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Ranch for Kids to host training weekend for parents of children with FASD and RAD


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REXFORD, Mont., Sept. 30, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For families who have children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and/or Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), managing conflict in the home in a way that builds trust can be extremely challenging. In response, the Ranch for Kids, a therapeutic program bringing hope and healing to families facing FASD and RAD, announced today a weekend workshop to train parents in effective, compassionate de-escalation techniques.

The training, set for October 23 through October 23, at the Ranch for Kids’ facility in Rexford, Mont. will center on the Mandt System(R) principles. The Mandt System(R) is a widely respected system used by foster and adoptive families working to build trust with children who have previously endured trauma, abandonment or other damaging early-life experiences.

The Ranch for Kids successfully uses the Mandt System(R) every day to build trust in relationships, maintain healthy boundaries, and aid in the healing process. The Mandt System is a “comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating and, if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others.” This system helps equip parents to manage and effectively de-escalate conflicts in the home.

The Ranch for Kids’ Mandt System training weekend will launch Friday, October 23 at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet and will conclude on Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. Bill Sutley, a certified Mandt System trainer and Executive Director of the Ranch for Kids, will lead the training. The weekend will include classroom training and workshops, parent networking, and recreational time to spend with your children.

The cost to attend the weekend training is $600 per couple or $300 per person. The nearby Riverstone Lodge ( ) will offer lodging starting at $79 per night, plus a 7 percent lodging tax. The Ranch for Kids will provide complimentary transportation to and from the Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell for parents flying into the Flathead Valley.

The training is open to families with children currently in the Ranch for Kids program and those who formally have participated in the program.

To register for the Mandt System training weekend, please email rfkprojectinc at gmail dot com or call 406-297-7592. For more information about the Mandt Training visit

About Ranch for Kids Project, Inc.:

Founded in 2004, Ranch for Kids Project is a private, respite care program based in Eureka, Montana delivering innovative, effective treatment to at-risk adopted children and their families. For more information, please visit

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Weitz and Luxenberg Voices Hopes for Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2015


Mesothelioma Awareness

NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 25, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The mesothelioma lawyers of nationally known asbestos-exposure law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., said they hope on Saturday to alert as many individuals as possible to the scourge of mesothelioma, Weitz & Luxenberg today announced.

Saturday, September 26, is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The law firm said its mesothelioma attorneys intend to do their part to educate people about the hyper-aggressive cancer.

Weitz & Luxenberg said it is lending its full support to National Mesothelioma Awareness Day because it recognizes “the importance of focusing the nation’s attention on the tragedy of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.”

The reason this focus is important is because mesothelioma devastates individuals and whole families, the firm stated.

Weitz & Luxenberg noted that the disease strikes not just at human health – mesothelioma can be fatal in a matter of a few months after diagnosis if untreated. It also strikes at household finances.

Empowerment Through Mesothelioma Awareness:

Weitz & Luxenberg said National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is also important because it helps empower people against mesothelioma.

“Weitz & Luxenberg has long stood at the forefront of the fight to help those who have been hurt by mesothelioma to hit back hard – not just against mesothelioma, but against the corporations responsible for it,” the firm stated.

Weitz & Luxenberg explained that a number of corporations once made asbestos-containing products and then sold them to unsuspecting consumers.

“People who bought these products or who worked with them for a living were given no warning about the extreme health dangers of being exposed to asbestos,” Weitz & Luxenberg said.

Yet, the firm contended, those corporations knew their products were toxic but continued to make and sell them regardless.

“This is the type of information we believe the public needs to be told about on Mesothelioma Awareness Day,” Weitz & Luxenberg said.

Knowing the Mesothelioma Treatment Options:

Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys also hope to raise consciousness on Mesothelioma Awareness Day about mesothelioma treatment options, the firm said.

Weitz and Luxenberg said mesothelioma patients should be particularly encouraged by the remarkable treatment breakthroughs in such fields as molecular targeted therapy.

Molecular targeted therapy entails engineering a mesothelioma drug to kill mesothelioma cells by exploiting some weakness in the cancer’s DNA or metabolic functions, the firm said.

“People with mesothelioma are living much longer and better thanks to these advanced treatments,” Weitz & Luxenberg said, offering the example of one mesothelioma patient who has fought the disease for 18 years and is still going strong.

