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The Lighter Side of Metamorphosis, a short story by John William Tuohy






How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
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The Lighter Side of Metamorphosis

A short story
by

John William Tuohy

     When Jake Skala woke up that morning from easy dreams he never thought he would find himself changed into a wonderful bird. And because of that wonderful dream he lingered in bed longer than he should have and so, Jake Skala was late again. Dashing out of the front door of his comfortable home in suburban Edina he raced to his car which waited expectedly for him on the off white cement of the driveway.
     Jake stopped and took in the morning air and turned to gaze at the Minneapolis skyline not so far off in the distance and say the clear dark outline of the Essex building where he worked and where they were, angrily no doubt, waiting for him, again. He stopped to pause and think which was one of the primary reasons why Jake Skala was late so often. He was a man of thought and pauses.
     “You know” he said to himself “If I could fly, I’d be there already”
     Whatever it was that overtook him pushed him forward and then in an upwards direction into the air and then, with a rhythmic rocking motion that came naturally, he lifted himself higher and higher into the air. By leaning forward he glided across the sky, floating past the cars and buildings and landed, somewhat roughly, in front of the Essex Building.
     Someone filmed the whole thing, from beginning to end, with their phone camera and posted the unusual site on YouTube and within hours Jake Skala of Edina Minnesota was the center of the world’s attention. The international media flocked to his door and wanted to know how he could fly.
     “Are you an alien?” was the most popular question to which Jake replied
     “You mean” Jake replied “Like one of those illegals?”
     “No,” said the reporter with a shake of his head “like the other kind.”
    Jake nodded his head in understanding “Nope, I’m from right on earth.”
     “Then how come you can fly?” came a question
     “I don’t know how I learned to fly,” Jack Skala replied. “I was in a hurry to get some place and I just sort of,” he stopped in mid-sentence and finding the correct word, he continued, “Well I suppose I willed myself to fly. I just thought it and saw it in my head and the next thing you know, by gosh, there I was, flying.”
     “Can you explain a little better than that?” a reporter asked.
     Jake shook his head and nope, no he couldn’t, and then asked the reporters a question. “Can you explain to me how you will your body to walk?”
     No, they couldn’t. “Well,” Jake said patiently, for he was a patient man, “I can’t explain how I will my body to fly. I just sort of thought it and there you go.”
     Well sir, as you can well imagine, a lot of people wanted to fly. These people, just average folks, didn’t have any place special to fly to, they just wanted to fly, so they willed themselves to fly and they did fly. It turns out humans could always fly, just like they could always walk and move their arms and turn their necks. In the next month, after people got the hang of it, Hawaii had a lot more tourists than usual and so did the North Pole, Florida and beach towns in Southern California.
     By week’s end an emergency meeting was held at the White House to discuss the human flying issue or what was popularly known as “The Skala”, as in “let’s Skala down to Mexico for spring break”. Sitting in on the meeting at the White House that morning were leaders of industry and commerce, leading members of the scientific community, the President and the President’s top people. The first to speak was Drew Nally, the aged and powerful Speaker of the House of Representatives, a noted captain of industry.
     “Mister President” he said in a no nonsense way “this flying nonsense must be stopped until we can control it!”
     “Why? Everyone seems to be having a good time. What’s wrong with it?” the President replied with a smile.
     “Well a lot is wrong with it sir, a lot. Our hotel industry is in big trouble, sir, big trouble” he said furrowing his brow on the second use of “big trouble” to make sure the President understood that it was big trouble and not just a little trouble.
     “You see sir, most of these folks, these, these…..’ he searched for the word that offered just the right amount of condescending disapproval to it “these flying people,” he said almost choking on the words, “they’re mostly common, everyday folk.” They just drop by for the day; at best most are only staying a night, maybe two. There are just too many other places in the world for them to visit, you know, now that it’s a free for all”.
     “Same with the restaurant business,” said the man who represented restaurant businesses. “With no airline carry on restrictions, people are carrying their food with them.” He turned to the man who was sent by the hotel businesses and said with a look of great disdain, “Whole families carrying their meals in knapsacks!” He scanned the table and said “knapsacks!” and all gathered there pushed out their lower lips and shook their heads in great disapproval of families carrying food in knap sacks.
     “Mister President, I demand, in the name of the American people that we stop the American people from partaking in this sordid flying business before entire industries collapse and disappear forever, perhaps.”
     “Like what?” asked the President
     “The question surprised Nally mostly because he hadn’t expected a question, because a man in his position is so rarely questioned and because he had absolutely no answer to the question asked. In the past six decades he had simply barked his opinions at Presidents and the Presidents did whatever Mister Nally suggested they do.
     “Well,” Nally sputtered, “like…say for instance…umm…” He stared at the flag pole standing so rigidly in the corner of the room and then raised a solitary finger. “Think of those people who make stairs!”
     “Stairs?” added the President.
     Still flustered Nally, rallied with his best answer “Yes, stairs. Why if everyone is flying why would you need stairs?”
     It was a stupid answer and it hung in the air for several very, very long seconds before someone else spoke.
     “May I add,” added the eminent physicist Doctor Han Snider, “that aside from the catastrophic toll that human flying will take on the stairway industry” he said condescendingly with an eye towards the Vice President, “we must ask the all-important question….are we still human if we can fly? Were we, in fact, ever human?”
     The President turned his head slightly to the left, considered the question and then said, “That isn’t as stupid as the stairway issue but it is still epically dumb.”
     “Maybe, maybe not,” added Charles Dunning of the Intelligence agencies. “I mean…what comes next? Will we be able to shoot lasers from our eyes?”
    He chuckled and flashed something that was akin to a tense smile, stood from his chair and strolled across the room as he spoke. “I jest, of course, but I say we add some money to the defense and intelligence budgets and get on this thing ASAP.”
     The man from the US Department of Commerce looked angry. “Folks are just landing in the country from anywhere and everywhere and we don’t know who’s here, who isn’t here and who’s here that doesn’t belong here….” His voice trailed off angrily, for he was an angry man. In complete defeat he lowered his head and stared deeply into the rich dark grains of the oak table and whispered “People are doing whatever they want. We’re powerless.” The general from the Air Force leaned forward instinctively, and with all in the room watching him, bit his lower lip and patted the man from the Immigration people on the back.
     “Mister President,” said the Air Force general without moving his sympathetic gaze from the man from the Immigration people, “our nation is in grave, grave, grave danger.”
     The generals from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and the Directors of the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA nodded their heads as one in complete agreement with Mister Dunning. Then, as one, the admirals and generals and secret directors turned to the President for an answer
     “Forget it, boys,” the President said. “You’re not getting another penny.”
     The President stood from his chair and those in the room stood respectfully and watched as he collected all of his Presidential pens and notebooks and prepared to leave the room. “Gentlemen,” he said, “I see no harm in any of this. People are happy. Let’s just leave it alone. I don’t see any real problems here, unless people start to swim under water like fish,” and with that, he strode, in a Presidential type of stride, out of the door.
     Jake Skala was late again. He had taken his family to Lake Minnetonka. They flew there to escape all the media glare that his simple yet magnificent deed had created. He had been fishing at Gray’s Bay Damn on the vast lake east end and enjoyed himself so much that he’d forgotten the time and now he was late, twenty minutes late to take his wife and daughter to a Walleye Dinner at Lord Fletcher’s Restaurant. He would have flown over the lake but a thunder storm that carried the occasional flash of lightening had darkened the sky and it would take him a full half hour to drive around the lake to the cabin.
     He stopped to pause and think, for as I said before, Jake Skala was a man of thought, he considering his options, he stared at the clear blue lake water and said to himself,

