Will Ford admit defeat and add more buttons to Sync and MyFord Touch?

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According to a recent press release from Ford, everybody loves Sync and car owners with Sync and MyFord Touch are happier than Ford owners without. By coincidence, the happy news came out just two days ahead of the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey which dinged Ford Sync the last two years.

But the release may bite Ford back. It has some analysts and editors wondering about Ford’s commitment to the current iteration of Sync and MyFord Touch because of a reference to the new Ford F-150 pickup that “blends touch screen capability with traditional buttons and knobs, a similar balance planned for future Ford vehicles.” A couple of sites, including influential Automotive News, say that means more buttons and knobs for future Ford vehicles.

“This is old news. Most of our Ford vehicles already offer models with buttons and knobs along with the MyFord Touch screen,” says Wesley Sherwood, Ford’s quality communications manager. “This includes Ford Fusion, Escape, Focus, C-Max, F-150, Super Duty [and] coming this year on Fiesta, Transit Connect, Transit.”

Ford Sync is the basic infotainment interface: USB connector, voice control, and Bluetooth. MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch add a touchscreen. The touchscreen layout is common across all Fords: four quadrants for four functions, with Phone upper left, Navigation upper right, Infotainment lower left, Climate lower right.

Still, Automotive News’ daily video news report noted on Monday that “Ford plans to add buttons and knobs to its often-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system.” Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported, “The auto maker will reprise tuning and volume knobs for the radio as it redesigns existing models.”

MyFord Touch

Backstory: June is JD Power beat-up-on-Ford month

On Monday Ford issued a press release, “Sync and MyFord Touch Sold on 79% of New Ford Vehicles, New Technology Drives Quality Satisfaction.” According to Ford, Sync’s take rate is “double the sales mix of infotainment systems sold with Toyota and and Honda vehicles, up from 68% in 2012.” The MyFord Touch mix climbed to 55% in 2013 from 43% in 2012. The bottom line, says Ford, is cars “equipped with MyFord Touch have a higher rate of satisfaction with overall vehicle quality for most models compared to those that do not have the advanced infotainment system.”

2013 Ford Super Duty Platinum

Maybe it was another Monday press release to keep the Ford media site humming. Except that the past two years during the same week, Ford got hammered on the JD Power & Associates Initial Quality Survey. Ford rated fifth on the survey out of about three dozen brands in 2010. As Ford Sync and then MyFord Touch reached more vehicles, Ford’s standing dropped to below average in 2011 and then to 27th of 34 brands on the 2012 IQS.

So the release may well be Ford getting in the first punch against a survey that started out measuring manufacturing defects in the first 90 days of ownership and now, because there are so few defects, also lets owners vent about things they don’t like: uncomfortable seats, brake dust, cranky Bluetooth, or hard to use navigation.

The curious part was this section from Monday’s release: “The Ford F-150 with MyFord Touch has the highest rate of quality satisfaction across the Ford lineup, at 86 percent. The F-150 blends touch screen capability with traditional buttons and knobs, a similar balance planned for future Ford vehicles.” (Emphasis added.) Except that is what, Ford says, is on many Ford and Lincoln vehicles already… just not all of them. Some are halfway there, with a volume knob but the tuning function is an up-down button. Others, such as the Ford Super Duty pickup, have clearly defined volume and tuning knobs in the traditional location, volume on the left, tuning on the right (photo).

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  1. La storia dell’ infiltrato inglese Mark Stone/Kennedy sul Guardian.
    Venne sputtanato lo scorso ottobre: questo agente infiltrato nei movimenti inglesi, soprattutto ecologisti, per circa 10 anni. Ha stabilito anche importanti legami in tutta europa. L’ articolo del Guardian (in inglese):

    Undercover officer spied on green activists
    Guardian investigation reveals details of PC Mark Kennedy’s infiltration of dozens of protest groups.

    A police officer who for seven years lived deep undercover at the heart of the environmental protest movement, travelling to 22 countries gleaning information and playing a frontline role in some of the most high-profile confrontations, has quit the Met, telling his friends that what he did was wrong.

    PC Mark Kennedy, a Metropolitan police officer, infiltrated dozens of protest groups including anti-racist campaigners and anarchists, a Guardian investigation reveals.

