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Lone Star Youth Orchestra 2017-2018 Season Auditions
Event on 2017-08-12 10:30:00
The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season on Saturday, August 12th and Saturday, August 26th from 10:30am-4:30pm at the Irving Arts Center.

Based in Irving, TX, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle and high school students residing in the Dallas Metroplex. These talented youths are given the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education by learning symphonic literature through high-quality orchestral and ensemble training with the very best in the field. Students have the opportunity to perform with the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra through our side-by-side concerts, and students may also compete for scholarship opportunities and guest artist spots through our annual concerto competition.

Each year, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra provides our community with multiple breath taking concerts. Through master classes with distinguished professors and building connections with professional musicians, 98% of our students go on to higher education. In fact, many students who have graduated concurrently with the LSYO have been granted scholarships at prestigious music institutions such as Julliard (New York), the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia), and the Royal College of Music (London). Likewise, LSYO alumni include an abundance of community leaders, professionals, and educators.

Auditions are by appointment only. All audition information can be found at www.lascolinassymphony.org/lsyo. Students can expect to perform two scales, a solo of their choice, and 2-3 excerpts that have been preselected for their instrument.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our growing and diverse community by inspiring, entertaining and involving citizens and organizations through music concerts of superior cultural and educational value. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is an education initiative of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra.

Entering into his third year as conductor of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, Kevin Pearce brings a unique combination of a world-class musical background and an unending commitment to education. Pearce recently completed coursework for his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of North Texas, in the studio of David Itkin. Prior to his move to North Texas, he served from 2008-2013 as the inaugural Director of Orchestras at Cypress Lakes High School in the western suburbs of Houston. During his tenure, the Cypress Lakes Orchestras won multiple UIL Sweepstakes awards, as well as top honors in local and national festivals. Kevin received a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa. His other conducting teachers include Clay Couturiaux, William LaRue Jones, Myron Welch, Stephen Pratt, and Douglas Stotter.

Auditions will take place Saturday, August 12th and Saturday, August 26th from 10:30am-4:30pm at the Irving Arts Center.

at Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, United States

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Dry Country
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Image by Steve Dorman
Bad news for many Victorian farmers down near where my folks live. Years of successive droughts have left paddocks bare and many farmers too debt ridden to purchase feed for their dairy cows. Praying that these folks get several fat years. They could use it. Not just in Victoria either, but huge areas of NSW and other parts of the country as well. I’m glad we have several rural chaplains travelling throughout these areas as well as the Flying Padre in the outback.
Water, we don’t think about it much in the city. Except when a pipe bursts and we can’t fill the kettle for a couple of hours. But for many people and livestock in rural and outback Australia. It truly is a precious resource.

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led tv
by s.yume

When investing in something exciting like a new television, the last thing you want to happen is for technical jargon to take the edge off and put a dampener on things, so here is a jargon buster specifically for LCD, Plasma, High Definition and LED TVs:

LCD â?? Liquid Crystal Display. The technology used to create some flat screen televisions which allows for clear and crisp images whether watching television or playing games through your TV.

LED â?? Light Emitting Diode. Light Emitting Diodes are used in conjunction with LCD technology to give a bright, backlit image which is clear and visible no matter what the surrounding light conditions are like.

HD â?? High Definition. HD produces significantly better picture quality than SD (Standard Definition) which all televisions used to fall under. This is because it has one to two million pixels per frame, approximately five times that of SD, meaning the picture quality is sharper, clearer and more lifelike.

HD Ready â?? This means that the television, computer monitor or laptop you’re buying supports High Definition technology and you will be able to enjoy those programmes and games which are filmed in HD and offer a more realistic viewing experience.

Plasma â?? Technology which has allowed television screens to become bigger and bigger without losing picture quality in the process. Plasma TVs are still the preferred choice for those opting to buy a TV which is larger than 42 inches in diameter.

Wi-Fi ready â?? Wireless Fidelity. The name given to a device which can connect wirelessly to the internet, most commonly associated with laptops and mobile devices, but can now be applied to any device which can be used to connect to the internet, including televisions that are Wi-Fi ready.

Resolution â?? This refers to the number of pixels per frame; the more pixels there are per frame, the higher the resolution and the better the picture quality.

3D DNR â?? 3D Digital Noise Reduction. This is a feature which is built into many televisions to reduce picture grain and emit as clear a picture as possible.

50Hz / 100Hz â?? The frequency at which the electrical current is transmitted to the user from the power source; the faster the frequency, the clearer and more flicker-free image the television will relay to you.

IPS â?? In Plane Switching. This was developed in the late 1990s as a way to overcome the limited viewing angle of flat screens on televisions, laptops and so on, as well as to improve poor colour reproduction. Due to the expense of this technology, it was initially reserved for monitors used by people such as graphic designers but as the price dropped, the technology has been adopted in mainstream products, for example Panasonic LCD TVs incorporate this technology, allowing them to produce a high quality image without the excessive energy consumption that the original IPS technology used.

DLNA certified â?? Digital Living Network Alliance. Having this certification means that the manufacturer has signed up to an alliance which means they are offering consumers standardised ways to operate technology and means their items are as compatible as possible with other devices.

HDMI â?? High Definition Multimedia Interface. A compact interface for transmitting uncompressed audio or video data; this is a way of connecting everything from Blu-Ray and DVD players, to games consoles and set top boxes, to your digital television or computer monitor. Digital TVs will often have up to four HDMI connections.

Check the product specifications online for all the information you need before you decide whether LCD TVs or Plasma TVs are right for you.

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Chris DiStefano
Event on 2017-06-03 19:00:00

at Hyenas Dallas
5321 East Mockingbird
Dallas, United States

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A few nice news images I found:

Anger Games 2
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Image by razorieneve
Original size 3840×2400. Use of this image must also attribute Imperium.News

Anger Games 2
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Image by razorieneve
Original size 3840×2400. Use of this image must also attribute Imperium.News

Moons of New Eden
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Image by razorieneve
Original size 3840×2400. Use of this image must also attribute Imperium.News

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A few nice morocco music images I found:

Gojira au boulevard 2007 (journée Metal)
morocco music
Image by dequoi
Gojira en plein set au boulevard 2007

Ribab Fusion
morocco music
Image by Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde 2011
morocco music
Image by herr_S
Essaouira-Marokko

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Breast of Texas Spring Fundraiser BBQ
Event on 2017-05-20 12:00:00
Breast of Texas Dragon Boat Team's Annual Fundraising Event benefiting breast cancer suvivors. Join us for a fun time and help raise funds for the first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in the Dallas\ Fort Worth Area: Breast of Texas. The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every four years by the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission for thousands of breast cancer survivors from around the world that participate in dragon boating to promote health and well-being, and spread breast cancer awareness.  In 2018, Florence, Italy will host this event where approximately 120 breast cancer survivor teams from around the world will compete. The Breast of Texas is committed to participating in its first ever International Festival in Florence, Italy, while representing the Lone Star State of Texas in promoting personal strength, joy, hope, camaraderie, positive energy, health and well-being. Tax-deductible donations to the Breast of Texas Florence Fund will go towards the team's registration and travel costs which are estimated to exceed 00 per participant.  Visit www.florencebcs2018.org for more information about the 2018 International Festival. Visit our Florence Fund Donation Summary Page to view a list of donors and our fundraising progress. We are preparing a feast of BBQ for our neighbors, friends, and family. How could you say no to this surefire good time with unlimited BBQ? We also have many fun games planned for you, or you can bring your own frisbee, volleyball, badminton, football, etc.  We will be introducing our brand new  pink dragon boat, Stella, speaking why we formed the team and how it helps our community. Breast of Texas's very own Katie Maciulenicz-Gass Ph.D. will be at the event to tell us about the positive impact this sport has for breast cancer survivors. 

at Trawick Pavilion
2700 Darren G. Medlin Trail
Grapevine, United States

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9th Annual Dr. Tom Matthews Lecture – Evidence Based Orthodontics and Management of Open Bites
Event on 2017-05-20 08:00:00
9th Annual Dr. Tom Matthews Lecture – Evidence Based Orthodontics and Management of Open Bites   Course Summary: Dr. Huang will cover two topics during the day.  The first is Evidence-based Orthodontics, and how to incorporate it into your daily practice.  The quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses performed on orthodontic topics has improved over the past decade, and many can provide useful clinical information.  The second topic is one that Dr. Huang has been involved with for many years – anterior openbite.  Dr. Huang will review etiology, treatment options, and stability for mixed dentition, adolescents, and adults.  He will also discuss preliminary findings from the National Anterior Openbite Study.   Dr. Huang received his dental degree from the University of Florida (1987), and then earned a Certificate in Orthodontics and an MSD from the University of Washington (1989).  After 10 years of private practice, he decided to pursue an academic career and accepted a faculty position at UW.  Concurrently, he also enrolled in the MPH program in epidemiology at UW.  Upon completion of his MPH in 2001, Dr. Huang began his career as a clinical scientist, and has been involved with many studies, from retrospective investigations to randomized trials.  He is a well-known advocate of Evidence-based Orthodontics, lecturing nationally and internationally on this topic.  In 2008, he was named Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at UW. Dr. Huang is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, as well as an Angle Society member.  He has published more than 70 articles, and is the co-editor of two orthodontic textbooks: Evidence-based Orthodontics (2011) and Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques, 6th edition (2016).  He serves on the Editorial Boards of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research and The Journal of Orthodontics, and he has also served as an Associate Editor for the AJODO. Class of 2017 Master’s Thesis Presentations:  §  Dr. Blerta Abdi – Vascular and bone changes after a full mucoperiosteal flap: A randomized split-mouth experimental study  Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida    Dental Degree: Nova Southeastern University        §  Dr. Austin Hodges – Influence of SLA surface finish on MSI stability when placed along with OsetoCrete bone cement: A randomized split-mouth experimental study  Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M University  Dental Degree: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry       §  Dr. Patrick Hodges – Evaluation of mini-screw implant stability with OsteoCrete bone cement: A randomized split-mouth experimental study  Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M University  Dental Degree: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry     §  Dr. Kathryn Preston – Posterior occlusal changes with Invisalign® and traditional braces: A randomized control trial Undergraduate Degree: University of Kentucky Dental Degree: University of California, Los Angeles     §  Dr. Michael Ross – The effect of automated messaging on oral hygiene in adolescent orthodontic patients: A randomized control trial Undergraduate Degree: University of Texas, Austin Dental Degree: Texas A&M University College of Dentistry       §  Dr. Charlene Sugay –The effect of increased cortical damage on bone density and bone turnover in mature rabbits: A randomized split-body study Undergraduate Degree: University of Texas, Austin Dental Degree: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry         Event Description: Dr. Tom Matthews helped found the Department of Orthodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1961 along with his lifelong friend, Dr. Robert E. Gaylord.  Dr. Matthews had a profound influence on all the graduates of the Department for almost 50 years.  The Department of Orthodontics, and its graduates gratefully recognized Dr. Matthews’ many contributions to orthodontic education by establishing the Dr. Tom Matthews Lectureship in 2007. The Dr. Tom Matthews Lectureship will be presented annually in perpetuity to honor this outstanding gentleman.  Funding for this lectureship is provided by the Dr. Tom Matthews Endowment (held by the Baylor Oral Health Foundation) and continues to be made possible through the generosity of his former students, colleagues, friends, family and the attendees at each annual lecture. Event Sponsors: Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics Dr. Tom Matthews Endowment (held by the Baylor Oral Health Foundation)   Registration forms:Available from the department for those who choose to not register online. Payment by check:Mail to:Texas A&M University College of DentistryDepartment of OrthodonticsPO Box 660677Dallas, Texas 75266-0677Payable to:The Baylor Oral Health Foundation Memo Line:Dr. Tom Matthews LectureDepartment Contact Information:Ms. Jami Elkins214-828-8172Dr. Phillip M. Campbell214-828-8443 CE Credits: 8 hours AGD Codes: TBD     TAMCOD Office of CE Registration Information, Certifications & Cancellation/Refund policy: Texas A&M University College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. QUESTIONS: Please feel free to call us at 1-214-828-8238. For quickly response please email your questions through the online registration website ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. Continuing education credits issued for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states/provinces. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state/provincial licensing board(s). CONFIRMATIONS: Will be sent by e-mailto the official email address provided by the attendee to the registration website. Exact email is necessary REGISTRATION CANCELLATION: Tuition is refundable if a course is canceled by the Office of CE. A fee will be assessed for any course cancellation. All payments by check or cash are deposited into the Texas A&M account and CANNOT be refunded. “No Shows” for a course forfeit all tuition. Confirm notification of cancellation by e-mail.The CE Office cannot be held responsible for a non-refundable airline ticket.  

at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, 3302 Gaston Ave. Rm 605, Dallas, TX 75246
Complimentary Parking in the School Parking Garage , Breakfast, Lunch, and Certificate included
Dallas, United States

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Some cool live news images:

media documenting home demolitions
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Image by Michael.Loadenthal
numerous members of the Palestinian media were present at the incursion. some filmed, photographed and observed from this roof, while others worked on the ground.
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blog entry about the incursion: "The Siege in Nablus today:"
occupiedlove.blogspot.com/2006/08/seige-in-nablus-today.html

blog entry: media lies about human shields in Jabal Shamali:
occupiedlove.blogspot.com/2006/08/media-attacked-media-li…

blog entry: news media pictures of Jabal Shamali casualties:
occupiedlove.blogspot.com/2006/08/back-from-villages-with…
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Israeli Army Kills 15 year old Demonstrator, Injures 12, and Demolishes Houses
August 26th, 2006
www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/08/26/nablus-idf-kills-boy/

To view a video of the initial violence of the Israeli military and a collective punishment:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1WudexlluU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nablus, Palestine–Today, August 26, 2006, in the Jabal Shamali neighborhood of Nablus, soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) launched a 16 and a half hour incursion, wherein they killed one young boy, hospitalized at least twelve with many more injured, and destroyed twenty homes and apartments. The IOF entered the area around 2:00am, with over 26 military vehicles including armoured jeeps, hummers, border police jeeps, a Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozer and Caterpillar “excavator” wrecking machines.

Upon entering the area, the army went to the Labbada house, a three-story building, built in 1927, and home to over seventeen families, including eights flats housing members of the Labbada family. Immediately after entering the area, the soldiers used loudspeakers to order the residents of the building to leave within one minute. At this time, seventeen families exited the building, and were detained on the street, from 2:00-4:00am, while IOF soldiers fired live ammunition over their heads.

Upon seeing the bulldozers, the families of the Labbada house made repeated offers to act as shields for the soldiers in order to allow them to enter the building to search for the target of the raid, but the soldiers refused, and soon began to demolish the homes. At 4:00am most of theresidents were released and allowed to enter the home of a neighbor, but one elderly man, approximately eighty years old, was further detained until around 9:00am when he was released.

At 3:00am, with the residents still detained in the street, IOF bulldozers and “excavators” began to demolish small homes surrounding the Labbada complex, in an attempt to reach the three-story building. Once the building around the Labbada house had been completely demolished, the army began to demolish the three-story building from three sides. At this time, soldiers entered the At Tamimi building, a two-story home adjacent to the Labbada complex, and used the top floor as a sniper position. At 9:30am, five men were kidnapped from the neighboring house and forced to enter the apartment being used as a sniper nest to act as human shields for the army.

These men were held from 9:30am-11:45am. The men are named Shadi, age 23, Majdi, age 35, Tamer, age 19, Rami, age 17, Mohammad, age 21 and Walid, age 64.

The army proceeded to demolish at least three homes bordering the Labbada complex, and an additional eleven flats within the complex. While they demolished the homes, the army fired almost constantly into the building, while also firing at demonstrators with live ammunition, tear gas and concussion grenades. During this assault, the soldiers repeatedly fired explosive grenades from M-16 assault rifles into the building’s windows.

While demolishing the homes, the army crushed at least eight automobiles, and utilizing a bulldozer, dropped three of them on a neighboring house. Also during the attack, IOF soldiers entered the adjacent children’s’ school and after knocking out the windows, used the area as a firing position to shoot at demonstrators. In addition, Palestinian medical volunteers reported that around 5:00pm, a large fire was seen blazing in the
Labbada house, the result of repeated IOF grenade fire.

During the demolition, young Palestinian demonstrators gathered on and around Amman street, and were fired upon repeatedly. Rafidia hospital has confirmed that during these clashes, Muntasir Sulaiman Muhammad Ukah, 15 from Askar refugee camp, was shot in the back and killed. Rafidia has also confirmed treating an additional 12 persons for injuries, they are:

Issam Fathi Joma’a, 27 years old, with shrapnel in his right shoulder.
Ammar Nizar Saed, 16 years old, shot in the hand.
Jaber Naser Abd-Alrahman, 16 years old, shrapnel in an unknown location.
Ayman Abed Al-kareem Al-Khayat, 17 years old, shot in left leg.
Rani Mohammad Al-akhbar, 18 years old, shot in the leg.
Mahdi Atif Shrooti, 13 years old, shot in the hip.
Abed Al-latif Tahseen Agha, 9 years old, with shrapnel in the neck.
Abed Al-aziz Khalel Jebril, 18 years old, shot with a rubber bullet in the right hand.
Fathi Mohammad, 80 years old, shot in the right leg.
Ramadan Husam Al-ajori, 13 years old, shot in the right leg.
Fadi Ahmad, 18 years old, show with a rubber bullet in the head.
Ahamd Zayad Solayman, 15 years old, shot in the back.

Local news sources report an additional ten injuries but only those named were transfered to Rafidia hospital. On at least two occasions, IOF soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching injured persons in a timely manner.

The target of the incursion is unclear, but IOF soldiers arrested Nizar Labbada, 30 years old, before leaving the scene at 6:30pm. This is not the first time the 79 year old building was raided. In 2004, IOF soldiers attacked the building on four separate occasions in search of Firaz Labbada, now 34. Firaz was arrested in 2004 and is currently imprisoned until at least 2008.
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Photo Evidence From the Last Incursion into Nablus
www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/09/06/nablus-photos/
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Home Demolitions in Jabal Shamali a “Mistake”
September 6th, 2006
www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/09/06/demolition-mistake/

by ISM Nablus

On Saturday the 26th of August, Israeli military invaded the Jabal Shamali area of Nablus and destroyed 22 homes [for a report, pictures and video, see the previous report on the ISM website]. The next day, Israel’s largest newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the home demolition was “a mistake,” and that the Israeli military failed to arrest two to three Fatah activists that were the target of the operation.

At the end of the incursion, five individual houses and one three-storey block of flats were destroyed. One of the six buildings demolished was a community meeting hall, the others homes belonging to the Saedi, G’name, Sa’eah and Lubaddeh families. Eight cars were also totally wrecked, five of which were dumped onto a neighboring house, causing structural damage in the form of broken base-beams in the roof and the bending of walls.

Additional houses were also damaged during the demolition. The home adjacent to the structure damaged by the demolished cars was severely burn-damaged, and three homes west of the apartment block were 80% destroyed and are now unlivable. In total, 22 homes and apartments were completely demolished, and an additional five homes were made unlivable.

About 100 people were made homeless by the Israeli military’s actions and are now evacuated to friends’ homes in surrounding neighborhoods, or forced to rent apartments around Nablus. With the help of friends and neighbors, they have removed the remains of their homes that were not completely bullet-ridden or shredded by bulldozers and are now planning on rebuilding the homes as they were.

The families have been given ,000 collectively from the Palestinian government as aid for rebuilding their homes, and friends and neighbors collected an additional ,000 for the same purpose. This is, however, far from enough money. The cost of rebuilding the Lubaddeh block of flats alone, as estimated by engineers, will amount to about 0,000.

The issue of home demolitions has been discussed at length by the Israeli High Court of Justice in many cases, including Janimat V. IDF Military Commander 1997. In the discussion of this case, published by the Israeli Supreme Court in “Judgments of the Israeli Supreme Court: Fighting Terrorism within in Law”, the Justices argue, “home demolitions are allowed only in light of especially serious terrorist activities, such as involvement in suicide bombings aimed at civilians… The demolitions are subject to legal principals, such as the principle of proportionality. For example, the measure may only be used if it is possible to limit it to the terrorist’s home, without demolishing adjacent dwellings. (60)” In addition, the President of the Court, A. Barak states, “[Demolitions are] implemented in stages and with care in order to prevent damage to the rest of the building. If damage is caused, it will be repaired. (62)” In the case of this incursion, the homes were demolished while searching for suspects, not “in light of especially serious terrorist activities.” In addition, 22 homes were demolished in their attempt to arrest, clearly violating the “principal of proportionality.” According to President Barak, the homes’ of the residents will be repaired, though follow through on this is unlikely.

Nizar Lubbadeh, who gave himself up to be arrested in a desperate bid to stop the demolition of his and his family’s home, was released shortly after questioning. One other man, Mohammad Ayad, was however arrested after the demolition and is still in jail.

According to the Nablus Municipality, 220 buildings have been destroyed in Nablus since the beginning of the current Intifada in September 2000. This number excludes the large number of homes destroyed in Israel’s “Operation Defensive Shield” in 2002. Following this most recent incursion into Jabal Shamali, the number is now up to 242. This attack marks one of the largest houses to be destroyed. Other big demolitions include a 9-storey building in Rafidya Al-Makhfiyya 3 years ago, belonging to Jafar Maasri who was killed by lethal gas in the Old City, and the Al-Sudder family home in New Askar refugee camp about one and a half years ago.

Amer and Allam Lubbadeh, two brothers made homeless by the demolition, urge anyone who wishes to donate money to the rebuilding of their family home to contact the Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus, by telephone at 09-2384151, or by fax at 09-2380215.

Aflicktion: The Wreck of Hope
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Image by ocean.flynn
Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Nanuq of the North II: Animal Rights vs Human Rights.” Speechless. Uploaded January 3, 2007.

The Bush administration took advantage of the way in which all eyes turn towards Santa’s North Pole, where big-eyed talking polar bears, reindeer and seals live in harmony, to announce that they would save these creatures from Nanook of the North. See story.
For a divergent point of view read Nunatsiak News article.
Nanook (nanuq Inuktitut for polar bear) was the name of the Eskimo hunter captured on film in the first documentary ever produced, Robert Flaherty’s (1922) Nanook of the North, — still shown in film studies survey courses. Nanook the Stone Age-20the century hunter became an international legend as a lively, humourous and skillful hunter of polar bears, seals and white fox who tried to bite into the vinyl record Flaherty had brought with him. (The real “Nanook” died of tuberculosis (Stern 2004:23) as did countless Inuit from small communities ravaged by one of the worst epidemic’s of tuberculosis on the planet.)

On August 13, 1942 in Walt Disney studios’ canonical animated film Bambi it was revealed that many animals with cute eyes could actually talk and therefore shared human values. Nanook and his kind became the arch enemy of three generations of urban North Americans and Europeans. Hunters were bad. Cute-eyed animals that could talk were good. Today many animals’ lives have been saved from these allegedly cruel hunters by the billion dollar cute-eyed-talking-animals-industry.

The White House has once again come to the rescue of these vulnerable at-risk animals. (There was an entire West Wing episode in which a gift of moose meat was rejected by all staff since it came from a big-eyed-talking-animal. See Ejesiak and Flynn-Burhoe (2005) for more on how the urban debates pitting animal rights against human rights impacted on the Inuit.) Who would ever have suspected that the Bush administration cared so much about the environment that they would urge an end to the polar bear hunt, already a rare phenomenon to many Inuit since their own quotas protected them?

When I lived in the north the danger for polar bears did not reside in the hearts of hunters. Nanuq the polar bear who could not talk was starving. He hung out around hamlets like Churchill, Baker Lake or Iqaluit, looking for garbage since this natural habitat was unpredictable as the climate changed. Some people even insisted that there was no danger from the polar bear who had wandered into town since he was ’skinny.’ That did not reassure me! I would have preferred to know that he was fat, fluffy and well-fed. Polar bears die from exhaustion trying to swim along their regular hunting routes as ice floes they used to be able to depend on melted into thin air literally. They die, not because there are not enough seals but because they need platform ice in the right seasons. That platform ice is disappearing. They die with ugly massive tumours in them developed from eating char, seals and other Arctic prey whose bodies are riddled with southern toxins that have invaded the pristine, vulnerable northern ecosystem. Nanuq is dying a slow painful death. Nanuq is drowning. Although he doesn’t sing he is a canary for us all.

Climate change and southern industrial toxins affect the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic first. The Inuit claimed in 2003,"Global warming is killing us too, say Inuit ."This is why Sheila Watt-Cloutier laid a law suit against the administration of the United States of America. Now the handful of Job-like Inuit who managed to survive the seal hunt fiasco of the 1980s and are still able hunt polar bear, will have yet another barrier put between them and the ecosystem they managed and protected for millennia. When I see Baroque art and read of the Enlightenment, I think Hudson’s Bay and the whalers in the north. It wasn’t the Inuit who caused the mighty leviathan to become endangered. Just how enlightened are we, the great grandchildren of the settlers today? Who is taking care of our Other grandparents?

Since the first wave of Inuit activists flooded the Canadian research landscape fueled by their frustrations with academic Fawlty Towers they morphed intergenerational keen observation of details, habits of memory, oral traditions and determination with astute use of artefacts and archives to produce focused and forceful research. When Sheila Watt-Cloutier representing the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) was acknowledged with two awards in one year for work done to protect the environment, I wondered how many cheered her on.

I don’t cheer so much anymore. I am too overwhelmed, too hopeless to speak. I myself feel toxic, perhaps another pollutant from the south — my name is despair. I don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm of those activists who still have courage to continue. For myself, I feel like the last light of the whale-oil-lit kudlik is Flicktering and there is a blizzard outside.

Footnotes:

From wikipedia entry Sheila Watt-Cloutier

In 2002, Watt-Cloutier was elected[1][4] International Chair of ICC, a position she would hold until 2006[1]. Most recently, her work has emphasized the human face of the impacts of global climate change in the Arctic. In addition to maintaining an active speaking and media outreach schedule, she has launched the world’s first international legal action on climate change. On December 7, 2005, based on the findings of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, which projects that Inuit hunting culture may not survive the loss of sea ice and other changes projected over the coming decades, she filed a petition, along with 62 Inuit Hunters and Elders from communities across Canada and Alaska, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging that unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases from the United States have violated Inuit cultural and environmental human rights as guaranteed by the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.[5]

2. See also David Ewing Duncan’s "Bush’s Polar-Bear Problem" Technology Review: The Authority on the Future of Technology. From MIT. Information on Emerging Technologies. March 09, 2007. Duncan claims "The administration tells scientists attending international meetings not to discuss polar bears, climate change, or sea ice."

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Digitage elements:

Caspar David Friedrich’s (1824) The Sea of Ice
Tujjaat Resolution Island, abandoned, DEW line station DINA Northern Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) web site
My photo of ice floes in Charlottetown harbour, March 2000
A section of my acrylic painting entitled Nukara (2000)

Selected Bibliography

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On the last day of their pilgrimage, the pilgrims began by walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, the path through the streets of Jerusalem that Jesus walked with the Cross to the Crucifixion. After celebrating Mass, they thanked those who had taken care of them on their pilgrimage and prepared for their flights home. As they waited, news of the bombings at the Boston Marathon back home reached the pilgrims and they united themselves in prayer with those who were hurt, their families, and the emergency workers who rushed to care for them.

All this week, our colleague George Martell is traveling with the pilgrimage, embedded with the Cardinal and his priests so we can bring you photos, blogs, videos, and audio reports from the Holy Land from the pilgrims at such places as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Transfiguration, Qumran, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Upper Room, and more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus with Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese’s priests as an Easter retreat experience.

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“I’m not musically inclined.” “I’m all thumbs.” “I couldn’t sing my way out of a paper sack.” “I’m tone deaf.” All of these reasons that people give, and more of them, cannot convince me that someone couldn’t learn music if they wanted. After all, everyone remembers snippets of music they’ve heard from the radio or elsewhere. Music makes life interesting. One doesn’t have to know how to read sheet music, to be able to enjoy playing music.

To explain, music is sound divided into elements, that, when heard, pleases our spirits. These elements are melody, harmony, and rhythm. We latch onto the steady beat, and the dramatic, up and down melody.

Now, to divide the elements into what we may understand, we focus on melody. These sounds are put together in increments that follow a pattern. This pattern is based on a scale, or at least a key. The scale, or key, has a letter name, like ‘C’. When one plays a ‘C’ on an instrument, one has a reference point to play the other letters in a melody.

Should you want to learn a song you have heard, take a part of the melody you remember.
You may play the first note that you consider in the range of the song. Whatever instrument you play, you can choose any starting note. In order to reproduce the melody exactly, or very closely, use the following technique.

Does the melody go up or down in sound from the first note? When you play the next note, does it sound right or wrong, good or bad? If it sounds bad, that note is probably not in the scale or key of the song. The way to remember the wrong note is to write it down. So, write down all the right notes, and all the wrong notes you play. You’ll soon see patterns of notes you should and shouldn’t play, as you navigate up and down the melody.

Regarding rhythm, tap out the easiest part of the song you like. If it’s too hard, slow the rhythm, and attempt to tap it without errors. You’ll soon see the long and short taps work together to keep a constant and logical pace. You’re able to emphasize beats, tapping them harder or softer.

Now, attempt to play the right notes within the learned rhythm. Don’t tap out the rhythm any longer. Use the melody for the rhythm. If you’re singing, don’t worry so much about wrong notes, as about correct rhythm. Where you emphasized the rhythm alone, attempt to do the same with the notes. Sing or play them louder or softer, to enhance the beat. Scoop the notes dramatically for effect; lengthen or shorten the notes; play whole phrases gradually louder or softer. Feel the music take over your mind and spirit.

In the end, playing music gives us a beautiful feeling. Like any art, music involves working with the constructs of the physical, to see past physics, and contact the spiritual. Music is for everyone with a spirit.

by Scott LeMot

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