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Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera) is an island in western Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands. It is the largest island entirely in Indonesia (two larger islands, Borneo and New Guinea, are shared between Indonesia and other countries) and the sixth largest island in the world at 473,481 km2 with a population of 50,365,538. Its biggest city is Medan with a population of 2,109,330.

Sumatra forming an elongated landmass spanned diagonal northwest — southeast axis. The Indian Ocean bordering west, northwest and southwest sides of Sumatra with islands chain of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai bordering along southwestern coast. On the northeast side the narrow Strait of Malacca separating the island from Malay Peninsula, an extension of Eurasian continent. On the southeast the narrow Sunda Strait separating Sumatra with Java. The northern tip of Sumatra bordering the Andaman islands, while the lower eastern side there are the islands of Bangka and Belitung, Karimata Strait and Java Sea. The Bukit Barisan mountains that contains several active volcanoes formed the backbone of the island much on the southwest sides, while the northeast sides are outlying lowlands with swamps, mangroove and complex river systems. The equator crossed the island right in the center on West Sumatra and Riau provinces, making the climate of the island tropical hot and humid with lush tropical rain forest originally dominating the landscape.

Settler colonies began arriving in Sumatra around 500 BC, and several significant kingdoms flourished there. I Ching, a Chinese Buddhist monk, studied Sanskrit and spent four years of his life working in Palembang. The explorer Marco Polo visited Sumatra in 1292.

Sumatra has a huge range of plant and animal species but has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years, and many species are Critically Endangered such as Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhino and Sumatran Orangutan.

87% of Sumatrans are thought to be Muslim. The island is home to 22% of Indonesia's population.


Includes: Wishful Thinking
Description of Appeal to Consequences of a Belief

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

X is true because if people did not accept X as being true then there would be negative consequences.

X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.

X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist" it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe (PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim.

The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.
Examples of Appeal to Consequences of a Belief

"God must exist! If God did not exist, then all basis for morality would be lost and the world would be a horrible place!"

"It can never happen to me. If I believed it could, I could never sleep soundly at night."

"I don't think that there will be a nuclear war. If I believed that, I wouldn't be able to get up in the morning. I mean, how depressing."

"I acknowledge that I have no argument for the existence of God. However, I have a great desire for God to exist and for there to be an afterlife. Therefore I accept that God exists."


101010 – On 10/10/2010 the answer the life, the universe, and everything will be revealed.


The gorgeous Queen Anne-style house shown on the masthead of this site is the O’Brien House on Moultrie Point. It overlooks the Matanzas River just south of the mouth of Moultrie Creek. Built in 1885, it is the second structure to be built of poured concrete in the St. Augustine area. The first was Villa Zorayda in downtown St. Augustine.

Today the house is restored to its early glory, but for many years it was sadly neglected. Even in its worst days, it gracefully watched over the water traffic up and down the Intracoastal Waterway - the only way you can really experience all its beauty. This photo was taken from a kayak sitting just south of the dock.

In 1995, before the house was renovated, David Nolan wrote “The Houses of St. Augustine” which includes many photos of the house’s architectural details [the photography was beautifully done by Ken Barrett - not quite a cousin]. Even neglected, it’s beauty shows.

The book recounts an incident in 1980 when exterminators discovered a note from Lewis Ogden O’Brien in a vent. Lewis was the oldest son of Henry Stanton O’Brien and 12 years old at the time he wrote the note. He stated as of his birthday - May 15, 1885 - his father was building the house as a winter home. Lewis stated, “I write this so that perhaps 100 years or more from now people will know who had this house built.”


The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September and caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as "Folsom", takes place on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets, in San Francisco's South of Market district.

The event started in 1984 and is California's third largest spectator event and the world's largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture.[1] It has grown as a non-profit charity, and local and national non-profits benefit with all donations at the gates going to charity groups as well as numerous fundraising schemes within the festival including games, beverage booths and even spanking for donations to capitalize on the adult-themed exhibitionism.

The coordination agency, Folsom Street Events (FSE) is a registered charity and has also started similar events in Canada and Germany. In San Francisco they also manage Dore Alley Fair and special events like the "Folsom Street Fair Formal Leather Gala" with Joan Rivers which celebrated the 25th anniversary, and their annual circuit party "Magnitude" which has a leather subculture focus.


This was the very first dance tune Drink & Food wrote. emDay had sampled Vincent Price's original with the crackle-box and we were digging on the musical cues and Carolyn Craig saying "Darling, the only ghoul in the house is you" so we decided to write a house tune incorporating some of our favorite samples.


extended dub mix


Although the site of modern-day Madrid (Spain) has been occupied since prehistoric times, and there are archeological remains of a small visigoth village near the modern location, [1] the first historical data from the city comes from the 9th century, when Muhammad I of Cordoba ordered the construction of a small palace in the same place that is today occupied by the Palacio Real. Around this palace a small citadel, al-Mudayna, was built. Near that palace was the Manzanares, which the Muslims called al-Majrīṭ (Arabic: المجريط, "source of water"). From this came the naming of the site as Majerit, which was later rendered to the modern-day spelling of Madrid). The citadel was conquered in 1085 by Alfonso VI of Castile in his advance towards Toledo. He reconsecrated the mosque as the church of the Virgin of Almudena (almudin, the garrison's granary). In 1329, the Cortes Generales first assembled in the city to advise Ferdinand IV of Castile. Sephardic Jews and Moors continued to live in the city until they were expelled at the end of the 15th century.


Andres Iniesta has hailed Barcelona's performance in a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, which ended their poor recent run at the Vicente Calderon, as "sensational". First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique cancelled out an equaliser from Raul Garcia to get the Catalan giants' La Liga campaign back on track following last weekend's shock 2-0 loss at home to Hercules.

The result also meant Barça could celebrate victory at Atletico's home ground for the first time since the 2006/07 season, having lost in each of the last three years, 2-1, 4-3 and 4-2. It was a hugely impressive performance by Pep Guardiola's team, and only the goalkeeping of youngster David De Gea kept the scoreline down.

Iniesta, who scored the only goal for Spain against the Netherlands in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Final, received a standing ovation from the Atletico fans when he was substituted late on. "We had the game under control and Atletico practically didn't have a shot on goal," the 26-year-old midfielder told Barcelona's official website.


I decided to slot this amazing place in to the Noia and Galicia towns section because it isn't a town and the district it is in, "Santa Maria de Roo", has no other real attractions. In any event, if you visit "Pesqueria del Tambre" you will probably be based in or around the Muros-Noia bay.

I am going to start by telling you how we first found out about this place and then I will give you a virtual tour.

In 2004 we picked up a leaflet about Noia which depicted, amongst other things, a really impressive looking building, but on translating the description, it appeared to be nothing more than part of a hydro electric generating plant. In actual fact that is exactly what it is, but the building and more to the point the place itself, are nothing short of awe inspiring - at least we think so.
About the Pesqueria del Tambre
Tambre hydro building

The Pesqueria del Tambre is a hydro electric generating plant located in a valley which acts as a natural collection point for water running off the surrounding mountains and feeding in to the Tambre river. The photo to the right depicts the main building that holds the machinery used for this purpose, although there is no outward indication that it is anything other than a large and impressive structure.

In order to reach the Pesqueria del Tambre you head both inland and upwards and at one point get a brief, but stunning, high level view of what awaits you below. The road, which meanders and winds, has little in the way of confirming sign posts and I am sure that some potential visitors turn back, concluding that they are on a road to no where - fortunately we did not.


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