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  • Guns Across the Border

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    // Mike Detty, a one-time POLICE contributor, talks about "Guns Across the Border," a first-hand account of his involvement in an ATF "gun walking" operation that preceded Fast & Furious. As a firearms dealer, Detty sold guns to Mexican cartel operatives at the direction of ATF special agents in Arizona. Detty says he was motivated by patriotic duty, and betrayed by the agency he worked for. Show the Guns Across the Border Podcast Transcription: Paul: Hello, this is Paul Clinton with POLICE Magazine. This is themonthly author's podcast with books by and for cops. We have a veryinteresting book this month to discuss. It's called "Guns Across theBorder: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico: TheInside Story". It was written by Mike Detty. In the book, Mike chronicleshis experience as a federally licensed firearms dealer in the Tucson areaand his role in these gun-walking sting operations and the flooding of gunsto Mexico. Mike has been a contributor to POLICE Magazine. He's written some great firearm reviews over the years. His business is essentially selling rifles and other guns at gun shows in Arizona. Mike, we're really pleased to have you on, and thanks for joining us to talk about the book. Mike: Thanks, Paul. It's a pleasure to join you, and thank you for having me on. Paul: Talk about this book and how it came about. You found yourself in the cross-hairs, so to speak, of a very ill-fated, eventually, federal gun operation. Talk a little bit about how you got involved in this from the beginning and how this got started. Mike: Sure. Historically, it is significant in that Operation Wide Receiver, which was the case that I brought ATF into in 2006, eventually morphed into Operation Fast and Furious, about two and a half years later. The way it started was, as you mentioned, I did gun shows for a living. I am an FFL holder, a Federal Firearms Licensee. I sell AR-15s at Arizona gun shows. I was approached by an individual who wanted to buy six AR-15 Lowers from me. The next day, he came back and he asked if I would have more sometime later in the month. I told him I had another 20 on order that I expected the next week. His answer to me was, "I'll take them all." The sheer number that he wanted, and the fact that he was paying cash, and the fact that he was a young Hispanic kid, made me suspicious right off the bat. That happened on a Sunday. Monday morning, I contacted my local ATF contact. He had me fax in the paperwork, and the he called me back later in the day and asked me if I could come down the following day and spend some time talking with him. That was really how Operation Wide Receiver began. There was a group of young men in the Phoenix area that was buying AR-15 Lowers. They were sending them to somebody in San Diego who was purchasing the top ends of the rifles, 10 inch, which of course, anything under 16 inch barrel length is illegal, but it didn't matter to them, because they were pretty mixed up in doing illegal stuff anyway. Anyhow, they would complete these firearms by pinning on a short top end, and then taking them across the border into Tijuana for the Felix Arellano Cartel. That was how Operation Wide Receiver started. It kind of went through some twists and turns, but by the time were finished a year and a half had gone by. I think we'd sold weapons to five different cartels. Paul: Before we get into the details of this, talk a little bit about where federal law enforcement was coming from and their goals in your mind, or what they said to you about these operations. They've been termed "gun-walking operations" and I guess these operations would fall under this Project Gunrunner. What was the original goal of this operation, as far as you understood? Mike: Project Gunrunner was a project to stem the flow of illegal guns into Mexico. It involved saturating the border states with more ATF agents and more funding to prevent that from happening. Operation Wide Receiver, when I first got involved and they first started looking at these characters I was selling to, and by the way, after that initial purchase, I didn't sell anything to these people without prior knowledge of ATF and without them specifically asking them to do this at their behest, to further the investigation. I just want to make that clear. It wasn't as if I did something, and then, "Oh, I'd better let them know," just so I don't get in trouble. Paul: I guess the idea is that, this has always been the case, that the drugs come from Mexico and the guns and the ammunition go to Mexico. So the ATF and the federal government was becoming more and more concerned about guns that cartel operators were purchasing here in the border states and taking to Mexico to use in this violent cartel drug war, right? Mike: That's correct. That was correct. The first meeting that I had with these ATF people here in Tucson, I was told that I would have a chance to help them take out a powerful drug cartel. I'm smart enough to know the implications of that. Paul: Yeah. That sounds good, actually. It sounds like a noble goal. Mike: Being a patriot, I was eager to help them. It just didn't turn out the way it was outlined to me. What happened to be the goal, we never came close to achieving that goal. If you read the book, I think there was something far more insidious going on than trying to take out a drug cartel. Paul: Part of, I think, at least what we've heard said publicly from the ATF, and obviously this was a huge scandal that resulted in congressional hearings, and of course the deaths of two federal agents, speaking of course of border patrol agent Brian Terry, and also ICE special agent Jamie Zapata. Guns that apparently were sold through these sting operations were found at both of those crime scenes. Mike: Correct. Paul: Right. Mike: All three of those guns were from Fast and Furious, although there is nothing that would prove any of the guns from Wide Receiver showing up at future crime scenes. We know that they've shown up at crime scenes in Mexico. Fortunately, nothing has been found here in the United States. Paul: The critique of the ATF through all this has been, why didn't you track the guns? Was there some goal early on to either attach some type a micro-tracker or microchip to the gun? Was there any effort early on by them to track these guns? Mike: No. I do mention in the book, it's been reported in mainstream press that under President Bush things were done more responsibly. They tracked the guns they were working with Mexican officials. That's hogwash. None of that's true. There was one attempt to put a tracking device in a rifle during operation receiver, and it failed miserably. It was never fielded, it was never talked about again. The other thing, what I was told from the start, was that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities and that if they didn't interdict the guns that at some point in time, they knew where the guns were at, they were going to round them all up, or most of them. I mean, nothing is 100%. It was conveyed to me that the operation I was working was multinational, meaning that the Mexican authorities were on board with it, and that this was how they were going to take out this cartel. That just proved to never be true. The Inspector General's report that was issued last fall, it cites I think three different phone conversations during the three years I was involved with Operation Wide Receiver where they had contacted Mexican authorities, but there was never any ongoing coordination. There was no commitment by Mexican authorities to follow these guns anywhere into Mexico. In fact, none of them were ever tracked. Paul: Wow. You mentioned that there were a couple of very interesting anecdotes in the book of failed attempts by these agents to follow and/or arrest these straw purchases and the buyers who came to you to purchase these guns. Mike: Sure. In fact, there was one event, I believe it was 50 .38 Super Pistols that one of these guys bought one night. It was ATF's intention to have an air surveillance to follow these guns to the load house, sit on the load house until they were loaded up in the load truck, and then follow them to Mexico so that from the time those guns left my house, it really never left their visual surveillance until they crossed the border. That was very important to help them prove their case. In the book, I relay how this turned into a three-day surveillance. They sat outside a house for quite a while and were concerned that they actually might have missed somebody going out the back door with the guns, because the original intent was for those guns to go very quickly, and it never happened. They did stay on the house. Once they got into a car, they were able to follow them. They went down close to the border, and then on the Indian reservation, they drove in circles for three or four hours. When I asked one of the agents why somebody would do that he said, "These are experienced drug smugglers. They know what type of aircraft we use for air surveillances." In their case, they were fortunate. They had a helicopter to back up while the DTS plane went and got refueled and then came back. They were never able to do much with that information. They know the guns crossed the border, but once they crossed the border, they didn't have any idea what happened to them. Paul: Wow. Let's talk about your role in this, because it really is fascinating. Your book, I have to give you credit here, I mean, you've really written a detailed book, and you've included a lot of great details about how these went down. Talk a little bit about how some of these transactions would work. You have a business and you are able to sell firearms out of your home. Talk a little bit about how this would work, how the cartel members would purchase the guns. You would kind of set a little showroom in your living room, right? Mike: Right, yeah. Being a divorced guy, I had a living room that didn't have a stick of furniture in it, so I used that space. I had guns set up. AR-15s and semi-auto AK-47s and 30 types of pistols, and I would set them up. I wanted these guys to perceive that I had plenty of inventory, so I didn't just put one out of each one. I would put stacks and stacks of guns, and then I'd leave one out of the box for them to look at and figure out what they wanted to buy. They would usually come late at night. When they were going to do a purchase, usually they would have a plastic grocery bag full of cash. A lot of times, they didn't know how much money was in that back, because somebody at the stash house would hand them a bag and say, "Here, go buy as many guns as you can for this money." A large portion of every evening was spent just counting that cash. In fact, it was after one event where one of these people tried to burn me for $5,000, I actually went out and bought a bank- quality money-counter. The first thing we would do when they got there was, we would count the money, and then they'd know how much money they had. Paul: I love that detail in the book. A lot of these guys would just give you stacks of 5 and 10 dollar bills, and you would have to spend 45 minutes to an hour counting small bills. Right? Mike: Yeah. That was typical. There was one group out of Phoenix whose ringleader was dyslexic, I think. He would always hand me his money and have me count it. At first I thought it might be a test to see if I was being honest with him, because once I got to the certain dollar amount, I would hand him back the rest of the money. It did in fact turn out to be, either he couldn't count, or was just so severely dyslexic, he couldn't count the money himself. Paul: Talk about some of the characters. One of them I think came in wearing pink ostrich boots. Talk a little bit about who these guys were. Mike: It was kind of a happenstance. In other words, we fell into a hornet's nest while we were just looking for a honeybee. There was one particular gentleman I was doing business with. He had a cousin, a very distant cousin, in town. Her husband was in federal penitentiary for dealing dope. She would host these barbecues that she would invite other people in this trade to these barbecues. It didn't matter what cartel or what familia they were from. They were welcome guests there, but during the course of the barbecue she would tell them, "Hey, if your guys need guns, I've got a hookup for you. Here's the deal. You just pay me a commission on every gun you buy, and that'll keep me happy and I'll keep you hooked up with this guy with the guns." These people from those barbecues would accompany the original buyer. It just got crazy because there were so many people that wanted to come and buy guns. Paul: I'm sorry, so this is really your classic straw purchase, right? Mike: Yep. Paul: So they would fill out the paperwork for people who would be denied on a background check, right? Mike: Right. These were all people that legally couldn't buy because they weren't citizens. The one guy that could, he ended up doing a lot of the paperwork himself. He was actually connected with a cartel in Caborca that had been raised here in the United States and was a US citizen. He was doing a lot of the purchasing. Some of the other groups, they would bring people they knew that had clean records that would do the purchasing for them. That's where all the charges, unfortunately, I mean, it's a relatively minor charge, for Operator Wide Receiver was for straw purchasing. In other words, when they filled out the background check, they checked the box saying, "This firearm is for personal use. I'm buying this gun for myself." That turned out not to be true, and we know that because they took them across the border and sold them down there. Paul: Yeah. What types of guns did they buy? We've heard that they like these AK-47 or AK variants that had wire stocks. What kind of stuff did they buy? Mike: Those were probably the bulk of what they really wanted was the cheaper AKs. At the time, I was buying the Romanian imports. WASR was the model name. Some of them had underfolding stocks or side folding stocks or fixed stocks. At the time I want to say, I was selling them retail for under $400. That was the bulk of what they bought. Then there were some other groups that wanted to have AR-15s and they wanted to have the good quality, the best quality I could find, but that wasn't the bulk. The majority of the stuff was AK-47 rifles and pistols. Paul: Those were available fairly cheap for them, right? Like you said, you could get one for $400 or so? Mike: I was retailing them for $400, which meant that I probably made maybe $100 on that transaction. Paul: Okay. And I guess they liked these Colt .38 Supers as well? Mike: The Colt .38 Supers weren't gun for fighting. They were guns that somebody would wear to kind of show almost their rank. There was one guy that as buying these for a cartel in I think it was Magdalena. The head guy would hand them out as presentation pieces. In other words, you've done something really valuable for me, or you've taken a great risk for me, and I'm going to rewards you with this status symbol. Paul: Okay. Mike: That's how those were used, but like I said, they bought those in quantity with one guy buying 50 when he'd need from me. Paul: Yeah. You worked, really, as you describe in the book, as an undercover operative with the ATF, kind of almost dictating every step of the way, right? Mike: Yeah. Like I said before, there was nothing that I did on my own. There were very few, rare instances where somebody called me on the phone and I'd have to make a quick decision. Trying to think of what ATF would want me to do. Usually I would beg off and say, "Listen, I can't do this afternoon because I have a doctor's appointment," or something else. Everything that I did was under their direction. Paul: You tell kind of a good little anecdote here. They had you wearing a transmitter, and it sounded like the ATF Tucson office only had one transmitter, and it was kind of cutting out at times? Mike: Yeah. Its age was uncertain, its quality was not good, and it appeared to be the only one they had, because in three years of working with them, it was the same transmitter that I used night after night. Paul: Yeah. Mike: There were instances, and some of your veteran cops and shooters that are listening to this will understand. I'm in my early 50s, right, and after a lifetime of shooting, I don't hear so good. I'm one of those people that has the volume all the way up on my cellphone so that I can hear conversations clearly. Well, imagine yourself being in a room of cartel associates and having an agent call and say, "Hey, Mike, your wire's down. Turn it off and then back on again real quick." Then you look around the room to see if any of these other people in the room have heard what you just heard through your phone. I was very fortunate in that regard. Stupid things like that, looking back, were just crazy. The risk that I took and some of the risks that I was exposed to through no fault of my own. Paul: And I guess eventually they placed some cameras in your house, and they put one in a clock radio, and I guess one in a Kleenex box, right? Mike: Yeah. The clock radio is kind of a neat thing, because it would not only record, but it would transpond, I don't know if that's the right term. There was somebody sitting in a truck outside that could see it real time, but that was just one instance, and I guess that equipment was too expensive for each office to have, especially the smaller Tucson office. In other instances, they had what was called a "Hawk," which was a video and audio recorder that they could hide in a box of Kleenex. Usually, that would sit on my wet bar, where it could watch the entire living room that I was using as showroom. In addition to that, I would have a digital recorder in one of my pockets. The reason they had me do that was because the quality was so much better than what they could record with the transmitter. It was just dual redundancy, so they'd have backup to backup. Paul: Yeah. And I guess, as you mentioned, you were involved in this for three years. It sounded like when it first started it was initially only supposed to be a very short operation that you were going to be involved with. Talk a little bit about the length of time, I mean, did you become frustrated at times with this? Mike: Not really. I mean, while it was going on, it seemed to keep me really interested, and I seemed motivated my knowing that I may be part of something historical. As it turns out, it ended up I was part of something infamous rather than historical. Paul: Good word for it, yeah. Mike: I didn't have a crystal ball at that time, but I really did. I was motivated by a patriotic sense of duty, and I really had this feeling of fate and that God put me in this place in this position right now to help. I wouldn't have felt right just telling these guys I couldn't help them. Of course, from years I've written for POLICE Magazine, I'm a pro-law enforcement guy, and I never would suspect that these guys all seem like great guys, and I didn't see ever having a problem for being on the wrong end of their hire, which I eventually did end up. Paul: Yeah. Mike: It was an interesting three years, and like I said, I didn't mind doing the work for them, and I didn't mind at the time taking risk, because I thought that whatever was going to be gained from this would be so valuable to the United States and to the detriment of the various cartels that were pursuing. Paul: We'll get into the end result of this in a minute, but one thing I found very interesting was that you were very meticulous through this investigation about the notes that you took and the records, and you kept pretty good records about conversations and things you were doing and saying. Mike: Right. I kept my notes daily. I always tried to make time to write down the events of the evening along with conversation as quickly as possible after they happened, so that it would be fresh in my mind. Originally, I started doing this for two reasons. One, I always thought I might write a book, because it was kind of an extraordinary circumstance that just an ordinary guy like me got involved in. The other reason was, we were doing so many of these buys that I was afraid if I ever had to testify, I have to be certain if this event happened on this night during this buy, and so forth, so I could keep one buy separate from all the others that happened. That was my intent originally. Because I had gone and I bought my own digital recorder, every time a burned a CD of an evening's buy with the bad guys, or several phone conversations I had with the bad guys, to burn that to a CD, I had to download it to the hard-drive on my computer. When things started not looking right to me, I started recording conversations with the special agents and phone calls with the special agents. That was all on the hard-drive of my computer, along with my notes. Paul: Yeah. Mike: At one point in time, when they brought in a special prosecutor from Washington D.C. to prosecute Wide Receiver, she asked me if I'd kept any notes or a journal or anything. I said, "Yeah, I have a journal. I don't want to give it you, because there's a lot personal information in there." It was an actual journal, it wasn't just transcribes of bad guy buys. She demanded it. It was the old thing, "You know, look, we can do it the hard way or we can do it the easy way. I'll make life miserable if I don't get it," so I did give it to her. She never expected to see what was in there. It was either her or one of the special agents in Tucson sent that up to Special Agent in Charge, which was Bill Newell, in the Phoenix office. He or she ordered immediately to ATF Office in Tucson, "Don't take anymore cases from this guy. Don't talk to him, don't acknowledge him in any way." Basically, I was shut out. He knew long before me that my notes contained information that eventually was going to be very embarrassing to him. At one point in time, my computer was hacked. All the audio files that there were nights and nights and nights of purchases at my house, phone calls, and so forth, those were all corrupted. I kept them all in one folder. Every one of those files was bad. Before I got too paranoid, I went and checked some of the shorter phone conversations that I had with these bad guys. To the special agent in charge of this case, I would attach it to his Yahoo! account, because DOJ and ATF email accounts have filters on them that limit the file size, so I would have to use his personal Yahoo! account. I went back and said, maybe I can get back some of these conversations by checking those emails. Surprisingly enough, every email I had ever sent him, or every email he'd ever sent me, had been wiped clean from my computer. Paul: Wow. Mike: Now I'm in a position. I'd contacted somebody that's a very good friend who's one of our most elite military intelligence assets and told him what was going on and gave him information about my computer and my wireless system and so forth. He called me back a couple hours later and he said, "Look, Mike, you're welcome to fly out here. My guys think if they look at your box, they can figure out who got into it. But here's the rub. Let's say we find out exactly who did this to you, who do we take that to? Because I think you're going to take it to the same people who did it to you." Paul: Oh boy. Mike: "What good's it going to do to you." The fortunate thing about this, and the reason that I haven't been put in a very difficult spot was because I have an external hard-drive as a professional writer. Every few days I back up my computer. I was able to restore all those files, but whoever got into my computer and corrupted those files, they knew that this could put them in very bad light. Paul: Yeah. And during the story, you talk about, you would have conversations with these cartel operators and you'd burn a CD and just take it over and drop that over to the ATF office in Tucson, right? Mike: Right. Paul: So you were sharing some of this material with them during the course of this investigation as well, right? Mike: That was the sole purpose of recording this stuff. Paul: Yeah. Mike: By happenstance, I mean, it just happened to all be on the hard- drive on my computer. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I think that certainly kept me out of a very sticky spot with our federal government. Paul: Yeah. It's a very enlightening book. Talk a little bit about, I guess you were audited at one point by the ATF, right? Mike: Yeah. Surprisingly, not too long after the last case I brought them had come to an end, I had two ATF investigators. They're not actual agents, but they're more on the regulatory side of the things. They showed up at my door one day and they said, "We're here to conduct an audit." I knew what they were going to find. In my books, for instance, if there's 75 AK-47s that are logged out to one particular person, they're going to have some questions, so I asked them, I said, "First of all, do you know who I am and do you know what I've done for your office?" Meaning the Tucson ATF office. The young lady replied, "Yes, we do, and I want you to know that Bill Newell is the one that ordered this audit." Bill Newell was the special agent in charge of the Phoenix office. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: So I didn't think too much about it. Paul: Yeah. It came from the top. Mike: It came from the top, and this was after they had already gotten my notes, and apparently knew that every conversation I had was on the hard-drive of my computer. Over the course of a couple weeks, they came to me and they said, "You know, we have 80 serial numbers here we can't find." The guy said to me, "You're not going to be able to keep your license. Most likely, you're going to be criminally prosecuted. You can't lose 80 serial numbers, not these type of guns, Mr. Detty, and keep your license and not get prosecuted." Oh my God! Paul: Wow. Mike: I can't believe this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: What am I going to do? I'm just getting ready to go to the hospital to have an ankle replaced, and I thought, well, I'd better do whatever I can. So I did my own audit, and I actually did a physical inventory of every gun that I had. The lower receiver of an AR-15, because it has a serial number on it, they call it a complete gun. I had boxes and boxes of just stripped low receivers. In other words, they didn't have any triggers or hammers or magazine releases installed, and just the bare basic component, because some people like to buy them that way and then build a gun from parts. I had over 400 of these in boxes out in the garage. There were 24 to a box. It was I think in July when these people conducted the audit, so I went and sit in my living room in the air- conditioning while I put these boxes on hand trucks and brought them out of the garage and through the front door and put them in front of them. Each box contained 24 each. All they had to do was pull the receiver out of the box, count the serial number. Somehow, during the course of three days of doing this, they lost 80 serial numbers. Every one of those missing serial numbers was receivers that were in those boxes. My question is, how can somebody who's been hired by the federal government get a box of 24 receivers placed in front of them, open the box, count 3, close the box, open the next box, count 8 out of 24, close the box. Every one of those 80 serial numbers were in those cases of stripped lower receivers. [call dropped off 32:44] Paul: Just go ahead and pick up where you left off. Mike: I'm not sure where we cut off, but getting back to these boxes of stripped lower receivers, I had 24 in each box, and these agents, or investigators, as they call them, I think, they were counting them. There were some of the boxes of 24 each, they opened and counted 3. There was another box of 24 they opened and counted 8 of those. There's another box they opened and counted 12 of the 24. At the same time, you're telling me that there's a possibility that I'm going to lose my license and maybe be charged criminally for losing these serial numbers. Looking back, is it just that these people were so inept, that these federal employees couldn't count? Are they that badly screwed up? Or is it a case that somebody came out here and gave them orders and specifically told them to lose some serial numbers so that I could be discredited? So if something happened further down the road, they'd say, "Look, this guy's records were so screwed up, we had to take his license from him." Paul: A reasonable person might come to that very same conclusion. Mike: Yeah. If you read my book, and I'm sure you did, I tried to lay it all out there, let the reader decide for himself. Is it biased? Of course it's biased, because I wrote it. If one of these ATF agents here in Tucson had written a book, it'd look very different. But there's nothing in that book that's not the truth. There's nothing in that book that I haven't already documented. There's nothing in that book that's not a recording of some type that I can't prove. Paul: Yeah. Mike: That's why ATF's been so quiet about this. What can they say? They have no comeback. Even the Inspector General report that came out last fall, there were periods of time directors for ATF didn't cover. In the Inspector General's report it says, during these missing periods, we've used a confidential informant's personal journal to fill in those spots. You have to look at it two different ways. Are these people so inept that they weren't keeping their own sets of records, or is there something more insidious going on, that they actually went back and destroyed records? Either way, it doesn't look good for them, but hey, here's my journal. Show me what you've got. They're not willing to do that, because it's not going to come out well for them. Paul: Certainly, that was reflected in the response from Eric Holder and others to these Congressional inquiries and to Rep Darrell Issa and his continual requests for information. President Obama invoked the Executive Privilege on this not to talk. Mike: Exactly. Paul: That speaks for itself, I think. Mike: Just to be clear, these two different operations, Operation Wide Receiver did occur under President Bush, and Fast and Furious, of course, was under the Obama Administration. Paul: Yeah. Mike: However, and I point this out in my book, both those operations shared the same Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, and people often ask me this, "Who do you think that approved this gun-walking operation?" I tell them. I said, "Look. This was initiated at the field level. Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, he didn't look up any further in his chain of command to ask for approval. He wasn't going to supervisors saying, "Hey, this is what I want to do. Can I do it?" No, he's saying, "This is what I'm doing." Even though there are e-mails back and forth between people in the Department of Justice that are just aghast at the number of guns that are crossing the border, now I'm speaking about Operation Wide Receiver, nobody took the next step and admonished Bill Newell. Nobody took the next step and said, "Are you an idiot? You can't do this. Stop doing this." No, they, would sit and wring their hands between themselves, but they didn't do a thing about it. Paul: Yeah. Ultimately, it cost the ATF. The head of the agency resigned over this pretty much. Anyway, interestingly enough, you have two folks listed on the back jacket of the book. One, Sharyl Attkisson, who's a Washington D.C. investigative reporter who was one of the people who broke this story, actually, and you have David Codrea who's a gun writer and a speaker and a pretty intelligent guy. Did you work with those folks with the book? It seemed like you had some pretty good resources there, at least, to tap into. Mike: Two different things. David Codrea writes for Examiner.com, which is people who are concerned about our right and seeing our rights being diminished, and is very vocal about it. Sharyl Attkisson with CBS News. Our introduction was via e-mail. She had kind of been surfing CleanUpATF.org. Before we went on air, we spoke briefly about Jay Dobyns and his book "No Angel." He was an undercover ATF Tucson agent who was actually the first federal agent to get patched in as a member of the Hell's Angels biker group. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: Can you hold on? I'm sorry, Paul. Just one second. Paul: Yeah, no problem. Mike: Jay and some other agents, who had felt like they had not been dealt fairly with by ATF and were sick of the management and mismanagement at all levels of administration with ATF, have a website called CleanUpATF.org. Sharyl had posted something on one of their forums about, "Hey, if you know anything about Fast and Furious, I'd appreciate your information." Actually had her personal e-mail address. I sent her an e-mail. I said, "I don't know anything about that specific case, but I'd be happy to talk to you about Wide Receiver." This all happened probably February, following the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Paul: That's when this story really, really heated up. Mike: Yeah. There wasn't a story until that happened. Nobody knew about this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I was still kind of sitting around, waiting to see if they were ever going to do anything with Wide Receiver, because at that point, that hadn't been prosecuted yet. When the highest officials at DOJ and ATF came out and said, "Listen, we never allowed guns to cross the border for part of any investigation. Never happened, didn't happen, it's not going to happen. Forget about it." I knew already there was a cover-up in progress, because I'd been part of one that was allowing that to happen. Paul: Wow. Mike: I wasn't sure who to go to. I wasn't sure who to talk to, because my big fear was that somebody would come down on me for obstructing justice or something. I was just really afraid to talk. In the months to follow, I had sent Sharyl bits and pieces of information, and finally, I think it was the following September, I actually did an on-air interview with her. A very skilled lady, very competent. Her integrity is without any flexibility. I can't say enough nice things about her. She is what all journalists should be. She spent a great deal of time vetting me out and looking at the information that I had before we even talked about doing an interview, because the last thing she wanted to do was put somebody on camera that's going to make her look bad somewhere down the road. Paul: Yeah. Mike: David Codrea, very much the same thing. I started feeding him bits of information. He did his own job of vetting me too, and for quite a while named me as an unnamed source in his articles. After he discovered, yeah, what this guy is saying is true, it checks out with other people I know that have worked out of that office, and so forth. Both of these people have known me for a couple of years know. They've known me to be a person that's told the truth from the very beginning to the very end. Unfortunately, that hasn't been true for ATF and DOJ. Paul: Let's get into that briefly. First of all, why do you think they weren't able to really pursue more serious charges against these purchasers considering all the detailed evidence that you provided them? Mike: The first Assistant U.S. Attorney on my case, I met him actually a couple of years after Operation Wide Receiver concluded. Actually, him and his son bought a gun from me at a gun show, and he was looking at my business card and he's like, "Gosh, your name sounds familiar. Why do I know that name?" Of course, I knew his name right away, because I'd seen it on reports and so forth. I said, "You might know that from Operation Wide Receiver." He's like, "Oh, geez, yeah! Yeah. All the reports that I read, finally to meet you here in person and put a face with that name." We chatted for quite a while. I asked him, "Tell me why you never prosecuted Wide Receiver? Because the ATF agents had told me that he was in the process of promoting himself for U.S. Magistrate, and that was the reason he'd never actually taken this case to court." He said, "Well, it's nothing like that. I'm not going to take a case to court where I have to lie. I'm not going to have my professional credibility and integrity questioned because the ATF screwed up so badly." He went on to tell me, "When I got involved with this case, I was lead to believe that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities. That's the only reason that I signed off to allow these guns to continue to go across the border. Once I found out that wasn't the case, I wasn't going to devote another heartbeat to developing this case to take it to trial." He declined prosecution on this case, even though he was involved from the outset. Paul: It was just going to fall apart on him. Mike: Right. He eventually did get his U.S. Magistrate appointment. The next young lady, Assistant U.S. Attorney, to look at the case, she declined for the same reason. She's like, "Do you realize what a black eye this is going to give us if we take this to court and acknowledge how many guns we let go across the border without there being Mexican involvement? Not to mention the lying on the part of ATF." So she declined it. Paul: Yeah. Mike: A year and a half later, they send out a prosecutor named [Lauren Wind] and she was with the Gang Task Force Unit in Washington, D.C., specialized in doing MS13 cases. She decided to take on this case. If you read the Inspector General's report about Fast and Furious, probably the first 70 or so pages is about Wide Receiver to kind of set up a history of what's going on here and why that was important to subsequent Fast and Furious. There's quite a bit of e-mail back and forth with her and people in Washington about, there were significant numbers of guns let go, there was no Mexican authority involvement. What are we going to do? This was happening about that time everything with Brian Terry's death was coming out in news, around March and April, subsequent to his passing. They wanted to keep that whole topic of gun-walking out of court. They didn't want to have another black eye. The other thing was, they didn't want any of these cases to go to trial. They said, "Look here's what we're going to do. We're going to narrow the scope, and we're going to charge you with lying on your background check, three years maximum." Nine out of the ten players involved in Wide Receiver took that deal. The one guy that pushed for his own trial had all charges dismissed, I think at 10 a.m. when the trial was supposed to start at 11 a.m. Paul: We ran out of time with Mike, but we just want to thank him for joining us, and we want to encourage our listeners to check out his book, "Guns Across the Border." Thanks again for listening to another episode of the POLICE Magazine author's podcast featuring books by and for cops. We encourage you, again to e- mail us with your feedback at editor@policemag.com. Otherwise, we'll see you next month for another edition of the POLICE author's podcast.

  • Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 by D. M. Giangreco

    · The John Batchelor Show

    Author(Photo: Operation Coronet was planned to take Tokyo.View author informationOperation Coronet, part of Operation Downfall Source: http://maps.library.umass.edu/raster/other_historical/images/genmac_gif/GenMac_124.gif from http://maps.library.umass.edu/raster/other_historical/genmac.html Originally from "Reports of General MacArthur" -1966 Government printing office -- public domain)http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShowHell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 by D. M. GiangrecoHell To Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 is the most comprehensive examination of the myriad complex issues that comprised the strategic plans for the American invasion of Japan. U.S. planning for the invasion and military occupation of Imperial Japan was begun in 1943, two years before the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In final form, Operation Downfall called for a massive Allied invasion―on a scale dwarfing “D-Day”-- to be carried out in two stages. In the first stage, Operation Olympic, after the dropping of multiple atom bombs the U.S. Sixth Army would lead the southern-most assault on the Home Island of Kyushu to secure airfields and anchorages to support the second stage, Operation Coronet, a decisive invasion of the industrial heartland of Japan through the Tokyo Plain, 500 miles to the north, led by the First and Eighth armies. These facts are well known and have been recounted― with varying degrees of accuracy― in a variety of books and articles. A common theme in these works is their reliance on a relatively few declassified high-level planning documents. An attempt to fully understand how both the U.S. and Japan planned to conduct the massive battles subsequent to the initial landings was not dealt with in these books beyond the skeletal U.S. outlines formulated nine months before the initial land battles were to commence, and more than a year before the anticipated climactic series of battles near Tokyo. On the Japanese side, plans for Operation Ketsu-go, the “decisive battle” in the Home Islands, have been unexamined below the strategic level and seldom consisted of more than a rehash of U.S. intelligence estimates of Kamikaze aircraft available for the defense of Kyushu. Hell To Pay examines the invasion of Japan in light of substantial new sources, unearthed in both familiar and obscure archives, and brings the political and military ramifications of the enormous casualties and loss of material projected by trying to bring the Pacific War to a conclusion by a military invasion of the island. This ground breaking history counters the revisionist interpretations questioning the rationale for the use of the atom bomb and shows that the U.S. decision was based on very real estimates of the truly horrific cost of a conventional invasion of Japan.https://www.amazon.com/Hell-Pay-Operation-Downfall-1945-1947/dp/1591143160/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483390588&sr=1-2&keywords=hell+to+pay

