Craig Eisele on …..

April 2, 2014

Obama is a do nothing president .. Or so I was told before this…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 10:24 pm

If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked.  If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.

Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly.

Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were  based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only had the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it is and was also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for.
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What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.

Legislative Prowess

Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office.  Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.   http://n.pr/i3d7cY

 

Fiscal Responsibility

Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.   http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.   http://n.pr/hcgBn1

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.  http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.  http://bit.ly/hOw1t1     http://bit.ly/fz8GAd

Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

 

Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression

He pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act.   http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs   http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk

In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%.  http://reut.rs/i46CEE

He completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs.   http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS   http://bit.ly/eCNrD6

He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.  http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl

He oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY

He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world.  http://lat.ms/zIJuQx

He also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.  http://bit.ly/eYD4nf

He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving  the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.  http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7

He signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.  http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS

He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw

He  signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market.  http://bit.ly/eEpLFn

Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.   http://bit.ly/dZgXXw   http://bit.ly/gORYfL

He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b

He created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.)   http://www.business.gov

He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.   http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5

He took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7

He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ

He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs.  http://bit.ly/ibhpxr   Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.   http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc

He dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.  http://bit.ly/g0IKWR

He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.   http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV

Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE

 

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.  http://huff.to/eAi9Qq

He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.  http://bit.ly/hWCPg0   http://bit.ly/geHpcD

Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG

He made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests.  http://bit.ly/fnTayj

He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

He wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.  http://bit.ly/esOdfB    http://bit.ly/eG4DPM

He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and  tax evaders.  http://bit.ly/htfDgw

He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.  http://bit.ly/fnTayj

He oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.  http://thedc.com/gxkCtP 

Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

He advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7

He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping.  http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz

He appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.  http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0

Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8

He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj

He’s appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.  http://bit.ly/g1lA7D

He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT

He established a White House Council on Women and Girls  http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM

He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.   http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg

Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families.    http://bit.ly/e1puTk

He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x

Under his watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011.  http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ

 

Fighting Poverty

He provided  a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM

He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.  http://wapo.st/eWECA8

 

Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad

He visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.   http://bit.ly/hZycda

As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g 

He did much to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the planet.   http://bit.ly/h743y7  http://bit.ly/ho4TCr

He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.  http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj

Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l

He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe

He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV

Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh

He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK

He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009.  http://huff.to/6YkAVY

He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.   http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP

Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.  http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U

He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.  http://n.pr/hY3Kwa   http://nyti.ms/emQBde

He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through.  http://bit.ly/eW6CVF

Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.  http://bit.ly/g6MTuC

He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.  http://bbc.in/h6N9ax

He released the Bush torture memos.  http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0

On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all  Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention.  http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve    http://nyti.ms/hzWWys

In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9

Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb

Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS

He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz

 

Better Approach to “Defense”

Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.  http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE

He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2

He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.   http://lat.ms/gkcl3i

He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty.  http://bit.ly/f3JVtw

Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021.  http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4

Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq.   http://bit.ly/hk73OJ

He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs

He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops. http://bit.ly/lNXUna

Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z

He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.  http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6

He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn

He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate.  http://aje.me/qAh4Sj

 

Treating  Soldiers and Veterans with Respect

He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it.  He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.http://nyti.ms/glqN66   http://bbc.in/gWSSkA

He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo

He provided the troops with better body armor.  http://bit.ly/hzSv2h

Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order  to improve the quality of their medical care.  http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW

He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one). http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q

He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.  http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1

He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities.     http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x

He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.  http://bit.ly/epwUQY

He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.  http://bit.ly/gjzTxX

 

Education

He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process.   http://bit.ly/gYWd30   http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr   http://bit.ly/eEzTNq

Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.   http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.   http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr   This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide   http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction.  http://bit.ly/fYwNrV

Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr

Signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J 

He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college.  http://bit.ly/hI6tXz

He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.  http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe 

 

Greater Transparency and Better Government

He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN

He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.   http://nyti.ms/gOrznV

He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX

The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5

He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.  http://www.serve.gov

He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV

He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic  White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.
http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb

He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests.   http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2

 

National Safety and Security

He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural  disasters successfully.   http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z

Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B

Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i

Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw

 

Science, Technology and Health Care

He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.
http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw

Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.  http://bit.ly/j0KV2U

He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.   http://bit.ly/h36SSO    http://ti.me/edezge

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.  http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7

He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.  http://bit.ly/fOi2rb

He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc

His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.  http://bit.ly/bKgqdS

Conducted a cyberspace policy review.   http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC

Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr

He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.   http://bit.ly/dNTRyP

He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products.  http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result,  the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.  http://bit.ly/ecQSgA

He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs.  http://bit.ly/frMPG3

He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq    http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9

He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b

Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.   http://bit.ly/fDEzGv

He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months.    http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C

Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people,  and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental  to those with coverage.  He also established  http://www.healthcare.gov/

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.  http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance.  http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.  http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh

 

Strengthening the Middle Class and Families

He worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.   http://bit.ly/fNfidS

He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.   http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.   http://bit.ly/eSEI4F

Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950.  http://bit.ly/f74pD8

He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP

He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times.  http://aol.it/evtVxD   http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ    http://bit.ly/hOtIpg    http://bit.ly/fTT7kz

 

Environment and Energy

He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards.    http://nyti.ms/e8e94x

He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade.   http://politi.co/hiaPKM

He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y

His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.  http://bit.ly/lP3yEL

He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.    http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu

He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p  (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R

Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.   http://bit.ly/froaP5

His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN

He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE

He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y

He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.   http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq

He reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush-era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”  http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3  http://bit.ly/fE2PxK  http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv

He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.  http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO

He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P

Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.  http://bit.ly/fzQUFO

Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars.   http://bit.ly/glCukV

Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.   http://bit.ly/h5KZqy  http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c    http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk

He oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo

He also actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3

He initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a

Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd

He strengthened the Endangered Species Act.  http://bit.ly/hscjsH

His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.  http://bit.ly/jYH7nt

Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2

He increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%  http://bit.ly/fbJPjY

He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K

He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025   http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW

 

Other Stuff

He has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.  http://bit.ly/etznpY

He oversaw funding of  the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015.  He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations.   http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO    http://bit.ly/ff5Luv

Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF

He nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.   http://huff.to/eOChg6  http://bit.ly/i02wgP

He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.   http://bit.ly/dX6vNB

He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and  he rescinded the global gag rule.  http://bit.ly/eCFAI1  http://bit.ly/f92drF

He loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.   http://huff.to/eQfa7j

His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo

Ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.   http://bit.ly/idgQH5

Yep, a DO-NOTHING-PRESIDENT ….  and this was from almost a year ago. 

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Did a Black Man Discover the Fountain of Youth?

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Did a Black Man Discover the Fountain of Youth?

 

“100 Amazing Facts About the Negro”: Learn about the legend that predates Ponce de León’s legendary search.

Note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to whom these “amazing facts” are an homage.

Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 61: What myth of eternal youth in Africa inspired Europeans for centuries?

Whenever he encountered a counterintuitive fact, my mother’s brother, my Uncle Ed, was fond of saying, “That’s another one of those things that ‘they’ just don’t tell us,” as if key bits of information about the order of things were systematically being withheld from black people. At the top of my own list of things we weren’t told in school is the fact that the legendary Fountain of Youth was not only thought for centuries to be located in Ethiopia, but that the man who had discovered it and ruled over it was a black man.

European artists even painted portraits of him and sometimes decorated their maps of Africa with his image. European kings, popes and explorers from Marco Polo to Ponce de León knew of him and his magical realm. That’s right: When de León and his Spanish compatriots were wandering around the swamps of Florida, trying not to be eaten by alligators, it was a black man and his mythical fountain for which they were likely searching. In fact, one way to think of the conquest of the oceans and the eventual navigation around the Cape of Good Hope in the late 15th century was that it was motivated, among other things, by the desperate search to find this black patriarch and tap into his wealth and military might. The goal wasn’t only to help liberate the Holy Land, but also to experience this king’s secrets of immortality.

Whatever his true name might have been, he was known throughout Europe as “Prester John,” the formidable priest-king of ancient Ethiopia.

The Fountain of Youth in Ethiopia

While most of us associate the fountain of perpetual youth with the New World, especially Florida, that has only been the case for the last 500 years. For a much longer stretch of history, actually, dating all the way back to the fifth century B.C., its home was believed to be in Ethiopia. Back then, the First Persian Empire touched three continents, but Ethiopia resisted invasion. In his voluminous History of the Greco-Persian War, the first grand historical narrative (440 B.C.E.), Herodotus recounted how the king of Ethiopia, protective of his lands, scoffed at the average life span of a Persian—80—while “most” of his people, “the long-lived Ethiopians … lived to be a hundred and twenty years old, while some even went beyond that age.”

At first, Herodotus writes, the king attributed this feat to the Ethiopian diet, “boiled flesh” and “milk,” but when his visitors “showed wonder at the number of the years, he led them to a fountain, wherein when they had washed, they found their flesh all glossy and sleek, as if they had bathed in oil—and a scent came from the spring like that of violets. The water was so weak, they said, that nothing would float in it, neither wood, nor any lighter substance, but all went to the bottom. If the account of this fountain be true, it would be their constant use of the water from it which makes them so long-lived.”

In 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think, Robert Arp suggests this was “[t]he first recorded mention” of the Fountain of Youth in history.  There had to be a reason Ethiopians appeared to live longer, and in Herodotus’ account, that reason was what Italian author Umberto Eco describes in his latest work, The Book of Legendary Lands, as “the underground spring of Ethiopia” (though Eco is quick to point out the near universality of fountain imagery in world culture, from variations on the Garden of Eden and the Romance of Alexander to the ancient myths of the Far and Middle East). In the Judeo-Christian context, man’s obsession with defying what seemed to be his inevitable fate—aging and death—sprang from his banishment from the original “earthly paradise.” Another lesson from the Bible—Psalms, 68:31, to be specific—was the prophecy: “Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.”

Introducing Prester John

We think the arrival of Beyoncé’s latest album on ITunes this month was meteoric, but 800 years earlier, the mysterious arrival in European courts of the so-called “Letter of Prester John” ignited a search for an African king and his kingdom unrivaled in its geographic scope, one lasting centuries in endurance. Let’s just say that the quest to find this black king was no passing fad. Malcolm Letts, author of the distinguished 1947 article, “Prester John: A Fourteenth-Century Manuscript at Cambridge,” in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, believed the story of Prester John had been transmitted orally well before his letter, so that when it arrived in Europe in the 12th century, witnesses were ready to receive—and believe—it.

Already, there had been word of a representative from Prester John visiting the Pope from “India” in 1122. (“India,” as we will see, often referred to the horn of Africa.) Then, in 1158, Otto, Bishop of Freising in Germany, published his famous Historia de duabus civitatibusIn it, he told of a visit he had observed a decade before between then-Pope Eugene III and a Bishop Hugh, of Jabala, Syria, who, in pressing for another crusade, referred to “Presbyter Iohannes” as the Christian king who had scored a decisive victory against his Persian, Median and Assyrian rivals on the other side of the Tigris River before his own horses had been stymied in crossing over it into the Holy Land.

In describing the encounter, Otto traced Prester John’s ancestry to the Magi we know as the Three Wise Men or Kings who, from the East, brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus during the first Christmas season. And one of the Magi, Balthasar, was said to be black, making him the Ethiopian’s king’s nth-great grandfather.

The Letter of Prester John

Nothing added to Prester John’s luster like the letter attributed to him that landed on an emperor’s desk in the year 1165 A.D., and then spread across Europe in reproductions in an astonishing multitude of translations and reproductions in the mid- to late-12th century. To be clear, no source I have read believes the “Letter of Prester John” was actually written by one of the kings of Ethiopia. In fact, the best current thinking is that it originated in Western Europe and was, as Letts writes, a Latin tapestry of borrowed sources well-known at the time, including Alexander, the Vulgate Bible and the writings of Pliny, Solinus, St. Augustine, Isidore of Seville, the tales of Sinbad the Sailor and even Jewish Rabbinical writings. Yet the myth of this African king was “irresistible,” Letts concedes, because of its “miraculous powers” to conjure a distant world, cut off from Christian Europe, so that it soon “filled the early maps with monsters and fables, gave a new impulse to geographical discovery, brought fresh hope to Christendom and provided story-tellers with material which lasted for centuries.”

The letter that would soon become fabulously famous was, as Umberto Eco reports, addressed without a date or return address to Manuel I Komnenos, the Byzantine emperor (1143-1180), but it also reached Pope Alexander III and Frederick I. Its sender’s full name was “Presbyter Johannes,rex potential et virtue dei et domini nostril Iesu Christi.” Among his many fantastical boasts about his kingdom was that it had peace without poverty, an abundance of wealth and precious stones, a sprawling palace, an invincible army, an array of ever-more intriguing creatures and a hierarchy in which 70 kings paid him tribute. “If indeed you can number the stars of heaven and sands of the sea,” its author wrote, “then you may calculate the extent of our dominion and power.”

The difficulty in tracking the original letter, Letts writes, is that it was copied and recopied so many times and in so many languages it eventually swelled to 100 paragraphs with “various interpolations.” And the more that it was reprinted, the more fanciful it became as “an early contribution to the literature of Utopias.” By Letts’ count, there were 100 different manuscripts of the letter, including 10 in the British Museum. John Mandeville was the first to introduce it in English in the 14th century, and, Letts notes, in the 13th-century German poem “Der Jungere Titurel” it was “woven directly into the story of the Holy Grail.”

Whether the letter was meant to be a piece of “anti-Byzantine propaganda” or “one of the rhetorical exercises so beloved of the learned of the period,” Eco writes, “the phantasm called up by some imaginative scribe served as a pretext for the expansion of the Christian world toward Africa and Asia, a friendly prop for the white man’s burden.” Adding to its seductive powers was its “description of a land inhabited by all kinds of monsters, rich in precious materials, splendid palaces and other marvels.”  Even if it was a “monstrous fable,” as Letts writes, a fable with monsters and miracles sells, especially during the Crusades, when Christian Europe desperately needed military allies.

The scramble to find Prester John was almost immediate—but where did he actually reign? In the letter, Prester John had identified himself vaguely as ruler “in the three Indias,” which, in the 12th century, included “Nearer and Lesser India (the northern subcontinent), Further or Greater India (the south), and Middle India (Ethiopia),” according to Charles F. Beckingham in Prester John, the Mongols, and the Ten Lost TribesAt one time or another, all were in play. When Pope Alexander III learned of him from his physician, he sent him off with a letter addressed “to his dearest son in Christ, John, illustrious and magnificent King of the Indians” (in which he cautioned him against excessive immodesty). The year was 1177, and the doctor was most likely headed for Ethiopia, Beckingham writes. Unfortunately, he was never heard of again.

For much of the 13th century, following the opening of the Mongol empire east of Europe, explorers searched for Prester John in Central Asia and the Far East, including Georgia, Mongolia, even China; then in India, home of the shrine to St. Thomas. But as men like Marco Polo struck out in finding their man, the target shifted to what they hadn’t yet seen: Ethiopia. In his letter, Prester John had described a mirror in which he could look out and see the world, but so far, the world (at least, in Europe) couldn’t see him.

The Link to Africa

“My own impression is that it was as a general title that it [‘Prester John’] first reached Europe,” Sir E. Denison Ross wrote in 1926; “that from the outset it referred to the King of Ethiopia, and that the confusion which arose in the twelfth century was partly due to the wide application of the term ‘India,’ and partly to the inaccessibility of Ethiopia.” Did race also have anything to do with this confusion?

Not really, Matteo Salvadore argues in his 2011 article, “The Ethiopian Age of Exploration: Prester John’s Discovery of Europe, 1306-1458,” in the Journal of World History. While it is certainly true that white Christians had inherited associations of blackness with evil, and of black people with the cursed descendants of Ham, given their ongoing struggle against Islam, the potential alliance offered by an African Prester John “trumped” the divide of race. “Unlike those Africans who did not qualify as either Christian or civilized and were mistreated as others,” Salvadore writes, “Ethiopians enjoyed a status of belonging within the Christian world,” starting in 341 A.D. when Christianity became the official state religion of the kingdom.

Influencing the shift of the search for John and the Fountain of Youth to Ethiopia in the 14th and 15th centuries was a series of actual diplomatic missions from Ethiopia—first to Jerusalem, then to mainland Europe.  Believe it or not, Ethiopians were present in Europe as early as 1306 (at the behest of Ethiopian King Wedem Ra’ad) and in later years participated in important councils that helped form a benign impression of Prester John’s realm; though, to be clear, Ethiopians never understood why Europeans persisted in calling him “Prester John” when the real title wasNegus. Whatever differences existed between Ethiopians’ practice of Christianity and Christianity in Rome, they both focused on the enemy they shared. The most faithful of Prester John’s believers even argued he was able to control the flow of the Nile River at its source, which, if enforced, could put a serious hurt on its Muslim neighbors.

Prester John and the Fountain of Youth

To account for Prester John’s age, and work around it, Robert Silverberg writes in his 1972 bookThe Realm of Prester John that the legend of the Fountain of Youth in Ethiopia was blended in as an interpolation. Here’s the version transcribed from “a slightly later manuscript” in Silverberg’s book:

“ ‘Whoever drinks of its water three times without having eaten will have no illness for thirty years; and when he has drunk of it, he will feel as if he has eaten the finest meat and spices, for it is full of God’s grace. A person who bathes in this fountain, whether he be of a hundred or a thousand years, will regain the age of thirty-two. Know that we were born and blessed in the womb of our mother 562 years ago and since then we have bathed in the fountain six times.’ ”

In other words, Prester John was letting readers know that, by the miracle of the Fountain of Youth, he was 562 years old and going strong. As a result of this interpolation, building on the Fountain of Youth Herodotus had identified in Ethiopia 1,500 years before, “Europe’s difficulty in making contact with Prester John, then, was of no moment,” Silverberg argues; “for he was immortal, and could wait a while longer to be discovered.” Prester John was in that most exclusive club of personalities who had staying power for centuries, not years or minutes.

The Portuguese Encounter

So, did anyone actually meet Prester John? The answer is, yes, sort of. The winners of that amazing race were the Portuguese, who, from their small country on the Atlantic coast of Europe, saw in Africa the key to their burgeoning empire. In the 1400s, Prince Henry the Navigator ordered his ships down the West coast of Africa in search of Prester John, Christian allies and, he hoped, gold, spices, and that elusive Fountain of Youth.  Slaves followed, first to Europe and then across the Atlantic.

In 1497, Vasco da Gama became the first European to circle the Cape of Good Hope, eventually traveling up the coast of East Africa, as we all know. What our teachers didn’t tell us was that da Gama was also carrying with him a personal letter from Manuel I, the King of Portugal, which he had commanded da Gama to present to the black king himself. Ten years before, Sir Ross notes, the king of Portugal sent another man, Pedro de Covilham, to find Prester John; and in 1490 de Covilham made it to Ethiopia after stopovers in India. The only catch: De Covilham was kept from returning by the King of Ethiopia, who considered it against “the custom of his land to allow foreign visitors to leave,” Silberberg writes. Another overture was made from Ethiopia itself in 1512, when Queen Eleni, the dowager regent for the still too-young Ethiopian king, sent an envoy to the Portuguese in Goa, India, asking for a military alliance to help smash her country’s Muslim neighbors; apparently, she even included a tiny black cross that was cut from the True Cross.

The year to remember, however, was 1520, when a Portuguese expedition under Don Rodrigo da Lima entered the realm of Prester John in Ethiopia. Critical to the embassy’s enterprise (and its memory) was the lone priest on board, Francisco Alvares, who in 1540 published his account,A True Relation of the Lands of Prester John of the Indies. In analyzing it, Cates Baldridge, author of Prisoners of Prester John: The Portuguese Mission to Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520-1526, shows how Alvares temporized what could have been a far uglier scene of disappointment and misunderstanding. Let me cut to the chase: What Alvares found in Ethiopia of the 1520s wasn’t the proof of a myth but a young, though battle-tested ruler named Lebna Dengel, also known as Dawit or David II (1496-1540).

“His complexion might be chestnut or bay, not very dark in colour,” Alvares wrote in his journal. “He is very much a man of breeding, of middling stature.” Baldridge explains: “Since it had long been the custom for the Neguses of Ethiopia to marry the daughters of Moslem potentates on the fringes of their empire, it may well have been the cases that the successive Lions of Juda had cumulatively inherited more of the distinctly Semitic characteristics of Arabian peoples than the average Abyssinian commoner.”

Unlike in Otto’s account of the Magi connection, Negus Dengel said he believed he was descended from a long line of kings reaching back to the Old Testament’s King Solomon, who, legend had it, fathered a son, Menilek of Abyssinia, with the Queen of Sheba. As Baldridge explains, this was written down in the Ethiopian holy book, the Kebra Nagast, or “Glory of Kings” (dating from the 14th century), so that “there was a kind of rough equivalence of self-regard between the European phantasm called Prester John and the Lebna Dengel who had just laid stealthy eyes upon our priest” Alvares wrote.

While no fountain of youth was found by the Portuguese in Dengel’s realm, there was a poetic parallel: Just as Prester John had eluded European eyes for centuries, in actuality the Ethiopian Negus lived in a migrating capital of 20,000 to 40,000 people in makeshift tents that could be moved easily to keep their enemies on their toes. Because Dengel had just recently killed his Muslim rival, Mafouz, he was not immediately keen on an alliance with Portugal. However, by the time the embassy departed in 1526, Dengel was ready to reach out for what his predecessors had sought from Europe. The goals, Salvadore writes, were technology, artisans and the fulfillment of an inverse prophecy: that Ethiopia would one day be strengthened by the outstretched arms of a Frank king.

The problem was that by the time Dengel’s letters made it to the kings of Portugal, Europe’s interest in Prester John was fading. Not surprisingly, reality was less alluring than myth, and with the crusades a thing of the past, Europe was increasingly focused on its own internal struggles over Christianity, Baldridge explains. Making matters worse was the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in Ethiopia in the mid-16th century searching for converts to Roman Catholicism—not exactly the best way to build bridges.  “The kingdom of Ethiopia matched the taste for the exotic that was part of the search for Prester John, but it fell far short of utopia and failed to make a serious ally against the Islamic powers,” Andrew Kurt writes in “The Search for Prester John, a Projected Crusade and the Eroding Prestige of Ethiopian Kings, c. 1200-c. 1540,” in Journal of Medieval History. As a result, “[t]he elevated status of the monarch in European minds was deflated.”

De León’s Legendary Search

That didn’t mean the search for the Fountain of Youth was over, however.  While we must be careful not to exaggerate Ponce de León’s obsession with finding it in the New World (some even call it a myth), Umberto Eco describes him, in historical memory, as “the apostle of the fountain of eternal youth.” The searchers included Juan Garrido, the “first African American” we met in Amazing Fact No. 2 and in Episode 1 of my PBS series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Crossas well as the Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh.

While the successors of de León eventually moved onto other anti-aging cures, Prester John lived on in world literature, from Shakespeare to Voltaire to Umberto Eco’s own contemporary novel, Baudolino. In this way, art has served as the true fountain of youth, constantly remakingLegendary Lands for each generation. As a devotee of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, I know nothing can popularize a scholarly find greater than a novelization of a classical myth. When, at last, an African mythic hero is transformed from page to screen, let it be the story of the mighty black king, Prester John, and his magical Fountain of Youth, still hidden away somewhere deep in the marvelous mountains of Ethiopia.

April 1, 2014

how to change the world by learning to lead

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The One Thing You Need To Know To Be A Great Leader

How Leaders Approach Impossible Problems

The makings of great leadership have been analyzed for centuries. Marcus Buckingham, in his best-selling book “The One Thing You Need to Know: …About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success,” aims to pierce through that complexity with one simple maxim:

To be a great leader, you must find what’s universal, and capitalize on it.

Unlike managers, who are concerned with the incremental growth of individuals, Buckingham says leaders “rally people to a better future.” In order to unite large groups around a single vision, leaders find success by filling universal human needs, he says. Chief among them is the need for clarity.

Leaders are able to provide clarity in four basic areas:

1. Who the organization serves: Clarifying the audience calms employees’ anxiety about trying to please everyone, he says, and focuses their thinking. That focus gives them greater confidence in their decisions.

2. The core strengths of the organization: While defining competencies may help allocate resources, more important is the emotional rather than rational response, Buckingham says. It gives employees reason to believe they will win, which fuels their persistence, resilience, and creativity.

3. The organization’s “core score” or measurement of success: Leaders should tell followers which measure they should focus on and provide a benchmark for success, he says. To limit complexity, it’s best to choose just one metric to highlight, he notes, and oftentimes improving that core score buoys several others.

4. Immediate actions to take: Talk and theory only go so far. At some point, leaders must act. Those actions provide clarity about what’s important to you, and encourage your people to follow suit. Be they systematic or symbolic actions, they establish new behaviors, emphasize select priorities and clearly show the better future you envision.

Of course, for a leader to provide clarity, they must clarify their own thoughts. Buckingham suggests taking plenty of time to ruminate on success. Additionally, he advises that you carefully select those employees that you hold up as examples of success, because who you celebrate and why reveals much about the future you are trying create. Finally, practice and refine your message to its simplest, most powerful form.

Interestingly, Buckingham believes leaders are in many ways born and not made, saying that unflinching optimism and powerful ego are the talents underpinning all great leadership.

“Properly defined, the opposite of a leader isn’t a follower,” Buckingham writes. “The opposite of a leader is a pessimist.” Talented leaders are able to clearly see the obstacles they face, he says, but still firmly believe they can overcome present challenges to create something better.

And in opposition to some leadership theories that exalt being humble and quietly powerful, he says having vision isn’t enough. You have to believe that you are the best person to see that vision out and that requires ego, Buckingham says. Great leaders must have the confidence that they are worthy trailblazers and can find the answers along the way.

TV is not yet dead but some are writing it’s Obituary ….. at least in Canada.

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Most people reading this will know that Re:Source Media’s head offices are in Toronto and so as proud Canadians we care about our domestic TV and online market. It just make sense as a media production and content creation company to know how and why, where and when people like to consume media. And so we were interested in this latest CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) report on the media habits of Canadians. And we think you will be too as it clearly highlights the global trend away from appointment viewing and into a world of on-demand, platform-independent consumption. We have long tried to be at the forefront of creating and delivering media to our audiences wherever and whenever they want it and as the changing habits of Canadians suggests, this is a good strategy.

This is the start of a significant change…

More and more Canadians are tuning into online movie streaming websites such as Netflix, but it has not impacted traditional television viewing as much as it eventually will according to the most recent CRTC report published last week.

The percentage of Canadians that subscribed to Netflix grew from 10 percent in 2011 to 17 percent in 2012, while the number of Canadian basic television subscribers increased by one percent to 12 million, according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)’s annual report.

Canada’s population is 35 million.

“More Canadians than ever are watching and listening to content on their computers, smartphones and tablets, yet the vast majority of programming is still accessed through traditional television and radio services,” CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.

The amount of time spent watching television was down only slightly from 2011, averaging 28.2 hours per week, according to the report.

Collectively, Canadians watched 931.3 million hours of television per week, nearly half of which were Canadian programs.

Meanwhile 33 percent of Canadians also or instead watched Internet television, typically about three hours per week, up slightly from the previous year.

Over the coming months, the CRTC will hold public consultations that could lead to an overall in the way Canadians watch television and the prices they pay for cable or satellite television services, with new regulations to follow.

No changes are expected that would impact online movie and television streaming services, after the CRTC twice rejected calls requiring Netflix to buy a broadcasting license, which helps fund Canadian productions.

In an interview with CBC Radio last week Blais commented that broadcasting is changing and will never be the same.

He noted that almost every Canadian household once had a television set in their living room, but now the trend is moving fast toward on-demand video content that is available on various devices, including tablets.

Other facts from the CRTC annual report:

– more than two out of four Canadians owned a smartphone and more than one out of four owned a tablet in 2012;

– Canadian families spent an average of Can$185 each month on communications services;

– Canadians downloaded an average of 28.4 gigabytes (GB) and uploaded 5.4 GB per month; and,

– there were 27.9 million Canadian wireless subscribers versus 11.9 million traditional telephones at home.

Reflections on Haile Selassie

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Reflections on Haile Selassie

WelcomeThe facts of his life are well known. Haile Selassie’s influence on the world is his most enduring legacy. Born Tafari Makonnen in 1891, Haile Selassie came to be identified inextricably with Ethiopia. Only rarely in the modern world does the story of a man become so closely linked to the story of a nation. It is said that great events beget great men, but they beget failures as well, and the boundary between the two is often defined by singular acts of courage. These the Ethiopian Emperor did not lack.

Not surprisingly, the fortitude of the man sometimes referred to as “The Lion” inspired Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and even Malcom X, each of whom corresponded with Haile Selassie –who advocated civil disobedience when it was necessary to remedy fundamental social injustice or Haile Selassierestore freedom to the oppressed. The Emperor’s presence at President Kennedy’s funeral is still remembered. It seems somehow appropriate that the motion picture Born Free was filmed in Ethiopia during Haile Selassie’s reign.

One speaks of leaders of men as though their public lives were completely divorced from their private ones. For a hereditary monarch, this should not be the case. What his children think of him is as important as what everybody else thinks. Haile Selassie was a devoted husband and father. His wife, Empress Menen, died in 1962. His sons, Sahle Selassie, Makonnen, and Asfa Wossen, had a great sense of duty to their father and to their people. Of his daughters, Princess Tenagne, in particular, excercised various official duties.

Haile Selassie ascended the throne in the era of polar exploration and slow communication. Africa’s oldest nation was little more than a footnote to the great stories of the day –something that Americans and Brits read about in the pages of the National Geographic. Some people still called the country Abyssinia. In certain countries far beyond Ethiopia’s borders, segregation and apartheid were long established and little questioned. Most other African “nations” were colonies. Even at home, slavery was technically still legal.

In such an era, words like “pan-Africanism” and “civil rights” were little more than esoteric philosophical notions entertained by an enlightened few. That a country as backward as Italy, whose widespread poverty prompted the emigration of millions, would seek to devour a nation like Ethiopia, was an irony too subtle to raise eyebrows outside the most sophisticated intellectual circles. With British backing, Haile Selassie returned to defeat the Italian army which, in the event, the Allies never viewed as much more than a nuisance. The British themselves considered the Ethiopian campaign in its strategic context –as a way to free the Red Sea from possible Axis control– as much as the liberation of a sovereign nation. To the Ethiopians, it was as much a moral victory as a military one.

The Emperor’s speech to the League of Nations denouncing the Italian invasion is remembered more than the aggression itself. It prompted essentially ineffectual international trade sanctions against a European nation but, like the Battle of Adwa four decades earlier, represented in a tangible way one of the few occasions in the modern era that an African nation defied the arrogance of a European one.

There were very few world leaders of the post-war era who had actually led troops in combat. Haile Selassie and Dwight Eisenhower were exceptional in this respect, which partially accounts for their close friendship.

Even when the foe is truly formidable, courage has a psychological side that has little to do with combat or physical victory. One may seem defeated materially without being defeated morally. Perhaps it’s a question of confidence, values or knowledge. Haile Selassie’s greatest strength was as a builder of bridges –across rivers but also between cultures. His travels took him to many countries, and he became one of the most popular heads of state, and one of the most decorated men in the world.

It was during one such voyage, in 1960, that he had to rush home to confront an attempted overthrow of the existing order. This perhaps served as a reminder that the most dangerous revolutions are found in one’s own house. The sovereign who was once known as a reformer now found himself resented by many members of the very social class his economic and educational policies had helped to create. Internationally, however, his prestige did not suffer. The Emperor established the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, with a headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The revolution of 1974 was supported by outside forces, and while its roots were domestic, its covert objectives cannot be said to have been supported by more than a small fraction of Ethiopians. Truth be told, administrative practices which worked well in 1950 were terribly inefficient by the 1970s, and a series of problems were cited as a pretext for a full scale coup d’etat. Ethiopia’s pre-industrial economy was no better prepared for Marxism than Russia’s had been in 1917. Communism’s ultimate social and economic failure, in Ethiopia as well as in Russia, certainly indicates democracy’s superiority, whether that democracy is embodied by a republic or a constitutional monarchy. The Derg’s alliance with the Soviet Union made Ethiopia the instrument of a foreign power, precisely the thing Haile Selassie resisted.

He had a Solomonic pedigree, but Haile Selassie was a man of the people. Perhaps that’s how he should be remembered.

March 26, 2014

I want thaaaat (45 Photos)

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Mr. Craig:

really interesting things some I like some I don’t but all worth looking at

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March 9, 2014

2 AM March 9, 2014 … is it only USA that jumps an hour into the future this time?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 1:24 am

On Sunday March 9, 2014 US clocks will change at 2 AM local time to 3 am in a spit second … not scientific really… just a law so we can get more work done in the daylight… or so we have been told. 

Unfortunately that means an hour less for her to celebrate or sleep on her birthday…  which happens to be the same day. 

February 3, 2014

Black History Month: A Few Things About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Quotes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 3:03 am

April 4th, 1968: 

On this date 45 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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February 1, 2014

Black History Month: A Little About Frederick Douglass

Lets Start Black History Month Day 2 with Frederick Douglass:

A Few Historical Facts About Frederick Douglass

 

1. Frederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in 1818.

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2. He chose his name from a character in Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake.

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3. Although Douglass was born a slave, he escaped in 1838. He eventually settled with his wife in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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4. Douglass published his autobiography,Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,an American Slave in 1845.

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5. He was  a strong supporter of the woman’s rights movement. Douglass attended the famous Seneca Falls conference in 1848.

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6. Douglass also founded the Abolitionist Newspaper“The North Star” ..

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7. Douglass consulted with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and helped influence the Emancipation Proclamation. After President Lincoln’s death, Mrs. Lincoln sent Douglass her late husband’s walking stick.

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8. In 1872 Douglass was nominated for Vice President of the United States as a member of the Equal Rights Party.

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9.  Douglass died in 1895 in Washington, DC.

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January 30, 2014

All You Wanted to Know About People Born In the Chinese Year of the Horse

Filed under: China,Chinese — Mr. Craig @ 12:03 am
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Things to Know About People Born in the Year of the Horse

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The Horse Personality

Popular literature in the West speaks of “men being from Mars and women being from Venus.”  Well, in Chinese astrology, the Horse is associated with male and its complementary sign, the Sheep, with female characteristics. Independence is the “male” characteristic epitomized by the Horse. Anyone who loves cowboy movies knows the first thing a cowboy does upon riding into town is to tie up his Horse. You are most likely adventurous, fun-loving and enjoy the outdoors as well as a variety of sports. It’s no chore to get you to go to the fitness center to work out, but you truly enjoy the combination of working out and being outdoors–hiking, jogging, biking, rock wall climbing.

You can be a human dynamo. Furthermore, you can stay in an action mode a lot longer than the rest of us. Others probably see you as a vivacious person due to your high energy level. It’s not only your vitality that catches our attention and wins our respect. You’re quick in both mind and body, and cut a dapper, colorful figure as you rush in and out of our lives. In general you must have things your way—now. Occasionally impatient and rash, you tend to engage in impulsive behavior more than the rest of us. In truth stability is not your strong suit. You are fickle, especially when it comes to fashions

The Horse In Relationships

You are a fun member of any team and likely to be found where the action is. Yes, even though you are most independent, you still love to be around lots of people. The catch is it’s you who decide when and where the party will be. No one ever said you were afraid to make a decision. It wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve been accused of being headstrong more than once. Add to this a stubborn streak and a bit of a temper, and you can be difficult to be around at times.

You can also be selfish and self-indulgent as you pursue your interests oblivious to ours. You can be hard to live with when you don’t get your way. This independent streak of yours and your emotional aloofness can be a magnet for those of the opposite sex. People always seem to be drawn to what they cannot have. But like the Eagles songs says, “Desperado you better let somebody love you, you better let somebody love you before it’s too late.” In other words, do not let your independence be an obstacle to true love.

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Personality

  • Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
  • Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky Flowers: giant taro, Jasmin
  • Year of Birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

The horse ranks seventh of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

People born in the year of the horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen in such occasions as concerts, theaters, meetings, sporting occasions, and parties. With a deft sense of humor, horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.

Sometimes, the horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn’t mean that he will not be interested in any problems except his own. However, a horse person is really more cunning than intelligent, that is probably due to the fact that most horse people lack confidence.

Health

Basically, horse people are very healthy, most likely because they hold a positive attitude towards life. However, heavy responsibility or pressure from their job may make them weak. Therefore horse people shouldn’t do overtime too often and then come home very late. Also, they should refuse some invitations to join parties at night.

Career

Jobs involving communicating with others attract horse people most. The sign of horse stands for leadership, management and decision-making. Horse people dislike taking orders. The horse can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for he is an extrovert and he needs to be surrounded by people who approve of him and flatter him. Good career choices for horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

Relationships

People born during the year of the horse have a pleasant, amiable, easy-going disposition. With good humor and geniality, they are extremely comfortable to get along with, for they have the ability of instantly putting people at their ease. They are very quick-witted and are  right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you were saying; they are on to the thought in your mind even before you’ve expressed it. All these guarantee their popularity and a large following of friends.

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Are you Born in the Year of the Horse… does this represent you?? 

Thank goodness for open spaces, because the Horse needs plenty of room to roam! Energetic, good with money and very fond of travel, Horses are the nomads of the Chinese Zodiac, roaming from one place or project to the next. All of this Sign’s incessant activity and searching may be to satisfy a deep-rooted desire to fit in. Paradoxically, Horses feel a simultaneous yearning for independence and freedom. Horses crave love and intimacy, which is a double-edged sword since it often leads them to feel trapped. Love connections tend to come easily to Horses, since they exude the kind of raw sex appeal that is a magnet to others. This Sign tends to come on very strong in the beginning of the relationship, having an almost innate sense of romance and seduction. Horses are seducers in general; check out any A-list party and you’re bound to find the Horse in attendance. This Sign possesses a sharp wit and a scintillating presence; it really knows how to work a crowd. Surprisingly, Horses tend to feel a bit inferior to their peers, a misconception that causes them to drift from group to group out of an irrational fear of being exposed as a fraud. An impatient streak can lead Horses to be less than sensitive to others’ needs. These colts would rather take a situation firmly in hand as opposed to waiting for others to weigh in or come to terms with it. The lone wolf inside the Horse can at times push others away, but this also makes this Sign stronger and is a key to its success. Horses are self-reliant and, though they might lose interest fast in a tedious, nine-to-five day job, are willing to do the work necessary to get ahead. Horses tend not to look much at the big picture; instead they just follow their whims, which can result in a trail of prematurely ended relationships, jobs, projects and so on. This Sign really knows how to motivate others, though, and get a lot accomplished. Once they find some peace within themselves, they can curb their wandering tendencies and learn to appreciate what’s in their own backyard.

Compatibility

Best with: Tiger, Goat or Dog
Worst with: Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse

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2014 Predictions for the Horse

Love: 2014 will see variable fortune for Horses in love. If you are single, you may expect new encounters but, sadly, these will not be of a romantic nature. If you are married, be wary of quarrels; you may need to rethink your position on some issues, but good will come out of it should you do so. This year, new marriages may prove more difficult than in other years. Horses generally should be wary of friction within their relationships this year; disagreements are liable to becoming particularly heated.

Career: Be particularly wary of competitive colleagues and other potential rivals at work. You will have many choices this year in the path of your career, but should you choose to take them you will face stiff competition. Those in the public sphere need to be particularly wary of this, and of underhand behavior on the part of underlings. Private business is also likely to face difficulties in the year ahead.

Wealth: Horses should not trust to luck this year; the outlook is unstable, and caution is required. Any gains are liable to be offset by additional expenses. Though there are some auspicious signs, these are unpredictable, so treat any seemingly glowing opportunity with care.

Health: As the Chinese appropriately say, ‘horse-horse, tiger-tiger’, a phrase meaning ‘so-so’. Take particular care of your health and safety. This particularly applies should you find yourself around – or worse, on – lakes or rivers in the fifth lunar month.

General Outlook: 2014 will prove a challenging year. There are too many malevolent stars that will beset you for you to walk away unscathed, so be cautious on the larger issues that you may be affected only by those smaller and of lesser importance. You yourself will be prone to error, so heed advice from friends and elders. Make sure you have a solid financial plan this year so as not to enter into crisis on that front, and don’t take any financial risks. Be wary of your relationships; approach them with caution and keep your temper. This year in particular, you will need others to be cooperative and on-side.

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Best Travel Destinations for the Horse in 2014

While Dragons and Snakes are confined to the west, Horses are similarly confined at the opposite end of China.  Stay east, and don’t think of galloping off anywhere else. Graze in easterly pastures and you will be fine. There’s plenty of grazing to do.

Shanghai

There can be few names of foreign cities more romantic in the mind of the foreign visitor than Shanghai given its long connection with the outside world through land possession and international trade. The Shanghai of today is certainly a destination to tick off your list so now, Horses, is the time to do so. In its modern form as an up-to-date international metropolis, Shanghai can, at times, seem like another country outside China altogether. Long-standing connections overseas have given the city a uniquely cosmopolitan flavor all its own unmatched within the rest of the nation and rarely matched outside it. It is now the largest and most successful of China’s commercial cities, its importance such that it qualifies as a municipality in its own right, one of four under direct central government control as they seek to preserve its unique status. No surprise that its ancient heritage and modern atmosphere make it one of China’s top four tourist destinations. Horses should be sure to trot along to the Bund and the Oriental Pearl Tower, the most famous of Shanghai’s landmarks, but there’s plenty to see after that. There are too many museums to mention here, colonial architecture including some magnificent churches, theaters,parks,shopping malls, anything and everything for all tastes and interests. Don’t miss out on the old towns which have been swallowed up in Shanghai’s expansion while retaining their cultural heritage. Zhujiajiao and the old traditional buildings in the Qingpu district are particularly worthy of attention.

