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John Prine

John Prine is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, live performer since the early 1970s, is known for an humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary. Born and raised in Maywood, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14, he attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. After serving in West Germany with the U. S. armed forces, he moved to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman and singing songs as a hobby. A member of Chicago's folk revival, he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, resulting in the production of Prine's self-titled debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim, Prine focused on his musical career, recording three more albums for Atlantic, he signed to Asylum Records, where he recorded an additional three albums. In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label with which he would release most of his subsequent albums.

After his battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine's vocals deepened into a gravelly voice. Cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine is known for humorous lyrics about love and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life. Prine is the son of Verna Hamm, he started playing guitar at age 14, taught by David. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Prine attended Proviso East High School in Illinois, he was a mailman for five years and served in the Army during the Vietnam War era, serving in Germany, before beginning his musical career in Chicago. In the late-1960s, while Prine was delivering mail, he began to sing at open mic evenings at the Fifth Peg on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Prine was a spectator, reluctant to perform, but did so in response to a "You think you can do better?" Comment made to him by another performer. Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert heard him there and wrote the first review Prine received, calling him a great songwriter.

He became a central figure in the Chicago folk revival, which included such singer-songwriters as Steve Goodman, Michael Peter Smith, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post, Tom Dundee, Anne Hills and Fred Holstein. Joined by such established musicians as Jethro Burns and Bob Gibson, Prine performed at a variety of Chicago clubs—including the Earl of Old Town, the Quiet Knight, Dangling Conversation, Somebody Else's Troubles, The Fifth Peg, the Bulls. In 1971 Prine's self-titled debut album was released, he and friend Steve Goodman had each been active in the Chicago folk scene before being "discovered" by Kris Kristofferson. The album included his signature songs "Illegal Smile," "Sam Stone," and the folk and country standards "Angel from Montgomery" and "Paradise." The album featured "Hello In There," a song about aging, covered by numerous artists, "Far From Me", a lonely waltz about lost love for a waitress that Prine said was his favorite of all his songs. The album received many positive reviews, some hailed Prine as "the next Dylan."

Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine's first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica. Prine's second album, Diamonds In The Rough, was a surprise for many after the critical success of his first LP. Highlights include the allegorical "The Great Compromise," which includes a recitation and addresses the Vietnam War, the ballad "Souvenirs," which Prine recorded with Goodman. Subsequent albums include Sweet Revenge, containing such fan favorites as "Dear Abby," "Grandpa Was a Carpenter," and "Christmas in Prison," and Common Sense, with "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard"; the latter album was Prine's first to be charted in the US Top 100 by Billboard, reflecting growing commercial success. It was produced by Steve Cropper. Many veteran Prine fans view the release of 1978's Bruised Orange as a creative highpoint; the Steve Goodman-produced album gave listeners songs such as "The Hobo Song," "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," and the title track.

In 1974, singer David Allan Coe achieved considerable success on the country charts with "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", co-written by Prine and Goodman. The song good-naturedly spoofs stereotypical country music lyrics. Prine refused to take a songwriter's credit and the tune went to Goodman, although Goodman bought Prine a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties. In 1975, Prine toured the U. S. and Canada with a full band featuring guitarist Arlen Roth. As of 2014, this has been Prine's only tour with a full band; the 1979 album Pink Cadillac features two songs produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who by this time did any studio work. The song "Saigon," is about a Vietnam vet traumatized by the war. During the recording, one of the guitar amps blew up; the other song Phillips produced is "How Lucky," about Prine's hometown. Prine continued writing and recording albums throughout the 1980s and formed his own record label, Oh Boy Records, his songs continued to be covered by other artists.

Steve Goodman died of leukemia in 1984 and Prine continues to perform many of Goo

Phelsuma abbotti

Phelsuma abbotti known as Abbott's day gecko, Aldabra day gecko, or Assumption day gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. P. abbotti is found in Seychelles. Three subspecies are distinguished: Phelsuma abbotti abbotti Stejneger, 1893 – Aldabra Island day gecko Phelsuma abbotti chekei Börner & Minuth, 1984 – Cheke's day gecko Phelsuma abbotti sumptio Cheke, 1982 – Assumption Island day gecko The natural habitats of P. abbotti are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, rural gardens, urban areas, introduced vegetation. P. abbotti is named after American naturalist William Louis Abbott. Stejneger L. "On some collections of reptiles and batrachians from East Africa and the adjacent islands received from Dr. W. L. Abbott and Mr. William Astor Chanler, with descriptions of new species". Proc. United States Nat. Mus. 16: 711-741

Rafiq Jaber

Rafiq Jaber, whose name is transliterated as Rafeeq Jaber, is an Arab Muslim activist. He immigrated to the United States in 1974, he owns Jaber Financial Services. He lectures throughout the U. S. on university and college campuses. He is a cofounder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, he was the President from 1994–2005 of the Islamic Association for Palestine, an Islamist organization that raised money in the United States for Hamas. Jaber formed and was President of the American Muslim Society from its inception in 1993 to at least 2003. For a time, IAP used the name American Muslim Society. IAP National, under his leadership, published articles and editorials characterizing suicide bombers and those who carried out bombing operations against Israeli targets as "martyrs" and "freedom fighters," though he claimed that IAP took no official position on the validity of those characterizations. Jaber said that IAP takes no position on whether suicide bombings are right or wrong, "because we do not judge.

I don't believe we are in a position to judge the people what they do not do. Because the one in the field is different than the one sitting in the chair like me here." He, IAP, AMS recommended the Holy Land Foundation to people desiring to make donations to the Palestinian cause and worked to promote HLF in any way they could. He is one of the founders of the Muslim Civil Center in Chicago, the United Muslim American Association, the American Muslim Society in Illinois, Christian Muslim Dialog in Illinois, he served as President of the Bridgeview Mosque/Mosque Foundation in Illinois for two years. CAIR Chicago

Topological conjugacy

In mathematics, two functions are said to be topologically conjugate to one another if there exists a homeomorphism that will conjugate the one into the other. Topological conjugacy is important in the study of iterated functions and more dynamical systems, since, if the dynamics of one iterated function can be solved those for any topologically conjugate function follow trivially. To illustrate this directly: suppose that f and g are iterated functions, there exists a homeomorphism h such that g = h − 1 ∘ f ∘ h, so that f and g are topologically conjugate. One must have g n = h − 1 ∘ f n ∘ h, so the iterated systems are topologically conjugate as well. Here, ∘ denotes function composition. F: X → X, g: Y → Y, h: Y → X are continuous functions on topological spaces, X and Y. F being topologically semiconjugate to g means, by definition, that h is a surjection such that f ∘ h = h ∘ g. F and g being topologically conjugate means, by definition, that they are topologically semiconjugate and h is furthermore injective bijective, its inverse is continuous too.

Φ on X, ψ on Y are flows, with X, Y, h: Y → X as above. Φ being topologically semiconjugate to ψ means, by definition, that h is a surjection such that ϕ = h ∘ ψ, for each y ∈ Y, t ∈ R. ϕ and ψ being topologically conjugate means, by definition, that they are topologically semiconjugate and h is a homeomorphism. The logistic map and the tent map are topologically conjugate; the logistic map of unit height and the Bernoulli map are topologically conjugate. For certain values in the parameter space, the Hénon map when restricted to its Julia set is topologically conjugate or semi-conjugate to the shift map on the space of two-sided sequences in two symbols. Topological conjugation – unlike semiconjugation – defines an equivalence relation in the space of all continuous surjections of a topological space to itself, by declaring f and g to be related if they are topologically conjugate; this equivalence relation is useful in the theory of dynamical systems, since each class contains all functions which share the same dynamics from the topological viewpoint.

For example, orbits of g are mapped to homeomorphic orbits of f through the conjugation. Writing g = h − 1 ∘ f ∘ h makes this fact evident: g n = h − 1 ∘ f n ∘ h. Speaking informally, topological conjugation is a "change of coordinates" in the topological sense. However, the analogous definition for flows is somewhat restrictive. In fact, we are requiring the maps φ and ψ to be topologically conjugate for each t, requiring more than that orbits of ϕ be mapped to orbits of ψ homeomorphically; this motivates the definition of topological equivalence, which partitions the set of all flows in X into classes of flows sharing the same dynamics, again from the topological viewpoint. We say that two flows ϕ and ψ are topologically equivalent, if there is a homeomor

Cryptostylis erecta

Cryptostylis erecta known as the bonnet orchid or tartan tongue orchid, is an orchid endemic to south eastern Australia. A small and common plant, it has dark green lance-shaped to egg-shaped leaves and up to twelve greenish flowers with a large, bonnet-like or hood-like, lilac-coloured labellum with a network of purple veins. Cryptostylis erecta is a terrestrial, deciduous, herb with one to several egg-shaped to lance-shaped leaves 60–130 mm long and 13–30 mm wide on a petiole 10–100 mm long; the leaves are dark green on purple below. Between two and twelve flowers 25–30 mm long and 10–15 mm wide are borne on a flower spike 300–800 mm high; the most prominent feature of the flower is its hood- or bonnet-shaped labellum, 20–30 mm long and 10–15 mm wide, greenish to lilac-coloured with a network of purple or maroon veins and a few purple spots. The base of the labellum surrounds the column; the sepals are green, 18–25 mm and 1.5–2 mm and the petals are 10–15 mm and about 1 mm wide, all spreading apart from each other.

Flowering occurs from September to April. Cryptostylis erecta was first formally described in 1810 by Robert Brown and the description was published in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen; the specific epithet is a Latin word meaning "upright". The natural habitat of C. erecta is on dry eucalyptus woodlands and heathlands. Its range extends from the Kroombit Tops National Park in Queensland south through New South Wales to east Gippsland in Victoria, it occurs in coastal districts, although it is found in the Upper Blue Mountains. Like other Australian members of its genus, it is pollinated by the ichneumon wasp known as the orchid dupe wasp, the males of which mistake the flower parts for female wasps and copulate with it. Cryptostylis erecta has been grown by orchid enthusiasts, but is slow growing; the rhizomes are delicate and resent disturbance, need to be moist at all times

Televisão de Cachorro

Televisão de Cachorro is the fourth studio album of the Brazilian rock band Pato Fu. The album was produced by Dudu Marote. "A Necrofilia da Arte" – 4:04 "Antes que Seja Tarde" – 4:15 "Nunca Diga" – 2:08 "Eu Sei" – 3:05 "Licitação" – 2:43 "Vivo num Morro" – 3:37 "Um Dia, Um Ladrão" – 2:33 "Canção pra Você Viver Mais" – 5:24 "Tempestade" – 2:48 "O Mundo Não Mudou" – 2:44 "Televisão de Cachorro" – 3:41 "Spaceballs, the Ballad" – 4:28 "Boa Noite" – 2:54 Pato FuFernanda Takai - vocals and electric guitars John Ulhoa - vocals and electric guitars, programming. Rodrigo Paciência, Rogério Pereira e Rodrigo - overdubs Márcio Thees, Max PA, Carlos Blau. Pedro Cortes e Joy Passarelli: studio assistants Luiz Otávio Âmbar e Kerley Gonçalves - roadies The disc's eighth track, "Canção pra Você Viver Mais," is dedicated to Fernanda's father, who suffered from a serious illness. Takai had written the title without being able to compose a letter to her father. John, upon learning this, wrote the music and presented it to Fernanda, who thanked Ulhoa for managing to externalize what she felt to be losing.

John's interview with Tem Mas Acabou