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Inspiration & Hope / Look at What's left Standing...in Haiti
« on: February 09, 2010, 01:42:42 PM »
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LGU Philippines / What do politicians do to win your votes...
« on: February 07, 2010, 01:47:30 AM »
what do politicians do to win your votes....?

here's what Loren did...

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if you see other ways these politicians can come up doing with...post it here...



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Photos Unlimited / "Avatar" Inspires China Province to Rename Mountain
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:29:17 AM »
"Avatar" inspires China province to rename mountain


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BEIJING - A craggy peak in a scenic part of southern China has been renamed after floating mountains featured in Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar," with the province hoping to cash in on the movie's massive success.

The "Southern Sky Column" in Zhangjiajie in southern Hunan province formally had its named changed to "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain" in a ceremony on Monday, according to the Zhangjiajie government's official website.

The government said the floating "Hallelujah Mountains" in the movie were inspired by the "Southern Sky Column," as a Hollywood photographer spent time shooting there in 2008.

"Many pictures he took then become prototypes for various elements in the 'Avatar' movie, including the 'Hallelujah Mountains'," the website said.

"Avatar," directed by James Cameron, has so far sold $1.841 billion worth of tickets worldwide, making it the biggest international release of all time.

Chinese cinemas last week began taking the 2D version of "Avatar" off their screens to make way for domestic movies over the upcoming Chinese new year holiday, though the wildly popular 3D version is still available.

"Avatar" has so far made around $80 million in China, and has become the country's most popular film ever.

Zhangjiajie hopes to capitalize on that fame.

Tourists can now join a "Magical tour to Avatar-Pandora" or a "Miracle tour to Avatar's floating mountain," the Zhangjiajie branch of China International Travel Service Corp said on its website. (www.citszjj.com)

"Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near," the municipal government added on its website. "Welcome to Zhangjiajie to see 'Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains' and discover the real world of Pandora."

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Photos Unlimited / "Avatar" Inspires China Province to Rename Mountain
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:27:50 AM »
"Avatar" inspires China province to rename mountain


BEIJING - A craggy peak in a scenic part of southern China has been renamed after floating mountains featured in Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar," with the province hoping to cash in on the movie's massive success.

The "Southern Sky Column" in Zhangjiajie in southern Hunan province formally had its named changed to "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain" in a ceremony on Monday, according to the Zhangjiajie government's official website.

The government said the floating "Hallelujah Mountains" in the movie were inspired by the "Southern Sky Column," as a Hollywood photographer spent time shooting there in 2008.

"Many pictures he took then become prototypes for various elements in the 'Avatar' movie, including the 'Hallelujah Mountains'," the website said.

"Avatar," directed by James Cameron, has so far sold $1.841 billion worth of tickets worldwide, making it the biggest international release of all time.

Chinese cinemas last week began taking the 2D version of "Avatar" off their screens to make way for domestic movies over the upcoming Chinese new year holiday, though the wildly popular 3D version is still available.

"Avatar" has so far made around $80 million in China, and has become the country's most popular film ever.

Zhangjiajie hopes to capitalize on that fame.

Tourists can now join a "Magical tour to Avatar-Pandora" or a "Miracle tour to Avatar's floating mountain," the Zhangjiajie branch of China International Travel Service Corp said on its website. (www.citszjj.com)

"Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near," the municipal government added on its website. "Welcome to Zhangjiajie to see 'Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains' and discover the real world of Pandora."

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World Daily News / Boy, 7, Raises $200,000 for Haiti Appeal. WOW!!!
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:07:25 AM »
Boy, 7, raises $200,000 for Haiti appeal

By CNN
January 25, 2010 2:49 p.m.

London, England -- He's no Wyclef Jean or George Clooney, but that hasn't stopped seven-year-old Charlie Simpson from raising more than £120,000 ($195,000) for the Haiti earthquake.

Simpson from Fulham, west London had hoped to raise just £500 for UNICEF's earthquake appeal by cycling eight kilometers (five miles)around a local park.

"My name is Charlie Simpson. I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives," said Simpson on his JustGiving page, a fundraising site which launched his efforts.

"I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti," he said.

And with that simple call, messages of support flooded the site.

"Such a big heart for a young boy, you're a little star!" wrote one supporter. "Well done Charlie. A real celebrity," said another.

More donations began pouring in after the story caught the attention of the British media -- with many cheering Simpson past the £100,000 mark.

Even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is spreading the message. His "Downing Street" Twitter alias said: "Amazed by response to the great fundraising efforts of 7 yr old Charlie Simpson for the people of Haiti."

David Bull, UNICEF UK executive director described Simpson's efforts as "very bold and innovative."

"It shows he connects with and not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti," Bull said in a press statement.

"The little seed -- his idea -- that he has planted has grown rapidly and his is a place well deserved in the humanitarian world.

"On behalf of the many children in Haiti, I thank Charlie for his effort."

Money raised by Simpson will go towards UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal which will provide water, sanitation, education, nutrition as well as supporting child protection.

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Philippine Business News / Boholano Priest Died of Motorcycle Accident
« on: December 22, 2009, 01:37:14 AM »
I saw this topic on a blog and copied it here, for some of you may know this person and priest who died recently due to a motorcycle accident. His name is Fr. Arnold (aka Fr. RR) Goder.

"I got a very sad news today. When I opened my roaming cellphone I got two new messages. Both messages was from my older sisters. They both told me that Fr RR had a motorcycle accident and was declared DOA.

Fr Arnold Goder (Fr. RR as we call him), is a family friend of ours. He was our parish priest like 6 years ago. Like any other priest that were assigned to our parish, he became a family friend. Even when he was reassigned to other parishes in the Diocese of Tagbilaran, we still keep in touch. We sometimes visit him to the parish he was assigned. Every now and then, we see each other with common friends on different parties.

Fr. RR was part of our family... he was with us during the happy times and the sad times. We will surely miss his company and we will miss the fun we shared.

Fr. RR we will surely miss you. Wherever you are.. may you find peace. We love you!"



May He Rest In Peace!!!




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Sports and Fitness / The Pacquiao Punch
« on: December 14, 2009, 11:18:34 AM »
How big is Manny Pacquiao? Big enough for other fighters to name a punch after him. Last night, at UFC 107, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir landed a picture-perfect lead straight left that floored his opponent, Chiek Kongo, just 40 seconds into the bout. It was only the second punch that the southpaw heavyweight threw, but it was enough to secure the victory moments later when he locked in the guillotine choke for the submission. Afterwards, Mir revealed that he owed his victory to the power of "The Pacquiao".

"It's something we've been saying the whole training camp. We call it "The Pacquiao" because Manny Pacquiao will step off as a southpaw and throw the overhand left, " Mir told the Daily Telegraph's Gareth A Davies. "As soon as I hit Kongo I went to catch him with the uppercut and I didn't see him, he was on the ground."

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Youtube Replay / Smart Kid...Covering a Song by Jason Mraz's I'M YOURS
« on: December 14, 2009, 09:57:00 AM »

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Lalaki pinatay ng 4 dahil ’di alaM ang ‘Nobody’
   
By: Jerico Javier
SINAKSAK sa tiyan at pinalo sa ulo hanggang mamatay si Leo Santos, 28, ng apat na lalaki sa Tondo, Manila. Iniwan pa ang patalim sa katawan ng biktima na ang tanging kasalanan ay ’di niya alam ang kantang ‘Nobody’ ng Wonder Girls.

Si Santos, electrician, ng Callejon 1, Block 1, Lot 19, Corregidor St., Mahomas Compound, Tondo, Manila, ay sinaksak ng dalawang beses sa tiyan at pinagbubugbog noong Agosto 26 sa Tondo. Siya ay namatay Huwebes sa Jose Memorial Medical Center.

Pinaghahanap na ngayon ng Manila Police District-Homicide Section ang mga suspek na nakilalang sina Jansen Maglanque, Jonar Balagtas, Rodolfo Aguas at alias Joseph, mga residente ng Pilar Street sa Tondo. Sila ay nahaharap sa kasong murder sa City Prosecutor’s Office.

Ayon sa imbestigasyon, naglalakad si Santos bandang 2 a.m. noong Agosto 26 nang madaanan niya ang apat na suspek sa Corregidor St.

