BLACK STARS COUNT THEIR LOSSES        
  Portugal beat Ghana Thursday 2-1 with goals from John Boye (OG) in the 31st minute and Cristiano Ronaldo (80th minute) overcoming the second half strike by captain Asamoah Gyan. Majid Waris will rue a chance to give Ghana the lead in the 61st minute with the game finely balanced at 1-1. Fatau Dauda will […]
          England get defence of U20 World Cup off to excellent start as Ireland suffer defeat to Italy        
England convincingly beat Samoa to get their World Rugby U20 Championship defence off to an excellent start. The Red Rose ran in 12 tries as they beat Samoa 74-14 at the Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi.
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          The Samoan Ethnomusicologist – Part 1        
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and I became an Ethnomusicologist 🙂 When I started the Bachelor of Music degree (ACU – Fitzroy) in 2008, I had no plans to continue my university learning once it was finished. I enrolled because I wanted to upskill on my … Continue reading The Samoan Ethnomusicologist – Part 1
          Samoan Theatre in Melbourne        
Okay you guys, now I know that in my last post  I was  in a tad-bit-bat-shit-crazy mode  with LIFE and everything I had decided to take on..but I just wanted to let you know how that nite (June 21st 2016) went: First of all, it was an amazing experience.  For real. I mean, a few weeks … Continue reading Samoan Theatre in Melbourne
          THE SAMOAN MOTHER: White Sunday (a.k.a Lotu Tamaiti)        
Ugggh..uunnnggaaaah..effff.  That’s me groaning right now.  Every second Sunday of October, every fri…..kken….year. It’s that time of the year when the majority of Samoan parents pull out their hair trying to help their kids learn their tauloto (memory verse). I can’t remember a time when I HAVEN’T been an active participant in Lotu Tamaiti festivities. … Continue reading THE SAMOAN MOTHER: White Sunday (a.k.a Lotu Tamaiti)
          FIELDWORK TRIP: AUCKLAND, JAN 2015        
This particular post was supposed to come before my last one (FIELDWORK TRIP: SAMOA, MAY 2015), but somehow I forgot to post it.  So here it is: 2015 is my FIELDWORK year – the year where I put on my ‘Budget-Buster’ hat and do things to make sure I can afford to travel to collect … Continue reading FIELDWORK TRIP: AUCKLAND, JAN 2015
          'The Sky's the Limit': Marcus Mariota Is Ready for Superstardom        

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chugging tallboy cans of working-class beer, holding a catfish overhead and removing their shirts, the five starting offensive linemen of the Tennessee Titans fired up the crowd at Bridgestone Arena before Game 3 of the NHL's Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks.  

The quarterback waved a rally towel.

You might have assumed Marcus Mariota really wasn't one of the guys—that he was just there because the Predators wanted the sizzle from his big name. You might have remembered NFL scouts had concerns about his leadership ability when they were studying him prior to the 2015 draft. You might wonder how a soft-spoken teetotaler ever could be respected by those burly, tattooed, wild-eyed men.

But if you saw Mariota at a Titans game instead of a Predators game, you would have a different impression.

Down seven to the Raiders with less than two minutes to go in Nashville last September, the Titans were driving. A 19-yard pass from Mariota to Tajae Sharpe put the Titans on the Raiders' 3-yard line, but then left tackle Taylor Lewan was penalized for unnecessary roughness after diving on the pile. The ball was moved back to the 18, the drive petered out and the Titans lost the game.

Fans jeered Lewan. He was savaged on social media. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit called Lewan "an absolute fraud" and a fake tough guy on Twitter.

For Lewan, it felt like him against the world. He lost a game, the fans and the trust of his locker room. Then about an hour later, Mariota pulled him aside in a quiet hallway before the players dispersed.

"Don't ever stop being yourself," he told him. "I'm with you."

Now Lewan will follow Mariota anywhere. And he isn't the only one.

"We'll do anything for Marcus," center Ben Jones says.

The invitation to the Predators game was extended only to the offensive linemen. It was their idea to bring Mariota along. They also bring him to their Thursday night dinners every week, and he sometimes serves as designated driver.

"He goes out with us and he doesn't drink, but he's one of the boys," Lewan says. "He doesn't act like he's above us. He's not on a high horse. That's awesome. I'm never going to pass judgment. It's the perfect yin and yang between us."

And not just between him and the offensive line.

In Mariota's third season, the Titans are his team.


Anyone who has seen Mariota's golden eyes flash in a Titans huddle on game day knows.

"He's demanding in the huddle," head coach Mike Mularkey says. "He's vocal in the huddle. He cusses a lot in the huddle. He's as competitive in the huddle as anybody I've been around."

To sum it up, Mularkey declares him "our leader."

Mariota is detailed, and he expects no less from his receivers. When one of them runs a sloppy route, they hear about it.

"He will get on you if you aren't doing what you are supposed to do," Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews says. "But he does it in a respectful manner."

If being demanding without being abrasive is an art, then Mariota is an artist.

"There is a mindset you have to have when you get out there on Sunday," he says. "Guys understand it's out of love. It's not something where I'm trying to embarrass them. It's trying to get them to be the best they can be."

Mariota has become a veteran and has grown as a leader.

"Some of the best leaders in the world find they learn something every day to be a better leader," he says. "Whether it's developing a relationship, learning what someone likes or doesn't like, putting forth the extra effort so guys understand you do what you preach. The best leaders adapt and are flexible with their situations. I try to be the same."

Mariota leads by knowing how to treat individuals differently. He leads by showing up every morning before his teammates—by 6 or shortly after—and by staying until the players' parking lot is nearly empty. He leads by volunteering to sign autographs every day after practice for a group of 25 kids chosen by team representatives.

His personal goal this season? "To be the best teammate I can be," he says.

Mariota was one of six Titans voted by teammates to be a captain last season. But Mariota and the other captains decided not to wear "Cs" on their jerseys so they didn't stand out from their teammates.

New Titans receiver Eric Decker has found Mariota's demeanor similar to another quarterback he played with.

"I love the even-keel, down to earth, humble approach," Decker says. "Being around Peyton [Manning], he had that as well. Both are guys' guys, and [they're] football junkies as far as the film, studying the game, knowing their craft."

I love the even-keel, down to earth, humble approach. Being around Peyton [Manning], he had that as well. Both are guys' guys, and [they're] football junkies as far as the film, studying the game, knowing their craft. — Eric Decker on Marcus Mariota

Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota grew up on the island of Oahu, the son of a blond German mother and a thick Samoan father. They taught him Fa'asamoa—the ways of Samoa that stress humility and respect.

"I would say that's probably the focal point of my leadership," Mariota says. "Our culture is all about we, never about yourself. I always try to make it a point when I'm talking to guys to say we. It's not you need to do this, it's what can we do better. It makes it more of a family culture."


These Titans are ready to be led. They won nine games last season after winning three in Mariota's first year. They made a number of acclaimed moves last offseason and became the trendy pick to win the AFC South.

Mariota, meanwhile, is in a good place. His 93.8 career passer rating is third-best in NFL history among quarterbacks who threw at least 600 passes in their first two years—behind only Dan Marino and Russell Wilson—according to Pro Football Reference. He has been his most menacing to defenses when the smell of blood is in the water. In the red zone, Mariota has thrown 33 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

On Saturday, he is scheduled to play his first game since breaking his fibula on Christmas Eve. After an offseason season of rehab, Mariota is moving well.

Mariota can become a much better quarterback this season.

"The sky's the limit for him," Matthews says. "I'm expecting big things."

If Mariota has proved anything in his first two seasons with the Titans, it's that he is capable of growth. When he came to the Titans after playing in Oregon's spread offense, he was determined to show he could be a pocket quarterback. He worked at disciplining himself to stay put, even when his instinct was telling him to run. Last season, the emphasis was on getting rid of the football and avoiding the big hit, even if it meant throwing it away.

This year, Mularkey says he is giving Mariota more responsibility at the line of scrimmage. Mariota has been allowed to choose from two plays at the line in the past. Now he will be allowed to call whatever play he wants if he sees a defensive look that can be exploited.

"He's ready for that," Mularkey says of Mariota, who scored a 33 on the Wonderlic prior to the 2015 draft, according to former NFL scout John Middlekauff. "He's pretty sharp, and he works at it. He can do it all the time. He understands everything, what defenses are trying to do. He is amazing with protections, gets us in the right protections."

Empowering Mariota at the line of scrimmage wouldn't mean as much if the Titans had not acquired more players who can exploit advantageous matchups. They revamped their receiving corps, drafting Corey Davis with the fifth pick and Taywan Taylor with the 72nd, and signing free agent Eric Decker.

He understands everything, what defenses are trying to do. He is amazing with protections, gets us in the right protections. — Mike Mularkey on Marcus Mariota

These additions came a year after the team added running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Last season, when defenses ganged up on the run, Mariota didn't have many appealing options. This year, he should.

"To be able to have a bunch of different guys to throw the ball to and get the ball in their hands and let them do their thing, it will really help our offense," Mariota says.

Davis can take a short pass and turn it into a long gain, or snatch a ball over the top of a defender. Taylor's suddenness plays well in the slot. Decker is a veteran with a knack for getting open—and Mariota has acknowledged it with his throws.

A natural chemistry between Mariota and Decker has been evident throughout training camp.

"I feel we've had some plays where we just kind of connected," says Decker, who chose to sign with the Titans in part because of Mariota. "I hope we can keep progressing with that, getting comfortable with each other and trusting one another."

After one sweaty practice ended recently, the large majority of the Titans retreated to the cool of the locker room or the arms of loved ones. Mariota, meanwhile, worked on his drops for nearly 30 minutes.

By trying to improve his footwork, he is hoping for more accurate throws to Decker and the other receivers.

"I got pretty inconsistent with my drops [late last season], and that led to some inaccuracy," he says.

The result was noticeable. Over his first 12 games, Mariota had a completion percentage of 64.29 and a rating of 101.9. In his final three, his completion percentage was 45.21 and he had a 63.0 rating.

"If I have my feet under me, I'm a much better passer," Mariota says. "It's getting to that same position every time and making sure I'm consistent."


The second overall pick of the 2015 draft lives in a condominium overlooking the town that could be his. He has come to know what Music City is about, attending CMA Fest and concerts from Florida Georgia Line to Tim McGraw.

But it's not like he's barhopping every night. In fact, don't expect a response if you text him after 9 p.m. Mariota usually turns out the lights by then.

He is more comfortable on a beach than in a honky-tonk saloon. His idea of relaxing is bodyboarding off Oahu's South Shore.

"When I'm at home, that's the first thing I do is get in the water," he says. "I love bodyboarding and bodysurfing. It's a special time for me, kind of my sanctuary when I get in the water."

And what would he do in a saloon anyway?

"For me, I've never been curious about it—drinking," Mariota says. "It's never been something I wanted to do."

After NBCSN broadcast the scene of Mariota and his linemen at the Predators game, Mariota was asked repeatedly about not drinking beer with his teammates. At a banquet in June, he revealed he'd never had a sip of alcohol in his life.

Things have changed since then.

Ardel Deppe was a construction contractor from Kauai who loved to cast a line into the sea and sip a margarita. He passed away in April, and his family celebrated his life in Hawaii in July.

"He was a great man," Mariota says of his grandfather. "So the least I could do was have one of his favorite drinks and pay a little tribute to him."

It does not sound as if Mariota is hooked on margaritas, though.

"Hated it," he says. "Tasted horrible."

Mariota lives cleanly. He tries not to take painkillers, and he has no use for marijuana.

"I've never done it and probably never will," he says.

The worst thing he ingests is chocolate—especially Oreos. "My vice," he says.

He dropped about eight pounds in the offseason to get to 218, so he couldn't have eaten too many.

"I'm a big believer your body is capable of taking care of itself," Mariota says. "If you are putting the right foods in, doing the right things and taking care of it, your body will take care of you."

Now, he feels his body is right. He has more command of his offense than ever. He has better players around him.

The Titans are his team, and he could accomplish something special this season.

Even he might grab one of those beers from his linemen and drink to that.

 

Dan Pompei covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @danpompei.

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          Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science        
Excerpt from Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends. Research now shows that a child who doesn’t learn the reading basics early is unlikely to learn them at all. Any child who doesn’t learn to read early and well will not easily master other skills and […]
          How Should Spelling Be Assessed?        
When testing students’ spelling, it’s important to go beyond simply marking words right or wrong. The assessment should be an opportunity to evaluate students’ understanding of sounds and conventional spelling patterns. The kinds of words that students miss and the types of errors they make are important in evaluating their spelling achievement and their understanding […]
          Don’t Computers Make Spelling Instruction Unnecessary?        
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          Meet the Experts: Dr. Louisa Moats (Teachers)        

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          CBS Fall Premiere Dates        

A CBS divulgou o calendário com as datas do retorno de suas séries para a próxima temporada. Alguns ajustes foram feitos na programação, incluindo a mudança de horário de Cold Case. Veja como ficou o calendário:

Terça, 17 de setembro
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR: SAMOA (Premiere)

Segunda, 21 de setembro
8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (5 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/19/05)
8:30-9:00 PM ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (Estréia)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (7 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/22/03)
9:30-10:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (3 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/24/07)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI (8 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/23/02)

Terça, 22 de setembro
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/12/03)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Estréia)
10:00-11:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (Estréia)

Quarta, 23 de setembro
8:00-8:30 PM THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (5 Temporada Premiere, OAD 3/13/06)
8:30-9:00 PM GARY UNMARRIED (2 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/14/08)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (5 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/22/05)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY (6 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/22/04)

Quinta, 24 de setembro
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (10 Temporada Premiere, OAD 10/6/00)
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST (2 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/23/08)

Sexta, 25 de setembro
8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER (5 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/23/05)
9:00-10:00 PM MEDIUM (Estréia na emissora, OAD 1/23/05)
10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS (6 Temporada Premiere, OAD 1/21/05)

Sábado, 26 de setembro
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY (Estréia)

Domingo, 27 de setembro
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (42 Temporada Premiere)
8:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (15 Edição Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM COLD CASE (7 Temporada Premiere, OAD 9/23/03)

Domingo, 4 de outubro
9:00-10:00 PM THREE RIVERS (Estréia)

*OAD = primeiro episódio exibido da série.

Fonte: CBS

          Dokąd zmierza Warszawa? Czy Krzysztof Domaradzki zna odpowiedź?        
Dokąd zmierza stolica? Odpowiedź na to pytanie jest celem publikacji Krzysztofa Domaradzkiego pt. "Przestrzeń Warszawy. Tożsamość miasta a urbanistyka". Stanowi ona ważny głos w aktualnej dyskusji na temat oblicza dzisiejszej Warszawy.
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Mieszkam tu. Lubię to miasto. Lubię też rzekę, to Ona tworzy to miasto, definiuje i określa. Tożsamość miasta jest nierozerwanie związana z Wisłą, marsz niepodległości czy maraton warszawski nie istniały by w dzisiejszej postaci gdyby jej nie było. Dzieli też miasto, fizycznie i symbolicznie. Niemniej Lubię. Bardzo.
          New SummerSlam Matches Announced, Updated Card        

Two new matches were announced for SummerSlam on this week's Raw from Toronto. Big Cass will battle Big Show with Enzo Amore hanging above the ring in a shark cage. Additionally, Finn Balor will go one-on-one with Bray Wyatt. Below is an updated card: Universal Championship Match - Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman WWE Championship Match - Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura United States Championship Match Shane McMahon as guest referee - AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens Raw Women's Championship Match - Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks OR Nia Jax SmackDown Women's […]

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Roman Reigns salió victorioso la semana pasada del combate a tres que le enfrentó a Samoa Joe y Braun Strowman. Quizás esto no le sirva de mucho ya que en Summerslam no tendrá ningún tipo de ventaja por esta victoria, pero mentalmente está en lo más alto. En la noche de ayer se anunciaba que [...]
          Filmové chyby: Discopříběh a hity Michala Davida        
Rudolf Hrušínský nejmladší jako mladý a neklidný syn, Ladislav Potměšil jako otec samoživitel a písničky Michala Davida, který v 80.letech kraloval všem discotékám. Pár chybiček se ovšem vloudilo a my vám je dnes ukážeme!
          Story of Pak Pandi        
I am sorry if the name Pak Pandi rhyme with Pak Pandir. His real name is Affandi. Last week an uncle from Johor, (Parit Imam, Batu Pahat) came for a visit. His name is Affandi, and we called his Pak Pandi. Pak Pandi married Auntie Sarengah back in the sixties, and their first born, Saadon is the same age as me. Pak Pandi was originally from Johor, he was brought to Tanjong Karang by his father after his parent divorced. His mother stayed in Johor with the other children, but he followed his father to Tanjong Karang and lived in Sungai Burung. Back in the sixties he married Auntie Sarengah, my mother's younger sister. In the beginning they set up house at my grandfather's sawah land at Sawah Sempadan, but later they moved to Sungai Burung when new land was opened for rice plantation. Pak Pandi has 3 acres of rice field in Sungai Burung, next to his father's. In the beginning the land didnt have a good yield, but after 4-5 seasons, the rice yield get better. I remember the times back in the early seventies when Pak Pandi would come over visit us. One day back in the early seventies Pak Pandi to us that they were moving to Perak, to a newly opened land. My mother's version; The land was on an island, Pulau Kerang. About two years passed, maybe less, came the news that Auntie Sarengah had passed away. My father, Uncle Rukimin and Nenek Mariam went north to see Auntie Sarengah buried. Pulau Kerang was a bit far from the mainland, the boat ride took ages. The coconut trees that Pak Pandi planted was still young, about 3 feet high. It was gambut land. Pak Pandi and Auntie Sarengah hadnt even built their own hut, but living with an old couple who are childless. Their children, Saadon and Saadiah (remind me if they have any other children) didnt go to school, because school was on the mainland. The old woman told my father thus; "Reti yo le, bocah iki nthino2 kerja ne turut tepi sungi golek ipah, di gawe atep. Atep e di dhol, duit e di ngge tuku beras. De ingi kae de'e balik ngomong barange dhi leboni pacat. Arep dhi gowo nyeberang banyu ne ijek surut, dhadi ngenteni pasang sesuk bar luhur. Urong sempet de'e wes ninggal. Meh sethino sewengi nek kenek kuwi. Mboso uwonge wes mati, pacat kuwi metu, gedi ne wes rong theriji." Translation:Son, let it be known to you that this woman work hard every day collecting nipah leaves along the river to make attap. She sold the attap and used the money to buy rice. Yesterday she came home saying that a leech got into her vagina (leech sucks blood). We wanted to take her across to hospital but the tide was low. so we had to wait until the tide is high after zuhr (about 1pm). She died before we had time to take her across. She had been suffering almost a day. After she died, the leech got out, and it was the size of two fingers. There was not many people on the island, the mosque was one mile away and her grave was the first one on the island. Auntie Normah's version; In the beginning, when they just got married, Pak Pandi and Auntie Sarengah set up a hut at my grandfather's sawah land at Sawah Sempadan. Later Pak Pandi got a three acre plot of sawah at Sungai Burung, next to Pak Pandi's father. It took 4-5 seasons before the rice yield get better. Back around 1972, Pak Pandi's friend encourage him to sell his rice field to make a new beginning in Sungai Kerang, Perak. The land was peat, on top of clay soil. Keladi (yam) or taro in Samoan grew well. But there was alot of leeches who would chase you if you go into water for a bath. Sometimes these leeches get into your private parts. Auntie Sarengah got stomach ache, probably from burst appendix, appendicitis. It took less than 24 hours before she died. After Auntie Sarengah died Pak Pandi came back to Tanjong Karang. Saadiah was adopted by Uncle Husin and Auntie Rukinem. He went to Puchong with Pak Kijat and opened a new land over there. But that didnt last long, coconut took a long time to grow and they didnt have anything to eat. Pak Pandi's mother asked him to go back to Johor. She has a piece of land over where she was living, at Parit Imam, Batu Pahat. Pak Pandi was living in the same house with his mother, but after a while his mother was not happy having kids in the house. so Pak Pandi built a hut under the mangosteen tree. It was small and very basic. The hut was not far from the village mosque according to Auntie Normah. Lately an UMNO big shot man took notice of his deplorable living condition and gave him RM10000 towards building a better house, Pak Pandi has to fork out another RM5000 for the house. I have searched google map, yes there is a place called Sungai Kerang in Perak, but not Pulau Kerang. Looking at this map, its probably on the peninsula across the river, and yes its technically an island, being surrounded by rivers. http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?q=sungai+kerang&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl Anyone want to add anything more?
          Pasir hitam dari Perut Bumi        



Pasir hitam dari Perut Bumi
SATU
Beberapa hari lalu Ahmad pergi ke pasaraya. Lalu di sapa oleh seorang anak muda lewat belasan tahun. “Apa khabar mu?”
“Baik, aku selamat dari gempa dan masih sihat.”
Sebelum ini jarang sekali dapat ketemu anak muda keturunan Kiwi yang mahu bertegur sapa. Masing masing dengan urusan kehidupan sendiri, sudah hilang perasaan prihatin terhadap manusia sekeliling. Mungkin satu kebaikan dari gempa ini ialah kembalinya semangat keprihatinan terhadap manusia sekeliling, semangat tolong menolong sesama manusia. Kesedaran bahawa nyawa itu berharga, tidak ternilai oleh harta benda.
“Apa pendapat mu tentang gempa bumi ini?” soal anak muda itu.
“Apa maksud mu?” soal Ahmad balik.
“Adakah kau seorang yang religious? Kalau kau percayakan Tuhan, bahawa Tuhan akan menyelamatkan semua kita yang percaya kepada Tuhan. God will save us.” sambung anak muda itu lagi, sambil meneguk air tin guarana.
“Ya aku seorang yang religious. Aku percaya Tuhan. Gempa bumi berlaku bila dua tectonic plates bertembung, lama kelamaan stress akan memuncak. Gempa bumi itu boleh diibaratkan sebagai kayu yang dilentur. Sampai satu ketika, kayu yang di lentur akan patah.”
Manusia di Barat berfahaman kebanyakannya berfahaman sekular, membezakan kepercayaan diri, dan urusan kehidupan harian. Mereka tidak faham bahawa sains adalah explanation, penerangan cara Allah melakukan sesuatu kejadian dengan kehendakNya. Sunnatullah.
DUA
2006, lima tahun lalu. Ahmad bekerja waktu malam di sebuah hotel 4 bintang di tengah kota. Tugasnya menjaga keselamatan hotel waktu lewat malam dan melayan keperluan penghuni hotel. Selalunya dia menyediakan makanan dan menghidang arak, selain memunggah beg beg pakaian. Di tengah kota terdapat berpuluh bar dan disko. Muda mudi mengunjungi bar dan disko dari petang sampai kepagi. Selalunya lepas tengah malam kebanyakan mereka sudah terlalu mabuk, lalu keluar ke jalan dan kaki lima melalak dan muntah. Kelakuan yang menjelekkan, apalagi kebanyakan yang melalak dan menyanyi perempuan muda belasan tahun yang berpakaian menjolok mata. Pada tahun tahun 2006 dan 2007, kebanyakan muda mudi yang mengunjungi bar dan disko itu adalah Kiwi dan segelintir keturunan Samoa dan Maori. Pernah sekali Ahmad terserempak dengan seorang pemudi Melayu di depan hotel, pemudi itu berseluar jeans dan T-shirt, dan bertudung. Agaknya dia keluar berjalan jalan dengan kawan kawan, pukul 1 pagi.
Suasana tengah kota pukul satu pagi seperti satu pesta arak. Muda mudi berpeleseran dalam keadaan mabuk. Kupu kupu malam berdiri di persimpangan jalan. Botol botol bir ditepi longkang. Pasangan bercumbuan di perosok tepi kedai, muda mudi kencing di lorong gelap tepi jalan.
Selepas 2007, salah sebuah negara Timur Tengah mula menghantar anak anak muda mereka ke Christchurch untuk belajar di institusi institusi pengajian tinggi. Anak anak muda ini masih awal dua puluhan tahun, mungkin baru pertama kali keluar kepompong keluarga. Mereka belajar Bahasa Inggeris, university foundation studies dan kemudian masuk ke university di Christchurch.
Waktu malam, terutama malam minggu, loghat Arab Timur Tengah banyak kedengaran di tengah kota. Ahmad selalu keluar ke perkarangan hotel, ramai pemuda pemuda Arab berjalan jalan, ada juga yang berpasangan dengan pemudi Kiwi. Disko dan bar menjadi tempat berkunjung pemuda pemuda Arab itu.
Pernah Ahmad melihat seorang pemuda Arab berpegang tangan dengan pemudi Kiwi di depan masjid pada satu tengahari Jumaat.
Semakin ramai pelajar dari Timur Tengah datang belajar di Christchurch. Beberapa peniaga Arab mula membuka kedai kedai kebab di kota. Imigran Hindi pula berniaga nasi basmati dan kari ayam butter chicken. Pelarian dari Afghanistan dan Somalia menjadi pengusaha teksi, mencari rezeki larut malam, menghantar pulang pemabuk waktu dinihari.
Hisham Al Zeiny dalam khutbah Jumaatnya pada minggu berlakunya gempa bumi itu berkata gempa dan musibah adalah peringatan Allah pada hambanya yang beriman. Jika musibah berlaku pada diri kita, itu adalah peringatan Allah pada kita seorang diri, tanda Allah sayang pada kita. Biarpun hanya tertusuk duri, itu adalah rahmat Tuhan, mungkin itu untuk menebus dosa kita. Setiap diri orang yang beriman itu ada tarafnya disisi Tuhan. Ingatlah, Tuhan hanya beri ujian pada hambaNya yang disayangi, dan tidak di beri ujian itu kalau kita tidak mampu melaluinya.
Tetapi apabila bencana dan musibah itu melanda sebuah kota, daerah atau negeri, itu tanda ada sesuatu kesalahan yang dilakukan oleh orang orang yang beriman di kota/negeri itu. Hisham Al Zeiny pernah berkhutbah selepas gempa September lalu, Tuhan mengingatkan kita di bulan Ramadan. Waktu itu hanya beberapa hari sebelum Eid ul Fitr. Belum pun enam bulan gempa berlaku lagi, kali ini banyak mengorbankan nyawa. Kata Hisham Al Zeiny, kalau ini amaran Tuhan yang lebih keras, amat buruklah padah kita bila hukuman Tuhan nanti sampai. Semoga inilah hukuman Tuhan pada kita.
Kita umat Islam di Christchurch lupa pada tugas kita, iaitu amal makruf nahi mungkar. Malah kita sama sama mencari rezeki dari kemungkaran orang kafir di sekeliling kita. Ada antara kita sama sama melakukan kemungkaran, dan mengikut ikut orang kafir. Biarlah orang kafir, jangan kita berkelakuan seperti mereka.
TIGA
Waktu gempa berlaku air dan pasir memancut keluar dari dalam tanah. Fenomena ini dipanggil liquefaction. Lagi lama dan besar gempa itu diukur dengan skala Richter lebih banyaklah air dan pasir akan memancut keluar dari tanah. Tetapi ini bergantung juga pada paras air bawah tanah, water table. Effect gempa bumi seperti hujan lebat seharian. Pasir itu bila kering dan ditiup angin kering musim panas akan berterbangan, alam sekeliling seperti dilanda ribut pasir, memedihkan mata dan mengganggu pernafasan. Kalau kita masukkan pasir, batu, tanah kedalam gelas atau baldi, kemudian penuhkan dengan air, kemudian goncang baldi itu seperti berlakunya gempa bumi, nescaya batu dan tanah akan bergerak dan memerlukan ruang yang lebih besar di dalam baldi itu. Maka air dan pasir pun menggelegak keatas. Liquefaction.
          Will wife-beater get a Get Out of Jail Free Card?         
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A scion of a prominent Mississippi oil family faces prison after pleading guilty to brutally beating his wife.  The Columbus Packet reported:

Almost four years after he brutally bashed his then-wife against a wall, splitting open her head, a wealthy Waynesboro, Miss., man could be going to prison.

Brian Clark pleaded guilty May 16 in Lowndes County Circuit Court to aggravated domestic assault. He will be sentenced Aug. 10 when Judge Jim Kitchens holds his motions day prior to the Aug. 21 start of the summer term of circuit court.

Być Rosjaninem – to wybór osobisty.


Denis Dragunskij opowiada o swoich refleksjach, jakie nasunęły mu się po zaproszeniu go do programu Aleksandra Archangielskogo pt. „Tymczasem”, nadawanego na kanale „Kultura”. Temat audycji – „Co to znaczy być Rosjaninem?”.


Jest to problem niezwykle interesujący i zaskakujący. Chociaż, oczywiście, spóźniony oraz rozpatrywany nie we właściwym czasie. Jednak przy tym wszystkim wciąż aktualny. Tak niekiedy bywa.

Fot.  http://www.chaskor.ru/article/byt_russkim_22113

Problem ten pojawił się w umysłach polityków i dziennikarzy po kolejnym zaostrzeniu stosunków międzynarodowych, to znaczy po mityngu na Placu Maneżowym. Rozpoczęło się kolejne etniczne rozgraniczenie. A dokładniej – rozgraniczenie etnicznych tożsamości.

Występują tu, z pewnością, pewne cykle. W Imperium Rosyjskim przynależność etniczna poddanych nie istniała. Głównymi kategoriami społeczno-ewidencyjnymi były stany i wyznania, etniczność występowała tylko w spisie. Nie znaczy to, że nie było świadomości etnicznej, rozgraniczenia i konfliktów międzyetnicznych: były, i to jeszcze jak! W Imperium Rosyjskim funkcjonowało nadzwyczaj skomplikowane „ustawodawstwo o obcych”, które stało w dokładnym przeciwieństwie do zwyczaju. Według zwyczaju, a więc wśród ludu, za obcych uważano praktycznie wszystkich nie-Rosjan w obiegowym sensie tego słowa. Tych, po których było to widać (Azjaci), o których było to wiadome (Polacy, Niemcy, Żydzi), a także w ogóle wszystkich, mówiących nie w języku wielkoruskim (podpadali pod tę kategorię nawet Ukraińcy, kiedy obstawali przy swojej narodowości). Jednak w sensie prawnym do obcych nie należeli ani Niemcy, ani Gruzini, ani Tatarzy, ani Polacy. Obcy tworzyli osobną „warstwę etniczną”, w skład której wchodziło 13 kategorii – od plemion tubylczych Syberii do Żydów. Słownik Brokgauza podaje: „Za wyjątkiem Żydów, oddzielna administracyjno-prawna sytuacja obcych warunkowana jest niskim poziomem ich obywatelskości, wskutek czego ciężary państwowe mogą być nakładane na nich wyłącznie stopniowo, a także osobliwym ustrojem ich życia. Zgodnie z wszystkimi tymi warunkami w sytuacji obcych daje się zauważyć znaczna gradacja: jedni z nich korzystają z pewnych przywilejów w kwestii płacenia podatków oraz służby wojskowej, ale w sytuacji relacji z innymi władze rosyjskie ograniczają się tylko do ściągania niektórych opłat i nadzoru nad ich samorządem”.

Proszę zwrócić uwagę: władzę Imperium Rosyjskiego (w połowie składające się z Kleinmichelów, Benkendorfów, Stűrmerów i Witte) nazywa się „władzą rosyjską”, choć prosty lud rosyjski zawsze uważał Niemca za obcego i częściowo krwiopijcę.

Dlatego słowo „rosyjski” (jak i słowo „obcy”) posiadało dwa znaczenia. Zwyczajowe oraz prawne. W sensie zwyczajowym oznaczało „Wielkorusa”, w prawnym – „należącego do Imperium Rosyjskiego” (rosyjski generał, rosyjski poddany, rosyjskie państwo).

Całemu rosyjskiemu, to znaczy już sowieckiemu, narodowi etniczność narzucona została w początkach lat 30. XX wieku w procesie wydawania dowodów osobistych. Etniczność (sowiecka „narodowość”) stała się ważną kategorią społeczno-ewidencyjną – cała konstrukcja ZSRR opierała się na sześciostopniowej hierarchii „narodów, narodowości, grup narodowych”. Zapis w dowodzie osobistym przetrwał mniej niż 70 lat (zmieniono go dekretem prezydenckim w 1997 roku), ale stał się bodaj jedynym realnym, bezspornym, zaświadczającym przez państwo rdzeniem etnicznej świadomości. Z tego powodu zatroskani kwestią narodową przedstawiciele niektórych ludów mocno przeciw niemu występowali. Sprawa dyskutowana była nawet w Sądzie Konstytucyjnym, lecz zwolennicy rubryki „narodowość” przegrali.

