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Huxley si drogurile - de Cassandra la: 05/11/2005 14:22:53
(la: Drogurile. Ati incercat?)
Huxley (Aldous :)) a avut in perioada sa mistica un fel de curiozitate stiintifica in legatura cu experienta drogurilor pe care le-a incercat (LSD) experiente pe care le-a descris apoi in multe eseuri si in cartea sa "The doors of perception" (de unde si-a luat numele grupul cu pricina). L-a interesat in mod deosebit legatura intre droguri si creativitate. Intr-un interviu pe aceasta tema, Huxley spunea:

"While one is under the drug one has penetrating insights into the people around one, and also into one's own life. Many people get tremendous recalls of buried material. A process which may take six years of psychoanalysis happens in an hour -- and considerably cheaper! And the experience can be very liberating and widening in other ways. It shows that the world one habitually lives in is merely a creation of this conventional, closely conditioned being which one is, and that there are quite other kinds of worlds outside. It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it's healthy that people should have this experience. "

Imi vine in minte un alt scriitor (care imi place mult) si care a simtit pe propria piele dependenta de morfina - Bulgakov. In final si-a invins dependenta. Poate ati citit cartea sa "Morfina"

Nimeni nu neaga efectul nociv al drogurilor, cea mai importanta caracteristica a lor fiind dependenta, unele fiind foarte adictive de la primele doze. Drogurile nu sint pentru "losers", ele exista si e drept ca multe au capacitatea de a transforma o persoana chiar cu un remarcabil potential de "winner" intr-un "loser", din pacate. Dar sa nu uitam ca exista consumatori constanti de droguri (din cele asa numite usoare) apartinind clasei sociale "de succes".
mymy - de Horia D la: 11/11/2005 18:17:31
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
eu mai sunt aici pentru cateva ore, ca dupa aia o intind la sud, spre nashville

now, THIS IS PRICELESS ! --because it is too familiar!

Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait as they've set the date;
Our 50th is coming, I'm told .
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my old hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty; I'm ready to party,
I'll dance until dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; and I hope at least one
Other person can make it that night.

Author Unknown
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Si eu cred ca 'God made Adam - de kedi la: 11/11/2005 20:50:38
(la: Oamenii devin homosexuali/lesbiene, sau se nasc asa ?)
Si eu cred ca 'God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve'!

to live is to die, to love is to lie
Pentru artistii fotografi cafegii, o posibila oportunitate - de Dinu Lazar la: 12/11/2005 22:37:39
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"Call for Artists: Snapshots - Digital and Photographic 2-D Work"
2005-11-11 until 2005-11-27
Gallery 25
Fresno, CA, USA United States of America

"Snapshots" Open call for entries for an un-juried show featuring digital art and photography: All entries recieved by the deadline will be exhibited in our gallery arranged mural-like, edge to edge. During the exhibition the images and artist information will be available for gallery visitors to view in a special artist portfolio which will remain in the gallery for public viewing. Prints can be made available to buyers by directly contacting the artist.

Entrants submit two (2) prints of a single original work, (one image for the wall, a second for the portfolio) and should be printed from their home computer. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. We are interested in the immediacy with which work can be created through digital means in our contemporary culture. This show represents a literal snapshot of a moment in art history where the creation of Art has been dymistified, and is in the hands of the many, and not just a select chosen few. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

This call is international, and open to all. ALL WORK GUARANTEED EXHIBITION.

Show Dates: December 1 - 18, 2005
Deadline for entries: November 27, 2005
Entry Fee: Registration fee is $30. US (cashiers check or money order, please no personel checks)
Multiple entries are permitted. Limit of 3 entries per person. ($10. registration fee for each additional image.)

Submission Rules: Work should be 8-1/2 X 11 (with 1/2" borders) and mailed directly to the gallery( at the above address), along with a brief statement about you, your work and contact information, (ie. e-mail address/website, price of work). Artist name and e-mail address should be clearly printed on back side of all images. An SASE should be included if work is to be returned. All work sent without an SASE will become property of Gallery 25.

Remember, we need two (2) prints of EACH image, one to exhibit on the wall, the other for the artist's portfolio to accompany the artist's statement and contact information. (So, if you submit 2 images, we need 4 prints, and a payment of $40.)

