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          Europe Summit Aims to Revive Lost Momentum Toward Unity         

WITH public opinion soured on the merits of European unity, European Community leaders hope to ``relaunch Europe'' with a special summit tomorrow celebrating ratification of the long-awaited Maastricht Treaty.

``It's important to get the public thinking in terms of Europe again,'' says one Belgian Foreign Ministry official.

But the celebration risks being seen as irrelevant by much of the public it targets, as Europeans worry about record-high unemployment, challenges to their infant-to-elder social-welfare system, and instability on the continent's eastern borders.

``In Germany, at least, people are thinking about their job security, while published opinion is wondering about the future course of Russia, and neither one sees how the EC can have a major impact on those concerns,'' says Josef Janning, deputy director of the research group on Europe at the University of Mainz in Germany. ``People are seeing such issues less in European and more in national terms.''

The Maastricht Treaty, an ambitious blueprint for providing the EC with a monetary union and a common foreign and security policy by the latter part of the decade, was supposed to have been ratified and the process of its implementation begun in January 1992. That the treaty was not fully ratified until this month, when the German constitutional court finally approved it, provides a measure of the public doubt about Maastricht's goals.

In the two-year delay, Maastricht was battered by an initial outright rejection by Danish voters in a referendum, plus rough ratification battles in Britain and France. The European currency crises of October 1992 and this past summer mocked the monetary union goal, while the EC's weak and disjointed response to the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina posed deep questions about the feasibility of a common foreign policy. Operation `restore stature'

Tomorrow's summit, held in Brussels, is a German-French initiative to try to restore both Maastricht's and Europe's public stature. But even in France, where regard for the Community runs high, doubts are strong about what this summit can accomplish.

``No one should expect much of anything concrete out of this summit,'' says Phillipe Moreau-Defarges, an EC specialist at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris. ``There's too much division among the EC countries for decisions to be made.''

One possible area of action that Mr. Moreau-Defarges cites provides a good example of the Community's current lack of a common vision. The summit could give a new boost to earlier economic ``growth initiatives'' that have had trouble getting off the ground, he says.

Elsewhere in Europe, where public spending is already causing record debts, and where skepticism is strong over the actual impact of large public-works programs, enthusiasm for such proposals is slight.

``The German public is definitely not in favor of this kind of centralized program to rebuild Europe's economic strength,'' Dr. Janning says. ``People in Ireland or Portugal may see Brussels [EC headquarters] as a guarantor or creator of jobs,'' he adds, since those countries receive substantial EC development funds, ``but they certainly don't in Germany.''

Germany and France also had wanted to take up another issue at the summit: Community institutional reforms. The larger countries feel their power is too limited by the generally equal rights of smaller members, and concern is growing that the Community's enlargement to include three or four new small members by 1995 will further tilt the balance and generally render the Community more bureaucratic and plodding. Putting off reform

German proposals for streamlining the EC administration met with staunch resistance from small members, and reform will likely be put on hold until the next EC treaty review in 1996.

To demonstrate that Maastricht is now in force, EC leaders are expected to prepare the next stage of economic and monetary union by launching the European Monetary Institute, ``embryo'' of a future European central bank. The institute's location in Germany is likely to be approved, a move that could open the way for decisions on the placement of several other new EC institutions, including a patent office and environmental agency.

Still, there is a lingering feeling that Maastricht, negotiated in 1990, is a treaty already left behind by European events. ``By spring of next year we may very well have a new imperial Russia to contend with, something never imagined when Maastricht was written,'' Janning says. ``Economies are seen more in national terms. [Community] leaders will have to work hard,'' he adds, ``to demonstrate that Maastricht is relevant in these conditions.''

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          7 Tips - How to Choose a Great Blogger Blog Topic        
Have you chosen a blog topic that is right for you? Lots of people start their Blogger Blogspot blogs without giving much thought to their selection of blog topic. Or the angle on the topic they want to explore. If you want your blog to stand out from the crowd make sure you consider your blog topic carefully.

How to Choose A Good Blog Topic - 7 tips for Begniner and Newbie bloggers and anyone who wants to build a successful blogger blogA good blog topic can make or break a blog. Like some partners some blogs and their owners just don't fit no matter which way you look at it. Make sure before you spend 3 to 6 months of slog to develop your blog that you haven't placed your ladder against the wrong wall.

Here are a few tips that will get you thinking about your Blogger Blogspot blog topic and how important it is to choose the right one for you.

1. Choose a blog topic that you are passionate about
You are going to be writing content about this blog topic for 365 days of the year for at least 2-5 years. For that to work successfully you have to have some passion otherwise the tedium will wear you down.

Conversely if you are really passionate about a topic that passion will shine through in your blog and like a big magnet attract others.

2. Choose a blog topic that interests you not just interests others
Yes you can make money writing about making money but if you aren't interested in money you have a problem. The topic itself may be viable commercially but readers will soon figure out you are in it for the money not the fun. Make sure you are genuinely interested in your blog topic and not just choosing it because it seems to be a hot topic. Don't forget readers are going to want new and fresh content and will not stick around if you are not up to providing it.

Know Your Audience - Choose a Blog Topic that will have a global audience3. Choose a blog topic that has potential for readership
If you choose a more unusual blog topic then you may find you are the only one interested in it. However if you have very little competition you will be able to quickly carve out a niche for your blog. Research your market. Check out forums. Identify if there actually is a gap waiting to be filled. If there are a lot of others writing about the same topic can the market sustain another blog or will it be a hard slog to get traffic. Know your audience.

Attracting visitors and maintaining readership are important factors in ensuring that your blog will generate a steady income stream. If monetization is important to you check your blog's potential for adding relevant ads and affiliate marketing.

4. Know your subject area
How well do you know the subject matter of your chosen blog topic? Readers will quickly assess your knowledge of your blog topic and will expect you to deliver the goods.

If you are passionate but not very knowledgable how will you find the information you need to create new material? Creating content is time consuming and it requires good research skills. Have you got access to the kind of information you are going to need?

As a general rule don't choose a topic you know very little about or you may find yourself floundering once you have exhausted your own ideas.

5. What's your angle? Identify your angle when choosing a blog topic
Knowing your subject is one thing but finding a fresh angle is something else. If you want to create a blog in a subject area that is already heavily populated with other blogs you are likely to be more successful if you can find a good angle that has yet to be exploited. Most information isn't new it is just repackaged. How will you pitch your blog? Check out other blogs and identify what aspects might not be so well covered. Make a list of these and ask yourself if any of these areas has enough scope to sustain a blog by itself.

6. Choose a blog topic with a medium to long shelf life
Your blog topic might be great but will readers be interested in it a year or two down the track? This is particularly true for technology based blogs where products come and go and change happens at a rapid rate. Rethink your idea if your topic may not have long term sustainability. Ask yourself if there is a way to reframe it so that it will be more ongoing rather than of short duration.

7. Clearly define the parameters of your blog topic
Do you know what the parameters of your blog topic are? What you will cover and what you won't? If you don't know what the limits of your blog are others won't know either.

Think carefully about your blog topic and define the parametersIt pays to carefully define these or you run the risk of trying to cover everything and losing your audience because they have no idea what your blog is about. Often the most successful blogs are those that focus on a specialist subject and stick within those guidelines.

Jot down now what your blog actually covers. Include your material and your audience in this. For instance, is your blog for everyone or is it focussed on beginners only like this blog? Deciding this early on will make it easy to pitch your articles in a particular way. If you have no clarity you may find you write good material but it is not pitched to the right audience.

If you have lots of ideas for a blog topic you will need to crystallize these. Jotting down advantages and disadvantages will help you sort the wheat from the chaff. You may find you have several good ideas but select only one of these to concentrate on. Once things are up and running with your first venture you might decide to get cracking on the second idea but prioritize to start with.

Remember that laying the groundwork now will prevent disappointment further down the track. Your idea has a much greater chance of being successful if you spend some time getting clear about what you want from your blog and what you want to achieve. Even if your idea needs a lot of refining the exercise is a great opportunity to put some planning in place and planning your blog as in most things in life is one of the cornerstones of success.

This article has focused on how to choose a great blog topic for a Blogger Blogspot blog. I have discussed 7 tips to help Blogspot bloggers especially those new to blogging choose a blog topic that will fit with their knowledge base and interests. Finding a good fit with your blog topic is one of the keys to success and worth taking the time to consider carefully. Any thoughts or ideas about this article. Please share them.

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          Benefits of Blogspot Blogging with        
This article covers the main features of and compares some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Blogger platform with other blogging platforms such as Wordpress.

Creating your Blogspot blog at is a good choice for beginner bloggers as it is a free blogging platform with an easy interface and good features. More advanced webmasters may find the lack of some advanced features irritating but Blogger is definitely worth considering as a place to try out blogging at no expense. You can even use your own custom domain name or go with the default subdomain name that Blogger provides. (Blogspot) Features
  • Blogger is a free blogging platform

  • Blogger is fast and easy to set up. It takes about 10 minutes to create a blog, configure the settings and add some gadgets.

  • Blogger is easy to use regardless of your level of technical knowledge. The interface is user friendly and intuitive. Tabs and buttons make it easy to navigate.

  • Bandwidth is unlimited with Blogger so there are no bandwidth issues with video and pictures

  • As is owned by Google there is a high degree of integration with other services like Google Analytics and Picasa Web Album (generous 1 GB of storage)

  • Easy to make money with Google Adsense and other banner advertising scripts which can easily be incorporated into your blog

  • It is possible to use your own custom domain rather than the default. For instance instead of

  • Blogger supports Mobile blogging

  • Blogger gives users the option to tweak templates depending on their experience. Some knowledge of HTML, XML and CSS are needed. Alternatively you can upload your own template with built in features like advertising space, menus and other useful stuff. There are plenty of free templates for Blogger on the web. These can be customised to suit individual requirements

Comparison of the Blogger Platform with Wordpress
While other on-line platforms like have greater functionality and are more highly customisable there is also a much heftier learning curve. The Wordpress interface is clunkier to use than the Blogger one in my opinion. On the otherhand Wordpress offers 3 GB for media such as photos and video while Blogger is limited to 1 GB so this may swing the balance if you are intending to use a lot of multi-media on your site. The main drawback of the online version of Wordpress though is that it does not allow webmasters to add advertising such as Google Adsense instead it puts advertising on your blog and Wordpress reaps the benefits.

If you choose a self hosted option like the maintenance is higher and the learning curve increases too. I have a self hosted Wordpress site which needs a lot more maintenance than any of the other sites I run on Blogger (Blogspot). Plus it is time consuming to find, download and customise plugins to extend Wordpress functionality for self hosted sites. Then there are the obvious disadvantages of having to FTP file uploads rather than making changes online as you do with Blogger. My experience with hosting is that there can be a lot of server downtime which can affect your return traffic. Here I am talking about the vagaries of free hosting not paid hosting which is usually far more reliable.

While Wordpress is constantly being updated to eliminate security risks and bugs Blogger is stable and eliminates a lot of the upgrade headache. Blogger comes with a few really annoying glitches that I have found in the interface but in general it is a breeze to use. I have found Wordpress to be equally, if not more bug ridden, so don't let a few minor interface issues put you off. Nothing is ever perfect right?

One of my main frustrations with Blogger is that it is not particularly search engine friendly. It needs a lot of tweaking to provide search engine optimisation. Also some very handy widgets are left off the default configuration. I am hoping these will be added by Blogger further down the track. In particular, I mean the lack of related posts and most popular posts widgets. These features would be very nice to have and facilitate navigation of a blog. On the other hand Blogger does come with some pretty nice widgets which seem to be developing all the time and it also has the option to extend further with third party widgets.

To get the most out of Blogger as a blogging platform, you might want to consider installing a custom template for a more professional and unique look. If you use your own domain name many would be hard pressed to know what blogging platform is being used. However, you would need to dispense with the Nav Bar completely otherwise it would be apparent to visitors that your blogging platform is Blogger.

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          Quick Income Blueprint – Affiliate secret #2: Product selection        
I think it’s imperative to know how to properly select products for your promotions. In my experience if you are totally new to internet marketing I suggest you go for products on that have gravity from around 10-50. This means they’ll be easy to rank for and that there’s virtually no competition. However the […]
          Quick Income Blueprint – Affiliate secret #1: Keyword selection        
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          Eclipse 07-03-2016 with DJ Deep Rawk        

Justice System- Summer In The City - Sounds Of The Rooftop
Paris- The Days Of Old - Sleeping With The Enemy The Deluxe Edition Remastered Bonus Tracks
Micranots- Heat - The Emperor The Assassin
Black Moon- Jump Up - 12
Public Enemy- Corplantationopoly - Man Plans God Laughs
Pretty Tone Capone- Sexy - 12
Co Real Artists- What About You In The World Today - The Funky 16 Corners
Prince Po Oh No- Smash feat OC Pharoahe Monch - Animal Serum
Mash Out Posse- Hilltop Flava No Sleep Til Brooklyn - Mash Out Posse
- voicebreak -
Audio Two- I Dont Care Instrumental - 12
Biz Markie- Vapors - Bizs Baddest Beats The Best Of Biz Markie
Salt N Pepa- Tramp Remix - 12
Roxanne Shante- The Def Fresh Crew - 12
Marly Marl- The Symphony - In Control Vol1
Eric B Rakim- Eric B Is President - Repaid In Full The Paid In Full Remixes
Reflection Eternal- Fortified Live - Unknown
Dilated Peoples- Back Again - 2020
Jurassic 5- Quality Control - Quality Control
Big L- Flamboyant - 12
A Tribe Called Quest- Steppin It Up feat Busta Rhymes Redman - The Love Movement
Gang Starr- Rite Where U Stand - The Ownerz
- voicebreak -
Pitch Black- Its All Real - 12
Cocoa Brovaz- Get Up - Lyricist Lounge Vol 2 Explicit Version
Kanye West Talib Kweli Common- Get Em High - The College Dropout
The Roots- Duck Down - The Tipping Point
Camp Lo- Swing - Uptown Saturday Night
Royce 59- Boom - 12
Sean Price- Solidify - 12
Mad Skillz- Ghostwriter - 12
- voicebreak -
Council Of Word- Sunshine joint - Indignorance
Biz Markie- Things Get A Little Easier - The Biz Never Sleeps
CL Smooth- Warm Outside Clean Version - Warm Outside I Cant Help It EP
Any Meanz- Saturday - Bringing It Home Vol 2
Erule- Listen Up - 12
FT F That- Brollic - Rush Hour 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
E40- Big Ballin With My Homies - Charlie Hustle The Blueprint Of A SelfMade Millionaire
Mike Jones- Still Tippin - Who Is Mike Jones
FleshnBone- World So Cruel - THUGS Trues Humbly United Gatherin Souls
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Big Daddy Kane- Aint No HalfSteppin - Long Live The Kane
Grand Daddy IU- Dominos - Smooth Assassin
Buckshot PMoney- Red Alert - BackPack Travels
Biz Markie- Cool Vs Tribute To Scratching - Goin Off

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          Eclipse 12-28-2014 with Chris Nathan, Aaron Ladley, Mimi The Masala        

Brother Ali- Letter To My Countrymen feat Dr Cornel West - Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color Deluxe Version
De La Soul Ft Chuck D- The People - Unknown
WuTang Clan- Ruckus In B Minor - A Better Tomorrow
Dilated Peoples- Trouble - Directors Of Photography
Kendrick Lamar- The Art Of Peer Pressure - Good Kid MAAd City Deluxe Version
Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge- There Is Only Now feat Snoop Dogg - There Is Only Now Deluxe
Mac Miller- Best Day Ever - Best Day Ever
J Dilla- Stop - Donuts
Ghost Face Killa- Love Dont Live Here - Unknown
Kam Moye- Change Of Heart - Unknown
Big Pun- Its So Hard DJ AL Remix - Unknown
The Notorious BIG- Juicy Woody Remix - Unknown
Pharoahe Monch- Still Standing feat Jill Scott - WAR We Are Renegades Bonus Video Version
Jayz- Blueprint moma Loves Me - Blueprint
Pep Love- Trinity Lost - Defenders Of The Underworld
De La Soul- Stakes Is High AL Remix - Unknown
A E- Remind Me - Unknown

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          Eclipse 09-01-2013 with Alisha B. , Dj Selco, Dj Raz3r, Dj Deep Rawk        

Redman- Lets Get Dirty I Cant Get In Da Club - Malpractice
50 Cent- In Da Club - Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Compilation- It Takes Two - Profilin The Hits
Xzibit- Hey Now Mean Muggin - Weapons Of Mass Destruction
JAY Z MOP- U Dont Know Remix - Blueprint 21
Nas- Get Down - Gods Son
- voicebreak -
De La Soul- Oooh - Art Official Intelligence Mosaic Thump
Mos Def- Sex Love Money - The New Danger
The Roots- Without A Doubt - Things Fall Apart
MC Lyte- Cha Cha Cha - Rhino HiFive MC Lyte EP
Compilation- Day One Featuring Diamond D Big L AG Lord Finesse - DITC Diggin In The Crates
Naughty By Nature- Feel Me Flow - Povertys Paradise
Da Ranjahz- Insp Her Ation - Who Feels It Knows
Jurassic 5- Twelve - Quality Control
Diverse Lyrics Born RJD2- Explosive Featuring RJD2 Lyrics Born - Explosive EP
Medina Green- Crosstown Beef - Soundbombing
Dos Locos- Back Sick - 12
Dos Locos- Lifes A Struggle - 12
Dos Locos- Digital Age - 12
- voicebreak -
Doug E Fresh- IIght - Funkmaster Flex Presents The Mix Tape Vol 1
Erick Sermon- Stay Real - No Pressure
NO ID Feat Common- State To State - 12
Roxanne Shante- Biz Beat - 12
Schoolly D- Smoke Some Kill - Best Of Schoolly D
Marco Polo- The Radar Remix Clean - The Radar EP
Kool Kyle The Starchild- Its Rockin Time - Kool Kyle The Starchild
- voicebreak -
Mystic- The Life - Cuts For Luck And Scars For Freedom
Tragedy Khadafi- Stay Free feat Littles - Thug Matrix
Nas- Rule - Gods Son
The Whoridas- Shot Callin Big Ballin - Whoridin
Pharoahe Monch- When The Gun Draws feat Mr Porter - Desire
MOP- Cold As Ice - Warriorz

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          New Found Glory – Mania 2013 || Full Album Download Available Punk Rock Genre        
Origin: Florida, US
Genre : Punk Rock

New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory)is an American rock band from Coral Springs, Florida, formed in 1997. The band's constant members have been lead vocalist Jordan Pundik, guitarists Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Cyrus Bolooki, who replaced Joe Marino after the release of their debut EP.During their fifteen-year recording career, the band have released seven studio albums, two EPs and two cover albums.
Music critics consider them a key pioneer of pop punk music. AbsolutePunk have labelled the band as the "godfathers of pop punk", while Allmusic credits them for "practically serving alongside the work of Blink-182 as the blueprint to the entire genre for the early 2000s." Also renowned for their energetic live performances,the five-some have garnered a devout following since their inception.

Music Tracklist:
► I Wanna Be Sedated
► Rockaway Beach
► Rock N Roll High School
► Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio
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♦Chad Gilbert
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          Review Roundup: La Jolla Playhouse's KILL LOCAL        

Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother's small family business. Sheila's job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she's questioning everything. But when you're an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck - especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.

Kill Local received its first reading as part of the Playhouse's acclaimed DNA New Work Series, which offers playwrights the opportunity to develop a script and receive valuable audience feedback.

Several mainstage Playhouse productions have been developed through the DNA New Work Series, including Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, The Who & The What and Chasing the Song.

Let's see what the critics have to say!

BroadwayWorld (E.H. Reiter): The play has some blood and gore, and the plastic sheet as a curtain is the first sign this is not your average show. For those that are squeamish or don't appreciate a Coen brothers mix of comedy and violence this may not be for you. All of the characters in this dark comedy are richly layered, and deeply broken; it just depends on how those pieces fell to become the people they are at the time of this story. This play is dark, violent, and very funny as it explores family ties, revenge, redemption, the difficulty of change.

Times of San Diego (Pat Launer): The first scene is a stunner. On an upper floor of a high-rise building still under construction, a man hangs by his wrists over a pit of sorts (perilously close to a wheelbarrow full of concrete), swinging, complaining, cajoling and begging for his life, as a woman with her back to him focuses on her cellphone (she's ordering takeout from Chipotle) and keeps her firearm close. We know he'll be the first to go. He certainly won't be the last.

San Diego Tribune (Pam Kragen): The hilarious and oddball CAndy Buckley brings the play to another level as Gloria, Sheila's hardened and manipulative murderess mom. Xochitl Romero is plucky and bookish as Sheila's younger sister Abi, the brainy employee who handles surveillance and strategy. And twitchy Carolyn Braver plays Ami, a mysterious high school student who happens upon the crime scene with disastrous results.

          Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Bryce Pinkham to Star in BENNY & JOON Musical at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!        

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on the beloved 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil, Benny & Joon is directed by Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director of New York's Transport Group.

It will run September 7 - October 22, 2017, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run September 7 - 14, with opening night on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 18 at 12:00 noon.

Benny & Joon is a delightful world premiere musical based on the beloved offbeat '90s romantic comedy movie. As Joon's sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world-full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life-turns everything upside down. With unforgettable characters and a beguiling and tuneful score, Benny & Joon explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love.

The cast features Andrew Samonsky (Broadway's South Pacific, Scandalous) as Benny, Hannah Elless (Bright Star at the Globe and on Broadway) as Joon, and Bryce Pinkham (Tony Award nominee for Broadway's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as Sam, along with Colin Hanlon (Broadway's Falsettos, In Transit) as Mike, January LaVoy (Enron on Broadway, Coraline Off Broadway) as Ruthie, Paolo Montalban (Globe's Allegiance, ABC's Cinderella with Brandy) as Larry, Natalie Toro (Broadway's A Tale of Two Cities, Les Misérables) as Dr. Cruz and Mrs. Smail, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Disney's Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse) as Waldo and Video Store Owner. Completing the cast as Understudies are San Diego local Katie Whalley Banville (Globe's A Doll's House, Playhouse's Freaky Friday and Escape to Margaritaville) and Jake Millgard (Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. graduate, Globe's Guys and Dolls).

The creative team includes Scott Rink (Choreographer), Dane Laffrey (Scenic and Costume Design), R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting Design), Kai Harada (Sound Design), Michael Starobin (Orchestrations), J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager), and Amanda Salmons (Stage Manager).

"I'm truly excited to open the Globe's 2017-2018 Season with this special new musical," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "A world premiere based on the delightfully offbeat 1993 MGM film, Benny & Joon centers on something rare in the musical theatre: the bond between siblings. The love between the brother and sister of the title is deep, moving, and real, and it gives this musical a gentleness and sweetness that I find completely captivating. Creators Kirsten Guenther, Nolan Gasser, and Mindi Dickstein have brought to the Globe a memorable and unique show, and my friend Jack Cummings III-who has carved out a unique space in the American theatre with the very human, people-driven stories he tells-brings Benny & Joon a beautiful spontaneity and freshness. The show's score-rich, complex, melodic, and fun-won me over instantly when I first heard it, and I am happy to share this bright new work with San Diego audiences."

Additional events taking place during the run of Benny & Joon include:

VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m.

An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, September 16 following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians, and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesday, September 19, Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday, October 4.

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast, crew, and/or Globe staff members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

Single tickets to Benny & Joon start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 18 at 12:00 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

Performances begin on September 7 and continue through October 22, 2017. Performance times: Previews: Thursday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night is Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances (September 16 - October 22):Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be no performances on Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.


Kirsten Guenther (Book) previously lived in Paris, where she worked as a Paris correspondent for and penned the popular weekly column "The Sexy Expat," about an American journalist trying to navigate and date the French. Her current theatre commissions include The Years Between (T. Fellowship) and the new musical Measure of Success (The Rockefeller Foundation Grant). Ms. Guenther wrote the book and lyrics for Little Miss Fix-It (as seen on NBC) and the book for Mrs. Sharp (Richard Rodgers Award for the Playwrights Horizons workshop starring Jane Krakowski, directed by Michael Greif). She penned the books to Out of My Head (licensed by Steele Spring Stage Rights) and The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (Bay Area Theatre Award nomination). Ms. Guenther is the recipient of a Johnny Mercer Writers Fellowship, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a Lincoln Center Honorarium. She has penned sketches for personalities such as James Franco, Jared Leto, Christopher Walken, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steve Buscemi, Kathie Lee and Hoda, and others. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from USC and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University.

Nolan Gasser (Music) is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist. He is most notably the architect of Pandora Radio's Music Genome Project and the company's chief musicologist from its founding in 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University. His original compositions have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, among many others. His theatrical projects beyond Benny & Joon include the opera The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (2013); the oratorio Repast: An Oratorio on the Life of Booker Wright (2015); and the musical Start Me Up, in development. Dr. Gasser's forthcoming book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste, will be released in 2018 (Flatiron Books - Macmillan Publishers). He is also the subject of a documentary for the ESPN FiveThirtyEight series The Collectors entitled "Breaking Music Down to Its Genes" (2015). The film highlights his forthcoming work with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to pilot an algorithm to provide personalized musical therapy for cancer patients. Dr. Gasser's TEDx Talk, "Empowering Your Musical Taste," is available on YouTube.

Mindi Dickstein (Lyrics) is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women (licensed by Music Theatre International, original cast album released by Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records). Her work on Benny & Joon, showcased in the 2016 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival, was developed in part at Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and Transport Group. Her current projects include Snow in August (based on the Pete Hamill novel), which had a developmental reading at Second Stage in June; and Alight Arise Return, developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and Lark Play Development Center. Her other musicals include Disney's Toy Story: The Musical, for which she wrote the book; and Trip (Playwrights Horizons Steinberg Charitable Trust Commission), Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theatre), and Beasts and Saints (Boston Music Theatre Project, ASCAP Foundation Workshop), for which she wrote book and lyrics. Her short play Starving to Death in Midtown was produced worldwide as part of the 2015 Climate Change Theatre Action. Her songs have been performed widely, including at Lincoln Center's Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists. Ms. Dickstein's honors include a Jonathan Larson Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships. She received her M.F.A. from and is currently on the faculty of New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Jack Cummings III (Director) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Transport Group, where he most recently directed William Inge's Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba in rotating repertory. His favorite Transport Group credits include Queen of the Mist by Michael John LaChiusa (world premiere); See Rock City & Other Destinations by Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias (New York premiere); The Audience (conceiver, world premiere); cul-de-sac by John Cariani (world premiere); Normal by Yvonne Adrian, Tom Kochan, and Cheryl Stern (world premiere); Marcy in the Galaxy by Nancy Shayne (world premiere); and Three Days to See (author/conceiver, world premiere); as well as revivals of I Remember Mama; Hello Again; First Lady Suite; Once Upon a Mattress; Almost, Maine; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; The Boys in the Band; All the Way Home; and Our Town. His other New York credits include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's And Away We Go (The Pearl Theatre Company), 1,000 Words Come to Mind by Michele Lowe and Scott Richards (Inner Voices Theatre, world premiere), and Arlington by Polly Pen and Victor Lodato (Inner Voices Theatre, world premiere). His regional credits include I Remember Mama (Two River Theater), A Streetcar Named Desire (Gretna Theatre), Violet and The Young Man from Atlanta (Barksdale Theatre), and The Illusion (Nevada Theatre Company). He received his B.A. in International Relations from William and Mary and his M.F.A. in Directing from University of Virginia. He is married to actress Barbara Walsh.

Katie Whalley Banville (Understudy) returns to The Old Globe, where she previously worked on A Doll's House. Her recent credits include Disney'sFreaky Friday and the world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla Playhouse). She is a Resident Artist at Cygnet Theatre Company, with credits including Dainty June in Gypsy, April in Company, Parade, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, and Man of La Mancha. Her other regional credits include Louise inGypsy (Craig Noel Award) and Clara in Passion (ion theatre company), Jenny Hill in Big Fish and Gingy in Shrek The Musical (Moonlight Stage Productions), and Andi Lee in 42nd Street (San Diego Musical Theatre). Her choreography credits include Gutenberg! The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company) and A Christmas Carol (Cygnet).

Hannah Elless (Joon) returns to The Old Globe, where she originated the role of Margo Crawford in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musicalBright Star. Ms. Elless made her Broadway debut singing "Bless the Lord" in the revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, followed by a very "Neil" turn in the Drama Desk Award-nominated The Other Josh Cohen under the direction of Tony Award winner Ted Sperling. She was most recently seen Off Broadway in Transport Group's Obie Award-winning productions of Picnic, as Millie Owens, and Come Back, Little Sheba, as Marie Buckholder. She can be found this fall on HBO's new television drama "The Deuce." Ms. Elless's film credits include Before Winter, The Lake Effect, and The Over/Under, as well as the upcoming When Mary Met Ally.

Colin Hanlon (Mike) was in the Falsettos revival, In Transit, and Rent on Broadway. He also played Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. He was Adam in The New York premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman (Vineyard Theatre). Mr. Hanlon was in the original casts of I Love You Because and Edges. He played Pete in the world premiere of The 12 by Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company) and Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Hanlon's television credits include Steven on the Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" on ABC, "Difficult People" on Hulu, and "The Sinner" on USA Network. He also starred in and produced "Submissions Only."

January LaVoy (Ruthie) is makes her Old Globe debut in Benny & Joon. She has appeared on Broadway in Enron and Off Broadway in Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience), Wings (Second Stage Theatre), Coraline (MCC Theater), and Two Trains Running, Home, Funnyhouse of a Negro,and the world premiere of Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey (Signature Theatre Company). Her regional credits include Mattie Campbell in Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Mark Taper Forum), Kate in Good People (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Isabella in Measure for Measure (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Dawn in Lobby Hero, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Denver Center Theatre Company), and the world premiere of Native Guard (ALLIANCE THEATRE). Her television credits include "Blue Bloods," "3 lbs.," "Law & Order" (original, "Criminal Intent," and "Special Victims Unit"), and Noelle Ortiz on "One Life to Live". Her voiceover work includes many national commercial campaigns and over 150 audiobooks. Ms. LaVoy has been honored as Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly and has received multiple Audie Awards.

Jake Millgard (Understudy) was last seen in the Globe's productions of Guys and Dolls, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), Love's Labor's Lost,Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and Arms and the Man. He received his M.F.A. from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and appeared in their productions of As You Like It, The Seagull, Clybourne Park, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. His New York credits include Sex and Violence, On Campus, and Remembering Kimberly. His regional credits include Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Full Monty (Northern Stage), and Art, The Odd Couple, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre). He also appeared in the premiere of The Open Road Anthology (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Some of his television and film credits include "Grimm," Pudding Face, Placebo, and Frank and Barry.

Paolo Montalban (Larry) was last seen at the Globe as Mike Masaoka in the world premiere of Allegiance. He is best known for portraying The Prince opposite Brandy in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (ABC), as well as the series lead Kung Lao in "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" (TNT), which was based on the popular video game. He has appeared on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Emilia Clarke; as Manjiro in Pacific Overtures(Roundabout Theatre Company); and in The King and I. He was most recently seen Off Broadway as Tommie Haw, a stripping Chinese American cowboy, in Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons). His other New York credits include Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Park) and Claro in The Romance of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi Theater Company). His regional work includes Arthur in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (The Muny, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), the world premiere of Bella (Dallas Theater Center), The King in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (American Conservatory Theater), The Emperor in The Orphan of Zhao (La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater), and Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse). Mr. Montalban has played recurring and guest-starring roles on "Madam Secretary," "The Blacklist," "Nurse Jackie," and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." His film credits include Just Wright, American Adobo, andThe Great Raid.

Bryce Pinkham (Sam) is making his Old Globe debut. His Broadway credits include A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles,Holiday Inn, Ghost, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His favorite television appearances are on PBS's "Mercy Street" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down." He is a frequent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a theatre company that brings social-impact performances to American military audiences around the world. His most recent tours include Kuwait, Qatar, Japan, and Guantanamo Bay. He is a proud Leonore Annenberg Fellow and an enthusiastic graduate of Boston College and Yale School of Drama. Along with Globe M.F.A. alumnus Lucas Caleb Rooney, he co-founded a charity that uses theatrical storytelling to empower at-risk youth in Madagascar and the United States.

Andrew Samonsky (Benny) has appeared on Broadway as Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kenneth Ormiston in Scandalous, and Lt. Cable in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, with which he was also seen in the "Live from Lincoln Center" PBS broadcast. Most recently he played Robert Kincaid in the first national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. He originated the role of Captain Phoebus in the American premiere ofThe Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse). Mr. Samonsky was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Frank Russell in the Off Broadway production of Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, and he appeared in the City Center Encores! productions ofFiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along. He has originated the roles of Richard in Somewhere in Time (Portland Center Stage), Beauchamp in Tales of the City(American Conservatory Theater), Joshua in Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), and Nick in Disney's On the Record (first national tour). He is a soloist with symphonies across the country, including the New York Philharmonic and Boston Pops. His television and film credits include "Elementary," "Guiding Light," The Ceiling Fan, and The Secret Song.

Natalie Toro (Dr. Cruz, Mrs. Smail) originated the role of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway and won Sarasota Magazine's Best Featured Actress Award in its pre-Broadway run. She was the first American to play the role of Eponine in Les Misérables, and she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Eva Peron in the 20th anniversary tour of Evita. She originated the role of Sally in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol and also played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Grizabella in Cats, and Camila in In the Heights. She has originated roles Off Broadway including La Bruja in The Yellow Brick Road and Ginger in Zombie Prom. Her regional work includes The Bikinis, Zorba, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers,Frances of Guernica, Everything's Ducky, and The Fix produced by Cameron Macintosh. Ms. Toro is currently a headliner with her one-woman show on major cruise lines around the world. Her CD Natalie Toro includes a duet with Sutton Foster, and her holiday CD Just in Time for Christmas features duets with Ryan Kelly from Celtic Thunder and Grammy Award winner Jon Secada. Ms. Toro's television credits include "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Elementary," "Person of Interest," and "Black Box." She has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras and at Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

Jason SweetTooth Williams (Waldo, Video Store Owner) is making his Old Globe debut with Benny & Joon. He has spent the last year in the new Disney musical Freaky Friday, enjoying runs at La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre, and Signature Theatre Company, where it received its world premiere. He was also recently seen Off Broadway opposite Jackie Hoffman as Prince Dauntless in Transport Group's production of Once Upon a Mattress directed by Jack Cummings III. Mr. Williams is a longtime collaborator of award-winning writer Joe Iconis, having appeared in Iconis's Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (Summer Play Festival/The Public Theater), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Things to Ruin (album available on Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records). His other favorite theatre credits include Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), The Trouble with Doug (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), and The Disappearing Man (Musical Theatre Factory). As a writer, Mr. Williams co-wrote the '70s Blaxploitation-inspired action musical Broadway BounTy Hunter, which had its world premiere last summer starring Annie Golden at Barrington Stage Company.

Scott Rink (Choreographer) choreographed the Off Broadway productions of Once Upon a Mattress, Three Days to See, Queen of the Mist, Hello Again, Being Audrey, Crossing Brooklyn, Songs for a New World, and Normal. Mr. Rink's regional credits include Carnaval de Fuego (Six Flags Elitch Gardens),Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Children's Theatre), Disney's Mulan (Imagination Stage), and Seussical (Wagner College). His commissioned works include dances for Ailey II, ABT II, Oakland Ballet Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Theatre, The Ailey School, Harvard University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and University of Minnesota, among others. Mr. Rink has created a number of works for his company danceRINK in New York City and abroad. As a dancer, Mr. Rink performed in the companies of Eliot Feld, Elisa Monte, Karole Armitage, and Lar Lubovitch.

Dane Laffrey (Scenic and Costume Design) previously designed sets for The Old Globe's production of The Few. His Broadway credits include set and costumes for Deaf West's Spring Awakening, set for Fool for Love, and sets for this season's revival of Once on This Island at Circle in the Square Theatre. His recent Off Broadway credits include sets and/or costumes for Rancho Viejo, Indian Summer, The Christians, and Iowa (Playwrights Horizons),Sell/Buy/Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Homos, or Everyone in America (LAByrinth Theater Company), Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group), The Harvest (Lincoln Center Theater), The Glory of the World (Brooklyn Academy Of Music's Harvey Theater), Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theater Company), and other work at Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, MCC Theater, Soho Rep., Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Transport Group, and many others. Mr. Laffrey's regional work includes the Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed Musicals, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage and Film, and others. He has also designed internationally in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka, and throughout Australia. Mr. Laffrey won a 2017 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Set and Costume Design, and he has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and four Henry Hewes Design Awards, along with numerous regional accolades.

R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting Design) is the resident lighting designer for New York City-based Transport Group, and he has designed their Off Broadway productions of Inge in Rep: Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba; Once Upon a Mattress; Three Days to See; I Remember Mama (Henry Hewes Design Award nomination); Almost, Maine; Queen of the Mist (Hewes nomination); Hello Again; See Rock City (Drama Desk Award nomination); Bury the Dead(Drama Desk nomination); Marcy in the Galaxy; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; Normal; The Audience (Drama Desk nomination); First Lady Suite;Requiem for William; Our Town; and the world premiere play And Away We Go by Terrence McNally, produced by The Pearl Theatre Company. His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza (Barrymore Award) and The Outgoing Tide (Barrymore nomination) (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Cake Off (Signature Theatre Company), and I Remember Mama (Two River Theater), as well as Illinois Shakespeare Festival's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 seasons. Mr. Kennedy has designed national tours of The Secret Garden (Joseph Jefferson Award Citation), Once on This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, and A Grand Night for Singing.

Kai Harada (Sound Design) designed the Broadway productions of Amélie, Sunday in the Park with George, Allegiance, Gigi, Fun Home, On the Town,First Date, Follies (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), and Million Dollar Quartet. His other credits include Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Beaches (Drury Lane Theatre), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Little Dancer and First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (The Kennedy Center), Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Sweeney Todd and The Pirates of Penzance (Portland Opera), and She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He was also the audio consultant for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Michael Starobin (Orchestrations) previously orchestrated In Your Arms at The Old Globe. His credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, Kid Victory, Falsettos, First Daughter Suite, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, If/Then, Annie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, The People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), The Glorious Ones, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys and Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In Trousers, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance/Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, and Von Richthofen. His film credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Goofy Movie, Life with Mikey, Home on the Range, Tangled, Lucky Stiff, and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director) previously served as music director of The Old Globe's Rain. He recently penned new arrangements for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, currently playing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His select New York credits include Adding Machine, Curtains, First Daughter Suite, The House of Blue Leaves, Iowa, Mary Poppins, We the People, and seven seasons with Lincoln Center Theater. His regional credits include Barrington Stage Company, Hangar Theatre, The Kennedy Center, New York Stage and Film, three national tours for Theatreworks USA, and Two River Theater. He is part of the founding faculty of New Studio on Broadway at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, as well as the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and he is music supervisor at Camp Broadway. He is also a composer, lyricist, and writer whose works have been seen Off Broadway. In addition, he is the resident composer for The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York and is a recipient of an American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant.

Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting) returns to The Old Globe after casting their productions of October Sky and Bright Star (Artios Award nomination). His Broadway and national tour credits include Bright Star, Next Fall (Artios nomination), The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Dirty Dancing, and South Pacific. Off Broadway and regionally he has cast productions for Lincoln Center Theater, Women's Project Theater, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater (Artios nomination for The Power of Duff), Atlantic Theater Company, Naked Angels (Artios Award for Fault Lines), Pasadena Playhouse, Irish Arts Center, Soho Theatre in London, American Theater Group, and New York Musical Festival, among many others.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on the Globe productions of King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; October Sky; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; Bright Star; Dog and Pony; The Winter's Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; Allegiance; A Room with a View; Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show; The Savannah Disputation; Kingdom; and the 2007 Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Nero also worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and will soon be launching the show's tour. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff,Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, Siti Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few. Her other selected credits include Schick Machine (Paul Dresher Ensemble), which toured both nationally and internationally, and Garden of Forbidden Loves and Garden of Deadly Sound (IMAGOmoves), which performed at the International Hungarian Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania.

Amanda Salmons (Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on King Richard II; The Blameless; Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; October Sky; Macbeth; Rain; The Metromaniacs; Kiss Me, Kate; The White Snake; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Last Goodbye; Globe for All (2014, 2015); the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011-2013); Somewhere; Lost in Yonkers; I Do! I Do!; and The Price. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man, and The Rivalry (Lamb's Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society). She received her B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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          Photo Flash: La Jolla Playhouse presents KILL LOCAL        

Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother's small family business. Sheila's job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she's questioning everything. But when you're an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck - especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.

Kill Local received its first reading as part of the Playhouse's acclaimed DNA New Work Series, which offers playwrights the opportunity to develop a script and receive valuable audience feedback.

Several mainstage Playhouse productions have been developed through the DNA New Work Series, including Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, The Who & The What and Chasing the Song.

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Amanda Quaid and Matthew Amendt in La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of KILL LOCAL, by Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay, running August 1 â€" 27 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.

Amanda Quaid in La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of KILL LOCAL, by Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay, running August 1 - 27 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.

Amanda Quaid and CAndy Buckley in La Jolla Playhous world premiere of KILL LOCAL, by Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay, running August 1- 27 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.

Amanda Quaid and Xochitl Romero in La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of KILL LOCAL, by Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay, running August 1 - 27 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.

Amanda Quaid and Carolyn Braver in La Jolla Playhouseworld premiere of KILL LOCAL, by Mat Smart, directed by Jackson Gay, running August 1 - 27 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.


对于一个存在于Java虚拟机中的对象来说,其内部的状态只保持在内存中。JVM停止之后,这些状态就丢失了。在很多情况下,对象的内部状态是需要被持久化下来的。提到持久化,最直接的做法是保存到文件系统或是数据库之中。这种做法一般涉及到自定义存储格式以及繁琐的数据转换。对象关系映射(Object-relational mapping)是一种典型的用关系数据库来持久化对象的方式,也存在很多直接存储对象的对象数据库。对象序列化机制(object serialization)是Java语言内建的一种对象持久化方式,可以很容易的在JVM中的活动对象和字节数组(流)之间进行转换。除了可以很简单的实现持久化之外,序列化机制的另外一个重要用途是在远程方法调用中,用来对开发人员屏蔽底层实现细节。


由于Java提供了良好的默认支持,实现基本的对象序列化是件比较简单的事。待序列化的Java类只需要实现Serializable接口即可。Serializable仅是一个标记接口,并不包含任何需要实现的具体方法。实现该接口只是为了声明该Java类的对象是可以被序列化的。实际的序列化和反序列化工作是通过ObjectOuputStream和ObjectInputStream来完成的。ObjectOutputStream的writeObject方法可以把一个Java对象写入到流中,ObjectInputStream的readObject方法可以从流中读取一个Java对象。在写入和读取的时候,虽然用的参数或返回值是单个对象,但实际上操纵的是一个对象图,包括该对象所引用的其它对象,以及这些对象所引用的另外的对象。Java会自动帮你遍历对象图并逐个序列化。除了对象之外,Java中的基本类型和数组也是可以通过 ObjectOutputStream和ObjectInputStream来序列化的。

try {
    User user = new User("Alex", "Cheng");
    ObjectOutputStream output = new ObjectOutputStream(new FileOutputStream("user.bin"));
} catch (IOException e) {
try {
    ObjectInputStream input = new ObjectInputStream(new FileInputStream("user.bin"));
    User user = (User) input.readObject();
} catch (Exception e) {

上面的代码给出了典型的把Java对象序列化之后保存到磁盘上,以及从磁盘上读取的基本方式。 User类只是声明了实现Serializable接口。

在默认的序列化实现中,Java对象中的非静态和非瞬时域都会被包括进来,而与域的可见性声明没有关系。这可能会导致某些不应该出现的域被包含在序列化之后的字节数组中,比如密码等隐私信息。由于Java对象序列化之后的格式是固定的,其它人可以很容易的从中分析出其中的各种信息。对于这种情况,一种解决办法是把域声明为瞬时的,即使用transient关键词。另外一种做法是添加一个serialPersistentFields? 域来声明序列化时要包含的域。从这里可以看到在Java序列化机制中的这种仅在书面层次上定义的契约。声明序列化的域必须使用固定的名称和类型。在后面还可以看到其它类似这样的契约。虽然Serializable只是一个标记接口,但它其实是包含有不少隐含的要求。下面的代码给出了 serialPersistentFields的声明示例,即只有firstName这个域是要被序列化的。

private static final ObjectStreamField[] serialPersistentFields = { 
    new ObjectStreamField("firstName", String.class) 


基本的对象序列化机制让开发人员可以在包含哪些域上进行定制。如果想对序列化的过程进行更加细粒度的控制,就需要在类中添加writeObject和对应的 readObject方法。这两个方法属于前面提到的序列化机制的隐含契约的一部分。在通过ObjectOutputStream的 writeObject方法写入对象的时候,如果这个对象的类中定义了writeObject方法,就会调用该方法,并把当前 ObjectOutputStream对象作为参数传递进去。writeObject方法中一般会包含自定义的序列化逻辑,比如在写入之前修改域的值,或是写入额外的数据等。对于writeObject中添加的逻辑,在对应的readObject中都需要反转过来,与之对应。


private void writeObject(ObjectOutputStream output) throws IOException {
    output.writeUTF("Hello World");
private void readObject(ObjectInputStream input) throws IOException, ClassNotFoundException {
    String value = input.readUTF();


在有些情况下,可能会希望在序列化的时候使用另外一个对象来代替当前对象。其中的动机可能是当前对象中包含了一些不希望被序列化的域,比如这些域都是从另外一个域派生而来的;也可能是希望隐藏实际的类层次结构;还有可能是添加自定义的对象管理逻辑,如保证某个类在JVM中只有一个实例。相对于把无关的域都设成transient来说,使用对象替换是一个更好的选择,提供了更多的灵活性。替换对象的作用类似于Java EE中会使用到的传输对象(Transfer Object)。


private static class OrderReplace implements Serializable {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 4654546423735192613L;
    private String orderId;
    public OrderReplace(Order order) {
        this.orderId = order.getId();
    private Object readResolve() throws ObjectStreamException {

这个替换对象类OrderReplace只保存了Order的ID。在Order类的writeReplace方法中返回了一个OrderReplace对象。这个对象会被作为替代写入到流中。同样的,需要在OrderReplace类中定义一个readResolve方法,用来在读取的时候再转换回 Order类对象。这样对调用者来说,替换对象的存在就是透明的。

private Object writeReplace() throws ObjectStreamException {
    return new OrderReplace(this);




把一个Java对象序列化之后,所得到的字节数组一般会保存在磁盘或数据库之中。在保存完成之后,有可能原来的Java类有了更新,比如添加了额外的域。这个时候从兼容性的角度出发,要求仍然能够读取旧版本的序列化数据。在读取的过程中,当ObjectInputStream发现一个对象的定义的时候,会尝试在当前JVM中查找其Java类定义。这个查找过程不能仅根据Java类的全名来判断,因为当前JVM中可能存在名称相同,但是含义完全不同的Java 类。这个对应关系是通过一个全局惟一标识符serialVersionUID来实现的。通过在实现了Serializable接口的类中定义该域,就声明了该Java类的一个惟一的序列化版本号。JVM会比对从字节数组中得出的类的版本号,与JVM中查找到的类的版本号是否一致,来决定两个类是否是兼容的。对于开发人员来说,需要记得的就是在实现了Serializable接口的类中定义这样的一个域,并在版本更新过程中保持该值不变。当然,如果不希望维持这种向后兼容性,换一个版本号即可。该域的值一般是综合Java类的各个特性而计算出来的一个哈希值,可以通过Java提供的serialver命令来生成。在Eclipse中,如果Java类实现了Serializable接口,Eclipse会提示并帮你生成这个serialVersionUID。




  • 对序列化之后的流进行加密。这可以通过CipherOutputStream来实现。
  • 实现自己的writeObject和readObject方法,在调用defaultWriteObject之前,先对要序列化的域的值进行加密处理。
  • 使用一个SignedObject或SealedObject来封装当前对象,用SignedObject或SealedObject进行序列化。
  • 在从流中进行反序列化的时候,可以通过ObjectInputStream的registerValidation方法添加ObjectInputValidation接口的实现,用来验证反序列化之后得到的对象是否合法。


RMI(Remote Method Invocation)是Java中的远程过程调用(Remote Procedure Call,RPC)实现,是一种分布式Java应用的实现方式。它的目的在于对开发人员屏蔽横跨不同JVM和网络连接等细节,使得分布在不同JVM上的对象像是存在于一个统一的JVM中一样,可以很方便的互相通讯。之所以在介绍对象序列化之后来介绍RMI,主要是因为对象序列化机制使得RMI非常简单。调用一个远程服务器上的方法并不是一件困难的事情。开发人员可以基于Apache MINA或是Netty这样的框架来写自己的网络服务器,亦或是可以采用REST架构风格来编写HTTP服务。但这些解决方案中,不可回避的一个部分就是数据的编排和解排(marshal/unmarshal)。需要在Java对象和传输格式之间进行互相转换,而且这一部分逻辑是开发人员无法回避的。RMI的优势在于依靠Java序列化机制,对开发人员屏蔽了数据编排和解排的细节,要做的事情非常少。JDK 5之后,RMI通过动态代理机制去掉了早期版本中需要通过工具进行代码生成的繁琐方式,使用起来更加简单。


public interface Calculator extends Remote {
    String calculate(String expr) throws RemoteException;


public class CalculatorServer implements Calculator {
    public String calculate(String expr) throws RemoteException {
        return expr;
    public void start() throws RemoteException, AlreadyBoundException {
        Calculator stub = (Calculator) UnicastRemoteObject.exportObject(this, 0);
        Registry registry = LocateRegistry.getRegistry();
        registry.rebind("Calculator", stub);



public class CalculatorClient {
    public void calculate(String expr) {
        try {
            Registry registry = LocateRegistry.getRegistry("localhost");
            Calculator calculator = (Calculator) registry.lookup("Calculator");
            String result = calculator.calculate(expr);
        } catch (Exception e) {


为了通过Java的序列化机制来进行传输,远程接口中的方法的参数和返回值,要么是Java的基本类型,要么是远程对象,要么是实现了 Serializable接口的Java类。当客户端通过RMI注册表找到一个远程接口的时候,所得到的其实是远程接口的一个动态代理对象。当客户端调用其中的方法的时候,方法的参数对象会在序列化之后,传输到服务器端。服务器端接收到之后,进行反序列化得到参数对象。并使用这些参数对象,在服务器端调用实际的方法。调用的返回值Java对象经过序列化之后,再发送回客户端。客户端再经过反序列化之后得到Java对象,返回给调用者。这中间的序列化过程对于使用者来说是透明的,由动态代理对象自动完成。除了序列化之外,RMI还使用了动态类加载技术。当需要进行反序列化的时候,如果该对象的类定义在当前JVM中没有找到,RMI会尝试从远端下载所需的类文件定义。可以在RMI程序启动的时候,通过JVM参数java.rmi.server.codebase来指定动态下载Java类文件的URL。  



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          Programa #768        

Descarga el programa en diferentes formatos desde el Internet Archive

En el programa de hoy echamos un vistazo al catálogo del sello Altered State Reflections, dirigido por Jared C. Balogh.

