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This 104-year-old started a secret women's shelter ; 5 simple ways you can help make a difference change in Alaska, the US state with 3 times the national average rape rate --

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One of the cooler experiences I've had in recent memory was meeting Elsie Nanugaq Tommy, a spry 104-year-old who started a secret women's shelter decades ago out of her home in Newtok, Alaska. She's a bundle of smiles and optimism -- and her legacy of helpfulness already has been passed down to her granddaughter, Denise Tommy, who is executive director of the Tundra Women's Coalition in Bethel, Alaska, which shelters women and fights violence with educational programs.

 

Alaska doesn't have to be the state where rape is .........

 

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The lawless 'end of the land'

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/03/opinion/sutter-alaska-rape-lawless/index.html

"Statewide, 59% of women suffer from intimate partner or sexual violence."

 

Governor: 'Alaska has an epidemic'

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/03/opinion/sutter-alaska-rape-governor/index.html

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"But Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell deserves national name-recognition for one reason: He's taking on one of the most important issues of our time.

He's trying to get Alaska to talk about the "resident evil" of rape.

 

"It's culturally permissible to be silent about it," and that must change, Parnell told me in a recent interview at the governor's office in Juneau"

For years, this state -- which has the highest reported rate of rape in the country, according to 2012 FBI crime estimates -- denied it had a problem. Politicos and advocates said maybe Alaskans reported rape more often than people in other states -- but, gosh, it couldn't be a bigger problem here than elsewhere, could it

 

Parnell has helped end that era of senseless denial.

In our interview, he called violence against women an "epidemic." Like an alcoholic must admit he has a problem in order to face it, he told me, the governor of the state with the highest rape rate must, too, fess up to the problem in order to solve it."

 

Related: The rapist next door

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2014/02/opinion/sutter-change-alaska-rape/index.html

 

Meet Alaska's pioneer womanhttp://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/03/opinion/sutter-rape-alaska-pioneer/index.html?hpt=hp_t1List:

 

States where rape is most common

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/03/opinion/sutter-alaska-rape-list/index.html

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Texas sports anchor’s epic speech on Michael Sam & homophobia in the NFL "Players accused of rape? ... We're comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far"

Texas sports anchor’s epic speech on Michael Sam & homophobia in the NFL "Players accused of rape? ... We're comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far" | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
"Players accused of rape? ... We're comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far" VIDEO

 

Topics: Video, Texas, michael sam, NFL, Homophobia, Media News, Life News, Entertainment News, News

Dale Hansen

I’ll spare you a lot of introduction and just let Texas sports anchor Dale Hansen speak for himself.

In a Monday segment on Michael Sam and the prospect of the NFL having its first out gay player, Hansen ridiculed people inside the NFL who said that Sam would be a “distraction” or otherwise unwelcome in professional sports:

You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that.

You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!

Watch the full segment here:

http://youtu.be/l79j_7gYKtk


h/t Huffington Post

 

Katie McDonough is an assistant editor for Salon, focusing on lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!

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Sir David Attenborough, the greatest naturalist of our time, says it’s foolish to blindly accept what you’ve learned at your mother’s knee.

 

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"In fact, Attenborough says he has finally grown sick of America’s attitude to climate change. “I think it’s very sad that people won’t accept evidence for what it says—it’s extraordinary that one of the wealthiest, materially advanced societies in the world can support irrational myths in that way,” he said. “That they should do it privately is up to them but since what they do effects that whole world it’s pretty serious that they should not accept that humanity has been responsible for these changes that are absolutely evident to everyone else.”

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Snowden Used Low-Cost Tool to Best N.S.A.

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WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to a huge trove of the country’s most highly classified documents say they have determined that he used inexpensive and widely available software to “scrape” the National Security Agency’s networks, and kept at it even after he was briefly challenged by agency officials

Using “web crawler” software designed to search, index and back up a website, Mr. Snowden “scraped data out of our systems” while he went about his day job, according to a senior intelligence official. “We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading this much material in sequence,” the official said. The process, he added, was “quite automated.”

The findings are striking because the N.S.A.’s mission includes protecting the nation’s most sensitive military and intelligence computer systems from cyberattacks, especially the sophisticated attacks that emanate from Russia and China. Mr. Snowden’s “insider attack,” by contrast, was hardly sophisticated and should have been easily detected, investigators found.

 

Officials say Mr. Snowden used “web crawler” software. Channel 4/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Moreover, Mr. Snowden succeeded nearly three years after the WikiLeaks disclosures, in which military and State Department files, of far less sensitivity, were taken using similar techniques.

 

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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

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Practical Tips for Productive Living

 

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You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you?  The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.

