Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Labour party calls for country-by-country tax reporting

By Tom Bergin

LONDON (Reuters) - The opposition Labour party, tapping into widening public anger over corporate tax avoidance, wants the government to push for new international rules to force companies to report profit and tax payments country-by-country.

Campaigners say the move, which is receiving increased support internationally despite strong opposition from business, would deter companies from shifting profit into tax havens where they have no staff or sales.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said corporate tax avoidance will be discussed at the annual summit of the Group of Eight leading industrial economies, which Britain is hosting next month in Northern Ireland.

He has urged companies to be more transparent but has only proposed voluntary measures.

Companies say country-by-country reporting would impose unreasonable administrative burdens.

But campaigners say firms fear being embarrassed by highlighting how they frequently pay low or no taxes in countries where they have big sales and how they report big profits in tax havens.

The standard could also lead to companies revealing that they earned no money in countries where they told investors they operated profitably.

Coffee chain Starbucks received broad political, media and public criticism in Britain last year after a Reuters investigation showed it assured investors the United Kingdom was a profitable market after telling tax authorities its operations lost money.

The European Union agreed earlier this year to force European banks to report profit on a country-by-country basis as part of measures to ensure they hold enough capital.

The U.S. and EU have also agreed measures to force companies in the extractive industries to publish tax and other payments to resource-rich nations, to reduce corruption.

Labour on Sunday issued a new policy document on corporate tax reform which backed forcing companies to publish figures on revenues, profit and taxes in each country that they operate.

Ernst & Young, one of the 'big four' accounting firms which audit most of the big multinational companies, has warned clients that country-by-country reporting may become a global standard unless they come up with an alternative.

Britain's CBI business lobby group has urged businesses to publish "narrative" reports explaining their tax affairs to the public.

A committee of UK MPs has accused Google Inc of "unethical behaviour" for avoiding tax by shifting profit from UK sales to an untaxed unit in Bermuda.

Google says it complies with tax rules in every country where it operates.

(Editing by David Cowell)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/labour-party-calls-country-country-tax-reporting-082126562.html

Obama voices concern to Lebanon on Hezbollah role in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told his Lebanese counterpart on Monday he was concerned about Lebanese Hezbollah militants fighting in Syria to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said.

Obama and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke by telephone the same day Syrian activists said about 30 Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to Assad had been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair.

Lebanon has maintained a policy of "dissociation" from Syria's 2-year-old conflict. But many Lebanese officials believe their country is at risk of being dragged into the civil war, which the United Nations says has killed 70,000 people.

"President Obama expressed his appreciation to President Suleiman and the Lebanese people for keeping Lebanon's borders open and hosting refugees from Syria, and pledged continued U.S. support to help Lebanon manage this challenge," the White House said in a statement summarizing their phone call.

It said the two leaders agreed that "all parties should respect Lebanon's policy of disassociation from the conflict in Syria and avoid actions that will involve the Lebanese people in the conflict."

Sunday's death toll in Qusair highlighted the increasing intervention in Syria by Assad's allies in Hezbollah, a Shi'ite guerrilla group originally set up by Iran in the 1980s to fight Israeli occupation troops in south Lebanon.

"President Obama stressed his concern about Hezbollah's active and growing role in Syria, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, which is counter to the Lebanese government's policies," the White House said.

Lebanon suffered its own civil war from 1975 to 1990 and endured a military presence by Syria, its historically dominant neighbor, for 29 years until 2005.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-voices-concern-lebanon-hezbollah-role-syria-193204027.html

IMF raises Egypt 2013 CPI f'cast to 10.9 pct, highest since 2010

DUBAI (Reuters) - Inflation in Egypt is expected to climb to 10.9 percent this year, the highest level since 2010, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, more than it expected in April.

"Inflation is expected to rise in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, reflecting recent and planned subsidy cuts and, in some cases, pressure from monetization of fiscal deficits and supply shortages," the IMF said in its regional outlook.

The Fund expected Egypt's inflation of 8.2 percent in 2013 in its half-yearly analysis of the world economy published last month.

In 2014, however, price pressures may be a bit lower than previously thought as the IMF cut the country's consumer price growth prediction to 11.6 percent from 13.7 percent seen in April, the report showed.

The IMF did not change economic forecasts for other Middle East and North African oil importers and exporters in its new report, which closely follows the global outlook.

Egypt's urban consumer inflation accelerated to 8.1 percent in the year to April, fuelled by rising food and energy prices and a struggling pound currency.

It is expected to climb further as the government pushes through tax hikes and subsidy cuts to secure a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF after two years of economic and political upheaval.

Negotiations with the IMF have stumbled repeatedly over government resistance to the austerity measures needed to get the fiscal deficit under control.

The IMF expects Egypt's budget deficit to widen to 11.3 percent of gross domestic product in the fiscal year, which ends in June, from 10.7 percent in the previous year, but narrow again to 8.7 percent in the fiscal 2013/14.

Egypt's newly-appointed Investment Minister Yehya Hamed said earlier this month that the shortfall will be 11.5 percent of GDP in the 2012/13 year.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/imf-raises-egypt-2013-cpi-fcast-10-9-064117724.html

Monday, May 20, 2013

WordPress CEO claims 72,000 blogs defected from Tumblr after Yahoo acquisition news

WordPress CEO sees 72,000 blogs imported from Tumblr after Yahoo rumor breaks

WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg has spoken out in an attempt to capitalize on Yahoo's rumored $1.1 billion acquisition of rival blogging service Tumblr. He claims that once the news had broken on Sunday, defections from Tumblr to his own site had risen from 400-600 per hour to over 72,000 -- which presumably included users put off by Yahoo's track record of shutting down its acquisitions (like Del.icio.us, Geocities and Broadcast.com). If that figure is true, then Marissa Mayer's probably going to have to answer some rather awkward questions in a few hours.

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CON: Families find peace in honoring final wishes - Victoria Advocate

Originally published May 19, 2013 at 11:00 P.M., updated May 19, 2013 at 11:42 P.M.

Alzheimer's disease slowly robbed Hilaria Adame of her most prized possessions - her memories.

Death was inevitable as the affliction progressed, so Adame, then in her 70s, took control of her own mortality, asking that she not be resuscitated and that she not go through invasive treatment to keep her alive.

She wanted to go in peace.

Adame died in March at 81, and though her death was difficult for family, her 54-year-old daughter, Esther Castillo, said she understood her mother's wishes.

That's how it should be, Castillo said.

"I did not question it," she said. "I felt this is her life, and this is how she wanted to deal with it. It was her choice to do it that way, and I wanted to honor her wish."

The pending Senate Bill 303 would give families a longer timeframe to challenge a doctor's orders - 21 days - instead of one week. A revision of the bill added it would require water and nutrition be provided to patients as long as the family wanted, and it also would stop doctors from issuing do-not-resuscitate orders.

This means patients with advanced directives, or living wills, would have the most power.

A law like that would put more families at ease, Castillo said.

"We should not leave it up to the doctors to make all the decisions," she said. "It depends on the circumstances because there have been instances when doctors have made medical decisions that were unnecessary or harmful medical decisions."

Castillo's mother made the decision to sign do-not-resuscitate paperwork after her husband, Antonio Adame, died of cancer in 2006.

Patients like Adame aren't the only ones taking matters into their own hands.

Karl Craigie lived with dementia and died at 83 in his home, leaving his widow, Phyllis Craigie, at ease with his final moment.

"Karl and I had discussed end-of-life and what should be done," she said. "There shouldn't have been any surprises."

Arlo Weltge, a Houston emergency room physician, said end-of-life discussions are difficult for families and doctors.

Weltge said doctors try to provide an appropriate level of care, which is based on the respecting the deicsions of the patient, family and doctor.

"When it comes to end-of-life (care), our goal is to see the patient's wishes are followed," Weltge said.

Craigie knows her husband living his last days comfortably is what he wanted, but she knows others may want their end-of-life care to be different.

But one thing remains clear - the families should have that final say, she added.

"It is not a small job to take care of a person who is dying," Craigie said. "You want to do everything you possibly can."

Advocate reporter J.R. Ortega contributed to this story.

PRO: Doctors should be part of end-of-life care decisions

Source: http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/may/19/kojo_endlife_con_052013_209878/

Consumer group flags high SPF ratings on sunscreen

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, Alivia Parker, 21 months, runs through circles of spraying water on a 100 degree day in Montgomery, Ala. Parker is wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 100. Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, Alivia Parker, 21 months, runs through circles of spraying water on a 100 degree day in Montgomery, Ala. Parker is wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 100. Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

(AP) ? Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group.

A survey of 1,400 sunscreen products by the Environmental Working Group finds that most products meet new federal requirements put in place last December. The rules from the Food and Drug Administration ban terms like "waterproof," which regulators consider misleading, and require that sunscreens filter out both ultraviolet A and B rays. Previously some products only blocked UVB rays, which cause most sunburn, while providing little protection against UVA rays that pose the greatest risk of skin cancer and wrinkles.

Despite that broader protection, one in seven products reviewed by the watchdog group boasted sun protection factor, or SPF, ratings above 50, which have long been viewed with skepticism by experts. In part, that's because SPF numbers like 100 or 150 can give users a false sense of security, leading them to stay in the sun long after the lotion has stopped protecting their skin.

Many consumers assume that SPF 100 is twice as effective as SPF 50, but dermatologists say the difference between the two is actually negligible. Where an SPF 50 product might protect against 97 percent of sunburn-causing rays, an SPF 100 product might block 98.5 percent of those rays.

"The high SPF numbers are just a gimmick," says Marianne Berwick, professor of epidemiology at the University of New Mexico. "Most people really don't need more than an SPF 30 and they should reapply it every couple of hours." Berwick says sunscreen should be used in combination with hats, clothing and shade, which provide better protection against ultraviolet radiation.

Some dermatologists say there may be some rationale for using higher SPF sunscreens, since users often don't apply enough of the lotion to get its full effect.

"The challenge is that beyond 50 the increase in UV protection is relatively small," says Dr. Henry Lim, chair of dermatology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure needed to cause sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin compared with unprotected skin. For example, a SPF rating of 30 means it would take the person 30 times longer to burn wearing sunscreen than with exposed skin.

There is a popular misconception that the SPF figure relates to a certain number of hours spent in the sun. However this is incorrect, since the level of exposure varies by geography, time of day and skin complexion.

The FDA itself said in 2011 that "labeling a product with a specific SPF value higher than 50 would be misleading to the consumer." At the time the agency proposed capping all SPF values at 50 because "there is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users." But regulators have faced pushback from companies, including Johnson & Johnson, which argue that higher SPF products provide measurable benefits.

As a result, the FDA says it is still reviewing studies and comments submitted by outside parties, and there is no deadline for the agency to finalize an SPF cap.

It took the agency decades to put in place last year's sunscreen changes. FDA first announced its intent to draft sunscreen rules in 1978 and published them in 1999. The agency then delayed finalizing the regulations for years until it could address concerns from both industry and consumers.

The FDA is also reviewing the safety of effectiveness of spray-on products, which use different formulations from other sun-protection solutions. Among other concerns, the agency is looking at whether the sprays can be harmful when inhaled.

The survey by the Environmental Working Group found that one in four sunscreens sold in the U.S. is a spray product.

"People like the sprays because they are quick to put on and cover a lot of area," said Dr. Darrell Rigel, a dermatologist in New York. "The downside is that you usually have to apply two coats."

More than 76,000 men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and 9,480 are expected to die from the aggressive form of skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. The disease, which is often linked to ultraviolet exposure, is usually curable when detected early.


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Searching for Roleplay Partners

