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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Punctuation

It's All in the Punctuation

An English professor wrote the words

"Woman Without Her Man is Nothing" 

and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.


The Men Wrote: 

Woman,
without her man,  
is nothing.




The Women Wrote: 
Woman:
Without her,
man is nothing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving
How Dangerous Is It?

It's common these days for people to try to text message while they drive, but how dangerous is it. This infographic explains exactly how your driving is impaired when you text and drive and how likely you are to get into a serious accident if you do so. The final message is, "do not text and drive."

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Growth of the U.S.A.

GROWTH  OF THE  U.S.A.
1790 - 2013






DEATH OF SMALL BUSINESS
GROWTH OF WALMART

Sunday, January 27, 2013

English Translation: Men / Women

Men / Women
English Translation
           
WOMEN'S ENGLISH
Maybe = No
I'm sorry  = You'll be sorry

We need  = I want
It's your decision  = The correct decision should be obvious

Do what you want  = You'll pay for this later
We need to talk  = I need to complain

Sure, go ahead  = I don't want you to do that
I'm not upset  = Of course I'm upset

You're so manly    = You need a shave and you sweat a lot
Be romantic and turn out the lights = I have flabby thighs

This kitchen is so inconvenient  = I want a new house
I want new curtains  = I want new curtains, carpeting, furniture, and wallpaper

I heard a noise  = I noticed you were almost asleep
Do you love me?   = I want something expensive

How much do you love me?   = I did something terrible today
I'll be ready in a minute   = Kick off your shoes and find a good game on TV

You have to learn to communicate = Just agree with me






MEN'S  ENGLISH

I'm hungry = I'm hungry
I'm sleepy  = I'm sleepy

I'm tired = I'm tired
Do you want to go to a movie? = I'd like to have sex with you

Can I take you out to dinner? = I'd like to have sex with you
Can I call you sometime?       = I'd like to have sex with you

May I have this dance? = I'd like to have sex with you
Nice dress! = Nice tits! Nice ass!

You look tense  = I want to fondle you
What's wrong? = What self-inflicted psychological trauma is it this time?

What's wrong? = I'm guessing sex is out of the question
I'm bored = Would you like to have sex?

I love you = I'd like to make love right now
I love you, too = I really want to make love

Let's talk = I'd like to show you my emotional depth as a prelude to sex

Will you marry me? = I really enjoy having sex with you


Friday, January 25, 2013

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

10000 singing Beethoven
Ode an die Freude / Ode to Joy
 歓喜に寄せて

The performance of "Daiku", "The Ninth", Beethoven's 9th Symphony with 10000 (amateur) chorus singers is a Japanese highlight every year in the end of December. Here is the last movement, recorded at the 2011 concert in Osaka, this year dedicated especially to the memory of the victims of the desastrous tsunami in March.Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 IV.  Finale. Presto - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace (alla Marcia) - Andante maestoso - Adagio ma non troppo ma divoto - Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Presto - Maestoso - Prestissimo
(with Chorus on Friedrich Schiller's "Ode an die Freude" / "Ode to Joy" / "歓喜に寄せて")

Keiko Yokoyama, soprano
Masako Teshima, mezzo-soprano
Satoshi Nishimura, tenor
Eijiro Kai, baritone
Choir of the 10000 from Osaka and Sendai
Suntory Orchestra of the 10000
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Yutaka Sado, conductor


Recorded at Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka / Miyagi Gauin Joshi Daigaku Hall, Sendai, 2011 


Flashmob Flash Mob
Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy )
Beethoven Symphony No.9

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Republican Vote-Rigging Would Have Flipped The 2012 Election

What The 2012 Election Would Look Like
Under The Republicans' Vote-Rigging Plan
John Celock  John Celock - Posted -Updated: 01/25/13


Republicans have a new strategy for 2016: Change the rules of presidential elections in order to swing the electoral college in the GOP's favor.

On Wednesday, Virginia's Republican-controlled legislature became one of the first to advance a bill that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district. Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed pushing through similar proposals in other states with Republican legislative majorities.
The strategy would have states alter the way they translate individual votes into electors -- thereby giving Republican candidates an advantage. Had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republicans plans, Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes. Here's how:
In the 2012 election, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 126 electoral votes.
Within the 26 states that Obama took, Romney won a plurality of votes in 99 congressional districts.
Obama, on the other hand, won only 32 congressional districts in red states.
Each state has two more electoral votes than congressional districts. The most common Republican proposal -- under consideration in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan -- follows the same rules already in effect in Maine and Nebraska, which allocate the two additional votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote.
This is what the 2012 electoral map would have looked liked had each state apportioned its electors using these rules.
The legislation introduced in Virginia, however, goes even further and proposes to allocate the two remaining votes not to the candidate who wins the state-wide popular vote, but to the candidate who wins the majority of congressional districts. This would give Republicans an even bigger advantage in that state.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Inauguration's Unmistakable New York Accent

Inauguration's 
Unmistakable New York Accent
Sen. Chuck Schumer lines up array of New York-based
 Entertainment for President Obama's inauguration ceremony
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Sen. Chuck Schumer greeting the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir 
while they have their sound check  at the Capitol .

 WASHINGTON - It's President Obama's inauguration, but Sen. Chuck Schumer's show.

The New York Democrat heads the congressional committee overseeing the inauguration - making him both the boss and host of the ceremony that as many as 800,000 people are expected to attend.

And so the inauguration, like the senator, will have an unmistakable New York accent.

The ceremony will begin with a performance by the P.S. 22 chorus from Staten Island, and the Brooklyn Tabernacle will sing just before Vice President Biden is sworn in - by Bronx-born Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The inaugural lunch for the President, the Vice President, their families, Congress and the Supreme Court will have a New York flavor as well.
On the menu: a 2009 Merlot from Bedell Cellars in North Fork, L.I., and and a 2010 dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes; cheese from Cooperstown; Hudson Valley Apple Pie and water from Saratoga Springs.
"I am using it as an opportunity to highlight the best of New York," said Schumer.
Not all New York products made the cut. Honey from a roof in Red Hook in Brooklyn was supposed to be served but the apiary was wiped out by Hurricane Sandy.
Schumer said he "wanted to feature Long Island duck," but a committee of spouses of senior lawmakers, including Schumer's wife, Iris, reported that while "the duck was very good, the presentation was not that good. So we went with bison from South Dakota."

The honey served at the Inaugural Luncheon is from a small upstate artisan apiary near Lake Ontario (Rochester), Seaway Trail Honey, SeawayTrailHoney.com. The honey won the blue ribbon Best of Show award at this year's NYS Fair.

Guests  serenaded by a string quartet made up of students from the University of Rochester's music school.

A painting of Niagara Falls behind the head table.

Snack on two different New York-made Greek yogurts.

Maple syrup from the Hudson River valley will make appearances in two courses, including in apple pie made with New York state apples and served with cheese from Cooperstown, N.Y.

Obama inaugural speech references Stonewall Riots, Greenwich Village, NYC

Obama inaugural speech references Seneca Falls, New York,  Seneca Falls Convention July 19–20, 1848. 
 
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Inauguration's Unmistakable New York Accent
  1. Brooklyn Tabernacle
  2. Bronx-born Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  3. P.S. 22 chorus from Staten Island,
  4. 2009 Merlot from Bedell Cellars in North Fork, L.I.,
  5. 2010 dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes;
  6. Cheese from Cooperstown;
  7. Apple Pie  Hudson Valley
  8. Water from Saratoga Springs.
  9. Obama inaugural speech references Stonewall riots NYC
  10. Obama inaugural speech references Seneca Falls, New York,  Seneca Falls Convention July 19–20, 1848. 
  11. A painting of Niagara Falls behind the head table.
  12. Snack on two different New York-made Greek yogurts.
  13. Guests  serenaded by a string quartet made up of students from the University of Rochester's music school.
  14. Honey served at the Inaugural Luncheon  from a small upstate artisan apiary near Lake Ontario (Rochester)
  15. Maple syrup from the Hudson River Valley will make appearances in two courses, including in apple pie made with New York state apples and served with cheese from Cooperstown, N.Y. 
(The honey served at the Inaugural Luncheon  Seaway Trail Honey, SeawayTrailHoney.com.
The honey won the blue ribbon Best of Show award at this year's NYS Fair.) 

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/schumer-adds-new-york-flavor-inauguration-article-1.1243587

Read more: 
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324468104578249871238972776.html
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One Today - Richard Blanco Inaugural Poem

"One Today"
Richard Blanco Inaugural Poem
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Richard Blanco, 44, was chosen as President Obama's inaugural poet. In addition to being the youngest of the five inaugural poets in history, he becomes the first Latino and gay man to serve the role.
Richard Blanco's Poetry Pays Homage to American Experience

"One Today"

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—
bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—
to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the "I have a dream" we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
breathing color into stained glass windows,
life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
onto the steps of our museums and park benches
as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
as worn as my father's cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it
through the day's gorgeous din of honking cabs,
buses launching down avenues, the symphony
of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom,
buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días
in the language my mother taught me—in every language
spoken into one wind carrying our lives
without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
for the boss on time, stitching another wound
or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn't give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together. 




Blanco, born in Madrid on February 15, 1968, immigrated as an infant with his Cuban exile family to Miami, and was raised and educated there. He earned a B.S. from Florida International University in Civil Engineering in 1991 and his Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 1997, where he studied with Campbell McGrath. He visited Cuba once as a teenager.