Kumakanta umano si Joseph ng ‘Nobody’, ang popular na kanta ng Wonder Girls, nang tanungin siya ng biktima ng, “Ano ang kinakanta mo?”

Nairita diumano ang isa sa mga suspek dahil ’di alam ni Santos ang kanta kung kaya’t sinuntok niya ito. Nakihalo na ang tatlo pang suspek at kinuyog ang biktima.

Isa sa mga suspek ay sinaksak si Santos sa tiyan ng dalawang beses, pagkatapos ay tumakas kasama ng iba pa. Ang kaso ay inireport lang kahapon sa pulisya ng pamilya ng biktima dahil naging abala umano sila sa pagpapagamot at pagpapalibing nito.


 ::) ;D >:( :) ???

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Sports and Fitness / Pacman stops traffic!
« on: November 08, 2009, 11:31:44 PM »
Pacman stops traffic!

Manny Pacquiao stopped the flow of traffic late Saturday afternoon on Vine Street in Hollywood as he was about to honor a commitment with Nike. Pacquiao had just wound up his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he is revving up for next week’s big clash with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in Las Vegas when the crowd started to swell. Members of the LAPD had to be called in to make sure Pacquiao gets out of the Wild Card premises in time for his appointment.

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California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger is a ringside fixture at big fights, and attended the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight on September 19th.

Jay-Z watched Pacquiao's win over Ricky Hatton in May 2009. The rapper paid tribute to Pacquiao in one of his new songs. Will he bring wife and singer Beyonce?

Bon Jovi recently requested that they watch Pacquiao train. Freddie Roach declined. No more distractions for Team Pacquiao. Manny might do a concert inside the Wild Card Gym.

Comedian Cedric the Entertainer can be found ringside at big fights. He attended the Oscar de la Hoya "Dream Match" fight in December 2008.

Actor ("Batman") Christian Bale was at ringside for Pacquiao's fight against Ricky Hatton in May 2009. He often watches Pacquiao train at the Wild Card Gym.

Actor Danny Devito can be found ringside at major fights.

Actor ("Titanic") Leonardo DiCaprio was ringside for the Mayweather, Jr. vs. de la Hoya fight in 2007.

Businessman Donald Trump (with son Don, Jr., right) can be found ringside at big fights. He has a big financial stake in Trump-owned casinos and hotels on the Las Vegas strip.

Actor Jack Nicholson (left) was at ringside for Pacquiao's fight with Ricky Hatton in May 2009.

Actor ("Entourage") Jeremy Piven watched the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in May. In a television interview, Piven said that whenever he is tired or feels unmotivated, he thinks of Manny Pacquiao and he becomes motivated again.

The band KISS recently requested that they watch Pacquiao train. Freddie Roach declined. Manny might do a concert inside the Wild Card Gym.

Singer Mariah Carey and actor (husband) Nick Cannon watched the Pacquiao-Hatton fight at ringside. In an interview, Carey said it was the first time she had been in such a raucous boxing atmosphere.

Actor Mark Wahlberg (left) is a big Pacquiao fan and attended the Hatton fight in May. During the second knockdown, he was seen jumping up and down. He often watches Manny train at the Wild Card Gym.

Arizona Senator John McCain
(left) was at ringside with wife Cindy for the Mayweather, Jr. and de la Hoya fight in 2007. In an interview, he wants to see the Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao fight materialize. McCain was an amateur boxer when he was a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Rapper P Diddy was at ringside for the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in May 2009. He sat a row behind fellow rapper Jay-Z.

Hollywood icons Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can be found ringside at the biggest fights. They are perhaps the most popular celebrities at any arena event.

Actor ("Rocky") Sylvester Stallone is typically at ringside for big fights. He may work with Manny Pacquiao on a future U.S.-based movie. There is word that he is working on "Rocky 7." He has said that if he does not do it, then he would be miserable.

Actor Bruce Willis is a boxing fan often at ringside.

Filipino-American actress Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lache

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and rapper 50 Cent. The former may be Manny Pacquiao's next opponent. The New York rapper boxed in his younger years.

LA Lakers Ron Artest
is a Manny Pacquiao fan and has visited the Filipino icon at the Wild Card Gym. Good times or distractions for Freddie Roach?

The Boston Celtics visited Manny Pacquiao's locker room after the Filipino's win over David Diaz in 2008.

