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Kennedy Center names 2007 honors recipients

Friday, September 14, 2007 

The Kennedy Center announced that its 30th presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors would go to pianist Leon Fleisher, comedian Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, director Martin Scorsese and musician Brian Wilson. The Center was opened to the public in 1971 and was envisioned as part of the National Cultural Center Act, which mandated that the independent, privately-funded institution would present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, commission the creation of new artistic works, and undertake a variety of educational missions to increase awareness of the arts.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said that “with their extraordinary talent, creativity and perseverance, the five 2007 honorees have transformed the way we, as Americans, see, hear and feel the performing arts.”

Fleisher, 79, a member of the Peabody Institute’s music faculty, is a pianist who lost use of his right hand in 1965 due to a neurological condition. He became an accomplished musician and conductor through the use of his left hand. At 67, he regained the use of his right hand. With the advent of Botox therapy, he was once more able to undertake two-hand performances in 2004, his first in four decades. “I’m very gratified by the fact that it’s an apolitical honor,” Fleisher said. “It is given by colleagues and professional people who are aware of what [an artist] has done, so it really is apolitical — and that much more of an honor.”

Martin, 62, a comedian who has written books and essays in addition to his acting and stand-up comedy career, rose to fame during his work on the American television program Saturday Night Live in the 1970′s. Schwarzman praised his work as that of a “renaissance comic whose talents wipe out the boundaries between artistic disciplines.” Martin responded to the honor saying, “I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for finally alleviating in me years of covetousness and trophy envy.”

Ross, 63, was a product of Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Projects when as a teeager she and friends Mary Wilson and Florence Ballardis formed The Supremes, a ground-breaking Motown act. She portrayed singer Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues, which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award. “Diana Ross’ singular, instantly recognizable voice has spread romance and joy throughout the world,” said Schwarzman. Ross said she was “taken aback. It is a huge, huge honor and I am excited to be in this class of people.”

Scorsese, 64, is one of the most accomplished directors the United States ever produced, whose work includes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Departed, for which he won a 2006 Academy Award for Best Director after being nominated eight times. Scorsese said, “I’m very honored to be receiving this recognition from the Kennedy Center and proud to be joining the company of the very distinguished individuals who have received this honor in years past.”

Wilson, 65, along with his brothers Dennis and Carl, formed the Beach Boys in 1961. They had a series of hits that included “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Their 1966 album Pet Sounds is considered one of the most influential recordings in American music. “This is something so unexpected and I feel extremely fortunate to be in the company of such great artists,” said Wilson, who is currently on tour.

The Kennedy Center’s board of trustees is responsible for selecting honorees for “lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.” Previous honorees, including Elton John and Steven Spielberg, also submitted recommendations. A wide variety of people were under consideration, including Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Renee Fleming, Laurence Fishburne, Francis Ford Coppola, Melissa Etheridge and Kenny Chesney.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will attend the center’s presentation at its opera house on December 2, 2007, which will broadcast on December 26 on CBS.


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How Do You Take Your Coffee?

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Submitted by: Errol Grange

Coffee. It s a magical word. Simply mentioning this dark, deep elixir conjures a world of beans, machines, and glittering caf lights. As a species we have mobilized armies, cultivated millions of acres, fought wars, and leveraged technology to produce and perfect this humble bean. From the French press to the hot plate to a single serve coffee maker, our obsession with the perfect cup has spanned nearly a 1,000 years. Aside from oil, it is the second more lucrative commodity on the market today.

From its initial cultivation it soon became a commodity. Granted, it was so cherished it was monopolized by every culture it came into contact with. From the sheikdoms of the Arabian Peninsula to the Dutch plantations of Indonesia, the flavor and effects of coffee have captivated the taste buds and imaginations of countless generations. It seems a perfectly human ambition: to horde that which we love. When the mayor of Amsterdam thwarted the Dutch monopoly by gifting a tree to Louis XIV, the French too would try to monopolize their crop.

