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1) Fluency - Foreign Language Learning - What is fluency?: One of the questions* that I get asked all the time is How long will
it take me to speak French fluently? Unfortunately, the answer to
this question is difficult for several reasons:
There's no universal definition of fluency
Every person has a different language-learning potential
It depends a great deal on where and how one studies
* Wondering what the other questions are? Read my FAQ.
This article is an attempt to provide you with some information about
these issues - the what, when, where, and how of fluency - so that
you can determine your own "fluency potential." :-)
2) Seven LEAN Years: Trying to get a "good" job -- that is to say, a job that is above the
national median income of approximately $14 per hour as of 1998 -- is
getting harder and harder for a surprising new demographic in
America. While the conventional wisdom and the media "talking heads"
keep on droning endlessly about a supposed "high-tech labor
shortage," the reality of the labor situation in the early twenty-
first century is far different from a shortage. The truth about the
economic desolation of the American middle class is being hidden by a
barrage of press releases emanating from professional spin-doctors
who have an agenda that is in opposition to aspirations of the
mainstream American high-tech worker.
3) Tech talent alarm sounded (7/22/2001): >Honesty is what's in short supply
>Let's get something straight: There is no shortage of engineers,
>programmers or scientists. I know this from personal experience,
>took me over 15 months to get a single job offer after receiving my
>bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (with a 3.59 GPA) in
>I probably sent out 120 résumés to ads I saw in the newspaper and
>about seven interviews -- so how can anyone in his or her right mind
>that there is a shortage of engineers?
>The only ``shortage'' in the high-tech industry is that of honesty.
>Randle C. Sink
4) Tech talent alarm sounded (7/22/2001): >"I am not shocked by the content of the Mercury News' recent article
>``Tech Talent Alarm Sounded'' (July 22). However, I am shocked that
>Congress and much of the media are accepting the pro-immigration
>``party line'' without question.
>The cold, hard truth is this: Many U.S. companies have outsourced
>talent-recruitment to third parties who refuse to hire qualified
>scientists, programmers and engineers because they are perceived to
>more than imported H1-B replacements.
>There is actually a huge surplus of high-tech brains in America, but
>have zero social capital. That is why we can be discriminated
>impunity. I personally spent seven years in poverty while looking
>high-tech employment. How did I escape? By removing my Caltech
>degree and my six years of NASA experience from my application.
>By pretending to be a mediocre worker instead of a genius, I was
>offered work by the same companies that had refused to consider me
>Yes, in the 21st century it has become necessary to lie on the
>pretend to have lower qualifications in order to avoid being
>against by the anti-genius, anti-U.S.-worker high-tech establishment.
5) ( blogdex ): blogdex is a system built to harness the power of personal news,
amalgamating and organizing personal news content into one navigable
source, moving democratic media to the masses. at current, blogdex is
focused on the referential information provided by personal content,
namely using the timeliness of weblogs to find important and
interesting content on the web.
6) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: Dave : The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is one of my
favorite books. It's very funny. Highly recommended. If you want to
understand what's going on don't think of others being such a
confederacy. Instead think of us all as dunce-like dancing puppets,
and you'll be closer to Great Hair.
7) THE MERCK MANUAL--Home Edition, Sec. 4, Ch. 38, Occupational Lung Diseases: Occupational lung diseases are caused by harmful particles, mists,
vapors, or gases inhaled while a person works. Where in the airways
or lungs an inhaled substance ends up and what type of lung disease
develops depend on the size and kind of particles inhaled. Larger
particles may get trapped in the nose or large airways, but the
smallest ones reach the lungs. There, some particles dissolve and may
be absorbed into the bloodstream; most solid particles that don't
dissolve are removed by the body's defenses.
8) Shirley\'s Wellness Cafe: Holistic Health for People and Animals: Type the description here.
9) BookRags Notes: Old Man and the Sea: An old man named Santiago has gone 84 days without catching a fish.
During the first 40 days of his unlucky streak, he fished with a
young boy named Manolin, who had been with the old man ever since he
was five years old. Due to Santiago's bad luck, however, Manolin's
parents told their son not to fish with the old man. They forced him
to join up with a more lucrative boat, which ended up catching three
good-sized fish in its first week.
10) RESPIRATORY SYSTEM : STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE LUNG : The main function of the lungs is (rapid) gas exchange. This is
accomplished by a well-coordinated interaction of the lungs with the
central nervous system, the diaphragm and chest wall musculature, and
the circulatory system.