“However, the problem is that these and all other mesothelioma treatments are very costly,” the firm cautioned.

“Most mesothelioma patients can’t afford them without exercising a legal right to compensation,” Weitz & Luxenberg said.

Mesothelioma Registry Being Talked About:

Weitz & Luxenberg said its mesothelioma attorneys will also do what they can to help generate news about a bill currently before Congress to establish a national mesothelioma registry.

If the registry bill becomes law, it would help mesothelioma patients more conveniently learn what forms of mesothelioma therapy are available from each mesothelioma care center, the firm said.

Weitz & Luxenberg said it believes such a registry will help mesothelioma patients make the best possible choices for themselves.

“As we have been every year since the first Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we are proud to join with countless others on Saturday who will draw the nation’s attention to a vicious cancer that must be cured,” Weitz & Luxenberg said.

About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is among the nation’s leading and most readily recognized personal injury and consumer protection law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg’s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, products liability, consumer protection, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of consumer fraud are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 25 years of experience handling such cases. You can contact the firm’s Client Relations department at 800-476-6070 or at

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Cottage Cooking Asheville Cooks Up Kooky Marketing Scheme


Cottage Cooking goes kayaking

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 24, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cottage Cooking Asheville is having fun getting the word out about its new business. It’s taking its cooking on the road, in the water and underwater, in the woods and wherever else it can carve out a cozy place to cook.

Cottage Cooking offers cooking classes in a 1915 cottage located just north of downtown Asheville.

“We’re just having fun with it all,” John Godts, owner of the cottage says. “My partner, Liisa Andreassen and I enjoy being outdoors, so we thought it would be fun to incorporate our cooking activities into our exploring too. Most recently we’ve gone camping, climbing and kayaking. Get the idea?”

The couple posts photos on its website and Facebook page so interested folks can follow their cooking exploits.

“It’s kind of like ‘Where’s Waldo,'” Andreassen says. “People are curious about where we’ll be going and what we’ll be cooking up next.”

A recent “photo shoot” took place along the Blue Ridge Parkway at a place called “Frying Pan Mountain.” It was a pretty appropriate place to have a little fun with their marketing. Godts and Andreassen created a faux fire out of colorful leaves and were equipped with all the appropriate kitchen utensils too.

Spoiler alert: A trip to the Florida Keys is on the horizon where the couple is planning to scuba dive. How will they use their skills there? Stay tuned!

About Cottage Cooking:

Founded in March of 2015, Cottage Cooking classes are geared to home cooks who want to take their cooking up a notch or to people who simply want a fun night out. Plate dates and anniversary celebrations are very popular.

The cottage boasts a cozy kitchen, wood stove and eclectic flair. There’s even a “secret door” in the kitchen floor.

Classes start at $50 per person and the cottage can accommodate up to four people. The cost includes all food, instruction and recipes. Guests are asked to BYOB. Larger groups can be accommodated off site at people’s homes too.

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Just Among Friends: Long-Term Care Insurance on Facebook


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KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 23, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Long-term care insurance agents often resist reaching out to friends who could use their help. And seekers of LTC insurance information also resist reaching out to friends who may be in the business. But there’s much to gain from overcoming this reluctance, according to ACSIA Partners, a leading long-term care insurance agency.

“If you’re an agent, you may recoil at the idea of selling to your friends,” says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners. “And if you’re on the buying end, you may feel you’re imposing if you approach a friend in the business. But you really should connect. In our experience, agents and buyers who are friends are getting together with good results on both sides.”

Social media sites — especially Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter — make it easy for LTC agents to reach out in low-key ways, according to Gott. “Our people avoid the hard sell,” she says. “That’s important. Mostly they just make clear they’re in the business. And they post useful information that friends appreciate. For example, a reminder of LTC deductions available at tax time, or facts on who needs protection, or available policy types.”

Agents who get lots of inquiries from friends tend to post regularly, maintaining an ongoing presence and dialog. Two examples:

Gabrielle Gelo makes regular visits to Facebook and is amply rewarded. “Facebook allows me to reach out to childhood acquaintances that I might not have maintained contact with otherwise, through the high school Facebook page. They need help with long-term care planning, and the trust is already there,” she says. “For me, social media works: it costs nothing, and takes minimal time.”