      “You know, if I could swim, I’d be there already.” 


LET'S IMPROVE OUR  MINDS AND LOOK AT SOME ART.......................... 


 John Sloan’s “The City from Greenwich Village” depicts a rainy winter evening in which electric light merges with moonlight, casting an evocative golden glow over lower Manhattan.
The City from Greenwich Village is a lyrical celebration of the vitality and excitement of life in lower Manhattan. Looking south over Sixth Avenue from the artist's Washington Place studio on a rainy winter evening, electric light merges with moonlight, casting an evocative golden glow over the city. At the far left, New York's skyscrapers seem to hover over the city like a shimmering celestial vision. Sloan's painting conveys a nostalgic, romanticized mood, one that contrasts strongly with the scenes of tenement life, teeming city streets, and desolate back alleys that he and fellow members of the "Ash Can School" had produced during the first decade of the century.
The artist's ambiguous reference to "moonshine" on the billboard in the left foreground both documents the city's commercialization and lends a poetic aura to the scene. This urban imagery may be seen as a precursor to American art of the 1960s, when Pop artists appropriated advertising motifs and Photo-realists immortalized the architectural richness of New York.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."

His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.

His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play. 

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I LIVE IN A CONDO SO THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR ME AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS

Groundbreaking tower garden taking root in Mesa
Chris Williams

Organic greenhouse built by Mesa holistic pharmacist has a 16,000-plant capacity when fully functional and can grow herbs and vegetables using a tower gardening system.
From the outside this may look like just an average greenhouse, but inside the building at the corner of University and Recker in Mesa is a fascinating new approach to farming.
A holistic pharmacist built a vertical grow operation which is providing organic produce for average citizens, restaurants and, maybe soon, cancer treatment centers.
Troy Albright is the man behind the 5,000-square-foot greenhouse which is filled with 320 towers.
The towers stand 9 feet tall and are topped with tantalizing treats that typically thrive on terra firma.
"We can grow any kind of leafy green plant you can think of," Albright said. "Everything from all of the different varieties of lettuce, kale, spinach, Swiss Chard, all your herbs and spices -- anything that's not a root vegetable we can grow in this greenhouse."
Nutrient-rich water cascades through the tower timed to best promote growth.
In 29 days they can go from seedling to a full head of lettuce.
Troy said his plot uses 90 percent less water than a tradition farm on only a fraction of the land.
"If you were trying to grow this in the ground", he said, "it would take one to two acres."


