame.

    Back in camp that afternoon after another long photo shoot Hebbert gave me my bulls statistics. He estimated that the bull weighed 1500 pounds, was 7-8 years old, had 22 measurable points, 13 inch palms, a 48 3/4 inch spread and the bases of his antlers measured 9 3/4 inches around.

    As for the other hunters in camp they too tagged out by the end of the week. My cabin roommate Oscar, shot a 10 point bull, called in by Hebbert, just about 550 yards from where I took my bull on the Waiting Rock watch. On the next morning, Thursday, Harrison called in a 3 point bull and a cow moose to Victor, who chose to shoot the cow. And at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the final day of hunting, I was in camp when Ralph called in to report he had called in a 4 point bull at the Waiting Rock tower, which Wayne dropped with just one shot at 158 yards. It was this 73 year old gentleman’s 10 th bull and his 10 th year of hunting with Sam. The first week of the 2009 moose hunt at St. Paul’s Big Pond was 100 percent successful. And I later found out that only one hunter in all three of Sam’s outpost camps had not taken a moose this week.

    If you have ever considered a moose hunt I highly recommend that you contact Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps(709-898-2535).



              Firmy zmęczone szarą strefą i korupcją?        
    Szara strefa w Polsce jest tak duża, że nawet uczciwi dotąd przedsiębiorcy zaczynają oszukiwać. Inaczej by poupadali.
              PERS Summit lines up 2017 speakers        
    07/26/2017

    AvantGuard has several speakers lined up for its upcoming PERS Summit, to be held here Sept. 26-28, as well as some of the events.

    This year’s PERS Summit will start with a tour of AvantGuard’s recently remodeled facility. “We’ve got about 25,000 square feet and three levels, and the building will be completely remodeled, inside and out, by the time the event starts. So, people will really get to see—hands on—how that monitoring of the PERS devices works,” Sonja Jorgenson, AvantGuard’s director of marketing, told Security Systems News.

    Aron Ralston will be one of the conference’s keynote speakers. “His story is told in that movie, 127 hours,” Jorgenson noted. Ralston was exploring a Utah canyon when his arm got caught, forcing Ralston to amputate the limb.

    One of the speakers will be Eric Allen, an attorney who can speak to certain marketing techniques. “His expertise is … issues that are raised when businesses are contacting customers through texting and automated calls. He really understands that, the regulations, and the new rules that are coming out in 2017.”

    Laurie Orlov, another speaker at the conference, is focused on aging-in place.  “She has an interesting background in technology, especially targeted to aging seniors,” Jorgenson said. “She’s going to share some predictions about what those technology trends are going to look like in 2017 and beyond.”

    The Summit’s other speakers have not yet been announced.

    “Then, every year, we have a panel of experts in the industry and we talk about a relevant issue. Last time, we talked about fall detection and [the panelists’] feelings about that, and where [the technology] was and if it was really helpful,” Jorgenson said. “We haven’t disclosed what that topic will be yet, but that panel discussion’s always a big talking point.”

    Jorgenson said that AvantGuard hopes to give attendees more access to the presentations at this Summit, which will allow attendees to further review information after returning from the conference. “I think there will be a lot of information, … so, it’s a lot to digest in just a couple days,” she said.

    The company also sends an anonymous survey to its dealers, which asks about a range of topics, including the software that dealers use or the types of customers dealers are seeing, AvantGuard marketing assistant Alex Flitton said. “We actually have a lot of really good feedback so far,” he told SSN. “All of this information will be compiled and interpreted by some of the experts in the industry, to present to our attendees.”

    Networking is another benefit of the event, Flitton noted. “It just puts a lot of like-minded people in a really solid environment where they can interact,” he said.

    The Summit will be held at The Chateaux Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. The conference has been here for each conference.


              Um lançamento cheio de novidades na LM by Pat Stucchi        
    O lançamento da Coleção Outono-Inverno e dos novos quartos foi o maior sucesso. O evento foi cheio de novidades e mimos para as futuras mamães, como um espaço para um ensaio fotográfico que as gestantes ganharam na loja, retratando a melhor fase de suas vidas. "Neste inverno de 2011, a loja LM by Pat Stucchi traz uma coleção de roupas de 0 a 6 anos com modelagens exclusivas. Os quartos seguem as tendências de decoração, com muito conforto e bom gosto. Além disso, têm como inspiração famosos contos infantis, que refletem bem a beleza dos primeiros anos de vida". Explica Pat Stucchi, a proprietária que acompanhou todo o desenvolvimento com muito carinho junto com a sua equipe.


    Confiram abaixo:

    Pat Stucchi

    Os famosos e deliciosos Cupcake


    Docinhos e pastas de chocolate agradando à todos









    Futuras mamães sendo maquiadas com todo o tratamento vip





    Clientes no ensaio fotográfico





    Venha nos visitar e conferir as nossas novas coleções e ainda poder apreciar um delicioso cappuccino com um atendimento diferenciado.

    Agradecimentos especial aos nossos parceiros:

    Aldeia das flores - http://www.aldeiadasflores.com.br/
    Atelier M Azevedo - http://www.ateliermazevedo.com/ brigadeiros em bisnagas e potinhos
    Chocolates Bellagio - http://www.chocolatesbellagio.com/
    Cakes and Sweers - http://www.cakesandsweents.com.br/
    JR Guimarães fotos - http://www.jrguimaraes.fot.br/




              Are you ready for the eclipse?        
    How to view the eclipse? It’s usually not a great thing to be “In the crosshairs” but we will have one exception upcoming in August. In our little sliver of […]
              Upcoming F# events - learn Suave, FsLab & more!        

    Some people in the F# community have reputation for traveling too much. I do not know how that is possible, but as it happens, I will be visiting a couple of places in June and doing a number of talks, workshops and courses. So, if you are thinking about getting into F#, web development with F# using the amazing Suave library, playing with the new trendy F# to JavaScript compiler called Fable, or learning about the recent features in FsLab and Ionide, then continue reading!

    The map includes all my travels, but not all of the pins are for F# events. I'm visiting Prague just to see my family (even though there is a new awesome F# meetup there) and my stop in Paris is attending Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming (although we might still do something with the local F# group too).


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              Duluth Junk Hunt Wrap Up        
    It was a full house at the Duluth Junk Hunt today! Two stories of junk, junk, junk! If you'd like to see more photos, go to: (1) "It's Junking Season!" (2) "1 Hunting Day Left," and all 170 photos!













    Great t-shirt designs!...



    For updates on upcoming Duluth Junk Hunt spring and fall shows,


              Upcoming Spring Junk Shows in Minnesota        
    If you are in an antique, vintage, junk mood, check out these AMAZING Minnesota events coming up this spring!

    APRIL EVENTS

    A Gathering of Friends: webpage | Facebook | FB event page


    Junk Bonanza: webpage | Facebook

    MAY EVENTS

    Duluth Junk Hunt: webpage | Facebook
    The Old Depot JUNKtion: webpage | Facebook | FB event page
    Uncorked JunkMarket Style: webpage | Facebook

              Sunflower Art, Crafts and Snacks! a dozen ideas        
    sunflower brownie pops       2. sunflower stitched card       3. singed ribbon sunflowers       4. simple fork printing (and it turns out so pretty!)         5. paper bag laced sunflower       6. giant paper sunflower       7. quick sunflower wreath made from felt       8. chrysanthemum and sunflower cupcakes done with marshmallows       9. sunflower brownies and ice cream       10. Van Gogh sunflowers       11. coffee filter sunflowers       12. sunflowers and sweets – nice gift idea .           Share This:
              Manual para ser una Chica del Bosque (aunque vivas en la ciudad)        
    Antes de empezar, quiero deciros que blogspot no me deja comentar en casi ningún blog, estoy buscando por internet como solucionar el problema, si a alguien le pasa lo mismo o sabe como solucionarlo, le estaría muy agradecida si me ayudara...
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    Somos muchas.
    Muchas las que hemos nacido y vivimos en la ciudad o en el pueblo y las que sin embargo sentimos que nuestro corazón pertenece a los Bosques. Como puede una mujer que vive una vida normal, en la ciudad, que se levanta para trabajar en una oficina, tener ese algo de la magia de los bosques?

    En Japón existen las Mori Girls, que traducido significan Chicas del Bosque que viviendo en la ciudad sus vidas normales han cambiado su estilo de vida, su manera de sentir, de vestir para transformarlas en las que serían si ellas vivieran en el bosque.



    He recogido esa información de muchas fuentes y he preparado este pequeño compendio en español ya que hasta ahora no existe para inspiraros a aquellas que como yo tienen su alma en un lugar más verde, más salvaje y hermoso... el Bosque.
     
    Hay algunas cosas de las que he leído que no me han gustado, muchas chicas se toman lo de ser una Chica del Bosque como una moda, una manera de vestir, entre las cosas que he leído está por ejemplo "tener una constitución delgada" cosa que me ha dejado con la boca abierta, quiero decir acaso el sentirse del Bosque tiene que ver con el peso? JAMAS!! Eso está en el corazón. Quisiera aclarar que aunque escriba este artículo dando una serie de parámetros es por darle un aspecto práctico y a la vez juguetón, pero el Bosque está en nuestro corazón :)
     
    ESTILO DE VIDA
     
    Las Chicas del Bosque viven su vida como si se tratara de un cuento de Hadas, ¿como vivirías con un estado de ánimo totalmente apacible?

    Disfrutando al ver como pasas de una a otra estación?
     
    Quizá preparando maravillosas meriendas, tomando el té y cocinando deliciosos pasteles...
     
     
    Compra tu Té online AQUÍ
     
     
    Paseando en bicicleta o paseando, siempre con una cámara de fotos en la mano...


      
    Leyendo libros repletos de historias  ymaravillosas ilustraciones... Conoceis a Los Duendes del Reloj?  es un blog lleno de historias con el bosque y las Hadas como protagonistas...

     
    Y Conoceis a algunas de las maravillosas cuentacuentos de nuestro país?... podeis escuchar los preciosos cuentos de Lua Seomún en su blog lleno de Magia e historias que erizan la piel ...También me fascina la magia de Cris Purrusalda, es alimento para el corazón...
     
    Aprendiendo de la Naturaleza, cultivando un pequeño jardín y /o huerto en el balcón.
     
    Coleccionando cosas bonitas , cajas de música, bolas de nieve, cuentos, fotografías ¿qué es lo que te gusta, qué te hace sonreír? colecciónalo y sé feliz!! ^:^
     
    Viviendo sencillamente, de manera natural....
     
    Qué música te inspira el bosque? Quizá Agnes Obel?


      
    Descubre música distinta... Priscilla Hernández, Kokia o Joanna Newsom pueden transportarte muy muy lejos ;)

    Si vivieras en el Bosque no harías todo lo que pudieras tú misma? Aprenderías a tejer y harías este otoño tu propia bufanda?
     
     
    APRENDE A TEJER FÁCILMENTE AQUÍ!

    O harías tus propias conservas?


    APRENDE A HACER TUS PROPIAS CONSERVAS AQUÍ!


    Las Mujeres del Bosque se sienten de maravilla en las tiendas de decoración y de menaje, entre hermosas tazas, teteras, manteles y cortinas...

     
    También en las tiendas vintage y de antigüedades...
    busca en su bolsillo seguro que encuentras un pequeño reloj...
     
    Y sobretodo disfruta la vida y de este maravilloso planeta en que vivimos, está lleno de maravillas ocultas, disfruta de cada pequeño momento: qué bien huele el café! como te estremeces bajo la ducha cuando el agua corre por tu espalda!! que bien saben los tomates!

    Nuestro mundo está lleno de maravillas....

     
    COMO ES LA "MODA" EN EL BOSQUE
     
    EL CABELLO
     
    El cabello natural, corto, largo, liso o rizado pero natural, adornado con un lazo o una diadema...arreglos de mariposas, fresas o cerezasquedarán maravillosos también... los flequillos cortitos quedan muy de cuento, y te hacen sentir protagonista de una maravillosa historia...
    Aquí teneis unas fotografías con tutoriales para peinaros como auténticas Hadas del Bosque




      

    LA ROPA Y EL MAQUILLAJE  

     
     
     
    Lo importante es que sea todo natural y mágico a la vez...
    Maquillaje natural, o ausencia de él, pero quedan tan de cuento las mejillas sonrosadas ^:^ tal vez algo de colorete rosa?



    Las uñas , mejor cortitas que largas, cómo puedes recoger setas y flores con las uñas largas?
     

    Las faldas y vestidos son la ropa de cada día...


    Vestir en los preciosos colores de la tierra, ocres, marrones, blancos,  verdes...y el precioso burdeos, hacen sentir y sientan tan bien!!


    Las Mujeres del Bosque llevan sin duda capitas, caperuzas y ponchos.


    Guardan sus pertenencias en bolsos de piel (yo usaré imitación ^:^)

    Como buena mujer de los bosques, ama los animales y por tanto también los motivos de animales en la ropa: erizos, ciervos, mapaches, osos....

    Lo mismo que los motivos de dulces y pasteles, ya que la Mujer del Bosque se refugia en su cabaña al caer la tarde para cocinar sus maravillosas tartas!!!


    AQUÍ teneis 50 patrones de delantales!!!


    Los motivos de flores tanto retro como liberty nos bendicen con las virtudes y la energía de la esencia de los bosques.

    La Mujer del Bosque como huele? a flores? a Bayas? a cerezas? Como hueles?

    Los leotardos y leggings son superconfortables y divertidos
     
    Teneis muchas más ideas ojeando la revista Spoon

    Descargadla gratis AQUI (ABRIL 2011)
    AQUÍ (FEBRERO 2011)

    Ojalá os haya gustado ^:^yo he aprendido mucho mientras buscaba la información y escribía... muchas cosas se me han quedado en el tintero... pero ya se estaba alargando mucho ^:^
    En mi  nuevo blog: Oh! My Windy Woods! teneis cositas para Mujeres del Bosque, hace poco que la abrí así que está un poco vacía, pero poco a poco espero llenarla de musgo magia, erizos y luciérnagas .... De momento teneis algunas cositas nuevas que he hecho estos días, como las Mariposas para Orejas...



    Y pequeñas criaturas mágicas...



    Estais invitadas a tomar un te!!


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    Como siempre me teneis aquí : tiendapattyrain@gmail.com
      
     


              Viviendo como un Hada 6: besos de diciembre, besos azules ...        
    "Mejor que las Navidades-le dijeron a su madre- es prepararse para ellas"

    Margaret Sydney "Los Cinco pimientitos y cómo crecen"

    Queridas mías,
     como cada mes, aunque en esta ocasión suba esta entrada un poco tarde, no puedo faltar a mi cita conmigo misma ... cuando me siento frente al ordenador a recoger  ideas para cada mes parece que el mundo se abre un poco más y se renuevan mis ganas de todo... y si las fiestas abruman un poco...y parece que está todo por hacer... quizá lo mejor sea dedicarnos primero una cosa y después a otra, de uno en uno y punto a punto los días se vuelven brillantes, y cada precioso minuto pasa ante nuestros ojos brillante y puro como los copos de nieve... qué haremos con tantos tantos minutos? He recogido muchas cositas sencillas porque este mes es un mes de jaleo para todas y seguro que si el tiempo se puediese regalar, sería el mas agradecido de los presentes...

