Monday, January 31, 2011

Signs That A Guy is Flirting!

 Before we discuss some of the common signs of flirting exhibited by men, let us first define what flirting means. According to the dictionary, flirting means:


To make playfully romantic or sexual overtures.
To deal playfully, triflingly, or superficially with: flirt with danger.
To move abruptly or jerkily.
How do men flirt?  Men often flirt by showing their masculinity. They tend to put emphasis on exuding their being "masculine, their being "macho", as they think it attracts the female species. So how do men flirt? What are the common signs that a guy is flirting with you? Take the following signs that  a guy, is flirting  with you, although the list does not hold true all the time.

Common Signs That a Guy is Flirting with you:

He...

* Arches his back.
* Sways his pelvis.
* Laughs loudly.
* Tugs his tie.
* Clasps back of his neck.
* Squares his shoulders.
* Puffs his chest.
* Stiffens his stance.
* Teases you in a friendly manner, such as by calling you names.
* Winks at you from a distance.
* Always compliments you.
* Smiles suggestively.
* Engages in direct eye contact.
* Casually touches you.

In the modern world with the advent of cellphones and social networking sites, he:

* texts/calls you often
* sends you suggestive messages
* always gets in touch with you on social networking sites by commenting on your every posts, every photo, every video (take this sign with extra caution as this is not conclusive, but you will know if a guy is flirting with you.)

Trust your intuition. Trust that woman instinct of yours which will give you that feel that a guy is flirting with you. A woman will always feel it. But remember to never jump into conclusions when it comes to matters like this. If you feel like a guy might like you, don't spread the word publicly. Keep it to yourself. Wait till he proposes or tells you upfront.  Otherwise you might end up embarrassed of your premature judgment and arrogance! :)

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Decrepit conditions in the Islamic North Africa ~ mean some Algerian parents would rather put children on boat to Europe

What they should do is to stop the family immigration marriages ~ because it could be used to play the system ~ the kid grows up in Europe and then returns home to marry his cousin ~ and then each of their kids do the same. It is time to make the Muslim world stand on their own two feet.

Either way it can only be a distressing decision for any parent to put their child on a boat to uncertainty ~ Europe should make it clear ~ if we have the children then they should be raised free. Where no Islamic intolerances are respected. We should raise them human first.



In Algeria ~ they are now building the second largest mosque in the world ~ with the tallest minaret [that could probably double as a lighthouse ~ in Europe] ~ at a cost of one point something billion $$!! At least with a Hollywood movie you would get a return on your investment. It is obviously just what the Algerian people need!!



(ANSAmed) - ALGIERS, JANUARY 31 - "Some parents send their underage children in the boats of the harraga [illegal migrants]," in order to "make the most of laws" existing in Europe, and particularly in Spain. This is according to the leader of the Algerian community abroad, Halim Bentallah, who has been speaking on national radio.

"Copying a practice used in other nearby countries, parents try to make the most of the friendly laws in countries that take charge of minors," Bentallah said.

"They send their children on the boats," he said, and once the children arrive on the European coasts, "they refuse to take them back, and prefer that their children remain there and cut all telephone communication".

Bentallah, who did not provide any other details, said that this "deplorable" phenomenon "is spreading". (ANSAmed).

Indonesia Jails Pop Star Over Sex Tape Scandal

Indonesian pop singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham sits in the courtroom after he arrive for his final trial in Bandung of the Indonesia's West Java province January 31, 2011.

Let me explain ~ HE SLEPT WITH HER ~ and a TAPE of them was RELEASED on the INTERNET and he received 3.5 years ~ only in the Islamic world!! 0000

Indonesian television star Luna Maya attends the final trial of her boyfriend pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham, in Bandung of the Indonesia's West Java province January 31, 2011



BANDUNG, Indonesia — One of Indonesia’s biggest pop stars was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday over a series of online celebrity sex tapes in a verdict seen as a major step in efforts by Islamic conservatives to police morality in the Muslim-majority nation.

Pop star's supporters chased. 

Protesters blaming Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, left, attack his supporters in orange camouflaged suits after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010

A supporter of Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, right, runs away from protesters blaming Ariel, left, after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010

Hundreds of Muslim hard-liners, enraged by what they saw as too lenient a sentence, stormed a court compound in the city of Bandung after judges found the pop star, Nazril Irham, popularly known as Ariel, guilty of helping to spread homemade videos of himself having sex with two top female celebrities.

An assortment of Islamo-nuts ~ shouting 'Allah Akbar'


Muslim women shout "God is Great" during a rally outside the courthouse where Indonesian pop singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham is on trial in Bandung in Indonesia's West Java province January 31, 2011

Mr. Irham was rushed into an armored police car as white-robed protesters chanting “God is great” briefly clashed with uniformed members of Pancasila Youth, a nationalist group that was providing protection for Mr. Irham and his supporters. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear largely stood by as the hearing broke into chaos.

A protester, right, blaming Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, prepares to throw a rock at a car of Ariel's supporter after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010.

Judge Singgih Budi Prakoso said Mr. Irham, the lead singer of the band Peterpan, had violated Indonesia’s controversial antipornography law, which was passed in 2008 amid pressure from Muslim conservatives and vociferous protest from liberals and religious minorities. The sentence, which also included a fine of about $28,000, was less than the five years demanded by prosecutors and the maximum 12 years available under the law.

The court found that Mr. Irham broke the law by “giving the opportunity” for others to copy and distribute the videos when he handed over a hard drive to a music editor for Peterpan in 2006.

The case of Mr. Irham has riveted Indonesia since two videos surfaced online last year showing him having sex with his girlfriend, the actress Luna Maya, and the television presenter Cut Tari.

The popularity of the videos prompted the government to impose an online filter for Internet pornography — which has so far met limited success— and to pursue Mr. Irham under the pornography law. Throughout, there has been a fierce debate between liberals and conservatives over the role of the newly democratic state in prying into the private lives of its citizens.

Neither side was pleased by Monday’s verdict.

Mr. Irham’s lawyer, O. C. Kaligis, dismissed it as a miscarriage of justice intended to distract the public from ongoing government corruption scandals. The court had acted wrongly by applying the law retroactively to acts that happened in 2006, he said, and had failed to prove that Mr. Irham had intended for others to see and spread private videos.

“They say Indonesia is a democracy, but where’s the democracy?” Ms. Maya said in an interview in the court compound.

Ms. Maya, who interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a 2009 visit, said she was “disappointed” with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who publicly backed a police investigation at the height of the scandal.

“We’re Indonesians, we pay taxes, we’ve never done anything wrong, we’ve done nothing,” she said. “But it’s like they’re raping our freedom, they’re raping our privacy.

“If this country is going to hand out punishments based on public opinion, then we may as well do away with the courts.”

But Abdul Qohar, the West Java provincial head of the Islamic Defenders Front, or F.P.I., said Mr. Irham’s videos had become a “virus” that was corrupting the nation’s youth and that the court should have accepted the prosecutors’ demand for five years in jail.

“Looking at this through Muslim goggles, for the F.P.I. and all Muslims, adulterers must be stoned to death,” Mr. Qohar said.

New York Times

The bad-faith bandit from Banja Luka

Consumers in Banja Luka: do they know who is monitoring
the importation of their favourite brands?
tytoc collie's Ministry for Nasty Practices has been growling about the WIPD scam for long enough; it's time to focus on other miscreants. Via his helpful friend Jelena Jankovic (Petosevic) he has learned all about another naughty business, EKOSAN. The story goes like this:
"Until recently, Bosnia had only one law on IP rights, the Law on Industrial Property, which entered into force on 27 August 2002 and covered patents, trade marks, designs and geographical indications and designations of origin. The Law, which was in force until 1 January 2011, had no provisions regarding bad faith trade mark applications.

Bad faith applications were therefore tolerated and a large number of well-known global brand names passed into the hands of local counterfeit sellers. Legal remedies available in these situations were limited. The Bosnian PTO did not recognize bad faith as one of the grounds for cancellation, prosecutors refused to pursue bad faith cases claiming there was no criminal intent and the civil courts were reluctant in issuing decisions in unfair competition claims.

The new Law on Trade Marks, in force as of 1 January 2011, listed bad faith as one of the relative grounds for cancellation. However, without the actual use of the mark in Bosnia, it will be difficult to prove bad faith, especially with the PTO that has traditionally favoured local companies.

The most notorious example of this practice is the case of EKOSAN, an importer of textile products from China and Turkey, located in Banja Luka, northwestern Bosnia. The company registered almost 200 trade marks that belong to well-known apparel companies and requested customs monitoring. The company then managed to prohibit import attempts by other companies, including the actual owners of the marks. Among the trade marks EKOSAN registered are brands that are well known globally, but without any local presence, marketing or campaign in Bosnia. The company has even started to register some of the well-known marks in other countries in the region".
tytoc collie can scarcely imagine how galling it must be for brand owners to be excluded from the opportunity to monitor the importation of goods bearing their own trade marks and other indicia.  But the lesson is clear.  For as long as trade mark rights are territorial and not global -- which is likely to be forever -- international businesses have to take the lead in registering and protecting their brands.  It is an expense and it is an inconvenience, but it this this that underpins the credibility of a trader's goods and services and protects consumers too.  Merpel says, it seems bizarre that, as late as 2002, a country could pass an intellectual property law that contained no provision for dealing with bad faith trade mark applications.  It's not as if there weren't plenty of examples of other people's trade mark laws to look at.  What were the Bosnian legislators thinking of?

Crowds cheer return of exiled Islamic leader - says they have nothing to fear - Video


Experts say Mr Ben Ali used a fear of Islamists to seduce Western allies keen for a bulwark against terrorism in a volatile region, and win their blessing despite widespread repression.

Islamist Swa-mist ~ for Muslim leaders ~ God is in a Swiss bank account! And the Islamists want to take that away!!

On one side we could easily blame the despots who run the Islamic world ~ on the other side there must be some reason that time and time again ~ Muslim countries end up as dictatorships. And for this you have to look at the people. It is obvious that they support dictatorships. Take the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which places Islam [rights of group] over humanity or individual rights. Then they wonder why their talismanic governments ~ imbued with all their special Shariac powers fail them every time.

One day Muslims will grow tied of this yo-yo system of government ~ Islamic revolution after Islamic revolution ~ but we can't stop the world because they insist on backwardness ~ we need to get off their energy and move our societies on ~ energy technology-wise. That's our oil well.



''Some Western media portray me like [Ayatollah] Khomeini, but that's not me,'' he said.

Mr Ghanouchi said he wanted his party to help Tunisia carry out democratic reforms, but he was not interested in standing in elections expected in coming months. ''I am not going to run for president of Tunisia, nor as a minister, nor as a parliamentarian.''

TUNIS: The leader of a long-outlawed Tunisian Islamist party has returned home after two decades in exile, saying that his views are moderate and his Westward-looking country has nothing to fear.

Rachid Ghanouchi, 69, and about 70 other exiled members of Ennahdha, or Renaissance, flew home from Britain two weeks after the autocratic president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power by violent protests.

At the airport on Sunday thousands of people welcomed him, cheering, shouting ''God is great'' and drowning out his attempt to address the crowd with a megaphone.

Mr Ghanouchi rejected any comparison to more radical figures, including the hardline father of the Iranian revolution.

''Some Western media portray me like [Ayatollah] Khomeini, but that's not me,'' he said.

Mr Ghanouchi left the country as Mr Ben Ali came to power in 1987. With Mr Ben Ali gone, Ennahdha has moved quickly to carve out a place in the political scene, taking part in demonstrations and meeting the Prime Minister.

Some Tunisians fear that a revival of Islam could hurt their hard-won gains and quality of life, or inspire a movement like the al-Qaeda-linked network that has waged an insurgency in neighbouring Algeria. But while Ennahdha was branded an Islamic terrorist group by Mr Ben Ali, it is considered moderate by scholars. Experts say Mr Ben Ali used a fear of Islamists to seduce Western allies keen for a bulwark against terrorism in a volatile region, and win their blessing despite widespread repression.

The ban on Mr Ghanouchi's party has not been lifted, but the new interim government has been more tolerant of it.

Mr Ghanouchi said he wanted his party to help Tunisia carry out democratic reforms, but he was not interested in standing in elections expected in coming months. ''I am not going to run for president of Tunisia, nor as a minister, nor as a parliamentarian.''

In 1991 Mr Ghanouchi was convicted in his absence to life in prison, as were most of the party's leaders. Mr Ben Ali banned the party, accusing it of conspiring to kill him and establish a Muslim fundamentalist state. Ennahdha denied those accusations.

Mr Ghanouchi compared his politics to those of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite Mr Erdogan's Islamist roots, he has been widely viewed as a pragmatist largely loyal to the legacy of Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who sought to create a secular, modern state.

AP

Cairo: After Curfew - Video

God's Holy Mountain: The Temple of Satan

There is presently a kingdom being built on earth for the Antichrist, and we are nearing its completion. Before Lucifer can rule, the leaders of the world must bring unity in diversity. Boundaries can only be removed and bring about a world government, when the people of the world can build bridges between faith and spirituality. This has long been the goal of Freemasonry, Knights of Malta, Unitarianism, the  Baha'i faith, the goals of the occultic organization of the Theosophical Society, as well as the Vatican. Their desire is to show the world that there are multiple, valid pathways to God, and to bring about a leader who will rule.

This interfaith approach has already taken root in Israel. These important steps have been accomplished:
  • A modern Sanhedrin was established in October 2004, and they follow a multi-religious approach in terms of scriptures, such as Isaiah 56:7: “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” This verse is interpreted in error to lend credence to a multi-religious way by recognizing unbiblical faiths.
  • Several interfaith organizations have been created to open dialogue between the people of different  faiths. Founded in Israel, there is the Interfaith Encounter Association, and the Elijah Interfaith Institute, just to name two. Prominent religious leaders are appointed and participating in both of these groups, and they meet together during the year.

One important project of the Interfaith Encounter Association is called God's Holy Mountain. Based on part of their website vision statement, they want to transform:

"... the Temple Mount from a place of contention to a place that is truly God's Holy Mountain, a house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7). It is a vision of fulfilling the ultimate mission of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and the original purpose of the Temple, for the entire world to worship the One God together in peace." 
"The image shown depicts a rebuilt Temple in peaceful proximity to the Islamic and Christian shrines in Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the purpose of the Temple to manifest the One God to the entire world. This vision is absolutely not about compromise for Jews, Muslims, or Christians. Rather it is about radical fulfillment of a basic tenet of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and other religions of the world, to manifest the One God on earth by worshipping the One God together in peace. It is about a transformation of the Temple Mount to reflect the ultimate prophetic character of God’s Holy Mountain.[1]

From the Bible we know that the Third Temple, which will be built in Jerusalem, will be the temple of the false Messiah. In this way he will try to ensure that the Jews do not accept the once for all sacrifice of the true Messiah on the cross. Furthermore, he will use this temple to declare himself to be God in the Holy of Holies (2 Thess. 2:4; Dan. 11:31; Matt. 24:15-21). By then, the temple of God will have become the temple of Satan.[2]

The Interfaith Encounter Association works as part of the Partner Cities Network of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR). The IEA is also a member in the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN and a founding member of the Partnership Committee for the United Nations Decade of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace. [3] I suspect this temple will be the only one that will gain approval to be built.

Monday miscellany

Egypt: home to the earliest evidence
that cats were once human too
Egypt.  tytoc collie and his friends note the current political turmoil in the top right-hand corner of Africa. It's quite likely that our friends in Egypt aren't able to read this right now, given the recent suspension of communications, including our beloved internet. However, they should know that our thoughts are with not just the intellectual property community there but also the public at large. According to a recent news release from Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), "... all Government Departments, including Trade Mark and Patent Offices are closed until further notice". We hope that normal communication channels will soon be restored and, whatever the immediate or long-term outcome of the present state uncertainty, there will be peace and no further loss of life.


Instant branding and Los 33.  The February 2011 issue of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, published by Oxford University Press and edited by IPKat team member Jeremy, has now come out (contents here).  The Editorial, which is available online to everyone via the jiplp weblog, whether they subscribe to the journal or not, raises the issue of "instant brands" and the sudden rise last year in the brand potential of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after an unprecedented set of events that captured the world's imagination.  You can read it here.


" ... and I tell you the patent's
invalid!", he shouted
Damages for infringing an invalid patent.  The debate over the commercial, moral and practical issues arising from an award of damages for infringing a subsequently-invalidated patent -- which tytoc collie inadvertently set off last week here -- has been relocated to the PatLit weblog, where cudgels have been taken up by a couple of anonymous heavyweights here and here.  It is hoped that the United Kingdom's Supreme Court will hear arguments on this topic later this year -- and tytoc collie does not rule out a reference to the European Court of Justice on the extent to which such damages can live with the principles and the provisions of Directive 2004/48 on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.


The Temperance Bar at Glasgow's
Grand Central Hotel, famed for its
Robert Burns Elderflower and
Raspberry Cocktail
“Wee Tweet’rous Beasties”. In a moment of madness, IPKat team member Jeremy agreed to speak at the LES Britain + Ireland Burns Supper on 9 February somewhere north of Hadrian's Wall.  He has been placed, quite literally it seems, between the Scotch Broth and the Haggis, which has its own address (not www.haggis.com, which is a parked domain). Remarkably, there is no sign of alcohol anywhere in the menu programme, which closes at 9.35pm with "networking" (they must be expecting a busload of Americans).  Other attractions on the night include a 20-minute talk from the internationally renowned TBC, not to mention an Interactive Tweetfest with decadent prizes. You can check out the details of the evening here.


Thank you, Chris Torrero, for unearthing a fascinating resource which, tytoc collie suspects, has the capacity to keep many a music enthusiast well and truly distracted from his day-to-day work.   The Discography announces:
"Our central Database includes 1,300 entries covering 2,400 court opinions (including over 30,000 pieces of data) spanning almost 200 years, fully summarized and searchable by numerous variables, featuring nearly every artist you'll think of (many you won't), covering copyrights and contracts, trusts, torts and more. There's also a Blog and up-to-date legal music News to boot. The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music has arrived".
It looks as though its sole focus is the United States -- so let's hope that some good soul with a good deal of time on his or her hands, and who truly doesn't mind being distracted from day-to-day work, will put together a pan-European version.  If anyone volunteers to do this, tytoc collie will be happy to publicise their efforts and spread the word once the database is up-and-running.

I am an American by choice



If you were born here, you don’t really have an idea what that means


The accident of the place you were born doesn’t leave you much choice…you are born there and that is that. But in the migrations and the political upheavals people have to move around. Some even do it seeking financial improvements and that is not looked upon as noble as one who comes to America searching for freedom and to embrace the principles which this country was founded.

My parents brought me to America as a fourteen year old. I didn’t have much a say in that either. As I adapted and became familiar with the culture; I became impressed with the noble purpose of the creation of America by the Founding Fathers. The idea of equality, participatory democracy and the pursuit of happiness was to me an awesome concept.

I was also very admiring of the fact that this is a nation of laws. Anarchy to me was much too fresh in my young mind as I saw my country deteriorate and the fabric of society crumble. I was experiencing in America the total opposite of my homeland and I liked it.

Unlike my peers who had not experienced any hardships due to politics gone wrong; I had that fire in my belly to participate, to become informed and to become an American. I even began to volunteer in Los Angeles for the campaign to elect Barry Goldwater President. At the time I still had a blindfold over my eyes as to the motivations and the underlying ideology of the Republican Party. I did notice that as a Latino I just didn’t see very many of my Hispanic brothers in the Republican Party. I noticed too that there were very few blacks. I found it suspect but because I was under the impression that the Republicans were staunch anti-communists I would be more at home there.

I was so much a hawk, a warmonger that I was in favor of the Vietnam War. Although I must admit I couldn’t understand why the U.S. would fight that war and tolerate a communist regime 90 miles from its shores. The “domino theory” that was the talking point then would also apply to Cuba, would it not? And it did…Cuba got itself involved in every imaginable conflict in Latin America and even obtained some limited success in Nicaragua and El Salvador while creating a headache for Latin American governments from the Mexican border to Patagonia…and giving America a veritable pain in the ass; some of the dominoes did fall.

It wasn’t until I was in my second year of college that I began to question some of my set of beliefs and American politics in general. On a personal level I noticed that no matter what I did, how well I did it and how hard I worked I was still not respected. Those just deserts never would come my way.

Kent State happened and I was horrified at the thought that American students would actually be murdered by the military while exercising their right of free speech. It started to become clear that the Viet Nam war was immoral and that we were there not for the reasons that our government claimed. By the same token; I was kind of irritated by those who would label us “hippie-communists”, traitors and unpatriotic because we opposed the Vietnam War.

I graduated from college and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. As long as I was cleaning floors, waiting on tables and even cleaning bedpans at a hospital; some Americans, a lot of them actually, had no beef with me; but the minute that I began to compete in the marketplace, entered the job market and tried to get ahead that is when I met all kinds of glass ceilings. No, I am not going to go into details because I would need four or five pages to enumerate all the instances I was discriminated. But curiously, all those situations for some reason or another always involved a recalcitrant Republican who didn’t give a hill of beans about me and what I could contribute to his company. I felt as if the Statue of Liberty had been hit by lightning.

Red was also strong....

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

50 Things Girls Wished Guys Knew

This is worth sharing. I don't know who made this article. But I agree to most of the things that are listed here.  If you like this article, feel free to share it to your friends via email or through twitter or facebook.  Also, don't forget to like my page on Facebook, I will appreciate it so much! :)

50 Things Girls Wished Guys Knew:

1. Don't freakin' tell us when you think other girls are hot.

2. Whenever possible during our favorite show, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

3. If you don't act like soap-opera guys, then don't excpect us to dress like Victoria Secret models.

4. Mark anniversaries on a calendar. That's a must.

5. There is NO such thing as TOO MUCH spooning.

6. We think about you all the time. And I mean ALL the time.

7. This is how we see it... you don't call = you don't care.

8. Which also means that if we don't call, take the hint.

9. We like you to be a little jealous, but overly-possessive is not necessary.

10. Being able to make us laugh is so much more important than how much you can bench press.

11. Return the favor...we massage, you massage...

12. Show us your romantic side every once in a while, we love it.

13. We're allowed to be late...you are not.

14. Eye contact is key.

15. Don't take longer to get ready than we do.

16. Laugh at our jokes.

17. Three words...honesty, honesty, honesty.

18. Girls can be groupies, guy groupies are stalkers...

19. Tell us we're gorgeous or beautiful instead of hot or sexy.

20. Do not start with us...you will not win.

21. Would you like it if a guy treated your sister that way? ...Didn't think so.

22. If you ask nicely, we usually answer the same way.

23. We will never have enough clothes or shoes.

24. We have an excuse to act bitchy, at least once a month.

25. Open the door for us no matter where we are... even at our house or getting into a car.

26. We LOVE surprises!

27. We like to be kissed softly, not with an iron tongue.

28. Pay attention to the little things we do, because they mean the most.

29. Boxers and maybe boxer briefs but.....NEVER whitey-tighties!

30. Clean your room before we come over.

31. Always brush your teeth before you see us...a clean mouth and white teeth are a necessity

32. Love u, love you, luv u and love ya are totally different than I Love You.

33. Even though you are sometimes insensitive and hurt us, we still love you with everything we have.

34. Don't ask us to do things that we aren't ready for.

35. Don't act jerkish and ignore us around your friends.

36. Sometimes NO! really means NO!

37. "Wife Beaters" are not always an adequate form of fashion.

38. Do not bring up an ex-girlfriend, unless we ask.

39. Sensitive guys are great, but crying more than we do in a movie just isn't right.

40. Don't let ex-girlfriends cause drama, relationships are stressful enough.

41. It takes a special kind of stupid to forget birthdays.

42. Guys who are good cuddlers = guys who know how to satisfy a woman.

43. "Fat Chicks" have feelings too.

44. Silent treatment, shoulder shrugs, tears, yelling and nasty looks from us all add up to... YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG!

45. The excuse "I can't dance" is unacceptable...we'll appreciate the simple fact that you're trying.

46. Just because a girl doesn't pick up on the first ring, doesn't mean she's not waiting by the phone.

47. You don't have to spend a lot if it means a lot.

48. Don't say you love me if you don't mean it.

49. Do not lie to us...we will catch you, trust me.

50. When the girls get together, we talk about everything...meaning my best friend knows everything about you!

6 Ways to Get Your Ex Back

How to get your ex back? This sounds a tough question for everyone dealing with a broken relationship. Sometimes, relationships that have ended meant to end for good, while some relationships need a second chance or so and must be fought for to survive. Every relationship requires effort. But let us get to the meat of the 6 ways to get your ex back.

1. Wait and Relax. After a break up, don't rush into things. Give your ex a time to ponder things.  Give him some space. Give your ex a time to realize life "without you". And give yourself a time to cry if you must and think over things that transpired too.

2.  Control your emotions.  Don't call your ex and cry as if you are on the verge of committing suicide due to break up. This is emotional manipulation. Your ex may think you can't handle your emotions well and that you are manipulating him. This will fend him away.  Worst thing you want is a reconciliation with your ex because of manipulation.

3. Admit your mistakes and be a better you. It takes two to tango. Your ex may have faults of his own and so do you. Admit your mistakes that contributed to the break up and be a better you. Show to your ex that you are better now.  How? Your ex and you have common friends that can spread the word of how much your changed .

4. Show that you are always there for your ex. This is significant, as this shows you still care for him as a lover and as a friend. You and your ex have invested emotionally. More often , he will likely ask for your support in the form of advice or opinion on certain matters.

5. Look your best.  Not everything about you is likable to your ex. Let's admit that. Not all your physical attributes or how you dress or how you put your make up on is desirable for your ex. Now focus on these things. Learn to stay beautiful according to his standards. You are doing this to attract him. This is superficial of course. But you see the point, it will help you catch his attention plus it  will boost your confidence and self esteem. Now proceed to step 6.

6. Meet your ex on a friendly date. Don't appear emotionally disturbed as this will push your ex away. Remember ways 1 to 5. Don't be demanding! Don't make any verbal attempt at getting back on him yet. Remember to leave a fresh, better impression on your ex.

Your ex may or may not call you the soonest. But be patient. He will call you eventually if he still loves you. Instead of you making the obvious outward effort of getting back with him, he might just do that himself. However, take note that there is still a chance that he will not call you back and get back to you. But be strong. You can't always have all you desire in life. Look at life at a different perspective. Be positive and move on if you must!

Egypt crisis: Looters destroy mummies in Cairo museum

The group of nine men broke into the Egyptian Museum, which is on the edge of Tahrir Square, the epicentre of protests, searching for gold.

They broke into ten cases to take figurines. When they discovered that the figures did not contain gold, they dropped them and the items broke. They then seized two skulls of the 2,000-year-old mummies and fled.

Dr Zahi Hawass, the director of the museum, said: "Demonstrators in collaboration with security forces stopped the thieves and returned the relics to the museum – but they were already damaged. Only their heads were intact."

Egyptologists described the smashing of the irreplaceable artefacts as "devastating".

"It's is absolutely appalling," said Robert Connolly, an anthropologist and Egyptologist from the University of Liverpool. "If Egyptians are looting their own heritage then it is truly terrible. [..]

Telegraph

Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters


What a disaster Shari'a makes. These systems for the most part are unsustainable. Yet even with the next government ~ they will rush to hand over their individual religious rights ~ but under this umbrella ~ is freedom of conscience, freedom of association, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of action ~ Muslims again and again allow government encroachment ~ and since the state is seen to be a protector of religious rights ~ accountability measures are based on trust in God ~ over man's normal checks and balances. The Islamic Shari'a system is delusionary in today's interconnected world. They are told Islam makes them superior ~ while watching the infidel eat and prosper.

Its Islamic supremacy on an empty belly!


The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

The secret document in full

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations and his identity is being protected by The Daily Telegraph.



The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisian president Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled the country after widespread protests forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

Mr Mubarak, facing the biggest challenge to his authority in his 31 years in power, ordered the army on to the streets of Cairo yesterday as rioting erupted across Egypt.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in open defiance of a curfew. An explosion rocked the centre of Cairo as thousands defied orders to return to their homes. As the violence escalated, flames could be seen near the headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party.

Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

At least five people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday and 870 injured, several with bullet wounds. Mohamed ElBaradei, the pro-reform leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was placed under house arrest after returning to Egypt to join the dissidents. Riots also took place in Suez, Alexandria and other major cities across the country.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, urged the Egyptian government to heed the “legitimate demands of protesters”. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said she was “deeply concerned about the use of force” to quell the protests.

In an interview for the American news channel CNN, to be broadcast tomorrow, David Cameron said: “I think what we need is reform in Egypt. I mean, we support reform and progress in the greater strengthening of the democracy and civil rights and the rule of law.”

The US government has previously been a supporter of Mr Mubarak’s regime. But the leaked documents show the extent to which America was offering support to pro-democracy activists in Egypt while publicly praising Mr Mubarak as an important ally in the Middle East.

In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place before elections, scheduled for September this year.

The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6 activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”

It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was “so sensitive it cannot be written down”.

Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.

Cairo embassy officials warned Washington that the activist’s identity must be kept secret because he could face “retribution” when he returned to Egypt. He had already allegedly been tortured for three days by Egyptian state security after he was arrested for taking part in a protest some years earlier.

The protests in Egypt are being driven by the April 6 youth movement, a group on Facebook that has attracted mainly young and educated members opposed to Mr Mubarak. The group has about 70,000 members and uses social networking sites to orchestrate protests and report on their activities.

The documents released by WikiLeaks reveal US Embassy officials were in regular contact with the activist throughout 2008 and 2009, considering him one of their most reliable sources for information about human rights abuses.

Telegraph

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Backs ElBaradei Role


CAIRO—The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's venerable and controversial Islamic organization, says it has backed Mohamed ElBaradei as the lead spokesman for the country's opposition groups to negotiate further political reforms with the shaky Egyptian government.


The development marks the latest step by the Brotherhood to subordinate its religious goals to what opposition groups are describing as a battle for democracy, in a country run under a state of emergency by President Hosni Mubarak for more than 30 years. It also suggests that the group's once sidelined moderate wing is regaining strength at a time when the movement could emerge as a significant political actor in Egyptian politics.

The Brotherhood, founded in 1928, is thought to be Egypt's most popular unofficial political organization. It has a long fought to establish Sharia law in Egypt, an anathema to the military leaders that have run the country and a key reason given by Mr. Mubarak and his predecessors for soft-pedaling on political reform. The group's strict views on morality and religion also have traditionally alienated them from Egypt's other political movements, which are largely led by Western-leaning intellectuals.


One of the hallmarks of the massive national protests against Mr. Mubarak has been its secular tone. Supporters of the Brotherhood have joined the street demonstrations, but their footprint has been intentionally light, according to opposition leaders. Brotherhood members agreed with the umbrella of opposition groups organizing the protests to keep religious slogans out of the demonstration to minimize the risk that Mr. Mubarak's security agencies could discredit the movement, organizers said.

Egypt's opposition groups have had a checkered past, with ideological divides and personal animosities sapping their strength against the might of the Mubarak regime. For now, their solidarity appears to be sticking.

The umbrella organization, called the National Association for Change, on Sunday formed a steering committee, with Mr. ElBaradei at the helm, to strategize further movements and pressure Mr. Mubarak and his military leaders for more political concessions, according to senior Brotherhood leaders.

That reflects the organization's strategy that their religious goals need to be put on the back burner to achieve democracy, said Helmi Gazzar, the head of the Brotherhood's district party office in northern Cairo.

"What we want is what the people want.; right now we should have a completely different regime. We should have freedom and free elections," he said. "We respect Mr. Baradei. He has the most potential" to achieve this.

Some Middle East analysts argue that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the organization from which many of the region's Islamists have taken inspiration, has a more moderate theological profile than is sometimes feared.

Unlike the Palestinian political group Hamas in the neighboring Gaza Strip, the Muslim Brotherhood isn't considered a terrorist organization by Washington or by European capitals. Egypt has outlawed the group as a political party, but members of the movement sit in Parliament as independent lawmakers, and U.S. officials frequently meet with these parliamentarians.

Detractors, however, see the Brotherhood as an extremist organization, similar to the Islamic movement that overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1979. They point to a draft political manifesto published by the organization in 2007 in which the organization called for a religious guidance counsel to be set up in Egypt to approve all laws passed by the country's civilian institutions. The political platform also states that Christians or women couldn't become president.

The Brotherhood's moderate wing disagreed with the manifesto, but the document helped exacerbate rifts between the group and Egypt's leftist and liberal democracy activists. For that reason, it was seen as a significant development when Mr. ElBaradei forged the umbrella opposition movement last year with the approval and inclusion of the Brotherhood.

Not all the group's secular detractors have lost their mistrust of the Brotherhood, but they say they understand the importance of the group to the overall goal of pushing for democratic change.

"I have some fears about the Muslim Brotherhood and their [future] intentions. But the situation is bigger than all of us now. You need them in the streets," said Ziad el-Alami, a senior aide for Mr. ElBaradei and a human-rights lawyer.

WSJ

Why is TRAI limiting Free SMS to 100 ( Per Day Per Sim )



According to this official document from TRAI, Free SMS in any form will be limited to 100 per day and no more. Now if you are wondering why, blame those numbers which were sending you unnecessary SMS of free job, free PAN service and so on. Yes you got it right, the telemarketers who misused the SMS pack from the operators.

The Authority is also aware that unsolicited commercial communications can be/are being sent by unregistered 52 telemarketers. Such messages can be sent by any person and they are essentially in the category of P2P communications. However, in order to curb such messages, the Authority has decided that no Access Providers shall provide any SMS packages in any form (through voucher, student pack, seasonal pack etc) permitting sending of more than 100 SMS per day per SIM except on blackout days or days specially notified by TRAI.

Any such package already in use shall be withdrawn w.e.f 31.12.2010. Provisions have also been made to disconnect the telecom resources after giving a notice if it is found that telemarketing activities are being done from the unregistered telemarketer. 

This is documented in Page 51 , 52 point 18. If you remember TRAI did roll out tough regulation for Telemarketers in December.

Overall this is a good step to restrict to an extent but it will be still tough for a customer as there is no place where they can call and register a complain. A telemarketer will have more then 3-4 SIM on an average and with SMS packs costing them peanuts, TRAI will have to figure out more ways to curb them.

Another sgement which will be affected on this are students who are the major buyers of SMS packs and this will directly impact the operators who are making lot of money for charging high on SMS ( call charges are lower these days ).


Letter from AmeriKat: End of January Jolly


Yesterday the AmeriKat was stomping up and down Kings Road on a hunt for a new casual outfit. Her journey had started with an idea of a new cocktail dress needing to be instilled in her wardrobe (the AmeriKat uses the word "needing" very liberally). However after a few frustrating attempts, she realized a perfectly fitting, appropriately priced, and pitch-perfect dress was not going to be found that cold winter's afternoon. With the stubborn ideal of a dress still swimming around her head, she begrudgingly walked into one store which never enjoys much success with the AmeriKat. After a few meaningless paces around the retail floor, she was leaving the store when she decided to change her mind and reframe her objective. She stopped, turned around and decided that she was going to find something here and marched down to the sale rack. Assisted by a trusty advisor, low and behold she found the perfect skirt at an amazing price which assisted her in sparkling later that night. It just goes to show that when you are about to give up on something, a little change in one's attitude can make all the difference. (Picture, top left - the AmeriKat hiding in her shopping bag after a long afternoon browsing)

RIAA lawyer to be next US Solicitor General

Another change was announced last week when President Obama (right) nominated Donald Verrilli as the next United States Solicitor General. Verrilli will be filling the shoes left by Justice Elena Kagan who left the post last year when she was appointed to the Supreme Court. Prior to becoming a White House lawyer, Verrilli’s private practice experience at Jenner & Block LLP included representing the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) in their on-going battle (or crusade, depends on who you ask) with copyright infringers. He also has represented Hollywood film studios in similar battles. According to the New York Times Verrilli has argued before the Supreme Court 12 times and before the federal appeals and state supreme courts around 35 times.

The US Solicitor General is responsible for determining the US’s legal position in matters that reach the Supreme Court and arguing on behalf of the US Government in cases in which they are a party (which is a hefty task in itself). The Solicitor General also files amicus curiae briefs in cases of federal government interest, such as the Google Book Settlement case (see report here). Former President William Howard Taft and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court bench) also acted as the US Solicitor General.

If Verrilli’s name sounds familiar to IPKat readers, it is because Verrilli (picture, left) has been one of the lead attorneys in two famous copyright battles: Grokster and Viacom v YouTube. The Supreme Court’s famous MGM v Grokster ruling in 2005, unanimously held that operators of peer-to-peer file sharing websites could be sued for contributory copyright infringement for the illegal sharing of copyrighted content on their website. The Viacom v YouTube case, which has now reached the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, also involves a claim by Viacom that YouTube should liable for contributory copyright infringement in failing to remove and to prevent the uploading of Viacom’s copyrighted content (see previous reports here). However, Verrilli is known also for acting in cases which pressed for greater rights for prisoners, including methods by which death-row inmates are executed, as well for pro bono clients.

Verrilli takes over from acting solicitor general, Neal Katyal. Katyal, although a top choice for the nomination was considered to be too challenging a choice to get past the now Republican saturated Senate. In 2006 in Hamden v Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration in their plans to hold military commission trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Katyal was part of this legal team. The AmeriKat is sadly not surprised that a lawyer with specialization in the telecommunications and IP, with multi-billion dollar industry clients would be a more palatable choice for some Senate Republicans than a lawyer who won a case against the Bush administration. Americans love nothing more than mixing a bit of politics with their judiciary!

Despite the Amerikat’s general ideological qualms in relation to the Katyal choice, she is excited that the next (hopefully) Solicitor General will be an IP lawyer. This is a further message of the importance of IP to the Obama Administration and the US's economic recovery.

Verrilli will now have to go through the usual confirmation process by the Congress and Senate before he takes office. The AmeriKat will keep you posted on any developments.

Snap! Kodak’s hope for a picture perfect ITC trial is not to be

Last Monday, Eastman Kodak lost the opening round in an US International Trade Commission (ITC) patent battle. Last year following failed negotiations with Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) – the makers of Blackberry – Kodak filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that Apple and RIM infringed their 2001 patent (see previous AmeriKat mention here). The complaint coincided with Kodak filing patent infringement claims against Apple in New York and Texan federal court.

During Monday’s initial recommendation ruling Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern ruled that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s Blackberry models did not violate Kodak’s patent. The ITC’s six commissioners now have 4 months to decide to either amend Judge Luckern’s ruling or let it stand. Laura Quatela, Kodak’s chief IP officer stated that the judge’s recommendation represented
“a preliminary step in a process that we are extremely confident will conclude in Kodak’s favor. This very same Kodak patent was upheld by a different ALJ [administrative law judge] at the ITC in our case against LG and Samsung, whose products use the very same Kodak technology to function in the very same manner as similar products from Apple and RIM. What’s more, the attorneys at the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, which separately examined this case, agree with Kodak’s interpretation of the patent. We fully expect the ITC Commission will ultimately rule that the patent claim at issue is valid and infringed by Apple and RIM.”
In recent years, Kodak has been attempting to reinvent itself into a digital photography powerhouse, a move which has seen them licence their technology to several companies including Motorola and Nokia. The AmeriKat does not anticipate that the commissioners will come back with anything other than bad news, but as George Will said “The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.”

Catcher in the Rye suit settles

Two years the AmeriKat wrote about the copyright infringement suit brought by JD Salinger against Fredrik Colting, the Swedish author of the unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye - 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye -which was subject to an injunction barring its publication in the US, The case reached the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week it was reported that the two parties have settled on terms that the book will continue to not be published in the UK, the title will be changed and it is reported that Colting is forbidden from dedicating the book to Salinger. For more details on the settlement please see here.

Sony Ericsson sues over logo

Two weeks ago mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson sued wireless broadband operator Clearwire for allegedly infringing their trade mark logo to the tune of about $150,000 including costs. Sony Ericsson reportedly became aware of Clearwire's intention to use the offending logo and in 2010 wrote to them demanding them to rethink its branding. In May 2010 Clearwire announced it was to begin selling mobile phones under the logo. Sony Ericsson's trade mark is not as widely recognized as it is in Europe. What do readers think? Is Clearwire's logo infringing?

