Sun

05

Dec

2010

Bosnia and WWI (a brief vignette)

From DelancyPlace.com

An excerpt from

Title: A World Undone

 Author: G.J. Meyer
Publisher: Delta
Date: Copyright 2006 by G.J. Meyer
Pages: 3-5

   

...the marriage of the hapless Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose famous assassination on a trip to Bosnia with his wife Sophie led directly to World War I. Franz married for love, against the preference of his uncle the Emperor, and his wife had to live in humiliation as a consequence: ....

 
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Sun

05

Dec

2010

Erie Canal

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With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, New York vaulted past Philadelphia as the largest city and busiest port in America. The economic importance of canals had been amply demonstrated in England in such projects as the Bridgewater Canal in 1761, and numerous major canals had been proposed in the U.S. However the scale of a canal from the Hudson to Lake Erie was unprecedented

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Fri

03

Dec

2010

Second Genesis on Earth?

WHEN the Nobel prizewinning physicist Richard Feynman died in 1988, his blackboard carried the inscription, "What I cannot create, I do not understand." By that measure, biologists still have a lot to learn, because no one has yet succeeded in turning a chemical soup into a living, reproducing, evolving life form...... but - well read on

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Wed

10

Nov

2010

China Rights Advocates Cannot Travel

Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Mo Shaoping, a human rights lawyer, shown above in 2008, was stopped from from leaving China on Tuesday on charges that his departure might endanger national security

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Wed

03

Nov

2010

Animals from all around

Axolotl 

(Ambystoma mexicanum)

 

Home: Mexico

Size: 15-45 centimetres (5.9-18 in)

Discovered: Unclear

The Axolotl is the best-known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. They are science's aquatic lab rats due to the fact they can regenerate most body parts with ease, among other things. They are commonly kept as pets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Japan (when sold they are known as Wooper Rooper).

 

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Tue

02

Nov

2010

BP dispersants 'causing sickness'

Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sick with chemical poisoning since July [Erika Blumenfeld]
Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sick with chemical poisoning since July [Erika Blumenfeld]

Recently, an Al Jazeera online correspondent launched an investigation into the BP oil spill and the illnesses linked to the dispersants used along the Gulf Coast. While this isn't necessarily new news, the fact that this story is being reported by Al Jazeera instead of the NY Times, Washington Post or WSJ speaks volumes. 

 

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Wed

27

Oct

2010

Common Number Patterns

Numbers can have interesting patterns.

Here we list the most common patterns and how they are made.

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Tue

26

Oct

2010

Introduction to the Number Patterns Category (Science > Nbr-and-Patterns)

This is a different sort of entry into the discusssion blog.  It is a somewhat personal note.  However, it charts the course Martha and I sometimes follow to enjoy our world more.

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Tue

26

Oct

2010

Albanian Muslims risk their own lives to save Jews from Nazis during World War II

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

 

By Leisa Zigman

from:   http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=222601&catid=3

A video is present on this URL which is very much worth looking at.

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Tue

19

Oct

2010

Pictures unknown source

Someone sent me a set of pictures in QQ E-Mail.  The defining characteristics of the mail are Chinese, a language with which I am not familiar.  So I use Google's Translator.  It does a poor job.

 

The gist of the message before the pictures appears to reflect my feelings well, and the pictures are so good, that I wanted to preserve them on my blog.

 

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Tue

19

Oct

2010

Morals - God - Thoughts of Frans De Waal

From The Stone which is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless

 

Morals Without God?

By FRANS DE WAAL

October 17, 2010, 5:15 pm

 

Can we envision a world without God? Would this world be good?

 

  

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Mon

18

Oct

2010

President's Schedule: Picture of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Photostream: September in Full

Check out behind the scenes photos from September 2010.

Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Sun

17

Oct

2010

Omani Woman’s Day Celebration

Muscat, Oct 17 (ONA)-The celebrations to mark the Omani Woman's Day, which falls on  October 17th each year, commenced today by organizing the Omani Woman Forum "A partner in Development" at Al Bustan Palace Hotel, under the auspices of Dr. Ali bin Mohammed bin Moosa, Deputy Chairman of the CBO Board of Governors and Chairman of the Tender Board and lasts for two days.

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17

Oct

2010

Oman Map 002

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2010

Oman Map 001

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17

Oct

2010

Oman Timeline

A chronology of key events

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17

Oct

2010

Oman Media

The government operates the main broadcasters. The first private radio station launched in 2007.

 

The use of satellite receivers is permitted, and stations from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen may be picked up. The BBC broadcasts on FM in Salalah, in the south.

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17

Oct

2010

Oman Facts

  • Full name: Sultanate of Oman
  • Population: 2.8 million (UN, 2009)
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Area: 309,500 sq km (119,500 sq miles)
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Rial = 1000 biaza
  • Main export: Oil
  • GNI per capita: US $12,270 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Internet domain: .om
  • International dialling code: +968
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17

Oct

2010

Oman

The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated.

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Fri

17

Sep

2010

Teach Like a Champion

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From Delanceyplace.com. E-Mail received 09/17/10 in USA.

This is a passage from Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. 

 

In today's excerpt - error is normal, and making mistakes is a necessary part of learning.

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Wed

15

Sep

2010

Free Play Won’t Make Your Child Smarter

It might seem odd to think of pre-kindergarten toddlers as students in need of teachers, but the latest research suggests that some form of instruction may help children to better prepare for school.

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Mon

13

Sep

2010

CEO layoff leaders also led in pay in '09: study

Times of Oman

Reuters 01 September 2010 09:46:56 Oman Time

 

WASHINGTON: As U.S. companies shed millions of workers during the recession, the CEOs who laid off the most people brought home pay that was significantly higher than that of their peers, a study released on Thursday found.

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Mon

13

Sep

2010

Six weeks on, south Pakistan faces new flood threat

A flood victim wades through floodwaters while he leaves his village of Bello Patan for higher ground in Dadu, some 320 kilometres (198 miles) north of Karachi, September 13, 2010. – Reuters
A flood victim wades through floodwaters while he leaves his village of Bello Patan for higher ground in Dadu, some 320 kilometres (198 miles) north of Karachi, September 13, 2010. – Reuters

DADU: Six weeks after the start of Pakistan's devastating floods, waters pouring into a lake in southern Pakistan are threatening several towns and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, officials said on Monday.

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Sun

12

Sep

2010

China: Submersible dives into ocean elite of nations

This file photo shows a submersible under construction at an undisclosed location. [Photo/China Daily]
This file photo shows a submersible under construction at an undisclosed location. [Photo/China Daily]
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Sun

12

Sep

2010

A Second look at Discussion Group and Bright lights

I have had some experience with the new Jimdo / Bright Lights discussion area, and have some comments about it.  Because we have no pressure on response we have no way of evaluating whether this group is worthwhile or not.

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Sat

11

Sep

2010

The next billionaire challenge: China's wealthiest

Chen Guang-biao, 42, made a fortune in the demolition business. He pledges to give it all away.
Chen Guang-biao, 42, made a fortune in the demolition business. He pledges to give it all away.
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11

Sep

2010

Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists

Do you believe it?----Meeting a beautiful woman can be bad for your health, scientists have found! Let's see!

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Sat

11

Sep

2010

If

This is a wonderful poem to all the young by Rudyard Kipling.

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Thu

09

Sep

2010

Chinese One-Child Policy

TIME:  News Feed by Allie Townsend, September 9, 2010

 

The Chinese government is beginning to rethink its famed one-child limit as it begins to lift the restriction in five provinces with low birth rates.

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Thu

09

Sep

2010

Harry Truman

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09

Sep

2010

The Crime of Giving Water to Thirsty People

Time Magazine  By Adam Cohen Wednesday, Sep. 08, 2010

Mike asked me to post this (Roger).

