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Like Blue Jasmine, Prisoners is being tipped to win Oscars, but I have my doubts.

An intense performance by Hugh Jackman, David Fincher-influenced direction by French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (the models here are Se7en and Zodiac) and first-rate cinematography by Roger Deakins can’t rescue a thriller that needed many more rewrites before it went into production.

It does have a riveting story to tell — every parent’s worst nightmare, as two little girls go missing in rural Pennsylvania. Suspicion falls on creepy Alex Jones (Paul Dano), the mentally handicapped driver of a dilapidated recreational vehicle parked near where the girls disappeared.

The investigating detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) releases Jones for lack of evidence, at which point one of the missing girls’ fathers (Jackman) takes the law into his own hands, imprisoning and torturing Jones for information. It poses the interesting question of how far we would go for the sake of our children.

Jackman plays the leading role like a man possessed. Although he’s nowhere near as nuanced as he was in Les Miserables, he may — as Sean Penn did for Mystic River — win an Oscar by shouting a lot. The film is let down by an abysmal ignorance of police procedure. No case like this would be left to one man; it would be a huge  manhunt, presumably with the FBI involved.

Source:  Southwood NorseMytho Group

 
 

The poster boy for the movement that opposes a major increase in the minimum wage is a burger-flipping fraud. A Japanese "robotic chef" that was held up Thursday as a hassle-free alternative for restaurant owners sick of dealing with human line cooks would simply not be able to do the job, the machine's manufacturer told The Huffington Post.

The Motoman SDA10 robot gained brief notoriety Thursday when it appeared on a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal that stated "robots could soon replace fast food workers demanding a minimum higher wage."  Friday, the Japanese electronics giant that manufactures the robot told HuffPost that the machine was designed for industrial applications and would not be able to replace a cook in a restaurant.

"The robot does not have a real capability for that," Sam Komiyaji, a marketing manager at Yaskawa Motoman, said in a phone interview from Tokyo.

Komiyaji explained the picture was taken at a 2009 exhibit that was a marketing stunt intended to show the industrial robot has a greater degree of flexibility and dexterity than competitor's offerings. Similar stunts have seen the same robot deal cards and serve ice cream. During the exhibit, the robot was placed in a carefully constructed kitchen and was able to dump a bowl of pre-mixed batter on a hot griddle, flip a savory okonomiya pancake with a spatula, and serve the meal.

SOURCE:   The Southwood Group

 
 
10 August 2013 @ 10:45 am

Trade data improve economic prospects

China's exports in July rose 5.1 percent year-on-year after sliding 3.1 percent in June, the General Administration of Customs said. Imports surged 10.9 percent, compared with the 0.7 percent decline in June. "The July figures are satisfactory," said Huo Jianguo, president of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, a government think tank. "Exports returned to the normal growth track and the sharp rebound of imports signals the easing of downward pressure on the Chinese economy," Huo said.

Global stock markets responded positively to China's data as shares jumped in Sydney, Seoul, Hong Kong and European cities on Thursday. The Chinese economy recorded its worst performance in 13 years in 2012, with GDP expanding 7.8 percent. Growth dipped to 7.7 percent in the January-March period and slowed further to 7.5 percent in the second quarter. The July trade figures soothed worries that China's economy may experience a hard landing.

Chen Hufei, a researcher at Bank of Communications, said the improvement in exports came after a recovery in demand for Chinese goods, although the recovery is not solid. China's shipments to the United States and the European Union, its top two markets, increased in July for the first time in five months. July exports to the US climbed 5.27 percent year-on-year and those to the EU gained 5.87 percent. Jean-Paul Larcon, a professor of strategy and international business at HEC Paris, said the recovery in China's exports to the EU was "because Europe is gradually recovering and European enterprises are starting to import more from China and the rest of the world".

"I am optimistic about the future trade prospects," Larcon said. "The economic recovery is on track (in the EU). The trade data is a good sign that we are going out of the bottom of the crisis. So in the next six months, the situation could be better and major economic indicators could be back to the normal level." China's exports are shifting to a moderate rate of growth from the double-digit expansion of past years, but economic transformation and restructuring helped exporters retain their markets, Huo said. Huo expressed confidence that the country can achieve its 8 percent trade growth target for the year.

Source: Southwoood Group

 
 
06 August 2013 @ 04:38 pm


Baldur (Baldr, Balder) is Odin’s second son. He is the god of summer sun, light, and radiance. His twin brother is the blind god of darkness, Hodhr. His wife is called Nanna. They have a son, called Forseti, god of justice. Baldur also has a ship, which is the largest ship ever built. It is called Hringhorni. His hall is called Breidlabik.

Based on the Merseburg charms, his germanic name may have been Phol.

Baldur once had a nightmare that he would be killed. His mother, Frigg, made all the things on Earth vow not to hurt him. The mistletoe did not vow, however, and Frigg considered it to be so inimportant that she did not mind. Loki found out that the mistletoe had not vowed, made a spear out of mistletoes, and tricked Hodhr to kill Baldur with it. The death of Baldur is the start of Ragnarok. Many gods and goddesses came to his funeral. His wife Nana also died of sadness. His father, Odin, placed the golden ring Draupnir on Baldur, but he later sent the ring back from Hell. This ring somehow came to Freyr’s hand.

read more:
http://southwoodgroup.org/gods/baldr/
 
 

Norsemytho Southwood group, Fließwiderständen der Lüge - Book Review

Im Jahr 2008, Robert Bryce schrieb ein Buch mit dem Titel, "Fließwiderständen von Lügen: Die gefährlichen Illusionen von Unabhängigkeit in der Energieversorgung." Das Buch greift den Begriff der amerikanische Streben nach Unabhängigkeit in der Energieversorgung und Bryce versucht zu diskreditieren "grüne" Alternative Lösungen wie die Antwort auf unsere Abhängigkeit von Erdöl - ausländische und inländische.

Die Beurteilung von allen kostenlosen und Glückwunschschreiben testimonials in den ersten paar Seiten des Buches, als auch die verwendeten online zur Förderung, es ist offensichtlich, dass Herr Bryce hat Freunde in hohen Positionen, die wissen, wie man zu schreiben Angaben.

Ich fand es amüsant, dass der erste Erfahrungsbericht auf der Lob Seiten am Anfang des Buches war geschrieben von "R-Squared Energy Blog." "R-Squared Energy ist Robert Rapier, wer ist in der Regel gekennzeichnet ähnlich wie Robert Bryce als "Energie Experte."

Kein Zufall, Robert (Rapier) verwendet hat einige meiner Schrift über CNG auf seinem Blog in den letzten paar Jahren zu erklären, warum gibt es eine so hohe Kosten für die Umstellung bestehender Benziner auf Erdgas in den Vereinigten Staaten. Ich habe kennen gelernt Robert Degen besser im vergangenen Jahr wegen der "Auto Channel wurde mit einigen seiner videos auf unserer TV-Netzwerk. In meinem persönlichen Gespräche mit Robert er erzählte mir ein bisschen über seine starke Unterstützung für Ethanol und wie er fühlt sich durch die Interessenvertretung mißverstanden worden ist durch einige, weil er arbeitete mehrere Jahre in der Erdölindustrie. Als er mir seine neuesten video auf Ethanol er umfasste die folgenden Kommentar dazu: "Wenn Altpapier Zentralbankpräsidenten sollen folgen sie meine Vorschläge, den gesamten Mittleren Westen werden könnte Energie unabhängig." Die Vorschläge macht er in dem Video beziehen sich natürlich auf Ethanol, und die Unabhängigkeit in der Energieversorgung er bezieht, ist immer unabhängig von Öl (Benzin).  Er macht deutlich, dass er unterstützt die erneuerbaren Kraftstoff Standard (RFS) und die Verwendung von amerikanischen Landwirten zum Anbau von denen Ethanol produziert werden können.

 
 
 

In “I’ll Eat You Last,” a delectable soufflé of a solo show by John Logan that opened Wednesday night on Broadway, Bette Midler portrays the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who at the height of her reign in the 1970s could make a career merely by issuing an invitation to one of her A-list-only dinner parties. For a limited time, the tightly closed doors of the Beverly Hills aerie in which Mengers held court are being thrown open, and for the price of a ticket we all get to feel a little twinkly for a night.

It’s a heady sensation, thanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan (“Red”), the focused direction of Joe Mantello and above all to Ms. Midler, who gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season. Dropping names as if to the rhythm of a disco beat, snapping out wisecracks like acid-tipped darts that find the sweet spot every time, proffering profanity-laden advice about how to get ahead in show business: as the frank, brassy, foul-mouthed Mengers, who died in 2011, Ms. Midler cradles a spellbound audience in the palm of her hand from first joke to last toke. (Mengers’s love of celebrity was perhaps equaled only by her affection for marijuana.)

Or rather she would so cradle us, if both hands were not otherwise engaged. As she welcomes us, Sue does not deign to rise from the pillow-bestrewn couch on which she sits, or rather slinks (“Forgive me for not getting up,” she says, unapologetically. “Think of me as that caterpillar from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ the one with the hash pipe”), but her silver-taloned fingers are in continual motion: slicing the air to accentuate a point, fiddling with the white-blond tresses framing her face, adjusting her signature glasses — oversize circles that symbolize a lifelong obsession with stargazing — or grabbing another cigarette or a joint, if not both at the same time.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/theater/reviews/ill-eat-you-last-starring-bette-midler.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 
 
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In “I’ll Eat You Last,” a delectable soufflé of a solo show by John Logan that opened Wednesday night on Broadway, Bette Midler portrays the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who at the height of her reign in the 1970s could make a career merely by issuing an invitation to one of her A-list-only dinner parties. For a limited time, the tightly closed doors of the Beverly Hills aerie in which Mengers held court are being thrown open, and for the price of a ticket we all get to feel a little twinkly for a night.

It’s a heady sensation, thanks to the buoyant, witty writing of Mr. Logan (“Red”), the focused direction of Joe Mantello and above all to Ms. Midler, who gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season. Dropping names as if to the rhythm of a disco beat, snapping out wisecracks like acid-tipped darts that find the sweet spot every time, proffering profanity-laden advice about how to get ahead in show business: as the frank, brassy, foul-mouthed Mengers, who died in 2011, Ms. Midler cradles a spellbound audience in the palm of her hand from first joke to last toke. (Mengers’s love of celebrity was perhaps equaled only by her affection for marijuana.)

Or rather she would so cradle us, if both hands were not otherwise engaged. As she welcomes us, Sue does not deign to rise from the pillow-bestrewn couch on which she sits, or rather slinks (“Forgive me for not getting up,” she says, unapologetically. “Think of me as that caterpillar from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ the one with the hash pipe”), but her silver-taloned fingers are in continual motion: slicing the air to accentuate a point, fiddling with the white-blond tresses framing her face, adjusting her signature glasses — oversize circles that symbolize a lifelong obsession with stargazing — or grabbing another cigarette or a joint, if not both at the same time.
 
 
20 April 2013 @ 04:35 pm
Southwood Norsemytho Group - Bak navnene

Oppdag betydning og etymologien bak navnene av Norse Panteon, steder og ting. Ytterligere detaljer er også git på deres moderne praksis, totalpopularitet og cognate ord.

Odin – også Odinn («raseri» eller «inspirasjon»). Lederen av Aesir guder som er tilknyttete med krig, visdom og kunst.

Thor – guden av tordenen. Han er sønnen av Odin og bar vanligvis hans hammer Mjolnir

Freya – også Freyja («dame»). Gudinnen av skjønnhet og død som fører de verdige døde til Valhalla.

Freyr – også Frey («herre»). Guden som er tilknyttet med regn, sollys og fruktbarhet.

Loki – Aesir gud kjent for være av en trickster og kan manipulere brann og magi. Han ble eventuelt innskrenket til en stein ved hans medguder for være av onde.

Baldr – også Skalletere («fyrste»). Sønnen av Odin og Frigg som ble drept fordi Loki lurte Hoder inn i det.

Heimdall – den hvite guden som presiderte over lys og daggry. Han er betraktet beskytteren av Asgard

http://figment.com/books/624767-Southwood-Norsemytho-Group-Bak-navnene
 
 

The Southwood Norsemytho Group Reviews, The Myth Maker
http://southwoodnorsemytho.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/the-southwood-norsemytho-group-reviews-the-myth-maker/

A child that was once asked his grandmother to write an essay and inked a line or two, attributed her delightful storytelling skills and how she raises up those dramatic images from mythology while demonstrating precious lessons from the ancient volumes.

The first written book of Menon was seen in a usual setting in which the communal tales are connected to one another, to their ancestors, to the natural world surrounding the earth, and to society, from a mere mortal to becoming the Emperor of Gods- Thundergod. This was the first manuscript of Menon’s verdict trilogy dashes Lord Indra’s journey. The literary that gives meaning to life that was being dedicated to his grandmother named Sowdamini Menon.

 
 



http://www.scribd.com/doc/135079875/Southwood-Norsemytho-Group-The-Myth-Maker

Fostering a shared set of perspectives, values, history and literature in the stories itself is what Rajiv G Menon captured his interest. The continuity and stability to a culture led Menon to write his first book entitled “Thundergod”.
A child that was once asked his grandmother to write an essay and inked a line or two, attributed her delightful storytelling skills and how she raises up those dramatic images from mythology while demonstrating precious lessons from the ancient volumes.

The first written book of Menon was seen in a usual setting in which the communal tales are connected to one another, to their ancestors, to the natural world surrounding the earth, and to society, from a mere mortal to becoming the Emperor of Gods- Thundergod. This was the first manuscript of Menon’s verdict trilogy dashes Lord Indra’s journey. The literary that gives meaning to life that was being dedicated to his grandmother named Sowdamini Menon.