Nanjing

The capital of Jiangsu province, Nanjing has a long and troubled history. One of the four major ancient capitals of Imperial China alongside Xi’an, Beijing and Luoyang, it has served both as a cradle for Chinese civilization and as a magnet to those who would disrupt it. Nanjing’s is a painful history into which to delve too deeply, but for the lighter, more creative side of what this ancient city has produced we would recommend the visiting Horse check out the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the Confucian Temple, the Yuhuatai Tomb of Emperor Zhuyuanzhang and his Queen, the Folk Art Museum, and top it all off with a relaxing stroll along the pretty Qin Huai river.

Hangzhou

The capital of Zhejiang Province, situated on the Yangtze River delta, Hangzhou has its own unique feel given its location on the West Lake, arguably the most famous lake in all China. This lake has gained such worldwide renown in its own right and in its surrounding scenery that many locations are listed by the World Record Association. It is said that ‘As there is paradise in Heaven, so there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth’. Nor is scenic beauty the only attraction. With a history of some 2,200 years since its foundation, Hangzhou is rich in culture, much of it again to be found around the lake itself. Given that much of your time here should really be spent around the lake area, we would recommend hiring a bicycle and considering renting a boat to cruise the waterways.

Suzhou

Often coupled with Hangzhou given their proximity, as in the quote above, Suzhou has its own atmosphere quite distinct from that of Hangzhou. Listed as a primary city for its historical and cultural background, established in 514 BCE, its 2,500 year history as of this very year, your year, the Year of the Horse, has made it one of China’s top ten tourist destinations. That history is largely focused upon the Wu people, giving it a unique color on the map of China for the Wu’s singular attitude and approach to life.

The most remarkable and memorable aspect of Suzhou is to be found in its traditional and ancient gardens. These are many, and to be sought out by the traveler for their fantastic variety and points of focus, whether they be built upon a theme of flowers, shrubs or rock formations. There can be nowhere better than Suzhou in which to see this ancient Chinese tradition of landscape art. Don’t get too caught up in the gardens, though. Exploration of Suzhou’s winding waterways, small bridges and alleyways, and the ancient architecture that is scattered throughout the city is something not to be neglected.

Huangshan

Huangshan is the famed ‘Yellow Mountain’, an area of some of the most fantastic scenery to be found not only in China, but also anywhere on earth. Be prepared for a lot of hiking here, and your reward will be some of the most spectacular sites you have ever seen. Located in the south of Anhui province, head for the Huangshan district of Huangshan city and you can’t miss it. It’s pretty big. What makes Huangshan unique is the sheer variety of forms and delights to be found here, all the classic images and experiences of pines clinging to fantastic rock formations, seas of cloud and, for relaxation, there are even hot springs located here, everything anyone could ever want from all mountains all here in one.

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Places to avoid

This may be your year, Horse, but don’t think you can have your way in everything. Inauspicious stars mean that Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Luoyang, Datong and, indeed, anywhere north is best avoided.

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Famous People Who Belong to Horse

The second emperor of Qin (230 BC-207 BC), or Ying Huhai, was the youngest son of Qin Shihuang.

Emperor An of Han, or Liu Hu (94 AD-125 AD), the sixth emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Zhang Daoling (34 AD-156 AD), the founder of Taoism.

Genghis Khan (1162-1227), known as the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, was the leader of the Mongol Empire.

Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1678-1735), the fourth son of Emperor Kangxi.

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The City that Represent the Horse – Shenzhen

If any city in China has moved forward at a gallop, that city is Shenzhen. In the few decades since China’s opening-up policy was put into action, Shenzhen has exploded out from very humble beginnings into a huge metropolis, testament to its advantageous location for trade situated next to Hong Kong and with favorable access to the sea and thus international commerce. When it comes to sheer commercial power, those few decades have seen Shenzhen rise to fourth position behind Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. There can be no other place in China as symbolic of the rapid changes that have taken place in the nation as a whole.

However, Shenzhen is not all about economics. This is a vibrant, lively city packed with life and activity given that it has a largely youthful population drawn in from all quarters in China. Nor has it lost all its scenic attractions in the thrust to modernization, while it has added a few scenic spots of its own in its modernity. Check out ‘Splendid China’, (‘锦绣中华’)Sea World, (海洋世界); the Wildlife Park, (野生动物园); the Rare Botanical Garden, (珍稀植物园); and don’t forget the beaches, with some of the prettiest and most clement bathing opportunities around China.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

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Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot-blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high-profile careers.  They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

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Horoscope and Numerology Elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: wu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): huo (fire)
Yin Yang: yang
Auspicious Directions: northeast, southwest and northwest
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 6, 5
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Zodiac Sign Compatibility - Best match: tiger, sheep, dog; Avoid: rat, ox, rabbit

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Celebrities Born in the Year of the Horse
Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Genghis Khan, Emperor Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)

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Fortune Foretelling in 2014
Overview:  It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2014, their fortune in all aspects will fluctuate, so will require great care. They may feel more stressed out, in which case they are advised to talk about it with close friends or councilors, and take part in group activities. Faced with any difficulties, they should be strong to overcome them all. If they treat people around them friendly and behave righteously, they will get through the year smoothly.

Career: Horse people are easily offended this year even for trifles, and seem not to keep a harmonious relationship with colleagues. Sometimes they doubt themselves too much, leading to a gradual loss of confidence. When finishing a task, they seek confirmation again and again from people around them. In this case, it is suggested to be confident and talk more to family instead of complaining to colleagues. Just keep a low profile, get along well with your boss and be careful of tricks by mean people and then achievements in your job will come.
Wealth: Their financial fortune will be unstable in 2014. It seems that there will be much unexpected cost. Thus to make ends meet comes first When managing money matters, they should consider accepting others’ suggestion. It is necessary to be careful to make any investment. Businesspeople should make a full scheme before making a large amount of investment, because the market will be changeable in the year.
Relationships: The fortune in love life for horse people will be just so-so. If they would like to get married in the year, it is strongly suggested to select an auspicious date according to the dates of birth of the bride and the bridegroom, or they will suffer a lot in marriage. Singles may meet several people that they have feelings for, but none of them are doomed to be their Mr./Ms. Right. If faced with a dilemma, they’d better refer to the idea or suggestion of their relatives and friends. Husband and wife will argue a lot in the year; a focus on communication and mutual understanding can avoid it. For all lovers, mutual trust is the secret for an everlasting relationship.
Health: As they offend “Taisui” this year, they may suffer some discomforts. Some insidious diseases like dermatitis may happen. To avoid that, they’d better have a full physical examination. Besides, they also need to be careful to avoid unexpected injuries by knives and others sharp items. Females should pay attention to problem in urinary system and males need to care more about their stomach. Adjusting their emotions and traveling outside will help with their health as well. They also need to remember not to eat too much for each meal.

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The Horse Revealed
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What can I expect in the Year of the Horse?

You might be surprised at my answer. It’s … You already know. Here’s the reason. You see of the 12 Chinese Astrology sign, Horse is the one that most closely resembles the characteristic of the animal, horse. But let me help you organize your thoughts. I want you to think about three places where you can find horses, cowboy movies, the racetrack, and the arena.

We learn a lot about horses in those old westerns. For example, the first thing a cowboy does when he arrives in town at the beginning of the show is to tie up his horse. They’re independent critters. So individual effort is favored this year. And in relationships – don’t be surprised if that special someone doesn’t want to be tied down. It’s also not unusual for a partner to wander off, just like the horse that isn’t tied up properly.

And how about those movie scenes where a herd of wild horses is majestically moving across the open range! Freedom. The open spaces. Adventure. Power. Yup. The outdoors and the environment are big this year. Get as much of the outdoors as you can into your vacations. By the way, you want to get in shape so you can run with those horses.

Speaking of running. How about the race track! Speed, getting a quick jump on the action, madly rushing to the finish line. Things’ll happen quickly. The pace fast. High drama. Passion. Quick thinking wins the day. You snooze, you lose. Get the picture? The race for glory. And there’ll be plenty of it. It’s a time to get in the game, to make your maximum effort. To run hard. But remember this, you have your limits. Everyone does. So make sure you get enough down time. Another caution. Opportunities could come fast and furious. Make your plans now. There’s always a risk with hasty decisions. But, you can reduce it by thinking about what you want before you have a need to jump into the fire.

Did I mention passion? Maybe I rained on your parade earlier. Stay with me. There’s an upside to relationships. Love and sex come alive with the Horse in charge. Again, think about the track. Drama leading up to the race. The gun goes off. A few minutes of frantic action. And it’s over! I think you get the point. You might get lucky, but for the most part forget about creating a lasting relationship or finding your soul mate (unless your sign is Sheep). On the other hand … Fleeting romances you have this year could become some of the most fun times of your life. So enjoy them.

Last but not least. The horse is a graceful animal. And it’s not just the track where we see it. Think about the equestrian events at the Olympics or a performance of the Lipizzaner Stallions in Vienna. You can expect to see great performances at the movies, theater and concerts. If you’re an entertainer, this is the year you’ve been waiting for! Flair. Style that flaunts itself. Might be time to kick your wardrobe up a notch. I’m not talking excess. Just enough to make sure you’re noticed. Maybe you’re shy. I’d never tell anyone to change who they are, but … Well, can you at least let go once in a while.

You put all three together, and what do you get? Adventure. Fun. Action. Flamboyance. Focus on individual achievement. Sounds like a good time to me. And it will be if you keep a hold on common sense and take breaks when you need them. Horses to the starting line…!

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January 29, 2014

2014 Chinese Astrology Predictions For Year of the Green Wooden Horse

2014 Chinese New Year Day will arrive on January 31, 2014.

Chinese Year of Horse begins on February 4, 2014 according to Chinese Astrology Calendar.

2014 is the Year of Wooden Horse  and Wood is related to tree or green.

Therefore, 2014 is also called

 Year of Green Wooden Horse.

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Chinese Astrology is a prediction theory using Yin-Yang Five Elements. The astrological birth chart built by Chinese Astrology Calendar is a combination chart of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Twelve animal are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. All animal signs can be converted into Five Elements, Therefore, every birth chart has its own Five Element weights. Chinese Astrology use Yin Yang balance theory to predict people’s fortune.

The Chinese astrology symbol for 2014 Green Horse Year is WoodHorseMale woodHorse. Before predicting your 2014 fortune regarding to your money, career, marriage or health, you have to know what Type of Element you are and what your Lucky Element is.

The Lucky Element is the major factor to determine people’s good fortune. Basically, if 2014 of Green Horse contains your Lucky Element, then 2014 will be your good year. 2014 is Green Wood Horse year. Horse is in Fire group. Therefore, if your Lucky Element is Wood or Fire, then you will do well in 2014.

To know your birth chart, Five Element scores and your Lucky Element is from the Chinese Astrology Lucky Element page using your date of birth and time of birth.     Your Lucky Element     

The following is the example of the Chinese Astrology Birth Chart.

Chinese Horosocpe Birth Chart

The Birth Chart of June 15, 2008
Upper Row of Day Column (Day Master) represents the Person

Chinese Astrology Five Elements

Fire represents the person. This Birth Chart shows Fire-Type Person

This person was born on June 15, 2008 or June 30, 1948. The symbol of the upper row of the Day Column (a.k.a. Day Master) represents the person. So we can sayDay Master is Male Fire, which represents the person. The birth chart has too little Metal and needs more Metal to balance the Five Elements. Therefore, the Lucky Element is Metal.

2014 is Male Wooden Horse year. Horse contains mainly Fire. Therefore, 2014 is Wood on the Fire. Wood can help Fire to burn hotter, higher and longer. This birth chart already has too much Fire. The strong Fire of 2014 makes this birth chart even more imbalanced. It’s is not a good sign. The extremely stronger Fire lets this short-tempered person become even more hot-tempered. The irritating personality will bring very poor and hostile relationships with friends and siblings. Furthermore, the bad investment, money loss and  financial problems will come after.

     Fortune and Lucky Element      

The following table shows people’s luck in 2014 based on their Luck Element.

 When Metal is your Lucky Element, then 2014 is not a good year to you.

Horse of 2014 contains mainly Fire. Metal is afraid of Fire. Metal and Wood of 2014 are opposite elements; they have fighting relationship. Luckily, Horse contains Female Earth, which has attraction relationship with Wood of 2014 into Earth. Earth is the mother element of Metal. Metal shouldn’t be hurt by Fire too bad. But the fortune of 2014 is quite little. If Water is found in the birth chart or Major Cycle, then that can cool down the Fire and help Metal to survive. If Dragon or Cow is found in the birth chart or Major Cycle, then Metal will have the protection when Fire attacks. In this case, 2014 should be fine. If Metal is weak and hurt by Fire of 2014, then you need to pay attention on your respiratory system, because Metal is connected to lungs.

 If Water is your Lucky Element, then 2014 is not a good year to you.

Horse of 2014 contains Fire and Earth. Although, Water is not afraid of Fire. But Earth of Horse can protect Fire from attacking by Water. Also, Wood of 2014 makes Fire stronger. That means Water cannot win over the Fire of 2014. Water should be too weak to help the birth chart ,therefore the fortune of 2014 is limited. If Water is extremely weak in the birth chart, then we might have to pay attention on your kidneys, the urinary system.

 When Wood is your Lucky Element, then 2014 is a good year to you.

2014 is a Wooden Fire Horse year. Fire is the child element of Wood. Mother Wood always helps child Fire to burn stronger. Wood does the giving without taking. Eventually, Wood will burn into dust. That implies 2014 will bring some kind of opportunities first, then those opportunities will disappear. Therefore, when we get help or advice from people, we need to learn from them as much as possible. We need to prepare to do job by ourselves when the helpers are not available. If there is no Fire or little Fire in the birth chart, Fire of 2014 will become very helpful. This is because Wood (Tree) need water, earth and sunshine to grow taller and stronger. When lucky element Wood gains support from Fire, then stronger Wood will bring your better luck in 2014.

 When Fire is your Lucky Element, then your luck in 2014 is excellent.

Horse is the strong animal containing Fire. Wood is the mother element of Fire. Wood can help Fire to burn longer. Wood also can protect Fire from extinguishing by Water. Wood and Fire together form a perfect combination for Fire. The fortune of 2014 will come very soon and last for at least one year long. Although, Fire is the lucky element, you still need to keep your mind on your heart, cardiovascular system during strong Fire Year.

 When Earth is your Lucky Element, then your luck in 2014 is very good.

2014 is Male Wood Horse Year. Horse contains Female File and Female Earth. Fire is the mother element of Earth. Earth is afraid of Wood. But Male Wood of 2014 and the Female Earth inside Horse have attraction relationship into Earth. That implies Horse can turn Earth’s enemy into its friend. 2014 might bring a little trouble at the beginning, but it will end up a good result. Just be patience, something will be changing different and better right after spring.

 When Metal is your Day Master…

Wood of 2014 represents money or wealth to Metal. Therefore the money event will appear in 2014. If you have strong Metal in your birth chart, then you will have better money luck will be better. This is because you had known how to mange the money in the past. You should have a chance to increase your income, investments or wealth. But if you have a weak Metal in the birth chart, then you will feel short of money soon or later.

Snake of 2013 contains Fire. Horse of 2014 also contains Fire. Metal is afraid of Fire, which represents pressure, job, boss, teacher, career, trouble or law to Metal. Basically, your career luck will be same to 2013. If you were doing well in your career in 2013, then your career luck will continue and you might have better career promotion opportunity to expand your power and working responsibilities during 2014. If you have trouble in your career in 2013, then the job pressure will be still there in 2014. You might have much more workload and tighter schedule for your tasks.

2014 Wooden Horse contains Wood and Fire. Wood is money and Fire is career. If you are own your business and have strong Metal in the birth chart, then your business will grow more than your expectation and company’s profit will increase much more than previous year. If you work for someone with strong Metal, then you should have a job promotion or people will pay you more for your work. Money and career will arrive in the same pace.

But if you have weak Metal and Metal cannot fight against Wood and Fire, then money and job will bring you big trouble. If you are a business person, then you might have money loss in your business or you will pay penalty for your mistake in business. If you are an employee in an organization, you cannot be greedy on money. You have better not to receive illegal money. Otherwise, money will bring you bad reputation, even a lawsuit.

If you are a man, then Wood of 2014 is connected to women, girlfriend or wife. If you are single, then you should have chances to meet some women in the social networks. If you are married, then you will spend more time in activities with your spouse. If you are a woman, then Fire of 2014 connects to your boyfriend, husband or love opportunity. Therefore, a single woman should increase their social activities to meet more opposite sex. A married woman will spend time with her husband or her own career.

 When Water is your Day Master…

Wood of 2014 represents your outlook, performance, speech, behavior, freedom or expression. That means 2014 is the time to show your talent to people. Your social life makes you a little bit busier. If you become popular, the people will know you better. Therefore, Wood relates to your fame or reputation. If people like your manner, then you should earn a good reputation from them. If people don’t like your way, then people will give you negative reputation.

Fire of 2014 Horse represents your money, wealth, luxury life and financial status. The Fire Horse of 2014 is the continuation from Fire Snake of 2013. If you have good money luck in 2013, then the money luck will keep coming toward you. If you suffer the pain of money in 2013, then the money pressure will be there waiting for you to resolve.

Horse of 2014 also contains Earth, which presents the career, pressure or law. If you have strong Water in your birth chart, then both of your money and career luck will be great in 2014. If you Water is too weak in the birth chart and cannot accept the challenge from money and career pressure, then bad health might come after. If people cannot properly manage money, then there is a chance to encounter a lawsuit because of money,

Water people will face the challenge from reputation, money and career in 2014. It’s hard to win them all. But if they have good planning with confidence inside themselves, then it’s not difficult to earn money with reputation or money with career in the Wooden Horse Year.

Horse contains Fire, which is connected to girlfriend or wife to a man. Horse contains Earth, which is connected to boyfriend or husband to a woman. Therefore, Horse brings love opportunity and relationship for Water people. If you are single, you should attend more social activities. You should have chances to build good friendship. If you are in love, then you will spend more time with your love in 2014.

 When Wood is your Day Master…

Wood of 2014 represents your friends, siblings, or same generation relatives. You will spend some of your time with them in 2014. If your Wood is weak in the birth chart, then 2014 will be good year to you because your friends or relatives will be around to help you whenever you need. They will  provide good advice, which will make your job easier and bring your money investment luckier.

If your Wood is strong in the birth chart, then your relatives or friends will bring money trouble to you. It’s not a smart move to have risky investment with them or provide them a short-term loan. However, we sometimes have to spend money to help someone we love for their health, education, business, career or special events. And this might happen in 2014

Fire of 2014 Horse represents your speech, behavior, outlook, expression or talent. It’s time to make yourself becoming popular. If your performance is good, then you will hear lots of compliments from people. You will enjoy the social activities a lot with your friends. If people don’t your words and acts, then you will get bad reputation from them. The social life will make you tired.

Earth of 2014 Horse is connected to your money, finance or wealth. If you earn good reputation from people, then you will earn more income via that reputation. If your reputation is bad out there, then you will have difficulty to bring in money into your pocket.

Wood people will spend most of time to deal with friends, reputation and money in 2014. If you have good people relationship, then that friendship will help you to bring in great money and decent wealth all the way. But if you social connection is poor, then you don’t have to expect good luck in money.

Earth of 2014 is also connected to girlfriend or wife to a man. If you are male, then your love opportunity or love relationship will be better than a female. Usually, a man has a good love relationship, when he has good income during that moment.

 When Fire is your Day Master…

Wood of 2014 represents your parents, mentors, elders, protection, knowledge, education or medicine. Therefore, you will often contact your parents or persons who care you. Or you will spend more time in learning knowledge. Or you will pay attention on your health. Or you are planning to buy a valuable property. Or you feel lots of support in your career path. All these are the sign of Wood to Fire people in 2014.

Fire of 2014 Horse represents your siblings, relatives or same generation friends. Since you will spend most of your time with them, your social activities will increase. When similar age people meet together, either they spend money together, or they group as a team to earn money. If your Fire is strong in the birth chart, then you usually act as a group leader. Most of time, a team leader will do more giving than taking. From fortunetelling angle, a team leader will take less money into his pocket. If your Fire is weak in the birth chart, then you will get more support, advice, benefit from your group. Your money luck will be better than the group leader.

Earth of 2014 Horse represents your outlook, performance, expression or behavior showing to people. Fire of Horse brings many of your relatives and friends to you. Earth of Horse gives you opportunity to perform and show off. If your birth chart already contains lots of Earth, then people around you will criticize you talking too much. If your birth chart only has little Earth, people will listen when you talk and send you compliment. Either way, you will feel relaxing, freedom and joyful.

2014 brings you the love from family, elders, friends and youths. You will deal and contact with more people, since the increasing of social life. Sometimes, you need to be patience with people, strong Fire of 2014 might bring you short-tempered, which will bring you bad reputation. If you have blood or heart disease, then you need to check out your cardiovascular system before summer.

 When Earth is your Day Master…

Wood of 2014 represents your job, career, boss, police or law. Your behaviors or activities will encounter some restrictions. Or your work at company will bring you pressure. Or you might be losing courage when facing a big challenge. If you are a female, then 2014 also is a year for love relationship because Wood is connected to boyfriend or husband.

Fire in 2014 Horse represents your parents, elders, education, knowledge, or health. Therefore, you will spend some time to contact your parents, elders. You might focus on education to expand your knowledge and skills. You also might watch your health often. Fire is the mother element of Earth. 2014 will bring more support, safety, protection and stronger determination.

Earth in 2014 presents your siblings, friends or same generation relatives. Therefore, 2014 will be busy year for you to hang around your old and new friends. That’s a sign of money opportunity. Friends might advise and inform you the location of treasure. So you know where to get it. But it might be the other around, your friends want to share your treasure, then you need to donate some to them. This might happen, if you have strong Earth in your birth. In short, if Earth is your lucky element, then it brings you extra income. If Earth is an unlucky element, then money loss is possible.

2014 contains Wood, Fire and Earth, which are related to career, support and confidence. If you have trouble on the career before, then 2014 is a very good year for your career development. You have good job opportunity in 2014, people around like to support you and you have more confidence to take the challenge position. This is a sign of success in career.

2014 is Year of the Horse and it will arrive on February 4, 2014 in China Standard Time. The first day of Chinese astrology year is the first day of the Tiger month. That is the day of  Start of Spring in the Chinese Astrology Calendar. The Start of Spring is the time when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. The Start of Spring in China Standard Time is at 6:04 A.M. on February 4, 2014. This day is not the Chinese New Year day. 2014 Chinese New Year Day is on January 31, 2014 in China Standard Time. Chinese New Year Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. The new moon time is at 5:39 A.M. of January 31, 2014 in China Standard Time.

The Start of Spring in US Eastern Standard Time is at 17:04 P.M. on February 3, 2014, and in the US Pacific Standard Time is at 14:04 P.M. on February 3, 2014. Therefore, the 2014 Horse year starts on February 3, 2014 in US time zones.

Chinese Astrology uses one’s birthday and birth time to predict their fortune. The astrological birth chart is built by the Chinese Astrology Calendar, which is a combination counting system of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The twelve animal are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Year of 2014 is Wooden Horse. Because Wood (tree) is connected to the color of Green.

Therefore, 2014 is the Year of Green Wood Horse WoodHorseMale woodHorse.

We don’t want to use Chinese animal sign from the birth year to predict people’s fortune here. We are going to use a much more accurate method by using techniques from Chinese Professional fortunetellers to do a 2014 prediction. The method is from the theory of Yin-Yang Five Elements to predict people’s fortune. The philosophy of Yin-Yang is the Balance. Traditional Chinese Astrology is a discussion about the balance of Five Elements. Each animal sign contains different Five Elements inside. So every animal sign can be converted into Five Elements. You can find your animal signs, Five Element weights and the astrological birth chart from ourChinese Astrology page.

Before predicting your fortune regarding to your money, career, marriage or health in 2014, you have to know what Type of Element you are and what your Lucky Element is from your Astrology Birth Chart. The Lucky Element is the major factor to determine people’s fortune. 2014 is the Year of the Green Wooden Horse, which contains Fire and Earth. If your Lucky Element is Wood, Fire or Earth, then 2014 will bring you some degree of fortune. The strongest element of 2014 is Fire. Therefore, People whose lucky element is Fire will get most benefits in 2014.

For details and an accurate predictions, the first step to know your fortune is to know which elements and animals are in your birth chart. You can find that information from the Chinese Astrology Lucky Element page using your birthday and birth time.

     Your Lucky Element     

The following is the example of the Chinese Astrology Birth Chart.

Chinese Horosocpe Birth Chart

The Birth Chart of June 15, 2008
Upper Row of Day Column (Day Master) represents the Person

Chinese Astrology Five Elements

Fire represents the person. This Birth Chart shows Fire-Type Person

     Fortune Basic – Lucky Element and Day Master Type     

2013 was the Year of Black Snake. Snake is the first year of the Fire cycle before Horse. The Fire of Snake is heat from the rising sun reaching to the top of sky. The Fire of Horse is the heat from ground which absorbs heat from the sun on the top of the sky. The Fire of Horse is hotter than the Fire of Snake. If you do great in 2013 because of Fire, then you will do even better in 2014.

2014 is Male Wood Snake Year. The Male Wood is connected to a tall tree. A tree needs sunshine, earth and water to grow stronger and taller. Horse contains Fire and Earth. If your birth chat contains water and Wood is your Lucky Element, then you will do well in 2014, too.

The following table shows people’s luck in 2014 based on their Luck Element.

Lucky Element How good is my luck in 2014?
  Metal It’s no good. Horse of 2014 contains mainly Fire. Metal is afraid of Fire. Metal and Wood of 2014 are opposite elements; they have fighting relationship. Luckily, Horse contains Female Earth, which has attraction relationship with Wood of 2014 into Earth. Earth is the mother element of Metal. Metal shouldn’t be hurt by Fire too bad. But the fortune of 2014 is quite little. If Water is found in the birth chart or Major Cycle, then that can cool down the Fire and help Metal to survive. If Dragon or Cow is found in the birth chart or Major Cycle, then Metal will have the protection when Fire attacks. In this case, 2014 should be fine. If Metal is weak and hurt by Fire of 2014, then you need to pay attention on your respiratory system, because Metal is connected to lungs.
  Water It is no good. Horse of 2014 contains Fire and Earth. However Water is not afraid of Fire. Fortunately, the Earth of Horse can protect Fire from attacking by Water. Also, Wood of 2014 makes Fire stronger. That means Water cannot win over the Fire of 2014. Water should be too weak to help the birth chart, therefore the fortune of 2014 is limited. If Water is extremely weak in the birth chart, then we might have to pay attention to your kidneys, the urinary system.
  Wood It is fine. 2014 is a Wooden Fire Horse year. Fire is the child element of Wood. Mother Wood always helps child Fire to burn stronger. Wood does the giving without taking. Eventually, Wood will burn into dust. That implies 2014 will bring some kind of opportunities first, then those opportunities will disappear. Therefore, when we get help or advice, we need to learn from our sources as much as possible. We need to prepare to do the job by ourselves when help is not available. If there is no Fire or little Fire in the birth chart, Fire of 2014 will become very helpful. This is because Wood (Tree) needs water, earth and sunshine to grow taller and stronger. When lucky element Wood gains support from Fire, then stronger Wood will bring you better luck in 2014.
  Fire It is excellent. Horse is the strong animal containing Fire. Wood is the mother element of Fire. Wood can help Fire to burn longer. Wood also can protect Fire from extinguishing by Water. Wood and Fire together form a perfect combination for Fire. The fortune of 2014 will come very soon and last for at least one year long. Although, Fire is the lucky element, you still need to keep your mind on your heart / cardiovascular system during strong Fire Year.
 Earth It is very good. 2014 is Male Wood Horse Year. Horse contains Female Fire and Female Earth. Fire is the mother element of Earth. Earth is afraid of Wood. But Male Wood of 2014 and the Female Earth inside Horse have attraction relationship into Earth. That implies Horse can turn Earth’s enemy into its friend. 2014 might bring a little trouble at the beginning, but it will end up with a good result. Just be patient; something will be changing and become better right after spring.

The following table informs people’s what event may occur in 2014 based on their Day Master Element Type. Day Master is the upper row symbol in the Day Column of the Birth Chart.

Day Master Type What will happen in 2014?
  Metal Wood of 2014 represents money or wealth to Metal. Therefore a money event will appear in 2014. If you have strong Metal in your birth chart, then you will have better money luck. This is because you knew how to mange the money in the past. You should have a chance to increase your income, investments or wealth. But if you have a weak Metal in the birth chart, then you will feel short of money soon or later.Snake of 2013 contains Fire. Horse of 2014 also contains Fire. Metal is afraid of Fire, which represents pressure, job, boss, teacher, career, trouble or law to Metal. Basically, your career luck will be same to 2013. If you were doing well in your career in 2013, then your career luck will continue and you might have a better career promotion opportunity to expand your power and working responsibilities during 2014. If you have trouble in your career in 2013, then the job pressure will be still there in 2014. You may even have more workload and a tighter schedule for your tasks.2014 Wooden Horse contains Wood and Fire. Wood is money and Fire is career. If you own your business and have strong Metal in the birth chart, then your business will grow more than expected and the company’s profit will increase much more than the previous year. If you work for someone with strong Metal, then you should have a job promotion or a potential raise or bonus. Money and career will arrive in the same pace.But what if you have weak Metal? Metal cannot fight against Wood and Fire. Money and job will bring you big trouble. If you are a business person, then you might have money loss in your business or you may pay a penalty for a mistake in business. If you are an employee in an organization, you cannot be greedy with money. You better not receive illegal money. Otherwise, money will bring you bad reputation, maybe even a lawsuit.If you are a man, then Wood of 2014 is connected to women, girlfriend or wife. If you are single, then you should have some chances to meet some women through social networks. If you are married, then you will spend more time with your spouse. If you are a woman, then Fire of 2014 connects to your boyfriend, husband or love opportunity. Therefore, a single woman should increase their social activities to meet more of the opposite sex. A married woman will spend time with her husband or her own career.
  Water Wood of 2014 represents your outlook, performance, speech, behavior, freedom or expression. That means 2014 is the time to show your talents to others. Your social life will make you a little bit busier. If you become popular, people will know you better. Therefore, Wood relates to your fame or reputation. If people like your mannerisms, then you should earn a good reputation. If people don’t like your ways, then people will give you a negative reputation.Fire of 2014 Horse represents your money, wealth, luxury life and financial status. The Fire Horse of 2014 is the continuation from Fire Snake of 2013. If you have good money luck in 2013, then the money luck will keep coming toward you. If you suffer the pain of money in 2013, then the money pressure will be there waiting for you to resolve.Horse of 2014 also contains Earth, which presents the career, pressure or law. If you have strong Water in your birth chart, then both of your money and career luck will be great in 2014. If Water is too weak in your birth chart and cannot accept the challenge from pressure in money and career, then bad health might come after. If people cannot properly manage money, then there is a chance to encounter a lawsuit because of money.Water people will face challenges from reputation, money and career in 2014. It’s hard to win them all. But if they have good planning with confidence inside themselves, then it’s not difficult to earn money with reputation or money with career in the Wooden Horse Year.Horse contains Fire, which is connected to a girlfriend or wife for a man. Horse contains Earth, which is connected to boyfriend or husband for a woman. Therefore, Horse brings love opportunities and relationships for Water people. If you are single, you should attend more social activities. You should have chances to build a good friendship. If you are in love, then you will spend more time with your love in 2014.
  Wood Wood of 2014 represents your friends, siblings, or same generation relatives. You will spend some of your time with them in 2014. If your Wood is weak in the birth chart, then 2014 will be good year to you because your friends or relatives will be around to help you whenever you need. They will provide good advice, which will make your job easier and bring your money investment luckier.If your Wood is strong in the birth chart, then your relatives or friends will bring money trouble to you. It’s not a smart move to any have risky investments with them or provide them with a short-term loan. However, we sometimes have to spend money to help someone we love for their health, education, business, career or special events. And this might happen in 2014.Fire of 2014 Horse represents your speech, behavior, outlook, expression or talent. It’s time to make yourself become popular. If your performance is good, then you will hear lots of compliments from people. You will enjoy social activities with your friends. If people don’t your words and acts, then you will get bad reputation from them. Such a social life will make you tired.Earth of 2014 Horse is connected to your money, finance or wealth. If you earn good reputation from people, then you will earn more income via that reputation. If your reputation is bad out there, then you will have difficulty to bring in money into your pocket.Wood people will spend most of time to deal with friends, reputation and money in 2014. If you have good people relationship, then that friendship will help you to bring in great money and decent wealth all the way. But if your social connection is poor, then you don’t have to expect good luck in money.

Earth of 2014 is also connected to girlfriend or wife for a man. If you are male, then your love opportunity or love relationship will be better than a female. Usually, a man has a good love relationship when he has good income.

  Fire Wood of 2014 represents your parents, mentors, elders, protection, knowledge, education or medicine. Therefore, you will often contact your parents or persons who care you. Or you will spend more time learning. Or you will pay attention to your health. Or you are planning to buy a valuable property. Or you feel lots of support in your career path. All these are signs of Wood to Fire people in 2014.Fire of 2014 Horse represents your siblings, relatives or same generation friends. Since you will spend most of your time with them, your social activities will increase. When similar age people meet together, either they spend money together, or they group as a team to earn money. If Fire is strong in your birth chart, then you usually act as the group leader. Most of the time, a team leader will do more giving than taking. From the fortunetelling angle, a team leader will take less money into his pocket. If Fire is weak in your birth chart, then you will get more support, advice, and benefits from your group. Your money luck will be better than the group leader.Earth of 2014 Horse represents your outlook, performance, expression or behavior to people. The Fire of Horse brings many of your relatives and friends to you. Earth of Horse gives you an opportunity to perform and show off. If your birth chart already contains lots of Earth, then people around you will criticize you talking too much. If your birth chart only has little Earth, people will listen when you talk and send you compliments. Either way, you will feel relaxed, free, and joyful.2014 brings you love from family, elders, friends and youths. You will deal and connect with more people from the increase of social activities. Sometimes, you need to be patience with people. Strong Fire of 2014 might make you short-tempered, which will bring you bad reputation. If you have blood or heart disease, then you need to check out your cardiovascular system before summer.
 Earth Wood of 2014 represents your job, career, boss, police or law. Your behaviors or activities will encounter some restrictions. Or your work at company will bring you pressure. Or you might be losing courage when facing a big challenge. If you are a female, then 2014 is also a year for a possible love relationship because Wood is connected to a boyfriend or husband.Fire in 2014 Horse represents your parents, elders, education, knowledge, or health. Therefore, you will spend some time to connect with your parents and elders. You might focus on education to expand your knowledge and skills. You also might watch your health more often. Fire is the mother element of Earth. 2014 will bring more support, safety, protection and stronger determination.Earth in 2014 presents your siblings, friends or same generation relatives. Therefore, 2014 will be busy year for you to hang around your old and new friends. That’s a sign of money opportunity. Friends might advise and inform you the location of treasure or possible money luck so you know where to get it. But be careful, it might be the other around. Your friends may want you to share your treasure, then you will need to donate some to them. This might happen, if you have strong Earth in your birth chart. In short, if Earth is your lucky element, then it will bring you extra income. If Earth is an unlucky element, then money loss is possible.2014 contains Wood, Fire and Earth, which are related to career, support and confidence. If you had trouble in your career before, then 2014 is a very good year for your career development. You have good job opportunity in 2014. People around you want to support you, and you will have more confidence to on more challenges. This is a sign of career success.

Female Earth  and Male Wood Wood have a Stem Attraction Relationship into Earth. Horse also contains Earth. Therefore, if Earth is your lucky element and you have Female Earth  in your birth chart, then 2014 will be your lucky and joyful year. If Female Earth  is your Day Master (upper low of the Day Column in the birth chart) and you are a female, then it’s possible that a love relationship, engagement or marriage is coming toward you.

Pig  contains Male Water and Male Wood. Horse Horse contains Female Fire and Female Earth. Male Water Water and Female Fire Fire have attraction relationship into Wood. Male Wood Wood and Female Earth  have attraction relationship into Earth. Therefore Pig   and Horse Horse have hidden double attraction relationships, which is good for people, in both social and love relationships. If a person was born on Earth Pig Day, then 2014 will be a marriage or romantic year.

In Chinese astrology, Horse is a Romantic Star to the people born in year of Cow , Snake  or Chicken . If you were born on Cow, Snake or Chicken day, Horse is your Romantic Star, too. When the Romantic Star comes to your birth chart, you will have more opportunities to meet opposite sex and your love relationship will develop faster and deeper.

Male Metal  and Male Wood Woodhave a Fighting Relationship. Rat  and Horse Horse have a Fighting Relationship. Both of fighting relationships imply poor social relationships, which makes it hard for these people to find a close friend or love relationship. If you are in love now. then your love relationship could slow down.

Horse is the hottest animal in the Fire group. If both Snake  and and Sheep  are found in your birth chart or current 10-Year Major Cycle, then three of them form the strongest Fire combination. If your lucky element is Fire, then 2014 will be one of the wonderful years in your life.

If both Tiger , and Dog  are found in your birth chart or current 10-Year Major Cycle, then three of them form another powerful Fire combination. If your lucky element is Fire, then 2014 will bring you a big surprise and you will remember it for life. If Male Fire Fire or Female Fire Fire are also found in birth chart or 10-Year Major Cycle, then people will admire your luck in 2014.

If Horse  is already found in the birth chart, then 2014 brings in another Horse into the birth chart. When two Horses together, the temperature will be even hotter. That implies people become impatient and easily become irritated. If the person makes a mistake because of their short temper, then the person will blame himself. Because of this, he might then make another mistake or accident afterwards.

2014 is a strong Fire year. When Fire is ignited, the flames of Fire will go high very quickly. Therefore, when something related to Fire is going to happen, it will arrive before you know it. Usually, the flame of Fire cannot last too long. That means you need to prepare to receive the fortune when the opportunity appears. Otherwise, the opportunity will come and disappear too soon.

 Chinese Pictographic Character – Horse

Chinese character Wu  using in the astrology calendar means noon, not horse. The traditional Chinese character of the horse is Ma . There is no good explanation for why ancient Chinese selected Horse as the nickname of Wu. The invention of Chinese Horse character is quite interesting. 

Ching Dynasty General on the Horseback

The “100 Horses” or “100 Steeds” was painted by Giuseppe Castiglione, who was a Italian Jesuit brother, missionary and painter at the court of the emperor in China. Giuseppe Castiglione had a Chinese name Lang Shi-Ning. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1688. He arrived China in 1715 and severed the first three emperors of Ching Dynasty. He died and was buried at Forbidden City, Beijing, in 1766.

 The “100 Horses” hand scroll has more than seven meters long depicts a scene of taking a herd of horses out to pasture in autumn. The hundred steeds are shown in a variety of poses and activities as they leisurely make their way around the pastures and trees. This Chinese art is mixing traditional Chinese brushwork and Western painting skills.

About Chinese New Year 華人農曆新年 (updated for 2014 Year of the Horse)

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About Chinese New Year 華人農曆新年.

New Year’s Day, the first day of the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) Chinese folk most distinctive of the most solemn traditional festival, which marked the end of the old year and the lunar new year start. New Year’s Eve, and generally refers to the first day. But in private, traditional Spring Festival is the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month of December from the festival or the twelfth lunar month 23 or 24 of Jizao, until the fifteenth day, of which New Year’s Eve and the first day for the climax. During the Spring Festival, China’s many ethnic Han Chinese and have held various activities to celebrate. These activities are worship deities, and pay homage to ancestors, blow away the cobwebs, Ying Hei Blessings, pray for good harvest as the main content. Rich variety of activities, with a strong ethnic characteristics.

January 31st  is the start of Chinese New Year in 2014… it is the Year of the Green Horse.

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Origin of Chinese New Year

Spring Festival is also called lunar year, commonly known as “New Year”, “New Year.” Chinese New Year symbol of unity, prosperity, a new hope for the future sustenance of the festival.

According to records, the Chinese people for the New Year has 4,000 years of history, it is starting from the Yu Shunxing. One day two thousand years BC, that the emperor Shun-bit, who led his men, to worship heaven and earth. Since then, people took this day as the beginning of the year, be regarded as first day. This is said the origin of the Lunar New Year, later called the Spring Festival.Over the past Spring Festival, also known as New Year’s Day. This month is called the Spring Festival in January where.

First day ancient Mongol, Yuan Chen, Yuan-cheng, Yuan Shuo, New Year, the Year once, beginning of the year, towards the old and new is, first Zuo, ternary or year, Chinese New Year, the first year since the beginning of the Han Dynasty was in the beginning to the summer in (Lunar) first day as a “beginning of the year” (ie “year”), which fixed the date of New Year, continues to this day. New Year is called as “New Year’s Day.” Revolution of 1911, they began using the Gregorian calendar (Gregorian calendar) per year, gradually became known as the Gregorian calendar on January 1 as the “New Year’s Day,” said the first day of Lunar New Year “New Year.” Country attaches great importance to the protection of intangible cultural heritage, May 20, 2006, “Spring Festival” Folk by the State Council approved the inclusion of the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.

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Chinese New Year customs

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The twelfth lunar month in the customs

Xxiii, Tanggua sticky;

XXIV sweep the house;

XXV, grinding tofu;

XXVI, to the flesh (stew stew);

Xxvii, slaughter a rooster (chicken kill tumor);

Xxviii, the surface of hair;

29, steamed buns;

Thirty at night boil,

New Year’s Twist.

Twelfth lunar month 23, the twelfth lunar month twenty-four

Twelfth lunar month 23, also known as “small year”, is a private Jizao day. Folk in the “Twenty-three Tanggua sticky” refers to the twelfth lunar month 23 per year or 24 Jizao, the so-called “official boatman Sanmin four five” argument, which is official in the twelfth lunar month 23, generally in homes in the 24 boat dwellers was held on 25 Jizao.