    Legal documents suggest Kennedy’s activities went beyond those of a passive spy, prompting activists to ask whether his role in organising and helping to fund protests meant he turned into an agent provocateur.

    Kennedy first adopted the fake identity Mark Stone in 2003, pretending to be a professional climber, in order to disrupt the UK’s peaceful movement to combat climate change. Then aged 33, he grew long hair and sported earrings and tattoos, before going on to attend almost every major demonstration in the UK up to the G20 protests in London. He was issued with a fake passport and driving licence.

    Sensitive details about Kennedy’s activities had been set to be raised in Nottingham crown court in legal argument relating to a case of six activists accused of conspiring to break into Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station.

    But prosecutors unexpectedly abandoned the trial after they were asked to disclose classified details about the role the undercover officer played in organising and helping to fund the protest.

    Kennedy, who recently resigned from the Met, is understood to be torn over his betrayal, telling one activist that his infiltration had been “really wrong”. “I’ll just say I’m sorry, for everything,” Kennedy said. “It really hurts.”

    Apparently keen for redemption, Kennedy indicated he would “help” the defendants during their trial and was in touch with their lawyer. He backed out three weeks ago, citing his concern for the safety of his family and himself.

    The Met could face pressure to explain the ethics of deploying an officer so deep undercover. It has been repeatedly criticised for its handling of protests. A Metropolitan police spokesman said: “We are not prepared to discuss the matter.”

    Kennedy is believed to have been one of at least two undercover operatives working for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, an agency that monitors so-called domestic extremists. He told friends each undercover spy cost £250,000 a year.

    The officer was found out in October after friends, some of whom had grown suspicious about a seemingly “perfect activist”, discovered a passport bearing his real name. They eventually unearthed documentary proof that he had been a policeman since around 1994, and, confronted with the evidence, Kennedy confessed. He is now living abroad.

    Police arrested 114 activists at a school near Nottingham in April 2009 in a controversial operation to prevent activists from breaking into the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station the next day.

    Twenty-six activists were later charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass. Of those, 20 admitted they planned to break into the power station to prevent the emission of around 150,000 tonnes of carbon.

    They were convicted after failing to convince a jury their actions were designed to prevent immediate greater harm from climate change. Handing down lenient sentences last week, a judge said they had been acting with “the highest possible motives”.

    It is widely presumed that Kennedy tipped off police about the protest. But activists who spent four months working with Kennedy to hatch the plan now question whether he crossed a boundary and became an agent provocateur.

    The allegation was set to emerge during the trial of the six defendants who – unlike the other activists – maintained that they had not yet agreed to break into the power station. According to legal papers drawn up by their lawyers, Kennedy helped to organise the demonstration from an early stage, driving on reconnaissance trips of the power station and suggesting the “best and easiest way” to get into the plant.

    “He continued to participate, including hiring, paying for and driving a vehicle and volunteering to be one of two principal climbers who would attach himself to the [coal-carrying] conveyor belt. He actively encouraged participation in the action and expressed the view that he was pleased it was going t
    … pleased it was going to be an action of some significance,” the papers say.

    The documents state that planning meetings for the protest took place at Kennedy’s house and he paid the court fees of another activist arising from a separate demonstration. “It is assumed that the finance for the accommodation, the hire of vehicles and the paying of fines came from police funds,” they state.

    Lawyers for the activists submitted their demand for material about Kennedy’s role last Monday. The CPS confirmed it would not proceed with the trial, stating that “previously unavailable information” that undermined its case had come to light.

    It said there was no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of prosecution.

    “I have no doubt that our attempts to get disclosure about Kennedy’s role has led to the collapse of the trial,” said Mike Schwarz, a solicitor at the Bindmans law firm who represented the activists.

    “It is no coincidence that just 48 hours after we told the CPS our cl
    … “It is no coincidence that just 48 hours after we told the CPS our clients could not receive a fair trial unless they disclosed material about Kennedy, they halted the prosecution. Given that Kennedy was, until recently, willing to assist the defence, one has to ask if the police were facing up to the possibility their undercover agent had turned native.”