  • I will warn you all before you get too far, I do prefer romance in my roleplays, sorry, I'm more interested in them.
  • Post a minimum of THREE PARAGRAPHS, I understand about writer?s block and can tolerate posts that aren?t as long, but even when our characters are interacting there are more things to say than just what their response is, like thought and things the character notices. I don?t want three sentences spaced out as paragraphs either, I don?t count those as paragraphs. The more I get the more I feel like I need to give back, and if I can?t give you back the same amount of paragraphs, I will as close as I can. Don't say you can give me three paragraphs and that be your maximum, I don't like getting into a roleplay giving someone a lot of hard work and getting three lines back that are just spaced out, those aren't paragraphs those are glorified sentences. (And that is the end of my rant for that...)
  • If there is a MxF roleplay available, please don't suddenly go I prefer to play females or I'm female so I'll only play females. Okay, I'm female too, but I do a lot more roleplaying with guy characters, so it's really not too good of an excuse from my perspective. I do know that some people have problems with roleplaying other genders because of perspective issues, which I totally understand, but I would rather if I had a partner open to roleplaying both genders.
  • I am fine with blood, gore and swearing but I don?t go into detail about sex, and I won?t do that, not saying that it can't happen between our characters, I just don't want details.
  • I don't mind OOC talk so if you are one of those people that like to talk to others outside the roleplay, I'm absolutely fine with that.
  • I don?t want any love at first sight kind of things going on, there are times where characters already know each other and have hidden crushes, but I would like to bring out the hidden crush thing, instead of within the first few posts they've already decided to date.
  • So I know you've read all these tell me your favorite color
  • If you have any ideas for the role-play or you want to say ?Hey, how about we do this?? I?m not going to tell you it?s a bad idea, I might even add on to that idea, or we can work something out, I want this to be fun for both of us.
  • I am still a student, so there are times where I won?t be able to respond, and there are times I won?t be able to get to my computer, and I know you?re going to have times like that too, so we?ll both have to be patient, even if it is an exciting part in our role-play, but please if you are going to be gone for an extended time tell me and I'll do the same for you.
  • If there is anything else you want to know please feel free to ask me, I don?t bite.

If you have ideas of your own MxM roleplay, please PM me I would love to hear them! Not all of these pairings have plots and I would be willing to do any of them, and we don't have to use my plots at all if you just like the pairing we could use a different plot instead.

If the role is bolded it is the role I would like to play. If the pairing doesn't have one it means I'll play either.
If the pairing is italicized it means I'm really in the mood for that pairing right now.

MxM pairings I would enjoy
bodyguard x heir to big company

1) An only child to a huge computer company is quite sickly, he never had a great immune system or really any strength to speak of. He somehow made it through school, with great grades and decides to push himself through college. His father already had the plan to make him the next CEO of this huge company, but he's quite nervous about letting his child continue school in such a condition. He decides to hire a bodyguard just to be extra safe.

2) Two brothers are competing to be the next one to take over the company, as their father starts getting older he starts to favor the younger of the two. The oldest gets upset about this and figures there is only one way to solve this problem. He hires a hit man to kill his younger brother. After the first close call to death, the youngest hires his own bodyguard to keep himself safe from whoever is out there trying to kill him.

3) The father of a successful company is dying, and with only one child pushes his son to start learning the company to take over. The son doesn't want anything to do with the company, he would rather do something he enjoyed with his life. He tries to act out, or do whatever he can to make his father see that this wasn't the life he wanted. After he starts getting too out of control, the father hires a guard to keep him in line and try to control his son a little better.

teacher x student
Boss x assistant

1)A boss of a large company isn't the most focused person. He relies completely on his assistant from waking him up to remembering his whole schedule. One day the assistant is in trouble and for some odd reason cannot live at his own house anymore (we can choose that reason together) so he moves in with his boss, since it becomes the only option available. Things from there start to spiral out of control, and lead the two into falling for each other.

vampire x vampire
vampire x werewolf
fallen angel x demon
fallen angel x angel
angel x angel
demon x human
demon x angel

1) A demon and angel has been forced to live together on Earth, the angel has to decided to take this time on Earth to learn about the humans. The demon decided to take this time to go out and fool around with the humans, he seen as the play boy of the two. What happens when the two start falling in love with each other?

Wizard x Familiar

1) In this world, magicians are born normally from a household that has some sort of magic bloodline, but sometimes a long line of humans produce a wizard. This boy was one of them. At a young age while the boy was home alone with the babysitter, a group of teenage boys came over to attack the babysitter for no particular reason. They ended up killing this babysitter, and the boy witnessed the whole thing, in a panic the group only thought of one way to shut the boy up. That was when the boy summoned his familiar for the first time, and once summoned that familiar could not leave. The energy it took to summon a familiar though took so much, that the boy had passed out. It was kept a secret for a long time that this boy wasn't human and the familiar was always there to protect him through thick and thin and one day everything changed drastically when high school came along and the boy who desperately needed something normal in his life was forced into a school for wizards. At the school, the boy is already an outcast, having a familiar already while most don't learn how to summon their's until their second year at the school and both of his parents are human. The first year, the boy had dealt with plenty of people making fun of anything about him and his familiar being the only thing there for him. Now, it's time to go back to the school for the second year, when everyone else is about to summon their familiars too.

Now, we can add and take away ideas and all that and alter this as well, we could make it against the rules to be love with your familiar, and we could also add in other characters to cause more drama. We don't have to go with this idea, I do have two more vague ideas playing around in my head right now if you don't like this idea.

2) This one would kind of start off in the same way as the other one, but the boy is tracked by the government, possibly because wizards are rare and the government wants to use wizards for one reason or another. The wizard decides to run away and stay in hiding, not wanting to have anything to do with being used by the government. He travels around on his own from school to school trying to get out of the government's hands. (With this one we could possibly have another young magician and familiar or two teens being used by the government out to get the magician, one could be female and tries to seduce the boy and other things like that could happen, then again the same thing could happen in the other one just for different reasons)

3) the other one is quite vague Taking place in a privately owned bookstore, owned by one guy who isn't really social in any way. Though, this store isn't normal, odd things happen in it every day and the only one who doesn't seem effected by it is the person that owns the bookstore. The person was a born and raised wizard and wants nothing to do with the mortals, but he is forced to keep up a bookstore that is filled with some sort of magic that causes odd things to happen. The owner of the bookstore must find a way to get the bookstore in order, but he is stuck and only ends up getting rid of the magical creatures created by the bookstore. The familiar the man had when he was younger comes back for some reason and the two are stuck with each other.
modern day greek mythology

and anything else you may have an idea for! Seriously, don't be afraid to give me a pairing not on this list I'm interested in a lot of things. I'm just really lazy and can't think of much else to put. I'll do realistic, fantasy, possibly sci-fi (more technology based and less aliens usually), and Greek mythology too.

Fandoms (I normally like to do just OCs, but every now and then I'll jump out of my comfort zone. I just normally don't feel like I play the characters right or do them justice. Also, feel free to suggest cross overs with these, those are always fun too.))
Doctor Who (One of the only ones that I will allow either no romance or MxF romance)
Torchwood (Yes, I love Jack and Ianto, I could possibly try my hand at a cannon character for this)
The Darkness (Another one I will allow MxF and will try my hand at playing Jackie Estacado. If you know these comics, you're my new favorite person)
Fullmetal Alchemist
Sherlock (If you wouldn't mind doing something just based off of it and using OCs this could be fun)
Psych (would love to do a Shawn/Carlton one, I'll try playing Carlton)
Pokemon (but only the first two generations)
Skyrim (I've got a dark elf assassin character playing around in my head that I would love to roleplay.)
Percy Jackson Series (I would love to use our own characters at camp halfblood)

(There's plenty more, I'll just stop there for now and think hard about all the other ones I think would be fun to do, if you want to suggest something go ahead, but I can't guarantee that I've seen/read/played it yet.)

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Cowboys, Jets Among Teams Feeling The Pressure Heading Into 2013 Season (PHOTOS)

Dallas Cowboys

This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throwing a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By Joe Fortenbaugh, National Football Post

Pressure is felt is just about every walk of life. That?s not to say it?s always present, but at some point pressure will find you and it will weigh on you. Jobs, families, sweating out the final two minutes of Thursday night?s Kings-Sharks thriller?pressure is completely and utterly inescapable over the long haul.

The members of the NFL family know this fact all too well. Front office personnel, coaches, players, hell even the fans feel the pressure that accompanies the win-at-all-costs mentality of professional football.

But depending upon the situation, some in the NFL will feel the pressure more than others. As we continue our approach towards the 2013 season, here are the 12 teams we believe will be feeling the most heat in the coming months.

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A record Powerball jackpot isn't a record to celebrate

The record Powerball jackpot is only the latest trick by states addicted to gambling revenues to lure nongamblers. Online gaming is also on the horizon, with the first legal website for games of chance now running in Nevada.

By the Monitor's Editorial Board / May 17, 2013

In Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval, surrounded by state lawmakers, signs a law Feb. 21 legalizing online gambling in the state.

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When the 43-state Powerball lottery jackpot hit a record at $600 million Friday, many Americans who would otherwise not gamble rushed out to buy the $2 tickets. ?Just on the off-chance,? many probably said.

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Last year, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery also hit a record at $656 million. It, too, lured nongamblers to buy its $1 tickets. ?What?s the harm?? many said.

These record lotteries aren?t a fluke. States with lotteries have become so addicted to this revenue that they purposely look for new ways to create a gambling addiction among more residents. The eye-popping jackpots, made even larger as more states pool the winnings into larger sums, somehow bedazzle people to dream of instant wealth on a Donald Trump scale.

Meanwhile, many of these gamblers ignore the very long odds ? about 1 in 175 million. And some get hooked ? for years, draining personal savings and upsetting relationships.

The ultra-lotteries aren?t the only example of a worsening addiction among states to this ?free? revenue. At least 10 states are weighing laws to allow online gaming, an easy, fast-paced, and private form of gambling that a 1999 federal study referred to as ?crack cocaine? for enabling new addicts. Oddly, the gaming industry refers to online gaming as a ?killer app.?

Last month, the United States saw the opening of the first legal website for betting on a game of chance (poker). Naturally, it was in Nevada and was available only to adults within the state. New Jersey may follow later this year with its own intrastate Internet gambling. Perhaps as many as 17 states could have Internet gambling by 2017, according to one analysis.

The impetus is a 2001 Obama Justice Department ruling that a federal law against Internet gambling doesn?t apply within each state. In addition, the gambling lobby is pushing states to get ready for Congress possibly allowing online gaming. Some states? want to become a base for what they hope will be a nationwide boom in gambling via smartphones and other personal devices.

A study by Morgan Stanley Research predicts that online gambling revenues in the US will be $9.3 billion by 2020, or about the current revenues in Atlantic City and Las Vegas casinos. ?More and more states are likely to legalize online gambling in the coming years, particularly once Nevada and New Jersey are successful in raising [gaming] taxes,? the study stated.

The industry claims it has the technology to ensure online gambling will stay within each state. Children will also somehow be barred from participating. Such digital hubris has yet to be tested by the best of hackers.

In addition, the Justice ruling may allow states to connect up and share online gambling, much like the mega-lotteries, effectively creating a national system without technically being ?interstate.?

You can see where this addiction of states is going. Those who deal with problem or addictive gamblers ? who make up 4-6 percent of gamers ? are rightly worried. They cite studies showing the social costs from gambling addiction outweigh the revenue for states. They also point out that most states now have ?instant wins? for lottery consumers. Last year, more than half of the estimated $68 billion in lottery revenues came from these instant tickets.

Driving more Americans to gamble is a losing game. Gambling perpetuates the notion of luck as a source of happiness, which isn?t exactly what is needed for an economy in need of people focused on hard work, education, and ingenuity. Gambling isn?t a productive enterprise.

Before the news media play up the next record-setting mega-lottery like Powerball, they may want to add these kinds of caveats in their reporting. It could deter people from rushing to the corner store to buy a lottery ticket.

Source: http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/499fyjWgJ4c/A-record-Powerball-jackpot-isn-t-a-record-to-celebrate

Watch Ridley Scott's Aliens Animated in Just 60 Seconds

Who has time to watch a whole movie anymore? It's summer! So in the spirit of phoning in everything once the temperature rises above 70-ish, here's Ridley Scott's Aliens in 60 seconds of adorable animation. Brought to you, of course, by the fine folks who did Star Wars Episode IV, Back to the Future, and The Matrix. Not bad for a human. [YouTube]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/watch-ridley-scotts-aliens-animated-in-just-60-seconds-508528275

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Game Of Life Issue - C And C++ | Dream.In.Code

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    I am writing a program for my programming class and I seem to be having trouble with making sure the cells come to life correctly I think the issue is in my neighbor If statements but cant seem to find it. Here are the instructions my code and the text file

    The game of life is a computer simulation of the life and death events of a population of organisms. This program will determine the life, death, and survival of bacteria from one generation to the next, assuming the starting grid of bacteria is generation zero (0). Each cell has a total of up to 8 neighbors, including the 4 immediately adjacent cells and the 4 diagonal cells. The rules for the creation of each cell in the next generation are as follows:

    If the cell is currently empty:
    If the cell has exactly three living neighbors, it will come to life in the next generation.
    If the cell has any other number of living neighbors, it will remain empty.
    If the cell is currently living:
    If the cell has one or zero living neighbors, it will die of loneliness in the next generation.
    If the cell has four or more living neighbors, it will die of overcrowding in the next generation.
    If the cell has two or three neighbors, it will remain living.
    All births and deaths occur simultaneously (make sure you don't get this one wrong!).