Można ich zrozumieć. W warunkach etnicznego rozgraniczenia potrzebne jest jakieś twarde kryterium. I oczywiście, problem pojawia się właśnie wśród dużych narodów, rozlegle zamieszkujących na olbrzymim terytorium. Wśród narodów z długą historią, potężną i zadziwiająco różnorodną kulturą. Wśród narodów, które całymi wiekami wciągały do siebie inne plemiona, wchodziły w związki z obcymi, same emigrowały oraz przyjmowały fale imigrantów. Kim jest Tofalar? To ten, którego tata jest Tofalarem i mama Tofalarką, to nie podlega żadnej dyskusji.

A kto to jest Rosjanin? Weźmy, na przykład, słynnego rosyjskiego administratora hrabię Edwarda Trofimowicza Baranowa, bliskiego przyjaciela imperatora Aleksandra II. Jego ojciec był hrabią Trofim-Johann von Baranow (tak!) z Estonii, a matka to Doroteja-Juliana Adlerberg. Zresztą, ojciec samego Aleksandra II był Rosjaninem w 1/16, a matka była Niemką. A zatem nawet zgodnie z najbardziej surowym prawem car rosyjski był Niemcem czystej krwi. Nie będziemy brać pod uwagę owej cząstki.

„No tak, oczywiście, - powiedzą, - arystokracja, a tym bardziej dom panujący! Tam zawsze były międzynarodowe małżeństwa. A prości Rosjanie – to zupełnie inne sprawa”.

Kwestia arystokracji jest słuszna. Ale w temacie prostego ludu także nic nie jest takie proste.

Z jednej strony, większość Rosjan żyła w swoich prowincjach. W XIX wieku około 90% Rosjan (a także Tatarów, Mordwinów i innych) rodziła się, żyła i umierała w granicach rodzinnego rejonu. To znaczy w rodzinnej wsi, w rodzinnym mieście. „Gdzie się urodził, tam się i przydał”. To w XX wieku rozpoczęły się prawdziwe masowe migracje i rozpowszechniły się małżeństwa mieszane, zwłaszcza w czasach sowieckich.

Z drugiej strony, prości ludzie, żyjąc w swoich rejonach, stopniowo mieszali się z miejscową ludnością pochodzenia niesłowiańskiego. W innym przypadku skąd wzięłaby się taka pstrokacizna narodu rosyjskiego, którą zauważono już w XIX wieku? Różnorodność konstytucji, kolorytu i formy oblicza Rosjan była na tyle duża, że nie wolno było mówić o jednym typie antropologicznym. I nieważne, czy to plemię ruskie zmieszało się z różnymi plemionami typu Mera, Weś i Czudź, czy to odwiecznie były odmienne plemiona, - tak czy inaczej, naród rosyjski był, można powiedzieć, niejednolity. Tak jak, zresztą, prawie wszystkie liczne narody, przez długi czas żyjące na rozległym terytorium w sąsiedztwie z innymi narodami.

A zatem mówić o „krwi” jest głupio w każdym przypadku. To nie ulega wątpliwości.

Ale jest i trzecia strona. Prosty lud rosyjski, mieszkający w XIX wieku na wsiach i w maleńkich miastach, był kiepsko związany z kulturą rosyjską. Występowała ona w dużych miastach, tam, gdzie żyło wielu Niemców i Francuzów. Oczywiście, nawet i ci najprostsi, ci całkowicie niepiśmienni ludzie też mieli swoją kulturę – tradycje, twórczość ludową. Ale to nie było to, co mamy na myśli, kiedy mówimy o kulturze rosyjskiej. Mamy na myśli Puszkina i Czajkowskiego, Czechowa i Serowa, a nie ludowe pieśni i obrzędy, przy całym szacunku i zainteresowaniu względem nich. Rosyjski język literacki także wypracowany został w dużych centrach kulturowych, dzięki pisarzom rosyjskim (przy całym szacunku i zainteresowaniu względem dialektów i gwar ludowych).

Z jakiego powodu wspominam o tych elementarnych kwestiach?

Często mówi się: Rosjanin – człowiek kultury rosyjskiej. A niekiedy jeszcze bardziej surowo: człowiek, który kocha i zna kulturę rosyjską oraz przekazuje ją swoim dzieciom. Brzmi miło, ale do niczego się nie nadaje. O jaką kulturę więc chodzi? O rosyjską kulturę ludową czy o wielką rosyjską literaturę? Zorientować się może w obu tych kulturach tylko niedawny absolwent filologicznego fakultetu - właśnie niedawny, póki jeszcze świeże są wspomnienia o egzaminach z folkloru i literatury. A jeśli mówić na serio, kulturowe określenie Rosjanina od razu odcina od rosyjskości wielomilionowe masy niewykształconych lub słabo wykształconych ludzi. Albo odwrotnie – odcina nosicieli kultury niskiej, których znowu nie jest tak mało – minimum jedna piąta narodu. To głupie i po prostu niedopuszczalne – nazwać nie-Rosjaninem wieśniaka, dlatego, że nie czytał „Braci Karamazow”, albo docenta z miasta, bo nie zna pieśni obrzędowych.

Często mówi się: Rosjanin to ten, kto łączy siebie i swoje życie z Rosją, z jej przeszłością i przyszłością. Brzmi wyniośle, ale też nie pasuje. Może odpowiada to w przypadku Szwecji czy Australii, albo jeszcze jakiegoś innego kraju, który nie przeżywał takich katastrofalnych rozbić i rozłamów, jak Rosja. W latach drugiej wojny światowej Johannes Becher napisał wiersz pt. „Ja – Niemiec”. Jego sens wyraża się w tym, iż prawdziwy Niemiec to ten Niemiec, który walczy z hitlerowskimi Niemcami. Mniej więcej taki właśnie okropny dylemat pojawił się przed Rosjanami w 1918 roku. Kto jest prawdziwym Rosjaninem – biały czy czerwony? Zjednoczenie Rosjan pod sztandarem nazizmu nie rozstrzygnęło tej kwestii, a tylko boleśnie odłożyło w czasie powzięcie decyzji; ona nie jest rozwiązana po dzień dzisiejszy. Nie będziemy porównywać Bunina i Szołochowa, to głupie. Albo Nabokowa i Koczetowa – to śmieszne. Ale przecież jasne jest, że nielojalność, czy wprost nienawiść do komunistów nie zrobiła z rosyjskich emigrantów pierwszej fali ludzi nierosyjskich. Co się tyczy mnie samego, to uważam, że jest dokładnie na odwrót: oni, oczywiście, są bardziej rosyjscy, aniżeli bolszewicka banda. Emigrantów z pozostałych fal także nie jestem skłonny wykreślać z liczby Rosjan. Tym bardziej, że oni sami siebie nie wykreślają. A zatem lojalność ojczyźnie oraz władzy rządzącej jest kryterium niezdatnym.

Pozostał tylko język rosyjski. Może Rosjanin to ten, kto mówi, pisze i myśli po rosyjsku? Niestety, to także nie podchodzi. Język, zwłaszcza po okresie sowieckim, nie może służyć jako niezawodny miernik. Istnieje bardzo dużo przedstawicieli byłych bratnich sowieckich narodów, którzy mówią w języku rosyjskim zdecydowanie lepiej, aniżeli w swoim języku ojczystym, ale przy tym nie uważają siebie za Rosjan. A także sami Rosjanie ich za takich nie uważają.

Oto i, à propos, właściwa zasada określenia jakiejkolwiek narodowości. „Uważam się” i „uważają mnie”, „ja siebie określam jako” i „uznają mnie za”.

Najprostsza sytuacja, kiedy tożsamość nie przeczy społecznemu uznaniu. „Jestem Rosjaninem”, - mówi ktoś. „Tak, jesteś Rosjaninem”, - odpowiada mu pewna grupa ludzi.

Ale możliwe są i inne sytuacje. Na przykład, człowiek uważa siebie za Rosjanina, ale jego za takiego nie uznają. Rosyjski Niemiec, na przykład, mówił w XIX wieku: „Jestem Rosjaninem i prawosławnym; dziad, okazuje się, był luteraninem i po niemiecku w ogóle nie mówił”.

Bywa (rzadko, ale zdarza się) sytuacja, kiedy człowiek mówi, że nie jest Rosjaninem (na przykład, Ukrainiec czy Białorusin), a odpowiadają mu: „Wszystko pokręciłeś! Przynależysz do jednej z gałęzi narodu rosyjskiego, a zatem w rzeczywistości jesteś Rosjaninem, i nie udawaj głupka”.

Kryterium „tożsamość – uznanie” jest dobre jako instrument badawczy, jednak całkowicie nieprzydatne dla codziennej praktyki politycznej. Dlatego uzasadnione jest pytanie – kim są sędziowie? Kim są ci ludzie, którym powierzono określenie cudzej tożsamości? I kto im to powierzył? Dyskusja nad tym zagadnieniem w żaden sposób nie przyczynia się do zgody międzynarodowej.

Z tego powodu pytanie „Co to znaczy być Rosjaninem?” w rzeczywistości jest pytaniem o coś innego. Tak naprawdę jest to pytanie o to, kto będzie decydował – kto Rosjanin, a kto nie bardzo. Jest to pytanie o władzę w sferze stosunków międzyetnicznych.

W ZSRR rozmieszczenie ludzi po względem narodowości (etniczności) było prerogatywą państwa. Dlatego, że państwo było narodowo-hierarchiczne, z powodu czego także i runęło. Później, w zgodzie z nowym ustrojem państwowym, etniczne samookreślenie stało się wreszcie osobistą sprawą obywateli. Zwrotu ku „narodom państwowym” nie przewiduje się, i chwała Bogu.

Być Rosjaninem – to osobisty wybór.

Każdy podtrzymuje swoją rosyjskość tak, jak może, jak umie, jak uważa za potrzebne. Jednemu w smak tradycje pogańskie, drugiemu – chrześcijańskie, trzeci bada swoją genealogię, a czwarty po prostu uważa siebie za Rosjanina i koniec gadania, i nie jest zobowiązany nikomu niczego udowadniać. Jest tylko jedno ograniczenie: nie wolno przeszkadzać innym ludziom uważać się za Rosjan i być Rosjanami tak, jak potrafią i jak tego chcą.

Autor: Denis Dragunskij.
Źródło: http://www.chaskor.ru/article/byt_russkim_22113 (wgląd: 6.07.2011).
Data publikacji: 3.02.2011.
          Da sam znao da ću pasti, ja bih seo (foliranje umesto utovara nedeljom za 20. novembar 2016.)        
Što jedan lud zapetlja, sto pametnih i šest miliona glasača ne mogu raspetljati. I tako, prošlo je baš mnogo dana, a ostalo baš malo slobodnog vremena da se bavimo svakodnevicom. O plaćanju mesečnih računa ne vredi pisati, o tome niko ne voli da ga podsećaju, televiziju nismo gledali nedeljama, a novine pogotovo nismo čitali, pa će neko pomisliti da smo dobro živeli. Pretekle su nam samo privatne teme, a to je i vlasno da ostane privatno, pa šta ćemo sad... Moraćemo da se snalazimo kako znamo i umemo. Moraćemo da se snalazimo kako znamo i umemo. Nastavite sa čitanjem >>
          Musona nets hat-trick, Uganda edge Cape Verde        
Knowledge Musona celebrates his goal Ghana returned to goalscoring form as they opened their 2019 African Nations Cup Group F qualification campaign on Sunday with a crushing 5-0 home success over Ethiopia in Kumasi. Debutant Raphael Dwamena, who played this past season in the Swiss second-tier with FC Zurich, bagged a second half brace after veteran forward Asamoah Gyan had given the home side the lead with his 50th national team goal. The Black Stars' other strikes came from Turkey-based defender John Boye and 21-year-old Ebenezer...
          New boys, Gyan help Black Stars to perfect start        
Kwesi Appiah's first game back in charge of Ghana ended in a perfect 5-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying victory against Ethiopia on Sunday. The scoreline told a story of dominance, but there was a lot more to it. The identity of the goalscorers told it's own story as well. It told a story of how the old and the new could provide the springboard for Appiah. The new boss put his seal on this squad by first leaving out established names like Agyemang Badu and Mubarak Wakasso, and his match line-up...
          Sonny Schmidt        

Name: Sonny Schmidt
Name on the birth record: Edmond Alten Schmidt
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Schmidt grew up on the small South Pacific island of Western Samoa. Eventually, he found his way to Australia, where he earned his pro card in 1989. He quickly distinguished himself on the IFBB circuit with his thick powerfully built musculature. The 5'10" 240-pound bodybuilder would compete in nearly 50 pro contests, his final appearance being the 1999 Masters Olympia, where he finished third. The highlight of his career was winning the '95 Masters O.
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1995 Grand Prix Spain 7th
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1995 Grand Prix Ukraine 7th
1995 Grand Prix England 7th
1995 Masters Olympia 1st
1995 Mr. Olympia 13th
1994 Grand Prix Italy 8th
1994 Mr. Olympia 10th
1994 Arnold Classic 10th
1994 Ironman Pro 6th
1994 Grand Prix France 10th
1994 Grand Prix England 11th
1994 Grand Prix Germany 8th
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1993 Mr. Olympia 8th
1992 Pittsburgh Pro 2nd
1991 Finnish Grand Prix 6th
1991 Swiss Grand Prix 5th
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1991 Spanish Grand Prix 3rd
1991 Italian Grand Prix 3rd
1991 Danish Grand Prix 2nd
1991 Night of Champions 2nd
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          Beckenbauer Track Top - Legend Ink        
Beckenbauer Track Top - Legend Ink

Beckenbauer Track Top - Legend Ink

Stylist Notes: Introduced in 1967, the iconic Beckenbauer was the first Adidas track suit to feature the 3-Stripes. Fifty years on and the demand for the Beckenbauer has never wavered. This Legend Ink model revives the classic silhouette of the original with some  modern twists. Featured as a slim fitting garment it consist of the famous stand-up collar, 3-Stripes down the sleeves and an embroidered linear Trefoil logo on the chest. Complete the look with a pair of retro trainers, such as the recent arrivals of the Samoas, and a pair of your favorite jeans. Product Features: Front zip pockets Full zip Stand-up collar Ribbed cuffs and hem Embroidered linear Trefoil logo on chest Inserted, engineered 3-Stripes on shoulders and sleeves Slim fit Supplier Code: BR2290 Materials: 52% cotton 48% polyester piqué


          Beckenbauer Track Top - Vivid Red        
Beckenbauer Track Top - Vivid Red

Beckenbauer Track Top - Vivid Red

Stylist Notes: Introduced in 1967, the iconic Beckenbauer was the first Adidas track suit to feature the 3-Stripes. Fifty years on and the demand for the Beckenbauer has never wavered. This vivid red model revives the classic silhouette of the original with some  modern twists. Featured as a slim fitting garment it consist of the famous stand-up collar, 3-Stripes down the sleeves and an embroidered linear Trefoil logo on the chest. Complete the look with a pair of retro trainers, such as the recent arrivals of the Samoas, and a pair of your favorite jeans.  Product Features: Front zip pockets Full zip Stand-up collar Ribbed cuffs and hem Embroidered linear Trefoil logo on chest Inserted, engineered 3-Stripes on shoulders and sleeves Slim fit Supplier Code: BR6995  Materials: 52% cotton 48% polyester piqué


          Blue Beckenbauer Track Jacket        
Blue Beckenbauer Track Jacket

Blue Beckenbauer Track Jacket

Stylist Notes: Introduced in 1967, the iconic Beckenbauer was the first Adidas track suit to feature the 3-Stripes. Fifty years on and the demand for the Beckenbauer has never wavered. This blue model revives the classic silhouette of the original with some  modern twists. Featured as a slim fitting garment it consist of the famous stand-up collar, 3-Stripes down the sleeves and an embroidered linear Trefoil logo on the chest. Complete the look with a pair of retro trainers, such as the recent arrivals of the Samoas, and a pair of your favourite jeans.  Product Features: Front zip pockets Full zip Stand-up collar Ribbed cuffs and hem Embroidered linear Trefoil logo on chest Inserted, engineered 3-Stripes on shoulders and sleeves Slim fit Supplier Code: CE1998  Materials: 52% cotton 48% polyester piqué


          Studencie, wynajmij bezpiecznie mieszkanie        
Zbliża się najbardziej gorący okres na rynku najmu studenckiego. Coraz więcej żaków rozgląda się za lokum na kolejny rok akademicki. Bez względu na doświadczenie w poszukiwaniu mieszkania, powinni zachować ostrożność by potem nie żałować. Home Broker przedstawia osiem zasad bezpiecznego wynajmu mieszkania studenckiego.


Choć od ponad 10 lat spada liczba studentów w Polsce, to 140,5 tys. (tylu było ich w roku akademickim 2015/2016) nadal jest sporą siłą na rynku nieruchomości, bo spora część żaków szuka stancji. Oczywiście najwięcej takich osób jest w Warszawie. Na samym Uniwersytecie Warszawskim kształci się niemal 45 tys. ludzi, a w całym mieście w roku akademickim 2015/2016 było 243 tys. żaków. Komu nie udało się dostać miejsca w akademiku, rozpoczyna mieszkaniowe łowy. Niedoświadczeni młodzi ludzie mogą paść ofiarami oszustów, warto więc poszukując mieszkania zachować ostrożność i stosować podstawowe zasady bezpieczeństwa.

1) Rzetelny pośrednik

Przeglądając ogłoszenia najmu mieszkania czy to pokoju często natrafiamy na anonse przygotowane przez pośrednika (jest to częstsze w przypadku całego mieszkania niż pojedynczego pokoju). Warto sprawdzić, z kim mamy do czynienia. Może ktoś znajomy korzystał z usług agenta? Czy pracuje on dla dużej firmy o ugruntowanej pozycji na rynku? Internet to kopalnia wiedzy, także na temat jakości usług świadczonych przez różnych ludzi i firmy, lecz pamiętajmy, że nie wszystkie muszą być obiektywne i prawdziwe.

2) Prowizja dla pośrednika

Dobry pośrednik nie powinien pobierać prowizji ani za udostępnienie adresu mieszkania czy kontaktu do właściciela, ani za pokazanie lokalu. Prowizja powinna być wypłacona dopiero po sfinalizowaniu transakcji i podpisaniu umowy. W międzyczasie pośrednik powinien pomóc przygotować dokumenty, dopilnować poprawności przeprowadzenia formalności itd. Standardowa prowizja dla pośrednika równa się miesięcznemu czynszowi, jednak warto negocjować.

3) Odpowiednia umowa najmu

Celem podpisywania umowy najmu jest zabezpieczenie interesów obu stron podpisujących ją. Dokument nie powinien być niesymetryczny i skupiać się na ochronie właściciela nieruchomości. Równie istotne są interesy najemcy. Dobrze skonstruowana umowa powinna precyzować obowiązki i prawa obu stron i dokładnie wskazywać granicę odpowiedzialności za koszty utrzymania nieruchomości. Przed podpisaniem dokument należy dokładnie przeczytać, a w razie pojawienia się wątpliwości w kwestii interpretacji jakichś zapisów – skonsultować z prawnikiem.

4) Czas trwania umowy

Czas trwania jest jednym z podstawowych parametrów umowy najmu. Generalnie są dwa rodzaje umów: na czas określony i nieokreślony, przy czym te drugie pojawiają się rzadko. Warto wiedzieć, iż co do zasady umowa na czas określony powinna trwać tyle, ile wpisano, a jej rozwiązanie jest możliwe tylko w sytuacjach wyszczególnionych w umowie. Warto więc zwrócić uwagę na jej zapisy: czy precyzuje ona przyczyny ewentualnego przedterminowego rozwiązania umowy? Jak wygląda okres wypowiedzenia?
Studenci zwykle podpisują umowy maksymalnie na rok, a powszechną praktyką jest okres 9-miesięczny, co umożliwia oszczędność pieniędzy w wakacje. A we wrześniu trzeba znaleźć nowe mieszkanie. Jeśli ktoś chce zostać w danym miejscu, to czasami umawia się na połowę opłaty na okres wakacyjny.

5) Kaucja zabezpieczająca

Powszechną praktyką rynkową jest, że przy podpisywaniu umowy właściciel nieruchomości pobiera kaucję zabezpieczającą na poczet ewentualnych kłopotów z płatnościami lub zniszczeń w mieszkaniu. Standardowo ma ona wysokość miesięcznego czynszu i informacja o niej powinna zostać wpisana do umowy. Po zakończeniu umowy kaucja wraca do najemcy, chyba że będą powody, by wynajmujący ją zatrzymał.

6) Protokół zdawczo-odbiorczy

Popularnym załącznikiem do umowy najmu jest protokół zdawczo-odbiorczy. To dokument, który szczegółowo opisuje stan nieruchomości oraz jej wyposażenia. Dobrze przygotowany protokół powinien przy zakończeniu umowy rozwiać wątpliwości co do tego, czy najemca oddaje lokal w odpowiednim stanie. Im bardziej szczegółowy będzie to dokument, tym lepiej. Warto także załączyć dokumentację zdjęciową, która w razie wątpliwości powinna pomóc je rozwiać.

7) Wiarygodny kontrahent

W każdej grupie społecznej znajdują się ludzie, którzy próbują nieuczciwych zagrań by zarobić więcej, nie inaczej jest na rynku najmu. Warto więc dołożyć wszelkich starań i nie dać się nabrać. Oszuści podają się czasami za właściciela nieruchomości nie będąc nim, stąd istotne jest, by zweryfikować, czy osoba, z którą rozmawiamy jest tym, za kogo się podaje oraz czy ma prawo do dysponowania nieruchomością. W tym celu można poprosić o zaprezentowanie dwóch dokumentów tożsamości oraz aktu notarialnego. Można także zajrzeć do księgi wieczystej mieszkania. Dla uczciwej osoby okazanie tych dokumentów nie będzie kłopotem.

8) W grupie taniej

Od wielu lat studenci próbują obniżyć koszty lokalowe poprzez wspólne wynajmowanie mieszkań. Zwykle najemcy są zaprzyjaźnieni lub co najmniej się znają, ale nie dziwią ogłoszenia „szukamy współlokatora”. Większa liczba osób to niższe koszty jednostkowe – to najprostsza możliwa matematyka. Trzeba jednak pamiętać, by taki krok był uzgodniony z  właścicielem mieszkania. Wielu z nich w umowie chce mieć zapisane, ile osób będzie mieszkać w lokalu, choćby po to, by zgłosić to do firmy odbierającej śmieci.
Istotną kwestią jest wówczas odpowiedzialność za mieszkanie i płacenie czynszu. Istnieją dwa rozwiązania: albo umowę podpisuje jedna osoba i to ona bierze na siebie wszystko, albo podpisy składają wszyscy i wówczas odpowiedzialność jest rozłożona.

Marcin Krasoń, Home Broker, marcin.krason@homebroker.pl
          Killing us softly         

A recent public outcry in China, sparked by a damning documentary about air pollution, was based on well-founded fear:

Of the 100 million people who viewed the film on the first day of its online release, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases, according to regional trends.* 

Worldwide, pollution kills twice as many people each year as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined,** but aid policy has consistently neglected it as a health risk, donors and experts say. 

Air pollution alone killed seven million people in 2012, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures released last year, most of them in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia Pacific region.*** 

In a self-critical report released late last month the World Bank acknowledged that it had treated air pollution as an afterthought, resulting in a dearth of analysis of the problem and spending on solutions. 

“We now need to step up our game and adopt a more comprehensive approach to fixing air quality,” the authors wrote in Clean Air and Healthy Lungs. “If left unaddressed, these problems are expected to grow worse over time, as the world continues to urbanise at an unprecedented and challenging speed.”

A second report released last month by several organisations – including the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, an international consortium of UN organisations, governments, development banks, NGOs and academics – also called for more funding towards reducing pollution. 

“Rich countries, multilateral agencies and organisations have forgotten the crippling impacts of pollution and fail to make it a priority in their foreign assistance,” the authors wrote. 

Housebound in China 

A dense haze obstructs visibility more often than not across China’s northern Hua Bei plain and two of its major river deltas. Less than one percent of the 500 largest cities in China meet WHO’s air quality guidelines. Anger over air pollution is a hot topic among China’s increasingly outspoken citizenry.  

“Half of the days in 2014, I had to confine my daughter to my home like a prisoner because the air quality in Beijing was so poor,” China’s well-known journalist Chai Jing said in Under the Dome, the independent documentary she released last month, which investigated the causes of China’s air pollution.

The film was shared on the Chinese social media portal Weibo more than 580,000 times before officials ordered websites to delete it. 

Beyond the silo

Traditionally left to environmental experts to tackle, the fight against pollution is increasingly recognised as requiring attention from health and development specialists too. 

“Air pollution is the top environmental health risk and among the top modifiable health risks in the world,” said Professor Michael Brauer, a public health expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada and a member of the scientific advisory panel for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a consortium of governments and the UN Environment Programme. “Air pollution has been under-funded and its health impacts under-appreciated.”

Pollution – especially outdoor or “ambient” air pollution – is also a major drag on economic performance and limits the opportunities of the poor, according to Ilmi Granoff, an environmental policy expert at the Overseas Development Institute, a London-based think tank. It causes premature death, illness, lost earnings and medical costs – all of which take their toll on both individual and national productivity.

“Donors need to get out of the siloed thinking of pollution as an environmental problem distinct from economic development and poverty reduction,” Granoff said. 

Pollution cleanup is indeed underfunded, he added, but pollution prevention is even more poorly prioritised: “It’s underfunded in much of the developed world, in aid, and in developing country priorities, so this isn’t just an aid problem.”

Mounting evidence 

Pollution kills in a variety of ways, according to relatively recent studies; air pollution is by far the most lethal form compared to soil and water pollution. 
 

Microscopic particulate matter (PM) suspended in polluted air is the chief culprit in these deaths: the smaller the particles’ size, the deeper they are able to penetrate into the lungs.  Particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (PM2.5) are small enough to reach the alveoli, the deepest part of the lungs, and to enter the blood stream.  

From there, PM2.5 causes inflammation and changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting processes - the precursors to fatal stroke and heart disease.  PM2.5 irritates and corrodes the alveoli, which impairs lung function - a major precursor to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also acts as a carcinogen.

Most research looks at long-term exposure to PM2.5 but even studies looking at the hours immediately following bursts of especially high ambient PM2.5 (in developed countries) show a corresponding spike in life-threatening heart attacks, heart arrhythmias and stroke.

Asia worst affected

The overwhelming majority - 70 percent - of global air pollution deaths occur in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions.  South Asia has eight of the top 10 and 33 of the top 50 cities with the worst PM concentrations in the world.  

 

WHO says a city’s average annual PM levels should be 20 micrograms per cubic meter.  But cities such as Karachi, Gaborone, and Delhi have yearly PM averages above 200 micrograms per cubic meter. 

The main source of PM2.5 in indoor air, or household air, is burning solid fuels for cooking and heating, using wood, coal, dung or crop leftovers - a common practice in rural areas of low and middle-income countries that lack electricity.  

Almost three billion people live this way, the majority in the densely populated Asia Pacific region: India and China each hold about one quarter of all people who rely on solid fuels. For these people, the daily average dose of PM2.5 is often in the hundreds of micrograms per cubic meter. 

Filling the gaps

Unlike many other health risks air pollution is very cost-effective to address, Brauer said. Analysis of air quality interventions in the US suggests a return on investment of up to $30 for every dollar spent. 

“We already know how to reduce these risks, as we have done exactly that in high income countries, so this is not a matter of searching for a cure - we know what works,” he said.

But the World Bank report said that unless it starts gathering better data on local air quality in LMICs, the amounts and sources of air pollution and the full gamut of its health impacts, “it is not possible to appropriately target interventions in a cost-effective manner.”

Granoff said there are also gaps in government capacity to monitor, regulate and enforce pollution policy. 

Beijing hopes to bring PM2.5 concentrations down to safe levels by 2030, and has said it will fine big polluters. 

The World Bank report said China is also charging all enterprises fees for the pollutants they discharge; establishing a nationwide PM2.5 monitoring network; instituting pollution control measures on motor vehicles; and controlling urban dust pollution.

But enforcing environmental protections has been a longstanding problem in China.

“Pollution policy will only succeed if citizens are aware of the harm, able to organise their concern [through advocacy campaigns], and have a responsive government that prioritises public welfare over the narrower interests of polluting sectors,” Granoff said. 

While more people die from household air pollution than from ambient air pollution, the latter – through vehicles, smokestacks and open burning – still accounted for 3.7 million deaths in 2012, according to the WHO. 

A change in the air

Kaye Patdu, an air quality expert at Clean Air Asia, a Manila-based think tank - and the secretariat for the UN-backed Clean Air Asia Partnership, comprising more than 250 government, civil, academic, business and development organisations - said the aid community is finally starting to recognise the importance of tackling air pollution.  

• Last year’s inaugural UN Environment Assembly adopted a resolution calling for strengthened action on air pollution.  
• WHO Member States are planning to adopt a resolution on health and air quality at the upcoming World Health Assembly in May. 
• The proposed Sustainable Development Goals, which will set the post-2015 international development agenda, address city air quality and air, soil and water pollution. 

None of the experts IRIN contacted could provide a breakdown of total aid spending on all forms of toxic pollution (air, water and soil pollution that is harmful to human health).  So IRIN asked each of the major global donors for their figures.  

Three responded.  

A back-of-envelope calculation of all reported spending on toxic pollution by USAID, the European Commission and the World Bank suggests that between them they committed about US$10 billion over 10 years. This does not include aid spending on the diseases that pollution causes. The World Bank’s spending figures eclipsed those of other the other donors. 

By very rough comparison, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, with half the death toll of air pollution, received $28 billion via public sector commitments to the Global Fund – the world’s largest financier of programs that tackle these diseases – over the same period, a fraction of total spending on these diseases. 

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*Based on WHO statistics for per capita mortality rates in the Western Pacific region in 2012. 

**The mortality figures for air pollution come from 2012 statistics and were released by WHO in 2014, while the figures for the infectious diseases come from 2013 statistics and were released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in 2014 (the Global Burden of Disease study).

***Includes deaths from both household air pollution (4.3 million) and ambient air pollution (3.7 million): the combined death toll is less than the sum of the parts because many people are exposed to both. 

For more: 

The relationship between household air pollution and disease

Ambient air pollution and the risk of acute ischemic stroke 

Cardiovascular effects of exposure to ambient air pollution 

Particulate air pollution and lung function  

Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and incidence of cerebrovascular events: Results from 11 European cohorts within the ESCAPE Project  

OECD's The Cost of Air Pollution report
 

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          Bağımsız Samoa Devleti’ni Geziyoruz        
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*** Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum *** On Friday night, Troy Polamalu hosted Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau at the Westin Convention Center to raise funds for two causes that are near and dear to his heart. The first is The Troy Polamalu Football Camp in his ancestral homeland of American Samoa

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          Armband samoan maori tattoo        

Simple black maori armband Traditional Samoan tattoo inked with a Maori design on the upper part of this man’s arm. The armband tat is inked in black. Armband samoan maori tattoo This armband tattoo is a good example of a traditional Samoan or Maori tattoo. The tattoos traditionally have a tribal appearance making use of... Read more »

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          Copyright Infringement: "Kofi Asamoah hijacked my film" - Tim Greene        
Greene also divulged that he has reached out to Asamoah but yet to receive copyright payments from him.
          Indie Treasures w24 (Jerry Folk, Lokatt, ƝѲⱤƮHҼⱤƝ ƮⱤѲⱣIϾ)        

This week, as every week, we have new stuff coming in for you. Turn it up and let the good times roll. More from Jerry Folk, new from Samoa, and tunes ...

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          Wayne Bennett names England squad to face Samoa in Australia        
ENGLAND Rugby League Head Coach Wayne Bennett has selected a 20-man squad for the Pacific Test match against Samoa at Campbelltown Stadium in Australia on Saturday, May 6.
          Wissen ist Macht – Die Insel        
Autorin: Sarah Setting: Samoa Clues: Tischlampe, Häkelnadel, Schlüsselanhänger, Lieblichkeit, Grunzen Dies ist ein Interludium zur Fortsetzungsgeschichte „Wissen ist Macht“,. Links zu den anderen Teilen findet ihr hier. „Charlene?“, flüsterte die ruhige Frauenstimme neben ihrem Ohr und der Schleier vor ihrem … Weiterlesen
                  
05/11/2016 La Sra. Karina y Esposo tomaron nuestro servicio para 120 personas en Pachacamac.
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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING OPUS DEI        
01/10/2016 Seminaristas del Opus Dei nos contrataron para su almuerzo. 50 invitados. 
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          CATERING EN CHACLACAYO SRA. KARLA NIETO        
SABADO 24/09/2016 atendimos 190 personas, el servicio incluyó pollo, chanchito al cilindro y picarones. 
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          CATERING CON JUAN CARLOS MUÑOZ        
02/09/2016 El Ingeniero Juan Carlos Muñoz festejó su cumpleaños con nosotros. 
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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING EN CAJA MILITAR POLICIAL        
VIERNES 17/06/2016 LA CAJA MILITAR POLICIAL AGASAJÓ A LOS TRABAJADORES POR EL DÍA DEL PADRE.
LLEVAMOS NUESTRO CHANCHITO AL CILINDRO Y NUESTRA DELICIOSA CARAPULCRA HECHA CON CHANCHITO AL CILINDRO. GRACIAS POR SU PREFERENCIA. 





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          POLLO LINDRO Y CONSTRUCTORA TORRE FUERTE        
SÁBADO 11 JUNIO 2016  EL INGENIERO ROJAS FESTEJÓ SU CUMPLEAÑOS.









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          CATERING POLLO LINDRO Y FAMILIA CHIRINOS        
07/05/2016  LA FAMILIA CHIRINOS , ASIDUOS CLIENTES DE NUESTRO RESTAURANTE NOS LLEVÓ A SU CASA EN CASUARINAS PARA SU FESTEJO DEL DIA DE LA MADRE.
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          CATERING EN ZARATE SRA. ALIANA FERNANDEZ        
30/04/2016 Sra. Aliana Fernadez festejó el cumpleaños de su esposo en Zarate. Atendimos 45 invitados a la cena. 











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          CATERING POLLO LINDRO Y CLINICA SOCORRO EN ATE        
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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING COLEGIO MI NUEVO PERU CIENEGUILLA        
17/04/2016 Un grupo de madres hizo Obra Social y regaló una cena romántica para los padres de familia del colegio Mi Nuevo Perú en Cieneguilla, atendimos 50 personas. Gracias Sra. Augusta Llorente.







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          CATERING POLLO LINDRO JNE CAFAE        
El sábado 16/04/2016 El personal del JNE CAFAE nos tomó por segunda vez para su evento deportivo. Atendimos 700 personas. Gracias Sra. María Elena Carrera. 

Atendimos 700 personas 
Chanchito al cilindro

Equipo Pollo Lindro
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Corte y pesaje
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          CATERING POLLO LINDRO Y CAJA MILITAR POLICIAL        
El 01/04/2016 Estuvimos en evento deportivo de la Caja Militar Policial. Atendimos 60 participantes. 
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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING CON COLEGIO VILLA TERESA XII PROMOCION 40 AÑOSPROMOCION ELISEO ESPILCO NAPAN        
20/02/2016 Mi promoción del colegio Villa Teresa festejó nuestros 40 años , lo celebramos a todo dar en El Sol de la Molina. 



PROMOCIÓN AÑO 2016
LOS MISMOS AÑO 1976 FIESTA DE PROMOCIÓN


LAS ENTRADAS

PLATO DE FONDO



POSTRECITO

GRACIAS SEÑORA BEATRIZ JARA

PRESENTACIÓN DE LA CASA



OTRA PREVIA

LOS INVITADOS



OTRA TOMA

TORTA HECHA POR BEATRIZ JARA CON INSIGNIA Y PLOMO ESCOLAR DE LA EPOCA 

PROMOCIÓN ELISEO ESPILCO NAPAN NUESTRO TUTOR

FIRMA DE LOS ASISTENTES

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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING CON ALEX DE LA CRUZ        
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          POLLO LINDRO CON SILVIA ZAPATA POR ANIVERSARIO        
Nuestra Linda amiga Silvia Zapata tomó nuestro servicio para celebrar su 5to aniversario. 
Gracias Silvia y Robert. 

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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING CON ABOGADOS Y CONSULTORES ASOCIADOS        
11/12/2015  Por 7ma vez el estudio Abogados y Consultores Asociados tomó nuestro servicio para su almuerzo de Navidad. Gracias Dra. Ana Ponce. 

Riquísimo Chanchito al Cilindro

Pollito al cilindro

Todo listo 

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          POLLO LINDRO CATERING EN SURCO CON JOAO PACHECO        
07/12/2015 El doctor Joao Pacheco celebró su cumpleaños con 50 invitados 
Estuvimos allí sirviendo la cena. 
Gracias Joao, por tercera vez te servimos. 

A COMER
TODO LISTO



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01/12/2015   Por segunda vez en el año, la primera para día del trabajo, Eventos Tanpuwasi tomó nuestro servicio para agasajar a su personal. Atendimos a 109 invitados. 

Mesa lista
Momentos previos


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          AHORA TAMBIEN "CHANCHO AL PALO" CATERING        
AHORA, También damos servicio de Catering para Chancho al Palo. Con la calidad, higiene y garantía de Pollo Lindro. 
Lo acompañamos con una rica guarnición de arroz con Carapulcra. 
Vamos a su sitio unas 4 horas antes del evento, allí mismo preparamos y el resultado en un Rico Chancho al Palo con piel crocante. 
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          CATERING A PROFIT INVERSIONES        
El 24/10/2015 Profit Inversiones SAC tomó nuestro servicio para agasajar a su personal por el día de Constructor Civil. 
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          CATERING IGLESIA ALIANZA CRISTIANA DE MIRAFLORES        
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          Long Talking Bad Conditions Illinois Blues: A Report on &Now, A Festival of Innovative Writing and Art        
by
Ted Pelton
2006-11-03

I been to Chicago and I been to Detroit
But I never had a good time till I got up in Illinois

- Skip James, “Illinois Blues”

Chicago Self-Portrait

You are watching me, runny nose and throbbing headache, wheel an 80-lb. suitcase (for which United Airlines charged me a $25 overweight fee on the flight from Buffalo - still cheaper and more trustworthy than shipping) down Halsted Avenue in Chicago on a brisk sunny April Tuesday morning. The suitcase is freighted with books, and the books freighted with just about every spare moment I’ve had from my college teaching job for the last five years. Others write them, but I (with a small number of trusted associatesAs of August, 2006, these associates include Geoffrey Gatza, Florine Melnyk, Ed Taylor, and Kevin Thurston.) do just about everything else - editorial, layout, design, proofreading, working with printers, advertising, marketing, and, here, selling. This is not the picture I had in my mind of what an English professor does when I began a PhD program twenty years ago. (Jesus, twenty years ago?) It’s not that I didn’t think of English professors involving themselves in the making of new literature, even the production of new literature. I attended programs and studied with professors for whom small press writing was the only new American writing worth troubling with - and now here I am. I just always imagined I’d have grad students to do the actual shlepping around.

I am Dr. Ted Pelton, founder and Executive Director of Starcherone Books, a 501(c)(3) organization that utilizes publishing to fulfill its educational objectives of increasing awareness and appreciation of the avant-garde and innovative fiction that mainstream presses no longer have much interest in publishing, if they ever did. Later in the day I will speaking to a room full of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Illinois-Chicago before heading on the next day to the &Now Conference at Lake Forest College, a half-hour North of the city. When I tell the assembly today about small press publishing, the images in my listeners’ minds will have to do with piles of manuscripts, desktop publishing programs, and the like. No one will ask about luggage. It’s just as well.

This trip is the third of four with Starcherone this Spring: Tallahassee and Austin done, Boulder to come. I caught the cold ten days ago on a flight back from New York where I had read from my own new novel to an audience of 5 people, one of whom was Tod Thilleman, publisher of Spuyten Duyvil Books, another Nava Renek, an SD author, and a third was the woman waiting to close up the place when we were finished. When I later today appear on a panel with Gina Frangello, founder/publisher of Other Voices Books, she will do me two better, delivering her talk with strep throat and having recently given birth. Making literature today is hard work, but small press publishers are headstrong stock, daunted neither by hardship or illness in their self-styled fight against corporate sameness.

That last is a rather nice reportage journalism sentence, don’t you think?

Other Voices

Mike Neuwirth of Bridge Magazine and Michael Leary of Flood Editions are the other panelists with Gina and I in a sixth floor multipurpose room in one of the towers that make up the University of Illinois campus. All of us do slightly different things. Bridge went from a journal-styled paperback format a couple of years ago to its current newsprint magazine format with a circulation of 30,000. They are the most mainstream presence on our panel, seemingly with a “real people” audience rather than this crowd’s usual specializations and art ambitions - Neuwirth freely banters about the types of issues one would see in Publisher’s Weekly, while nonetheless trumpeting small press successes. The question of audience is a significant one in the small press world. Some see their roles as working to create art, with a select initial audience and the hope more will catch on, but nonetheless assuming the traditional avant-gardist’s approach that the work comes first, and good work will attract good readers. Others say that the literary establishment has grown so petrified and risk-averse that it can no longer even tell the central stories of our time. These presses seek to be popular, perhaps even to “catch on.” But as a result, such publications may select material away from the harder edge experimental work of the moment, work which is likely to turn off the typical reader looking for a breezier experience with his or her reading material. We are all caught somewhere between these two poles because it is hard to sustain any American enterprise without engagement with free enterprise, with all its attendant mercantile assumptions. You don’t choose one or the other, but you are always conscious of both, however you choose to manuever.

(It’s a problem not only limited to fiction. I am reminded of this music example: while no one would argue the Beatles weren’t good, one still laughs when Mark E. Smith of The Fall declaims of them and post-Beatles commercial groups: “All the English groups/Act like peasants with free milk/On a route/On a route to the loot/To candy mountain/Five wacky English proletariat idiots.”)

Anyway, Mike Neuwirth tells a story about Joe Meno, a Chicago author I haven’t heard of (which in itself doesn’t mean much, there being many different worlds within the so-called small press world). It’s the kind of story small pressers love to hear and tell: how Meno published two books with big Harper-Collins but it was only when he did his third book with Akashic that the books started to sell, thanks to the individual attention given to authors and their titles by small presses. But then Akashic, from where I sit, is practically a mainstream press. Yes, they’re so-called indie, but, with an alternative pedigree more descended from the successes of Pearl Jam than Oulipo, they’re the type of New York indie alt-press media darlings an establishment scene - Publisher’s Weekly, The Nation, the Association of American Publishers - understands and is more likely to embrace; in other words, they are culturally but not necessarily formally progressive, and accepting of and positioned to succeed within a certain engagement with free enterprise. Meno’s book in question is called Hairstyles of the Damned: you get the picture. No, they’re not the enemy. Yes, maybe I am just jealous.

On the other end of the spectrum is Michael O’Leary of Flood Editions, purveyors of beautifully designed, high-minded poetry by the likes of Graham Foust, Lisa Jarnot, Pam Rehm, Ronald Johnson, and other avant-garde heroes, many from my own Buffalo, dear Beat poetry-mad Buffalo, a city where you can draw three hundred people to the 80th birthday party of Robert Creeley a year after he’s been dead and two years after he moved to Rhode Island. O’Leary is quiet in the brouhaha that follows, being a poetry guy and thus seeing widespread popularity as something other people think about, fiction people, or students in creative writing programs who still imagine they will have audiences, who haven’t yet been trampled on by the invisible stampedes of neglect. “All writers feel neglected,” Ronald Sukenick (postmodern hero novelist/Fiction Collective co-founder/American Book Review publisher) once said in a workshop class I took and I have quoted it often, having grown up in an age where I feel those wounds as acutely as he did. Like earlier today, stumbling down the avenue with heavy bag and headcold. Or when I will pay the airline the excess baggage fee again on the way back, bringing home most of my books from the road.

“The brouhaha that follows” … well, not exactly a brouhaha, but Mike Neuwirth takes issue with my statement that the average fiction title in the United States sells only about 300 copies, my point being that ALL new fiction publishing, even the divisions of Murdoch and Bertlesmann with their many imprints and stacks of tomes in Borders and Barnes & Noble, is dying, and if they’re only selling 300 copies, hell, I can do that. And this statistic is what Cris Mazza (my host, novelist, short-story writer, UIC fiction prof) tells me her students (fearful perhaps their parents were right - there truly is nothing in this “art thing”) most buzz about after the fact, so when I return home I try to substantiate this figure - God I wish I had been a good scholar and written down where this stat came from, publishers being so guarded about sales figures (as opposed to “print runs,” which they love to release and ballyhoo).The small presses, without the establishment resources at their command, must generally rely on anecdotal information regarding others’ sales. Here, for instance, is an excerpt from an email I received yesterday from one of our new authors: “I had a long chat with J. [an agent] not long ago in which he told me about a certain young, fairly-well-hyped writer of literary fiction who had a book on McSweeney’s and whose next book came out this spring on a big NY house; this latter book got a good amount of attention from literary blogs when it was released. J. had lunch with the book’s editor a while back, who told him that the book has sold 80 copies…” One of the reasons, of course, that sales of individual fiction titles are so poor is that the current paradigm for corporate publishers is to keep new books available for only 3-6 months and if they don’t sell in that time, publishers remainder them and move on. Thus they provide a potential edge for small presses which generally keep books available for longer terms or even perpetually. I like to quote Emerson against this mainstream publishing trend, indicating that the way literature actually works isn’t in keeping with mainstream corporate publishing assumptions: “Never read any book that is not a year old.” But when I return home I do find this statement on the net: 93% of fiction published in the US for which ISBNs were provided (thus not counting chapbooks or micro-press books) sell fewer than 1000 copies, according to a presenter at the Nielsen BookScan-sponsored Book Summit 2005, and this 93% of titles accounts for 13% of sales. Publishing is sort of like wealth today in America: the few are consolidating their power, making a very few people/titles mega-rich and saying to the rest of us and what was formerly called Our National Literature, go fuck yourself.For the purposes of this article I tried to find out how much BookScan charges for their sales tabulation information. An email query led to a salesperson who, four emails later, would not quote me a figure unless I agreed to set up a demo of the service and start a contract. Many aspects of the publishing industry similarly structure access through financial hurdles. All US ISBN numbers, the way one is entered into the national bookselling marketplace, are controlled by a single company, R. R. Bowker. Bowker sells 10 ISBNs at $27 each, 100 ISBNs at $9.15 each, or 10,000 at 34¢ each. Being a small press is something like having to purchase your start-up office furniture exclusively at the price-gouging rates of Rent-to-Own. When I was a PhD student, I worked on Herman Melville, perhaps this country’s greatest novelist but a weirdo in his own time, to be sure, whom some contemporary reviewers feared had gone insane (especially after he wrote Pierre) and who was no great friend of the publishing industry of his own moment. But here is my point: would a situation whereby D. H. Lawrence, in 1920, nearly three decades after Melville’s death, discovered Mardi, Omoo, and Moby-Dick, be possible today? Such a scenario only exists if the books get printed to begin with. And if this printing happens, which publishers are the ones most likely to make this possible? Ones whose responsibility is first to literature or those whose responsibility is first to their corporate parents? Who is likely to publish a novel today for whom there is little or no contemporary audience, but which might one day be discovered, in the context of a survey work on classic American Literature, in the year 2045? If there is, on the shoulders of contemporary small publishers, a need to give voice to the culturally marginalized, á la Akashic, there is also a need to give venues to “new compositions in the arts,” as Gertrude Stein called them when she said that such works “were outlaws right up until the moment they were considered classics, with hardly a moment in between.”

In Chicago, my own press has the most affinity with Gina Frangello and Other Voices which began as a literary magazine and now scrapes together funds to put out one short fiction collection a year, determined by an annual contest with the first winner being Tod Goldberg’s Simplify. Of greater interest to me, though (judging books by their covers), is Frangello’s own book, My Sister’s Continent, a complex and challenging-looking (compliments in my vocabulary) novel based on Freud’s Dora case, published by Chiasmus Press. Chiasmus’s publisher Lidia Yuknavitch is prevented from joining the panel from her home in Portland, Oregon, but her statement, read aloud to the gathering by OV Editor Marina Lewis, says Chiasmus was founded to resist the corporatization of literature, and to publish new work she believes in which isn’t finding venues elsewhere. No mention of sales or profits. That, I nod, is what it is all about. Other voices.

What helps fiction sales - blogs, readings, reviews? What do you think of print-on-demand? Do writers who want to get published realize that they have a duty as well to support the small press economy? Will we be able to withstand the pressures of a society that is increasingly anti-reading? Do we have to increase numbers or is it possible to exist in hundreds of separate fiefdoms of audiences which share and communicate with each other and remain viable without appeasing the monster of expansion, the ineluctable direction of capitalism, always urging bigger, wider, more massive? But if that is not what literature is, should we admit and stake our claim on the proposition that literature and the expansive designs structured by capitalism are inversely proportional?

Questions fill the room. I haven’t even gotten to Lake Forest yet.

Fabulous Wealth

And now, through the magic of editing, I am in Lake Forest, an opulent Northern burb. The streets between downtown Lake Forest, the college a mile in one direction and the conference center a mile in another, are not lined with streetlights because the owners of the fabulous mansions in these environs don’t want people walking around in their neighborhoods at night. Walk, dear? I won’t hear of it. If you have anyplace you absolutely have to get to, just take the Mercedes. Or better yet, have Juan drive you. Strange place for a gathering of visiting art freaks, music-mixers, post-metafictionists, hybrid fusionists, pomo parodists, indie pirates, and the like - and so say all the visiting art freaks, music mixers, post-metafictionists, hybrid fusionists, pomo parodists, indie pirates, and the like to each other upon their arrivals here, preparing to take stock of our own glorious wealth.

William Gass

I have never finished a book by William Gass. He goes on too long for me - and yes, I am aware of this contradiction, in that I said above how much I liked the difficult in writing. Call it a matter of taste. Wait, no, I did finish On Being Blue, the one book of his in which he seemed to momentarily allow himself slenderness of expression. Beautiful book, that. I did also like “In the Heart of the Heart of the Country,” his long story in the same-named collection. In any case, William Gass becomes the hero of my first afternoon at &Now in an opening panel that also features the not inconsiderable talents of Shelley Jackson and Nambi Kelley (more of each anon). Gass in person is remarkable: 80 years old, hale, lucid, wispy white bowl haircut, dark-rimmed round glasses, wise sad eyes and wry playfulness causing him to resemble an emissary from another age - Buster Keaton as an emeritus professor. His remarks indicate that he himself regards his presence as a visitation from elsewhere: the avant-garde of our fathers and grandfathers. He tells us of the differences between our lands: then, there was something more of a cohesion between different artists; now, there are more types of art and media available for expression, diffusion, multiplicity.

Shelley Jackson is next. It is my first exposure to her work, though I am aware of at least one of her projects, a story in which the words were tattooed on the skin of volunteers, a living work that at the same time is impossible to receive except in fragments. Shelley is striking to look at, any place one looks. On her own inside wrist is tattooed “SKIN,” appropriately. Her hair is the color of fire - not a uniform color, that is, but composed of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Yet, despite her formidable visual presentation, she begins to speak somewhat waveringly, reassuringly to some degree: she’s nervous. Her work, she says, seeks to position itself against a fairly complacent contemporary writing world which she finds “dedicated to an illusory image of its own purity.” One anti-literary project was the tattoos; another is her creation of what she calls “The Interstitial Library,” a theoretical project in the spirit of Blanchot’s and Roland Barthes’s similar conceits about bodies of text around and beyond us at all moments. Jackson and her collaborator, Christine Hill, imagine a library that exists in the interstices between presently existing books in the world’s physical and virtual libraries. As Jackson is equally an artist and a writer, as well as a skilled web designer, the library grounds itself in the actuality of a website. But from there it goes out again into the imaginary, as both regards works and their possible existences: “Its vast holdings are dispersed throughout private collections, used bookstores, other libraries, thrift stores, garbage dumps, attics, garages, hollow trees, sunken ships, the bottom desk-drawers of writers, the imaginations of non-writers, the pages of other books, the possible future, and the inaccessible past.”

Nambi Kelley is last. As befits an artist who does a great of her work around the world in acting workshops intended to foster, as she puts it, “global communities,” Nambi Kelley refuses to allow us to remain seated, academic-style, in this conference room. A slender, small-framed woman in fingerless knit gloves and a ball of twisted braids atop her head, she asks first what African-American playwrights we are familiar with; she is featured herself in a current L.A. production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Her presence here has theatricality - she stands and speaks, her hands dance in the air. She throws an object into the crowd - make up a story, she instructs, throw it to someone else. The game ends too early - I mean, in this room we could do it all day. But the point is made - in a world where manufacturers tell us art is this or that outside ourselves, we should not forget this basic essence of expression. Duh … people!

William Gass now has his heroic moment, fielding a question from the crowd meant to trip us up: Aren’t you just saying what everybody says? In the corporate boardrooms of America, aren’t they just figuring out ways to make it new? Aren’t we all always already homogenized? Haven’t they taken away our language, those geniuses of capitalism, haven’t they rendered us impotent, anything we might say here only sounding the same as what we’re always being told and sold? Gass is not to be so easily dismissed, and indeed he turns the tables, calmly, serenely. Any derision I give his response here is my own, because Gass himself stays above anger, indignation, resentment. Dear boy, he says to the questioner, They only do that in the attempt to sell us products. Don’t mistake the language they steal from us as anything but new bottles into which they serve their old wine. Oh, but he’s so much more articulate, refined, cool, and cutting, leaving the room still with wonder. I get too involved in the emotion of the moment to record for posterity his actual words. I am too much the foot soldier to remember to be the scribe.

My Problems

Which becomes my problem over the next few days. I participate, and only as an afterthought restore myself to the position of feigned-objective observer. It also becomes clear to me, when on the last day I hear people talking about the electronic music and video presentations they’ve witnessed here, that I attend a different festival than a lot of the others. I attend events concurrent with other events, and can only be that one person I am; I ignore too much, fail to witness too much, don’t take account of all I am involved in, and it slips past me, leaving me with only these few sad notes, so much less than what is actually occurring. Sticking close to fiction on both days, among the concurrent sessions I miss are those engaging literature and multimedia, performance poetry, experimental film, mathematically engendered writing by women, and a host of other media, operations, and art-form combinations.

My apologies to all those who were at &Now and don’t appear in this account, either because I didn’t attend your session, took poor notes, or couldn’t fit you into the final article. I should have been a better chronicler than I am. A team of chroniclers!

The Dead

It’s a fallacy that the dead live in the distant past, Shelley Jackson tells us from the podium that evening, star of the first plenary. Some are from only a minute ago. I love the performance that follows - Jackson reading from a text that brings together the website we see projected above her, also of her own design, her work in progress, The Shelley Jackson Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing Mouth Children. The site’s url is now lost to me, but this is what I recall seeing: an official seal such as one might find gracing an old brick-and-mortar academic hall, one that introduces the visitor to a school devoted to capturing the voices of the dead as miniature physical objects rendered in wax, objects which have also been sculpted by Jackson who works simultaneously as author, artist, and web designer. The objects themselves, or the images of them that we see, are haunting in their echoes of our dream-images of the unseeable, conditioned by 19th-century spirit photography and similar to paranormal explorations that pseudo-sciences have engaged in over the centuries; this sense is reinforced by Jackson’s schematic drawings of bodies and inventions used in the refinement of sound-objects generated by the dead, rendered in effective imitative detail. Her imaginations are bodied forth in very convincing craftspersonship.

Jackson also engages a rich paradox in the life of the avant-garde artist: the artist looks forward, toward creating the new, but the very act of being an artist puts one in an irresistible dialogue with the dead - at least partly because many of our resources are given us by those who have passed from the living world: “Everything you know about yourself,” reads Jackson, “is by-gone. You are your own ghost.” Why should we not also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Because we speak their languages; since we may well be animated by them, what could we recognize purely as our own? In the style of the channeler of the paranormal, Jackson then proceeds to lead the auditorium in an exercise whereby we allow the dead to speak through us. We are instructed to relax, let the sound come from deep in the throat, etc., and in the dimmed room we begin to hear others and ourselves intone strange moans from some other place. And/or, we play along, and in the front of the room Jackson can hardly keep from laughing at our successful channelings. The power of Jackson’s work is in its ability to engage its audience’s sense of play with the daunting, tantalizing unknown. She is a significant artist whose work breaks boundaries in the received conceptions of the separability of writing, art, and electronic media, without losing sight of the interests of literature. This is how new literature is made.More of Jackson’s work can be seen at http://www.ineradicablestain.com.

To be fair, given my anti-corporate screed above: Jackson’s new novel, her first, Half-Life, is out this month from HarperCollins, and obviously I do not consider this an example of bad corporate publishing. Jackson, like Ben Marcus, is an example of a significant contemporary literary artist who is supported by the commercial publishing industry. But then again, they may also be exceptions that prove the rule.

Magnified Section

I attend a panel the next morning scheduled for 9:30 but I get in a few moments after it has started, having set up my table and tried to construct a means by which, as unlikely and unsuccessful an endeavor as it sounds, customers might leave money for Starcherone books while I am off galavanting elsewhere. My book table is flanked on the right by the Brooklyn crew from Spuyten Duyvil and on my left by the terrific array of poetic objects produced by Miekal And, Maria Damon, and associates (an incidental note: it is very hard to effectively google a man with the last name “And”), including one I pick up for purchase: a 1992 Xexoxial Editions compilation entitled Magnified Section. This book features work by, among others, Critical Art Ensemble, a group with one member, Steve Kurtz, currently enmeshed in legal difficulties, with charges filed against him by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security Joint Terrorism Task Force for illegally trading in biological substances that actually are legal for trade, a prosecution that is widely seen in the artistic community as ideologically based.For more information see the CAE official website. In short, Magnified Section is one of those great publications one can only find done by a micro-press: simultaneous art object and slapdash, cheap material production but gloriously beautiful, with an orange and yellow splattered cover resembling those 60s abstract films with projected light through blood or paint blotches. Inside, a kind of anarchist aesthetic of xeroxes, early computer graphics, found art, and fake slogans: “God for Bid,” “Antigens and Contagions,” “Driftless Permaculture,” etc. The entirety seems to come not from New York (though some contributors are evidently headquartered there, but from odd places like LaFarge, Wisconsin, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Art, poetry, social document of who knows what, all in one. Wild.

My morning running like a sentence I can’t find the end of, I enter late a room where Ralph Berry, Director of FC2 and Professor of English at Florida State University, is already giving his paper.

Berry is one of my heroes in the small press publishing world. Over the years, FC2 has published, in its current imprint or as Fiction Collective/Black Ice Books (two other names by which it has gone the past 30 years), many of the greats of a strand of innovative fiction almost completely ignored by commercial publishers: Raymond Federman, Ronald Sukenick, Ursule Molinaro, Gerald Vizenor, Marianne Hauser, Harold Jaffe, and many others. Yet despite its long and critically respected history, FC/FC2 has, particularly in the last decade, gone nearly invisible in the mainstream literary world. So woeful has this neglect become that perhaps the best and most significant aspect of Ben Marcus’s attack on Jonathan Franzen in Harper’s (with which I was in general agreement) was that a mainstream glossy New York magazine was finally forced to print the name FC2, which Marcus mentioned in passing in the article. Despite Harper’s styling itself a culturally progressive magazine, I can’t recall ever seeing them acknowledge the literary margins before (I do recall one, but only one, instance in The New Yorker). Berry himself is a Southern Gentleman of the type I never knew existed, or would have thought had long since ceased to exist (growing up in suburban New York teleculture Hee Haw and the Klan were my predominant images of Dixie); Berry is passionately committed to art, entirely open in his intellectual conversation, yet soft-spoken, dignified, and polite to a fault. I pick up some of the thread of his argument: he is discussing the role of the fraudulent in art, given the potential for the relativity of interpretation since Duchamp, Cage, and others made the very nature of artistic craft problematic. He then transitions into discussing art that produces its own theory as it produces itself, citing the FC2 book, Blue Guide to Indiana by Michael Martone, as a case in point. This faux-travel guide, a formal pastiche of the actual Blue Guide series of travel guides, locates its subject where all Martone’s work locates itself, in Indiana, or rather under the linguistic sign “Indiana.” Berry points out that Martone’s is not so much a “fiction about Indiana” as “a real travel guide to a not-yet-existent Indiana.” I have heard Berry say elsewhere (and perhaps he has said it in the part of the talk I missed) that such fictive gaming is not, as would perhaps appear to the uninitiated, an end in itself, but a means by which we are led to reflect on the fictive operations all around us. After all, stories of any kind come to us through processes of digestion, selection, characterization, and, at their most insidious extremes, spins and the deliberate constructions of organs of official sense-making: governments, the press, etc.

Suspicions of how discourse constructs contemporary accepted realities and the ways in which novels work to reveal these processes becomes a shared contention of all three talks. Brian Evenson, fiction writer, translator, and Chair of the Literary Arts Program at Brown, is next, speaking of the difficulties of defining the novel genre. In one sense, the question of what a novel is, he says, already has an answer in the forming of that question: a novel is that which looks like a novel. But a novel may also, as Bakhtin wrote many decades ago, be any text which exhibits heteroglossia, language in all its variations. The novel, said Bahktin, was the form that made itself most welcome to the inclusion of various discourses (Martone or Jackson are certainly examples, though of course the latter employs fictive-based media forms rather than what one would typically say pertain to a “novel”) and positions itself against monologism, “a false, single view of the world.” While Evenson notes Bakhtin has his problems - he left unexamined his valuing of the novel among other genres, as well as his devaluing of poetry - his construction of what is novelistic remains compelling. The work of defining genre, nevertheless, is always a continual one, with finer and finer distinctions coming into play. In a sense, purporting to be a science, it is finally a pseudoscience whose classifications are ultimately always problematic. Evenson closes by citing a contemporary example of a hard-to-classify but nevertheless successful novel, Patrik Ouredník’s Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century. Constructed with “metahistorical but undifferentiated information,” Ouredník’s book utilizes actual (and in some cases somewhat fanciful) history to create a seemingly unreal picture of the world of the previous century. His work is a type of making strange that is different from the recent fictional trend of looking at the world from a slightly futuristic point in time by destabilizing or re-fixing the past from our own moment in time; such destabilization happens with the help of a discursive strategy that is not precisely history because its selection of details includes those that would not be included typically in a history:

The Americans who fell at Normandy in 1944 were sturdy young men and they measured an average of 173 cm tall, and if they were laid one after another, with the soles of their feet to the crowns of their heads, together they would measure 38 kilometers. The Germans were also sturdy young men, and the sturdiest of all were the Senegalese riflemen in World War One. They measured 176 cm, and so they were sent into the front ranks to scare the Germans. It was said that in World War One people fell like seeds, and later the Russian Communists calculated how much fertilizer a kilometer of corpses would yield, and how much they could save on expensive foreign fertilizer if they used the corpses of traitors and criminals. (qtd. in Bolton)

Steve Tomasula, who teaches at Notre Dame and, like Evenson, is both an FC2 author and a college professor, picks up the thread of the novelistic in presumably stable discourse by choosing as his subject Alan Sokal’s infamous fraudulent essay on quantum gravity in Social Text; in Sokal’s own words, “a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations, and outright nonsense … structured around the silliest quotations I could find about mathematics and physics.” Sokal’s intent was to argue the limits of postmodern theories of the instability of signification; he wished to reaffirm the facthood of at least an aspect of scientific truth beyond the alleged instability of signification systems which reify or describe such truths. To Tomasula, Sokal’s linguistic experiment shows the opposite of what he intended: “Frauds in scientific journals show us that there is at least as much desire … as anything else in the selection of articles” purporting truth claims, and such desires are the inescapable condition of interpretation. There is no outside to this postmodern formulation of the conditions of knowledge-gathering, which Tomasula delivers succinctly in four propositions:

Reality is constituted in language.
Language is subject to interpretation.
Interpretation is contingent upon subjectivity.
Subjectivity is subject to temporality.

This last, “temporality,” is the position of the observer, á la Heisenberg, at any particular moment - the observer’s experiences, tools, and desires. Modernity, as Tomasula concludes, in concert with his fellow panelists, means having to question everything in a contingent sphere of particular interests and discourses. A construction of the novel vital to our time must participate in such an understanding of the nature of representations, and such novels that do this are to be valued for continuing to do important work in the course of human understanding.