 Jizao is a great influence in our country folk, a popular custom. Old, almost every family Zaojian are equipped with “Kitchen God” tablets. People call this deity as the “Siming Buddha” or “Kitchen God Siming”, he is legend Jade seal of the “nine days Siming kitchen stove East Palace Monarch”, responsible for managing each of the stove, as the protection of God and be a worship. Most stoves in kitchens Wang shrine north or east, in the middle for the kitchen god’s statue. Wang niches of people without lesions, but also to the statue on the wall directly. Some statues painted Kitchen God only one person, while others have both male and female, the goddess known as the “stove Grandma Wang.” This is probably imitated human couple’s image. Like most of the Kitchen God is also printed on the calendar this year, a letter to the “East Siming main kitchen,” “human monitoring of God”, “head of household” and other words to indicate the position of Vesta. Affixed on both sides, “God made good, the lower bound for security and peace,” the couplet, to bless the whole family peace.
Kitchen God from the previous year’s New Year’s Eve has been to stay at home to protect and monitor a; to the twelfth lunar month 23 Kitchen God will have to go to heaven, the Jade Emperor in heaven to report the whereabouts of the family of good or evil, Song Zaoshen of ceremony known as “free kitchen” or “speech stove.” According to the Kitchen God reports the Jade Emperor, and then this one in the new year should be the fate of good and bad fortune to pay for the Kitchen God’s hands.Therefore, the family, the kitchen god’s report is of great interest.
Send kitchen, more time in the evening at night. Family first kitchens, put on the table, the kitchen wall in the kitchen god Buddha in the shrine, and for the surface with caramel and made ​​Tanggua and so on. Bamboo paper and then tied the horses and cattle fed grass material. Chinese New Year festive New Year with caramel for Feng Kitchen God, is to let his old sweet mouth. In some places, the kitchen god will be sugar coated around the mouth, coated side of his mouth: “good words to say, well if let alone.” This is a sugar plug Kitchen God’s mouth, let him not say bad things. In the Tang Dynasty book “Revealed under the age of mind” in between “applied to lesions on the lees Siming (Kitchen God) drunk,” the record. People use sugar coated finish Kitchen God’s mouth, they put statues peeled off, and paper along with the smoke had ascended to heaven. Some places are in the yard at night sesame stalks and pine branches heap, and then for a year as the Kitchen God please the shrine, along with paper horses and forage, set fire to. Yard by the fire will shine brightly, when the family around the fire, kowtow, pray while burning side: this year to 23, Zao Jun on the King to send away to the west. A strong horse, forage, bon voyage to the peace. The Tanggua for sweet and sweet, please forward a good word for Jade.

Send Zao Jun, the number of beggars in some places there were, disguised, went house to house singing songs to send Zao Jun, jump to send Zao Jun dance, called “Song Zaoshen” in exchange for food.

Send custom kitchen is very common throughout North and South in China, Mr. Lu has written, “Boxer send kitchen that is something” Poetry: chicken sugar gum teeth, typical clothing for valve incense. Home and belongings, Qi Huangyangchuan less alone.
In his “Essay on send kitchen,” the article said: “The Kitchen God’s heaven that day, the street also sell a kind of sugar, so there ganzi size, where we also have this thing, but flat, like a thick small pancakes. That is the so-called ‘plastic teeth Xing’ the. intended to eat in your Kitchen God, stick to his teeth, so that he can not tune mouth parrot, the Jade Emperor to say bad things. “Lu Xun poem that ‘Gazelle ‘the story, for “knowledge of the Later Han Yin Chuan”: “Xuan, the negative side by Shiko a sub-Ren Yan. wax on the morning of cooking, and see the Kitchen God-shaped, sub-side Zaibai by the Qing; home with Gazelle, The result of Yi Si. naturally had, the storm to the wealthy. to know III, and then Fanchang, it is often after the lesion and recommended La Gazelle on Si Yan. “Yin sub-side to see the Kitchen God, kill Gazelle worship, and later paid good luck, since then, the custom of killing Gazelle Jizao handed down a.
Tang and Song Dynasties Jizao offerings are quite extensive. Song poet Fan Chengda the “Jizao words” at that time were extremely civil Jizao vivid description: Ancient pass the twelfth lunar month XXIV Zao Jun overturned freely their opinion matters. Ma Yun car wind linger, families with cup abundance Code worship. Pisces pig overripe fresh, red bean Gan Song Mi bait round. Discretion to avoid the man offered his daughter, sprinkle the wine burn Zao Jun hi. Bizi struggle Mo Wen Jun, Jun Mo cat and dog foul touch angry. Song Jun drunk beyond the bounds of the door, a long spoon spoon short Wu Fu Yun, begging their fortunes back points.

The twelfth lunar month 23 Jizao have a close relationship with the New Year. Because, in the week after the New Year’s Eve night, so she took a kitchen god who should get the good and bad fortune, together with the other gods came to earth. Kitchen God is considered to lead the way for the sky gods. Other gods in heaven again after New Year, only the Kitchen God, will long remain in people’s kitchens. To meet the gods of the ceremony known as the “Theosophical” on the kitchen god is called “access kitchen.” Usually in the kitchen then New Year’s Eve, the ceremony is much simpler to just put a new kitchen when the lights, burn incense before the shrine in the kitchen even if the bin.

 There is a saying that “men do not worship, women do not Jizao” argument. In some places, women are not Jizao, it was said, kitchen god looks like a small white face, afraid of woman Jizao, the “men and women too.” For the origins of the Kitchen God, that it has a long history. In Chinese folk gods, the Kitchen God’s eligibility be very old. Back in the summer generation, he is already enshrined in a great civil god. According to the ancient “Book of Rites ritual” Kongying Da Shu: “Master Li Zhuan Xu’s there for the Vulcan, worship the Kitchen God.” “Zhuangzi. Dasheng” reads: “stove with bun.” Sima Biao note said: “The bun, Vesta, the Chi Yi, shaped like a beauty. “” Bao Pu Micro-purpose ‘, he also reads: “On dark nights, the Kitchen God is also God white guilt.” The record is probably the source of God Jizao it. There, or that the Kitchen God is fire by rubbing sticks “Suiren”; or Shennong is the “fire officer”; or should we say, “Yellow Emperor for the kitchen” and “Suji Li”; or Vesta said Zhang, a list of words sub-Guo; everyone different.
Because different parts of customs, civil as well as “jump kitchen King” and “play kitchen king” activities. Jizao section, pay attention to people eating dumplings, from Italy, “dumplings off the windward side.” Eat cake and buckwheat mountain. Southeastern region, the popular custom of eating fried corn, Minyan with “Twenty-three, do not eat fried, Early – pot down” argument. People like to be bonded together with maltose corn, fried, frozen into a large, crisp and sweet taste.
Southeastern region popular among the two songs, one is “Twenty-three, pass the master on the day; XXIV sweep the house; XXV, steamed dumplings; XXVI, cut the meat; XXVII rub tin; xxviii, steep dirty; 29, feet, hands; 30, keeper, paste couplets together. “ Reflects the time constraints and intense preparation. The second is a nursery rhyme: “Twenty-three offerings strike kitchen, children clapped laugh. Another five or six days, bumper came. Evil spirits boxes, playing walnuts, little bit gun twice. Later in life ping-pong ring, than the days of high-rise fire. “reflecting the children look forward to New Year’s Viiv psychology. In all preparations, the clip is the most popular folk grilles activities.Content of a variety of animals and plants and other stories, such as the magpie Mui, wearing Tao Liu Yan, peacocks peony show, lion Gun Xiuqiu, three sheep (yang) Kaitai, Erlongxizhu, deer, crane Tong Chun (six contracts Spring) five bat (fu) holding life, rhino Mochizuki, lotus (even) in fish (other), mandarin ducks playing in the water, fringe theater cicada, Hop Immortals and so on. There are a variety of dramatic stories, folk with the “big Teng Temple, second plum, San Niang taught into the soil at four, five women birthday celebration Snow in June, July 7 with the Milky Way, the Eight Immortals Keiju nine clothing,” the statement reflects the the folk drama of the story of preference.The people have a new wife, new wife to bring their own system of grilles cut, paste husband back window, the neighbors also came to watch. After the twelfth lunar month 23, every household should spend steamed bun. Roughly divided into worship and visiting relatives with the two types.The former solemn, the latter fancy. In particular, making a jujube hill to prepare for worship Kitchen God. ”A steamed bun flowers, neighbors to help.” This is often the smart folk craft to show women a great opportunity, a flower bun, is an arts and crafts.
Twelfth lunar month 23 after the household must write couplets. People pay attention to God must paste, every door will be posted, every thing will be posted, so the largest number of the Spring Festival couplets, the most comprehensive. Special attention to the gods before the couplet, mostly words of admiration and blessing. Common are the world God together: “Grace like the deep sea, to Germany, heavy as a mountain”; land God together: “soil health white, ground in a gold”; Wealth Alliance: “The sky financial resources the main, human Fluke God”; well God Union: “Well can pass the whole world, home of up to three rivers.” Side barn, livestock pens, etc. couplets, it is a warm celebration and hope. Such as “bumper harvest, domestic animals thrive”; “rice as a mountain thick, oil, salt and deep as the sea”; “Nanshan Tiger like cattle, horses, such as the North Sea Dragon”; “Big Sheep in Sheng, a small lamb by month” and so on. There are also some single joint, such as each room are posted “see the rise of hi”, Siemens posted across the “go see hi ‘, stir posted” Wang Qi sky “, the hospital posted” full House of golden “tree stickers” deeply rooted in the “stone posted” White Tiger down “and so on. Couplets on the door, is a facade, with special emphasis, or emotion, or scenery, rich, witty United beads.
Festival held stoves, they officially started preparations to meet the New Year. From the twelfth lunar month every year 23 to the Lunar New Year’s Eve only, this time our country folk called the “Spring Day”, also known as “sweeping dust day.” Year-end clean-up dust is swept, the North called “sweep room”, the South called “dusting.” Sweep the dust before the Spring Festival, is known as the traditions and customs of our people. Every Spring Festival, every household should clean up the environment, cleaning of utensils, washable bedding, curtains, sweep the six yard Lu Shan whisk dirt spider web, open channel dredging underground drain. North and south, the atmosphere of joy out of health, clean atmosphere of Spring.

“The twelfth lunar month XXIV dusting sweep the house,” the customs, long time. According to the “Spring and Autumn Annals” records, there is the Spring Festival in China in the era of Yao and Shun sweep dust customs. By the private sector saying: because of “dust” and “Chen” homophonic, spring sweep dust have “addition to the new cloth Chen,” meaning, the intention is to make all the “poor transport”, “bad luck” were all swept out. New channels of this practice sustenance of people’s wish and pray for New Year’s.

 “Three dead God” in the body cause trouble Taoism said “God.” According to the “too much on the three dead in the Classic”, said: “Peng arrogant name on the corpse in the head; the dead were Peng quality, in the human belly; under the name of Peng Jiao dead, in the human foot.” Said every Gengshen day, the whereabouts of God they were evil Emperor Chan; but as long as people do not sleep all night that night, could have been avoided, called “defensive Gengshen.”
Kitchen to eat sugar, sugar is maltose kitchen, very viscous, it pumping for the long stick of sugar-type called “Kanto sugar”, drawn into oblate type is called “Tanggua.” Put it outside in winter, because cold weather, Tanggua solidification was solid and has some tiny air bubbles inside, crispy taste crisp, distinctive flavor. Kanto sugar really very hard, can not throw broken, to eat must be split with a kitchen knife, heavy material is very thin. Slightly acidic taste, in the middle is absolutely no cell, each weighing one or two, twenty-two, 42, a number of more expensive price. Sesame seeds and sugar have not divided the two sesame, melon-shaped made with sugar or Kitauri shape, the center is empty, thick skin is less than five, though of different sizes, but the deal still weight basis, there is a large Tanggua pounds of weight one, but as a pretext, very few people buy.
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The twelfth lunar month twenty-five

Days on the old customs that the Kitchen God, Emperor of the Jade Emperor in person at the lower bound of lunar December 25 and investigate human good and evil, fortune and is scheduled for the coming year, so every family festival of the blessing, known as the “take Jade.”On this day living, speech should be cautious, for good performance to win the hearts and minds of the Jade Emperor, bless the coming year.

Song Zaoshen only on days to bring back New Year’s Eve, during which human atheism jurisdiction holds-barred, folk and more funerals, known as the “age of chaos in time.” Chaotic years of age is designed to regulate the people for their own specific time of social life. End of the year-end, people with leisure and savings, usually rare for people who have the energy to make arrangements for the event, this is a good time. Therefore, real-life needs of people according to the invention of this special time folk. Can be seen, in the traditional society, people rely on folk life of the order is to adjust the.

According to Tian silkworm also called “burning fields silkworm”, “Field burning money”, is popular in the southern area of ​​civil pray customs. This day will be the twelfth lunar month twenty-five torch strapped up in the fields of Chang Gan, divining the New Year with a flame, the flame is harbinger of the coming year prosperous harvest. Some places in the New Year’s Eve at the event.

Festival of Lights is one thousand Mongolian, Daur religious festivals. Mongolian “the next dry Zhuola”, which means one thousand Lantern Festival. The twelfth lunar month twenty-five this day, to do “that dry Zhuola” to the temple to light that points the more the more auspicious. This holiday customs, most Mongolians in Xinjiang virrat popular. Local people on this day to eat roast beef and mutton, a traditional sports recreation activities.

The twelfth lunar month twenty-seven

Traditional folk to focus on these two days to take a bath, laundry, remove the bad luck year in preparation for next year’s Chinese New Year, the capital of “twenty-seven wash remorse disease, xxviii wash dirty” adage. The twelfth lunar month twenty-six bath to “wash Fluke.”

Twelfth lunar month 28

In rumor goes: “twelfth lunar month 28, rice cake steamed bun paste flower.”

 The so-called flower paste is posted paintings, scrolls, grilles, and various god code. Which couplets from the ancient custom of the “Spring Festival.” To ward off evil in ancient mahogany trees, “Code surgery,” said: “Peach who, five fine wood also, so those who are evil-volt pressure.”
The Five Dynasties period, the Shu monarch Meng Chang Ya good literature, he every year ordered wrote the Spring Festival, a later couplets marked the beginning, and wrote in the Spring Festival “on New Year’s satisfied Yuqing, Ka section number Changchun”, has become a documented history of China first deputy on the “couplets.”
Later, with the advent of paper-making, there came to the post scrolls of red paper instead of the custom cherry wood.
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Surface of the twelfth lunar month twenty-eight steamed buns made twelfth lunar month 29

 The twelfth lunar month twenty-eight face hair, ready to staple food, baking, teaching in the past is no quick hair powder, it is not easy to put an ordinary face, baking does not love the bad, so twenty-eight this day baking, prepare the first day -five staple food, there twenty-seven sent to the surface, xxviii this day is steaming with steam Zaohua date, these stuffed.

Children according to old arguments that start from the first to fifth day of the bread and stir-fry over high heat can not move, so the old habits in the Danian twenty-eight Beijing, twenty-ninth two days to do the staple food. As the Spring Festival avoid doing steamed, fried, fried, baked and other cooking, and steam and fight homophonic, homophonic fried and noisy, fried and fried (four tones) euphony, branded and off the euphony, are unlucky, so the old Beijingers in years ago, the family have enough to eat steamed bread a week or so, called the following year to eat.

New Year’s feast of steamed food in addition to bread, there are some other pasta. Shizong descendants Wanyan Zuo Yin in the “test Kangxi relic anecdotes accessories listed in” New Year’s feast of steamed Manchu had: steamed buns, steamed hi, steamed rolls, steamed Zaoni side garden, steamed red bean bag round, steamed bread descendants, steam wishful wraps. Chinese New Year when the bread, the above points to be used for rouge red dot to show auspicious. Now the absence of so many taboos, want to eat bread during the Spring Festival, you can buy at any time.

People praying in the new year family and the U.S. United States, proceeds smoothly, so he deliberately discordant harmonic things that sound to eleven away. Although this steamed bread baking something a little trouble, but there are a lot of people are still willing to stick to this elders passed down in culture.

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Twelfth lunar month 29

The day before New Year’s Eve, called “Little New Year’s Eve,” family home banquet, people between the visit is “not old.” Incense in the outdoors, called “Fantasy”, usually three days.

 Over time for years, the traditional festival of Tujia, also called the “annual adjustment.” Tujia one or more days earlier than the Han Chinese Spring Festival.

The twelfth lunar month 30 – New Year’s Eve

Annual Lunar New Year’s Eve is the evening of the last day of the twelfth lunar month, with Chinese New Year (first day) end to end, also known as “New Year’s Eve.” ”New Year’s Eve” in the “addition” is the word ‘go; easy; alternate “means New Year’s Eve means” to do on the poor old “people have a new addition to the old unit, there is the old year and in addition to this, other new ones coming year old means is a lunar year last night. Therefore, during the activities are centered around the new addition to the old unit, Prayer for the center.

Zhou, Qin period of a year will do when the palace to hold a “big Nuo” the ceremony, drumming expel pestilence ghost, known as “by addition”, after the day before New Year’s Eve, also known as a small addition, that Xiaonian Ye; except for the big New Year’s Eve, the Danian Ye.

Goalkeeper has posted all over the country the custom of New Year. The original carved mahogany door god is for the human form, hanging next to the man, later painted door god portraits posted on the door. Legendary god Tu, Yu Lei brothers special tube ghost, they hold a door, the size of evil can not start damage. After the Tang Dynasty, there are paintings Reggie Qin Qiong, Yuchi King Tak as the keeper of the two, as well as draw Guan Yu, Zhang Fei as the keeper of. Households around the statue of a door, and their offspring often put one pair of door gods painted a text of a force. Keeper of three types: first is the “door keeper” and more attached to the door or the door on the whole, about four five feet high, two feet wide. The second category is “Street gate keeper” and more posted on the street door, about two feet high, one foot wide. Both goalkeeper is a bad cop bad cop a two deity.Black and white left-right, white good and easy, black and odious, each armed with lance ax. The third category is the “door keeper”, smaller than the Street gate keeper is limited, but also black and white two gods, but there is a black and white statue of the gods. Door up to the posted “unicorn ever been,” like, two powder coated grease comb Fu crown prince doll, all by Kirin. The goalkeeper, shall be affixed to the door on a new marriage, in order to get lucky, and later also for ordinary street door of the New Year dressing up.

Couplets Yiming, “the door of the”, “Spring quote,” is a couplet, as posted in the Spring Festival, hence the name. One source is the Spring Festival couplets. Initially it was the peach wood hanging on the door to ward off evil human form, the door was painted on the statue in mahogany, cherry wood board and then reduced to the keeper’s name inscribed. Another source of spring couplets posted. Beginning Day posted in more than the ancients, “Yichun” word, the latter gradually developed into couplets. Real popularity began in the Ming Dynasty scrolls, and advocate of the emperor. According to the ancient Shang Qing Chen, “hairpin Guoyunlou miscellaneous said,” recorded a year to prepare the New Year when the emperor ordered to be posted one on each door couplets, to show to celebrate. The original scrolls inscribed in mahogany board, and later rewritten in the paper. Mahogany color is red, red with good fortune, the meaning of evil, so most red paper couplets written. But the temple with yellow paper, mourning (mourning under) white, green and yellow, with white the first year, second year green paper, yellow paper the third year, fourth year of mourning before resuming full red the paper. Because of the Manchu still white, clear court couplets with white, blue bag on the outside edge, red stripe inlay on the inside.

When the midnight delivery is midnight, New Year’s bell sounded, over the entire land of China, firecrackers rang Sky. In this “Year of the yuan per month, when the yuan” and “triple” time, some places still in the yard barrier “stir,” to show the busy air sky, booming prosperous. Stir around in burning, the children set off firecrackers, happy to jump, then, the lights inside the house is brightly lit, pre-trial is a bright spark, and outside is the sound of thunder, the excitement of New Year’s Eve into a climax . Ancient poet of letters is always the best poem in praise of the coming New Year.Wang’s “Mongol” poem:

Chinese New Year Psalm

Mongol (Song Wang)

 Firecrackers of the year, vase into the Su Tu;
1000 10000 Hitomi Hitomi day, the total of the new replace the old character.
 Su Tu wine (Ming Qu)
 Purple fairy granted treasure overlooking the square, the new promise is the first taste of youth.

King’s harvest was ordered to tone, stretch down bag full rejuvenation.

Well the night six thousand feet, gold liquid, into the nine-Xia Xiao spring feast.

Feng Li from the beginning put the number of daily visits Zuixiang cup holders.

New Year (Ming Wen Zhengming)

Ye seek to meet but do not pass, to the full name of the paper toward the spacious Cottage.

I voted in tandem with the number of paper, never too virtual world situation too simple.

Fengcheng New Year speech (clear check Cautious)

Qiao Sheng test Silla cut streamers, color painting for trouble gilt moth;

From scissors busy in January, before the age of multi-apartment in needlework.

Spring Song (Ming Yuan Hung-tao)

The east wind warm Loujiang tree, Sanqu nine street smoke condensate. White broken Xuefei Ma Ju-lung, calf cars rolling through Hong degree water.

Pat to go around blowing smoke, Hyun service Liangzhuang 100,000. Luo distinctive color wins the amount of play, community song-filled cluster Mountain God.

Fei Yi Jin with clothing such as fighting, the forefront after a long house prefect. New tales of black yarn Palace flower, blue slave kneeling into the Su Tu wine.

Picking on a jade plate for buildings, both songs boy hair white female. Legendary old music three thousand, Suzhou new spectrum thirteen cavity.

Hu first jump like a tiger mask, narrow shirt embroidered pants hammer drum. Ghost gold python fine cotton body makeup, white Goddess of Mercy dance together in prayer.

Jin is a mountain with the viewer, who points to stagger wire and meat. Wind all the way to Hong laughter, drunk cover thousands of miles Hong Sha Yu.

Ching Lin pale pinkish purple tunic skirts, skirts bun through the amount of light makeup. Lost Youth of praise and sisters, Kenjiro sleeve to throw seeds.

Emergency pipe fan string and time, one thousand young willow branches broken.

Tian Mongol (Meng Tang)

Fight back to the North last night, at the present age of the East;

I was already strong, non-agricultural Lu still worry.

Father on the farming Kuwano, hoe with the boy;

Tian accounted for climate, said this was a total abundance.

Mongol Yuk  Chun (Song Mao Pang)

Lotus drops every year, leakage, Shen Su Tu Bi well frozen wine. Cold and chilly dawn is still deceptive, Liu Chun-state first slim.Weight to persuade one thousand beauty and longevity, Boye pepper flower fun Cuixiu.

Zuixiang depths less know each other, with only partial Dongjun old friends.

In addition to the night (Song Tianxiang)

Empty, heaven and earth, time to dignified;

End for surprise rain, the poor side of full Xueshuang.

In Yujin with life, body and forget all the world;

No-Su Tu dream, stay up the night is young. 

Firecrackers of the year, vase into the Su Tu.

Paste the word blessing, stickers grilles, paste pictures, put up thousands, which have a prayer, folk decorated home features. New Year is one of China’s ancient folk arts, he reflects the customs and beliefs of the masses, is entrusted with the people hope for the future. Paintings, scrolls, and also as the origin of the “keeper.” Couplets by the god Tu, Yu Lei’s name and the development of the text, and painting along the direction of still pictures. With the rise of printing, wood, paintings of the content is not limited to keeper and the like, and eventually go home to the God of Wealth, and then in a number of paintings produced in the workshop “Gods Samsung map”, “day official blessing.” “bumper harvest”, “domestic animals thrive”, “Spring Blessings” and color pictures, happy people pray to meet the good wishes. Advocate for the Spring Festival couplets the first Ming emperor, along with the paintings also affected by the prevalence of open, there have been three important paintings Origin: Taohuawu Suzhou, Tianjin and Shandong Weifang Yangliuqing; the formation of the three major schools of our pictures. Early Republic of China, Shanghai Zheng Mandolin calendar and New Year will combine the two. This is a new form of pictures. This combined two into one of the paintings, later developed into a calendar. Linked to thousands, is to use auspicious words engraved on red paper on top, one foot in length with Zhi, stick the front, and Spring Festival with shine. The figures on the Eight Immortals, the Buddha before the hanging. More than one thousand people linked to household use it, it’s less aristocratic families. The three-inch long yellow paper, red paper over inch long, is “small hanging 1000″, as used by City restaurants. When is the earliest system of money linked to one thousand (coins) hanging string, and the lucky money, have won the role of pressure.

Set world tables, this is a temporary altar is dedicated New Year’s Eve of the table. Usually no special attention to large temple of heaven and earth desk at home, because usually offer less for the Buddha, to the end of the year-old Buddha do when a big reward, in addition, this table is mainly used for the Theosophical. World tables of contents with different perennial temple, in addition to a total of hanging money, incense, five for large than for its worship of idols is also affected by mostly temporary, such as: “percentage”, which is a wood statues carved version of the album; “Heaven and earth realms eighteen Buddhist gods”, is a wood with a large yellow water color of the creators Mao Bianzhi code; Gods Samsung portraits. Above all, as some Theosophical after incineration, such as “percentage.” Some are required to break five, or even to the Festival of Lights was burned. Put the position of the table is not a unified world, such as the main room where large, can be placed in the house, such as the house without land, they placed in the courtyard. Legend of the night when the lower bound for the heavenly gods, so people have this Theosophical customs.

 Shou Sui in New Year’s Eve with our private habits, the common name “boil years.” Shou Sui to eat dinner from the beginning, Dayton dinner to eat slowly, take a seat from Zhangdeng hours, some people have to eat late at night. According to were awe-struck “starter at the age of mind,” the records, at least in the Northern and Southern Dynasties has been the custom to eat dinner. Shou Sui practices, both on the water with the years passing farewell feelings of nostalgia, but also for the coming New Year wish to send to a better meaning.
Firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year of our people depict a grand festive scene. Sound is a sign of New Year firecrackers, festive mood of outpouring. Business people. Meaning there is another round of fireworks: they put firecrackers in the New Year’s Eve night school to the new year big fat Italian. However, according to old habits that respect the God of Wealth to vie with one another, set off fire crackers to bring up the rear. Legend, those who want to get rich, firecrackers to ring in the end be considered sincere.

Children playing firecrackers when the housewives in the kitchen is also the most busy time, New Year’s feast days are the first well, but always in the New Year’s Eve dinner the same day the chef to make it. In the north, New Year’s dumplings have to pack up within thirty at night. Then every family of cutting boards are busy in the thump thump thump to cut meat, vegetable. At this point, every household heard the sound of the chopping block, the streets came the sound of firecrackers, shop shop came the “crackling” sound and cadence of the calculations are accounted for sound, and then mixed with the laughter everywhere, one after another, ocean Yinger, woven into a lively music of New Year’s Eve.

Eat dinner, is the most popular happy New Year when every household. Danian Ye. Filled with rich New Year’s dinner table, family reunion, sitting around the table, a total of reunion dinner, my heart is really difficult to put into words the sense of fulfillment. People enjoy the full table of food containing both dishes, but also to enjoy the happy atmosphere share the table with dishes, pots of cold, hot dishes, snacks, general and ultimately two things, one pot. The first fish. Pot boiling, steaming, warm and sultry, indicating booming; “fish” and “I” homonym is a symbol of “more than auspicious”, is also metaphor for the “annual surplus.” There radish commonly known as turnips, wish good luck; lobster, fish and other fried food explosion, I wish the family fortune prosperity such as “fire cooking oil.” Finally, more for a sweet, sweet sweet blessed days ahead honey, this day, if not drinking, but also how much to drink that.

New Year

New Year’s tricks many different parts of north and south, there are dumplings, ravioli, long face, lantern, etc., and their own stress. Northerners used to eating dumplings Chinese New Year is to take the inter-face “more years of age pay child” means. And because the flour dumplings shaped like silver ingots, pots of the tables a symbol of “New Year fortune, gold roll in.” means. Some dumplings, the boiling water after disinfection also several coins into the bag, tell you who was the first eating, and will be able to make more money. The custom of eating dumplings, is passed down from the Han Dynasty. According to legend, St. Medical Zhongjing in deepest winter, to see the poor ears were frozen rotten, they produced a “dispelling the cold Jiao ear soup” to the poor governance of frostbite. He lamb, pepper and some dispelling the warm medicines, into the ear with a face like a bag, “Jiao ear”, the pot boiled, give to the poor to eat, people to eat, I feel whole body warming, ears fever. , People follow the do, has been passed down to today. New Year to eat ravioli, whichever is the meaning of the early opening. Legend of the previous generation the world is chaotic state, Pangu epoch, the universe only four, long face, also called longevity noodles. New Year noodles, is a pre-birthday long years.

New Year’s money is distributed by the elders, younger, and some home after dinner is finished, everyone at the table not allowed to go, so we are finished, issued by the younger elders and encouraged the children and grandchildren in the new year learning self-improvement, a good man.Some people are children of the parents to be fast asleep at night, on their pillow, the more people are children who gathered at the main hall, shouting grandparents, parents Happy New Year, lined up bow; then ask for a red envelope. Grandpa even recovered her mother’s bedroom, the bed went together, a lot of noises special shout: “lucky money, lucky money!” Elderly not enough excitement, pretending to be stingy, besieged by the bargain to explore, and finally dug out red envelopes of our ancestors, We looted, it sped scattered. This scenario was overjoyed every elderly, that this is the New Year every success good luck. New Year to New Year’s money, reflecting the care of the younger elders, respect for elders and younger people, ethics is an integrated family relationship folk activities.

Nursery Rhymes

Samsung in the South, every family New Year;

Junior children’s kowtow, elders give money to children’s.

No money, Niulian children left.

Theosophical distinction for the old and new years, but have not unified the Theosophical time.Some one to midnight ceremony began, some to the “child is” when the midnight start Theosophical, while others are in the “child is” after the party received. Jizao, the gods are back to the Temple, ignore human mundane, to the New Year’s Eve, after midnight, the new year comes, they come to earth director. Theosophical ceremony held at the world table, the longest by a host family. Because the gods of the different orientation of the home to heaven, when the lower bound to the direction of the naturally different, as then any god, where god come from, to pre-check is good, “written constitution”, and then move to lead the family in the hospital in Hong access by position God.Xinwei years as the “constitution book” on the instructions: “God of Wealth east, south mascot, your God, northeast, southwest hi god, Jupiter southwest of God.” By position Koushou Libi, the incense stood to be doing, kowtowed again, and finally the root incense, statues, gold ingots removed, placed in a prepared already in the hospital burning money and grain basin. Incineration with burning pine, sesame stalks and so on. Theosophical when the firecrackers, the atmosphere is very strong.

Theosophical, it will spread sesame stalks from the street door to door, people walk on, pops pair of silent, known as the “hit-year-old,” also called “step away evil spirits.” As the “broken” and “evil spirit” are homonyms, began to drive out the evil spirit to take New Year’s means.

Ancient, ancestor worship rituals are filled. Due to the different parts of customs, different forms of worship, some to the wild Joan ancestral tomb. Han Chinese ancestors, most do fish bowl dishes, bowls filled with high, rather Zhongming Ding food intended. Southerners Refugees in Beijing, ancestor worship is particularly grand, most of the eight bowl dishes, set in the pot, cup and chopsticks set by the souls, in the New Year’s Eve, New Year, per night, will fan the pot, ready for cooking. Flag clan ancestors, Manchuria and Mongolia is different from the Mongolian yellow banner for the butter fried rice, fried with sesame oil withdrawal for the time, dipped in sugar, and another flavor. Manchu banner worship, for walnut cakes and hibiscus cakes, apple, plain wax sandalwood, quiet Su exception. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day cake for prime cooking, for the Spring Lantern Festival night, burning incense and kowtow to the daily morning and evening, offering for the new tea. Although the different forms of worship, most of all New Year’s Eve hanging shadow, Spring withdrawal for the night, close friends and family matter, New Year, also must call Ye Zuxian Tang, not just reverence for his ancestors Zhiyi is not deleted, because people respect the virtues of their ancestors , we also saved.

Old, from the Spring Festival from midnight to open the door money, there is sent to the God of Wealth, the hand holding a piece of paper printed the god of wealth at the door shouted: “Send Treasurer’s coming!” When the house owner, in order to welcome Wealth, they take the tips to come, sending the mouth of the God of Wealth, of course, always found something to say auspicious words. For example: “gold and silver roll in.” it! ”Gold lion on the left side, right side of the Golden Phoenix ‘it! So like the mouth of color. There is also a God of Wealth is dressed as the appearance, wearing a red robe, wearing Shamao, fake beard hanging from his mouth, the yellow body carrying a money bag, followed by several drums, and from house to house God of Wealth like to distribute to discuss tips. Each door to others, it sang: “Zuoxiang library full of gold and silver, on the right treasure room full heap.” Unlucky, then a lot of discussion, without a break in the mouth, until the owner happy to take over as Treasurer goes on red paper , give them some money, those who play God of Wealth, profuse, you energetically beat while, in the sound of gongs and drums pound, Qiang Qiang, go to another home.

Su Tu wine is a wine. In the ancient custom, the Mongol family Su Tu drink wine, to remove errors of the gas. Su Tu wine production is: a money rhubarb, Campanulaceae, Chuanjiao each one fifth of the money, Guixin an eighth of the money, money cornel a half, wind one or two, to purple-red capsule containing the suspended wells, Yuan take effect on Yin Shi, Jiu Jian forty-five to boiling. Su Tu ancient drink wine, the method is very unique. Most people drink, always starting from the elderly to drink; Su Tu drink wine, but just the opposite, is from the young to drink from. About the young person grew up, the first drink to show their congratulations, while older people over a year at least one year, after drinking to show retention. Song writer Su Che’s “except on” Poetry: “The Su Tu mid last drink, feel more than seventy years.” That is the custom. This spectacular drink order, in ancient times often give rise to all kinds of emotion, and so it left a deep impression.

In the north, and some people even for a pot of rice, years ago, burned to for New Year, called “every festive dinner”, every year there are leftovers, eat throughout the year, this year also meant to eat grain previous years. This festive dinner across the basin is generally mixed with boiled rice and millet, Beijing slang called “two fermions rice” is white to yellow, which is called “gold with silver, gold and silver bowl full” and “gold and silver rice.” Many places in the Shou Sui fruit cakes prepared when are they want to seek the mouth auspicious color: eating dates (early spring), eating persimmons (all the best) eat almonds (happy people), eating Changsheng Guo (immortal ), eat cake (year after year). New Year’s Eve, the whole family, drink and music, laughing cheerfully.

First day

Spring Festival, commonly known as “New Year”, was originally called “New Year” in the Sui Dynasty Qing Du Taiwan “five candle Collection”, said: “Celebrate the end of May, the day of Mongol, Yiyun moving, Yiyun Yuanshuo.” “Dollars” The intention of the “head”, after the idea was “the beginning”, because this day is the first day of the year, the first day of spring, the first month of the first day, so called “Three”; because of the day or towards the aged, months North Korea, Japan’s North Korea, so called “dynasties”; and because it is the first Hatsumi, so called “Yuanshuo.” First day there the previous day, moving, three moon, three before and so another name, which means that first day is the year, month, day three started.

China is an old multi-ethnic country. Different historical periods have had different peoples according to their own cultural traditions and customs had their New Year’s Day determined that the words “our rules”, the beginning of a period of time to correct. Zhuan Xu Emperor and the summer generations to Meng first month Yuan, using built-yin of the lunar calendar to lunar calendar first day of New Year’s Day; Shang use Yin Li, Yin Li Jian ugly to lunar month first day of New Year’s Day; Zhou use week calendar, weekly calendar built son, who started for the New Year in lunar month; Qin Qin calendar use, Qin Li Jian Hai, the first day of the Lunar New Year’s Day; still use the pre-Qin Li Han, Han was in the beginning the first year (AD 104 years) to switch to Sima Qian, Luo created under the Hong primordial experience, again using the built-yin of the lunar calendar, the first day of the Lunar New Year’s Day. In addition to Wang Mang and once after the switch to build ugly Emperor Ming Yin Li, Tang Empress Wu and Su-tsung of the week when children use to build calendar, the lunar calendar of the dynasty to the Qing Dynasty are used.

Spring morning, open the door down, the first firecrackers, called “open firecracker.” Firecrackers, the broken red everywhere, illuminating as heavenly brocade, known as the “full house.” At this time the streets Bling ahead.

An important activity in the New Year, is home to friends and neighbors of new friends there, congratulations to Chinese New Year, formerly known as New Year. Han Chinese New Year of the wind, Han has. After the Tang and Song dynasties is very popular, and some do not have to go to the person, He can Mingtie vote. Eastern Han Dynasty, known as the “thorn”, it is business cards, also known as “name thorn.” Ming Dynasty, many people posted in front of a red paper bag, specializing Mingtie, called “door book.”

New Year is a traditional Chinese folk custom, people toot, another way to express good wishes.Ancient “New Year” is the original meaning of the New Year for the elderly Baihe, including kowtowing to the elderly salute, Happy New Year wishful, greetings and so on living well. In case of peer friends, but also salute congratulations.

In ancient times, Tang Huo Square neighborhood friends too difficult to door visited, with a business card on the servant sent to the New Year, known as the “flying post”, each bag in front of a red paste, write “Blessings” word, that is used for the bearing of flying posts. This custom began in the Song upper class. Qing Dynasty, “Yan units on order” to describe the Beijing New Year: “is the month also, the film fly, empty away.” Fashion. Large house special “door book” to record the guests and flyer between the door more than a virtual page book, “who went to the” four: a life Pai said the old man, living a hundred Square Lane; one reads more than the rich lords , live ingot Street; one reads your Promise adults, living scholar archway; one said Fu Zhao Lin lords, living Wufu floor.Geely plans to discuss with the mouth color. The New Year has presented New Year’s card, greeting cards, is to send each other flying posts of this ancient legacy.

Useful upper literati Mingtie He cast another customs. Zhou Hui Song, “Shiba magazine,” said: “Song Yuanyou years, New Year He Jie, often used on behalf of domestic servants who were stabbed to.” At that time the literati make friends widely, if the four-door New Year, both time-consuming, but also exhausting, so little to some close friends not in person, but sent the servant to take one kind of two-inch cut with a plum Jian Zhi wide, three inches long, marked with greeting people by name, address and congratulated the New Year on behalf of the discourse of the card to. Ye Ming people to vote instead of New Year. Ming Dynasty distinguished painter, poet Wen Zhengming in the “New Year” the poem describes: “Ye pass but does not seek to meet, were full of paper to shield toward the House; I cast in tandem with the number of paper, never too simple virtual world abhorred.” Here talks about “name thorn” and “name Ye” is the origin of today’s greeting cards. Greeting cards and greeted each other for emotional contact, convenient and practical, and even today is still popular is not bad.

From about the time the Qing Dynasty, the New Year have added “gathering” in the form of the Qing Dynasty in Yi-lan primary “side of the cap over Tan” said: “The capital in the beginning of the year, routine gathering, a joint-year friendship, to don his homeland,” “Every age set by the value off in the red book, eating dinner, for Jingri joy.”

With the development of the times, New Year’s customs are constantly adding new content and form.In addition to follow the past is now New Year approaches, the rise of the New Year’s telegraph and telephone etiquette New Year and so on.

But the first day to fifth day, most families are not receiving women, that the “avoid the door.” Only man to go out New Year’s, women are required to go until the first month after the sixth day visit.New Year’s activities should be extended for a long time, to the fifteenth day of the Festival of Lights around. New Year’s evening to the people called “worship Night Festival”, named after the tenth day “thanks to the Festival of Lights”, so there are “determined to New Year, Cold Food is not late,” the joke.

If for any reason less than routine rituals, in the future make up the line, that the “worship in his later years.”

Old people are beginning to enter the new few days to account for weather confront harvest this year.Said Han Dongfang Shuo began its “Year of account”, that after the age of 8, the day is chicken day, two day dog, three days for the pigs, 4 sheep, five days for the cow six days for the horse, seven great men, 8 for the Valley. If the day is clear, the main thing is the breeding, overcast day, the day of the Lord is not chang. Descendants along its learning, that first day to the tenth day, begin with clear weather, no wind, no snow for the guitar. Offspring from the accounting year-old into a series of ritual, celebration. Have started not kill a chicken, do not kill a dog two days, three days … … the seventh day is not a feminist is not the custom of execution.

Spring in the doors and windows painted on ancient chicken to drive evil ghosts. Jin dynasty people with the “mysterious in the mind ‘in talking about the moon in front of the mountain comes to the degree only Chicken, that is when the sun just rising, the first rays of sunlight shine on the trees that line when you cry Chicken Ming had. It is a cry, the world’s chicken is called to follow up. Spring chicken cut so that, in fact, a symbol of Chicken Little. However, there is the ancient myth that chicken is a bird heavy deformation argument. It is said that Yao Di, the side of the allies had one kind of tribute to ward off evil Shigeaki birds, we all welcome the emphasis that the birds come, but not every year tribute to the people on the heavy wooden carved out a bird, or copper Shigeaki Bird on the door, or doors and windows painted Shigeaki birds, scare away demons, so can not come back. Similar by Shigeaki bird-like chicken, the chicken after it has gradually changed to draw or cut window bars attached to the doors and windows, that later became a source of paper-cut art. Special attention to ancient China chicken, call it “Five Virtues of the birds.” ”Hanshiwaizhuan’s Disconnection,” said its head a crown, is Bonaventure; feet away from the can after the fight, is Takenori; enemy front Ganpin, is fortitude; greeted with similar food, is benevolence; vigil yet When dawn crowing, is faith. So people do not cut the chicken in the New Year, but also the first day of New Year’s Day as a chicken.

Enrichment, vulgar mass first day as a broom birthday, this day can not use a broom, otherwise it will sweep away the luck, or even bankruptcy, while the “Sao Zhouxing” lead, lead to bad luck. If sweeping is not necessarily required to sweep from the outside to inside. This day can not be splashing out the trash, so afraid of bankruptcy. Today, many places still preserved a custom, Danian Ye swept away, New Year’s Day no broom, no trash, prepare a bucket to water containing the day nothing more than throwing.

