Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recipe found in medieval mystic’s writings

If you are thinking about the meaning of life or what kind of life do you
have needing a better life asking where is my "Sweet Tea!"Oh god why!
I guess it's best to take in those things that will make life better for you!
Get that what you need and make some candy as it was there all the time for you!

"Initially, the recipe was thought to be for a drink to cure the flux, but the thermal
imaging revealed it to be “dragges” herbal sweets used to refresh the palate and
cure a variety of ills. The ingredients sugar, aniseed, fennel seed, nutmeg,
cinnamon and ginger were luxuries at the time."

~~~~~Recipe found in medieval mystic’s writings was probably for 'dragges'
It is a case that has intrigued historians, psychiatrists and theologians for the last 80 years, but an academic has found what may be the oldest known attempt to diagnose Margery Kempe’s erratic religious behaviour. A recipe for medicinal sweets, written 600 years ago in the back of the medieval mystic’s memoir, has been deciphered by Dr Laura Kalas Williams – and the Exeter University-based researcher is convinced that it reveals an attempt to prescribe a cure for Kempe’s notorious fits of devotion.

Though the recipe, written in the final portfolio of the 1438 manuscript, has long been known to scholars, it had hitherto proved impossible to read. Dr Andrea Clarke, the British Library’s lead curator of medieval and early modern manuscripts, suggested multispectral-imaging technology be used to reveal its secrets. Kalas Williams and two colleagues, Professor Eddie Jones and Professor Daniel Wakelin, were then able to decipher the ingredients and discovered it was a cure for “flux”, defined in the Medieval English Dictionary as “a pathological flowing of blood, excretions or discharges from any part of the body, or dysentery”.

Kalas Williams said she was convinced the recipe was a response to the mystic’s various bouts of illness as well as her copious crying. “I don’t think [the recipe] has been written there randomly,” the academic said. “The book tells us that at one point, she suffered a terrible episode of flux (probably dysentery) and was given extreme unction, thinking she was going to die, so the presence of this recipe at the end seems more than a coincidence.”
A middle-class mother of 14, Kempe lived in Norfolk from about 1373 to 1440. After the birth of her children, she took a vow of chastity, and for the rest of her life undertook pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, Italy and Germany.

Described by Kalas Williams as “the Marmite of medieval mystics”, she was infamous for “loud cries and boisterous weeping” in church and dramatic displays of religious devotion, which included mystical visions that placed her at the heart of the action during the nativity and crucifixion. They also made her as many enemies during her lifetime as they did followers; she was arrested for heresy and narrowly missed being burned at the stake.

Kalas Williams admitted her thesis was controversial. Scholars have speculated about the significance of the recipe since the manuscript was rediscovered in 1934. Though medieval books often feature arbitrary jottings because parchment was expensive, no other random notes appear in the manuscript, which was dictated by the mystic between 1436 and 1440, initially to her son. “There are many other annotations in the book, but all of these directly engage with the words on the page, in dialogue with the content,” the academic said. “This makes it improbable that the recipe is a random, thoughtless, annotation.”

Initially, the recipe was thought to be for a drink to cure the flux, but the thermal imaging revealed it to be “dragges” – herbal sweets used to refresh the palate and cure a variety of ills. The ingredients – sugar, aniseed, fennel seed, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger – were luxuries at the time.

The manuscript, which is the only surviving copy of the memoir, thought to be the oldest autobiography by a woman in the English language, has proved controversial since it was rediscovered in the 1930s. Many attempts have been made to explain Kempe’s profuse weeping, collapsing and roaring while under the influence of her visions. As well as epilepsy, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it has been posited that the mystic suffered postpartum depression, as her first extreme religious experiences and “demonic torment” followed her first difficult pregnancy.

Kalas Williams dismissed attempts at diagnosis as “anachronistic” and preferred to use Kempe’s memoir to understand the medieval view of women’s bodies and health. “For me, Kempe is a tenacious figure, determined to be heard in a culture where women’s voices were not supposed to be heard, and brave enough to express her emotions publicly and viscerally,” added the scholar, who is writing up her findings for academic publication later this year.

The Female Prostate and a Quantum Threesome

Not that I am a sick man. I am desperate, yes but not sick, well...
I guess I know too much, sorry but... I need to note that everything has a 
reason and as all life we all look to go higher, not lower.
It's like an evolution, it's revealing and healing, a force of the galaxy, it's a threesome!

But I also put it in a spiritual view, sort of a Quantum Activism format or 
something like it. http://www.amitgoswami.org

In view many women say men think with their privates.
Well a woman's privates also effects her emotions making the
mind a slave to her privates. It's a matter of hormone balance and condition.
Like it would be for a male with sore privates. Makes a bad day!--( Warning )

Men = Mind to privates!
Women = Privates to mind!

It is a Yin and Yang noted males have a prostate,
and so do women small or big but they do!

So what is the quantum entanglement and the female prostate relate too?
The point of quantum entanglement, hormones and pheromones or
what unknown that drives people. It is in the same manner the
Yin and Yang the concept of duality forming a whole.

"Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or
groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state
of each particle cannot be described independently instead, a quantum state
may be given for the system as a whole."

It is all in the same manner men and women as the entanglement
of how we all are making the whole. Or something like it!
Becoming the one as one yet not the same. The meaning of life?! 
Not only about having sex but connecting as the same!

If you ever took a sex therapist or human sexuality courses in college,
you will know about the Sexual Bonding Practice. 
Take away the sex and talk about the result, bonding, becoming one.
The higher things that have higher values than sex by itself.

Love does not care about the past or the bad. Love is love, going higher!

Higher values like a non sexual threesome. It would be in the class
of bonding therapy. And that is where there is a high level of emotional
content for the purpose of healing or breaking the shell of the person that is
abused, rejected and all the bad is replaced by being desired, adored,
accepted and pampered usually by all being naked with the lady laying on
top of her two lovers. There is no sex just the aim of emotional healing,
as she would be the queen bee and life would be good for her on the top! 
It is a threesome but no sex just support and love for the queen bee!
"Or have a threesome where you exchange lots of erotic touch but choose not to
have intercourse. Sex without penetration is safer both physically and emotionally." 

Another higher value is what relates to a sexual threesome.
DP! One of the rules of having a threesome is for everyone to be
involved and that would imply DP, aka a Sex Sandwich! 
Now it's not about the act of it, the value and the heart of the matter
is the teamwork between the guys as the point of DP is to focus on
the female's G-spot! Both guys have to find the spot in both ends
and as a team they focus with timing and etc. The G-spot will twist 
around a lot if the males work as a team. And the Female appreciates
the act but more in knowing they are both teaming up on her is the
highest value knowing they are for her happiness!

Sex therapy is not only sex! The point is therapy to heal, bond to
your partners. All for the one and the same for the others as she
is happy they are happy also! Quantum entanglement!

Yes I related a threesome with Quantum physics!

Anyway, the stuff you learn in college! TMI? Really it is important to 
bring up this kind of stuff. For the most part being real about life 
as we all are. And for women there are issues that not even they seem 
to know. And know gold is the emotional content of such, that is the
heart of the matter! 

It's for health reasons women need to know this stuff and more...  