The Women of FC2

I now spend the next two days checking out all the new fiction I can, particularly by writers with whom I’m unfamiliar. First is a trio of women published by FC2 - Lucy Corin, Jessica Treat, and Debra DiBlasi.

Corin is a package of surprises: an assistant professor at UC Davis with trimmed hair and round glasses, she looks from certain angles like a Harry Potter-ish boy naif. But later in the evening, I’ll discover that she shoots a wicked game of pool. Reading from Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls, Corin’s sentences sound at some moments like she’s channeling Lewis Carroll, at others like a language-conscious feminist sociologist two drinks into a cocktail party. One comic text that she reads is fashioned as a list: “Things I don’t do except mockingly.” “Times I watch with detached indifference as my house gets more disgusting.” Good stuff: female lives caught in worlds of male assumption and construction, the work of disentanglement in which any woman’s subjectivity is necessarily engaged.

Next, Jessica Treat, not necessarily as experimental as other FC2 writers, but an accomplished storyteller, wryly aware of the issues involved in her work’s presentation: “I was on the phone last night with my girlfriend and she was telling me why it [my writing] was experimental. I remember the word ‘subtle’.” I am a fan of these subtleties in Treat, and am on record as such: she appears in Starcherone’s new anthology of hybrid prose, PP/FF (Conners).

Finally, Debra DiBlasi, who is the most formally inventive of the three, at least from what I see in this sampling. She discusses her use of “Storyspace,” the first-generation hypertext software, then goes into a story about gaps, lacunae, places where you get lost in life or in text. She reads selective sentences from a story and there is no loss of experience, the presentation imagistic, cerebral. “I stopped stuttering when she [my sister] ran away from home. It was like she took away the gaps.”

Afterward, DiBlasi stops at the Starcherone table and we discuss doing an anthology of erased text. It may never happen, but it’s a great idea.

Spuyten Duyvil

The Spuyten Duyvil reading the next morning begins with an impassioned, half-lunatic blast from SD’s mercurial director, Tod Thilleman, so full of accusation and bravado that Tsipi Keller to his right is spurred to spontaneous applause half-way through the rant. I don’t feel like I’m quite awake but manage to get down a couple of his sentences: “I’m trying to understand what I am doing by publishing all these books.” It’s true - as indie publishers go, very few if any out-produce SD. Starcherone does four books a year, FC2 does six; Spuyten Duyvil, publishing fiction, poetry, limited edition art books, and occasional non-fiction, does close to twenty. Thilleman has been called to this, he tells us, by the abdication of literature by mainstream publishing: “Publishing is not literature. Publishing may used to have been literature, but now it’s an industry, the publishing industry.”

The books that SD does (at least those whose authors are on display here) are less deliberately experimental than those of FC2, with the exception of Christian TeBordo (whose Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck is classic self-reflexive, trip-over-itself metafiction; he’ll be an interesting writer to watch as he develops) and, to a certain extent, Noam Mor, Eugene Garber and Tsipi Keller both read from books that are literary but not particularly formally challenging, inasmuch as one can tell from the presentations. Garber’s novel is a lyrical, period love story set in fin de siècle Vienna (sample set-up sentences: “Anna worries about having a soul. Turn of the century women in Vienna worried about this sort of thing.”); Keller’s is the second volume in a cleverly written trilogy about women struggling with possession of their bodies and desires in the contemporary US (sample sentence about neon billboards on a nightclub strip: “Nipples pointed every which way, owing perhaps to the hasty way in which they were stuffed into the bra.”).

Again the question is raised: why are these authors of very capably written, intellectually entertaining novels on the outside of the literary establishment?

Noam Mor takes up the job of answering. His own reading has been of a disturbing piece of interweaving voices featuring at one point a rather John Hawkes-like description of a termite queen (sample: “Even after I beheaded her, she kept birthing.”). Today’s book marketplace, he says, is even more cynical and profit-driven than one imagines if one just sees it as having mainstream tastes and shunning the experimental. Rather, it appears to be entirely driven by sales and marketing strategies, ignoring (as Thilleman earlier suggested) concerns of the literary entirely. Sales reps see niches - the single career-woman niche, the young phenom niche, the celebrity-in-a-different-field niche, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. - and ask, does your book have certain properties? “Good books,” publishable commodities, are those books that appeal to these markets; lacking these, a book is unlikely to be picked up.

Is it possible that the role of the small presses has expanded to the point where they are needed to save mainstream literature? Industry defenders might counter that, at a time when there are more books being published in the US than ever, we may have too many authors in the US - that is, more writers than there are readers to support them. But is this surfeit of authors, if such exists, a product of niche-marketing as opposed to a problem such marketing is an attempt to solve (after all, much of the new books in the overloaded marketplace seem to be of the Britney-and-her-mother-co-write-a-book-about-Mother’s Day variety)?See Amazon for Britney and Lynne Spears, A Mother’s Gift: a novel, here. Incidentally, so we’re all clear on how the bread is buttered, Publisher’s Weekly reviewed this title, but they have never reviewed a title published by Starcherone Books, despite our repeated attempts to contact them and follow their fetishistic review submission instructions to the letter. Are the interests of literature muscled out by the book industry’s more persuasive desire to get non-book-buyers to buy books (for instance, as happened with Harry Potter, where suddenly it was as important for every child to have these books for Christmas as it was in previous Christmases for them to have Cabbage Patch or Tickle Me Elmo dolls)?

I often wonder whether publishing and promoting avant-garde writing, activities I’ve always understood to be forward-looking and progressive, aren’t actually conservative acts - not politically conservative, mind you, but conservative in the sense of trying to save, or conserve, culture. I have written occasionally about this tendency of late, calling it pastmodernism: “It’s strange to me what we do,” I wrote in an early entry of the blog Lance Olsen and I founded this past May, Now What: A Collective Blog of Alternative Prose Writers and Publishers. “We are forward-looking in an activity plainly our culture is leaving behind …. [I]n the position of salvaging, of casting backward, of recovery, of withstanding erosion.”

We may have reached a moment in cultural history where a certain type of looking backward has become inseparable from and as revolutionary as so-called looking forward.

Evening Gass & Afternoon Nambi

“You first meet a painting like a pie in the face.”

William Gass is well into the first evening’s reading of an essay that sometimes seems like a story, or a story that sometimes seems like an essay, or perhaps just a kind of linguistic variety show, which waxes lyrical at times and at others detours into limericks about nuns, sailors, and the Pope. It occurs to me that his particular talent is that different audience members seem to be reacting to different moments in his performance, perhaps as a result of the fact that what he has to say is evocative of all the materials and sounds and textures of what makes writing, art, and music alive for all of us, in different ways, as here attested by a man who has lived a life in the arts, and as a writer. Which is not to say that the seventy minutes he reads doesn’t seem like seventy minutes. It does.

I am more taken the next day by the late afternoon performance of Nambi Kelley who reads, voices, and sings from her work as a playwright, including a hip-hop reenvisioning of Antigone, backed by jazz guitarist and drums. I fear this reading is going to succumb to preciousness at the start - “She got to bury her uncle but her brother doesn’t want her to?” - but soon the language and Kelley’s passion take control and lead to an artistic epiphany: the violence that seems so full of meaning in Greek tragedy experiences a sea change when transposed to the modern urban environment, the place generally characterized as one of “senseless violence.” Violence is violence: it is always senseless, and always brings about devastating and wrenching suffering and pain, as well as plots for revenge, the stuff of history and drama. As in much of Greek drama, the fight against war and killing is likely to be led by disempowered women rising above their socially constrictive roles.

I think of Cindy Sheehan.

Fiction Machines

I drift back to my book table and check my cash cup. Little surprise, very few dollars have found their way there. I ask Tsipi Keller, who is now minding the Spuyten Duyvil table to one side of me, how they have done for sales. Very well, it turns out. I turn to the other side and ask Mikael And. He is also grinning. It is now clear to me that Starcherone has given up sales revenue so that I can keep up my schedule of attending numerous events, driven by the assignment to document this festival for electronic book review. Hear that, Tabbi? You owe my press money!

As I fret about this, Dimitri Anastasopoulos comes by my table to remind me of a favor I promised him. I know Dimitri and his wife Christina Milletti from Buffalo. To my mind they are experimental fiction’s most striking couple: Dimitri tall and sturdy with curls of black hair that make him always look like he’s just returned from sailing; Christina with even more notable coiffure, pink at the moment, and thus visible in any crowd, as when Geoffrey Gatza and I once picked her out in the lobby of the Chicago Hilton during AWP from a hundred yards away and ascending, riding up the escalator and looking back, stilled as twin wives of Lot. Both are fiction writers, Dimitri the author of the novel, A Larger Sense of Harvey (lovingly called by Rain Taxi, “an eccentric high-dive into language” (Czyz)); Christina of the recently released short story collection, The Religious and Other Fictions. Dimitri now hands me a statement I am to read aloud prior to his reading with Dave Kress and Edward Desautels, “An Exhibition of Information Produced by Fiction Machines.”

The statement challenges remarks made by British novelists V.S. Naipaul and Ian McEwan, to the effect that in the post-9/11 world we now live in such complex times that fiction no longer is as effective a means of rendering contemporary reality as nonfiction. The “fiction machines” designed by the Anastasopoulos, Kress, and Desautel are attempts to write different forms to embody “the complexities of today’s world” (Donadio “Irascible”) and to respond to McEwan’s desire “to be told about the world.”Similar assumptions are at work in McEwan’s formulation of the problem. Said McEwan, as qtd. in Donadio: “For a while I did find it wearisome to confront invented characters … . I wanted to be told about the world. I wanted to be informed. I felt that we had gone through great changes and now was the time to just go back to school, as it were, and start to learn” (“Truth”). The idea that fiction of necessity employs “invented characters” is put to the test if one’s examples of “novels” include those created by Ouredník, Martone, or David Markson, for instance. All the texts/machines have missing or occluded subjects and are the most varied and far-ranging in subject matter of any group of performances I’ve seen thus far. Kress’s involves the tale of a CD anonymously received in the mail, featuring music either from a band he himself was once in, or a “half-acoustic, half electric fiddle band from Finland,” and concludes with him reading a text with a band playing over the reading, with voices echoing between the music and text. Desautel’s piece is an “investigation artifact,” the instructional apparatus from a segment of the national security thicket, an exquisite piece of political paranoia, except that, as his own text says, “we no longer speak of paranoia in the pejorative … without paranoia there is no security.” Finally, Anastasopoulos reads from “A Notebook for Expectant Fathers,” which begins as a playful mock-scientific guide to the signs of gestation in expectant fathers, and becomes a parable of the demands of helplessness, the impossibility of doing anything when all you can you do is nothing, as your baby in the scientifically-visualized womb is seen gulping its own urine and a doctor intones knowingly, disturbingly, uninterpretably, “Your baby has an enormously large bladder that is grossly efficient.”

It is now a kind of common currency to say that fiction is no longer as pertinent as nonfiction. Here, Rachel Donadio, in The New York Times: “Like painting, the novel isn’t dead; it just isn’t as central to the culture as it once was. In our current infotainment era, in which the line between truth and ‘truth’ is growing ever more blurry, readers thirst for a narrative, any narrative, and will turn to the most compelling one” (“Truth”). But Donadio and others of a mainstream bent quickly substitute “fiction” with an unproblematical form of “narrative” in such formulations, assuming realistic tale-telling. Here, a quote by Gass is appropriate: “The dominant form of the 20th century novel is the 19th century novel” (qtd. in Tomasula). Let me stray away from my usual attack on how mainstream publishing favors more transparent, easier narratives, and instead take a cue from Anastasopoulos to ask what is meant by this idea of nonfiction at all. If, as Berry has it, the role of innovative or experimental fiction is to lead us directly to contemplation of the fictive operations all around us - selection, editing, narrative position and bias, naming the structures of the world we are asked to accept as givens, etc. - where then do these things go, the very nature of how discourse is made, when so-called “fiction” disappears? The presumption that “nonfiction” somehow rids us of all the complications attendant to the making of any assertion is naive at best and at worst a recipe for How to (Continue to) Be Oppressed. Innovative fiction writers contend that Naipaul’s demands that writing reflect the complexity of today’s world require not the abandonment of artistic gestures but demanding and making more complex constructions than we are told constitute “the novel” at present. When fiction is seen primarily as an escape, a form of entertainment, then its ability to be relevant will indeed be questionable. Much small press writing deliberately configures its function as a serious one, involved with the national psyche, indeed perhaps with disabusing us of greater fictions which have gripped us as a nation, as seen above in Desautels’s appropriative language. Likewise, Spuyten Duyvil has taken to using the slogan, “Literature is not what a society pretends,” which simultaneously points to a great deal of fictionalizing, or pretending, going on in the culture at large, and to an antidote in the art of fictionalizing, the making of literature. A true literature invents out of the materials of culture and endeavors not ust to participate in but to reveal the fictions that frequently are foisted upon us for reasons of mystification, power, and profit.

The End of the Day/End of the Night

I am shot, the way one is shot at conferences and festivals of the intellect, where the mind spends all day as a Rock-em-Sock-em Robot, thudding and being thudded, getting your block knocked off and making noises in your head like a reel being quickly emptied of line, then having your block pressed back into place to resume being concussed with ideas. One more session. I sit at my table for a few moments and actually sell a few books. Chat. Yes, OK, now it’s time. People scurry away, the break between sessions ended, new ones are starting again. Dazed, I get up and stumble to the first classroom I see and open the door.

It’s the door I entered seven hours ago to hear Tod Thilleman’s morning harangue. But now it’s transformed. Darkened, there is very little seating space: the room is jammed with people, boxes of books, a podium, a projector shining images on the screen, more boxes of books. A man is uncrating these and handing them out around the room. In the front of the room, opposite the speaker at the podium, a ballet dancer does stretches against the white dry-erase board then, finishing these, various dances. The projection directly onto the board features a man reading Brecht essays, aloud, but softly, so it is hard to make out words. In front of the projection is a TV, where we hear a woman reading what seems to be a foreign language, too softly for the words to be made out.

At this point, a man enters the classroom, moves to the podium in front, and begins to lecture on the history of the theatre. I now recall that I had seen him seated outside the room as I made my way in. The man handing out books is now in front of me and hands me The Time-Life Book of Traditional American Crafts. Now, up front, the dancer gets atop a table and rolls around, not sexually, but certainly very physically. Another woman who had been off to the side now appears, wearing a fur boa, and begins singing a torch song. At this point I try to hear what the speaker is saying at the podium, and through the growing cacophony I hear, “Hiroshima,” “exploitation,” “peoples’ mutual relations.” He is now up to number 20 in what is evidently a series of theses. As more people now come in the door behind me, I am forced to move. I squeeze up toward the front of the room, where I climb up on a table that had been pushed against the wall to make room. I sit on the table with my back against the wall. The action I am now closest to is the singer:

You love me
You love me
Then you snub me

I laugh out loud. The projected video now shows a Chicago street scene. The TV shows yet another reader of some text, probably the fourth or fifth in succession. Jessica Treat is seated on my left. She turns to me as I madly scribble in a small black notebook:

“What are you writing?”

The answer isn’t as interesting as I’d like it to be, given the goings on:

“I was asked to report on this conference for electronic book review.”

A man I had previously taken for another audience member now begins playing discordant trumpet.

Interpretation: Entitled “The Failure of Modern Politics,” the performance’s contention that, in essence, we are all in contemporary society overstimulated, preoccupied, and subject to too many competing claims was not particularly a new notion, and so I can’t say the meaning of anything in that room was startling. The theatrical experience, on the other hand, felt startling, and anything but exhausted. I felt unexpectedly elated.“The Failure of Modern Politics” by Stephen Lapthisopon, with Charlene Brooks, Stephen Burns, Mark Hanner, Tracy McCabe, and Eli Robb.

But I now was that much more ready for an ending, and was looking forward to the evening reception. Soon, there I was, in a stately campus hall, at the far end of everything, greedily slurping chablis.

The last thing I wanted was to be confronted by there was more art.

But here again is Davis.

I have not mentioned Davis Schneiderman, which is perhaps another demonstration of how far from the actual experience of an event a written account can be, because once I got North of Chicago, Davis had been everywhere. Review the tape. Here now at the start of the opening panel, before Gass, Jackson, and Kelley begin to speak, is Davis, welcoming us, thanking us for attending, giving thanks as well to the team of students, faculty, staff, and sponsors who have allowed the event to go off. Fast-forward as I arrive the next morning to set up my book table and here’s Davis again, directing traffic to appropriate places and offering coffee. Davis is at panels all day; Davis is making sure the equipment works; Davis is pointing us in the direction of local restaurants.Davis, too, is the author/editor of the ingenious anti-novel, Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader. One has heard all tales throughout an avant-garde upbringing of how this or that gesture in the history of the book has drawn attention to the physical objectness of the literary creation; Schneiderman’s Multifesto has a permanent footnote in my own mental catalogue of such: its covers are sandpaper, meant to insult whatever texts one places next to it on one’s shelf. And “Henri D’Mescan,” the previously little-known author-provocateur whose biography somersaults any attempt at easy synopsis, is also, by glorious coincidence, an anagram of “Schneiderman.”

Davis finds the room where I am hiding out (with others, it should be said) away from whatever might be planned to take place and sheepishly tells us, “The performance is about to start.” Several times, so that there is no escape.

Dutifully, the pack of academics and artists who were hiding out with me all move toward the central room in the hall.

There we find LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, poet, musician, and self-proclaimed “wannabe linguist.”

The brief performance that follows is stunning. Diggs’s poetry, sung to her own accompaniment on electronic control panel featuring a sophisticated electronic delay mechanism called a “chaos pad,” is macaronic verse of words and phrases cobbled from phrasebooks of marginalized languages throughout the world: Hawaiian, Samoan, Cherokee, and others, infused with hip-hop strategies. Diggs herself comes arrayed for the occasion: an African-American woman from Harlem, she wears an ornate headress that makes her appear like some sort of pre-Western-contact shaman. The sound fits the look: like nothing else I have ever heard, I am first in line to buy her CD.An example of Diggs’s macaronic verse is seen and heard in “Gamelon” here, though without the electronic music background. &Now has surprised til the end.

Final Judgment: The Lesson of &Now

Don’t get tired. Creative enthusiasm in the spirit of any or all arts constantly reinvents and reinfuses itself. That is all you know and all you need to know.Somewhere in there was my own panel, presenting readings by

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (December 17, 2015) – University of Washington libero Cassie Strickland has been selected as the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I women’s volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. A model student-athlete both on and off the volleyball court, Strickland is a three-time Academic All-Pac 12 honoree who earned 2014 Pac 12 Libero of the Year honors in just her first season in the position before going on to earn AVCA All-America honors as a senior.

“I’m extremely honored to receive this award,” said Strickland, a four-year starter for the Huskies. “Being a student-athlete is one of the hardest balancing acts out there. Here at the University of Washington I learned how to balance my school, sport and social life with help from my coaches and teammates, and from the demands that my schedule placed on me. The networking I was exposed to here with academic advisors and alumni gave me incentive to strive to be the best I could be in all aspects of my life.”

After starting at outside hitter for her first two seasons, Strickland switched to libero in 2014 as a junior and made an immediate impact, becoming one of the top liberos in the country. This season, along with her AVCA All-America honors, Strickland was named to the All-Pacific North Region and All-Pac 12 teams while also setting the school record for sets played (462) and helping her team to a share of the Pac 12 Title. As part of the winningest class in Husky volleyball history, Strickland also led her team to 117 victories in her career, including those earned in UW’s trip to the 2013 Final Four and this year’s Elite Eight.

“I can’t even count how many people come up to me and tell me that Cassie is their hero,” said Head Coach Keegan Cook. “Hundreds of young women look up to Cassie, and having a player like her for an inspiration can make a huge difference in an athlete’s life. Cassie has a unique combination of passion, humility and focus in every phase of her life, and I’m excited to see where she goes from here. I expect her to continue to lead in her community, her family and her chosen profession.”

Also a standout in the classroom, Strickland has maintained a 3.21 GPA entering her senior year. As an anthropology major, she demonstrated her commitment to her future career by participating in a study abroad trip to Tahiti to study the effects of colonization on communities. While there, she also taught at volleyball and basketball clinics, and she one day hopes to use her experience in her father’s homeland of Samoa by using athletics to empower the country’s native children.

“One of the biggest lessons I’m going to take with me from my experience here is appreciating what life gives you,” said Strickland, the first student-athlete from the University of Washington to win a Senior CLASS Award. “Sometimes as student-athletes we allow ourselves to expect to be treated to things instead of appreciating what we are being given. Because of the people I am surrounded by here, I am reminded to be thankful for everything I have, and, in turn, it makes me want to give back in any way that I can to my family, friends, and community.”

Known by teammates and coaches as a fearless player with endless energy, Strickland models her strength of character by being a positive, encouraging teammate and caring for others on her campus and in her community. In addition to athletics and academics, Strickland makes community outreach a priority by participating in local Coins for Kids fundraisers and community clean-up projects.

“On behalf of everyone associated with the Senior CLASS Award, we congratulate Cassie on being selected as this year’s winner for women’s volleyball,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “She has modeled excellence and perseverance on and off the court, and her desire to make a positive impact on others makes her a wonderful model for others to follow.”


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When you control music, every note is a weapon. 

Most girls don't think twice about singing along with their favorite song on the radio. Not me. I hum once and it zombifies the hottest guy in school. 

The Pied Piper was real and I am his descendant. Music is my curse. If I don't master the song inside myself, it will overpower me, and if that happens... 
Let's put it this way: the last piper to lose control led a town-full of children to a river and started the plague. 

Welcome to my life. 

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Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn't want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for ten years. Too bad she doesn't see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep the matchmaking company she works for in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming their doors. 

If Toujour closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

When matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.

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Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn't need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

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Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them. 

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Brooklyn Hamlin likes the rules. They're safe and smart. And for Brooklyn, the rules are simple—no dating until she turns sixteen and no kissing. But her sixteenth birthday is just a few days away, and that means all the rules are about to change. Brooklyn's still determined to avoid the drama of kissing, but she wouldn't mind holding someone's hand, especially if that someone is Luke Graham. 

Charming and handsome, with just a hint of danger, Luke has been the subject of her daydreams since the school year began. So when he asks to take her on her very first date, Brooklyn can’t believe her luck. 

But things aren’t exactly what they seem, and some boys really are too good to be true. Sweet sixteen and never been kissed, Brooklyn is about to find herself in the middle of all the drama and heartache she was hoping to avoid. 


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Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart. 

2 flames

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The world's darkest creature will be their brightest hope! 

While darkness haunts her, she craves the light. Christina is a demon, but she doesn't want to be. She is willing to sacrifice everything to change it. Only one person stands in her way, and he will stop at nothing to keep her the way she is.
The greatest battle of light vs dark threatens every living creature, a battle that could destroy all. And the demon in love will only have one chance to save everyone. 

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One princess destroyed the world. One princess must save it.

When she was little she wished to be a princess. Now as a teenager she just wishes she fit in. But Shanice doesn't feel like she belongs, she never has.

When her parents tell her she is the last known princess from another world, it all makes sense. A world full of magic in place of technology. One where she is more than just royalty, she is their last chance to stop the one who is bent on destroying it. Mendina.

But she can't do it alone, first she must find the other missing royals. In her quest, Shanice will be forced to choose between the course prophecy set for her, and the one that leads to the man her heart belongs to.

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Can true love weather magic's storm? 

Princess Roselyn is betrothed to Prince Chavez, but her heart belongs to Prince Osric. As the royal wedding approaches, they only have a few days left to be together. Osric fears losing Roselyn and will do anything to be with her, turning to magic in hopes that it will provide the answer. A white rose, enchanted with love, so long as its petals remain white, will bind the hearts of those who speak words of love.

One rose, two hearts, ten words, and they will be together forever . . . until a storm clouds the night sky, and by morning, the world is dark. Every enchantment is broken, every spell undone. All magic has been destroyed, and once the white rose turns red, Roselyn and Osric will be forced to remain apart. With only four days to save their love, they must learn how to restore magic to the land . . . or their chances of being together forever are gone.

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Siri de Calendri was trained in the art of illumination in her brother’s workshop in 12th century Venice, but when her brother dies his will sends her far from home. Siri travels to the faraway county of Poitou in France, where she enters the guardianship of her brother’s friend, Triston de Brielle. Once settled, she hopes to find employment in an illuminator’s shop— until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss.

Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.

Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman’s shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone?

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Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. 

As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.

2 flames

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Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life. 

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love. 

“Loving Lucianna" is the first in my new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!”

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A forbidden love and a past they can’t leave behind . . . 

In King John's England, Robert Marcel chafes against the law that holds him bound as a villein on his lord’s manor. He tries to make a daring escape and is nearly caught by his cruel master, but a young girl helps him slip away.

Years pass and Robert takes up trade as a minstrel. Invited to play at a banquet for the notorious Earl of Saxton, he is stunned to come face to face with the girl he’s never forgotten—now Lady Marguerite of Winbourne, betrothed to the earl. Her status as a noblewoman puts her completely out of Robert’s reach, but he knows they are meant to be together. He vows to make her his wife no matter what the cost.

Lady Marguerite has often thought of the young man she helped escape. Her tender feelings for him quickly turn into much more when they are brought back into each other’s lives. She longs to be free to marry Robert, the man she loves, but that will require her to sacrifice all she holds dear.

They are tested at every turn by those bent on driving them apart and destroying what they have found together. Can their love truly conquer all?

 2 flames

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When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

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Elle Reinhardt loves people and has a gift for turning groups of strangers into friends. When she talks her best friend Lyn into taking a month-long Pacific cruise, Elle is in her element, gathering fellow passengers to her. But things go horribly wrong when a ship excursion ends in death and disaster at the hands of modern-day pirates. 

Filled with her own emotional wounds from the experience, Elle tries desperately to buoy up the grieving loved ones as they wait for news on those lost at sea. Malcolm Armstrong, friend of one of the missing men, arrives to act as family spokesman. Elle knows it’s unreasonable, but she resents his presence. When Mal offers the strength she so desperately needs, will she be able to let go of her animosity and accept his support?

This ebook-exclusive short story includes special excerpts from both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas. 

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Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Up-and-coming talk show host Olivia Howard wants an interview. She, like the rest of the press, expects a hero, but Jori knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast. 

In seclusion and evading the press, Jori struggles to make a new life as an artist. But he can’t hide from himself; more than his face is damaged. How can Jori possibly make amends for all that he’s broken? When Olivia finally tracks him down, he must decide if he can trust her. Could this unlikely woman be a key to freeing his heart and healing the beast?

3 flames

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It’s a time of change for Jori Virtanen. The former playboy model is about to be married. He juggles wedding arrangements, a bachelor party, and plans for keeping the ceremony secret from the press. But Jori has another problem. He has to figure out how to tell one of his best friends, Marc North, that his girlfriend may not be what she appears. 

This ebook-exclusive short story includes a special excerpt from Swing Vote, Safe Harbors #3.

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"Write what you know."

Persephone "Sephie" Benson scoffs when her creative writing teacher throws that little gem out there. Maybe this advice would work for a professional skydiver or a baseball star or a ninja princess. It's not so great for a high school student who doesn't even know what to do with the rest of her life. Add in being the oldest of six girls, having Responsibilities with a capital R, and living in a town the size of a tick, and you've got a recipe for boring soup.

At least, that's what Sephie thinks until her senior year. Now, her grandfather is losing his house. One of her sisters plays a starring role in the local high school scandal. Even things with her best friend Joey aren't the same. As Sephie deals with the changes in her life, she finds that nothing is quite what she expects--and that sometimes, the most extraordinary life can be the one that seems the most ordinary. 

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All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead man on his doorstep. The stranger insists that the country is in danger and asks Alphonse to carry out his task of delivering a package to the leader of the country. 

Alphonse thinks the man might be a little delusional from his injury, but he reluctantly takes the package and boards a train toward the capital. When he’s attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king, he realizes he’s in way over his head. 

He’s rescued from the knights by Mairwyn, a mechanic traveling for work. Alphonse clashes with her instantly. She thinks he’s a clueless bookworm, and he finds her rude and cynical. He’s less than pleased when she decides to join him on his journey to the capital, but the longer Alphonse travels with Mairwyn, the more he learns about the haunted past she’s been running from for so long.

It’s a past that she’ll have to confront if she and Alphonse stand any chance of protecting themselves and countless others from the terrible plans of the neighboring king—plans that bring horrific death and lead the country to the brink of war.

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Lachlan's had a rough summer. First, the girl he shares a painful history with didn't remember him. Then Brenna, the woman he loves, showed up after seven years away and wants nothing to do with him. To top it all off, he almost died with the rest of his people when soldiers invaded his country.

Now the enemy could be using Lachlan's people as assassins. When Brenna leaves to find the truth, Lachlan invites himself along.

As Lachlan struggles to rebuild the trust he lost with Brenna, they unravel the dark secret their enemy has worked long and hard to hide—and its consequences for them are greater than they could have known.

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Sixteen-year-old Megan Crenshaw has everything going for her, until a leprechaun shows up on her doorstep and steals all her luck. If that weren't enough, he follows her around, making sure nothing goes right. What Louie didn't count on was Megan's friends standing by her. No matter what he throws at her, they're by her side to pick her back up again. When Megan learns about Louie's ultimate plan for her family, it's a race against time to stop him before he destroys everything she cares about. 



One of my books, Rising Book 1: Resistance, is on sale for a Mother's Day event. There are eight other awesome authors whose books are also on sale, so check out the info below to see if any of them catch your eye! To help decide which books might best suit those you gift on Mother's Day, all week during the Book Bash, we're going to be posting tidbits about these books--excerpts, deleted scenes, etc.--on our Facebook event page here.




Eye on Orion by Laura Bastian
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $3.99  Amazon
Genre: YA Fantasy

Falling in love with your gorgeous new neighbor isn't a bad thing, but when he turns out to be the bodyguard of a princess from a planet nine billion light-years away, life gets complicated.

Seventeen-year-old stargazer Holly Adams never imagined she’d find herself trying to prevent the overthrow of an alien government. When Jai and his sister Amira move into the house down the street, Holly is immediately drawn to them. Jai acts suspicious of her from the start, making Holly more curious about their oddities. When Holly learns they are from a different planet, she does what she can to help protect Amira from Shander, a man who wants to marry her by force in order to take over the kingdom her father rules.

Mistaken identity, a botched kidnapping, and a first kiss that bonds Holly and Jai for life are hard enough, but when Shander believes Holly to be the princess, things get even more dangerous.



Arms Wide Open, a novella by Juli Caldwell
Price: $.99   Amazon
Genre: Romance

Lauren Brooks is in a rut, and her roomie is determined to yank her out of it by convincing her to participate in a local coffee shop's 5-in-5 speed dating event. Once she agrees, it takes her about 30 seconds to realize if there's an oddball out there looking for love, he'll find her. And creep her out. She confronts one weirdo after another until someone she used to know winds up in the same place, and she has to decide what she wants more: to make a break for it, or embrace the possibilities of another chance.









Not So Easy by Sherry Gammon

Sale Price: $2.99, regularly $4.25   Amazon
Genre: YA Fantasy

Senior Max Sanchez has it all. 

He’s the star pitcher for Port Fare High’s baseball team. He’s dating the head cheerleader, Emma McKay, and he has a great group of friends. 

Junior JD Miller’s life is Not So Easy. 

Unlike Max, JD struggles with making friends. He’s a social misfit, and he’s being bullied at every turn. He’s also barely surviving. 

A tragedy forces these two together. Now Max must face the hardest challenge of his life as he works to help JD. A tragic accident changes everything, merging their lives together, and Max soon learns that life is not so easy for everyone. Max works to the point of exhaustion trying to help JD survive the chaos that is his life, and his eyes are opened to a world he had no idea even existed. 

Not so Easy is a story about hope, surviving, and never giving up. Download a free sample and start reading now!





Adrenaline Rush by Cindy Hogan
Sale Price: 1.99, regularly 3.99   Amazon
Genre: YA romantic suspense

A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him. To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late. 

If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.







Rising Book 1: Resistance by Laura Josephsen
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $3.99   Amazon
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country. Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king. 

Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse's urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die. 

