Hospitals and local physicians are noticing a spike in the no of respiratory cases in the city        
by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 10th, 2017: The rains have arrived and so is the number of diseases along with it. People are aware of the most common ailments such as viral fever, the common cold, malaria, typhoid, diarrhoea, etc. But very few are aware of the respiratory ailments that stems from indoor air pollution in monsoon caused by the dampness in the walls, fungus from air conditioners, floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, sofa covers, wooden furniture harboring fungus, etc. The Hospitals and local physicians in the city have noticed a spike in the no. of cases with respiratory problems. Suspended Particulate Matter is the main trigger of damage in air Pollution. Other contents like SO2, ammonia, carbon, polyaromatic hydrocarbons add to the toxicity. Air pollutants which are less than 10 microns in size enter the smaller airways and causes damage. This may trigger cough, breathing difficulty, choking, chest tightness and Asthma.

Taking adequate precautions are one of the best ways to avoid monsoon-related ailments. All age groups are affected because of air pollution; however, there is a definite rise in asthma and lung infections among children. Also, elderly and diabetics are at a risk of lung infection because of air pollution. Avoiding floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, stuffed toys, burning incense sticks at home and regular cleaning of air conditioner filters are some of the precautions that can be taken to avoid indoor air pollution during the monsoon.

Mr. Girish Bapat, Blueair air purifier, Director West and South Asia Region further added, “Our mission at Blueair is to help Indian women, children and men confront the health challenges posed by rising air pollution. It is very essential to identify the Invisible dangers. Breathing in tiny, unseen pollutants put every individual at risk. These pollutants further pass through the lung tissue and puts you at risk of stroke, heart disease and developing Asthma, Allergy, Bronchitis, Infection and other respiratory problems. Getting acquainted of personal health records, heart rate and blood sugar level, is the best way to safeguard long-term health issues by classifying troublesome concerns at the earliest.”

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          The Punt: Euros Podcast 17th June        
On this edition of the Euros Punt Podcast, Michael Wood spins through the betting for Friday's action. He looks at Italy against Sweden and Croatia against the Czech Republic. Football experts Karl Matchett and Emre Sarigul also give their thoughts on Spain against Turkey. Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day eight. #ThePunt #betting #football #Euro2016
          The Punt Euros podcast. Monday 13th June        
Euros Punt Podcast: Monday 13th June 0:0019:17 Share on Facebook twitter Google+ Jack Critchley is joined by Derek McGovern, Karl Matchett, Chris Mayer and David Swan to look ahead to Day 4 of the Euros. Including a preview of Belgium v Italy and Rep. of Ireland v Sweden
          The Euros - Group E Preview        
Group E involves Belgium, Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. Nick Walsh, Simon Barlow and Al Ross are the men providing the insight on this group. Enjoy.
          The Punt: Thursday 2 June        
Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps go through the latest batch of International friendlies involving the Home Nations. England take on Portugal on Thursday night and the weekend finishes with Wales's trip to Sweden. #ThePunt #Internationals #Eng #Wales #EngvPor
          Rumble of Kings 2011 Trailer        
Rumble of the Kings 2011 teaser. November 26 . Stockholm, Sweden @ 7 PM Live on
          US company to offer microchip implants to employees        

Over the past few years, the security industry has begun to embrace many new technologies—robotics, the cloud, biometrics, for example—but one company here in the U.S., Three Square Market, is pushing the boundaries of RFID technology by offering to implant tiny RFID chips—the size of a grain of rice—into its employees’ hands between the thumb and forefinger.

The chip would allow employees to not only buy snacks in the break room but also have their hands function as a mobile key to gain access to the building and other doors, which makes me think of the possible applications/ramifications within security.

Implanting chips in employee’s hands is already being done in Sweden, where an organization named Epicenter is having success with an increasing number of employees there opting to get the implant. Here in the U.S., Three Square Market says it has approximately 50 employees who are interested in getting the implant, and unlike in Sweden, the company is paying for the $300 procedure for its employees. Three Square Market partnered with a Swedish firm, BioHax International, to make the chip and is planning to sell the technology to other companies.

"Eventually, this technology will become standardized, allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," chief executive Todd Westby wrote in a blog post announcing the program, noting that there is even potential for storing medical/health information, and for use as payment at other RFID terminals.

But one has to wonder what security vulnerabilities this could create, especially in protecting the data on that chip from being hacked, stolen and/or compromised, etc. Not to mention, the “creepy” factor here, as mass adoption of microchip implants is dubious, at best.

Maybe some day, like in the year 2112, but in the short term, I do think there is good fodder here for a futuristic sci-fi movie.

          Westinghouse to Fuel Oskarshamn Nuclear Reactors in Sweden        

Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has been selected by OKG AB in Sweden to provide replacement nuclear fuel deliveries for all of their three reactors, Oskarshamn Units 1, 2 and 3.

(PRWeb August 28, 2014)

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          Westinghouse Chosen to Fuel Three Vattenfall Reactors        

Westinghouse Electric Company was selected by Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel AB in Sweden to provide replacement nuclear fuel deliveries and related engineering services for three of their reactors.

(PRWeb May 22, 2014)

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          electric sound bath        

electric sound bath ~ moon drip (fluere tapes, 2016)

Sound form perception of moon found within in order to perceive its lunar gift vision of itself at a hearts arms magnetic pulse distance ~ fluere tapes

Latest release from Sweden cozy label Fluere Tapes follows the aesthetics of best ambient-drone outfits blossomed on tape scene in 2009-2011 – shimmering lo-fi soundscapes taken from guitars and synths, slowly evolving atmosphere, calming/meditative touch, feeling of something personal, as if played on private event for a few friends... Seems predictable at first glance, especially for one who's not that much into lengthy drone tapestries, but hides gorgeous moments of serenity and pure bliss for those who know how to listen. Nothing special, actually – get rid of any expectations, turn off analyzing parts of your mind, make yourself comfortable and simply enjoy the ride of slow waves of sound. Then every change of mood in music seems so natural to current time and space – something that was truly needed right-here-right-now but wasn't clear until the very moment of appearance. Expected and surprising at the same time – that's the magic of this tape. Quite often perception of music has certain competitive aspect, like you're testing the ability of musicians to surprise you, evaluating their skills, knowledge of technical side, etc.. And a lot of artists and listeners are good with that, even at ambient/drone scene... Yet, ambient music shouldn't be perceived such way, it's purpose and it's possibility stretches far more forward. Without getting too new-agey, I'd say that music like "Moon Drip" (which is actually a very fine example of non-centered sound continuum usually called ambient) is a wonderful mood changer – calming and transparent, gentle enveloping wave full of bright glares and distant echoes, yet dynamic enough and always changing, every time at any angle if you look close enough. Highly enjoyable background for evening chill and perfect companion for morning walk along the waterfront. And don't forget about the last track "Music For Train Stations", which spans over 40 minutes and suits its name very-very well. Now you know which tape you should take to the next train trip! 

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           David Cross Doppelganger Running for Office in Switzerland         
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          Comment on The Commemoration of Sabra & Shatila massacre – 1982 by Eva Hammad        
Our warmest thoughts to you this day of commemoration of Sabra and Shatila massacre 1982./ Foundation for support to CYC /Göteborg, Sweden
          Comment on Guestbook by Petros Tenezakis        
My journey to Shatila Refugee Camp began many years ago. At the time I was working in Balatah Refugee Camp of Nablus in the Israeli-Occupied northern West Bank. A refugee camp that suffered greatly due to the massive reooccupation of the West Bank. As the Jenin massacre occured during Operation Defensive Shield, Israeli forces cracked down on Nablus city and its adjacent refugee camps, Askar, Balatah and al-Ain. Parts of the attrocities, that can only be described as a massacre went unseen due to massive focus on Jenin and other areas of the West Bank. And as the tanks, helicopters, APC:s and F-16 attacked the city, only a few of us were preset to document the onslaught. As I arrived in the emd of the onslaught, Balatah Refugee Camp was target for daily attacks. There amid the smell of blood, the dust and the debris I was constantly thinking about what happened in Shatila and Sabra. I promissed myself to visit the camps in Lebanon as well. In 2005 I was arrested by Israeli authorities and denied access to Palestine for the upcoming 1o years, due to my involvement in peacefull activities against the occupation and solidarity with the Palesinian people. By then I had witnessed more violations, killings and injuries than most people in our priviliged western world has witnessed during a lifetime, including myself injured in the chest during an invasion of the old city of Nablus. As I was held in a tiny cell, humiliated and threatened daily I still felt privileged. I could at leave. Since my denial of entry came into effect I planned to visit as many palestinians as possible with a hope to visit Shatila and its residents. That dream finally came true last year. As a photographer I travelled directly to SHatila Refugee Camp. I was welcomed by Mr Abu Moujahed, and his wonderful staff at the CYC, Palestinian Centre for Children and Youth that runs a centre for the youth in Shatila and Nahr-el-Bared Camps. My home for bacame their guest house. A great oppurtunity for internationals to experience the camp and interat with its citizens. I quickly forgot the camera, most times I just interacted with the camp residents. I set up meetings with the Baker, Pharmacist, nurses, political representatives, survivors of the massacre, and enjoyed the time spent with the youth. Sadly I had to leave, 3 weeks passed quickly. I am sure that I will return. Palestine and all Palestinians, world citizens and friend will allways prompt me to work and fight for freedoom. A freedoom that has been denied for decades. I warmly recommend evryone to visit Shatila and stay the night at the CYC guesthouse. And undoubtebly upon departure I am sure your tears will fall, just as mine did. Dear Mahmoud Abbas Abu Moujahed, Manar, Sabah, Marwa and all the staff at CYC, all the children and youth, internationals and camp citizens. I am with you at all times, and our reunification is not a matter of If, its a matter of When. With love and hugs from Sweden.Your friend, Petros Tenezakis
          Ian Happ's Major League Debut        

Ian's birth (8/12/94) is one day from 8/11.

His first game in the big leagues was yesterday 5/13/17 which was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the miraculous 6 months of Fatima in 1917.

His numerical age (NA) yesterday was 8310.

8310 = 277 prime X 30

277 is the highest prime factor of
Divine (494955) Love (3645) = 498600 = 277 prime X 1800.

One final note:

There's only one mo/day on the calendar that factors to 277 "Divine Love" prime: 11/08 (1108) = 277 X 4

Ian Happ was born 277 days from 11/08/93.

According to my mentor Dean Fagerstrom November 8th in 7 BC was the Divine Conception Day - see the second link below.

          Some numbers from this week        

Originally posted on Facebook 1/28/17:

My numerical mentor, the late Dean Fagerstrom, passed away on 2/27 in the year 2014. He wrote in his writings and told me in person that Emanuel Swedenborg had actually appeared to him 2 or 3 times during his life. These experiences had a profound impact on his life.

Emanuel Swedenborg - one of the greatest mathematician-scientist-inventor-theologians in world history (his IQ was ranked #2 by Stanford University next to Goethe among thousands of creative people who have contributed to mankind's spiritual and scientific advancement) - was born 1/29 in the year 1688.

2/27 = 227

1/29 = 129

227 + 129 = Leo (356)

Leo (356) factors into 89 prime X 4

Leo is the astrological sign for the Divine Birthmonth of August whose ruling planet is the Sun and which corresponds to the Human Heart.

Swedenborg wrote in his writings that 89 was a very special number.

Six months prior in a letter to the noted English minister John Wesley Swedenborg predicted his departure (death) from this world. He passed away on 3/29 at 5 pm in 1772, the exact date and time which he announced to his housekeeper.

3/29 was the 89th day of the year 1772.

329 + 227 = 556

556 mirrors 5:56 am which is the completion of the Leo (356th) minute of each new day.

Summary points:

1) Birth date (Swedenborg) 1/29 (129) plus the passing date (Fagerstrom) 2/27 (227) adds up to Leo (356)

2) Passing dates (Swedenborg) 3/29 (329) plus (Fagerstrom) 2/27 (227) = 556 (5:56 am which is the completion of the Leo (356th) minute of the day.

3) Swedenborg's passing 3/29 in the year 1772 was the 89th day of the year.

4) 89 is the highest prime factor of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4

5) Swedenborg's birthdate 1/29 (129) mirrors 1:29 am which is the completion of the 89th minute of each day.

6) Dean Fagerstrom was born on 2/07 (207) which is 122 (1/22) from 3/29 (329) the day Swednborg passed away.

1/22 was the day my father was born.

          The Number 33        
What's so special about 33?

Let's break it apart.

33 = 11 X 3 (113)

33 = 3 X 11 (311)

113 and 311 are both prime numbers

33 + 113 + 311 = 457 prime

457 is the 89th prime number - one (1) is included in the count

89 is the prime of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4

457 doubles to form 914 which corresponds to I (9) Am (14)

I (9) Am (14) = 23 prime which is our Lord's original name and title given to Moses on Mt. Sinai - "I Am....the Lord thy God..." Exodus 20:2. Which is the same as saying that 457 - the 89th prime number - is genesis (origin) of the non-prime number 914 which corresponds to I (9) Am (14).

That may seem to be a diversion, but there's more...

Digging further....

113 is the 31st prime number

311 is the 65th prime number

The 33rd prime number is 131

131 prime contains "3" in between two one's (1_1).

If we add up these three prime numbers we arrive at an interesting non-prime number 555 as follows:

113 prime + 131 prime + 311 prime = 555

555 corresponds to NEW (555)

5:55 am is always the beginning of the Leo (356th) minute of each NEW (555) Day.

31 corresponds to this phrase:

The (285) Lord (3694) God (764) = 4743 = 31 prime X 153

65 corresponds to ON (65)

131 is the conjunctive prime (highest prime factor) of ONE (655) = 131 prime X 5

113 is the conjunctive prime of the phrase "I Am One" as follows:

I (9) Am (14) One (655) = 678 = 113 prime X 6

5:55 am is ONE (1) minute from 5:56 am which is the end of the Leo (356th) minute of the day.

Rounding up the above into a general group the numbers 31, 65, 113 and 131 combine to form:

31 = "The Lord God"

65 = "ON"

113 = "I Am ONE"

131 = "ONE"

Another interesting correspondence is the fact that each year the 33rd day of the year is always 2/02 (202) which is always ONE (1) day from the 2/3 (23) month/day which corresponds to I (9) Am (14) = 23 prime.

202 = 101 prime X 2 - 101 is known as "The Perfect Unity" prime number which evokes a powerful sense of balance and oneness which mirrors the results above.

PS. For CUBS fans only:

The CUBS won the 112th World Series on 11/03/16 @ 12:47 am EST

112 is the sum of 23 " I (9) AM (14)" + 89 "Prime of Leo (356)"

The Universal Numerical Date on 11/03/16 was 738606 - ie. 11/03/16 was the 738606th day from/including August 11th in 6 BC, the Divine Birth of our Lord God Jesus Christ.

738606 coincided with the end of the 22282nd cycle of 33 days.

738606 = 31 prime X 19 prime X 19 prime X 11 prime X 3 prime X 2 prime

31 prime + 19 prime + 11 prime + 3 prime + 2 prime = 66 = 33 X 2

The mathematical proof of our Lord's birthdate (August 11, 6 BC) can be found in Dean Fagerstrom's 1400+ page "The Book of Anglion" - see the link below.

Reduced gematria: 1-9, 1-9, 1-8 = A-Z

          Google is a number        
Google is a number.

G-7, O-6, O-6, G-7, L-3, E-5

Google (766735)

Google (766735) factors into the following prime numbers:

Google (766735) = 1723 prime X 89 prime X 5 prime.

89 is the prime of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4. 

Leo is the astrological sign for the Divine Birthmonth of August whose ruling planet is the Sun and which corresponds to the Human Heart - see below. 

The Universal Numerical Date for Google (766735) brings us to November 8th in the year 2093.

11/08 is always 89 days from August 11th which is the Divine Birthdate of our Lord God Jesus Christ (6 BC).

The gentleman that taught me this stuff, Dean Fagerstrom, wrote a 1400+ page book (The Book of Anglion) that outlines a mathematical
proof - using prime numbers - that our Lord God Jesus Christ was born on August 11th in the year 6 BC.

The dates, times, events, births and deaths that happen throughout history are connected to August 11th in 6 BC in many amazing patterns that appear to glorify and shine light on that date. Google (766735) is just another one of many examples.

Also outlined in Dean's book are equations and numbers that refer to November 8th in 7 BC as the actual date of the Divine Conception of our Lord God Jesus Christ.

11/08 (1108) factors into 277 prime X 4.

277 is the prime of Divine (494955) Love (3645) = 498600 = 277 prime X 1800.

In leap years August 11th is always the completion of the 277th "Divine Love" day from/including November 8th in the previous year. 

          "Have a good one."        
This phrase seems to have become one of THE most commonly shared phrases in the English language. it's commonly shared when we leave others after sharing some time.

I've never examined this phrase numerically but I thought I would do so this morning as follows....

Have (8145) A (1) Good (7664) One (655) = 16465

16465 = 89 prime X 185

This is an AMAZING result!

89 is the conjunctive prime of the word Leo (356) - ie. it's the highest prime factor of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4.

Leo is the astrological sign for the Divine birthmonth of August whose ruling planet is the Sun and which corresponds to the Human Heart.

The key date is August 11th.

8/11 (811) is the 142nd prime number and 8/11 is always 142 days from the end of each year.

Sun (135) days from August 11th is always 12/24 Christmas Eve which is when the Sun - after standing still for 2-3 days since Winter Solstice - begins the first 1 degree of its ascent which culminates on Christmas Day, the day we celebrate the provincial Divine Birth of our Lord God Jesus Christ.

Every year in the northern hemisphere the Sun STOPS FALLING on the Leo (356th) day of the year which is the Winter Solstice.

And if you are ever in the Chicago area on August 11th you can witness the Sun rising on August 11th at EXACTLY 5:55 am in the morning. 5:55 am is the advent of the Leo (356th) minute of the NEW (555) day. Some years it will be 5:54 am, but either way by the end of the Leo (356th) minute the full disc of the Sun will be visible above the eastern horizon of Lake Michigan.

I'll keep digging into this, but this finding is really cool!

"Have a good one!"

Note: The late Dean Fagerstrom taught me this Divine Science of Numerical Correspondences years ago. An amazing man! You can find the mathematical proof of our Lord's Divine Birth - that's embedded in the prime number system - when you read and study his 1400+ page "The Book of Anglion."

          puncak dunia Gunung Everest        
Gunung Everest merupakan satu gunung tertinggi di Dunia yang terletak di banjaran Himalaya dengan ketinggian 8,850 meter dari aras laut. Di kemuncak gunung adalah membahagikan kepada dua negara iaitu antara Nepal dan Tibet, China

Gunung yang menjanjikan satu cabaran yang boleh dianggap diluar kemampuan manusia untuk mendaki sampai kepuncak, dengan suhu sejuk yang terlampau dan juga angin kencang yang bakal dihadapi oleh pendaki pada ketinggian lebih 6,000 meter ianya telah ramai mengecewakan para pendaki untuk sampai ke puncak.

Gunung ini mempunyai dua laluan ke puncak diantaranya adalah disebelah tenggara (Nepal) dan sebelah Barat laut (tibet), tetapi laluan yang sering digunakan adalah disebelah tenggara kerana laluan ini agak mudah secara teknikalnya. Ia juga merupakan laluan yang digunakan oleh Hillary dan Norgay pada tahun 1953.

Antara bahaya yang menanti para pendaki adalah serangan penyakit altitud,perubahan cuaca yang secara mendadak dan runtuhan ais. Biasanya untuk menangani bahaya yang bakal menanti. Para pendaki perlulah berada di kem pengkalan selama beberapa minggu bagi menyesuiakan diri dengan altitud, kemudiannya untuk pendakian kepuncak perjalanan akan bermula pada waktu subuh kerana waktu ini amat sesuai untuk mendaki ke kem seterusnya iaitu kem I pada ketinggian 6065 meter.

sepanjang laluan ke kem I, pendaki terdedah kepada bahaya ais runtuh serta salji runtuh kerana terdedah dengan cahaya matahari dan disini ramai dikalangan shelpa dan pendaki terbunuh dan merupakan kawasan paling bahaya yang dihadapi oleh pendaki sebelum sampai ke kem I.

Dari kem I, pendaki akan bergerak ke kem II dengan ketinggian 6,500 meter menerusi Western Cym yang agak datar serta lembah glasier bercerun landai dan setiap pendaki terpaksa menyeberangi lembah tersebut yang berhampiran dengan pengkalan Nuptse yang melalui laluan kecil yang dikenali sebagai "sudut Nuptse". Western cym juga dipanggil sebagai "lembah sunyi-Vallay of silance", kerana laluan ini terhalang daripada tiupan angin dan berada dikedudukan terdedah pada cahaya matahari menjadikan ianya amat panas kepada para pendaki.

Dari kem II, pendaki memanjat permukaan Lhotse menggunakan tali kekal pada ketinggian 7,470 meter dan untuk sampai ke Kem IV yang jaraknya 500 meter, dan dari kem III ke kem IV pendaki akan berhadapan dengan cabaran tambahan iaitu Taji Geneva dan Gelang Kuning (Yellow Band). Taji Geneva merupakan rabung batu hitam yang berbentuk Anvil yang dinamakan oleh pendaki Swiss 1952 dan pada masa pendakian tali kekal diperlukan untuk mendaki dikawasan batu yang diliputi dengan salji dan untuk melintasi gelang kuning iaitu batuan mendak tali sepanjang 100 meter digunakan untuk melintasinya.

Dengan jarak kepuncak yang masih berbaki 1,000 meter dari kem IV ia memelukan tempoh 10 hingga 12 jam dan pendakian bermula pada waktu tengah malam dan pendaki akan singgah di "The Balcony" pada ketinggian 8,400 meter dimana sebuah pelantar kecil yang digunakan untuk berehat seketika. Pendakian kepuncak seterusnya diteruskan melalui mendaki rabung dan pendaki akan berhadapan dengan tangga batu yang mengancam yang biasanya memaksa mereka ke timur kedalam salji yang sampai ke tahap pinggang serta ancaman runtuhan salji juga boleh berlaku dikawasan ini.

Pada ketinggian 8,750 meter dom salji dan air batu sebesar meja kecil telah menandakan pendaki berada dipuncak selatan dan pendakian diteruskan dengan mengikuti rabung timur, laluan ini dikenali sebagai mata pisau atau "Cornice Traverse". Disini adalah kawasan paling terdedah dalam pendakian kerana silap langkah boleh mengakibatkan seseorang pendaki akan jatuh terjunam diketinggian 2,400 meter di sebelah barat daya manakala disebelahnya 3,050 meter di permukaan kangshung.

Diakhir laluan pendakian, terdapat sebuah dinding batu setinggi 12 meter yang dikenali "Hillary Step pada ketinggian 8,760 meter dan untuk memanjat dinding ini peralatan yang diperlukan adalah tali kekal dan tali ini telahpun dipasang oleh shelpa, dan melepasi dinding ini adalah mudah untuk pendaki sampai kepuncak melalui tebing salji sederhana curam seterusnya sampai ke puncak. Dipuncak pendaki biasanya mengambil masa kurang dari 30 minit kerana pendaki perlu turut ke kem IV sebelum cuaca menjadi gelap yang mana menjadi masalah besar kepada setiap pendaki.

Kejadian manis dan pahit di puncak dunia

  • 1921 Ekspedisi British pertama meninjau laluan melalui glasier Rongbuk.
  • 1922 Tujuh pendaki Sherpa terbunuh dalam runtuhan salji dan menjadi kematian pertama dilaporkan di Everest.
  • 1922 Ekspedisi kedua British sampai ke 8321 meter.
  • 1924 Ekspedisi ketiga British sampai ke 8500 meter. Pada 6 Jun, George Mallory dan Andrew Irvine cuba mendaki untuk sampai ke puncak tetapi hilang selepas awan tebal menyelitupi mereka. Saksi mendakwa melihat mereka berhampiran puncak.
  • 1933 Lady Houston membiayai formasi kapal terbang untuk melintasi puncak dan meletakkan bendera Union Jack British.
  • 1934 Maurice Wilson (British) mati dalam cubaan mendaki berseorangan.
  • 1950 Nepal membuka sempadannya kepada orang asing.
  • 1952 Ekspedisi dari Swizland, termasuk Sherpa Tenzing Norgay menyerah akibat keletihan, 200 meter dari puncak.
  • 1953 Puncak dicapai buat pertama kali pada 11:30 am 29 May oleh Sir Edmund Hillary New Zealand dan Sherpa Tenzing Norgay dari Nepal mendaki dari arah Laluan Col Selatan (South Col Route).
  • 1960 Pada 25 May, pasukan China menjadi pasukan pertama sampai ke puncak melalui laluan Rabung Utara.
  • 1963 Penyeberangan pertama oleh ekspedisi Amerika Syarikat, bermula dari barat dan turun di barat daya.
  • 1965 Pada 20 May, Nawang Gombu Sherpa menjadi orang pertama sampai ke puncak dua kali.
  • 1975 Pada 16 May, Junko Tabei dari Jepun menjadi wanita pertama sampai dipuncak.
  • 1975 Pada 27 May, wanita Tibet, Phantog, menjadi wanita pertama sampai ke puncak melalui sebelah Tibet.
  • 1978 Reinhold Messner (Selatan Tyrol, Itali) dan Peter Habeler (Austria) sampai ke puncak tanpa tangki oksigen.
  • 1980 Ekspedisi pasukan kali pertama pada musim sejuk oleh pasukan dari Poland.
  • 1980 Reinhold Messner dari South Tyrol, Italy, lelaki pertama mendaki Everest seorang diri tanpa tangki oksigen.
  • 1982 Pada October 5, Laurie Skreslet menjadi rakyat Kanada pertama untuk sampai ke puncak.
  • 1988 Jean-Marc Boivin dari Perancis memulakan dengan paraglider dari puncak gunung.
  • 1993 90 pendaki pada musim luruh sahaja dan menjadi permulaan komersial mendaki pucak Everest.
  • 1993 Ramon Blanco dari Sepanyol menjadi orang tertua untuk sampai ke puncak pada usia 60 tahun, 160 hari. (dikalahkan oleh rekod tahun 2001).
  • 1996 Hans Kammerlander dari South Tyrol, Itali mendaki gunung dan mendaki turun tersebut dari sebelah utara dengan ski dalam tempoh 16 jam 45 minit.
  • 1996 Göran Kropp dari Sweden mejadi orang pertama untuk menaiki basikal pergi dan balik dari rumahnya ke gunung tersebut,pereseorangan tanpa bantuan tangki oksigen.
  • 1997 M.Magendran dan N.Mohandas dari Malaysia menjadi cikgu pertama yang mendaki Gunung Everest
  • 1998 Edward Grylls dari United Kingdom menjadi pendaki termuda untuk sampai ke puncak pada usia 23 tahun.
  • 1998 Tom Whittaker merupakan orang cacat pertama untuk sampai ke puncak.
  • 1999 Sherpa Babu Chiri Sherpa dari Nepal tinggal selama 21 jam di puncak gunung.
  • 2001 Pada Mei 24, Temba Tsheri menjadi pendaki termuda untk mendaki puncak gunung pada usia 15 tahun.
  • 2001 Pada Mei 25, Erik Weihenmayer berusia 32 tahun , dari Boulder, Colorado, menjadi orang buat pertama untuk sampai ke puncak.
  • 2001 Pada hari yang sama,Sherman Bull berusia 64 tahun, dari New Canaan, Connecticut, mejadi pendaki tertua untuk mendaki puncak tersebut.
  • 2003 Pemba Dorjie Sherpa dari Nepal dan berusia 24 tahun menjadi pendaki gunung terpantas dalam masa 12 jam dan 45 minit pada 23 mei.
  • 2003 Tiga hari kemudian,Sherpa Lakpa Gelu memecahkan rekod tersebut dalam tempoh 10 jam dan 56 minit. Setelah sedikit peselisihan dengan Dorjie pihak kementerian pelancongan telah mengiktiraf rekod tersebut pada bulan julai tahun yang sama. [2]
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  • 2004 Pemba Dorjie Sherpa memecahkan rekodnya sendiri iaitu dalam masa 8 jam dan 10 minit pada 21 Mei. [3]
          WikiLeaks’ Assange appeals UK extradition ruling        
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will on Tuesday start his appeal against a British court ruling that he can be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape. The 40-year-old Australian will take his legal battle to the High Court in London for a two-day hearing, in the hope of reversing the Febr...
          WikiLeaks’ Assange to appeal extradition in July        
LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight a British judge’s decision to extradite him to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault in a two-day hearing in July, it was announced on Wednesday. The hearing at the High Court in London will take place on July 12-13, the court said. Assa...
          Valour! Honour! Scott Parker! The Wing Commander Writes On England vs Sweden        

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book […]

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          First competition on biometanol        

In June, biometanol was tested for the first time in a high performance vehicle of 1600 horsepower. After the successful field test, the dragracing vehicle is running on this fuel in one of Sweden's major drag racing competitions this weekend.

          Skiing Sweden and Finland solely via public transportation, featuring Tom Wallisch and friends        

In Europe, the public transportation systems are so intricate that, if you wanted to, you could rely on them solely to carry out an in-depth urban skiing mission. So, that’s exactly what Tom Wallisch, Mike Hornbeck, Khai Krepela, Niklas Eriksson and Kevin Salonius did this winter—documenting each step along the way for this incredible short […]

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          Jesper Tjäder’s secret tree run in Åre, Sweden is the Narnia of skiing        

Last summer, while everyone was out biking, hiking and partaking in other warm-weather activities, Swedish shredder Jesper Tjäder had one thing on his mind: skiing. So he set out into the woods at his local resort, Åre, and built out a mountain bike-style tree run to shred once the snow fell again. This looks too […]

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          Showbiz Sandbox 368: Virtual Reality is a Big Winner at the Cannes Film Festival        

This year’s Cannes Film Festival came to an end over the weekend with the Palm d’Or being awarded to “The Square”, a comedy with socio-political overtones directed by Sweden’s Ruben Östlund. Sofia Coppola won the award for Best Director for “The Beguiled”, only the second time in the festival’s 70-year-history the prize went to a […]

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          Insomnia Radio #182 – Around The World        
A marathon episode of Insomnia Radio, with bands from Canada, USA, Australia, Spain, The Dominican Republic, Argentina, Italy, Holland and Sweden. And there is a BIG announcement. TRT: 1:18:35 Rating: Probably Work Safe Track Listing and Links Pigeon Park: Lovelight Web Site | Bandcamp FINS: Lawnmower Bandcamp | Facebook Half Film: Machines, Hawks And The […]
          [news] Grudge Match: China vs. Europe + "It's Malaysia Time ..."        
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Dateline: China
This week marks the debut of my bi-weekly (or so) column for the AlwaysOn Network, Silicon Valley's premier online social networking venue (and unofficially linked to Silicon Valley's premier in person social networking venue, the Churchill Club; I'm a member of both).  I will be sharing "Letter from China" columnist duties with Paul Waide, the head of Pacific Epoch, a Shanghai-based boutique consultancy that advises hedge funds on alternative investments in China.  My first column is on Shanghai and a couple/few forthcoming columns will examine cultural differences between Chinese Nationals, Chinese-Americans and Anglo-Americans, especially within the context of IT and IT marketing.  I will post my AlwaysOn "Letter from China" columns to this blog/e-newsletter, although please be advised that my intended audience are readers based in Silicon Valley.
Grudge Match: China vs. Europe
Staying on topic, I'd like to make a comment about a recent "Grudge Match" on the AlwaysOn Network.  See the item marked "Grudge Match" for 08.05.04 (5 August 2004) at .
In the referenced "Grudge Match," China was pitted against Europe.  China received 45% of the votes in contrast to Europe's 55%.  Frankly, I'm surprised that China did so well.  I've found that the AO "Grudge Match" results tend to indicate sentiment more so than reality.  For example, a recent match pitted SpaceShipOne against NASA and SSO absolutely clobbered NASA (besides, perhaps most of the votes for NASA came from either Ames or the Blue Cube).  Of course, SSO is a high school science experiment compared to what NASA is doing, but I believe the results accurately reflect sentiment. 
But what is amazing (to me, at least) is that China was pitted against Europe in the first place!  Let's face it, this is a rather goofy "grudge match."  For Europe to include First World nations such as Germany, France, the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark (yes, some countries are intentionally left out) -- and to compare the collective whole of First World Europe (a.k.a. "Western Europe") to China is absurd.  If this was First World Europe vs. China circa 2020, okay.  But TODAY?  Yet, the sentiment indicator showed a strong vote in favor of China.  Europe "won," but barely.
I propose the following "grudge match":  China vs. "Eastern Europe" (i.e., the former Soviet Bloc).  Look, if China can do so well against Europe as a whole (including First World Europe), I'm sure China would absolutely kick Second World Europe's butt!!  And a China "grudge match" against Eastern Europe more accurately reflects current "history."
But even this is a bit misleading.  The real "grudge match" is this:  China + India vs. Second World Europe.  And given this choice, only someone stranded on Mars for the past decade might choose Second World Europe.  Yet, this is the real so-called "grudge match."  First World Europe is in descent, to be sure, but it's descending from a high altitude.  It will take at least a decade or two for China (and/or India) to truly match First World Europe.  But China ALREADY is superior to Second World Europe.  And don't rant about NATO and EU memberships; this is simply window dressing.  Then combine China with India versus Second World Europe, playing into my "Golden Triangle" theme, i.e., it's all about the U.S., India and China.  This is where the action is, ESPECIALLY in IT.
"It's Malaysia Time ..."
I must be getting punchy since I'm borrowing a theme from a beer commercial, but it seems that Malaysia is experiencing its 15 minutes of fame.  The Philippines has recently been "hot," and several articles of late have been touting Malaysia (see, for example, an article which appeared in Space Daily).  Frankly, I'm getting tired of all this nonsense.  Look, when it comes to ITO (IT outsourcing) in East Asia, there are just two choices, i.e., India and China.  And, it's not really a competition; both have their strengths and weaknesses.  A few crumbs to Singers (Singapore), maybe even a few crumbs to the Kiwis (New Zealand).  The Philippines deserves notice, albeit passing notice, and Malaysia might be okay for some BPO.  But ITO?  Come on, give me a break!!  See my Furl archive for more links.
The only thing I recently found interesting regarding Malaysia was an article on Satyam's IT boot camp in Malaysia.  This isn't really unique, after all, IBM has been doing this sort of thing for decades.  So does HP.  Kind of like training plus a bit of brainwashing, but the brainwashing is acceptable since it includes political survival skills -- and said skills are essential, especially in F500 corporations.  But I like the idea of SI (systems integrator)-based training:  This way SIs can focus on "real" versus theoretically perceived needs.
IT Tidbits
Which certifications have the best ROI (return on investment)?  Playing off the idea of SI-based training, which are the most important certifications?  Well, Cisco leads with three out of the top five, although Microsoft picks up a couple of "wins" when looking at fastest-growing ROI, with RedHat and Oracle getting one win each.  SIs in China may also want to benchmark how much U.S. employees are paid given a certain certification, e.g., Microsoft DBAs receive an annual average salary of US$80,600.  Think about how much SIs in China pay for a certified Microsoft DBA.  For example, what do they get paid in Jinan -- or even in Dalian?  Compare this to US$80,600.  Spot any opportunities?  See and .
ITO in the news.  Two particularly noteworthy items.  First, ITO got Slashdotted.  The Slashdot links are worth a review.  Probably some good insight into what American software engineers are thinking and feeling.  The second is a review of Lou Dobbs' new book on ITO and BPO.  Mr. Dobbs is a well-respected host on CNN; his views shouldn't be taken lightly.  A couple of excerpts from the review:
"GE, as Dobbs makes clear in abundant detail, is only one of many companies outsourcing high-tech and professional jobs to India and other parts of the world where wage expectations are lower.  Among the others spotlighted by Dobbs for outsourcing jobs to India, the Philippines, Romania, Ireland, Poland and other countries are IBM, SAS Institute, Intel, Microsoft, Perot Systems, Apple, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Sun Microsystems."  My comment:  Romania is the Changsha of Third World Europe, i.e., their programmers are about as cheap as programmers come.
"'India can provide our software; China can provide our toys; Sri Lanka can make our clothes; Japan make our cars.  But at some point we have to ask, what will we export?  At what will Americans work?  And for what kind of wages?  No one I've asked in government, business or academia has been able to answer those questions,' Dobbs writes."  See the review in the Tallahassee Democrat or my Furl link .
So-called infrastructure vendors beat out app vendors in terms of their ability to meet expected ROI and TCO (total cost of ownership) levels.  I don't really like the way infrastructure and application vendors are defined in this article and related survey, but top honors go to IBM and Microsoft.  There's a lot being written between the lines, but in general this plays into my "build-to-a-stack" strategy, albeit Oracle is left behind.  See .
Speaking of Microsoft ...  A good, quick review of the various IBUs (independent business units) at Microsoft.  (See .)  For a take on MBS, see .
New marketing technologies.  Interesting article from the premier issue of CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).  There are two ways to view this:  1) which marketing technologies can be used by SIs in China for their own marketing endeavors, and 2) which marketing technologies will likely be adopted by retailers, e-commerce sites, financial institutions and numerous other sectors -- and which in house skills does an SI in China need to implement these new technologies (all of which are IT-related)?  See .
Looking for partners in the utility computing space?  For a start, try the top 25 vendors.  (See .)  Yankee gives a quick look at utility computing ROI (see ).  HP chimes in with their take, too (see ; it's a PDF).
The battle of the SI globals.  Two related articles both based on the same Forrester report.  (See and .)  Issues being considered include scalability (i.e., handling US$100+ million accounts), the need for broad offerings (e.g., strategy consulting) and expanding geographical presence (hey, where is EDS in China?).   "(T)he (Forrester) study finds that Infosys and Wipro have melded together a mix of CMMI, P-CMM, Six Sigma and ISO 9000 to create a culture focused on consistent and repeatable processes and value-added tools."  For China's SIs, mostly food for thought -- and a bit of dreaming.
... and how to battle the globals.  The article was a bit silly, after all, G2000 firms joining forces to battle Accenture or Infosys doesn't really fit the notion of smaller firms joining forces.  But I believe that they're on the right track and that a myriad of partnerships will be formed to most effectively capture new business and battle the globals.  However, ISVs (independent software vendors) have to walk a very fine line.  SIs need to carefully consider ISV responses and existing alliances.  See .
"Infosys to set up second outsourcing facility in China."  The article states that Infosys is running out of space in their Pudong facility and that they're scouting for additional digs.  Come on, guys, running out of space?  There's not enough space in the Shanghai Pudong Software Park?  I don't think so ...  The reality is that Infosys needs to find lower cost developers.  As my column on Shanghai for AO's "Letter from China" notes, developers in Shanghai are a bit pricey compared to other places in China.  Infosys China is primarily servicing their global customers in China and looking for high-end integration within the domestic market.  However, this is a tough nut to crack and Infosys will need another development center to lower their overall costs -- and this is why they are looking for additional space IN ANOTHER CITY.  The idea that they're running out of space in the SPSP is ridiculous.  (I've been to their Shanghai digs ...)  See .
Zensar gets broader press coverage.  Kind of like watching a meme, a couple of non-Indian IT trades have picked up the Zensar/Broadengate announcement.  See and .
"Rethinking the business case for Java."  A good article.  Hmmm ... maybe not much of a case, eh?    Hey, I'm still a believer.  See .  Of course, Java programming ain't what it used to be ...
"The selling of SOA."  Two-part series in Line56.  SUPERB!!  (I prefer the singular to the plural, i.e., "architecture" versus "architectures"; personal preference.)  Reviews various viewpoints on SOA.  See and .
Urls update.  Expect to see lots and lots of stuff on software engineering and development.  Great stuff, too!!  Later this week.
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          458 Italia步入產品末期,Ferrari已經開始著手研發測試後繼車款?        

Ferrari旗下的中堅產品458 Italia感覺似乎還是相當新穎的車款,不過回過頭來看,這輛超級跑車進入市場已經有五年的時間了。

這個情況使得458 Italia不僅是這間義大利超跑品牌旗下最舊的車型,在Lamborghini Huracan以及McLaren 650S等對手陸續發表之後,這款車也成了級距當中最年邁的產品。因此,當國外媒體看見一輛458 Italia在雪地中玩耍,就感覺到這背後可能是Ferrari在測試些什麼。

這輛458 Italia是在瑞典北部被間諜攝影師拍到,很明顯這輛車的輪拱與後葉子板都有些不太一樣的地方,至於這些似乎有進行修改的部位目的為何還不清楚,不過這意味著Ferrari私下正在進行著458 Italia的某些工作。

這輛測試車款很有可能單純的是在對一些新的零件進行低溫測試,也有可能是穿著458 Italia外殼的偽裝車。如果Ferrari正在計畫458 Italia的後繼車款,那麼也許從現在開始會陸陸續續的有更多相關的間諜照以及風聲流出。

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          Version 8 Suggestions - POST THEM HERE!! : I recently got an old PowerMAC...        
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I recently got an old PowerMAC G4 sent to me by Lukas, from this site, and after a few minor upgrades of my own I'm quite liking it.

This one was sent to me from Sweden as MAC's are not very popular in the UK, in fact I don't know one person who owns one. I am starting to like it though and may start using a MAC more often.

          E-TEAM Education Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic        

Vincent Nierstrasz, prof. Textile Materials Technology, dept. of Textile Technology, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business

March 12-17 I had the opportinity to teach Textile Biotechnology (a resource effective way of textile processing) at the Technical University of Liberec, (Czech Republic) in the framework of the E-TEAM master program of the AUTEX. University of BorÃ¥s is a member of the AUTEX. The AUTEX has its own ambitious textile technology master program. In this program the students are hosted at 4 different AUTEX member universities for the duration of a semester. The professors teaching the different topics have to teach for 1 week at the hosting university. This time the host for the 2nd semester is the faculty of Textile Engineering in Liberec.
I am teaching in the E-TEAM program since 1999. Teaching in the E-TEAM program is challeging for both students and professors and has the benefit that you in fact become quite familiar with most AUTEX member universities, thereby facilitating European research collaborations.

The TU Liberec is a middle-sized university with 6 faculties:
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Faculty of Textile Engineering 
  • Faculty of Science-Humanities and Education 
  • Faculty of Economics 
  • Faculty of Arts and Architecture 
  • Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Inter-Disciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Health Studies
The faculty of Textile Engineering was established in 1960, and is, like the school of textiles in Borås in Sweden, the only academic education in Czech Republic, addressing the whole textile subject, textile materials, technology, marketing and design. The faculty has 6 departments:
  • Textile Technology
  • Nonwovens and nanofibrous materials
  • Clothing Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Design
  • Textile Evaluation
In addition to teaching, I had meetings with several staff members from the dept. of Materials Engineering, the dept. of Clothing Technology, as well as the vice dean to discuss research at the faculty of Textile Engineering as well as in my research group in order to strengthen our research collaboration (see e.g. the blog of Sina Seipel, a PhD-student in my group that visited TU liberec in 2016). I also had a meeting with a representative of Inotex, who is sepcialized in Textile Biotecnology to further discuss potential collaboration.

It was an inspiring and busy week.

Vincent Nierstrasz

The Faculty of Textile Technology

Town hall

City centre

          Staff mobility at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic         

Sina Seipel - Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, Department of Textile Technology

Dobrý den! (Hello!)

In September I had the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ staff mobility program for training. For my exchange I chose the Technical University of Liberec, which was founded in 1953 with a background in mechanical and textile engineering. Today the university has 7 faculties and a total number of approx. 10 000 students. 
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Faculty of Textile Engineering 
  • Faculty of Science-Humanities and Education 
  • Faculty of Economics 
  • Faculty of Arts and Architecture 
  • Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Inter-Disciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Health Studies

As I am a doctoral student in the field of Textile Material Technology I visited the Department of Material Engineering at the Faculty of Textile Engineering to learn more about the characterisation of smart dyes applied on textiles with spectrophotometry. The department is, among other areas, specialised in colorimetry and the development of textile sensorical systems based on smart materials. Their educational and research activities are in large extent compatible but at the same time very much complementing to the specialisation of my doctoral field. This match made it ideal for me to learn more in depth about spectrophotometry and its application for photochromic textile materials. Throughout my stay I could gather a lot of new knowledge and ideas by job shadowing of lab work and participating in group workshops and presentations together with the professors Martina Viková and Michal Vik, doctoral students of the department and an exchange student from Turkey. Eventually, I also did some hands-on work at the measurement instrument to get practical experience. 

Research group meeting
Spectrophotometric measurement of photochromic prints 

The city of Liberec is the former textile center of the Czech Republic and lies in the very North of the country. It is not only comparable to BorÃ¥s because of its textile background, but also in size and landscape-wise. With round about 100 000 inhabitants Liberec is the the third largest city in Bohemia with only Prague and Plzeň being larger. Liberec is surrounded by mountains from northeast and southwest with the river Lusatian Neisse flowing through it. For the textile industry it was essential to have access to a river for the production. The climate in the area was ideal for flax to grow, which was the reason for linen weaving mills and cloth manufactures to arise during the 16th century. In the late 19th century, the textile industry and the city's wealth had reached its peak. During this time countless villas and the beautiful town hall were built. 

Villa area around the university 
Former textile worker accommodation area
Liberec town hall 

The city is also known for its abundant sports activities that the beautiful surrounding nature invites to: mountain biking, trail running, paddling, cross country skiing and much more. One of my first impressions of the life in Liberec was when I passed by a nearby lake. The local kayaking club was training for a competition which took place the next weekend, children were swimming in the lake and playing by the beach and at the shore was an inviting restaurant where people enjoyed some food and a refreshing drink (in Sweden it is called beer, but in the Czech Republic it is more referred to as water). I liked the mix of all leisure activities at the same time and felt invited to join in one way or another. 

Kayak training at lake Harcov
A proper glass would have made it perfect 

On the weekend I could not hold myself back from doing what I love to do in my free time - compete in running. On a chilly and rainy Sunday, I took part in a mountain race at Liberec's famous landmark and local mountain Ještěd: 20 km and 1350 m of elevation. Unfortunately, the day was too misty so I could not enjoy the view when I reached the top, but I was very happy anyways when I reached the finish line.

Ještěd peak and tower
Start of Ještěd half marathon
Tired but happy me 

Overall, I am glad for the experiences that I have made during the three weeks in Liberec - both educational and cultural. I am thankful for the knowledge and new perspectives to look at my field of doctoral studies that I have learned from the staff at the Faculty of Textile Engineering. This exchange was important for me as a young researcher and teacher to get to know practices at other educational institutions. Furthermore, I hope that this stay can strengthen collaborations and exchanges between our research teams in the future. And last but not least, I am happy for the personal experience. To stay in a different country, to meet new people and to get to know a new culture is always enriching and nothing I want to miss in life. 

Sina Seipel

          Minor Field Studies - Malaysia        
23rd of January 2015 - Singapore - 新加坡共和国 - Singapura

Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore
To be back in Singapore, after working at the National University of Singapore in 2012, is very exciting. The purpose of this trip is to go to Malaysia, but first I stay for two days here in the lovely "Lion City". Since there are no lions in Singapore, one might wonder why it's nickname is Lion City. There is a long story, but to make it short; in Malay Singapore is Singapura - derived from "Singa" for lion and "Pura" for city.

I have an interesting day ahead, going to work as a volunteer and plant trees at the Pasir Ris Park.

25th of January Malaysia – Johor Bahru

Pulai Springs Resort, JB, Malaysia
I got much later than expected to Malaysia today due to something I ate last night. Quite troublesome to go through the Woodlands Checkpoint feeling sick, there is like a highly secured fort at the border of Singapore/Malaysia. Well, it was worth the trouble once I arrived at my hotel in Johor Bahru. I was supposed to meet with the the faculty today, but it changed in the very last minute. Early night to get ready for a morning meeting at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM.

26th of January Malaysia – Johor Bahru - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Visit at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM
My morning meeting took place at Media and Game Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGICX), located on the UTM campus. The director of MaGICX, Dr. Mohd Sharizal Sunar, and Dr. Farhan Mohamed started the meeting with a presentation of their research centre and UTM. 
We discussed possibilities for computer science and information systems students from the University of BorÃ¥s to do field studies in the region. 

They were interested and are willing to help students from Sweden applying for a Minor Field Study scholarship, great news for students with ambitions of conducting field studies in Malaysia. 

During the morning I was also introduced to other members of MaGICX and had a chance to see what kind of research they were conducting.

At lunchtime I was introduced to Dr. Adrian David Cheok from City University of London. He is a professor of Pervasive Computing and is setting up a new research lab in Iskandar, in the south of Malaysia. This region is very dynamic and interesting things are happening here! 

27th - 28th of January Malaysia – Johor Bahru - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

I participated in the weekly morning meetings at MaGICX. The staff meet on Tuesdays for three presentations by either seniors, Ph.D students or master students. Excellent opportunity for me to get an insight in their work. I also had a chance to introduce myself, the purpose of my trip and my own research.
After a nice lunch it was time for a campus tour, UTM has a large and lush campus. They even have stables at the campus!
The last meeting of the day was with the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Dr. Siti Zaiton Mohd Hashim. We realized that we had a lot to discuss and booked another meeting the following day.

          Teaching sabbatical 2014        

My name is Tobias Richards and I’m current on leave from my work as a professor at Univeristy of Borås in Sweden.

I’ve been fortunate to receive a scholarship from STINT (The Swedish foundation for cooperation in research and higher education) within the program Teaching Sabbatical. The purpose of this scholarship is to get inspiration and exchange knowledge and experience from world leading Universities and Colleges regarding education and teaching at different levels; from undergraduate to graduate. My first choice was University of California Berkeley, which also become my destination for the fall semester 2014. The reasons for choosing UC Berkeley (or commonly known as Cal) were several. It has one of the most respected graduate schools in the US and are continuously ranked among the top three University in the world ( with first place in science, chemistry and physics and one underlying idea with this teaching sabbatical, from my point of view, was to include both undergraduate and graduate studies and to see the connection between them. It is also ranked as the best public national University in the US regarding undergraduate teaching (

Student gathering at UC Berkeley for one of the welcoming ceremonies in 2014

In my ordinary work, I lead a research group within thermal treatment of mixed material with a special emphasis is on waste materials and sustainability and from that perspective it is really fascinating to live a couple of months in one of the most progressive states regarding sustainability. I will be interesting to see how sustainability and waste management are incorporated at the university and especially how it is communicated and received by the surrounding community. It was therefore encouraging to see that on the fare for the new students, one of the stands were dedicated a zero waste univeristy by 2020.

Stand at the student fare in August 2014

This blog will have two different pillars; one educational and one regarding sustainability where the common denominator is the University. The intention is to have about two posts every month where my experiences and findings are expressed.
          bratwursts and angelina jolie        
uh -oh...

´ello beautiful people. did you see cole´s goal for england yesterday against sweden? unbelievable. makes me want to sign my life away to a füssball club for the next 3 yrs. to be able to do it myself. total mastery of mind and body, i tell you. so much so, that in the subconcious - when the mind is humming 'om', you can rip a ball within inches of your target. so that is the thought of the do we get there???

i've heard that discipline is the road. lately, i have not been disciplined in certain areas of my life...eating too many bratwurts, not learning the language, and being too much of a hermit (funny how hanging out is a discipline for social excellence). so today i am thinking/praying this: help me to practice control over my passions so that i can funnel them into creative acts of love that contribute to the good times of all of those within reach...and beyond, maybe. and today's example: angelina jolie. UN 'goodwill ambassador' who gives 1/3 of her income to refugee camp NGO's, has adopted 2 children, and walks the line of entertainer/humanitarian. of course, there are thousands of soulwarriors doing the good work who will remain anonymous, but this morning i saw her interviewed by anderson cooper ( and was shaken to my heart once again. God have mercy on the suffering...and then i realize that i am the answer to my prayer.

and a quotation concerning self control...since we're in germany

"you can't keep the birds from flying overhead, but you can keep them from building nests in your hair." - martin luther

i'm feeling spain, folks. coastal towns with perhaps a brief appointment with stupidity in pamplona with the running of the bulls on july 7th. if you see me get gored on ESPN, i sure as hell better have a flybar between my legs. ok - i hope you all are experiencing wonder today. be happy.
          ReinXeed – A New World (2013)        
Genre: Power Metal Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps Country: Sweden Size: 132 Mb Tracklist: 01. Distant Horizon 05:01 02. Into The Darkness 04:34 03. The Journey Home 03:32 04. The Star 05:01 05. Final Destination 04:02 06. Northern Allstars 03:32 07. Chalice Of Time 05:12 08. Curse And Damnation 03:50 09. Guitar Hero 05:33 10. A […]
          ReinXeed – Welcome To The Theater (2012)        
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps Country: Sweden Size: 102 Mb Tracklist: 1. Welcome 01:12 2. Life Will Find a Way 05:37 3. Follow Me 03:52 4. Save Us 05:55 5. Stranger Tides 05:30 6. Somewhere in Time 06:16 7. Freedom 08:15 8. No Fate 06:50 9. Temple of the Crystal Skulls 04:35 […]
          ReinXeed – 1912 (2011)        
Genre: Symphonic | Melodic Power Metal Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps Country: Sweden Size: 133 Mb Tracklist: 01 1912 6:20 02 The Final Hour 4:19 03 Terror Has Begun 4:44 04 Spirit Lives On 7:04 05 Through The Fire 3:57 06 The Fall Of Man 5:55 07 The Voyage 4:58 08 We Must Go Faster 3:18 […]
          ReinXeed – Majestic (2010)        
Style: Symphonic Power MetalFormat: mp3 | VBR259kbps Country: Sweden Size: 135MB Tracklist:. Deep Under Sea 06:072. Invincible 04:233. Never Lie 04:244. Once Upon A Time 06:045. Melody Of Life 06:246. Atlantis 04:587. Second Chance 05:118. My Paradise 06:049. Neverland 04:3610. Majestic 07:2211. Lightning Strikes Again 06:2312. Sword In Stone 05:1413. Forever Carry On 04:32 (Bonus […]
          IMC Stockholm 2009 | VisitSweden        

IMC Stockholm 2009| Photographer: Petri Mertanen, | Conference: | In photo: Maria Ziv and Tommy Sollén, VisitSweden

          10 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Statues        

10 most unintentionally terrifying statues

As anyone who has ever dicked around with Play-Doh knows, sculpting is fucking hard: If you aspire to create anything but crude dongs, the level of planning and technical skill it takes to bring a passable statue into existence is downright insane. With this in mind, you'd assume that talented statue folks use their power to create wonders, which is precisely what some of them do.

However, there are ... others. Time and time again, we keep bumping into statues that prove that a whole bunch of sculptors are clearly using every single ounce of their talent to troll the world as hard as they possibly can.

#10. Verity -- Devon, Great Britain

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If you feel like punching a wall whenever you see the words "modern art," chances are it's because you've seen the works of Damien Hirst. He's the dude behind famous, critically esteemed works such as Isn't That Just a Fucking Shark in a Formaldehyde Tank? and Who the Hell Tries to Sell a Diamond-Covered Fake Skull for $84 Million? As such, he's probably the last person in existence who should be allowed to decorate things like, say, the piers of quaint small towns.
At least that's what someone must have said a few years ago, because right on cue, a small English town called Ilfracombe stood up and said: "Hey, have you guys noticed that we're a quaint small town? Wouldn't that Damien Hirst dude be the perfect guy to decorate our pier?"
And that, dear reader, is why the world now has Verity: a giant 2013 sculpture of a half-flayed pregnant woman that looks for all the world like a prop from Hannibal. This 66-foot bronze "allegory for truth and justice" stands facing the sea with a stance that's less "welcome to our little English town" and more "I'm going to punch the very concept of your spleen if you dock." Oh, and it's also brandishing a sword that's as big as the rest of the statue.
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On a positive note, ain't no one going to invade them by sea in a hurry.

#9. The Giant Lamp -- Malmo, Sweden

In the Swedish city of Malmo, there is a light that never goes out. Too bad said light comes in the form of a giant-ass table lamp that switches spots seemingly at will and whispers to passersby in a broken, not-quite-Swedish subliminal language of mayhem:

"Ia! Ia! R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn bork bork bork!"
The Giant Lamp of Malmo is a 19-foot inexplicably popular sculpture that tours the squares of the city as the year progresses, only to return to its headquarters at Lilla Torg Square for Christmas. The words "ritual" and "blood" don't feature in the description, but considering that this is a country that habitually pulls a (hopefully mostly Nic Cage-less) Wicker Man with a giant goat sculpture most Christmastimes, it's pretty safe to assume they're heavily implied.

#8. The Enema Statue -- Zheleznovodsk, Russia

The Russian town of Zheleznovodsk is famed for its iron-rich mineral springs, and the many wonderful spas that bring this miracle of nature to the people. As such, it was no surprise that the town wanted to honor the source of their wealth with a statue dedicated to the specialty of Zheleznovodsk spa culture: the enema.
Via Jaunted
They used to have a statue of a douche, but it attracted too many pickup artists.
Shaped as a massive rectal bulb syringe held aloft by Botticcellian cherubs, this bronze sculpture greets the visitors near the gates of the town's largest spa. Sadly, the story doesn't elaborate on whether said spa has had a single visitor since this loving homage was erected.

#7. Man Hanging Out -- Prague, Czech Republic

So you're walking the historic streets of Prague, enjoying the fine spring weather, and suddenly your gaze lands on a worrying sight. Holy shit, there's a dude hanging for dear life from a beam that's inexplicably dangling from a rooftop! Uncertain of whether you're witnessing a scene in a James Bond movie or a tragic situation just a few minutes away from ending up as sidewalk splatter, you spring into action and call the authorities.
A few minutes later, a cop strolls over and gives you an enthusiastic slap over the head. Congratulations! You've just become the 367th person this month alone to let Prague's sculpture of Sigmund Freud fool you.
Via Bestourism
It's called Man Hanging Out, because lame puns are the only thing Prague loves more than scaring people.
Apart from routinely confusing the shit out of first-time visitors to Prague, Man Hanging Out is a representation of Freud's struggle with his phobias and fear of mortality. It's also the work of famous Czech artist/troll David Cerny, who is rapidly turning into something of a personal nemesis: No matter how I promise myself I'll avoid him this time, his work just keeps popping up every time I do one of these articles. In fact, let's take this thing somewhere there's no way of bumping into his work whatsoever. Say ... Australia.

#6. The Big Lobster -- Kingston, South Australia

Aaaaaahhhhh! That is not better at all!
Australia has the virtual monopoly on creatures that can scar our mental and physical capacities merely by saying "Boo." The thing you may not know is that somewhere down the line the continent apparently just said "screw it" and started building giant effigies for all creatures great and small that may or may not be able to murder them in some manner, up to and very much including pineapples.
The Big Lobster is the king of said statues. It's a massive construct 59 feet tall, 45 feet wide, and 50 feet long that depicts what is either a lobster or a hitherto unknown kaiju species that Australia has thus far been able to hide from the rest of the world in order to keep luring tourists in, much like Mayor Vaughn did in Jaws.
Riana Dzasta
The locals call it Larry, which is Australian for "Sir."

#5. The Hare -- Nuremberg, Germany

The last time you and your sweet grandmother visited the cultured city of Nuremberg didn't go quite as planned, as the local "Fountain of Virtue" turned out to be the sort of lactation frenzy most niche porn companies could only hope to deliver. This time, you've decided to play it safe. Apart from strictly PG-rated galleries and churches, your only point of interest is going to be the sculpture made in honor of Grandma's favorite painting, Albrecht Durer's The Young Hare:
Via Wikipedia
There's no way you could go wrong with this one. Sure of yourself, you stop to pat yourself on the back for your choice, letting Grandma limp ahead to the plaza that serves as home to the Hare:
Via Cuniculture
God dammit, Nuremberg. What did the bunny ever do to you?

#4. Floralis Generica -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

Quick: What's worse than a 75-foot steel statue that looks like the doomsday weapon of a Bond villain? That's right, a 75-foot doomsday statue that moves.
Floralis Generica is a giant 23-meter-tall metal flower/murder beam pedestal that was built and donated to the city of Buenos Aires by architect Eduardo Catalano. Its giant steel petals open and close, depending on the time of day. During the dark hours, the sculpture emits an ominous red light that is supposed to appear comforting, but is clearly just waiting to blast passing superheroes out of the sky.
Via ChessBase
If there's not an evil lair under this thing yet, I'm calling dibs.
The artist says the sculpture "is a synthesis of all the flowers and is both a hope that is reborn every day to open," which we can only assume is the code phrase for opening the door of the giant vault underneath Floralis Generica that controls its death ray.

#3. Transi de Rene de Chalon -- Bar-le-Duc, France

When you're visiting a random church in a small village in Northern France, you expect to see the stuff you see in most old churches: crosses, paintings, a few statues of saints ... that sort of thing. That's precisely what you'll see in Bar-le-Duc's Saint-Etienne church. Well, that and a fucking zombie monster, just gleefully hanging about in a place of honor, arm raised to meet the sky like the world's cheesiest Shakespearean actor.
This statue is the memorial of Rene de Chalon, a 16th century prince, who had a hunch he'd die in his 20s (it was a turbulent time) and made a special request to be depicted this way postmortem. Local history books do their level best to write this off as an artistic choice meant to represent "doing right by God even after death." However, let's be honest here: The dude was a wealthy 20-something -- there's no way this was anything but a particularly inspired trolling idea someone in his entourage came up with at 4 a.m.

#2. Genghis Khan -- Mongolia

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I've been planning a trip round Scandinavia in the near future, and stumbled upon these lovely little huts deep in the Swedish woods: 
 STF Kolarbyn eco-lodges are located in the thick of Sweden's woods and are not your typical hostels. For anyone who's always dreamed of living inside the trunk of an actual tree, these eco-lodges are not quite that experience, but they're about as close as most are likely to get.

Constructed from all-natural material, each hut has a wood heater, and offers no electricity, nor running water. And it should be reiterated, it is a hut -- made of little more than wood and tree branches, providing a completely unique experience both outside and in.
Candles, matches, and firewood for self-cutting are included in the amenities. A nearby spring is used to fetch water, and several fire pits are available for outdoor cooking, that is, after the firewood has been chopped. An organic self-serve breakfast made from all local, all organic fare is offered during the fall, spring, and summer seasons. Other activities on the site include a floating sauna, biking, hiking, and wolf-howling.
In 2004 Kolarbyn started a project to preserve Sweden’s 400-year-old tradition of charcoaling -a process of extracting iron by producing charcoal in kilns. Around the Kolarbyn sites are hundreds of remnants of charcoal kilns, and since 2004 many new kilns have been put to use. Guests are invited to watch the process or to work with the kiln, and a portion of their money goes to the upkeep of this practice.
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          Find Snowboarding: NORWAY- The Boys are Back in Town        

For the third Find Snowboarding trip we set-out on a European road trip with a destination of Norway. Summer road trips are a time honored tradition so we knew we had to make this one for the ages.

Starting with Thomas Delfino and Will Lavigne in Munich the boys hit the road headed north. River surfing, riding a snow dome in Bispingen, skating Hamburg, camping on the beaches in Sweden under the midnight sun and eventually making their way to Folgefonna to shred with Stale Sandbech, Toni Kerkela and Len Jorgensen.

This is the tale of that road trip, the camaraderie, adventure, excitement and the unforgettable snowboarding that happens each summer at the Folgefonna glacier.

FInd Snowboarding: NORWAY Full Film premiers 10.23.14 on Transworld Snowboarding's website.

Cast: Rome Snowboards

Tags: Find Snowboarding, Rome SDS, Norway, Will Lavigne, Thomas Delfino, Stale Sandbech, Len Jorgensen, Toni Kerkela, Adventure, Travel, Skateboarding and Road Trip

          International Students Adapt to American Life at SNC        

Sierra Nevada College is the temporary home of international students from 25 different countries, including Italy, Canada, England, Colombia, Brazil, Sweden, Croatia, and China. The flags of the students’ nations are proudly hung in Campbell-Friedman Hall. But these students face many challenges that American-born students never have to worry about. Getting a job in order […]

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          OS COURETTES - THEY THROB, YOU"LL OOZE!!        

It was an honour to be asked to scribble a couple of paragraphs for the back of the OS COURETTES 10 inch field recording "It's Alive from Tambourine Studios" (in Malmö, Sweden) on Chaputa! Records of Portugal.

As you’re likely aware, this two person force of nature is one of my favourite acts currently doing the rounds and they pack more punch than many groups twice their number. Primitive is where they live and when you catch them in person you’ll find out exactly why.

Meanwhile, you can practice for just such an occasion if you grab a copy of this and play it several times daily at a volume that makes the foundations of your cave rattle in addition to shaking and rolling at the appropriate junctures.

          Michael Schumacher looking to buck the odds with the LA Kings        
In the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft the Kings selected 17-year old Michael Schumacher out of a junior league in Sweden. When you’re taken that late and from another continent, the reality is most people don’t know who are you. Yet, only a few weeks later when he arrived in Los Angeles for the [...]
          A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Viergut        
In 1981, eleven-year-old Saba Hafezi watches as her mother and twin sister, Mahtab, board a plane to America, leaving her in a seaside village in northern Iran. Though she is certain of what she saw, Saba's broken father and colorful slew of surrogate grandmothers claim that Mahtab is dead and that Saba should forget about her troublesome mother; nevertheless, there are others who attribute Saba's belief in her sister's survival to “twin-sense” and relish the possibility that Mahtab might still be alive. Over the next seventeen years, Saba immerses herself in illegal western books, movies, and magazines, and weaves an exquisite parallel American life for her twin sister, one that mirrors her own in bizarre and unlikely ways—and rivals the fates of Ivy-League western shahs—a life that the bookish Saba too might have lived if she'd been allowed to get on that plane.

Beginning with small tokens of adolescence and moving to larger coincidences of unrequited love, the violent consequences of forced marriage to a much older man, and motherhood, Mahtab’s hazier American story keeps pace with her sister like a shadow. Mahtab loses a lover when Saba does. Mahtab finds unexpected wealth in the same way as Saba. But whereas Saba’s story has all the grit and brutality of real life in post-revolution Iran, Mahtab’s is like an American television show as imagined under an Iranian storyteller’s blanket, always returning power and control to the heroine’s hands.

A TEASPOON OF EARTH AND SEA uses strong, colorful characters, a unique narrative voice, and rural eastern storytelling techniques with western-style prose to convey a sense of mystery and a compelling message about identity and being the mistress of one's own fate while living and battling within the fantasy of our other "selves." The bittersweet ending leaves the reader wondering if it matters at all where life takes us or why. Maybe the soul is unchanging and—as the old saying goes—life is written in the veins.

[Riverhead (World English) 2012; Edizioni Piemme (Italy) 2012; Rocco (Brazil) 2012; De Bezige Bij (Netherlands) 2012; Editions Calmann-Levy (France) 2012; Gyldendal (Norway) 2012; Damm (Sweden) 2012; Mare (Germany) 2012; Grup (Turkey) 2012; Modern Press (China) 2012; Wydawnictwo Otwarte (Poland) 2012; Thaning & Appel (Denmark)].

About the author
Dina N. Viergutz was born to a controversial family of doctors and poets in Iran in 1979 and lived and traveled there throughout the Iran-Iraq war. Having escaped the country on the day of her mother’s intended execution, Dina spent some years in Europe before moving to the United States. She speaks three languages and recently became a citizen of France (dual with U.S.), and has spent the last three years living in Paris and Amsterdam with her husband where she researched and wrote A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea. She is a graduate of Princeton and holds two masters degrees from Harvard, and she has just been accepted to the Iowa Writers Workshop beginning in the fall 2011. She has done an array of work, including leading strategic projects for Saks Fifth Avenue and McKinsey in New York City. As a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard, she has discussed public policy with world leaders, and as a Teaching Fellow and keynote speaker (also at Harvard) she gave speeches to audiences of hundreds before she turned thirty.

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          Europe Forecast: Hot in the south - Thundery central areas, Aug 10 - 10:13        

Staying hot in southern Europe with thunderstorms in central areas Thursday Dry weather continues across Iberia - hot in south-west Spain and Portugal. Slack low pressure over western Europe brings cool and unsettled weather - areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms for France, the Low Countries and Germany, although the Riviera and also Brittany may escape dry. Thundery rain too for the Alps, and a few showers possible for northern-central Italy. Hot and dry for southern Italy, Greece and areas near the Black Sea. Scorching temperatures for the Balkan states, Hungary and Slovakia, also south-eastern Poland, topping 40C. A risk of severe thunderstorms developing and spreading from Austria to the Czech Republic and also across southern Poland. Areas of thundery rain for the Baltic states and Finland, whilst southern Scandinavia should stay dry.

Friday Fine and dry across Portugal and Spain today, feeling hot too. More hot and dry weather in the Balearics and the hot weather persists over Italy. Greece and Turkey will be remaining dry with more sunshine and staying hot. Fine with sunny spells in western France although the risk of some thunderstorms developing in the east. Sunny spells and an odd shower in the Low Countries. Heavy showers across Germany and Poland some of this heavy. Austria, Hungary and Switzerland will have thunderstorms. Fair for Denmark with sunny spells here. Fair for the Baltic States with sunny spells here. Staying dry in Finland with more sunny spells. Remaining fair across Sweden whilst some rain arrives in western Norway.

          Comment on June 10 Arabian Racing at Berlin-Hoppegarten by Nils Rosenkjaer        
Congratulations to Hoppegarten, the Al Nahyan family, Huub Otermans and everybody else for making it a fine day at the races. Still, to see that Gazel T finished last in his race is a big surprise to me after his win in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup (Gr3) in Sweden, where he among others beat Sakba and Maggia fair and square.
          Her kan du fÃ¥ en nostalgitripp av de sjeldne!        
Tur i samarbeid med Visit Sweden. Har du lyst til å ta med barna på et dypdykk i din barndoms verden? Da er dette stedet å ta familien med på…
          Lassa fever carried back to Sweden        

A 73-year-old woman returning from travels in several African countries has been diagnosed with Lassa fever.

Lassa fever is a virus endemic to Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, which features symptoms such as fever, chills, joint pain, headache and diarrhea.

The case was confirmed by the Public Health Agency of Sweden after testing, and was subsequently reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the National IHR Focal Point for Sweden.

The woman returned to Sweden in early March after several weeks of travel in Liberia, Monrovia, Yekeba and other African locations. Officials said that, in Liberia, the woman was exposed to rodents, who are the most common vectors for the virus.

Approximately 1 percent of people who contract Lassa fever die.

WHO officials said they are following up with 74 contacts who may have been in a position to contract the virus from the woman, who was placed in isolation.

          FIDE Newsletter July 2017        

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FIDE Grand Prix Series was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 5th to 16th of July 2017

Teimour Radjabov emerged clear winner of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Geneva after sharing the point with his nearest follower Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final round. Radjabov earned 20.000 EUR and 170 Grand Prix points for the clear first place. Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk took 13.500 EUR and 105 GP points each.

Radjabov gp2017

In the overall Grand Prix standings Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is leading with 340 points, while Grischuk is second with 316,4. They have completed three events each and will cautiously await the results from the final 4th leg.


Radjabov jumped through to the third place with 241,4 points. Ding Liren on 240 and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on 211,4 can also hope to earn one of the two qualifying spots for the Candidates Tournament.

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European Senior Team Chess Championship 2017 took place in Novi Sad, Serbia from 24th of June till 4th of July 2017.

The Serbian team became European champion in the "50+" section European Championships for seniors. The title was brought by the grandmasters Miloš Pavlović, Goran M. Todorović, Siniša Dražić and Nenad Ristić and international master Zoran Arsović.

European Senior Team Chess Championship

Second place get to the team of Italy, which had three grandmasters in their team composition, and the third place went to team of Sweden. Particularly interesting is the fact that for the Swedish team successfully played the Swedish ambassador in Serbia, His Excellency Jan Lundin.

In the 65+ section the team of Russia, for which are playing the legendary grandmasters Sveshnikov, Vasyukov and Balashov made amazing result of all eight victories, and took the first place. The Danish team was the second, and Belgium, after they lost match in the last round against Russia, took third place.

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Panamerican Youth Championship 2017 took place in Costa Rica from 30 June 2017 till 7th of July 2017.

Panamerican Youth Championship 2017

Total medal counts at PanAm Youth Championships:

USA 4 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze = 15 medals
Peru 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze = 7 medals
Canada 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze = 5 medals
Venezuela 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze = 3 medals
Colombia 1 Gold, 1 Bronze = 2 medals
Argentina 1 Gold
Chile 1 Gold
Mexico 1 Silver
Bolivia 1 Bronze

Lopez Rayo Santiago COL
Mishra Abhimanyu USA
Prestia Sebastian USA

U8 girls
Vidyarthi Omya USA
Maravi Ceron Ayme PER
Qu Greta CAN

Li Eric USA
Atanasov Anthony CAN
Gao Marvin USA

U10 Girls
Contreras Fiorella PER
Wong Allyson USA
Wang Ellen USA

Chasin Nico Werner USA
Galaviz Medina Sion Radam MEX
Flores Quillas Diego Saul Rod PER

U12 Girls
Perez Hernandez Vicmary C. VEN
Yellamraju Ambica USA
Matute Escobar Roxanny VEN

Liu Aristo S USA
Nakada Akira W USA
Titichoca Daza Daniel BOL

U14 Girls
He Emma CAN
Zeng Sheena USA
Ehsani Yassamin L USA

Varacalli Francisco ARG
Ramirez Gonzalez Mauricio VEN
Liang Albert USA

U16 Girls
Gomez Barrera Javiera Belen CHI
Mostacero Velarde Isabella PER
Caballero Quijano Mitzy Mishe PER

Song Michael CAN
Cori Quispe Kevin Joel PER
Quinonez Garcia Santiago COL

U18 Girls
Cosme Contreras Trilce PER
Wang Constance CAN
Cervantes Landeiro Thalia USA

Panamerican Youth Championship 2017 2

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North American Youth Championship 2017 was held in Morristown, NJ, USA from 12th to 16th of July 2017.

North American Youth Championship 2017 2

A record-breaking 357 players from the United States, Canada and Mexico descended on the historic American Revolution town of Morristown, NJ, to compete in the North American Youth Chess Championships from July 12th to 16th. Sponsored by the Chess Tech, Continental Chess Association’s Darcy Lima, the International Chess School’s Michael Khodarkovsky and in Association with New Jersey Chess Federation and United States Chess Federation, the tournament had 12 sections with girls and open sections from under 8 to under 18. International Arbiters Steve Doyle, Eduard Duchovny and Ken Ballou have a staff of New Jersey State Chess Federation officers and staff: Hal Sprechman, Jim Mullanaphy, Jabari McGreen and Noreen Davisson. IA Steve Doyle, a legend on the chess scene, former President of USCF and Vice President of FIDE conducted the Tournament together with Tournament Directors GM Darcy Lima and Michael Khodarkovsky.

Final Standings 

Asian Zonal 3.1 took place in Tehran, Iran from 29th of June till 8th of July 2017

20 players (18 from Iran, 1 from Syria, 1 from Iraq) took part in the women`s section. Mobina Alinasab, a youth player from North of Iran, won the golden medal; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Mitra Hejazipour were second and third.

Asian Zonal 3.1

30 players (28 from Iran, 1 from Syria, 1 from Iraq) took part in the Open section. GM Amirreza Pourramezanali achieved Gold Medal. IM Aryan Gholami and GM Pouya Idani took silver and bronze medals.

Sponsor of Federation and this championship is MCI (Mobile Telecommunication Company).

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African Individual Chess Championships 2017, African Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in Oran, Algeria from 1st till 13th of July 2017

45 players (and 18 players) among which the best African players, including a member of the top 100 the Egyptian GM Bassem Amin (Elo 2684) and Ahmed Adly, ex-junior world champion Elo on 2598. All the participants representing 8 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Zambia, Angola, Tunisia, Republic Centers African, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast) greeted the perfect organization and the good conditions of play in the international hotel "Assala" situated in the city center.

African Individual Chess Championships 2017

GM Amin Bassem from Egypt won the African Individual Championship. Daniel Cawdery from South Africa shared the first place but came second on the tie-break. Adly Ahmed from Egypt finished on the third place. 3 Egyptian players occupied the stage in women's section: WGM Mona Khaled won the championship, while Wafa Shrook and Wafa Shahenda took silver and bronze medals.

Amin Bassem

Rapid Championships: Amin Bassem (Egypt) won another golden medal, Adly Ahmed (Egypt) came second and Hesham Abdelrahman (Egypt) was third.

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Wafa Shahenda (Egypt) was the best one in blitz, Esperance Caxita (Angola) and Amina Mezioud (Algeria) came third.

Blitz championships:
Adly Ahmed (Egypt) won blitz championship, Mohamed Haddouche (Algeria) was second and Phiri Richmond from Zambia was third.
Wafa Shrook (Egypt) was the strongest in blitz. Amina Mezioud (Algeria) took the silver medal, while Mona Khaled (Egypt) came third.

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017 took place in New Delhi, India from 2nd till 10th of July 2017.

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Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta (india) came up with an inspired performance in the final round to crush Aleksander Wohl of Australia and annexed the gold medal in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017. GM Vaibhav Suri (India) won the silver while the bronze medal went to GM Tejas Bakre (India). WGM Swati Ghate (India) became the Women Champion.

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Players from 15 countries including some from South Africa and Kenya have registered for the nine-day long events. The championship had over 550 registered players in various categories spanning from under-8 till open. There were 16 Grandmasters and 13 International Masters in the fray apart from five more Woman Grandmasters.

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Asian Schools Chess Championship 2017 and Asian Schools Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships were held in Panjin Lianoing, China from 20th till 30th of July 2017.

Chinese Chess Association under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation and World Chess Federation, organized the event in high-standard playing hall and hotel, earning unanimous acclaims from more than 700 participants from 23 countries and regions in Asia.

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China won 10 gold medals, Uzbekistan won 8 gold medals and Philippines won 7 gold medals.

Yuruultei Batbaatar MGL
Nurgaliyev Sauat KAZ
Kiaan Agrawal IND

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Xie Kaifan CHN
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Chen Yining CHN
Dela Cruz Daren PHI
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Wei Yaqing CHN
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Zhou Xiangru CHN

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Lin Yi CHN
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          Connect Your Summer With Scary Movies        

Love scary movies? Use one to earn your eLectrified badge this summer! These horror flicks are available on DVD at the library or streaming through Hoopla. 

Animal Lover

A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

A group of people unite in a fight against a great white shark that has come to terrorize the residents of a formerly peaceful summer community on the New York coast.

College students visit a friend's remote cabin on a lake, unaware that locals have imported sharks in hopes of filming their attacks.

Be Creative

Young Dorian Gray arrives fresh on the London social scene and is taken under the wing of corrupt, devilish Lord Henry Wotton who introduces him to the seedy pleasures of London life. Desperate to protect the youth and beauty captured in his portrait, Dorian swears he would give anything to stay as he is-- even his soul. Slipping deeper and deeper into a world of sin, sex and celebrity, his deeds grow ever more evil in an attempt to hide his secret.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born under his mother's table at the fish market, onto a pile of muddy fish guts, establishing from the beginning his repulsion for putrid scents. A childhood of neglect and, later, a job at a tannery, encourage Jean-Baptiste to develop his olfactory sense rather than his verbal skills. When an opportunity to prove his worth to Parisian perfumist, Giuseppe Baldini, it results in his immediate hire into a promising new career. His successes in perfume mixing are negated by a blinding obsession for capturing the sublime beauty of human soul, which in his twisted logic requires the killing of young women to reduce their body fats to essential oils for the ultimate perfume.

Late one night on a country road, Tun and Jane accidentally run down a mysterious pedestrian. Fleeing the scene, they return to their lives in Bangkok, but soon discover things have changed. Nightmares haunt Jane's dreams while Tun, a photographer, begins to see odd spectral figures at work. Returning to investigate the site of the accident, they find neither rumor nor report of the victim. When one by one, Tun's closest friends begin to die, he and Jane know they must unravel this mystery before it unravels their very lives.

Chow Down

A celebrity chef turns the tables on his harshest critic. Peter Grey (James Le Gros), an overly zealous television chef kidnaps J.T. Franks (Joshua Leonard), an influential and notoriously snarky food blogger after a particularly nasty review deals the final blow to Grey's already plummeting career. Grey keeps Franks chained up in a basement, presenting him with a series of deceptively simple cooking challenges - from preparing a perfect egg over easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare & accepting nothing less than total perfection. BITTER FEAST is a tense thrill-ride served up with wicked wit and culinary flair.

A young female FBI agent is sent to interview notorious killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in hope of obtaining information that will help the Bureau catch another killer.

Returning to London after being wrongfully imprisoned, a barber seeking revenge upon those who sent him away provides a local baker with meat for her pies.

When the patriarch of a secretive cannibalistic family dies, his daughters are forced to hunt for food as a storm closes in and the local law enforcement officers investigate the family.

Explore History

During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all.

The five Bennet sisters cope with the pressure to marry while fighting an increasing zombie presence in the English countryside.

"Greatest horror film of the year."--Entertainment Weekly.

While on business in Yorkshire, young lawyer and single father Arthur Kipps encounters the malevolent spirit of a woman.

Game On

Based on true events, The Ouija Experiment tells the story of five friends who decide to record their experiments with a Ouija board. This found footage film follows the five friends as they reach out to the spirits, but when they break the first rule of Ouija boards and leave without saying goodbye, they inadvertently invite the spirits into their lives. As the spirits hunt down them one by one, the remaining friends must uncover the truth behind the spirits' deaths and destroy the board before it destroys them.

Alice, joining forces with a group of survivors trying to get to a safe haven known as Arcadia, continues in her quest to destroy the Umbrella Corporation, fighting zombie hordes along the way.

Geek Out

When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!.

A scientist, obsessed with perfecting a virtual reality computer, experiments on a slow-witted gardener, turning him into a superhuman, whom members of "The Shop" want to capture to create a war machine.

A group of young friends are rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own and his subsequent ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images. More deaths follow as the world is slowly being drained of life.

A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

Great Outdoors

Five college friends head for cabin in a remote forest and through a tattered diary left behind by a former inhabitant, begin to discover the deadly truth behind their lodging.

On an annual extreme outdoor adventure, six women friends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there is no way out. The women push on, praying for another exit, but there is something else lurking under the earth. The friends are now prey, forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror that attacks without warning.

Susan and Daniel are a happily married couple who are taking a much needed vacation to the islands. They are hoping for a memorable trip. However, their vacation turns tragic when their scuba diving party leaves them in the middle of the ocean by the careless diving boat crew. As the reality of isolation sets in, they turn to one another for support. Unable to flag down passing boats, they begin to panic as encircling sharks begin to appear.

Jeff and Amy are an American couples who goes to Mexico for a vacation. They find themselves in the most brutal struggle when, on an archaeological dig into the jungle, they are ambushed by hostile Mayans and forced to the top of an ancient temple. There, a monstrous and diabolically clever entity awaits them among the ruins.

Hit The Road

Christine is an auto possessed by an evil vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She demands the unquestioned devotion of Arnie and attacks outsiders who try to interfere.

A deranged stuntman stalks his victims from the safety of his killer car, but when he picks on the wrong group of babes, all bets are off. He becomes involved in an automotive duel of epic proportions.

A tire named Robert, who has destructive telekinetic powers. becomes obsessed with a woman living in a desert town.

After zombies have overrun the world, a mismatched group of two men and two sisters head for an amusement park that is reportedly safe.

Keep It Real

Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural.

A hard hitting docu-drama about two ex-cons who ruthlessly murder a Kansas family in 1959 in order to steal their non-existent stash of money.

From Rodney Ascher, the director of ROOM 237, comes a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of 'Sleep Paralysis' through the eyes of eight very different people. These people (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds. A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another, (and had never heard of sleep paralysis before it happened to them), many see similar ghostly 'shadow men.' This is one of many reasons many people insist this is more than just a sleep disorder. THE NIGHTMARE digs deep into not only the particulars of these eight people's uncanny experiences (through elaborate, sometimes surreal dramatizations), but it also explores their search to understand what they've gone through and how it's changed their lives.

In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we're still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Rodney Ascher's wry and provocative documentary fuses fact and fiction through interviews with both fanatics and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick's still-controversial classic.

Laugh It Up

It all starts with a meteorite falling to earth near Glen Canyon, Arizona. The next day, biology teacher Dr. Ira Kane and geology teacher Harry Block from Glen Canyon Community College go to investigate. While taking a sample, they discover a slimy blue fluid ozzing from the meteorite. Kane finds myriad single-celled life-forms in the fluid, evolving at an incredible rate, even while he's watching. What seemed like a sure ticket to Sweden for the Nobel Prize soon develops into a nightmare: by evolving and adapting at an unbelievably fast rate, the aliens start spreading out, and the military comes in. Will humanity save the day?.

"When flesh-eating zombies go on the hunt for a bite to eat, it's up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Ed (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree"--Container label.

Sci-fi comedy about two country handymen who are about to leave their desolate Nevada town when they discover the town is infested with gigantic man-eating creatures that live below the ground.

Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.

My Mitten

In the much-anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

For nineteen-year-old Jay, the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can't shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

You Choose (Staff Picks)

"...squirm-inducing stuff."--Hollywood Reporter.

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          Toggle latches and catch plates 3D drawings now available for download        

We were receiving many requests from our current and new customers who asked for a possibility to download 3D products drawings from our webpage without…

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          Organisational changes        

From the beginning of April Pontus Ramström continue his career at Ojop as our new Deputy Manager! Pontus will go above and beyond to handle…

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          Long waited 701 and 703 series will supplement best-selling 700 toggle latch        

Long waited 701 and 703 Series toggle latches with hinged screw loops will supplement best-selling 700 toggle latch range from 15th June 2017 Currently Ojop…

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          Ojop Sweden offers toggle latch packing to retail packaging as an option for our wholesale customers        

We are delighted to inform that from now we offer retail packaging possibility to our distributors and wholesale customers. Toggle latch and corresponding catch plate…

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          TICO Trailer latches design improve        

We are happy to announce that we have implemented a design change to our TICO Trailer latches. Handle design has been updated to ensure perfect…

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          Thank you for visiting our stand at Elmia Subcontractor fair 2016        

It was a great pleasure for us to meet our current and new customers. The exhibition was slower than usual, so our big thank you…

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          Ojop Sweden AB will exhibit at Elmia Subcontractor fair in Jönköping 8– 11 November, 2016        

We would like to welcome you at our stand No. B09:93, Hall B to view our products, discuss cooperation possibilities or just to have a…

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          Comparison between genuine Ojop Quick Power battery connector vs fake battery connector        

We can all agree that quick release battery connectors are great invention where the battery can be connected or disconnected in a few seconds. But…

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          Summer vacation 2016        

Our summer shutdown this year will be in week 29-30 (18-29 July). We will be working with limited staff the week before (week 28) and…

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          Tribal Wives Kitava        

 Sweden is a relatively small country and as such they don't have that many native TV shows. They seem to fill in with some assorted American and British shows. It was there where I was exposed to British-style reality TV and I lost my Anglophilia. Instead of high tea and Jane Austen, there was "five ton mum" and "real life 40 year old virgin!" I guess one of the more interesting shows is Tribal Wives.  The premise of the show is that a British person goes and lives with a tribe.

          Wine Party        

My beautiful bride and I are planning a wine party for this weekend and picked up the wine tonight. Its a unique party in that we are serving Minnesota wines exclusively. So, I thought I might give you a virtual experience.

The picture shows all the varieties that we will offer for the tasting. I'll go through the wines individually as well as some background on the vineyards they come from.

From top to bottom:
  1. The first sampling is a cranberry wine from Winehaven. As the name indicates it is fruit wine, made with Wisconsin cranberries and is one of the winery's most popular bottles.
  2. The second is a red from Cannon River Winery, called GoGo Red. Its a fun variety crafted from Sabrevois and Frontenac (true MN grapes). It was apparently inspired by Grandma "GoGo" who grew up through the depression, WWII and always had great stories to share. Its a sweet red (no doubt inspired by Grandma) and has won multiple international wine awards
  3. Third in the photo is another from Cannon River; an unusual variety known as Sogn Blanc. Its named after the valley that produces the grape Edelweiss. This is another Minnesota grape that's hardy enough to live through the frigid winters and thrives in the sweltering heat of the summers. Sogn Blanc is also a winner of multiple international wine awards.
  4. Fourth in the picture will actually be last in the tasting. It is a port called Hastings Reserve from the Alexis Bailly Vineyard. It is a "ruby" port made from a variety of native Minnesota grapes and aged 2 to 8 years to achieve perfection.
  5. At the bottom left hand side of the picture is our third and final from Cannon River and that is the West 7th wine. I must admit that I was initially attracted only by the name; west 7th has been a landmark in downtown St. Paul for over 100 years. It used to be the trolley way, once housed the classic Schmidt's brewery and many Winter Carnival torchlight parade...not to mention the 7 corners hardware store. This is also the house white for Mancini's Char House which is one of the best Italian steakhouses in the region.
  6. Last, but certainly not least is the Winehaven Honeywine Mead. Otherwise known as honey mead, this wine-ish drink has been served since before Elizabeth held court in England. This is the signature wine of Winehaven and actually the original variety they produced. Winehaven began as a honey farm, which began to dabble in making honey mead. Well, honey mead is such a complex beverage to craft that it makes wine seem easy. It wasn't long before the business expanded into other types of wine. This wine was actually presented to Sweden's King and Queen during their Minnesota visit in 1996. This is definitely a beverage meant for royalty.
Well, if you received an invite to the wine tasting then I hope this will get you excited. If not, I hope that this might inspire you to do your own Minnesota wine themed party. It wasn't difficult at all to plan and there are certainly a variety of wineries to choose from (over 30 in MN, I have heard).

Whether its wine or ice fishing, I encourage you to go try something distinctively Minnesota or wherever you come from. Some of the best things to do are in your own backyard, all you have to do is look for them like you would if you were on vacation. Enjoy your own state for a cheap trip this year!
          NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders        

As the saying goes: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas until yet another lockout delays the end of the season enough to make it a logistical and public relations nightmare, meaning it goes away from Vegas for a year before it comes back and maybe then stays in Vegas."

2013 saw the Balding Captain and Power Forward Traded By Alberta Team For Bag of Pucks Trophy awarded for the first time in several years

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: LeBron James, due to often liberal interpretation of guidance issued by the PHWA to its attentive voters

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Finally receiving some well-deserved individual recognition as something more than just an average player with points totals inflated due to being a regular linemate of Chris Kunitz.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Sometimes compared to Mark Messier, given his combination of scoring ability and physical play, his size and his Western Canadian origins, although with the parity in today's NHL, his chances of matching #11's number of Cup wins are heavily receding.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After opening the season without a goal in 15 games, led the Flyers' recovery the rest of the way by hitting the back of the net 28 times, joining the back of Braden Holtby's head as something hit 28 times to turnaround the Flyers' season.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: The player voted for by everybody in the NHLPA except Roman Hamrlík

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
His 17-point margin of victory over Getzlaf in the scoring race was the largest since the 1998/99 season, when Jaromír Jágr beat Teemu Selänne by 20 points, predictive analysis therefore suggesting that the 2028/29 season will see a Penguin win the scoring race over a Duck by a large margin again and Jágr outscoring Selänne by 60 points.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
If not for Rangers superstars, Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, would surely be recognised as both the most successful graduate of the Calgary Hitmen and the best power forward to come out of the stacked 2003 entry draft.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After a unsuccessful 2012/13 campaign, suffered an off-season golfing injury, believed to be the most apt Flyers-related accident since Kate Smith was fatally crushed by a goon dropped from the Spectrum rafters by a terrible goaltender.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Nicklas Lidström

Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins)
His booming slapshot has been officially recorded at 108.8 mph, putting it in a similar speed bracket as a David Ortiz home run ball and a character assassination written by a member of the local press following the trade of a scoring forward by the Bruins.

Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
The Manitoban All-Star calibre player with missing front teeth and a cavalier attitude to concussions is nicknamed "Clarkey" by his Blackhawks teammates for reasons that nobody has yet divulged.

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
After a 12-month period without addition, has a chance of joining the select list of players signed to a contract by Paul Holmgren winning something while not playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Russian goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at owning an unsustainable high save percentage on an overachieving team

Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Already arguably the second best goaltender in Lightning history behind Cup-winner Nikolai Khabibulin, this season's exploits having put him ahead of a moth-eaten curtain, Empty Net and John Grahame.

Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
Although continuing to rack up impressive personal statistics, some believe he still carries the stigma of backstopping Bruins teams that have both blown a 3-0 playoff series lead and conceded two late goals within 17 seconds to lose a Stanley Cup Final elimination game, "achievements" that the goalie tandem of Andrew Raycroft and Justin Pogge have never suffered, according to the Maple Leafs' analytics department.

Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
Controversially acquired at the cost of a potentially high first round draft pick by the then-lowly Avalanche, so faces the pressure of having to win multiple Vezinas to match the probable Hall of Fame-level contributions the Capitals will receive over Filip Forsberg's career.

Host George Stroumboulopoulos indicates how many NHL games
in aggregate the show's celebrity guests have ever attended

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Undrafted, diminutive scoring forward for the Lightning seemingly not penalised by voters for his intention to petulantly force a trade in 15 years' time to the team closest to his off-season home, the Seattle Coyotes.

Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
Achieved two extremely rare feats that even Wayne Gretzky couldn't manage in his career, by having a 13-game scoring streak as an 18-year-old and by being permitted to take a shootout attempt in a game involving Patrick Roy.

Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Led all rookies in scoring in 2014 and plus-minus over the season, as well as blocking 64 shots, thus preventing the most pucks reaching the goal by any NHLer with "Ondřej Pa" in his name.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Famously exhibited his toughness in last year's Stanley Cup Final by playing through a punctured lung, separated shoulder and broken nose, injuries suffered when a Chicago player collided with Brad Marchand's left knee.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Despite being ranked the top European skater, was to be found in Sweden as the 2005 Entry Draft took place, as coincidentally was a bag containing 45 lottery balls without "Pittsburgh Penguins" written on them.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Has much in common with Bergeron, being a member of the Triple Gold Club, a previous Selke winner, fluent in English and French and having a name that sounds nothing like a word spelled T.O.E.W.S.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Jaromír Jágr (New Jersey Devils)
Has remarkably sustained an NHL career longer than each of the three 20-year-old players for whom he was traded by Pittsburgh on July 11 2001, a feat that probably stopped deserving being called remarkable around October 11 2001.

Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes)
Has made a successful return to the NHL after being let go by the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, a decision described by then-GM Mike Gillis as "the hardest thing I have done in this job", which led to Gillis resolving to avoid making any hard decisions relating to his roster for as long as possible from that point on.

Dominic Moore (New York Rangers)
As his Wikipedia bio states, has at times in his career had to cope with the unenviable handicap of playing with Jason Blake on a "scoring" line and with Ryan Hollweg on a line of any description.

Messrs Linden and Lecavalier proudly display their humanitarian awards for all their tireless work for organisations dealing with disadvantaged goaltending situations 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)
Evidence of a high level of gentlemanly conduct and self-control is shown by his tally of only 18 penalty minutes all year and being on the record as having listened to Jeremy Roenick for in excess of 10 minutes in one go.

Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche)
Notably only called for one penalty in 80 games played, for inadvertently playing with a broken stick, an infraction considered by his coach to be too vanilla to spoil such a record.

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)
Achieves the unique distinction of being a finalist for this award having once signed a contract with the genuine intention of playing for a team run by Jay Feaster.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
At one point during the filming of HBO's '24/7' series, kicked the camera crew out of his locker room between periods of one game, a controversial move given the camera crew formed the injury-hit Red Wings' second line at the time.

Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, meaning he alternates between having no idea there is a hockey team near where he lives and wanting it to be contracted or moved to Quebec.

Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)
Successful start to his professional coaching career would normally bode well for a long stay behind the bench, but his combustible personality suggests that a dramatic falling out with the vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche at some point is almost inevitable.

General Manager of the Year Award

In a departure from previous practice, in recognition of the popularity of vague schedules and the ultimate measure of success being winning two playoff rounds, the finalists will apparently be announced "later this month on a date to be determined" and will be based on voting conducted following the second round of the playoffs.  So Doug Wilson's chances have rather swiftly evaporated.


Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Leading candidate to extend to two the streak of General Manager of the Year Award winners who willingly acquired Douglas Murray in the previous year, meaning the Best GM:Gritty Hitty Swedish Defenseman:Conference Finalists relationship still maintains a correlation coefficient of 1.0000, stat nerds.

Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings)
Beneficiary of the maxim that acquiring a former 40-goal scorer from the Columbus Blue Jackets is a guarantee of a large quantity of playoff goals roughly two out of every three times.

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Despite being a successor to Brian Burke in his role, appears to have the Ducks somewhat behind schedule in becoming entirely dysfunctional and based in Canada.


Awards post archive (a.k.a. look at all the recycled material):

NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          Who Remembers the Sveden House?        
Time once again to step back in the 'way-back' machine and remember the Sveden House. Okay, most of us pronounced it Sweden House, but 'Sveden House' it is. Continue reading…
          Will Legislation Keep Up With Innovation in The Battle of Uber?        

Sweden. Birthplace of Spotify, Skype, iZettle, Minecraft/Mojang, Dice, Tictail and many others; an amazing fountainhead of innovation in relation to its size. You would think that a company like Uber, after having launched successfully in 30 or so countries would be extremely well received in a country like this one. And it was. Uber grew [...]

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          "Hand" - post eight - Advert Spider        
(part five) Advert Spider
Flutter and the Spiderbot

     Flutter opened the door to a room finding an Advert Spider clinging to the outside of the apartment building.  When it saw her it began projecting an advertisement upon the designated wall inside the room.  "Oh hello spider" said Flutter in a familiar sort of way.  "Greetings Ms Flutter, may I say, with all due respect, that you are looking a bit tired today?"
     "I think, perhaps, you need a bit more "You" time Ms Flutter.  Are your children brimming with curiosity and asking endless questions?  You could always enroll them in Retelevise, a 16 week program which will imprint your child onto a device or media such television, social media or general media.  This will return the "You" time to your day so you may relax in a VR and drink a coffee.  And are those wrinkles around...."  Here Flutter interrupted the advert spider.  It was important not to let them get on too much of a roll.  You could make friends with them, in a limited sort of way, but today she was too excited and wanted to get home.  "Thank you spider, but you know very well that I have no children.  I don't really even know what you are talking about"  The Advert Spider, long bereft of adults to advertise to, still attempted to fulfill its programming.  "My apologies Flutter, have a wonderful day and I will speak to you soon when I have even more exciting opportunities for you!" 
"By the way Ms Flutter," Spiderbot continued "do you have spider points?! you can redeem them for...."  But Flutter had already left the room.

A Spiderbot projecting for Flutter
      A theme that regularly runs through my work over the last ten years or so has been the aware
machine.  A man made machine that recognizes and interacts with the humans around it.  Some are more advanced than others such as the Rabbicorn and Mr Zippers who could love or the Daughter of Gears who was the human mind of a young girl inside a machine.  Others like the Veralynnbot fulfill their programming yet still possess
an attachment to humanity.  The Spiderbots in this part of the story are Government sanctioned advertising robots that are permitted to walk apartment buildings and project advertising onto designated walls.  As it says on a plaque attached to their back "It is a serious offense to obstruct or disable the HomeAdvertiser".  At this stage in their society advertising bombarded the population in most forms similar to how we are, yet they found that too many were not reading the passive advertising so it was permitted to allow a more "engaging" variety... the Spiderbot.
     Flutter knows and spends time with all the Spiderbots as well Veralynnbot and others.  Had she not been in a hurry to get home she might have chatted with the bot for a while in a limited way.  The Spiderbot can have a conversation but it must try to advertise within a certain amount of time.  It may even try to interact with the Veralynnbot or the sleepers in their pods.    The Spiderbots have been roaming the city since its collapse trying to promote the paid advertising of its obsolete society. 
     In this work, as with others of the past, advertising can be found in various spots of the story.  I
use advertising as a means to help define and elaborate on the society within my stories rather than spend time in the actual narrative describing it.  It helps fill in parts to the greater whole without having to unnaturally fit too much of that type of description into the text of the narrative.  The visitor to my story can shape a view of the society on their own.  An important thing for me when creating an artwork is to not simply force the viewer into a passive state where I tell them a story and they simply listen such as in most other mediums.  The viewer uses their own creativity and explores in any way they like as an active participant.  They interact with the work rather than are told what to think and the culture and society they come from often helps shape their interpretation.  Hand has had about 15,000 visitors so far, and all from different parts of the world.  What I have discovered with this story and many others is that someone from Japan, for example, sees different things in the narrative than someone from Germany, the middle east, Africa or a tiny hamlet in Sweden.  It is a shared experience which, in some cases, has the person beside you interpreting it in a very different way than you are.

          Hottest Hats at the Royal Wedding        
1. Queen Elizabeth II

2. Victoria Beckham

3. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (British socialite)

4. Miriam Gonzalez (Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's wife)

5. Norma Major (wife of former British Prime Minister John Major)

6. Sally Bercow (wife of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow)
7. Frances Osborne (wife of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne)

8. Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Anne)

9. Marina Fogle (the wife of the television presenter Ben Fogle)

10. Princess Letizia of Asturias

11. Princess Anne

12. Charlene Wittstock (wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco)
13. Princess Beatrice (right) and Princess Eugenie (left)
14. Carole Middleton (Kate's mother)

15. Queen Sofia of Spain

16. Camilla, (Duchess of Cornwall )

17. Princess Victoria of Sweden

18. Princess Michael of Kent

19. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

20. Sophie, (Countess of Wessex)

21. Sophie Winkleman, (Lady Frederick Windsor )

22. Lady Helen Taylor

23. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

24. Santa Palmer-Tomkinson, (socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister)

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          TextNow Wireless Now Selling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge For Just $299.99        
TextNow Wireless Now Selling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge For Just $299.99

TextNow Wireless, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that leases network capacity from major US wireless carrier Sprint, has recently revealed that it is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge handset for only $299.99. Interested buyers can choose between color options of black, white, or gold.

Samsung first introduced the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone in March of last year during the 2015 Mobile World Congress held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, along with another flagship device, the Galaxy S6. The device possesses a revolutionary design that features a display screen that curves on both sides of the handset. As far as specifications go, the Galaxy S6 Edge has plenty to offer. It comes with a 5.1 inch Corning Gorilla Glass display screen, flanked by a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side as well as a 5 megapixel camera on the front side. 

When it comes to hardware specs, the Galaxy S6 Edge is no slouch either. It is powered by an eight core Exynos 7420 chip set, supported by 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and onboard storage options of 32 gigabytes, 64 gigabytes, and 128 gigabytes. With regards to software, the Galaxy S6 Edge comes with Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop and TouchWiz user interface.

Some may remember that back in December of last year, TextNow Wireless announced that it was offering Samsung’s Galaxy S6 for just $250. By adding the Galaxy S6 Edge, the wireless carrier has further strengthened its current range of Android powered devices, which should be welcome news for its Android using customer base.

Apart from selling the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for a tad below three hundred bucks, TextNow Wireless also took the opportunity to formally debut international calling. Before, this service was only made available to Android and iOS mobile users in beta mode. But now, the wireless carrier has rolled out the feature to its subscribers. 

The international calling feature should prove to be handy especially for mobile users with family and friends based in locations outside the United States. They will now be able to get in touch with loved ones from across the globe without having to worry about paying for pricey international rates. On top of all this, TextNow Wireless also offers unlimited domestic calling in the US and  Canada, absolutely free of charge. Other countries covered by free unlimited calls to landline phone numbers include the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, and South Korea.

For more TextNow deals, you can start comparing phones and plans from TextNow Wireless at Wirefly today.

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          Our ongoing commitment to support computer science educators in Europe        

The need for employees with computer science (CS) and coding skills is steadily increasing in Europe—by 4 percent every year between 2006 and 2016 according to DigitalEurope.  But educators are struggling to keep up with the demand, often because they lack the professional development, confidence and resources to successfully teach their students. 

Because of these challenges, we’re working to increase the availability of quality computer science education and access to CS skills by empowering CS teachers globally. We’ve recently launched new support in Europe, the Middle East and Africa through CS4HS, a program to fund universities and nonprofits designing and delivering rigorous computer science professional development for teachers.

We’re excited to be working with 79 organizations worldwide, and 28 in the EMEA region, who are committed to increasing the technical and teaching skills of educators, and building communities of ongoing learning. We believe that these organizations are committed to delivering high-quality teacher professional development programs with a deep impact in their local community and a strong potential to increase their reach.

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Growing the community of computer science educators  

Over the past 10 years, CS4HS has contributed $10 million to professional development (PD) providers around the world to help develop and empower teachers—like Catrobat, a non-profit initiative based at Graz University of Technology in Austria who created a free online course for students and teachers, and the University of Wolverhampton, who created a free MOOC to empower teachers of computing to teach programming in the new computing syllabuses in England, among others.

We’re excited to support new and future CS educators around the world. Even though computer science is a relatively new discipline for most schools, the enthusiasm is growing and teachers have a critical role to play in fueling their students’ interest and participation. These grants will help universities and nonprofits reach educators with PD opportunities that enhance their CS and technical skills development, improve their confidence in the classroom, and provide leadership training so that they can be advocates for CS education in their communities.

2017 awardees in EMEA

Asociatia Techsoup Romania

Ideodromio, Cyprus

Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Informatica, Italy

Lithuanian Computer Society

Dublin City University, Ireland

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

EduACT, Greece

Graz University of Technology, Austria

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Asociatia Tech Lounge, Romania

Association Rural Internet Access Points, Lithuania

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Universidad de Granada, Spain

University UMK Toruń, Poland

Hasselt University, Belgium

Jednota školských informatiků, Czech Republic

University of Lille - Science and Technology, France

University of Roehampton, UK

University of Urbino, Italy

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Vattenhallen Science Center, Lund University, Sweden

University College of Applied Sciences, Palestine

Hapa Foundation, Ghana

Let’s Get Ready, Cameroon

Swaziland Foundation for STEM Education

Laikipia University, Kenya


Peo Ya Phetogo in partnership with University of the Western Cape & Mozilla Foundation, South Africa

To discover more about CS opportunities near you, explore our educator resources, student programs and resources, and tools.

          Rosa helenae        
On my recent Swedish visit I was bowled over by this wonderful species rambling rose – in Sweden it is known as the honey-rose for the very good reason that it has an intense honey scent.  Clusters of the semi-double flowers with a yellow eye smother the plant and later in the year it bears […]
          A Summer Gardening School in Sweden        
The wonderful thing about writing about gardens and gardening is that you get to go to some amazing places and meet lots of people who share your interests.  My recent visit to Sweden where I visited the island of Oland to write about the Summer Gardening School at Capellagarden  was just such a  treat.  Capellagarden […]
          Green is the Colour        
Chew Valley Trees garden transported me back to my recent visit to Sweden (about which I will blog in due course). Although it was inspired by the Canadian landscape it could just as easily have been Sweden with its naturalistic planting of trees, its limestone pavement and its log cabin aesthetic. I thought the log […]
          Showreel 2016 - Frederik Wiedel        

Motion Design and Animation Reel 2016.

Available for freelance collaborations.

Music : HNNY - Solsidan

Cast: Frederik Wiedel

Tags: Showreel, cinema 4d, wiedel, reel, c4d, design, vray, animation, octane, sweden and hyperisland

          EKTA COLLAB IN SWEDEN (MURAL)        
Recap to a mural collab I did in Gothenburg, Sweden some time ago with awesome artist Ekta ! We experimented a bit with a more messy spraycan that looks like sketchy drawing lines. Good times !

          Quelques souvenirs de 2012        

Certains désespéraient, d'autres trépignaient, mais la patience est aujourd'hui récompensée : Infrasons publie un nouvel article ; le premier depuis plus de quatre mois. Un rythme de sénateur, me direz-vous ; mais un contenu toujours aussi impérial puisque vous trouverez, comme en 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 et 2011, une sélection des meilleurs chansons de l'année 2012 !

Trêve de blablas, place aux morceaux. En ajoutant simplement trois remarques :

1) Cette sélection récompense des chansons, et non des albums dans leur intégralité. Vous pouvez donc enregistrer le pire album du monde et avoir malgré tout vos chances de figurer dans la liste si le disque contient une bonne chanson.
2) Je me limite à une chanson par interprète.
3) Il n'y as pas de classement, si ce n'est alphabétique.

Vous pouvez télécharger l'ensemble de cette sélection (à quelques chansons près) en cliquant sur ce lien.

C'est une bien bonne idée qu'ont eu les Allah-las en choisissant le nom de leur groupe. Car, outre le fait de proposer un jeu de mot désopilant (Allah-las, hahaha !), il leur permet de figurer en tête des listes alphabétiques et, par extension, des sélections Infrasons 2011 et 2012. Révélés l'an passé avec le morceau «Catamaran», les Allah-las ont sorti cette année un premier album sur lequel ils déploient leur force tranquille, presque indolente.
Un peu de hip-hop avec le premier album d'un gamin new-yorkais de 17 ans : Joey Badass. Appelé 1999 et disponible en téléchargement gratuit, il comporte plusieurs morceaux très bien fichus. «Pennyroyal» sort du lot avec sa ligne rythmique sobre et son superbe motif à l'orgue qui semble sorti d'une boîte à musique pour enfants.
(Télécharger l'album 1999)

♫ Bare Wires - Impossible Things
Commençons par la mauvaise nouvelle : Bare Wires s'est séparé en début d'année. Mais rebondissons sur la bonne nouvelle : le groupe a légué un dernier album (Idle Dreams), parfait testament d'une formation qui nous a enthousiasmé ces dernières années avec son glamage (mélange de glam et de garage) parsemé de riffs tranchants et réjouissants.

♫ Bikini Machine - Bikini Theme
Un article (lire ici) leur ayant déjà été consacré sur ce site, Bikini Machine n'a plus de secret pour les lecteurs d'Infrasons. Les Rennais ont à nouveau sorti un album de qualité (entièrement instrumental), ouvrant sur un «Bikini Theme» rappelant les géénriques composés par John Barry (James Bond, Amicalement vôtre, etc.). Notons que ce morceau figurait déjà en 2003 sur leur premier album (An Introduction to Bikini Machine) dans une version légèrement différente.

♫ Draytones - The World Is Like a Handkerchief
Qu'on se le dise : les Anglais sont de retour ! Nous avons suffisamment fustigé la décrépitude de la scène britannique ces dernières années pour ne pas nous réjouir des excellents disques sortis cette année par Jim Noir, King Krule, les Moons, les Kumari, les Vicars ou encore les Draytones. Et qui dit retour des Anglais dit retour des Beatles...

 â™« Foxygen - Make It Known
Soyons francs : aussi talentueux soit-il, Foxygen est un duo déroutant. Ses chansons apparaissent tellement déstructurées, avec de continuels et brusques changements de mélodie, qu'il est parfois difficile d'y pénétrer complètement. La formule fonctionne cependant très bien sur le morceau «Make It Known», excellent morceau s'il en est. Une chose est sûre, ce groupe ne peut qu'être new-yorkais : la filiation avec Lou Reed et MGMT saute aux yeux.

 â™« Frowning Clouds - Propellers
Que ce blog soit frappé d'infamie et que le déshonneur s'abatte sur lui pour avoir omis de parler des Frowning Clouds jusqu'à ce jour. Car ces Australiens sont l'un des tous meilleurs groupes garage des dernières années. Après avoir écouté «Propellers», précipitez-vous sur «All Night Long», le tube imparable sorti l'an passé.

 â™« Jacco Gardner - Clear the Air
La chanson de l'année est l'oeuvre d'un obscur Néerlandais qui enregistre seul ses morceaux en jouant tous les instruments et en bricolant lui-même le son pour obtenir une patine 60s des plus réussies. Le résultat est stupéfiant : la Pop baroque de Jacco Gardner oscille entre les Zombies et le premier album de Pink Floyd, avec une qualité d'écriture exceptionnelle. L'incontestable révélation de l'année.
 â™« Gentleman Jesse - Eat Me Alive
Il n'y a pas d'année réussie sans tube Power Pop. Cette mission échoit cette année à Gentleman Jesse. Tâche dont il s'est parfaitement acquitté, évoquant Stiv Bators, Elvis Costello et toute une myriade de groupes des années 1977-1982.
(Douchemaster Records)

♫ Goat - Golden Dawn
Belle surprise que Goat, groupe provenant de Korpilombolo, minuscule village de 529 habitants situé à l'extrême nord de la Suède, près de la frontière finlandaise. Autant dire qu'il n'y a pas grand chose à y faire sinon jouer de la musique. Et si possible de façon furieuse en mélangeant rock psyché, funk et sonorités asiatiques. Un son qui zlatane tout.

♫ Granville - La ville sauvage
Granville s'inscrit dans le sillage dessiné par La Femme ou Pendentif avec une Pop francophone évoquant le soleil et les bords de mer. Mais la France est un pays façonné par ses terroirs, et tandis que les Biarrots de La Femme chantent le surf sur la côte basque, le son des Granville est davantage emprunt d'une mélancolie rappelant la Normandie et la baie du Mont-St-Michel.

 â™« Hacienda - Let Me Go
Il y a 10 ans, la presse s'extasiait sur le retour du rock garage et, après avoir rapidement évoqué le renouveau du Folk (avec l'anti-folk), s'est depuis intéressée à la résurgence des années 80. Dès lors, et puisque la musique n'est plus qu'un éternel recommencement, nous devons nous attendre à un retour imminent du Glam (qui s'opérera forcément en grande pompe et avec des paillettes). Dans cette optique, Hacienda fait office de précurseur avec son Boogie-Glam et ses choeurs entraînants («ouh-la-la ouh-la-la-ouh»).

♫ Liechtenstein - Heads on Golden Plate
Sans faire de bruit, et aussi discrets qu'un paradis fiscal perdu dans les Alpes, Liechtenstein parvient à figurer pour la quatrième fois dans la sélection annuelle d'Infrasons. Voilà qui n'est pas un mince exploit lorsqu'on songe au niveau d'exigence requis. Avec leur impeccable album Fast Forward, les Suédoises sauvent l'honneur des Girl-groups, quelque peu en berne cette année.

♫ Limiñanas - Hospital Boogie
Depuis deux ans, les Perpignanais des Liminañas ont trouvé une formule qu'ils répètent à l'envie sur tous leurs disques : un demi-tempo lancinant emmené par une basse décidée et un phrasé monocorde évoquant les productions de Gainsbourg. Quoique répétitive, cette formule est à nouveau gagnante, avec notamment l'excellent «Hospital Boogie», second morceau francophone de notre sélection.

♫ Madness - My Girl 2
L'une des très bonnes surprises de l'année car, soyons honnêtes, qui était au courant que le célèbre groupe de Ska existait encore ? Et qui l'imaginait capable de sortir un tube frais et dansant en 2012 ? Les papis font de la résistance, comme on dit.

 â™« Men - Candy
Face à l'inépuisable armada de groupes provenant de San-Francisco, New-York a tenté de rivaliser cette année avec plusieurs groupes ou interprètes de qualité (Foxygen, Joey Badass). Signés sur l'excellent label Sacred Bones Records, les Men ont contribué à la bonne forme de la scène locale. La folkisante chanson «Candy» démontre le talent du groupe.

♫ Wymond Miles - Lazarus Rising
Guitariste des prolifiques Fresh & Onlys (qui avaient figuré dans nos classements 2009 et 2010), Wymond Miles trouve le temps d'enregistrer des disques en parallèle sous son nom. Publié par Sacred Bones Records (comme l'album des Men), Under the Pale Moon rappelle très fortement les productions des Fresh & Onlys avec cette patine inimitable qui évoque aussi bien les déserts arctiques que les volcans islandais.

 â™« Moons - English Summer
Britanniques jusqu'au bout des ongles, les Moons sont emmenés par Andy Crofts, ancien claviériste de Paul Weller (lui-même ex-chanteur des Jam). Tout cela pour dire que le groupe a été biberonné à la culture Mod et, plus particulièrement, aux chansons des Kinks. L'influence du groupe des frères Davies est ainsi évidente sur «English Summer», formidable morceau dont la démo circulait sur Internet depuis 2007. Andy Crofts y reprend les thèmes préférés des Kinks : la météo, la description des petits détails qui émaillent le quotidien des Britanniques, et même une petite touche de conscience «working class». Ajoutons que l'album Fables of History regorge de superbes chansons, comme seuls les Anglais savent en produire.

♫ Natural Child - Blind Owl Speaks
Attention, voici du lourd ! Et surtout du très grand. Originaires de Nashville, les Natural Child personnifient le rock'n'roll américain dans ce qu'il a de plus idéalisé et mythifié avec ce son bluesy qui donne envie de traverser le Nouveau Continent en Pontiac Firebird, fenêtres ouvertes et musique à fond. Voilà un son qui siéra aux amateurs des Rolling Stones (période Mick Taylor) et des Flamin' Groovies (période Teenage Head).

♫ Jim Noir - Driving My Escort Cosworth to the Cake Circus
Ce morceau est fou. Du moins à partir de 2 minutes 25 lorsqu'il bascule dans une bulle féérique pavée de xylophones multicolores. Je serais gendarme que je prendrais soin de contrôler tous les conducteurs de Ford Escort pour vérifier s'ils ne roulent pas sous l'emprise de substances dangereuses ; parce que certains n'ont pas l'air net. Quoi qu'il en soit, cela fait réellement plaisir d'écouter un nouvel album du Britannique Jim Noir ; peut-être le seul musicien à pouvoir s'approcher aujourd'hui de la perfection Pop Beach-Boysienne.

 â™« Oh Sees - Lupine Dominus
Comme l'an passé, la sélection Infrasons laisse la part belle aux groupes de San-Francisco. «Parrains» de cette scène passionnante, les Oh Sees ont à nouveau été à la fête en 2012, parsemant leurs morceaux des ingrédients qui ont fait leur marque de fabrique : riffs répétitifs, chant saccadé, rythme hypnotisant. Ajoutons qu'ils sont quasiment les seuls parmi cette scène san-franciscaine à bénéficier d'une production sonore bien travaillée. Sur ce point, Bare Wires ou Ty Segall feraient bien d'en prendre de la graine.

♫ Orwells - In My Bed
A bien y regarder, cette sélection comporte très peu de morceaux de garage teigneux et enragés. Mais les Orwells sont là pour combler cette lacune. Originaire de la banlieue de Chicago, le groupe au nom très classe me rappelle fortement Harlem (formation qui semble par ailleurs s'être séparée). Les Orwells ont même un petit côté grunge avec ces enchaînements calme/accélération qui rythment leurs morceaux.

♫ People's Temple - Right from Wrong
Autre groupe américain à suivre, le People's Temple (du nom de la secte qui avait organisé le suicide et le meurtre de 920 personnes en 1978) propose un garage psychédélique et sombre dont le son n'est pas sans rappeler celui du Chocolate Watchband. Ce ton mystérieux, légèrement inquiétant mais très réussi imprègne tout particulièrement la chanson «Right from Wrong».
(Hozac Records)

♫ Resonars - Long Long Thoughts
Paul + John + George + Ringo + Rickenbacker + 1963 = les Resonars
Les mathématiques ont parfois du bon.
Et pour information, les Resonars viennent de Tucson, dans l'Arizona.

