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Anti-Lebanon Mountains

The Anti-Lebanon Mountains are a southwest-northeast-trending mountain range that forms most of the border between Syria and Lebanon. The border is defined along the crest of the range. Most of the range lies in Syria, its Western name Anti-Lebanon comes from the Greek and Latin Antilibanus, derived from its position opposite and parallel to the Mount Lebanon range. It ends in the south with Mount Hermon. To the west of the Anti-Lebanon lie valleys that separate it from Mount Lebanon in central Lebanon: Beqaa Valley in the north and the Hasbani River valley in the south. To the east, in Syria, lies the Eastern Plateau, location of the city of Damascus; the Anti-Lebanon range is 150 kilometres in length. To the north, it extends to the latitude of the Syrian city of Homs. To the south, the range adjoins the lower-laying Golan Heights plateau, but includes the highest peaks, namely Mount Hermon, at 2,814 metres, Ta'la't Musa, at 2,669 metres; these peaks, on the Lebanese-Syrian border, are snow-covered for much of the year.

An important smuggling route between Lebanon and Syria passes through the Anti-Lebanon MountainsThe area is known for its apricot and cherry trees as well as its stone quarries. There are various endemic flora found and named after the region, including Euphorbia antilibanotica, Teucrium antilibanoticum, Valerianella antilibanotica, Iris antilibanotica. Song of Songs 4

Brewers Droop

Brewers Droop was a Southern English pub rock band of the early 1970s. Though they did not chart, they are notable as an early exponent of the pub rock style, as well as for their connections with Dire Straits, as both Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers played with the group for a few months in 1973; the band formed out of the ashes of Mahogany, a UK blues-based band that had released one self-titled album in the US for Epic Records in 1969. Mahogany's original material was composed by the team of singer/guitarist John Mackay and keyboard player Steve Darrington; the band's name "Brewer's Droop" is a slang expression for erectile dysfunction brought on by heavy drinking. Signed to the UK division of RCA in 1972, at the time of their first album Brewer's Droop consisted of Ron Watts, John "Alimony Slim" Mackay, Steve Darrington, Malcolm Barrett, Bob Walker. A non-LP single, "Sweet Thing" appeared in 1972. By the following year, Barrett had been replaced by Derrick Timms on bass; this lineup amended their name to "The Droop" and with Dave Edmunds and Kingsley Ward producing, issued another non-LP single in September 1973.

Throughout 1973, The Droop continued to record a proposed second album while undergoing various line-up changes. Pick Withers took over on drums for a short spell. Shortly thereafter, Timms was replaced by new bassist Steve Nachi. Around the same time, Mark Knopfler was recruited as the group's primary guitarist, allowing Mackay to come to the fore more as a co-lead vocalist with Watts. Knopfler split his time between teaching part-time, playing with the band; this line-up only lasted a few months before dissolving by the end of 1973. Knopfler and Withers went on to great success in the band Dire Straits; as a bit of an in-joke, the Dire Straits song "Industrial Disease" mentions "Brewer's Droop" in the context of a diagnosed malady, alongside smoker's cough. Watts became a successful concert promoter, while Darrington played in numerous live bands and issued the solo album London Picker in 1981. After Knopfler's success with Dire Straits, the long-unreleased second Droop album was issued in 1989.

It was given the title The Booze Brothers and was credited to "Brewer's Droop featuring Mark Knopfler and Dave Edmunds", although Knopfler only played on three of the album's tracks, Edmunds played on only one. Opening Time The Booze Brothers "Sweet Thing", 1972 "Louise", 1973

Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter

Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter is an expansion pack to the role-playing video game Icewind Dale developed by Black Isle Studios. It introduced many changes and additions to the original game, included a new campaign. A downloadable add-on to this expansion pack, titled Trials of the Luremaster, was released for free. Both the expansion and add-on were included in the Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition; some notable changes include a much higher experience point cap, new magical items and spells, a special "Heart of Fury" difficulty setting for increased enemy power and higher experience point-gain, a maximum resolution of 800x600. The game is still based on the Advanced Dragons 2nd edition ruleset. In order to access the new campaign, the player must either enter a locked door in the town of Kuldahar while possessing a party of characters level 9 or above or import the party after completing the main campaign, when the party is exported. In Kuldahar, the player's characters are greeted by a barbarian shaman, who reveals that he has visions of a great conflict and that the party is the key to stopping it.

The party is magically transported to Lonelywood, where they discover that a great barbarian force is gathering nearby, threatening to destroy the Ten Towns. The force has rallied to Wylfdene, a great barbarian warlord killed in battle the previous season, he claims to be host to the spirit of the ancient barbarian hero Jerrod and is now eager to strike the Ten Towns in the name of the war-god Tempus. The party meets the resurrected chief himself. Hjollder believes that something is off with Wylfdene, is in turn exiled from the camp; the party finds the exiled Hjollder in the barbarian burial grounds Wylfdene rose from, though it is now plagued by undead and spirits. On his recommendation, the party journeys to the Gloomfrost to consult the Seer, an old woman with vast mystical powers, she reveals that it is not Jerrod who inhabits the body of Wylfdene, but rather the soul of great white dragon Icasaracht. The party returns to the barbarian camp, she is killed by him, but succeeds in tricking the dragon spirit into abandoning his body, revealing the deception to the gathered barbarians.

The last task of the player's party is to journey to the Sea of Moving Ice where Icasaracht's Lair is located. There, they battle through her minions and find the white dragon herself, she explains she wished to avenge herself upon the Ten Towns for the seizure of dragonkind's lands, for her death a century past. She claims she saw a kindred spirit in Wylfdene and sympathized with the barbarians, who she claims face extinction from the encroaching Ten Towns, she had thought. The party kills her, shatters the Soul Stone that had saved her from death a century before, ensuring her death is final. Trials of the Luremaster is a downloadable add-on to Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, it was released by Black Isle Studios due to criticism that, on its own, Heart of Winter was too short. It contains a large dungeon-like location with several new areas to explore, a handful of new enemies to combat and items to find, it acts as the game's final patch, fixing a number of bugs and bringing the game's version number up to v1.42.

The player meets a mysterious halfling, Hobart Stubbletoes, who introduces himself in the Whistling Gallows Inn in Lonelywood. He seeks a party of stalwart heroes for a quest to a place of great wonder, with treasures beyond the imagination. Should the party accept, they will be transported to a new place, far from the icy terrain of the Ten Towns, finding themselves within the walls of a ruined castle in an unfamiliar land, the Anauroch desert; the Castle itself is a place where a mad spirit of a bard named Luremaster is challenging adventurers with many traps and monsters. The only way out of the place is to defeat all monsters, avoid traps, find good loot if possible, defeat the Luremaster. Upon its release, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter debuted at #6 on NPD Intelect's computer game sales chart for the February 18–24 period, it fell to 10th place in its second week, climbed back to ninth in its third week. By Heart of Winter's fourth week, it was absent from NPD's weekly top 10. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter received positive reviews, with multiple reviewers complimenting its new features and areas.

According to GameSpy, the writer suggests that "when the entire Icewind Dale saga is available at bargain prices, this expansion marks a fun portion of the entire game". Chris Glassel of the Dallas Morning News and Greg Kasavin of Computer Shopper magazine criticized the game for the length of its campaign, much shorter than the original. Chris Chan of the New Strait Times called out a number of minor technical glitches, such as pathfinding problems and the occasional system lock up. "Trials of the Luremaster download page". Archived from the original on December 31, 2005. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter at MobyGames

2012 Aaron's 499

The 2012 Aaron's 499 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 6, 2012 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Contested over 194 laps, it was the tenth race of the 2012 season. Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing took his second win of the season, while Kyle Busch finished second and Matt Kenseth finished third. There were five cautions and thirty-five lead changes among nineteen different drivers throughout the course of the race; the result moved Keselowski into the twelfth position in the Drivers' Championship. He remained seventy-nine points behind of first place driver Greg Biffle and thirteen ahead of thirteen placed Ryan Newman. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, five points ahead of Toyota and ten ahead of Ford, with twenty-six races remaining in the season; the track, Talladega Superspeedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.

The standard track at the speedway is a four-turn superspeedway, 2.66 miles long. The track's turns are banked at thirty-three degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 16.5 degrees. The back stretch has a two-degree banking. Talladega Superspeedway can seat up to 143,231 people. Before the race, Greg Biffle led the Drivers' Championship with 338 points, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. stood in second with 333. Denny Hamlin was third in the Drivers' Championship with 329 points, one ahead of Matt Kenseth and thirteen ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. in fourth and fifth. Jimmie Johnson with 314 was one ahead of Kevin Harvick, as Tony Stewart with 307 points, was twenty points ahead of Carl Edwards, twenty-nine in front of Ryan Newman. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with eight ahead of Toyota. Ford, with 49 points, was twelve points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third. Johnson was the race's defending race winner after winning it in 2011. Two practice sessions were held before the race on Friday.

The first session was 45 minutes long. Aric Almirola was quickest with a time of 48.079 seconds in the first session, two-tenths of a second faster than Michael Waltrip. Kenseth was third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. Casey Mears was seventh, still within half of a second of Almirola's time. In the second practice session, Almirola remained quickest with a time of 48.677. Kenseth followed Almirola in the second position with a time of 48.687 seconds, 0.010 seconds slower. Biffle was third quickest, ahead of Hamlin, Regan Smith, David Gilliland. Joey Logano followed in the seventh position with a time of 49.078 seconds. Forty-four cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three would race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Gordon clinched the seventy-first pole position of his career with a time of 49.973 seconds, the only qualifying lap under 50 seconds. Gordon qualified differently from most of the other drivers, hoping to keep his engine cool through the qualifying laps.

A. J. Allmendinger qualified 0.135 seconds behind and joined Gordon on the front row of the grid. Marcos Ambrose took third place, ahead of Almirola and Kahne in the fourth and fifth positions. Championship leader, Biffle qualified sixth. Stewart and Kenseth completed the first ten positions. J. J. Yeley failed to qualify for the race after positing a time of 51.402 seconds. Following the qualifying session, Gordon stated, "That's quite an accomplishment. I'm just so proud of this DuPont Chevy team. We needed something to boost our morale and something positive because we've had a rough year so far; this is a surprise. We did not expect to be sitting here now talking to you about a pole, I think it's ironice that we've got the DuPont paint scheme, celebrating 20 years and we win a pole for the 20th straight year." The race, the tenth in the season, started 2:05 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on Fox; the conditions on the grid were wet before the overcast skies are expected.

Rain showers before the scheduled start time of 1 p.m. EDT delayed the event by 45 minutes to 2:05 p.m. EDT. At the drop of the green flag on lap 1, polesitter Jeff Gordon maintained his lead, but was soon passed on the backstretch by the Richard Petty Motorsports tandem of Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola. By the time the field returned to the finish line, Matt Kenseth had shoved Tony Stewart to the lead. Stewart led until lap 16. Most of the drivers pitted under the caution, A. J. Allmendinger was penalized for speeding on pit road. Kenseth led the field at the restart on lap 20. On lap 25, Denny Hamlin pushed Michael Waltrip to the lead. Waltrip continued to lead until lap 46 when he was passed by Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. During this time, Newman retired to the garage on lap 44 on a mechanical problem. Waltrip dropped to fourth on lap 48. On lap 52, Matt Kenseth reclaimed the lead, though he reported a vibration in his car five laps later; the field cycled through green flag pit stops from lap 58 to lap 62.

On lap 64, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed the lead. One lap Jimmie Johnson's car returned to the garage for a broken oil pump belt. On lap 67, Kenseth picked up Earnhardt in turn 4; the two cars gained some headway until lap 72, where a scramble for the lead sent Earnhardt back from first place to 19th place in the course of three laps, while Jeff Gordon dropped back from third to tenth place, Kenseth claimed the lead. On lap 81, Michael Waltrip got alongside Kenseth and dueled him for se

Hallie Lieberman

Hallie Lieberman is a writer and a sex and gender historian. Her first book, Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy traces the history of sex toys in the USA from the 1950s to the present. Lieberman teaches technology journalism at Georgia Institute of Technology. While studying for her Masters in Advertising from the University of Texas, Lieberman threw home "Passion Parties" in 2004-2005 wherein she sold sex toys that were, at the time, illegal in Texas. Curious about the history of such legislation, Lieberman enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mass Communications Doctoral Program, studied the history of sex toys for her PhD dissertation. Lieberman disputes the theory. Lieberman traced the theory back to Rachel Maines’ The Technology of Orgasm, while agreeing that sources do back up claims that Victorian doctors used vibrators to treat upwards of 300 different diseases, none of the diseases were cured by vibrators. On this same note, Lieberman argues that Victorian vibrators were penetrative in purpose, did not appear to be targeting clitoris stimulation.

As such, her findings showed these vibrators were used for women. As such, there is documentation of the vibrators being used to treat impotence in men due to documented rectal attachments. Lieberman found that the vibrators were more used for relief of menstrual cramps than for anything related to hysteria, that this myth is rooted in a sexual fantasy. In 2018, with Eric Schatzberg, she published a further article challenging more of Maines' claims, in particular that massage to orgasm was a staple of medical practice; the earliest sex toys were made of bone, ivory and have been traced back 30,000 years. Lieberman researches the double standards of legislation surrounding sex toy legislation. One of her studies highlighted that sex toys are illegal to sell in Alabama, until 2008 they were illegal to sell in Texas whereas Viagra is covered by prescription and penis pumps are sold as medical devices. Lieberman's research highlights notable inventors in the field. One of whom is Gosnell Duncan, paraplegic, invented the silicone dildo to assist those with disabilities experience pleasure.

Recorded that in the 1800s in China, glass dildos were hollowed out and filled with warm liquids to simulate ejaculation. Analyzes the narratives around advertisements for sex toys. Lieberman traced that sex toys have symbolized radical gay sex and gay rights and been marketed to further conservative values. Official website

Liaqat Hayat Khan

Khan Bahadur Nawab Sir Liaqat Hyat Khan, was an Indian official who served for most of his career as a minister and Prime Minister of Patiala State, in British India. Sir Liaqat was the son of Nawab Muhammad Hyat Khan, CSI, Khattar, of Wah, the elder brother of Sir Sikandar Hyat Khan, his son-in-law Shakir Ullah Durrani was the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, his granddaughter, Tehmina Durrani, is an author and his great grand son Rohail Hyatt is an acclaimed Pakistani musician. His grand son, Nawab Sadiq Husain Qureshi was the Chief Minister of Punjab during the regime of Mr. Bhutto. Liaqat Hyat was employed as a police officer in the Imperial Police, his excellent performance was noticed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala at the Imperial Durbar in 1911 at Delhi. His Highness Patiala invited him to take charge as the Home Minister of the State. In due course, he was appointed Prime Minister of the state, his prowess and deft handling of the socio-political and financial affairs of Patiala were appreciated by His Highness.

He was knighted by the Imperial government and Maharaja Patiala nominated him as a delegate to represent the Chamber of Princes on behalf of the Patiala State at the Round Table Conferences in London. Subsequent to his retirement from Patiala in 1938, he was appointed as the Political Advisor to the State of Bhopal After Independence/Partition in August 1947, he moved to Lahore and accepted the post of the new country's ambassador to France. Before he could assume office, he died at Murree in 1948. Nawab Muhammad Hayat Khan Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan Rohail Hyatt Tehmina Durrani Ahsan Azhar Hayat Khan