And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon. (Book 1 of 2)






Chimeria Omnibus Edition – Blood Will Tell and Blood is Thicker by Meredith Mansfield
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $4.75   Amazon
Genre: Portal Fantasy

Blood Will Tell
A half-werewolf and a dragon in disguise join forces to rescue an innocent woman from an unknown attacker. Without knowing who or why, each tries to solve the mystery in their own way. But a decades-old crime and the dragon's true identity may destroy their collaboration--and their growing attraction to one another--just when their enemy has found their hide out.

Blood Is Thicker
Rolf and Valeriah are back. Even while Valeriah struggles to adapt to her new life, a new crisis arises. If they can't figure out why the dragons' hatching grounds are suddenly going cold, a generation of dragons may never hatch--including their own eggs.




How to Have Peace When You’re Fall to Pieces by Rebecca Rode
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $4.61   Amazon
Genre: Nonfiction

You haven't seen your kids' bedroom floor in weeks, your schedule is overflowing, and the drive-thru lady knows you by name. But even when life feels chaotic, peace is possible. Packed with poems, quotes, and inspirational stories, this book gives a fresh perspective on a mother's work and helps restore calm to a hectic world--starting at home.

"Charming . . . full of wit, humor, and great ideas." ~Sandra Covey








A Change of Plans by Donna K. Weaver
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $3.99 (If you get the Kindle book, you can add the audiobook for only $1.99) Amazon  
Genre: Clean New Adult Adventure Romance

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.






All the Finer Things by Stephanie Connelley Worlton
Sale Price: $.99, regularly $2.99   Amazon
Genre: Romance

Married to one of the most lucrative and sought after plastic surgeons in SoCal, Megan Hamilton has it all. Her posh life, designer clothes, and stunning penthouse leave her wanting for nothing… or do they? Controlled by his obsessive pursuit of perfection, Doctor Matthew Hamilton will stop nothing short of breaking his young, spirited bride into a subservient trophy wife. But when parenthood enters their picture, the entire game changes. How far will Megan have to go to escape Matt's obsessive control and abuse? And how much will she have to lose before she gets there?

                  
Today, Donna K. Weaver--one of the most wonderful, supportive, encouraging people I know--is unveiling the book cover for her awesome romance book, A Change of Plans, due out in June, and I'm one of the bloggers participating in her cover reveal.

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Isn't it lovely??

If any of you don't know about Donna's book, here's a blurb and a great trailer to introduce you:

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.

Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck. 






You can add A Change of Plans to your Goodreads to-read list.

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Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.
After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.
Donna and her husband reside in Utah, they have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.

          Deepsamoa        
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          Deepsamoa        
Fondata nel 2013 da Leandro Henrique e consolidata nel 2014 col contributo di Alex Cepile e Breno Vazzoler, Deepsamoa interpreta la nuova musica brasiliana in un continuo dialogo tra elettronica, sintetizzatori, texture vocali e strumenti acustici, creando atmosfere retrò e viaggi emozionali. Pubblicato da Dj Zee-la il primo ep della giovane formazione, dall’omonimo titolo Deepsamoa.
          Letto Paint        

Letto imbottito moderno Paint dal design attuale evidenziato dalla testata capitonnè con bottoni personalizzabili in vari colori. Bottoni che possono essere in tinta con il rivestimento scelto per un arredo sobrio o in contrasto per un letto dallo stile sfarzoso. Letto queen size in tessuto o in ecopelle parzialmente sfoderabile, disponibile anche nella versione con contenitore e meccanismo alza rete per riporre coperte e lenzuola in modo pratico e ordinato nel box inferiore.

Misure letto in ecopelle con testiera capitonnè:

  • singolo L. 110 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 80x190/200 cm)
  • singolo L. 120 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 90x190/200 cm)
  • 1 piazza e mezza L. 150 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 120x190/200 cm)
  • francese L. 170 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 140x190/200 cm)
  • matrimoniale L. 190 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 160x190/200 cm)
  • king size L. 210 P. 213/223 cm (per materasso 180x190/200 cm)

N.B. materasso non compreso.

Con giroletto H. 30 cm l'altezza del letto è H. 120 cm, con giroletto H. 25 cm l'altezza del letto è H. 128 cm mentre con giroletto H. 20 cm l'altezza del letto è H. 122 cm.

Letto moderno con testiera capitonnè completo di piedini alti o bassi disponibili in vari modelli e colorazioni. È possibile personalizzare il fondo contenitore del letto con piani estraibili o con rete scorrevole che agevola la pulizia del pavimento.

Regulärer Preis: 796,00 €

Sonderpreis: 557,20 €


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          Cesta kolem světa s Air New Zealand z Londýna. Letenky od 35 223 Kč        

Čas od času má člověk touhu vypadnout z domova na delší dobu, ať už na líbánky, vyčistit si hlavu od každodenních strastí nebo třeba jen proto, že má dlouho nevyčerpanou dovolenou. V takových případech nutně zabrouzdáme do vod cest kolem světa, které chtě nechtě přitahují každého pravého cestovatele.

Z Prahy jde víceméně kdykoliv za cenu kolem 30 tisíc Kč "round-the-world" trip nakombinovat, bohužel jen za cenu použití low-cost aerolinek, časového omezování v daných destinacích a svoji daň si může vybrat i samotná atraktivita destinací. Uvedené problémy však padají s akcí Air New Zealand z Londýna, která umožní cestu kolem světa bez kompromisů.

Nejprve se vydáme na křídlech jedné z nejlepších světových aerolinek Singapore Airlines z Londýna do Singapuru, kde pobydeme ideálně 2-4 dny. Po času stráveném v metropoli JV Asie se vydáme s Air New Zealand do země Hobitů – na Nový Zéland. Přiletíme do jeho největšího města Aucklandu, varianta procestování Severního ostrova se tak jeví jako ideální.

Z Aucklandu vyrazíme do USA, ale byla by přeci škoda se nezastavit v Tichomořském ráji a neužít si pravého plážového odpočinku. Tady máme na výběr hned z několika destinací. Můžeme to vzít přes Tahiti, Fidži, Tongu nebo Samou, přičemž v uvedených destinacích se zastavíme na jak dlouho chceme. Vybírání bude těžké, že? 

Z ráje na zemi ještě přeletíme do Kalifornie, konkrétně do Los Angeles, které si buď během pár dní proběhneme a vyrazíme zpět do Evropy, nebo tu zůstaneme o něco déle a vyrazíme po zemi do San Francisca či národních parků v okolí. Meze se kladou jen časem a rozpočtem. 

Celá cesta lze prakticky za identické ceny absolvovat i v opačném pořadí, tedy ze západu na východ.

A co cesta do Londýna? Vzhledem k tomu, že si odlet z Londýna do Singapuru můžeme navolit klidně na pozdní večer a z Los Angeles se vrátíme před polednem, nemusíme tu ani nocovat. Zpáteční letenky i s odbaveným zavazadlem by neměly vyjít na více než 3.500 Kč.

Jaký bude tedy výsledný itinerář trasy?

  1. Londýn – Singapur
  2. Singapur – Auckland
  3. Auckland – Papeete (Tahiti) nebo Nadi (Fidži) nebo Apia (Samoa) nebo Tongatapu (Tonga)
  4. Papeete/Nadi/Apia/Tonga – Los Angeles
  5. Los Angeles – Londýn

          A Short History of Lemuria        


A Short History of Lemuria


The legend of Mu is found on islands all over the Pacific Ocean. For thousands of years the Polynesians have handed down the story of a continent in the Pacific that was motherland of mankind.

The name of Mu somehow sounds like an uninteresting contraction of a more exotic name. In contrast, the word Lemuria invokes a picture of a land at the dawn of time, a land forgotten in our histories but not in our dreams.

The name Lemuria resulted from a Nineteenth Century controversy over Darwin's Origin of the Species. Defenders of Darwin had trouble explaining how certain species became distributed over large areas. Zoologists had a particularly difficult time explaining the distribution of the lemurs. The lemur is a small primitive form of primate found in Africa, Madagascar, India, and the East Indian archipelago. Some zoologists suggested a land mass in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and India, millions of years ago. An English zoologist, Phillip L. Schlater, proposed the name Lemuria (LEMURia) for this former land of the LEMURS in the Indian Ocean.

Earnst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919), a German naturalist and champion of Darwin, used Lemuria to explain the absence of fossil remains of early man: If man originated on a sunken continent in the Indian Ocean, all the fossils of the missing link are now under the sea. To quote Haeckel: "Schlater has given this continent the name of Lemuria, from the semi-apes which were characteristic of it."

Zoologists have now explained the distribution of lemurs without resorting to the use of a land bridge. And anthropologists have discovered many bones of ancient man in Africa. However in the nineteenth century, Haeckel's theories were widely read and respected. As a result, the name Lemuria was well known among educated people in Europe and America.

Madame Elena Petrovna Blavatsky (born Helena Hahn 1831-1891), the founder of Theosophy, in her book The Secret Doctrine (1888), claimed to have learned of Lemuria in The Book of Dzyan, which she said was composed in Atlantis and shown to her by the Mahatmas. However, in her writings she did give Philip Schlater the honor of inventing the name, Lemuria.

Mme Blasvatsky located her Lemuria in the Indian Ocean about 150 million years ago. She may have obtained her ideas of a sunken land in the Indian Ocean from Sanskrit legends of the former continent of Rutas that sank beneath the sea. But the name Rutas sounds too spiritless and uninspiring to have held such a prominent place in cosmic history.

She described the Lemurians as the third root race to inhabit the earth. They were egg-laying beings with a third eye that gave them psychic powers and allowed them to function without a brain. Originally bisexual, their downfall came about after they discovered sex.

The English Theosophist W. Scott-Elliot, who said he received his knowledge from the Theosophical Masters by "astral clairvoyance", writes in The Story of Atlantis & The Lost Lemuria (1896), that the sexual exploits of the Lemurians so revolted the spiritual beings, the Lhas, that they refused to follow the cosmic plan of becoming the first to incarnate into the bodies of the Lemurians. Scott-Elliot located his Lemuria not only in the Indian Ocean: He described it as stretching from the east coast of Africa across the Indian AND the Pacific Oceans.

In this century, writers have increasingly placed Lemuria in the Pacific Ocean. Even psychics and modern prophets channel beings who were citizens of Lemuria. Today just about everyone who has heard of Lemuria assumes that the legends of Mu are identical with the English zoologist's land of the lemurs.



Approximately 14,000 years ago, the culture known as Lemuria was thriving. There were also other cultures on Earth, such as Atlantis, which were thriving as well. The holy people or the prophets of the Lemurian culture began to be aware that something was going to be changing. They began receiving information that the Earth was going to go through a very dramatic shift. The shift that they were referring to was what you call the Great Flood. You've also called it the destruction of Atlantis. These holy people of Lemuria were very much in touch with the land. They were the ancient ancestors of the Native Americans. They began to be aware that it was very important that the knowledge from Lemuria be preserved. And so for about 2,000 to 3,000 years, they were preparing for this great cataclysm. They began spreading their teachings about the Earth and about mankind's history to as many people as they possibly could. They believed that if they could spread this information to as many people as possible, the information would be stored within the cells of the human bodies. Then it would never be forgotten.

They also began to store information in crystals. These crystals were taken deep within the Earth to be stored and preserved. These ancient Lemurians also began to create detailed maps of the underground tunnels that existed between power points on your planet. They also took the time to prepare their plans. They knew that they would receive a sign telling them it was time to go underground before the floods came. So they prepared themselves for these several thousand years to be the sacred keepers of the records of Earth. They knew it was very important that the information they held be saved for when the waters receded, otherwise the entire history of Earth and the sacred teachings of the Lemurians would have been lost forever.

These holy people received their signs and began going underground. This occurred approximately one year before the flood. While underground, they learned to live there and use the underground environment for their sustenance. They built very supportive and loving communities underground. During that year, they did the final work involved in preserving some of the knowledge that they knew needed to be preserved.

Then the flood came. All these people who were underground were safe from the waters, even though many, many people on the surface of the Earth perished. When the waters receded, the people emerged from underground. The land they once knew was now very different. This emergence from the Earth is the point at which the Native Americans' creation history begins. In a very literal sense, they did emerge from the Earth. Most of the native peoples have lost the exact literal memory of this emergence, but within the highest ranks of the shamans, this knowledge is still passed on.

Now, we tell this story from the point of view of the Native Americans, but they were not the only people who went underground. The holy people all around this planet went underground. For instance, the Aborigines in Australia and those who were later to become the Druids in England were all preserving their knowledge underground as well. The Druids were preserving the ancient Atlantean information, as were the Egyptians. But the native peoples of the Pacific area, including Asia, were preserving the Lemurian information. These native peoples, even today, hold within themselves this sacred knowledge. Some of it is conscious but most of it lies in the subconscious. The Ainu of Japan are one of the tribes that preserved some of the knowledge. There was a great cooperation among all of these peoples on Earth to make sure that the sacred teachings were never lost.

The rise and fall of the Lemurian civilization cannot be accurately documented, though many have gone in quest of this mythological continent. Lost civilizations have been known to rise and fall - or just appear and disappear without explanation. As with Atlantis one can only speculate as to what happened, based on archaeological evidence, legends, theories pieced together by researchers, and for some, metaphysical channelings.

The exact location of Lemuria varies with different researchers and authors, though it is part of the mysteries of the Pacific region flowing into the American continent, just as Atlantis is linked to the Atlantic land areas that stretch to the Mediterrean Sea. Wherever you believe the location of Lemuria to be, it is linked with the Ring of Fire. This area has become active with a Tsunami in December 26, 2004, powerful earthquakes and volcanoes that continue, after being dormant for many years. It would seem that the legends of ancient Lemuria speak to us once again with warning signs - as they supposedly did to the Lemurians - before the continent - or group of islands - fell into the sea.

The fate of Lemuria, also known as Pacifica, Mu, and what Cayce called Zu or Oz, is not unlike that proposed for Atlantis. It is much like the destiny of humanity foreseen in our timeline by prophets of old and modern-day clairvoyants. The legends are all the same ... a thriving, advanced culture that suddenly manifested out of nowhere. Their origins and downfall are linked to destruction when their continent sank beneath the 'sea' due to natural cataclyms and human imbalance.

Possible Physical Evidence of Lemuria


Stone monuments of mysterious origin dot the entire Pacific, from Japan's underwater site at Yonaguni, to cryptic Petroglyphs on Hawaii's Big Island, to Easter Island among sacred and megalithic sites

Many believe that Easter Island was part of Lemuria. Its hundreds of colossal stone statues and written language point to an advanced culture, yet it appeared on the world's most remote spot. The legends of Easter Island speak of Hiva which sank beneath the waves as people fled.

Samoans called a similar place Bolutu. It was stocked with trees and plants bearing fruits and flowers, which were immediately replaced when picked. On Bolutu men could walk through trees, houses, and other physical objects without any resistance.

The Maoris of New Zealand still talk about arriving long ago from a sinking island called Hawaiki a vast and mountainous place on the other side of the water.

Does the discovery of the Hobbit of Flores - in October 2004 - two months before the tsunami and earthquakes - in any way link to Lemuria?

There are various dates for the Lemurian timeline - some placing it millions of years ago - while others define the Lemurian era as roughly 75,000 to 20,000 B.C. - prior to Atlantis. Others speculate that Atlantis and Lemuria co-existed for thousands of years.

The idea of the Lemurian continent first appeared in the works of Augustus Le Plongeon, (1826-1908) a 19th century researcher and writer who conducted investigations of the Maya ruins in the Yucatan. He announced that he had translated ancient Mayan writings, which allegedly showed that the Maya of Yucatan were older than the later civilizations of Atlantis and Egypt, and additionally told the story of an even older continent of Mu, whose survivors founded the Maya civilization. Later students of the Ancient Maya writings argue that Le Plongeon's "translations" were based on little more than his vivid imagination.


Metaphysics and Metaphors


Reality is Myth and Metaphor - Magic and Mirrors - stories created in 'time' for the experiencer - projected through the eye or lens of the camera into the matrix to be perceived consciously as if virtual reality. ALL is projected illusion in the Alchemy of Time and Consciousness - ALL are parallel running programs through which we consciously experience simultaneously.

Programs have inserts. If a civilization is an insert in a grid program - that could explain why fully evolved civilizations suddenly spring up out of nowhere - the 'sea of creation' - the flow of the collective unconsciousnes - or the consciousness grid that creates realities. If time is an illusion - all programs are running simultaneously. Therefore you are experiencing many civilizations at the same time. This often explains the feeling of Deja vu - or why some souls are drawn to live in a specific region and feel at home there.

Sumer is an example of a programmed insert that sprang out of nowhere as an advanced civilization - then disappeared.

There are those who believe that Lemuria suddenly appeared with a full-blown culture. This has spawned many interesting theories, including visits from extraterrestrials who introduced a new species of genetically engineered humans to replace their slow-witted ancestors. This too links with other creational theories about humans being seeded by gods or aliens.

Most of what is written is a metaphor - linking to the patterns of creation - sacred geometry. It is about spiraling consciousness that moves from higher frequencies of thought - a higher harmonic - to slower - lower frequencies as we experiencing many places at the same time. All realities are created based on the numeric blueprint of sacred geometry - consciousness - the Golden Mean - Phi Ratio.

Metaphors
Let's examine the metaphors in the theories below ....

Channelers speak of Lemurians as originally coming from higher frequency - then descending into third dimension for a physical experience. TThis parallels our human experience through the spiraling patterns of consciousness and a feeling of change that is taking hold with human conscousness at this time. We were originally higher frequency beings in spirit form who have descended into physical beings to experience linear time and emotion.

Planet Earth is the third planet from the sun. It is physical - Reality experienced in third dimension - 3D. Some researchers consider the Lemurians the 'third root race'. They believe that we are the fourth root race - 4=4th dimension=time] soon to become the 'fifth root race' as we move into a Golden Age.

The descended Lemurians allegedly remained here for thousands of years - which seems odd - as they did not mark time in years as we do. All of the timelines would be wrong.

Their continent sank into the sea killing the physical souls. This is a metaphor for the souls returning to the sea of consciousness - the Lemurian grid program insert - and seeking new experiences in new forms of light or physical embodiment.

Many see the end of a program - and the evolution of consciousness as the movement into a Golden Age - gold being a metaphor for Alchemy of Consciousness into awareness - the blue [electricity - the blueprint of our reality] and the gold [metal - magnetics.]

Lemuria sank into the sea - ocean = flow of the collective unconsciousnes - which are the grids that comprise our realities on many levels. To 'sink into the sea' is to move one's consciousness from one reality to another. Power movement of water - tsunami of consciousness - the creational flood stories - amphibious gods from the sea - consciousness frozen in time or an 'Ice Age' between programs. Then we have the - meltdown of the polar icecaps. Electromagnetic energy - poles - polarity - bi-polar experiences - pole shifts on the planet and in conscousness - at Zero Point.

Duality Atlantis and Lemuria - inserts created by electromagnetic energy grids - duality of experience. Does one continent represent the feminine energies and the other the masculine?

Mythology and Metaphysics
Return to the Goddess / Priestess / Feminine / higher frequency energies - Lemuria is often called Mu which sounds a lot like 'Moo' which takes us to 'cow goddesses' - in particular Hathor an ancient Egyptian creational force. In Gaul we find Damona, Goddess of fertility and healing. Her name means "divine cow". Cow Goddesses were linked to fertility and abundance. In the Celtic realms we find the Goddess of the river, Boyne which means 'Mistress of the white cows'. Boann is a Goddess of bounty and fertility whose totem is the sacred white cow.

As with most ancient and lost civilizations - Lemurians would build pyramids or ziggurats - step pyramids - linking them to their gods who live above [on higher frequency]. These would be places of worship and sacrifice, or landing areas for spaceships. Pyramidal structures symbolize spiraling consciousness and ascension to the place of the gods and goddesses who reside 'above' our reality in a higher plane of existence. Is there a link for the Lemurian and the Mayan pyramids?

Lemurian Seed Crystals


Another theory is based on the notion of 'seed crystals' in which the knowledge and story of Lemuria was encoded and stored in seed crystals just before Lemuria fell. Later - in our timeline - the crystals would be discovered and their messages revealed helping those who find them reember their fated destiny and how it parallels our experience. Are these crystals linked to the Mayan or other Crystal Skulls?

In conclusion - I believe that the story of Lemuria - and other lost and ancient civilizations - and religious ideologies are part of humanity's quest to remember that we are not physical beings searching for our spiritual selves - in as much as we are soul sparks of light having a physical experience - which is about the end / evolve back into higher frequencies of consciousness and total understanding of the nature of reality.

Theories About Lemuria

Anglo-American explorer, James Churchward was a close friend of Auguste and Alice Le Plongeon. James Churchward, in books such as The Lost Continent of Mu (1931), wrote that the Motherland stretched from the Hawaiian Islands to Fiji and from Easter Island to the Marianas.

Churchward wanted an ancient civilization of his own, and using Le Plongeon's doubtful methodology set about 'discovering' one. His findings were set down in the five main volumes of the Mu series published in from 1926 - 1931. The basic premise was by studying various ancient texts Churchward had discovered the existence of a long lost continent with an advanced civilization that approximately 60,000 years earlier had sunk below the Pacific Ocean after a cataclysmic earthquake. Sixty-four million people allegedly died. The Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Islands are the remaining mountain peaks of the lost continent.

Volume #1 - The Lost Continent of Mu set out Churchward's theory utilizing a "vast knowledge of science, ancient art and history, mythology and the occult" to recreate the splendor and doom of this hidden antediluvian world. Lemuria or Mu was about 5,000 miles long and 3,000 miles wide. The Garden of Eden was not in Asia but on a now sunken continent in the Pacific Ocean. The Biblical story of Creation came first not from the peoples of the Nile or the Euphrates Valley but from this now-submerged continent, Mu - the Motherland of Man.

Volume #2 - The Children of Mu is the story of the pioneers of Mu. Sixty-three million people lived on the now lost continent of Mu over 200,000 years ago. The children of Mu became the most influential people on Earth. Mu had an incredibly sophisticated government, flowering culture and scientific technology. Much of the Lemurian civilization lived in homes with transparent roofs. They built shelters, made clothing, food, and their own tools. They were free from stress and disease, living in peace for hundreds of years. Their psychic abilities were highly developed - telepathy, astral travel and teleportation making traditional communication devices unnecessary. They were primarily a vegetarian, agricultural, outdoor, organic culture that worked in harmony with nature and the land.

Volume #3 - The Sacred Symbols of Mu, this volume talks about the occult origins of ancient and modern religions. All religions have a common origin in the Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu. The Lord's Prayer is to be found in The Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu. Evidence of the Mu religion dates back 170,000 years. These teachings were taught by Osiris, Moses, and Jesus. Moses condensed the forty-two questions of the Osirian religion into the Ten Commandments. Jesus condensed the text to suit the language of his day. The Last Words of Jesus on the cross were in the language of Mu, 'unknown in Palestine'.

Volume #4 - The Cosmic Forces of Mu - Biological evolution is a myth, There is no such thing as atomic force. All disease can be conquered by using appropriately colored light rays. The Earth's temperatures and seasons have become inalterably fixed in their present state and that the Earth cannot be hurled off into space or drawn into the sun.

Volume is #5 - Second Book of the Cosmic Forces of Mu - Churchward continues to draw conclusions from the ancient documents and lore of Mu to present some startling revisionist theories about the age of the Earth, the nature of mountains and volcanic processes, the Ice Age and Flood.

The Rosicrucians
The Rosicrucians of San Jose, California - a disastrous cycle began with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the collapse of subterranean gas belts. Magnetic waves moved around the globe, and Lemuria began to go under. Fortunately, there was time enough for small groups to salvage part of Lemuria's precious wisdom, which was stored in crystals. Some colonists reached India and from there Mesopotamia and Egypt - while others migrated eastward on crude rafts to the Americas, forming the racial core of the earliest Indian tribes. California was home to history's oldest people: pure Lemurians who later became the California Indians. That could explain why some America's oldest human artifacts were found on Santa Rosa Island off Santa Barbara, dating around 25,000 B.C.

Channeler - Edgar Cayce

The Cayce readings refer to a lost continent in the Pacific by several names, but most often it is called Lemuria. Other names are Mu, Zu, and possibly Oz. Some of these may refer to provinces of the continent, or to portions left after a major break-up of the land. Lemuria sank into the sea. Some of the land area changed to what is now a portion of the Rocky Mountains - Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. There was an entity among the Lemurian princesses who established the teachings of the Law of One which taught about brought destructive forces in Lemuria before it fell due to separation of love to the gratifying of selfish motives.

Channeler - Gordon-Michael Scallion

The original Lemurians were thought projections not physically beings. It made them higher in frequency and closer to the Creator's energy vibration level. Their souls came to Earth to experience the physical vibration. They were about nine feet tall, had scaly skin with an aqua cast, which changed from blue to green in conjunction with two seasonal cycles each year. They breathed through their skin, not lungs. Their faces were elongated and oval. Their eyes were large with vertical pupils.

The Lemurian experience began with the projection of 144 soul groups - representing the projection of 33 million souls. They came from Mars, the Pleiades and Sirius - projecting into physical form on Earth. Some groups chose water, some the plant kingdom, the mineral kingdom, or the animal kingdom. The greater experiments were with the animal kingdom as this realm allowed for longer life spans and greater mobility. The Earth had interesting species at that time which included giants and elves.

When Lemuria fell the souls went on to become the Atlanteans

Researcher / Author David Childress

According to Childress the first civilization arose 78,000 years ago on a giant continent known as Mu or Lemuria, and lasted for an astonishing 52,000 years. It is sometimes said to have been destroyed in earthquakes generated by a pole shift which occurred approximately 24,000 B.C.

There was one language and one government. Education was the keynote of the Empire's success, and because every citizen was versed in the laws of the universe and was given thorough training in a profession or trade, magnificent prosperity resulted. A child's education was compulsory to the age of 21 in order for him to be eligible to attend citizenship school. This training period lasted for seven years; so the earliest age at which a person could become a citizen of the empire was 28.

The Elders of Lemuria, known as the Thirteenth School, moved their headquarters prior to the cataclysm to the uninhabited plateau of Central Asia that we now call Tibet. Here they allegedly established a library and school known as The Great White Brotherhood.

Helena Blavatsky

In her book The Secret Doctrine (1888), Madame Blavatsky claimed to have learned of Lemuria in The Book of Dzyan which she said was shown to her by the Mahatmas. Mahatma is Sanskrit for 'Great Soul'. She may have obtained some of her ideas of a sunken land in the Indian Ocean from Sanskrit legends of the Rutas. Blasvatsky placed her 'Third Continent of the Third Root Race' to inhabit planet Earth - in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Malaysia existing 150 million years ago. Surprisingly, many scientists of her day concurred and even came up with the name, derived from 'lemur', the ghostlike primates who allegedly lived there. Lemurians were allegedly egg-laying beings with a third eye that gave them psychic abilities.

 

          The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA        
The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA
author: Doug Mack
name: Mark
average rating: 3.81
book published: 2017
rating: 5
read at: 2017/05/27
date added: 2017/05/27
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review:
The Not-Quite States of America
Author: Doug Mack
Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company
Published In: New York, NY; London, England
Date: 2017
Pgs: 306
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REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
50 states, et al.

American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.Virgin Islands...4 million people who fly the American flag, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, but, not statehood. History, independence, statehood, the status quo, the nature of empire.
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Genre:
Nonfiction
Travel
Travel Writing
United States
Regions
History
World

Why this book:
‘merica.
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Least Favorite Character:
The racist bastards who flummoxed the normal progression that should have lead to these territories, re: colonies, being states by now. And to the Supreme Court for abetting that racist, imperialist agenda.

The Feel:
The weight that he feels when he starts rudimenting on the atomic bombs dropped on Japan as he stands alongside the runway on Tinian that the B-29s launched from.

Favorite Scene / Quote:
When Mack describes the shack on the beach in American Samoa with the outdoor shower and the full, layered Milky Way haloing the sky and the perfect night that it was with he and his wife there, his description only leaves out one thing that in deference to he and his wife wouldn’t do to be described since it isn’t that kind of book. But it’s so custom romance made, that anyone who reads the scene and doesn’t think it has no soul.

When the kids in the village on Aunu’u in American Samoa started following Mack and his wife around asking if they knew various people in the village, so, he asked if they knew Prince who was from his village of Minneapolis.

Description of the crush of a 4th of July on Guam with so many tourists from so many places that he hit upon a way of IDing them from the locals by the degree of red, white, and blue they were wearing. Reads like a cultural hurricane, force 1776. Guam as gateway to all things American, America on a budget, from China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, etc.

Pacing:
For a travelogue/documentary style book, the pacing is very good.

Word Choice / Usage:
The way Mack describes Guamanian barbecue made my mouth water.

Hmm Moments:
The United States Virgin Islands, the USVI, seem to be searching for an identity or more appropriately living in a vacuum. They have a history, but it is sanitized to Disneyfied levels. Their real history exists far away in archives in Washington DC and Copenhagen, Denmark.

WTF Moments:
When the modern legal professor tried to explain the incorporated/unincorporated territories’ standing to the author, who didn’t make any bones about them being held at arm’s length and blocked from the path to statehood being at base an exercise in institutionalized racism. She pointed out that you can find it in all the, so-called, Insular Cases. The Cases were legal challenges that were ruled by the Supreme Court, ultimately, and governed the disposition of those territories seized and annexed in the United States’ Imperial Moment. Those territories populated by people, not like those of the English, re: White, United States were owned by, but not part of the United States.

The ghost town moments on Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas bring to mind Detroit; abandoned malls: empty hotel: etc.

Wisdom:
The USVI should be put on the parth to either statehood or independence. The same should happen with all of the inhabited territories.

In contrast to the USVI, American Samoa, whose inhabitants want citizenship, but want to maintain their intrinsic cultural and societal identity, are caught in a catch-22. If they adopt the Constitution in totality, some of their cultural and social norms would be considered unconstitutional and ripe for lawsuit and being legislated out of existence. Maybe their solution would be to go the statehood route with the proviso, that upon gaining statehood, they would be, enshrined is the wrong word, encapsulated...incorporated as a reservation in the manner of the First Peoples’ Reservations in Oklahoma.

Guam seems way passed ready for statehood.

Whatever gets done vis-a-vis statehood, all residents of these territories born there should be given birthright American citizenship. Some of these territories have been American for over a hundred years. These territories as a percentage of population outserve the states in numbers of members of the military. They deserve citizenship.

Reid v Covert, SCOTUS: 1957, Hugo Black, plurality decision
The concept that the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional protections against arbitrary government are inoperant when they become inconvenient or when expediency dictates otherwise is a very dangerous doctrine and if allowed to flourish would destroy the benefits of a written Constitution and undermine the basis of our government.

When Mack started trying to put his thoughts together for his conclusion and hit up on the idea that there were 4 groups that were in all the territories: the Change-Averse-who support the status quo/better off with the United States and partly on their own; the Nationalists-who support independence; the Melting Pot Optimists-for all its flaws, the United States has brought a lot of good things, they are proudly American, And want to become a state; and the Jaded Realists-like it or not, they are depended on the USA and that won’t change if they are an independent nation. Might as well be stuck with them. There’s not stopping cultural change, globalization is the new Americanization.

Missed Opportunity:
These territories existing in a racist, imperialist limbo, some since 1900 or before, is a travesty on the Constitution’s face. That’s American soil, those are American citizens. They need to either be on the path to statehood and birthright citizenship or on their way to independence.
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Last Page Sound:
Very good. I learned things. Fascinating travelogue, history lesson, and civics discussion.

Author Assessment:
Would definitely read other stuff by this author.

Editorial Assessment:
Well edited. Well put together.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
instant classic

Disposition of Book:
Irving Public Library
South Campus
Irving, TX

Dewey Decimal System:
909.0971273
MAC

Would recommend to:
genre fans
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          Fantasy Booking WWE SummerSlam 2017 PPV Card Lineup of Matches        
Welcome to another edition of FANTASY BOOKING where we discuss what we would do if we were given the power to control what happens when it comes to WWE Creative and the planning of events.

As it's the second-biggest event of the year, our next event to rewrite the book for is SummerSlam 2017.

The event is coming up soon and the card is starting to get packed, but it may not be shaping up the way you specifically would have preferred. If you were in a position to change things, how would it go down?

What would you do if you were in charge of creative control and could pick the matches scheduled for the biggest party of the summer?

Fantasy Booking WWE shows and feuds

The Rules:

1) You need to justify your choices within a reasonable mindset of what WWE has in store. Just because someone is a favorite of yours does not mean WWE would be pushing them to the title in any realistic fashion.

2) You cannot include people who are not a member of the roster, whether they are retired, working for another company, or obviously deceased. You can, however, work under the assumption that injured stars might possibly return in time for certain events (if it is within reason). Also, be realistic when it comes to bringing NXT stars up to the main roster. Don't flood the market.

3) The earliest time frame you can begin planning from as a reference point is the night after this year's WrestleMania.

4) The brand split cannot be undone.

5) Keep time constraints in mind. This cannot be a 10-hour event.

REBOOKING SUMMERSLAM 2017

Raw Commentary Team = Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Booker T
SmackDown Commentary Team = Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Byron Saxton
Announcers = Mike Rome and JoJo
Backstage Interviews = Charly Caruso and Dasha Fuentes
Pre-Show Hosts = Cathy Kelley
Kickoff Panel = Renee Young, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Peter Rosenberg and several guests

PRE-SHOW

This is a two-hour pre-show, so we have plenty of room to play around with for at least two matches, if not three, while also dedicating time for promos, recaps, panel analyst activity and so forth.

Extras

Spread between the panel analysis, the video packages and the social media lounge, there would be a segment with Elias Samson playing the guitar backstage, running into The Fashion Police. There might also be a meetup between Shelton Benjamin, American Alpha and Kurt Angle to pop the crowd.

Pre-Show Kickoff Match: Mike Kanellis vs. Tye Dillinger

This feud would be an introductory one for Kanellis. By this point, Dillinger will have been built up more, so people would actually have some investment in him.

The storyline would be simple and would revolve around Mike thinking the only Perfect 10 is Maria, while Maria thinks the only Perfect 10 is Mike, so they dislike Dillinger calling himself that. How can he be a Perfect 10 if he is single and doesn't know the power of true love?

Pre-Show Kickoff Match: Big Cass vs. Big Show

This is as basic as you get. Cass is the young guy looking to usurp Show's throne. I'd have changed Cass's ring gear and never would have given him that horrible entrance music, though.

HOUR 1

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore

I feel like Enzo Amore brings an excitement to 205 Live that is desperately needed. He'd come up short here, though, as Neville's next challenger, Cedric Alexander, would be the one who could actually take the belt off him.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs. American Alpha with Shelton Benjamin

This would be one of the two babyface vs. babyface feuds of the night. Shelton Benjamin would have returned to help manage American Alpha and he'd be on the outside of this match, while the third member of The New Day who wasn't competing would also be.

In an ideal world, The New Day retains and we get Carlito to return to WWE somewhere down the line. Then, we get The New Day, American Alpha (with Shelton Benjamin), The Colons (with Carlito) and Jinder Mahal with The Singh Brothers in a Fatal 4-Way of trio stables at WrestleMania 34.

Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Finn Balor

The Miz is accompanied by Maryse and The Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), while Finn Balor is accompanied by The Balor Club (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) who have turned babyface by now.

This feud predominantly revolves around how Balor is boring as fuck and can't cut a promo. He has no flair. Meanwhile, Balor thinks The Miz is all talk and can't back it up in the ring.

Finn Balor wins the Intercontinental Championship here.

HOUR 2

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz

After winning the titles at WrestleMania, The Hardy Boyz would have feuded with Gallows and Anderson, NOT Cesaro and Sheamus. Cesaro and Sheamus would have feuded with The Revival in the meantime.

Then, The Revival would have taken the titles away from The Hardy Boyz, and this match would be a rematch wherein The Revival have the upperhand as they request that it's some kind of grounded style, preventing Matt and Jeff from doing any crazy stunts.

Eventually, The Revival would drop the belts to Gallows and Anderson.

United States Championship Flag Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. John Cena

Instead of Kevin Owens beating Chris Jericho to win back the United States Championship, Jericho would have lost it to Jinder Mahal. This would replace not only his WWE Championship win, but the idea of Kevin Owens as The New Face of America. Mahal would do that gimmick instead, effectively merging both storylines into one, cause there's too much overlap as it is, and I don't think Mahal deserves the WWE title.

The story for this feud is simple. John Cena is fighting for American pride...and he loses, because it's a flag match and The Singh Brothers get involved and screw him over.

Down the line, Mahal would drop the title to AJ Styles, who would defend it against Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34.

SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Naomi (c) vs. Tamina

This feud would also include The Usos, who are torn between who they should support as it's causing problems within the family.

Naomi retains. Admittedly, this is a bit of a bathroom break, but it's still something that can deliver in terms of quality.

HOUR 3

Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

There is no Money in the Bank pay-per-view. That gets replaced with Breaking Point. (Likewise, Great Balls of Fire would have been replaced by Great American Bash).

Leading up to SummerSlam, there would have been qualifying matches on Raw and SmackDown, as each brand would have 5 representatives fighting for the briefcase.

Many of the people you don't see on this card were left out because they lost their qualifying matches, including Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Apollo Crews, Kalisto, Mojo Rawley and Rusev.

Rusev would have been taken out of the running by Sami Zayn and during this match, Zayn would be just about to win before Rusev would interfere and cost him the match. Instead, Kevin Owens would come out victorious.

Raw Women's Championship Match: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

Bayley and Alexa Bliss never would have feuded as early as they did. Bayley would have had a feud with Emma instead while Alexa would have had her feud with Mickie James. Bayley and Bliss would finally clash here, but with Sasha Banks in Bayley's corner and Nia Jax in Alexa's corner.

Alexa Bliss would win the title here and hold the belt for a few months before dropping it to Sasha Banks. Eventually, Sasha Banks would turn heel, and she'd end up feuding with Bayley at WrestleMania.

HOUR 4

WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. AJ Styles

I think giving the title to Bray Wyatt just to give it to Randy Orton just so he can drop it to Jinder Mahal was a waste, so I'd make Orton retain the title long enough to really earn all that fuss from the start of the year. He'd be a bit of a tweener in this feud, not a full heel or babyface, but leaning more toward a face.

AJ Styles would come up short as Orton retains in just a straight-up solid wrestling contest.

Later in the year, closer to Survivor Series, Kevin Owens would cash-in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Randy Orton and injure him in the process. Orton would take some time off for a few months and then find himself wanting to win the Royal Rumble, but he'd come up short. In a last ditch effort for a rematch for his title, he'd win the Elimination Chamber to earn a title shot for WrestleMania. Kevin Owens would then retain the title at WrestleMania.

Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

I absolutely do not want to see this at WrestleMania 34, but I would have been okay with it happening at SummerSlam. Roman Reigns wins the title and starts a mostly heel run with the title.

At the Royal Rumble, John Cena wins and challenges Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship for the main event of WrestleMania 34, where Cena wins his 17th world title reign.


HOW WOULD YOU BOOK SUMMERSLAM THIS YEAR?
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          WWE Monday Night Raw 8/7/2017 Live Results Coverage        
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Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman go one on one in a Last Man Standing match, and the build to SummerSlam continues!

MIZTV: The Miz, Maryse, and The Miztourage are starting us off on the set of MizTV. The Miz says he isn't in the mood, and the show won't start until Jason Jordan comes out to the ring. He is tired of being cheapshotted on his own show, and he formally extends the invitation to MizTV to finish what Jordan started last week. Instead, Kurt Angle answers the call and cheers along with the "You suck!" chants. Angle says that his son won't be on his show as he is prepping for his match with Curtis Axel, but Angle has a guest in mind for him. Brock Lesnar along with Paul Heyman! Before Paul can say a word, The Miz yells "When my hand goes up your mouth goes shut!" line. He then says how The Beast is guaranteed to lose at SummerSlam. He blames the fatal four way stipulation on Paul Heyman. The whole time The Miz is talking, Brock and his manager are chatting amongst themselves. The Miz says that Lesnar is walking out ex champion, and thanks to what the two said last week Lesnar will leave WWE. Paul goes through his introduction along with that of his longtime client. Paul asks if Miz and Maryse ever role play, because he's all about that. The Miz is Roman Reigns, Bo Dallas is Samoa Joe, and Axel is Braun Strowman. And thanks to the role playing, Lesnar is going to give us a preview of SummerSlam. Lesnar then runs through the trio with a huge pop from Toronto.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus (W Cesaro)

RESULTS: Sheamus wins via pinfall after a Cesaro distraction.
THOUGHTS: I don't care to keep seeing Seth and a member of the tag champs go one on one unless its Cesaro and they get main event level time because that's what that match would be. I'm waiting for the tag team announcement for SummerSlam, and that's all I'm wanting.

After the match, Rollins takes on the team of Cesaro & Sheamus. During the beatdown, Cesaro and Sheamus keep looking up the ramp for Ambrose as the crowd chants for him and he never shows up as Seth gets obliterated by the champ duo.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (Backstage): A beaten Seth Rollins runs into Dean backstage, and he says that he told him not to do that and now he looks like a jerk. Seth agrees, saying he is a jerk and he has been trying to prove he isn't the same guy he was three years ago. Dean says welcome to being alone, and he'll be alone against Cesaro tonight.

PROMO (Backstage): Angle asks the trainer if Axel can go tonight, he says no. So he finds some random guy in the back and tells him he is facing Jason Jordan.

MATCH: Jason Jordan vs. Jean Pierre Gulet (spelling?)

RESULTS: Jason Jordan destroys the other guy.
THOUGHTS: Man, Jordan gets no reaction whatsoever. The jobber got the bigger pop, and some "lets go jobber!" chants. Once Jordan has some bigger performances I hope he gets some backing from the crowd. Toronto, or Bizarro World as it's known in wrestling, was totally against him.

BREAKING NEWS: Bayley is out of SummerSlam due to injury, and will not face Alexa Bliss for the title.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (In-Ring): Bayley adresses her injury. Charly asks for them to replay the footage, and Bayley didn't once look at the screen. She says she knew right away something was wrong, but knew she must finish the match so that she could prove she deserves her spot. She said the fans helped her get through it, and Charly says that the trip to find her replacement starts now with the first of two triple threat matches. When asked who deserves the shot, she says Sasha Banks. Sasha and her have a good moment in the ring.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox vs. Emma

Alexa Bliss is on commentary.

RESULTS: Sasha Banks wins via submission on Emma.
THOUGHTS: Yeah.. Who else did you think would win here?

PROMO (Backstage): Renee asks why the Last Man Standing match against Roman is so important for Braun Strowman. Braun says, simply, he likes hurting him and his yard is his playground.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (In-Ring): Enzo is joined by Big Show in the ring. Enzo talks up Big Show, and then Big Show talks about how Cass needs to learn respect. They're then interrupted by Anderson & Gallows. They offer a challenge to the duo.

MATCH: Enzo Amore & Big Show vs. Anderson & Gallows

During the match, Big Cass makes his way to the ring. As Big Show is paying attention to him he gets knocked off ring. Enzo gets pinned for the loss.

RESULTS: Anderson & Gallows win via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: I hate this feud. I loved it at first, but it's died way down for me.

After the match, Big Cass attacks. He eventually eats a KO punch from Big Show.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (In-Ring): Finn Balor talks about Bray Wyatt. He says he doesn't care about winning and losing, but just hurting people. Whatever Bray wants to start, Finn will finish. Bray then shows up in the middle of the ring, and the brawl begins. As soon as Finn was setting up for his dropkick in the corner, Bray disappears. He shows up on the big screen, and does his "Run!" thing.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro (w Sheamus)

RESULTS: Dean Ambrose wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Far and away the best match so far. Another distraction, this time by Sheamus and a couple at that, come into play but it backfires this time. They gave these guys a ton of time, and it paid off.

After the match, the tag champs attack. Seth Rollins comes down to aid his former Shield brother. After Seth fends off the champs, the two stand in the ring together for a moment to a huge pop from the Canada crowd. To an absolutely monster pop, Dean extends his fist, and to the surprise of many Seth walks away.

VIDEO PACKAGE: They replay Akira Tozawa winning a title shot at SummerSlam.

PROMO (Backstage): The Titus Brand is celebrating Akira's title shot. That being Akira, Titus, and Apollo. Then Neville comes in, and he says he is scouting his competition IF Akira ends up being that competition. He destroyed Daivari's championship dreams, so now tonight he is going up against a man that has nothing to lose.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Akira Tozawa (w Titus O'Niel) vs. Ariya Daivari

RESULTS: Akira Tozawa wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Yeah I just don't care about this.

PROMO (Backstage): Renee Young talks to Roman Reigns about Brock Lesnar, and he says that he doesn't watch MizTV and he doesn't care about Brock Lesnar. She then asks about the Last Man Standing match tonight, and he says that tonight won't be anything different from SummerSlam. He will be the last man standing.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Mickie James vs. Nia Jax vs. Dana Brooke

The winner will face Sasha Banks next week to see who goes to SummerSlam.

RESULTS: Nia Jax wins via pinfall on Dana Brooke.
THOUGHTS: Snooze fest.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (Backstage): Big Cass goes to Angle and says that he wants a match against Big Show at SummerSlam. Big Cass says he doesn't want Enzo around, and it boils down to that Enzo will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage.

LAST MAN STANDING MATCH: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns

Thanks to Samoa Joe locking in the Coquina Clutch, Strowman gets the win.

RESULTS: Braun Strowman wins.
THOUGHTS: It wasn't "if" as much as "when" in the case of someone getting involved. No way this match goes through completely clean of interference, and I'm okay with that. This was fantastic. From Braun throwing office furniture to Roman hitting a flying spear this was fantastic. They made up for an awful main event last week.

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          Wrestling Grab Bag – Triple Threat POV        
Welcome to another edition of Triple Threat from Smark Out Moment, where three of us get together to discuss three questions based on one big topic going down in the week of professional wrestling.

This week, Robert DeFelice, Wes Keefer and Callum Wiggins will be giving their opinions on a potpourri of wrestling news.

Hallelujah! We have a non-PPV week. Because of this, we get to talk about a variety of things including: WWE 2K18, NJPW, and SummerSlam.

Question 1: With WWE 2K18 heading to shelves this October, what, if anything, are you looking forward to the most from this year's WWE video game installment?

DeFELICE: I've never missed a single video game. Ever. I'll be 24 in August and I got every up-to-date American wrestling video game as they were released. When THQ went out of business in 2013, it was the end of an era. They had been handling the WWE video games since 1999 and things were about to undergo a serious change because it was announced that the industry leader in sports game developers, 2K, was taking over the reigns of the WWE video game franchise. I'll keep this short and sweet. I have hated the changes that 2K games brought on to this franchise. They've had great concepts but THQ worked so hard to get to the point that they got to you and I feel like 2K stripped away all of that and started from scratch and that's not always the best thing. Here's a compilation of one particular night of tweeting when I went off on the WWE Games profile on Twitter because of the lack of basic things in the video game: tweets.

To date, we have yet to hear see any in game footage or screenshots for this year's installment. Therefore, I am holding out hope that we can get a cleaner display by once again eradicating the huge HUD displays for something more subtle. From my gameplay perspective, I really hope we get rid of that stupid reversal system, because in no way, shape, or form . should you be forced to leave yourself open to attack just because you're trying to overdo the perfect simulator style game. Also, on a personal note to 2K, Fire Pro Wrestling World just been released on Steam Early Access and will be coming soon the PlayStation 4. This means that you no longer have to fill the role of a pro wrestling simulator and should probably focus more on the casual audience that you can gain with a more arcade style of gameplay. We also do not have that much news announced for the game, so I'm holding out some hope for a Seth Rollins curated in game soundtrack, maybe some match types and that are new to WWE video games altogether, and I really want to see vast improvements to online gameplay.

Of the things that have been announced, I'm most excited for the return of Kurt Angle, and his epic move set. The expanded backstage brawling area is also a welcome addition for a long time fan like myself. I'm excited about our story-driven My Career because the last few iterations were so confusing that I stopped trying with them almost immediately. The new match creator actually addresses a few of the problems that I had ranted about earlier this year in the tweets I show above. Most importantly, however, I am excited for the increase that will allow eight people to be competing at one time. This is something that the aforementioned Fire Pro has beer n able to do for quite some time and other games in the past have allowed this as well but never WWE. I am counting down the days till October 12 when you can play the pre-ordered Digital Deluxe version and perhaps I will have a full review for Smark Out Moment

KEEFER: There is one thing I look forward to any video game, more specifically WWE and that is the roster. The roster of any WWE video game is what makes the game: playing as your favorite superstar. I'll get to the roster but one other thing that intrigues me as much as the playable characters is the concept behind the video game's story. Seth Rollins graces the cover this year and he is portrayed as a hardcore heel who goes on a rampage and tramples the legends of the company. This character is who Rollins should be in real life. His current run as a face with Dean Ambrose is good, but he is better as a heel.

Now the roster: Kurt Angle is a playable character this year and players can get a look at what it will be like of and when Angle returns to the ring to wrestle once more.Since the previous game was released, there have been a few roster moves. The Hardy Boyz returned. Paige and Eva Marie are away from the company. Many superstars were called up to the main roster. The full roster hasn't been released yet but WWE needs to change the way they do things. Take the jobbers off the roster. Curt Hawkins takes a spot that could be filled by Tye Dillinger, who anyone would much rather play as. The NXT talent needs to be playable as well, which means not as many Legends. More current talent. WWE must stop relying so heavily on their past.

WIGGINS: I've followed the WWE video game series for well over a decade, starting with the glorious game that was SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth on the PlayStation 2. Today, I mainly buy it out of habit and enjoy it for a month or two, before it finds its rightful spot on the shelf and stays there, only venturing out for cases of extreme boredom. It's a shame because the theory behind a lot of aspects of the 2K series are really good on paper, such as an ever-changing and controllable Universe Mode and in-depth career mode. However, the actual product itself is just not worth playing. The nature of these game modes and the matches themselves get repetitive very quickly, and it means that after a couple of weeks you feel like you've done everything worth doing and you sit patiently for next October when the whole process starts all over again.

There are aspects of WWE 2K18 I am very much looking forward to. Having a playable Kurt Angle character back in the fold for the first time since SmackDown vs RAW 2007 is very exciting, as it means I can finally play as my favorite wrestler of all-time without having to download a pale imitation off of the community section. The Hardy Boyz also being part of the new game will be another great throwback, as will be the prospect of Bobby Roode, Drew McIntyre and Sanity as NXT roster members. And hopefully, after all these years of failing to address this standout flaw in all WWE games, they have found a way to fix the commentary to actually enhance the matches as opposed to ruining the whole experience.

Above all else though, WWE 2K18 will allow me to escape to an alternate reality where Jinder Mahal is not and never has been WWE Champion, and that makes it well worth the wait.

Question 2: New Japan Pro Wrestling is on the rise. Throughout the years, Japanese Puroresu has always had brief stints of flirtation with success in the United States. Do you think that New Japan Pro Wrestling he can become a true number two promotion in America? Who do you think is the face of that promotion?

KEEFER: NJPW is not the number two in the USA and that is a good thing. It wouldn't be as big of a deal when talent switched from them to WWE. Being the number one overseas is best for that company. WWE kills every other promotion over here in the States. The USA number two? Most likely ROH or even Lucha Underground. GFW is still working through things to be a contender.

As for the face of NJPW as this moment, Kenny Omega and I do not believe that should be true but it is. Why? It's the same issue over here: the problem of "white-washing". Omega is great and has done a lot for NJPW, but they should be led by an international star and not by American wrestlers. People know little about Kazuchika Okada, but Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are known by all.

WIGGINS: I would argue that NJPW is already the number two promotion in the USA, seeing as how its events tend to receive far more attention than anything taking place in GFW, Ring of Honor, Lucha Underground or other alternatives. Does this mean it's anywhere near ready to challenge the WWE's monopoly over wrestling? Not at all: the WWE style of wrestling is deeply ingrained among American and European wrestling fans, and the NJPW Puroresu can be a massive culture shock for fans only familiar with a WWE layout. I know it took me months to fully appreciate "strong style" and the storytelling aspects of NJPW matches, but now I'm past the initial translation issues, I find myself more consistently entertained by these than WWE contests.

As for who the face is, if NJPW are serious about mounting an attempt at recruiting American fans away from WWE, they should place their eggs in Kenny Omega's basket. While most believe the Cleaner is destined to make a splash in WWE in a similar fashion to AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura in the next few years, Omega has the charisma, in-ring ability, promo skills and unbridled imagination to push NJPW to the next level. While I would argue that he is still a step below Kazuchika Okada in terms of look, technique and presentation, to appeal to the American wrestling audience at large, they would need someone that speaks English fluently and can form a bridge between the WWE and NJPW styles of wrestling. Omega fits that bill, but a lengthy feud between him and Okada will be crucial to the growth of NJPW into the American consciousness.

But, if an alternative is required should Omega chase the money and fame a WWE contract would provide, NJPW could be sitting on the next big babyface in wrestling: Juice Robinson. Yes - the man most NXT fans would recognize as CJ Parker the tree-hugger, is poised to be one of NJPW's biggest stars in the next five years. If they need a big American star that is easy to get behind, Robinson is the best option they've got.

DeFELICE: NJPW has always been a cult phenomenon in the United States for as long as I can remember. You always hear stories about how great Japanese wrestling or Puroresu was in the 90s and the legendary story of Dynamite Kid and his rivalry with Tiger Mask in the late 70s/early 80s. The appeal of Puro to American fans is simple, whatever is popular in our country is lame and this is cool because it's foreign and somewhat underground. I'm sure I will be disagreed with here, but in my eyes that is the base of the brand's popularity. For some reason, there is a fascination with trying to be cooler and more informed than whatever is popular, however, at the end of the day we know we want to see our favorite underground stars reach the big stage and no matter what anyone says, the big stage is WrestleMania.

No, I don't believe that NJPW could ever be a legit number two in America. Don't get me wrong, i'm grateful for the company's growth into the United States, and so glad that I can watch weekly on AXS TV, but I do not think it will ever become a staple in American wrestling. For starters, just look at the name. They are first and foremost a Japanese company. That will never change, nor should it. One of the things I hate about the crossover into the US is that the style doesn't translate well. Also, I believe that the style work better when the US had their own style and Japan actually provided contrast. In recent years, most American wrestlers, even WWE Superstars, have adopted some aspects of the Japanese 'strong style' into every match and it makes the Japanese matches less special. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega had two matches this year they were absolutely phenomenal but to a large scale they were just longer versions of matches you can see on every WWE extravaganza. That's part of the problem with the blending of the cultures. It doesn't feel as unique as it used to. I believe that Okada and Omega are both the face of the brand. Kazuchika is the traditional Japanese hero and Kenny is the American who is helping bring awareness to the brand over in this country. I believe that with these warriors at the helm, NJPW will reach new heights globally, but I don't think you'll ever see them steal any thunder from WWE in America.

Question 3: Of the announced matches for this year's SummerSlam, which are you most looking forward to so far and why?

WIGGINS: XSummerSlam is looking interesting this year, and I don't know if it's in a good or bad way. There's a great deal of intrigue surrounding the announced and rumored matches, which could result in one of the best PPVs in recent memory, or a complete disappointment. Obviously the biggest selling point for me is the Fatal Four Way for the Universal Championship, as it features four superstars that could realistically win and I'd be happy with it. Brock Lesnar is a proven draw as a part-time champion, Roman Reigns generates massive reactions from crowds whether you love him or hate him, Braun Strowman's popularity and ability is growing week by week and Samoa Joe has been the MVP of 2017 so far for me. All four of these behemoths battling for the title can't possibly go wrong - right?

Outside of this huge main event, the rest of the card has potential, but still needs time to develop. The thought of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose combining to challenge for the Raw Tag Team titles, The New Day and The Usos clashing again and Shinsuke Nakamura potentially winning the WWE Championship are all intriguing options. Sadly, one match I have no excitement whatsoever for is Alexa Bliss vs Bayley for the Raw Women's Championship - when you make a rematch for arguably the worst WWE match of 2017 so far and Bayley has even less credibility now as she did back then, don't expect me to be too excited to see them fight again.

DeFELICE: SummerSlam is a wrestling tradition older than probably most people who work for this website. It's probably my second or third favorite show of the year. This year's event once again returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. As I'm writing this, there are four matches announced. The Universal Title, the WWE title, and both Women's Championships. Without a doubt, I'm looking forward to the Fatal Four Way for the Universal Championship the most. All four of these men are absolute monsters and I'm looking forward to the destruction that they're going to cause in Brooklyn. I'm expecting Brock Lesnar to walk away with his championship still firmly in his grasp, but not before we see one of the best matches that the beast has ever taken part of.

Aside from that, I'm also looking forward to whatever they do with the duo of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. These are two special guys who are absolute magic together no matter what they're doing. Reminds me very much of Shawn Michaels and Triple H and how no matter what they did, whether it was as enemies or friends, they were going to be the best part of the show in my eyes and that's exactly how I feel about the former brothers in arms.

KEEFER: The main event for SummerSlam will most likely crown a new champion, with Lesnar focusing back on UFC. It is the most predictable match of the night and that hurts the match's chances of being an intriguing story. The same can be said about Mahal's title defense. Rumors have it that Mahal could have his reign ended soon due to low ratings. Bailey vs Bliss would have been my choice, but Bayley is injured and doubtful. Of the announced matches, the Fatal 4-way intrigues me because I am curious on which way the company goes with the title and who wins it next. Will they try with Reigns again and probably fail or will Strowman upset and dominate as the new Beast.

Honestly, I am more intrigued about the possible matches that could be booked soon. The Miz vs Jason Jordan for the Intercontinental Championship could be one of the best matches of the night. The New Day vs. The Usos is becoming quite the feud with Usos being a great heel team. A promo from Breezango would interest me more than a few of the already announced matches. The rest of the card just seems predictable. It would be dumb to change the US title again. Natalya isn't a right fit to be the champion right now. Orton vs Rusev will be a nice new matchup, but not all too interesting right now as the feud is only days old.

Those are our thoughts on the issue, but where do you stand?
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          WWE Power Rankings Top 25 Superstars This Week: 8/6/2017        
Welcome to another edition of Power Rankings from Smark Out Moment! Each week, we will break down the current roster and examine who has gone up the WWE hierarchy and who has unfortunately taken a step down the ladder. Factoring in things such as wins and losses, suspensions, injuries, making a name for one's self, being humiliated, and more, who is at the top of the food chain and who needs to make up some ground next week?

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25. Chad Gable

Despite a loss this week on SmackDown Live, Chad Gable impressed a lot of people and showed that for a small guy he has a big future as a singles star. His quick, crisp match with Rusev was received very positively by the crowd and online, as Gable attempts to keep up with the push former partner Jason Jordan has been given on Raw.

24. Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens' rematch for the United States Championship didn't exactly go to plan, although the match with AJ Styles was one of the best they've had in their ongoing rivalry. The disputed finish thanks to a flimsy referee means Owens will have one last opportunity to take back his title, only he not only has to contend with Styles, but also Shane McMahon as the special guest referee.

23. The Miz

The Miz and a microphone is a match made in heaven, and he's going to need every ounce of his untouchable promo skills in his quest to get Jason Jordan over. He helped his upcoming rival's cause during Miz TV on Raw, goading Kurt Angle's son and being launched into his Miztourage by a belly-to-belly suplex.

22. Samoa Joe

There is no doubting Samoa Joe has been one of the biggest positives of 2017 so far, but a significant loss sees him stuck in the lower reaches of these rankings. In Raw's highly promoted triple threat match, Joe was the one with his shoulders planted to the mat after a Spear from Roman Reigns. A sign of things to come at SummerSlam, or will this just serve to infuriate the Destroyer?

21. The Big Show

He may be entering the twilight of his career, but The Big Show is still making the main event of Raw. Although, this clash with Big Cass is unlikely to make it onto the Giant's highlight reel when he does hang up his colossal boots. This tedious brawl ended with Big Show suffering a DQ loss, get beaten down, and then respond with a KO punch.

20. Sheamus & Cesaro

The Raw Tag Team Champions have been conspicuously absent these last few weeks, as the rest of the brand's tag teams are too busy squabbling among each other. Still, Sheamus decided to end their break from the ring in a match with Seth Rollins, which ended in a victory for the Architect. Cesaro joined Sheamus for a post-match beatdown of Rollins, before a run-in by Dean Ambrose evened the odds for the reluctant partners.

19. John Cena

Whenever John Cena loses it's a shock, especially when it as clean as a sheet. But that's what happened on SmackDown Live this week, as his fabled dream match with Shinsuke Nakamura unfolded. Living up to its billing as two megastars colliding, Cena came up short against the Japanese sensation, floored by the Kinshasa. Still, he was able to give Baron Corbin an AA through the announce table after the match, so some positives to take away.

18. Braun Strowman

The other member of Raw's major Triple Threat match, Braun Strowman demonstrated his monstrous power against both Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe, who are both far from cruiserweights themselves. Despite yet another strong showing, Strowman was left lying at ringside as Reigns pinned Joe.

17. The Usos

Two years ago, fan consensus was the Usos could get it all done in the ring but were lacking in charisma and character. Their awesome promo on the latest SmackDown Live showed they are now a total package, and have become the most eye-catching tag team in WWE today, whether it's in the ring or on the microphone.

16. Dean Ambrose

Although he made it clear earlier in the night him and Seth Rollins weren't back on the same page, Dean Ambrose again was the savior for his former Shield brother as he was beaten down by Raw Tag Champions Sheamus & Cesaro. This is the most interesting character arc Ambrose has been on in years, and this uneasy reunion with Rollins could be one of the top talking points heading into SummerSlam.

15. Finn Balor

Suffering from weeks of Bray Wyatt's vague warnings and unexpected attacks, Finn Balor finally fired back against the Eater of Worlds. Ending the most recent of Wyatt's endless speeches (which I was eternally grateful for), Balor struck from the darkness to send his rival scrambling to the outside. A slow build to what is sure to be a supernatural encounter.

14. Jason Jordan

After months in the wilderness with American Alpha, Jason Jordan must be pinching himself that he seems to be on course for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Appearing on Miz TV, Jordan took exception to Miz's comments about his 'father' Kurt Angle, and proceeded to launch the arrogant champion into Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel before fleeing the scene.

13. Becky Lynch

The Lass-Kicker appears to be transitioning from one tag team match to another currently, without any real direction herself. Still, Becky Lynch continue to pick up victories in this holding pattern, as this week she teamed with Naomi to defeat Carmella and Natalya. Sadly, partnering the SmackDown Women's Champion seems to be as close to the belt Lynch will get for the foreseeable future.

12. Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins' inability to earn back the trust of his former friend Dean Ambrose has coincided with a winning streak, which continued on Raw with a victory over Sheamus. A quick sunset flip earned the win over the Raw Tag Team Champion, and he earned a 2-on-1 beating as a reward. Eventually, Ambrose was on hand to save Rollins from the mugging, but their frosty relationship is showing no signs of thawing just yet.

11. Rusev

Although he failed to overcome the might of America and John Cena at Battleground, Rusev was back to winning ways on SmackDown Live. In an entertaining battle with Chad Gable, the Bulgarian Brute forced him to submit to the Accolade and demanded competition for SummerSlam. This brought forward Randy Orton, who answered this challenge with an RKO out of nowhere.

10. Big Cass

While Big Cass isn't exactly lighting the world on fire with his promos or in-ring work, it is clear those with power in WWE are behind him by giving his match with The Big Show the main event spot on the latest episode of Raw. Big Cass secured another win, albeit by disqualification, to continue his heavy push. Although, a Big Show KO punch took the shine off his main event victory.

9. Bayley

In the latest example of full-proof Bayley booking, the number one contender for the Raw Women's Championship battled Nia Jax. She was tossed around by her imposing opponent, but snuck away with a countout victory despite interference by Alexa Bliss. However, an apparent shoulder injury, which most are unsure is a work or real, could place her title opportunity at SummerSlam in jeopardy.

8. Elias

He may have lost his second name, but Elias followed up his victory over Finn Balor with another positive result, this time against Kalisto. While you are probably surprised that Kalisto is still on WWE's payroll, you will be less surprised to hear that Elias squashed the luchadore comfortably and continue arguably the most unexpected push of an NXT star in recent memory.

7. Aiden English

Last week, I sat in shock as Aiden English won a match with Tye Dillinger. This week, my jaw was once again on the floor as English secured another clean win, this time over Sami Zayn. Aiden English defeated Sami Zayn on SmackDown Live in about a minute. Even by WWE standards that was bizarre to witness.

6. Akira Tozawa

In the Cruiserweight Division, Akira Tozawa cemented his place as the number one contender for Neville's championship with two victories. The first of these was in a six-man tag on Raw, flanked by Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann against Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and TJP. Then, on 205 Live, Tozawa defeated Daivari again to confirm his position as Neville's next challenger.

5. Naomi

SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi not only has the challenge of Natalya to contend with at SummerSlam, but also the constant threat of Carmella and her Money in the Bank briefcase. So, she must be glowing with confidence following a tag team victory over both of these challengers on SmackDown Live, forcing Carmella to tap out in the middle of the ring.

4. The Hardy Boyz

Following a few weeks of defeats in the aftermath of Great Balls of Fire, the Hardy Boyz were back on a roll on the latest episode of Raw. First, they overcame the challenge of Gallows & Anderson in a tag team contest, and then were standing tall after a wild brawl with both The Club and The Revival post-match. Matt and Jeff's momentum may have stalled, but they seem to have broken their losing streak.

3. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns had a big momentum boost heading into SummerSlam's Universal Championship match on the latest Raw with a preview Triple Threat match. As is often the case, Reigns overcame the odds to defeat both Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman and establish himself as the favorite to dethrone Brock Lesnar in the upcoming Fatal Four Way. But how much bite did this hard-fought victory take out of the Big Dog?

2. AJ Styles

After frequent title changes in the United States Championship scene in the past month, it was pretty remarkable to see AJ Styles retain his title against Kevin Owens on SmackDown Live this week. However, with another result between these two steeped in controversy, Styles will have to beat Owens again at SummerSlam to end this feud once and for all, with Styles' WrestleMania 33 opponent Shane McMahon as the guest referee.

1. Shinsuke Nakamura

Despite his lukewarm introduction to WWE after his NXT run, Shinsuke Nakamura took off in a big way on SmackDown Live this week. A dream match scenario with John Cena for the right to challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, and Nakamura secured one of the biggest wins of his career. He almost had to break Cena's neck to do so, but one explosive Kinshasa was enough to overcome the sixteen-time champion and put him on a collision course with Mahal.

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Tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw for July 31, 2017 is coming to you live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. Follow along here for ongoing coverage of the results of the show to find out what happens as things occur and chat with fellow WWE fans in the comments below!

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The home of Raw GM Kurt Angle will continue to see the build to the Biggest Party of the Summer. A triple threat between 3 of the 4 men in the SummerSlam main event face off tonight as Braun Strowman takes on both Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns. Jason Jordan will face his "dad's" home crowd for the first time since the big announcement, and will do so on the set of MizTV.

PROMO (In-Ring): Kurt Angle comes in and talks up SummerSlam, and gives us a rundown for tonight. Big Show vs. Big Cass, The Miz hosts Jason Jordan on MizTV, and the big triple threat main event. Before Angle can leave the ring he is greeted by Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman. Heyman starts off by saying he knows what Angle is up to, and its that he has to take the Universal Championship off Brock Lesnar. He questions why he puts his client in a fatal four way, and then talks up the three other men involved in the match. Heyman knows that Angle wants Joe as champ, and its because he has pressure from the bigwigs above that they need to see the title on Raw more. They want Lesnar to pay the ultimate price, but if Lesnar loses the belt at SummerSlam he will leave WWE and Heyman goes with him. But he lets him know that he will not be losing the belt, and that his client will retain and defend his Universal Championship.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: The Hardy Boyz vs. Anderson & Gallows

The Revival is on commentary for this one.

RESULTS: The Hardy Boyz win via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Really fun match, and The Revival was real good on commentary.

After the match, The Revival and Hardy's battle on the stage and Anderson & Gallows get involved. The Hardy Boyz stand tall.

PROMO (Backstage): Renee Young interviews Dean Ambrose and asks about his match alongside Seth Rollins last week. She asks if the two are getting back together. He said even though the two looked good together, he hints at him saying no. Then Seth shows up saying it felt like old times. Dean says he still has no trust for Seth Rollins. Even though everyone wants it, even a little bit of him, he isn't getting burnt twice.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (Backstage): Cesaro & Sheamus brag about the trust they have for one another in front of Seth, and rub it in his face that he is all alone. Seth eventually challenges the duo to a handicap match, and then Sheamus says that he should stop digging the hole he is in.

MATCH: Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese, & TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, & Akira Tozawa (w Titus O'Neil)

RESULTS: Swann, Alexander, and Tozawa win via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: A lot going on here, and it really wasn't bad. I'm still not a fan of Tozawa.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (MIZTV WITH JASON JORDAN): MizTV stars Kurt Angles son, Jason Jordan. Miz starts off by saying he hates Pittsburgh, and then introduces Jason Jordan. He asks how this whole thing with Kurt has been, and then asks why he thinks people boo him. He says that The Miz should know all about boos. The Miz hints that he gets more opportunities than most, and offers him a proposition. He wants to guide Jason Jordan's career because the comparisons to Angle are uncanny. He wants JJ on the Miztourage. Which, of course, he says no. The Miz keeps trying to talk him into it, but he still shoots him down. The Miz says that he isn't surprised because the GM is his dad and will hand him everything. Jordan says that he doesn't want any preferential treatment, and he will not get it. He will earn it. He would rather be destroyed than associate with someone like The Miz. The Miz then absolutely trashes Kurt Angle, and Jordan says that no one talks about his dad like that. The Miz attacks, but Jordan gets the better of Miz and leaves with a smile after launching him into the Miztourage.

VIDEO PACKAGE: Roman talks over a highlight reel and says he will win not only the triple threat match tonight, but the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus (w Cesaro)

RESULTS: Seth Rollins wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Meh match between two solid guys. More time would've been better.

After the match, Sheamus and Cesaro attack. Cue Dean Ambrose? Yep, there he is. Ambrose for the save. Both Dean and Seth get beat down by the tag champs one by one.

VIDEO PACKAGE: Now its Samoa Joe's turn for talking over his highlight reel about winning at SummerSlam.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (In-Ring): Bray Wyatt says that this place is not safe for Finn Balor. Finn is nothing but an ordinary man who does extraordinary things. Bray sees him for what he truly is, a shell of a man that never was. Soon enough, Finn shows up in the ring and hits a Pele kick. This was a long winded snooze.

VIDEO PACKAGE: Finally, it's Braun's turn to hype himself up over a highlight video.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

RESULTS: Roman Reigns wins via pinfall on Samoa Joe.
THOUGHTS: This alone could've been a viable main event on a PPV. But now at SummerSlam you add Brock Lesnar into this? We are in for a total treat as fans.

PROMO (Backstage): Enzo apologizes to Big Show about getting him into this mess with Cass, and says he would be a lot worse off if not for him. Big Show says he appreciates that, and Cass needs a lesson in respect.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (In-Ring): Elias Sampson, now known solely as Elias?, sings a crappy song about Pittsburgh and its not good. I love Elias, but they need to stop this singing before every match.

MATCH: Elias Sampson vs. Kalisto

RESULTS: Elias wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: So is it Elias or Elias Sampson? Either way, I like him.

PROMO (Backstage): Charly asks Alexa Bliss about Bayley getting another title shot, and she says she's glad. She has already proven she can beat Bayley multiple times. She didn't want to face Sasha again anyway, and she's glad she'll be watching from home.

*Commercial Break*

PROMO (Backstage): Seth thanks Dean for helping him, and Dean said it wasn't for him. Dean says the only reason he came out there is that Seth put him in a position that if he didn't come out that he would've looked like the bad guy. So he better be able to handle the next fight he picks.

MATCH: Nia Jax vs. Bayley

RESULTS: Bayley wins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Yawn.

After the match, Alexa comes after Bayley but Bayley gets away.

PROMO (Backstage): Big Cass is interviewed by Renee Young, but I honestly have no clue what he said. I was distracted by his AWFUL spray tan that I got lost. Holy crap.

*Commercial Break*

MATCH: Big Cass vs. Big Show (w Enzo Amore)

RESULTS: Enzo gets involved for a DQ.
THOUGHTS: This is our main event? I'm a little surprised by this. UPDATE: It wasn't worthy. You send the crowd out with this and not the triple threat that has your top three everyday guys in it? This show ended with a dud, and a big one at that.

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           Diagram showing key threats to Pacific Island nations.         

Diagram showing key threats to Pacific Island nations. Diagram from "A vision for effective and streamlined reporting in the Pacific" newsletter. http://ian.umces.edu/press/newsletters/publication/375/a_vision_for_effective_and_streamlined_reporting_in_the_pacific_2012-07-17/ 

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           Diagram showing example indicators for nearshore marine habitat in the Pacific, including coral cover, coral health, fish biomass, fish richness, and water quality.         

Diagram showing example indicators for nearshore marine habitat in the Pacific, including coral cover, coral health, fish biomass, fish richness, and water quality. Diagram from "A vision for effective and streamlined reporting in the Pacific" newsletter. http://ian.umces.edu/press/newsletters/publication/375/a_vision_for_effective_and_streamlined_reporting_in_the_pacific_2012-07-17/ 

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          Re: Samoa 2.0        
Who's fooling who? Developers aren't looking to "renovate" the town, they're in the business of making money from building.
Posted by Problem #1 is obvious1
          Re: Samoa 2.0        
Clearly, we need a "concerned citizens" group to sue the CCC over this decision. They're going to build homes that will last well into the period of dramatic rising tides.
Posted by Sad1
          Re: Samoa 2.0        
Calling the THA "economically significant" is a bit of a stretch.
Posted by bitman
          Re: Samoa 2.0        
Not one word about the Timber Heritage Association Museum project, the Samoa roundhouse and shop buildings or the proposed tourist railway, arguably as historic and economically significant as anything out there. Why is everything in Humboldt County srewed on backwards?
Posted by Alfred Doten1
          Re: Samoa 2.0        
Security National could learn something from this project, and the way it has been managed
Posted by JB
          Kryzys tożsamości i złoty medal        

Kiedy wracamy z wakacyjnych podróży do rzeczywistości, często przeżywamy kryzys tożsamości. Rozglądamy się dookoła z pytaniami w głowie: "kim jestem?", "co ja tu robię?", "do czego dążę?"

Wtedy wystarczy otworzyć dowolną gazetę.

Ja tak właśnie zrobiłem i dzięki temu dowiedziałem się, że minister Macierewicz odznaczył swojego własnego rzecznika nazwiskiem Misiewicz złotym medalem za zasługi dla kraju.

Nie słyszałem jeszcze nigdy, żeby jakikolwiek rzecznik rządowych instytucji dostał order za zasługi. Biorąc pod uwagę to, że głównym zadaniem rzecznika jest kłamać o...

          Tożsamość        
Piosenka o tym kim jestem. Nie wiesz kim jesteś? Nie przejmuj się! Zawsze się znajdą tacy, co wiedzą!...
          Check Out This 100kg, Seven-Year-Old Samoan Rugby Machine [Video]        
He is the dream teammate and an opposition's nightmare, steamrolling through tackles on his way to the try line. Apparently Vaka Tuitupou is a gentle giant, too.
          Re: The Dem Schism Gets Real        

12:01am: Up late night drinking? If you are so pationate, why not just identify yourself?
Posted by samoasoftball

          2014 World Cup 2nd Group Phase: Highest Top Speed        
The players with the highest top speed (km/h) in the 2nd World Cup group phase.

33.52 - Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire)
33.08 - Pereira (Uruguay)
33.01 - Di Maria (Argentina)

32.98 - Srna (Croatia)
32.98 - Johnson (USA)
32.90 - Mustafi (Germany)
32.33 - Sissoko (France)

31.97 - Rodriguez (Uruguay)
31.79 - Perisic (Croatia)
31.79 - Fabian (Mexico)
31.79 - Bernard (Brazil)
31.79 - Mesbah (Algeria)

31.61 - Van Buyten (Belgium)
31.61 - Nounkeu (Cameroon)
31.61 - Martinez (Spain)
31.61 - Azpilicueta (Spain)
31.61 - Mehmedi (Switzerland)
31.61 - Coates (Uruguay)
31.61 - Almeida (Portugal)

31.46 - Abate (Italy)
31.43 - Luis Gustavo (Brazil)
31.39 - Alba (Spain)
31.25 - Montazeri (Iran)
31.25 - Matuidi (France)
31.25 - Lallana (England)
31.07 - Kanunnikov (Russia)
31.07 - Willian (Brazil)
31.07 - Nkoulou (Cameroon)
31.07 - Bolanos (Costa Rica)
31.03 - Bentaleb (Algeria)

30.92 - Hernandez (Mexico)
30.89 - Matip (Cameroon)
30.89 - Sammir (Croatia)
30.89 - Asamoah (Ghana)
30.89 - Dejagah (Iran)
30.85 - Guardado (Mexico)
30.85 - Lavezzi (Argentina)
30.85 - Onazi (Nigeria)
30.85 - Seferovic (Switzerland)
30.85 - Gimenez (Uruguay)

30.71 - Moukandjo (Cameroon)
30.71 - Serey (Cote d'Ivoire)
30.71 - Sanchez (Colombia)
30.71 - Gutierrez (Colombia)
30.71 - Nagatomo (Japan)

30.67 - De Bruyne (Belgium)
30.67 - Rooney (England)
30.67 - Yedlin (USA)

30.53 - Sanchez (Chile)
30.53 - Ibarbo (Colombia)
30.53 - Agyemang Badu (Ghana)
30.53 - Manolas (Greece)
30.53 - Godin (Uruguay)

30.49 - Zuniga (Colombia)
30.49 - Boateng (Ghana)
30.49 - Yun (South Korea)

30.35 - Fellaini (Belgium)
30.35 - Assou Ekotto (Cameroon)
30.35 - Zokora (Cote d'Ivoire)
30.35 - Costly (Honduras)
30.35 - Gago (Argentina)
30.35 - Chiellini (Italy)

30.17 - Armero (Colombia)
30.17 - Cuadrado (Colombia)
30.17 - Gyan (Ghana)
30.17 - Brahimi (Algeria)
30.17 - Barkley (England)

30.13 - Boye (Ghana)
30.13 - Ghoochannejad (Iran)
30.13 - Okazaki (Japan)
30.13 - Veloso (Portugal)




30.00km/h ~ 18.64mph
31.00km/h ~ 19.26mph
32.00km/h ~ 19.88mph
33.00km/h ~ 20.51mph


Top 10 fastest players of the World Cup through the first 2 games of the group stage:
33.52 - Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire)
33.08 - Pereira (Uruguay)
33.01 - Di Maria (Argentina)
32.98 - Srna (Croatia)
32.98 - Johnson (USA)
32.90 - Mustafi (Germany)
32.33 - Sissoko (France)
32.33 - Varane (France)
32.29 - Hummels (Germany)
32.15 - Coentrao (Portugal)





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اقيم يوم أمس في Ø¯ÙŠØªØ±ÙˆÙŠØª عرض محلي خاص بعرض سماك داون, و قاد شارك فيه بروك ليزنر  Ø³Ø§Ù…Ùˆ جو, ليزنر الذي دافع عن لقبه و انتصر على سامو جو بهذا النزال, أترككم مع بعض فيديوهات هذا النزال :



          One Bowl Mini Baked Samoa Donuts        

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          Comment on American Samoa: The Last Perennial Losers? by Paaga Provides Positives for American Samoa | Extra Time        
[…] fellow forward and then-seventeen-year-old Shalom Luani starred as the senior team claimed their first ever international win, a 2-1 success over Tonga, and Luani’s two goals in the three-game World Cup qualifying series made him the […]
          NXT Takeover Toronto Triple H Conference Call        

Triple H returns with his usual pre Takeover Conference call. NXT Takeover Toronto happens Saturday November 19th, 2016. The card is: NXT Title Match: Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura NXT Women’s Title Match: Mickie James vs. Asuka 2 of 3 Falls for the NXT Tag Team Titles: #DIY vs. The Revival Dusty Rhodes Tag Team […]

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          Harlequins: Quins confirm capture of Samoan centre Alofa Alofa        
Harlequins trialist Alofa Alofa has done enough to land a permanent switch to the Stoop after agreeing terms with the former Premiership champions this week.
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          Balsamico-Essig – Worauf man beim Kauf achten sollte        
Balsamico-Essig – “Gaumenbalsam” aus Italien Aceto Balsamico, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia – viele Begriffe, doch welche Bedeutung haben sie? Balsamico kommt aus dem italienischen „il balsamo“, das soviel wie „der Balsam“ bedeutet und stützt sich ...
          Hlavním tahákem Primy bude Kapitán Exner, vrací se Partička        
Tisková konference Primy informující o podzimních programových novinkách se konala v prostorách pražské ZOO. Místo konání nebylo vybráno samoúčelně, jedna z epizod hlavní novinky, Kapitán Exner s Vladimírem Dlouhým, se totiž odehrává zde.
          ESCRITORES EN EDIMBURGO Y LA TUMBA DE CLARINDA        
VERSIÓ EN CATALÀ

El Museo de los Escritores de Edimburgo es un lugar pequeño y encantador, un poco escondido en la ciudad vieja. La entrada es gratuita, como todos los museos de gestión pública, y es como subir a un faro por una escalera de caracol estrecha y empinada. Está dedicado a tres de los escritores escoceses más emblemáticos: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson y Sir Walter Scott.



Nada más entrar encontramos la sala dedicada a Scott (1871-32). Manuscritos, su bastón, un mechón de sus cabellos! Scott fue un gran exponente del romanticismo inglés y además fue el encargado de organizar la histórica visita del Rey George IV a Escocia en la que se levantó la prohibición de utilizar el traje típico escocés. Con el primer dinero que ganó gracias a sus escritos se pagó clases de italiano para poder leer en lengua original sus poetas favoritos. 

En la primera planta se encuentra la exposición dedicada a la vida y obra de Robert Burns (1759-1796) el poeta nacional escocés. Los escoceses todavía celebran la Noche de Burns, el día de su nacimiento, el 25 de enero, en Escocia y en cualquier lugar donde haya escoceses. Es una cena con un ritual muy concreto que incluye platos tradicionales, brindis, lectura de poemas, baile, juramentos de lealtad a la Corona y exaltación emocionada de los valores escoceses. 

El sótano está dedicado al R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894), mi favorito, creador de La isla del tesoro y del Doctor Jekyll y Mister Hyde. Él sólo quería dedicarse a escribir y viajar. Y así lo hizo. También me gusta mucho su historia de amor con Fanny Osbourne. Tuvo una vida intensa, aventurera y apasionante que le llevó a viajar por Europa, Estados Unidos y las islas del Pacífico Sur donde los nativos le dieron el nombre de Tusitala, el que cuenta historias. Su salud siempre fue muy delicada y murió en Samoa a los 44 años. En el museo se pueden ver muchas fotografías suyas y objetos personales como un anillo hecho con caparazón de tortuga con el nombre de Tusitala en plata. 

Aparte del Museo de los Escritores, Edimburgo está llena de referencias literarias. Muy cerca de Calton Hill hay una pequeña plaza que se llama Picardy Place y que casi pasa desapercibida. Aquí nació Arthur Conan Doyle y actualmente hay una estatua de Sherlock Holmes y un pub típicamente británico que toma su nombre.



En la ciudad vieja hay un par de bares que se disputan el honor de ser el lugar donde JK Rowling comenzó a escribir Harry Potter.


Cerca de la residencia oficial de la Reina, el palacio de Holyrood, hay una iglesia muy pequeña y muy bonita., la iglesia de Canongate. Por dentro está pintada de blanco y azul celeste y los primeros bancos están reservados para la familia real. No tiene vidrieras ni apenas imágenes y en la puerta hay unas señoras encantadoras que te cuentan todo lo que quieras saber. La iglesia es del siglo XVII y al lado hay un cementerio donde está enterrada Clarinda. Su nombre real era Agnes MacLehose y fue amiga y musa del poeta Robert Burns de quien hablábamos antes. En realidad parece que nunca llegaron a ser amantes, pero sí que tuvieron siempre una conexión bastante especial, que intercambiaron muchas cartas y que Burns le escribió bellos poemas de amor. La tumba de Clarinda no dice nada. Sólo su nombre, su imagen grabada en la piedra y un rosal en flor a sus pies. 



Supe quién era aquella mujer misteriosa cinco minutos después de salir del cementerio porque al lado hay un salón de té precioso que se llama Clarinda's Tea Room que tiene un aire victoriano muy particular. En la carta donde puedes elegir los tés y los pasteles de la merienda se cuenta la historia de Clarinda. Y se pueden comer algunos de los pasteles más buenos de Edimburgo.



          Louis Berger Supports American Samoa Storm Recovery With Power Plant Reconstruction        

Seven new diesel generators will replace the tsunami-destroyed Satala Power Plant.

(PRWeb June 26, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10871761.htm


          "Mieć szansę na to, by żyć naprawdę"        

PREMIERA 11 MAJA!

Sabine ma osiemnaście lat i dwa, zupełnie odmienne, życia. Odkąd pamięta, co 24 godziny, dokładnie w samym środku nocy, przeskakuje z jednego wcielenia w drugie. Przez dobę żyje w Wellesley, gdzie ma dosłownie wszystko- przystojnego chłopaka, który świata poza nią nie widzi, urocze przyjaciółki, wspaniałe stopnie i pozycję w szkole oraz perspektywy na malującą się w różowych barwach przyszłość- by, gdy wybije północ, przybrać tożsamość Sabine z Roxbury, która wygląda, co prawda tak samo, ale pod wieloma względami jest inna- ma młodszą siostrzyczkę, zamiast dwóch starszych i oschłych braci, mieszka w ciasnym domku, a nie willi z basenem, zaś jej rodzice należą raczej do ludzi niezamożnych niż bogatych. Dziewczyna czuje się rozdarta między jednym a drugim życiem, przeskoki pomiędzy zupełnie różnymi tożsamościami odbierają jej jakąś część siebie- od lat stara się je jednak godzić i przywyknąć do takiej podwójnej egzystencji. Ale pewnego dnia, przez jeden niepozorny wypadek wszystko się zmienia i Sabine odkrywa, że to, co robi w jednym życiu, w żaden sposób nie wpływa na drugie- ma dwa odrębne ciała. Wówczas w jej głowie nieśmiało kiełkuje myśl, że może mieć tylko jedną tożsamość. Że może wybrać któreś wcielenie i w końcu żyć normalnie. Ale jakim kosztem?

Dawno nie miałam takiego mętliku w głowie po lekturze książki. Chaosu myśli, tumultu emocji i refleksji. Sama nie wiem, co mam myśleć o powieści pani Shirvington, bo daleko mi do pełnego nad nią zachwytu, a, z drugiej strony nie mogę zaliczyć jej też do pozycji zupełnie przeciętnych i niczym się niewyróżniających. "Między życiem a życiem" ma zarówno wiele wspaniałych zalet jak i kilka znaczących wad, które razem sprawiają, że jestem rozdarta w ocenie książki, niczym bohaterka między jedną tożsamością a drugą. Zacznę może, jednak od samego początku...

Przede wszystkim nie mogę wyjść z podziwu, jak wspaniale pani Shirvington wykreowała postać głównej bohaterki. A powinnam właściwie powiedzieć głównych bohaterek, bo Sabine z Wellesley i Sabine z Roxbury pod względem fizycznym wyglądają może tak samo, ale osobowości mają zupełnie odmienne. Początkowo wydawało mi się więcej niż dziwne, to, że protagonistka, która ma pełną świadomość i pierwszego i drugiego wcielenia, nie potrafi być w każdym z nich taka sama- że te jej tożsamości są aż tak nieprawdopodobnie niepodobne, przez co miałam wrażenie, iż wydarzenia śledzę z perspektywy nie jednej osoby, ale dwóch. Dwóch narratorek, z których jedną obdarzyłam szczerą sympatią, podczas gdy drugiej nie mogłam po prostu znieść. Po głębszym zastanowieniu doszłam jednak do wniosku, że ma to wszystko większy sens. Bo czyż i my nie mamy czasami wrażenia, że istnieje takie drugie "ja"? Czyż w pewnych sytuacjach, przy pewnych osobach nie zachowujemy się, inaczej niż zwykle, zupełnie do nas niepodobnie? Przykładowo, takiej Nadzie gęba się zwykle nie zamyka i uznawana jest przez niektórych za straszną gadułę, ale przy ludziach, których nie zna zbyt dobrze zwykle milczy, odpowiada półgębkiem na zadawane pytania i zamyka się w sobie. Czyli są takie dwie, różne jak ogień i woda Nady w jednej. Nie inaczej jest z naszą książkową Sabine- w Roxbury ujawnia się jej bardziej wyluzowane "ja" z sarkastycznym poczuciem humoru i totalnie rozbrajającą szczerością na czele, podczas gdy w Wellesley do głosu dochodzi ta osobowość, która cały czas samą siebie kontroluje, gdyż stara się nikogo nie zawieść, nie zaburzyć obrazu perfekcyjnej uczennicy, lubianej gwiazdki w szkole, idealnej dziewczyny, przyjaciółki i córki. Pani Shirvington wspaniale pokazała, więc tę złożoność ludzkiego charakteru i jego dwoistość- każdy z nas ma przecież wady i zalety. Jedna część naszej osobowości jest trochę lepsza, druga trochę gorsza- jedną lubimy i akceptujemy trochę bardziej, drugą trochę mniej. I przez to właśnie, że z Sabine jest zupełnie tak samo , jest ona bardzo autentyczna, a ja całkowicie w nią uwierzyłam.

Autorka z wyczuciem ukazała także relacje międzyludzkie, a zwłaszcza więź pomiędzy rodzeństwem. Cudownie przedstawiła to, jaka jest ona szczególna, bo często objawia się darciem przysłowiowych kotów między siostrą a bratem, wzajemnymi docinkami i złośliwościami, nie raz także zwyczajną obojętnością w niektórych sprawach, ale jednocześnie trwała i bardzo mocna, bo jednak kiedy zabraknie przyjaciół, to zawsze jest jeszcze starsze rodzeństwo, które, choćby nie wiem co, wyciągnie pomocną dłoń i wesprze, pomoże, obroni. Shirvington w niezwykle subtelny sposób przedstawiła także uczucie rodzące się między dwójką młodych ludzi- wątek miłosny wypadł bardzo naturalnie i prawdziwie, rozwijał się stopniowo i powoli, a jego podstawą było nie tylko zauroczenie i zafascynowanie tą drugą osobą, ale wzajemne zaufanie i szczerość. Myślę, że w dobie wszelkiego rodzaju Young Adult i New Adult, gdzie miłość między bohaterami wybucha w jednej sekundzie i dosłownie z niczego, jest to coś wyjątkowego i zasługującego na uznanie.

Żeby jednak tak nie słodzić autorce "Między życiem a życiem", muszę zebrać trochę lukru z tej recenzji i napisać o tym, co pani Shirvington nie wyszło. Przede wszystkim jej powieść jest bardzo nierówna- z racji tego, że Sabine ma dwa życia w dwóch różnych miejscach i książka dzieli się na dwie części, które niestety nie są tak samo interesujące. Właściwie w jednej z nich nic ciekawego się nie dzieje- to po prostu zapis codziennego życia bogatej nastolatki ze stanu Massachusetts, który przypomina amerykański sen i...tyle. Gdyby, chociaż tę część książki ratowały postaci, ale i im nie zabrakło sztuczności i schematów. Zdecydowanie więcej znajdziemy w rozdziałach z perspektywy Sabine z Roxbury- nie zabraknie tam w każdym razie żywych, autentycznych bohaterów oraz humoru. Muszę przyczepić się także do sposobu zakończenia książki przez panią Shirvington- czytając ostatnie strony powieści, miałam wrażenie, że autorka pisała je na czas i pod presją, bez zastanowienia- pewne wątki rozwiązała zdecydowanie za szybko, przez co wypadły one nieprawdopodobnie i nienaturalnie. Nie opuszczała mnie także myśl, że Shirvington dosłownie w ostatnim momencie postanowiła skleić serce czytelnika, które wcześniej złamała pewnym obrotem akcji. To zdecydowanie zmieniło mój ostateczny odbiór powieści, bo jednak po lekturze książki wolę być emocjonalnie wstrząśnięta i zmiażdżona, gdyż takiej książki, po prostu prędko nie wymażę z pamięci- zostanie ze mną na dłużej- niż rozczarowana naciąganym finałem.

Czy teraz, choć odrobinę, rozumiecie, to moje rozdarcie? Nie wiem, po prostu nie wiem jak ocenić "Między życiem a życiem", bo ma tyle samo wad, co i zalet. To cudowna, pełna głębi historia o ważnych wyborach i akceptowaniu tej części siebie, której się w swojej osobie nie lubi i jednocześnie powieść rozczarowująca zakończeniem i pewnymi zabiegami autorki przygaszającymi światło, jakie ta książka ma w sobie. Nie jest wybitna, ale też daleko jej do przeciętności. Dlatego, ja wystawiam jej +3/6 i jednocześnie nieśmiało przekonuję, byście się tą końcową notą nie sugerowali za bardzo. W końcu zawsze warto samemu wyrobić sobie zdanie na jakiś temat. Także na temat książki.



Między jednym a drugim życiem Sabine znalazłam się dzięki Wydawnictwu Dreams- serdecznie dziękuję!

          "Między życiem a życiem"- Jessica Shirvington [zapowiedź]        


Między życiem a życiem” jest wspaniałą książką o miłości i życiu – pasjonująca, zabawna, skłaniająca do wzruszeń – to pozycja obowiązkowa dla wszystkich, którzy choć czasem myślą, że jedno ułożone życie zdecydowanie im nie wystarcza. 

Zobaczcie, co mogłoby się stać, gdyby wasz sen o podwójnej tożsamości nabrał rzeczywistych kształtów...  

Jest inna niż wszyscy. Od kiedy pamięta, żyje podwójnie. Co 24 godziny następuje przeskok z jednego życia do drugiego, z jednej tożsamości do drugiej, z bogatego Wellesley do skromnego Roxbury.

Wymarzone życie

Sabine z Wellesley ma wszystko, czego tylko pragnie. Imponujące przyjaciółki, drogie ciuchy, rewelacyjne stopnie w szkole i chłopaka, którego wszyscy jej zazdroszczą. Przyszłość wygląda różowo.

Wymarzona miłość


Sabine z Roxbury ma niezamożnych rodziców i wykolejonych przyjaciół – a kiedy jej tajemnica wychodzi na jaw, perspektywy jeszcze mocniej się zawężają. Lecz dzięki temu spotyka Ethana. Jest wspaniały, intrygujący, przyprawia o zawrót głowy.




PREMIERA 11 MAJA!



P.S. Co myślicie o najnowszej zapowiedzi Wydawnictwa Dreams? Wypatrujecie "Między życiem a życiem"? Ja muszę przyznać, że jestem baaardzo zaintrygowana- zwłaszcza tak wysokimi ocenami powieści pani Shirvington na portalu Goodreads (średnia ocen 4,19). Coś musi, no po prostu musi w tej książce być! :)

          Shopping Saturday -- Research @SUTRO LIBRARY or N.A.R.A.        
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




AGAIN, An Opportunity for Family Research and fairly local


 Wednesday, March 30  - $35/members AND $45/non-members


GAS's (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) Annual Trip to Sutro Library 

................but this year there is a little twist or a big ripple 

  

THE TWIST/RIPPLE this year is that you will have a choice of where you want to do your research for the day....... -do your research at  NARA (The National Archives at San Francisco) OR Sutro Branch of the California State Library?  What an amazing opportunity!! 

Time to sign up for the bus trip is now.......  the urgency is if the bus is not full the trip will be cancelled. This is such a great opportunity ......  someone else doing the driving and parking, You have the excitement of doing your own research and sharing that find with others that DO understand what you are feeling............ 

