Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Party to mark the 2007 Academy Awards

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

The 15th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) party will mark the Academy Awards 2007 to take place this Sunday, February 25th.

The event will be held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. Sir Elton John and David Furnish will co-host the party. As for this year’s sponsors – Audi, Chopard and VH1 have offered the Elton John Foundation their support. The Grammy nominated rock singer, James Blunt, has been invited to perform at the event.

The annually held gala is found among the major fund-raising events organized by the Foundation. Taking place on the Oscar Night, the party is also aimed to attract international attention towards the fight against AIDS and promote people’s awareness of the terrifying disease. During the period of the last 14 years the event has raised about $ 125 million to support the Foundation in its activities against AIDS, in particular HIV/AIDS prevention and special direct service programs implemented in 55 countries of the world.

The party to be held for the 15th time this year will include a big expanded dinner, live auction and musical performance. Among the guests of the party there will be entertainment community celebrities, Hollywood stars and Oscar winners, as well as the music industry representatives.

Antony Todd, the leading designer of Antony Todd Inc. based in the New York City and involved into special event-designing, has been commissioned to turn Outdoor Plaza of the Pacific Design Center into to a festive arena staged in a designer rectangular tent.

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Greek prime minister reaffirms EastMed pipeline project is open for other countries to join

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Friday, January 10, 2020

On Tuesday, the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reasserted the openness of the EastMed project, which is aimed at connecting the Eastern Mediterranean gas fields with the European mainland via a pipeline through contested waters.

In his Tuesday live-streamed talk at the United States think tank Atlantic Council’s Washington headquarters, Mitsotakis reaffirmed that the EastMed project, which currently involves Greece, Cyprus and Israel, is open for other countries to join. “We don’t seek to exclude anyone from energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean provided they respect international law”, he said, repeating his January 2 remarks made on the EastMed signing ceremony.

He also commented on the Turkish-Libyan maritime border agreement, calling it “null and void” and “geographically ridiculous”. “The agreement assumes that our islands, including our biggest island Crete, does not have an exclusive economic zone, which goes against everything we know in international law”, he added. He also noted that the Libyan House of Representatives rejected the demarcation, and that Greece and Turkey might end up before International Court of Justice in the Hague if talks would fail. Mitsotakis underlined they keep channels to Turkey open for dialog and that he would be “very-very happy if Turkey were to reconsider its overall approach”.

Later on Tuesday Mitsotakis met with the International Monetary Fund, then with President Trump, where he denounced the border agreement again. In regard of clashing exclusive economic zone claims, he noted “it is important to point out that the agreement signed between Turkey and Libya infringe upon Greece’s sovereign rights”.

On last Thursday, the delegations of Cyprus, Greece and Israel had met for their seventh trilateral summit, that time in Athens at the Zappeion Hall, to sign an agreement to construct the EastMed pipeline by 2025. The meeting was attended by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and energy minister Yuval Steinitz, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and energy minister Konstantinos Hatzidakis, and Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades and energy minister Georgios Lakkotrypis. The agreement was signed by the energy ministers. Greek daily Kathimerini said Greece and Cyprus had to speed up to counter possible Turkish interference with the project.

Earlier that day, the Greek gas producer Energean signed a letter of intent on selling two billion cubic meters of gas per year to the Greek gas supplier DEPA. The planned pipeline capacity is 10 billion cubic meters per year. Energean has committed 1.7 billion dollars in the Karish and Tanin fields.

With this forming of political and economic alliance with Hellenic countries, Netanyahu envisioned the pipeline to end their “fringe country” status. Netanyahu called on Italy and Egypt to join the project, adding “We call on any other country that wishes to join us to do so”. In Cyprus, the ruling Democratic Rally in Cyprus hailed the pipeline as an advancement in the nation’s sovereignty. Progressive Party of Working People, the main opposition force, underlined that the agreement is only a legal framework, and actual construction is in the hands of still undecided private investors. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy underlined Turkish and Turkish Cypriot mining rights in the region, and projected a failure if these would be overlooked.

Otranto, Italy is a proposed end point for the pipeline, and Italian economic development minister Stefano Patuanelli sent a letter of support prior to the signing, but the minister said they are to build another pipeline to Igoumenitsa, Greece. The United States expressed its support via the December 20 signing of the Eastern Mediterranean Bill, a July 25 quadrilateral meeting in Washington, and sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to join the trilateral meeting of EastMed countries on March 20 last year. The EU partially funded the feasibility studies, as it considers the EastMed pipeline to be a Project of Common Interest (PCI), ending the energy isolation of Crete and Cyprus, and diversifying the gas supply of Europe, when completed.

In December, a Turkish official said that the trans-Anatolian pipeline, which is already up and running, renders the EastMed building effort unnecessary, Cyprus Mail reported. On November 27, Turkey and Libya signed a maritime border agreement, according to which a section between Crete and Cyprus would cross the Turkish economic zone. Athens expelled the Libyan ambassador to Greece over this issue. Turkey maintains a position that only Northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey, has the right to the exclusive economic zone around the island. Because of its drilling operations there, Turkey is already under EU sanctions, and was condemned in a joint statement by Egypt, Greece and Cyprus on October 8.

In 2017, a memorandum of understanding about the pipeline was signed between Cyprus, Greece and Israel.

According to the Cyprus Mail, the 2000 km long pipeline is to connect the fields with Crete, the Greek mainland, and would end in Otranto, Italy. The May 2019 map of gas routes by Gas Infrastructure Europe draws the pipeline between the Aphrodite gas field and Thesprotia, Greece, where it merges with the Poseidon line en route to Italy.

Alex Lagakos, deputy director of the Greek Energy Forum, said the project has a geopolitical significance rather than an economic one. He called it unlikely that the EU would finance the project, as it has committed itself to green energy. The estimated cost is six billion euros, but the saturation of the gas markets and competition from liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals are likely to keep private investors away, he noted. Egypt has two usable terminals in the Nile-Delta, in Damietta and Idku. On September 19, 2018, Cyprus and Egypt had signed an alternative deal to export Aphrodite gas through these ports via a new pipeline.

Haifa University geostrategy expert and former Israeli security official, Avinoam Idan, said the new EastMed supply can’t be considered a significant geopolitical change to Europe’s energy market, as it would not affect the market share of Russian gas. In the analysis of the German Institute for Economic Research, the high costs and technical challenges render the project unrealistic.

During the trilateral meeting of Cyprus, Greece and Israel on January 28, 2016, the then-envisioned EuroAsia Interconnector was considered as an alternative route to export the gas as electricity. The 1000 megawatt underwater cable connecting the three power grids is to be completed by December 2023. The estimated cost is 2.5 billion euros, and the EU considers it a PCI. EuroAfrica Interconnector, a similar project between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, is also in its planning stage.

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Intake And Exhaust Systems 101 (For Dummies)}

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Indra ChitreIntake and Exhaust Systems 101By Indranil ChitreWhat does this essay cover?Air FilterThrottle BodyIntake ManifoldExhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) ValveEngine / Combustion ChamberINTAKE SYSTEMThe intake system deals with allowing 3 elements in to the combustion chamber of the engine:a) Airb) Fuelc) Partial Exhaust Gases- Note: even though EGR valve deals with EXHAUST gases, I’ve put it on the intake side since these exhaust gases are “going in” the combustion chamberEngine / Combustion ChamberEXHAUST SYSTEMExhaust ManifoldCatalytic ConverterMufflerTailpipeThe exhaust system deals with allowing 2 elements from the combustion chamber of the engine to the atmosphere:a) Exhaust Gasesb) Sound WavesAdditionally, there are a few sensors that we shall cover in the essay. The sensors covered are in no way comprehensive to those required for the optimal functioning of a vehicle. There are also some ancillary systems like secondary air injection systems that are not covered in this essay.AIR FILTERFunction – A single air filter is used primarily to ensure that no dust, debris, biomaterials like insects and faeces, stray materials, etc enter the vehicle components and systems. Such particles can accelerate the wear and tear of the components once they enter them. Air filters also serve secondary functions like reducing intake noise and acting as a flame arrester in case of a backfire.Make – Air filters are made of paper, and the housing is made in 2 parts of plastic (most of) or steel. Some high performance air filters are made of foam or cotton. The microfibers contained within air filters stop particles as small as 10 – 25 microns in size (diameter). To give a perspective of size, human hair is 50 microns in diameter, and our naked eye cannot see particles less than 40 microns in diameter. As noted in the picture above, air filters can be box-type (most of); some are also conical or circular in shape.Maintenance – Overtime air filters get clogged up i.e. the ducts and spacing within the air filters get filled with unwanted particles. This affects the flow of air through the air filters and consequently within the intake system. Since the rate of air flow and fuel injection is highly critical to the optimal performance of an engine, a clogged air filter should be taken care of immediately. Air filters are relatively inexpensive, less than $50.00, and easy to replace (no need for an expert mechanic) hence they should be periodically inspected and replaced. Manufacturers of air filters provide guidelines for their replacement either in terms of months in service or miles driven by the vehicle. These guidelines assume “normal” operating conditions. Should the vehicle be used for off-road or other applications e.g. in stormy or dusty weather, the air filter should be replaced more frequently than the stated guidelines.Sensors – The 2 main sensors used in conjunction with air filters are:a) Mass Air Flow (MAF) – this sensor is used to measure the amount of air passing through the intake system after the air filter.b) Air Filter Restriction – this sensor measures the pressure drop in air after passing through the air filter; used to estimate whether the air filter needs cleaning or replacement. The “replace air filter” message lights up on the vehicle dashboard if the drop in pressure warrants it. Depending on the vehicle make and model, and the fuel type, general guidelines are 15 – 30 in H2O drop in pressure will trigger the message.Other Key Items – Air filters should not be placed close to the throttle body or the turbocharger.THROTTLE BODYFunction – Throttle Body controls the flow of air within the intake system. When someone presses the accelerator, the throttle body valve opens and allows more air in. This in turn causes the fuel injectors to inject the necessary fuel to maintain an optimal Air:Fuel ratio in the combustion chamber.Note – The above air speeds can exceed 300 feet p/sec. High air speed helps maintain fuel in suspension. When air speeds drop below 50 feet p/sec, as is the case in some idle conditions, fuel droplets begin to separate.INTAKE MANIFOLD – THROTTLE BODY FUEL INJECTEDFunction – The intake air-fuel mixture needs to be distributed equally, in terms of amount and quality, to all engine cylinders. This is accomplished through the use of the intake manifold. Note in the picture above; air and fuel mixture enters the top portion of the manifold, and is distributed to the individual cylinders through the 4 runners.Make – The diameter of the manifold is designed with some compromise. Small diameter manifolds are essential to maintain high charge velocity, which in turn ensures thorough mixing of air and fuel, hence improves the fuel economy. Large diameter runners pass the most air and are helpful for high-speed, race driving applications.INTAKE MANIFOLD – PORT FUEL INJECTEDMake – The PFI intake manifold has to be optimized only for air flow (as opposed to air and fuel in the above). Fuel is injected right before the intake valve. The manifold is usually manufactured in 2 separate parts; upper manifold, also known as the Plenum, and lower manifold made of runners. The length of the runners represent a design compromise. Long runners are suitable for low-RPM torque; short runners for high-RPM torque. Some intake manifolds called Variable Intakes have both long and short runners. Depending on the particular application of high or low RPM, either the short or long runner is respectively activated through computer control.Diagnosis – In the event the upper intake gasket is blown, a vacuum leak may form. In the event the lower intake gasket is blown, a vacuum leak, coolant leak or oil leak may occur.EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION (EGR) VALVEFunction – A portion (5 – 10%) of the exhaust gases are recirculated back in the combustion chamber through the EGR valve. Exhaust gases are inert gases i.e. they do not burn in the combustion chamber. Since the exhaust gases take up a portion of the combustion chamber, less space remains for the fresh air and fuel. This reduces the peak combustion temperatures which results in lower NOx emissions.Make – In V-type engines, gas passages are cast within the inlet manifold. In In-line engines, an external tube is used to carry the exhaust gases to the EGR valve.EXHAUST MANIFOLDFunction – Exhaust manifolds are quite the opposite to intake manifolds. Exhaust manifolds collect the exhaust gases from each of the cylinders and pass them to the rest of the exhaust system through a single port. Exhaust manifolds are also designed to minimize backpressure and keep exhaust noise at a minimum.Make – Exhaust manifolds carry gases at high temperatures often exceeding 1,500F, hence are made of sturdier construction compared to intake manifolds. Exhaust manifolds are made of either cast iron or steel.Maintenance – Exhaust manifolds tend to expand during operation. This creates stresses within the manifold material. When an exhaust manifold is removed from the cylinder head, the manifold tends to get warped. This can be straightened out using a suitable jack. While replacing the exhaust manifold, exhaust manifold gaskets should be used even if they were not in the original factory configuration. These gaskets provide room for the manifold to slide on top of the cylinder head.CATALYTIC CONVERTERFunction – To reduce harmful emissions contained within the exhaust gases. The Cat reduces NOx, HCs and CO through a 2-step process, by converting them in Nitrogen, CO2 and Water, which are relatively harmless.Make – The Cat is made of 2 ceramic blocks; the first one containing Platinum and Rhodium, the second one containing Platinum and Palladium. Step 1 reduces NOx levels in the exhaust gases; Step 2 reduces the HCs and CO.Sensors – There are 2 Oxygen (O2) sensors used in conjunction with the Cat. 1st O2 sensor measures the level of Oxygen before the exhaust gases enter the Cat. This sensor sends rich/lean signals to the vehicles’ ECU, which then directs fuel injection accordingly. 2nd O2 sensor measures the effectiveness of the Cat in reducing the harmful emissions.MUFFLERFunction – The combustion chamber of the cylinders produce pressure pulses while the exhaust gases are removed in the exhaust stroke. These pressure pulses create air vibration, which causes loud exhaust noise. The muffler reduces this exhaust noise before emitting the exhaust gases to the tailpipe and eventually to the atmosphere. Sometimes resonator tubes are used in addition to the mufflers to further dampen exhaust noise.Make – The muffler is divided in 4 different chambers. Each chamber uses specific engineering principles to dampen the exhaust noise. For example, chamber 1 uses perforated holes to disperse and dampen the exhaust noise; chamber 4 works on Helmholtz principle of noise cancellation through opposing sound waves.Note – Exhaust gases expand and cool at the inlet to the muffler; this causes the gases to become denser. Hence the outlet to the mufflers can be of smaller diameter compared to the inlet, without any loss of flow efficiency.References:a) Level 1 Inspector Training, STI, Chapter 10 – Intake and Exhaust Systemsb) Wikipedia

