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NEW BOOK:

The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9


Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].

EXCERPTS:

From the Introduction


One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.

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An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

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The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.

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As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.

SELECTED ENTRIES

Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

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    The days of loser low-ceiling programs like Nebraska and Wisconsin with their safe, wanker coaches being at the top are just about over.  In two years, The Four Horseman are going to ride at the top again with only Jerry Kill flipping and twitching at their heels.  Urb is going to keep rocking.  Dantonio has his formula down.  Jimmy BRAH has already invigorated life into a dead program and will have them in the playoff mix soon enough even if he has to kill everyone and he will do that.  And James Franklin is quietly cranking things up to 11 in the rape showers at PSU.  These four programs are closing in on making the Big 14 the Big 4.  And, this probably sounds weird coming from my ELITE fingers, that is a good thing.

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    Actorul Costel Caşcaval este unul dintre zecile de mii de copii care şi-au petrecut primii ani de viaţă într-un orfelinat comunist. După moartea părinÅ£ilor săi, el a fost abandonat de rude într-o astfel de instituÅ£ie. Costel îşi aminteşte şi azi cum îşi petrecea sărbătorile când era mic.
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    „Orfelinatul unde am crescut eu era la Târgu Ocna, la doi paşi de Slănic Moldova şi la trei paşi de Oneşti, de unde şi-a început Nadia Comăneci flick-flack-urile care au făcut-o faimoasa în toată lumea. Sigur că, fiind în plin comunism, nu se găsise nimeni care să ne vorbească despre adevărata semnificaţie a Crăciunului. Nici un preot nu avea voie să treacă pragul orfelinatului ca să ne vorbească de Naşterea Domnului. Nu conştientizam că e Crăciunul sau Anul Nou, nu ştiam ce e aceea o sărbătoare, dar cumva, instinctiv, simţeam că în lume se întâmplă ceva deosebit. Vedeam copiii din oraş mai frumos îmbrăcaţi, oamenii umblau de colo-colo cu cadouri în mâini, iar doamne dichisite de la comitetul de femei al oraşului ne vizitau, ne mângâiau pe creştetul tuns chilug şi ne dădeau câte o bombonică. Miroseau frumos, a mămici".
    Moş Gerilă şi orfanii
    Costel îşi mai aminteşte că cei două sute de copii raşi în cap din orfelinat îl aşteptau cu înfrigurare pe Moş Gerilă. „Făceam lanţuri din hârtie creponată, steluţe din hârtie, iar pentru noi, coifuri. Împodobeam bradul şi, aşezaţi cuminţi în sala de mese, îl aşteptam pe Moş Gerilă, căci Moş Crăciun nu avea „viză de intrare" în orfelinat. Nu ştiam colinde, că nu avea cine să ne înveţe, dar pregăteam noi între noi „Pluguşorul". Numai că nu aveam unde să „plugărim" căci tovarăşul director nu ne lăsa să ieşim din orfelinat ca să mergem de nebuni din casă-n casă. S-a întâmplat în câte un an să sărim gardul ca să mergem cu „Pluguşorul" gândindu-ne că, la întoarcere, cum ne va fi norocul, dacă era de serviciu un educator mai cu frică de Dumnezeu, închidea ochii, dacă era, dimpotrivă, vreun comunist vigilent ne „plugărea" el pe noi de ne ieşea pe nas „excursia" în lumea de dincolo de zid".
    Îngeraşul ilegalist
    Puştii din orfelinatul de a Târgu Ocna aflau totuşi că li se ascunde ceva. Unii dintre ei erau luaţi de rude în timpul sărbătorilor, iar aceia se întorceau cu informaţii preţioase: că au fost la Biserică, că au mers cu colindul, că au învăţat rugăciuni şi că adevăratul nume al lui Moş Gerilă e „Crăciun“. „De la unii dintre copiii care mai plecau din când în când pe la rude am învăţat rugăciunea „Înger, îngeraşul meu" pe care o spuneam în fiecare seară uitându-ne înspre un colţ al camerei, că aşa ni se spusese că trebuie făcut. Bineînţeles că această acţiune se petrecea în „ilegalitate", căci nu puteai să spui vreunui educator că tu te rogi. Copiii din orfelinate învăţau foarte repede să ducă o viaţă dublă. Se făcea clar diferenţa: „asta se spune, asta nu se spune."
    Ceea ce îi lipsea cel mai mult micului Costel în timpul sărbătorilor nu erau cadourile sau mesele îmbelşugate: „nu m-am plâns niciodată că nu eram bine hrăniţi, cu toate că nu eram niciodată sătui, dar nu asta era problema, ceea ce-mi doream cel mai mult era să am şi eu o familie. Din fericire, când am mai crescut, mă mai lua din când în când la el bunicul Ion Caşcaval de la care am aflat cum arată cu adevărat Crăciunul."
    Astăzi, Costel Caşcaval consideră perioada sărbătorilor ca pe una în care trebuie să te reculegi, să stai mai mult cu tine şi cu cei dragi şi nu una în care să-ţi afişezi opulenţa lăudându-te cum ţi-ai petrecut Crăciunul în Bahamas. Actorul e de părere că în timpul sărbătorilor e de dorit să faci un drum interior mai curând decât unul exterior. Altfel, rişti să fii mai mult turist decât creştin....

    Oare in zilele noastre cum e??? Va urma...


              Remember When Siskel & Ebert Reviewed JAWS: THE REVENGE?        
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    Remember When Siskel & Ebert Reviewed JAWS: THE REVENGE?

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    Ebert1SHOCK grabs another classic clip of critics Siskel & Ebert reviewing horror films.

    As part of our ongoing series digging up vintage clips of lamented critics Siskel & Ebert making sport of horror and dark fantasy films on their long-running, now defunct TV series AT THE MOVIES.

    Both critics were often very fair and astute with their assessments of contemporary cinema and certainly, their impact on the art of film criticism (such as it is) cannot be properly measured.

    But when they hated something, they used it as fodder for a kind of Statler and Waldorf-esque roasting routine. And while often amusing, horror fans rightfully recoiled at seeing entertainments they adored so casually dismissed.

    Now that said, sometimes, just sometimes…their genre jeering was the money.

    Witness their attack on Joseph (NIGHTMARES) Sargent’s universally lambasted sequel JAWS: THE REVENGE, the fourth – and to date, last – installment of the man (or woman) vs. shark series that started with director Steven Spielberg’s first masterpiece, 1975’s immaculate JAWS.

    1978’s JAWS 2 was a well-produced, well-acted but often tedious and shallow attempt to duplicate the energy of the original. The Richard Matheson co-scripted JAWS 3D was ludicrous but at least it tried to do something different.

    JAWS: THE REVENGE, however, is an anomaly; a film that carries over characters from the series, which are based in reality, only to trash the soul of the series by tacking on a quasi-supernatural angle wherein the long-shark-suffering Brody family seem to have been targeted by a dynasty of sharks, with one of the fuckers even following the matriarch of the family from Amity to the Bahamas to finish off the bloodline!

    Throw in Michael Caine collecting a paycheck and Mario Van Peebles with a distracting accent plus shark FX that are massive steps down from the already troubled 1975 incarnation of Bruce and you have one of the most ridiculed films of the 1980’s.

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    In retrospect, JAWS: THE REVENGE isn’t that bad in the sense that it’s well-acted, fast-paced and at least has some class, taking itself seriously and positioning an older female as the hero. Rare for 1987 and just as rare today.

    But…it aint a good movie. By any stretch.

    And so, when I caught this clip of S&E digging in, I wasn’t mad. At all. God knows the movie had it coming!

    Check it out. Be prepared to laugh….

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              Four-Way? No Way! Chloë Can        
    Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

    Chloë McCardel is about to attempt the unthinkable.

    She has done one-way crossings of the English Channel. She has done two-way crossings of the English Channel. She has done a three-way crossing of the English Channel.

    And now she will attempt a four-way crossing.

    A successful non-stop four-way crossing (quadruple Channel crossing) would be unprecedented and would bring her career English Channel crossing total to 25.

    If there is anyone who could do it in the contemporary swimming world, it is McCardel.

    It is not just the distance - 136 km or 84.5 miles - that presents a substantial obstacle, but also the tidal changes, cold water, jellyfish, and probably at least two full night swims.

    But her track record of success is unparalleled for an ultra-long distance swim. She swam 124.4 km in the Bahamas in 41 hours 21 minutes and completed 8 crossings of the English Channel last year.

    The 32-year-old Australian announced her plans after a workout at the Kerferd Rd Pier in Albert Park, Melbourne. Her attempt of a non-stop quadruple crossing of the English Channel - expected to take two days and nights - will occur within weeks between August 29th and September 2nd.

    “When I completed the triple, I was utterly exhausted – nauseous and hypothermic, with my swimming costume hanging off me because I’d burnt through so much body fat. Getting through all that, then turning around to swim another crossing will be absolute torture but I’m determined to do it.”

    McCardel has been swimming 110-140 km in training a week, including extended swims in ocean water as cold as 8°C and 20-hour non-stop night swims in 15°C ocean water with 3°C air temperature. She has augmented her ocean workouts in water as cold as 8°C and 20-hour non-stop night swims in 15°C ocean water with 3°C air temperature with pool workouts. “I am in the best shape of my career, injury free and, I believe, physically and mentally prepared.

    I've reached all my original goals. Now, it's about pushing the boundaries of the sport and the boundaries of the human spirit. What can our body and mind achieve? Do we really know our potential? Maybe we can go further. I want to find out. If successful, this could dramatically alter the perception of what the human mind and body can achieve in such harsh, inhospitable conditions
    .”

    Her attempt can be followed on her GPS Tracker which will be updated here every ten minutes throughout the crossing.

    Her team has explained the scale of the attempt. "Over 700,000 people have completed Ironman triathlons. Approximately 200 people have sailed non-stop solo around the world. Roughly 4,500 individuals have scaled Mt. Everest and over 10,000 Olympic gold medals have been awarded. Twelve people have walked on the moon and four people have completed a triple English Channel crossing. No one has yet attempted or completed a quadruple non-stop English Channel crossing. It is the greatest endurance challenge on the planet."

    For more information about McCardel, visit her website here.

    For McCardel's insights into her training, preparation and logistics of her quadruple Channel attempt, visit here.

    Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

              10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Dive Tiger Beach in the Bahamas        

    Located in the Bahamas, Tiger Beach is one of the few locations in the world where you can dive specifically with Tiger Sharks in unmatched visibility. The crystal clear water is warm all year long, and is home to Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, and Reef Sharks. Divers often describe their […]

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              Mike Coots’ Top 5 Tips for Shark Photography        
    Mike Coots in the Bahamas diving with tiger sharks

    When it comes to getting the perfect shot, there’s not doubt that patience and experience go a long way. However, when your subject is one of the top apex predators on the planet, it’s helpful to know a few more tips and tricks. Shark-bite survivor, shark advocate, surfer, and photographer […]

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    The traditional view of cruises has been that they’re for couples who are getting away for romance and adventure. More recently people have also begun thinking about cruises as a way for singles to meet each other and have a great time as well. But even that is a limited view of cruising. The reality is that there are cruise packages available today for everybody – if you like to travel and are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, a cruise offers more diversity and choice than any other kind vacation out there!

    Cruise Packages Cater to Every Group and Need

    There are cruise packages for couples, singles, groups of friends and families, and each of these take into consideration the specific needs and interests of these groups. This is what makes a cruise vacation so special – the attention to detail and specialized service. Most vacation packages simply can’t provide this kind of service.

    Family cruises can be amazing bargains when you’re traveling with your children because the cruise ship staff takes care of your children’s entertainment needs from the moment they step aboard ship. Kid-rated movies, live kid-friendly theaters, pizza parlors, organized games and activities and free baby sitting for the younger ones mean you’ll have the opportunity to have some couples time while your kids have a blast! The best part is the all-inclusive price – they can play, watch, swim and eat to their hearts’ content! How many hotels give you that?

    Worried that teens will be bored? Not a problem! Cruise packages with families in mind have age-specific activities planned that range from crafts for the younger set to karaoke and coffee houses for the teens, so you’re practically guaranteed to find something for every age group.

    Honeymoon cruises cater to your desire for romance and pampering. Little extras like champagne and chocolates are typically included in the price of your cruise, and discounts are usually offered for luxury accommodations onshore when you get to your port of call if you are staying there a few days. You can also upgrade for a small fee and get extras that really stand out, such as chocolate covered strawberries and canapés in your room, breakfast in bed and matching robes to take home with you.

    Let the cruise ship know ahead of time that you’re on your honeymoon and you’ll almost always receive some free gifts as well, and a special invitation to dine at the Captain’s table one evening. It’s thoughtful touches like this that make a honeymoon cruise such a popular choice.

    Cruise ship staff members are some of the most highly trained in the world, and excel at being both unobtrusive and ever-present to cater to your needs, making your honeymoon magical in every way. For a romantic vacation getaway, a honeymoon cruise can’t be beat. Fine dining, spas, world class entertainment, sumptuous rooms and moonlit nights with sea breezes all combine to make these romantic cruise packages a honeymoon vacation you’ll never forget.

    Girlfriends’ Getaway Cruises are the newest alternative to Girls Night Out. Hey, we all have those days when we throw up our hands and say, “I can’t take it anymore!” don’t we? Why not take a two or three day discount cruise for the weekend? It’s so much nicer than the yearly trip to the outlet malls! Pack up your bathing suits and get ready to relax!

    A three-day vacation with the girls can be all about you – spas, saunas, drinks on the deck while reading a great paperback. Nights of relaxing and chatting or seeing a great show; or maybe playing the slots in the casino. It’s three days of just the girls, and when you go home you’ll be refreshed, relaxed and full of great memories!

    You can get a great discount on three day cruises that will bring in the weekend at a lower cost than driving to those outlets, renting a hotel room and buying all of your meals in restaurants – and the food will be better, too. No driving around looking for the nearest movie theater, no looking for something to do – it’s all right there on board ship.

    Singles Cruises are usually booked as groups of singles onboard cruise ships that may have other groups as well, but because the singles group organizer is buying a block of rooms to keep the singles all together you can get a great discount on this kind of vacation. If you’re looking to meet and mingle with other singles, these cruise packages offer activities, dining and dancing with other singles onboard.

    These have become increasingly popular and are also a great way to enjoy great vacation destinations – why not go snorkeling off Nassau or shopping in the Bahamas and meet some great eligible singles, too? Today’s single professionals don’t want to wait until they find someone special to enjoy the finer things in life, and a singles cruise means they can enjoy an amazing vacation and find someone special at the same time!

    Cruise Packages to Fit Your Vacation Schedule

    Cruise packages come in several different sizes to fit your budget and your time constraints. You can even start with a day cruise if you’d like to try out your “sea legs” and see what cruises are all about. But be warned – once you’ve tried a day cruise, you’ll be ready to book the next step up, and you’ll be looking at four day, seven day or longer cruises!

    If you’re looking for a great getaway for a long weekend, check into the three- and four-day cruise packages that are available; you can find savings of up to 50% on these if you book in advance and are flexible on which port you leave from.

    For a longer vacation, there are cruise packages of a variety of lengths, with the most common lengths being seven day, eleven day, and then two and three week cruises. For seriously intense vacations, you can even book a discount cruise that’s a month or two months long (travel around the world on a cruise ship, anyone?). The fabulous thing about a really long cruise is that the discount is often substantial – an empty cabin is expensive for a cruise ship, so they’ll offer it a significant discount rather than have it sit empty for two months, so be sure to check out all possibilities – you may be surprised by what you can afford!

    About the Author

    Lori Wilkerson is a full-time freelance writer who loves her job because it gives her the opportunity to learn more about the world every day. Right now, she knows a lot about last minute discount cruise deals. Lori once led a Conga line to the tune, "Hot, Hot, Hot," throughout an entire cruise ship sailing to Nassau. More Cruise articles at can be found at Discount Cruise





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    5 Tips To Spend The Most Luxurious Caribbean Vacation You Ever Dreamed Of!




    Tip #1 : Buy a beach front Caribbean villa!
    Buying Caribbean beach front property can range from a bargain to outrageous. This does not mean that the cheaper Caribbean beach front property is any less beautiful or luxurious than the more expensive ones, but rather means the location is different. For instance, Caribbean beach front property in the Bahamas is beautiful, over run with tourists, and incredibly expensive. However, Caribbean beach front property in the Dominican Republic is just as beautiful, has less tourists, and a considerably more affordable price tag.

    Tip #2 : Rent a villa for your trip!
    If you are not into real estate investment, why not rent a villa instead? Often, the price will not be a lot more expensive then an all inclusive package in a crowded hotel. And instead of having to eat buffet food for a week, you can cook your own meal, or even have someone do it for you!

    Tip #3 : Rent a Caribbean island!
    Did you know you can rent a whole island just for yourself? This can come with staff and everything you need to spend a luxurious vacation. It is also a very nice idea for a wedding!

    Tip #4 : Charter a luxury Yacht!
    If you are looking for something a little less extravagant then the huge private Yachts, and a lot more affordable then there are a variety of luxury yacht charters Caribbean providers that will also be able to meet your needs and your budget. The wonderful thing about he Caribbean is no matter what your budget, preferences, and schedule there is someone who will be able to provide exactly what you are looking for.

    Tip #5 : Contact a Caribbean holiday specialist
    Certainly, you can get online and start searching and learn everything there is to do in the Caribbean, however it is certainly a lot easier to simply employ Caribbean holiday specialists to help you plan your vacation. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money because more often than not Caribbean holiday specialists are aware of different discounts and preferred rates. They have insight and knowledge and many years experience booking Caribbean vacations, where you will have to do some serious work and effort to plan the vacation yourself.

    About the Author

    http://www.luxury-caribbean-vacation.com "> Luxury Caribbean Vacation offers information about luxury services available in the Caribbean : villa rental, Caribbean real estate, yacht and sailboat rental and private aircraft charter. If you want the services of a REAL, knowledgeable travel agent, this is the pace to go!



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              Felix Loses A Gold Medal When Her Opponent Dives--And What's Wrong With That? Nothing        

    Anyone who has watched track and field over the years was impressed with the way sprinter Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas perfectly timed her dive across the finish line to win the 400-meter dash here in Rio on Monday night.… Continue Reading

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              plastic bird        
     When I was gathering all the plastic off the beach in the Bahamas, I couldn't help but think of the inspiring collection of photographs by Chris Jordan of deceased albatrosses with stomachs teeming with plastic debris. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an ocean gyre spinning with garbage from land-based sources as well as ship-generated waste. Dead birds with plastic particle-filled bellies are only one effect of this floating mass. With an estimated 100 million tons of accumulating pelagic plastics, I can't imagine what it is doing to the wildlife, ecosystems and even us, the reason for all the pollution. 
    Sometimes I feel guilty crafting—am I causing more waste?

              plastic shore        
    A couple of weeks ago, I did a segment with Martha, demoing the Sailor's Valentine boxes using all nature materials that I found on the beach. We also showed a piece of art I created from all the plastic remnants I collected that littered the ocean shore
    Besides being automatically drawn to the specs of bright colors heading down the beach seeking shells, the remorse I would feel to "pirate" the natural and pass by the manufactured. How could I do that? Once that ida was in my head, it was impossible to stop picking it up.
    After cleaning, drying, organizing by color and packing in my suitcase, all the plastic from the beaches of a small island in the Bahamaswe journeyed home to New York City. One night, I sat indian-style on the floor, scrutinized over layout and puzzled together a color gradient composition.
    It changed a few times, many times, before I decided to glue the pieces down.
    Now that I've composed the blue, green, grey, purple—I have the red, orange, yellow left to map out.
    Side Note: live plastic free, don't litter and pick up trash.

              Financial Crime: KYC Across the Whole Customer Lifecycle        

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    Several top global banks have made it into the press again — for the wrong reasons, reasons to do with international money laundering schemes. From facilitating trading with companies in sanctioned countries, to moving cash for Russian launderers to channeling Mexican drug money, these banks were caught and assessed steep fines by regulators. Even worse is the reputational damage that comes from not .

    These banks probably thought they were taking the “risk-based approach” that is at the center of most anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and know your customer (KYC) appraoches. But were they doing enough? Did they truly know the customer, their business and the relationship? Did they understand who stood behind the customer – where the funds were coming from?

    Over the past years, regulatory pressure on banks has increased and resulted in more sophisticated risk-based approaches that require banks to consider much more information on the customer and implement effective measures to mitigate risks. Still, financial institutions often fear that a customer does not want to open an account if they are asked too many questions. So they only ask a limited set of questions and check third-party data sources to enrich the data with information such as beneficial owner, and to check against:

    • Lists of politically exposed persons (PEPs)
    • Sanction and watch lists
    • Adverse media
    • Data bases such as the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, etc.

    But still that’s not enough for an effective customer risk view. Financial institutions also have to classify a customer. Our recommendation is to use both:

    • Rules-based risk classification that can put somebody into a high-risk segment if, for example, you detect any kind of business relationship with a high-risk country, or if there is inconsistent information provided by the customer or detected about the customer.
    • Analytical methods to automatically find out if there’s something unusual (e.g., similarity to a previously filed customer). These are typically based on AI.

    But the classification shouldn’t stop there. After onboarding, financial institutions have to have a transaction monitoring system in place to track each transaction for suspicious behavior. A mere rules-based monitoring should be complemented by powerful advanced analytics to be able to discover new, so far unknown patterns of crime.

    Missing: An Enterprise Risk KYC View

    Unfortunately, the important link between KYC actions during onboarding and the ongoing risk classification via transaction monitoring is still missing in many banks today. This causes two problems:

    • No risk classification on an ongoing basis, although any single transaction of a customer might have an impact on the customer’s risk situation
    • No detection of deviations in behavior when the customer’s real behavior does not match the KYC information and the information known about the customer

    The result will be ineffective and inefficient controls with many false positives, and a heightened risk of missing the real unusual behavior for a client.

    This is why we have not only integrated any kind of data into the KYC risk classification process supported by Siron® KYC, but also made any of the KYC information available in our transaction monitoring system, Siron® AML. This ensures our customers always know about the latest risk of any customer at any time.

    Facilitating the entire KYC lifecycle process via modules of Siron®Anti-Financial Crime Solutions makes sure that the financial institution uses an audit-secure process at low cost that operates in the background and secures the reputation in an automatic and silent way.

    Increased transparency on the customer’s business (especially in high risk areas) will be required soon. Looking at the upcoming 5th EU ML Directive we will see further data sources like central registries for beneficial owners and PEPs that also need to be integrated to track and manage customer risk throughout the life of the relationship effectively. Our job is to make this kind of enterprise-wide, cross-lifecycle view of a customer’s risk not only possible, but easy.

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              Grupo Bahamas quer abrir 11 lojas e chegar a 50 no país        
    O grupo Bahamas anuncia que vai inaugurar 11 lojas entre agosto deste ano e dezembro de 2018. De acordo com o presidente da rede, Jovino Campos, serão abertos seis empreendimentos da bandeira Mix...

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    Model Baju batik 2013 Di Aceh Tamiang model baju batik 2013 Batik di Indonesia memiliki ciri khas tersendiri di setiap daerahnya. Paling terkenal adalah baju batik Pekalongan yang memiliki ciri khas tersendiri dengan nuansa yang indah. Yang kedua adalah baju batik, Model Baju batik 2013 ini punya ciri warna yang berbeda dari batik-batik lainnya. Model Baju batik 2013 Masa ke masa seiring dengan berkembangnya hak asasi manusia kini bukan hanya para keturunan darah biru yang dapat menggunakan batik. Masyarakat biasapun mulai bisa menggunakan kain batik Model Baju batik 2013. Order Now 082134923704 Website : www.pusatbajubatik.comKaos Batik Bola Chelsea KB-CH1 Batik Sarimbit Bola Manchester United MU 28 Batik Bola Manchester United MU 29 Batik Bola Manchester City MC 11 bati wayang wg 08 Batik Wayang Modern WG 09 Batik Bola AC milan AC 26 Batik Bola Chelsea CH 10 Baju Batik Modern Putih Motif Bunga DB 1 Batik Sarimbit Modern terbaru PR 11 Batik Sarimbit Bola Arsenal S AR1 Batik Bola Arsenal AR 7 Batik Bola AC Milan AC 27 Batik Bola Real Madrid RM 19 Batik Bola Real Madrid RM 18 Baju Batik Juventus JV 12 Batik Chelsea CH 9 Terbaru Baju Batik Chelsea CH 13 Baju Batik Wayang Putih WG 11 Baju Batik Bola MU 32 Batik Bola Barcelona BC 19 Terbaru baju batik bola mu batik printing kode pr10 baju batik modern PR 09
              Bahamas Day Pass Expands Its Shore Excursion Offerings in Nassau and Adds Freeport        

    Bahamas Day Pass gives cruisers the ability to spend the day at the most popular resorts in the Bahamas including Atlantis

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    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/09/prweb12965432.htm


              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-07-2015 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Matt Pond PA- The State Of Gold Pt 1 - The State Of Gold
    The Last Hurrah- The Jig - Mudflowers
    Chris Jones The Night Drivers- Pinto The Wonder Horse Is Dead - Run Away Tonight
    Prinzhorn Dance School- Let Me Go - Home Economics
    Farao- Maze - Till Its All Forgotten
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    Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats- Thank You - Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats
    Panda Bear- Jabberwocky - Crosswords EP
    Dave Rawlings Machine- Bodysnatchers - Nashville Obsolete
    Yo La Tengo- The Ballad Of Red Buckets - Stuff Like That There
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    Bahamas- Bitter Memories - Bahamas Is Afie
    Brian Carpenter And The Confessions- Falling From You - The Far End Of The World
    Magic Castles- Moon Dust - Starflower
    They Might Be Giants- Hate The Villanelle - Glean
    Lady Lamb The Beekeeper- Billions Of Eyes - After
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    Chrome Hoof- Ultimate Sealed Unit - Chrome Black Gold
    The Souljazz Orchestra- Bulls Eye - Resistance
    Youth Lagoon- The Knower - Savage Hills Ballroom
    El Ten Eleven- Fast Forward - Fast Forward
    The World Is A Beautiful Place I Am No Longer Afraid To Die- Willie For Howard - Harmlessness
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    King Mono- Big Bass Drum - Bump In The Night
    The Helio Sequence- Inconsequential Ties - The Helio Sequence
    Say Hi- Volcanoes Erupt - Bleeders Digest
    Daughn Gibson- Shine Of The Night - Carnation
    The Domestics- What A Life - The Domestics
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    Wire- Blogging - Wire
    Belle And Sebastian- Ever Had A Little Faith - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
    The Mountain Goats- Used To Haunt - Paper Towns Music From The Motion Picture
    Keath Mead- She Had - Sunday Dinner
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    Courtney Barnett- Pedestrian At Best - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
    Skylab- Nickers Of A Girl - 2 1999 Large As Life And Twice As Natural
    La Luz- I Wanna Be Alone With You - Weirdo Shrine
    Glenn Taylor Orchestra- Bluejesu - Glenn Taylor Orchestra
    Robin Guthrie And Harold Budd- Turn On The Moon - Before The Day Breaks
    Joi- Praying For You - Joi Sound System
    Galactic- Long Live The Borgne - Into The Deep
    Dykehouse- The Unbearable Phatness Of Being - Sacred Symbols Of Mu


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-10-07
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-05-2015 with Adam Taylor        
    Playlist:

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    Maceo Parker- Going In Circles - Funkoverload
    Fela Kuti- Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am - Roforofo Fight
    Ron Miles Bill Frisell Brian Blade- Comma - Circuit Rider
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    Tweedy- High As Hello - Sukierae
    Moreno Veloso- Um Passo A Frente - Coisa Boa
    Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana- Sabor De Vacana - The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol 2
    Porlolo- Diamond - Everything Barely Single
    The War On Drugs- Red Eyes - Lost In The Dream
    Songs Ohia- Ring The Bell - Didnt It Rain
    Benjamin Schoos Laetitia Sadier- Une Dernire Danse En Duo - Le Pop 8
    Bahamas- Stronger Than That - Bahamas Is Afie
    Sly The Family Stone- If You Want Me To Stay - Higher
    Les Ambassadeurs- Bolola Sanou feat Salif Keita - Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako Vol 1 feat Salif Keita
    Gary Clark Jr- Travis County Live - Gary Clark Jr Live
    Justin Townes Earle- Single Mothers - Single Mothers
    Sylvan Esso- Play It Right - Sylvan Esso
    Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
    St Vincent- Birth In Reverse - St Vincent
    Nostalgia 77 Prince Fatty- Seven Nation Army Dub feat Dennis Alcapone - In The Kingdom Of Dub
    Missy Andersen- Same Things Make You Laugh Will Make You Cry - In The Moment
    Marcia Ball- The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man
    Sturgill Simpson- Turtles All The Way Down - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
    Jim Ford- Rising Sign - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    Hippie Sabotage- Sunny - The Sunny Album Deluxe Edition
    Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea
    Jack White- Three Women - Lazaretto
    William Onyeabor- Body And Soul Scientist Remix - What
    Thinking Plague- Malthusian Dances - Decline And Fall
    The Flaming Lips- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds feat Miley Cyrus Moby - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    Ali Shaheed Muhammad Souls Of Mischief- Time Stopped - There Is Only Now Remix feat Snoop Dogg William Hart
    Nikki Lane- Man Up - All Or Nothin
    Shakey Graves- Call It Heaven feat Esm Patterson - And The War Came
    Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- The Breath And The Glow - Totem


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2015-01-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-23-2014 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    Aan- Daylight - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Phox- 1936 - Phox
    Trio Subtonic- Night Runners - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Tennis- Meter And Line - Ritual In Repeat
    William Onyeabor- Atomic Bomb feat Hot Chip - What
    Zammuto- Dont Be A Tool - Anchor
    Temples- Shelter Song - Sun Structures
    New Move- Dont Wanna Lose - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Spanish Gold- Out On The Street - South Of Nowhere
    Sonny Knight The Lakers- When Youre Gone - Im Still Here Bonus Track Version
    Shovels Rope- Save The World - Swimmin Time Deluxe Version
    Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
    Johanna Warren- Without Her - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    King Tuff- Radiation - Black Moon Spell
    ItchyO- Jaywalker - ItchyO EP
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- Making Up And Breaking Up And Making Up And Breaking Up Over Again - Give The People What They Want
    Tweedy- The Wolf Is On The Hill - Beck Song Reader
    The Bombay Royale- The Island Of Dr Electrico - The Island Of Dr Electrico
    Mac Demarco- Jonnys Odyssey - Salad Days
    Ray LaMontagne- Airwaves - Supernova
    Fela Kuti Africa 70- Lover - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Rasputina- Sweethaven - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
    Quantic- Painting Silhouettes - Magnetica
    William Onyeabor- Do You Want A Man feat The Vaccines - What
    Langhorne Slim- Early In The Morning - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    The Flaming Lips- With A Little Help From My Friends feat Black Pus Autumn Defense - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    The Budos Band- Black Hills - Burnt Offering
    Pizza Time- La Verdad - Quiero Mas
    Wheelchair Sports Camp- Dont Force The Funk - Where We All Live EP
    Gentle Hooror- Tummy So Hungry - Bandcamp
    Cold Blood- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Vintage Blood Live 1973
    Damien Jurado- Return To Maraqopa - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    Dexter Johnson- El Corazn Live - Live Ltoile
    Leo- Waltz - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Andrew Bird- Giant Of Illinois - Things Are Really Great Here Sort Of
    A Tom Collins- Hospital - Stick And Poke
    The Tamed West- Floating - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    The Evening Guests- Wouldnt You Like To Know - Made In Iceland VII


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-12-23
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-25-2014 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    John Frusciante- Murderers - To Record Only Water For Ten Days
    Mac Wiseman Doc Watson Del McCoury- Live And Let Live - Mac Doc Del
    - Dont Wanna Lose - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Charles Bradley- Dusty Blue feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
    The Infamous Stringdusters- Walking On The Moon - Silver Sky
    - Stay Close To Me - Spiky Dread Issue One
    The Beach Boys- Heroes And Villains Live - Endless Harmony Soundtrack
    The Wailers- Climb The Ladder - Ska Sounds Vol 2
    Maker- Walk Away Son - Maker Vs NowAgain
    Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
    Johnny Griffith Billy ShaRaes Band- Do It Instrumental - The World Needs Changing
    Department Of Eagles- No One Does It Like You - In Ear Park
    Spanish Gold- Out On The Street - South Of Nowhere
    Foxygen- Bowling Trophies - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace Magic
    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Inner City Blues - Whats Going On
    Steinski- Lesson 3 History Of Hip Hop - What Does It All Mean 8306 Retrospective
    Drumagick- Swing Samba - Shapes 1201
    The String Cheese Incident- Up The Canyon - Outside Inside
    Hieroglyphics- Let It Roll - Full Circle
    The Green Seed- Jude Law - Drapetomania
    Anchorsong- Darkrum - City Lounge Vol 10
    King Tuff- Eyes Of The Muse - Black Moon Spell
    The Beatles- Hey Bulldog - Yellow Submarine
    She Him- Reprise I Couldve Been Your Girl - Volume 3
    The Babysitters- Spin A Top - Have A Seat
    - Daylight - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    The Kinks- Mindless Child Of Motherhood - Hidden Treasures
    - Killer Joe - Listen To The Music Caltones Jamaican 45s 196669
    The Flaming Lips- Getting Better feat Dr Dog Chuck Inglish Morgan Delt - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    King Khan The Shrines- Of Madness I Dream - Idle No More
    Nathaniel Rateliff- Laborman - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
    Johnny Hawksworth Hampton Hawes- Jazz Rule - Spiritual Jazz 4 Americans In Europe
    Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
    ItchyO- Jaywalker - ItchyO EP
    JD McPherson- Signs Signifiers - Signs Signifiers
    Selasee And Fafa Family- Which One - Time For Peace
    Invader- LookKa Py Py - Keep On Struttin
    Common- The People - Finding Forever
    Kid Koala- Skanky Panky - Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs
    Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- Evil Eye - Totem
    Bob Thiele Emergency- Head Start - The World Needs Changing
    King Tuff- Black Moon Spell - Black Moon Spell
    Tennis- Petition - Young Old
    Breakbot- Programme - By Your Side
    William Onyeabor- Do You Want A Man feat The Vaccines - What
    The Invaders- Spacing Out - Spacing Out
    Rebirth Brass Band- Your Mama Dont Dance - Move Your Body


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-11-25
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-05-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

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    Allo Darlin- Bright Eyes - We Come From The Same Place
    Paper Bird- Past The Sky - Rooms
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    Horse Feathers- Thousand - So It Is With Us
    Bahamas- Bitter Memories - Bahamas Is Afie
    Tape- Seagulls - Casino
    Lay Low- I Would If I Could - Talking About The Weather
    The Barr Brothers- Please Let Me Let It Go - Sleeping Operator
    Jonny Greenwood- Electric Counterpoint III Fast - Reich Radio Rewrite
    Perfume Genius- Longpig - Too Bright
    Wax Tailor- Like An Hourglass Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
    Wax Tailor- Only Once Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
    Wax Tailor- Heart Stop Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
    Dorian Concept- Nest Nest - Joined Ends
    Primus- I Want It Now - Primus The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
    The Dead Milkmen- Welcome To Undertown - Pretty Music For Pretty People
    Marco Benevento- Free Us All - Swift
    Dead Fingers- Big Black Dog - Big Black Dog
    Gasoline Lollipops- Death - Death
    Karl Hector The Malcouns- Mission Control - Unstraight Ahead
    Captain Planet- SS Esfahan - Esperanto Slang
    Elephant Stone- Three Poisons - Three Poisons
    Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- Wellaway - Totem
    Mexican Dubwiser- Cumbia Dcb feat Celso Pia - Electric City
    Throttle Elevator Music- Chartreuse - Area J
    The Growlers- Dull Boy - Chinese Fountain
    AllahLas- Ferus Gallery - Worship The Sun
    MC Frontalot- Start Over - Question Bedtime
    Zammuto- Hegemony - Anchor
    - Wouldnt You Like To Know - Made In Iceland VII
    Ty Segall- The Clock - Manipulator
    Mike Doughty- The Brightness - Stellar Motel
    The Flaming Lips- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds feat Miley Cyrus Moby - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    - Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart - Master Mix Red Hot Arthur Russell
    Sunbears- Love Breaks All Sadness - Future Sounds
    Bell Gardens- Joans Ambulance - Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions
    Magic Bronson- Go Get It - Wildlife


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-11-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-07-2014 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    John Frusciante- Murderers - To Record Only Water For Ten Days
    Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
    Tennis- Never Work For Free - Ritual In Repeat
    The Bad Plus- Gold Prisms Incorporated - Inevitable Western
    Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
    Foxygen- How Can You Really - And Star Power
    - Pay Day Give Away - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    Greensky Bluegrass- Kerosene - If Sorrows Swim
    Delta Spirit- Streetwalker - Ode To Sunshine
    The Budos Band- Shattered Winds - Burnt Offering
    Sonny Knight The Lakers- When Youre Gone - Im Still Here Bonus Track Version
    Zammuto- Dont Be A Tool - Anchor
    Zammuto- Need Some Sun - Anchor
    Hollie Cook- Desdemona - Twice
    Johnny Hawksworth Hampton Hawes- Jazz Rule - Spiritual Jazz 4 Americans In Europe
    Bonobo- The Keeper feat Andreya Triana - Black Sands
    Hollie Cook- Tiger Balm - Twice
    Bonobo- Animals - Black Sands
    Streets Of Laredo- Girlfriend - Volume I II
    Trampled By Turtles- Are You Behind The Shining Star - Wild Animals
    - Habit En Ich - 1970s Algerian Folk And Pop
    Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea
    The Felice Brothers- Saturday Night - Favorite Waitress
    JD Mcpherson- Signs Signifiers - Signs Signifiers
    Lucinda Williams- Bus To Baton Rouge - Essence
    William Onyeabor- Do You Want A Man feat The Vaccines - What
    Tribal Seeds- Moonlight - Representing
    Wayne Hancock- Ride - Ride
    Breakbot- Shades Of Black - Let The Children Techno Compiled And Mixed By Busy P DJ Mehdi
    Sondre Lerche- Modern Nature - Dan In Real Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Bahamas- Bitter Memories - Bahamas Is Afie
    Bahamas- Stronger Than That - Bahamas Is Afie
    Maker- Walk Away Son - Maker Vs NowAgain
    Bahamas- All The Time - Bahamas Is Afie
    TuneYards- Time Of Dark - Nikki Nack
    Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- Hastily - Ep
    Tommy Castro- Hard Believer - Hard Believer
    Andrew Bird- Ethio Invention No 1 - I Want To See Pulaski At Night
    Head For The Hills- Wish You Well - Blue Ruin
    The Black Keys- Weight Of Love - Turn Blue


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-10-07
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-06-2014 with Adam Taylor        
    Playlist:

    Gary Clark Jr- Third Stone From The Sun If You Love Me Like You Say Live - Gary Clark Jr Live
    - Origin Of Man - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
    Eddie Cotton- Here I Come - Here I Come
    Greensky Bluegrass- Worried About The Weather - If Sorrows Swim
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    Tim Easton- Lickety Split - Not Cool
    - Pa Gun Tor Lets Break Up - The Sound Of Siam Vol 2 Molam Luk Thung Isan From NorthEast Thailand 19701982
    Hippie Sabotage- Sunny - The Sunny Album Deluxe Edition
    Toumani Diabat Sidiki Diabat- Bansang - Toumani Sidiki
    Dubmatix- Pull Up Selector ft EekAMouse Leroy Horsemouth Wallace - Rebel Massive
    Kasai Allstars- The Chiefs Enthronement Oyaye - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
    William Oneyabor- Heaven And Hell Javelin Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
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    Jack White- Just One Drink - Lazaretto
    - Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    - Pay Day Give Away - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    - Alkher Illa Doffor - Psychedelic Planet
    MC Frontalot- Shudders feat Kid Koala The Protomen - Question Bedtime
    - Young Boys - Made In Iceland VII
    Lay Low- Talking About The Weather - Talking About The Weather
    Hollie Cook- 99 - Twice
    - Nunca Mais DJ Patife Remix - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
    Danielle Ate The Sandwich- Letter To The President - Like A King
    Danielle Ate The Sandwich- What You Were - Like A King
    - Hound Dog - Dues Paid The Bluestime Story
    Adrian Younge Souls Of Mischief- There Is Only Now feat Snoop Dogg - There Is Only Now
    Dilated Peoples- Good As Gone - Directors Of Photography
    Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Airways - A Long Way To The Beginning
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    Bahamas- Stronger Than That - Bahamas Is Afie
    Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
    St Vincent- Digital Witness - St Vincent


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-10-06
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-01-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
    - voicebreak -
    The Rural Alberta Advantage- The Build - Mended With Gold
    The Lions- Easy Dub feat Alex Desert - This Generation In Dub
    Clothesline Revival- A Mysterious Light feat Howard Miller - The Greatest Show On Mars
    The Sons Of Silence- A Grain Of Sand Definitive Mix - Check The Water
    Dark Sky- Imagin - Imagin
    The Bug- Fat Mac feat Flowdan - Angels Devils
    Scott H Biram- Around The Bend - Nothin But Blood
    - voicebreak -
    Aphex Twin- PAPAT4 155 pineal Mix - Syro
    Zammuto- Great Equator - Anchor
    - Master Cylinder - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Hippie Sabotage- Quit Wastin Time - The Sunny Album Deluxe Edition
    - voicebreak -
    Los Rakas- Hot - El Negrito Dun Dun Ricardo
    MC Frontalot- I Can See feat Sole Adam WarRock - Question Bedtime
    Mike Doughty- Better Days Come Around - Stellar Motel
    Elephant Stone- Motherless Child Loves Not For War - Three Poisons
    The Growlers- Big Toe - Chinese Fountain
    Bostich Fussible- Into Your Heaven - Motel Baja
    The Budos Band- Shattered Winds - Burnt Offering
    - voicebreak -
    Amp Live- Flight In G Minor feat Dirty Cello - Headphone Concerto
    The Bombay Royale- The Bombay Twist - The Island Of Dr Electrico
    Karl Hector The Malcouns- MHammad Slow - Unstraight Ahead
    Goat- Gathering Of Ancient Tribes - Commune
    Black Sabbath- Rat Salad - Paranoid
    Next Level Sound Station- Heavy Hitter Dub - Sunken City Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Andrew Bird- Tin Foiled - Things Are Really Great Here Sort Of
    - Jawa Jawa Alternate Take - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
    - voicebreak -
    Tour De Force- Battle Cry - Battle Cry
    Dubmatix- Black Market War Dub - Rebel Massive
    Seor Coconut- Que Rico El Mambo - Around The World
    Section 25- Friendly Fires - Always Now Remastered
    Throwing Snow- Avarice - Mosaic
    - Sokosondou - Psychedelic Planet
    Lay Low- Gently - Talking About The Weather
    The Bad Plus- Do It Again - Inevitable Western
    - voicebreak -
    Dif Juz- Hu - Soundpool
    David Bowie- Rock N Roll Suicide - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars 30th Anniversary Edition
    AllahLas- Buffalo Nickel - Worship The Sun
    Clock DVA- 4 Hours - Thirst
    Holy Ghost Tent Revival- Shadow Only Knows - Right State Of Mind
    Ty Segall- The Connection Man - Manipulator
    Eno Hyde- Moulded Life - High Life


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-10-01
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-17-2014 with Stephen Whitehead        
    Playlist:

    Kodomo- Overture - Patterns Light
    Magic Mouth- Mother Lode - Devil May Care EP
    The Drums- I Need A Doctor - Portamento
    Muyei Power- Wali Bena - Sierra Leone In 1970s USA
    Dead Fingers- Big Black Dog - Big Black Dog
    - Welcome To The Void - Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets III
    - voicebreak -
    Pearl Jam- Sometimes - No Code
    Ty Segall- The Hand - Manipulator
    Washboard Chaz Blues Trio- Falling Down Blues - Mix It Up
    Thao The Get Down Stay Down- Bag Of Hammers - We Brave Bee Stings And All
    Garotas Suecas- Roots Are For Trees - Feras Mticas
    Oy- Market Place - No Problem Saloon
    - voicebreak -
    Dosh- Yer Face - Tommy
    The Bombay Royale- Give Me Back My Bunty Bunty - The Island Of Dr Electrico
    George Harrison- WahWah 2001 Remaster - All Things Must Pass
    Spanish Gold- Day Drinkin - South Of Nowhere
    Parquet Courts- Instant Disassembly - Sunbathing Animal
    Ben Folds- Adelaide - Supersunnyspeedgraphic The LP
    - voicebreak -
    The Vegetable Orchestra- Transplants - Onionoise
    Marco Benevento- Escape Horse - TigerFace
    - Take Time Enough - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Freeman- For A While I Couldnt Play My Guitar Like A Man - Freeman
    - Master Cylinder - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Scott H Biram- Slow Easy - Nothin But Blood
    WEEN- Pink Eye On My Leg - THE MOLLUSK
    - voicebreak -
    Castanets- Somewhere In The Blue - Decimation Blues
    Replicants- Destination Unknown - Replicants
    AllahLas- Buffalo Nickel - Worship The Sun
    Bahamas- Stronger Than That - Bahamas Is Afie
    JEFF The Brotherhood- Hypnotic Mind - Hypnotic Nights Deluxe Version
    Throwing Snow- Pathfinder - Mosaic
    - Collection Box - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    - voicebreak -
    Dirtwire- Taga - Ondar EP
    Amon Tobin- Bedtime Stories - Isam Bonus Track Version
    Alison May- Loved Dark - Loved Dark
    Pterodactyl- Easy Pieces - Worldwild
    - voicebreak -
    Arcade Fire- The Suburbs - The Suburbs


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-09-17
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-03-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Crow Moses- If You Know I Was Here - Horse Heaven Hills
    - voicebreak -
    - Before - Made In Iceland VII
    Nouvelle Vague- Making Plans For Nigel - Nouvelle Vague
    Helado Negro- Levantar Las Piernas - Island Universe Story Three
    Glass Animals- Intruxx - Zaba
    Various Artists- Ursula 1000 Boop Skeewiff Remix - ESL Remixed The 100th Release Of ESL Music
    Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra- Ethio feat Michael Leonhart - World Of Funk
    Radio Citizen- The Hop featuring Bajka - Berlin Serengeti
    AllahLas- Had It All - Worship The Sun
    - voicebreak -
    Dark Sky- Voyagers - Imagin
    Kodomo- Infinity Divided - Patterns Light
    Next Level Sound Station- Skratch The Bowl feat Otto Granillo - Sunken City Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    - Settling Down - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
    Holy Ghost Tent Revival- Broken Spirit - Right State Of Mind
    Shearwater- Tomorrow - Fellow Travelers
    - voicebreak -
    Temples- Test Of Time - Sun Structures
    Scenic- All Fish Go To Heaven - Acquatica
    Cymbals Eat Guitars- 2 Hip Soul - Lose
    Dikembe- Pelican Fly - Mediumship
    Wovenhand- ElBow - Refractory Obdurate
    XTC- Battery Brides Andy Paints Brian - Go 2
    The Lions- This Generation Skronk Dub feat Black Shakespeare - This Generation In Dub
    - voicebreak -
    Rodrigo Amarante- Man - Cavalo
    Garotas Suecas- Charles Chacal - Feras Mticas
    Throwing Snow- All The Lights feat Russell Morgan - Mosaic
    The Bombay Royale- Falcons Landing - The Island Of Dr Electrico
    Elbow- The Blanket Of Night - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
    Bahamas- Cant Take You With Me - Bahamas Is Afie
    Say Hi- Critters - Endless Wonder
    - voicebreak -
    Ephemerals- The Oligarch - Nothin Is Easy
    TuneYards- Manchild - Nikki Nack
    Ty Segall- Its Over - Manipulator
    Ben Miller Band- Hurry Up And Wait - Any Way Shape Or Form
    Fucked Up- Paper The House - Glass Boys
    Gulp- Play - Season Sun
    Freeman- All The Way To China - Freeman
    Elephant Stone- Child Of Nature Om Namah Shivaya - Three Poisons
    - voicebreak -
    Leaded- Basketball feat Eric Loomis - Leaded
    Clothesline Revival- The Last Train From Pluto - The Greatest Show On Mars
    Eno Hyde- Return - High Life


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-09-03
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-02-2014 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    Delicate Steve- Wally Wilder - Positive Force
    Death- North Street - III
    King Khan The Shrines- Of Madness I Dream - Idle No More
    Ginger Baker The DJQ2O- Daylight - Coward Of The County
    Ginger Baker Trio- Jesus I Just Want To Go To Sleep - Coward Of The County
    Robert Walter- 2 Body Fat - There Goes The Neighborhood
    The Kinks- Holiday - Muswell Hillbillies Remastered
    Tennis- Mean Streets - Small Sound EP
    The Books- Group Autogenics I - The Way Out
    Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
    - Cajun Moon - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    Cut Chemist Featuring Thes One- 2266 Cambridge Featuring Thes One - The Audiences Listening
    - Shelter Song - Mojo Presents Echoes A Compendium Of Modern Psychedelia
    Scott H Biram- Never Comin Home - Nothin But Blood
    - Mr Talkative - Studio One Ska Fever
    Musketeer Gripweed- End Of The Day - Floods And Fires
    Robert Walter- Bakery Blues - There Goes The Neighborhood
    Iron Horse- Float On - Pickin On Modest Mouse
    Sonny Knight The Lakers- When Youre Gone - Im Still Here Bonus Track Version
    Wye Oak- Paradise - Shriek
    Ark Life- Let Your Heart Break - The Dream Of You Me
    The Flaming Lips- Ego Tripping selfadmiration With Blowup Mix - At The Gates Of Hell
    The Railsplitters- Longs Peak - The Railsplitters
    - Sleeping For Years - Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets III
    Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
    Buckwheat Zydeco- On A Night Like This - The Best Of Buckwheat ZydecoMillennium Collection
    Hot Rize- Just Like You - Untold Stories
    Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
    The Books- Beautiful People - The Way Out
    Blockhead- Grape Nuts And Chalk Sauce - Uncle Tonys Coloring Book
    Yonder Mountain String Band- Idaho - Town By Town
    Bonobo- On Your Marks - Days To Come
    Weezer- My Name Is Jonas - Deluxe Edition
    Les Claypools Frog Brigade- Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Live Frog Set 1
    The National- Murder Me Rachael - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
    Weezer- Only In Dreams - Deluxe Edition
    The Cure- Wailing Wall - The Top
    Department Of Eagles- Forty Dollar Rug - The Cold Nose
    The Bad Plus- Seven Minute Mind - Made Possible
    Eye The Arrow- LSD Western - If By Fire
    Robert Walter- Wade In The Water - There Goes The Neighborhood
    The Black Keys- 10 Lovers - Turn Blue
    Brightblack Morning Light- Fry Bread - Brightblack Morning Light


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-09-02
              Yoga Nidra Course Offered by the California College of Ayurveda in 2015 in California and Bahamas        

    Program will be offered March, 2015 in the Bahamas.

    (PRWeb April 25, 2014)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/yoga-nidra-course-pitta/training-california-vata/prweb11779023.htm


              Yoga Nidra Course Offered by the California College of Ayurveda in 2014 in California and Bahamas        

    Program will be offered March 12-15, 2014 in the Bahamas and September 2014 in Grass Valley, CA.

    (PRWeb January 06, 2014)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/yoga-nidra-yogic-sleep/training-course-ayurveda/prweb11258014.htm


              Sidney Poiter        

    Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He won it in 1963 for his role in Lilies of the Field. (1) Subsequently he received virtually every major honor which an actor can receive. (2) Poitier starred in some forty films, including Blackboard Jungle (1955); The Defiant Ones (1958); The Bedford Incident (1965); A Patch of Blue (1965); Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967); To Sir, With Love (1967); and In the Heat of the Night (1967). He also performed to critical acclaim on stage and on television and he directed nine films. (3)

    Poitier's artistic success is nothing short of amazing when you consider his roots. He grew up on an island in the Bahamas without plumbing, electricity, paved roads, automobiles, or schools. He wore trousers which his mother made from flour sacks. His parents were tomato farmers whose business collapsed when the State of Florida banned tomato imports from the Bahamas in 1936. At that point the Poitier family moved to Nassau, a modern city, where Sidney attended school briefly, got in trouble with the law, and discovered race, class, and movie theaters. (4) At the age of 15 Poitier's father sent him to live with his older brother Cyril in Miami but racism there quickly drove him north to New York City. He lived in Harlem for fourteen years, many of them spent as a dishwasher. (5) His first try at acting at the American Negro Theater was a disaster. Poitier had had no training, he could barely read, and he had a "thick singsong Bahamian accent." (p. 56) He then undertook a program of self-improvement. With the help of an elderly Jewish waiter, he learned to read and speak by reciting the daily newspaper. (p. 57) He took acting classes (p. 58) and absorbed much from friends and fellow actors as well as radio and movie house newsreels. (6) Eventually he landed his first stage and film roles. (7)

    Despite Poitier's growing success, none of the Hollywood movie companies sought to sign him to an exclusive contract. (p. 94) Poitier considered this an asset, however, because it allowed him to "pick and choose" his projects so that none of his roles would embarrass his family or contradict his own values. (p. 94) This independence explains why he turned down a leading role in a film in which his character was intimidated into silence about a crime (pp. 64-67), why he refused to sign loyalty oaths during the height of the cold war (pp. 93-99), and why he asked for and got a script change in a scene from In The Heat of the Night so that when a white man slapped him, he slapped back (pp. 136-137). (8)

    How does one account for great artistic accomplishment by a person who grew up in a Third World culture, who had virtually no formal schooling, who had regular brushes with the law, and who couldn't read until his late teens? Poitier himself offers two speculations - that his gift for theater has genetic roots (p. 20) and that unseen mysterious forces - fate, if you will – guided him on his career path. (p. 61) Whatever the reasons, Sidney Poitier, who turns 82 next month, has given us a legacy of extraordinary films that will entertain, educate, and inspire young and old for many generations.


     

    1. See Sidney Poitier, The Measure of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, HarperCollins, 2000. References to this book are by page number.
    2. Among Poitier's awards are the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the SAG Life Achievement Award, the Cecile B. DeMille Award, Kennedy Center Honors, the NAACP Hall of Fame Award, the Marian Anderson Award, the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, an Honorary Oscar, and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (knighthood). See "Sidney Poitier," Wikipedia.
    3. "Sidney Poitier," Wikipedia.
    4. Poitier quit school at age 12. His aborted schooling in Nassau did play an important part in his later career because one of his teachers, Mr. Fox, became the model for his role in To Sir, With Love, a story about a teacher in an impoverished area of London. (p. 187) In Nassau, after Poitier saw a movie, he would return home and act out all the parts. (p. 33)
    5. In New York, Poitier sometimes slept in a pay toilet or on a rooftop because he could not afford an apartment. When winter set in, he decided to join the U.S. Army so that he had food, clothing, and lodging. His career in the military was short-lived. To quicken his release, he feigned psychological problems and narrowly escaped a court martial. (See pp. 52-55)
    6. Poitier says that his "teachers" included Paul Robeson, Dr. Ralph Bunche, A Philip Randolph, Adam Clayton Powell, Roy Wilkins, Mary McCloud Bethune, Walter White, Whitney Young, and Langston Hughes as well as contemporaries including Harry Belafonte, Leon Bibbs, and Philip and Doris Rose. (p. 76) He writes: "By their example and my own intense effort at reading the newspapers, I picked up useful bits of information every day." (p. 77) He also acknowledges Louise, a fellow acting student, who "taught me much, not the least of which was to appreciate how much a greater command of the language can enrich one's life." (p. 79) He credits a long list of actors with helping him to hone his acting skills, including Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, Ruby Dee, Alice Childress, Frank Silvera, Spencer Tracy, and Canada Lee, among others. (p. 144)
    7. His parents viewed his first film, No Way Out, at a Nassau movie theater in 1950. (p. 60)
    8. Poitier reports that the actor John Cassavetes helped to reinforce Poitier's strong feelings about roles. Cassavetes told him never to do an artistic favor for a friend. Cassavetes said "You've got to have one area of your life where there's no room for compromise." (p. 147) Poitier's pride and independence also help explain his consistent refusal to sign loyalty oaths at the request of film-makers and TV moguls at the height of the cold war. (See pp. 93-99.)

    © 2009 Tom Shipka


              Reply #562        
    oh wow. well i just purchased it here in the bahamas about an hour ago.
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              The Best Time of Your Life        
    A week or so again I was talking to some of my friends when one of them posed a most interesting question, "What was the happiest time of your life?" On the surface, this sounded like a very easy question, but after some thought, it isn't. There are hopefully several happy times in everyones life. The happiest moment, the happiest day, the happiest period of time. I asked for some clarification as to which happiest time they were asking about. They wanted to know the happiest period of time. The most difficult of the three for most people. After a few minutes thought, I replied that for me, the happiest period of time was when I was a teenager and had the good fortune to live in the Bahamas for 15 months. This was from June 1964 until the end of August 1965. I can not think of a better place to be. Swimming in beautifully clear, warm water virtually everyday with the exception of a few hurricaine days. The experience of learning in a different type of school and educational environment. At that time, the Bahamas were a part of the British Commonwealth and therefore the the schools and most of the teachers were from England With the exception of one being from Hungary. This was with out a doubt the best year of learning that I ever had in my twelve years of public education. The English firmly believed in corporal punishment and whippings and caning were the rule of the day. Because of this, behavior problems disappeared within the first day or two of class each semester. Students all rose when the teacher entered the room and stood until they were acknowledged by the instructor. You also rose and stood at the end of each class. There was nothing perceived as wrong about showing respect for your elders and each other. We had a two hour lunch break evryday and quite often would go down to the beach to go swimming. It was not unusual to see someone sitting in class in the afternoon with wet hair. I lived on Grand Bahama Island in Freeport before it became a very popular tourist destination. There was a topless and nude beach, quite informative and educational for a boy my age, drinking at almost any age was tolerated as long as you did it in moderation. Moderation was something that everyone learned in order to keep their priviledges. Instead of a ice cream truck driving through town at night, the was a liquor truck, all you had to do was walk to the end of your sidewalk and the truck would stop. You could order all of your liquors, beers, mixers and ice. Your order completed, he would drive down the street to the next person standing at the curb. We had soft drink machines on the street that sold ice cold beer instead of soft drinks. All you had to do was put in your 2 shillings, 28 cents at the time, pick your desired beer, press the botton, and it would appear at the bottom of the machine. Quite often, after school, I would walk over to a friends house and we would enjoy a BeefeatersTM Gin and SchweppesTM Bitter Lemon. A very refreshing way to end a day of studying at school. The Bahamas were a very interesting mix of instense discipline and freedom. You were free to do quite a few things as long as you did not take advantage of your freedoms. During the time I lived there, whites made up only about 20 to 25 percent of the population. The rest of the population was comprised of Bahamians. These were blacks, potential slaves, that were left on the islands when the American Civil War started. The entire population of the island was less than 10,000 people at the time. The Bahamian blacks were of a different mindset than the American black. They were a very sweet, kind and honest people. The white people on the island were always welcome in th small villages on the other parts of the island such as Hunter, Seagrape or Eight Mile Rock. You were welcome in their bars and could dance with them because in their minds, they did not perceive a difference, you were just another person who had come to have a good time. My father would frequently go out to these small towns and bars to play music with them as he was a dyed-in-the-wool musician at heart. He was always wecome with open arms. There was no racial bigotry on the part of the Bahamians, there was some racism present on the part of the American whites when they first moved to the island but with rare exception, this disappeared after they had been there a while. This was completely diferent from the racial tensions and strife that were so prevailent 120 miles away in th mainland of the United States. Crime virtually did not exsist on the island and almost no one locked the houses when they were away in town. Spending fifteen months in a population where I was the minority taught me a great deal about looking at situations form all sides. At the time, I always thought it was strange that the whites that had moved to the island were there to help 'civilize' the native population. They were introducing the need for posessions, money and competion between individuals. This was something that previously really did not exist. The average Bahamian lived in a small house usually placed up on small pylons several feet above the ground. As most of the villages were located on a part of the island that was only several hundred yards wide, the land was only 3 or 4 feet above sea level. The highest point on the whole island was only 22 feet above sea level. By building their houses up on piers, this allowed the occasional high tide to simply flow under the house rather than through it. They all owned a few chickens, planted asmall garden and owned a small boat or dingy. When they were hungry, they ate, usually fish but sometimes one of their chickens, when they were tired they slept, and when they were horny, they made love to their wife or girlfriend. They were all deeply religious and all went to church every Sunday. To me, it seemed like they had a pretty good life and had figured out life pretty damn well. Leave it to us to come into their paradise and insist that they have to go to work everyday, punch a clock, and make money so they can be happy. Bullshit, it seemed to me that they were the truly cizilized people. This was definitely the happiest period of my life and would recommend that if or when you have children of your own, that you move to a small island for a while to let your children learn how to live life. I went back there several years ago with my family only to find that the island had been completely Americanized. It is still a very visually attractive place but it sucks now. None of the character it had all those years ago is still present, it is now nothing more than a tourist trap. You will have to find your own island, but rest assured, they still exist, I found one, but I'm not saying where it is. Peace and love to everyone until next time.

              Consider a “Staycation” This Summer        

    Summer is officially here and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s a friend or a neighbor, I’m sure you know someone planning an elaborate vacation this season. But is a big vacation to Florida or the Bahamas out of your reach? No worries! Here’s why you should love “staycations”. Give Your Wallet a Break […]

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              Ballys Favourite 50 albums of 2012        
    Bally's Favourite 50 albums of 2012

    We thought that 2012 was pretty damn great year for music, and when it came time for us to do our usual list of our favourite 20 albums, it grew into a top 30 albums list.   Then a top 40 list.   Then a top 50.......


    Our rules for the list were the same as for previous years

    1) No bumping up friends albums into a higher position just because they are our friends (although this year, 11 bands we have worked with made the list,  but we stuck to the rule strictly.)

    2) We can obviously only include the albums that we actually listened to, and even then, we had to listen to it 10 times at least.

    3) The list was compiled on 20th Dec.  Frustratingly, we heard a few other albums after the list was compiled that we thought should have been included, but by then we had already started the countdown on Twitter.  The best was Martin Rossiter's "The Defenestration Of St Martin", which we would have put in the top 10-15 at least.   

    Well, here they are!  We've also compiled a Spotify playlist with all of the albums on it here:   



    Top 10.
    1. Mystery Jets – Radlands

      A truly coming of age album for Mystery Jets, recorded in a home recording studio set up in a country house by the Colorado river in the Westlake area in Austin, Texas . Southern USA influences run through it, most evident on the Gospel tinged “Sister Everett” and the country-esque “Take Me Where the Roses Grow”, while still retaining their signature sound in “Greatest Hits” and even straying into Bee Gees terratory in “The Hale Bop”. A great hangover album, (much of the first half of the album, despite being very strong, barely gets out of 1st or 2nd gear), this album was pushed into first place by the run of songs from “Take Me Where the Roses Grow” to "Lost In Austin", which is amongst the finest run of songs in years.  A classic case of a laid back, and less-is-more approach paying off spectacularly.



    2. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again


      The best debut album of 2012 and a close contender for album of the year. Bill Withers and Terry
      Callier are the most obvious reference points, but there is also a strong Nick Drake vibe running through the album, particuarly in songs such as “I'll get Along” and “Tell Me A Tale”. A soulful, laid-back-to-the-point-of-vertical album, full of incredible melody lines, emotion and the maturity of a long established artist, this is the album that should have won this years Mercury Prize. This generation's “Five Leaves Left”. 



    3.  Tame Impala - Lonerism


      You know when people say that Oasis sound like the Beatles? Unless there was a Beatles song that had 15 guitars on it that I have missed, it's pretty clear they don't, and it's a lazy association. However, if the Beatles were transported from their 1968 Magical Mystery Tour period to the present day, and their time machine landed them in the home studio of Dan Snaith from Caribou, this is the album they would have made. Marks of Todd Rundgren and the Flaming Lips are all over the album too. The most immediate album of 2012, an album you can that feels familiar on first listen, as well as being one you can immerse and lose yourself in, and still discover hidden qualities on the 20thlisten. It is testament to the strength of music this year that it is only number 3. In most years, it would easily be number 1, and deservedly so. “Be Above it” is a fantastic opening track, “Mind Mischief” sounds like a song that should have been on The Beatles Antology 2, and the whole album has a feel of a fantastically produced album, that adds great style to songs that would sound great on an acoustic guitar. A rare case of an album absolutely hitting the mark on both style and substance.



    4. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
       
      Only 18 Years Old, born at the height of the Britpop scene, and already with a number 1 album to his name, this is an album that Eddie Cochran or Buddy Holly would have made if they were 18 in 2012. There is a feeling of the songs not being written to fit an album, (in the same way that Devendra Banhart's first 2 major label album do), with the style veering from rockabilly, to country, folk and everywhere in between. Lo-fi and spare production values, with most of the songs sounding like they could have been recorded on a 4 track recorder. If he ever decided to do a Syd Barrett and retire from music, he'd make a good living from songwriting. There is a refreshing honesty to this album, with strained vocals and his Nottingham accent evident throughout. It's an album that a teenage lad probably wrote in his bedroom, and is in the same vein as the Arctic Monkeys debut, in that he writes in a fantastical manner about the mundane events that a British teenager would come across. Brilliant lyrically, musically and delivered spectacularly.


    5. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal
       
      The album that took me by surprise the most this year. It's lyrical content isn't immediately obvious, but seems to be rooted with strong mythological content throughout, and the tight production means that the album has a strong uniformity. It's basically an angsty pop album, veering in mood from levels of positive giddiness, to wallowing weariness. From Iceland, and barely into their 20's, they have made the most coherent album of the year. The most obvious band comparisons are Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons, and their album combines a multi-layered sophistication, and the production is great throughout. Co-Self produced along with Jacquire King, (Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) this is an album that reveals itself slowly, (Little Talks is the only obvious single) and is strong throughout. The lazy would compare them with Bjork, on account of being from Iceland. The truth is that they wouldn't be too far away from the truth;.If she was asked to write an album to fit into the drive time Radio slot, it could possibly sound like this.




    6. Gaz Coombes - Here Come The Bombs
       
      The debut solo album from the Supergrass frontman, on which he plays all the instruments. If this album had come out in 1998, it would have fitted alongside “In It For The Money” effortlessly in style and quality. If every album released this year was whittled down to it's best 5 singles, this album would have been the best. Hot Fruit could have slipped into IIFTM, “Generator” sounds like a song left off of “I Should Coco” (it would be one of the strongest songs on that album) and “Whore” could have been recorded on the same day as Richard III, despite the 15 year gap between the two songs. It sounds like the album that it is; a first album by an artist who has established himself in a sound, but has a sense of liberation from going solo, and decides to take a few risks and push the boat out. Certain sections of this album may not have worked within a band setting, as they are so sparse that there simply isn't enough content to go around the various members, but there is a also a depth to this album quite unlike anything he has ever done in the past, and is has a lot more texture and production values than you would expect.  “Break the Silence” beats MGMT at their own game, and all in all, it is the most underrated album of the year by far.




    7. The Shins – Port of Morrow
       
      One of the most maligned albums of the year, (most press reviews were incredibly harsh on it) but unfairly so. I genuinely feel this is the best album of their career, and people who are pining for the sub pop days are cheating themselves out of a great album. “Simple Song” was one of the best singles of 2012, and while the album may not hit the heart as much as many other albums this year, it is still a fantastically entertaining album to listen to. And there is nothing wrong with that. They seem to be aiming for the stadium-full-of-lighters-waving-in-the-air vibe on many songs, notably “It's Only Life” (If Rachel and Ross went to a gig in an episode of Friends, and ended up copping off with each other, this is the song the producers would choose the magic moment to happen to). So if you're the sort of person who gets angered by bands who try to spread their appeal and set out to make an album to be consumed by the masses in industrial quantities, this album will probably do nothing for you. In the meantime, it's no skin off my nose, you are the one that is missing out on one of the better albums of 2012......



    8. Allo Darlin – Europe
       
      We thought that Allo Darlin's self titled debut album was pretty damn spectacular, and this second album continues where their last one stopped, both in sound and quality. Out of all if the bands on this list, Allo Darlin are the best example of a band that I genuinely couldn't imagine anyone not liking. In fact, if you were to say that you were not a fan of theirs, you'd probably be someone who would trot out the old “I don't like the Beatles...” line. So I'm sure that there are people out there who might not like them, but this album is so good that it is otherwise assumed you would be a fan, unless you state otherwise. The production on it is has a crystal clear, American-west-coast feel about it, and their songs simultaneously have a lightweight, breezy universal appeal to them, but at the same time, the album feels like a cult album, not dissimular to Weezer's “Pinkerton” or early Death Cab for Cutie while still in places sounding like The Beach Boys, Kirsty McCall, Real Estate or even The Thrills. Lyrically, the album is one of the strongest of the year, and it was pretty much one of the only albums this year that everyone at the studios loved, and whether it be tracks such as “Neil Amstrong,” with it's saccharine sweet and insainly upbeat optimism, despite it's quite meloncholic lyrical content ("They could name a star after you and you'd still be complaining,") or the beautiful heartwarming-despondency (if that is possible.....) of “Talulah”, this album is a triumph, and would have been in the top 3 on any other year from 2005-2011.



    9. Jack White - Blunderbuss


      This was the album that surprised us the least this year, in fact, you could have seen an album of this quality coming from a country mile off. Having built up a songwriting craft that is on a par with Bob Dylan's output from 1965-1968 with the White Stripes 6 albums, and having spread his wings with various musical projects such as The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs which, while being great acts, didn't reach the heights of the White Stripes output, mainly due to the lack of total control he could have over each of his albums, this feels like a natural progression. The fantastic album he produced with Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose is another obvious marker point. And this album is the accumulation of all of them. The snappy songwriting of the White Stripes? Check! The fantastic production values of Van Lear Rose? Check! The greatly improves musicianship of The Dead Weather/The Raconteurs? Check! One of the best albums of the year? Double-check!!




    10. Jason Lytle – Dept of Dissapearance
       
      Seeing as 2012 is the year the Grandaddy reconvened for their re-union gigs, you don't need many guesses to know what the starting reference point for this album is. If you liked Grandaddy, you'll like this album, if you didn't, you won't. It doesn't look to reinvent the wheel, just add a few more spokes in it. It is incredibly strong throughout, especially seeing as it is just his second album in 6 years, and whilst some parts of it feel like a parody of a Grandaddy album, it is a remarkably rewarding album. The lyrical content is kooky, as you would expect, and many of the songs have a familiarity about them that immediately makes you think he has re-worked an old song. If you're looking for obvious singles though, there are not too many of them, but that is probably because this album is more likely to be played as an album, rather than having choice tracks aired on radio. Much stronger than his first album, it is the album that confirms Jason Lytle as one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.

       


    11. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
    12. Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament – The Violence
    13. Bahamas – Barchords
    14. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
    15. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
    16. Ben Kweller – Go Fly A Kite
    17. Keegan McInroe – A Thousand Dreams
    18. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
    19. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
    20. Bob Dylan – Tempest
    21. Antlered Man – Gifties 1 & 2
    22. M Ward - A Wasteland Companion
    23. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    24. John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
    25. Howler – Give Up
    26. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
    27. Richard Hawley – Standing on the Sky's Edge
    28. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
    29. Beach House - Bloom
    30. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in The Universe
    31. Paul Banks - Banks
    32. Girls Girls Girls – Here Come the Bastards
    33. Darren Hayman – Lido
    34. David Lynch and St Vincent – Love This Giant
    35. Paul Weller – Sonic Kicks
    36. Tribes - Baby
    37. Best Coast – The Only Place
    38. Kyla La Grange - Ashes
    39. The Macabeees – Given To The Wild
    40. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
    41. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock
    42. The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made the Radio
    43. Toy - Toy
    44. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne
    45. Alt J – An Awesome Wave
    46. Band Of Skulls - Sweet Sour
    47. The Sick Leaves – Breaking Away
    48. Graham Coxon – A+ E
    49. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
    50. Zulu Winter - Language

              Reply #623        
    thanks Bahamas i usually play all the triples and false triples but was low on cash yesterday

    good stuff
              Reply #594        
    seeing we missed 338 Bahamas from you, what else you like? spread love
              May 9 is an important date if you are a Mossfon client        
    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) funded by George Soros will release on May 9 what they claim are the actual emails of the people behind offshore companies formed by Mossack Fonseca.  More than 50% are not related to Panama companies, but IBCs from BVI and Bahamas, yet they are called the Panama Papers because they were formed by a law firm in Panama founded by a lawyer born in Fürth, Germany.   None of the funds from the companies reported so far were kept in Panama banks - instead they were kept at banks in Switzerland, Channel Islands and Hong Kong who requested those companies for clients on whom presumably they conducted KYC due diligence searches.  

    None of that will matter because on May 9 the data base of all correspondence will be released, after being censored by ICIJ to make sure that no friends of its sponsors are disclosed (what they call "a careful release of basic corporate information").  Since ICIJ has threatened to release correspondence dating back to the formation of the firm in 1978, current and former clients should consult with legal counsel in their country about the consequences of this release.




    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release on May 9 a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation.
    The database will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them.
    The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, and includes information about companies, trusts, foundations and funds incorporated in 21 tax havens, from Hong Kong to Nevada in the United States. It links to people in more than 200 countries and territories.
    When the data is released, users will be able to search through the data and visualize the networks around thousands of offshore entities, including, when available, Mossack Fonseca’s internal records of the company’s true owners. The interactive database will also include information about more than 100,000 additional companies that were part of the 2013 ICIJ Offshore Leaks investigation.
    While the database opens up a world that has never been revealed on such a massive scale, the application will not be a “data dump” of the original documents – it will be a careful release of basic corporate information.

    See full text in www.icij.org.


              Will Hillary Clinton be featured in #Panamapapers?        

    Hillary Clinton’s Caymans-tax-dodge hypocrisy





    Hillary Clinton last week lunged into her most flagrant fit of hypocrisy yet.
    With Bernie Sanders surging, she took new aim at the rich — including their use of tax dodges.
    She told MSNBC: “We can go after some of these schemes … the kind of misclassifying of income, trying to make it look like it’s a capital gain, when it’s really ordinary income, going ahead and routing income through the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands or wherever.”
    Huh. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 on the Clintons’ use of a prime tax dodge: They put their Chappaqua home into a “residence trust” in 2010. Such trusts can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes.
    Meanwhile, the Clintons’ family wealth has grown big-time thanks to firms with significant holdings in places like . . . the Caymans.
    As The Daily Caller notes, Bill Clinton spent years as a partner in his (now-ex-) buddy Ron Burkle’s investment fund Yucaipa Global — registered in the Cayman Islands. In five years, Bill pocketed at least $10 million.
    In 2011, her hubby also earned at least $225,000 in speaking fees from Whisky Productions for an “event that will target the business community in Grand Cayman.”
    It’s a family thing: Chelsea Clinton’s hubby, Marc Mezvinsky, is a partner in a hedge fund with multiple holdings incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
    And don’t get us started on the whole clan’s use of the Clinton Foundation.
    Full text and videos in http://nypost.com/2016/01/18/hillary-clintons-caymans-tax-dodge-hypocrisy/
    See also http://mypanamalawyer.blogspot.com/2009/04/clinton-invested-in-cayman-tax-haven.html




              European Commission issues "black list" of 30 "tax havens"        


    Action Plan on Corporate Taxation

    On 17 June 2015, the Commission adopted an Action Planpdf Choose translations of the previous link for fair and efficient corporate taxation in the EU.
    The Action Plan sets to reform the corporate tax framework in the EU, in order to tackle tax abuse, ensure sustainable revenues and support a better business environment in the Single Market.
    See the timelinepdf. 

    5 Key Areas for Action have been identified:

    1. Re-launching the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
    2. Ensuring fair taxation where profits are generated
    3. Creating a better business environment
    4. Increasing transparency
    5. Improving EU coordination 
    map of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions has also been published, in a move to reinforce the EU's response to external threats to Member States' tax bases.
    The Commission also adopted a decision to prolong the Platform on Tax Good Governance, and revise its scope and working methods.
    For further information


    The map was drawn up on the basis of work done by the Platform for Tax Good Governance and the information provided by EU Member States.

    Top 30 listed countries: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Monaco, Mauritius, Liberia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong, Maldives, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands.

    Panama is listed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

    Full text in the European Commission website http://ec.europa.eu/





              The 'who's who' of European tax havens        
    Will Germany, UK and Netherlands end up in the OECD "black list" of terrible "tax havens"?



    Forget about the Bahamas, Panama, Cayman Islands, or Fiji. If you want to avoid paying taxes and have no problem with dicey business practices, Europe has a lot to offer.

    Europe is far from innocent in the international offshore tax evasion industry, as the Tax Justice Network (TJN) recently demonstrated. Many European countries, with their stable infrastructure and professional personnel, provide fertile ground for businesses or individuals to evade taxes.

    Andorra
    There are more than a few gaps that need to be filled in Europe, according to Markus Meinzer of the TJN. He helped paint a picture of who's who among European tax havens.
    The independent mini-state of Andorra in the Pyrenees, which is not a part of the European Union, offers a secretive place for those in neighboring countries to stash their money. Particularly attractive is the personal service offered by banking advisers there. It's also easy for Spaniards and French to simply drive there to deposit cash. Afterwards, one can always tank up and buy cigarettes there - tax-free, of course.

    Austria
    As a country sharing borders with Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, Austria draws foreign capital by promising secrecy to account holders. It caters especially to Europe's German-speaking population, Meinzer said. But he also said that he knows of Argentines who, for example, combine investing in Austrian bonds with the advantages of bank secrecy. Due precisely to the lack of financial transparency and its geographic location, Austria has also attracted wealth from Arab world dictators for decades.
    Channel Islands
    The British Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are home to hundreds of financial institutions and insurance companies drawn to their simple and low taxes. While Jersey probably "hides the most dirty business," according to Meinzer, Guernsey is the most innovative.
    With its so-called self-protected companies, an apparent single company is organized into cells with protective legal walls between them. And on Sark, according to British newspaper The Guardian, there are 24 companies registered for each of the approximately 600 inhabitants.
    Cyprus
    Cyprus is the perfect example of what can go wrong with depending on such dubious business models. It was particularly oriented toward former Soviet countries, and acted as a hub for them. Transactions over letterbox companies brought money into Cyprus, then back to countries like Russia - thus avoiding Russian tax authorities. But since the Cyprus bailout , in part by the EU, the Mediterranean island will have to come up with a new business model.
    England
    England, with London, represents one of the largest hubs for tax evasion and capital flight. Meinzer described London as "the mother of all tax havens" since the zone, which does not answer to the crown, has developed a network that continues to bring money back to the capital of the former empire. Money flows from there to British Channel Islands, such as Guernsey, Jersey or to the Isle of Man, then overseas to British territories in the Caribbean, such as the Cayman or Virgin Islands - or in Europe, to Gibraltar. London, is the seat of many dubious "letterbox companies," which only exist on the Internet.
    Germany
    Frankfurt skyline Foto: Frank Rumpenhorst dpa/lhe
    Frankfurt is a great place for foreign investors to earn tax-free interest
    Germany protects the data of foreign investors, who also don't have to pay taxes on interest.
    Only Germans, or foreigners resident in Germany, have to actually shell out a flat rate withholding tax on interest income, Meinzer said.
    Information on such yields also rarely flows out of Germany, he added: "Foreign investors with German accounts are protected with a certain degree of anonymity."
    That's why Germany ranks ninth in the world for financial secrecy, according to TJN.
    Gibraltar
    At the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar has specialized in allowing such letterbox companies, called "trusts." The structure of such trusts means there is no real owner of the company. They are often used to add a layer of secrecy to letterbox companies, Meinzer said, which is particularly good for money laundering.
    Meinzer cited insider information in calling it "the dirty end of the spectrum" for bringing money back into financial markets. The presence of many gambling casinos there also comes into play.
    Ireland
    It's called the "double Irish" in the financial world: A company founds two subsidiaries in Ireland with its business tax rate of 12.5 percent. Then, one claims to be based in a different tax haven. (Comparable taxes in the United States, for example, are around 35 percent.)


    This is completely legal in Ireland, and therefore an optimal location for companies such as Google, Apple or Amazon.While the one company does business in Europe, it pays the other patent fees. Profits vanish, as costs and income equal out on the balance sheet.
    Although other countries like the Netherlands offer similar models, Meinzer said the difference is that people do actually work in Ireland, which at least creates some jobs and a bit of growth in the country.
    Isle of Man
    Taxes are kind of an afterthought on this island between England, Scotland and Ireland. Inheritances and capital gains aren't taxed at all, while the highest level of taxation lies at 20 percent. Corporate tax is nonexistent. It's especially loved as a hidey-hole for British millionaires.
    Luxemburg
    Luxembourg is the second-largest financial hub in Europe, after London. Innumerable investors and around 150 different banks enjoy a lenient tax framework in Europe's stocks and bonds center. Luxembourg's status as an EU member makes it particularly attractive for European companies and the international market, Meinzer explained. "If I want to get around German laws, for example, I could go through Luxembourg," Meinzer said, adding that 40 German banks do business there.


    With its low tax rates, Malta, like Cyprus, has long drawn foreign capital. Although corporate taxes are around 35 percent, companies can get most of that refunded.
    It's a favorite among German companies, which earn a higher profit if based on Malta. Meinzer said that while it's clearly a tax paradise for companies, it's not clear if that's also the case for individuals.
    Monaco
    The Principality of Monaco continues to be home to the rich and famous, being surrounded by France. Millionaires happily set themselves up there due to the fact that they pay no income or inheritance taxes. The city-state also does not prosecute financial crimes committed abroad. Businesses, however, must pay taxes there - at rates of around 33 percent. France, though it doesn't play an active role, lends a protective hand, Meinzer said.
    Netherlands
    What Luxembourg is for private investors, the Netherlands is for large corporations. Business taxes are incredibly low, with many tax advantages for interest and licensing income.
    With the "Dutch sandwich," a parent company has a subsidiary in the Netherlands, which it uses as a cheap tax base to develop its European business.
    Switzerland
    Although there are supposedly no more completely anonymous bank accounts in Switzerland (and neighboring Liechtenstein), it continues to draw large sums of money due to its strict banking secrecy. Considering the volume of money in Switzerland, it made first place on the TJN's Financial Secrecy Index.
    Full text in http://www.dw.de/


              The Travdazzlebahamas.com $79.00 Bahama 5 Day 4 Night Cruise & Stay Blog        
    Fire Breathing Woman

    Now, I’ve got a lot of details to go over with you, I’m going to give you some information about the vacation and about
    Travdazzlebahamas.com. I’m also going to give you a web page that you can go to and get information specific about this trip and be able travel on it. I wish I could speak to everyone personally, but unfortunately I can’t , you’re going to want to take somebody on the vacation with you and I’d want to go over the details with them, so I figured this Blog would be the next best thing. So I apologize for the in formalness upfront, but I think it’s going to work out great for everybody.

    So you get a 5 Day 4 Night Bahamas cruise and stay getaway for two. The vacation features cruise passage for 2 aboard the Discovery cruise ship. Now, the cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl so you are responsible for getting you and whoever is traveling with you down to Ft. Lauderdale some time in the next 18 months when you’re ready to start your vacation. All the meals and entertainment are included aboard the cruise ship. On the ship you can enjoy high action casinos, a movie theater, live entertainment, games, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sundecks; there’s plenty to enjoy on the ship. The cruise takes about 6 – 7 hours to get all the way out to Grand Bahama Island, and it’s a nice cruise ship; it’s a 1200 passenger ship and it has 8 decks.

    You also get 5 days and 4 nights hotel accommodations right there in the Port Lucayan area of Grand Bahama Island. Which Port Lucaya is like a really big deal down there. You’re going to be staying at the Bell Channel Hotel, and I really think your going to be excited about staying here. Now, I chose the Bell Channel Hotel because it’s in a great location on the island. The Bell Channel Hotel has a restaurant and lounge and all rooms are waterfront right on the Bell Channel. They have dive excursions that leave right from the property every day and across the channel is Count Basie Square and the Port Lucayan Straw Market. There are upgraded accommodations that are available upon request.

    Count Basie Square and the Port Lucayan straw market is only about a 15 minute walk from the Bell Channel Hotel. This is my favorite spot on the entire island and there’s so much to do. There are a lot of shops and restaurants and they also have free nightly entertainment. If you like to gamble this place has the most incredible beach front casino The Isle of Capri. This is just a beautiful part of the island. The Our Lucaya Westin and Sheraton Beach Golf Resort is located right across the street from the Port Lucayan straw market so you can go over and enjoy one of the resorts 14 restaurants or beautiful beaches. They have 5 swimming pools, entertainment, calypso bands, this place is incredible. All this is about a 15 minute walk away from the Bell Channel Hotel so you’re just in an excellent location.

    Now, we’re also taking care of your moonlit dinner cruise on the return trip. This is a beautiful time to be out on the ocean and watch the sun set and then enjoy a great dinner and maybe go dancing or just relax to unwind at the end of your great vacation. So we’re taking care of all that for 2 people.

    Now you’re still going to be responsible for your normal traveling expenses on your trip like your drinking, your gambling, tips, hotel taxes, port fees, departure fee and homeland security fee, stuff like that, is still going to be your responsibility of course.

    Now I want to go over a few terms and conditions:
    There are no blackout periods whatsoever. Now this means you can travel anytime during the year. You don’t have to go just during off-season.
    This vacation has absolutely nothing to do with timeshare. So you don’t have to worry about going down there and having to sit through some type of sales presentation or some goofy sales gimmick.

