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Emilio Lussu

Emilio Lussu was an Italian soldier, antifascist and a writer. Lussu was born in Armungia, province of Cagliari and graduated with a degree in law in 1914. Lussu married Joyce Salvadori, a notable poet, member of the noble Paleotti family of the Marche, who were counts of Fermo. Prior to the entry of Italy into World War I, Lussu joined the army and was involved in several skirmishes; as a complementary officer of the Sassari Infantry Brigade in 1916 he was stationed on the Asiago Plateau. The brigade had arrived on the plateau in May 1916 to help in the Italian effort to stop the Austrian Spring offensive. In the month of June 1916 the brigade conquered Monte Fior, Monte Castelgomberto, Monte Spil, Monte Miela and Monte Zebio. After the war Lussu wrote the book A Year on the High Plateau about his experiences of trench warfare on the Plateau; the 1970 movie Many Wars Ago by Francesco Rosi is taken from this book. After the war Lussu, together with Camillo Bellieni, founded the Partidu Sardu-Partito Sardo d'Azione, that blended social-democratic ideas and Sardinian nationalism.

The party took a formal position in 1921. Lussu was elected to the Italian parliament in 1921 and, in 1924 was among the Aventine secessionists who withdrew from the Italian Parliament after the murder of Giacomo Matteotti. Lussu's anti-Fascist position was, at the time, one of the most radical in Italy. Lussu was physically attacked and injured by unknown aggressors several times. In 1926, during one of these attacks, Lussu shot one of the squadristi, in self-defense, he was tried. However, he was re-tried by an administrative Fascist commission and sentenced to 5 years of confinement on the island of Lipari, near Sicily. In 1929 Lussu reached Paris. There, together with Gaetano Salvemini and Carlo Rosselli he formed Giustizia e Libertà, an anti-Fascist movement that proposed revolutionary methods to upset the Italian Fascist Regime. While in exile came to be known as "Mister Mills". In 1938 Lussu's novel Un anno sull'altipiano, was published in Paris; this thinly fictional account tells of the lives of soldiers during World War I and the trench warfare they encountered.

Un anno sull'altipiano underlines, with chill rationalism, how the irrationalities of warfare affected the common man. Gifted with a keen sense of observation and sharp logic, Lussu demonstrates how distant the real life of soldiers is from everyday activities. In a notable passage, he describes the silent terror in the moments preceding an attack, as he is forced to abandon the "safe" protective trench for an external unknown, undefined world: “All the machine-guns are waiting for us”. Lussu took part in the civil war in Spain. Between 1941 and 1942 he was the protagonist of the most important "episode" of the collaboration between British Special Operations Executive and Italian antifascism in exile, he tried to get the clearance for an antifascist uprising in Sardinia, which the SOE supported at some stage but did not receive approval from the Foreign Office. He returned to Italy after the armistice of 1943 when joined the Resistenza and became the secretary of Partito d'Azione for southern Italy.

He became the leader of the left wing of Partito d'Azione and joined forces with the Italian Socialist Party. After World War II he served as a Minister of Aid in the government of Ferruccio Parri and as a minor minister in Alcide De Gasperi's government. In 1964 he separated from the Socialist Party creating the Italian Socialist Party of Proletarian Unity. Ideological differences with the political line of Partito d'Azione deepened and Lussu left Sardinia. Emilio Lussu died in Rome in 1975. Many political meanings have been drawn from Lussu's works, but his works are more important at a personal level. Morally and philosophically, Lussu's books reflect his need to repent, having been an interventista and a revolutionary; the alteration of Lussu's opinion of war is quite apparent in the range of his works: first an interventista the author of a manual for revolution, soon afterwards the author of a pacifist book again a revolutionary and a volunteer in the Spanish civil war. Anyway, A Year on the High Plateau combines well the repulse of the war with the bravery of the fighter.

Lussu's consistency has been questioned and politics invades evaluations of his works. La catena Marcia su Roma e dintorni Teoria dell'insurrezione Per l'Italia dall'esilio Un anno sull'altipiano Diplomazia clandestina" La clericalizzazione dello Stato e l'arcivescovo di Cagliari Il cinghiale del diavolo e altri scritti sulla Sardegna Silver Medal for Valor Silver Medal for Valor Bronze Medal for Valor Bronze Medal for Valor War Merit Cross Commemorative Medal for the Italo-Austrian War 1915–1918 Commemorative Medal of the Unity of Italy Order of Vittorio Veneto Medaglia commemorativa italiana della vittoria Rossi, Umberto. "The Alcoholics of War: Exp

British Cellophane

British Cellophane Ltd was a joint venture company formed in 1935 between La Cellophane SA and Courtaulds, when they began building a major factory for producing Cellophane in Bridgwater, England. The process for manufacturing cellulose film from viscose was discovered by three English chemists, Charles Frederick Cross, Edward John Bevan and Clayton Beadle in 1898. There followed a series of joint ventures and technology transfers among a number of companies predominantly in the UK and France. However, it was not until 1913 that Dr Jacques Brandenberger brought thin transparent cellulose film into true commercial production at the'La Cellophane SA factory in Bezons, France. In 1937 British Cellophane set up production on a site in Bridgwater, when unemployment levels in the town were high; the new buildings covered 59 acres of the former Sydenham Manor fields, had direct railway access. The factory produced cellophane up until late 1940 during World War II, when it started switching production to war munitions and Bailey bridges for the pending invasion of Europe.

These were first used in Italy in 1943 by the Royal Engineers. Production ramped up through early-1944 for D-Day. After the war the Bridgwater factory returned to producing cellophane, with its products exported worldwide. In 1957, a secondary facility was started at Barrow in Furness in Lancashire. A subsidiary Colodense Ltd, of Bedminster, Bristol produced specialist printed and coloured bags for loose food packaging in supermarkets. In 1962 it was employing 750+ people. In 1974 the company won the Queen's Award to Industry and by the late 1970s the site produced 40,000 tonnes of cellophane packaging film a year, employing 3,000 people. In 1982 it entered the'Bag in a Box' market with a new plant at Ashton Vale Bristol,'Colendense Liquid Packaging Ltd', producing liquid packaging bags for the growing take home consumer wine and cider market and producing associated filling machines. In 1988 three separate factories on the site were producing cellulose and polyethylene film, bonded fibre fabric.

The rail link closed in 1994, the Barrow factory was closed after the company was bought by UCB Films. The Barrow-in-Furness plant employed 450 people. In 2004, due to dwindling sales of cellophane as a result of alternative packaging options, the fact that viscose was becoming less favoured because of the polluting effects of carbon disulfide and other by-products of the process, Innovia decided to close one of its two plants at either Bridgwater or Tecumseh, east of Topeka, Kansas. British economic development officials offered a $120,000 tax break over three years to Innovia to preserve the Bridgwater plant, while Kansas offered $2 million if it kept the plant at Tecumseh open; as a result, the Bridgwater factory closed in the summer of 2005, while the factory in Tecumseh remained open. 250 jobs were lost, the site is still under development as of January 2013. In 2012 EDF purchased the site, including the Grade II listed 16th century building. In 2015 the industrial site was razed to the ground.

It is intended for construction of temporary accommodation for 1,000 workers involved in the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Records of Colodense Limited are held at Bristol Archives. "Bridgwater with and without the'e' "', Roger Evans, ISBN 0-9525674-0-7 A History of Bridgwater, J. C. Lawrence, ISBN 1-86077-363-X The "Cellophane" Story, Ward-Jackson Wembdon: Economic history – A History of the County of Somerset, Volume 6: Andersfield and North Petherton Hundreds British History – A history of the County of Somerset Article "British cellophane incentive less than Kansas" Colodense Limited 1962 BBC News article on plant closure Photo of BR Class03, ex British Cellophane Beat details of Sydenham from Avon & Somerset Police

DJ Rebel

Kevin Leyers, better known as DJ Rebel or at times just Rebel, is a Belgian DJ and record producer based in Antwerp and known for electro house, progressive house, big room house and Latin house music. He has been successful in Belgian night venues and the Belgian charts since 2008 when he released his bootleg release "Put Your Bucovina Up" remixing Ian Oliver's "Bucovina". Starting 2009, he has had a great number of hits in the Belgian charts the biggest being the Latin hit "Cuba" reaching number 7 in Belgium in 2011 and appearing on the German charts. Rebel released his studio album Rebel & Friends after appearing in the Belgian Summerfestival under that name. Rebel gained his biggest international chart success though through his 2014 remake of Klaus Badelt's 2005 composition "He's a Pirate" from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl through his 2014 remix titled "Black Pearl" featuring Sidney Housen, it has been a hit in France reaching #4 and in Switzerland reaching #9 in addition to becoming a hit in Belgium.

2013: Rebel & Friends *Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. For Ultratip peaks, added 50 positions to arrive at an equivalent Ultratop position in above tables Featured in*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Official website Facebook

Shōgō Kuniba

Shōgō Kuniba was a Japanese teacher of karate and iaido. His adoptive father was Kōsei Kokuba. Kuniba was taught by many masters of the day including: Kenwa Mabuni - Shitō-ryū Karate Kōsei Kokuba - Motobu-ha Karate-dō Itoh Asakichi - Judo Ishii Gogetsu - Mugai-ryū Iaido Shōshin Nagamine - Shōrin-ryū Karate Kenko Nakaima - Kobudō Kosha Shojin - Bō and nunchaku Junko Yamaguchi - Tonfa Shioda Gozo - Aikido Ryusei Tomoyori - Kenyu-ryū KarateWhen he was 24 years old, Shōgō Kuniba became the youngest karate system head in Japan, taking over the style his adoptive father had inherited from Motobu Chōki, he thus became the Sandai Soke of Ryukyu Karate Motobu-ha. Kuniba was known for integrating the power of karate with the sensitivity of aikido and other traditional martial arts, in a style he called "Motobu-ha Shito-ryu." This style is structured to adopt concepts and techniques from other styles to form a modern system replete with traditional values, but with an open-minded philosophy. Shogo Kuniba was the Shodai Soke of Motobu-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do.

It is sometimes referred to as Kuniba-ha Karate-do. A book titled A Primer of Kuniba-ha Karate-do: The Style of Shogo Kuniba was written and published in 1985 by James Herndon. At the age of 17, Kuniba started learning Mugai Ryu Iaido from Ishii Gogetsu, a practitioner of Mugai Ryu, himself a student of Nakagawa Shiryo Shinichi, 11th and last headmaster of Mugai Ryu. Kuniba proceeded to practice Mugai Ryu for the next 40 years. However, the style of Mugai Ryu, as taught by Ishii Gogetsu and modified by Kuniba is sufficiently different from other branches of Mugai Ryu, that this branch of Mugai Ryu is known as Kuniba Ryu. Amongst the most noticeable differences, are addition of kata not present in Mugai Ryu, that are thought to be added by both Ishii Gogetsu and Shōgō Kuniba. Kuniba applied his knowledge of aikido, jujutsu and other arts to the bunkai of karate kata; this made for creative variations on techniques, which became his hallmark. He created a new style, Kuniba-ryū Goshindō, which means Kuniba's style of self-defense.

In Japan, Shōgō Kuniba was treated as a Meijin. When Kuniba died on July 14, 1992, the organizations he had led split over leadership disagreements. Kunio Tatsuno became Sōke of Motobu-Ha Kaicho of Seishinkai. In the U. S. Kuniba named William H. Price as second Sōke of both Kuniba-ryu Karate-Do and Kuniba-ryū Goshindō on March 16, 1992. Several American karateka under Kuniba followed his named U. S. successor. Chikubu-Kai was created on September 1995, to continue his teachings. However, upon the death of Kunio Tatsuno, Kuniba-Kai was established in Japan by the Kuniba family in 1999. Many Shihan loyal to Kuniba have affiliated with Kuniba-Kai, headed by Kozo Kuniba and Kosuke Kuniba; the style is called Kuniba-ryu Karate-Do in the U. S. and Motobu-Ha Shitō-ryū in Japan. Today, the Seishinkai still exists to promote Shitō-ryū. A new International Seishinkai Karate-dō Union was formed by Kunio Tatsuno in 1999. Neither ISKU nor SISKU claim Motobu-Ha. Kuniba-Kai has exclusive rights to that style per the Japan Karate Federation.

A quotation, by Shōgō Kuniba, states, "Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up!". Kuniba Kai UK


Damiera is a four piece indie math rock band from Buffalo, New York that formed in 2005. They released an EP while touring around North America; the group disbanded in 2009 Damiera was formed in February 2005, by David Raymond and ex-guitarist/vocalist Matthew Kipp after the disbandment of their previous project, League. After a short while the two invited Bradley McRae. Bassist Mark Henry, was added only a short while after. By late May 2005, the band had played a handful of shows, self-produced their debut EP "Damiera EP", booked a two-month tour. Kipp left the band at the conclusion of Damiera's first tour to pursue different interests. In 2005, Rock Whittington, a guitarist from New Orleans joined the band for two months of rehearsals. In February 2006 with Jayson Dezuzio recording the debut LP MIC, released on Equal Vision Records in January 2007; the band embarked on a self-booked 110-day-long tour that ended September 10, 2006. In early April, the band announced. On April 14, 2007 their website, stated: "We set a goal, found it.

Thank you for your ears, kind words, your time." A press release by Equal Vision Records from June 13, 2007 stated the band had reformed with new members: "Back in April, three fourths of Damiera left the band to pursue other goals. The departing members were "Seeking satisfaction elsewhere," says continuing member and vocalist Dave Raymond, "They wanted to take another road for now... without having to be committed to a group setting". The new members included guitarist Steve Downs and drummer Josh Sparks of the Iowa-based band Spirit of the Stairway, bassist Jayson Dezuzio; this line-up released the album Quiet Mouth Loud Hands on June 24, 2008 through Equal Vision Records. Drummer Joshua Sparks and bassist Jayson Dezuzio left the band soon after, the band added bassist Evan Weiss of The Progress/Into It. Over It. and drummer David Robison of The Alaya Conscious. This line-up spent the first half of 2009 touring the album. In 2011, Raymond formed the band Hidden Hospitals. 2005: EP One 2007: MIC 2008: Quiet Mouth Loud Hands Damiera Official Site Equal Vision Official Site


SeaMicro, Inc. was a subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices that specialized in the ultra-dense computer server industry. It ceased operations on 16 April 2015. In July 2007, Andrew Feldman, Gary Lauterbach and Anil Rao founded SeaMicro. Series A investments from Crosslink Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson closed in December 2007. Khosla Ventures led the series B investment round in 2009. In 2012, SeaMicro was acquired by AMD for $334 million. SeaMicro servers are used in data centers, such as for the Gene Center at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich for scientific research. In 2013, SeaMicro AMD collaborated with Verizon Communications to power their new cloud services, it has powered Verizon to introduce fine-grained server configuration options that allow for more flexibility in instance-sizing by letting administrators select a processor speed between 500 MHz and 2 GHz and scale DRAM up and down in 512 MB increments. The first product from SeaMicro was the SM10000, along with the SM10000-XE, which achieved Red Hat Certification in 2011 when operating on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

A more recent model, The SeaMicro SM15000 is designed to support Citrix Xen Servers, VMware ESXi software and both GNU-Linux and Microsoft Windows Operating systems. Specifications of newer versions have reached computing benchmarks of 5 petabytes of storage, 64 CPUs, a 1,000 Virtual machine capacity, 1.28 Tb/s of bandwidth. In addition, the 10U Rack Unit provides a total 2,048 CPU cores, 16 TBs of RAM and data is transferred through a custom "Freedom Fabric" for supercomputers unique to SeaMicro microservers. GigaOM: GreenNet 2011: 10 Big Ideas WinnersSilicon Valley/ San Jose Journal: Best Emerging Cleantech Company 20112011 Best Electronic Design Winners: Computer CategoryPlatts: 2011 Rising Star award2014 Silver Edison Award SeaMicro Official Website Architectural tradeoffs in the Sea Micro SM 10000 Server - Talk given at Stanford University by SeaMicro founder & CTO, Gary Lauterbach