  • Travel Today with Peter Greenberg--Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

    · Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

    This week, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg comes from the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Joining Peter Greenberg will be USA Today’s Rudy Garcia on the history of Playa Del Carmen; Lisa Wright, an American expat (and blogger) living in Playa del Carmen, shares her secrets of the destination; and Sonya Vargas from Mi Amigo de la Calle talks about this very special shelter for dogs, and their adoption process for people visiting Playa del Carmen and how you can volunteer on your next trip there. There’s all this and more as Travel Today with Peter Greenberg comes from Sandos Playcar Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  

  • Un día de playa

    · 00:31:32 · Spanishpodcast

    (Lots of photos in the Learning Guide)In our 178th episode (A day at the beach) Ana and Mercedes won’t talk about cinema, as usual, but about a few topics about the beach, in order you can review all that you need to get a perfect day in the “playa”, in Spanish of course . (Muchas fotos en la Guía Didáctica) En nuestro episodio nº 178 (Un día de playa) Ana y yo misma, Mercedes, no charlan hoy sobre cine, como solemos hacer, sino que charlamos sobre temas de playa, para que podáis repasar todo lo necesario para tener un perfecto día de playa, en español, desde luego.

  • #047 Das Lipödem - Stimmen von betroffenen Frauen

    · 00:25:40 · Körperkunde für deine Gesundheit.

    Im ersten Teil des Podcasts um das Thema Lipödem möchte ich dich informieren, was das Lipödem ist. Was die gängige Therapie ist und vor Allem wie sich betroffene Frauen im Medizindschungel mit dieser Erkrankung zurecht finden.  Diese Erkrankung die Frauen nicht nur körperlich sondern auch emotional sehr beeinflusst möchte ich dieses Mal ausführlich aus PatientInnen Sicht darstellen. Viel Freude beim zuhören. Die ausführlichen Berichte der Frauen findest du unten in diesem Artikel! Das Lipödem - Stimmen von betroffenen Frauen hier auch mit Bild: Berichte der Lipödem-Patientinnen Daniela: 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Aufgefallen ist mir in der Pubertät das meine Oberschenkel kräftig waren. Je älter ich wurde umso größer wurde mein Hintern. In der Schwangerschaft habe ich 17 Kilo zugenommen, obwohl ich immer auf meine Ernährung geachtet habe. Nach der Entbindung habe ich es dann geschaft fast 17 Kilo wieder runter zu bekommen. Leider nicht anhaltendem Erfolg. Ich habe ab diesem Moment gemerkt es kann nicht normal sein, dass ich auf meine Ernährung penibel achte, Sport treibe und nix verändert sich. Mal 1 bis 3 Kilo runter und schnell 2-5 Kilo wieder rauf. Meine Tochter ist jetzt 13 Jahre alt und ich habe 22 Kilo mehr. An den Armen bekam ich immer größere Schmerzen beim Blutdruck messen und die blauen Flecke wurden immer mehr und auffälliger.  2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Leider zu oft! Mit Ernährungsberatung und Begleitung in der Reha. Leider mit gar keinem Erfolg. Im Jahr 2015 bekam ich dann die Diagnose Lipödem Grad 2 an den Beinen. 2017 wog ich schon 9 Kilo mehr und die Diagnose Lipödem Grad 2 an den Beinen und Armen 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Über große Oberschenkel mit der typischen Matratzen Haut begleitet von blauen Flecken. Dicke Waden. Einen Coco Austin hintern. Laut der Ärztin „fleischige Oberarme“ die schmerzen, blaue Flecke haben und wulstige Unterarme. Druckschmerz an den Extremitäten. Ich bin oft müde und depressiv. Fühle mich unwohl in meiner Haut. Morgens fühle ich mich meistens besser. Im Laufe der Zeit meine ich das Gefühl von schweren Beinen zu bekommen und nicht lange stehen zu können.Während der Wassergymnastik merke ich meine Probleme gar nicht. Das Wasser und die Bewegung tuen mir verdammt gut. Sowie das Fahren auf dem Ergo Rad. Wenn ich einen guten Tag habe schaffe ich es eine Stunde. Danach habe ich oft das Gefühl besser in meine Hose zu kommen. 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Ich bin gerade selber auf der Suche nach Ratschlägen und Tipps. Viele habe ich durch verschieden Gruppen bei Facebook bekommen. Von Bloggerinnen und Selbstbetroffene. Bei warmen Wasser die Kompri nass machen und dann so trocknen lassen.Wasserspray/Eisspray in der Dose für unterwegs. 5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? Eingeschränkt fühle ich mich in meiner Ehe! Im Alltag (beim Einkaufen, Haushalt reinigen, Fenster). Familienfeiern und in der Freizeit (Blicke anderer, Kleidung usw.) In meinem Beruf als Erzieherin! Richtig wohl fühle ich mich Wenn ich keinen Spiegel um mich herum habe und ich für mich bin. 6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Ich trage seit ca. 6 Wochen eine flachgestrickte Kompressionstrumpfhose mit offener Spitze und eine Leggings. Meine Leggins trage ich lieber als die andere Hose. Schmerzen sind weniger geworden. 9 Mal hatte ich bis jetzt MDL. 2 Mal der Woche Rehasport.Vom Umfang kann ich noch nicht viel berichten. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Das ich nicht als Alien angesehen werde, weil ich bei 35 Grad in Leggings (Kompressionshose) kurzer Hose und T-Shirt rumlaufe. Mich eher anspricht und Fragen stellen als mich anzustarren. Keine Ratschläge von wegen ich sollte mal mehr Sport treiben und weniger essen. Von Physiotherapeuten würde ich mir wünschen das die Behandlungszeit 45 min beträgt (wie auf dem Rezept steht) und nicht 30/35 min. Vom Arzt und den Krankenkassen wünsche ich mir, dass ich dort nicht um meine OP`s kämpfen muss und Sie mir an der Stelle helfen wo ich noch wiederhergestellt werden kann und nicht wenn es zu spät ist. 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Gute Frage! Ich greife jeden Strohhalm den ich bekommen kann, daher denke ich würde ich auch viel darin investieren. Weil ich es mir Wert bin!!!! Aber eigentlich sollte ich das Geld eher Sparen um die Kosten der OP`s bezahlen zu können. 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? 2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? 5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? 6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Barbara 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Schon Jahre vor der Diagnose hat eine Bekannte (die selbst ein Lipödem) bei jedem Treffen mit Blick auf meinen Unterkörper gesagt, dass ich ein Lip - und / oder Lymphödem habe und Manuelle Lymphdrainage bräuchte. Ich sagte immer nur: "Ja ja" und dachte mir: "Davon will ich nichts wissen. Ich habe durch meine Grunderkrankung ja schon genug was mich einschränkt und was ich nicht will". Dann Allerheiligen 2015: PLÖTZLICH linker Fuß dick und schmerzhaft, wurde immer mehr und Wadeln fest wie Beton und schmerzhaft, wurde auch schnell immer schlimmer. Spätestens dann habe ich gemerkt, dass etwas gewaltig nicht stimmt. Erst bin ich am Feiertag zu einer befreundeten Sanitäterin gegangen, um eine Thrombose ausschließen zu lassen - und dann am nächsten Werktag sofort zum Doc - zunächst zu einem Venerologen. 2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Am 02.11.2015 war ich zunächst bei einem Venerologen. Da wusste ich noch gar nicht, dass es Phlebologen / Lymphologen gibt - geschweige denn, dass ich einen Solchen bräuchte. Der Venerologe war sowohl menschlich als auch fachlich gänzlich ungeeignet. Er machte einen Ultraschall an meinen Beinen und meinte ganz angewidert: "Da ist so viel Fett, da sehe ich gar nicht richtig durch." Seinen Ekel und seine Missbilligung hat man ihm deutlich angesehen und angehört. Er hat dann -ohne viel Erklärung- irgendeine Strumpfhose verschrieben OHNE zunächst MLD zur Entstauung. Aber natürlich wusste ich nicht, dass ich das gebraucht hätte. Woher auch? Im Sanitätshaus angekommen schüttelte die Sanifee nur den Kopf nach dem Blick auf meine Beine und den linken Fuß. Die verordnete Strumpfhose passte nicht zum Krankheitsbild (war bestimmt Rundstrick) und das Verhalten des Arztes ob meines Übergewichtes missfiel ihr. Sie war es dann, die mir meine heutige Phlebologin empfahl. Diese stellte sofort die richtige Diagnose, verordnete zunächst Entstauung (MLD) mit Bandagieren der Beine und danach Kompressionsstrümpfe bis zum Knie. Da mein Übergewicht medikamentenbedingt ist (ich nehme seit dem Jahr 2000 ein lebensnotwendiges Medi gegen meine chronische Grunderkrankung, das dafür berüchtigt ist als Nebenwirkung u.a. Adipositas auszulösen) hat sich mein Gewicht ab dem Jahr 2000 bis heute von damals 55kg mit 20 Jahren bis heute allmählich nahezu verdoppelt. Natürlich habe ich sowohl in zahlreichen Arztpraxen als auch privat häufig zu hören bekommen, dass ich doch "einfach" mal abnehmen solle. 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Ich habe ein Lymphödem Stadium 2 mit Lipohyperthrophie an den Hüften, am Po und an den Oberschenkeln. Die Lipohyperthrophie kann eine Vorstufe des Lipödems sein und sich zu diesem entwickeln. Ich habe ausgeprägte sogenannte "Reiterhosen" und die Oberschenkel schlagen beim Gehen aneinander wegen ihrer Breite. Ohne Klamotten ist Zweiteres sehr unangenehm. Schmerzen habe ich im Bereich der Lipohyperthrophie gottseidank nicht und ich hoffe, dass das so bleibt. Vorbeugend behandelt der Lymphtherapeut meine "Reiterhosen" durch MLD mit und wir behalten im Auge, ob sich etwas vergrößert. Symptome habe ich allerdings aber durch den "Lymphteil" meiner Erkrankung, das Lymphödem in den Beinen. Betroffen sind die Füße und Unterschenkel bis unters Knie, das linke Bein ist stärker betroffen. Mein Ödem und die damit verbundenen Beschwerden sind äusserst abhängig von Temperatur, Luftfeuchte und meinem Zyklus. Bei Wärme, Hitze und Schwüle sind die Beine häufig geschwollen und schmerzen. Tageszeitabhängig ist es bei mir weniger. An schlechten Tagen bekomme ich den Kompressionsstrumpf morgens kaum über den geschwollenen Fuß. In schwülen Zeiten schwillt es auch über Nacht nicht ab. Ähnliche Beschwerden habe ich immer wieder auch vor und während der Menstruation. In der kälteren Jahreszeit hatte ich bisher kaum Probleme und spüre meine Erkrankung in den Beinen nur nach längerem Gehen oder Stehen. Generell schlimm ist länger am Stück Gehen oder Stehen - insbesondere zur warmen Jahreszeit. Im Sommer ist auch längeres Sitzen oft schon schlimm und schmerzhaft. 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Ich habe einen äusserst kompetenten, begabten und sympathischen Lymphtherapeuten, der sein Handwerk versteht und dem ich vertrauen kann. Ansonsten lindere ich im Sommer meine Beschwerden mit Eisgel, Kältekompressen und dem zeitweisen Tragen von Kompression oder Wickeln auch nachts - insbesondere um sicher zu stellen, dass ich am nächsten Morgen in die Strümpfe rein komme. Tipps: Auch wenn -gerade im Sommer- die dicke Kompression am aller unangenehmsten anmutet: Bitte GERADE DANN NICHT ablegen! Nicht verzweifeln, die Hitze geht wieder vorbei! Freut Euch jetzt schon mit mir auf den September  5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? Da ich noch eine andere Grunderkrankung habe und deshalb ein nebenwirkungsreiches Dauermedikament täglich in hoher Dosis einnehmen muss, sind meine Beschwerden vielfältiger. Ich habe viel mit Müdigkeit und Schwindel zu kämpfen, mit dem veränderten Aussehen durch die Adipositas (mittlerweile Grad 3) sowie starken Haarausfall. Insbesondere durch meine Grunderkrankung bin ich nur noch eingeschränkt arbeitsfähig in relativ jungem Alter. Durch das Medikament bleibt meinem Mann und mir das Glück versagt Eltern zu werden, das Medi ist fruchtschädigend. Es einfach so zu wechseln wäre zu riskant, da die gesamte Medikamentengruppe reich an Nebenwirkungen ist und da das Medi meine Grunderkrankung seit über 14 Jahren zuverlässig symptomfrei hält. Dazu habe ich vn Geburt an eine starke linkskonvexe Lumbalskoliose mit einem Halbwirbel zu viel und einem Cobbwinkel von 30°, was mir häufig starke Schmerzen verursacht - das begünstigt natürlich auch durch das medikamentenbedingte Übergewicht. Bzgl. der Ödemproblematik: Schmerzen und Schwellungen in den Beinen, nicht mehr so lange Gehen und Stehen oder Sitzen können am Stück, Beschwerden sehr stark zur warmen Jahreszeit. Die Kompression empfinde ich als visuelle Einschränkung, so etwas kannte ich zuvor nur als Kind von meiner Oma väterlicherseits, die immer hässliche Strümpfe tragen musst und dicke schmerzende Füße hatte. Ganz wohl kann ich mich wegen der leider vielfältigen Einschränkungen fast nie fühlen. Aber zur kälteren Jahreszeit habe ich kaum ödembedingte Beschwerden und die Kompression kann -visuell gesehen- besser unter der Kleidung versteckt werden, so dass sie nicht jeder in der U-Bahn gleich sieht. 6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Bei mir wurden die konservativen Therapien durchgeführt - also in der Akutphase Entstauung durch häufige MLD und anfangs Bandagieren durch Wickel bis rauf zu den Knien. Nach der Entstauung wurde die erste Kompression angepasst - Flachstrick nach Maß, Kniestrümpfe. Nachdem die ersten 5 Rezepte á 6x 60 Minuten MLD verbraucht waren, hat die Phlebologin übergangslos für meine Einstufung ausserhalb des Regelfalls gesorgt. Bis heute habe ich wöchentlich 1x 60 Minuten MLD und kann im Bedarfsfall auch 2x die Woche gehen. Mein Lymphtherapeut betrachtetmein Ödem in den Beinen als "...tendenziell dankbare Geschichte...". Ausser zur wamen Jahreszeit und ausser bei zu langem Gehen / Stehen / Sitzen bin ich nahezu beschwerdefrei. Meine Kompression finde ich nicht besonders schön, aber ich trage sie sehr konsequent (insbesondere im Sommer), weil sie wirklich hilft. Die Kosten: Na ja...Zuzahlung zu den Strümpfen, zur MLD (jnd bei mir kommen ja auch noch Zuzahlungen dazu für die Medikamente für meine Grunderkrankung und zeitweise für Krankengymnastik und Rehasport bzgl. meines Rückenleidens). Ich habe mittlerweile erreicht: Eine die meiste Zeit im Jahr fast symtomfreie Ödemproblematik - unter Beibehaltung regelmäßiger MLD und konsequenter Bestrumpfung. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Mein Lymphtherapeut (es ist ein gelernter Heilpraktiker, Medizinischer Bademeister und Masseur mit Fortbildung in MLD, der eine Massagepraxis hat) macht alles richtig und ich hätte mir keinen Besseren wünschen können. Er war Ende 2015 auch der Einzige, der mich sofort behandelt hat - während ALLE ANDEREN (!) Praxen mich wegen Überfüllung abgelehnt haben oder weil sie nicht bereit waren das Wickeln durchzuführen (!!!). Man stelle sich den äusserst schmerzhaften dicken Fuß vor, der DRINGENDST Behandlung braucht - und jeder schickt einen weg! So etwas DARf NICHT (!!!) passieren! Mir wird auch Angst davor wenn ich an unseren bevorstehenden Umzug in eine Kleinstadt (voraussichtlich 2018) denke. Kann ich je wieder solch einen guten Lymphtherapeuten finden??? Meine Phlebologin werde ich behalten, da muss ich ja nur ca. alle halbe Jahre hin. Aber ich kann nicht wöchentlich für die MLD einfache Strecke 3 Stunden anreisen... Wo wir bei den Ärzten wären: Von meiner Phlebologin wünsche ich mir auch, dass sie so bleibt wie sie ist. Sie gilt als Koryphäe auf ihrem Gebiet. Sie ist kompetent, betrachtet nicht nur ihr Fachgebiet, sondern den Menschen als Gesamtes (was bei mir aufgrund der anderen Erkrankungen besonders wichtig ist) und sie behandelt ihre Patient_innen empathisch und respektvoll - egal wie dick und unförmig diese auch sein mögen. Natürlich ist auch hier das gesundheitsschädigende Übergewicht Thema, aber eben auf respektvolle konstruktive Art und Weise. Ärzte, die mich nicht respektieren oder mich wegen des Übergewichts dumm anschauen / anreden, suche ich nicht mehr auf (so wie den eingangs erwähnten Venerologen). Privat ist es echt oft schwierig: Viele begreifen meine Krankheit(en) und mein Medikament nicht - oder wollen es nicht begreifen. Sogar meine eigene Mutter und mein Stiefvater reden mich oft wirklich nicht nett und wenig konstruktiv deswegen an (und das, obwohl mein Stiefvater selbst sehr übergewichtig ist). Ständig erhalte ich -ungefragt- die Aufforderung zu den (mir viel zu kommerziell ausgerichteten) Weight Watchers zu gehen, weniger / anders zu essen, mehr Sport zu treiben, mich (in den Augen meiner Mutter) kaschierender zu kleiden etc. Als ich meiner Mutter erzählt habe, dass meine Blutwerte nicht in Ordnung seien kamen nur Vorwürfe und Schuldzuweisungen bzgl. meines ja "...massiven Übergewichts...". Das ist schon frustrierend - insbesondere, weil ich meine Familie wegen der Entfernung und weil sie sich mit meinem Mann nicht vertragen nicht oft sehen kann. Da würde ich mir Einiges liebevoller, konstruktiver, weniger von oben herab...ja einfach anders wünschen. 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Eine Operation ist für mich KEIN (!) Thema. Jede OP birgt ein Risiko. Liposuktionen birgen Risiken und haben keinen dauerhaften Effekt, sehr teuer sind sie auch. Eine OP (auch eine Liposuktion) käme ür mich nur in Frage, falls doch noch sehr krasse Schmerzen kommen würden oder falls es die Einschränkungen verlangen würden (z.B. wenn ich wegen der Breite der Oberschenkel mal kaum mehr / gar nicht mehr laufen können sollte). Eine OP / Liposuktion nur aus ästhetischen Gründen lehne ich strikt ab. Für Schönheits-OPs fehlt mir jedes Verständnis. Und das darf ich als Mitbetroffene sagen. Ich habe auch untenrum Größe 50/52, eine riesige "Kraterlandschaft" am Hintern, "Reiterhosen" und sehr breite Oberschenkel. Natürlich gibt es Dinge bei der Ernährung, auf die ich weitgehend achte. Aber zu sehr "kasteie" ich mich dauerhaft nicht. Durch meine andere Erkrankung und das Mrdi habe ich schon mehr als genug an Einschränkungen. Ein bisschen Lebensqualität muss -trotz allem- auch noch sein! Ich versuche auch regelmäßig Gymnastik zu machen und hoffe bald ein gutes Aquafitnessangebot in meiner Nähe zu finden.  Claudia 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Ich war bis etwa 10 Jahre ein Strich in der Landschaft. Ganz Dünn und gut proportioniert. erst kurz vor der Kommunion wurde ich am Bauch und Po dicker. Aber noch nicht wirklich schlimm. Mit dem Wechsel auf die Weiterführende Schule wurden auch die Oberschenkel immer dicker. Ich wurde charmant von meinen Klassenkameraden ENTE genannt, weil vor allem der Hintern ziemlich dick wurde. Ich habe sehr viel Sport getrieben. Segeln, surfen, Wasserski, Volleyball, Fahrradfahren, tanzen..... Dünner wurde ich nicht. Später, so mit Anfang 20 bin ich ins Fitness-Studio gegangen und habe speziell Beinübungen gemacht, damit die inzwischen recht stabilen Oberschenkel straffer und dünner werden sollten. Straffer wurden sie tatsächlich, aber nie dünner. 2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Die Diagnose Lipödem wurde im Alter von 32 von einem Phlebologen gestellt im Rahmen einer Untersuchung auf eine Gerinnungsstörung. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt war ich mit meinem zweiten Kind schwanger. Verstanden habe ich die Diagnose überhaupt nicht und habe auch nichts gegen die Krankheit unternommen. Der Arzt verschrieb mir damals eine Kompri-Strumpfhose, die nicht passte. Ersatzweise erhielt ich Strümpfe, die ich aber nur im Rahmen der Schwangerschaft und dem Wochenbett getragen habe. Nach der Geburt der Tochter sprach mich mein Gyn auf mein Gewicht an. Er brachte den klassischen Kommentar: Das was reingeht muss weniger sein, als das, was der Körper verbraucht. Sonst nimmt man nicht ab. (Bis zu diesem Alter hatte ich selbstverständlich schon die diversesten Diäten erfolglos durch.) 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Als meine große Tochter etwa 8-10 Jahre alt war und ich in ihr meine kindliche Entwicklung erkannte, habe ich mich intensiv mit dem Thema Lipödem beschäftigt. Ich habe einen Arzt in Ruhrgebiet gefunden, der nach Blut-/Urinuntersuchung mir eine Ernährungsumstellung empfohlen hat. Seit 2012 verzichte ich weitgehend auf Kartoffeln, Reis, Nudeln, Brot und Zucker und unterstütze das Ganze mit Nahrungsmittelergänzungen. Seit dem habe ich etwa 10cm Oberschenkelumfang und einige Kleidergrößen verloren. Allerdings bemerke ich auch mit zunehmenden Alter eine unangenehme Schwere in den Beinen, insbesondere wenn ich länger hohe Schuhe getragen haben. Die Beschwerden sind vor allem an den Stellen, die die Kompressionsstrümpfe nicht bedecken. (Wie war das, wer schön sein will muss leiden?) 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Grundsätzlich komme ich mit der Ernährung und den schicken Strümpfen ganz gut klar. Ich trage auch immer noch Rundstrick-Strümpfe. Sportlich habe ich mich auf Radfahren und Schwimmen beschränkt. Gem. Anregung des Arztes wäre Walking noch OK. Allerdings immer nur mit Strümpfen. Lediglich im Urlaub lasse ich Luft an die Beine. Sie schreien aber förmlich nach Druck, wenn der Urlaub zu Ende geht. 5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? ... 6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Lymphdainage bekomme ich nicht, da ich ein reines Lipödem habe...... 2 Paar Strümpfe im Jahr stehen mir zu, aber so lange kann ich nicht warten, da ich alle 3-4 Monate ca. 0,5 cm Umfang verliere und die Strümpfe dann rutschen. Die Umfangsverminderung findet allerdings auch immer an unterschiedlichen Stellen statt. Derzeit ist es der Po, der weniger wird. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Ganz schlimm an dieser Krankheit ist die Hilflosigkeit und die Blicke der Mitmenschen. Jahrelang wurde ich - auch von Familienmitgliedern - als "Fresser" hingestellt, da ich immer mehr wurde. Die Aussage, dass ich mit einer Woche Heilfasten kein Gramm abgenommen habe wurde belächelt und mit dem Kommentar verziert: Jaja, das kann ja gar nicht sein". Gehe ich Einkaufen fallen oft die Blicken auf den Einkaufswagen und die Figur Taillenabwärts und zurück. Egal wie viel Obst und Gemüse auch im Wagen ist. Stehe ich an der Bahn und mache Pause sind die Blicke ähnlich. Auch wurde ich schon von wildfremden Menschen beleidigt: Für Sie wäre es besser Sie würden sich mehr bewegen, als mit dem Auto fahren...... Meine große Tochter hat übrigens die gleiche Diagnose. Die 1. Kinderärztin wollte auf meine Einwände zu ihrem Gewicht nicht hören und meinte, "es geht um Ihr Kind und nicht um Sie!". Die 2. Kinderärztin schaute ihr auf den Mund/auf die Lippen und meinte: "man sieht aber nichts"....... Schade, dass die Fachleute weniger wissen, als die Betroffenen. Auch ist es wahnsinnig schwer eine wirklich kompetenten Arzt zu finden. Der ursprüngliche Phlebologe ist in Rente, der nächste Arzt meinte, die Strümpfe sind unnütz. Jetzt suche ich einen neuen Arzt.... 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Die Ernährungsmethode klappt - Strümpfe helfen - Beschwerden sind selten. Aufgrund einer Gerinnungsstörung und damit verbundenem hohen Thromboserisiko kommt eine OP für mich nicht in Frage - ABER Im Sinne meiner Tochter kämpfe ich um jede Erleichterung bei dieser doofen Krankheit. Doreen 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Eigentlich schon vor mehr als 10/15 vllt. sogar schon 20 Jahren. Trotz abnehmen sahen meine Beine so schlimm unförmig aus, und das sie immer so fürchterlich druckempfindlich waren. Hab ne Katze. Wenn sie über meine Beine lief, war es kaum auszuhalten. Manchmal arbeitete es mit einen ziehenden brennenden Schmerz auch im Ruhezustand  2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Meine Schulfreundin hat mich darauf aufmerksam gemacht. Sie hat das Lymphödem. Sie meint , ich soll das mal unbedingt abklären lassen. Das hab ich dann auch vor 5 - 8 Jahren versucht. Brauchte 3 Ärzte dafür, bis ich mal endlich ne Diagnose bekam. Die beiden vorher meinten nur, das ich nur abnehmen brauch, dann würde das von selbst weggehen. Der 3. Arzt hat zwar auch gemeint, das ich abnehmen soll ( als ob ich das nicht selber wüsste...haha) aber er hat mir endlich diagnostizieren können das ich Lip / Lymphödem im 1. Stadium (angeblich, was nicht sein kann... ich denk das ist Stadium 2) 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Schwere Beine, manchmal brennende ziehende Schmerzen, ganz viele Besenreißer, sehr oft blaue Flecken- wo ich nicht weiß wo die her kommen. Ich konnte noch nicht genau feststellen woran es liegt wenn es schlechter wird. 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Ich weiß nicht. Lege die Beine oft hoch.  5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? In welchen Bereichen ich mich damit unwohl fühle? Ich ziehe schon seit Jahren kein Kleid oder Rock an, was ich gern machen würde, wo ich mich nicht traue. Wo ich denke, das kann ich doch keinen zumuten. Naja und sind wir doch mal ehrlich. Ich bin wieder auf der Suche nach einen Mann (bin Gott sei Dank geschieden). Ich denk mir immer, so wie ich aussehe nimmt mich doch kein Mann mehr  6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Mir wurde bei keinen Phlebologen Lymphdrainage verordnet. Die meinten nur, das das eh nix bringt. Habe erst in der Gruppe : Diagnose Lipödem/ Lymphödem. Was nun? von jemanden erfahren, das die Lymphdrainage auch der Hausarzt verschreiben kann. Habs dann bei meiner Hausärztin versucht. Sie ist wohl eine von vielen, die auf Lymphdrainage nicht gut zu sprechen ist. Sie wollte mir zuerst keine Verschreiben. Hab da aber nicht locker gelassen und gesagt, das ich weiß, das ich mit meiner Erkrankung genauso eine brauch, wie die mit Lymphödem. Etwas zöglerlich hat sie mir dann doch eine verschrieben mit Rezept für die Kompressionsstrümpfe. Und jetzt kommt es mit Bandagierung stand auf der Verordnung. Das blöde ist. Sie gab mir kein Rezept, das ich es von der Apotheke holen konnte. Die Physiotherapie Praxis hatte mehrfach versucht den Arzthelferin zu erklären, das es notwendig ist. Und nichts erreicht. Die haben sogar bei mir in der Krankenkasse angerufen. Das Ende vom Lied für die 1. Verordnung konnte ich nicht eingewickelt werden und wurde nur massiert. Brachte natürlich Null. Danach bekam ich ein Folgerezept, aber gleich sofort mit der Erklärung das es die letzte Verordnung sei.Diemal bekam ich auch nach langen hin und her das Rezept für die Bandagierung dazu. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Was ich mir von mein Umfeld wünschen würde?: Ja , das man endlich respektiert wird mit der Erkrankung. Das es eine Erkrankung ist und nicht sinnlos angefressenens Fett ist. Und das die Ärzte und Krankenkassen endlich was dafür tun und nicht dagegen endlich den betroffenen zuhelfen. 8.) OP kann ich mir nicht leisten- bin Hartz 4. Weil ich noch mehr " scheiß" Erkrankungen habe und nicht im Moment arbeiten gehen darf.  8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? ... Jenny 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Ich merkte schon in der Pubertät das meine Oberschenkel fülliger sind wie bei anderen Mädchen. Da ich aber zu dem Zeitpunkt viel mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs war, hielt ich das einfach für normalen Muskel zuwachs. Auch das im Sommer die Innenschenkel immer aneinander rieben bis es feuerrot war, schob ich dem zu. 2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Meine Diagnose bekam ich vor einigen Monaten. Das leidige Diät Thema. Lach, jetzt kann ich darüber lachen. 3 Lypmologen haben mir empfohlen, wütend aufgezwungen, doch zu den Weight Watchers zu gehen. Bei dem 3. Mal, bin ich tat sächlich in der Praxis ein wenig lauter geworden. (Habe ihn als Quacksalber und Stümper beschimpft. Immerhin sagt er als Arzt für Venenheilkunde: "ich mach nur Beine , Arme kann ich nicht" ) 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Schwierige Frage, da ich viele Kombination an Diagnosen habe, Gegen Nachmittags wird es mit den Schmerzen zunehmender. Auch bekomme ich schübe die von Muskelschmerzen bis zur Grippalen Symptome führen. Manchmal ist der Druck in Armen und Beinen so gross , dass ich in der Bewegung sehr eingeschränkt bin.Aber wenn ich mir Yoga zutraue , wird es deutlich besser. Am liebsten jedoch gehe ich ins Schwimmbad, das tut mir nicht nur gut sondern erhellt auch meine Laune.  4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Meine Tipps: Aquafitness auf jedenfall. Yoga und Entspannungsübungen. Zudem habe ich kühlende Wadencreme, ein Massage-Rubbeln-Gürtel. Eine Massage-Matte für mein Bett und eine Wirlpoolmatte für die Badewanne . 5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? Ich fühle mich im Sommer sehr aufgequollen , ausserdem fällt mir die Bewegung noch schwerer . Für lange Wege brauche ich einen Rollator. Den Haushalt schaffe ich mehr schlecht als recht. Das Autofahren habe ich fast ganz eingestellt.. und an sehr schlimmen Tagen, kann ich mir nicht mal meine Schuhe binden oder Haare kämmen. Wohl allerdings fühle ich mich im Liegen oder im Wasser natürlich.  6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Ich habe gerade letzte Woche eine ein wöchige stationäre Entstauungstherapie abgebrochen. Morgens Lymphdrainage und Wickeln , danach gab es eine thrombose spitze und es ging ab ins bett. Das ist leider nicht meine Vorstellung von so einer Einrichtung. Ich habe so eine Therapie schon mal 14 Tage ambulant gemacht , das war allerdings viel besser. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Was ich mir von den Menschen in meinem Umfeld wünsche, das sie sich mal alle Arme und Beine wickeln lassen würden. Das sie einen Taucheranzug anziehen der 3 Nummern zu klein ist. Von meinem Therapeuten? Ich habe schon den besten Therapeuten der welt. Er ist nicht nur Physiotherapeut sondern Heilpraktiker/Chiropraktiker. Von meiner Krankenkasse wünsche ich mir mehr Aufklärung , ein Fitness Angebot für Lymphöde-Patienten. Eine Auswahl an Fachärzten zu denen man gehen kann. 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Investieren könnte ich nur sehr wenig da wir nicht so viel Geld haben. Aber ich würde gerne an neuen Heilungsmethoden mit machen und auch viel Zeit zu investieren. Vllt könnte man in der DNA den Fehler beheben. Stammzellenforschung und so weiter, Früherkennung bei Kindern.  Ramona 1. Wann hast du gemerkt, dass mit dir und deinem Körper irgendetwas nicht stimmt und woran? Ich bin 30 Jahre und leide seit meiner Pubertät am Lipödem in den Beinen,Po,Hüfte Arme und Unterbauch.  2. Wann wurde die Diagnose gestellt? Und wie oft hast du vorher von Ärzten oder Therapeuten gesagt bekommen, dass du einfach nur abnehmen sollst? Bekannt wurde es aber erst vor drei Jahren. Vorher hieß es nur ich Esse zu viel und Falsch. Außerdem würde ich mich zu wenig bewegen. 3. Was sind Deine Symptome des Lipödems? Was merkst du an deinem Körper? Gibt es Tageszeiten wo die Symptome besser sind (morgens oder abends)? Oder sogar Tage oder Wochen in denen die Beschwerden deutlich besser sind? Bei welchen Aktivitäten sind die Beschwerden besser und wann schlimmer? Schmerzen hab ich sehr oft und sehr stark. Aber es gibt auch Tage wo ich keine habe. 4. Wodurch bekommst du selbst deine Symptome gelindert? Was sind Tipps für andere betroffene Frauen? Ich habe gemerkt,wenn ich den ganzen Tag barfuß laufe (auch in der Stadt)Hab ich abends weniger Schmerzen.  5. In welchen Bereichen deines Lebens fühlst du sich besonders eingeschränkt? In welchen Situationen fühlst du dich in deinem Körper so richtig wohl?? Richtig wohl fühle ich mich,wenn ich mich viel bewege z.b im Garten die Gartenarbeit mache. Gar nicht wohl fühle ich mich, wenn ich ins Cafe gehe und nur Stühle mit Armlehnen zur Verfügung stehen. Da mir die Armlehnen weh tun kann ich dort dann leider nicht rein. 6. Welche Therapien wurden bei dir schon durchgeführt und was haben sie bewirkt? Wie zufrieden bist du mit dem Ergebnis und was hast du erreicht? (Umfang/Liter/Zeitaufwand/Dauer/Kosten für dich) Ich trage eine Kompression Strumpfhose sowie einen Bolero. Bekomme zweimal die Woche für 60 Minuten Lymphdrainage. 7. Was würdest du dir von den Menschen in deiner Umgebung wünschen? Was wünschst du dir von behandelnden Physiotherapeutin? Was wünschst du dir von Ärzten und Krankenkassen? Ich wünsche mir von vielen Ärzten mehr Respekt,mehr Toleranz von den Mitmenschen. Ich wünsche mir feinfühliger Physiotherapeuten die nicht einfach nur schnell und leicht die Lymphdrainage machen um abzurechnen. Von Sanitätshäusern wünsche ich mir mehr Erfahrung in Sachen Zuzahlung, vermessen der Kunden und wünsche der Kunden zu respektieren.Von den Krankenkassen wünsche ich mir mehr Unterstützung. 8. Wenn es alternative Methoden, Ernährungen, Bewegung, Anwendungen, gäbe, die dir anstellte der Operation oder zusätzlich Besserung bringen würden, wie viel Zeit und Geld würdest du pro Woche darin investieren?? Wenn es eine andere Methode als doe Operation gibt würde ich die Zeit die ich habe investieren. Geld würde ich soviel investieren, wie es geht. Sonderwünsche müssten dann weichen. 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  • Operation Downfall