This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us, myself included, “get it” and “remember it” once and for all…

 

Final Reminder:  Have you checked out our book?  We just released a limited time bundle for “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently” which includes our eBook, audio book and bonus material on sale for a big discount.  Click here to check it out!


1.  The average human life is relatively short.........

 

2.  You will only ever live the life you create for yourself........

 

3.  Being busy does NOT mean being productive.........

4.  Some kind of failure always occurs before success.

 

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5.  Thinking and doing are two very different things...........

 

6.  You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive............

 

7.  Some people are simply the wrong match for you.

You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.  You shouldn’t force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.

 

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable and insecure every time you’re with them, for whatever reason, they’re probably not close friend material.  If they make you feel like you can’t be yourself, or if they make you “less than” in any way, don’t pursue a connection with them. 

 

If you feel emotionally drained after hanging out with them or get a small hit of anxiety when you are reminded of them, listen to your intuition.  There are so many “right people” for you, who energize you and inspire you to be your best self.  It makes no sense to force it with people who are the wrong match for you.

 

8.  It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours..........

It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself. ......

 

9.  What you own is not who YOU are.

Stuff really is just stuff, and it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person.  Most of us can make do with much less than we think we need.  That’s a valuable reminder, especially in a hugely consumer-driven culture that focuses more on material things than meaningful connections and experiences.

 

You have to create your own culture.  Don’t watch TV, don’t read every fashion magazine, and don’t consume too much of the evening news.  Find the strength to fill your time with meaningful experiences.  The space and time you are occupying at this very moment is LIFE, and if you’re worrying.......

 

 

............And all you’ll want is to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the brainwashers who want to turn you into a drone that buys everything that isn’t needed to impress everyone that isn’t important.

10.  Everything changes, every second.

Embrace change and realize it happens for a reason.  It won’t always be obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.

What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow.  You never know.  Things change, often spontaneously.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  It moves rapidly and rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds, and happens like this to people every day.  It’s likely happening to someone nearby right now.

 

Sometimes the shortest split


Your turn…

What else would you add to this list?  What important life lessons do you often forget?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts......

 
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Ninety flatulent cows start fire at dairy farm in Germany

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Methane gas build-up and a static charge created an explosion in a cow shed Heather Sau Tuesday 28 January 2014

 

The methane gas released by 90 flatulent cows caused an explosion in a farm shed in Germany, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, local police said.

In a statement, the force said high levels of the methane gas had built up within the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf on Monday thanks to animals belches and flatulence, before “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames."

 

The subsequent blast damaged the roof of the cow shed, Reuters reported. Emergency services who attended the scene took gas readings to check for any potential further blasts.

One of the cows was injured and had to be treated for burns it sustained during the incident, a police spokesman added.

 

The animals can emit up to 500 litres of the greenhouse gas methane each every day through belching and flatulence. Cows also release large amounts of ammonia.

Additional reporting by Reuters

 

 


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English First Names and Their Diminutive Forms - Wiki Agreg-Ink

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Boys'names :Albert => AlBradley => BradAlexander => Al, Alex, Xander, Sandy, Alec(k)Alfred => Fred, Freddy, Alf, AlfieAndrew => AndyBenjamin => Ben, BennyCharles => Charlie, Charley, ChuckDaniel => Danny, DanDavid => Dave, DaveyDuncan => DuncEdward => Ned, Ed, Eddy, EddieHenry => Harry , HalJacob => JakeJames => Jamie, Jim, Jimmy, JimboJohn => Johnny, Jack (Is Joe for Joseph only ?), JakeJonathan => Jon (à ne pas confondre avec John)Joseph => Joe , JoeyJoshua => JoshMichael => Mike, Mick, MickyNicholas => Nick, NickyPaul => Pauly, PauleyPeter => Pete, PitaPhilip =>PhilRichard => Richie, Rick, DickRobert =>Rob, Bob, Bobby, RobbieRonald => RonSalvatore=> SalSamuel => Sam, SammySimon => SiStephen/Steven => Steve, SteStewart => StuTerence => TerryThomas => Tom, TommyTimothy => Tim, TimmyWilliam => Bill, Billy, Will, Willy[modifier]

 

Girls'namesAbigail => Abby, Abbie, AbieAmanda => Mandy/ MindyAlison => Ali, Ally, AllieBarbara => Barb, BarbieBeverly, Beverley => BevCharlotte => Lotte, Lottie, CharDeborah => Deb, DebbieDorothy => Dot, DottyElizabeth => Liz, Lizzie, Liza, Libb, Lisbeth, Beth, Bessie, BessEmily => Em, EmyHilary => HilJennifer => Jenny, JenKathryn => Kate ,KatieMargaret => Maggie, Meg, MaisieNatasha=> Tash, TashaNicola => NickyPamela => Pam, PammyPatricia => Pat, Patty, Patsy, Trish, TrishaPhilippa => PippaRachel=> RaeSally => SalSandra => SandySusan => Suzie, Sue, SuzeVictoria => Vicky, VicVirginia => Ginny

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Here's The Moment A Black Woman Protected A White Man At A KKK Rally

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Keshia Thomas is a wonderful person.Rossalyn Warren

 

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Here's a throwback to the mid-'90s with a story of a woman named Keshia Thomas.