~~~~~Female urethral syndrome. A female prostatitis?
"They stain histologically for prostate-specific antigen and, like the prostate, are
subject to both infection and cancer. The most important aspect of recognizing this
microscopic "female prostate" as an anatomic feature is that its infections may
completely explain many cases of the urethral syndrome."

~~~~~Decreased beta-carotene levels in exfoliated vaginal epithelial cells in 
women with vaginal candidiasis.
Decreased beta-carotene levels, and possibly other antioxidants, may alter the
local immune response resulting in disturbances in the vaginal flora, overgrowth
of candida, and the development of vaginal candidiasis.

Middle age women do need Beta-carotene along with an Omega-3 type with
vitamin D3 / calcium. The Beta-carotene and Omega-3 is needed for the fatty tissues
in the light of the lack of hormone therapy relating to old age and risk.

~~~~Hormone Therapy
 What are the benefits of taking HT?
HT is prescribed to relieve:
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness that can result in painful intercourse
  • Other problematic symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and dry, itchy skin
Other benefits of taking HT include:
  • Reduced risk of developing osteoporosis and reduced risk of bone breakage
  • Improvement of mood and overall sense of mental well-being in some women
  • Decreased tooth loss
  • Lowered risk of colon cancer
  • Lowered risk of diabetes
  • Modest improvement in joint pains
  • Lower death rate for women who take hormone therapy in their 50s.
What are the risks of taking HT?

While HT helps many women get through menopause, the treatment (like any prescription or even non-prescription medicines) is not risk-free. Known health risks include:
  • An increased risk of endometrial cancer (only if a woman still has her uterus and is not taking a progestin along with estrogen).
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke. However, in women within 5 years of menopause there was no statistically significant increase in stroke risk. Also, studies suggest that using estrogen delivered from the skin via a patch/cream might further lessen the risk of blood clots.
  • Increased chance of gallbladder/gallstone problems.
  • Increased risk of dementia if hormone therapy is started after a woman has been in menopause for 10 years. It is not yet known if it might be beneficial for women who start HT in their 50s.
Most of our understanding about the benefits and risks of hormone therapy on the heart and breast come from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study (one of the largest studies done on hormone therapy):

HT and the heart

Recent analysis of WHI actually shows that the risk of heart disease may be related more to the advanced age of the participants as opposed to the HT. The study also found that HT given to younger women, at the onset of menopause, appeared to decrease the risk of heart disease. More specifically:
An increased risk of heart disease is only seen in women taking long-term estrogen-progestin combination therapy (EPT) if they start HT in their mid-60s. There does not seem to be an increased risk of heart disease when women in their 50s start EPT. Estrogen alone (ET) has not been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. Analysis of the age since menopause actually shows a decrease in the risk of heart disease when ET was started in younger women (those just beginning menopause).
Currently, it is not recommended to use hormone therapy solely for the purpose of preventing heart disease. However these studies give us reassurance that when women just newly approaching menopause need HT for a short time, it is safe to do so in terms of long term heart disease risk.

HT and breast cancer

Diagnosis of breast cancer increases when combination EPT is used beyond 3-5 years. This means that out of 10,000 women who use estrogen progestin therapy for more than 5 years, there will be 8 additional breast cancers diagnosed. In contrast, the WHI study showed women who use estrogen alone had no increase in risk of breast cancer even after 11 years of use. In fact, fewer breast cancers were seen in the group taking estrogen alone, though this was not statistically significant. When a woman comes off of hormone therapy, any potential increase in her risk of breast cancer quickly goes back to her baseline norm. This is why hormone therapy can be a safe option when women in their 50s (who are generally at lower risk for breast cancer compared to older women).

But really this is only to pass on useful knowledge. Or to point at something
I now about relating from something I learned in college relating it to the now.
And also as relating to my writings something like this would be expected from me! 

And to say isn't it about time we all grow up?
"I want women all over the world to know they can and should be able to 
talk about matters of sex and love without fear and without shame."
- Christiane Amanpour

