a terrific present
Gifts: feels that there’s not an easier strategy to get into somebody’s heart. If you actually received a present that you liked, you know how it feels. And boy how the relation changes. My first watch that I had, was a gift. Just the perfect gift for me: Relic Watches with a white dial. The rush that I got when I was unpacking it… It was perfect for casual wear. When I think of getting a gift to someone, I always ask myself if I should buy them a watch.
Today answering the question ‘what gift to buy’ has never been easier; all the products out there”. When everyone has an accounts either on facebook, twitter, wanelo, pinterest, g+, instagram, etc it’s so easy to see what they like?”. So many ideas come out of these social media sites… What will be your next gift? A tablet, a watch, a new car?
Thomas Hayden in reviewing three new ecology books for the Washington Post this week writes “Bizarrely, none of these authors discusses population growth in any kind of depth, if at all.” Julia Whitty writing for the May/June edition of Mother Jones magazine calls discussion of population “the last taboo.”
If human numbers were a problem in 1970, they are even more of problem today. There’s more deforestation, more depletion of fisheries, more plant and animal extinction, and a whole lot more concern about the human impact on the world’s climate. Then there are the concerns about energy, food and water. But, there is still little or no talk today about population. Why?
There are multiple reasons. First, discussion about population today inevitably raises concerns about coercion. Woman should not be forced to have fewer children. Fair enough. But outside of China’s one-child policy, few women are being forced to have fewer children. The problem, in fact, is the opposite. Women in many parts of the world are bearing more children than they want. Some women lack information about family planning or access to modern contraceptives. In other cases, women have little say in reproductive matters, particularly in countries where child marriage is prevalent and respect for women is low. When it comes to population, empowering and educating women and giving them more reproductive choice is a good thing.
Second, there are those who regard discussion of population as somehow racist. With birth rates falling toward the “replacement rate” in economically advanced countries, poor developing countries are largely responsible for world population growth. What right do we have to tell people in the developing world that they should have fewer children? Good question.
First, let’s acknowledge that when it comes to climate change and preventing the depletion of scarce resources, it’s far more important to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the U.S. and other developed nations. That’s because we consume a lot more resources. The ecological “footprint” of a child born in the U.S. or even Europe is much higher than a child born in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa. That’s why we all need to change our consumption patterns.
Second, lowering birth rates in many developing countries is enormously beneficial. Family planning saves lives. High fertility rates are associated with high rates of maternal death and infant death. Early teen pregnancies, in particular, have bad health outcomes. Smaller families are not only healthier; they are more likely to be better educated and better off financially.
Of course, we don’t have to reduce population growth in poor developing countries through voluntary family planning. But if we fail to do so, many of these countries may not be able to feed themselves in the decades ahead. Unless birth rates fall further, countries like Niger and Uganda will triple their populations by mid-century. Yemen, which experts warn is running out of the water, is on pace to double its population in 30 years or less.
In some cases, rapid population growth is contributing to environmental and economic impoverishment in the form of deforestation and soil erosion. In some cases, like Rwanda and Sudan, population pressures have contributed to political strife and even civil war. There are, in fact, dozens of failing, or potentially failing, states where family planning will likely make the difference between survival and a humanitarian disaster.
Keeping silent about the world’s population crisis may make some people feel better, but it won’t make the world itself any better. We don’t do anybody any favors, including our posterity and all the other living creatures on this planet, when we ignore population growth and its implications. In a world beset by conflicting needs, there aren’t many ‘win-win’ propositions anymore, but voluntary family planning is one of them.
The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings at a resort hotel in the Rose Bowl’s backyard.
They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation and the site of the first championship game to be held Jan. 12, 2015, this week.
The website www.collegefootballplayoff.com is already up and running and allowing fans to vote on a new logo. And there also is a Twitter handle: (at)cfbplayoff.
"It’s really simple. It gets right to the point," BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who will hold the same position in the playoff system, said at a short news conference with the 10 commissioners of the FCS conferences.
"Nothing cute. Nothing fancy. We decided it would be best to call it what it is."
Premiere Sports Management in Overland Park, Kan., was hired to help come up with a name and brand the new system. A committee of commissioners handled the naming of the new system. Hancock said they ran through “in the neighborhood of three dozen” names.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “We’re clearly trying to make a clear break from the BCS.”
Before the news was reported, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he’d be happy with whatever was selected.
"I’m am not good with names — obviously," Delany said with a smile, referring to the Big Ten’s division names, Legends and Leaders, that produced so much negative feedback the conference has already decided to change them.
The new postseason format will create two national semifinals to be played New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with the winners advancing. The six bowls in the playoff rotation will host marquee, BCS-type games on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day during the seasons they do not host a semifinal.
"I don’t think you can ever go too wrong calling something what it is," Scott said. "Things that make sense tend to stand the test of time."
Three semifinal spots have already been decided: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls.
Four other bowls have bid for the final three spots. The clear front-runners are the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also put in a bid, but even its organizers have acknowledged they are a long shot at best to land the game.
Those decisions will be announced Wednesday.
The coaches on the Big 12’s spring teleconference were already talking about the Cotton Bowl having a spot in the rotation as if it was a done deal.
"I think it’s really exciting for this region, for everybody, and I think all of the schools in this region, to have Dallas as one of those sites is great for everybody in this region, and exciting for everybody," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "Obviously, everybody knows what a great and quality, what an awesome stadium it is, then the location for us is an advantage, or should be."
The first semifinals will be played at the Rose and Sugar bowls.
The site of the first national championship game in the new system will also be determined at these meetings and the finalists are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the billion dollar home of the NFL team and the Cotton Bowl, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., home of the Buccaneers.
Arlington is the favorite to land that first championship game, but the competition from Tampa has been serious.
"I’m glad it has," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday. "I think it will give us a better outcome."
Also on the agenda this week for the commissioners will be the composition of the selection committee that will set the field for the playoff. They have said they would like the committee to be similar to the one that picks the teams for the NCAA basketball tournament, made up of conference commissioners and athletic directors.
Bowlsby said he expected both current and former administrators to have a spot on the committee.
"The hardest thing is making sure we’re arming whoever is on the committee with the tools that it takes to differentiate among closely proximal teams," Bowlsby said. "You have to have some metrics available to differentiate between three, four, five, six and seven."
"You can’t just say we like blue uniforms and not gold uniforms. You’ve got to arm the committee with the tools that it takes to do their job."
Conservatives have been jumping on comments President Obama made in Roanoke, Va., in which he said “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
As an example, read what the Heritage Foundation posted at its blog that the comment was a “slap in the face to hard-working Americans conveyed Obama’s belief that it takes a village – a heavily subsidized village – to create that venture you’re profiting from.”
A Romney campaign spokeswoman told Fox the comment was “insulting” to small business owners.
The president’s argument, which is similar to one made by Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, revolves around the idea that business people need the infrastructure provided by the government in order to succeed.
We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make some more cuts in programs that don’t work, and make government work more efficiently…We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more …
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for president – because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”
THERE was as much action off the table tennis court as there was on it when South Korean journalists tried to take photos of a North Korean training session.
A North Korean official became incensed when South Korean journalists started snapping as his team trained at London’s ExCel Arena, throwing a towel at the media contingent and yelling, “Don’t shoot”.
The Yonhap News Agency said the official then continued his rant: “Why can’t you Koreans understand Korean language?”
"You’re not supposed to shoot us before the tournament. If you keep doing this, we will not sit idly by," he said.
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The South Koreans reportedly complained to the organising committee, who promptly sided with the North Koreans and said their wish to train in privacy should be respected.
North Korea and South Korea famously marched together under the one flag at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 after 50 years of testy relations since the Korean War, but those ties have since soured.
CHROME PONY. If Jay Reatard and Ty Segall had a baby.
So I have known these guys for 10 years or so now. We both hail from neighboring small towns in Indiana. We shared shows back in the day while they played under the name “Redracer”…and I believe Kyle (drums) even sat in on an OLD demo of mine waaaay back when. They were great then but now, I believe, they have truly found their sound. Its raw. Its honest. Its catchy. It makes you want to smoke a cigarette (I quit smoking 2 years ago). Good guys. Great music. Go get you some…..
NASHVILLE NOTE: They are performing April 4th at The Stone Fox AND April 5th at The Basement. No excuses. Go check these guys out.
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All we have known is
the colour green up real close
and some light real far.