 

Keshia was attending a protest against the KKK, which was holding a rally in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1996. At the protest, someone announced over the megaphone that there was "a Klansman in the crowd."

 

In the crowd stood a middle-aged white man who was wearing a t-shirt depicting the Confederate flag and an SS tattoo. The crowd began to kick and beat him with placards. Yet Keshia bravely stood forward, shielded the man from the crowd, and protected him from the attacks.

The police confirmed later that while the man was not a Klan member, he was indeed there for the rally.

 

Keshia commented afterward that while the man was "wrong for the views he sanctioned," the protesters were also in the wrong "in their violence against him."

 

Keshia showed a selfless act of courage and kindness that few people demonstrate because she "knew what it was like to be hurt ...

 

. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me."


And yet the reality is that black people in America are still not treated with the same level of kindness that Keshia demonstrated.

 

A girl can be shot dead at the door of someone they're asking for help from, young men can be shot by the police while innocent of any crime, and an 8-year-old girl can be killed during a nighttime raid.

 

Keshia demonstrates the selflessness that so many people should aspire to have.

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The scene shown was captured most famously by an iconic black-and-white photo by Mark Brunner. However, the actual photograph above is a color photo of that iconic moment, taken by Stephanie Grace Lim, who kindly gave me permission to use it.


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Just because your right can be used in a way that others may take the wrong way just do right and wrong will. Always have its say asked or no  for sure.  Right conquer wrong if but for a moment in time.  

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The hidden Cost for men of Not Being Willing to Feel" An intimate, feminist powerful vision..

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"But Why Is It So Hard for Dudes to Feel?"

 

"Contrary to some big generalizations out there, men do in fact feel, but most men were trained as little boys by the “boy code” not to feel.

They were trained and taught to suck it up, not to cry. For example, as a boy I was trained by my dad and my culture to not feel. To feel meant I would be judged as a wimp, a girl, or even gay. (As if girls or gay people are somehow bad?)

 

So men do feel. It’s just challenging for many men to know what they are feeling.

 

So it’s understandable why many men don’t allow themselves to feel and can’t even identify a feeling. Many adult men are still very scared to feel their feelings because if they do, their fear is they will be judged as not manly, acting like a girl or being weak or gay.

 

So, most men never venture out beyond the shoreline and certainly don’t look below the surface. Therefore, many men remain locked up, shut down, and not free."

 

"The Cost of Not Being Willing to Feel"

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But Where Do I Start?"

 

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Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp:The Many Ways That You’re Being Tracked, Catalogued & Controlled By John W. Whitehead

“[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.”—Pratap Chatterjee, journalist

January 07, 2014 "Information Clearing House -  What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems.

 

Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.

 

Yet as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

 

That said, how can anyone be expected to “fix” what is broken unless they first understand the.................

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New Year, same nasty xenophobia in UK media - The Media Blog

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The Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Star are doing their best to stir fear and loathing towards any Romanians and Bulgarians who may be planning on coming to the UK. The Daily Star claims Romanians and Bulgarians entering Britain...

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How the Body Works

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The human body is an amazing machine. Learn more about it through movies, quizzes, articles, and more.

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The orchid mantis is the first known predator to lure prey by mimicking a flower to pollinate

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Nature presents many examples of organisms evolving to mimic other creatures. For instance, many butterfly species imitate the toxic monarch butterfly, presumably to deter predators from eating them.

 

A variety of animals impersonate plants, such as the stick insect, which resembles a twig. Several animals color themselves like flowers, such as flower crab spiders and ambush bugs, to camouflage themselves when attacking insects that approach the blossoms. [See Photos of Orchid Mantises & Other Plant Impersonators]

 

An orchid mantis chomps down on a butterfly it just lured in with its flowery disguise. However, the orchid mantis has a full flowery disguise, complete with legs shaped like petals, that is convincing enough for scientists to suggest this hunter not only uses the masquerade to hide from prey, but also to attract victims. Examples of such aggressive mimicry have been seen before in the wild; for instance, one species of bolas spider is known to attract male moths by imitating female moth sex pheromones.


Scientists have championed the idea of the orchid mantis as an aggressive mimic since the 1800s; notably, it was first suggested by naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who, independent of Darwin, also conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection. However, this notion had never been confirmed, due in large part to how elusive the orchid mantis is, given how extremely rare it is even within its native habitat, the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

 

"The idea that the orchid mantis mimics a flower first came about over a century ago, but it was only ever just an idea — nobody had done the experiments to test whether it actually occurred," said study lead author James O'Hanlon, an evolutionary biologist at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. "Now, over a century later, we have textbooks and scientific articles stating that mantises mimic flowers as if it was an established fact.


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You've never seen the ABCs look this bizarre and wonderful

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These incredible pictorial alphabet designs look like artistic madness, but they were actually used historically as mnemonic devices to help people memorize their letters. If you are a font fiend, or simply love weird imagery, you must check out these demented illustrations of the ABCs.

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Dear Princeton Mom, Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt

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An open letter to Princeton Mom, whose latest slut-shaming op-ed just soured our Valentine’s Day. 

Hello, Susan Patton aka the endearingly self-named Princeton Mom. It has been far too long since you trolled young, single women with your font of knowledge under the guise of an older, wiser fairy godmother who only wants us to have a life of happiness earning our M.R.S. degrees.

 

Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for you to take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to patronize us, slut-shame us, and put the entire blame on your supposed daughters for not being happily married. You write exactly like a woman who has not raised or loved a daughter, which you haven’t, as you have proudly extolled the virtues of your two sons who can have anybody.

 

You mock us for spending Valentine’s Day “ordering in sushi for one and mooning over ‘Downton Abbey’ reruns,” instead of…cooking duck à l’Orange for a Harvard MBA in nothing but La Perla underwear.

 

Based on your simple—and simplistic—advice, I actually do get the impression that’s exactly what you want us to do. As you write, “You should be spending far more time planning for your husband than for your career—and you should start doing so much sooner than you think.”

That’s right! I should be spending more hours on JDate and waiting by the elevators of Morgan Stanley or the Columbia Law library in a fetching dress and stilettos and less time in the office building a career that will sustain me financially and emotionally in the nightmare chance I don’t find a husband.

 

As you said in the original letter that brought you infamy and a book deal, “It’s amazing how forgiving men can be about a woman’s lack of erudition, if she is exceptionally pretty.” Indeed, it is, but why is that our fault? Why is the onus on smart women then to hustle and entice these men? Why don’t you start telling young men to change their values, instead of young women?

 

I hesitate to respond to the re-hashing of your antiquated guilt trip on women to get married. But, for some reason, I hope that since I fit the bill of the designated audience—single twentysomething women who went to elite universities—that you claim to be trying to guide, you will listen.

According to you, I have already missed the boat. I graduated from ....................

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EXTRAORDINARY: The Lyrebird Can Mimic Natural and Artificial Sounds From Its Environment -

And also: A selection of clips featuring David Attenborough, the king of natural history.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD66D4CFB9402A981

 

 

"A Lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.

 Lyrebirds have unique plumes of neutral coloured tailfeathers.

Lyrebirds are among Australia's best-known native birds. As well as their extraordinary mimicking ability, lyrebirds are notable because of the striking beauty of the male bird's huge tail when it is fanned out in display; and also because of their courtship display. A group of Lyrebirds is called a musket.

There are two species of lyrebird:

- Superb Lyrebird or Weringerong (Menura novaehollandiae) is found in areas of rainforest in Victoria, New South Wales and south-east Queensland, as well as in Tasmania where it was introduced in the 19th century.

Females are 74--84 cm long, and the males are a larger 80--98 cm long — making them the third-largest passerine bird after the Thick-billed Raven and the Common Raven.

Many Superb Lyrebirds live in the Dandenong Ranges National Park and Kinglake National Park around Melbourne, the Royal National Park and Illawarra region south of Sydney and in many other parks along the east coast of Australia as well as non protected bushland.

- Albert's Lyrebird (Menura alberti) is slightly smaller at a maximum of 90 cm (male) and 84 cm (female) (around 30-35 inches) and is only found in a very small area of Southern Queensland rainforest. They have smaller, less spectacular lyrate feathers than the Superb Lyrebird, but are otherwise similar. Albert's Lyrebird was named in honour of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

Mimicry:

A lyrebird's call is a rich mixture of its own song and any number of other sounds it has heard.

The lyrebird's syrinx is the most complexly-muscled of the Passerines (songbirds), giving the lyrebird extraordinary ability, unmatched in vocal repertoire and mimicry.

Lyrebirds render with great fidelity the individual songs of other birds and the chatter of flocks of birds, and also mimic other animals, human noises, machinery of all kinds, explosions, and musical instruments.

