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Ted Nugent

Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter and political activist. Nugent gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After dissolving the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career. Nugent is known for his Gibson Byrdland, his bluesy and frenzied guitar playing and his energetic live shows. Despite possessing a distinctive, wide ranging singing voice, Nugent recorded and toured with other singers during much of his early solo career, including Derek St. Holmes and Meat Loaf. In years, Nugent drew attention for his outspoken conservative political views, as well as his strident advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights, he is a board member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of the Republican Party, has made a number of controversial and threatening statements against advocates of gun control, in one case having the Secret Service investigate him based on comments about President Barack Obama.

Nugent was born the third of four siblings in Redford and raised in metropolitan Detroit, the son of Marion Dorothy and Warren Henry Nugent. As a teenager, Nugent attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and for a short time, William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, his maternal grandparents were Swedish. Nugent grew up in a military family. Nugent himself never served in the military though he came of age during the height of the Vietnam War. In 1977 and 1990 interviews with High Times magazine and the Detroit Free Press, Nugent claimed he deliberately failed his draft physical by taking drugs, eating nothing but junk food for days beforehand, defecating and urinating in his pants. Nugent denied his defecation story in a 2018 appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, he stated he was eligible for military service and passed a draft physical in 1969 and received a student designation rather than a student deferment several months while he was attending Oakland Community College, but was not called to service.

Nugent further stated that his 4-F rating on Wikipedia was "made up," despite the fact that the article sourced it to Snopes. Nugent's Selective Service classification record shows he qualified for student deferments; when he was no longer enrolled in school, he received a draft rating of I-A, until he failed a draft physical on August 28, 1969. After that physical, he was rated 1-Y until that classification was abolished in 1971, he was subsequently reclassified 4-F, indicating ineligibility for military service under established physical, mental, or moral standards. The first lineup of the Amboy Dukes played at The Cellar, a teen dance club outside of Chicago in Arlington Heights, starting in late 1965, while Nugent was a student at St. Viator High School; the Cellar's "house band" at the time had been the Shadows of Knight, although the Amboy Dukes became a staple until the club's closing. The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer from the album of the same title whose cover features a diverse array of drug paraphernalia.

Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use. The Amboy Dukes, Journey to the Center of the Mind and Rusty Day —all recorded on the Mainstream label—sold moderately well. On April 5, 1968, Nugent along with a group of musicians paid tribute to Martin Luther King by having a folk and blues jam session. Joni Mitchell played first, followed by Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. Other musicians who participated were Al Kooper. After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973, Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild; the following year, Tooth Claw established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes. Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as the Amboy Dukes. Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009; the psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event.

The Dukes played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years. Nugent dropped the Amboy Dukes band name for good in 1975, signed to Epic Records. Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange and Clifford Davies were the primary additional band members for his 1970s multi-platinum albums: Ted Nugent, Free-for-All and Cat Scratch Fever; these albums produced the popular radio anthems "Hey Baby", "Stranglehold", "Dog Eat Dog", "Cat Scratch Fever". Despite most of the songwriting credits being listed as Nugent, St. Holmes claims they were co-written by the whole band, that Nugent took sole credit as a way to not pay them royalties, it was during these three years that Nugent emerged as a guitar hero to hard rock fans, many of whom were unaware of his lengthy apprenticeship with the Amboy Dukes. This band lineup toured extensively releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo!, until its breakup in 1978 when St. Holmes and Grange departed. St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Grange by Dave Kiswiney.

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Bruneian International Certificate of Identity

The Bruneian International Certificate of Identity is an international travel document issued by the Immigration and National Registration Department to Bruneian permanent residents who are stateless. It is valid for five years; the applicant for an ICI must possess: Either a residence permit or an entry permit, Be stateless Holders of the International Certificate of Identity are not subject to the visa exemptions that holders of the Bruneian passport are. ICI holders can enter Germany and Slovenia visa-free for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. In the case of Germany, in theory, in order to benefit from the visa exemption, the ICI must be issued under the terms of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and contain an authorisation to return to Brunei which has a sufficiently long period of validity, but because Brunei is not a signatory to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, in practice holders of an ICI do not qualify for the visa exemption to Germany.

However, holders of an ICI can still benefit from the visa exemption to Hungary and Slovenia since the Hungarian and Slovenian Governments do not require the ICI to be issued under the terms of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Holder of Bruneian International Certificate of Identity can enter Taiwan for 14 days. Furthermore, Belgium, the Netherlands and Croatia does not recognise the Brunei International Certificate of Identity and thus the travel document is not valid for travel to these countries; the Brunei International Certificate of Identity is not covered by the Geneva or New York conventions. Immigration and National Registration Department:Travel Document & Passport

Uranium pentafluoride

Uranium pentafluoride is the inorganic compound with the chemical formula UF5. It is a pale yellow paramagnetic solid; the compound has attracted interest because it is related to uranium hexafluoride, used to produce uranium fuel. It crystallizes in two polymorphs, called α- and β-UF5, it can be produced by reduction of the hexafluoride with carbon monoxide at elevated temperatures. 2 UF6 + CO → 2 UF5 + COF2Other reducing agents have been examined. The α form is a linear coordination polymer consisting of chains of octahedral uranium centers in which one of the five fluoride anion forms a bridge to the next uranium atom; the structure is reminiscent of that for vanadium pentafluoride. In β form, the uranium centers adopt a square antiprismatic structure; the β polymorph converts to α at 130 °C. Of theoretical interest, molecular UF5 can be generated as a transient monomer by UV-photolysis of uranium hexafluoride, it is thought to adopt a square pyramidal geometry

Linguistic demography

Linguistic demography is the statistical study of languages among all populations. Estimating the number of speakers of a given language is not straightforward, various estimates may diverge considerably; this is first of all due to the question of defining "language" vs. "dialect". Identification of varieties as a single language or as distinct languages is based on ethnic, cultural, or political considerations rather than mutual intelligibility; the second difficulty is multilingualism, complicating the definition of "native language". In many countries, insufficient census data add to the difficulties. Demolinguistics is a branch of Sociology of language observing linguistic trends as affected by population distribution and redistribution and by the status of societies; the following table compares the estimates of Weber. Given are the estimates of SIL Ethnologue. Comparing estimates that do not date to the same year is problematic due to the 1.14% per year growth of world population. This table shows that for the world's largest languages, it is impossible to give an estimate of the number of native speakers with a certainty better than maybe 10% or 20% or so.

List of languages by number of native speakers List of languages by total number of speakers Abstand and ausbau languages Autonomous language Language geography Languages in censusesCase studies: Language demographics of Quebec Language Spoken at Home Johanna Nichols, Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0-226-58056-2. David I. Kertzer and Dominique Arel and Indentiry: The Politics of Race and Language in National Censuses, ISBN 978-0-521-80823-1. Jacques Pohl and Language Problems. H. Kloss, G. McConnell, Linguistic Composition of the Nations of the World vol. 2, North America, Quebec. CIA - The World Factbook M. Turner compares five language surveys - degree of influence, etc.. Plus charts. Top 100 languages Ethnologue Unicode.org Top Languages by GDP Graphs

Ernst Ulrich von Weizs├Ącker

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a German scientist and politician. He was a member of the German Bundestag and serves as co-president of the Club of Rome jointly with Anders Wijkman. A member of the prominent Weizsäcker family, he is the son of physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and nephew of former German president Richard von Weizsäcker. Since 1969, he is married to Christine von Weizsäcker. Together, they have five children, including MEP Jakob von Weizsäcker. Weizsäcker spent his childhood in Göttingen. In 1966, he graduated from Hamburg University with a Diplom in physics. In 1968, he obtained his PhD in biology from Freiburg University. In 1972, he was appointed full professor of biology at Essen University. In 1975, he was recruited as president of the newly founded University of Kassel. In 1981, he joined the United Nations in New York as director at the UN Center for Science and Technology. From 1984 to 1991 he headed the Institute for European Environmental Policy in Bonn.

In 1991, Weizsäcker became founding president of the Wuppertal Institute, soon establishing itself as a leading environmental think tank. In 1998, he was elected a member of the German Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party and re-elected in 2002; as a legislator, he chaired the select committee on the environment committee. After his decision not to run in the 2005 election, he became Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he returned to Germany in 2009. A bestselling author in Germany, his English language books include Earth Politics, Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, Factor 5 and Limits to Privatization. 2000 Honorary doctorate of Sōka University 2001 Takeda Award 2008 Deutscher Umweltpreis 2009 Commander's cross in the German order of merit 2011 Theodor Heuss Prize 2012 Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council Website of Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough is a 1999 spy film and the nineteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, with the original story and screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein, it was produced by Michael G. Barbara Broccoli; the title is taken from the Bond family Coat of Arms created as part of the cover for 007 in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The film's plot revolves around the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by the terrorist Renard, Bond's subsequent assignment to protect King's daughter Elektra, held for ransom by Renard. During his assignment, Bond unravels a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul. Filming locations included Spain, Azerbaijan and the UK, with interiors shot at Pinewood Studios. Despite receiving mixed reviews, with the plot and Denise Richards' casting being targeted for criticism, The World Is Not Enough earned $361,832,400 worldwide.