    Pero antes de ello quería subir esta Tiara Cupcake ( a la que prefiero llamar Tiara Las hadas del Azúcar) que he hecho esta semana, ya casi no me queda tiempo para coser, y no puedo hacer demasiadas cositas, pero algo es algo no?

     Y ahora sí,

     Alegrías para Diciembre


    1- Adorna de veras tu casa. Propaga la alegría de estas fiestas por toda tu casa con adornos apropiados... plantas de hoja perenne, lucecitas y adornos naturales... no hace falta gastar mucho dinero, la idea es sencilla, cuando haces un esfuerzo especial por crear belleza en tu hogar, estás preparando un escenario, un ambiente de Navidad, hanuca, Solsticio de Invierno o como quiera que lo celebres.

    Puedes hacerlos con ramas...
     o bolitas de tela pintalas o cosidas como esta de Thea and Sami
    Las piñas son fáciles de conseguir, puedes pintar algunas de dorado...



    Puedes hacer guirnaldas de papel, sencillamente haciendo aros:



    o con palomitas y bayas rojas....

    con papel blanco puedes hacer copos de nieve que caeran delicadamente sobre tu cabeza... (tutorial aqui)





    2- que te parece leer poco a poco "canción de Navidad" de Dickens? quiza puedas hacerlo tipo serial si alguien comparte contigo estos maravillosos momentos de lectura!

    3 Organiza tu propio festival de películas clásicas, aquí van algunas propuestas, enrollate en tu manta preferida, y a disfrutar y a llorar a moco tendido!!:

    "De ilusión también se vive" ("Milagro en la calle 34”)



    “Cuento de Navidad” (basado en la novela de Charles Dickens)


    “¡Qué bello es vivir!”


    “Un ángel pasó por Brooklyn”


    4- haz que se cumplan los sueños navideños de un niño que no sea tu hijo.


    5- Comparte tus bendiciones con algun refugio para personas sin hogar, ¿ropa que ya no quieres? quizá algo de comida?


    6-Sigue tu estrella, una noche de diciembre sal y da un paseo bajo la luna, esa luna que ha alumbrado a tantas mujeres antes que a ti durante años, siglos y milenios... contempla las estrellas y elige una que será la tuya...
    Si quieres tenerla de manera oficial puedes comprar una en Global Star Registry



    7-dile adios a todas las cosas que quieres dejar atrás... ¿cómo hacerlo? escribe en un papel cada cosa que NO quieres tener este año que entra, metelos todos en una caja, envuelvela con un paño negro y después tírala al fuego diciendo A PASEO!!!! ahora ya puedes olvidarte de lo malo y comenzar bien limpia de alma!

    8- haz hombrecillos de jengibre, receta CLIC





    9 Prepara tu cuaderno de la Navidad, compra una libreta de espiral con motivos navideños, será tu libro de recuerdos para las navidades (estas y las próximas) empieza por escribir el año y una muestra (o fotocopia ) de las tarjetas que vayas a enviar y una lista de destinatarios... pega trozos de lazo, papel de regalo, cintas , etiquetas y el nombre de las personas que han recibido regalos tuyos... puedes crear composiciones con los restos de papel...
    Guarda invitaciones  de fiestas a las que te hayan invitado y hayas disfrutado ¿que llevabas puesto? como estaba decorada?
    Sin limitarse  a las fiestas a las que asistas puedes recordar momentos especiales que hayas vivido en estas fechas..
    Puedes colocar también fotos que recibas o de revistas... frases que oigas...quizá la letra de algun villancico...
    con los años seguroq ue recurrirás a él para hacer de tus navidades las mejores sobre la Tierra



    MUY FELIZ DICIEMBRE HADITAS, GRACIAS POR LEERME ^:^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              To top it all off my dd #3 who has the ecoli infection now has a low grade fever        
    So gonna do the cold compress thing and if she still has fever tomorrow will call doc I think it might be the antibacterial meds are finally kicking in and the ecoli is having one last battle . On the up hand I made GF chocolate cupcakes that turned out pretty good :) a few of them are for the teachers for teacher appreciation day next week (surprise) there are only 5 teachers and 1 principal so not too many cupcakes to make but all of the teachers help with my ADHD child so its much apprecia...
              Gluten free Mother's Day lemon cheesecake cupcakes        
    taken from lose the wheat lose the weight cookbook
    Recipe on my gluten free Sparkpeople group
              Gluten free Mother's Day lemon cheesecake cupcakes        
    taken from lose the wheat lose the weight cookbook
    Recipe on my gluten free Sparkpeople group
              How Plastic We've Become        

    Our bodies carry residues of kitchen plastics

    Food for Thought

    In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, a businessman corners Benjamin Braddock at a cocktail party and gives him a bit of career advice. "Just one word…plastics."

    Although Benjamin didn't heed that recommendation, plenty of other young graduates did. Today, the planet is awash in products spawned by the plastics industry. Residues of plastics have become ubiquitous in the environment—and in our bodies.

    A federal government study now reports that bisphenol A (BPA)—the building block of one of the most widely used plastics—laces the bodies of the vast majority of U.S. residents young and old.

    Manufacturers link BPA molecules into long chains, called polymers, to make polycarbonate plastics. All of those clear, brittle plastics used in baby bottles, food ware, and small kitchen appliances (like food-processor bowls) are made from polycarbonates. BPA-based resins also line the interiors of most food, beer, and soft-drink cans. With use and heating, polycarbonates can break down, leaching BPA into the materials they contact. Such as foods.

    And that could be bad if what happens in laboratory animals also happens in people, because studies in rodents show that BPA can trigger a host of harmful changes, from reproductive havoc to impaired blood-sugar control and obesity (SN: 9/29/07, p. 202).

    For the new study, scientists analyzed urine from some 2,500 people who had been recruited between 2003 and 2004 for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Roughly 92 percent of the individuals hosted measurable amounts of BPA, according to a report in the January Environmental Health Perspectives. It's the first study to measure the pollutant in a representative cross-section of the U.S. population.

    Typically, only small traces of BPA turned up, concentrations of a few parts per billion in urine, note chemist Antonia M. Calafat and her colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, with hormone-mimicking agents like BPA, even tiny exposures can have notable impacts.

    Overall, concentrations measured by Calafat's team were substantially higher than those that have triggered disease, birth defects, and more in exposed animals, notes Frederick S. vom Saal, a University of Missouri-Columbia biologist who has been probing the toxicology of BPA for more than 15 years.

    The BPA industry describes things differently. Although Calafat's team reported urine concentrations of BPA, in fact they assayed a breakdown product—the compound by which BPA is excreted, notes Steven G. Hentges of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. As such, he argues, "this does not mean that BPA itself is present in the body or in urine."

    On the other hand, few people have direct exposure to the breakdown product.

    Hentges' group estimates that the daily BPA intake needed to create urine concentrations reported by the CDC scientists should be in the neighborhood of 50 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight—or one millionth of an amount at which "no adverse effects" were measured in multi-generation animal studies. In other words, Hentges says, this suggests "a very large margin of safety."

    No way, counters vom Saal. If one applies the ratio of BPA intake to excreted values in hosts of published animal studies, concentrations just reported by CDC suggest that the daily intake of most Americans is actually closer to 100 micrograms (µg) per kilogram bodyweight, he says—or some 1,000-fold higher than the industry figure.

    Clearly, there are big differences of opinion and interpretation. And a lot may rest on who's right.

    Globally, chemical manufacturers produce an estimated 2.8 million tons of BPA each year. The material goes into a broad range of products, many used in and around the home. BPA also serves as the basis of dental sealants, which are resins applied to the teeth of children to protect their pearly whites from cavities (SN: 4/6/96, p. 214). The industry, therefore, has a strong economic interest in seeing that the market for BPA-based products doesn't become eroded by public concerns over the chemical.

    And that could happen. About 2 years after a Japanese research team showed that BPA leached out of baby bottles and plastic food ware (see What's Coming Out of Baby's Bottle?), manufacturers of those consumer products voluntarily found BPA substitutes for use in food cans. Some 2 years after that, a different group of Japanese scientists measured concentrations of BPA residues in the urine of college students. About half of the samples came from before the switch, the rest from after the period when BPA was removed from food cans.

    By comparing urine values from the two time periods, the researchers showed that BPA residues were much lower—down by at least 50 percent—after Japanese manufacturers had eliminated BPA from the lining of food cans.

    Concludes vom Saal, in light of the new CDC data and a growing body of animal data implicating even low-dose BPA exposures with the potential to cause harm, "the most logical thing" for the United States to do would be to follow in Japan's footsteps and "get this stuff [BPA] out of our food."

    Kids appear most exposed

    Overall, men tend to have statistically lower concentrations of BPA than women, the NHANES data indicate. But the big difference, Calafat says, traces to age. "Children had higher concentrations than adolescents, and they in turn had higher levels than adults," she told Science News Online.

    This decreasing body burden with older age "is something we have seen with some other nonpersistent chemicals," Calafat notes—such as phthalates, another class of plasticizers.

    The spread between the average BPA concentration that her team measured in children 6 to 11 years old (4.5 µg/liter) and adults (2.5 µg/L) doesn't look like much, but proved reliably different.

    The open question is why adults tended to excrete only 55 percent as much BPA. It could mean children have higher exposures, she posits, or perhaps that they break it down less efficiently. "We really need to do more research to be able to answer that question."

    Among other differences that emerged in the NHANES analysis: urine residues of BPA decreased with increasing household income and varied somewhat with ethnicity (with Mexican-Americans having the lowest average values, blacks the highest, and white's values in between).

    There was also a time-of-day difference, with urine values for any given group tending to be highest in the evening, lowest in the afternoon, and midway between those in the morning. Since BPA's half-life in the body is only about 6 hours, that temporal variation in the chemical's excretion would be consistent with food as a major source of exposure, the CDC scientists note.

    In the current NHANES paper, BPA samples were collected only once from each recruit. However, in a paper due to come out in the February Environmental Health Perspectives, Calafat and colleagues from several other institutions looked at how BPA excretion varied over a 2-year span among 82 individuals—men and women—seen at a fertility clinic in Boston.

    In contrast to the NHANES data, the upcoming report shows that men tended to have somewhat higher BPA concentrations than women. Then again both groups had only about one-quarter the concentration typical of Americans.

    The big difference in the Boston group emerged among the 10 women who ultimately became pregnant. Their BPA excretion increased 33 percent during pregnancy. Owing to the small number of participants in this subset of the study population, the pregnancy-associated change was not statistically significant. However, the researchers report, these are the first data to look for changes during pregnancy and ultimately determining whether some feature of pregnancy—such as a change in diet or metabolism of BPA—really alters body concentrations of the pollutant could be important. It could point to whether the fetus faces an unexpectedly high exposure to the pollutant.

    If it does, the fetus could face a double whammy: Not only would exposures be higher during this period of organ and neural development, but rates of detoxification also would be diminished, vom Saal says.

    Indeed, in a separate study, one due to be published soon in Reproductive Toxicology, his team administered BPA by ingestion or by injection to 3-day-old mice. Either way, the BPA exposure resulted in comparable BPA concentrations in blood.

    What's more, that study found, per unit of BPA delivered, blood values in the newborns were "markedly higher" than other studies have reported for adult rodents exposed to the chemical. And that makes sense, vom Saal says, because the enzyme needed to break BPA down and lead to its excretion is only a tenth as active in babies as in adults. That's true in the mouse, he says, in the rat—and, according to some preliminary data, in humans.

    Vom Saal contends that since studies have shown BPA exhibits potent hormonelike activity in human cells at the parts-per-trillion level, and since the new CDC study finds that most people are continually exposed to concentrations well above the parts-per-trillion ballpark, it's time to reevaluate whether it makes sense to use BPA-based products in and around foods.


    If you would like to comment on this Food for Thought, please see the blog version.


              Otra prueba de la corrupción en el gobierno Santos        
    La Corte Suprema de Justicia capturó al senador del partido de la U y amigo del presidente Santos, Bernardo Miguel Ñoño Elías por el caso Odebrecht.  La Corte lo capturó por estar relacionado con los casos de corrupción y soborno de la empresa brasilera Odebrecht en Colombia. El Ñoño es conocido por ser un político muy influyente en […]
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              The Art of Reading Leads to the Art of Writing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus in Westwood! by Enilde Van Hook        

    When is a library, not a library? When it’s a Book Festival where the books come out to play! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated its 13th year of book promotions on the UCLA campus with an estimated attendance of over 140,000 people who love to read books!
    Here is where the traditional library, once thought to be a stuffy, hush-hush, nerdy and quiet setting transforms itself into a megalomaniac fair of books and stories and documentaries just waiting to come alive. Books become the roller coaster of emotions, the merry-go-round of ideas, the bumper cars of change and the Ferris wheels of fiction.


    In this day and age, the traditional library has undergone a radical change in our culture…it has gone outside, yes outside the box, outside the building and outside under yonder shade trees to re-invent itself. Unlike the regular library, where one checks out a book and must return it within a specific amount of time, this type of literary environment goes beyond just borrowing a book. This activity steps into the realm of personal libraries. This is where the reader amasses his or her own library collection of favorite authors, books, books on tape, digital recordings of books, even recordings for the blind and dyslexic by going outside the comfort of indoor lighting and venturing into the elements of nature.



    The weekend of April 26th and 27th, under weather conditions reaching over 90 degrees in Westwood, the Pacific Ocean breeze quietly slipped in and around the leaves of Ficus trees, Great Oaks, Pines, and luscious landscaped lawns of one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning; on the campus of UCLA, surrounded by noble buildings of great learning and ample gardens of exquisite greenery, what promised to be adventure at first, had indeed become an obsession for learning, an unquenchable thirst for more information about one’s world…who was in it in the past? Who’s in it now? Where’s the planet going? Who killed who? Or Whom? What artist leapt to his death from the bridge of misunderstanding? The answers were all there waiting to be revealed once you ventured out into the Festival of Books to bring home some new friends! This was my third year visiting the LA Times Festival of Books.




    As I came upon the first of the booths, I saw a long line of people, fanning themselves in the hot sun with only partial shade for some while others brought lawn chairs, umbrellas and water bottles or coolers and bared the heat while reading the LA Times or a comic book they’d purchased while sipping lemonades from the local vendors. “Get your lemonade!” a man shouted from the center of another line of readers waiting for an author. As I made my way down the narrow aisles of celebrity book fans I looked up in time to see that Valerie Bertinelli was about to emerge and I could already see a wave of nervous cameramen and camerawomen with their trigger fingers anxiously poised above their focused lenses. I felt in good company. I too was about to sign copies of my book today. The Kingdom Of Nuts and Bolts, was being released to the reading public and I was headed over to join the authors at booth 715 sponsored by THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITER’S SOCIETY.






