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Robert Conquest

George Robert Acworth Conquest was a British-American historian and poet. Conquest was most notable for his influential works of non-fiction including The Great Terror: Stalin's Purges of the 1930s, he was a longtime research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He wrote more than a dozen books on the Soviet Union. Conquest was born on 15 July 1917 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, to an American father, Robert Folger Wescott Conquest, an English mother, Rosamund Alys Acworth, his father served in an American Ambulance Field Service unit with the French Army in World War I, was awarded the Croix de Guerre, with Silver Star in 1916. Conquest was educated at Winchester College, the University of Grenoble, Magdalen College, where he was an exhibitioner in modern history and took his bachelor's and master's degrees in Philosophy and Economics, his doctorate in Soviet history. In 1937, after studying at the University of Grenoble, Conquest went up to Oxford, joining both the Conservative Carlton Club and, as an "open" member, the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Fellow members included Philip Toynbee. In Lisbon on an American passport at the outbreak of the Second World War, he returned to England; as the Communist Party of Great Britain denounced the Second World War in 1939 as imperialist and capitalist, Conquest broke with it and was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 20 April 1940 and served with the regiment until 1946. In 1942, he married Joan Watkins. In 1943, he was posted to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, today part of University College London, to study Bulgarian. In 1944, Conquest was posted to Bulgaria as a liaison officer to the Bulgarian forces fighting under Soviet command, attached to the Third Ukrainian Front, to the Allied Control Commission. There, he met Tatiana Mihailova, who became his second wife. At the end of the war, he joined the Foreign Office, returning to the British Legation in Sofia where he remained as the press officer. In 1948 he and Tatiana left Bulgaria when he was recalled to London under a minor diplomatic cloud after he had helped smuggle two Bulgarians out of the country.

Back in London, he married Tatiana. In 1951, Tatiana Conquest was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In 1962 the couple divorced. In 1948 Conquest joined the Foreign Office's Information Research Department, a "propaganda counter-offensive" unit created by the Labour Attlee government in order to "collect and summarize reliable information about Soviet and communist misdoings, to disseminate it to friendly journalists and trade unionists, to support and otherwise, anticommunist publications." The IRD was engaged in manipulating public opinion. Conquest at the IRD was remembered as a "brilliant, arrogant" figure who had 10 people reporting to him, he continued to work at the Foreign Office until 1956, becoming involved in the intellectual counter-offensive against communism. In 1949 Conquest's assistant, Celia Kirwan, approached George Orwell for information to help identify Soviet sympathisers. Orwell's list, discovered after her death in 2002, included Guardian and Observer journalists, as well as E. H. Carr and Charlie Chaplin.

Conquest, like Orwell, fell for the beautiful Celia Kirwan. One of his foreign office colleagues was Alan Maclean, brother of Donald Maclean, one of the Philby spy ring, who fled to Russia with Guy Burgess in 1951; when his brother defected, Alan resigned, went to Macmillan and published a book of Conquest's poems. At the IRD Conquest wrote various papers which sowed the seeds for his work. One, on Soviet means of obtaining confessions, was to be elaborated in The Great Terror. Other papers were "Peaceful Co-existence in Soviet Propaganda and Theory", on "United Fronts – a Communist Tactic". Much of IRD works was published in the Soviet Studies Series. In 1950 he served as First Secretary in the British Delegation to the United Nations. In 1956, Conquest left the IRD becoming a freelance writer and historian. After he left, he says, IRD suggested to him that he could combine some of the data he had gathered from Soviet publications into a book. During the 1960s, Conquest edited eight volumes of work produced by the IRD, published in London by the Bodley Head as the Soviet Studies Series.

In 1962–63, Conquest was literary editor of The Spectator, but resigned when he found the job interfered with his historical writing. His first books on the Soviet Union were Common Sense About Russia, The Soviet Deportation of Nationalities and Power and Policy in the USSR, his other early works on the Soviet Union included Courage of Genius: The Pasternak Affair and Russia After Khrushchev. In 1968, Conquest published what became his best-known work, The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties, the first comprehensive research of the Great Purge, which took place in the Soviet Union between 1934 and 1939. Many reviewers at the time were not impressed by his way of writing about the Great Terror, in the tradition of "great men who make history"; the book was based on information, made public, either or by individuals, during the so-called "Khrushchev Thaw" in the period 1956–64. It drew on accounts by Russian and Ukrainian

St Mawes' Church, St Mawes

St Mawes’ Church, St Mawes is a Grade II listed parish church in the Church of England Diocese of Truro in St Mawes, England, UK. The name of the town comes from Saint Maudez, a Breton saint, there was a chapel here dedicated to him with his holy well nearby, its existence in 1427 is mentioned in George Oliver's Monasticon and it remained in use until the reign of Elizabeth I when it was abandoned. From that time until c. 1838 there was no chapel for the townspeople until a private chapel built in 1807 by the Earl Temple was licensed by the Bishop. This was on a different site and was built between 1881 and 1884. St Mawes continued however to be in the parish of St Just in Roseland; the new church to serve the town of St Mawes was opened by the Bishop of Truro Dr George Wilkinson on 5 December 1884. It was built in the Early English style, consists of a chancel, nave and bell turret, it was built of local stone with facings of St Stephen’s granite. The west window was given by the daughter of Staff-Commander Vincent of Southampton in memory of her parents and cost 100 guineas.

The chancel window is a gift of the relatives of Miss Cullah. The north and south chancel windows were presented by Mrs Payne; the building cost was designed by Revd. C. W. Carlyon; the church is in a joint parish with St Just’s Church, St Just in Roseland

Disaster Kleenup International

DKI claims to be the largest organization in North America that contracts for disaster restoration. In June 2013, its annual revenue was $1.7 Billion. The organization began franchising in 1994; the organization operates a network that supports its member companies, which operate as independent contractors. The organization provides a brand for marketing purposes and training programs, claims support, marketing initiatives, it operates a 24-hour call center, used by its member companies and insurance companies. Disaster Kleenup International Ltd. operates in Canada. Campbell DKI operates as Campbell Builders, Inc. and has been existent in Columbus, Ohio for over 32 years. Utah Disaster Kleenup is the largest restoration firm in the state of Utah, is based in Draper, in 1996 it increased its plant size and equipment base, along with increasing its work force by 29%. Christensen, Doug. "Job nobody wants? Disaster Kleenup"; the Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-04-14. Oberbeck, Steven. "Utah disaster-relief firm cleans up on electronic equipment".

The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "Mess-busters tackle cleanup after fire". The Idaho Statesman. August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "Executive Focus: Mark Dennis Jensen". The Deseret News. April 9, 1995. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "DKI Backs ARC Efforts in Southeast Asia". Insurance Journal. December 31, 2004. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "Cleanup firm focuses on restoring". The Deseret News. June 15, 2003. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "Utah Disaster Kleenup to restore Shadowbrook units". Deseret News. June 30, 1995. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "Disaster cleanup firm helps restore fire-affected homes in Boise". Idaho Business Review. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2013-04-14. "What qualifies as a disaster?'When it happens to you'". The Salt Lake Tribune. February 8, 1993. Retrieved 2013-04-14. Sahm, Phil. "Xmas Cards More Than Sentiments". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-14. Official website

Toroidal coordinates

Toroidal coordinates are a three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate system that results from rotating the two-dimensional bipolar coordinate system about the axis that separates its two foci. Thus, the two foci F 1 and F 2 in bipolar coordinates become a ring of radius a in the x y plane of the toroidal coordinate system; the focal ring is known as the reference circle. The most common definition of toroidal coordinates is x = a sinh ⁡ τ cosh ⁡ τ − cos ⁡ σ cos ⁡ ϕ y = a sinh ⁡ τ cosh ⁡ τ − cos ⁡ σ sin ⁡ ϕ z = a sin ⁡ σ cosh ⁡ τ − cos ⁡ σ together with s i g n = s i g n ( z {\displaystyle \mathrm =\mathrm; the σ coordinate of a point P equals the angle F 1 P F 2 and the τ coordinate equals the natural logarithm of the ratio of the distances d 1 and d 2 to opposite sides of the focal ring τ = ln ⁡ d 1 d 2. The coordinate ranges are − π < σ ≤ π and τ ≥ 0 and 0 ≤ ϕ < 2 π. Surfaces of constant σ correspond to spheres of different radii + 2 = a 2 sin 2 ⁡ σ that all pass through the focal ring but are not concentric.

The surfaces of constant τ are non-intersecting tori of different radii z 2 + 2 = a 2 sinh 2 ⁡ τ that surround the focal ring. The centers of the constant- σ spheres lie along the z -axis, whereas the constant- τ tori are centered in the x y plane; the coordinates may be calculated from the Cartesian coordinates. The azimuthal angle ϕ is given by the formula tan ⁡ ϕ = y x The cylindrical radius ρ of the point P is given by ρ 2 = x 2 + y 2 and its distances to the foci in the plane defined by ϕ is given by d 1 2 = 2 + z 2 d 2 2 = 2 + z 2 The coordinate τ equals the natural logarithm of the focal distances τ = ln ⁡ d 1 d 2 whereas | σ | equals the angle

List of Superfund sites in Pennsylvania

This is a list of Superfund sites in Pennsylvania designated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act environmental law. The CERCLA federal law of 1980 authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency to create a list of polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations; these locations are known as Superfund sites, are placed on the National Priorities List. The NPL guides the EPA in "determining which sites warrant further investigation" for environmental remediation; as of November 29, 2010, there were 95 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List in Pennsylvania. Two additional sites are proposed for entry on the list. Twenty-eight sites have been removed from the list. Proposed for addition to National Priorities List Deleted from National Priorities List List of Superfund sites in the United States List of environmental issues List of waste types TOXMAP EPA list of Superfund sites in Pennsylvania EPA list of proposed Superfund sites in Pennsylvania EPA list of current Superfund sites in Pennsylvania EPA list of Superfund site construction completions in Pennsylvania EPA list of deleted Superfund sites in Pennsylvania EPA list of deleted Superfund sites in Pennsylvania


LuckyTV, created by Sander van de Pavert, is a Dutch series of short videos used as closure of daily TV-show De Wereld Draait Door on NPO 1. In these videos, recent news items are shown with the actual voices of the people in the video replaced with Van de Pavert's voice making the characters say ridiculous things. On a regular basis, items are edited into the video that weren't there, such as a monster at the wedding of British prince William and Kate Middleton. In October 2016 LuckyTV received widespread attention after it released a parody video that made it appear that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were singing a duet of the song The Time of My Life during the second USA presidential debate. CNet contributor Chris Matyszczyk wrote that the video "offers the possibility of idyllic harmony where there is only conflict. That, of course, makes it comedy." Van de Pavert studied Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. His LuckyTV videos were first broadcast on national television during Vara Laat.

The clips were shown in JENSEN! and, since 2005, De Wereld Draait Door. Willy & Máx: King Willem-Alexander reappears in LuckyTV videos, as the anti-social party lover'Willy'; when Willem-Alexander became king, he announced that one should refer to him as "Willem-Alexander" and not "William IV", which would be in line with his ancestors William I, II, III. Lucky TV made a video in which Willem-Alexander sings a song in which he wants to be called Willy: Noem me bij m'n eigen naam. Since many videos were made in which "Willy" brings fireworks to official diplomatic visits, uses drugs, makes bad racist jokes and makes a mess of his annual speech to the government, his wife Queen Máxima needs to hold him back, but fails. In the videos, "Willy" speaks including in English spoken videos; the Pope reoccurs in videos as Darth Vader, who seems to love little children. Videos are always accompanied by music from Star Wars played by a group of musicians present at the scene; the NOS: Every now and a video is shown in which a reporter from the NOS News reads from his/her diary, telling what it is like to work for the national news station.

It always ridicules the work of the journalists, complaining that they weren't taken by either their boss, the interviewee or both, admitting that they did a lousy job on purpose because they found the job not worthy to be done. Official website