Soccer star David Beckham is often at ringside for boxing events. Will he bring the Spice Girls wife?

Golden Boy Promotions principal Oscar de la Hoya and actress Salma Hayek. De la Hoya is predicting a Miguel Cotto victory on Nov. 14. Is that prediction tainted by the feud with his former promoter Bob Arum?

Evander Holyfield
is often at ringside. He recently appeared with one-time foe Mike Tyson on Oprah. The two are now friends.

Juan Manuel Marquez is often at ringside during Pacquiao fights. He is pushing for a third fight with his nemesis.

LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is a fan of Manny Pacquiao and the two recently met. Both also appear on Nike's recent ad campaigns.

Legendary boxer Lennox Lewis is a fan of Manny Pacquiao and considers the Filipino his favorite fighter.

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson asked Freddie Roach in 2008 if he could help train Manny Pacquiao. Due to another potential distraction, Roach declined. Instead, Tyson got several free tickers to the "Dream Match" fight with de la Hoya.

Comedian George Lopez often emcees for Golden Boy Promotions, and entertained the crowd for the weigh-in on the May 2nd fight between Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.

NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is often at ringside.

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali was at ringside for Mayweather's fight with de la Hoya in 2007. Will a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in 2010 be the biggest event since Ali's and Joe Frazier's "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975?

Boxer Ricky Hatton has been at a Pacquiao fight.

Welterweight champion Mosley will be at ringside, pushing for a bout with Pacquiao in 2010.

NBA star Shaquille O'Neal called himself "Manny Shaquiao" in a celebrity match with Oscar de la Hoya.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is at ringside for any big fight.

Boxing legend Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns is at ringside for any big fight.


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Love Talk / How do you tell your man his penis is small?
« on: November 07, 2009, 01:05:43 PM »

(n.b. this topic is culled from Comran's comment.)

boyz....your turn. aw, gurlz diay.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Aduna koy gikastorya nga tawo nga mipaambit kanako kabahin sa binuhi nga iro sa iyang igsoon. Matud niya nga kadto pa siya kita og iro nga lupig pay tawo ang gigahin nga pag-amoma. Kay ngano? Ang iro aduna niining mga musunod:

2 ka veterinarians
1 ka chiropractor
1 ka psychiatrist (bayran og 85 dollars kada-30 minutos aron lang makig-storya sa iro sa telepono  ;D)

Unsa man poy inyong hunahuna?

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Philippine Business News / Pacquiao on TIME Magazine
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:17:33 AM »
A man of our times: Pacquiao on TIME Magazine

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November 5, 2:55 PM

Over 20 years after former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson appeared on the U.S. cover of TIME Magazine, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has achieved the same feat. A month after several typhoons devastated the Philippines, killing hundreds and displacing hundreds of thousands of his fellow countrymen, "Pacman" is featured on the cover of TIME Magazine's Asia edition. (9 Legendary Boxers on TIME Cover)  Pacquiao recently contributed time and money to the relief efforts. All regions of the publication will feature a story on the pound-for-pound boxing icon this weekend.

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Philippine Daily News / I’m ashamed, says resigned BIR chief
« on: November 04, 2009, 08:54:23 AM »
I’m ashamed, says resigned BIR chief

By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer


MANILA, Philippines—Sixto Esquivias IV has resigned as commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) because, according to him, “it was the honorable thing to do.”

“The BIR has a large tax collection shortfall right now, and I feel ashamed to stay,” Esquivias said in Filipino in a telephone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Monday night.

Esquivias, who was appointed to the top BIR post on Nov. 1, 2008, said he found it prudent to resign to give way to anyone who may be better at making the agency meet its tax collection targets.

“If someone can do the job better, then why would I stay?” he said.

He said he exerted his “best, but apparently it was not enough. Resigning was the honorable thing to do.”

Esquivias, the fifth tax chief to be appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo since she took office in 2001, was appointed last year to replace Lilian Hefti amid a similar problem of tax collection shortfall.

Resignation accepted

Esquivias tendered his resignation on Friday effective the same day.

“The President has accepted his resignation,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said in a statement.