The lyrebird is capable of imitating almost any sound — from a mill whistle to a cross-cut saw, and, not uncommonly, sounds as diverse as chainsaws, car engines and car alarms, fire alarms, rifle-shots, camera shutters, dogs barking, crying babies, and even the human voice.

Lyrebirds are shy birds and a constant stream of bird calls coming from one place is often the only way of identifying them and their presence. The female lyrebird is also an excellent mimic, but she is not heard as often as the male lyrebird.

One researcher, Sydney Curtis, has recorded flute-like lyrebird calls in the vicinity of the New England National Park.

Similarly, in 1969, a park ranger, Neville Fenton, recorded a lyrebird song which resembled flute sounds in the New England National Park, near Dorrigo in northern coastal New South Wales. After much detective work by Fenton, it was discovered that in the 1930s, a flute player living on a farm adjoining the park used to play tunes near his pet lyrebird. The lyrebird adopted the tunes into his repertoire, and retained them after release into the park.

Neville Fenton forwarded a tape of his recording to Norman Robinson. Because a lyrebird is able to carry two tunes at the same time, Robinson filtered out one of the tunes and put it on the phonograph for the purposes of analysis.

 The song represents a modified version of two popular tunes in the 1930s: "The Keel Row" and "Mosquito's Dance". Musicologist David Rothenberg has endorsed this information"

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We have these amazing creatures at #MountChristopherson near #Dorrigo.  We can often be surprised by the sounds they make, as you can hear on the video, they can be incredibly misleading.

 

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More Mindfulness, Less Meditation

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Life@Work January 31, 2014 

By TONY SCHWARTZ "The practice has benefits, but it is far more effective as a technique of self-management than as a means of personal transformation, Tony Schwartz writes in the Life@Work column.

 

Here’s the promise: Meditation – and mindfulness meditation, in particular – will reduce your cortisol level, blood pressure, social anxiety and depression. It will increase your immune response, resilience and focus and improve your relationships — including with yourself. It will also bolster your performance at work and provide inner peace. It may even cure psoriasis.

 

50 Cent meditates. So do Lena Dunham and Alanis Morissette. Steven P. Jobs meditated, and mindfulness as a practice is sweeping through Silicon Valley. A week from Saturday, 2,000 technology executives and other seekers will gather for a sold-out conference called Wisdom 2.0, suddenly a must-attend event for the cognoscenti.

Even Rupert Murdoch has tried meditating, summing up its appeal in a haikulike twee......t: “Everyone recommends, not that easy to get started, but said to improve everything.”

 

Really? For what it’s worth, I don’t think so.

I first learned to meditate 25 years ago, built a daily practice in mindfulness and spent hundreds of hours sitting with my eyes closed and my legs crossed. I also interviewed dozens of meditators, including the most prominent teachers, for a book I wrote in 1995 called “What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.”


But the more time I spent meditating, the less value I derived from it. Which is not to say I think it has no benefits at all.

 

The simplest definition of meditation is learning to do one thing at a time.

 

Building the capacity to quiet the mind has undeniable value at a time when our attention is under siege, and distraction has become our steady state. Meditation – in the right doses — is also valuable as a means to relax the body, quiet the emotions and refresh one’s energy.

 

There is growing evidence that meditation has some health benefits.

 

What I haven’t seen is much evidence that meditating leads people to behave better, improves their relationships or makes them happier.

 

Consider what Jack Kornfield has to say about meditation. In the 1970s, after spending a number of years as a monk in Southeast Asia, Mr. Kornfield was one of the first Americans to bring the practice of mindfulness to the West. He remains one of the best-known mindfulness teachers, while also practicing as a psychologist.

 

“While I benefited enormously from the training in the Thai and Burmese monasteries where I practiced,” he wrote, “I noticed two striking things. First, there were major areas of difficulty in my life, such as loneliness, intimate relationships, work, childhood wounds, and patterns of fear that even very deep meditation didn’t touch.

 

“Second, among the several dozen Western monks (and lots of Asian meditators) I met during my time in Asia, with a few notable exceptions, most were not helped by meditation in big areas of their lives. Meditation and spiritual practice can easily be used to suppress and avoid feeling or to escape from difficult areas of our lives.”


So how to use meditation to best effect?

 

First, don’t expect more than it can deliver.

 

In the modern world, meditation is far more effective as a technique of self-management than as a means of personal transformation, much less enlightenment.

 

Second, start simply.

 

Mindfulness – or “vipassana” — is a specific type of meditative practice from Theravada Buddhism. It involves learning to watch one’s thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise and pass, without becoming caught up in them. By building the capacity to witness one’s own experience without attachment or reactivity, the teaching goes, one slowly begins to see through the illusion of permanence and separateness.

