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Rescue by Indian women. When drought persists, consult your doctor

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CNN carried the frightening news of 'India's farmers cursed with severe drought' (edition.cnn.com).  'Climate Change is real,' says Dr William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, ICRISAT, which is based in the drylands of India and, therefore, in the thick of the climatic challenge. Dar is a Doctor of Horticulture, his postgraduate degree from the University of the Philippines (at) Los Baños, in that little UniversityTown south of Manila. He should know what he's talking about. The drought is true, the curse is not. But it could become true if the farmers don't do what they have to do, the Indian government doesn't cooperate, and doctor scientists stay in their ivory towers. Climate Change waits for no man. Whether in India or Zimbabwe, this time, while delayed monsoons as well as below-normal rainfall are not entirely new, there is a need for knowledge-based best efforts to mitigate the effects …

Max creativity. The X Card Shuffle vs Mind Maps vs Artist's Way

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Revised 29 June at 0744 hours Sunday Manila time

WRITER'S BLOCK. Jerry Mundis promises, 'I'll break Writer's Block for you immediately and forever' (unblock.org). For only $87, you can order his 3-hour seminar in MP3 format via PayPal and never have to worry about Writer's Block again – that's his promise. If not satisfied, money-back guaranteed, period. I checked out his website and the whole package looks good, very good. You can't max creativity if you can't eliminate Writer's Block. Think of Jerry Mundis' promise to chop to pieces your Writer's Block forever within 3 hours, and think of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop where you have to spend 2 years that seems forever. Am I selling Jerry Mundis? No, he can do that himself very well, thank you, but his topic is something very important to me, and his straight talk gets my attention. I'm surprised that the famous Iowa Writer's Workshop talks of a lively art scene wi…

Tony's Will. Power grows out of the banging of a gavel

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REVOLUTIONS ARE MADE OF THIS: Understanding political power and its use. As a rebel, I will advocate one kind of Revolution, I will abhor the other. 07 June 1966, Mao Tse Tung's Thoughts immortalized by Liberation Army Daily: Great Leader Mao Tse Tung said, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' A prophecy made to happen by the prophet himself. It was carried out mostly in the battlefield, following the precepts of The Art of War by Sun Tzu (artofwarsuntzu.com). 'The art of war is the art of deception' – Ria (goodreads.com). I do understand even managers make good use of it. I have lost my copy of it, which means it didn't do me any good. Well, I've always preferred to make love, not war. 05 June 2009, World Environment Day, Manila: Great Lawyer Tony Oposa Jr said, in effect, 'Political power grows out of the banging of a gavel.' A prophecy that cannotbe made to happenonly by the prophet himself. It is to be carried out initially in the c…