Sexually Transmitted Food Allergens

If you love someone you care about your partner and if there is issues then
the heart of the matter is the willingness to adapt for your partner.
The willingness to adapt without disabling but supporting each other is a 
beautiful thing! It's about love and responsibility and a better life together!

~~~~~Sexually Transmitted Food Allergens
The abstract sort of says it all: woman has known allergy, boyfriend eats allergen, 
they have sex and girl has allergic reaction. For the uninitiated, the skin-prick testing 
thing might seem a bit weird – they got samples from the boyfriend before and after 
he ate brazil nuts (masturbation for science!) and injected them under the girlfriend’s skin
but this is a standard allergy test. Allergists already do this with bread mold and ground up 
dust mites, so I guess semen should be any stranger, but I still raised an eyebrow. 
If there’s an allergic reaction, after thirty minutes or so, the area around the skin prick 
will develop a characteristic “wheal and flare,” which is a raised lump at the site of the prick 
(the wheal) and a reddish circle of inflammation surrounding it (the flare).

If you have an allergy, but you don’t know the cause, allergists will draw a grid on your
back and inject a standard battery of allergens. I know from experience that this is an
unpleasant procedure, especially when they don’t find anything and decide that the shallow
pricks on the back weren’t enough, so they opt to inject a few other allergens deeper in
your shoulder… but I digress. These doctors found that the woman responded to her
boyfriends semen after he had eaten brazil nuts.

The Minute Maid the Bathroom and Chicken sandwich, etc

Have you ever had someone ruin it for you?

In the 90's there was a couple I worked with that where
a bit perv! At the time I had a cold and I needed a cough drop
so I asked the lady of that couple if she had one.
She had one and gave me one. But well I found out
it might of been one that was in a female place...
Not that place but the other!

The lady was getting tired of her partner and I think she
was sort of working on me! So she gave me a sugar free
menthol cough drop one that her partner might of put up
in her to get her going. She just grabbed one without knowing
if that was the one, it was like a game for them.
Why did she still have it in her purse?
That points to the other thing that I found out with them
and points to the Minute Maid drink!

The couple liked to play nasty! One night at work her guy
was drinking a Minute Maid when all of a sudden he gagged
with his tongue out! HAW! Then he threw the bottle in the trash
sort of hard! Well this pissed off his lady. Later she came up to me
in private in a way I guess to sort of hit on me or to turn me on
to her. Well she told me what the Minute Maid was about!

Her guy liked to hold the bottle up to her privates as she was
having her orgasm so some of her stuff was in the bottle!
And the reason he gagged was because there was a pube
in it and he gagged! Relating to the cough drop she had it for her guy!

I can't drink Minute Maid now or take a menthol cough drop, blah!
Every time I see a Minute Maid I think of the guy gagging with
his tongue out! HAW!

The bathroom? What was the nastiest bathroom you have
been in? I have you beat!

In the 90's me and my friend where going to something called the
burning of the trees. A after Christmas thing people did at the time.
There are no bathrooms there so on the way there we stopped
at the River Parks bathroom. When we went in there the light was off.
So... I turned on the light... WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ever seen the movie "Haunted House on the Hill?"

Well like the part of the movie there was blood everywhere.
We first went in and noticed the blood on the floor.
Then we saw a trail of blood all the way to the wall.
There was a pile of pants and underwear with blood on them.
Then we saw bloody hand prints on the wall.
We both where expecting to see blood going up the wall to the
ceiling like that movie!

We both turned around to get out when we noticed something on the floor.
It looked like a tortellini! Me and my friend thought this was a mafia hit!
Like a message to the cops like don't fuck with the Tortellinies!
My friend looked at it and all of a sudden yelled out "IT'S A ANUS!"
At that moment I felt the pain, it was like I pulled out a cuticle on my finger.
You know, those little skin tabs you have on your finger then you pull the tab
 and it pulls out your cuticle! That's what it felt like looking at it!

We realized it was anal sex gone wrong! The guy ripped out the other guys
anus! At the time we didn't have cell phones so we drove to a Q.T store
and called 911 there.

We both have nothing bad about gay people. Just don't do it like they did!
There is a time and always a time to not have sex in the park bathroom!

 *Relating note. At a hotel I worked at there was a guy that tried to get
workers comp for having sex at work. A guy ripped out his anus when
they had sex in the stairwell. The HR lady just LOLed at him.
Also reminded him the employee handbook said to not have sex at work!

~~~~~McDonald's McChicken Sandwich Is Going Viral for a Terrible Reason
 A graphic video of a man engaging in a sexual act with a McDonald’s McChicken
sandwich has gone viral. The McChicken hashtag was trending on Sunday evening
and into Monday for what many people reportedly thought was for promotional reasons.
However, those who clicked on the related links did not find a promotion or coupon.
Instead, they were faced with a video containing explicit content, Snopes.com
first reported.