    This promotion is based on double occupancy. Now that means you get to take somebody else on this vacation with you as well. Also you don’t have to know who the second passenger is until you are actually ready to set your travel dates.

    You have 18 months to take the trip. So you have plenty of time and you don’t have to worry about trying to set your dates anytime soon. You do not need to know who is going on this vacation with you until you are ready to set your travel dates. You have a full year and a half to schedule the vacation whenever you’d like.

    You do need to allow a 60 day advance notice prior to leaving for them to book your trip.

    At the time you’re traveling you’re going need to make sure you have Proper Proof of citizenship. At this time US citizens do need a Valid US passport if they are 16 years of age and up. If you do not have a passport you must acquire one before travelling on this package.

    This vacation is 100% transferable, so you can give it as a gift to a friend or family member at any time in the next 18 months if you’d like and there’s no transfer fee. Vacation Promotions is registered with the state of Florida. Travdazzle-Vacation Promotions also is a state certified seller of travel here in the state of Florida.

    Ok, just to be clear, you get cruise to and from the Bahamas, all of the meals and entertainment aboard the cruise ship, 5 days and 4 nights’ hotel accommodations at the Bell Channel, and moonlit dinner cruise on the return trip. You have a year and a half to go whenever you like and they are taking care of all that for 2 people.

    The registration fee is only $79.00. This is Low cost promotion that will be over shortly you must register in order to secure you spot. As time passes your cost will not go up but there's definitly will.... So Take Advantage like i did!

    And then as I’ve stated earlier, you’re still going to be responsible for your normal traveling expenses on your trip, like any drinking, gambling, tips, activities on the island, and your port and service fees.

    I’m going to go ahead and tell you a little bit about that, in case you’ve never been on a cruise or you’ve never left the country before. Government Port taxes are paid anytime you leave the country and cannot be paid for by any Travel Agency. This includes your port taxes, Bahamian Departure Fee, your docking charges and your Homeland Security fee. Now all this adds up to $139.00 per person, but you don’t have to pay this until you’re ready to set your travel dates within 18 months. But then once you’re in the Bahamas, everything you buy down there is duty free and tax free. This is how they’ve set up their taxing system down there. You pay a port tax to get into their country, but then you don’t pay a sales tax on each item you buy down there like you do here. Every time you buy an item, or go to a restaurant, or you purchase a drink here in the states, you pay individual sales tax or liquor tax on it; down there you don’t pay any sales tax or liquor tax on anything. Everything you buy down there is duty free and tax free but you pay a port tax to get into their country. Anyway that’s their system.

    I would like to say each year I take this vacation it gets better and better. Each year we get stacks of postcards we send to people who we feel are missing out on going to Grand Bahama by only paying an administration charge and port fees.

    I absolutely love the Bahamas. I love the beaches, the calypso music, the people, the carefree way of life, I have no doubt this trip is great, and Travdazzlebahamas.com made me feel so lucky. Cruise there and back, meals on the ship and hotel accommodations for 5 days 4 nights for a $79.00 administration fee!

    I hope I’ve given you a good decription about the trip. Feel free to e-mail me as many times as you wish, and if you already know who is going on the vacation with you, I would recommend having them read this Blog also. But remember you don’t have to decide who is going on this vacation with you until you are ready to book your dates. Please Feel Free to comment on the explination and your questions. Have a Great day!

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              Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Guide        
    Straw Market

    Grand Bahama Island lies only 55 miles off the coast of South Florida. Grand Bahama has always been well known for its famous resorts, glittering casinos and the City of Freeport. What most people don't realize about Grand Bahama Island is that it offers a rare combination of popular tourist activities plus all the ecological wonders of pristine beaches, national parks, fishing villages, reefs, enchanting marine life and more. As one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations, Grand Bahama has developed into a major tourist destination featuring new and exciting resorts, an all-inclusive resort and charming European style resorts. With a multitude of adventure and activities combined with the choice of resorts, Grand Bahama is one destination that has something for everyone.

    The island is 96 miles long and 17 miles across at its widest point. However from Freeport or Lucaya, you'll find you're within a few minutes drive of most points of interest.

    Here is a Great map of The Grand Bahama Island




    RESORTS
    1. Best Western Castaways Resort & Suites
    2. Coral Beach Hotel
    3. Island Palm Resort
    4. Ocean Reef Yacht Club Resort
    5. Radisson Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort
    6. Our Lucaya Reef Village Beach & Golf Resort
    7. Paradise Cove Beach Resort
    8. Pelican Bay At Lucaya
    9. Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club
    10. Royal Islander
    11. Flamingo Bay Yacht Club & Marina Resort
    12. Old Bahama Bay
    13. The Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino
    14. Wyndham Viva Fortuna

    I for one have travelled to this island countless times and have had nothing but a blast every time! This is a place I recommend everyone visit at least once. There are 2 ways to get there, by plane or by Boat. The Discovery Cruise Line offers a round trip passage aboard their ship for about $300.00 for 2 guest. All the meals and entertainment are included aboard the cruise ship. On the ship you can enjoy high action casinos, a movie theater, live entertainment, games, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sundecks; there’s plenty to enjoy on the ship. The cruise takes about 6 – 7 hours to get all the way out to Grand Bahama Island, and it’s a nice cruise ship; it’s a 1200 passenger ship and it has 8 decks.

    One you arrive in the Grand Bahama Island Freeport you will see it is home to miles of pristine white Bahamian beaches and clear aqua waters of the Bahamas. And, you can visit a large variety of beaches that you will rarely find anywhere on earth except in the Bahamas. If you enjoy the water, Freeport, Grand Bahama offers a full array of water sport activities such as windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing and parasailing. Nature lovers and eco-tourists have a choice of kayaking, horseback riding, snorkeling or swimming with dolphins. You can also explore the surface below with Unexso Bahamas and Freeport Xanadu Undersea Adventures, which can arrange shark, shipwreck and night dives, as well as diving certification lessons, or special Dive-in-a-Day lessons.

    Freeport is also home to the world famous Rum Runners Bar. Right in Count Basin Square in the heart of Grand Bahama Island you will find this bar which serves a Pina Colada in a fresh coconut that will leave you wanting more. They serve up the local beer "Kalik" in mass numbers all day and into the night until the Limbo Guru and fire breathing woman take you into the evening. The limbo guru is especially the eye catcher. He places a stick on top of two Kalik beer bottles sets it on fire and limbos under it! Its truly amazing, this guy has to be made of human rubber because its amazing how he can bend is body. I took this picture to prove it!




    Not only does the Grand Bahama Island offer a wide variety of entertainment is offers some of the worlds most amazing natural beauty! I took this picture one night while me and my wife were watching the sunset. It was very romantic and a breath taking experience! Stay tuned for More!


              Deteknix Scubatector report...... (3 replies)        
    My wife and I just got back from a cruise to the Bahamas. We had a stop in Nassau for a day and one in Freeport for a day. We went to a public beach at each location and I spent probably 2 hours at each beach using the Scubatector. It works great! I've had he Vibratector for a few years and have found lots with it including gold and silver rings. The rechargeable battery system and regular push button on/off was the key features that boroughs me to purchasing the Scubatector. It is nice to have both features and the Scubatector seems to be a little deeper machine as well. I didn't find any rings at either location, however I did find earrings including a stud earring, I found a necklace charm and some Bahamas coinageincluding 2 quarters, a dime and a couple pennies. Found a pair of sunglasses that were a good foot deep. Also found a couple of crusty potential coins, gonna have to tumble or use electrolysis on them to find out. Also found an old piece of pottery that I eyeballed while using the Scubatector.
    Bottom line, I really like the Scubatector, it works as advertised and was a pleasure to use. I found zipper pulls and Bobbie pins and other junk but I'm sure if I had of swept
    It over a ring I would have easily found it as this thing is very sensitive. Some of the larger
    Coins were probably 8" deep.
              Nassau and Freeport, anyone detected there? (no replies)        
    Hello,
    The Wife and I will be going on our 1st cruise soon to the Bahamas. Going to be at Nassau a day and Freeport a day. I'm not taking a full sized detector for a couple reasons, 1. First cruise so not sure how getting on/off the ship will be and don't want a scoop and detector to fool with, 2. Only going to be at the places with a beach during the daytime, it will be crowded at peak times.
    Therefore, I'm taking my Vibratector 730 and my brand new Scubatector and mask and snorkel. I've found gold, silver, junk rings and coins with the VT so I know good stuff is within reach within snorkel range. Have any of you detected in these areas and if so how did you do? I will post up with results here after we get back, really looking forward to the cruise, but couldn't let an opportunity to do a little treasure hunting in the Bahamas get by without trying SOMETHING. If I see it's not a hassle, may plan a trip to one of the islands for a more in depth treasure hunt in the future.
              Cyber Surf Shop and more links        
    175 links and growing... If you know of a surf label with its own Web site that should be on this list and isn't, submit it by posting a comment. LEGENDARY NAMES Surfboards or works of art? Bruce Jones Surfboards The Endless Summer dude. Robert August boards That other Endless Summer dude. Sweet fish shapes. Michael Hynson Surfboards Wanna surf a Donald Takayama? Hawaiian Pro Designs These ain’t your dad’s Hobie Alters. Hobie Shapes the longboard champ’s ride, retros and more. Stewart Surfboards All shapes from a historic San Diego label. Gordan & Smith 24 shapes endorsed by a magical surfer. Joel Tudor Boards from a true pioneer. Dewey Weber Lightning bolts, tow-ins and more. Gerry Lopez Surfboards Gotta Hawaiin surf spot named for you? Dale does. Surfboards By Velzy You probably want a longboard from this guy. Dick Brewer Surfboards Australian icon Wayne Lynch's brand. Evolution WOOD BOARDS Expensive but beautiful kits and finished boards from paipo to log. Grain Surfboards Redwood and balsa shapes. Eaton Surfboards From ancient Hawaiian shapes to fish. Tom Wegener Surfboards Unreal, exquisite hollow woodies. Paul Jensen Surfboards Redwood planks and balsa models. Born Again Boards Solid balsa and redwood. Chuck Bassett Custom balsa’s at Ron Jons. Jeri Custom Balsawoods Hollow, solid and foam-core balsas from Oz. Riley Balsa’s from Satellite Beach. Balsa Bill Custom balsas from Carlsbad, Cali. Mack Surfboards How about a solid Agave board? Linden Surfboards Santa Cruz classics. Johnny Rice LONGBOARDS Credited with resurrecting longboards, has all shapes now. Walden Surfboards Seal Beach, Cali., since 1959. Beautiful work. Harbour Surfboards San Diego guns, logs and funshapes. Eaton Surfboards Legend? Yes. Longboards? Definitely. "Renny" Yater Family tree mother branch, Hap Jacobs. (Under Construction.) Hap Jacobs Surf Original noseriding legend. David Nuuhiwa Surfboards Some say he was really “First in Foam.” Dave Sweet Surfboards New label from family of the Duke. Kahanamoku Sons Legendary island label, iconic triple stringers. Surfboards Hawaii Mostly longboards. Classic Cali. Con Surfboards Crescent City, Cali., models. Rhyn Noll Surfboards Absolutely gorgeous Rincon-area retros. Cooperfish Surfboards Ventura, Calif., classic designs. Mobley Surfboards Famed longboards, but have lots of shapes. Pearson Arrow Surfboards Two-piece longboards buit to travel. Pope Bisect New York shop with all shapes, really. Bunger Really sweet shapes, paints from Costa Mesa,Calif. Dano Surfboards Bing Copeland started on the Pacific Coast Highway in 1959. Bing Surfboards PRO RIDES Kelly Slater’s ride. Channel Islands Al Merrick's new logo. Anacapa Can’t go wrong with this medicine. Surf Prescriptions Not just Hawaiian, world class. Hawaiian Island Creations The official Jeff Bushman site. Bushman Surfboards Put an ace of spades in your quiver. Kechel Surfboards Blue-chip label from a variety of big names. Ripcurl boards Signature grooved deck to reduce buoyancy in rails. Stretch Surfboards Another group of high profile names for this major label. Billabong boards Preisendorfer, as in Rusty. That says it all. Rusty Tractor logo. Andy Irons’ ride. This is it. JS Industries Tim Bessell custom shapes. Bessell Mayhem and Chili's versions. Lost... Mark Richard's version. Lost... That Chilli pepper logo. (Under Construction) Chilli Surfboards Attitude included. Rat Surfboards Big name from Santa Cruz. M10 Surfboards Loads of styles. Loads of style. Xanadu Surf Designs Hawaiian heavy. JC Hawaii That rocket logo. It’s pronounced “take off.” Teqoph Surfboards RETRO STYLES Five fins, channeled bottoms? The Cambell brother’s original. Bonzer Surfboards inspired by the 70s surf flick. Morning of the Earth Surfboards Knock out resin tints, gorgeous lines. Rainbow Surfboards More than just groovy. Plastic Machine Surfboards ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS & SHAPES Looks like an alien shape. Jet Bottoms Hemp and cotton cloth, hollow balsas. Ocean Green Full-on space aged internal frames. Hydro Epic Displacement hulls, flex fins. Say what? A must read. Liddle Surfboards The one and only Nugget shape. McCoy Surfboards Patagonia magnate, Fletcher Chouinard’s composite boards. Point Blanks Parabolic rail stringers. Firewire Surfboards A tail with springs in it. Surf Syndicate Hollow carbon fibers. Aviso Surf Built like airplane wings or UFOs? Salomon S-Cores Balsa, redwood, cedar and foam composite. GR Designs Soft tops for serious surfing. Tom Morey Tougher contruction’s by name-brand shapers. Surftech Epoxies from 6’2” to 10’ South Point Epoxies from 4’9” to 11’ NSP Aerated Cellular Structure tech equals indestructible. Bic Sport Surfboards FLORIDA SHAPERS Port Orange in the house! Klein Surfboards A Cocoa Beach master. Natural Art Flagler Beach shaper. maTTz Surfboards A real New Smyrna kahuna. Wooster Surfboards Still working on their site, but... Quiet Flight Flagler Beach’s world champ. Queen of the pier. Zamba Surfboards Atlantic Beach shop. Whisnat Surfboards St. Augustine shapes. Inspired Surfboards. Power to the Peeples. Erie Surfboards Melbourne labels. Cannibal Surf Space Coast shaper.Tom Neilson Shapes Daytona Beach rockers. Clever Surfboards Fernandina Beach house. Cyclone Surfboards EAST COAST RIDES Virgnia Beach icon. Wave Riding Vehicles North Carolina shop. AJW Surfboards GULF COAST Texas sticks of all shapes and sizes. Superior Surfboards Never seen a channeled bottom like this. Fry Surfboards THE HAWAIIAN BUNCH All style. All business. Town & Country Mostly guns. Casey Surf Designs Nothing says Hawaii like it. Aloha Surfboards A top dog name, bruddah. Ben Aipa North Shore bro, Jeff Johnston. Shapes Hawaii Another North Shore all star. Pyzel Surfboards Ridden at Jaws, a Maui address and a variety of shapes. Timpone Surfboards Maui wowie. Elua Makani Craig Kawamura shapes. CK Surfboards CALIFORNIA COOL Namesake label of Nor Cal’s surf city USA. SC Handshaped from Encinitas, retros, long dogs and shorties. Free Spirit Surfboards One of San Diego's big dogs. Kane Garden Hometown shop of the Dana Point mafia. Infinity Surfboard Encino man. Encinitas Surfboards Major label from Hermosa Beach. Sypder Surf Fish with home breaks of Trestles, Malibu, Huntington. 9 Fish Surf San Clemente shop. Cole Surfboards Name a shape. They make it. Channin Surf Hermosa Beach shaping bay. Stickman Surf Redondo Beach shop with lots of shapes. Fuego Surf Another Cali guru. Linden Surfboards Oceanside. Streetsmart. Chemsitry Surfboards San Diegan ridden world wide. Sharp Eye Surfboards Are you west coast on the schneid? Schneider Surfboards You stay classy San Diego. Christenson Surfboards Who’s ridden these? Machado. Kalani Robb. Sauritch Surfboards Newbury Park, Cali., shapers. Barker Surfboards From the home of the Banana Slugs. That's Santa Cruz, yo. Schroedel San Francisco Bay-area boards. Natural Curves Self-taught San Diego shaper. TDK Surfboards Another Dana Point heavy. Ellis Surfboards Marina Del Rey biz with nice shape selection. Anderson Surfboards Limited Southern Cal menu. Roberts Surf Hermosa Beach shop who’s chief is in Noosa Head, Australia. Wegener Surfboards Carpenteria surf shop and shaping bay. JHR Surfboards Ventura, Calif., high performance. Proctor Surf Costa Mesa shop. Cordell Miller Surfboards Big, big name from San Clemente. TPatterson Surfboards Another Costa Mesa shop. DT Surf Beautiful Ventura boards. Dennis Ryder Surfboards Nothing says Hawaiian like it, but it's from Cali, bro. Ukulele Surfboards Santa Barbara home of McCrystal and the Soul Octopus. Beatty Products PACIFIC NORTHWEST British Columbia boards. Sitka Surfboards Oregon shapes. Seven Surfboards Another Oregon crew. Hammer Surf Lincoln City, Oregon EPS shapes. Russo Surfboards THE BRONZED AUSSIES He started in the 60s and helped spearhead the shortboard revolution. McTavish North Coast boards. Bear Surfboards Won a world title on a twin fin. Mark Richards Surfboards No they’re not see-through. Clear Surfboards Darren Handley boards. Base Surfboards Gold Coast performance shapes. Lowen88 Aussies with a Cali shop, too. Mad Surf Tom Carroll rides on this team. Enough said. Byrne Surf Specializing in custom jobs. Stramger Surfboards Brookvale, Australia. Misfit Shapes What's in a name. Pedigree. History. Legend. Watercooled Surfboards Dale Chapman’s label. Chapman Surfboards SOUTH AFRICAN STICKS “Dream” boards. Wave Scape Cape Town shaper. 33 Srf J-Bay shop. Jigsaw Surfboards Mas Africaners. HH Surfboards When they safari, they mean it. Safari Surf Yet another shark biscuit. Billeon Still more from the dark continent. Bilt Surf NEW ZEALAND Location, location, location. Season Surfboards Team Jamaica's label. Quashi IRELAND Remember your wetsuit. Power Source Surfboards GERMANY Olas uber alas! Norden-Surfboards BRASIL Can you read Portugese? FM Surf PANAMA Surf the canal! Boa Surfboards BRITAIN There are loads more Brit shapes, but check these tail stringers! SKUA Surfboards STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS Ku Ku Hoe’s. Hawaiian for “stand up paddle.” Infinity The kind Laird Hamilton and crew ride. Pohakus More Hawaiian stand-ups. Paddle Surf Hawaii Here's a list of more links for all things surfer. If you think of any more surfy sites that should be included, send in a suggestion by posting a comment and I'll take a look. LOCAL SURF DOCUMENTARY The photo-documentary "When We Were Kings" is about New Smyrna Beach surfing in the 80s. It's by J. Patrick Altes. WEATHER LINKS NOAA wave models NOAA St. Augustine buoy NOAA Canaveral buoy NOAA wind flow vector model National Weather Service marine forecasts NOAA Northwest Atlantic water vapor loop satellite SURF REPORTS & CAMS New Smyrna Beach cam Daytona Beach cam East Coast Cams Sunglow Pier cam Cocoa Beach based 2nd Light report Melbourne Beach wave gague St. Augustine based The Surf Station report Daytona Beach based Pier Monkey report Gulf coast report Rep Your Break's Jacksonville Pier report Fluid Groove's Jacksonville Beach report Rep Your Break's Daytona Beach Pier report Dade County surf report South Florida report Southern North Carolina reports Links and more on EastCoastSurf.com Ross's Cocoa and Idiatlantic report Red Dog's New Smyrna report 16 Streets Cocoa report Surf Consolidator northeast Florida reports NATIONAL FORECASTS Surfline WaveWatch Wet Sand Magic Seaweed COSTA RICA Nosara, Costa Rica Costa Rica surf map BAJA LINKS Scorpion Bay campground Web site COMPETITION ASP World Tour ASP North America regional tour Eastern Surfing Association National Scholastic Surfing Association ZINES & CLEARINGHOUSES Surfing The Mag Surfer Magazine Global Surfers Surfers Village surfing news Swaylock's surfboard design forum Surf Expo! MAPS Map of Bahamas surf spots SURFBOARD MUSEUM DISPLAY This link is to a 360-degree photographic tour of the surfboard exhibit the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences held in May 2005, called Surfing USA. . The photo tour was created was John McSwain. Surfboard exhibit I NEVER KNEW THAT! There's a site to report and look for stolen surfboards. StolenSurfboardsOnline The American Society of Civil Engineers did a paper on Ponce Inlet wave simulations.

              BE Modern Man: Meet "Mr. Head of Class" Ian V. Rowe        

    BE Modern Man: Meet “Mr. Head of Class” Ian V. Rowe

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    Name: Ian V. Rowe

    Age: 53

    Profession: Chief Executive Officer, Public Prep

    Social Media: Facebook: @IanRowe | Twitter: @IanVRowe

    One Word That Describes You: Father/Husband

     

    What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?

    It is an honor and great recognition to be part of a group of black men changing the narrative for what is possible for the generations of young men to come.

    What are you doing as a BEMM to help support black male achievement now or in the future?

    As CEO of Public Prep, I oversee all-girls and all-boys public charter schools that serve almost exclusively low-income, children of color. As an example, I run Boys Prep Bronx, the first and only all-boys public elementary and middle school in the Bronx. Because of a breakthrough public/private financing model, we are building the permanent home for Boys Prep Bronx, which will be a state-of-the-art 80,000-square-foot facility in the heart of the South Bronx.

    What are some examples of how you turned struggle into success?

    In elementary school, my family moved from Brooklyn to Queens. This area in Queens had been predominantly white, but was becoming racially integrated. Our junior high school, which had historically been mostly white, was rapidly becoming mixed. And so a number of the white parents from my school pushed for an annex school to be opened in a nearby neighborhood.

    My parents presumed the education would be better in that other school, so they were going to send me, too. I was 11 years old. I remember one Sunday crying and crying to my parents and begging them to keep me in my current school. They ultimately relented. And it was so meaningful, because I’d made such a big deal, and my parents had said “OK.” I now had a duty, a responsibility, to do good things in that school. I also remember thinking to myself, “Why should the other school be better? Why should the education suddenly go down in my school just because most of the kids who are going to be left are black?” There’s no doubt that struggle influenced me for the rest of my life—professionally and personally—to create equal opportunity, regardless of the school that one enters, no matter race, income level, or zip code.

    How do you ordinarily impact?

    I write. Whenever I am stuck on an issue, or trying to figure out a position, or understand the correct path forward, I write. When I do not know, I write, then read, then write again. Writing is a permanent record that forces me to distill my understanding, expose my ignorance, and clarify what I must do to take action. Words are powerful. My greatest impacts have usually come after I have argued with myself on paper, studied the data, then emerged with a point of view that is defensible and forward-facing.

    What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?

    I most value individuals who have two qualities: (a) empathy for people living in challenging conditions; and (b) the ability to critically assess data and trends to understand why those challenging conditions exist in the first place. The quality I look for then is someone who combines that empathy and analytical ability to create solutions that respect existing conditions, while also addressing the underlying factors like the impact of structural barriers and individual choices. Most squarely, I apply these ideas to working with people committed to breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty, and understanding the series of life choices that most likely lead to life success.

    What are some immediate projects you are working on?

    I have been writing a series of essays about what I call the “silent tsunami.” This refers to the often-not-spoken-about explosion in unplanned, non-marital births that is having a devastating impact on kids of all races. 40% of all babies in America are now born out-of-wedlock, and more than 70% of babies born to young women aged 24 and under, which in the vast majority of cases leads to almost certain poverty for the parent and child. We can change that. As someone who leads a network of schools, I am very cognizant that educators cannot control the structure of the families into which our current students are born. But we can influence how our students think about the family structures they form and the series of life choices that will likely lead to their life success and that of their children.

    What is the best advice you ever received?

    Model the behavior you seek in others. Make long-term commitments to your spouse and your family; to your work; to your faith; to your country; and to those who have not yet had a chance to experience success but who can benefit from your wisdom and service.

    What is some advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?

    Never lose your ability to empathize with the people for whom you are trying to make a difference. Simultaneously, be brutally honest in understanding why the conditions exist that we are fighting to change. Be brave in naming both structural barriers and individual choices, in changing conditions across generations.

    How do you prep for an important business meeting and/or event?

    First: Be clear on the meeting’s desired outcomes, not the agenda checklist. Frequently, people list agenda items, versus what the meeting is supposed to accomplish.

    Second: Know who is in the room. Understand their objectives, perspectives, and past history. All of this influences how you may need to frame an issue or comment, to ensure your voice is heard as intended.

    Third: Forecast your individual contribution. Think before the meeting about the unique point you want to make and how you want to shape the impact of your presence and voice in the meeting. Too often, I see strong black men shrink back because of perceived limitations, and end up giving up power.

    Four: Be clear about next steps. Know who is responsible for action items. Most critical, you do what you committed to do. Otherwise, you won’t have many more important business meetings.

    As a busy Modern Man, how do you unwind on vacation?

    Harbour Island in the Bahamas has become our beloved home away from home. My wife and I were engaged on Harbour Island 11 years ago; we were married on the pink sand beach of Harbour Island 10 years ago; our two kids were baptized there; and our family visits once a year. It is a tiny island with rich history, beautiful people, and a beautiful spirit.

    If you could travel and stay anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

    Four years from now, my wife and I are considering doing a “family gap year” with our two children. We want to live in another country for a year, so we as a family experience a completely different culture and language, bond together as we all exit our comfort zone, and overcome adversity as a strong team. I will let you know in a few years what we decide!

    Anything else you’d like to say?

    While the evidence is sometimes hard to see, our country has made significant progress on race. Despite all the structural barriers of racism, sexism, etc., nearly 2 million black young women and men are in college today, on their way to the middle class and beyond. While we all fight to dismantle those barriers, and fight to overcome racism and poverty, remember this: Family structure and stability matters monumentally to the ultimate success of all of our children, and ironically may be the best support to empower young people to have the personal agency to overcome racism, poverty, or adversity of any type. The greatest men of distinction never lose sight of this.

     


               Tiger Woods is seen for the first time with girlfriend         
    Tiger Woods,has been dating personal stylist Kristin Smith, 32, for at least  a year. The couple were looking happy as clams wearing diving gear in Albany, a development in the Bahamas.
              NTSB Says Human Error Caused Cruise Ship Crash in Baltimore        
    Last year, passengers on a Carnival Cruise ship were horrified as their vessel crashed into a pier at a harbor in Baltimore. After returning from a weeklong trip to Florida and the Bahamas, the cruise ship approached the pier while traveling too fast, and was unable to avoid a collision. Luckily, no one was injured, […]
              Search Called Off After Georgia Man Goes Overboard on Carnival Cruise        
    Last week, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard made the decision to call off the search for a man who fell overboard while sailing on a Carnival Cruise ship. Security cameras on board the ship recorded 24-year-old Kevin Wellons falling from the 11th deck of the ship while the vessel was sailing near Abaco, Bahamas. […]
              Dein wildes Herz in meiner Hand von Stacy Gregg         




    Dein wildes Herz in meiner Hand von Stacy Gregg 
    256 Seiten 
    Kosmos Verlag 

    Durch den Klappentext neugierig geworden, und weil meine Tochter das Buch in ein-drei Jahren bestimmt gerne lesen wird, habe ich mich entschlossen es auch schon zu lesen, um mir ein Eindruck zu machen.   
    Obwohl ich eigentlich überhaupt keine Pferdenärrin bin, hat mich das Buch sehr begeistert!!! 
     Die Kulisse der Geschichte ist sehr untypisch, da dort Pferde eigentlich gar nicht auftauchen. Auf den Bahamas, auf einer kleinen, einsamen Insel.Dschungel und Strand.  
     Beatriz führt sie Geschichte.  Im Laufe des Geschehens liest sie Tagebucheinträge,  die im 15. Jahrhundert abspielen. Dort spielt Felipa eine große Rolle. Zwei Zeitstränge, zwei sehr besondere, starke Mädchen,  die mir beide sehr gefallen haben und mich durch ihren Mut sehr beeindruckt haben.  


    Die Atmosphäre des Buches war wundervoll, unglaublich gut erzählt und geschrieben.  Die Pferde kommen nicht zu kurz und werden sehr mystisch und besonders dargestellt. Majestätisch,  stark, selten.  


    Ich fand die Umsetzung der Geschichte ganz wundervoll. Es war spannend, berührend,  lehrreich und hat ein sehr gutes Gefühl beim lesen gegeben. Das Buch konnte mich fesseln, packen.  Ich habe jede Seite genossen.   


    Ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass es auch meiner Tochter gefallen wird. Denn dieses Buch gibt so viel mehr als alle anderen üblichen Pferde-Mädchen Geschichten,  die ich bisher kenne.  


    Note: 4,5/5

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              Sebastian Bach’s ’18 And Life on Skid Row’ Details Rock and Roll Career        
    Sebastian Bach, former front-man of the band Skid Row, has a new book out called 18 And Life on Skid Row that goes into his musical career on and off the road. Besides fronting the band for many years, Bach also starred in Jekyll & Hyde, as well as Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway and has also made a cameo on The Gilmore Girls and other reality TV shows. 18 And Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada and who at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his life. Throughout his career, Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. FOX's Laura Ingle spends "A Few Moments With..." Bach to discuss his career, what most people may not know about him and his Rush tribute band that features Taylor Hawkins and Steve Vai: Follow Sebastian Bach on Twitter: @sebastianbach & Facebook  Follow Laura Ingle on Twitter: @LauraIngle PURCHASE THE BOOK BY CLICKING HERE
              AFMW: Jeremy Wade, host of “River Monsters” on Animal Planet        
    FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers spends "A Few Moments With..." Jeremy Wade, host of "River Monsters" on Animal Planet. Jeremy Wade has spent the last 30 years of his life exploring the waters of the world, fishing for monsters. He's searched for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, and has fished at Chernobyl in Russia. Now in heading into it's eight season on Animal Planet, River Monsters ventures into the oceans of the world... which is a little different than past seasons. This season, Wade takes viewers to Peru, Australia, Mexico, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and other exotic locations in search of deep sea creatures. Listen to the interview HERE: Season 8 of River Monsters premiers Thursday April 7th at 8pm ET on Animal Planet. To find out more about the show click HERE.
              An Easy Gulf Passage        



    Artie Vaughan and Halcyon at Ft. Myers Beach Marina, FL

    Note the new bowsprit and anchor platform that I built for the boat earlier this year, as well as the new bow pulpit Artie installed.




    Artie Vaughan and I had an easy four-day passage across the Gulf from Biloxi to Ft. Myers Beach last week. We left Point Cadet Marina just before dark on Sunday night and made our landfall Thursday afternoon, and had the boat secured at a dock there before dark that evening.

    The timing for the crossing worked out just right, as we stayed ahead of a cold front and a line of thunderstorms that was moving into the northern Gulf by Monday. For most of the passage, we enjoyed light winds out of the south, allowing us to sail on a close reach on our direct rhumbline to the southeast. Winds during the trip never exceeded 15 knots, and most of the time were less than 10, making it necessary to run the inboard Yanmar for assistance in maintaining our 5-knot average. Seas were about as gentle as could ever be expected for a period of four days on the open Gulf, averaging about 2-3 feet.




    Dolphins in the blue water midway through the passage. There were about 25-30 of them in this group, cruising alongside and playing in the bow wave. This far out, the Gulf is Caribbean clear. At night our wake appeared as a trail of sparks due to heavy concentrations of bioluminescent plankton.







    Halcyon is as great a boat as I suspected she was the first time I saw her when Artie arrived at Point Cadet two years ago. All Pacific Seacraft boats are well-built to the point of being over-built, and Artie has especially well-equipped this example of the Orion 27 model. The boat is ready to go practically anywhere on all oceans, with all systems in excellent order and good repair. A retired electrical engineer, Artie is meticulous in maintaining his boat, and in my opinion, wise in choosing a vessel of this size. Give me a well-found 27-footer designed for bluewater cruising any day over the 35-40+ footers that are so popular these days. A boat the size of Halcyon is easier to maintain, easier to handle, and a lot easier to buy and equip, while still being large enough to be comfortable and seaworthy.

    Artie is going on from Ft. Myers to the east coast of Florida and then the Bahamas for a few weeks. I'm sure he's going to have a great cruise, and I'm envious of all that time he's going to get to spend sailing a great boat in warm, clear waters.


              Gulf of Mexico Sailing Passage        
    I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Finally, I'll get to do some serious sailing for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, even though not on my own boat. I'm going to help my friend Artie Vaughn take his boat, Halcyon, across the Gulf on a direct passage from Biloxi to Ft. Myers Florida. This is the Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 that I built a new bowsprit and anchor platform for, as I described in a previous post here: http://islandtimeonline.blogspot.com/2006/01/replacing-bowsprit.html

    That job took a lot longer than expected, and among other projects delayed Artie considerably in his plans to sail south and spend as much time in the Bahamas as possible before hurricane season rolls around again. He's still determined to get there, if only for a few weeks, so we're going to make this passage as direct as possible. I'll return to my many projects here when we get to Ft. Myers, and he will go on across the waterway to the east coast of Florida, and then over to the islands, if only briefly.

    I'm looking forward to a few days out over the horizon. The ability to do a crossing like that is the main reason I started sailing after so many years of sea kayaking. Offshore voyages are the best reason to own a good, seaworthy sailboat, and Halcyon is certainly one of the best built and best equipped 27-footers I've ever been aboard.
              Tiki 21 Catamaran Project        




    I'm going back to a simpler kind of sailing for 2006 after loosing Intensity to hurricane Katrina. I've long been fascinated with James Wharram catamarans and built one of his smallest designs the Hitia 17 beachcruiser, back in 1997-98. (See a photo and description here) I had originally planned to build one of his Tiki 26 or Tiki 30 cruising catamarans, but instead bought my Grampian 26 (Intensity)and put most of my time and energy into refitting and cruising on it. The disadvantages of a deep-draft keel boat have long been apparent to me, and the lack of truly safe harbors on the Mississippi coast when a hurricane threatens is definitely one of those disadvantages.

    Most multihulls are shallow draft, and Wharram catamarans are designed to really take advantage of this feature, with hull forms that require no underwater appendages such as centerboards or daggerboards to enable them to sail to weather. They can dry out on a falling tide and even the bigger ones can be sailed right up to the beach.

    Although I have the building plans for the Tiki 26 and have long thought this was one of the most practical sizes for my needs, shortly after Katrina wrecked the Gulf coast I purchased a used Tiki 21 from a couple in Ocean Springs. The price was right and the catamaran came with a galvanized trailer. Trailerability was especially important to me with most of the marinas on the coast wiped out. I could bring the boat inland for a complete refit and take it back to the coast after some of the clean-up and rebuilding was done.

    The Tiki 21 is an excellent beachcruiser style of boat. While too small to live aboard in the conventional manner, it does have a dry sea berth in each hull to make longer passages possible, and the expansive bridgedeck between the hulls makes a great platform to pitch a tent once the boat is anchored for the night. Although small, the Tiki 21 is a proven offshore passagemaker. It was designed as a coastal cruiser by James Wharram in the early 1980s and was never intended for long ocean passages. Despite this, a young man named Rory McDougall built one in Devon, England and left in 1991 bound for New Zealand. He eventually sailed on around the world, making the Tiki 21 the smallest catamaran in history to circumnavigate. He returned from the voyage enthusiastic about the boat, and continued to use it for shorter trips, with no desire to acquire a larger one. It takes a different sort of mentality to voyage that far on such a small, mostly open boat, but Rory's completion of the trip shows what is possible. As he said, his boat would be considered luxurious by the standards of the ancient Polynesian voyagers whose craft were Wharram's design inspiration.

    Having traveled far in much smaller boats (namely canoes and sea kayaks), I'm familiar with the concept of simplicity and the advantages of carrying less and using less in the way of complex systems. The Hitia 17 that I built years ago was at the time my idea of a perfect small cruiser, but it's primary limitation was that there was no secure place anywhere on board to sleep while underway or to get out of the weather if caught out in bad conditions. It's also a bit limited in load carrying capacity for longer trips, where as the Tiki 21, with a capacity of 1,000 pounds, should have a good range for singlehanding, with room for everything one needs for this elemental form of cruising.

    It seems to me that this boat, with its shallow draft of just 14 inches, stability and seaworthieness of it's deeply flared V-hulls with an overall beam of 12' and it's cruising speed of up to 10-12 knots in the right conditions, will be ideal for exploring the islands and estuaries of the Gulf coast. I can also envision cruising it among the far-flung mangrove cays of the Florida Keys and the Everglades, having a comfortable camping platform for overnight stops away from the mosquitoes and no-see-ums of the beach. A voyage across the Gulf Stream to cruise the Bahamas is certainly within its capacity for one willing to put up with a little discomfort, and such a trip is one of my goals for this boat.

    Wharram catamarans are being built and sailed throughout the world, and many resources are avaiblable on the Internet for those interested in these boats. The best place to start is at the source itself: www.wharram.com for information on all the designs available. As I complete the refit and modifications of my Tiki 21, I plan to post photos and commentary here for all who are interested.
              News from Hawaii, California, and the Bahamas (Episode 43)        
    We've got three stories for you in this episode: * A new Marine Debris Action Plan is Launched in Hawaii
    * Ground is broken on new Ocean Education Center in California
    * NCCOS Study Sheds Light on Lionfish Diet in Bahamas
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              70% of sites providing content could be closed by the Law Sinde        
    A computer analyzed 500 sites that share copyrighted content, as seriesyonkis.com and cinetube.es to know what could be closed without problems when Sinde Act comes into force.

    Although the manuals circulating in Internet avoid being censored by Sinde Act, the new regulations would affect 70% of the download pages of most popular content in Spain, including seriesyonkis.com and cinetube.es. Other so called divxonline.info be saved from the closures and fines provided for by the controversial law.

    The draft Royal Decree implementing the Law 'anti-piracy' is in progress and will be ready in late August. In September it is expected that Coalition of Creators and Content Industries submit a package of complaints against several sites, "Especially to get media attention," says Alejandro Ramos, Specialist in Internet security.

    The computer analyzed 500 sites that offer copyrighted content without paying to know how many have some part of their infrastructure in Spain. If this site has nothing to do with this country, says Ramos "Can not be sindeable".

    Seriesyonkis.com, cinetube.es, and mascine.net documentales.es are just some of the domains that are somehow linked to the country, so the government could act against them and close them without "no effort".

    "I have ruled out sharing the server, create a social web and anonymous payments," says computer scientist who has focused his research on the most basic attempt to punish the law Sinde. Other elements could be tried, but in those cases the procedure for blocking would take longer.

    That is the case divxoline.info, Which is registered in the United States and the Bahamas, so in principle, orders to close the site should come from these countries.

    Of the 373 sites that could be easily operated, 156 are housed in the country. The rest, in the U.S. (where the laws are even stronger), although some part of the site is operated in Spain. Ramos has found that most pages' sindeables' have hired servers in Madrid (none in Aragon) and domains. "is'.

    The specialist, however, clarifies that many of these sites have multiple addresses, Which makes it very complicated blocking. "We saw a smaller scale and globally with Rojadirecta Wikileaks. The more you press to close the page, the information appears more sites to access it alternatively. There is no way to eliminate them, "he says.

    According to him, those who manage these sites should consider whether it is profitable to keep fighting them to deliver content and receive money on advertising, or whether they should close. As shown studyTo survive many should move their pages to countries like Russia or Ukraine, Havens for cybercriminals due to the weakness of its laws 'anti-piracy'.

    "On the Internet can not be erased, written with pen, pencil not," Ramos joked that predicts a reduction of the download sites, but believed that the big portals will not disappear. Within a year, conduct a new study to find out.


              The #1 Ball in Golf: 2017 Wins        

    Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. Thus far in 2017, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 124 victories around the world, more than six times the nearest competitor with 20. Since its introduction in 2000, the Pro V1 golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 2,600 champions worldwide.

    Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2017.

