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Mirror Universe

The Mirror Universe is a parallel universe in which the plots of several Star Trek television episodes take place. It resembles the fictional universe in which the Star Trek television series takes place, but is separate from the main universe; the Mirror Universe has been visited in one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, five episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise and a storyline in Star Trek: Discovery, as well as several non-canon Star Trek tie-in works. It is named after "Mirror", the original series episode in which it first appeared; the characters in the Mirror Universe are aggressive and opportunistic in personality. Whereas the Star Trek universe depicts an optimistic future in which the Earth-based United Federation of Planets values peace, co-operation and exploration, episodes set in the Mirror Universe feature the human-dominated authoritarian Terran Empire which values war and conquest instead. In Star Trek: Discovery, it is noted.

The Mirror Universe was first introduced in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror", which featured the brutal Terran Empire, managed by humans and their Vulcan allies, in place of the United Federation of Planets. The Mirror Captain Kirk of the ISS Enterprise was a mass murderer, promoted to Captain after assassinating Captain Christopher Pike. Discipline aboard starships was enforced through agony agonizers carried by crewmembers. Officers were barbaric in behavior and advanced in rank by killing superiors who they thought were incompetent. Roman-style military salutes were used by crewmembers to show loyalty to their captain; the episode established the goatee as a visual marker for an evil version of a character. The Mirror Universe was revisited in the Deep Space Nine second-season episode "Crossover", turned into a story arc that spanned into the final season, with five Mirror Universe episodes over the course of five seasons; the series reveals that when exposed to individuals from the normal universe, the Terran Empire began to reform itself for the better, but was overthrown in the 23rd century by an alliance of alien species who took advantage of the Empire's self-weakening and conquered it, enslaving humans and Vulcans in the process.

A two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, entitled "In a Mirror, Darkly", introduces the early developments of the Mirror Universe. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery has a storyline involving the Mirror Universe. Captain Gabriel Lorca, commander of the USS Discovery, is discovered to be an inhabitant of the Mirror Universe on account of his intolerance to bright light, a genetic trait common to all humans from the Mirror Universe. In 2018, CBR rated Discovery's mirror universe saga as the 18th best multi-part episode story of the Star Trek. In addition to the television episodes, a number of ancillary tie-in works make use of the Mirror Universe setting; these works may contradict continuity as established in the television episodes, are not considered canon. The Star Trek: Stargazer novel Three by Michael Jan Friedman features the Mirror Universe; the Star Trek: The Next Generation book Dark Mirror, written by Diane Duane, offers another explanation of what happened after Captain Kirk and three of his crew encountered the Mirror Universe.

In the novel, the Empire is still in existence in the 24th century. The point of divergence appears to be the Eugenics Wars where the genetic supermen were not defeated and turned on each other resulting in atomic war, but works dating back to the days of ancient Greece supporting the Empire's current mindset are noted. Various novels have been set in the Deep Space Nine version of the Mirror Universe, including a trilogy by William Shatner, which reveals the Mirror Kirk is still alive and plotting to reconquer the Empire. Two collections of Mirror stories were published in 2007: the first involves Mirror Enterprise, TOS and TNG and the second features Mirror DS9, Voyager and New Frontier. A third collection, entitled Shards and Shadows, was released in January 2009; the Mirror Universe storyline was concluded in the novel Rise Like Lions, released in November 2011. A further story taking place in the Mirror Universe, Section 31 - Disavowed, was released in October 2014. A number of Star Trek games reference it.

Among them, the first-person shooter Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, the massively multiplayer online game Star Trek Online, the battle simulator Star Trek: Shattered Universe, set in the Mirror Universe, Decipher's Star Trek Roleplaying Game and Star Trek: Attack Wing. The Mirror Universe Saga is a trade paperback that reprints eight issues of DC Comics' Star Trek comic book chronicling an encounter between the Mirror Universe and the Prime Universe, it is set after the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The series was drawn by Tom Sutton & Ricardo Villagrán; this version postulates the divergence of history to start at the time of the Earth-Romulan War, with the conquest of Earth by the Romulans. The concept of a morally inverted universe had been pioneered by DC Comics in 1964, three years before Star Trek adopted the idea, in the Justice League of America story "Crisis on Earth-Three" written by Gardner Fox; the fan-produced web series Star Trek Continues included an episode set in the Mirror Universe called "Fairest of Them All".

The South Park episode "Spookyfish" is a parody of the Mirror Universe, complete with goatees on all the characters from the Mirror Universe. However, in a t

Randolph Foundation

The Randolph Foundation is a New York-based charitable foundation that first operated in 1972 as the H. Smith Richardson Charitable Trust, it transitioned to independence from the Smith Richardson Foundation, assuming the name of The Randolph Foundation from 1991–1993, was reconstituted as a NY non-profit corporation in 2002. The foundation provides funding for public policy related projects. Heather Higgins is its President; the Randolph Foundation was established as a charitable trust under the will of H. Smith Richardson in 1972. H. Smith Richardson was an heir of founder of the Vicks chemical company. Chartered with a broad mandate, it was operated under the aegis of the Smith Richardson Foundation's public policy arm, making grants that were, for the most part, indistinguishable from the focus of the Smith Richardson Foundation per se. In the spring of 1991, the Randolph Foundation began to operate as an organization—under new Executive Director Heather Higgins—and in 1993 became wholly separate from the Smith Richardson Foundation.

As of 2005, the foundation held just under $70 million in assets. The Randolph Foundation sponsors numerous projects that examine current public policy and offer policy alternatives; such projects include television programs, films and academic studies. Through its funding of New River Media, the foundation serves as a major source of sponsorship for PBS's weekly Think Tank, which features commentator Ben J. Wattenberg. Think Tank episodes have featured discussion on such issues as gun control and controversies in modern feminism. Again working with New River Media and the team from Think Tank, the foundation provided funding for Heaven on Earth: the Rise and Fall of Socialism; the 2005 film was shown as a three-part mini-series on PBS and is a companion film to the 2002 book of the same name by Joshua Muravchik. A PBS synopsis of the film portrayed its central ideas as follows: As an idea that changed the way people thought, socialism's success was spectacular; as a critique of capitalism that helped spawn modern social safety nets and welfare states, its success was appreciable.

As a model for the development of post-colonial states, the socialist model proved disappointing, fostering economic stagnation among millions of the world's poorest people. And in its most violent forms, socialism was calamitous, claiming scores of millions of lives and helping to make the twentieth century the bloodiest ever; the Randolph Foundation was one source of funding for God and the Inner City, a one-hour 2003 documentary chiefly backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts which examined both faith-based and secular charities operating in inner-city environs. The foundation provided financial support to Free to Choose Media for The Power of Choice, a 2007 film biography of Chicago School economist Milton Friedman. In 1993, the foundation began providing support to Marquette University political scientist Christopher Wolfe for a project that would culminate in his 2006 book, Natural Law Liberalism. In Natural Law Liberalism, Wolfe advances the position that American public policy should be based on classical natural law theory in the Thomist tradition, which he argues results in policies characteristic of political liberalism.

TRF was a source of funding for a book produced by the free-market environmentalist Property and Environment Research Center. Eco-nomics: What Everyone Should Know about Economics and the Environment was penned by agricultural economist Richard L. Stroup and published by the Cato Institute in 2003; the book, which won a 2004 award from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, targets the "educated lay person," offering public policy recommendations in keeping with the private, market approach to conservation. Naomi Schaefer Riley received a grant from the foundation for her book, God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America; the 2004 St. Martin's Press offering was the result of research conducted by Riley at twenty higher education institutions affiliated with a religious group; the book examines classes and student life at institutions including Brigham Young University, Baylor University, Bob Jones University and discusses the potential impact of these schools' growing attendance on those interested in "bringing faith into the professional world."Currently, TRF is funding a Council on Foreign Relations book project by CFR senior fellow Max Boot.

The project, in progress since 2003 and is sponsored by several other organizations...examines four major technological revolutions of the past 500 years and how they transformed warfare and the international balance-of-power.... In addition, Mr. Boot applies the lessons of history to current dilemmas, examining crucial questions such as how long America's military advantage will last, what the United States can do to preserve its hegemony. Besides the research performed by Riley for God on the Quad, other studies funded by the Randolph Foundation examined higher education in the United States. A controversial 2004 study by TRF-supported scholars found that "72 percent of teachers at American colleges and universities identify themselves as liberal, compared with 15 percent who describe themselves as conservative, with the liberal tilt greatest at elite schools and in humanities and social sciences departments." This study was cited by various columnists including Cal Thomas. Its methodology and conclusions were criticized by the American Association of University Professors.

TRF is funding a six-year University of Virginia study examining parental leave policies in United States universities and their possible effect on gender roles. According to a description on the university's webs

Okuno Dam

Okuno Dam is a multi-purpose dam on the Itō-Ōkawa River, located in Itō, Japan. The Itō-Ōkawa River is a primary source of drinking water for the city of Itō, on the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula. However, the area is a region of heavy rains, is prone to typhoons; the 1958 Kanogawa Typhoon caused widespread damage to property in the Itō area. From the 1960s, the area around Itō began to develop as a bedroom community for Atami, as well as a popular vacation destination due to its beaches, hot spring resorts and ease of access to Tokyo. In 1972, a project office was established and construction begun by a consortium consisting of Kajima Construction and Kumagai Gumi. Due to the geography of the site, a rock-fill dam design with a central spillway and a height of 63 meters was selected; the estimated completion time was 1983. However, due to difficulties arising from transporting the necessary stones from distant locations, work was not completed until 1989. Although styled as a'multi-purpose dam', the dam has no associated hydroelectric power facilities, its primary function is flood control and the supply of drinking water.

The reservoir impounded was named Lake Matsukawa in 1987, is a popular recreational area for sports fishermen and bird-watching. Shizuoka Prefectural official website

Singapore Book Publishers Association

The Singapore Book Publishers Association was incorporated in May 1968 with 22 company members, 14 of which were of Singapore origin. As of 1 July 2016 the association has 64 members engaged in a wide range of publishing and distribution activities; these are in the areas of educational textbooks, children's books and trade books and scholarly publications, reference materials and some electronic publications. The main aims of the association are to encourage fair trade practices and maintain high standards of workmanship and service in the publishing business. At the AGM held on 11 May 2016, the following publishers were installed as members of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Book Publishers Association for the new two-year term 2016–2018: AK Publishing Pte Ltd Alkem Company Pte Ltd Alston Publishing House APD Singapore Armour Publishing Asiapac Books Art Square Creation Pte Ltd Banjo & Sons Big Tree Edu Aids Consultancy Bubbly Books Pte Ltd Cannon International Cambridge University Press Candid Creation Publishing LLP Casco Publications Pte Ltd CCH Asia Child Educational Co.

Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Ltd CSC Publishing Editions Didier Millet Educational Publishing House Elsevier Asia Elm Tree Distributors English Corner International Epigram Books Experiences & Experiments Pte Ltd FAN-Math Education Hodder Education Institute of Southeast Asian Studies JLB Publishing John Wiley & Sons LexisNexis Lingzi Media Magazines Express Markono Print Media MarketAsia Distributors Marshall Cavendish Education Marshall Cavendish International McGraw-Hill Education Modern Montessori International Monsoon Books NUS Press Pan Asia Publishing Pansing Distribution Pearson Education Asia Preston Corporation Pustaka Nasional Rank Books Sage Publications Asia Pacific Scholastic Books Select Books September 21 Enterprise Shing Lee Publishers Singapore Asia Publishers Singapore Academy of Law - Academy Publishing Spicers Paper Springer Science+Business Media Star Publishing Success Publishing House Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific Tech Publications Tusitala Digital Publishing Union Book Co.

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UniverSoul Circus

The UniverSoul Circus is a single ring circus, established in 1994 by Cedric Walker, an African American man who had a vision of creating a circus with a large percentage of people of color performing. He began searching for people from all around the world with incredible talents; the circus has performers from at least 24 different countries around the world. It is headquartered in Georgia; the UniverSoul Circus was founded in 1994. The history section of the official website states that "We had the idea to present... to a wide demographic of spectators."Recruiting and production began in 1993. The first performance took place in 1994 in the parking lot of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, a couple of years before the stadium closed and demolished the following year; the first season of operations brought formidable debt upon the organization. By 1997 the circus tour grew to 10 cities, 19 cities in 1999, 31 cities in 2000, 32 cities in 2005. A tour of South Africa, the first international destination, was completed in 2001.

UniverSoul Circus through some of its animal vendors has had several animal cruelty allegations dating from 1997 to the present time. They have had incidences of escaping animals

Vijay Prakash Singh

Vijay Prakash Singh is an Indian gastroenterologist and the Head of Department of Gastroenterology at Patna Medical College, Bihar. He was born in Banka, he is reported to have contributed to the establishment of the department of gastroenterology at the medical college and at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences. He is involved with BIG Hospital Institute of Gastroenterology as the chief gastroenterologist and medical director, he is a member of the executive council of the Medical Council of India and a member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology. He is the author of several medical research papers, published in peer reviewed journals, he was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, only the 7th doctor in Bihar state to receive the award. He has given talks on hepatitis and non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis: a severe form of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. "Padma Shree" by the Government of India "Icons of Bihar" by Outlook in 2018 Profile at Big Hospital Doctor Profile