Thursday, January 31, 2013

Evasi0n will be the first untethered iOS 6.1 jailbreak, all signs again point to this Sunday

Evasi0n [jailbreak]( will be the first untethered iOS 6.1 jailbreak, all signs again point to this SundayIt finally has an official name, the new jailbreak for iOS 6.1 will be called the Evasi0n jailbreak and again all signs point to it arriving this Sunday. The team which goes by the name of Evad3rs announced via twitter that its site is now live and it is putting the final touches to the jailbreak?s GUI (Graphical User Interface).

The official evasi0n 6.1 jailbreak: -- Check regularly for updates! #evasi0n

The new jailbreak release date was originally teased as being on Super Bowl Sunday which is this Sunday. The images displayed on the Evasi0n site all show the number 3 on the calendar app which just happens to line up nicely with this Sunday?s date of February 3.

The jailbreak will require no more than five minutes of your time and will need to be done by tethering your device to a Mac or PC for one time only. Your device will need to be running a minimum of iOS 6.0. The Evasi0n jailbreak will cover all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models. As usual, as soon as this is live, we will have a full how-to covering the new jailbreak.

So who is getting excited for Sunday now?

Source: Evasi0n


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dear Prudence: Marijuana Mentor

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Armed Arizona posse guards schools: Vigilantes or vigilance?

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County has dispatched his armed posse to guard public schools. For members of the posse ? often retirees ? it's a chance to serve.

By Lourdes Medrano,?Correspondent / January 29, 2013

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Desert Foothills Posse Commander Captain David Bennett patrols the Diamond Canyon Elementary School in Cave Creek, Ariz., earlier this month as part of the Sheriff Department's school patrol detail.

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From a distance, the Maricopa County sheriff's patrol car parked near the entrance to a school parking lot suggests the presence of a uniformed deputy, sitting vigilant behind the wheel ? a 9 millimeter Glock on his waist, a Remington shotgun nearby, and a bulletproof vest snug under his tan shirt.

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But the man behind the wheel is no deputy.

He is retiree David Bennett, a volunteer with the armed posse that Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently dispatched to patrol school zones in metropolitan Phoenix. It is the sheriff's answer to keeping students safe in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in December that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

It is also at least a glimpse of how schools might look if the National Rifle Association had its way. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, the NRA proposed putting armed guards at the entrance of every school. It vowed to help train ex-cops and other volunteers for the task. Here in Phoenix, Sheriff Arpaio has essentially already taken the lead.

School administrators did not respond to calls requesting comment, but among the parents interviewed, the response was favorable.

"I think it's good for the community, I think it's good for the schools," says Karen Brinkman, who has children in Maricopa County public schools. "There needs to be a presence there."

But critics accuse the publicity-prone Arpaio of exploiting the school tragedy for self-promotion. They also question the effectiveness of random patrols outside school grounds without input from school administrators and state government.

"The events in Newtown should be addressed by the governor, legislature, and county and local officials," Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, said in a statement.

In her State of the State speech earlier this month, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) proposed more resources to place armed officers inside schools but opposed the idea of arming teachers, as some people across the country have suggested.

Arpaio says trying to get various groups to agree on the best way to tackle school safety could take months. And he saw fit to take quick action on his own.

"Unfortunately, you've got a lot of politics involved in this," he says.


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Profile Skeleton (Basic of Basics)

I wanted all those looking for a good base to be able to use it and go, or adjust, and customise. I thought since I didn't have one myself, I would compile a bunch of others, strip the fat, leave the meat, and let everyone get to cooking with it. So here it is. This is the skelly I just got finish making, as a base for all the fun stuff people may want to add. I would see these amazing character profiles, but no skelly. So I compile this, in a pretty ok (I think) fomat and way to have some fun with adjustments. Thanks for all the help of the past two months since my joining the site, its much appreciated. So here is the most detailed profile skeleton I could make, going off of what I already have in characters and other profiles that were detailed. Including a couple of skeletons that I looked through for more depth. This is extremely versatile, you can copy and paste it, then play with the format and colors of txt, whatever you want to do. Just have fun! I'm looking for all suggestions on improving basic skelly outlines for those looking to re-format, or build a new character.
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[center][size=170][b][i]Enter Full Name[/i][/b][/size][/center]
[left][img]DIRECT LINK TO PICTURE HERE[/img][/left]

[color=blue][u][i]Full name:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Alias/Nicknames:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Gender:[/u] [/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Species/Race:[/u][/i][/color] ? Write
[color=blue][u][i]Nationality:[/u][/i][/color] ? Write
[color=blue][u][i]Birth Date:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Age:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Current Residence: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Title:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Height: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Skin Shade/Color: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Scars/Tattoos/Piercings: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Description: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Descriptive Parapgraph or Two.

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[img][left] Link Here Another Look for Of Character If Wanted [/img][/left]

[color=blue][u][i]Sexuality/Preference:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Relationship/Marital status:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Sanity: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Friends:[/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Mental Skills: [/u][/i][/color] Write
[color=blue][u][i]Likes: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Hobbies: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Personality: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Descriptive Vibrant Paragrapgh for Exciting Roleplay.

[color=blue][u][i]Weapons:[/u][/i][/color] ? Describe All Weapons? Attributes
[color=blue][u][i]Combat Attire: [/u][/i][/color] ? Get Creative.
[color=blue][u][i]Accessories: [/u][/i][/color] ? Necessary Items of Interest Maybe?
[color=blue][u][i]Miscellaneous: [/u][/i][/color] ? Extra Hidden Things Maybe?

[color=blue][u][i]General/Preferred Style: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Few Sentences
[color=blue][u][i]Hand-to-Hand: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Few Sentences
[color=blue][u][i]Weapons Style: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Few Sentences
[color=blue][u][i]Special Abilities: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write A Few Sentences

[color=blue][u][i]Chant Magic: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Rune Magic: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
[color=blue][u][i]Elemental Magic: [/u][/i][/color] - Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Conjuring Magic: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write
[color=blue][u][i]Enchantment Magic: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write
[color=blue][u][i]Space/Time Magic: [/u][/i][/color] ? Write
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[color=blue][u][i]Family: [/u][/i][/color] ? Try and Be Creative
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[color=blue][u][i]Proficiency(Affinity):[/u][/i][/color] ? Special Skills?
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For those looking to see a preview of it without the box without the coded box, or just to see more clearly, here it is stripped of the box.

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Eye Color: - Write
Hair Color: - Write
Handedness: - Write
Skin Shade/Color: - Write
Scars/Tattoos/Piercings: - Write
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Sexuality/Preference: - Write
Relationship/Marital status: - Write
Family/relatives: - Write
Sanity: - Write
Friends: - Write
Mental Skills: Write
Likes: - Write
Dislikes: - Write
Hobbies: - Write
Personality: ? Write A Descriptive Vibrant Paragrapgh for Exciting Roleplay.

Weapons: ? Describe All Weapons? Attributes
Combat Attire: ? Get Creative.
Accessories: ? Necessary Items of Interest Maybe?
Miscellaneous: ? Extra Hidden Things Maybe?

General/Preferred Style: ? Write A Few Sentences
Hand-to-Hand: ? Write A Few Sentences
Weapons Style: ? Write A Few Sentences
Special Abilities: ? Write A Few Sentences

Chant Magic: - Write
Rune Magic: - Write
Elemental Magic: - Write
Psychic Magic: ? Write
Conjuring Magic: ? Write
Enchantment Magic: ? Write
Space/Time Magic: ? Write
Arcane Magic: - Write

Relationship Status: ? IF you Have One
Family: ? Try and Be Creative
Known Languages: ? Could Be Anything
Proficiency(Affinity): ? Special Skills?
Personal History/Background: - Please Try Here
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How the Columbia Shuttle Disaster Changed Spacecraft Safety Forever

Ten years after the devastating Columbia space shuttle accident that took the lives of seven astronauts, NASA is building a new spacecraft that will take humans farther into space than ever before, and will incorporate the safety lessons learned from the disaster that befell the agency Feb. 1, 2003.

That day, the shuttle Columbia was returning from a 16-day trip to space devoted to science research. But what began as a routine re-entry through Earth's atmosphere ended disastrously as the orbiter disintegrated about 200,000 feet (61 kilometers) over Texas.

Later analysis found that Columbia was doomed during its launch, when a small bit of foam insulation broke off the shuttle's external fuel tank and tore a hole in the orbiter's wing. That hole prevented Columbia from withstanding the scorching heat of re-entry.

Afterward, the independent team that investigated the accident, called the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), found a number of factors, from the safety culture at NASA to the design of the shuttle, that led to the disaster.?[Photos: The Columbia Space Shuttle Tragedy]

All of the lessons the agency learned were incorporated into every subsequent flight NASA flew, and are now being used to inform the design of its next-generation spaceship, Orion. That vehicle is slated to carry people to asteroids, the moon and Mars sometime in the mid-2020s.

"We're hoping nothing ever goes wrong, but if it does, we've taken every possible step to keep the crew safe and give them every possible fighting chance they can have," said Dustin Gohmert, NASA crew survival engineering team lead, at Johnson Space Center in Houston. "It's especially important to us that were here during the Columbia accident, because they were our friends, too."

Race car seats and children's seatbelts

The Columbia investigation exposed a number of flaws in the design of the shuttle's crew cabin, including its seats, seatbelts, spacesuits and life support system. Each of these has been redesigned for Orion.

"The seats were one of the weaker links during the Columbia accident," Gohmert told "We wanted to make these seats formfitting so they had a true fit to the body's shape."

NASA looked to the formfitting seats used in professional race vcars, which provide even support to every part of the body, offering extreme cushioning and shock absorption during a crash. Orion designers even fine-tuned the vibration frequency of the seats to have different resonances than the internal organs of a human body.

The engineers also redesigned the seatbelts, which were another issue during Columbia's flight. Here, they took inspiration from the belts on children's car seats, which are adjustable to fit a wide range of body sizes.

"We wanted an exact fit for every single person who could fit in the vehicle, from females down to 4'10" and males up to 6'4"," Gohmert said. "It was quite a challenge."

Suiting up

The astronaut spacesuits were also completely redesigned for Orion. The Columbia investigation board found that the crewmembers didn't have time to configure their suits to protect against depressurization, which occurred rapidly. In fact, some of the astronauts?were not wearing their safety gloves, and one didn't even have a helmet on, because of how quickly the accident took place. [Columbia Shuttle Disaster Explained (Infographic)]

"In the case of Orion, the suits will instantaneously, and without any action of the crew, inflate and protect from the loss of pressure," Gohmert said.

The capsule life support system was also upgraded to provide a constant flow of oxygen to the crew, even with their helmet visors up and locked, which wasn't possible in the shuttle.

Each of these changes addresses flaws exposed by the?Columbia shuttle disaster. Yet Gohmert said none of these upgrades alone would have made a difference during the disaster.

"I caution against saying that any one thing we've corrected would have protected against the outcome," he said. "However, we examined all the lethal events that occurred in Columbia and addressed each of them in the Orion. We're doing a whole lot of things to make it safer, and everything we've learned from the shuttle accidents, from Russian space accidents, automobile accidents ? we've taken lessons from all of them and tried to incorporate them into Orion."

Capsule vs. space plane

Perhaps the largest change from shuttle to Orion is the shift from a winged space plane design to the cone-shaped capsule, which sits atop the rocket rather than next to it.?

"When we went to the capsule, we went from a side-mounted spacecraft to a forward-mounted one," said Julie Kramer White, Orion chief engineer. "Therefore, it's not exposed to debris environments, which was obviously a huge issue for Columbia."

This configuration also allows the crew compartment of the capsule to be ejected from the top of the rocket stack in the case of an emergency on the launch pad or during liftoff. Such an escape would not have been possible for the crew cabin of the space shuttle.

Of course, the shuttle had capabilities that no capsule has ? namely, the ability to haul large, heavy cargos, such as the building blocks of the International Space Station, inside its cargo bay, White pointed out.

Moreover, the culture of safety at NASA has changed for the better since the days of Columbia, Gohmert said.

"The reaction has been very positive around all of NASA in terms of giving us the capacity to make these safety improvements," he said. "Previously, it was difficult to implement some of the safety features as we'd hoped. Now it really is on the forefront of everyone's mind."

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Review: 'Revenge' filled with haunting prose

"Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales" (Picador), by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

They are the scenes of ordinary life: a mother stopping by the neighborhood bakery to purchase two strawberry shortcakes for her son's birthday, an aspiring writer toiling over a manuscript in a spare apartment, a young woman preparing dinner for her beau, a woman spying on her husband's mistress.

Yet in Yoko Ogawa's story collection, "Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales," those ordinary exteriors are merely brittle shells that crack open to reveal darkness, death and despair. Woven through the 11 interconnected tales is a thread of the grotesque, the macabre, the mournful.

The mother's errand turns out to be a paean to inconsolable loss. The writer emerges as an unhinged character that evokes both love and pity. The amorous young woman finds herself entwined in both a murder scene and a museum dedicated to torture.

Ogawa, a prolific author whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine, laces her stories with gruesome murders, exotic animals and peculiar events. Her language is both spare and searingly precise, crystallizing the details of everyday existence and capturing the unexpected shock of the bizarre.

In "Sewing for the Heart," for example, the narrator is a bag-maker who has been contracted to create a purse for a beating heart. The client is a cabaret singer who was born with the organ outside her chest. The narrator gasps in awe at the sight and utters an oddly erotic ode to the throbbing muscle: "What extraordinary, breathtaking beauty! Would it feel damp if I cupped it in my hands? Would the membrane rupture if I gave it a squeeze? ... I wanted to run my fingertips over each tiny bump and furrow, touch my lips to the veins, soft tissue on soft tissue, the pressure of her pulse against my skin."

Many of Ogawa's characters, including the bag-maker and the cabaret singer, reappear in other stories, as do details and events in ways that are sometimes incidental, sometimes integral to the plots. The effect is, as Ogawa describes the novel written by the unhinged author, an "icy current running under her words."

In these stories, ordinariness is not a mask hiding the morbid and the macabre. In many cases, the ordinary life itself, with its insistent drip of isolation, sameness, sadness and loss, is what pushes the characters to the edge of madness and vengeance.

As Ogawa writes in "Welcome to the Museum of Torture," which introduces readers to an exhibit space for devices such as corsets that crush internal organs and tweezers used to slowly pluck out a victim's hair: "For torture to be effective, the pain has to be spread out; it has to come at regular intervals, with no end in sight."

Ogawa's haunting prose may not be to everyone's taste, but readers willing to explore the murkier edges of the human psyche will not be disappointed.


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AD OF THE DAY: Coca-Cola's Let's Go Crazy - Business Insider

The latest effort in Coca-Cola's "Let's Go Crazy" campaign from ad agency Ogilvy follows people who practice random acts of kindness. One woman high-fives everyone she meets. Another pays the highway toll for the cars behind her.

But one man gives strangers $1,000 each, just to see their reaction:


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Can A Tenant File A Tax Appeal When Its Lease Doesn't Give It The ...

There are a number of issues commonly addressed in leases that are negotiated ?somewhat in ignorance,? and often ?with arrogance.? Strong words, we know, but we think a substantial number of readers will agree. Three such issue-areas are insurance, eminent domain, and property taxes.

Ruminations has said a lot about insurance issues (and promises more). We?ve touched on some aspects of eminent domain issues (and we promise more). We haven?t said much about property taxes. Today, we?ll say a little ? specifically about whether and how a tenant should be able to get a tax appeal prosecuted. This thought came to us when we read a New Jersey Tax Court decision touching on this topic: Target Corp. v. Township of Toms River. Click on that title to see the court?s opinion.

It appears the property in question was a ?power center? with six tenants, of which Target took up 38% of the leasable space. Another player was Lowe?s whose building took up another 42% of the leasable space. On the other side of these tenants was the landlord. The taxing authority didn?t care about the cat fight between the two tenants and their landlord.

Before this posting is finished, we?ll talk about how the ?lease? itself plays into the tax appeal process. First, we?re going to point out a few things that may come as a surprise to lease negotiation professionals ? in particular, what the law has to say about landlords and tenants, namely: (a) who has the right to file an appeal; and (b) who can control a tax appeal.

Our discussion is rooted in New Jersey law, but we have it on good authority that most, but not all, states see these issues in pretty much the same way as does New Jersey. That means you must know how a particular jurisdiction deals with tax appeal rights, but you might not be hearing about it for the first time once you?ve made it to the end of today?s posting.

We won?t hold anyone in suspense. It is the law, not the lease, which allows a tenant to file and prosecute a tax appeal. Mind you, not every tenant can appeal, but the dividing line is far from clear. At one end of the spectrum is a tenant who controls the entire tax lot and has the lease obligation to pay all of the property taxes. At the other end is an ?ice cream stand in a suburban mall.?

Are there criteria, you ask? Here?s what the New Jersey Supreme Court sets out:

(1) the provisions of the lease itself, its duration, the burden of the tax surcharge on the tenant, and the possibility that the issue can soon be resolved by renegotiation; (2) the tenant?s relationship to the property, whether it is the lead tenant in a shopping center or only one slightly affected by the assessment; (3) whether the tenant will adequately represent the interests of the landlord and other tenants, or whether the tenant has interests adverse to either group; (4) the tenant?s ability to mount and prosecute an effective appeal; (5) the landlord?s overall relationship with the taxing authority, and whether this is one of multiple properties as to which the landlord may wish to exercise the right of appeal.

We find it curious that the court reached this conclusion based on the its belief that allowing a tenant to prosecute a tax appeal ?reflects the reality of present commercial practice,? whereas in eminent domain cases, there aren?t a lot of jurisdictions that even give a tenant standing to argue anything before the condemnation court. But, that?s for another day.

Now, the tenant?s tax appeal, when allowed, has to be made in the name of its landlord. So, when a tenant files an appeal for the property where its leased premises are located, it needs to give its landlord ?notice.? In New Jersey, there is a court rule that says this. It would seem that the rule is to protect the property owner?s due process rights.

This takes us to our second question ? who has the right to control the tax appeal, tenant or landlord?

Again, there isn?t a single answer. It?s a balancing test again. Fortunately, case law saves us a lot of typing at this point because it lists the very same factors we typed above for figuring out if the tenant, in the first place, has standing to file the appeal.

What does this ?knowledge? teach those of us who craft leases? For one, a lease ought to speak about the right to file a property tax appeal. If the tenant will not be allowed to file one even though the law would permit a filing, the lease should say: ?Tenant may not file or participate in any real property tax appeals for any tax lot in the Shopping Center.? That would cover an appeal by the tenant alone or together with others. After all, that ?ice cream stand? could join together with a bunch of other tenants, collectively representing a substantial percentage of the leasable space at the property (or on one of several tax lots at the property). We haven?t seen a lot of leases that come right out and say this. Most are totally silent, and silence does not deprive the tenant of the right to mount its own appeal.

On the other hand, if a tenant has negotiated for the right to file an appeal, the lease should be clear that the tenant can file in its landlord?s name. It should also say that if the ?law? wouldn?t allow such an appeal, the tenant can act as attorney-in-fact for its landlord. Further, the lease for such a tenant should make it clear that the tenant, not its landlord, has the right to control the appeal.

How did Target make out in the case noted above? We think: ?pretty well,? but not because the court allowed it to prosecute the tax appeal. To us, its landlord, who the court ?favored? in this instance, seemed to have gotten a ?very nice? result. Whether the landlord would have lost control had Lowe?s and Target (a combined 80%) gotten together at the outset, is far less certain. Our guess ? the two combined might very well have wrested control from the landlord. We are much surer that had the leases covered these questions, both tenant and landlord would have saved a lot of litigation costs.

Oh, by the way, this is Ruminations? 100th blog posting.


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Arts and Entertainment: Top Theaters in Boston to Visit

The city of Boston is one of the best places to visit theaters. You will find different types of live performances and will be amazed with all the concert halls the city has to offer.

The Citi Performing Arts Center

The Citi Performing Arts Center, found in the Theatre District, houses the Wang Theatre and the Shubert Theatre.It's the largest performing humanities center in all of New England and offers opera, theater, music concerts, Broadway musicals, and more. The Wang Theatre was initially the Urban Theatre, retitled the Music Hall when it was essentially the home of the Boston Ballet, became the Urban Center in 1980, and was finally named Wang Theatre after Doctor An Wang made a massive donation. The Shubert Theatre is a smaller theater and seats 1600 folks. It was reconstructed in 1996 and re-opened with the 1st touring production of the Broadway musical Rent.

The Boston Opera House

The Lion King Brodway show was performed at the Boston Opera House after it went a complete makeover in 2004. At this moment, the acoustic and the view from the audience is excellent.

Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall is among the most noted concert halls in Boston and is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was built for the Symphony in 1900 and is considered one of the absolute best concert halls in the world for acoustics. The Boston Pops Orchestra and Handel and Hayden Society also think of it as home.

The colonial Theatre

The Colonial Theatre has been active continuously since it opened in 1900 which makes it the oldest of the Boston theaters to have acheived that. In the 1st part of the 20 th century many Broadway producers would debut their show at the Colonial Theatre first, before opening on Broadway. , Carousel, Porgy and Bess, and Seussical The Musical. Today it is sometimes the 1st theater for state tours of Broadway shows.

Orpheum Theatre

One of the oldest theaters in Boston, the Orpheum Theatre opened in 1852 as the Boston Music Hall and was the 1st home of the New England Conservatory and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was for a while a vaudeville theater and became the Orpheum Theatre in 1906. Now it is a mixed use hall that shows onstage music concerts.

Cutler Majestic Theatre

Emerson College houses the Cutler Majestic Theatre and offers many different sorts of fine humanities performances. It is one of many theaters in Boston that offer shows by lots of the finest groups in New England.

Berklee Performance Center

Berklee Performance Center is probably one of the latest of the Boston theaters, opening in 1976. It's a part of the prestigious Berklee School of Music and presents over 2 hundred performances every year from students and world famous musicians alike.


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Publishing ? Blog Archive ? Understanding The World Of Online ...

Posted by Robert Strong on Jan 27, 2013 in Internet Marketing |

While some business owners prefer to keep to traditional forms of advertisement like television or billboards, this is a dire mistake. Marketing on the internet, while intimidating at first, can have fantastic results, giving a much better return on initial investment than traditional advertising. Read on to find out how you too can harness the power of website marketing.

Once you?ve gotten a customer to buy from you, you need to remind them to come back by sending out a newsletter. Customers have already shown interest in your store by buying from it. You should remind them about you often to ensure that they come back. You can also tell them about new deals and merchandise.

Analyze the statistics on your website, especially the traffic that comes in and out during a day, week, or month. This will give you a great idea of when the most people come to your website and what times during the day are the most efficient. Also, over the course of the year, this can help establish seasonal trends for your product.

When you are setting up a website for internet promotion, you want your customers to visit your site more than once. You need to ask yourself what would bring someone to come back to visit. Are you sharing new information often, or showing them how to save some money on a product? Doing this will make your website fun and exciting to visit often.

Use contests and sweepstakes on the internet to help market your company. By sponsoring a giveaway or contest, you are increasing the number of unique visitors to your website and enhancing company visibility. Sweepstakes are well promoted online and you can expect thousands of entries, meaning thousands of possible new customers.

Give your website visitors an incentive to buy your product or service immediately. On-site marketing campaigns, such as free shipping for the first 100 orders or a free gift with every order placed before a certain date, can increase the number of visitors you turn into buyers. If your visitors have no incentive to purchase a product or service quickly, they will probably just bookmark your website and forget about it and you will have lost a sale.

Keeping track of the competition is smart business in any field. When it comes to internet promotion, keeping tabs on competitors means examining websites that use the same keywords one?s own site does to draw in potential traffic. Website owners who want to improve their website marketing position will concentrate on the sites that get more search engine exposure than theirs ? what are they doing to get extra attention?

They key to getting more visits is to write a good review of your website. A review is the short paragraph that appears when your website comes up in a search result. A good review should instantly grab the visitor?s attention and make them want to learn more about your website.

If you want to give customers the incentive to purchase a lot of things from you then you should offer them free shipping on the condition they make a large purchase. Even if a customer were going to buy less they will be tempted to get more once they know there will be no shipping costs.

Marketing directly to your potential customers is something that takes time, so remember that any campaign must be an ongoing campaign. Many Internet marketers take a fly-by approach to marketing. They will work to market to a particular segment, but they?ll only stick with it for a day or two. You need to stay at it until you see results, and then keep it up.

Explore the value of social media for your marketing push. Social media is blowing up at this time and it will not be slowing down any time soon. Taking advantage of the word of mouth these sites offer is a key to generating a lot of business for your products. With a little effort on your part, these sites can become a regenerating source of income.

To make sure you are using the right products or offers, you should test it first. Try it yourself, and have your friends, family or employees try it too. Look for honest reviews and feedback. You should keep in mind that your customers are individuals and might have very different needs.

There?s no question that affiliate marketing can make you a ton of money. The overload of information out there can make it seem like a difficult, overwhelming process. Affiliate marketing is just like the sales process in the bricks-and-mortar world. Find a few reputable sources of guidance, focus your efforts, and you will be well on your way to success.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cities affect temperatures for thousands of miles

Jan. 27, 2013 ? Even if you live more than 1,000 miles from the nearest large city, it could be affecting your weather.

In a new study that shows the extent to which human activities are influencing the atmosphere, scientists have concluded that the heat generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas alters the character of the jet stream and other major atmospheric systems. This affects temperatures across thousands of miles, significantly warming some areas and cooling others, according to the study this week in Nature Climate Change.

The extra "waste heat" generated from buildings, cars, and other sources in major Northern Hemisphere urban areas causes winter warming across large areas of northern North America and northern Asia. Temperatures in some remote areas increase by as much as 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the research by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California, San Diego; Florida State University; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

At the same time, the changes to atmospheric circulation caused by the waste heat cool areas of Europe by as much as 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F), with much of the temperature decrease occurring in the fall.

The net effect on global mean temperatures is nearly negligible -- an average increase worldwide of just 0.01 degrees C (about 0.02 degrees F). This is because the total human-produced waste heat is only about 0.3 percent of the heat transported across higher latitudes by atmospheric and oceanic circulations.

However, the noticeable impact on regional temperatures may explain why some regions are experiencing more winter warming than projected by climate computer models, the researchers conclude. They suggest that models be adjusted to take the influence of waste heat into account.

"The burning of fossil fuel not only emits greenhouse gases but also directly affects temperatures because of heat that escapes from sources like buildings and cars," says NCAR scientist Aixue Hu, a co-author of the study. "Although much of this waste heat is concentrated in large cities, it can change atmospheric patterns in a way that raises or lowers temperatures across considerable distances."

Distinct from urban heat island effect

The researchers stressed that the effect of waste heat is distinct from the so-called urban heat island effect. Such islands are mainly a function of the heat collected and re-radiated by pavement, buildings, and other urban features, whereas the new study examines the heat produced directly through transportation, heating and cooling units, and other activities.

The study, "Energy consumption and the unexplained winter warming over northern Asia and North America," appeared online January 27. It was funded by the National Science Foundation, NCAR's sponsor, as well as the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hu, along with lead author Guang Zhang of Scripps and Ming Cai of Florida State University, analyzed the energy consumption -- from heating buildings to powering vehicles -- that generates waste heat release. The world's total energy consumption in 2006 was equivalent to a constant-use rate of 16 terawatts (1 terawatt, or TW, equals 1 trillion watts). Of that, an average rate of 6.7 TW was consumed in 86 metropolitan areas in the Northern Hemisphere.

Using a computer model of the atmosphere, the authors found that the influence of this waste heat can widen the jet stream.

"What we found is that energy use from multiple urban areas collectively can warm the atmosphere remotely, thousands of miles away from the energy consumption regions," Zhang says. "This is accomplished through atmospheric circulation change."

The release of waste heat is different from energy that is naturally distributed in the atmosphere, the researchers noted. The largest source of heat, solar energy, warms Earth's surface and atmospheric circulations redistribute that energy from one region to another. Human energy consumption distributes energy that had lain dormant and sequestered for millions of years, mostly in the form of oil or coal.

Though the amount of human-generated energy is a small portion of that transported by nature, it is highly concentrated in urban areas. In the Northern Hemisphere, many of those urban areas lie directly under major atmospheric troughs and jet streams.

"The world's most populated and energy-intensive metropolitan areas are along the east and west coasts of the North American and Eurasian continents, underneath the most prominent atmospheric circulation troughs and ridges," Cai says. "The release of this concentrated waste energy causes the noticeable interruption to the normal atmospheric circulation systems above, leading to remote surface temperature changes far away from the regions where waste heat is generated."

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What Games Are: Games Need Their Nielsens

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Fragile economy, other global woes dominated Davos

Participants listen a panel session in the Congress Hall the last day of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

Participants listen a panel session in the Congress Hall the last day of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

An activist of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN stands on a fence during a protest at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)

(AP) ? The fragile state of the world economy, coupled with the relentless turmoil in Syria and the rocky fallout from the Arab Spring, dominated discussions during this year's annual gathering of the global elite at Davos, leaving many participants uneasy about what lies ahead as they left for home Sunday.

Even broad agreement that there are some positive signs on the economic front, at least in emerging markets, was coupled with a warning from the head of the International Monetary Fund. "Do not relax," Christine Lagarde said. There's still a "risk of relapse."

More than 2,500 of the best and brightest in business, government, academia and civic life gathered for the five-day World Economic Forum at this Alpine resort. But much of the overt glitz and glamor that is a usual feature was toned down or absent this year, a decision founder Klaus Schwab said reflected the serious issues facing the world.

Political and economic issues vie for top billing each year at Davos, and this time, the economy had the edge, with a special focus on how to promote economic growth and jobs, especially for the youth among the world's 220 million jobless.

The IMF said that China, Africa, and other emerging markets could see significant growth, but Japan, eurozone nations and the U.S. are likely to struggle with negative to low growth. Ahead of the 43rd forum, the IMF downgraded its forecast for global economic growth this year by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5 percent.

While the U.S. avoided the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts, and fears have abated that the euro currency union will break up, there is growing concern that governments may ease up on measures to improve growth and reduce debt that the IMF and many other institutions are calling for.

IMF chief Lagarde said the "very fragile and timid recovery" depends on leaders in the 17-nation eurozone, the United States and Japan making "the right decisions." The eurozone in particular "is fragile because it is prone to political crisis" and slow decision-making, she said.

Davos participants' uneasiness about the world economy was matched by growing concern over the political turmoil in the Arab world, terrorism in North Africa, a spate of natural disasters that have highlighted the failure to tackle climate change, and the growing inequality between the world's "haves" and "have nots."

"Two years ago, gloom around the stalled economic recovery was leavened by euphoria at the outbreak of the Arab spring," Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, told The Associated Press at Saturday night's low-key final reception. "This year, relief at the improved economic outlook is tempered by despair at the unimpeded slaughter in Syria, uncertainty about the outlook in Egypt, and frustration over the Arab monarchies' resistance to reform."

The Arab Spring uprisings have ousted dictators in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Egypt over the past two years. But now Islamists and liberals are wrangling over power, with Islamists mainly gaining the upper hand. Democracy is far from certain, and economic woes have left hundreds of thousands of young people jobless and frustrated that their "revolutions" haven't produced any dividends.

Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, a losing candidate in Egypt's presidential election last year, said there have been achievements, but warned that democracy isn't only about casting a vote.

"It is the respect of human rights, for rights of women, separation of powers, independence of the judiciary. This meaning of democracy we have not yet achieved," Moussa said.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain stalled, Arab monarchs remain entrenched, and the death toll from the escalating civil war in Syria has topped 60,000 with no end in sight.

Jordan's King Abdullah II, whose country is hosting almost 300,000 Syrian refugees, predicted that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime will last at least another six months. He called for a transition plan involving all Syrians and the Syrian army.

He also urged stepped up international support to end the Syrian crisis, saying, "The weakest refugees are struggling now just to survive this year's harsh winter."

Abdullah told the forum that "unprecedented threats to regional and global stability and security" need international action now, not the "wait and see" response by some countries ? which he did not identify ? especially in helping governments emerge politically and financially from the Arab uprisings.

The king, considered one of the region's moderate leaders, also warned Israel to stop playing the "waiting game," and said President Barack Obama's second term offered the last opportunity to create two states ? Palestine and Israel ? that can live side-by-side in peace.

Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said the focus on resolving the world's economic crisis has distracted leaders from many other important issues, including education, the social consequences of unemployment and promoting ways to deal with climate change.

Nonetheless, Gurria said, the world should be "very worried" because there aren't many "tools" left to fix the economy if things get worse.

Trevor Manuel, South Africa's National Planning Commission minister, told AP that the key message from Davos for him was a positive one ? that "many of the decisions that have been taken bring us closer to where we need to be." He warned that "a sense of an all-pervasive gloom ... frequently becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Indian women given kitchen knives, chili to fend off rapists

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's radical Hindu nationalist party governing Mumbai has handed out kitchen knives and chili powder to women following a gang rape in the capital New Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes.

The Shiv Sena party, an ally of the main opposition BJP, said it had handed out 21,000 knives with three-inch blades to women in the city and surrounding areas and plans to distribute 100,000.

Mumbai police said they were examining the knives and considering legal action.

"This is a symbolic gesture," said Shiv Sena spokesman Rahul Narvekar, adding that a knife shorter than six inches in length does not fit the definition of a weapon. The party also handed out small bags of chili powder - apparently to throw into an attacker's eyes.

"It's only to pass a signal to eve-teasers, anti-social elements and perpetrators of crime against women that women are empowered and they can take care of themselves," Narvekar said.

Eve-teasing is a euphemism for molesting women.

"Don't be afraid of using this knife if someone attacks you," Ajay Chaudhari, running the knife campaign, was quoted by the party newspaper, Saamana, as saying.

"We have set up a team of nine advocates to protect you from any potential court cases that may arise."

A 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and beaten on a moving bus in on December 16 before being thrown bleeding on a expressway in New Delhi, dubbed India's "rape capital". Mumbai is generally considered a safer city for women.

The attack and the student's death two weeks later caused public outrage at the failure of the government and police to protect women from rising sexual offences in a country where one rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.

In response, more women are taking up self-defense classes and carrying pepper spray. A government commission set up to recommend revisions to India's sex crime laws this week said women who kill an attacker during a attempted rape should be able to plead self-defense.

(Reporting by Kaustubh Kulkarni; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)


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Woman battling breast cancer gets big surprise! - WBTV 3 News ...


Wanda Bryant wasn't sure why she was driving to Charlotte from her Aiken County, South Carolina home.? She only knew her best friend Fonda Bryant (same last name, no relation) told her she'd organized a surprise.? Fonda needed Wanda there.?

So Wanda drove to WBTV Studios in west Charlotte.

When she walked in,?Wanda seemed a little anxious.? Unsure.? Wondering what the heck she was getting into.

Then a woman stepped forward.? She introduced herself as Wendy Bentien, a board member with the local charity "Go Jen Go!".? It's a small non-profit established in honor of Jen Pagani, a young, strong-willed Charlotte mother battling breast cancer.

The same breast cancer as Wanda.

Wendy told Wanda she was here to give her something on behalf of "Go Jen Go!".? Wendy then reached in a bag and pulled out?a thousand dollar check.? She handed it to Wanda.? Wendy told her it was a gift... just enough to pay for?her church missionary trip?to Africa.?

For months, Wanda said she'd been trying to raise the money so she could go.?

"I've been selling boxes of popcorn," she said, "and just putting pennies together because I really, really wanted to go to West Ghana.? It's my lifelong dream of a trip."

Despite Wanda's efforts, she?hadn't yet sold enough popcorn.? The trip is in one month.? Wanda feared she wasn't going to be able to make it.

But with this check from "Go Jen Go!", there's no doubt she can.

"This is the greatest feeling," said Wendy, who got teary-eyed herself at Wanda's emotional reaction.? "This foundation was established because of Jen's heart. It's to help other women going through the same thing.? Jen is the strongest woman I know and she wants others to feel supported through their battles."

How did Wanda and Fonda and Wendy and WBTV all get together to make this surprise work?

All credit must go to Fonda, the best friend.? She got online looking for charities to help fund her friend's trip.? She then contacted Anchor Molly Grantham via her Facebook page.? Add a little bit of magic, some luck and a lot of energy over a 6-day period, and voila!? The group all met Thursday afternoon.

"I just wanted to give her something to help her," Fonda said.? "To make her dream come true.? I can't even put it into words.? I love her. She's been a great friend to me in my tough times, and I wanted to return the happiness."

To get more information on "Go Jen Go!" and to register for the non-profit's first fundraising 5k, go to The run (you can walk!) will be March 2, 2013 at McAlpine Creek Park.

Click the attached video to see Wanda's reaction, and the full story.

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Economist: Euro crisis could erupt again this year

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ? Is the euro crisis over? A leading U.S. economist says not by a long shot.

Barry Eichengreen warns that the debt crisis that has shaken Europe to its core could easily erupt again this year unless European leaders move faster to solve their problems.