But people’s responses to the video is what propelled it to a top trending topic on
both Facebook and Twitter, Business Insider reports. The McChicken video had
thousands of responses on social media, with most people expressing disgust.
Celebrities like Seth Rogan and Chrissy Teigen even had something to say about
the McChicken fiasco.

~~~~~The Dough woman at Mazzio's Pizza Tulsa Farm Shopping center 1990's!
In the mid 1990's the Mazzio's at the Farm shopping center in Tulsa they had a worker
that made a woman out of dough in the back. It had the places and was said it was being 
used on both ends. Also some of the dough was being used for the pizzas. 

For the life of me I never could get a mental image of what it must of looked like

out of my head. Also to the fact how could you get off with something like that?
Well could you by looking at THIS get off?

At the time me and my friend thought this was sort of funny being that at the time
Mazzio's was a place for rich people! And it also was funny driving by it knowing
there was a woman made out of dough there.

There are also more sick pizza stories but I won't say here as it will ruin pizza for many!

Vlad the Impaler Masturbating and Hitlers one Testical

In college my friends where History majors so they knew about this
and in my Psychology classes it also was somewhat talked about,
partly for entertainment but knowledge!

As the sayings goes, "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." 
Bertrand Russell.

Many may not of known but Hitler had one testicle!
In December 2015, it was reported that doctor's notes from Landsberg Prison
recorded that Hitler had "right-sided cryptorchidism".


But many knew and the info was on file in many governments
in Hitlers time.

Vlad the Impaler masturbating? Well yes there are many references
from Vlad's surroundings about his bad deeds.

"In some cases, the pole was rounded, not sharp, to avoid damaging internal
organs and thereby prolong the suffering of the victim. The pole was then raised
vertically to display the victim's torment - it could take hours or days for the
impaled person to die."

Also is said from the point is that Vlad was said to have erection problems
and it was said that he was able to get off by the face of death.
Noted by the story that Vlad liked to have people impaled or tied on the roof
during a lighting storm. He masturbated as as they got hit!

Many stories can be seen as exaggeration to push out fear to secure the nation.
But he was bad so most is seen as true just relating to fact!

"In total, Vlad is estimated to have killed about 80,000 people through various means.
This includes some 20,000 people who were impaled and put on display outside the city
of Targoviste: The sight was so repulsive that the invading Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II,
after seeing the scale of Vlad's carnage and the thousands of decaying bodies being
picked apart by crows, turned back and retreated to Constantinople."

So what is the point of all of this? It relates to why they are like they are.
In Psychology you would know about the inferiority complex!

"An inferiority complex is a lack of self-worth, a doubt and uncertainty, and feelings
of not measuring up to standards. It is often subconscious, and is thought to drive
afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement
or extreme asocial behavior. In modern literature, the preferred terminology is
"lack of covert self-esteem".For many, it is developed through a combination of
genetic personality characteristics and personal experiences."

And as I remember one of the talks about it was is that if a therapist went
back in time and knowing all of this, would he be able to work with them for
a change stopping all behavior before all happened or curved it after.
Possible but who would be willing to go!

Those are the interesting questions asked in college and to the point of making
other points from the other point.

Much knowledge is gained from useless knowledge!

Dominant Role of Women in Love - Khajuraho

Love really does not have boundaries. You may think it does but really!!!
In life it's best to accept it knowing it's for the better of the good.
If there is a reason for it and it is for good then accept it!

It's about that balance vs not. A love in your life, lovers is pointed
as growth to gain, support. It's like a therapist. So in all of that
you have such for the need to be better not worse!

So for these days regardless of all of the stupidity growing there needs to
be a connection as such for growth! And that is ok being it's worth!

Dominant? This is something said from the cave women days.
Women had to be dominant to own the males for her protection
from predators and others. So to dominant was to take care of needs.
He is good for her so she chose him. Relates to our prehistoric past
noted by the ALPHA Female bulldozing the male today.
Just a Cave Woman and correct for today... Thank god!

Also it's about for the male to know or have love and belongingness!
Just a part of the hierarchy of needs. Love and belongingness brings
up to the esteem needs going to self actualization!
If one is all is also going up and as such life is good for all!
And that is the point of the need for a dominant female for the male to make
life better for and others also from that! It's common! 

Love and belongingness is also to love and belong in a place in the Galaxy
or the Galaxy made a place for you to love and belong!

Whatever it is there is a place in the Galaxy for dominant Females
and this needs to be pushed on more in these times!

It's about love because all comes from that!

And the Khajuraho Temples!
"It is believed that the erotic sculptures, amongst them nymphs, with their
sensuous poses and pouting expressions are a way of giving importance to
wellbeing and love of life."

Monday, February 27, 2017

Doing More, With Less - No man is an island

It is noted "No man is an island.
No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others."
This saying comes from a sermon by the seventeenth-century
English author John Donne.

As in real life you might of looked around yourself once at work
and seen it as true! Much in a way with Walmart as how they treat their
workers. When I worked at Walmart they wanted me to get those 2500 lbs
pallets done even though it took like 10+ minutes to take the pallet from the
back storeroom to the aisle then the same back because of the bad jacks.
I would kick over the whole pallet that is 6 to 7 feet tall to work on it.
And I even worked two aisles at the same time. Every 15 minutes I would
bounce back and forth. Why? Half ass is better than no ass at all!
One aisle done is less than two aisles half done... Share the wealth!

I once told a harassing manager at Walmart,
"I can only work faster at one place at one time,
I will work faster over there when I am done working faster over here!"

Anyway doing more with less means more of less!
Really you get what you pay for!
Like the Overloaded car story. This is what do more with less really is!

~~~~Vastly Overloaded Car - The Complete Story
The stupidity of some people in this world never fails to amaze me.
The photo above was taken in Waldorf, Maryland by a Transportation
Supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for 84 Lumber.
When he saw the overloaded red Jetta there in the parking lot of IHOP,
he went and bought a disposable camera to take pictures.
Note the exhaust smoke, indicating that the car is running.

