Crosswords/2005/February/23

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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BP: New cap on Gulf of Mexico oil well in place

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 19-08-2017

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For the first time since April 20, no oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, though the halt may be temporary, as integrity testing began on a new sealing cap. The cap was installed on a leaking well in an effort by the BP energy company to contain oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The previous containment cap, which was removed Saturday, had a much looser fit than the new one and allowed oil to escape into the Gulf. It took about three days for the cap to be removed, the site prepared, and the new one to be slowly lowered into position.

The energy company had planned to begin running integrity tests Tuesday to measure the performance of the well under pressure. The tests were delayed a day for further analysis, but clearance to proceed was given Wednesday afternoon, then a leak in a choke line had to be repaired. BP senior vice president Kent Wells announced at his Thursday afternoon briefing that the final valve on the cap assembly started to close at 1:15 PM Thursday and was fully closed at 2:25 PM, finally shutting in the oil flow. If the tests show that the well is strong enough, the sealing cap valves will likely remain closed. If the well cannot be safely closed from the top, the new cap is designed to funnel almost all the oil to ships above while two relief wells are constructed for a permanent fix. After the old cap was removed, oil flowed freely into the waters of the Gulf until the present cap was installed at about 7:00 PM CDT Monday (00:00 UTC Tuesday).

BP has stated that this oil containment system has never been deployed at the current depths, nor has it been tested in the conditions that it will be expected to operate in. During the testing period, which could last anywhere from six to forty-eight hours, all undersea oil containment systems will be temporarily suspended. The company made clear that, even if the tests succeed, this does not mean that oil leakage has permanently ceased.

Doug Suttles, a BP executive, explained that during the test, the well pressure will be carefully monitored. Suttles said at a Monday briefing that the ideal would be for tests to show high pressure around the seal, indicating that no oil is escaping. He also stated that on the other hand, the pressures could be lower than anticipated, leading to the assumption that the well is damaged and is leaking oil and gas into surrounding rock. If this were to happen, keeping the cap shut could further damage the well. The solution for this scenario is to reopen the valves and funnel most, if not all, of the oil to ships above.

Drilling of the first relief well was suspended until completion of the integrity test. Kent Wells explained at his Wednesday morning briefing that the first relief well is now 4 feet from the original well and there is a remote possibility that the pressure test could open a path to the relief well. Drilling of the second relief well has stopped at 16,000 feet so as not to interfere with the first well and to keep routing options open in case the first relief well fails. Even if the pressure tests do succeed and the main well is shut, work on the first relief well will continue until it intercepts the main well. When this occurs, mud and cement will be pumped into the well for a permanent seal. Containment and clean up operations will continue even after the relief wells are finished to deal with oil already released.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven and marking the start of the worst offshore oil spill in United States history.

The Fun Of Camping In The Great Outdoors

Filed Under (Camping Gear) by GsNn29 on 18-08-2017

By Gabriel Adams

One of the best outdoors activities for individuals and families is camping. You can camp in a tent, pop up camper or a truck camper and have so much fun. Camping is something that can be done all year long depending on where you camping and what you are camping with at the time. In the states that get really cold, you might not be as comfortable even in an RV as you would in Texas or Florida. Camping is one of the most popular things to do during the spring, summer and fall months.

For most, camping starts on Memorial Day and last through Labor Day. Some campers make it to Halloween before calling it a season. If you have the right equipment, you can camp very comfortably until Thanksgiving if the snow is not falling. Although many campgrounds close after the month of October, some close as early as the end of Labor Day weekend. However, the area where the campground is located has a lot to do with the running of the season.

Many people enjoy months of traveling and camping all over the country. One of the most spectacular things in life is being free. Camping allows you to do just that. You can save your money by working during the colder months and travel during the nicer months. All you really need is a pop up camper or a truck camper, which is ideal. When you start your journey, you can stop anywhere you want to and stay for as long as you want.