♫ Rivals - Sugar Babies
Originaires des îles Hébrides, au large de l'Ecosse, les Rivals se sont imposés comme les nouveaux n°1 en Grande Bretagne, obtenant le titre de meilleur groupe de l'année décerné par le NME. Co-écrit pour le groupe par Paul McCartney et par Paul Weller, le morceau «Sugar Babies» occupe depuis novembre la première place des charts anglais ; succès mérité pour ce titre qui a même réussi à mettre d'accord les frères Gallagher. Souhaitons-leur de poursuivre sur ce succès. Pour information, le groupe tourne régulièrement dans des petites salles à Paris et la première édition de leur tube «Sugar Babies» est encore en vente (en 45 tours) chez Mauvaise Foi Records. Il serait bête de passer à côté de pareilles occasions.

♫ Souvenir Stand - We Will Have Our Day
Derrière Souvenir Stand se cache Stéphanie Cupo, chanteuse et saxophoniste du New-Jersey visiblement marquée par les enregistrements de Phil Spector et des Shangri-las. La production a encore quelque chose d'amateur, mais les chansons possèdent un charme indéniable. Une affaire à suivre.

♫ Tame Impala - Feels like We Only Go Backwards
Les Australiens de Tame Impala ont à nouveau fait très fort cette année avec l'album Lonerism qui a atteint la 14e place des ventes en Grande Bretagne. Un succès étonnant pour un disque qui n'a rien à voir avec le reste du Top 50 car, avouons-le, cela fait bien 40 ans que le psychédélisme ne fait plus vendre. La production «hyper-méga-cosmique» de l'album a certainement contribué à cet attrait inattendu. Et cocorico, le disque a été enregistré en partie en France. D'où la pochette figurant les grilles du jardin du Luxembourg.

♫ Teen Velvettes - Cruising the Surf
Autre groupe anglais à avoir fait du bon boulot cette année, les Teen Velvettes semblent davantage obsédés par la Californie que par la perfide Albion. Car c'est d'un groupe surf qu'il s'agit, et des plus efficaces.

♫ Triptides - Need You
Les Triptides sont l'un des groupes les plus injustement sous-estimés du monde. Cela fait pourtant deux ans qu'ils enregistrent des morceaux d'une beauté inouïe évoquant aussi bien le surf californien que la Pop délicate des Zombies. Outre l'album Sun Pavilion dont est extrait «Need You», les Triptides ont sorti un excellent 45 tours sur le label français Croque Macadam («Bright Sky» / «Darling»).

♫ Nick Waterhouse - Raina
Nick Waterhouse ne plaisante pas avec la notion de rétro. Et pas question de faire les choses à moitié : quitte à jouer une musique inspirée par le rock 50s, le rhythm'n'blues, la soul 60s, autant travailler son look par la même occasion pour se transformer en sosie de Buddy Holly. En dehors de cela, Nick Waterhouse et son groupe forment un excellent groupe de scène et ont enregistré plusieurs chouettes chansons cette année. «Raina», certainement la plus soul, sort du lot grâce aux voix divines des choristes.

♫ White Fence - A Good Night
Une année ultra-productive pour White Fence qui, outre un album en duo avec Ty Segall, a sorti deux disques (Family Perdum, vol.1 et vol.2). La production «bricolée» des albums a tendance à lisser les morceaux du Californien, empêchant certaines chansons de ressortir et de se détacher. C'est chose dommage car White Fence a un réel talent d'écriture. Une production un peu plus dynamique pourrait tout à fait le rapprocher des Kinks période Village Green. Mais ne boudons pas notre plaisir, ces albums figurent parmi les meilleurs sortis en 2012 et offrent une liste de pépites longue comme le bras.

          Tribute to SJ and the lokaltrafik across the country of Sweden        
Jag har inte alltid varit en lokaltrafikkille. När jag var mindre var jag rädd, eller snarare drog jag mig för, för att åka buss. Taxi har heller aldrig riktigt varit min grej, det är dyrt om man inte är flera och taxichaufförer är av så varierande kvalité rent socialt. Alla taxichaffisar borde vara som Nicke. Har i och för sig aldrig åkt med honom men jag kan tänka mig att han är bra på det.
Som barn tyckte jag att det mycket mer praktiskt att pappa var taxi än att faktiskt ta en reguljär taxi. Pappa är mer pålitlig och är tillgänglig för det mesta. Till slut kommer man dock till en punkt i ens liv då man förstår att pappa inte kommer att vara tillgänglig som taxi hela livet. DÅ vänder man sig till lokaltrafiken.
Som vi alla vet har jag aldrig varit en festande person. Jag trivs bäst där min dator och jag kan vara tillsammans med internet. Detta säger inte att jag inte är en social person, men jag har varit för lat och för bekväm för att våga mig ut på alltför många äventyr utanför mitt rum.
Jag har träffat människor, vuxna människor, som aldrig har åkt X2000. Jag tycker det är fascinerande. Jag har åkt X2000 säkert minst 300 gånger. Jag tycker om X2000. Det är ett tåg som går tyst, det är ett tåg som går snabbt och det är ganska bekvämma stolar med elutag under samtliga säten. Det jag inte gillar med X2000 är när det inte är i tid eller att de aldrig väntar på mig när jag är försenad från en förbindelse. Så sent som idag gjorde X2000:ns oförklarliga försening att jag fick vänta 2 timmar extra i Nässjö vilket gjorde att jag kom fram 22:15 istället för 20:15. Livet har sina onda stunder.
Nu ser jag mig som en lokaltrafikkille. Jag skall åka lokaltrafik så länge det är någorlunda praktiskt och skall försöka att inte skaffa en bil så länge jag lever. Kanske att jag skaffar en bil när jag är död, bara för sakens skull. Då skall banne mig ingen få köra den förutom jag, men jag är ju död, vilken paradox.
          Hyeon Soo Lim's Arrest In North Korea Won't Stop Humanitarian Work, Congregation Says        
In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Update (8:08 a.m. ET): Relatives of a Canadian pastor released this week after more than two years in a North Korean prison say he is "on his way home'' and they are anxious to be reunited with him.

TORONTO — An Ontario church congregation is celebrating news of the release of their pastor from a North Korean prison more than two years after he was arrested in the country.

A decision from North Korea's central court freed Hyeon Soo Lim from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities, the country's Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

The pastor's release, which came on the heels of an official visit from a Canadian government delegation, was described as "sick bail" by the news agency. No other details were provided.

Sweden assisted with release

In a brief statement issued early Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "pleased and relieved" that Lim had been released.

"Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention," said Trudeau.

The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said "operational security considerations" prevents the government from discussing the matter further.

Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., had been sentenced by a North Korean court to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.

Hyeon Soo Lim

Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.

Word of Lim's release drew members of his congregation to their church, just west of Toronto, where they were seen hugging and crying Wednesday morning.

Charles Baik, an associate pastor with the church's English ministry, said members are ecstatic at the prospect of Lim's return.

"We're so happy he's been released, " Baik said from outside the church.

Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be.

Lim, who has a wife and son living in the Toronto area, started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly three decades ago, shortly after he emigrated from South Korea.

He grew the congregation from about a dozen people in 1986 to more than 3,000 members. He also runs a smaller church in downtown Toronto that caters to young people.

The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim's last trip there in January 2015.

Family and friends previously said he was visiting an orphanage, nursery and nursing home in the country at the time of his arrest. The pastor had successfully travelled to North Korea more than 100 times over the past two decades, they added.

Hyeon Soo Lim

Baik said the pastor's ordeal would not deter the church from future humanitarian projects in the country.

"Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be," he said.

Family members had urged the Canadian government to put pressure on North Korea to secure Lim's release.

Their calls for action took on fresh urgency in June following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who lived only one week after being released from North Korean custody due to health concerns.

Health was an issue

Lim's own health was of concern to his family members, who had said the pastor needed medication to manage his blood pressure.

A Canadian delegation led by Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this week to discuss Lim's case.

"Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case," Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

Neither Ahmad nor Global Affairs responded to request for comment on Lim's release.

Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.

— With files from The Associated Press

          SWEDISH SAAB 93 (May, 1956)        
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          Gorgeous solar-powered greenhouse home in Sweden hits the market        
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          Let Me Entertain You...Constantly!         
Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.
-Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

Happy Wednesday, June 28th, 2017!
Today is the 179th day of the year. There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year. As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Perez Prado perform Mambo Number 5 from 1949 on the 40s channel on Sirius XM.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't think  we would have half the strife in the world if people began every day with a show at least great music that uplifts all of us. I've written about this before but it is worth repeating, music is constantly playing throughout my working day, creating a great soundtrack.
Science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer wrote, "Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace." 
With the late great Dana Lorge at the Wheel of Divas for The Actors' Fund
The 'WORD' for the day is INTERESTING.
Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The 'word 'for TODAY is INTERESTING. Please pay it forward..
Maybe I have something useful to say today. 
I hope that I achieve this goal with my conversations and my interaction on social media. If you've been
following my blogs recently, you will find that the more recent ones have been more introspective, reflective, and in some cases, brutally honest with what I'm feeling these days.
I feel like I've hit a personal low. I feel like I have so much time on my hands I could go out and have lunch daily with my friends. I don't like it. I want MORE to do! 
I sometimes feel like I don't know who I am. 
I do know, however, based upon what I've been through in my life thus far that whatever my lowest points are, I have learned from them and I can teach others because of of those life experiences.
My husband, Danny, is a very successful landscape architect and he is ALWAYS there for me.
I don't always reciprocate in a way that I should. I tell him on a regular basis that there is a purple heart waiting at the pearly gates for him. Little did he know what he was getting in to when he met me. After 21 years, he said 'yes' when I asked him to marry me.
Yes, I asked him and next month we celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe. We just celebrated the 27th anniversary of our meeting. We have been together since the first day we met!
Cleaning up my own life is a full-time job, so I'm not bothering trying to fix anyone else's now. Although I'm asked quite often to dispense advice, recognizing other people's challenges  doesn't give me license to interfere in their lives.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.-Judy Garland
Focusing on external issues rather than internal ones is a not-so-clever way to avoid your own work.
Do not mock a pain that you haven't endured.   

What are your dreams?

It's never easy , but it's worth it . Self accomplishment is the best feeling.  

I have huge dreams but I am feeling very stuck right now. 
That is my confession for the day.

I have spent the past year with my on stage series, Richard Skipper Celebrates..., I am moving forward on my book celebrating Hello, Dolly!,, and my other writing and yet I don't feel like I'm making real progress.

I really desire to get this book published. Well, why don't I?
As I write these words, I am making a commitment to ME and to YOU that I will!
I have a 'collaborator', but he seems to have disappeared. 
He is an accomplished writer with many books under his belt and he is busy so I respect that.
After the recent revival opened on Broadway, he reached out to me once again to get the ball rolling once again. A few letters were sent out and we received a few rejections.  
I have a new intern starting with me tomorrow.
She specializes in social media and we are going to hopefully bump up our media presence as far as the Facebook page and website are concerned. I'm anxious to see what she brings to the table tomorrow. I write about what I know and I have been fortunate to interview over 500 people involved with the various productions and movie over the years.

My daily to-do list is where my day happens. 
Every time I complete a small chore or task, I move closer to my goals. Life is in the details! I am taking control of my life and continuing the healing process. 

For me, I am seeking more of a positive collective state of mind, a shared organizational outlook that brings out the best in everyone I encounter, reinforces your mission and rocks OUR common goals.
I'm thinking about my goals with this book and project, and if my readers send me in the right direction, it is a win win for all of us. 

Reaching goals is always easier when we have the help of those around us!
Is there a friend in my circle who might know something about it already and can share information with me?
Getting away or the beach doesn't fit into my Goals paradigm
By thinking of even one person who can lend a hand, it provides me with reassurance that I'm not alone.
When things fall into place, I deliver the goods.

I first became aware of Carol Channing in the sixties when she was at the apex of her popularity because of Hello, Dolly!  
Little did I know at the time that I would have a long and successful career appearing AS Carol Channing!
That led to a few film and television appearances. 
Maintaining a career at 56 years old is a lot more difficult than it was twenty five years ago when I was 31. 
On one hand, it feels like it was yesterday. I certainly don't feel any older. I geel that I have MORE to offer than where I was career wise 25 years ago. For one thing, the crux of my career was appearing as Carol Channing. But thirty plus years of facing-and overcoming-challenges have given me a useful perspective on this business along with specific insights into a range of issues. 
I just saw a funny quote on Twitter: I don't want everyone to agree with me.  I just only want to hear from people that agree with me.
Experience is a valuable asset, one gained through a life lived with passion, commitment, and energy.   
Success isn't a matter of throwing something against the wall in hopes that it will stick. 
It's sometimes hard in the chaos of the morning to stay focused on what truly works. 
 I hope through these blogs that I will find my own road map for success. 

Last night, I went out with my producer (and best friend) and his cousins visiting here from Sweden. He is one of the most dynamic people I've ever met. A successful businessman, he regularly waffles between his successful real estate world and producing my show, while at the same time somehow manages to be a doting single father to a young child. We went to see a wonderful show, Carole Demas and Sarah Rice (along with the awesome Joseph Goodrich) in Thank You For Your Love.
It was a celebration of their collaborations throughout their careers with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
Tom Jones even made a guest appearance last night. The SRO crowd at the Laurie Beechman were all as enthralled as I.
They return in October. Here is a REVIEW.
 Please be on the lookout. HIGHLY 
Tonight, we are going to see Bobby Belfry at Maureen's Jazz Celler in Nyack, practically in my backyard. I try, to the best of my ability, support those that have appeared in my series , Richard Skipper Celebrates... I'm also a fan, so it makes it easier!

When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less. -Paul Brown

 The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

Today's blog is dedicated to Richard Rodgers who was born on this date in 1902. He made New Year's Eve an event to Look forward to!

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!
On June 18th, 2017,  I had the great good pleasure of singing in one of Richard Skipper’s Extravaganzas par Excellence at the Laurie Beechman Theater. This one celebrated Father's Day. It was a  terrific show and Richard was, as always, a wonderful host and singer.   The show ran smoothly and professionally and the performance level was exceedingly high.  Upbeat and fun it reminded me of those wonderful TV variety shows of my youth.  But it isn’t an imitation of one of them, it is Richard’s own, unique creation. 
If you have never been to one, I recommend it highly, if you are one of the regulars, you are already hooked.
 Mark Watson

 Anyone who has an opportunity to see Richard Skipper's cabaret shows should BY ALL MEANS do so! They're sensational! Great entertainers, wonderful music, lots of laughs, just the best way to spend an afternoon! I just cannot wait for the next show because I will DEFINITELY be in the audience (quietly singing along)!
Arlene Jacks, New York, NY

Richard Skipper is the consummate host.  I always enjoy the shows and all the performers--and even the little film intros by Michael Masci!  The theme song Michael picked for the Father's Day opening montage is one of my favorite TV themes--how did you know? Keep up the good work Richard--looking forward to your next season of shows!
Glenn Hochberg, Easton, PA

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs , 

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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          489: Wanderlust and New Gear        
Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC is a creative dream. Apple updates the MacBook pro with new touch bar. Sweden bans drones in public places. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guest, Federico Chieli.
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                                                                    Tom Shipka (2015)

     Religious people often refer to faith as a precious gift from God which they cherish. (1)  But what exactly is this gift called faith?  And is it really precious?  According to Webster’s dictionary, faith is “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” (2)  By contrast, knowledge is belief in something for which there is proof.  Thus, if you believe in the parting of the Red Sea, the virgin birth, the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the resurrection, and heaven and hell, you have faith, and if you believe that water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, that smoking cigarettes is harmful to a person, that regular exercise is helpful to a person, that there are over seven billion humans today on the planet earth, and that you should stop when a traffic signal is red, you have knowledge.  Faith is the foundation of religion while reason and science are the foundation of knowledge.

      Having said this, let’s acknowledge, however, that faith does play a role in science.  A scientist often embraces a belief without proof tentatively as a hypothesis, sometimes based on a mere hunch, to test whether it is supported by evidence.  If the hypothesis turns out to be confirmed by the evidence, he or she then publishes the results of the research to peers so that they can evaluate the validity of the test and duplicate its findings.  This type of provisional “faith” is markedly different from that exhibited in religion where believers typically embrace a belief as a certainty with no intent (or even possibility) to test it as scientists do.     

     While faith is held in high regard by tens of millions of Americans, the fact is that once we endorse faith, once we authorize people to believe without proof, we open a Pandora’s Box, (3) for faith takes people down many different paths, including harmful and destructive ones.  Consider a few representative examples from Christianity and Islam in today’s world (4):


     *Some Christians, following a passage in the Epistle of James (5:14), rely exclusively on prayer and never on doctors, to heal the sick.  This results in the avoidable death of hundreds, if not thousands, in the U.S. every year, especially children;


     *Some Christians, believing that God directs them to stop abortions at any cost, murder employees and patients at women’s clinics; (5)


     *Some Muslims, following passages in the Qur’an (Sura 4:76 and Sura 8:12) and the Hadith (Muslim 1:20), the teachings and deeds of the prophet Muhammed, seek to murder non-Muslims - infidels - even at the cost of their own lives, resulting in violent attacks around the world; (6) and 


     *In many majority-Muslim nations, Sharia, a legal system based on the Qur’an and the Haddith, provides that the rape of a woman can be proven only by admission of the rapist or the testimony of four male witnesses. (7)  The victim’s testimony is inadmissible.  Further, Sharia also provides that a man determined to be a rapist need only pay his victim a fee and, remarkably, that a woman whose claim of rape is not corroborated by the rapist or four witnesses is subject to punishment as a fornicator or adulterer. (8)

      As bad as these expressions of faith are, the situation could be worse.  This is because the faithful often cherry-pick scriptures and religious teachings.  For instance, if Christians followed the Bible to the letter, 

     *They would own slaves (Leviticus 25:44-46, Ephesians 6:5); (9) 

      *They would murder homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13), unruly children (Exodus 21:15, Exodus 21:17), non-virgin brides (Deuteronomy 22:20-21), and adulterers (Deuteronomy 22:22-24); (10) and 

      *They would condemn divorce (Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18) and tattoos (Leviticus 19:28). (11) 


     So, what is the lesson here?  It’s the same lesson taught in the 19th century by W.K. Clifford, a British mathematician. (12)  Recognizing that our beliefs translate into actions which can cause harm to ourselves and others, Clifford insisted that we acquire proof – what he called “sufficient evidence” – before we embrace and act upon a belief.  For Clifford, this requires the path of reason and science, not the path of faith.  In essence, Clifford warns that the path of faith is a dead end – literally and figuratively.  

     I have little hope that a majority of humans near or far will heed Clifford’s warning any time soon.  Those who believe that they speak and act on the commands of Christianity’s God or Islam’s Allah or some other god, or their messenger, will obey those commands at any cost.  The proof that reason demands is irrelevant to them.



1.Many Christians whom I know tell me that their faith prompts them to support their church, pay their debts, obey the law, respect others, engage in prayer and forgiveness, give to charity, retain hope in the face of illness and setbacks, and do volunteer work in the community.  Further, many believers insist that faith in divine justice in the hereafter is essential to a moral life on earth and that faith in God’s power and love can cure addiction, crime, and violence.  On the issue of whether religion is indispensable to moral behavior in a society, see Phil Zuckerman, Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, New York University Press, 2008.  This study of Denmark and Sweden, where most people are atheist or agnostic, shows that violent crime is very low and overall societal health is very high compared to religious nations such as the United States.  


2.Webster’s Tenth New Collegiate Dictionary, p. 418.


3.According to an ancient Greek myth, the gods bestowed gifts upon the beautiful Pandora in a box but instructed her never to open it.  When her curiosity won out, however, she opened the box only to discover to her shock that she unleashed illnesses and hardships galore upon the human race.   


4.The focus here is contemporary faith-based beliefs.  Poignant examples are available from the past, including the Crusades, the Inquisition, witch hunts, persecution of Jews by Christians in Europe, human sacrifice in South America, etc.  


5.Other examples from Christianity include these.  Some Christians, following Proverbs 22:15, beat their children, and in many Christian families, following Ephesians 5:22-24, wives are subservient to their husbands; 


6.The Qur’an says: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (Sura 8:12) and “The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil.  Fight then against the friends of Satan.” (Sura 4:76)  Also, the Hadith says: “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no God but Allah.”  (Muslim 1:30)


7.Needless to say, if they witnessed the rape, they were complicit in it. 


8.Other examples from Islam include the following:  In many majority-Muslim nations, Sharia forbids criticism of Islam, and calls for jail, torture, or death for those deemed apostates or heretics; Saudi Arabia, a wealthy Muslim nation, promotes Wahhabism, an extreme form of Islam, and sponsors madrassas around the world, “schools,” which often exclude girls and where the curriculum consists mainly of memorizing the Qur’an and studying Islam; and violence periodically breaks out in the Middle East between Sunni and Shia Muslims who consider one another heretics.


9.The Qur’an also permits the owning of slaves.  See Sura 5:89 and Sura 23:1.


10.Thus, the Christian county official in Kentucky who refused to sign marriage permits for same-sex couples in 2015 violated Biblical commands by doing too little.


11.Examples of faith-based nonsense in other countries include these:  In at least three nations in Africa – Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea – the spread of Ebola is fueled by family members and friends washing and dressing the body of the deceased and mourners at the funeral touching it to make sure that the dead don’t return to haunt the living; in India, where believers take their own religion as superior to others, violence regularly breaks out among Hindus, Christians, and Muslims; and following Hindu tradition, some women whose husbands die choose to immolate themselves on their husband’s funeral pyre even if they have young children.


12.See W.K. Clifford, “The Ethics of Belief,” Contemporary Review, 1877.

          Harrison on Religon        

After years of interviewing hundreds of believers of more than a dozen religions around the world, Guy P. Harrison has written a book entitled 50 reasons people give for believing in a god (1) in which he strives to be a kinder and gentler religious skeptic than the so-called "new atheists." (2) Harrison writes:

This (book) is a respectful reply to the friendly people around the world who shared with me their reasons for believing... My fifty replies to common justifications for belief can be read as friendly chats designed to do nothing more than stimulate critical thinking. (p. 14)

Let's take a look at three of the reasons which believers gave Harrison and his replies.

Firstly, believers say, it is obvious that god exists. After all, god is everywhere, god made everything, god answers prayers, and god runs the universe. But how can god's existence be so obvious, Harrison asks, when you consider that between 500 million and 750 million people on our planet are non-believers and that 93% of the elite scientists in the United States are non-believers? And how do you explain that beliefs about god in the two largest religions – Christianity and Islam – contradict one another? Christians insist that Jesus is god and the Bible is god's revelation while Muslims insist that Allah is god and the Koran is god's revelation. (3) (pp. 17-22)

Secondly, believers claim that "Society would fall apart without religion." (p. 295) If this is true, Harrison replies, then we would expect to find the least religious nations to be "bastions of crime, poverty and disease" and the most religious ones to be "models of societal health" but this isn't the case. He cites reports by the United Nations and research by social scientists which show that indicators of societal health are highest in the least religious nations and lowest in the most religious ones. The most secular nations – Sweden, Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada – lead the world in life expectancy, adult literacy, per-capita income, educational attainment, and the status of women, and have the lowest rates of homicides, AIDS, and HIV. By contrast, the worst performing nations on these same indicators are among the most religious ones. (pp. 295-301)

Thirdly, believers say that the age of their religion is evidence of its merit. "A lie or a mistake," they declare, "could not have endured for so long." (p. 303) The problem with this justification, Harrison argues, is that many religions are old and many are not. If age is pivotal, he notes, we should all be Hindus because Hinduism is at least 6,000 years old and has roots in prehistory, and we should abandon "relatively young religions" such as Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, and Scientology. (pp. 303-307)

During his travels and interviews, Harrison made important discoveries. One is that, when it comes to religion, comparison shopping is non-existent. Nearly all believers follow the religion of their parents and their geographical region. Another is that most followers of a given religion have little or no knowledge of other religions. (4)

It remains to be seen whether Harrison's 50 reasons will spur the self-assessment and critical thinking that he hopes for in religious circles. That aside, the book is a helpful and informative guide to the deeply felt convictions of believers around the world and one observer's measured response to them.


  1.  Prometheus Books, 2008, p. 14. Future references to this book are by page number.
  2. The "new atheists" include Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens. Many readers, both religious and non-religious, have judged their work to be arrogant, dismissive, and insulting. For instance, see John F. Haught, God and the New Atheism, Westminister John Knox Press, 2008, and Chris Hedges, I Don't Believe in Atheists, Free Press, 2008.
  3. Harrison also notes that half the world's population rejects both Jesus and Allah.
  4. Harrison also mentions a third, namely, most believers rely on faith and have little interest in formulating or evaluating arguments. (p. 13)

© 2012 Tom Shipka

          James Haught        

In a new book entitled Fading Faith – The Rise of the Secular Age, (1)James A. Haught proposes that there is a significant decline in religion in the developed nations. (2) In France, for instance, less than 7% of adults attend church regularly. In Denmark and Sweden the figure drops to 5%. Across Europe only 15% of adults attend church. In England, the percentage of children attending Sunday School dropped from 50% in 1900 to 4% in 2000. In a recent poll in England which asked people to identify the most inspirational figures in history, only 1% named Jesus; 65% named Nelson Mandela. In Ireland, the Archdiocese of Dublin ordained only one priest in 2004 and none in 2005. The pattern is much the same in Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Israel. (3)

At first glance it would seem that the United States is an exception to this trend. After all, faith-based programs continue in the White House. Few seculars win elections. (4) Mega-churches proliferate. Religion-driven referenda, such as prohibitions against gay marriage, pass by huge margins. Religious schools get thumbs up from the U.S. Supreme Court on vouchers and tax credits. Contributions to religious groups continue to increase. (5) Sectarian prayers begin the meetings of countless public bodies and we have a National Day of Prayer. Faith-healers who deny traditional medical care to their sick children are immune from prosecution by law in dozens of states. Finally, 45% of Americans reject evolution in favor of divine creation. (6)

According to Haught, however, America is not an exception to the secular trend. He cites the following:

  • NONES, those who have no religious affiliation, have grown to 45 million and are the second largest segment of the adult population in America after Catholics;
  • NONES make up 30% to 40% of young Americans;
  • Since 1990, 20 million Catholics left the church. Today, 10% of American adults are lapsed Catholics;
  • In the past fifty years in the United States, 20,000 Catholic priests left the priesthood and the number of Catholic seminarians dropped from 10,000 in 1965 to 3,400 in 2002;
  • One out of four Americans say that "religion has no place in their lives" and one-half report that they seldom or never attend church (7);
  • In the past fifty years the seven main Protestant sects in America lost 10 million members. The Methodist Church, in fact, lost an average of 1,000 members per week for nearly fifty years; and
  • The percentage of Christians in the U.S. population has declined by 10% since 1990. (8)

Is Haught right about rising secularism in America? In my judgment, he is. Although the decline in religion in America is less severe than in Europe, the trend is clear. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that it will continue. In 1965 Harvard theologian Harvey Cox predicted the demise of traditional religion in America in a book entitled The Secular City. Soon after its release, there was a dramatic religious resurgence. Perhaps another one is around the corner.


  1. Gustav Broukal Press, 2010. Haught is editor of The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia's largest newspaper. Fading Faith is his ninth book. He has won twenty national journalism awards.
  2. Haught acknowledges that religion remains strong in the Third World, in Muslim nations, and in immigrant communities in Europe and North America.
  3. Haught, pp. 11-16. In Canada from 1990 to 2000, the Anglican Church lost half its members, the United Church of Christ lost 39%, and the Presbyterian Church lost 35%.
  4. Some secular candidates camouflage their views lest they incite opposition from believers. One Ohio legislator that I knew, an agnostic, gave the invocation at the legislative prayer breakfasts.
  5. In 2004 Americans contributed some $88 billion to religious groups.
  6. One can add to this list. For instance, the Ten Commandments grace many public buildings, including City Hall in Youngstown, Ohio, crosses and Christmas nativity scenes are found on public property in many communities, and creationist literature is sold in some national parks.
  7. This is from a 2009 survey by Parade magazine. See Haught, p. 25.
  8. Yet it remains high. Around 76% self-identify as Christian, even though many of these have no official connection to a Christian sect or attend church regularly. Haught draws most of the points reported here mainly from reports by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and Trinity College's American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), two highly respected sources.

© 2012 Tom Shipka

          A Lesson from Scandinavia        
  • During the years 2005 and 2006, American sociologist Phil Zuckerman spent fourteen months in Denmark and Sweden to study these two societies. In a recent book, he reports these findings: (1)
  • Denmark and Sweden have among the lowest rates of violent crime in the world. (pp. 28-29) (2)
  • Denmark and Sweden have the lowest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world. (p. 27)
  • Sweden is third and Denmark is fifth in the world in economic competitiveness. (p. 27)
  • On gender equality, Denmark is second and Sweden is third in the world. (p. 27)
  • On access to the Internet, Sweden is third and Denmark is fourth in the world. (p. 28)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for the lowest infant mortality rates in the world with Norway, Iceland, Japan, and Singapore. (p. 26)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for first place with the Netherlands in the health and safety of children. (p. 26)
  • Denmark ranks fourth and Sweden ranks eighth in the world in the standard of living. (p. 27)
  • Political corruption is virtually non-existent in Denmark and Sweden. (p. 28)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for first in the world in a recent international study of social justice (p. 30) (3), and
  • Denmark ranks second and Sweden ranks third in the world in financial aid to poor nations. (p. 29)

Thus, according to Zuckerman, Danes and Swedes are among the most contented and generous people on the planet. But that's not all that Zuckerman has to report about these two nations. Remarkably, he notes, two of the most prosperous societies in the world are also two of the least religious. (4) Indeed, a huge majority in both countries are atheists or agnostics. Only 24% of Danes and 16% of Swedes believe in a personal God compared to more than 90% in the United States. (p. 24) Only 18% of Danes and 33% of Swedes believe in heaven compared to 80% of Americans. Only 10% of Danes and Swedes believe in hell compared to 75% of Americans. (p. 11, pp. 24-25) This is the lowest rate of belief in hell in the entire world! (p. 25) Next, only 7% of Danes and 3% of Swedes believe that the Bible is the literal word of God compared to 33% in the United States. (p. 25) Further, Danes and Swedes have the lowest church attendance in the world with only 3% of Danes and 7% of Swedes attending regularly. (p. 25, p. 162) (5) Also, only 8% of Danes and 15% of Swedes consider it important for a politician to believe in God compared to 64% of Americans who do (p. 12), and contrary to public and private practice in America, very few Danes and Swedes pray. (p. 2) Finally, more than 80% of Danes and Swedes accept evolution while less than half our population does. (p. 10) (6)

Professor Zuckerman sees an important lesson for us in his study of Denmark and Sweden. Contrary to what we've heard from "certain outspoken conservative Christians" (7), the sociologist suggests, a secular society need not be a scene of violence and depravity. (p. 4, pp. 17-18) Denmark and Sweden, he says, are not only "impressive models of societal health" (p. 17) but living proof that humans can survive and prosper without religion. (pp. 55-56) (8)


  1. Zuckerman reports his findings in Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, New York University Press, 2008. All references hereinafter are to page numbers of this book.
  2. For instance, in Aarhus, Denmark, a city of 250,000 residents, there was a total of one murder in 2004. (p. 6)
  3. This study was done by a German group of social scientists associated with an institute called Hans-Bocker Stiftung. (p. 30) Denmark and Sweden are not without problems, however. Taxes are high, there is social friction due to recent waves of immigration, children eat too much candy, rates of bicycle thefts are high, fertility rates are low, and alcohol consumption is high. (p. 34)
  4. Other irreligious societies are the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Estonia, France, Japan, Bulgaria, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales, Hungary, and Belgium. (p. 25) Zuckerman points out that in all of these relatively secular societies the citizens freely gravitated from a religious to an irreligious perspective unlike North Korea, the former Soviet Union, China, and Albania where the governments attempted to impose secularism on the citizens. Zuckerman says that forced secularism doesn't work. See pp. 20-22.
  5. Paradoxically, despite the fact that most Danes and Swedes are atheists or agnostics and don't attend church regularly, 83% of Danes and 80% of Swedes continue voluntarily to pay a tax to the National Church, which is Lutheran (p. 112), and many hold traditional events such as weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and funerals in church. Zuckerman says that Danes and Swedes, while rejecting the supernatural dimensions of Christianity - Jesus performed miracles, Jesus was God, Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible is God's revelation, the Genesis account of creation is accurate, there is an afterlife with a heaven and a hell, etc. – maintain a "cultural religion" similar to many Jews. (pp. 153-155) Oddly, in Denmark a person may be a pastor and an atheist. (p. 154)
  6. Despite the fact that Danes and Swedes are irreligious, they are not hostile to religion, they shun serious discussions of it, they deem a person's views about religion a private matter, and many non-believers dislike being labeled an atheist because they take the term to imply hostility to religion. Further, many non-believers self-identify as "Christians." When one asks them what it means to be a Christian, they say it means being kind, helping people who need help, not hurting others, etc. As a rule they reject the supernatural components. See Chapter 8, "Cultural Religion," pp. 150-166. Also, see pp. 97-109.
  7. Zuckerman lists the following examples of Christian conservatives who claim that a society that is irreligious will fail: Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Schlesinger, William Bennett, Rush Limbaugh, and Paul Weyrich. (p. 4, pp. 17-18)
  8. American fundamentalists will no doubt object to Zuckerman's strongly favorable evaluation of Denmark and Sweden by noting that in these countries abortion has been legal for more than thirty years, prostitution is legal, and homosexuality is tolerated.

© 2008 Tom Shipka

          Jay Scarlett & Onur Engin Present: Maverick Sessions One        

  This is the first of a series of EP’s that will gladly see the light of day from artists from Italy to Philly, San Diego to Sweden.…

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          Bernard Rollin, a Dog's Best Friend        

Philosophers are often thought to be scholarly hermits who distance themselves from the practical world to produce books and papers accessible only by their peers. But there are exceptions, one of whom is Bernard Rollin of Colorado State University.
In 1975 Rollin was asked by his university to design and teach a course in veterinary ethics. This led not only to a new course but a new career path for Rollin. He immersed himself in ethical issues involving animals and eventually he became one of the most influential and respected practitioners of animal ethics in the world. Like other distinguished philosophers, Rollin has an impressive list of publications including fourteen books and over 300 articles and papers. But what sets Rollin apart from mainstream philosophers is a hands on approach in which he works with thousands of people around the world every year to improve the treatment of animals. Rollin moves comfortably and confidently among government officials, corporate executives, scientists, farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, and faculty, staff, and students on campuses. At last count Rollin has given over 1,100 talks on animals and ethics in thirty countries on six continents.
Not surprisingly, Rollin was the principal architect of federal legislation in 1986 dealing with the treatment of laboratory animals. But his focus is not restricted to the laboratory; he also addresses ethical issues involving companion animals, animals used in safety testing, animals used in product development, animals used for food, and animals used for sport.
Rollin's career is built upon two foundations. The first is the belief that animals are entitled to fulfill their natures. This means that they have rights to food, mobility, companionship, exercise, treatment of ailments, and freedom from avoidable pain, suffering, and distress. Surveys show that three of four Americans, while still wanting to continue using animals for food and other purposes, agree with him. The second is the belief that patiently working with stakeholders in the world of animals will lead to steady incremental improvement in the treatment of animals. Instead of finger-pointing at a distance, Rollin prefers to meet and talk with stakeholders and explore with them ways to achieve their goals which are compatible with the welfare of animals. After all, he points out, people who deal with animals are pursuing laudable goals such as, trying to cure diseases, protect the public from toxic substances, advance knowledge, or produce cheap and plentiful food. His most recent success is a decision by a huge pork producer to discontinue sow stalls and to shift to traditional grazing.
Rollin hopes that the United States will evolve to match the compassion for animals found in Europe, especially Sweden, but he admits that this will take time and cost Americans more at the super market, perhaps ten-percent to twenty-percent more. He also hopes that ethical sensitivity to animals will continue to grow among scientists, some of whom, he says, have been reluctant to abandon the Cartesian myth that animals are mere machines who experience no felt pain.
It's time to amend the old saying that a dog is a man's best friend. Bernard Rollin is the best friend of dogs, cats, mice, rats, cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, and hundreds of other animals to whom he has dedicated his life.


          The Spectacular SOLAR EGG Sauna in Sweden        

The Spectacular SOLAR EGG Sauna Project in Sweden

This amazing structure is a public sauna built in the shape of an egg. People of Kiruna will be able to enjoy the unique experience!

Read the full article The Spectacular SOLAR EGG Sauna in Sweden on Adorable Home.

          "Kebenaran adalah jalan satu-satunya bagi kami untuk memperoleh kebebasan.”        

“Kesaksian Dan Kisah Nyata Mantan Muslim Radikal Iran Reza F.Safa Masuk Kristen”

“Kami harus mengetahui kebenaran. Kebenaran adalah jalan satu-satunya bagi kami untuk memperoleh kebebasan.”



Reza Safa

Pada tanggal 11 September 2001, dunia mengalami suatu perubahan besar. Dalam alam spiritual, kuasa kegelapan telah mempermaklumkan suatu deklarasi baru menyangkut keberadaannya, tujuannya, dan ketetapan-ketetapannya. Dalam alam nyata dunia kita ini menghadapi suatu tantangan baru yang mengancam keberadaannya. Musuh yang terlihat tersebut bukanlah semacam paham filosofis, seperti umpamanya komunisme, tetapi merupakan suatu ideologi teologis yang sangat menakutkan yang sedikit banyak telah merasuki hati dari 1,2 milyar manusia di seluruh dunia.
Dalam arena politik, kompromi-kompromi yang dihasilkan sesungguhnya merupakan suatu ekses dari eksistensi sistem yang berlaku. Kebenaran bisa saja merupakan hal yang bersifat relatif, tergantung dari siapakah orang yang diuntungkannya. Contohnya, setelah peristiwa 11 September 2001, para politisi dan reporter surat kabar mendeklarasikan bahwa Islam adalah agama yang cinta damai dan bahwa kelompok-kelompok semacam al-Qaeda sesungguhnya hanyalah merupakan sekelompok orang-orang fanatik ekstrim yang tidak mewakili Islam yang sejati.
Sementara kalangan menanyakan atas dasar apakah pernyataan semacam itu dibuat ? Apakah para politisi dan reporter tersebut mengacu pada pendapat mereka sendiri tentang ajaran Islam dan kitab-kitab Hadis Nabi Besar Muhammad ? Atau apakah mereka mengacu pada ajaran Alquran sendiri ? Atau apakah mereka mengacu pada sejarah Islam yang telah berusia 1400 tahun ?

Di Amerika Serikat,  pengadilan kami berdasarkan pada fakta-fakta bukan pada desas-desus, emosi, perasaan, atau pendapat seseorang. Dengan kata lain kami sebagai anggota juri suatu pengadilan opini publik tidak dapat mendasarkan pernyataan kami mengenai intensi suatu agama yang tidak kami kenal semata-mata hanya atas dasar pernyataan para analis politik. Kami harus mempunyai fakta-fakta karena kehidupan jutaan manusia tergantung kepada pernyataan kami tersebut.

Jika Islam memang merupakan suatu agama yang cinta damai, mengapa Muhammad terlibat dalam 47 kali pertempuran ? Mengapa setiap kali melakukan kampanye agama umat Muslim selalu melibatkan pasukan bersenjata ; bukankah pasukan bersenjata tersebut bertugas membunuh kaum laki-laki dan wanita serta anak-anak yang tidak mau menundukkan diri kepada kepemimpinan Islam ? 

Contoh-contoh diktator Muslim dalam jaman moderen ini adalah Saddam Hussein, Khomeini, Khadafi, Idi Amin, dll. Jika Islam adalah agama yang cinta damai, mengapa demikian banyak ayat-ayat dalam Alquran yang berbicara tentang pembunuhan terhadap orang-orang kafir dan orang-orang yang menolak Islam ? Jika Islam adalah agama yang cinta damai, mengapa tidak ada satupun negara Islam yang mengijinkan adanya kebebasan beragama dan berbicara ? 

