Hollywood Studios Caught Pirating Movies on BitTorrent

“six strikes” copyright alerts plan

Hollywood Studios Caught Pirating Movies on BitTorrent

BitTorrent is used by millions of people every day, including people who work at major Hollywood studios. Those who are said to be suffering the most from online piracy are no stranger to sharing copyrighted files themselves. New data reveals that employees at Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are openly pirating movies, games and other forms of entertainment while at work.
While Christmas is a time for sharing there are certain files that some people believe should be excluded from that experience.
For more than a decade the MPAA has waged war against “thieves” who dare to share their movies online. Online piracy is costing the creative industries billions of dollars in lost revenue, they say.
The Hollywood group is therefore one of the main facilitators of the “six strikes” copyright alerts plan that will begin in the coming year. The main goal of this plan is to educate members of the public about piracy, and point them to legal sources.
However, new data uncovered by TorrentFreak shows that the MPAA might want to start in-house, as plenty of copyrighted material is being shared by employees of major Hollywood studios. With help from BitTorrent monitoring company Scaneye we found that BitTorrent piracy is rampant in Hollywood.
Let’s take a look at some of the files these Hollywood studios are sharing, starting with Paramount Pictures. Keep in mind that what we show here is just a small fraction of the files that are actually being shared. It’s the tip of the iceberg.
Static IP-addresses registered to Paramount were associated (e.g.) with the downloading of a wide variety of content as can be seen below. The indie production Battle Force was one of the movies shared, as well as the Lionsgate film The Hunger Games. And what about Happy Feet, a movie distributed by competitor Warner Bros?’
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• Ernesto
• December 25, 2012
http://torrentfreak.com/hollywood-studios-caught-pirating-movies-on-bittorrent-121225/

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“We’re going to take a look at what happened [in Newtown] and what can be done to help avoid it in the future, but gun control is not going to be something that I would support.” — Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican from Virginia and incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
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*Least gun-friendly cabinet member, according to the NRA*
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been tapped — along with other cabinet officials — to serve on a White House task force that will examine gun violence, mental health services, and other policies related to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week.
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Investors in the gun industry include one group that now stands out conspicuously: public school teachers, via their pension funds.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/gun-company-investors-teachers-_n_2319064.html
New report on state teacher-pension policy by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds the structure of teacher pensions in the United States untenable: These systems are not only costly to states, districts, and taxpayers, but retirement benefits are being squeezed and distributed unfairly. The report assesses teacher-pension systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, detailing the pension-policy landscape, and finds pension systems to be underfunded by $390 billion. Most retirement eligibility rules are burdensome, unfair, and allow teachers to retire relatively young with full benefits. The report recommends that every state offer teachers a flexible and portable defined-contribution pension plan. Formulas for determining benefits should preserve incentives for teachers to continue working until conventional retirement ages. States should ensure that teachers vest no later than the third year of employment; have the option of a lump-sum rollover to a personal retirement account upon termination of employment that includes teacher contributions and accrued interest at a fair rate; have options for withdrawal from either defined-benefit or defined-contribution plans that include funds contributed by the employer; and purchase time for previous teaching experience and leaves of absence.
http://www.nctq.org/p/publications/reports.jsp
New research finds that measuring principal effectiveness using student test scores is more difficult than anticipated. The new research from Stanford University proposes and examines three broad approaches in using test scores to evaluate principals, adjusting, in each case, for the background characteristics of students that might affect academic performance: tying principal performance directly to school performance (“school effectiveness”); comparing different principals’ performance at the same school (“relative within-school effectiveness”); or examining growth in student achievement over a principal’s tenure (“school improvement”). In the end, researchers found none of these methods to be satisfactory. The study cautions that it’s important to think about what various measures can and cannot reveal about the specific contribution of a principal, and to recognize that none of these are a clear indicator of principals’ specific contributions to student test-score growth.
http://blogs.edweek.org/ <http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2012/12/do_students_test_scores_reveal.html>
New way to gauge socioeconomic status in order to measure how it affects academic achievement.
http://tinyurl.com/cvmagdr
The U.S. Department of Education is revamping its Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program by having all applicants work to address one of 10 new priorities.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/grants2.html
Policymakers must emphasize prevention over remediation. Prevention strategies should be conceived more broadly — for example, giving every student access to a content- and vocabulary-rich curriculum in the early years, or implementing programs and strategies that improve student attendance and academic behaviors. Efforts to close academic preparation gaps should begin as early as possible, be more intensive, and take as long as necessary. Based on the study’s results, policymakers should not assume that rapid catching up is possible if only educators try harder.
http://www.act.org/research-policy/policy-publications/
A new guide from the American Institutes of Research is designed for state and district leaders, who play a key role in ensuring that ELLs graduate from high school well-prepared for college and careers. The guide summarizes the ELL-relevant information in 34 approved state applications for ESEA waivers, and focuses on implementation of reforms related to ELLs across three principles in waiver requirements: 1) college- and career-ready expectations for all students; 2) differentiated recognition, accountability, and support systems; and 3) effective instruction and leadership. The guide includes requirements for each principle related to ELLs in the flexibility waivers; descriptions of how the plans addressed ELLs; considerations for research-based enhancements to current policy and practice; and examples of state and district innovations for ELLs related to waiver provisions. The gaps in achievement between ELLs and their English-proficient peers continue to be a problem. As growth of the ELL population continues to outpace the growth of the PK–12 population, and ELLs continue to score poorly across content areas, it will be important for states to fully consider ELLs when implementing reform plans.
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NASA on doomsday
A Mayan Calendar Celebration in Chichen Itza & Piste Pueblo Yucatan festival:
Wojcik’s book: “The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism and Apocalypse in America” The Chinese government arrested 500 people in a crackdown on the distribution of doomsday ideas, which predicted that the end of the Mayan calendar would bring three days of utter darkness — no sunlight or electricity. “Five hundred people spreading ideas about apocalypse in China?” Wojcik said. “In the United States, you could arrest a million people, because the idea is common.” For almost three decades, Wojcik has researched U.S. end-of-the-world beliefs. The eclectic researcher has also published pieces on photography of supernatural phenomena, speech forms on answering machine greetings, and, close to home, “Pre’s Rock: Pilgrimage, Ritual and Runner’s Traditions at the Roadside Shrine for Steve Prefontaine.” http://ow.ly/ggY0N
National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 4 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Inquiry Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012
NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
Audience: All Educators and Students 18+ Years Old
Registration Deadline: Noon EST on Jan. 2, 2013
Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Female High School Juniors
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2013
Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Jan. 5, 2013
2013 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 7, 2013
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 4, 2013
Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013
International Space Station Research Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations
Audience: Higher Education Community
Deadline to Submit White Papers: Jan. 23, 2013
2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2013
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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Interns selected for the NSBRI’s summer program join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The program is open to graduate students, medical students and undergraduate students who have completed their second year of studies.
Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. Applicants must be available from May 27 through Aug. 2, 2013.The program is open to U.S. citizens.
Applications for the 2013 program are due Dec. 31, 2012.
For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nsbri.org/summerinternship/. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@nsbri.org.
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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 4 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 4 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.
Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in fall 2013 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.
This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 31, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.
The first two SSEP flight opportunities saw experiments flown on the final flights of space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis. These missions engaged 27 communities, providing a combined 30,700 students in grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 977 student team proposals were received and 27 experiments were selected and flown on the shuttles. SSEP Missions 1, 2 and 3 to the International Space Station engaged 32 communities, providing 69,100 students in grades 5-14 the opportunity to participate, 3,370 student team proposals were received and 39 experiments were flown to space station on the SpaceX Dragon vehicle. The Mission 3 payload of 17 experiments is expected to fly to the space station in April 2013.
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 4 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2012/11/announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-4-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013/.
SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space  is a National Partner on SSEP.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.
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NASA Social Event at Next Landsat Launch