It was the Portuguese who would liberate coffee. The massive Brazilian plantations, in theory, should have produced more coffee than demand could withstand. Not surprisingly, the increase in supply simply drove demand even higher. So, the idea that coffee is now a commodity makes sense. We all crave it, we all want it, and we never seem to have had enough. But, this begs the question: with so many people drinking coffee, how exactly are they taking it?

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For generations coffee was taken black, no sugar. When sugar was introduced from the New World by Columbus, it became de rigueur to take your coffee black, with sugar. The renowned French statesman, Talleyrand described how he took his coffee circa 1800: Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love. So it was that coffee was enjoyed as is, with the option of adding sugar. This, of course, would change once the English started drinking it.

As attested to by the diarist, Samuel Pepys, the English began the practice of larding their coffee. That is, they began to add various liquids and solids to help make it a more palatable beverage. Among the larding components Pepys wrote about were butter, oatmeal, ale, mustard, and cream. Naturally, most of us would opt for the cream, but obviously, some enjoyed a smattering of mustard with their coffee. This does not help the stereotype of refined English cuisine.

While the earliest forms of coffee brewing entail some form of what we call the French Press, that is, pouring boiling water over ground coffee beans, it was the French who would pioneer the use of the filter in 1710. Of course, many connoisseurs will tell you this removes key flavonoids and oils, rendering the coffee slightly less flavorful. But, that being said, there are many companies commissioning scientists to create the perfect coffee machine. With the millions spent of coffee machine innovation, it is surprising that there are relatively few success stories. Perhaps it is a bean best enjoyed simply.

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IMF approves US$1.13 billion loan to Pakistan

Saturday, May 15, 2010 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday that its board has approved a loan package worth US$1.13 billion to be granted to Pakistan.

The move came after the IMF reviewed Pakistan’s economic performance with a standby arrangment worth $11.3 billion aimed at improving the country’s balance of payments. According to a statement by the fund, disbursements have reached $7.27 billion from the plan.

The IMF described Pakistan’s economic situation as having improved in spite of “adverse security developments and a rapidly changing political environment”, although saying the economy was still vulnerable.

The board also noted that it would grant waivers for several performance criteria Pakistan did not meet, namely overrunning the budget deficit and surpassing State Bank of Pakistan borrowing limits.

Pakistan requested a bailout package two years ago from the IMF, as it was struggling with three-decade-high inflation rates; the country has also seen much violence from rebel groups, with bombings having killed over 3,200 people since July of 2007.

August 31, 2014

Electric vehicles can be less green than classic fuel cars, Norwegian study finds

Sunday, October 7, 2012 

A Norwegian University of Science and Technology study released Thursday found electric vehicles have a potential for higher eco-toxicity and greenhouse impact than conventional cars. The study includes an examination of the electric car’s life cycle as a whole rather than a study of the electric car’s environmental impact during the use phase.

The researchers conducted a comparison of the environmental impact of electric cars in view of different ratios of green-to-fuel electricity energy sources. In the case of mostly coal- or oil-based electricity supply, electric cars are disadvantageous compared to classic diesel cars with the greenhouse effect impact being up to two times larger.

The researchers found that in Europe, electric cars pose a “10% to 24% decrease in global warming potential (GWP) relative to conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles”.

The researchers suggest to improve eco-friendliness of electric vehicles by “reducing vehicle production supply chain impacts and promoting clean electricity sources in decision making regarding electricity infrastructure” and using the electric cars for a longer time, so that the use phase plays a more important role in the electric vehicle life cycle.

August 30, 2014

Comments:California lead bullet ban moves forward

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Hey, whats the connection to lead bullets in particular? Bullets are made from heavy metals anyway that would also poison an animal if ingested. Also, how would a bullet made from another metal differ if it was ingested?

Since 1980 about $40 million has been spent in an effort to ‘save’ the California Condor from extinction. For that cost, we now have about 300 living birds…half of them still in captivity.

The condor came to be during an era when very large creatures roamed the land, and left very large carcasses to be scavenged. In addition, the birds watched the seacoasts for beached whales, and other large marine animals.