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Two days of the first month

Two days of festival in the first month in northern Fortuna, this day whether it is commercial shop, or the ordinary family, festival to be held in the God of Wealth activities. New Year’s Eve each connected to the worship of some god of wealth.Actually bought into the rough print incineration trouble. That day at noon to eat ravioli, commonly known as “ingot soup.” Sacrificial offerings with fish and lamb. Old Beijing’s big firms, both large-scale festival this day, offerings use the “five for”, that the whole pig, a whole sheep, whole chickens, whole ducks, red carp live, hope this year to making a fortune. Who is saying about the God of Wealth is not uniform, mainly in the following categories:

Zhao Gongming, was ordered by his Heavenly Master Zhang Shou Xuan Tan, also known as Zhao Xuan Tan. This person comes from the “Gods”, a late-bloomer to him as “wishful dragon is a dragon Xuantan Zhenjun God.” Zhao clear, the word the New Komeito, the Taoist god of basalt, commonly known as Zhao AD division. This said, comes from the “three religions of God found Daquan”, all the holy name is called: “the mains honest one Yuan Zhao Xuan Tan Tiger Wheel enforcement division.”

Fan Li: Spring and Autumn Period Goujian hands of the Minister, to help defeat Yue Wu, and later made a fortune in business, renamed Tao Zhu. Descendants regarded as the God of Wealth.

Guan Yu: Three of Guan Yu is a “round” characters, the most important duty, and descendants of the “righteousness” and “profit” equal treatment, regarded as the God of Wealth. Mostly dedicated to Guan Yu, who is generally firm, that he has a protective effect on firms.

The God of Wealth

In, Fan Li, Wen Wealth Wealth Xing Jun, Chao Tian, ​​Wu Guan Yu as God of Wealth. There are also those dedicated to Tai Baixing, known as the “wealth Xing Jun.” Because Tai Baixing also called Venus, with a will of the God of Wealth. There to Monkey, Lucky boy who is the God of Wealth. 

Most of the people to Zhao Gongming mostly for its printed image is very powerful, black-faced thick beard, a consistent top helmet, hands Zhibian, painted around the pot of gold, large ingots, coral-like patterns, to be set off, you highlight the Furama the effect.

Flood the temple

Goalkeeper burning paper, when the old temple day and night to New Year period of pine branches and sections of the memo and other door hanging door god be incinerated in order to show complete years have passed, but also began to make a living. Proverbs are “burning the keeper of paper, look for physical individuals.”

People that flood the temple of millet birthday, this day I wish sacrifice pray, and fast rice.

Small in North Korea, the feast day. Song court holiday, the first year of Emperor Song Dazhong Xiangfu, declined due to human transmission with hieroglyphics, Shinshu under the edict, will flood the temple feast on for days, officials and other leave days. Later in the DPRK, said small, not sweep the floor, not begging the fire, do not draw water, and towards the same age.

Fifth day of the first month

Fifth day of first month, commonly known as break five. Folk one that broke many taboos over the previous five days Jieke broken. According to the old habit of eating “water dumplings” 5, North called “boiled cake.” Today, some people eat three or two days, some every other day to eat, but do not not eat. Princes street from the mansion to the case of small farmers are

Wu Si is offering households God, Kitchen God, earth god, keeper, the line of God, the so-called “road head”, that Wu Si in the very God. Where the God of Wealth for the sheep’s head and carp to be, Sheep’s head for the “auspicious” meaning for carp is a map “fish” and “I” homophonic, poetry auspicious. As long as people can be confident that the God of Wealth manifestation can become rich. 

Therefore, every New Year, people are fifth day 0:00 in the first month, opened the door and windows burning incense set off fire crackers, fireworks, point to welcome the God of Wealth. Took the God of Wealth, you have to eat the way the first wine, tend to eat the morning. Full of rich people’s hope, I hope God of Wealth can bring home gold and silver, in the new year, big fat rich.

Road head Wu believed in God is a God of Wealth. Vulgar Yishi day for his birthday, offering to meet the sun, is quite spectacular.

Streams of people out, worship God in order to safe road, this is the “ancestral Road” is vulgar; Wu vulgar access road head, and the festival is also the way of God, and this way God becomes the God of Wealth. Way God becomes the God of Wealth is the result of commercial development, increasing the circulation of wealth and goods. Wealth and goods to and from the water between land, people intuitively believe that some kind of dominated the way wealth and goods.

Customs that access road head, the sooner the better, God is first received, particularly efficacious, so called “stolen road head.” In some places, it is really the fourth day of the Mongol “rush rush road head” of, and bent along into the vulgar. Since the way of God is no longer the protector of Streams, people will no longer travel time to go to worship in it.

As for the way people worship in the fifth day of January, the first God, and thus on their birthday, is in God’s Rd “five” and the fifth day of the “Five” involved with the rules. North Festival this day “five poor” as well. In the first month than other months, is taken from the New Year new atmosphere, auspicious year plans, financial resources lush, East and West, and thus wealth Rd.

Fifth day of the first month “to send the poor”, is a useful feature of China’s ancient folk customs of the age. On this day each woman made of paper, known as “sweeping clear mother”, “five poor women” and “five poor mother”, toting bags, sweep the house dirt bag, sending artillery bombing of the fuel door. This custom is also known as “send the poor soil,” “poor wife to send out.” Shaanxi area, avoid breaking five day out, and fresh meat to the pot on the grill, but also stir Madou, so that it cracked voice, that this gas can collapse in addition to the poor, and seek fortune. In addition, the old New Year’s Eve or the fifth day of the first month to eat special bread, commonly known as “poor hole fill.” Wide range of popular folk custom of sending poor, reflecting the general desire of our people New Year, bid farewell to old of poverty, new year’s tradition of psychological good life.

Head Road, also known as “Five Roads God.” He said there is a Yuan Dynasty Rd, to resist Waikou died, so that people worship him as God, the name “Five Roads God.” However, this seems Rd God as the God of Wealth God not involved the way the first Rd. Or Youyi Rd God the Holy Spirit is actually five, or say five speaks, in the reign of Emperor Kangxi Tang Bin ban destroyed the top of Temple Mount after the five-pass, not worship five people speaks, it changed its name and the worship of the first road . General as head of the ancient Wu Si Road, in the line of God, the so-called East and West Rd is also; wealth and goods by road with all the line, so people of God as the God of Wealth to the line, would like to add worship, seeking it cited financial entry, or travel profit.

Ancient Old customs during the Spring Festival since the size of shops closed from New Year’s Day, and in the first month, fifth day of the opening. Fifth day of the month for the fiscal secular holy day, that will choose this day opened Fortune.

 Sixth month

Sixth month “to send the poor”

Sixth month “to send the poor”, is a useful feature of China’s ancient folk customs of the age. Its meaning is offering to send beast (Qiongshen). Beast, also known as “the poor child.” According to Chen Yuan Liang Song “at the age of Hiroki” drawing “Zong prepared to ask,” reads: “Zhuanxu digoxin, the palace a son, could not finish coat, the palace known as the poor child and subsequently the first month dark death, burial palace of, with that said ‘today sent the poor child.’ “legend beast is Zhuanxu Son. His weak little body, likes to wear rags, porridge. Even if the new clothes for him, he also torn or after the fire out of its hole to wear, so “the poor child number palace.”

The custom of sending the poor quite popular in the Tang Dynasty, Han Yu, a great writer once wrote, “to send the poor Man,” which stated: “(master) three divisions of the military’s beast and said: ‘heard a Japanese sub-line men, and I There are resources to send grace, children and other interested in the line of peace ‘? “Yao Tang Dynasty also wrote a poem” Misoka send poor three, “the first song which goes: every year to this day, thanks to Street Lek wine. Ten thousand one thousand of view, no do not send poor. Widespread folk custom of sending poor, reflecting the general desire of our people New Year, bid farewell to old of poverty, new year’s tradition of psychological good life.

 Seventh day the first month

Man-days known as “Man wins Festival”, “human feasts”, “Population Day”, “seven people” and so on. Legend of Nu Wa initial creation, create a Jigou in pork, beef, horses and other animals, after the seventh day create a person, so this day is the birthday of human beings. Han dynasty folk festival was on, after paying attention to Wei. Ancient man-days are wearing “who wins” the customs, who wins is a headdress, known as color wins, Huasheng, from the Jin dynasty began to cut the ribbon for the flowers, cut the ribbon man, or man to engrave gold paste screen, also worn on the the hair.There is also the custom of climbing poetry. After the Tang Dynasty, more attention to this festival.Each condemns day, the emperor gave the ministers who wins thread color, and climb banquet ministers. If the first month, seventh day the weather clear, the main population of peace for one year, and out smoothly.

 This day people eat Chunbing volume “box food” (cooked food), and pancake stalls in the courtyard, “smoke blackening the sky.”
Qibao soup, soup made with seven vegetables, when consumed in man-days, in order to get good omen, and that this matter can remove evil, cure-all. Different parts of the property, the use of different fruit and vegetables, intended to take, there are differences. Guangdong Chaozhou mustard, kale, leeks, spring vegetables, celery, garlic, thick flap vegetables; Hakka with celery, garlic, onions, parsley, chives add fish, meat, etc.; Taiwan, Fujian, with spinach, celery, onion and garlic, chives, mustard, shepherd’s purse, cabbage and so on. Including celery and onions trillion intelligent, skilled in calculating trillion garlic, mustard is longevity, so many.

Eighth day of the first month

Valley Day, the birthday of the legendary eighth day of the millet. That day the weather clear, the main rice harvest this day, the day was overcast then apologized.

 Shun Xing Festival, also known as Star. Eighth night, the first month, regardless of whether people go to the temple to burn incense worship Xing Jun (ie, cis-star), so the sky after a homogeneous star, each star to be held in a cis-worship ceremony. Festival star, to the desk, stove, threshold, Guotai, etc. and put on a “golden light” (yellow flowers) and light, called “flowers scattered light”, there are ominous meaning than to avoid. After the Star Festival, the Lantern Festival the whole family together to eat. Ninth month

ninth month is the highest god of heaven Jade Emperor’s birthday, commonly known as “Lord of Heaven,” “Jade will be.” Taoism called “Yuanshi Senior” is to dominate the universe’s highest God, he is commanding the ten realms of human spirits, gods and the highest God, the supreme representative of the “day.” Rumors of the deities in heaven, on this day to be a grand celebration, the birthday of the Jade Emperor in the afternoon return back to Luan Temple.

His birthday, it will hold ceremonies to the table to celebrate, to worship God in the ceremony, very grand, starting from midnight until four o’clock that day, you can constantly hear the sound of firecrackers.

Tenth day the first month

Stone birthday, the day where grinding, milling and other stone tools could not move, and even set up offering Xiangsi

 Stone, fear of injury to crops. Also known as “stone does not move,” “Ten does not move.” To this day every family in Henan custom stone cense. Lunch will eat steamed cake that Chibing within a year will be fortunes. There are other places in Shandong Yuncheng God lift a rock move. Ninth night, it will be a jar frozen in a smooth stone head, tenth day morning, cans tied to the nose, take turns carrying the jar by ten young man to go. Year indicates the stone does not fall harvest. Old folk customs letter. In the first month at the Si mouse activity, also known as “rats married woman,” “rats married.” Dates vary, and some in the first month, seventh day, and some in the first month XXV, the first month in many areas is the tenth day. Pingyao County, Shanxi tenth day of the bread set foot of the wall, the name “He married female rats.” 17 places in Hunan Ning as “rats married women” avoid open the cabinet of the day, afraid to disturb the mouse. The night before, children will be candy, peanuts, put the shadows and large objects such as large pot dustpan knock played for rats Cui makeup the next morning, the Shuxue occlusion, that is you can never disappeared since then. Some regions in mice married women go to bed very early days, nor to disturb the mouse, vulgar that you disturbed it one day, it is disturbing you for one year.“Married female rats,” folklore, very popular in our country. However, around the “rat married woman,” the time is different. 

In the southern area of ​​folklore, that mouse is harmful, inauspicious, so the lunar New Year’s Eve night to have it married, to ensure safe good luck next year. Shanghai suburbs in some places that married female rats in Sixteenth day, that night, every household fried sesame candy is ready to get married candy mice.

In the north, married female mice 25 in the first month of the evening. In this night, not every household lighting, the whole family sitting on white picket fence, quietly, but the dark eating flour made of “rat claw claw”, “scorpion tail” and fried beans. Do not light up, do not say anything mean to marry female mice provide a convenient, married for fear of disturb the happy event. Eat “rat claw claw,” said the rat paw itching expected, good up earlier action; eat “scorpion tail” that is to marry a female rat hole will not hurt by the scorpion. Fried soybean issued Ga bang Cui Xiang, seems to be married to rats firecrackers.

Married women in rats at night, Hunan Zixing area in the corner, hallway Biancha candles, meaning

The mice were married shone brightly lit through the road. “Married female rats,” “mouse get married,” the paintings and folk paper-cut in China as a “mascot”, holidays, on the wall and windows. Sichuan Mianzhu printed “mice married women” paintings, showing a group of rats carry on shoulders flag umbrella, gong trumpet, carrying the bride wedding.While this group of ugly class swaggering through the streets of the time, waiting for their rhubarb is a cat. Paving the way in front of a pair of mouse rat brother brother, one of which has been the cat’s claws to seize, the other cat is biting in the mouth. At this point, sitting in the sedan chair, “bride”, knowing doom, burst into tears.

Fifteenth

Lantern Festival is China’s major traditional festivals, also known as Lantern Festival, per night, also known as the Lantern Festival, the New Year because it is the first full moon night. Yin ancient customs of this festival have lanterns, it is also known as the Festival of Lights. Lantern Festival vulgar form a longer process, according to the general information and folk legend, the fifteenth day has been taken seriously in the Western Han Dynasty, Emperor Wu of Han Xin the first month on Temple worship night at the Oasis “too a” campaign, by later generations as for the fifteenth day worship the gods of the precursor. However, the fifteenth day as a real folk festival in the Han later.Han culture, the introduction of Buddhism, for the formation of the Lantern Festival has an important impetus vulgar meaning.

Yongping Han Emperor Ming period (AD 58–75), to promote Buddhism by Emperor Ming, Cai Daniel coincides with Buddhism from India to seek return of, say India’s Mount Tuo country drink every fifteenth day, the monks gathered to pay tribute to Buddha relic, is the parameter Buddha’s auspicious really good time. Han Emperor Ming to promote Buddhism, ordered the fifteenth night in the palace and temple, “Lotus Lantern Table Buddha.” Hence the custom of fifteenth Enlightening night with the expansion of cultural influence of Buddhism and Taoism in China to join gradually expand. The Lantern Festival is vulgar because it is the real driving force at the new point in time, people take advantage of this special time of life stage to express their wishes.

Lantern Festival lights up the custom, unprecedented in the Tang Dynasty to become the city of lights, the Tang Dynasty, has developed into a universal carnival. Xuanzong (AD 685–762) when the Kaiyuan prosperity, Chang’an city of the size of a large lamp, Enlightening fifty thousand, lantern variety, the emperor ordered to do huge floor lamps, Quanta 20, 150 feet high, golden bright, very spectacular.

After continuous development history of the Lantern Festival, the Festival of Lights of longer and longer. Tang Dynasty Lantern Festival is “the day before Spring” Song also added in the sixteenth after two days, then extended to the Ming Dynasty by the eighth day of the eighteenth full ten days.

To the Qing Dynasty, the Manchu Central Plains, the court will not do lantern, folk lantern is still spectacular. Date reduced to five days, continues today.

“Riddles,” also known as “playing riddles” is an activity increased after the Lantern Festival, in Song Dynasty. Southern Song Dynasty, the capital Lin’an during the Lantern Festival, when the system fans, many people guessing. Began as Nosey the riddle written on a piece of paper, attached to the bright lights of the lanterns for persons guess. Because the riddle can inspire wisdom and interest, so the spreading process was welcomed by all sectors of society.

Tang and Song Dynasties, when light began to appear all kinds of circus skills Shangwang. Ming and Qing dynasties light Shangwang addition to riddles and 100 opera singing and dancing, it had also added the contents of the opera.

Ancient people in addition to travel outside the city lights, there are welcome Zigu festival toilet God, walking across the bridge touch nail diseases such as customs, have hit the peace drum, Yangko, stilts, dragon, lion and other game. At the same time, but also eat festive food: Northern and Southern Dynasties and the Lantern Festival to eat meat and animals with the Congee or rice boiled oil, the Tang Dynasty to eat something called “surface cocoon” of pasta and coke Shi chase (ie, scones) , the Song of salt and soy bean flour soup made subjects fighting soup, and a “maroon”, eat after the Lantern Festival Lantern of the North and South are learning.

During the lantern festival, young men and women meet with the timing lover, so the Lantern Festival has become China’s “Valentine’s Day.”

Lantern Festival is a traditional rural society, a large emphasis on folk festival, the Lantern Festival in the bustling city is particularly strong, it reflects the unique carnival spirit of the Chinese people. The traditional Lantern Festival hosted by the customs of daily life function has been digested, people gradually lose the spirit of common interest, complex folk festival has been reduced to “eat the Lantern,” the Sisu.

Send baby light referred to as “send light”, also known as “flowers Light”, etc., that is, before the Lantern Festival, her parents marry off their daughters at home to the new light flowers, wedding gift or general infertile relatives home, in order to add Dingji Zhao, because ” Light “and” D “harmonics.The custom in many places, Xi’an area is sent during the first month to fifteen eighth day lights, large lanterns first year to send a pair of glass lamps are painting a pair hope that their daughter married to come, Lin Early child; such as pregnant daughter, then in addition to large lanterns, but also get twelve pairs of small lanterns, and wished her daughter safe during pregnancy.

Ying Zi Gu, Zi Gu also called Qi (g) Regardless, the North said the toilet more than Regardless, pit Sangu. Fifteenth day of the ancient folk customs to meet God Zigu Erji toilet, divination sericulture, and accounting for public thing. The legend Zigu concubine for the people, for large women are jealous, the fifteenth day of the cubicle was killed, a toilet of God, so people mostly women made Zigu of shape, and meet at night in the toilet room and worship of the pigsty . The popular custom throughout North and South, Southern and Northern Dynasties era found in early records.

Travel sickness, also known as diseases go, casual sickness, take the bridge, is a good of prayer healthy activities. Women Meet the Lantern Festival night travel, go hand in hand, will see over the bridge, thought that it would illnesses and sickness.

Popular area of ​​Guizhou Province, Huang Ping, Miao festival stealing food in the annual Lunar New Year is held. Festival this day, the girls would steal someone’s home in groups of food, non-stealing the family, same-sex friends can not steal, because stealing Knight’s love affair with them on. His food is limited by the cabbage, the number of people eating a meal can be enough. Not afraid to steal food was found to be copies of the others is not to blame. Discovery to the food we put together, do the cabbage dinner. Who is said to eat up, who was loved back, while most of the strong support of the silkworm, the silk is the best spit up.

The traditional festival of Yi in the Lunar New Year festival Bau. ”Bau” means “hunting return.” Found in Yunnan, the Yi branch of the Black Heqing living residential area. This section was originally a celebration when the hunters returned from the custom, then move, without a fixed holiday. Old people back pack hunting prey, to hunt the command of the beast, animal skins for hunting people, meat is grilled, during which the beast before the skins with, people from, around the fire to reproduce the hunting action. After the meat cooked, everyone eating. Later evolved into a fixed holiday.

2014 is  the Year of the Green  Horse, which falls on Jan. 31 on the lunar calendar. A lucky year, according to the Chinese. The Year of the Horse kicks out the Year of the Snake — not a good year considering all the turmoil, conflicts and tragedies in the world.

As the Chinese say, “A good horse never turns its head to eat the grass behind.” So, look ahead, not back.

Horse people may be a little untamed, but they are supposed to be popular, cheerful, talented, independent and skillful with their money. Don’t forget that a horse shoe is a sign of good luck for Westerners.

You are a horse if you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and, of course, in 2014 on or after Jan. 31. The Chinese zodiac runs a 12-year cycle with each year symbolized by an animal. Besides the exiting snake and the horse galloping toward you, the others are sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit and dragon.

By the way, horse is pronounced “ma” in Chinese. Among famous horse people are Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel, Clint Eastwood, Teddy Roosevelt, Chopin and Rembrandt.

Johnny Lin, chef at Asian Gourmet in Gurnee, and his wife, Anne Chen, manager at the restaurant, both are horse people.

Asked how it feels to be a horse, he said, “We work hard like horses and oxen.”

The Chinese New Year is celebrated not only in China but in most East Asia. With China growing in wealth and influence, anyone doing business with the Chinese probably have learned to say “Xin nian kuai le,” Happy New Year, and “Gong xi fa cai,” May you be prosperous.

In China, the New Year is celebrated as a holiday from three to 15 days, depending where one works. The private sector is more liberal by giving employees a longer holiday. Unlike in the United States where stores offer big sales during a holiday, in China, stores generally are closed for three days during the new year, called the Spring Festival, to allow employees to go home for family reunions. Railroad stations, bus terminals and airports are invariably jammed with travelers carrying gifts for home.

The Chinese New Year celebration revolves around serious eating, often accompanied by drinking. It is not unusual to see 10 to 12 dishes at a family reunion table.

Firecrackers will explode during the holiday, especially at night, to rid evil spirits. As experienced by this writer and his wife, who spent New Year in Nanjing in eastern China last year, firecrackers exploded throughout the night. There was no use complaining because no one wanted to spoil the fun, much less challenge the age-old tradition.

The 15th day of the New Year is the Lantern Festival when kids play with paper mache lanterns, which come in shapes like lotus, rabbit, tiger and dragon. No one in China will pass the day without eating dumplings. It’s an irresistibly delicious tradition.

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Chinese Zodiac horse represents energy, intelligence and ability 

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January 13, 2014

Some info on Ghana and West Africa

The race to become West Africa’s central port hub intensifies

Two substantial port investments have been announced recently by Ghana and Nigeria: the awarding of contracts worth US$2.5bn to double Ghana’s port capacity by 2018 and the approval of Nigeria’s first deep-sea port at Lekki, which will take around four years to complete at an estimated cost of US$1.35bn. These announcements are indicative of the competition between West Africa’s ports, all of which are seeking to become the primary gateway to the region. However, it is the more western ports of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Dakar (Senegal) that are proving most successful in attracting transit traffic.

West Africa’s proliferation of competing ports—six ports in the region handle more than 300,000 containers a year—is attributable to the concentration of economic activity along the coast. Although this competition encourages investment, it has also split it: West Africa has more projects than any other region (16) under the African Development Bank’s Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa, but they have a lower total value (US$6.2bn) than any other region bar North Africa.

A 2011 study by the African Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD, a group led by the African Development Bank) showed that the region’s ports, together with those of Central Africa, had the highest average dwell time, truck processing time and container cargo handling charges on the continent. Fragmentation means that the region lacks a single efficient hub. Furthermore, although West Africa has the potential to be one of the world’s fastest-growing regions in the coming years, gridlocked ports represent a major threat to economic expansion.

Ambitious plans across the region

While Tema in Ghana and Lagos in Nigeria may be the two largest hubs in terms of current traffic and proposed investment, others are making efforts to close the gap. This year Guinea signed a deal with Mubadala Development and Dubai Aluminium to develop port facilities in Kamsar, as part of a US$5bn investment. Elsewhere, a consortium consisting of APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics and Bouygues was chosen by Abidjan Port Authority to build and manage a second container terminal, with plans to invest more than €450m (US$585m) over the 21‑year concession period, and the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector funding arm of the World Bank, arranged a €225m debt package for Lomé Container Terminal, representing Togo’s largest-ever direct foreign investment. In November alone, The Gambia announced plans to construct an inland port at Kuar; the Liberian presidential delegation to the UAE and Kuwait made ports and infrastructure a focal point of its trip; and the Sierra Leone Ports Authority reiterated its openness to partnerships and investment.

Inland infrastructure will be a driver of port demand

As the landlocked economies in the region grow—Burkina Faso and Niger are among West Africa’s fastest-growing economies—more attention will be paid to inland transportation. Progress in intra-regional tariff liberalization and the lowering of non-tariff barriers has led to increases in transit traffic, enjoyed predominantly by the western ports of Abidjan (a 126% increase in transit traffic volumes between 2008 and 2012) and Dakar (a 125% increase). These increases have been at the expense of ports further east, such as Ghana’s Tema, which experienced a 43% decrease over the same period.

Inland infrastructure developments will further this trend. A railway connecting Niger and Burkina Faso with Cote d’Ivoire, due to begin construction next year, will help Abidjan to increase its share of transit traffic. Road transportation, which accounts for 90% of inland transportation in West Africa, is expensive because of an oligopoly of trucking companies that enjoys profit margins of 30-40%: rail transportation in the Abidjan-Ouagdougou corridor is already 30% cheaper on average than road transportation. Niger and Benin are also planning to extend and rehabilitate the existing railway line between Cotonou and Niamey; Niger wants the work completed by 2015, although that is optimistic.

Piracy makes eastern ports less attractive

The rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea—there were 67 attacks in the first half of 2013, compared with 34 in the same period of 2012—will also push port traffic westwards. These attacks have a substantial impact on shipping: when 22 attacks occurred off the coast of Benin in 2011, the subsequent categorization of Beninese waters as “high risk” by insurance companies—a category that already includes Nigeria and Togo—led to a 70% decrease in port traffic, according to a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Although there have been three attacks off Côte d’Ivoire this year, one off Sierra Leone and one off Guinea, the overwhelming majority of incidents occur east of Ghana, at an estimated cost of US$740-950m in 2012. This challenge is unlikely to be solved as effectively as it has been in the Gulf of Aden: the required regional co‑operation is likely to be hampered by the same bureaucratic challenges that have affected other regional efforts in the past, and the necessity of vessels to queue for port access—rather than passing through the waters off Somalia—makes them vulnerable.

Ghana and Nigeria lose out to Abidjan and Dakar

Investments in the port infrastructure of Ghana and Nigeria will help them to ease congestion and more effectively serve their growing economies. As the two largest economies in in the region, their domestic markets alone could ensure their position as the largest ports in the Gulf of Guinea. However, without accompanying efforts to improve inland transportation corridors and combat piracy, it is unlikely that either will become a dominant transit hub for the wider region. Instead, transit traffic will increasingly move westward. Abidjan and Dakar, which are already the two largest ports west of Ghana (handling 18m tons and 113m tons of cargo respectively in 2011), stand to gain the most from this shift.

Watch for Ghana to develop significantly greater Energy exports by the end of this decade. 

December 23, 2013

Formal Education Studies or Travel?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 2:04 am
The other night, I had a conversation with a young woman who had a number of decisions ahead of her, one of which was whether she should go to grad school or travel the world.

I told her to travel. Hands down. No excuse. Just go.

She sighed.

“Yeah, but…”

Never were more fatal words spoken.

Yeah, but… what about debt?
Yeah, but… what about my job?

Yeah, but… what about my boyfriend (or dog or car or whatever)?

“Yeah, but…” is pernicious. Because it makes it sound like we have the best of intentions when really we are just too scared to do what we should.

It allows us to be cowards, while sounding noble.

Most people I know who waited to travel the world never did. Conversely, plenty of people who waited for grad school or a steady job and traveled still did those things — eventually.

Be careful of the yeah-but. The yeah-but will kill your dreams.

I was so stirred by this conversation that I shared it with a group of about thirty young adults last night, many who were asking these very questions.

The life you’ve always wanted!

When you get older, life seems to just sort of happen to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment.

You get to do what you want. As you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important.

So if you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances, you should do what really matters. Because life won’t always be just about you.

During early adulthood, your worldview is still being formed. It’s important to steward this time — to give yourself opportunities to grow. A good way to do that is to travel.

So, young person, travel.

Travel wide and far.
Travel boldly.
Travel with full abandon.

You will regret few risks you take, when it comes to this.

I promise you.

There are three reasons to travel while you’re young:

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1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure:

When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud and maybe a few you regret. It’s likely that the following won’t be on the latter list:

  • Stand on the Equator in Kenya.
  • Go inside one of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China.
  • lean French immersed in the culture.
  • Meet and talk with the President of another country.

They’re not on mine ….. (fun fact: I’ve already done all of the above).

What, then, will be your excuse to NOT live a full life? Why are you….. 

  • Holding back.
  • Being afraid.
  • Making excuses.
  • Not taking more risks.
  • Waiting.

While you’re young, you should travel.

You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. It’s worth whatever investment or money or sacrifice of time required on your part.

It’s not about being a tourist. It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.

2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion:

In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.

Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.

If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.

Your heart will break.

You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new-found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis. And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way.

You will learn to care.

3. Traveling allows you to get some culture

While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it.

There’s nothing quite like walking alongside the Coliseum or seeing Michelangelo’s David in person. I can describe the city of San Juan and its amazing beaches and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China or The Louvre, but being there is a different story.

The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.

Do this while you’re still young. Do not squander this time. You will never have it again.

You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. Please. For your sake, do this.

You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion.

“What if I’m not young?”

Travel, anyway. It may not be easy to do, but find a way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s really never too late.

But if you haven’t gotten sucked into the routine of life yet, I implore you — travel. It will never be easier than it is right now for you to do that which really matters.

books versus actual travel

December 17, 2013

The Ideal Path for Mass Production of Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

There is a problem for all of the auto manufactures of Natural Gas and or Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles seeking to bring them into mass production face today:

It is the lack of fueling stations and those stations reluctance to install equipment ( what many would call a  chicken and egg issue)…. who will go first…. so far the answer is neither although a few “prototypes” have been made.

 HOWEVER this conundrum is based on what has been the “traditional” way of doing fueling and a lack of vision in solving issues that appear to have no solutions. … such common practice is called a paradigm.  Some have suggested a more radical approach to refueling  that currently being  “home fueling”. The best current example of that is of Electric vehicles … just plug them into your own electric at home.  There are several issues which have made the Auto Industry’s tepid introduction into this method more anemic than they would like to have us believe.

First and foremost 70% of the potential owners of most passenger vehicles do not have parking close to an electrical supply or  electrical outlet that can deliver the electricity needed.  than there is the cost of an electrician to bring a 220 line to your garage or driveway to make that connection.

The second is the range is only 100 miles for all-electric vehicles on a good day.  that takes the 30% that might be interested and cuts it 90% so that only 3% of all new vehicle purchases would actually buy an all-electric vehicle.

Remember the word I used above? A “Paradigm”. How things have traditionally been done…. obviously we have seen many advances in technology where shifting the Paradigm.. from types of cell phones to the changes in computers and the  cutting of wires making everything from TV’s to Computers to printers and gaming all wireless… all of these have been gradual change.. and will continue to take place. 

For the Automotive industry to make radical paradigm changes on the second most expensive thing most people will ever buy was just bad marketing mentality. People need a gradual change and one that does not involve additional work or expenses or equipment to make their expensive purchase function on this new world they are trying to sell us… Their hearts are in the right place… this  change away from gasoline and diesel for running Automobiles must take place for a whole range of reasons. but HOW they are going about it will only delay the success and cause financial hardships for most of these companies. 

The above thus reflects why hybrids are the most popular of electrical vehicles.

Some Background:

I started in this project almost 15 years ago.. from attempting to buy Citgo.. not for the refining but for their service stations… but for reasons of bad partnerships that were more interested in short-term gains on an actual oil buy/sell agreement with Venezuela that fell apart because of others greed.  The hardest part of changing a paradigm is getting people to believe in it…  and so I toiled watching Conaco and others shed themselves of the fueling stations that I wanted to transform… and knowing that the new independent companies would not invest in something new that would cost a lot for minimal returns sometimes in the future when these vehicles became popular… NO, my dream of using those fueling stations and having expensive pumping facilities in each one died a painful death… but I did not give up… 

I came to realize that if this was going to be successful I would need to keep the “paradigm” of individual habits of the consumers of the fuels mostly in place…  Later in this article I will give you my synopsis of where I believe this change in fuels can succeed and why. 

But let me get  back to the Alternative fuels and away now from Electric…. what about Natural gas… or for that  matter Hydrogen? Can they work.. and if so HOW?

Lets start with Hydrogen. Does anyone remember about 10 years ago when the then Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to promote them by placing a few filling station along a highway in hopes of getting California into the forefront… well that failed unfortunately as the demand for vehicles without many more filling stations and the lack of demand for the cars made their price too high.  This effort well-intentioned but unfortunately poorly planned.

While Hydrogen fueling pumps could be placed in many Fueling Stations there is the infrastructure required to bring that hydrogen to each station as well as the high cost of storage and pumping equipment which no one wants to do if there are not enough customers. 

The same can be said of Natural gas. While there are many ‘Homes” that “Could” refill their own with the proper but costly equipment and like those with Electric connectivity there are a smaller amount that would have natural gas close enough to where they park their vehicles at their homes to utilize this .. here the reliance on the traditional method of fueling and use of fueling stations  (again…  a paradigm) is in dead lock.. something I believe I have found a way to unblock and provide fueling of BOTH Hydrogen and Natural gas to vehicles.. but not in the traditions fueling pump found at fueling stations. 

Why can’t Natural Gas be provided in existing fueling stations? Well, there are two problems. Natural gas only flows through the pipelines at 60 PSI…  this would bean additional investment for the now independent Fueling (gas) Stations.  One to store large quantities of natural gas as it would not flow fast enough into your vehicle and second an investment in to the compressing equipment to make the gas flow faster into your vehicle. 

So these are the real problems facing the automotive industry.. it holds back innovation and stifles the change to the use of Natural gas and or Hydrogen fuel cells. .

A quick note on Hydrogen fuel cells:

Some people are under the misconception  that all they need is tap water to get hydrogen. FALSE! most tape water or well water had other things in it that would clog up your personal hydrogen generator unless you filtered out the water to a degree that the cost of doing it individually would become prohibited. While Exxon is working on an on-board hydrogen generator it is still years off and it is unknown if it would get the hydrogen from natural gas or water via a specialized system. IF they chose natural gas than this project fits well in their plans.. if not this project could be used to provide containerized filtered water for use in that generator. 

Before I get into the proposed solution I want to pay a quick tribute to other innovators and inventors out there that have had to deal with the inane nature of huge bureaucracies like I have. GM for example has a website for ideas submissions… but I loved it (sarcasm) when they wanted an “elevator” pitch in 1000 characters or less…. such a condensing of information was just NOT possible when it came to problem identification and proposed solutions. The larger the company the less truly innovative it is especially if the suggestions do not come from “Their” industry… this “halo” effect is what ultimately causes major companies to fall from grace and become antiquated. 

The proposed solution: 

I have devised a container that is light weight (grandmother can lift it) and can hold either Natural gas or Hydrogen at 25,000 PSI and is safe for vehicles. 

Additionally such pressure needed a specialized Nozzle that allows filling and controlled release at low quantities as needed.  

BOTH of these  components are patent ready and as such their material composition and design are not being released. 

The containers are designed for easy exchange in less than 2 minutes and all have RF chips for tracking at the manufacturing, distribution and filling locations.

These containers can be refilled at roughly 500 locations around the USA and from  there they can be placed in over 100,000 “fueling Stations” in less than 2 years.

I have the distribution network of 500 refilling depots and they can be fully operational within 6 months at all locations.

Believe it is possible to fix the rate of Natural Gas for the Canisters for 5 years.

The change in the paradigm is ONLY the opening of the slot on the vehicle and take out the old canister and insert the new one such that existing  fueling stations can still be utilized and no special equipment is necessary for the filling station (except for the rack) nor the vehicle owner making the paradigm shift that much easier on the ultimate consumer. 

My advantage is not just in the design of the canisters but in the extensive distribution network.  A generous tax incentive is expected despite the divide in congress because of the benefits to the strategic partners. This is a win for every participant  from manufactures and owners to gas companies and employment.. but I don’t have to prove that… all you have to do is have eyes to see and a brain to contemplate the financial and stockholder benefits such a comprehensive plan could be for the companies that take advantage first.

A business plan and list of potential strategic Partners to facilitate the program for mutual benefit but no capital is necessary to establish this program unless principals want to participate in revenue streams over time and that is open for discussion obviously.

So this is the story of nearly 15 years of labor and though process and trying to figure out what would be good for everyone.. and yes I am included in that.. but there is no other reasonable and implementable program than this that i have been able to see. One with the least cost to everyone and the least risk and yet the maximum financial benefits.  I hope it one day gets picked up… I am not going to go after anyone else before Christmas as I did submit to GM.. but in 2014 I will make a much harder approach to others in the industry.. and hope ti finds a home.

To find out more about Craig Eisele follow the link on the top right hand corner  of the page above this article titled “About Craig Eisele”.

And always remember:

IF YOU CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM YOU ARE FACING… THEN YOU ARE FACING THE WRONG PROBLEM….

CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF THE PROBLEM TO FIND SUITABLE IMPLEMENTABLE SOLUTIONS. 

December 15, 2013

Motley Fool Hypothesizes Why There Are Not More Natural Gas Cars; And I Tell You the Real Reason Upfront

Keep this in mind when you are reading this article from Motley Fool: 

BUT I PERSONALLY KNOW :
Auto makers will not make huge numbers if there is no infrastructure to fill every town and no self-respecting gas station owner or operator would invest in the required pumping equipment and logistically the normal pipelines are 60 psi so it would take some time to refill IF you could get natural gas to your location… but what has surprised me more is the failure of everyone in the automotive industry and even in some in the gas industry that there is a very new and complete proprietary system to facilitate the immediate roll out of a structure that would be available in over 100,000 + locations around the USA within 2 years and with sufficient low-cost natural gas to supply more than 10 million passenger vehicles with natural gas in less than 2 years.. but it seems nobody wants to admit or even to acknowledge there is such a strategic business plan that has been shopped to the powers to be with absolutely no response… The only reason I can figure is that these powers are too arrogant to realize that a separate infrastructure unaffiliated with automotive or oil companies or even filling stations can make this entire thing happen. (1 GGE is 126 cuft Natural gas and this system can handle a 12-16 GGE refill in about 3-4 minutes) (GGE is Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent ) and yes, your great-grandmother can do it. And my real secret it can be used to distribute Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicles as well and just as fast. 

PLEASE GO TO THE ORIGINAL Motley Fool ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW: 

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/15/why-natural-gas-powered-cars-still-havent-seen-exp.aspx

 

Why Natural Gas Powered Cars Still Haven’t Seen Explosive Sales

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Just a year or two ago it appeared that the natural gas vehicle could begin competing with the conventional vehicle for consumers around the country. Natural gas was cheaper than gasoline, the fuel burns cleaner, and some of the infrastructure to make it a viable gasoline alternative was already being developed.

But car companies are now pushing electric and hydrogen vehicles far more than natural gas powered ones. So, what happened to natural gas vehicles, and do they have a future?

The trucking industry loves natural gas
There are companies growing natural gas fuel successfully. One business trying to do this is the trucking industry and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) , who builds fueling stations and other infrastructure, including the Natural Gas Highway, a network of fueling stations around the country. So far, the adoption is slow but it’s picking up steam. The company recently said its customers ordered 70% more fuel in the first nine months of this year than a year ago.

Compressed natural gas Ford F-150. Image courtesy of Ford.

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT  ) is making the natural gas engine technology and components that drive this new trucking fleet and, again, progress is steady. Revenue was up 51% to $30.7 million last quarter and the company is working with CumminsVolvo,Ford  (NYSE: F  ) , and others to expand vehicle offerings.

While there’s some success in the trucking market, it hasn’t turned into a lot of genuine interest from auto buyers, or even automakers for that matter. There are a number of challenges that natural gas autos face that electric or hydrogen vehicles don’t.

No appeal to tree huggers
One of the challenges selling people on natural gas is that it doesn’t appeal to your typical early-mover crowd. Hybrids in their early days appealed to the environmentally conscious type because they use fewer fossil fuels to power their cars. That same appeal powers electric-vehicle sales today; EVs can get energy via something like solar panels, thus eliminating all fossil fuel emissions. Someone with the disposable income available to buy an electric vehicle doesn’t see the same benefit being offered by natural gas.

Infrastructure isn’t widespread
The bigger challenge facing natural gas vehicles is that refueling stations aren’t widespread across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are only 632 compressed natural gas stations and just 42 liquefied natural gas stations in the U.S. That compares to 6,883 electric charging stations for public use.

Thousands more natural gas fueling stations and additional compressed or liquefied natural gas plants would be needed to make this a viable fuel source. From an infrastructure standpoint, that puts natural gas well behind electric when it comes to ease of building infrastructure for vehicles.

Cost savings can’t save natural gas
I don’t question that natural gas fuel costs less than gasoline, which is the biggest selling point for natural gas vehicles. That’s the reason the trucking industry finds natural gas attractive and why Ford is trying to sell a natural gas F-150. But the infrastructure needed to make natural gas a viable option for the rest of us would cost billions of dollars.

When comparing the potential of natural gas with that of electric, the hurdles for EVs are far lower. At the end of the day, I don’t think natural gas will catch on beyond the trucking fleets.

 

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How to Vaccinate yourself from Statistical Idiocracy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 1:26 am

Statistics used badly to generate a case that could never have been made had an honest statistical analysis had been used. Such is the way of the internet today forced results of a flawed statistical study to validate a point that is not valid. Yet people read this nonsense and believe because it is on the internet. HOW SHALLOW and disruptive to any real discussion of facts and honest analysis of issues

The following is important not only to show outright fraud that has been disseminated around the glob  in the proffered analysis and is  hence dissected herein to also show how such fraud is perpetrated and how something that needs to be accurate can actually kill people if false information is believed. 

Here is an Internet story was Julia Ioffe writing in The New Republic about her whooping-cough.  As she points out, whooping-cough (also known as pertussis) had almost disappeared in the United States, but cases are on the rise. One reason speculated  is that a growing number of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children.