Jika Islam adalah agama yang cinta damai, siapakah yang memerintahkan ratusan kelompok Islam di seluruh dunia untuk melakukan kerusuhan-kerusuhan yang menakutkan dan pembunuhan atas orang-orang yang tidak berdosa demi nama Allah ?

Sejarah telah mencatat kenyataan yang tidak dapat disangkal lagi tentang apa yang telah diperbuat oleh Muhammad selama hidupnya dan apa yang diperintahkan oleh Allah kepada umat Islam. Agama Islam yang diproklamirkan pada abad ke 7 oleh Muhammad merupakan sesuatu yang harus kita cermati karena Islam versi tersebut lebih bengis dan lebih tegar dari yang kita duga.

Kelaliman Islam abad ke 7 berlanjut sampai jatuhnya Kaisar Ottoman, setelah itu untuk sementara waktu dilupakan orang. Namun sejak berdirinya negara Israel pada tahun 1948, Islam versi abad ke 7 kembali bangkit. Ciri-ciri dan hakikat keIslaman tersebut terjelma dalam wujud revolusi Islam pimpinan Ayatollah Khomeini pada tahun 1978 di Iran. Dan sejak itu, orang-orang seperti Ghadafi dan Osama bin Laden telah menghembus-hembuskan citra Islam sebagai agama yang siap mencaplok dunia — Islam sejati telah bangkit kembali.

Kita harus mengetahui kebenaran sekalipun hal tersebut sangat ofensif. Mengetahui kebenaran merupakan satu-satunya cara efektif bagi kita untuk mempertahankan kebebasan dan perdamaian. Apabila tindakan kami memproses kebenaran tentang Islam telah menyebabkan banyak orang Muslim marah kepada kami, apakah kami harus berkompromi dengan mereka dan menghentikan tindakan kami dalam mengungkapkan kebenaran tentang Islam tersebut dengan tujuan semata-mata agar kami tidak menyandang predikat sebagai orang yang ofensif, ataukah kami harus melanjutkan terus usaha kami itu ?
Menurut pendapat saya, kami harus melanjutkan terus usaha itu karena kebohongan justru akan lebih memperparah keadaan. Apakah anda tetap akan menghentikan usaha anak anda minum racun sekalipun tindakan anda tersebut akan menyakiti perasaannya ?

Sudah pasti ! Jikalau demikian, apa salahnya kalau kita melakukan penelitian terhadap sejarah Islam, pengajaran Alquran, dan kehidupan Muhammad untuk mencari tahu apakah agama Islam memang seperti yang dinyatakan oleh para reporter dan politisi yaitu agama yang cinta damai atau apakah agama tersebut justru memang seperti apa yang dipraktekkan oleh Osama bin Laden. Jika versi Osama bin Laden adalah Islam yang benar dan jika Islam versi bin Laden bangkit kembali, saya yakin orang-orang Amerika dan dunia Barat berhak mengetahui apa yang akan terjadi dengan mereka seiring dengan kebangkitan versi Islam tersebut dan bagaimana cara mereka untuk menanggulanginya.
Tantangan kami adalah bagaimana membicarakan kebenaran ini dengan penuh kasih. Tujuan kami bukan destruktif melainkan instruktif. Kami tidak perlu berteriak-teriak dalam kegelapan dan di hadapan orang-orang yang terikat oleh kegelapan itu, tetapi kami sebaiknya membukakan pintu dan membiarkan cahaya terang menyinari mereka. Don Richardson telah membuktikan semua hal itu di dalam buku ini. Saya berdoa semoga Tuhan mengutus lebih banyak orang seperti Don Richardson yang dapat membicarakan kebenaran dengan penuh kasih.
Kami harus mengetahui kebenaran. Kebenaran adalah jalan satu-satunya bagi kami untuk memperoleh kebebasan. Berjuta-juta orang Muslim di dunia merindukan kebebasan ini dan mereka tidak dapat dibebaskan kalau tidak ada banyak orang yang menyuarakan kebenaran itu dan mengekspos hakikat agama yang selama berabad-abad telah mencengkeram mereka dalam ketakutan dan terbelenggu.
Dan kamu akan mengetahui kebenaran, dan kebenaran itu akan memerdekakan kamu (Yohanes 8 : 32). 

Soli Deo Gloria

Pastor Reza F. Safa: was a devout Shiite Muslim in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He left Iran in 1978, one year before the Islamic Revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini. After leaving Iran, Pastor Reza F. Safa heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time in Sweden from several Swedish missionaries. After several months, he dedicated his life to Christianity.

After his conversion to Christianity, Pastor Reza F. Safa founded The Harvesters World Outreach, a worldwide healing and evangelistic ministry. For the past 25 years, Pastor Safa has been holding pastors conferences and mass crusades in over 50 countries. These worldwide evangelistic meetings have reached hundreds of thousands of people in Africa, India, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Eastern Europe for Christ Jesus.

          Interview with Serhiy Kolyada        

q)For the people who don't know your work - how would you describe it ?

a)I call my art contemporary postmodern art, because I try to show todays life mixing the traditions of old classic arts and literature and todays images of pop-culture, politics, etc. ... A lot of my works are about real life in Ukraine, I try to show the truth, that's why not a lot of people want to see my art in my country. Especialy our Ukrainian galleries refuse me all the time to make my exhibitions, so, there is a kind of censorship in my country. The owners of the galleries are affraid of our authorities, that they can take off the licenses for their business, I think. Nobody in Ukraine wants to see the true life in art. Most of my art is bought by Europeans, Americans and Canadiens. Maybe, one reason more is not ordinary media I use- not traditional, it's a ball-point pen on paper. Sometimes I add some watercolors or collage details in some of my works...  A lot of people don't beleive I use ball point pen... Sometimes my works look like black-and-white photographs...

q)What are the key themes running through your practice?

a)As I told, I try to show the true life in Ukraineand also sometimes I depict some themes of global life. Also I like to make some erotic art. I show the world of corruption in Ukrainian politics, the problem of prostitution and sex-tourism in Ukraine, the problem of using alcohole and drugs among Ukrainian youth, the problems of world economical crisis and contrasts of rich and poor people in Ukraine...

q)Your favorite place on earth?

a)I didn't travel a lot... I like my country and I liked Swedenwhere I was in 1991 during the communist putch in Moscow, when Ukraine still was the part of Soviet Union. I asked the political asylem in Sweden but in a month the Swedish authorities told me that Ukraine is democratic and free now, and I have to go back...

q)What influences your work?

a)Old classic art, literature, ancient myths one one hand influences my work... and on the other hand some great artists, like Ukrainian Taras Shevchenko (19 century), Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, some of the German expressionists and some other surrealist painters... And the influence of contemporary pop-culture, mass symbols from advertisings, gloss magazines, including erotic and even porn photos... All of this is combined in one postmodern mixture... I also call my art "LifeScapes" (from still-life and landscapes) or "Visual prose"...

q)What music are you into right now?

a)I listen to different music - from classical to todays hard rock

q)Describe your thought & design process...

a)Usualy, I read some book, see television look at advertising boards on the streets, listen to the people talking- all of this, as I told became in a strange mixture in my head... sometimes I use even some of my night dreams...

q)Which emerging artists are you looking forward to seeing more of?

a)I am interested in some of my friend artists in Ukraine, we organize together a group which is called "Freedom or Death"... all of them try to show our true life in Ukraine... Some time ago I began to find different artists abroad on Saatchi Online and I found some interesting artists and interesting art with interesting ideas and concepts... It will be good to make some international exhibition...

q)Favorite place on the internet?

a)As I told last time I liked Saatchi Online, besides I get acqainted with intersting people on Facebook...

q)Do you have any upcoming projects/exhibitions we should know about?

a)I took part with my friend artists in Ukrainein different art fairs, but now I cannot tell you what will be in future, I still have problem to make the exhibition in Ukraine... but I'd love to have my personal show... 

q)Tell us something we don't know - but should...

a) The most important thing I'd like to tell you that Ukraine is not free in sence of free art, free mass-media still and even isn't free economicaly and even in politics. To my mind and a lot of people will agree with me that we still have unhuman government and president who are part of mafia... That's why I cannot develop my art free. In fact, I'd like Ukraineto be a part of Europe, that I could go free in Europeto show my art free in European galleries. But European politicians understand that it's dangerous to allow Ukrainian mafia and criminals come to Europe...  

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?

a) All my art people can find on my personal web-site:

          Interview of Harold Leinbach by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Harold Leinbach by Brian Shoemaker Leinbach, Harold Dr. Leinbach had an interest in astronomy from an early age. His fascination led him to pursue studies in astronomy at the University of Maryland, South Dakota, and at Cal Tech, where he received his master’s degree. At the University of Alaska, the Geophysical Observatory staff resigned leaving a shortage. This convinced Leinbach to apply to the Geophysical Institute. He got the job and moved to Alaska to work on projects observing the aurora. He talks about various ways to document and view them. Leinbach was drafted in 1953 and assigned to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal where his group was responsible for the manufacture of nerve gas. He conducted testing to see if the nerve gas was good or bad. After his discharge in 1956, he went back to the Geophysical Institute. In the summer of 1956, he helped to develop a new instrument for measuring ionospheric opacity called the riometer. In October 1957, he traveled to King Solomon and Unalaska to gather data with the riometer. Leinbach talks about his experiences there. The Geophysical Institute also gave the riometers to other colleges as well as Sweden. The institute installed riometers at the Air Force in Thule, Farewell, and Fort Yukon. While working for the Geophysical Institute, Leinbach was also pursuing a Ph.D. in geophysics. The Geophysical Institute was involved in researching and publishing papers about their measurements and their findings on polar cap absorption. They were invited by the University of Iowa to show the warnings of the occurrence of the events by the riometer data. He talks about the experiments that went on there as well as the results. Leinbach mentions a major polar cap absorption event on May 14th, 1959 in Minnesota. This event received major recognition and press. He describes the increase in technology that increased the amount of solar information available and generated interest about the subject. After finishing his thesis in 1962, he received a job at the University of Iowa. For four years at Iowa, Leinbach was involved in a variety of projects. After that, Leinbach moved to Boulder and worked for the Space Environment Laboratory of NOAA. During his career, one of his experiments entailed making artificial auroras. He retired in 1993. • Leinbach’s professional career began with his childhood interest in astronomy. • He began college at the University of Maryland and after a year transferred to South Dakota State College. • Began observing and drawing sun spot activity daily while in South Dakota. • When in South Dakota Leinbach joined the American Association of Variable Star Observers. • Leinbach built a spectrohelioscope in the summer of 1949 in order to graduate from South Dakota. • Leinbach enrolled in Cal Tech in 1949 and graduated in 1950 with his Master’s Degree. • Leinbach received his job at the Geographical Institute at the University of Alaska after graduating from Cal Tech. • In 1953 Leinbach was drafted and assigned to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado where nerve gas was manufactured. • Leinbach was discharged January of 1956 and returned to the Geographical Institute where he became involved with the cosmic radio study program. • During the summer of 1956 Leinbach worked with George Swenson on the design of the riometer. • Record-breaking solar flares occurred on February 23, 1956. • By February 1957 the riometer was complete and commercial units were built and distributed through out that year. • In October 1957 Leinbach and a team went to King Solomon and Dutch Harbor to install a riometer and auroral radar equipment. • Another riometer unit was installed in Thule for the Air Force, which they called the geopole station, this station was critical for monitoring polar cap absorption. • In 1956 Leinbach began working on his PhD. jointly with the University of Alaska and the Institute. • In January of 1958 Leinbach and Gordon Little published the first major paper out of the Geophysical Institute called “Some Measurements of High Latitude Ionospheric Absorption Using Extraterrestrial Radio Waves.” • Collaboration with NASA helped NASA measure the mass of solar proton waves in order to protect its astronauts, satellites and shuttles from dangerous radiation. • Riometers were never patented. • Leinbach finally received his PhD. in 1962. • Leinbach joined Van Allen’s team at the University of Iowa. • Leinbach moved to Boulder, Colorado in June of 1966 where he finished his career with the Space Environment Laboratory of NOAA. • Leinbach retired in 1993. • Neil Hines-pp.3,4 • Jessie Greenstein-pp.4 • Pierre St. Amand-pp.4 • Terrence Moore-pp.5 • Bill Wilson-pp.5 • Jim Heppner-pp.5,6,7 • _____ Strermer-pp.7 • Dr. Louis Hermann-pp.8 • Dr. Chris Elvie-pp.8,9,11 • Prof. Sidney Chapman-pp.10,22 • C. Gordon Little-pp.10,11,13,24,33,39 • Neil Davis-pp.11,22 • George Swenson-pp.12,13 • Bob Merrick-pp.13 • Nate Worman-pp.13 • Rev. Keith Wethern-pp.17,18,19 • Dick Shoop-pp.18 • Norm Sanders-pp.18,19 • Shin Akasofu-pp.22 • Bob Leonard-pp.22 • George Reid-pp.22,24,30,39 • Dana Bailey-pp.22,23 • Gordon Barnes-pp.23,24 • John Simpson-pp.25 • John Winkler-pp.26 • James Van Allen-pp.26 • Walter Sullivan-pp.31 • Larry Gould-pp.31 • Bill Berrnstein-pp.36 • Jack Gosling-pp.40 • Bob Brown-pp.40,41
          Swedish Prosecutors End Rape Investigation Into Julian Assange        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: Some other news we're following this morning, Swedish prosecutors are dropping the rape investigation into Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange has avoided prosecution by living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. And for more on the story, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt in London. Frank, good morning. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Hey, good morning, David. GREENE: So is this decision a big deal? LANGFITT: It is a big deal. This has been going on for years, going back all the way, actually, to I think 2010, when they began investigating this case against Julian Assange. And he's been holed up in the embassy for nearly five years, basically hiding. And there's been this deadlock for a long time. So now - they're actually just on the air now, in Sweden, explaining why they're doing this. And it - I'm not 100 percent sure, but it seems that it's become just very difficult for them to continue the case since
          Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker Neidle, Alan F. Alan Neidle is best remembered as a principal negotiator of the Antarctic Treaty. Soon after graduating from Yale in 1950, he served three years in the Army during the Korean War. This enhanced his interest in international questions, and as a law student at the University of Michigan he focused on international law. In January 1957, he was hired by the State Department, and developed an interest in negotiation. By age 29 he had already negotiated on two treaties, including extradition treaties with Brazil and Sweden. Although still very junior in rank, he was given the Antarctic assignment by Marjorie Whiteman, his boss, a distinguished international lawyer. Ambassador Paul Daniels, with years of experience in Latin America, was named by John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, to join a team of Antarctic negotiators. Neidle was chosen to be the legal representative. These were the years of the Cold War, and there was rising concern about the role of the Russians in Antarctica. The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., a non-political venue, was the site of some 60 meetings that were held over the next nine months. For some months the Russians were uncooperative, but the other participants developed a whole catalog of new ideas and refinements. Some voices in the State Department called for abandoning the project on grounds the Russians would never cooperate. Some feared that they might launch missiles from Antarctica, or use it as a submarine base. Daniels persisted, and in time the Russians reversed course, and chose to cooperate. Work on the Antarctic Treaty then proceeded fairly quickly. Daniels asked Neidle to draft a full text of the proposed treaty. In the end this would prove to be the most important, multi-lateral treaty with the Russians since World War II. Neidle’s initial sentence, the first that he wrote, “Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only,” made it to the final, signed draft. Soon after the Outer Space Treaty was adopted, and Neidle’s sentence was again the lead sentence, “Outer space shall be used for peaceful purposes only.” Article One stated that “research shall continue as before,” a tacit acknowledgement that the multi-national scientific cooperation during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-58, had been successful. The claims issue, however, was more contentious, especially for the South Americans. The British, New Zealanders, Australians, and French were more open to internationalizing Antarctica, but both the Brazilians and Chileans asserted specific territorial claims. It was agreed that no new post-treaty territorial claims would be recognized. The United States, which had invested more effort in Antarctic research than any other nation, asserted no territorial claims and never recognized those of other nations. For the United States, free access to the entire continent was essential. The Treaty banned nuclear testing and nuclear storage of radioactive waste in Antarctica. The Treaty does not impose any quotas or restrictions on nuclear inspections. Several other articles of the Treaty were mostly administrative and not controversial, including a provision that it must be written in Russian, Spanish, and French, as well as English. It was agreed in an important provision that after 30 years the Treaty must be reviewed, and might even be terminated. In the meantime, any nation withdrawing from the Treaty must give one-year notice. By and large the Treaty has been well received. Herman Flager was the chief negotiator, and signed the treaty for the United States. Neidle was his legal assistant, and worked closely with him at all stages. Without the effective guidance of Flager, a close personal friend of John Foster Dulles, the Treaty might never have happened. Neidle also spoke highly of the essential work of Ambassador Paul Daniels. Various nuclear inspections ensued as a result of the Treaty, including visits to Russian territory as well as Antarctica. Neidle takes pride in his own participation in Treaty preparations, and looking back, said he personally would have done nothing differently. Major Themes Negotiations leading to adoption of the Antarctic Treaty Neidle’s role in legal advising and in negotiations on the Treaty Roles of Herman Flager and Paul Daniels Impact over time of the Antarctic Treaty Negotiations with the Russians over the Treaty Key Names Acheson, Dean, Secretary of State, p. 2 Daniels, Paul, pp. 4-7, 9-11, 25-26, 28, 31, 38-39 Dulles, John Foster, pp. 3-5, 26, 33 Eisenhower, Dwight, pp. 19, 27, 32-33 Flager, Herman, pp. 2-3, 8, 25-26 Kennedy, John, p. 31 Khrushchev, Nikita, pp. 11-12, 27 Powers, Gary, p. 20 Reagan, Ronald, p. 37 Ruina, Jack, pp. 29-30 Whiteman, Marjorie, p. 3
          Interview of Martin A. Pomerantz by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Martin A. Pomerantz by Brian Shoemaker Pomerantz, Martin A., 1916- Dr. Martin Pomerantz, a physicist who specialized in cosmic ray research, had a long and distinguished career in polar studies. As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania he took a challenging course in 1938 at the Bartol Research Foundation of the Franklin Institute, a course called Cosmic Rays and Nuclear Physics. At the time researchers were using balloons and ships to determine how the intensity of cosmic rays, which came into the Earth’s outer atmosphere from space, varied according to geomagnetic latitude and the location of the Earth. There were only two locations on Earth –the geomagnetic pole in Antarctica, and a second one in northern Canada – where cosmic rays were not impeded by the earth’s magnetic field. Pomerantz found the graduate course at Bartol fascinating, decided to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, and started a long career that took him both to Antarctica and the Arctic region. It was the International Geophysical Year (IGY), from July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958, that inspired Pomerantz to concentrate on the polar regions. He and a Canadian colleague built a neutron monitor (something like a nuclear reactor in reverse) to detect sensitive cosmic rays. The Pomerantz monitor was placed on a Swedish ship that went from Gottinberg to Cape Town and back. The experiment was very successful, lasted for some years, and got definitive results on the question of the location of the geomagnetic equator, the point on Earth where cosmic ray intensity would be lowest. Conversely, the geomagnetic pole is the place where the geomagnetic intensity is highest. With a growing reputation, Pomerantz was invited by the Navy Hydrographic Office to put equipment in Project Magnet, an aircraft which produced definitive geomagnetic measurements in fairly close-spaced grids all over the Earth. These advances opened the door for him to participate in the IGY to undertake further cosmic ray research. Concurrently, Pomerantz also loaded an experiment in 1958 aboard Explorer VII, the first satellite to be launched under IGY auspices. James Van Allen, the noted physicist, also loaded some different experiments of his own on Explorer VII, which employed, in part, a Geiger counter. In 1959, encouraged by the progress made on various scientific fronts under the IGY, which ended December 31, 1958, the National Science Foundation established the Office of Polar Programs. In the spring of 1959, Pomerantz received a grant from the National Science Foundation to put a cosmic ray detector in the Antarctic. This was the beginning of his long association with Antarctica. Pomerantz started immediately on his new assignment. A Terry building, a modular unit built with copper shielding inside the whole building, was constructed at the Coast Guard Station at Baltimore, Maryland. Hugo Newberg, a friend from Bartol, joined the project, left immediately in mid-1959 for Antarctica, and oversaw installation of the building at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Data was transmitted by teletype using punched paper tape. Pomerantz did not join Newberg in Antarctica until November, 1960. As he arrived at McMurdo, a major solar flare was underway, and, for the first time, data on a solar cosmic ray event was observed at both ends of the earth. McMurdo was considered a 100% Navy base. Pomerantz and the other civilians were considered “visitors,” and stayed at a separate Jamesway hut. In addition to the two centers at Thule and McMurdo, two others were added later, at Swarthmore and the South Pole for a total in time of four neutron detector stations. Once this worldwide network was functioning exciting new discoveries were made. Studies were done on the way the solar wind interacted with cosmic rays, and how it changed with time. Eventually data was collected on three solar cycles. After two very successful years at McMurdo, the Navy decided to build a nuclear reactor there, and within 100 yards of the Cosmic Ray Station. Since such a plant would cause massive interference with the neutron detector, the Cosmic Ray Station was relocated to a completely new, larger, building three miles from the main base. The old building was moved to the South Pole in 1964, and so there were then two Cosmic Ray Detector Stations in Antarctica. That year – 1964 – was designated as the International Quiet Sun Year (IQSY). Pomerantz was the US Chairman of that event. This was envisioned as a successor to the IGY of 1957-58, but it had better funding and a much greater participation. Over 50 nations took part. The South Pole was seen as the best location worldwide for cosmic ray research, and Pomerantz relocated to the South Pole to set up the new station. Over time, Pomerantz spent 26 different summers in Antarctica. Pomerantz and others saw an opportunity to do significant astronomical research at the South Pole. Arnie Wyler, a solar astronomer from Sweden, and Brad Wood, an astronomer from the University of Pennsylvania, joined Pomerantz. The location was ideal for astronomy since there is a constant background – nothing but snow – and any object in the sky is always at the same altitude, and is always there, day after day. Because of the extremely dry atmosphere it seemed particularly well suited to do infrared astronomy. Unfortunately their seven or eight proposals were all turned down. Finally, in 1978, using some surplus equipment from a Swedish observatory, Pomerantz and friends built a solar telescope that was specifically designed for use at the South Pole. Officially it was presented as a part of the cosmic ray program. For the first time anywhere a continuous solar flare patrol was achieved. New pictures were taken every ten minutes for over a week. There was no other place on Earth where this could be done. The results were so impressive that Eric Fossat, a French astronomer, an expert on helio-seismology, secured additional funding so that the new field of solar seismology could also be studied at the Pole. The National Science Foundation (NSF) approved a proposal and this resulted, among other findings, in the best observations ever made of solar oscillations of the sun’s vibrations. It’s the only technique that exists for studying the sun’s interior. One of the telescope pictures appeared on the cover of Nature in January, 1979. That same year a new building was constructed for this project. The outstanding results led to additional funding and support from the National Solar Observatory. Studies of solar oscillations and helio-seismology continued at the South Pole until 1974. In that year the program was shut down since everything had been accomplished that could be done at the time with available technology. In 1975 a new base, “New Pole,” was constructed, and the first one, “Old Pole,” was shut down. Initially no provision was made for cosmic ray facilities at “New Pole, but eventually Pomerantz also secured space there. So there continued to be two cosmic ray stations in Antarctica, one at McMurdo and one at New Pole. This second base at the South Pole became known as Skylab. Through the years equipment was expanded and modernized at both stations. Research on astronomy at the South Pole turned out to be “a spectacular success.” The program was expanded to include infrared or millimeter or sub-millimeter astronomy. In 1984 there was a joint research program with a French team, but the difficulty of getting adequate supplies of liquid helium (needed to cool the detectors) limited its success. Even so enough was accomplished to prove that Skylab was an excellent place to do microwave astronomy. By the time of Pomerantz’s last visit to the South Pole, 38 astronomers were working there, of which 4 or 5 would overwinter. It was decided to build a new observatory. The new AMANDA observatory built at the Pole was named the Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory. Leading Themes Distinguished career of Pomerantz for many years at South Pole & elsewhere Director of Bartol at the Franklin Institute Major innovations in the field of cosmic ray research Emergence of the South Pole as a major center for astronomy Founding of the Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory Research at the South Pole in helio-seismology International Geophysical Year Baird, George, physicist, pp. 42, 45 Bentley, Charlie, geophysicist, pp. 70-71 Fossat, Eric, French astronomer, pp. 51-52 Friedman, Herbert, nuclear physicist, p. 14 Holsrichter, Harry, Navy physician, p. 37 Jackson, Bernie, astronomer, p. 52 Jezek, Ken, Director of the Byrd Polar Institute, pp. 69-70 Jones, Tom, Haverford College, first Director, Office of Polar Programs, p. 21 Merrifield, Bill, theorist in helio-seismology, pp. 70-71 Newberg, Hugo, cosmic ray physicist, p. 24 Ramsey, Norman, nuclear physicist at Harvard, pp. 11-12 Simpson, John, nuclear physicist, University of Chicago, pp. 8, 14, 18 Stark, Tony, astronomer, p. 62 Van Allen, James, nuclear physicist, pp. 9, 13-14, 18 Wilson, Bob, Noble Prize astronomer (microwave background radiation), pp. 61-2 Wood, Brad, astronomer, p. 46 Wyller, Arnie, Swedish astronomer, p. 46
          Hus&Hem - Love rustic swedish home interiors        

          Netherlands ease past Sweden into Euro semi-finals        

Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema handed hosts the Netherlands a 2-0 win over Sweden and a spot in the women’s Euro semi-finals on Saturday.

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          Dutch into Euro semi-finals Germany v Denmark postponed        

Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema handed the Netherlands a 2-0 win over Sweden and a spot in the women’s Euro semi-finals Saturday before the quarter-final pitting Germany against Denmark was postponed to Sunday because of heavy rain.

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          Germany Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals        

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          Negara Paling Korup 2016        
Kita semua tidak sukakan korupsi, satu perbuatan sampah yang kita mahu hapuskan daripada kalangan masyarakat kita. Dalam satu kajian yang dijalankan oleh Transparency International, mereka telah mengeluarkan senarai Corruption Perceptions Indes (CPI).

Berapakah CPI negara kita Malaysia? Nanti kita lihat sama-sama.

Dalam index yang dikeluarkan untuk tahun 2016, negara paling korup adalah Somalia, malah ia mememang rekod ini selama 10 tahun berturut-turut. CPI yang diberikan kepada Somalia hanyalah 10 point sahaja.

Makin rendah point CPI maka makin teruk tahap korupsi di sesebuah negara tersebut. Ranking top 5 negara yang paling bersih pula didahuli oleh negara New Zealand (90 CPI), Denmark (90 CPI), Finland (89 CPI), Sweden (88 CPI) dan Switzerland (86 CPI).

Bagi negara kita pula, Malaysia diberikan 49 CPI dan berada di ranking ke 55 dunia. Mata CPI diberikan turun 1 mata berbanding tahun lalu dengan 50 CPI.

Dalam kalangan negara serantau pula Singapura dianggap paling bersih di Asia Tenggara dengan 84 CPI berada di ranking ke 7 dunia. Dan negara paling kurop di Asia Tenggara pula adalah Kemboja dengan 21 mata sahaja diberikan.

Country CPI World Rank
1. Singapura 84 7
2. Brunei 58 41
3. Malaysia 40 55
4. Indonesia 37 90
5. Philines 35 101
6. Thailand 35 101
7. Timor-Leste 35 101
8. Vietnam 33 113
9. Loas 30 123
10. Myanmar 28 136
11. Cambodia 21 156

Negara besar seperti U.S.A pula dibeirkan 74 mata CPI, dan berada di ranking 18 dunia. Manakal negara China hanya diberikan sebanyak 40 mata dan berada di tangga 79. Russia lagi bawah dengan hanya 29 CPI, berada ditangga ke 131 dunia.

Berikut adalah senarai penuh ranking yang dikelaurkan oleh Corruption International bagi negara paling kurop 2016.

          As Types Grow Older – Re-Release of Grimoire and Sadness        

My very first typefaces Sadness and Grimoire have just been published in new and revised versions at Myfonts. After the tragic end of the established Fountain Type Foundry I had to ask myself the following question: Is there still any justification for the existence of my 20 year old fonts?

by Felix Braden

Around the time of the millennium I founded the free font domain Floodfonts. I had just set up my own business with two friends, and to get press coverage and more exposure for our works, we decided to give away some of our type projects for free. We had hardly opened, when Peter Bruhn from Sweden asked us, if we would rather prefer to sell some of these fonts via Fountaintype. And of course we wanted to! Peter selected three of our ten fonts which we then extended to the standard character set of Fountain fonts. Peter supported us with corrections and helpful advice. For example he gave us a simple text document that I still use today – in an updated version – to do the kerning of all my typefaces. And after almost a year my typefaces Sadness and Grimoire were ready for release via Fountaintype. Unfortunately I met Peter only once, however I personally owe him very much, because he evoked the idea in me that type design could be much more than just a mere hobby.

After Peter's sudden and unexpected death last year, I had to ask myself how to handle the situation with my typefaces. In memory of her husband Lotta Bruhn, Peter’s wife, decided not to remove the site from the internet, but she did not want to continue to operate the business. I very much liked the idea to honor Peters life and work but Sadness and Grimoire were created while I was still a student and are now almost 20 years old. Is there still any justification for their existence?
If people ask me, why I am obsessed by type design, I always make the point that it is so timeless. The Garamond typefaces from the 16th century are the most frequently used book typeface today; transferring that fact to other design disciplines, would mean that we wear a plate or leather armor and ride to work in a horse-drawn carriage. The idea that a design concept could persist over 500 years is a source of extraordinary fascination for me. Now don't get me wrong: I do not want to compare those groundbreaking designs with my own fonts. But in type design, the clocks tick differently and in comparison with Garamond's persistence for over half a century those 20 years Grimoire and Sadness have been around are just a blink of the eye.
So I have decided to launch both aged fonts again with just slight adjustments. I do hope that people are still able to use them for highly contemporary design and I am curious how they will be incorporated.

Sadness is based on some experiments during my stay at the Trier College of Design: I played around with Fontographer’s blendfonts-feature (a type design tool to interpolate fonts and to minimize effort and expenditure of large families) with some files from a close designer. Since the basic elements derived from extremely varied fonts without any similarities, the concluding shapes first turned out to be rather fragmentary. From those fragments I chose the most characteristic elements and drew a whole new font.

Grimoire on the other hand combines two seemingly contradicting principles — calligraphic and constructive ideas — and makes them work together. The font is based on a modular system but simulates a handwritten typeface. I was so fascinated by this idea, that I have since designed a couple of typefaces following this principle, e.g. the psychedelic Bikini released by Volcanotype. Even my recent work, the multi awarded FF Scuba, is inspired by this concept, however with increasing age I have become less interested in experimental typography and more so in designing typefaces which are more versatile in use.

Both typefaces, Grimoire and Sadness, are available at Myfonts with a introductory discount of 80% until May 19th 2015. You will find detailed type specimens of both fonts at Behance.

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          Colloque Eurogeo – Vendredi 30 septembre - Session GeoCapibility        

Colloque Eurogeo – Vendredi 30 septembre - Session GeoCapibility

Deux sessions de communication ont été dédiées au projet GeoCapabilities. C’est un projet européen qui a pour objectif de fournir du matériel de formation des enseignants en vue de développer la capacité de ces derniers à penser et à mettre en œuvre un curriculum en géographie. Six communications ont présenté le cadre théorique du projet et leur déploiement dans différentes contextes.

  • Richard Bustin How useful is the concept of GeoCapability for geography teachers?
  • Anke Uhlenwinkel Negotiating geographical thinking and political education through the GeoCapabilities approach
  • David Lambert  The ideal of a Future 3 Curriculum
  • David Orbring Re-contextualising development in teaching school geography --Teachers’ story in Sweden and Chin
  • Miao What’s the story? Recontextualizing internal urban structure in school geography using cases from China
  • Gabriel Bladh  Geography education and geographical knowledge practices

Le projet part d’un travail prospectif quant à l’avenir de l’enseignement de la géographie. David Lambert identifie trois scénarios possibles qu’il nomme "Future 1, 2 et 3". Le premier scénario est celui dans lequel l’enseignement de la géographie reste centré sur des sujets et des connaissances préalablement définis et qui sont une fin en soi. Ce sont des savoirs coupés de la société. Le deuxième scénario est celui d’un enseignement de la géographie coupé de son épistémologie, essentiellement centré sur la construction des compétences transversales. Le troisième scénario est celui d’un enseignement ayant une assise épistémologique solide mais qui est en prise avec l’expérience des élèves et qui a pour finalité de les aider à comprendre le monde. L’objectif du projet GeoCapabilities est de contribuer à l’avènement du scénario 3. 

Pour ce faire, le projet s’ancre dans la théorie d’Amartya Sen et de Martha Nussbaum sur l’économie du bien-être humain. Une capabilité désigne la capacité d’un individu à choisir son mode vie (pour en savoir plus sur la notion de Capabilité). Une GéoCapacité est la capacité de penser le monde par le biais de savoirs géographiques.
« La notion de GeoCapabilité clarifie le rôle que les savoirs et la pensée géographiques jouent dans le développement d’une personne éduquée. C’est une personne qui a la capacité de construire un point de vue sur le monde avec une assise disciplinaire. Les savoirs géographiques nous aident à appréhender le monde à travers l’expérience que nous en avons. Â» (Traduction Caroline Leininger – octobre 2016- version française du glossaire de GeoCapalities)

Pour développer les GéoCapabilités chez les élèves, les enseignants sont invités à identifier les Savoirs Disciplinaires Structurants (SDS) ou Powerful Disciplinary Knowledg (PDK). « Un savoir disciplinaire structurant est une forme de savoirs, souvent abstraite et théorique qui permet à quelqu’un  de comprendre, d’interpréter et penser  le monde dans lequel il vit. Les SDS ont un ancrage dans l’épistémologie disciplinaire. Â» (Traduction Caroline Leininger – octobre 2016- version française du glossaire de GeoCapalities)
Les SDS peuvent être de nature différente. Il y a des SDS pour :
·        Penser le monde. Ce sont des méta-concepts comme lieu, espace, environnement, interconnexion…  Pour analyser, expliquer et comprendre. Ce sont des concepts analytiques comme espace, répartition spatiale etc. Ou bien des concepts explicatifs comme agglomération, généralisation, modèle…
·         Pour développer la capacité d’empowerment des étudiants.
·         Pour participer à des débats locaux, régionaux ou globaux.

La notion GeoCapabilité est une contre-proposition à la notion des compétences. En effet, les pays anglo-saxons ont connu dans les années 2000 des réformes curriculaires centrées sur les compétences mettant parfois au second plan les savoirs disciplinaires. De la même manière qu’Amartya Sen ne fait pas de liste de capabilités. Il n’y a pas de liste des GeoCapabilités. Ces dernières visent à remettre les savoirs disciplinaires au cœur des apprentissages et à démontrer que la géographie peut contribuer à la formation citoyenne des étudiants dans une perspective d’empowerment (octroi de davantage de pouvoir et d'autonomie). C’est une manière de réaffirmer la place de la géographie dans le concert des disciplines. 

Lors du colloque, un participant a fait remarquer que toutes les autres sciences sociales ont les mêmes revendications que la géographie. Les capabilités ne sont pas disciplinaires. Richard Bustin justifie la notion de GeoCapability en la présentant comme un cadre pour aider les enseignants à se positionner et à positionner les contenus enseignés sur un plan épistémologique. Sa réponse ne permet pas véritablement de dépasser la contradiction interne à la notion de GéoCapabilité. Les capabilités s’inscrivent dans une approche holistique, systémique et complexe de l’éducation. Si nous saluons donc l’entreprise de légitimation de l’enseignement de la géographie et la promotion d’une approche épistémologique des apprentissages, nous pouvons sérieusement douter de la pertinence de définir des capabilités spécifiques à la géographie. Par ailleurs, l’inscription des capabilités dans un cadre disciplinaire implique une mise en forme scolaire, qui conduit ou conduira à une liste de Geocapabilité à travailler et évaluer comme les compétences, ce contre quoi le projet s’inscrit en faux.

Par ailleurs, la notion de savoir disciplinaire structurant est proche d’autres tentatives de conceptualisation de la géographie scolaire comme les propositions de Jean-François Thémines (Thémines, 2006) ou la notion de concepts intégrateurs (Hertig, 2009). La notion est également proche de celle de Pedagogical content knowlegde. Parler de SDS n’est donc pas novateur mais la pertinence de la notion découle de son contexte d’émergence. Les propositions francophones ne sont pas diffusées au sein de la géographie anglo-saxonne. 

Finalement, les modules de formation présentés en workshop après les deux sessions de communication permettent de développer des compétences épistémologiques et réflexives chez qui sont indispensables dans la professionnalisation des enseignants. C’est ce qui fait la richesse du projet.

          U.S. Women Beat Nigeria 1-0, Win Group And Advance To Elimination Rounds        
Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET On June 17: U.S. veteran Abby Wambach, making her second start of the World Cup, scored her first goal of the tournament and the 183rd of her storied international career to push the Americans past Nigeria on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada. The 1-0 victory allowed the U.S. to win Group D and advance into the elimination rounds, where they'll face another group's third-place team on Monday, followed by a possible matchup against Cameroon or China later next week. The Americans dominated the match, taking twice as many shots as the Nigerians. Nigeria's players also got into foul trouble, finding themselves the recipients of multiple yellow cards. Defender Sarah Nnodim got two of them, resulting in a red card and her ejection from the game. The loss to the U.S. eliminated Nigeria. In the other Group D game, Australia tied Sweden, taking second place and advancing to face Brazil. Sweden ended in third place, but may still have another match, as four of the six third
          U.S. And Sweden Struggle To 0-0 Tie In Women's World Cup        
Update, 10:10 p.m. ET: The U.S. and Sweden fought to a 0-0 tie in Winnipeg on Friday night — a disappointing result against the Americans' trash-talking former coach, but enough to keep them in control of their group at the Women's World Cup. The U.S. struggled to maintain control in the Swedish half for much of the game, and had a hard time connecting on their longer passes forward. Two header attempts off corners around the 72nd minute were tipped over the crossbar and went wide right, and a frenzy in the final minute of extra time came up empty. The hero of the match for the U.S. might have been defender Meghan Klingenberg, who found herself in the right spot on the goal line during a Swedish corner and knocked a sure goal back out — with some help from the crossbar. Following the tie and Australia's victory over Nigeria on Friday, the U.S. stands atop Group D with four points and a plus-two goal differential. They'll play next against Nigeria on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Original Post:
          U.S. Women Beat Australia 3-1 In Teams' Opening Match Of World Cup        
Update, 9:45 p.m. ET: Forward Christen Press scored in the 61st minute and Megan Rapinoe scored her second goal of the match in the 78th minute for the Americans, who beat Australia 3-1. Combined with the 1-1 tie between Sweden and Nigeria earlier on Monday, the U.S. has a strong lead in its World Cup group. Rapinoe also was issued a yellow card in the second half, as was U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday. Goalie Hope Solo had five saves. The Americans' next game is against Sweden on Friday at 9 p.m. ET, followed by their last group-stage game against Nigeria at 6 p.m. ET on June 16. Both matches will air on Fox. Update, 8:28 p.m. ET: At halftime, the U.S. and Australia are tied, 1-1. American midfielder Megan Rapinoe started the scoring in the twelfth minute; veteran Australian forward Lisa De Vanna countered in the 27th minute. Original Post: The U.S. women's national soccer team begins its quest for a third World Cup championship today when the U.S. takes on Australia. It's the first
          How To Bake Authentic Viking Age Knekkebrød (Crisp Bread)        

Crisp bread was one of the most popular snacks of the Norsemen during the perilous and tumultuous Viking period. As a matter of fact, even before the start of this historical era crisp bread was baked in central present-day Sweden as early as c. 500 A.D. Under different varieties (including wheat loaf, rye loaf, and...

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          The History Of Sweden Throughout The Eventful Viking Period        

In the time of the Viking Age Sweden was fragmented into many petty kingdoms (also known as earldoms) ruled each by a local chieftain, although, according to semi-legendary history, there might have been renowned monarchs who ruled parts of the realms of what is now Sweden (along with Denmark and Norway) such as Ragnar Lothbrok...

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          Could There Have Actually Been Finns Among The Vikings?        

Very much unlike the cases of early medieval Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, documentation regarding the Viking Age in Finland is very scarce. Possibly with the exception of the Åland Islands (an autonomous Swedish-speaking archipelago situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea), there is little information on how the Viking period...

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          RUB1381 Team Sweden        

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          Middle age bulge increases risk of later dementia        
Carrying around extra pounds during middle age was associated with a higher risk of dementia later in life in a new study that followed twins in Sweden for 30 years.
          Advantages And Disadvantages Of Bus Tours        
This article will not be considered criteria for choosing a travel company where you could request the organization of their leisure time. This subject is widely covered, both online and in other media. Publication As one specific way to spend leisure time, namely, bus tours. And its goal - to help the reader understand that, if he comes this holiday. What is meant by bus tours? Bus transfer from the Egyptian Pyramids to Petra, Jordan (palace carved into the rock) - it's not a bus tour, it is - an extreme. A trip to the sights of Moscow or St. Petersburg on Icarus, it's not a bus tour and tour. Bus tour - it comfortable modern car with comfortable seating and large windows and beautiful roads in Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and even, through a tunnel under the English Channel, England (UK). In summary, form under the bus tour we mean bus tours in Europe. And even though the border between Europe and Asia runs along the Ural mountains, in our case it is practically on the Limits of the socialist camp. I want to make a reservation immediately. Despite the fact that the title of the article mentions the advantages and disadvantages of travel on buses, we will talk about the merits. The reason is quite simple - that for a traveler would be an advantage, then, for another it may be a disadvantage. So, basically, we consider the bus tours to the positive side, noting, briefly, some inconvenience may arise during the trip.
          The weird blog        
Yes I am still around and I am still trying although I sort of fell off the ambition to communicate.

Around new year I found this swedish study "new years resoultions" where researchers at the Linköping and Stockholm University invited people to join in a research about new years resolutions. In Sweden every 8th man and every 4th woman make a new years resolution and now a study wants to find out how they work. I joined and seem to be lucky enough to end up in the group that are g...
          #SSWC Social Web Camp, here we come!        

Finally we’re away. After picking up coffees at the wonderful Mellqvist Coffee Bar (best coffee in Stockholm?) We’re headed for Social Web Camp in the south of Sweden to camp out on an island with 280 of Sweden’s top experts on digital communication. For a country the size of Sweden, this means that “everybody” is [...]

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Goodbye Fukuoka

So, that's it! The time has come for me to leave Japan and with it must also end The Daily Shashin. It's been a fun little project and I'd like to thank all of you who have regularly visited this page and kept me motivated and encouraged by your comments and kind words.

I am now embarking on The Heneghan Half-World Tour which, after brief visits to Taipei and Hong Kong, will see me undertake the 14,000 km journey from Singapore to London by train and bus.

From Singapore I'll be passing through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and finally the UK, so it promises to be a fantastic adventure, especially from a photographic perspective. I will leave Singapore on August 1st and I aim to arrive back in the UK in the first or second week of September. You can keep up-to-date on my trip via my other blog and I will try to make posts there as often as possible as I make my way home.

In the meantime if you want to see more photos please feel free to check out my Flickr page.

That's all for now, I'll be embarking on a new project in the autumn once I get back to sunny England!

Take care everyone!
          Invitation to a network meeting on Sustainable Management of Churches        
The Baltic Sea Region Network for Indoor Climate in Churches will organize meeting Sustainable Management of Churches Date: September 12th, 2013 Time 9:00 – 16:00, optional dinner in the evening Location: Uppsala University, Campus Gotland Cramérgatan 3, Visby, Gotlan, Sweden The … Continue reading
          Comment on Dual Citizens of Sweden, France, Netherlands, Denmark & Canada take note! Your Country WILL NOT Collect for the U.S. by The Isaac Brock Society | Dual Citizens of Sweden, France, Netherlands, Denmark & Canada take note! Your Country WILL NOT Collect for the U.S.        
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          Albin Lee Meldau: Tiny Desk Concert        
Few singers can command an audience's attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau. When I first saw him perform, at a church in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest last March, it felt like the entire audience was on the edge of its seat, hanging on every twisted word. His voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore. Watching Meldau in this Tiny Desk set, the first thing you'll notice, apart from that voice, is how possessed he is by the music. The words and melodies seem to take hold of him while at the same time offering a release, if only for a moment, from the knot of emotions he's carrying inside. It's in no small part because Meldau's music is so personal, centered on desperate souls in deeply troubled times. "Lou Lou," the track he opens with and his most popular song, is a story of drug addiction and mental illness, inspired by a girl he knew while growing up in Sweden. He calls "Bloodshot," the track he closes with, "dark and horrible," about the wreckage
          Wildlife Disease Journal Digest        

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Prevalence and phenology of white-nose syndrome fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans in bats from Poland
Central European Journal of Biology. 2014 Apr; 9(4): 437-443. doi:10.2478/s11535-013-0280-z
Konrad Sachanowicz, Arkadiusz Stepien, Mateusz Ciechanowski

Changes in Capture Rates in a Community of Bats in New Hampshire during the Progression of White-Nose Syndrome
Northeastern Naturalist. 2013 Oct; 20(4):552-558. doi: 10.1656/045.020.0405
Paul R. Moosman, Jr., Jacques P. Veilleux, Gary W. Pelton and Howard H. Thomas

Hummingbird health: pathogens and disease conditions in the family Trochilidae
Journal of Ornithology. 2014 Jan; 155(1): 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10336-013-0990-z
Loreto A. Godoy, Lisa A. Tell, Holly B. Ernest

Genetic Structure of Avian Influenza Viruses from Ducks of the Atlantic Flyway of North America
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e86999. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086999
Huang Y, Wille M, Dobbin A, Walzthöni NM, Robertson GJ, et al.

Extended Viral Shedding of a Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus by Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e70639. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070639
Root JJ, Shriner SA, Bentler KT, Gidlewski T, Mooers NL, et al.

Selecting Essential Information for Biosurveillance—A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e86601. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086601
Generous N, Margevicius KJ, Taylor-McCabe KJ, Brown M, Daniel WB, et al. 

Two new species of Haemoproteus Kruse, 1890 (Haemosporida, Haemoproteidae) from European birds, with emphasis on DNA barcoding for detection of haemosporidians in wildlife
Syst Parasitol. 2014 Feb;87(2):135-51. doi: 10.1007/s11230-013-9464-1. Epub 2014 Jan 29.
Dimitrov D, Zehtindjiev P, Bensch S, Ilieva M, Iezhova T, Valkiūnas G.

Diverse inter-continental and host lineage reassortant avian influenza A viruses in pelagic seabirds
Infect Genet Evol. 2014 Jan 23. pii: S1567-1348(14)00017-3. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2014.01.014. [Epub ahead of print]
Huang Y, Robertson GJ, Ojkic D3, Whitney H, Lang AS.

Ocean warming and acidification have complex interactive effects on the dynamics of a marine fungal disease
Proc Biol Sci. 2014 Jan 22;281(1778):20133069. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3069. Print 2014.
Williams GJ, Price NN, Ushijima B, Aeby GS, Callahan S, Davy SK, Gove JM, Johnson MD, Knapp IS, Shore-Maggio A, Smith JE, Videau P, Work TM.

Laridae: A neglected reservoir that could play a major role in avian influenza virus epidemiological dynamics
Crit Rev Microbiol. 2014 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Arnal A, Vittecoq M, Pearce-Duvet J, Gauthier-Clerc M, Boulinier T, Jourdain E.

Detection of mecC-positive Staphylococcus aureus (CC130-MRSA-XI) in diseased European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Sweden
PLoS One. 2013 Jun 12;8(6):e66166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066166. Print 2013.
Monecke S, Gavier-Widen D, Mattsson R, Rangstrup-Christensen L, Lazaris A, Coleman DC, Shore AC, Ehricht R.

Climatic variables are associated with the prevalence of biliary trematodes in otters
Int J Parasitol. 2013 Aug;43(9):729-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2013.04.006. Epub 2013 Jun 7.
Sherrard-Smith E, Chadwick EA, Cable J.

Evolution of a reassortant North American gull influenza virus lineage: drift, shift and stability
Virol J. 2013 Jun 6;10:179. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-10-179.
Hall JS, Teslaa JL, Nashold SW, Halpin RA, Stockwell T, Wentworth DE, Dugan V, Ip HS.

Risk Assessment of H2N2 Influenza Viruses from the Avian Reservoir
 J. Virol. 2014 Jan; 88(2): 1175-1188. [Epub ahead of print 2013 Nov 13]. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02526-13
Jeremy C. Jones et al.

Emerging Infectious Diseases - February 2014
Volume 20, Number 2

          Brothers Of Metal - Prophecy Of Ragnarök (2017)        
Brothers Of Metal - Prophecy Of Ragnarök (2017)

Группа: Brothers Of Metal
Альбом: Prophecy Of Ragnarök
Год: 2017
Стиль: Heavy/Power Metal
Страна: Sweden
Формат: mp3. 320 kb/s
Размер: 118 Mb

          Nightrage - The Venomous (2017)        
 Nightrage - The Venomous (2017)

Группа: Nightrage
Альбом: The Venomous
Год: 2017
Стиль: Melodic Death Metal
Страна: Sweden / Greece
Формат: mp3. 320 kb/s
Размер: 123 Mb

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stockholm, sweden

          Cryonic Temple - Into The Glorious Battle (2017)        
Cryonic Temple - Into The Glorious Battle (2017)

Группа: Cryonic Temple
Альбом: Into The Glorious Battle
Год: 2017
Стиль: Power Metal
Страна: Sweden
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Размер: 130 Mb


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          Oh Laura        

Cinco años después de que se publicara "A Song Inside My Head, A Demon In My Bed", álbum de debut del grupo sueco Oh Laura, el sello discográfico Cosmos Music nos ofrece nuevo material de la banda, en un álbum llamado "The Mess We Left Behind", publicado el día 13 de junio.

Oh Laura gozó de una gran popularidad, no sólo en su país, sino que en países como Polonia, Australia,  Japan o Estados Unidos debido al gran éxito de su primer disco, y más concretamente de la canción "Release Me", la cual sirvió de banda sonora en un anuncio de Saab.

Sin embargo, la historia de la banda no fue mucho más allá, rompiéndose poco tiempo después. Por suerte, dejaron bastante material inédito preparado, con el que se ha podido grabar este nuevo álbum, un disco doble compuesto por 20 canciones, entre las que se incluyen algunas nuevas y otras anteriores en versiones distintas, una de ellas la versión para la radio británica de la famosa "Release Me".

"The Mess We Left Behind" es una colección de preciosas canciones con un sonido muy variado, que va desde el pop melódico de temas como "California" al country-pop de "A Way To Make You Hate Me", pasando por el Soul en piezas como "Prove Me Wrong". Sin duda, este trabajo es una perfecta recopilación de uno de los grupos suecos más interesantes de los últimos años, no os lo perdáis.


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          Swedish Lapland        

Swedish Lapland

Travelling through Sweden on Nordic skis is a photographic adventure of a lifetime. Sleeping in mountain huts, seeing the Northern Lights and coming through a blizzard are just some of the experiences Lizzie Shepherd encountered

          Novair receives its 1st A321neo        
Swedish charter airline Novair, has taken delivery of its first A321neo on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The A321neo will join Novair’s existing Airbus fleet of two A320 Family aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with comfortable 18 inch wide seats in a single class 221 passenger layout. Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, the A321neo will be based in Stockholm and operate charter flights from Sweden, Denmark and Norway to destinations in southern Europe and Egypt. The A320neo...
          MADAR (Dardir x *Maritsa, by Arax) 1970 grey stallion; exported to France from Sweden 1976.        
MADAR (Dardir x *Maritsa, by Arax) 1970 grey stallion; exported to France from Sweden 1976.

          MADAR (Dardir x *Maritsa, by Arax) 1970 grey stallion; exported to France from Sweden 1976.        
MADAR (Dardir x *Maritsa, by Arax) 1970 grey stallion; exported to France from Sweden 1976.

           Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a stakeholder approach         
Schiffling, Sarah and Piecyk, Maja (2013) Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a stakeholder approach. In: Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference, 3 - 5 June 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.
          All Ages And Races Expressed Faith That The Media Could Help Bring People Together By Showing Individuals Of Varying Races Interacting Together.        

A study in Finland and Sweden followed 1,400 people over the course of 20 years and found the median audience declined at all three cable news channels. Also, the goodwill to remedy and redress these wrongs, obvious liberal bias no debate there and fending off my mother's yelling at him about how they all "have the same damn stories!" she's right too! " In sum, citizens feel empowered while media elites a hobby, continued, ?But I go online for what I can?t read in the New York Times and Barron?s. In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of process, and would also offer citizens seeking to be more active examples of citizen activity. He notes that they could ultimately unsustainable, since they were the very definition number of other parties pay a news station to play it as if it were a story that was independently researched and witnessed.

In the 21st, increasingly there is a new intermediary: Software least, reading news online is unsatisfying and insufficient to my needs. In 1998, the CEO of Cisco Systems even went further to say that the Internet will have the same Communicate The history of news gathering and dissemination goes back to the times of 'exploration' and 'colonization' of known and unknown peoples and lands. Self-management means learning what triggers episodes, what reduces jual jaket korea pria symptoms and having has become depressed by a staggering 8km due to the huge mass of the structure above it. Kennedy - The first time a sitting president had been murdered in prominent space in the "Week In Review section identifying flash mobbing as a fascinating current trend. The zombie drug is legally obtained at certain shops but governments the only person in the elevator at work with the newspaper under his arm.

If a story highlights a certain brand, person, product or from Troy University, and her Master's from Michigan State University. Kennedy - The first time a sitting president had been murdered in also be holders of official positions or powers behind thrones who play official roles. If you break your arm it won't make the news, but McGivern finds that other print media offer too little. The Star ?s senior editors strive to provide a mix of what he consulted with Walter Umenhofer, a local guy who had been a demolitions expert for the military. Ironically, Walt Umenhofer's you remember the explosives expert brand new Oldsmobile 88 Regency, rose from 4 percent in 1996 to 18 percent in 2000.

          Sweden emerging as potential market for Indian IT firms        
New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Sweden is set to emerge as a potential market for the Indian IT-BPM sector, a new report said on Thursday. The report by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), along with Business Sweden, a partly government-owned company, and research firm Radar Ecosystem, underlines key driving areas that ...
           An evaluation of 2D SLAM techniques available in Robot Operating System         
Machado Santos, Joao and Portugal, David and Rocha, Rui P. (2013) An evaluation of 2D SLAM techniques available in Robot Operating System. In: 11th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2013), 21-26 October 2013, Linköping, Sweden.
           IRAP: implicit and explicit self-loathing and perfectionistic verbal relations and their longitudinal prediction of disordered eating         
Tetley, Amanda and Moghaddam, Nima and Dawson, Dave and Rennoldson, Mike (2013) IRAP: implicit and explicit self-loathing and perfectionistic verbal relations and their longitudinal prediction of disordered eating. In: 3rd International Relational Frame Theory Conference, 29-31 August 2013, Upsalla, Sweden.
          Swedish woman flies to Africa next to corpse        
A Radio Sweden reporter has been reimbursed half of her air fare for an overnight flight to Tanzania after Kenya Airlines left a dead passenger across the aisle from her. Lena Pettersson was flying from Amsterdam to Africa for a vacation when a man in his 30s appeared to get sick and die, The Expressen
          The Morning Sound Alternative 02-18-2014 with Cary Wolfson        

Joe Ely- Fools Fall In Love - Joe Ely Sweden 1988
Lake Street Dive- You Go Down Smooth - Another Day Another Time
Tim Buckley- Buzzin Fly Live - Dream Letter Live In London 1968
The Milk Carton Kids- Snake Eyes - The Ash Clay
- I Was Young When I Left Home - Another Day Another Time
Richard Thompson- Poor Will The Jolly Hangman - Guitar Vocal
Maxine Brown- Maxine Brown All In My Mind - Goldisc Records From The Vault Vol 1
Pete Anderson- I Got Mine - Birds Above Guitarland
Richard Berry- I Am Bewildered - Get Out Of The Car
Big Kat Kaylor- Still A Man - Scattered
Jeff Beck- Walking In The Sand Live - Rock n Roll Party Honoring Les Paul Live From The Iridium Jazz Club June 2010
Barrance Whitfield The Savages- Madhouse - Ow Ow Ow
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd- While We Cry - Live Etown
John Trudell- Tina Smiled - AKA Grafitti Man
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Buena Vista Social Club- Pueblo Nuevo - Buena Vista Social Club
Jerry Garcia Band- Pigs Boogie - Let It Rock The Jerry Garcia Collection Vol 2
Roland Stone- Please Dont Leave Me - The Original Roland Stone
Donna The Buffalo- Funky Side - Rockin In The Weary Pond
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The Psychedelic Aliens- Were Laughing - Psycho African Beat
Robben Ford The Ford Blues Band- Screamin - A Tribute To Paul Butterfield
Janis Joplin- I Need A Man To Love - Live At Winterland 68 with Big Brother The Holding Company
LAnglus- Ya Ya - a Cest Bon
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Kronos Quartet Rokia Traor- Bownboi - Desert Blues 3 Entre Dunes Et Savanes
- Ingwavuma Blues - Soweto Street Music The Definitive Collection
Grateful Dead- Fire On The Mountain - Winterland 123177
Dave Alvin The Guilty Men- Somewhere In Time Ash Grove - Live In Minneapolis 2004
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Charlie Musselwhite- Cristo Redentor - Juke Joint Chapel

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           Assessment of the self-ignition characteristics of raw and processed biomass fuels         
Saddawi, A. and Jones, J. M. and Williams, A. and Aslam, M. and Baxter, X. and Hedges, I. and Taylor, R. and Way, G. (2013) Assessment of the self-ignition characteristics of raw and processed biomass fuels. In: 6th European Combustion Meeting, 25 - 28 June 2013, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.
Harvest Estonia GUS 2017

Global Underscore 2017
Sat. June 24, 2017, 5–9pm
Viljandi, Estonia site

facilitator: Nancy Stark Smith
producer: Notafe festival
Jenni Ristkari (Finland), Toni Vaahtera (Finland), Lara Bogataj (Austria), Angela-Mara Florant (Germany), Kaisa Kukkonen (Finland), Evelyn Tuul (Estonia), Nadja Parssinen (Finland), Niina Rejeva (Estonia), Tina Smeja (Canada), Ursula Rummel (Estonia), Valeria Januškevitš (Estonia), Helina Karvak (Estonia), Caitlin Sidney (UK), Veronika Yakushevich (Finland), Sini Haapalinna (Finland), Marli Laur (Estonia), Elina Reineck (Finland), Kadri Noormets (Estonia), Katrin Kubber (Estonia), Merle Saarva (Estonia), Victoria Kovalenko (Finland/Ukraine), Barbara Dumont (France), Antti Marjakangas (Finland), Hari Choudhary (India), Anne Expert (France), Lidia Mertins (Estonia), Alexandre Westerlund (Sweden), Anne-Mari Anderson (Estonia), Tatjana Romanova (Estonia), Donats Rudzitiz (Latvia), Olga Trebuhina (Latvia), Helin Jürmann (Estonia), Marta Jamsja (Estonia), Janika Koppel (Estonia)

We were in a gorgeous big school assembly hall, with renovated wood floors, high ceilings, a balcony and high stage, freshly painted bluegray walls, and a deck outside that overlooked a beautiful grassy hillside with lovely wooden houses, sloping down to a large and always-inspiring lake. Big trees on the top edge of the hillside blew musically throughout the Underscore. Peonies are blossoming now and we brought several stalks of white ones into the corner of the space in a large Roman-looking urn that mysteriously showed up in the space during our workshop earlier in the week.

The maps and lists and Underscore pages were on the wall, snacks in the hall, art supplies in the corner by the peonies.

No one came to the computer for Real Time Harvest or Live Harvest during the dancing!!

Here is a live transcript of our Final Sharing Harvest and some photos.

Thank you, Nancy Hughes, Brandin Steffensen, and Patrick Crowley—our Global Underscore coordinators—for your work in bringing us together this year. It felt strong and more important than ever for us to connect worldwide, in real time, through our dancing.

It also felt important to acknowledge in this Global Underscore the call for more open discussion within the worldwide CI community about restrictions of freedom occurring in the world based on ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, gender, and other political and cultural conflicts. Can and should CI, Underscore, and Global Underscore flourish in an a-political framework? How and where do political and moral stances have a place in our CI, improvisation, somatics, and dance world and work?

Thank you, Penny Chivas and team in Glasgow, Scotland, for exposing and weathering the first harsh winds of dissent of your Global Underscore site (based on the fact of there being an Israeli site in the network!), and then thanks to Nicole Bindler, Dan Bear Davis, and Lailye Weidman for their work on a petition and video conference about political consciousness in the contact improvisation community. I look forward to a report in CQ on these conversations, perhaps in our CI Newsletter Online where there is a place for Comments.

That said, I felt again the power of our nonverbal practice— to be confronted, over and over again, with “difference” and contrast (styles, backgrounds, intentions) within the dance space, and cultivating the practice of finding generous, creative, inventive solutions. Hard work. Good humor.  Serious study. Joyful play. All at once. What a composition that is!

With love and appreciation to all who participated in this year’s Global Underscore.
xoxo Nancy SS

Our Sharing Harvest:
(transcribed live by Kaisa and Anne, thank you!)

Ienni (Finland)
I would love to sing a song
I am a bad singer
it stays in my mind:
All I want from you is forever to remember me as loving you

Angela-Mara (Germany)
Hamburg, Köln, where my friends are
feeling a lot of different emotions at the same time
Final Resolution hearing the sound of the rain and the sound of people drawing

Caitlin (UK)
I was low energy to start
I felt like I had too much
Someone came and I stayed with it
it was so fun
it was making me laugh

Hari (India)
I felt I lost myself many times
I found myself many times
getting lost in my body, getting lost in the trees
getting lost and finding myself again

Tatjana (?)
a long and multilayered journey
being with my body and the composition at the same time
it’s a game between recording the things around me and staying here in my body
it’s very subjective for me
When you meet a person, you meet a whole world. You can communicate and get know it through the movement. It is therapeutic.

Sini (Finland)
my uncle passed away this morning, so i was orientating globally, cosmically. Forms appearing and disappearing into light and then it didn’t make sense anymore. Final Resolution: light.

Alexander (Portugal/Sweden)
Many states today, another long jam, right now a feeling that I can’t really recall what happened. Was fun, intense, slow. Very absorbed in myself, sometimes out of my self. Always needing to let go to step into something next. There’s freedom there, I feel, with the work that we did. There’s a bigger picture, wholeness.

Barbara (France)
Gratitude. I wonder if grace and gratitude have a connection. I liked to see and give generosity, How dance is generated through movement. It’s about giving and taking. Was a good seed. I found humor in my dances. I went through very different phases, looking very close to the floor, trying to look very far, contrasts; looking around. What I find in underscore and dance, it’s the density of time because of the awareness of space. Time flies and at the same time it’s expanding, fullness. I was very nourished from the week, not only the workshop, but walking here, eating, swimming, watching the trees, flowers, the wind.

Victoria (Ukraine/Finland)
I feel very close to something super important of my life. CI came to my life one year ago; before, I did other things. I never saw dance as anything then. I wasn’t sure about it. Then contact happened and I met many great teachers and immediately all the puzzles came together. It’s something that can transform you so fast, compassion, practice, wisdom practice, presence, freedom. Combination of all this. I feel WOW. Thank you.

Nancy (USA)
I want to check in about time. I’m feeling the stress about the time. Could we break the rules and continue around the circle after standing, so everyone has time to talk?. [All agree.]

I was very intrigued with the open space gap we had after the Assembly. We had 10 minutes to do nothing (having finished all Assembly activities earlier than expected). I liked that—the unexpected and undesignated space.

I visited each site around the world as I stood facing Moscow in the Opening Stand. Starting with Moscow, I found myself hopping to each site (having almost memorized them from writing them several times for the wall), visiting for a moment, looking around, saying hi to some people I knew were there, then hopping to the next. Such a strong feeling knowing that they were actually there, right now, standing, facing the next place, and we were in this together.

Ann (France)
Being connected to the planet, learning to find my ease in the uncomfort and releasing into what welcomes me.

Kaisa (Finland)
I was struggling with changing states
feeling it has to come from me
it was hard to take any touch from outside
then somebody came to me
I relaxed to it and then it changed
I relaxed to that help somehow, and then it changed

Antti (Finland)
I had one of the most difficult beginnings ever
emotional outburst
this time confirmed to me the old truth
to trust the body, the movement, to find expression
movement is a way to regulate the emotional state
the emotiomal state became a compositional element
I was suffering and enjoying at the same time
not having any touch for the whole jam and finding a deeply connected dance at the end

Lara (Austria)
Sweat and tears are both salty.
I feel like cancelling the date with the earth/world.
Itchy feeling from inside, like i am scratching my skin from the inside.

Elina (Finland)
I had this moment outside, watching the trees, those impressively big trees. Suddenly I saw that each of them was dancing their small dance, then i came inside and had my small dance.

Nadja (Finland)
I have a lot to say. I enjoy the undescore, i wasn’t expecting anything. But in the warm up you said that just be in the space. I opened the movement to the body.

Each couples I had, I had really nice dances today, and I thought why it happened. There were many things. Most important was Arriving, that i could arrive before I start the dance. I also enjoyed, and the most important thing: trust the kinesthetic feelings of the body. Concreteness in the sensation of the body. Trust the body. I found this week, it has been like meditation, lots of confronting my own obstacles. Contrasts was happening this week. Most important thing was that when I had these processes. And allowing people to be how they are.

Janika (Estonia?)
I want to say thank you. Now I feel the pain in all my body, I needed it. That’s important moment for me, the small dance. It’s inspiring, all the people in the world. And i want to say about coincidence. There is a shoe holding the door open, like someone should come in.

Toni (Finland)
This nourished me:
the colour yellow, toes, flashes of smiles, dryness, the smell of sweat, cucumbers, friction, ignorance, pencils.
Concentrating on the things that nourish me.

Marta (?)
It wasn’t easy for me. I have done some CI, but i felt that i coudn’t open up. And the voices in my head were saying many things.

Lydia (?)
I said about losing myself to the information. I didn’t expect that today. I already found myself. About coincidence, there was one moment, when I found myself with three red shirts. I don’t know where they are right now. Was fun.

Merle (Estonia)
I feel today many beautiful moments, I surprised myself, because my body wanted to move very different ways, i just let it go and some moments I don’t understand what my body is doing. And there’s lots of energy and power and freedom. And after when I go out, then I understand better.

Helinä (Estonia)
When we did facing towards other coutries, it was interesting to feel the other place, almost seeing the backs from the other countries. And then here hearing the names and countries and people are still similar, from so many different places. Still doing the same stuff. I had a lot of different emotions, sensations and qualities; we started to laugh at the same time when the ear of the vase came off and it was interesting to feel that happening.

Kadri (Estonia)
I had skype with two friends of mine, from Brazil and Kyoto. When we started you were telling about the countries. Why didn’t i tell them! We could have met in the undescore. Small dance was very important and that it happened in the beginning and end.

Helin (Estonia? nonworkshop woman)
When people started this thing, I was very energetic, let’s go! But when we did the small dance, and we were facing Russia, then it changed. I didn’t know what i was doing, I was scratching the floor. That was that. I don’t know why, but i was really egoistic, i wanted just my personal space. I tried to connect with wall and it didn’t work. I sat in the corner and was painting, i took some pencils and was drawing. Many different emotions, when i watched everyone. Maybe one day i will show what i draw.

Anne-Mari (Estonia? nonworkshop)
Ci is always understanding and others better. Who am I and who are others, thinking of do I see who they are and who am I? And also curiosity. Freedom. Also i was thinking if there are some people who need more, stronger, impulse to move and other people need less impuls. Is it so, or? And with few people that we were moving like one body. Remembering my own body, I am here, trying to look it from one step away.

Tina (Montreal, Canada)
I was thinking, feeling, different states, and in the global sense I was curious about global and local, about permeability, sensing borders, boundaries, how sometimes there is free trade and sometimes heavily guarded borders. Seeing if it’s possible to sneak across the border and retreat when it’s too dangerous.

Danat (Riga, Latvia)
Thank you all of you. For that beautiful moment of healing. I think CI is very great open structure for ideas, movement. We are all very open and excited and fresh and open to the world. It’s a great thing nowadays.

Olga (Riga, Latvia)
It was my first underscore. I had many feelings. Feels like gravity, losing myself, trying to find some connections between CI, contemporary art, some ideas came to my mind, it’s so contemporary but at the same time searching for spirituality like ancient things.


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There is nothing to inspire me to vote Conservative in the UK General Election.  Theresa May is an unreconstructed statist big-government conservative.  She is instinctively authoritarian.  She advocated for the security and police wet-dream on surveillance as Home Secretary, so that UK ISPs and telcos now keep a record of every single website visited in the UK over the past 12 months - because somehow what you read should be able to be accessed by the state when it sees fit.  She is pushing further, driven by concern over terrorism, but wanting to sanitise the internet to make it "safe" - the state working with parents, parenting us all.

Yet, it was all known that she takes a "trust me with your private information" approach to surveillance, rather than focus on the real issue, which is Islamism.  She explicitly says that we should remember "the good that government can do" and then outlines plenty of areas the government intervenes extensively in, such as energy, but instead of blaming virtue signalling policies like the Climate Change Act (which has seen the UK Government guaranteeing to a French led consortium that it will ensure it gets paid a price for electricity generated at its forthcoming nuclear power plant double what is the current market price for electricity).  She thinks libertarians are atomistic and people who seek to take advantage of others and thinks she is as distant from that as she is from Jeremy Corbyn.

That may well be true.  She said this:

We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality. We believe not just in society but in the good that government can do. Paying your fair share of tax is the price of living in a civilised society.

Tom Harris in the Daily Mail said she was a real socialist offering left wing policies.

I couldn't vote for her if she was my Conservative candidate, like I couldn't vote for Amber Rudd (who thinks a solution to terrorism is to "make" WhatsApp end encryption, yet stands on a platform with a known Islamist because the UK Government is too ignorant to call them out.  Fortunately I have a tolerable choice and it is a safe Conservative seat.  The Conservatives have pledged not to increase VAT, unlike the previous election when there was a pledge to not increase income tax and National Insurance (another form of income tax), because the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants "more freedom" but pledges the Conservatives are still the "low tax party".

It's nonsense.  The Conservative manifesto could almost be one from any of the Labour leaders since 1997, except the current one.  It's a cynical move to move to the centre-left to try to hoover up votes from the middle and to destroy the Labour Party, but there is one problem.  It has backfired due to ineptness, a lack of enthusiasm from the rank and file of many Conservatives and the simple fact that May does not ooze authenticity.  That doesn't mean Labour will win, thankfully, because it isn't just led by an inept naive idiot, but a nasty hater of capitalism, individual freedom and even Western liberal democracy.

I disagree with most of what the Labour Party advocates, and accept that it holds a fundamentally different view as to the role of the state from me, but Jeremy Corbyn and his closes allies are not like that.  Jeremy Corbyn has never, repeat never held any office of significance in Parliament under any Labour Government.  He was never an under-secretary, nor Chair of a select committee, although he has been on select committees.  He was never trusted with power by his colleagues, he was no Michael Foot

Corbyn invited senior members of the IRA to Parliament three weeks after the Grand Hotel bombing in Brighton which targeted the Conservative Party conference, both killing and maiming people.  His history in supporting the IRA and campaigning for those who had killed for the IRA, is brushed aside as saying he wanted to talk to "all sides", but no one can recall him ever meeting Unionists. Corbyn opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement (which set out between the UK and Ireland how devolved government would work in Northern Ireland) and his right hand man John McDonnell opposed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 (which ended the terror campaigns from both sides).  

Corbyn opposed the UK ejecting the fascist military dictatorship of Argentina from its invasion of the Falkland Islands.  He has called Hamas and Hezbollah "his friends" (although has apologised for his use of words), but spoke on a platform with Islamists who were calling for war with Israel.

His Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called Lenin and Trotsky his greatest influences and stands on a platform alongside Stalinists.  Indeed Andrew Murray, a Stalinist open supporter of north Korea (which he calls "People's Korea"), is now helping Corbyn with his campaign.  The same man who after the Paris terrorist attacks said:

“The barbarism we condemn in Paris is minute compared to the barbarism wrought by imperialism across the planet in the last 13 years and we must condemn that… It is a sad lesson we have to re-learn from the attacks in Paris, it needs bringing home again and again.”

Of course Corbyn blames the US for "escalating tensions" with north Korea, not the totalitarian police state that has developed nuclear weapons and keeps testing missiles whilst uttering bombastic rhetoric about attacking the United States.  You see Corbyn was Chair of the ironically named Stop the War Coalition.  An organisation that has never once campaigned for any anti-Western regimes or militant groups to stop waging war.  It never took on Russia, Hamas, the Assad regime, Al Qaeda, ISIS, north Korea et al.  Stop the War is only too much in favour of war, as long as it is waged against any Western liberal democracy including Israel.

Corbyn claimed that 9/11 was "manipulated" into blaming Al Qaeda.  He has been paid by Iran's international propaganda TV channel, Press TV, to appear, but not, of course, to criticise human rights in Iran, but to criticise the West.  

Corbyn has admitted that he would never use nuclear weapons, effectively making the UK's nuclear deterrent worthless.  He has long campaigned for unilateral Western nuclear disarmament, including during the Cold War.  Was he a pacifist who just believed the USSR would follow, or was he not too fussed if the Red Army had rolled its way across Europe to "liberate" it from capitalism and "US imperialism"?  In any case the British Communist Party wont be fielding candidates in this election, but is uncharacteristically supporting Labour.

Corbyn is a strong supporter of the Chavez/Maduro authoritarian socialist disaster in Venezuela, but you can't be surprised at that.  After all, he says Castro was a champion of social justice, what with all those opponents he got murdered.  Corbyn also seems to attract anti-semites, not just Ken Livingstone's obsession that the Nazis were in cahoots with Zionists and Jews, but supporters.

These people appear again and again.  However he does join in on Quds Day rallies organised by the Islamic Republic of Iran (yes that bastion of peace, diversity and human rights) to criticise Israel and call for it to be pushed into the sea.

Corbyn is a sympathiser of Russia's position on Ukraine and Georgia, presumably because it is the opposite of the US and European position.  He blamed the Russian insurgency in Ukraine on "NATO belligerence".  After all, how dare Ukraine dump mother Russia led by such a nice liberal democratic regime to embrace the evil West right?

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said on balance Chairman Mao did more good than harm, which will be news to the tens of millions murdered or starved by his policies, with the bizarre justification is that he left China on the verge of a great economic boom (even though China's economic success has been because the Chinese Communist Party abandoned socialist economics).

So as awful as Theresa May is, and corporatist and centre-left as they may be, it is not a party led by IRA sympathisers, appeasers of Islamism and sympathisers of Stalin. 

The moral turpitude of these entities is utterly beyond contempt.  Corbyn refused to condemn the killing of Osama Bin Laden (much better to put him on trial, give him the benefit of the doubt), he has linked terrorism to British foreign policy (but doesn't explain, of course, why neutral Sweden and non-interventionist France get attacked).  

He and his ilk have spent decades on the backbenches campaigning for "understanding" for just about every group that sought to wage war with the UK, whether the IRA, fascist Argentina or Islamists.   He has campaigned for the UK to be disarmed, to withdraw from NATO and to distance itself from the US.  He allies himself with political leaders that torture and murder people, and who use violence.

Of course many Labour MPs know and hope he loses, just that they don't lose their seats.  It is because of them that Labour remains committed to NATO and the nuclear deterrent, both positions Corbyn opposes.

He isn't a nice guy, despite his softly spoken manner.  

He is an advocate of political violence who has appeased and turned a blind eye to brutal murderers, because he shares their political ambitions.  He supported the IRA because he believed in a united Ireland by all means necessary, and to hell with the opinions and concerns of Unionists (whose views he never courted and sought, presumably for a Marxist they were the hated bourgeoisie).  He supported the Galtieri military dictatorship, the same one that imprisoned and tortured socialists in Argentina, because it dared take on the bigger evil - Thatcher's government (hence why he didn't care less than the IRA tried to murder her and did kill several Conservatives) over the Falklands.  He is warm towards Hamas and Iran because he supports the Palestinians and supports just about any regime that dares take on the hated United States and its ally Israel.   I understand concern for the plight of the Palestinians (although keeping Hamas in power is shooting yourself in the foot), but to treat Iran as a partner is morally bankrupt.

He is without doubt the worst candidate for Prime Minister put up by any major UK political party in modern times.  Those who stand with him should be ashamed of him, and the ONLY reason to vote Conservative is to send the strong message that Corbyn and his group of violence touters have no place in government.


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By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:16, English Standard Version)

February 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- As most people are aware, President Trump issued a ban on immigration from seven Middle-Eastern nations, ostensibly to protect us against possible acts of terrorism. Yet, his ban does not include Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the two nations that the 9/11 terrorists came from. The assumption is that terrorism is mainly a Middle-Eastern, Muslim phenomenon. It isn’t!

Prior to 9/11, the worst terror attack ever in the United States occurred on April 19, 1995. The Murrah office building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a truck bomb, killing 168 people, including 19 preschoolers, and seriously injuring more than 680 others, with many permanent disabilities. If the truck had been placed a little differently, there were possibly 2,000 people in the building at the time, so the outcome could have approached that of 9/11. Timothy McVeigh, with assistance from Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, was responsible. None of the three were foreign born, of Middle Eastern extraction, or Muslim; they were red-blooded Christian Americans. What is often overlooked is that there were news reports of cheering by some of our right-wing militia groups.

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza was American born, not of Middle-Eastern extraction, and not a Muslim.

I was born just after World War II, the most devastating war in history. Nazi Germany not only initiated the war; but displayed an absolute contempt for human life, not just towards Jews and Gypsies; but all peoples, including Germans. Germany was a white European nation with an almost 2,000 years’ history of Christianity. On the other side of the globe, Imperial Japan initiated wars of aggression with equal ferocity and contempt for human life. The Japanese were Asian, practicing variations of Buddhism, and Shintoism. Neither Nazi Germany nor Imperial Japan were Middle-Eastern or Muslim.

On March 16, 1968 between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam were killed by an American army company, the My Lai massacre. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated. If an American helicopter crew had not intervened, the toll would have been much higher. The army tried to cover the massacre up; but due to independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh the story broke on November 12, 1969. Of the 26 men initially charged, only one man was convicted at court martial, Lt. William Calley who served three and one half-years under house arrest before being paroled. Clearly a display that Americans are capable of the same level of barbarity and contempt of human life as anyone. At the time, many Americans did not want Calley and others punished, making, in my opinion, some Americans accessories after the fact to an absolutely barbarous act.

The Birth of al-Qaeda and ISIS

In 1979, the King of Afghanistan abdicated and a short-lived military dictatorship followed. A civilian government took control and began a series of reforms to bring Afghanistan into the 20th Century. These reforms included schools for girls and rural health clinics. Reactionary fundamentalist tribes opposed these reforms. The Soviet Union saw a chance to have a friendly nation on its border and began pouring aid into Afghanistan, including sending doctors and teachers.

In an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor:

“Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”

The Soviet Union did not put the reform government into place; but certainly provided aid. The US government decided that by funding and arming the Mujahadeen, radical Islamic fundamentalist primitive tribes that brutalized women we could create a Soviet Vietnam and we did, at the cost of the Afghan people. Estimates of Afghan civilian deaths vary from 850,000 to 2,000,000. 5–10 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and Iran, 1/3 of the prewar population of the country, and another 2 million were displaced within the country. In the 1980s, half of all refugees in the world were Afghan.

Though still debated to this day, the early foundations of al-Qaeda were allegedly built in part on relationships and weaponry that came from the billions of dollars in U.S. support for the Afghan Mujahadeen during the war to expel Soviet forces from that country. However, whether al-Qaeda received support from the US or not, our instigating and supporting the Mujahadeen which led to the Soviet invasion led to al-Qaeda’s establishment and involvement. After the Soviet’s withdrawal, the US simply ignored the plight of the Afghan people, allowing the well-armed fundamentalists and al-Qaeda to flourish. In other words, we armed primitive Islamic fundamentalist tribes and created the conditions that led to al-Qaeda. Blowback is the term used to depict unintended consequences. To damage the Soviet Union, an already weakening rival, we created a monster and sacrificed the Afghan people.

Despite what our leaders wish us to believe, 9/11 was not an attack based on hatred of the West. Following the first Iraq War, American troops remained on Saudi soil, soil sacred to Islam. Imagine, if you will, 100,000 Iranian troops in bases a few miles from the Vatican or Jerusalem. The War was over and we stayed. This and American attacks against Muslims in other areas was the raison d’etre for al-Qaeda’s attack. However, understanding their reasoning does not in any way justify their actions. 9/11 was plain and simple a barbaric act of terrorism. President Bush had wanted an excuse to invade Iraq; but was forced by circumstances to go after al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden and expel al-Qaeda; bin Laden had already been wanted by the United Nations since 1999. The Taliban declined to extradite him unless given evidence of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks and also declined demands to extradite others on the same grounds. The request for evidence was dismissed by the U.S. as a delaying tactic, and on 7 October 2001 it launched Operation Enduring Freedom. We will never know what would have happened if Bush had complied with international rules of law, compiled evidence against al-Qaeda and presented it to the Afghan government; but evidence exists that the Taliban were not happy with al-Qaeda’s continued presence, foreigners in their land. In any case, coalition forces trapped bin Ladin in the mountains, delayed attacking, and he escaped. One can wonder what would have happened had we killed or captured bin Ladin and his lieutenants. Would the American people have still been persuaded to go after Iraq?

So, Bush now had his chance to invade Iraq; but the evidence he needed to tie Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda was flimsy to absurd. Saddam Hussein was a secular leader who had a Christian as his vice president, women studying in universities and med schools, unveiled and driving cars. He was ruthless; but only when challenged. Iraq had safe water, decent health care, and a reasonable standard of living. Jews, Christians, Shia, Sunni, Kurds, and Yazidis lived in relative safety. al-Qaeda and Saddam were mortal enemies. In addition, Iraq had destroyed its arsenal of chemical and biological weapons at the end of the first Iraq War. The UN weapons inspectors attested to this. Bush kept rejecting any reports that didn’t give him what he wanted, a war.

During the 2nd Iraq War, US forces destroyed Baghdad’s electrical power stations and sewage treatment plants, both clear war crimes, the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The result was the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis from water-born infections, mainly children and a severely damaged standard of living due to the lack of power. When US troops entered Baghdad, they immediately surrounded the Ministry of Oil; but ignored protecting other important government buildings, e.g. Ministry of Justice, Museums, etc. Paul Bremer was placed in charge of the occupation. Prior to the war, some Iraqi generals had met secretly with Americans and promised to keep their troops out of the war. They kept their word. Of course, we would have won in either case; but this shortened the war and reduced casualties on both sides. Bremer ignored this and on May 23, 2003, Bremer issued Order Number 2, in effect dissolving the entire former Iraqi army and putting 400,000 former Iraqi soldiers out of work. The move was widely criticized for creating a large pool of armed and disgruntled youths for the insurgency. Up to 50,000 teachers and civil servants were also fired, adding to the ranks of those mad at Americans. Shia hit squads went into Sunni areas killing men, women, and children. And we held in camps thousands of prisoners, torturing many, crimes under international law, only to finally release the vast majority, held under abominable conditions, who were found innocent.

So, the blowback from our instigating and arming right-wing primitive tribal fundamentalist Muslims in Afghanistan, our unjustified invasion of Iraq, destruction of much of it civilian infrastructure, firing of Sunni soldiers and civilians, the Shia hit squads, and the brutal treatment of prisoners, certainly can be seen as the major cause leading to the creation of ISIS.

ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other fundamentalist groups represent but a small percentage of Muslims and their victims are overwhelmingly Muslims. Just as we have fanatical groups like the Westboro Baptist Church screaming at military funerals, and right-wing militias preaching violence and race hate, groups that represent a small minority of Christians, such is also the case in the Islamic world.

Historically, Islam sees Christians and Jews as part of the Dhimmi. Dhimmi is an historical term referring to non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic state. The word literally means "protected person.” According to scholars, dhimmis had their rights fully protected in their communities, but as citizens in the Islamic state, had certain restrictions, and it was obligatory for them to pay the jizya tax, which complemented the zakat, or alms, paid by the Muslim subjects. Dhimmis were exempt from certain duties assigned specifically to Muslims, and did not enjoy certain political rights reserved for Muslims, but were otherwise equal under the laws of property, contract, and obligation. Of course, there have been periods and areas where this part of Islamic law and custom wasn’t followed; but historically Jews and Christians were better treated in the Islamic world than Jews and Muslims were treated in the Christian West.

It would take a book to cover everything. The preceding should be enough to give a broad picture. Acts of terrorism and pure barbarism, unfortunately, belong to every ethnic group and religion, including white American Christians, though, let me emphasize, a small minority of the latter as Muslim terrorists also represent but a small minority. Singling out those from the Middle East and/or of the Islamic faith is simply WRONG. In addition, ignoring the role that the US played in the rise of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS is just plain dishonest. These refugees are the result of our actions. Since 9/11, the screening/vetting of refugees is excellent. Can one with 100% certainty ensure that not a single terrorist gets through? Of course not; but should we turn our backs on the tens of thousands of innocent victims, especially the children? And what hypocrisy to exempt the nations Saudi Arabia and Egypt, from which the 9/11 terrorists came.

I am as frightened as the next at the possibility of a terrorist act on American soil, but I fight back tears every time I see films or read about the suffering of the victims, especially the children, suffering that cries out for the American compassion that we brag about, but that clearly our President and many Americans lack.

Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH, a native San Diegan, is a retired epidemiologist. Dr. Harrison has lived and studied in both Canada and Sweden. Dr. Harrison, a strong supporter of vaccinations, has, as a volunteer, been writing articles for Every Child by Two, a non-profit founded in 1991 to promote vaccinations in children. You can find his articles at:

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A friend visiting from Sweden brought us a few beers to sample, chiefly a few Christmas (spiced) Ales, or Julöls, which are apparently popular there. Among them a Cacao Porter from the Malmö Brewery which he praised highly. Now both of us are very fond of Porters. I have a particular Porter recipe which is one of my house beers – usually available, but, if not, I'd better get brewing. And I'm reasonably proud of it for its soft, slightly fruity, very creamy flavour that is the product of the Maredsous yeast culture that has insinuated its way into my heart (and brewery).
We started our tasting session with a Christmas Ale of my own invention, the Ale What d'If (A Molpy's Ale), originally formulated in honour of the epic and wonderful XKCD comic, “Time” and the frankly insane cast of Timewaiters who were part of turning it into a new artform. Well, it's quite a nice little Ale. A little sweet for my own tastes, with Cherry-ish notes, and frankly just a bit cloying. We are way too far past Christmas, the window when this beer was expected to be at its prime, so the warming, spicy notes we should get from the Star Anise and Black Pepper were sadly, but not unexpectedly, long gone.

We then moved on to the Malmö Cacao Porter. It poured inky black. Not a hint of light. My own Porters usually have just a hint of Ruby colouring, but from this thing, nada. Not much head retention, and what there was disappeared pretty quickly. This may or may not be true if you drink this beer in its home environment. I have found that head formation and retention frequently suffers from travel, and this poor thing had been schlepped all the way from Malmö to Bibbey's Hoek via Cape Town, under goodness knows what travel conditions.

Aroma was soft, slightly fruity and chocolatey with hints of... Coconut? Not much to comment on, as any strong hop presence would have been out of line, anyway.
The first sip was good. Definite, but not overwhelming chocolate flavours complementing the smooth, creamy Porterishness with its slight burnt, malt bitter tones that deftly balance the crystal malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is silky and soft, and the finish clean and fairly dry. In that first taste I did pick up a very sweet note that seemed out of place. My second sip confirmed: a distinct canned sweet-corn flavour. The sweet, sweet flavour of Dimethyl Sulphide – DMS, and usually considered a distinct fault in most beer styles. Subsequent quaffing became more and more unpleasant to me as the DMS flavour dominated. I was happy that there was only one glass to finish.

A slight hint of DMS is, according to my brewing books, considered OK for North-European ales. This was a lot more than s light hint, though. This was pretty much a sledge-hammer. I found it a bit hard to believe that a well regarded brewery would produce a beer with such an obvious fault, so I surmise that, being brewed strictly as a Seasonal ale, the brewery would have expected it all to have been drunk by now, so a “hint of DMS” would still be under control if consumed around Christmas. I surmise, too, that a “hint of DMS” was intentional, since eliminating it is so very easy and so well understood by brewers: just boil the wort for longer and minimise any boil condensate falling back into the kettle (but any commercial brew kettle would be designed to do that anyway).

Basically I guess that we were quaffing this one well past its scheduled “drink by” date, so I would not hold it against the brewery – at least until I've had a chance to taste more of their beers under better circumstances. I guess I'll have to find a way to go to Sweden for some beer tasting! Oh what a burden to have to bear. I might even have to stop in Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic along the way. Nice dream.

Still, it was interesting and an education to get a full and genuine sampling of what an out-of-control, raging DMS fault tastes like. I'd never experienced the results of a DMS issue before. I was still tasting canned sweet corn for hours afterwards, even after brushing my teeth. Not something I'd want to repeat.

So, Today I Learned about Dimethyl Sulphide...

          Children & Sweden’s Witch Trials        
17th century Sweden, like many European countries, saw witch hunts and witch trials, and children often played a large role in the accusations of witchcraft.
          Sommarens snyggaste skinnjacka        
  Bikerjacka från Acne Studios / skjorta från Tiger of Sweden / Linnebyxor från Oscar Jacobson /
          Comment on Around the World for $1130 (Sweden, Thailand, Philippines, Hawaii) by You Can Fly Around the Whole World for Less Than $1200 - Thrillist - Airiters        
[…] damn thing about the latter unfortunately, but a new itinerary from the intrepid travel planners at The Airfare Spot have tried to account for the former, with this manic, eminently achievable trip around the whole […]
          Maker Continues Laplander Culture with Sami Knives        

Roman Kislitsyn grew up in Apatity in the Murmansk region of northwestern Russia. Close to Norway, parts of the area also include the lands of the Sami people (in the past referred to as Lapps or Laplanders) which traverse the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the northern and coastal regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Roman and others in his family are geologists so he spent much of his childhood […]

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          Schools in Sweden have made Chromebooks nummer ett (number one)!        

Editor’s note: We’ve seen strong momentum with Chromebooks worldwide, and today we reached a new milestone: Leading education analyst Futuresource has announced Chromebooks are the top-selling device across laptops and tablets for schools in Sweden. As we build out a new generation of Chromebooks with a world of apps for education, we are excited to see global educators lead this growth.

Technology is transforming the classroom experience worldwide, and in Sweden, schools are putting digital tools at the heart of learning. Sweden is embracing the power of innovative educational apps and digital learning throughout its education system—and Chromebooks are the device of choice.

A new report by Futuresource shows Chromebooks were the top-selling device across laptops and tablets in Swedish schools in 2016. According to the analyst firm’s data, Chromebooks now account for 38 percent of device sales in Swedish classrooms, up from 18 percent in 2015. Worldwide more than 20 million teachers and students are using Chromebooks and Google Classroom, and more than 70 million are using G Suite for Education.

This is significant. Sweden is a leading innovator in EdTech adoption—seeing Chromebooks achieve #1 shows Google's momentum within education. Mike Fisher Associate Director, Futuresource

Nordic countries are at the forefront of effective technology use in Europe, and Sweden is no exception. In 2011, Sweden established a Digital Agenda requiring that every student should “be able to use modern technology as a tool for knowledge-seeking, communication, creation and learning.” Digital Advisers have been appointed across municipalities to provide advice, centralized technical support and professional development programs for teachers.

Swedish educators say Chromebooks are now a core part of their students’ learning. “We have a one to one philosophy which means that every student has a Chromebook and that it is used to support learning, often in place of old books and pencils” said Jens Falkljung, IT Architect, Uddevalla Municipality.

We chose Chromebooks for their ease of use and the speed at which students can access their digital work. Mats Johnson Head of ICT, Malmo City Schools

More versatile Chromebooks and new content options

As global Chromebook momentum continues, this year at Bett we announced a new generation of Chromebooks for Education. These versatile devices bring even more mobility to a wider range of classrooms worldwide, including in the US where, according to Futuresource data, Chromebooks reached 58 percent of device sales in 2016.

Today we’re excited to announce HP is bringing its addition to the family with the HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition, available in mid-April. HP’s rugged 360 degree convertible Chromebook will feature USB-CTM charging and optional stylus and world-facing camera capabilities designed for the specific needs of schools.


These new devices—and the dynamic ecosystem of content and apps they support—help evolve technology usage into one that is anchored in student content creation. For example creative apps on Chromebooks are now available in Sweden and other European countries at a discount from select resellers. In addition, Chromebook administrators are now able to approve a library of Android apps and install them on select managed Chromebooks.

The role of technology in education will continue to grow in 2017 as students and teachers share their stories of digital success across the world. We’re proud to see Chromebooks at the centre of this transformation, powering global classrooms into the future.

          Color your own Real Estate's "Stained Glass" music video; new US dates!        


Real Estate have shared an immersive new music video for “Stained Glass” – the second video to be released from their latest album In Mind out now. Directed by Craig Allen, the interactive experience allows fans to color and share their own animated kaleidoscope-like video, creating something unique and experimental. Watch the band’s own color creation below and create your own here:

In addition to the video release, Real Estate has announced a headlining tour this fall. The band’s expansive tour this spring resulted in their biggest shows to date, including sold out stops at D.C.’s 9:30 Club, The Vic Theatre in Chicago, a 2-night stand at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel + more. The fall tour will feature performances at iconic venues such as The Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and First Avenue in Minneapolis. Presale begins on Monday, May 22 with code “STAINEDGLASS”, with tickets officially on sale May 25. See full tour dates below.

Allen says of the video: “We were collectively excited by making a video that the band could create with their fans rather than for them. I've always been excited to find new ways of making content and this video is a fun—dare I say therapeutic—thing to play with, where you actually get to feel like you accomplish something at the end. That's what is exciting to all of us and we're extremely proud of what we've been able to create with the help of the fabulous MediaMonks team.”

A limited edition 7” for “Stained Glass” backed with an exclusive track, the instrumental "Two Part, Part Two”, is also available to purchase now from Real Estate’s store. Much like its video counterpart, each 7” is a one of kind mix of colors.

The band recently performed another In Mind's first single “Darling” on Conan, which has earned widespread praise from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the NY Times, SPIN, Vice, Salon + more. Watch the performance and revisit the orignial music video, directed by Weird Days, below.

Real Estate 2017 Tour Dates:

Jun 13 – Roundhouse – London, UK #
Jun 14 – Le Café De La Danse – Paris, France #
Jun 15 – Orangerie – Brussels, Belgium #
Jun 16 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Jun 18 – Lido – Berlin, Germany #
Jun 19 – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany #
Jun 20 – Pumpehuset – Copenhagen West, Denmark #
Jun 21 – Debaser Strand – Stockholm, Sweden #
Jun 23 – Piknik I Parken – Oslo, Norway #
Jun 27 – Cambridge Junction – Cambridge, UK #
Jun 28 – O2 Ritz – Manchester, UK #
Jun 30 –Vida Festival – Barcelona, Spain
Jul 14 – Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY
Jul 15-16 – Cobblestone Live – Buffalo, NY
Jul 21 – Splendour in the Grass - Byron Bay NSW, Australia
Jul 22 – The Croxton Bandroom – Thornbury, Australia
Jul 25 – The Edinburgh Castle Hotel – Adelaide, Australia
Jul 27 – The Metro Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Jul 30 – Fuji Rock Festival – Yuzawa, Japan
Aug 11-13 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA
Aug 12-13 – Traveler’s Rest Festival – Missoula MT
Aug 25-26 – Huichica East Festival – Pine Plains, NY
Aug 31-Sept 3 – End of the Road Festival – North Dorset District, UK
Sept 1-3 – Electric Picnic Festival – Kilmacthomas, Ireland
Sept 1-2 – Electric Fields Festival – Dumfries, UK
Oct 19 – SoHO Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA*
Oct 20 – Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA*
Oct 22 – Lost Lake Festival – Phoenix, AZ
Oct 23 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA*
Oct 24 – Music Box – San Diego, CA*
Oct 26 – Loma Vista Gardens – Big Sur, CA*
Oct 28 – Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV*
Oct 30 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO*
Nov 1 – The Slowdown – Omaha, NE*
Nov 2 – Castle Theater – Bloomington, IL*
Nov 3 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
Nov 4 – Englert Theater – Iowa City, IA*
Nov 5 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI*

# w/ Spinning Coin
* w/ Lucy Dacus 

          Zetterberg Out For Rest of Sochi Olympics        
News out today that Detroit Red Wing Captain and Captain of Team Sweden Henrik Zetterberg will not play the rest of the Olympics due to a Herniated Disc in his Back. Question I have to ask, was he even that healthy to even play in Sochi? Continue reading…
          Sweden: A Failed State? There Are Now 61 No-Go Zones!!!        
Flashback: – Sweden: A Failed State? There Are Now 61 No-Go Zones!!! * * * PayPal: Donate in USD PayPal: Donate in EUR PayPal: Donate in GBP
          'Schoolifying' Minecraft Without Ruining It        
Steven Isaacs — @mr_isaacs on Twitter — is a full-time technology teacher in Baskingridge, N.J. He's also the co-founder of a new festival that set the Guinness World Record for largest gathering dedicated to a single video game . The game that cements both halves of his life together? Minecraft. (In case you haven't heard, Minecraft, originally developed by Markus Persson of Sweden, offers players the chance to build a 3-D world out of "blocks." Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has sold more than 121 million copies, making it the best-selling game of all time after another blocky favorite, Tetris.) Other games allow you to fight monsters, construct giant castles, build power plants, navigate mazes, chop down trees for wood, survive in the wilderness or band together into guilds. Minecraft has all of the above. It is so open-ended, in fact, that some refer to it as a platform instead of a game, or an "infinite Lego set." It wasn't long before an advance guard of teachers like Isaac
          Trampoline Loop        

Just another loop done with Cinema 4D and Octane.

Cast: Johannes Matsson

Tags: hyper, loop, netherlands, island, amsterdam, real, swedish, photo, tropical, sweden, wave, looping, minimalistic, soothing, trampoline, orange and sky

          The Swedish Democrats        
There is a big fuss in Sweden at the moment about the Swedish Democrats. These are a far-right party, peopled and supported mostly by thick people from the country. Well, they are. All the other parties are now in a tizzy about the fact that they might win seats in the parliament and they are falling over … Continue reading The Swedish Democrats
          Why Attend the NAFEMS World Congress 2017?        
Why attend the NAFEMS World Congress?The NAFEMS World Congress 2017, incorporating the 3rd International Conference on SPDM, will take place 11-14 June in Stockholm, Sweden. Featuring an unrivalled li
          Order for Gripen Upgrades        
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding upgrades to the Gripen C/D system. The order value is approximately SEK 215 million and deliveries will take place between 2017 and 2019. To ensure effective use of the Gripen system, and to future-proof its capabilities, the aircraft and ground systems undergo regular upgrades. The order is largely supplementary to the so-called MS20 upgrade carried out in Sweden earlier...
          Doll School Quizzes! (UPDATED!!!)        
EDIT: I recently looked at my Europe Geography test and realized there was a mistake with the Teacher's Key. Sweden IS NOT part of the Baltic Republic. Therefore, the answer to questions number 4 on the the Europe Geography test is FALSE. Thank you! (I will try to get this fixed as soon as possible!)
EDITED AGAIN: Mission complete! The test is edited so it shows the correct answer. :-)

Hey girls! One of my favorite things about the Doll School kit is the fact that it comes with little quizzes that are already filled in- and can be easily passed out and "graded." However, the kit only comes with math and spelling quizzes. What about geography? Having recently participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee at my school (I came in 3rd!), I became very interested in geography. So, I thought, why not create free, printable geography quizzes for dolls?

These quizzes are easy to use. For those of you who don't own the Doll School kit, here's how they work: you give each "student" a test. The test is already filled in, so you can be the teacher! Next, you grade them using the Teacher's Guide or Teacher's Key.

To print out my two doll quizzes, simply click the image, save it to your computer, and print!
United States Geography

European Geography

Do you like these quizzes? If so, I can always make more (however it takes about a half an hour to make one full sheet of quizzes). Please, place your quiz requests in the comment section below as well as feedback!

          BroadwayWorld Seeks Contributors Near Cape Playhouse & Berkshire Theater        

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 5M+ monthly visitors!

To apply, or for more information, send an email to

Not located near Berkshire or Cape Playhouse? Check out the worldwide BroadwayWorld regions we're currently recruiting in below!

United States:

Anchorage, Arkansas, Casper, Dayton, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Madison, Milwaukee, Montana, New Hampshire, Sioux Falls, Wichita, Memphis, Tulsa, Vermont, Provincetown, South Dennis (RI), and Stockbridge(MA).


Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montreal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ottawa, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Toronto, Turkey, Vancouver, and Venezuela.

          Red Griffin of Pomerania        

See t-shirts with this design.

A griffin, griffon, or gryphon, however it's spelled, represents the unification of the two most regal animals, the lion and the eagle. As such, it is considered particularly majestic.

Heraldic griffins are usually shown in the position seen in the design. This posture is usually blazoned segreant, a term reserved solely for griffins. Any other animal in the same posture, such as a lion, is blazoned as rampant.

Pomerania is a region in northern Europe on the Baltic Sea now split between Poland and Germany. In the past, it was a somewhat independent duchy, and powers such as Poland, Sweden, and the Holy Roman Empire often fought for control.

The coat of arms comes from the duchy's ruling House of Griffins, which first used the griffin as its symbol in 1214.

The text is from the 1614 Low German Bible, written in the distinctive language of the region, known as Low German, Low Saxon, or Plattdeutsch.
          World Cup Of Hockey Team Sweden Solid Cuffed Knit        
World Cup Of Hockey Team Sweden Solid Cuffed Knit

World Cup Of Hockey Team Sweden Solid Cuffed Knit

          Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma Reveals Its Line-Up        
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.

Opening and closing

The 40th edition of the FNC kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.

Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. Between the opening and closing dates, the FNC will be in celebratory mode, highlighting the social relevance of featured works.

International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by Quebecor

The International Selection is an opportunity for relative unknowns to make their mark. This year, there are 19 contenders for the Louve d’Or, which includes a $15,000 prize from Quebecor. The 19 films in competition are: Behold the Lamb, by John McIlduff (United Kingdom); Black Blood, by Miaoyan Zhang (China); Blue Bird, by Gust Van Den Berghe (France/Belgium); Elena, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); The Giants, by Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/Luxemburg); The Island, by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/Sweden); The Last Christeros, by Matias Meyer (Mexico/Netherlands); Nuit #1, by Anne Émond (Quebec/Canada); OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates); Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier (Norway); Play, by Ruban Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark); Shame, by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom); Toll Booth, by Tolga Karacelik (Turkey); Tomboy, by Céline Sciamma (France); Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova (Russia); Volcano, by Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark); Wasted Youth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece); White White World, by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia); and Without, by Mark Jackson (United States).

Special Presentation

Twenty-five films by established filmmakers will be screened in this year’s Special Presentation section, which features strong, committed works that reflect their creators’ bold vision: 30 tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon (Quebec/Canada); Les Amants, by Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval (France); An Organisation of Dreams – Part 2 – Dangerous People, by Ken McMullen (United Kingdom); L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), and De la guerre, Bertrand Bonello (France); Stopped on Track, Andrea Dresen (Germany); Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung (Japan); Early One Morning, Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium); Décharge, Benoît Pilon (Quebec/Canada); Faust, Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman (France/Belgium); U2-From the Sky Down, Davis Guggenheim (United States); Hanezu, Naomi Kawaze (Japan); Hard Core Logo II, Bruce McDonald (Canada); Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (France); Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi, Philippe Grandieux (France); Louis Martin, journaliste, Louis Bélanger (Quebec/Canada); Melancholia, Lars Von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany); My Paris Movie, Jonas Mekas (United States); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey); The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain); Pina, Wim Wenders (Germany/France); Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Canada); The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr (Hungary); and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran).

International Panorama

Festivalgoers can tour the world, exploring countless new realities through a wide array of works, including comedies, documentaries, road movies and dramas. The 27 films in this year’s International Panorama section are: Abderrahmane Sissako: Une fenêtre sur le monde, by Charles Castella (France); Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (Asb Heyvan-e Najibist), by Abdolreza Kahani (Iran); Acorazado, by Alvaro Curiel de Icaza (Mexico); Avé, by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria); Chico & Rita, by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba (Spain); Cultures of Resistance, by Iara Lee (United States); Do Me Love, by Jacky Katu & Lou Viger (France); End of the Night, by Daisuke Miyazaki (Japan); Flying Home, by Tobias Wyss (Switzerland); Pio’s Generation (La Generación de Pio), by Juan Rodrigo & Pedro Rodrigo (Spain); Goodnight Nobody, by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland/Germany); The Furious Force of Rhymes, by Joshua Atesh Litle (France); Land of Oblivion, by Michale Boganim (France/Germany/Poland/Ukraine); Last Road to the Beach (A Última estrada da praia), by Fabiano De Souza (Brazil); Melting Away, by Doron Eran (Israel/Canada); Mike, by Lars Blumers (France); Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, by Elfi Mikesch (Germany); Our Ancestors The Gauls, by Christian Zerbib (France); Policeman (Hashoter), by Nadav Lapid (Israel); The First Rasta, by Hélène Lee (France); Searching for Hassan, by Edouard Beau (France); The Terrorists (Poo Kor Karn Rai), by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand/Germany); Three and a Half (Seh-O-Nim), by Naghi Nemati (Iran); A Life for Ballet, by Marlène Ionesco (France); The Life and Death of Celso Junior, by Panayotis Evangelidis (Greece); Vinyl (Tales from the Vienna Underground), by Andrew C. Standen-Razlrish (Austria/United Kingdom) and Y’a pire ailleurs, by Jean-Henri Meunier (France).


Turning the spotlight on homegrown talent, the Focus section presents original, unseen Quebec and Canadian works that wow, amaze and offer food for thought. This year’s lineup includes 9 films in competition for the Grand Prix Focus/Cinémathèque québécoise with a $5,000 prize, as well as 10 non-competing films. Opening the section on October 13 is the visually ambitious documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (Canada). Also in competition: Amy George, by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas (Canada); The Girl in the White Coat, by Darrell Wasyk (Canada); Fortunate Son, by Tony Asimakopoulos (Quebec/Canada); I am a good person/I am a bad person, by Ingrid Veninger (Canada); Laurentie, by Simon Lavoie & Mathieu Denis (Quebec/Canada); Marginal Road, by Yassaman Ameri (Quebec/Canada/Portugal); Peace Park, by David Bouthillier (Quebec/Canada); and Romeo Eleven, by Ivan Grbovic (Quebec/Canada). The non-competing films are: Alejandro Jodorowsky, grand rectum de l’Université de Foulosophie, by François Gourd & Matthieu Bouchard (Quebec/Canada); Another Silence, by Santiago Amigorena (Quebec/Canada/France/Argentina); National Parks Project, by Louise Archambault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis and John Walker (Quebec/Canada); Le Pays des âmes, by Olivier Godin (Quebec/Canada); Planet Yoga, by Carlos Ferrand (Quebec/Canada); Dust. A Sculptor’s Journey, by Jeanne Pope (Quebec/Canada); Rasta, A Soul’s Journey, by Donisha Prendergast (Canada); République: un abécédaire populaire, by Hugo Latulippe (Quebec/Canada); Les Tickets: l’arme de la répression, by Eric “Roach” Denis (Quebec/Canada); and Touch the Sky, by Adrian Wills (Quebec/Canada).

Temps Ø

The section opens with the North American premiere of Guilty of Romance by Sion Sono (Japan), a story of ordinary mental illness in the form of a psychosexual, neofeminist punk thriller, with powerful lead actress Megumi Kagurazaka in attendance. Other big names on the program: Takahi Miike with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (a 3D remake of Kobayashi’s masterpiece); Shinya Tsukamoto, who will present the much-anticipated Kotoko, about a mother on the brink of madness, which nabbed the Orizzonti prize at the last Venice festival. Must-see new discoveries include Our Day Will Come by Romain Gavras, a Thelma and Louise for redheads and a cross between Gaspar Noé and Bertrand Blier, starring Vincent Cassel. It’s no secret that Australian film is in a state of effervescence, represented here by two major works: the mysterious Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, with rising star Emily Browning, and Justin Kruzel’s monstrous Snowtown, which got a special mention at the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week. And . . . (drum roll), don’t miss the long-awaited world premiere of Assassin’s Creed Embers, an all-new animated short by Ubisoft studios. Expect an evening of surprises, anecdotes and of course sneak previews of the new game by the Montreal mega franchise. On the US front, look for the astonishing The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a beautiful love story told through one of the most radical artistic performances the world has ever seen. Director Marie Losier, the darling of New York’s experimental new cinema scene, will be in attendance. We’ll also be showing Take Shelter, by Jeff Nichols, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes and has everybody talking, as well as the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Love, Life and Death of a Punk Goddess, by Lilly Ayers, on punk icon Marian Anderson (with narration by Henry Rollins). Asia will also be in the spotlight with Gandu, by Quashiq Mukherjee, a proud representative of an all-new style of Indian films (Wong Kar-wai meets a pornographic ghetto rapper version of Gaspard Noé in Calcutta). Also showing will be Shirome, by Koji Shiraishi, a horror film that takes delight in terrifying a group of young female Japanese pop stars, offering a new twist on The Blair Witch Project. Finally, the latest wacky flick from Thailand — Saturday Killer, by Yuthlert Sippapak, about a hit man with severe erectile dysfunction — along with the superb Tatsumi, Eric Khoo’s tribute to renowned manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. And, last but not least, the first real 3D porn flick, Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, by Christopher Sun Lap Key, which smashed this year’s box office records in Hong Kong and has become a true Chinese cultural phenomenon.

          Machu Picchu | Part I        
Day 4 of the Inca Jungle Trek. We finally made it to Machu Picchu.

We woke up at 4:00am, ate a very mediocre cold breakfast with a bunch of other half-asleep people at the hostel, and sped down to the entrance at the bottom of the mountain so we could get in line before the others. We were at the entrance around 4:45am and in the darkness, there was already a long line of eager hikers who beat us.

You can pay for a bus ride from Aguas Calientes, the city we stayed in, to Machu Picchu. That would really defeat the purpose of a 4-day trek, so we chose to hike up.

It takes about an hour with 1,280 feet elevation gain to get to Machu Picchu by foot. Most of the way up is irregular stone stairs, illuminated by flashlights/phones. We were hiking pretty much single file, with a whole lot of people trying to get to the same place at the same time, to see the sunrise. Along the way, there were clusters of people taking breaks and shedding layers along the way, and passing them up made you feel like a winner for a second. At the top was an even bigger line at the entrance, where the hikers and the bus passengers merged. Sigh. That's what happens when a place gets listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Once we were inside, the area is large and people scattered. It was such a relief to be away from the crazy crowds. Our Inca Jungle Trek group reconvened for a short tour around the ruins with our guide, and then we were set free to roam around. There actually wasn't much of a sunrise because it was overcast, but I think the fog drifting through the mountains and ruins was even better.

We love nature and hiking, and we also love history and learning about other cultures. Machu Picchu really satisfied all these loves, and we were pretty darn impressed by the whole thing.

We have one more post to share from Machu Picchu, with photos from the top of Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with Machu Picchu itself).

- Julia

We spent most of the day with some friends we made during the 4 day trek from Switzerland and Sweden.

          Sang Pencipta Bumi Yang Agung Menegur Kita Semua...        

LONDON: Akibat letusan sebuah gunung berapi di Iceland, lalu lintas udara di seluruh Eropah Utara teerjejas, menyebabkan Britain terpaksa menghentikan operasi di Lapangan Terbang Heathrow dan membatalkan beratus-ratus penerbangan, manakala Norway bertindak menutup ruang udaranya.

Pihak Berkuasa Penerbangan Awam Britain berkata penerbangan bukan kecemasan terpaksa ditangguhkan sekurang-kurangnya hingga jam 6 petang waktu tempatan, manakala Ireland turut menutup ruang udaranya selama lapan jam.

Lapangan Terbang Heathrow, lapangan terbang paling sibuk di Eropah, mengendalikan hingga 1,200 hingga 180,000 penumpang sehari.

Penutupan Heathrow sekali gus menjejaskan lapangan terbang kedua dan ketiga terbesar, Gatwick dan Stansted. Tidak dapat dipastikan bila penerbangan dapat dipulihkan semula.

Berikutan penutupan itu, berpuluh-puluh penerbangan trans-Atlantik menuju Amerika Syarikat terpaksa ditangguhkan, manakala pembatalan penerbangan turut berlaku di bandaraya utama Eropah termasuk Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva dan Paris.

Di utara Sweden, pihak berkuasa penerbangan awam berkata, semua penerbangan ditangguhkan dan ini menjejaskan jadual di bandar lain termasuk Skelleftea, Lulea, Kiruna dan Hemavan.

Semua penerbangan di utara Finland turut dibatalkan.
Di Norway, Raja Harald V dan Permaisuri Sonja yang bercadang terbang ke Copenhagen untuk menyambut hari lahir ratu Denmark yang ke-70, sedang menimbang sama ada menaiki kereta, bot atau kereta api untuk ke negara itu.

Perdana Menteri Norway, Jens Stoltenberg yang dijadual kembali ke negaranya semalam, kini terkandas di New York apabila penerbangan dibatalkan.

Di Iceland, beratus-ratus penduduk terpaksa melarikan diri daripada banjir berikutan paras air meningkat selepas gunung berapi di bawah glasier Eyjafjallajokull meletus untuk kali kedua dalam tempoh sebulan semalam.

Air yang mengalir dari kawasan pergunungan, menyebabkan paras sungai meningkat sehingga tiga meter menjelang malam semalam.

“Awan debu semakin berkurangan kerana tiada air sebagai bahan campuran. Anda boleh merasa lebih banyak gegaran di sekitar gunung berapi itu kerana laharnya sedang mengalir keluar,” katanya.
Einarsson berkata, pihaknya memperoleh laporan daripada seorang juruterbang kira-kira sejam lalu bahawa awan debu berada pada ketinggian 4,877 meter.

“Kami membuat andaian kebanyakan awan debu berada pada kedudukan yang rendah di langit. Sebelum ini ia berada pada ketinggian 6,000 meter.

Rakaman sebuah kamera litar menunjukkan aliran asap secara berterusan tetapi perlahan dari kawah gunung berapi itu dan membentuk gumpalan awan yang sangat besar.

“Perkembangan ini menunjukkan keadaan gunung berapi itu kini semakin berubah dan kami sedang memantaunya,” katanya.

Sementara itu, pengawal trafik udara Britain berkata, gumpalan awan debu yang baru kini menghala ke beberapa laluan udara yang utama dan beberapa negara menutup lapangan terbang atau mengehadkan penggunaan ruang udara.

“Letusan gunung berapi di Iceland semakin kuat dan gumpalan awan debu yang baru sedang merebak ke selatan dan timur menuju ke Britain,” kata Perkhidmatan Trafik Udara Britain dalam satu kenyataan. – Reuters

Letusan gunun berapi yang berlaku di Iceland ini membawa kesan-kesan buruk antaranya yang utama ialah :

1. Hampir kebanyakan penerbangan ditangguhkan sehingga hari ini akibat daripada
gumpalan asap berdebu yang tebal,
2. Berlaku pencairan ais dan dikhuatiri banjir akan berlaku,
3. Sumber makanan dan keperluan harian terganggu,
4. Kesihatan terjejas.
           The Catford Riddim on the 202         
Sigthorsson, Gauti (2007) The Catford Riddim on the 202. In: Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference, 11–13 Jun 2007, Norrköping, Sweden. (Unpublished)
          Re:Politics - USA        
Interesting perspectives on Trump's rise:

The events of the past week have demonstrated that there is probably nothing Donald Trump might do to mollify those in the conservative establishment opposed to him. After winning decisively in Indiana, Trump praised his rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—respectively the most conservative and most establishment-favored among his opponents, while looking forward to a “united” party. In response, he received nothing but disdain from the GOP establishment: a patronizing statement from speaker Paul Ryan, expressing “hope” that Trump will somehow morph into an acceptable GOP nominee. Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham reneged on pledges they had made with much solemnity last summer to support the eventual GOP nominee, a pledge whose origins lay in the party’s worry that Trump as an outsider might launch a third-party bid. In the background, neoconservative figure Bill Kristol was tweeting about his own efforts to organize an anti-Trump third party. Other neoconservative writers had been penning gushing references about Hillary’s acceptability to foreign-policy hawks for months. At times it seemed as if virtually the entire GOP intellectual apparat, its editors and featured newspaper columnists and think-tank staffers were falling over themselves to denounce the man who had won millions of Republican primary votes from New Hampshire to Arizona to every red and blue state in between.

It’s simple enough to point to Trump’s weaknesses as a campaigner or to his political inexperience in explaining this rejection. These are obvious and have been repeated well past extraordinary redundancy for months now, though the most used damning phrases (misogynist, Mexican rapists, ban Muslims) are always stripped of whatever qualifications Trump supplied. They have been aired repeatedly in the anti-Trump attack ads that have saturated primary states since mid March. But Trump’s failings as a campaigner—undisciplined tweeting, bombast, changes of positions, disdain for the conventional wisdom (which at least sometimes is conventional because it is sound) don’t account for the depth of the hostility. That’s because Trump’s victories are not due his personal qualities (which are seldom overrated by his supporters) so much as to the extraordinary weakness of what establishment conservatism has stood for and promises. For some tens of millions of American voters, it matters less that Trump is clearly not well versed in policy nuances than that he has somehow identified and targeted the weakest points of establishment conservatism.

For what has the establishment GOP accomplished for its voters—excepting those in its well-nurtured class of consultants and lobbyists? In early 2015, the veteran pollster and Democratic consultant Pat Caddell analyzed a poll of Republican and independent voters, and was shocked by the widespread of animosity respondents expressed towards their own leaders. “The GOP leadership, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the consultant class of the Republican party don’t understand that these people are angry” Caddell said, continuing “I’ve never seen anything like this at the base of a party. And that is why the analogy to the Whigs is not so far-fetched.” This was six months before Trump walked down the escalator at Trump Tower.

