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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE: TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE FREEDOMS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

THIS IS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN THE USA:  PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT HOLIDAY IN  THE USA....(WITHOUT IT, WE COULD NOT CELEBRATE ALL OF THE OTHERS, BEGINNING WITH CHRISTMAS!)


THANKS TO B29 BILL & HIS GENERATION; The greatest ever!



The following was written by Mike Adams, son-in-law of Ben Nicks.

It is a fine tribute to some fine men.
Used with Mike's permission



It was May 27, 1945, 1600 hours, and on a little lifeboat of land called Tinian Island floating in the South Pacific more than five hundred B-29 Boeing Superfortress Very Heavy Bombers began to wind up their engines.

The four, twelve cylinder, air cooled, radial power plants would carry them to the Empire of Japan and back.

The First, Fifth, and Ninety-ninth squadron, a total of 48 aircraft and 528 men, were going to fly.

They went about their normal pre – flight duties in a normal way. Manifold pressures were closely watched, radios and…

FOCUS ON THINKERS: MARIE CURIE (THE MOTHER OF RADIOACTIVITY)

'Radioactive': Marie Curie's Life Story Told in Cyanotype
MAY 27 2011, 2:30 PM ET In her biography of this extraordinary woman, Laren Redniss uses an image printing process critical to the discovery of both X-rays and radioactivity



Marie Curie is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of science.


 A pioneer in researching radioactivity, a field the very name for which she coined, she was not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize but also the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, and in two different sciences at that, chemistry and physics.


 In Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, artist Lauren Redniss tells the story of Curie through the two invisible but immensely powerful forces that guided her life: Radioactivity and love. 


It's a turbulent story—a passionate romance with Pierre Curie (honeymoon on bicycles!), the epic discovery of radium and polonium, Pierre's sudden death in a freak accident in 1906, 


Marie's affair…

MBENDI AFRICA REPORT: May 27, 2011

African Statistics:
South Africa: The Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee kept interest rates at 5.5%. Growth in retail sales slowed to 5.1% year-on-year in March. 


CPI inflation edged up slightly to 4.2% year-on-year in April. The Producer Price Index in April slowed to 6.6%.


Rest of Africa: 


Trade volumes between Namibia and China have grown to US$ 730 million last year from US$ 11 million in 2000. 


Rwanda expects credit to the private sector to grow by 20% in this year.


 Annual urban consumer price inflation in Egypt accelerated to 12.1% in April. 


Annual inflation in Sudan eased to 16.5% in April from 17.1% in March.


 Rwanda’s export earnings increased by 130% in the first quarter. 


Kenya slashed its growth forecast in its 2011


 Economic Survey, giving a 3.5-4.5% range. 


The Rwandan inflation rate in urban centres was higher in April at 4.98%. 


Mozambique has raised its 2011 economic growth forecast to 7.4%. 


The number of tourists visiting Egypt was down 46% in the first quarter. 


Zam…

MBENDI: THE WORLD AFTER 202; CHECK THE FACTS BEFORE YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE

THE WORLD AFTER 2020 - BAD RESEARCH


Until recently, I accepted everything written in the newspaper as fact. I'd squirm as I read the errata column each day remembering I'd swallowed the previous day's errors as gospel. 


But now I've changed. 


So, for instance, when last month a journalist described South Africa's new company legislation as world-class, I found myself asking which legal scholar had painstakingly compared company laws from around the globe? 


What criteria did they use for their ratings? 


Does world-class mean being in the top decile on all counts or just plain average?


 Or was it, after all, just a throwaway comment by a parliamentary PR agency to put gloss on some dross?


You see, earlier this year I read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, a young doctor in the UK. 


He had meticulously gone to the source research of all manner of pseudo medical and nutritional claims proclaimed in TV health programs and newspaper lifestyle supplements and found most were a comple…

VIEWER COMMENTS: PETER A. WARREN (AYCO FARMS)

Hi Gentlemen,
I think the mango business needs some of what the IMO is doing.  
The mango business is in trouble and it would be smart for all groups interested in mango's to support all efforts of anything to do with the mango industry.
There are HUGE technical issues going on, too many to mention.  A valid worldwide exchange of cause and effect could be extremely interesting.  
There are huge issues on FLAVOR that must be discussed which is the crux of many of our mango ills.  
There are huge issues on handling and post harvest that need to be dealt with. 
 Most mango's are being kept way to cold!  
IMO's focus on value added and creative uses for mango's is certainly something all mango growers need to work on.  
I am friends with the Mango Board and I was one of the founding members. 
 I feel they do a great job on many aspects of the mango business but there is room for a broader platform for issues that are not dealing with.  
I certainly don't think we need to see thi…

FINDING THE NEXT STEVE JOBS: WHY CHILDREN SHOULD LIMIT VIDEO GAME TIME TO ONE HOUR A DAY

May. 20 2011 - 7:33 pm | 3,204 views | 0 recommendations | 4 comments Image via Wikipedia There will be remote-controlled miniature battle ships, fire pagodas, and three-dimensional printers.  Nolan Bushnell, Atari founder and one of the fathers of the video game industry will speak.  Funnel cake will be served. If you’ve got attention deficit disorder, prepare to become more disordered.  The Maker Faire arrives in the San Mateo Fairgrounds this weekend — and it’s grown from a mere cultural sideshow into a county fair for the 21st century. The annual event showcases so-called ‘makers’ of all kinds, from ham radio enthusiasts to pranksters who think of giant cupcakes as a form of transportation.
 I caught up with Bushnell, who will speak at the fair, and Make magazine founder Dale Daugherty for an interview about where mischief and education, fun and science intersect.
http://blogs.forbes.com/briancaulfield/2011/05/20/atari-founder-on-the-next-steve-jobs-the-next-pc-industry-and-why-kids-should…

15 MINUTES OF FAME: TELL FRESH PLAZA founder Andre van der Wiel WHAT YOU THINK OF THE IMO

The on going debate about the validity of the IMO has taken a new twist.

Andre van der Wiel of FRESH PLAZA fame and now tacler; would like to hear directly from supporters of the IMO.
Tell him what the IMO means to you: The good, the bad and the ugly.....
You can email him directly with your thoughts and comments and he will include your opinions in his piece on the IMO.
His address is listed at the top of this mailer:
Fresh Plaza / Andre <andre@tacler.com>,

André van der Wiel <andre@freshplazatrade.com>

I hope you take him up on his offer.
Don't hold back.....
"Let her rip"
Kind regards,
--
Will CavanExecutive Director Director Ejecutivo International Mango Organization (IMO) Organizacion Internacional del mango (OIM) Organisation Internacionale de la Mangue (OIM) Vista, California


FOCUS ON THINKERS: MARWAN M. KRAIDY

Biography
Marwan M. Kraidy is Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  A scholar of global communication and an expert on Arab media and politics, Kraidy was previously a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the founding director of the Arab Media and Public Life (AMPLE) project at American University, both in Washington DC. More recently, Kraidy was Scholar-in-residence in the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at Annenberg.

Professor Kraidy’s scholarly interests center on the role of media institutions in shaping social experiences of modernity in the non-West.  He has written extensively on how local and national societies cope with cultural globalization.  His first book, Hybridity or the Cultural Logic of Globalization, (2005, Temple University Press) focused on the trope of hybridity in the social and human sciences.  Grounded in case-studies of young Lebanese viewers, Mexican children’s…

LAS DOS "CARAS" DE LAS ELECIONES PRESIDENCIALES PERUANAS

Una publicación del portal web Periodista Latino señala que la segunda vuelta electoral en Perú ha encendido distintas pasiones entre figuras de la sociedad peruana. Mario Vargas Llosa, expresó su malestar por el apoyo del ex “Niño terrible” de la televisión, Jaime Bayly, quien hizo público su apoyo a la candidata presidencial Keiko Fujimori. “Jaime Bayly se ha convertido en un payaso; y luego, en un verdadero bufón maligno al servicio del fujimontesinismo” señaló el escritor peruano. La elección entre Ollanta Humala y Keiko Fujimori ha provocado una gran tensión en la sociedad peruana. Estas palabras de Mario Vargas Llosa son resultado de unas declaraciones de Bayly a un diario de Lima, donde le pregunta al escritor: “¿En qué momento se obnubiló Vargas Llosa?”, en referencia a su cambio de opinión para apoyar al candidato Humala. “No voy a contestarle a ese personaje,- en entrevista con La República de Lima- a quien yo hice que lo publicaran. En mala hora. Fue una de mis grandes equivoc…

THE END OF THE ATAULFO MANGO ? (Productivity has fallen from 18 tonnes/Hec... to 3!!!)

The disappearing Mexican mango

It's getting more difficult to grow mangoes, and some farmers are abandoning the crop all together. It used to be easy to grow mangoes: the rains came every year, bees and other pollinators did their job, and soon the mangoes were ready to pick. But this year a combination of heavy rains and extreme temperatures caused the mango flowers to bud too early. That, in turn, produced small seedless mangoes that are essentially worthless. Over the past two years, the crop of Ataulfo mangoes (the gold-colored variety sold as “champagne” mangoes in the U.S.) has fallen 60 percent. As a result, many growers are ripping out their finicky mango trees and instead planting sugar cane or palm, fast-growing crops that give a more regular harvest but require more costly fertilizers and pesticides.

Farmer Roberto Fourzali Moises said about half of his crop this year is malformed. A properly formed mango fetches up to $2 in U.S. markets, while the tiny ones can't b…

LOS HONGOS (CHAMPIGNONES) : EL FUTURO DEL ABONO EN EL CAMPO

27 de Mayo de 2011 Generan fosfato, clave para el crecimiento de las plantas Hongos micorrícicos podrían ser los responsables de la “próxima revolución agrícola”. Esta fue una de las conclusiones a las que llegó un estudio presentado en la Asamblea General de la Sociedad Americana de Microbiología en Nueva Orleans, EE.UU, reportó el sitio Ecogaia.com. Fotografía: Fernando Rey Este tipo de hongos vive en simbiosis con las raíces de las plantas, en una asociación donde ambas partes son beneficiadas. Como resultado de esta relación, el hongo genera fosfato, un nutriente esencial para la planta ya que favorece su crecimiento. Es por ello que estos hongos nacen como una nueva opción ante la utilización de fertilizantes –con fosfato– convencionales. El profesor Ian Sanders, de la Universidad de Lusanne, Suiza, dedicado al estudio de este hongo comentó que en los suelos tropicales las plantas tienen más dificultades para obtener fosfato. Esto lleva a los agricultores  a destinar más recursos en la …