Troy Albright owns a compounding pharmacy in Mesa, Arizona and now has built a tower garden greenhouse. (Photo: Chris Williams/12 News)
"My wife and I own a compounding pharmacy... [and] we've studied health and wellness and we realize it starts with what you eat," Albright said.
They are also selling shorter starter tower garden systems and teaching clients how to grow their own living produce.
Troy and his wife were introduced to tower garden through a client three years ago, and for the past year-and-a-half he's been harvesting the benefits not only financially but physically.
"If you had met me about 18 months ago, I weighed 253 pounds and now I'm down to 180", said Albright.
Two to three organic restaurants use produce grown at the greenhouse.
Troy said he is in talks with a cancer treatment center to provide produce they serve patients.
They also host a farm market on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  




IS THERE A REASON WE DON'T DO THIS IN EVERY STATE?

New York City to Relax Bail Requirements for Low-Level Offenders

By RICK ROJAS
JULY 8, 2015

New York City officials announced a plan on Wednesday to change bail requirements for some low-level offenders in an effort to keep thousands of people accused of nonviolent crimes and misdemeanors out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.
The program, which is expected to cost nearly $18 million, will allow judges to release up to 3,000 low-risk defendants while placing them under court supervision as they await trial. Supporters of the program hope the initiative will help defendants who otherwise would remain jailed because they cannot afford bail.
“Money bail is a problem because, as the system currently operates in New York, some people are being detained based on the size of their bank account, not the risk they pose,” Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said in a statement. “This is unacceptable. If people can be safely supervised in the community, they should be allowed to remain there regardless of their ability to pay.”
The bail reform plan is part of a $130 million package of changes to the city’s criminal justice system the city began rolling out in December in part to address dysfunction at Rikers.
In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "Money bail is a problem because, as the system currently operates in New York, some people are being detained based on the size of their bank account, not the risk they pose." Credit Kathy Willens/Associated Press
Reducing the population to make the jail complex more manageable was one of the central objectives, and along with the bail changes, the city is also expanding public health services and other programs for people with mental health and substance abuse problems.
The citywide program is still in its early stages, with officials announcing on Wednesday that the city was seeking bids from nonprofit organizations to administer the program in each of the boroughs. Officials also have to decide the criteria to determine which defendants would be eligible for supervised release. The city plans on selecting providers in each borough by September and rolling out the program by early next year.
The reform package has been endorsed by some of the city’s top law enforcement officials, including Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. And on Wednesday, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of the State Court of Appeals, called alternatives like supervised release “critical steps in reducing overreliance on bail.”
“Far too many individuals awaiting trial who pose no risk to public safety are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford to post the bail amount set by the courts,” Judge Lippman said in a statement.
Most of the funding for the initiative is coming from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, using more than $13 million out of the billions forfeited by the French bank BNP Paribas after violating United States sanctions. Another $4 million will be paid by the city.
The program is modeled on pilot projects operating in Manhattan and Queens. In Queens, where the program began in 2009, 87 percent of the defendants returned to court and completed the requirements.
Jail systems in Kentucky, Milwaukee and Portland, Ore., have all moved away from relying on money bail, said Nancy Fishman, a project director at the Vera Institute, a criminal justice research organization. In Washington, D.C., which in the 1990s eliminated bail in most cases, nearly 90 percent of defendants return for their court date, she said.
“You can get a lot of people out of jail who don’t need to be there,” Ms. Fishman said. “There’s a real opportunity to go big in New York.”
City officials estimate that eliminating cash bail for defendants under the program will cut the average daily population at Rikers — which is about 10,000 — by about 200. The decline is relatively low, they say, because a substantial percentage of the Rikers population is made up of inmates jailed on violent crime charges who would not be eligible for supervised release.
About 45,000 defendants a year are held on bail across the city’s five boroughs, officials said.
Councilman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens and a supporter of the changes, said reducing the reliance on money bails was the “the holy grail of reducing the population at Rikers Island.”
The oversight that comes with a supervised release would vary by individual, officials said. For some defendants, it could be text messages or phone calls reminding them of their court appearances, while others would have in-person visits.
Some legal advocates said they worried judges could put defendants who might otherwise be released on their own recognizance in the supervised program.
Proponents of the plan said it would be an option for judges in cases where a defendant without the ability to pay would lose access to work, school and their families — “the kinds of enduring factors that ensure people don’t offend” while awaiting trial, said Elizabeth Glazer, director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
 “It’s important people maintain those connections to the extent possible,” Ms. Glazer said.
Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the criminal defense practice at the Legal Aid Society, said she would assess the initiative’s performance by how many of the defendants avoided the hardships of extended stints in jail.

“That’s the success, the true success — diverting as many people off Rikers Island as possible,” she said.