As expected by anyone who has ever seen vaccination discussed on the Internet, Ioffe’s comments section rapidly filled with anti-vaccine cranks. Some approach from the right, with claims of personal autonomy that trump even the libertarian night-watchman state’s power of quarantine. Others come from a narcissistic pseudo-Green belief that their Superman immune systems, fortified with expensive supplements, can take on all those pesky germs. How dare we ordinary people complain that in reality they are free-riding on our assuming the non-zero (albeit small) risks of vaccination! [Note: autism is not one of these risks.]

Either way the denialists have a major statistical problem: the near-eradication of several diseases in the course of vaccination campaigns. Flailing attempts to solve this problem include: Big Pharma has persuaded doctors to reclassify paralytic polio as something else; sanitation and hygiene improved; the disease rates were going down before vaccines; and people who are vaccinated still get sick (no one, of course, denied this).

No pseudo-scientific campaign is complete without pseudo-statistical nonsense, and in following the antivac links I encountered some real doozies. A few of them are generalizable to bad statistical reasoning in general, so for the details and maybe a good laugh, follow below the cronut.

1. Easy Warm-up — What’s wrong here?

Chart of polio cases over time

Sorry about the poor jpeg, but if I made this mistake, I’d use a low-quality format too. This chart is supposed to show that polio incidence went up after vaccination.

This is strong evidence showing that the Polio vaccine is not responsible for the decline and should negate the belief and statement that the Polio vaccine demonstrates vaccine success. Below, see research that reflects what it stated above.

Now get out your magnifying glass. The chart shows the introduction of the vaccine against diphtheria and pertussis but the Y-axis measures the number of cases of polio! You would think someone would have noticed this before spreading the chart to three different slickly produced antivac web sites, with many links from Facebook and Twitter. In case you were wondering, the polio vaccine was introduced at just the time this chart ends, 1954 and 1955. And they end their chart because polio cases sink like a rock: from 36,000 in 1953 to under 200 in 1961.2. Missing Data Are Data They Don’t Want You To See
The anti-vacers pick the narrative back up in 1961. We shall see why the 1950s got disappeared.

In 1977, Dr Jonas Salk, who developed the first polio vaccine, testified along with other scientists that mass inoculation against polio was the cause of most polio cases throughout the USA since 1961 [Emphasis added].

Quite true! The Salk vaccine could cause polio; indeed one of the first batches was screwed up by the lab and caused ten deaths and much illness before being identified and withdrawn. But we’re talking about “most” of 100 cases, 10 cases, and in recent years no cases whatsoever. The author is trying to leave the false impression that it’s most of the tens of thousands of cases from the early 1950s. Here is the real picture.

Polio cases in USA 1951-2003

Polio cases 1951–2003

3. A Little Bit of Data is a Dangerous Thing
Obviously, looking at that last graph, something happened around 1954. An alternative (in every sense) explanation is that doctors substituted diagnoses of aseptic meningitis for polio.Here’s their evidence (using the word loosely).

Date Viral or Aseptic Meningitis Polio
July 1955 50 273
July 1961 161 65
July 1963 151 31
September 1966 256 5
October 1966 312 3

Oh, and these numbers are only Los Angeles County! Why do you suppose five months for just one county were cherry-picked out of years of data? Why does the Nigerian guy want your bank data? It’s a swindle: all you have to do is wait for a local outbreak of aseptic meningitis after 1955 from some cause other than polio, and presto, a data point. Unfortunately for this theory, recent data for viral meningitis in Los Angeles are online, and between 2008 and 2011 the largest number of cases in any month was 102, and the mean (average) less than 50, notwithstanding that the population increased by half. So what are they diagnosing polio as now? Chopped liver? Like most conspiracy theories, this one falls apart fast under scrutiny.

4. You Say Morbidity, I Say Mortality, Let’s Call the While Thing Off

Another frequently cited  antivac web site explains “there is no credible scientific evidence that the vaccine caused polio to disappear.” This claim’s original source is a parenting book by eccentric pediatrician Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, who, despite the importance he gave to diet over medicine, died aged 62 from a heart attack complicated by diabetes. Pro-vaccine Dr. Spock lived to 94. For some reason, Dr. Mendelsohn did not accompany his statement that polio declined in European countries that did not vaccinate as fast those that did with any data or even a source citation. The web site, however, continues with this remarkable chart.

Polio death rates

Polio death rates

This is a chart of polio mortality, i.e., death rates, normalized to 1920=100%. This is a bait and switch: polio vaccination reduces morbidity, i.e., the number of cases. Both our chart and, ironically, the chart somehow claiming that the diphtheria-pertussis vaccine caused more cases of polio agree that polio morbidity was climbing. One reason for the steep decline after 1920 is the invention of the Iron Lung, that saved the lives of polio victims who would otherwise have died on the spot. Patients also had better access to doctors and hospitals and, for the latter half of this chart, antibiotic treatment of secondary infections. Why this is a point against polio vaccination which can drive mortality all the way down to zero is a complete mystery—unless, of course, the idea is to fool you into thinking that in the pre-vaccine era polio morbidity, with associated permanent paralysis, was going to zero at the same time, even when their own adjacent chart shows the opposite. Death was not the only life-changing outcome from polio: there were 20,000 cases of permanent paralysis from polio in the United States, just in 1952.

5. At the Last Gasp, Botch the Math

Given the evidence that the number of cases of these diseases declined drastically after the introduction of vaccines, antivac-ers tend to change the subject. Their reasoning skills, however, don’t improve.

Table 1 at the end of Dr Witt’s document shows the percent of cases in the vaccinated, and it as follows: 86% age 2-7, 86% age 8-12, 62% age 13-18, 81% age 2-18. So now you know who gets more pertussis. It is not the unvaccinated.

The implication is that the pertussis vaccine doesn’t work, but the correct conclusion is that the pertussis vaccine does not always work. (No one ever claimed otherwise.) The numbers here are about what we expect when the vaccine is only 80% effective. Let’s do the math.

Take 1000 kids. 95% vac rate. Make the vaccine 80% effective. That says the susceptible population is 50 un-vaccinated kids and 190 unsuccessfully vaccinated kids. That means that, on average, the cohort of sick kids will be 190/240=79% vaccinated! In other words, the very fact that the number of unvac-ed kids is minuscule makes it more likely that those kids who do get sick come from unsuccessful vaccinations.

For vaccines that are more effective, even this seeming paradox does not occur. In the recent measles outbreak in the New York Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, every victim was un-vaccinated, either too young or by refusal!

The percentage to look at is not the number of vaccinated children in the sick group, but the comparative likelihood that an unvaccinated child gets sick. Dr. Witt’s complete study is available free online. The very same Table 1 shows that un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated children were, with 99% significance, twice as likely to get sick. Indeed, that was the purpose of Table 1; see the screenshot for yourself. 

Vaccines work.

Pertussis cases in Marin County outbreak by vaccination status

The author of this particular antivac travesty is a genuine M.D. turned quack. You can not become a doctor in the United States without a statistics class; in fact, she needed to understand the table well enough to derive the fact the majority of sick children were correctly vaccinated. So, why would she do this? A trip through antivac country shows that not only do they not believe vaccines work, they don’t want vaccines to work. The reasoning behind this selfish, fortunately false, belief is a good essay for another day.

December 8, 2013

A Simple Guide to Wine and Vineyards in Europe

Filed under: europe,European wines,guide,vineyards,wine — Mr. Craig @ 3:47 pm
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A Simple Guide to Wine and Vineyards in Europe

Courtesy of Cheapfilights.com

Ever need a crash course on what to drink with what to eat? Especially while you’re traveling in, say, Italy, among some of the world’s most famous (and fabulous) vineyards?

Look no further. Here’s your go-to guide for European wines thanks to CheapFlights.

A Wine Lovers Guide to Europe

Now go to Cheap Flights and book your adventure.

December 7, 2013

Groups Chosen For World Cup 2014 in Brazil

2014 World Cup draw results

(FIFA)

GROUP A

Brazil

Croatia

Mexico

Cameroon

GROUP B

Spain

Chile

Australia

Netherlands

GROUP C

Colombia

Ivory Coast

Japan

Greece

GROUP D

Uruguay

Italy

Costa Rica

England

GROUP E

Switzerland

Ecuador

Honduras

France

GROUP F

Argentina

Nigeria

Iran

Bosnia-Herzegovina

GROUP G

Germany

Ghana

USA

Portugal

GROUP H

Belgium

Algeria

South Korea

Russia

November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving Day Message to Those Who Follow to Those Who Know Me Personally.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 5:11 pm

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!


Today I am not as thankful for this particular day… but for those that I have had in my life. When both my parents were alive, when my brothers and sisters and our respective families could be together, for the time spent with those that contributed to my life and even for those who tried to destroy it. I have had great adventures and blessings in my life and great sorrows as well …

But so has everyone that reads this. I am not special…. I am human … with the same wants, needs and desires as any other human being… I am the same as those of you who read this irregardless of faith, political beliefs, gender, sexual preference, ethic or social back ground, or anything else people use to classify and divide us. And today I am thankful for the full life I have lived and every minute of it including but not limited to the pain and suffering of parts of it and the heart breaks along the way, because I truly like the end result that is me.

For those that cannot be with the ones they love today… for what ever reason.. know that just by thinking of them.. by loving them.. you honor them and they remain in your heart and mind… Thanksgiving is not just for what we have today… it is everything in our lives that has lead us to this day… and will be with us in our tomorrows. For the lives we have lived, no mater who is with us today, I hope you will find yourself as thankful as I am.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Craig Eisele

September 8, 2013

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July 10, 2013

UN Promoting Unrealistic Social And Economic Plans Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:30 am

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat says achieving sustainable development will require global action to advance economic and social progress, requiring growth and employment, and at the same time strengthening environmental protection.

It added that sustainable strategies need to be ambitious, action-oriented and collaborative, and to adapt to different levels of development.

This is contained in the 2013 World Economic and Social Survey produced by DESA and launched early this week.

According to the survey, ‘More than 1 billion people are still living in extreme poverty’ and though some progress has been made, income inequality within and among many countries is still rising.

It adds that inequality, gaps and shortfalls in development partnership, rapid population growth, climate change and environmental degradation have hampered efforts to achieving sustainable development.

The World Economic and Social Survey provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.

Ghana bracing for War War possibilities with Ivory Coast

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:27 am

Research fellow from Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Dr. Ken Ahorsu, says that as a nation, Ghana must focus its efforts on learning how to increase efficiency in energy production in order to make the energy situation in the country more reliable.

The building of the Bui dam has caused tension between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Ivorians, concerned about the environmental and social impact it will have on them, claim Ghanaians failed to consult them about the building of the dam.

The dam, almost 93 percent complete and the second largest hydroelectric generation plant in the country, brings promise to Ghana as it has the potential to bring the country another 400 megawatts.

Dr. Ahorsu discussed the strain this situation has put on the two countries on Joy News Current Affairs Program, PM: Express.

‘You have to inform your people and your neighbors about the possible impact, and if none of this has been done then it is not the best of situations,’ Ahorsu explained.

Ahorsu believes that Ivory Coast tends to have friendly relations with Ghana but recognizes their interest in the situation. He acknowledges the language barrier, seeing it as a social divide. He claims it is important to learn French ‘for the sake of posterity and unity of the West African south region.’

Dr. Ahorsu goes on to discuss important matters Ghanaians must take on in order to begin to rectify the energy challenge. He stresses the importance in conserving energy and spending money only on what will be beneficial to Ghana’s economy.

‘Ghanaians must put their money where their future is. We must avoid spending money on frivolous things, things that do not build up the economy,’ he said.

Ahorsu states the importance in looking at alternative energy as a nation and learning to increase efficiency in energy production.

The many ideas he has on beginning to aid the issue vary from not taxing items such as energy efficient bulbs and generators, claiming this mitigates the energy problem, to practicing energy conservation in everyday life.

Ahorsu stresses forward thinking and the importance in working to aid the problem at all times, not just when the power is out.

July 9, 2013

Ramadan Starts July 9, 2013: Here is a Primer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:45 pm

What is the history of Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The term Ramadan literally means scorching in Arabic. It was established as a Holy Month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, frequently translated as “the Night of Power.

Observance of Ramadan is mandated in the Quran, Surah 2, Ayah 185: 

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”

 

What are the dates of Ramadan?

Because the cycle of the lunar calendar does not match the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan shifts by approximately 11 days each year. In 2011, Ramadan began on August 1st. In 2012 Ramadan is likely to begin on July 20th.

The ending of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, which takes place either 29 or 30 days after the beginning of the month. On Eid ul-Fitr, morning prayers are followed by feasting and celebration among family and friends. This year Eid ul-Fitr will most probably fall on Sunday, August 19th.

What are the daily fasting requirements?

During the month of Ramadan, most Muslims fast from dawn to sunset with no food or water. Before sunrise many Muslims have the Suhur or predawn meal. At sunset families and friends gather for Iftar which is the meal eaten by Muslims to break the fast. Many Muslims begin the meal by eating dates as the Prophet used to do.

This ritual fast known as, Sawm, is one of the five pillars of Islam, and requires that individuals abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual intercourse.

To find the specific times for Ramadan fasting, click over to this helpful tool provided by IslamiCity that allows you to calculate prayer schedules — including sunup and sundown — by entering your city or zip code.

What are the expectations towards charity?

Charity is an important part of Ramadan. The fast emphasizes self-sacrifice and using the experience of hunger to grow in empathy with the hungry. During Ramadan, Muslim communities work together to raise money for the poor, donate clothes and food, and hold iftar dinners for the less fortunate.

What scriptural study do Muslims take part in?

Many Muslims use Ramadan to read the entire Quran or read the Quran daily. Many communities divide the Quran into daily reading segments that conclude on Eid ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan.

Can non-Muslims participate?

Non-Muslims are free to participate in Ramadam. Many non-Muslims fast and even pray with their Muslim friends or family members. Non-Muslims are often invited to attend prayer and iftar dinners.

Those wishing to be polite to someone who is fasting for Ramadan may greet them with Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem, which mean Have a Blessed or Generous Ramadan.

Should Muslims with diabetes fast?

Fasting during Ramadan is discouraged for patients with diabetes by the American Diabetes Association.

“In keeping with this, a large epidemiological study conducted in 13 Islamic countries on 12,243 individuals with diabetes who fasted during Ramadan showed a high rate of acute complications.”

 

However, the study says this was not conclusive. Many diabetic patients fasted with no complications. Patients with diabetes should work with their doctors to figure out a strategy if they choose to fast.

What is the ‘goal’ of Ramadan?

In general, the practices of Ramadan are meant to purify oneself from thoughts and deeds which are counter to Islam. By removing material desires, one is able to focus fully on devotion and service to God. Many Muslims go beyond the physical ritual of fasting and attempt to purge themselves of impure thoughts and motivations such as anger, cursing, and greed.

Do all Muslims take part in Ramadan fasting?

Most Muslims believe Ramadan fasting is mandatory, but there are some groups that do not. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, people who are seriously sick, travelers, or those at health risk should not fast. Children that have not gone through puberty are also not required to fast during the month Ramadan.

July 2, 2013

Open Letter to Mr Naguib Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom Telecom

The Following is an open letter to Mr Naguib Sawiris, who is also chairman of Orascom Telecom. He showed great courage today when he called for Egypt’s president to step down “With Dignity” and than went on and described the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime as “authoritarian, dictatorial and fascist” and called for an immediate election, under clear and transparent rules.

It was also sent to his FB account but I would imagine the chaos that account has experienced since his comments.

THIS is not Hate Mail.!!

Dear Mr. Sawiris:

 I wanted to say it took great courage to make the statement that Morsi must step down. But the idea that immediate elections should be held again with a population that still has never been taught the basics of democracy, I believe is a bad idea and takes Egypt back to the Chaos it is now trying to escape.

I have sent an old friend in Cairo, Dr. Axxx Fxxxx (see Facebook message for actual name), a partial list of suggestions on how to implement a process that would make democracy much better in Egypt . I tell you this because I do not know when this space will run out for my ability to write to you .

Simply as possible: the country is in chaos (an obvious statement) The Military has abilities to run the country and bring it back to stable and given how far the country has tumbled it can also stimulate growth again. There needs to be a process where a “character” like a comedy. can have weekly radio and TV show appearances (even cartoons in the paper) to teach the people in funny ways what democracy is about. A lecture will NOT be helpful in teaching the people who are already depressed. Laughter is not only the best medicine it is an effective tool in teaching. There needs to be a real effort to seed many different political parties. they need to know parliamentary procedure and democracy as well … these parties should then come together to start the process of drafting a new constitution this is a real PROCESS.

Few countries get the opportunity for a do-over.. that second chance. at an effective democracy…. THIS is Egypt’s chance. forcing new elections quickly will bring Egypt into chaos again because the people had and still have few choices and are uninformed. Letting the west bully Egypt into quick elections is wrong… equally wrong is a military that does not have a clear plan and a LONG ENOUGH timetable to implement a real plan to bring democracy to Egypt. NO PERSONS should be excluded from the Brotherhood to former Mubarak administration people … not from elections or from administering the government. the forceful sacking of all former Mubarak people in Government is partly to blame for a government that cannot function… and that time is now over.

I am an American. Raised and educated and have traveled mostly for work to 72 countries doing Strategic Planning, New Business Development,(and even Telecom/internet from China to Guinea and many other countries… I believe you may know me or at least KNOW OF ME from those days) .

I have observed with skepticism  US foreign policy for about 20 years now .. regardless of Republican or Democrat. I hold no favorites or prejudgments on any topic. I relish huge amounts of information to make determinations. Currently I only look for solutions to the issues that weigh upon Egypt. I DO NOT look to you for a job or money or anything other than your ears and eyes to understand what I am saying. I Have Been to Egypt many times. I have even devised a project to replace the water the Nile will lose if Ethiopia uses any for itself.

Basically I became a foster child of Egypt. I would like to help Egypt in this time of crisis and to see EGYPT grow and become more than what has been done to the spirit of the people the last year in particular. BUT I caution you and others: Instead of rushing into the same fire as before where the political process of a democracy  and the fundamental understanding of the cost of freedom and it benefits that you all PLEASE consider that doing so will just take Egypt back to the same place it now wants to be free of . An educated public and a real constitution hammered out over 2-3 or even 5 years is better than rushing back into chaos.

Again you are very brave in saying Morsi should step down with dignity and honor. I hope you are equally as brave to suggest that Egypt needs a real transition period.

Thank you for your time.

Craig Eisele

July 1, 2013

The Promise of and Age of New Freedom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 5:00 am

Obama and the New Freedom

By TRYGVE THRONTVEIT

Library of CongressPresident Wilson throwing out the first ball at a baseball game in 1916.In evaluating President Barack Obama’s legislative record, historically inclined commentators frequently compare his first term to the early years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. When it comes to winning re-election, however, the commentators — and Obama — might learn something from the only Democrat besides F.D.R. to win multiple elections in the 20th century on reform platforms: Woodrow Wilson.Obama won in 2008 largely because he promised a new way of doing things in Washington: less partisan and ideological, more cooperative and deliberative. His recent turn to the left might energize the Democratic base, but it is unclear how it will play among the swing voters who put him in office and remain crucial to his re-election. That’s where Wilson comes in. Few presidents have wooed swing voters as successfully as Wilson: In 1912 he won liberal Republican votes from both William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt when the latter bolted to form the Progressive Party, and in 1916 he added former T.R. Progressives and even socialists to his coalition to win a close race against the formerly liberal, increasingly conservative — in other words, eerily Romneyesque — Charles Evans Hughes. In that race Wilson, like Obama, signaled a clear turn leftward, but that alone did not win him re-election. Instead, Wilson won by doing something Obama has not: staying on message, which for him meant staying on method.From his 1912 campaign through the end of his first term, Wilson consistently communicated a general approach to politics that he believed in more deeply than any particular platform, and which appealed to the urban reformers, social gospelers, anti-monopolists, labor activists and other participants in the day’s diffuse progressive movement despite their disagreements on specific policy questions. In short, Wilson called for “a new method and spirit of counsel” to replace politics-as-usual in Washington. At that time, he meant to wrest control of economic and political life from large corporations (and their government yes men) and place it in the hands of citizens, by breaking the power of trusts, fostering broader economic competition, and promoting better conditions for workers whose long days and crushing labor prevented full participation in public life.These “New Freedom” policies were intended to embody Wilson’s new method and spirit of counsel. But they were not to hamstring it. Refusal to experiment, recalculate, adapt, compromise; that was exactly the politics-as-usual Wilson promised to reject. “Fixed liberty is no liberty at all,” he had written while president of Princeton University, and he brought that conviction with him to the presidency of the United States. Wilson insisted that a truly progressive political method meant governing according to both principle and experience, adapting to changing contexts and pursuing essential goals rather than party-trademarked policies. The success of such a method required compromise, as did the democratic ideal it embodied. “As servants of all,” Wilson argued, public officials were “bound to undertake the great duty of accommodation and adjustment.” At a time when the economy and society seemed to be changing more rapidly than ever, Wilson’s message of flexibility and solidarity was very appealing — as was his call for humility in Washington. Promising great change to an unsatisfactory “system,” he pledged to pursue that change “in the spirit of those who question their own wisdom and seek counsel and knowledge” — not just from people in other parties and independent experts, but from “the people.”Library of CongressPresident Wilson’s inauguration in 1917.Again like Obama, Wilson’s pragmatic method got him into trouble early on. He initially dismayed progressives in his own party, and those outside who were crucial to his re-election, by his willingness to work with corporations, banks and a range of centrist and even conservative interests. But this approach delivered the Underwood Tariff Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Federal Reserve Act in rapid succession between 1913 and 1914. Each was an attempt to eschew one-time legal fixes and establish agencies capable of responding to change, whether that meant altered trade conditions, new anti-competitive corporate practices or fluctuating demand for credit. Crucially, each of these victories was achieved through a deliberative process in which all parties gave something to get something — as when financiers desiring a truly national currency, but no central bank, accepted supervision by the Federal Reserve Board. Ultimately these achievements earned Wilson more progressive supporters than they lost, and not because he soft-pedaled his cooperation with moderates and conservatives. In touting the New Freedom acts he never shied from admitting that he had compromised — sometimes out of necessity, sometimes because he had learned new things, but mostly because that is how he thought democracy should work: by drawing upon “the best of our common counsel.”Obama professed a similar view of democracy as “conversation” in his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope,” and he proceeded to act on it as president, most notably by working with Republicans and Wall Street to stave off economic catastrophe. Many on the left assume all such inches must stretch into miles, and Congressional Republicans have tried to prove them right. But Wilson’s pragmatism did not foreclose his future progressive options. Just the opposite: by emphasizing the virtue of reflective, principled adaptation to changing conditions, Wilson provided the intellectual justification for a cascade of advanced reforms initiated in 1915, including loans to farmers, child-labor restrictions, government-worker’s compensation, and the first redistributive income tax in American history. Some accused Wilson of adopting wholesale the Progressive Party platform of his erstwhile rival, Theodore Roosevelt, in a cynical bid to capture T.R.’s 27 percent share of the 1912 electorate for himself in 1916. But four years as president had led Wilson to consider much of the Progressive Party’s platform necessary to giving the American people a voice and stake in their government, and he was perfectly comfortable saying so. More important, he was believable — at least to the nine million-plus who reelected him in 1916 — because he had always promised to make “convincing experience” rather than ideology his guide.Of course, endorsing a deliberative, democratic method is no guarantee of applying it consistently or wisely. Wilson failed miserably to assure African-Americans the same rights as their fellow citizens. He also failed to break the United States’ established pattern of invading every Latin American country deemed unstable. Nor does a deliberative, experimental approach to policy ensure that clear answers to complicated problems will emerge. Some historians will continue to question America’s entry into World War I, even as others wonder how it could possibly have been avoided. Scholars will most likely never agree about the wisdom of Wilson’s compromises at the Peace Conference, or whether his ultimate refusal to compromise with senators working to undermine the new League of Nations was noble or perverse. But contrary to historical caricatures, Wilson never claimed to be perfect. He never claimed compromise was always the answer. He simply thought cooperation could offset individuals’ imperfections and that the partial progress of compromise was usually better than none at all.Obama, too, must accept that his pragmatism and idealism will sometimes conflict, while neither will save him from screwing up now and again. Still, he need not think, with his narrowest-minded critics, that pragmatism and idealism must conflict. A method, after all, can be an ideal. Wilson, the former academic, saw it as his job to educate Americans on just that point — namely, that democracy itself, with all its setbacks, trade-offs, partial victories and second chances, was the ideal that allowed all other ideals to be pursued. Obama, the most scholarly in demeanor of Wilson’s successors, has made the same connection by endorsing a “golden rule” of politics: a commitment to reasoned, charitable exchanges of view in political debate and genuine consideration for diverse needs and values when crafting and weighing policy. It is unfortunate that in today’s America, Obama can’t just say “democracy” and be sure his meaning is clear.Our sad political culture does not, however, explain why Obama is having trouble connecting with voters in 2012 the way he did just four years ago. It’s that his message has become muddled: the crisis made me do this; my principles tell me to do that; I promise more of the latter. This inspires little confidence in Democratic activists, who doubt his commitment to progressive causes, or in independents, who fear he will pursue them at all costs. Yet in 2008 these same two groups, despite their differences, found common ground in Obama’s message of change: of a renewed commitment to critical thinking in the White House, bipartisan cooperation in Congress and shared sacrifice across the nation. In 2012, Obama needs to get back on message by getting back on method — and he needs to stay there. As Wilson knew, healthy democracies learn through deliberation, experimentation, compromise, and yes, failure.  Democratic leaders should not be ashamed to set an example.Trygve Throntveit is assistant director of undergraduate studies in history at Harvard University; he is currently at work on “Power without Victory: Woodrow Wilson and the American Internationalist Experiment.”

June 25, 2013

Devious Maids, Eva Longoria, HuffPost, LatinoVoices and someone named Michelle Herrera Mulligan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 2:02 am

The following Article On HuffPost LatinoVoices was very damning of both Eva Longoria and the New TV Series Devious Maids. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-herrera-mulligan/devious-maids-eva-longoria_b_3248787.html

 

I tried to write a fair and comprehensive comment. Unfortunately the comment section would only take 250 words and I am quite verbose as many of you know by now.  Part 2 was never “Approved” and it never posted in the comment section. I was disappointed as  I even cleaned it up (no references to doing maid duty) for punctuation ans small grammatical mistakes. 

As a matter of reference there is a difference between Latino which would indicate a Latin/Hispanic heritage vs a Latina which indicates a female Latino

For what it is worth I have posted the FULL Comment below: 

Part 1 of 2

SAD and actually CATTY commentary and if this was posted by one of my daughters I would say the same thing. 

But what do I know, I am a white male who has been to 72 countries has been married to 2 women who are NON white.. and had 5 NON WHITE daughters… 

The show is what it is “COMEDY” at its core. It shows a range of characters who EACH has an individual reason to be in the position they are.. and let us not forget the Mother of the Accused killer… or maybe this author did not bother to watch that far. 

I saw something different… I saw women who were trying to be different things and raised ABOVE the stereotype. I saw the portrayal of the Stereotype that many people have and saw it cast as offensive and demeaning. 

I think MAYBE the author of this “Letter” is in fact NOT COMFORTABLE with her own Latina Heritage. Insecure in her own right putting that on anything not 100% positive and reinforcing. 

For my daughters to succeed they cannot be sheltered from stereotyped perceptions of others. THIS SHOW is a comedy but concurrently gives real world views and couches them in a way as to get folks to think. I am old enough to remember Archie Bunker~ but I doubt from the tone of this Article that this author has had the same learning experience I was given.

Part 2 of 2 (the part that was NOT approved to post on the comment section for some odd reason.) 

 If the Author HAD experienced Archie Bunker she MIGHT have understood how Devious Maids may in fact be a learning experience for others who watch it for entertainment. But what do I know. I am a white male who still thinks of all Latinos as kitchen help or gardeners or maids.

OHH WAIT.. NP. I don’t! Why? because I LEARN. I SEE. I LISTEN. Without the prejudices that you so obviously have and want to use to tear apart rather than build up.

You, Madam Author are a product of today’s society. One that would rather tear apart than make suggestions that might make it even better. I see it in politics, and in communities, and in every day life. I see it in the Black Community, The Gay Community, the Religious community and even inside the Republican party to one another….. and now with this article I see it in the Latino/Latina (ergo my term Catty)  Community. The back biting holier than thou, I rose to the top myself, mentality. So sad to see such maliciousness in anyone let alone the editor-in-chief no less of LatinoVoices

I deal with it on Morning Joe because there is nothing else in the morning. You behave almost the same as Joe Scarborough who is more divisive than unity oriented. I don’t have to deal with it from Huffington Post, LatinoVoices even though I like the HuffPost. OTHER news outlets may be less biased. 

Prove me wrong Madam Author SHOW me and your readers that you are not just abut tearing things down but building things UP and at that time I may address you as Ms. Michelle Herrera Mulligan and with a new found respect.

Post note: there is a lot of reverse bigotry and racism in this country. Black against Black, Gay against Gay and now I see Latino vs Latino….. ALL fighting or struggling for a common cause. But when you disagree with each other  that should mean taking the rhetoric to the kitchen table and stop putting out  with the dirty laundry to air thinking it is clean. 

I guess being a stupid old white male has its benefits because I can call everyone out KNOWING I will be trashed for what I say… and not caring because I don’t care anymore what others think of me or being politically correct or knowing my place… too old and too sick to care about how to say things and holding my tongue because .. well gee I am not a Latino… Ohh my… 

Grow up everyone… your life is to freaking short to make articles like this mean anything but those that do, I wanted to let them and the authors know I have an opinion as well… and I do not agree this show “Devious Maids” or Eva Longoria has  done anything detrimental to Latinos everywhere. NOW Jorge Fernandez on the other hand….never mind I will call him directly about his transgressions. …. Aint freedom of speech a grand thing….. 

 

CSE

June 23, 2013

David Gregory Vs. Greenwald and Snowden on Meet the Press

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 7:01 pm

Maybe some of you saw “Meet the Press”  today (Sunday June 23,2013) … but I am sure that fewer of you saw this article in the Atlantic Wire.:

http://news.yahoo.com/glenn-greenwald-spars-david-gregory-190521551.html

The article started off wrong and made me angry.. angry enough I wrote this below in the comment section. I take no prisoners.. I call everyone out in this comment.. and rightfully so I think The real question I leave  is will the press go along with extremism in so-called “Investigative Journalism” or will they grow a pair and cal Greenwald out how he has handled this situation? 

MY COMMENT: 

The FIRST paragraph of this article make me angry. I am by no means a fan of David Gregory I hate what he has done with Meet the Press and find him for the most part a spineless panderer to people on his show who only want to spew “Talking Points” and lack substance beyond their respective political agenda…. I do NOT like him is a pretty obvious statement after that ripping.

But this article stated that Gregory insulted Greenwald and called him a criminal when NO SUCH STATEMENT WAS MADE. that is yellow journalism, the kind that is destroying the reputation of responsible journalists. he did ask Greenwald if he should be treated as one given the amount of culpability Greenwald has had in this story.

I find Glenn Greenwald’s actions reprehensible and that he admitted today that he has classified documents in his possession that could hurt the USA beyond where HE feels he wants to hurt and humiliate the USA is in effect a crime to have those in his possession.

The other information that Snowden has stolen is critical to the safety of our people in other countries and Snowden has held this over the head of the USA to supposedly protect himself … No reasonable person would accept such actions. They are undoubtedly Criminal in nature.. and while Gregory did NOT call Greenwald a criminal.. I will make that statement based upon what he actually said today.

The Freedom of the press.. and the obligation of the press in a free society has been dealt a huge blow by the actions of not only the traitor Snowden but also that of what now appears to be his co-conspirator.

I have been suspicious of all this since Greenwald first said he spoke to Snowden in February.. and Snowden was not hired until March by Booz… this inconsistency has made me wonder frequently if Greenwald used Snowden to further his “Investigator Journalist” career and to cajole or influence Snowden STEALING MORE than what was needed to prove a Whistle Blower Allegation.

The Question for me in all of this is: “DOES THE PRESS HAVE THE BALLS TO TAKE ON ONE OF THEIR OWN FOR GOING BEYOND REASONABLE ACTIONS AND MAKING THE REST OF THE JOURNALISTS LOOK LIKE UNTRUSTWORTHY ACTIVISTS.”

Greenwalds actions were WONG. They went beyond the rights of his profession and have endangered more people than care about this so-called revelation.. but what angers me about Greenwald is the ADDITIONAL information he has been given and still has.. and for that he needs to go to jail himself if not as an accessory before the fact in encouraging Snowden as far back as February BEFORE he stole or was even employeed by Booz but at least after the fact by hiding critical stolen document with malice towards the NSA and the USA.

OK Mr and Ms Journalist.. JUSTIFY Greenwald or denounce him for going to far.. the choice is yours and the public will decide who is better for being reasonable or who is untrustworthy as honor among thieves will be their motto.

And Mr Gregory, do not feel vindicated by me.. I really do NOT like what you have done to Meet the Press.. not at all.

June 22, 2013

Big 3 Auto Makers Fail to Adequately Address Alternative Fuels as Tesla Tries and Tries Again.

Attempts to stimulate the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Markets by GM, Ford, Chrysler (Fiat) and ALL big Automakers are practically non existent because they fail to see the realities of the market and then fail to respond to it. At least Tesla is trying.. but it too missed the mark on its latest try by developing the battery exchange. 

Maybe some of you have seen the recent article this week about Tesla: 

Tesla Introduces Faster ‘Gas Station’ System

It is a system that makes refilling/Recharging the electric battery  fast and efficiently… And by “recharging,” they mean replacing.

REPLACING … as in dropping a Model S’ depleted battery pack — which can weigh half a ton — out from the undercarriage of the vehicle and replacing it with a fully charged one.

Think of it as pulling up to a filling station and instead of sticking a hose into the filler cap and refilling your empty tank, simply replacing the empty gas tank with one that’s full of gas. Only in this case, the gas station is a Tesla Station (a.k.a. a Tesla Supercharger station) and the “gas tank” weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

Tesla previewed the fully automated process at its Hawthorne, Calif., design studio. There are no pumps to pay and the driver never even has to exit the vehicle. Simply pull into the Tesla Station, locate the battery swap spot, follow the on-board prompts, and the battery-swapping machinery takes over from there.

Sitting in a pit in the ground beneath the car is a fully charged battery, which the system prepares for installation as it locates its vehicle’s existing battery pack bolts. The bolts are then unscrewed with the help of “high-precision nut runners,” allowing the existing pack to be lowered into the pit, then the new pack moves into position and is inserted into the car’s body. The bolts are tightened again, and away the car goes.

The whole process takes just over a minute and a half, or about half the time it takes to fill up the average automobile.

You can read the rest of that article here if you want to know a little more…. http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/tesla-launches-battery-swapping-two-minute-recharging-115343291.html

What amazed me in some ways is that it did not reference the Israeli Company called “A Better Place” who was doing this and who went out of business late 2012. 

Referencehttp://singularityhub.com/2013/06/09/electric-car-company-better-place-bankrupt-burns-nearly-1-billion/

AND/OR

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-05-26/news/39538211_1_israel-corp-car-company-shai-agassi

The concept is a step in the right direction…. but only a step…. and as such I had written this reply below in the comment section  of the article…. BUT for some unknown reason I kept getting error messages and it would not post…. so I am writing it here: 

 From the headline I thought for a moment that Tesla took a new and exciting approach  to making Alternative Fuel vehicles a mass market reality… but nope… this is modeled almost after an Israeli Company the now-defunct “A Better Place” program that went out of business late last year. 
 
Sadly BOTH Tesla Electric Vehicles and Traditional Auto Manufactures Ford GM, Nissan, Toyota Chrysler/Fiat who could make Electric, Natural Gas and Hydrogen vehicles viable to the mass market in less than 24 months with a new concept that would provide 100,000+ refueling locations throughout the USA, by changing the current entrenched paradigm by redefining the problems that it BELIEVES it faces or has in this endeavor.
 
The myopic mentality of the vehicle manufacturers is more obvious from this issue than any other the industry has faced since the production line innovation of Henry Ford. 
 
Anyone want to make a few billion dollars bringing these companies to the table to make alternative fuel vehicles the dominant sales leader in the USA in less than 5 years?? All you have to do is get the manufacturers CEO’s to seriously look at something they have not previouslyconsidered. 
 
Doing the same thing for 100+ years does not mean it is the only way. SOMETIMES a real change has to occur. But one that will not risk the enterprise itself but allow a rapid change to take place based on infrastructure and demand changes. Current manufactures are not seeing beyond their own methodologies in finding how to be innovative outside the 100 year old structure that fails to adapt to a current world that has the ability to change and modify faster as long as the current paradigm is changed and not destroyed. 
 
Ford, GM and the other traditional manufactures are so far behind this changing world with their old world mentality that I wonder if I will live long enough to see them actually change that demand curve for Alternative duel vehicles in the future. 
 
Telsa has out run the current infrastructure of the country and the TOTAL potential number of households that can “PLUG IN” a vehicle or who can afford low mileage daily usage is led than 20% for EVERYBODY in the electric vehicle market. AND I DO LOVE TESLA and their vehicles.. but I have to face the reality of the current infrastructure and market in their future growth. 
 
The problems are not insurmountable, BUT there has to be accommodation to the viability of a supporting infrastructure. While this battery replacement is a good idea in theory, it fails to take into account the inconvenience and limitations of the ultimate consumer. Tesla is on the right track but it has not taken into account other alternatives that fit better with the Consumer. BUT they are leaps and bounds above the sad and miserable lack luster approach of the big traditional manufactures. 
 
When will someone finally wake up to what I have been proposing for more than 2 years now and take this seriously, and realize there is a huge profit to be made while changing our country to a net exporter of Oil and GAS…. but even more interesting it would allow the company that does what has been suggested the potential to OWN the market. Hence approximately 26 billion in profits from the ancillary products and distribution in less than 10 years. 
 
Think of the same story that made Microsoft what it is today. From a garage to the giant and for the longest time it was never a manufacture of hardware.. only the software necessary to make the critical hardware run. THIS is what can be accomplished is the right people want to make an impact on society AND make money at the same time. 
 
THIS is the kind of Innovation and paradigm changes that the Auto industry needs today but is to afraid to embrace. Boon Pickens was on the path but has chosen the slow growth and failed to really partner with the manufactures. Such failure is gut wrenching to watch… but watch I do until the real innovators take control … after I am dead I presume.
I was trying not to promote myself too much on the article… but in all honestly I HAVE designed the necessary distribution  system for refueling and have developed the strategy as to  HOW to develop those 100,000 PLUS fueling stations.  The technology is not very sophisticated I must admit, BUT the ability to see beyond the current  narrow minded thinking of General Motors (GM), Ford, Chrysler (Fiat) , Honda, Toyota, and Nissan and the others  is something I do quite well and in all humility with a certain “je ne se quois”  or Panache’. 
Those who know me remember I have done this type of Strategic Planning in many of the 72 countries I have visited… I have had many successes and met with many leaders of countries and even religions as well as Ministers and CEO’s of NON USA Companies…. yet try to get an American Company  to even acknowledge me let alone to see that while I do not have specific intimate knowledge of the industry  (hence an industry insider)  that I have unique abilities to work cross industry to find solutions to problems and challenges NOT currently adopted by the industry. (yea I know it is called outside the box but I HATE that term …. NO ONE should ever think INSIDE of a box….  it is stifling in there)  Corporate executives need to take off the blinders, break the pattern of myopic vision and explore and see there are so many other things that can be done and better if they ONLY LOOKED. 
My Mantra has always been “If you cannot solve the problem you are facing than you are facing the wrong problem. Change the definition of the problem and find solutions that fit .” It is the ART of changing the definition that  gives most people the real challenge…. and believe me it is an art worth more than any sculpture or painting by any old world master if it is done  in a creative and innovative way. this is what is  known in jargon as CHANGING THE PARADIGM.  Changing the way in which things are done. THIS is how I was able to find a way to allow US manufactures the ability to develop Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles  and bring a new dimension to the electric vehicle market as well. and  then developing so many fueling stations in such as short time
The figure mentioned above is fairly accurate depending on the number of units and the  cost/price construct of the technology…. but 26 Billion dollars in gross revenue can be achieved on an annual basis within 10 years if this project was ever given the opportunity it deserves….  and 26 billion dollars in profits could easily be recognized over the first 10 years as well. 
THIS IS MY BLOG…. and I have every right to promote myself here…  and if that makes be a blowhard or obnoxious  than hey  so what…. my blog my rules…. that is life… LOL …. and what makes this so great for me is that I stand by my claim as reasonable and realistic and not some pie in the sky fantasy…. this is real and  can be implemented if even GM. Exxon and one company that I will not mention can all sit down at one table with me and agree that this is the future and should be pursued and developing an implementation agreement and schedule…. and if all were in agreement this project would not require ANY money from GM or Exxon to get it started and operational unless they wanted to share in the company.. but their money is not required or even requested. This project has the potential to be a great private placement  for Goldman or Morgan Stanley or other group that is interested in healthy returns. 
I may sound to some to be full of something or other.. but I  have been working on and off  on this for 10 years.. Since Jack Kemp and some of  my associates and myself wanted to buy Citgo from Venezuela (Chavez) and they decided instead to try and do a SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve)(aka Strategic oil reserve) deal with the US Government.. and than everything fell apart because of greed.  
This project  of facilitating the development of mass marketing of Alternative Fuel Vehicles has been one of several dream projects of mine… it was always complicated by the HOW part of implementation and then about 9 months ago when I pulled it out again and rethought the project  I was FINALLY able to figure out the missing pieces and how to bring them to fit together to make it work for everybody. The only part left is the most difficult and that is getting someone like a CEO to honestly take a look at the project. Maybe after I am dead someone will decide to do it then… 
POST NOTE: Yes this project can make me and others very wealthy… It may surprise those of you who do NOT know me… but this project is not about the money to me… in fact I will not personally keep much of the money at all… I have found that excessive wealth is in effect TOO MUCH  (and TOO MUCH is a tautology  ~ for TOO MUCH by definition is not good.) It can ruin a person and destroy families .. I want to walk the mall and be invisible except for the person I have always been.. so know my net worth.. most do not.. and it is better that way… for what  good does it do a person to be able to afford anything only to have nothing of real meaning… I want to do good.. to bring change.. not to drive a Bentley or try and wear a new Rolex every day.. I don’t need 6 homes or  whatever else uber-wealthy people are supposed to have… I want t leave a better world more than I want to leave wealth and or assets . And I want REAL relationships based on who I am inside not what is inside of my wallet. MONEY in my pocket is not the driving force for me…. it is the “accomplishment” and the results and those will bring the  financial benefits that I can use to make the world slightly better. 
I write the above paragraph  first because it is the truth, but second to let anyone that wants to do this project know that while I am not greedy I am not a fool. This project has a value.. a real monetary value  and it is my intention to get that monetary out and be able to use it for others… hence no personal greed but I am no fool either. Also for  those that know me… I have no intention of changing my lifestyle much from what I have lived in the past…  I am and always will be the same Craig. 