 #include <iostream> #include <fstream> #include <iomanip> using namespace std;  const int SIZE = 20;   void initGrid(bool life[][SIZE],bool life2[][SIZE]); void readGrid(bool life[][SIZE], bool life2[][SIZE]); void printGrid(bool life[][SIZE]); int livecellNeighbors (bool life[][SIZE],int,int); int deadcellNeighbors (bool life [][SIZE],int,int); void determineNextGen(bool life[][SIZE], bool life2 [][SIZE]);   int main() {     bool life[SIZE][SIZE];     bool life2[SIZE][SIZE];      readGrid(life,life2);     int neighbors;     int neighbors2;     for (int count = 0; count < 1; count++)         {             determineNextGen(life, life2);          }      printGrid(life);     printGrid(life2);     return 0; }   /*-------------------------------------------------------             readGrid (and related functions)  ---------------------------------------------------------*/  void readGrid(bool life[][SIZE], bool life2[][SIZE]) {     ifstream infile("bacteria.txt");      int numBacteria, row, col;      initGrid(life,life2);      infile >> row >> col;     while (infile){         life[row][col] = true;         infile >> row >> col;     }     infile.close(); }   void initGrid(bool life[][SIZE],bool life2[][SIZE]) {     for (int row = 0; row < SIZE; row++){         for (int col = 0; col < SIZE; col++){             life[row][col] = false;         }     }     for (int row = 0; row < SIZE; row++){         for (int col = 0; col < SIZE; col++){             life2[row][col] = false;         }     } }  void printGrid(bool life[][SIZE]) {     cout << "  01234567890123456789" << endl;     for (int row = 0; row < SIZE; row++){         cout << setw(2) << row;         for (int col = 0; col < SIZE; col++){             if (life[row][col]){                 cout << "*";             } else {                 cout << "!";             }         }         cout << endl;     } } int livecellNeighbors (bool life[SIZE][SIZE],int row,int col) {     int neighbors=0;           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row][col-1]==true && col-1>=0)//left             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row+1][col-1]==true && row+1<=20 && col-1>=0)//left bottom             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row+1][col]==true & row+1<20)//bottom             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row][col+1]==true && col+1<20)//right             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row-1][col-1]==true && row-1>=0 && col-1>=0 )//top left             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row+1][col+1]==true && row+1<3 && col+1<=20)//bottom right             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row-1][col]==true && row-1>=0)//top             {                 neighbors++;             }           if(life[row][col]== true && life[row-1][col+1]==true && row-1>=0 && col+1<20)//top right             {                 neighbors++;             }     return neighbors; } int deadcellNeighbors (bool life [SIZE][SIZE],int row,int col) {        int neighbors2=0;        if(life[row][col]== false && life[row][col-1]==true && col-1>=0)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row+1][col-1]==true && row+1<=20 && col-1>=0)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row+1][col]==true & row+1<20)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row][col+1]==true && col+1<20)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row-1][col-1]==true && row-1>=0 && col-1>=0 )             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row+1][col+1]==true && row+1<3 && col+1<=20)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row-1][col]==true && row-1>=0)             {                 neighbors2++;             }           if(life[row][col]== false && life[row-1][col+1]==true && row-1>=0 && col+1<20)             {                 neighbors2++;             }    return neighbors2;  } void determineNextGen(bool life[][SIZE],bool life2 [][SIZE]) {     int neighbors=0,neighbors2=0;     for (int row=0;row<20;row++)     {         for (int col=0;col<20;col++)         {             neighbors=livecellNeighbors(life,row,col);              if (neighbors<=1)                 life2[row][col]=false;             if (neighbors>=4)                 life2[row][col]=false;             if (neighbors==2 || neighbors==3)                 life2[row][col]=true;          }     }          for (int row=0;row<20;row++)             {             for (int col=0;col<20;col++)             {                 neighbors2=deadcellNeighbors(life,row,col);                 if (neighbors2==3)                 life2[row][col]=true;             }          }     /*for (int row=0;row<SIZE;row++)     {         for (int col=0;col<SIZE;col++)             life[row][col]=life2[row][col];     }*/  }    

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    #2 snoopy11 ?Icon User is online

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    Re: Game of life Issue

    Posted Today, 01:27 AM


    Well the first errors are on lines 100 and 139

    line 100 if(life[row][col]== true && life[row+1][col]==true & row+1<20)//bottom

    This should be && shouldn't it

    line 139 is the same...

    you have variables that you dont use as well.



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    Re: Game of life Issue

    Posted Today, 01:37 AM

    wow i totally missed that but i am still having some issues with the right cells coming to life but i am trying to get a for loop to take the place of all the if statements

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    Posted Today, 02:08 AM

    so i switched to for loops but I am not sure how to check the edge cells here is my new neighbor count code
 int livecellNeighbors (bool life[SIZE][SIZE],int row,int col) {     int neighbors=0;          if (life[row][col]==true)         {            for (int i=-1; row+i<=row+1; i++)          {              for (int c=-1;col+c<=col+1;c++)              {                  if (i==0 && c==0)                  {                   }                   else if (life[row+i][col+c]==true)                     neighbors++;                  }              }         }      return neighbors; } 

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    This Sculpture Would Result From 200 Arrows Hitting One Target

    What would happen if 200 arrows somehow magically hit the same bullseye? Pfeilschaften, an installation by the Polish artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski and her German counterpart, Bodo Korsig, visualizes just that.



    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/PhwYnJpW24s/this-sculpture-would-result-from-200-arrows-hitting-one-508192114

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    FCC nominee Wheeler will divest holdings if confirmed

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Wheeler, nominated to become the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pledged to divest stakes in AT&T Inc, Dish Network Corp, Google Inc and dozens of other tech and telecoms companies if he is confirmed.

    Divestments are common for nominees to avoid conflicts of interest. Wheeler's plan was disclosed in an agreement posted online by the Office of Government Ethics.

    Wheeler is now a venture capital investor at Core Capital Partners and chairs the FCC's Technology Advisory Council. In the past, he ran the National Cable Television Association and then the wireless industry group CTIA.

    Within 90 days of being confirmed by the Senate as FCC chairman, Wheeler plans to leave his investment company and divest holdings in 78 companies. The investments include Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, China Mobile Ltd, tactical radio maker Harris Corp, Windstream Corp and media companies Liberty Media Corp, News Corp, Time Warner Inc and Time Warner Cable Inc.

    Wheeler will also drop investments in the four biggest U.S. wireless operators: Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T, Sprint Nextel Corp and Deutsche Telecom AG, which owns T-Mobile.

    Most of his shareholdings in each company were valued at less than $15,000. However, documents showed his stakes in AT&T and Verizon were worth between $500,000 and $1 million.

    "I will divest these assets within 90 days of my confirmation and will invest the proceeds in non-conflicting assets," Wheeler wrote.

    He also pledged that, until he is divested, he will not "participate personally and substantially" on any matter that might have a direct effect on those financial interests.

    Wheeler will also resign as board chairman at SmartBrief Inc, an online news service he co-founded, and as a board member at Internet company EarthLink Inc. He will also quit other positions he has at various organizations and foundations, including the Foundation for the National Archives.

    The Senate has yet to schedule confirmation hearings for Wheeler. Friday is the last day for current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who is joining the Aspen Institute think tank.

    Senior Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will take over as acting FCC chief until Wheeler's confirmation.

    President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a new Republican commissioner to replace Robert McDowell, who has also left the agency.

    (Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by John Wallace and Andre Grenon)

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/fcc-nominee-wheeler-divest-telecoms-holdings-confirmed-191222854.html

    Expert questions US public health agency advice on influenza vaccines

    May 16, 2013 ? The United States government public health agency, the CDC, pledges "To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived." But Peter Doshi, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, argues that in the case of influenza vaccinations and their marketing, this is not so.

    Promotion of influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today, writes Doshi. Today around 135 million doses of influenza vaccine annually enter the US market, with vaccinations administered in drug stores, supermarkets -- even some drive-throughs.

    This enormous growth has not been fuelled by popular demand but instead by a public health campaign that delivers a straightforward message: influenza is a serious disease, we are all at risk of complications from influenza, the flu shot is virtually risk free, and vaccination saves lives.

    Yet, Doshi argues that the vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.

    To support its case, the CDC cites two studies of influenza vaccines, published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and carried out by academic and government researchers with non-commercial funding. Both found a large (up to 48%) relative reduction in the risk of death.

    "If true, these statistics indicate that influenza vaccines can save more lives than any other single licensed medicine on the planet," says Doshi. But he argues that these studies are "simply implausible" and likely the product of the 'healthy-user effect' (in this case, a propensity for healthier people to be more likely to get vaccinated than less healthy people).

    In addition, he says, there is virtually no evidence that influenza vaccines reduce elderly deaths -- the very reason the policy was originally created.

    He points out that the agency itself acknowledges the evidence may be undermined by bias. Yet, he says "for most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it."

    He also questions the CDC's recommendation that beyond those for whom the vaccine is contraindicated, influenza vaccine can only do good, pointing to serious reactions to influenza vaccines in Australia (febrile convulsions in young children) and Sweden and Finland (a spike in cases of narcolepsy among adolescents).

    Doshi suggests that influenza is yet one more case of "disease mongering" -- medicalising ordinary life to expand markets for new products. But, he warns that unlike most stories of selling sickness, "here the salesmen are public health officials, worried little about which brand of vaccine you get so long as they can convince you to take influenza seriously."

    But perhaps the cleverest aspect of the influenza marketing strategy surrounds the claim that "flu" and "influenza" are the same, he concludes. "All influenza is "flu," but only one in six "flus" might be influenza. It's no wonder so many people feel that "flu shots" don't work: for most flus, they can't."

    Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/top_news/~3/kVfi7vUGd5c/130516215453.htm

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Helpful Tips For Internet Marketing For Businesses ? Hot Article Depot

    Internet marketing is an effective technique to increase your sales without having to spend lots of money. With the right internet marketing campaign, online sales can easily be boosted by creating more traffic to the site. Here are some ways to market your business online that will guarantee an increase in online customers when implemented correctly:

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    An essential part of marketing your business is making certain that it is found on search sites such as Google and Yahoo. A good way to do this, is to make sure your website appears in natural and organic search.

    This could be easily done, by utilizing keywords that apply to your business throughout your website. One example is, for a tiling business in Portsmouth, Hampshire ? you would make sure keywords such as tiling and Portsmouth were used in the majority of your website. Using the words in the titles, headers and meta tags also raises the likeliness of the website appearing high on search results when the phrases are searched.

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    Google also provides paid search, allowing the site to surface at the top of the page and the right hand side on Google when a certain phrase or keyword is searched. When done properly by an online marketing agency, this can guarantee clicks to the website.

    3. Social Media

    Social media sites are a free and simple way to market your business. Putting in groups and pages on Twitter and Facebook, allows an online presence for the business that will boost awareness. These pages are really simple to put in place and can be employed to post offers, discounts and to talk with consumers. Blogging is yet another way of reaching your customers and an effective way to demonstrate expertise.

    4. Email Marketing

    After you?ve established visitors to your site, you can let them join a mailing list. This can be used to keep your business fresh in the mind of your target market and inform them of the bargains and offers that your business is offering.

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    Professional web design sets your business far from its competitors and can give it a superb reputation. The website is like the cover of a book and will be judged before reading any of the information, so it is vital to make a professional and easy to navigate website.

    6. News releases

    Send press releases over to online news sites that your business would be applicable to. This is a good method market your business or product and create interest. Also register to directories and comparison sites to get exposure.

    Overall, internet marketing is a relatively cheap and straight forward way to bring exposure to your business. You should know your target market and what they will be hunting in your business. Knowing this, you can use the methods above to target your consumers directly thereby boost awareness.

    If you?re a small business owner looking to get a BIG presence online then you?ve found the right place here at Atlanta Internet Marketing or Atlanta Web Marketing. Thank you for coming to our page.

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    Google Play Music All Access Is a Subscription Like Spotify Only Better

    You can now buy a music subscription from Google. Here's everything you need to know about Google's crack at rocketing to the top of the charts. Get ready for Google Play Access.

    Google Play All Access launches in the US today. It costs $10 per month. Everybody gets a 30-day free trial, and if you sign up soon, it will only cost you $8 per month.

    During today's Google I/O keynote, Google introduced All Access, which it is better for music discovery than its competitors. At first, it seems like a simple on-demand-meets-radio service with the personalization options you would expect. It works on phones, tablets and web browsers.

    From a design and UX perspective, the innovation comes from the degree to which it's easy to switch between the hands-on and hands-off experiences. If you don't know what you want to listen to you can just hit "Listen Now" and start listening to something right away. When you want to geek out on Google's the huge on-demand catalog, you can do that too.

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    Google has long been missing a streaming music answer to services like Spotify and Pandora. Google has the muscle?and, if you sign up early?a better price point?but the little guys have the head start. We'll have to wait and see which service comes out on top.

    Source: http://gizmodo.com/google-play-music-subscription-is-like-spotify-506726988

    &#39;Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System&#39; | PopMatters


    Masaki Kobayashi rose to prominence directing films that exposed and criticized the failings of Japan and its power structures during and immediately following World War II. His great three-part war epic The Human Condition (1961) details the moral trials and gradual dissolution of a soldier and administrator in Manchuria. Criterion is following up their superb box set of this film with a collection of Kobayashi?s work from the same period, via their Eclipse line, called Masaki Kobayashi Against the System. The four movies included chart Kobayashi?s growth as a filmmaker while revealing some of the faults of the cynical yet earnest approach of his early efforts.

    Kobayashi worked for Shochiku studios, known for producing modest and understated family melodramas and comedies. Though he fought with the studio by breaking out of their mold and creating the types of movies he and not they wanted to make, he always maintained a commitment to realism that was important to the studio.

    But this was a hardened ?50s noir realism, of a type that was being adopted by filmmakers around the world to depict postwar life. One can see it in Elia Kazan, The Third Man, the Italian Neorealists, British kitchen sink dramas, and cynical comedy-dramas like The Sweet Smell of Success. These movies use real locations and can be grimy and fragile with a modesty (often due to meager postwar financing) that seems to sneer at the epic excesses of the war they left behind. Oftentimes there is a creative tension between wanting to capture a documentary sense of reality and the expressionist visuals used to capture the characters? psychological reality.

    The Thick-Walled Room (1956)

    Kobayashi?s movies share with the above films a strong sense of a person and a society trying to work through some heavy trauma. His first breakthrough film, The Thick-Walled Room (completed in 1953, but it?s release was delayed until 1956) is remarkable as a rebellious outcry against Japan?s war leaders. The script is ?based on the writings of B- and C- class war criminals? and focuses on a group of cellmates in a prison overseen by American occupation forces.

    As revealed through a series of at times abstract flashbacks, the soldiers were imprisoned for crimes that they were forced to commit by their superiors, who have gone unpunished. These flashbacks pull the narrative outside the prison into the wider world, using the prisoners? stories to show the wartime experiences of confused, desperate peoples across a wide swathe of Eastern Asia. These portrayals of the complicated national and ethnic power dynamics of war make it a clear progenitor to Kobayashi?s ambitions with The Human Condition.?

    Though a bit uneven in its pacing and with some technical imperfections, The Thick-Walled Room has a tremendous power that increases as the film progresses; there is a pervasive sense of terror and vulnerability, which climaxes when Yamashita (Torahiko Hamada), released for one day to attend his mother?s funeral, threatens to murder his old commanding officer. Japan appears to be almost totally destitute and beat up, the prisoners can be seen as stand-ins for Japanese society at large, paying for the sins of their leaders, at the whim of the American victors. A village girl turned Tokyo prostitute succinctly says, ?The war drove everyone insane. We?re still insane, you know??

    It would be several years before Kobayashi was allowed to direct another personal picture. I Will Buy You (1956), as the grip-you-by-the-throat title implies, attacks the emergence of cutthroat capitalism in postwar life, specifically within professional baseball. The anti-hero is the slick, young, ambitious talent scout Daisuke Kishimoto (Keiji Sada). We first see him chasing down an ace pitcher. But when he finds out he has lost a finger in a mining accident, we never hear about the pitcher again. Daisuke turns his attention to Goro Kurita (Minoru Ooki), a seemingly innocent college player who reveals a sharp streak once a bidding war breaks out between the major pro teams.

    Kobayashi depicts a world where everyone ? coaches, wives, blood relatives, country farmers ? are out to use each other for the most gain. It opens and closes with chirpy depictions of a wholesome baseball game then fills out the middle with gambling, horse racing, sumo wrestling, and dogfights. There is perpetual talk of money and a constant threat of violence, Kobayashi films cars passing by like they?re about to mow down pedestrians. When someone criticizes Daisuke he exclaims, ?But it?s my profession. I can?t stop.?

    This movie is overtly cynical, but there is a thing as too much cynicism and too often the temptation when taking this kind of approach is to offer redemption through an equally exaggerated wide-eyed moral purity. Daisuke undergoes a moral awakening prompted by Kurita?s heart-of-gold sweetheart. But it is not very convincing and frankly not as fun as the maneuverings of the agents.

    Black River (1956) is undoubtedly the standout of this set and what I would consider Kobayashi?s first great film. It appropriates noir stylizations, and has a fierce tightness in its pacing, framings, and script that are lacking in the other films. Set in a sleazy bars and brothel community on the outskirts of a U.S. military base, it captures a unique milieu and moment in history as it was unfolding.

    As in The Thick-Walled Room, the Americans are an anonymous, bullying presence on the periphery of the characters? lives. The Japan portrayed here has been brought to a low point of postwar poverty, self-destructive with a petty criminal-minded approach to survival. But Kobayashi gives all of the characters a degree of humanity that exceeds their cynicism. The two leads (Ineko Arima and Fumio Watanabe) are innocent lovers (at times too pure) resisting the criminal rackets of their squalid home. But the standout characters are the two villains, a small-time pimp named ?Killer Joe? (Tatsuya Nakadai in his breakout role) and shantytown landlady (Isuzu Yamada) who conspire together. Though evil in their actions, the actors have a wonderful ability to capture the desperate amateurs trembling underneath their characters? showy facades.

    The Inheritance (1962), the final movie in this set, was released after the Human Condition. It?s notable as a placeholder before Kobayashi directed a series of samurai and historical dramas in the ?60s (Harakiri, Kwaidan, Samurai Rebellion) for which he is perhaps best known.

    The Inheritance takes place in a world of rapidly accumulating wealth, opening with the main character Yasuko Miyagawa (Keiko Kishi) window shopping for jewelry. The movie is told through a long flashback. At a fashionable restaurant Yasuko tells a lawyer of how she, as secretary, managed to inherit the riches of her wealthy boss over the machinations of his wife, business associates, and illegitimately conceived children.

