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SHŌGI

Shōgi (also known as the Generals’ game) is a strategy-based board game which Shikamaru began to play at a very young age. It became his hobby to master the game, developing the most cunning of strategies in order to swiftly beat his opponents. The game became a central factor to his current intelligence, as he often applies such strategies from the board game into his encounters on missions. Shikamaru treats battle much like a game of shōgi, believing the outcome is dictated by one’s strategical decisions and patience rather than raw power. This became especially conspicuous when he used simple strategy to defeat even an immortal. To this day, Shikamaru still plays  shōgi, though not many people tend to challenge him due to his mastery over the strategy game.

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The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome.

“The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you’re more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells. But these tiny compatriots are invisible to the naked eye. So we asked artist Ben Arthur to give us a guided tour of the rich universe of the human microbiome.”

Statement from Chantal Godin - Victim of Police Brutality at #ACT07
Below is a statement from Chantal Godin - the female demonstrator who was singled out, assaulted, cuffed and ticketed at our demonstration this last Sunday. We are putting this statement up here in solidarity with Chantal and to remind everyone that this campaign is critical of police and the role of policing and that we will ALWAYS support demonstrators who face police violence.

I was the women assaulted and handcuffed by the two Niagara police officers at the closing day demo at Marineland. There seems to be a lot of confusion seeing how only the end of the incident was captured on film. Basically, after ushering people to come into the park, people began to flood the dolphin show at which time we decided to go back and encourage more people to jump the gates. In the process of jumping back over the fence, I felt someone grab hold of me and push me down. Not knowing who was assaulting me, I swung my arm to free myself from this person. Once I saw it was the female police officer, I became extremely upset with the amount of unnecessary force she used, and began shouting at her telling her not to touch me, and asking her why she’s going after me while there were over a hundred protesters actually in the park protesting the show. I believe this is where my frustration escalated and the cursing came in. The “macho” stereotypical male cop then intervened, by randomly manhandling me, and pushing me backwards (which as you can see I deflected and pushed back), after which he smirked and walked away before returning to cuff my hands. I don’t feel such force was necessary, and I will not stand for that shit. Just because I am young, and just because I am a women does not give any police officer the right to treat me with such disrespect. They were extremely aggressive with me up until he whispered to her “you’re being filmed,” and after that her entire demeanor changed and she eventually released me (after bringing me to her cruiser at the front of the park) with a fine of 65$ for trespassing. I will be fighting this fine and I will most definitely be taking action. I felt violated and completely singled out. I do not regret this, as I feel my actions were necessary in the face of such injustice at Marineland. I believe the arrest was only to intimidate, or make some futile example and I was the scapegoat. Either way, this asshole of a cop will be dealt with, that I can promise. Thank you for the support as it has uplifted me a great deal and I hope this energy and passion is sustained and that we have this much strength for the opening day demo ! (Hopefully the place has been shut down by then)

Added to the Library:

Russian

  • Essential Russian Grammar
  • Ultimate Russian Beginner-Intermediate
  • Linguaphone Russian Course
  • Russian Verbs of Motion
  • Russian Translation Theory and Practice
  • An Advanced Russian Tabloid Reader
  • Schaum’s Outlines Russian Grammar, 2nd ed
  • How to Pronounce Russian Correctly
  • Say it Right in Russian
  • Russian Learners’ Dictionary
  • The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners
  • Russian Punctuation and Related Symbols: A Guide for English Speakers
  • The Russian Guide Phrasebook Russian

Korean

  • Korean Grammar Textbook 

French

  • A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French
  • Eating Out En Francais
  • French Verb Drills
  • French-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary
  • French Business Situations A Spoken Language Guide
  • The Rough Guide French Phrasebook
  • Practice Makes Perfect Complete French Grammar

Spanish

  • Manual of Business Spanish
  • The Spanish Speaking World: A Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues
  • En Activo - Practical Business Spanish
  • Correct your Spanish Blunders
  • Schaum’s Outlines Spanish Grammar 
  • Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach
  • Must Know Spanish 4000 Words
  • Living Language Spanish Beyond the Basics Coursebook
  • Practice Makes Perfect Basic Spanish
  • Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Sentence Builder
  • Speak Spanish with Confidence Teach Yourself
  • Speak Basic Spanish in No Time
  • The Ultimate Spanish Phrase Finder
  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Spanish
  • A History of the Spanish Language through Texts
  • Get By in Latin America Spanish
  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Mexican Spanish
  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Latin American Spanish
  • Perfect Phrases in Spanish for the Hotel and Restaurant Industries - 500+ Essential Words and Phrases for Communicating with Spanish Speakers

German

  • Dirty German - Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!”
  • A Grammar of Contemporary German
  • Grammatik Intensivtrainer A2
  • A Practice Grammar of German
  • Wie geht’s? An Introductory German Course, 8th ed
  • Deutsch heute - Introductory German, 9th ed
  • Perfect Phrases in German for Confident Travel- The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip
  • Cassell’s Colloquial German: A Handbook of Idiomatic Usage

Japanese

  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Japanese

Mandarin

  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Mandarin Chinese

Turkish

  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook

Swahili

  • The Rough Guide Phrasebook Swahili