LATIN ROOT
MEANING
EXAMPLES
ab-, a-, abs-
away from, without
abnormal, absent, abstain, avert
acu-
sharp
acupuncture, acute,
ad-, a-, ac-, af-, ag-, al-, ap-, ar-, as-, at-
 movement to or toward; in addition to
accept, adapt, affect, aggression, approximate, ascend
ag-, act-
do
act, agent
am-, amat-
love
amatory, amorous
ambi-
both sides
ambidextrous, ambivalent
ann-, -enn-
year, yearly
anniversary, annual, millennium
ante-, anti-
before, against
antebellum,antediluvian anticipate,
aqu-
water
aquamarine, aquarium, aqueduct
audi-
to hear, hearing
audio, auditorium, audible
aug-, auct-
grow, increase
augment, augend,
bell-
war
antebellum, bellicose, belligent
ben-
good, well
benefit, benevolent
bi-
two
bicycle, binoculars, binary
brev-
short, brief
abbreviation, brevity,
cad-, -cid-, cas-
fall
cadence, accident, case
caed-, -cid-, caes-, -cis
cut
scissor, incision, incisor
cand-
glowing, brilliant, shiny
candle, incandescent, candor,
cap-, -cip-, capt-, -cept-
take, hold
capture, captive, recipient,
capit-, -cipit-
head
capital, precipitation, decapitation
carn-
flesh
carnal, carnivore
carp-
wrist
carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal
cav-
hollow
cavity, cave
ced-, cess-
go
proceed, procession, succession,
celer-
quick(ly)
celerity, acceleration
cent-
100
century, cent,
ceter-
other
“et cetera” = “and the rest, others”
circum-
around
circumference, circumnavigate,
clar-
clear, distinct
clarity, declare
con-, co-, col-, com-, cor-
together
community, coalesce, conjoined,
corn-
horn
cornucopia, unicorn
cred-
believe, trust
credulous, credit, incredible
curr-, curs-
run
current (river), cursive
de-
away from
descend, dementia
dent-
tooth, teeth
dental, dentures
dict-
speak, say
dictate, predict, dictionary
doc-, doct-
teach
doctor, doctrine
duc-, duct-
lead
conduct, produce, abduct,
dur-
hard
durable, obdurate, duress
ed-, es-
eat
edible, obesity
ego-
I, myself, the self
egocentric, ego
err-
stray
error, aberration
extrem-
outer most
extreme, extremities,
fac-, -fic-, fact, -fect-
make, do
manufacture, factory,
fer-
carry, bear
transfer
fin-
end
finish, finite
form-
shape
form, formation, conform, deformity
fort-
strong
fort, fortification
frang-, -fring-, fract-, frag-
break
fracture, fragment, infringe
fug-, fugit-
flee
fugitive, refuge
fund-, fus-
pour
fusion, profuse, profusion, transfusion
gen-
race, kind
genes, genetics
glob-
sphere
globe, global
grad-, -gred-, gress-
walk, step, go
transgress, gradations, regress
grand-
grand, big
grandiose, grandeur
graph-
write, draw
telegraph, graphite,
grat-
thankful, pleased
gratitude, gratuity, grateful,ingrate
grav-
heavy
grave, aggravation
hab-, -hib-, habit-, -hibit-
have
habit, inhibit, prohibition,
hom-
same
homogeneous
hospit-
host
hospitality, hospital
ign-
fire, firey
ignite, igneous rocks, ignition
in- (1), im-
in, on
invite, incur, immitate
in- (2), il-, im-, ir-
not, un, no
impossible, irrational, inappropriate, illegal
inter-
between
intermission, intersection
intra-intro-
within
intramural, introspection
irasc-, irat-
be or grow angry
irate, irascible
is-, iso-
equal
isometric, isosceles triangle
jac-
lie
adjacent
ject-
throw
eject, reject
janu-
door, begin
janitor, january
jus-, jur-
law
jury, justice
juven-
youthful
juvenal
labor-
work
labor, collaboration
lacer-
tear
laceration
lact-
milk
lactate, lactose
lamin-
layer
laminate
larv-
mask
larva,
lax-
not tense
relax, laxative, lax,
leg-
send
legate, relegate
lev-
lift, hold
elevate, lever, levitation
liber-
free
liberty, liberation
libr-
book
library, librarian
lig-
bind
ligament
lingu-
language, tonigue
bilingual, linguistics,
liter-
letter
literal, literacy,obliterate
loqu-, locut-
speak, speech
colloqual, eloquent,
luc-
light, bright
lucent, lucid, Lucifer (bearer of Light)
lumin-
light
luminous
lun-
moon
lunar, lunatic
magn-
large
magnitude, magnanimous
manu-
hand
manual, manufacture
man-
stay
permanent, remanence,
medi-, -midi
middle
middle, medieval, median
merc-
reward, wages, hire
mercenaries, mercantile
min-
small
minute, minority
moll-
soft
mollify, emollient
morph-
shape
morph, morphology
mov-, mot-
move, motion
motive, motivation, movie, motor,
mult-
many
multiple, multiply, multitude
nasc-, nat-
born
natal, native, nascent
necr-
dead
necrophilia, necropolis
noct-
night
nocturnal
nu-
nod
innuendo
nunci-
announce
pronunciation, enunciation
ob-, o-, oc-, of-, og-, op-, os-
against
obstinate, obstreperous, occur, offend, omit, oppose, ostentatious
oct-
8
octagon, octopus,
-oid
-like
asteroid (like a star)
-onym
name
antonym, pseudonym
orn-
decorate
ornament, ornate
oss-
bone
ossification
ov-
egg
ovum
pac-
peace
pacifism
pal-
stake
impale
pand-, pans-
spread
pandemic
pasc-, past-
feed
repast
pati-, pass
feel, suffer
patience,passive
pauc-
few
paucal, paucity,
pecun-
money
pecuniary
ped-
feet
quadruped, pedal
pell-, puls-
drive
propellant,repellent
pen-
almost
peninsula, penultimate, penumbra
pent-
5
pentagon
per-
through
permeate, persistence, pervade
pessim-
worst
pessimistic
pet-
strive towards
appetite, competition
pil-
hair
depilatory, epilator
ping-, pict-
paint
depiction, picture
phon-
sound
microphone
plas-
mould
plastic
plac-, -plic-
please
placid,
plan-
flat
explanation, planar, plane
plaud-, -plod-, plaus-, -plos-
approve, clap, applaud
explosion, implode, plaudits, plausible
plur-
more
plural, surplus
pole-, poli-
city
metropolis, politics
pon-, posit-
put
component, position, postpone
prehend-, prend-, prehens-
grasps
prehensile, comprehend
prem-, -prim-, press-
press
pressure
prim-
first
primary, primeval, primitive
priv-
separate
deprivation, privilege
pro-
forward
procrastinate, propulsion, produce
propri-
property, ownership
appropriate, property, propriety
prot-
first
protoplasm, prototype
proxim-
nearest
proximity
pub-
sexually mature
pubescent, pubic
pugn-
fight
pugnacious, repugnant
pung-, punct-
prick
puncture, pungent
puni-
punish
punishment, impunity, punitive
purg-
cleanse
expurgate, purge
qui-
quiet
quiet, requiem
quot-
how many, how great
quotient
rad-, ras-
scrape
abrade, erasure
reg-, -rig-, rect-
straight
direct, erect
retro-
backward, past
retrospect, retro,
rid-, ris-
laugh
ridiculous, ridicule, derision
rod-, ros-
gnaw
erosion, rodent
rog-
ask
interrogation, derogatory
rump-, rupt-
break
eruption, rupture, interrupt
sacr-, secr-
holy
sacred, sacrosanct
scand-, -scend-, scans-, -scens-
climb
ascend, descend, transcend
scop-, scept
look, examine
telescope, microscope
sec-, sect-, seg-
cut
dissect, section, segment,
sed-, -sid-, sess-
sit
reside, supesede
serv-
save, serve
conserve, serve, servitude
sign-
sign
design, signal, signature
sol-
alone
desolate, solitude
spec-, -spic-, spect-
look, see
speculation, suspicious
st-
stand
stasis, stable, station
stingu-, stinct-
apart
distinguish, exstinct
stru-, struct-
build
construe, structure
sub-, su-, suf-, sug-, sup-, sus-
under
submarine, suppress,
tac-, -tic-
be silent
reticent, tacit
tang-, -ting-, tact-, tag-
touch
tangible, tactile
tempor-
time
temporal, temporary
tend-, tens-
stretch
extenuate, tension
termin-
end, boundary
terminal, terminate
terr-
earth
terra, terrain, subterranean
test-
bear witness
testimony, testament
tex-, text-
weave (literal or words)
textile, subtext, context, texture
tim-
be afraid
timid, timorous
torn-, tourn-
turn, rotate
tournament, tornado
tot-
whole, all
total, totality
trans-, tra-, tran-
carry
transport, transfer
traum-
wound
trauma, traumatic
tri-
three
triangle, trivia
trin-
three of each
trinity, trinary
ultim-
farthest
ultimate
un-
one
unicorn, unicycle
urb-
city
suburban, urban,
ut-, us-
use
use, utility
vad-, vas-
go
evade, pervasive
vag-
wander
vagabond
ven-, vent-
come
circumvent, convention
ver-
true, truth
aver, veracious, verify, verisimilitude, verity
vi-
way
via, deviate
vid-, vis-
see
visual, vivid, video
vinc-, vict-
conquer
victory, victor
vit-
life
vital
viv-
live
vivid, survive
voc-
voice
vocal, invocation,



