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Pebbles, Volume 1

Pebbles is a compilation of US underground and garage single record releases from the mid- to late-1960s. It had a limited original release in 1978 and a more general release in 1979; this album is nowadays known as Pebbles, Volume 1 and was issued in 1978 as Pebbles, Volume One: Artyfacts from the First Punk Era, an obvious riff on Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, a similar, groundbreaking compilation from 1972. The Pebbles album was released as an LP on Mastercharge Records in 1978 as a collaborative effort of several collectors in a limited edition of just 500 copies; the album had a plain pink-and-black cover sheet. Greg Shaw was one of the collectors involved in this album, since the on-line listing of the original liner notes is marked as being "Courtesy of Greg Shaw"; the AIP label that he founded released the volumes in the series. The Mastercharge label appears to have been created only for this release and is not a real record company; the release of this album on BFD in 1979 gained the Pebbles series wide recognition.

AIP kept the LP in print for many years. AIP issued the first volume in the Pebbles series in CD format in 1992. Although the CD has bonus tracks and a colored cover, the two formats are the same album and have similar catalogue numbers. ESD released an earlier edition of Pebbles, Volume 1 on CD in 1989 with completely different tracks. Two box sets of the first five volumes of the Pebbles series have been released, the Pebbles Box on LP and the Trash Box on CD. In 2008 in honor of the 30th anniversary of this landmark compilation album, Bomp began offering a reissue of the first Pebbles album in clear vinyl, complete with a reproduction of the original pink insert; as with the original release, this special reproduction is limited to 500 copies. This edition was made with the BFD masters, so the skip in "Action Woman" is still in place, "Crackin' Up" by the Wig is missing. Due to a mastering error, the tracks printed on the cover copy for the CD differ somewhat from the tracks included on the album.

Two songs were listed on the tray card that are not included on the album: "Crackin' Up", by The Wig and "I Need Love" by The Third Booth. The Shadows of Knight song is split into two tracks on the CD; when AIP issued the early volumes of CDs, they omitted some tracks from the corresponding LP for the stated reason that they were widely available on other anthologies. In this case, another track on the LP is not included on the CD: "Going All the Way", by the Squires; the music on this first volume sets the tone for the obscure music collected in the Pebbles series. The first cut on the LP includes a skip during the break – on the original record, according to the liner notes – scrambling the line: "You say you love me, but why are you so cold", but otherwise not affecting the enjoyment of this genuine classic. Despite the fact that the Litter released three albums and is among the most well-known bands on this album, "Action Woman" was unavailable without this skip for many years. For instance, the bonus track at the end of the CD is a 1985 cover of this song which omits the line..

The frantic cover of the Count Five classic by Positively 13 O'Clock is from a one-time studio session that includes members of Mouse and the Traps. The cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is hilariously to the tune of "Louie Louie". Songs by well known bands are not included on Pebbles albums unless they are curiosities, the track by the Shadows of Knight – famed for their major hit with Van Morrison's "Gloria" – is no exception. Following a brief clip of "Gloria", the band introduces themselves with corny yet charming answers – sample: "What kind of fans do you prefer?", "I prefer electric fans" – followed by a song that the band wrote "especially for you". "Potato Chip" was released only on a five-inch cardboard record and is the most earnest ode to a snack food recorded. The bonus tracks on the CD include one of the most beloved of all garage rock songs, "Blackout of Gretely" by GONN. Remarkably, the band issued a reunion album 30 years with all new material. Side 1: The Litter: "Action Woman", 2:30 — rel. 1967 The Preachers: "Who Do You Love", 2:11 — rel. 1965 The Floyd Dakil Combo: "Dance Franny Dance", 2:10 — rel. 1964 The Outcasts: "I'm in Pittsburgh", 1:56 — rel. 1966 The Squires: "Going All the Way", 2:18, — rel.

1966, vinyl-only track The Grains of Sand: "Going Away Baby", 2:10 — rel. 1966 The JuJus: "You Treat Me Bad", 2:18 — rel. 1966 The Haunted: "1-2-5", 2:46 — rel. 1966Side 2: The Soup Greens: "Like a Rolling Stone", 2:40 — rel. 1965 The Wig: "Crackin' Up", 2:18 — rel. 1966, Listed on the Cover and Label, but Not Actually on the Album Positively 13 O'Clock: "Psychotic Reaction", 2:00 — rel. 1966 Kim Fowley: "The Trip", 2:00 — rel. 1965 The Elastik Band: "Spazz", 2:45 — rel. 1967 The Split Ends: "Rich with Nothin'", 2:15 — rel. 1966 The Shadows of Knight: "Potato Chip", 3:23 — rel. 1967 The Wilde Knights: "Beaver Patrol", 2:16 — rel. 1965 The Litter: "A

From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem is a book by American journalist Thomas L. Friedman chronicling his days as a reporter in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War and in Jerusalem through the first year of the Intifada. Friedman wrote a 17-page epilogue for the first paperback edition concerning the potential for peaceful resolution in Israel and Palestine, it received the 1989 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the Cornelius Ryan Award. In a book review for The Village Voice, Edward Said criticized what he saw as a naive and orientalist account of the Israel–Palestine conflict. Booknotes interview with Friedman on From Beirut to Jerusalem, September 10, 1989

The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea

The Way Forward: Renewing the America Idea is a 2014 political book written by Paul Ryan, an American Republican Congressman from Wisconsin and 2012 vice presidential nominee. The book starts with an autobiographical account of Ryan's childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, up to the point when he found his alcoholic father's dead body when he was sixteen, he reveals. He goes on to explain that this tragedy motivated him to work harder and run for office, he explains how he handles congressional bills and politics in general, including his experience as a vice presidential nominee in 2012. He stresses the idea that not government, is what leads to job creation and growth. Ryan goes on to argue that Republicans should stop preaching to the choir and start reaching out to new voters like Hispanics and African Americans; the book was only sold as an e-book on It was sold at a discounted price with a quick shipping period. In The National Review, George Will praised the book, suggesting it was a response to President Barack Obama from "a man who has a better mind and better manners".

Peter Wehner of Commentary Magazine described it as "both candid and self-reflective, at times self-critical". Writing for The American Conservative, Ross Kaminsky suggested, "It is not an election tell-all, nor a screed intended to rile up the right-wing or harangue Democrats." He added, "Ryan's book is reasoned and explained well enough that the mainstream media is having a hard time criticizing it." He concluded that the book was "a welcome and valuable addition to our ongoing political conversation". In The Washington Post, Matt Miller compared it to "drooled-upon pages of Ayn Rand". However, he agreed with Ryan that health-care expenditure would have to be curtailed

St. Francis Medical Center (Lynwood)

St. Francis Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital in Lynwood, United States; the hospital was founded in 1945 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity and in 1981 acquired by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In January 1996, the hospital's emergency department was designated a level II trauma center. After the August 2007 closure of the troubled nearby public hospital, Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, St. Francis' proximity caused it to receive the greater number of former patients; the hospital has since expanded its emergency department by 14 beds and seen an increase in patients to 180 per day, with the intensive care unit seeing an average rise from 26 patients to 33. As King-Harbor was long a major hospital for the city's sickest and poorest residents, the increase in uninsured and under-insured patients has put stress on the finances of the facility; as the hospital continued to lose money, the California Medical Association and the California Nurses Association supported selling the facility to Prime Healthcare Services, though Service Employees International Union opposed the sale.

Prime Healthcare backed away from sale based on the terms set by Attorney General Kamala Harris. On December 3, 2015 Harris conditionally approved transferring the hospital property to BlueMountain Capital, which promises $250 million in capital improvements. In January 2019, the Verity Health System agreed to sell the hospital to KPC Group in Riverside for $420 million; the agreement included three other California hospitals. As of 2015, St. Francis has 384 beds, 375 doctors, about 20,000 patients a year. St. Francis Medical Center Official Website This hospital in the CA Healthcare Atlas A project by OSHPD

Po Chai Pills

Po Chai Pills is a traditional Chinese medicine product made from several herbs formed into tiny spherical pills about 4 mm in diameter resembling buckshot. It is used as a remedy for the relief of indigestion, vomiting and bloating, it can be used as a hangover prevention remedy. Po Chai Pills were developed by Li Shiu Kei in Foshan, Guangdong, in 1896. Following the Chinese Civil War, the Li family fled to Hong Kong and reestablished their company, Li Chung Shing Tong. However, their mainland property was nationalized; as a result, there are now two manufacturers of Po Chai Pills: Li Chung Shing Tong Limited in Hong Kong. A mutual agreement between both parties has limited Wanglaoji's trademark rights to mainland China, while Li Chung Shing Tong has the rights to use the trademark in the rest of the world; the mainland manufacturer exports them from China as Bao Ji Pills. On 8 March 2010, sales of the pills and the capsule form of Po Chai from Li Chung Shing Tong were temporarily halted in Singapore as a precaution because traces of phenolphthalein and sibutramine were detected by the company in batches of the capsule form of Po Chai, were recalled.

Phenolphthalein's past use for its laxative properties has been discontinued because of concerns it may be carcinogenic. On 24 March 2010, Hong Kong's Department of Health recalled both Po Chai Pills Capsule Form and Po Chai Pills Bottle Form from local retail outlets and consumers. On 11 May 2010, a licensed manufacturer in proprietary Chinese medicine, Li Chung Shing Tong Ltd. HK was given the green light to resume marketing of Po Chai Pills Bottle Form. Laboratory tests identified 11 tainted samples, all in Capsule Form, while none of the Bottle Form samples was found to contain the above two western medicines. In connection, the manufacturer has withdrawn the application for registration of Po Chai Pills Capsule Form which ceased to be produced in late March 2010; the lists of known ingredients for Po Chai pills are listed as follows: The proprietary mixtures are shown on the right pictures: Polyporus Sclerotium Southern Tsangshu Rhizome Patchouly herb Fragrant Angelica Root Kudzu root Magnolia root bark Massa Fermentata (fermented mix of wheat flour, sweet annie aerial parts, cocklebur aerial parts, Smartweed aerial parts Job's Tears Seed Germinated Rice seed Field Mint herb Mum flower Red Citrus Peel Halloysitum I minera Rhizoma Atrach root Oryzae Satiae/sprout Herba menthae leaves Selerotrum Porifungal Radix Puepariae root Herba Agastaches S leaves Excarpium Citri/tangerined red part Cortex magnoliae O. bark Masse Fermentata Neaven leaves Po Chai Pills & Li Chung Shing Tong homepage