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Matt Groening

Matthew Abraham Groening is an American cartoonist, producer and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell and the television series The Simpsons and Disenchantment; the Simpsons is the longest-running U. S. primetime-television series in history and the longest-running U. S. animated sitcom. Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, named the members after his own parents and sisters—while Bart was an anagram of the word "brat"; the shorts would be spun off into their own series The Simpsons.

In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox picked up by Comedy Central for additional seasons. In 2016, Groening developed a new series for Netflix titled Disenchantment, which premiered in August 2018. Groening has won thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eleven for The Simpsons and two for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2012. Groening was born on February 15, 1954 in Portland, the middle of five children, his Norwegian American mother, Margaret Ruth, was once a teacher, his German Canadian father, Homer Philip Groening, was a filmmaker, advertiser and cartoonist. Homer, born in Main Centre, Canada, grew up in a Mennonite, Plautdietsch -speaking family.

Matt's grandfather, Abraham Groening, was a professor at Tabor College, a Mennonite Brethren liberal arts college in Hillsboro, Kansas before moving to Albany College in Oregon in 1930. Groening grew up in Portland, attended Ainsworth Elementary School and Lincoln High School. From 1972 to 1977, Groening attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a liberal arts school that he described as "a hippie college, with no grades or required classes, that drew every weirdo in the Northwest." He served as the editor of the campus newspaper, The Cooper Point Journal, for which he wrote articles and drew cartoons. He befriended fellow cartoonist Lynda Barry after discovering that she had written a fan letter to Joseph Heller, one of Groening's favorite authors, had received a reply. Groening has credited Barry with being "probably biggest inspiration." He first became interested in cartoons after watching the Disney animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians, he has cited Robert Crumb, Ernie Bushmiller, Ronald Searle, Monty Python, Charles M. Schulz as inspirations.

In 1977, at the age of 23, Groening moved to Los Angeles to become a writer. He went through what he described as "a series of lousy jobs," including being an extra in the television movie When Every Day Was the Fourth of July, busing tables, washing dishes at a nursing home, clerking at the Hollywood Licorice Pizza record store, landscaping in a sewage treatment plant, chauffeuring and ghostwriting for a retired Western director. Groening described life in Los Angeles to his friends in the form of the self-published comic book Life in Hell, loosely inspired by the chapter "How to Go to Hell" in Walter Kaufmann's book Critique of Religion and Philosophy. Groening distributed the comic book in the book corner of Licorice Pizza, a record store in which he worked, he made his first professional cartoon sale to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The strip, titled "Forbidden Words," appeared in the September/October issue of that year. Groening had gained employment at the Los Angeles Reader, a newly formed alternative newspaper, delivering papers, typesetting and answering phones.

He showed his cartoons to the editor, James Vowell, impressed and gave him a spot in the paper. Life in Hell made its official debut as a comic strip in the Reader on April 25, 1980. Vowell gave Groening his own weekly music column, "Sound Mix," in 1982. However, the column would actually be about music, as he would write about his "various enthusiasms, pet peeves and problems" instead. In an effort to add more music to the column, he "just made stuff up," concocting and reviewing fictional bands and nonexistent records. In the following week's column, he would confess to fabricating everything in the previous column and swear that everything in the new column was true, he was asked to give up the "music" column. Among the fans of the column was Harry Shearer, who would become a voice on The Simpsons. Life in Hell became popular immediately. In November 1984, Deborah Caplan, Groening's then-girlfriend and co-worker at the Reader, offered to publish "Love is Hell", a series of relationship-themed Life in Hell strips, in book form.

Released a month the book was an underground success, selli

Riverside, Connecticut

Riverside is a neighborhood/section in the town of Greenwich in Fairfield County, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 8,416; the town of Greenwich is one political and taxing body, but consists of several distinct sections or neighborhoods, such as Banksville, Cos Cob, Mianus, Old Greenwich and Greenwich. Of these neighborhoods, three have separate postal names and ZIP codes. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at 200 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, has held its "Fair for All" since 1942. Money raised. Well-known residents of Riverside include Lara Spencer, television journalist, Lois Darling, an author and researcher. Gold Medal ice skater Dorothy Hamill and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson grew up in Riverside. Riverside is home to Kathie Lee Gifford. New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal lives in Riverside with his family. Former NFL player Tiki Barber lives in Riverside along with his two daughters and two sons; the neighborhood is served by the Riverside Railroad Station on the Metro-North line, although some residents are closer to the Old Greenwich Train Station.

Interstate 95 cuts through the neighborhood. Riverside has two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Riverside Avenue Bridge, Riverside Avenue over railroad tracks.

Tawseelah Castle

The Castle of Tawseelah (from Arabic: قلعة توصيلة‎, Aamaj castle is a fortified structure surrounded by trenches in North Kukherd Rural District in Kukherd District, Hormozgan Province in south Iran. Tawseelah castle was a squared fortified structure situated 1000 away from Kukherd city and located on an average hill above the palm oasis in the Shamo valley in the Durakhi mountain at Northern west of Kukherd city, which added remarkably to its altitude and height; the total length of its interface from the North is about 111 metres, while its Northern interface extends over 67.5 metres. The structure was near to the Nakh Mountain; the history of Tawseelah castle goes back to the Sassanid era. It was the center of government of that area as well as it acted as fortified military base for some time and was surrounded by a huge trench for protection. A trench was an ancient defensive strategic feature utilized to defend the cities and the forts in Persia before Islamic era; the Castle of Tawseelah was maintained until 1163–1192.

It was destroyed by an earthquake in Kukherd city, was affected by the flood in 1367, which destroyed the remainder of the castle. This is the third castle In Kukherd city in the Hormozgan Province of southern Iran. 1. Castle of Aamaj 2. Castle of Siba 3. Castle of Tawseelah 2. الكوخردى ، محمد ، بن يوسف، الطبعة الثالثة ،دبى: سنة 199۷ للميلاد **Mohammed Kookherdi Kookherd, an Islamic civil at Mehran river, third edition: Dubai 3. محمدیان، کوخری، محمد ، “ “، ج1. ج2. چاپ اول، دبی: سال انتشار 2003 میلادی Mohammed Kookherdi Mohammadyan, Beyade Kookherd, third edition: Dubai. 4.محمدیان، کوخردی ، محمد ، «شهرستان بستک و بخش کوخرد» ، ج۱. چاپ اول، دبی: سال انتشار ۲۰۰۵ میلادی Mohammed Kookherdi Mohammadyan, Shahrestan Bastak & Bakhshe Kookherd, First edition: Dubai. 5. Peter Jackson and Lawrence Lockhart, Vol. 6th, The Cambridge History of Iran: Cambridge University Press 5. Human Anthropology in Persia 6.محمدیان، کوخری، محمد. ج1. چاپ دوم، دبی: سال انتشار 1998 میلادی Mohammed Kookherdi Mohammadyan, Wasf Kookherd, second edition: Dubai 7.محمدیان ، کوخردی، محمد ، « مشایخ مدنی » ، چاپ دوم، دبی: سال انتشار ۲۰۰۲ میلادی Mohammed Kookherdi Mohammadyan, Mashaykh Madani, second edition: Dubai 8.

اطلس گیتاشناسی استان‌های ایران 9. درگاه فهرست آثار ملی ایران 10.« Huwala Arab History » Engineer: Mohammed gharhb Hatem, third edition: Egypt,1997 & 2013 11. « Kookherd, an Islamic District on the bank of Mehran River» Mohammadian, Kukherdi,Mohammad, third edition:Dubai U. A. E درگاه فهرست آثار ملی ایران فهرست آثار فرهنگی تاریخی ثبت شده در فهرست آثار ملی شهرستان بستک Kookherd website

Hosios Loukas

Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo, in Boeotia, Greece. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni and Daphnion; the monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated at a scenic site on the slopes of Mount Helicon. It was founded in the early 10th century AD by the hermit, Venerable Luke of Steiris, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. St Luke, was a hermit who died on 7 February 953, he is famous for having predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos. It was unclear if he was referring to the emperor at the time; however the island was reconquered by Nicephorus Phocas under Romanos II. It is believed that it was during the latter's reign that the monastery's Church of the Theotokos was constructed; the main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of St. Luke situated in the vault, but placed at the juncture of the two churches.

The monastery derived its wealth from the fact that the relics of St. Luke were said to have exuded myron, a sort of perfumed oil which produced healing miracles. Pilgrims hoping for miraculous help were encouraged to sleep by the side of the tomb in order to be healed by incubation; the mosaics around the tomb represent not only St. Luke himself, but hegumen Philotheos offering a likeness of the newly built church to the saint; the Hosios Loukas, the oldest in the complex, is the only church known with certainty to have been built in the tenth century in its site in mainland Greece. This centralized parallelogram-shaped building is the oldest example of the cross-in-square type in the country; the walls are opus display curious pseudo-kufic patterns. The Hosios Loukas adjoins a larger cathedral church, or Katholikon, tentatively dated to 1011-12; the Katholikon is the earliest extant domed-octagon church, with eight piers arranged around the perimeter of the naos. The hemispherical dome rests upon four squinches which make a transition from the octagonal base under the dome to the square defined by the walls below.

The main cube of the church is surrounded by chapels on all four sides. Hosios Loukas is the largest of three monasteries surviving from the Middle Byzantine period in Greece, it differs from the Nea Moni in that it is dedicated to a single military saint. St. Lukes' prophecy about the reconquest of Crete is commemorated by the image of Joshua on the exterior wall of the Panagia church: Joshua was considered a model "warrior of the faith", whose help was effective in the wars waged against the Arabs; the Katholikon contains the best preserved complex of mosaics from the period of the Macedonian Renaissance. However, the complex is not complete: the original image of Christ Pantocrator inside the dome is missing, as are the figures of archangels placed between the upper windows. There is evidence that the monastery was reputed all over Byzantium for its lavish decoration, liberally applied to all surfaces. Apart from revetment, carving and silver plate and mosaics, the interior featured a choice assortment of icons, silk curtains, altar cloths.

Only a fraction of these items are still in situ, most notably colored marble facings and window grilles. Notwithstanding the losses, the Katholikon "gives the best impression available anywhere today of the character of a church interior in the first centuries after the end of Iconoclasm". Beneath the great domed Katholikon is a burial crypt, accessible only by a stairwell on the southern side; the crypt has three distinct areas: the entrance way. The crypt’s frescoes were until covered in hundreds of years of dust and hidden but in the 1960s the crypt underwent a cleaning by the Greek Archaeological Service which revealed their remarkably well preserved state with the exceptions of the apse which has lost most of its plaster exposing brick and stone, as well as the entrance vault and groin vaults which have suffered slight damage from water seepage and minor vandalism on the lower lunettes near the entrance; the crypt contains frescoes on the entryway and its vault, eight lunettes around the walls with depictions of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, forty medallion portraits of apostles and holy men, abbots including Philotheos, as well as numerous inscriptions.

C. L. Connor claims it has "the most complete programme of wall paintings surviving from the Middle Byzantine period."It is believed that most if not all of the crypt frescoes were painted after 1048 AD and the death of Theodore Leobachus, a wealthy, government elite believed to have been one of the prominent patrons and who in life became the abbot of Hosios Loukas. The sanctuary of the crypt contains a prosthesis niche, an altar, a chancel barrier which all indicate that the Eucharist was celebrated here as part of the services of burial and commemoration of revered religious figures, or as part of the ceremonies relating to the healing cult of Saint Luke; when Hosios Loukas was frequented by pilgrims or members of Saint Luke’s healing cult, visitors would sleep not only in the Katholikon, but in the crypt itself where the tomb was kept along with two others, belie

Jennifer Marohasy

Jennifer Marohasy is an Australian biologist and blogger. She was a senior fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs between 2004 and 2009 and director of the Australian Environment Foundation until 2008, she holds a PhD in biology from the University of Queensland. She is sceptical of anthropogenic global warming and co-authored a peer-reviewed paper in GeoResJ suggesting that most of the recent warming is attributable to natural variations, a view disputed by most climate scientists. Marohasy worked as a field biologist in Africa and Madagascar during the 1980s and 1990s, has a number of published papers in science journals. In 1997 she switched from researcher to environment manager with the Queensland sugar industry. In 2001, she started to develop an interest in environmental campaigns and, in particular, claiming that there are anomalies between fact and perception regarding the health of coastal river systems and the Great Barrier Reef. In July 2003, she became director of the environment unit at the Institute of Public Affairs.

While head of the Environment Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs, Marohasy compiled a backgrounder titled Myth and the Murray - measuring the real state of the river environment, published by the Institute in December 2003. The Institute received a $40,000 donation from Murray Irrigation Limited at that time; this paper is quoted in the Interim Report of the Inquiry into future water supplies for Australia’s rural industries and communities of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, March 2004. At a science round table of the committee, when asked for her views on how much water should be returned to the River Murray, Marohasy argued that there was no need for additional flows at that time and that we should test the results of current environmental measures before committing to more. Marohasy was instrumental in establishing a joint programme with the Institute of Public Affairs and the University of Queensland, funded by Western Australian philanthropist, Bryant Macfie.

In an Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview she stated that... "t's not clear that climate change is being driven by carbon dioxide levels...whether or not we can reduce carbon dioxide levels, there will be climate change". On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National program, Ockham's Razor, Marohasy said in 2005... "I agree with Professor Flannery that we need to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels". In an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National program, she claimed recent cooling by starting with the extreme temperature peak of the 1998 El Niño event, she said that... "there has been cooling. If you take 2002 as your point of reference temperatures have plateaued; this is not what you'd expect if carbon is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have been coming down over the last ten years....very unexpected not something, being discussed. It should though be being discussed because it is significant".

A paper that Marohasy co-authored with her Institute of Public Affairs colleague John Abbot, titled "The application of machine learning for evaluating anthropogenic versus natural climate change," was made available online on 5 August 2017. It was published in GeoResJ, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal in Earth Sciences that began publishing in 2014 and is to be discontinued from January 2018. Marohasy wrote about her findings in The Spectator Australia and in her blog, declaring that most of the warming that has occurred could be natural. "ven if there had been no industrial revolution and burning of fossil fuels, there would have still been warming through the twentieth century — to at least 1980, of 1 °C," she wrote. The paper questions the equilibrium climate sensitivity, which relates to the extent of warming associated with a doubling of atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. Abbot and Marohasy estimate a 0.6 °C temperature rise would result, well below the range of 1.5 to 4.0 °C estimated in reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

IPA homepage Jennifer Marohasy homepage Profile at SourceWatch

Tadhg Crowley

Tadhg Crowley was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála for the Limerick constituency at the June 1927 general election, he was born Timothy Crowley in Ballylanders, County Limerick in 1 May 1890 to Timothy Crowley and Ellen Crowley. His father Timothy had taken part in the Fenian Rising. Crowley was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for the Limerick constituency at the June 1927 general election, he was re-elected at each subsequent general election until he lost his seat at the 1937 general election. He regained his seat at the 1938 general election and held it at the 1943 general election, but lost his seat again at the 1944 general election. Crowley was elected to the 5th Seanad in 1944 by the Commercial Panel, he was defeated at the 1948 Seanad election. He was once more elected to the Dáil at the 1951 general election and was re-elected at the 1954 general election. Crowley did not contest the 1957 general election but did contest the 1957 Seanad election, was elected to the 9th Seanad by the Industrial and Commercial Panel.

He did not contest the 1961 Seanad election