  2. Molte parole le ho trovato sul traduttore di google e non so se l’ho scritto bene… Vi metto il tesco con la traduzione:

    Homophobia is defined as the prejudice, the violent hatred and the discrimination against homosexuals. A homophobic person think that the homosexuals are perverse, degerous and especially wrong, infact they are always discomfort. They don’t recognize the homosexual love or don’t want admit it.
    Homophobia is also the fear of homosexuals from the prejudices and the disgust against them. A homosexuals who cames always discriminated begins to believe of to be “wrong”. This causes difficulty to accept his sexual orientation and he begin to deny it. He would to became heterosexual and this causes anxiety and depression.
    The homophobia is much diffused.

    L’omofobia è definita come il pregiudizio, l’odio violento e la discriminazione contro gli omosessuali. Una persona omofobica pensa che gli omosessuali siano perversi, pericolosi e soprattutto diversi, infatti sono sempre a disagio. Loro non riconoscono l’amore omosessuale o non vogliono ammetterlo.
    L’omofobia è anche la paura degli omosessuali dai pregiudizi e dal disgusto contro di loro. Un omosessuale che viene sempre discriminato inizia a credere di essere “diverso”. Questo causa difficoltà ad accettare il suo orientamento sessuale e inizia a negarlo. Vorrebbe diventare eterossessuale e questo causa ansia e depressione.
    L’omofobia è molto diffusa.

    L’ho fatto abbastanza semplice perchè dovrei ripeterlo ad alta voce. Grazie in anticipo, baci 😉

  3. Allora e questo il testo, io non sono ancora esperta di inglese, vi chiedo se per favore me lo traducete, possibilmente non con google traduttore, grazie a chi lo fa 🙂

    e’s not perfect, you aren’t either and the two of you will never be perfect. but if he can make you laugh at least once, cause you to think twice and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. he isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect more than he can give. don’t analyze. smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. love hard when there is love to be had. because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.

  4. I am forced to admit my humanity. Since emotion is by its very nature irrational, logic is unable to guide me completely. Ha, logic asserts that I am inevitably illogical by nature.
    I have a history of crippling insomnia and severely unstable sleeping patterns. I do math for fun.
    That’s it for now. I could write forever and it’d still be a superficial description of who I am.
    Non ci capisco molto se usate il traduttore :S

  5. Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods.
    Beauty is the symbol of symbols.
    Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing.
    When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-colored world.

    Beauty is a form of genius–is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

    I admit that I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good. But on the other hand, no one is more ready than I am to acknowledge that it is better to be good than to be ugly.

    No object is so ugly that, under certain conditions . . . it will not look beautiful; no object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

    The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us.

    Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the arts that have influenced us. To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty.

    Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.

    You came to me to learn the pleasure of life and the pleasure of art. Perhaps I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful– the meaning of sorrow and its beauty.
    il significato


    If there’s any bitches in this room, then there’s something I gotta say
    For all the fools who fell for the first girl who comes their way
    I’ve been down that road and now I’m back, sittin’ on square one
    Tryna pick myself up where I started from

    [Obie Trice]
    I never woulda thought that I’d see you outta control
    Even though my penis was deep down in your hole
    You should know between us we was like mates to soul
    Nothing could intervene us, especially no hoes
    You was more or so the chalant type, I chose
    To more shows, haunted you nights I suppose
    That’s how it go, with time spent, emotion grows
    In the beginning, friends we decided to roll
    So who’s responsible when you get excited, explode
    And Obie’s grinning, then you invite that Obie’s cold
    But bitches the gon’ talk, niggas they gon’ hate
    We established this way before we became mates
    So whats required is that you chill with all that fire
    Get your desire when I retire

    Spend some time with me, say that you’ll be mine
    I never thought I’d find someone to be mine
    Lord knows I was right cuz you just crossed the line
    Spend some time with me, say that you’ll be mine

    I used to say I never met a girl like you before
    Still ain’t got a fuckin’ clue as to who you truly are
    Almost went as far as introducing you to my daughters
    Till you went as far as goin’ and snoopin’ through my drawers
    Now I just feel stupid for the loop that you threw me for
    Can’t believe I almost flew the coop for some stupid whore
    You used to say all you wanted was for me to be yours
    All I ever wanted from you was a few booty calls
    If you recall I used to treat you as a groupie broad
    When we fucked I refused to even take my jewelry off
    But it threw me off the first time I called and you blew me off
    It was a shock, it struck me as odd but it turned me on
    You started getting moody on me, pretty soon we’d argue
    And the ruder you got, the more beautiful you got to me
    And who woulda even knew that who woulda even thought possibly
    Cupid could shoot another one of them God damn darts at me
    It’s true that I got shot in the heart
    But when someone seems too good to be true, they usually are
    But see, when you’re in it it’s too hard to see
    Till you pull up and see some other dude’s car parked and reach
    Up under the seat as your heart starts to beat
    Before you make a decision that’s life altering
    And just as you halt and you turn and you start to leave
    You hear them words echoing, almost haunting, that taunting ring


    [Stat Quo]
    In most cases, Stat’s attitude is fuck-a-bitch
    My only motive is to get head and fuck a bitch
    But you was different, thought we shared a covenant
    Even held your hand in public, we sufferin’ because of this
    Shorty on some whole ‘notha other shit
    Tryna play sick thinkin’ i’mma trick off rick
    I’ll admit, I was caught in the mix, down to commit
    Feed you the best of me, I shoulda fed you piss
    We started off closer than close
    But who coulda predicted to know, your triflin’ ways woulda stopped our growth
    And the final result, back in that same boat
    I ask myself, do I love these hoes? NO!

    [50 cent]
    Em introduced us, “50 this is Tanya, Tanya this is 50”
    Then slid off and left her to kick it with me
    I complimented her, I said you have very nice lips
    With my imagination, I could see her suckin’ my dick
    We played the phone game, a week later, shit changed fast
    Had her comin’ over in a cab to give me some ass
    Downtown Manhattan on the balcony, stare at the skyline
    Penthouse full of imported shit, you know how I grind
    She got to talkin’, talkin’ like an opportunist too
    Why talk when suckin’ my dick is the real career move?
    Said she’s an inspiring actress, she do videos for practice
    Yeah, yeah, know how many times I done heard that shit?

  7. The story narrates of a reporter Malone who asks Gladys his love to marry him, but she refuses because she looking for a brave man. Then Malone goes to Mr. McArdle, the news editor, to ask to get him a dangerous adventures to impress Gladys. Mr. McArdle send Malone to Professor Changeller, a famous zoologist, who had returned from a trip in South America. Malone then goes to him old friend end a scientist Trap Henry to inform on Professor Changeller. Changeller come back with an impossible story. He said the he discovered a strange animal and he showed many photographs but people don’t believes him. After Malone write a letter to Changeller for ask him if he see him to talk about him trip. And Changeller agree. Malone went to interview him and he after a moment of anger, explains the theories. Challenger begins to speak of his journey, he showed him a book with his drawings, there was a picture of an high and red cliffs, he Showed HIM bone. And Changeller Believe That the bone belongs to a dinosaur and the Professor and open a box Took out a piece of ITS wing. Then Changeller invite Malone a meeting at the Zoological Institute and Malone accept. At the great room at the Logical Institute there are more famous scientist and student, when Changeller star to talk in front the crowd about the discovery of a land where dinosaurs still live. Nobody believe and Professor Summerlee stand up and ask to Changeller to how can they find it. Changeller invite the Professor to came with him to South America to see the dinosaurs. But they need a younger man and Malone and Lord Roxton, famous traveler, provide. Then the meeting Malone goes to Roxon’s flat and Roxton tell him to how him helped the Indian slaves in Peru. Lord John admit that he believe to Professor Changeller. A week later they leave for South America.

  8. mi servono delle frasi belle ma brevi perche lo faccio sul polso non criticate io li amo 🙂 p.s. se vi vengono in mente belle frasi delle loro canzoni ditemele (lente)

  9. Miss Prism. Lady Bracknell, I admit with shame that I do not know. I only wish I did. The plain facts of the case are these. On the morning of the day you mention, a day that is for ever branded on my memory, I prepared as usual to take the baby out in its perambulator. I had also with me a somewhat old, but capacious hand-bag in which I had intended to place the manuscript of a work of fiction that I had written during my few unoccupied hours. In a moment of mental abstraction, for which I never can forgive myself, I deposited the manuscript in the basinette, and placed the baby in the hand-bag.

    Jack. [Who has been listening attentively.] But where did you deposit the hand-bag?