 

Daniel Millis, a volunteer with the faith-based organization No More Deaths, was arrested in 2008 for littering. His crime: leaving bottles of drinking water on trails near the Arizona-Mexico border so immigrants walking through the desert would not die of thirst.

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

Many Kinds of Universes, and None Require God

 

September 7, 2010

 

By DWIGHT GARNER

THE GRAND DESIGN

By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Illustrated. 198 pages. Bantam Books/Random House. $28.

Stephen Hawking, the most revered scientist since Einstein, is a formidable mathematician and a formidable salesman. “I want my books sold on airport bookstalls,” he has impishly declared, and he’s learned how to put them there.

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

What Is the NDM-1 Superbug? Drug-Resistant Health Threat Explained

Katie Drummond

Contributor

AOL News Surge Desk

(Aug. 11) -- A new, drug-resistant superbug has spread from India to the U.K., and health experts are warning that it could become a worldwide health hazard.

 

An enzyme called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, is the culprit in question. NDM-1 is found inside bacteria, like E. coli, and makes them extremely virulent and resistant to most antibiotics.

 

But how is the bacteria transmitted, and are Americans at risk? Surge Desk checks it out.

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

"Superbug" Gene Hits Japan

The Huffington Post 9/7/10

TOKYO — Japan has confirmed the nation's first case of a new gene in bacteria that allows the microorganisms to become drug-resistant superbugs, detected in a man who had medical treatment in India, a Health Ministry official said Tuesday.

The gene, known as NDM-1, was found in a Japanese man in his 50s, Kensuke Nakajima said.

Researchers say the gene – which appears to be circulating widely in India – alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics.

Drug-resistant bacteria are not new. Many bacteria are resistant to the world's first antibiotic, penicillin, as well as successive generations of drugs. Excessive use and improper use of antibiotics have exacerbated the problem and led to the emergence of superbugs.

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Sat

04

Sep

2010

Review of 'The Grand Design'

by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. 

  

Why is there something instead of nothing?

 

Why do we exist?

 

Why does this particular set of laws govern our universe and not some other set?

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Thu

02

Sep

2010

India widens security crackdown to Google, Skype

THURSDAY Sep 02, 2010 08:12 ET India widens security crackdown to Google,Skype By ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press AP

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Wed

01

Sep

2010

Poor porters

     We moved office at the end of August with loads of office supplies including lockfast,office seatings and so on. We hired a moving company to move and transport. As soon as the porters reached our apartment, they were astonished to see lots of heavy things. Things were so many that may not be contained in a wagon whose capacitance were 1.5 Litre though.

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Tue

31

Aug

2010

What Is "Third World America"?

Q: What does "Third World America" mean?

 

From The Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/what-is-third-world-ameri_n_693444.html

 

A third world country is one characterized by poverty, political instability and low standards of living. In a third world country there is no middle class, only an elite upper class living off the fat of a predominant lower class.

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Aug

2010

NASA called in to support 33 trapped Chilean miners

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) -- The 33 miners trapped inside a Chilean mine since August 5 have been told for the first time that they could be stuck underground for as long as four months, the head of the rescue operation said Friday.

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Wed

25

Aug

2010

China Plane Crash:Henan Airlines Passenger Plane With More Than 90 On Board Goes Down

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25

Aug

2010

China traffic jam enters 10th day,spans over 60 miles

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Tue

24

Aug

2010

As Floodwaters Recede, Anger Grows in Northwest Pakistan

A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
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Mon

23

Aug

2010

Two PKU Professors on China’s Youth

The China Beat               

Blogging How the East Is Read

 

Two PKU Professors on China’s Youth

By Alec Ash

July 13, 2010 

Also see School Of Hard Knocks

 

In late May and early June, I interviewed professors Zhang Weiying and Pan Wei of Peking University (known as ‘Beida’). I wanted to know what the generation who grew up in the Cultural Revolution thought of the generation who grew up in the Consumer Revolution – and who could be leading China in thirty years. Here’s what they said.