June 4, 2013

Egypt and Ethiopia Move Closer to War Over Nile River Water

Filed under: Africa,bule nile,Egypt,Ehtipoia,Nile,Water Wars,white nile — Mr. Craig @ 8:45 am

Egypt and Ethiopia Move Closer to War Over Nile River Water.

March 23, 2013

New World Strategic Planning for the New Millennium… Are You Ready?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 11:37 pm

Defining Systems Thinking

 Systems ideas enable us to manage what we cannot control. Organizations today are increasingly complex; they are beyond powers of traditional hierarchical management.  Learning to manage for improvement of the system has become urgent in all fields.  It pays great benefits.

 Systems thinking enables continual improvement, something that old-style management cannot attain. It improves businesses, hospitals, schools, nations, families–even ourselves–in this rapidly changing, increasingly complex and dangerous world.

 Amazingly, systems thinking helps us manage complexity and at the same time improve the quality of life for everyone involved.

 A System

A simple  definition of a system is “two or more parts that work together to accomplish a shared aim.” The key idea is “working together” or interacting.  An organization viewed as a system is not the sum of its departments but the product of interactions among all its elements, including those internal as well as customers and suppliers.

 We live in and are surrounded by systems every day. This “Systems” approach solves so many urgent problems is the first obstacle to accepting and learning systems thinking. It is difficult to believe that there could be one answer for so many apparently different problems.  But the fact is that there are systems solutions for all kinds of enterprises: dangerous hospitals, inadequate schools, manufacturing safer cars, unhappy families, incompetent government agencies and international commissions. 

Social Systems Thinking

Some systems are mechanical, like cars, computers, garage doors, appliances, and toys. Other systems are biological, like plants, trees, birds, fish, animals and human bodies. Still other systems are mental and theoretical, like mathematics, physics, music theory and philosophy.

The most complex systems are social, such as families, sports teams, organizations and nations. Social systems are the most complex because they usually contain and must integrate many mechanical, biological and mental subsystems. Furthermore, managers have to engage members who have their own personal goals as well as the organizational vision.  Personal and organizational goals have to be reconciled.

 Complicated vs. Complex

An interesting approach to understanding systems is to consider the difference between complicated and complex.  An automobile is an example of a complicated system; it has many parts and interactions not readily understood except by an engineer or expert mechanic.  However intricate, a complicated device is ultimately understandable—and predictable.  Complexity enters when a human being becomes part of a system, because the behavior of human beings is unpredictable.  The output of a complex system consisting of an automobile and its driver is never entirely predictable. 

The Social System

Focuse on complex social systems—that is, those with humans. Learn to look at a social system as a whole:

  • See a system is an interdependent, long-term whole with a life of its own;
  • Become aware of a system’s hidden connections and interactions;
  • Understand the complex and often delayed interactions that may go on between cause and effect;
  • See a system in its wider social environment (including customers, suppliers, competitors, government regulators and technological constraints);
  • Focus not on solving the problems of individual people or parts but understanding their interactions;
  • Establish a cooperative environment in which people are rewarded for pursuing continual improvement of processes, the larger system, and themselves–and never punished for mistakes in the course of attempts to improve processes;
  • Use data to understand system performance in place of opinions and custom.

A Fundamental Change: Transformation

This approach is fundamentally different from traditional management, which served so well in the past.  It is an original and unique theory for managing a complex social system in a rapidly changing world.  It requires that we learn to see the world, organizations, our families and even ourselves—all social systems—with new eyes.  This new kind of seeing looks for hidden connections and interactions, and anticipates distances in time and space between cause and effect.  To see differently calls for, not new management tools, but a transformation in thinking.

 Cultivation of new eyes to see larger systems and the global environment is more important than ever in our increasingly complex and dangerous world, as evidenced by the continuing global economic crisis, the difficulties of achieving an affordable and safe healthcare system, the intricacies of protection from terrorist attacks while cultivating trust with Muslim nations, and understanding the limits of technologies such as deep-water oil drilling. 

 Systems theory demands great emotional and mental changes in seeing the world as a system made up of other systems and everyone as part of multiple systems.

 The change from traditional management to systems thinking has been compared to Copernicus’ declaration that the earth was not the center of the universe, but a planet orbiting the sun in an incredibly larger universe. That new worldview took centuries for people to absorb.  Like the systems view, other discoveries have challenged conventional wisdom, e.g., Darwin’s theory that humans evolved from other animals and Freud’s proposition that we do not know much of what or why we think and feel and act. All have required decades, even centuries for debate and understanding.

 An American Idea

In the early 1900′s a pioneer in Social Systems Thinking observed the benefits of continual improvement of farming practices taught to his neighbors by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension service. This government-sponsored education in best farming practices allowed America to become the world’s leading producer of food and fiber and was the basis of our successful economy. He would later remind audiences that the West was settled by cooperating townspeople at barn-raisings and quilting bees, not by loner cowboys shooting each other and Indians, as Hollywood movies would have it. The Amish Community  is similar and still exists today. 

The Great Western Sugar Co. would take newspaper ads to advise the farmers when to plant, thin and harvest their sugar beets so they would get the best crop. This led Toyota to work WITH their suppliers and customers rather than go for the lowest price or highest profit.

These principles are the foundation of the success of world-renowned organizations such as Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Harley-Davidson, Hillerich & Bradsby, Ritz Carlton, and other leading corporations.

A Dr. Deming has a System  of 14 Points of Profound Knowledge, and practice of continual improvement comprise a revolutionary management philosophy, which is essential in the 21st century. Without knowledge of this philosophy and theory, no organization (or system) will compete successfully over the long term—regardless of its investment in Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing or other quality improvement tools.

 BUT things can go wrong as well.. as in the Toyota debacle of 2010  where it was widely believed that it happened because management stopped practicing the principles of Toyoto’s former Managers in favor of short-term profits and rapid gains in market share.  There are similarities to the failings of the financial services industry and the sacrifice of the news media to size of market and the bottom line.

 It is not an easy change to change the way a company runs or operates… nor is it easy to see the world from a different perspective than all your peers…. but always remember:

“No one has to change. Survival is optional.”

March 8, 2013

International Women’s Day Celebrates it’s 102nd Birthday (36 years with the UN)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 10:59 am

International Women’s Day  (IWD) has served for more than a century now as a day to honor the achievements of women globally. But where is the Unites States  on this day? 

Observed EVERY Year (except in the USA) on March 8,  IWD celebrations around the world, share a common thread of celebrating progress.

IWD was first celebrated in 1911 in only four European countries, where they held rallies drawing thousands of supporters. for the next 60 years it was primarily a European event. In 1975 the United Nations made March 8 the official celebration date for a global International Women’s Day. Today IWD has been used to draw awareness to everything from voting rights and protections from abuse for women and eve AIDS. Some Cultures also use it to acknowledge the women  in their lives and family such as mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives with flowers, candy, cards and trinkets of affection and recognition.

As you can see from few examples below there are many ways to celebrate this day.

1. Asia Pacific

Many women in China will have a half-day off of work in honor of IWD, and some employers even shower their female employees with gifts, according to CNN. In Indonesia, one local organizer is sharing a song she wrote called Lebih dari Berlian, or More than a Diamond, which celebrates Indonesian women.  The idea is to have young students learn the song, and sing it together every March 8 and April 21, the date of Indonesia’s Women’s Day.
In Fiji, women’s rights organizations are bringing together young girls to talk about the importance of strong female characters in popular culture and fiction. The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, meanwhile, will host a breadth of panel discussions, open to the public, on women in the media, politics, and business to honor the date.
Progress Watch:
+ According to UN Women, nearly 20 countries and territories in the region have passed laws prohibiting domestic violence. 
 More than 80 percent of women in Asia Pacific are employed in “vulnerable jobs,” like unregulated, home-based work, and the UN estimates this can cost the region close to $89 billion annually.

2. Asia: South and Central

In Afghanistan, a new Internet cafe and haven for women will have its grand opening in honor of International Women’s Day.  The cafe, located in Kabul, is dedicated to Sahar Gul, an Afghan woman who was forced to marry at 14 and was abused by her in-laws. “She claimed not only her body and womanhood, but also her freedom as she resisted for months under torture and inhumane treatment,” writes Young Women for Change, the NGO hosting the event and opening the new cafe, which aims to help Afghan women communicate and connect.
Meanwhile, one event in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, takes friendly competition to a new level.  The celebration includes contests in dry-flower arrangement, drama, cooking and dining. In Islamabad, a consortium of NGOs, government affiliates, and private enterprises are joining in the first “Women at Work” festival.  The five-day celebration, kicking off on today, includes more than 100 stalls staffed by female workers from “all walks of life,” and also features traditional food, art, and entertainment.
The Turkmenistan government will honor mothers by awarding a special title and badge to women with eight or more children, according to The Times of Central Asia. More than 160 Turkmen women are expected to receive the award this year, which may include perks like free tooth replacements and public transportation.
Progress Watch:
+ Central Asia has achieved gender parity for secondary education, according to the 2011 Millennium Development Goal report.
 Data from 57 countries show that when women are a part of the police force, more citizens report incidents of sexual assault, according to UN Women. In South Asia, however, women make up, on average, 3 percent of the region’s police.

3. Sub-Saharan Africa

Female “footballers,” or soccer players, are invited to an event in Buwate, Uganda, to celebrate this year’s IWD.  Girls have an opportunity to participate in soccer drills with the Buwate Youth Soccer club, while a similar event is held in Sierra Leone, sponsored by the Craig Bellamy Foundation. Both events aim to raise awareness of issues related to gender inequality and empowerment of women through sport.
In Bamako, Mali, some women are marking IWD with a peaceful march to raise awareness about female genital mutilation. They hope to educate men and women about the thousands of females exposed to the dangerous practice, which has powerful cultural roots but can cause serious health problems for women.
Progress Watch:
+ Twenty-eight countries have reached or surpassed 30 percent female representation in legislative bodies, and of those countries, eight are located in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the UN. 
 Nearly 50  percent of respondents to a seven-country survey by the UN in sub-Saharan Africa agreed it is sometimes or always justifiable for a man to beat his wife, according to UN Women.

4. Europe

Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, released a number of gender statistics in the eurozone – ranging from gender ratios to shopping trends – in honor of IWD. For example: In every member state, the proportion of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion, which includes limited access to housing, health care or employment, is higher than men.

Specific events in Europe include a brunch for survivors of domestic abuse and violence held inTullamore, Ireland, and a UNWomen-Ireland-sponsored literary event, with a public reading of short stories featuring women from James Joyce’s book Dubliners.
In Spain, a multimedia project has been organized, where women across the country can send in photos, texts, or videos with examples of women who have inspired them.  A performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues is taking place in Brno, Czech Republic, while a “women’s empowerment workshop” has been organized in Norway, encouraging self-awareness and empowerment  for participants through dance, music, and meditation.
Progress Watch
+ Laws prohibiting domestic violence are on the books in all but four European countries, according toUN Women.
 Between 8 and 35 percent of women in 20 European countries have been physically abused, according to UN Women. 

5. Latin America and Caribbean

Women are invited to meet on the Dr. Arnaldo Avenue Bridge in Sao Paola, Brazil, this year, as part of a global effort, fittingly called “Join Me on the Bridge,” to bring women and men together to call for peace and equality.  Last year, 75,000 people stood on 464 bridges in 70 countries, according to the organizer’s website.
Almost 60 percent of high-skilled jobs in Jamaica are held by women, according to the British newspaper The Independent on Sunday. This includes positions in politics and business, and makes Jamaica home of the highest women-to-high-skilled-job ratio. One women’s rights activist plans to hand out cards and candy to women in the workplace in Jamaica to honor IWD and women’s achievements in her country.
In Mexico – where scores of journalists have been killed since 1992, and five journalists were murdered in 2011 alone, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists – an international literary organization is leading an effort to raise awareness of the risks women writers face in the region.  Efforts include writing Mexican authorities and assembling obituaries of female writers who were killed in Mexico.
Progress Watch: 
+ Some 53 percent of women in the region are active labor force participants.
 The gender pay gap in Latin America and the Caribbean, largely in synch with global trends, results in females receiving  up to 40 percent less in compensation than males.

6. Middle East and North Africa

A contemporary art exhibit is being held at the MISR gallery in Cairo, Egypt. The artwork by Nadine Hammam will “address the existing fears of a persistent patriarchal military dictatorship in the present Egyptian context,” according to the gallery’s Facebook page.
Honoring the day through arts is an approach used in the West Bank as well, where a series of billboard-sized photos are displayed throughout Ramallah.  Five female photographers’ work is displayed in the project “we are from here,” meant to raise awareness of gender issues, according to the exhibit’s website.
And in Morocco, IWD is cause for a night out on the town. Two telecommunications companies -Alcatel Lucent and Meditel – are giving out free movie tickets so that “all women can go to the cinema” for free on March 8 [though the press release notes (in French) that tickets are limited to female clients of the phone operators].
Progress Watch:
+ Four Middle East and North African (MENA) countries prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, including Iraq, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Laws outlawing domestic violence were recently passed in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, according to the UN.
 Female representation in the labor force in MENA is nearly one-third of that of men.  The UN estimates close to 26 percent of women are a part of the labor force.

7. United States (?) and Canada

The Canadian government’s theme for IWD this year is “Strong Women, Strong Canada.” Many celebrations are focused on honoring women who live in rural communities. “In rural and remote areas, women make up approximately 45% of the labor force, but significant gaps still exist between women and men in labor force participation rates, employment rates and income,” reads a statement on the government’s Status of Women Canada website. Events in honor of IWD include speakers, networking opportunities, and a Tahitian dance performance.

IWD is commemorated on the computer screens of people across the world as US-based Googlehonors women through its “Google Doodle.” The logo, which shows up when using the Google search engine, incorporates the universal symbol for female as a stand in for the first G, and the use of the color violet visually echoes the official logo for Women’s Day.

Progress Watch:

The proportion of women in the US Congress increased from 11 to 17 percent between 1997 and 2010.

– The pay gap between men and women is 23 percent in the US and 28 percent in Canada, according to UN Women. The gap is even larger for African American and Latina women in the US, between 39 and 48 percent.

March 3, 2013

Not A Conspiracy Theory: Autism Linked to Immunizations and Vaccines to Children

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 11:46 pm

Deadly Immunity

When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data — and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Ga. Convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting was held at this Methodist retreat center, nestled in wooded farmland next to the Chattahoochee River, to ensure complete secrecy. The agency had issued no public announcement of the session — only private invitations to 52 attendees. There were high-level officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization in Geneva, and representatives of every major vaccine manufacturer, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. All of the scientific data under discussion, CDC officials repeatedly reminded the participants, was strictly “embargoed.” There would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left.

The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. According to a CDC epidemiologist named Tom Verstraeten, who had analyzed the agency’s massive database containing the medical records of 100,000 children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines — thimerosal — appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and a host of other neurological disorders among children. “I was actually stunned by what I saw,” Verstraeten told those assembled at Simpsonwood, citing the staggering number of earlier studies that indicate a link between thimerosal and speech delays, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism. Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants — in one case, within hours of birth — the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.

Even for scientists and doctors accustomed to confronting issues of life and death, the findings were frightening. “You can play with this all you want,” Dr. Bill Weil, a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the group. The results “are statistically significant.” Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado whose grandson had been born early on the morning of the meeting’s first day, was even more alarmed. “My gut feeling?” he said. “Forgive this personal comment — I do not want my grandson to get a thimerosal-containing vaccine until we know better what is going on.”

But instead of taking immediate steps to alert the public and rid the vaccine supply of thimerosal, the officials and executives at Simpsonwood spent most of the next two days discussing how to cover up the damaging data. According to transcripts obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, many at the meeting were concerned about how the damaging revelations about thimerosal would affect the vaccine industry’s bottom line.

“We are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits,” said Dr. Robert Brent, a pediatrician at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. “This will be a resource to our very busy plaintiff attorneys in this country.” Dr. Bob Chen, head of vaccine safety for the CDC, expressed relief that “given the sensitivity of the information, we have been able to keep it out of the hands of, let’s say, less responsible hands.” Dr. John Clements, vaccines advisor at the World Health Organization, declared flatly that the study “should not have been done at all” and warned that the results “will be taken by others and will be used in ways beyond the control of this group. The research results have to be handled.”

In fact, the government has proved to be far more adept at handling the damage than at protecting children’s health. The CDC paid the Institute of Medicine to conduct a new study to whitewash the risks of thimerosal, ordering researchers to “rule out” the chemical’s link to autism. It withheld Verstraeten’s findings, even though they had been slated for immediate publication, and told other scientists that his original data had been “lost” and could not be replicated. And to thwart the Freedom of Information Act, it handed its giant database of vaccine records over to a private company, declaring it off-limits to researchers. By the time Verstraeten finally published his study in 2003, he had gone to work for GlaxoSmithKline and reworked his data to bury the link between thimerosal and autism.

Vaccine manufacturers had already begun to phase thimerosal out of injections given to American infants — but they continued to sell off their mercury-based supplies of vaccines until last year. The CDC and FDA gave them a hand, buying up the tainted vaccines for export to developing countries and allowing drug companies to continue using the preservative in some American vaccines — including several pediatric flu shots as well as tetanus boosters routinely given to 11-year-olds.

The drug companies are also getting help from powerful lawmakers in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $873,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, has been working to immunize vaccine makers from liability in 4,200 lawsuits that have been filed by the parents of injured children. On five separate occasions, Frist has tried to seal all of the government’s vaccine-related documents — including the Simpsonwood transcripts — and shield Eli Lilly, the developer of thimerosal, from subpoenas. In 2002, the day after Frist quietly slipped a rider known as the “Eli Lilly Protection Act” into a homeland security bill, the company contributed $10,000 to his campaign and bought 5,000 copies of his book on bioterrorism. Congress repealed the measure in 2003 — but earlier this year, Frist slipped another provision into an anti-terrorism bill that would deny compensation to children suffering from vaccine-related brain disorders. “The lawsuits are of such magnitude that they could put vaccine producers out of business and limit our capacity to deal with a biological attack by terrorists,” says Andy Olsen, a legislative assistant to Frist.

Even many conservatives are shocked by the government’s effort to cover up the dangers of thimerosal. Rep. Dan Burton, a Republican from Indiana, oversaw a three-year investigation of thimerosal after his grandson was diagnosed with autism. “Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is directly related to the autism epidemic,” his House Government Reform Committee concluded in its final report. “This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding a lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal, a known neurotoxin.” The FDA and other public-health agencies failed to act, the committee added, out of “institutional malfeasance for self protection” and “misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”

The story of how government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks of thimerosal from the public is a chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed. I was drawn into the controversy only reluctantly. As an attorney and environmentalist who has spent years working on issues of mercury toxicity, I frequently met mothers of autistic children who were absolutely convinced that their kids had been injured by vaccines. Privately, I was skeptical. I doubted that autism could be blamed on a single source, and I certainly understood the government’s need to reassure parents that vaccinations are safe; the eradication of deadly childhood diseases depends on it. I tended to agree with skeptics like Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California, who criticized his colleagues on the House Government Reform Committee for leaping to conclusions about autism and vaccinations. “Why should we scare people about immunization,” Waxman pointed out at one hearing, “until we know the facts?”

It was only after reading the Simpsonwood transcripts, studying the leading scientific research and talking with many of the nation’s preeminent authorities on mercury that I became convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real. Five of my own children are members of the Thimerosal Generation — those born between 1989 and 2003 — who received heavy doses of mercury from vaccines. “The elementary grades are overwhelmed with children who have symptoms of neurological or immune-system damage,” Patti White, a school nurse, told the House Government Reform Committee in 1999. “Vaccines are supposed to be making us healthier; however, in 25 years of nursing I have never seen so many damaged, sick kids. Something very, very wrong is happening to our children.” More than 500,000 kids currently suffer from autism, and pediatricians diagnose more than 40,000 new cases every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when it was identified and diagnosed among 11 children born in the months after thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.

Some skeptics dispute that the rise in autism is caused by thimerosal-tainted vaccinations. They argue that the increase is a result of better diagnosis — a theory that seems questionable at best, given that most of the new cases of autism are clustered within a single generation of children. “If the epidemic is truly an artifact of poor diagnosis,” scoffs Dr. Boyd Haley, one of the world’s authorities on mercury toxicity, “then where are all the 20-year-old autistics?” Other researchers point out that Americans are exposed to a greater cumulative “load” of mercury than ever before, from contaminated fish to dental fillings, and suggest that thimerosal in vaccines may be only part of a much larger problem. It’s a concern that certainly deserves far more attention than it has received — but it overlooks the fact that the mercury concentrations in vaccines dwarf other sources of exposure to our children.

What is most striking is the lengths to which many of the leading detectives have gone to ignore — and cover up — the evidence against thimerosal. From the very beginning, the scientific case against the mercury additive has been overwhelming. The preservative, which is used to stem fungi and bacterial growth in vaccines, contains ethylmercury, a potent neurotoxin. Truckloads of studies have shown that mercury tends to accumulate in the brains of primates and other animals after they are injected with vaccines — and that the developing brains of infants are particularly susceptible. In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to much lower concentrations of ethylmercury than those given to American children still suffered brain damage years later. Russia banned thimerosal from children’s vaccines 20 years ago, and Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have since followed suit.

“You couldn’t even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe,” says Haley, who heads the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. “It’s just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage.”

Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosal, knew from the start that its product could cause damage — and even death — in both animals and humans. In 1930, the company tested thimerosal by administering it to 22 patients with terminal meningitis, all of whom died within weeks of being injected — a fact Lilly didn’t bother to report in its study declaring thimerosal safe. In 1935, researchers at another vaccine manufacturer, Pittman-Moore, warned Lilly that its claims about thimerosal’s safety “did not check with ours.” Half the dogs Pittman injected with thimerosal-based vaccines became sick, leading researchers there to declare the preservative “unsatisfactory as a serum intended for use on dogs.”

In the decades that followed, the evidence against thimerosal continued to mount. During the Second World War, when the Department of Defense used the preservative in vaccines on soldiers, it required Lilly to label it “poison.” In 1967, a study in Applied Microbiology found that thimerosal killed mice when added to injected vaccines. Four years later, Lilly’s own studies discerned that thimerosal was “toxic to tissue cells” in concentrations as low as one part per million — 100 times weaker than the concentration in a typical vaccine. Even so, the company continued to promote thimerosal as “nontoxic” and also incorporated it into topical disinfectants. In 1977, 10 babies at a Toronto hospital died when an antiseptic preserved with thimerosal was dabbed onto their umbilical cords.

In 1982, the FDA proposed a ban on over-the-counter products that contained thimerosal, and in 1991 the agency considered banning it from animal vaccines. But tragically, that same year, the CDC recommended that infants be injected with a series of mercury-laced vaccines. Newborns would be vaccinated for hepatitis B within 24 hours of birth, and 2-month-old infants would be immunized for haemophilus influenzae B and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.

The drug industry knew the additional vaccines posed a danger. The same year that the CDC approved the new vaccines, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, one of the fathers of Merck’s vaccine programs, warned the company that 6-month-olds who were administered the shots would suffer dangerous exposure to mercury. He recommended that thimerosal be discontinued, “especially when used on infants and children,” noting that the industry knew of nontoxic alternatives. “The best way to go,” he added, “is to switch to dispensing the actual vaccines without adding preservatives.”

For Merck and other drug companies, however, the obstacle was money. Thimerosal enables the pharmaceutical industry to package vaccines in vials that contain multiple doses, which require additional protection because they are more easily contaminated by multiple needle entries. The larger vials cost half as much to produce as smaller, single-dose vials, making it cheaper for international agencies to distribute them to impoverished regions at risk of epidemics. Faced with this “cost consideration,” Merck ignored Hilleman’s warnings, and government officials continued to push more and more thimerosal-based vaccines for children. Before 1989, American preschoolers received only three vaccinations — for polio, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella. A decade later, thanks to federal recommendations, children were receiving a total of 22 immunizations by the time they reached first grade.

As the number of vaccines increased, the rate of autism among children exploded. During the 1990s, 40 million children were injected with thimerosal-based vaccines, receiving unprecedented levels of mercury during a period critical for brain development. Despite the well-documented dangers of thimerosal, it appears that no one bothered to add up the cumulative dose of mercury that children would receive from the mandated vaccines. “What took the FDA so long to do the calculations?” Peter Patriarca, director of viral products for the agency, asked in an e-mail to the CDC in 1999. “Why didn’t CDC and the advisory bodies do these calculations when they rapidly expanded the childhood immunization schedule?”

But by that time, the damage was done. Infants who received all their vaccines, plus boosters, by the age of 6 months were being injected with levels of ethylmercury 187 times greater than the EPA’s limit for daily exposure to methylmercury, a related neurotoxin. Although the vaccine industry insists that ethylmercury poses little danger because it breaks down rapidly and is removed by the body, several studies — including one published in April by the National Institutes of Health — suggest that ethylmercury is actually more toxic to developing brains and stays in the brain longer than methylmercury.

Officials responsible for childhood immunizations insist that the additional vaccines were necessary to protect infants from disease and that thimerosal is still essential in developing nations, which, they often claim, cannot afford the single-dose vials that don’t require a preservative. Dr. Paul Offit, one of CDC’s top vaccine advisors, told me, “I think if we really have an influenza pandemic — and certainly we will in the next 20 years, because we always do — there’s no way on God’s earth that we immunize 280 million people with single-dose vials. There has to be multidose vials.”

But while public-health officials may have been well-intentioned, many of those on the CDC advisory committee who backed the additional vaccines had close ties to the industry. Dr. Sam Katz, the committee’s chair, was a paid consultant for most of the major vaccine makers and shares a patent on a measles vaccine with Merck, which also manufactures the hepatitis B vaccine. Dr. Neal Halsey, another committee member, worked as a researcher for the vaccine companies and received honoraria from Abbott Labs for his research on the hepatitis B vaccine.

Indeed, in the tight circle of scientists who work on vaccines, such conflicts of interest are common. Rep. Burton says that the CDC “routinely allows scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on intellectual advisory committees that make recommendations on new vaccines,” even though they have “interests in the products and companies for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight.” The House Government Reform Committee discovered that four of the eight CDC advisors who approved guidelines for a rotavirus vaccine laced with thimerosal “had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine.”

Offit, who shares a patent on the vaccine, acknowledged to me that he “would make money” if his vote to approve it eventually leads to a marketable product. But he dismissed my suggestion that a scientist’s direct financial stake in CDC approval might bias his judgment. “It provides no conflict for me,” he insists. “I have simply been informed by the process, not corrupted by it. When I sat around that table, my sole intent was trying to make recommendations that best benefited the children in this country. It’s offensive to say that physicians and public-health people are in the pocket of industry and thus are making decisions that they know are unsafe for children. It’s just not the way it works.”

Other vaccine scientists and regulators gave me similar assurances. Like Offit, they view themselves as enlightened guardians of children’s health, proud of their “partnerships” with pharmaceutical companies, immune to the seductions of personal profit, besieged by irrational activists whose anti-vaccine campaigns are endangering children’s health. They are often resentful of questioning. “Science,” says Offit, “is best left to scientists.”

Still, some government officials were alarmed by the apparent conflicts of interest. In his e-mail to CDC administrators in 1999, Paul Patriarca of the FDA blasted federal regulators for failing to adequately scrutinize the danger posed by the added baby vaccines. “I’m not sure there will be an easy way out of the potential perception that the FDA, CDC and immunization-policy bodies may have been asleep at the switch re: thimerosal until now,” Patriarca wrote. The close ties between regulatory officials and the pharmaceutical industry, he added, “will also raise questions about various advisory bodies regarding aggressive recommendations for use” of thimerosal in child vaccines.

If federal regulators and government scientists failed to grasp the potential risks of thimerosal over the years, no one could claim ignorance after the secret meeting at Simpsonwood. But rather than conduct more studies to test the link to autism and other forms of brain damage, the CDC placed politics over science. The agency turned its database on childhood vaccines — which had been developed largely at taxpayer expense — over to a private agency, America’s Health Insurance Plans, ensuring that it could not be used for additional research. It also instructed the Institute of Medicine, an advisory organization that is part of the National Academy of Sciences, to produce a study debunking the link between thimerosal and brain disorders. The CDC “wants us to declare, well, that these things are pretty safe,” Dr. Marie McCormick, who chaired the IOM’s Immunization Safety Review Committee, told her fellow researchers when they first met in January 2001. “We are not ever going to come down that [autism] is a true side effect” of thimerosal exposure. According to transcripts of the meeting, the committee’s chief staffer, Kathleen Stratton, predicted that the IOM would conclude that the evidence was “inadequate to accept or reject a causal relation” between thimerosal and autism. That, she added, was the result “Walt wants” — a reference to Dr. Walter Orenstein, director of the National Immunization Program for the CDC.

For those who had devoted their lives to promoting vaccination, the revelations about thimerosal threatened to undermine everything they had worked for. “We’ve got a dragon by the tail here,” said Dr. Michael Kaback, another committee member. “The more negative that [our] presentation is, the less likely people are to use vaccination, immunization — and we know what the results of that will be. We are kind of caught in a trap. How we work our way out of the trap, I think is the charge.”

Even in public, federal officials made it clear that their primary goal in studying thimerosal was to dispel doubts about vaccines. “Four current studies are taking place to rule out the proposed link between autism and thimerosal,” Dr. Gordon Douglas, then-director of strategic planning for vaccine research at the National Institutes of Health, assured a Princeton University gathering in May 2001. “In order to undo the harmful effects of research claiming to link the [measles] vaccine to an elevated risk of autism, we need to conduct and publicize additional studies to assure parents of safety.” Douglas formerly served as president of vaccinations for Merck, where he ignored warnings about thimerosal’s risks.

In May of last year, the Institute of Medicine issued its final report. Its conclusion: There is no proven link between autism and thimerosal in vaccines. Rather than reviewing the large body of literature describing the toxicity of thimerosal, the report relied on four disastrously flawed epidemiological studies examining European countries, where children received much smaller doses of thimerosal than American kids. It also cited a new version of the Verstraeten study, published in the journal Pediatrics, that had been reworked to reduce the link between thimerosal and autism. The new study included children too young to have been diagnosed with autism and overlooked others who showed signs of the disease. The IOM declared the case closed and — in a startling position for a scientific body — recommended that no further research be conducted.

The report may have satisfied the CDC, but it convinced no one. Rep. David Weldon, a Republican physician from Florida who serves on the House Government Reform Committee, attacked the Institute of Medicine, saying it relied on a handful of studies that were “fatally flawed” by “poor design” and failed to represent “all the available scientific and medical research.” CDC officials are not interested in an honest search for the truth, Weldon told me, because “an association between vaccines and autism would force them to admit that their policies irreparably damaged thousands of children. Who would want to make that conclusion about themselves?”

Under pressure from Congress, parents and a few of its own panel members, the Institute of Medicine reluctantly convened a second panel to review the findings of the first. In February, the new panel, composed of different scientists, criticized the earlier panel for its lack of transparency and urged the CDC to make its vaccine database available to the public.

So far, though, only two scientists have managed to gain access. Dr. Mark Geier, president of the Genetics Center of America, and his son, David, spent a year battling to obtain the medical records from the CDC. Since August 2002, when members of Congress pressured the agency to turn over the data, the Geiers have completed six studies that demonstrate a powerful correlation between thimerosal and neurological damage in children. One study, which compares the cumulative dose of mercury received by children born between 1981 and 1985 with those born between 1990 and 1996, found a “very significant relationship” between autism and vaccines. Another study of educational performance found that kids who received higher doses of thimerosal in vaccines were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with autism and more than three times as likely to suffer from speech disorders and mental retardation. Another soon-to-be-published study shows that autism rates are in decline following the recent elimination of thimerosal from most vaccines.

As the federal government worked to prevent scientists from studying vaccines, others have stepped in to study the link to autism. In April, reporter Dan Olmsted of UPI undertook one of the more interesting studies himself. Searching for children who had not been exposed to mercury in vaccines — the kind of population that scientists typically use as a “control” in experiments — Olmsted scoured the Amish of Lancaster County, Penn., who refuse to immunize their infants. Given the national rate of autism, Olmsted calculated that there should be 130 autistics among the Amish. He found only four. One had been exposed to high levels of mercury from a power plant. The other three — including one child adopted from outside the Amish community — had received their vaccines.

At the state level, many officials have also conducted in-depth reviews of thimerosal. While the Institute of Medicine was busy whitewashing the risks, the Iowa Legislature was carefully combing through all of the available scientific and biological data. “After three years of review, I became convinced there was sufficient credible research to show a link between mercury and the increased incidences in autism,” says state Sen. Ken Veenstra, a Republican who oversaw the investigation. “The fact that Iowa’s 700 percent increase in autism began in the 1990s, right after more and more vaccines were added to the children’s vaccine schedules, is solid evidence alone.” Last year, Iowa became the first state to ban mercury in vaccines, followed by California. Similar bans are now under consideration in 32 other states.

But instead of following suit, the FDA continues to allow manufacturers to include thimerosal in scores of over-the-counter medications as well as steroids and injected collagen. Even more alarming, the government continues to ship vaccines preserved with thimerosal to developing countries — some of which are now experiencing a sudden explosion in autism rates. In China, where the disease was virtually unknown prior to the introduction of thimerosal by U.S. drug manufacturers in 1999, news reports indicate that there are now more than 1.8 million autistics. Although reliable numbers are hard to come by, autistic disorders also appear to be soaring in India, Argentina, Nicaragua and other developing countries that are now using thimerosal-laced vaccines. The World Health Organization continues to insist thimerosal is safe, but it promises to keep the possibility that it is linked to neurological disorders “under review.”

I devoted time to study this issue because I believe that this is a moral crisis that must be addressed. If, as the evidence suggests, our public-health authorities knowingly allowed the pharmaceutical industry to poison an entire generation of American children, their actions arguably constitute one of the biggest scandals in the annals of American medicine. “The CDC is guilty of incompetence and gross negligence,” says Mark Blaxill, vice president of Safe Minds, a nonprofit organization concerned about the role of mercury in medicines. “The damage caused by vaccine exposure is massive. It’s bigger than asbestos, bigger than tobacco, bigger than anything you’ve ever seen.” It’s hard to calculate the damage to our country — and to the international efforts to eradicate epidemic diseases — if Third World nations come to believe that America’s most heralded foreign-aid initiative is poisoning their children. It’s not difficult to predict how this scenario will be interpreted by America’s enemies abroad. The scientists and researchers — many of them sincere, even idealistic — who are participating in efforts to hide the science on thimerosal claim that they are trying to advance the lofty goal of protecting children in developing nations from disease pandemics. They are badly misguided. Their failure to come clean on thimerosal will come back horribly to haunt our country and the world’s poorest populations.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is the co-author of “The Riverkeepers.”

© 2005 Salon.com

Also watch Robert Kennedy on the Vaccine Autism Coverup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zrIM2hwrLoc

February 19, 2013

50 years later, a reinterpretation of JFK’s famous words

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:52 am

50 years later, a reinterpretation of JFK’s famous words

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president, and uttered the most notable inaugural line in history. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” In under 14 minutes, President Kennedy delivered a moving speech that left a lasting impact on every American, including MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
After taking the oath of office at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Kennedy told the country that day, “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
In honor of Presidents Day, Harvard University tweeted a link to a new version of Kennedy’s inaugural address–a video released two years ago celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s legacy. Titled “Let the Word Go Forth,” the video, produced by the Harvard Kennedy School, commemorates the Kennedy presidency and recreates his inaugural address featuring many familiar faces and voices.
You can watch the full video below.

February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013 Predictions for Year of the Black Water Snake

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 9:13 pm
Year of the Snake 2013 predictions
Heaven Luck

Predictions for 2013 the Year of the Snake Heaven Luck – by Edgar Lok Tin Yung – Dec 2012

Most Chinese Astrology Consultants or Feng Shui Masters nowadays just use the ‘Start of Spring (立春日)’ day and time plus the year and month in Lunar Calendar to construct a Four Pillars chart to predict events for the coming year.

In my opinion, using the ‘Start of Spring day’ and time to predict for the coming year is wrong. The Four Pillar chart is to predict personal luck. It does not predict Heaven Luck or world issues. Yearly prediction should use the Jia zi (甲子) cycles (Sexagenary cycle) and look at three different levels using the elements of heavenly Stem and earthly branch of the year. The three levels are:

1. The Heaven Luck (predicts major issues of the world and weather). 

2. The Earth Luck (Arranges home and office using Feng Shui.).

3. The Man Luck (predicts individual luck in the year of snake).

There will be articles for each topic. Here is the Heaven luck.

2013 The Heaven Luck

Heaven Luck is to predict major world events and weather in the following year. The energy kicks in when the Earth is passing the Winter Solstice, normally on the 21st or 22nd in December each year.

In 2012 year of the Dragon predictions, I mentioned: “According to calculation, the year of the Snake 2013 will be even worse in term of natural disasters.”

So let see what may happen.

The Heavenly Stem for 2013 year of the Snake is Yin Water Gui (癸).

The Earthly Branch underneath is Fire Si (巳) and its animal sign is Snake. The hidden elements are Earth and Metal. 

Yin Water sits on Fire is in conflict. The Fire element underneath is controlled by the Water. So the Fire element is weakening. This means the bottom level will be suppressed by the top levels. 

Regardless public or private organizations, the top levels will suppress the bottom levels, especially in the second half of the year in 2013. 

With the elements of the stem and branch combine, we get these pictures.

 

 

 

There are a few things we can predict from these pictures.

1. There will be fire burning out of control, most likely in South East area.

2. There will be electricity problem.

3. Severe volcano eruption and brings earthquake most likely in South America or Europe.

This is the Chinese character of Si 巳. Its animal sign is snake. Snake is a long animal.

Snake symbolizes a train. So we may see more accidents in relation to trains, such derailing or train crash, railway problems. 

There are 177 at-grade rail road level crossings within Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network. There may be more incidents related to railways crossing in the year of Snake.

June 4, 1989 year of the Snake – Ufa train disaster, Soviet Union: 575 people are killed and over 600 wounded when two trains pass near a leaking natural gas line which explodes. (fire)

Snake symbolizes Roller coaster. There are incidents related to roller coaster from theme parks located in Europe or in South America. 

In health issue, Fire element could be circulation system, small intestines, and eyes including iris and cornea, and hearts problems. We will see more such incidents happen during the year of the snake. For your own health benefit, I suggest you take health supplements such as Omega 3 fish oil, vitamin C, E to reduce cholesterol and prevent blockage of the arteries.  

Snake is a symbol generally used by the medical research fields. So there will be discovery of new drugs or inventions in cure of heart disease or blood circulation system issues.

Snake is the birth place of Metal. 

Metal is one of the hidden elements stores inside the Snake. It will be pulled out in the rooster month (September 2013). The metal industries will become active again. Metal industries include mining (gold, silver, iron ore, copper), banking, and finance. Such commodities price will go up.

Metal is also weapons. Metal hidden in the Snake (fire) is related to nuclear explosion, nuclear disasters or nuclear testing. It is most likely to be happened in the Rooster and Dog (September October) month in 2013. There were 2 tests done in October, 1953 Year of the Snake at Emu Field South Australia.

The Joy is suppressed, be kind!

The year of the Snake 2013, Yin water sits on Fire. In Five Element theory Fire represents joy and courtesy. Water is Fear. 

The Water on top suppresses the fire below (Joy and Courtesy), so people will be easily impatient and rude. There will be lots of rebels or protests all over the world. Protesters may use fire, fuel bombs, setting fire, setting explosive…

The bridge element for the year of the Snake is Wood. As Water feed wood and wood feed Fire. Wood can reduce the conflict between Water and Fire. The wood represents kindness in Five element. So the top levels must be kind to their subordinates. Leaders must implement kind policy for their citizens. 

Be very careful in May, August and November 2013 if you are speculating on the share market. Transportation, aviation, logistic, shipping, retail stocks will not be doing well in 2013.

2012 and 2013 “Long Flow Water”

“壬辰癸巳长流水”this means the Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch combine and they produce WATER element for 2012 and 2013. It has a special name called “Long Flow Water”. This means that water flows persistently in 2012, 2013.

Again there are water problems.

So, incidents related to water, logistics, transportation, flooding, tsunamis, avalanches will be still on the news a lot in the year of the Snake.

In addition, 2013 year of the Snake, same as the year of the Dragon, it has 10 dragons producing water. Each year the more the dragons (maximum up to 12) produce water, the more rainfall it produces for the year.

In 2013 year of the snake, the annual Feng Shui flying star number 5 (5 Yellow) is located in the centre palace. 

Annual star 5 Yellow is Earth element. It represents misfortune and obstacles.  Earth is the digestive system. There will be more cases of gastro / food poisoning problem.

When you are travelling, make sure you eat fresh and hygienic food, especially if you were born in the year of the Pig.

Earth Luck

If you avoid the big Sha Qi, activate the number-6 (power) star and number-8 (money) star, you will have a nice year of the Snake to come.