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The trucker campers and pop up campers have a kitchenette, sleeping areas, room for a television and satellite as well as heaters and air-conditioners if you add them. You can cook outdoors over an open fire and enjoy a night around the fire talking and sharing stories with newfound friends. No one ever rushes to return home after camping. The air is fresh and the relaxation cannot be found anywhere else.

The price of camping is just right. You pay for your campsite, which includes electrical hookups and water if needed. All you really need is the fee for the campsite and food and drinks as well as gas money. Not bad considering what it takes to live at home, you need rent money, utilities, food and repairs. Not to mention at home you have to do lawn care, clean a large apartment or house and remember when to take the garbage out.

Camping is fun for everyone. If you have the right equipment, you will enjoy yourself no matter where you stay. The nice thing about traveling to different campgrounds is that you meet so many new people. You can share stories and even find out some tips that save you money and time when camping. One tip to keep in mind when setting up your camper and packing is to remember the tin foil. You will find that tin foil is like duct tape to households. You will use it to cook, keep away wildlife and even use it to make things you might need around the campsite.

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5 Safety Rules For Camping

plus find the

Best Minnesota Camping Spots

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Backpacking Camping Gear Checklist

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How To Select Facebook Application Developers}

Filed Under (Risk Management) by GsNn29 on 01-08-2017

Submitted by: Dmitriy Kharchenko

In today’s social-networking world Facebook is one of the unquestioning leaders. It gives unique opportunities to its users and is both a place to meet friends and a profitable advertising space.

Facebook applications and Facebook Connect are relatively new ways proposed by Facebook to drive traffic and customers. Currently they attract much attention of website and business owners who consider utilizing them as a part of an overall marketing strategy.

If you decide to develop a Facebook application or use advanced options of Facebook Connect, you need a professional development team that can implement that task in the most effective way. Here are a few tips which can be useful when selecting a Facebook app provider.

Choosing a team of Facebook application developers

1) Try to find experienced social network programmers rather than usual website developers. That means that the most appropriate candidate should have both technical understanding and deep people comprehension. Why? Because to develop a Facebook app is only half of the battle, the main point is to make it so that people like it and want to use it. In other words, your development team should understand key marketing principles of Facebook and think over every feature to drive users to your application.

2) Assure that the team is able to develop not only a cool functionality but also make an application user-friendly. A handy and stylish interface is crucial for your Facebook application success.

3) Make sure the provider is aware of Facebook Privacy Policy (facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php?ref=pf), Facebook Developer Principles and Policies (developers.facebook.com/policy/), and upcoming changes described in Facebook Developers Roadmap (wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Developer_Roadmap). These documents contain lists of limitations that should be taken into account while developing Facebook apps. If your application does not comply with them, it won’t be permitted on Facebook.

4) Check that they have relevant experience in source code design and refactoring techniques. That helps to keep the application responsive to Facebook API (Application Programming Interface) changes with minimal effort. Keeping the source code in a good shape and with proper comments is a key to smooth maintenance for the application lifetime.

5) Every time Facebook gets a shiny new feature or enhances Facebook API the programmers should be able to reflect that in your application. Long-term relationship with your development team is one of the best solutions for that task.

6) Established communication procedures and infrastructure play an extremely significant role in any remote development project. Your Facebook application developers should be ready to work in close contact with you and your company representatives, use shared collaborative project management tools, and have acceptable level of communication culture and language skills.

To fulfill the plan above, first of all learn the provider’s website, especially their portfolio and customers’ opinions. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate verbal contacts and interviews – they are very important in order to understand the real level of provider’s technical competence, practical experience and available skills.

And please remember: If you have any questions or doubts, always ask and try to sort out what is unclear beforehand because the better you and your provider comprehend the task and all other aspects of potential cooperation, the more chances to complete the project successfully and in time.

Facebook applications and Facebook Connect are increasingly becoming must-have marketing and social-networking tools. A good development team can help you to avoid typical mistakes and get the most of Facebook opportunities.

About the Author: Dmitriy Kharchenko is the CEO of Acceptic Ltd, an outsourcing

software development company

, Ukraine. Among other services, Acceptic provides Facebook Connect integration and

Facebook application development

– FB apps that win a lot of fans.