    TOUR (wins)    
    PGA TOUR (19)    
    Safeway Open Brendan Steele Pro V1x
    CIMB Classic Justin Thomas Pro V1x
    OHL Classic at Mayakoba Winner Pro V1
    RSM Classic Mackenzie Hughes Pro V1x
    SBS Tournament of Champions Justin Thomas Pro V1x
    Sony Open in Hawaii Justin Thomas Pro V1x
    AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
    Honda Classic Rickie Fowler Pro V1
    Puerto Rico Open D.A. Points Pro V1x
    Shell Houston Open Russell Henley Pro V1x
    Zurich Classic of New Orleans Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt Pro V1x
    Wells Fargo Championship Winner Pro V1x
    AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Billy Horschel Pro V1x
    DEAN & DELUCA Invitational Kevin Kisner Pro V1
    The Memorial Tournament Jason Dufner Pro V1x
    117th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Winner Pro V1x
    Travelers Championship Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
    Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley Pro V1
    RBC Canadian Open Jhonattan Vegas Pro V1
         
    EUROPEAN TOUR (17)    
    Alfred Dunhill Championship Brandon Stone Pro V1
    BMW South African Open Graeme Storm Pro V1x
    Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Tommy Fleetwood Pro V1x
    Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Jeung-hun Wang Pro V1x
    Maybank Championship Fabrizio Zanotti Pro V1
    World Super 6 Perth Brett Rumford Pro V1x
    Joburg Open Darren Fichardt Pro V1x
    Hero Indian Open SSP Chawrasia Pro V1x
    Shenzhen International Bernd Wiesberger Pro V1
    Volvo China Open Alex Levy Pro V1x
    Open de Portugal Matt Wallace Pro V1x
    Nordea Masters Renato Paratore Pro V1x
    Lyoness Open Dylan Frittelli Pro V1
    HNA Open de France Tommy Fleetwood Pro V1x
    AAM Scottish Open Rafa Cabrera-Bello Pro V1x
    THE 146th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Jordan Spieth Pro V1x
    Porche European Open Jordan Smith Pro V1
         
    LPGA TOUR (18)    
    PureSilk LPGA Classic Brittany Lincicome Pro V1 x
    ISPS Handa Women's Australain Open Ha Na Jang Pro V1
    Honda LPGA Thailand Amy Yang Pro V1
    Kia LPGA Classic Mirim Lee Pro V1x
    ANA LPGA Inspiration So Yeon Ryu Pro V1
    LPGA LOTTE Championship Cristie Kerr Pro V1
    Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Haru Nomura Pro V1x
    Lorena Ochoa Match Play Sei Young Kim Pro V1
    LPGA Volvik Championship Shanshan Feng Pro V1x
    ShopRite LPGA Classic In-Kyung Kim Pro V1x
    Manulife LPGA Classic Ariya Jutanugarn Pro V1x
    Meijer LPGA Classic Brooke Henderson Pro V1
    NW Arkansas Championship So Yeon Ryu Pro V1
    KPMG Women's PGA Championship Danielle Kang Pro V1x
    Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Katherine Kirk Pro V1
    U.S. Women's Open Sung Hyun Park Pro V1x
    Marathon Classic In-Kyung Kim Pro V1x
    Ricoh Women's British Open In-Kyung Kim Pro V1x
         
    PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS (11)    
    Mitsubishi Electric Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
    Allianz Championship Scott McCarron Pro V1
    Tucson Conquistadors Championship Tom Lehman Pro V1x
    Mitsubishi Electric Championship Stephen Ames Pro V1
    Insperity Invitational John Daly Pro V1x
    Regions Tradition Bernhard Langer Pro V1
    KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
    U.S. Senior Open Kenny Perry Pro V1
    Constellation Senior Players Championship Scott McCarron Pro V1
    Senior Open Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
    3M Championship Paul Goydos Pro V1
         
    WEB.COM TOUR (15)    
    The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic Kyle Thompson Pro V1x
    The Bahama Great Abaco Classic Andrew Landry Pro V1x
    Club Colombia Championship Ethan Tracy Pro V1x
    Chitimacha Louisiana Open Casey Wittenburg Pro V1
    United Leasing & Finance Championship D.H. Lee Pro V1
    Corales Puntacana Championship Nate Lashley Pro V1x
    BMW Charity Pro-Am Stephen Jaeger Pro V1
    Rex Hospital Open Conrad Shindler Pro V1
    Rust-Oleum Championship Stephen Jaeger Pro V1
    Lincoln Land Charity Championship Adam Schenk Pro V1
    Nashville Golf Open Lanto Griffin Pro V1
    LECOM Health Challenge Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
    Utah Championship Brice Garnett Pro V1
    Digital Ally Open Zecheng Dou Pro V1x
    Ellie Mae Classic Martin Piller Pro V1
         
    SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR (8)    
    Eye of Africa PGA Championship Erik van Rooyen Pro V1
    Dimension Data Pro-Am Paul Lawrie Pro V1x
    Zimbabwe Open JC Ritchie Pro V1
    Zambia Sugar Open Oliver Bekker Pro V1
    Investec Royal Swazi Open Peter Karmis Pro V1x
    Lombard Insurance Classic Oliver Bekker Pro V1
    Zambia Open Riekus Nortje Pro V1x
    Sun City Challenge Peter Karmis Pro V1x
         
    ASIAN TOUR (4)    
    Bashundhara Bangladesh Open Jazz Janewattananond Pro V1x
    Yeangder Heritage Shiv Kapur Pro V1x
    Thailand Open Rattanon Wannasricahn Pro V1x
    TAKE Solutions Masters Poom Saksansin Pro V1x
         
    JAPAN TOUR (7)    
    Leopalace21 Myanmar Open Winner Pro V1x
    Token Homemate Cup Wen-Chong Liang Pro V1x
    Panasonic Open Japan Kenichi Kuboya Pro V1x
    Kansai Open Shugo Imahira Pro V1x
    miz Open Chan Kim Pro V1x
    JGTO Championship Shaun Norris Pro V1x
    Sega Sammy Cup Chan Kim Pro V1x
         
    AUSTRALASIAN TOUR (6)    
    Victorian PGA Open Championship Dimi Papadatos Pro V1x
    New Zealand PGA Championship Jarryd Felton Pro V1x
    New Zealand Open Championship Mike Hendry Pro V1x
    Queensland PGA Championship Daniel Pearce Pro V1
    Papua New Guinea Open Winner Pro V1
    WA PGA Championship Dimi Papadatos Pro V1x
         
    MACKENZIE TOUR CANADA (4)    
    Bayview Place Cardtronics Open Max Rottluff Pro V1
    GolfBC Championship Robby Shelton Pro V1x
    The Players Cup Kramer Hickok Pro V1
    Mackenzie Investements Open Hank Lebioda Pro V1x
         
    ONEASIA TOUR (2)    
    GS Caltex Maekyung Open Sang Hee Lee Pro V1x
    Kolon Korea Open YiKeun Chang Pro V1x
         
    KOREAN TOUR (7)    
    SK Telecom Open JinHo Choi Pro V1x
    Caido Dream Open WooHyun Kim Pro V1x
    Descente Korea Munsingwear Matchplay SeungHyuk Kim Pro V1
    Caido Golden V1 Open JungHwan Lee Pro V1x
    KPGA Championship JungGon Hwang Pro V1x
    Gunsan CC Jeonbuk Open HyungJoon Lee Pro V1x
    Caido Male Open KyungNam Kang Pro V1x
         
    PGA TOUR CHINA (1)    
    Beijing Open Bryden Macpherson Pro V1
         
    PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA (5)    
    70 Avianca Colombia Open  Winner  Pro V1x
    Molino Canuelas Championship  Winner  Pro V1x
    Guatemala Stella Artois Open  Winner  Pro V1x
    86 Abierto OSDE del Centro  Winner  Pro V1x
    Essential Costa Rica Classic  Winner  Pro V1x

    #TeamTitleist


              Dozens of Flights to Florida, Bahamas Canceled        
    Airlines playing it safe with Hurricane Matthew tracking toward eastern Florida coastline
              The Bahamas Destination Guide        
    If you want to truly experience The Bahamas, get ready to do some island hopping. Check out this destinations guide to Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, Great Exuma, Green Turtle Cay and more.
              Mizzou Takes 3rd in Bahamas Tourney        
    Tigers get past VCU in consolation final, 68-65.
              Boy Scout Leader Jailed for Bullet in Fanny Pack        
    The man was held for four days in the Bahamas after a scuba diving trip with the troop.
              LGBT Religion News Summary: Out with 2012, In with 2013        

    Welcome to the first LGBT Religion News Summary of 2013! GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. To find out more, visit www.glaad.org/faith. For additional religion and faith updates, be sure to subscribe via our online registration form. We welcome suggestions at faith@glaad.org.

    2012 Recap: 10 Pro-LGBT Faith Voices and 5 LGBT Religion Advances

    People of faith led marriage equality efforts in Illinois and Rhode Island over the holidays. The Roman Catholic hierarchy continued its harsh opposition, chasing the faithful from the church. In the Netherlands, people are actually getting “de-baptized” from the Roman Catholic Church. And some wonder why evangelicals got so quiet over marriage equality.

    What’s Cardinal George really enCOURAGEing? Illinois media should ask.

    While the Roman Catholic Church in England shut down a mass for LGBT people, the Church of England has allowed partnered gay and lesbian clergy, as long as they are celibate. Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson is now retired, and the Rev. Cameron Partridge seems to be a rising transgender star in the Episcopal world. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum was recognized by Keshet for her advocacy, inspiring other LGBT leaders to continue in rabbinical school.

    In Court: LGBT People of Uganda vs. Scott Lively

    Virulent anti-LGBT activist, Scott Lively, had his day in court, facing off against the LGBT people of Uganda, who has been persecuting. A viral video from the Philippines features a wedding in an MCC Church, even as MCC is profiled as a church where LGBT people have been welcomed for over 40 years. And if you are looking for something to do, you can join GLAAD at the NYC production of BARE on Wednesday, January 9. Ross Murray, Director of Religion, Faith & Values, will be hosting a TalkOUT about youth, the Roman Catholic Church, and LGBT Equality.

     

    2012 Wrap Up

    Atheist/Humanist

    Baptist

    Catholic

    Christian

    Episcopal

    Evangelical

    International

    Jewish

    Lutheran

    Marriage Equality

    Metropolitan Community Church

    Mormon

    Politics

    Unitarian Universalist

    United Church of Christ

    January 9, 2013
    Issues: 

              Carrying Albert Home        
    Carrying Albert Home
    author: Homer Hickam
    name: Lawyer
    average rating: 3.99
    book published: 2015
    rating: 5
    read at: 2016/05/10
    date added: 2016/05/10
    shelves: 2016, love, marriage, journey, tall-tales, family, kismet, 1930s, great-depression, homer-hickam
    review:
    Carrying Albert Home: Lessons From the Road

    Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam was chosen by Tom Mathews as his Moderator's Choice for On the Southern Literary Trail for May, 2016. Many thanks to Tom and especially to Homer Hickam who participated in a Question and Answer Discussion with the Group about his novel.

    "America"

    Let us be lovers,
    We'll marry our fortunes together.
    I've got some real estate
    Here in my bag.

    Paul Simon, 1968


    Do yourself a favor and read Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam. It will make you feel good. It will make you smile, laugh, cry, and appreciate the great mysteries of life. Mysteries such as why we're here, where we've been, where we're going, and what's the point of it all.

    “But that’s what kismet is. It makes us careen off in odd directions from which we learn not only what life is about but what it is for. This journey may be nothing less than your chance to discover these things.”-The Captain, Homer's wise employer

    On the surface of things, this is the tale of a great American road trip from Coalwood, West Virginia, all the way to Key West, Florida, in 1935, in the midst of the great depression. The travelers are Homer and Elsie Hickam, the author's parents. The purpose of the trip is to carry Albert home. Albert the alligator, a wedding gift from Buddy Ebsen, whom Elsie had known in Orlando, Florida, before Ebsen decided to journey to New York City in search of stardom as a dancer.

    Albert represents something decidedly different to Homer and Elsie. Elsie viewed Albert as a gift solely to her from a handsome young man who became a star, the possibility of a love that might yet be fulfilled. She hates the West Virginia town of Coalwood. She wonders whether she should be married to coal miner Homer Hickam.

    For Homer Hickam, Albert represents a competitor for his wife's affections. Buddy Ebsen is a phantom he cannot fight. Homer knows he is a coal miner, that he will never be a star, that he cannot even dance. When Albert clamps his toothy grin on Homer's pants leg, Homer issues an ultimatum. Either Albert goes, or he goes. To his dismay, Elsie thinks about it a week before she agrees to give up Albert, but only if Homer carries Albert home to Florida. With Elsie, of course, who never wants to return to Coalwood again.

    What follows is a series of adventures and misadventures of epic proportion through great depression America. With $100.00 borrowed from the coal company and a 1925 Buick Touring Car, Homer doggedly drives south towards Florida. Albert rides in the back seat in a wash tub, showing his approval by his happy sounds of "Yeah, yeah, yeah." A mysterious rooster flies through the window to either perch on Albert's head or Homer's shoulder. Neither Albert nor Elsie ever understand why the rooster is there. Perhaps, it's pointed out by more than one person they encounter on the journey, he's a guardian angel, or spirit.

    And perhaps there's more to this journey than the simple purpose of carrying Albert home. Both Homer and Elsie have a lot to learn about themselves and each other. Sometimes the point of a journey lies not in the destination but journey itself. Isn't that the perfect allegory for what we call life?

    So, it should come as no surprise that Homer's attitude toward Albert should begin to change. How many alligators can stop a bank robbery? Nor should it come as a surprise that Elsie increasingly notices Homer's dependability in doing what is necessary to take Albert home.

    Every odyssey needs its sage. Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator presents two; John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway. They serve as bookends to the love story of Homer and Elsie Hickam. Between strike breaking in North Carolina and the Great Hurricane of 1935, in which these two literary icons figure, Elsie and Homer learn much of life and each other.

    “So, you met Steinbeck,” mused Hemingway over his port after the women had left. “It is a fateful peculiarity that you might meet him and me at virtually the same time. To what do you attribute that, Homer?” “I don’t know, sir,” Homer answered. “Just the way it worked out, I guess.” “Don’t you believe it. There are no coincidences in life. Although the big God of the Hebrews might be the greatest of them, I believe there are small gods who watch out and sometimes determine our fate. I believe they also like to have a little fun with us from time to time. Kismet. You heard of it?”

    This is tall tale telling at its best. Hickam weaves his story in the loom of family legend. Each of us have similar stories passed down within our own families. These tales are the ones we cherish and serve as the glue that blesses the familial ties that bind. As the little man
    Michaleen Oge Flynn said in John Ford's The Quiet Man "Homeric! Impetuous!"

    A story that's almost true? I believe every word of it.

    EXTRAS

    Buddy Ebsen

    Ebsen showed up in NYC in 1928 with $26.75 and his sister, Vilma. Ebsen took a job in a soda fountain. Both he and his sister were dancers and began their professional career in Broadway chorus lines. He broke into films in 1935. Ebsen signed with MGM at $1500 a week. Not bad for the great depression. He was set to star as the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz." The aluminum makeup made him seriously ill. Throughout his life he referred to Oz as "that damned movie." Ebsen pulled out of the cast.

    Ebsen is best remembered as Jed Clampett. But he was also Doc Golightly, Holly's much older husband in "Breakfast at Tiffanys." After the run of Beverly Hillbillies, Ebsen put in eight seasons, nearly 180 episodes of "Barnaby Jones," from 1973 to 1980.

    Ebsen was married three times. He died in 2013. His exact net worth is unknown, but he died a multimillionaire.

    Rich? Depends on how you define wealth. I put my money on Homer, Sr. and Elsie.

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    Buddy Ebsen, Promotional Photo, Circa 1928


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    Buddy Ebsen as the Tin Man

    The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935

    From Wikipedia:

    The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane is the strongest and most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States and the Atlantic Basin in recorded history. The second tropical cyclone, second hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season, the Labor Day Hurricane was the first of three Category 5 hurricanes at landfall that the United States endured during the 20th Century (the other two being 1969's Hurricane Camille and 1992's Hurricane Andrew). After forming as a weak tropical storm east of the Bahamas on August 29, it slowly proceeded westward and became a hurricane on September 1. Northeast storm warnings[1] were ordered displayed Fort Pierce to Fort Myers in the September 1, 9:30 AM Weather Bureau advisory.[2] Upon receipt of this advisory the U. S. Coast Guard Station, Miami, FL, sent a plane along the coast to advise boaters and campers of the impending danger by dropping message blocks. A second flight was made Sunday afternoon. All planes were placed in the hangar and its door closed at 10:00 AM Monday morning.[3][4]

    The 3:30 AM advisory, September 2 (Labor Day), predicted the disturbance "will probably pass through the Florida Straits Monday" and cautioned "against high tides and gales Florida Keys and ships in path."[5] The 1:30 PM advisory ordered hurricane warnings[1] for the Key West district[2] which extended north to Key Largo.[6] At around 2:00 PM, Fred Ghent, Assistant Administrator, Florida Emergency Relief Administration, requested a special train to evacuate the veterans work camps located in the upper keys.[7] It departed Miami at 4:25 PM; delayed by a draw bridge opening, obstructions across the track, poor visibility and the necessity to back the locomotive below Homestead (so it could head out on the return trip[8]) the train finally arrived at the Islamorada station on Upper Matecumbe Key at about 8:20 PM. This coincided with an abrupt wind shift from northeast (Florida Bay) to southeast (Atlantic Ocean) and the arrival on the coast of the storm tide.[9] Eleven cars[10] were swept from the tracks, leaving upright only the locomotive and tender. Remarkably, everyone on the train survived.[11] The eye of the storm passed a few miles to the southwest creating a calm of about 40 minutes duration over Lower Matecumbe and 55 minutes (9:20 - 10:15 PM) over Long Key. At Camp #3 on Lower Matecumbe the surge arrived near the end of the calm with the wind close behind.[12] On Long Key it struck about midway through the calm. The waters quickly receded after carving new channels connecting the bay with the ocean. But gale force winds and high seas persisted into Tuesday, preventing rescue efforts. The storm continued northwest along the Florida west coast, weakening before its second landfall near Cedar Key, Florida on September 4.

    The compact and intense hurricane caused extreme damage in the upper Florida Keys, as a storm surge of approximately 18 to 20 feet (5.5–6 meters) swept over the low-lying islands. The hurricane's strong winds and the surge destroyed nearly all the structures between Tavernier and Marathon. The town of Islamorada was obliterated. Portions of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway were severely damaged or destroyed.


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    When Hemingway Took the Government to Task for a Hurricane Disaster that Cost Hundreds of Lives, Melissah J. Pawlikowski, 9-26-05, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article...

    Soon after the clouds had cleared, leaving a crystal blue horizon, the dead were counted. Between 400 and 600 people perished. What made this storm all the more tragic was that among the dead were 265 World War I veterans. At the height of the Great Depression these veterans had been sent to build a road on the low lying islands of the Florida Keys as a part of the Public Works for Veterans programs. While working, they were housed in inadequate tent-like structures provided by the Roosevelt administration. When the National Weather Bureau issued warnings for a hurricane they were not evacuated.

    Shortly after the natural disaster had occurred, writer Ernest Hemingway was contacted by the editors of New Masses to write an account of the storm from an insider's perspective. Hemingway's response was the article, "Who Murdered the Vets?: A First-Hand Report on the Florida Hurricane," published September 17, 1935, just weeks after the event. Although billed as a personal account, in reality it was an outraged demand for accountability for the needless death of the veterans.

    A hostile tone was established within the first few lines. "Whom did they annoy and to whom was their possible presences a political danger?" Hemingway asked. "Who sent them down to the Florida Keys and left them there in hurricane months?"

    Hemingway presented the veterans not merely as murdered but almost as though they had been assassinated for someone's personal political gain or simply that they were disposed of as an unnecessary burden to the public after courageously serving their country.

    Hemingway continued by pointing out that the men in charge certainly knew the possible consequences of being in Florida during hurricane season, let alone in insufficient shelter.

    The writer of this article lives a long way from Washington and would not know the answers to those questions. But he does know that wealthy people, yachtsmen, fishermen such as President Hoover and Presidents Roosevelt, do not come to the Florida Keys in hurricane months.... There is a known danger to property. But veterans, especially the bonus-marching variety of veterans, are not property. They are only human beings; unsuccessful human beings, and all they have to lose is their lives. They are doing coolie labor for a top wage of $45 a month and they have been put down on the Florida Keys where they can't make trouble. It is hurricane months, sure, but if anything comes up, you can always evacuate them, can't you?
    By making these statements Hemingway was not only making an argument that the government was ineffectual; he was also stating that class distinctions had played a major role in the disaster. Not only had the government failed to save its veterans, officials had felt the veterans were disposable. Hemingway went on to illustrate the experience common to most Floridians preparing for a coming hurricane in a pre NOAA, pre Weather Channel era. His account reinforced to non-coastal readers the reality of hurricanes with which coastal residents were familiar.

    Hemingway's anger at what happened was palpable on every page:

    It is not necessary to go into the deaths of the civilians and their families since they were on the Keys of their own free will; They made their living there, had property and knew the hazards involved. But the veterans had been sent there; they had no opportunity to leave, nor any protection against hurricanes; and they never had a chance for their lives. Who sent nearly a thousand war veterans, many of them husky, hard-working and simply out of luck, but many of them close to the border of pathological cases, to live in frame shacks on the Florida Keys in hurricane months?
    After making the argument that the veterans had no business being sent to build a road on a narrow low-lying island during hurricane season, Hemingway turned to the aftermath of the storm.

    The railroad embankment was gone and the men who had cowered behind it and finally, when the water came, clung to the rails, were all gone with it. You could find them face down and face up in the mangroves. The biggest bunch of the dead were in the tangled, always green but now brown, mangroves behind the tanks cars and the water towers. They hung on there, in shelter, until the wind and the rising water carried them away.
    Hemingway's ability to ask questions while simultaneously and subtly pointing fingers throughout the article stimulated public discussion. Though Hemingway later refused to admit that he had purposely written the article to instigate political change, his account helped stimulate vigorous debate. The article in particular drew attention to the issue of class, raising awareness of inequities between the upper and lower classes.

    Hemingway ended "Who Murdered the Vets?" with the final questions, "Who left you there? And what's the punishment for manslaughter now?" The first question was officially answered privately behind the closed doors of politicians. The second went unanswered. No person was ever formally charged with the neglect of the veterans. But one result of the tragedy was that the public began to demand that in the future government leaders had to be careful not to be careless with other peoples' lives.





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    CIUDAD DE LAS FALACIAS, Ago 16 de 2008.- Dicen que las comparaciones son odiosas. Tal vez esta parezca absurda, pero al igual que la política el fútbol mexicano es un verdadero circo y esto ha quedado demostrado a través de la historia.
    Sven-Goran Eriksson llegó como no sucedía desde hacía mucho con la llegada de Cesar Luís Menotti de Argentina a principios de los 90’. Pues hay que mencionar que tanto Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe como otras figuras entre ellos Bora Milutinovic, aunque extranjeros se hicieron como técnicos en el seno del balompié azteca.
    En la historia de las intervenciones europeas en México, a Maximilano de Habsburgo los conservadores le habían prometido un Imperio.
    La elite del poder en el fútbol mexicano conformada por los dueños, además del triunvirato de Justino Compeán, Decio de María y Enrique Bonilla, le prometieron el jugoso botín que indigestó al más liberal y revolucionario de los futbolistas: Hugo Sánchez Márquez.

    El carruaje del futbol
    Al igual que en la telenovela histórica de “El Carruaje”, Hugo se encuentra ahora en un exilio itinerante y fue víctima de sí mismo. Al llegar a México el noble austriaco Maximiliano, acompañado de la emperatriz Carlota, se instaló en el Palacio de Chapultepec y bautizó a una de las calles cercanas al hoy Paseo de la Reforma como los Campos Elíseos, por recordarle la legendaria “Champs-élysée” en Francia.
    Se dice que Eriksson vive celosamente escoltado en un condominio de lujo cercano a la zona de Polanco y desde su departamento se contempla el Bosque y el Lago de Chapultepec.
    Maximiliano se rodeó de militares experimentados y también de asesores extranjeros. Otros de los que formaban su cuerpo marcial de élite, eran criollos, peninsulares y descendientes de familias francesas acomodadas como la del general Miguel Miramón, por ejemplo.
    Muchos de los potentados de origen europeo habían encontrado su hogar en la turbulenta América hispana con intereses de por medio y por defender, en la otrora Nueva España. Para eso llegó Maximiliano, aunque con una visión romántica, aquella en la que creía que el pueblo mexicano realmente lo apreciaba y lo recibiría como el líder que esperaban.
    Pero encontró una nación con los grupos de mayor influencia política dividida y en la que imperaba la inequidad, la pobreza económica y una gran pobreza intelectual, carente de preparación, educación y formación en el grueso de la población.

    Divisionismos
    Eriksson llega a un fútbol mexicano en el que también imperan las divisiones, pero con fuertes intereses económicos capaces de frenar el desarrollo de los jugadores. Al igual que el noble de Habsburgo, que se rodeó de criollos y “europeófilos” ahora ha llamado a los extranjeros naturalizados y surgen las críticas a su plan de trabajo.
    Ante ello se encuentra, una afición amante del balompié con una prensa acostumbrada más a los dimes y diretes, los roles, resultados y tradicionales esquemas informativos que ofrecen el mismo producto, pero no una cobertura analítica a fondo, la cual genera mayor confusión en el espectador ante el un marasmo de la de por sí viciada futbolización mediática.
    Como muestra basta un botón. Estamos en plenos Juegos Olímpicos y jerárquicamente el Caso Eriksson y la convocatoria de los extranjeros junto con el regreso de Blanco eclipsa por momentos la situación que se vive en torno a los atletas mexicanos en Beijing, donde nuevamente hubo muchos que se quedaron en el camino, en el “ya merito”. Pero hay que hablar más del futbol. Y al hablar de deportes olímpicos hay que hacer más circo con Omar Chaparro y Eugenio Derbez. Con Tacherito y compañía.
    La banca se encuentra casi concentrada en manos de capital español. Al petróleo lo sumergen en una enlodada campaña de “lobbying”, donde dicen que todo estará bien y mejor que antes y mientras tanto hay que seguir hablando de la polémica derivada de la convocatoria de Augusto o el regreso de Blanco.

    La experiencia global
    “Si tienen un pasaporte mexicano, ellos son mexicanos y pueden jugar como tales”, ha resaltado el sueco, quien está acostumbrado a críticas mucho peores como las que se viven en la prensa inglesa o en el viejo continente.
    En la Gran Bretaña, Italia, Brasil o Argentina las pedradas son verdaderamente duras. En México sólo es polémica “light”, solo son dimes y diretes y hasta ahí. Las presiones son mayores en Sudamérica, por ejemplo, de lo contrario habría que preguntarle al propio Lavolpe.
    De España, ni se diga. Y aun así el vasco Aguirre ha demostrado que a parte de resultados, un técnico tiene que saber “aguantar”. Es por eso que Eriksson a diferencia de dos de sus antecesores tiene un “handicap” a favor como en el golf.
    Unos lo ven como Quetzalcóatl en su regreso, otros lo ven como un extraño, aunque muchos esperan que realmente no termine fusilado como el archiduque austriaco. Pero, al hablar de naturalizados convocados aquí viene otro punto interesante. ¿Por qué no hacerlo con aquellos atletas que cuentan con amplio potencial olímpico?
    En las carreras hechas en México, existe una notoria colonia de fondistas originarios de Kenia que recorren todo el país para llevarse las bolsas ganadoras de competencias de 10, medios o maratones completos.
    La única mujer que pudo ganarle a Ana Guevara fue Tonique Williams, originaria de las Bahamas, un país que en el fútbol solía ser uno de los “clientes” para el otrora Gigante de Concacaf. La población de Bahamas es mucho menor a la de México y sin embargo en estas zonas del caribe los atletas afroantillanos dan la cara por sus naciones en Juegos Olímpicos.

    La balada de los refugiados
    Lopez Lomong, abanderado de la delegación estadounidense no nació en Estados Unidos. Lomong es un inmigrante sudanés que llegó al continente americano en calidad de refugiado.
    Nastia Liukin una de las mejores cartas de los vecinos del norte, nació en Moscú y compitió por los Estados Unidos en las pruebas de Gimnasia Artística. Sus padres, Valeri Liukin y Ana Kotchneva vivieron la época dorada del deporte soviético, cuando eran aislados de sus familias, tomados por el estado y obligados a convertirse en deportistas de alto rendimiento.
    En aquellos tiempos Liukin y Ktochneva hubieran sido vistos como “desertores” al saber que el destino de su hija estaría en el occidente.
    Al igual que ella ha habido otros casos como inclusive los del entrenador rumano Bela Karolyi, quien nació en Rumania y es hoy en día una de las figuras más respetadas en la gimnasia en Estados Unidos como entrenador y comentarista de la NBC.
    El mejor exponente de la halterofilia de todos los tiempos, Naim Süleymanoğlu nació en Bulgaria, pero debido a las presiones políticas del gobierno comunista, desertó a mediados de los 80 en Australia. Poco después se naturalizaría turco y competiría por la nación otomana en Seul 88, Barcelona 92, Atlanta 96 e inclusive en Sydney 2000, donde desafortunadamente no pudo ganar medalla. Empero, sus tres oros quedan como el brillante logro en la historia de un refugiado que volvió a sus raíces en la península de Anatolia. Este debate apenas empieza y sin lugar a dudas, continuará…
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    Constitución

    Constitución (ciencia política), ley fundamental, escrita o no, de un Estado soberano, establecida o aceptada como guía para su gobernación. La constitución fija los límites y define las relaciones entre los poderes legislativo, ejecutivo y judicial del Estado, estableciendo así las bases para su gobierno. También garantiza al pueblo determinados derechos. La mayoría de los países tienen una constitución escrita. La de Gran Bretaña, encarnada en numerosos documentos (por ejemplo, la Carta Magna) y el derecho consuetudinario que definen las relaciones de los ciudadanos con la Corona, el Parlamento y los tribunales, no está escrita, pese a que, en muchas ocasiones, se ha postulado su redacción para que Gran Bretaña disponga de un texto análogo al de la gran mayoría de estados.


    Las constituciones pueden clasificarse mediante varios criterios: si están protegidas contra enmiendas (constituciones blindadas), si presentan una clara separación de poderes, si las disposiciones pueden ponerse en vigor mediante revisión de la actuación del ejecutivo o del legislativo, si establecen un Estado unitario o federado, etc. Las constituciones escritas están asociadas históricamente al liberalismo político y a la Ilustración. Tal es el caso de la historia del constitucionalismo español. Muchos estados autoritarios y totalitarios poseen unas elaboradas constituciones, pero, en la práctica, no tienen vigor para ser respetadas por el gobierno en el poder, que siempre puede no acatarlas, suspenderlas o invalidarlas.


    Constituciones en el mundo
    Constituciones vigentes en el mundo





    1. Afganistán: 1987 .suspendía tras el golpe fundamentalista al gobierno marxista en 1992
    2. Albania : 39 de abril de 1991
    3. Alemania: ley fundamental. promulgada en 1949
    4. Andorra : 1983
    5. Angola: noviembre de 1975. modifica en 1976,1980,1991
    6. antigua y barbuda: noviembre de 1981
    7. Arabia saudita: desde el 1 de marzo de 1992 , el gobierno monárquico absolutista se rige por intermedio del sistema básico gubernamental
    8. Argelia : febrero de 1989
    9. argentina : 1853. modificada en 1860,1866,1898y 1994
    10. Armenia: en 1993 entro en vigencia una nueva constitución
    11. Australia : 1 de enero de 1901
    12. Austria:1920 .enmendada en 1929
    13. Azerbaiján: se prepara una constitución dentro del sistema autoritario que impera en el es país islámico
    Bahamas : 10 de julio de 1973.
    14. Bahrein : 1973, bajo la monarquía absolutista
    15. Bangla Desh: es enmendada e 1973,74,75,77,79,81.88.89 y 91
    16. barbados : 30 de noviembre de 1966
    17. belarus: se redacta una nueva constitución
    18. Bélgica: 1831.enmendada varias veces y revisadas en 1949 y 1971
    19. Belice: 21 de septiembre de 1981
    20. Benín: el dictador Kereskou al abandonar el marxismo establece una constitución el 2 de diciembre de 1990 .propiciando el multipartidismo por primera vez
    21. bhutan : 1953
    22. Bolivia 1967
    23. bophuthatswana : se rige por la constitución de Sudáfrica
    24. Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1974.Modifica en 1989,90,91
    25. Botswana: 30 de septiembre de 1966.En una de las pocas democracias del África
    26. brasil: 5 de octubre de 1988.la primera constitución , en un gobierno civil en 24 años
    27. Brunei darussalam :1959. algunos preceptos fueron suspendidos en 1962 , por el reino absolutista mas rico del mundo
    28. Bulgaria :13 de junio de 1991 , ante la caída del viejo régimen marxista pro soviético y la instauración del pluripartidismo
    29. burkina faso: con el establecimiento del multipartidismo se consolida una nueva constitución el 11 de junio de 1991
    30. Burundi : 13 de marzo de 1992.suspendida por el golpe militar de 1993 que derroco al primer presidente civil .Melchior Ndadaye en plena vigencia
    31. cabo verde : 7 de septiembre de 1980 modificada en septiembre de 1990
    32. Camboya : 27 de junio de 1981. modificada por el régimen pro soviético de Samrin en 1989
    33. Camerún : aprobada en 1996
    34. canada : acta constitucional de 1982
    35. ciskei : suspendida por el nuevo régimen militar en 1990
    36. Colombia : 6 de julio de 1991
    37. congo: al establecerse e nuevo sistema multipartidista , se redacto una nueva constitución en 1992
    38. corea del norte : la constitución del 27 de diciembre de 1972
    39. corea del sur: 25 de febrero de 1988
    40. costa rica : 7 de noviembre 1949
    41. cote d” Ivoire: (antes costa de marfil ) 31 de octubre de 1960. modificada por el presidente vitalicio Houphoner
    43.Croacia: Diciembre de 1990
    44. Cuba: 1976
    45. Chad: Aprobada en 1996
    46. Chile: 1980, Enmendada en 1989
    47. Chipre Septentrional: 5 de mayo de 1985, aprobada por referéndum
    48. Chipre, 16 de Agosto de 1960
    49. Dinamarca, 5 de junio de 1953
    50. Djibouti, 1991 y 1984. Leyes constitucionales realizadas pro la dictadura de Aptidón.
    51. Dominica: 3 de noviembre de 1978
    52. Ecuador: 10 de Agosto de 1978
    53. Egipto: 11 de Septiembre de 1971
    54. El Salvador: 20 de Diciembre de 1983, modificada en 1991.
    55. Emiratos Árabes unidos: Siembre de 1971, en provisional establecido por la monarquía absolutista.
    56. Eritrea: El país más joven de la tierra esta redactando su primera constitución bajo el gobierno provisional de Osaías Afwerki, Ex líder de la guerrilla del Frente de Liberación popular de la Eritrea (FLPE).
    57. Eslovaquia: El país más joven de Europa se rige bajo la misma constitución de la Republica Checa creada el primero de enero de 1993, ambos estados pertenecían a la antigua Checoslovaquia
    58. Eslovenia, Diciembre de 1991
    59. España, 29 de diciembre de 1978
    60. Estado Vaticano, no hay constitución,(Ley fundamental) 2001
    61. Estados unidos, 1787, tiene 26 enmiendas
    62. Estonia, una nueva constitución fue sometida a referéndum el 28 de junio de 1992, el país Báltico fue uno de los primeros en independizarse y establecer el sistema multipartidista.
    63. Etiopía, promulgada en 1994
    64. Fiji: 25 de julio de 1990
    65. filipinas: El régimen democrática Corazón Aquino estableció una nueva constitución el 2 de febrero de 1987, que fue sometida a referéndum.
    66. Finlandia: 17 de Julio de 1979
    67. Francia: 6 de octubre de 1958
    68. Gabón: 21 de febrero de 1961, modificada por Omar Gongo, uno de los dictadores mas antiguos del mundo en 1967-1975-1981-1986-1990.
    69. Gambia: 24 de abril de 1990 , enmendada en 1982 por el régimen democrático de Dawda K. Jawara.
    70. Georgia: Aprobada en 1995
    71. Ghana: Marzo de 1992, el nuevo régimen democrático somete a referéndum la nueva constitución.
    72. Granada: 1974 fue suspendida por el golpe marxista de 1979 y reestablecida en 1984, luego de la invasión norteamericana.
    73. Grecia: Válida desde 1986
    74.Guatemala: 14 de enero de 1985
    75. Guinea Bissau: 16 de mayo de 1984, bajo la dictadura izquierdista de Luis Cabral y modificada en 1991 por su seguidor Joao Vieira.
    76. Guinea Ecuatorial: Obiang Nguema establece una nueva constitución en noviembre de 1991 y es sometida a consulta popular.
    77. Guinea: 23 de diciembre de 1991
    78. Guyana: El régimen izquierdista de Forbes Burham establece una nueva constitución el 6 de octubre de 1980 y modificada en 1988 por sucesor Desmond Hoyte
    79. Haiti. 1987
    80. Honduras: Noviembre de 1982,
    81. Hungría: 18 de Agosto de 1989. Modificada en 1972, 1983, 1989.
    82. India: 26 de Enero de 1950, Modificada en 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992 en la democracia más grande del mundo.
    83. Indonesia, agosto de 1945, modificada en 1969 por régimen autoritario más antiguo del mundo del dictador Suharto.
    84. Irak: 22 de septiembre de 1968, enmendada en 1969,1970, 1973, y 1974 de manera provisional.
    85. Iran: Creada por el gobierno fundamentalista islámico del desaparecido Ayatollah Khomeini en diciembre de 1979, enmendada en 1989.
    86. Irlanda del Sur: 29 de Diciembre de 1937
    87. Islandia: 17 de junio de 1944
    88. Islas Camoras: 7 de junio 1992
    89. Islas Marianas del norte: 1986
    90. Islas Marshall: 1 de mayo de 1979
    91. Islas Micronesia: 10 de mayo de 1979
    92. Islas Palau: 1 de enero de 1981
    93. Islas Salomón: 7 de julio de 1978
    94. Israel: No existe constitución política como tal sino un conjunto de leyes; desde 1950 se han incorporado durante un periodo no específico.
    95. Italia: 1 de enero de 1948
    96. Jamaica: 6 de Agosto de 1962, conjuntamente con la independencia nacional
    97. Japón: 3 de noviembre de 1946. En vigor en mayo de 1947.
    98. Jordania: 1 de enero de 1952, enmendada en 1974, 1976 y 1984.
    99. Katar: 2 de abril de 1970, creada por la monarquía Absolutista con carácter provisional.
    100. Kazajstán: Aprobada en 1995
    101. Kenya : 12 de diciembre de 1963, enmendada en 1982, 1986, 1991 durante los gobiernos autoritarios de Jommo Kenyata y Danieal Arap Moi.





    Las 10 Constituciones mas jóvenes del mundo

    1) Chad: 1996
    2) Camerún: 1996
    3) Sudáfrica: 1996
    4) Georgia: 1995
    5) Armenia: 1995
    6) Kazajstan:1995
    7) Malwi:1994
    8) Bielorusia:1994
    9) Lusemburgo: 1994
    10) Rusia: 1993








    No Existen constituciones en los siguientes países

    1) Israel
    2) Nueva Zelanda
    3) Reino Unido (Escocia, Inglaterra, Gales, Irlanda del Norte)
    4) San Marino
    5) Vaticano
    6) Bhutan
    7) Omán
    8) Somalia




    Se han suspendido las funciones de la Constitución en los siguientes países

    1) Afganistán: Tras el derrumbe del gobierno marxista en 1992.
    2) Togo: El régimen autoritario de Eyadema la suspendió en 1991, tras los disturbios políticos que reclaman mayor para el multipartidismo al igual que otros países africanos.
    3) Sudán: El nuevo régimen fundamentalista, que llegó vía golpe militar en 1989, suspendió la constitución de 1985 y ahora se rige a base de leyes coránicas.
    4) Venda: El nuevo régimen castrense de 1990 con apoyo de Sudáfrica suspendieron la constitución.
    5) Ciskei: Los golpistas militares que asumieron el gobierno en 1990 con apoyo de Sudáfrica suspendieron la Constitución.
    6) Myanmar: El régimen castrense que asumió el poder en 1998 prohibió la constitución de 1974.
    7) Burundi: Los golpistas que llegaron al poder a finales de 1993 y derrocaron la primera democracia del país, suspendieron la constitución de marzo de 1992
    8) Transkei: Los golpistas encabezados por el general Bantu Holomisa suspendieron la constitución de 1987.
              Reply #243        
    Thank u damdam

    Always follow these states numbers Bahamas crew try and make sum money b4 28 please lol
              Cruise With Me        
    Flamingo One Piece//Crop//Sandals//Fedora //Bikini//Skirt//Dress

    The Bunnies, Myself & John are getting ready to cruise to the Bahamas next week with Disney and I couldn't. be. more. excited.  This Floridian needs a burst of salty air and swim in her life right about now.  And with a little getaway on the horizon comes a little shopping situation in prep for the warmer weather.  And by little I actually mean I need to hide my cards and computer because it's getting outta hand.  But with my compulsive shopping habits comes a pretty solid resort line up for you all so it's a win/win(ish), right?!?
    Two lines that are totally serving it up are Mara Hoffman (quite excited about my new REVERSIBLE BIKINI) and J.O.A. (just got this STRIPED JUMPER and it's a-dor-a-ble).  Combined, they tackle the whole nautical-meets-tropical vibe I need in my suitcase.  On the fence as to whether or not I should snag a CUTOUT ONE PIECE...like I send, girlfriend needs to freeze the spending, but I'm not sure I can resist that bad boy.  Regardless, no cruise is complete without a solid HAT  and SANDALS and these two babes will be perfect cruise complements.  Sensing a trend in my resort wear shopping?  Yea, me too---Shopbop basically fits the bill for all of my getaway needs---indeed check out their fab spring lineup--such a goodin'.
    Alright gang, cheers to a lovely Wednesday.  On my agenda...a little bit of picture taking and MORE. PACKING.  Lord help me, but I am seeing the light at the end of the cardboard box tunnel.  Kinda.  Make it a great one!



              1747. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, [started before and continued on] 16 February [1810]         
    August 2013

    1747. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, [started before and continued on] 16 February [1810] ⁠* 

    I have the book [1]  you mention, Wadsworth the translator published a sort of history of himself in 1629 called the English Spanish Pilgrim, [2]  which a strange fellow at Lichfield [3]  gave me, & then wrote to ask me for it again. The fellow was by his own account a great rascal, for as soon as he turned Protestant he became a spy, – & so far your ms. note is confirmed. – But that the translation was paid for by the Parliamentary party cannot have been the case, for it comes out under the sanction of Howel the Epistolist, – a decided Cavalier. I believe I wrote to you about this book, because Howel says the original was supprest in Spain, – in which I think he must have been mistaken. It is most likely the xxxx Libro 1. of Sandoval Hist of Carlos V. Wadsworths Father went over to the Ch. of Rome in good earnest, & some letters which past between him & Bp. Bedell upon the subject were published by Bp. Burnet. [4]  I bought them at a stall when last in Bristol. He was a much honester man than his son, but his writings are good for nothing, whereas the latter has related one or two curious anecdotes.

    Pople has not yet sent me the third sheet of the notes, nor the title sheet. Job wishd his enemy had written a book, [5]  – twould have tried his <own> patience if he had printed one.

    I am very glad you found Simon Harcourt [6]  before he leaves the land of the living. Your old friend Lady Shuldham [7]  has been a perfect Lady Bluebeard for husbands, since she left Lisbon & set out on her German travels. We had a niece of the old Admirals here a few years ago, a Mrs Guerin, wife of a Somersetshire clergyman, – a very pleasing little woman who lives somewhere upon Quantock. [8] 

    Feby 16.

    If Tom is under your roof, as I suppose he is, he will be glad to hear that another bottle of letters has come <to hand>. I have this evening received his xx No 7.

    June 4. 1806. thrown over from the Amelia [9]  in Lat. 38. 12 N.

    Long. 53. 17. W.

    It was found on Crooked Island, one of the Bahamas Lat. 22. 50

    Long. 74. Nov 18. 1809

    & how long it may have lain there, as Asmodeus [10]  was not in the bottle, there is no means of ascertaining. Mr Jms Sullivan, [11]  who signs himself Collector <& dates from Pitts Town> incloseds the letter to me with an apology for having opened it, – occasioned no doubt by the contents. – Tom having there found spoken with some asperity of the Bahama <Bermuda> men for publishing a former letter. The Memorandaxx which accompanied it in three languages, has however ere this made its appearance in the Bahama Advertiser. [12]  – So many of my letters to Tom which went by the W India packets have been lost, & so many of his which he consigned to Old Neptune have come to hand, that I begin to think xxx xxx xxx to have a better opinion of him than of the Creole postmasters.

    There is nothing of mine in the 4th Quarterly except that article upon the American Annals. [13]  My reviewal of Ld Valentia is found fault with for not being sufficiently severe, – a sort of censure for which as you may suppose I care very little. [14]  There cannot be many persons who are better read respecting the countries which he visited than myself, & I found new information enough to be thankful for it. They have sent me Azara & ask for something about the Jesuits, – which of course I shall not give – but I shall very willingly take the opportunity of xxxx exhibiting the philosophy of the author & the morality of his translator. [15] 

    I have corrected twelve sheets of the Register, [16]  & am getting within sight of my journeys end. by the beginning of April I calculate upon compleating it, & shall then be able to have a long spell at my second volume.

