Posts

Historical Battle of Actium

At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian wins a decisive victory against the forces of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Before their forces suffered final defeat, Antony and Cleopatra broke though the enemy lines and fled to Egypt, where they would commit suicide the following year.

With the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Rome fell into civil war. To end the fighting, a coalition–the Second Triumvirate–was formed by three of the strongest belligerents. The triumvirate was made up of Octavian, Caesar’s great-nephew and chosen heir; Mark Antony, a powerful general; and Lepidus, a Roman statesman. The empire was divided among the three, and Antony took up the administration of the eastern provinces. Upon arriving in Asia Minor, he summoned Queen Cleopatra to answer charges that she had aided his enemies. Cleopatra, ruler of Egypt since 51 B.C., had once been Julius Caesar’s lover and had borne him a child, w…

Actis in Rhodes

So much natural beauty concentrated in one place could not fail to capture the imagination of its inhabitants and give rise to equally beautiful myths regarding the island’s creation and the course of its history. One of the myths, according to Pindar, says that when Zeus defeated the Giants he decided to divide the earth between the Olympian gods. However Helios, the sun god, was missing at that moment as he was off loafing on his daily journey and so was left without his own piece of earth. Zeus wanting to be just said that he would redivide the earth but Helios the traveller replied that he would own the land that emerged from the sea at sunrise the following morning. As dawn broke the next day, Helios saw the beautiful, verdant island of Rhodes appear from the turquoise water. Enthralled by its beauty he bathed it with his rays. Since then sun drenched Rhodes has been the island of the Sun.

On the island Helios and the nymph Rhodos had seven sons, the Heliadae: Ochimus, Cercaphus, …

Action That Become Actionless

One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei, which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.” A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awareness, in which -- without even trying -- we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise. Historically, wu wei has been practiced both within and outside of existing social and political structures.

The practice of wu wei is the expression of what in Taoism is considered to be the highest form of virtue -- one that is in no way premeditated but instead arises spontaneously.

As we find our alignment with the Tao -- with the rhythms of the elements within and outside of our bodies -- our actions are quite naturally of the highe…

A War Of An Action Reporter

A journalist, a strong critic of the President, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building while on his way to buy bread on Tuesday night. They had claimed he was found bleeding by his wife and had died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. To applause and gasps of surprise from those at the news conference, Mr Chenko apologized for what people had been through, and thanked everyone who had been mourning his death. "I would like to apologise for what you have all had to go through," Mr Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters. "I'm sorry, but there was no other way of doing it."

In particular he said sorry to his wife, who detectives had earlier said they were unable to speak to because she was suffering from shock. "Separately, I want to apologise to my wife for the hell that she has been through," he said. He thanked the security service for saving his life and said the operation had been planned for …

Action Painter DID

Greg wasn't always an action painter. But he has taken a liking towards painting. It was influenced by his father who died a long time ago. Even though he was 12 years old when he died but he gone through a huge shock which locked part of his memory. He wanted his memory but at same time he don't. He's been in the state of dilemma for a long time until he met a girl who bought one of his paint. It trigger and unlock that part of his memory. Little did he knows, it comes with consequences. A few weeks ago, he was diagnose with Dissociative Identity Disorder. From that moment onwards, his life was a total mess. He lost his girlfriend and everything. He went up to the top of the building and jump down without any hesitation.

Unravel the Mystery of Actinolite

Scientists have discovered concrete-like rock in a dormant volcano in Italy, and say it may explain why the Romans were able to invent the legendary compound used to construct the Pantheon and the Coliseum. The concrete rock was found at the Campi Flegrei volcano near Naples.

“This implies the existence of a natural process in the subsurface of Campi Flegrei that is similar to the one that is used to produce concrete,” says Tiziana Vanorio, an experimental geophysicist at the Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Campi Flegrei lies at the center of a large depression, or caldera, that is pockmarked by craters formed during past eruptions, the last of which occurred nearly 500 years ago. Nestled within this caldera is the colorful port city of Pozzuoli, which was founded in 600 BCE by the Greeks.

Beginning in 1982, the ground beneath Pozzuoli began rising at an alarming rate. Within a two-year span, the uplift exceeded 6 feet—an amount unprecedented anywh…

Actinomyces israelii

CGD is characterized by recurrent life-threatening infections and excessive granuloma formation, involving the lungs, skin, soft tissues, and reticuloendothelial system. Recurrent deep-seated infections with catalase-positive organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus or Aspergillus fumigatus are typical.

However, catalase-dependent virulence is not the complete story, because most pathogens in general are catalase-positive, but only a small subset is encountered in CGD patients: Staphylococcus aureus, Serratia marcescens, Burkholderia cepacia, Nocardiaspp., and Aspergillus species. The frequency of infection with catalase negative organisms in CGD is extremely low. CGD, 5% of abscesses yielded streptococci but the number that were in pure culture is unknown.

Nocardia infections are almost exclusively seen in immunocompromised patients and are important causes of infection in patients with CGD. Nocardia species have been implicated as the causes of pulmonary, cutaneous, ocular, and dissemi…