Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Week in Time Capsules: Blackberrys, Booze and Best of Deep Purple

This Week in Time Capsules: Blackberrys, Booze and Best of Deep Purple

This week's round-up of time capsule news includes some freshly buried capsules stuffed with cellphones, hair products and booze; some recently unearthed capsules that are so waterlogged they probably should've just stayed in the ground; and the hunt for quite a few capsules that have gone missing.




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BlackBerry Signs PlayBook?s Death Warrant

BlackBerry Signs PlayBook’s Death Warrant
Doing the right thing can be tough. But today, BlackBerry did the right thing by choosing to not update its all-but-forgotten tablet.


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

France challenges arbitration award, Tapie investigated

PARIS (Reuters) - A tycoon with ties to ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was put under formal investigation on suspicion of fraud on Friday in connection with a 403 million-euro ($524 million) arbitration award he received in 2008 to settle a legal dispute.

The case against Bernard Tapie could damage Sarkozy's ability to mount a comeback for the 2017 election. Investigators are trying to determine whether close ties between members of Sarkozy's inner circle and Tapie influenced a 2007 government decision to turn to a private arbitration tribunal to settle a dispute with now-defunct bank Credit Lyonnais.

Tapie, 70, a colorful member of France's business and sporting elite, was placed under investigation on suspicion of organized fraud after being questioned by police over four days.

Earlier, the state-controlled body charged with settling the debts of Credit Lyonnais, the Consortium de Realisation (CDR), petitioned the Paris appeals court to throw out the settlement Tapie received, the agency's lawyer, Pierre-Olivier Sur, told Reuters.

Tapie, a supporter of Sarkozy in the past two presidential elections, has denied any wrongdoing in the long-running case which has embroiled members of Sarkozy's former cabinet including International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, his former finance minister.

"I stress there is nothing in the case file to show the arbitration was the result of fraud," Tapie's lawyer, Herve Temime, told reporters after announcing the move to place his client under formal investigation.

Under French law, such a step means there is "serious or consistent evidence" pointing to likely implication of a suspect in a crime. It often, but not always, leads to a trial.


Socialist President Francois Hollande, who came to power last year vowing to do away with what he said were unfair advantages accorded the rich and well-connected, had signaled that his government planned to challenge the arbitration.

In order to nullify the settlement, judges would have to find evidence of fraud.

Tapie claimed that Credit Lyonnais defrauded him by buying his stake in sports company Adidas in 1993 for 315.5 million euros only to sell it a year later for 701 million euros.

The arbitration went in Tapie's favor with the 285-million-euro award which, with interest, amounted to 403 million euros.

Also under formal investigation is a former aide to Lagarde, Stephane Richard, now the chief executive of France Telecom, who plans to appeal the decision.

Investigating magistrates have made Lagarde a "supervised witness" in the case, a less serious step than a formal investigation that means she will answer questions as a witness in the presence of her lawyer in any future hearings.

The fraud-related investigation of Tapie and Richard increases the likelihood of a trial that could further tarnish the image of the conservative party, which lost power last year with Sarkozy's defeat to Hollande.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing By Alexandria Sage; Editing by Catherine Bremer and Ralph Boulton)


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US envoy accosted amid Kosovo vote on Serbia deal

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) ? Hardline opposition supporters tried but failed to stop Kosovo lawmakers from approving a key deal with Serbia on Thursday ? with hundreds clashing with police outside parliament, lawmakers scuffling with the body's speaker inside, and some protesters even attacking the U.S. ambassador as she tried to enter the building.

The developments underscored the deep passions that arise in this tiny country over any deal with a neighboring state that still refuses to recognize Kosovo's independence.

The agreement, which passed on an 84-3 vote, will see Serbia call off parallel security structures in the Serb-run north of Kosovo and encourage northern Kosovo's Serb population to work with the ethnic Albanian leadership in Pristina in exchange for more self-governance. The accord does not, however, resolve the dispute over Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia.

Kosovo police used pepper spray and batons to disperse a crowd of several hundred hardline opposition supporters who tried to stop lawmakers from holding the vote. Dozens of people were detained by police in riot gear outside government buildings.

U.S. Ambassador Tracey Jacobson "was physically accosted by protesters" blocking entrances to the assembly building, the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo said in a statement, adding, "We deplore the use of violent tactics in obstructing the democratic process."

"Vetevendosje tried to stop us, but we got in on our second attempt! #bruised," Jacobson tweeted, using the Albanian name for Self-Determination, an opposition group that is against talks with Serbia and has 12 seats in the 120-seat parliament.

Many lawmakers, including Self-Determination members, did not vote Thursday, but there were enough who did to meet the necessary quorum and pass the deal, which still requires the president's signature.

Members of Self-Determination unfolded banners during the process suggesting the deal gives Kosovo territory to Serbia. And some in the group scuffled with the speaker of Parliament to try to prevent the vote from taking place, but security intervened and removed them.

Belgrade does not recognize Kosovo's statehood and still officially claims the territory as part of Serbia. But both sides hope they will eventually qualify for membership in the European Union and see the agreement as a token of goodwill to overcome their differences.

Serbia's brutal crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians in Kosovo was halted after NATO's 78-day air war in 1999, which forced Belgrade to give up control of the territory.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

OUYA console founder says it won't be a one-hit wonder


June 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM ET

After a runaway Kickstarter campaign and a year of development, the Android-powered OUYA video game console finally launches this week. But do gamers actually want another home entertainment device?


After a runaway Kickstarter campaign and a year of development, the Android-powered OUYA video game console finally launches this week. But do gamers actually want another home entertainment device?

Ever since it first rocketed past its initial $950,000 Kickstarter goal in just eight hours to become one of the most successful projects in the crowdfunding platform's history, the OUYA has been turning heads. A small, cheap and sleekly designed console that promises to wed the disparate worlds of mobile and console gaming and disrupt a deeply entrenched industry dominated by heavyweights like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, the OUYA's potentially quixotic ambitions have also raised many a gamer's eyebrows.

The $99 price tag seemed too low for a full-fledged gaming console. And judging by some of the early press, the OUYA hasn't yet managed to convince gamers otherwise. But whether the OUYA lives up to all of its hype and speculation, do gamers really want another television-based console experience as more of the industry shifts toward mobile and more futuristic alternatives like virtual reality?

With the OUYA's launch finally under way this week, NBC News talked to the console's creator, Julie Uhrman, about the device's present and future possibilities.

I'm curious about the timing of the OUYA's launch. Was it important to you to get this device out and get it out a couple of months before the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 come out?

The one thing that's unique about the OUYA ? unlike any other really consumer electronic product I've ever seen, let alone a next-generation console ? is that OUYA is neverfinal. We feel incredibly good about the product that's going on the market, but it's going to get better. The (user interface) is going to continue to evolve, we're gonna add additional features and functionality, social features, parental controls. We're gonna localize OUYA so we can distribute it further than just English-speaking territories. And it's going to continue to evolve while also taking the feedback and support of our gamers and developers. So this is just the end of the end of the first chapter of OUYA, and then we move into the next one. It's not about the time of year; it's just the right time for the product.

In February, you told another interviewer that you would like to see the OUYA adopt a manufacturing or business model similar to the one for mobile devices?putting out a new OUYA model once a year. Is that still the case?

We're gonna have a much more frequent refresh rate than the traditional console market. We leverage readily available chips ? the Nvidia Tegra chip, to be specific. We're going to continually push the processing power and make better chips and put them on the marketplace so OUYA developers can take advantage of them.

We will be thoughtful, however, about when we create a new product and when we launch it to market because, first and foremost, we want to make sure that there are enough developers and enough games that are optimizing the content for these chips. At some point, we will start moving towards: Is there a way to improve the hardware to give a better experience for gamers? And if yes, when is the right time to do that? With hardware, unlike software, you can't turn on a dime. You can't make a decision today and have it impact your audience a month later, three months later, even six months later.

OUYA founder Julie Uhrman.


OUYA founder Julie Uhrman.

Will each successive OUYA model cost the same amount? I wonder if the OUYA would necessarily remain the more frugal alternative to, say, the PlayStation or Xbox consoles. Fivehundred dollars might seem like a lot for a new console, but itlasted almost a decade for the last generation of consoles. At $99 a year over the course of seven or eight years, the OUYA could potentially outpace next-generation hardware.

We will always have a $99 shoe in the marketplace. But my goal ? and I've always said this ? is to provide the hardware as inexpensively as we can. We want gamers to have a low barrier to entry to get into the console so they can try out new developers and new types of games and play things that they never thought they might be interested in, because everything is free to try! So even with the new hardware, if I can find a way to sell it at less than $99, I will. We want to try to make the entry point as low as possible.

When we speak about disruptions in the modern console industry, a lot of the other new products or proposals have focused more on changing things like the basic interface of gaming?say, the Oculus Rift, which uses a headset rather than a television screen?rather than its business model. Have you thought at all about different types of controllers or interfaces that could be added to the OUYA eventually?

We made OUYA to be open because the creativity of many is significantly greater than the creativity of a few. We only have a team of over 30 people; we want the world to make OUYA better. By making it compatible with mobile devices ? and we're already starting to see that since we have it Bluetooth enabled for games like "You Don't Know Jack" that can pair iOS devices to it. By making it hackable ... you can open it with four standard hex screws on the top. People can sync their PlayStation and Xbox controllers to the OUYA, which creates a multiplayer experience in their living room once they've bought the standard unit. We even have people in GitHub giving us examples of leaderboards and skins and backgrounds to be utilized for OUYA.

I'm looking forward to the cool new peripheral or accessory that's made. If our audience can make something better and faster than we can, we will absolutely use it.

Yannick LeJacq is a contributing writer for NBC News who has also covered technology and games for Kill Screen, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. You can follow him on Twitter at @YannickLeJacq and reach him by email at:


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Car buyers appear unfazed by stock market gyrations


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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 photo, a row of new 2013 Ford Fusions is seen at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa.

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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 photo, a row of new 2013 Ford Fusions is seen at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa.

It seems like the recent stock market tumble, and the perception that interest rates are rising, are, at most, background noise to American car buyers.

Sales of new cars and trucks continue to move along at a steady clip during June, according to new estimates from J.D. Power & Associates and LMC Automotive. A monthly sales forecast based on direct dealer data indicates new-vehicle retail sales are showing no signs of letting up at the start of the summer selling season.

New-vehicle retail sales in June are projected to come in at 1,118,800 vehicles, which represent a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate of 13.2 million units, a healthy increase of 500,000 from the May SAAR. Retail transactions are the most accurate measure of true underlying consumer demand for new vehicles.

Total light-vehicle sales in June 2013 are expected to grow by 12 percent from June 2012 to 1,380,800 units. Fleet sales in June are just 19 percent of total sales. Fleet volume for the month is projected at 262,000 units.

Adding together retail and fleet business and the overall SAAR is expected to reach 15.7 million units this month. That?s a big jump from the 14.5 million vehicles sold in 2012 ? a five-year high ? and nudges by even the most optimistic forecasts for 2013, which general had set a high of around 15.5 million sales this year.

The strong selling pace continues to be matched by strong transaction prices. Thus far in June, the average transaction price of new vehicles ? what customers actually spend when both incentives and options are included ?is $28,900, the highest figure ever for June.

While sales overall are strong, not all segments are selling at the same pace. Sales of premium vehicles account for just 11.7 percent of new-vehicle retail sales thus far in June, down from 12.9 percent in June 2012.