The 100 Most Common Written Words in Latin
Learning these common words will give you a huge leg up when reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Latin, but remember that most of these words will have various forms due to their cases (Accusative, Genitive, Dative or Ablative) or function in a sentence or clause.

Number
Word
Meaning
1
 Ego
     I
2
 Tu
    You
3
 Nos
     We
4
Vos
     You   (plural)
5
Is
     He
6
Ea
     She
7
Id
     It,   that
8
 Hic, haec, hoc
     This   (masculine, feminine, neuter)
9
 Ille ,illa, illud
     That   (masculine, feminine, neuter)
10
 Idem, eadem, idem
      The same (masculine, feminine,   neuter)
11
      Illi, illae
     They
12
Suus
     Theirs
13
Tuus, uester
      Yours
14
Meus
      My
15
Eius
      His, hers, its
16
 Ipse,a,um
    (Him,   her, it)-self
17
 in
      In, into
18
 a,ab
     Away   from, by
19
 de
     About,   concerning
20
pro
     Before,   in front of,
21
 sine
     Without
22
ante
     Before
23
 contra
     Opposite, against, contrary to
24
per
     Through,   across, throughout
25
 post
     After, behind, afterwards
26
 trans
     Over, across, beyond
27
 ad
     To, towards,
28
 ex
     From,  out of
29
cum
      When, with
30
et, atque
      And
31
 nam
      For, in fact
32
 sed
      But
33
deinde
      Then,   next
34
 quia
      Because
35
si
       If
36
 tamen
      However
37
 dum
      While
38
 uel….uel
      Either…..or
39
 nemo
      No one
40
 nihil
      Nothing
41
 non
      Not, not at all, by no means
42
 ut
      Where, how?, so that,
43
nunc
      Now
44
ita
      So, thus
45
Bonus
      Good
46
 Malus
       Bad
47
 Multus
       Much
48
 Parvus
       Small
49
 Magnus
       Great
50
Solus
       Alone, only, lonely, single
51
Totus
       All, whole, entire
52
Ullus
       Any, anyone
53
 Unus
       One
54
 Alius
       Another,   other, different
55
Alii…alii
      Some……others
56
 Aliqui, aliquid
      Some,   someone, something
57
 Quis, quid
     Who? What? Which? Anyone, anything, someone, something
58
 Sursum
     Up
59
 Deorsum
    Down
60
 Sinister
    Left
61
 Dexter
    Right
62
 Audire
  To listen, to hear
63
 Dare
  To give , to grant
64
Esse
  To be
65
 Amare
  To love
66
 Dicere
  To say
67
 Habere
  To have
68
 Videre
  To look, see
69
Facere
  To make, do
70
 Scribere
  To write
71
Ire
  To go
72
 Posse
  To be able
73
 Vocare
  To call
74
 Venire
  To Come
75
 Capere
  To take
76
Primus
  First
77
Secundus
  Second
78
Tertius
  Third
79
Ultimus
  Last
80
Homines
  People
81
Urbs
  City
82
Aer
  Air
83
Ignis
  Fire
84
Aqua
  Water
85
Terra
  Land
86
Amor
  Love
87
Dies
  Day
88
Familia
  Family
89
Res
  Things
90
Bellum
  War
91
Coniunx
  Spouse
92
 Deus
  God
93
 Ludus
  Game, sport
94
Nomen
  Name
95
 Sors
  Destiny, Fate
96
Tempus
  Times
97
Domus
  Home
98
Cibus
  Food
99
Ara
  Altar
100
 Mors
  Death




Round Up: Amazon Crushes Authors’ Careers Beneath the Boots of a New Review Policy


Posted: 08 Jul 2015 06:26 PM PDT
Over the past couple weeks Amazon has enacted a new policy for reviews posted on its site. This has resulted in a slew of older reviews getting culled and new reviews being blocked when posted, leading to screams of outrage from many quarters.
Many have commented on the story,  most have approached it from entirely the wrong angle, and few have understood that the new policy is really nothing new. What follows is a short round up post which makes several simple arguments on this story.
Amazon changed their policies in part to squash authors taking part in scam review circles. You can find one example spotlighted over at The Passive Voice.
Unfortunately, the change in the policy required new algorithms to detect reviewer-author relationships. And as Gizmodo pointed out, real reviews have gotten caught in the algorithm and spat out with the scammers.
However, Gizmodo and and DBW are both wrong in viewing this change in relation to authors; the new policy was made to serve the interest of consumers, not authors.
Furthermore, Gizmodo is also wrong in saying that this is creepy; the algorithms and tracking Amazon now uses to watch authors and reviewers alike are not new.
Instead, as Teleread explained, Amazon was already using similar algorithms to detect relationships between customers and affiliates. And as Writers Beware explained when expanding on Teleread's post, Amazon has been working for several years now to combat fake reviews (including suing sellers of fake reviews).
That said, many authors, including Lori Otto, are correct in that authors are expected to build relationships with readers. That is SOP now, and if Amazon continues to fight against that then they will only end up hurting themselves.
The new policy is intended to serve consumers by making a better marketplace.  Swatting readers for posting real reviews is by definition not a good thing, so Amazon is going to have to improve their ability to discern between an author-friend relationship and an author-consumer relationship.