“He has not performed well and he said he takes responsibility for it. He said the President should be given the chance to make changes as she sees best,” Ermita added.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde told reporters that Ms Arroyo would announce on Tuesday the new head of the bureau that brings in three-fourths of government revenues.

Stressful

Esquivias found the job of a BIR commissioner exhausting, saying that last week his blood pressure rose to a level higher than normal because of stress.

Latest data from the Department of Finance
(DoF), mother agency of the BIR, showed that the revenue agency’s tax collection reached P557 billion in January to September.

This fell short of the official target of P596.2 billion for the nine-month period and much lower than the P587.9 billion collected in the same period last year.

Bigger budget deficit

Because the BIR accounts for 75 percent of the revenues generated by the national government, its shortfall will widen the budget deficit.

For this year, the DoF expects the budget deficit to widen to P300 billion largely because of the weaker-than-expected tax collection.

Last year’s deficit stood at P68 billion. As of end-September, the deficit was already P237.5 billion.

Tax collecting in the Philippines has been dogged for years by widespread tax evasion, corruption and inefficient tax administration. The difficulty of the task was made worse this year by the global economic downturn, which adversely affected corporate and household incomes.

Officials had acknowledged that the full-year target would be difficult to reach because of the downturn...

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Rafflesia arnoldii

The largest flower in the world is the rare blood-red Rafflesia arnoldii known as largest individual flower on earth which can grow to 3 feet (90 centimeters) across and weigh up to 24 pounds (11 kilos), found growing on the jungle floor in the rainforests of Indonesia, Malaya, Borneo, Sumatra, and the Philippines.

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Amorphophallus — Titan Arum

The world’s tallest flower — which is actually a cluster of flowers — is the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanium), about 10 feet (3 meters) tall fully-grown, also commonly referred to as the “corpse flower.”The enormous flower grows from a corm of up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) diameter, weighing over 110 pounds (50 kilos). After a dormant period of several months, a bud will develop, growing at a rate of 1.5 to 8 inches (4 to 20) centimeters a day.

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Corypha umbraculifera — Talipot palm

Corypha umbraculifera (Talipot palm) bears the largest inflorescence of any plant at 20 to 26 feet (6 to 8 meters) long, consisting of 1 to several million small flowers borne on a branched stalk that forms at the top of the trunk. The Titan Arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence, and the Rafflesia arnoldii has the world’s largest single flower.

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Stapelia — Star Flower


Stapelia are small, low growing, spineless, cactus-like succulent carrion flower plants. The flowers are usually flesh-colored, hairy to varying degrees and emit the odor of rotten flesh. Blooms in some species can grow very large, notably Stapelia gigantea which can reach 16 inches (41 centimeters) in diameter.

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Hydnora africana

Hydnora africana is a is parasitic plant on the roots of the Euphorbiaceae species that grows underground in arid deserts of South Africa, except for a flower that grows above ground.The fleshy colored flower emerges above the sandy ground which emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles, and carrion beetles in droves

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Helicodiceros muscivorus — Dead horse arum lily

Helicodiceros muscivorus — also known as the Dead horse arum lily — is an ornamental plant native to the northwestern Mediterranean region that reproduces the stench of rotting meat, attracting carrion-seeking blowflies which act as pollinators.

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Dracunculus vulgaris — Voodoo lily

Sometimes known as Voodoo lily, the dracunculus vulgaris is a species of aroid in the genus Dracunculus. The species is distinguished by a large purple spathe and spadix, and gives off a very unpleasant smell reminiscent of a carcass to attract its pollinators of Lucilia flies, amongst others.

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Lysichiton americanus — Western Skunk Cabbage

Western Skunk Cabbage — sometimes called Yellow Skunk Cabbage or Swamp Lantern — is known as such due to the malodorous, distinctive “skunky” odor it emits which permeates the area where it grows, and can be detected even in old, dried specimens. The foul odor attracts its pollinators, scavenging flies and beetles. It’s found in swamps and wet woods, along streams and in other wet areas of the Pacific Northwest, U.S.

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Aristolochia

Aristolochia is a large plant genus with over 500 species. Collectively known as birthworts, pipevines or Dutchman’s pipes, they’re the namesake of the family Aristolochiaceae. They are widespread and occur in the most diverse climates. Some species, like A. utriformis and A. westlandii, are threatened with extinction.