Sales of Artwork: Submissions will be included in the artist's portfolio which will be on display with the show and will be offered for sale. Price and type of print to be determined by the artist when interest is shown by a buyer in a particular work. Artists retain ownership of all intellectual property rights to their artwork and prints are made by permission of the artist only. Gallery 25 is not responsible for initiated sales, and accepts no responsibility for transactions between buyer and artist.

Gallery Information: Gallery 25, located in Fresno, California is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the country. Formed in 1974, the Gallery has been a forum for contemporary art since its inception. The origins are in the feminist art movement of the early 1970‚s. In 1970, California State University‚s Art Department developed one of the first feminist art education programs in the country. This program was brought into existence by visiting artist Judy Chicago who was searching for a place to develop her ideas for the education of women artists. After Chicago‚s departure, the program became an integral part of the art curriculum under the leadership of art professor Joyce Aiken. Located in a beautifully restored building at the corner of Van Ness and Mono Street, Gallery 25 anchors the west end of block populated by several art galleries and artists studios in the heart of downtown Fresno.
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They tell me Seven Sisters in - de Cassandra la: 17/11/2005 19:53:00
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
They tell me Seven Sisters in New Orleans
that can really fix a man up right
And I'm headed for New Orleans, Louisiana,
I'm travelin' both day and night.

I hear them say the oldest Sister
look just like she's 21
And said she can look right in your eyes
and tell you just exactly what you want done.

Good morning, Seven Sisters,
just thought I'd come down and see
Will you build me up where I'm torn down,
and make me strong where I'm weak?

I went to New Orleans, Louisiana,
just on account of something I heard
The Seven Sisters told me everything I wanted to know,
and they wouldn't let me speak a word.

Now, it's Sarah, Minnie, Bertha,
Holly, Dolly, Betty and Jane
Sarah, Minnie, Bertha,
Holly, Dolly, Betty and Jane
You can't know them Sisters apart,
because they all looks just the same.

Seven times a year
the Seven Sisters will visit me all in my sleep
And they said I won't have no trouble,
and said I'll live twelve days in a week.

Wanna go down in Louisiana,
and get right out of your bein'
These Seven Sisters can do anything in Louisiana,
but you'll have to go to New Orleans.

"We are not to introduce divine revelations into science, nor scientific opinions into religion." Isaac Newton.
cica.... - de Belle la: 23/11/2005 17:53:25
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
life is all about ass:
you're either covering it,
laughint it off,
kicking it,
kissing it,
busting it,
trying to get a piece of it,
behaving like one,
or you live with one!!!

p.s. maimutel daca trebuie traducere il rugam pe horica ca-mi place cum interpreteaza ;)
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cica - de Belle la: 08/12/2005 22:08:24
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
inainte sa-l sterg ....

Words Women Use...

This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need to shut up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks - this will cause you to have one of those arguments.
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.
This means "something", and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. 'Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with 'Fine'
GO AHEAD (With Raised Eyebrows)
This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine"
GO AHEAD (Normal Eyebrows)
This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care" You will get a "Raised Eyebrow Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.
This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment, and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing"
Again, not a word, but a non-verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" mean that she is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe, and she will stay content.
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you back for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a "Raised Eyebrow.
At some point in the near future, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.
This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done.You have a fair chance with the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay"
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint. Just say you're welcome.
This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have offended her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing"
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ultimele, parol! - de om la: 12/12/2005 20:07:49
(la: Pentru orice problema exista o solutie)
The Puzzles
The man in the Elevator
A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work or to go shopping. When he returns he takes the elevator to the seventh floor and walks up the stairs to reach his apartment on the tenth floor. He hates walking so why does he do it?
This is probably the best known and most celebrated of all lateral thinking puzzles. It is a true classic. Although there are many possible solutions which fit the initial conditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying.

The Man who Hanged Himself
Not far from Madrid, there is a large wooden barn. The barn is completely empty except for a dead man hanging from the middle of the central rafter. The rope around his neck is ten feet long and his feet are three feet off the ground. The nearest wall is 20 feet away from the man. It is not possible to climb up the walls or along the rafters. The man hanged himself. How did he do it?

Death in a Field
A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die?