    Miss Prism. Do not ask me, Mr. Worthing.

    Jack. Miss Prism, this is a matter of no small importance to me. I insist on knowing where you deposited the hand-bag that contained that infant.

    Miss Prism. I left it in the cloak-room of one of the larger railway stations in London.

    Jack. What railway station?

    Miss Prism. [Quite crushed.] Victoria. The Brighton line. [Sinks into a chair.]

    Jack. I must retire to my room for a moment. Gwendolen, wait here for me.

  10. Wordsworth claimed imagination as his supreme gift,but,at the same time,he gave the word a new meaning. Imagination refers to his accurate,faithful and loving observation of nature. He used “imagination” as a synonym of “intuition”,of seiing into,and even through,reality,but he never admitted a divorce between it and reality.

  11. Ragazzi Come faccio a giocare ad advanced (rated e unrated) a dueling network? E poi perché quando vinco e gli avversari premono su admit defeat non viene contato? Come si fa a vincere o perdere? Grazie.
    Il problema è questo.. Non mi ci fa cliccare!

  12. Per favore nessuna traduzione presa da Google traduttore perchè quello potevo farlo anch’io.

    “Same Thing We Do Everyday Pinky”

    We’re facing the same day
    Over and over
    You’re repeating yourself
    And it’s boring me to tears
    I would just like to ask
    Are you owned by your fears?
    What happened to the world that moved so fast?
    The people in it had to abandon their pasts
    Just to keep up with the progress
    You’re hopeless, you lost this
    I’m just being honest
    All of you deserve this shallow judgment

    There’s nowhere to go
    But up from here

    Take your time
    Don’t bother me with shallow alibis
    It’s you life and your decision
    To do nothing with it
    So admit it now

    There’s nowhere to go
    But up from here

    Don’t bother me with shallow alibis
    And filthy lies
    Looking at you I can see right through your eyes
    (There’s no, there’s no,
    There’s no where left to go)

    We’re facing the same day
    Over and over

    I’ve escaped this feeling, it’s back
    And I know that it’s not right
    I know that it’s not right

    There’s nowhere to go
    But up from here

  13. J. M. W. Turner
    For other persons named William Turner, see William Turner .
    J. M. W. Turner, Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (23 April 1775[1] – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style is said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light”.

    Turner was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, England. His father, William Gay Turner (27 January 1738 – 7 August 1829), was a barber and wig maker. His mother, Mary Marshall, became increasingly mentally unstable, perhaps, in part, due to the early death of Turner’s younger sister, Helen Turner, in 1786. Mary Marshall died in 1804, after having been committed to a mental asylum in 1799.
    Possibly due to the load placed on the family by these problems, the young Turner was sent to stay with his uncle on his mother’s side in Brentford in 1785, which was then a small town west of London on the banks of the River Thames. It was here that he first expressed an interest in painting. A year later he went to school in Margate on the north-east Kent coast. By this time he had created many drawings, which his father exhibited in his shop window.
    He entered the Royal Academy of Art schools in 1789, when he was only 14 years old, and was accepted into the academy a year later. Sir Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Academy at the time, chaired the panel that admitted him. At first Turner showed a keen interest in architecture but was advised to continue painting by the architect Thomas Hardwick (junior). A watercolour of Turner’s was accepted for the Summer Exhibition of 1790 after only one year’s study. He exhibited his first oil painting in 1796, Fishermen at Sea, and thereafter exhibited at the academy nearly every year for the rest of his life.
    One of his most famous oil paintings is The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, painted in 1838, which hangs in the National Gallery, London. See also The Golden Bough.
    Turner travelled widely in Europe, starting with France and Switzerland in 1802 and studying in the Louvre in Paris in the same year. He also made many visits to Venice. On a visit to Lyme Regis, in Dorset, England, he painted a stormy scene (now in the Cincinnati Art Museum).
    Important support for his works also came from Walter Ramsden Fawkes, of Farnley Hall, near Otley in Yorkshire, who became a close friend of the artist. Turner first visited Otley in 1797, aged 22, when commissioned to paint watercolours of the area. He was so attracted to Otley and the surrounding area that he returned time and time again. The stormy backdrop of Hannibal Crossing The Alps is reputed to have been inspired by a storm over Otley’s Chevin while Turner was staying at Farnley Hall.
    Turner was also a frequent guest of George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont at Petworth House in West Sussex and painted scenes that Egremont funded taken from the grounds of the house and of the Sussex countryside, including a view of the Chichester Canal. Petworth House still displays a number of paintings.

    As he grew older, Turner became more eccentric. He had few close friends except for his father, who lived with him for thirty years, eventually working as his studio assistant. His father’s death in 1829 had a profound effect on him, and thereafter he was subject to bouts of depression. He never married, although he had two daughters by Sarah Danby, one born in 1801, the other in 1811.
    He died in the house of his mistress Sophia Caroline Booth in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea on 19 December 1851. He is said to have uttered the last words “The sun is God” before expiring. At his request he was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral, where he lies next to Sir Joshua Reynolds. His last exhibition at the Royal Academy was in 1850.
    The architect Philip Hardwick (1792–1870) who was a friend of Turner’s and also the son of the artist’s tutor, Thomas Hardwick, was in charge of making his funeral arrangements and wrote to those who knew Turner to tell them at the time of his death that, “I must inform you, we have lost him.”
    After his wife died he became very depressed

    Turner’s talent was recognised early in his life. Financial independence allowed Turner to innovate freely; his mature work is characterised by a chromatic palette and broadly applied atmospheric washes of paint. According to David Piper’s The Illustrated History of Art, his later pictures were called “fantastic puzzles.” However, Turner was still recognised as an artistic genius: the influential English art critic John Ruskin described Turner as the artist who could most “stirringly and truthfully m

  14. ciao giovedì ho l’esame di terza media orale..devo dire un testo in inglese..e vorrei essere sicura della mia pronuncia..anche se più o meno la so..
    mi potreste scrivere come si legge questo testo?? grazie mille:)

    Many young people take drugs because they want to feel more important. Their lives seem to be meaningless and this is due to want of love in their homes. They feel no one is interested in their activities, in their thoughts , in the difficulties they’ve to face growing up. They sometimes want to have a try; perhaps it’s only emulation, competition. They are afraid of being considered “chicken” by the others in the group.
    They take drugs as a form of rebellion against their parents in particular and middle-aged attitudes in general.
    Urged on by their friends, their own curiosity, or simply by an unhappy family background, young people often begin by smoking ‘soft’ drugs, but soon they get accustomed and the desire of new sensations brings them to take stronger drugs. Drug addiction is a serious problem without an easy solution. Heroin is a growing menace, it can cause blood poisoning and can induce youngsters to take an overdose.
    Drugs may cause mental disturbances, ageing of the skin, baldness, rotten teeth. Young people who take drugs get apathetic and unable to concentrate on their work or anything else they are doing. Their main thought is where to get money to buy drugs and they often are forced to steal, to prostitute themselves, to sell drugs to other youngsters in order to get money to buy their daily fix.
    Oxford has one of the biggest drugs problems in South-east and heroin causes most concern. Oxford’s police chief admits his men are only scratching the surface of the problem. Most arrests are of drug pushers and users. Much more police time would be needed to catch the barons behind the supply network.