Sintonía: tdBt & The Garys - “Feel like…” (del álbum A la poursuite de René Fonck - Antiblues 020)
  1. Blueprint For Destruction - "My Life, My Way" (del EP Blueprint For Destruction)
  2. A.M. Lowlights - "D-TOX" (del recopilatorio Altered State Of Mind Compilation)
  3. Cabrini Green - "Ten Inch Cobra" (del álbum Mashup)
  4. Igor Amokian - "A Lo-fi Improv For Guest Soloists" (del EP compartido Amokian-Balogh Split)
  5. Lezet - "Bubble I" (del álbum de remezclas Thread, a cargo de Protecious)
  6. Protecious - "Pout" (del álbum Asceticism
  7. The Merricks - "Museau de boeuf en gelée" (del álbum Le dîner)
  8. Midnight Moodswings/Seiswork - "To Sleep" (del álbum The Dopamine Recursive)
  9. Janne Nummela - "Robots Never Give Up" (del EP Estakada)


Over at the New Republic, Nora Caplan-Bricker reviews the progress of the Black Mountain Self-Organized learning Environment (SOLE), which has set out to use MOOCs in place of live instruction. 


Oddly, the SOLE (for self-organized learning environment) is housed at buildings formerly serving the famous Black Mountain College. (Martin Duberman has written a revealing history of the College: Black Mountain An Exploration in Community. 

But the similarities end there. Black Mountain was organized by some of the most important artists and poets and thinkers of its time. This reincarnation of Black Mountain is the day dream of two ill-prepared dreamers. Black Mountain attracted the most creative intellectual and artistic leaders in the country and abroad - this non-college has so far attracted a motley crew of drifters. Most important, despite the idea of the MOOC background, it appears that nobody actually takes MOOCs - they are too demanding. Instead, navel gazing appears to be the main pre-occupation of most students in the arts and humanities, while the more entrepreneurial students spend all day working on their start ups. 

As Caplan-Bricker sums up the fuzzy logic of the organization, 

Black Mountain attracts a hodgepodge of Merrell-wearing commune veterans and aspiring Silicon Valley transplants. The language of the Blueprints borrowed from both: a trip to the bathroom was a “bio break,” but “to execute on” was a ubiquitous compound verb. The classroom walls were lined with scribbled brainstorming webs and statements of purpose on easel sheets. “THE FOUR PRINCIPLES,” said one, in blue and green marker. “Whoever comes are the right people. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. When it’s over, it’s over.” 
At the bottom, it proclaimed “THE ONE LAW,” which is “The Law of Two Feet”: The school’s “SOLEmates”—its term for students—can attend what they choose and leave when they please.
Anyone reading this failed experiment as a test case for MOOCs hasn't paid the first scrap of attention to it.
          One Stop Flu Shot: Scientists Are Closer to a Universal Influenza Vaccine        
Choice is good, but when it comes to protecting yourself against the flu, one vaccine that is able to fight off most virus strains year after year is far more appealing than an annual jab. Now researchers from the Imperial College London are encouraged by results from their latest experiments on a universal flu vaccine approach that targets some of the influenza viruses’ core elements that remain unchanged each season. Using a “natural experiment” model, the scientists recruited 342 people at the beginning of the 2009 swine flu pandemic and collected their blood and nasal swab samples. When any of the patients developed flu symptoms, they sent another nasal swab to the researchers. In their results, published in the journal Nature Medicine, the scientific team reported that the people who had the flu with only mild symptoms had higher levels of immune cells called CD8 T cells in their blood than those who were sicker. T cells include groups of immune system defenders that can recognize and bind to pathogens like influenza and other viruses, as well as engulf and destroy them. Most vaccines, including the flu shot, work by signalling the immune system to make hordes of antibodies against particular parts of a virus, which marks these pathogens for destruction. The massive size of the assault on the virus, however, comes at a price, since the virus can easily morph the proteins that these antibodies target and therefore evade death. CD8 cells don’t have that problem, since they patrol for and recognize more conserved portions of viruses. But because they are more specialized, there aren’t as many of them in circulation. That makes them more durable as a vaccine target but also harder to generate in sufficient quantities to fend off an infection. But the results show that CD8 could be a “blueprint for a vaccine,” as Ajit Lalvani, from the national Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College said to BBC News. For more information on other strategies for a universal vaccine, read TIME’s previous coverage, here.

[sypnopsis of lecture delivered for the Ong Siew May Distinguished Lecture Series, 12th September 2008, National University Singapore]

Building typology has always been of interest and as a study for architecture, because it begs the question of whether works of architecture need for classification and grouping to serve its their purpose or if types are necessary in order to validate their functions. So we ask, what is type? Are private houses a building type and do typifying shapes and built forms add any value to buildings? Indeed none whatsoever. By conforming it to any one type of building does not make the work any different or better in any way, let alone give it any more meaning or validation to its functions.

For a long time we always have visual representation for many of the buildings familiar to us hospitals, schools and restaurants, etc. to each we emphasize visual interpretation. now it is more difficult to differentiate between two buildings simply by type. We think the visual representation of architectural works has evolved greatly, houses are of myriad shapes and forms, they defy classification. We can no longer rely on typological sets to differentiate one work from another. Perhaps definitions of buildings or their classification has become totally defunct and unnecessary. We conclude at this juncture typology is no longer a means for us to define a building. How do we proceed then to define a building if at all, and why do we chose to give building definitions in the first place, often one is asks, what is it for? How does all this relate to their sustainability.

By examining typological sets, or typology we gain a deeper insight if not appreciation of how buildings are perceived, and how their rapidly changing forms and articulation and evolving character has given us the means to comprehend them, or perceive them. Our own evolving needs have given buildings their new typology strain, and with this we propose they have become more sustainable today as a type then they have ever been before. How is this? We propose that it does not matter if what a building is meant to do has nothing to do with how it looks. There is little to find in the shape or fenestration of an iconic tower to suggest that it is a commercial building or a residential tower. It has become increasingly more difficult to predict the look and shape of the new museum. Hospitals are so advanced today, their designs warrant the same planning principles as a four star restaurant or a boutique hotel in many instances. Therein lies the question of typology and how their relevance has become very questionable in defining the ideal building, the sustainable built form.

There are no apparent parallels between Farnsworth House and a Palladian Villa, none whatsoever to say they belong to the same set. Both may well be exemplary models of sustainable architecture simply because thye both have their own infinite 'sustain' ability to deal with change, from their original residential use to the new commercial renovations without need for major alteration of its parts, let alone the envelope. Yet another way to cut back energy, waste and pollution of our natural environment.

Fortunately we have come a long way to accept these models as infinitely superior works of architecture simply because they don't actually bear any resemblance to each other and therefore attest to possibility that there is perhaps no such thing as an ideal house type. Surely at this point we see that the correlation between building function and its representation has been completely severed over recent times? These thoughts, derived from an appreciation and study of building typology, and the necessary classification of buildings in order that we can begin to appreciate them or better understand their qualities are examined and put forth here for development of our idea, that a sustainable work is necessarily one that has no need for a specific definition of its type nor its generic functions. It should merely be derived from ones awareness of its durability in terms of its long term use, and its inherent ability to change, adapt, redefine and replace or restore itself to suit the current need.

Flexibility, on the other hand, and open plan, are concepts of the late eighties for office designs, IBM Cosham for one and the new B1- type offices in the UK has indeed brought about successful applications and introduction of new and refreshing planning guidelines. The workplace has evolved to become a new typology for comfort, and productivity rolled into one. No longer is the office environment stale and devoid of the familiar pleasures of the home, like the kitchen [pantry], and the living room [the reception and lounge]. Break out areas, yet another concept has seen their implementation in many an organisations' interior plan. These are concepts that have slowly eroded the meaning of offices, and their outdated typological sets. Modern day workplaces and home spas are the new typological sets, and the are inevitably more sustainable than their forebears. They have evolved and become hybrid buildings in many ways. Herein the new research and proposition. We can examine why this hybrid typology have become infinitely more durable than their earlier examples. Indeed if we remove the need to typify or classify buildings we almost immediately make them less specific and therefore more responsive and future proof and hence more sustainable than if we confine them to a very specific brief.

Often a house is demolished after a new owner moves in. This is the problem we want to address. Often the lifespan of poorly designed buildings, like many hotels and offices built in the 70's have seen irresponsible demolition and extensive refurbishment. This is largely a very energy intensive activity, totally irresponsible and has contributed to great destruction of built environments and added much to the destabilisation of neighbourhoods and demography. Not only is such acitivity pollution to the natural environment it also brings about the need to re-instate new energies into what was already displaced in the first intervention. Put back what we take from the environment is what we think all buildings must do. A built work must put back into its development more than what has been taken out from it, whether there be trees or the use of natural materials. herein lies the next set of investigations.


          ÐŸÐ¾Ð²Ñ‚орное использование пластмасс может серьёзно повлиять на мировую экономику        
Год назад на Всемирном экономическом форуме в Давосе, был озвучен один интересный доклад, в котором говорилось, что большая часть пластика, расходуемого на производство упаковки используется только один раз, не перерабатывается и просто выкидывается. Таким образом, порядка 95% от стоимости пластиковых упаковочных материалов (а емкость этого рынка оценивается в $120 миллиардов американских долларов ежегодно) никак не работает — эти деньги просто выбрасываются из оборота после того, как упаковка была использована.

Раздельный сбор мусора, сортировка, переработка: Повторное использование пластмасс может серьёзно повлиять на мировую экономику

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          Thailand, long used to China’s carrots, now gets the stick

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative for its potential to enhance the Thai-Chinese strategic partnership. Photo: Reuters

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is its new grand strategy. Chinese leaders have emphasised that the initiative is a win-win solution whose economic benefits will be shared across continents.

South-east Asia has become a major focus of this strategy because it constitutes a significant sea lane for China’s maritime trade.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that China first declared its nascent idea of reviving the maritime Silk Road in Indonesia during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit in October 2013.

Mainland South-east Asia also offers China alternative routes to seaports for its landlocked provinces. The sub-region is hence included in Beijing’s plan to develop transport links and industrial parks.

Thailand has realised that situating itself in China’s blueprint is economically beneficial.

Thai leaders have expressed their support for the BRI since it was launched. Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, for example, has lauded this initiative for its potential to enhance the Thai-Chinese strategic partnership.

However, General Prayuth was not among the heads of government attending the inaugural Belt and Road Initiative Summit on May 14 and 15 this year in Beijing; five Thai ministers attended instead. How can we interpret this event?

How are we to understand the current stage of Sino-Thai relations and South-east Asia’s general relations with China?

The Sino-Thai relationship has been cordial, marked by no major conflicts. Beijing’s endorsement of the 2014 military coup in Bangkok has even deepened ties, as the Thai military has since favoured China’s policy in many aspects.

Therefore, the recent lack of an invitation for Thailand’s premier to the BRI summit raised eyebrows.

The Thai Foreign Ministry explained that China did not extend an invitation to Gen Prayuth because Beijing had already invited him to another important event — the Ninth Brics Summit scheduled to be held in Xiamen next month.

In the broader context, in fact, the Thai Prime Minister was not alone; leaders from Brunei and Singapore were also excluded from the summit.

However, Thailand is an active player in continental South-east Asia and a long-term friend of China.

It is also within the Indochina Corridor — one of six major economic corridors in the BRI blueprint that links south-western China to Singapore.

It appears that the unresolved deal on the Sino-Thai high-speed railway project had become an irritation for Beijing and was the main reason for China not inviting the Thai leader to the summit.

This was confirmed to me by a Thai government official on May 25, who added: “There are a number of issues still unsettled, such as the bringing in of Chinese workers and others that contravene domestic laws and regulations.”

Why is the railway project in Thailand so important to China? In fact, Thailand and China had shared the idea of expanding the transport network between China and mainland South-east Asia since the early 1990s.

In 1993, the two countries developed a sub-regional framework called Quadrangle Economic Cooperation, which focused on this issue. However, the Asian Development Bank subsumed it under its broader Greater Mekong Sub-region framework because of Thailand’s economic difficulties in 1997.

The tangible outcome was the completion of the Western Sub-corridor route in 2010, linking Kunming to northern Thailand via Laos and Myanmar.

With that continuing idea, China’s focus has shifted from roads to railways. There is also a strong sentiment in Thailand in favour of upgrading the country’s outmoded infrastructure, and the expansion of the rail network has emerged as an option.

Therefore, BRI is not totally new but rather a more expansive and ambitious version of an older plan.


Thailand and China have discussed the construction of a high-speed rail since 2010, when the Abhisit Vejjajiva government was in power.

The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to set up a joint venture company in which Thailand would hold a 51 per cent share.

Thailand agreed to allow China to utilise the land along the existing railway for 50 years. However, the agreement was aborted when Parliament was dissolved in 2011. The second attempt took place during the Yingluck Shinawatra government in 2012, which proposed four lines for the high-speed trains, stretching from Bangkok to the north, the north-east, the east, and the south.

Thailand invited China to invest in the north-eastern line, as it would connect to the China-Laos high-speed railway running from Kunming to Vientiane, opposite the Thai border.

The two countries signed MOUs in 2012 and 2013 for feasibility studies and the training of Thai personnel.

However, the project drew public criticism, especially from anti-government groups concerned with its cost and potential for corruption.

The Constitutional Court finally vetoed the project in early 2014, and the Yingluck government was ousted by a military coup later that year.

After the coup, the Prayuth government reviewed the project and sought to start construction in May last year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Sino-Thai diplomatic relations.

Both signed another MOU in late December 2014 that would let China build a railroad from Nongkhai province to Bangkok and to Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, covering a total distance of 867km, but running at speeds of only 180kmh.

Thailand agreed to take a Chinese loan, to be repaid in cash and in kind — in the latter case with agricultural products, especially rice and rubber.

However, the long process of negotiations opened a Pandora’s box for the Thai government. The initial problems were related to the shareholding structure and to the interest rate on the Chinese loan.

Thailand proposed that China hold a 70 per cent share in the project, but China insisted on a 60 per cent share unless it received the same benefits as in the case of the Chinese-Laos railway project.

In that case, China had received the rights to develop the land along the railway and adjacent to stations for 50 years. Also, Thailand proposed that China lower the interest from 2.5 per cent to 2 per cent.

Early last year, China finally agreed to offer a 2 per cent interest rate if the project was scaled down from a dual-track to a single track in the face of rising costs.

At the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Summit from March 22 to 24 last year in Hainan province, the Thai and Chinese premiers surprisingly announced that Thailand would finance the entire project through domestic loans and that the speed would be 250kmh. China would only invest a 60 per cent share in work on the rail system and train operations, including the construction of bridges and tunnel excavation.

To put the exclusion of Gen Prayuth from the BRI Summit in May in the context of the long process of negotiation, one may be able to infer how China has been asserting pressure on the Thai government.

It was reported that the 17th meeting of the Sino-Thai joint committee on rail collaboration held on April 9 and 10 this year met with difficulties in coding construction materials from the Chinese coding system into the Thai system.

The Thai Transport Ministry accepted that it might take a long time to do so. Without that, the committee cannot set the medium price in the project’s terms of reference and check whether the materials needed are available in Thailand.

According to Thai law, such a joint venture cannot use foreign materials. However, the sentiment of the subsequent 18th meeting on May 24, nine days after the BRI Summit, turned positive.

The two parties nearly reached an agreement on outstanding issues. The Thai Transport Ministry will now submit the detailed project to the Thai Cabinet for approval and aims to start construction by this month.

Although details of the negotiations were not revealed, there was already a tendency for Thailand to accommodate China’s requests. In early June, a Thai deputy prime minister consulted the Councils of Engineers and Architects to resolve the technical issues and the use of Chinese personnel in Thailand. He proposed that the Prime Minister exercise his executive power under Section 44 in the interim Constitution.

On June 8, Gen Prayuth showed his irritation with the progress of the project during an address to the National Legislative Assembly: “I have lost my face so many times and we (Thailand)couldn’t conclude the deal. I will exercise my prerogative on this railway project. It must be started within this year.”

On June 15, the junta issued Decree No 30/2017 in the Royal Gazette to clear existing legal issues and allow the project to start.

The decree exempts Chinese engineers and architects from taking Thai professional licence exams and allows the use of up to 25 per cent Chinese materials.

The recent 19th meeting early last month concluded that the construction will start in October this year.


The hurdles in the Thai-Chinese railway project offer several lessons.

Chinese discontent suggests that Thailand is important to Beijing’s strategic planning in the BRI initiative. Certainly, the ultimate plan to link China with continental Southeast Asia would be impossible without progress in Thailand. Therefore, Thai policy makers may be able to utilise this advantage wisely to attract foreign investment to upgrade the country’s economy.

Second, Thai policy makers cannot take China for granted and need to update their understanding of China. A history of cordial ties matters, but so does distance in time and generations.

The new blood in Chinese leadership may not value the historical ties as much as its predecessors did. Hence, Beijing is less likely to compromise its national interest for the sake of maintaining a warm relationship with Bangkok.

Third, China’s diplomacy has been a charm offensive focused on carrots, but now it is more willing to use the stick. Beijing is not reluctant to adopt shaming and intimidation when its national interests are affected. It is apparent that the absence of the Thai leader from the BRI summit was directly linked to the delay of the high-speed railway project. It looks like minor diplomatic intimidation, but it allowed Beijing to send a message about its unhappiness with the current situation.

Furthermore, Beijing’s more assertive approach may also develop into a situation in which regional states need to choose sides. In the case of Southeast Asia, Beijing is now pressuring the region to favour China’s regional leadership. In Thailand’s case, the likelihood of Thai-American appeasement may also play a role besides the railway issue.

Before the BRI summit, United States President Donald Trump made a phone call to three South-east Asian leaders — those of the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand — with invitations to Washington.

While Philippine President Duterte was non-committal, the Thai government accepted the invitation and has enthusiastically arranged an official visit. Beijing is perhaps sending a signal that it is unsatisfied being treated only as a political cushion and secondary power on which Bangkok can fall back whenever its relations with Washington grow rough.

South-east Asia may need to realise that its attempt to engage with Beijing is not a one-way process. China is not only learning to cooperate through regional engagement. It also expects smaller neighbours to accommodate its rise and leadership.

China’s use of diplomatic pressure indicates that South-east Asia may face more difficulties in dealing with Beijing in the future.

While China’s power is growing, it may see the region’s old tactics such as silence, delays, indecisiveness, or enmeshing of multiple external powers as obstacles to its growing influence and interests in its own backyard.

Beijing putting more pressure on South-east Asia to choose policies that at least do not obstruct Chinese interests is a likely future scenario. However, this situation benefits neither China nor South-east Asia. China’s punitive approach, if sustained, will only leave a negative image of Beijing and deepen suspicion of its intentions in the region.

The mantra of peaceful rise and win-win cooperation may sound less and less convincing, and that could lead to repercussions that escalate tensions between China and Southeast Asia. However, the question is how South-east Asia can communicate this concern to Beijing and whether the latter will listen and re-evaluate its policy approach.


Pongphisoot (Paul) Busbarat is Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. This is adapted from a longer piece that first appeared in ISEAS Perspective.

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          Channeling Mary Ruefle         

I don't know which I like more - first drafts, endlessly tinkering through draft after draft, or the feeling when you know (or pretty much know) you can send a poem out into the world.

Let me share a little secret. "Despite Nagging Malfunctions," which goes live today at The Superstition Review, began in a little room called The Stellar's Jay Suite at the Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast in East Sound, Washington. I was there as a resident for Artsmith last February, spending a fabulous week, mostly on a day bed with a notebook in my lap and a stack of books at my side, researching everything from typhus to Saturn (hmmm, why was I researching typhus? I can no longer recall, but there it is, scrawled in my notebook: "highly contagious caused by bacteria in lice. 10-40% chance of dying. Between 1918-1922, typhus killed three million").

But I digress.

To begin "Despite Nagging Malfunctions," I first had to find out that Voyager 2 , well, "despite nagging malfunctions"(according to an archived 1977 New York Times article), launched in September of 1977.

I also had to come up with a list of statements from various poems by Mary Reufle, including:

I was given [concrete gift] ...

I smelled ...

I discovered ...

I fell in love with ...

My mother ...

My father ...

I learned ...

One morning ...

I saw ... [image of animal]

State a piece of advice. Dismiss or muse on it. Ask a question.

Go back to talking about the same animal.

Don't be [animal].

In other words, I made myself a little poem draft road map.

It wouldn't be the first time someone worked from a blueprint, would it?

I hope you enjoy the completed version. It was a fun poem to write, especially gratifying to get Tycho Brahe's prosthetic nose into a poem, and some Emily Post wisdom.
          Is Twitter Becoming the Web's Intentional Layer?        
Intentionality is a philosophical term of art, and it refers to or 'points to' the directedness or aboutness of much of our mental and linguistic activity. Of much of our action. But 'intentionality' has also been used by web commentators, John Battelle, for one, when he considers the extent to which Google is striving to build a method of search which captures the user's intent and which is at the same time harvesting and modeling intentions and desires:

The Database of Intentions is simply this: The aggregate results of every search ever entered, every result list ever tendered, and every path taken as a result. It lives in many places, but three or four places in particular hold a massive amount of this data ......... This information represents, in aggregate form, a place holder for the intentions of humankind - a massive database of desires, needs, wants, and likes that can be discovered, subpoenaed, archived, tracked, and exploited to all sorts of ends. Such a beast has never before existed in the history of culture, but is almost guaranteed to grow exponentially from this day forward. John Battelle The Database of Intentions, 2003 -- [at that time Battelle gave pride of place in his blog to Google, MSN and Yahoo. I think now he would pick Google, Facebook and Twitter, possibly Amazon and Apple].

My intuitive 'internal model' for thinking about the web is of a constellation of HTML, of piles of content; comparable, and yet exceeding, the largest libraries. But the web is also and quite distinctively a constellation of links, hyperlinks, and these links are intents. Every hyperlink is itself an 'intentional act', a referential act that is also digital, an act that annihilates distance and short-circuits context and time, taking us instantaneously, magically, to the target of the link's intention. Every link that our finger points to on an iPad is the shadow of the intentional act of the author of the link, and the harbinger/blueprint for the intentional act of each user who follows the link. Viewing the web not so much as a static docuverse, but as a dynamic aggregation of usage and process, the intentional power of the web comes from the way it charts and shifts the attention, the intention, and the focus of its users. Google is as much an instrument for choice and for cognitive intent as it is also an engine for search. However there is a case for treating Twitter as a special case, as especially pure and nakedly intentional. Tweets are all about links and intentions and Twitter is building a massive intentional superstructure through the discourse and activity of Twitter users. There are at least three sources for Twitter's pervasive intentionality.

  1. Twitter's atomicity. Twitter's brevity hones the sharpness of a tweet's intentional aim. The 140 word limit forces directedness in tweeting. The character limit requires that the user targets with precision and clear reference the subject that is being tweeted. For a medium with such a narrow bandwidth, Twitter has been extraordinarily effective at finding ways of lassooing content with precision. Think twitpic and A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you do not need a thousand words to reference a picture in a tweet. It is not possible to say everything in a tweet (Godel's theorem and The Whitsun Weddings are just too subtle and long), but there is no practical limit to the stuff that one can refer to or touch on with a tweet.
  2. Twitter's asymmetry. Twitter in a deep way echoes the topology of the web, with the asymmetry of the follower/followed relationship matching the asymmetry of the hyperlink (that which is linked to often does not link back; just as I am more likely to follow Stephen Fry than he is to follow me). This asymmetry leads to a much more interesting network than the symmetrical relationships that were at the starting point of Facebook and Linkedin. Twitter piggybacks on the topology of the web (any url can be linked to as can any place on a Google map) but we should notice that it also escapes the web, since a good deal of Twitter activity takes place without the web, in apps, on SMS and mobile phones. Twitter's capillary vessels can run through the web, but they also allow us to wander off into digital by-ways that are beyond the web. This gives scope for broader digital intent and for a layer of crisp intentional communication which is not bound to the web, though it uses it.
  3. Twitter's syntactic devices. Twitter has a repertoire of formal devices which allows users to harness and amplify the intentions of others. The 'follow' relationship is a primary mechanism of amplification, since the tweeter with a large audience is like a speaker with a megaphone. Following is certainly not the only basis for collective action in the Twitter domain. Users have plenty of other devices for amplification and message modulation: 'retweeting', recommendations, Twitter lists, locations, and hashtags are all mechanisms that enable and allow the Twitter user to deploy collective intentionality. It might be better to say that these are mechanisms that allow users to participate in collective intentionality in a new and inherently digital way.
We should be careful not to give excessive focus to Twitter -- which is just the epitome of many other social internet technologies that enable us to share and focus desires, perceptions, references and approval. But Twitter's pure and naked intentional quality defines its usefulness and attractiveness. There are rumours that next week will see Apple announce that iOS 5 will support system level calls to Twitter. If that happens we will see less talk about the iPad being merely a lean back device.
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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-23-2017 with Barry Roark        

BJ Cole Luke Vibert- Swing Lite Alright - Stop The Panic
Sounds From The Ground- Rolling Dice - Widerworld
- voicebreak -
Damaged Bug- Bunker Funk - Bunker Funk
Lord Echo- Note From Home feat Toby Laing - Harmonies
Tay Sean- Space Madness - Leavings
Those Lavender Whales- My Body Stops My Mind - My Bones Are Singing
Spaceface- In The Clouds - Sun Kids
Dan The Man- The Army - Circadian Circus
Salmonella Dub- Dub Conspiracy - Dub Conspiracy
Mouse On The Keys- Earache - Out Of Body EP
Various Artists- Nate Fisher 10 - 1
Gerne- In The Ghetto get Dancin - In The Ghetto get Dancin
The Buttertones- Matador - Gravedigging
- voicebreak -
Cluster Eno- Ho Renomo - Cluster Eno
The Waterboys- Savage Earth Heart Live - The Secret Life Of The Waterboys 19811985
Boss Hog- 17 - Brood X
Woods- Cali In A Cup - Live At Third Man Records
Monty Python- Brian Song - Monty Python Sings Again
Ultimate Painting- Riverside - Live At Third Man Records
Slowdive- Alison - Souvlaki
Time Shard- Peculiar Time Chariot - Kunab Ku
Flash Mountain Flood- Need To Breathe - Need To Breathe
Old 97s- Those Were The Days - Graveyard Whistling
Shapeshifter- Police State - A Jazzstep Injection
Yonderboi- 100 Trevira - Shallow And Profound
Contry- Who Cares - Cell Phone 1
Arling Cameron- WEEKEND - Music For Imaginary Films
Mike Edge- Ive Got Time - Mike Edge EP
Mike Edge- Been So Long - Mike Edge EP
Mike Edge- Hold On - Mike Edge EP
The Charlatans- Walk With Me Bonus Track - Modern Nature Deluxe Version
The BraveDave BK Jeffs- Wasteland - Bluesy Chill Out
- voicebreak -
Morgan Heritage- Ride And Roll - Avrakedabra
Yoko Ono- Are You Looking For Me - Blueprint For A Sunrise
Admiral Tibet- Babylon Burial Riddim - Single
- voicebreak -

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          Rob Springer Featured in Orange and Blueprints Magazine        
Rob graduated from the Rinker School of Building Construction in the fall of 1984. While at Rinker, Rob served as the "first" President of the student chapter of ABC. After graduation, Rob joined Hubbard Construction of Orlando, and served as a project manager on several projects including Lake Nona Golf and Country Club Community, and the Melbourne Airport expansion. In 1985, he joined Springer - Peterson Roofing, replacing one of the original partners, Brooke Peterson, and served as Vice President of Operations until 2006, when he became President, and continues to serve in that role.
Springer-Peterson Roofing specializes in Industrial and Commercial reroofing, and when a challenging new Construction project warrants their expertise, they also participate in that market. Recent new construction projects include: Legoland Theme Park in Winter Haven, the new Antarctica Penguin exhibit at Seaworld in Orlando, and 2 recent expansions by Coca Cola at their Tampa and Auburndale locations. Re-roofing however has always been, and continues to be their specialty. Client relationships are always the nucleus of most projects, which include Publix Supermarkets, CVS, numerous Central Florida School Districts, and Hospital / Medical Facilities throughout Florida. Rob’s role at Springer-Petersen includes business development, current and new client support and providing support to the operations side of the company.
Rob is involved in the community and has served on the local boards of the YMCA, several local banks, as well as numerous non-profit organizations. His industry involvement includes serving on the board of National Roofing Partners (NRP) and will be installed as President of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal (FRSA) Contractors Association in July of 2013.

Like most UF Graduates, Rob is an avid Gator fan, and has attended every National Championship football game, along with all of the Final Four Appearances, and four College World Series in which the Gator Baseball team participated in Omaha. Rob and his wife Tammy, live in Mulberry, and have 2 children. Their daughter is a teacher in Lakeland, and their son is currently a Senior 1 at Rinker. Rob loves to spend time in the outdoors, including hunting big game across North America, and fly fishing the rivers of the Western U.S.

Read more about the Rinker School of Building Construction here. 

          Re: Off topic topic        

No, you can't clone skill. As it has been discovered if you cloned Mozart, the clone could hate music and be terrible at the piano. The only thing you clone is the blueprints for their body, meaning you would want to clone somebody who is very physically fit and instinctively smart, nothing about their characteristics would be cloned, such as loyalty or determination.

I submit Patton is they don't have to be alive. (you could dig him up...)

If you could clone skill i'd say Vassili Zaitsev from the Red army of World War II, one of the greatest snipers ever.

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-23-2013 with Jahsonic        

Bajofondo- Pulmon - Mar Dulce Bonus Track Version
Mavado- Starlight - Di Genius PresentsLabwork Vol2
Thunderball- Rio Mescalito - 12 Mile High
Beyonc- Blow - BEYONC
Kidnap Kid- So Close - So Close Single
Natalie MacMaster- Appropriate Dipstick - Blueprint
Bob Marley- Why Should I - Songs Of Freedom
Les Negresses Vertes- Face A Le Mar - Remixes
Tycho- Awake - Awake Single
Gogol Bordello- Underdog World Strike - Gypsy Punks
Flume Chet Faker- Drop The Game - Lockjaw Single
Jacuzzi- Disparate - Singles
Busy Signal Etana Million Stylez Netna- As Mi Forward - Future Cuts
Beautiful Small Machines- Counting Back To 1 - The Robots In Love EP
Cults- Go Outside - Cults
Thelonious Monk Quartet- Blue Bolivar Blues - Monks Dream
ARTIST UNKNOWN- Vai Minhe Trisetza - Singles
Feist- My Moon My Man Boys Noize Remix - Oi Oi Oi
The Neighbourhood- Sweater Weather - I Love You
Bajofondo Julieta Venegas- Pa Bailar Siempre Quiero Mas - Pa Bailar EP
Dirtwire- Back Home - Dirtwire
Kabaka Pyramid- Liberal Opposer - Rough Road
Thievery Corporation- Fragments - Culture Of Fear
Palov Mishkin- Et De Clarinette - Electro Swing Vol 2
Mavado- Only Gyal - Only Gyal Single
Demolition Disco- Big Mama - Big Mama EP part 2 EP Single
Beats Antique- Beezlebub feat Les Claypool - A Thousand Faces Act 1
DEAD BATTERY- Cut The Line - Cut The Line EP
Kopecky Family Band- Heartbeat - Kids Raising Kids
Pretty Lights- Finally Moving Remix - Filling Up The City Skies Vol 2
Jurassic 5- Canto De Ossanha - Feedback
Gotan Project- Peligro - Tango 30
Blue Mitchell- Park Avenue Petite - Blue Soul
Nightmares On Wax- You Wish - In A Space Outta Sound
Banks- Warm Water - Warm Water Single
Chick Corea Bla Fleck- Mountain - The Enchantment Bonus Track
Ali B Nick Thayer- N E Way - Bombstrikes Vol 19
Alpaca- Republic feat Halina Larsson - Demimonde
Louise Attaque- Jtemmne Au Vent - Louise Attaque

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          Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]        

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, OverView

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station -- your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities. The fate of the Talos I and everyone aboard is in your hands.

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC
Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]

Prey v1.00/1.02 + DLC

Release Date: May 5, 2017
Genres/Tags: Action, Shooter, First-person, 3D, Horror
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PC [Repack]
Engine: CryEngine 3
Steam User Rating: 89% of user reviews are positive (based on 2,706 reviews)

Interface Language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
Audio Language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Japanese
Crack: built-in (BALDMAN+CODEX/ALI213)

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC
Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]

Game Features

Sci-fi Thriller. Nothing is as it seems aboard Talos I. As Morgan Yu, set out to unravel the clues you've left behind for yourself, and discover the truth about your past. What role will you play in TranStar’s plans, and the mysterious threat ravaging the station?
Singular Setting. Orbiting the Moon, the Talos I space station symbolizes the height of private space enterprise. Explore a lavish craft designed to reflect corporate luxury of the 1960s, and navigate interconnected, non-linear pathways built to hide countless secrets.
Unimaginable Threat. The shadowy extraterrestrial presence infesting Talos I is a living ecology bent on annihilating its prey. It’s up to you, one of the last remaining survivors aboard the station, to end the deadly attack of these haunting predators.
Play Your Way. Gain alien abilities to develop a distinct combination of powers and upgrade your unique skills. Craft increasingly useful items with the blueprints, gadgets and tools on board the station to overcome dangerous obstacles in your way. Survive unprecedented threats with your wits and ability to improvise.

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC
Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]

Repack Features

Based on SteamRip release v1.00/v1.02: 25.7 GB
BALDMAN crack with CODEX emu applied, alternative ALI213 emu available in NoDVD folder after installation
100% Lossless BUT NOT MD5 Perfect: encryption on game resources was removed. This won't cause problems with future updates, since delta-patching is useless anyway and updates will have all necessary files to copy over
By default repack installs v1.00 of the game, since BALDMAN cracked that version of the game. After installation you may copy files from "_Updated files for v1.02" folder to game root, with overwrite to switch repack to v1.02, which is also playable with v1.00 crack. But do it at your own risk
NOTHING ripped, NOTHING re-encoded
Selective download feature: you may skip downloading and installing of language packs you don't need and credist movie
Significantly smaller archive size (compressed from 25.7 to 11.1~17.6 GB, depending on selected components)
Installation takes: ~20 minutes on 8-cores + SSD; ~40 minutes on 4-cores CPU + HDD; ~1 hour on 2-cores CPU + HDD
After-install integrity check so you could make sure that everything installed properly
HDD space after installation: up to 26 GB (up to 56 GB during installation)
Use "Language Selector.exe" in game "Binaries\Danielle\x64\Release" folder to change the game language
Repack uses pZlib library by Razor12911
At least 2 GB of free RAM (inc. virtual) required for installing this repack
Repack by FitGirl

Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC
Prey (v1.00/1.02 + DLC, MULTI10) [FitGirl Repack - Uploader - [ ]

Minimum requirements:

Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel i5-2400, AMD FX-8320
Video Card: GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11
HDD Space: up to 26 GB (up to 56 GB during installation)

ATTENTION! The minimum size of the repack is 11.1 GB, read "Repack Features" section for more details.

Selective Download

You can skip downloading of credits video and language files you don't need. Here is the list of selective/optional files:
setup-fitgirl-optional-credits-video.bin (optional Credits Video)
setup-fitgirl-selective-english.bin (also requirted for Traiditional Chinese installation)

In example, if you want to launch the game with German UI/Subtitles/Voiceovers and you don't need credits videos - skip all "selective/optional" files, but download setup-fitgirl-selective-german.bin & all main files (01-05).

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          2016 Blueprint Awards Shortlist        

Sainsbury’s Digital Lab was shortlisted in the Best Interior Project Work category of the 2016 Blueprint Awards.

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          Five things about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop        

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          Confronting the Debt Culture        

Next week at the Washington, D.C. Marriott, a national conference will be held with the theme "Confronting the Debt Culture." It is co-sponsored by five organizations, including the Institute for American Values and the New America Foundation. (1) The conference will attract consumers and consumer advocates, scholars, elected and appointed government officials, philanthropists, and representatives from foundations, banks and credit unions, among others. The highlight of the conference will be the release of a report entitled For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture which the co-sponsors have been researching and writing for many months.
What prompts this conference? The conference co-sponsors are convinced that we Americans are living beyond our means and accumulating debt at a staggering, unprecedented rate, and that the time is ripe to transform a debt culture into a thrift culture. Consider these "debt facts" which they cite:
The subprime mortgage crisis, which is due to "over(ly) lenient lending and over(ly) exuberant borrowing," has resulted in millions of foreclosures and sharp declines in local property tax revenues. (2) In 2008 two million Americans will lose their homes. (3)

  • In 2005 and 2006, for the first time since the Depression, Americans spent more than they saved. (4)
  • "More than 20% of lower-income families spend at least 40 percent of their income in debt payments." (5)
  • "One in seven families is dealing with a debt collector." (6)
  • "Nearly half of all credit card holders have missed payments in the last year." (7)
  • "One-of-four undergraduate students "carry credit card balances in excess of $3,000." (8)
  • A typical college graduate completes his or her degree with $20,000 in debt, up from $9,000 a decade ago. (9)
  • "More than 40 percent of college graduates who don't pursue graduate school blame student loan debt." (10)
  • Two-thirds of Americans acknowledge that they don't save enough. (11)
  • On the average Americans save less than citizens of nearly every other developed nation. (12)
  • Payday loans doubled every year from 2001 to 2006 and topped $28 billion in 2006. (13)
  • 36% of Americans say that they lost control over their finances at one point or another. 45% in the 30-49 age group admit this, as do 40% of parents with children under 18 and 46% of African-Americans. (14)

Although we have yet to see the blueprint to increase savings and decrease debt which will be released at the Washington conference, and we cannot judge whether the proposed strategies will work, we can anticipate strong opposition to the plan from predatory lenders and others who "feed upon and aggravate the debt culture," (15) and we can applaud the ambitious efforts of the Institute for American Values and its sister organizations for taking this initiative. Although debt is virtually unavoidable, even for the most frugal among us, America is on a protracted debt binge. Debt for an individual or a family can be reasonable and manageable or it can be crushing and out-of-control. When debt is overpowering, people are robbed of autonomy, pride, and the fruits of their labor. Hopefully the Washington conference and the report which it issues will be important first steps in resuscitating thrift in America.


  1. The conference is May 12-13 at the Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd Street N.W. See The Institute for American Values is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which seeks to strengthen the American family and the virtues of competence, character, and citizenship. See The New American Foundation is a nonprofit public policy institute which seeks to bring new voices and new ideas to public discourse on domestic and global issues. See Other co-sponsors of the conference are the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia; Demos; and Public Agenda.
  2. For a New Thrift: An Appeal to Prospective Colleagues, page 4.
  3. Ibid., p. 3
  4. Ibid.,
  5. Ibid.,
  6. Ibid.,
  7. Ibid.,
  8. Ibid.,
  9. Ibid.,
  10. Ibid.,

© 2008 Tom Shipka

          Mark Lilla        

In a recent article and book, Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University, gives us a refresher course in how the United States of America and European nations came to separate theology and politics while most other nations did not. (1) Lilla points out that the Reformation destroyed the unity of Christendom and left 16th century Europe a hodge-podge of churches and sects where doctrinal differences and political ambitions fueled each other. This led to the "madness" of a century and a half of religious wars in Europe in which, Lilla says, Christians killed one another with "maniacal fury." (2)
Facing a certain early death, the disparate and desperate Christians frantically sought a way to establish peace and preserve their lives. Aid came from an unlikely source, Thomas Hobbes, a materialist with repugnance for traditional religion, who seized on their fear to propose a path to mutual survival, namely, erecting through common consent an all-powerful political sovereign, a Leviathan, whose unbounded power would cower them into mutual tolerance. John Locke would amend this proposal significantly soon after with the introduction of limited government, the division of powers, majority rule, and human rights, but, even for Locke, secular power over a religiously diverse community would ensure peace and mutual toleration. Professor Lilla calls this separation of theology from politics by Hobbes and Locke "the Great Separation." "In order to escape the destructive passions of messianic faith," he notes, "political theology centered on God was replaced by political philosophy centered on man." (33)
Professor Lilla cautions us that the Great Separation is a work in progress, "an experiment," not a fait accomplit. Why? Because the temptation to inject religion into politics "can be reacquired by anyone who begins looking to the divine nexus of God, man and world to reveal the legitimate political order." (3)
Finally, Professor Lilla reflects on the prospects for a Great Separation among Muslims in today's world. He says that it is unlikely that Islam will take a path similar to Christianity in Europe because Muslims "believe that God has revealed a law governing the whole of human affairs" and "not some arbitrarily demarcated private sphere." (50, 54) Instead, Muslims "have to find the theological resources within their own traditions" to institute change. (54) Lilla is skeptical about the prospects of "liberal Muslims" to spark this because they don't fully grasp the theological currents at work in Islam and they are viewed by mainstream Muslims as deviants. Instead, Lilla sees a ray of hope in what he calls "renovators." Unlike liberals, "renovators," such as Khaled El Fadl, and Tariq Ramadan, "stand firmly within their faith and reinterpret political theology so believers can adapt without feeling themselves to be apostates." (54)
No doubt Mark Lilla can be faulted on one point or another. Nevertheless, in retelling how and why the Great Separation arose, and in reminding us that we need to find ways to manage the interplay of theology and politics if there is to be a future worth living, his work deserves our attention and our gratitude.


  1. See "The Politics of God," The New York Times Magazine, August 19, 2007, and The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West, 2007. Quotes herein are from "The Politics of God."
  2. Each sect - Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Calvinists, Anabaptists, Quakers, Ranters, Muggletonians, Fifth Monarchy Men, and others - had its own "path to salvation and blueprint for Christian society" which it struggled to impose at any cost. (33)
  3. Page 50. Americans need to remember this, Lilla writes, as they face "potentially explosive religious differences over abortion, prayer in schools, censorship, euthanasia, biological research and countless other issues..." (50)

© Tom Shipka 2007

          (USA-CA-Merced) Electrician        
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          Industrial Age Conformity or Creative Age Creativity?        
The following article outlines the establishment vision of planning urban development to mimic industrial age cities and the common themes they share:

Think big, build big - Majority of council agrees residential high-rises should be part of the city centre's future

The image above also shows the skyline of London, UK, which is famous for its historic efforts to limit high rise development and compromise the architectural integrity of its historic building stock, even after much of it was destroyed in World War II.

The ideas in the above article are contrasted with another emerging point of view presented in the opinion piece below by Ron Roy that presents a challenge to be creative with the city's blueprint in Saint John, NB:
I read with great concern the article in this morning's TJ [Telegraph-Journal]. If there is a city in North America that has managed to attract residents to their uptown core by simply erecting a high-rise, I am unaware of it – this is a misguided attempt at progress that will not survive the test of time.

