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CAMELOT – the quest

“Camelot Era”

“Once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot”

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  • John F Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

HE WROTE THE ABOVE QUOTE ON HIS BEDSIDE

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Kennedy and his wife were younger in comparison to the presidents and first ladies who preceded them, and both were popular in themedia culture in ways more common to pop singers and movie stars than politicians, influencing fashion trends and becoming the subjects of numerous photo spreads in popular magazines. Although Eisenhower had allowed presidential press conferences to be filmed for television, Kennedy was the first president to ask for them to be broadcast live and made good use of the medium. In 1961 the Radio-Television News Directors Association presented Kennedy with its highest honor, the Paul White Award, in recognition of his open relationship with the media.

Mrs. Kennedy brought new art and furniture to the White House, and directed its restoration. They invited a range of artists, writers and intellectuals to rounds of White House dinners, raising the profile of the arts in America.

The president was closely tied to popular culture, emphasized by songs such as “Twisting at the White House”. Vaughn Meader’s First Family comedy album — which parodied the president, the first lady, their family, and the administration — sold about four million copies. On May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” at a large party in Madison Square Garden, celebrating Kennedy’s upcoming forty-fifth birthday. The charisma of Kennedy and his family led to the figurative designation of “Camelot” for his administration, credited by his wife, who coined the term for the first time in print during a post-assassination interview with Theodore White, to his affection for the then contemporary Broadway musical of the same name.

In American contexts, the word “Camelot” is sometimes used to refer admiringly to the presidency of John F. Kennedy, as his term was said to have potential and promise for the future, and many were inspired by Kennedy’s speeches, vision, and policies.

At the time, Kennedy’s assassination had been compared to the fall of King Arthur. The lines “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot,” from the musical Camelot, were quoted by his widow Jacqueline as being from his favorite song in the score. “There’ll be great Presidents again,” she added, “but there’ll never be another Camelot again … it will never be that way again.”

Camelot has become a permanent fixture in interpretations of the Arthurian legend. Modern versions typically retain Camelot’s lack of precise location and its status as a symbol of the Arthurian world, though they typically transform the castle itself into romantically lavish visions of a High Middle Ages palace. It lends its name to the 1960 musical Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, which is based on T. H. White‘s literary version of the legend, The Once and Future King. The musical was adapted into a 1967 film of the same name, which starred Richard Harris as Arthur, and which featured the Castle of Coca, Segovia as a fittingly opulent Camelot. The symbolism of Camelot so impressed Alfred, Lord Tennyson that he wrote up a prose sketch on the castle as one of his earliest attempts to treat the Arthurian legend. Some writers of the “realist” strain of modern Arthurian fiction have attempted a more sensible Camelot; inspired by Alcock’s Cadbury-Camelot excavation, writers Marion Zimmer BradleyMary Stewart, and Catherine Christian place their Camelots in that city and describe it accordingly.

 

Developments in Literacy

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Why Education and Why Pakistan

 

Education is a universal right for which we share a global responsibility. Pakistan has the third highest out of school population in the world with five million children failing to enroll.

Despite the increase in access to education, nearly half of Pakistani children drop out of school before the age of 16. Currently, some 25 million children or one of three have not completed primary education. Girls drop out at twice the rate of boys, lowering female literacy rates in some areas to a mere 8%. With 60% of Pakistan’s population living on less than $1 a day, a meaningful education is the only viable pathway to socio-economic empowerment. Each additional year of schooling increases an individual’s earning by 10%.

Girls who complete primary education are less likely to get married before 18 or become victims of domestic abuse, and have fewer children. Also the child of an educated mother is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5.

A dailymail.co.uk article from Aalok

Fury as academics claim 9/11 was ‘inside job’

The 9/11 terrorist attack on America which left almost 3,000 people dead was an ‘inside job’, according to a group of leading academics. Around 75 top professors and leading scientists believe the attacks were puppeteered by war mongers in the White House to justify the invasion of oil-rich Arab countries

Full Story:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-403757/Fury-academics-claim-9-11-inside-job.html

3 March 2014
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New post Five Minutes with Steve Blythe

Five Minutes with Steve Blythe

by Krista

Every so often, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic’s wheels turning, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. In this installment, we’re delighted to introduce you to Happiness Engineer, photographer*, and beard enthusiast Steve Blythe — a.k.a. clickysteve. Thinking about applying to work at Automattic? We’re hiring.

* All photos below by Steve Blythe.

What’s your role at Automattic?

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I’m a Happiness Engineer, currently part of the affectionately titled PUG team. We look after all of the issues that Paid, Unpaid, and Gravatar users have, and try to make sure WordPress.com is the place to be.

One of the cool things about working at Automattic is the chance to get to try out new things, so in February I’ll be doing a couple of weeks with the ToS team. They handle all of the Terms of Service issues — such as DMCA notices, and defamation complaints. I’ve got a Law degree, and my Masters is in Internet Law & Policy, so it’s awesome to get the chance to work alongside a team that is doing so many cool things to stand up for digital rights.

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What were you doing before Automattic? How did you get here?

Before Automattic I was the Digital Marketing Manager for a large independent software company in Scotland. I had been there since I was 16 — straight from school. Over those nine-ish years, I’d gone from first line technical support through to third, then on to eventually developing a digital strategy and implementing a slick new website before I left.

It was good fun, and it meant I got lots of exposure to different things that I would never have had the chance to elsewhere, but the corporate world was never one in which I fit very well. Tattoos, piercings, and often multi-coloured hair aside, my sleeping schedule means that I work best in the wee hours of the morning (1:00 a.m. — 3:00 a.m.), and so getting up to travel in to an office for 8:30 a.m. was always a bit of a struggle — no matter how many stimulants were consumed.

On top of that, there was a whole lot of different big changes happening in my life (not least of which involves the planning of a transatlantic marriage) which meant the time was ripe for something new — both in terms of fresh challenges, and also being somewhere that felt more closely aligned with who I am as a person. Luckily, I found Automattic.

What have you learned that you can share with WordPress.com users?

The web has brought about this amazing opportunity for people to express and share their thoughts on any topic imaginable, and then for those to be communicated to potentially millions of people. Major corporations and political powers are terrified of the effect the words of a single blogger can have — it’s a really exciting time.

You never know who is looking at what you write, and the effect that it might have. It can be tough sometimes to do what feels like speaking to an empty room, but what you have to say is valuable: get it out there.

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What do you most enjoy about your job?

I really feel like I’m amongst my people.

We can sit next to each other on our laptops and be comfortable, not have to speak a word aloud, share wine and donuts in a strange city, or (literally) be thousands of miles apart from each other, but we all have something intangible in common.

Nobody here cares what age you are, what hours you work, what you look like, or whatever else. People trust and respect you because you are passionate about the web, and are good at what you do; that’s it.

Grace Janssen
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What advice would you offer to someone applying to work with us at Automattic?

I was one of the first of my generation to properly get into the web; spending all my free time reading up about network protocols, hanging about IRC servers, and chatting on coding forums. I felt at home on the internet, and was sure there must be more to that feeling than just being a bit socially weird.

Growing up in a wee town near Glasgow, Scotland, I would dream about one day being part of the exciting tech industry that was filled with people that got to work on shaping that online world that I loved so much. Despite feeling like I “got it,” and belonged there, I never had the courage to get the finger out and apply for things; I always thought I wasn’t quite ready.

When I read about Automattic, it sounded too much like my ideal job not to just have a bash, and I suddenly realized that the only thing stopping me from doing what I wanted to was myself. I sent off one email, and a couple of months later I’m sitting writing the responses to this interview from the headquarters of WordPress.com in San Francisco. How mental is that?

If you really feel at home on the web (and you’ll know if you do), and want to make it a better place, just go for it! Getting over your own initial mental insecurity is the hardest bit.

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Everyone who joins Automattic makes a short intro video so team members across the globe can learn a little bit about you. We think you’ll get a kick out of Steve’s video.

You may also enjoy Five Minutes with . . .

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NSA Official Floats Amnesty For Snowden

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The NSA official tasked with controlling the damage caused by Edward Snowden‘s intelligence leaks thinks that amnesty for the former NSA contractor should be on the table.

Rick Ledgett told CBS’ 60 Minutes that allowing Snowden’s return to the United States is “worth having a conversation about” if Snowden could prove that the massive amounts of data he took are contained from further leaks.

 

“I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured and my bar for those assurances would be very high,” Ledgett said in the interview that aired Sunday night. “It would be more than just an assertion on his part.”

Ledgett said he wants to contain Snowden’s most dangerous documents, which contain information on how countries can protect against U.S. surveillance. “It’s the keys to the kingdom,” he said.

(MORE: Edward Snowden, Runner-Up For TIME Person of the Year

But Gen. Keith…

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Paul Walker Buried After Private Funeral

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The Fast & Furious star was laid to rest Saturday during a private funeral service for family and close friends in Los Angeles.

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Ganges – The Life of the World

Published on Dec 10, 2012
“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

Created by: Cale Glendening, Joey L., Ryan McCarney
Directed by: Cale Glendening
Edit/Color: Chris Dowsett, Cale Glendening, Joey L., Megan Miller, John Carrington
Graphic/Titles: James Zanoni
Original Score: Stephen Keech,Tony Anderson
All Photographs: Joey L.
Guiding/Translation: Raju Verma, Tejinder Singh

Special Thanks: Jesica Bruzzi / BH Photo, Kessler Crane

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Selling Techniques

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Is fear of selling keeping you from converting your prospects into buyers? Here are my top 10 techniques for squashing fear and transferring your confidence to create happy lifetime customers.  

 

  

 

Selling… probably one of the most feared words in the English language, right up there with public speaking. But if you’ve ever persuaded someone to see things from your point of view, you’re already a salesperson. Here’s how to nip the fear of selling in the bud.   

 

What are you afraid of? Fear of success, fear of failure, acceptance, judgment, what everyone thinks about you, your clothes, your haircut, the car you drive? You know what? Forget about it.

 

Fear has to do with punishment. Don’t worry, no one is going to punish you for having an ugly web site, or lousy selling techniques. You might not get many people converting to buyers, but how can you get good at something unless you practice?

 

If you think about it, fear is just an absence of love. The only cure is to add love and compassion. That’s why the first newsletter I wrote in the summer of ’99 was… love what you do. If you honestly add value and truly want to be of service and help people, it’s a far more abundant attitude than a mere sales mentality.

 

If you are truly helpful, people will want to buy from you. All you need to do, is transfer your confidence to them. That’s all selling is really. To make someone as comfortable about their choice as possible. But they won’t be confident if you’re not.

 

That’s why, you need to know as much as possible, about what you are selling. Suppose I come to you and say, “This where I am now, but this is where I want to be.”

 

That measure, or distance between the two, is your opportunity to make the sale. This is where it’s crucial to understand, which product will best fulfill my needs. Sometimes, it’s not your product. But I expect you to know that.

 

That’s one of the biggest mistakes that salespeople make. Going after the short term, or single sale, rather than building the lifetime value or relationship with the customer. That said, here are a few rules we can apply to conquer the fear of selling, whether it’s a product, service, or selling ourselves.

 

1) People love to buy, but hate to be sold. So sell what people want to buy, not what you want to sell. One road leads to riches, the other to poverty.

 

2) Believe in your product. Know the features and benefits. But also know when it’s not right for a particular situation. People will respect your honesty.

 

3) Say the right thing on a continual basis. Stick to the truth, what you’ve experienced, the facts, and first hand proof. Avoid hearsay or stories you’ve heard others tell. In other words, keep hype to a minimum, or better yet, remove it completely. Hype doesn’t work anymore, especially on customers less than 30 years old.

 

4a) Don’t use the tired phrases and wording that everyone else is using. They don’t work anymore. (Words and phrases like; skyrocket, through the roof, amazing, fantastic, incredible, outrageous, ground-breaking, special, time limited, never again, powerful, reveal, exposed, moneymaking, fortune, profit.)

 

4b) All of the words in the list above, should be permanently banned from your sales vocabulary – and your sales letters – if you want to reach todays buyers. Todays buyers have their hype meters on full alert, and are quick to say, “bullship” totally ignoring the rest of your message. In fact, these hype words are so associated with spam that they won’t even get past most email filters.

 

5) Go after the long term relationship, even turning away business that’s not a proper fit for you, your company, or your personality. If there’s something that bothers you about a prospect, even if its a small thing, it will seem 10 times bigger down the road. Choose your clients – your relationships – carefully.

 

6) Don’t train your customers to wait for a sale. Offer good value at a fair price at all times. Above all, offer exemplary customer service. People will always return to someone, or a place, that made them good.

 

7) Think service, not sales. Ask what you can give in any situation, not what you can get. Start by being compassionate towards your customer.

 

8) People buy on emotion and later use logic, to justify a purchase decision. If you appeal to the emotion, the end result, how something will make someone feel, focusing on benefits, or feelings, as opposed to features, your conversion rates will be much higher.

 

9) Sell what you know. For knowledge is certain, not mere perception. Help customers make a wise decision. Make them feel good about their decision, by transferring your confidence to them.

 

10) Finally, when the time is right, don’t be afraid to ask for the order, with a strong call to action. Say, “Can I wrap one of those up for you?” or “Would you like to take one home with you?” On your web site do the same thing, “Click here to have it delivered to your door.” or “Click here to download it to your computer immediately.”

 

Follow these top 10 techniques to squash your fear of selling, and you’ll be well on your way to more confidence, which when transferred to your prospect, will make them a happy customer. One that rewards your desire to learn, inform and serve, with a long term relationship, returning time and again, as a customer for life.