  15. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    The play starts in Athens at Theseus’castle four days before his marriage with Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. They are discussing about their upcoming marriage when Egeus, Demetrius, Lysander and Hermia enter. Egeus complaint that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry his chosen suitor, Demetrius, since she’s in love with Lysander. Theseus declares Hermia must marry Demetrius, or choose between death or spend her life in a convent.The choice will have to be done by the wedding day.
    When Lysander and Hermia remain alone, in the scene enters Helena who is Hermia’s friend and who is in love with Demetrius even if he totally refuses her. The two lovers explain to her that they would run away from Athens to ged married and to escape from this kind of prison that Athens had become for them.
    In the same time, in the house of Quince the carpenter, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, Starveling and him are organizing the mis-en-scene of a play that will be performed at Theseus’ wedding and so they are deciding the roles of each craftsman. They will perform the tragic love story of Pyramus and Thisbe. They decide to meet each other the following night in the wood out from the town to rehearse their play.
    In the wood, that is populated by fairies and magical creatures, that night there are also Oberon and Titania who are the faires’ king and queen. Unfortunately the couple is divided by a quarrel because Titania took a beautiful indian orphan as her page and she wanted him just for her while Oberon wanted him to become a knight. In order to obtain the boy he orders the fairy Puck, to reap a magical flower that, if its juice is put on the eyelids of someone who is asleep, it will make that person madly in love with the first living creature that he will in the moment of the awakening.
    Puck finds the flower and Oberon pours a little of the juice into Titania’s eyes. Meanwhile Puck notice the group actors performing their play in the nearby of the place where Titania was asleep and he decided to play a trick for fun. Therefore he turns Bottom’s head into a donkey’s head and so, as the first creature who Titania sees is Bottom, she falls in love with him.
    Oberon orders Puck to sprinkle also Demetrius’ eyes with the juice of the magical flower so that he would love Helena rather than Hermia.
    In the meantime Lysander and Hermia are lying down to have a rest and Puck, thinking that Lysander was Demetrius, sprinkles him with the magical juice. Helena arrives and seeing Lysander lying down, awakes him who immediately falls in love with her.
    Puck realizes that he pours the juice on the wrong man so Oberon tries to find a remedy putting some drops of the juice in Demetrius’ eyes too but the only result is that now both of the boys are in love with Helena and she thinks that they are both joking.
    Hermia arrives and Helena accuses her of conspiring with the men to tease her. Oberon, realizing to be the cause of all this problems, orders Puck to make a thick fog to divide the four people and drive them into a deep sleep, so the spell can wear off.
    At the end Oberon succeeds to take the boy that he wanted for him and, with the help of another flower that wipes out all the spells, the peace between him and Titania returns.
    Oberon and Puck manage to make Demetrius falling in love with Helena and Lysander with Hermia again. So Egeus is obliged to accept, embittered, the choice of Demetrius who admits that he doesn’t want to marry his daughter anymore.
    The play finishes with the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, Demetrius and Helena and Lysander and Hermia.

    The commedy takes place in an Athen with an indeterminated time where the greek mithology, the medioeval litterature of chivalry, the English folklore and the cheltic mithology are all mixed togheter. From the beginning we can read about the main topic of the play that is the marriage. Specifically here we can also notice that there is the theme of the marriage imposed by a powerful father on her daughter. This subjet will be developped in a tragic way in the famous tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” that has been written is the same period of “A midsmmer night’s dream” by Shakespeare.
    Another importatant topic is the dream that is named in the title and it’s repeated lots of times during the comedy until the end where Puck underlines it again. Reading this play we also have the impression that also the world that should be the “real” one, represented by the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta, is a dream exacly as the fairy world and all the charachters are however victim of this dream.
    In this commedy we can see three different worlds that are interlocked: the world of the reality( the lovers), the world of the reality of the theatre ( the play of the craftsmen) and the fairy world of the magical creatures that live in the wood.
    We can notice this difference also in the language of each charachter because there are

  16. Quello che voglio dire in ITALIANO:
    Le radici del razzismo sono antiche ed intrinseche, già nell’antichità vi erano nobili e schiavi, i cristiani venivano perseguitati e massacrati; negli Stati Uniti vi è stato il razzismo coloniale, nel corso del secolo scorso la presunzione di superiorità della razza ariana, proclamata da Hitler, ha causato lo sterminio di milioni di ebrei da parte dei nazisti; ed anche le stragi etniche di molti conflitti, sono state compite con motivazioni che convergono nel razzismo.
    Quando si parla di razzismo lo associamo, soprattutto, alla discriminazione verso colori di pelle diversi; ciò non è del tutto esatto perché la selezione può riguardare anche il sesso, le differenze religiose, politiche, economiche e di collocazione geografica, ed, anche se ci rifiutiamo di ammetterlo, gli handicappati o gli anziani, considerati come un peso.
    Da ciò scaturiscono gli atteggiamenti di intolleranza pressoché quotidiani che si verificano in molte parti del mondo e si concretizzano in vari tipi di violenza, che partono dagli gesti di scherno e dalle minacce, fino ad arrivare all’omicidio , verso coloro che vengono ritenuti diversi e, più di ogni altra cosa, inferiori; infatti il razzismo oltre a riconoscere le differenze, le ingigantisce, con lo scopo di dominare, legittimando così la propria superiorità.
    I corsi e ricorsi storici ci hanno reso chiaro quanto gravi e disastrose possano essere le conseguenze dei pregiudizi razzisti, ma, a dispetto di tutto ciò questi continuano ad sussistere ed a manifestarsi; viviamo in una società piena di gravi problemi, dove la violenza e gli atti criminali sono all’ordine del giorno.
    Secondo me la prima cosa da fare, per combattere la discriminazione è il conoscere e capire tutte le circostanze storiche ed economiche che l’hanno prodotta, così saremo in grado di combattere le differenziazioni e bisogna anche ricordarsi bene che valutare una razza inferiore ad un’altra non è un’opinione ma un reato.

    The roots of racism are intrinsic and old, in antiquity there were nobles and slaves, Christians were persecuted and massacred, the United States there was the colonial racism, during the last century the presumption of superiority of the Aryan race, proclaimed by Hitler, has caused the extermination of millions of Jews by the Nazis, and even the killing of many ethnic conflicts, for reasons that are making have been converging in racism.
    When it comes to associate it with racism, in particular, the discrimination of different skin colors, this is not entirely accurate because the selection may also relate to gender, religious, political, economic and geographical position, and, although there refuse to admit it, the handicapped or the elderly, considered as a burden.
    From this flows the attitudes of intolerance that occur almost daily in many parts of the world and result in various types of violence, starting from the gestures of derision and threats, until you get to murder, to those who are considered different and , more than anything, lower, because racism and recognizing differences, magnified, in order to dominate, thus legitimating its superiority.
    The twists and historians have made ​​clear how serious the consequences can be disastrous, and the racist prejudices, but, in spite of all these continue to exist and manifest itself, we live in a society full of serious problems, where violence and criminal acts are on the agenda.
    According to me the first thing to do, to fight discrimination is to know and understand all the economic and historical circumstances that produced it, so we will be able to fight and differentiation must also remember well that evaluate an inferior race to a ‘the other is not an opinion but a crime.
    Se passate e non correggete mettete la stellina.
    P.S. Gli errori scriveteli tutti in MAIUSCOLO, in modo che posso valutare più velocemente, Grazie.
    Se passate e non correggete mettete la stellina.
    P.S. Gli errori scriveteli tutti in MAIUSCOLO, in modo che posso valutare più velocemente, Grazie.

  17. qualcuno mi potrebbe aiutare a scrivere questo testo in un inglese perfetto?

    The roots of racism are ancient and inherent in ancient times there were nobles and slaves, Christians were persecuted and massacred, the United States there was the colonial racism during the last century the presumed superiority of the Aryan race, proclaimed Hitler, resulted in the extermination of millions of Jews by the Nazis, and even massacres of many ethnic conflicts, such as those in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Zaire, have been taken with motivations that converge in racism.
    When it comes to racism the associate, especially the discrimination against different skin colors, this is not entirely accurate because the selection may also relate to gender, religious, political, economic and geographical location, and, although there refuse to admit it, the handicapped or elderly people, considered as a burden.
    From this flows the attitudes of intolerance that occur almost daily in many parts of the world and are reflected in different types of violence, starting from the gestures of scorn and threats, up to murder, to those who are considered different and , more than anything, lower, because racism also to recognize the differences, magnified, in order to dominate, thus legitimizing their superiority.
    The courses and historic actions have made us clear how serious and disastrous consequences of prejudice can be racist, but, in spite of all these continue to exist and to occur, we live in a society full of serious problems, where violence and criminal acts are commonplace, unemployment is a phenomenon of large proportions, where the value appears to be more important than the money is so convenient to find scapegoats to whom to attribute all the responsibility.
    Then there is the habit of talking about this phenomenon as something that concerns us, we argue that it is not right but do nothing concrete to fight it, I think there is too much hypocrisy, and that the real question we must ask is: deep down we really are sure to be really tolerant and open to anyone? It ‘easy to make proclamations or write beautiful sentences, you see how everyone would react in a real situation involving them.
    In my opinion the first thing to do, to combat discrimination is to know and understand all the historical and economic circumstances that produced it, so we can combat the differences and we must also remember well that assess an inferior race to a ‘ other is not an opinion but a crime.

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