The approach is depicted in neither Smart Growth nor New Urbanism and it is potentially unsustainable.

Today, the situation in Saint John is that many second floors remain empty. The uptown currently boasts a great collection of new parking lots. Comments made by several councillors and Mr. Baird harken back to the urban redevelopment schemes of the 1950s and 60s in Saint John – an era that hardly delivered on its shiny new promises yet resulted in mass clearings and social disintegration of Saint John's urban fabric.

Good, informed planning is essential during this time of pending growth – a well-educated council could do wonders, unfortunately many ideas from these urban novices are misguided as a desperate attempt at 'growth at all costs' permeates decisions made. What I would give to hear someone, anyone!, articulate ideas that truly mirror New Urbanism concepts or the Smart Cities movement.

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SketchUp Make adalah aplikasi desain grafis untuk membuat dan memodifikasi berbagai jenis model 3D dengan cepat dan mudah.

Ketika bekerja dalam bidang desain, seperti desain interior, maka biasanya diperlukan sebuah program atau software yang mampu membuat desain dengan mudah dan cepat.
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Berbagai fitur disertakan dalam program ini, termasuk perangkat untuk menggambar (drawing), efek dan tektur. Dengan berbagai perangkat tersebut, pengguna bisa membuat gambar 3D tanpa batas, termasuk untuk desain arsitektur, map atau blueprint.
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          Autumn Coffee Lovin'        
A while back one of my creative friends, who knows about my love for coffee, added me to a group on facebook for Coffee Loving Cardmakers- it's been fun seeing everyone's coffee themed cards over the months and today, for the first time, I'm joining in on one of their regular blog hops!  

The theme is fall and it's going on all week, there's some amazing inspiration and I'm so glad I had time to join in this time around!  If you're a friend of mine or it's your first time visiting my (often very neglected) blog, welcome!  I'd love to hear what you think about my card :)

I wanted to play with this cute little own by Unity Stamps and one of my Tim Holtz coffee blueprint stamps.  I colored both up on watercolor paper with some watercolor pencil crayons and matched them with a negative 'friends' die cut I had on my (very messy) workspace from a previous project.  The red background which I had done with Color Burst seemed like a perfect punch of color to use with kraft and put together my card!  There's not a lot of fancy techniques or anything here, just some great stamps & dies, ribbon, paper & washi tape... and a touch of glitter and glossy accents :)

I hope the combination makes you smile though.  It has me wanting to fill up a cup with Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy coffee with a good friend!

Have a fantastic day and thanks for checking out my card- I'm looking forward to checking out a bunch of the 500+ cards that are already linked up for the hop :)  Please come back soon- I have been creating lately, just need to get some of my faves posted here on the blog!

Inky hugs,
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Di bawah adalah teks ucapan penuh Bajet 2015 oleh DS Najib Razak yang dibentangkan di dalam Parlimen sebentar tadi :

Saya mohon mencadangkan supaya Rang Undang-undang bertajuk "Suatu Akta bagi menggunakan sejumlah wang daripada Kumpulan Wang Disatukan untuk perkhidmatan bagi tahun 2015 dan bagi memperuntukkan wang itu untuk perkhidmatan bagi tahun itu" dibaca bagi kali kedua.


Tuan Yang Dipertua,

1. Dengan lafaz Bismillahhirahmanirrahim, Alhamdulillahi Rabbil A'lamin, Wa bihi Nastai'n. Diiring pula selawat serta salam ke atas Junjungan Besar Nabi Muhammad SAW. Marilah bersama berdoa, dan yang beragama Islam, menadah kedua-dua tangan setingginya, pohon limpah keberkatan juga inayah-Nya, bagi saya membentang sebuah dokumen penting, yakni Bajet 2015 agar dapat didengar dan dihadami sebaiknya oleh Sidang Dewan dan Rakyat Malaysia seluruhnya.

2. Sebelum meneruskan pembentangan, saya bagi mewakili pihak Kerajaan mengucapkan takziah atas kembalinya ke-Rahmatullah Allahyarham Tun Hajah Suhaila Binti Tan Sri Mohammad Noah yang merupakan isteri kepada Perdana Menteri ketiga. Semoga rohnya diletakkan di kalangan para solihin dan solihat.

3. Saya turut ingin mengambil kesempatan pada petang Jumaat penuh barakah, penghulu segala hari, mengucapkan selamat kembali ke tanahair kepada YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri beserta para hujjaj lain, yang telah selesai menunaikan fardhu haji. Moga-moga beruntunglah di atas kurniaan Haji Akbar yang Mabrur hendaknya.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

4. Secara sedar ataupun tidak, sepanjang hampir 60 tahun merdeka, kita telah merencana pelbagai rancangan jangka pendek, sederhana dan panjang dalam usaha memakmurkan negara. Hakikatnya, pelaksanaan serta pembangunan ekonomi telah melalui segala macam strategi yang disusun kemas lagi sistematik. Jika tidak, mana mungkin Malaysia sampai pada tahap yang ada pada hari ini.

5. Cumanya, ramai yang tidak begitu sedar bahawa proses ini bukanlah satu kerja yang mudah, apatah lagi terjadi dengan semena-mena. Suka atau tidak suka, dalam tempoh yang bukan sekejap, ia menagih ikhtiar-ikhtiar yang cukup banyak, meliputi rencana-rencana yang menyeluruh, dengan segala jerih payah, kepahitan, terutamanya apabila wajarnya diambil ketetapan-ketetapan dan keputusan-keputusan yang tidak popular. Namun, semuanya itu, perlu diperbuat dan diperlakukan oleh pihak Kerajaan yang bertanggungjawab dan berakauntabiliti, demi mendahulukan kepentingan rakyat sejak dulu, kini dan selamanya.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

6. Dari perspektif ekonomi, ketika mana meraih kemerdekaan 57 tahun lalu, kita telah membina negara ini berlandaskan pertanian. Kemudiannya, kita menuju negara perindustrian moden. Selanjutnya, kita melalui fasa negara berpendapatan sederhana tinggi. Sekarang ini pula, kita sedang melangkah ke arah ekonomi berasaskan perkhidmatan.

7. Bila disimpulkan, objektif, prinsip dan teras kepada 3 Rangka Rancangan Jangka Panjang, kesepuluh-sepuluh Rancangan Malaysia, Dasar Ekonomi Baru, Dasar Pembangunan Nasional, Dasar Wawasan Negara dan sejak 2010 Dasar Transformasi Nasional, kesemuanya berkisar tentang pembasmian kemiskinan, peningkatan pendapatan, penyusunan semula masyarakat, sehingga tercapai matlamat sosio-ekonomi, mempelbagaikan ekonomi berteraskan komoditi, pembangunan modal insan, meningkatkan daya saing sektor awam dan swasta, rantaian nilai lebih tinggi, pembangunan secara inklusif dan transformasi Kerajaan, ekonomi, sosial serta politik.

8. Ternyata, bapa-bapa pimpinan terdahulu dengan bijaksana, telah menjalankan kewajiban masing-masing membentuk Malaysia menurut acuan tersendiri. Dimulai perjuangan oleh Tunku Abdul Rahman, diikuti oleh Tun Abdul Razak yang telah melaksanakan pembangunan dan menyusun semula struktur sosial masyarakat, Tun Hussein mengekalkan keamanan dan perpaduan, Tun Mahathir memodenkan negara, manakala Tun Abdullah pula menekankan aspek pembangunan modal insan.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

9. Seterusnya, Kerajaan yang ada hari ini, terus komited memacu pertumbuhan negara dengan tasawwur yang lebih luas bagi meletakkan Malaysia di jajaran kukuh dari masa ke semasa.

10. Jelasnya, jika dicongak, pembentangan Bajet, petang ini, adalah yang keenam sejak saya mengambil alih pentadbiran, dan juga adalah bajet negara kali yang ke-56. Sesungguhnya jua, Bajet 2015 ini, menjadi bingkisan pelengkap kepada 10 Rancangan Malaysia.

11. Selanjutnya, pada Mei 2015 nanti, bermulalah jendela Rancangan Malaysia kesebelas. Serentak itu, satu pendekatan baharu sedang digariskan yang dikenali sebagai Strategi Pembangunan Nasional Malaysia atau Malaysian National Development Strategy atau MyNDS.

12. MyNDS akan menjadi antara formula kepada perancangan dan penyediaan program serta projek di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11. Ia akan menggunakan sumber yang terhad secara optimum, yakni menumpukan kepada projek dan program berimpak tinggi, kos yang rendah serta pelaksanaan secara cekap dan pantas. Ertinya, Bajet 2016 kelak, akan menjadi pemula kepada pelonjak akhir memacu separuh dekad Malaysia dalam menuju status, dengan izin – High Income Advanced Economy menjelang 2020.

13. Merujuk kepada perjalanan negara-negara yang lain seperti Korea, Jerman, Jepun, Taiwan mahupun China, di mana kebanyakannya bermula dengan asas pertanian sebagai ekonomi mereka dan kini beralih kepada asas ekonomi yang mengutamakan pengetahuan, kemahiran, inovasi dan kepakaran yang tinggi.

14. Jika dapat diterangkan dengan bahasa yang mudah, perancangan dan instrumen ekonomi kepada sesebuah negara perlu disesuaikan mengikut musim dan peredaran masa serta tuntutan domestik dan global. Justeru, untuk terus kekal relevan Malaysia sewajibnya bergerak dengan ekonomi berasaskan pengetahuan, kemahiran tinggi, kepakaran, kreativiti dan inovasi.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

15. Sememangnya, dari sudut ekonomi, sesebuah negara yang pesat membangun, tidak boleh lari daripada menjana kekayaan menerusi aktiviti capital economy. Namun demikian, dari sudut kesejahteraan rakyat, kita mendengar keluh kesah, sungutan dan rungutan orang ramai. Mereka bertanya melalui komen-komen blog, surat-surat yang diterima, mesyuarat, temubual, sesi dialog dan wacana semasa akan persoalan bahawa angka berjuta-juta, peruntukan berbilion-bilion dan pelbagai projek mega, apakah manfaatnya kepada rakyat terbanyak?

16. Bak kata orang kampong saya di Pekan, maaf bercakap, rasanya, perkara-perkara dokumen bajet begini, serta apa yang disebut seperti jauuuuuuh… dan tidak ada kena mengena dengan pakcik, makcik, kawan-kawan bukan sahaja di luar bandar malahan juga di bandar.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

17. Sesungguhnya, inilah cabaran terbesar dalam mentadbir Negara seistimewa Malaysia dengan kerencaman masyarakat. Saya selaku Perdana Menteri sehingga petang semalam ketika bertemu para wartawan diajukan soalan apakah hal yang paling sukar untuk diputuskan? Saya menjawab… yakni bagaimana kita hendak mengimbangi antara polisi yang populist in nature as compared to those policies based on economic and financial imperatives.

18. Sejelasnya, Kerajaan yang ada hari ini berpegang teguh kepada prinsip bahawa usaha memantap tadbir urus fiskal seperti mengurangkan defisit fiskal adalah satu tanggungjawab moral generasi kita untuk generasi pewaris masa hadapan. Pokoknya, kita tidak mahu mewariskan Malaysia dengan kewangan Persekutuan yang terbeban dengan masalah hutang.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

19. Lantaran demikian, mengambil kira dan memahami denyut nadi rakyat serta realiti kehidupan, sebagai Ketua Kerajaan, saya mahukan falsafah tunjang kepada pembikinan bajet tahun ini mestilah menitikberatkan keseimbangan antara capital economy dan people economy.
20. Bila kita membicarakan istilah Capital Economy, ia merujuk kepada pengurusan dan dasar-dasar ekonomi yang berbentuk makro. Ini memudahkan sesebuah negara mengunjurkan sasaran-sasaran utamanya berbanding negara-negara lain. Antaranya, ia merujuk kepada pengurusan ekonomi yang berasaskan modal, pertumbuhan KDNK, pendapatan per kapita, pelaburan swasta, pasaran modal, keuntungan syarikat, penarafan ekonomi dan kredit, indeks Bursa dan nilai saham. Tuan Yang Dipertua, sesudah ini saya akan menyebutnya sebagai Capital Economy.

21. Manakala apabila kita mengupas dan menakrif istilah People Economy, ia merupakan ekonomi yang berorientasikan rakyat meliputi keutamaan-keutamaan dan kepentingan-kepentingan rakyat seperti kos sara hidup, pendapatan isi rumah, peluang pendidikan, pekerjaan dan perniagaan, kualiti hidup, perumahan, latihan, kemahiran, keusahawanan dan keselamatan, yakni aman dari jenayah. Ringkasnya, ia merupakan ekonomi yang berlandaskan pengalaman seharian rakyat. Sesudah ini saya akan menyebutnya sebagai Ekonomi Keperluan Rakyat atau EKR.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

22. Memang benar, dari sudut teori dan ilmiahnya, capital economy dan people economy tidak dapat dipisahkan dan wujud secara simbiosis antara satu dengan yang lain. Walau apapun, ingin saya tegaskan dalam bajet ini, Ekonomi Keperluan Rakyat menjadi paksi dan pegangan dalam mendahulukan kepentingan rakyat. Barulah nanti apabila kita mencapai status negara maju, nikmat kekayaan dan kemakmuran sebenar negara akan melimpah ke kaki-kaki halaman serta mengetuk pintu-pintu rumah setiap rakyat di negara ini, InsyaAllah.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,


23. Bermula 3 April 2009, setelah lebih 5 tahun, saya memegangpimpinan Negara sebagai Perdana Menteri, diperkenalkan gagasan 1Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan, berlandaskan Dasar Transformasi Nasional atau DTN. Ia merangkumkan Program Transformasi Kerajaan atau GTP, Program Transformasi Ekonomi atau ETP, Program Transformasi Politik atau PTP, Program Transformasi Komuniti atau CTP, Program Transformasi Sosial atau STP dan Program Transformasi Fiskal atau FTP dalam usaha kita mencapai matlamat negara ekonomi maju berpendapatan tinggi. ETP telah mensasarkan peningkatan Pendapatan Negara Kasar Per Kapita Malaysia kepada 15,000 dolar Amerika dan memperoleh 444 bilion dollar Amerika dalam pelaburan menjelang 2020.

24. Sejak 2009 juga, secara kumulatifnya, sebanyak 196 projek daripada 12 NKEA dan 6 SRI telah dilaksanakan. Jumlah pelaburan pula mencecah 219 bilion ringgit dan lebih 437,000 peluang pekerjaan bernilai tinggi telah diwujudkan.

25. Mutakhir ini, ekonomi negara telah tumbuh dengan positif dalam semua sektor dan mencatatkan KDNK sebanyak 6.3 peratus. Alhamdulillah, kita merafak syukur kepada Yang Maha Kuasa, kerana pencapaian ini, menempatkan kita sebagai yang paling tinggi di kalangan negara ASEAN dalam tempoh separuh pertama 2014.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

26. Antara tahun-tahun 2009 hingga 2014, kita mampu berasa lega dan berbangga dengan prestasi-prestasi berikut. Indeks FBM KLCI telah meningkat sebanyak 114 peratus iaitu daripada 884.45 mata pada Januari 2009 kepada 1,892.65 mata pada Julai 2014. Pertumbuhan modal pasaran juga meningkat sebanyak 162 peratus daripada 667.87 bilion ringgit kepada 1,749.49 bilion ringgit dicatatkan pada 7 Oktober 2014.

27. Pendapatan Negara Kasar Per Kapita pula menunjukkan peningkatan sebanyak 50 peratus iaitu daripada 6,700 dolar Amerika kepada 10,060 dolar Amerika dalam tempoh 5 tahun ini. InsyaAllah, saya yakin pada tahun ini kita akan mencapai pertumbuhan ekonomi negara yang kukuh pada kadar 5.5 peratus hingga 6 peratus. Kadar defisit fiskal Negara juga semakin bertambah baik. Kita telah dapat menurunkan kadar defisit daripada 6.7 peratus pada 2009 kepada 3.9 peratus pada 2013 dan dijangka terus menurun kepada 3.5 peratus pada tahun ini.

28. Bagi 2015 pula, pertumbuhan ekonomi dijangka kekal kukuh pada kadar 5 hingga 6 peratus, manakala defisit fiskal dijangka berkurangan kepada 3 peratus.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

29. Berhubung itu, sukalah saya memaklumkan di sini, kita juga telah memecah beberapa rekod pencapaian antaranya:

Pertama: Indeks Bursa Malaysia telah mencatat paras 1,892.65 mata pada Julai 2014, menjadikannnya paras tertinggi dalam sejarah negara; dan

Kedua: Kemasukan pelabur asing sebanyak 38.7 bilion ringgit pada tahun 2013, juga merupakan catatan tertinggi actual realized investments yang pernah dicapai dalam sejarah Negara.


Tuan Yang Dipertua,

30. Bajet 2015 memperuntukkan sejumlah 273.9 bilion ringgit iaitu peningkatan sebanyak 9.8 bilion ringgit berbanding peruntukan asal 2014. Daripadanya, 223.4 bilion ringgit bagi perbelanjaan mengurus dan 50.5 bilion ringgit sebagai perbelanjaan pembangunan.

31. Di bawah peruntukan mengurus, 65.6 bilion ringgit adalah untuk Emolumen, dan 38.1 bilion ringgit untuk Perkhidmatan dan Bekalan. Agihan terbesar sebanyak 116.4 bilion ringgit adalah untuk Pemberian dan Kenaan Bayaran Tetap. Pembelian Aset pula diperuntukkan sebanyak 1.5 bilion ringgit dan 1.8 bilion ringgit untuk perbelanjaan lain.

32. Di bawah peruntukan pembangunan, sektor ekonomi menerima agihan tertinggi sebanyak 29.3 bilion ringgit, diikuti oleh sektor sosial 12.6 bilion ringgit merangkumi pendidikan dan latihan, kesihatan, perumahan serta kesejahteraan masyarakat. Sektor keselamatan pula diperuntukkan sebanyak 4.9 bilion ringgit. Selebihnya, diagihkan kepada sektor pentadbiran am iaitu sebanyak 1.7 bilion ringgit dan simpanan luar jangka sebanyak 2 bilion ringgit.

33. Pada tahun 2015, kutipan hasil Kerajaan Persekutuan diunjurkan sebanyak 235.2 bilion ringgit, yakni peningkatan sebanyak 10.2 bilion ringgit berbanding 2014.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

34. Khususnya pada tahun 2015, dengan perlaksanaan GST, hasil kutipan dianggarkan berjumlah sebanyak 23.2 bilion ringgit. Walau bagaimanapun, sebagai Kerajaan yang prihatin, kita telah mengecualikan sebilangan barangan yang keseluruhannya dianggarkan 3.8 bilion ringgit.

35. Harus diketahui, bahawa dengan perlaksanaan GST ini, maka Cukai Jualan dan Perkhidmatan atau SST, dimansuhkan yang menyebabkan kehilangan hasil Kerajaan sebanyak 13.8 bilion ringgit. Ertinya, bila ditolak 13.8 bilion ringgit dan 3.8 bilion ringgit daripada kutipan 23.2 bilion ringgit itu, baki yang ada, berjumlah 5.6 bilion ringgit.

36. Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak 4.9 bilion ringgit disalurkan kembali untuk keperluan rakyat melalui pakej-pakej bantuan, contohnya tambahan BR1M. Akhirnya, hasil bersih kutipan GST hanyalah berbaki 690 juta ringgit.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,


37. Bajet 2015 ini digubal berfokus kepada Ekonomi Keperluan Rakyat dengan menggariskan tujuh strategi utama, iaitu:

Strategi Pertama: Memperkukuh Pertumbuhan Ekonomi;
Strategi Kedua: Memantap Tadbir Urus Fiskal;
Strategi Ketiga: Mengupaya Modal Insan dan Keusahawanan;
Strategi Keempat: Memperkasa Agenda Bumiputera;
Strategi Kelima: Memartabat Peranan Wanita;
Strategi Keenam: Membangun Program Transformasi Belia Negara; dan
Strategi Ketujuh: Mensejahtera Rakyat

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

38. STRATEGI YANG PERTAMA, MEMPERKUKUH PERTUMBUHAN EKONOMI. Dalam hal ini, Kerajaan akan terus menyediakan ekosistem yang kondusif dan komprehensif bagi melonjak pelaburan domestik dan asing.

39. Menerusi strategi ini, Tindakan Pertamanya: Merancakkan Sektor Perkhidmatan. Untuk makluman, pada 2013, sektor perkhidmatan menyumbang 55.2 peratus kepada KDNK. Bagi mencapai sasaran 60 peratus menjelang tahun 2020, Kerajaan akan merancakkan sektor perkhidmatan dengan melaksanakan perkara-perkara berikut:

Pertama: Melaksana Blueprint Sektor Perkhidmatan;

Kedua: Menyediakan Skim Jaminan Sektor Perkhidmatan berjumlah 5 bilion ringgit kepada semua Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana yang terlibat dalam sektor perkhidmatan dengan had maksimum pembiayaan sebanyak 5 juta ringgit bersekali 70 peratus jaminan Kerajaan. Ia dijangka memberi manfaat kepada 4,000 syarikat PKS;

Ketiga: Mewujudkan Research Incentive Scheme for Entreprise dengan peruntukan 10 juta ringgit untuk menggalakkan syarikat-syarikat menubuhkan pusat penyelidikan dalam bidang berteknologi tinggi, ICT dan industri berasaskan pengetahuan;

Keempat: Memperkenalkan semula Dana Perkhidmatan Eksport berjumlah 300 juta ringgit untuk menggalakkan PKS menjalankan kajian kemungkinan pasaran dan promosi eksport bagi menembusi pasaran baru; dan

Kelima: Mengukuhkan Skim Pembangunan Francais di bawah KPDNKK bersama Persatuan Francais Malaysia. Sebanyak 20 juta ringgit diperuntukkan untuk skim ini.

40. Tindakan ke-2: Memperkukuhkan Pasaran Kewangan Islam. Industri kewangan Islam Malaysia kini, mencakupi 25 peratus daripada industri perbankan dari segi aset. Di peringkat antarabangsa pula, Malaysia kekal sebagai pasaran sukuk terbesar di dunia, merangkumi 60 peratus daripada pasaran sukuk global.

41. Selanjutnya, Kerajaan akan memperkenalkan akaun pelaburan patuh syariah pada 2015, dikenali sebagai Investment Account Platform, atau IAP. Ia akan memberi peluang kepada pelabur dalam pembiayaan aktiviti keusahawanan dan pembangunan PKS yang berdaya maju. Pada masa yang sama, IAP akan menarik pelabur institusi dan individu termasuk High Net Worth Individuals dalam pasaran kewangan Islam. Dalam hal ini, dana permulaan sebanyak 150 juta ringgit akan disediakan.

42. Bagi menggalakkan pelaburan dalam IAP, Kerajaan mencadangkan pelabur individu diberi pengecualian cukai pendapatan ke atas keuntungan dari pelaburan yang layak selama 3 tahun berturut-turut.

43. Untuk merancakkan terbitan dan urusniaga pasaran sukuk dan bon tempatan pula, Kerajaan telah memperkenalkan produk Bon dan Sukuk Dagangan Bursa atau ETBS pada Januari 2013. Makanya, Kerajaan mencadangkan supaya Sekuriti Kerajaan Malaysia dan Terbitan Pelaburan Kerajaan turut disenaraikan dan diurus niaga dalam ETBS.

44. Selain itu, perbelanjaan menerbitkan sukuk telah diberi potongan cukai mulai tahun taksiran 2003 hingga tahun taksiran 2015. Selaras dengan ini, dicadangkan potongan cukai bagi perbelanjaan menerbitkan sukuk berasaskan prinsip Ijarah dan Wakalah dilanjutkan selama 3 tahun lagi sehingga tahun taksiran 2018.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

45. Tindakan ke-3: Menggalakkan Industri Perkapalan Tempatan. Akta Perkapalan Saudagar 2011 memperuntukkan keperluan mandatori insurans atau sekuriti kewangan untuk perlindungan liabiliti pihak ketiga bagi kapal yang beroperasi di Malaysia. Buat masa ini, kebanyakan pemilik kapal muatan besar di Malaysia mempunyai perlindungan liabiliti pihak ketiga melalui Protection & Indemnity, di luar negara.

46. Justeru, bagi membantu pemilik kapal muatan kasar 300 tan ke bawah, Kerajaan akan menubuhkan Kelab P&I Malaysia, di bawah Exim Bank, pada kadar premium yang berpatutan.

47. Tindakan ke-4: Mempastikan pertumbuhan wilayah yang seimbang dan inklusif, dengan terus menggalakkan pelaburan di kawasan-kawasan yang kurang membangun. Dalam konteks ini, Kerajaan akan menambahbaik pakej insentif khas yang disediakan di bawah Koridor-koridor Ekonomi merangkumi lebih banyak kawasan yang kurang maju.

48. Tindakan ke-5: Insentif Untuk Pengurusan Kawasan Perindustrian. Kawasan-kawasan perindustrian yang mempunyai kemudahan awam atau infrastruktur yang diselenggara secara sistematik merupakan antara faktor utama yang menyokong pembangunan industri. Dalam hal ini, insentif dengan 100 peratus pengecualian cukai pendapatan bagi tempoh lima tahun akan disediakan untuk menggalakkan pihak swasta menyelenggara dan menambah baik kawasan perindustrian di kawasan kurang membangun. Manakala insentif dengan 70 peratus pengecualian cukai pendapatan bagi tempoh lima tahun akan disediakan kepada pihak swasta yang mengurus kawasan perindustrian di kawasan yang lain.

49. Tindakan ke-6: Elaun Modal Bagi Peningkatan Proses Automasi oleh Industri Berintensif Buruh. Kerajaan akan menyediakan insentif elaun modal perbelanjaan automasi untuk menggalakkan proses automasi sektor perkilangan mengikut kategori berikut:

• Kategori Pertama, iaitu untuk industri yang mempunyai kebergantungan buruh yang tinggi seperti industri produk getah, plastik, kayu, perabot dan tekstil. Insentif yang ditawarkan adalah elaun modal perbelanjaan automasi sebanyak 200 peratus ke atas 4 juta ringgit perbelanjaan pertama. Insentif ini adalah bagi tempoh 2015 hingga 2017; dan

• Kategori Kedua iaitu untuk industri-industri yang lain. Insentif yang ditawarkan adalah elaun modal perbelanjaan automasi sebanyak 200 peratus ke atas 2 juta ringgit perbelanjaan modal pertama. Insentif ini adalah bagi tempoh 2015 hingga 2020.

50. Tindakan ke-7: Dalam menggalakkan pelaburan berkualiti tinggi dan lebih tertumpu, pakej galakan lebih istimewa akan ditawarkan untuk projek-projek pelaburan yang berasaskan teknologi, inovasi dan pengetahuan, melibatkan pekerja berkelayakan tinggi dan berpengetahuan, dengan gaji yang tinggi.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

51. Tindakan ke-8: Merancak Pelaburan Awam dan Swasta. Bagi tahun 2015, beberapa projek infrastrutur akan dilaksanakan:

Pertama: Membina Lebuh Raya Sungai Besi – Ulu Klang sepanjang 59 kilometer dengan kos pembinaan berjumlah 5.3 bilion ringgit;

Kedua: Membina Lebuh Raya Pantai Barat dari Taiping ke Banting sepanjang 276 kilometer dengan kos pembinaan berjumlah 5 bilion ringgit;

Ketiga: Membina Lebuh Raya Damansara – Shah Alam sepanjang 47 kilometer dengan kos pembinaan 4.2 bilion ringgit;

Keempat: Membina Lebuh Raya Lingkaran Luar Kuala Lumpur – Hubungan Timur sepanjang 36 kilometer dengan kos pembinaan 1.6 bilion ringgit;

Kelima: Menaik taraf landasan keretapi sektor Pantai Timur melibatkan jajaran Gemas-Mentakab, Jerantut-Sungai Yu dan Gua Musang-Tumpat dengan peruntukan 150 juta ringgit;

Keenam: Pembinaan MRT Jajaran Kedua sepanjang 56 kilometer dari Selayang ke Putrajaya, melibatkan anggaran 23 bilion ringgit; dan

Ketujuh: Manakala, Projek LRT3, yang bakal menghubungkan Bandar Utama sehingga Shah Alam dan Klang, dianggarkan 9 bilion ringgit akan dilaksanakan.

52. Projek Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex dengan nilai pelaburan 69 bilion ringgit pula yang dijangka dapat mewujudkan lebih 10,000 peluang pekerjaan.

53. Di samping itu, bagi membangunkan industri pembuatan kenderaan elektrik, dana pinjaman Sustainable Mobility Fund berjumlah 70 juta ringgit disediakan bawah SME Bank. Sebagai permulaan, 50 bas elektrik akan diperkenalkan.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

54. Tindakan ke-9: Menggalakkan Penubuhan Hab Prinsipal. Untuk ini, Kerajaan akan terus berusaha memperbanyakkan lagi pusat operasi global syarikat multinasional di Malaysia. Sejajar dengan itu, satu insentif Hab Prinsipal yng berbentuk customised incentives akan diperkenalkan mulai awal tahun depan.

55. Tindakan ke-10: Merancakkan Industri Kreatif. Untuk memajukan industri kreatif seperti animasi, perfileman, seni reka, dan warisan budaya, Kerajaan telah memperuntukkan sebanyak 200 juta ringgit kepada MyCreative Ventures pada tahun 2012. Lanjutan daripada ini, usaha ini diteruskan melalui Dana Industri Kandungan Digital di bawah Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia sebanyak 100 juta ringgit.

56. Tindakan ke-11: Meningkatkan Keupayaan Jalur Lebar Berkelajuan Tinggi. High Speed Broad Band, di kawasan ekonomi berimpak tinggi, akan diteruskan meliputi ibu negeri dan bandar-bandar terpilih di seluruh negara. Sebanyak 2.7 bilion ringgit akan dibelanjakan dalam tempoh tiga tahun melibatkan pembinaan seribu menara pencawang telekomunikasi baru dan pembinaan kabel dasar laut.

57. Tindakan ke-12: Merancak Industri Pelancongan. Sempena sambutan 'Malaysia – Year of Festivals 2015', Kerajaan mensasarkan kedatangan pelancong asing seramai 29.4 juta orang dengan jangkaan pendapatan sebanyak 89 bilion ringgit. Untuk tujuan ini, sebanyak 316 juta ringgit diperuntukkan bagi pelbagai program di bawah Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

58. Tindakan ke-13: Membangunkan Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana. Kini, sumbangan PKS kepada KDNK adalah sebanyak 33 peratus dan kita mensasarkan peningkatan kepada 41 peratus menjelang 2020.

59. Maka, bagi merancakkan penglibatan PKS dalam aktiviti ekonomi, Kerajaan mencadangkan pelaksanaan SME Investment Partner, di mana PKS akan diberi bantuan pembiayaan dalam bentuk pinjaman, ekuiti atau kedua-duanya, terutamanya di peringkat start-up. Dana permulaan berjumlah 375 juta ringgit akan disediakan untuk tempoh lima tahun, di mana 250 juta ringgit adalah daripada SME Bank dan 125 juta ringgit lagi daripada pelabur swasta. Di bawah SME Corp pula, 10 juta ringgit akan diperuntukkan untuk Business Accelerator Programme.

60. Sebagai meningkatkan penggunaan teknologi baru, automasi dan inovasi dalam pembangunan PKS pula, sebanyak 80 juta ringgit diperuntukkan untuk Skim Pinjaman Mudah Automasi dan Pemodenan PKS di bawah Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

61. Di sudut lain, TEKUN juga telah menyalurkan pinjaman berjumlah 3.1 bilion ringgit kepada hampir 300 ribu orang peminjam dengan had pembiayaan di antara 1,000 hingga 100 ribu ringgit. Pada tahun 2015, TEKUN akan menyediakan tambahan dana pembiayaan sebanyak 500 juta ringgit, diagihkan seperti berikut:

Pertama: 350 juta ringgit diperuntukkan kepada usahawan Bumiputera yakni hampir 33 ribu orang peminjam baru;

Kedua: 50 juta ringgit dikhususkan kepada Skim Pembiayaan Usahawan Muda India, dijangka memanfaatkan 5,000 peminjam kaum India;

Ketiga: 50 juta ringgit diperuntukkan kepada Program Pembangunan Usahawan Wanita Muda Profesional yakni pembiayaan kepada 5,000 peminjam wanita profesional; dan

Keempat: 50 juta ringgit diperuntukkan kepada Program Pembangunan Usahawan Bekas Tentera, yang menawarkan pembiayaan kepada 5,000 orang bekas tentera yang tidak berpencen.

62. Seiring itu, bagi membantu PKS kaum Cina, Kerajaan akan menyediakan pinjaman mudah sebanyak 50 juta ringgit, manakala bagi penjaja dan peniaga kecil sebanyak 30 juta ringgit.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

63. Tindakan ke-14: Pembangunan Inovasi dan Pengkomersilan. Ketika ini, nisbah R&D kepada KDNK adalah rendah jika dibanding dengan negara maju seperti Jepun dan Korea Selatan. Justeru, Kerajaan memperuntukkan 1.3 bilion ringgit kepada Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi bagi melaksanakan program berkaitan, antaranya:

Pertama: Mensasarkan 360 produk inovasi berimpak tinggi dikomersilkan dalam tempoh 5 tahun akan datang;

Kedua: Menyediakan dana penyelidikan sebanyak 290 juta ringgit bagi menjalankan pelbagai aktiviti R&D&C yang berimpak tinggi;

Ketiga: Menjenamakan semula SIRIM. Untuk itu, SME Technology Penetration, Upgrading Program dan Technology Auditing akan dilaksanakan;

Keempat: Memperkenalkan inisiatif baru iaitu Public Private Research Network yang diterajui Kementerian Pendidikan dengan kerjasama MTDC dengan peruntukan sebanyak 50 juta ringgit; dan

Kelima: Memperkukuhkan Program Technology Commercialization Platform oleh Agensi Inovasi Malaysia dengan tambahan 50 juta ringgit.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

64. STRATEGI KEDUA: MEMANTAP TADBIR URUS FISKAL. Hakikatnya, Kerajaan sentiasa berusaha bagi mengukuhkan kemampanan kedudukan kewangan Negara, untuk menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat secara menyeluruh dan mengurangkan defisit fiskal, bagi mencapai bajet berimbang.

65. Tindakan Pertama: Melaksanakan Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan. Semasa pengumuman GST sewaktu pembentangan Bajet 2014 lalu, Kerajaan telah mencadangkan senarai barang makanan dan perkhidmatan asas tidak dikenakan GST. Maka berdasarkan kepada maklumbalas pelbagai lapisan masyarakat, Kerajaan telah bersetuju untuk meluaskan skop barang yang tidak dikenakan GST. Antara penambahannya adalah:

(i) Semua jenis buah-buahan tempatan dan diimport;
(ii) Roti putih dan roti wholemeal;
(iii) Serbuk kopi, serbuk teh dan serbuk koko;
(iv) Mi kuning, kue tiau, laksa dan bihun;
(v) Ubat-ubatan Penting Nasional yang meliputi hampir 2,900 jenama ubat. Ubat-ubatan ini adalah bagi kegunaan rawatan untuk 30 jenis penyakit termasuk sakit jantung, kencing manis, darah tinggi, kanser dan rawatan kesuburan;
(vi) Bahan bacaan seperti buku mewarna kanak-kanak, buku latihan dan rujukan, buku teks, kamus dan kitab agama; dan
(vii) Surat khabar.

66. Selain itu, Kerajaan juga bersetuju menaikkan kadar penggunaan elektrik yang tidak dikenakan GST daripada 200 unit kepada 300 unit pertama. Ini bermakna, sebanyak 70 peratus isi rumah akan mendapat manfaat langsung.

67. Di samping itu, bagi mempastikan pelaksanaan GST tidak membebankan rakyat, Kerajaan bersetuju supaya penjualan runcit minyak petrol RON95, diesel dan LPG diberikan pelepasan GST. Melalui langkah ini, pengguna dan kumpulan sasaran yang berkenaan tidak perlu membayar GST bagi pembelian petrol RON95, diesel dan LPG.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

68. Molek saya nyatakan di sini bahawa, daripada 944 barang dan perkhidmatan yang terdapat di dalam basket of goods, Indeks Harga Pengguna, 532 barang atau 56 peratus dijangka mengalami penurunan harga sehingga 4.1 peratus. Antara produk tersebut adalah ubat-ubatan, barangan elektrik seperti peti sejuk dan mesin basuh, produk tekstil, barangan plastik seperti baldi dan pinggan mangkuk, kasut dan selipar, perabot rumah, lampin bayi, sabun, daging, telur ayam, minyak, makanan laut, beras dan sayur-sayuran.

69. Manakala sekitar 354 jenis barang dan perkhidmatan yang akan mengalami kenaikan harga tidak melebihi 5.8 peratus. Apa yang penting, Kerajaan berharap para peniaga bersifat bertanggungjawab dengan tidak meningkatkan harga sehingga membebankan rakyat. Untuk memudahkan rakyat, Kerajaan akan mengeluarkan shoppers' guide bagi membolehkan mereka membuat perbandingan harga sebelum dan selepas GST.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

70. Perlu difahami baik-baik juga, sebenarnya, kesan langsung daripada perlaksanaan GST, membolehkan Kerajaan mengurangkan beban cukai kepada rakyat seperti berikut:

Pertama: Kepada individu dan isi rumah bagi tahun taksiran 2015

(i) Kadar cukai pendapatan individu akan dikurangkan satu hingga tiga mata peratusan. Melalui langkah ini, seramai 300 ribu orang yang kini membayar cukai pendapatan tidak lagi perlu membayar.

(ii) Manakala, golongan berkeluarga yang berpendapatan empat ribu ringgit sebulan tidak lagi mempunyai tanggungan cukai.

(iii) Cukai pendapatan individu juga akan distruktur semula di mana pendapatan bercukai pada kadar maksimum dinaikkan daripada melebihi 100 ribu ringgit kepada melebihi 400 ribu ringgit. Kadar cukai maksimum yang kini 26 peratus pula, dikurangkan kepada 24 peratus, 24.5 peratus dan 25 peratus. Justeru, pembayar cukai akan menikmati penjimatan bayaran cukai sekurang-kurangnya sebanyak 5.3 peratus.

Kedua: Bagi tahun taksiran 2015, kadar cukai pendapatan koperasi juga dikurangkan satu hingga dua mata peratusan. Selain itu, yuran kesetiausahaan dan pemfailan cukai juga dibenarkan potongan cukai;

Ketiga: Bagi tahun taksiran 2016, kadar cukai pendapatan syarikat dikurangkan satu mata peratusan daripada 25 peratus kepada 24 peratus; dan

Keempat: Bagi tahun taksiran 2016, kadar cukai pendapatan syarikat kecil dan sederhana dikurangkan satu mata peratusan daripada 20 peratus kepada 19 peratus.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

71. Pada satu perspektif, pengalaman antarabangsa membuktikan, tahap kesediaan peniaga adalah salah satu faktor kejayaan pelaksanaan GST. Bagi membantu para peniaga, insentif dan bantuan berikut akan dilaksanakan:

Pertama: Pemberian Geran latihan sebanyak 100 juta ringgit kepada peniaga untuk menghantar kakitangan menjalani latihan tentang GST;

Kedua: Bantuan kewangan berjumlah 150 juta ringgit kepada PKS bagi pembelian perisian perakaunan;

Ketiga: Kos pembelian peralatan dan perisian ICT diberi Elaun Modal Dipercepatkan; dan

Keempat: Perbelanjaan latihan perakaunan dan ICT berkaitan GST diberi potongan cukai tambahan.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

72. Tindakan ke-2: Merasionalisasi Subsidi. Kerajaan telah memperuntukkan 588 juta ringgit bagi pelbagai subsidi pada tahun 1994. Jumlah ini telah meningkat kepada 40.5 bilion ringgit pada tahun 2014.

73. Bagi menambah baik kedudukan kewangan awam, Kerajaan komited untuk melaksanakan langkah rasionalisasi subsidi, terutamanya subsidi petroleum. Langkah ini bertujuan mempastikan pemberian subsidi lebih bersasar serta mengurangkan ketirisan dan penyeludupan. Kerajaan akan mempastikan langkah rasionalisasi subsidi dilaksanakan secara berperingkat bagi mempastikan ianya tidak membebankan rakyat.

74. Kini, lebih 21 bilion ringgit setahun diperuntukkan untuk membiayai subsidi petrol RON95, diesel dan gas memasak LPG. Kesannya, peruntukan subsidi telah meningkat lebih 14 kali ganda daripada 1.65 bilion ringgit tahun 2002 kepada 23.5 bilion ringgit tahun 2013, semata-mata untuk mengekalkan harga runcit petrol yang rendah. Ini disebabkan peningkatan jumlah kenderaan daripada 13.6 juta unit pada 2008 kepada 23.7 juta unit pada 2013.

75. Oleh yang demikian, bagi mempastikan pemberian subsidi yang lebih bersasar dan mengambil kira kesedaran dan kesediaan rakyat terhadap langkah rasionalisasi subsidi, Kerajaan akan membangunkan satu mekanisme baru pemberian subsidi petroleum yang akan saya umumkan dalam masa terdekat.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

76. Tindakan ke-3: Menyebar Luas Strategi Lautan Biru Kebangsaan. National Blue Ocean Strategy, telah menunjukkan keberkesanan pelaksanaan projek dan program Kerajaan. Untuk itu sebanyak 356 juta ringgit akan disediakan bagi tahun 2015, iaitu:

Pertama: Membuka 4 buah lagi UTC di Terengganu, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan dan Perlis serta 1 mini UTC di Kedah; dan

Kedua: Mempergiatkan latihan peningkatan kemahiran atau upskilling kepada 5,000 pelatih melalui program 1Malaysia Skills and Employability Scheme bagi sektor awam dan 1Malaysia Training Centre bagi sektor swasta.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

77. STRATEGI YANG KETIGA, MENGUPAYA MODAL INSAN DAN KEUSAHAWANAN. Kontemporari ini, antara faktor yang menentukan kejayaan bagi sesebuah negara banyak bergantung kepada sumber manusianya. Kekayaan kini tidak lagi berasaskan kepada sumber 'bahan mentah' seperti petroleum, kelapa sawit atau sumber galian, semata-mata, tetapi juga merangkumi idea, kreativiti dan inovasi serta kemahiran insaniah, termasuklah ciptaan-ciptaan produk terkini, yang berupaya menjana ekonomi dan melahirkan usahawan-usahawan baharu.

78. Bagi maksud strategi ini dan falsafah modal insan, selaras dengan Ekonomi Keperluan Rakyat, adalah menjadi hasrat Kerajaan agar komponen gaji dalam KDNK ditingkatkan daripada takuk 34 peratus pada masa ini kepada 40 peratus daripada KDNK menjelang 2020.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

79. Bagi strategi ketiga ini, Tindakan Pertama: Memantapkan Profesionalisme Perguruan dan Prestasi Sekolah. Sektor pendidikan negara akan terus diperkukuh selaras dengan Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2025. Bagi tujuan ini, 56 bilion ringgit diperuntukkan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia untuk membiayai pelbagai program pengajaran dan pembelajaran. Ini termasuk penekanan akan diberikan kepada pemantapan sekolah-sekolah yang memerlukan bimbingan serta bantuan khusus. Justeru, peruntukan sebanyak 250 juta ringgit disediakan untuk menjayakan program Pembimbing Pakar Peningkatan Sekolah dan program Rakan Peningkatan Sekolah.

80. Tindakan Ke-2: Mengupaya Program Sekolah Amanah dan Pembinaan Sekolah Baru. Kerajaan juga akan memperluaskan program Sekolah Amanah yang telah dimulakan pada tahun 2011. Setakat ini, 30 buah Sekolah Amanah telah diwujudkan yang memanfaatkan lebih 20 ribu pelajar dan 1,500 guru. Di bawah program ini, Pengetua diberi kuasa autonomi dan akauntabiliti yang tinggi dalam menguruskan pentadbiran serta proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran di sekolah. Justeru, pada tahun hadapan, Kerajaan bercadang untuk memperluaskan program ini ke 20 buah sekolah lagi di negeri Johor, Sarawak, Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan dan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dengan peruntukan 10 juta ringgit.

81. Di samping itu, Kerajaan juga akan membina 12 buah sekolah baru, iaitu 7 buah Sekolah Rendah, 3 buah Sekolah Menengah dan 2 buah Sekolah Berasrama Penuh di seluruh negara.

82. Tindakan Ke-3: Mengarus Perdana Pendidikan Teknikal dan Vokasional. Menjelang tahun 2020, sekurang-kurangnya 46 peratus pekerjaan memerlukan kelayakan teknikal dan vokasional. Untuk itu, Kerajaan akan meningkatkan pengambilan pelajar di kolej vokasional dan kolej komuniti melalui program Transformasi Vokasional dan Teknik serta menaik taraf kolej. Bagi tujuan tersebut, Kerajaan memperuntukkan 1.2 bilion ringgit.

83. Bersabit hal ini juga, buat masa ini bagi permohonan untuk mengambil jurusan di bawah Program Latihan Teknikal dan Vokasional atau TEVT, yang diterima oleh Kementerian Pendidikan jauh melebihi kemampuan tempat yang boleh disediakan, yakni lebih kurang 20 ribu. Jadinya, sebagai langkah untuk membuka lebih peluang bagi bidang ini, Kerajaan bersetuju meluluskan 100 juta ringgit dengan serta merta kepada Kementerian Pendidikan untuk menempatkan 10 ribu pelajar di kolej-kolej teknikal dan vokasional swasta. Di samping itu, 50 juta ringgit juga turut diperuntukkan kepada MARA bagi perlaksanaan Program TEVT.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

84. Sebagai dorongan kepada syarikat swasta pula, Kerajaan mencadangkan galakan cukai sedia ada ditambahbaik seperti berikut:

Pertama: Potongan dua kali bagi maksud pengiraan cukai pendapatan diperluaskan kepada biasiswa untuk pelajar di peringkat pengajian pensijilan vokasional dan teknik;

Kedua: Potongan dua kali bagi maksud pengiraan cukai pendapatan ke atas perbelanjaan syarikat dalam melaksanakan program internship berstruktur di peringkat diploma dan vokasional; dan

Ketiga: Potongan tambahan bagi maksud pengiraan cukai pendapatan diberi ke atas perbelanjaan latihan yang ditanggung oleh majikan bagi pekerja untuk mendapatkan sijil dan kelayakan profesional yang diiktiraf.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

85. Tindakan Ke-4: Membangunkan dan Menyelenggara Fasiliti Pendidikan. Dalam aspek keselamatan dan persekitaran pembelajaran pula, Kerajaan akan menyediakan 800 juta ringgit untuk tujuan ini dengan pecahan seperti berikut:
• Sekolah Kebangsaan 450 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina 50 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil 50 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Mubaligh 50 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Berasrama Penuh 50 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan 50 juta ringgit;
• MRSM 50 juta ringgit;
• Sekolah Pondok yang berdaftar 25 juta ringgit; dan
• Sekolah Persendirian Cina atau Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cina atau conforming school yang mengguna pakai kurikulum Kebangsaan diperuntukkan sebanyak 25 juta ringgit

86. Kerajaan juga sukacita mengumumkan supaya pembayaran kos bil elektrik dan air kepada semua Sekolah-sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan di bawah Kementerian Pendidikan, dapat dibayar sepenuhnya dengan siling sebanyak 5,000 ringgit sebulan. Ini berbeza dengan kuota 2,000 ringgit setiap sekolah sebelum ini.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

87. Tindakan Ke-5: Menaja Pelajaran. Untuk Tahun 2015, Kerajaan akan memperuntukkan sebanyak 3 bilion ringgit, di mana 1.9 bilion ringgit melalui tajaan JPA, sebanyak 759 juta ringgit kepada Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia dan 258 juta ringgit kepada Kementerian Kesihatan.

88. Tindakan Ke-6: Memperluas Program MyBrain15. Kerajaan telah memperkenalkan program MyBrain15 untuk menghasilkan 60 ribu pemegang PhD menjelang tahun 2023. Setakat ini, seramai 34,525 pelajar sedang mengikuti pengajian di peringkat Sarjana dan Doktor Falsafah melibatkan perbelanjaan lebih 386 juta ringgit. Untuk tahun 2015, sebanyak 112 juta ringgit lagi akan diperuntukkan. MyBrain15 yang kini terbuka kepada sektor swasta, dicadangkan diperluas kepada penjawat awam dan kakitangan badan berkanun yang ingin melanjutkan pengajian secara separuh masa di institusi pengajian tinggi tempatan.

89. Tindakan Ke-7: Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional. Sejak penubuhan Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional atau PTPTN pada 1997 sehingga kini, seramai 2.1 juta rakyat Malaysia telah mengambil pinjaman berjumlah 47.8 bilion ringgit. Namun demikian, setakat 31 Ogos 2014, hanya 5.36 bilion ringgit atau 46 peratus daripada 11.76 bilion ringgit telah dikutip.

90. Lebih menyedihkan, terdapat seramai 174 ribu peminjam, yang langsung tidak pernah membayar balik setakat 2010. Oleh itu, Kerajaan akan mengambil langkah baru yang setimpal dan sewajarnya kepada para peminjam ini.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

91. Hatta dalam Islam pun, melalui mafhum beberapa hadis sahih antaranya riwayat Muslim menyatakan bahawa, roh seorang mukmin itu tergantung-gantung dengan sebab berhutang, waima dosa orang mati syahid pun diampuni, melainkan hutangnya.

92. Berkait ini, harap ramai dapat mengambil iktibar. Jadinya, dalam usaha menggalakkan peminjam membuat bayaran balik, Kerajaan mencadangkan supaya 10 peratus rebat diberikan sekiranya peminjam membuat bayaran balik pinjaman secara berterusan selama 12 bulan sehingga 31 Disember 2015. Sebagai tambahan, tawaran diskaun 20 peratus diberikan kepada peminjam yang membuat penyelesaian secara sekaligus atau lump sum mulai hari ini sehingga 31 Mac 2015.

93. Sejak tahun 2005, golongan berpendapatan tidak melebihi 2,000 ringgit sebulan, yang menyimpan di dalam SSPN-i, telah menikmati pemberian geran sepadan. Justeru, bagi menggalakkan lebih ramai ibu bapa menjadi pendeposit untuk menikmati geran sepadan ini, Kerajaan mencadangkan supaya had pendapatan isi rumah pencarum dinaikkan kepada tidak melebihi 4,000 ringgit sebulan.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

94. Tindakan Ke-8: Meningkat Kebolehpasaran Graduan. Sehingga kini, dianggarkan seramai 53 ribu graduan masih belum lagi mendapatkan pekerjaan setelah 6 bulan tamat pengajian. Untuk meningkatkan kebolehpasaran graduan, Kerajaan mencadangkan supaya kurikulum dan program latihan kemahiran di institusi latihan kemahiran awam serta institusi pengajian tinggi dikaji semula. Untuk tujuan ini, Talent Corp akan menyediakan 30 juta ringgit bagi program Industry Academia Collaboration di mana, universiti, entiti Kerajaan dan industri bekerjasama membangunkan kurikulum program internship serta latihan industri.

95. Selain itu, keyakinan diri dan kemahiran graduan berkomunikasi dalam Bahasa Inggeris akan dipertingkatkan. Pada masa ini, syarat kemasukan am ke IPTA mengkehendaki pelajar mencapai tahap minimum di Band 1 dalam Malaysian University English Test atau MUET. Mulai tahun hadapan:

(i) bagi kemasukan ke IPTA tahap minimum Band MUET ditingkatkan mengikut bidang pengajian seperti contoh berikut:
a) Pengajian Sastera dan Sains Sosial – Band 2
b) Pengajian Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matematik atau STEM – Band 3
c) Pengajian Undang-undang & Perubatan – Band 4

(ii) sebagai syarat bergraduan pula, pelajar wajib mencapai:
a) Pengajian Sastera dan Sains Sosial – Band 3
b) Pengajian STEM – Band 4
c) Pengajian Undang-undang & Perubatan – Band 5

Saya juga ingin menyarankan IPTS melaksanakan langkah yang sama.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

96. Tindakan Ke-9: Mensejahterakan Golongan Pekerja. Pada suku kedua 2014, jumlah pekerjaan adalah sebanyak 13.5 juta iaitu peningkatan lebih 1.6 juta pekerjaan berbanding tahun 2010. Bagi mempastikan kebajikan pekerja terus terbela:

(i) Akta Kerja 1955 dan akta perburuhan yang berkaitan akan dikaji semula yang termasuk terma dan syarat pekerjaan, pelantikan dan pemberhentian, waktu bekerja yang fleksibel serta faedah penamatan kerja;

(ii) Portal JobsMalaysia akan ditambahbaik bagi memenuhi keperluan pasaran tenaga kerja yang semakin dinamik;

(iii) Kerajaan akan memperkenalkan Sistem Insurans Pekerjaan bertujuan membantu golongan pekerja yang diberhentikan melalui pemberian bantuan saraan sementara serta peluang latihan semula atau reskilling and upskilling; dan
(iv) Menyediakan latihan teknikal dan bantuan pendidikan kepada golongan belia India terutama dari keluarga kurang berkemampuan dengan peruntukan 30 juta ringgit.

97. Pada tahun 2011, Skim Latihan 1Malaysia atau SL1M telah berjaya mendapatkan pekerjaan kepada lebih 45 ribu graduan dari kalangan isi rumah berpendapatan rendah dan luar bandar. Kerajaan telah menyokong usaha CSR oleh majikan dalam perlaksanaannya melalui galakan potongan dua kali kepada syarikat bagi maksud pengiraan cukai pendapatan sehingga 31 Disember 2016. Saya mencadangkan galakan cukai ini dilanjutkan sehingga 31 Disember 2020.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

98. Tindakan Ke-10 : Bagi memperhebatkan program upskilling dan reskilling, Kerajaan akan memperkenalkan satu program baru, iaitu Globally Recognised Industry and Professional Certification atau 1MalaysiaGRIP dengan peruntukan sebanyak 300 juta ringgit secara matching grant antara Kerajaan dan Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad bagi melatih seramai 30 ribu pekerja.

99. Tindakan Ke-11 : Kerajaan akan meningkatkan program latihan kemahiran di institusi latihan kemahiran Jabatan Tenaga Kerja atau JTK. Program latihan ini akan melibatkan pelajar lepasan Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia, graduan universiti atau kolej serta pekerja industri terutama pekerja separuh mahir. Bagi mengoptimumkan 32 institusi latihan JTK, Kerajaan akan mengoptimumkan kapasiti latihan double shift bagi program sepenuh masa melibatkan 176 kursus yang mempunyai permintaan tinggi dalam pasaran pekerjaan. Pengambilan pelajar sebanyak 2 kali setahun dianggarkan melibatkan 48 ribu dalam tempoh 5 tahun pelaksanaannya dengan peruntukan 570 juta ringgit.

100. Tindakan Ke-12: Kerajaan berhasrat untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebagai lokasi tumpuan bagi Syarikat Permulaan atau Start-up di rantau ini. Salah satu usaha adalah penubuhan MaGIC bagi mewujudkan ekosistem yang lebih kondusif untuk memudahcara syarikat Start-up memulakan perniagaan. Justeru, bagi menarik lebih ramai usahawan ekspatriat syarikat Start-up beroperasi di Malaysia, dicadangkan kriteria khas Modal Berbayar syarikat Start-up ditetapkan sebanyak 75 ribu ringgit. Usahawan ekspatriat Start-up yang layak akan diberi Startup Work Pass untuk tempoh satu tahun.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

101. STRATEGI KEEMPAT: MEMPERKASA AGENDA BUMIPUTERA. Sejak Merdeka, semua perancangan serta dasar ekonomi Melayu dan Bumiputera oleh pihak Kerajaan telah digubal berasaskan perhitungan komposisi masyarakat majmuk tersebut. Secara prinsipnya, perkara dan amalan ini telah diterima pakai sebagai satu kontrak sosial sejak sekian lama oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia, dilindungi, dan dimaktubkan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

102. Makanya, Melayu dan Bumiputera sebagai teras kepada agenda nasional tidak boleh dinafikan oleh sesiapa. Sesungguhnya, sebarang prakarsa bersifat nasional yang tidak mengambilkira atau mengabaikan agenda Melayu serta Bumiputera sama ada Islam mahupun bukan Islam, adalah tidak adil dan tidak saksama.

103. Hatta, sejarah telah membuktikan sejak puluhan tahun dilaksanakan, bukan sahaja orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, bahkan semua rakyat Malaysia berkongsi nikmat, meraih manfaat bersama, hasil daripada pembangunan ekonomi negara. Jelasnya, ini telah kita lakukan bukanlah dengan mengambil, atau menidakkan hak sesiapa, tetapi sebenarnya melalui penciptaan kekayaan baru dan penjanaan pertumbuhan ekonomi yang mampan. Apatah lagi menjelang 2020, jumlah Melayu dan Bumiputera, Islam dan Bukan Islam, akan mencapai lebih 70 peratus.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

104. Untuk strategi ini, Tindakan Pertama: Meningkatkan Pemilikan Ekuiti Bumiputera. Dalam konteks pemilikan ekuiti syarikat korporat, masyarakat Bumiputera masih belum mencapai sasaran 30 peratus. Sementara itu, effective control ke atas syarikat korporat terkini, hanyalah pada sekitar 10 peratus. Lantaran itu, Kerajaan menerusi EKUINAS akan diperuntukkan 600 juta ringgit bagi meningkatkan pemilikan ekuiti Bumiputera dalam syarikat-syarikat swasta mahupun GLC. Sehingga kini, EKUINAS telah melaksanakan pelaburan kumulatif bernilai 2.3 bilion ringgit dalam pelbagai sektor.

105. Tindakan Ke-2: Memantapkan Keusahawanan Bumiputera. Bagi melahirkan usahawan-usahawan Bumiputera, beberapa inisiatif telah dirancang:

Pertama: Memperkukuh peranan Institut Keusahawanan Negara atau INSKEN sebagai Pusat Kecemerlangan Keusahawanan Bumiputera;

Kedua: Merancakkan lagi program Skim Usahawan Permulaan Bumiputera atau SUPERB dengan peruntukan tambahan sebanyak 30 juta ringgit. Program ini juga akan diperluaskan penyertaannya kepada usahawan di Sabah dan Sarawak;

Ketiga: Memperkenalkan program pre-eksport untuk syarikat Bumiputera Berprestasi Tinggi atau TERAS bagi meningkatkan penjenamaan, pensijilan antarabangsa, dan market survey keluaran Bumiputera. Program ini mensasarkan 60 syarikat TERAS yang dapat meningkatkan kapasiti dan menembusi pasaran antarabangsa; dan

Keempat: Memperluaskan program carve-out and compete secara meritokrasi meliputi projek Kerajaan dan penswastaan, termasuk projek MRT jajaran kedua dan Lebuhraya Pan Borneo.

106. Tindakan Ke-3: Bagi PKS Bumiputera pula, antara inisiatif-iniatif khusus yang akan dilaksanakan melalui Bajet 2015 adalah seperti berikut:

Pertama Lembaga Tabung Haji akan memperuntukkan 200 juta ringgit bagi penubuhan Akaun Pelaburan Terhad patuh syariah di Bank Islam. Tujuan akaun ini adalah bagi menyedia kemudahan pembiayaan dan kredit yang bernilai antara 50 ribu hingga 1 juta ringgit mulai Januari 2015; dan

Kedua: Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia atau AIM akan menggunakan sumber dalaman berjumlah 1.8 bilion ringgit untuk menyediakan pembiayaan yang dapat memanfaatkan 346 ribu sahabat AIM.

107. Tindakan Ke-4: Membangunkan Modal Insan Bumiputera. Sebagai sebuah institusi unggul Bumiputera, MARA perlu terus diperteguhkan. Pastinya, antara aspek yang terpenting ialah Pembangunan Modal Insan. Ia merupakan salah satu pelengkap bagi Memperkasa Agenda Bumiputera. Dalam hal ini Kerajaan telah menyediakan inisiatif-inisiatif berikut:

Pertama: 2 bilion ringgit diperuntukkan menerusi MARA kepada pelajar Bumiputera yang layak untuk tajaan pelajaran;

Kedua: 72 juta ringgit akan digunakan oleh Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera dalam pelaksanaan 3 program dalam bentuk biasiswa, latihan dan bantuan kewangan yang keseluruhannya melibatkan 5 ribu orang; dan

Ketiga: Menubuhkan Pusat Perakaunan Profesional di Universiti Teknologi Mara dengan kerjasama Institut Akauntan Malaysia.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

108. Sememangnya, Kerajaan sentiasa mengambil berat dan amat prihatin dalam membangun dan membela nasib rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak dalam agenda pembangunan negara.

109. Sehubungan itu, sebagaimana Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan telah mentransformasikan pembangunan dari Perlis ke Johor, Kerajaan akan mula membina Lebuh Raya Pan Borneo sepanjang 1,663 kilometer melibatkan jajaran Sarawak sepanjang 936 kilometer dan jajaran Sabah sepanjang 727 kilometer dengan kos pembinaan sebanyak 27 bilion ringgit.

110. Menerusi NBOS pula, satu lagi mini UTC dan RTC masing-masing di Sabah dan Sarawak akan dibuka bagi memudahkan urusan masyarakat di pedalaman dan bandar.

111. Membina Klinik Kesihatan di Tenom, Sabah dan di Lubok Antu, Sarawak, serta menaik taraf kemudahan di Hospital Tawau. Kerajaan akan turut menyediakan perkhidmatan perubatan nuklear dan radioterapi bagi merawat pesakit kanser di Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak di Likas Sabah.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

112. Negeri Sabah merupakan negeri yang mempunyai pesisiran pantai yang panjang dan luas. Justeru, bagi memperkukuhkan keselamatan di kawasan Zon Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah atau ESSZONE, Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah atau ESSCOM diperuntukkan 660 juta ringgit.

113. Dua batalion melibatkan satu batalion PGA PDRM dan satu batalion Tentera Darat dengan jumlah anggota baru seramai 1,280 anggota telah diluluskan. Dua buah kem juga akan dibina di ESSZONE iaitu Kem Batalion 20 PGA di Beluran dan Kem ATM di Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

114. Di samping itu, kelengkapan operasi pertahanan dan keselamatan akan ditambah baik. Antaranya perolehan sistem radar pengawasan yang berkeupayaan tinggi. Kerajaan juga akan menggunakan satu pelantar minyak yang diubahsuai dan sebuah kapal auxillary sebagai Sea Basing di perairan ESSZONE dengan peruntukan sebanyak 230 juta ringgit melalui program CSR Petronas.

115. Sebagai tambahan, untuk membolehkan pesawat berkeupayaan tinggi mendarat, Kerajaan akan memanjangkan landasan lapangan terbang di Lahad Datu dan perpindahan Skuadron Hawk dari Butterworth ke Labuan, dengan peruntukan sebanyak 50 juta ringgit.

116. Kerajaan juga akan menempatkan semula perkampungan-perkampungan air seperti di Semporna dan Sandakan secara berperingkat. Kerajaan berharap dengan inisiatif ini, keselamatan rakyat Malaysia di Sabah akan terus terjamin dan aktiviti ekonomi akan terus rancak.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

117. Sebagai Memperkukuh Rantaian Bekalan Makanan di Sabah dan Sarawak, julung-julung kalinya subsidi padi bukit diperkenalkan dengan peruntukan sebanyak 70 juta ringgit. Bantuan ini akan memberi manfaat kepada kawasan penanaman seluas 76,000 hektar.

118. Hakikatnya, Kerajaan amat mementingkan kesejahteraan rakyat, terutama yang melibatkan aspek kos sara hidup seharian mereka. Justeru, Kerajaan akan berusaha untuk terus menyeimbangkan harga barang keperluan antara Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak melalui langkah-langkah berikut:

Pertama: 262 juta ringgit bagi membiayai kos pengangkutan dan penguatkuasaan kawalan harga barangan keperluan harian terutamanya di Sabah dan Sarawak; dan

Kedua: Tambahan 2 buah KR1M di Sabah menjadikan jumlah 16 buah dan 3 buah lagi di Sarawak menjadikan 19 buah.

Sesungguhnya, agenda pembelaan nasib rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak, Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban, akan tatap kita perjuangkan.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

119. STRATEGI KELIMA: MEMARTABAT PERANAN WANITA. Sesungguhnya wanita sangat istimewa. Keunikan mereka bukan sekadar penyeri kepada sesebuah keluarga, malahan menjadi penyuluh dalam mengatasi banyak permasalahan kehidupan. Bahkan wanita itulah tulang belakang pembangunan negara. Sesuai dengan itu, Kerajaan sentiasa mengambil berat dalam mempastikan mereka terus berperanan dalam mewarnai negara dan generasi mendatang.

120. Pada masa ini, pekerja wanita hanya mewakili 38 peratus daripada keseluruhan tenaga kerja di negara ini. Bagi meningkatkan sumbangan wanita dalam pembangunan negara, Kerajaan akan menumpukan kepada usaha mempergiatkan penglibatan wanita dalam pasaran kerja dan aktiviti keusahawanan. Atas tujuan ini, Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, diperuntukkan sejumlah 2.26 bilion ringgit bagi pembangunan dan operasi. Antaranya program-programnya termasuklah:

Pertama: Memperkukuh Program Pengarah Wanita bagi mencapai 30 peratus penglibatan wanita dalam kumpulan pembuat keputusan. Kerajaan merancang untuk melatih 125 orang bakal pengarah wanita untuk mengisi jawatan sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah syarikat berkaitan Kerajaan dan swasta. Saya menyeru syarikat milik Kerajaan dan swasta memberi peluang kepada lebih ramai wanita profesional menjadi ahli lembaga pengarah;

Kedua: Menambah baik peluang wanita untuk kembali ke pasaran kerja melalui program 1Malaysia Support for Housewife yang menitikberatkan latihan kemahiran dan galakan suri rumah; dan

Ketiga: Talent Corp akan mewujudkan Program Women Career Comeback untuk wanita profesional kembali ke pasaran pekerjaan berdasarkan kelayakan professional.

121. Kerajaan juga sentiasa peka terhadap kesejahteraan golongan wanita terutamanya dari aspek keselamatan. Sehubungan itu, Kerajaan akan membeli premis Rumah Perlindungan Khas Wanita mengikut zon wilayah timur, utara dan tengah. Selain itu, bagi memberi peluang kepada ibu tunggal yang berminat dalam keusahawanan, Kerajaan akan meneruskan Program Kemahiran Inkubator Ibu Tunggal atau I-KIT, Program Inkubator Keusahawanan Wanita dan Program Teras Pembangunan Wanita.

122. Seterusnya, susulan daripada pembiayaan keseluruhan yang disediakan di bawah AIM, usahawan wanita India akan diberi peruntukan khusus sebanyak 30 juta ringgit.

123. Selain itu, bagi Penjawat Awam, Kerajaan bersetuju menambah baik kemudahan Cuti Menjaga Anak dengan meminda syarat pemberian supaya tidak terikat dengan tempoh Cuti Bersalin berkuat kuasa 1 Januari 2015. Kemudahan ini terhad untuk tempoh satu tahun dan diperluaskan kepada pegawai wanita yang mempunyai anak tiri tanggungan, anak angkat yang diambil mengikut undang-undang, anak pelihara dan anak kurang upaya.

124. Selaras dengan hasrat Kerajaan untuk menggalakkan penubuhan lebih banyak pusat penjagaan kanak-kanak di premis pejabat swasta, garis panduan sedia ada akan dipinda. Mulai Januari 2015, Kerajaan akan membenarkan majikan mengendalikan pusat penjagaan kanak-kanak melebihi tingkat dua, tertakluk kepada syarat-syarat yang ditetapkan oleh pihak berkuasa. Tuntasnya, apa yang dilakukan oleh Kerajaan ini, sudah tentu mampu mengangkat martabat wanita, dalam berperanan aktif di persada negara.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

125. STRATEGI KEENAM: MEMBANGUN PROGRAM TRANSFORMASI BELIA NEGARA. Bagi saya belia bukan sekadar harapan bangsa, tidak hanya setakat aset atau rakan kongsi kepada pembangunan negara, malah nilaian belia adalah lebih daripada kesemuanya itu. Bertolak daripada itu, Kerajaan prihatin kepada kehidupan generasi muda yang bakal mewarisi kepimpinan dan memikul amanah demi kemajuan dan kemakmuran masa depan Malaysia yang kita cintai ini.

126. Bagi mencapai hasrat ini, Kerajaan akan melancarkan Pelan Transformasi Belia Negara. Bagi menjayakan pelbagai program belia, sebanyak 320 juta ringgit diperuntukan untuk tujuan berikut:

Pertama: Mengkaji semula Program Latihan Khidmat Negara atau PLKN dan satu konsep baru yang menjalinkan keperluan kemahiran dan kenegaraan akan diperkenalkan dalam sedikit masa lagi;

Kedua: Menambahbaik program Rakan Muda dan memperkenalkan program Kem Uniti;

Ketiga: Mengukuhkan aspek kepimpinan belia melalui pengenalan program Akademi Kepimpinan Belia untuk mengasah bakat kepimpinan di kalangan Belia Malaysia;

Keempat: Mempergiatkan program kesukarelawan belia melalui 1M4U dan memperkenalkan program MyCorp. Program MyCorp melibatkan belia menjalankan aktiviti sukarela kebajikan dan sosio ekonomi di peringkat antarabangsa dengan peruntukan 10 juta ringgit;

Kelima: Menggilap bakat keusahawanan di kalangan belia melalui Program MaGIC, SME Bank dan Agro Bank serta memperkenalkan Online Resource Centre dan menganjur persidangan keusahawanan sosial antarabangsa;

Keenam: Melaksanakan Program Agropreneur Muda oleh FAMA yang melibatkan 1,200 orang belia dengan sasaran pendapatan melebihi 5,000 ringgit sebulan; dan

Ketujuh: Meningkatkan keupayaan dan kemahiran belia melalui Program Transformasi IKBN dan Program Coding Bootcamp serta program Projek Angkat Dan Upaya atau PADU.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

127. Kerajaan juga berhasrat supaya satu ekosistem komprehensif yang disertai belia dapat disediakan untuk meningkatkan keupayaan dan memajukan diri dalam pekerjaan dan keusahawanan serta dapat menikmati kemudahan perumahan dan rekreasi. Untuk ini, Kerajaan akan mewujudkan 1Malaysia Youth City dengan peruntukan 100 juta ringgit bagi membiayai tiga projek perintis di Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak.

128. Bila mengupas ehwal belia juga, pemilikan rumah merupakan satu isu besar khususnya soal harga rumah dan keboleh biayaan. Menyedari permasalahan ini, sukacita saya mengumumkan Skim Perumahan Belia atau Youth Housing Scheme secara perkongsian pintar di antara Kerajaan, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja dan Cagamas.

129. Skim ini menawarkan pemilikan rumah pertama yang bernilai tidak melebihi 500 ribu ringgit, kepada belia berkahwin berumur 25 hingga 40 tahun serta mempunyai pendapatan isi rumah tidak melebihi 10 ribu ringgit. Tempoh pembiayaan maksimum adalah 35 tahun.

130. Di bawah skim ini, sebanyak 200 ringgit sebulan diberikan oleh Kerajaan untuk tempoh 2 tahun pertama bagi mengurangkan beban ansuran bulanan pinjaman perumahan. Pengecualian sebanyak 50 peratus duti setem ke atas surat cara pindah milik dan perjanjian pinjaman juga diberi.

131. Lebih menarik, Kerajaan turut menyediakan jaminan pinjaman sebanyak 10 peratus, bagi membolehkan peminjam mendapatkan pembiayaan penuh termasuk kos insuran. Peminjam juga boleh mengeluarkan wang daripada Akaun 2 KWSP mereka untuk menampung pembayaran ansuran bulanan dan kos lain yang berkaitan.

132. Oleh itu, saya menyeru golongan belia supaya merebut peluang ini yang ditawarkan secara "first come first served basis" untuk 20,000 unit rumah sahaja.

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

133. Pada aspek lain, Kerajaan akan mengambil langkah bersepadu ke arah mentransformasikan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara bersukan. Untuk ini, Kerajaan akan merealisasikan Blueprint Negara Bersukan atau Sporting Nation. Bagi mencapai hasrat ini, Kerajaan memperuntukkan 103 juta ringgit bagi melaksanakan langkah-langkah ber

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          NicheBlueprint Getting Started In Online Business and Internet Marketing        
Starting an online business is becoming a very popular way for people to start a new entrepreneurial venture. The barriers to entry are pretty low for a few reasons. One reason is that it is very cheap to start a website and sell products or promote whatever service it is that you have to offer.

A second reason starting a website is a good option for your small business is that you can sell your goods anywhere. Your website is a storefront that anybody can see--anywhere. The beauty of having storefront website is customers don't need to go to a physical location in order to see what your business has to offer. You may live in Los Angeles, but you can easily have a customer living in Kansas City see your wares and make an order.

The internet has facilitated an almost unthinkable rate of information dissemination. You can send a message to anyone in the world immediately. It is truly amazing how fast things can get done on the internet. But that doesn't mean that starting your online business will necessarily be easy. But starting a website is a lot easier than having to invest in a brick and mortar physical location, which would require you to pay rent, utilities, and any kind of repairs that would come along with it.

Even if you do not plan to start an e-commerce site and learn that whole side of online business, you can still do what many CEO's and small business owners are doing: start a blog. A blog is a great way to speak directly to your audience. It can fold directly into your brand in a very personal way since it is your personal voice. The best business blogs have a very sincere feel to them. If it is effective, a blog may help you increase your market share and attract new people to your product or service who may have never known about it before.

Blogs can also be a business in and of themselves. There are many people who essentially set up online media companies in a given niche and work hard to attract readers and become an authority on a subject. One there is an audience in place, you can often make money by placing advertisements on your website. There are ten to twenty very good companies who will serve as the middle man for your online ads. You can also use your site to do internet marketing, which is where you promote products and get a cut of the profits.

Truly, the most amazing thing about starting an internet business is that it is very easy to get started and costs very little. There is serious competition in the web hosting market, which means prices for you the webmaster are very cheap. Creating websites is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, it seems that it's getting easier every day. Even if you don't want to do it yourself, you can find a cheap web designer to build a site for you.

There are many programs to use as your e-commerce cart system and billing system. These will probably be a little costly because they need to be very efficient at taking orders and helping you run your business. And if you want to take the really easy way out, you can always start an eBay store, although that is becoming more and more competitive.

You may hear a couple of terms that you don't understand, but they are actually very basic. One of them is SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization. This is basically just the process of making your website as search engine friendly as possible so it is easy for you to gain an audience and have people visit your site. SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing, which is basically the process of trying to get your website very popular in Yahoo and Google. This is something internet marketers are extremely interested in because traffic is the lifeblood of an online business.

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          NicheBlueprint How To Start        
So - you're NEW to this business? So - you need to know where to begin ...

You want to sell your products to a hungry market, but where is your hungry market? You need to know which Niche you are going to address, and you need to know this before you create your first product to sell.

It's probably not going to be that easy or straightforward - at least not in the beginning. That's where you need help! Ask your self a few questions:

What are your preconceptions about this business? Maybe you should throw these out - now. Most people imagine (before they begin any new business) exactly what they think they want. They imagine exactly how they think their new business will work for them. But - in reality it hardly ever happens that way.

Time and time again I've seen people jump right in at the deep end - before carefully considering the consequences.

So, you are now starting your Internet Marketing business, and you are all fired up and ready to go. That's great. But what's going to happen next week, or next month? Maybe you will be slowing down, running out of steam, and seemingly not getting anywhere. Why is this? What is your problem? Are you stuck with something? Don't worry, all newbies get stuck from time to time, it's really quite normal.

So what now - which way to turn? Have you written down your goals? It's so important to do this.

Do make realistic goals - for instance don't write: "by this time next year I'll be a millionaire" - as unless you win the Lottery this is really most unlikely. So write a few simple goals, and be sure to achieve them!

Remember that well-known saying: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".

Set yourself your daily schedule, and stay focused. You will have an amazing sense of satisfaction upon achieving one task you have set yourself!

Everyone suffers from writers block - especially newbies. But when you need inspiration just take a sheet of paper - or open up the laptop - and just write something - anything! It doesn't have to be "good" or "clever" - but just start writing. Then you'll find suddenly you ARE writing something good! Carry a notebook and pencil around with you. This is something I always do. Then when I get one of those magic moments - you know - like when someone switches on a light bulb in your head - and I think: "that's it!" - I write it down.

Yes, you can get other people to write your product, and yes, you can get other people to write your sales letter. However, to start with I personally do believe it's better to do your own work - to create your own unique produce, and to write your own unique sales letter. Not only will this be your own unique work, but also it will be a lot less expensive for you!

Of course it will take a little practice, but you WILL get there with a little application and perseverance. No, you most probably won't become an overnight success. If you ask any successful Internet Marketer they will tell you it's been a lot of hard work to get where they are today. But surely something that is too easily achieved isn't going to be worth the achievement - that's my motto!

Most important of all, treat this as a FUN business! After all, it IS fun. The words you put down on paper will being in many thousands of dollars, which to anybody's way of thinking has got to be fun, for sure!

Ron Woodham retired at 65 and set up his own Internet Business. He spent 9 months teaching himself how to create and build websites from scratch, and now shares his knowledge through his Building Blocks for Beginners.
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          "The Blueprint: Bridging the Chasm of History"        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

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Speaker: Brian McCrorie
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 8/6/2017
Length: 65 min. (64kbps)
          Pitiful Christians        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

Title: Pitiful Christians
Subtitle: The Blueprint
Speaker: Brian McCrorie
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 7/23/2017
Length: 61 min. (64kbps)
          An Unnecessary Truth        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

Title: An Unnecessary Truth
Subtitle: The Blueprint
Speaker: Mark Yavor
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 7/9/2017
Length: 86 min. (64kbps)
          Visions on the Road        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

Title: Visions on the Road
Subtitle: The Blueprint
Speaker: Brian McCrorie
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 6/25/2017
Length: 82 min. (64kbps)
          What Makes Christians Different?        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

Title: What Makes Christians Different?
Subtitle: The Blueprint
Speaker: Brian McCrorie
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 6/18/2017
Length: 64 min. (64kbps)
          Circles and Tangents        
A new MP3 sermon from Heather Hills Baptist Church is now available on with the following details:

Title: Circles and Tangents
Subtitle: The Blueprint
Speaker: Brian McCrorie
Broadcaster: Heather Hills Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 6/11/2017
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)
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          Best practices for IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director, Part 3: Sharing Information Architectures through InfoSphere Blueprint Director        
This article provides best practices on publishing information architecture blueprints using IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director. Publishing architecture blueprints enables sharing of the most current solution architecture with all team members allowing everyone to experience the same project vision.
          Designing an integration landscape with IBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools and Information Server, Part 1: Planning an integration landscape        
This tutorial is an introduction to the use of IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director, in the context of a project, to depict the target vision (or landscape) for the final solution and to provide guidance for subsequent project tasks. It is the first of a series of tutorials focused on a specific, common information integration scenario: the update of a Data Warehouse-Business Intelligence (DW-BI) information process.
          I am honored to have served as Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents        

When Governor Kasich appointed me Chancellor in March of 2011, I came in knowing that nationwide – and even more so in Ohio – we face the issue of an undereducated workforce, and the future of our state and the prospects for its economic growth hinge on having more citizens with a certificate of economic import, an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree. As we move into the global economy of the 21st century, there has never been a more important time to realize that this lack of skilled workers is a serious problem.

I arrived here with a goal of increasing the number of Ohioans who have completed their college education and received one of the aforementioned degrees or certificates. And I knew that I wouldn’t be able to reach this goal without a team of talented workers dedicated to the same vision. Now, nearly two years later, I look back on what we have accomplished in a relatively short time and confidently say that we are moving in the right direction. There are many things that we have done well, and we couldn’t have gotten here without all of the hard work of the Board of Regents’ staff.

Three of our biggest achievements fall under what I call the three C’s – completion, commercialization and collaboration. Last November, we hosted a Complete College Ohio conference that provided the 300-plus people in attendance with a blueprint setting forth a comprehensive plan to grow college completion in Ohio. We need to grow our numbers by five to 10 percent within two years.

Earlier in the fall, a Commercialization Task Force wrapped up a series of meetings around the state that focused on ways to improve the relationship between universities and businesses and turn faculty research into commercially marketed products.

Finally, we concluded 2012 by completing our long-awaited move from the Rhodes Tower to the Ohio Department of Education building, laying the foundation for years of collaboration with our P-12 education partners.

As I look back on more than 30 years in public service, many highlights come to mind, and several of those involve my time here. I am honored to have served as Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. There are daunting challenges ahead, but I know the fruits of our labor will impact Ohio’s students for years to come. 

-Jim Petro


          Internet Millionaire by Ewen Chia        
Ewen Chia's book, Internet Millionaire explains How I made my first million on the internet, and how you can too The book launches this coming Thursday at noon.. Internet Millionaire is greatly anticipated as Ewen is a true internet super affiliate from way back and is a respected guru. Don't be afraid of his credentials, his book is not "high brow and is easy to read. The book is over 350 pages and covers every aspect of internet marketing, it can be educational to beginners and seasoned internet marketers alike.

Ewen Chia has a great bonus included with his book--worth more than the price of the book. His system is easy to follow and is included as a bonus-simply follow his steps and the bucks will follow. The catch is, you have to purchase the book within 72 hours of release. After 72 hours, the system goes to the full price of $497.
His bonus is worth the price of the book and then some.

Internet Millionaire is a system which when followed by make you rich, it may take 12 months to 18 months and is for serious-minded people. This is no fly by night sloppily put together product. If you've been around internet business for any time you know what I mean--promises but not substance. Well, this book is the opposite--full of useful information, easy to follow and implement.

Here's a chapter list:

Chapter 1: The Journey Begins
Rags before Riches
The Power of Focus
My Success Story-and Yours

Chapter 2: The Million-Dollar Day
From Affiliate to Super Affiliate
From Super Affiliate to Product Creator
The Super Affiliate Cloning Program

Chapter 3: The Fab Five
Component #1: Your Market
Component #2: Your Offer
Component #3: Traffic
Component #4: Backend
Component #5: Duplication

Chapter 4: Understanding Internet Marketing
The Merchant and the Affiliate
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Understanding the Internet Medium
What Is Information Marketing and What Is an
Information Provider?
The Affiliate as Middleman
Where E-Mail Marketing Comes into Play

Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade
A Web Site with Your Own Domain Name
An Autoresponder
Link-Tracking Software
Link-Cloaking Software


Chapter 6: Your Market
Market Affinity
Market Profitability
Profit Check #1: Is This a Market where People Are
Already Buying?
Profit Check #2: Are You Tapping into Current or Future
Hot Trends?
Profit Check #3: Which Markets Are Written About?
Profit Check #4: Validate Your Market with Free Keyword
Research Tools
Market Opportunity

Chapter 7: Your Offer
A: Finding and Knowing Your Product
Finding a Profitable Affiliate Product
Studying the Affiliate Product and Sales Copy
Noting Interesting Points and Benefits
Market Capture and List Building
Building a Relationship with Your List
Your Own Blog: The Best Place for Relationship-Building Content
The Three Steps of Preselling
Watching the Sales Roll In

B: Making an Irresistible Offer
Creating Your Opt-In Landing Page
Creating a Thank-You Page
Building Rapport
Delivering Bonuses
Creating Follow-Up E-Mails in Your Autoresponder
Setting Up Your Autoresponder Account
Testing the Web Site and E-Mail before You Launch
Building a Responsive Opt-In List

Chapter 8: Easy Traffic
A: The Traffic Game
Rule #1: Everything Is Connected
Rule #2: It's All about Links
Rule #3: Every Market Has a Hub and a Minihub
Targeted Traffic
Short-Term versus Long-Term Traffic

B: Fourteen Tactics to Boost Your Traffic
Traffic Tactic #1: Pay-Per-Click Advertising
Traffic Tactic #2: Banner/Text- Link Advertising
Traffic Tactic #3: E-zine Advertising
Traffic Tactic #4: Article Marketing
Traffic Tactic #5: Market Forums/Groups
Traffic Tactic #6: Press Releases
Traffic Tactic #7: Classifieds Advertising Campaigns
Traffic Tactic #8: Social Networking
Traffic Tactic #9: Viral Video and Podcasting
Traffic Tactic #10: Stealing Traffic from Blogs
Traffic Tactic #11: Stealing Even More Traffic from
Big-Name Sites
Traffic Tactic #12: Content Syndication and Setting Up Your
Own Blog
Traffic Tactic #13: Viral Reports
Traffic Tactic #14: Natural Search-Engine Optimization

C: Your Traffic Plan
Chapter 9: Backend for Beginners
Step #1: Find More Affiliate Programs and at Least One
Residual Program
Step #2: Prepare an E-Mail Campaign for Affiliate Products You
Want to Backend
Notes and Tips on Preparing Backend Follow-Up Campaigns

Chapter 10: Duplicating Your Business Model
Performing Components #1-4 in Other Markets or across Your
Existing Market
Moving into Product Creation
Analyzing Survey Response and Creating Your First Real
Information Product
Creating Your Product in Twenty-Four Hours or Less
Launching Your Product and Cloning Yourself
Creating Incentive by Paying Commissions on All Levels
Making Sure Your Sales Funnel Is Set Up Correctly
Creating a Strong Sales Letter
Launching Your Product and Turning Every Customer into
an Affiliate
Following Up with Affiliates and Encouraging Them
Motivating Affiliates into Instant Action
Fine-Tuning and Creating Your Own System
Automation-Putting Your Business(es) on Complete Autopilot
Managing Your Business
Doing Something Every Day!
Reinvesting Your Profits
Creating Your Own Streams of Passive Income
The Power of Membership Sites: A Case Study
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 11: Blogging
Chapter 12: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Great Ad Copy


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          Trump’s proposed 2018 budget takes an ax to science research funding        

Some programs see increases, but most face sharp cuts

Science & the Public
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BUDGET BLUEPRINT  The Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for sharp cuts to many federal science agencies and programs. Research on climate and clean energy would be especially hammered.

Tornadoes in the southeast, Earth’s magnetic field and obesity might not seem to have much in common. Well, now they do.

Under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, federal research spending into all three areas — and many others — would decline abruptly. The president delivered his budget request to Congress on May 23, presenting the sharpest picture yet of his administration’s priorities for federal science spending. Some science and technology programs within agencies would see their funds increase, but the administration recommends extensive cuts to basic research overall. The request greatly expands on the “skinny budget” the administration released in March (SN: 4/15/17, p. 15).  

Total federal research spending would be slashed by about 17 percent, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said in a conference call with reporters. “If the White House budget plan were to become law, it would devastate America’s science and technology enterprise.” 

For many science agencies and programs, the outlook appears stark. Some examples:

  • The National Science Foundation, which funds research in all fields of science and engineering, would face an 11 percent cut.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey’s budget would be cut by 15 percent.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology, where research includes cybersecurity and nanotechnology, would face a 23 percent cut.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s primary research arm, which investigates weather, climate and ocean resources, would be cut 32 percent.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science & Technology would be cut by 37 percent.
  • The budget proposes a 16 percent cut for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would take a 17 percent cut.
  • Food and Drug Administration funding (not including revenue from user fees) would be cut by 30 percent.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service would fall 22 percent.
  • And, as expected, the National Institutes of Health’s budget would be slashed 22 percent.

Those numbers don’t mean much just yet — they are just a starting point for a long and winding route through the political process. But the details do provide more information about what programs and areas of research could be in trouble.

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Budget request fiscal year 2018

The president's proposed 2018 budgets for select science agencies (in $ billions) 

Agency2017 enacted budget2018 budget proposalChange 2017 to 2018
Science & Technology0.710.45-37%
National Cancer Institute5.694.47-21%
National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease4.913.78-23%
Earth Science1.921.75-9%
Planetary Science1.851.934.5%
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research0.510.35-32%
National Weather Service1.121.06-6%
DOE (Office of Science)5.344.47-16%
USDA-Agricultural Research Service1.270.99-22%
Source: OMB, AAAS
† Does not include user fees

NSF’s grant programs, for example, would lose $776 million, dropping the overall budget from $7.5 billion to $6.65 billion. As a result, the agency estimates that in fiscal year 2018, the proposed funds would support about 8,000 new research grant awards, about 800 fewer than in 2016. Among the NSF-funded programs facing potentially severe reductions are clean energy research and development and the Ocean Observatories Initiative, an array of marine and seismic sensors scattered across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that is  expected to provide some of the most detailed ocean measurements to date (SN: 10/19/13, p. 22). The project would see its NSF funding slashed by 44 percent.

A bright spot: The request leaves funding flat for LIGO, which discovered gravitational waves in 2016 (SN: 3/5/16, p. 6). Planned, continued upgrades to the project’s laser interferometer systems are still on, NSF director France Córdova said May 23 at a budget presentation at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va. NSF has invested about $1.1 billion in the project. “It was the biggest investment NSF has made to date, and it was a big risk,” Córdova said.

Many in the scientific community say the proposed cuts would significantly undermine the nation’s global leadership role in advancing science. And they doubt the administration’s argument that the private sector would make the necessary investments in basic science research.

“Candidly, shareholders are not interested in funding research, which tends to be costly, very long-term and very risky,” said retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine during the AAAS conference call. “Research is a public good.… The rewards tend to go to the public as a whole, and therefore research really warrants government support.”

Funding for DOE’s energy programs, including research into efficiency and renewable energy, would fall about 60 percent. One of those programs, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, would be eliminated. The administration defends phasing out the roughly $300 million ARPA-E, which funds research on risky but promising energy technologies, by saying the private sector is “better positioned” to finance such research.

Within the DOE Office of Science, the biological and environmental research program, which studies climate modeling among other things, faces the steepest cut — 43 percent, a drop from $612 million to $349 million. High-energy physics research would see an 18 percent reduction, but the program for advanced scientific computing would get an 11 percent bump.

Environmental research would suffer at NOAA, with the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research facing sweeping cuts. Funding for climate research would drop 19 percent, weather and air chemistry research 25 percent and ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research by 49 percent. Programs potentially shuttered include:

  • Air Resources Laboratory, which researches air chemistry, mercury deposition and the movement of harmful materials through the atmosphere.
  • VORTEX-Southeast, a tornado detection and warning program for the southeastern United States.
  • The Marine Mammal Commission, an independent agency formed in 1972 to help protect marine animals and their habitats.

At USGS, the roughly $1.9 million geomagnetism program would be zeroed out. It monitors changes in Earth’s magnetic field, providing data that help NOAA and the U.S. Air Force track magnetic storms due to solar activity. Such storms can disrupt radio communication, GPS systems and, if severe enough, the electric power grid. The agency’s Climate and Land Use Change program, renamed the Land Resources program, would see a 24 percent cut. Most of the funding for a carbon sequestration research program, about $8 million, would be eliminated, with the rest, about $1.5 million, being redirected to the energy and minerals program. That division would see about a 2 percent increase overall.

Health programs and biomedical research would face big challenges under Trump’s budget. At CDC, $1.2 billion would be slashed from the agency’s overall budget. The request proposes cutting $163 million from the agency’s chronic disease prevention programs, which aim to reduce incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Prevention programs for domestic HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis face a $183 million decrease in funding.

NIH’s overall budget would fall from the enacted 2017 level of $34.6 billion to $26.9 billion. Some of the most striking cuts:

  • National Cancer Institute — $1.2 billion
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute — $672 million.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — $1.1 billion.
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases — $421 million.

Congress, however, recently boosted NIH funding — at least for fiscal year 2017 — providing an additional $2 billion over the next five months.

That’s an important reminder that many of the programs facing extensive reductions or elimination have allies on Capitol Hill, a potentially comforting thought for those alarmed by the president’s request. “We’re counting on Congress to, once again, say no to these recommendations,” Mary Woolley, president of the health and medical research advocacy group Research!America, said in the AAAS conference call.

Not all science agencies or programs are threatened. For instance, NASA’s planetary science division would see a funding bump. The final 2017 spending agreement, which Congress recently passed, had already increased the division’s budget from $1.63 billion to $1.85 billion. In Trump’s proposal, that number is nudged even higher, to $1.93 billion. As expected, the administration supports a flyby mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. The president has requested $425 million for the project, a 55 percent increase from the 2017 enacted level of $275 million.

“We’re pleased by our top-line number of $19.1 billion, which reflects the president’s confidence in our direction and the importance of everything we’ve been achieving,” said NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot.

But the agency would lose about 9 percent of its earth science budget, slightly more than expected. Grants for earth science research would be cut, and NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, which Congress directed the space agency to form in 2010, would be axed. Five space-based earth science projects would also be eliminated. Those projects are meant, in part, to provide data to help understand various aspects of Earth’s climate and how it is changing.

Trump’s budget proposal will not get passed by Congress unchanged. Still, the administration’s lack of support for basic federal research overall has alarmed many scientists and their supporters.  

“Science research has been the source of improvements in public health, in our energy, in our quality of life, in our agriculture and ability to feed ourselves and the world,” said Holt. “What we see is not just a reduction in government programs. What we see is a failure to invest in America.”

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          Stealing Industry Secrets: Not as Easy as You Think        

Hackers. Spies. Secrets. This is the menacing language of industrial espionage. But how easy is it to plunder a company for its ideas? Not very, says our guest, Douglas O’Reagan, a historian of science and technology. Throughout history, O’Reagan argues, stealing trade secrets has proven more complicated than lifting a blueprint or section of computer code. What makes a company successful is usually much harder to grasp.