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Massive earthquake hits Indonesia, no tsunami risk

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 01-08-2017

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An 8.6 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Indonesian coast at 08:38:37 UTC today, causing a tsunami watch to be issued over the entire Indian Ocean.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at a point 308 miles (495 km) southwest of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, located on the northern extremity of the country’s Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km). Local media reports suggest that people in Sumatra fled from their homes and offices in fear. The 8.6 quake was followed by a quake measuring 8.2 on the Richter Scale.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) advised authorities to “take appropriate action”, stating that they were not aware whether a tsunami had occurred yet. The earthquake, initially believed to be 8.9 on the Richter Scale was later revised to be an 8.7 and finally an 8.6 quake. In reaction to the earthquake, the Indonesian disaster management agency noted that power had been shut down in Aceh. Moreover, people were being warned by sirens of the danger and were going to higher ground. Agency spokesman Sutopo said: “The electricity is down, there are traffic jams to access higher ground. Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere.”

In its report, the PWTC issued a tsunami watch for 28 countries, including, but not limited to Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Bangladesh, miscellaneous Indian Ocean islands, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. They mentioned that “[e]arthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin.”

The tsunami warnings were initially issued for Indonesia after the 8.6 earthquake and later issued for a further two hours after the 8.2 earthquake hit the Aceh province. The watch was lifted for Myanmar, Australia and Malaysia. Later, India too ended its tsunami watch, with a scientist at the Indian tsunami warning center noting that “the danger has passed”.

Earlier, the tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok in Thailand and south India, particularly in Bangalore and Chennai. According to locals, people left their buildings in Bangalore on feeling the tremors. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service issued a red high-level warning for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The southeastern coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu were put on lower warnings. According to Sky News, people residing near the coast were asked to move away from the sea in India. The tremors there reached upto the northern city of Kolkata. Kolkata and its surrounding areas felt tremors, also felt in North 24 Parganas and the town of Siliguri in the same state. Several people rushed out of their office as windows and doors rattled due to the quake, while some buildings developed cracks. Metro Rail services were suspended in the city, and people were asked to leave the stations.

Similar warnings were issued by the governments in Sri Lanka, where mild tremors were experienced at Colombo. The tsunami warning was however lifted after 6 p.m. local time. But the government advised people not to go close to the sea. Smith Dhamasoroja, of the National Disaster Warning Foundation, predicted that Thailand would have to face a tsunami as the earthquake was so powerful. Thai Meteorological Department deputy chief Somchai Baimoung however stated that no warning had yet been issued. Later a warning was issued in the country and subsequently lifted. In Bangladesh, two tremors were felt. But the authorities stated there was no fear of a tsunami.

Amy Vaughn of the U.S. Geological Survey told Sky News that because the earthquake was so massive, “a large body of water is disturbed by the movement of the fault”. Therefore, since the epicenter was so close to the west coast of Sumatra, “it could be devastating for the region.” In Malaysia, high-rise buildings shook for over a minute.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a major earthquake belt. On December 26, 2004 a 9.2-magnitude earthquake in the same area triggered massive tsunami waves, killing almost 220,000 people.

Genetic link to migraines discovered by researchers

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 01-08-2017

Monday, September 27, 2010

New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has shown a link between a faulty gene and migraines. Scientists hope that this discovery will lead to improved pain management treatments for sufferers, with possible benefits for pain treatment generally.

The breakthrough involves a gene known as TRESK, thought to control the brain’s reaction to pain: if it is defective, then many normal activities and actions will be painful. Migraine sufferers (thought in the United Kingdom to number about eight per cent of men and eighteen per cent of women) often complain that light, noise and touch cause pain. TRESK can potentially be affected by drugs that would change the point at which it reports pain, which would alleviate the suffering of those with migraines. Now researchers will need to find such a drug.

The study involved scientists from the Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit at the University of Oxford and from Canada. They looked at the DNA of 110 people with migraine and members of their family, and found that TRESK was a major component in migraines. One of the Oxford researchers, consultant neurologist Zameel Cader, described it as a “once in a generation find” and said that it could “potentially lead to a treatment for pain in general.” Before this study, no genes had been directly linked to migraines, although parts of the DNA that raised the general risk had been found.

Migraines are described by the World Health Organisation as a major worldwide cause of disability. In Britain, it is estimated that migraines affect 20 per cent of the population, with about 190,000 migraines occurring daily and over 25 million lost days from work every year. Lee Tomkin, director of a sufferers’ charity, Migraine Action, described the news as “fantastic” and “genuinely a really great step forward.” Professor Peter Goadsby from the Migraine Trust termed it “a novel direction to consider new therapies in this very disabling condition.”

Swine flu: recent developments worldwide

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 01-08-2017

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The H1N1 swine flu virus has now spread to 66 different countries throughout the globe, with at least 19,273 confirmed cases and 117 deaths having been reported according to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) tally. A majority of the cases were reported by the United States, which now has at least 10,053 confirmed infections from the disease.

Egypt, Bulgaria, and Nicaragua each reported their first case, while Lebanon reported three.

The WHO’s pandemic alert level is at the fifth level, on a scale of one to six. In order for a transition for the highest level to be made, the organisation must confirm a significant spread of swine flu in at least two continents. The WHO has recently been under pressure to include the severity of a disease spread to its criteria, not just the geographical spread of a virus. The WHO said that its committee had agreed that a statement on the strength of an epidemic should be made in any future pandemic declarations.

“There was a broad consensus on the importance of including information on severity in future announcements,” the WHO said in a statement.


Australian health minister Nicola Roxon said that there are currently 878 confirmed cases of the influenza in Australia. The bulk of the cases have been in the state of Victoria, which has 752 infected persons. New South Wales is the second, with 74 infections.

Roxon predicted that the swine flu will be a problem in the next two winters, despite efforts to curb its spread.

“I would have thought we’re not at the halfway point, given that we still don’t have an extensive spread in Australia,” Roxon said. “We are only part way, but closer, to having a vaccine and we are still prepared to put all our efforts into containing the disease as much as possible.”

Roxon said that Australia’s hospitals will start taking samples from people infected with the flu to monitor its spread. She said that “it gives us the tools to monitor how much of the flu in the coming weeks is seasonal flu, how much is actually this H1N1 strain, and we will simply have to keep monitoring that over the coming months.” Roxon added that “this is a time to be cautious, where the combination of the flus might turn it into something much less virulent or something more virulent.”

Meanwhile, Singapore has urged its residents not to travel to Victoria. A warning at the government website said that Melbourne and Victoria were affected by the disease, and advised any Singapore residents returning from those areas to keep an eye on their health for swine flu symptoms.

The health ministry of Brazil announced on Tuesday that the number of infected people in the country has been increased to 23 after two new cases were confirmed. 25 people are also suspected to be infected.

The ministry said that both new patients are in stable condition, and had both been infected after traveling to the U.S.

Of Brazil’s H1N1 cases, nine are in São Paulo, seven in Rio de Janeiro, four in Santa Catarina, and one apiece in Rio Grande do Sul, Tocantins, and Minas Gerais. Seven of the cases had been transmitted domestically.

1,795 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 were reported in three territories and nine provinces of Canada as of Wednesday. The federal health minister, Leona Aglukkaq, pledged on Friday to give CA$10.8 million to help fight the flu. The Canadian government is creating a new swine flu network to help connect health officials with researchers.

“These projects will have huge benefits […] They will help public health officials across Canada in their efforts to plan, design and evaluate interventions to control the spread of the virus and protect the health of Canadians,” Aglukkaq said.

Almost four hundred swine flu cases in the South American country of Chile have been reported, local health officials say.

The Institute of Public Health in Santiago reported that 393 cases were confirmed in the country in a statement on its website. The institute said that while 98% of cases were only “mild”, about two percent of all infections were fatal.

Swine flu cases in Chile have increased twofold within the last seven days.

New Zealand now has eleven confirmed cases of the swine flu. A further 63 are in quarantine and have been prescribed the antiviral drug oseltamivir (which goes by the trade name of Tamiflu).

Health officials from the Philippines said that seven more people tested positive for the influenza on Thursday, increasing the number of confirmed infections from the disease in the country to 29. There are a further 47 laboratory results pending confirmation.

Francisco Duque, the Philippine’s health secretary, said six of the cases were in Filipinos who had returned from visits to the U.S.

“With further characterization of the virus in our local cases, if we see that A/H1N1 poses no severe threat and is self-limited in most cases, we may be seeing a shift in our control strategy to outpatient and home management of patients showing only mild symptoms,” Duque said.

Russia has reported its first case of the flu, in an unidentified 28-year-old man who had recently been in New York. The man had initially passed a medical check when he arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport last Monday, but began to feel ill two days later and was hospitalised the same day. It is currently uncertain how he obtained the virus.

Russian officials are currently screening flights that have departed from “countries of concern”, including all countries in the Americas, as well as Japan and Spain. People arriving on flights from such countries have their temperatures checked by remote sensors, and those with high temperatures are hospitalised and tested for the H1N1 virus. Over a score of people so far have been identified as having symptoms of the disease, but all of them were cleared after later tests.

Turkey’s first case happened on May 16 when a passenger flying from United States to Iraq through a connected flight over Turkey entered to ?stanbul Atatürk International Airport. With the latest arrival of 2 Turkish passengers from New York and Toronto on June 3, the number of confirmed cases increased to 10.

The Turkish Ministry of Health reported that no infections related for human-to-human transfer of the virus are observed until now and the hospitalized cases are treated in a dedicated hospital in Istanbul.

486 people have been confirmed as infected with the H1N1 virus in the United Kingdom. 27 new cases in England were confirmed recently. Five people in the Glasgow area have been hospitalised. Three of them are in intensive care, although one man recently improved and was moved into to high dependency. A 44-year-old woman, who is said to have had underlying health conditions, is also in high dependency, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley.

Scotland is the part of the UK with the highest ratio of affected people to population.

The U.S. is the country with the highest number of confirmed swine flu infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 27 people have died from the virus, and a further 13,271 cases have been reported throughout the country. All fifty states, as well as two territories, have reported cases.

The state of Wisconsin has been the worst hit, with 2,217 infections, as well as three additional suspected cases.

“What is unusual today is not that there has been a death from influenza. Over 37,000 people die in the United States each year of seasonal influenza, and the rates of death and illness from this novel H1N1 strain does not appear to be radically different,” said Seth Foldy, a Wisconsin health official. “What is unusual this year is that influenza continues to be widely circulating in Wisconsin and many, many other states this late in the year.”

Vietnam’s fourth swine flu infection was confirmed on Thursday, in a six-year-old girl in Vietnam’s capital of Ho Chi Minh City, a local media report said. The child is currently receiving treatment. All of the infected patients had recently traveled to the United States.

Easing Member Pain From The Dreaded Zipper Incident}

Filed Under (Cars) by GsNn29 on 31-07-2017

Submitted by: J Dugan

Obviously this is something no man wants to discuss. But talking about it is a must, because getting the manhood caught in a zipper is a very unfortunate event that happens to far too many men. Though the odds of it happening are greater for a younger man, or even a kid, even grown men who have been using a zipper all their lives can fall victim to the zipper incident. The best thing a man can do if ever caught in this situation is understand the best manhood care steps to remove himself from the problem with as little member pain and damage as possible.

Male organ skin and the zipper

There are few things that hurt worse than getting the delicate male organ skin caught in the teeth of a metal or plastic zipper. A man might zip up thousands of times, even tens of thousands, and never have a problem until that horrible moment when he does.

In some cases, the zipper catch is very small and quick, and a man is left with a small bruise, a little tearing and a heightened sense of respect for how powerful a zipper can be. But in other cases, the zipper catches more than a little male organ skin, and panic ensues. Heres how to get out of this rather painful situation.

1.Stay calm. It sounds simple, but when a mans manhood is stuck in a zipper, staying calm can be surprisingly difficult. Panic might mean pulling on the zipper in a rush and creating even more damage.

2.Lube things up. Mineral oil is a great thing to have handy around the house. Pour mineral oil over the manhood, zipper and all. Dont worry about getting it on any clothing now is not the time to worry about stains. Be very generous with the mineral oil and allow it to soak in for thirty minutes, as this will loosen up the zipper and ease the pressure on the male organ skin.

3.Attempt a general extraction. Holding the male organ skin with one hand and the tongue of the zipper with the other, try gently pulling the zipper down. In some cases, the zipper will be lubricated by the mineral oil and will slip away without any further injury. But if member pain gets worse or there is any blood, stop trying.

4.Break the zipper. In order to dismantle the zipper, wire cutters are a good tool. Snap the median bar, which is the area that holds the faceplates of the zipper together. Some zippers might be too small for this, but larger zippers can be broken apart with one quick motion. This will then release the zipper teeth and free the manhood. If this doesnt work, dont push it.

5.Treat the male organ skin or get medical attention. At this point there will be two options: the manhood will be freed from the zipper and it will be time to treat the skin, or it will still be stuck and medical attention will be required. If the skin needs treatment, cleanse it very well with a mild soap and water. Make sure the wound is not bleeding, then apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to the wound and cover it with a thick gauze pad. If bleeding persists or if the manhood is still stuck, get to the doctor for help.

As the skin is healing, it needs special care and attention. In order to ensure the skin bounces back to health as quickly as possible, men should invest in a top-quality manhood health crme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Remember to wait to apply the crme until the skin is no longer bleeding and raw from the zipper wound. Look for a crme that contains powerful vitamins, such as vitamin B5 for cell metabolism, vitamin C for strengthening of collagen, and vitamin E for hydration. A crme with a Shea butter base is important, as this high-end emollient can help restore moisture and speed healing.

About the Author: Visit

menshealthfirst.com

for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 31-07-2017

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It can be difficult to be John Reed.

Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired to write after the terrorist attacks on September 11. “The clear references to 9/11 in the apocalyptic ending can only bring Orwell’s name into disrepute in the U.S.,” wrote William Hamilton, the British literary executor of the Orwell estate. That process had already begun: it was revealed Orwell gave the British Foreign Office a list of people he suspected of being “crypto-Communists and fellow travelers,” labeling some of them as Jews and homosexuals. “I really wanted to explode that book,” Reed told The New York Times. “I wanted to completely undermine it.”

Is this man who wants to blow up the classic literary canon taught to children in schools a menace, or a messiah? David Shankbone went to interview him for Wikinews and found that, as often is the case, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Reed is electrified by the changes that surround him that channel through a lens of inspiration wrought by his children. “The kids have made me a better writer,” Reed said. In his new untitled work, which he calls a “new play by William Shakespeare,” he takes lines from The Bard‘s classics to form an original tragedy. He began it in 2003, but only with the birth of his children could he finish it. “I didn’t understand the characters who had children. I didn’t really understand them. And once I had had kids, I could approach them differently.”

Taking the old to make it new is a theme in his work and in his world view. Reed foresees new narrative forms being born, Biblical epics that will be played out across print and electronic mediums. He is pulled forward by revolutions of the past, a search for a spiritual sensibility, and a desire to locate himself in the process.

Below is David Shankbone’s conversation with novelist John Reed.

Contents

  • 1 On the alternative media and independent publishing
  • 2 On Christopher Hitchens, Orwell and 9/11 as inspiration
  • 3 On the future of the narrative
  • 4 On changing the literary canon
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On politics
  • 7 On self-destruction and survival
  • 8 On raising children
  • 9 On paedophilia and the death penalty
  • 10 On personal relationships
  • 11 Sources
  • 12 External links

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 25) city council candidates speak

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by GsNn29 on 31-07-2017

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 25). Three candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Blair, Robertson Boyle, Tony Dickins, Cliff Jenkins (incumbent), and Peter Kapsalis.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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