    I was invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society recently and have discovered the treasures of its membership as well as the benefits to career and community. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing. The society works to provide continuing education and a forum for the marketing of a writer’s work. The society is guided by a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” and their website (www.glaws.org) details their variety of resources, welcoming writers from all over California and the country to learn more about the craft.















    I knew I had gotten to the right booth when I saw the buttons they were passing out. “What’s Your Story?” As I was about to take the hot seat of an author…I kid you not; the seat was hot because the sun cast its rays upon the storytellers’ table; I thought to myself again, ‘I’m in fine company!’ I had heard that Gay Talese, Julie Andrews and Tommy Lasorda were telling their stories and here I was, a humble little writer of my first fiction novel about to tell my own.
    I resorted to taking pictures to relax my own photo-happy-trigger finger. I always enjoy a good shutterbug moment and this was no exception. So, I took pictures of the authors I was with, while I signed a few books myself.








    I met Leslie Ann Moore, the author of Griffin’s Daughter, and I learned she wrote romantic fantasy (which I overheard her telling a reader that she had won an award). I visited her website at www.leslieannmoore.com and was inspired by her story that she is a veterinarian, writer and belly dancer too!






    I also met Mike Robinson the author of Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray (which personally as a photographer, I liked the title.) I learned that Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Mike also sold a number of short stories to print and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Visit Mike’s website at www.freewebs.com and learn that he too is stalking BIG FOOT!






















    On Saturday, another author I had the opportunity to meet at the GLAWS booth was Matt Pallamary. We sat together as our fans lined up to talk to us about our books. (Maybe our lines weren’t as long as Valerie Bertinelli’s for her book “Losing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time” but we had a following, nonetheless!) Matt has written his memoirs detailing his spiritual journeys to Peru where he worked with shamanic plant medicines. His most recent book is titled Spirit Matters and his website is www.mattpallamary.com. This was a serendipitous place to be sharing space with Matt Pallamary as I had the rare opportunity to discuss some of my own spiritual stories from my early childhood in Argentina. The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts is a story about a five-year-old boy named Miguelito, who can see things that others can’t and this makes him special and extra inventive. He has a special magic friend named Hector (made out of nuts and bolts) who teaches him to fix things. The story, a comedy, is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina using the popular genre of South American writers, that of Magical Realism. The story explores an imaginative spirit world set in the 1930’s and is told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel, a demon and two little brothers. The paperback version is available through www.enildeingelsvanhook.com.
    and coming soon to www.amazon.com so check the website in mid May for available stock.























    Several new, emerging and established writers joined us at the Festival of Books in the GLAWS booth #715. Among them was Joan A. Friedman, a Ph.D. who is an identical twin, herself, and has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Her new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals.





    Dr. Joan Friedman posed for a photo-op alongside two of the movers and shakers of GLAWS; Tony Todaro, one of its original founders (Sci-Fi aficionado) and an established strategic consultant (Todaro Communications) as well as John Weiskopf, the author of The Ascendancy.








    The Ascendancy is an appropriate story for today’s times, as John Weiskopf has created a new world mythology at a volatile point in history. His latest novel brings modern day imagination to the old story of Jack in the Beanstalk. The premise of this novel is that a beanstalk starts growing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center and the protagonist Jack Tott, a twenty-six-year-old musician, believes that if he climbs the beanstalk, he will somehow find the means to help save his dying sister. This book is available through www.johnweiskopf.com.
















    I met Sandra Walter, the author of The Creator State (www.sandrawalter.com) a story where actors discover a unique state of consciousness and art changes reality. Pictured here to the right is the author of Akira's Army by Keith Kowalczyk as he tells the story of Ray Quincy who becomes a prisoner of war while on his family vacation on a small South Pacific Island (a novel available through midnightpressbooks.com) Also pictured in booth #715 are Tony Todaro, Neil Citrin, and John Weiskopf.









    I also had an opportunity to talk to Robin Reed who was also releasing her first novel called Xanthan Gumm. Robin Reed writes in the science fiction genre about hard working creatures called ‘Humans’ who labor to make stories that are loved throughout the Galaxy. One young alien dreams of going to the ‘Forbidden Planet Earth’ to perform in the movies and wants to become famous like his idol, E.T. This book is available through www.barstowproductions.com.






    On Sunday at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, I had the distinct privilege of sitting at the author’s table with Film Educator and author Charles Domokos. His work in education especially in the cinema and film-editing field has a long history of contributing extremely technical post-production knowledge to film students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles City College. His book titled: Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. His book is available through Amazon.com; Barnes&Noble.com or www.GoGardner.com.



    While sitting under the canopy of a nearby Elm tree, our booth enjoyed a little more shade and relief from the heat on Sunday, just enough to share our experiences and challenges of our publishing our first books. Charles and I also shared some of our inspirations to write and joked around that in our booth alone, we had the resources for taking my story of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts and turning it into a movie using stop-frame animation to create a Hollywood environment for my animated critter made of nuts and bolts and feathers named ‘Hector’. We figured we had a whole production team from writing the screenplay to filming, editing and strategic marketing with Tony Todaro!



    Speaking of Tony Todaro, one of the founders of GLAWS, I learned he is a prolific fiction writer as well. He is now working on a final draft of his next novel, “What Comes Around” a story set in a future city by the name of San Angeles, a metropolis divided by rivers and gangs after the ‘Big One’ (the big anticipated earthquake Angelino’s often fear, has already happened in this story) has rearranged the real estate and politics of the Southland. Just a little sneak preview of his upcoming book, finds Fed Corp Special Crimes investigator Major Xander Hunt in the midst of two murder mysteries to solve: the death of prominent physicist Allan Dunwharton, and after a series of battles and attempted assassinations, (perhaps even his own death). Hunt has kept his aging body alive with a concoction of drugs and nanobots, despite decades of damage as a black-ops agent, and the terminal cancer eating at his guts. (Imagine here the actor Sean Connery as the wise, aging officer in the Untouchables, though Hunt thinks of himself as the younger version of a Kevin Costner character.) Tony Todaro is a strategic marketing consultant with a long history in the music business and now shares his expertise with his fellow authors in GLAWS!



    With a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” GLAWS holds monthly informative meetings, often with nationally-known guest speakers, offers critique groups, advice in the craft and business of writing, conducts special events including writers conferences and seminars, and promotes its vision through many businesses and social opportunities.
    In April I had the opportunity to attend one of the membership meetings to hear the science fiction and fantasy writer, Tim Powers, author of Anubis Gates and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. He spoke at length about the essence of “plot” or what actually happens in a story. He encouraged writers to think of the question ‘why’ and then dig deeper and ask no, ‘why, really?’; ‘why really is the character motivated?’ He also gave us an overview of what it is like to be a writer at work. He stated that he had cultivated a sense of both guilt and fear. “Afterall, I play with the cat while truckers have jobs…” In a brief moment I had to talk with him before he got on the podium, he stated that I should write down imaginary bets… but not to do it in my head. He urged me to write thoughts down directly onto the keyboard. In his presentation, he also shared some of the advantages to writing down your ideas and character traits onto index cards and spreading them around your workspace. Maybe one day, if you are experiencing ‘writers block’; maybe the landlord comes around knocking, blows open your door and tromps all over the index cards mixing them up every which way; well, he said, ‘you never know when that might have helped your plot strategy a little!’ TIM POWERS chuckled.

    The headline of today’s blog stated that the Art of Reading leads to the Art of Writing. I strongly believe this because I can attest to the significant verbal, literary and visual growth that a child can attain while immersed in a supportive community reading program. That, in and of it-self is where the art of reading leads directly to the successful art of writing. Exposure to the arts at a young age in a person’s life greatly enhances the chances this experience will foster a love of story telling as well as an appreciation for the authors and artists of these works that influence the mind at a critical stage in our development.
    I am an example of an After School Reading Program child. My first exposure to library books came about at approximately the age of 8 when I stated participating in the Duarte Public Library After School Reading Program and simultaneously the Monrovia Public Library system in California.







    I personally see this important correlation between early reading and early writing because I began to keep a diary at the age of twelve after reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I went on to improve my reading skills by practicing my writing skills in my journal and reading even more each month until I had practically consumed all the books I could in the children’s section of the Duarte Library. I seem to recall that by the age of thirteen I was already into the adult section where I promptly fell in love with science fiction and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. (At the time, I made no physical distinction between the right or left section of the Duarte Library but I did get into trouble with my mother who discovered one day that one of my books had an identifying label from the adult section of the library…I no longer remember what the name of that book was, because I didn’t get to read it…only that it had a harmless picture of a cat on the cover and I distinctly recall how disappointed and rather humiliated I was when I had to return the book to the librarian and admit that I had rules at home I had to follow that superceded library freedoms.)





    My consolation was that I was a rebellious child so after that, I no longer checked out the adult books to take home—I just spent my free time reading the contraband stories, sitting cross legged on the floor between the stacks by the light of a window where a beautiful oak tree cast intermittent sun, shade and childhood inspiration; Under these conditions, I finished reading Pearl Buck’s novel The Good Earth. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading in a young person’s life. I admired writers without even knowing what they looked like. Often I didn’t see pictures on the covers. I just knew their voices by the way they would write their sentences. I feel I learned about life, lived through the characters and had adventures I couldn’t even dream of having all through the art of reading a wonderful book.

















    By the time I was sixteen, I had obtained my first job away from home. The Duarte Public Library hired me to work as a ‘page’ part time while I attended high school. I was able to devote even more time to filing and flipping through the pages of my most beloved writers and fondest friends. I recall taking a whole summer to finish the novel Hawaii by James Mitchner. These books were my education and entertainment away from the classroom and the schoolyard. By the age of eighteen, I was working for the USC Bookstore during freshman year of college and the Doheny Library by my sophomore year of college.

























    Now fast forward to the present day in 2008. I have written and self-published five books of poetry and recently released my first novel, The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts here at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA. Was it an accident that I developed into a writer? (In my particular case, I am also a photographer and an artist.) (www.gingervanhook.com) (www.enildeingelsvanhook.com) I don’t think this is a random event. I think there are no accidents in the universe. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe in cause and effect. I believe that if you want to end up with a delicious cake, you need to prepare the recipe with proper ingredients. The ingredients leading to the successful art of writing requires nothing short of fresh time, young minds, good books and positive parental and community encouragement to read. The art develops naturally as the heat of age ripens the stories into cupcakes of our culture for everyone to enjoy!

    I attended the Duarte Festival of Authors in October of 2005 in Westminster Gardens, in Duarte California just to visit with and enjoy a moment listening to Ray Bradbury as the featured keynote speaker, presented by The Friends of the Duarte Library.



    We also support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association which is undergoing a change of name this year. In addition to the changes featured in Monrovia Library Park, with the new Library construction, Monrovia Arts Festival Association is about to be renamed the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to better define the role of the arts in the community of Monrovia.
    The Monrovia Arts Festival Association will continue to serve the arts and artists as well as the after school art programs in Monrovia as well as surrounding communities and schools. I firmly believe, the younger a child is exposed to the arts, in terms of reading, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, digital media, comic book art and art history just to name a few of the variety of arts, the more creative a child will grow into adulthood and the more rewarding our communities will be to thrive in.
              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.

    M
    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 (www.artfestivals.org) 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 (enilde@sprintmail.com).

    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, (Hyatt2000@yahoo.com)

    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 www.cawineandcheese.com (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, (shutterbug@altrionet.com)

    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 paintnPlay2@aol.com. 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 kamonrovia@verizon.net. The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.


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    GLENDALE COMMUNITY
    ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT THE
    BRAND LIBRARY ART GALLERIES

    August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
    Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
    1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201
    818-548-2051 www.brandlibrary.org


    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


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    SANTA MONICA AND COASTAL EDGES
    OF CALIFORNIA ART


    16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007

    MONGREL

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

    Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007

    Sixteen:One
    2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310-450-4394
    email: info@16to1.com
    www.16to1.com


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    SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA

    DCA FINE ART GALLERY
    Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
    www.dcafineart.com
    delia@dcafineart.com
    3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310-396-8565

    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



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    SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA

    TAG Gallery
    TAGtheartistsgallery.com
    Elizabeth Sadoff
    Gallery Director
    2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    310-829-9556

    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
    CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION

    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



              Wipocalypse - Update #1        
    I really haven't had much stitching time this year, considering only nine days have elapsed. I did, however, manage to squeeze a few hours of stitching in on my travel project (the Mill Hill Vanilla Cupcake kit) during my three-hour glucose test at the doctor's office.


    Due to my lack of foresite, I did not remember to photograph my project earlier in the day while the sun was still out. All of my attempts to take pictures with artificial light resulted failed, so I had to use the scanner this time around.
              WIP Progress - Part I        
    I haven't picked up Mill Hill's "Vanilla Cupcake" since the last post. A major portion of its progress was made while I was sitting in a lawyers office (a situation that I can not publicly comment about) and I haven't been able to bring myself to pick it up since. However, it DOES make a good travel project so I will probably find myself taking somewhere if I know I'll have the time to stitch.



    Here's "Swirly Sampler". The entire right-side of the pattern is now complete. Now it's time to finish the first half of the alphabet.


    Janlynn's "Baby Monkey Birth Sampler" is a lot more complicated than I gave it credit for. The color changes in the sock monkey are insane! I'll be able to breathe easier once the second monkey is finished. The rest of the pattern should be a breeze.
              WIPocalypse 2012        
    Current WIPs that I will be focusing on:
    1. Janlynn's "Baby Monkey Birth Announcement"
    2. Bent Creek's "Swirly Sampler"
    3. Mill Hill's "Vanilla Cupcake"
    4. Nora Corbett's "Bluebell"
    5. Mirabila's "Deepest Love"
    6. Raise the Roof's "Crabby All Year"

    New projects that will be added upon starting:
    7. Disney's 101 Dalmatians "Pup & Teddy Bear"
    8. JCA, Inc.'s "Deck The Stalls" Christmas Stocking
    9. Ink Circles' "First Bass"

              Puppies, Cupcakes and Sock Monkeys        
    I'm slowly getting back to stitching now that Rose is learning independence. She still has some clingy days, but most of the time she'll let me do my own thing while she naps elsewhere in the house.

    Last month I started working on the Vanilla Cupcake kit from Mill Hill's Buttons & Beads Spring Series. While I'm not too fond of working with perforated paper, I've found that works well for a travel project because I don't require as much light to see what I'm doing. Here it is so far after about fourteen hours of stitching:


    I'm also starting a birth announcement for my cousin's baby, who was born this past December. I've actually started this project twice before, but each time changed my mind about the piece and switched to a different design. This time, I'm positive that this is 'the one'. Upon finding out that my cousin LOVES sock monkeys, I've chosen this kit from Janlynn to do for his baby girl, Sophia:
    "Baby Monkey Birth Announcement"
    Designed by Linda Gillum for Kooler Design Studio

    The kit came in the mail today (thanks 123 Stitch!) and I hope to start on it tomorrow. I plan to do the project as charted, except I'll be switching out the kitted 14-count aida with 32-count opalescent lugana. I love my sparkly fabrics!


              Aam Aadmi Party: the political start-up        


    "Aaj hum yahaan aayein hain sabse ye kehne, ki kuch to karna hoga. Hum sabko kuch karna hoga."

    "Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota. Use perfect banaana hota hai. Police mai bharti honge, military join karenge, IAS banenge, politics ka hissa ban ke iss desh ki sarkaar chalaayenge. Ye desh badlega, hum badlenge ise."

    -- Rang De Basanti (2006)


    I quoted from Rang De Basanti, but it does not mean that this is going to be an incensed hysterical rant of a twenty-something someone which goes "Inquilab Zindabad!". Inquilab, sure. But let's put it into perspective and context. Inquilab will happen. One step at a time.


    Election is coming.

    It's easy to talk about politics sitting in our rooms, dissing any and everything that is happening around us. Heck, even this post qualifies. People here in India, and people abroad too - US, Europe, or farther east, you name it. "India has gone beyond a point-of-no-return." Sure, it must have sounded profound sitting in a room in a high-rise with a city skyline view in some sophisticated corner of the world, or here, in India. Sorry, no. But I have no interest in a conversation that begins or ends with that sentence, whether you live in India, or live abroad and intend to come back. It does not sound profound to me because I intend to spend my life in this country, by choice. Hopefully.

    I would not care if haters and dissers shoot holes into this post. By all means, go ahead. I admit I don't know my politics or economics. Let the intellectual masturbation begin. But I will not engage you in a conversation unless you give me a viable choice in the upcoming Delhi elections in November. We'll talk about NaMo vs Rahul Gandhi, sure, after the Delhi elections.


    It is really sad that after 66 years of our country's independence, the issues today, still, in the capital of India are Water, Electricity, Safety of Women, and Corruption. Forget Infrastructure, Public Health, or a healthy eco-system for entrepreneurs, we haven't afforded ourselves that luxury. Not yet.

    We, the youth, are lucky to have been born at a very opportune moment in the history of our country. We have the privilege to be a part of the 'Indian growth story', to be the Indian growth story. Be a part of it. Engage. Of course, it is unreasonable to ask people to quit whatever they wish to do with their lives and set out "to clean the system". No. But help those who are trying, in whatever little way. You can still be a part of it. That's why I am writing this.

    I know about a start-up that is trying to win the Delhi elections. I hope they do. It was unthinkable until a year ago, that a newly formed political party could think of forming a state government, let alone contesting elections with a strong foothold, or even fielding candidates in all the contested constituencies with confidence. Today, not so much. AAP doesn't have a long history, nor do they have the money or the adequate resources even, but they do have the passion and the will to do something. They believe they can, I believe they can. Sure, you or me might not agree with everything that they say or want to do, but do you agree with anyone a hundred percent? And if not them, who is your pick, and why? The question is whether anyone, anyone with the will and the passion can make a difference if they want? This is the test.

    Santosh died. No, I am not using her name to sensationalize this and drive my point across. The fact is, a good person wanted to contest the elections, and she died. It is NOT trivial. Can you do something about it?

    Take a look at their candidates list. Go ahead, look at their profiles. There is a commando who lost his hearing a hundred percent during 26/11, and was fired from the Army after that. Or this construction worker living in the slums, who is looking to contest from Rajouri Garden. And then, there is an ex-IRS IITian who championed the cause of RTI. He is pitting himself against Sheila Dixit. These people are getting their voice heard. We are getting our voice heard.

    At the very least what I'm confident of is this, that these candidates won't be murderers or rapists, and that if they are deemed incapable or corrupt, they will be sacked by their own party. Atleast give these people a chance. One chance. And like all start-ups, they need money to scale. They have been angel funded by several investors, and are looking to mobilize resources through crowdsourcing.


    What are you doing, Delhi? I'm jealous because you got this opportunity before I did. And things are happening and will, with or without you. Here's what the donations to AAP from our country looks like [link] :


    Almost as much from Maharashtra as from Delhi?! And it's not even Maharashtra's elections! There is still time. Get on board with this, man.


    1) You can donate in kind. There is much more than just money that is required to contest elections. You can give whatever you have to spare. [link]

    2) You can adopt a constituency. From anywhere. [link]

    3) You can make a recurring donation every month. [link]

    4) Or, you can just donate once and be done with it. [link]

    5) And the least you can do is get your voter i-card made and exercise your franchise. Vote. [link]


    An incident happened not so long ago. Arvind Kejriwal was asked by a journalist, "What would you do if you don't win the Delhi elections?". He responded by saying, "If we lose, what will you do?"

    Atleast we are talking about the right things.

    So... what will you do?



    Oh, and in this interview, Arvind Kejriwal answers most of the questions commonly posed by the haters and the dissers. Do watch. You might not agree with him or still be unsatisfied, but atleast hear what he has got to say.





    If you know me personally, or have been following this blog, you would know that I am not someone who begs for likes and shares. But this one time, I will. If this post struck a chord, please share it. It's only a click, and is much less to ask than an Inquilab.



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              Â¿PERO COMO? ¿Y LA LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN?        
    Hace algunas semanas quisieron amonestar a un estudiante secundario por escribir en un libro de visitas que la muestra de Eva Perón le había parecido un asco.

    Y a principio de este año una sanjuanina alumna de un colegio secundario dependiente de la Universidad Católica de Cuyo fue sancionada (luego lograron que les anularan las 24 amonestaciones) por hablar de los desaparecidos en la última dictadura militar en el acto por la "marcha del niño por nacer" (excusa de los santurrones fachos para no hacer un acto del "día de la memoria").

    Más allá de la ideología (peronista, K, antiK, antiperonista, fachista, nazi, católica, atea, judía, musulmana, etc, etc) , de estar de acuerdo o no, y de la correcta o incorrecta forma de expresarse; yo opino que NO SE DEBERÍA PONER AMONESTACIONES POR EXPRESAR OPINIONES NI IDEOLOGÍAS. Se tendría que prohibir por ley nacional a los colegios sancionar a los alumnos por expresarse libremente.

    Ni mucho menos ahora, que se está debatiendo un proyecto para que los chicos de 16 años puedan votar. Hay chicos/as que les importa un carajo la política y su futuro, esos pueden no votar, ya que es VOLUNTARIO; pero también hay chicos/as maduros y con ideas (como los que tomaron los colegios en reclamo de refacciones, y en rechazo a la nueva ley de educación provincial) que están más capacitados para votar que muchos adultos que votaron a Schoretti, De la Chota, y Giacomino (voté por este último, y me arrepentí).
    Más de un dinosaurio descalifica a los jóvenes tratándolos de borrachos y faloperos y que sólo les importa salir de joda. Están subestimándolos demasiado...

    Pero lo preocupante es que hay gente de La Cámpora que va a los colegios a meterles mierda en la cabeza a los alumnos. La verdad que si hubiera podido votar en el 2003, lo hubiera hecho por Néstor Kirchner. Pero después hubo manejos autoritarios y demagogos que no me convencieron, pero lo que es innegable fue que el país creció. Jamás voté por los K, pero aceptaba con resignación los resultados.

    Ahora se están tornando autoritarios. Están peligrosamente subidos al caballo del 54%. Yo me uno a los cacerolazos para que cambien su actitud de negar la realidad y atacar a los que los critican, no para destituir. No quiero cagarme en el 54% que la declaró presidenta en primera vuelta a Kretina, pero sí en el 42% (para mí no es mayoría) de los que votaron la continuidad de la corrupción de De la Chota y los delincuentes caraduras que lo acompañan. Debería haber un cacerolazo para él también. Y el niño Mestre... no sé... ¿se puede destruír más la ciudad?

    ASÍ QUE, GENTE, SI ALGUIEN DE UN PARTIDO POLÍTICO O DE UNA SECTA RELIGIOSA LES QUIERE METER MIERDA EN LA CABEZA, SÁQUELO A PATADONES EN EL CULO DE SU CASA, ESCUELA O INSTITUCIÓN.
              CARTA DEL DR. RENÉ FAVALORO ANTES DE SUICIDARSE        

    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


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    Hola! Acá estoy de vuelta. La razón de mi ausencia ya no hace falta decirla. Estaba estudiando para los finales.

    Voy:

    LA EXTORSIÓN DE FETAP TUVO EFECTO OTRA VEZ

    Ahora el boleto de transporte urbano vale $2. El cospel aumenta siempre (los salarios de los choferes también), pero el transporte mejora a veces.

    No he escuchado que Giacomino vetara la ordenanza del boleto estudiantil, pero igual las empresas chicanean para no implementarlo. Recien ahora se acuerdan del contrato de concesión.
    Citan el punto que dice que los descuentos en los abonos no debe ser superior al 50%; pero ¿recuerdan el que dice que el promedio de antigüedad de la flota debe ser de 5 años o menos? Y creo que el contrato también estipula que las frecuencias deben ser de 5 minutos (o alguna cifra menor que la actual). Tal vez haya otros detalles, pero no puedo encontrar el contrato en internet.

    Espero que la suspensión de trabajadores y la baja de frecuencias no pase de ser una simple amenaza extorsiva, ahora que lograron que nos exprimieran cada vez más a los usuarios.


    EL CAMBIO EN EL SISTEMA DE PUNTAJE DOCENTE

    ¡Ah, bueno! Ahora al Gobierno de la Provincia no le importa que los docentes estén bien capacitados, sino que trabajen gratis.

    Supuestamente para evitar la venta de puntos, redujeron a 1/5 del valor original los puntos correspondientes a cada curso que realizan los aspirantes a ascender de jerarquía docente. Muchos docentes que hicieron esos cursos de buena fe (invirtiendo tiempo y dinero, con el sacrificio que esto significa) se encontraron con que tenían más de 2000 puntos menos de los que les correspondían, y varias posiciones abajo en el ranking.

    Miren este detalle: 1 día de trabajo ad-honorem ahora equivale a 20 horas de cursos de capacitación (4 puntos = 20 x 0,2 puntos). WTF?
    Están tan traumados con los reclamos de aumentos ( Grahovac traidor! :@ ) y las extensiones del ciclo lectivo por los paros, que ahora valoran más que trabajen gratis, sin importar su capacitación (aunque el puntaje máximo por año es 500 para cursos y 200 para trabajos ad-honorem).

    Ministerio de Educación, sean más considerados y reconozcan el esfuerzo de estas docentes para darle una mejor educación a nuestros hijos.


    UN WTF? DE LA LEGISLATURA

    Cuando quisieron destituír a Miguel Ortiz Pellegrini (casi te diría que lo lograron, porque renunció) por litigar contra el Estado, salieron los legisladores lameculos de Unión por Córdoba dándole con un caño en cada medio.

    Pero cuando salió el pedido de sanción de Domingo Carbonetti por ejercer como abogado mientras formaba parte del jury que mantiene a los fiscales y jueces corruptos amigos, y que destituye a jueces y fiscales honestos; nadie salió a dar la cara.

    Y para completarla, mantienen en el cargo a Horaldo Senn, acusado de delitos de lesa humanidad, y nadie da una explicación al respecto.
    Passerini, Falo, y el resto de UPC: ¿por qué no dan la cara ahora? ¡hijos de mil puta!


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              My Dearest Friend        
    Hello again!!!!! I have more projects to share with you, I am in LOVE with this set of card  and box I think the color combo is just beautiful and one of my favorites 

    Hola de nuevo!!!!! tengo mas proyectos hoy para compartir con ustedes, me ENCANTA este set de tarjeta y cajita, creo que la combinacion de colores esta hermosa y es de mis favoritas 

    I create the mini gable box with a die from eBay, paper is from the collage Little angel (I just printed smaller) I use wide ribbon and seam binding, I also use images from the collages: Planner Girl and Cut Out Roses, the embossed part on the bottom of the card was created with an embossing folder from Sizzix

    Hice la cajita con un suaje de eBay,  el papel es del colage:  Little angel (solo imprimi en un tamaño mas chico) use un liston ancho y seam binding teñido, tambien use imagenes de los colages: Planner Girl y Cut Out Rosesla parte de abajo de la tarjeta la hice con un folder de embossing de Sizzix




    Next a set of chipboard tags using more embossing and paper scraps from my stash, silk flowers, seam binding, lace etc, stamps are from MSE!

    Este es un set de tags de chipboard usando mas embossing y recortes de papel, flores de seda, seam binding, etc, sellos de MSE!



    And last a baby card using paper scraps and image from a paper pad I got a few years ago I think the company is called First Edition, the stamp is a very old one from Heidi Swapp. 

    Y por ultimo una tarjeta de bebe usando recortes de papel, la imagen es de un pad de papel que compre hace tiempo, creo que la compañia se llama First Edition, el sello es uno muy viejito de  Heidi Swapp. 

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog I will be back with more creations soon :)

    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog regreso pronto con mas creaciones :)
              Spring Time        
    Hello friends! I have some new projects to share with you today, I'm also happy to have more sunny days... I create  a cute mini Egg carton, I cut it and painted in pink, then I added some of my favorite embellishments inside, such as: buttons, twine cord, seam binding die cuts etc... I cover with a piece of paper and tie with seam binding.

    Hola amig@s! tengo unos proyectos nuevos para compartir el dia de hoy, tambien estoy feliz por que ya hay mas dias soleados... hice este mini carton de huevo, lo corte y despues pinte en color rosa la parte de adentro, le puse varias cositas y adornos de mis preferidos como: botones, twine cord, seam binding die cuts etc... por ultimo cubri con papel estampado y seam binding.

    I think these are perfect for small gifts, chocolates, mini cupcakes, cookies, eggs for Easter of course etc.

    Creo que lucen perfectos para cualquier detalle o regalito pequeño, por ejemplo: chocolates, mini cupcakes, galletas, y por supuesto huevos de Pascua etc.

    Next a Birthday Card. I am so in love with this card, right now watercolor is one of the things that I am enjoying a lot, I cut the wreath (twice: one in watercolor paper and one from Kraft card stock) from a die cut that I got on eBay, and painted in different colors using the distress inks from Ranger, I also use the same inks for the polka dots on the bottom of the card

    Y ahora les muestro una tarjeta que me encanto! estoy disfrutando mucho pintar algunos detalles con acuarelas, corte la corona de hojas (dos veces: una en papel para acuarela y otra de Kraft card stock) con un die cut que compre en eBay, lo pinte de colores diferentes usando tintas distress de Ranger, use los mismos colores para los puntitos en la parte de abajo de la tarjeta 
    on a piece of watercolor paper I drew a few flowers and cut them, these are so simple but yet so cute! I only added sequins on the center of each flower. The stamp is from PTI, I use white embossing powder, I added some drops of glossy accents.

    aparte en otro papel dibuje unas flores con acuarela y las corte para pegarlas a mi tarjeta, algo simple pero luce tan bonito! despues solo pegue unas lentejuelas en el centro de las flores. El sello es de PTI, use polvo de embossing blanco, por ultimo solo puse unas gotitas de glossy accents.


    Of course I try the same card in other colors :) 

    Claro que hice mas terjetas con otros colores


    That is all for me today, I hope you have a great day, I'll be back soon with more creations.
    Es todo por el dia de hoy pero regresare pronto con mas creaciones, que tengan un bello dia.



              EXCLUSIVE: Ray Romano Shows Off Darker Side (and Wild Hair) in Upcoming 'Get Shorty' Series        
    The actor played Ray Barone for nine seasons on 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' and now he is stepping into Gene Hackman's role in the TV version of 'Get Shorty.'
              EXCLUSIVE: Billy Eichner Thinks 'Billy on the Street' Should Beat 'SNL' at the Emmys        
    ET sat down with the Emmy nominee about the upcoming awards, the return of 'Difficult People' and his upcoming role on 'American Horror Story: Cult.'
              Jennifer Lawrence Talks Darren Aronofsky Romance        
    "Vogue's" September 2017 cover girl tells the mag all about her "brilliant" director boyfriend from their upcoming film, "Mother!"
              Kim Zolciak Biermann Recalls Details of Her Stroke: 'It Was So Scary'        
    The reality star opens up about the scary details of her health scare in an upcoming episode of 'Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry.'
              Anna Faris Details Pressure of Marriage to Chris Pratt and Her Own Insecurities in Upcoming Memoir        
    Hear what Faris was ready to reveal before her marriage to Pratt ended.
              EXCLUSIVE: How Janet Jackson Is Losing the Baby Weight (Fast) for Upcoming Tour        
    The singer is returning to the stage next month and we have the extreme measures she's taking to get into fighting shape.
              Desiigner Reveals Cover Art For His Upcoming Album        

    Desiigner teases his new project.
    http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/desiigner-reveals-cover-art-for-his-upcoming-album-news.36151.html
              Buddy - That Much        

    Buddy returns with "That Much." The first single off his upcoming EP.
    http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/buddy-that-much-new-song.1975337.html
              Comment on Guestbook by Petros Tenezakis        
    My journey to Shatila Refugee Camp began many years ago. At the time I was working in Balatah Refugee Camp of Nablus in the Israeli-Occupied northern West Bank. A refugee camp that suffered greatly due to the massive reooccupation of the West Bank. As the Jenin massacre occured during Operation Defensive Shield, Israeli forces cracked down on Nablus city and its adjacent refugee camps, Askar, Balatah and al-Ain. Parts of the attrocities, that can only be described as a massacre went unseen due to massive focus on Jenin and other areas of the West Bank. And as the tanks, helicopters, APC:s and F-16 attacked the city, only a few of us were preset to document the onslaught. As I arrived in the emd of the onslaught, Balatah Refugee Camp was target for daily attacks. There amid the smell of blood, the dust and the debris I was constantly thinking about what happened in Shatila and Sabra. I promissed myself to visit the camps in Lebanon as well. In 2005 I was arrested by Israeli authorities and denied access to Palestine for the upcoming 1o years, due to my involvement in peacefull activities against the occupation and solidarity with the Palesinian people. By then I had witnessed more violations, killings and injuries than most people in our priviliged western world has witnessed during a lifetime, including myself injured in the chest during an invasion of the old city of Nablus. As I was held in a tiny cell, humiliated and threatened daily I still felt privileged. I could at leave. Since my denial of entry came into effect I planned to visit as many palestinians as possible with a hope to visit Shatila and its residents. That dream finally came true last year. As a photographer I travelled directly to SHatila Refugee Camp. I was welcomed by Mr Abu Moujahed, and his wonderful staff at the CYC, Palestinian Centre for Children and Youth that runs a centre for the youth in Shatila and Nahr-el-Bared Camps. My home for bacame their guest house. A great oppurtunity for internationals to experience the camp and interat with its citizens. I quickly forgot the camera, most times I just interacted with the camp residents. I set up meetings with the Baker, Pharmacist, nurses, political representatives, survivors of the massacre, and enjoyed the time spent with the youth. Sadly I had to leave, 3 weeks passed quickly. I am sure that I will return. Palestine and all Palestinians, world citizens and friend will allways prompt me to work and fight for freedoom. A freedoom that has been denied for decades. I warmly recommend evryone to visit Shatila and stay the night at the CYC guesthouse. And undoubtebly upon departure I am sure your tears will fall, just as mine did. Dear Mahmoud Abbas Abu Moujahed, Manar, Sabah, Marwa and all the staff at CYC, all the children and youth, internationals and camp citizens. I am with you at all times, and our reunification is not a matter of If, its a matter of When. With love and hugs from Sweden.Your friend, Petros Tenezakis
              #141 Irish Travel Questions & Answers; “Practice Speaking Irish Day” – AUDIO        

    We’re announcing a new segment on the podcast where we answer your questions about travel in Ireland. You’re invited to email you questions or record and send them. Plus, there’s a new “holiday” in the works… Practice Speaking Irish Day! A few of our upcoming questions: How much does a trip to Ireland cost? How […]

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              Re: Sheriff Bill Elder seeks second term, and political races shaping up        
    God, please help the Republicans enlist a far better more qualified and honest candidate to run against Bill Elder in the upcoming election for Sheriff. We need a Sheriff who will fight to make our community safer and be a part of making our community better, not a douche bag like Bill Elder.
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              Ways to stay safe this New Year's Eve        
    It's a time of celebration. A time of rejuvenation. A time to make resolutions that will stick for a week, and then quickly go by the wayside.

    New Years Eve marks the beginning of a new year, and a new start for many people. However it also marks  a popular night to go out and party, leading to auto accidents, many of which are unfortunately deadly.

    395 people were killed in an alcohol-related crashes in the second-half of December 2011 alone, making it a total of 9,878 for the year. That's fortunately a 2.5% decline for the year, but still makes up roughly a third of all traffic deaths. Per usual, police will be issuing traffic stops to not only catch those abusing the law, but also to get the word out about drinking and driving.

    If you, your friends or some loved ones are going to be at a party, here's a few tips on how to stay safe:

    1. Pick a Designated Driver
        Whether it's you or someone else, make sure someone refrains from drinking and remains responsible enough to drive everyone home safely. Just because you or someone else ends up becoming the DD, it's not to mean they have to keep from having fun.

    2. Drop off the keys
        If you don't have a Designated Driver, and you still want to drink, just give the keys to someone you trust. Having those on you may tempt you to get behind the wheel, so turn them in and go enjoy yourself.

    3. Pack a bag
        Maybe you're planning on staying somewhere overnight…or maybe you're not. Either way, packing a bag of some essentials is a great idea for those who are ready to drink deep into the night.

    4. Use Public Transportation
        If you're close to a bus or train, heading home in a safe and convenient environment is one of the best ways to go. They typically run all the time, and are fairly inexpensive. Another option is the cab ride, which is nice for the fact that they pick you up wherever you are. However, it can get costly, depending on where you are and where you need to go, so if you can, find someone who lives near you, and split the fare.

    5. Walking
        Many people have the impression that after a long night of partying, walking is safer than getting behind the wheel. While that may be inherently true, 1/1 is the deadliest day of the year when it comes to pedestrian deaths. If you do decide to walk, make sure to go in a group and wear visible clothing, to ensure that drivers have a better chance of seeing  you.

    6. Coffee doesn't help
        It's been told that coffee helps a person sober up. In fact, it's just plain 'ol time that cures all…plus a good carb-heavy meal and a caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverage.

    So if you'd rather go out than stay home this upcoming New Year's Eve, stick to one of the aforementioned tips, and be safe!

    If you're in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, visit your local Acura dealer at Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional service, please call to set up an appointment.
              Pricing announced for 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon        
    You want the performance and quality of an Acura, and need the cargo room, but don't necessarily want an SUV. Well you picky person…you are in luck. The new 2013 version of Acura's popular TSX Sport Wagon is about to be released, and it's still as safe, luxurious and versatile as always. 

    Under the hood sits 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, giving out 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Standard features aplenty, the TSX Sport Wagon comes with 17x7.5-in aluminum wheels, Xenon HID headlights, halogen fog lights, glass moonroof, power-actuated and heated front seats, leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel, perforated leather trimmed seating surfaces and a 36--watt Premium Audio System with 7-speakers and a subwoofer. While the 2013 TSX doesn't have the need for it, the Sport Wagon includes popular features such as roof rails, a cargo cover and hidden underfloor and side storage in the cargo area.

    If you're into the latest technology, the TSX Sport Wagon is the vehicle for you. The available Technology package includes a 460-watt Acura/ELS Surround Premium Audio System with 10-speakers, power actuated rear tailgate, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, rearview camera and AcuraLink (including AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather).

    The 2012 TSX Sport Wagon was safe enough to earn the IIHS' Top Safety Pick, and the 2013 will be no different. Equipped with Acura's standard safety equipment, the Sport Wagon includes VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) with traction control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) and Daytime Running Lights. Also, fuel efficiency isn't lost, with 30 MPG highway and 22 MPG city, giving it a respectable combined EPA Rating of 25 MPG.

    Pricing for the 2013 TSX Sport Wagon starts at $31,860 MSRP, and the Sport Wagon with Technology Package goes for $35,510 MSRP.

    To check out Acura's latest lineup of cars and SUVs, visit your local Acura dealers at Muller Acura of Merrillville. Stop in to find out more information about the 2013 TSX Sport Wagon and other upcoming models.
              The 2013 Acura ZDX goes all in for its final year        

    Leave on a good note. Go out with a bang.

    Anyway you put it, the Acura ZDX had a very good run. Introduced in 2009, the ZDX was Acura's innovative and stylish crossover, and is now entering its final year of production. The luxury automaker has decided to discontinue the CUV and "sharpen its focus" on new models and core products. However, even with the ZDX ending its run, the 2013 version has received numerous styling and technology upgrades to show that it won't go down without a fight.

    New to the 2013 version is a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and such safety features as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

    Jeff Conrad, VP and GM of the Acura Division says, "People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product. " He goes on to add that, "Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a driving experience that is dynamic and emotional."

    Being sold as one version, features are abundant in the value-packed 2013 ZDX.  Under the hood sits a 3.7L V-6 engine that kicks out 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Alongside the new-look front grille, there's also front and rear bumpers with integrated parking sensors and power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors.

    Inside the cabin is a 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround 10-speaker audio system with 15GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, 8-in high-res VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

    For safety, the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) determines if a collision is imminent, and alerts the driver. For the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), a camera mounted between the windshield and rear-view mirror detect the lane lines, so if the driver shifts out of the lane without using the turn signal, an alarm will go off.

    For the future, the Acura RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon will fill up Acura's CUV/SUV segment, and those with a ZDX will still get high-level service and parts through the life of the vehicle.

    Pricing for the 2013 ZDX starts at $50,920 MSRP, and goes on sale this fall. For more information on the ZDX, or to test drive one of Acura's luxury vehicles, visit Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional Acura Service, please call to set up an appointment.
              FAMOUS STATIONMASTER CAT PASSES AWAY, ENSHRINED AS GODDESS        

    Tama the stationmaster was a well known sight to visitors at the Kishi railway station in Western Japan. Hired in 2007, she was appointed as stationmaster in 2007 and received her very own stationmaster's uniform - a cap and a jacket. Sitting quietly at the gates to Kishi railway station, she would greet and see off passengers to the station diligently everyday like most stationmasters would.

    But Tama was no ordinary stationmaster - she was a cat. Her "service" to Kishi railway station soon became world famous.

    Legend has it that Tama drew in enough curious tourists and passengers to the station that her employer went from near-bankrupt to profitable. Tourism flourished and even the local economy in Tama's town felt the effects of her popularity.

    On 22nd June last Sunday, Tama passed away in hospital of heart failure. After her death, Tama's employers held a short Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, where Shinto priests elevated Tama to a "goddess".

    Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her "service", and said Tama would be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine next month.

    “Tama-chan really emerged like a savior, a goddess. It was truly my honor to have been able to work with her,” Kojima said in eulogy to the cat.

    During her tenure, Tama had contributed an estimated 1.1 billion yen ($8.9 million) to the local economy.

    Kojima said that when he visited Tama at an animal hospital the day before she died, the cat woke up and reached out to him with her paws, as if asking for a hug, and looked straight into his eyes. He said he told Tama to get well so they can celebrate the cat’s upcoming 10th anniversary as a stationmaster, and said the cat responded with a “meow.”

    Tama had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to “ultra-stationmaster” and vice president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of “honorable eternal stationmaster.”

    She will be succeeded by another calico cat, Nitama, now an apprentice stationmaster.

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              CEO Julie Ann Freischlag to Serve as Interim Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine        
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center today announced that CEO Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., also will serve as interim dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine for the upcoming academic year, which begins in July. 
              Proton turunkan harga kereta        
     
    Seperti mana janji yang dibuat kerajaan sebelum pilihan Raya umum ke-13 yang lalu untuk mengurankan harga kereta. Proton Holding Bhd akhirnya tampil menawarkan penurunan harga kereta dan langkah ini selaras dengan seruan Perdana Menteri dalam manisfesto PRU13 yang lalu.

    Berita baik ini turut mendapat perhatian Timbalan Menteri Perdangangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Keperggunaan Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah dengan berkata Proton telah menyambut baik seruan Perdana Menteri dengan menurunkan harga kereta 1.3 sebanyak RM 5,000.

    Dengan penurunan harga kereta, pengguna boleh melihat dan merasai sendiri janji-janji yang dibuat oleh pihak kerajaan kepada rakyat Malaysia telahpun ditunaikan. Katanya pada sidang media di Alor Setar, Kedah.

    Sehubungan itu, beliau berharap agar syarikat-syarikat kereta lain turut sama mengikut jejak Proton untuk menurunkan harga kereta demi kesenangan rakyat.
    "Proton dah turunkan harga, jadi saya harap syarikat lain menjadikan Proton sebagai contoh dan akan tampil ke hadapan untuk mengurangkan harga kereta," katanya.

    Ahmad Bashah berkata harga kereta-kereta lain akan diturunkan secara berperingkat.

    Pada 13 Jun yang lalu, Proton menawarkan kepada rakyat Malaysia satu varian kereta keluarannya yang  akan dijual dengan harga lebih rendah dan mampu dimiliki oleh semua rakyat Malaysia.

              Watch Now: MSP releases first-look trailer for its 2017 film, “DROP EVERYTHING”        

    Crested Butte-based production company Matchstick Productions kicks off the summer ski movie excitement with a trailer for its upcoming feature-length film, DROP EVERYTHING. From veteran Director Scott Gaffney, DROP EVERYTHING reminds us of the most important reason why we ski: to have fun. “I want to put entertainment at the forefront,” says Gaffney, “I want […]

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              Giveaway: Four eye-popping Jon Olsson-inspired, limited edition camo Douchebags        

    Last week, we spread the news that Douchebags—the luggage company Jon Olsson founded with longtime pal Truls Brataas—came out with a aesthetically-pleasing, badass line of bags touting Olsson’s famous winter camo pattern. We also announced an upcoming giveaway in which one lucky winner would receive this entire line. So, staying true to our word, let […]

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              Giveaway: Four eye-popping Jon Olsson-inspired, limited edition camo Douchebags        

    Last week, we spread the news that Douchebags—the luggage company Jon Olsson founded with longtime pal Truls Brataas—came out with a aesthetically-pleasing, badass line of bags touting Olsson’s famous winter camo pattern. We also announced an upcoming giveaway in which one lucky winner would receive this entire line. So, staying true to our word, let […]

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              Website updates, bugfixes, compatibility reports        
    Today I updated the CD-i Emulator website for the upcoming beta release and fixed some remaining bugs, mainly with input recording/playback.