Earth Luck is the Feng Shui components of our house and office in the year of the Snake. It is to deal with the good and bad energy / Qi where we live, work and play. We need to activate the good energy / Qi and balance the bad energy /Qi.

Each year, there are three big Sha (煞氣Bad Energy) and two lucky stars flying around. These three Sha have the power to override any natal flying stars chart combination regardless how good the flying star chart was. These three Sha are called the Grand duke or Tai Sui(太歲), Three-killings (三煞) and Five Yellow (五黃). The two positive energy or lucky stars are number 6 and 8. Here are the positions for the good and bad energy in the year of the Snake around your house.

        1. Tai Sui (Grand Duke). It is located at the Southeast South. Snake Position.

        2. San Sha (Three-killings) arrives at the East.

        3. Five Yellow. It is landed at the middle palace.

        4. The power and promotion star number 6 is at Northwest.

        5. The money and prosperity star number 8 is at Northeast.

A Feng Shui saying stated that: “Avoid big Sha. Cure medium Sha. Neglect tiny Sha.”  (大煞宜避, 中煞可制, 小煞不理) 

The number one rule to deal with Sha energy is NOT to disturb it. So “Move Earth”, digging ground or renovating those areas/sectors inside or outside the house is prohibited. 

The Southeast South Si (142.5 – 157.5 巳字位) has Tai Sui Sha.

Tai Sui or Grand Duke is the yearly King. The Tai Sui locates at the South East South in the year of the Snake. The Si belongs to Xun Gwa (巽卦) and it is soft Wood element. It is related to the soft wood system in our body including, hair, the liver, the gall bladder, arms, legs and back, so the health issues related to soft wood element could be hair lose, liver problems (alcoholic problems), gall bladder stone, broken arms and legs if the main door is facing Southeast south. Lady’s age 40 – 59 should pay more attention if living in such facing house.

The best way to minimize bad luck and sickness is not to stir up the yearly bad energy spots/sector. Yearly bad energy is like a sleeping tiger. It will be fine if the sleeping tiger has not been disturbed. However, if the tiger is wakening up, it will bite you. “Move Earth”, renovation, will wake the tiger (Bad Energy) up, so DO NOT dig, nailing, chisel and renovate the Tai Sui sector including the floor, ground, garden, and the walls inside and outside.

If your house facing Southeast South or the main door is located at the Tai Sui sector Southeast south, be sure closing the door slowly and gently when coming in or going out, as loud noise, sound waves vibration, can trigger the bad energy too.

To reduce the impact of the Tai Sui, place a round metal objects such as round metal vase near the Southeast south facing door. If you are hanging a wind chime, make sure you use the metal one with only 4 pipes.

The Three-Killings comes to the East sector (Zhen Gwa 震卦67.5 – 112.5)

The East sector got the Three-killings in 2013. It covers a very big area. Three-killings represent lawsuits, gossips, arguments. It is at the elder son’s area (age 40 – 59).

The East sector is Wood element. In health, it is related to the arms, legs, back, livers, and hips. If a house is facing East or the main door located at the East sector, the Elder son of house would easily have such problems.

In the big scale, the East sector of China is Shanghai and further east is Japan, Korea. In 2013 the year of the Snake, it will not be very stable in these areas. There will be more water related incidents or earthquakes, Tsunamis, nuclear explosions, fire, gas explosions. There will be a lot more lawsuits, arguments or even military actions in 2013.

Make sure the East sector of the house is clean and tidy. Keep this area as quiet as possible. If the Three-killing bad energy is disturbed, there would be 3 unfortunate incidents such as health issues, career problems, traffic accidents or lawsuits. 

To minimize bad energy of the Three-killing place a large metal vase or a round metal plate in the east sector of the house. Don’t keep fish tank with motor pump or large green pot plants in the area.

You cannot change the main door position but you can move yourself away from the bad energy areas.

The Five Yellow is at the Heaven heart – The Centre

The Five Yellow is a bad star. It represents misfortune and obstacle. In the year of the Snake it lands at the center of the house. This will be affecting everyone of a household. The Five yellow star is earth element. It brings issue related to stomach, digestive system, and gastro problems if the center of the house is disturbed.  It is advised not to burn candles or place large red object in the center area. 

The money star 8 and power star 6

The money annual star number 8 which means prosperity is located in the Northeast sector in 2013 year of the Snake. As mentioned above, it is related to finance. There are a few ways you can activate the money star.

You can move to and sleep at this area if there is a room. If there is a doorway, use it more often for coming in or going out. Place a ceramic vase or a ceramic made dog in the area. One thing you need to be aware is that at the Northeast North in the Ox position has a bad energy called “Golden God Sha”. If you accidentally nail the area, it will bring eye problem. 

The promotion annual star number 6 star comes to Northwest. Annual flying star number 6 is metal element and it represents power and promotion. To activate this area you need to place 6 x 20 cents coins with the heads face upward in this sector. Make sure you wash the coins first.

All the best and have a prosperity year of the Snake! 

Man Luck

Man luck is about each and everyone of us how we do in 2013 the year of the Snake.

Animal sign is calculated by the year of birth.

A very important concept to remember is that FULL Chinese Astrology reading examines NOT only the year of birth but also the Month, the Day and the birth hour. It is difficult to completely and fully predict just by using the animal signs or Chinese zodiac signs on how each year will affect each person individually at a very details level. Such animal sign astrology is not totally reliable as the system is only examined 12.5% (1/8) or in some cases 25% (1/4) of the four pillars natal chart.

Furthermore, the animal signs astrology prediction does not automatically start on the Chinese New Year day. It starts at the individual’s birthday.  For example, a person was born in July 1980 (year of the Monkey), the year of the Snake starts on this person’s birthday in 2013 and ends at next birthday July in 2014. It is like an insurance policy calculation – always starts on the birthday of the year.

For more reliable assessment in all aspects of your life, it is recommended that to check your Four Pillars of Destiny fully with a reputable Chinese Astrology consultant near you.

Based on the yearly heavenly stem and earthly branch, some animal signs are more sensitive than the others. The most sensitive animal signs affecting by the Grand Duke or Tai Sui (太歲) in 2013 the year of the Snake are the animal signs below:

The Snake, the Pig, the Tiger and the Monkey!

The Heavenly Stem for 2013 year of the Snake is Yin Water Gui (癸).

The Earthly Branch underneath is Yin Fire Si (巳) and its animal sign is Snake. There are hidden Earth and Metal elements in the Snake.

Yin Water sitting on Yin Fire is in conflict. The Fire element underneath is controlled by the Water. So the Fire element is weakening as well as the Water element.

In health issue, Fire element could be circulation system, small intestines, and eyes including iris and cornea, and hearts problems. If there were more clashes and penalty with Day Master in the Four Pillars natal chart, it may be a heart attack or eyes problems signal.

The Si (巳Snake) is part of the Xun Gwa (巽卦) and it is soft Wood element. It is related to the soft wood system in our body including, hair, the liver, the gall bladder, arms, legs and the back. The Yin fire element brings issues more for female.

For all animal signs firstly, as wood element is the bridge element for the year , so eat more fruit, vegetables and drink more water. This will help the digestive system to clear out some unwanted residues from the body. As the result it will make you healthier.

More exercises, but not intenseness. 

Snake, Pig, Tiger and Monkey should also avoid going to the hospitals, funerals. Especially for those who were born in these years:  1938, 1962, 1998, 1971, 1980, 1989, 1947.

 So what is the year of Snake 2013 held for you?

 

Snake (Born in 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)

Have a busy schedule, big pressure from every direction, especially from the boss.

Heavy workload brings resentment and mental distress.

Very high chance of having a lawsuit and lose significant amount of money.

Luckily, there is a Nobleman star for the Snake in the year of the Snake. It means someone will finally lend you a hand.

Avoid travelling to Southeast direction.

1977 year of the Fire Snake and 1989 year of the Earth Snake, those who born in these two years must pay more attention to the above issues.

1989 year of the Earth Snake, they are turning 24 years old and will face a dilemma, to continues study or not?

1977 year of the Fire Snake, they are turning 36 and will also face career change decision especially for female Snake, to pursue better career or become a mother? (In such cases, it is worth to consult with a Chinese astrology expert)

Health issues: Circulation systems, small intestines, eyes and hearts problems.

Wealth: Hope for better reward.

 

Pig (Born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007),

Animal sign Pig clashes with the Snake, especially for those born in 1947, 1959. Clash means easily confrontation with others, especially clashes with the Snake. The reason for that is that the animal sign Pigs this year will be very much doing things for their own benefit and without respecting the others. Pig becomes selfish. 

Beware of lawsuit and relationship issue. There will be changes for the Pigs, such as career change, job change, position shuffle internally, school change, moving house or intensive traveling.

There is the “Da Ho” (大耗) star for the Pig in the year of Snake. Da Ho means “Big spending”. So use your money wisely and carefully in 2013. It is wise to buy something which will become more valuable in a few years’ time. Avoid risky investments in the year of the Snake.

Beware of contract terms, Check paperwork thoroughly if contract need to be signed.

Avoid travelling to Southeast direction.

For 1995 born animal sign pigs, be very carefully when driving after obtain the driving license. Clashing with the year of the Snake easily causes traffic accident particularly at railway crossing.

People who have dark and broken left side eye-brow are in higher risk.

Broken eye-brow looks like this:

 Health issues: eyes and hearts problems, bladder, prostate, urethra. 

Wealth: Hard to avoid the Da Ho (big spending), purchase something will become valuable in the 3 to 5 years’ time.

 

Tiger (Born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

Tiger is Penalty with the Snake. Easily make mistakes in the year of the snake. An elderly family member may be sick or pass away.

Beware of someone you helped turns back on you. So be low key. Don’t show off and make noise about you have helped someone.

7th August – 7th September in the year of Snake is a full penalty month. Think twice before you taking action.

Health issue: Hair, the liver, the gall bladder, arms, legs and back.

Wealth: 1974 born Tiger is better.

 

Monkey (Born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

Monkey not only combines but also penalty with the year of the Snake. There will be more opportunities turn up and meeting new friends.

There is a lucky star call “Nation Seal”國印 in the Monkey’s palace. The “Nation Seal” gives the Monkey more power and control in the year of the Snake. Particularly, for those monkeys got a female supervisor or boss.

Combine means new partnerships and new joint ventures.  However, don’t be greedy, otherwise, you gain money and lose your friend and may lead to a lawsuit.

Beware of smear or slander and implicated by others in Feburary.

Health: Liver, back, respiratory system

Wealth: Recovering

 

Rat (Born 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

The changes and new opportunity came up in the year of the Dragon keep going nicely into the year of the Snake. However, be prepared and budget well for 2014. It is big year for the Rat in 2014.

In the year of Snake, Rat may win or given an award.

For Winter Rat, born in November, December, Be very careful in May and June month.

Health issue: excretion system of your body, including, kidneys, urethra, prostate for male, bladders…

Wealth: Improving.

 

Ox (Born in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Smear or slander and implicated by others in the year of the Dragon will be slowly fade away. (President Obama, Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia both are Ox). It is not hard to see what had happened to them in 2012.

Coming up in the year of the Snake, for the animal sign Ox, there will be new joint venture or cooperate with new partners, as a result, it brings in benefit to the Ox.

For the working class ox, you will see more appreciation from your superior.

An elderly person in the family may have some health problems.

There is a “White Tiger”白虎 star in the Ox palace. There will be minor medical operation or caesarean section for female if giving birth.

Health: Digestive system, respiratory system, teeth.

Wealth: Pay rise or benefit from new partnership.

 

Rabbit (Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

The Nobleman star (天乙貴人) in 2013 the year of the Snake will still stay with the Rabbit. It helps reduce some bad energy and bring in someone to help. “Nobleman” is our protective angels and will make everything smooth and positive.

The hidden travelling star (驛馬) is also in the Rabbit’s palace which means animal sign Rabbit in the year of the Snake has a lot more opportunities to travel. It may relate to a new job or internal reshuffle.

There is the study star (Wenchang 文昌) for the Rabbit too. This will bring good study result for the rabbits.  Rabbit will be given a chance to study something new or learn a new skill.

Health issue: Hair, the liver, the gall bladder, arms, legs and back.

Wealth: Average.

 

Dragon (Born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Health issues, love agony and relationship problems initiated in the year of Dragon will slowly stabilize.

Still feel a bit depressed due to the year of the Dragon’s impact. Need to laugh more and do more exercises.

There is a sickness star for the Dragon. It brings health issue such as flu, tiredness, fatigue or hormone issue.

Health: Digestive system, hormone, blood sugar, kidneys, urethra, prostate for male, bladders…

Wealth: Becoming positive after Birthday!

 

Horse (Born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

2013 year of the Snake will bring double “Flower of Romance” to the horse. It is a good love life year for those are still single. However, do not exercise your romance luck to extreme. It may turn sour.

For married animal sign horse, it is advised to avoid going to night clubs, erotic bars and so on. Need to manage relationship wisely as there are 2 romance stars in palace. It is better to date your spouse for dirty weekends.

Be hygienic, it seems a lot of insects come to your house.

Health issues: Circulation systems, small intestines, eyes and hearts problems, especially, summer born person. (North Hemisphere)

Wealth: Much better than the year of the Dragon.

 

Goat (Born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003),

The hidden travelling star (驛馬) is also in the goat’s palace. In the year of the Snake, it brings the goats more opportunities to travel or move to a new place for a few years. It may relate to a new job or internal reshuffle or migration.

Don’t argue or dispute with your spouse, friends, colleagues or neighbours. 

Health issues: Digestive system, skin, 

Wealth: Good in first 6 months, then average or vice versa.

 

Rooster (Born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

In the year of the Dragon 2012, the Rooster combines with the Dragon; it brings more opportunities, new friends, or having a good chance to tie the knot.

In the year of the Snake, the rooster also combines with the Snake. As a result, there still will be new joint venture or cooperate with new partners and brings good result. It brings new clients too.

For the working class rooster, you will be more appreciated from your superior or may be a promotion.

The lucky star“San Tai”, 三台, will bring you fame and money in the year of Snake.

Health issues: respiratory system, teeth, bones.

Wealth:  very good.

 

Dog (Born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

The impact of the clash with the year of the Dragon is still on. However, it fades away once your birth month arrives.

In the year of the Snake, animal sign Dog, still need to spend some money. It is relatively small amount compare with the spent in the year of the Dragon.

Health issues: teeth, digestive system and heart.

Wealth: better thank in the year of the Dragon.

 Here are a few things for the sensitive animal signs (Snake, Pig, Tiger and Monkey) to reduce bad energy in the year of snake 2013.

If a female has animal sign Snake or  Pig or Tiger or Monkey  between 18 – 45 years old and is giving birth in the year of Snake, this will reduce a lot of bad energy and troublesome for her naturally.

Do more exercises and make sure there is sweating for every exercise.

Be more active and think positively. Go out and see more people and make new friends. Be more generous to others.

Donation of blood or having a blood test done in May and November will help reduce some bad energy.

Be nice to your parents, father or mother-in-law or other elderly, even telephone them more often will bring you better luck. Especially for the money, there will be great help from an elder female.

Be more flexible and open minded to yourself and others, be respectful, don’t just think of yourself. Change the word Ego. Equal.

Relevance for The 2013 Chinese New Year of the Black Snake

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 8:41 pm

Year of the Snake 2013

In the traditional Chinese calendar, February 10th’s New Holiday Moon begins a New Year. It is the Year of the Snake. To be precise, it is the Year of the Water Snake, so baby Snakes emerging in this year will be Snakes ruled by the element of Water. This kind of Snake is also called, ‘The Snake in the Grass’ or in Chinese ‘Kuei Szu’.

What can we expect from the Snake Year? Internationally the Year of the Snake is renowned for protest movements, civil unrest or wars that escalate out of nowhere. It is a time for national leaders to exercise delicate diplomacy and swift action as soon as a crisis arises. There are promising omens that some sectors will witness the beginning of a financial recovery, but in others and in some countries, the fiscal downturn will get far worse. However, it will be a great year for innovations in art, music, fashion and the media.

All Snake people are intelligent, funny, shrewd, fussy, moody, individualistic, intuitive, mystical and ambitious. A baby born this year will be a Water Snake, and as any naturalist knows, water snakes are by far the most deadly. Luckily, your little Water Snake will not be murderously lethal, but will possess killer charm, with the ability to influence and sway other people’s opinions and emotions. He or she will be gifted with charisma and a firm will to succeed: radiant talents that could propel them to success or leadership in their chosen field.

Water Snakes seek achievement in their career or business, and have the focus, concentration, will power, networking skills and pragmatism to find it. These Snakes will be attracted to the arts and enjoy indulging their passion for them, but will only choose a life path within an art that offers adequate material rewards. Young Snakes are popular and attractive to others. However, their talents can make other children jealous, so they can potentially be targeted by bullies. Fortunately, a Snake child will gather a circle of allies around them, and no matter how long it takes, efficiently get their own back. Water Snakes are among the most intelligent, creative and strong minded of all the Snakes. 

If you are a Snake then this is your year. It is not a time in which to get carried away or act rashly. You will make solid progress in many life spheres, but it will all seem to go forwards slower than you expect, and perhaps not be quite up to your expectations. Stay chilled, refuse to rush anything, and don’t make any grandiose changes. You will need to work hard and communicate diplomatically to keep the peace in a special friendship or love bond. Artistic and spiritual pursuits will offer hope, serenity and renewed purpose.

ASIAN soothsayers have predicted a stock market slide, escalated conflict, and more Gangnam-styled success for Psy in the Year of the Snake.

Those who make predictions according to the study of feng shui – or literally “wind-water” – are influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives or renovate houses and offices based on the advice.

As they bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon, the fortune tellers warn that the “black water snake” that emerges to replace it on February 10 – the first day of the Lunar New Year – could be a venomous one that brings disaster.

 

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The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack is by far the most memorable moment shared by television viewers during the past 50 years, a study released on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, concluded. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File) Source: AP

The 1929 stock market plunge that heralded the Great Depression also occurred in a snake year.

Hong Kong’s celebrity feng shui master Mak Ling-ling predicts the stock markets will enjoy a smooth first-half before becoming turbulent in the second half of the year, which she links to the characteristics of the reptile.

 
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DECEMBER 7, 1941 : USS Arizona in flames after being hit during 07/12/41 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Source:Supplied

“It’s just like the movement of snakes – fast, aggressive and sharp, but cunning and tricky at the same time,” she tells AFP.

Mak warned that despite early market optimism there would be no full recovery in the crisis-hit eurozone, while the economy of the United States would not gather a strong pace until 2014.

She added that President Barack Obama needed to “be less conservative” in his attempts to revive the economy. 

Chinese New Year

A vendor sells Chinese New Year decorations at a market in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to celebrate the Year of the Snake as the Chinese lunar New Year starts on February 10. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Source: AP

Astrologers say this year’s snake is identified with the element of water - symbolizing fear – that sits on top of the fire element, representing joy and optimism. They say conflict between the two will bring turbulence in May.

“This is a disaster year… a lot of things will not go smoothly,” said Singapore’s “Grand Master” Tan Khoon Yong of geomancy consultancy Way OnNet Group.

“The European Union may split, the euro may be in trouble,” the 59-year-old said, adding that the bloc would be threatened by division in May.

Hong Kong astrologer Chow Hon-ming said a disharmonious May would see an ongoing dispute between Japan and China possibly escalate into a “brief” war, as two “snakes” are going to clash according to his reading of the Chinese almanac.

“May is known as the ‘snake month’ and it’s the Year of the Snake so between May 5 and June 6, these two snakes will meet.

“This is why things will be very intense between Japan and China. Tensions will rise to a peak and they will possibly go to war.”

Chinese fortune telling is based on ancient philosophy and belief dating back thousands of years that events are dictated by the different balances in the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

A person’s fortune can be calculated by using the exact time and date of his birth, with the relationship of each of the elements.

The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and associates each of the 12 years forming a rotating cycle with an animal – with the snake assuming the sixth position out of the 12 animal signs.

China’s new leader Xi Jinping and “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, two of the most famous people born in the Year of the Snake, will see success despite entering a year matching their Chinese zodiac, usually considered to be a bad thing.

 
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Psy performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Source: AP

 But China’s Xi, born in 1953, and 36-year-old South Korean pop sensation ‘Psy’ Park Jae-Sang will be spared, due to their favorable birth dates and elements.
While the 60-year-old Chinese leader is set to see a smooth leadership transition in March from predecessor President Hu Jintao, there may however be the odd bump in the road.

“He needs to watch out for his health. He might suffer a fall in November if he travels,” Chow said, recommending Xi avoids “Europe or Russia” that month.

CLSA, one of Asia’s leading brokerages, creates its own tongue-in-cheek annual “feng shui index”. This year it states that while stock markets will be volatile in the second-half, the presence of the market-driving “fire” element gave reason for optimism.

“We’ve got the fire element so we’re pretty hopeful,” CLSA analyst Mariana Kou said, predicting this year markets will have a “decent finish” this year.

Past Snake years give little encouragement, with the three most recent ones seeing Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index finish down, falling 33.5 percent in 2001.

“As befits “skin-shedders”, Snake years are marked by major transformation and change — and sometimes great upheaval,” CLSA said.

 

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Thean Hock Keong temple, also known as Snake Temple, in Klang, is seen outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) Source: AP

2013 is the year of the Black Water Snake. Because of lunar dating, the first day of the Chinese year can fall anywhere between late January and the mid-February. On the Western calendar, the 2013 Chinese New Year begins on Sunday, Feb.10 and ends Jan. 30, 2014.

The animals of Chinese astrology, like houses of the zodiac in Western astrology, dictate personality traits and predict world events for the year they rule. If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, you were born in the Year of the Snake. Some of the most physically beautiful women and most powerful men are born under the sign of the Snake.

Snake and those born under compatible signs (Rooster and Ox) benefit from good fortune during a Snake year. In 2013, Snake shines both personally and professionally and can expect good fortune in relationships. Obstacles experienced in 2012 are easily overcome in 2013. Financially, Snake does best in the second half of the year.

2013 flows at a a much slower pace than 2012, the year of the Dragon. For all signs during a Snake year, inner growth, spirituality, and discovering the hidden meanings of things come to the forefront.

Animal sign forecasts for 2013

  • Chatty Rat: Secrets abound this year for Rat. As Rats often encounter financial snarls in Snake years, this not a good year to start a new business. Rat should keep assets out of sight or hidden to discourage envy and theft.
  • Sturdy Ox: The Ox and Snake are good friends, and so the slower pace of 2013 suits Ox. Family difficulties, the only bump in the road, may trigger the Ox temper. Be tolerant of those who do not share your opinion and values. Tricky legal matters could hurt you financially.
  • Terrific Tiger: Tiger may find this Snake year slow and boring at times. Extreme caution should be used to prevent a love affair from turning into a scandal. Tigers in the entertainment industry are favored in Snake years, especially female Tigers.
  • Reticent Rabbit/Cat: 2013 is an exceptional year for peace-loving Rabbit with business travel prominent. A career change improves finances. Domestic problems are few. This is a lucky year for speculation especially from Aug 2013 to Jan 2014.
  • Candid Dragon: Dragon finds Snake years mellow. Even though life’s pace slows down, Dragon’s world remains as unpredictable as ever, though they usually land on their feet. Outspoken Dragon should listen to all sides of an issue before passing judgment, and think before speaking.
  • Deep-thinking Snake: 2013 will be memorable, with high, highs and low, lows. Others find Snake’s physical beauty and wisdom intoxicating, and sensual Snake charms love interests as never before. “Love at first sight” not advised.
  • Outgoing Horse: Infatuations are many for Horse, as it is an exciting yet crazy year for love. Freedom loving Horse has to make decisions as new doors open. Horse will whinny with delight at developments in professional life.
  • Imaginative Goat: New challenges and travel for business are in the wind. Guard valuables and luggage while traveling. Financially, Goat rises to former status, but expenses may drain cash flow. Influential and social contacts figure strongly.
  • Mischievous Monkey: A Snake year stimulates Monkey’s quick-wit and sense of humor and others take notice. Should a hint of infidelity raise its ugly head, run don’t walk to the nearest exit. Physical exercise is a must.
  • Classy Rooster: Stylish Rooster is center stage in 2013. Marital or family difficulties may arise. If so, be tactful and avoid personal disagreements. A journey, move, or change in family structure could be the solution to job related matters.
  • Sharp-eyed Dog: Dog bounces back from a rough 2012. Pleasure and earthy sexuality replace pessimism and worry. Loyalty and skepticism figure prominently. Improving the fate others brings happiness. Love finds you when you least expect it.
  • Agreeable Pig: Shrewd marketing of a product or project change Pig’s financial future bringing success in career matters. Travel may be required. It is a romantically turbulent time, possibly involving deception. Character and honesty will be tested. April to July is not good for litigation. .

Gong Xi Fa Cai! “May your year be fortunate.”

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the mid-February. On the Western calendar, the start of Chinese New Year this year falls on Sunday, February 10, 2013 — The Year of the Water Snake.

San Francisco has the oldest and largest Chinatown in the United States and is home to the largest population of Chinese outside of China. The New Year’s celebration is a continuation of a tradition in Chinatown that had been part of the neighborhood since the 1860s, the Gold Rush days. (VIDEO: How to celebrate Chinese New Year)

If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, you were born under the sign of the Snake.

Like the houses of the zodiac in Western astrology, the animals of Chinese astrology are thought by many to dictate personality traits or even to impact world events in any year they rule.Snake and those born under compatible signs benefit from good fortune during a Snake year.

 

Chinese New Year, 10 February 2013: Year of the Water Snake commemorative Coin:

Chinese New Year, 10 February 2013: Year of the Water Snake
 
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Canadian coin with Year of the Snake design 

2013 Prediction for Snake

Snake can expect good fortune in relationships and look forward to a time when they personally or professionally shine. It will be a year when Snake can easily overcome recent setbacks or obstacles experienced in 2012. Even though Snake may not have the income desired in the first half year, financial fortune comes in the second half year.

Snake Characteristics

Self-reliant Snake’s characteristics are complex. Snakes don’t like to ask others for advice and some see them as cold and calculating – not so, they are just being careful.They need to plan every detail before embarking on an objective. Snake has excellent communications skills, but they are creatures of few words. Quiet and unassuming, they prefer to work alone and are more often in the spotlight for real and lasting accomplishments than for attempts at garnering attention. Actually, they can be a lot of fun when they want to be and they exude a charismatic confidence that is quite sexy.They have the ability to shed adversity like a second skin, and their recuperative powers are legendary.

The list of famous Snakes includes: Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan, James Joyce, Martha Stewart, Kanye West, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Love, Howard Stern, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The Chinese New Year Parade, held about two weeks following the first day of Chinese New Year, includes a display of colorful traditional Chinese costumes and floats, fireworks and firecrackers. In San Francisco, the parade takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.

What you will need to celebrate Chinese New Year 2013.

 

2013 Chinese Horoscopes for 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs In the Year of Snake

Chinese Zodiacs - Year of SnakeChinese said the dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake. Therefore, the snake is also called a little dragon. Just like the dragon, the snake doesn’t like people seeing its body. So people think snake is sly, clam, quiet, lonely and humble animal. Snake attacks other animal only when it’s hungry. If we keep the distance from it, snake won’t hurt people. Snake has the ability to swallow an animal bigger than its size. So we cannot underestimate snake’s ambitious. Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. Chinese treat that spitting tongue as a sign of argument. Actually, Snake uses its tongue to smell. But in the Chinese zodiac, the Snake implies the potential trouble of libel, dispute or slander, especially, when it meets Tiger or Monkey.

In Chinese Five Element theory, Snake is in the Fire group. But it also contains Earth and Metal. When it meets Chicken and Cow, then Snake brings up strong Metal’s characteristic. When it meets Horse and Sheep, then it will emphasize the Fire’s characteristic. 2013 is the year of Black Snake. Black is in the Water group of Five Elements (Meta, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). Therefore we also can say 2013 is a Water Snake year. Snake is Fire and it’s under Water in 2013. The Fire of Snake in the Water shouldn’t bring up big trouble or big fortune to most of people. But Fire and Water will be the biggest factors to determine people’s fortune in 2013.  The following prediction for 2013 Snake year is based on your birth year, the Chinese zodiac signs.

2013 is Year of the Snake and it will arrive on February 4, 2013. (Note: Chinese New Year Day is on February 10, 2013. The first day of 2013 Chinese Astrology Year is on February 4, 2013.) Many people are eager to know if they will have better luck in the forthcoming year than previous years. Here, we want to use Chinese Astrology’s Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) theory to explain people’s fortune in 2013 and foresee what will happen in their lives in the Water Snake year.

According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2013 is the Year of Water Snake Female Water. The color of Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake or Black Water Snake year.

Chinese New Year SnakeChinese Astrology is a Balance Theory of Five Elements. Each animal can be converted into Five Elements. Snake contains mainly Fire. It also contains some Metal and Earth. Snake is in the Fire group. Water of 2013 and Fire of Snake are opposite elements. Therefore most of people will experience mix of good and bad fortune.

Water Snake is Fire under Water. Snake is a clam, shy, cautious and low-key animal in Chinese Horoscope. Snake won’t attack its opponent, unless it’s disturbed or hungry. If Fire is not your favorite element, then you should keep a distance from Fire in 2013. Otherwise, if you fool with Fire, then you may get burn.

Snake is the 6th animal in the Chinese horoscope order sequence. Six (6) is an even number, Chinese horoscope treats Snake is a Yin (female) animal. However, Snake contains Male Fire , Male Metal  and Male Earth . The outside of Snake looks soft, but the inside is tough. Male Metal in the Snake is very special. Metal’s mother element is Earth and Earth’s mother element is Fire. Snake is a birth place of Male Metal. Male Metal will become mature when the Autumn comes. If there are Chicken and Cow in the birth chart, then Male Metal will become very active during the Fall season. Since Fire and Metal are opposite elements, people’s fortune may start to change direction after Summer.

Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. Although, Snake uses its tongue to smell, people don’t like the spitting tongue which is associated with mouth action, possibly argumentation. Therefore, the Snake has the potential to hurt people relationship, especially, when Tiger and Monkey are around.

2012 Year of Black Dragon was the last year of Wood cycle. 2013 Snake year is the beginning year of the Fire cycle (Snake, Horse and Sheep). If people’s lucky element is Wood, then their fortune will slow down. If the people’s lucky element is Fire, then their fortune will begin to take off. The energy of Wood is on the East side. The energy of Fire is on the South side. The Element’s Luck is turning from East (Wood) to South (Fire) in 2013.

Before predicting your luck in 2013, you have to know what Type of Element you are and what your Lucky Element is from your Astrology Birth Chart. The Lucky Element is the major factor to determine people’s fortune. 2013 is the Year of the Black Water Snake, which contains Fire, Metal and Earth. If your Lucky Element is Fire, Metal or Earth, then 2013 will bring you some degree of fortune. Since 2013 is Water Snake year, people whose lucky element is Water will obtain fortune in 2013. Fire is the opposite element of Water. People whose lucky element is Fire can get some benefits, however, will reach the limitation.

For more details and an accurate predictions, the first step to knowing your fortune is know which elements and animals are in your birth chart. You can find that information from theChinese Astrology Lucky Element page using your date and time of birth.

     Your Lucky Element     

The following is the example of the Chinese Astrology Birth Chart.

Chinese Horosocpe Birth Chart

The Birth Chart of June 15, 2008
Upper Row of Day Column (Day Master) represents the Person

Chinese Astrology Five Elements

Fire represents the person. This Birth Chart shows Fire-Type Person

This person was born on June 15, 2008. The symbol of the upper row of the Day Column (a.k.a. Day Master) represents the person. So we can say Day Master is Male Fire, which represents the person. The birth chart has too little Metal and needs more Metal to balance the Five Elements. Therefore, the Lucky Element is Metal.

2013 is Female Water Snake year. Snake contains mainly Fire. Horses  of Birth chart are in Fire Group. Snake will make Fire spreading wider on the ground. Female Water  of 2013 and Male Earth (Soil) Female Wood have attraction relationship into Fire. This relationship helps Fire burning toward the sky. 2013 becomes a very powerful Fire year to this person. What’s meaning of this?

If there are too much Fire in the Birth Chart, then Fire is the Unlucky Element. Fire is related to the siblings, friends or same generation relatives of the person. Metal is related to money. There is only a little bit money in the birth chart. Year of 2013 will have more people (Fire) coming to share the tiny amount of money. This implies the person have financial problem. Debt is expected. The trouble will come from siblings or friends. The summer is hot, which is Fire season. The money pressure will arrive during the summer.

     Fortune Basic – Lucky Element and Day Master Type     

2013 is the Black Water Snake year.

If your lucky element is Water and did well in 2012, then your luck will most likely continue during the year of the Snake. Snake contains Fire. People whose Fire score is low will receive benefits from Snake. Snake also contains some Earth. 2013 will bring some luck for people whose Lucky Element is Earth. Snake contains little Metal, too. Since Metal is afraid of Fire. People whose lucky element is Metal won’t gain too much advantage from Snake in 2013.

The following table shows people’s luck in 2013 based on their Luck Element.

Lucky Element How good is my luck in 2013?
  Metal It’s not too good. But there is a chance. Metal is the mother element of Water. So Water can weaken the Metal. Fire can melt down Metal. Metal is required courage and strength to fight Fire. In short Water and Fire make Metal weak. Luckily, Water can cool down the Fire. This will release some pressure off of Fire. Fundamentally, 2013 won’t bring significant luck for people whose lucky element is Metal. Luckily, Snake also contains Male Metal, Metal becomes active and strong in autumn. If Chicken is found in the birth chart or Major Cycle, then unexpected positive surprise may come in fall season.
  Water It is good. 2013 is a Water Snake year. Definitely, 2013 will be a good year for you. Fire in Snake is the opposite element of Water. Therefore, you will feel good luck coming, but it’s not enough. You will wish you had more fortune at the end of 2013. You have food to enjoy, but this is not all-you-can-eat.
  Wood It is fair. Water can help Wood (tree) growing. That means Wood can become strong with the support of Water. However, Wood is the mother element of Fire in Snake. Wood will burn itself for Fire. Wood receives energy from Water and gives away its energy to Fire. That implies the luck of 2013 comes and goes.
  Fire It is good. Fire is afraid of Water. If too much Water comes, then Fire has a chance to extinguish. Again, the Earth inside Snake can stop Water and protect Fire little bit. As long as Snake can survive in the Water. 2013 will bring some good fortune in. Note, there may be some challenges to overcome and achieve more luck.
 Earth It is good. Snake contains Fire and Earth. Fire is the mother element of Earth. So Earth receives the good support from Snake. But strong Water can wash away Earth. That means the opportunity is there. To gain more luck needs more Earth to fight with Water. If you have strong Earth in your birth chart, then you will have better opportunity in 2013. Also, you will have better luck between the change of four seasons, because Earth is stronger during that period.

The following table informs people’s what event may occur in 2013 based on their Day Master Element Type. Day Master is the upper row symbol in the Day Column of the Birth Chart.

Day Master Type What will happen in 2013?
  Metal Water of 2013 represents your outlook, performance, speech, behavior, freedom or expression. Therefore, it relates to your fame or reputation. Your social life makes you busier. You will have more opportunities to show your talent. If people accept your attitude, then you should earn a good reputation from them. If people don’t like your way, then people still talk about you, however, negatively. Certainly, taking care of such a busy life will consume your energy when you have many activities with people. Basically, if your Metal is strong, people will give you compliments about your behavior. If your Metal is weak, then Water of 2013 will make you tired. You will not receive too much support from people around you, even though you attempt to please them.Snake of 2013 mainly contains Fire. Metal is afraid of Fire. Therefore, Fire is related to your pressure, job, career, boss, teacher, police or law. If you are a career person, 2013 brings you more job responsibilities in your position. If you have high score of Metal, then this will be a good job opportunities for you. If you have more Fire than Metal in your birth chart, then you have to prepare to do overtime for your daily work.

If you are a woman, then Fire connects to your boyfriend, husband or love opportunity. Therefore, a single woman will have more chances to meet opposite sex. A married woman will care more her husband or her own career.

  Water Water of 2013 represents your siblings, relatives or same generation friends. You will spend most of your time with them in 2013. If the Water score is low in your birth chart, then your sibling or friend will provide you good advice whenever you need. If you own a company, your friends or business partners will help your business growing. But, if the Water score is excessively high, then siblings or friends might bring you trouble. In most cases, the trouble will connect with money. You might have to spend some money on them.The major element of Snake is Fire. Water can overcome the Fire. Fire connects to money or property. That means the major event of 2013 is regarding money, investments and financial issues. Water of 2013 and Fire of Snake are opposite elements. No matter how high the score of Water is or how low in your birth chart, your money luck won’t be consistent in 2013. Depending on your circumstances, if you first have strong money income, then you might spend it later. On the flipside, if you have money loss first, then you will recover some of it later in the year of 2013.
  Wood Water of 2013 is the mother element of Wood. Water represents parents, mentors, elders, protection, teachers, knowledge, education, medicine or health.Therefore, You may spend more time to watch your health. You will often contact people who care about you. You will expend time acquiring knowledge from teachers, mentors or elders. They will provide you good advice, support and reputation.

If Water is your Lucky Element, then this will help your career development or money investments. But if Water is your Unlucky Element, then either they cannot provide you good recommendations or you wouldn’t accept their opinions. This may result in unwise decision-making and you may lose your career, money and potential opportunities.

Fire of Snake is the Child Element of Wood. Fire relates to how your behavior, expression, and performance are projected to people. Your social life will be more active. Wood will give away its energy to Fire. Fire will make Wood weak. Water of 2013 is the mother element of Wood. That means you receive energy from Water, which you then pass onto Fire. This gives us the following hints.

You acquire the knowledge from teachers, then you teach new knowledge to someone else.  You receive supports from people, but they leave you later. Your gain better health from medical care, but you might lose your health again. Or the result of the event is the other way around. Something bad may occur first and then you can have a happy conclusion.

  Fire Water of 2013 can extinguish the Fire. Because of this, Water brings pressure to Fire. Therefore, Water relates to your job, career, supervisor, police or law. This is not a good sign for career and health unless you have very strong Fire in the birth chart.Fire of Snake relates to your friends, coworker, same generation of relatives. If the score of Fire is your birth chart is low, then 2013 will have many friends around waiting to help you whenever you encounter the pressure or trouble. If the score of Fire is your birth chart is high, then your friends or relatives might bring in trouble regarding money, career or law.

Water of 2013 and Fire of Snake are opposite elements. Your career luck in 2013 will be up and down. You might feel pressure at the beginning of the year. Then you receive the help from coworkers or friends during mid-year. You could encounter frustration again when your helpers or supporters are not around.

One way to eliminate the pressure from Water is to ask the help from Wood. Wood can take away the energy in Water and pass it over to Fire.

 Earth Water of 2013 represents money or wealth to Earth. Therefore the major event in 2013 will be money related. If you have strong Earth in your birth chart, then you will have better money opportunity. Your income, investments and wealth will be increase. But if you have a weak Earth in the birth chart, then you will feel money pressure soon or later.Fire in Snake is the mother element of Earth. Fire will bring the support or protection to you. You can expect to make contact to parents, mentors, teachers or elders. If you experience financial troubles, then people who care and love you will be there to help you. Or the other way around is you have to provide financial support to parents, relatives or elders you love.

The money luck of 2013 is in and out. Unless you are pretty sure about your financial plan, otherwise, any risky investments are inadvisable.

 Five Elements and Animal Relationships     

2013 is Male Water Snake year . If your birth chart contains Male Earth , then your social relationship with people will be good. If Male Earth is your Day Master (upper low of the Day Column in the birth chart) and you are a female, then it’s possible that a love relationship, engagement or marriage will come to fruition for you in 2013.

Female Metal  and Male Earth  have a Stem Attraction Relationship into Fire. Snake also contains Fire, therefore, if Fire is your lucky element and you have Male Earth  in your birth chart, then 2013 will be a peaceful and wonderful year to you.

Monkey  and Snake  have a Branch Attraction Relationship into Water. If Monkey  is in your birth chart, then your people relationship will be good. If the Monkey is in the Day Column of the birth chart, then the love opportunity will appear for people seeking love, and the love relationship will be deeper for people in love. If you also were born in the year of Dog , then that’s a sign of marriage or engagement relationship.

Monkey and Snake have attraction relationship. On the other hand, Monkey  and Snake  also have Branch Hurting Relationship. The actual relationship is mixing love and hate. Tiger  and Snake  have Branch Hurting Relationship, too. If both Monkey and Tiger appear in the birth chart or current 10-year Major Cycle, then the love relationship of Monkey and Snake will be taken away; the person will have very poor people or relative relationship in 2013.

Female Metal  and Female Fire  have a Fighting Relationship. Pig  and Snake  have a Fighting Relationship. Both of fighting relationships imply poor social relationship, which makes it hard for these people to find a close friend or love relationship.

If the Female Fire Pig  or Female Earth Pig Female Wood in the Year Column or Day Column of the birth chart, then this is the case of a Double Stem-Branch Fighting Relationship. This is a bad sign of instability, accident, separation, dispute, hostility and poor health. These type of people should use a conservative attitude and approach to avoid any dispute, quarrel and challenges in 2013.

Chicken  and Snake  have some attraction relationship. If Metal is also your lucky element, then you will do well in social activities. If both Cow  and Chicken  are in the birth chart, then they will join with Snake  to form a very powerful Metal combination. That means Metal’s lucky Element people will have a positively unexpected surprise in the year. If Metal represents your Money Star, then you will see your wealth grow in 2013. August of 2013 is the Metal Monkey month. September of 2013 is the Metal Chicken month. Both of months have very strong Metal. Good news might arrive during these two months. But if Metal is the unlucky element, then watch your money, otherwise the expect your debt to increase.

Both Horse  and Snake  are in Fire Group. If both Horse  and Sheep  are in the birth chart or current 10-Year Major Cycle, then three of them form the strongest Fire combination. That means this will be a wonderful year for people whose luck element is Fire. The best month of the year will be the Snake month (May) and Horse month (June).

People whose lucky element is Wood will continue their luck from 2012. February of 2013 is Wooden Tiger. March of 2013 is Wooden Rabbit. Tiger and Rabbit are strong Wood elements. February and March are very favorable for Wood lucky element people.

Chinese Zodiac uses 12 animal signs to predict people’s fortune. The twelve animals are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. The 12 Chinese zodiac signs are determined by people’s birth year. Most of Internet Chinese horoscope sites use Chinese New Year Day to determine the Chinese zodiac sign, which is wrong.

The first day of the Chinese astrological year is the first day of the Tiger Month (Start of Spring). The Tiger Month begins around February 4, each year. If you were born before February 4, then you should check Your Chinese Zodiac Sign first before reading your 2013 Chinese zodiac. The simplest way to prove Chinese zodiac signs not determined byChinese New Year days is to see your Chinese Astrology Birth Chart using your birthday and birth time.

Besides using astrology animal signs and basic fighting and attraction relationships, Chinese zodiac also uses Chinese astrology constellations, which refers to the way ancient Chinese grouped the stars in the sky to predict the coming fortune. More than 100 stars are used in the Chinese zodiac. There are about 60 commonly used ones. Each star has a different characteristic. Basically, they can be divided into Lucky Stars and Unlucky Stars, which are the major factors to predict people good or bad luck in the coming year.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Pig, not Rat. (Verify Your Sign)

Rat people’s fortune in 2013 Snake year is fine. According to Chinese Horoscopes Five-Element theory, Rat is in the Water group and Snake of 2013 is Fire. Since Fire is afraid of Water, Water Rat can overcome the Fire Snake. Fire is related to money to Rat. The major activity in 2013 will connected to money and friends. 2013 is a Fire Snake under the Water. Fire and Water are opposite elements. This implies Rat people will gain some and lose some in 2013. If you do well in the first half of 2013, that doesn’t mean you will be luck during entire year. Remember some big Snake could swallow a Rat. Therefore, as long as you don’t push yourself too hard, then you will have a happy Snake year of 2013.

Rat people should have good people relationship in 2012 Dragon year. Those social activities will continue in 2013. But there is a sign of quarrel appearing in the Snake year. Rat people have better not to be willful and stubborn. That type of attitude might ruin their people relationship or love connection, especially for women.

Career: Rat people have lesser career luck in Snake year than the Dragon Year. but, this is not a bad news. This is because Rat people have lesser job pressure in 2013. Rat people will spend more time with friends. Your friends will come to help, support or cover you whenever you receive the trouble form boss, customers or tasks, Also, Water is connected to wisdom; Rat is considered as an smart animal. Any career obstacle appearing in 2013, Rat people should be able to solve the problem using its intelligence.

Money: Money luck is OK in Black Water Snake year. 2013 contain Water and Fire. Water will make Rat people busy in enjoying their social life. Fire will let Rat people involve the money activities. Either Rat people work with friends to generate more income or Rat people have to spend money on their friends. Usually, if your astrology birth chart is lacking in Water, then your friend will provide you with financial advice or tell you about investment opportunities. The money luck will be turn out much better than you expected. If your astrology birth chart already has too much Water, then your friends might ask a financial aid from you. Because Water and Fire are adverse elements, your money luck is hard to last for year long. So Rat people have better not doing the risky investment in 2013. Anyway, the money luck is there, but not steady. As long as you are not greedy, you will bring in a satisfied income in 2013.

Love: Rat cannot get along with Snake too well. Rat is in Water group. Snake is in Fire group. Fire and Water are hostile elements. 2013 is not a good year for love relationship for Rat people. It will take more time for people looking for love to find the ideal partner. Year of Snake is easier to bring up argument or dispute. For Rat people in love should be careful to watch out their words and acts. There is a moving-and-changing sign in 2013. Some Rat people might be quite busy in job position or love relationship. When something is troubling you, you can use vacation for traveling to relieve the tension, which will help you to cool down your mind. In short, Rat people need to have more patience for love relationship. Rat people are smart. They should be able to find a better timing of a romantic moment.

Health: The health luck is fair. In Water Snake year, Rat people have better to watch their health in kidney and bladder area. Rat people should find time for exercise and travel to relax their body and mind to prevent the cardiovascular system might bring up problem, especially for whose people work or sit more than 8 hours a day. It’s a good idea to attend a seminar to renew your knowledge or to visit a museum to recharge your spirit. Also, Rat people should stay away from alcohol and tobacco in 2013.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Rat, not Cow. (Verify Your Sign)

Cow is an animal that lives in the farm. Snake might hide on the ground around the farm. They don’t bother each other. So they can get along fine. In Chinese horoscope, Cow is in Earth Group and Snake is in Fire group. Fire is the mother element of Earth, since Fire can generate more Earth. That means Cow will receive the caring, protection and support from Snake. Therefore Cow people will have good fortune in 2013, specially in career, education and love area.

Career: Snake to Cow is the Parent Star. More people will care about you in year of Snake than year of Dragon. Your job will be much easier than 2012, since people around you are happy to help you. You boss might appreciate your work. New task assignment, job promotion, business traveling are all possible. Job responsibility will increase. Because Cow is a working animal with very little complaint, they will receive the compliment and applause for their job performances. Also, Snake year is also a good time for Cow people to start your own business. However, Cow people shouldn’t be greedy on money, otherwise bad reputation or lawsuit might arrive to bother you in 2013.

Money: The money luck of Cow people is connected to career in 2013. Basically, Cow people will have a stable income. The wealth have good chance to increase. It’s a good moment for Cow people to think about their financial plan and money management. Although, it’s not the time for Cow people to pursuit a luxury life. If you have enough saving, then it’s the time to plan about to purchase a new or better home. But, if you want to invest your money on risky business for higher return, then you might encounter the money scam. The reason is that Cow people are too nice and are easily deceived.

Love: The love relationship of Cow people in 2013 is good. Cow people have good temper and can get along with people easily. For Cow people look for love relationship, February, June, August and September are good months to find the true love. If you are in love, then you can develop deeper relationship in the first half of Snake Year, since the Happiness Star, Marriage Star and Romantic Star are around those months. If you are single, then you should increase the social activities in the year of Snake. You might fall in love at first sight, especially in September. But married Cow people should beware not get trouble from additional love relationship.

Health: Cow people will take care their health well in the Snake year. Also, Cow people should have a good mood all year long, since they have good luck in career, wealth and love. But this doesn’t mean you don’t get sick this year. Your health might be provided by medicine or medical care. To do the regular exercise and take enough time to rest and relax in 2013 is a good approach for a healthy year of Snake.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Cow, not Tiger. (Verify Your Sign)

Tiger is a fierce animal on the ground. People can see it. Snake usually hides in the corner, inside the grass or under the ground. Tiger and Snake have totally different personalities. They don’t get along too well. Snake cannot have a face-to-face fight with Tiger. But Snake can have a a sneak attack or a surprise raid on Tiger. Therefore, Tiger people need to pay attention on your invisible enemy, who might damage your reputation secretly in 2013. The trouble-maker might be your follower, assistant, student, younger generation, even the one you love. In general, Tiger people don’t look good at love relationship and social connections during the Snake Year.

Career: Because Tiger and Snake have the hurting relationship, you career will encounter hidden obstacle. You have better to maintain the good relationship with your coworkers and your subordinates. Otherwise, someone might send your negative opinion to upper management level. Sometimes, Tiger will lose its temper. A little disagreement might become a big dispute. This will impact your career path. One Unlucky Moon Star appears in the year of Snake to Tiger people. If your boss is a female, then you might have to respect her and do not challenge her position. Otherwise, you might be bitten by a Snake. If you are in bad luck, that might be a venomous cobra.

Money: The year of Snake is a good time for Tiger people to show their talent to pursuit the reputation. If you are an artist, writer, reporter, creator, musician, performer, consultant, planner, etc, then people around you will often ask your opinion, advice or suggestion for their tasks or projects. Your social and job activities will make you busy. But this doesn’t mean you have very good money luck. People accept your proposal will make more money than you. If you are greedy about the money, then it might bring you bad reputation, which will impact your income. Therefore, don’t argue about the profit share during the Snake year. Tiger people need to earn money in proper way. There is no easy money or windfall sign in 2013.

Love: The love relationship for Tiger people in the year of Snake is poor. If you have a new relationship, you need to develop it slowly. It’s easy to lose it in 2013. If you are in love, then you have better to watch your words and acts to prevent any arguments and maintain the relationship. The sign of Tiger meeting Snake is separation. If married people don’t have good love relationship now, they should avoid all unnecessary quarrels. Otherwise, the marriage life night end up a separation or divorce.

Health: Tiger people might have a bad mood, because of poor people relationship. Some Tiger people might face the trouble on love or marriage relationship. Low spirit, frustration or depression will bring down your health. Relaxing, traveling, vacation, hiking are good things to do. Tiger people should pay attention on your cardiovascular and digestion systems to prevent the health trouble coming in silently. Also, try not to visit sick person or attend a funeral during the year of  Snake.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Tiger , not Rabbit. (Verify Your Sign)

Both Rabbit and Snake are shy. It’s hard to see Rabbit and Snake staying together. When a Rabbit sees a Snake, Rabbit will be full of the curiosity. That implies that Snake will bring the innovation and creativity to Rabbit. When Rabbit is excited, they will leap around. Therefore, 2013 is a year to make Rabbit people busy. That’s a good sign for career. Snake may slide away when it sees the Rabbit. So that is a Lonely Sign to Rabbit. This implies the social relationship of Rabbit in 2013 is just fair.

Career: There is no special career sign for Rabbit people in 2013. But you might be quite busy on your daily job. You shouldn’t expect that you will receive helps from friends, coworkers, business partners or boss. If you want to show your great achievement to people, then you have to spend lots of energy and effort all by your own. In the year of Snake, a job transfer, traveling, relocation for new position are possible. Rabbit people have to learn not to complaint their work. Your bad attitude could damage your job position. To build a good relationship with your boss is the most important factor to make your job easier in 2013. If you are a business person, then you need to maintain good connection with your customers. As long as, you can learn to enjoy your job at work, then the money income will come after.

Money: There is no lucky sign regarding to money in this Snake year. People work in financial related field, such as banking, trading or accounting, investment have better opportunity to increase their wealth. However, good financial plan and money management are required. The investment on big return and risky business are not recommended. To earn money in 2003, most of Rabbit people need to spend their labor hours from their regular jobs. There is no easy money or windfall opportunities for most of Rabbit people in the year of Snake. If you want to spend more time on your work, your income and saving still will increase in 2013.

Love: The people relationship of Rabbit people should be fine in the year of the Snake. But, there is a Lonely Star appearing in 2003. That sign is unfavorable to Rabbit people who are married or in love. The lonely sign is connected to separation. A separation is not always caused by the issue of love relationship. The separation might be caused by career, money, health or family. So the separation here is not limited by the love between man and woman. There are still have chance for single Rabbit people looking for true love. In Chinese astrology, Rabbit is a Female Wood and Snake contains Male Metal. Female Wood of Rabbit and Male Metal of Snake have attraction relationship. So Rabbit still has the opportunity for building a good relationship. But you might need to try more time to reach what you expect.

Health: Rabbit people might need to consume lots of brain power for their work or people relationship. It’s possible that Rabbit people have to work additional hours for their job. Extra work can run out of their energy and lower their spirit. So Rabbit people should reserve more time for enough rest and relax after work. Proper outdoor excise will help maintain the health. Paying attention to food safety and sanitation can avoid issues regarding the intestines and stomach.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Rabbit, not Dragon. (Verify Your Sign)

They said that a Dragon falling down from the sky. then it becomes a Snake. In China, Snake is also called little Dragon. Therefore, Snake is kin to Dragon. Snake is the Happy Star to Dragon in Chinese astrology. But Snake seems shame and shy to meet Dragon. Snake is also the Lonely Star to Dragon. Dragon will have a happy and quiet year. In Chinese Five Element theory, Dragon contains mainly Earth. Snake contains mainly Fire. Fire can produce Earth. That means Snake will  help and support Dragon whenever Dragon needs it. Therefore, Dragon people should have good fortune in the Snake year.

There is one Dangerous Star arriving toward Dragon people in 2013. That will impact the reputation, health or safety during the year of Snake. In general, 2013 is a good year to Dragon people. But your fortune doesn’t have no room for your carelessness and negligence.

Note: This view is from Traditional Chinese Horoscopes. Chinese Five Element Astrology might give you different opinion, which determines people luck by Five Elements, not animals.

Career: Last year, 2012, Dragon people have poor social relationship. Lot of pressure and trouble came from the office. The story will be totally different In the Snake year. Dragon people will receive many helps and advice from friends, coworkers, boss or people caring about you at work. If you job is required traveling or working in the field, then you have better chance to show your performance and achievement. But you still need to watch your words and behaviors. If any rumor or libel come toward you, the you must carefully handle it. Don’t argue with your jealous competitors. Otherwise, the argument might ruin your public relationship and career luck in 2013.

Money: In Chinese Five Element theory, Snake is in Fire group and contains some Earth. Snake just provides the support and advice for Dragon. Snake cannot bring the money luck to Dragon. However, 2013 is a Water Snake year. Water is the money to Dragon. Therefore, Dragon people have better money opportunity in the first half of 2013. But the money income or investment profit need to wait till winter time. The money luck of 2013 is favorable to Dragon people who work for public media, broadcasting, performing arts, social work, Internet, newspapers, TV, radio, telecommunications, transportation and etc. The money luck is not from local, is from remote locations or overseas.

Love: The social relationship of Dragon people will be much better than 2012. In Chinese astrology, Dragon contains Male Earth, Female Water and Female Wood. Snake contains Male Fire, Male Earth and Male Metal. Wood in Dragon and Metal in Snake have attraction relationship. Water in Dragon and Earth in Snake have attraction relationship, too. There are love connections between Dragon and Snake. Therefore, Dragon people have good opportunity to find a new relationship or develop a better relationship in 2013. But the relationship won’t go too much deeper. This is because that Dragon and Snake sometimes prefer to be alone.

Health: There is no major issues in the health area in 2013. Dragon people may not have a good mood or good luck last year. 2013 is a year to recharge your energy. Dragon people should reserve more time for rest and relax. You should be able to find time for outdoor excise. So you can maintain your health in good level during year of Snake.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Dragon, not Snake. (Verify Your Sign)

There is taboo when a Snake meets another Snake from the yearly cycle. That means the year of Snake won’t be a good year for Snake people. The sign of Chinese Horoscopes is that if a Snake is passing by a town with a local Snake tyrant in charge. If Snake people can keep quiet, then they will be safe and pass the town. If Snake people want to mess with or challenge the tyrant, then trouble will come to them during their journey.

That means Snake people will be under somebody’s territory. Snake needs to pay in low-profile during 2013. Their people friendship, love relationship, money management or job competition might encounter a certain limitation during the Snake year. Also, one Injury Star arrives to Snake people in 2013.  Snake people shouldn’t neglect the health and safety of themselves. In short, Snake people should try not to make any mistakes. Do not expect any major prosperity in year of Snake.

Career: Snake is an animal without limb. When they are fighting, they use their mouths most. So the sign of Snake fighting is connected to argument, shouting, libel etc. Since the people relationship is poor in 2013, this will impact the career path in the working environment. The pressure from the boss or troubles from customers will often come to you. You might have to do extra work and spend extra time on your daily tasks. But if you follow the direction of the wind, you can save your position. In short, you need to be patient and not have any conflicts with people. Otherwise, it will become an obstacle in your career development, and may even bring you lawsuit. Keeping a low profile is the key to preventing humiliation.

Money: Although there is no bad money luck sign for Snake people in 2013. But you don’t have good people relationship in 2013. If you have a good income opportunity, then your Snake enemy around you will come to steal that money opportunity. Or your Snake friend might induce you a high return investment, then ask your money for their gambling in business. Snake people cannot be too greedy in 2013. You just need good money plan to maintain your wealth. Otherwise, the dispute or lawsuit about the money might happen in the year of Snake. If you don’t feel smoothly in the career, then you should avoid that money brings you another headache.

Love: There is no Romantic Star coming to Snake people in 2013. If you are single and look for love relationship, then April, June, August, September and October can bring you better chances. If you are in love, then you don’t have to push for a deeper and closer relationship in the year of Snake. Since it’s hard for Snake people to result in a good love relationship in 2013. If you try it, then it’s possible that the love turns into a trouble.

Health: There is no major bad sign in the health area in 2013. But because of the pressure from career and money, Snake people may not have a long-lasting good mood in 2013. which could impact your health. Therefore, Snake people need to focus on their health. They need enough sleep and rest. They shouldn’t miss regular meals. It’s good idea to attend more social activities. There is an injury sign this year, so they should drive very carefully on the road and try to avoid dangerous sports.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Snake, not Horse. (Verify Your Sign)

Horse can run very fast. Without a guide on its back, Horse doesn’t know where it should go. Snake is a no-limb animal on the ground. It cannot get on Horse back. Therefore Horse cannot get any guidance or wisdom from Snake. In Chinese Five Element astrology, both Snake and Horse are in Fire group. Snake and Horse also have attraction relationship. They can be good friends with Fire connection. This is a good news for Horse people that 2013 of Snake won’t be a bad year to them.

Career: Horse people may face competitors in the year of Snake. They might need to intrigue against their enemies in the office. Can Horse people win the competition?  It all depends on Snake. If Snake can help Horse to fight the challengers, then Horse can gain more responsibility and power in their job positions. If Snake wouldn’t stand on the Horse side, then Horse will encounter pressure, condemnation, separation, hopeless and even face a lawsuit. Therefore, if you have enemies in your working environment, then you need to watch for your expressions in the conversion or meetings. Also, you have to pay attention on the writings in the email, especially working on government related projects. If the trouble comes in 2013, then it will be very sudden. There is no signal in advance for you to prepare.

Money: Horse people will have many chances to show their talents to people. If people recognize Horse’s ability, then the money opportunity will appear. Snake can help Horse to make that happen, because Snake can be a good friend of Horse. If Horse has a rich Snake friend, then Snake will show you how to increase your wealth. However, if you have a poor Snake friend, then Snake might become your money competitor. In Chinese Five Element theory, Snake contains Metal, which is money to Horse. That means Snake knows where to find the money opportunity. Therefore, Horse people need Snake to create more income in 2013. If Horse has this opportunity, then we can say the money luck for Horse people is good in 2013.

Love: Due to the Snake connection is there, Horse people have good people relationship in 2013. But no Romantic Star appears in the year of Snake to Horse people. It’s possible that the love relationship won’t go too high and cannot reach your expectation. One of the reason is that one Unlucky Star related to your spirit might take away your happy mood. The vexation of career might haunt you for a while. Sometimes, you might feel lost something or feel kind of emptiness inside. Therefore, if Horse people want to improve the love relationship, then they have to handle their emotion first. If you are ready, then March and September are the good months to try on the new relationship or develop a better relationship. Be patient that a good relationship always takes time to develop.

Health: Basically, Snake can help Horse people growing in physical and spiritual area. So Horse person will have a healthier body with determined mind. But there is a sign of depression and injury in 2013. It might happen to Horse people all of a sudden. In order to bring up your spirit, relaxing, traveling, hiking, dating, dancing or vacation are good things to do. Preventing argument from others, paying attention the safety at work and driving carefully on the road will help you to avoid the accident happening in the year of Snake.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Horse, not Sheep. (Verify Your Sign)

Sheep is an animal that lives in the farm. Snake might hide on the ground around the farm. Both of them are kind of shy. When sheep sees the Snake, Sheep might just walk away. Sheep is a vegetarian. Sheep won’t fight for food with Snake. They don’t bother each other. So they can get along fine. In Chinese horoscope, Sheep is in Earth Group and Snake is in Fire group. Fire is the mother element of Earth, since Fire can generate more Earth. That means Sheep will secretly receive the caring and support from Snake. That implies Sheep people are able to find someone to help them, if necessary. In general, 2013 will be a smooth and stable year to Sheep people.

Career: There is a Travel Star appearing in the year of Snake. The Travel Star implies the busy schedule of your job position. This is a good sign for career development. Sheep people shouldn’t miss the opportunity this year. You should work harder to strive for the company’s recognition. You might have to work for more than one positions job or have a liaison job between two departments. When your job responsibility expands, then you have the chance of promotion. However, new job assignment in 2013 might be required traveling or relocation. If you complain it, then someone else will take over your position. If Sheep people think to open their own company, 2013 is good year to take action because your Snake friend will help you to fulfill your dream.

Money: There is no special Lucky Star regarding to wealth showing in 2013. But we know Sheep people will be busy on their career. They have to use the brain power and energy to overcome their jobs. Showing your idea and talent is the key to generate money. As long as Sheep people are busy in the office, then they should have a stable income. If Sheep people want to invest their money, then they shouldn’t be greedy for the risky big return business. There is no easy money or windfall luck for Sheep people in 2013. Sheep people need to take slowly, stably and surly approach for their financial investment.

Love: The Travel Star sometimes is a good sign for love. It has a chance to trigger a marriage. If you are single and looking for love, then you should spend more time for social activities. You might meet someone you like far away from your town. You might need to drive a little bit further to meet him or her. Or you might find someone special from internet social network. If you are lucky, then love will keep you busy. If you are already in love, then can reserve more time for dating. If you are married, then you can plan for travel to enjoy your love relationship. In February, August and December, Sheep people have better luck in love relationship.

Health: If Sheep people are too busy for their job, money or love, then they have to learn how to manage their schedule well. If you ruin your health, then you might lose your opportunity on your career, wealth and relationship. If you need to drive and travel a lot in 2013, then you should pay attention the safety of travel. Also, you need to focus on driving on the road. It’s easy to get an accident when you have a busy schedule. If your family has elders, then you should watch for their health. There is an Unlucky Star related to elders who care you a lot. So you might have to spend some time with them.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Sheep, not Monkey. (Verify Your Sign)

In Chinese Astrology Five Element theory, Snake contains mainly Fire. Monkey contains mainly Metal. Metal is afraid of Fire. So Monkey should respect the danger of Snake. Monkey also contains Water. So Monkey is a smart animal. It knows how to deal with Snake. Basically, Monkey and Snake can get along well. But they could have some argument and hurting each other once for a while. Therefore, the fortune of Monkey in 2003 is kind of fair. Monkey people will have some great time and low time in the year of Snake.

Career: The Snake is in the Fire group. Fire brings pressure on Monkey, which is in Metal group. Therefore, Monkey will encounter the busy schedule in their job positions. The major stress will come from the upper management level. However, Monkey is an intelligent, acute and sly animal. They can handle the pressure from Snake. In the Chinese astrology, Monkey and Snake have attraction relationship into Water. This means Monkey will become smarter by learning the pressure of Fire. If Monkey people think they are out-smarter than Snake and try to take the advantage on Snake. Then Snake will try everything to damage Monkey’s image. The trouble will arrive sooner or later and Monkey won’t have a peaceful mind in the office. In general, as long as Monkey people don’t show the arrogant or snobbish attitude at work, the career luck of Monkey in 2013 is quite good. The career opportunity is there, Monkey has to figure out how to take it.

Money: The Snake’s people relationship is good in 2013. Snake people have nice career opportunity. Therefore, Monkey people should have a stable income If they want to spend more time for their work, then should be able to earn extra come. But there is a dispute sign in the Snake year. If the dispute causes a lawsuit, then it will become a money loss. If Monkey people need to travel or drive for their job, then they have to pay attention on the safety. That dispute sign is also connected to the injury, which will cost your money and time to recover.

Love: Basically, the love relationship for Monkey people will go well in 2013, because Monkey and Snake have attraction relationship into Water. But Monkey and Snake also have hurting relationship. That means their relationship is mixing with love and hate. Sometimes, they fight each other, then break up. But they will get back together later. Anyway, Monkey people have better not gambling on this fragile relationship. They should watch for their words and behavior to avoid unnecessary argument with your lover, family members, relatives or the one you care. Any unhappy event occurs, it will hurt the feeling of both sides for a while in 2013.

Health: There is unlucky sign related to body and soul for Monkey people in 2013. That might come from the Monkey’s personality. Monkey sometimes is mischievous, naughty and even haughty. Some people don’t like that. There is a chance that Monkey people will receive negative reputation in 2013. If Monkey fight for that, then the war of fame will last whole year long. The stress from dispute, libel or slander could impact their spirit and health. If you are in bad luck, then you will visit the doctor, take medication or stay in the hospital. Also, if you have a senior at home, then you should watch for their safety and health to avoid any injury. If the elders are away from you, then give them a call often or go to spend some time with them.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Monkey, not Chicken. (Verify Your Sign)

Chicken is a farm animal. Snake could hide on the corner around the farm. Snake likes to steal Chicken eggs. But Chicken doesn’t care that much, because human do the same thing. In Chinese Five Element theory. Chicken contains Female Metal. Snake is in Fire Group. Fire can melt the Metal. Chicken is supposed to be afraid of Snake. Snake mainly contains Male Fire, which have attraction relationship with Female Metal of Chicken. That tells us that Chicken and Snake can get along well. 2013 is the Water Snake year. Therefore, then Chicken people should have a good fortune year in 2013.

Career: In Chinese astrology, Snake contains Fire, Metal and Earth. Fire of Snake is related to career to Chicken people. Earth of Snake is related to someone providing assistance to Chicken people. Metal of Snake can help Chicken people to build more power. Fire of Snake can bring the career opportunity to Chicken people in 2003. Because of Fire, Chicken people will encounter the some pressure from the job position. They will have more job responsibilities and might have to work extra hours. This is a good sign for Chicken people to develop a bright career future. No matter what complicate, strenuous or tedious assignment is, Chicken people can easily handle this challenge because the support of the boss and coworkers. The relationship between Chicken and Snake is favorite to Metal Chicken. That implies Chicken is full of confidence in 2013.

Money: Since Chicken and Snake have attraction relationship into Metal. Metal is related to gold, finance, banking, money and wealth. Chicken should have very good income from their career. Chicken should have good people relationship in 2013. Good social relationship can help Chicken people to create the money opportunity. If Chicken people can find someone good at financial investment to manage their money, then they will have very good chance to increase their health in the year of Snake. It’s a good time to have a money plan for the future, because money luck won’t come like this every year.

Love: Chicken people should have good love relationship in 2012. The social and love relationship of Chicken continue good in 2013. If you missed love opportunity last year, then you must didn’t try hard enough and should continue to try in 2013.  If you are in love, then you probably don’t want to wake up in the sweet dream. But you should try for a closer relationship, such as engagement or marriage. If you are married, you will continue to enjoy your happy marriage life.

Health: There is an Unlucky Star coming to Chicken people in health area during 2013. That is a sign of danger, accident and injury. Chicken people are not only watching for their own health, but also the members of their family, especially the elders. Chicken people should pay extra attention on the food they eat and the places they go. It’s a good idea that Chicken people don’t participate in dangerous sports, like mountain climbing, car racing, diving, ski, swimming in 2013. They always need to measure the safety to reduce the chance of injuries.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Chicken, not Dog. (Verify Your Sign)

When seeing s Snake, Dog will definitely bark on the Snake. The barking might be showing its discovery, curiosity, defense, superiority or calling the help. Dog won’t stop barking on Snake until Dog gets bored or tired. That’s same to the Chinese zodiac sign for Dog people in 2013. Dog people will encounter a little challenge and make themselves busy. Some exciting events will happen. But that won’t get a very satisfied result to dog people. No matter how much efforts you put it, it won’t beyond your expectation. In general, the fortune of Dog people in the Snake Year is fair. Dog people have opportunities in career, money and love area, However, Dog people cannot expect the perfection in 2013.

Note: This view is from Traditional Chinese Horoscopes. Chinese Five Element Astrology might give you different opinion, which determines people luck by Five Elements, not animals.

Career: Dog is an alert animal. There is no chance for Snake to swallow the Dog. Snake won’t create the big pressure for Dog. Therefore, Dog people shouldn’t have major pressure from their job position. In Chinese Five Element theory, Dog is in Earth group. Snake is in Fire group. Fire is the mother element of Earth; Fire will protect Earth. Thus, Dog people will face the competition in career. Snake’s appearance is want to help Dog keep alert at work. If Dog people encounter the obstacles, Snake will provide help to Dog people openly or secretly. Therefore, the career luck to Dog people should be pretty good in 2013. However, one Unlucky Star appearing in 2013 related to crafty plot, cunning scheme or strategy. That indicates Dog people might have different opinions with some people, then cause the argument. The worst case is that dispute might become a legal issue. Then they have difficult time to face the rivalry at the office. To reduce the trouble, Dog people must watch their words, including in the email, social media postings or personal blog pages.

Money: Snake won’t bring the money fortune to Dog people. But 2013 is Water Snake year. Water to Dog people is money. Therefore, 2013 will bring money opportunity to Dog people, but not for all year long. There is an Unlucky Star related to money in the year of Snake. That is a sign indicating a money loss in the investment. Therefore, Dog people shouldn’t expect their good money luck is constant in 2013. They need a good plan for a long-term financial management. When you invest your money, you need to be conservative. Also, Dog people must avoid any dispute to prevent from lawsuit, which will cost you a lot from your savings.

Love: Dog barks on the Snake. But most of dog won’t eat the Snake. They still can get along fine. For Dog people looking for love, they need to attend more social activities. They have good chance to find someone bringing their curiosity or interesting. 2013 is a good year for Dog people who are single and in love. There is marriage sign for people already having good relationship. There is no particular good or bad sign for married Dog people. They should be able to maintain their current love style. There is a Unlucky Star indicating disconnect or separation in the Snake year. That’s a bad sign for a male who has weak, unstable or shaking relationship now. He probably have a difficulty to develop a deeper relationship for love in 2013.

Health: There are Unlucky Stars related to health showing in the year of Snake. One is you might have unmentionable or chronic disease bothering you in 2013. The otheris you might be busy at work and use too much brain power. When you lost focus, then accident or injury might come after. In order to preventing from accident and injury, Dog people must pay attention on the safety in the office, traveling on the road and even at home. To do the regular exercise and take enough time to rest and relax in 2013 is a good approach for a healthy year of Snake. Also, Dog people should plan to visit their doctors for yearly checkup in early 2013 to make sure your health doesn’t have to count on medicine or medical care in 2013.

If your birthday is before February 4, then your astrological sign is Dog, not Pig. (Verify Your Sign)

Pig is a lucky animal in Chinese horoscope. Pig are kind of mild animal. They are not good at fighting. When seeing the Snake is coming, Pig will run away. According to Chinese Horoscopes Five-Element theory, Pig is in the Water group and Snake of 2013 is Fire. Fire and Water are opposite elements, They have fighting relationship, which implied Pig people won’t have a peaceful year in 2013. Fire is related to money to Pig. The major activity in 2013 will connected to money and friends. 2013 is Water Snake year. Snake is Fire. Fire is under Water. That tell us that Snake won’t make too much trouble to Pig people. But, remember some big Snake could swallow a small Pig. Therefore Pig people still need to watch the people relationship to prevent a money loss because of friends during the year of Snake.

Career: Pig and Snake have fighting relationship. This is the sign of disagreement or argument. That means the career path is not smooth and stable. There is a Travel Star appearing in the year of Snake. The Travel Star implies the busy schedule of your job position. So Pig people might have more workload than before. They might have to work extra hours or have to work out of town. A new job assignment required traveling or relocation are  possible. If you complain it, then you won’t be happy during working hours or someone else will take over your responsibility. Either you change a new boss or new company, the new position still keep you busy. The most important is that you need to be patient and not have any conflicts with people. Otherwise, the poor people relationship in the office will become an obstacle in your career development. Keeping a low profile is the key to have a peaceful career in 2013.

Money: Snake contains Fire, which is related to money to Pig people. Since Pig and Snake have fighting relationship. Pig people need to fight to earn the money into the pocket. Therefore, the money opportunity is there. It required the brain power, energy and time to win the money. In order to earn money easily, Pig people might ask friends to help. As a result, either Pig People need to share income with friends or most of money go to friend’s pocket. if Pig people have dispute over the money with their friends. then they will ruin the good friendship. Pig people have better looking for well-known financial advice to do financial plan and money investment. As long as you are not greedy and not invest on risky business, you will bring in a satisfied income in 2013.

Love: There is no Romantic Star appearing in this Snake year. The social relationship is poor this year. Pig people shouldn’t expect a good result in love relationship. TheTravel Star in 2013 sometimes create a chance to trigger a good relationship. If you are single and looking for love, then you should spend more time for social activities. You might meet someone you like far away from your town. You might need to drive a little bit further to meet him or her. Or you might find someone special from internet social network. If you are lucky, then love will keep you busy. If you are already in love, then can reserve more time for dating. If you are married, then you can plan for travel to enjoy your love relationship. In April, October and December, Pig people have better luck in love relationship.

Health: Pig people might need to consume lots of brain power for their work or people relationship. That’s a sign for Pig people to lose their focus when they are alone. They should should pay attention the safety while driving on the road. They should reserve more time for enough rest and relax after work. If Pig people are too busy for their job, money or love, then they have to learn how to manage their schedule well. If you ruin your health, then you might lose your opportunity on your career, wealth and relationship. 2013 is not a good year for Pig people. The simple way to have a better luck is to stay alert to prevent from accident and argument in the year of Snake.

Since the prediction of Chinese Zodiac is based on Chinese constellations, which are different from modern constellations, many positions of stars today have moved far away from Chinese ancient time’s positions. That means some predictions on some stars are losing accuracy. Around  Tang Dynasty (618 A.D.), Chinese astrology moved the center point of the sky to the Sun to develop new prediction system without using any distant stars. Since that time, the Chinese astrology prediction began to use the zodiac sign of people’s Birth DAY to represent the person. (Chinese use same Chinese character  for day and sun.) This chance made a breakthrough into a higher prediction accuracy. More than 2000 years later, today Chinese professional astrologers keep using the same theory to tell people’s fortune. We provide the same method for Internet users.

February 3, 2013

HAPPY 22 nd BIRTHDAY TIRANA EISELE

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 12:01 am

HAPPY

22 nd  

BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

TIRANA EISELE

Daddy  Loves you  100% ALWAYS and FOREVER

January 18, 2013

Egypt Struggles and Falters IN Attempt to Rise From its Knees

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 7:23 pm

Imagine the following; Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson travel around the US and use as many of the Baptist churches in America to spread the following message: “Vote for brother Obama (not for America but) for the greater African nation”. “Vote for Brother Obama if you want to go to heaven; if you do not, you will suffer eternal damnation in hell.” Finally, imagine that the Reverends were Republicans.

African Americans constitute less than 13% of the US electorate; they suffer double the poverty rate of other Americans; graduation from high school is less than whites and completion of college degrees is half or less than that of whites (as a legacy of past slavery and discrimination).

Supporters of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt (according to official figures in the first round of the presidential elections) also constitute less than 13% of the Egyptian electorate. They are predominantly poor or close to destitute, and either poorly educated or in many cases illiterate.

While there is no comparison being made here between African Americans or the Muslim Brotherhood, both are minorities and both suffered in the past. The difference is that African Americans have struggled and continue to struggle to be part of the greater American society and of the American Nation. On the other hand, the MB and Islamists did not assimilate into our society – they formed their own parallel institutions and culture. In fact the Islamists reject our society and their objectives are not to create a better Egypt, but rather to achieve the greater Islamic Umma in the region. 

African Americans fought for freedom, equality and civil rights; these are American values shared by the majority of Americans no matter what their color, sex or religion is. This struggle was an internal struggle and was achieved by the support of fellow Americans. In the two most recent US elections, Obama won with the support of most of the 13% black electorate in addition to Whites, Latinos, men, women rich, poor and many others whom he reached out to.

The Islamist struggle aims to reduce freedom and civil rights; women, Christians, Baha’is and other minorities in society will not be treated as equals. The Islamist vision of society is shaped by radical Islamic ideas and is very different to the moderate Islam that most Egyptians have always practiced. Finally, the Islamists main source of support and funding is not internal but is in fact coming from the Gulf Arabs with American consent and thus breaches our sovereignty. The success of the Islamists so far has been due to their manipulation of the very poor and illiterate who need the most help; sadly those who need the most help will not get it through the misogynous backward looking system of the Islamists.

Now to return to my analogy, imagine that the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson used their network to distribute fried chicken and cornbread to the poor black population across the US in return for votes. Imagine that they gave out cooking oil and other basic necessities to as many of the black and non-black poor in the US with the clear stipulation that the recipients vote for Brother Obama and support the cause of the greater black nation. Imagine that the poor in the US (black, Latino, white, or other) could not get natural gas for their cooking stoves due to an energy shortage, but, the one way of getting it was through Reverends Sharpton and Jackson. To continue with this scenario, the umbrella organization of the Reverends also happens to provide subsidized goods in all the poor neighborhoods in the US so as to buy the support of the poor. At election time, Reverends Sharpton and Jackson then send out buses to pick up all the very poor and promise them free lunch or a fee if they vote for a cause that does not serve the US but rather serves the interests of foreign regimes.

Strange? That was the not so strange part. Now hard as it may be, imagine that Reverends Sharpton and Jackson rewrote the American Constitution to protect and benefit African American Baptists – actually to favor African American MEN. Their new American Constitution ignores the role of women in society, diminishes labor rights for everyone, removes previous protections of minorities, and tries to consolidate power in the hands of the leadership of a militant minority movement. Ironic as it may sound, while getting almost all their support from the poor in society, the new constitution does nothing to help them – so picture Jesse and Al as neocons; perhaps a black Cheney and Rumsfeld on steroids. 

Please indulge me a little further; imagine that during the voting period, almost all the voting locations were managed by people whose allegiance was not to the US but to the greater cause of the African umma and who dressed in a way that showed it (think Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam supporters). Now imagine that in some voting locations, women were not allowed to enter and in fact male supporters of the greater Caliphate took the voter registration cards of women and used the female vote to support a male-dominant and narrow extreme cause that would diminish the role of women and others in society. Imagine at one or more voting stations, Catholics or members of another religion were not allowed to vote? Imagine widespread fraud such as voting slips that were not stamped by the US government. Finally, imagine going to vote and finding out that your dead mother or father who relied on food stamps and government assistance to raise you (and they happen to have been gay), just voted for the Republicans. 

What if in Chicago you found sacks of voter-ballots favoring the creation of a greater umma being used to rig the election results? What if you found voter-ballots in the Potomac River that were in favor of a strong all-inclusive America? Now forgive me for mixing my analogies, but what if you woke up one day and found the Supreme Court surrounded by a misogynous fascist-like group who would not let the judges in to the building and threatened them if they did not comply with this extreme group’s demands? What if this group had an armed militia? What if this extreme minority group paid the very poor (and mostly illiterate and desperate) 70 dollars a day and fed them to go out and cause havoc and in many cases to carry out violent acts and to harass women (in the name of religion)? What if reporters could not get into the building of the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS or CNN for example without first being frisked and taunted by this anti-freedom group of religious fanatics? What if this group did not identify with its home country first and was funded by governments and citizens of foreign countries that are undemocratic, misogynous and have minimum to no human rights? Finally, what if all this happened under the watchful eyes of the American police services and other government agencies that did nothing to protect the judges, the electoral process, or the American population? 

Ridiculous? Yes, but this is happening in Egypt and it is being supported by the American Government, and by doing so it is doing the American people a great disservice. This is not the America I was educated in. This is not the America I lived in and where I befriended so many people who I know would not agree with this kind of Government support. This is not the democracy that I was taught about by so many great scholars in the US. This is not the “American Exceptionalism” that I was taught under the mentorship of Martin Seymour Lipset. 

A couple of weeks ago in a lecture, I discussed “national self-image” and described America’s view of itself as the defender of democracy and human rights – my students laughed. 

The age-old American question of “why do they hate us?” – is nothing more than a fallacy and a distraction. “They” whomever that may be, do not hate anyone; “they” in many cases (rightly or wrongly) want to emulate you and have nothing against the people of the US or the West. “They” are only angry at some inconsistencies and hypocritical policies by certain governments. In the case of the US, it is still using Cold War politics. For the good of all, it must embark on some sort of paradigm shift away from its current extreme and short sighted form of realism in international relations. “They” are people who want the same rights and freedoms you have. The extreme elements in our societies are few but loud and are fueled by the perception of Western (and in particular super power) hypocrisy. The extremists retaliate by rejecting anything and everything that can be labeled as American or from the West (but the very same extremists will work with the West until they are securely in power). The US government now support the people they themselves called extremists for so many decades. The religious fanatics will turn on you and take us back 1400 years. Do not lose the moderate majority – “they” do not hate you …yet.

Thank you for all of this yalla nebny masr

January 12, 2013

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 10:56 pm

Mr. Craig:

Ice and Snow Festival. Sculptors from across the world descend on the frozen city to create elaborate structures

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/10/ice-sculptures-create-a-real-winter-wonderland-at-the-harbin-ice-and-snow-festival/

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

China’s northernmost major city is a built-up metropolis home to more than 10 million people. But each winter since 1985, the focus in Harbin has turned to the seasonal constructions of the Ice and Snow Festival. Sculptors from across the world descend on the frozen city to create elaborate structures including palaces and castles with dazzling lights and other amenities — some even feature working escalators.

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Innovation … Can We Compete Today.. Or Are We Stiffelled By Narrow Minded Corporations

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 10:39 pm

Mr. Craig:

How silly this article from TIME is.. TECHNOLOGY driven s not always the way.. for instance I have developed a method for auto companies to be in the alternative fuel business within 2 years and estimate the market to be about 4% of all sales for autos and light trucks within 5 years.. meaning about 5-6 Million units per year in the USA alone… BUT I am not an auto COMPANY EMPLOYEE… so no one takes the strategic plan seriously.. until it is too late that is.. 26 billion dollars in added profit within 5 years to the first company that does this project the way I have designed it… but hey.. how can we develop a culture of innovation if no one listens…

Originally posted on Business & Money:

Every business wants to be the one setting trends instead of following them, so what simple steps can you can take to foster a culture of innovation?

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