SIGN UP NOW..........  
Contact Melanie Howard  of GAS (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) for details and to sign up for the trip    melnesia@comcast.net or 916-383-1221  

Send your check made out to *Genealogical Assoc of Sac or (GAS) to 
*Melanie Howard, 7345 Pritchard Rd, Sacramento CA 95828
*Be sure to include your phone number and  pick up spot  


Did you know that Sutro Library moved several years back? The Sutro Library, the San Francisco branch of the California State Library, is located on the 5th floor of the J. Paul Leonard-Sutro Library on the San Francisco State University Campus.
  • Some of the genealogy holdings: California federal census population schedules for 1850-1930.  --1852 state census, including indexes prepared by the Daughters of the American Revolution. -- Great registers of voters, arranged by county, for 1866-1898 and 1900-1944. -- A statewide index to the 1890 great register helps to fill the gap created by the loss of the 1890 census. --City and county directories from as early as 1850. -- Telephone directories starting in 1899. --Historical newspapers from around the state  --Publications of county genealogical and historical societies. -- Compilations by California chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. -- Specialized indexes and files created by the California State Library. --A California death index covering July 1, 1905-1995 and a California marriage index covering 1949-1986.  -- The California State Library DOES NOT have birth, death, or marriage certificate
The holdings of the National Archives at San Francisco include over 70,000 cubic feet of original records dating from the 1850s to the 1980s, with a limited number of records as recent as the early 2000s.  The National Archives at San Francisco, located in our San Bruno facility, has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, including: --Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930 --Indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses (indexes are not available for all census years and all states) --Censuses listing residents of American Samoa and Native Americans in California and Nevada --Records documenting the removal of Cherokees and other tribes included in Oklahoma Removal, ca. 1900  --Passenger arrival records for the port of San Francisco  --Indexes to naturalization records from Federal courts in Honolulu, Reno (NV) and San Francisco  --Maritime records for San Francisco and other ports  --Revolutionary war military service records --Early pension and bounty land warrant applications Galveston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; -- naturalization records. AND MORE

Do you know what each offers? Find Out! Check each of them out and see.....  but don't miss out on this opportunity to do some family research with others of like mind.

Click on the links above and see what each facility has to offer for your research.........keep in mind that all their resources are not just California.............  


Details of the day.......... 
--leave at 7AM and arrive home Approx. 7:30 PM
--pick up points are: Massie Circle (South Sacramento), Arden Fair Area,          No pick up at West Sacramento this year, Mace Blvd Park & Ride in Davis, and Vacaville at Alamo Plaza
--cost -$45.00 for non members and $35.00 members of GAS
--serving Starbucks coffee, donuts, fruit and water on board
--Raffle prizes and lots of fun.

SIGN UP NOW..........  
Contact Melanie Howard  of GAS (Genealogical Association of Sacramento) for details and to sign up for the trip    melnesia@comcast.net or 916-383-1221  

Send your check made out to *Genealogical Assoc of Sac or (GAS) to 
*Melanie Howard, 7345 Pritchard Rd, Sacramento CA 95828
*Be sure to include your phone number and  pick up spot   




Shop and Support Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society.
Click here for details.
  



          9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes        

9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

If being obsessed with Girl Scout cookies is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Those young scouts know the way to our hearts is paved with chocolatey Thin Mints, chewy Caramel deLites and buttery Trefoils shortbread. To celebrate the start of Girl Scout cookie delivery season, we’ve rounded up some easy, better-for-you recipes that don’t compromise on flavor or have any unnatural preservatives — scout’s honor. If you’re vegan, gluten-free or simply looking for a slimmed-down version of your favorite cookie, whip up these treats from some of our favorite food bloggers.

RELATED: 12 Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

9 DIY Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Cookie: Samoa Bars Recipe

1. Samoa Bars (Caramel deLites copycat)

You wouldn't know this lighter version of the caramel classic has no dairy. A plain base made from walnuts gets dressed up with a coconut “caramel” topping that’s actually chopped dates. If you’re pressed for time, go the easy route and cut the dough into bars instead of cookie rings. We promise they’ll still taste just as scrumptious!  Photo and Recipe: Melinda / cooking ala mel

Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Thin Mints

2. Paleo Thin Mints (Thin Mints copycat)

Get your peppermint fix with these caveman-approved treats. Make sure to let your butter soften naturally instead of melting it so your dough is the correct consistency. The cookies will take a while to make but they are oh-so worth it. Photo and Recipe: Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

RELATED: Protein Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Girl Scout Cookie: Coconut Oil Shortbread Recipe

3. Coconut Oil Shortbread (Trefoils copycat)

Vegans, rejoice! Most shortbread recipes rely on dairy for that crispy, buttery taste, but this version has nada. Keep it classic with a dusting of powdered sugar or go decadent by sandwiching two cookies together with chocolate in the center. Photo and Recipe: River / Wing It Vegan

Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Patties Recipe

4. Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs copycat)

Each of these scrumptious nut butter-packed cookies is under 50 calories. If you use coconut oil for the chocolate coating, don’t forget to store your finished treats in the fridge. Oil has a low melting point and your chocolate will get soft if left on the counter. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

RELATED: 9 Delicious DIY Nut Butters and Fruit Jams

Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Sandwiches (Do-si-Dos copycat)

These cookies taste like the real thing but are healthier since they’ve got heart-smart oats and whole-wheat pastry flour. They’re especially good straight from the freezer. Nutty, creamy, crunchy, perfection!  Photo and Recipe: Brooke / The Flour Sack

Girl Scout Cookie: S'more Cookies Recipe

6. S'more Cookies (Girl Scouts S'mores copycat)

All that marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker goodness, made right at home and vegan-friendly. Take a bite to feel like you're sitting by a peaceful campfire — just as the Girl Scouts likely intended with the release of this new cookie flavor. Recipe and photo: Kristy / Keepin' It Kind

RELATED: 9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

Girl Scout Cookie: Toffee Coffee Cookie Recipe

7. Toffee Coffee Cookies (Toffee-tastic copycat)

Take your love of coffee to a whole new level. This recipe — which has just 10 ingredients — calls for instant coffee crystals that add a hint of that earthy flavor to a typical toffee cookie. And the secret to keeping a soft center: cornstarch. Recipe and photo: Amy / Amy's Healthy Baking

Girl Scout Cookie: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

8. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Cranberry Citrus Crisps copycat)

There’s no sugar, flour or butter in this easy recipe, studded with dried cranberries. Plus, you only need one bowl so clean up is quick. Whether you choose to lick the bowl clean or stick to conventional methods is your call. Photo and Recipe: Josefine / The Smoothie Lover

RELATED: Breakfast Rut? 8 Oatmeal Muffin Recipes to Fuel You

Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Recipe

9. Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (Chocolate Chip Shortbread copycat)

Almond and coconut flour make these cookies Paleo-friendly and gluten-free, and a throw back to an older Girl Scout flavor. If you’re extra ambitious, learn to prepare the chocolate chunks from scratch, too, with the easy-to-follow instructions. Photo and Recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

Originally posted on April 24, 2014. Updated April 2017. 

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          Codes for making International Calls        

What is a Country Code?

      Country codes are used to make International Phone calls.Every country has a unique country code. Country codes are the prefixes you need to dial before calling to the country.This short alphabetic or numeric geographical codes (geocodes) are developed to represent countries and dependent areas.The International Dialing codes of a country is called "Country Code" or  International Area Code(IAC) or International Calling Codes.

International Calling codes of all countries



Country Codes List




CountryCountry Code
Abkhazia+995 44 +7 840, 940
Afghanistan+93
Albania+355
Algeria+213
American Samoa+1 684
Andorra+376
Angola+244
Anguilla+1 264
Antigua and Barbuda+1 268
Argentina+54
Armenia+374
Aruba+297
Ascension Island+247
Australia+61
Australian Antarctic Territory+672 1x
Austria+43
Azerbaijan+994
Bahamas+1 242
Bahrain+973
Bangladesh+880
Barbados+1 246
Belarus+375
Belgium+32
Belize+501
Benin+229
Bermuda+1 441
Bhutan+975
Bolivia+591
Bonaire+599 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina+387
Botswana+267
Brazil+55
British Indian Ocean Territory+246
British Virgin Islands+1 284
Brunei+673
Bulgaria+359
Burkina Faso+226
Burundi+257
Cambodia+855
Cameroon+237
Canada+1
Cape Verde+238
Cayman Islands+1 345
Central African Republic+236
Chad+235
Chile+56
Christmas Island+61 8 9164
Cocos Islands+61 8 9162
Colombia+57
Cook Islands+682
Costa Rica+506
Côte d'Ivoire+225
Croatia+385
Cuba+53
Curacao+599 9
Cyprus+357
Czech Republic+420
Democratic Republic of the Congo+243
Denmark+45
Djibouti+253
Dominica+1 767
Dominican Republic+1 809 / 829 / 849
East Timor+670
Ecuador+593
Egypt+20
El Salvador+503
Equatorial Guinea+240
Eritrea+291
Estonia+372
Ethiopia+251
Falkland Islands+500
Faroe Islands+298
Federated States of Micronesia+691
Fiji+679
Finland+358
France+33
French Guiana+594
French Polynesia+689
Gabon+241
Gambia+220
Georgia+995
Germany+49
Ghana+233
Gibraltar+350
Global Mobile Satellite System+881
Greece+30
Greenland+299
Grenada+1 473
Guadeloupe+590
Guam+1 671
Guatemala+502
Guernsey+44 1481
Guinea+224
Guinea-Bissau+245
Guyana+592
Haiti+509
Honduras+504
Hong Kong+852
Hungary+36
Iceland+354
India+91
Indonesia+62
International Freephone UIFN+800
International Premium Rate Service+979
Iran+98
Iraq+964
Ireland+353
Isle of Man+44 1624
Israel+972
Italy+39
Jamaica+1 876
Japan+81
Jersey+44 1534
Jordan+962
Kazakhstan+7 6xx, 7xx
Kenya+254
Kiribati+686
Kosovo+377 44 / 45 +386 43 / 49 +381 28 / 29 / 38 / 39
Kuwait+965
Kyrgyzstan+996
Laos+856
Latvia+371
Lebanon+961
Lesotho+266
Liberia+231
Libya+218
Liechtenstein+423
Lithuania+370
Luxembourg+352
Macau+853
Macedonia+389
Madagascar+261
Mainland China+86
Malawi+265
Malaysia+60
Maldives+960
Mali+223
Malta+356
Marshall Islands+692
Martinique+596
Mauritania+222
Mauritius+230
Mayotte+262 269 / 639
Mexico+52
Moldova+373
Monaco+377
Mongolia+976
Montenegro+382
Montserrat+1 664
Morocco+212
Mozambique+258
Myanmar+95
Nagorno-Karabakh+374 47 / 97
Namibia+264
Nauru+674
Nepal+977
Netherlands+31
New Caledonia+687
New Zealand+64
Nicaragua+505
Niger+227
Nigeria+234
Niue+683
Norfolk Island+672 3
North Korea+850
Northern Mariana Islands+1 670
Norway+47
Oman+968
Pakistan+92
Palau+680
Palestinian territories+970
Panama+507
Papua New Guinea+675
Paraguay+595
Peru+51
Philippines+63
Poland+48
Portugal+351
Puerto Rico+1 787 / 939
Qatar+974
Republic of China (Taiwan)+886
Republic of the Congo+242
Réunion+262
Romania+40
Russia+7
Rwanda+250
Saba+599 4
Saint Helena+290
Saint Kitts and Nevis+1 869
Saint Lucia+1 758
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines+1 784
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon+508
Samoa+685
San Marino+378
São Tomé and Príncipe+239
Saudi Arabia+966
Senegal+221
Serbia+381
Seychelles+248
Sierra Leone+232
Singapore+65
Sint Eustatius+599 3
Sint Maarten+599 5
Slovakia+421
Slovenia+386
Solomon Islands+677
Somalia+252
South Africa+27
South Korea+82
South Sudan+211
Spain+34
Sri Lanka+94
Sudan+249
Suriname+597
Swaziland+268
Sweden+46
Switzerland+41
Syria+963
Tajikistan+992
Tanzania+255
Telecommunications for Disaster Relief by OCHA+888
Thailand+66
Togo+228
TokelauAustralia(Oceania) is the smallest continent in the world and the sixth largest country in the world,comprising of 17 countries.Here is the list of 17 countries in Australia and their capitals.



 Australia
S.no.
Countries
Capitals
1.
Australia
Canberra
2.
East Timor
Dili
3.
Fiji
Suva
4.
Indonesia
Jakarta
5.
Kiribati
South Tarawa
6.
The Marshall Islands
Majuro
7.
Micronesia
Palikir
8.
Nauru
Yaren
9.
New Zealand
Wellington
10.
Palau
Melekeok
11.
Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby
12.
Samoa
Apia
13.
The Solomon Islands
Honiara
14.
Tonga
Nuku'alofa
16.
Tuvalu
Funafuti
17.
Vanuatu
Port Vila

          Commonwealth Foundation grants call open        

The Foundation opens its new call for grant applications under the four focus areas of Creative Expression, Capacity Development, Constructive Engagement, and Learning and Sharing on 1 December 2015. In addition, we are awarding grants under the special focus area of the SAMOA Pathway for civil society organisations in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. […]

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          Alabando al misionero - Milenio.com        

Ya he escrito en este espacio sobre la postura del misionero y cómo es que ha sido devaluada al paso del tiempo, pero siempre encuentro cosas nuevas que decir sobre ella, básicamente porque es el clásico entre los clásicos de las posturas sexuales y, debido a ello, la suelen despreciar hoy en día. Es cierto que hay muchas otras que se pueden explotar y que son deliciosas; sin embargo, después de darle la vuelta al mundo de las posturas mil veces, regreso a esa y la ubico de nuevo en mi colección de aquellas que pueden generar orgasmos vaginales.

¿Y por qué se llama así?, me preguntaron hace poco. Su historia me recuerda a la investigación que recién hice para escribir mi libro, porque está ligada a la historia de la humanidad y de la religión. En el mundo, pero particularmente en México. Pensemos que la vida sexual contemporánea carga siglos de historia, de cómo se ha visto el erotismo al paso del tiempo y los elementos que la rodean, los personajes e instancias que la han afectado, para bien, para mal o para maomenos.

 En este caso, nos remitimos a la Iglesia católica tras su dominio en la Edad Media, cuando daba "línea" para todo, incluyendo la manera en que hombres y mujeres se debían relacionar eróticamente. Lo idóneo en aquellos tiempos era que el hombre penetrara a la mujer estando él arriba, ella abajo (elevando, si bien le iba, un poco las piernas), para lograr que al eyacular la simiente se fuera hasta las profundidades más profundas del ser femenino y así se pudiera fecundar un óvulo travieso. Por ello, cuando James Cook llegó a las islas de Samoa y, con él, una legión de evangelizadores en los tiempos posteriores a la conquista española, fue lo que se impuso como bueno y permitido.

Imagínense a los nativos de esa zona como a los de América: nadie asociaba el coito con la reproducción, pues el fecundar a una mujer para tener un descendiente era un acto atribuido al espíritu totémico. Por ello, disfrutaban libremente del acto erótico, siendo común que la mujer se acomodara arriba y de cuclillas.

Escandalizados por ambos hechos, los evangelizadores comenzaron a enseñar las virtudes del coito "natural", es decir, el hombre arriba de la mujer con el objetivo de procrear. Por ello, los naturales de aquellas tierras llamaron a ese modo coital "la posición del misionero". Lo diferente era considerado anormal, una aberración, algo considerado pecado por la Iglesia y, debido a ello, eróticamente incorrecto. Olvídense del sexo anal y el sexo oral; eran considerados un pecado grave porque no tenían por objetivo la fecundación.

El asunto es que hoy en día cargamos con toda esa historia de manera inconsciente y muchos tratan de evitar aquello que ha sido catalogado como "correcto". Últimamente he escuchado con frecuencia aquello de que "el sexo, para que sea bueno, tiene que ser cochino". Siempre me intriga el concepto que esta última palabra tiene para quien lo dice, pero entiendo en general que se refieren a ir más allá de lo considerado "bueno" o "permitido". Entre ello, la postura del misionero.

Así, menospreciada y vituperada, actualmente se suele usar de vez en cuando, como antesala de lo "realmente bueno" o como mero requisito del coito. Pero vuelvo por mis fueros y a su defensa, para decir que el chiste es saber acomodar todo en el jarrito, saber de qué manera colocarse, cómo moverse, en qué ángulo. Es importante tomar en cuenta las apetencias de los amantes, el tamaño del pene, la anatomía femenina. Pero a veces se puede alcanzar el cielo tisú descubriendo que lo que alcanza el fondo es otra cosa, algo más suave, carnoso y en erección. O que hay una curvatura que descubre nuevos lugares o una circunferencia que amplifica ciertas sensaciones.

Entonces, actualmente nos encontramos en una suerte de dualidad o, si se quiere ver así, de contradicción: la posición del misionero es la más frecuente en nuestra civilización pero, a la vez, la más despreciada. Tiene la fama de ser banal y rutinaria o cómoda y preludio para la excitación. Pero si nos sabemos acomodar, si buscamos la manera en que cada anatomía se ajusta a la ajena, seguramente encontraremos en ella (como en todas las demás) una fuente de sensaciones inagotables, de éxtasis y, algo que casi no se dice, de compenetración, porque pocas sensaciones hay tan magníficas como poder ver el rostro de la persona que deseamos, que nos está habitando, poder mirar sus ojos tras abrir los nuestros luego del placer, mirarl@ sonreír, entender que hay una complicidad, un gozo de vivir.

Ahí está la respuesta a esa pregunta soltada de repente. La historia de esta postura tiene que ver con un reino diferente al del gozo, pero existe y, por ello, hay que rendirle tributo con los parámetros actuales: por que sí, por gusto, por placer, porque nos hace sentir alegres. Así que a practicar, aunque sea la postura clásica, que el mundo se va a acabar (o los temblores nos van a agarrar a la mitad), y más vale decir "aquí se corrió" que "aquí se quedó".

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El divertido Clitt

Hace unos días vi en la calle el anuncio de un refresco de cola que decía: "Me ha besado Chicharito", refiriéndose al jugador mexicano de futbol. De inmediato pensé: "¿Y eso qué? Mejor que te besen el chicharito". Me reí sola mientras caminaba en la noche lluviosa en esta ciudad de locos. Después, pensé en lo importante que suele ser para las mujeres que nos estimulen el clítoris, porque si se hace con entusiasmo, enjundia y sabiduría (ya sea mediante manos ajenas o las propias), podemos alcanzar rincones del cielo sensacionales.

Por ello, agradezco que la industria del entretenimiento para adultos, particularmente la de los juguetes sexuales, se haya enfocado en el diseño de artilugios para hacer que esa zona tan delicada del cuerpo femenino estalle como cuete en Navidad.

 Además, hoy en día hemos pasado del tradicional vibrador estimulador a las novedades en diseño, como el Clitt, de la serie de vibratoys creada por Made In Dreams. Se trata de tres juguetes divertidos, atractivos y hasta sonrientes se llamados Geena, Clitt y Woody, tres personajes cabezones que pueden hacer las delicias del sexo femenino.

Geena es un masajeador íntimo, es decir, se puede introducir vaginalmente (pero con cuidado, pues no tiene tope); Clitt, que atiende directamente al clítoris, y Woody, diseñado para soportar embates más duros, tanto por fuera como por dentro del cuerpo de la mujer.

Los juguetes están diseñados con un material blando y totalmente hipoalergénico. El cuerpo rígido hecho de ABS reduce las vibraciones y el ruido, así que se puede llevar a cabo una sesión de autoerotismo que sea discreta, cotorra y deliciosa.

En México no está a la venta en tiendas, pero sí por línea. ¿Quién dice "yo"?

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Amantes

una flor
no lejos de la noche
mi cuerpo mudo
se abre
a la delicada urgencia del rocío

Alejandra Pizarnik

Poeta argentina

De "Los trabajos y las noches", 1965

 

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Fe de erratas

 

La semana pasada en este espacio publiqué que Gioconda Belli es una poeta argentina, cuando es nicaragüense. Fui una loca. Ustedes disculpen mi desliz.

VERÓNICA MAZA BUSTAMANTE

elsexodromo@hotmail.com

@draverotika

FB: La Doctora Verótika


          Sharing organic food-growing knowledge across the Pacific        
A central Victorian organic farmer has teamed up with a Samoan counterpart in sharing farming techniques.
          Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup Including List of Products        
Look at the list of ingredients on one of your drinks or products. I guarantee you will most likely find High Fructose Corn Syrup as one of the ingredients.

HFCS is now commonly found in almost all processed foods, including:
  • soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Pepsi)
  • fruit juices (Snapple, Ocean Spray Cranberry) and canned fruits
  • breakfast cereals (Kellogg’s cornflakes)
  • ice cream and dairy products (Dreyer’s, Yoplait yogurts)
  • cookies and crackers (Nabisco Ritz crackers)
  • soups and sauces (Campbell’s vegetable soup)
  • condiments and salad dressings
  • baking products and baked goods
  • candy bars and gum (PowerBar)
  • jams, jellies and syrup (Smucker’s grape jelly)
  • cough syrups and low-fat diet foods (Robitussin, Vicks)

Food manufacturers embraced High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is cheaper than sucrose (table sugar) and mixes well with a variety of products, including beverages, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, and dairy products.

Excess fructose intake has been associated with adverse health effects such as:
metabolic syndrome, elevated triglyceride levels, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, excess uric acid levels (associated with gout), and elevated levels of advanced glycation end products (linked with aging and complications of diabetes).


Excess fructose intake may contribute to hypertension. High blood pressure is a well-known comorbidity associated with obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperlipidemia

Reasons why you should avoid HCFS:
  • Travels straight to the liver where it is metabolized to fat. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar.
  • Contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage. A recent study presented at the 2007 national meeting of the American Chemical Society found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup contains high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to trigger cell and tissue damage that cause diabetes.
  • Does not stimulate insulin production or enhance, leptin, a hormone involved in appetite regulation. Because insulin and leptin act as key signals in regulating how much food you eat, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased food consumption and weight gain.
  • Contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals; instead, it takes micro-nutrients from your body. The fructose in HFCS is different from the natural fructose you get when you eat a small piece of whole fruit, which contains the nutrients needed for your body to assimilate sugar.
  • Increases your triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Triglycerides are the chemical form of fat found in foods and in your body. Studies show that elevated blood levels of triglycerides increases your risk of heart disease.
  • Is almost always made from genetically modified corn, which may increase your risk of developing corn food allergies. The problem with corn allergies are that once you have a corn allergy from GMO corn you will have an allergy to even healthy organic corn products.
  • Corn based products such as HFCS have also been shown to increase osteoporosis, tooth decay, anemia and osteoarthritis.
  • Fructose interacts with birth control pills and can elevate insulin levels in women on the pill.
  • Fructose inhibits copper metabolism leading to a deficiency of copper, which can cause increased bone fragility, anemia, ischemic heart disease and defective connective tissue formation among others.
If you want to lose weight and drastically improve your health, stop drinking soda and processed fruit juices. These beverages are sweetened with almost eight teaspoons of fructose per serving. Drink pure water instead and you will be well on your way to improved health. You should also severely limit your consumption of food that contains high fructose corn syrup.
I advise you to check the ingredients when you are shopping.

Here is a list of products that contain HFCS. **PLEASE NOTE** This list can change. The manufacturers of these products can change their ingredients at any time. I will try to keep up with the list. If you notice a product that has changed, please contact me. If you have products that can be added to the list, please contact me. worldevolved at gmail dot com.

Baking and Cooking ingredients

Kellogg's® Corn Flake Crumbs
Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Shake n Bake - Tangy Honey Glaze
Shake n Bake - Honey Mustard Glaze
Stove Top Stuffing - Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing - Cornbread
Stove Top Stuffing - Homestyle Herb
Stove Top Stuffing - Pork
Stove Top Stuffing - Turkey

Beverages:

A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Thunder Punch
Coca-Cola
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson's All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson's Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman's Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Orangenia
Pepsi
PowerAde
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Sprite
Starbucks' Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda's
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade

Breads:

Brownberry Breads
Pepperidge Farm's line of 100% whole grain breads
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread.
Thomas English Muffins
Wonderbread

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Frosted Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Tony's Cinnamon Krunchers™
Kellogg's Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Smorz®
Kellogg's Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg's All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg's All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg's All-Bran® Original
Kellogg's Apple Jacks®
Kellogg's Cinnamon Crunch Crispix™
Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Complete® Oat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Strawberry Blueberry
Kellogg's Honey Crunch Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Just Right® Fruit & Nut
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola With Raisins
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Original
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Strawberry
Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Mueslix® with Raisins, Dates & Almonds
Kellogg's Product 19®
Kellogg's Raisin Bran
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch®
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Cereal
Kellogg's Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Smart Start® Antioxidants
Kellogg's Smart Start® Soy Protein
Kellogg's Special K®
Kellogg's Special K® Vanilla Almond
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Peach Strawberry
Kellogg's SpongeBob SquarePants™ Cereal
Kellogg's Corn Flakes® with Real Bananas
Kellogg's Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry Cereal
Kellogg's Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® 1/3 Less Sugar
Kellogg's Special K® low carb lifestyle
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Banana Berry
Kellogg's Disney Pixar Finding Nemo™ Cereal
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Honey Oat
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Disney Pixar The Incredibles™
Kellogg's Tiger Power
Kellogg's Smart Start® Healthy Heart
Kellogg's Disney Lilo & Stitch™
Kellogg's Special K® Fruit & Yogurt
Kellogg's Mini Swirlz™ Fudge Ripple
Kellogg's Toasted Honey Crunch™
Kellogg's Cran-Vanilla Crunch™
Post Blueberry Morning Cereal

Breakfast Pastries

Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Blueberry
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Strawberry

Candy Bars:

Hershey's Watchamacallit
Lifesavers - Butter Rum
Lifesavers - Chill-o-mints
Lifesavers - Cryst-o-mint
Lifesavers - Five Flavor Value Pack
Lifesavers - Hard Candy Sours
Lifesavers - Sours
Lifesavers - Tropical Fruits
Lifesavers - Wild Berries
Lifesavers - Wild Cherry
Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar
PowerBar

Condiments:

Miracle Whip

Cookies and Cakes:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Caramel Chocolatey Chunk
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Original
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Rainbow
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Hot Fudge Sundae
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Apple Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cherry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Grape
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Raspberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted S'Mores
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Wild Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Star Wars™ Frosted Lava Berry Explosion
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Caramel Chocolate
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cookies & Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Cinnamon Roll
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® French Toast
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® SpongeBob SquarePants™ Wild Bubble-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® The Incredibles Incrediberry Blast
Nabisco Barnum's Animal Crackers
Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Fat Free
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Whole Grain
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Nabisco Lorna Dornes
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butter
Nabisco Mallomars
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Snackwells - Creme Sandwich
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Apple Cobbler
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Cappuccino & Creme
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Strawberry Cheesecake
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Banana
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Cinnamon Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Raspberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Honey Oat & Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Chocolatey Chunk
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Chocolatey Chip
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Strawberry Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Vanilla Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Caramel Nut Crunch
Grandma's Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Crackers:

Kraft Cheese Nips
Nabisco Harvest Crisps - Wheat Thins 5 Grain
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Peanut Butter
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Graham Cracker S'mores
Nabisco Ritz Chips - Cheddar - Oven-Toasted Crunch
Nabisco Ritz Crackers
Nabisco Ritz Crackers - Low Sodium
Nabisco Sociables
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Baked
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Low Sodium
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Multi-Grain
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Ranch
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Reduced Fat
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Dairy:

Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Peach
Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Pineapple
Breyer's Yogurt -Fruit on the Bottom - Strawberry Lowfat
Cool Whip
Cool Whip - Extra-Creamy
Cool Whip - Lite
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Peach)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Pineapple)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Strawberry)
Yoplait Yogurts

Drink Mixers:
Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix (spelling is correct)
El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Fruits and Vegetables:

B&M Original Baked Beans
Contadina Tomato Paste
Claussen Pickles - Bread and Butter Chips
Claussen Pickles - Kosher Dill Burger Slices
Claussen Pickles - Sweet Gherkins
Claussen Pickle Relish
Del Monte canned petite diced tomatoes with italian seasonings
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Heinz Pickle Relish
Mott's Applesauce
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
Mt. Olive Bread and Butter Pickles
Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ice Creams

Ben & Jerry's - Chubby Hubby (HFCS and Transfat!)
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia
Ben & Jerry's - Neapolitan Dynamite
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Body & Soul
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Pints
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Original Ice Cream Singles
Dreyer's - Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Almond Praline Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Chocolate Chip Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Vanilla Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cookies 'N Cream Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Dulce de Leche Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Spumoni Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Toffee Bar Crunch Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Turtle Sundae Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Ultimate Caramel Cup Grand Ice Cream

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggo™ Syrup Original Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Buttery Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Lite Syrup
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Knott's Boysenberry preserves
Smucker's Grape Jelly

Meats

Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf

Pastries

Nabisco Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust
Jello No-Bake - Chips Ahoy
Jello No-Bake - Oreo
Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry sheets

Salad Dressings:

Emeril's Italian Vinegrette
Kraft Salad Dressing - Light done Right Creamy French
Kraft Salad Dressing - Thousand Island Fat Free
Maple Grove Farms Caesar Fat Free
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Hot n Spicy
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light Super Easy Squeeze
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Non-fat
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Super Easy Squeeze
Wishbone Ranch Dressing
Wish-Bone Classic Caesar

Sauces:

A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Cajun
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Chicago
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Teriyaki
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Honey Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Smokehouse Hickory
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Sweet Hickory Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Texas Style Mesquite
Crazy Jerry's Alotta Bull BBQ Sauce - Torrid Toro (Hot
Holy Smoke - Sticky Wings Glaze
Holy Smoke - Bar B Q Glaze
Jim Beam Steak Sauce
Jim Beam Herb & Garlic Gourmet Marinade
Jim Beam Lemon & Herb Gourmet Marinade
Kraft Barbecue Sauce
Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce
Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce
Tuttorosso Marinara
Tuttorosso Three Cheese
Tuttorosso Traditional
Tuttorosso Flavored With Meat
Tuttorosso Mushroom
Tuttorosso Tomato & Basil
Tuttorosso Tomato, Olive & Garlic
Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Snacks:

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Chocolate covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All Star Burgers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All-star Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Strips
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Cracker Stackers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Nachos
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Peanut Butter Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Stix
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Swirls
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Tacos
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Soups:
Campbells Vegatable soup (in microwaveable bowl)

More info:
Graph that shows the link between Obesity and High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
**List of products that do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
Heat Forms Potentially Harmful Substance, Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), In High Fructose Corn Syrup: article



          Random fun        
I haven't had a chance to post about my father and my last few days in Samoa yet, which you can guess if you have been checking my blog since my last post. I promise to get to it before I leave for Young Life camp this weekend.

In the meantime, I thought I would post my favorite picture I ever took in Samoa just to hold you over. It's part of the Satupaitea peninsula. The picture was taken near Papa.



          Visit Back to Samoa - Part Two        
March 30 (Friday)
My first visit back to Uesiliana since I left October, 2007. Driving up the road to the school I was nervous. Since it's been over 4 years since I left, the only class at the school that remembers me is the current Year 13. They were Year 9 my last year there. As dad and I were walking through the halls, I could tell who the Year 13 students were versus the other students. The Year 13 yelled out, "Hello Julya!" as we walked by and the rest of the students yelled out, "Hello palagi!"

The principal, Paseto, (who was vice principal when I taught there) was out of town for the day. The other teachers were surprised and happy to see me. We chatted a bit and then dad and I toured the school.

A former student is teaching computers. The head of the computer department is a JICA. I chatted with him awhile about the computer lab. He said that when he started all of the computers didn't work. I wasn't surprised even though I left them all working. The air conditioner in the room was broken, which wasn't helpful. Dad and I loved seeing the shelf with all of the computer parts, since he helped me carry that shelf up from my house to the lab. It was fun. The JICA lives in my old house. He told me that my dog, Dog, went to live in Japan with the former JICA that taught at Uesiliana. Yay, Dog is still alive. The house next to mine is now the staff room for the Technical School.

We didn't stay long. They wanted us to come back again before we left Savai'i so they could throw us a proper welcoming lunch. So we agreed to come back on Tuesday.


Above are some Year 13 students that remembered me and wanted pictures taken of them working hard in the Library.

After we left the school we headed to Lusias Lagoon. It was a hangout we loved as volunteers. It is close to the boat wharf and seemed hidden in a little lagoon away from everything. When I was there it was owned by two Philippino brothers. Now it is locally owned. The most exciting part about staying the night there, was that dad and I met up with Clair and her friend Adrian. For the first year that I was a volunteer Clair was a Volunteer from Australia a couple of villages away. She used to bike over with another volunteer and we had girls nights together. While dad and I were back for this trip, she was also taking a vacation at the same time in Samoa... we met each other half way. It was SO fun to see her again and catch up. It was like no time had passed. This trip was Adrian's first visit to Samoa, but he seemed to be rolling with everything fine. Dad liked this part of the trip because he got to sleep in an air conditioned room, and I slept in a little hut over the water.