Kim Beckham also enjoys a solid response from social media. “Last year, about three fourths of my business was Facebook-related,” she reports. “And it was mostly with friends and family and referrals from friends and family.”

Beckham, like Gelo, stresses the importance of keeping things low-key and friendly. For example, “On Facebook I don’t use a business page,” says Beckham. “I just use my personal page, because I feel I am my brand, and people are looking to me as a person, not an agent.”

If you’re a consumer, social media can be an especially good place to shop for LTC insurance, according to Gott. “It’s fine to click on internet ads or request quotes on search engines,” she says. “But if you value the personal touch, it’s hard to beat social media for linking up with someone you know and trust.”

ACSIA Partners LLC — — is one of America’s largest and most experienced long-term care insurance solution agencies with hundreds of agents serving all states. The company is also a co-founder and sponsor of the “3in4 Need More” campaign, run by the 3in4 Association, which encourages Americans to form a long-term care plan.

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Drug Rehab Center Generates High Rates of Recovery Due to New Detox Procedure


Detoxification clinic

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 23, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, addictions to alcohol or illicit substances affect the lives of over 23 million people in the country every year. Intervention Drug Rehab Association has put together a state-of-the-art service to place individuals into the correct addiction treatment program for their specific recovery needs.

Many drug rehab facilities focus on treating the physical side of an addiction, but Intervention Drug Rehab Association and their network of providers believe in treating both the physical and mental aspects of the disease. They do recognize the importance of addressing the physical addiction before setting to work on the mental addiction, and as such, they start each client’s addiction treatment program with a clinically managed detox.

Detoxification is imperative at the start of an addiction recovery program because it is the process by which toxic and illicit substances are removed from the client’s body. Undergoing this procedure enables the client to then be able to focus on the mental aspects of addiction recovery.

At Intervention Drug Rehab Association, their network of providers is passionate about providing a safe and comfortable detox for every client. Upon enrolling into an addiction treatment program, every individual undergoes a detailed evaluation so that a case manager can make an appropriate recommendation as to the amount of support that the client will require throughout the detox process.

Following a successful detox, clients will reside at Intervention Drug Rehab Association’s luxury housing accommodations. Living alongside others in recovery allows clients to bond and form sober networks of support that will be there for them even after their addiction treatment program has come to an end. Intervention Drug Rehab Association’s network of providers offers complimentary amenities such as three square meals a day cooked by private chefs, transportation arrangements to and from treatment, as well as 24/7 access to fitness facilities that are located on site. While living at the housing facilities, clients will embark on the mental aspect of addiction recovery through counseling, classes, and meetings. They also learn positive coping practices such as exercise, meditation, art therapy, yoga, and 12 step programs.

Intervention Drug Rehab Association takes new clients on a rolling enrollment basis. This allows them to offer comprehensive care and consistent access to their broad spectrum of addiction recovery services. Each addiction treatment program can last 30, 60, or 90 days based on the severity of the client’s disease, addiction history, and eligibility. Intervention Drug Rehab Association’s network of providers knows how difficult it can be for those who are struggling to reach out for help.

Their desire is to eliminate fear and stress from the recovery process by starting each client out with a firm foundation of sobriety. Clinically managed detox has fostered positive change in the lives of innumerable clients, and now they want to extend their services to all who are ready to make a positive life change. Contact them at

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Joshuacord Announces Third annual 5K Joshua 1:9 Religious Freedom Run-Walk Nov. 14, 2015 displaying the persecuted ribbon for support


Religious Freedom Run

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 18, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Joshuacord Inc. announces its Third annual 5K Joshua 1:9 Religious Freedom Run/Walk for November 14, 2015 and displaying the persecuted ribbon for support. Joshuacord is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

It is a Christian, nondenominational organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to the oppressed and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Africa, and will be hosting its third annual 5K Joshua 1:9 Religious Freedom Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.

The race will start and finish at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. Tampa, FL. The registration fee is $25 for participants and $20 for active duty military if completed before November 10, and $30 the day of the event. Registration can be done online via or participants may download the registration form to mail from Joshua 1:9 organizers are anticipating approximately 500 runners. This is a family-friendly event and open to everyone so come join as a runner, walker, stroller, or cheerleader and supporter! You can also sign up to be a virtual participant from anywhere around the world and we’ll mail out a race packet along with a dri-fit T-shirt to you so you can be part of the cause!