?Although the premium segment growth has lagged non-premium, there is some good news for the industry in that the average price of premium vehicles in June is $47,000, up almost 4 percent from June 2012,? said John Humphrey, J.D. Power senior vice president of the global automotive practice. ?New premium vehicles entering the market late this year will also help bolster sales through the second quarter of 2014.?

Among other new models due for launch are the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a trio of luxury diesels from Audi.

The underperformance of premium light-vehicle sales is largely due to the age of the models in these segments. J.D. Power calculates that the average age ? the number of months the vehicle has been in the market since it was introduced or redesigned ? of premium models sold in the second quarter of 2013 was 43 months. In comparison, the average age of non-premium models, excluding pickup trucks is only 34.5 months.

Hyundai America chief executive officer John Krafcik noted last week that competition in the auto industry is very fierce and forces manufacturers to intensify efforts to win over customers. Even the threat of higher interest rates hasn?t undermined the market?s momentum, he said.

Competition in the mid-sized segment has been particularly fierce in recent months with Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Kia all introducing new or substantially updated models. The compact and subcompact segment also have seen a flood of new entries.

J.D. Power expects that by the second quarter of 2014, the average age of premium products will fall to just 33 months, as new and redesigned products enter the marketplace.

LMC Automotive continues to hold the outlook for total light-vehicle sales in 2013 at 15.4 million units, but has increased its forecast for retail light-vehicle sales to 12.6 million units from 12.5 million units, as retail sales growth expands.

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Microsoft launches Bing platform for developers

Microsoft launches Bing platform for developers

Microsoft wants developers to make Bing a central part of their apps, and it's powering that with a new developer platform unveiled today at Build. The Bing kit will let programmers tap the search engine's wealth of knowledge, providing direct information and translations when they're relevant. It should also grant access to natural interfaces, such as gestures, as well as real-world map data. Microsoft showed the platform at work in both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, so it's clear that developers who want Bing's resources won't be locked into any one device type.

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Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision could take months

By Alessandra Prentice and Steve Gutterman

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted wrangle over his fate.

Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said a decision could take months and asked Washington to argue its case for extradition. Russia said Snowden, whose flight is proving a growing embarrassment for President Barack Obama, was still in the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport.

A leading U.S. senator sought to raise pressure on Ecuador by saying he would seek to end preferential access for its goods to the United States if it gave asylum to Snowden, while Quito denied it had given him any travel document.

Snowden fled the United States to Hong Kong this month after leaking details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs, then flew on to Moscow on Sunday.

He has not been seen in the transit area - the zone between the departure gate and formal entry into the country - since his arrival, although a receptionist at a hotel in the transit zone said he looked at the prices there on Sunday, then left.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that Snowden was being interviewed by Russian intelligence and called any U.S. accusations that Moscow was aiding him "ravings and rubbish".

There was no sign of Snowden registering for onward flights out of Russia on Wednesday.

"They are not flying today and not over the next three days," an Aeroflot representative at Sheremetyevo said when asked if Snowden and his legal adviser, Briton Sarah Harrison, were due to fly out. "They are not in the system."


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that Snowden's leaks to news media had been a "serious security breach" that damaged U.S. national security. He repeated calls for Moscow to hand him over.

"I would hope that the Russians do the right thing here," Hagel told a Pentagon news conference, adding that Moscow evidently had not made a final decision since Snowden reportedly was still at the airport.

Putin has said he will not extradite Snowden. By declaring that he is in the transit area, Russian authorities maintain the position that he has not formally entered Russia - a step that would take the dispute to another level.

Russian law requires travelers who spend more than 24 hours in the airport's transit area - as Snowden has done - to obtain a transit visa, which in some cases is valid for three days.

It is unclear whether Snowden has sought or received a visa, and if so when it would expire. The United States said on Sunday it had revoked Snowden's passport.

Several people, mainly refugees, have been able to stay in Moscow's airports for months.

What is clear is that the longer the situation remains unresolved, the more it could fray U.S.-Russian ties.

The former Cold War-foes are already at odds over human rights and Putin's treatment of opponents and have squared off over the Syria conflict in the U.N. Security Council.

Hagel reiterated criticism of China over Snowden's departure from Hong Kong. "We're very disappointed in the Chinese government in how they've handled this. And it could have been handled a different way," he said.

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow, but says there is a clear legal basis for Snowden to be handed over. White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday that U.S. and Russian officials were "having conversations" on the issue, but declined to give details.

Carney told reporters Washington could understand that Snowden's decision to go to Moscow "creates issues the Russian government has to consider."

"We also believe that when it comes to Mr. Snowden, well, we agree with President Putin that we don't want the situation to harm our relations," Carney said while travelling with Obama to Africa.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov repeated Putin's view that Snowden should choose a destination and fly out as soon as possible, state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Putin, a former KGB officer, may feel little sympathy for someone who has broken the secrecy code. He has suggested the surveillance methods revealed by Snowden were justified in fighting terror, if carried out lawfully.


But Snowden could be a useful propaganda tool for Moscow, which accuses the United States of violating rights and freedoms it vocally urges other countries, including Russia, to protect.

Despite Putin and Lavrov's remarks, Moscow is clearly not in a hurry to dispatch Snowden from its territory. Ecuador, which has not in the past flinched from taking on Western powers, is similarly not rushing to banish the uncertainty plaguing U.S. authorities.

On Wednesday, Robert Menendez, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that accepting Snowden "would severely jeopardize" preferential trade access the United States provides to Ecuador under two programs currently up for renewal.

"Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior," he said, while also calling on Russia to stop sheltering Snowden.

Ecuador exported $5.4 billion of oil, $166 million of cut flowers, $122 million of fruit and vegetables and $80 million of tuna to the United States under one of the trade programs.

While Ecuador could find other markets for its oil, ending the benefits could badly hurt the cut flower industry, which employs more than 100,000 workers, many of them women.

The logical route for Snowden to take out of Moscow - and one for which he at one point had a reservation - would be an Aeroflot flight to Havana and a connecting flight to Ecuador.

But Ecuador's foreign minister indicated a decision on Snowden's asylum request could take two months.

"It took us two months to make a decision on Assange so do not expect us to make a decision sooner this time," Foreign Minister Richard Patino said in Kuala Lumpur, referring to the founder of anti-secrecy group Wikileaks, Julian Assange.

He added that Ecuador would consider giving Snowden protection before that if he went to Ecuador's embassy - but Russian officials say Snowden does not have a visa to enter Russia.

Ecuador's acting foreign minister, standing in for Patino in Quito, was quoted by local media as saying on Wednesday that Ecuador had not given a temporary travel document to Snowden, contradicting Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Assange told reporters on Monday that Ecuador had supplied Snowden with a "refugee document of passage".

"That's not true. There is no passport, no document that has been given (to Snowden) by any Ecuadorean consulate," the acting minister, Galo Galarza, said in comments posted on the website of Ecuador's Teleamazonas, a private television station.

Snowden, who worked as a systems administrator at a U.S. National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, was the source of disclosures about U.S. government surveillance that included details about a program that collected emails, chat logs and other types of data from companies such as Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc.

He has divided opinion in the United States, where many have been outraged by the extent of government snooping.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed that Americans were still more likely to view Snowden as a "patriot" rather than a "traitor," but also that public support for him had fallen during the past week.

More than a quarter of respondents said Snowden should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, up 3 percentage points from a week earlier. Just over one-third said he should not be prosecuted, down from a peak of more than 40 percent last week.

(Additional reporting by Gabriela Baczynska in Moscow, Siva Sithraputhran in Kuala Lumpur, and Phil Stewart, Patricia Zengerle, Gabriel Debenedetti and Doug Palmer in Washington, and Brian Ellsworth in Quito; Writing by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stop rewarding 'repentant' criminals - Vanguard

By Ochereome Nnanna
Bayelsa State has become a hotbed of strange news of late. You will recall that only in March this year, the Governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, declared war on rumour mongering and set up? a ?high powered committee? to tackle the monster.

The newest info from President Goodluck Jonathan?s home state is that the Bayelsa State Government has offered a one billion naira worth of ?empowerment? to 10,000 ?repentant? cultists.

*Suspected cultists paraded in the community

*Suspected cultists

Now let?s pause to ponder. Bayelsa is the least populated of the 36 states of the federation, with an official population of 1.7 million people according to the 2006 census. This suggests that one in every 17 persons in Bayelsa is among the ?repentant? cultists.

If you remove from this group those too young or too old to engage in the usually active and vigorous activities of cults you will come up with even a high proportion of ?repentant? cultists out of the entire population.

Now, if 11,000 people (the total number of ?repentant? cultists as contained in the news report) decided they would no longer engage in demonic activities, only goodness knows how many are still out there as ?unrepentant? cultists.

Personally, I do not believe that the 10,000 are genuine cultists, forget about whether they are repentant or not. I do not even believe Bayelsa has that many of them. In any case, how was the government able to define who a cultist is, and what makes one a ?repentant? cultist? My suspicion is that Governor Dickson?s own idea of dealing with cultism in his state was to embark on the newest pet approach to problem solving by our current crop of political leaders: abuse of amnesty.

Bayelsa did not start it, and the state is not the only one doing it. Abia offered amnesty to ?repentant? kidnappers. The Federal Government, under pressure from Northern leaders, is considering offering amnesty to ?repentant? terrorists in the North.

President Jonathan was arm-twisted to set up the Alhaji Tanimu Turaki Committee to explore amnesty for Boko Haram and other murderous Jihadist outfits because when the late President Umaru Yar?Adua was alive, he offered amnesty to Niger Delta militants in exchange for peace in the oil producing region, and it worked.

So, more and more political leaders are turning to this lazy approach to apprehension of high crimes without deeply considering the long term effects rewarding ?repentant? criminals. For instance, we started from militants, then kidnappers. We moved on to terrorists. And now, Dickson has expanded the offer to cultists. Nothing will stop another governor enamoured with this style of governance from extending it to ?repentant? armed robbers, serial murderers and ritualists.

Our youth are being dehumanised with these offers of largesse to ?repentant? criminals. Thousands of innocent Bayelsa youth had to sign up as ?repentant? cultists in order to benefit from the N100,000 per head which the one billion naira comes to.

Up till date, thousands of young people from the Niger Delta (including those posing as such) often gather to block our highways, particularly East-West Road, Gwagwalada-Abuja Road and Warri-Benin Road, to press their demand to be included in the post-amnesty bonanza for ?repentant? militants of the Niger Delta. As soon as Boko Haram decides to accept the amnesty offer, millions of almajiris dressed in rags will storm booty centres to be given their cuts as ?repentant? Boko Haram terrorists.

What, pray, is this country turning to? Where do the innocent, long suffering, struggling and law-abiding youth come in? We see them everyday in the traffic, hawking all sorts of goods under the sun, moon and rain. Millions of graduates and school leavers crowd street corners and watch the scene go by.

They are wasting their years in idleness, and watching the crooked ones among them being given the bounties of the state for posing daunting security problems for the government and the people of Nigeria. They are getting more and more convinced that in this country, the leaders prefer to favour criminals rather than law-abiding citizens. We are practising reversed civics.

This has got to stop.

We must restore the dignity of the Nigerian citizen by returning to the path of civilised governance. The primary duty of elected leaders is to maintain law and order, and not to open the public treasury to ?repentant? criminals. How should they repent if crime is made to pay? They will only spend the money and come back for more, as some of the so-called ?repentant? militants are doing. They will create more problems to keep the free money coming.

There are two firmly established methods of determining that a former criminal has indeed repented. The first is that the criminal, on his own, quits.

The second is that he is caught, arraigned in the courts, tried, sentenced and sent to jail. When he gets there, he is trained in skill acquisition as part of the correctional process. While in jail, a small portion of stipends he earns from his work is set aside and given to him at the completion of his term of incarceration.

The state creates an enabling environment for such ex-convicts to reintegrate in society. They are given a second change to live decent lives. If they are able to fit back into society without slipping back into the life of crime, then they have indeed repented.

This is a well established system of maintaining social stability. With this system, criminality is deterred and only the few genuine criminals are there for society to contend with. But the ?amnesty abuse? style being popularised by our political leaders makes criminality seem attractive. It makes governance seem like a huge joke; in fact a sick joke.

You cannot build a great nation this way. Let those who are incapable of maintaining law and order desist forthwith from seeking election into exalted offices. And when they do, let the electorate keep them out.



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Harry Reid calls House Republicans 'crazies'

Jun 25, 2013 5:13pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a word for conservative House Republicans.


At his weekly press availability, Reid was asked how House Speaker John Boehner will handle immigration reform ? specifically, what Senate Republican leaders voting against it will mean for future action in the GOP-controlled House.

?You?re asking me?? Reid asked. ?The speaker has said, within a period of a little over 24 hours, we?re going to pass an immigration bill. We?re going to have Democratic votes to do it. As soon as his crazies heard that, I guess they talked to him and he ? the next day he came back and he said, ?I will only pass it if I have a majority of the majority.??

Reid was referring to Boehner?s insistence that he will only bring an immigration bill to the floor if a majority of House Republicans support it.

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Taliban clash with Afghan police at security post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Afghan national police say they clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and two militants dead.

Baghlan deputy police chief Col. Sadeq Muradi said Wednesday an undetermined number of Taliban fighters attacked a police security post at about 5 a.m. with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades.

In five hours of fighting, police and Afghan National Army reinforcements were called in and were eventually able to fight the Taliban off.

Muradi said one militant's body was found on the field but the Taliban later said it had lost two fighters in the attack.

The Taliban also claimed 10 police had been killed, but Muradi said his force had only lost two men.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Simple Sugar Solution Can Make Tissue Transparent

A Simple Sugar Solution Can Make Tissue Transparent

It's difficult to believe it, but it took just three days marinating in a sugar-water solution to turn the opaque tissue pictured on the left into the clear example on the right.




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Benefits of VoIP for travelers | Voicebuy VoIP Provider

Benefits of VoIP for travelers

Benefits of VoIP for Travelers

With the summer holiday season in full swing, many of us think about having a rest and relax after a hard working year. One of the issues while on the road is how to stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts. Fortunately, in the era of intense technological advancements, there are various methods of communication that are cost-effective and easy-to-use. And here VoIP may become one of the cheapest and flexible ways of keeping you connected with your acquaintances while traveling.


The following advantages turn VoIP into a truly effective way of making cheap international calls from abroad.


One of the most significant advantages of VoIP is that it enhances flexibility and portability of communications. If you have Wi-Fi network you can enjoy free international calls, or else use available internet networks to connect your contacts directly from your home or mobile phone number with cheaper calls. VoIP makes it possible to use the service anytime and anywhere regardless of time and location.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Interior Decorating Ideas for Guest Room | Home Improvement ...

Although its existence was fading, the guest room is a space that is still available in some homes or residential. Structuring the guest room is sometimes constrained by space limitations. But it can be overcome with the right layout to interior. Guest room arrangement technique is an important thing that must be considered, so that the space is not only comfortable, but also beautiful and interesting. Basically, the size of the guest room does not have to be too broad, because this space is not used every day. Tiny guest room gives a distinct advantage, because it does not take a long time to perform maintenance and clean-ups.

Interior decorating ideas for a small guest room can make use of white color wall paint for the room so it seen more spacious. The use of large glass walls can also help ?expand? the guest room. Furniture design is compact, simple, and not too much detail can also support the interior design of a guest room that is not too broad. Utilization of decorations such as paintings or other wall hangings must support the theme of the interior design guest room as a whole. One painting in medium-size, or a wall hanging, is more than enough to adorn the walls of the guest room that is not too broad.

Wide window and height which located in the guest room will add to the impression of the wide guest room. In addition it also will make the guest room gets sunlight and sufficient air circulation.Modern Home Interior Decorating Ideas Interior Decorating Ideas for Guest Room


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Mandy Walker: 9 Reasons to Appreciate Your Ex This Father's Day

Father's Day is for dads. That must mean if you're divorced from your kids' father you can sit back, relax and not have to worry about organizing gifts and celebrations for the day, right? Wrong.

The very least you can do is to talk to your children about how they intend to show their appreciation for their father and if they need help, you can give them a few sincere and thoughtful ideas. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want to do this.

1. He is the father of your children. Without him your children would not exist. Lots of women tell me they shouldn't have gotten married, but that's always closely followed by, "... but then I wouldn't have my kids." I've yet to hear someone say they wish they didn't have their children.

2. He will always be the father of your children. Children should never have to choose one parent over the other. By talking to your children about Father's Day, you're showing your children that they don't have to choose and nor do they have to hide their love for their father from you.

3. He shares the responsibility for parenting. As much as you and your ex may not see eye-to-eye on parenting and may have different rules, his different perspective may help improve and strengthen your parenting. And when the going gets tough, any extra reinforcement of consequences and discipline helps.

4. He does activities with your kids that you don't. There are a lot of activities I'm willing to try especially if my kids ask me, but there are definitely some I won't ... fishing, paintballing, auto-maintenance to name a few. I'm not wild about camping either. My ex, on the other hand is happy to do these and he appreciates that these are "his activities." That's a win-win all round.

5. His parenting time means free time for you. This is a no-brainer. When your children are with their father it means alone time for you, doing whatever you choose or need to do. It makes life a little easier.

6. He's a better parent than a husband. This might be a difficult reality for you but it's a win for your kids. Read numbers 1 and 2 again.

7. He's become a better parent since your divorce. If your ex has stepped up his parenting game since your divorce, chances are you've thought, "If only he'd been like this while we were married." Well, he wasn't and as frustrating as that may be, it could be the change in your relationship dynamics that has enabled this. His active involvement now is good for your kids and for that you can be thankful..

8. Not everything about your marriage was bad. With divorce, it's easy to remember the bad times, the fights, the disagreements, the ugliness but in reality there were probably some good times too. There were times when you made each other laugh and times when you had fun outings as a family.

My ex is an avid skier, dare I say, obsessed? We were a ski family. I became a much better skier because of him and our kids have skied since they were toddlers. We had some fun vacations, visited lots of different ski resorts and some of our ski friends are still my friends today. This past winter, my daughter joined her college ski racing team and experienced the unique camaraderie of a collegiate sports team. A love of skiing is one of my ex's gifts to us.

9. You were right for each other once. Even though you're no longer a couple, you chose to be together for a reason. Your relationship is part of your journey through life and is part of your growth even if it meant growing apart. He is a part of who you are today.

In helping your children honor their father on his day you're also teaching your children an important and valuable life skill about showing appreciation for others. It's a skill that will serve them well as they make their way through school, college and the workplace. If that's not justification enough for you to appreciate your ex this Father's Day, then consider this: Mother's Day is only 330 days away!




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IRS supervisor in DC scrutinized tea party cases

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.

Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Her assertion contradicts initial claims by the agency that a small group of agents working in an office in Cincinnati were solely responsible for mishandling the applications.

Paz, however, provided no evidence that senior IRS officials ordered agents to target conservative groups or that anyone in the Obama administration outside the IRS was involved.

Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn't fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling "tea party" cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active ? conservative and liberal.

Paz said dozens of tea party applications sat untouched for more than a year while field agents waited for guidance from Washington on how to handle them. At the time, she said, Washington officials thought the agents in Cincinnati were processing the cases.

Paz was among the first IRS employees to be interviewed as part of a joint investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Congressional investigators have interviewed at least six IRS employees as part of their inquiry. The Associated Press has reviewed transcripts from three interviews ? with Paz and with two agents, Gary Muthert and Elizabeth Hofacre, from the Cincinnati office.

The IRS declined comment for this story.

A yearlong audit by the agency's inspector general found that IRS agents had improperly targeted conservative political groups for additional and sometimes onerous scrutiny when those groups applied for tax-exempt status.

The audit found no evidence that Washington officials ordered or authorized the targeting. But the IRS watchdog blamed ineffective management by senior IRS officials for allowing it to continue for nearly two years during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Since the revelations became public last month, much of the agency's leadership has been replaced and the Justice Department has started a criminal investigation. Both Paz and her supervisor, Lois Lerner, who headed the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, have been replaced.

Agency officials told congressional aides that Lerner was placed on administrative leave. They did not disclose the status Paz, other than to say she was replaced June 7.

Lerner is the IRS official who first disclosed the targeting at a legal conference May 10. That day, she told The AP: "It's the line people that did it without talking to managers. They're IRS workers, they're revenue agents."

On May 22 ? the day after Paz was interviewed by investigators ? Lerner refused to answer questions from lawmakers at a congressional hearing, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

Paz told congressional investigators that an IRS agent in Cincinnati flagged the first tea party case in February 2010. The agent forwarded the application to a manager because it appeared to be politically sensitive, Paz said. The manager informed Paz, who said she had the application assigned to a legal expert in Washington.

At the time, Paz headed a technical unit in Washington that provided guidance to agents who screened applications for tax-exempt status. The agents worked primarily in Cincinnati. One of their tasks was to determine the applicant groups' level of political activity.

IRS regulations say tax-exempt social welfare organizations may engage in some political activity but their primary mission cannot be influencing the outcome of elections. It is up to the IRS to make that determination.

"It's very fact-and-circumstance intensive. So it's a difficult issue," Paz told investigators.

"Oftentimes what we will do, and what we did here, is we'll transfer it to (the technical unit), get someone who's well-versed on that area of the law working the case so they can see what the issues are," Paz said. "The goal with that is ultimately to develop some guidance or a tool that can be given to folks in (the Cincinnati office) to help them in working the cases themselves."

By the fall of 2010, the legal expert in Washington, Carter Hull, was working on about 40 applications, Paz said. A little more than half had "tea party" in the name, she said.

IRS agents in Cincinnati were singling out groups for extra scrutiny if their applications included the words "tea party," ''patriots" or "9-12 project," according to the inspector general's report. Paz said she didn't learn that agents were targeting groups based on those terms until June 2011, about the time Lerner first ordered agents to change the criteria.

Paz said an IRS supervisor in Cincinnati had commonly referred to the applications as "tea party" cases. But, Paz said, she thought that was simply shorthand for any application that included political activity.

"Since the first case that came up to Washington happened to have that name, it appeared to me that's why they were calling it that as a shorthand," Paz told congressional investigators.

Paz said she didn't think the agents in Cincinnati were politically motivated.

"My impression, based on, you know, this instance and other instances in the office is that because they are so apolitical, they are not as sensitive as we would like them to be as to how things might appear," Paz said.

"Many of these employees have been with the IRS for decades and were used to a world where how they talked about things internally was not something that would be public or that anyone would be interested in," Paz added. "So I don't think they thought much about how it would appear to others. They knew what they meant and that was sort of good enough for them."

For several months in 2010, Hull worked closely with Hofacre, the agent in Cincinnati, to review the tea party cases, Paz said. In Hofacre's interview, she complained that Hull micromanaged her work.

Hofacre left for a different IRS job in October 2010 and was replaced by an agent whose name was blacked out in the transcript. Paz said the new agent sat on the tea party applications for more than a year because he was waiting on guidance from Washington on how to proceed. Officials in Washington, however, thought the agents in Cincinnati were still processing the cases, she said.

As a result, many applications languished for more than a year, which, the inspector general said, hurt the groups' ability to raise money.

"I knew they were waiting for guidance," Paz said. "I did not know that they were not working the cases because what had been done previously was, they were working the cases in consultation with Washington. And I was under the impression that that was continuing."

Hull was to be interviewed by congressional investigators on Friday. Efforts to reach Hull and Paz for comment were unsuccessful.

In all, agents singled out 298 applications for additional scrutiny because the groups appeared to be involved in political activity, the inspector general's report said. But IRS agents in Cincinnati weren't given adequate training on how to handle the cases until May 2012, the report said.

Before the training, only six applications had been approved. Afterward, an additional 102 applications were approved by December 2012, the report said.

Of those 102 applications, 29 involved tea party, patriots, or 9-12 organizations, the report said. Many applications are still awaiting action. None has been rejected, according to the IRS.


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UK's Cameron rallies world leaders to N.Ireland

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron help students paint a mural during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. The visit takes place before leaders from the G-8 nations are to gather to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria, and free-trade issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron help students paint a mural during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. The visit takes place before leaders from the G-8 nations are to gather to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria, and free-trade issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, is greeted by officials as she arrives at Belfast International Airport, in Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 17, 2013. President Hollande is in Northern Ireland to attend the G-8 Summit in Enniskillen. (AP Photo/ Peter Muhly, Pool)

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International Airport, in Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 17, 2013. President Hollande is in Northern Ireland to attend the G-8 Summit in Enniskillen. (AP Photo/ Peter Muhly, Pool)

Anti-hunger activists, wearing giant head masks depicting the G-8 leaders, sail on a boat past the hotel where the G8 summit media center is located in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 17. The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G-8 leaders depicted are from right to left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

President Barack Obama talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 17, 2013. The visit took place before leaders from the G-8 nations are to gather to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria, and free-trade issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) ? Leaders of eight of the world's wealthiest nations sought elusive progress on lowering trans-Atlantic trade barriers and pushing the warring factions in Syria toward the negotiating table as the G-8 summit opened Monday amid high security in peaceful Northern Ireland.

Ahead of the official welcome gathering, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to their colleagues to draw inspiration from Northern Ireland's efforts to reconcile British Protestants and Irish Catholics following decades of bloodshed.

Obama, flying into Belfast with his wife and daughters on Marine One, told an audience packed with 1,800 teenagers from dozens of largely segregated schools that Northern Ireland's young generation must take the lead in building on the U.K. region's U.S.-brokered Good Friday peace accord of 1998.

Then Obama and Cameron together visited one of Northern Ireland's relatively few integrated elementary schools designed to mix children from both sides of the community.

Referring to Northern Ireland's ability to leave behind a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives, Cameron said leaders of the Group of Eight wealthy nations should be inspired by the setting ? a golf resort in the lush lakelands of County Fermanagh ? to deliver their own economic and peacemaking breakthroughs.

"Ten or 20 years ago, a G-8 in Fermanagh would have been unimaginable. But today Northern Ireland is a very different place ... a symbol of hope to the world," Cameron said.

Cameron, Obama and European Union leaders were expected to unveil a formal agreement Monday to open negotiations on forging an EU-U.S. free trade pact designed to slash tariffs, boost exports and fuel badly needed economic growth.

Those EU-U.S. talks could start next month, with the end of 2014 a tentative goal for a deal that would lower prices on European and American imports and stimulate growth.

That's the easy part of the agenda. Later Monday over a working dinner, President Vladimir Putin and Russia's support for the Syrian government will be on the menu.

Cameron said he wanted the summit to deliver a firm plan for promoting multi-faction talks in Geneva. Moscow officially shares that goal but keeps shipping military aid to the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Following a frosty Putin-Cameron meeting Sunday in London, the Russian leader remains opposed to plans by the West to start shipping weapons to rebels struggling to topple Assad.

Obama announced Friday that the U.S. would start sending weaponry, while Britain and France remained concerned that the firepower might end up helping anti-democratic extremists linked to Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

Cameron said Syria deserved "a government that represents them, rather than a government that's trying to butcher them."

"We shouldn't accept that the only alternative to Assad is terrorism and violence. We should be on the side of Syrians who want a democratic and peaceful future for their country and one without the man who is currently using chemical weapons against them," Cameron said.

Russia's envoy for G-8 matters, Alexei Kvasov, said Russia would not shift its position in response to strong Western rhetoric and dismissed U.S. and French claims that the Syrian army had used chemical weapons against civilians.

"Emotions are flying high over Syria, but I wouldn't view those emotions too seriously," Kvasov told reporters. "We need to find common ground, and there is some. No one would contest the fact that there is a humanitarian crisis there and it's necessary to offer relief, to try to help reduce human suffering."

Kvasov compared the claims of Syrian chemical weapons use with U.S. claims in 2003, later proved false, that Iraq's Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Protesters demanding Western intervention in Syria erected a field of white crosses near Belfast City Hall to symbolize the estimated death toll of 93,000 from the two-year war.

In a lighter-hearted vein, eight other G-8 protesters sailed past the Enniskillen media center in a Viking-style longboat and donned massive heads depicting each of the summit leaders. They hoisted a banner that read "End tax dodging," referring to multinational companies' use of complex tax laws to shelter their profits beyond the reach of national tax authorities.

Northern Ireland's police stepped up security dramatically ahead of the leaders' arrival at the Lough Erne resort west of Enniskillen. Four-member units in body armor and armed with handguns and submachine guns parked armored cars on every intersection and side street in this rural market town of barely 15,000 residents.

Officers on foot patrol prodded hedgerows and the front gardens of brick row houses for potential explosive devices, but found nothing suspicious. Such precautions reflected the continued low-level activity of Irish Republican Army splinter groups that rejected the 2005 decision of most IRA members to formally abandon their campaign to force Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland.

More than 3,500 officers from Britain have been imported to double the security detail, and British army engineers have helped to erect a daunting perimeter of steel fences and coiled razor wire for miles (kilometers) around the resort's lone road entrance.

Air space over much of Northern Ireland is being restricted to summit traffic for the duration of the meetings, which conclude Tuesday. And the water around the resort's peninsula has been similarly closed to civilians, with police patrolling by boat, although the public is still free to fish from shore.

The police commander of G-8 security, Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay, said he expects peace to reign when socialist and anti-globalization protesters march Monday night from central Enniskillen to the fence.

Finlay said while officers had trained to manage crowds of more than 10,000 protesters, this was unlikely to materialize Monday, with just 2,000 expected and few anti-G-8 activists traveling from continental Europe for the occasion.

Cameron said he also hoped to achieve agreement that no G-8 member should pay ransoms to secure the release of hostages in North Africa, where western and Asian workers are top targets for kidnappers.


Associated Press writers David McHugh, Cassandra Vinograd and Vladimir Isachenkov in Enniskillen contributed to this report.

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Jack Johnson pulls off the switch at Bonnaroo

Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, performs on Day 3 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, performs on Day 3 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

(AP) ? Nicely done, Jack Johnson.

Johnson and his band overcame tough odds and thorny logistics to headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, replacing late cancellation Mumford & Sons. The group overcame short notice and thorny logistics to produce a set filled with good humor, mellow vibes and a ton of hits.

"We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons," Johnson said after taking the stage before tens of thousands of fans. "And we wish we could all be here playing music together. Maybe that will be next year."

Mumford & Sons was forced to pull out of its much-anticipated headline slot on Thursday after bassist Dwane underwent a surgical procedure earlier in the week to treat a blood clot on his brain. The group had hoped to keep the date in Manchester. Though Dwane is recovering, he was not ready to perform and the group was unwilling to take the stage with a replacement, leaving a large amount of money on the table.

There was much speculation among Bonnaroo organizers and watchers about how fans would react to the switch ? the first headliner cancellation in 12 years of Bonnaroo. But Johnson quickly won over the crowd and kept its fickle attention with a light touch and his easygoing persona.

"Give us that one," Johnson joked after a flub late in the set. "We practiced for a couple of hours."

Bonnaroo 2013 turned out quite differently from what Johnson was expecting. He hasn't played the festival since 2008 and was in town to do a little light promotion for his new album, "From Here To Now To You," out in September, and to appear with his friends in ALO.

He got a phone call Thursday as he drove to the festival from organizers wondering if he'd be interested in upping his involvement.

After thinking about it, Johnson flew in his band, rehearsed some Friday night, attended a breakfast with fans in Nashville on Saturday morning and then prepped for the show. It's been two years since the four-piece played a long set, convening for just 45 minutes last year at Farm Aid.

About the only thing that seemed the worse for wear were the 38-year-old Hawaiian singer's trademark curls, which unraveled in middle Tennessee's oppressive humidity.

Heck, Johnson even had time to write a new song called "Bonnaroo" for the set, singing in part: "I had a late-night gig with ALO/It was very low stress, it was very low pro/But then the phone rang and things got strange/And my low pro was about the change/Can you get the band together in two days to play a show up on the big stage?/But I don't know, it's been a year or two since we played these tunes/What the hell, it's Bonnaroo."

A little later in the set he incorporated Mumford's "The Cave" into a medley with his song "Go On," telling the crowd: "Maybe you guys can help us with this part."

For those not into Johnson, there were plenty of other options on an exceedingly busy Saturday night that included appearances by British punker Billy Idol, Weird Al Yankovic and the Rock 'n' Soul Dance Party Superjam with Jim James and John Oates.

Mumford & Sons' folk-rock cousins The Lumineers drew one of the festival's largest crowds before Johnson took the stage. It was so large, in fact, fans on the edge of the crowd couldn't hear the band's mostly hushed, acoustic songs.

"Everybody be quiet, I'm trying to hear the band," one fan yelled as The Lumineers possibly performed a Bob Dylan song.

R&B singer R. Kelly had no trouble getting attention, though. He began his post-Johnson set by bringing dozens of chorus members on stage for a rendition of his song "Ignition." Suddenly the lights went dark and Kelly was illuminated 40 feet above, standing in the basket of a crane that hovered over the Which Stage's distinctive question mark symbol.

"They told me back stage there's no cursing here," Kelly told the crowd a little later. "I just laughed. I can't (expletive) curse?"

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Hemorrhoids do not fall in the throng of degenerative disease (restricted to aged persons alone) but can strike any healthy individual in all age groups without warning. There are certainly lines of treatment in the medicinal stream that address the symptoms of piles and alleviate the discomfort of the disease but such inhibitors can hardly be deemed the mainstay of hemorrhoids therapy because of long-term fluctuations and recurrence, abnormal side-effects and other undesirable physiological/psychological manifestations. These bothersome mucosal lined projections are harbinger of serious underlying disease such as diverticular bleeding, several types of colitis, Crohn?s disease or even death (though mortality rate is significantly low) and can lead to complications like venous stasis or portal hypertension commonly associated with cirrhosis of the liver if left untreated for long.

Alongside the benefits of therapeutic interventions and early endoscopy, patients must adapt holistic approach of extirpation of associated pathologic conditions like diarrhea, chronic constipation, gastritis, injuries of anal sphincter or spinal cord, traumatic delivery, anal intercourse etc. Awareness about the root causes or perpetual/sudden inflammatory or irritable changes contributing of hemorrhoids; suggests that careful restriction of these triggers may in itself be the primary precursor to a total cure from the disease.

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