Since 1999, he has traveled and lived in Guatemala and Brazil. He taught at Georgetown University, American University, and Central Connecticut State University.

As my official bio reads, I was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States -- meaning my mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of my family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid, where I was born. Less than two months later, we emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then eventually in Miami, where I was raised and educated.

By the time I was 45 days old, I belonged to three countries. My first newborn photo appears on my U.S. alien registration card. As an adult, I see this as a foreshadowing of what would eventually obsess my writing and my psyche: the negotiation of identity.

My first encounter with this was with cultural negotiation. My childhood was braced between two imaginary worlds. The first was the nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba in the hearts and minds of my parents, grandparents, and immediate family, but also the exile community at large in Miami. "Somewhere" there was an island paradise we all came from, a paradise we lost (for complex reasons I was too young to comprehend), but nevertheless, a paradise, a homeland known as la patria -- to which we'd all return someday, exactly as we were, to find it exactly as it was.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Blanco

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/20/opinion/blanco-inaugural-poet/index.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/today-richard-blanco-poem-read-barack-obama-inauguration/story?id=18274653 

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Ciccio, Italian Dog, Attends Mass Every Day

Dog Turns up At Dead Owner's Church 
Every Day to Attends Mass
Two months after his owner died, 

a dog in Italy keeps turning up each day 
at the church she used to attend.
 
Posted:
In search of a reunion or to simply pay respects, a loyal Italian dog keeps visiting the site he last saw his former caretaker.
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 Ciccio, a 12-year-old German shepherd, waits in vain in front of the altar of the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci in the southern region of Puglia.
He heads to the church as soon as the bells begin to ring each afternoon, just as he did for years when his owner was alive.
The woman, who was known in local dialect as "Maria tu lu campu" - "Maria of the fields" – died suddenly in November.
Ciccio attended the funeral, following his mistress's coffin as it was carried into the church.
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The dog's devotion has so impressed villagers that they have adopted him as their own, giving him food and water and letting him sleep in a covered area outside the church.
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Prior to her death in November, Maria Margherita Lochi would go to church every day with her 7-year-old German Shepherd, the Daily Mail reported. According to the Telegraph, the dog, Ciccio, still turns up to the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci in Puglia.

The place of worship held Lochi's funeral, during which Ciccio followed the coffin as it was carried inside. Now, he's a daily visitor. 

"He's there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved," Father Donato Panna told the Daily Mail. "He doesn't make a sound."
According to Sud Italia News, he sits beneath the altar, near the priest.  "His hope is to see his beloved Maria, the person who he accompanied everywhere, even in church," the paper reported.
ciccio visits church
According to the Daily Mail, Lochi took in several strays, but Ciccio was reportedly her favorite. The dog's routine has made an impact on villagers, who have began giving him food, water and shelter in a covered area outside the church.
It's not the first time dogs have impressed readers with their loyalty, either.
Ciccio would probably get along with Capitan, the dog who sat by the grave of his deceased human friend for six years.
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A heartbroken dog whose owner died two months ago is missing her so much he is attending services at the Italian church where her funeral was held patiently waiting for her to return.
A seven-year-old German Shepherd, belonged to Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, and had been her faithful companion after she adopted him when she found him abandoned in fields close to her home.
Mrs Lochi adopted several strays she found but friends said she developed a particular close affection for him and would walk to church with him from her home every day - where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet.
Pining: Tommy the German Shepherd waits faithfully during Mass at the church where his owner Maria Margherita Lochi's funeral was held
Pining: the German Shepherd waits faithfully during Mass at the church where his owner Maria Margherita Lochi's funeral was held
Following her death at San Donaci near Brindisi, a funeral service was held at which Tommy joined mourners and since then he has been a regular at the church arriving on time when the bells ring out to mark the start of services.

Father Donato Panna said:''He's there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved - he doesn't make a sound, I've not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in.
'He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her - I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved and none of the other parishioners ever complained to me.
'He's still coming to Mass even after Maria's funeral, he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out - I've just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.
Sad: Heartbroken Tommy, a seven year old German shepherd, had been adopted by Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, after she found him wandering fields behind her house in San Donaci near Brindisi, Italy
Sad: Heartbroken he had been adopted by Maria  after she found him wandering fields behind her house in San Donaci, Italy
Routine: Tommy and Maria would walk to church together every day - where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet
Routine: Tommy and Maria would walk to church together every day - where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet

He's been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody's friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him - although it would be nice to find a proper home for him.'

This story is similar to the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster Hachi starring Richard Gere which told of how a faithful Akita dog waits patiently for his master after he also dies.It was based on the true story of a Japanese Akita called Hachiko, whose owner died in 1925 but for the next nine years he waited patiently at a railway station for his owner from where they regularly caught a train.