 

The problem with mindfulness as a starting place is that it’s an advanced practice. In traditional teaching, students first learned to stabilize their attention through “samatha,” or concentration meditation.

 

Concentration involves focusing on a single object of attention, such as the breath or a mantra, as in transcendental meditation. Only when students learned to reliably quiet their minds – a process that often took years of practice – was the more subtle and advanced practice of vipassana introduced.

 

In my experience, concentration meditation is a simpler and more reliable way than mindfulness to build control of one’s attention, quiet down and relax – especially so for those in the early stages of meditating.

Finally, don’t assume more is better.

 

“Mindfulness practice has its benefits,” said Catherine Ingram, author of “Passionate Presence,” “but in my case, after 17 years of practice, there came a point when mentally noting my breath, thoughts and sensations became wearisome, a sense of always having homework and of constantly chopping reality into little bits.”

 

Even a few minutes of sitting quietly and following the breath goes a long way. I’ve found it especially effective to breathe in to a count of three and out to a count of six – effectively extending the outbreath and deepening the experience of relaxation. Counting is also an effective object of attention, and therefore enhances concentration.

 

I’ve also found that it’s more practical to truly focus and relax for a minute or two several times a day than to meditate for a long period and constantly battle with distraction along the way.

 

There is a difference between mindfulness meditation and simple mindfulness.

 

The latter isn’t a practice separate from everyday life. Mindfulness just means becoming more conscious of what you’re feeling, more intentional about your behaviors and more attentive to your impact on others. It’s about presence — what Ms. Ingram calls “keeping quiet and simple inside, rather than having any mental task whatsoever.”

 

The real challenge isn’t what we’re able to do with our eyes closed. It’s to be more self-aware in the crucible of our everyday lives, and to behave better as a result. That’s mindfulness in action."

About the Author

Tony Schwartz is the chief executive of the Energy Project and the author, most recently, of “Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live.” Twitter: @tonyschwartz

 

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8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone ~ MakeUseOf

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"Brainstorming conjures up images of teams trying to hash out wild ideas around complex problems. Two heads think better than one, but brainstorming is as much about individual problem solving as it is about the group. 

 

The energies required for solo brainstorming are probably more, but the methods to build up the “storm” of ideas aren’t that different.

 

.. How do writers at MakeUseOf find ideas for content? 

 

It’s a daily ritual. Brainstorming alone is half the fun; but it is a necessity for us creative types who work alone in our pajamas. Call it the search for inspiration, the Web has always been a useful ally when it comes to thinking up creative solutions and ideas. Here are a few ways to go solo with your brainstorming.

 

Preparation Is Half the Work

 

"Enter your creative sandbox. Shut the door, shutter the window, and buckle down. Discipline yourself to go without distractions as you play around with ideas in your sub-conscious. Start your solo sessions somewhere quiet.

 

It’s more about spontaneity — quickly capturing ideas; less deliberate introspection.  you are a blogger or a writer, try some freewriting exercises. Alternatively, walk away from the computer and try to get your creative highs away from the digital scene. Prepare your brainstorming tools even if they are something as simple as pen and paper."

 

Tap the Power of Mindmapping…….

 

 

Go Nuts on Google………

 

Google gives you a smorgasbord of tools for brainstorming around all the information that’s out there. One of the more underestimated tools is Google Instant which shows you search results even as you type. The smart predictions bring up ideas which you might not have thought of. ……….

 

Set Up Google Alerts

 

An automatic search tool like Google Alerts can help make brainstorming a constant activity. Set it up with just the right keywords and you ……

 

Look Away From Your Niche

 

Steve Jobs: Good artists copy great artists steal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW0DUg63lqU

The iPhone wouldn’t have been possible without going outside the box. Take off the blinders and look at domains other than your own. Some great innovations have …..

 

Seek Visual Inspiration

 

Pinterest is a “search” engine in its own right. You can type in a query and bring up image boards and pins that serve as visual……..

Pinterest is a “search” engine in its own right. You can type in a query and bring up image boards and pins that serve as visual fodder for your brainstorming. For instance, ….

You can also create your own visual brainstorming board on Pinterest and use it to pin inspiring 

 

Page through a Book

 

Going through books and magazines is always a good idea. You can do better from …..

 Similarly, you can also use Google Books to research an …….

 

Take a Walk

 

Stop reading. Step away from your desk. Cut the cord. Unplug. Go outside. Change your environment. Doing something physical like taking a walk is usually recommended when you have exhausted your brain. Walking away from your notes could help the brain make sense of the information before it feeds the solution back to you.