Justin Bieber prefer older girls like Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber is 16 going on 17, and he definitely seems to have a thing for older women, like girlfriend Selena Gomez, 18.

There was recently some buzz created around the fact that Justin Bieber tweeted a message of congratulations to True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld for her Oscar nomination, and of course, some assumed that this meant he was interested in her romantically.


When asked about possibly dating Hailee in a recent interview, Justin Bieber said, “She’s young. She’s like 14, I’ll be 17 in less than a month.”

Justin Bieber may think that a girl who is two years his junior is too young to date, but dating Selena Gomez, who is two years older than him, seems to suit him just fine. But no matter what age a girl is, admitting that he’s actually dating them has proven to be his biggest challenge.


Babble


Kardashian's Never Say Never Commercial



Video: Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Movie Date



Never Say Never 3D - His Number One Fan



Ecumenism and the Three Threads of the Charismatic Renewal

Cardinal Leon Suenens ( 1904-1996)

The ecumenical house of deception has many windows. The following finding connects the ecumenical movement of the Roman Catholic Church with that of the Charismatic movement. If it were not for Cardinal Suenens, the Charismatic Renewal would never had entered the Catholic Church. Once it did, leaders from the Pentecostal, Protestant Charismatic, and Catholic church felt a need to bring the three streams of renewal together in a more formal way. With 50,000 registered attendees, this was the biggest and most inclusive gathering of "baptized in the Spirit believers" in modern history. With Cardinal Suenens as the papal liaison, the 1977 Kansas City Conference on Charismatic Renewal, " was the largest and most inclusive ecumenical assembly in the history of American Christianity." Almost half of the participants were Roman Catholics. This new body of Charismatics were not separatists, but rather reformist in character.[1][2]

According to Dave Hunt, the guiding hand behind the Charismatic movement, who likewise used it to further Rome's ecumenical aims, was Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens. He was a recipient of the ecumenical  Templeton Award for Progress in Religion in 1976, and was given a special mandate to oversee the worldwide charismatic "renewal movement" in the Catholic Church, an assignment that was reconfirmed by John Paul II.

The Cardinal was influential in the General Council formed in the early 1970s by Shepherding and Protestant/Catholic charismatic leaders. It was at the General Council when Cardinal Suenens provided a blueprint plan for an alternative agenda.[3] He believed that once there was communion in the spirit, there would eventually be physical unity. [4] The Council then began to guide the ecumenical charismatic movement for years from behind the scenes. The minutes for its May-June, 1977 meeting reveal that a "covenant relationship" was entered into with Cardinal Suenens, which included the following:
"We, as a Council, are committing ourselves to work together with the Cardinal for the restoration and unity of Christian people and world evangelization in projects to be mutually agreed upon. In each project, headship, authority and method of functions will be mutually determined by the Cardinal and the Council in the light of the requirements of each situation."
Dave Hunt continues, "World evangelization" with Suenens? What naiveté! Cardinal Suenens hosted and gave the opening speech at the Second World Conference on Religion and Peace in Louvain, Belgium in 1974, which received Pope Paul VI's blessing. Delegates were particularly impressed with the important role that religious unity will play in establishing the coming world government. A continual call was sounded for "a new world order." Under Catholic leadership, the Louvain Declaration stated,
Buddhists, Christians, Confucianists, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Shintoists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and still others, we have sought here to listen to the spirit within our varied and venerable religious traditions...we have grappled with the towering issues that our societies must resolve in order to bring about peace, justice, and ennobling quality of life for every person and every people....
We rejoice that...the long era of prideful and even prejudiced isolation of the religions of humanity is, we hope, now gone forever.
We appeal to the religious communities of the world to inculcate the attitude of planetary citizenship ....[5]
Examples of Compromise
As you may recall from one of my earlier articles, Kathryn Kuhlman did not like to conduct her services without Catholic priests on her platform.  Her personal secretary wrote:
"Nothing thrilled Kathryn more than to have thirty or forty Catholic clergymen, especially if they wore clerical collars or, better yet, cassocks, sitting behind her while she ministered. Somehow it seemed to lend authenticity to what she was doing — and helped create the proper climate of a trust and understanding which was so necessary for a miracle service." (Daughter Of Destiny, p. 221.)

Benny Hinn also has a connection with the Catholic Church, and has been invited for a private audience with Pope John Paul at the Vatican.


Reunification
Deception has long been used by the Vatican to lure the "separated brethren" of Protestantism back into the fold, but uniting all religions under Rome, as Revelation 17 indicates. The means and motivation behind doing this has long been part of Freemasonry. According to Dr. Cathy Burns, in her book Billy Graham and His Friends, Cardinal Suenens was a Freemason.

The interesting part of this resurgence in the tongues movement is that both Freemasons and Jesuit priests have been on the sidelines providing encouragement and guidance all along. When the parts of the Roman Catholic Church were baptized in the Holy Ghost, they did not turn their back on the Catholic church, it only provided more fuel. Suenens stated:
"Since I have had this [charismatic] experience, my allegiance to the Holy Father as the Vicar of Christ in the world has been heightened and strengthened. My appreciation for Mary as the co-redemptress and mediatoress of my salvation has been assured. My appreciation of the mass as the sacrifice of Christ has now been heightened." Cloud, Flirting with Rome 
Final Comments
My only desire for doing research on the Charismatic movement is to completely understand how and why tongues for today are not valid manifestations of the Spirit. I received the baptism many years ago, and could never receive a valid explanation for my experience after I left, other than what I saw in the Book of Acts. I did walk away from it at one point in my walk with Christ, but only returned to it again later. Once I learned I was deceived by my involvement with the Word of Faith movement, only after leaving it, I began to dissect every experience I had and balance it with Scripture. When I find information about the Roman Catholic Church, the baptism experience, and their direct connection with the ecumenical movement, how could anyone not have their eyes opened and continue down the same path?