“The Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run was created to bring awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians,” said founder Patrick Carberry. “Our goals are to raise ongoing awareness of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, to be an advocate for those being persecuted by Islamic extremists, to activate Christians across America to stand united with Christians who are suffering for following Christ, and to give courage, prayers and hope to our brothers and sisters who are suffering. Now, the world media is finally reporting on the atrocities of Islamic extremism happening in the Middle East and Africa. Freedom of Religion is a cherished right for all Americans and all those who believe in freedom.”

He added, “More than ever now we need to act and stand up and support those being persecuted for their Christian faith in northern Iraq, Syria, and other parts of the world, which are given a choice of converting to Islam, dying for their faith, or fleeing their homelands.”

“The Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run gives all Christians an opportunity to show their concern and support to fellow believers,” said Carberry. “It’s not just about religious freedom and the fight against terrorists. It’s also a human rights issue, and it requires action on our part for any chance of change. Someone once said, action does not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. When good men do nothing, then nothing good gets done.

“Please help us let our Christian brothers and sisters know that even though they may be persecuted for Jesus Christ and their faith, they are not forgotten. All of us who believe in human rights, religious freedom, and freedom of conscience must step up and speak out. We wear the ‘Persecuted but not Forgotten’ ribbon as a symbol to remember and pray for suffering believers.”

The top of the ribbon is marked with the Arabic letter for N, pronounced Nun. ISIL terrorists have been marking Christian homes with this letter “N” to mark them as a Nasrani, the Arabic word for Christian or Nazarene. The ribbons will be available from our website and at the upcoming Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run/Walk.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “There comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare to defend, not their homes alone, but the tenets of faith and humanity on which their churches, their governments, and their very civilization are founded. The defense of religion of democracy, and of good faith among nations is all the same fight. To save one we must now make up our minds to save all.” St. Paul the Apostle instructed us. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.” (Gal: 6:10)

Please help us by showing your support and join us at the Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run – in person or as a virtual runner.

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Uproar Entertainment Releases First Stand-Up Comedy CD by Kat Radley


Kat Radley

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 15, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the debut comedy CD from the dynamic and talented KAT RADLEY. Hailing from Montclair, Virginia, Kat Radley began her stand-up comedian career as a contestant in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition. After being voted into the Final Four by the public, Radley landed a coveted spot in the Aspen Comedy Festival, representing her alma mater UVA.

Prior to her public debut, Radley unwittingly honed her craft during her upbringing in a large Irish Catholic family, each sibling claiming to be funnier than the next.

Beyond her siblings, much of Radley’s passion and early inspiration for comedy comes from a combination of her fondness and admiration for the “Spartan Cheerleaders” of “Saturday Night Live,” and Conan O’Brien’s quick infectious wit on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” From Radley’s quick-fire anecdotes to her hilarious pop culture references, everything is a target and nothing is off limits. Kat has been called the “female Dennis Miller” and her edginess compared to the likes of Amy Schumer.

Since launching her career, Radley made her stand-up television debut on FOX’s “Laughs,” and appeared in many notable festivals including the Out of Bounds, Laughing Skull, and Women in Comedy Festivals. She was also a finalist in the Magners Comedy Festival, and the World Series of Comedy where she took home the Friars Club Audience Award and earned the distinction of “Comic to Watch” by Time Out New York. In addition to appearing at festivals, Radley performs improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade and IOWest Comedy Theaters in Los Angeles, and hosts her own YouTube talk show, “A Chat With Kat.”

“Very funny!” – Bob Saget.
“A brilliant writer.” – Howard Stern.

About Uproar Entertainment:
For the past 20 years, Uproar Entertainment has been committed to recording and promoting today’s most talented comedians. Under the helm of David Drozen, the man who discovered Richard Pryor in early 1970, signed him to his first recording contract, and produced 12 of his albums for the legendary comedy label Laff Records, Uproar nurtures, supports and develops the best comedic talents of our time.

With an unparalleled ear for undiscovered talent, Mr. Drozen is responsible for discovering many of today’s comedy greats, producing their very first comedy albums and igniting their comedy careers. Under his leadership Uproar Entertainment is “makin’ comedy happen!”

“The Important Thing is That I’m Pretty” by Kat Radley release date: September 18, 2015.