    I updated the Release Notes section, put up the hopefully final version of the Full Release Notes, added more screenshots and YouTube embeds and did some miscellaneous text edits. I also updated the CD-i Types section and added a download for it.

    It was my intention to release tonight, but that didn't happen because the closed pre-beta testers aren't ready yet. I'll give it a few more days.

    My next project will be updating the Title Support section of the website; I want to replace the static table with a much more dynamic one that can be expanded and sorted in various ways, based on a database of actual compatibility reports for specific CD-i player ROMs and CD-i titles that could be entered online.

    I might even accept MESS CD-i compatibility reports to provide a basis for comparison. Users would also be able to "me too" on reports.

    I would also like to add a "Report Compatibility" option to CD-i Emulator; that would allow automatic filling in of most of the report fields so that entering a compatibility report becomes pretty much a question of clicking only a "compatibility class" button and possibly entering some notes (fields like Reporter could be remembered on the reporter's PC using cookies). It should be easy to add the CD-i Emulator part of this; I might even do it for the current beta if the testers take long enough :-)

    For crashes or decoding issues, it would also be useful to allow uploading of input recordings. Actually, uploading a "good recording" would be nice even for successful reports. I could even add an "autorecord" setting to CD-i Emulator to make recording easy; the performance hit should be minimal.

    This would also allow "batch" uploading of compatibility reports at some later time; input recordings contain all of the necessary information except for the compatibility class and notes and these could easily be added with input annotations, which I was planning to add anyway.

    Unfortunately, uploading a file cannot be automated easily from within CD-i Emulator: the user will have to manually browse for the file. Another way to handle this would be to automatically generate an e-mail compatibility report...
              Lucky Luke on YouTube        
    I have just posted a "proof of concept" demonstration of CD-i Emulator MPEG decoding on YouTube:



    The Philips Media bumper animation is MPEG (audio and video) and so is the audio for the piano sequence. The in-game crash is due to an MPEG sound effect.

    This is with a Gate Array MPEG AH01 cartridge (22ER9141 F1 AH01); as the cartridge types get newer the decoding starts working lesser and lesser. Later GMPEG cartridges will crash earlier in the gameplay, VMPEG and IMPEG will not play MPEG at all. This is simply because I haven't gotten around to fixing those things yet; there are still major bugs in the buffering of the MPEG data and while that remains unfixed there is no point.

    The magenta border indicates "beta" quality; it is not that hard to display the proper color (black in this case), but this will remind everyone that it is a work in progress.

    Many other DVC titles will play their Philips bumper but crash soon thereafter; some others won't even get that far. In some cases this is not even due to MPEG decoding issues but to various "other" reasons for crashing (The 7th Guest is a notorious example).

    I have also put up a new draft of the upcoming version 0.5.3-beta1 Release Notes on the website.
              Release Notes        
    I have just put up a first draft of the Release Notes for the upcoming version 0.5.3-beta1 on the CD-i Emulator website.

    More info coming...
              Housecleaning        
    Today I did some housecleaning for the upcoming beta, which I'm still hoping to release before the end of this month.

    I decided to keep the current somewhat buggy MPEG decoding stuff in the beta, which meant that I had to clean up the MPEG ROM detection logic so that it actually works (until now I always used the -dvc option to explicitly force the DVC model).

    The MPEG ROM detector will now only use the supplied "dummy" xmpeg.rom file if it cannot find another recognized ?mpeg*.rom file. If it does find such a file, the DVC type will now be displayed in the CD-i Emulator title bar (GMPEG, IMPEG, VMPEG). For GMPEG the AH0x number is also displayed, as the AH00/AH01 cartridges are very different from the AH02/AH03 ones.

    Some little-known DVC tidbits:
    - The Philips CD-i 370 uses VMPEG hardware but at a different memory address
    - The Philips CD-i 615 uses IMPEG hardware but the ROM also contains non-FMV software
    - The DVS VE-200 and LG GDI-700 use IMPEG hardware but at a different memory address

    More details on the state of the MPEG emulation will be available in the beta release notes.

    Earlier I had started using a manifest file to get a newer common controls DLL, thus modernizing the visual "look" of CD-i Emulator somewhat. However, this caused Windows Vista and Windows 7 to stop using "virtual store" redirection of the cdiemu.ini file which broke all settings stuff (including the recently used list).

    Today I figured out that leaving out the UAC "requested level" entry from the manifest restores the "virtual store" redirection. This is good enough for this beta.

    I also killed the "file registration" code because it would hijack any existing non-beta registration (this has nothing to do with licensing but with the way Windows finds executables to open certain files).

    Finally, I added video decode skip validation. This gets a bit technical...

    In CD-i players, video decoding steals bus cycles and thus slows down the machine. The amount of bus cycles stolen depends on the video mode, pixel repeat settings and, for run-length modes, on the actual data.

    If the emulation starts to lag behind, CD-i Emulator starts skipping the decoding of video frames. Previously, I used a "worse-case" estimate for the number of stolen bus cycles in this case. However, this introduces problems with input recording and playback: if frame skipping differs (which is almost guaranteed to be the case), the playback will start to "drift" from the recording. Over many frames this will result in an incorrect playback.

    I coded a "SkipLine" routine that does no actual video decoding like "DecodeLine" but it does decode just enough to accurately determine the number of stolen bus cycles. This routine is now used when the video frame is skipped.

    The validation consists of running both routines when the video frame is not being skipped and ensuring that both "steal" the same number of bus cycles.
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    Claustros para novicias, ninfas, diosas y criollas

    Por Sara Plaza

    Tenemos una joyita en nuestra biblioteca con el sello del Patronato de Misiones Pedagógicas que se pusieron en marcha durante los años de la Segunda República Española. Se trata de la obra teatral "Don Juan Tenorio" de Don José Zorrilla. Según se indica en una de las primeras hojas del libro "este drama ha sido aprobado, para su representación, por la junta de censura de los teatros del reino en 4 de junio de 1849". Inmediatamente después se lee la dedicatoria que hiciera su autor "Al Señor Don Francisco Luis de Vallejo en prenda de buena memoria. Su mejor amigo, José Zorrilla. Madrid, Marzo de 1844". Y en seguida comienza la acción allá por los años de 1545 en Sevilla. El libro es y está muy viejito. Lo encontré hace más de dos años tras recorrer las empedradas calles de Pedraza, en la provincia de Segovia (España), subir las escaleras de madera de una de sus engalanadas tiendas y rebuscar entre los libros de segunda mano que se apilaban en varias estanterías sin orden ni concierto. Acaricié el lomo de varios volúmenes y el título de muchos clásicos abriendo, sólo muy de vez en cuando, las hojas amarillentas de algunos, pero cuando mis ojitos miopes se detuvieron en ese sello de las Misiones Pedagógicas ya no pude hacerlos caminar por las páginas de ningún otro libro. Parpadeé varias veces, me sonreí, me emocioné, lo cerré, lo volví a abrir, se lo mostré a mis acompañantes, me dirigí a la caja, lo compré, lo envolví, lo guardé en mi mochila, lo subí a un avión y lo deposité entre las manos de Edgardo un par de meses después.

    Algún tiempo antes, él había conseguido una maravillosa obra en versión original, ilustrada por Giovanni Caelli y escrita por el norteamericano Thomas Bulfinch, conocida como "The Illustrated Bulfich's Mythology". Se trata de tres volúmenes titulados "The Age of Fable", "The Age of Chivalry" y "Legends of Charlemagne". El primero de ellos fue publicado por primera vez en 1855 y, principalmente, recoge mitos y leyendas de la antigua Grecia y de héroes y heroínas romanos, junto con historias de guerreros nórdicos, de sabios celtas, de quienes adoraban al sol, de faraones egipcios, de varios monstruos –entre ellos el Fénix y el Unicornio– y de la triada hindú Brahma, Vishnu y Siva. Edgardo también se había emocionado con su hallazgo, pues le devolvió a muchas de sus lecturas infantiles y a las fotografías de cuadros y esculturas renacentistas de las que se enamoró su retina adolescente.

    Hace tan sólo un mes nos regalamos "Mujeres en la Sociedad Argentina. Unas historia de cinco siglos" de la socióloga argentina Dora Barrancos. Y de su mano llevamos recorridos quinientos años de la historia de las mujeres de este país y revisados varios tópicos y no pocos mitos sobre su lugar y su papel en esta esquina del mundo.

    Así llegaron a nosotros esos tres libros y a través del entramado que sus autores tejieron en sus páginas descubrimos los caminos que anduvieron los protagonistas varones de sus historias y supimos de las distintas murallas que encerraron los pasos de las protagonistas.
    En la escena primera del acto tercero de la primera parte del Don Juan Tenorio, nos encontramos en la celda de Dña. Inés. La Abadesa está comunicándole la decisión que ha tomado su padre, Don Gonzalo de Ulloa, Comendador de Calatrava, de que permanezca en el convento y no se despose con Don Juan Tenorio, al quien considera un miserable.

    Abadesa
    ¿Con que me habéis entendido?
    Dña. Inés
    Sí, señora.
    Abadesa
    Está muy bien;
    la voluntad decisiva
    de vuestro padre tal es.
    Sois joven, cándida y buena;
    vivido en el claustro habéis
    casi desde que nacisteis;
    y para quedar en él
    atada con santos votos
    para siempre, ni aun tenéis,
    como otras, pruebas difíciles
    ni penitencias que hacer.
    Dichosa mil veces vos;
    Dichosa, sí, doña Inés,
    Que, no conociendo el mundo,
    No le debéis de temer.
    ¡Dichosa vos que del claustro
    al pasar en el dintel,
    no os volveréis a mirar
    lo que tras vos dejaréis!
    Y los mundanos recuerdos
    del bullicio y del placer
    no os turbarán, tentadores,
    del ara santa a los pies;
    pues ignorando lo que hay
    tras esa santa pared,
    lo que tras ella se queda
    jamás apeteceréis.
    Mansa paloma, enseñada
    en las palmas a comer
    del dueño que la ha criado
    en doméstico vergel,
    no habiendo salido nunca
    de la protectora red,
    no ansiaréis nunca las alas
    por el espacio tender.
    Lirio gentil, cuyo tallo
    Mecieron sólo tal vez
    las embalsamadas brisas
    del más florecido mes,
    aquí a los besos del aura
    vuestro cáliz abriréis,
    y aquí vendrán vuestras hojas
    tranquilamente a caer.
    Y en el pedazo de tierra
    que abarca nuestra estrechez,
    y en el pedazo de cielo
    que por las rejas se ve,
    vos no veréis más que un lecho
    do en dulce sueño yacer,
    y un velo azul suspendido
    a las puertas del Edén...
    ¡Ay! En verdad que os envidio,
    venturosa doña Inés,
    con vuestra inocente vida,
    la virtud del no saber.
    Mas, ¿por qué estáis cabizbaja?
    ¿Por qué no me respondéis
    como otras veces, alegre,
    cuando en los mismo os hablé?
    ¿Suspiráis...? ¡Oh! Ya comprendo;
    de vuelta aquí hasta no ver
    a vuestra aya, estáis inquieta;
    pero nada receléis.
    A casa de vuestro padre
    fué casi al anochecer,
    y abajo en la portería
    estará; ya os la enviaré,
    que estoy en vela toda la noche.
    Conque, vamos, doña Inés,
    recogeos, que ya es hora;
    mal ejemplo no me deis
    a las novicias, que há tiempo
    que duermen ya; hasta después.
    Dña. Inés
    Id con Dios, madre abadesa.
    Abadesa
    Adiós, hija.

    En el capítulo III del libro "The Age of Fable", en la historia sobre Apolo y Dafne, se cuenta cómo Cupido, respondiendo al desafío de Apolo que le dice al dios del amor que sus flechas no son tan poderosas como las de él, dispara una flecha de plomo hacia la ninfa Dafne y una de oro hacia el dios del sol, quedando éste enamorado de la joven y ella aborreciendo al amor. Mientras Apolo corre tras ella por el bosque, ella implora a su padre Peneo, el dios del río, que abra la tierra para que ella pueda escapar o bien que cambie su forma. En ese mismo instante comienza a convertirse en una planta y Apolo al tocar su corteza y abrazarse a sus ramas exclama, "Ya que no puedes ser mi esposa, te convertirás en mi árbol. Te llevaré en mi corona; decoraré contigo mi arpa y mi aljaba; y cuando los grandes conquistadores romanos se encaminen triunfales hacia el Capitolio serás tejida con forma de corona para lucir en sus frentes. Y, como la eterna juventud me pertenece, tú también estarás siempre verde y tus hojas no se caerán." Y así fue como nació el laurel.

    En el capítulo VII de ese mismo libro se narra la historia de Proserpina, la hija de la diosa Ceres. Estando la joven jugando con sus compañeras juntando flores, fue descubierta por Plutón, el dios del Tártaro, a quien también había herido Cupido con una de sus flechas. Plutón se enamoró de ella y se la llevó por la fuerza al inframundo, donde se convirtió en la reina de Erebo. Ceres imploró a Júpiter que le devolviese a su hija, pero como ésta ya había probado una granada del inframundo que le había ofrecido Plutón no pudo ser rescatada del todo. A partir de entonces debió pasar medio año con su esposo y el resto acompañando a su madre.

    En el capítulo III del libro de Barrancos, en el apartado que se refiere al Código Civil argentino y la incapacidad de las mujeres, se da cuenta de "las vicisitudes que vivió Amalia Pelliza Pueyrredón a causa del encierro doméstico que le impuso su esposo, el conocido médico Carlos Durand. Las nupcias justamente ocurrieron en el mismo año de sanción del Código. Durand era mucho mayor y es probable que Amalia, como era la costumbre, hiciera la voluntad de la familia casándose con él, puesto que el facultativo, aunque era un cincuentón mientras ella sólo tenía 15 años, poseía el encanto de una estimable fortuna. Era el médico obstetra de las familias más importantes de Buenos Aires y vaya a saber a ciencia cierta qué lo llevó a clausurar a Amalia en la casona que ocupaba. Ésta pleiteó la separación pero no la obtuvo, lo que probablemente enfureció más al Dr. Durand. Redobló el encierro, pero también, frente a los reclamos, la humilló alquilando un espantoso carruaje –es que poseer un carruaje empavesado era una señal de distinción–, obligándola a andar horas y horas sin detenerse. Durand enfermó y Amalia descontó los años de encierro, pudo salir, entretenerse con compañías y frecuentar reuniones (...) Pero una vez repuesto, el castigo de la clausura fue insoportable y Amalia huyó. Años más tarde nuestro médico fallecía y legaba una parte importante de sus bienes a la construcción de un nosocomio, el que hoy lleva su nombre. El resto de la fortuna –probablemente como escarmiento– se entregó, según su determinación, a parientas y criadas, todas mujeres. Felizmente Amalia pudo hacerse con algo de los bienes gananciales y utilizarlos con gran derroche, como correspondía a quien habían sido sustraídos tantos años de goce. Este caso emblematiza las circunstancias de la indefensión femenina en el primer Código Civil. Con certeza, no todos los maridos encerraban a sus mujeres, pero sí todos estaban facultados por la normativa para ejercer su potestad".

