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While Mr. Obama was swept in with a clear majority of the popular vote, Mr. Biden, who served two terms as his vice president, is on track for a narrower margin in the nationwide results, reflecting a more divided electorate, said Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania“This was an extraordinary election that appears to have spurred one of the highest turnouts in a century,” he said. “That means that both candidates are going to receive larger vote totals than they would have in the past.” – Advertisement – While the outcome of the presidential race remains undecided, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has notched one clear milestone: He has collected more votes than his old boss Barack Obama did in 2008, to set a new record for the popular vote.Powered by the enormous turnout, Mr. Biden has received more than 71 million votes, and still counting, nationwide, exceeding the 69,498,516 collected by Mr. Obama in another year with enormous voter enthusiasm that held the record until this year.- Advertisement – This means that Mr. Obama received the votes of a greater percentage of Americans — about 23 percent, to Mr. Biden’s 22 percent. Mr. Obama also drew a higher percentage of the country’s registered voters, 48 percent to Mr. Biden’s 45 percent.- Advertisement – Democrats are likely to point to the vote total as evidence that they continue to represent the majority of the country in presidential elections. They have won the popular vote in every presidential election since 2000 with the exception of 2004.But there are some caveats: The population of the country has grown since 2008 from 304 million to more than 330 million people in 2020.
Several Palm Beach County photographers are coming together for one day to offer those who are unemployed free headshots for their resumes, LinkedIn, and other professional profiles.It is part of a national initiative to create the largest single-day photo shoot to help people get back on their feet.Lauren Lieberman who is the CEO of LILA PHOTO in Palm Beach released a statement saying hopefully the photos will give the job seeker more confidence :” Finding a job is hard work. Our hope is that, along with a great professional headshot, they will leave the photo session with a greater sense of confidence and purpose, knowing they are making an investment in themselves and their future.”More than 2oo photographers will participate in the pop-up studios across the 50 states.In Florida, the photo shoot will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd at Mizner Park in Boca Raton and at Merrick Park in Miami from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.To schedule an appointment, go to HeadshotBooker.com.
Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsOlympia – Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Tuesday October 2nd to Sunday October 7th at The Washington Center.From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand.In general all mandalas have outer, inner and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation, and will be held on October 2nd at 12noon. The public are invited to this free ceremony.The lamas begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days they lay the colored sands. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel called a chakpur while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform.Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. The closing ceremony will be held on October 7th at 2pm. Tickets for the closing performance and ceremony are available at washingtoncenter.org. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0
It’s been a difficult start for Chelsea under Frank Lampard and that has been reflected in the odds typically being offered on them winning the Premier League this season. Most of the new casino sites in the UK see Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City as still the stand-out teams in the division – and with good reason.But there is also good reason to feel optimistic about Chelsea’s future prospects despite recent results. Performances have been goodThe 4-0 defeat at Manchester United was a freak result. Chelsea made an excellent start to the game and were dominant for large periods at Old Trafford. Their defensive shortcomings ultimately cost the Blues, but the scoreline hugely flattered United, who were second best for most of the first half.Chelsea then showed their ability by going toe to toe with Liverpool in the Super Cup, eventually prevailing on penalties, and even in the disappointing draw at home to Leicester there were spells in the game when Lampard’s side looked excellent.So although they are still waiting for their first league win under the new manager, there have been signs that Chelsea will click into gear sooner rather than later.Mount is the real dealFormer Blues boss Jose Mourinho was among those who criticised Mason Mount’s performance against United and Lampard’s decision to select him. The manager stuck to his guns by again picking the youngster against Leicester and was repaid with Mount’s first goal for the club and a performance which suggested that the midfielder is very much the real deal. Players to returnThe good news for Chelsea is that Mount is not the only exciting youngster knocking on the door. The return of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from their Achilles tendon ruptures will be a huge boost for fans who are desperate to see the duo establish themselves as first-team regulars.And there’s another promising young player on the scene in Reece James, who is working his way back from an ankle injury and could well oust Cesar Azpilicueta from the side. The return of the more seasoned Antonio Rudiger will also improve a Chelsea side whose defensive shortcomings have been exposed in games in which some of their attacking play has been first class. Rudiger’s presence at the back could well make all the difference.So it’s far from doom and gloom at Chelsea. And if their young prospects can make their mark and justify Lampard’s faith in them, the Blues could be dark horses this season after all. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndo
The much-hyped proof of cosmic inflation a few months ago has been discredited, revealing more about how science is done in the media age than about reality.Back in March (3/17/14), champagne was served in the home of Andrei Linde after young scientists brought him proof of cosmic inflation. A strong polarization signal “consistent” with inflation was declared by the BICEP2 team in Antarctica after their analysis of data from the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. News reporters went wild with the “biggest cosmological discovery in decades.” There was talk of a Nobel Prize for the three gurus of inflation (Guth, Linde, and Starobinsky), and indeed, those three shared the $1 million Kavli Prize shortly afterward. (See “Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe,” 7/01/14).By May and June, some reporters were backpedaling, taking a “wait and see” attitude, as data from the ESA’s Planck mission, forthcoming in fall, might bridle the enthusiasm. Those were the wise reporters. Newly-announced Planck results show a strong likelihood that BICEP2 was flexing its own weakness. The signal, it turns out, was most likely due to dust in our local galaxy. Adrian Cho writes for Science Magazine:A crumbling claim that appeared to reveal the workings of the big bang may instead say more about how science is done in an age of incessant news coverage. In March, researchers working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole, known as BICEP2, claimed that by studying the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background—they had discovered direct evidence that the newborn cosmos had undergone a bizarre exponential growth spurt known as cosmic inflation. Now, researchers from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have shown that radiation from dust in our galaxy accounts for some, and possibly all, of the BICEP signal. Curiously, the BICEP and Planck teams took very different tacks in publicizing their results. The BICEP team held a press conference and issued a bold press release. The Planck team did not—because they did not want the press to jump to the conclusion that they had definitively proved the BICEP result wrong.The remaining uncertainty may allow the BICEP team to adopt its own “wait and see” attitude and still hold out hope. Michael Slezak at New Scientist is not so charitable, putting the worst possible spin on the Planck results:Inflation is dead, long live inflation! The very results hailed this year as demonstrating a consequence of inflationary models of the universe – and therefore pointing to the existence of multiverses – now seem to do the exact opposite. If the results can be trusted at all, they now suggest inflation is wrong, raising the possibility of cyclic universes that existed before the big bang.The proof of inflation has become proof of non-inflation? That’s what David Parkinson of the University of Queensland is now claiming from his own analysis of the results. Slezak reports: “Counter to what the BICEP2 collaboration said initially, Parkinson’s analysis suggests the BICEP2 results actually rule out any reasonable form of inflationary theory.” But there are several inflationary models. How many of them have been ruled out? “Most of them, to be honest,” replied Parkinson.The smart money is now betting on the Planck bandwagon, leaving BICEP in the dust. As if it couldn’t get worse for the inflation bandwagon, Slezak brings in another hostile witness:Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, who helped develop inflationary theory but is now scathing of it, says this is potentially a blow for the theory, but that it pales in significance with inflation’s other problems.Steinhardt says that the models are oversimplified, for one thing, and for another, once inflation starts, they can’t stop it. It breaks up into an infinite number of universes, where anything and everything can happen. So instead of providing understanding to science, it “predicts everything”—anything that is conceivable happens somewhere. Isn’t that a strength, rather than a weakness? No, Steinhardt explains:Steinhardt says the point of inflation was to explain a remarkably simple universe. “So the last thing in the world you should be doing is introducing a multiverse of possibilities to explain such a simple thing,” he says. “I think it’s telling us in the clearest possible terms that we should be able to understand this and when we understand it it’s going to come in a model that is extremely simple and compelling. And we thought inflation was it – but it isn’t.”It hardly seems desirable, therefore, for the BICEP2 to cling to any remaining hope that further refinements of the Planck results will support inflation. Who would want a theory that does the opposite of what science is supposed to do?We’re wondering why Guth & Linde didn’t get the Ig Nobel Prize. Has there ever been a crazier idea than inflation put forth in the name of science? Actually, yes; New Scientist reminds us of Hugh Everett, a sophomoric (wise fool) atheist who misused his God-given brain power to suppose that every quantum choice spins off another universe (the “many-worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics). That’s another example of what we shall call the Guth Goof: concocting a solution to a problem that makes the problem infinitely worse. Read again how Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) ran from the light of a perfect, young universe into the darkness of his own imagination (7/01/14; read also 5/17/14 to see he’s not alone). (Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Tags:#E-Books#web Related Posts audrey watters When Amazon launched its new Cloud Drive a few weeks ago, it prompted a debate in the ReadWriteWeb editorial room about whether or not the future of music involved downloads and ownership – as supported by Amazon’s cloud stage – or streaming and subscription – as provided by any number of music startups, like Rdio and Spotify. The ReadWriteWeb writers kept our discussion focused on music, but the debate could easily extend to any number of digital media now in Amazon’s catalogue: movies, magazines, books.We’re familiar with these streaming and subscription services when it comes to music and movies (Netflix, Hulu for example). But books? Will we (can we) rent books?Lit Subscriptions and Banner-Ad Books?A Spanish startup called 24symbols is launching this summer with the promise to do just that: provide a subscription service and become the “Spotify for e-books.” (Much like Spotify, 24symbols won’t be available at launch in the U.S.)24symbols will offer an ad-supported and a subscription-based access to e-books, the latter running about 10 per month. The books are all DRM-free, but 24symbols is entirely cloud-based. In other words, books are streamed, not downloaded for reading.While we can probably wrap our reads around a Netflix or Spotify for e-books, that bit about ads in our literature might be anethema to many. I mean, how dare they! I poked around on the 24symbols website, but I don’t see examples of how those ads will appear. Flashing banners in the margins just won’t do, and it will be interesting to see how 24symbols – now in beta – will actually look. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What’s on the 24symbols Bookshelf?As Booksprung notes in its review of the new service, one of the most interesting things about 24symbols isn’t simply that it’s offering books by subscription. It’s how it’s splitting the revenue. On some levels, it’s actually adopting the funding model that fuels much of the Internet: pageviews: “The company says it will create a standard page measurement as a specific number of words, and apply that to all texts equally when splitting up ad and subscription revenue.”As the reading is all done online, 24symbols will have some fascinating data about readership — like, at what point in a novel do people just chuck it aside. It’s not clear that all of that information will be shared with authors and publishers, but data about page views will serve in part to determine revenue share. Will this ad-supported, pageview oriented model help keep content farms out of e-books? After all, it would be difficult to make much money with your spammy, scammy e-books if people don’t get past the opening paragraph.The content farms may steer clear of 24symbols, then, but will book publishers join? That may be the thing to watch, for as GigaOm’s Michael Wolf suggests, publishers may be better served by a Hulu for e-books, where they set the terms of the publications.Book Buyer or Book Subscriber? What About Loans? (What About Libraries?)E-book subscriptions may sound like a new and exciting model for readers, authors, and the publishing industry. But there’s already an “all-you-can-eat” model for books: libraries. That library card gets you access to all the books you want, for free.Libraries are already finding themselves at odds with some publishers when it comes to e-books – not notably HarperCollins with its 26 checkout limit. If a new model for the publishing industry becomes a subscription-based one, how will library loans fit in? It will be interesting to watch the launch of 24symbols this summer and to see which publishers and authors play along and how many customers are interested. As my ReadWriteWeb colleagues and I debated with the launch of the Amazon Cloud Drive – we may be moving away from the idea of “owning” our digital content. Will e-books be the next content that we subscribe to and stream? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
“To be honest, we didn’t really know what to expect going into the game because, of course, we prioritized rest over practice,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose team lost to San Miguel Beer in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“And we really didn’t know what to expect from our import. But I think the earlier we could learn to play with each other, and with the import, the better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStar also had little trouble in prolonging another team’s misery as it frustrated Alaska, 101-92, in the other game.The Hotshots improved to 2-0 while extending Alaska’s losing streak to 11 games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Malcolm Hill had a team-high 28 points to lead the Hotshots while Paul Lee added 18 points and five assists.Despite playing its first game, TNT KaTropa’s control of the game never seemed to be in peril.Although TNT lost a 12-point lead, 95-83, when Kia mounted an 8-1 run to cut the margin to 96-91 at the 3:40 mark of the fourth, the Texters were quick to regain control of the situation.TNT built another double-digit lead, 104-94, when Troy Rosario converted on a breakaway layup with 1:09 left in the game.Michael Craig made a splash in his first game in the conference with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead TNT while Rosario finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Air Force eyes semis anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work in turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here.The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the Picanto languished at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments
In the twentieth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Peta Rogerson, speaks about the biggest influences on her Touch Football career and what it means to her to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup. Name: Peta RogersonNickname: Skeet Age: 29Affiliate: Kawana, Sunshine Coast Occupation: Physical Education Teacher Position: Middle Debut for Australia: 2005 All Nations in New ZealandCareer highlights so far: World Cup win in South Africa How you got involved in Touch Football: Started playing at school and in a local comp with my dad. Favourite player: It’s hard to name one – I love playing with Casey Clark, Hayley Rogerson and Mary Steele. What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It is an amazing feeling to represent your country and the World Cup is the pinnacle tournament for the sport. It is very special. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My husband is very good at critiquing my game and is always there to help me train. Craig Morrow (coach of the Queensland Pride, Sunshine Coast and Colts) has also helped me develop as a player. Favourite sporting moment: I have two. 1) winning the World Cup in South Africa, 2) winning the Brisbane season for the first time (we had many years of getting knocked out in the semi’s – made it that more special).What do you know about Scotland: It’s cold and wet! But very pretty! Any superstitions: Not really, I do like a hot shower and good stretch before heading out to the fields and I have learnt that I play better when I am more relaxed so usually try to have a bit of a laugh with someone during the warm up.Funniest Australian teammate: Rebecca Tavo always makes me laugh. Favourite quote: “Winning does not happen out on the stadium field in front of a huge crowd, it happens in your local park when it’s raining and you are by yourself training.” Any travel plans for after World Cup: My family is coming over to watch, so will do a couple of days relaxing with them after the comp and then travelling around Scotland, Ireland and England for three weeks with my husband – can’t wait. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 34 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign by clicking on the following links:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus