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ทบ.แจงขาย ชีนุก อยู่ในขั้นประกวดราคา ปัดกลั่นแกล้งลูกผู้แทนบริษัท

รองโฆษกกองทัพบกแจงขายซากเฮลิคอปเตอร์ชีนุกอยู่ในขั้นประกวดราคา ดำเนินการตามระเบียบครบถ้วน ปัดกลั่นแกล้งกรณีปลดลูกผู้แทนบริษัทเอกชน
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ป.ป.ท.เรียก อ.ส.ค.แจงเครื่องผลิตนม 2,500 ล.

div class=field field-type-text field-field-storytitle div class=field-items div class=field-item odd ป.ป.ท.เรียก อ.ส.ค.แจงเครื่องผลิตนม 2,500 ล. /div /div /div div class=field field-type-filefield field-field-image div class=field-items div class=field-item odd div class=filefield-fileimg class=filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg alt=image/jpeg icon src=http://www.siamrath.co.th/web/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png /a href=http://www.siamrath.co.th/web/sites/default/files/TU04_3.JPG type=image/jpeg; length=38101TU04.JPG/a/div /div /div /div pspan style=font-size: medium;nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;วันที่ 24 พ.ค.59 นายประยงค์ ปรียาจิตต์ เลขาธิการสำนักงานคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตในภาครัฐ (ป.ป.ท.) เปิดเผยว่า วันที่ 24 พ.ค.ได้ส่งหนังสือเรียกผู้อำนวยการองค์การส่งเสริมกิจการโคนมแห่งประเทศไทย (อ.ส.ค.) มาชี้แจงภาใน 15 วันประเด็นที่มีการร้องเรียนให้ตรวจสอบโครงการติดตั้งเครื่องบรรจุไฮสปีด เพื่อเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพการผลิตนมของมวกเหล็ก จ.สระบุรี หลังตรวจสอบข้อมูลเบื้องต้นพบความผิดปกติ อาจมีการล็อกสเป็กเอื้อเอกชน ซึ่งสำนักงานการตรวจเงินแผ่นดิน(สตง.) ได้เคยให้อ.ค.ส.ชี้แจง 6 ประเด็นข้อสงสัยทั้งนี้ โครงการดังกล่าวมีมูลค่ากว่า 2,500 ล้านบาpa href=http://www.siamrath.co.th/web/?q=%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%97%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%81-%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%84%E0%B9%81%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%87%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B7%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%9C%E0%B8%A5%E0%B8%B4%E0%B8%95%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%A1-2500-%E0%B8%A5 target=_blankread more/a/p
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Ben Butler trial: partner 'froze' after finding daughter unconscious

FEED - The Guardian - Aisa Pacific - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:58
pJennie Gray says she did not call for an ambulance for 45 minutes because she feared her partner would be blamed/ppThe mother of a six-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her father has said she did not call for an ambulance for 45 minutes after she found the child dead because she feared her partner would be blamed for the death./ppJennie Gray, 36, denied putting the interests of her partner Ben Butler before those of their daughter Ellie, after the prosecutor Ben Fitzgerald put it to her that she was “prepared to say and do almost anything” to protect Butler./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/24/ben-butler-trial-partner-jennie-gray-froze"Continue reading.../a
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Ben Butler trial: partner 'froze' after finding daughter unconscious

FEED - The Guardian - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:58
pJennie Gray says she did not call for an ambulance for 45 minutes because she feared her partner would be blamed/ppThe mother of a six-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her father has said she did not call for an ambulance for 45 minutes after she found the child dead because she feared her partner would be blamed for the death./ppJennie Gray, 36, denied putting the interests of her partner Ben Butler before those of their daughter Ellie, after the prosecutor Ben Fitzgerald put it to her that she was “prepared to say and do almost anything” to protect Butler./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/24/ben-butler-trial-partner-jennie-gray-froze"Continue reading.../a
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Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year

FEED - The Guardian - Aisa Pacific - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:54
pAndroid users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns, and how they move /ppGoogle will begin testing an alternative to passwords next month, in a move that could do away with complicated logins for good./ppThe new feature, introduced to developers at the company’s I/O conference, is called the Trust API, and will initially be tested with “several very large financial institutions” in June, according to Google’s Daniel Kaufman./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/24/google-passwords-android"Continue reading.../a
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Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year

FEED - The Guardian - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:54
pAndroid users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns, and how they move /ppGoogle will begin testing an alternative to passwords next month, in a move that could do away with complicated logins for good./ppThe new feature, introduced to developers at the company’s I/O conference, is called the Trust API, and will initially be tested with “several very large financial institutions” in June, according to Google’s Daniel Kaufman./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/24/google-passwords-android"Continue reading.../a
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กกต.มอบนโยบาย กกต.จังหวัดรณรงค์ ปชช.ใช้สิทธิ์ลงประชามติ

นายศุภชัย สมเจริญ ประธานกรรมการการเลือกตั้ง (กกต.) พร้อมด้วยกรรมการ กกต. กล่าวมอบนโยบายและแนวทางการปฏิบัติเกี่ยวกับการออกเสียงประชามติในวันที่ 7 สิงหาคมนี้ ให้กับผู้อำนวยการการเลือกตั้งประจำจังหวัดทั้ง 77 จังหวัด ว่า ขอให้ กกต.จังหวัด ช่วยกันรณรงค์ให้ปร
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IBFมีมติให้อำนาจ-คาซิเมโรต้องชั่งน้ำหนักใหม่อีกครั้ง

FEED - เดลินิวส์ - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:52
พลิกกันแปดตลบ! เจ้าเพชร อำนาจ เกษตรพัฒนา แชมป์ฟลายเวต ไอบีเอฟ กับผู้ท้าชิง จอห์น รีล คาซิเมโร นัดกันตกตาชั่ง แต่ยังได้ต่อลมหายใจอีกเฮือก หลังไอบีเอฟเปิดไฟเขียวให้ทั้งคู่ได้ทำน้ำหนักใหม่เป็นกรณีพิเศษอีกครั้ง
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ดีเดย์ 1สิงหา ปลอดผู้ค้า'ประตูน้ำ' เล็งจัด 5 พื้นที่รองรับ

กทม.ยืนยัน 1 ส.ค.ปลอดผู้ค้า “ประตูน้ำ” เล็งจัดพื้นที่รองรับ 5 แห่ง หลังยกเลิกจุดผ่อนผัน 12 จุด
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Andy Murray fights back to beat Stepanek in five sets at French Open

FEED - The Guardian - Aisa Pacific - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:49
• British No1 defeats Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5br /• Murray recovers from two sets down to move into second roundpAndy Murray is still in this French Open, but he had to fight to the very last point to see off the determined and unexpectedly artful challenge of the Czech veteran Radek Stepanek when they resumed their unfinished match on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday./ppThe Scot won 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and said courtside: “He had a serious back injury last year that kept him out for nine months. It’s unbelievable to be doing that at 37. I don’t think I will be doing that at that age./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/24/andy-murray-fights-back-stepanek-french-open"Continue reading.../a
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Andy Murray fights back to beat Stepanek in five sets at French Open

FEED - The Guardian - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:49
• British No1 defeats Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5br /• Murray recovers from two sets down to move into second roundpAndy Murray is still in this French Open, but he had to fight to the very last point to see off the determined and unexpectedly artful challenge of the Czech veteran Radek Stepanek when they resumed their unfinished match on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday./ppThe Scot won 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and said courtside: “He had a serious back injury last year that kept him out for nine months. It’s unbelievable to be doing that at 37. I don’t think I will be doing that at that age./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/24/andy-murray-fights-back-stepanek-french-open"Continue reading.../a
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No More Excuses: The Need for an Inclusive Humanitarian Response

FEED - The Huffington Post - World - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:49
Ambroise, a 27-year-old man with a physical disability, in the M'Poko camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. His parents abandoned him when Seleka forces attacked their neighborhood. He had to be carried 2-3 kilometres to the M'Poko internally displaced camp near the airport by a little boy.
© 2015 Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch


Participants in this week's [5/23-24] World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with its lofty call to "leave no one behind," should consider the story of Hamamatou from the Central African Republic.

When anti-balaka rebels attacked Hamamatou's village of Guen in early 2014, the 13-year-old had no way to run. A bout with polio had left her with a serious disability. Her brother tried to carry her to safety on his back, but soon was too exhausted to continue. "I told him, 'Souleymane, put me down and save yourself'," she told me. "He said he would come back for me if they didn't kill him."

Souleymane never returned, and Hamamatou spent two weeks abandoned by the river. Then the anti-balaka fighters found her. Seeing she could not walk without assistance, the fighters decided to kill her. "They said, 'We have found an animal, let's finish it off'," Hamamatou recalled. A female fighter intervened to save her life.

War is difficult for everyone, but one of the often untold stories of many conflicts is the profound isolation, abandonment, and neglect faced by people with disabilities in conflicts around the world.

Throughout our work on the Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch has repeatedly met people with disabilities who had been left behind when their communities were attacked. We learned of many cases in which the Seleka and anti-balaka rebels showed no mercy to those abandoned, killing them on the spot. At times, the killers showed extreme cruelty toward people with disabilities: one young pregnant woman with a disability was tied up and thrown alive on a fire by the Seleka fighters, and suffered a horrible death.

But the abandonment and neglect we found wasn't only in the heat of battles, when people focused on saving themselves. Even in camps set up for displaced persons, the basic needs of people with disabilities often go ignored. The camps often have no toilets and sanitary facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Open sewage drains and open fires pose a constant danger to people who are blind or have low vision. Food distribution neglects the needs of people with disabilities, so they often get less -- or nothing at all.

For many people with disabilities, the profound feelings of isolation and neglect they experience in camps are often more upsetting than the abandonment they faced during the fighting. Hamamatou, the young polio survivor, told me that she had never felt as lonely in her life as she did when she finally reached a camp, even though she had never lived so close to hundreds of people. No one ever brought her food, or even a bucket of water to wash herself. Aimé, a blind musician living in the Mpoko camp in the capital, Bangui, told me, "Sometimes I get so angry and discouraged by the difficulties of living here that I just stay inside for the whole day."

Much of this suffering takes place not because the humanitarian community lacks the resources to meet the needs of people with disabilities, but because the humanitarian community remains mostly unaware or insensitive to the plight of people with disabilities in conflict. As one senior UN official admitted to Human Rights Watch: "We don't pay enough attention to the issue of disability. We should be doing more. There is no place for discrimination in humanitarian action."

A first step toward addressing the needs of people with disabilities would be to include them in the humanitarian response: no one knows the needs of people with disabilities better, and they know how those needs can be met. Many of these needs can be satisfied with simple modifications and a more inclusive planning process.

At the World Humanitarian Summit, governments have taken a key step by endorsing the new Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The charter commits governments to ensure that their humanitarian response plans and programs reflect the various needs and capacities of women, girls, men and boys with disabilities by the end of 2020.

One final, perhaps most important, lesson we learned from people with disabilities during our work in the Central African Republic is that they are often an amazing source of strength and resilience during times of conflict. Perhaps the only community that stayed truly united during the bloody sectarian conflict in the Central African Republic was people with disabilities. They never broke down along sectarian lines, and continued to look after each other with courage and care. In Mpoko camp, people with disabilities organized one of the most popular bands in town, with inspiring songs about ending war and reconciling the nation. That strength and resilience is something from which we all can learn.

This post first appeared at Human Rights Watch

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A Mastermind Shares How to Create a World-Class Event

FEED - The Huffington Post - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:47
With an acceptance rate lower than one-half of one percent, earning an invitation to Mastermind Talks is more difficult than getting accepted to Harvard.
It is not exclusivity for exclusivity's sake. It is intentional, the design of creator Jayson Gaignard, whose annual world-class event brings together entrepreneurs of an elite character, not necessarily elite revenue. Mastermind Talks' mission statement, prominent throughout its website, gets straight to the point: The quality of an event is in direct proportion to the quality of people in attendance.
"Just like an investor investing in a business, I invest in people." Gaignard explained. "Because I believe that amazing people become increasingly amazing over time."

This year's gathering of 150 carefully selected attendees, each deemed to be amazing, took place in Ojai, California. I was fortunate to attend. Here are some of the behind the scenes tips I learned after speaking with Jayson on my podcast, The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk.



"Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It's that simple, and it's that hard."

It's All In The Details

In creating an interactive setting among inspired minds, Gaignard's meticulousness extends far beyond creating a guest list.
"I spend four to five hours in preparation on just the seating chart for each dinner," Gaignard said. "The first night dinner is really important. It gives each attendee the opportunity to create their own little tribes so that when they show up for the first session (the next morning); they at minimum have some friendly faces in the room." The proximity of each dinner guest is based on, as Gaignard calls it, uncommon commonalities - those different yet connected aspects of who they are that unite them. I found myself seated at a table next to James Altucher: hedge fund manager, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and creator of The James Altucher Show podcast.
"You both have big podcasts," Gaignard said. "I thought that it would be good for you to meet and discuss that."

The Quality of People in the Room

Where many organizers look to scale up the quantity of attendees, Gaignard scales in quality. As he says, "Amazing people know other amazing people." He adds, "My focus is on scaling trust. If I have trust, I can make magic happen." He establishes this through personal interactions with each guest.

"If I have trust, I can make magic happen."

The mutual trust between Gaignard and the attendees was evident long before the proceedings began, as the event (for which tickets cost $7,000 before hotel and airfare) sold out three months in advance despite not publishing an agenda or a list of speakers (this is unheard of in the event space). And without fail, that trust was rewarded. Mastermind Talks featured surprise appearances by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, who took part in a Q&A session on night one, and skateboarder Tony Hawk, who was interviewed by Altucher on night two. The final night was filled with hot air balloon rides and a mind-blowing performance from violinist Damien Escobar.


Roundtables and Breakout Sessions

In the past, Mastermind Talks centered around speakers on a main stage, but considering the large number of experts in attendance, Gaignard made the tactical switch to a "peer-to-peer" model, creating community, as he says, "drowning in information and starving for wisdom."
The result is a series of fruitful roundtables led by subject matter experts. People such as Ryan Holiday (writing, PR), James Clear (growing email list to 275,000 in three years), Greg Baroth (how to Instagram like Dan Bilzerian), Hal Elrod (building communities), Cole Hatter (Selling Millions), and Joey Coleman (persuasive presentations) freely shared their best practices before opening up a group discussion.

Keeping with the theme of uniqueness, the formal event began at 10:00 a.m.--a considerably later start time than other business events. But, like every other facet of Mastermind Talks, this start time was brilliantly designed. Morning workout groups were held at 7:15 with a breakfast to follow, and like-minded guests were afforded much more time together. This created yet another opportunity to form relationships in a setting outside of a conference room.

No Business Cards


Mastermind Talks lacks formalities that dominate other networking events, namely the distribution of business cards. I did not see a single one. Contact information was still shared, through a private Facebook group and a pre-printed Rolodex (put together by Kandis Gaignard, Jayson's wife), but the absence of business cards created a unique setting. As attendees, we were sent an intake form to fill out prior to the event. This information makes up the Rolodex shared with each person on Day 1.

The Host

That environment was only boosted by the efforts of the host. Gaignard, surrounded by his wife Kandis and a team of incredible volunteers, made the stressful task look simple. He exuded confidence, and his likable personality--accented oftentimes with a smile--was complemented by his honesty as he opened up to the attendees with stories of failure on his journey to success.
Trust is not simply a buzzword to Gaignard. It was the foundation of the entire event.

Tips For Attendees

Here are some tips for making the most of your next event:

  1. Go all out: Get out of your room and embrace the experience. Set specific goals for making quality connections with people.

  2. Dress differently: This one is host approved. "I like to wear interesting looking pants to help me stand out from the crowd," said Gaignard.

  3. Be appreciative: Handwrite thank you notes to people that have impressed you, and have them delivered to each person's room by the hotel staff.

  4. Be studious: Take notes on the interesting people you've met, and remember minute details about them or, perhaps, their children. Reference those when you follow up with them weeks later.

  5. Do your homework: Have topics of conversation ready. Always be prepared to share your Clay Hebert 6 word introduction.



Ryan Hawk is the Creator and Host of The Learning Leader Show: A top rated iTunes Business Podcast. In addition, Ryan gives keynote speeches on the topics of: Identity, Leadership Development, and Leaving Your Mark On The World.

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CancerCon, Part 3: Things I Would Have Done Differently During Cancer

FEED - The Huffington Post - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:45
Kalina: "I would have let my family take photos of me."

It was a punch in the gut the second the words left her lips. Kalina was one of sixty-four people who shared their stories with us during CancerCon...the largest gathering of young-adult cancer patients, survivors, and advocates in the world.

When Kalina said she would have let her family take photos of her, it instantaneously brought me back to one of my only regrets in life: the absence of a physical record of me with cancer. I, too, was one who never wanted to see myself sick. I forbade anyone from taking my picture. If there was nothing tangible to look at, did it even really happen?

Sometimes, I'm astounded by how wrong some of my choices have been for me. So many wonderful things happened during treatment, and I have nothing but my memories to hold and treasure. I have yet to get over that decision...a realization I came to as Kalina answered question number three of our five question "Five Minute Blog" at CancerCon.

And as it turned out, Kalina wasn't the only one who thought that way.

Victoria: "I would have taken more videos. I have small children...I wish I had those tangible memories."

Juliana: "I wish I had kept a journal or blog...looking back, it's hard to remember."

Kim: "I would have documented more and been more open with my friends."

Katy: "I kept to myself a lot. No one knew what I was going through. It was pretty lonely."

Rachel: "I should have talked about it more. I needed something that didn't quite exist, or if it did...I didn't know about it. Stupid Cancer really helped."

Stupid Cancer created a paradigm shift for young adults who are diagnosed. It empowered many people to take the first step of telling their story...giving a voice to the formerly voiceless. It even helped others realize that many fears are worth facing and overcoming.

Hailey: "I would have gotten more involved with the cancer community. I was scared to make friends with cancer patients because the reality is you can die. So I was very scared to make connections with people further along then I. But now having lost people to cancer, I wish I would have used that voice more."

Maybe others felt the way I did, but I thought if I talked about it, it would simply be a reminder that I was in the fight of my life. If there was ever a time to bury my head in the sand and pretend everything was perfect, this was it.

Megan: "It's happening and I don't want to talk about it, but I wish I would have addressed it head on at the time."

On the other side of the coin, I didn't want to be a burden. I knew how bad it was, so I thought it almost selfish to bring my family and friends into my misery. Plus, part of me was a little bit worried by their reaction. What if they're afraid?

Diane: "I would not have told my mother. I ended up having to console her. I would have set better boundaries."

What if they don't come around?

Ashley, a caregiver: "I would have wanted to be there sooner, from the beginning. Even though I'm there now, there was a time when I wasn't."

Or what if they do come around and ask if they can help, and you have no idea what to tell them?

Christal, a caregiver: "I could have been more intuitive, rather than just visiting. I could have figured out errands, etc. It didn't occur to me the first, or even the second time around."

But the main reason why I ended up keeping to myself was, quite frankly, so often I felt like the floor of a movie theater after a Shrek triple feature.

Emily: "I would have stayed more active because even though you feel like shit, it makes recovery easier."

Destiny: "On sluggish days, I felt sorry for myself at times, and it manifested physically."

Asia: "I wouldn't have been so hard on myself for how my body changed. Being a teenage girl is already tough with body image, and I put unnecessary stress on me."

And this highlights a very dirty secret about treatment: it reveals a whole host of problems that men usually don't have to face. No, it's not a contest as to who has it worse, but often, women simply have to deal with more shit.

Allison: "I would have frozen my eggs. I had to ask about it, and then I got sick the day before I was due to get them frozen. I wish I would have had more time."

Jessica, Melissa, and Vanessa said the same thing.

Jennifer: "I would not have had reconstruction surgery. I had lots of complications. I almost died. Now have lymphedema."

Melinda: "I had uterine cancer, and the doctor said, 'Let's just take out your ovaries, as well. You really don't need them anymore.' I simply agreed. I suffer from more needless side effects now."

Seriously. A doctor said that.

Lori: "I would have fired my doctor much earlier than I did."

Not the first time I've heard that.

Korinne: "I would have l left my husband a lot earlier then I did."

Possibly the first time I've heard that.

Sophie: "I would have spent more time making my health and my journey more of a priority. I should have worked to find the best path on the journey. We all need to take care of ourselves better."

Many of us, myself included, have fallen into that trap.

Christopher: "I worked a pretty demanding job. My commute was an hour-thirty each way. I wish I would have done more fun things and enjoyed my life more rather then putting myself through a marathon every week."

Niki: "I would have gone out to eat while I had the chance. I'm still immunosuppressed. Dietary restrictions. And my taste buds changed. I now hate pizza."

Now. Hate. Pizza.

Oh. My. God.

Peter: "I would have asked my family for help much earlier. I wasn't able to take care of myself the way I needed to and I almost paid the ultimate price."

I was one of the many who didn't ask for help. It's my disease. It's my problem. I'll get through it. Somehow.

Eden: "I would have accepted more help. I don't do well on the receiving end."

Brandie: "I'm a mom, and it's my job to help. It was harder for me to ask."

Even talking to a professional, albeit a stranger, would have probably made a big difference.

Betsy: "Psychologists asked if I wanted to talk to people. I wasn't ready."

Rico: "I didn't know I needed it. Some bad circumstances sunk me into a deep depression. Now I know that a therapist could have helped."

Sierra: "I would have shared that I got anxiety during treatment. I wasn't always okay, even though I showed the world that I was always okay."

Vera: "I would have gotten support for the mental effects of cancer. I didn't really know they were there until they started popping up. They might have been less aggressive had I been more on the proactive side."

And let's be honest with ourselves: knowledge is power.

Sarah: "I wish I would have done more research to figure out what to do after treatment and what to look out for."

Alyssa: "I would have tried to think about the financial side of things. I had no idea how expensive it would be. If I can't work, how much money would I need to survive?"

Liz: "I would like to have known the difference with radiation or without, as I'm starting to have some side effects pop up."

Emily: "I would have gotten a second opinion. I live in a rural area. I should have gone out of state, possibly, or found a different oncologist."

Chad: "I didn't feel empowered or even well informed to understand the implications of the decisions being made."

Alison: "Now, I'm going to ask instead of leaving the room and feeling confused."

Over the course of our speaking with so many brave men and women, they gave us some amazing things that they would have done differently.

Holly: "At one point, I quit chemo. I was so miserable. I wish I didn't take a break. I would have been done with chemo sooner."

At some point, almost everyone wants to quit chemo...even when it's working really, really well. I would have quit half way through if I had my way. Thankfully, I didn't have my way.

Julie: "I wish I had shown my appreciation to my doctors more. I felt down the road I should have sent them a gift basket."

Never a bad idea. Avoid gifting nuts. Just in case.

Debbie, a Nurse: "For a young adult, don't rely on the parents for everything. Make sure you are an active participant from the very beginning. So much control is being taken away; you need to make sure your voice is being heard."

Yep.

And the last word goes to Casey...

Casey: "I don't believe in going backwards."


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Dan Duffy is the author of the book, The Half Book: He's Taking His Ball and Going Home. He's also co-founder of The Half Fund - a mission to help people tell their stories about cancer. He's a survivor, a husband to a ginger, and dad to two ginger kids.

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Linking us together through our resting brains

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We've all heard weird factoids about brains. For example, dolphins sleep one hemisphere at a time. But, did you know that your brain has a resting state? This is somewhat of a contradictory label since it's hard to define rest when it comes to the human brain. This was noted all the way back in ~60 AD when the Roman stoic philosopher, Seneca, wrote:

"The fact that the body is lying down is no reason for supposing that the mind is at peace. Rest is... far from restful" (Seneca, 1969; Snyder and Raichle, 2009).

The brain's resting state is best defined as something like stimulus-independent intrinsic activity. This intrinsic activity is present in animals and humans even during anaesthesia. In you and me, you can liken it to unconstrained thoughts or cognition - like what the brain is doing while you daydream or let your mind wander. You aren't focusing on any one sensory experience in particular or even performing a particular task. Thoughts are popping into your mind and you're letting your brain do its thing. About two decades of research has shown that when measuring this unconstrained thought process of a person simply lying in the MRI scanner, activity in various brain areas are surprisingly in sync - that is, they show similar patterns of up and down activation over time. These areas have an intrinsic ability to fluctuate together and form separate, independent networks, which can be measured with multiple methods like fMRI or EEG. Eyes closed, eyes open, no bother - even differential ruminations between you and me are no match for the similar networks that result. That means that you can be lying in the scanner and thinking about picking up your child, while I am lying in the scanner and thinking about what I am going to eat for dinner and surprisingly, remarkably similar cortical networks are activated between the two of us. That's pretty amazing!


You are not seeing double. Top: 17 resting state networks in the left and right hemispheres, respectively, from 500 individuals. Bottom: 17 resting state networks from a different group of 500 individuals. Notice the remarkable correspondence across the two groups. Image from Yeo et al., 2011.

While these networks are defined based on their intrinsic functional activity, recent research is beginning to shed light on an anatomical infrastructure (e.g. white matter connections) that may provide the long-range structural wiring linking these regions together. For example, Greicius and colleagues (2009) combined resting state functional connectivity with structural connectivity and found that there was a remarkable consistency between the structural and resting state connections linking regions of the brain. As researchers in the scientific community still argue about the anatomical source and validity of resting state networks, the findings from Greicius and colleagues provided evidence that resting state connectivity is consistent with an underlying anatomical basis. Present research is actively working toward understanding the similarities and differences of these networks between one individual and another. But, rest assured (pun intended), you probably share about 17 different brain networks with the author of this article and we are still actively determining how to characterize the fine-grained differences from one person to the next.


So, when you close your eyes and think about whatever you want to in a particular moment in time, the networks of areas active in your brain are likely remarkably similar to someone else even though you're likely thinking about completely different things.

Ekaterina Dobryakova is a member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and writes for the Communications/Media Team. The OHBM Media Team brings cutting edge information and research on the human brain to your laptops, desktops and mobile devices in a way that is neurobiologically pleasing. For more like this, follow www.humanbrainmapping.org/blog or @OHBMSci_News


Further reading:

Greicius et al. (2009). Cereb Cortex.

Raichle (2009). J Neurosci.

Snyder and Raichle (2012). NeuroImage.


Yeo et al. (2011). J Neurophysiol.

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Police search Google's Paris offices in tax fraud probe

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PARIS - French police searched the Paris offices of US Internet giant Google on Tuesday as part of a tax fraud investigation, a police source said.
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Nadal crushes Groth to make French Open second round

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PARIS - Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 mauling of Australia's Sam Groth.
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Greek bailout without IMF 'not an option': Dijsselbloem

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BRUSSELS - Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday said moving forward with Greece's massive bailout could not happen without the IMF despite divisions with the eurozone over debt relief.
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Nervous France to deploy 23,000 police for 'Le Tour'

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PARIS - About 23,000 police will be deployed for the Tour de France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday, as the world's premier cycling race takes place under the post-attacks state of emergency.
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