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Ceropegias

Ceropegias are an interesting group of plants that have many common names including lantern flower, parasol flower, parachute flower, bushman’s pipe, string of hearts, snake creeper, wine-glass vine, rosary vine, necklace vine and condom flower which produces striking, malodorous blossoms shaped like a wine glass, often with glistening cilia to attract flies.

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Aseroe rubra — Anemone stinkhorn

Commonly known as the anemone stinkhorn and sea anemone fungus, Aseroe rubra is a common and widespread Australian basidiomycete fungus recognizable for its foul odor of carrion and its anemone shape when mature that also attracts flies which spread its spores. Found in gardens on mulch and in grassy areas, it resembles a red star-shaped structure covered in brownish slime on a white stalk.

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Phallus indusiatus — Veiled lady


Phallus indusiatus — also called long net stinkhorn and veiled lady — is a stinkhorn fungus, eaten as a vegetable (known in English as bamboo fungus or bamboo pith) in some cuisines of southern China, particularly that of the southwestern province of Yunnan, and called zhu sheng or zhu sun in Chinese.

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Youtube Replay / How Schools Stiffle Creativity
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:50:11 AM »
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

(CNN) -- I spoke at TED in 2006, the year they started to put the talks online. I'm told that since then, the talk has been downloaded more than 3.5 million times in more than 200 countries. The number of people who've seen it may be 20 times that or more.

I have a stream of e-mails, tweets and blog posts round the world from young people, parents, students, teachers, cultural activists and business leaders of all sorts. They tell me how deeply they relate to the talk and often that they've seen or shown it many times at meetings, conferences, workshops and retreats.

Parents tell me they've shown it to their children; young people tell me they've shown it to their parents. They say they've laughed and sometimes cried together and had a different sort of conversation as a result. Changing the conversation is one of the primary purposes of TED.

Why has this talk had such an impact? I think there are several reasons.

To begin with, the talk is short. The 18-minute talk is part of the genius of TED. In a world of instant messaging, rampant data and overspecialization, brevity is a virtue. (Even so, I've seen blogs that strongly recommend the talk but warn that it's almost 20 minutes long.)

A second factor is that, based on the audience's reaction, the talk is entertaining and funny at times, which always helps. And I'd just had my hair cut. We may never know how much that simple act contributed to the global appeal of the talk. But the real reason for its impact is that what I'm saying clearly resonates deeply with people of all ages and across many different cultures. I believe that the argument is becoming more urgent by the day.

What is the argument? In a nutshell, it's that we're all born with immense natural talents but our institutions, especially education, tend to stifle many of them and as a result we are fomenting a human and an economic disaster.

In education, this vast waste of talent involves a combination of factors. They include a narrow emphasis on certain sorts of academic work; the exile of arts, humanities and physical education programs from schools; arid approaches to teaching math and sciences; an obsessive culture of standardized testing and tight financial pressures to teach to the tests.

The result is a disastrous waste of talent among students and their teachers. To sense the scale of this disaster, you only have to look at the alarming rates of turnover among faculty and the levels of drop out, disaffection, stress and prescription drug use among students. Even for students who stay the course and do well in education, the rules of success have changed irrevocably. Just look at the plummeting value of college degrees.

The waste of talent in education is not deliberate. Teachers are as anxious about this as everyone else, but many of them feel trapped in the awkward groping of national reform policies, many of which misunderstand the problems as well as the solutions. The waste of talent isn't deliberate, but it is systematic.

It happens in part because the dominant systems of education are rooted in the values and demands of industrialism: they are linear, mechanistic and focused on conformity and standardization. Nowadays, they're buttressed by major commercial interests in mass testing and by the indiscriminate use of prescription drugs that keep students' minds from wandering to things they naturally find more interesting.

The tragedy is that meeting the many social, economic, spiritual and environmental challenges we now face depends absolutely on the very capacities of insight, creativity and innovation that these systems are systematically suppressing in yet another generation of young people.

Reforming these systems is not enough. The truth is that we are caught up in a cultural and economic revolution. This revolution is that is global in scale and unpredictable in nature. To meet it, we need a revolution in the culture of education.

This new culture has to emerge from a richer sense of human ability. To shape it, I believe we have to leave behind the manufacturing principles of industrialism and embrace the organic principles of ecology.

