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Bona Dea

Bona Dea was a goddess in ancient Roman religion. She was associated with chastity and fertility in Roman women and the protection of the state and people of Rome. According to Roman literary sources, she was brought from Magna Graecia at some time during the early or middle Republic, was given her own state cult on the Aventine Hill, her rites allowed women the use of strong wine and blood-sacrifice, things otherwise forbidden them by Roman tradition. Men were barred from the possession of her true name. Given that male authors had limited knowledge of her rites and attributes, ancient speculations about her identity abound, among them that she was an aspect of Terra, Cybele, or Ceres, or a Latin form of the Greek goddess "Damia". Most she was identified as the wife, sister, or daughter of the god Faunus, thus an equivalent or aspect of the nature-goddess Fauna, who could prophesy the fates of women; the goddess had two annual festivals. One was held at her Aventine temple; the latter festival came to scandalous prominence in 62 BC, when the politician Publius Clodius Pulcher was tried for his intrusion on the rites bent on the seduction of Julius Caesar's wife, whom Caesar divorced because "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion".

The rites remained a subject of male curiosity and speculation, both prurient. Bona Dea's cults in the city of Rome were led by the Vestal Virgins, her provincial cults by virgin or matron priestesses. Surviving statuary shows her as a sedate Roman matron with a snake. Personal dedications to her are attested among all classes plebeians and women, slaves. One third of her dedications are from men, some of whom may have been lawfully involved in her cult. Bona Dea is both a respectful pseudonym, her other, less common pseudonyms include Feminea Dea, Laudanda... Dea, Sancta, she is a goddess of "no definable type", with several origins and a range of different characteristics and functions. Based on what little they knew of her rites and attributes, Roman historians speculated her true name and identity. Festus describes her as identical with a "women's goddess" named Damia, which Georges Dumézil sees as an ancient misreading of Greek "Demeter". In the late Imperial era, the neoplatonist author Macrobius identifies her as a universal earth-goddess, an epithet of Maia, Terra, or Cybele, worshiped under the names of Ops and Fatua.

The Christian author Lactantius, claiming the late Republican polymath Varro as his source, describes her as Faunus' wife and sister, named "Fenta Fauna" or "Fenta Fatua". The known features of Bona Dea's cults recall those of various earth and fertility goddesses of the Graeco-Roman world the Thesmophoria festival to Demeter, they included nocturnal rites conducted by predominantly or female initiates and female priestesses, music and wine, sacrifice of a sow. During the Roman Republican era, two such cults to Bona Dea were held at different times and locations in the city of Rome. One was held on May 1 at Bona Dea's Aventine temple, its date connects her to Maia. The festival and temple's foundation year is uncertain – Ovid credits it to Claudia Quinta; the rites are inferred as some form of mystery, concealed from the public gaze and, according to most Roman literary sources forbidden to men. In the Republican era, Bona Dea's Aventine festivals were distinctly plebeian affairs, open to all classes of women and in some limited fashion, to men.

Control of her Aventine cult seems to have been contested at various times during the Mid Republican era. By the Late Republic era, Bona Dea's May festival and Aventine temple could have fallen into official disuse, or official disrepute; the goddess had a Winter festival, attested on only two occasions. It was held in December, at the home of the current senior annual Roman magistrate cum imperio, whether consul or praetor, it was attended by respectable matrons of the Roman elite. This winter festival is not marked on any known religious calendar but was dedicated to the public interest and supervised by the Vestals, therefore must be considered official. Shortly after 62 BC, Cicero presents it as one of few lawful nocturnal festivals allowed to women, privileged to those of aristocratic class, coeval with Rome's earliest history; the house was ritually cleansed of all male persons and presences male animals and male portraiture. The magistrate's wife and her assistants made bowers of vine-leaves, decorated the house's banqueting hall with "all manner of growing and blooming plants" except for myrtle, whose presence and naming were expressly forbidden.

A banquet table was prepared, with the image of a snake. The Vestals brought Bona Dea's cult image from her temple and laid it upon her couch, as an honoured guest; the goddess' meal was prepa

Hillcrest High School (Dallas)

Hillcrest High School Vickery Meadows High School is a public secondary school located in North Dallas, Texas. Hillcrest High School enrolls students in grades 9–12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. In 2018, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency; the school opened in 1938 as Vickery Meadows High School. In 1945 it was renamed to Hillcrest High School. Prior to the 1970s Hillcrest was known as "Hebrew High" due to the number of Jewish students enrolled; the Franklin Stadium is located at Hillcrest. In June 2011 the DISD board voted against renaming the stadium after John McClamrock. In fall 2019 a new addition with 22 classrooms, an administrative area, a 7,500-square-foot competition gymnasium, a locker room, a tornado shelter, along with renovations, are to be completed. Several Dallas communities such as portions of Preston Hollow, University Meadows, a small portion of Vickery Meadow, a portion of Addison are zoned to Hillcrest. Colin Allred NFL football player, US House member.