Today, the giant elk, mammoth, and other super-fauna are extinct, and a beached whale doesn’t remain exposed for scavenging any longer than it takes the local beach-front property owner to call for removal.

Therefore, it’s only natural that the condor should follow it’s natural food sources into extinction.

The effort to ‘save’ the condor is not only grossly expensive, but wholly unnatural. That is clearly proven by the fact that they do not maintain viable populations when released into the wild…unless they are regularly fed by researchers.

This effort to ban lead bullets is an agenda-driven ploy to restrict shooting…and will have no effect on the survivability of a bird that is already doomed.

Charlie Maxwell —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:16, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

I find it extremely ludicrous that a state which has voted to allow huge amounts of lead to be added to its water supply in the form of the fluoride waste used for water fluoridation, is worried about this same substance in the form of lead bullets. Fluoride waste used for water fluoridation, along with its high lead content, greatly increases the amount of lead absorbed by those consuming the water due to the fluoride itself. Other countries are removing fluoride since its link to cavities has now been disproved and the EPA scientists have spoken on this many times. David Getoff, CCN —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:14, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

August 29, 2014

How You Should Use A List Of Business Fax Phone Numbers

By Chris Burns

So you have purchased a list of business fax phone numbers from a listing company over the internet. What next? This is perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions when people purchase a list of business fax phone numbers. Unlike other types of lists such as mailing lists, there aren’t too many articles over the internet that teach you how you should use a list of business fax phone numbers. This article seeks to do so by providing you with a guide on how you should use a list of business fax phone numbers.

Before you begin, it is important for you to understand the legal terms of fax marketing. Check with your listing company regarding the source of the business fax phone numbers in your list. Generally, these numbers should be a compilation of publicly available numbers. If a company lists its fax number openly, it means that it does not have any issues relating to receiving any unsolicited fax from external parties who have managed to have gotten hold of these numbers.

With legal issues in place, it is time to move on to how you should use your list of business fax phone numbers to arrive at your desired results.

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For one, you could, and in fact, you should use your list of business fax phone numbers to promote the products and services which you are offering. Given the fact that people would have to print out your message in the first place, it would be less likely that these marketing messages would be chucked aside without reading. Make use of this to your advantage. You could even attach a cut-out which can be presented as a discounted price for the products that you are selling as part of the fax message in order to draw greater appeal. Also, it is important for you to include a call to action to further increase the effectiveness of your marketing message. This method of marketing would definitely result in an increase in sales as you would now be able raise the awareness of others towards the range of products and services which you are offering.

Additionally, you could also use your list of business fax phone numbers as a means to solicit for joint ventures and affiliate participation. Instead of getting others to purchase your products, why not get them to sell it for you? The fact is, most companies and individuals are increasingly turning towards affiliate participation due to the attractive commissions offered these days. Similarly, you could also make use of the same strategy. Arouse their attention with headlines screaming ’60% Commission for keeps’. The employment of such marketing strategy would definitely result in a dramatic increase in sales revenue for your business over time.

Clearly, there are many ways how you should use a list of business fax phone numbers. In all cases, what is most important would be the ability to generate greater sales volume for your business. This would in turn depend upon how effective you are at crafting your marketing message in order to capture the attention of others.

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Talk:US Supreme Court dismisses appeal on Obama’s citizenship

This is the first Obama citizenship case which was decided by the US S. Court, making it the most newsworthy, since the others are in the lower courts, and about 2 are still pending. Please help me in the review of this landmark Obama issue. Thanks.–Florentino Floro (talk) 12:55, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

This was posted on Tuesday. The supreme court posted an official docket online on Monday saying the Cort Wrotnowski case was submitted by Justice Scalia to conference for Friday, December 12. Why is this critical information left out? The title should read US Supreme Court dismisses one case, but sends another to conference, on Obama’s citizenship. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:15, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

Since, it is just 2 hours that we have a reliable source aside from the 2 S.C. Docket html, I decided to add this:


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