Anthony and Cleopatra
Anthony and Cleopatra are lying dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby is a broken bowl. There is no mark on either of their bodies and they were not poisoned. How did they die?

The Coal, Carrot and Scarf
Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on the lawn. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there. What is it?

Trouble with Sons
A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year. But they were not twins, and they were not adopted. How could this be so?

Push that Car
A man pushed his car. He stopped when he reached a hotel at which point he knew he was bankrupt. Why?

The Arm of the Postal Service
One day a man received a parcel in the post. Carefully packed inside was a human arm. He examined it, repacked it and then sent it on to another man. The second man also carefully examined the arm before taking it to the woods and burying it. Why did they do this?
This one probably has more variations than any other. A great one to puzzle out. It requires plenty of good questions.

A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people there. They were all naked and all looked as they did at the age of 21. He looked around to see if there was anyone he recognised. He saw a couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and Eve. How did he know?

A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How come?
A silly one - but it is surprisingly popular.

Manhole Covers
Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?
This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle which can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very well-known software company as an interview question for prospective employees.

The Deadly Party
A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?

The Deadly Dish
Two men went into a restaurant. They both ordered the same dish from the menu. After they tasted it, one of the men went outside the restaurant and shot himself. Why?

The Realization
A man was walking downstairs in a building when he suddenly realized that his wife had just died. How?

The Blind Beggar
A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? (Brother is not the answer).

The Broken Match
A man is found dead in a field. He is clutching a broken match. What happened?

The Music Stopped
The music stopped. She died. Explain.

Swimmer in the Forest
Deep in the forest was found the body of a man who was wearing only swimming trunks, snorkel and facemask. The nearest lake was 8 miles away and the sea was 100 miles away. How had he died?
This is supposedly based on a true incident. Does this make it an urban legend? Many urban legends can be restated as lateral thinking puzzles. This is a very good one of this type.

The Elder Twin
One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How come?

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dare de seama - de Dinu Lazar la: 16/12/2005 18:24:39
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Good Morning, afternoon or evening to our International Stock Imagery Association Members around the world...

This has been an exciting and very busy week for I.S.I.A. as we passed the 100 member mark!

Thus far our membership spans the US, UK, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Philippines, Denmark, New Zealand, India, Finland, Romania, Taiwan, Spain, Norway, Greece, Israel, Portugal, Singapore, and Italy making us a truly international association. We are also very happy to report that our membership is composed of a broad spectrum of talents, skills, interests and experience from across the many different segments of the stock industry. As a group, the I.S.I.A. is unique in all the industry in reaching out to all with an interest and investment in the present trends and future directions of the many markets and technologies involved in the production and distribution of stock imagery. You, as individual members are our most valuable asset as all that we do or will do in the future is being developed with your needs in mind.

Already, the framework of our fine new website is being filled in with many new resources that you should find of interest and a valuable resource for industry news and information across a broad range of topics. If you have not visited the website recently, we invite you to take the time to review the many new links to a wide range of resources and news feeds to help you stay informed.

Even better, the website has been designed to support your own contributions. We need to hear even more from you about what is going on in your part of the world or your segment of the industry. Just a few of the tools available for your input and feed back are the sections of the site that allow you to submit news, contribute to polls, add events to the calendar, and contribute even more web links of value. Too, we are always in need of new articles of interest across virtually any topic that others would find interesting, informative and helpful. As the website is yours, suggestions for improvement and expansion are especially welcomed. Visit the site often and feel free to let others know how to find us!

The I.S.I.A. forum is also available to serve you. If you prefer to be notified when there are updates to the various forums a simple mouse click will send news of new posts to your email. A few minutes checking your own profile will assure that your personal information conveys all that you would like others to know about you and your business. There are already many topics of interest, but you can feel free to add any new topics you desire to better address your own interests. The forum provides a framework for expansion to become a powerful and full featured asset and source of information, the exchange of thoughts, concerns and ideas and to enjoy the community of others who may well have the same interests.

There is still much to be done as we all work together to build the I.S.I.A.
into one of the finest trade associations in any field. All of your suggestions, critiques, or feedback of any type are welcomed. However, if you would like to contribute more directly, we can always the help. Please feel free to contact us at any time for any reason!

Have an enjoyable weekend..

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articol in tema - de donquijote la: 03/01/2006 15:58:57
(la: Cine conduce lumea?)
am ajuns la el prin link-uri pornite de la conspirationisti. probabil ca astia nu verifica tot ce publica:) .

si cateva extrase relevante:
Every conspiracy theory contains two elements: It is connected to a real event, and it aims to explain or interpret reality. In the age of open communication, Internet and the mass availability of information, the power of these conspiracies should have dwindled. But the opposite is true: Improved communications merely give these theories a wider audience. These theories appear to fulfill some psychological need - an explanation of the weakness of the Arab world against Israel and the West. Indeed, these theories are most often promulgated by the weaker side, which is looking for explanations for its weakness. Beyond this, there are extremists who spread these theories in order to harm relations between the U.S. and Israel and the Arab world.

These theories do, indeed, create fear, suspicion and hatred. Such emotions play into the hands of Arab extremists, who reject any compromise with Israel and refuse to improve ties with the West. In fact, these theories undermine Israeli efforts to broker peace deals with its neighbors and deter huge sections of the population in Arab countries from becoming closer to Israel and the West.

These theories cause the most harm to the Arab world itself, since they take responsibility for heinous acts away from the Arabs themselves and place it on outsiders. This is why the Arab world has not carried out the soul-searching that is so overdue. There are very few Arab voices speaking out against the phenomenon. One such voice is that of Qatari commentator and lecturer Dr. Abed al-Hamid al-Ansari, who recently called on the Arab world to stop blaming Israel for all the attacks in the Middle East.
Pozitia Vaticanului fata de ID si Darwinism - de RSI la: 19/01/2006 23:09:12
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
Dintr-un articol din New York Times:

"ROME, Jan. 18 - The official Vatican newspaper published an article this

week labeling as "correct" the recent decision by a judge in

Pennsylvania that intelligent design should not be taught as a scientific

alternative to evolution.

"If the model proposed by Darwin is not considered sufficient, one

should search for another," Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of

evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, wrote in the
Jan. 16-17 edition of the paper, L'Osservatore Romano.

"But it is not correct from a methodological point of view to stray from

the field of science while pretending to do science," he wrote, calling

intelligent design unscientific. "It only creates confusion between the

scientific plane and those that are philosophical or religious."

Tot articolul la:

"Eficienta este cea mai inteligenta forma de lene. (David Dunham) "

PRTL - part 3 - de Horia D la: 29/01/2006 00:22:43
(la: long live the stock market!!)

VectorVest Stock Analysis of Primus Telecom as of 1/27/2006

This report has five major sections.
Capital Appreciation Analysis
Dividend Analysis
Price-Volume Data
Sales / Market Capitalization Information

Business: PRIMUS TELECOMM GROUP INC, (PRTL) provides bundled international and domestic Internet, data and voice services to business and residential retail customers and other carriers located in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the UK, continental Europe, Australia and Japan.
Business Sector: PRTL has been assigned to the Telecomm Business Sector. VectorVest classifies stocks into over 200 Industry Groups and 40 Business Sectors.
Industry Group: PRTL has been assigned to the Telecomm (Services) Industry Group. VectorVest classifies stocks into over 200 Industry Groups and 40 Business Sectors.

Capital Appreciation Analysis Back to top

Value: Value is a measure of a stock's current worth. PRTL has a current Value of $0.07 per share. Therefore, it is overvalued compared to its Price of $0.82 per share. Value is computed from forecasted earnings per share, forecasted earnings growth, profitability, interest, and inflation rates. Value increases when earnings, earnings growth rate and profitability increase, and when interest and inflation rates decrease. VectorVest advocates the purchase of undervalued stocks. At some point in time, a stock's Price and Value always will converge.

RV (Relative Value): RV is an indicator of long-term price appreciation potential. PRTL has an RV of 0.10, which is very poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. This indicator is far superior to a simple comparison of Price and Value because it is computed from an analysis of projected price appreciation three years out, AAA Corporate Bond Rates, and risk. RV solves the riddle of whether it is preferable to buy High growth, High P/E stocks, or Low growth, Low P/E stocks. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks with RV ratings above 1.00.

RS (Relative Safety): RS is an indicator of risk. PRTL has an RS rating of 0.65, which is poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. RS is computed from an analysis of the consistency and predictability of a company's financial performance, debt to equity ratio, sales volume, business longevity, price volatility and other factors. A stock with an RS rating greater than 1.00 is safer and more predictable than the average stock in the VectorVest database. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks of companies with consistent, predictable financial performance.

RT (Relative Timing): RT is a fast, smart, accurate indicator of a stock's price trend. PRTL has a Relative Timing rating of 0.91, which is fair on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. RT is computed from an analysis of the direction, magnitude, and dynamics of a stock's price movements over one day, one week, one quarter and one year time periods. Once a stock's price has established a strong trend, it is expected to continue in that trend for the short-term. If a trend dissipates, RT will gravitate toward 1.00. RT will explode from bottoms, dive from tops, and reflect changes in price momentum. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks with RT ratings above 1.00.

VST (VST-Vector): VST is the master indicator for ranking every stock in the VectorVest database. PRTL has a VST rating of 0.68, which is poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. VST is computed from the square root of a weighted sum of the squares of RV, RS, and RT. Stocks with the highest VST ratings have the best combinations of Value, Safety and Timing. These are the stocks to own for above average, long-term capital appreciation. VectorVest advocates the purchase of safe, undervalued stocks rising in price.

Recommendation (REC): VectorVest gives a Buy, Sell, Hold recommendation on every stock, every day. PRTL has a Hold recommendation. REC reflects the cumulative effect of all the VectorVest parameters working together. These parameters are designed to help investors buy safe, undervalued stocks rising in price. They also help investors avoid or sell risky, overvalued stocks falling in price. VectorVest recommends that investors buy high VST-Vector, Buy-rated stocks in rising markets.

Stop (Stop-Price): Stop is an indicator of when to sell a long position or cover a short position. PRTL has a Stop of $0.77 per share. This is $0.05 below PRTL's current closing Price. A stock's Stop is computed from a 13 week moving average of its closing prices, and is fine-tuned according to the stock's fundamentals. High RV, high RS stocks have lower Stops, and low RV, low RS stocks have higher Stops. In the VectorVest system, a stock gets a 'B' or 'H' recommendation if its Price is above its Stop and an 'S' recommendation if its Price is below its Stop.

GRT (Earnings Growth Rate): GRT reflects a company's one to three year forecasted earnings growth rate in percent per year. PRTL has a forecasted Earnings Growth Rate of -5.00%, which VectorVest considers to be very poor. GRT is computed from historical, current and forecasted earnings data. It is updated each week for every stock in the VectorVest database. GRT often foretells a stock's future price trend. If a stock's GRT trend is upward, the stock's price will likely rise. If GRT is trending downward, the stock's Price will probably fall. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks whose GRT is rising and is greater than the sum of current inflation and interest rates, (9.13%).

EPS (Earnings per Share): EPS stands for leading 12 months Earnings Per Share. PRTL has a forecasted EPS of $-0.81 per share. VectorVest determines this forecast from a combination of recent earnings performance and traditional fiscal and/or calendar year earnings forecasts.

P/E (Price to Earnings Ratio): P/E is a popular measure of stock valuation which shows the dollars required to buy one dollar of earnings. PRTL has a P/E of -1.01. This ratio may be deemed to be high or low depending upon your frame of reference. The average P/E of all the stocks in the VectorVest database is 30.50. P/E is computed daily using the formula: P/E = Price/EPS.

EY (Earnings Yield): EY reflects earnings per share as a percent of Price. EY is related to P/E via the formula, EY = 100 / (P/E), and may be used in place of P/E as a measure of valuation. EY has the advantages that it is always determinate and can reflect negative earnings. PRTL has an EY of -99.00 percent. This is below the current average of 3.28% for all the stocks in the VectorVest database. EY equals 100 x (EPS/Price).

GPE (Growth to P/E Ratio): GPE is another popular measure of stock valuation. It compares earnings growth rate to P/E ratio. PRTL has a GPE rating of -4.95. High growth stocks are believed to be able to justify high P/E ratios. A stock is commonly considered to be undervalued when GPE is greater than 1.00 and overvalued when GPE is below 1.00. Unfortunately, this rule of thumb does not take into account the effect of interest rates on P/E ratios. The operative GPE ratio of 1.00 is valid when and only when interest rates equal 10%. With long-term interest rates currently at 5.73%, the operative GPE ratio is 0.33. Therefore, PRTL may be considered to be overvalued.

Dividend Analysis Back to top

DIV (Dividend): VectorVest reports annual, regular, cash dividends as indicated by the most recent payments. Special distributions, one-time payments, stock dividends, etc., are not generally included in DIV. PRTL does not pay a dividend.

DY (Dividend Yield): DY reflects dividend per share as a percent of Price. PRTL does not pay a dividend, so it does not have a Dividend Yield rating. . DY equals 100 x (DIV/Price). It is useful to compare DY with EY. If DY is not significantly lower than EY, the dividend payment may be in jeopardy.

DS (Dividend Safety): DS is an indicator of the assurance that regular cash dividends will be declared and paid at current or at higher rates for the foreseeable future. PRTL does not pay a dividend, so it does not have a Dividend Safety rating . Stocks with DS values above 75 typically have RS values well above 1.00 and EY levels that are much higher than DY.

DG (Dividend Growth Rate): Dividend Growth is a subtle yet important indicator of a company's financial performance. It also provides some insight into the board's outlook on the company's ability to increase earnings. PRTL does not pay a dividend, so it does not have a Dividend Growth rating .

YSG (YSG-Vector): YSG is an indicator which combines DIV, DY and DG into a single value, and allows direct comparison of all dividend-paying stocks in the database. PRTL does not pay a dividend, so it does not have a YSG rating . Stocks with the highest YSG values have the best combinations of Dividend Yield, Safety and Growth. These are the stocks to buy for above average current income and long-term growth.

Price-Volume Data Back to top

Price: PRTL closed on 1/27/2006 at $0.82 per share

Open: PRTL opened trading at a price of $0.77 per share on 1/27/2006.

High: PRTL traded at a High price of $0.87 per share on 1/27/2006.

Low: PRTL traded at a Low price of $0.75 per share on 1/27/2006

Close: PRTL closed trading at price $0.82 per share on 1/27/2006. (Close is also called Price in the VectorVest system)

Range: Range reflects the difference between the High and Low prices for the day. PRTL traded with a range of $0.12 per share on 1/27/2006.

$Change: PRTL closed up 0.07 from the prior day's closing Price.

%PRC: PRTL's Price changed 9.33% from the prior day's closing price.

Volume: PRTL traded 3,392,427 shares on 1/27/2006.

AvgVol: AvgVol is the 50 day moving average of daily volume as computed by VectorVest. PRTL has an AvgVol of 1,232,600 shares traded per day.

%Vol: %Vol reflects the percent change in today's trading volume as compared to the AvgVol. %Vol equals ((Volume - AvgVol) / AvgVol ) 100. PRTL had a %Vol of 175.23% on 1/27/2006

CI (Comfort Index): CI is an indicator which reflects a stock's ability to resist severe and/or lengthy price declines. PRTL has a CI rating of 0.47, which is very poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. CI is quite different from RS in that it is based solely upon a stock's long-term price history. VectorVest advocates the purchase of high CI stocks.

Sales / Market Capitalization Information Back to top

Sales: PRTL has annual sales of $1,237,000,000

Sales Growth: Sales Growth is the Sales Growth Rate in percent over the last 12 months. PRTL has a Sales Growth of -13.00% per year. This is very poor. Sales Growth is updated each week for every stock. It is often useful to compare Sales Growth to Earnings Growth to gain an insight into a company's operations.

Sales Per Share (SPS): PRTL has annual sales of $12.37 per share. SPS can be used as a measure of valuation when comparing stocks within an Industry Group.

Price to Sales Ratio (P/S): PRTL has a P/S of 0.07. This ratio is also used as a measure of valuation. Here, too, it is useful when comparing stocks within an Industry Group.

Shares: PRTL has 100,000,000 shares of stock outstanding.

Market Capitalization: PRTL has a Market Capitalization of $82,000,000. Market Capitalization is calculated by multiplying price times shares outstanding.

Summary Back to top

PRTL is overvalued compared to its Price of $0.82 per share, has below average safety, and is currently rated a Hold.

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Banc de seara - de Pasagerul la: 08/02/2006 21:54:52
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
A man walks into the street and manages to get a taxi just going by.
> He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."