    Pople received the concluding notes & the Contents on Monday last, the notes make only two sheets more, – five in all, – so that the Printer will have done his work [17]  in another fortnight. It is vexatious to see the blunders which are made after the sheet is corrected, but this is always the case. I have had four sheets of Kehama, [18]  & hope three of them have found their way to Staunton.

    I had nearly forgotten to ask whether there <are> any persons to whom you would wish copies of this first volume to be sent in your name. Let me know, that they may be included in the list which I shall send to Longman.

    RS.


    Notes

    * Address: To/ The Reverend Herbert Hill/ Staunton upon Wye/ Hereford
    Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
    MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. ALS; 4p.
    Unpublished. BACK

    [1] James Wadsworth (b. 1604; DNB), writer and government official. Wadsworth had been educated in Spain and at the Jesuit English College at St Omer, France. He moved to England, converted to Protestantism and worked as a spy, informing on many of his former fellow Catholics. In 1652 he published, under the pseudonym ‘Major John Wright’, The Civil Wars of Spain, in the Beginning of the Reign of Charles the Fifth, Emperor of Germanie, and King of that Nation, a translation of Prudencio de Sandoval (c. 1560–1620), Historia de la Vida y Hechos del Emperador Carlos V (1604–1606). The preface to Wadsworth’s translation was signed by James Howell (1594?–1666; DNB), historian, political writer and advocate of moderate, pacifist royalism. BACK

    [2] The English Spanish Pilgrime, or, A New Discoverie of Spanish Popery and Jesuitical Strategems (1629) described Wadsworth’s escapades as a spy working on the continent. BACK

    [3] Unidentified. BACK

    [4] James Wadsworth (c. 1572–1623; DNB), Anglican clergyman and chaplain to Sir Charles Cornwallis (c. 1555–1629; DNB) ambassador to Spain in 1605. Wadsworth was received into the Catholic faith in Salamanca in August 1605. He remained in Spain, where he was given a pension by the king and work by the Inquisition. From 1610–1620 he maintained a good-tempered theological debate with his old university friend William Bedell (bap. 1572, d. 1642; DNB), Bishop of Kilmore. Their correspondence was published after Wadsworth’s death by Bedell himself in The Copies of Certaine Letters which have Passed betweene Spaine and England in Matter of Religion (1624), and some of the letters were included in Gilbert Burnet (1643–1715; DNB), Life and Letters of Bishop William Bedell (1685), no. 497 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

    [5] Job 31: 35. BACK

    [6] John Simon Harcourt (1772–1810), MP for Westbury, Wiltshire 1800–1802. He was Lady Shuldham’s son. In 1802 Southey had borrowed a Portuguese manuscript from him, a ‘very curious paper, written about 1740, by a Portuguese Secretary of State, and containing his plans for the improvement of Portugal’. This had previously been summarised by Southey as ‘On the State of Portugal’ in Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal (Bristol, 1797), pp. 407–463; see Southey to John Rickman, 2 June 1802, Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Two, Letter 681. BACK

    [7] Margaret (d. 1811), daughter of John Sarney of Somerset House, London. Her first husband was John Harcourt of Ankerwycke (d. 1784); her second, the naval officer and politican Molyneux Shuldham, Baron Shuldham (1717/18?–1798; DNB). Shuldham had died in Lisbon and his body was brought home in the Colossus, which was also carrying Sir William Hamilton’s (1731–1803; DNB) collection of Greek vases. The ship was wrecked off the Scillies, many of the vases were lost, but Shuldham’s corpse was recovered. In 1803 Margaret Shuldham had married Richard Meade, 2nd Earl of Clanwilliam (1766–1805). After his death in 1805 she was therefore widowed for the third time. BACK

    [8] Maria Lucy Elizabeth Shuldham (d. 1817), wife of Joseph Guerin (d. 1863), Rector of Bagborough and Norton Fitzwarren. BACK

    [9] HMS Amelia, a 28 gun, fifth rate ship of the line. BACK

    [10] A demon. In Alain-Rene Lesage (1668–1747), Le Diable Boiteux (1707) he was rescued from an enchanted glass bottle by a young Spanish student. BACK

    [11] Otherwise unidentified. BACK

    [12] Probably the Royal Gazette and Bahama Advertiser (1804–1837). BACK

    [13] Abiel Holmes (1763–1837), American Annals; or, a Chronological History of America, from its Discovery in 1492 to 1806 (1808), for Southey’s appraisal see Quarterly Review, 2 (November 1809), 319–337. BACK

    [14] George Annesley, Viscount Valentia (1770–1844), Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt in the Years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806 (1809), in Quarterly Review, 2 (August 1809), 88–126. Southey’s article underwent major revisions by Gifford before publication. BACK

    [15] Felix Manuel de Azara (1742–1821), Spanish solider, engineer and naturalist. Southey was particularly interested in his writings on Paraguay and owned copies of his Essais sur l’Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupedes de la Province du Paraguay (1801) and Voyages dans l’Amerique Meridionale depuis 1781, jusqu’ en 1801 (1809), nos 89 and 90 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. He did not review Azara for the Quarterly, but did make use of him in numerous writings, including the History of Brazil and the Tale of Paraguay. Azara’s work was translated into French by Mederic Louis Elie Moreau de Saint-Mery (1750–1819), a French lawyer and writer, especially about Haiti. BACK

    [16] The Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1808 (1810). BACK

    [17] Pople was printing the first volume of Southey’s History of Brazil, published in 1810. BACK

    [18] The Curse of Kehama (1810). BACK

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              Cancer eradication breakthrough forecasts to improve ‘within five years’        
    The government has set new targets for improving the forecasts for eradicating cancer. 'Since the 1970s every new discovery has promised to eradicate cancer within five years before attracting shedloads of public funding and seeing the researchers disappear off to the Bahamas to 'continue' their research behind offshore hedge funds,' said a spokesman.
              The Morning Sound Alternative 09-20-2013 with Meredith Carson        
    Playlist:

    Greg Brown- Arkansas - Hymns To What Is Left
    Rebecca Folsom- Today Youre On Your Own - Reunion
    - Wayfaring Stranger - Putumayo Presents Acoustic America
    Laura Cortese- Train On The Island - Into The Dark
    Danny Shafer- Crazy Things People Do - Wherever You Are
    - voicebreak -
    Oscar Alemn- Russian Lullaby - Swing Guitar Masterpieces
    David Grisman- Caravan - Early Dawg
    Paul Burch The WPA Ballclub- Carter Cain - Blue Notes
    Luke WinslowKing- You Dont Know Better Than Me - The Coming Tide
    - voicebreak -
    Theresa Andersson- Ruby - Street Parade
    M Ward- Wild Goose - A Wasteland Companion
    Bahamas- Lost In The Light - Barchords
    Rachael Pollard- Hott Stuff - A Good Thing
    Jolie Holland- Little Birds - Pint Of Blood
    Andrew Bird- Danse Carribe - Break It Yourself
    Zammuto- The Shape Of Things To Come - Zammuto
    - voicebreak -
    Lay Low- Farewell Good Nights Sleep - Farewell Good Nights Sleep Digital Bonus Version
    Poor Moon- Birds - Poor Moon
    Bright Eyes- Cleanse Song - Cassadaga
    David Karsten Daniels- The Dream Before The Ring That Woke Me - Sharp Teeth
    Calexico- Hush - Algiers
    - voicebreak -
    Phosphorescent- Reasons To Quit - To Willie
    Gregory Alan Isakov- Suitcase Full Of Sparks - The Weatherman
    Gillian Welch- Tear My Stillhouse Down - Revival
    John Hartford- Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry - AereoPlain
    - Road Gravy Chase - Delta Swamp Rock Volume 2
    Buddy Emmons- Witches Brew - Live
    - voicebreak -
    - Honky Tonk MerryGoRound - Joel Savoys Honky Tonk MerryGoRound
    Mandolin Orange- House Of Stone - This Side Of Jordan
    Guy Clark- Waltzing Fool - My Favorite Picture Of You
    Kathy Mattea- West Virginia My Home - Calling Me Home
    - voicebreak -
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              I was sleeping in the Bahamas        
    And a white dove came down and stared at me for like, three hours. Whenever I looked at it, it turned away. Then ihad the sudden irge to go swimmig and went snorkeling. WAT THE CRAP DOES THIS MEAN!
              Jordan Morris called to USMNT vs. Czech Republic        

    Jordan Morris looks on goal for the Sounders U-23 in the 2014 PDL season (SoundersPhotos.com)

    SUMNER, Wash. – Sounders U-23 forward, Jordan Morris has been named to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the September 3rd friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague. Morris is one of 22 players on the roster for the match. The match kicks off at 11:15AM (PT) on NBC Sports.

    Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year

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              Norwegian Westward Bahama Cruise November 1993        
    My mother in law passed away almost 2 years ago now. Wow time flies. We are still going through some of her things which is amazing because she downsized several times and ended up in an ALF with very few possession. Those that are left to us are mostly personal and precious - like her photo albums. In 1993 we took a cruise, everyone's first, from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas. I combined her photos and a few of ours to make this video.
    
     


              Carribean Cruise Jan 2016        
    Jerry and I went on a cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We drove to Ft. Lauderdale and boarded the Regal Princess - yes, it is the same ship we took on our October cruise to Canada and new England. It took the entire week to figure out the ship so I didn't want to waste that knowledge! We've already booked our anniversary cruise for next January and, yes, it is on the Regal Princess again ;-)

     Our mini suite came with a champagne welcome
     Leaving Ft. Lauderdale. The folks on the beach, houses, and high rises were waiving and holding up signs. I thought a big ship would be annoying to it's neighbors but they seemed happy to send us off.
     A picture of the tenders and lifeboats from our balcony
    I ordered chocolate covered strawberries to go with out champagne and for a private sail away instead of going to the Lido for the party.
     Our first stop was Princess Cays - a private beach leased by the cruise line on the island of Eleutrea in the Bahamas.
     The Regal Princess
     We hung out on the beach waiting for our excursion time

    We went on a glass bottom boat ride

    A picture of the coral reef that we were viewing from the boat
     The next was at sea so we spent some of it at the spa and getting ready for the first formal night.

     Jerry as we entered St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Travel tip - raveling there is easy because English is spoken and the currency is the US dollar.
     The US bought the island from the Dutch
     OK, so they bury one person in the ground and then other family members on top. A genealogist's dream!
    My best attempt at a street shot
     Iguanas were living in the rocks and not that easy to spot
     We went up to Mountain Top where the view was awesome. It is also the birthplace of the banana daiquiri, which we did not try. I wished we had time to stop at the botanical gardens we passed.

    So, that's part one of our vaca!




              Using IBAs to uncover America's hidden ecotourism paradises         

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    That vulnerability extends to economic circumstances as well. Andros is not the Bahamas most tourists see. On this and other less developed islands unemployment is high, poverty is increasing, and ambitious, talented young people usually leave to pursue better opportunities elsewhere. 


              Boat Accident Kills Key Biscayne Woman In The Bahamas        
    Authorities in the Bahamas are investigating a boating accident that left a 25-year-old from Key Biscayne dead.
              Man Found Clinging To Boat Rescued        
    A man found clinging to his boat has been rescued by a Coast Guard crew off of the Bahamas.
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    More than 100,000 sharks are circling the South Florida coastline as part of an annual migration. The same migration is underway in the Bahamas. But unlike South Florida, CBS4's David Sutta shows us why the ocean's top predators there are all protected from fishing.
              New Bahamas Ferry Coming To Port Everglades        
    Driving past Port Everglades you can't miss the colorfully awkward ferry boat now sitting at terminal one.
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    Just a little while ago Pia and me were in line at the customs checkpoint at Nassau (Bahamas) airport. Over our heads a ceiling-mounted TV is tuned to CNN and we get the latest news about flight MH370 (what else). In the line snaking in the opposite direction, a 15-16 y/o daughter asks her mom: […]
              ACURIL 2015 Conference        
    Event:  The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) 45th conference (The region's annual flagship conference)

    Location: Torarica Hotel & Casino, Suriname

    Date: June 7-11, 2015


    Theme:  COLLABORATIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION: LEARN, ACT AND INSPIRE

    "Professional and Personal Development Opportunities for Lifelong Learning in Libraries, Archives and Museums in the Caribbean"

    See URL for details: http://acuril.uprrp.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94:acuril-2014-bahamas

              Pineapple and coconut sponge        


    It has felt so cold this week that I have been reminiscing about when I used to have to travel for work and got to dodge some of Winter’s bleakness with trips to glorious places such as the Bahamas and Cayman Islands.  I don’t miss the travel at all – in fact I love getting to sleep in my own bed every night – but a bit of sunshine wouldn’t go amiss. I had ice on the inside of my car windscreen this week – the inside!!!



    My choice of bake was to capture the feeling of more tropical climates – for me, this is always pineapple and coconut; two flavours I adore.  The addition of sour cream to the sponge created a soft crumb texture.  This is a dangerous cake in that you could happily work your way through several slices in one sitting…..hypothetically, of course…..this didn’t actually happen….oh no….never…not my style….




    I decided to make this all about the sponge so didn’t bother with any icing or buttercream, opting for a light dusting of icing sugar – we call this ‘Fannying it’.  Fanny Cradock fans out there will understand what I mean by this; whenever she made anything and it didn’t look too pretty or seemed burned, she would always bury it under about 3 inches of icing sugar to hide the defects (usually claiming it was what they did in Paris!) – her lovely mincemeat omelette is a good example.  There was nothing to hide with this bake, but I ‘fannyed it’ anyway!





    Ingredients

    165g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    165g caster sugar
    3 eggs
    375ml sour cream
    300g self raising flour
    1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    225g desiccated coconut
    300g pineapple, crushed or in chunks – I used tinned, and drained the crushed pineapple in a sieve to stop it being too wet

    To decorate: 2 tablespoons icing sugar


    Method

    Preheat oven to 180C/fan oven 160C/350F/Gas mark 4.

    Line a 23cm springform round tin with baking paper – don’t be tempted to gamble and use a 20cm tin; it’s a big cake.

    Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

    Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

    Fold in the sour cream.

    Fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.

    Stir in the coconut and pineapple.

    Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface.

    Bake for approximately 45 minutes -1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Mine took an hour.

    Leave to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before de-tinning and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

    Just before serving, dust the top of the cake with icing sugar.

    Bask in the glory of the wonderful thing you have created.


    Eat.

              Codes for making International Calls        

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

    International Calling codes of all countries



    Country Codes List




    CountryCountry Code
    Abkhazia+995 44 +7 840, 940
    Afghanistan+93
    Albania+355
    Algeria+213
    American Samoa+1 684
    Andorra+376
    Angola+244
    Anguilla+1 264
    Antigua and Barbuda+1 268
    Argentina+54
    Armenia+374
    Aruba+297
    Ascension Island+247
    Australia+61
    Australian Antarctic Territory+672 1x
    Austria+43
    Azerbaijan+994
    Bahamas+1 242
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    TokelauNorth America is the third largest continent in the world , comprising of 23 countries.Here is the list of 23 countries in North America and their capitals.
    North America



     S.no. Countries Capitals
              1.          
    Antigua and Barbuda
    St. John's
    2.
    The Bahamas
    Nassau
    3.
    Barbados
    Bridgetown
    4.
    Belize
    Belmopan
    5.
    Canada
    Ottawa
    6.
    Costa Rica
    San José
    7.
    Cuba
    Havana
    8.
    Dominica
    Roseau
    9.
    The Dominican Republic
    Santo Domingo
    10.
    El Salvador
    San Salvador
    11.
    Grenada
    St. George's
    12.
    Guatemala
    Guatemala City
    13.
    Haiti
    Port-au-Prince
    14.
    Honduras
    Tegucigalpa
    15.
    Jamaica
    Kingston
    16.
    Mexico
    Mexico City
    17.
    Nicaragua
    Managua
    18.
    Panama
    Panama City
    19.
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Basseterre
    20.
    Saint Lucia
    Castries
    21.
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Kingstown
    22.
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Port of Spain
    23.
    The United States
    Washington, District of Columbi


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              POSTHUMOUS SIGHTINGS OF PASSENGER PIGEONS?        

    Passenger pigeons (juvenile, left; male, centre; female, right), from Birds of New York by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, 1910 – did this species survive beyond 1914? (public domain)

    The most numerous species of wild bird ever known was the phenomenally plentiful passenger pigeon Ectopistes migratorius, a dainty, slender-bodied, long-tailed bird with blue-grey head, neck, back, and wings, and cinnamon-pink underparts. It has been estimated that during the 19thCentury’s early years, its total population contained between five and ten thousand million birds. Or to put it another way, this single species may have accounted for as much as 45 per cent of the entire bird population of America! One of the most evocative descriptions of its immense numbers during its heyday appeared in The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction for 16 November 1822:
     
    The accounts of the enormous flocks in which the passenger, or wild pigeons, fly about in North America, seem to an European like the tales of Baron Munchausen; but the travellers are ‘all in a story.’ In Upper Canada, says Mr. Howison, in his entertaining ‘Sketches,’ you may kill 20 or 30 at one shot, out of the masses which darken the air. And in the United States, according to Wilson, the ornithologist, they sometimes desolate and lay waste a tract of country 40 or 50 miles long, and 5 or 6 broad, by making it their breeding-place. While in the state of Ohio, Mr. Wilson saw a flock of these birds which extended, he judged, more than a mile in breadth, and continued to pass over his head at the rate of one mile in a minute, during four hours — thus making its whole length about 240 miles. According to his moderate estimate, this flock contained two thousand two hundred and thirty millions, two hundred and seventy-two pigeons.

    A flock of passenger pigeons being hunted in Louisiana, The Illustrated Shooting and Dramatic News, 1875 (public domain)

    It seems inconceivable that less than a century after the above report had been published the passenger pigeon had been completely exterminated, but this is precisely what happened.

    As a result of an unutterably ruthless, relentless programme of persecution (on a scale unparalleled even in man’s nefarious history of wildlife destruction), perpetrated by trigger-happy gun-toters attracted by the awesome spectacle of the birds’ mass migrations, by 1 September 1914 only one solitary specimen remained alive. This was a 29-year-old hen bird named ‘Martha Washington’, exhibited at Cincinnati Zoo. And shortly after noonon that fateful September day, this last humble survivor of an ostensibly indomitable, indestructible species died. The unthinkable had happened - the passenger pigeon, whose vast migrating flocks had virtually eclipsed the sun in the time of the great American painter John James Audubon, was no more.

    Martha Washington, the last known passenger pigeon, pictured alive on left, and as a taxiderm specimen at Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution on right (public domain)

    Officially, that is. For at least another decade, alleged sightings of passenger pigeons were frequently reported, but scientists tended to dismiss these as mistaken observations of the smaller but superficially similar mourning dove Zenaida macroura, still a common species today. In September 1929, however, a remarkable report emerged that could not be discarded so readily. This was the month in which Michigan University bacteriologist Prof. Philip Hadley, in the company of a Mr Foard, an old friend familiar with the land, had been hunting in a virtually uninhabited wilderness nestling within Michigan’s northern peninsula.

    They had been hunting there for some time when Foard drew Hadley’s attention to a bird perched close by, and declared that it was a passenger pigeon - which he had observed in enormous numbers when younger. Needless to say, Hadley turned at once to spy this exceedingly unexpected specimen, but just as he caught sight of it the bird took flight. Nevertheless, it did seem to him to be pigeon-like in form, with a pointed tail, and he clearly believed the incident to be of significance, because he sent details to the eminent US journal Science, which in turn judged it to be important enough to warrant publication in its issue of 14 February 1930.

    Passenger pigeon, from Pigeons, Sir William Jardine, 1835 (public domain)

    Within his letter, Hadley also referred to a couple of other recent sightings, documented a month earlier by Kendrick Kimball in the Detroit News (5 January). One of these sightings had been made on 10 June 1929, by Robert H. Wright of Munissing, Michigan. Wright was convinced that the pair of birds that he saw at close range on Highway M-28, about 16 miles from Munissing, were passenger pigeons. In the other sighting, made between Indianapolis and Kokomo while driving from Florida, Dr Samuel R. Landes spotted a flock of approximately 15 birds that he readily identified as passenger pigeons. Both Wright and Landes were familiar with this species’ appearance — like so many others, they had shot hundreds of them during the late 1870s.

    Nonetheless, the last confirmed wild specimen was shot in 1899, at Babcock, Wisconsin, so is it really possible that the birds reported three decades later by the eyewitnesses above were truly passenger pigeons? It seems rather unlikely, at least at first, because after the last major flocks had been slaughtered (in 1878), stragglers did not survive long, and matings became ever fewer. It seemed as if the species could only persist and reproduce when present in huge flocks. At the same time, of course, the familiarity of the eyewitnesses with the species makes their testimony all that more difficult to discount.

    A pair of taxiderm passenger pigeons at San Antonio, Texas (© Jonathan Downes/CFZ)

    Perhaps certain fairly secluded localities did house a last few specimens, which existed undetected beyond the date of Martha’s death, and possibly even mated every now and then, and which were encountered only when their flights traversed areas frequented by humans, or when humans occasionally passed by their hideaways. Yet without the immense congregations necessary to provide the stimulus for normal, full-scale reproduction, they could surely do no more than extend their species’ survival by a few years. Long before the last individual had died, whether in 1914 or in the 1930s, the passenger pigeon’s descent into extinction had already begun, irrevocably and inevitably, with the disappearance of its vast flocks. After that, it could only be a matter of time.

    Surely, then, the ‘passenger pigeon’ spied in March 1965 at Homer, Michigan, by Irene Llewellyn (Fate, September 1965) and another spied the same year by Stella Fenell at New Jersey’s Park Ridge (Fate, January 1966), not to mention an intriguing series of recently-claimed passenger pigeon sightings chronicled online in 2014, 2015, and 2016 by the website HoriconBirds.com, were only mourning doves ... weren’t they?

    John James Audubon's famous painting of a pair of passenger pigeons, from his spectacular tome The Birds of America, 1827-1838 (public domain)

    An Antipodean equivalent of sorts is the flock pigeon Phaps (=Histriophaps)histrionica, also known as the flock bronzewing. In the 1800s, huge flocks, containing millions of birds, lived on the grass plains of New South Wales and Queensland. Today, though, it is a relatively rare species (it was once thought to be extinct), categorised as Threatened by the IUCN.

    This time, however, the cause is not man himself but his animals. The flock pigeon is a seed-eater, but generations of grazing cattle and sheep have prevented the plains’ grass from seeding adequately.

    A flock pigeon (© Christopher Walker/Wikipedia – CC BY-SA 3.0 licence)

    Of course, courtesy of the extraordinary technological advances taking place daily in the modern-day world that we all inhabit, perhaps we should never say never in relation to the prospect of one day seeing bona fide passenger pigeons alive and well again. On 8 February 2012, a meeting was convened at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, by a group of interested researchers from the non-profit genetic research organisation Revive & Restore, to explore the technical plausibility of resurrecting this iconic species via genomic engineering, as well as to examine the potential cultural, social, political, and ecological ramifications of restoring it to life and perhaps even reintroducing it into the wild. After presentations by a range of participants and discussions concerning their contributions, the group concluded that the genetic technique proposed should be tested to see how effective it may be, and how it could be improved, with this goal in mind.

    So who knows? Maybe one day the passenger pigeon will indeed return, if no longer to darken the skies with vast flocks as in former times but at least to live again in the land where it rightfully belongs and where it would certainly have remained had its existence not been wilfully extinguished by our own species.

    Passenger pigeons, frontispiece to The Passenger Pigeon, 1907 (public domain)

    Finally: by an extraordinary quirk of fate, one of the last passenger pigeon individuals whose demise in the wild state was formally documented was actually shot not anywhere in the New World but, remarkably, in the English countryside instead. An escapee from captivity, it was shot in Yorkshire during 1876, as recorded in  T.A. Coward's book The Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs - Second Series (1920). Moreover, this was just one of at least eight passenger pigeon specimens recorded from the wild in Great Britain.

    Were all of them merely captive escapees, or might one or more have been genuine transatlantic vagrants? Sadly, it is highly unlikely that we shall ever know the answer to this intriguing question. My grateful thanks to correspondent Philip Jensen for kindly bringing this fascinating snippet of information to my attention.

    Passenger pigeon, Plate 23 in Vol 1 of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and Bahamas by Mark Catesby, George Edwards, 1754 (public domain)

    For my tribute in verse to the passenger pigeon, please click here; and for its philatelic prominence, please click here.

    This ShukerNature blog article is excerpted and expanded from my book Extraordinary Animals Revisited.







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              Curso Online de Inglés (4 niveles) + 12 meses de acceso + Examenes + Certificados conforme a los estándares europeos        
    Curso Online de Inglés (4 niveles) + 12 meses de acceso + Examenes + Certificados conforme a los estándares europeos
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    El curso ofrece 4 niveles de enseñanza. Cada nivel consta de 22 lecciones que incluyen diferentes herramientas de aprendizaje como videos, diálogos, ejercicios, fotolecciones, gramática, diccionario o juegos ¡para que nunca más te aburras estudiando!
     
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              RHR: Fecal Microbiota Transplants — An Update with Glenn Taylor        

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    While in the U.K. in late October, I took the opportunity to visit the Taymount Clinic. I was really impressed with what they’re doing and the results that they’re getting. In the U.S., FMT is only FDA-approved for antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile. So if someone wants to get an FMT for a different condition, they’re not able to do it in the US, but that is not a limitation in the U.K. I’ve sent some of my own patients there and had a chance to see some really positive clinical responses. I wanted to have Glenn come back onto the show and get an update from him on what he has learned since the last time we talked. In this episode we cover: 6:18 Is FMT a panacea? 8:40 How well IBD responds to FMT 14:00 How C. difficile, colitis and multiple sclerosis respond to FMT 19:00 How Crohn’s disease responds to FMT 26:10 FMT and weight loss 30:40 FMT’s effect on eczema and allergies 39:38 How to increase species diversity in the gut 48:30 The new Taymount Clinic in the Bahamas [smart_track_player url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/thehealthyskeptic/RHR_-_Fecal_Microbiota_Transplants_-_An_Update_with_Glenn_Taylor.mp3" title="RHR: Fecal Microbiota Transpants -- An Update with Glenn Taylor" artist="Chris Kresser" social="true" social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" ] Chris Kresser: Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week I’m really excited to welcome back Glenn Taylor, Founder and Co-Director of the Taymount Clinic in the U.K. Taymount was founded in 2003, and it’s one of the only dedicated FMT (fecal microbiota transplant) clinics in the world, that I’m aware of. Glenn developed Taymount’s donor selection and quarantine safety process, the Taymount Laboratory Stool Processing System, and the treatment delivery program that Taymount uses for FMT. As Taymount’s Director of Science, he oversees the lab team and the entire processing system and supervises the training of the nursing staff to deliver the treatment program. Glenn’s personal specialty is the human microbiome and microbiology, building on his early training in human biology, biology, and organic chemistry. Glenn was a guest on the show maybe a year or a year and a half ago. We talked about fecal transplant and the way that they’re applying it over there at Taymount Clinic. I was actually in the U.K. for a couple of weeks, doing some public speaking in late October and early November of last year, and I took the opportunity to head up to Hitchin,
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    If you meet a guy who has a five-egg omelette and three fried-egg sandwiches laden with cheese and mayonnaise for breakfast, you’d probably call him a glutton. And if you were told that he has a 12000-calorie diet when the average male has 3000 calories, you’d probably think he’s headed straight for a heart attack. But the difference is, we’re talking about Michael Phelps here.

    Michael Phelps, as you know, is the Flying Fish. He’s the 6 feet 4 inches guy towering above all athletes produced by mankind. With an unimaginable 23 Olympic Golds to his tally, this swimming legend trains like a maniac. He swims for 6 hours a day and runs on land for 120 minutes. He burns so many calories that he constantly needs to fuel his inner submarine.

    In the Rio Olympics, he hauled 5 Golds and 1 Silver at 31, an age when most of his peers would have been swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. You’d be surprised to know that Michael drew a blank in his first shot at Olympics. He finished fifth at Sydney in the Year 2000. But then he was barely 15.

    Another giant who had a terrible first Olympics was Usain Bolt. He was selected by Jamaica to run the 200 m race at the Athens games in 2004. Hampered by an injury, Usain didn’t even make the cut. Many wrote him off. But the Lightning Bolt struck back to become the World’s Fastest Man with the unbelievable record of pulling off a triple-triple in 3 consecutive Olympics.

    A juicy fact about him is that the name Usain was chosen by his mom on the suggestion of a 12-year-old boy who told her it means ‘beautiful’. Incidentally, till the age of 12, his mom always used to beat him in races that they never timed!

    Curiously, Usain has an equally legendary appetite like Michael Phelps. During his 10-day stay at the Beijing Olympics, he’s supposed to have gobbled up 1000 chicken nuggets and loads of French Fries. His weakness for food, might have prompted him to open a sports themed restaurant called ‘Tracks & Records’ at Kingston.

    But which of these two greats, is the greatest? If one goes by the glitter of gold, it’s got to be Phelps. The heart, however, doesn’t merely go by numbers. For being a charming trail blazer from a tiny island nation, the race has to be won by a mile by the thunderous Bolt.
              Slip-N-Slide + National TV = Just Wrong        
    So there I was on Continental flight 822 from Colombia. We had just landed and I, under strict orders from those in my immediate family, called to say I was back in Houston the minute the plane touched the runway. My Mom and sister Jamie are both teachers, so I left voice messages for them. My Dad, who never answers his cell phone, greeted me with a booming, “HOLA!” when I dialed his number.

    Lincee: “Hey Daddy. I’m back!”
    Daddy: “Did you call your mother?”

    Lincee: “Yes. Left a voice message.”
    Daddy: “Good. She wants to hear from you. Apparently there was a meltdown.”

    Lincee: (shocked) “What? Who had a meltdown? Is everything okay?”
    Daddy: “I don’t know…I don’t watch that show.”

    Lincee: “Show?”
    Daddy: “Yeah. Your show. Some girl freaked out and it’s all everybody is talking about on your recap. Oh…and Marie Osmond fainted on that other show that comes on before The Bachelor.”

    It’s good to be home people.


    SIMPLE DISCLAIMER

    The following information you are about to read is of personal opinion. You probably aren’t even reading this because the simple disclaimer has been a part of my recap since the days I emailed this puppy to just a few of my closer friends. HA! Fooled you. You’ve skipped this witty banter and will not know what in the world your friends are talking about when they say, “Did you like the new disclaimer Lincee did?” However, if you or someone on your Facebook page happens to personally know, sort of know, know the brother/cousin of, thought you saw in the grocery store buying spaghetti O’s or have a Pilates instructor that looks exactly like one of the Bachelorettes on the show...none of this is personal and I'm sure they are all lovely people.

    I was in my Bogotá hotel room, trying miserably to convince myself that the mattress I was laying on was NOT made of pure concrete, when my cell phone gives a familiar ring.

    Text message from friend Kristin:
    “I've got to tell you your favorite host Chris is wearing a very unfortunate shirt on the Bachelor tonight."


    Indeed. He looked like an 80-year-old man who had just returned from a week-long cruise in the Caribbean. Tommy Bahama gathers the girls together to explain that two will be going home and four will have opportunity to take Brad on hometown dates.

    One-on-One Date
    Bettina
    “Join me for a romantic evening on the water.”

    Crazy Hillary opens the first date box and announces Bettina’s name through gritted teeth. They rifle through the random crap that the ABC intern frantically tossed in a box to discover that Brad is taking Bettina on a gondola ride.

    Kristy: “You know what you are supposed to do under bridges, don’t you?”
    Bettina: “No…”
    Kristy: “You are supposed to kiss him.”

    Poor Kristy. Get your head in the game.

    Jenni giggles, Hillary attempts to stop Kristy’s heart by using only her brain power and DDAHnna tells the camera that Bettina has the “mystery thing going on…and it’s working.”

    Bradley thinks Bettina has all the potential in world to be that girl he’s looking for, but he wants to see if she can relax and be herself. She confides in him that as more time goes on, she is getting comfortable. She thanks him for his patience and tells him that she has so much faith in him. He makes it easier for her.

    It is at this point that I’m uninterested in the conversation and find myself loving the fact that Brad is sitting Indian style on the blanket. Why this is attractive to me, I don’t know. I’m just bored with Bettina and wonder, as the other girls do, about her intentions. She’s off to me.

    Brad takes this opportunity to ask Bettina about her past. She admits that she is not proud of the fact that she is divorced but could not go through life being unsatisfied. She wants to be completely in love.

    Brad finds this endearing and tells her all he wants to do is hug her. He thinks she is “drop dead gorgeous” and so many things about her are perfect.

    Cut to the gondola. I’m cracking up because I can imagine this “river” they are on is in a fancy shopping center somewhere. Sort of like the Venetian in Las Vegas. Bettina is awkward and talks about being nervous.

    WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOUR NERVOUS ABOUT BETTINA! HAVE YOU SEEN THE FREAKISHLY HOT GUY YOU ARE SITTING NEXT TO? DID YOU NOTICE THE BRIDGE YOU JUST FLOATED UNDER?

    Such a waste of a perfectly good date.

    Brad is pretty good with the context clues and starts a conversation about how he wants to move things slowly and gives her kudos for trying to open up. He falls all over himself letting her know that it is okay for her to take her time and wants her to talk when she is ready.

    And like a nine-year-old, she quickly gives him a peck on the cheek and shows no body language of him getting to first base.


    Group date
    Jenni
    Hillary
    DDAHnna
    Kristy
    “Come to my house for a pool party.”

    WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!! The scream that could be heard for miles. It didn’t dawn on me, other than the fact that she’s from Crazy Town, why Hillary was making such a huge deal about this date. We find out later that she is the only one who hasn’t seen our Bachelor without a shirt.

    I guess there is reason to celebrate. I’ll erase one crazy mark by her name.

    Right of the bat, we learn that Kristy is not a pool person.

    AAAAAANNNNNNNNDDDDDDD there you have it. Bye, bye Kristy.

    As if the footage was straight out of the MTV Spring Break Beach House, we see girls cart wheeling of the side of the pool. (Kristy sitting casually on the lounge chairs.) Girls doing cannonballs into the deep end. (Kristy dipping a perfectly manicured toe in the water to check the temperature.) Girls playing chicken with Brad. Hillary announcing to the camera that “Brad is between my legs!” (Kristy finding sanctuary under an umbrella as not to taint her alabaster skin.) And who could forget the underwater crotch shot scenes? Simply classic!

    And then…there was the slip-n-slide. The Wet Banana if you will.

    Does this not have ABC intern written all over it?

    Why Bachelorettes? Why? Why would you fling yourself onto a skinny little piece of yellow plastic with tiny trickles of water scantily spraying the length the apparatus? We’ve all been on a slip-n-slide. They never…ever…work. Most of the time, you forget that there is GROUND underneath the devil toy and your brain somehow thinks that the Wet Banana is going to cushion your fall like a pillow. Wrong. And if you manage to get a good slide in, there are typically two outcomes: you slide a few feet and hit a dry spot that results in a raspberry burn or you are flung off the side and greeted to a mouthful of freshly cut grass that sticks to every part of your body.

    I’m just saying.

    Hillary flings with reckless abandonment.
    DDAHnna gets a wedgie.
    Jenni does flip flops down the slip-n-slide.
    Kristy brushes her hair in the air conditioning.

    Hillary steals some time with Brad and they chill on a big float in the deep end of the pool. Let’s listen in on their conversation:

    Hill: I think you are an awesome guy.
    Brad: I think you are an amazing person.
    Hill: Straight up now tell me, do you really want to love me forever?
    Brad: I think you are sweet and sincere and I’m so comfortable with you.
    Hill: We should be lovers.
    Brad: We can’t do that.
    Hill: We should be lovers. And that’s a fact.

    Brad to the camera: I wonder if this is just a friendship and not romance.
    Hillary to camera: I can tell that we have chemistry. It makes me happy that he is comfortable with me.

    It is what happens next that we can for sure, 100%, without a doubt, unmistakably confirm that our gal Hillary is officially off her rocker. Remember, she’s just told the ABC psychotherapist that the chemistry between she and Brad is palpable. She can feel it in the air.

    She then goes into pretty graphic detail of all the other things she’d like to feel.

    Hillary: I would let Brad ravish me any time. I would want him to BEEP my BEEP and then I would BEEP while he BEEP on the BEEP. After we BEEP, I would show him my BEEP and BEEP with a BEEP so we could BEEP on the BEEP for BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. I’m trying to think of something G-Rated to say.

    Not needed Hillary. We get the picture. Literally.

    Unfortunately for him, Brad was not around to hear that Hill was going to BEEP his BEEP the first chance she got. He had taken DDAHnna over to some random chairs out by the pool. They sit awkwardly and talk about how they think about each other. It was obvious to the viewing audience that Brad wanted to at least kiss DDAH, but he chickens out after sneaking a look behind his shoulder to find Jenni practicing her toe touching, Kristy balancing a book on her head and Hillary waving to him like a complete fool.

    On the other hand, my boy takes Jenni to a secluded hammock to make out for 15 minutes. Interesting.

    One-on-One Date
    Sheena
    “Treasures await you.”

    Brad tells the camera that spending time with Sheena is important because his brother thinks she is the bomb. He picks her up in some flip flops and jeans and tells her that there will be surprises all night long.

    Surprise 1
    Six gowns from which to choose. Sheena says she’s drawn to the white one, but will wait to wear that later. Wink, wink! (Blech.) Brad sends her up the stairs to try one on and is chomping at the bit to see her in the dress. You see reader, Brad is a romantic person. He loves the fairy tale ending. He sees her coming down the stairs and can’t wait to embrace her with his loving…

    Surprise 2
    BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM…
    Sheena bites the dust. Brad laughs…in a polite way. Lincee watched it six times.

    Surprise 3
    Sheena limps onto the veranda full of white balloons. They hug and sway. It’s like walking on clouds.

    Surprise 4
    He gives her a pair of diamond earrings before dinner because he just can’t wait. He loves surprises. And I love him, but that’s neither here nor there. Brad asks why Sheena is still single. She says it’s because she is picky. Brad starts talking about Chad again. Red flag. He then tells the camera that she is solid, beautiful and would make an amazing wife.

    Surprise 5
    Small orchestra is around the corner by the pool, playing soft music.
    Brad: Would you care to dance?
    Sheena: I would love to. You are a great dancer.
    Brad: You are a beautiful woman. I love how you always smile.
    Sheena: How could I not.

    Perfect kiss.

    Back at the Bachelorette pad, Jenni and Bettina are up waiting for Sheena to get back from her date. She flaunts the earrings and goes into long-winded detail of each surprise. Bettina said compared to Sheena, her date sucked and announces she is going to bed.

    BEST TEASER OF THE NIGHT:
    “Up next…the most shocking rose ceremony ever…when Hillary loses her mind.”
    I heart our host Chris Harrison. Even with his Tommy Bahamas shirt.

    I hit the FF button on my DVR and notice there is TONS of time remaining. Twenty-four minutes left for the infamous meltdown! Sweetness!

    Hotter than crap Brad tells the camera:
    “For lack of a better word, I’m kind of freaking out tonight.”
    Don’t you just love that?

    Anyway…

    I’m sure he’s freaking out. He’s worried that Hill is going to boil his bunny. He decides to take a moment with all the candidates to make it look like he’s having a hard time making a decision.

    Alone time with Kristy:
    Oops. Ended up on the cutting room floor. Too boring.

    Alone time with Sheena:
    Bless her heart Sheena. She wrote a poem. And this is not made up. It’s word-for-word what she actually said to hotter than crap Bachelor Brad.

    I love your laugh, your smile your touch
    The moles that run up your arm
    The patch of blond hair on your ears
    Your goals and most of all your charm

    She wrote a poem about his moles. His moles. How Brad did not laugh at that second line is beyond me. Sheena, Sheena, Sheena. At least call them freckles. Mole is so gross. And the patch of hair on his ear? Why is this the SECOND time we are hearing about this patch of hair? And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that sort of an insult? Who wants to hear that they have hair growing out of their ears?

    I bet you didn’t know that he wrote her a poem too did you?

    I love your face, your teeth your grin
    The long hair that grows on your chin
    That gunk that gets caught in your eyes
    Those little dimples on your thighs


    Alone time with DDAHnna:
    Brad: You look beautiful.
    DDAH: My butt looks good too.
    Brad: Don’t get me started on your butt.
    Lincee: Well played my friend.

    Brad asks DDAH if her feelings are real. She talks about not wanting to get hurt and how her heart pounds when she sees him. But she embraces this feeling. They talk about their one-on-one time and she reminds him that she is not going to kiss with other girls around. Brad points out that there are no girls around at that moment and they kiss. Well played AGAIN my friend.

    Back inside, Jenni confronts Bettina about something that has been bothering her.

    Jenn: You said last night that you weren’t happy with your date.
    Bett: You mean when I said mine sucked?
    Jenn: blank stare
    Bett: I was joking. I meant it sucked in a good way. You misunderstood.

    Alone time with Bettina:
    Brad: Don’t you think our date was perfect?
    Bett: I think so also. I felt relaxed and comfortable. I know I’m not comfortable being intimate…I know it will be fabulous one day…but by the end of date I wanted your hands on me. This is deeper than anything I’ve ever felt.
    Brad: That sucks. But in a good way.
    Bett: You totally get me.

    Before his alone time with Hillary, Brad reminds the camera that he sort of tried to give Hillary clues that he is just not that in to her. He admits that she didn’t get it and he needs to be honest with her during this time.

    Brad: I feel so comfortable with you.
    Hill: It’s good to be total BFFs.
    Brad: That’s nice, but I’m afraid that we need to be more than that and I just don’t see us going there. That’s what is so confusing. Do you follow me?
    Hill: Absolutely.
    Brad: (looking shocked) How you holding up? You okay?
    Hill: Yes. We have chemistry and I want you to be my lover, husband and BEEP until we BEEP the BEEP.

    Brad motions for the ABC intern and tells him to have the psychotherapist on hand. This is not going to go well at all.

    After handing roses to DDAHnna, Jenni, Sheena and Bettina, the camera gets a close shot of Jenni rubbing Hillary’s back as she rolls her eyes as far back in her head as they can go.

    All the girls hug like they are old friends. Kristy bows out gracefully of course. We never hear from her again. Hillary makes the lone walk up to Brad and embraces him in a huge death grip…eyes closes…unwilling to let go.

    After much prying, the intern and psychotherapist lead her to the courtyard. The tears are flowing wilding now. She wipes the running mascara on her white dress. She leans over and begins to hyperventilate. WE NEED A BROWN PAPER BAG! CAN WE GET A BROWN PAPER BAG!?!

    Our Host Chris Harrison comes to the rescue with a brown paper bag and secretly giggles to himself, so happy that Lincee will have some good writing material this season.

    Back inside, we find Brad pacing in front of the four remaining girls. He’s snapping his fingers. He’s pacing. He’s snapping. ABC intern gives everyone toasting champagne and Brad hands his over to Sheena. He must go outside and tend to Hillary. After all, they are BFF and he’s concerned.