 ‘Hello’ from Amazon – Big Brother style review censorship
24 June 2015
From WriterChristophFisher:
Dear Readers A few weeks ago I woke up to this message:
Hello from Amazon.com  We are writing to inform you that we have removed your review privileges and suppressed all of your reviews. Any new reviews written will automatically be suppressed. We took this action because you have failed to comply with our review guidelines and manipulated product reviews.
Surprised and curious I asked them for clarification on the matter but have had no personal reply to my appeal. Amazon removed all of the reviews I wrote: 1700 of them without discussion or ‘trial’. Eventually I received this:
Hello, We’ve removed Customer Reviews left by your account because it’s come to our attention that you have violated our policies by manipulating Customer Reviews. Any attempt to manipulate ratings, feedback, or Customer Reviews is prohibited. After reviewing your account, we’ve determined that your reviews will remain removed from the site. For more information, please review our Customer Review Guidelines (http://amazon.com/help/customer-reviews-guidelines). We will not be able to offer any additional insight or action on this matter. We appreciate your cooperation, Review Moderator Amazon.com
You can see, they are not very forthcoming, despite their trigger happiness. I’d like to believe that they are trying their best to make the system credible but without bothering to tell me what my crime is and without effective deletion of troll reviews I am getting cynical. Every review is a “manipulation of customers”.
Trolls and nasty people are doing their worst with full support of Amazon. I’m currently inundated with messages, some from irate authors assuming that ‘I have deleted the reviews of their book’. Apologies, this has nothing to do with me, neither do I know why this is happening.
I’ve had plenty of questions from you: whether my reviews were verified purchases, whether I forgot to mention when I received a copy for the book etc. I cannot answer any of these questions as I do not know which specific review or ‘behaviour’ has triggered the alleged ‘violation’, nor have I violated their guidelines. 95% of my reviews were of books I bought through Amazon and I usually mentioned if I had been given a copy for review.

Strangely, the action against me by Amazon took place at a time when I hardly reviewed due to a family bereavement and house move. My ranking was dwindling anyway. I wonder if it could be the doing of one of a few disgruntled individuals, whose books I refused to review or who have taken issue with me in one of the Facebook groups. As moderator in several of them I have made enemies. Without word from Amazon, this is all useless speculation that I have long abandoned.

GOOD WORDS TO HAVE.......................


Garderobe  \GAR-drohb\ a wardrobe or its contents 2: a private room : bedroom 3: privy, toilet. Garderobe entered the English language in the 15th century and continues in use to this day, though its frequency has diminished significantly since the 19th century. Originally, its primary duty was to provide English speakers with a word for a room or closet in which to store clothing. Later, by extension, it was used for private bedrooms and bathrooms. Today you are most likely to encounter the word in a description of an old castle, such as in our example sentences. Garder, the French word for "guard" on which garderobe is based, has also served English well by directly contributing to the formation of such words as award, guard, regard, and, yes, wardrobe.







Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Solar Batteries for Homes and Small Businesses
The system could easily take a home off the power grid, especially with the use of many solar panels, Musk said
 By Benjamin Hulac and ClimateWire | May 1, 2015
  Musk introduced the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted lithium-ion electric battery for homes and small businesses, and the Tesla Powerpack, a heftier version of the same core product designed for utility-scale use.
Credit: Tesla
From a man who made his name and charted his career with lofty goals and often unexpected financial decisions, the news came with little surprise: Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., unveiled a product line of electric batteries late last night in Los Angeles.
Musk introduced the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted lithium-ion electric battery for homes and small businesses, and the Tesla Powerpack, a heftier version of the same core product designed for utility-scale use.
He also announced a new wing of the company, Tesla Energy, which will begin shipping the Powerwall systems to domestic customers in three to four months. Deliveries will trickle out slowly, he said, then accelerate next year when the company begins shipping orders out from its so-called Gigafactory in Nevada.
Yet Musk spoke first about rising emissions and climate change solutions, not cars. He used a slide show of power plants and smoggy skies to introduce the problems. “It sucks, exactly,” he said. “I think we, collectively, should do something about this,” he added, “for us and a lot of other creatures.”
The Powerwall battery charging system, which can be stacked up to nine batteries high and mounted on an inner garage wall or outside, costs $3,000 for a 7-kilowatt-hour system and $3,500 for the 10 kWh option. The entire Powerwall system is roughly 3 feet wide and 4 feet long, and would stick out about 7 inches once mounted. It could easily take a home off the power grid, especially with the use of many solar panels, Musk said.
“Tesla is not just an automotive company, it's an energy innovation company,” the firm said in a statement. “Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation.”
The utility version comes in 100 kWh blocks that can be grouped together. Musk said one utility company is already interested in a 250-gigawatt installation of Powerpack systems alone.
Shifting cities to 'stored sunlight'
“This entire night has been powered by batteries,” he told the audience in the warehouse in Hawthorne, Calif., pointing to gray, blocky Powerpack systems standing on end and powering the facility. “Everything you're experiencing is stored sunlight.”
Musk's solution is as audacious as it is simple. By harnessing energy from the sun—“this handy fusion reactor in the sky,” he called it last night—getting enough renewable energy on the power grid and smoothing out energy generation and use between peak and off-peak hours, the nation and planet can shift away from fossil fuels' dominance as a power source, he told the crowd.
The new batteries, he said, will help speed that transition worldwide. “These is going to be a great solution for people in remote parts of the world,” he said, noting that it allows homeowners to leave the power grid and ditch electric cables.
“It can scale globally,” he added, likening the battery systems' potential in emerging economies to mobile phones that penetrated markets faster than old technology and leapfrogged landline sales.
Tesla, the first American car company to go public since Ford Motor Co., has been a darling stock to many in recent years, climbing from trading in the $30 range in 2012 to above $200 a share for most of the past year.
In a research note about yesterday's announcement from Deutsche Bank AG, which was reported by Bloomberg, the authors struck a bullish tone, writing: “Based on the preliminary work on the economics of stationary storage, we believe that this has the potential to be more significant” than Wall Street analysts expect. The battery system, they wrote, could add up to $100 a share.
Karl Brauer, a senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said Tesla's new battery division could be even more successful than its car business.
“If Tesla can produce a cost-effective home energy storage system, it could prove far more valuable, and profitable, than anything the company is doing with automobiles,” he said before the announcement.
Brauer, too, alluded to the cord-cutting paradigm phone companies face when customers jettison their landlines for mobile service only. “Imagine a wave of customers cutting ties with their local power companies because they have a self-contained energy system,” he said in an emailed response. “Instead of paying hundreds of dollars every month, consumers could make a one-time payment of a few thousand dollars to power their home for years.”
That power companies face and must adapt to survive within a changing electricity marketplace in the United States during the next decade, he added, is an “undeniable, and likely unavoidable,” reality.
Severin Borenstein, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Energy Institute, was skeptical about how much impact the Tesla batteries would have on the renewable electricity market.
“None in the short run,” Borenstein said yesterday. “In the longer run it could, but it's not going to immediately change the market. I think they are looking out years from now. But the technology, I think, still is not ready.”
For power storage at home, “I don't think it's going to get used at a very high scale right now,” he said. “There are a lot of people who will do things as a novelty or as an early adopter.”
A bigger market than that for electric cars?
The electric carmaker began delivering its Model S sedans in 2012, the same year it announced plans for the Model X, a sport-utility vehicle with a crossover-style frame. Construction on the Gigafactory began in 2014.
There are more than 50,000 Tesla vehicles in use, and Tesla delivered over 10,000 more in this year's first quarter. The company has set a goal to deliver 55,000 models this year. Roughly 32,000 went out in 2014.
Reached by phone in Arizona before Musk's big night, Ken Elias, a partner at Maryann Keller & Associates, an automotive industry consultancy, said Tesla's home-charging system could make sense if the costs were low enough.
“The question is really the price point,” he said. “Does it make sense?”
Reliability, battery lifetime, weather damage and installation expenses and challenges, Elias said, are all questions surrounding the battery line. If products like the Powerwall take root, however, they could spur on the solar power industry and lead to more rooftop installations. The possible market for solar panels combined with an at-home battery is significantly bigger than Tesla's car brand is tapping into now, he said.
“The bigger story is: How big a business and market is this going to be?” Elias said. “If they work really well, I think it could make a lot of sense.”
In the U.S. auto market, plug-in electric cars make up less than 1 percent of the pool of the roughly 250 million vehicles in America. And on a different technological track, hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars—powered by devices Musk has publicly called “fools cells”—are beginning to enter the market, led by Japanese automakers.
“The cheaper batteries get, the less viable fuel cells are,” Levi Tillemann, a fellow at the New America Foundation and electric vehicle expert, said yesterday afternoon. But, he added, fuel cells and batteries are “not necessarily an either-or proposition.”
Before the presentation began last night, a simple message greeted the crowd watching the event online: “THE MISSING PIECE,” it read, above a white box with rounded edges.
That shiny, white product, which turned out to be the Powerwall, will be a great addition to Tesla, said Tillemann, the author of a “The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future,” due out this year.
Reporter Anne Mulkern contributed.






Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”



THE BOOK OF FUNNY, ODD AND INTERESTING THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY

Compiled by

John William Tuohy



Managers Reports

Employee blew his nose so hard that his back went out.

Employee's horses got loose and were running down the highway.

Employee was hit by a bus while walking.

Employee's dog swallowed her bus pass.

Employee was poisoned by his mother-in-law.

Employee was feeling all the symptoms of his expecting wife.

Employee called from his cell phone, saying that he was accidentally locked in a restroom stall and that nobody was around to let him out.

Employee broke his leg snowboarding off his roof while drunk.

Employee's wife said he couldn't come into work because he had a lot of chores to do around the house.

Employee's mother was in jail.

Employee had a bad case of hiccups.

Employee was sad.

Employee was spit on by a venomous snake.

Employee had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial.

Employee had to ship his grandmother's bones to India.

Employee's bus broke down and was held up by robbers.

Employee was feeling all the symptoms of his expecting wife.



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