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A Nation of Wimps

A Nation of Wimps
Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle. Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching . Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Consider the teacher new to an upscale suburban town. Behold the wholly sanitized childhood , without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. "Life is planned out for us," says Elise Kramer, a Cornell University junior. No one doubts that there are significant economic forces pushing parents to invest so heavily in their children's outcome from an early age.

Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature. Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people. Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings. Once fully approved, the legislation will provide the Earth with rights to: life and regeneration; biodiversity and freedom from genetic modification; pure water; clean air; naturally balanced systems; restoration from the effects of human activity; and freedom from contamination. The legislation is based on broader principles of living in harmony with the Earth and prioritising the “collective good.” Bolivia Rain forest The Law of Mother Earth includes the following:

Why the &quot;loudness wars&quot; are killing today&#039;s music July 03, 2006 Why the “loudness wars” are killing today’s music Pull out a vinyl record from the 70s or early 80s, and listen to it. Odds are it’ll have a big dynamic range — it’ll be whisper-quiet in some parts and booming loud in others. You’ll pick up new nuances every time you listen to it. Now listen to any music track recorded in the last ten years, and it’ll be radically different. Nope, says a writer at Stylus magazine. See those two graphs overhead? But so what? One result of [overcompression] is that modern CDs have much more consistent volume levels than ever before. I’ve messed around with lots of home-recording technology — for music and for my Wired podcasts — and this guy’s right. (Thanks to Andrew Hearst for this one!) <a href="

World much stupider than returning soldier remembered [TSA] If you ever needed proof that we are lost in a sea of pointless rules designed to make traveling (and indeed life in general) more difficult than it ever needed to be, this is it. The eminent minds at TSA saw fit to confiscate an armed soldier’s nail clippers because he might use them to take over the plane. At this point I would like to point out that he was not armed with nail clippers, he was armed with an assault rifle – which was apparently acceptable because it didn’t have bullets. The icing on the cake, swabbing all of the soldiers returning from a war-zone for explosives residue… of course they all failed – but not as hard as the guy who kept swabbing. In response to all of the comments, please read our update. [Picchore]

Combat Studies Institute Click Here to Request Hard Copies of Publications New Releases (Back to Top) Command Contemporary Operations Counterinsurgency/Stability Operations Doctrine, Policy & Technology Fort Leavenworth Units Staff Ride Guides Revolutionary War Lewis and Clark Civil War Indian Wars The Spanish-American War World War I World War II Korean War Vietnam War Israeli Conflicts Lebanon Afghanistan Iraq CSI Symposiums BUILDYOURMEMORY.COM / A mnemonics and memory improvement resource Fed by Birds: Beautiful Eyeballs The Science Museum's online History of Medicine exhibition has as you might expect plenty of curious objects - like mole hands from Norfolk that warded off cramp: mummified birds: and eye-catching good-luck amulets: What's surprising is how attractive some of the trappings of illness were - elegant bronchitis kettles: Staffordshire feeding cups for invalids: Backrests for the bedbound: Smart medicine chests: Containing all kinds of delicious-looking medicine: Of course, anything can look appealing if it's presented in the right sort of case: See also: Peculiar and BreakableTylor's Bewitched Onion

Online Library: Fiore dei Liberi c1409 Fiore dei Liberi : "Flos Duellatorum", 1410 Online Presentation of Flos Duellatorum The notion of the Masters, Remedy Masters, Countra-Masters and Countra-contra-Masters often confuse the uninitiated to Fiore's treatise. This initial apparent complexity achieves clarity once the reader understands both the foundations of the plays presented, and the symbolism with respect to the individuals wearing a crown, crown and garter, garter and no-garter. The AEMMA's training program as described in The Art of Longsword Combat - Book #1 was heavily influenced by the work of Liberi, however, the book is now dated and archived. The Treatise A. This presentation is comprised of digitally scanned pages of the Pisani-Dossi treatise in the sequence as found in the 1902 publication. The book was presented to David M. As more of the book is digitized, these will be added to this presentation. B. Prologue 1. abrazare - grappling 2. 3. 4. spada longa - longsword 5. spada longa in arme - armoured longsword 7.

Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire? Ogi correctly answers the $250,000 question. Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions. Boston University’s doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience prepares students for a career in brain modeling, robot design, or biomedical engineering—or for winning cash on the television quiz show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?. Researchers in my department, Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS), seek to understand the brain’s mechanisms, including three cognitive systems that happen to be essential for a profitable performance on Millionaire: learning, memory, and decision-making. I went to New York, where I passed a multiple-choice audition test. The first technique I drew upon was priming. I used priming on my $16,000 question: “This past spring, which country first published inflammatory cartoons of the prophet Mohammed?” I used priming even more explicitly on my $50,000 question: “Which of the following acronyms represents an organization that does not include the word ‘Association?’” “That’s right!”

Weight Loss Plan « OpenFreak.Com A man calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program. The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me." Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised. He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program. The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning and beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you catch me you can have me." "Are you sure?" (Thanks Barbie)

Richard Meinertzhagen Background and youth[edit] Meinertzhagen was born into a wealthy, socially connected British family. Richard's father, Daniel Meinertzhagen VI, was head of the Frederick Huth & Co merchant-bank dynasty, which had an international reputation, second in importance only to the Rothschilds.[3] His mother was Georgina Potter, sister of Beatrice Webb, a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Meinertzhagen's surname derives from the town Meinerzhagen in Germany, the home of an ancestor.[4] On his mother's side (the wealthy Potter family), he was of English descent. Among his relations were "many of Britain’s titled, rich and influential personages." Although he had his doubts, he was a distant descendant of Philip III of Spain.[5] Meinertzhagen's passion for bird-watching began as a child. Military career[edit] Africa[edit] Meinertzhagen was assigned as a staff officer with the King's African Rifles (KAR). Sinai Desert and the 'Haversack Ruse'[edit] France and beyond[edit] Character[edit]

Psychology Today: The Girl With a Boy&#039;s Brain "Don't step on that—it's not a rug!" warns Kiriana Cowansage. It's a 9,000-piece puzzle of the astrological heavens, half completed, which she's putting together on the floor of her brightly colored studio apartment in Manhattan's West Village. Kiriana, a 24-year-old graduate student, is enamored of details. She's also easily absorbed: A week earlier, she worked on the puzzle for 10 straight hours, without pausing for so much as a sip of water. A clothing maven, she's fashionably put together in chunky jewelry and a black minidress with billowing sleeves. Such perplexing contradictions are the hallmarks of Asperger's Syndrome (AS), with which Kiriana was diagnosed when she was 19. Kiriana fits the AS profile quite neatly. Other experts attribute some of the gender gap to the widespread misdiagnosis of girls. When she was 4, Kiriana became infatuated with dinosaurs. In school, Kiriana barely spoke at all.

Dirty Little Secrets in NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau Earlier this year, the Voice uncovered a troubling pattern of how the NYPD operates, relying on secretly recorded tapes to show that street cops are under intense pressure to achieve seemingly contradictory goals set down by their superiors. Years of recordings, lawsuits, and testimonies by active and retired police officers reveal that Ray Kelly's police department has been on an intense program that punishes innocent bystanders while intimidating and harassing actual crime victims. We've heard relatively little, however, about the NYPD wing that is supposed to be watching for these kinds of injustices: the Internal Affairs Bureau. Until now. More officers have come forward, telling the Voice that the secretive police-department-within-a-department is as troubled as the rest of Kelly's operation. C.S. Filing a lawsuit as "John Doe," a gay detective in IAB says he is constantly harassed. Ashlei Quinones Persecution complex: The Internal Affairs Bureau at 315 Hudson Street Details More About