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His School Days

While Balzac inherited from his father vitality and joy in telling stories it was from his mother that he inherited his sensitiveness of feeling. At the age of seven he was packed off to do a six year stint in a miserable boarding school of the Orotorian Brothers. Not a single one of these harsh priests of Vendôme gleaned an iota of genius in this chubby boy suffering already physically and spiritually by his mother’s total unconcern and her preference of her love-child to him. This precocious boy who could learn a page by heart merely by scanning it once was saved from his predicament by a nervous breakdown. At sixteen the boy was haggard with large scared eyes came out to face his parents who were shocked at his appearance. ‘So this,’ Grandmother Sallambier observed, ‘is how the college returns the healthy boys we send them.’

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Giffords, 40, is a moderate Democrat who narrowly won re-election in November against a tea party candidate. During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. (Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event who sought to throw her from office over her support of the health care law.)
What triggered this outrage was in course of a routine business conducted in the Capitol. The House passed the overhaul of the Healthcare while the Republicans want a repeal of the Bill introduced by the President. Should such matters erupt in violence? In a country one in 8 (I may be wrong as to the exact figures.b) suffer from some kind of mental disorder and gun culture so deeply embedded in national life, tragedy was waiting to happen.
Bipartisan politics still rule America and last March Giffords’ Tucson office was vandalized. Now looking back one can see it was a wake-up call of violence that was to follow. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections.

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.
The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it occurring in Arizona.
Sarah Palin as we all know is in a hurry to occupy the White House. In her gray cells least troubled by wisdom, political acumen or fair play, rhetoric is all that matters. Luckily for her there is a large group of lunatics who mistake intemperate speech as speaking the mind straight.I suppose there must be still sane people on both sides who can make a correct choice when time comes.
Listening to the Republican Congressman from Tennessee today made me laugh at the humbug that is aired about. Naturally the GOP is on damage control. ‘The assassin reads Marx’ is what Rep. Lamar has to stress about the incident. (State of the Union-CNN). Implying a man who shoots to kill after so much of venom and hatred being spewed around by the Tea Party Movement, is not one of them must make an ostrich take Rep. Lamar for its peer. (The assassin is a white male. No one was quick to resort to a racial profiling shows some improvement in the manner mass media reported the news.)
The dead includes a 9 year old girl and a District Judge who had dropped by to see the victim. .(AP News- Pauline Arrillaga)
benny

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NIELS BOHR (1885-1962) Danish
Physicist
Niels Bohr is best known for the investigations of atomic structure and also for work on radiation, which won him the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics. His son Aage Bohr also won the prize in 1975.
Giving up the idea of philosophy he opted for Physics and in 1912 he joined Ernest Rutherford at Manchester University. His earliest success came with his model of atomic structure in 1913, as a result of improving on Rutherford’s nuclear structure. He incorporated several ideas that were being formulated at that time( Max Planck’s quantum theory* and Heisenberg’s concepts),and his model has stood the test of tie.
On the basis of Rutherford’s theories, Bohr published introducing the theory of electrons traveling in orbits around the atom’s nucleus, the chemical properties of the element being largely determined by the number of electrons in the outer orbits. Bohr introduced the idea that an electron could drop from a higher-energy orbit to a lower one, emitting a photon (light quantum) of discrete energy. This became a basis for quantum theory. In 1918 he returned to Denmark becoming in 1918 director of the newly created Institute of Theoretical Physics.
During the Nazi occupation and in the face of Hitler’s nuclear ambitions he fled (via Sweden, UK) to the U.S.
Niels Bohr was part of a team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project.
He has been described as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century.
Note*
Planck’s Constant
Is a physical constant used to describe the sizes of quanta in quantum mechanics. It is named after Max Planck, one of the founders of quantum theory. The Planck constant was first discovered as the proportionality constant between the energy of a photon and the frequency of its associated electromagnetic wave. This relation between the energy and frequency is called the Planck relation or the Planck–Einstein equation.
Planck supposed,- and it turned out to be correct, energy could not take on any indiscriminate value but must be some multiple of a very small quantity or ‘quantum’.
benny

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