    · Military History Podcast

    Operation Downfall was the proposed invasion of mainland Japan by Allied Forces near the end of WWII.  It was canceled because the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered, thereby removing the need for a military conquest.  It would have been the largest amphibious invasion in history, and it would have been the first time that a foreign power had set foot on mainland Japanese soil (in the country's 2500 year history).  Operation Downfall had two parts: Operation Olympic (Nov 1945) and Operation Coronet (March 1946).  Both were commanded by MacArthur and supported by Nimitz.  Operation Olympic involved the I, V, IX, and XI Corps storming the beaches of Kyushu (the southern main island) and taking airbases to support Operation Coronet.  Operation Coronet involved the First Army and the Eighth Army, as well as numerous British Commonwealth units, storming the beaches of Honshu near the capital city of Tokyo.  On the opposing side was Operation Ketsu Go, the Japanese defense of its main islands.  Most of Japan's forces (air and ground) were focused on the island of Kyushu.  Also, tens of millions of Japanese civilians (all able-bodied civilians, men and women) were trained in basic martial arts in order to repel the invasion.  In addition, the Japanese government created numerous suicide units to repel the invasion.  All in all, it would have been one of the bloodiest battles in history.  An estimated 1 million Americans and 10 million Japanese would have lost their lives.  For more information, read: The Japanese Army Handbook by George Forty The Pacific War Companion by Daniel Marston Military History Podcast is sponsored by Armchair General Magazine

  • Neurosurgeons aren't idiots, honestly - Ronan O'Leary

    · 00:24:30 · SMACC

    Undertaking a decompressive crainectomy is perhaps one of the most challenging decisions we face within critical care, we don't know if we should do the operation, and even if we think we should we don't know when, or even how. Perhaps more importantly we don't do the operation, the neurosurgeons do, but we frequently put them in the position of doing the operation when we are at our wits end, or they do the operation without asking us when we still feel we have space to play. How can we resolve this, in a workplace environment which is already fraught with competing interests, beliefs, values and approaches? Evidence based medicine isn't going to provide an answer soon and it is unlikely that a superficial approach to improving teamwork will either. An important component will be the future structure of clinical training, our current systems reflect the way hospitals worked decades ago and the specialties we now have exist almost independently of the training which leads to consultant posts. Training should involve exposure to collegiate decision making and consensus building but this will be difficult to achieve within our current nationally co-ordinated training schemes.

  • ETH021 - Field Day

    · 00:33:04 · Everything Ham Radio Podcast

    Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to Field Day!!! Objective To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries. Dates Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26. 3.1. Class A and B (see below) stations that do not begin setting up until 1800 UTC on Saturday may operate the entire 27-hour Field Day period. 3.2. Stations who begin setting up before 1800 UTC Saturday may work only 24 consecutive hours, commencing when on-the-air operations begin. 3.3. No class A or B station may begin its set-up earlier than 0000 UTC on the Friday (Thursday afternoon or evening local time) preceding the Field Day period. Cumulative set-up time shall not exceed a total of 24 hours. Log Submission Deadline Entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted. Classes 4.1. (Class A) Club / non-club portable: 4.2.  (Class A – Battery) Club / non-club portable: 4.3.  (Class B) One or two person portable: 4.4.  (Class B – Battery) One or two person portable 4.5. (Class C) Mobile: 4.6.  (Class D) Home stations: 4.7.  (Class E) Home stations – Emergency power: 4.8. (Class F) Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Bonus Points 7.3.1. 100% Emergency Power: 100 points per transmitter classification if all contacts are made only using an emergency power source up to a total of 20 transmitters (maximum 2,000 points.)   GOTA station and free VHF Station for Class A and F entries do not qualify for bonus point credit and should not be included in the club’s transmitter total.  All transmitting equipment at the site must operate from a power source completely independent of the commercial power mains to qualify. (Example: a club operating 3 transmitters plus a GOTA station and using 100% emergency power receives 300 bonus points.) Available to Classes A, B, C, E, and F. 7.3.2. Media Publicity: 100 bonus points may be earned for attempting to obtain publicity from the local media.  A copy of the press release, or a copy of the actual media publicity received (newspaper article, etc.) must be submitted to claim the points.  Available to all Classes. 7.3.3. Public Location: 100 bonus points for physically locating the Field Day operation in a public place (i.e. shopping center, park, school campus, etc).  The intent is for amateur radio to be on display to the public. Available to Classes A, B and F. 7.3.4. Public Information Table: 100 bonus points for a Public Information Table at the Field Day site.  The purpose is to make appropriate handouts and information available to the visiting public at the site.  A copy of a visitor’s log, copies of club handouts or photos is sufficient evidence for claiming this bonus. Available to Classes A, B and F. 7.3.5. Message Origination to Section Manager: 100 bonus points for origination of a formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site.  You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station.  The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a copy of it must be included in your submission in standard ARRL radiogram or no credit will be given.  The message must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF. The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6. and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule. Available to all Classes. 7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal message originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus.  Available to all Classes. All messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the Field Day operation via amateur radio RF. 7.3.7. Satellite QSO: 100 bonus points for successfully completing at least one QSO via an amateur radio satellite during the Field Day period.  “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” (Rule 3.7.2.), (the no-repeater QSO stipulation) is waived for satellite QSOs. Groups are allowed one dedicated satellite transmitter station without increasing their entry category.  Satellite QSOs also count for regular QSO credit.  Show them listed separately on the summary sheet as a separate “band.” You do not receive an additional bonus for contacting different satellites, though the additional QSOs may be counted for QSO credit unless prohibited under Rule 7.3.8. Alternate Power: 100 bonus points for Field Day groups making a minimum of five QSOs without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator.  This means an “alternate” energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water.  This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells).  The natural power transmitter counts as an additional transmitter.  If you do not wish to increase your operating category, you should take one of your other transmitters off the air while the natural power transmitter is in operation.  A separate list of natural power QSOs should be submitted with your entry. Available to Classes A, B, E, and F. 7.3.9. W1AW Bulletin: 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during the Field Day weekend (listed in this rules announcement).  An accurate copy of the message is required to be included in your Field Day submission. (Note:  The Field Day bulletin must be copied via amateur radio.  It will not be included in Internet bulletins sent out from Headquarters and will not be posted to Internet BBS sites.) Available to all Classes. 7.3.10. Educational activity bonus: One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day operation includes a specific educational-related activity.  The activity can be diverse and must be related to amateur radio. It must be some type of formal activity.  It can be repeated during the Field Day period but only one bonus is earned.   For more information consult the FAQ in the complete Field Day packet. Available to Classes A & F entries and available clubs or groups operating from a club station in class D and E with 3 or more participants. 7.3.11. Site Visitation by an elected governmental official:  One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by an elected government official as the result of an invitation issued by your group. Available to all Classes. 7.3.12. Site Visitation by a representative of an agency: One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by a representative of an agency served by ARES in your local community (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, law enforcement, etc.) as the result of an invitation issued by your group. ARRL officials (SM, SEC, DEC, EC, etc) do not qualify for this bonus. Available to all Classes. 7.3.13. GOTA Bonus.  Get On The Air Station – Up To 500 bonus Points 7.3.14. Web submission:  A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the www.b4h.net/cabforms web site. Available to all Classes. 7.3.15. Field Day Youth Participation: A 20-point bonus (maximum of 100) may be earned by any Class A, C, D, E, or F group for each participant age 18 or younger at your Field Day operation that completes at least one QSO. For a 1-person Class B station, a 20-point bonus is earned if the operator is age 18 or younger.  For a 2-person Class B station, a 20-point bonus is earned for each operator age 18 or younger (maximum of 40 points.)  Keep in mind that Class B is only a 1 or 2 person operation.  This bonus does not allow the total number of participants in Class B to exceed 1 or 2. 7.3.16 Social Media: 100 points for promoting your Field Day activation to the general public via an active, recognized and utilized social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). This bonus is available to bona fide Amateur Radio clubs and Field Day groups that welcome visitors to their operation. Individual participants do not qualify for this bonus. Club websites do not qualify for this bonus. Available to all classes. 7.3.17 Safety Officer Bonus: A 100-point bonus may be earned by having a person serving as a Safety Officer for those groups setting up Class A stations. This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List (found in the ARRL Field Day Packet) have been adequately met. This is an active bonus – simply designating someone as Safety Officer does not automatically earn this bonus.  A statement verifying the completion of the Safety Check List must be included in the supporting documentation sent to ARRL HQ in order to claim this bonus. Rules, Entry Forms and Information Packets 2016 Field Day Packet (complete) 2016 Field Day Rules 2016 Field Day Summary Sheet 2016 W1AW / K6KPH Bulletin Schedule 2016 Field Day Public Relations Packet 2016 Field Day Information Flier 2016 Field Day VHF/UHF Information 2016 Field Day Log Sheet 2016 ARRL/RAC Section List More Than Safe Blog My wife has started her very own blog describing our journey through the foster care system and things that happen to us and how we dealt with the situation. Some things may just be foster care related but some of the stuff can be used as just general parenting. If you are a parent or are interested in learning a little bit about the foster care system, please check out her blog at MoreThanSafe.com. If you like what you see, subscribe to her email list to get notifications on when she puts up something new. Supporting Everything Ham Radio If you would like to make a pledge to help support this blog and podcast, just go to  http://www.everythinghamradio.com/patreon/. I have set up subscription levels at $1, $5, $10 and $25 a month. This is a totally voluntary basis and all my content that is free will remain free. Each level has its own rewards that you will receive as well, and I will be adding rewards in the near future. Amateur Radio Club Spotlight   Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club Website: http://www.clarc.us   Meetings: First Tuesday of the month at the Community Center of Kees Park. Meetings start at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm for fellowship. Testing begins at 5:30 Nets: ARES/RACES Training Net – Sundays at 8:15PM on the 147.330 repeater Prayer Net immediately following the ARES Net Tech Net – Fridays at 8pm on the 444.975 repeater Repeaters 145.150 – PL 173.8 DStar with Open Gateway 145.470 – PL 173.8 Salt Grass System 147.330 + PL 173.8 Used for nets, daily use, Echolink 147.375 + PL 173.8 Daily use 443.300 + PL 173.8 444.975 + PL 173.8 La. Link System 144.390  APRS Activities Hamfest – Alexandria Hamfest – Sep 23 and 24, 2016. Assists local agencies with communications

  • Episodio 30. Día de playa sin tupper de pasta

    · Comiendo con María

    Si este verano te lo vas a pasar en la playa necesitarás estrategias y consejos para poder llevar contigo tu alimentación saludable. Descubre como mantener tu dieta y comer saludable en la playa. Dile adiós a la nevera llena de refrescos y alcohol, a las bolsas de patatas chips y galletitas y a los helados del chiringuito. Con este podcast sabrás mantener tu dieta y comer sano, aún estando en la playa. Página web: www.comiendoconmaria.comHaz tu Pre-reserva a los cursos: www.comiendoconmaria.com/cursosTambién me encontrarás en redes sociales: Facebook: www.facebook.com/comiendoconmaria Instagram: www.instagram.com/comiendoconmaria_Oficial

  • Verité 046 (El Padre Viejoven en la playa)

    · Gravina82

    Cuando uno se hace mayor se pone mas quisquilloso con todo lo que hace, en esta ocasión os relatamos la primera vez que un padre viejoven se enfrenta a la playa con su hija de 4 años en completa soledad, los peligros que le aguardan y toda una guia de supervivencia para sobrevivir a la […] The post Verité 046 (El Padre Viejoven en la playa) appeared first on Gravina 82.

  • La playa - 27/08/12

    · RadioMonólogos

    10:56 min. - En la playa pasan cosas inexplicables y otras todavía más increíbles. No me considero un gran fan de la playa y creo que con este monólogo lo dejo claro, aunque tampoco es todo tan malo...Disfrutadlo y gracias!!

  • August 2010

    · 00:25:54 · Aprende ingles con inglespodcast de La Mansión del Inglés-Learn English Free

    Aprender ingles gratis con La Mansion del Ingles. Un podcast para mejorar la gramatica, el vocabulario y la pronunciacion del inglés. Una leccion del ingles con ejemplos y ejercicios. Learn English free with podcasts from La Mansion del Ingles. Improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. This English lesson contains examples and exercises. Podcast Transcription Hi and welcome to another Mansión Inglés podcast from mansioningles.com, recorded for August 2010. Most of you are probably on holiday now. Sitting on the beach listening to this podcast, watching the palm trees sway (balancearse, mecerse) from side to side in a gentle breeze. Maybe drinking a cold beer or a cool vodka and tonic with ice and lemon. Ahh! - Where ever you are and whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re well and happy, and ready to practise some more English with La Mansión del Inglés. Hola. ¿Qué tal? Espero que todo va bien. No me gusta hablar en español porque mi español es muy malo, y tengo muchas faltas. Pero debo hacerlo y tú tienes que hablar en inglés. OK? Come on! ¿Animo!  Because it’s holiday time, we practised a lot of holiday vocabulary in this month’s Newsletter (cuaderno). Empezamos, como siempre, con el nivel básico. Voy a decir algunas palabras en español y tú tienes que decirlas el inglés antes que yo. Luego, repite las palabras para practicar la pronunciación. ¿Listos? ola – No ‘Hola’ – hello, ola sin la ‘h’ – wave – el sonido vocal es /ai/ repeat: wave costa – coast – sonido vocal /ow/ coast - repeat: coastnadar - to swim puesta de sol - sunset isla – island – la ‘s’ no se pronuncia escucha: island - repeat: island      puerto – port – sonido vocal /aw/ - port - repeat: port arena - sand playa – beach vowel sound – sonido vocal – /I:/ repeat: beach. No olvides hacer el sonido vocal largo /i:/ - beach. Si no, suena como bitch que es una perra- or worse!. So repeat with me: /i:/  ‘beach’ – beach. I’m looking for the beach. piscina - swimming pool mar - sea pelota de playa - beach ball  sombrilla - beach umbrella gafas de sol - sunglasses toalla - towel – difficult pronunciation. Listen: towel - repeat: towel crema solar - suncream   quemado por el sol - sunburned – suncream, sunburn – hay muchas palabras con sun en la playa. Tomar el sol is to sunbathe – repeat: sunbathe. Be careful – ten cuidado – when you’re sunbathing. The sun is very hot. Put suncream on your body. If you don’t you might get sunburned – quemado por el sol. But if you’re careful, you’ll get a nice suntan bonceado, moreno – Repeat: suntan - to get a suntan - oh and it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses – gafas de sol. Take sunglasses to the beach.  Let’s move on to our list of irregular verbs. Vamos a seguir con la lista de verbos irregulares.  ¿Qué es el verbo dejar en inglés? To leave Escucha y repite: leave– left - left. What time did you leave? I left at 3:30. I’ve left you some chocolate cake in the fridge. Don’t leave me. Please don’t go! Next is the verb prestar – to lend repeat lend – lent - lent. Can you lend me your pen? Los verbos lend y borrow se confunden mucho. Lend es prestar (you lend something to someone) y borrow es tomar prestado (you borrow something from someone). Los dos términos se puede confundir ya que en español se habla de forma diferente "Me prestas tu coche?" = "Can you lend your car to me?" ... nunca se dice "Can you borrow your car to me?"... "Tomé prestado tu coche " = I borrowed your car. So, you borrow money from the bank - The bank lends money to you (er..sometimes!). Repeat: lend – lent – lent. Can you lend me $10? I lent you 10 yesterday! Los verbos permitir, dejar se traducen en ingles a let – Repeat: let – let - let. Easy. No se cambia let – let -let – Let me see! - ¡Déjame ver! Her father lets her smoke – Su padre le déjà fumar. Encender o iluminar is to light – L-I-G-H-T – light – lit – lit. Did you light the fire? – I lit a cigarette. Come on baby light my fire! – ¡enciende mi fuego! El verbo perder en inglés is to lose – repeat: lose – lost – lost. The vowel sound is /oo/ lose. I often lose my keys – mis llaves. Valencia usually loses to Barcelona. Chelsea lost against Manchester United. I want to lose weight. To lose weight – perder peso.– I’ve lost 3 kilos. What’s the opposite of lose weight? – put on weight. That’s easy for Spanish speakers to remember ‘put on’ – I’ve put on weight. To make means hacer repeat: make – made – made. It’s made of wood – Es de madera. - It makes me happy. Me hace feliz. I made a cake yesterday. El verbo significar is to mean. Repeat – mean – meant - meant Repite el sonido vocal /I:/ mean. What does this mean? ¿Qué significa esto? What do you mean? ¿qué quieres decir (con eso)? A student once asked me “Craig, what does mean mean?” ¿Craig, Qué significa mean? To meet is conocer o encontrar. Repeat – meet – met – met - "pleased to meet you" or “nice to meet you” - encantado de conocerte. We met the verb meet last month with the verb to know. Do you remember? To know can also mean conocer. La primera vez que coneces a alguien you meet them. “Nice to meet you.” After you meet them, you know them. I met her at a party. Where did you meet your wife? I met her at a wedding. Have you ever met anyone famous? Pagar in English is to pay. Repeat: pay – paid – paid. Did you pay for the beers? – I paid you last week. Has your boss paid you yet? How much did he pay you? Finally, the verb poner. In English to put. La forma es la misma. Put – put – put. El vocal /u/ repeat: /u/ put –put –put. Put my coffee on the table. Where did you put your jacket? Have you put the air conditioning on? You've put on weight. Ahora escucha de nuevo y intenta decir la segunda y tercera forma del verbo antes que lo digo yo. Ready? ¿Listo? leave                left – left lend                  lent – lent let                    let – let light                  lit – lit lose                  lost – lost make                made – made mean                meant – meant meet                 met – met pay                   paid – paid put                   put - put   We also studied some holiday vocabulary at intermediate level this month. Let’s see what you remember. I’ll say the Spanish words and expressions, and you say the English translation before I do. Then, repeat the vocabulary to practise pronunciation.    el balneario What’s that in English? El balneario. I can’t even say it in Spanish! Help! How do I say this? El balneario — It’s a spa, or resort bahía - bay – B – A - Y traje de baño, bañador  - swimsuit or swimming trunks   buceo, bucear - diving, to dive esnorkel, buceo con tubo de respiración - snorkeling – to go snorkeling bloque del sol, crema solar, bronceador - sunscreen, sunblock or suntan lotion vista al mar - sea view océano - ocean tomar el sol - to sunbathe bañista - sunbather salvavidas - lifeguard concha marina - sea shell. That’s difficult. Repeat: sea shell – sea shell nevera - cooler marea alta - high tide marea baja - low tide And now some useful phrases - Frases útiles – say them in English and Repeat them. ¿Dónde está la playa? - Where’s the beach? La entonación es muy importante en la preguntas. Listen and repeat: Where’s the beach? – Excuse me, where’s the beach? ¿Hay algún salvavidas? - Is there a lifeguard? ¿Es seguro para niños? - Is it safe for children? ¿Es seguro nadar aquí? Is it safe to swim here?   ¿Es seguro bucear aquí? Is it safe to dive here?  ¿Podemos nadar aquí? - Can we swim here? ¿Hay que pagar? - Do we have to pay? - ¿Cuánto cuesta alquilar una sombrilla? - How much to rent an umbrella? ¿Cuánto cuesta alquilar una silla? - How much to rent a chair? ¿Cuánto cuesta alquilar una bici? - How much to rent a bicycle? Más frases: Don’t forget to book a hotel. Have you packed your suitcase. My friend is a travel agent. I got a great deal on hotel in London Travelling during peak season can be expensive. We like to stay at bed and breakfast places We had to get a connecting flight. I’m here on business I went sightseeing in Liverpool Is the room air-conditioned? Does the room have a safe? I’d like to make a reservation. Please. Did you buy any souvenirs? In the advanced section this month we practised some sentence transformations. This kind of exercise is typical of the type of exercise found in the Cambridge Advanced English exam. We are developing an advanced English cd at the moment, and we hope to have it finished before the end of the year. Listen and repeat: I wish to express my dissatisfaction with the poor service at your hotel. There is little chance of us going to Italy on holiday this year. Pepito asked if I would give him a lift to the airport. Are you being attended to , madam? Customers are required to give two weeks notice if they intend to change their booking. On no account should your luggage be left unattended.  In our Business English section this month there were two more short exercises on business collocations. Listen and repeat: To make a profit. – What’s the opposite of make a profit? – make a loss. If your company is doing well and makes money, it makes a profit. If it loses money, it makes a loss. If your company employs more workers, it takes on staff. To take on staff. My school took on 6 new teachers last month. – They employed 6 new teachers. Do you remember the expression for despedir from last months podcast? Despedir is to lay off staff. To take on new staff and the opposite to lay off staff. Lanzar in English is to launch. So lanzar un producto nuevo is to launch a new product. To go into partnership is how La Mansión del Inglés got started almost ten years ago. I went into partnership with my friend, and now business partner, and we started a business together. – To go into partnership with someone Llegar a una conclusion can be to come to a conclusion or to draw a conclusion. What conclusions did you draw from the meeting? To bear in mind means to consider, to take into account – considerar, tener en cuenta, tener presente. Bear in mind that we have an enormous amount of money invested in this project. dismiss an offer. – dismiss here means rechazar. The union dismissed the offer of a 3% pay rise. – to dismiss an offer. Next month we’ll look at 10 more common business collocations. Well, that’s it for this month. Thanks for listening. Remember to visit our online shop where you can find our business English cd, our First Certificate cd for the Cambridge FCE exam, our audio cds and many more. Just go to the mansioningles.com webpage and click on the cds on the right side of the home page. You can also follow us on Twitter, just search for MansionTwit, and don’t forget to join our growing community of students and teachers on our Facebook fan page. See you next time! The music in this month’s podcast was by Revolution Void, the album was The Politics of Desire and the track was Outer Orbit. Also by Azhrak, the track was Below the Arctic Circle. Creative Commons licence from Jamendo.com                    

  • Operation Airdrop’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts – Doug Jackson Interview

    · 00:37:02 · Aviation News Talk podcast

    Twelve days ago, Operation Airdrop didn’t exist. What did exist was dozens of towns in Texas that were cut off from the outside world by Hurricane Harvey's flood waters, downed trees, and power lines. After driving a trailer load of supplies to Rockport, TX, Doug Jackson wondered if general aviation airplanes could be used to fly in relief supplies to isolated communities. Twelve days later, over 200 Aircraft from Mexico and all over U.S. have flown over 500 flights and delivered over 250,000 pounds of supplies. All with small, general aviation aircraft. Now the focus of the operation shifts to Florida, where Hurricane Irma is still raging as this show is being released. In our interview with Doug Jackson, he describes the catalyst for the organization--a moving encounter with a down-on-his-luck man with a sick dog--how the operation was set up in such a short period of time, and how pilots can donate money or use their airplane to deliver badly needed hurricane relief supplies. You can find the Operation Airdrop webpage here and their Facebook page here. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the AviationNewsTalk.com website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.

  • 203: Cracker Barrel Rocks Veterans Lives with 'Operation Rocker'

    · 00:25:45 · Cause Talk Radio: The Cause Marketing Podcast

    Today on Cause Talk Radio, Megan, and Joe talk to Sloane Lucas, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, about their cause marketing efforts on behalf of Operation Homefront whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they've given so much to protect. One creative fundraiser launched last summer was Operation Rocker. With the purchase of a rocker on Cracker Barrel’s website, the company donated an adult rocker to Operation Homefront. Cracker Barrel also offered this same opportunity for each eligible rocker cushion set purchased online during this time.  On the show, Megan, Sloane, and Joe discuss: What is Operation Homefront and how did Cracker Barrel begin working with them? Operation Rocker is a new, major initiative for Cracker Barrel. They promoted both online and in stores. The first year they sold/donated 700 rockers. Why Cracker Barrel chose rockers instead of food for its cause marketing promotion. Rockers are an iconic part of their brand. What was Operation Homefront's process for distributing the rockers? How Cracker Barrel promoted the program. Lots of social media, including paid media. How Rockefeller Plaza was transformed into ROCKER-feller plaza with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store rocking chairs on FOX & Friends. How important it is for nonprofits to be social media savvy and have a client-centered mentality.  Joe tests Sloane's knowledge of Cracker Barrel with trivia! Links & Notes Cracker Barrel Sloane Lucas on Twitter

  • ETH050 - Winter Field Day!

    · 01:23:15 · Everything Ham Radio Podcast

    Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be talking about the cold season cousin of The ARRL Field Day, Winter Field Day and some of the challenges that come along with it, we talk about the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service in our amateur radio club spotlight, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby! Donations Thank you to Brian Stanford for you $1 per episode pledge on Patreon! Thank you to Andrew Cornwall for you $10 donation! Thank you!! Downloads for December: 6,286 - best month to date! Year end total: 47,436! That's an average of 968 downloads per episode! If you ask me that is pretty awesome for the first year! Thank you to all of you who listen and thank you for sharing my podcast with your friends, please continue to do so and help me grow even more! Please let me know what you think about my podcast by taking my short survey. It really has given me some insight as to what y'all think, what I could change or do better even though I have only had 6 people take it so far. I would like to thank George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU with Packtenna.com for donating a and Dan Romanchik, KB6NU for donating as give-a-way prizes for this episode. Prizes $100 gift certificate to Packtenna.com Any/all ebooks written by Dan, KB6NU on kb6nu.com N3FJP Logging Software Package by N3FJP Software Custom call sign desk plate made by me…:) How To Win? Being that this is the 50th episode of this podcast, I am going to do this a little different than I have in the past. The only thing that you need to do is to sign up for my email list. If you are already signed up for my email list, then you are already entered. Signing up is super easy, just fill out the form below and click Sign Me Up! Check your email and click on the confirmation link in the email. [yikes-mailchimp form="2"] Tech Corner - Winter Field! Winter Field Day Association Website Winter field Day Association Facebook Page When? Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2017, the dates are January 28th and 29th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 27th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you. History During 2006 the suggestion for SPAR to sponsor a Winter Field Day was made and after discussions in the Forum, rules and a date were set. On January 13-14, 2007, the First Annual Winter Field Day was held and based on comments from the participants; this will indeed go down in the record books as the start of an annual tradition. It all started last June when Charles, N5PVL asked if SPAR would be interested in sponsoring a winter field day activity. There followed a discussion, proposed rules and modifications, all culminating in a vote in September approving SPAR's sponsorship. Next came a flurry of activities to get the word out on fairly short notice and finally, the actual contest in January. Walt (W5ALT), Charlie (KY5U) contributed greatly to the success of SPAR and WFD. However, due to medical issues activity within SPAR, their forum and support of WFD have declined. Walt did state in the forum that he was somewhat overloaded. Many amateur operators were upset that 2015 scores were not posted and we could not get a response out of SPAR. They also thought that WFD would just fade away. That is when several of us band together and formed Winter Field Day Association. The rules are the same and the date is still the last full weekend in January. A temporary committee has been setup to get things up and running. They are: Tom (WD8MBE), Bill (VE3CLQ), Erik (WX4ET), Dave (W3DET) and Ken (N8KC). For now, if there are any questions, suggestions, or complaints; please email them to wfda@winterfieldday.com   Winter Field Day 2015 VK3KQ/P Sunday Rules Entry Categories: Indoor: Operation from inside a remote, insulated, heated (or cooled, depending on your local weather), and weather-protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available. (Park buildings/cabins, community center, EOC, senior center, club shack, etc). Winter Field Day in Fairdale Kentucky Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the elements and at least 30 feet away from your normal station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. A campground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop-up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc may be used. Operation from a non-insulated car/truck/van/boat (mobile or not) is considered "outdoor". Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attached to a home that could or would be the usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antenna system. A "Home" entrant may still be eligible to claim the "alternate power" bonus if not using commercial power. Use of any pre-existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station components renders your station a "Home" station. Entry Class: Your entry "class" is a number designated by the number of stations in your entry that are capable of simultaneous transmission. (Explained further in summary below) Exchange: Your WFD exchange will be a combination of your "class" and "category" and your ARRL section as described below, using an appropriate letter designator or phonetics (examples: 1I, 2H, 5I, 6O, 3H, 9I, etc) In short: Call sign, Class + Category, ARRL Section. (Example: K4YM this is KB8X, we are Two Hotel, Ohio ...or in CW: K4YM de KB8X TU 2H OH... KB8X this is K4YM, thank you, we are Twelve India, West Central Florida ..or in CW: KB8X TU 12I WCF) QSO Points: 1 point per Phone QSO, 2 points per CW and Digital QSO. Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1 additional point for each missed exchange or callsign. Duplicate contacts (same call, band and mode) will not be counted, but will not be penalized. Mode and Band Multipliers: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2meters and 440MHz would be a total multiplier of 12x. Power Output Multipliers: >100W = 1x 100W or less = 2x QRP = 4x(QRP defined below) Bonus Points: You may claim 1500 bonus points if no commercial power is used in powering your WFD sattion. (see "alternate power" definition below) Your "logging-only" computer may use any available power. You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is "Outdoors" (see definition below). You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is not a "Home" operation (remote). You may claim 1500 bonus points for making a QSO via Satellite (once only. see Satellite rule) Log submission deadline and contents Logs must be submitted to www.wfda@winterfieldday.com via email before 0000 UTC March 1st to be considered. Emailed logs should contain the following in the subject line.."WFD 2017 Log KD8XXX" with KD8XXX being the callsign you used for the event.If simply submitting a question about WFD, please put "WFD Questions" in the subject line to ensure your query gets to the right in-box. All logs must be in Cabrillo format and should contain the following information: Frequency, Modes in the log, Date and time, QSO data required: Entrants's Call, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section, and Bonus Points. Winter Field Day Rules Logging Programs that the WFDA recommends: N3FJP Log Program W3KM Log program N1MM Log program Now that we have all the official stuff out of the way, let's talk a little about some of the challenges of Winter Field Day over The ARRL Field Day. Weather Probably the most prominent thing that pops into my head is the weather and especially for those of you that are in the north! During the ARRL Field Day, those of us in the the south especially, have to deal with the blistering heat. Here in Texas it is typically in the upper 90’s or lower 100’s during Field Day in June. With Winter Field Day it isn't as bad here in the south as it is typically around 50 for the highs here in Texas, but for those of you up North, you might struggle to get above freezing, which presents a whole slew of different problems. When thinking about things that the cold could affect, the first thing I think about is how am I going to stay warm? If I am wanting to operate the outside class, I am going to need some way to get out of the elements, like a tent or some kind of shelter and a wind block. I am definitely going to have to have more layers of clothes, as well as some kind of gloves. Of course, that brings me to another thought, If I am wearing gloves, how is that going to affect my operating experience. Is it going to be harder to tune the radio? If it going to be harder to type or write my contacts in my log? The next question that you have to ask yourself is how is the cold going to affect your equipment. You radio and computers, it probably won't hurt much, but what about things like antennas or coax. If you are getting any snow or ice, how is it going to affect you antennas. If there is any ice build up, it could affect your SWR’s. What about grounding your antenna system. If you have a lot of snow, or the ground is frozen, it is going to be harder to drive the ground rod in the ground to get that proper grounding. On top of the antenna and grounding questions, what about your coax? I'm sure that if you have worked with coax in the cold you know that it is a pain to work with when it's cold. It doesn't want to lay flat, it doesn't want to uncoil, it's stiff. All this and more I'm sure!   West Mountain Radio I would like to welcome my first podcast sponsor, West Mountain Radio! For those of you that don't know who they are, they make some awesome equipment that I have had the pleasure of using over the past 15 or so years. They make several pieces of equipment that are so well built and are so useful. Things like the RIGBlaster, RIGrunner and the DC-to-Go Boxes. I talked a little bit about the RIGblaster in my last episode and I've talked about the RIGrunner several times in previous episode but today I wanted to tell y'all about their DC-to-Go Boxes. These are neat cases that you can put a battery in to protect your station’s floor from an unfortunate battery accident, however, they are so much more than that as well. These boxes have a Super PWRgate PG40 and a RIGrunner 4007U or 4008 built into them as well. The PWRgate provides you an uninterruptible power supply in case you lose AC power it will automatically switch to the battery in the box. This is a perfect solution for a repeater backup and/or event like the upcoming Winter Field Day! The RIGrunner 4008 provides you with 40 amps of D.C. Power plug over 8 slots while the 4007u gives you 40 amps across 7 slots but it has some extra feature like a digital load meter and USB charging port as well as a solid state push button on/off switch and an automatic shutoff for high or low voltages! Both of these are mounted to the side of the battery box. All you have to do is drop a battery inside and hook up the leads and you are ready to roll!! Here are the links for the premade versions of the DC-to-Go boxes. It you can also Custom make one to your own choices! DC-to-GO Battery Box w/RIGrunner & Super PWRgate (sku#58513-1381), $249.95 DC-to-GO Battery Box w/RR4007U & Super PWRgate (sku#58513-1577), $269.95 Custom make your own!   Amateur Radio Club Spotlight Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service Website: http://w4car.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/w4car/Twitter: https://twitter.com/w4car/Instagram: https://instagram.com/w4car/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaXNsBCvysELbYOsr7aVFUA/ Meetings 1st Monday of every month at 116 Reservation Road in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake Repeaters 146.610 - PL 162.2 146.820 - PL 162.2 444.000 - PL 162.2 System Fusion Nets CARS Weekly Club Net - Sunday at 8pm - 146.820 Repeater CARES (ARES) Net - Wednesday at 8pm - 146.820 Repeater Activities Virginia QSO Party Field Day Battle of Great Bridge Special Event ARES Tour de Cure Shack Day - 3rd Sat of the Month the club shack is opened to all members and the general public.   Upcoming Events   QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Jan 6 PODXS 070 Club PSKFest 0000Z-2400Z, Jan 7 WW PMC Contest 1200Z, Jan 7 to 1200Z, Jan 8 SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Jan 7 to 2400Z, Jan 8 Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Jan 7 to 1500Z, Jan 8 Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jan 7 ARRL RTTY Roundup 1800Z, Jan 7 to 2400Z, Jan 8 EUCW 160m Contest 2000Z-2300Z, Jan 7 and   0400Z-0700Z, Jan 8 DARC 10-Meter Contest 0900Z-1059Z, Jan 8 QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Jan 11 AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest 2300Z, Jan 11 to 2300Z, Jan 12 and   2300Z, Jan 14 to 2300Z, Jan 15 QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Jan 13 NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Jan 13 Old New Year Contest 0500Z-0900Z, Jan 14 UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 1200Z, Jan 14 to 1200Z, Jan 15 North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Jan 14 to 0559Z, Jan 15 NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB 0630Z-0830Z, Jan 15 NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW 0900Z-1100Z, Jan 15 Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Jan 16 QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Jan 18 *Information taken from the WA7BNM Contest Calendar   Hamfests 01/07/2017 FreezeFest - Locust Fork, AL LARC's Annual HAMFEST - White Pine, TN West Allis RAC's 45th Annual Midwinter Swapfest - Waukesha, WI 01/08/2017 New York City/Long Island Section Convention (Ham Radio University 2017) - Bethpage, NY 01/14/2017 Greenwood Hamfest - Greenwood, SC San Antonio Radio Fiesta - Schertz, TX TARCFest - Tampa, FL TechFest 2017 -  Lawrenceville, GA Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 - Phoenix, AZ Winston-Salem Firstfest - Winston-Salem, NC Winter Hamfest 2017 - Lovleland , CO 01/15/2017 Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation Hamfest - Nelsonville, OH   *Information taken from the ARRL Hamfest Calendar   News New Amateur Radio FM Transponder CubeSat Now in Space 12/29/2016 The BY70-1 CubeSat launched on December 28 from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in China, but in a lower orbit than intended. The satellite carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder. BY70-1 was intended to go into a 530-kilometer (approximately 329-mile) circular Sun-synchronous orbit, but it appears the orbit is 524 × 212 kilometers, which will give the spacecraft an orbital lifetime of just a month or two. Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reported working Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, through the FM transponder during the 1709 UTC pass on December 28. “Uplink requires precise frequency adjustment, and there’s a delay on the downlink, but the signal is strong,” Stoetzer said. BY70-1 is a 2U CubeSat project for education and Amateur Radio. It features 3-axis stabilization and deployable solar panels. In addition to the FM transponder, BY70-1 has a camera, and plans call for downloading images and telemetry via a 9600 bps BPSK downlink. The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages list an uplink of 145.920 MHz, and a downlink of 436.200 MHz. AMSAT-UK has more information. FCC Denies Expert Linears’ Request for Waiver of 15 dB Rule, Petition Pending 12/27/2016 The FCC has denied a request by Expert Linears America LLC to waive §97.317(a)(2) of the Amateur Service rules limiting amplifier gain. Expert, of Magnolia, Texas, distributes linears manufactured by SPE in Italy. Its waiver request, filed in June, would have allowed Expert to import an amplifier capable of exceeding the current 15 dB gain limitation as it awaits FCC action on its April petition (RM-11767) to revise the same Amateur Service rules. That petition remains pending. Expert has asserted that there should be no gain limitation on amplifiers sold or used in the Amateur Service. Most commenters supported Expert’s waiver request, but a couple of commenters — including FlexRadio — demurred. “In light of the conflicting comments regarding the desirability of eliminating the 15 dB limitation, we conclude that waiving the limitation at this stage of the rulemaking proceeding would prejudice the rulemaking proceeding and prematurely dispose of commenters’ concerns,” the FCC said in denying the waiver. “Moreover, we agree with FlexRadio that granting Expert’s waiver request while the rulemaking petition remains pending would provide an unfair market advantage for one equipment model over other manufacturers’ RF power amplifiers that would still be limited by [the existing rules].” The FCC said it would rather give full consideration to “the pending issues” and apply the result of the rulemaking proceeding to all Amateur Radio Service equipment. The Commission said rule waivers “generally” are not warranted “merely to accommodate technical parameters that are based solely on harmonization with the manufacturer’s products available abroad.” The FCC said a minority of those commenting on the waiver request expressed concern that eliminating the 15 dB limitation would lead to an overall increase in power levels, “including transmissions that intentionally or unintentionally exceed the maximum power limit.” In its April rulemaking petition, Expert maintained that the 15 dB gain limitation is an unneeded holdover from the days when amplifiers were less efficient and the FCC was attempting to rein in the use of Amateur Service amplifiers by Citizens Band operators. Although the FCC had proposed in 2004 to delete the requirement that amplifiers be designed to use a minimum of 50 W of drive power — and subsequently did so — it did not further discuss the 15 dB limit in the subsequent Report and Order in that proceeding. Expert has pointed to its Model 1.3K FA amplifier as an example of a linear “inherently capable of considerably more than 15 dB of amplification,” which would make it a suitable match for low-power transceivers now on the market. National Parks on the Air Contact Tally Tops 1 Million! 12/21/2016 Participants in the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program have completed more than 1 million contacts! Activators operating from National Park Service units across the US and Chasers around the world pushed the contact tally over its goal this week. ARRL sponsored NPOTA to help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial. “National Parks on the Air has become one of the most popular events in the history of the League,” NPOTA Administrator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, said. “It’s been fun seeing so many hams take part.” Kutzko said the NPOTA Facebook group really helped drive participation, especially in the last 3 months, when it became clear that the 1 million-QSO goal was within reach. “Some 25,000 NPOTA contacts were uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) every week since October,” he noted. “The entire group came together and simply willed the 1 million-contact mark to be broken. It was incredible to watch!” He said some real friendships developed among those who frequented the NPOTA Facebook page. Those taking part in NPOTA made nearly 20,000 visits to 460 of the 489 NPS units eligible for NPOTA credit, including portions of the National Trails System and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Nearly 150 Chasers completed contacts with more than 400 of the 489 NPOTA units this year, while one Activator transmitted from more than 250 different NPS units in 2016. Kutzko said the activations effectively transported those National Park Service units via radio to all 50 states and more than 100 countries during 2016. Kutzko said NPOTA garnered interest from hams at all proficiency levels, but he was especially gratified to see how it encouraged less-experienced hams to acquire new skills, such as operating a portable station on battery power, learning CW, or discovering digital modes. “Pileups from some activations rivaled those during a major DXpedition — if only for a few hours at a time,” he added. Jim Clark Jr., an NPS Ranger at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont, said NPOTA helped to generate greater awareness of his unit. “National Parks on the Air has afforded us the opportunity to connect with a much larger and more diverse audience than we could have ever imagined,” he told ARRL. “We are pleased and proud that the world of Amateur Radio helped us to celebrate 100 years of service to the nation.” Kutzko said being able to blend Amateur Radio with the history and scenery offered by the National Park Service was a wonderful gift. “We heard from countless amateurs who learned something about our country while operating from an NPS unit and experiencing ‘the other side’ of a pileup. There will be other on-air events from ARRL, but National Parks on the Air was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I don’t think there will ever be anything quite like it in Amateur Radio again. I will miss it.” Until month’s end, NPOTA Activators will make a big push to get on the air from NPS units all across the country in a final sprint to the finish line. Get in on the action as NPOTA ends with a roar on December 31 at 2359 UTC! ------------------------- As of this recording there was 1,062,159 QSOs over 20,184 separate activations. It really surprised me when I went through the list of activation states and there was 16 parks that were not activated! Another thing that was really interesting to me was on the leaderboard page. The person that had the highest number of activations was Stuart H Thomas, KB1HQS. He has 500 activation points, the second place person is N4CD with 335. Stuart was a guest over on the Hamradio 360 podcast a couple months ago, click here to listen to that episode. He is on the cover of the 11th edition of the ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs and did a write up about tips, tricks  and techniques for portable operating in the book starts in page 1.76. He also has an article in the November 2016 QST on page 69. He is also featured in the 2017 ARRL Calendar in August.   Thanks for stopping by today. If you like what you have heard on my podcast or read on my blog and would like to know how you can give your support, check out the Support page! You can make a one time donation through Paypal, become a monthly contributor through Patreon or shop on Amazon through my affiliate link.   If you have not done so already, please subscribe to my site so that you will receive emails when I publish a new post or podcast episode. It's super easy! Just fill out the form below: [yikes-mailchimp form="2"] Once you click on the Sign Me Up button, you will get an email from me with a link that you will need to click on. 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  • 193: Virgin America's 'Operation Chihuahua' Airlifts Dogs to Forever Homes

    · 00:25:16 · Cause Talk Radio: The Cause Marketing Podcast

    Today on Cause Talk Radio, Megan and Joe talk to Abby Lunardini, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications at Virgin America, about #TinyDogsTinyFares. With every booking at VirginAmerica.com on Cyber Monday, the airline donated ten dollars to its animal shelter partners: The San Francisco Animal Care and Control, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Animal Haven.  Also this week, the airline is hosted its seventh “Operation Chihuahua” airlift – flying Chihuahuas in style from San Francisco to New York so they can be adopted into loving homes – just in time for the holidays.  On the show, Megan, Abby and Joe discuss: How Virgin American went to the dogs! How "Operation Chihuahua" has evolved since 2010. How Virgin America promoted #TinyDogsTinyFares to its customers. Why Virgin America launched the effort on Cyber Monday instead Giving Tuesday. How "Operation Chihuahua" and #TinyDogsTinyFares fits into Virgin America's social responsibility strategy. Joe's early experience with Virgin America in an online charity contest and his bitter loss to Rabbi Chaim! The challenge of airlifting Chihuahuas across the country. Joe tests Abby's knowledge of Chihuahuas! Are they really the smallest dog breed?  Links & Notes Great pictures and videos from this year's 'Operation Chihuahua' Virgin America on Facebook How Boston's Top Nonprofits Got Their Butts Kicked & What We Can Learn From Rabbi Chaim

  • Klang! 2 Att dirigera en ocean

    · 00:39:36 · Tollans musikaliska

    Författaren Vigdís Grímsdóttir i Reykjavik och regissören och bildkonstnären Kirsten Dehlholm i Köpenhamn hade en likartad vision: en man står i havet och dirigerar. I vilken tonart klingar en romanfigur? Hur låter ett bildkonstverk? Detta andra program i serien Klang! har undertiteln Att dirigera en ocean. Vi skall möta två konstnärer med en stark relation till musik. Författaren Vigdís Grímsdóttir i Reykjavik och regissören och bildkonstnären Kirsten Dehlholm i Köpenhamn.   -Jag såg Tjajkovskij på håll. Han var naken på överkroppen, håret drypande vått, hade en taktpinne i handen, stod mitt ute i vattnet och försökte dirigera vågorna. I Vigdís Grímsdóttirs roman Tystnaden är Tjajkovskij dirigenten. I den isländska prosakonsten existerar ofta övernaturliga inslag - en alldeles egen magiska realism där döda och levande existerar bredvid varandra. Romanen Tystnaden handlar om en liten flicka som har Tjajkovskij som sin låtsasvän. Tjajkovskij, först som liten pojke, senare som unga man, kliver in i rummet där i Reykjavik varje gång hans musik strömmar ut ur högtalarna. Den unga kvinnan Linda dansar med en ung Peter Tjajkovskij. I romanen älskar de ibland. Då transformerar Linda sitt kön och blir en ung pojke. Hon vet att Peter vill vara med pojkar. Musik betyder mycket i Vigdis Grimsdottirs liv och därför också i författarskapet. För att finna fram huvudpersonerna i sina böcker och för att förstå dem måste Vigdis Grimsdottir hitta just deras musik.   Kirsten Dehlholm ser en bild. Den påverkar henne så starkt att hon bestämmer sig för att bli konstnär. Bilden är en happening arrangerad av den polske installationskonstnären och teaterdirektören Tadeusz Kantor. Han står på en stol i havet, med ryggen mot fotografen. Hans armar är lyftade som om han dirigerar en klassisk orkester. Kirsten Dehlholm regisserar rörliga bildkonstverk med sin ensemble Hotel Pro Forma, genom rum, ljus och ljud. - Musik är energi, en god vän, en guide, en förförare och en röst, förklarar Kirsten Dehlholm, som satte upp Operation Orfeus om den mångfaldiga myten, med musik av både Gluck och John Cage. Kirsten Dehlholm skapade ett stort rum fritt från tolkning. I hennes föreställning Relief utforskade Hotel Pro Forma stadiet mellan bild och rum - reliefen. Publiken tilldelas hörlurar där ljud och musik distribueras binauralt, d v s ger articifiell surroundupplevelse.   Spellista: Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) PHILIPPE COHEN-SOLAL, EDUARDO MAKAROFF, CHRISTOPH H MÜLLER QUEREMOS PAZ GOTAN PROJECT LA REVANCHA DEL TANGO YA BASTA    YAB 013 CD       Swan Lake - Danse des cygnes - V.Pas d'action P Tjajkovskij OZAWA, SEIJI (DIR) BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (ORK) SILVERSTEIN, JOSEPH (VL) ESKIN, JULES (VLC) ZIGHERA, BERNARD (HARP) GHITALLA, ARMANDO (TRP) Swan Lake Deutsche Grammophon       'Da, Chas Nastal!' - 'Prostite V'I' The Maid Of Orleans P Tjajkovskij Olga Borodina - Arias - Orchestra Of The Welsh National Opera - Carlo Rizzi PHILIPS 446 663-2       Swan Lake - Danse des cygnes - V.Pas d'action P Tjajkovskij OZAWA, SEIJI (DIR) BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (ORK) SILVERSTEIN, JOSEPH (VL) ESKIN, JULES (VLC) ZIGHERA, BERNARD (HARP) GHITALLA, ARMANDO (TRP) Swan Lake Deutsche Grammophon       Mars_ Chant de l'alouette (Song of the Lark) (from _Les saisons,_ Op. 37b) P Tchaikovsky Van Cliburn Great Pianists Of The 20th Century - 19 _ Van Cliburn [Disc 2]  Philips       Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a; Chinese Dance Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 In B Minor, Nutcracker Suite Op 71 Berliner Philharmoniker. S Bychkov, dirigent. PHILIPS 442 647-2       Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a; Waltz Of The Flowers Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 In B Minor, Nutcracker Suite Op 71 Berliner Philharmoniker. S Bychkov, dirigent. PHILIPS 442 647-2       The Sleeping Beauty Suite Op. 66a -I- Introduction - La Fe des lilas Adagio P Tjajkovskij James Levine Wiener Philharmoniker PETER TCHAIKOVSKY  Ballettsuiten · Ballet Suites DG 437 8062       II Canzonetta. Andante - Attacca: Tchaikovsky Anne-Sophie Mutter, Herbert Von Karajan; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Tschaikowsky: Violinkonzert (Mutter) Deutsche Grammophon       6_binaural_v_04, föreställningen Relief               Hotel Pro Forma UKR.tele.kom Privat inspelning UKR.tele.kom       Theremin, föreställning av och med Hotel Pro Forma Lydia Kavina Liveinspelning. Inspelat av Danmarks Radio.       Vocalise S Rachmaninov Clara Rockmore, theremin The Art Of The Theremin Delos Records B0000006U6       Mistero Pierre Dørge Yu Jun: Kinesisk harpe (Guzheng) Chinese Compass Hotel Pro Forma Dacapo dccd 9443       Voi Che Sapete/Le Nozze di Figaro  Mozart/ Pierre Dørge Djina Mai-Mai, sopran. Shi Hong Mei, sopran. Annette L. Simonsen, alt. Charles Humphries, kontratenor. Jens Schou, klarinett. Yu Jun, kinesisk harpa (Guzheng). Frans Hansen, slagverk. Kinesisk Kompas Hotel Pro Forma Dacapo dccd 9443       Blue Flower Pierre Dørge Djina Mai-Mai, sopran Kinesisk Kompas Dacapo dccd 9443       Mirakus John Cage Privat inspelning. Latvian Radio Choir Operation: Orfeo, Hotel Pro Forma       Hymns and Variations 10 Privat inspelning Latvian Radio Choir       Operation: Operation: Orfeo, Hotel Pro Forma       Che faro senza Euridice Gluck Privat inspelning. Latvian Radio Choir Operation: Orfeo, Hotel Pro Forma       Hymns and Variations 4 (Once upon a time.....) John Cage Privat inspelning. Latvian Radio Choir Operation: Orfeo, Hotel Pro Forma

  • 62: How do we know stuff? (an intro to Thomas' epistemology)

    · 00:26:29 · Pints With Aquinas

    In today's episode of Pints With Aquinas we ask Thomas about knowledge and stuff (that sounded smart right? "and stuff"). --- Thanks to the following awesome people who are supporting Pints With Aquinas on Patreon: Tim Davolt, Chris Reintjes, Tom Dickson, Jack Buss, and Sean McNicholl. James Boehmler, Laura Suttenfield, John Hipp, Kathleen Cory, Sarah Jacobs, Fernando Enrile, Travis Headly, Matthew Lafitte, Russell T Potee III, Jed Florstat, Phillip Hadden, and Katie Kuchar, and Matthew Anderson (twitter.com/Matt317A). If you want to do that, you can do it here! --- On this point the philosophers held three opinions. For Democritus held that "all knowledge is caused by images issuing from the bodies we think of and entering into our souls," as Augustine says in his letter to Dioscorus (cxviii, 4). And Aristotle says (De Somn. et Vigil.) that Democritus held that knowledge is cause by a "discharge of images." And the reason for this opinion was that both Democritus and the other early philosophers did not distinguish between intellect and sense, as Aristotle relates (De Anima iii, 3). Consequently, since the sense is affected by the sensible, they thought that all our knowledge is affected by this mere impression brought about by sensible things. Which impression Democritus held to be caused by a discharge of images. Plato, on the other hand, held that the intellect is distinct from the senses: and that it is an immaterial power not making use of a corporeal organ for its action. And since the incorporeal cannot be affected by the corporeal, he held that intellectual knowledge is not brought about by sensible things affecting the intellect, but by separate intelligible forms being participated by the intellect, as we have said above (Articles 4 and 5). Moreover he held that sense is a power operating of itself. Consequently neither is sense, since it is a spiritual power, affected by the sensible: but the sensible organs are affected by the sensible, the result being that the soul is in a way roused to form within itself the species of the sensible. Augustine seems to touch on this opinion (Gen. ad lit. xii, 24) where he says that the "body feels not, but the soul through the body, which it makes use of as a kind of messenger, for reproducing within itself what is announced from without." Thus according to Plato, neither does intellectual knowledge proceed from sensible knowledge, nor sensible knowledge exclusively from sensible things; but these rouse the sensible soul to the sentient act, while the senses rouse the intellect to the act of understanding. Aristotle chose a middle course. For with Plato he agreed that intellect and sense are different. But he held that the sense has not its proper operation without the cooperation of the body; so that to feel is not an act of the soul alone, but of the "composite." And he held the same in regard to all the operations of the sensitive part. Since, therefore, it is not unreasonable that the sensible objects which are outside the soul should produce some effect in the "composite," Aristotle agreed with Democritus in this, that the operations of the sensitive part are caused by the impression of the sensible on the sense: not by a discharge, as Democritus said, but by some kind of operation. For Democritus maintained that every operation is by way of a discharge of atoms, as we gather from De Gener. i, 8. But Aristotle held that the intellect has an operation which is independent of the body's cooperation. Now nothing corporeal can make an impression on the incorporeal. And therefore in order to cause the intellectual operation according to Aristotle, the impression caused by the sensible does not suffice, but something more noble is required, for "the agent is more noble than the patient," as he says (De Gener. i, 5). Not, indeed, in the sense that the intellectual operation is effected in us by the mere impression of some superior beings, as Plato held; but that the higher and more noble agent which he calls the active intellect, of which we have spoken above (I:79:4) causes the phantasms received from the senses to be actually intelligible, by a process of abstraction. According to this opinion, then, on the part of the phantasms, intellectual knowledge is caused by the senses. But since the phantasms cannot of themselves affect the passive intellect, and require to be made actually intelligible by the active intellect, it cannot be said that sensible knowledge is the total and perfect cause of intellectual knowledge, but rather that it is in a way the material cause. ST I, Q. 84, A. 6. --- Here's what Thomas said in response to what we now call idealism: This is, however, manifestly false for two reasons. First, because the things we understand are the objects of science; therefore if what we understand is merely the intelligible species in the soul, it would follow that every science would not be concerned with objects outside the soul, but only with the intelligible species within the soul; thus, according to the teaching of the Platonists all science is about ideas, which they held to be actually understood [I:84:1]. Secondly, it is untrue, because it would lead to the opinion of the ancients who maintained that "whatever seems, is true" [Aristotle, Metaph. iii. 5], and that consequently contradictories are true simultaneously. For if the faculty knows its own impression only, it can judge of that only. Now a thing seems according to the impression made on the cognitive faculty. Consequently the cognitive faculty will always judge of its own impression as such; and so every judgment will be true: for instance, if taste perceived only its own impression, when anyone with a healthy taste perceives that honey is sweet, he would judge truly; and if anyone with a corrupt taste perceives that honey is bitter, this would be equally true; for each would judge according to the impression on his taste. Thus every opinion would be equally true; in fact, every sort of apprehension. Therefore it must be said that the intelligible species is related to the intellect as that by which it understands: which is proved thus. There is a twofold action (Metaph. ix, Did. viii, 8), one which remains in the agent; for instance, to see and to understand; and another which passes into an external object; for instance, to heat and to cut; and each of these actions proceeds in virtue of some form. And as the form from which proceeds an act tending to something external is the likeness of the object of the action, as heat in the heater is a likeness of the thing heated; so the form from which proceeds an action remaining in the agent is the likeness of the object. Hence that by which the sight sees is the likeness of the visible thing; and the likeness of the thing understood, that is, the intelligible species, is the form by which the intellect understands. But since the intellect reflects upon itself, by such reflection it understands both its own act of intelligence, and the species by which it understands. Thus the intelligible species is that which is understood secondarily; but that which is primarily understood is the object, of which the species is the likeness. This also appears from the opinion of the ancient philosophers, who said that "like is known by like." For they said that the soul knows the earth outside itself, by the earth within itself; and so of the rest. If, therefore, we take the species of the earth instead of the earth, according to Aristotle (De Anima iii, 8), who says "that a stone is not in the soul, but only the likeness of the stone"; it follows that the soul knows external things by means of its intelligible species. ST I, Q. 86, A. 2.

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