Passenger: "Who?"

Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. There's a guy who did everything right. Like my coming along when you needed a cab. It would have happened like that to Frank every single time."

Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."
Cabbie: "Not Frank. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the
Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an
opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano."

Passenger: "Sounds like he was something really special"
Cabbie: "There's more"......."He had a memory like a computer. Could remember everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out."

Passenger. "Wow, some bloke then"
Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid
traffic jams, not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them."

"Passenger. "Mmm, there's not many like him around."
Cabbie: "And he knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good and never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too."

Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Frank."

Passenger: "Then how do you know so much about him?"
Cabbie: "I married his f*cking widow."

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
* The Nokia Nseries See New photo competition * - de Dinu Lazar la: 24/02/2006 17:52:50
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
The entry deadline of 28th February is looming for the Nokia Nseries See New competition, an ambitious global initiative spearheaded by five top international photographers.

World renowned photographer, Juergen Teller; leading American photographer, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia; award winning London-based photographer, Nick Waplington; Raghu Rai, one of India's most respected documentary photographers and Jiancheng Dong, a prominent landscape and documentary photographer from China, all launched the competition back in October.

How do I enter and what could I win?
All you need to do is express your photographic talent and imagination through the lens of a megapixel camera phone. Your photo could net you an expenses-paid trip to work with a top photographer on a live commercial shoot, a fabulous Nokia N90 camera phone - plus a lot more; find out what on the competition web site - and good luck!

Go to (
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19:55 - de Muresh la: 27/02/2006 10:45:42
(la: Caricaturile lui Mahomed)
A crusty old Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.
“Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?”
“Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.”
“The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, “It looks like you have seen a lot of action.”
“Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.”
The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, “You know, you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself.”
The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.
Finally the young lady said, “You know, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?”
“1955, ma’am.”
“Well, there you are. You really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously! I mean, no sex since 1955! "
She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to “relax” him several times.
Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, “Wow, you sure didn’t forget much since 1955!”
The Sergeant Major, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice, “I hope not, it’s only 2130 now
Mogecri - de Cassandra la: 02/03/2006 22:26:59
(la: Caricaturile lui Mahomed)
"cand se spune credinciosi se au in vedere acele persoane cu calitati atat de pozitive incat pot fii numiti sfinti , indiferent de religia lor. cand se spune necredinciosi se au in vedere acele persoane cu calitati atat de negative incat pot fii numiti diavoli, indiferent de religia lor. cred ca la asta se refera coranul ."

E adevarat ca in multe locuri din Coran se vorbeste despre "necredinciosi" fara sa-i defineasca, dar spune-mi nu este absolut clar la cine se refera in urmatoarele versete?:

5:51 O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

5:57 O Ye who believe! Choose not for guardians such of those who received the Scripture before you, and of the disbelievers, as make a jest and sport of your religion. But keep your duty to Allah if ye are true believers.

5:64 The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up." Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief.

9:30 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

PS Si dupa parerea ta daca astea sint definitiile credinciosilor (aproape sfinti) si a necredinciosilor (aproape diavoli), unde se refera Coranul la restul oamenilor care practic sint majoritatea?
"The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it" Niccolo Machiavelli
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Si eu si eu !!!! ;))) - de Andre29 la: 20/03/2006 12:52:56
Cip cirip cirip cip cip

Sunt si eu pe aici cip

Hai sa-ti cant un canticel

Optimist si dragutel:

"Oh no, not I

I will survive

as long as i know how to love

I know I will stay alive

I've got all my life to live

I've got all my love to give

and I'll survive

I will survive"

na na naaaa, na na na naaaaaa

'de frica sa nu scadem incetam sa crestem, de frica sa nu plangem incetam sa radem '
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of course... - de anisia la: 20/03/2006 13:02:11
you think I'd crumble
you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and you see me
somebody new
I will survive

doar pentru ca toate pasarile au aripi, nu inseamna ca zboara toate la aceeasi inaltime...
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police humor - de Pasagerul la: 31/03/2006 13:44:29
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9")
So you thought police officers didn't have a sense of humor.... The following were taken off of actual police car videos around the country:

#15 "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch out after you wear them awhile."

#14 "Take your hands off the car, and I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

#13 "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

#12 "Can you run faster than 1,200 feet per second? In case you didn't know, that is the average speed of a 9 mm bullet fired from my gun."

#11 "So you don't know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?"

#10 "Yes, Sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh . did I mention that I am the shift supervisor?"

#9 "Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

#8 "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

#7 "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy, and step in monkey $#*!."

#6 "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

#5 "In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC."

#4 "Just how big were those two beers?"

#3 "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to have quotas, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we want."

#2 "I'm glad to hear the Chief of Police is a good personal friend of yours. At least you know someone who can post your bail."

AND yes, the best one (although, I really like #8)...

#1 "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't... Sign here."

O fi bine in Rai, dar cele mai interesante persoane nu ajung acolo
Intrebari la care s-a si intrebari la care nu s-a - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/03/2006 18:48:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Intreaba unu` cit sa ceara pe o lucrare foto.
Un alt fotograf ii raspunde pe larg.
Chestia se intimpla desigur in alta tzara.
Dar, oricum, e interesant.

Try anywhere between £1.00 and £10,000.00 per day. That should cover it!

A bit of a pointless statement you might say. And indeed you are correct.
Much as anyone else's might be, without knowing the first thing about your
circumstances. After all, £250.00, £500.00, £1000.00, £2000.00 per day could
all be wide of the mark, in terms of your client and for yourself!

The first thing you have to do is to work out how much it is costing you to
breathe. What are your outgoings?

Do you work from home or rent a studio?

Do you own the property and have a mortgage?

Utility bills, council tax, maintenance on same?

Do you own a car? How much is it costing you to run? Annual bills for fuel,
insurance, tax, maintenance, depreciation, HP, leasing etc., cost to renew?

Digital photographic equipment? (Phew-LM!) Cameras, lenses, computers and all
the peripherals needed to join it all up into a seamless working unit.
Office equipment? Insurance again. How much is it all costing you? Leasing?
Buy out right - then interest lost on savings?

Pension? Life insurance? Public liability? Servicing an overdraft to the bank!!?

And so on and so on and so on. It never ends. But that’s just for starters!
There will be many more things you will need, just supply clients with your talent.

After the night session, then you need something to buy breakfast in the morning.

Work out all those costs and you come to a frightening figure.

There are then 365 days in the year and I don't believe you will be able to work
every one of those days, so break it down into a realistic figure.

You might want weekends off just like so many of your clients. You might not get
them, but you might get two days of forced holiday in the week, without wishing
to have them by not having any work! So that balances that out. You are down to 265 days.

You might like at least two weeks holiday. After all, many of your clients will
be on four, five, even six weeks holiday a year all paid for. Well you can possibly count
on another five weeks of unpaid holiday in the form of no work. Down to say 230 days.

Now supposing you get a one day job. It maybe necessary to spend one day preparing
for the shoot. It maybe complicated, it may not, but it might take another day to
finish off sitting in front of the computer and then try to get the next job. You
get the drift? For every shooting day, you get another down day. So you are now down
to 115 days of full fee earning days.

Give yourself a bit of a leeway, because you will need to see clients and persuade them
with all your charms. Then there is Aunt Agatha who is coming to London to do a day's
shopping and wouldn't her nephew just like to take her to Harrod's? She might buy you
your first decent meal in a month though, so you do it without protest. Then there is
all that faffing about creating your book, not to mention all the training days and other
trivia that gets in the way of earning money.

And you will soon realise that you will do well to shoot at full fees for more than 100 days
in a year. I say 100 as that happens to be an easy number for us all, to divide all those costs
by, that you are going to run up in the year.

Let's face it, the costs are easy to calculate, but not easy to anticipate.
The end result could be a frightening figure, simply because this is what you need to breathe
for one year. It takes no account of re-investment into the business. It makes no allowance to
put money by for that ocean going yacht you have promised yourself within five years!
It certainly takes no account of your talent. If you are the bee's knees why shouldn't
you charge more than the next guy?

Do some sums first. At least you get some idea of where to start from. Don't take any
notice of moneys promised in the future. We would all be millionaires if all that came to fruition.
Be careful of supposed retainers.
They have a habit of being cut short!

There is a figure out there below which you will take your last breath.
Don't go there. It is easy to be a busy fool!
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