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‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ And ‘Scandal’ Are All Renewed – Konbini

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Good news for Shondaland, its three main series are all renewed and expected next fall. ABC is obviouslyvery confident in Shonda Rhimes work. Her fans will be able to continue to follow the difficult daily lives of three strong women: Meredith Grey, Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating.

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While How To Get Away With Murder has seen a drop in ratings since its debut, the two other series keep decent numbers. Greys Anatomy is particularly impressive when you consider the show is entering its 13th season. And yet, the medical drama always manages to renew itself with fresh storylines that are always great and perfectly melodramatic.

An adaptation of Romeo and Juliet entitled Still Star-Crossed is also expected but has yet an official release date. But, considering how little people are talking about the project, its unlikely it will last long on ABC.

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The Anatomy of Trump’s Strange Handshakes – Yahoo News

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm

A routine visit between Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau on Monday quickly went viral after the two men shared an awkward handshake.

The two leaders met for the first time at the White House to discuss trade between the respective countries, and while they were sitting side-by-side in front of the press, Trump tried to break the ice. I think they might want a handshake, he told Trudeau, while reaching out his hand. In what was surely one photographers imageof the year, Trudeau glanced at the presidents offering, seemingly with disdain, while the presidentshand hung awkwardly in the breeze.

To be fair, he two men had a cordial greeting outside the White House and, as Mashable points out, the video of that exchange is more forgiving. Still, the Internet was unrelenting.

Making matters worse, on Friday, a handshake between Trump and Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe,went viral after Trump continued the motion for afull 19 seconds. Once Abe was able to free his hands, he seemed to cringe and roll his eyes, while turning his body away from the president.

Trump is known for his aggressive greeting style, which involves shooting his hand toward the other person and jerking it up and down with force. Its an odd move, considering hisfixation on cleanliness (during a January press conference, he confessed to being a germaphobe) and rumors of his alleged small hands.

Both these handshakes really soured from the beginning, Susan Constantine, a body language expert who trains law enforcement and the Department of Defense, tells Yahoo Beauty.

With Trudeau, Trump passively offers his hand, palm up, as if hes asking the prime minster to dance. Trump could have asserted himself by placing his hand on top, she says. Instead, he assumes a surrender position, which is incomprehensible. Trudeaus expression, she adds, is pure exasperation. His lips are tightly pressed together with the corners pointing down. He seems to be withholding disdain for the moment. Still, the prime minister is a good sport, and the twoplay along for the cameras.

In the case of Prime Minster Abe, Trump may have harbored good intentions, but the greeting wasnt culturally appropriate, says Constantine. In Asian countries, the handshake is gentler, she says. However, since the meeting took place in America, it was expected that the prime minster would adapt to a more confident handshake.

Whats more, Trump pats the hand of the Japanese diplomat a warm gesture reserved for a good friend which could be perceived as patronizing or insincere. Then Trump pulls Abes hand toward him in a long series of jerking motions, almost as if hes trying to overcompensate for a loss of power, says Constantine. The experience was likely unusual for Abe, who rolled his eyes and signaled to stand by placing his hands on the armrest of his chair.

Its important to learn cultural norms when traveling as a global leader, says Constantine. For example, Trumps infamous thumb-up gesture when he steps off airplanes could beoffensive, depending onwho is present. Its possible that the president wasnt prepared well for these meetings.

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The anatomy of an energy crisis a pictorial guide – RenewEconomy

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm

What energy crisis?

Who could forget the energy crises that affected electricity supply across south-eastern Australia last year.

Firstly the Tasmanian crisis, following the Basslink outage in December 2015. With hydro storage dams at record lows following a drought on the back of aggressive storage withdrawals during the carbon tax years, Tasmania enforced drastic measures to ensure supply. Thankfully, flooding winter rains, together with the eventual restoration of Basslink in June helped resuscitate the apple isles energy supply. Tasmanias hydro storages now stand at around 40% of full capacity, more than double at the same time last year.

Tasmanian hydropower storage capacity shows a strong seasonal trend, filling in winter rains, and drawing down during the summer and early autumn. Exchanges with Victoria via Basslink help provide security of supply, that was compromised by the outage in December 2015, when storages were already dangerously low on the back of the drought conditions in 2015 and aggressive draw down of storages during the Carbon-tax years to capitilise on the higher mainland spot prices.

July saw the first of the sequence of crises in South Australia that followed from, and were in many eyes, attributable to the closure of its last coal-fired power plant at Port Augusta in May of 2016.

With gas prices at record highs, and South Australia effectively isolated from Victoria due to upgrades on the main interconnector into Victoria, spot prices sky rocketed, culminating on a cold, windless winter day on July 7th. Energy consumers that had not contracted supply were at the whims of traders. Prices averaged over $1400/MWhour for the day and around $520/MWhour for the week, almost 800% above the average for that time of year.

Graphical summary of electrical power generation, demand, spot prices in, and exchange between, each of the five regions comprising the National Electricty Market. The period shown is the week of July 3rd- 9th, 2016, during the first South Australian energy crisis. Over the week, interconnector flows from Victoria into South Australia were restricted to an average of 225 MW, or about 40% of full capacity due to upgrade works. On July 7th, at the height of the crisis, the flow was limited to 166 MW. VWP = volume weighted price in $/MWhour. TOTAL.DEMAND = regional demand in MW. DISPATCH.GEN = regional generation in MW. NETINTERCHANE = net exports (positive) or imports (negative) in MW.

All that was superseded by the events of September, when extreme winds played havoc with the South Australian transmission system, toppling transmission lines in the mid north. Poorly understood default control settings automatically disconnected wind farms, leading to the interconnector tripping and a state-wide black out. Unanticipated problems in restarting the system exacerbated the pain.

Finally, failure of a transmission line in south-west Victoria on December 1 lead to a power loss at the aluminium smelter in Portland. The damage to frozen pot lines has jeopardised the smelters ongoing viability. As the states largest energy consumer and the one of the biggest regional employers, the political fallout is intense.

With 2016 very much the National Electricity Markets (NEM) annus horibilus, pundits awaited the summer of 2017 with bated breath. The combination of high gas prices, frighteningly intense summer heat, a fragile and ageing energy supply system, and increasing concerns about market rules, the scene was set for interesting times. Whatever was to transpire it was always going to be inflamed by political point-scoring the one commodity that seems rarely in short supply.

And so it would prove to be, even in the northern states of Queensland and New South Wales that had hither-too largely escaped the wrath of Electryone.

The summer of 2017 has seen extraordinary rises in spot prices beset the NEM, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland. Further blackouts in South Australia, and market interventions to avert them in New South Wales, have done little to assuage concern that our electrical power system is no longer fit for purpose. So far, 2017 Queensland spot prices have been around 400% above the historical average for this time of year.

Graphical summary of NEM operations for the period 1st January 11th February 2017.

With the summer far from finished, our politicians remain hard at it, pointing fingers and apportioning blame, doing almost anything and everything but that which is in most short supply namely, embracing bipartisanship. A glimmer of hope is to be found in comments from Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, who has been charged to lead a review of the security of our National Electricity Market.

To provide some guide to what is happening to the NEM, and why, I have compiled a few pictures that illustrate elements its basic anatomy. This is designed as background. In following posts in this series I will focus on the details of recent events that have so heightened the political heat.

The NEM comprises five interconnected regional jurisdictions one for each state along the eastern seaboard and South Australia. For each region, the market operator AEMO runs a 5-minute interval, energy-only, dispatch pool, or spot market. The objective is to balance supply with demand in a way that minimises cost, based on the bids submitted by generators. It is a complicated process. Settlement prices are aggregated at half hourly intervals, and determined as the average of bid prices of the last offer needed to meet the demand for the dispatch interval.

Pictorial of the generation structure on the NEM, as of early 2017. The top half shows the five regions comprising the NEM, the bottom half the power as generated and dispatched by fuel type progressing from fossil on the left through to renewables of the right. For the period shown (1/1/2017-11/2/2017) black coal contributed 55.6% of supply (at a capacity factor of 68%), brown coal 22.7% (cf=79%), natural gas 11% (cf = 24%), hydro 5.4% (cf = 14%) and Wind 4.6% (cf=29%) Units are in MW. Note that gas is the only fuel source common to all regions, but its contribution varies significantly from over 50% in South Australia, to just a few percent in Victoria. It is important to note that the small-scale distributed solar PV on domestic rooftops is not dispatched to the NEM and so is not included in this graphic. The installed capacity of around 5 GW of small scale solar PV contributed about an average of 700-800 MW across 2016.

With the focus of the dispatch pool being least cost electricity supply, AEMO also operates several ancillary markets to ensure the requirements for safe grid operation are met. This includes the provision of reserve supply and frequency control normally sourced from synchronous generators such as large coal plants.

AEMO also has regulatory powers to intervene in the market by demanding generation be made available in cases when the total bid capacity is insufficient. When demand exceeds total capacity, or if the available capacity cannot be made available in a timely fashion, AEMO can authorise load-shedding, effecting a re-balancing of demand to meet the available generation capacity.

Normally, large electricity consumers will contract power supply via the contract market, rather than directly through the spot market. This insures consumers against the potential for extreme price volatility allowed on the spot market, that can see prices range from between -$1000 and $14,000/MWhour. For comparison, the standard domestic retail tariff is about $250/MWhour or $0.25/kWhour.

The bid strategies of power plants reflect differences in their cost structures and performance characteristics. For example, fuel costs for brown coal generators are very low, but they are best operated at constant load. In contrast gas plants are generally much more rampable, but much higher cost. In Victoria, as a consequence gas is used almost exclusively to meet peaks in demand as illustrated in the three graphics below.

Dispatch in Victoria for the period 8/2/2017-10/2/2017, coloured by fuel source. Also shown is the Victorian demand (brown line), available generation bid into the market (top black line), and net exports as negative (bottom black line)

Brown coal power generation in Victoria for the period 8/2/2017-10/2/2017, coloured by power station.

Natural gas generation in Victoria for the period 8/2/2017-10/2/2017, coloured by power station.

Typically a large base-load generator, such as a brown coal plant, will bid much of its capacity into the spot market at their short run cost, to ensure a slice of the action. In contrast peaking power plants will bid at price well above marginal cost, anticipating that they will required only very occasionally. Forward contracts of various kinds help insure revenue streams for base load generators against spot prices below their long-term cost of production, and for peaking plants being available when needed.

Renewables such as wind dispatch at the whims of the weather, and because of negligible short run marginal costs, bid their output at very low prices. As a price taker, wind generation tends to drive spot prices lower, impacting the viability of other generators. As shown below, and to be discussed in more detail in a following posts, the recent events in South Australian dispatch highlights the challenges in the market when wind power output correlates poorly with demand.

Dispatch in South Australia for the period 8/2/2017 through 10/2/2017, coloured by fuel source. Also shown is the South Australian demand (brown line), available generation bid into the market (top black line), and net imports (bottom white line). Black outs on the 8th February occurred when local dispatch curve hit the available generation. At that time here was no more capacity ready to be dispatched, so AEMO instigated load-shedding. (Note that not all capacity in South Australia was bid into the market at this time.)

Finally, rooftop PV is not dispatched onto the grid, but rather is revealed to the market as a reduction in demand.

In theory, the spot market is designed to encourage a competition that ensures prices provide generators with a revenue stream that is linked to their long run marginal cost of production. If prices do depart, competitive market principles should ensure system re-balancing either through investment in new generation or the withdrawal of old. Of course, competition needs to be provided by an adequate diversity in ownership.

And so shifts in the spot prices, signalled via the contract markets, are designed to reflect the balance of demand and supply. The years 2009-2014 were characterised by persistent reductions in demand across the NEM, in part due to growing penetration of solar PV. At the same time, the addition of new wind farms to meet Renewable Energy Target contributed to a growing oversupply in the market, reflected in very subdued spot prices. For example from 2010-2014, Victorian spot prices averaged about $35/MWhour, after factoring out the carbon tax. While that price is above the cost of production for existing Victorian brown coal generators, it would be well nigh impossible to obtain financing for any new large scale generation at prices less than about 2-3 times that.

Since 2014, demand has risen in Queensland due in part to the commissioning of new LNG gas processing facilities at Curtis Island. Reductions in generation capacity in Victoria and South Australia due to closure and/or mothballing of several fossil plants (Anglesea in Victoria and Northern and Pelican Point in South Australia), has significantly tightened the supply-demand balance. Consequently, spot prices are on the rise across the NEM.

Spot prices averaged about $60/MWhour across last year, but vary somewhat by region and by season.

As shown in diagrams above the make-up of generation in each of the five regions varies considerably, leading to different cost structures. Similarly differences in demand profiles lead naturally to differences in generation fleet. Finally there are differences in market competition.

With limited interconnection capacity, along with differences in regional demand and generation portfolios, occasionally lead to large separation in spot market prices. In times of very high demand during summer heat waves and winder cold snaps, or in times when supply is constrained by infrastructure (power plant or transmission) outages or fuel supply/cost issues, spot prices can be extremely volatile.

Historically, South Australia has had the highest prices and Victoria the lowest. This reflects the much higher proportion of gas in the generation mix, its larger proportional daily/seasonal cycle between minimum and maximum demand and, arguably, competition issues. As illustrated below, peak demand in South Australia is over 250% higher than the median, compared to around 150% in Queensland. A greater relative proportion of peaking generation capacity means higher average spot prices. Competition is a particular issue in South Australia, since the closure of the Northern Power Station, as it is in Queensland.

It is important to realise that while the physical characteristics of any power system are governed by the laws of physics, the market itself is a construct just one of many ways of matching supply and demand. In particular as an energy-only pool , there are questions about how well our NEM is suited to meeting the need of providing a cost effective, secure and environmentally acceptable energy supply. In particular, there is very little incentive for demand side management. Moreover, the power system does not operate in isolation, and needs to be considered with other policy settings in the gas and water markets as well as climate policy. In the following posts in this series I intend to address some of these issues with examples drawn from our recent experience on the NEM.

Source: The Conversation. Reproduced with permission.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Justin Chambers on Karev’s Fate: ‘He Just Never Seems to Catch a Break’ – Variety

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Last weeks Greys Anatomy revealed the fate of Alex Karev (Justin Chambers).

After numerous episodes this season dealt with the aftermath of Karev beating up DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), Alex had decided to accept a plea deal, which would put him behind bars. However, he had gone missing and no one knew what he was up to until last week when suddenly, he surprised Meredith at home.

The episode last week cut with Karevs surprise return home, begging the question, how did he get out of jail time? Tonights ep will reveal all of those details. But first,Variety chatted with Chambers aboutwhat to expect now that Alex is back.

I think having everything taken from him I think he learned a lot there, but I think he appreciates being in peace and hes very good at what he does and he thrives there, Chambers explains of how the experience will change Alex.

As for Jo (Camilla Luddington), their relationship will require a lot of work to get back on track. He was going to take a plea deal to protect his girl. Theyre not together right now, but well see where that goes, Chambers says.Hes still angry with her, but if anyone knows anything about second chances, its Alex. So he has that to think about. She messed up, but there must be a piece of him that still feels for her. Love just doesnt die like that.

Whatever happens, Chambers has a personal wish for his character: I just hope Alex finds some happiness. Crap. He just never seems to catch a break. Im thinking soon there might be some stability, he teases.

However, in real life, Chambers is ecstatic to be experiencing 13 seasons of stability

Its a blessing. Its crazy. Its so awesome, the original cast member says of Greys Anatomys flourishing in its 13th season.With a laugh, he adds, Even ER, I think theirratings dropped a lot in their 13th year.

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The New ABCs of Medical School: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Cooking – Food Tank (blog)

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

As Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, spoke, Let food be thy medicine. However, most medical schools in the United States do not adequately teach nutrition. Several programs, including at Tulane University, are addressing this shortcoming by including cooking classes in their curriculum. The hope is that by teaching future doctors how to cook delicious and healthy meals, they will pass that knowledge on to their patients, improving long-term health.

The rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases are increasing throughout the world according to Prediabetes: A Worldwide Epidemic. The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly half of all deaths in the United States are due to heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Entire scientific journals, such as Nutrition and Health, Diabetes, and the Journal of Nutrition, are devoted to examining the relationships between nutrition and health. Research has shown that nutrition is one of the leading causes of and significantly affects the management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and aging-related diseases.

There is no clear correlation between policy recommendations and nutrition choices. For example, a study that provided nutrition information to adults at fast-food chains found that simply providing information did not alter consumer choices. Coaching has consistently proven effective at changing eating habits, especially when tailored to an individuals lifestyle and medical history. Many see using doctors as nutrition coaches as a natural extension of a physicians duties and a valuable opportunity for one-on-one intervention. However, a National Institute of Health survey revealed that a majority of primary care physicians do not give diet advice. According to polls reported by the Washington Post, less than 25 percent of doctors feel they are informed enough regarding nutrition to discuss it knowledgeably.

Tulanes program was developed in 2014 to better instruct medical students in nutrition. According to their website, Through hands-on cooking classes, medical students and physicians learn the practical aspects of lifestyle change necessary to help them guide their patients to healthier choices.

The National Academy of Sciences recommends 25 hours of nutrition instruction for medical students, whereas the Tulane course requires 53 hours of culinary classes, 53 hours clinical care teaching, and 53 hours learning nutritional counseling strategies in lifestyle modification. Researchers at Tulane examined the effectiveness of the program and found improvements to the lifestyle of medical participants and significant health benefits to diabetic patients, including improved HbA1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

To date, 28 other medical schools, two residency programs, and two nursing schools have adapted the Tulane curriculum. Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, the University of Massachusetts, and others have started similar programs within their medical schools. Harvard University partnered with the Culinary Institute of America to offer week-long workshops that have demonstrated improvements in attendees ability to advise patients as well as ameliorating their lifestyle, including cooking more at home, making healthier food choices like whole grains and nuts, and heightened awareness of calorie consumption.

Personally taking culinary classes can improve peoples diets without making a trip to the doctor. Programs in Chicago improve nutrition knowledge and vegetable consumption in children. Community kitchens in Peru taught adolescents and improved their diets. Similar kitchens in Canada have had a similar effect of improving lifestyles and education within several communities. In general, public health researchers find that cooking at home can significantly improve health when the knowledge of good nutrition is applied. For some of the Tulane programs recipes, click here.

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View from the Left: Anatomy of a direct actiongetting creative when … – Daily Kos

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Blocking traffic has the added benefit of annoying constituentstheyre inconvenienced, and thats partly the point. In this case, they would be inconvenienced specifically because their representative was too much of a weasel to face her or his constituents at a town hall.

Can you imagine shutting down main streettraffic in a relatively small town with a banner reading: Rep. X, why wont you speak to us? or Rep. X, why wont you protect our health insurance? or Rep. X, dont you dare take away ourSocial Security and Medicare. Its especially bad optics for a representative who hasnt been willing to face voters since Republicans took control of the government.

Another option is catching someone guerilla-style at a relatively informalevent like a bake saleor a barbeque or even at the grocery store. The key is to ask for something concrete and to have someone with a recording device as simple as a phone (and hopefully a steady hand!) to capture the exchange. Practice makes perfect. DREAM activists made national headlines in 2014 when they confronted Hillary Clinton at Tom Harkins annual steak fry.

You may not make national headlines with something that simple, but you can probably make local headlines. And thats just fine. Mr. Zeldin, why arent you holding town halls? Why wont you talk to your constituents? orMr. Coffman, can you promise me I wont lose my healthcare? If you can make it personal, all the better. Local reporters will likely want a follow up interview with you. But keep the questions relatively simple and pointed, and catch yourrepresentativeoff guard in an environment where they dont expect it, if possible. Frankly, you want them to start thinking they might be confronted by protesters anywhere andat any moment. If you get in an elected officialsheadalways wondering where protesters will pop up nextit absolutely changes the way they think and vote.

This leads me to something slightly more complicated that can make a real splash: interrupting your representative at a speech or some type of ticketed event. Something like a fundraiser isthe ultimate safe space for them and usually covered by local media, so youll have an instant audience.

In my book, Dont Tell Me To Wait: How the fight for gay rights changed American and transformed Obamas presidency, I detailed one of the most effective direct actions staged by LGBTQ activists trying to pressure President Obama to move on repealing the militarys dont ask, dont tell policy. They got six tickets to a fundraiser for then-Sen. Barbara Boxer in L.A. It couldnt have been more friendly territory for him. Obamawas also a master at handling hecklers.

But the folks with the protest group GetEQUAL planned a popcorn-style interruption, where they spread out amongst the crowd of roughly 1,000and once one heckler was silenced, another would start up. Most importantly, they felt the courage of their convictions, as many people around the country do right now. Courage and conviction count fora lot in a direct action. And smart planning.

Heres a partialexcerpt from the book:

A couple minutes into the speech, as Obama began touting Senator Boxers contributions to the state, the chanting began. President Obama, its time to repeal dont ask, dont tell, yelled Laura Kanter, who was the first to initiate the protest. The event was being streamed live by CNN, and though it was hard for viewers to hear exactly what Kanter was yelling, Obamas eyes began to wander a bit as her chant interrupted his cadence. A few moments later, he cupped his hand behind his ear for an instant to hear what all the shouting was about. Then he continued on with his speech.

After about a minute, Kanter was removed, and Dan Fotou started up. Fotou was positioned much closer to the president, so he was visible from the stage and his cries were far more audible and difficult to ignore.

Fotou ramped up as Obama told the crowd that Boxer was passionate about fighting for jobsjobs with good wages, jobs with good benefits. But Obama was starting to get distracted; he and Fotou locked eyes for a moment.

Its time to repeal dont ask, dont tell! Fotou yelled.

Obama stopped abruptly, looked straight at his detractor, then returned, We are going to do that! Fire flared in his eyes momentarily, then fell away as he pointed at Fotou, saying, Hey, hold on a second, hold on a second. We are going to do that. […]

Just as Obama headed into the familiar territory of job loss and the economy, Zoe Nicholson picked up where Fotou left off. Obama upped his decibel, trying to push past the racket. But finally, he simply stopped, leaving Nicholson an opening to land an audible blow.

Its time for equality for all Americans! she shouted.

Obama glared at her. Im sorry, do you want to come up here? Obama said, raising his hand and waving her to the stage. []

The protesters managed to hijack Obamas speech for about eight minutes. Itwas activist gold for multiple reasons: it made national headlines, conveyed a specific message, and forced a conversation among White House aides on a topic that wasnt on their front burner at that moment. The activistslater found out that while repealing the militarys gay ban hadnt been discussed on Air Force One on the way out Los Angeles, it dominated conversation on the way back.

This of course is a more complexaction that requires a lot of planning and a support team (as stopping traffic would). Its also never popular to take on a politician in a room full of her or hissupporters, not to mention the fact that challenging Obama at an event for a Democratic senator was controversial even among activist circles. But it can also be incredibly effective. And while youre likely to be removed, you probably wont get arrested. Just dont expect to win any popularity contests with other attendees. Themain point one way or the other is that youre anguished about somethingso anguished, in fact, that if you have to do something unpopular, so be it.

Dont get me wrongtown halls are a great setting in which to reach your representative, and voters across the country have been making national headlines doing it.But if Republicans take those away, as they increasinglyseem to be doing,not to worry. You can stage a very effective protest that makes waves with less than a dozen people. It just needs to be well-planned, well-executed, and include a sharp message.

As Margaret Mead once said, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

If people have other creative ideas for successful actions that they have seen used or even participated in, SHARE THEM BELOW! (Sorry for all capstheyre all the rage these days.)Links to news stories are encouraged.

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