While European governments and markets have been breathing easier in recent months after years of turmoil, it's no time for complacency, said Eichengreen, who has chronicled the Great Depression and explored the consequences of a breakup of the euro currency used by 17 nations.

"Nothing has been resolved in the eurozone, where markets have swung from undue pessimism to undue optimism," Eichengreen told The Associated Press in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "They said all the right things last year ... and they've been backtracking ever since."

He warns that the crisis over too much debt burdening governments and banks in the 17-country currency group "is going to heat up again in 2013."

He urged eurozone leaders follow up on its proposals to steady its banking system and keep failed banks from adding to government debt through expensive bailouts.

European leaders in Davos this week are seeking to reassure investors and corporate leaders that the continent is on the mend after its punishing debt crises.

Heavily indebted countries such as Spain and Italy faced alarmingly high borrowing costs on bond markets last year, as investors wondered whether they would be able to keep paying their debts. Those bond market rates fell after key steps by European leaders. One was the European Central Bank's offer to purchase bonds issued by indebted countries if they promise to reduce their deficits. Another was a proposal to set up a so-called banking union that would keep failed banks from bankrupting any one country by transferring the supervision of bank behavior and finances to a single, central EU supervisor at the ECB.

The banking union decision was key. Meanwhile, Europe is in a recession that is putting added pressure on government finances.

"Europeans will be shocked out of their complacency, I think, soon enough," Eichengreen said. "There will be a relapse to the greater volatility of the first half of last year."

"None of the underlying problems have been solved. There is no economic growth in Europe. Germany itself is on the verge of recession. The banking union doesn't exist. There's less consensus on completing it than we thought last year, so the markets are going to lose patience at some point and the crisis will be back. "

Eichengreen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, studied the possibility of a eurozone breakup long before the crisis that started in late 2009 forced other people to consider what was once unthinkable. He concluded that leaving the euro would be disastrously expensive and cause widespread chaos for any country that tries it.

Political leaders are aware of those high costs, which means a country such as debt-strapped Greece leaving the eurozone "is off the table for the moment," he said.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Video: Big storm heads East

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Assange: WikiLeaks film script leaked to WikiLeaks

(AP) ? WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange says he has obtained the script for "The Fifth Estate," a DreamWorks film about the Australian maverick and his world famous secret-busting site.

In comments to the Oxford Union debating society, Assange said the script was a "recent acquisition" but didn't say how it was obtained. A DreamWorks spokeswoman declined to comment on his claim.

Assange was withering about the movie, which is to be released in November, calling it a "mass propaganda attack" on his site's work.

He made the comments to the Oxford Union on Wednesday via videolink from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for more than six months in a bid to avoid extradition.

His speech was posted to the Web late Friday.

Associated Press


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Obama taps former federal prosecutor to head SEC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, picking a tough enforcement hand who more recently has defended Wall Street figures.

White, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York known for prosecuting terrorists and mob bosses, would become the third consecutive woman to hold the post.

"We need to keep going after irresponsible behavior in the financial industry so that taxpayers don't pay the price. I am absolutely confident that Mary Jo has the experience and the resolve to tackle these complex issues and to protect the American people in a way that is smart and in a way that is fair," Obama said in announcing the nomination.

The pick quickly drew praise from both Wall Street and reform advocates who say White would ably steer the powerful agency that plays a key role in overseeing U.S. financial markets.

However, White does not have a deep securities policy background, and in her recent private practice work she represented major players in the financial crisis, including former Bank of America Corp Chief Executive Ken Lewis.

The president also renominated Richard Cordray to continue as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. watchdog for consumer products such as mortgages and student loans.

New York's Charles Schumer, a Democrat who is part of the Senate leadership and sits on the powerful Senate Banking Committee, praised White's reputation as a tough-as-nails prosecutor and predicted she will "easily be confirmed."

A swift confirmation for White could help the SEC speed up its implementation of the dozens of unfinished rules required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

White would succeed current SEC Chairman Elisse Walter, a Democratic commissioner who took over in December after predecessor Mary Schapiro stepped down.

Schapiro's departure left the commission divided between two Democrats and two Republicans, and observers said the split could make it nearly impossible to complete controversial rules, such as the Volcker Rule, which bans banks from proprietary trading.


White, now a respected white-collar defense attorney with the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton, was the only woman in the 200-year history of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York to serve in the top spot there.

She was in office from 1993 through to 2002, during a tumultuous time starting with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and then later, the infamous September 11 attacks of 2001.

Under her watch, the U.S. Attorney's office won about 35 convictions of militant Muslims charged with plotting against Americans.

"I view her as an incredibly well-regarded lawyer who has spent a significant amount of time as a partner at Debevoise representing companies and individuals in high-profile securities related matters," said Cheryl Scarboro, the former head of the SEC's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit and now a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

As a defense attorney, White has been involved in high-profile SEC and Justice Department cases.

She conducted an internal investigation into corruption at Siemens AG that resulted in a record settlement for the German engineering conglomerate. She also represented healthcare provider HCA Holdings Inc in an insider-trading investigation, according to her online biography.

She has also represented JPMorgan Chase & Co in major matters related to the financial crisis, as well as former Bank of America CEO Lewis over a civil lawsuit in connection with Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

It is unclear whether her defense of Wall Street clients could prove troublesome for her during the U.S. Senate confirmation process. But Wall Street champions and critics both had positive takes on White.

"I have met Mary Jo White, and anyone who knows her at all - extremely capable, competent, bright, tough, and a perfect choice," JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in an interview on Thursday with Fox Business News from Davos.

Neil Barofsky, who was hired as an assistant U.S. attorney by White in 2000 and went on to become the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, called Obama's pick an "inspired choice."

"I expect that she will be unfazed by the intimidation tactics of the usual suspects in Washington - be they antagonistic members of Congress, captured officials from other parts of government or those who so relentlessly push the agendas of the largest banks," Barofsky said.

Like Schapiro, White has previously been identified as a political independent. Unlike Schapiro, White has not worked as a Wall Street regulator.

However, White's husband, John White, served as the director of the SEC's Corporation Finance division, which oversees public company disclosures, from 2006 to 2008.


Known for a legendary work ethic and a fondness for beer and baseball, White also developed a reputation as a ferocious basketball player when in the U.S. Attorney's office, even though she stands around 5 feet tall.