    He approaches the raccoon faced girl, snot pouring out of her nose, curls falling listlessly out of their Quinceañera bun and tells her to “come here to me.”

    Hillary: I (gasp) don’t understand. Why are you BEEP sending me home?
    Brad: I’m scared to take a step as big as meeting your family when we are too good friends.
    Hillary: It sucks (sniff) and I’m falling for you (gasp) and I’m going home without you in my BEEP arms. I wanted you to meet family. I wanted you to (snort) shake my Dad’s hand. BEEP! I can’t force (gasp) you to feel something.
    Brad: I think you are one in a million.

    I would agree with that Brad.

    Poor Hillary is upset that she is going to be known as “the friend” on the show. Yes Hillary. That’s what we are all thinking right now. You will be remembered as “the friend” from the Hotter than Crap Brad season.

    So here’s to the most dramatic exit in Bachelor history, to meeting the families next week and to more footage of the Bachelorettes jumping naked in the pool! (Did everyone see that at the end?)

    All about the shame, not the fame,
    Lincee
              MTS3 Ute Hentschel - Symbiotic Sea Sponges        

    Ute Hentschel is a professor of chemical ecology at the University of Würzburg in Germany. Her research focuses on characterizing the microbial communities associated with marine sponges, the diversity of these symbionts and their activities.

    On this episode, I talk with Ute Hentschel about her research on the microbes that live on and in sea sponges – those squishy, colorful residents of coral reefs.

    Dr. Hentschel describes some of the utterly unique microbes that are only found in sponges, what those microbes get from living in a sponge hotel, and why it’s nice to have a study site in the Bahamas.


              A Review of Disney Cruise Lines®        
    A Review of Disney Cruise Lines®
    By: Monday Cleghorn


    Before going on a Disney cruise, I was happy with cruising.  I guess I should rephrase that - I was satisfied with cruising. 
    As a travel agent, I have sailed on several ships that are known for their “fun ship, party-type" atmosphere but nothing like the Disney cruise. Their level of service, attention to cleanliness and to detail far outweigh anything I have experienced anywhere. 
    Since sailing on the Disney Dream inaugural cruise in January 2011, I have been on one more unnamed cruise ship as an escort for a tour group.  We had fun as a group but I can say without a doubt, there was no comparison.  Disney just does it right! Everything they do, they do right!

    The food on a Disney ship is far better than what you will get on other cruise lines. The rooms are larger, MUCH cleaner and more comfortable than any I've ever stayed in.

                                                                     Disney Cruise Line®
    The shows are some of the best you will ever see - comparable to a Broadway show. They’re shows are stunning!  To give you an idea of what caliber of actors you can see on the Disney ships, let me bring your attention to Jennifer Hudson. Hudson is a former cast member who regularly performed on the Disney Wonder before making her debut on American Idol. 


    The public areas on Disney ships are immaculate! Cast members are always cleaning the ship.  Every turn you make you can see a Cast member taking great strides to make your experience pleasurable.  Beautiful, elegant, whimsical, entertaining, immaculate and breathtaking all describe the Disney ships. 

    Disney also offers something called rotational dining, which allows you to rotate each night to a different restaurant. You aren't confined to the same restaurant, same table with pretty much the same menu each night.
    I love this about Disney Cruise Lines® because it gives you the opportunity to try different foods and the other restaurants onboard. When you rotate to each new restaurant, your same wait staff goes with you and are there to take exceptional care of you. They learn your name the first night and call you by name each night after that. They learn your likes and dislikes to food and drink and if you have food allergies they will make sure that your menu is catered to fit your needs.  They are truly amazing!

    There is so much to say about the restaurants onboard the Disney ships that it would take a whole new article just to describe what you have to look forward to.

    There's no doubt that on a Disney cruise ship there will be lots of children, but no more than you will see on any other cruise ship. Many people think that a Disney cruise is only for kids, but a Disney cruise is for everyone. Sure they have characters on the ship, and kids clubs (the most amazing kids clubs you will ever experience and one club for each age group) but those can be avoided if desired. There are plenty of adult only areas, clubs, lounges and amazing quiet areas.










    There are pools galore for adults only, kids only and for everyone. Not to mention the thrilling AquaDuck™ on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, the first ever water coaster located on a cruise vessel! My point is, if you're there to spend time with kids and do things for kids, you can most definitely do so and have an amazing family experience, but if your there for romantic private time, trust me you’ll find romance spilling from almost every corner of the ship and also at Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay.  
    Disney Cruise Line®

    Castaway Cay is one of the most amazing private beaches you could ever experience. It’s a private beach located in the Bahamas, owned and operated by Disney.  Of course, Disney knows how to treat their guests and guests on Castaway Cay are treated with the same respect they would receive as if they were staying at a Disney resort.

    Adults love Serenity Bay located on Castaway Cay.  Serenity Bay is an adult only beach for ages 18 and over.  Adults can enjoy a couples or single massage in a private massage cabana on Serenity Bay if booked in advance while on the ship. There are lots of activities on the island. One can snorkel with and feed the sting rays, charter a boat, parasail, rent bicycles, play volleyball, table tennis, pool, basketball, play at pelican’s plunge and so much more.  And don’t worry about getting hungry because your meals while on the island are included!
    Someone recently said to me, "l will never go on a Disney cruise! They are too expensive!" But, my response to them was “if you ever DO go on a Disney Cruise, you’ll never want to go on any other cruise because the experience is far greater than you could ever imagine!”  A Disney cruise is worth every single penny spent!  There is nothing quite like it in the world! 

    Yes, Disney cruises are a little more expensive than some of your "fun ship" cruises, but once you've experienced it, you'll understand why.  I'd rather pay a little more and have the most amazing experience possible on a cruise, than to pay less and just be satisfied.  My comparison of Disney Cruises to “fun ship” cruises is that of a cheap motel to the grandest luxury hotel in New York City without naming any names. Trust me when I say, you get what you pay for and why not pay just a little more and get the “luxury hotel” experience? 

    So if you are looking for a romantic cruise - Disney is perfect!  If you're looking for a family, friendly cruise - Disney is perfect!  If it’s a group cruise that you’re interested in – Disney is perfect!  If you're looking for an array of activities to participate in on a ship - Disney is perfect!  If it's shopping, relaxing, dining, Broadway caliber shows, amazing kids clubs, dancing, watching first run movies in the Buena Vista Movie Theater, basking in the sun, enjoying private beach time on Disney's own private island Castaway Cay – then trust me from experience, Disney is the perfect fit for you!
    Disney Cruise Line®


    Magic of Mickey Travel
    Turning Magic Into Memories!


              Keto on Vacation?        
    Just a quick note. I came back from a 3 day Cruise to the Bahamas with all you can eat food and all you can drink bars. Trying to stay on track was not really hard, but also not super … Continue reading
              Teakas Bahamas        
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    Teaka talks about her favorite island in the Bahamas.
              What is happiness        
    and where is it coming from ?

    My strong believe is that happiness comes from within. If I am not happy I can't give to others what I expect in return like a smile love, appreciation and much more.

    Before I left Germany I sometimes took walks into the City and on my way I greeted strangers , simply smiled and wished them a great day but it was rarely reciprocated. When I walked to the cashier in a big store to pay for something I bought and were friendly and wished them a great day before I left I was stared at like I was from another planet and I have to admit it bugged me. It was one of the reasons I wanted to leave.

    When I moved to The Bahamas one of the great experiences was, that everyone seemed to be happy ( on the outside I might add) but just getting a smile back was like a revelation.

    I remember at one point I had to use the public bus due to the fact that my car broke down on me ...I went into that little bus to go downtown, then all of a sudden the driver and an older Lady beside me started singing !! A happy song and eventually the older Lady just clutched my hand and smiled at me while she went ahead singing . When I left the bus I was so uplifted, I can't describe it in words....

    After living there for such a long time I adopted the attitude of being friendly no matter how you feel - fake it 'til you make it but every smile I send out, every nice word is coming back and it's wonderful !

    Happiness comes from within ..It is what you make of things . You can have a bad day but try to smile at someone while you are in the middle of it and if you get that smile back it will make your day.

    Nobody and nothing outside can give you happiness if you do not allow it to happen !

    Give a smile and it will return to you, give a praise and lift someone else"s spirit which in return will lift your's

    Happy day to you !
              Kayaking Trips        
    Kayaking is one way of getting straight into the heart of the great outdoors. From kayaking in the coral waters of the Bahamas to sea kayaking in Croatia, kayaking trips make for an adventure holiday.
              NASA’s Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight        

    The post NASA’s Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


              In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web        

    Manitoba Music teams up with FortWhyte Alive for Songwriter Retreat. - 730 CKDM

    Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts celebrates 20 years. - The Manitoban

    Solhounds will leave you wanting more. - The Uniter + FREE download

    Curtis Nowosad cuts to the chase. - Ottawa Citizen

    Curtis Nowosad brings it home with Dialectics. - The Uniter

    Lindsey White one of Manitoba's Future 40. - Metro

    Lindsey White and inspires Manitoba's future generation. - CBC Manitoba

    Romi Mayes gives us The Devil On Both Shoulders. - Exclaim!

    Get the first look at Jess Reimer's new video. - AUX TV

    Yes We Mystic gears up to release Vestige. - Exclaim!

    Mama Cutsworth makes memories. - Spectator Tribune

    Sweet Alibi gets found by the Searchlight. - CBC

    Comparisons are complimentary for SC Mira. - The Uniter

    Slow Leaves spreads songs across Canada. - Camrose Canadian

    Mise en Scene gives us an "Endless Summer". - BRBR

    Keri Latimer's song takes her to the finals. - Steamfeed

    JD and the Sunshine Band stand by their van. - Winnipeg Sun

    Lindsey White makes the top nine. - Metro

    Roger Roger bring balance. - MyToba

    Carly Dow’s music will leave you charmed and haunted. - MyToba

    The Thrashers covers a lot of ground on new LP. - The Uniter

    The spotlight is on DJ Stop. - DJ Mag Canada

    Jon-C sticks to his guns. - Hip Hop Canada

    Get to know Leaf Rapid's Devin Latimer. - The Uniter

    Conduct brings some energy. - Jukebox DC

    And a special little JUNO roundup...

    Tanya Tagaq and The Bros. Landreth bring home some trophies. - Billboard

    Tanya Tagaq takes home a JUNO. - Voir

    Tanya Tagaq talks about her JUNO win. - JUNOTV

    Fred Penner puts another JUNO in his collection. - Mix 94.9

    The Bros. Landreth bask in JUNO glory. - JUNOTV

    Fred Penner plays for the juniors at the JUNOS. - The Gate

    Plus a little bit of SXSW...

    Check out The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - Pollstar

    Catch The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - CBS News

    Don't miss one of the nine shows The Bros. Landreth have at SXSW. - Washington Post

    The Bros. Landreth is a must see at SXSW. - The Telegram

    The Bros. Landreth goes well with food. - Paste Magazine

    Tanya Tagaq is a top pick at SXSW. - Austin Chronicle

    Tanya Tagaq stands out at SXSW. - NPR

    Tanya Tagaq represents at SXSW. - Huffington Post

    Watching Tanya Tagaq is like being taken on a journey. - Austin Chronicle

    KEN mode is all over SXSW. - Invisible Oranges


              Royal Canoe Signs Two Record Deals        

    Royal Canoe has inked two record deals. Exclaim! broke the news that the indie pop outfit has signed with Toronto label Nevado Records, which is home to Bahamas, Library Voices, Yukon Blonde, and more. The following day, the band announced that it had also signed with U.S. label Roll Call Records (Wintersleep, On An On). The band is on its way south to showcase at SXSW before heading across the pond for a European tour and a spot at the U.K.'s Great Escape Festival.


              Daymen Bahamas - farkut        
    Upeat Daymen farkut näyttävillä yksityiskohdilla. Taskut takana ja edessä. Edessä myös koristetasku. Sepalus napeilla.
              Kawasan Paling Misterius Di Dunia        
    Inilah foto asli salah satu kawasan paling misterius di dunia. Terletak di Pulau Abaco, Bahamas, ribuan gua mematikan berhasil direkam Wes C Skiles. Seperti apa?

    Di kawasan itu, Wes C Skiles merekam ribuan lubang biru, gua yang saling terhubung satu sama lain dengan struktur abstrak. Karenanya, penyelam tidak akan pernah tahu apa yang ada di balik gua itu maupun tempat berakhir.

    Menjelajahi bawah laut itu, penyelam harus melakukan persiapan maksimal. Meksipun tidak ada garansi keselamatan. Wes C Skiles meninggal dunia selama penyelaman, musim panas lalu.


    Lebih dari 1000 lubang biru ada di Bahama dan hanya sekitar 20% dari gua itu yang pernah terjamah. Ini adalah misi sangat berbahaya karena gua itu gelap gulita, luas dan bagaikan labirin.

    Lubang biru terdalam bahkan mencapai kedalaman enam ribu kaki. Setiap penyelam harus memegang erat tali keselamatan mereka. Tanpa itu, mustahil bisa menemukan jalan keluar sebelum pasokan udara habis.

    Penyelam membawa tiga tangki dari campuran Nitrox untuk dimanfaatkan saat masuk, keluar dan keadaan darurat. Mereka juga harus memiliki tiga lampu yang digunakan untuk berkomunikasi dan navigasi.

    Larutan kimia di air Bahama sangat unik karena memiliki bakteri dalam air garam yang menghasilkan sulifa hidrogen. Hasilnya, materi ini menghasilkan awan gas beracun.

    Penyelam tidak bisa berlama-lama di kawasan tersebut karena jika menembus pakaian selam dan menyentuh kulit akan mual, halusinasi bahkan meninggal dunia.

              Drug Detox Centers Have One Week Will Relax Your 7 days program to Stress management        
    They say there's more than one way to skin a cat. The same goes when you start tearing your hair out with all the frustration, grief, anxiety, and yes, stress. It's a state of mental conditioning that is like taking that bitter pill down your throat, causing you to lose your sense of self, and worse your sanity. Just thinking about it can drive anyone off the edge.

    And they say that the proactive ones are already living off the edge.

    As one stressed-out person to another, I know how it feels, and believe me there are many variants when it comes to stress. Coping with life, and carrying the problems that may or may not belong to you can scratch away the little joy and happiness that you can carry once you head out that door. You can't blame them for being like that; they have their own reasons, so much like we have our reasons to allow stress to weigh us down. They say that stress is all in the mind, well, what's bugging you anyway?

    There are several ways to manage stress, and eventually remove it out of your life one of these days. So I'll try to divide it into a seven-day course for you and I promise it's not going to be too taxing on the body, as well as on the mind.

    1. Acknowledge stress is good
    Make stress your friend! Based on the body's natural "fight or flight" response, that burst of energy will enhance your performance at the right moment. I've yet to see a top sportsman totally relaxed before a big competition. Use stress wisely to push yourself that little bit harder when it counts most.

    2. Avoid stress sneezers
    Stressed people sneeze stress germs indiscriminately and before you know it, you are infected too!

    Protect yourself by recognizing stress in others and limiting your contact with them. Or if you've got the inclination, play stress doctor and teach them how to better manage themselves.

    3. Learn from the best
    When people around are losing their head, who keeps calm? What are they doing differently? What is their attitude? What language do they use? Are they trained and experienced?
    Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from the best stress managers and copy what they do.

    4. Practice socially acceptable heavy breathing
    This is something I've learned from a gym instructor: You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of 11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal.

    5. Give stressy thoughts the red light
    It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. "If this happens, then that might happen and then we're all up the creek!" Most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly?

    Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their tracks. Okay so it might go wrong - how likely is that, and what can you do to prevent it?

    6. Know your trigger points and hot spots
    Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback, tight deadlines…. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these down!

    Make your own list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Is it only presentations to a certain audience that get you worked up? Does one project cause more stress than another? Did you drink too much coffee?

    Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful. Do you need to learn some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch to decaf?

    7. Burn the candle at one end
    Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreaks havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it's often ignored as a stress management technique. Listen to your mother and don't burn the candle at both ends!

    So having stress can be a total drag, but that should not hinder us to find the inner peace of mind that we have wanted for a long time. In any case, one could always go to the Bahamas and bask under the summer sun.
    The Alternative To Meds Center Program is a prescription drug rehab and drug detox center
              Un crucero se prende fuego en medio de un viaje        
    Nuevamente debemos informarles acerca de un incendio que ha tenido lugar en un crucero que se dirigía desde los Estados Unidos hacia las Bahamas, afortunadamente no hubo ni victimas fatales ni heridos. Los pasajeros que pasaron por esa traumática situación aseguran que fue uno de los peores episodios de sus vidas.
                      
    Poco antes de que ocurriese el terrible accidente que le costase la vida Myles Munroe tuvo un sueño sobre la muerte de los líderes y la transición que iba a ocurrir en el liderazgo cristiano en las Bahamas.

    En el sueño un atleta de pista yacía en un ataúd sosteniendo un testigo. Cuando Myles Munroe despertó comprendió perfectamente el mensaje del sueño y lo compartió:
    "Se trata de personas que mueren con el testigo  en lugar de transmitirla", dijo Munroe. “Pienso que que el joven que se supone que tiene que liderar a continuación debe ir a la urna, hacer palanca y tomar el testigo del hombre muerto para poder proseguir en la siguiente etapa”.
    Y continuó: "Los grandes líderes lo pasan [el testigo] de antes de morir, y viven para ver como la otra persona corre. Con suerte, vamos a llegar a ver esto en las Bahamas”.
    La trágica muerte Myles Munroe a sus 60 años ha impactado a la comunidad evangélica internacional.   Munroe viajaba a bordo con 9 personas (entre las que se encontraba su esposas y su hija) en una aeronave privada que se estrelló el pasado 10 de noviembre en la isla de Gran Bahama mientras en la zona se producía unauna intensa lluvia.  Los pasajeros se dirigían a Freeport, Gran Bahama para participar en un foro sobre liderazgo cristiano.

    Myles Munroe fue el presidente fundador de la Bahamas Faith Ministries International.  Se logró posicionar como un reconocido conferencista que impartía charlas motivacionales y sobre liderazgo alrededor del mundo. Además escribió libros que se consideran best-sellers.  Su liderazgo como predicador reconocido internacional es indiscutible e hizo que Bahamas fuese nombrada en muchos círculos cristianos al punto que en una oportunidad bromeó diciendo: "Bahamas es donde Dios vive y Él visita Estados Unidos a menudo.

              Waves from Atlantis        
    'A New Life in the Sea' by Michael Lombardi
    For unknown reasons, waves from the Atlantis story have been crashing on my desk the last few days. First, a colleague forwarded me an excerpt from Mark Adams recent book 'Meet me in Atlantis' describing an interview with Greek geophysicist and Atlantean expert Stavros Papamarinopoulos which shed light on a few rather matter of fact considerations about the existence of the lost city from interpretations of Plato's account.

    Second was an accidental stumble upon a Nat Geo Channel piece called 'The Truth Behind: Atlantis' which presented the topic for public and popular consumption through a very cursory investigation of both the Bimini Road in the Bahamas, and a variety of Minoan sites in Greece, namely Crete and the island of Santorini.

    Lastly was an article on CNN describing the state of Venice, with sea level on the rise and the city itself sinking, creating an imminent threat to losing this coastal historical site - sound familiar?

    English: Athanasius Kircher's Map of Atlantis ...
    English: Athanasius Kircher's Map of Atlantis (c.1669). Note that north is at bottom. Latina: Situs Insulae Atlantidis, a Mari olim absorpte ex mente Egyptiorum et Platonis descriptio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    What continues to resonate with me in my own curiosities about Atlantis is the timetable that we are versus what we should be talking about. Events at Santorini and Crete reference the time of the Minoans, say 3500 years before present. The volcanic eruption at Santorini during that time period is said to have caused a major tsunami (for which there is emerging scientific evidence) that wiped out a considerable part of Minoan civilization and was the inspiration for Plato's "story" about Atlantis in his book/dialogue Timaeus.

    The source of the hotly debated timetable comes from Plato's reference to events occurring 9000 years before his telling of the story, which puts us about 12,000 years before present. That has spun the heads around of many scholars for centuries, as 12,000 ypb is far before any known civilization that we have actual archaeological evidence to support the existence of. So, if it were wiped out, it was really wiped out - without a trace. This seems highly unlikely to most, as consider that we are able to find scientific evidence of things like dinosaurs from millions of years ago to help recreate a story of our history here on Earth. The fact that we have a considerable information gap is what is so fascinating, and beckons intrigue from a variety of perspectives.

    One in-explainable fact is that 'advanced' civilization seemingly sprang up from virtually nothing, and all since Atlantis allegedly disappeared. Where did the technology and intellect come from? Further to that, there are specific devices that leave us at a loss for their direct lineage. As we well know today, innovation is a lengthy and evolving process, and one would expect a lineage of technology prior to defining a specific piece. The perfect example is the Antikythera mechanism. The mechanism is one of those anomalies that begs far more questions than it offers answers.

    The questions of the Bimini road is supported with only anecdotal evidence, despite the 'road' being very accessible in shallow water. Where the road fails us is the depth. If we were to rewind history to 12,000 years before present and re-create a world map, our coastlines would look VERY different. Sea level was around 300-400 feet lower than it is today as we were at the last glacial maximum of the Pleistocene. That puts more than 50% of the world's continental shelf in the dry. A seafaring civilization like Atlantis would have lived along the coast - now submerged, far from sight, and difficult to access. Perhaps  we haven't yet found concrete evidence because we haven't spent enough time looking in the right place...

    Interestingly, today we are faced with very similar circumstances to 12,000 years ago. Sea level is on the rise, in part due to additional glacial retreat, and that means coastal civilization is in trouble. The current state of affairs in Venice should be closely watched by the world, as it will serve as a model for how we preserve other coastal cities. Regardless of Plato's Atlantis being fact or fiction, it is cause to pause and think, and if nothing else should serve as reminder that we are not invincible.

    The waves that sank Atlantis have had a rippling effect which ironically may sink us yet again. In all of our greatness, one would think [sarcasm] we're paying enough attention to preserving and protecting the world around us in order to better protect ourselves.

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              Living Small        
    'A New Life in the Sea' by Michael LombardiFlipping through Netflix for a Saturday night distraction we came upon the movie 'Tiny: a story about living small'. The film chronicles the journey of building a 'tiny house' of not much more than 100 square feet as a permanent residence. I've been aware of this tiny house movement over the past several years, so it was interesting to learn a bit about the motives of those engaged in this lifestyle.

    Among the commonalities between tiny house dwellers was an outwardly vocal position on our state of excess, which frankly doesn't make much sense in terms of quality of life, and perhaps even bigger picture, our [human] sustainability. My fascination with sustainability stems from time spent on Lee Stocking Island, where minimalism was the way of life. I've carried much of that philosophy back home with me, but in practice it is difficult to implement given the demands of a middle class suburban lifestyle - gone are the days of a migrant lifestyle in one's 20's. Living small yet again remains a dream, and perhaps one that will become a reality out of shear necessity.

    John Perry Jr. rests in a small undersea dwelling off of Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. Perhaps decades ahead of his time, Perry developed numerous model technologies that are likely to come full circle in more modern underwater habitation.
    I haven't yet evaluated the economics of living small, but I can certainly see the benefits of shaking the mortgage and the big bills in favor of going off the grid. With technology today, its easier than ever to miniaturize and take steps towards self-reliance. In many ways, these life lessons in simplicity can be found with time at sea, where mariners' entire belongings are often found within very tight quarters, and for lengthy blocks of time. The fact that living small may indeed be trickling over to the terrestrial world is encouraging, and offers the promise of returning to life in the sea with the new values needed to make undersea living practical.

    The film depicts several tiny homes in the 100 square foot range. Packing all of life's essentials into a 10' x 10' space for comfortable everyday living is a huge step. If we can do it here in the dry, why not in the wet? That area is only about double that of the small portable habitat I developed, which would still be within the range of feasible to secure to the bottom, and reasonable to manage the atmosphere for extended periods of time.

    I'm not one to suggest that we should run away from our terrestrial problems in favor of living underwater. However, I do believe that selective environmental pressures and overpopulation are going to lead to the requirement to make better use of subaquatic space in the future. To be successful, we'll need to be ultra-efficient, and there is no better time than now to begin evolving that lineage of efficient technology and living practices.

    I'm unsure if a tiny house is in my immediate future, but I can say that I have my sights set on the distant blue horizon; a model of efficiency, an improved life aquatic, and a new life in the sea.

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              Former BIS exec explains why she's voting No in the upcoming Bahamas referendum on Gambling        
    Sharon Turner was the Deputy Director of BIS under the ousted FNM Government in The Bahamas. She resigned her post before midnight on the May 7th election that brought the ruling PLP to power.
              Norwegian Sun bids adieu to Alaska, hello to Cuba and Bahamas        
    Norwegian Cruise Line is shuffling the deck on its 2018 deployments, and there are some exciting developments in store for folks who are planning a cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean and Cuba. Right now, Norwegian has its 2,004-guest Norwegian Sky […]
              Here She Is....Ms. World Elite 2017-18        
    I'm elated to announce that on May 28th, 2017 I was crowned Ms. World Elite 2017-18! 

    Below is an article written by Janee Law from the Long Islander News and published on June 5, 2017.


    Native Crowned ‘Ms. World Elite’


    By Janee Law
    jlaw@longislandergroup.com
    As the sash was wrapped around her shoulder and hip and she was handed a bouquet of red roses, Lidia Szczepanowski’s grin quickly widened as she knelt down to be crowned Ms. World Elite 2017.
    The Ms. World Pageant, held May 26-28 at in Everett, Washington, featured 21 contestants, including Szczepanowski, of Dix Hills, the daughter of Polish immigrants who was crowned Ms. Poland in March. Both Ms. World title and Ms. World Elite were crowned. Szczepanowski said the elite designation is awarded to the highest scoring contestant who is over 40 years old.
    “It’s empowering for me because age is only a number,” Szczepanowski, 52, said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are and the judges saw that beauty is not about being the youngest it’s just who you are as a person. It’s the total package.”
    Szczepanowski was elated when she heard her name called.
    “I didn’t think I was going to win. There were so many beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and experienced women,” she said. “The fact that I won the top prize in my category, I couldn’t be happier.”
    The pageant consisted of an interview before six judges, an opening gown portion, a fitness wear, evening gown and onstage question and answer session.
    Along with her crown, Szczepanowski earned a cruise to the Bahamas, luggage, jewelry and a couple of other gifts.
    “I believe Ms. World Elite is this smart, stylish, stiletto clad woman who exemplifies success, independence and glamour,” Szczepanowski said. “What I’m going to do is incorporate the title into my current lifestyle, which I’m so proud of.”
    Szczepanowski, a veteran of pageantry, has promoted a message of women empowerment through her career. But she said that earning the Ms. World Elite title marks an end to her pageantry days.
    The Melville-based litigation attorney will continue both her professional and charity work, however. She’s also the founder of both Everything Lidia, a multi-platform lifestyle enterprise, and the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness, a nonprofit that helps prevent crime and violence against women of all ages.
    Throughout her experience in pageantry, Szczepanowski said, she’s learned that being authentic and genuine is one of the most beautiful and attractive features that any person can carry.
    She added, “Everyone has their own beautiful way about them and if more people were true to themselves I think we’d all be better from it.”


              Â¡La encuesta sobre cómo las ONG hacen uso de Internet en el mundo!        
    iWith.org lanzará una encuesta para investigar sobre como organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro de Europa y Latinoamérica utilizan las oportunidades en la red. El software de encuestas online Question Pro será un aliado clave para crear, distribuir y analizar la investigación. También nos acompañarán en el camino Two Much y Empírica Online.
    iWith.org se ha propuesto lanzar una encuesta para contestar la siguiente pregunta: "Cómo las ONG hacen uso de Internet en el mundo?". El software Question Pro, diseñado crear, distribuir y analizar encuestas en línea, será el socio estratégico de iWith.org para una investigación que llevaremos a cabo entre el año 2016 y 2017. También nos acompañarán el grupo de investigadores sociales TwoMuch y la plataforma EmpiricaOnline. El estudio detallará cómo las organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro hacen uso de Internet en los países pequeños de Europa y Lationamérica. Las preguntas que realizaremos giraran alrededor de los siguientes temas:
     
    • El uso de las redes sociales
    • La presencia en Internet a través de una página web
    • El email márqueting
    • Las iniciativas de crowdfunding llevadas a cabo en Internet

    La encuesta será una continuación del estudio hecho durante 2011: “La solidaridad y yo”. Uno de los hechos característicos del estudio es que se centrará en, sobre todo, países pequeños con menos de 70.000 km² en Europa y Latinoamérica. A continuación se presentan la lista de países:

    - En Europa: Irlanda, Georgia, Lituania, Letonia, Croacia, Bosnia y Herzegovina, Eslovaquia, Estonia, Dinamarca, Países Bajos, Suiza, Moldavia, Bélgica, Armenia, Albania, República de Macedonia, Eslovenia, Montenegro, Chipre, Luxemburgo, Andorra, Malta, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Mónaco y Ciudad del Vaticano.  

    - En Latinoamérica: Cuba, Guatemala, Panamá, Costa Rica, República Dominicana, Haití, Belice, El Salvador, Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad y Tobago, Dominica, Santa Lucía, Antigua y Barbuda, Barbados, San Vicente y las Granadinas, Granada, San Cristóbal y Nieves.

    Para realizar la encuesta con éxito, hemos contactado a organizaciones partner en cada país. Actualmente nos encontramos en la fase de aceptación de dichas entidades, que serán los puntos focales que nos ayudarán en nuestra misión.
     
    QuestionPro nos apoya con acceso gratuito a su software para encuestas

                                                             
     


              Type locality: Northeast Exuma Sound, The Bahamas,... for taxon Bathynomus maxeyorum Shipley, Brooks & Bruce, 2016        
    Note "Type locality: Northeast Exuma Sound, The Bahamas, western North Atlantic, 24°83.15’N, 76°37.88’W, 672 m." for taxon Bathynomus maxeyorum Shipley, Brooks & Bruce, 2016 has been added by Niel L. Bruce via the webinterface on 2016-08-08T05:25:46+00:00
              Bahamian Ring Play Examples From "Show Me Your Motion" Documentary Produced by Ian Strachan, Part II        
    Edited by Azizi Powell

    This is Part II of a two part pancocojams series on text (word only) examples of contemporary Bahamian rings plays (children's singing games and children's hand clap rhymes) that are featured in the 2006 documentary "Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas". The YouTube video of that documentary is also included in these posts.

    The ring play examples that are included in this post are divided into two pancocojams posts in order of their appearances in that documentary.

    Part II of this series features examples from 57:40 to the last ring play example that is given in that documentary. A few of these examples are from St. Lucia and Trinidad.

    Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/examples-of-show-me-your-motion.html for Part I of this series.

    Part I of this series features examples of ring plays from 18:38 to 57:37 of that YouTube video. Prior to 18:38 no examples of ring plays were given.

    Part I of this posts also includes my editorial comments about how I happened upon this documentary of Bahamian ring plays" and what I believe is the considerable African American influence on many of these Bahamian ring plays. Although many of these ring plays are of African American origin, it's my position that the Bahamian children and teenagers' creative word and movement adaptations make these ring plays Bahamian.

    The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and recreational purposes.

    All copyrights remain with their owners.

    Thanks to the unknown composers of these examples. Thanks also to all those who are featured in this documentary and thanks Ian Strachan, the producer of this documentary and publishers of this video.. Thanks also to all those who were involved in this documentary's production.

    WARNING: The showcased documentary video features some scenes of children performing seductive dances and chanting sexualized rhymes that some people may consider to be unsuitable for children.

    I added this warning because I'm hoping that this series is used as a supplemental educational resource in the United States, and my experience with United States public educational system informs me that a number of teachers and administrators in that system would have concerns about scenes of children and teenagers performing some of these singing games and rhymes.

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    SHOWCASE VIDEO: Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas



    Ian Strachan, Published on Apr 20, 2017

    Show Me Your Motion explores issues of gender, national identity, globalization, class and race in The Bahamas, a prosperous Caribbean nation renowned for its tourism. Producer and Director Ian Strachan addresses these issues through candid, often humorous interviews and live recordings of the ribald children’s songs and dances that are a part of “Ringplay.” ...
    -snip-
    A trailer to this documentary video was published on YouTube in 2006 by Ward Minnis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pZssdkl6GE.

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    PART II
    Pancocojams Editor's Note:
    The words to these ring plays are either from sub-titles that are found in that documentary or from my transcriptions. Additions and corrections are welcome for my transcriptions.

    Time stamps that indicate when those examples appear in that YouTube video are included with these examples. These examples also include my brief performance descriptions about these ring plays.

    No written performance descriptions and very little narration about performance descriptions beyond comments about the wining [pronounced to rhyme with the English word "line"] (gyrating hip movements and pelvic thrusts) dance movements were included in this documentary.

    My comments after the text (words) for these rhymes largely consists of performance descriptions and comparisons between the specific rhyme and African American/other American rhymes. My apologies as Describing game song/ hand clap performances isn't something I do well. Additions and corrections are welcome.

    I've assigned numbers to these examples for references purposes only. These numbers continue from Part I.

    These time stamps from that video documentary aren't hyperlinked.

    EXAMPLES
    22.
    57:40 – 57:52ena [no words on screen] – two girls doing hand clap routine

    Eenie veena tumbaleena [said fast]
    Acca pacca soda pack I love you
    ????
    How do you know
    I peeked through the window
    Nosy
    Wash the dishes
    nasty...
    -snip-
    This is my attempt to transcribe these words as no sub-titles were given. I'm not sure about the spelling and couldn't decipher one line.

    This "Eenie Meenie" rhyme is performed in this clip by two girls as a fast paced hand clap rhyme with imitative motions. At least two other girls stand nearby ready to help the girls remember the motions and words for this rhyme. After the words "I love you", the performance activity changes to imitative motions with finger wagging representing a girl being chided because she didn't do the dishes etc. The two girls mess up the clapping routine and the chanting and the rhyme abruptly ends in that documentary clip.

    This rhyme, called Eenie Meenie Sisaleenie" and other similar sounding title, is rather well known in the United States as a stand alone hand clap rhyme or as verses that are incorporated into other rhymes. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/12/eeny-meany-sisaleenie-rhymes-that.html for examples of this rhyme.

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    23. 58:43
    woman [Nicolette Bethel, Director of Culture] commenting about the words commenting regarding the words "Achie paloochie":

    "Palocha Machie
    Conga got no vote

    Chances are that the words started out as something that made sense in some African language. But we don’t know what it is and transmitted from person to person we’ve lost
    sense of it so we’re only approximating the sound of it"...
    -snip-
    This is my attempt to transcribe this quote. No information is given regarding the "Congo got no vote" rhyme, but my assumption is that "Congo" here refers to Black people in the Bahamas and not people from the two African nations known as the Congo.

    Given that this clip was presented after the "eenie meenie" hand clap rhyme that is given as #22 above] and an "Eenie Meenie" rhyme that is given as #___ below, I assume that Ms. Bethel is suggesting that the nonsense sounding words in those Bahamian ring plays (if not in other Bahamian ring plays) are from some African language. I disagree with that conclusion, but that is discussion for another blog post.

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    24.
    58:56-
    This is a brief clip of two girls showing how a hand clap routine is done:
    "it’s slide push clap
    slide push clap"

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    25.
    59:03
    I met a guy
    ah risco
    He’s so sweet
    Ah risco
    Like my cherry tree
    Ah risco
    I can drink coffee
    I can drink ....tea.
    I can meet the boy...
    -snip-
    This is my transcription of this example. One girl is chanting this hand clap rhyme while standing in the middle of a small circle formed by other girls. No hand clapping is performed.

    This example appears to be an adaptation of the African American "Nabisco" rhyme combined with the African American rhyme "I Love Coffee, I Love Tea".

    In this documentary clip. when the girl in the middle says "I can drink" she forgets the word, and someone else says "Tea". When she says "I can meet the boy", someone else says a line that ends with the word "baby". At the end of this clip, the girl looks somewhat shocked by something indecipherable that someone else said. I wonder if it was the "come on, baby let's go to bed" ending for the African American rhyme "I Love Coffee, I Love Tea".

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    26.
    59:22 -59:42
    Slide push clap
    Slide push clap
    [Said faster] Eena meena Josephina
    Oh ah tambourrina
    Akalaka booshalaka
    Baby I love you; yes I do

    Saw you with your boyfriend last night
    How did you know
    I peeked through the window; Nosey.
    Go wash dem dishes; Lazy
    Gimme some candy: Greedy
    Jump through the window; Crazy.
    What do you eat?
    Pig feet.
    What did you drink?
    Red ink.
    -snip-
    These words were given as sub-titles. Two girls are shown doing a fast hand clap routine, but only one girl chants the words.

    Read my comments for #23 given above. There is an African American hand clap game called "Slide", but I don't believe that the words "slide, push, clap" are chanted during that hand clap game or during any other American hand clap game that I've found to date.

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    1:00:46 1:01:13 I went to the Chinese bakery- words on screen [girls standing in two lines facing each other [hand clap with some imitative movements- for instance hold both hands to their chest for the word “my”]
    I went to the Chinese Bakery
    to buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread

    I went to the Chinese Bakery
    And this is what they said said said
    My name is King Kong Corey
    I can do karate [imitating the same leaning back karate stance]
    Punch em in the belly [acting like they are punching the person standing in front of them- I while maintaining space in between each other]
    oops I;m sorry [holding their eyes down with one finger on each eye- imitating crying?]
    Chinese, Japanese [keeps hands near their eyes, stretching the eyes?
    Criss cross [rhythmically slap right hip with left hand left hip with right hand ]
    Applesauce
    Do me a favor and get lost [does the rolling, lean back a little, and hold hand out in talk to the hand AA street stances]



    The verse that begins "what do you eat?/ pig feet" is a stand alone African American rhyming saying that is associated with the "What's your name/ Puddin Tane" rhyming sayings. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/11/early-examples-of-childrens-rhyme-whats.html for a pancocojams post on those rhyming sayings.

    I suppose that it's possible that those sayings could have originated in the Caribbean.

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    27.
    1:00:46 1:01:13
    I went to the Chinese bakery-
    I went to the Chinese Bakery
    to buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread

    I went to the Chinese Bakery
    And this is what they said said said
    My name is King Kong Corey
    I can do karate
    Punch em in the belly
    oops I'm sorry
    Chinese, Japanese
    Criss cross
    Applesauce
    Do me a favor and get LOST
    -snip-
    These words are given as sub-titles. The girls stand in two line facing each other, first doing hand claps and then changing to imitative movements:

    On the word "my" which is stretched out, the girls hold both hands to their chest.
    On the phrase "I can do karate", the girls imitate the same karate stance
    On the words "punch 'em in the belly, the girls maintain some distance but act like they are "karate" punching the person standing across from them.
    On the words "oops, I'm so sorry", the girls hold their eyes down with one finger on each eye, probably in imitation of the crying
    One the words, "Chinese Japanese", the girls keep their hands near their eyes, perhaps stretching their eyes*
    On the word "criss cross apple sause", the girls rhythmically slap their right hip with their left hand, and their left hip with their right hand
    On the word "do me a favor and get lost", the girls do the body rolling, leaning back a little, and "talk to the hand" African American street stance that means both confrontation and dismissal.

    This rhyme is a version of the very well known American rhyme "I Went To The Chinese Restaurant"*. I don't think that the "King Kong Corey" referent is found in American versions of that rhyme.

    *Some versions of "I Went To The Chinese Restaurant", such as the this one, have problematic anti-Asian words and actions. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/07/anti-asian-rhymes-i-went-to-chinese.html for a pancocojams post on this rhyme.

    As I noted in my comments after the example given as #11 in Part I, "borrowing" this rhyme without considering the meaning of this line, encapsulates the danger of taking everything from American culture in without a filter for the negativity that is part of that culture.

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    28.
    1:01:53-1:01:59
    Peas porridge hot
    Peas porridge cold
    Peas porridge in the pot
    Nine days old.
    Say what!
    Some like it hot
    Say what!
    Some like it hot.
    Some like it cold.
    Cold.
    Some like it in the pot.
    Nine days old.
    -snip-
    The title "Some Like It Hot" is shown on the screen. Children are heard chanting and performing this rhyme as a hand clap. This is my transcription of the words. No sub-titles and no other visuals are shown.

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    29.
    1:03:27-1:03:33
    Say boom
    Say apple
    Say pine
    Say wine
    Say boom pine apple wine
    $1.50 all the time.
    [the rhyme begins again from the beginning]
    -snip-
    The words are given as sub-titles. This clip shows teenagers, women, and men standing forming a circle while one teenagers in the middle of the circle moves around to several person of the circle doing a "leg raised up" dance movement. On the words "say boom pine apple wine" the girl stands in front of the next person forming the circle and does a very seductive wining dance.

    I've never come across this rhyme in my study of American children rhymes.

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    30.
    1:03:47- 1:03:51
    Solee ‘married
    Come here lemme tell ya gal
    Uh-huh!
    -snip-
    The words are given as sub-titles. Women and at least one man form a circle and one woman in the middle dances seductively in front of various people forming the ring.

    I've never come across this rhyme in my study of American children's rhymes.

    Here are quotes from two women who commented throughout this documentary:
    "There was a sense of celebrating our female development". [Comment begins around 1:03:36]

    "The competitiveness back then was who could be the most sexual and the most alluring. And at the time I didn’t know that was what it was all about, but now when I look back I realize that’s what it was all about”. [This comment begins at around 1:03:53]

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    31.
    1:04:06-1:04:48
    Jump in the car
    turn the keys
    Press the gas wit' no panties
    She rollin like dat
    She bouncin like dat
    Say mmmm, like dat
    Sauchiss in dere
    An rock it too in ‘dere
    Take dat belly sauchiss
    and stick it right in dere.
    You know where
    right in dere
    Da Devil round de corner
    says stick it right in dere
    Ticka ticka ticka ticka
    boom dynamite
    Ticka ticka ticka ticka
    boom dynamite
    Boom boom boom boom
    boom dynamite
    -snip-
    The words were given as sub-titles. Girls form a large circle with one girl in the middle. That girl doesn't chant along with the others. In the beginning of the rhyme the girl performs imitative motions. On the line "mmm, like that", she moves around the circle on each line of the rhyme and performs a seductive dance in front of the people forming the circle.

    This example is a combination of three stand alone rymes: "Jump In The Car", "Sauchiss In Dere", and "Boom Dynamite".

    There are examples of rhymes that begin with the line "jump in the car" in the United States, but they are very different from this example. There are lots of examples of American children's cheerleader cheers and other recreational rhymes that include the line "Boom dynamite". But I've not found any examples of "sauchiss in dere". Examples of that rhyme are also given in Part I of this two part pancocojams series.

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    32.
    1:16:02- 1:16:27
    An examples of "Brown Girl In The Ring" [given without words on the screen or my transcription]

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    33.
    1:16:38 = 1:16:53
    Example of the circle game "Blue Bird through my window": [given without words or the screen or my transcription]

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    34.
    1:18:03 – 1:18:20
    I’m ma going to the party
    going to the fair.
    When I met a Cinderella with flowers in her hair
    ????
    oh si si si si si si like its hot
    si si si si si si like a top
    Oh rumble to the bottom
    rumble on the top
    turn around and turn around until you make a stop
    -snip-
    This is my transcription for this example from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. This is played as a circle game with one person in the middle who performs imitative motions and dances.

    This circle game is known as "Going TO Kentucky" in the United States and is very well known. The words "Cinderella" probably were "senorita" early on. Through foll processing, "senorita" became "Sister Rita" for some African American children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area in the early 2000s.

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    35.
    1:18-21
    Chitty Chitty bang bang
    sittin on the wall
    tryin to make a dollar
    out of fifteen cents
    she missed
    she missed
    she missed like this.
    -snip-
    These words are given as sub-titles. This is another example from St. Lucia.
    In this clip, women form a small circle and play a competitive hand clapping, foot crossing circle game. The same game is played among African American girls and boys (and probably other Americans). In the United States, instead of "sitting on the wall", the line is "sittin on a fence".

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    36.
    1:19:08 -1:19:42
    An example of "Brown Girl In The Ring" [given with partial words/description, ]:
    on the verse: "Go look for your lover
    tra la la la la
    Go look for your lover
    tra la la la la
    Go look for your lover
    tra la la la la
    Oh she looks like a sugar in a plum"

    The girl in the middle selects a boy "partner" from those forming the ring and dances with him in the middle of the ring (holding crossed hands.

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    37
    1:19:43
    Another example of Brown Girl In The Ring [given with partial words and description]
    On the words "so hop and take your partner", the girl in the middle chooses a partner, and both of them hop on one foot holding hands".

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    38. .
    1:21:28
    Little Sally Walker [circle game given without words]

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    39.
    1:21:01-1:22-11
    Gigalo
    Gig Gig alo alo
    Gigalo
    Gig gig alo alo
    You're ready for one
    You're ready for two
    Put your hands in the air and go
    Whoop whoop whoop!
    [repeat the entire rhyme]
    -snip-
    This is my transcription of this rhyme. This example is from Trinidad. Girls form a large circle. Several girls stand in the middle in two lines facing each other. These girls don't chant but do imitative motions. On the words, "Whoop whoop whoop", the girls scooted down close to the ground, and while maintaining their line formation, clap the hands of the person in front of them.

    "Gigalo" is rather well known in the United States where it is usually performed as a two, four, or three person hand clap rhyme.

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    39.
    1:22:18 –1:22:49
    Mama Mama Can’t You See
    [repeat each line]
    Look what Barney has done to me.
    He took away my MTV
    Now I have to watch Barney
    Tic Tac Toe three in a row
    Barney got shot by G.I. Joe
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
    Barney should have stayed in bed
    Hip Hip hooray!
    Barney;s dead
    Hip hip hooray
    Barney's dead
    -snip-
    This is another example from Trinidad. This is my transcription of this example.

    Girls form two long lines that face each other and clap the hands of the person standing in front of them. The first time the words "Hip Hi On the words "Hip Hip Hooray", the girls form arches that the other children go under.

    I wrote the word "dead" in parenthesis because I'm not certain of this transcription.

    A Bahamaian example of this rhyme with slightly different words and played a different way is given in Part I of this series.

    "Mama Mama Can't You See" is a very widely known rhyme in the United States. The words to this Trini example are very similar if not the same as words to Americans versions of this rhyme, the performance activity-including repeating each line, is different from the way it is performed in the United States. That said, repeating each line is actually closer to the United States military cadence that was the source of the "Mama Mama Can't You See" hand clap line rhyme.

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    40.
    1:23:19 -1:23:47
    Oh what can you do Punchinella, Punchinella
    What can you do Punchinella 42
    Oh we can do it too Punchinella Punchinella
    We can do it too
    Punchinella 42
    -snip-
    This is another example from Trinidad. This is my transcription. I'm not sure if the number after the name "Punchinella" is correct.

    The a group of girls form a circle with one person in the middle. The girls forming the circle stand in place and clap while they sing this song. On the words "What can you do?", the middle girl (or middle person) does some motion, and the people forming the circle try to do the exact same motion.

    This game is very widely known in the United States. After the line "We can do it too", the next line is "Who do you choose". That may also be the next line in this example from Trinidad.

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    This concludes Part II of this two part series on Bahamian (and other Caribbean) ring games.

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              Bahamian Ring Play Examples From "Show Me Your Motion" Documentary Produced by Ian Strachan, Part I        
    Edited by Azizi Powell

    This is Part I of a two part pancocojams series on text (word only) examples of contemporary Bahamian rings plays (children's singing games and children's hand clap rhymes) that are featured in the 2006 documentary "Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas". The YouTube video of that documentary is also included in these posts.

    The ring play examples that are included in this post are divided into two pancocojams posts in order of their appearances in that documentary.

    Part I of this series features examples of ring plays from 18:38 to 57:37 of that YouTube video. Prior to 18:38 no examples of ring plays were given.

    Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/examples-of-show-me-your-motion_23.html for Part II of this series.

    Part II features examples from 57:40 to the last ring play example that is given in that documentary.

    Part I of this posts also includes my editorial comments about how I happened upon this documentary of Bahamian ring plays" and what I believe is the considerable African American influence on many of these Bahamian ring plays. Although many of these ring plays are of African American origin, it's my position that the Bahamian children and teenagers' creative word and movement adaptations make these ring plays Bahamian.

    The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and recreational purposes.

    All copyrights remain with their owners.

    Thanks to the unknown composers of these examples. Thanks also to all those who are featured in this documentary and thanks Ian Strachan, the producer of this documentary and publishers of this video.. Thanks also to all those who were involved in this documentary's production.

    WARNING: The showcased documentary video features some scenes of children performing seductive dances and chanting sexualized rhymes that some people may consider to be unsuitable for children.

    I added this warning because I'm hoping that this series is used as a supplemental educational resource in the United States, and my experience with United States public educational system informs me that a number of teachers and administrators in that system would have concerns about scenes of children and teenagers performing some of these singing games and rhymes.

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    SHOWCASE VIDEO: Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas



    Ian Strachan, Published on Apr 20, 2017

    Show Me Your Motion explores issues of gender, national identity, globalization, class and race in The Bahamas, a prosperous Caribbean nation renowned for its tourism. Producer and Director Ian Strachan addresses these issues through candid, often humorous interviews and live recordings of the ribald children’s songs and dances that are a part of “Ringplay.” Along the way Bahamians of many walks of life weigh in on the issues: artists, politicians, scholars, teachers, and children too. The film, narrated by Strachan, opens with the statement, “I know what the world thinks of The Bahamas; what they see. I know what we sell. The fantasy, the dream of a vacation in Paradise. No rain, no worries . . . But who do we believe we are?”
    -snip-
    A trailer to this documentary video was published on YouTube in 2006 by Ward Minnis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pZssdkl6GE.

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    PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTES ON THE PERFORMANCES OF THESE "RING PLAYS" [Revised 7/23/2017]

    These notes are given in no particular order.

    I found the YouTube video of the trailer for this Bahamian documentary on ring plays on July 21, 2017 after I had happened upon the Caribbean children's rhyme "Four White Horses" on July 19, 2017 by somewhat randomly "YouTube searching" for English language children's rhymes and singing songs. That "find" lead me to search for more Caribbean children's rhymes and on July 21, 2017 I found a 2013 video example of Bahamian teenagers performing the ring play "I Went Up On The Hill" (or "Rock My Cherry") and three other videos of Bahamian ring plays that were published by Kimberley Minors.

    On July 19th and July 21st, I published a two part pancocojams series on "Four White Horses"* and a pancocojams post on text (word only) and video examples "I Went Up On The Hill"**. While searching for additional examples of "I Went Up On A Hill" ("Rock My Cherry"), I lucked up and first found a YouTube video of the documentary trailer and later found the YouTube video of the Bahamian documentary of ring plays that is showcased in this pancocojams series.

    *Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/four-white-horses-caribbean-song-hand.html "Four White Horses" Caribbean Song & Hand Clap Rhyme, Part I: Speculative Origins & Lyric Examples" for Part I of a two part pancocojams series that I published on that singing game. The link to Part II (videos of performances of that singing game) is included in that post.

    **Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/bahamian-childrens-game-songhand-clap.html Bahamian Children's Game Song/Hand Clap Rhyme "I Went Up On The Hill" ("Rock The Cherry")

    Although the YouTube video "Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas" was published in July 2017, that documentary was actually filmed before November 2006. A trailer of this documentary was published on YouTube on November 30, 2006 by Ward Minnis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pZssdkl6GE.

    I also found this September 1, 2007 online article that refers to this documentary:
    "RingPlay - From 'Naughty Johnny' to American apple pie" by Erica Well, Guardian News Editor:
    "Show me your motion," the sweet refrain of the classic ringplay "Brown Girl in the Ring", brings back joyous memories for the many Bahamians who played in school yards across the country and delighted in dancing, clapping and belting out the words, "There's a Brown Girl in the ring,

    tra, la, la, la, la, and she look like a sugar in a plum, plum, plum.

    "Show me your motion" is also the name of a documentary, produced and directed by author and playwright — now filmmaker — Ian Strachan, that uses the popular children's game to examine race, gender and class in The Bahamas.

    "I try to use ringplay as a means to talk about Bahamian identity in its various facets," Strachan told Arts&Culture, referring to his film that was released on DVD this week.

    "I am trying to tell the story of ringplay, the origin, how it has changed and try to look at it from different aspects, in terms of gender, who plays, what does it mean, how it helps in the formation of the identity of boys and girls."

    Strachan interviewed a wide variety of Bahamian and West Indian academics, artists and people who simply performed ringplay as children, and children who continue to carry on the tradition, for the 88 minute documentary.

    He also went straight to the source. Strachan visited schools in New Providence, Andros and Grand Bahama, and he was also able to get footage of ringplay in St. Lucia and Trinidad.

    And what he found out was very interesting, but not entirely surprising."....
    -snip-
    The story stops there and there's a link to the full story. I tried but couldn't retrieve this full story on 7/21/2017.

    It seems to me that central among the themes that permeate this documentary is the need to document and celebrate the creativity of Bahamian culture in specific and Caribbean culture in general coupled with concerns that Bahamian/Caribbean cultures are being "taken over" by American (United States) culture/s. Here's one quote from that documentary that speaks to that concern:
    Chanti Seymour, Linguistic Professor, College of the Bahamas (at 45:13 in the video):
    "The same thing that teenagers were doing in the 50s and 60s, teenagers are doing now. Yet for some reason people are all afraid. They listened to American music. And what they wore was what was being worn in America. They list... um they watched American tv shows. The watched American movies. And I think it’s because we’re a little bit more open. The boundaries are more fluid so people are more afraid that maybe the young people today are taking too much from the American culture.

    I still don’t see it as being a problem because it’s not the only way that young Bahamians tend to express themselves.

    I don’t even think it’s a preferred way for most young Bahamians."
    -end of quote-

    Based on my experiences as an African American female, and my decades of observing, collecting, and studying contemporary English language children's rhymes (particularly from African Americans) offline and online [from the mid 1980s to date], it appears to me that one distinct difference in the formation used by Bahamian children (and, perhaps other Caribbean children) and African American children and other American (United States) children while performing hand clap games* is that a group of (mostly) girls perform hand clap rhymes while standing in two horizontal lines facing each other. While this type of formation was used by African American girls in the past*, it's rarely if ever found in the present (perhaps since at least the 1970s.)

    Instead of that formation, African American (and other American) children -and teens and adults- who perform hand clap games almost always either perform them as partner games with other partners standing separately, or as a four person unit (made up of two sets of partners). I've noticed this same formation in the showcased Bahamian documentary. In addition, hand clap games are sometimes performed in the United States with three people standing in a triangle formation. That formation wasn't included in the Bahamian documentary, but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't found in the Bahamas.

    *Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YodFqZ7nQ for a 1967 video of African American girls performing singing games that include the two horizontal lines formation. That video also includes the one person in the middle circle game formation and the criss cross sawing motion that is performed for the (Caribbean originated?) singing game "Here We Go Valerie".

    *I differentiate hand clap games from hand slap games which are competitive games that are played by more than four people. People playing these games are either standing or sitting down on the ground. The game participants chant a particular rhyme in unison and -starting with a designated person-one at a time, each participants slaps the hand of the person to her or his right with each word or syllable of words to the rhyme. The person whose hand is slapped at the end of that iteration of the rhyme is out and the rhyme and the hand slapping actions begins from the beginning. This continues until there is only two people remaining in the game. At that point, a two person hand slap activity or some other method is used to determine the winner of the game.

    Examples of hand slapping games are found throughout this featured Bahamian ring play documentary. Probably, the most familiar hand slapping game in the United States is "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky", although versions of that singing game are also played as hand clap games. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aas7bwcjmsi for a video of that hand slap game. Another relatively well known hand slap game is "Stella Ella Ola" (or similarly worded titles). Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYw8wqFK8CY for a video of that hand slap game.

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    It appears that the ring games are usually considered girl games in the Bahamas (and in other parts of the Caribbean, the same way that they are considered in the United States. That said, sometimes boys and adult males perform those games -in both the Bahamas and in the United States. {Note the Bahamian example found
    at 57:37 of this video and click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUvzIiGuKb4 for a video of the singing game "(Here We Go) Zoodio" that includes African American men.

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    The circle (singing game) formation in which one person is in the middle of the circle appears to be the most often used circle formation in the Bahamas and in the United States. "Going To Kentucky" is a well known example of this singing game formation in the United States. From the documentary, it appears that Bahamian children also use the same method of selecting the next person to be the middle person- the middle person closes her (his) eyes while stretching out her (his) hands and turning around pointing at the people forming the ring. The person who is pointed to becomes the new middle person. This method of choosing the middle person wasn't always the way that that person was chosen in the United States* and it probably wasn't the way that the middle person was chosen in the past in the Caribbean.

    *Click https://cocojams2.blogspot.com/2014/11/switching-places-ring-games-part-1.html Switching Places Ring Games (Part 1-Description & Other Comments), for information about methods for choosing the middle person.

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    From my experiences and observations (both from directly performing some of these singing games/rhymes, from in person observations, and from watching YouTube videos), I believe that African American girls dancing while performing circle games don't "wine" and do pelvic thrusts nearly as much as Bahamian girls. That said, I believe that both populations of girls have the same intent- to show off how well they can dance, and to be "sexy" while doing so.

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    The games "Little Sally Walker (Was Walking Down The Street)" and "(Here We Go{ Ride That Pony" are contemporary examples of a circle singing games that are played in the United States in which a middle person dances in front of a person who then becomes the new middle person. I'm not sure if those games came first from the Caribbean or not. Click https://cocojams2.blogspot.com/2014/11/little-sally-walker-ride-that-pony_9.html for examples of those games.

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    While watching the "Show Me Your Motion" documentary, it occurred to me that many of the imitative portion of the hand clap games and singing games featured girls standing in place with one hand on their hip while wagging their pointer finger at the person standing in front of them. These assertive and taunting arms akimbo/finger wagging gestures are closely and (I believe) stereotypically associated with Black females. However, I don't think that these gestures are performed by African American girls during imitative recreational play as much as they are performed by Bahamian (and perhaps other Caribbean) girls.

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    Although some of the commenters in this documentary discussed their concerns about the globalization of Bahamian culture and some commenters mentioned that they believed that Bahamians may be particularly influenced by the culture of Southern African Americans, this documentary doesn't note how Bahamaian people and other Caribbean people extensively borrowed and adapted African American children's rhymes and singing games. I note this in a lot of my commments, although I don't suggest how this borrowing occurred. However, thanks to YouTube, my guess is that since this documentary was released in 2006 even more Bahamian and other Caribbean ring plays have been influenced by or have their source in African American rhymes and singing games.

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    PART I- BAHAMIAN RING PLAYS FROM
    Pancocojams Editor's Note:
    The words to these ring plays are either from sub-titles that are found in that documentary or from my transcriptions. Additions and corrections are welcome for my transcriptions.

    Time stamps that indicate when those examples appear in that YouTube video are included with these examples. These examples also include my brief performance descriptions about these ring plays.

    No written performance descriptions and very little narration about performance descriptions beyond comments about the wining [pronounced to rhyme with the English word "line"] (gyrating hip movements and pelvic thrusts) dance movements were included in this documentary.

    My comments after the text (words) for these rhymes largely consists of performance descriptions and comparisons between the specific rhyme and African American/other American rhymes. My apologies as Describing game song/ hand clap performances isn't something I do well. Additions and corrections are welcome.

    I've assigned numbers to these examples for references purposes only. These time stamps from that video documentary aren't hyperlinked.

    EXAMPLES
    1. 18:38- 19:08
    Oh dis a way a bellebee
    Bell bell a bellebee
    All night long
    So step back sassy
    Step back sallassy
    Step back sassy
    All night long
    So walkin t’rough di alley
    Walkin t’rough di alley
    Walkin t’rough di alley
    All night long
    I betcha five dollars he is big and bold
    To the front to the back
    to the si- si- side
    To the front to the back
    to the si- si- side
    -snip-
    This hand clapping/imitative movement games was performed by girls and boys in two horizontal lines. The singing was accompanied with drum accompaniment. The words to this rhyme were given as sub-titles in this video.

    This game is very similar to "This A Way Valerie". "Bellebee" is probably a folk processed form of the name "Valerie" and "Step back sassy" is probably a folk processed form of the name "Sally". "Sallassy" is interesting because it's pronounced similarly to the former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie who was/is closely associated with the Rastafarian movement that began in the Caribbean nation of Jamaica. I don't know whether there's a connection between the word "sallassy" in this example and the name "Selassie".

    On the words, "step back sassy", the children step back while clapping to the beat.
    On the words "walking through the alley"- people in each line quickly walked or marched to change places,and then quickly moved back to their original location by the end of the walkin through the alley lines. Instead of doing that, in the United States, people usually dance in down the aisle made between the two lines (or rows) as was popularized in the African American television dance series "Soul Train".

    With the portion of this rhyme that begins with the line "I betcha five dollars he is big and bold" the children change from singing to chanting. They place one hand on their hip, and wag the pointer finger of their other hand at the person standing in front of them, while standing in place but keeping time with the beat with one leg moving up and down to the beat.

    That "I betcha five dollars...." portion of this rhyme reminds me of a verses in the American singing games "Here We Go Zoodio" or "Here Comes Sally Walking Down The Alley." However, I've never come across this particular verse in American versions of those singing games.

    The lines "to the front to the back" etc. are done with corresponding imitative movements. This verse is often found in African American singing games. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/02/front-back-side-to-side-in-childrens.html for a pancocojams post on that verse.

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    2.
    19:12- 19:17
    "Slide Buccara [?]
    Eena Meena buskareena [?]
    I love you
    Yes I do"
    -snip-
    It appears that this rhyme was used for hand clapping although it was just used as background to narration with no visuals accompanying it except a young girl smiling. I transcribed the words to this short clip. I believe the rhyme given as #3 below is probably a continuation of this clip.

    The question mark in brackets means that I wasn't able to decipher what was said. "the words "eenie meenie" are quite common in a lot of American children's rhymes.

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    3.
    19:45: 19:57:
    They made me wash the dishes
    They made me sweep the floor
    They made me eat the cockroach
    behind the kitchen door
    My mother was surprised
    To see my belly rise
    My father was disgusted
    to see my belly button.
    -snip-
    This example was given the on screen title" "They made me wash the dishes". The words were given as sub-titles in this documentary. This was played as a four person hand clap game.

    Versions of "They made me wash the dishes" are often found as "She [or he] made me wash the dishes" etc. in "Miss Susie Had A Steamboat" and some other American children rhymes. However, I've not come across any versions of that verse that includes any line similar to "They made me eat the cockroach" line.

    From the way these girls laughed with their head down at the conclusion of that rhyme, my guess is they recognized the sexualized content in that rhyme which begins with the line "my mother was surprised to see my belly rise".
    -snip-
    Pancocojams Editor's comment revised July 24, 2017:
    The portion of this rhyme that begins as "my mother was surprised to see my belly rise" are sometimes found in sexually explicit versions of American children's rhymes that I refer to as "We Wear Our Hair In Curls". However, some versions of this rhyme are "clean" - i.e. They don't include the "risque" verses and there are examples of children's rhymes that include the "my mother was surprised" verse that in other rhymes besides "We Wear Our Hair In Curls". Examples of those rhymes are also known in the UK, but those European examples of those children's rhymes might be of American -not necessarily African American- origin.

    Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/examples-of-ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay_25.html for a pancocojams post on "sexualized" versions of this rhyme.

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    4.
    21:26- 21:39
    Down By The River
    Down by the sea
    Johnny break a bottle
    and blame it on me
    I told Ma, Ma told Pa
    Johnny got a likkin
    So ha ha ha.
    One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine [that person attempts to slap the hand of the next person to their right. If she does that person is out.]
    -snip-
    This game was subtitled "Down By The River" in this documentary. The words to this game were given as subtitles.

    "Down By The River" as given almost exactly in this example was [and may still be] relatively well known in the United States. I'm not sure where this rhyme originated. In the United States this rhyme was chanted while jumping rope or bouncing ball, but since at least the 1970s, most rhymes that were used for jumping rope have been converted to hand clap rhymes. I'm not sure if this rhyme is used for hand clap games in the United States, but I've never come across it being used as a hand slap rhyme as found in this documentary.

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    5. 25:38--25:49
    Boys are rotten
    Made out of cotton
    Grls are handy
    Made out of candy
    Boys go to Jupiter
    Get more stupiter.
    Girls go to mars to get more candy bars...
    -snip-
    The title for this rhyme was given in the documentary. I transcribed the words from this video. documentary.

    The girls stood in a circle and performed imitative motions and a small bit of hand clapping.

    On the line "get more stupider", the children circle a finger next to their ear in the gesture for "crazy".

    This rhyme is very well known in the United States among American girls who usually chant it as part of a longer hand clap rhyme.

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    6.
    29:41- 29:55
    One leg gone up
    For two leg, uh-huh!
    Two leg gone up
    For t’ree leg, un- hun!
    T’ree leg gone up
    For four leg, un-hun!
    Five leg gone up
    For six leg, un hun!
    -snip-
    The title for this game was given as "One Leg Gone Up" and its words were given as subtitles in this documentary.

    I don't believe that this singing game is known in the United States, except perhaps to people from the Bahamas or other Caribbean nations.

    "One leg gone up" is performed as a circle game in which the person in middle quickly moves to stand in front of another person forming the circle. I think that the middle person is supposed to do some dance in front of the person that he or she is standing in front of. The person who was stood in front of then changes places with the middle person and the singing game begins again from the beginning. This game reminds me of the American [?] game "Ride That Pony" although the dance movements in this video are much more risque than the movements that I've seen in "Ride That Pony" videos.

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    7.
    29:57 –30:06
    Show me your motion.
    tra la la la la
    Show me your motion
    tra la la la la
    And he looks like a sugar in a plum
    -snip-
    The title "show me your motion" was given on the screen and the words were given as subtitles.

    This is almost certainly a clip of a "Brown Girl In The Ring" circle game. The boy in the middle of the ring does what most Americans would consider to be a very sexualized dance move in front of a girl forming the ring.

    The circle game "Brown Girl In The Ring" is relatively familiar in the United States, but like most non-competitive circle games, it's rarely self-initiated by girls (let along girls and boys). Usually, if these types of recreational games are played at all, they are played at an elementary music teacher's direction.

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    8.
    30:52 -35:36
    This section is titled "Naughty Johnny"
    31:01- Naughty Johnny’s composer describes the song recorded in 1976: "Johnny was one of ten songs that was recorded on this album “The Real T’ing”." Painter/composer Eddie Minnis shares how he was surprised to learn that "Naughty Johnny" was being performed as a "ring play". The ring play uses the words from his recorded song*.

    The video shows a clip of girls doing hand clap while chanting “Naughty Johnny”. The hand clap rhyme is performed by a number of girls standing next to each other in two lines facing each other.

    *Click http://www.metrolyrics.com/naughty-johnny-lyrics-eddie-minnis.html for the words to "Naughty Johnny". These words aren't given as subtitles in this documentary.

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    9.
    36:53 - 37:16
    This clip shows children counting numbers up to 40.

    The title "Counting numbers" is given in this clip with no sub-tiles. This circle game is very unfamiliar to me and I don't feel confident describing the game's activity.

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    10.
    42:54 =43:28
    Welcome to McDonalds
    May I take your order
    Nick nack tia tia
    order me a French fry
    Icy cold milk shake
    And don’t forget my apple pie.

    [Repeat the entire verse that is given above two times]

    Nick nack [stomp stomp] tia tia
    order me a French fry [stomp stomp]
    Icy cold milk shake [stomp stomp]
    And don’t forget my apple pie. [stomp stomp]

    Nick nack tia tia
    order me a French fry
    Icy cold milk shake
    And don’t forget my apple pie.

    [Chante gets faster]
    Big Mac tia tia
    order me a French fry
    Icy cold milk shake
    And don’t forget my apple pie.

    Big Mac tia tia [one stomp]
    order me a French fry [one stomp]
    Icy cold milk shake [one stomp]
    And don’t forget my apple pie. [one stomp]
    -snip-
    The words for a portion of this rhyme are given as subtitles. The subtitles end for at time and then reappear. I've given my transcriptions for the portion of the rhyme that doesn't have subtitles. I also included some performance instructions with this example. Those performance instructions are given in brackets and aren't chanted.

    In this documentary this rhyme is performed as a hand clap game by young girls facing each other in two long lines. A second clip of this rhyme is performed by women in standing in a circle (with no one in the middle of the circle).

    This rhyme is known as "Welcome To McDonalds" (also known as "Big Mac Filet Of Fish" in the United States where it is very well known. "Nick nack tia tia" are folk processed forms of the words "Big Mac filet of fish" that I've never come across in the United States. Also, I've not come across any examples of this rhyme in the United States that is performed with the added foot stomps.

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    11. 45:58-46:19
    Mae Sue from Alabama
    Hey you, Scooby Doo
    Mama’s gat the measles
    Papa gat the flu
    Baby gat the chicken pops
    And so are you.
    You better ABCDEFG
    You better keep your black hands off a me.
    You gotta smooth it
    You gotta smooth it
    You freeze with your holey panties
    And you cheesie jockies
    And you gat disease, so free
    -snip-
    The words to this hand clap game are given as subtitles on the screen. The hand clap game is performed by two long lines of mostly girls facing each other.

    The word "Mae" in this rhyme is a folk processed form of the word "Miss" and "So free" is a folk processed form of "So freeze".

    On the words "ABCDEFG" the game changes from hand clapping to imitative motions.

    On the line "you gotta smooth it", girls press their hands down body in imitation of smoothing out clothes or in a seductive motion.

    The word "You better smooth it" is found as "You gotta smooth shot" in some "Miss Sue From Alabama" rhymes. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/11/folk-processing-childrens-rhyme-miss.html for examples of those rhymes.

    The line "You betta get your black hands off of me" is said louder with a confrontational stance.

    I believe that the line "get your black hands off of me" reflects negative attitudes that some Black people still have about our skin color. As such, unless this is also a problem in the Caribbean, "borrowing" this rhyme without considering the meaning of this line, encapsulates the danger of taking everything from American culture in without a filter for the negativity that is part of that culture. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/10/get-your-black-hands-off-of-me.html for a pancocojams post on African American children's rhymes with the line "Get your black hands off of me".

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    12.
    47:29- 48:02
    Mama Mama can’t you see
    Look what Daddy’s done to me.
    took away my MTV
    Now I’m watchin Barney
    Tick, tack, toe, three in a row
    Mama got shot by GI Joe
    Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said
    Whoop there it is
    Whoop there it is
    -snip-
    Two lines of mostly girls facing each other performing hand claps.

    There are many different versions of this rhyme in the United States. Instead of "look what Daddy's done to me", the words in the United States are "look what Barney's done to me"- "Barney" being the name of a fictional big purple dinosaur that stars in an American television series that is geared to very young children. Although I don't recall coming across any with the "Whoop there it is" ending, it's possible that there are such versions.. :Mama Mama Can't You See" has its origins in United States military cadences and the "Whoop There It Is" phrase is lifted from a 1993 Miami Bass dance song with that title and repeated lyrics.

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    13.
    48:21- 48:50
    Peanut Butter Reeses Cup
    You mess wit me I'll mess you up.
    Bye Bye choo choo train.
    Let's see :::::* do her thing.
    She can't.
    Why not?
    She can't
    Why not?
    Because her head is hurtin'
    Her bra too tight.
    Her booty shakin' from the left to the right.
    To the left, to the right
    to the left, right, left, right
    You too skinny, you too fat
    Watch that girl break her back.
    Boom chicky, Boom chicky.
    Boom chicky.

    *girl's name or nickname
    -snip-
    The words to this example are given as sub-titles. Note: The line "to the left, right, left, right" and the words "Boom chicky" aren't given in the sub-titles, but the girls chant those words. The "Boom chicky" is interesting as it is very similar to "A Boom Chikaboom", a well known American "camp song" which may have its source in a foot stomping cheer.

    Performance description:
    The girls form a circle with one girl in the middle. The chant begins with a foot stomping cheer* movements (foot stomps alternate with individual hand claps in a stomp stomp clap pattern performed by stomping down hard on the right foot, then stomping down hard on the left foot and then clapping your hand). On the words "She can't" (at 48:29 in the video), the foot stomping portion of this ring play ends and the children begin to perform imitative motions and dancing while continuing to chant. On the words "watch out girl break her back" the girl in the middle really starts dancing hard.

    This cheer/rhyme is very well known in the United States, usually with the title "Bang Bang Choo Choo Train". Notice that the children sing a folk processed form of those words: "Bye bye choo choo train".

    The clip right before this example features a professor from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana who expresses her concern that Bahamian children might begin to incorporate 'something as pernicious as gangster rap" into the lyrics of their ring plays. My research indicates that "Bang Bang Choo Choo Train" doesn't have its source in gangster Rap. Instead, its sources are United States military cadences and, before that, the risque song known as "Bang Bang Lulu".
    *Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-overview-of-foot-stomping-cheers.html for information about and text examples of foot stomping cheers.

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    14.
    54:52-55:09
    I went up on the hill
    With my bucket on my head
    My road fall down
    with my bucket on my head
    Rocka a my cherry
    One two
    Rocka a my cherry
    three four
    Rocka a my cherry
    five six
    Rocka a my cherry
    seven eight
    Rocka a my cherry
    nine ten
    Rocka my cherry.
    That's the end.
    -snip-
    The words to this example are given as sub-titles in this documentary.

    This ring play is performed as a girls' circle game with one person in the middle. A boy on the outskirts of the circle accompanies the girls singing on a drum that is strapped over on of his shoulders,

    The girls hold both hands near their head, as a representation of holding a bucket on their head [?] . On the words "rock my cherry", the girl in the middle dances in front of someone forming the circle, but in this portion of the video the girl barely moves her hips. The other girls forming the circle sing and clap while watching the middle girl, but don't imitate her dancing.

    I don't believe this ring play is known in the United States. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/07/bahamian-childrens-game-songhand-clap.html for two other examples of "I Went Up On The Hill" ("Rock The Cherry").

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    15.
    55:33- 55:37
    Sauchiss in here
    An’ a walkin stick in dere
    Take anudder sauchiss
    An’ stick it right in dere
    -snip-
    These words are given as a sub-titles on the screen by a woman commenter.

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    16.
    55:38 –55:49
    Sauchiss in dere
    So rock an twist in ‘dere
    Shake dat belly sauchiss
    and stick it right in dere.
    You know where
    right in dere
    Da Devil round de corner
    says stick it right in dere
    -snip-
    These words are given as sub-titles in this documentary.

    Girls and boys perform this singing game in a circle with one girl in the middle. On each line, the middle girl moves and dances (suggestively) in front of a person forming the circle and that person stands in place but also dances along with her. On the next line of the song, the middle person moves to her right and dances in front of the next person in the circle and that person also dances with her (and so on).

    This rhyme isn't known in the United States, except probably by people from the Bahamas and/or other Caribbean nations.

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    17.
    55:52 -56:06
    Blue Hill water dry
    no where to wash my clothes
    I remember the Sat’day night
    fry fish and Johnny cake
    Man take one and satisfy [sung a little faster]
    Woman take two and make a moo
    Man take one and satisfy
    Woman take two and make a moo
    -snip-
    The words to this song are given as sub-titles on the screen. A woman sings a version of this verse that is often sung with "Brown Girl In The Ring".

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    18.
    56:07- 56:38
    Blue Hill water dry
    no where to wash my clothes
    I remember the Sat’day night
    We had fry fish and Johnny cake
    One take one two [children stomp when say they say "two"]
    One take two take three [stomp when they say "three"]
    “one take three and four [stomp when they say "four"]

    [The girl in center and other children forming the circle stand sideways and alternate from one side to the next with each count]

    one take four and five [stomp]
    one take five and six [stomp]
    one take six and seven [stomp]
    One take seven and eight [stomp]
    One take nine and ten [stomp]
    One take ten and eleven [stomp]
    twelve [stomp]

    [The children continue this alternating sideways foot stomp while also doing a rocking kind of dance before they stomp hard on the ground]

    thirteen
    fourteen
    -snip-
    The words to this ring play are on the screen. The "Blue Hill water run dry" verse may be known in the United States thanks to Boney M's recording and others since that group. However, I think that the "one take one" etc verse and the sideways stomp that the children perform while chanting are probably not known in the United States.

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    19.
    56:40 -57:11
    Old lady old lady
    [explains that people in former generations used to say “Oh, love me.”
    Old lady, old lady
    Old lady, old lady
    Oh lady, old lady
    kiss a lady bum.
    -snip-
    This is my transcription that this rhyme that Nicolette Bethel, Director of Culture recited in this documentary. Ms. Bethel noted that former generations said "Oh, love me" instead of "Old lady" and she indicated that "kiss a lady bum" is just the kind of joke that 6 years old love."

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    20.
    57:13-57:32
    ????
    Listen to the sound of Sesame street
    We gonna rock, rock
    Rock till nine o’clock
    She made me wash the dishes
    She made me sweep the floor....
    -snip-
    This is my attempted transcription of this hand clap rhyme girls performing a four person hand clap rhyme. The girls aren't sure of the words to the rhyme or how to perform the rhyme.

    A verse from versions of the American hand clap rhyme "My mama short and fine" includes the line "beep beep beep on Sesame Street." The line in this Bahamian hand clap rhyme could be a folk processed form of that rhyme.

    The last two lines of this rhyme are very similar to the words that are found in various American rhymes including "Miss Susie Had A Steamboat". Read the given as #3 above for a similar rhyme.

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    21.
    57:37-57:40
    ????
    He rock in the tree top all night long
    huffin and a puffin....
    [clip ends]
    -snip-
    I attempted to transcribe this example, but couldn't decipher the first line that the group chanted.
    This clip shows two women and two men performing a version of the hand clap game "Twee Lee Lee" (also known as "Rockin Robin"). This hand clap game is of African American origin and is based on The Jackson Five's "Rockin Robin" record. The hand clap game is very well known in the United States and appears to usually performed by four people as shown in this documentary's video clip.
    -snip-
    Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lpzGSpd5Z8to to find an April 17, 2013 video by published by Kimberley Minors entitled "Students from the ENG 108 class of the College of The Bahamas playing Twe Lee Lee".

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    This concludes Part I of this two part series on Examples Of Bahamian Children's Ring Plays From The "Show Me Your Motion" Documentary

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              Bahamian Children's Game Song/Hand Clap Rhyme "I Went Up On The Hill" ("Rock The Cherry")         

    Edited by Azizi Powell

    This pancocojams post showcases the Bahamian (Caribbean) children's singing game/hand clap rhyme "I Went Up The Hill" (This singing game/rhyme may also be known as "Rock The Cherry".)

    The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and recreational purposes.

    All copyrights remain with their owners.

    Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to all those who are featured in the videos that are embedded in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
    -snip=
    WARNING: The video given as Example #2 in this post features children performing seductive dances that some people may consider to be unsuitable for children.

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    RHYME WORDS
    Rhyme Example #1
    I WENT UP ON THE HILL
    I went up on the hill
    With a bucket on my head
    The road so rocky
    Till my bucket fall down

    Rock-a-my-cherry, one two
    Rock-a-my-cherry, three four.

    From http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=737
    "Many thanks to Josephine Justilien for contributing this song. Thanks so much!"

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    Rhyme Example #2
    I went up on the hill
    With a bucket on my head
    The road so rocky
    Till my bucket fall down
    (Rock my cherry)
    one and two
    (Rock my cherry)
    One and two
    (Rock my cherry)
    three and four
    (Rock my cherry)
    five and six
    (Rock my cherry)
    seven and eight
    (rock my cherry)
    nine and ten
    (Rock my cherry)
    That’s the end!


    Source: This is my transcription of the rhyme that is shown in the video given below as Video Example #1. I couldn't fully decipher the first portion of the rhyme (before the first iteration of the words "Rock my cherry"). Because of that, I used the first part of the lyrics given as Example #1 above. I'm confident that the girls chanted those words (or very similar words) because of the words that I understood and because the girls imitative actions fit all of the words to the first part of that rhyme.

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    [Added July 21, 2017 11:31 AM]

    Rhyme Example #3
    I went up on the hill
    With my bucket on my head
    My road fall down
    with my bucket on my head
    Rocka a my cherry
    One two
    Rocka a my cherry
    three four
    Rocka a my cherry
    five six
    Rocka a my cherry
    seven eight
    Rocka a my cherry
    nine ten
    Rocka my cherry.
    That's the end.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAGjxqjoCko Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas (52:53- 52:59)

    The words to this example are given as sub-titles in this documentary.

    This ring play is performed as a girls' circle game with one person in the middle. A boy on the outskirts of the circle accompanies the girls singing on a drum that is strapped over on of his shoulders,

    The girls hold both hands near their head, as a representation of holding a bucket on their head [?] . On the words "rock my cherry", the girl in the middle dances in front of someone forming the circle, but in this portion of the video the girl barely moves her hips. The other girls forming the circle sing and clap while watching the middle girl, but don't imitate her dancing.

    I don't believe this ring play is known in the United States. Click for two other examples of "I Went Up On The Hill" ("Rock The Cherry").

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    SHOWCASE VIDEOS
    Video Example #1: Bahamian Ringplay ("Rock My Cherry"*)



    Kimberley Minors Published on Apr 18, 2013
    -snip-

    I'm not familiar with the "I Went Up The Hill" (Rock My Cherry" rhyme being performed in the United States. I think it originated either in the Bahamas or in another Caribbean nation.

    *This is my name for this rhyme from a repeated phrase in that rhyme. I've named this video to distinguish it from two other videos published by Kimberley Minor that have the same "Bahamian Ringplay" title:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnSgPM0cqlY. That video features three girls performing a version of the African American originated rhyme "Bang Bang Choo Choo Train" and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0WGQfk-DIo.

    The video whose link is given last features four girls performing a version of a singing game that is known as "This a Way Valerie" in the United States, but is called "This a Way A Bellabee" in a documentary on Bahamian game songs (at 18:37 of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAGjxqjoCko. "This A Way Valerie" ("This A Way Ballabee") may have originated either in the Caribbean or in the United States (African Americans who may or may not have been of Caribbean descent).

    The only "Ringplay" video that Kimberley Minor published on YouTube that includes the title of a ring play is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lpzGSpd5Z8 "Bahamian Hand Games/Ringplay: Twe Lee Lee" "Twee Lee Lee" (or similarly spelled words) is an African American originated hand clap rhyme that is based on the Pop/R&B song "Rockin Robin". In that video that rhyme is combined with another rhyme whose words I can't fully decipher.

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    According to ring play is a "US, Caribbean, African" [term] that refers to "Any of various types of games played in a circle with dance movements and singing."

    In the "Bahamian RingPlay" video that is featured in this post, the term "ring play" is used as a general term for children's recreational singing games and rhymes and not just circle games that are performed by people forming a ring (circle).

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    Performance Description For Video Example #1:
    Pancocojams Editor's Disclaimer:
    This description doesn't mean that this is the way that this ring play is always performed.

    I'm not very good at describing children's recreational play. Please improve this description. Thanks!

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    Bahamian Ring Play "Rock The Cherry" ("I Went Up The Hill")
    General description:
    Two girls stand in one horizontal line facing two other girls with a little bit of space in between the two lines. The girls stand in place and perform imitative movements while chanting this rhyme.

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    Actions for Specific Words & Phrases:
    In the beginning of the rhyme, they hold both of their hands to the side of their head and hold their head down in sadness while slightly bouncing up and down to the beat.

    When the girls start saying the counting lines, they raise their heads and begin holding up fingers to correspond with the numbers that they say. They continue to stand in place and slightly bounce up and down to the beat without rocking their hips.

    After the number five, they hold up both hands and move them back and forth regardless of the numbers that they are saying. They continue to stand in place and slightly bounce back up and down to the beat.

    On the line, "and that's the end", they throw both hands up in the air, smiling.

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    Video Example #2: Show Me Your Motion Trailer



    Ward Minnis Published on Nov 30, 2006

    A Trailer for a documentary on Ring play games from the Bahamas. Directed by Ian Strachan.
    -snip-
    Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAGjxqjoCko for a link to this complete documentary. Unfortunately, that video has no comments to date.

    WARNING: This documentary features children performing seductive dances that some people may consider to be unsuitable for children.

    A pancocojams post that transcribes the words to the few hand games/singing games that are featured in this documentary will be posted ASAP and that link will be added to this post.

    Here is my Video description for the "Rock the cherry" portion of this pancocojams featured video (beginning around .017):
    Girls and boys form a large circle with one child in the middle. The middle child moves around the inside of the ring while the other children sing. On the words “rock my cherry”, the middle child moves directly in front someone she or he chooses and does a very seductive wining dance [hip rotating dance while moving up and down]. At the end of that rhyme, the girl she stood in front of becomes the new middle child and the singing game begins from the beginning.

    Compare this game song with the African American [?] originated children's singing game "Ride The Pony" that is showcased in this post on my cocojams2 blog: https://cocojams2.blogspot.com/2014/11/little-sally-walker-ride-that-pony_9.html
    -snip-
    Here are three comments from that video's discussion thread:
    Ms. Missi, 2010
    "WoooooW! Some o'dese lil girls on here too SLACK! We wasn't slack like dat wit our ring play nah! Dey's run rite oat dread! Muddoes! Need dey hip cuttt! LoL! But, some of the clips are "clean" and show the traditional style of Ring Play. Love it. Thanx for posting!
    -snip-
    "Slack" = acting or being "nasty" ("dirty"), in this case, dancing sexually seductively. (noun: "slackness"). The opposite of "slack" is "clean".

