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Larisa Maksimova

Larisa Lvovna Maksimova is a Russian mathematical logician known for her research in non-classical logic. Maksimova was born on November 5, 1943, near Novosibirsk, the daughter of two biologists who had temporarily moved there from Tomsk State University to escape the war, she grew up in Novosibirsk, where her parents became geographers at the Novosibirsk Pedagogical Institute. She studied mechanics and mathematics at Novosibirsk State University, publishing her first paper on Wilhelm Ackermann's axioms for strict implication in relevance logic in 1964 and graduating in 1965. Meanwhile, in 1964, she joined the Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, has remained there for the rest of her career, she defended her doctorate at Novosibirsk State University in 1968, a year after the death of her primary mentor at the university, Anatoly Maltsev. She completed a habilitation at the Sobolev Institute in 1986, was promoted to full professor in 1993. Maksimova's books include Problems in Set Theory, Mathematical Logic and the Theory of Algorithms Interpolation and Definability: Modal and Intuitionistic Logics Maksimova won the Maltsev Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2009, for her papers on definability and interpolation in non-classical logic.

With several others from the Sobolev Institute, she won the Russian Federation Government Prize in Education in 2010. She is the subject of a festschrift, Larisa Maksimova on Implication and Definability

Ethan Place

John Ethan Place served as a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. In Fallujah, the then-twenty-year-old sniper scored 32 confirmed kills in thirteen days, from April 11 to April 24, 2004, he received the military's third highest award. Ethan Place grew up in Lake St. Louis and graduated from Wentzville Holt High School in 2001, he played varsity quarterback for three years in high school. He entertained some offers to play college football, but he was not sure he was ready to attend college. Ethan chose instead to enlist in the Marine Corps. Ethan enlisted in the Marine Corps and shipped out to boot camp less than a month after the September 11 attacks of 2001, he was convinced by a corporal to try to get into sniper school, where he was among twelve in a class of 24 that passed. During the First Battle of Fallujah, Place amassed 32 confirmed kills from April 11 to April 24, 2004. Two days April 26, was the apex of his efforts when he sprang into action to save his fellow Marines. Place disregarded his own safety and left the cover of his defensive position to close with the enemy, killing five insurgents in the process and carrying wounded Marines to safety.

His leaders thought enough of his actions. When leadership reviewed the Summary of Action that detailed his heroics, they decided to elevate his honor to a Silver Star, he has been featured in three History Channel specials, including one called Sniper: One Shot/One Kill, which showed him and his spotter taking out three terrorists. Place kills the driver of the vehicle with a head shot from 500 m away, his spotter takes out the passenger, Ethan kills the last individual with a center mass shot and saves his company from a potential threat. Place now teaches history at Holt High School in Wentzville, Missouri


Panchagavya or panchakavyam is a mixture used in traditional Hindu rituals, prepared by mixing five ingredients. The three direct constituents are cow dung and milk; these are mixed in proper ratio and allowed to ferment. The Sanskrit word panchagavya means "five cow-derivatives"; when used in Ayurvedic medicine, it is called cowpathy. Proponents claim that cow urine therapy is capable of curing several diseases, including certain types of cancer, although these claims have no scientific backing. In fact, studies concerning ingesting individual components of panchagavya, such as cow urine, have shown no positive benefit, significant side effects, including convulsion, depressed respiration, death. Cow's urine can be a source of harmful bacteria and infectious diseases, including leptospirosis. Panchgavya is used as a fertilizer and pesticide in agricultural operations. Proponents claim that it is a growth promoter in the poultry diet, that it is capable of increasing the growth of plankton for fish feed, that it increases the production of milk in cows, increases the weight of pigs, increases the egg laying capacity of poultry.

It is sometimes used as a base in cosmetic products. Pseudoscience List of ineffective cancer treatments Panchamrita, a similar mixture that replaces dung and urine with honey and sugar Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Urine therapy

The Al Franken Show

The Al Franken Show was the flagship talk show of the former talk radio network, Air America Radio. Hosted by Al Franken, it featured commentary and interviews arguing for liberal positions on the issues of the day, comically poking fun at the George W. Bush Administration; the show began as The O'Franken Factor on March 31, 2004. Between January 3, 2006, February 14, 2007, the show was recorded and broadcast from the 28th floor of the historic Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to that date it was based in New York City; the final show was broadcast on February 14, 2007, the day Franken announced his candidacy for the United States Senate in 2008. Franken is a comedian and former United States Senator who has written several books, including the 2003 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, he was a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, where he teamed with fellow writer/performer Tom Davis. From the show's inception in March 2004 until October 7, 2005, the show was co-hosted by experienced journalist Katherine Lanpher.

