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Absalom

Absalom, according to the Hebrew Bible, was the third son of David, King of Israel with Maacah, daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur.2 Samuel 14:25 describes him as the most handsome man in the kingdom. Absalom rebelled against his father and was killed during the Battle of Ephraim's Wood. Absalom, David's third son, by Maacah, was born in Hebron, he moved at an early age along with the transfer of the capital to Jerusalem, where he spent most of his life. He was a great favorite of his father, of the people, his charming manners, personal beauty, insinuating ways, love of pomp, royal pretensions, captivated the hearts of the people from the beginning. He lived in great style, drove in a magnificent chariot, had fifty men run before him. Little is known of Absalom's family life, but the biblical narrative states that he had three sons and one daughter, whose name was Tamar and is described as a beautiful woman. From the language of 2 Samuel 18:18, "I have no son to keep my name in remembrance", it is implied that his sons died at an early age.

Although he had no sons 2 Chronicles 11:20 says that Absalom had another daughter or granddaughter named Maacah, who became the favorite wife of Rehoboam. Maacah was the mother of Abijah of Judah, grandmother of Asa of Judah, she served as Queen Mother for Asa. Absalom's sister, called Tamar, was raped by Amnon, their half-brother. Amnon was David's eldest son. After the rape, Absalom waited two years, avenged Tamar by sending his servants to murder a drunken Amnon at a feast, to which Absalom had invited all the king's sons. After this murder Absalom fled to Talmai, the king of Geshur and Absalom's maternal grandfather, it was not until three years that Absalom was reinstated in his father's favour and returned to Jerusalem. While at Jerusalem, Absalom built support for himself by speaking to those who came to King David for justice, saying, “See, your claims are good and right. "If only I were the judge of the land! All who had a suit or cause might come to me, I would give them justice." He made gestures of flattery by kissing those who bowed before him instead of accepting supplication.

He "stole the hearts of the people of Israel". After four years he declared himself king, raised a revolt at Hebron, the former capital, slept with his father's concubines. All Israel and Judah flocked to him, David, attended only by the Cherethites and Pelethites and his former bodyguard, which had followed him from Gath, found it expedient to flee; the priests Zadok and Abiathar remained in Jerusalem, their sons Jonathan and Ahimaaz served as David's spies. Absalom consulted with the renowned Ahithophel. David took refuge from Absalom's forces beyond the Jordan River. However, he took the precaution of instructing a servant, Hushai, to infiltrate Absalom's court and subvert it. Hushai convinced Absalom to ignore Ahithophel's advice to attack his father while he was on the run, instead to prepare his forces for a major attack; this gave David critical time to prepare his own troops for the battle. A fateful battle was fought in the Wood of Ephraim and Absalom's army was routed. Absalom's head was caught in the boughs of an oak tree.

He was discovered there still alive by one of David's men, who reported this to Joab, the king's commander. Joab, accustomed to avenging himself, took this opportunity to the score with Absalom. Absalom had once set Joab's field on fire and made Amasa Captain of the Host instead of Joab. Killing Absalom was against David's explicit command, "Beware that none touch the young man Absalom". Joab killed Absalom with three darts through the heart; when David heard that Absalom was killed, although not how he was killed, he sorrowed. O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! David withdrew to the city in mourning, until Joab roused him from "the extravagance of his grief" and called on him to fulfil his duty to his people. Absalom had erected a monument near Jerusalem to perpetuate his name: Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.

An ancient monument in the Kidron Valley near the Old City of Jerusalem, known as the Tomb of Absalom or Absalom's Pillar and traditionally identified as the monument of the biblical narrative, is now dated by modern archeologists to the first century AD. The Jewish Encyclopedia reports: "A tomb twenty feet high and twenty-four feet square, which late tradition points out as the resting-place of Absalom, it is situated to the east of Jerusalem. In all probability it is the tomb of Alexander Jannæus, it existed in the days of Josephus. See illustrations on pp. 133, 134. However, archaeologists have now dated the tomb to the 1st century AD. In a 2013 conference, Professor Gabriel Barkay suggested that it could be the tomb of Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great, based in part on the similarity to Herod's newly discovered tomb at Herodium. For centuries, it was the custom among

1st Issue Special

1st Issue Special was a comics anthology series from DC Comics, done in a similar style to their Showcase series. It was published from April 1975 to April 1976; the goal was to showcase a new possible first issue of an ongoing series each month, with some issues debuting new characters and others reviving dormant series from DC's past. No series were launched from 1st Issue Special but the Warlord made his first appearance in the title and the character's ongoing series was slated to debut a few months later. Writer Gerry Conway explained the series' origin: "1st Issue Special was a peculiar book concept based on Carmine Infantino’s observation that first issues of titles sold better than subsequent issues. Carmine’s brainstorm: a monthly series of nothing but first issues, it sounds like a joke, but he was dead serious."Conway has denied that 1st Issue Special was a tryout series, pointing out that tryout series run each feature for several issues so that the publisher has enough time to get sales figures before deciding whether to give the feature its own series.

Conway added, "We used to sit at editorial meetings and would say,'Who has an idea for 1st Issue Special next month?' How do you develop a project that has a potential to be a real series within 20 days? You can't." Only two of the 1st Issue Special features received an ongoing series: Mike Grell's The Warlord, which first appeared in issue #8, Gerry Conway and Mike Vosburg's Return of the New Gods, which appeared in issue #13. Issues # 1 featured story by Jack Kirby. A number of issues featured existing DC characters: issue #3, issue #5, issue #7, the Creeper, issue #9, the Golden Age character Doctor Fate, issue #13, the New Gods; the Metamorpho feature reunited writer Bob Haney and artist Ramona Fradon. Haney and Fradon had met at the 1974 San Diego Comic-Con, while reminiscing, it emerged that both of them regarded Metamorpho as one of the features they had most enjoyed working on, leading them to ask DC if they could do one more Metamorpho story together. 1st Issue Special staff have not been able to answer why the Creeper story was illustrated but not written by the character's creator, Steve Ditko.

Issue #12 featured a new Starman character which would be used in James Robinson's 1990s series focused on the character Jack Knight. The character was a supporting player in Justice League: Cry for Justice in 2010; some stories, intended for publication in 1st Issue Special appeared in other titles instead. A Batgirl and Robin team-up was published in Batman Family #1 and a Green Arrow and Black Canary story was kept in inventory until it was published as a backup feature in Green Lantern #100.1st Issue Special never printed a letters column, instead accompanying each feature with a "Story Behind the Story" text page. The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume 2 includes the Atlas story from 1st Issue Special #1, the Manhunter story from #5, the Dingbats of Danger Street story from #6, 624 pages, May 2013, ISBN 978-1401238339 Showcase Presents: The Great Disaster featuring the Atomic Knights includes the Atlas story from 1st Issue Special #1, 576 pages, June 2014, ISBN 978-1401242909 The Creeper by Steve Ditko includes the Creeper story from 1st Issue Special #7, 288 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-1401225919 The Warlord: The Savage Empire includes the Warlord story from 1st Issue Special #8, 240 pages, November 1991, ISBN 978-1563890246 Showcase Presents: Warlord includes the Warlord story from 1st Issue Special #8, 528 pages, September 2009, ISBN 978-1401224738 The Art of Walter Simonson includes the Doctor Fate story from 1st Issue Special #9, 208 pages, June 1989, ISBN 0930289412 List of DC Comics publications 1st Issue Special at the Comic Book DB 1st Issue Special at Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics

Government-organized non-governmental organization

A government-organized non-governmental organization is a non-governmental organization, set up or sponsored by a government in order to further its political interests and mimic the civic groups and civil society at home, or promote its international or geopolitical interests abroad. The term GONGO had become established by the late 1980s, it was suggested that it was first introduced by a group of Indonesian non-governmental organizations. A government-organized non-governmental organization can be created for any sound political or social purpose, however, in reality, it would be functioning as a mechanism of the government to further its domestic political interests and realize its economic and foreign policy objectives. Sometimes, GONGOs are created to solicit international aid, or mitigate specific humanitarian issues. Though not confined to developing countries, most GONGOs are set up by undemocratic governments to maintain some level of control of a GONGO's personnel, operation or activities.

This control is not seen in a positive light, as it compromises the spirit of an NGO by introducing hidden actors and withholding the government's intentions from the public. Examples of government-organized non-governmental organization: Red Cross Society of China China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation World Without Nazism Nashi National Endowment for Democracy Freedom House Institute for Statecraft Grey propaganda Quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation Cumming, Lawrence S. GONGOs. In Anheier, Helmut K, Stefan Toepler. International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Berlin: Springer, 2010. Naim, Moises. What is a Gongo. In Mansbach, Richard W. and Edward Rhodes. Global Politics in a Changing World: A Reader. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth / Cengage Learning, 2009. Sharma, Aradhana. Logics of Empowerment: Development and Governance in Neoliberal India. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. Definition for a GONGO, The New York Times, October 29, 2010

Todo Lo Que Soy-En Vivo

Todo Lo Que Soy-En Vivo is a live album by Fey, a Mexican pop singer. The album was recorded in Mexico City's National Auditorium after the success of her Fey: Primera Fila album. Fey toured this show in various venues in Mexico, with many sold out dates and dates were added due to popular demand. Before going in for an encore performance at the National Auditorium on April 2014, Fey had confirmed that would be the concert date she would record the show in a CD & DVD format; the album was slated for a summer 2014 release, but was delayed due to Fey wanting to be involved in the details of the editing process. On December 11, 2014, Fey confirmed via Twitter that the CD & DVD format would be released on December 17, 2014 and the digital version would go worldwide on December 24, 2014 along with the cover art. With the exception of the album Faltan Lunas, Fey performs songs from all previous albums in the show; the show's title was taken from a line in her song, Me Haces Tanta Falta, which signified that her show would reflect Todo Lo Que Soy, or All That I Am.

Frio Te Pertenezco Diselo Con Flores Gatos en el Balcón Desmargaritando el Corazón Me Enamoro De Ti Tierna La Noche Cielo Liquido Lentamente Se Lo Que Vendra Dressing to Kill La Noche Se Mueve Azucar Amargo Media Naranja Muevelo Frio Te Pertenezco Diselo Con Flores Gatos en el Balcón Desmargaritando el Corazón Me Haces Tanta Falta Me Enamoro De Ti Tierna La Noche Cielo Liquido Lentamente Se Lo Que Vendra Dressing to Kill La Noche Se Mueve Azucar Amargo Media Naranja MueveloNote: Though performed at the shows, Barco a Venus, Ni Tu Ni Nadie and Subidon were not added to neither the CD nor DVD track listings

NUAA Unmanned Ornithopter

NUAA unmanned ornithopters are Chinese UAVs developed by Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, all of them are experimental aircraft intended to explore technologies of ornithopters. As of 2014 a total of three have been publicized. Golden Hawk UAV is an unmanned ornithopter developed by NUAA three Ph. D. students of NUAA headed by Ms. Chen Mei-Li. Golden Hawk made its public debut in September 2011 at the first AVIC Creativity Cup competition; the airframe of Golden Hawk unmanned ornithopter is constructed of carbon fiber and wood, the wings and the tail are made of nylon fiber used for parachute. The flight control system is based on microelectromechanical systems. Besides research, the primary application of Golden Hawk is to disperse birds within airport vicinity by carrying a micro broadcasting system of recorded shriek of raptors, so that birds can be dispersed with less lethal means. Gull UAV is an unmanned ornithopter developed by NUAA student Mr. Huang Ming-Yang, under the direct supervision of NUAA Professor Ang Hai-Song.