 

There are many brainstorming apps online that can help you with the first process – generating ideas. But it is you who has to sit down with the ideas and sift through them to find the gems in the rough. Polishing the best ideas is the toughest part because it takes equal parts skill and intuition. Brainstorming can only take you so far. So, tell us how far you go with your solo brainstorming efforts? Do you like to do it alone or do you find it more productive in a group? What tips and tools work for you?"


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Free short stories PDF - Wiki Agreg-Ink

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Les liens suivants sont sur le Net (à jour au 11 juin 2012).

A Day's Wait de Hemingway http://mattlally.com/fiction/a_days_wait.pdf

 

A Perfect Day de J.D.Salinger http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/stories/bananafish.pdf

 

Brokeback Mountain d'Annie Proulx http://www.mattwagner.de/Textarchiv/artikel/Brokeback.htm

 

Country Lovers de Nadine Gordimer http://bths.enschool.org/ourpages/auto/2010/2/1/47903085/Country%20Lovers002.pdf

 

Epicac by Kurt Vonnegut http://podcasting.jessamine.kyschools.us/groups/ejhsmauwiki/wiki/533a0/EPICAC.html

 

Eveline de James Joyce http://centros5.pntic.mec.es/ies.manuela.malasana/servicios/cuentos/20072008/eveline%20english.pdf

 

For Esmé-with Love and Squalor de Kurt Vonnegut http://southerncrossreview.org/80/salinger-esme.htm

 

Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html

 

Mr Loveday's Little Outing de HG Wells: http://www.aitorninerola.es/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/mr_lovedays_little_outing.pdf

 

My Dungeon Shook de James Baldwin (une lettre de Baldwin à son neveu) http://www.valdosta.edu/~cawalker/baldwin.htm

 

Thank You Ma'am de Langston Hughes http://staff.esuhsd.org/danielle/english%20department%20lvillage/rt/Short%20Stories/Thank%20You,%20Ma%27am.pdf

 

The Bloody Chamber d'Angela Carter http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/rote/CARTER.html#the_bloody_chamber (lien temporaire à cause du copyright)

 

The Cat in the rain de Hemingway http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/HEMINGWAYX/ch10.html

 

The Courtship of Mr Lyon d'Angela Carter http://www2.bc.cc.ca.us/gdumler/English%201B/Stories/carter_courtship_lyon.htm

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button de Scott Fitzgerald http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/fitzgerald/jazz/benjamin/benjamin1.htm (11 chapitres)

 

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz de Scott Fitzgerald http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/diamond/diamond.html

 

The Enormous Radio de John Cheever http://web.sbu.edu/english/faculty/mjackson/CLAR110/cheever.htm

 

The Ice Palace de F.Scott Fitzgerald http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/icepalace/icepalace.html

 

The Lady's Maid de Katherine Masnfield Mansfield http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/1343/

 

The Legacy de Virginia Woolf http://www.nbu.bg/webs/amb/british/5/woolf/house10.htm

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty de James Thurber http://bnrg.cs.berkeley.edu/~randy/mitty.html

 

The Sniper de Liam O' Flaherty http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/sniper.html

 

The Terrapin de Patricia Highsmith http://www.scribd.com/doc/74864646/12th-Pan-Book-of-Horror#outer_page_54

 

The War of the Worlds de HG Wells http://www.online-literature.com/wellshg/warworlds/

 

Three Hours Between Planes de Scott Fitzgerald http://gutenberg.net.au/fsf/THREE-HOURS-BETWEEN-PLANES.html

 

Tobermory de Saki http://www.sff.net/people/doylemacdonald/l_tober.htm

 

To Build A Fire de Jack London http://www.jacklondons.net/buildafire.html

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Give Snowden credit for surveillance debate: Google's Schmidt

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Edward Snowden, the contractor at the center of the NSA controversy, should be credited for starting a debate, Eric Schmidt told CNBC on Friday.

 

 Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden should be credited for starting a debate about privacy versus security, Google's Eric Schmidt, told CNBC on Friday.

 

In a wide-ranging "Squawk Box" interview from Davos, Switzerland, the Google executive chairman also insisted that his company knew nothing about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities. He said the agency's actions have cost technology firms "hundreds of millions of dollars in profit" due to opportunities that went to international competitors.

 

He said U.S. spying had become something of a talking point for European technology companies, giving them an opening to lure business from their American counterparts.

 

Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia in the face of U.S. criminal charges for his disclosures about NSA spying, has been alternately hailed as a hero and vilified as a traitor.

 

"When I look at what's happened here, a debate has been started," Schmidt said. "You have to give him credit for that."

 

(Read more: Obama ends NSA's mass storage of telephone metadata)

 

Google's top executive also reiterated his position that his company, along with other tech giants, were outraged by the disclosures, and took preventative measures to safeguard user privacy.

 

"It was a bad policy," Schmidt said. "If you're going to collect that data, ... as a general matter the government should only collect data it really needs."

 

more: NSA uses old tech to snoop into computers offline)

—By CNBC's Javier E. David.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101337274

 

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers   Text Size   Published: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 7:33 AM ETBy: David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker 

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.

 

While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials.



The technology, which the agency has used since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into the computers. In some cases, they are sent to a briefcase-size relay station that intelligence agencies can set up miles away from the target.

 

The radio frequency technology has helped solve one of the biggest problems facing American intelligence agencies for years: getting into computers that adversaries, and some American partners, have tried to make impervious to spying or cyberattack. In most cases, the radio frequency hardware must be physically inserted by a spy, a manufacturer or an unwitting user.

 

The N.S.A. calls its efforts more an act of ''active defense'' against foreign cyberattacks than a tool to go on the offensive. But when Chinese attackers place similar software on the computer systems of American companies or government agencies, American officials have protested, often at the presidential level.


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​Happiness Is A Dog In Batman Pajamas, Frolicking In The Snow

Many of you might be trapped indoors tonight. You may be huddled up for warmth, trying to beat the cold weather with friends and board games. Well worry not, because this dog will keep you company.

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Portugal hails its ‘Black Panther’

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Millions mourn the Africa-born soccer star who became a national icon.
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Is Amerca overrated? 7 graphs that show US citizens' quality of life isn't as high as many imagine; Welcome to the Land of the Not-So-Free.

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Welcome to the Land of the Not-So-Free.

 

As if the recent string of high-profile scandals over Benghazi, AP phone records and the IRS weren't enough to land the Obama administration in political hot water, the controversial news of the National Security Agency's top secret PRISM program has now raised major privacy concerns for Americans.


While civil liberties continue to face erosion by heightened security and surveillance programs, there are many other areas where the American reality doesn't match the hype. Here are seven metrics that show US citizens' quality of life isn't as high as many imagine:

 

Peekaboo, I see you Source: Privacy International:

 

The US is the second worst country in the democratic world for overall privacy protection, though the UK grabbed the top spot, according to Privacy International. The two Western powers — along with Malaysia, Russia and China — were said to have "endemic" surveillance with few safeguards.

Baby drama Source: ThinkProgress :

 

The US is the only Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member-country that doesn't require paid maternity leave. And comparing it to the rest of the world doesn't make the situation look much better: the US is one of only four countries that doesn't have official paid leave for parents, joined by Liberia, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea.

America is unusually violentSource: Kieran Healy/OECD:

 

Once again, the US is an outlier, but for all the wrong reasons. Sociologist Kieran Healy made this chart comparing deaths in the US by assault (gun violence, stabbings, etc.) with other OECD countries since the 1960s.

Costly health care: Source: OECD

The US spends more than any other country on health care, costing every American an average of $8,000 and the government $4,000 per person, annually. Why is health care in America so expensive? Primarily due to the price of medical goods and services, as well as financial waste, according to nonprofit medical company The Regence Group.

Gas guzzlers Source: World Data Bank:

 

More than a billion cars were motoring around the world in 2010, a full quarter of them in the US — the largest contribution of any country in the world. The graph above shows that the US has consistently produced double the amount of CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita) compared to the average amount produced by the rest of the OECD.

Vacation Shmaycation Source: The Unemployment Law Project:

 

There is no federal law mandating paid vacation for American workers, meaning that even if you're lucky enough to receive paid leave, your employer isn't required to provide it. One in four US workers doesn't receive any paid time off.

Glass ceiling Source: World Data Bank :

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The lack of female representation in positions of power has long been a topic in the US and elsewhere, but the numbers show America is lagging behind. We offer this poignant 2011 excerpt about women in Congress from Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times:

"Even as women have made strides in many areas of political life, Congress remains male dominated. From the galleries above, the Senate and House floors often appear to be a sea of red and blue ties, with the occasional mid-calf red skirt suit floating among them. Until just a few months ago, there wasn’t even a women’s restroom near the House floor."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130607/7-graphs-america-overrated-nsa-prism-privacy

 

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GlobalPost goes inside the United States to uncover the regime’s dramatic descent into authoritarian rule and how the opposition plans to fight back.

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2013 Year's Best: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Graphic Novels for Kids and Classrooms

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Reflecting on 2013, I thought I'd share my favorite non-fiction and historical fiction kids' grapic novels with you, hoping you'll find ways of incorporating them in your homes, libraries, and classrooms. For those of you interested in a wider reading list, I have also included links by other librarians, educators, and graphic novel aficionados who have listed their 2013 favorites as well. I've included a few outstanding "honorable mentions" in fiction (I just couldn't resist sharing them with you).


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