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Juana La Loca

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  1. Here is a website with a ton of online interactive geography games: Sheppard Software I worked in international transportation logistics for many years and am something of a geography junkie. I applaud your willingness to admit what you don't yet know and take steps to address the situation. Rather different from one dim-bulb I worked with in international logistics who asked me if Italy was a part of Europe or another who asked me for a rate quote on ocean freight from New York Port to "China" (which could mean any of 100+ different ports and customs zones) Keep up the good work!
  2. Don't know if anyone has been following developments of the Costa Concordia story. In a world where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up and sensitivity for "feelings" trumps buckling down and getting the job done, no matter how unpleasant; Italian Coast Guard Captain Gregorio De Falco (great name!) rightfully busted a cap on Francesco Schettino, the putative captin of the Concordia. Audio Translated full transcript Here Choice Excerpts: De Falco: "I understand that, listen, there are people that are coming down the pilot ladder of the prow. You go up that pilot ladder, get on that ship and tell me how many people are still on board. And what they need. Is that clear? You need to tell me if there are children, women or people in need of assistance. And tell me the exact number of each of these categories. Is that clear? Listen Schettino, that you saved yourself from the sea, but I am going to … really do something bad to you … I am going to make you pay for this. Go on board, (expletive)!" Schettino: "Commander, please …" De Falco: "No, please. You now get up and go on board. They are telling me that on board there are still …" ------------------------------ Schettino: "I am not going because the other lifeboat is stopped." De Falco: "You go aboard. It is an order. Don't make any more excuses. You have declared 'abandon ship'. Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there." ------------------------------ Schettino: "But do you realise it is dark and here we can't see anything …" De Falco: "And so what? You want to go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Get on that prow of the boat using the pilot ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what their needs are. Now!" -------------------- Schettino .... "to schettino" -: to act like a sniveling pantywaist. Antonym of : "to sullenberger" De Falco should run for Italian PM in the wake of bungacsoni. Me? I want the T Shirt ... Livorno edition
  3. if ever in your area. Saw his show over the weekend and nearly blew my gin and tonic through my nose.
  4. Oh, and Alterego..... snow acts rather differently when falling upon trees which have not yet shed their leaves... like 75 year old oaks and all that. clue....get one.
  5. Power out 29 October @ 1700 hrs. Lasted 5 days w/out heat & electric thanks to some mighty fine fire-building by one of our household members & the propane grill on the deck & gas water heater for showers. Succumbed to the need for heat & news and intarwebz and now household is at hotel for next night or two. "They" say 99% or our town will have power by Saturday. WMECO sort of sux. Anyone else out there get thwacked? I sorta felt like I was back in my camping days....but that was long ago and I had a functioning back. Now I just want a full body transplant.
  6. I posted a couple of months back about the vessel "Vasilios N", whose crew brought her safely from Misurata to international waters using only celestial navigation. The ship had been detained at Misurata for debts unpaid by the vessel owners Pantravel & Shipping located in Brindisi, Italy Since that time the ship and crew have been held at anchor at Valletta, Malta. P&S has not been forthcoming with the $$$ needed to repatriate the crew of six Georgians, three Ukrainians, and one Azerbaijani, back to their homelands. And that is about the lowest sleaziest depths of dishonor. . I am surprised and disappointed that the gov't of Georgia has not stepped up to the plate. Shame on them as well. The ship is Georgian flagged. Flying 9 guys to their homes is not a tremendous sum. A court in Malta has ruled that the ship will go to auction on June 28th - with proceeds going to repatriate the crew. And I do hope that the crew gets ALL the proceeds of the sale, with nothing to P&S. The crew deserves at least that much. P&S deserves to be cast into the seventh circle of hell.