NASA invites social media followers to a unique two-day NASA Social event on Feb. 10-11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event will bring 80 social media users together to witness the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years of Earth observations.
NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Western Range, including a rare look inside the launch control center, tours of the launchpad and mission control and a visit to Vandenberg’s on-base private museum. Participants will also hear first-hand accounts by the Landsat Mission science and engineering teams and meet fellow science enthusiasts who are active on social media.
On launch day, NASA Social participants and their friends and families are invited to a special public viewing area to watch the Landsat launch.
Registration is open until noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. NASA will select 80 participants at random from Web registrants. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Because of space limitations, those selected will not be permitted to bring a guest on tours. Each participant must be age 18 or older.
For more NASA Social and sign up information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/social.
To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials, follow the hashtags #NASASocial and #Landsat.
To learn more about the Landsat series of Earth-observing satellites, visit http://www.nasa.gov/Landsat.
Questions about this NASA Social event should be directed to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.
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Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job! The adventure begins in 2013. NASA wants you to become part of the workforce of tomorrow as we offer the opportunity to dream, engineer and WISH. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging in opportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Participation starts in an online community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 2013. Get ready to collaborate with girls from across the country as you complete online activities, design unique projects, work with NASA personnel and present mission accomplishments. Start your dream now!
To be eligible, applicants must be:
— U.S. citizens.
— Female high school juniors during the 2012-2013 school year.
— Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
— Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
— Able to access the Internet and email (at home, school or public library).
— A scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher.
The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 3, 2013.
For more information and to download the application, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.
Questions should be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.
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Free Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series
Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian’s Stars, a series of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.
Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.
Jan. 5, 2013 — Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urban environment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters to urban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.
Feb. 2, 2013 — Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director Liz Cottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseous contents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear the latest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about how the deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.
Feb. 16, 2013 — Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.
For more information about the Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series and to see a full schedule of upcoming lectures, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.
Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.
The Smithsonian’s Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.
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2013 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse.
During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.
NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for June 2013 in Worcester and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.
Early bird registration and fees for the competition are due by Jan. 7, 2013. Teams wishing to register after this date are subject to approval by the judging committee.
For more information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge and to register online for the competition, visit http://challenge.wpi.edu.
The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Program, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Program and the Centennial Challenges are creating new technological solutions for NASA and our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challenges and the Space
Technology Program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/challenges.
Questions about the Sample Return Robot Challenge should be sent to challenge@wpi.edu.
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Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Registration is open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 25-27, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
International teams must register by Jan. 7, 2013. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 4, 2013.
For more information about the competition and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.
International teams with questions about this event and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.
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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Jan 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Become familiar with the MY NASA DATA activity, “Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country.” Compare monthly averages of downward radiation in locations around the U.S. and analyze areas where conditions would be conducive to having solar panels. Access data on the NASA Live Access Server as you “journey” around the U.S. to determine the amount of solar radiation and analyze overlay plots to compare data from NASA satellites.
This seminar is offered again on March 26, 2013.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar20.aspx.
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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Teaching From Space Office Seeks Educators for MicroGravity eXperience
NASA’s Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program are seeking applications for teams of K-12 educators to participate in the MicroGravity eXperience, or Micro GX, project. This project gives students and educators across the country the opportunity to work together on an experiment to be tested aboard a microgravity aircraft. This incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom educator in the United States. Educators must also be U.S. citizens.
Micro GX activities begins with students and educators developing and proposing a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected educator teams will receive online professional development on classroom resources for microgravity, collaboration with a NASA mentor and a reduced-gravity flight. With combined input from their students and mentor, educator teams will design and fabricate their experiments to be tested and evaluated aboard an aircraft that flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, ranging from almost zero gravity to 2 g.
Seven teams of four to five educators from a single school or school district will be selected from this application process to participate in Micro GX. This includes participation in an online microgravity course, which will begin on Feb. 11, 2013, with a series of Web seminars with NASA personnel to initiate experiment development. The highlight of the online course is to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program during the week of July 12-20, 2013. During the flight week, educators will fly and perform custom experiments in a reduced-gravity environment. Selected teams are responsible for all expenses associated with the travel and stay in Houston. The online course continues with activities beyond the flight experience through Aug. 26, 2013.
Educator teams interested in participating in Micro GX may submit a proposal no later than Jan. 9, 2013. For more information, visit http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs or send an email to jsc-rgeducator@nasa.gov.
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International Space Station Research Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in 2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office has released a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize the unique microgravity platform of the space station.
Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia of organizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align with space station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnology and physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative, meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-based context.
White papers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals are due Feb. 20, 2013.
For more information, visit http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.
Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at Janejit.t.gensler@nasa.gov.
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2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Make plans to attend the 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.
Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.
Keynote speakers scheduled to attend include astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and actor LeVar Burton.
For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.
If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email seec@spacecenter.org.
 

School Shootings: Safe Schools – In Scary Times Mr. Rodgers always knows whats best

School Shootings Safe Schools

In Scary Times Mr. Rodgers always knows whats best

In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to assume that young children don’t know what’s going on. But one thing’s for sure — children are very sensitive to how their parents feel. They’re keenly aware of the expressions on their parents’ faces and the tone of their voices. Children can sense when their parents are really worried, whether they’re watching the news or talking about it with others. No matter what children know about a “crisis,” it’s especially scary for children to realize that their parents are scared.
Hear it from Rogers himself, at: http://www.fci.org/new-site/par-tragic-events.html

12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

121212 Sandy Concert Madison Sq. Garden Reviews.

Nirvana Reunion with Paul McCartney 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

Nirvana with Paul McCartney performing “Cut Me Some Slack” at the 12-12-12 Sandy relief benefit concert.
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Adam Sandler At 12-12-12 Concert ‘Sandy, Screw Ya!’ Song

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During a special cameo appearance at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, comedian Adam Sandler paid tribute to the resilience of the NY/NJ metropolitan residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
the lyrics were as follows: “The terror of the hurricane / The unforgiving wind and rain / New York, the world held its breath as the storm took it to you / But you’ve been knocked down in the past / Taking shots they thought would last / But you always get right up shouting ‘Hallelujah!’ / Hallelujah / Sandy, screw ya / We’ll get through ya / ‘Cause we’re New Yorkers. “New York, you dealt with crap before / Like squeegee man and tunnel whores / And restaurants delivery biking right through ya / The puke on your stoops every Sunday morn’ / Times Square losing all its porn / Original Ray’s pizza closing to ya / But Hallelujah / Sandy, screw ya / We’ll get through ya / ‘Cause we’re New Yorkers. “‘Cause we believe this too shall pass / Like when Sanchez fumbled into an ass / During the playoffs, A-Rod telling girls in the crowd ‘I wanna do ya’ / The Mets have sucked since ’86 / Isaiah tried to ruin the Knicks / But now Jason Kidd and the boys can freakin’ school ya / Hallelujah / Sandy, screw ya / We’ll get through ya / ‘Cause we’re New Yorkers. “The bed bug scare of 2010 / The Lohans getting busted again and again / The lady who said she was a man right after she blew ya (sorry that was just me!) / Trump’s combover always making us sick/ The congressmen who tweeted his dick / The mayor’s ban on 32-ounce Mountain Dew-ya / Hallelujah / Sandy, screw ya / We’ll get through ya / ‘Cause we’re New Yorkers. “And Jersey, you’ve taken your share of hits / The Situation always showing his tits / And Turnpike exit 13 stinkin’ like poo-ya / You lost the Nets and now they’re good / But we’re still the Hudson brotherhood / Together we’ll give Sandy a big ‘fungool’-ya / Hallelujah / Connecticut too-ya! / We’ll get through ya! / ‘Cause we’re New Yorkers!”

Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder perform “Comfortably Numb” at Madison Square Garden

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Eric Clapton Set List

  • Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover)
  • Got to Get Better in a Little While (Derek and the Dominos song)
  • Crossroads (Robert Johnson cover)

PHOTOS
 
 

MUSIC – DOUG MARTIN, GUITAR, GYPSY JAZZ

VIRTUOSO DOUG MARTIN OUTSTANDING FRIEND OF THE CYBERPLAYGROUND!!!
Doug Martin www.dougmartinguitar.com explains Gypsy Jazz percussion Hand strumming. Learn how to perform la pompe percussive strumming stype.
6000 VIEWS LATER !!!!
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Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project – Katharina. Live in Melbourne

AND DOUG PLAYS GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR WITH WORLD REKNOWN LULO REINHARDT NEPHEW OF DJANGO REINHARDT
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