John D. Arnold Commodities trader. Lane P. Hughston Mathematician. Linda Koop former Texas House representative John McClamrock American football player gravely injured during a game. Harriet Miers former White House Counsel. Glenn Morshower actor, best known for playing Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce in 24. Erric Pegram former NFL football player. Damien Robinson Former NFL football player. Ajai Sanders actress and stand-up comic. Kurt Thomas NBA player. J. William Harbour M. D. is an ocular oncologist, cancer researcher and vice chairman at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Official website

Salgueiro Atl├ętico Clube

Salgueiro Atlético Clube is a Brazilian football club, founded in 1972 in Salgueiro, Pernambuco. The club was founded on May 23, 1972. Pernambuco Championship Second level: 12007 Copa Pernambuco: 12005Copa Integração: 12005 Pernambuco Championship Second level: 22005, 2007 Campeonato Pernambucano: 52006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C: 32008, 2009, 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 12011 Salgueiro versus Olympilagos Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official site

Mark 11

Mark 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, beginning Jesus' final week before his death as he arrives in Jerusalem for the coming Passover. It contains the stories of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, his cursing of the fig tree, his conflict with the Temple money changers, his argument with the chief priests and elders about his authority; the original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 33 verses; some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are: Codex Vaticanus Codex Sinaiticus Codex Bezae Codex Alexandrinus Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus Jesus and his disciples approach Bethphage and Bethany, towns on the edge of Jerusalem. Bethany was about two miles east of the city on the Mount of Olives. Zechariah 14:4 has the final messianic battle occurring on the Mount of Olives. Bethphage is Aramaic for house of unripe figs Mark's foreshadowing of the story of the fig tree. Jesus instructs two unnamed disciples to go ahead to the town and get a colt, by which he assuredly means a young donkey, which he says will be tied up and has never been ridden, for him to ride.

This is to fulfill Messianic prophecies, such as Zechariah 9:9, quoted in every Gospel except Mark. He instructs them that if anyone questions them to say "The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.", where Mark uses a double entendre as the "Lord" is meant as the owner of the colt and Jesus. The two go and find the colt as Jesus had predicted and start to untie it and people standing nearby ask what they are up to and they tell them what Jesus told them to say and amazingly they leave them alone. Mark leaves the event showing Jesus' power of prediction, but it could be argued that the people knew Jesus as this town was his base of operations over the next several days: according to Mark and the other Gospels, Jesus had friends there including Lazarus, his sisters, Simon the Leper, they bring the colt back to Jesus and put their cloaks on it and Jesus rides it into Jerusalem and people lay their cloaks and tree branches before him, singing him praise as the Son of David and a line from Psalm 118:25-26: "Hosanna!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"The Textus Receptus repeats the words ἑν ὀνόματι Κυρίου in verse 10 as well as verse 9: "Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord!" The ancient Codex Alexandrinus supports the duplication, but other early manuscripts, the Vulgate and the writings of Origen omit these words from verse 10. The quotation from the Psalms is significant as the composition of the Psalms is traditionally ascribed to King David; the word ὡσαννά, is derived from Aramaic from Hebrew, meaning "help" or "save, I pray", "an appeal that became a liturgical formula. Where this entry took place is unknown, some believing it was through what is now called the Golden Gate where it was believed the messiah would enter Jerusalem. Others think he might have used an entrance to the south that had stairs that led directly to the Temple, he goes into the city and checks out the Temple, but because it is late he leaves and goes back to Bethany.