  7. Packing up my apartment of the last 12 years. I gave Southeast VA a pile of good years. But the industry that was thriving and fun when I arrived here has shrunk by probably half. So I am taking my mad export skillz and going home. Leaving behind a ton of memories. Hurricane Danny '97 - the former spouse and I out in the wind and rain trenching our backyard so the water wouldn't flood all his unnecessary crap stored in the garage and my thriving tomato-full garden plots. A minor inconvenience as time would later tell. Hurricane Floyd '99 Lost potable water for 3 days because the city pumping station flooded. Lost hot water for 5 because the building's water heater is in the English basement utility space.. It wasn't the wind so much as the rain. The city of Franklin to the west got it worst of all when the Blackwater River (yes, that Blackwater) jumped it's banks and flooded downtown to 12 feet. . Hurricane Isabel '03 My first real encounter with real Hurricane winds. Lost power for maybe 18 hours but since I am in close proximity to USCG and USN support facilities; was among the first in the area to get power back. Took a week or more for some coworkers who lived out in the country. Lost hot water for 3 days because heater flooded out again. made commuting hell for a week because main tunnel flooded trees crashed all over. The woodcutters were jolly for over a year. The November Nor'easter 2009 Days of flooding. No hot water for 4 days. The foot of my street became the river my side-street was just a crick Snowpocalypse 2011 Which was no big deal.... cause I grew up with snow. And I figured, snow is a good thing. Which set my mind to going home to cooler and more moderate climes.... so in two weeks I will be back in the town of my birth. Swingfield.... Imma comin' home!
  8. Pertinent links are in the 5th response to OP. May 11 @ 1702 hrs.
  9. ooooook. Golly, I missed that wee bon mot from Mr Janova. Perhaps he had not read enough of above posts and linkage provided to understand that infanticide is as much as contributor to the imbalance as is abortion. The 0-5 year old girl population with a 40% higher mortality rate than the 0-5 boy population.... i think most people of sense would call that infanticide.
  10. Bob, Hardly a stick with which to "beat abortion" though personally I am pro-life. Worse than that I try to follow the Consistent Life Ethic. Abortion in the case of India is a symptom of a greater problem and there you are correct. Another symptom is Infanticide- things like stuffing a baby girl's mouth full of salt, or feeding her rice husks, or wrapping her in cold cloths and leaving her exposed so she'll get pneumonia, or starving her, or not getting her the medical care that would be given a boy , or drowning her in a pail of milk, or strangulation, or suffocation, or just leaving the girl child abandoned in a ditch or in a forest to be consumed by other-than-human animals. And as for changing the idea of women as useless and expensive. 2001 census data shows that the religion plays a notable part in whether the sex-ration is near or at the world norm of 955/100. Literacy not so much, So in order of ranking.with 2001 in (parenthese). Total population sex-ratio in [brackets} which accounts for GBV on older girls and women viz "kitchen accidents", importance placed on women's health & nutrition, suicides, dowry murders, and other GBV Other 976/1000 {Jewish, Parsi, Baha'l, Animist} 50% female literacy , overall sex ratio 1000/1000 Christian 964/1000 90.3% female literacy, overall sex ratio 1009/1000 Muslim: 950/1000 60% female literacy , overall sex ratio 940/1000 Buddhist: 942/1000 73% female literacy, overall sex ratio 955/1000 Hindu 925/1000 75.5% female literacy, overall sex ratio 935/1000 Jain: 870/1000 95% female literacy, overall sex ratio 940/1000 Sikh: 786/1000 70.4% female literacy, overall sex ratio 985/1000 Have some more numbers And that, my friend, is full out partisan editorializing. .
  11. Ashoka, Interesting thing with South Korea. They have managed to turn around their "girl deficit" of the 1990s - one of the few really bright spots in this whole issue.
  12. Jerdge, My point in the initial post saying that it is not about wealth or development, is that those are certain preconceived notions I have run up against on this issue, from those who say it is an issue of poverty and the inability of families to support "superfluous" girl children ~ when this is clearly not the case. The 0-6 sex ratio cannot be tied to poverty rates or female literacy rates or other standard developmental measurements. And this is nothing that can be addressed by throwing any amount of development money at the situation. Detailed household income stats are not out yet on the 2011 India Census website but it will be an interesting excel exercise to cross-compare income and sex-ratio one info is released.
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