Lanpher left the show to write a memoir about her experiences moving to New York City. Lanpher did not rejoin the show because she did not wish to move again when Franken relocated to Minnesota. In November 2005, Franken told an audience in Berkeley, California that he would not seek a replacement for Lanpher, her departure did not change the content of the show. When the show began, Franken signed a one-year contract. "I'm doing this. I'd be happy if the election of a Democrat ended the show", he said in an interview with The New York Times. Bush won a second term on November 2, 2004, but Franken stated that the show would continue whether a Democrat or a Republican was in office. Beginning on September 7, 2004, Sundance Channel broadcast a one-hour televised version of the show on weekdays; the show aired its last episode in November 2004. The channel inked a new contract with Franken and aired a second season of the show from June 6, 2005 until early November 2005. On November 15, 2006, Air America affiliate KQKE-AM in San Francisco announced that Franken would leave Air America on December 10, as indicated by an audio clip posted on

After December 10, though Franken was still on Air America, KQKE began airing the Thom Hartmann Program in place of the Al Franken Show. On his January 29, 2007, Franken announced that his last show on Air America Radio would be that Valentine's Day. Affiliates who carried the Franken show carried Thom Hartmann after that date, while XM Satellite Radio now carries Ed Schultz in that time slot. At the end of his final show, Franken announced his intention to run for the United States Senate from Minnesota; until July 12, 2004 the name of the show was The O'Franken Factor. That name was a jibe at his The O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly is thought to have instigated Fox News Channel's lawsuit against Franken for using their trademarked phrase "fair and balanced", thrown out of court in summary judgment, but ended up giving publicity to Franken and his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Franken said that he chose the title to "annoy and bait" O'Reilly into suing him again, thus generating additional publicity.

That lawsuit never came, on July 12, 2004, the program was renamed The Al Franken Show. Franken described his show as taking place in a "Zero Spin Zone" where Franken pledges to tell the truth and there is "no spinning allowed." This is a parody of O'Reilly's characterization of the O'Reilly Factor as a "No-Spin Zone." The show's regular guests included respected progressive issues and current events analysts: Jonathan Alter, David Brock, Joe Conason, John Dickerson, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Christy Harvey, Paul Krugman, Thomas Oliphant, Norman Ornstein, George Packer, Melanie Sloan, David Sirota, Bernie Sanders, Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. In addition to general political discussion, the show featured several recurring comic relief segments; these included: Wait Wait… Don't Lie To Me! Every Friday afternoon, Franken hosted a mini-game show with fellow judge Joe Conason; the contestant listened to a series of audio clips from earlier in the week, was asked to identify whether each statement made is the truth, a lie, or a "weasel".

The title was based on the National Public Radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Contestants received a copy of The Al Franken Show Party Album regardless of their performance, though Franken referred to the CD as both the prize for winning and consolation prize for losing. In the spirit of the lying theme, Franken stated that the game won increasing numbers of Peabody Awards—over one hundred by the end of the show—which itself was a humorous dig at Bill O'Reilly, who incorrectly boasted that his former show, Inside Edition, won two Peabodies; the segment's theme music was the 1980s Fleetwood Mac hit song "Little Lies". Hate Email of the Day Franken picked his favorite hate email and read it on the air noting spelling and grammatical errors, concluding with "We take your criticisms seriously." Boring Correction Taking great pride in the veracity of the information cited by his program, Franken invited his audience to bring any factual errors to his attention so they could be addressed. Franken would issue a live on-air "Boring Correction" where, to a jaunty tune and the sound of typewriter in the background, he corrected the error.

Most of the time, the "boring correction" addressed a hypertechnicality rather than a substantive error. "Resident Dittohead" Mark Luther The show featured a segment with Mark Luther, Franken's childhood friend and self-proclaimed dittohead

Bobby Smith (baseball)

Bobby Gene Smith was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder who appeared in 376 games in the Major Leagues between 1957–1965 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels, he batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds. Smith was an original member of the Mets, drafted with the 32nd selection in the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft. However, he only spent the first two weeks of the 1962 season with the team, playing in eight games, including five as a starting outfielder, before being dealt to the Cubs on April 26 sent on to his original team, the Cardinals, on June 5, spending the rest of that campaign as a late-inning replacement for veteran Cardinals superstar Stan Musial in left field. In 1958, he was one of three Bob Smiths in the Majors, along with pitchers Robert Gilchrist Smith of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Robert Walkup "Riverboat" Smith of the Boston Red Sox. During his career, outfielder Smith was referred to as Bobby Gene Smith by baseball writers to prevent confusion.

Smith's 234 Major-League hits included five triples and 13 home runs. His best year in the big leagues was in 1960; that year, Smith reached personal bests in hits, home runs, runs batting average. He batted over.300 during his ten-year minor-league career, which ended in 1967. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference