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Veja (magazine)

Veja is a Brazilian weekly news magazine published in São Paulo and distributed throughout the country by media conglomerate Grupo Abril. It is the leading weekly publication in the country and one of the most influential outlets of the Brazilian printed media. Veja publishes articles on politics, culture, world events and war, it regularly includes editorial pieces related to themes like technology and religious debate. It has recurring sections on cinema, practical literature and guides on diverse subjects, it has been described as politically aligned with right-wing movements, though it does not describe itself as such. Veja was first published on 11 September 1968, was subject to censorship by the Brazilian military dictatorship from 1969 to 1976. In 1974 the magazine boosted the number of subscribers began to increase. Veja is known for its attacks on the worldwide left-wing; when Barack Obama resumed relations with Cuba, Veja portrayed him as Che Guevara. The magazine supports free market economy, more toughness on crime and the promotion of individual liberty.

Well-known contributors to the magazine include Stephen Kanitz and Lya Luft. During its early days, Veja was known for publishing hoaxes as facts. In 1975 it declared that the Loch Ness Monster was real before recognizing the news were fake. In 1983, it re-published an April Fools' Day prank from the British magazine New Science as real. According to Veja, scientists were able to fuse the molecules of a cow and a tomato in order to produce tomato-flavored meat. In 1989, it published a controversial piece about singer Cazuza, terminally ill from AIDS, it proclaimed that the singer's legacy would not last. The same year, the magazine published a cover praising presidential hopeful Fernando Collor de Mello impeached for corruption. On 2005, as part of its growing right-wing agenda, Veja defended the rejection of the prohibition of firearms in that year's referendum. According to Folha de S. Paulo columnist Barbara Gancia, Veja tried to mislead its readers presenting the referendum as a proposition of the ruling Workers' Party and its owners had a conflict of interest in campaigning against banning firearms.

During the same year it was responsible for several news stories about the Mensalão scandal. Veja had a circulation of 1,086,200 copies in 2010. In April 2012, the editor of the magazine Policarpo Júnior was accused by its rival CartaCapital, based on information revealed by the Federal Police, of being a close acquaintance of casino owner Carlinhos Cachoeira. Cachoeira was arrested for money laundering. According to CartaCapital, Cachoeira was responsible for arranging and filming the bribery meeting in the Correios which resulted in the Mensalão scandal. Júnior and Cachoeira had exchanged over 200 phone calls during the period investigated; the circulation of the magazine was 1,071,500 copies in 2012. In its 25 May 2007 issue, Veja ran a story on then-Senate president, Renan Calheiros, accusing him of accepting funds from a lobbyist to pay for the child support of a daughter from an extramarital affair with journalist Monica Veloso. During a speech in his defense given in the Senate floor, Calheiros accused Grupo Abril, Veja's parent company, of having violated Brazilian corporate law in relation to its sale of 30% of the capital from its publishing arm to South African media group Naspers.

Abril responded to Calheiros in a press release. In August 2010, the Superior Electoral Court punished Veja for pro-José Serra bias during its coverage of the 2010 presidential election; the magazine published a claim made by Serra's vice-presidential candidate Índio da Costa that the Workers' Party had ties with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia. Veja was forced to publish a rebuttal note from PT. Prior to the second round of the 2014 presidential election, Veja anticipated its weekly edition to publish a story claiming that both President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva were aware of a misappropriation scheme inside the state oil company Petrobras; the magazine headquarters was attacked by pro-PT protestors. Once again Veja was forced by the Supreme Electoral Court to publish a rebuttal from PT. In July 2015 the magazine published a story claiming that federal contractor Léo Pinheiro would offer a plea bargaining claiming that Lula was aware and benefited from the aforementioned corruption case.

However, Pinheiro published. As such, Lula decided to sue Veja for moral damages. On the same issue, the magazine accused former soccer player and Senator Romário of having a bank account in the tax haven country of Switzerland. After being sought by the Senator, Banca della Svizzera Italiana confirmed that the documents published by Veja were fake. BSI announced that it requested an investigation of the case by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland. According to columnist Ricardo Noblat, Veja's actions might have been orchestrated by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes, once Romário is a strong contester in the upcoming municipal election. Official website

Interstate 65 in Tennessee

Interstate 65 runs from Ardmore north in Tennessee to just south of Franklin, forming part of the national Interstate 65, which goes from Mobile, Alabama, to Gary, Indiana. In Tennessee the highway's official name is the Albert Arnold Gore Sr. Memorial Highway. I-65 enters Tennessee from the south near the town of Ardmore, passes through rural territory for 65 miles. At exit 1, US 31 separates from the Interstate, having merged at Athens and services Elkton. After skimming the edges of Columbia and Spring Hill, the road comes to an interchange with Interstate 840; the road widens to eight lanes and travels through Franklin and Brentwood, before coming to an interchange with Interstate 440. The highway enters Downtown Nashville, sharing brief concurrences with Interstate 40 and Interstate 24; the road separates from I-24 and intersects with SR 155 on the north side of Nashville, widens to ten through lanes. The widest section of I-65 is found on the north side of this interchange, where the road accommodates 15 through lanes.

The road passes through Madison, comes to an interchange with SR 386 in Goodlettsville, narrows back to six lanes. SR 386 can only be accessed from the northbound lanes; the highway enters a rural area, passing through White House, it exits near Portland into Kentucky to the north. A small part of I-65 was the first section of Interstate Highway opened to traffic in Tennessee. A 1.8-mile section near the Alabama–Tennessee state line opened on November 15, 1958. The McDowell and McDowell Construction company had started work on the interchange in May 1957; the last section of I-65 in Tennessee to be completed was a short segment in Sumner and Robertson counties in 1973. The first HOV lanes in Tennessee opened on September 10, 1993 on the 8 miles section of I-65 between Armory Drive in south Nashville and SR 253 in Brentwood with the completion of a project that widened that segment from two to four lanes in each direction. Widening of the 7 miles segment between SR 253 and SR 96 in Franklin from two to four lanes in each direction was completed in September 1997.

Until 2000, the 2-mile northern leg of the loop in Nashville was designated as Interstate 265. On April 7, 2000, the I-265 designation vanished, I-65 itself was re-routed from the southern and eastern half of the loop to the western and northern half of the loop. Nashville–Davidson County's city/county government had argued to have the designations changed in order to help alleviate traffic congestion caused by motorists' following I-65 through the main body of the city; because of this, the new I-65 route is 0.6 miles longer than the previous route. Mile markers north of Nashville were not changed with the reroute. U. S. Roads portal Media related to Interstate 65 in Tennessee at Wikimedia Commons

Mask of the Avenger

Mask of the Avenger is a 1951 American historical adventure film directed by Phil Karlson starring John Derek, Anthony Quinn and Jody Lawrance. Derek portrays Renatu Dimorna, the son of an Italian aristocrat, who vows revenge after his father is murdered during the European political upheaval of 1848. John Derek as Capt. Renato Dimorna Anthony Quinn as Viovanni Larocca Jody Lawrance as Maria d'Orsini Arnold Moss as Colardi Eugene Iglesias as Rollo D'Anterras Dickie Leroy as Jacopo Harry Cording as Zio Ian Wolfe as Signor Donner Mask of the Avenger on IMDb Mask of the Avenger at the TCM Movie Database Mask of the Avenger at AllMovie

Plant rights

Plant rights are rights to which plants may be entitled. Such issues are raised in connection with discussions about human rights, animal rights, biocentrism, or sentiocentrism. Samuel Butler's Erewhon contains a chapter, "The Views of an Erewhonian Philosopher Concerning the Rights of Vegetables". On the question of whether animal rights can be extended to plants, animal rights philosopher Tom Regan argues that animals acquire rights due to being aware, what he calls "subjects-of-a-life", he argues that this does not apply to plants, that if plants did have rights, abstaining from eating meat would still be moral due to the use of plants to rear animals. According to philosopher Michael Marder, the idea that plants should have rights derives from "plant subjectivity", distinct from human personhood. Paul W. Taylor holds that all life has inherent worth and argues for respect for plants, but does not assign them rights. Christopher D. Stone, the son of investigative journalist I. F. Stone, proposed in a 1972 paper titled "Should Trees Have Standing?" that if corporations are assigned rights, so should natural objects such as trees.

Citing the broadening of rights of blacks, Jews and fetuses as examples, Stone explains that throughout history, societies have been conferring rights to new "entities" which at the time, people thought to be "unthinkable."Whilst not appealing directly to "rights", Matthew Hall has argued that plants should be included within the realm of human moral consideration. His "Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany" discusses the moral background of plants in western philosophy and contrasts this with other traditions, including indigenous cultures, which recognise plants as persons—active, intelligent beings that are appropriate recipients of respect and care. Hall backs up his call for the ethical consideration of plants with arguments based on plant neurobiology, which says that plants are autonomous, perceptive organisms capable of complex, adaptive behaviours, including the recognition of self/non-self. In the study of plant physiology, plants are understood to have mechanisms by which they recognize environmental changes.

This definition of plant perception differs from the notion that plants are capable of feeling emotions, an idea called plant perception. The latter concept, along with plant intelligence, can be traced to 1848, when Gustav Theodor Fechner, a German experimental psychologist, suggested that plants are capable of emotions, that one could promote healthy growth with talk and affection; the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology analyzed scientific data on plants, concluded in 2009 that plants are entitled to a certain amount of "dignity", but "dignity of plants is not an absolute value."The single-issue Party for Plants entered candidates in the 2010 parliamentary election in the Netherlands. It focuses on topics such as climate and sustainability in general; such concerns have been criticized as evidence that modern culture is "causing us to lose the ability to think critically and distinguish serious from frivolous ethical concerns". In his dissent to the 1972 Sierra Club v. Morton decision by the United States Supreme Court, Justice William O. Douglas wrote about whether plants might have legal standing: Inanimate objects are sometimes parties in litigation.

A ship has a legal personality, a fiction found useful for maritime purposes... So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, lakes, beaches, groves of trees, swampland, or air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern life... The voice of the inanimate object, should not be stilled; the Swiss Constitution contains a provision requiring "account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals and other organisms", the Swiss government has conducted ethical studies pertaining to how the dignity of plants is to be protected. In 2012, a river in New Zealand, including the plants and other organisms contained within its boundaries, was declared a person with standing to bring legal actions to protect its interests; when challenged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to become vegetarian, Timothy McVeigh argued that "plants are alive too, they react to stimuli. The Animal Liberation Front argues that there is no evidence that plants can experience pain, that to the extent they respond to stimuli, it is like a device such as a thermostat responding to sensors.

Tree That Owns Itself Animal liberation and plant liberation

List of University of Waterloo people

The University of Waterloo, located in Waterloo, Canada, is a comprehensive public university, founded in 1957 by Drs. Gerry Hagey and Ira G. Needles, it has grown into an institution of more than 30,000 students and staff. The school is notable for being the first accredited university in North America to create a Faculty of Mathematics, now the world's largest, to have the largest cooperative education program in the world; the school is known for having more companies formed by its faculty and alumni than any other Canadian university, as such, the university has been called the "Silicon Valley of the North". The list is drawn from faculty, alumni and former university presidents; the enrollment for 2007 was 24,342 undergraduate and 3,636 graduate students, with 977 full-time faculty members and 2,251 staff. The school has about 135,000 alumni in 140 countries. A large number of the university's alumni were enrolled in the Faculty of Mathematics because it has become a "magnet for theoreticians and students alike".

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Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. The Kumano Kodō route connects it to other sites under the same classification, which are located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan; the four sites on the route, classified as pilgrimage destinations and World Heritage Sites, are: 1) Nachi Taisha. Kumano Nachi Taisha is one of the three sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines: Kumano Nachi Taisha Kumano Hongū Taisha Kumano Hayatama TaishaThis classification is based in Japanese history, as pilgrims would travel to all three sites to complete their pilgrimage. Kumano Nachi Taisha is an example of Buddhist and Shinto syncretism nestled in the Kii Mountains, near Kii Katsuura, Japan. Cedar forests surround the site; the Nachi Waterfall, worshiped at the Hiryū Shrine near Kumano Nachi Taisha, is believed to be inhabited by a kami called Hiryū Gongen. There is a sacred tree at this site, the Sacred Camphor Tree, located between the Nachi Shrine and Seigantoji Temple.

It is said to have been planted by Taira-no-Shigemori. The straw rope and paper flags show; the tree is alive with other small plants growing on its ancient limbs. It is possible to enter the tree, where there is a small altar for making offeringsNachi-no-Hi Matsuri Fire Festival, performed on July 14, is the major festival of Kumano Nachi Taisha, it is a fire festival in which six-meter-high portable shrines symbolically representing the purification of the waterfall with the fires from oversized torches is laboriously carried by men dressed in white. Seigantoji temple List of Shinto shrines Twenty-Two Shrines Modern system of ranked Shinto Shrines Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau Description of the sites Wakayama Prefecture webpage about Kumano Nachi Taisha Nachi-Katsuura Town Tourism Association El festival de fuego Nachi No Ōgi Matsuri