    Tras los muros de un convento o de una casa, bajo la corteza de un árbol o de la Tierra, hemos visto distintos ejemplos de mujeres secuestradas por quienes se creían –y las leyes divinas o de los hombres así se lo confirmaban– sus dueños, y las encadenaban dentro de sus dominios para preservar su honor, su orgullo, su fuerza, su poder y su buen nombre. Curioseando entre las leyendas de la mitología clásica, el teatro del Romanticismo, y el Código Civil Argentino sancionado en 1869, durante el periodo de la organización nacional, podemos observar que tanto la literatura como la norma civil sostienen la incapacidad relativa de la mujer y el hecho de que a todos los efectos su representante era el padre o el marido. En el presente siglo XXI se aprueban leyes y se crean ministerios de igualdad pero siguen existiendo innumerables barreras, altísimos muros y gruesas cortezas que limitan derechos y libertades de las personas, hombres y mujeres, de todo el mundo. Sólo reconociéndolos podremos empezar a superarlos, escalarlos, horadarlas. Están en los libros y están en la vida: leámoslos y escribámosla entre todos.

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    El precio de todo y el valor de nada

    Por Sara Plaza

    La sociedad con "S" mayúscula a la que se refería Oscar Wilde a finales del siglo XIX era la aristocracia londinense de la época victoriana. Un grupo al que el autor irlandés parodió en muchas de sus obras, destacando la impotencia del bien para lograr un final feliz entre los altos muros de su superficialidad. Una superficialidad que sigue manteniéndose más de un siglo después en otras muchas "clases altas" del mundo. Altas no por su estatura moral sino por las cifras astronómicas de sus cuentas bancarias y sus elevados niveles de corrupción e hipocresía.

    Esa sociedad que para escucharse a sí misma necesita silenciar las voces disonantes, tiene muy poco que decir y mucho de lo que avergonzarse. Esa sociedad que sabe cuánto cuesta todo, se encarga de que una gran mayoría de personas piensen que no valen nada. Esa sociedad que se cree sus propias mentiras, habla de tener fe en la verdad. Esa sociedad que desprecia la memoria, es la que nos cuenta la historia. Esa sociedad que desprecia la vida de muchos, tiene un "plan" que "asegura" la suya. Esa sociedad que no se cocina pero gusta de la buena mesa, está desforestando los montes, envenenando los ríos, hiriendo de muerte enormes pedazos de tierra. Esa sociedad que se prodiga en dádivas miserables, se apropia de lo que no es suyo y se considera dueña de lo que nos pertenece a todos.

    A esa sociedad en la que tienen cabida muy pocos se han opuesto muchos, pero el estruendoso avance de millones de pies descalzos, de millones de manos agrietadas, de millones de bocas hambrientas, de millones de miradas apagadas, de millones de sueños desterrados sigue sin derrumbar sus paredes ni hacer temblar demasiado sus cimientos. En algunos puntos quizá no sean tan fuertes como antaño pero su estructura sigue siendo ejemplo de eficacia arquitectónica. Su vigor tiene mucho que ver con el desencanto de quienes en su día vieron marchitarse muchos de sus proyectos y de quienes no encuentran hoy dónde plantar la simiente de los suyos.

    Hace unas semanas, mientras Edgardo y yo visitábamos a mi familia en España, el bibliotecario que siempre va con él puso en mis manos uno de los tomos en los que mis padres han ido encuadernando todos los números de la revista "Bustarviejo" que editaba la Asociación Cultural "El Bustar" en mi pueblo, y lo abrió en la número 35–1 de febrero de 1980. En ella aparece una entrevista que el cura párroco de entonces les hacía a mis abuelos maternos. Yo no recordaba haberla leído a mis siete años, así es que fue todo un descubrimiento a mis treinta y cinco. El artículo se titula "Mariano y Jesusa. El sufrimiento de los pobres" y comienza con estas palabras de mi abuela: "Yo ya se lo he dicho a mi hija, yo lo único que le puedo decir a Antonio son penas, nada más que penas. Así que cuando venga lo único que le contaré son penas". Las finales las pronunció mi abuelo después de escuchar la pregunta de por qué ha abandonado la gente joven el campo: "El campo es lo más despreciado y tirado de todo. El trabajo es más duro, siempre mirando al cielo, a expensas de la lluvia, del clima. Ahí no hay permiso, ni vacaciones, ni pagas extras. Pocas veces el campo da recompensas. Por eso la gente joven, al tener posibilidad de otros trabajos, ha abandonado el campo, pero ha sido por obligación y por falta quizá de que las autoridades no hayan recompensado esto. El campesino tiene que vivir al mismo nivel que los demás. El medianero y el pobre han tenido que abandonar y no han tenido más que disgustos. El único que siempre saca es el terrateniente fuerte. El abandonar el campo no beneficia nada a la nación. El gobierno, en eso, no ha estado acertado. Ha dado de lado al agricultor y este siempre lleva el timón. Yo creo que hay muchos sindicatos y muchas cosas que se podrían reducir y atender más el campo y la ganadería". Inmediatamente después, el entrevistador llamaba la atención sobre las no pocas denuncias que van impresas en esa intervención de mi abuelo y no pude evitar sonreírme. Claro que hay denuncias entre sus palabras, y no dejaron de sorprenderme en una entrevista en la que mis abuelos recordaban algunas de las derrotas que sumaron a lo largo de su vida. También me sorprendió el buen humor que mostraron sus respuestas en un par de ocasiones pese a su sabor amargo general, y me dolió la aspereza con que mi abuelo habló del desencanto al que me referí antes. Yo sabía que él había elegido luchar en el bando republicano durante la Guerra Civil y que estuvo en un campo de concentración en Francia cuando terminó. Sabía también que nunca quiso hablar de ello y que una y otra vez les pidió a sus hijos que no se metiesen en política. Al ser preguntado sobre la misma durante la entrevista responde: "Yo me lavo las manos, me corté la coleta. Desde que estuve en Francia renuncié a la política".

    Sin duda la guerra, la pobreza, la falta de trabajo, el tener que abandonar el lugar donde uno ha vivido porque dentro de sus fronteras está condenado a muerte o a morirse de hambre, ofrecen motivos más que suficientes para el desencanto, la desilusión y la decepción. Pero los herederos de quienes los experimentaron no deberíamos olvidar que esos son los nutrientes con los que se fortalece la superficialidad que envuelve a las minoritarias "clases altas" del mundo y con los que se revitaliza la injusticia que rodea a las muchísimo más numerosas "clases bajas". Esos son los elementos indispensables para que las primeras sigan poniendo precio a todo y para que las segundas no reconozcan su propio valor. Por ello, aunque sobren las razones para el desánimo, no tendrían que faltar las que nos impulsen a denunciar una y otra vez el origen y la causa del mismo, pues es en el terreno que conquistemos a la decepción donde germinará la semilla de nuestros proyectos, mientras que en el que fertilicemos con desencanto sólo aumentará la impotencia del bien para lograr un final feliz, tanto en la sociedad con "S" mayúscula como en el resto.

    Hace ya algunos años que uno de mis maestros me animó a descubrir los escritos de Wilde y hace sólo unas semanas el culpable de este blog depositó entre los dedos de la cómplice un volumen en el que pude leer a mis abuelos. Al docente y al bibliotecario gracias por las páginas que me descubrieron; a sus respectivos autores gracias por escribirlas y pronunciarlas.

    Nota: El título del artículo pertenece a palabras de Lord Darlington en Lady Windermere's fan del escritor irlandés Oscar Wilde.

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    Reflexiones sobre las herramientas manuales

    Por Jan Stürmann
    Extraído del libro The Hand-Sculpted House escrito por Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, y Linda Smiley

    La creencia incuestionable de la carpintería actual revela que sin el uso extensivo de herramientas eléctricas no podemos construir eficazmente ni de manera rentable, ni siquiera bien. Yo cuestiono esa creencia.

    Yo construyo tanto casas convencionales, donde lo primero que te encuentras es la electricidad, como casas naturales, donde a menudo se incorpora con posterioridad.

    Trabajar en estas casas naturales me ha servido para confrontar mis propios prejuicios y los placeres de utilizar herramientas manuales.

    De ellas obtengo un sentido de profunda satisfacción que jamás he encontrado en las herramientas eléctricas. Al entrar en la caseta de las herramientas, mis manos automáticamente alcanzan mi formón favorito, el hacha, la hachuela. Una necesidad de tocar, de acariciar. Sopeso el formón de tres pulgadas de grosor. Le encontré oxidado en un viejo granero, el filo mellado, el hueco del mango enmohecido donde algún idiota lo había golpeado con un martillo. Me lo llevé a casa como a un animal herido, le retiré la rebaba, limpié la herrumbre, tallé el mango a partir de un trozo de madera de arce y lo afilé. El formón revivió para mí, canta en mis manos, recortando gruesos bucles de madera. Me encanta mirarlo, sostenerlo. Nunca me he sentido así con una herramienta eléctrica. Mi mano nunca se estira para alcanzar esos pesos muertos de plástico y metal en la estantería.

    ¿Por qué cuando uso una sierra circular, el taladro o la sierra de cadena durante cierto tiempo me siento como el hombre biónico, duro, rígido, en guerra con alguien o algo, forzado a llevar gafas protectoras, protección en los oídos y mascarillas para proteger mi frágil cuerpo? ¿Por qué después de un día utilizando el berbiquí y la barrena, los formones, un cepillo, mi cuerpo está relajado, mi mente tranquila, como cuando se puede escuchar el silencio del universo después de hacer el amor? Una cosa te debilita, la otra te nutre. Un misterio.

    Sin embargo, el poderío seduce. El peso bruto de una sierra de cadena en tus manos. Los berridos del motor, agridulces volutas de humo ascendiendo a través de la cavidad nasal hasta el cerebro. Los árboles caen como alfileres. Menudo subidón, una euforia que no tenemos la responsabilidad de manejar.

    Las herramientas eléctricas nos dan un poder que no nos pertenece. Nos lo prestan de manera indiscriminada. Pero en algún punto de la cadena lo tenemos que devolver – con intereses. Inevitablemente terminamos pagando mucho más por el poder que no es nuestro de lo que ganamos con él. Poco a poco me voy dando cuenta de que esto es verdad, no abstracta o intuitivamente, sino prácticamente.

    Mientras escribía esto conseguí un trabajo para colocar unos armarios en una casa enorme de Los Ángeles. Juntas complejas, piezas a la medida – un dolor de cabeza, pero una oportunidad para examinar el sentido práctico de utilizar herramientas manuales cuando las convenciones dictan herramientas eléctricas. Cada mañana, para apaciguar al contratista, desenrollé los alargues, pero a partir de ese momento actué y experimenté.

    Trabajar con madera consiste sobre todo en cortar elementos de una cierta longitud y colocarlos en su lugar. Si todo fuese lo mismo, yo trabajo más rápido con una sierra mecánica y una pistola de clavos que con un serrucho y un martillo. Pero me di cuenta de que no todo es igual. Tardo un minuto en inclinarme hacia mi cinturón de herramientas, donde se encuentran mi martillo y mi serrucho. Sin embargo me lleva veinte minutos desenrollar los alargues, luchar con las distintas cuchillas, arrastrar el compresor, colocar los tubos de aspiración y conseguir que la electricidad llegue hasta donde yo quiero.

    Tardo medio minuto en cortar 1 x 4 con el serrucho kataba japonés, o diez segundos con una mecánica. Pero si quiero seguir escuchando a Beethoven y leyendo Funny Times a los ochenta, necesito ponerme gafas protectoras y protectores en los oídos antes de apretar el interruptor; por ende, hay que sumar algunos segundos más. El susurro del serrucho no requiere ningún tipo de protección.

    Un serrucho deja polvo grueso que rápidamente se asienta en el suelo, pero las sierras mecánicas lanzan un polvo tan fino que se queda suspendido en el aire hasta que nosotros lo aspiramos, tapando senos nasales, provocando alergias y asma. En una profesión que cada vez utiliza más colas tóxicas y productos químicos en los laminados y aglomerados, haríamos bien en reducir al mínimo el polvo transportado por el aire si queremos respirar profundamente y poder oler las rosas en nuestros años dorados.

    El serrucho pesa media libra, la sierra mecánica diez. Utilicé tanto esfuerzo –calorías– para levantar y maniobrar la pesada sierra mecánica como para colocarme y realizar el corte con el kataba. Incluso si hubiera tenido que introducir algo más de aire en mis pulmones, el placer de usar un serrucho que ha evolucionado durante setecientos años, bien valdría el tiempo y esfuerzo extras.

    Tengo unas pocas hojas de serrucho intercambiables que coloco en el mango de madera: una hoja de apertura, tres hojas de través con dientes suficientemente finos para las ensambladuras de cola de milano y lo suficientemente gruesos para cortar palos de 12 pulgadas, una hoja curva para comenzar un corte en el medio, una estrecha de pelo para cortar curvas y una para el metal. Todas estas hojas y el mango los envuelvo en una bolsa de lona. El coste total pueden ser unos $120. Una vez pensé en ser un verdadero carpintero y tuve que gastarme miles en sierras mecánicas. Ahora nunca más.

    Agarro la tabla, la corto y la atornillo en su lugar. Clavar con la pistola de clavos lleva un segundo. Utilizar el martillo, cinco. Pero un martillo cuelga siempre de un cinturón de herramientas. Sólo hace falta un sencillo movimiento para agarrar el mango con la palma y dejar la cabeza balanceándose. A la pistola de clavos la tengo que levantar y arrastrar como si se tratase de un albatros muerto. El tubo de aspiración es demasiado corto, hace falta mover el compresor. Con todo este mover de un sitio a otro y ponerse de nuevo los protectores, prácticamente he gastado los cuatro segundos que me separaban de la manera actual de clavar. Además, disfruto balanceando el martillo con gracia. Cualquier estúpido puede apretar el gatillo.

    Consideremos de nuevo la economía. Mi martillo, un Hart Decker, me costó $25 hace siete años. No se ha roto ni una sola vez. Un compresor y una pistola de clavos costarán $500. Calcula el coste de las reparaciones y del tiempo muerto durante siete años. Los clavos para la pistola cuestan cinco veces más que los ordinarios. Pero ¡qué demonios!, paga el dueño de la casa (con un préstamo del banco, así es que el precio se multiplica si incluimos el porcentaje de interés de una hipoteca a 30 años).

    Puedo desvelar costes escondidos. Accidentes, por ejemplo. Nunca he oído de alguien que se cortase un dedo con un serrucho, pero gracias a las hojas mecánicas que motores imparciales hacen girar con fuerzas extraordinarias, hay un montón de carpinteros sin dedos de la mano o de los pies. Lo mismo que pequeños trabajos de acupuntura sobre el terreno con la pistola de clavos, globos oculares perforados, oídos sordos... pero bueno, para eso están las compensaciones. Con esto no quiero decir que no sucedan accidentes con las herramientas manuales, pero su gravedad y su frecuencia son muchísimo menores.

    Me estoy fijando en la economía y en la velocidad porque formo parte de una cultura que valora la productividad por encima del proceso, tener las cosas terminadas por encima de hacerlas, la complejidad sobre la creación. Pero para llegar al corazón de este cuestionamiento necesito mirar más profundamente lo que no es cuantificable.

    Los carpinteros fueron una vez artesanos que sabían cómo hacer, adaptar y ajustar sus herramientas de manera que reflejasen su singularidad y sus necesidades individuales. Ahora los carpinteros son operarios de la máquina, trabajadores de una fábrica sin la fábrica, que ensamblan unidades modulares. El orgullo de lo artesanal se ha perdido. Ya no se utilizan más herramientas de carácter personal sino las de producción masiva diseñadas y comercializadas de acuerdo al mínimo común denominador. Unas herramientas que son inadaptables y demasiado complejas para que uno mismo las pueda reparar. El ciclo vital de una herramienta eléctrica es de unos pocos años, y estos cada vez disminuyen más debido a la obsolescencia planificada. Mis hijos o mis nietos que aún no han nacido, no podrán heredar mi sierra circular, ni mi taladro ni mi lijadora. Sin embargo, sí podrán disfrutar mis herramientas manuales – que ya han visto una o dos generaciones.

    No hay ninguna duda, las herramientas eléctricas facilitan algunos trabajos. Se tarda mucho menos en serrar media pulgada de 4 x 4 con una sierra eléctrica que haciéndolo con un serrucho. Pero he notado una pequeña diferencia en mi cuerpo entre los días que trabajo utilizando sobre todo las herramientas manuales y los que paso trabajando con las herramientas eléctricas. Usando herramientas manuales puedo trabajar con atención, con alegría y con garbo durante más tiempo: al final de una jornada de nueve o diez horas puedo estar cansado pero nunca exhausto, mientras que después de cinco o seis horas con una máquina estoy agotado; aunque gaste menos calorías, me han exprimido todo el jugo de la vitalidad.

    ¿Por qué? La potencia que estas herramientas tienen para dañarme consume mis fuerzas. Mi cuerpo –asustado, tenso–, al estar en alerta continua, transforma la sutil flexibilidad en músculos rígidos y tensos. Los reflejos se vuelven más lentos, la mente falla, se cometen errores y la sangre corre. En cuerpos tensos, las posibilidades de padecer problemas de espalda son mayores que en aquellos que todos los días se ejercitan y estiran con ejercicios moderados mientras utilizan herramientas manuales. Tal vez de aquí venga la vitalidad extra. Cuando mis células son alimentadas regularmente con sangre llena de oxígeno y nutrientes, mi cuerpo responde con más vida.

    Además está la fatiga que producen los decibelios de todos los sonidos estridentes que hallamos en una obra. Cada vez más, esta es la razón predominante por la que me inclino hacia las herramientas manuales. Nuestros oídos, en sintonía con los suspiros de un amante, el sonido de la lluvia al caer, la risa de un amigo, los susurros del viento, no están adaptados para las frecuencias de los ruidos fuertes. Nos retraemos dentro de un caparazón insensible, sordos ante el mundo. Yo quiero trabajar en un ambiente donde mis tímidos sentidos se revelen en el silencio para participar de la creación, donde el flujo de la conversación o el pensamiento tenga libertad para circular, explorar y volver a caer en el silencio sin la censura, las interrupciones y las rupturas que provocan las máquinas.

    Mucha de la mala prensa que han cosechado las herramientas manuales está justificada. Sin la minuciosa vigilancia de los artesanos demandando lo mejor, el fabricante de herramientas moderno vende unas herramientas de calidad lamentable. No causa sorpresa que el comprador se de media vuelta disgustado y busque la fuerza eléctrica para realizar el trabajo. Es raro el negocio cuyos empleados sean vendedores competentes y donde se pueda encontrar una amplia selección de herramientas manuales. ¿Pero qué se puede comparar con la alegría de encontrar casi por casualidad una herramienta de calidad en una feria de objetos usados?

    Con la cada vez mayor falta de accesibilidad a las herramientas de calidad, la sabiduría de cómo usarlas también se está perdiendo y necesita ser redescubierta si queremos sacar el mayor partido de su potencial. ¿Cuál es la mejor manera de fijar, asegurar y sostener el material mientras lo cortamos, lo tallamos o lo lijamos? ¿Cómo utilizo la fuerza de mi cuerpo de manera eficiente y garbosa para que no parezca que estoy luchando contra la herramienta o contra la madera, sino que el trabajo se convierta en algo así como una danza? Este es un estudio, una investigación que requiere mi atención.

    Trabajar manualmente permite sopesar el tiempo: ¿Es mejor cuanto más rápido? ¿Que hemos ganado con el exceso de potencia? Construir de forma manual nos anima a hacerlo de manera deliberada, reflexiva, consciente de las acciones que se extienden más allá de nosotros. ¿Habría permitido la dignidad humana la construcción de arterias de salida, McMansions y super autopistas con sólo la mano de obra directa? ¿Qué les ocurre a nuestras almas recubiertas con objetos de aburrida perfección hechos mecánicamente? Para saber que existimos como seres humanos necesitamos el toque de alguien más en las creaciones que nos rodean.

    No soy un purista. Mis herramientas eléctricas, bien utilizadas, cuidadas, continuarán siendo usadas, aunque con menos frecuencia a medida que redescubra la alegría de emplear mi cuerpo para impulsar a las herramientas a hacer su magia. Porque la magia está ahí, un misterio. Me alimento con cereales y miel, pan, queso y pimientos morrones. Aspiro el aire con grandes dosis del oxigeno que transpiran los árboles. Y milagrosamente mi cuerpo convierte todo eso en movimiento, fuerza, destreza. Levanto el cepillo, afilado y a punto y lo apoyo para trabajar la madera. Entonces en algún lugar del reino infinito entre mi mano y la herramienta, sucede la alquimia. La carne, el acero y la madera se combinan en el movimiento, y recibo traslúcidos jirones de virutas que se rizan a través de mis dedos, liberando su aroma, revelando su belleza. Un obsequio.

    Ilustración.

              All the work...        

    We got to talking to a friend of ours who is using us for her daughters wedding on their farm. Rita has owned a number of her own businesses and was telling us how she was tired of all the work involved and was going to retire. That got us to talking about what goes into what we do that the customer never sees.

    To bring you our typical two hour carriage service a whole host of things have already happened. A trip to look over where we are doing the job in our car prior to the job is just one of many. Take for instance the three hours (one way) we spent on the road this Thursday to look at a job in Waldron we have coming up. Three there, three back, another hour for dinner on the road, scouting out the route, and stops for gas, etc. Lets put it this way. We left our house at 2pm and rolled back in the drive way ar 11pm. A long day and a lot of driving, not to mention we had spent the entire day before doing the same thing for a couple of other upcoming jobs. Thursday we luckily missed all the severe storms that were scatted around the state.

    So now that we have that taken care of we will have horses to wash, and a stall or stalls to keep perfectly clean. Stalls must me mucked constantly after you give the horse a bath or you will end up having to do the bath all over again. The horses bath is an event in itself, with special shampoos and products used to bring you an immaculately clean horse, not to mention the pedicure touch up, and checking them closely all over from head to tail. Our typical draft horse washing uses about $30 worth of products each time, and takes about two hours.

    Besides that before each job the harness must be cleaned, and the carriage must be cleaned, detailed, and decorated. The carriage has to be loaded and tied down inside the trailer for safe transport. Let me tell you, there is a fine art to getting that done with literally only inches of space to spare on each side. Our formal wear has to be washed, starched, ironed, and hung up each and every job. All this must be in order before we leave several hours longer than the actual driving time so that we can get to your event an hour early, factor in unexpected delays, and set up for your service.

    Once we are finished with your service the already long day is by far not over for us. We have to untack the horse completely, re-load everything, drive home, unload everything, feed the horse and put him to bed, and drag our tired sore bodies to the house. One thing I can say about all the hard work it takes to bring you a Princess Carriage is that once its all over and done we are going to sleep like a rock! Of course until you start the process all over again for the next event in the book. That said, the enjoyment we get out of bringing smiles to faces, seeing new places, and making someone special feel really special makes it truly a labor of love. :)




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    Thanksgiving Feast

    If you haven't made your reservations yet for Thanksgiving give us a call (207)677-215 or email us at bradley@lincoln.midcoast.com. Come for dinner, spend the night! Fresh organic turkey, all the fixins, a dessert sampler and leftovers to take with you. 

    Sugar Plum Tea (weekend prior to Christmas)

    Again this year we will host the Sugar Plum Tea for children. This includes tea and treats in the magical Bradley Inn, story telling, gingerbread house decorating and other surprises! After tea we will have musical entertainment and goodies for the adults as well. Please call for more details! 

    Jump Start Resolutions with a Wellness Weekend (weekend prior to New Year's)

    The holiday shopping, decorating, running around craze will be over. Relax, unwind and pamper yourself with peaceful stay at the Inn, join in some Yoga, melt your stress away in the Sauna, loosen the tension with a deep massage or just curl up in the living room with a good book. This makes a perfect gift for your special someone, parents, co-worker or that someone that has everything. Start the year off with a renewed sense of wellness!



              Ð›ÐµÑ‡ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ внутренних органов воздействием на фаланги пальцев        
    В данной статье использованы материалы из лекций профессора Пака Чжэ Ву, фрагменты из его книги "Вопросы теории и практики Су Джок терапии" и мой личный опыт врача - рефлексотерапевта.


    Системы соответствия кисти – это энергоинформационные копии всего организма и отдельных его органов, систем этих органов и частей тела. Они одновременно присутствуют на кисти и определяют упорядоченную голографическую картину всего организма.

    Кроме стандартной системы соответствия, занимающей всю кисть, системы «насекомого» и мини – системы, расположенных на пальцах, есть системы соответствия фаланг пальцев. Они отражают состояние конкретных внутренних органов и называются Триначальными объёмными системами соответствия фаланг пальцев.


    Соответствия внутренним органам на фалангах пальцев
    Это объясняется так. Пальцы находятся под влиянием силы Гетеро. Они функционально подвижны  и чувствительны, способны производить сложные быстрые движения. Но фаланги пальцев подвержены и Гомо воздействию - их Гомо форма.  


    Сочетание Гомо- и Гетеро – свойств создаёт гармонизирующее влияние на эти системы силы Нейтро. Системы фаланг пальцев позволяют рассматривать внутренние органы в их объёмном формате, так как каждая фаланга имеет 3 размера – длину, ширину, высоту.  Другие системы соответствия отражают органы в плоскостном формате.

    Можно определять болезненный локус органа и воздействовать на него лечением. Это позволяет при использовании фаланг пальцев для лечения получать быстрый и стабильный эффект.
     

    Триначальные объёмные системы соответствия имеют преимущества перед другими системами, они более эффективны.
     
    Кисть и её фаланги внутриутробно развиваются одновременно с внутренними органами, поэтому они взаимосвязаны. Фаланги пальцев могут быть использованы для диагностики и лечения внутренних органов. Фаланги пальцев и соответствующие им части конечностей отражают болезненное состояние внутренних органов. На них появляются болезненные точки и зоны соответствия.
     
    Отдельного рассмотрения требуют эндокринные железы, контролирующие многие функции организма и определяющие взаимодействие внутренних органов друг с другом.

    Эндокринным железам на кисти соответствуют ногти и кости запястья. Кости запястья недоступны для прямого использования, а в области ногтей есть некоторые ограничения в лечении, поэтому наибольшее практическое значение имеет проекция эндокринной системы на фаланги пальцев.
      
    Большой палец   соответствует эпифизу – шишковидной железе, которая занимает обе его фаланги. Эпифиз регулирует стремительные Гетеро и Гомо процессы в организме, нейтрализует их, определяет интуицию и является «третьим» глазом, который  у человека не функционирует, а также вырабатывает гормоны: мелатонин и норадреналин.
     
    На третьем и четвертом пальцах (Гомо пальцы) располагаются соответствия   передней доле гипофиза, правым долям тимуса и щитовидной железы, правому яичнику и яичку, правому надпочечнику, нижней, передней или правой (головке)   частям поджелудочной железы.
     
    На втором и пятом пальцах (Гетеро пальцы) располагаются соответствия задней доле гипофиза, левым долям тимуса и щитовидной железы, левому яичнику и яичку, левому надпочечнику, верхней, задней,  или левой (телу, хвосту) частям поджелудочной железы.
    Смотрите рисунки.
     
    Привожу примеры.
     
    Если страдает желудок (гастрит, язвенная болезнь), то на нижней (ногтевой) фаланге пятого пальца (мизинца) кисти можно найти болезненные точки. Болезненные точки и зоны  будут и на ладони кисти по соответствию.
     
    Если больное сердце, то болезненные точки зоны следует искать на

    верхней фаланге второго (указательного) пальца. Болезненные точки и зоны будут на правом плече по соответствию.



    Если заболевание почки, то болезненные точки и зоны будут на средней фаланге третьего (среднего) пальца кисти и на правой голени по соответствию.
     
    Если имеется цистит, простатит или другая патология мочевого пузыря, то болезненные точки и зоны будут на средней фаланге четвёртого (безымянного) пальца и на левой голени по соответствию.
     
    Если больна печень, болезненные точки и зоны будут на нижней (ногтевой) фаланге третьего (среднего) пальца и на ладони правой кисти по соответствию.
     
    Если есть патология толстого кишечника (колит, проктит, сигмоидит), то болезненные точки и зоны будут на верхней фаланге четвёртого (безымянного) пальца кисти и на левом бедре по соответствию.




    При заболеваниях легких (бронхит, пневмония) болезненные точки следует искать на  верхней фаланге третьего (среднего) пальца и на правом бедре по соответствию.



    Если есть патология щитовидной железы в правой её доле (узел, киста, воспаление), то болезненные точки и зоны будут на ногтевой фаланге четвёртого пальца кисти.
     
    Если есть патология левого яичка (орхит, эпидидимит), то болезненные точки и зоны будут на верхней фаланге второго пальца кисти.
     
    Если есть патология головного мозга (заболевания сосудов, энцефалопатия), то болезненные точки и зоны будут на верхней фаланге первого (большого) пальца и по соответствию в области шеи, как правило, в районе шейных позвонков.




    Чтобы оказать ещё более эффективное воздействие на больной орган, следует из болезненных точек соответствия на фалангах пальцев опустить перпендикуляр на суставы выше и ниже фаланги. Там тоже будут болезненные точки.
    Диагностика.  Если орган болен, в нём есть болезненные изменения, то в соответств