Former SEC enforcement director William McLucas said it was an "excellent sign" that the White House could get someone of her caliber to take the position. "There is no one I know that works harder," McLucas said.

James Cox, a professor of law at Duke University who has served with White on various panels, said White will be a very different SEC chairman than Schapiro.

"Mary Schapiro was a politician," Cox said. Mary Jo White, by contrast, he said, will be more blunt and direct. "She can unpack somebody's argument really quickly."


As for Cordray, he has already faced some uphill battles with Republicans in Congress.

Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, was appointed in January 2012 while Congress was in recess after Republicans who were wary of the CFPB's independence blocked his nomination.

The controversial appointment limited the amount of time Cordray could serve without going through a full confirmation process.

The CFPB has drawn criticism from Republicans and business groups, who say it is virtually unchecked and will hurt lending and put small banks out of business.

Asked whether the administration foresees any problems getting Cordray confirmed, White House spokesman Jay Carney said he did not expect any objections to him "on substance."

"He is absolutely the right person for the job," Carney said. He said earlier obstacles to Cordray's nomination had been based on "political considerations" from lawmakers who had opposed the creation of the financial protection board.

Some political observers, however, said Thursday that any fights to come will not be about Cordray personally, but about the overall structure of the CFPB itself.

"Issues larger than his handling of the bureau will probably dictate that," said Jason Rosenstock, the director of government relations at ML Strategies.

(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha, Emily Stephenson, Sarah N. Lynch and Matt Spetalnick, with additional reporting by Douwe Miedema, Jonathan Stempel, Anna Sussman and David Henry; editing by Karey Wutkowski, Vicki Allen, John Wallace, Tim Dobbyn and Matthew Lewis)


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton Choked Up During Emotional Benghazi Testimony


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Red explosions: Secret life of binary stars is revealed

Jan. 24, 2013 ? A University of Alberta professor has revealed the workings of a celestial event involving binary stars that results in an explosion so powerful it ranks close to Supernovae in luminosity.

Astrophysicists have long debated about what happens when binary stars, two stars that orbit one another, come together in a common envelope. When this dramatic cannibalizing event ends there are two possible outcomes; the two stars merge into a single star or an initial binary transforms in an exotic short-period one.

The event is believed to take anywhere from a dozen days to a few hundred years to complete. Either length is considered to be extremely fast in terms of celestial events. More than a half of all stars in the universe are binary stars. Up until now, researchers had no idea what a common envelope event would look like.

U of A theoretical astrophysicist Natalia Ivanova analyzed the physics of what happens in the outer layers of a common envelope. She found that hot and ionized material in the common envelope cools and expands and then releases energy in the form of a bright red outburst of light.

Ivanova linked these theoretically anticipated common envelope outbursts with recently discovered Luminous Red Novae, mysterious transients that are brighter than Novae and just a bit less luminous than Supernovae.

Her research provided both a way to identify common envelope events and explained the luminosity generated during the common envelope event.

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?Every Soul Shall Taste Death?

Make a New Year?s Resolution?to Complete Your Last Will and Testament

By Aneesah Nadirfacing death, diocal

Happy 1434/2013!? What?s your New Year?s resolution?? Is it to lose weight, eat healthy, spend less, read more Qur?an, pray on time?? Is it to get organized? Is this the year to complete your Last Will and Testament?

Did you know that 70-80% of Americans of various faiths don?t have a Will? 9 out of 10 minorities don?t have a Will and most Muslims don?t have a Will. Why do we put off completing the most important love letter we will ever write for our family members?

The reality is that the thought of a Will makes us think of our mortality. The thought of our own death or that of a close family member is too difficult for most people to consider. Additionally, in many cultures preparing a Will is just not done. Someone back home will take care of everything. And for most, a Will prepared by an attorney is not something they can afford.? Paying $500-$1,000 per person for the last thing they will need is not affordable for most.

Whether we can accept it or not, we know that every soul shall taste death.? Not one of us will get out of this life alive.? And even though a Will may not be needed in most Muslim societies overseas, it is definitely needed in the U.S. where Muslims are a minority, ?religious traditions are different, and a Will is required to assure the wishes of the deceased are adhered to.

While there are a number of reasons most don?t prepare their Will, the bottom line for Muslims is that Islam requires us to prepare our Will.? Ayah 180 of Surah Baqarah (Qur?an, 2:180) prescribes a Will preparation for anyone who leaves some property. Also the Prophet ?? (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: ?It is not right for a Muslim who has property to bequeath, that he should pass two nights without having a written Will with him.?? (Bukhari)

Did you know that everyone over 18 years also should have a Will?? Did you know those who live in interfaith families should have a Will?? Did you know that, in the U.S., a Will is the only legal document which allows you to designate who will be the guardian of your minor children should you and your spouse pass away? ?The reality is, without a Will outlining our wishes, a judge will decide who gets our property and our children.? A Will also enables us to make arrangements for pets, or give a gift after we pass to our favorite charity or educational institution.

In addition to the Last Will and Testament is it also important to complete your Medical Directives, also known as the Living Will and the Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. The Living Will gives you the ability to determine whether or not you want to remain on life support and to let your family know your wishes. The Powers of Attorney give your representative the ability to handle your affairs if you are temporarily unable to. Within these documents you will want to indicate your burial wishes. This is important for Muslims who may live with a spouse or other family members who either don?t know or don?t believe in your Islamic funeral traditions.

To ensure your Will meets Islamic requirements, discuss the requirements for property distribution with your trusted Imam or Sheikh.? Outline the agreed upon distribution of your property, determine who you want to be the guardian for your children, and include it in the Will questionnaire provided by your attorney. To ensure state requirements and public policy concerns are met, you will want your Will reviewed and prepared by an attorney in the state in which you live.

Since we know every soul shall taste death make 2013 the year you complete your Will!

For those concerned about the cost, consider enrolling in a legal plan that includes the Will as part of the plan benefits and allows you to pay a small monthly fee for attorney and legal services.? This is a smart way to budget for everyday and occasional, trivial or traumatic legal services ?including Will preparation for you and your family. Encourage your friends and family members to have their Will prepared today!

Aneesah Nadir, MSW, PhD is an independent agent with LegalShield providing access to top-rated attorneys and a variety a legal services including Will preparation for individuals, families, small business owners and their employees for a small monthly fee. Contact Dr. Nadir at 480 233 6547 or

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