It was the first Eon-produced Bond film to be released under the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer label instead of United Artists, the original owner and distributor of the film franchise. MI6 agent James Bond arrives at a Swiss bank in Bilbao, Spain, to retrieve money for British oil tycoon Sir Robert King. Bond wants the name of the killer of a fellow MI6 agent, but the banker is killed by his assistant before he can reveal it. Bond escapes from the banker's office with the money. Bond gives chase to the assassin on a Q-modified speedboat down the Thames to the Millennium Dome, where she attempts to escape by hot air balloon. Bond offers her protection. Although injured falling from the balloon, Bond is cleared for duty, attends Sir Robert's funeral, traces the recovered money to Viktor "Renard" Zokas, a KGB agent-turned-terrorist. Following an earlier attempt on his life by MI6 agent 009, Renard was left with a bullet in his brain, destroying his senses, making him immune to pain until he dies. M assigns Bond to protect King's daughter Elektra against Renard, who had abducted her.

Bond flies to Azerbaijan, where Elektra is overseeing the construction of a new segment of her family's oil pipeline. During a tour of the pipeline's proposed route through the mountains and Elektra are attacked by a hit squad in armed, paraglider-equipped snowmobiles. Despite being unarmed, Bond is able to dispatch the snowmobiles by using the terrain to his advantage and a protective shield in his jacket. Bond visits Valentin Zukovsky at his Baku casino to acquire information about Elektra's attackers. Bond takes his place on a plane bound for a Russian ICBM base in Kazakhstan, he poses as a Russian nuclear scientist and meets American nuclear physicist Doctor Christmas Jones, before entering the silo. Inside, Renard is removing weapons-grade plutonium from a nuclear bomb. Before Bond can kill him, Jones blows his cover. Renard drops a hint that Elektra and he are collaborating and flees with the plutonium, while Bond and Jones escape the exploding silo with the locator card. Back in Azerbaijan, Bond discloses to M that Elektra may not be as innocent as she seems, before they discover the stolen bomb from Kazakhstan is attached to an inspection rig heading towards the oil terminal.

Bond and Jones enter the pipeline to deactivate the bomb, Jones discovers that half of the plutonium is missing. They both jump clear of the rig before a large section of pipeline is destroyed, they are presumed killed. Back at the command centre, Elektra reveals that Renard and she are conspirators, that she killed her father as revenge for using her as bait for Renard, she abducts M, whom she resents for advising her father not to pay the ransom money, imprisons her in the Maiden's Tower. Bond accosts Zukovsky at his caviar factory in the Caspian Sea for information on Elektra, having deduced Elektra's culpability himself, is attacked by Elektra's sawing helicopters. Zukovsky reveals his arrangement with Elektra was in exchange for the use of a submarine being captained by Zukovsky's nephew, poisoned, along with his crew, by Renard; the group goes to Istanbul, where Jones realises that if Renard were to insert the stolen plutonium into the submarine's nuclear reactor, the resulting nuclear explosion would destroy Istanbul, sabotaging the Russians' oil pipeline in the Bosphorus and leaving Elektra's pipeline as an uncontested monopoly.

Bond receives a signal from the locator card M has activated using a clock battery, just before Zukovsky's underling, Bullion blows up the command centre. Bond and Jones are separated by Elektra's henchmen. Jones is taken aboard the submarine, while Bond is taken to the tower, where Elektra tortures him with a garrote. Zukovsky and his men arrive and seize the tower. Before dying, he manages to free Bond with his cane gun. Bond frees M and kills Elektra, before diving after the submarine. Bond boards the submarine and frees Jones. Following a firefight with the crew, the submarine hits the bottom of the Bosphorus, causing its hull to rupture, the vessel starts flooding. Bond catches up with Renard and the two get into a brutal fight. Bond kills Renard by impaling him with the plutonium rod. Bond and Jones escape from the submarine via the torpedo launcher, leaving the flooded