After more than eighty failures, the design succeeded after more than eight months of development. Gull is the first Chinese sectional bionic unmanned ornithopter, it is the largest Chinese unmanned ornithopter as of mid-2014. Gull has been presented at 4th International Conference on Bionics Engineering and Mr. Huang is working on further improving the design. Specification: Wingspan: 2.2 Sky Hawk UAV is an unmanned ornithopter developed by NUAA. In addition to research, the primary application of Golden Hawk is to disperse birds within airport vicinity beside research, just like Golden Hawk described earlier. What differs from Sky Hawk from Golden Hawk besides technical and performance parameters in in the way they are used to disperse birds. Contrary to the scare tactic Golden Hawk employed, Sky Hawk is designed as a lure instead. Sky Hawk is designed to mimic birds of the same kind and lure them away from runways when birds follow Sky Hawk in flight. Specification: Weight: 1.5 Speed: 30 – 60 Silver Wing 03 UAV is an unmanned ornithopter developed by NUAA.

In addition to research, the primary application of Golden Hawk is to disperse birds within airport vicinity, just like Sky Hawk described earlier. Silver Wing is smaller than its larger cousin Sky Hawk and it is a micro air vehicle; the need of a micro unmanned ornithopter was revealed during the test of Sky Hawk for its effectiveness as a bait to lure birds away from the runway: although many birds have followed Sky Hawk and were led away from the immediate vicinity of the runway, these birds are limited to certain breeds only, because Sky Hawk can only mimic some breeds of bird due to its size. For smaller birds, a micro unmaned ornithopter with smaller size was needed for the project to work and Silver Wing 03 was the result. Silver Wing 03 is classified as MAV due to its compact size. List of unmanned aerial vehicles of China

Throwing Muses (1986 album)

Throwing Muses is the 1986 debut album of the band Throwing Muses, released on British independent label 4AD. This was the first album by an American band to be released on 4AD, which had concentrated on British-based acts up to this point; the release marked a shift in the label's direction. All the songs on the album were written by Kristin Hersh, with the exception of "Green", written by Tanya Donelly; the album was produced by Gil Norton. The band considers the album to be untitled, with Throwing Muses the name they give to another album released in 2003; the album was released in the UK by 4AD in August 1986 on LP, CD and cassette. Sometime around the early 1990s, the album went out of print, as plans were made by the band's American label, Sire Records to issue the album for the first time in the USA, along with 1987's Chains Changed EP, which had never seen American release. After Throwing Muses were dropped by Sire following the disappointing sales for 1995's critical favorite University, plans for the re-issue were dropped.

The band resurrected the re-issue project, issuing the 2-CD compilation In a Doghouse in 1998 on 4AD in the UK, on Rykodisc in the USA. This compilation not only contained the debut LP and EP as planned, but the demo tape that convinced 4AD president Ivo Watts-Russell to sign the band. AllMusic calls the album a "powerful debut" whose "startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, Kristin Hersh's mercurial voice and lyrics...puts the work of most self-consciously'tortured' artists to shame." The review praises the record's "fluid, effortless emotional shifts"—also described as "violent, vibrant mood swings". The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. All songs written by Kristin Hersh except "Green", written by Tanya Donelly. "Call Me" – 3:59 "Green" – 3:04 "Hate My Way" – 4:06 "Vicky's Box" – 5:09 "Rabbits Dying" – 3:49 "America" – 2:47 "Fear" – 2:45 "Stand Up" – 2:56 "Soul Soldier" – 5:10 "Delicate Cutters" – 3:53 Kristin Hersh – guitars, synthesizer Tanya Donelly – guitars, percussion Leslie Langston – bass David Narcizodrums, percussion Dave Knowles – keyboards Ronald Stone – additional guitarTechnicalGil Norton – production Richard Donelly – photography