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Sun

22

Aug

2010

Severe Flooding Hits China and North Korea

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/35925/severe-flooding-hits-china-and.asp Aug 22, 2010; 11:40 AM ET

Heavy rain from Friday night through Sunday along the border of North Korea has caused major flooding in the Chinese port city of Dandong, causing more than 90,000 people to be evacuated.
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22

Aug

2010

School of Hard Knocks

China’s Ivy League Is No Place For Peasants.

As China tries to graduate from the world’s factory to a nation with a strong middle class, its peasants still aren’t ready to make the leap.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Russia to Get Relief from Deadly Heat, Smog

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/35585/russia-to-see-relief-from-dead.asp

The deadly spell of heat and smog will finally come to an end this week across western Russia.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Pakistan's Flood Pictures

Thanks to Frontier we have many wonderful shots of the floods in Pakistan showing the misery and desparation of the people there.

Thank you Frontier.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

NEW YORK TIMES

 

August 15, 2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

By DAVID BARBOZA

SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.

The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

China - Banks - Workers who have been let go

 

  The New York Times

 August 15, 2010

 

Workers Let Go by China’s Banks Putting Up Fight

By ANDREW JACOBS

 

BEIJING — These are heady days for China’s state-controlled banks. Last month, the Agricultural Bank of China made its stock market debut, bringing in $22 billion for the largest public offering ever. A sister government-run bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, now has the highest stock market value of any bank in the world.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Some questions on Tags

Tags work well for sorting topics.  FAQ is a tag that "pulls" all FAQs together in the FAQ topic area.  But I have a couple of questions. 

 

The first:  If one makes a mistake and enters a tag that will never be used, is there a way to delete it from the "master" group?

 

The second:  What are the rules of combination for tags? Is there a <>  (not equal) symbol to use with tags?  For example:  FAQ EXCEPT USA?

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Sun

15

Aug

2010

Google Verizon Internet Control

 The New York Times


Editorial

August 13, 2010

 

The Google/Verizon Payment Plan

 

For months, the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to guarantee nondiscriminatory access to broadband Internet have met opposition from the companies that provide broadband service and from their allies in Congress. On Monday, Verizon and Google created a stir by jointly proposing an alternative set of rules as the basis for new legislation governing the Internet.

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Sat

14

Aug

2010

Unemployment rates in USA, by County

A county is a political area which is much smaller than a state but larger than a city.

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2010

Pakistan: Floods Worst in Memory. August 13,2010

Floods in Pakistan – the worst in living memory – continue to decimate the countryside. Sadly, more rains this weekend threaten to make things worse.

14 million people – more than those impacted by the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake combined – face immediate risks from water-borne disease and dehydration. News reports say that up to one-fifth of the entire country is under water.

As flood waters head south, a trail of livestock corpses remain in their wake. 288,000 homes and 700 schools have already been destroyed. The Pakistan government warned more floods will come as monsoon rains show no signs of letting up.

The scale of this disaster is unprecedented in terms of people affected and the long term implications on people's livelihoods, not to mention potential rise in conflict and threat to the stability of the whole country. This situation has the making of a protracted disaster where natural catastrophe and conflict intersect.

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13

Aug

2010

China Floods August 2010

 

 

washingtonpost.com



24 more die in China's flood-hit northwest

By DAVID WIVELL
The Associated Press
Friday, August 13, 2010; 8:05 AM

 

ZHOUQU, China -- New landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in China's remote northwest as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible Friday in a region where more than 1,100 people have died.

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Thu

12

Aug

2010

E-Mail to Roger and Martha from Greenpeace

Latest news and action alert from Greenpeace
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Martha and Roger,

 

White House energy adviser Carol Browner has recently been making the talk show rounds and telling the public about a new government assessment that shows that 75% of the oil from BP’s drilling disaster has either been captured, burned off, evaporated or broken down in the Gulf. As she puts it, “Mother Nature did her part….”