    The story of how she does it sounds more interesting than its portrayal, which is a bit lead-footed despite some jazzy stylizations and the wicked cattiness of the main characters. Here Kobayashi allows his air of cynicism to acquire an element of (seemingly intentional) camp. But humor was never his strong suit, and he?s not able to bring off the brisk verve required to make the wicked satire snap. The film is most interesting in how Kobayashi portrays this world of riches, which seems to have been created by the main characters embracing shallow materialism as a way to escape the poverty and psychological stress of the ?50s portrayed in his earlier films.

    In Black River and The Thick-Walled Room, Kobayashi offers a more nuanced and hopeful promise for Japanese society. In the final shot of Room the prisoners are shown walking down the hallway of their prison together; in Black River the tenants of the landlady?s building fight back against its destruction. Neither movie offers anything like a confident vote for humanity, but in showing how a group of people can band together to try and form a just and compassionate community, there lies a sense of hope stronger than any surface cynicism.

    Source: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/171341-eclipse-series-38-masaki-kobayashi-against-the-system/

    Remote Alaskan volcano spews ash plumes

    May 15 (Reuters) - Post positions for the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, to be run at Pimlico on Saturday (Post Position, Horse, Jockey, Trainer, Odds) 1. Orb, Joel Rosario, Shug McGaughey, even 2. Goldencents, Kevin Krigger, Doug O'Neill, 8-1 3. Titletown Five, Julien Leparoux, D. Wayne Lukas, 30-1 4. Departing, Brian Hernandez, Al Stall, 6-1 5. Mylute, Rosie Napravnik, Tom Amoss, 5-1 6. Oxbow, Gary Stevens, D. Wayne Lukas, 15-1 7. Will Take Charge, Mike Smith, D. Wayne Lukas, 12-1 8. Govenor Charlie, Martin Garcia, Bob Baffert, 12-1 9. ...

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ash-plumes-rise-remote-alaska-volcano-232557594.html

    1600 Utility Bill for Home Leveled During ... - AOL Real Estate

    Kiernan Burke, a resident in the Queens borough of New York City, was charged $1,600 for electricity and gas usage over the past seven months, and he would dutifully pay his debt -- if his home had even existed in that time. The Burke family's home was destroyed in October 2012 by a fire that swallowed a swath of the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Their house -- which had been in the Burke family for four generations -- was one of 80 to 100 that burned to the ground and Sandy roared through.

    Still, the Long Island Power Authority continued to bill the Burkes, NBC New York has reported. And here's the rub: The Burkes said that they believe LIPA is responsible for the fire that ravaged the neighborhood because the utility company never cut off power to the area during Sandy. Several Breezy Point families who lost their homes are suing LIPA for that reason.

    "How on earth could they, with a straight face, not even have the common courtesy and the dignity to understand that certain addresses were wiped off the map by their negligence?" Kiernan Burke told NBC New York. "It's just the highest level of ineptitude. It's crazy." LIPA, however, said that the bills were based on estimated meter readings -- although no meter survived at the Burke's former residence or at any of the homes in Breezy Point that were destroyed.

    Burke told NBC New York that although LIPA recently informed him that he won't have to pay the electricity bills, he worries about his credit as he tries to rebuild his life.

    View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

    See more about the impact of Hurricane Sandy:
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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    OU professor recipient of grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics

    OU professor recipient of grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics [ Back to EurekAlert! ] Public release date: 14-May-2013
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    University of Oklahoma

    A University of Oklahoma physics professor is the recipient of a grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics for research.

    As a Simons Fellow, Kimball Milton will spend the 2013-14 academic year at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, working with noted physicists Astrid Lambrecht and Serge Reynaud and other members of their research group.

    Milton will explore the physics and applications of the quantum vacuum, which is anything but empty with particles popping in and out of existence on very short time scales. This gives rise to the famous Casimir effect, in which there is an attraction between uncharged metal plates. Practical applications of this are becoming more important as nanoscale machines are developed.

    "A good example of this," says Milton, "is a project the research group is pursuing called 'non-contact' gears. The idea is that in a nano-machine, if the parts touch each other, they will stick together and ruin the machine. This is largely due to the Casimir effect we are studying. But, what if you make a machine with moving parts that never touch each other? A gear could, in principle, be designed so the teeth never touch, but torque is communicated from one toothed wheel to another by the quantum vacuum force, another aspect of the Casimir effect.

    "We have written several papers on this idea, and there is support for it," remarks Milton. "Since the group in Paris is more practically oriented, I think we will be able to come up with a practical design for a machine using the vacuum itself as the 'working fluid'."


    The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The mission of the foundation is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences through sponsorship of a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of the world.

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    OU professor recipient of grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics [ Back to EurekAlert! ] Public release date: 14-May-2013
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    Contact: Jana Smith
    University of Oklahoma

    A University of Oklahoma physics professor is the recipient of a grant from the Simons Foundation Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics for research.

    As a Simons Fellow, Kimball Milton will spend the 2013-14 academic year at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, working with noted physicists Astrid Lambrecht and Serge Reynaud and other members of their research group.

    Milton will explore the physics and applications of the quantum vacuum, which is anything but empty with particles popping in and out of existence on very short time scales. This gives rise to the famous Casimir effect, in which there is an attraction between uncharged metal plates. Practical applications of this are becoming more important as nanoscale machines are developed.

    "A good example of this," says Milton, "is a project the research group is pursuing called 'non-contact' gears. The idea is that in a nano-machine, if the parts touch each other, they will stick together and ruin the machine. This is largely due to the Casimir effect we are studying. But, what if you make a machine with moving parts that never touch each other? A gear could, in principle, be designed so the teeth never touch, but torque is communicated from one toothed wheel to another by the quantum vacuum force, another aspect of the Casimir effect.

    "We have written several papers on this idea, and there is support for it," remarks Milton. "Since the group in Paris is more practically oriented, I think we will be able to come up with a practical design for a machine using the vacuum itself as the 'working fluid'."


    The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The mission of the foundation is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences through sponsorship of a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of the world.

    [ Back to EurekAlert! ] [ | E-mail | Share Share ]


    AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert! system.

    Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoo-opr051413.php

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