There were two areas of the Temple, the main area of the building where people's activity took place and the inner sanctuary called the Temple, where the power of God was thought to reside. As they leave Bethany next day, Jesus sees a fig tree at a distance and goes over to see if it has figs, it is too early in the year for the tree to produce fruit and it has none. Jesus says: "May no one eat fruit from you again", which his disciples hear, they reach Jerusalem and Jesus goes straight to the Temple, Herod's Temple, starts, without explanation, throwing over tables and driving the dove salesman and money changers from the courtyard of the Temple and stops people from bringing anything for sale through the Temple courts. The doves were used for sacrifices and the standard Greek or Roman money used by people had to be changed into special blessed Jewish or Tyrian money suitable for use; this is what Jesus told everyone there: And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Cross reference: Matthew 21:13, Luke 19:46Jesus combines quotes from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11 in Matthew 21:13, a parallel verse to this verse and Luke 19:46. Both are from expositions on the nature of the Temple; the quote from Isaiah comes from a section about how all who obey God's will, Jewish or not, are to be allowed into the Temple so they can pray and therefore converse with God. The passage in Jeremiah is from a chapter on the futility of worship if one does not obey God's will. People making money off of worshipping God right inside God's own Temple seems to Jesus to be a corruption of God's intention. "Den of thieves" might be a reference to extortionary pricing for money. The people are amazed by his teaching, which drives the chief priests to plot to kill him. Jesus and his group however leave the city at the end of the day; the incident with the money changers is recorded in all the Gospels. The synoptics have the same story as Mark. John 2:12-25 has the incident occurring at the start of his book and therefore Jesus' minis

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy is an action adventure video game developed by Midway Games for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows platforms. The game was released in North America on June 14, 2004. A traditional shooter in many respects, Psi-Ops banks on its ragdoll physics and variety of psychic powers to differentiate itself. In the game, the player is Nick Scryer, a "PSI-Operative" whose mind has been wiped to allow him to infiltrate a terrorist organization. However, he must fight his way out with the help of Sara, a double agent; as he progresses, he regains his PSI powers. On June 9, 2008, the full version was offered as a free download hosted by FilePlanet with in-game advertising, but allowing to purchase the game in order to remove the advertising. A FilePlanet subscription is required to receive the game. On December 2018 now host the pc game as "freeware". When the story begins, Nick Scryer has no memory of who he is, his mind having been wiped in order to infiltrate a terrorist organization known as The Movement.

After being imprisoned, the player is released by Sara and given a drug to regain his memory and lost abilities. It begins with the game's most prominent power and moves from there. Nick faces off against a plethora of former PSI-Operatives, all of whom have defected with the general that led the PSI-Ops project; each is specialized in a certain field of psychic ability and far more powerful in that field than Nick. Nick defeats them one by one; as Nick moves his way through the organization, he learns of mysterious, psi-based objects that have been the focus of wars over the last century. At the same time, he begins noticing strange behavior in Sara, who seems to rotate between friend and foe for no apparent reason, it is discovered that Sara in fact has a twin, killed by Sara near the end of the game. As the game comes to an end, the many artifacts are combined into a single device, which when combined with a special machine give the user nearly limitless psychic power. Nick regains his full memory while attempting to stop this.

The general uses this device on himself, is summarily defeated by Nick. Though his defeat is the same regardless of how the player goes about doing it, the point of the battle is to absorb some of the immense psychic power before the general, giving Nick a special weapon to use and a much better chance of defeating the general than if he had missed the opportunity to do so. After the general is defeated, the device is broken back into its component artifacts, two helicopter gunships promptly appear to recover them, not concerned with the lives of Nick or Sara. In the game's final cutscene, Nick crashes one of the helicopters with telekinesis; the screen fades to black and the words. Most of the gameplay in Psi-Ops focuses on the use of Nick's various psychic powers, which are unlocked as the game progresses. Though there are numerous weapons available, only two can be carried at a time, one of which cannot be replaced; the available weapons become useless in the levels against the larger armored enemies.

The low ammo totals for each weapon force a dependence on Nick's psychic powers, which are much more effective in practice. The player is given a meter that limits the total amount of energy they can expend at any given point, though like any power meter it can be restored through various methods. Unlike the game's antagonists, In which each one is a master of one Psi power, Nick is unique in that he has access to the full range of psychic abilities, albeit in a more limited form than the more specialized psychics. Other than his psychic abilities and the weapons he can wield, Nick may attack with a melee punch. To begin with Nick has no access to his psychic powers, but regains his memories of how to use them one by one at various points in the game; each remembered event is followed by a training level instructing the player in each powers' use. The powers are listed in the order. Telekinesis is the ability to move objects with the mind; this is Nick's "bread and butter" skill and has numerous uses, ranging from using loose items as projectiles, slamming enemies into walls, or flying on an object being levitated.

By applying telekinesis to swinging ball chains, discarded boxes and debris, a stable environment can soon become a lethal battleground through the added benefit of Havok 2.0 ragdoll physics. Remote Viewing' gives Nick a literal out-of-body experience, separating his mind from his body and enabling the player to look anywhere within a short distance unhindered by walls or doors while their real body remains motionless; the distance determines the amount of power. Mind Drain is used to absorb a target's mental energy to replenish Nick's own. So long as the target is unaware, unconscious, or dead, Nick can steal their mental energy; this will kill the target if they are still alive at the time and the process is completed. Catching a living target standing and unaware, or at the moment they stand up after being knocked down, will restore up to fifty percent of Nick's energy while causing the target's head to explode upon completion. Enemies missing a head will not yield any mental energy. Mind Control allows Nick to enter another person's mind and take full control of their body

Roger Miller (rock musician)

Roger Miller is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for co-founding Mission of Burma and performing in Alloy Orchestra. His main instruments are piano. Guitar Player magazine describes Miller's guitar playing as balancing rock energy with cerebral experimentation. Miller was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Detroit-area bands like the Stooges and the MC5, Miller formed several garage bands in his teens. With brothers Benjamin Miller and Laurence B. Miller, he formed Sproton Layer, their recordings were collected and released in 1992 and again in 2011 as With Magnetic Fields Disrupted. The Miller brothers have an occasional ongoing collaboration called M3. Attending CalArts in 1976, majoring in composition, Miller studied piano and French Horn, studied music by 20th century experimental composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he would drop out of college in favor of punk rock. Relocating to Boston, Miller was a member of the short-lived Moving Parts before co-founding Mission of Burma in 1979.

The group was unable to expand their audience. Miller played guitar and sang, edged out bassist/singer Clint Conley as the more productive songwriter, it was Miller's idea to invite Martin Swope to join the group and add tape loop effects, giving the group an unusual, experimental sound. Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due in large part to Miller's worsening tinnitus, attributed in large part to their notoriously loud live performances. In subsequent years, Mission of Burma's small body of recordings grew to be regarded as important and influential. During the Burma years, Miller worked as a freelance piano tuner, he has composed numerous film soundtracks, including the documentary TV series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. In 2008 he began composing in a more formal fashion and has had numerous compositions performed at the New England Conservatory, many featuring Prepared piano. Miller's current rock trio, Trinary System, released a 5-song EP in 2016. Miller creates frottage drawings, using a technique developed by the surrealist Max Ernst, is a writer.

He has blogged for Slate and Huffington Post, written a review about Mike Goldsmith's book "Discord" for The Wall Street Journal. His short story "Insect Futures" was published in Penny Ante III, his drawings have appeared in numerous shows since 2003. Miller has conducted "A Night of Surrealist Games" at Arts at the Armory, Mass MoCA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Real Art Ways, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth Book & Bar, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 118 Elliot Gallery, he has shown his Surrealist drawings in group exhibitions. Miller has successfully created soundtrack scores for animation and commercials since 1992. Four of the films he has scored have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which has included "500 Years" and "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator". After Burma broke up, Miller turned his attention to playing piano with the more experimental, instrumental group Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic, which he left in 1987. Afterward, Miller had several collaborations, solo efforts, film scores.

The group's name refers to the many metal objects used by percussionists Ken Winokur and Terry Donohue. M2, an ongoing musical collaboration with Benjamin Miller with Miller on prepared piano. Exquisite Corpse, an instrumental group with Miller on guitar and sampler. Binary System, an instrumental, piano/drums duo with percussionist Larry Dersch. Hooker/Miller/Ranaldo, a free improvisation group composed of William Hooker, Lee Ranaldo, Miller. M3, a musical collaboration with Benjamin Miller and Laurence Miller. Maximum Electric Piano. No Man. Elemental Guitar. Trinary System. Solo albums No Man Is Hurting Me Groping Hands EP The Big Industry Win Instantly Oh XYLYL and A Woman in Half Elemental Guitar The Benevolent Disruptive Ray Alloy Orchestra L'inhumaine Blu-ray Phantom of the Opera Blu-ray and DVD Man with the Movie Camera DVD and Blu-ray STRIKE! DVD Fatty Arbuckle Vol. I and II DVD The General/Steamboat Bill, Jr. DVD Slapstick Masters DVD The Lost World DVD Phantom of the Opera Blu-ray Dragonflies the Baby Cries DVD Manslaughter DVD Wild and Weird DVD Masters Of Slapstick CD Lonesome CD Silents CD Metropolis CD Underworld CD Binary System Live at the Idea Room Boston Underbelly V/A Compilation "Impov.

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