You’re not alone if you think that sounds too good to be true.

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Wed

11

Aug

2010

SOMETHING IN COMMON? Floods in Pakistan and Heat in Russia

FROM:    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/

Dated: August 10, 2010, 5:29 pm  

Scientists See Links From Asian Floods to Russian Heat

ANDREW C. REVKIN  

 

Pakistan flooding  

James Hill for The New York Times Russian fires: The Ministry of Emergency Situations says the 10,000 firefighters it has deployed are overwhelmed.

Two climatologists, Peter Stott at the British Met Office and Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, have separately described atmospheric dynamics that appear to link the extreme rains and flooding in Asia with Russia’s unrelenting, extraordinary heat and resulting conflagrations.

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Tue

10

Aug

2010

It's A Wonderful LIfe

One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was It's a Wonderful LIfe.  Both have to do with a philosophy of life, but are approached quite differently.  Lost Horizon, the other one, is written up separately. Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore are in this picture.  Most of Stewart's movies are excellent. When you combine Stewart's acting with Hitchcock's plots and directing (like Vertigo or Rear Window) you are sure to have a great movie.

 

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Tue

10

Aug

2010

Lost Horizon

One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was Lost Horizon.  The version we like is a black and white film from 1937. It is non-musical, black & white staring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt.  Each of these are excellent actors.  The director is Frank Capra who made many excellent movies.

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Aug

2010

PRETTY WOMAN Julia Roberts and RIchard Gere

People frequently ask me which movies I like.  It is hard to form an answer to that question, because I like a lot of movies, but most of them are older ones (to me, older ones means 50 or more years ago).  But there are some specific movies that I like and some "blocks" of movies I like.  For example there are a lot of Hitchcock that I like, or a lot of Jimmy Stewart or Tracey-Hepburn movies that I like.  These are blocks.  And there are some individual movies that I like.

 

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Aug

2010

Landslides in China

 

August 8, 2010

Landslides Kill 127 in China

By MICHAEL WINES
 

BEIJING — A landslide buried and flooded hundreds of homes over the weekend in a remote mountainous region of Gansu Province. Officials said Sunday evening that 127 bodies had been recovered and that nearly 2,000 people were missing.

 

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Fri

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Aug

2010

Drought in Russia.

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05

Aug

2010

Floods: Follow-up Questions.

I suppose this is the type of question that has been asked about many subjects.  As the media begins to be more actively carrying news from every corner of the world, we are more and more aware of floods.  But several questions come to mind in connection with floods, and I thought I would ask them here to see what people here think.

 

1. Many countries have built dams, and done other things which influence the natural flow of water.  Have we altered the course of nature's water flow so significantly that we have increased both the occurrence of flooding and the severity of it?

 

2. Has mankind built too close to and too extensively on the shores of  rivers without proper safeguards, so flooding is inevitably more severe?

 

3. Much has been reported about global warming.  Does global warming cause more extensive flooding?

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2010

China Floods

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2010

Problem with listening to music on Jimdo

I can't get Music to work.  Any suggestions.  Ponyo 

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Fri

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Jul

2010

EVALUATE THE GROUP PLEASE

I want to raise two questions for consideration by the group.

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Jul

2010

WHAT was your country like 100 years ago?

 

1909 Ford Model R  

 

The year is 1909.

  
Just over one hundred years ago.  
What a difference a century makes.

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Sat

17

Jul

2010

Dirt Money

      I have been thinking a lot on what topic should I post here, but due to some recent and very affective events I decided to post about money.

       Money is dirt. Yeah I could say it and be over but... my anger does not allow it. Money is dirt in every possible way. Some of you may already know this, but there are many people out there who get happy, smiling and greedy of course over this thing called money. It disgusts me how much it is necessary to SURVIVE in our planet. If you have no money you will eventually die. Don't get me wrong I know it is absolutely necessary to have money, I need it to eat, to go to my work, to call my friends, to talk to my boyfriend, but the point is, why did our ancestors had to make this form of exchanging goods to live? I wish we could all go back to when you could trade a bag of rice for a bag of apples or something.