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    cstar88, 2011
    "Ring Play the rite of passage. That was a good documentary. I recorded it a few days ago. If I had the opportunity to play Ring Play and Pawkin again, I would be there. Good job :)

    I don't know what the word "pawkin" means, but a brief clip of a competitive ball throwing game for boys by that name is shown around 26:21 in the "Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas" documentary whose link is given above.

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    Shan Russell, 2013
    "Wow... No wonder we was so wamanish man! Singing dese kinda songs! SMH!!"
    -snip-
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              Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 10, 2017        



    LOCAL NEWS

    From the Macon County Board of Education:

    the Board approved by a 5-0 vote for Monday, August 21, 2017, to become an optional workday for all faculty and staff at Macon Early College with no classes for students. (This day will be made up. Mr. Sutton will plan accordingly and a make-up day will be discussed, approved and announced at a later time.) Please remember, our Board previously approved for Monday, August 21, 2017, to be an optional workday for faculty and staff at all other schools.


    **note** Due to mechanical problems with the news van, Macon MEdia was not able to be there, so no video of the August 2017 Board of Education meeting will be published.


    LOCAL OUTLOOK

    A frontal boundary will remain across the region the next couple of days, with deep moisture potentially bringing periods of heavy rainfall. A stronger front will approach the forecast area this weekend and stall as well, with showers and thunderstorms expected to persist through the middle of next week.


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    Weather Almanac for August 10th (1872-2016)

    Record weather events for this date in Macon County

    Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1980
    Lowest Temperature 44°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
    Greatest Rainfall 3.14 inches in Nantahala in 1973
    Record weather events for August in Macon County

    Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
    Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
    Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


    THREE DAY OUTLOOK



    TODAY

    Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. Increasing chance of scattered showers peaking to 60% chance in the late afternoon, along with afternoon thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are possible in locations that see rain. Not everyone will.


    TONIGHT

    Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after 11 pm and lows in the 60s. Calm winds and a 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.




    FRIDAY

    Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and variable light winds. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible. Some locations may see more.

    FRIDAY NIGHT

    Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 4 am.



    SATURDAY

    Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    SATURDAY NIGHT

    Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 40% chance of rain.

    HAZARDS

    Isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Brief heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and cloud to ground lightning can occur with any thunderstorm.

    As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

    We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.
    HUrricane FRANKLIN has made land fall in Central Mexico and the remnants will be over the Pacisif in a day or so.

    Tropical Weather Outlook
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    200 AM EDT Thu Aug 10 2017

    For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Franklin, which has just made landfall in eastern Mexico.

    1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a trough of low pressure located about 250 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands remain limited in extent and organization. Some slow development of this system is possible by this weekend while the trough moves northwestward over the western Atlantic.

    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

    2. A trough of low pressure over the Bahamas and the Florida Straits is producing disorganized shower activity. Although development appears unlikely, this system could bring areas of heavy rain to portions of the Bahamas and Florida during the next day or two.

    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.


    ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

    RABUN COUNTY

    Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

    Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

    BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

    Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

    Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


    MACON CALENDAR

    If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
    There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


    September 27th, WEDNESDAY

    HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

    PEACEFUL JOURNEY
    3rd annual charity dining event
    hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

    For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


    National Alliance on Mental Illness
    Appalachian South

    Meets each Thursday at 7pm
    The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
    at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
    (directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

    Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

    Here you will find:
    — others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
    - learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
    - help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
    - how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

    Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

    SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



    Sun and Moon

    Sun

    Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
    Sunrise 6:50 a.m.
    Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
    Sunset 8:27 p.m.
    End civil twilight 8:55 p.m.

    Moon

    Moonrise 9:48 p.m. last night
    Moon transit 3:37 a.m.
    Moonset 9:32 a.m.
    Moonrise 10:23 p.m.

    Phase of the Moon on August 9, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 91% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
    The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


    Sky Guides for this week

    Sky and Telescope Magazine 
    Astronomy Magazine


    Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

    Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

    Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

    CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

    If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

    If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

    Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

    You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

    Published at 4:35 am on August 10, 2017

    #WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

    Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


              Core Midwifery Skills        

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    Editorial by Jan Tritten: “Where do we learn the most about birth? I think we learn most from the mothers and babies on their journey. Can we separate core midwifery skills from the face-to-face meeting of the mothers and getting to know them and walking on their journey with them? Our core midwifery skills must attach directly to the kind of prenatal care we provide, our attention at births and our encouragement and care postpartum. There is no substitute for experience.”

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              Sea of Storms by Stuart B. Schwartz (Hurricanes in Caribbean)        


    A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina


    Hurricanes have the power to fascinate us, as do earthquakes and tornadoes, in their total power and seeming randomness (and in a small way to an epically bad final episode of Dexter).  Every hurricane season takes a toll on some region of the US or elsewhere, and while the news reports can be disturbing and frightening, it’s in the handling of these natural disasters that political policy, social attitudes, and scientific ignorance is most seen and least commented upon.

    Stuart B. Schwartz has created a history of Hurricanes in the region that seems them the most…the Caribbean.  Scores have occurred that usually stay above the midline of South America and further up the East Coast of the US, centering mainly on the Caribbean from Mexico to the Bahamas and other islands. When my parents lived in Belize, I heard stories of people tying themselves into palm trees to survive the occasional hurricane. I didn’t believe it, but apparently, it’s not a rare plan when you are faced with a mighty storm, flooding, and no shelter.

    Schwartz begins with one of the earliest recorded hurricanes and the written histories available from it, and goes on to explore the scientific basis for the cause of them.  Sailors often could tell when something was awry, but how that knowledge was dispersed was unlikely to help many people.  Starting with this hurricane in Veracruz, he weaves together the human and scientific elements that inevitably alter our history.

    The first storm described was one that hit Veracruz in 1552, one described by the author as a “sixteenth-century Katrina”. The aftermath led many to conclude it was God’s punishment that led to such devastation: “they were set in a social, political, and conceptual frame that made an understanding of this catastrophe a moment for reflection on human sin and moral failure as the cause of God’s anger” (3). Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, increasing in every century since, this opinion is still widely shared and proposed as the reason for modern day hurricanes and similar storms.

    Since hurricanes were not well-known meteorological behavior in many climates, when information about them reached Europe and other Northern regions, many of the details were converted into object lessons regarding good and evil.  It took a great deal of time for research into changes in weather, ocean conditions, and even animal behavior to be undertaken to prevent such disasters.

    One chapter discusses early European forays into the Caribbean, with a somewhat ironic tale of two enemies whose fate was determined by such weather.  Columbus’ enemy Francisco de Bobadilla was the investigator who chained up Columbus and returned him to Spain with a very unfavorable report.  Years later, they meet again in Santo Domingo, where Bobadilla is heading out with a fleet of gold.  One of those ships held gold that belonged to Columbus that was being carried to Seville. Columbus warned both him and the governor that a huge storm was coming, but neither wanted advice from him.  He was even refused entry into the port. So Columbus found a small port to shelter in temporarily, and held out during the storm, while the others headed out.

    Unfortunately for them, the prophecy of Columbus, who used his experience with observation of weather changes and water behavior, came true. Only the ship carrying Columbus’ gold survived. The rest, some twenty six boats, went down in the storm.  Sadly, five hundred plus sailors and the remaining gold sank.  Columbus may have felt vindicated, but he then suffered rumors of being “in concert with the Devil and that he had actually called down the storm upon his enemy” (11).  I’m not a big fan of Columbus, but wow. Major burn.

    When scientists set about trying to predict and prevent hurricanes, their ideas ranged from ridiculous to somewhat on target, but always at a cost.

    Whatever the scientific value of such attempts at weather modification, these hurricane projects and those to increase or decrease rainfall were always politically controversial, since changing the course of a hurricane or changing areas of rainfall might save one area from injury, but place another in danger. Fidel Castro claimed the United States was carrying out environmental warfare by trying to divert rainfall from Cuba to ruin its agriculture (274).

    Interestingly, it was Castro as a leader who was the one most interested in responding successfully to the next hurricane, Flora, where “all of the institutions of the regime were mobilized for the relief effort – militias, the army…the Red Cross and police “(288). He interacted with victims and played a visible role in the country by seeking out more information about the storms and relief available. This was in sharp contrast to the nearby regions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic,hit brutally and where the dictator Duvalier appeared to care not at all by the damage or his people’s losses.

    Throughout the centuries since the hurricane in Veracruz, the responses are strangely the same.  Not all take advantage of warnings given (which are not always clear), and when the damage is done, blame is given to the people themselves for abandoning God or living a lifestyle deserving of such disaster. An example of this, outrageous as it is, is Hurricane Katrina.  The failures on so many levels is sobering and obscene.

    First, despite Hurricane Andrew that hit Florida in 1992, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was gutted after the election of George W. Bush. Bush’s campaign manager called it “an oversized entitlement program” and its level of preparedness was diminished (entitlement being the code word for helping the poor).  After all, after 9/11 there were less funds allotted to it, and then it came under the direction of Homeland Security with a focus more on “anti-terrorist activities”.  Good intentions may have led to very poor decisions, but it appears there was a more sinister attitude in play.  One journalist, Eric Holderman, is quoted in the book as warning via the Washington Post that “hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, windstorms, fires and flu were destined to be a national concern on a weekly or daily basis.  They are coming for sure, sooner or later, even as we are, to an unconscionable degree, weakening our ability to respond to them” (318).

    He makes a valid point.  Reducing protection across the board in case of a natural disaster weakens the US as a whole, as a terrorist act garners more of a reaction. And never can this been seen more than in Hurricane Katrina.  When it occurred, I was on a rafting trip in Northern California.  Away from news, even radio, for a week, made coming home to the disaster seem as if Armageddon had arrived in New Orleans.  For many, it might as well have been.

    New Orleans reeling from a hurricane is no surprise. First, the location. Dangerous levees, a low ground point in comparison to Lake Ponchartrain, and the levels of the Mississippi all contribute to a region surrounded by water (so much so that graves are raised on concrete platforms in the city cemeteries rather than in the ground).  In addition, about a quarter of the city lived below the poverty line, and was 67% African American. This demographic was not considered politically valuable and thus efforts to help Louisiana were largely pushed aside, despite credible warnings.
    We can all picture the Superdome and its intense overcrowding, but less known is the more insidious wrongs that took place:

    Doctors were turned away from aiding victims because they did not have state licenses; buses were not mobilized [for evacuation] because they lacked air-conditioning or toilets; bus drivers were not allowed to serve until they had the required sexual harassment training; the governor’s request for national aid was delayed for five days because it had not been made in writing (324).

    It’s hard not to quote this entire chapter as it is so shocking.  I had no idea that FEMA tried to suppress photos of the dead or of those trapped on roofs or hanging on to flimsy floating boards.  Were they worried about bad PR? Food was not provided to Superdome evacuees.  While 80% of the city had been evacuated, those that remained were blamed in the press for not leaving in a timely way, despite that many of these were the poor and elderly that did not have the means to escape (remember the lack of buses?).  The fact that not ALL could escape was already predicted by expert projection made no difference:  no plan was implemented to change that, so this television visibility “drove home a message of social and racial inequalities”. 

    Now, all of this is tragic, and yet many people still feel that the situation was impossible to prevent and thus impossible to prepare for. Yet, attitudes of leaders and TV buffoons illuminate a further, racially biased attitude that had to contribute to the disaster, either in beliefs about it or towards its victims.  While you may have the TV pundits say dumb things, like Bill O’Reilly, who “suggested that those who had not evacuated were drug addicts unwilling to leave their suppliers”, it’s more troubling when the political leadership in the US and especially that region (people in a position to change and improve policy) also speak ignorantly of the disaster.  Robert Baker, a Baton Rouge congressman, stated “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”  Rick Santorum (fun to google him), a Republican candidate for President, felt that those who didn’t evacuate should be penalized.  As if they weren’t already by the sub-human conditions.

    Additionally, many TV outlets emphasized and exaggerated the occurrences of crime and looting. In fact, many of the looters were taking only food, milk, toilet paper and bread. 

    And of course, there were the interpreters, such as many ministers who suggested, just like in Veracruz centuries before, that an angry God was in punishment mode. Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, “said in his reelection campaign that God had punished New Orleans for the war in Iraq”.  Such blame was attributed widely in many circles, namely Republican and Fundamental.
    As Schwartz states so elegantly near the end of the book, “Providentialism was, as it has usually been, employed to support existing political convictions rather than as a catalyst for new interpretations or changes of heart (335)”.

    The book concludes with an overview of Hurricane Sandy and the political clout that was banked upon in the aftermath, as well as the unnecessary damage and suffering to New Jersey residents.

    There is no sense of this being a complete downer, but more an example of how attitudes (religious, secular, and political) often ignore the scientific basis for how things occur, and even avoid learning more about what science can tell us about hurricanes and other natural disasters.  Much of the science behind hurricanes is discussed in the book, and knowledge of such is possible, not so much to prevent but to prepare.

    Hurricane season starts June 1, 2015.

    Review copy provided by Princeton University Press.





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    Eturia iti propune o croaziera in cele mai importante insule ale Marii Caraibelor - Jamaica, Cayman, Mexic si Bahamas, prilej cu care vei vedea unele dintre cele mai spectaculoase peisaje si mai frumoase plaje din lume. MSC Seaside iti oferă o experienta unica pe toata perioada croazierei. O plimbare unica la malul marii, chiar in jurul vasului de 323 de metri, oferind o multitudine de locuri pentru cumparaturi, pentru a lua masa, sau pentru a face plaja. Nu trebuie sa ratezi o plimbare cu liftul panoramic, care ofera privelisti minunate. In plus, MSC Seaside iti ofera unul dintre cele mai mari și mai interactive Aquapark-uri de pe mare. Ea va fi primul vas de croaziera care faciliteaza tehnologia Slide, care combina un tobogan, muzica, lumini si un joc interactiv, aceasta tehnologie este de ultima ora, asigurand distractie fara egal pentru toate varstele.

              My Top Ten Games of This Generation (#5-1)        

    Well here it is lads. In my opinion these are the top 5 games of this generation. I have played alot of games in the past 6-7 years, but I have also not played alot of them. So before you say: "WHY ISNT (INSERT GAME) HERE!?!?" Keep in mind I might not have played it. But to me, these games are the best I have played in the past many years. These are the games I will remember for my entire life. These are classics to me. So without further ado, I give you my top 5 games of this generations.

     

     

    5. BORDERLANDS 2

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    Currently I am still playing this game(with almost all the DLC being bought for half off a couple of weeks ago :) ), but Borderlands 2 standouts as not only an amazing game but a perfect example of a sequel done right. To be honest I cant really find a flaw with the game. I was fortunate to play the original(in fact spend 150+ hours in it), but to play Borderlands 2--a game that surpassed the original on all levels--is awesome experience. The story, characters, skills, art, LOOT(!!!!) are awesome. The gameplay is sublime. The skill trees are diverse and interesting with numerous ways to go through them. Dont even get me started on how much fun it is to farm Legendary weapons either. Some might call boring and repetive, but when you have a friend it makes it so much fun. Which is a good point to bring up:friends. Besides Left 4 Dead, Borderlands is co-op bliss. Its just funny how little of this game I have played with friends. Contrary to popular belief, Borderlands 2 is a ton of fun solo as well. Unlike the original, the story is filled with unique and funny characters. Borderlands 2 is just a gratifying experience filled with many things to do and outstanding gameplay.

     

    4. HALO 3

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    Halo 3 was the first game I received the Xbox 360. It was the first game I ever played on the 360. I remembered the first day I played it was against the brother of a good friend. It was release week and not having a 360 meant I couldn't play it. As a huge fan of Halo, I was utterly disappointed. But while at my friends house(playing Halo 2 of course) his brother came downstairs with a newly bought Xbox 360 and Halo 3. We booted it up and played multiplayer for hours. Transitioning from Halo 2(spent the last 3 years playing like every day) to Halo 3 was such a surreal experience. Finally, a few months later I got an Xbox with Halo 3 alongside and we were able to enjoy the singeplayer experience. So many amazing memories and moments. I just remember watching the cliffhanger finale and thinking about the possible outcomes of it for many, many years. This was also the first halo to include forge and screenshots and films which created an awesome multiplayer aspect. At the time of 2007, Halo 3 was THE GAME. Everyone who owned a 360 was playing it which makes me proud to have been experienced that at the time.

    Retake: Halo Reach is a better game. I am just gonna throw that out there. So why is it not on the list? Well.....I don't know to be honest. I think if I really thought long and hard about it and then went to the Bahamas for a week vacation just to think about this list, then Reach would take this spot. But I just cant. The lead to Reach was much bigger for me, but Halo 3....is just Halo 3. It is the finale to my favorite trilogy. It is an ending to one of my favorite stories. It essentially marked the ending to my childhood to be honest. I realize all of this should have been said above but I digress. Halo Reach is a better overall game(If you are reading this after my second retake then you are probably questioning me right now), but not the game I feel deserves this spot.

     

    3. BIOSHOCK

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    Bioshock is the perfect example of my favorite type of game to play. An immersive single-player experience with an interesting story and breathtaking or beautiful world. This added on with cool weapons and unique upgrades make an awesome game in my opinion(of course there is more). Bioshock is at the forefront of these types of games. Its brilliant story concealed in a rich and dark world creates a truly incredible game. While the story isn't as interesting as Infinite that does not mean the game is not better. Personally I believe that at the time of its release Bioshock had one of the best gameplay experiences around. But regardless of how it was 6 years ago, that does not mean that this game is not worth playing. It is one you will not forget.

    Retake: Ok so this line:"While the story isnt as interesting as Infinite that does not mean the game is not better" obviously sparks up a debate on which Bioshock I like better. Personally I think the original Bioshock is a better game. However, Bioshock Infinite does surpass it on different levels. However when judging two games over a spot like this it is very hard to pronounce which one deserves it, especially when they are as good as Bioshock 1 and Infinite. So keeping a rule of no game in the same series can appear on the list, I chose Bioshock. In my honest opinion I think OVERALL it is a better game. Obviously this goes against my above retake, but the fact of the matter is Halo 3 is an important part of my life(regardless of gaming). Read the P.S for more clarification below.

     

    2. CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

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    When I initially begun creating this list, COD 4 was a little lower. But after alot of thinking, I started to realize what Modern Warfare means to me as a gamer. I just got over talking about how Halo 3 was the game of 2007, well that throne was overthrown rather quickly by Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Having experience with older Call of Duty's, my father bought COD 4 on PC when it came out. I decided to play it and I finished it within a week. I wasn't impressed and went back to Halo(did not touch multiplayer. BIG MISTAKE I KNOW). Christmas morning I woke up to open up my one and only game received that Holiday: COD4. Immediately I gave a sigh(in my mind not when I opened the present lol) because I had thought I had already played the game before. Right? WRONG! That night I embarked on the beginning of an epic multiplayer adventure. COD4 still holds some of the most fun multiplayer experiences in gaming. I just remember waking up on the weekends at 7, rushing down to the living room and playing until 10-12 (oh the good times of being a kid and having nothing to do but play games aha). My love for the multiplayer then transferred to the amazing singplayer(not the best campaign in the series but still great imo). One awesome memory was when I did a science experiment on video games for my school's science fair. I tested to see if a persons heart rate changed when playing through an intense part of the game(mission "All Ghillied Up"). I tested this on over 30 friends and family for the science fair. Got a 97%!!!!! But of course that is way off topic. This game represents my middle school life essentially. I played it all the way up to MW2(loved COD5, but played Zombies more then MP). It really  is one of my favorite games ever.

     

    AND NOW THE MOMENT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!!! THE NUMBER ONE GAME OF THIS GENERATION IIIISSSS......

     

    CUE DRAGONBORN THEME!

     

     

    1. SKYRIM

    Can we just go back to the winter of 2011-2012 please?

    Can we just go back to the winter of 2011-2012 please?

    I'm not sure I need to write much about this, but I will anyways. The game is the epitome of what gaming means to me as a whole. It is the most immersive experience I think a player can withhold. Some may put it's combat to shame and say it throws down the quality of the game. However, like AC2 I was able to look past Skyrim's immediate shortcomings and take hold of what mechanics in the game make it surpass most games in its genre. Bethesda are masterminds of world building and immersion. They do this by creating interesting environments and stellar soundtracks. Skyrim is no different. The world of Tamerial is a masterpiece of design that takes playing the game rather then watching it to truly experience it. The superb soundtrack adds a sense of wonder to an already beautiful game(seriously just listen to it). The combat and leveling system is solid with some unique twists. I could add in personal memories but they are not needed. Skyrim is a fantastic game with an incredibly realized world and honestly there is not more that needs to be said.

     

     

     

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    OK I CANT GO MUCH FURTHER......

     

     

     

     

    THERE IS GONNA HAVE TO BE A TIE BETWEEN SKYRIM AAAAANNNNNNNDDDDD......

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    THE LAST OF US

     

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    I love this picture

    Im sorry guys and gals. When I originally started this blog I said that I would keep games from this year out of the list. But I can't. I just can't. You want to know why? It's Because the Last of Us is just that good.  I decided to do this after I finished the first part of the top 10. Where do I begin with TLoU? It is one of the most emotional and character driven games you can possibly play. I have never played a game like the TLoU before and probably wont for a very long time. The 15 hour journey of Joel and Ellie resembles one of the most memorable experience I have ever had. The gameplay is unique and significant to the overall game. Its just......man I cant even explain it. It is one of those game you just need to experience by yourself. If you have yet to play it don't have it spoiled, don't watch gameplay, and don't read reviews. Just buy the game. When I did I was going through a tough time in my life. I needed a game to lock myself out of this world. Obviously TLoU's world is not happy by any means(lol), But It took my mind of my predicaments and helped me find solace Everyone has their game that they can remember specifically how they felt at the time and how it made them feel. Everyone has their game that has taken them to another world looked through the character's eyes and not their own. The Last of Us is that game for me. Thank you Naughty Dog for creating a game that I will remember to the day I die.

     

    Honorable Mentions that I forgot about last time:

    Halo Wars

    Fallout 3

    Minecraft

    Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time

    Mass Effect 3

    Resistance 3

    and many, many more.

     

    So there you have it guys(no more jokes)! Thanks for reading and comment below about what you think is the best game of this generation! Thanks!

    PS: I am deeply sorry about the double retakes here that don't make much sense. Obviously I chose Bioshock to come before Infinite because OVERALL it is a better game. But then I say Halo Reach is overall a  better game but I put Halo 3 first. Clearly that is confusing but I guess what I am trying to say is this: as with all of the Halo's, I have a ton of memories from H3 that are so valued that it surpasses what I consider to be a better game. With Bioshock it is different as Infinite is so new that I don't remember the feeling I had while playing it. So in that case the OVERALL better game wins.


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    BACKGROUND We know that Distance = Rate x Time but when one of the variables of that equation is altered beyond reason by some unimaginable force of nature, the result can challenge what we think we know about the natural world. This was the experience of pilot Bruce Gernon, who believes he encountered a rare, yet natural phenomenon during a routine flight from Andros Island in the Bahamas to Palm Beach, Florida. Minutes after taking off from Andros (which also happens to be located within the legendary “Bermuda Triangle”). Gernon, along with his father who was acting as co-pilot and navigator and another passenger who was their business partner, found themselves rapidly being enveloped in a strange and powerful storm. A bizarre tunnel of clouds chased and formed around them, and by all objective and rational observations, appears to have warped spacetime itself. Gernon would later write about his theory of the experience calling the phenomenon, “Electronic Fog.” Could a severe weather anomaly be the cause of the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, or is there a greater supernatural force causing the extreme weather? NOTE: Due to inconsistent character length restrictions across multiple podcast aggregator platforms, we are no longer publishing show note links with our actual audio files. However you will still be able to find all of them as well as pictures at our website. Here is the link for this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/3/10/ep-64-electronic-fog Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access OR just take out your phone and text the word LEGENDS to 86329. To get the reply text, standard message and data rates apply. Make your next move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase Find and hire the right people fast by posting to 200+ job sites and Social Media networks with ZipRecruiter. Go to ZipRecruiter.com/LEGENDS to post your job for FREE! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 64 - "Electronic Fog" Produced by Scott Philbrook& Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
              Real Talk with Chase        
    From the Bahamas to the big city, Chase has seen it all. Get to know one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL! What makes you #AerieREAL? I stay true to my personality, regardless of the situation or who I’m hanging out with. Lover or fighter? Both! I’ll cuddle you, but I love an argument. But […]
              Pesadelo nas Férias (Extortion) 2017        
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    The Closet Monster Whispering In Your Ear

    It was Richard Jeni who said that wars over religion was like two groups of people fighting over the best imaginary friend. There have been so many events that have happened throughout history and were spurred on by religion that have caused immense amounts of pain and suffering. By claiming to do anything due to your religion can lead to all manner of reactions and could just seem silly all the way around.

    I was scanning through the news this evening and I found a headline that I knew I just had to check out - "Roberts Says God Forced His Resignation". For those of you that haven't heard any of the previous reports, Richard Roberts, the son of Orel Roberts, had been sued over excessive spending from what wound up being school funds for things like shopping sprees, buying a stable of horses and paying for a daughter to travel to the Bahamas aboard the university jet. Since the school is currently running at a $50 million debt, it would really be bad for this suit to show that there was something going on of an illegal nature.

    Richard Roberts had spent all of the time since the original filing of charges claiming innocence and saying that God told his to fight the charges and not resign. There were a bunch of press releases, interviews, and even a stopover on the Larry King show for him to work this side of the discussion. Most of the interviewing was of the easy kind for Roberts and it seemed like he had slid along pretty easily. I'm not sure if there was something coming that he couldn't wiggle out of or he just decided to give but he made a statement that he is going to resign after all.

    The reason that he gave for this decision? God told him to do it. I'll give you a moment or two to let that sink in.

    At first, I was kind of amazed that he would say something like that. You are asking the public to believe that God felt the need to listen just to you to advise you on your legal situation. There aren't any more important things going on in the world that God should be dealing with. It's all about that legal problem and that's it. It seems that it would be the only way to really get out of it since he said that God was the one that originally told him to fight the charges. At least that way he wouldn't be irritating any possible higher power by tendering his resignation.

    All humor aside, this event kind of goes into one of the problems that I have with most organized religious groups like the one that the Roberts managed. By saying that God tells you to do certain things, it takes away a chunk of the possible guilt that you might have in some people's eyes. It's almost like some kind of universal naughty deoderant that has "Rub on to remove all possible guilt over what you have done" as part of the directions for use. It's not right to do something that you know is wrong and then turn around and claim that God is advising you on how to deal with your actions. If you did the deed, then you should be ready to accept the consequences when caught and tried.

    My mind wandered back for a moment to another religious figure who had to explain his misdeeds to his congregation. Unlike Roberts, Jimmy Swaggert got up on stage and actually admitted to doing wrong. He did not blame anyone other than himself and stated that he had failed and sinned before his God. While I don't really trust much of anything that Mr. Swaggert says to be the gospel truth, it was nice then and would be great now to hear some of these televangelists taking responsibility for themselves and not passing the buck off to what their inner voice told them was right.
                      

    King Errisson It’s Good to Be King
     
    Nikki Artale &King Errisson

    Written by Nikki Artale
    King Errisson has written a book about his life from childhood in the Bahamas and his climb to fame as a world know percussionist. His book “My Life My Loves” tells the story of his early years of growing up in the beautiful Bahama Islands and knowing that one day he would be somebody. His grandmother knew he was special and she called him “King”. King is known worldwide as an illustrious percussionist, composer and actor.
    King Errisson

    King Errisson appeared in the documentary “Sample This” about the song Apache by the Incredible Bongo Band in which he was a featured artist. The song defines hip-hop culture and is called the national anthem of Hip Hop.  Filming the James Bond movie “Thunderball” with Sean Connery and the remake of the Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond was one of many films he did. Shortly after the Thunderball movie King released his first solo Album “Drums of Nassau”. www.kingerrisson
     
    He worked with artists as a session musician and was called the unsung hero behind Motown’s fabulous, famous artists such as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond and Lou Rawles were more of the famous artists he worked with.

    King and his twin sister Aries was born on October 29, 1941 in Nassau to Josephine Brice Johnson & Pallaman Stevie Johnson. King said he always felt loved and protected by his parents who encouraged him in his love for music, singing and playing drums. He practiced drumming on wood and boxes and any flat surface until he made his first bongo drums from two coffee cans. His book “My Life My Loves” is a beautiful story of how his dreams have come true and having the love of so many people. It is the first of many other books that document his start in life as a jockey, a bongo master, actor, singer and his first world tour with Neil Diamond in 1976.
     
     
    On April 21, 2016 Steve Tatone produced the “Diamondfest” show and King Errisson was honored with a fan tribute award and other members of the Neil Diamond Band were there to celebrate.
     
     
    Neil Diamond Band Members


    King Errisson has a passionate loving soul and he brings his love of music everywhere he goes. As you read his book you will see his private life that he wants his fans to read because in all his face to face with them, they always ask him to tell them about his life, starting with his childhood. This is just the first book and he said he will continue the story in the next book he writes. He will continue living his dreams and always be ready for whatever comes next.

                      

    Jay White Plays to a Sold Out Show at the Suncoast Hotel
     

    Written & Photos by Nikki Artale
    The Suncoast Hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be on September 12, 2015 as Jay White once again sold out to the lucky people who were able to get tickets to see Jay White pay tribute to Neil Diamond. We don’t get to see Jay White perform often in Las Vegas because he is busy traveling across the country playing to many fans who love him and his tribute show. It must be both thrilling and exciting to have his son Neil and daughter Stephanie be a part of the show. Neil on the guitar and Stephanie singing, especially You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, duet. www.americasdiamondlive.com
     
     

    Another exciting feature in the show was having percussionist King Errisson playing that night. King has played and toured for years with Neil Diamond and he has been traveling on tour with Neil and when there was a break in his tour he was able to come to Las Vegas and play with Jay White’s show. King has made many albums and played with many of the best artists in the world. When he is not working he relaxes in his own hotel, the Pestell Beach Resort in the Bahamas’.  It is good to be King. www.Kingerrisson.com
     
    Nikki Artale & King Errisson

    Jay White has mastered the look, the sound and the mannerisms of Neil Diamond and the audience could close their eyes and think it is truly Neil Diamond on stage. The highlight of the show has always been “Coming to America” and I can relate to my Grandparents who had the courage at 46years of age to bring my mother and aunt here to America. It was with pride that I had their names, many years ago, put on the wall of Ellis Island to celebrate their Coming to America. Thank you Jay White for always making that experience real for me every time I am in your audience listening to your beautiful tribute music.
    Nikki Artale & Jay White

    And as always Jay met with his many fans after the show with his wife Pam and his children. Until next time, keep sparkling.
     
    Stephanie, Jay & Pam
     
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    BirdLife Partners in the United States, Bahamas, Belize and Paraguay are clubbing together to promote ecotourism in places where poverty overlaps...
              Reply #1773        
    Suri,

    the Bahamas is on the road to rebuilding now. Lots of homes lost but no deaths.

    We are truly blessed!

    I pray you guys just get light winds and rain. Trust me that 125MPH winds was no joking matter.
              Reply #1755        
    Praying for my NY LPs.

    Stay safe and indoors!

    Irene is a mean SOB!

    Folks here in the Bahamas can agree to that.

    Take care
              Reply #1692        
    Hey Suri... thanks for your concern. We're doing fine in The Bahamas... Some homes were ruined but we are thankful for no loss of life!!! Good luck to you today!!! Now Ny you need to bring something good for us here we need to replace the money Irene caused us to spend... We love you
              Reply #1643        
    Hi Everybody, We are thankful in TCI that God is Good all the time,ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD and he spared our lives once again-Hurricane Irene came as a Cat.2 and put a lashing on us.Hello Bahamas I trust you guys are all well-I saw today at work , THE DAMAGE SHE DID IN THE BAHAMAS too. Our internet is still down, also electricity in some areas are still down. Wow- that was just like IKE. Thanks God the Government electricity and internet is up,of course they want us to work.lol.

    Anyway, I... [ More ]
              Reply #1497        
    Thank you Gogetem!

    I pray Irene spares us in the Bahamas and Florida from disaster.
              Reply #1319        
    Thanks everybody for posting- We need to win and that's it. Congrats Chippie, and yes, I remember yr postings because I played everyone of those nos#the date u post it-Sorry, didn't see it today, that's what I meant- played all round that and lost. Go for it-It was for you. That's what we say here. Have a wonderful Christmas. I remember I have a friend who shares nos# with me from the Bahamas and she lives here. She called my fone one day to give me 112 or similar. I had my fone off-stress all d... [ More ]
              Blue Holes: Archäologie in der Unterwelt        
    Auf der Suche nach Fossilien tauchen Unterwasserarchäologen in die Blue Holes der Bahamas. Mithilfe einer neuen Technik können sie die Funde zu Hause erforschen - und trotzdem in den Höhlen lassen.
              Reply #263        
    For evening, I'm trying these: Strictly for the leaders! Happy early-Birthday to The Bahamas' Hon. Prime Minister Ingraham and to America's President Obama ...is anyone else amazed how 2 very strong leaders share a birthday?

    Pick 3

    506 056 500 005 505 055 100 101 496 409

    636 633 630 634 046 640 466 446 641 631

    ALL TRIPLES but more on 111 555 666

    Pick 4

    5550 0555 0055 5050 0505 0005 5000 5500

    5001 5016 1650 5610 5560 5060 0263 6023

    3062 6350 6035 8555 8885 1110 1111 1... [ More ]
              Reply #225        
    Hello Peeps

    Just a thumbs up

    Hubert I (Bahamas) will be 64 tomorrow

    Obama (USA) will be 50 tomorrow

    Best a Luck Gamers
              Reply #326        
    new york has really been doing a lot of dumb snip lately wit no pattern or any idear what so ever i have never seen it this bad were you have a few numbers for new york that you know new yorks brings and they bring them elsewere and to make it worse that we have access to 18 states in the bahamas now so when we focus on a number for new york it comes in another house/state so new york get it together and bring the regular balls as it is christmas time and let this money flow bring the good numbe... [ More ]
              Reply #95        
    Hi, Did u all noticed that the 0 has being missing out of 1st position since 19th Nov, that's like 14 days out- Just maybe tonite the first digit can be 0-- something- So you guys get into your charts and workout and give us all this good no# to break these banks- I need a good no# gotta go to New York shop for xmas-Let's go Bahamas.Cheers.........
              Reply #40        
    Shakey dee had 084 congrats-also Home girl-Congrats Bahamas you guys are great
              Reply #1193        
    1217---2177-----1276 boxed 30 times -- str 5 x 2761 5x --7216 5x str --play it anyway baby i need this one tonight ---shamrocks away---lets here it from the bahamas
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              Mediating HealthCare and Other Disputes: Mediation and Healing        

    Mediation uses many techniques from the healing arts, and can be even further enhanced by knowledge of energy healing.

    Specifically, someone trained in techniques such as perceiving chakras, aligning intention, sending energy, and repairing energetic cords can add these abilities to traditional mediation techniques in order to heal broken relationships and help parties find their own creative solutions to difficult disputes.

    Here is the article that originally appeared on mediate.com:

    Mediation and Healing

    by Michael Cohen

    July 2004

    Michael Cohen
    Mediation is a healing path: it moves parties to reconcile their differences in an atmosphere that, ideally, improves their connectedness, bridges their separate objectives, and integrates rather than fragmenting through adversarial conduct. The parallels between mediation and energy work (also known by various names such as spiritual healing; energy healing; biofield healing) are beyond subtle: mediation aims to produce a “wise agreement” between the parties, according to Roger Fisher and Bill Ury in their classic book, Getting to Yes; similarly, energy work aims to produce a wise agreement within the individual, reconciling fragmented aspects of the self and facilitating a return to wholeness. Mediation builds community, while energy healing, when practiced responsibly, arguably builds communion with one’s self and others.

    Thus, prior to entering into a negotiation and during the process, whatever emotions are swirling, one can fuel the exchange, through remembrance and the breath, to continually reset intention. For example, if the intention is to have a healing between the parties—a mutual understanding that repairs the cords between them and enhances relationship—hold that through the meeting. If the intention is to come up with creative, win-win solutions during brainstorming, holding that intention similarly should assist the process.

    Of course, ethically (and spiritually), one should hold intentions that are sound, that produce satisfactory results for all sides; holding the intention to “defeat” the other in a win-lose, one-up/one-down dynamic facilitates neither wise agreement nor a better outcome. Similarly, holding a negative intention for the “adversary” as a means to wrestle advantage is neither wise nor advisable. On the other hand, understanding the interconnectedness of everyone in the room—including the mediators as well as the negotiators—can help set an intention that benefits everyone, and infuses the process with positive charge. There is much to be set about the application of techniques from energy to the world of mediation; understanding and wisely using intentionality is a good start.

    Aside from these parallels, energy work may be used in mediation—or any negotiation—in a variety of ways. Whether one draws on techniques from Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Polarity Therapy, the Barbara Brennan Healing Science methods that I learned, or even theories from acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine and/or the martial arts, a key to energy work is setting one’s intention. In the latter traditions, intentionality often is said to be rooted in the hara, a physical and energetic point in which one concentrates attention, awareness, focus, breath. By clarifying and then aligning intentionality in the hara, one can hope to produce a better result.

     

    Michael H. Cohen, JD 

    Education: B.A., Columbia University, New York, 1983. J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1986. M.B.A., Haas School of Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1988. M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa, 1990.

    Member of the Bar: California (1999), Massachusetts (1988), New York (1988), Washington D.C. (2000).

    Selected Legal Experience: Legislative Aide, New York City Councilman Henry J. Stern (1982). Assistant Investment Officer, Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York (1983). Invited to Boston University Law Review (1984). Invited to California Law Review (1984). Member and Book Review Editor, California Law Review (1984-86). Law Clerk, Judge Thomas P. Griesa, United States District Court, Southern District of New York (1986-87). Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York (corporate department), New York (1990-93). Associate, Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman & Goodman (litigation department), New York (1993). Adjunct Instructor, Brooklyn Law School (1993; legal writing, moot court); Associate Professor, Widener University School of Law and Chapman University School of Law (1993-99; civil procedure, conflicts of laws, constitutional law, criminal law, health law, insurance law); Visiting Professor, Arizona State University (East Campus 1999-00). Associate, Burkhalter, Michaels & George, Orange County, California (2000; Of Counsel, 2001-02). Senior Lecturer, College of the Bahamas (UWI/LLB Program) (2005-; intellectual property, legal methods, law of international organizations, private international law). Principal, Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen (opened in 1999).

    If you are interested in mediating a healthcare dispute or any other dispute (i.e., family law dispute, elder law dispute, trust & estate / probate dispute, business dispute, dispute in a litigated case, or other situation), contact the Michael H Cohen Law Group regarding our mediation practice.

    The Michael H Cohen Law Group advises businesses in the healthcare, lifestyle, wellness, and other industries, and leads with expertise in issues such as: HIPAA compliance, telemedicine laws, anti-kickback (and Stark and fee-spliting) issues, medical spa legal issues, integrative medicine regulation, FDA compliance (including dietary supplements, cosmetics, OTC drugs, and medical devices), technology (e-commerce, mobile apps, mobile medicine, etc.), and other emerging areas.  Contact our technology and healthcare attorneys today for a legal consultation.


              Why the NY Times Axact Story stands on flimsy grounds        





    I am behind on the latest news.  Just today read the New York Times story on the Pakistani software company Axact.  The story, by Declan Walsh, Griffin Palmer and Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, is so big that another piece, by Griffin Palmer, provides the background information to the lead story.  Here is the gist of Walsh’s piece: Axact runs a plethora of online schools and colleges that give bogus diplomas to students who earn these certificates not by studying but by paying huge amounts of money to these online educational institutions.  The online universities run by Axact include the Newford University, the Barkley University, the Columbiana University, etc.


    Decided to do my own research. 


    Started with the online Newford University.  Found it here:

    http://www.newforduniversity.com/


    Called the toll free number (1-844-733-9355) listed on the web site--no one answered.  Tried to do online chat--that did not work either.  Downloaded an image from their web site and searched the origin on Google; it turned out to be a stock photo. Listened to the video interview of the faculty of the Newford University, referenced in the NY Times article.  The woman introduces herself as Danny Krane.  Searched "Danny Krane" on Google.  The ‘Head of Law’ was nowhere to be found.


    Searched the registrant of newforduniversity.com web site.  Found out that the domain was registered from Bahamas; the street address info has the note ‘Contact the owner by email only.’


    So, yes, the Newford University appears to be fake.


    But that is only part of the story.  New York Times claims the Newford University is run by Axact.  Where is the proof?  NY Times claims ex-employees of Axact say so.  That’s it?  Someone says something and all of us are supposed to believe it?  Come on NY Times.  We expect better journalism.  Give us something more tangible.  Even proving that the Newford University web site is hosted on Axact’s servers (if that is indeed the case) will not prove Axact-Newford University connivance.


    To prove that Axact is the entity behind the Newford University, New York Times needs to establish the money connection.  Show that the fee paid at the Newford University web site, ultimately ends up in Axact’s bank account.  Outside of that solid proof the New York Times story can best be described as a very well written piece of yellow journalism.


    Photo, courtesy of InDepthPakistan.com

              Nassau, Bahamas by Sankar Raman        
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              Nassau, Bahamas by Sankar Raman        
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              Your Soul Guidance with Saskia: How to be in worst case scenarios with Navjit Kandola        
    GuestMaking decisions in worst case scenarios takes a certain kind of inner knowing and trust - whether that is listening to your inner voice, the surgeons or your partner. Navjit Kandola has learned first hand how to navigate this landscape having survived a plane explosion with her 2 year old son in the Bahamas. She will speak about "the code" she came back with from her life changing experience.
              Your Soul Guidance with Saskia: How to be in worst case scenarios with Navjit Kandola        
    GuestMaking decisions in worst case scenarios takes a certain kind of inner knowing and trust - whether that is listening to your inner voice, the surgeons or your partner. Navjit Kandola has learned first hand how to navigate this landscape having survived a plane explosion with her 2 year old son in the Bahamas. She will speak about "the code" she came back with from her life changing experience.
              World Spotlight: The Bahamas        

    Country Study: Commonwealth of Caribbean Islands, including The Bahamas Bahamas primary source set, World Digital Library Bahamas maps Books about The Bahamas Bahamas songs (audio recordings) Bahamas historic newspaper coverage Bahamas images from American Memory More Bahamas images U.S. legislation related to Bahamas Guide to Law Online: Bahamas Comparing Independence Movements in the Americas Webcast More World History & Culture Resources

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              Today in History: Columbus Day        

    Today in History–October 12–the Library of Congress features Columbus Day, celebrating the date in 1492 when Christopher Columbus sighted land in the Bahamas.  Learn more about the man and the national holiday by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Columbus. Columbus Day primary source set Christopher Columbus image set Christopher […]

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              Decoda B. Williams, M.Ed. ’15        
    Meet Decoda B. Williams, M.Ed. '15 from the tropical waters of the Bahamas!
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