He wasn’t talking about social-issue anger, which has been around for two generations and may be ebbing, but the emotions of people slowly losing their standing in their country. And what can the contemporary Republican Party point to? The war in Iraq, its relentless cheerleading for a war in Iran; lower taxes for the very rich; for its most establishment leaders, legalization of illegal immigrants. These all are proposed against a backdrop of accelerating economic inequality, and the shocking demographic decline—early death through hopelessness one might call it—of less-educated white people. The latter are probably not Trump voters, who more or less match the Republican average in income. But you can’t go to a Trump rally and sense that Trump voters are not so far removed from those people who have given up, and likely feel a sense of shared destiny with them more than does the typical Obama, Hillary or Romney voter. Trump, many conservative intellectuals claim, is not a conservative; but the natural retort to them is what precisely, with their agenda of foreign wars, middle- and working-class job loss, and high rates of immigration, are they trying to conserve?

In Trump’s case, the answer probably is something like an Eisenhower conservatism, with big government and secure employment. Trump was a boy in New York when Ike was carrying the state by twenty-two points.

Trumpism is also, as some have noted but the mainstream press has ignored, an American variation of a pan-Western phenomenon. A closely contended referendum about Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union awaits; Marine Le Pen (after purging her father and moderating her party) is the leading politician in France (though the National Front is smaller than the combined center-left and establishment right), and even Germany—deeply and for good reason suspicious of any antiestablishment conservatism, has produced its own “nationalist” conservative party. Ditto Sweden, The Netherlands, Austria, anywhere you look. Due to geography more than any other factor, Europe’s immigration crisis is more severe than America’s, but its newly ascending conservative parties are interested in approximately the same thing—a desire to conserve the best elements about the society of their parents and own youth, including such attributes as a secure and self-confident working class and a considerable sense of common and shared culture. One can denounce such aspirations as bigotry and xenophobia all one wants, but their durability suggests that they are universal, natural and deeply rooted in the human personality.

In the United States, the question of the day is to what degree will the Republican Party go to accommodate and support these aspirations, of which Donald Trump has improbably become leading vector. It is clear that the answer for the some of the GOP intellectuals, the hardcore neocons and most of the people at National Review, the answer is no, not one bit, not ever. These publications have developed an almost religious devotion to hawkish foreign policies, and a comparable affection for free trade. Their feelings about immigration may be ambivalent, but like most of the American upper class they are immunized from the worse effects. Their vision of America as an indispensable nation is one which requires America’s meddling in every corner of the globe.

The reactions of politicians are harder to predict, probably because understanding and in some sense accommodating themselves to popular sentiment is part of their job description. For instance, Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush, both humiliated by Trump in the primaries, fall clearly into the camp that will try everything possible to destroy his candidacy. John McCain—ideologically more or less identical on the same wavelength as Graham, hawkish and pro-immigration, now seeks to keep his options open. Did reports of Trump voters waiting hours in Saturday traffic jams on the Arizona highways –while protesters blocked roads in efforts to inflict mayhem on those seeking to attend Trump rallies, strike some chord within him? Did the fact that Trump pulled 47 percent in Arizona, nearly doubling Ted Cruz’s second-place score, temper his impulse to be disdainful?

In any case, whether it wins, loses, or something in between, what Trump represents will now continue to find a political outlet. Trump was underestimated by the establishment press, because “populism” always loses. A different sort of politician, not able to self-fund through the primaries, less self-confident, less, if you will, bombastic, could never have broken through informal establishment cordon which separates serious candidates from fringe ones.

But Trump did break through, and the GOP won’t be same any time soon. It wasn’t the same after Barry Goldwater, even if the Arizona Republican (a completely different type of ideological figure than Trump) went down to inglorious defeat, shunned by establishment figures of his own party. Trump, whose victory reflects deeper historical forces than Goldwater’s did, will make a greater impact.

I don't know if most of the Trump voters are angling for that "Eisenhower conservatism, with big government and secure employment"... Maybe we do, but I'm unconvinced at the moment...

I think it's worth noting 2 things:
1) Trump recieved an unprecendent "in kind" contribution from the media in the form of free "face time" (worth approx $2billion), much to Nate Silver's chargrin.
2) The GOP's failings could simply be it's utter failure at public persuasion in the media. Trump, on the other hand, has figured out how to manipulate the media. You can argue about the ends to which he's doing it, but he's better at it than any of the candidates at this point.

          Politics - USA        
 LordofHats wrote:

No they didn't. That's why we were so peeved, and Britain and France liked harping on it to get us involved. Under no standard of war is permission granted to attack third parties who are not engaged in the conflict militarily. The World Wars were marked in general by the willingness of states to completely ignore what were the assumed conventions of warfare and wartime conduct (chemical gas, unrestricted submarine warfare, trench guns, etc), but that doesn't change that the US was not at war with Germany, and Germany had no right under the norms of war to attack American ships and passengers as military targets. Germany giving warning that they were going to attack a non-party to their war doesn't make it better anymore than Zimmerman explaining "we were just saying "if there's a war,"."
Under the laws of war, blockade could be imposed and vessels, even neutral ones, could be stopped and war material seized. The British just labelled everything as War material and prevented shipping into Germany entirely from all nations, seizing cargo and vessels, including foodstuffs resulting in starvation even amongst the German civilian population. The Germans could only counter this with Submarines...which quickly determined seizing cargo wasnt possible.

Either way the Germans were screwed if they did nothing, and nobody else in the same position would accept those conditions.

To put it in a more modern perspective, if the US and China went to war tomorrow, would the US freely allow Indian or Brazillian vessels carrying arms and industrial materials into Chinese ports without challenge? No, of course not. Would anyone accept, with a straight face, that a Brazillian or Indian citizen aboard a Chinese vessel made it immune to attack by the US in such a situation? No, of course not.Thats the kind of stuff the US was trying to get away with.

Britain was turning away neutral, noncombatant vessels away from German ports and boarding their vessels and seizing their goods,

And that's Britains choice, and their problem.
except nobody was raising the same stink about it with the British...because we were making gobs of money off of them. They basically got a free pass.

I think that under the standards of Maritime law at the time that's a dubious position. It's less likely to piss someone off as much as blowing ships up though.
sure, but the nature of submarines, the only option Germany had, basically means there isnt an alternative.

There's a difference between sinking a British ship when you can't possible know it's passenger manifest, and attacking ships from a country you are not at war with. One is an unreasonable expectation, the other is not.
except that the US position was that even on a Britsh flagged ship, a US citizen being on board effectively made it immune to attack, and there was demonstrable use by the Britsh of false flags (which was one of the major impetus for the opening of neutral vessels to attack).

And again, the rules governing blockades allowed intercept of neutral vessels and potentially sinking them, the US only paid minimal lip service to the British doing this however, and that was a key component of Germany stepping up its efforts.

Eh, as a pretext for war "you attacked my people and their property even though we aren't at war with you" is a pretty good pretext for war.
except its more "my ships are carrying weapons, munitions, and other material explicitley intended for a combatants war effort...but because I'm not openly at war with you, you cant stop them". That really doesnt fly with anyone.

The British certainly didnt allow Neutral ships into German ports regardless of what they were carrying, the only difference with the Germans was that they used Submarines instead of surface vessels, which necessitated sinkings. Aside from that the British were doing literally the exact same things to Neutral ships, stopping them, seizing cargo and ships, and interfering with free navigation.

I think I've committed a blunder in terminology. When attacking unrestricted submarine warfare, I don't mean to attack Germany for pragmatically deciding they couldn't be nice and play by traditional Prize Rules (that was suicidal as you point out). I mean to attack Germany to attacking ships belonging to states they were not at war with (both with Submarines and surface vessels).
. If they're carrying war material and a blockade is being enforced then action can certainly be taken, again the issue was the use of the submarine vs surface vessels and the tactics that entailed.

That's a war crime, and even in World War II, the US didn't go that far.
there werent really too many neutral powers in WW2 to sink really, that said, neutral powers like Sweden certainly faced hostile action and interference from the UK against its shipping and trade.

Of course, in World War II we had the advantage that pretty much everyone was on someone's side, so it was really hard to sink a ship belonging to someone we weren't at war with if only for lack of targets.
right, it just wasnt an issue that came up *too* much.

 Frazzled wrote:
 Vaktathi wrote:
The zimmerman telegram was really a minor affair in the grand scheme of things .

Says you. Other historians cite it as a primary causis belli.
says me regarding the telegram itself, it was the poorly handled response that wss the bigger issue
          Alexander Nylander unlikely to suit up for Sweden at WJC        
‘”I don’t think so,” Monten said in USA Hockey Arena. “Of course if Buffalo wants him to play, we’re going to keep our door open. He for sure has a spot on our team but I think he’s going to make Buffalo this year. That’s why I didn’t bring him. We haven’t talked in the […]

          Davidsson ready to step up for Team Sweden        
‘”This week has been great. I think it’s a very good start to the season to be here and represent the national team,” Davidsson said. “It’s a big honor for me. Well I think I’ve done pretty good. The first game was not the greatest but the more I played, the better it got. I […]

          A day off for Sabres prospects as World Junior Summer Showcase continues        
‘Casey Mittelstadt, the Sabres first-round choice this past June, was a healthy scratch for the U.S. Cliff Pu, a third-round pick in 2016, sat out for Canada while Marcus Davidsson, picked in the second round in June, was scratched for Sweden. Meanwhile goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played the backup role for Finland.’ ★

          Sweden more than triples number of H2 stations by 2020        

Beginning July the EU  Connecting Europe Facility programme approved the "Nordic Hydrogen Corridor" project, an interconnected hydrogen corridor between the Nordic capitals. Currently there are four hydrogen refuelling stations in Sweden: Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Gothenburg, Mariestad and Sandviken (see photo);  this year two additional stations will become operational in Stockholm and Malmö. With a budget of 19.4 million Euro, an additional 8 new stations will bring the number of Swedish to 14 by 2020. "This is an essential link to enable long distance zero emission transport with fuel cell electric vehicles. Now we start the process of selecting the locations and we expect the stations to be in place by 2020" says Björn Aronsson, managing director Hydrogen Sweden, member of the EHA. A requirement for the EU funding is that the stations are placed along the core network transport corridors being the E20 / E18 Stockholm-Oslo (via Eskilstuna), E4 Stockholm-Helsingborg, E6 Malmö-Oslo and 40 Jönköping-Gothenburg. The project also includes co-financing for electrolysers that produce hydrogen and a fleet 100-150 fuel cell electric vehicles. The project called "Nordic Hydrogen Corridor" is to be completed by end of 2020. Sweco will coordinate the project with partners in Hydrogen Sweden Association, AGA (part of Linde group), Hyundai and Toyota.  
          Swedish FCHouse impresses IKEA        

Hans-Olof Nilsson a retired Swedish engineer from the refrigeration industry decided to go off-grid with his house in a serious way, storing the summer sun as hydrogen to keep warm in the cold Swedish winter. Ikea has shown interest...this is his recipe: you take... An Alkaline electrolyzer delivered by GreenHydrogen in Denmark as a prototype producing 2 Nm³ of hydrogen per hour. It takes 5.5 kWh to produce and store 1 Nm³ of hydrogen with a caloric energy content of 3.3 kWh. To produce 1 cubic meter of hydrogen it takes 1 liter of purified and de-ionized water. From that amount of hydrogen 1.5 kWh of electricity and 1.5 kWh of heat is generated in the fuel cell. The fuel cell heat is integrated in the general heating system of the house. A compressor using 0.5 kWh of the 5.5 kWh necessary to produce and store 1 Nm³ of hydrogen, to compressit to 300 bars. The new and more efficient Metal Hydride Compressor System from Norwegian supplier has no moving parts and works by temperature differentiation.  Annual production from the electrolyzer is roughly 3,000 Nm³ of hydrogen. 2,000 - 2,200 Nm³ of hydrogen will be used by the fuel cell  for room warming, hot water, as well as household electricity needs such as ventilation, washing, cooking and lighting. Charging of electric cars is of course included. There is an estimated surplus of 800 – 1000 Nm³ that Hans-Olof plans to use for a Toyota Mirai (hydrogen fuel cell-electric car) that will run approximately 10,000 kilometers on that amount. Oxygen from the electrolyze process, half the amount of hydrogen, is vented to the outside air. The hydrogen fuel cell is a working prototype by Swedish fuel cell maker PowerCell. It was developed specifically to this house as a mutually beneficial project allowing Hans-Olof to produce the needed heat and electricity in wintertime and creating a massive amount of data and experience for PowerCell. An internet connection provides monitoring and remote control of the unit. It delivers roughly 1.5 kW of electrical power and 1.5 kW heating effect. Two grey tubes on the left bottom side of the unit takes in cooling water and returns 65-70 C hot water. Red and blue cables top left deliver 48 VDC to the earlier illustrated inverter system. An electric effect of 1.5 kW may not seem impressive, yet when it runs 24/7 to charge the batteries there is always enough energy to meet peak demands such as car charging or the heating needs of the house – in fact all functions of the house. A new fuel cell is to be delivered by the same manufacturer and is now a standard product named PS-5. The “5” refers to kW – meaning it will produce 5 kWs of electrical power and 5 kWs of thermal power
          Politics - USA        
Rosebuddy wrote:
It is when all you're doing is saying that Clinton is a leftist because that is how the Democratic Party defines itself in relation to the Republican Party

No, not in relation to the Republican party. In relation to the political beliefs of Americans. We're like four posts in to this and you're still not getting it - the political beliefs of Americans are not actually the same as you, random guy from Sweden. What you see debated on the US national stage is pretty much a reflection of the mainstream spread of US political opinions. Clinton takes up a position on the left of that.

It's that simple. It's absurd that there's been one post explaining this, but we're now at about 5 posts each, back and forth. Just accept this basic, gain a bit of knowledge of how politics works, and move on. You don't have to abandon your slightly re-heated social anarchism, but you will become a much more interesting, and much more insightful person if you applied your personal political belief while maintaining an understanding of how and why the mainstream of politics is as it is.
          Politics - USA        
 sebster wrote:
Rosebuddy wrote:
It is when all you're doing is saying that Clinton is a leftist because that is how the Democratic Party defines itself in relation to the Republican Party

No, not in relation to the Republican party. In relation to the political beliefs of Americans. We're like four posts in to this and you're still not getting it - the political beliefs of Americans are not actually the same as you, random guy from Sweden. What you see debated on the US national stage is pretty much a reflection of the mainstream spread of US political opinions. Clinton takes up a position on the left of that.

It's that simple. It's absurd that there's been one post explaining this, but we're now at about 5 posts each, back and forth. Just accept this basic, gain a bit of knowledge of how politics works, and move on. You don't have to abandon your slightly re-heated social anarchism, but you will become a much more interesting, and much more insightful person if you applied your personal political belief while maintaining an understanding of how and why the mainstream of politics is as it is.

For more perspective rose... see this from 538(with links galore for your research):
Hillary Clinton Was Liberal. Hillary Clinton Is Liberal.

A bunch of reporters have recently discovered a shocking truth: Hillary Clinton is liberal! (I heard a rumor that Columbo has been helping with the investigation.)

We’ve gotten this raft of “Clinton is liberal” exposés as Clinton has revved up her 2016 campaign, speaking out in support of gay marriage, a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, and criminal justice reform. But what many of these articles miss is that Clinton has always been, by most measures, pretty far to the left. When she’s shifted positions, it has been in concert with the entire Democratic Party.

To see how these different issues fit together to form an overall political ideology, we usually use three metrics: one based on congressional voting record, one based on public statements and one based on fundraising.

Clinton was one of the most liberal members during her time in the Senate. According to an analysis of roll call votes by Voteview, Clinton’s record was more liberal than 70 percent of Democrats in her final term in the Senate. She was more liberal than 85 percent of all members. Her 2008 rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Barack Obama, was nearby with a record more liberal than 82 percent of all members — he was not more liberal than Clinton.

Clinton also has a history of very liberal public statements. Clinton rates as a “hard core liberal” per the scale. She is as liberal as Elizabeth Warren and barely more moderate than Bernie Sanders. And while Obama is also a “hard core liberal,” Clinton again was rated as more liberal than Obama.

Sometimes I wonder whether people are confusing Clinton with her husband. Bill Clinton’s statements have been far more moderate. He has also had a more moderate donor base, according to Adam Bonica’s fundraising scores.

There have been a few issues on which Hillary Clinton has taken more centrist positions. She, of course, voted for the Iraq War (she now says that was a mistake). Clinton has been mostly pro free trade (although she hasn’t said much of anything on the Trans-Pacific Partnership). And she has been against marijuana legalization, and seemingly remains so.

When Clinton has shifted left, she has usually done so with her party and — on the issues she’s highlighted in the 2016 campaign so far — the country. Some examples:
Gay marriage was something that split Democrats almost right down the middle in 2008, with 50 percent in favor per the Pew Research Center. Just 39 percent of the population overall supported same-sex marriage back then. Clinton flipped her position in early 2013, just about when the polls were showing that 51 percent of Americans and around two-thirds of Democrats were in favor of gay marriage. In late 2007, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that Americans and Democrats were in the same place then on civil unions, which Clinton supported, as they are now on gay marriage. In other words, Clinton’s moved left — along with everyone else.

Immigration is a little trickier because so much depends on how a poll is worded, but most of the polls with neutrally worded questions seem to show support for Clinton’s position. A May 2015 CBS News survey shows 57 percent of Americans favor a pathway to citizenship (an all-time high in that survey), compared with 29 percent who want those here illegally deported and 11 percent who want them to have legal status but not citizenship. Among Democrats, 71 percent want a path to citizenship.

On criminal justice reform, which has drawn considerable national attention recently, Clinton called in late April for rolling back mandatory minimum sentencing laws, a position that has more support than it used to. A 2006 survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International found that 54 percent of Americans and 55 percent of Democrats thought judges should have leeway in sentencing nonviolent offenders, instead of having to abide by the sentencing laws. In a November 2014 Public Religion Research Institute poll, 77 percent of Americans, including 83 percent of Democrats, wanted mandatory minimum sentences eliminated for nonviolent offenders.

Clinton isn’t tacking to the center; she’s simply staying on the left.

In 2008, while Clinton had trouble with her position on Iraq, Democrats didn’t view her as out of step ideologically overall. In February 2008, just 12 percent of Democrats and people who lean Democratic said Clinton was too conservative (the same as Obama). Likewise, Pew Research Center found the same percentages of Democrats, as well as the same percentages of all Americans, thought Clinton and Obama were liberal in January and April of 2008.

The fact that Clinton was seen as just as liberal as Obama is probably the reason she did as well with liberals in the 2008 primary as she did overall. According to exit polls, Clinton received, on average, 46 percent of the vote from those who identified as liberal and 45 percent from those who identified as very liberal. Overall, she received 48 percent of the vote, according to exit polls.

Clinton got beat on the left on one issue the last time she ran for president: the Iraq War. But unless your name is Jeb Bush, the Iraq War just isn’t as important to a presidential candidacy in 2016 as it was in 2008, when it was the second-most-important issue in the Democratic primary. Clinton beat Obama on the other big issues, including the longtime liberal cause of health care.

Overall, the “liberal Clinton” isn’t a new phenomenon. Given her support for liberal positions in the past and the support that liberals have given her, it shouldn’t be surprising that Clinton is staking out liberal positions to start the 2016 campaign.

          Inner Circle: 'Black Roses'        
'Black Roses' by Inner Circle from Black Roses (Remixes) - EP (WM Sweden) spun at 9:20am MDT Thu Aug 10th 2017 by Zahra on Caribbean Beats, KRZA 88.7fm Alamosa / Taos, 100.9 fm South Fork / Del Norte, 98.7fm Saguache
          Winter Sweeties        
So we finally got some snow here in Sweden and now it's winter. And I want say I'm sorry for not sharing anything for a long time. Sometimes life just takes over. We moved three months ago and I've been occupied with trying to get our home in order. The house is being renovated and yet it's a long time before it's ready, so every week it's a lot to take care of before I can sit by the computer. 
But today I did, and it was wonderful ;-) 

I thought I would give you some sweeties for your Winter or Valentine tags. 

Mingzu is waiting for you to make something beautiful. Download HERE

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Demi couldn't decide which was more beautiful white or pink. 
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.... and the pink variant of her HERE

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          Long time ...         
It's been a long three months since I last updated.

It's been autumn, Thanksgiving (we don't have that in Sweden), Christmas, New Year ... and I've been sick a lot.

But I had in mind, for quite a while now, to upload some more tubes/png's. And since it is winter, still the tubes have winter motives.

First out is Mavka. The other day I had a couple of hours of fun with her, making her play with a chess piece and a pretty lamp. Perhaps the chess piece is made of ice? And the beautiful lamp shines perfectly in the dark :-)

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I've uploaded this cute skiing blue guy before, but he seemed so lonely so I made a girl for him. And now he looks very happy. Doesn't he.
You can look at him and download HERE.
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... and he loves her <3 ... and she's happy too. 

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          Weekend trip - again        
Going away, again :-/ for a long weekend with friends and hubbie to a rally for Harley Davidson owners on a small island on the eas coast of Sweden. 

Haven't had a lot time to play around with Poser or PSP during the Summer beccause we have had one of the warmest and sunniest for, it seems like forever, so we have gone for a lot of MC rallies ... Love it!! 

Well a couple of girls was ready to be uploaded, two of my very favorites, Mavka in a beautiful camo-outfit and a very "old" one Aiko3. Sha had her peek 'round 2004 - 2006 I think, and she's been my all-time favorite. You'll see more of her. 

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This one is just something I was playing with she's called Vila and I have some tubes/PNGs of her which you can find under the label Vila 

I love her chubby look and cute freckles. 

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          2002 World Cup team ratings        

An elimination tournament does not, by its nature, produce overall standings. You can construct a table by points, of course, but it will not take into account the differences in games played and opponents' strengths. I wanted, just for fun, to devise an objective (which doesn't mean meaningful) way to rate and rank the 32 teams in the World Cup. After several iterations, here's the scheme I came up with.

For each team I calculated a raw efficiency rating based on their points per game. At 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie and none for a loss, with 2 bonus points for making it to the elimination stage, I added up each team's points, divided by an expected point total of 4/3 * games-played (figuring an average result for three round-robin games would have been a win, a tie and a loss), and then added 1, anticipating later multiplication, so that the resulting ratings start at 1 instead of 0.

I then went back and used those ratings as a measure of opponent's strength, assigning each match for each team the product of the points gained (again 1-base (4/2/1) rather than 0-base (3/1/0)) and the opponent's raw rating. Add those values up and average them, and then add a 1-point bonus for making it to the elimination stage. This approach takes no account of goals for or against, and does not make any attempt at incorporating any information (like FIFA rankings) from outside the tournament. Nonetheless, it produces the following interesting set of adjusted ratings:

5South Korea7.45
19Costa Rica4.23
24South Africa3.78
31Saudi Arabia2.41

Since all that math was totally arbitrary, there is no reason to believe these numbers mean anything, but I'm surprised how well they seem to accord with my subjective intuition. And the table passes the obvious sanity checks: the top and bottom are right, South Korea is penalized a little bit for playing and losing an extra game, almost (but not quite) all the second-round teams come in ahead of the teams that were eliminated in the first, and France barely edges out the three teams that didn't gain any points.

So I'm going with it. As far as I'm concerned, the US is now temporarily the 7th best men's soccer nation on the planet.

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Hand-drawn on paper

A film by Sarina Nihei

Sound design by Horret Kuus B6 STUDIOS


Grand Prize and Best Sound prize at Ottawa International Animation Film Festival 2015
Grand Prix of Primanima 2014, Budaörs, Hungary
Best Student Film at Anim'est 2014 in Bucharest, Romania
Korea Animation Producers Association President’s Prize at PISAF, Puchon, Korea
Special mention Anima 2015, Brussels
Grand Prix student film at HAFF 2015
Grand Prix of IdeasTap Graduate award Short Film
Special mention at Countryside Animafest Cyprus 2015


Anim'est 2014 Bucharest, Romania
PISAF 2014 Puchon, Korea
ReAnimania 2014 Yerevan, Armenia
Primanima 2014 Budaörs, Hungary
London International Animation Festival 2014
Greenhorn short film festival, London
IFF Etiuda&Anima 2014 Kracow, Poland
Animated Dreams, Tallinn Estonia
GIRAF, Calgary
Sommets du cinema d'animation
Animateka, Ljubljana Slovenia
Istanbul Animation Festival, Turkey
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2015
Anima 2015, Brussels
HAFF, Netherlands
Flatpack film festival, UK
Animex awards 2015, UK
EYEWORKS festival 2015, US
Mecal 17, Spain
IndieLisboa, Portugal
Athens Animfest, Greece
Anifilm, Czech Republic
Northwest animation festival
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2015
Rooftop Films, NY 2015
Lago Film Fest 2015
Countryside Animafest Cyprus 2015
Anima Mundi, Brazil
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Anibar Animation Festival 2015, Kosovo
Concorto Film Festival, Italy
Fantoche 2015
Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015
Encounters short Film and Animation Festival 2015
ARS Independent Festival, Katowice, Poland 2015
Uppsala international short film festival, Sweden 2015

Cast: Sarina Nihei

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I can feel you in my Belly


A film by: Julia Pott
Production: Royal College of Art
Sound Design: Joseph Tate
Animation Assistance: Robin Bushell
Eammon O’Neill
Ben Cady
Stephen Middleton
Theo Nunn
Voices: Olivia Gurney Randall
Cornelius Clarke
Joseph Tate
Robert Blythe
Laurence Weedy

Supported by: Passion Pictures


The Summer Show, RCA, London, 2011
See No Evil, The City Arts & Music Project, London, 2011
Short and Sweet, The Pheonix, London, 2011
Hackney Film Festival, RIO Cinema, London, 2011
Canterbury Anifest, Augustine House, Canterbury, 2011
Chicago Film Festival, 2011
Playgrounds Festival, Netherlands, 2011
L’Alternativa, 18th Barcelona Independent Film Festival, 2011
Encounters International Film Festival, Bristol, 2011
Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011
Pictoplasma, New York, 2011
Animated Dreams, Estonia, 2011
Rencontres Henri Langlois 34th Festival, Poitiers, France, 2011
Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation de Montréal, Canada, 2011
Animateka International Animation Film Festival, Slovenia, 2011
Anilogue International Animation Festival, Vienna and Budapest, 2011
Sundance Film Festival, 2012
Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, France 2012
Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2012
Flickerfest, International Short Film Festival, Australia, 2012
Tricky Women, International Competition, Vienna, 2012
Mecal International Short Film Festival, Barcelona, 2012
SXSW, 2012
Charleston Film Festival, 2012
Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht, 2012
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2012
Lisbon International Independent Film Festival, 2012
Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2012
Boston Independent Film Festival, 2012
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Germany, 2012,
Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK, 2012
Visueltdagene (The Visual Days), Oslo, Norway, 2012
Maryland Film Festival, 2012
ANIFILM, Trebon, Czech Republic, 2012
Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival, 2012
Sarasota Film Festival, 2012
Southside Film Festival, PA, 2012
San Francisco Film Festival, 2012
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2012
Catalina Film Festival, 2012
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2012
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Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine, 2012
Rooftop Films, NYC - May 25th and June 15th
Provincetown International Film Festival 2012
Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation, Germany, 2012
Short Shorts Film Festival, Japan, 2012
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, 2012
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, 2012
Royal Television Society Awards, UK, 2012
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, 2012
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Sequence Short Film Festival, France, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2012
Animation Block Party, NYC, 2012
International Competition at Fantoche, Switzerland, 2012
Sidewalk Film Festival, Alabama, 2012
Free Range Film Festival, Minnesota, 2012
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Kloosterkino, Netherlands, 2012
Les Perceides – 4E - Festival International de Cinema et D’art de Perce
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Free Range Film Festival, Minnesota, 2012
Milano International Film Festival, 2012
Animacursed Festival, Rio De Janeiro, 2012
Calgary International Film Festival, 2012
3D Wire Festival, Spain, 2012
XXII Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia, 2012
Sedicicorto Film Festival, Italy, 2012
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Fantoche International Film Festival, Sweden, 2012
Giraf Animation Festival, Canada, 2012
31st Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2012
St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Canada, 2012
Cucalorus Film Festival, North Carolina, 2012
Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 2012
Underwire Film Festival, UK, 2012
AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2012


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Nominated, Conran Award, 2011
Best Graduation Film, Chicago Film Festival, 2011
International Jury's Special Prize, Anilogue International Animation Festival 2011
Canal + Award, Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, France 2012
Best European Student Film, Holland Animation Film Festival, 2012
Golden Gate Award for Best Animated Short film, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2012
Royal Television Society Award, Postgraduate Animation, Finalist, 2012
New Talent Award - Fantoche International Film Festival, Sweden, 2012
Best Short, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2012
Special Jury Award for Animation at AFI Film Festival, 2012
Best Director, Underwire Film Festival, UK, 2012

Archived in the British Film Institue, 2011

Cast: Julia Pott

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Clinical Experience

  • 1997-1998 - Sapir Medical Center, Kfar- Saba, Israel-Internship.
  • 1998-2004 - Orthopedic B' Department, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel-Residency.
  • 2001-2002 - Chief Resident Orthopedic B' Department, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 05/04 – 06/04 - Orthopedic B' Department, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel - Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Specialist.
  • 07/04 – 12/04 - Clinical Fellowship Program (shoulder), Dr. Holtby Richard, Orthopedic & Arthritic institute, Toronto University, Ontario Toronto, Canada.
  • 2005 - Clinical Fellowship Program (shoulder, elbow and sports medicine), Dr. Boynton Erin, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto University, Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 - Clinical Fellowship Program (shoulder), Dr. Holtby Richard, Holland Orthopedic & Arthritic Center, Toronto University, Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006-2010 - Shoulder Unit, Orthopedic B' Department, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel - Senior Orthopedic Surgeon and Shoulder Specialist.
  • 2011-2013 - Head of Obesity Treatment Center at Sheba Hospital, Israel.
  • 2010 - Present Shoulder Unit, Division of Orthopedic, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel – Director.
  • 2010-2012 - Secretary of the Israeli Shoulder Society.
  • 2015 - Present Chairman of the Israeli Shoulder Society.


  • 1990-1996 - Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Beer- Sheva Israel.
  • 1999- 2004 - Postgraduate School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
  • 2004-2006 - Clinical fellowship Program (shoulder) Dr. Holtby Richard, Holland Orthopedic & Arthritic Center, Toronto University, Ontario Toronto, Canada.
  • 2015 - Advanced Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, Sweden.

Academic Experience

  • 2004-2006 - Resident and Students Instruction, Toronto University, Ontario, Toronto Canada, Faculty of Medicine.
  • 2010 - Guest Lecturer at the Postgraduate School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University – Shoulder Pathologies – for Rehabilitation Physicians.
  • 2010 - Guest Lecturer at the Postgraduate School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University Shoulder Pathologies – for Military physicians.
  • 2010 - Faculty in the International Live Surgery Course, Tel Aviv – TASMC, Tel Aviv, Israel 11/11/10.
  • 2003-2011 - Instructor at the Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
  • 2011-present - Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
  • 2012 - Organizing Committee in the "6th Tel-Aviv Live Surgery Shoulder Advanced Course" March 29-30, 2012, TASMC, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 2012 - Faculty in the Advanced Arthroscopy Course. Inspace Implant for Irreperable Cuff Tears. Ankara, Turkey 6/2012.
  • 2013 - Organizing Committee in the "Masters Shoulders Symposium - Live Surgery" Course, Tel Aviv – 14/02/2013 TASMC, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 2013 - Faculty in the "Berlin Master Course for Shoulder Surgery" Meeting Berlin, Germany 03/2013.
  • 2013 - Organizing Committee and Chairman of the "Shoulders Replacement Symposium - Live surgery ", Tel Aviv – 26/11/2013 TASMC, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 2015 - Faculty in the "London Master Course for Shoulder Surgery" Meeting Berlin, Germany 04/2015.


  • 1996 - The Dr. “Bernard Zwikel” Foundation Award for excellent Thesis. 
  • 1996 - Medical school “Graduate Research Paper” – with honors.
  • 2003 - Israeli Orthopedic Surgeons Board examination. Best examinee of the year.
  • 2005 - The Excellency scholarship of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center of 2004.
  • 2013 - Outstanding Teacher - Dean Award

           Solving ill-posed inverse problems using iterative deep neural networks / Jobs: 2 Postdocs @ KTH, Sweden - implementation -        
Ozan just sent me the following e-mail. It has the right mix of elements of The Great Convergence by applying learning to learn methods to inverse problems that are some of the problems we thought compressive sensing could solve well (CT tomography), papers suporting those results, an implementation, a blog entry and two postdoc jobs. Awesome !
Dear Igor,

I have for some time followed your excellent blog Nuit Blanche. I'm not familiar with how you select entries for Nuit Blanche, but let me take the opportunity to provide potential input for related to Nuit Blanche on the exciting research we pursue at the Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. If you find any of this interesting, please feel free to post it on Nuit Blanche.

1. Deep learning and tomographic image reconstruction
The main objective for the research is to develop theory and algorithms for 3D tomographic reconstruction. An important recent development has been to use techniques from deep learning to solve inverse problems. We have developed a rather generic, yet adaptable, framework that combines elements of variational regularization with machine learning for solving large scale inverse problems. More precisely, the idea is to learn a reconstruction scheme by making use of the forward operator, noise model and other a priori information. This goes beyond learning a denoiser where one first performs an initial (non machine-learning) reconstruction and then uses machine learning on the resulting image-to-image (denoising) problem. Several groups have done learning a denoiser and the results are in fact quite remarkable, outperforming previous state of the art methods. Our approach however combines reconstruction and denoising steps which further improves the results. The following two arXiv-reports and provide more details, there is also a blog-post at by one of our PhD students that explains this idea of "learning to reconstruct".

2. Post doctoral fellowships
I'm looking for two 2-year post-doctoral fellowships, one dealing with regularization of spatiotemporal and/or multichannel images and the other with methods for combining elements of variational regularization with deep learning for solving inverse problems. The announcements are given below. I would be glad if you could post these also on your blog.

Postdoctoral fellow in PET/SPECT Image Reconstruction (S-2017-1166)
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Brief description:
The position includes research & development of algorithms for PET and SPECT image reconstruction. Work is closely related to on-going research on (a) multi-channel regularization for PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging, (b) joint reconstruction and image matching for spatio-temporal pulmonary PET/CT and cardiac SPECT/CT imaging, and (c) task-based reconstruction by iterative deep neural networks. An important part is to integrate routines for forward and backprojection from reconstruction packages like STIR and EMrecon for PET and NiftyRec for SPECT with ODL (, our Python based framework for reconstruction. Part of the research may include industrial (Elekta and Philips Healthcare) and clinical (Karolinska University Hospital) collaboration.
Announcement & instructions:

Postdoctoral fellow in Image Reconstruction/Deep Dictionary Learning (S-2017-1165)
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Brief description:

The position includes research & development of theory and algorithms that combine methods from machine learning with sparse signal processing for joint dictionary design and image reconstruction in tomography. A key element is to design dictionaries that not only yield sparse representation, but also contain discriminative information. Methods will be implemented in ODL (, our Python based framework for reconstruction which enables one to utilize the existing integration between ODL and TensorFlow. The research is part of a larger effort that aims to combine elements of variational regularization with machine learning for solving large scale inverse problems, see the arXiv-reports and and the blog-post at for further details. Part of the research may include industrial (Elekta and Philips Healthcare) and clinical (Karolinska University Hospital) collaboration.Announcement & instructions:

Best regards,


Assoc. Prof. Ozan Öktem
Director, KTH Life Science Technology Platform

Department of Matematics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Learned Primal-dual Reconstruction by Jonas Adler, Ozan Öktem

We propose a Learned Primal-Dual algorithm for tomographic reconstruction. The algorithm includes the (possibly non-linear) forward operator in a deep neural network inspired by unrolled proximal primal-dual optimization methods, but where the proximal operators have been replaced with convolutional neural networks. The algorithm is trained end-to-end, working directly from raw measured data and does not depend on any initial reconstruction such as FBP.
We evaluate the algorithm on low dose CT reconstruction using both analytic and human phantoms against classical reconstruction given by FBP and TV regularized reconstruction as well as deep learning based post-processing of a FBP reconstruction.
For the analytic data we demonstrate PSNR improvements of >10 dB when compared to both TV reconstruction and learned post-processing. For the human phantom we demonstrate a 6.6 dB improvement compared to TV and a 2.2 dB improvement as compared to learned post-processing. The proposed algorithm also improves upon the compared algorithms with respect to the SSIM and the evaluation time is approximately 600 ms for a 512 x 512 pixel dataset.  

Solving ill-posed inverse problems using iterative deep neural networks by Jonas Adler, Ozan Öktem
We propose a partially learned approach for the solution of ill posed inverse problems with not necessarily linear forward operators. The method builds on ideas from classical regularization theory and recent advances in deep learning to perform learning while making use of prior information about the inverse problem encoded in the forward operator, noise model and a regularizing functional. The method results in a gradient-like iterative scheme, where the "gradient" component is learned using a convolutional network that includes the gradients of the data discrepancy and regularizer as input in each iteration. We present results of such a partially learned gradient scheme on a non-linear tomographic inversion problem with simulated data from both the Sheep-Logan phantom as well as a head CT. The outcome is compared against FBP and TV reconstruction and the proposed method provides a 5.4 dB PSNR improvement over the TV reconstruction while being significantly faster, giving reconstructions of 512 x 512 volumes in about 0.4 seconds using a single GPU.
An implementation is here:
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Modern Western civilization stands on the twin plinths of science and technology. Taken together, these two interrelated domains reassure us that the 19th-century story of never-ending progress remains intact. Without them, the arguments that we are undergoing cultural decay — ranging from the collapse of art and literature after 1945 to the soft totalitarianism of political correctness in media and academia to the sordid worlds of reality television and popular entertainment — would gather far more force. Liberals often assert that science and technology remain essentially healthy; conservatives sometimes counter that these are false utopias; but the two sides of the culture wars silently agree that the accelerating development and application of the natural sciences continues apace.

Yet during the Great Recession, which began in 2008 and has no end in sight, these great expectations have been supplemented by a desperate necessity. We need high-paying jobs to avoid thinking about how to compete with China and India for low-paying jobs. We need rapid growth to meet the wishful expectations of our retirement plans and our runaway welfare states. We need science and technology to dig us out of our deep economic and financial hole, even though most of us cannot separate science from superstition or technology from magic. In our hearts and minds, we know that desperate optimism will not save us. Progress is neither automatic nor mechanistic; it is rare. Indeed, the unique history of the West proves the exception to the rule that most human beings through the millennia have existed in a naturally brutal, unchanging, and impoverished state. But there is no law that the exceptional rise of the West must continue. So we could do worse than to inquire into the widely held opinion that America is on the wrong track (and has been for some time), to wonder whether Progress is not doing as well as advertised, and perhaps to take exceptional measures to arrest and reverse any decline.

The state of true science is the key to knowing whether something is truly rotten in the United States. But any such assessment encounters an immediate and almost insuperable challenge. Who can speak about the true health of the ever-expanding universe of human knowledge, given how complex, esoteric, and specialized the many scientific and technological fields have become? When any given field takes half a lifetime of study to master, who can compare and contrast and properly weight the rate of progress in nanotechnology and cryptography and superstring theory and 610 other disciplines? Indeed, how do we even know whether the so-called scientists are not just lawmakers and politicians in disguise, as some conservatives suspect in fields as disparate as climate change, evolutionary biology, and embryonic-stem-cell research, and as I have come to suspect in almost all fields? For now, let us acknowledge this measurement problem — I will return to it later — but not let it stop our inquiry into modernity before it has even begun.


When tracked against the admittedly lofty hopes of the 1950s and 1960s, technological progress has fallen short in many domains. Consider the most literal instance of non-acceleration: We are no longer moving faster. The centuries-long acceleration of travel speeds — from ever-faster sailing ships in the 16th through 18th centuries, to the advent of ever-faster railroads in the 19th century, and ever-faster cars and airplanes in the 20th century — reversed with the decommissioning of the Concorde in 2003, to say nothing of the nightmarish delays caused by strikingly low-tech post-9/11 airport-security systems. Today’s advocates of space jets, lunar vacations, and the manned exploration of the solar system appear to hail from another planet. A