    Back then no one was out to get money, no one was greedy to the point of killing and no one was judged by having expensive or cheap clothes. Everyone was the same humble kind of human. Money makes people sick, makes people pumpous, makes people cynical and ugly outside not matter what they do to their outsides.

    I am always shocked to see what kind of things require money, and big amounts too. Maybe I am particularly  annoyed to see how much of this disgusting money thing I am required to give to have the person I love, the person I am willing and wanting to spend the rest of my live with, here with me in my country. It is...disgusting.

Everything that falls apart anywhere in the world is due with money. Directly or not. And I may be talking on a heavy heart, hot mind and something else, but I would prefer any day to reverse this life and it's advances in order to have a peaceful life, mind and heart.

     I apologise if I made no sense at all.

Thanks for reading. Ana

 

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Fri

16

Jul

2010

Animal Autopsies in Gulf Yield a Mystery

Something on the BP Oil Spill, if you are following it at all.

I found this news article interesting - but it is a little long.  Maybe you would just want to skim it and see what you think.

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle lay belly-up on the metal autopsy table, as pallid as split-pea soup but for the bright orange X spray-painted on its shell, proof that it had been counted as part of the Gulf of Mexico’s continuing “unusual mortality event.”

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Tue

13

Jul

2010

The Unicorn in the Garden by James Thurber

Roger and I find this very funny, and we wondered whether people of another culture also would think so.  The piece itself is a classic of Twentieth Century American humor.  James Thurber wrote primarily for the magazine "The New Yorker," which is still published weekly.

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Jul

2010

China and Polution Control

July 4, 2010

China Fears Consumer Impact on Global Warming

 GUANGZHOU, China — Premier Wen Jiabao has promised to use an “iron hand” this summer to make his nation more energy efficient. The central government has ordered cities to close inefficient factories by September, like the vast Guangzhou Steel mill here, where most of the 6,000 workers will be laid off or pushed into early retirement.

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Jul

2010

How to re-edit your comment?

Who can help me to solve this problem?

When you completed your comments , then you want to change some words. It seems you can't re-edit it?

Thanks.

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Jul

2010

Reviewing the goals of the Group

I sent this note to some of the members of the group, but not to all. So I thought perhaps I should post it.

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07

Jul

2010

Introductions of Partners

So far I know all the partners who are in this group. Therefore I was surprised but glad that Mike (Everest on English Share) came up with an idea of our introducing ourselves to each other.

 

This blog is a good way to do that because the introductions will remain available for new members, and because we can gather them in one place.

 

I hope that everyone who is currently a member will add a comment which contains their introduction to the group.  And I hope everyone in the future will add a comment with their introduction.

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Jul

2010

U.S. Unemployment Payments

The New York Times  

July 4, 2010

Punishing the Jobless

By PAUL KRUGMAN  

There was a time when everyone took it for granted that unemployment insurance, which normally terminates after 26 weeks, would be extended in times of persistent joblessness. It was, most people agreed, the decent thing to do.

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2010

Introduction With Pictures 4

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2010

Introduction With Pictures 3

If you want to start a new subject, you will need to enter the edit mode of Jimdo.  To to this it is necessary to enter the same password again.  To do this you go to the bottom of the screen and on the right side you will see Login.  When you click on that, a screen appears on the left side which has a sign-in  area.  Use the same password that you used to enter.

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Tue

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2010

Introduction With Pictures 2

If you request the add comment choice then this screen appears.  Your Name goes on the name line, and your comment is on the Entry lines.

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Jul

2010

Introduction With Pictures 1

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2010

Introduction to Jimdo

This is an introduction to Jimdo and the use of the blog.  Some may already know how to use use this feature.  If so okay.  But if not, this is a good topic to discuss - or at least ask questions about.

 

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