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Bushwick’s own songwriter and storyteller, Dru Cutler debuts ‘Familiar’ music video to packed house at The Living Room in Brooklyn


Familiar video

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Sept. 1, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Brooklyn audiences love Dru Cutler’s local performances and were out in force at The Living Room to celebrate the release of the “Familiar” video. The video captures the polarizing effects of our memories. It reminds us that nostalgia is both a warm embrace and a cold slap to the face. Cutler’s performance is relatable and authentic and taps into a longing that we all experience.

Cutler is a storyteller and always makes his fans a part of the show, which keeps them coming back for more. He wrote “Text Message Improv” on the spot, based on an audience member’s actual text thread.

He also had everyone help light the room with an illuminated guitar cable for his final number, “Let’s Make the Most of Now.”

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Dru Cutler lives in Bushwick and writes songs that highlight the best of the past and present. He’s fascinated by the power of nostalgia and lives by his own mantra: “We can’t escape it, so let’s embrace it.”

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Directed by Jaclyn Gramigna.
Edited by Danush Parvaneh.
Shot by Pete O’Hare and Vladimir Weinstein.

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Introducing Lane Mates – The Place Where Swimming, Networking and Shopping Meet


ENCINO, Calif., March 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With over 1,000 swimmers on the master’s swim team located throughout the Los Angeles area – that Lane Mates founder Sharon Hollander swims with – “It’s amazing that we had no discounts or coupons available for swimwear or gear,” says Hollander. So she took it upon herself to contact many of the more popular online swim suppliers to discuss group pricing, volume discounts and obtain the best prices on the net.

“Swimmers do not carry pens unlike other land based athletes, so it is difficult to network with other swimmers,” states Hollander. “As an avid swimmer, I realized there was no single place where I could: meet other swimmers, be educated on swimming topics, watch swimming videos, obtain workout sets, exchange ideas, find relevant information, and also shop for swimming gear and products. I created that network – Lane Mates – the place where Swimming, Networking and Shopping Meet!”

The benefits to Lane Mate members are plentiful. It’s:
* the place where we can promote interest in swimming for exercise, sport, etc.;
* a single source where swimmers of all levels can communicate;
* a shopping site with cool swimming products as well as other lifestyle merchandise;
* full of relevant and timely information from blogs, newsletters and links;
* provides valuable daily coupons;
* presents exclusive coupons and discounts – available only to Lane Mates clients.

With online shopping up over 12 percent in 2011 – this trend clearly reflects that people are slowly starting to view the economy as be more positive, more people are taking advantage of the online retail world. Vendors continue to offer free shipping to meet the needs of the shopping consumers. “We needed a single source to obtain valuable coupons and discounts for athletes,” states Hollander.

Most of all, we are the online resource for people to communicate about their passion – swimming. You can discuss competitive-edge strategies and techniques, dry land exercise, new and innovative products on the market, social events, etc. Lane Mates is here to increase your network of fellow swimmers.

Join today and reap the benefits of being a Lane Mate. Visit: or on mobile device at – or Facebook: LaneMates – or Twitter: @lanemates.

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American Land Forces Institute Announces Launch – Nonprofit Will Focus on America’s Ground Forces


SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Colonel Jack H. Pryor (U.S. Army, Retired) today announced the formation and launch of a new nonprofit organization, the American Land Forces Institute (ALFI). Based in San Antonio, Texas, ALFI will focus on policy, advocacy, education and services in support of land forces and small combat units across all branches of the U.S. military, the National Guard, and domestic law enforcement.

Colonel Pryor will head ALFI as its CEO. Also joining the ALFI team will be Major General Robert H. Scales (U.S. Army, Retired) who is serving as the Chair of ALFI’s Board of Directors.

“America’s Soldiers, Marines and Special Operations forces have carried the greatest burden in all of our contemporary wars. Since World War II, land forces have comprised only five percent of the entire Armed Forces, but have suffered more than eighty percent of military fatalities. Yet in spite of this horrific down payment in blood, this nation still fails to provide our ground forces with the support these brave men and women require to enable them to win our wars at the lowest possible cost in human life and human suffering. ALFI is dedicated to the proposition that America’s historic neglect of our land forces must not be allowed to persist,” Pryor said.

“As all who have gone before them, our service members are willing to give their today’s for our children’s tomorrows. We as Americans owe them the best of everything. ALFI is dedicated to advocating on behalf of these service men and women for the best possible training, preparation, equipment, supplies, support, and medical care during their tours of duty, and for the best possible support in their re-integration into civilian life. ALFI’s mission is to be the voice of America’s ground forces and veterans.”

ALFI will be an agent of change at all levels of America’s defense community. ALFI’s goal is to ensure that every member of America’s land forces – starting from their recruitment and continuing through to their transition to civilian life and beyond – will have the best that this country can provide them. ALFI’s programs and activities include a comprehensive advocacy effort that will affect military and national security policy at the highest levels of government; educating military and defense stakeholders as well as the general public; and facilitating the provision of the highest quality services for both land forces and veterans.

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American Land Forces Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Address: American Land Forces Institute (ALFI), 170 PR 1731, Mico, TX 78056.

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Harvard, Oxford Students Building New Network for Planetary Change


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Students from Harvard and Oxford, in cooperation with the World Mind Network, Peer to Peer Media Group, and the Creative Commons Initiative, are building a new social network dedicated to using advanced Web and Smart Phone tools to achieve goals in social change, academic research, environmental improvement, education, cultural preservation, and worldwide online discussion of important issues.

According to World Mind Network Co-Director Sarah Mendel, many of the students were attendees at events sponsored by HSMBB (The Harvard Society for Mind, Brain, and Behavior). Other participants include Dr. Javier Ogembo of the Harvard Medical School and Irina Higgins of the Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence.

Texting, tweeting, Facebooking, microblogging, online video and cell phone apps are not new to students. What is new is the efficient use of all their capabilities in combination to reach important aims in a few hours which the traditional brick-and-mortar academic world would take months or years to accomplish.

The key is the creation of protocols which serve as formulae for easily setting up Internet based projects which achieve well-defined goals, are infinitely replicable, grow by themselves through social networks, and enable each student to carve out a Web niche which serves as the Internet’s focal point for the student’s chosen issue. In practice, this means that each student is experimenting with making their work more public, and yet more personal, at the same time.

Says WMN advisor Wolfram Ruisdael “The Cloud of knowledge, creativity, innovation, and even wisdom represented by the Internet is now incomprehensibly vast. Its power to solve both traditional and new human problems is almost infinite, but until now Humanity has not really demanded the efficient use of it to refine theories instantly, generate new ideas, build communities, and get innovative thinking from where it originates to where it is needed. Students, because of their familiarity with these technologies, are the natural creators of the new change-making networks.”

Other student participants have come from Duke, Caltech, Rutgers, the Ecole Polytechnique in France, Beijing and Tsinghua Universities in China, the University of Delhi, the Federal University of Parana in Brazil, and the University of Witwatersrand.

Crucial to many of the new protocols are programs like Apple’s Siri artificial intelligence app for the iPhone 4s, Facebook’s Timeline, Google+, Pinterest, and msnNOW.

A typical protocol is this one for Disaster Relief, which the network used during the 20ll Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as more recent floods in Thailand and the Philippines:
1. Create a landing page on Google sites with RSS feeds of latest news, including links to on-site organizations which need help;
2. Use search engines to find and rank current Twitter trackers for affected area;
3. Do the same for Facebook post monitors;
4. Do the same for SMS (texting) monitors;
5. Collate trackers on a Bing map so that rescuers can be connected with victims in real time;
6. publicize site with online press releases.

Similar protocols exist for cloud-based research projects, cultural preservation programs, Fair Trade social enterprises, crowd-sourced experiments, worldwide philosophical discussions, knowledge matrices, artistic collaborations, and environmental improvement projects. Each can be created in a few hours, and further streamlining is an ongoing process.

Among other programs, students have participated in projects which:

- Aid Stanford physicists in predicting sunspot cycles;

- Created the world’s largest collection of pre-1900 archival French audio recordings and preserved them with iTunes and Windows Media files;

- Explore the new PS3 video game ‘Journey’ as an art therapy tool

- Advised legislators in Nepal who are re-framing the national constitution;

- Built the world’s largest online crowd-sourced environmental investigation which discovered several causes for a sudden fish die-off in Taal Lake in the Philippines, and suggested treatments which were successfully implemented.

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