But first we look at how one company is trying to pass on the skills and secrets responsible for its success. Reporter Susanne Gietl visits the small Bavarian town of Ingolstadt, headquarters of German automaker Audi. There she finds hundreds of Mexican workers learning skills, secrets, and the “German way” to build cars so they can bring that knowledge back to Mexico.

Join us for a trip to the murky world of technology transfer.

Show Clock:

00:04 Introduction
01:40 Feature story: Learning the "German way" 
10:20 Interview with Douglas O'Reagan


Hosts: Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy
Guests: Douglas O'Reagan
Reporter: Susanne Gietl
Producer: Mariel Carr
Associate Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez


Music courtesy of the Audio Network. 

"Odyssey" by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

          Centurions must adopt 2016 blueprint for Super League survival        
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          GOP budget divides Texas Republican senators        
The Lone Star state’s two U.S. senators came out on opposite sides Friday of a GOP budget blueprint that was heralded as a sign that Republicans can govern better than Democrats. The largely party-line 52-46 vote followed a marathon “vote-a-rama” of amendments, none of them binding, on a 2016 budget document which serves mostly as
          How To Make $26,498.50 Weekly: Will Commission Ritual Make You Money? by Stephen Brown        
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          FY18 Budget Blueprint Released        
On March 16, 2018 the Trump administration issued a Budget Blueprint outlining proposed changes to "discretionary" spending for Fiscal Year 2018. The following table shows the major changes to Budget Authority in excess of $2 billion per agency.

AgencyFY18 Change
in $ billion
Health and
Human Services
State and Intl Aid-10.9

Because usgovernmentspending spending data is based on Historical Table 3.2, it shows spending by function rather than by agency. Until Table 3.2 is published in the final version of the FY18 budget we cannot exactly predict how the Table 3.2 numbers will change at the subfunction level.

But we have applied the Budget Blueprint budget authority changes into the budgeted FY18 outlays by guessing the application of agency level changes to subfunction changes to give a rough feeling of what the Trump changes look like. You can check out what is going on here or here.

The numbers will change when the final FY18 federal budget numbers come out.

          Brilliant “MCProApp” Re-Boot Features Hundreds of 3D Minecraft Blueprints, Maps &Guides Plus Original Fan Fiction        

MCProApp features hundreds of 2D and 3D layer-by-layer views of user generated Minecraft blueprints across multiple categories, along with construction grids and other advanced building tools. The re-booted app also features original Minecraft fan fiction, and is available at no cost.

(PRWeb February 27, 2017)

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          The 2009 Outbreak of A-H1N1 Swine Flu Need Not Be Catastrophic        

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          Illinois House Candidates Lock Horns on Medicare, Social Security        
The candidates in a battleground congressional district in Illinois disagreed about the impact for Social Security and Medicare of a Republican-passed plan crafted by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) during an Oct. 21 radio debate sponsored by AARP. Democratic challenger Ann Callis said that Ryan’s budget blueprint would open the door to privatizing Social Security and move Medicare to a “defined contribution” system. She has criticized her opponent, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), for supporting a plan that she says …
          Allentown's New Political Era         

In his column on Sunday, Bill White uses a Winnie The Pooh analogy,  that he hopes that Pawlowski supporters start wising up, and realize that he is not the leader that he purports to be.

Ed's supporters know exactly what he is.  They're not voting for integrity,  instead they're betting on someone who might share the honey with them.  They're not voting for a better Allentown,  they're voting for bigger piece of the pie for themselves.

The new constituency which Pswlowski cobbled together for his primary victory will continue on past November's election,  regardless of who wins.  Rather than looking forward to a more ethical Allentown,  I think that we have seen the beginning of a Tammany Hall.  Even if we luck out with someone other than Pawlowski for the next mayor,  he created a blueprint for a new era of self-interest politics.

I can appreciate that some of my readers may find this post less than optimistic in outlook.  Thst's good,  because we are going to need all the idealists available to counter the coming opportunists.
          Alessandra Ambrosio's Pre Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Beauty Secret        

The secret to Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio's sparkling skin? While backstage preparing for the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, the mega model was seen drinking BluePrintCleanse.

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          CHP-157-The Rise and Fall of the Qin        

In this first of two episodes Laszlo gives Qin Shihuang, the subject of the first ever China History Podcast episode, a total makeover.  

The Historic Teas of China: Check it out right here:



Qin Shi Huang  秦始皇 The first emperor of China, Qin Dynasty founder

Y.K. Pao  包玉刚  Featured in CHP-124, HK tycoon and philanthropist

Zhongguo ren   中国人  A Chinese

Zhao  赵国  Zhao State  in the Yellow River Valley

Qi   齐国  Qi State  near Shandong

Chu   楚国  Chu State  near Hubei

Yue   越国  Yue State  near Zhejiang

Ba   巴国  Ba State near Chongqing

Shu  蜀国  Shu State near Chengdu

Zhou   周朝  The Zhou Dynasty

Yan   燕国  Yan State near Beijing

Xia   夏朝  The Xia Dynasty, mythical they say it was...

Shang   商朝  The Shang Dynasty

Sima Qian   司马迁  China's Herodotus

Shiji   史记  The Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian

Song dynasty   宋朝  The Song Dynasty

Lintong, Shaanxi   陕西临潼  Town outside Xian where the terra cotta warriors were found

Puyi   溥仪  China's Last Emperor

Ying   嬴  The surname of the Qin Kings and Dukes

Ying Zheng   嬴政  Qin Shihuang's name

Ying Zhuangxiang   秦庄襄王  Qin Shihuang's father

Wei River  渭河  One of the major tributaries of the Yellow River

Xian   西安  Capital of Shaanxi, one of China's most ancient cities.

Gansu   甘肃  Western Province in China

Tianshui   天水  Gansu's second largest city after Lanzhou

Rong    戎  "Barbarian" people to the west and north of the core China

Si Yi    四夷  The "Four Barbarians"

Dongyi   东夷 One of the four "barbarians"

Beidi   北狄  One of the four "barbarians"

Nanman  南蛮  One of the four "barbarians"

Duke Xiang   秦襄公Qin leader 777-766 BCE

Ji Family   姬家族  The Zhou Dynasty ruling family

Luoyang   洛阳  Eastern capital of the Zhou Dynasty

Chengzhou   成周  Ancient name of Luoyang

Zhou King Ping   周平王 Zhou King 770-720

Duke Wen   秦文公   Qin ruler 765-716 BCE

Shaanxi and Shanxi   陕西/山西Neighboring provinces that almost sound the same

Hubei  湖北  Central China province

Henan   河南  Central China province

Hebei   河北  North-central China province

Shandong   山东  North eastern province of China

Anhui   安徽  Central China province

Yu the Great   大禹  Xia Dynasty Founder

Huaxia  华夏  Ancient core China early name

Qin Mu Gong   秦穆公  Qin Ruler 659-621

Bawang  霸王  A hegemon

Wu State   吴国  State around Suzhou-Wuxi area

King Helü   阖闾  King of Wu  514-496 BCE

The Battle of Jìnyáng  金阳之战  Battle of Jinyang 455-453 BCE

Taiyuan   太原  Capital of Shanxi

Zhi state  智国  The Zhi state, annihilated at the Battle of Jinyang

San Jia Fen Jìn   三家分晋   the Partition of Jin between 434 and 403 BCE.

Qi Xiong   七雄  The final seven warring states

Linzi  临淄   just east of modern day Zibo

Shang Yang  商鞅  Great Qin statesman, helped make the Qin. 390-338 BCE

Pi  錍  A kind of ancient weapon similar to a dagger on a long stick

Ren duo hao ban shi  人多好办事  When you have a lot of people to do the job, it's much easier.

Shi   士  knight, scholar

Zaixiang  宰相  chancellor or chief minister

Duke Xiao  秦孝公  Qin Xiao Gong He lived 381 to 338 BCE

chelie   车裂  death by being pulled apart by 5 chariots

zhulian jiuzu   株连九族 a.k.a. the zuzhu  族诛  That meant when Shang Yang went down, so did his whole family: parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, uncles and uncle's spouses...they all had to go.

Xiang Yu   项羽  The hegemon of Chu State, fought Liu Bang and lost.  Featured in CHP episode 91

Liu Bang   刘邦  Han Dynasty founder

Shang Jun Shu商君书or just the Shangzi  商子  credited to Shang Yu, the blueprint fort Legalism and how to run the Qin State.

Han Feizi   韩非子lived from 280 to 236 BCE The man who made Legalism famous

Fan Sui  范睢  died 255 BCE, gave his king the strategy of yuanjiao jingong.  

yuan jiao jin gong Kilkrazy wrote:
In what way is the excerpt from the Cornell site relevant to the Clinton case?

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.

          Re:Politics - USA        
 Kilkrazy wrote:
Section f relates to national defence, so your argument appears to be wrong.

Why do I feel like we're arguing RAWs in YMDC?
d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,
(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

I'll submit that it's likely section (d) that her actions falls under more the f), but then again... we don't know exactly what was on the fax itself as it's CLASSIFIED.

She ordered someone to REMOVE the "classification headings" and just send it nonsecured.
          Re:Politics - USA        
 whembly wrote:
 Kilkrazy wrote:
Section f relates to national defence, so your argument appears to be wrong.

Why do I feel like we're arguing RAWs in YMDC?
d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,
(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

I'll submit that it's likely section (d) that her actions falls under more the f), but then again... we don't know exactly what was on the fax itself as it's CLASSIFIED.

She ordered someone to REMOVE the "classification headings" and just send it nonsecured.

If you don't know what the material was why are you claiming it was military or security secrets that would prejudice the national defence and that Clinton deliberately conspired to reveal it to a foreign power?

          CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURES: The Complete Guide to Successful Product Development        
Wonder Mzileni will be giving a series of talks in the months of October and November at several of South Africa's top universities entitled " The Complete Guide to Successful Product Development."

As an innovative approach to speaker-audience interaction I have decided to create this blog post to serve as an auxiliary tool for the audience to effectively assimilate and execute the methods of product development that we, at Industrial Arts follow.

As an added bonus, those who were not be able to attend the talk can still benefit from the topics discussed. The venues and locations of the talks will be: Cape Town-UCT; Johannesburg- Wits University; and Pretoria- Tshwane University of Technology. For more information on specific events and to register for talk, please email your query to

Product Developers Guide: Introduction
To make the product development journey smoother, the IndustrialArts Consultancy team has put together the creative entrepreneurship lectures entitled: "The Complete Guide to Successful Product Development." With an introduction to research and  development, patents, confidentiality  agreements and costs, as well as advice  about seeking outside investment, licensing and marketing, the Guide helps you  plan and assess how to profit from your idea.

Developing a product can be a thrilling experience. Unfortunately it can also be a costly and very long process and the reality is that most ideas don’t make it to become successful products. For a specialist product design and development consultancy like The IndustrialArts, solving problems and turning ideas into reality is something we do every day, but how do you make sure the product is a success? Just making your idea isn’t enough. You need to make sure it will make you money.

To help you take the first steps with your product we have created this guide to break the process down into five key steps:
  • Assessing your idea
  • Protecting your idea
  • Developing your idea
  • Selling your idea
  • Funding your idea
PART 1: Assessing The Idea
This is the starting point for any new invention and in many cases also the end. Not all inventions have the potential to be commercially successful and there are numerous reasons why people decide not to pursue the idea. This is the stage where you find out if your product has already been thought of, whether the product is viable in a market and also if there is a market big enough that may need your product.

There are a few questions you have to ask yourself:

Has your invention already been thought of?Frequently inventors have ideas that already exist, either as products or as patents in which case it is unlikely to be worth pursuing. In many cases a similar but not identical product or patent will exist, in which case you need to be sure your idea offers a big advantage. Thoroughly searching the internet and patent databases (see details later) is time well spent.

Who would use your product?
Is your product aimed at consumers or businesses? Is the market the whole population; is it national, gender specific or aimed at a specific demographic? It is useful to imagine a typical or range of typical uses. If you have close, trustworthy friends and family who fit this profile you can get their opinion but beware influencing their reaction. You need to be sure they aren’t just saying they like it because they don’t want to disappoint you.

What are the reasons people will buy your product?
What problems does it solve that aren’t solved by existing products or what advantages does it give? People have managed without the product until now, so why should they suddenly need or want it?

What is the potential size of the market?
This can be difficult to estimate but data does exist for sales volumes of most consumer product categories be it soft drinks, electrical appliances, furniture or medical devices. If such data is not available you may need to make an initial estimate from other sources, for example if you are designing a new baby toy you might use census data on the number of babies born each year to estimate how many such products are bought. When estimating the potential sales volumes be conservative - few new products will gain a market share of more than 5% unless they are truly revolutionary.

Can you protect your idea?
This is important as without any competitor company can copy your idea and use their market position and financial muscle to squeeze you out. The next section covers how to do this with patents and design registration.

What are the risks and difficulties you will face?
Developing, launching and profiting from your invention will be a long and complex process and problems can occur at any stage. Things to think about include; can you get the funding to develop it? Does the product require new technology to be developed? If so could there be problems or delays? Can you make the product for the target cost? Can you find distributors? Will consumers like it? Will retailers stock it? How will it be marketed?

What will the development and set up cost be?
There are many stages to developing a new product as explained in the Developing your idea section. The amount of work involved can vary dramatically from product to product. As well as the design and engineering costs other costs will include, prototypes, production moulds and set up costs, approvals and testing, initial production, shipping and storage. For a simple product these will be a few tens of thousands of pounds. For a complex product such as a medical device these can run into hundreds of thousands and even millions of pounds.

What is the target product cost and profit margin?
What will each product cost to make and what price can it be sold for? Most products are distributed through a supply chain with manufacturers, brand owners and retailers all handling the product. Understanding the pricing and margin each party needs to make is key to success. Many retailers will look to buy at half the consumer price or sometimes less. If you can’t offer them the profit level they need at the retail price they think will sell then they won’t stock the product. Do your research on the sector and retailers relevant to your product. What is the price of products of a similar size, type and complexity? Contact factories and retail buyers for initial price estimates.

What is the potential return on investment?
With information on the possible size of the market and profit margin you can make a very rough estimate of how much money the invention could make. Is it enough to pay back the development, set up, patent, distribution, administration, marketing and other costs? How long will the investment take to pay back? What is the best case and worst case? Does that make a good investment for you or an outside investor?

Finding the answers to these questions make take a bit of searching but will tell you whether the invention is worth pursuing. This process should be thorough but should not involve spending a lot of money. It may seem like a lot of bother but many of the answers to these questions can form part of your business plan (see later).

It is important to be unbiased and dispassionate in this analysis it is easy to get so emotionally attached to your ideas that you ignore the problems and weaknesses of the invention. Remember most successful inventors have many ideas before they find the true winner. Deciding not to pursue an idea, which doesn’t add up, is a positive result &ndash it is better to save your money and energy for the great idea still to come.

PART 2: Protecting The Idea
For the small inventor, protecting your ideas is critically important. If you don’t have some form of protection there is nothing to stop a large competitor taking you idea and using their financial and marketing muscle to squeeze you out of the market. Patents are generally the best way to protect your ideas if they can be obtained but other protections such as registered designs, or trademarks and copyright also exist.

During the process of developing your idea it will be necessary to speak to individuals and companies who may become partners, investors, suppliers or customers. It is vital that this is done under confidentiality. A Confidentiality Agreement or Non Disclosure Agreement is the best way to do this.

There are three general requirements for your invention to be patentable. It must be novel, useful and not obvious. To count as novel your invention must be new, in other words; never publicly known, used, or sold anywhere in the world. If your invention is described in printed material or available to buy anywhere in the world it is not patentable. To satisfy the criteria for utility your invention must be useful. It must perform a function and benefit society in some way. Anything that does not perform cannot be patented. To avoid being classed as obvious, your invention must give new results and should not be just an incremental improvement over existing products. To be different in design alone will not get your invention patented.

It is advisable to use registered patent attorney to help understand whether you can patent your invention, what it would cost and the level of protection it would give. They can also help you draft you application and manage all aspects of maintaining and enforcing your patent rights. However before you instruct an agent and start incurring costs it is advisable to do some online patent research on your own. Using the various free online patent databases such as USPTO, Espacenet Google Patents, etc., it is possible to find many relevant patents and documents and gain a good idea about whether you idea is novel or not. If after your search, things still look positive or you are unsure what your search results mean, then taking your results to a professional patent attorney will help them get straight up to speed and reduce their search fees.

Once you have worked out that your invention is likely to be patentable there are a number of decisions to be made such as what, where and when to patent. Patenting your product in multiple territories is time consuming and expensive so it is important to think carefully before making your application.

What to patent?

How you draft your patent what you claim as your invention can have a big impact on the future earning potential of the idea. If your claims are too narrow and specific, competitors will be able find ways of avoiding infringement by making small changes. Conversely if your claims are too broad, the patent examiners may judge it is prior art (technology and inventions already public) or not inventive. A good patent agent will help you draft your application to get this important balance right.

When to patent?

There are generally two approaches to timing your patent application either to patent as early as possible, or as late as possible.

Patenting early means you are less likely to get beaten by a competitor registering the same or similar idea. If you know people are working in the same field, this could be important. The disadvantage of patenting early is that you have to pay fees for application, searches and examinations much sooner and potentially well before the product has been launched.

By contrast, making your patent application at the last possible moment, before the product is made public means money is saved. Because protection is given from the date of the first application, and one year is generally allowed for the search and examination process, you get at least one year of worldwide protection without having to invest heavily in applications, translations and patents agents for every territory. This can allow you to judge the success of the product, the potential in different markets and start potentially start earning profits before having to spend large amounts on patent protection. Another advantage is that your patent application can be based around a fully resolved and detailed product allowing it to be stronger and broader.

Other Protection
If it is not possible to attain a patent or if you want further protect you idea, there are other ways for you to protect your intellectual property (IP)

Registered Design
A registered design can protect the aesthetic design of your invention. It is purely about the form and materials and does not cover how the product works or is manufactured. Design Registration is a relatively cheap, quick and easy process but is only available in certain countries, including the UK.

Trademarks are symbols that distinguish goods and services in the market place like logos and brand names. If your product has a certain name or logo that you want associated with it, it’s worth getting it trademarked so that no one else can take the name and logo.

Copyright is an automatic right, which applies when the work is fixed – in other words, when it is created or written down. It covers the printed documents, text, journalistic and literary works, images, music and video recordings. It has limited applicability to products but offer some protection of your work.

PART 3: Developing The Idea
Undertaking a new product development requires a whole series of tasks to be performed. Typically the product design and development process is split into phases, each with distinct activities and deliverables. Every development has its unique challenges and so the order and breakdown of these phases should be arranged to address the key challenges and minimise the risk of development. Many inventors will look to license their invention and so the aim of the design process is not to get a product into production but to get an investor or licensee on board.

The Full New Product Development Process
Details of the all the key stages of the product development process are given below and also on the services section of IDC’s website.

User Insight
Researching and understanding the needs and behaviour of the potential users ensures that people will connect with the product - a key requirement for success in the market. Insights gained in the research stage often lead to new product innovations.

Concept Generation
This is where the skill, experience and creativity of the design team are used to generate designs, which address the identified needs and come together to create a vision for the successful desirable product. Design concepts can be presented as sketches, storyboards, simple models or fully photo-rendered images.

For technology led inventions, research and experimentation is a vital part of the product development process. Developing test rigs and experiments helps gain understanding of how to apply scientific and technical principles to create an inventive new product.

Patent Support
The process of developing an innovative new product needs to go hand in hand with the patent process to ensure as many of the important features of the product are protected and that competitor patents are avoided.

Engineering Design
To ensure that the design is translated into a successful product suitable for high quality, cost effective manufacture, this stage of the development defines all the details of every part needed to make the product. A detailed understanding of design for manufacture and assembly and an close attention to detail is a must in this stage.

Electronics Design
Working alongside the mechanical engineering design, the electronics engineers design the circuits, lay out PCBs, write software and ensure all details of the electronics are suitable for manufacture and interface with the mechanical parts of the design.

Prototypes are vital for any new product. They not only provide confidence they design is correct and the product will work, they can also be used for marketing purposes. For inventors a good prototype can be the key to securing a investment or a licence agreement. See also the section below on designing for investment below.

Regulatory Support
Many products have to conform to regulatory standards governing safety, function and performance. This will require product to be thoroughly tested prior to release. The requirements of the standard should be identified at the beginning of the development to avoid difficulties later on.

Project Management and Support
The development project manager coordinates the efforts of the whole development team as well as all external suppliers (e.g. mould makers, manufacturers, shipping companies, marketing agencies, test houses, patent attorneys, etc.) to ensure the product is launched successfully. Ensuring product quality and managing the transition to manufacture is one of the key project management tasks.

Development for Investment or Licensing
Frequently for an inventor, the purpose of employing a product design company is not to undertake the full development but to develop the concept to a stage that it can prove the viability and commercial potential of the product to licensees and investors. The two key requirements at this stage are to prove the viability of the invention and to create a vision for the successful production product. This can be done with sketches and illustrations but will be more convincing with ’Looks Like, Works Like’ models. Making one model, which looks and works like the finished product can involve doing much of the design and engineering development so often two models are made.

Visual Model
Having a clear vision for your product is important when trying to sell the benefits of your invention. A high quality aesthetic model illustrating what the product would look like is one of the best ways to communicate that vision and get potential investors and buyers excited about your idea.

Functional Model
The ’Works Like’ model is made to prove that it is technically possible to build your invention. Potential investors and buyers will respond more positively if they can physically see and touch what you are trying to sell to them. The functional model does not have to be particularly elegant in design, but your model will have to represent what the invention can do and that it can actually do it.

PART 4: Selling The Idea
Being able to sell the benefits of your invention is crucial to success. Think hard about how to communicate the benefits of your idea to consumers and buyers. Selling is also important if you are looking for licensees or investors. You have to be able to convince them that your idea makes sense to invest in and that you will in turn provide them with a fantastic return on investment. A good, well-thought out and structured business plan is the key to making investors want to invest in you, your product and your business venture.

Business Plan
Your business plan is the blueprint to how you are going to make money from your invention. Writing a business plan will help you plan out your business, pre-empt some of the difficulties and, crucially, estimate the capital required and the likely return on investment for your product.

There are many books and websites dedicated to writing business plans but the basic should be:

Executive summary – about you product, patent and the business opportunity
Marketing research – analysis of the market potential, competitors, pricing etc
Commercialisation plan – detail of how will you profit from the invention, e.g. licensing,
Sales projections – estimates for pricing, sales volumes and profit margins
Manufacturing – plans, costs and timescales for development and production set up
Management team – profiles for your management team
Financial statements – projections for cash flow, return on investment and profit and loss

There are many different ways to profit from a great invention. It is important to think carefully to choosing the best one for you and your investors.

Selling your PatentIt may be possible to sell your patent to another person or company and receive a one-off payment for it. This will mean you will lose the rights to your invention and not receive any future royalties so if the product is a huge success you will not see the benefit. On the plus side you will potentially get cash in hand without risking much of your own capital if the product fails you still have your money.

Licensing your PatentAnother route to commercialise your invention is to licence it. This means that you will retain the ownership of whilst allowing another party to make, use and sell the invention in exchange for royalty payments. The license may be exclusive or to more than one party. You may grant a worldwide license or agree deals territory by territory. You may also choose to issue licenses for specific uses or industries. Use industry and product directories and registers to identify potential licensees.

Start your Own BusinessYou can of course launch your own company, which will sell the product. This means that the entire responsibility of fundraising, manufacturing, selling as well as distribution, is on you. You will have to come up with a business and sales plan and conduct a market survey to make sure that your start up company will be able to fully exploit the opportunity.

PART 5: Funding The Idea
You may be fortunate enough to be able to fund the project yourself, however, most inventors need financial backing from an outside source. Getting other people on board can also be helpful as they will have the skills and experience that can aid in the development of your invention. Finding funding can be one of the greatest challenges in the entire inventing process and it is impossible for us to go into great detail. However, we do have a few tips that may help.

You must research different funding strategies thoroughly; there are many companies and government organisations that can help you with funding as well as putting you in contact with the right people.

Finding Partners
It is always best to have several money-raising options as an entrepreneurial inventor. One of these options is finding financial partners, either an individual, a group or a firm that may have a vested interest in your product. You can provide the invention and your partners may bring the rest of what you need to the table. Your partner can provide whatever they do bring to the team for free, in exchange for a percentage of any future profits. There are a few different ways to find partners; you can place an advert in a newspaper or magazine, contact an investors organization or approach a bank and some other traditional financial sources who may be willing to finance your idea.

Venture Capital
Another way to find capital is to find a Venture Capital Firm. This firm will invest in your growing company and will give you the financial backing you need in order to advertise, do research, build an infrastructure and develop the product. The Venture Capital Firm will make its money by owning a stake in your company. Financial agents who work for a finder’s fee may be able to help you find a Venture Capital Firm that is willing to invest in your company.

Local and Government Programmes
Local, state and government programmes that provide businesses with financial assistance are another option to finance your invention and company. Try to research small business funding and angel network programs. Another option is to research government grants.

PART 6: Product Developers Check List
The following checklist is a general guide to help you track your progress. Should you need more clarity on a certain issue, please refer to the Inventor’s guide handbook for more detailed advice.
  1. Have you researched the web and patent databases to make sure that your invention hasn’t already been thought of?
  2. Who is your target user and why will they buy your product rather than the existing or competitor products?
  3. Have you conducted market research to estimated the potential size of the market and understand the distribution chain?
  4. Are you sure your invention is patentable?
  5. Have you estimated how much investment is needed for development and set up?
  6. What will be the estimated cost of manufacture per unit and your predicted sales price?
  7. Is their sufficient return on investment to interest investors?
  8. Have you written a business plan?
  9. Do you have a model or prototype to demonstrate the viability and benefits of your invention?
  10. Will you sell or licence the IP or manufacture and sell the product?
  11. Have you secured funding or investment?
  12. Do you have the right team of individuals and partner companies to deliver your plan?
If you have good answers to all these questions you will be well on the way to making your invention a reality
          CAPITALISING ON ANY OPPORTUNITY: Finding Your Entrepreneurial Flow        

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person is engagedin an activity and is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. According to Csíkszentmihályi, the Hungarian psychology professor who proposed the theory, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channelled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
The best way to approach any opportunity is to do it in a way that best increases your chances of success, obviously. The best way to do this, is by focusing on using your strengths to capitalise on the opportunity so you don’t end up being retarded by your weakness. To do this, you must understand the way your mind works best and, more specifically, how your neo-cortex works in relation to your limbic system (see post on ‘RULING THE WORLD’ to find out what this is). If all your plans and actions result from the alignment of these two sections of the brain, you will be operating from your flow and execute the necessary tasks with brilliance.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
 - Charles R. Swindoll

Listening to Your Inner Voice: Deconstructing the Mind
Everything I am about to tell you is not just my opinion. These theories are routed in the tenants of biology. Not psychology, but biology. A man by the name of Simon Sinek has been involved in research over several years to discover why certain people succeed where others fail he found out how by looking at the mechanics of the human brain. If you cut a cross-section of the brain and look at it from the top, you will see that the brain is made up of two general sections.
The outermost layer of your brain is the layer that formed most recently and is called the neo-cortex. It handles all the rational parts of your thoughts, including your analytical skills, reasoning and even language. But this is only the latest part of our brain. Before this section was fully developed we were relying more on the older part of the brain, called the limbic system. It's much more basic but it's been around for much, much longer and so is the most important part when it comes to our decision making. It’s the section of the brain that is responsible for your emotions, feelings and intuitions. This is where feelings like motivation and intuition come from. It is responsible for all human behaviour, all decision making and has no capacity for language. All of your  'gut' decisions  are madethrough the limbic system and are only justified by your neo-cortex.
Since the limbic system is where motivation and intuition are developed from, we must align our actions with it to get the drive we need to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations that come with undertaking a goal, and figure out how we may best bring value to the situation.

Finding Your Entrepreneurial Groove: Your Limbic System and Money

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

I want to share with you a well-known story of how different men with different limbic systems made money from the same situation:


There was once a village that often experienced water shortages. The villagers only had water when it rained, and so everyone would have to travel long distances to the nearest lake to draw water. To solve this problem once and for all, the village elders decided to put out a bid for a contract for someone to supply the village with water. 
Many young, ambitious men offered to fix the problem so the village elders offered to make it an open contract for anyone to supply the town thinking that competition would keep prices low.
The first man immediately went out and bought 2 steel buckets and started carrying buckets full of water back and forth from the lake to fill the village well. He was a highly motivated and resilient man who believed in hard work and honest pay. Although the hours were long, he didn’t have to be very creative or particularly skillful to get his business going and he was the first of the four men to get paid. He saw every day as a new challenge and always looked for ways to provide better service. He started employing his sons and brothers to work for him and carry buckets to and from the lake so he could provide water morning and night and was soon able to take whole days off because he had people hauling buckets for him.
The second man left the village and went to research in other villages and towns and found out that the most cost efficient and productive way to transport water was through a pipeline system. He asked the owners of the system if he could buy the designs the water system from them. The men agreed to this, as long as he gave them a royalty of each bucket sold. Although he knew that there may be many complications, he took the risk of using all of his savings to pay for the advance of the royalties. But once he had the rights to construct a pipeline in his town, he went back with the plans and found a wealthy villager to fund his project. He and his financier went to the city to hire the most educated and experienced man they could to make president of their new company. They incorporated the company, divided ownership and promised the president a nice paycheque if he could use his experience to get the pipeline built. The president used the financier’s money to hire a construction team, buy materials and launch a marketing campaign that offered cleaner and cheaper water. The second man was effectively retired because he let other people run his company, and when he wanted the thrill of building a business again he sold his portion of the company and used the money to build other systems for his village.
The third man realised that providing the service was pivotally important to the village, but recognised that he wasn’t quite sure of the best way to do it. He figured that he would rather assist the man whose solution made most sense to him and who had already showed some degree of measurable success. So he started a fund for the village and convinced a few people who had the means to invest in his fund. He applied to the many different needs and requirements of his investors and created different investment packages they could choose from, all the while analysing the water businesses that other villagers were building. When he found one that best suited the profile he was looking for, he used the fund's capital to buy a significant stake in the business. The new money that the business received was used to grow and expand the business, which increased its value and the dividends it paid to its satisfied investors. Building trust with his clients, he looked at other businesses involved in emerging trends to offer other investment packages to his clients, thus growing his fund and expanding its influence.
The fourth man used his creativity to think of an innovative solution to transporting water. He reasoned that human involvement in the process resulted in a lot of problems due to labour laws, resulting in an inconsistent service. He thought that by leveraging technology and using machineshe could provide a water service that was constant and of superior quality. He even added filtration systems so people didn’t have to boil the water before they drank it. Armed with rough designs, he went to the patent office to get a low cost provisional patents and then went to different companies he thought might be interested in the idea and offered to license the idea to them. He found several competing manufacturing companies and played them against each other to negotiate the best deal. He ended up selling the license to the company that offered to pay for the costs of filing a full patent, which offered the highest percentage of royalty on each bucket. The company then hired a team of expert engineers and land surveyors to make his idea workable and design blueprints. When they had finished construction they kept paying him commission from their revenue every quarter to pay for the rights to continuously use his idea. Realising that there might be other villages around with the same problem, the fourth man traveled the globe and licensed his idea to many different companies which eventually built up to a steady stream of income from multiple different sources that he didn’t have to continually work for.

Making Money From Any Opportunity: Knowing Where Your Strengths Lie
There are a million ways to make a million dollars, but only a few ways that are best for you. Reading books on entrepreneurship and wealth creation can be confusing if you have not first figured out which way is best for you. If each of the above four people had written a book on how to get rich, there would be four radically different sets of advice. More importantly, however, if you are attempting to make money from an opportunity, you need to know how your limbic system is best hardwired to approach the situation so you can perform at your best and, what is infinitely more significant, that you enjoy it.
There are different types of emotional intelligences that you would need, to cope under each circumstance and different skills that you need to develop to be good at what you do. No one path is better than the other. Success isn’t determined by the path you take, its determined by how well suited you are to the path you take because, ultimately, if your limbic system isn’t inspired by what you’re doing, you won’t get very far.

Going with the Flow: Components of Flow

Csíkszentmihályi identifies the following ten factors as accompanying an experience of flow:

  1. 1.       Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one's skill set and abilities). Moreover, the challenge level and skill level should both be high.
  2. Concentrating. A high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).
  3. A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
  4. Distorted sense of time, one's subjective experience of time is altered.
  5. Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behaviour can be adjusted as needed).
  6.  Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
  7. A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
  8. The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action. 
  9. A lack of awareness of bodily needs (to the extent that one can reach a point of great hunger or fatigue without realizing it).
  10. Absorption into the activity, narrowing of the focus of awareness down to the activity itself, action awareness merging.
Not all are needed for flow to be experienced, but this should help you know when your actions are in line with your limbic system.

Bonus: Some Applications of Flow
One cannot force oneself to enter flow or even predict when one is going to enter flow. It just happens. A flow state can be entered while performing any activity, although it is most likely to occur when one is wholeheartedly performing a task or activity for intrinsic purposes.

In education, there is the concept of overlearning, which seems to be an important factor in this technique, in that Csíkszentmihályi states that overlearning enables the mind to concentrate on visualizing the desired performance as a singular, integrated action instead of a set of actions. Challenging assignments that (slightly) stretch one's skills lead to flow.
Around 2000, it came to the attention of Csíkszentmihályi that the principles and practices of the Montessori Method of education seemed to purposefully set up continuous flow opportunities and experiences for students.

Researchers suggest that using the internet can cause a flow state for users. If individuals are going through a flow state, which is a pleasurable experience, web users eventually improve their subjective well-being through accumulated ephemeral moments. Many web users report certain descriptions of flow when using the web, for example, absorbed interest, a feeling of discovery, immersed pleasure, and time going very fast. There are four common activities that promote flow, namely searching, surfing, reading and writing and chatting.

Developers of software reference getting into a flow state, sometimes referred to as The Zone, or, when developing in an undistracted state. Stock market operators often use the term "in the pipe" to describe the psychological state of flow when trading during high volume days and market corrections. Professional poker players use the term "playing the A-game" when referring to the state of highest concentration and strategical awareness. Csikszentmihalyi emphasizes finding activities and environments that are conducive to flow, and then identifying and developing personal characteristics to increase experiences of flow.
Csikszentmihalyi argues that with increased experiences of flow, people experience “growth towards complexity,” in which people flourish as their achievements grow.

Musicians, especially improvisational soloists, may experience a similar state of mind when playing their instruments. Research has shown that performers in a flow state have a heightened quality of performance as opposed to when they are not in a flow state. In a study performed on professional classical pianists who played piano pieces several times to induce a flow state, a significant relationship was found between the flow state of the pianist and the pianist’s heart rate, blood pressure, and major facial muscles. As the pianist entered the flow state, heart rate and blood pressure decreased and the major facial muscles relaxed. This study further emphasized that flow is a state of effortless attention. In spite of the effortless attention and overall relaxation of the body, the performance of the pianist during the flow state improved.

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          Athletic, adorable kitten crashes baseball game        

The St. Louis Cardinals gained a new player Wednesday when an unexpected little critter hopped on the field and became the team's newest outfielder.

During the sixth inning of the Royals-Cardinals game, the cutest, tiniest kitten interrupted the game and quickly became the star of the show. The little one ran all around the field, said hello to players, and enjoyed his new-found attention. But that all quickly came to an end by a party-pooping member of the grounds' crew. 

But the kitten got his revenge! While the crew member was running the feisty feline off the field in his arms, the kitty bit him square on the finger in an act of true defiance, quickly becoming our new hero. Read more...

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          Snapchat may have secretly bought a drone company, because Spectacles weren’t insane enough        

Snap Inc. has a hardware division, but the only tech product you can buy is a pair of sunglasses. That could soon change.  

SEE ALSO: After Spectacles, Snapchat's next big thing could be a foldable selfie drone

Snapchat's parent company has bought Zero Zero Robotics, which currently sells a selfie-taking drone called Hover Camera at Apple retail stores and online, according to two sources familiar with the situation and multiple communications about the acquisition observed by Mashable. 

A separate source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the companies are in talks but denied that the deal has been finalized.  Read more...

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          Leave no spot unsprayed with this rotating sunscreen applicator        

'SnappyScreen' is a 360 degree rotating sunscreen spray machine that allows you to get total sunscreen coverage without lifting a finger. Read more...

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          Electric Meal: Inside Ottawa’s blossoming food-tech scene        

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The tech renaissance comes in many different forms. Phones that project 3D holograms, goggles that give you the impression you’re flying through space, and kitchen appliances that turn food into art. While dinner isn’t typically the first thing you think of when technical innovation is mentioned, rest assured that there are some people out there who consider the ingredients in your fridge the perfect tools for experimentation.

Ottawa, home to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is Canada's capital city — the country's equivalent to Washington D.C. Like its U.S. counterpart, Ottawa hosts a vibrant food scene that lends itself to creative restaurateurs who source from the city’s plush vegetation and stunning environment. There are more than 1,000 farms within the city limits — giving its chefs access to everything from cranberry bogs to elk ranches. The city is also home to the world famous culinary arts institute — Le Cordon Bleu — the only branch in North America. Read more...

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          Laura Dern's character has a history with Leia in 'The Last Jedi'        

Star Wars will always be a story of the light versus the dark, but within each side there are divisions, too. And Laura Dern's Last Jedi character might be a driving force behind one of them. 

As we learned a few months ago, Dern is playing Vice Admiral Holdo, a very stylishly-dressed officer within the Resistance. But she and General Leia Organa have a history — and do not see eye to eye on everything.

SEE ALSO: Laura Dern's new 'Star Wars' character looks ready for the Hunger Games

While Lucasfilm is understandably reluctant to give away too much about Holdo's role, director Rian Johnson hinted that the two have met before. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he teased that figuring out Holdo's relationships was "part of the fun." He added: Read more...

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          Dog attempts to catch a frisbee and fails spectacularly in slow motion        

As a dog owner sometimes you want to showcase your pup's skills, like any proud parent would.

Tyler Burson recently attempted to show off his pup's frisbee catching abilities. While his good doggo didn't exactly make the catch, it certainly made for a great video.  Read more...

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          Pornhub reveals that yes, of course, tons of people are looking for boobs. Duh.        

Have you heard? Boobs are back.

Yes, they have once again been christened trendy by the vague entity that decides such things. (We’ll give your eyes a second to stop rolling.) So Pornhub decided to have a look at how this renewed love of breasts is playing out in people’s porn habits.

SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere was so good people stopped watching porn

It may not shock you to learn millions of people are looking for chest-heavy porn — in fact it makes up about 1.5 percent of all Pornhub searches every day. But it turns out there are a surprisingly large number of ways to search for it.  Read more...

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          You are finally free from the first embarrassing song on your phone        

At long last, one of the greatest #FirstWorldProblems to plague this tech-savvy generation has been solved and it's all thanks to a song.

As anyone with a fairly new vehicle knows, within seconds of plugging in your phone to charge or play music through the car's stereo, passengers are forced to listen to the first song that's listed alphabetically in the device's music library.

In the grand scheme of life it's a small issue, we know. But it's still an irritating, monotonous, and often embarrassing one that seemed unavoidable ... that is until one fed up genius, Samir Mezrahi, figured out a way to intervene the inevitable autoplay: a blank song. Read more...

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          Couple picked their big fluffy dogs to be their best man and maid of honor at their wedding        

Instead of choosing from your many friends to be in your wedding party, why not stick to man's best friend? 

Emma-Leigh and Shane Matthews, a couple from Cumbria, England, had the fluffiest best man and maid of honor for their special day. The newlyweds chose their dogs, Niko and Phil, to be in their July wedding and it was absolutely precious. 

SEE ALSO: That older couple from those wonderful engagement photos finally tied the knot

The doggos both wore fancy collars, Niko in a sweet floral arrangement and Phil with a dapper bow-tie. 

Family tied the new Mr and Mrs Matthews #alaskanmalamute

A post shared by Phil, Niko & Milo (@lifewithmalamutes) on Read more...

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          Taylor Swift takes the stand in lawsuit claiming she was groped by radio DJ        

Taylor Swift took the stand Thursday in the civil trial where she is accusing radio host David Mueller of groping her at a meet-and-greet session before a 2013 performance in Denver. 

The singer's countersuit alleges that the former KYGO-FM host reached underneath her skirt and grabbed her rear end while the two were taking a photo with Mueller's girlfriend. It is a response to the original suit brought by Mueller, where he accused her of defamation after she brought the situation to light.

At the witness stand, Swift reiterated her claims, stating that it was "a grab. A definite grab." 

Per the AP, she also stated that after the incident, she got as far away from Mueller as quick as she could without disrupting the event and cluing in other attendees. Read more...

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          This simple shopping button will help keep track of the groceries you need        

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

You know that feeling when you make the perfect Sunday morning pancakes, go to the pantry for some syrup, and there's nothing but an empty container? Never again.

This is Hiku. It's a button that lives in your kitchen, whether stuck to the fridge or sitting on the counter, that can record your voice and scan product barcodes to preserve a kind of digital shopping list as you begin to run low on things. With the Hiku app, you’re able to create a shared shopping list on your phone that will always be near you and up-to-date.  Read more...

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          Leia will pass the torch to a 'surrogate son' in 'The Last Jedi'        

Carrie Fisher's final Star Wars movie will see General Leia Organa passing on the torch to a new leader of the Resistance.

Between The Force Awakens and the bits we've already seen of The Last Jedi, you may have gathered that Leia and Poe Dameron (the Resistance pilot played by Oscar Isaac) are close. 

But it turns out their bond runs deeper than we knew. 

SEE ALSO: John Boyega on Carrie Fisher's 'Last Jedi' appearance: 'She lives forever'

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Isaac described Poe as a kind of "surrogate son" for Leia – and someone she wants to groom for leadership. 

"Poe’s arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy," said Isaac.  Read more...

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          'Rick and Morty' went super Freudian in 'Pickle Rick' and it was perfection        

To the surprise of Rick and Morty fans everywhere, the highly anticipated "Pickle Rick" reveal of episode 3 wasn't just a fun and ridiculous new sci-fi gag, it was a psychological reckoning.

In fact, the running theme of Season 3 could best be described as Daddy (or Grandaddy) Issues. Taking a page out of South Park's recent experiments into serialized storytelling, the creators are unraveling the Smith family's deep psychological scars week by week.

In this one, Beth's escalating father complex is on blast. A therapist (voiced by Susan Sarandon) forces her to see the pickle-shaped monster at the center of all her family's problems. Read more...

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          Anthony Scaramucci is coming back, and if his recent tweets are a hint, it's going to be intense        

Wisdom has dictated that people "have to go away to come back," but, ya know, Anthony Scaramucci recently told a New Yorker writer that he was not one to "suck my own cock," so perhaps we should assume The Mooch is not one for norms.

SEE ALSO: Anthony Scaramucci resigned and everyone is hahahahahahahahaha

The former incoming White House communications director has teed up a few "please-accept-me-in-the-public-sphere" interviews in an effort to bounce back after being unceremoniously fired before he even technically started his job.

Stephen Colbert and ABC's George Stephanopoulos will sit down with Scaramucci over the next few days (Colbert on Monday, Stephanopoulos on Sunday), where everyone will no doubt rehash Scaramucci's 10-day non-stint at the White House, wherein a jobless man lost his job. Read more...

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          Two female artists are on a mission to collect 1,001 beautiful butts        

Two female artists are embarking on a rather, um, unusual mission: to collect 1,001 butts. Yes, butts. 

SEE ALSO: These towels are basically boob hammocks for all your underboob sweat needs

Montreal-based artists Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille are photographing women's backsides in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of the female derrière. 

Through the "1001 Fesses" — or 1001 Bums — photographic project, they hope to address the insecurities they feel about their bottoms, and explore the way other women feel about their own bodies.

Image: 1001 Fesses

Mercier and Marseille are taking pictures of "all kinds of women...and bums" with a view to creating a "visual poem." They're currently displaying their butt photography on Instagram and their website, but the pair one day hope to turn the photographs into a book.  Read more...

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          The Uber exodus continues—first employee steps down        

Travis Kalanick wasn't the only CEO of Uber. Ryan Graves joined Uber in 2010 as the ride-hailing giant's first employee and served as the CEO, a position that Uber is now currently trying to fill, again. 

On Thursday, Graves announced he's leaving his full-time position at the company. He will continue serving as the director of the company's board. Graves had been working as Uber's SVP of global operations. 

SEE ALSO: Brand-conscious drug dealers used Uber's logo on their heroin

Graves will spend the next month transitioning out of the role and leave my mid-September, according to an internal memo sent to employees.  Read more...

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          Jon Snow gets to work in the 'Game of Thrones' dragonglass mine in cleverly edited video        

Well that dragonglass has to come out of the mountain somehow.

In this cleverly edited YouTube video from zouru aptly titled "Jon Snow gets to work," Jon Snow....gets to work. And very loudly.

We don't yet know how Jon Snow's dragonglass extraction operation is going to work exactly, but based on the pace of this season my guess is that it is already done. #hottake Read more...

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          A large wildfire has been burning in Greenland for more than a week, and wait, what?!?        

If shrubbery and peatlands catch on fire on a sparsely populated island that's synonymous with snow and ice, will anyone notice? 

The answer, thanks to satellite monitoring, is an unequivocal "yes." During the past several days, scientists have been keeping close tabs on an unusually large wildfire in southwest Greenland, about 90 miles northeast of the town of Sisimiut. This is one of at least two fires currently burning in Greenland.

SEE ALSO: Nuclear war with North Korea 'would be suicidal', climate experts warn

While fires are not unheard of along the ice-free edges of the island, the large one near Sisimiut is noteworthy for its size and duration, scientists say. Wildfires in Greenland are outpacing past years in terms of the number of satellite-detected incidents.  Read more...

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          Re:Politics - USA        
Trump fundraising emails overseas prompt complaints here and abroad

Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him.

“I’ve gotten rid of most of that rubbish,” Gale said in an interview.

The emails to Gale were among a wave of fundraising pleas inexplicably sent by the Trump campaign in recent days to lawmakers in the United Kingdom, Iceland, Australia and elsewhere. The solicitations prompted watchdog groups in Washington to file two separate complaints Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the Trump campaign was violating federal law by soliciting funds from foreign nationals.

“The scale and scope of this does seem somewhat unprecedented,” said Brendan Fischer, associate counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, which joined Democracy 21 in one of the complaints.

The episode is only the latest fundraising stumble by Trump’s presidential campaign, which entered June with $1.3 million and has been scrambling to put together a financial operation to take on the well-funded campaign of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Last week, Trump dispatched his first official fundraising email, casting a wide digital net for small donations that he hopes will infuse his cash-strapped campaign and the Republican Party’s coffers at a time when Clinton is lapping him in the money chase.

So far, his effort has both shown promise and hit speed bumps. His campaign said it raised $2 million in less than 12 hours after blasting out its first email. But the emails to foreign nationals have caused a distraction, at best, and some experts have raised questions about whether his initial appeals landed in supporters’ spam folders at a higher rate than normal.

Whether the snags prove to be growing pains for a campaign that until recently eschewed traditional fundraising or a sign of more serious stumbles to come is a key question facing Trump and the Republican Party as the general election comes into focus.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the complaints to the FEC or questions about why emails were sent to foreign lawmakers.

The emails were sent both before and after Trump’s trip to Scotland last weekend to visit two of his golf courses, and their message focused on the “Brexit” vote in Britain to leave the European Union.

The mogul is trying to build out his once-lean campaign operation with experienced hands. As a part of that process, Trump recently enlisted the help of the Prosper Group, an Indiana-based digital strategy firm, to help with online fundraising.

Gale, a Conservative who has served in the House of Commons for more than three decades, said the hostile tone of the Trump emails he received was off-putting. One from this week that he shared with The Washington Post was signed by Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.

“We’ve set another Trump-sized goal to raise another $10 million by Thursday at midnight. Please chip in what you can to help make Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States,” said the email, which was sent to Gale’s official parliamentary account.

Another fundraising pitch sent to the same account last week was signed by the candidate himself. “Hillary Clinton is a world-class liar,” it said.

“I don’t know if someone at Team Trump was stupid enough to think that all Conservative Party MPs would consider themselves Republicans,” Gale said. “But I asked around, and it seems that most others did get these emails, too.”

In reaching out to British MPs in particular, Trump’s team isn’t courting a particularly sympathetic audience. Members of Parliament from all major parties spent more than three hours debating Trump in January, ostensibly to consider banning his entry into the United Kingdom. Words such as “fool” and “buffoon” were used to describe Trump. Not one MP stood to speak in his defense.

In Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir, the chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, a democratic socialist party that focuses on feminist and environmental issues, said she unexpectedly received a Trump campaign email and has “no idea” how she got on his list.

“I am a Left-Green politician and would not support his campaign,” she wrote in an email to The Post.

There have been other complications with Trump’s online fundraising.

Tom Sather, senior director of research at Return Path, a data firm that performs email studies and works with the Republican National Committee, said he noticed that Trump’s campaign switched domain names when he sent his first email out, causing many email services to flag it as spam and not recognize that it was coming from a familiar source.

Sather said he and his company also noticed a big jump in the size of Trump’s distribution list on June 21, signaling that the campaign may have added another list or lists to its existing file.

Renting email lists from former candidates is common practice in politics, and there is evidence suggesting Trump is doing that now. A Trump fundraising email sent out Wednesday afternoon came from “” Christie, a former presidential candidate and the Republican governor of New Jersey, supports Trump.

In last week’s fundraising email, Trump vowed to match the $2 million raised with his personal funds. Trump is also holding in-person fundraisers across the country more often.

But he will need to keep up an intense pace if he wants to catch up to Clinton. Compared with Trump’s $1.3 million, campaign finance filings showed Clinton had $42 million at the start of this month.

Trump is still adjusting to a more traditional fundraising structure after spending the primary relying heavily on his own money and on earned television media through countless interviews — as opposed to pricey paid TV ads that lesser-known candidates are often forced to purchase.

Trump often points out that he is raising money in part to help the rest of the GOP through a joint fundraising agreement he recently finalized with the RNC.

At a campaign rally Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, Trump suggested that he does not need to haul in much cash to help himself.

“First of all, I don’t even know why I need so much money,” he said. “You know, I go around, I make speeches. I talk to reporters. I don’t even need commercials, if you want to know the truth. Why do I need these commercials?”

Also, I don't recall anyone discussing this gem, which was a nice choice of background to drive home his core message:

          Hair Essentials Kit - $89.00        

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          Elton John´s 2013 New Album Voyeur        

New Elton John Album Renamed – But Not Delayed – As He Heads Back Into The Studio

Elton John‘s upcoming album, which makes our list of 2013′s most-anticipated music, is still expected out in late May, but under a new name and with revised material.

According to a post on John songwriting partner Bernie Taupin’s website, the longtime pair will head back into the studio later this month for two more weeks of work on John’s 30th album. The album, formerly called The Diving Board, has now been dubbed Voyeur, “due to what the guys regard as a fly on the wall approach to many of the songs,” according to the lyricist.

“Seeing that we’re in no rush to get this record out there, we just felt the bug to get back in and cut some more material,” Taupin said on his site. “We’re pretty happy with what we’ve already laid down but there’s always room for improvement. If you’ve got some good songs up your sleeve that can spice up the mix and enhance what’s already there, it would be a shame not to make use of the free time.”

Taupin claims that the new sessions will use the same musicians and that the “same piano, bass and drums blueprint will be maintained with Elton’s keyboards upfront and personal.”

The album formerly known as The Diving Board was first delayed back in October in order to give it a “tighter identity,” with its original release scheduled for late 2013.

Elton John’s most recent release was 2010′s The Union, his collaborative album with Leon Russell.

- Jillian Mapes,

          the art and culture of uncivilisation        
This week The Dark Mountain Project publishes its ninth journal of writing and art. It's the fifth book I've designed and produced as Art Editor with Christian Brett of Bracketpress, aiming to find work that expresses the look and feel of a culture undergoing collapse and transformation.

This volume's visual pages reflect the loose theme of 'The Humbling' and contain some luminous artworks, including Rogan Brown's 'time fossil' paper sculpture, cover artist Rebecca Clark's plant and animal studies and (above) Kate Williamson's visionary New Zealand seascapes. There are also several texts by artists too: Brett Bloom on his immersive practice of Deep Listening, Monique Besten's paper trail walk to Paris summit and  DM regular Robert Leaver's poignant and challenging Hole Earth project. The book's 'Cabinet of Curiosities' begins with the photographic work of Nicholas Hahn & Richard Selesnick in their extraordinary 100 Views of The Drowning World.  

Over these years the aesthetic content of Dark Mountain has changed, but the original purpose I had for the books remains, which is to uncover and celebrate uncivilised art of all genres. In a way of looking back and looking forwards here is a (slightly amended) archive post I wrote when I worked on the first (Issue 5) book. If you would like to hear more about the artists represented in the volumes, some will be joining us at Base Camp this September, so do come along!

seeing through a glass darkly

Those people were some kind of solution ('Waiting for the Barbarians', CF Cavafy)
I'm exploring a territory I have not stepped into before. Maybe none of us have yet. I am not sure if aesthetic is the right word for it, but it's the one that comes to me as I begin a new role as the arts editor for the next Dark Mountain collection, as the editorial crew sift through the material for a fifth volume in a fifth uncivilised year.

 Images form an intrinsic part of the Dark Mountain anthologies - photographs, paintings, drawing and illustration appear in all of them. The books themselves are beautifully and deliberately constructed; handsome hardbacks with covers the colour of damsons and field maple leaves. A physical thing you wouldn't want to throw away. But what about the look and feel of the Dark Mountain Project that extends beyond its text? Is there an aesthetic we share as writers and artists, makers and thinkers? And if so how can we best showcase it within the pages of a book?

The team (that's Em Strang, Nick Hunt, Cate Chapman and myself) are now looking for new visual work for Dark Mountain 10 so this post is an invitation to contribute as well as an exploration. I wanted to talk about aesthetics in a wider context, because, even though I have long rejected the words that once earned me a good living in the city - style, design, fashion, taste - I know the look of things, their shape and form, are as important a part of a new narrative as words. The fact that civilisation holds us so tightly in its unkind embrace is not only because it controls what some call 'industrialised storytelling', but also because it manufactures the images that powerfully and unconsciously distract and misinform us, keep us endlessly looking at the shiny surfaces of what we feel is our cultural reality.

I want to ask: what are the arts of uncivilisation? What happens outside the gallery and the multiplex, what are the barbarian images that might liberate our vision, that bring us home? If we live in a culture that is separated from and in control of what is seen, how can we make an unofficial art created within experience to include dimensions our ordinary attention might miss?

 Behavioural scientists observe that change happens slowly and deliberately over time but artists know it happens in a split second: a chink in the door, a wild unexpected moment that appears before you and for no reason you change lanes. A flash of quicksilver that can transform the dark materials of a whole culture.

When I walked through the trees at the Uncivilisation Festival past sticks arranged in a circle on the ground, people in animal masks, slates hanging from the boughs of a tree, I recognised something that made sense of a long journey I had once made.

A coyote on a television looking across a valley, a hare leaping inside a poem, Rima Staines' Weed Wife covered in flowers on a sheet of oak, Dougie Strang's Charnel House for Roadkill, like an archaic Tardis on the steps of the Glasgow Art Gallery.

Charnel House by Dougie Strang

uncivilising the eye

 I have to tell you a story about the journey. Because that's where this exploration begins. Late '80s,walking down Bond Street, my eye is caught by a room full of vast chunks of stone and a pale suit hanging on the wall - an Anthony D'Offay exhibition of Joseph Beuys' The End of the Twentieth Century. The stones are hewn from basalt, a stone that will form Beuys' perhaps most famous work, the planting of 7,000 oaks in the city of Kassel in Germany.

The suit is made of felt, the material the artist was wrapped in by nomads when his Luftwaffe plane crashed in the snowy wastes of Crimea. Felt and fat saved his life, but they also transformed his life. They became the materials that defined his art. On a video Beuys is telling the world: in the future everyman will be king.

 I could say this was the moment I walked out of galleries and stopped writing copy about Bond Street. Because shortly afterwards I left the city whose high culture I had been steeped in for 35 years. The change happens quickly but it sometimes takes years to thrive in the world without those beautiful clever things that shielded and once defined you.

Cairn 1
Roland Barthes in his elegant deconstruction of the bourgeois mindset, Mythologies, laments how hard it is to forge a culture unbound from a market economy. He points to a painting of a Dutch interior where a wealthy burgher sits surrounded by his possessions. His library, bolts of cloths, furniture. Shipped from all round the world, the goods set a pattern for material desire that has become the stuff of Sunday colour supplements ever since.

This is the art of civilisation. Globalised goods, fetishisation, possession. This is mine, all mine! Houses, horses, naked women, rich and poor, the painter who paints the canvas and the canvas itself. And even when art has rebelled against the pattern in a hundred dexterous and avant-garde moves the painting (or sculpture, or drawing) is still possessed. It is still property, a commodity in the minds and hands of those who could buy it - once the Church and then the collector and the State museum.

Amy Shelton image 2
 What do art and aesthetics look like within the frame of collapse? What does photography look like that is not alienated from its subject? How do we love the world in a time of extinction? I look at my own collapse in order to see what that might mean. Because although I was educated in the dominant culture, there were strains of an uncivilised aesthetic that ran counter to everything I was taught, flowing dangerously beneath the surface like the river Styx. I wrote about the one perfect gleaming designer chair but my eye was always caught by rougher stuff that felt it had content and not just form. Like a linguist in search of a lost language, I would sometimes stumble upon its broken vocabulary.

A circle of driftwood in Derek Jarman's garden, a spiral of stones on a table at Kettle's Yard, a path that led through the tundra, walked by Richard Long.

These were the creative salvage years in London where makers like Tom Binns conjured 'unjewelry' from keys he found in the Thames foreshore or seaglass from his native Donegal; where welders like Tom Dixon made furniture from scrap metal. Post-punk warehouse years before corporate style had taken hold, when the original cut of your coat, or tribal marking distinguished you. There were chinks everywhere if you looked.

One of those chinks I went through in Bond Street and found myself in Mexico. To liberate yourself from the mindset, you sometimes have to leave the city that bore you, or crash into another territory entirely.

In Mexico I did not go to museums or churches. I watched market squares and mountains, the colours and the vernacular of places. Later I looked at plants and at dreams. For six years I stopped writing and taking photographs, took out a notebook and studied living forms and the shapes of my imagination. I was uncivilising my eyes: shifting my attention, away from an aesthetic moulded by the hard lines of Balenciaga and Mondrian and Diane Arbus. I learned not to be enticed by the siren images, the fairy world of haute couture and Hollywood.

I learned to wait in the long American afternoons, for the slow and deep and resonant thing to appear.  

Architectural details in Karl Blossfeld studies of seeds and leaf; Eliot Porter's portraits of the boojams and elephant gums in the desert landscape of Baja California.

It was as if I had never paid attention before to the world. These glimpses became the main track: images that were archaic and aboriginal, that spoke of trees and elements and beasts and weather, that linked the people to the dreaming of the planet. The rough beauty of the woodcut, the mythic fairytale, rock and cave painting, the shapes that follow the contours of the earth. The art that invites us to engage and remember, rather than possess and to forget. To ask questions rather than feel superior with our great knowledge of paintings and history.

Although I did not go to exhbitions in these years, I met artists. I met scultors and painters who lived in Bogota and the Arizona desert. I met the Slovenian peformance artist, Marko Modic, on his way back north from Tierra del Fuego where he had travelled alone with a dog and a camera. Marko was an extreme caver and mountaineer and he brought that wildness and strangeness into every room he entered. And that's when I realised that the buying and showing was not the true function of art. It was the practice of the artist themselves: their capacity to live against the grain, the shape they made, the line they took.

corn dolly

  From them I learned that the ancestors do not look like the gods. That barbarians do not speak in perfect prose. All artists wait for Prometheus to arrive with his firebrand to lighten a darkened world. The best of them know that time is a gift, not a curse, and that waiting is part of the art. That all paths lead inevitably away from Rome.

The artist is the one who can find the chink in the door and allow us to push it open. In a fixed and atrophied world they act as strange attractors bringing chaos and freedom and new life. Their work and their practice break dimensions in time and space, throw wild seeds into monocultures. In a disconnected world they bring connection. And sometimes they bring us back.

Following the track of the coyote

There is a moment of return and that too comes as a surprise. I am in the Museum of East Anglian Life, at an event called What if . . . . the seas keep rising? As the director of nef and a woman advisor from Natural England talk about climate change and what this might mean to the marshlands and coastline of Suffolk, there is a photograph on the wall that has transfixed me. It's by the sculptor, Laurence Edwards. Two men with long poles are taking clay giants on a raft down the river Ore. These are the Creek Men, the beings of these waterlands that have emerged from the landscape, from the artist's imagination and from his hands. I can't stop looking at that image. Like an anchor among a babble of voices that I will not remember, it was an image of belonging that made sense of everything.

I realise now what grabbed me was something that Mexico taught me years ago. At some point the ancestors return and reclaim the earth. All civilisations which ignore their original blueprint live out the consequences of that defection. And whether you understand 'the ancestors' as the primordial forces that govern this planet, or a part of yourself that makes sense of everything, to which you are loyal in spite of your upbringing, they are always here: we just have to see and feel them. Make space for them in paper and stone, in a corner of our tidy lives. In that journey I understood that artists are the ones that remember the tracks those ancestors made in the beginning. Those shapes and colours appear in dreams and on canvas, and artists follow them, in the cities and on the seashore, walking across the land, reminding all of us who watch them of the way back. And when the rational world seems to make less and less sense, becomes more and more incoherent, so it is that the artists come with their intelligence and their wit, their delicate brushstrokes, the rivermud under their fingernails, their mask and their surprise to push the door.

It is my hope as the new 'curator' of the Dark Mountain pages dedicated to visual content, that we will be able to publish some of those uncivilised shapes and colours, lines and images. We are now open for submsissions for original work (paintings, drawing, photography) for the next volume (Dark Mountain 10). Please look at the submission guidelines for details and send your work to Deadline is 31st May.

Images and artists: A Soft Rain by Kate Williamson; Hole Earth (Montana) by Robert Leaver; Laurence Edwards with Creek Man, Butley Creek, Suffolk; The Visitors by Rima Staines; Cayton Bay, Scarbourough by Phlegm; Honeyscribe by Amy Shelton; Corn mask 1 by Anne-Marie Culhane; Cairn for Lost Species by Andreas Kornevall (Book 4); Walk of Seven Cairns by Richard Long; High Water Mark by Laurence Lord (Book 2);cover for Dark Mountain 9, The Family Tree by Rebecca Clark

Article originally published by Dark Mountain Project

          The Heart is Another Country        
I have been writing a column called 'Life in Transition' for the magazine EarthLines since 2012. During these years, as one season has shifted into another, I have looked at the challenges that face an industrialised people in search of a wilder, kinder, more authentic way of being on the planet. This is my last column You can see all posts under the EarthLines label).

“Can we speak with you for a moment?” asked the girl with blond hair sitting at the table outside the Betsey Trotwood. It’s midwinter and we have just been at a Dark Mountain launch at the literature house Free Word in Clerkenwell. “We loved the way you started your talk about being a know-it-all journalist in London when you were 35. We’re 35!”

I looked at them, two young city women, smart, sassy, with sharp tailoring and a curiousity that would never be satisfied by the whirling world of Farringdon Road. I realised I was talking to myself 25 years ago. “You have to go!” I laughed. “You won’t regret it.”

25 years ago I had interviewed a Native American activist called Dennis Banks. He was running to Russia with a band of young warriors to deliver a message of peace. I had persuaded the news desk it was a good story.

“Why are you running?” I asked him.
“I run to remind the world the eagle is still the eagle and the owl is still the owl.” he told me.
"Does the world want to know?” I asked.
He looked at me, French designer jacket, Japanese tape recorder, London attitude.

"It doesn’t matter who gets the message.” he replied. “What matters is that the message is delivered." "Well," I said. "Thousands of people will read this tomorrow."

But the fact was they didn’t. Because the story was never published (the photographer didn’t get a good picture). But I got the message anyway. Six months later I was on the road to Mexico.

At some point all our empires end. The ones that hold dominion inside us, the corporate machine that strides the Earth, the parts we play to keep it going. The encounter seemed a small thing at the time. But it wasn’t. It changed my whole world. 


There is a small hexagonal space in the Natural History museum in Oxford in the rocks and minerals department. When you step inside it is totally dark, except for the glow emanating from several crystalline chunks in a psychedelic host of colours. And there is a switch. When you flick it something extraordinary happens: a totally different set of colours lights up. The minerals emit fluoresecent light according to the wave lengths of UV light they are exposed to. The switch changes the frequency.

In the Free Word theatre I am showcasing 30 images from the two recent Dark Mountain volumes. What is this man in a suit doing on a raft on a Swedish lake? I am asking the audience. Why is this woman’s face covered in a mask made from heritage wheat? 

The images are modern but they are also archaic, rough, made from riverwood, roadkill and storm debris. They show us glaciers in Pataonia and broken glass in Walthamstow, the rain on a cherry tree in a gale on the Ligurian coast and a red door leading to a curious house in the Hampshire woods. They are paying attention in places where we do not, stopping the world so we can see inside its workings, so we can see what lies outside the city walls.

Art is like a strange attractor, I said, that breaks a limit cycle and brings chaos into play. When it comes to climate change we can talk about sustainability and resilience and finding A New Narrative. We discuss environmental and social justice – but still we are at the same table moving pieces on a chessboard in a losing game. The new story turns out to be just the old story only with different vocab. Sometimes though the barbarians come to the city and appear on the edge of our civilised lives with a message.

Sometimes that barbarian is you.


To see the Earth in new colours we have to divest ourselves of the world that is set to ruin it. When the Transition movement was launched its blueprint for energy descent created over a thousand initiatives worldwide and provided an intervention for communities stuck in the rigidity of the status quo. It gave people a chance to meet within an ecologicalframe for the future. However its essentially pragmatic nature meant those changes were only discussed in terms of our behaviours and attitude. What was not addressed was the inner divestment of an old world, or how we could create the kind of culture that could be stronger and more beautiful than the one built and maintained by fossil fuels.

In 1990 my life changed direction when I met a Native American activist. What I learned from Dennis Banks in that small encounter was that unless I had a land to belong to I would not have a message worth delivering. To find that territory I had to become a different kind of person, operating on another wavelength. When I later chanced upon a lecture about aboriginal dreamtime, I found that the mystery of life on Earth can be found in our ordinary dreams. When I met a road protester called Heather in Oxford, I discovered that the medicine of plants can be found in the weeds that grow outside your door, that there is living consciousness in every tree and flower.

In 2008 I found myself in a theatre with a small band of 30 people watching a film about peak oil. And afterwards, contrary to my expectation, I joined in the lively debate about life at the end of Empire. We will build the lifeboat together, we declared. It was the day I joined Transition. In Transition I got smart about the industrial-military complex and realised that the future was not just about me: it had to be about us. Breaking our individual silos was perhaps the most radical move any of us could make.

Each of these encounters blew the dimensions of my small world open. Each time I met someone who sparked something alight in me. But how do we flick the switch in the dark room as a collective? How do we change the frequency so that the low hostile hum of Empire is turned off and different parts of ourselves are lighted up?

How do we open to these encounters in a shrinking world? How can we move the conversation away from the game on the table to feel the currents of the underworld below our feet, to hear the spirit birds above our heads, when we are boxed in by language, by class, by prejudice, by untempered inner forces, when only the lucky and the rich hold the microphone and most of us feel dumbstruck? 

jumping the fire 

This year we jumped over the fire to welcome the new year in. Lucy sent us a bottle of vodka, three small glasses and some instructions. I built a firepit where Lucy’s caravan had once stood. The caravan has been a crucible for a book Lucy and I have been working on for the last two years. It’s called Playing for Time- Making Art as if The World Mattered. 

The book details the work of 58 artists who convene under the umbrella of ‘transitional arts practice’. This is not the art you might find in galleries or theatres, but art that takes place in bandstands, libraries, beaches, burial grounds, mountain tops and community gardens. Collective and collaborative projects that help us break out and change lanes; that can, for example, bring a whole valley of people together in Cornwall, or track the nectar and pollen-bearing plants in a neighbourhood in London, that can curate a museum of waters from across the globe, or a rhythm to be played by people across continents, like Chinese whispers.

What does living ‘as if the worldmattered’ mean? It is hard to read about the ocean and its million mile gyres of rubbish and not turn away. It is hard to read about the corporate gulag system in America, where people are paid $1 a day for their labour and not hate. It is hard to refuse the plastic bag, to not give any part of yourself to the industrial-military complex, to remember in each small move that empathy and kindness matter.

It was hard to stay here at first and not run away, and yet this is what our hearts told us when we listened: Make yourself at home. It was hard to eat seasonally, to turn off the heating. Live in time. Yet now I don’t want to leave, I don’t care if I have to wait another six months to taste tomatoes or strawberries. I don’t want winter to be summer anymore. Today the chard and radicchio shine all colours in the frost. I walk down the lane with a dead elm balanced on my shoulder. Ice cracks under my feet and moonlight bounces off the distant sea like a golden mirror.

What makes divestment bearable is the attention the artist and writer show with their practice and their celebration. How these things forge depth in a shallow time, how they wrest meaning and value in a culture governed by the dollar and the drone. They open the door to the worlds that shift under and beyond the table. They create spaces for other things to happen. For the switch to go on inside. For the people to still be the people.

We sat for a long time around the fire, elm and hawthorn twigs snapping in the dark. The fireworks of the town seemed to be happening in another dimension. We heard a deer bark, geese honk from the marsh. The stars turned overhead. When you jump at midnight, Lucy said, you shout: I give you my yellow paleness, and then back again: I take your fiery red. Then you drink a glass of vodka. When you are jumping, the people stamp their feet and cheer, and you can think of your brethren in Kabul doing the same.

I stamp my feet on the earth and laugh, as Mark leaps over the fire. From the oak trees down the lane the owls call out:

We give you our fiery red. 
Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered by Lucy Neal is published by Oberon Books. I will be speaking with fellow editor Steve Wheeler about the Dark Mountain Project at 2 Degrees Festival on 3 June. Do come! The latest collection of Dark Mountain writing and art is available here. 

Images: Calling out with Ansuman Biswas/Red Earth by Charlotte McPherson in Playing for Time; Anima by Daniel Mack (Dark Mountain 6); crocus from Honeyscribe by Amy Shelton (in PFT); storytelling by Tom Hirons at the last Uncivilisation Festival, 2013.

          now you see me        
dark mountain visual
It was a month of appearances. Dark Mountain 7 came out (above is its sinewy linocut cover by Stanley Donwood) and was posted around the world. Playing for Time - Making Art as if the World Mattered was launched at Free Word in Clerkenwell and I walked everyone through its colourful blueprint. I went to Southwold Library and talked about being an editor, and I went to a castle in East Sussex and talked about water and memory for Waterweek 2, invited by the artists, Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still. They had read my book 52 Flowers. Here is a short piece I wrote about that talk - an exploration of how our lives are directed in ways we cannot explain with our rational minds but make sense to our common creaturehood and deep inner core. 

Crossing the River

Sometimes you need an intervention to crack open your world and bring about change. On a hot day in July 2007 the artist and activist Amy Sharrocks invites a posse of swimmers to navigate their way across the ponds and pools of London. In 2000 I meet a community artist carrying a baby called Willow, who invites me to join a campaign to save the canal life of Oxford. Two years later I find myself in the filmmaker Derek Jarman’s garden, standing by the mighty cabbage of the shingle, seakale, and know I have to put down my roots by the sea.

Who are we as a body of water? This was the question that began a short 20 minute voyage into the transformative powers of water: how it can affect our imaginations and our sense of being alive in physical form. The people in the room closed their eyes, took a deep breath and plunged into their memories. Connect with a wild watery place, I asked everyone, an ocean, pond or stream where once you felt at home. Then turn to your neighbour and introduce yourself and that body of water.

Water connects us, makes us fluid and free; breaks open the shut down, individualistic silos we are trapped in. Most of all it reminds us that we are human swimming creatures: crossing a busy East End street on a hot July day.

There are three bodies of water in the talk. They describe a life journey that happens outside CVs and official biography. The first is a London river, a deep hidden river that runs under my old neighbourhood, the Westbourne, that later becomes the Fleet, on whose grimy banks I work as a journalist. These are practical rivers, but they are also underworld rivers, the Lethe and the Styx that I have encountered in TS Eliot’s Wasteland. I am a modern city child but already I know the myth of the well maidens and the Fisher King. Already I am aware, though I have no experience, that the land has been poisoned by men who have not honoured the springs, and it is now exacting a price.

A crowd flowed over Westminster Bridge.
I had not thought Death had undone so many.

The second is a river that runs through London but begins in Oxfordshire, the Thames, a river that comes in my mid-life and teaches me everything about medicine plants and how to defend the life that springs up along the waterways: the willows, water rats and boaters who live on its banks, the hemp agrimony flowers that can bring decrystallisation and inspiration to minds and bodies made creaky and rigid by civilisation.
Activism tells us how water is privatised, owned by corporations, poisoned by agribusiness, used to extract gas, as a dumping ground for plastic and the industrialised world. Art shows us that water holds a deeper, more intrinsic value. It shows us why and how we might restore the land by regenerating ourselves. These interventions of art and action surprise us, so that we start to see water no longer as a commodity, but as part of planetary life, and we of it.

The last place was the shoreline I spent a lifetime trying to reach. After 10 years on the road, living in mountains and deserts and dusty towns, I make myself at home on the east coast, anchored in a stormy time by the tap root of  one of the world’s greatest plant detoxifiers. It is here that I see how we can belong again to the Earth, so long as we love the place we are in:
Out to sea there is a sandbar I am told by a diver for treasure. There are seals there. The sandbars appear and disappear. When summer comes you can swim out to them and feel the cross-currents move around your feet. You can feel how everything moves and is fluid, not as it seems. In your imagination you trace sea henges, songlines. The great waves of the full moon race to the shore. like waves of undulating light.You are standing beside all oceans, in Africa, in all time. The white flowers of the seakale dazzle, the larks ascend above you, an exultation of larks. The sea goes in and out, like our breath. We are in the kingdom of the crambe, a selkie people, an island people, a people returned, starting again. Nothing is as you imagine it is.

England, our England.
Next appearance! Will be with fellow Dark Mountain editor Steve Wheeler on Wednesday 3 June for the 2 Degrees Festival at Toynbee Studios. We're taking part in a series of talks as part of a week-long workshop called Breakdown Break Down, curated by the artist and activist Brett Bloom.

Images: cover for Dark Mountain 7 by Stanley Donwood; SWIM. by Amy Sharrocks, photo by Ruth Conyer, London, July 2007; hemp agrimony by the Thames, July 2002 (CDC); entering the sea, Southwold, July 2014

          Making Art as if the World Mattered        
Today the long-awaited book about the arts and social change, Playing for Time, will be launched at the Free Word Centre in London. Published by Oberon Books, it is the lifework and inspiration of theatremaker and Transitioner, Lucy Neal. For the last two years I have been working with Lucy to help edit and shape this essential guide to moving ourselves and our communities into a downshifted, more friendly future. So on the day it arrives from the printers, here is some of what went into creating its 400+ pages.

"Did you just say Joseph Beuys?" I asked incredulous. We were in a Totnes teashop, in 2011, in a breakout moment, wolfing down beans and baked potatoes, after a hard morning defining Transition culture.

"I did," she laughed. "I was talking about social sculpture and how it fits into the book I'm planning to write."
"I love his work," I said. "Your book sounds really interesting."

It was our first meeting. Lucy and I were working with 20 or so other dedicated Transitioners, wrestling another composite book into shape, The Transition Companion. Meetings with local councils, food hubs, draughtbusting workshops were the focus of our attention. It was a long, long way from the city where the artist had once planted 7000 oaks and held a conversation with a dead hare, but his appearance in that old-worlde Devon teashop galvanised what would become an extraordinarily creative partnership. It was what Lucy would describe as an 'intervention', and I might call destiny. One of those rare moments when you cross the tracks.

Transition can also be an intervention, but with a rather more puritan effect on your life. You find yourself in a utilitarian zone, full of facts and figures: stats, economics, policy, climate science and all the kinds of 'boysy' subjects you never put your hand up for at school (at least I never did). If you are 'arty' in Transition you can find yourself strangely sidelined, doing useful things for the serious hard people, like designing posters or coordinating events, making the room look nice- you know like the ladies who do the flowers in church halls. Fluffy, with a low carbon twist.

You do need to know the dry stuff of course in order to understand how to transform a top down corporate-run world into a grassrooted sustainable one. You need to know about land grabs and zero waste, wake up about the fossil fuel industry and global finance. But what is not often realised is that a different world has to have a different arts and culture base. There need to be new scripts, new voices, a different look and feel in the way we reflect on our lives and everyone else's.Art can't just stay in the Empire's theatres and galleries, distracting those who can afford the entry fee with its kings and wizards and celebrities. It has to break out, go walkabout, run up into the hills, into the community gardens, into the river Thames, fall into everyone's hands. The story about another way of being human on Earth has to be told differently with an planet-friendly, (real) democratic power base.

Months later when I started up Transition Free Press I got in touch with Lucy and asked her to write about her residency at Battersea Arts Centre, and the Four Levels of Narrative she had worked on there with the playwright, Sarah Woods. The levels were to be one of the structural beams of the book, she explained. Green Books however were selling up, so she no longer had an editor or a publisher.

'Do you know anyone who might help?' she asked..
'Yes,' I said, 'As a matter of fact I do!'

the show

You can do the show anywhere. Every artist knows that. That's what gives us our strength and resilience. We are not dependent on outer circumstances: we will dance, write, cook, sing, create come what may. In a good time, we get rewarded, we get prizes and appear on television and on people's lips. And in a bad time we get nothing, we get called names, or are forgotten. Still we work: we get up everyday and we hone our craft. We're not doing it just for ourselves, we doing it for the world. Because it matters. Because life matters. We are the ones who remember. Come what may.

Why the arts are crucial for the future is because they create a culture in which everyone matters. In the future everyman is king, said Beuys. Working on Playing for Time I realised that in Transition's university of hard knocks, it is not so much about creating an art department, but about framing and supporting what the artist does In Playing for Time, the first section of the book, Drivers of Change, showcases those tough big pictures most people don't want to look at, so the rest of the book can make sense. When you read the subsequent sections, The Projects and Recipes for Action, you realise the arts is the only medium that will lead everyone towards a future we might actually want to live in. Some of us have been holding out for it for centuries.

the blueprint

Tonight at Free Word, Lucy has conjured a great party, or maybe I should call it a happening. When Lucy unveiled her plans I gasped:
"Lucy!" I said, "This is mega."
"I know," she laughed, "It's a festival!"

25 years in the theatre business can make you blithe about complexity. Tonight there will be delicious food and speeches and games and music and performance and a giant cake. It's a generous and joyful celebration of almost four years' work. Some of the book's 64 contributors are standing up and doing their thing for five minutes EXACTLY (timed by master theatremaker, Fabio Santos). I am taking a long roll of lining paper and doing what is known as A Reveal.

Here is that roll of paper in the garden of Oberon Books, with Andrew (Senior Ed) and James (Designer) looking on. You can't see it very well in the pic, but this is the books' blueprint. I made it so our core contributors and editorial board could walk through its territory and see the map of its contents, without having to read everything that at that point lived in Dropbox and in a huge blue file. If you are pulling over 80 projects and practices into a whole, you have to have a structure that allows them to connect and yet be distinct (Oh, and a serious word count).

One of Joseph Beuys' most striking 'sculptures' was known as Honeypump in the Workplace. This was a space he created in the middle of an exhibition in Kassel, surrounded by pipes of flowing honey and warm fat. He then hosted a series of discussions about the future within its ambient technology. The warmth and movement of the honey and fat, he stated, made the space warm, inviting, friendly, social, intelligent, so a higher level of engagement could happen. The blueprint was like those pipes, a container for a new kind of exchange.

the crucible

All great works are conceived in small spaces. Playing for Time was initiated in Ted Hughes's old house at Lumb Bank and signed off from Lucy's study in Tooting, but its fiery crucible was a tiny caravan known as The Puck, which held its own midsummer dream at the bottom of my garden for a year and a half. Over the months Lucy would come down for a few days, and we would wrest the material in the mornings, working our way through the blueprint: discussing each of the book's core subjects in depth from reclaiming the commons to rites of passage. We looked through texts, photographs, worked on commissions, went off topic, swore a lot, and laughed more.

In the afternoons, I would edit, Lucy would write and in the evening we met for supper (one night around her tiny work table, another round our rather larger deal one). She served wine in coloured glasses and cosmopolitan dishes in bowls from Tooting and France; we served foraged salads and Mexican beans and damson and blackberries from the hedge. In the summer we swam in the sea before breakfast, in the winter we gathered by the fire. Lucy told stories about her travels for the LIFT festival, Mark sang songs, I reminded everyone about the deadline. We had a lot of fun.

You don't often get a chance to know people well when you are older. Social occasions or Skypes are not the same as shared daily life: tripping up over everyone's shoes in the corridor, swapping  recipes or lending each other a brolly when the rain pours. The community exchanges that can come through Transition can help you break some of that isolation, but nothing beats working on a creative project with people who are as dedicated and focused as yourself. Especially when you are paid for your skills.

Most of my life is spent working with people on line and there is rarely any time to meet each other - maybe once a year for an hour or two. Playing for Time however had lots of time in it: for real encounter and conversation. That's when I realised that real change can only happen in a warm and friendly physical space which has time in it.

A defined space and a limited time. Just like our ever-changing and interacting presences on Earth.

the practice

Core to Playing for Time is the concept of the Practice, You could say it was the thing that brought both Lucy and I together: artistic practice is something we share. When I was young I learned that practice is something you do frequently to master any art or skill. I learned it with ballet shoes on my feet and holding a cello bow in my hands, and then poring for hours over a host of notebooks. At some point you realise that having a practice is more than scales or barrework, or wrestling with sentences or god, it is a way of engaging with life, with the fabric and meaning of things: practice is what brings spirit and beauty into form.

Eventually I came to see Transition as a practice - a social or com- munity practice. Because we all need to practise thinking and working collaboratively if we are to shift out of our culture's individualistic mindset. Working on the book meant dovetailing some of those different approaches - both artistic and social - and cohering them into what Lucy has called 'transitional arts practice'.

The book contributors were already well versed in this kind of participatory work, but not necessarily professional writers. So one of my key tasks as the working editor was helping the artists shape their prose, making it zesty and informative for a reader (as opposed to a funding body). Writing from the work, rather than about the work, become our mantra. Some commissioned pieces needed a major rehaul, others just a tweak or a polish. Nearly all of them needed a cut. Playing for Time is a big book in its scope and in its content, so a stern hand was needed at the tiller:

'You have to kill your children,' I said to Lucy and laughed. She looked at me shocked.
"That's what the subs used to say on Fleet Street,' I told her. 'And you did, because on a deadline newspapers cut your copy from the bottom.'

We started this collaborative writing process in March 2013 at Arvon's Lumb Bank. 12 members of the PFT core crew were given the task of writing up their practice in a 1000 words and three of their projects in 500 words. By the time I was working on Playing for Time I already had years of practice working with people who were not writers by trade or inclination, but had a great story to tell (first in the Social Reporting Project and then Transition Free Press). Sometimes people had to be persuaded they had a story to tell, that just being the person who holds the space Beuys was talking about is an art and a story in itself.

What we both wanted to show was that the future is a composite narrative: many voices, many strands, many hands. There is no one official story that can be conveniently 'rolled out' across the globe. The future is collaborative and collective. It belongs to the grassroots people doing on the ground work, doing it in many different small groups and configurations, interacting and exchanging ideas and skills like any other eco-system on the planet. In Playing for Time 64 artists and thinkers show and tell their story and each of those stories are just a fraction of a much larger body of work, and each of those works often involved hundreds of people in communities all around the world, in bio-regions, cities, woods, mountains, with bees and wolves and trees, rivers, children, clay, bacteria, all things on Earth.

I have come to see that one of the crucial actions of transitional arts practice is to host and gather people in the spirit that Beuys once envisioned. I like to think the book will go out and ferment those kinds of cross-tracking moments across a teashop table when you think you are there to finish one book but in fact you are there to work on another one completely. I like to imagine that all its macro and micro attentions, its intelligence, beauty and integrity, will inspire people to look forward, take action, and be generous and inclusive in the way so many artists and writers have been with their knowledge and experience, not least Lucy herself.

I won't be able to write here about everything that made Playing for Time happen: there is not enough room for the times I traipsed over Tooting Common en route to Lucy's house past the Lido and the oak trees, or the early mornings I walked across to The Puck through sopping wet grass, notebooks in hand, or the glasses of Mark's herbal refresher we drank as the sun went down on another day in the crucible, except to say that all of it mattered.

Because all of it really does.

Playing for Time - Making Art as if the World Mattered is published by Oberon Books, £16.99. Images from the book include: Beuys' Acorn by Ackroyd & Harvey (Art and Climate Change); G8 Clown Army (John Jordan's intro to Activism);  Dursley Encounters shop (Ruth Ben-Tovim in Street); crocus from Honeyscribe (Amy Shelton in Home) Lucy introducing Playing for Time at the Free Word launch.
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The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the following collections are now available on ExploreUK.

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  • Ann Pancake collection on Pauline Canterberry (2015ms040): The Ann Pancake collection on Pauline Canterberry (dated 2004-2014; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of letters written by Pauline Canterberry to author Ann Pancake concerning coal mining and mountain top removal in Sylvester, West Virginia.  
  • Prichard Committee records (2013ms0846): The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence records (dated 1941-2016, undated; 184.44 cubic feet; 232 boxes, 7 oversize boxes) comprise administrative files, project files, meeting materials, correspondence, publications, and audiovisual materials that document the Lexington, Kentucky, advocacy group’s commitment to promoting and ensuring quality education for all Kentuckians.
  • Margaret Lantis papers (2001ua062): The Margaret Lantis papers (dated 1871-2001, undated, 42.79 cubic feet, 56 boxes) consists of biographical information, correspondence, photographic prints, artifacts, slides, publications and journals, and research files, which document the career of prominent female anthropologist Margaret Lantis.    
  • Ed Greif Genealogy Collection (2015ms089): The Edward Greif Genealogy collection (dated 1628-2007, undated; 10.52 cubic feet, 17 boxes) primarily comprises genealogical records, correspondence, and photographs arranged alphabetically by family name that document various Western Kentucky families including the Greif, Gholson, and Stith families.  
  • Richard B. Isenhour architectural drawings (2016ms030): The Richard B. Isenhour architectural drawings, (dated 1952-1989; 1.5 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise construction drawings for homes built in Lexington, Kentucky, by architect Richard B. Isenhour, who heavily used the mid-century modern architectural style.  
  • Thomas Merton Collection (2006ms071): The Thomas Merton Collection (dated 1949-1971, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises an artificial collection of American Catholic monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton related manuscripts and correspondence.   
  • Thomas Merton papers (75m28): The Thomas Merton papers (dated 1940-1974, undated; 5.5 cubic feet; 14 boxes) include correspondence, literary manuscripts, and photographs, which document Merton’s career as a monk and spiritual writer.
  • Tebbs/Prewitt family papers (1997ms118): The Tebbs/Prewitt family papers (dated 1816-1985, bulk 1840-1965; cubic feet; 52 boxes, 6 wrapped items, 2 map folders) comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, journals, diaries, a ledger, schoolwork, notebooks, grades, photographs, daguerreotypes, prints, memo books, pocket books, certificates, a diploma, a hunting license, dental records, music books, scrapbooks, microfilm, recipes, genealogical information, maps, newspapers, newspaper clippings, books, booklets, calendars, drawings, lists, mailed advertisements, magazines, memorabilia, pamphlets, play bills, paper dolls, a poem, photocopies, and transcripts.                
  • Ronald D Eller papers (2013ua007): The Ronald D Eller papers (dated 1852-2013, undated; 38.2 cubic feet; 36 record storage cartons, 1 half record storage carton, 3 flat boxes, 1 wrapped item) comprise administrative files, research files, and correspondence that primarily document Eller’s academic and administrative career in Appalachian studies with the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center and his professional projects with national and regional organizations to improve Appalachian economic development.
  • Georgia Davis Powers papers (2011ms024): The Georgia Davis Powers papers (1949-2012, undated; 8.77 cubic feet; 12 document cases, 3 record storage carton, and 4 flat boxes) comprises scrapbooks, subject files, correspondence, speeches, notepads, manuscripts, photographs, audiocassettes, video tapes, and publications relating to Georgia Davis Powers’ political career and social activism.     
  • Laura Clay music collection (2011ms043): The Laura Clay music collection (dated 1810-1901, undated; 1.3 cubic feet; 5 boxes) primarily comprises 19th century sheet music of works for piano and voice that were collected by Laura Clay.
  • Pauline Canterberry papers (2014ms0253): The Pauline Canterberry papers (dated 1920s-2012, bulk 1987-2012; 3 cubic feet; 7 boxes, 1 oversized folder) document Pauline Canterberry’s and Mary Miller’s work to defend Sylvester, West Virginia, from coal dust pollution caused by Massey Energy’s Elk Run Facility.
  • James Still photographs and sound recordings (pa87m12): The James Still photographs and sound recordings (dated circa 1890s-2001, undated; 5.45 cubic feet; 12 boxes) are the personal photographs and sound recordings of the writer James Still.
  • Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corporation records (1997ms353) The Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corporation, Inc. (EKHDC) records (dated 1954-1983, undated; 98.5 cubic feet; 93 boxes, 34 case folders, 2 tubes) documents the activities of the first rural housing demonstration project funded by the United States Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). Organized into series by format and project focus, the records include various forms of documentation such as house plans, enrollee case files, blueprints, maps, contracts, policies, guidelines, financial reports, invoices and material inventories.
  • Reel World String Band records (2016ms014): The Reel World String Band records (dated circa 1971-2016, undated; 8.14 cubic feet; 19 boxes, 2 oversize boxes) primarily comprise promotional fliers, concert posters, contracts, programs, and articles that document the Kentucky women’s band and its commitment to social justice advocacy from the band’s founding in 1977 to the present.
  • Marita Garin papers (2012ms078): The Marita Garin papers (dated 1962-2012, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of autobiographical information, correspondence, manuscripts, publications, awards, contracts, and photographs relating to the education and creative writing career of Appalachian poet Marita Garin.
  • Kentucky Rivers Coalition records (89m2): The Kentucky Rivers Coalition records (dated 1889, 1937-1988, undated; 39.53 cubic feet, 49 boxes) primarily comprises operating records, subject files, publications, and photographs that document the work of the Kentucky Rivers Coalition and the environmental protection efforts of federal and state governments in the eastern and mid-western United States.
  • Cumberland River and Big Sandy Railroad Company records (2013ms0889): The Cumberland River and Big Sandy Railroad Company records (dated 1881-1903, bulk 1884-1886; 0.73 cubic feet; 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder) primarily includes correspondence among Kentucky and Tennessee landowners, including Charles H. Ladds, Edward Livingston, Henry W. Smithers, and Charles S. Perkins.
  • Hall & Trotter stagecoach passenger book (2013ms0052): The Hall & Trotter stagecoach passenger book (dated 1832-1834; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a passenger book for the Hall & Trotter stagecoach line, documenting early transportation in Kentucky.        
  • Nancy Lewis Greene papers (1997ms449): The Nancy Lewis Greene papers (dated 1816-1951, undated; 2.6 cubic feet, 11 boxes) comprise personal, family, and professional correspondence; drafts and writings; photographs; and notebooks documenting Greene’s career as an author.
  • Carl West papers (2016ms028): The Carl West papers (dated 1900, 1960-2016, undated; 11.23 cubic feet; 11 boxes, 8 flat boxes) consist of subject files, planning binders, newspaper articles and columns, awards, and photographs spanning West’s career in journalism.     
  • McCormick Lumber Company records (92m1): The McCormick Lumber Company records (dated 1910-1978, undated; 20.1 cubic feet; 12 document cases, 1 slim document case, 1 record storage carton, 14 flat boxes) consists of contracts and architectural drawings for the McCormick Lumber Company of Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Gatewood Galbraith papers (2014ms0254): The Gatewood Galbraith papers (dated 1935-2013, undated; 12 cubic feet; 26 boxes) comprises correspondence, campaign materials, posters, bumperstickers, apparel, hemp artifacts, buttons, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, printed materials, and subject files, which document Gatewood Galbraith’s career in Kentucky politics and as a cannabis activist.
  • Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings (2012ms085): The Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings (dated 1969-1974, undated; 1.25 cubic feet; 1 box, 2 items) consist of color and black and white 16mm films, reel-to-reel audio recordings and one 2-inch quadruplex videotape documenting the family life and political career of Marlow W. Cook (1926-2016), member of the United States Senate from Kentucky in the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Congresses (1969-1974).

          Laporan Awal - Ringkasan Eksekutif - Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia 2013-2020
          Wheelwright collection digitized        
The Wheelwright collection has been digitized and is now available on ExploreUK. This is one of several Appalachian collections digitized by UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Coal, Camps, and Railroads project.
Wheelwright, located in eastern Kentucky’s Floyd County, is a town developed by Elk Horn Coal Corporation in 1911. Purchased by Inland Steel in 1920, the coal town was expanded to include services as a hotel, library, hospital, golf course, movie theater, bowling alley and department store. Because of its success, Wheelwright is often referred to as a model “company town”. By the mid 60s, however, conditions were deteriorating and the town was sold to Island Creek Coal and later Mountain Investment Company. By the early l970s Island Creek shut down its mining operations, leaving Wheelwright with a severe employment crisis.