A woman is either asleep or otherwise zonked out in the front seat passenger
side. Witnesses said the physical state of both the guy and woman was
"other than normal." Note than in addition to the lumber on the roof, the back seat
contains ten 80-pound bags of concrete! Home Depot estimated the load weight
at 3000 lbs.

~~~~Exposing the Myth of “Doing More With Less”
We first heard it in the early 00s–Executives and Managers saying,
“We’ll just have to do more with less.” Well-intentioned at first, for some it soon
became a poor alternative to managing effectively. While in specific situations the
statement can be temporarily true, in most cases, we believe that those who proclaim
and perpetuate the myth that this is an appropriate way to manage a workgroup,
department or enterprise, are demonstrating their failure to manage.

What triggers this commentary is a recent workshop we performed for a customer
we have worked with for over 22 years. We have seen them flex, grow, improve,
and cut back, all in response to market conditions, the shape of their business, and their
sense of coming business pressures. We did discuss the dangers of the “more with less”
message with Executives and Managers 8 years ago, and with just a few exceptions,
they have fortunately not fallen into that trap during this latest downturn.
But in my recent sessions in this industry leading business, we detected something
sinister and terrifying.

While employees we encountered demonstrate strong loyalty to the organization,
and show a sense of strong rapport up and down the chain of command,
we detected individual contributors, project managers and managers alike who are
overwhelmed and exhausted. People who have prided themselves on the quality
and efficiency of their work in the past, are now deciding which essential project results
will be eliminated or reduced; which project double-checks to push into post-project
support; which internal customers to choose to fail to respond to.
We have seen this death spiral before.

Jobless Recovery
Many organizations are facing this dilemma, in part because of the uncertainty in the US,
between politics, consumer spending, the high unemployment rate, the threat of possible
hyperinflation, and the unknowns in the next set of policy decisions that will affect business.
These concerns are the root cause of this Jobless Recovery, as businesses are afraid to add
staff to meet current demands, so they continue to manage increasing business with
existing, or remaining staff. And even when they are not using the tired “more with less”
mantra, that is what it looks like to their employees. And, if you think this only affects
project success, this affects the operations side even more than the projects side
of the business.

How To Honestly Do More With Less
In the early 2000s, as we starting hearing the “More With Less” mantra with increasing
frequency, we put together a presentation, aimed at Managers and Executives, about
“Doing More With Less.” In that presentation, we made a number of assertions,
including that most managers who proclaim the need to do more with less were usually
rewarded with much less with less. In other words, they were killing efficiency and
effectiveness, overworking already exhausted team members, damaging morale more,
negatively affecting the quality of the organization’s results more, and damaging the
business unit’s or government agency’s reputation more.
We’re not sure that is the more they were after.

We went on to coach Managers in the ways they really can do more with less. Interestingly
(or not), the same Successful Project Climate guidelines we have recommended for years
remain the best way to measurably do more with less on a sustaining basis and sustainability
has been a recent theme in project management, so it makes sense to apply it to
managing projects:

    * Prioritize better, then staff fewer current projects appropriately, completing each one
better, faster and at lower cost, rather than fragmenting talent across too many projects.

    * Place team members full-time on large projects, at least half-time on medium ones.

    * Eliminate project and ready response priority conflicts.

    * Eliminate, deflect or defer unnecessary interruptions in project work.

    * Position Managers to “carry the water” for the team, pushing barriers out of the way, and demonstrating that the organization works for the team, rather than vice-versa.

    * Measure and manage both effort and results, and recognize and reward achievements.

Nothing more than competent Managers of Project Managers and their teams have done all
along, but these actions are even more important in difficult times.
Most practitioners understand that while teams could perhaps, at peak, produce
10%-20% more results, Managers, internal Customers and Executives have the
power to improve performance by 2x–4x in individual
projects, and 8x—10x in the overall organization over a 3-5 year period.
Now that is an honest and measurable way of Doing More With Less.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Job Growth and Education Requirements on low pay

Education is needed looking ahead to the changes and stability of the workers.
Being stupid in high school really is just putting yourself into the trailer park
down the road! You get what you put into it and more looking ahead is needed!

It's known that if you can't follow the rules the rules follow you!
Or a point of natural selection! As in college, if there are kids in the class that
act like they did in High School running in the halls and not in class the college
professor will pop out a test right after class. Right out of the blue and if you are
not in class you can't take the test! Also if you come into college from a bad
funded school not working through it to get what you need the college professor
will kick you out of class if you are holding back the whole class because of not
knowing. So you get what you put in. Like going up the mountain to the
peak and it's a long way down as it's not like in high school close to the bottom.
Also to note you pay your low taxes for your school and should note...
"What do you want?" It's a matter of what you put in, you are to learn so
you can get ahead to where you need to go! Like paying for a bus ticket
does not mean you get to drive the bus, but it get's you there if you don't
jump off the bus!

Yes it's like going up the mountain peak so you need to be
looking up. Why? These are stupid times there is a issue with
wealth inequality many walk around just letting their stores go
out of business or deal with the lack of sales as the many have no
money to buy those things. Small town inadequacy of not giving raises
to the workers and building places the many can't afford.
Wealth inequality is death for futures! Getting out from high school and
moving up is hard!

The inequality issues are looking to get bigger with Trump with his
rich friends in power as they more likely don't care about the workers
and take their raises they would of got and send them up the ladder to the
stock investors meanwhile most of the poor spends less closing down stores.
So more focus is needed in high school!

There is also the stupid out there as in cutting funding for schools
because of the states budget. Teachers low pay as a Teacher makes only
like $1000 more than a custodian a paycheck. $15 an hour vs $8!

Also stupid is schools going into a voucher program knowing that vouchers 
run out as cost / inflation goes up. Also pushing more unaffordable schooling
for the poor kids lowering the labor force and growing wealth inequality.

Also going to a charter school system also is bad as the schools would have
different standards and schools having different funding and corruption issues.
Different standards in schools is also from the schools income from the owners.
Different standards from High Schools in college holds back the whole class
as the professor has to stop teaching to bring the lower students up to speed.
Holding back the whole class!

Also is the laws as they run and are changed.

"What does this all mean for Oklahoma?"
Given that Oklahoma schools already face a deep budget crisis and teacher shortage,
tasking districts to raise new revenue to bring the funding of Title I schools up to the
average funding level of non-Title I schools may seem impossible. But it’s not.
Oklahoma actually does a fairly good job of sending more state and local funds
per student to high poverty districts. Because our school funding formula adds weight
to students who come from low-income families or who face other disadvantages,
the highest poverty districts receive about $531, or 7 percent, more per student
than the lowest poverty districts. We don’t have the large funding disparities seen in
places like Texas and Illinois.

Also "The state representative filed House Bill 1115, which would prevent the
legislature from creating new mandates unless they're funded."

This is a bad thing being Oklahoma has no funding and tends to just do without.
Anything is better than nothing! Having no funding for new mandates is no mandates!
In the long run there will be less and less mandates as the states funding is not there.

Keep in mind it's about the lack of funding. Low pay is less taxed and spent.
Small towns have way too much minimum wage retirees. That points to the
lower tax revenue and a declining funding for anything!

If the Republicans are wanting to get rid of ObamaCare just because of it's cost
to people that more likely make children wages. Why not raise the pay so people
could just write a check with no issues! Or like getting rid of NASA just
because of a few accidents. Those are like the people running things now!
But the issue is the point of not wanting growth and that makes no growth
for Schools.

Going up the mountain the kids need to look ahead at where they are going.
Yes you might have to go where the money is.
Look for a college with better funding but get out there and do something!
And stay in class!

Wealth Inequality running things!

Why go up the mountain to the peak?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Obamacare subsidies lawsuit

There is a lot of stupid going on. And a lot of learning. You can't
run things from a small towns view. You can't cater to these small town people!
If you do then America will have nothing like they have nothing!

~~~~~Republicans postpone settling Obamacare subsidies lawsuit

The House GOP and the Trump administration said they need another three months to come to a resolution, according to a motion filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

The payments reduce the deductibles and co-pays for more than half of enrollees on the Obamacare exchanges.

It's widely expected that Republicans will agree to pay the subsidies, which are expected to cost $9 billion this year and $11 billion next year. Killing them would wreak havoc in the individual market. Many insurers depend on these payments -- without them, they might abandon Obamacare, which could lead to fewer choices and higher premiums for consumers. Such a move would be at odds with the "orderly transition" that Republicans have promised. 

***But I need to note that lowering the subsidies will force many poor out of the
insurance market. More will drop for a bigger paycheck anyway.
Out of a 180 million working class people 60 million is a good norm number
of children waged adults / People what walk with no cars / non raised pay noted
by the amount of minimum wage retirement filling small towns. They will drop
for the extra $190, $500 a paycheck! Yes they will!

So to me I see them as keeping the mandate for insurance.
If they do kill it they will bring it back fast.
They will not let healthcare be killed over more food money!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The statue of liberty yearning to breathe free

As I see the xenophobia like some homes in small towns "Keep Out" and
"Beware of dog!" Why is that? It's something stupid but the point is
with Trump he is trying to run America like a small town.
Small towns make nothing so they have nothing!

And so America is looking to go down to their level.
Stupid in being afraid of others not from here over there being just like
or better off than we are walking around with cell phones and etc!

What is the war time view anyway we are not with war with much!
There is ISIS but really it's seen as a local problem.
Sort of like the KKK if they where to pop up more in Canada / Mexico
etc. Other countries would be upset over them also!
More people died from the KKK than terrorist anyway!
Well there is too much stupid out there. Paranoia is stupid!

"This KKK Guy Tried to Build an X-Ray Weapon To Kill Muslims 
and Obama, Feds Say."

"Dr. Fred Mettler, the US representative on the United Nations' Scientific
Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, was unfamiliar with the specifics
of Crawford's plans but said it's unlikely such a device could work.
Radiation can be narrowly beamed, as it is in some cancer treatments,
but the accelerators require huge amounts of electricity, are not easily
portable and any target would have to remain still for a long time."

Well stupid is stupid without remembering a good point.
"No man is an island. No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others."
This saying comes from a sermon by the seventeenth-century English author
John Donne.

~~~~~What is the quote on the statue of liberty?
There are several phrases associated with the Statue of Liberty, but the most recognizable is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. The poem did not receive much recognition and was quite forgotten after the auction.

In the early 1900s and after Lazarus’ death, one of her friends began a campaign to memorialize Lazarus and her New Colossus sonnet. The effort was a success, and a plaque with the poem’s text was mounted inside the pedestal of the statute.

Statue of Liberty Poem
Also known as the Statue of Liberty poem, New Colossus and its famous last lines have become part of American history. Here is the sonnet in its entirety:
New Colossus
statue of liberty poem
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I Still Believe and called a unicorn but I'm not gay

I believe in love. I had a past love take me to a gay bar being it was her
security being she had a death threat from a biker gang she testified against.
I'm not gay and she was not gay so in my life I know who I am so being at the
gay bar there was no issue.

In the 1990's I had a friend and his wife take me out to dinner at Denny's
so they could talk to me about...  Well my friend's wife told me they wanted
to have sex with me. And some guy behind us in the other seat said
"I'll be damned, a male unicorn!" I replied "Hay... I'm not gay!"
I didn't expect that and It is funny that I can say
That is not me, so I found it funny that they said that to me!
They where still my friends but I let them know it's not me!

So in my life I point in being able to believe in love because
it takes you to strange places and people and that is ok.
You believe in yourself so you can believe in others!

As in me now I am heart set for a marred lady wanting that talk,
needing the fairness to be taken home!
I hope people see my heart and know also it's ok for a married lady
to have a boyfriend, second husband, lover being the point love!
Love gives freedom! The balance it gives is worth it being love is
not a one lane road. If one is happy all is happy!
To be there to pull her out of the cliff of insanity... Worth it!

But to say I still believe I can say because I have been there.
So can you say I believe? You don't know till you try!
Face your fears with no tears life gets better with more support!

~~~~~7 Things You Must Do to Keep Believing in Love
If you are like most people, you were more vulnerable and open when you started 
experiencing intimate relationships than you are now. Prior to the disappointments 
and heartbreaks that you’ve likely faced, you were more willing to enter a partner’s 
internal world with reverence and unbounded curiosity, and to open your heart and 
soul to that lover. Whatever flaws or prior heartbreaks had occurred for either of you, 
they were immaterial in the face of the intensity of your connection.

1. Accept the fact that security is an illusion. Having worked for more than four decades with some of the most beloved people I’ve ever known, I’ve been in the middle of heartbreaking tragedies, none of which these people expected or were wholly prepared for. I’ve suffered with them and for them, watching the process of grief unfold as it must.

2. People become what they rigorously practice. We actually get better at being sad if we are sad most of the time, and better at being optimistic if we look at what we are blessed about rather than the price we might pay. If you really want to be different from who you are, stay on the course of the direction and goals you’ve set and ardently practice who you want to become.

3. People can become courageous through struggle. Exempting unbearable situations, those people who focus on who they become despite loss rather than the loss itself, train themselves to learn courage in the face of threat and loss. As they master that transformation, they strengthen their resolve every time they are most tempted to lose it. Look for your strengths and the ways that you become more valuable and stronger through your disappointments. Focus on those qualities in yourself that you are proud of and that are desirable for others to share.

4. Risk is a bedfellow of excitement and discovery. All are required for life to have promise. Though every one of us is continually balancing between security and risk, we can live precariously with an impassioned devotion to being safe at all costs, but we can’t be fully alive without a commitment to challenge and transformation.

5. Each choice shapes your destiny. Everything you do, say, feel, or think, each moment of your life, will take you closer or farther away from the person you want to become. Whirlpools of temporary deviation are part of life, but getting back on your path as soon as you are able will expedite that process.

6. Choose and imitate your supporters. You need people around you who support and model those changes. Birds of a feather do reinforce each other—one way or another.

7. Look forward. Observe the people you’ve known who turn fear into purpose, and loss into recommitment. They don’t waste time in the past, except for the lessons they must take with them. They radiate a sense of practical idealism and a love of the options they have. They’re good models to have internal conversations with when you feel defeat looming. Very few of us can meet the world after more than two decade in prison, as Nelson Mandela did, with the words, “If I am bitter, they have won.” But we can get closer, knowing that people like him existed and still do.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's medicine treat it like it is - How marijuana affects young brains!

Like all medicines they are there for a reason, and if you don't need to take it
don't take it. For many drugs you need to be ready for them.

I am saying it's ok to use them if your are ready to use them, or have a need
to them. Like knowing how much to use and your self control.
But being young and not developed, the part that would be useful with the drug is
not there. So they are not what you think they are, they are stupid drugs when young.

Stupid is from slower brain development not from social problems hindering development
of the IQ. Slower brain development increases social problems!

Also I have to note social problems is stress and
"One stressful event can kill brain cells." So you don't want to lower brain
development by using drugs that will. On Marijuana, you won't have a clue
you need a clue! Drugs calm you down but in a young age it hinders!


I had viewed this back in my high school days. At a votech school I was going to during
High School. There where some guys I hung out with "stoners", being I did not smoke
with them because it was not me to do that I got to see how they acted on pot.

During lunch they took off in my friends car to his parents house to get some of his pot,
I was in the back of the car. They went there smoked at the house then drove back to
school. We where driving along when all of a sudden they slammed on the breaks.
I hit the back of the front seat. We all got out of the car to look at a cow on the
side of the road. It looked at us like it had something to say, but it just mooed!
They where on the ground laughing. Funny but really, it's just a cow!

We got back to Votech, then we went back to our class, but it was late and they
ran to class but it was the wrong class they ran into! they got in there sat down.
I was in the hallway looking at them saying wrong class! Dude!

The teacher knew and the kids in class knew they where stoned, all but them,
they thought no one knew! It was clear the pot made them stupid.

 ~~~~More about how marijuana affects young brains uncovered
A University of Maryland study shows adolescents that use marijuana regularly
could suffer permanent changes in the brain, increasing the chances of mental illness.

Permanent brain changes from pot found in mice
The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that marijuana can be especially
damaging to the developing brain.
The study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, found mice exposed to
low doses of marijuana for 20 days at a young age developed changes in brain
oscillations in the frontal cortex of the brain that controls motivation, planning and
cognitive function. But when the researchers repeated the experiment in adult mice,
they found marijuana exposure did not affect the rodent's ability to carry out cognitive
behavioral tasks.

The finding suggests marijuana used at an early age could lead to mental health disorders.
Senior study author Asaf Keller, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine said in a press release, “Previous research had
shown that children who started using marijuana before the age of 16 are at greater risk
of permanent cognitive deficits, and have a significantly higher incidence of psychiatric
disorders such as schizophrenia. There likely is a genetic susceptibility, and then you
add marijuana during adolescence and it becomes the trigger."

Sylvina Mullins Raver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Neuroscience in the
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of
Medicine said the researchers wanted to find out if marijuana poses permanent
health risks to adolescents. The study authors suggest the finding should be considered
by lawmakers. Though the study was conducted in mice, the researchers believe
the finding has implications for humans. It also lends support to past studies showing
marijuana use before age-16 is associated with higher incidence of schizophrenia.
Raver says the finding was ‘striking’ because the mice were exposed to such a low dose.

Keller explains the frontal area of the brain develops during adolescence, making it much
more susceptible to drugs. The same area is also the same as that affected by
schizophrenia. The finding suggests marijuana use during adolescence can have
permanent consequences for brain development and potentially lead to
mental health disorders. The researchers plan to explore the mechanisms in future
studies to see if the effects can be reversed.

~~~~Heavy Marijuana Use May Damage Developing Brain In Teens, Young Adults
Adolescents and young adults who are heavy users of marijuana are more likely than
non-users to have disrupted brain development, according to a new study.
Pediatric researchers found abnormalities in areas of the brain that interconnect brain
regions involved in memory, attention, decision-making, language and executive
functioning skills. The findings are of particular concern because adolescence is
a crucial period for brain development and maturation.

Healing with Catnip

With the Republican Party fighting about everything that won't help the rich.
Like de-funding Marijuana anyway they can even to the point of stupidity.

There are other options, catnip! Make a Tea out of it, Smoke it,
Burn it with incense, there are options. Catnip is just a form of
mint nothing bad. But still needs to be looked at like medicine.

Using it at 18- you need to think about if it will stop your thinking,
like bad for college APT test. Even college kids smoke
Marijuana after testing! Smoking Marijuana at a young age does cause
a road of stupidity. So the same consideration needs to be
placed with Catnip if you are young!

Stupid is from slower brain development not from social problems hindering development
of the IQ. Slower brain development increases social problems!

Also I have to note social problems is stress and
"One stressful event can kill brain cells." So you don't want to lower brain
development by using drugs that will. On Marijuana, you won't have a clue
you need a clue! Drugs calm you down but in a young age it hinders!

Catnip? don't know but if it slows you down I would see it as the same.
Drugs calm you down but in a young age it hinders!

People have been trying to stop kids with the bad drugs ever since the
beginning of human life! So it's best to teach about it's use!
Drugs have a use and at a young age there is no reason to use them!
You are better off to learn about the drugs use! 

I burn catnip like you do a incense, yes I do! If I got a cold or need it,
I will burn it. To me it's like... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQiSgWGAc24

Other than that it helps if you have a cold, flu, more in a tea form with honey,
lemon, green tea all mixed up! Or smoked. But don't do NyQuil and catnip 
at the same time! Or with many day time kind of strong cold medicines, 
because a possibility of a drug interactions.

~~~~Can you Smoke Catnip?
Human reactions to catnip vary depending on whether the plant is 
smoked or taken orally as a tea, juice or tincture. In herbal medicine, 
catnip tea is used to promote feelings of calm and to relieve chest congestion 
and muscle tension; some users also report that catnip tea has a slightly 
hypnotic effect and makes a good evening relaxation or sleep herb. 
You can control the potency of catnip tea by how long you steep it; a 
longer steeping will produce more potent effects. Some people who have
tried both report that catnip tea is also gentler 
on the stomach than smoking catnip.

While you certainly can smoke catnip, its effectiveness varies for different people. 
When smoked catnip is effective, its most common effects include warming 
throughout the body, a general sense of relaxation and calm, and a sense of 
mild euphoria sometimes accompanied by giddiness. Inhaling catnip smoke can 
also bring on physical sensations of minty coolness, which usually spread from 
the back of the throat to the upper chest and persist for about two hours. 
Many people report that catnip sedates them and also seems to have anxiolytic
action: some users say that smoking catnip helps them find calm after a long day
and forget about their worries.

Some people also experience interesting time dilation effects after smoking catnip,
and tend to both perceive and react to stimuli more slowly; slightly altered vision, 
including slower movement tracking, also sometimes occurs with smoked catnip.
Be sure not to drive or do any activities that require coordination and fast reaction time, 
such as outdoor sports, until you know how your body reacts to catnip. 
While catnip does not produce visionary effects when smoked, some people 
report that it can be an effective dream-enhancing herb when combined in a 
blend with other calming or dream-enhancing herbs like valerian or damiana. 
The overt effects of catnip seem to wear off in about two hours for a small dose 
(about 1.5 grams), returning people to their baseline with little to no 
hangover. So not only can you smoke catnip, but it generally produces 
quite a pleasant experience!

While Nepeta species are obviously not toxic to humans, smoking catnip can 
have mild side effects in some people, especially those trying it out for the first time. 
Side effects of catnip smoking include slight nausea or headache, especially if you 
a large initial dose. Some people also experience lack of coordination and feelings 
of dizziness which they describe as similar to moderate alcohol intoxication. 
Like alcohol, these effects usually diminish or go away if you lie down for awhile. 
Catnip may also make it difficult to form complex thoughts temporarily, 
plan your evening accordingly if you decide to try smoking catnip for yourself: 
evening of Trivial Pursuit is probably off the table!

Catnip is a very useful herbal remedy for treating all types of infections
of the respiratory tract. In addition, when consumed in the form of a hot tea,
catnip makes one perspire profusely and, in effect, alleviates fevers,
while working in the form of a decongestant.
When you have a cold or flu, you should take catnip as soon as you notice the
symptoms and take it quite often. In addition, catnip is effective in treating asthma
and bronchitis plus eruptive infections like measles and chicken pox.
This herb is an excellent medication especially for infants and children.
As it possesses soothing and relaxing attributes, taking catnip provides
relief from restiveness and brings about sound sleep.

This herb has a relaxing effect, which can be experienced even in the digestive tract.
It helps to alleviate tension, wind, colic as well as pain and is a wonderful medication
for infants who are suffering from any of these conditions and are unable to sleep.
A potent infusion prepared with catnip helps to alleviate headaches as well as all
associated tensions. This herb may also be employed to treat various digestive
disorders, including indigestion, stomach upset and conditions related to stress.
Tannins present in catnip make it an excellent herbal remedy for treating diarrhea,
especially in kids. This herb is also prescribed in the form of an enema
(a fluid injected into the rectum) to treat inflamed bowel disorders,
infections of the bowels, diarrhea as well as constipation.

Catnip has a relaxing effect that can be experienced even in the uterus.
In addition, you may also employ this herb to alleviate pains due to menstrual periods
and also stress and tension during periods.
Catnip is also useful in regulating menstrual periods and also treating suppressed and
delayed menstruation. A hot catnip infusion works as an excellent antiseptic inhalant
cures tender throats, coughs, colds and flu, in addition to working as a decongestant to
sinusitis and catarrh as well as relaxing croup and asthma. Catnip possesses antiseptic
attributes which are effective in treating skin infections. This herb contains high levels
of tannins which help to accelerate the process of repairing damaged tissues and
stop hemorrhages from grazes and cuts. The tannins are also useful in curing burn injuries
and scalds, insect bites, piles and skin problems accompanied by inflammations.

It is quite easy to prepare a genuinely effectual bedtime drink with catnip.
Boil about one cup (250 ml) of water, take it away from heat and add preferably
one teaspoon of freshly chopped catnip or one teaspoon of the dried herb and allow
it to infuse for roughly 20 minutes. When the water is lukewarm you may add some
honey to the formula if you wish and drink it. It has been found that an
Old Amish Herbal medication known as Night Nip also works excellently,
even for people suffering from insomnia.
The recommended dose of this remedy is taking three capsules
just prior to going to bed. An herbal tea prepared with catnip is also effective for
bringing down fevers, alleviating nausea as well as the agony of suffering
from hay fever.

People residing in the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains either apply crushed
fresh leaves of catnip or powdered dried up herb in the form of a raw poultice to
aching teeth or tender gums directly to get relief from the excruciating pain and
related miseries. Provided they are using the powder of the dry herb, they moisten
a cotton piece with water, apply some powder on the affected surface and
place the wet cotton inside the mouth and hold it tightly against the painful gums
or aching teeth for instant relief. While the fresh catnip leaves apparently bring
relief almost immediately, the powered herb takes some more time to have
the desired effect.

A potent herbal tea prepared with catnip may also be effectively employed in the form
of eyewash to provide relief from tenderness as well as swelling caused by cold and flu,
specific air-borne allergens, and excessive consumption of alcohol
(also known as the ‘bloodshot eye’ syndrome). To prepare this strong herbal tea,
add five teaspoons of freshly chopped catnip leaves to three cups (750 ml) of boiling water.
Reduce the heat and allow the chopped leaves of the herb to seethe for just three minutes.
Next, take the kettle way from heat and allow the leaves to infuse for an additional
50 minutes. Filter the liquid and store it in a hygienic fruit jar and refrigerate it.
You may use this tea in the form of eyewash using an eye cup many times every day.
Alternately, you may also saturate a sanitized towel made from terry-cloth in a
tepid solution prepared by diluting the tea with water and apply the towel over
your eyes for about 30 minutes daily. You may compress the used tea bags containing
the herb and place them over the eyelids to get some relief.

p.s. Celestialseasonings tea "Tension Tamer" has catnip in it!

~~~~Catnip Tea Recipe
1 tsp. catnip leaves (dried) OR 1 tablespoon fresh catnip
1 teapot boiling water

Using a wire mesh ball, place the tea leaves in hot water.
This should be about 70°C or 80°C – not the full boiling.
Allow the teapot to steep for five to seven minutes,
depending on how strong you would like your tea.
Ensure you remove the tea ball once you are happy
with the strength of the tea otherwise it will continue to steep
and get stronger. You could also try adding a pinch of
lemon balm and a bit of honey to sweeten the taste.