Education is about developing human beings, and human development is not mechanical or linear. It is organic and dynamic.

Like all living forms, we flourish in certain conditions and shrivel in others. Great teachers, great parents and great leaders understand those conditions intuitively; poor ones don't. The answer is not to standardize education, but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community. There is no alternative. There never was.

The good news is that all around the world there are wonderful examples of people and organizations that are making determined efforts to do things differently in education -- and in business, health care, architecture, communities and cultural programs.

There are examples of these all over the TED Web site and in the expanding ripples of the TED prizes. TED itself is a great example of the spirit of collaboration and inter-disciplinarily that is the essential to a genuine culture of creativity.

What are the principles of this culture? Towards the end of my talk, I mention a book I was working on called "Epiphany."

It was published this year under a much better title, "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything" (Viking) and is now in 11 languages. It draws on conversations with people in science, business, education, the arts, sports and more on how they found in themselves the talents and passions that have shaped their lives. But the book is not about them: it's about you and your children, if you have any; and your friends too, if you have any of those.

There's a wealth of talent that lies in all of us. All of us, including those who work in schools, must nurture creativity systematically and not kill it unwittingly.

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Photos Unlimited / Glaciers disappearing from Kilimanjaro
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:16:06 AM »
Glaciers disappearing from Kilimanjaro
By Azadeh Ansari, CNN
November 3, 2009 3:45 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- The ice and snow that cap majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are vanishing before our eyes.

If current conditions persist, climate change experts say, Kilimanjaro's world-renowned glaciers, which have covered Africa's highest peak for centuries, will be gone within the next two decades.

"In a very real sense, these glaciers are being decapitated from the surface down," said Lonnie Thompson, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University. Thompson is co-author of a study on Kilimanjaro published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study's authors blame the disappearing ice on increases in global temperatures and diminished snowfall at Kilimanjaro's summit.

Previous studies of Kilimanjaro's glaciers have relied on aerial photographs to measure the rate of the retreating ice. For this new survey, scientists climbed the mountain and drilled deep into the glaciers to measure the volume of the ice fields atop the 19,331-foot (5,892-meter) peak.

The ice sheet that capped Kilimanjaro in 2007 was 85 percent smaller than the one that covered its plateau in 1912, paleoclimatologists explained in the study.

The mountain's ice cover shrank about 1 percent a year from 1912 to 1953, a rate that has accelerated in recent years. From 1989 to 2007, that rate jumped to 2.5 percent a year. Since 2000, the plateau's three remaining ice fields have shrunk by 26 percent, scientists found.

Thompson and his team of researchers have spent seven years measuring the glaciers of Kilimanjaro, whose snow-capped profile rises dramatically over the surrounding tropical plains.

Using 110 "porters," or local residents, they carried 6 tons of equipment to the mountain's plateau. Battling temperatures as low as 35 degrees below zero, and with very little oxygen, Thompson and his crew lived atop Kilimanjaro for nearly two months, drilling and collecting core ice samples buried thousands of feet below the glaciers' surface.

The new data shows that both the Northern and Southern ice fields atop Kilimanjaro have thinned dramatically in recent years, while the smaller Furtwangler Glacier shrank as much as 50 percent between 2000 and 2009.

As the glaciers break up into smaller pieces, more of the darker surface of the crater is exposed. This causes temperatures to rise on the mountain and accelerates the melting of the ice, scientists say.

"The shrinkage and ultimate disappearance of these glaciers will create tremendous ecological and social problems in the near future," said Doug Hardy, senior research fellow in the Climate Systems Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Hardy contributed research to the new study.

"The Kilimanjaro glaciers are indicators for a larger-scale process," Thompson said. "It's not just Kilimanjaro, it's every tropical glacier in Africa, in the tropical Andes of South America, it's the glaciers in New Guinea. We are losing all those glaciers in today's world."

A snowless Mount Kilimanjaro also could have economic effects.

Kilimanjaro is a tourist attraction and a crucial revenue generator for Tanzania, one of the world's poorest counties. A study published by the Overseas Development Institute in January estimated that 35,000 to 40,000 people visit Kilimanjaro every year, spending almost $50 million annually in the country.

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