This is what the publishing industry will look like if the Big Six become the Big Four

Our chart includes the so-called “Big Six” major trade publishers, ranked by trade and consumer sales in 2011, according to research firm Outsell. They will become the Big Five by mid-2013, if Penguin Random House is approved. HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster could make it the Big Four. And if Lagardere feels compelled to defend its territory, we could even be looking at the Big Three in short order.

Via the crack squad at Quartz:

Sleep consolidates memories for competing tasks

Sleep plays an important role in the brain’s ability to consolidate learning when two new potentially competing tasks are learned in the same day, research at the University of Chicago demonstrates.

Other studies have shown that sleep consolidates learning for a new task. The new study, which measured starlings’ ability to recognize new songs, shows that learning a second task can undermine the performance of a previously learned task. But this study is the first to show that a good night’s sleep helps the brain retain both new memories.

Starlings provide an excellent model for studying memory because of fundamental biological similarities between avian and mammalian brains, scholars wrote in the paper, “Sleep Consolidation of Interfering Auditory Memories in Starlings,” published in the current online edition of Psychological Science.

“These observations demonstrate that sleep consolidation enhances retention of interfering experiences, facilitating daytime learning and the subsequent formation of stable memories,” the authors wrote.

The paper was written by Timothy Brawn, a graduate researcher in psychology at UChicago; Howard Nusbaum, professor of psychology; and Daniel Margoliash, professor of psychology, organismal biology and anatomy. Nusbaum is a leading expert on learning, and Margoliash is a pioneer in the research of brain function and its development in birds.

There are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers…Owned by only 6 corporations

Follow this link to find short video clips and an analysis exploring Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model, which argues that government entities and powerful businesses are able to control the information the media reports through five kinds of filters


This MMI On30 C-19 is such a gorgeous locomotive, and now (with the exception of a new square numberplate to adorn the smokebox) I pronounce this model complete. It was moderately weathered to reflect daily use on the D&RGW. 

My favorite part of this model is the front of the tender. The weathered steel plate on the deck came out great. Also the chipping/dry rot on the wooden cab matches the prototype #340. 

Financial jargon was meant to be confusing. Isn’t that frustrating? Even more so, financial jargon was designed by banks to intimidate everyday consumers so they avoid reading critical (and often burdensome) terms and end up owing banks more money in interest on their credit cards and loans. Infuriating! This is why the best thing borrowers can do is to educate themselves on their loan terms, as well as important terminology.

Thoughts About Consolidation

Remember that its not about how many people we shared the Gospel but always keep in mind that we need to preserve this souls. Make sure to follow up those you’ve share within 24-48 hours. The Principle is “The longer it takes the harder it gets.” NO to spiritual abortion!

Consolidation is connecting the new believer to:

1. Christ - introduce them to Jesus. that there is no only way but Him. everyone of us should know the Gospel by heart.

2. Cell - invite them to your cell group. ask the help of your team. remember its always a team effort.

3. Church - its always healthy that a new believer is attending large gathering. invite them in WILDSONs for youth and Crossover for Young Professional. It will beneficial to them if they’re also attending Sunday Service. Its all about relationship.

Focus to these thoughts and tips I’m giving to you guys. Get rid of the “ME” Mentality. Its not about you, its all about them. Its all about God. Its about His Kingdom and not ours. God already empowered you so “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


On This Day: The 116th Anniversary of the Consolidation of the Greater City of New York

On New Year’s Day 1898 the Charter of the Greater City of New York consolidated the five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island (Richmond County), and the Bronx into a single political entity. This history is celebrated in Mayor LaGuardia's New York Advancing, a booklet distributed at the 1939 NY World’s Fair.  

Publication in the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair. Queens Museum, 1979.06WF39.

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