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Orgasimic Valentine’s Day Gift For Your Special Someone

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This is a day riddled with apprehension for those in a relationship and also for those that are not in a relationship. All that is required on February 14th is to be thoughtful. Extravagance if any should really be left for other days such as birthdays and such. If you want to be extravagant with gifts and so on, this is fine. If your are looking for Valentine’s Day gifts, here are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas to consider for your special someone.

Although this day has become commercialized, it is good to have a day to remind us to appreciate those in our lives. It would be good if we did this every day and did not need a special day set aside for love. You can show your love and appreciation any number of ways for little or no cost to you. However you do this to celebrate Valentine’s is completely up to you. You can do something as simple as writing a simple note or buying or creating a Valentine’s Day card letting them know how much you love and appreciate them.

If you need additional help with Valentine’s Day gift ideas, the easiest way to show your appreciation is with flowers. If you have a flower garden, you can create a bouquet for your love or purchase various bouquets of flowers. These can vary from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. It is important to get her flowers that she likes and not necessarily roses. Roses though make some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts and are appreciated by most women. Cooking a simple meal for your loved one and spending time with them is also great way to celebrate Valentine’s.

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Another easy way to show your appreciation is with candy even for those who are trying to watch their weight although being careful in this area is key. A lot of people do think that it wouldn’t be Valentine’s without the candy. There are many variations that will make great Valentine’s Day gifts but you need to consider the recipient’s tastes.

A unique idea to set yourself apart with candy is to consider creating a bouquet featuring your loved one’s favorite candy. This will show how thoughtful you are which is what most people want in someone that they love. It would be great if you made this bouquet of candy look like a flower bouquet with all the ribbons and such. It is okay to be creative and this is usually most appreciated by the one you love.

Another one of the great Valentines Day gift ideas is to give the gift of a getaway such as a weekend getaway. A romantic getaway such as a bed and breakfast getaway is a great way to renew your relationship. This is a great gift usually only for those that have been in a relationship together for a while and not usually the newly dating. Every case is different and you will just have to judge your relationship to determine whether a romantic getaway is an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift.

Another great Valentine’s Day gift that depends on the status of your relationship is getting lingerie which makes some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts. This is definitely a great way to spice up the relationship.

A romantic and fun gift that will become a keepsake of your affection is an Original Message in a Bottle from the Original Message in a bottle shop, they have a great offer for Valentine’s Day, simply preorder before Feb 5th, they will mail out your Message in a Botte(or MIB as they call them) on Feb 7th with a decal on the box that says “Do not Open Until Valentine’s Day”. Its included in the price and prices are cost effective $19.99-$24.99 for a fun gift that will become a keepsake.

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Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.

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China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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Improve Your Marketing Tactics With Patron Counters

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As a business, you need in-depth knowledge concerning your patron traffic. When you understand everything, there is to know about your patron traffic you can make strategic marketing decisions that improve your business. The people count in reference to your business begets strategic tactics for marketing., according to Tyson Downs of Titan Web Agency. With the right equipment and services, you will be able to accurately measure the amount of people that enter your store, and the time of day that they enter your store. Utilizing this type of information can assist you in planning your staffing schedule, as well is coming up with promotions that will encourage more sales during off-peak hours. Are you ready to reduce your overhead and make any day a great day to earn more revenue? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals that can provide you with the people counter you need.

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A patron counter is an absolution for measuring the amount of people that are coming in and out of your business. It is important to use the services and products offered by the professionals whether you’re running a big-box store or local restaurant, says Troy Martin of Cook Martin Poulson, P.C in Utah. Such counters can give you reliable and accurate information that will paint a distinct picture concerning your businesses off-peak and peak times. Such state-of-the-art products are integral in assisting you with strategies for marketing.

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IBM and Cisco in attempt to create a universal platform for communications software development

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Friday, March 9, 2007

IBM and Cisco have announced the development of a new platform, based on Eclipse and OSGi (Open Services Gateway initiative), which should unite all communication and collaboration software developers under a single platform.

Before the UC2 (Unified Communication and Collaboration) the unified communication has suffered because of a lack of a platform to be used by all software developers, rather than a series of them and, moreover, provided by different vendors. According to Adam Gartenberg from IBM Lotus Software Group this was the main cause for this partial stagnation.

However, the UC2 is meant to ease the work of software developers. Gartenberg stated that this platform is very flexible and will certainly draw much attention form programmers. They will be able to create different plug-ins and small applications to remotely control other, major application.

The companies have also unveiled a series of their other joint projects. These project will be based on a set of application programming interface from Lotus (SameTime) and Cisco.

The add-ons planned are integration of a series of additional functions and features into the SameTime software from Lotus. Thus, in a few months, the SameTime users will benefit from such functions as click-to-call and voicemail. This will enable easier instant messaging inside the Cisco’s Unified IP phones’ system.

The fact that the platform will be based on Eclipse will make the numerous developers create many communications services, mainly for remote users to benefit from a series of new functions of ERP and CRM applications.

Nortel Networks – a partner of Microsoft since last year and Cisco’s rival in the area – didn’t have much success in the communication services field.

As for Microsoft, the experts are waiting for the reaction of the Bill Gates’ company on the ideas and offers made by IBM and Cisco for enterprise communications and collaboration solutions.

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ACLU President Strossen on religion, drugs, guns and impeaching George Bush

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There are few organizations in the United States that elicit a stronger emotional response than the American Civil Liberties Union, whose stated goal is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”. Those people include gays, Nazis, women seeking abortion, gun owners, SPAM mailers and drug users. People who are often not popular with various segments of the public. The ACLU’s philosophy is not that it agrees or disagrees with any of these people and the choices that they make, but that they have personal liberties that must not be trampled upon.

In Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with the President of the ACLU, Nadine Strossen, he wanted to cover some basic ground on the ACLU’s beliefs. Perhaps the area where they are most misunderstood or have their beliefs most misrepresented is their feelings about religion in the public sphere. The ACLU categorically does not want to see religion disappear from schools or in the public forum; but they do not want to see government advocacy of any particular religion. Thus, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s placement of a ten ton monument to the Ten Commandments outside the courthouse is strenuously opposed; but “Lone Ranger of the Manger” Rita Warren’s placement of nativity scenes in public parks is vigorously defended. In the interview, Strossen talks about how certain politicians and televangelists purposefully misstate the law and the ACLU’s work in order to raise funds for their campaigns.

David Shankbone’s discussion with Strossen touches upon many of the ACLU’s hot button issues: religion, Second Amendment rights, drug liberalization, “partial-birth abortion” and whether or not George W. Bush should be impeached. It may surprise the reader that many ideas people have about the most visible of America’s civil libertarian organizations are not factually correct and that the ACLU often works closely with many of the organizations people think despise its existence.

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