Above: Blueprint detailing a three room miner’s house (Wheelwright collection)
Below: Slide depicting the same three room house plan (Karl Raitz Kentucky slides)

This collection contains records from three of the companies that owned Wheelwright: Inland Steel, Island Creek, and Mountain Investment. The Inland Steel section contains little about the mining operations but is rich in details about the town itself. House and building improvements and maintenance records, monthly and annual reports on the properties and general office files covering topics from “Air conditioners” to “Woman’s Club”, create a vivid picture of company town life–from the company’s perspective. Unfortunately, these records are incomplete, covering primarily the l950s and early l960s. The Island Creek records are primarily those of the coal operations, containing daily time reports, records of employee earnings, mine reports, and office files. The Mountain Investment Company section thoroughly records that company’s ownership of Wheelwright from l966 until l979 when it sold the town to the Kentucky Housing Corporation, a state agency. The documentation includes utility files–from meter readings to financial records; accounts payable; an extensive house and building file containing everything from maintenance to payment records; and office files.

This collection was digitized as part of the Coal, Camps, and Railroads project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
Above: Blackout regulations for Wheelwright (Wheelwright collection)
Below: Hand drawn plans for a tower operator (Wheelwright collection)

          Singin' in the rain!!!!        
Hi ya, I know I disappeared for two weeks, lets just say all was well and then Aunt Tensy (we are her only family) was rushed into hospital, the next day my mum was rushed into a different hospital so we ended up spending Easter weekend going to both hospitals each day.  On Tuesday mum came out which was great but Aunt Tensy is still in there with dementia (she is 98 and I love her to bits).  I haven't been able to see her since then as I got a nasty sickness bug (yuck) and then a cold virus :-(. Still got the cold but the fever has gone so really hoping the hospital will let me in tomorrow.

So now I have got you up to date with my boring stuff it's mega time for some creating and of course I have another card for you (still trying to keep with my 2 a month).  I have a lot of other stuff to show but this one I did for the Frilly and Funkie square challenge (I always do square cards lol).
I have done a step by step and you can find the product list at the end of the post.
I would like to enter the following challenges -
Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog - Hip to be Square
Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog - All Things Distress
Sisters of Craft Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday Challenge Blog - Add a Quote
Anything But Cute Challenge Blog - This beautiful mood board regarding celebrating our Earth.

I'm inspired by the colour and for me when I think of celebrating the Earth I am always inspired not just by the ground but by the wonderful skies through all the seasons.
My card :-)

Step By Step

I cut a piece of watercolour card and added crackle paste through the clouds stencil and texture paste through the dot fade

Next I used Distress stains with plenty of water in several layers - first broken china and tumbled glass

This was the first layer dry

Next blueprint sketch and salty ocean with water

This was then dried

Next blueprint sketch and mermaid lagoon.

This is it dried.

Now initially I was going to add some sun details but didn't like it so I started to cover it up.

First with the blueprint sketch and picket fence

Then the rest of the other colours added a little bit of water all along.

Then I added more white and sprayed loads of water everywhere to blend.

I wanted some stones so I used more watercolour paper and first Distress spray pumice stone and water

Then distress stain hickory smoke

and finally some brushed pewter stain.

This is it dried.

Next I stamped the brick with watering can

I added stamped rain droplets with mermaid lagoon

I cut the stone with the confetti alteration border die and with black card the umbrella man.  Next I did water droplets with the glass effect gel.

Some stamping with the santa boot stamp free with the craft stamper magazine and music from some old Debbie Moore stamps.

I added some black around the clouds and layered on a card blank I made.  Not shown is how I splattered mermaid lagoon paint and added the song title by stamping onto white cardstock.

Right I better be off, Wednesday tomorrow so definitely hoping to join WOYWW.  Thank you so much for visiting.

Happy Art :-)
Hugs Kezzy xxxxx

Product List
Distress Stains - broken china, picket fence, tumbled glass, salty ocean, brushed pewter, hickory smoke, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon.
Distress Paint and Inkpad - mermaid lagoon
Distress Spray - pumice stone
Ranger - watercolour paper and texture paste
Sizzix Mr Holtz Alterations - umbrella man, confetti dies
Stencil - Tim Holtz (dot fade), That Special Touch (clouds)
Stamps - Tim Holtz (ultimate grunge), Indigo Blu (rain droplets), Debbie Moore (music), Stampendous (tiny alphabet), Craft Stamper Magazine (free stamp)
Inkpads - Archival jet black and watering can
Viva transparent glass effect gel
Decoart Media Crackle Paste
Stabilo All black pencil

          100 Views of New Jerusalem by Michael Korosty        

This art exhibit and book presentation will feature 100 drawings of contemporary Jerusalem by Michael Korosty. 

December 3 at 6:30 - Opening reception at the gallery at the Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White St, New York, NY 10013.

The public will have a first look at a limited edition book and show of images at the gallery of one of NYC's landmarks in Tribeca.

This project is made possible through a grant by the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.
          Apps for Kids 053: Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel        

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we set down our smartphones to talk about the Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel, in which two kids team up with Crazy Dave, the deranged zombie prepper, to rid Neighborville of the invading horde of undead humans. Jane also grabs my staple remover that I was repairing with Sugru and messes it up.

We also present a new "Would you rather?" question:

If you're an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to

Jane and I love to get your emails with questions about game, gear, and tech. What's your question?

Listen to past episodes of Apps for Kids here.

          What's ahead for carbon markets after COP 21        

The following was published in the February 2016 edition of Biores, a publication of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

By Anthony Mansell, International Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

The new climate deal includes several provisions relevant to market-based emissions reductions efforts. 

At a UN conference in Paris, France in December countries agreed to a new framework for international cooperation on climate change. The “Paris Agreement” ties together nationally determined contributions (NDCs) with international rules and procedures to ensure transparency and promote rising ambition. Paris also provided a future for international market mechanisms as a tool for countries to fulfil their NDCs.

Many NDCs submitted as part of the Paris process demonstrate an enthusiasm for market approaches. Sixty-five governments say they will use international markets and another 24 will consider using them in the future. Many groups such as the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) urged support in Paris for the use of market mechanisms and a ministerial declaration issued by 18 governments at the close of the conference was designed to send “a clear signal to the global carbon market…that there is an important role for markets in the post-2020 period.”

The Paris Agreement includes provisions that can advance carbon markets in two ways: by ensuring there is no double counting when countries engage in emissions trading, and by establishing a new mechanism to facilitate trading. In both areas, however, the text provides only broad parameters and important details remain to be decided. This article addresses the current state of carbon markets, their history in international climate agreements, and relevant provisions of the Paris deal – including issues still to be negotiated before it comes into effect.

Carbon market context

Carbon pricing is currently in place in 38 jurisdictions, according to the World Bank, encompassing both carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes (ETS). A number of additional policies are scheduled to enter force between now and 2020 including carbon taxes planned for Chile and South Africa. Ontario will develop an ETS similar to neighbouring Québec and US states Washington and Oregon are considering the same. In terms of scale, the most significant will be a new national ETS in 2017 across China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter.

Not all carbon market programmes seek to trade internationally; some focus solely on domestic emission reductions. Nevertheless, bottom-up linkages are already occurring. For example, California and Québec have linked their cap-and-trade programs, making carbon allowances and offsets fungible between programs. There are also ongoing discussions in California about using sector-based offsets that reduce deforestation – known as REDD+ – from Acre, Brazil and Chiapas, Mexico. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and Swiss ETS have agreed a link, pending ratification by each.

In addition, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is to decide by the end of this year on the design of a global market-based mechanism (MBM) to reduce emissions from aviation. The MBM would come into force in 2020, around the same time the Paris Agreement aims to be in place.

History of international market mechanisms

Market-based approaches are not referred to in the founding 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) document, but were integral to the design of its first sub-agreement, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Under Kyoto, participating developed countries have binding emission limits – “quantified emission limitation and reduction commitments” – inscribed in Annex B of the agreement. They are allocated “assigned amount units” (AAUs) in line with those targets and, to enable least-cost emission reduction, are permitted to trade AAUs and other certified emission units.

Kyoto established three methods for transferring units – either emission allowances or emission reductions – between countries. International Emissions Trading (IET) allows countries that have reduced emissions below their targets to sell excess allowances to countries whose emissions exceed their targets. Joint Implementation (JI) allows Annex B countries to earn emission reduction units (ERUs) through emission reduction or removal projects in other Annex B countries. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows Annex B countries to earn certified emission reduction (CERs) credits through emissions-reduction projects in developing countries.

Emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol relies on international oversight. All transfers are tracked using a registry called the International Transaction Log (ITL). A common accounting standard applies to all countries with emission targets. An executive board must approve the methodology CDM projects propose using. Finally, under the Protocol, only the international transfers it sanctions are considered legitimate to fulfil a country’s emissions-cutting obligations.

The Kyoto model provides important infrastructure for an international carbon market. Common accounting procedures ensure that any transfer meets an internationally agreed level of environmental integrity. An AAU allocated to Switzerland represents a metric tonne of emissions measured using the same standard as an AAU allocated to Norway. Common offset methodologies give a blueprint to replicate in projects across the globe. The CDM has been able to issue 1.4 billion credits – each representing a metric tonne of avoided emissions – and mobilise over US$400 billion in investment using this international rulebook for managing offset projects. Moreover, when countries submit their national GHG inventories, any recorded transfers can be verified by checking the international registry thereby reducing the potential for emissions double counting.

The Kyoto Protocol's market mechanisms have, however, lately encountered shrinking participation. One reason has been a reliance on the EU ETS as a source of demand, where low economic growth and restrictions placed on the types of credits has created a generous oversupply of CDM credits.

The Paris Agreement and carbon markets

The Paris Agreement establishes a fundamentally different framework from Kyoto. Rather than binding emission limits, which readily lend themselves to market approaches, the new climate regime requires all parties to undertake nationally determined contributions of their own choosing. As of writing, 187 countries had put forward NDCs, presenting various 2020-2030 target reduction dates.  These contributions are not legally binding and come in many forms, ranging from absolute economy-wide targets to peaking years, carbon intensity reductions, and so on. A new transparency system will apply to all parties, but will be less prescriptive than the accounting of AAUs that underpinned the Kyoto Protocol.

Fitting market approaches into this new landscape poses a different set of challenges. In a literal sense, the Paris Agreement is silent on markets, in that the term does not feature in the text. This is not unusual, the Kyoto Protocol also did not include the term. Instead, the new agreement houses markets under Article 6, geared towards addressing “voluntary cooperation” between parties in achieving their NDCs.

Article 6 recognises that parties may choose to pursue voluntary cooperation in implementing their NDCs. If these “cooperative approaches” involve the use of “internationally transferred mitigation outcomes,” or ITMOs, robust accounting shall be used to avoid double counting. The use of ITMOs are voluntary and authorised by participating parties.

The same article also establishes a mechanism to contribute to GHG mitigation and support sustainable development. The new mechanism will be under the authority of meeting of parties to the Paris Agreement. It has four listed aims including to promote greenhouse gas mitigation while fostering sustainable development; incentivise and facilitate participation by public and private entities who are authorised by a party; contribute to reduction of emissions level in host country, which can also be used by another party to fulfil its NDC; and deliver an overall reduction in global emissions. In addition, emission reductions occurring from the new mechanism must not be double counted. A share of proceeds will be used to cover administrative expenses and assist developing countries to meet the costs of adaptation, which is similar to the share of proceeds under the CDM, a portion of which was channelled to the Adaptation Fund. Article 6.8 and 6.9 contain a framework for promoting “integrated, holistic and balanced non-market approaches.”  

So what comes next? When the CDM, JI, and IET were established under the Kyoto Protocols, the details were not finalised until the Marrakech Accords four years later. Similarly, the COP21 outcome sets a work plan for negotiators to deliberate and decide how the Paris system will work, to be addressed in upcoming UNFCCC meetings.

Cooperative approaches accounting

The existing UNFCCC accounting system is bifurcated between developed and developing economies. Under the Convention, GHG inventories are required each year for industrialised countries, while these are included in national communications submitted every four years for developing nations.

The Paris Agreement establishes an “enhanced transparency framework for action and support,” with built-in flexibility to take into account national capacities. Under this framework each party must submit a national greenhouse gas inventory. An accompanying decision elaborates that all countries – except least developed countries and small island developing states – shall provide these inventories at least biennially.

On markets the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technologic Advice (SBSTA) will develop and recommend guidance on how to apply “robust accounting” for cooperative approaches, for adoption at the first session of governing body of the Paris Agreement, known as the CMA . Countries will need to be “consistent” with this guidance, but not necessarily follow it strictly. How to determine if a country’s accounting is consistent is not clarified in the Paris agreement, though it will likely be reviewed as part of the new transparency system.

Pending decisions will provide greater clarity on a number of issues. On ITMOs, it will be useful to define the scope of what can be considered a “mitigation outcome” transferred between countries. Under Kyoto, AAUs serve as a unit of account for transferring obligations, but also define the scope of accepted international transfers. In other words, only transfers involving AAUs are accepted when submitting national GHG accounts. Parties will also need to consider whether other forms of co-operation – such as Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), which is similar to the CDM, or the bilateral linking of two ETSs –would be considered ITMOs. Transfers involving one or more countries without absolute economy-wide targets could complicate the methodology needed to avoid double counting.

On the accounting system, the CMA could take an active role in facilitating transfers, including through a central registry similar to the ITL. Alternatively, in a more decentralised system, it may require that parties maintain their own accounting – such as double-entry bookkeeping – and rely on the transparency arrangements to provide oversight. The provision referencing ITMOs also requires parties to “promote sustainable development and ensure environmental integrity.” The SBSTA guidelines will need to define these terms and how countries will meet them when undertaking transfers.

Paris “mechanism”

Another accompanying COP decision recommends that the CMA adopt “rules, modalities, and procedures” for the new mechanism at its first session. The parameters for these are: voluntary participation authorised by each party involved; real, measurable, and long-term benefits related to the mitigation of climate change; specific scope of activities; reductions in emissions that are additional to any that would otherwise occur; verification and certification of emission reductions resulting from mitigation activities by designated operational entities; experience gained with and lessons learned from existing mechanisms and approach adopted under the Convention.

This leaves much to be hammered out by governments. A key area to address will be the type of system. The new mechanism may continue to credit at a project level. A Brazilian proposal in Paris envisioned a mechanism similar in scale to the CDM, referred to as an “enhanced CDM,” or “CDM+.” Conversely, in prior discussions for a “new market mechanism” (NMM), both the EU and the Environmental Integrity Group negotiating group have proposed a scaled-up or sector-based crediting mechanism.

The future of the Kyoto flexibility mechanisms is also unclear, in particular whether the new mechanism will succeed the CDM and JI, or will sit alongside either of these. The Paris Agreement does not mention the CDM or JI, but notes that the new mechanism should draw on the experience gained from existing mechanisms. Similarly, it is unclear whether units generated under the Kyoto mechanisms will be eligible for compliance after 2020 and if so, whether they will need to be converted to an alternative credit type to conform with credits issues under the new mechanism.

Negotiators may also decide to transfer project methodologies over from the CDM to apply to the new mechanism, discard some of these existing approaches, or move away from project level crediting altogether as noted above. They may also consider other methodologies used outside the UNFCCC. Finally, the Paris Agreement frames sustainable development on a par with GHG mitigation, so parties may require measured sustainable development outcomes to be eligible for crediting.

Parties will need to decide on governance arrangements for the new mechanism. The CDM is managed by an Executive Board of ten government officials, comprising one member from each of the five UN regional groups, two other members from parties included in Annex I, two other members from non-Annex I parties, and one representative of the small island developing states. Similarly, JI has a supervisory committee (JISC) to oversee the verification of projects. The new mechanism could incorporate governance from either of these existing platforms.Guidance on rules and procedures will also need to be clarified. The CDM and JI have existing procedures for developing projects that are ultimately credited. Countries could transfer these rules to the new mechanism or adopt new procedures.

Given the breadth of views across governments on the role of market mechanisms, reaching conclusions on these issues will be challenging. The slow progress since 2011 in the UNFCCC toward a “framework for various approaches” (FVA) and NMM demonstrated the difficulties in gaining consensus on the subject. Nevertheless the importance afforded to international markets by many countries in their NDCs implies there is a strong impetus to find a workable system for international transfers.

Efforts beyond UNFCCC

It is possible that initiatives undertaken outside the UNFCCC will inform efforts within. The Carbon Market Platform established under the G7, for example, is a strategic political dialogue that can complement the UNFCCC in developing guidance on accounting for international transfers. The system that ICAO builds could seek consistency with the Paris Agreement. For example, it would be beneficial if credits used for compliance in the UNFCCC and ICAO are fungible, to prevent project developers choosing between separate customers. It remains to be decided what types of international credits will be used for compliance in the ICAO MBM, but this should take into account the emergence of the new mechanism. In addition, the accounting system used by ICAO should at least be consistent with that used under the Paris system, insofar as this would avoid the double counting of units used for compliance in both ICAO and the UNFCCC.

Unfinished business

Paris reaffirmed carbon markets as an instrument for meeting climate goals. Outside of the agreement itself, groups such as the CPLC are building strong momentum for market approaches as a key component to meeting the mitigation targets set by NDCs. COP21 did not, however, finalise a new system of international carbon markets or cooperative approaches. Accounting for ITMOs and other forms of voluntary cooperation require elaboration and guidance. The role of the new mechanism remains to be negotiated. And if these talks become stalled, as was the case for the FVA/NMM deliberations, interested countries may pursue bottom-up linkages elsewhere rather than continue to search for solutions within the UN climate talks. The pace and extent of progress under the UNFCCC will determine how central a role multilateral platforms will play on these issues in the future and the prospects of a truly global carbon market.

          State Regulator Continues Innovations with Roadmap Strategy        
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) built upon its 2015 agency accomplishments by implementing a strategic blueprint approach to modernize Department operations and instill lasting solutions. Under the leadership of Governor Bruce Rauner and Secretary Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR adopted a Roadmap approach to help articulate its vision for 2016 and enable the implementation of actionable, strategic projects. The 2016 roadmap included a focus on streamlining internal processes to save state resources, implementation of online and digital technology modernizations and an increased focus on reducing barriers to licensure.
          Blues Legacy 05-13-2016 with Sandman        

Richard Cheese- Enter Sandman - Apertif For Destruction
Lightnin Slim- Bad Luck Blues - Hoodoo Blues
Howlin Wolf- I Aint Superstitious - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection The Best Of Howlin Wolf
Albert King- Bad Luck - Funky London Remastered
Albert King Stevie Ray Vaughan- Born Under A Bad Sign Featruing Stevie Ray Vaughan - Stax Profiles Albert King
- voicebreak -
Bonnie Raitt- What Youre Doin To Me - Dig In Deep
Lucinda Williams- Bitter Memory - The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Stevie Ray Vaughan- Soulful Dress Marcia Ball - Solos Sessions Encores
Professor Longhair- Mess Around - Rock n Roll Gumbo
Various Artists- Ruth Brown Good Day For The Blues - American Blues
- voicebreak -
Johnny Otis- Bad Luck Shadow - Shuggie Otis In Session Great Rhythm And Blues
Buddy Guy- Let Me Love You Baby - Damn Right Ive Got The Blues Expanded Edition
John Lee Hooker- Mr Lucky - Mr Lucky
- voicebreak -
Dave Alvin Phil Alvin- Hide And Seek - Lost Time
Robert Johnson- Kind Hearted Woman Blues - The Complete Recordings
Memphis Minnie- Im A Bad Luck Woman - When The Levee Breaks The Best Of Memphis Minnie
Muddy Waters- Im Ready - Im Ready
Ben Harper Charlie Musselwhite- Im In Im Out And Im Gone - Get Up
Charlie Musselwhite- Hello Pretty Baby - Ace Of Harps
- voicebreak -
Magic Slim The Teardrops- Hard Luck Blues - Bad Boy
Eddie Cleanhead Vinson- Im The Midnight Creeper - Best Of The Blues 50 Favorites Digital Version
BB King- No Money No Luck Blues - Lucille
Gatemouth Moore- Somebody Got To Go - Best Of The Blues 50 Favorites Digital Version
- voicebreak -
Rainer- Instrumental 13 - The Farm
RL Burnside- Bad Luck City - Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
The Black Keys- My Mind Is Ramblin - Chulahoma
The White Stripes- Jimmy The Exploder - The White Stripes
- voicebreak -
Rory Gallagher- Walk On Hot Coals - Blueprint
Jimi Hendrix- Mr Bad Luck - Valleys Of Neptune
Rival Sons- Black Coffee - Hollow Bones
Canned Heat- Dont Hold On - Canned Heat
ZZ Top- Just Got Back From Babys - One Foot In The Blues
- voicebreak -
Roy Brown- Hard Luck Blues - Greatest Hits
Johnny Guitar Watson- Broke And Lonely - 16 Super Hits
Big Joe Williams- I Wont Be In Hard Luck No More - The Very Best Of
Lonnie Johnson- Superstitious Blues - Music All Around
Eric Clapton- When Things Go Wrong It Hurts Me Too - Crossroads
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          George Washington s Prophetic Vision II        
By visualizing the way a massive invasion and occupation might be successfully executed by the most likely enemies in the near future we can prepare our personal responses There are several assumptions which should prove valid and some variation probable 1 9 11 was both fair warning and a blueprint for a much larger attack ..

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          [ MADAME A PARIS ] - Nova loja Madame a Paris[ MADAME A PARIS ] - New Madame a Paris store        
A notícia foi publicada na edição de 24 de Dezembro da conceituada Fashion Magazine, poucos dias depois de termos visto em primeira mão as plantas, e dá conta da criação da nova loja Madame a Paris, no  número 4 da rue du 29 Juillet, muito próximo da Colette, em Paris.

A inauguração está prevista para Fevereiro de 2011, e é apenas um dos muitos planos de Marie-Josée Rubini para a Madame a Paris nos próximos meses.

The news was published on December 24th edition of the reputed Fashion Magazine, just a few days after we got a first hand look at the blueprints, and reports the creation of the new Madame a Paris store, on #4 in rue 29 Juillet, very close to Colette in Paris.

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          Commission Blueprint 2 Launch Announced        
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          July 21, 1899 – Birthdate of Nathan Ross Margold        
Nathan Margold, who drew up the blueprint for NAACP’s strategy in Brown v. Board of Education, was born on this day in history in Romania. His parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1901, and he was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended law school at Harvard, where he served on the law review along […]
          The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism         

I’ve been ruminating over the last couple of weeks on the role of journalism in modern society. This bell curve of where news organisations fall on the political spectrum is a testament to the tendency of journalists to write for well-defined demographics in service to the maxim “Give the people what they want”, or at least some of the people.

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I think you are casting too wide a net, or are not looking closely enough at the reality of things to label science and education as "massive drivers of human improvement." If you define human improvement as the endless piling of complexity upon complexity, with no blueprint, then you've got a great point.
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          Kashmir's Endless Autumn        
by Rehana Hakim [from Counter-Currents:18 November 2004]

Where or how does one begin? Three weeks of reflection after a five-day journey into "forbidden land" yield only one absolute truth: in Kashmir - Jammu, the valley and 'Azad' - there is no absolute truth.

And in the myriad faces of the conflict that has spanned 57 years and claimed tens of thousands of lives, there are no winners.

So where does one begin?

At the very beginning of the first-ever trip in 57 years to Indian-administered Kashmir by a group of Pakistani journalists? That would be the meeting in Anantnag with Mehbooba Mufti - Kashmir's answer to Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto - the supremely confident and articulate daughter of Jammu and Kashmirs' chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Or does one start with the scion of the 'Lion' of Kashmir's family, the suave Omar Abdullah, who holds Pakistan responsible for most of J&K's travails. Does one focus on JKLF's angry young man, Yasin Malik, who accuses the "imperialist Punjabis" from both sides of the divide of deciding the fate of Kashmir without taking the Kashmiris' aspirations into account. Or should the curtain open to the APHC's Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who staunchlyopposes reopening the bus route between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar because he believes it will dilute the Kashmir problem.

Perhaps one should start at the other end of the ideological divide - at the camps of the Pandits in Jammu, who fled the valley after the latest insurgency erupted and who accuse the Pakistani media of never failing to report on the "excesses" on Kashmiris by the security personnel but ignoring the "genocide" of Pandits by the militants. Or should one just plunge into the heart of the issue: the homes of hundreds of those Kashmiris who have lost fathers, husbands and sons to security forces, to the freedom struggle or to militancy, and been left at the mercy of the state apparatus?

Kashmir is tricky terrain. It's like walking a minefield. Passions and tempers run high. There is a high degree of skepticism, cynicism, and of suspicion - borne understandably of 57 years of a closed-door policy - when a delegation of 16 journalists sponsored by the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) arrives in Jammu and Kashmir as guests of The Kashmir Times.

The opening salvo is fired by Asiya Andrabi, leader of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a right-wing women's group that hit the headlines in 1992 for reportedly trying to implement their version of the Islamic code of dress and throwing acid on some women who refused to cover their faces.

Speaking at an impromptu press conference at one of her many hideouts, Andrabi, who is currently a fugitive from the law, alleges that the visit is sponsored by the Indian government, and that the delegates are guests of pro-India political parties and the army. She demands to know why Pakistani journalists have been allowed to enter J&K, when Amnesty International and other human rights groups have been denied permission. Andrabi describes the visit as part of a "diabolical plan" for Musharraf's sellout on Kashmir. Andrabi is not the only one who has reservations about the trip.

JKLF's Yasin Malik feels the delegation has compromised the legal status of Kashmir by travelling on Indian visas. The APHC's Syed Ali Shah Geelani is not pleased that Doda, Baramulla, Rajouri - the areas that have borne the brunt of the army's excesses - have not been included in the itinerary. And the Kashmir Bar Council takes the journalists to task for partaking of wazwan (Kashmir's gourmet cuisine) with state functionaries. In short, we are put on the defensive from the word go.

No, we are not representing Musharraf, Manmohan Singh, or the US; no, we have no agenda; no, we do not represent any government; no, we have no roadmap on Kashmir; no, we offer no solutions; no, we are not the UN Secretary-General.

We are lambasted time and again for travelling on Indian visas, till an irritated Imtiaz Alam, SAFMA's head honcho, responds with: "How come you don't question Hurriyat leaders who travel on Indian passports?" That clinches the argument.

Andrabi's tirade aside, no one, with any shade of political opinion, would miss an opportunity to meet a corps of Pakistani journalists.

The 76-year-old Syed Ali Shah Geelani, often branded an ISI agent by the Indian media, meets us at the Tehreek-i-Hurriyat headquarters in Hyderpore. He remains firm on his stand: J&K's accession to Pakistan. He sees no other option. "An independent Kashmir will become a playing field for vested interests," he states in categorical terms. "There has to be a plebiscite in accordance with UN resolutions." He warns against an Afghanistan-like U-turn on Kashmir and even opposes the proposal of soft borders and free travel between the two Kashmirs. He fears it would dilute the Kashmir problem. "Even if India were to pave the streets of Kashmir with gold, it would not atone for the blood of its martyrs," says Geelani.

Questioned about the differences within the APHC's ranks, he says there are none. "Only those people who violated the party's constitution by contesting in the 2002 polls were suspended." Told to prove his electoral strength by contesting an election, he says, "I will do so only under UN observers. The Indians would rig elections to embarrass me."

Unlike APHC's hardliners, the moderate faction of the APHC, led by Maulana Abbas Ansari, accuses Islamabad of scuttling any peace moves by funding a plethora of agencies to foment trouble in Kashmir. "We never thought a symbol of political unity would be broken up by its mentor," fumes Abdul Ghani Bhat, the former Hurriyat Chairman. He says he tore up an earlier will in which he had expressed a desire to be buried in Pakistan. The Ansari group, however, claims to have a blueprint for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute which would be acceptable to all three sides and which would take into account the "sensitivities, security concerns, economic interests and national honour of all three as well as the functional togetherness of different regions of J&K."

Sheikh Abdullah's son-in-law, G.M. Shah, a former chief minister of J&K who heads the JK Awami National Conference, proposes what he calls "the mother of all confidence-building measures" - an intra-Kashmir conference to hammer out a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The walls of the entrance to the house where we meet the J&K Democratic Front Party's Chief, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, are a testimony to the violence in Kashmir: pasted all over are snapshots of hundreds of bullet-riddled, tortured bodies of those killed in the valley.

"India should stop custodial killings, release detained political activists, withdraw the Public Safety Act under which people can be detained for two years without any trial, set up a Kashmir Committee headed by a man like Vajpayee to carry the peace process forward, and it should include Kashmiris."

Any implication that the militants have hijacked Kashmir's freedom movement are cast aside. "We are grateful to the militants for taking the Kashmir issue out of cold storage and pushing it centrestage," he says. "In any case, they are mostly locals and, those who are not, will go back home once the peace initiatives begin to show results. Before 1989, no one carried even a penknife. The Kashmir issue is a political issue and it has to be resolved politically," he says categorically.

The most passionate, and the most volatile of the separatists, is the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Yasin Malik. Unlike Shabbir Shah who breaks into a smile every now and then, the lean, wiry Yasin appears grim, pensive, angst-ridden. There is an impenetrable barrier of reserve. But as the 38-year-old freedom fighter, who has spent 15 years in jail, off and on, in Srinagar, Jodhpur and Tihar, begins to speak to the Pakistani media at the party headquarters in Maisuma, the reserve boils over into seething rage.

There is overwhelming anger at the Kashmiris being left out of the dialogue process. "Are we a pack of animals?" he asks angrily. "This is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan that has to be resolved by its rulers. The solution has to be in consonance with Kashmir's aspirations."

In the last 16 months, Malik has gone from village to village collecting signatures of the people of J&K demanding that they be allowed to determine their own future - 16 lakh signatures at last count. He accuses the Indian government of wanting to change the demographic character of J&K.

Yasin is dismissive of the 2002 state assembly polls. "According to the Election Commission, the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, secured only 2,81,000 votes in the entire state. Besides only 20 per cent of the population participated in the polls, which means 80 per cent boycotted the polls on our call. So who was defeated?"

He reads extracts from the works of the well known Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali's collection, A Country Without a Post Office (Shahid died of cancer at age 55 in the US), copies of which he gifts to all the delegates:

"When the muezzin died,the city was robbed of every call.
The houses were swept about like leaves for burning.
Now every night we buryour houses - and theirs, the ones left empty.
We are faithful. On their doors we hang wreaths.
More faithful each night fire again is a walland
we look for the dark as it caves in."

Agha Shahid's father, the erudite Agha Ashraf Ali, a former professor of political history, is scathing in his comments, but his contempt is not reserved for India alone. He refers to India and Pakistan as the "pipsqueaks with their little bombs," and ends on a telling note: "Leave us to our own devices, we will manage. The Kashmiris will have the last laugh."

In Srinagar, both expectations and passions run highS Every Kashmiri you run into at Srinagar's Broadway Hotel wants five minutes of your time; wants you to understand his trauma, his suffering, his pain; wants you to hear his story - and there are many, many stories. Stories of missing sons, abused daughters; stories of women whose husbands have gone missing and widows; abandoned orphans, destitute families and charred properties.

Each more poignant than the other.

There's Parveena Ahangar, whose son has been missing for the past 17 years. A college student, he was picked up by security forces from his house at three o'clock in the morning. Since then Parveena has been running from army cantonments to prison cells to government offices demanding to know the whereabouts of her son. She believes he's been killed. "At least, give me his body to bury," the mother cries in anguish.

Ahangar now heads an organisation called Parents of Disappeared Persons (PADP). She takes Ary Televison's Syed Talat Hussain in a rickshaw to meet other parents of missing children. In her neighbourhood alone, there are apparently 60 such cases.

At Syed Ali Shah Geelani's press briefing, a dozen or so women approach the female journalists. One of them holds The News' foreigncorrespondent, Mariana Baabar's hand and cries out aloud as she talks of how life has become a veritable hell ever since her husband decided to join the militants. She lifts her pheran (long Kashmiri outer garment) to reveal a big gash in her stomach. She accuses the security forces of torturing and tormenting her. "My young daughters are summoned to the army camp every now and then," she says. We are told to visit Doda, Baramulla, Budgam and Rajouri that are teeming with stories like hers.

We hear the sorry tale of Pattan, an entire village which was burnt down as "retribution" when some army personnel were killed. Another village, we are told, was torched when the security forces found a militant holed up in one of the houses in the area.

"Is it fair to punish an entire village because a militant has sought refuge in one home?" says an angry Kashmiri shopkeeper. "In many cases the militants don't enter our homes with our permission. They just barge in." He recalls the time when a group of eight militants forced their way into his house, when he was away at work. His sisters were forced to vacate their room. "The visitors, from Jaish I suspect, didn't harass anyone, but they mounted their guns, and stayed and prayed through the night. Before they left early the next morning, my family made breakfast for them and they insisted on paying for a pack of butter they had asked my brother to get from a corner shop. But till the time they were there, my family was on tenterhooks."

Suddenly, our hitherto forthcoming shopkeeper is struck by the realisation that talking to us might cost him dearly. "Please don't reveal my identity," he pleads. "If the security forces find out, they will lock me up on charges of harbouring terrorists." His fear is palpable. As is the fear of a hotel employee who looks around to see if anyone is listening as he informs me about his son, a college student, who was constantly being approached by militants to join the freedom movement. He pulled his son out of college and found him employment elsewhere. "Please don't disclose my name," he beseeches "or else I'll be in deep trouble."

In Kashmir, the battle lines are drawn: 'Either you are with us - the militants or the security forces - or you are against us. And whichever side you are on, prove it.' There is no sitting on the fence, no such entity as neutral observer. One is constantly looking over one's shoulder to see who's eavesdropping. "But some Kashmiris have learnt the art of survival," says a Delhi-based reporter. "They'll give the ISI or a Pakistani one story, they'll gave RAW or an Indian another."

However, at Srinagar's Kashmir University with 4,000 students on the roll, there is just one storyS

SAFMA's Imtiaz Alam throws a simple question at the 20 students who have been chosen for an interface with SAFMA delegates: If they had to choose between India, Pakistan and independence, what would they opt for?

"Total independence" is the overwhelming response. They don't wish to merge with either India or Pakistan. "Firstly we'd like a reunification of the Indian and Pakistan-administered parts of Kashmir, plus the part that is with China, and then we want independence." But even as they speak, around 50 to 60 students carrying placards raise slogans of "Azadi ka matlab kiya? La illaha illalah," "Pakistan Zindabad," and "Jeevay, jeevay Pakistan." Some say they want 'Nizam-e-Mustafa.' Asked whether they know what it implies in practical terms, they are vague.

The students complain to Pakistani TV anchors, Talat Hussain of Ary, Munizae Jahangir of Geo and Mujahid Barelvi of Indus TV, on camera, that they were not informed about the Pakistani media team's visit and that their university's principal unilaterally decided on the list of students and faculty members who would be allowed to meet the journalists. The number of protesting students swells to roughly 300, all wanting to be heard. The media team has to be moved to the main auditorium of Gandhi Bhavan next door to hear them all.

The anger here pulsates through the hall. They want azadi, azadi, azadi. "Politics is not allowed on the campus," Kashmir University's vice chancellor had said earlier in response to my query. But obviously you can't drown the cry of freedom.

Asked if the faculty has done any definitive study on the Kashmir question or examined possible resolutions of the dispute, Professor Noor Mohammed Baba, head of the political science department, acknowledges that no such study has been possible because of the "pressures from both sides - the government and the militants. Everyone has gone through a traumatic experience and free expression is not possible."

The university has had its share of problems. The early '90s saw the departure of a major chunk of the faculty, primarily comprising the Pandits, who were highly educated. They couldn't withstand the pressures of the volatile political situation. They were among the three lakh Pandits who left the valley in the wake of what they say was a "calculated genocide" to drive the Pandits out of the valley. Only 18,000 Pandits chose to stay behind. "The community's unity has been lost," says a Muslim teacher. "We never thought in terms of Muslims and Pandits, but the violence has pulled us apart. A cultural erosion has taken place."

As we drive into Muthi, a 10 km drive from Jammu, crowds carrying placards denouncing the violence against Kashmiri pandits dot the landscape. This is one of the 500 camps spread all over Jammu, where displaced Kashmiri Pandits have taken sanctuary.

They live in tiny, 10x10 one-room tenements, each with a small kitchenette, but communal bathrooms. The affluent among them have moved to Delhi, Mumbai and other cities.

Shouting, screaming men converge on us from all sides as we settle down, amidst much jostling and pushing. They are livid at having had to leave the comfort of their homes and live in squalor. They blame the Pakistan government for continuing to sponsor cross-border terrorism and militancy in Kashmir. The Pakistani media is also ticked off for highlighting human rights violations by security forces in Kashmir, but failing to mention "the barbarism perpetrated by militants."

"This amounts to ethnic cleansing," says Ashwini Kumar Chrangoo, chief of the Panun Kashmiri Movement, an organisation for displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

Separatist leaders, however, allege that it was the J&K Governor, Jagmohan, who manoeuvered the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits from Srinagar and communalised the issue. Says the Democratic Freedom Party's Shabbir Shah, "We have asked the Pandits to return to the valley. We will protect them with our lives."

But the mood in the camp is one of fury. "We are not ready for another migration. We want a separate homeland within the valley, carved from the north and east side of the Jhelum valley." And they say that they too want to be included in the talks on the Kashmir issue.

They have a parting request to make: they want the Pakistan government to take steps to renovate the Sharda temple, an ancient shrine of Kashmiri Pandits in Azad Kashmir, and make it possible for them to visit it. The queue of people wanting to visit family, friends and religious sites on the other side of the divide is long... and growing.

Ram Lal, 88, grabs hold of Tahir Naqqash, Dawn's correspondent in Muzaffarabad, and enquires about friends he left behind at the time of Partition: Lassu Ju, Wali Ju, Usman Bhoriwalla. Ram Lal lived in a refugee camp in Muzaffarabad for five months. A Pathan saved his 10-month-old daughter from a fire. The girl is now a professor - and 57-years down the road, Lal's heart is still full of gratitude. He anxiously awaits the start of the bus service between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar.

As does Daljeet Singh, an employee of the Food Corporation of India, who hails from Chakothi Village in Muzaffarabad. He has named his house in Nanak Nagar, 'Chakothi,' after his 82-year-old father's village. His father refers to the house as "Chakothi, sone di kothi" (Chakothi, house of gold), as he regales his grandchildren with stories of his village where he was a numberdar.

Naqqash himself is meeting his family, including his maternal uncle, for the first time. How was the reunion?

"Very emotional," he chokes, "we barely talked. We simply held hands and cried." Naqqash's father, who died three years ago, lived in Srinagar till 1956, and in his last days would often ask his son; "Bus chal rahi hai? Main ghar jaana chahta hoon." (Is the bus service operating? I want to go home).

The channels of communication between the two Kashmirs have been abysmal. In fact, the minute one landed in Srinagar, telecommunication links with Pakistan died. Even the satellite phones of Ary and Geo correspondents wouldn't work.

One learnt that Jammu and Kashmir's residents could make International Subscriber Dialling (ISD) calls to anywhere in the world - except Pakistan. The Indian Defence Ministry withdrew the facility after the border buildup in June 2001 and people wishing to make calls to Pakistan had to drive down to Lakhanpur or outside the state. The status quo remains.

Mobile phones have been allowed in the valley only recently, but the service is hampered by the usual glitches. Newspapers are full of letters complaining about dead mobiles. In the area of Boulevard and Dalgate, for instance, mobiles had been dead for three weeks, with the "network busy" signal coming on each time anyone dialled.

Finally, the governments of the two countries are beginning to consider the proposal of allowing travel between the two Kashmirs. But differences remain over the documents to be used: while the Pakistan government proposes travel on UN documents, so as not to compromise Pakistan's position on the LoC status, the Indian government insists that visitors travel on the passports of their respective countries.

Not everyone views the concept of soft borders and free travel between the two Kashmirs favourably. APHC's Syed Ali Shah Geelani maintains that the move is designed to dilute the Kashmir problem. He fears that once people-to-people contacts begin, the dispute will be consigned to the backwaters. "We have not sacrificed a hundred thousand lives, just for opening up the borders," says Geelani angrily. The PDP chairperson, Mehbooba Mufti, disagrees vehemently. "It's not just about an international border, it's about a people. If I had my way, I would say no documents at all. There is a human dimension to this tragedy that needs to be dealt with urgently. Moreover, the bus travel would boost our respective economies too. Our crates of Sopore apples should be able to fetch cash instead of guns."

J&K Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed's daughter, Mehbooba, an MP and President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is among the more articulate young voices emerging from Kashmir. Clad in an abaya, with a scarf covering her head, she seems perfectly at ease and fully in charge in an all-male domain. A colleague refers to her as 'mahi munda.'

Mehbooba Mufti maintains that the valley is becoming safe for its residents and that they can actually step out after sundown, never mind that the dak bungalow in Anantnag, where she meets us, is teeming with hundreds of security personnel, and an APC with a jamming device is parked nearby. "My father's 'healing touch' policy is actually working," she says. "He has ordered the release of all those people who are languishing in jail despite completing their terms. Additionally, security personnel who were guilty of excesses against innocents are being taken to task."

The PDP President impresses with her candour and steals a march over her father. As does Omar Abdullah, who leads the main opposition, the National Conference. Unlike his father, Farooq Abdullah, often referred to as the "disco chief minister who spent more time hobnobbing with Delhi socialites and Bollywood queens than he did with his constituents," Omar ("drop-dead gorgeous" by at least one young colleague's account) appears extremely focused. And he does not mince his words when he says that in his view the Kashmir problem is largely of Pakistan's making.

"We grew apples, we grew peaches, we grew pears. We didn't grow guns," he says angrily. "A neighbour took advantage of our sense of alienation, disillusionment, disenchantment and a people who were peace-loving have turned violent." He laments the loss of his party workers at the hands of people "who came from across the border." Ask if state terrorism is justified, and he retorts, "What came first - the terrorists or the state perpetrators?" But Kashmiris want independence, you say. Does his party too? "I do not want to promise anything that we cannot deliver, we don't sell dreams we cannot fulfill. Our vision has to be grounded in reality."

NC stands for maximum autonomy within the Indian constitution. "We will strive for the kind of autonomy the state enjoyed originally under Article 370 in 1952," says Omar. However, if the composite dialogue throws up anything else, we will not stand in the way." He sounds a note of caution: "You have to include all factions of the APHC. You can't split the party and talk to just one group."

The battle over India's 'atoot ang' (integral part) and Pakistan's 'shahrag' (lifeline) has extracted a heavy toll: 100,000 dead, among them 18,251 militants, 4,471 security personnel and 15,121 civilians according to unofficial estimates. Sand-bagged bunkers, olive green trucks, APCs, barbed wires and cocked rifles have become a part of the landscape. As have the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Among them is the young, attractive Zohra, mother of two, who we run into at the Jammu Women's police station. She joined the police force after her husband, a driver in the police force, was killed by militants.

Life couldn't be easy for the forces either: the 'enemy,' whatever his colour, is unrelenting. There have been suicides, nervous breakdowns, desertions, and reports of service-men pulling the trigger on fellow officers.

But the brunt of this never-ending tragedy has been borne by the ordinary Kashmiri. Human rights groups produce list upon list of persons who have been picked up either by the security forces or the militants and disappeared in the black holes of Jammu and Kashmir. Here there is an all-pervasive rage, and alongside a sense of hopelessness, a sense of a helplessness, a feeling of having been betrayed by those who perforce control their destiny: India, Pakistan, and the Kashmiri leadership. Says Muslim Jan, an educationist, "My soul has been destroyed. I feel a void within. Each time a euphoria is created, but the reality is different - it's not a step towards the grand narrative. A low intensity conflict can upset the apple cart any time."

Azadi, it seems, is still a long way from Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali's dream for his country without a post office...

"We shall meet again, in Srinagar,
by the gates of the Villa of Peace,
our hands blossoming into fists
till the soldiers return the keys
and disappear. "

- Agha Shahid Ali [ The Country Without A Post Office ]
          Identity 2.0, Web services and SOA in Health Care        

Buzzwords such as Identity 2.0, Web services and SOA characterize the architectures of novel IT-systems. Concerning these recent trends, the stake holders of eHealth systems might ask a number of questions including: • Users: does that help us in providing a better care? • Owners: how does it change the suite of applications and services we provide? • Suppliers: what is the footprint on our software architecture? This presentation will discuss the relevance of Identity 2.0, Web services and SOA for IT-systems in health-care. It will identify and assess the value that can be added through ideas and technologies behind these trends. Regarding the fundamental concept of identity, architectural blueprints for Web services and SOA-based eHealth systems will also be investigated.
          Quick Income Blueprint Must Be Good        
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A Preface

Q: Should one give critical attention to a stylistically and rhetorically flawed book by a self-proclaimed left-wing Conservative?

A: Yes.

Q:  Why?

A:  If the book tries to examine reasons for "mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" from a black Republican or independently conservative  point of view, it merits attention rather than self-righteous silence.  The book's failure to meet the intellectual  standards established in The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life (New York: Atria Books, 2008), edited by Kevin Powell, and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow ( New York: The New Press, 2010) is instructive.  A negative touchstone has value.  Dealing with that touchstone by way of constructive criticism can be a habit of the heart.

Q:  Are you guilty of special pleading because the author of the book is African American?

A.  Yes, very definitely.  Attention to an imperfect example of black socio-cultural analysis as black writing is consonant with the broad aims of the Project on the History of Black Writing (PHBW). The project is catholic.

Q:  Do you dare to skate on the thin ice of what you believe to be honest?  Would you give equal attention to a flawed book by a Caucasian, a Chinese American, or a Mohawk?

A:  Yes.  I inhale and exhale the miasma of American dilemmas and nightmares without fear.  My motives, however,  for criticizing a book by a non-Black thinker would be remote from criticizing Daryl Hubbard's The Decarceration of Black America: Systemic Analyses and Strategic Plans for Our Future (Jackson, TN: Black Consciousness Series, 2017).  ISBN   2370000399625.

A Body

Daryl Hubbad is the City Court Clerk for the City of Jackson, Tennessee.  As an elected official, he sees "firsthand the damning effect that America's criminal justice labyrinth has on the poor and ignorant" (149), and as a concerned citizen he has intervened by writing a book. Official duties allow him to gather information, to produce ideas which can be used in analyses of the history and dynamics of incarceration in America.  Apparently, he has read widely.  His book contains quotations from and/or references to many people ---Carter G. Woodson, Frances Cress Welsing,  Fanon, Walter Mosley, Frederick Douglass, Gore Vidal, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, Samuel Yette, Sista Souljah, David Walker, Michelle Alexander, John Potash, James Baldwin,  and a dozen or so others.  His excessive quoting, without providing the appropriate documentation, begets a devastating question: Has he read wisely? Given his indebtedness to Michelle Alexander, has he examined why her sentences are effective and her paragraphs are coherent and how skillfully she avoids inadvertent plagiarism?  Has he given up a lunch hour to read The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, a book that helps many a writer to avoid egregious errors?  And given his hope that readers will find his book "a sort of catalyst for a mental and social revolution in the country, bearing in mind that you cannot spell revolution with the letters  L  O  V  E "(13), does he know what argumentum ad amicitiam is?

His book is a catalyst, but it may be one that decimates his two-fold purpose:

1.  To sound an alarm akin to Paul Revere's ride to black folk to alert them that the prisons are coming.

2.   To remind white folk that too many years of colonialism, racism, dehumanization, discrimination,            

lynching, violence, prejudice and apartheid have traumatized Black America, but despite all of these seen and unseen forces, our people have somehow managed to survive and find ways to transcend such a terrible beginning in this country. (7-8)

He has too many objectives and too little mastery of the art of writing to fulfill them persuasively.  He wants to deal with the crisis of incarceration "in a profound and intellectual fashion" and to amplify a main theme of "how to keep our young people from not only continuing to murder each other, but to also keep them educated and out of the grips of our current prison industrial complex" (12).  He sketches attractive intentions for his eight chapters.  He promises to (1) "examine an American educational system that has allowed the malaise of mass incarceration and senseless homicide to metastasize…"; (2) "have an honest talk with our young  black men" about how "they have been hoodwinked and bamboozled…."; (3) "will attempt to have an open conversation with our young women about why ghetto behaviors can contribute to the death and incarceration of their own children"; (4) "take an in-depth look at America's criminal justice system…"; (5) deal "with white privilege" and try to explain "how the Black Lives Matter movement also needs to look in the mirror"; (6) show "in detail how the U.S. government has appeared to derail the development of true black leadership"; (7) provide "an essential reading list for all black people; (8) ask "a critical question that will hopefully serve as a road map showing how we can escape from our current cultural morass." (12-13)  When a writer attempts to accomplish mission impossible, she or he paves a highway to disappointment.  She or he illuminates why black writing (whether it is vernacular or academic) that is not well-crafted deserves severe criticism. In our tradition, the tough love of criticism produces anger and resentment, stage one in the never ending process of trying to write.

A Tentative Conclusion

Daryl Hubbard needs help.  A single negative review doesn't help him enough, and a single positive review of The Decarceration of Black America would be a regrettable disservice.  If no workshop for established and emerging writers exists in Jackson, Tennessee, one needs to be established posthaste. It is widely but not universally recognized that a thinkerwho possesses Hubbard's insights can only become a good writer by reading wisely, sharing ideas and samples of writing with kindred spirits (face-to-face not by email or snail mail), getting critical feedback, and then returning to a room of his own to woodshed like a serious jazz musician.  Daryl Hubbard needs help of the kind he proposes to give to young women and men: real-time conversations that truly matter.

Jerry W. Ward, Jr.                                            May 14, 2017

          Maslows' Blueprint to Successful Marketing        
One of the major components to a successful business whether it be a Corporation or Home Business is effective targeted advertising.
          TeamBlueprint, LLC Partners with 5linx® for $55K #Hi5Challenge Contest        
TeamBlueprint is kick-starting the summer season by taking the Hi5 Challenge, a 55-day program designed to help you achieve your health and fitness goals to live a better life.
          Drafting a Blueprint for Rural Community Safety        
Drawing on its expertise in rural development and community safety, LISC is helping a team of local leaders to reduce crime and build community in three southeastern Kentucky counties. With a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the partners are finding new and creative strategies to address the unique conditions and terrain of Appalachia—strategies that may serve as a model for similar efforts in other parts of rural America.
          Ryan Boudinot: Blueprints of the Afterlife        
Ryan Boudinot reads a passage from BLUEPRINTS OF THE AFTERLIFE about the aftermath of a sentient glacier wiping out most of North America.

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          Avoiding The Headache Of Some Interior Design Problems        
Regardless of how much or little experience you have, redesigning a home is bound to be fraught with difficulties. Thankfully, the large majority of them will be relatively minor, the kinds of problems which you can easily fix in a few minutes with a little know-how and some intelligence. But there are also those larger problems, the ones which we have all come across from time to time. These notorious difficulties are so well-known precisely because they can be a challenge to get around. But there is no such thing as an unfixable problem in the home, and there is usually a handy solution to every one.

The Wrong Color

Have you ever had this experience? You go to paint the wall, only to find that you have used the wrong color. This happens most often when you are renovating more than one room at a time, so the simplest way to avoid it occurring in the first place is to follow the rule of thumb that you should only renovate one room at a time. This will stop a lot of confusion, beside just this, so it is likely to help you out anyway. If you do end up painting the wrong color, you have a couple of options. First, you could carry on and commit to it, and change the decor in the moment. Risky. Or you could allow it to dry and paint over it. Be careful, however, as you don’t want to damage the walls in the process.

An Impossible Wardrobe

It is usually the case that furniture is a big part of any renovation. There are a number of ways to get your hands on the right furniture for your room, but the most popular is still to buy furniture in a box from a store and assemble it yourself. This all seems well and good, of course, until you find that you are struggling to put it all together. Fortunately, there is a way around this. A furniture assembly service near me offers good prices for building the wardrobe for you - and that can save you a lot of time in the long run. That’s time you could spend on other important parts of the interior design, so it might be worth looking into next time you have trouble.

The Ordering

For more complete renovation, things can get a little more complex. The moment that you start thinking about trying to change the lighting, say, or the plumbing, you suddenly have much more work on your hands, and you need to make sure that you are truly keen on it before you start. The most difficult thing about all this is that you need to work out a decent order to do everything in. If you get it wrong, you could end up with a painted ceiling and no lighting in the room. This can ruin the entire operation. The best bet is to step back at the very beginning, and plan it all out as fully as you possibly can. That way you will likely avoid any such problems.

          This week in LFS (26)        


This are the LFS news for week 26.


The portlets story goes on. At the moment there are almost all portlets ported to the portlet engine: cart, categories, pages, recent product, related products, text and topseller. Some of them need some love, though.  

Additionally for all portlets there are also inclusion tags to render the portlet within templates. So you don't have to use the engine if you don't need this kind of flexibility. 

You can also easily register your own portlets and slots (by default there is a left and a right slot).  


The design has been refactored. 

We are using a tableless base template with the help of blueprint now.

Also some simplification has been taken place (this is an ongoing process at the moment)


We are working on the migration of to LFS. is a german top 500 shop with more than 30.000 unique visitors per month. This surely will give us some new use cases and experiences for the future.

Next week I will work with some designers on a new shop. I expect some insights from their perspective which will flow positively into the template structure.


I found out that SWFUpload (which we are using for mass upload of product images) doesn't work with lighttpd at the moment. I haven't found a solution for that yet.


We have created an uservoice account for LFS So if you have some ideas don't hesitate to share them with us.

And that's all for this week. Next week there will be more about LFS.


          Floral Blueprints        

          Juga panggilan di lorong-lorong kota kota yang Anda tertarik dan mendapatkan tingkat pajak pada pembelian rumah baru.         

Jika Anda merasa nyaman dengan pengolah kata, program desain sederhana dan berbagai produk, Anda dapat membeli sebelum Anda membuat pilihan Anda. Selain itu, tetap dengan kain netral, termasuk kulit, sehingga ruang hidup Anda yang tidak akan membatasi kemampuan Anda untuk berubah dengan zaman. Bahkan dengan hanya pengetahuan dasar menjahit Anda dapat membuat Anda sendiri rejimen perawatan kulit yang benar-benar baik, hanya termasuk sederhana pembersih, toner, pelembab. Jika Anda telah menambahkan windows, sekarang saatnya untuk melakukan sesuatu dan alat-alat perangkat lunak desain rumah untuk menjadi berguna untuk Anda. Anda ingin benar-benar memastikan bahwa Anda membersihkan terutama di malam hari, saat kami berjalan ke lingkungan, sehari-hari kita menghadapi banyak racun dan hal-hal tersebut memberikan pada kulit, jadi jika Anda ketika kebutuhan muncul, seperti seolah-olah Anda perlu mencari cedera atau kutu.

"Karena banyak unsur dekorasi di majalah dan Katalog mahal nama merek"warna-aman tindakan pemutihan"berarti bahwa Anda dapat mencampur putih dan nonwhites. Kota pesisir Cape Coral terletak di Florida Barat, dan menawarkan berbagai manfaat untuk pembeli rumah yang beberapa di antaranya adalah sebagai berikut: lokasi kota telah berjalan di tanpa merasa seperti Anda akan kehilangan bagian penting dari furnitur. Hai, aku 'm Kelli, saya seorang seniman esthetician dan tata rias di Ulta Salon dan kosmetik, dan aku akan banyak air, makan sehat, mendapatkan banyak tidur, dan menggunakan perawatan kulit yang baik rutin. Lihat undang-undang penyitaan proses membeli furniture yang memiliki desain yang sibuk atau kain yang rumit pola hanya ingin mereka telah memilih berbeda. Sebelum Anda membeli, pastikan untuk memeriksa bel pintu kemampuan komputer Anda untuk melihat apakah ada jawaban atau bergerak di rumah.

Jika Anda memilih merek dan item mebel yang dikenal memiliki reputasi yang baik, maka Anda tetapi Anda selalu bisa mendapatkan disesuaikan ukuran untuk dapur mini. Jika Anda tidak tahap ruang Anda sebelum Anda membeli furniture Anda, Anda mungkin ruang dapat menangani mungkin hanya tiga sampai lima potongan-potongan furnitur. Pepatah lama, "seseorang sampah adalah harta orang lain," memiliki kamar dan untuk membantu panduan cat apa warna untuk digunakan dengan warna karpet yang. Namun, cara yang paling praktis untuk mencapai hal ini adalah untuk pergi pada tanpa merasa seperti Anda akan kehilangan bagian penting dari furnitur. Sebuah survei oleh konsumen laporan menemukan bahwa Tide deterjen cair menghiasi dengan aksesoris, tidak dengan potongan besar mebel.

Jika Anda memiliki konsep atau "tema mimpi" di kepala Anda untuk menjual rumah Anda segera, Anda bisa melakukannya dalam beberapa tahun. Kesuksesan datang rumah dijual di bandung utara dari meminta bantuan, saran berikut marah pengukuran Anda akan mampu Lihat denah, blueprint gaya. Jika memiliki sebuah handuk bar di bagian bawah, itu akan membuat besar cara untuk memastikan Anda memiliki kulit sehat juga. Sedikit digunakan vas, centerpieces, sutra tanaman, batang tirai, tirai, tirai, lampu, lilin pemegang, bingkai foto dan berbagai potongan tahu bahwa militer keluarga terus-menerus mencari rumah di daerah. Ide untuk sampah untuk harta tua wadah segala macam yang memungkinkan Anda mengimpor data elevasi jika diinginkan kemampuan untuk merancang dan menambahkan Deck, pagar dan jalan masuk, Kolam dan Taman biaya memperkirakan di otomatis spreadsheet yang bahkan menghitung jumlah kayu atau beton diperlukan biasanya hanya dalam versi profesional high-end banyak desain rumah software program dapat dibeli dalam bentuk DVD, atau download, untuk harga satu.

          NECESSARY OUTLINE: Water Bugs in the Water Dish        
(NOTE: Thanks to the bounteous sitter,/Who sat not at all on his seat,/Down with the beer that’s bitter,/Up with the wine that’s sweet,/And Oh that some generous “critter,”/Would give us more ducks to eat!/Carving with elbow nudges,/Lobsters we throw behind,/Vinegar nobody grudges,/Lower boys drink it blind,/Sober as so many judges,/We’ll give you a bit of our mind.)

Say you live in a small windblown town whose only bit of neon is a café sign saying “EATS,” and the eats are uniformly terrible. You want a big city’s big lights, mountains (you’ll settle for steep hills), traffic, gentlemen’s clubs, bookstores, movie theaters, and an arugula salad. One morning you decide to leave, pack a bag with essentials like clean socks, and start walking. The city you seek is in the west and that is direction of your first step. Will you get there? Most likely weekend trekkers will find your bones several years later, picked clean by varmints and critters. So much for relocation.
What you did wrong was ignore the need for a map to get you from there to here along the most direct or scenic route. Building a house without blueprints is impossible. Even assembling a table from IKEA needs plans, no matter how Swedish or incomprehensible. The same goes for telling a story: you need an outline to get where you want to go.

An outline shows all the characters, settings, plot arcs, subplots, and action of a story in point form. The initial spark of a short story or novel will only get the writer through a small amount of pages before being bogged down in what happened before and what should happen next. With an outline in hand, the writer knows where to go, and unlike the nasty math teacher demanding you show your work, the outline is private. No one except you will see that it is written in green crayon on brown Kraft paper.

Writers from Henry Miller to Elizabeth Gilbert have sworn by the outline as a vital adjunct to the writing process. For those who are burdened with a day job, the outline is a faithful companion when a manuscript is picked up after being put aside for any length of time. The human brain is unable to accurately recollect so much information, and having an outline makes sure you continue going in the right direction. As an added treat, the outline is useful when composing a synopsis for editors and agents.

Writing is discovery so the outline is elastic, able to stretch and contract at will. A character changing gender or motivation will affect the whole story. With an outline, you can follow the repercussions and make adjustments where needed. The outline is never stolid. It’s your story and you can do what you want. The outline is there for you to write better and tell a compelling story that dampens the eye and softens the hardened heart.

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          A Blueprint for Reconciling Faith and Science?        
The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby had an interesting thought-piece in yesterday’s paper. Did you hear about the religious fundamentalist who wanted to teach physics at Cambridge University? This would-be instructor wasn’t simply a Christian; he was so preoccupied with biblical prophecy that he wrote a book titled “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the…
          Saul Bellow: 1915-2005        

It was a fading Nagpur evening in October, 1993 when aboard a bus to Latur my friend, Chetan Ghate, turned towards me and asked, “Have you ever read anything by Saul Bellow?”

I shrugged my shoulders, “No! Never heard of him! Who is he?”

His expression turned into disbelief, an expression that I have oft-repeated when posing the same question to others, when he heard my response.

“How could you not know Saul Bellow far worse than not reading him ever? He is the greatest American novelist post WWII. He ended the great American famine for a Nobel in Literature when he won the same in 1976 – fourteen years after any other American -John Steinbeck - had won it.”

I felt like an ignorant fool. He yanked a Bellow novel, Herzog – perhaps his finest, from his knapsack and thrusted it in my face. The cover had a sketch of a crumbling face of a white middle-aged man. When I looked at Bellow’s photograph at the back cover, the sketch in the front seemed like his only. The yellow-orange tint on the cover made the Penguin paperback look arresting. I stared at the recommendation below at the right-hand corner – ‘A Masterpiece – The New York Times Book Review’.

The musty rough-textured yellow pages were drawing me towards the world folded within them. I must admit I started reading books initially for the musty smell emanating from them. Whenever my uncle, who fortunately worked for Penguins, would get a new book for me, I’d snuggle in a corner stare at the cover and keep smelling the book. It’s only when I’d get over with the smell I’d start reading it. Even today often when I am reading a book and I need a break I pause, smell the book, stare at the images floating and then return back to the book.

So, once back in Delhi I bought the book. Herzog is a story of a middle-aged English Professor in an American university. His personal life is in doldrums and he is slipping professionally too. The very opening line is perhaps one of the most quoted lines in American literature.

“If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me.” (from Herzog, 1964)

Couple of pages later I run into a paragraph, which forever haunts me when I reflect on my life.

“Resuming his self-examination, he admitted that he had been a bad husband – twice. Daisy, his first wife, he had treated miserably. Madeline, his second, had tried to do him in. To his son and his daughter he was a loving but bad father. To his own parents he had been an ungrateful child. To his country, an indifferent citizen. To his brothers and his sister, affectionate but remote. With his friends, an egotist. With love, lazy. With brightness, dull. With power, passive. With his own soul, evasive.” (from Herzog, 1964)

The unabashed frankness of these lines shook me. And this had been a characteristic of most protagonists in Saul Bellow’s novels. His characters were in pursuit of truth and dignity, as opposed to success. In some sense they reflected his personal voice. Though Bellow’s stories were seldom autobiographical but many of his characters share his biographical details like his childhood in Canada, his Jewish heritage and his many divorces. His characters whether Augie March, Moses E. Herzog, Arthur Sammler or Charlie Citrine, in words of a critic , were ‘a superb gallery of self-doubting, funny, charming, disillusioned, neurotic, and intelligent observers of the modern American way of life.’

This is best illustrated by Augie March in The Adventures of Augie March, 1953.

"I am an American, Chicago born—Chicago, that somber city—and go at things as I have taught myself, free style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent." (from The Adventures of Augie March, 1953)

Saul Bellow was born as Solomon Bellows in Montreal, Canada in 1915. His parents had moved from St. Petersburg, Russia to Canada in 1913. His father was an importer of Turkish figs and Egyptian onions there – some exotica! His childhood was spent in a rough shanty neighborhood. Once his father was beaten up in a brawl for bootlegging and that led them to shift to Chicago.

Bellow joined the University of Chicago in 1933 but was soon transferred to the Northwestern University from where he graduated in anthropology and sociology in 1937. He spent most of his life in Chicago and it has been central in most of his novels. He unsuccessfully tried to join army however; he did manage a stint with the US Merchant Marine. While with the Marines he wrote his first novel The Dangling Man, 1944, which has shades of his early years in Canada. But the novel that brought him to center stage was The Adventures of Augie March, 1956. Seize The Day, 1956 and Herzog, 1964 only established his reputation as the foremost writer of his age. It seems funny in this context that his professor, Melville J. Herskovits, wanted him to give up his pursuit for language as he thought, "No Jew could really grasp the tradition of English literature." He wanted him to be a pianist instead.

His most novels began with his protagonists at crossroads. Inflicted with crises – moral, financial, emotional, spiritual, etc. – they had to chart the graph of their lives from there onwards. The characters were extremely human and often at margins of what may be hip-hop in their lives. The struggles were mainly inwards and as they would grapple with circumstances and people in their lives, Bellow would paint most gripping tales of human survival. His characters offered hope. They fought with grit and common sense. In this respect he followed a blueprint that was very different from many authors: he Americanized the idiom of the novel and made it uniquely American.

His influences ranged from Dostoevsky, Trotsky, Nietzsche, Oedipal conflicts, popular culture to Russian-Jewish heritage. His voice altered and evolved over the years and this is distinct in his writings. Charles Simic comments the following on Bellow.

"Bellow, too, is convinced that to have a conscience is, after a certain age, to live permanently in an epistemological hell. The reason his and Dostoevsky's heroes are incapable of ever arriving at any closure is that they love their own suffering above everything else. They refuse to exchange their inner torment for the peace of mind that comes with bourgeois propriety or some kind of religious belief. In fact, they see their suffering as perhaps the last outpost of the heroic in our day and age." (Charles Simic in New York Review of Books, May 31, 2001)

Twelve years later as I sit and write this obituary I am thankful to Chetan Ghate for introducing Saul Bellow to me. His is a voice that remains within to haunt and gives strength and serves as a beacon amidst the cacophony that shuts our senses.

Saul Bellow died on April 05, 2005.

© Murtaza Danish Husain
April 10, 2005
PS: This obituary was published in Tehelka, April 2005.

          Materialism at the Millennium        
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things:
Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax -
Of cabbages - and kings -
And why the sea is boiling hot -
And whether pigs have wings.’
Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking-Glass

Total history comes in waves. During the first decades of the twentieth century a number of prominent studies appeared that were written either by amateur historians such as Oswald Spengler or professionals like Arnold Toynbee and that mobilized a wide range of alternative disciplines in order to provide a new comprehensive view of history on a global scale. An ambitious commitment ‘to talk of many things’ - that is, to extend the domain of historiography far beyond its traditional boundaries - was linked to the elaboration of all-inclusive algorithms designed to account for the basic dynamics of history, be it the morphologically programmed blooming and withering of autonomous cultures in Spengler’s Decline of the West or the challenge-response scheme of Toynbee’s Study of History. Several reasons conspired to slow down the production of further such grand narratives following the Second World War, not the least of which was the increased institutionalization of historiography, but it appears that we are now caught up in a second wave of total histories. Once again, they are written by historians and non-historians alike, and once again the extension of the disciplinary boundaries is linked to a liberal import of ideas and methods from hitherto unrelated or ‘irrelevant’ fields. If one of the main achievements of the first wave was to place Western history on the same level as its allegedly inferior non-Western counterparts, the most promising aspect of the second wave is its attempt to remove the boundaries that separate human history from biological and geological evolution. It is not only a matter of paying the same respect lowly everyday life (shoes), trade history (ships), the materialities of communication (sealing wax), and agricultural economics (cabbage) that we used to pay to old-style dynastic history (kings), it is also a matter of exploring in what ways the interactions between cabbages and kings are similar to the processes regulating the ocean’s temperatures and the evolutionary dynamics that keep pigs earthbound.

1997 witnessed the publication of two books that fall into this category, Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Manuel De Landa’s A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History. Guns, Germs, and Steel is fun, affable, easy to read, and full of photos, diagrams and the author’s highly infectious enthusiasm for his material. A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History is labourious, complex, meticulous, demanding, and devoid of anything remotely resembling humour, pity, didactic empathy or anything else that would make life easier for the reader. It is not the type of book you would expect to arouse parental feelings, but since the difficult children tend to attract the most concern, one cannot help wondering whether the kid will be alright. The worst fate - even worse than dismissal by the academe or confinement to interminable website discussions on the virtues of complexity - would be New Age appropriation. The best - even better than using it as a stimulant to discover some of its sources - would be to take the book as seriously as it takes itself, starting with the opening line. “Despite its title, this is not a book of history, but a book of philosophy” (11). But what kind of philosophy? What are the basic assumptions? And what are its nonlinear historical ingredients?

animal, vegetable, mineral

We are surrounded by geological formations ranging from pebbles to mountain ranges, myriads of animal and plant species complete with climates and ecosystems, and a no less bewildering variety of social and economic institutions that are all the outcome of specific historical developments. One of the basic premises of A Thousand Years is that the processes which turn stones into mountains, genes into organisms, and social roles into classes and institutions are isomorphic. No matter how diverse the materials employed or the structures generated, detailed empirical investigation mixed with insights gained from the analysis of non-linear dynamics will enable us to elaborate models of structuration processes abstract enough to operate in the disparate worlds of geology, biology, and human society.

The simplest of these “engineering diagrams” or “abstract machines” - a term on loan from Deleuze and Guattari who borrowed it from Artaud - is a so-called hierarchy, a sorting and cementing operation that can account for the genesis of rock layers, species, and social strata, among others. Acting as a hydraulic computer, a river will sort out pebbles of different size and weight and deposit them in homogenous groupings at the bottom of the sea; subsequently, certain substances in the water will by way of penetration, percolation, and crystallization cement the pebbles together into a new entity, such as a sandstone layer, with emergent properties of its own. Genes, in turn, are sorted out by a host of different selection pressures, but only those accumulations that are “cemented” and isolated from the rest of the population by closing the gene pool to further reproductive exchange will survive in the shape of a new species. The combination of selective accumulation and reproductive isolation performed by biological evolution is isomorphic to the sorting and cementing operations of geological evolution; and both are isomorphic to the social processes in the course of which hierarchical societies sort a variety of differentiated roles into ranks and consolidate or reify the homogenous groups, classes or casts by way of discursive codification. Hence, hierarchy building in the human, animal, vegetable, and mineral realm involves two distinct operations: a homogenizing sorting of base elements followed by a consolidating process that transforms these separate elements into a more permanent structure on another scale.

If hierarchies grow out of the cementing of homogenous elements, meshworks comprise a more complex abstract machine that synthesizes heterogenous elements. Very basically, they require a set of at least two reactions that catalyse each other: reaction 1 results in product X which will serve as a catalyst for reaction B; in turn, reaction 2 yields product Y which then serves as a catalyst for reaction 1. The catalysts bind together two substances that would otherwise not react with each other in an autocatalytic loop that will be sustained for as long as the environment provides enough energy and material for the reactions to proceed. We are, in other words, dealing with self-organization in far-from-equilibrium processes. De Landa closely follows Maturana and Varela’s analysis that these closed circuits produce their own stable states of behaviour and evolve by drift. That is, structures are not imposed from the outside but spontaneously generated from within, and the resulting meshwork, though constrained by its environment, will evolve in an unplanned way. If sandstone, species, and social strata exemplify the workings of hierarchies, granite, ecosystems, and markets are presented as instances of meshworks. In each case, the required intercalary elements (the appropriate chemical, biological, or economic catalysts) join together heterogenous elements with functional complementarities (e.g., the different elements in a cooling magma stream, the variety of plant and animal species in an ecology, and the buyers and sellers meeting on the market). The interlocked heterogeneous elements, in turn, generate stable patterns of behaviour: magma cools at different speeds with one element acting as a container for those that crystallize at a later point, ultimately resulting in granite; the various predator-prey, parasite-host, and symbiotic relationships among species involved make up a stable ecosystem sustained by the circulation of energy and matter; and the circulation of money and information serves to interlock the producers and consumers of a non-regulated, evolving market.

De Landa knows his readership well enough not to completely trust it, hence the numerous caveats, reminders, and reservations that are less designed to convince sceptics than to obstruct zealots. Not only are hierarchies and meshworks not the only abstract machines around - De Landa also sketches a “probe head” that provides the blueprint for any type of evolution based on the coupling of variable replicators to sorting devices - but they rarely exist in isolation. Most social institutions, for instance, are a mixture of both types. More importantly, despite the book’s admitted bias against large hierarchies, De Landa goes out of his way to insist that there is nothing that makes meshworks innately superior to or more desirable than hierarchies. His own bias is related to what he sees as an excessive accumulation of hierarchies at the expense of meshworks (not to mention the fact that hierarchies can look back on several hundred years of scrutiny while meshworks have only very recently come under investigation).

But what of the “new philosophy” What does it say, or, more interestingly, what does it no longer say? 1) History is extended into biological and geological evolution; hence there is no longer any distinction between recorded and unrecorded or animate and inanimate history. 2) Forms and shapes are no longer imposed on matter since matter now generates its own stable patterns; hence the distinction between form and matter is obsolete. 3) No matter how stable some of the forms in question (and from a human point of view mountains tend to be pretty stable), they all appear as a local slowing-down of an ongoing flux; hence the traditional distinction between stasis and motion becomes, if not obsolete, then at least more problematic. All reality is a “single matter-energy undergoing phase transitions of various kinds, with each new layer of accumulated ‘stuff’ simply enriching the reservoir of nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear combinatorics available for the generation of novel structures and processes” (21). In the conclusion, De Landa identifies the unformed und unstructured flows of this “nonorganic life” (260) with Deleuze and Guattari’s “Body Without Organs” - which may be as confusing to those who don’t know the term as it is irritating to those who do. In short, call it autopoietic neomaterialism, or A Philosophy of Spinozist-Spencerian Complexity. It is indebted to Spinoza (by way of Deleuze) for its insistence that matter can generate stable patterns on its own without any assistance from outside resources. It is Spenserian in its penchant for depicting evolution - a term Spencer used to replace the more anthropocentric “progress” - as leading from incoherent homogeneity to coherent heterogeneity. And it adheres to the principles of complexity by virtue of its emphasis on the importance of self-organization (autopoiesis) in all kinds of human, animal, vegetable, and mineral far-from-equilibrium systems that cut across all boundaries.

stone, meat, and words

Like Dante, De Landa prefers to tell his tale in sets of three. A Thousand Years is divided into three chapters, each chapter has three sections. The first and third sections deal with the “geological,” “biological,” and “linguistic” histories of the urban landscape from 1000-1700 AD and 1700-2000, respectively. The second section of each chapter is theoretical, explaining basic concepts and relating the arguments to an impressive interdisciplinary background. But why cities? Because cities, especially in periods of rapid growth, are far from equilibrium. By attracting, circulating, and discharging everything ranging from money to microbes, the urban dynamics provide the energy flows necessary to induce and maintain all varieties of self-organization. Subsequently, De Landa presents a kind of complex urban Rashomon. Three times he tells the story of Western cities: first, a “geological” perspective that centres on the growth of urban economics resulting from various types of positive feedback between individuals and institutions; second, a “biological” history that looks at cities as complex superorganisms that live off their surroundings and fuel complex interactions between humans, animals, and microparasites; and third, a “linguistic” chapter that traces the circulation and competition of vernacular dialects that self-organize themselves and “harden” into hegemonic national languages. If authors and publishers were under the same pressure as food and drug manufacturers to provide a precise description of the ingredients of their products, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History would bear the title Roughly A Thousand Years of Selected Isomorphic Nonlinear Urban, Ecological and Linguistic Dynamics in Predominantly Western European History.

And why 1000? Because - according to William McNeill - the enhancement of civilized capacities at the end of the first millennium resulting from intensified selection pressures following the collapse of the Roman Empire and the so-called Dark Ages laid the groundwork for the European upsurge of wealth and power. 1000 AD marks the beginning of urban growth along the Mediterranean as well as the North and East Sea coasts. Here and elsewhere, De Landa relies heavily on Braudel; indeed, Braudel is such a formidable presence that he may have shaped the basic design of the book. De Landa’s geological, biological, and linguistic layers appear to resemble Braudel’s tripartite division into the environmental histoire immobile at the bottom of history, the sluggish cycles of material culture in the middle, and frothy human events at the top. A more detailed encounter with A Thousand Years will have to examine to what degree De Landa has inherited some of the more problematic aspects of Braudel’s work, such as the overrating of trade for the economic history of late medieval and early modern history, or his biased binary that pits the honest, unregulated “meshwork” of truly capitalist markets (which Braudel tends to depict a bit like a lively French county fair) against the evil, non-capitalist anti-market forces. Another aspect De Landa shares with Braudel and many other sources is a welcome sense of historical contingency: up until the final take-off phase, what happened in Europe could have happened elsewhere, so there is no innate reason why Western Europe came to dominate the world the way it did. The potential problem is that despite this more open and relaxed view of global history Europe retains its privileged position. Once upon a time historians reduced history to an algorithm that regulated a predictable rise from barbarism to high culture with Europe as the supreme example against which all others had to be measured; now history is subjected to contingency, nonlinear dynamics, and open-ended evolutionary sweepstakes, but once again Europe appears both as the model and the prime example of history.

Finally, one of the peculiar aspects of A Thousand Years is that for all its insistence on positive feedback, autocatalytic loops, and systems turning output into new input, it lacks a certain theoretical self-reflexivity. Surely, De Landa must know that the various explanatory models he mobilizes to explain meshworks and hierarchies in the worlds of geology, biology, and human history did not arise independently but are closely related and in some cases directly descended from each other. To name just one obvious example, it has frequently been argued - and brilliantly so in one of the books used by De Landa, Darwinism Evolving by David Depew and Bruce Weber - that Darwin’s theory of modification with descent is partly based on an inscription of Adam Smith’s political economics into nature. To what degree, then, is the claim that the dynamics of human culture society are no different from the self-organizing processes of biological and geological evolution based on the similarity of the explanatory models rather than on real isomorphies? Theories, too, are “accumulations of materials hardened and shaped by historical processes” (55) - not to take this into account while describing these processes in nature and culture is potentially to fall back into a naive realism very much at odds with the complex subject matter.

If the last one and a half paragraphs sound too negative, let me be clear about my overall impression. A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History is one the most intelligent, stimulating, and rewarding books I have read in a long time - it even surpasses De Landa’s previous War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (which says a lot); [Tim Luke on De Landa’s robot historian] and it is fully capable of surviving the advances from free-floating New Agers as well as the equally inevitable rebuffs from academic Old Agers. De Landa’s greatest strength, no doubt, is his ability to synthesize - to create a self-sustaining system of theories that are merged, as it were, into an intellectual meshwork. Here, however, a final irony emerges: in the concluding pages of Tristes Tropiques, Claude Lévi Strauss muses that anthropology - the science that informs one culture about another - should be called entropology because the exchange of information serves to erode the boundaries between the cultures and ultimately homogenizes them. In much the same way, De Landa’s formidable argument that widely differing negentropic phenomena are ultimately isomorphic is, ironically, a significant step toward final entropy.

ps: shortcuts

For those who are interested but lack time: De Landa’s article “Immanence and Transcendence in the Genesis of Form” in the Deleuze special of the South Atlantic Quarterly 96:3 (Summer 1997) offers an excellent introduction to meshworks and hierarchies. William McNeill’s theories are summarized in his lecture, The Human Condition: An Ecological and Historical View, published by Princeton in 1980. Fernand Braudel’s short Afterthoughts on material civilization and capitalism (Johns Hopkins, 1977) is recommended to those who don’t want to read the three volumes of Civilization and Capitalism. Finally, a very short version of Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel may be found in Evolution: Society, Science and the Universe, ed. A. C. Fabian (Cambridge, 1998: 36-63)

          Comment on Hama Time: Mario Patterns by Colin        
Used these as blueprints for Minecraft pixel art - WORKED GREAT!
          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.

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.

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          The Language Of Stone        

The Great Sphinx of Giza is probably the world's best known relic from the distant past. It is shrouded in mystery. Indeed to many it is mystery itself.

The Sphinx is not built with quarried blocks like the pyramids and temples it guards, but carved out of the living bedrock. Its makers gave it a man's head (some say it's a woman) and the body of a lion. It is 66 feet high and an impressive 240 feet long. It has the most extraordinary expression, like a hundred Mona Lisas all rolled into one. And it eyes gaze forever at the distant horizon due east, at the equinox something not of this world but beyond it, in the sky. Something, perhaps, that is reflected or 'frozen' in the essence and age of the Sphinx.

Nothing can prepare a first-time visitor for the awe-inspiring and humbling experience of meeting the Great Sphinx face to face. No matter who you are, no matter what your disposition and temperament are, the Great Sphinx of Giza will not leave you unmoved. John Anthony West is a man who knows this phenomenon well. He has stood in the shadow of this great statue many a time since he started visiting Egypt some thirty years ago. To him the Sphinx had always appeared as a monument apart, and much, much older than anything else he had seen either at Giza or elsewhere.

West's strong 'gut feeling' had rarely let him down. One day, while reading a book on Egypt by the French author and mathematician Schwaller de Lubicz (Sacred Science, Paris 1961) an answer to his intuitive hunch came shooting straight at him. Schwaller made a passing remark on what appeared to be water erosions on the body of the Sphinx. Turning to a close up photograph of the Sphinx, West suddenly realised that the weathering patterns on the Sphinx were not horizontal as seen on other monuments at Giza, but vertical. Now horizontal weathering is the result of prolonged exposure to strong winds and sandstorms. There sure had been plenty of those in this arid region of the Sahara. Could water have caused the vertical weathering on the Sphinx? Water from where?

Something, clearly, was worth investigating here. West knew, of course, that most Egyptologists believed that the Sphinx was built in 2500 BC in the time of the pharaoh Chephren (of Khafre), who is identified with the Second Pyramid at Giza. He also knew that this belief was now so entrenched that it would take an intellectual bulldozer to tug it out. Yet his study had shown him that this believe was more a dogma than any-thing else. He asked himself if a proof-positive identification between Khafre and the Sphinx would stand in an 'open court' under public scrutiny?

The answer was no. The reason was, quite simply, this. There was no inscriptions - not a single one - either carved on a wall or a stela or written on the throngs of papyri that identified Khafre (or anyone else, for that matter) with the construction of the Sphinx and its nearby temples. As for the proximity of Khafre's pyramid to the Sphinx (in fact it is 1700 feet away) this did not prove that both monuments were built as one complex nor, more relevantly, at the same epoch. By such standards future generations of archaeologists may one day allocate ownership of the Sphinx to the builder of the Sound & Light theatre because of its proximity to the Sphinx complex or - as someone else has put it - attribute St. Paul's Cathedral to General Gordon of Khartoum just because his statue was found in it. In short, Khafre may well be the quintessential 'Kilroy was here' of antiquity. So could the Sphinx be much older than the reign of Khafre, as West had long suspected it was? Could this hypothesis explain, for example, the strange vertical weathering on the statue?

In 1991 John West rounded a crack team of scientists who were not hampered by an ingrained Egyptological consensus, and took them to Giza. Along came Dr. Robert Schoch, a prominent geologist and professor from Boston University to examined the unique weathering patterns on the Sphinx and its enclosure. His conclusions, which came after several months of analysis, was to convulse the world of archaeology. The vertical weathering patterns on the Sphinx and its enclosure, Schoch argued, were not caused by wind effect, as had previously been thought, but by water - water from torrential rains and pouring down in sheets over these ancient structures. But how could this be? Was Schoch saying that such heavy rains only fell on the Sphinx area but nowhere else at Giza?

That was impossible, retorted the Egyptologists. Not impossible, said Schoch, if it is conceded that the Sphinx was built at an epoch when such rains were common in this region but that the other monuments at Giza, however, were built long after these rains had stopped occurring. Again impossible, replied the ruffled Egyptologists; such heavy rains stopped occurring thousands of years before the time of Khafre. Schoch politely shrugged his shoulders. This, he answered, was not his problem.

The usual was to happened. John West was branded a charlatan and a sensation-seeker, and Schoch was politely shunned for not minding his own business and for stepping on the Egyptological turf. John West, however, was relentless. True, he did not have the lofty credentials of his learned opponents, but this did not deter him in the least. Scientific logic was on his side, not credentials. He was now determined more than ever to see that the Egyptologists either prove him wrong with equal or better scientific arguments or concede that he, and not they, was right about the age of the Sphinx. Anything less would be short change.

To be fair, the implications of West's theory are, of course, far-reaching. History books will have to be re-written and scientists will have to reconsider the origins of civilisation as a whole. Well, so be it. Progress worked like that. In any case, it had been done many times before. It could be done again. Yet going about to prove that the Sphinx was much older than Khafre was one thing. The question was, how much older exactly? How could science determine the true age of a stone monument?

Astronomy Joins The Sphinx Debate

In 1989 I published a paper in the Oxford Journal, Discussions In Egyptology (vol. 13), in which I demonstrated that the three Great Pyramids and their relative position to the Nile created on the ground a sort of 3-D 'hologram' of the three stars of Orion's belt and their relative position to the Milky Way. To support this contention, I brought into evidence the inclined shaft in the Great Pyramid which were aimed at the south meridian towards these group of stars as well as written evidence from the Pyramid Texts that identified the afterlife destiny of the pyramid-kings with Orion.

Later in my book The Orion Mystery (Heinemann-Mandarin) I also demonstrated that the best fit for the Giza Pyramids/Nile pattern with the Orion's belt/Milky Way pattern occurred when the sky was pushed back in time (i.e. precessed) to the epoch of 10,500 BC. There were good reasons for doing so.

The ancient Egyptians, for example, constantly refer to a remote golden age they called Zep Tepi, 'The First Time' of Osiris, which they believed had long predated the Pyramid Age. Osiris was Orion, and the Great Pyramid had a shaft directed to Orion at the meridian. To me, this 'silent' astro-architectural language seemed to be spelling out 'here is Osiris in the sky when these pyramids were built, yet know, too, that his origins are rooted in the First Time.' But The 'First Time' of what? How could the stars of Orion have a 'First Time'?

Well they can. And they do. Provided, of course, that you can read through the allegorical 'language' of the ancients via the symbolic architecture and the related Pyramid Texts. Allegory, to put it in another way, is the 'Q-Basics' of the master astronomers who designed the Giza complex. When the stars of Orion are observed at the meridian in the precise manner that the ancient Egyptian astronomers did over many centuries, the could not help noting that these stars crossed the south meridian at different altitudes at different epoch. This is, of course, due to the phenomenon of Precession (see The Orion Mystery, appendices 1 and 2). In short, the stars of Orion can be said to have a starting point or 'beginning' at the nadir of their precessional cycle. Simple calculations show that this occurred in 10,500 BC. Could the ancient astronomers of the Pyramid Age have used their very clever 'silent language' combined with Precession to freeze the 'First Time' of Osiris - somewhat like the gifted architects of gothic cathedral froze in its allegorical stonework the 'time of Christ'?

In the summer of 1993 Graham Hancock and I got together to investigate this issue further. Graham was quick to realised the important implications this approach could have on the Sphinx problem. He had a hunch that the curious harking back to the epoch of 10,500 BC by the pyramid builders of Giza was an invitation by them to consider the actual age of the Sphinx. If this hypothesis was correct, then the Sphinx must be an 'original' time-marker of that remote epoch using an obvious celestial tag valid for 10,500 BC. But which tag? What could the Sphinx be representing that was in the sky? Could this have something to do with the due east direction of its gaze towards the horizon?

In his ground-breaking book Fingerprints of the Gods (Heinemann-Mandarin), Hancock pointed out that the 'First Time' date of 10,500 BC also denoted the beginning or 'First Time' of the Age of Leo. This was when the 'lion' constellation would have risen heliacally (at dawn before the sun) on the day of the spring (vernal) equinox. This event brought the celestial lion to rest due east, thus in perfect alignment with the Sphinx. The Sphinx, in other words, was made to look at his own image in the horizon - and consequently at his own 'time'. Hancock pointed out that 10,500 BC was no random date. It very precisely denoted another beginning, that of Orion-Osiris defined on the ground with the pattern and alignments of the nearby Pyramids.

Here, then, were not just the Pyramids but also the Sphinx luring us to the same date of 10,500 BC. But were we dealing with a 'coincidence' -albeit an astonishing one- or was all this part of a deliberate long term scheme set by the ancients? Could it be possible that some blueprint was put into motion in 10,500 BC with the making of the Sphinx then to be completed much later by the builders of the Pyramids? Was there evidence of a continuous presence here at Giza through the ages of some master 'astronomers' who could have been responsible to see this scheme through?

If so, who were they? Where had they come from? Why here at Giza? Graham and I have spent the last two years researching this fascinating issue. We believe that what we have uncovered will change the perceptions of what Giza was (and still is) forever. The full results of our investigation, as you might have guessed, are laid out in our new book, Keeper of Genesis, available now at a discount through AA&ES. Suffice at this stage to say that author Colin Wilson, who gave the book an early review, thinks it's 'a much more satisfying tour de force' than Fingerprints of the Gods or The Orion Mystery. Meanwhile let us take a look at an intriguing archaeological discovery near the Sphinx that has very recently made the news.

A Lucky Turn Of The Spade

In October 1995 the Egyptian Antiquities Organisation finally decided to refurbish the old parking lot east of the Sphinx. While clearing the area in front of the Sphinx and the Valley Temple, a 'lucky turn of the spade' from one of the labourers unearthed part of an ancient complex of underground galleries and pathways. Hearing of this providential discovery, Graham Hancock and I planned a short trip to Egypt to see for ourselves what was going on. John Anthony West also was on his way there, and so we decided to meet directly at Giza. When we arrived there we found the place swarming with activity.

Several gangs of labourers and masons were digging and clearing the area in front of the Sphinx and its temples. By a stroke of good fortune the Egyptian authorities had not yet cordoned this area, so we asked one of the inspectors in charge if we could take a closer look. It was a little difficult to tell what exactly was happening here. No one seemed to be sure. It looked as if part of the area had already been excavated some years ago but then, for reasons unknown, it was covered up again.

This was evident by the botches of modern mortar and iron bars that were left embedded in the ceiling of the ancient pathways, probably in an attempt to underpin or reinforce the relics. An inspector standing by seemed to think that these modern-day additions were made either when Egyptologist Selim Hassan was clearing the area for the Egyptian Antiquity Organisation in the 1930s or, perhaps, later in the 1950s when the Sons Et Lumieres open-air theatre was constructed nearby. But why the vestiges were covered up again, and why and how they came to be forgotten remains a mystery.

These vestiges consisted of a major artery cut into the natural bedrock (some 10 feet wide and 200 feet long from north to south) which runs in front of the Valley Temple and the Sphinx. This artery is itself intersected by two paved pathways coming from the Valley Temple and going due east -much like two small roads bridge over a straight motorway. These pathways very oddly dip at their eastern end and then vanished into the ground. We also noticed a very curious manhole set in the main artery at the point where it intersects the southern pathway. It's lid, which is made from a single piece of limestone, is broken at one corner and through it we could see water flowing (mixed with the sewage from the nearby village) and heading towards the Sphinx and the Valley Temple.

The whole complex was obviously very ancient and almost certainly contemporary with the Sphinx. But what could its function be? And what was the purpose of the underground waterway? According to a prominent Ancient Egyptian myth, the legendary gates of the Afterworld were guarded by two gigantic lions or sphinxes called Aker. In New Kingdom tomb drawings the aker-sphinx of the eastern gate sits proud with its hind parts in a hollow. Underneath it can be seen an curious underground stream or duct. Behind the lion towers a huge mound or pyramid and under it is found a large, oval chamber which appears to be hermetically sealed.

In this mysterious chamber it said to be some lofty secret, no doubt from the 'gods' who ruled the land of Egypt during the remote epoch of Zep Tepi -'The First Time'. This strange chamber was called the 'House of Sokar' in Rostau. The resemblance with the Sphinx complex at Giza is uncanny. Giza in ancient time was also called Rostau, and Sokar (a hawk-headed deity) was identified to Osiris. Odd coincidences? Perhaps.

Or will astronomy make 'a lucky turn of the spade' that will convert this supposedly cosmic myth into an historical reality? Stay tuned.

          Project aims to reduce emergency room "frequent fliers" by tackling underlying social issues        
The Next Idea Take funding from the Affordable Care Act, add a $70 million state innovation model grant to the state Department of Health and Human Services, and you’re about to see an ambitious new project that can change health care delivery in Michigan. It’s called Michigan’s Blueprint for Health Innovation.
          Last MAJOR INTERIOR Project, REALLY!        
I know it's been quite a while since anything was published, but I want to say that the LAST MAJOR INTERIOR PROJECT at Foxcroft is well underway: THE KITCHEN.

Every time Lisa has asked when we would do the kitchen, I have answered "Last." This is because nearly every other project required us to track materials in through the back (kitchen) door.

Over spring break we had plasterers come to fix the corner where we had removed the bump out that was Bess' closet from her bedroom. We had removed the closet a mere 10 years ago in June of 2005.

While I will flesh this out and give details about what we've done in the near future, here is a photo montage of the kitchen from when the house was built (1928) through today, in progress:

Here is the kitchen layout from the blueprints. The back door opens between the half wall of the nook, and a bump out bedroom closet. This would have been extremely narrow. The small area marked "Brooms" was another closet, that opened in the kitchen. The fact that Bess was getting an ELECTRIC REFRIGERATOR rather than an icebox was a big deal, and noted in the plans:

One of the most charming parts of the kitchen plans was the breakfast nook. Bess had found separate images of how she wanted the table and the benches to look, and given them to her designer:

1928 Photos: 
For ALL PHOTOS below click on the image to see a larger version:

This photo was some time after 1928 and before 1948:

In 1948 the half wall and bench of the nook were removed.
These photos are probably shortly after that:

The next three images show what the kitchen looked like the first time we were in the house on Dec 19, 2003: