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Using Steam For Ice Dam Removal In Minneapolis, Mn


With today’s technology and advances in steam equipment it is very easy, simple and safe to use steam for ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN. However, just any steam won’t work, it has to be applied to the ice and show using low pressure and wet steam to have the greatest melting potential.

Low Pressure for Roof Safety

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There are some companies that use high pressure options for ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN. They tend to use a very wet steam, almost a liquid that is forced into the ice and snow at high pressure levels. The problem with this is the same as using any type of very high pressure cleaning equipment, it will damage surfaces.

High pressure steam cleaners are particularly damaging to asphalt shingles. Those little pebbles that help to protect the single and allow water and snow to slide off the shingles are removed under high pressure, gradually damaging your roof.

On the other hand low pressure ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN provides the same volume of wet steam for maximum melting without the risk of any damage.

The Speed Factor

By using the low pressure, wet steam for ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MNprofessional companies are actually able to melt the ice faster than just using hot air alone.

The service will always start the process from the bottom or underside of the ice dam up, allowing the melted ice and snow to safely run off the roof as it would naturally. Sometimes inexperienced services offering ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN approach the job incorrectly and find that it takes much longer as they have to keep reworking areas as they move down and along the roof.

Additionally, by using low pressure wet steam for ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN the company limits the amount of additional water that is put onto your roof. Remember that all of that water has to come off the roof and reducing the additional moisture helps reduce ice below the roof on walkways, landscaping and on your trees and shrubs.

Having professional services come in for your ice dam removal in Minneapolis, MN really is the best possible option. They avoid damage and get the job done quickly and effectively.

National Hockey League news: February 16, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

There were 5 games played in the National Hockey League on February 15, 2008.

‘Freedom Tower’ renamed ‘1 World Trade Center’

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The 108-floor central component of the new World Trade Center in New York City has been officially renamed 1 World Trade Center, ending the Freedom Tower moniker it had sported since 2003.

Freedom Tower was envisioned as a symbol of America’s victory over terrorism. It is currently on track for completion in 2013, with 10 floors partially finished so far.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia commented on the change, “It’s the one that is easiest for people to identify with — and frankly, we’ve gotten a very interested and warm reception to it.”

Former Governor George Pataki, who revealed the Freedom Tower name nearly six years ago, was critical of the switch, saying “The Freedom Tower is not simply another piece of real estate and not just a name for marketing purposes.”

1 World Trade Center has been the building’s legal name and address for the past two years, with the public change precipitated by the ramp up of construction and the commencement of lease marketing.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed ambivalent to the change, saying “I would like to see it stay the Freedom Tower, but it’s their building, and they don’t need me dumping on it. If they could rent the whole thing by changing the name, I guess they’re going to do that, and they probably, from a responsible point of view, should. From a patriotic point of view, is it going to make any difference?”

The change was approved following the signing of a two-decades-long lease by a Chinese real estate company, which plans to occupy floors 64 through 69. Other future tenants include the U.S. General Services Administration and the New York State Office of General Services.

How I Constructed Some Kind Of Angel

Submitted by: Melvin M. Harter

Authors are frequently asked how they conceive and create a story. There may be almost as many ways as there are authors: outline; write ending and work up to it; precise factual experience or observation (“creative non-fiction;”) whatever comes into your head; emotional idea; paper or audio notes; etc., etc. I can only speak for myself.



Some Kind of Angel

, I drew on my long years as a disability evaluation doctor, mostly assessing injured workers within the framework of California workers compensation law. I was especially impressed with death cases and the special way the law dealt with them.

About the time I was ready to write we entered the post 9/11 period. War on terror was declared and the search for what turned out to be invisible or non-existent weapons of mass destruction. So, a two themes and a couple of plots were born.


I needed engaging characters, people with outstanding values, to be drawn into the story and turned upside down in the chase. I needed a villain motivated by controversial, but nevertheless real moral issues. I needed characters so well defined that they wrote most of the story. And I had to know them better than I knew my siblings. So, I generated several character back story pages. For each character I wrote and rewrote a very intimate and personal biography. Each had, in addition to interesting physical attributes, such an emotional value-driven personality that there was rarely a time they behaved other than predictably, that is, until they made life-altering choices in a virtual dramatic pressure cooker.

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All this being done, I sat down and wrote my heart out. What my heart wrote were 120,000 words encompassing two very good but awkwardly overlapping plots and an large number of subplots. The theme of exposing white collar crooks, doctors and lawyers alike, and bringing justice to workers compensation was exciting enough for


novel. Fighting a war on terror, WMD’s, genocide, corporate criminality, and deceiving elected leaders, many of moral turpitude, comprised enough for


. I chose the latter.

After deciding which story to develop I eliminated the tedious (well written!) back stories and worked what I needed of that into action scenes, into credible dialogue. Remember “Show, Don t Tell?”

As I again read this clumsy text it became clear to me that I needed to use my brain in the rewrites and there were several rewrites. It needed more serious pruning. I had to “kill my babies.”

First, I had to find and write “the hook.” If this was truly to be a thriller it had to be so from the first sentence. I think the opening prologue accomplished this. It


enough to engage my readers as all the while it


enough to keep them curious.

After accomplishing these preliminary tasks it became easier to pull my hooked readers into many blind alleys. This abetted the process of deductive diagnosis without boredom.

After about four years of occasionally revisiting the manuscript, I had successfully converted 120,000 words of garble into 54,000 words of excitement..

Paraphrasing what Mark Twain said, “I would have written a much shorter story if I’d had more time.”

About the Author: Melvin M. Harter is a retired physician. He specialized in evaluation of the causes and extent of injury and disability. He has become a freelance writer and author of the novel, Some Kind of Angel. This sci-fi thriller explores the world of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and genocide. For more, visit

Some Kind of Angel

and view the video trailer.


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Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini seriously injured in motorcycle accident

Friday, November 13, 2009

Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in London. The player, who plays for Tottenham Hotspurs, was involved in a collision with a car at 10:30 GMT. The football club reported that he has fractured his wrists and injured his pelvis.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police released a statement saying “A 36-year-old male suffered injuries described by the London Ambulance Service as possibly life-changing and was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment”. No arrests have been made.

Cudicini crashed his motorcycle into a Ford Fiesta with a female driver and a child passenger. Neither the driver or passenger were injured in the accident.

Cudicini is the son of former AC Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini. During his career he has played for Lazio, AC Milan and Chelsea. He played for Chelsea for 10 years until he was transferred to Tottenham in January. He made one appearance for the Italian national team.

Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA, on animal rights and the film about her life

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Last night HBO premiered I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. Since its inception, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has made headlines and raised eyebrows. They are almost single-handedly responsible for the movement against animal testing and their efforts have raised the suffering animals experience in a broad spectrum of consumer goods production and food processing into a cause célèbre.

PETA first made headlines in the Silver Spring monkeys case, when Alex Pacheco, then a student at George Washington University, volunteered at a lab run by Edward Taub, who was testing neuroplasticity on live monkeys. Taub had cut sensory ganglia that supplied nerves to the monkeys’ fingers, hands, arms, legs; with some of the monkeys, he had severed the entire spinal column. He then tried to force the monkeys to use their limbs by exposing them to persistent electric shock, prolonged physical restraint of an intact arm or leg, and by withholding food. With footage obtained by Pacheco, Taub was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty—largely as a result of the monkeys’ reported living conditions—making them “the most famous lab animals in history,” according to psychiatrist Norman Doidge. Taub’s conviction was later overturned on appeal and the monkeys were eventually euthanized.

PETA was born.

In the subsequent decades they ran the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty against Europe’s largest animal-testing facility (footage showed staff punching beagle puppies in the face, shouting at them, and simulating sex acts while taking blood samples); against Covance, the United State’s largest importer of primates for laboratory research (evidence was found that they were dissecting monkeys at its Vienna, Virginia laboratory while the animals were still alive); against General Motors for using live animals in crash tests; against L’Oreal for testing cosmetics on animals; against the use of fur for fashion and fur farms; against Smithfield Foods for torturing Butterball turkeys; and against fast food chains, most recently against KFC through the launch of their website

They have launched campaigns and engaged in stunts that are designed for media attention. In 1996, PETA activists famously threw a dead raccoon onto the table of Anna Wintour, the fur supporting editor-in-chief of Vogue, while she was dining at the Four Seasons in New York, and left bloody paw prints and the words “Fur Hag” on the steps of her home. They ran a campaign entitled Holocaust on your Plate that consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each juxtaposing images of the Holocaust with images of factory farming. Photographs of concentration camp inmates in wooden bunks were shown next to photographs of caged chickens, and piled bodies of Holocaust victims next to a pile of pig carcasses. In 2003 in Jerusalem, after a donkey was loaded with explosives and blown up in a terrorist attack, Newkirk sent a letter to then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat to keep animals out of the conflict. As the film shows, they also took over Jean-Paul Gaultier‘s Paris boutique and smeared blood on the windows to protest his use of fur in his clothing.

The group’s tactics have been criticized. Co-founder Pacheco, who is no longer with PETA, called them “stupid human tricks.” Some feminists criticize their campaigns featuring the Lettuce Ladies and “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ads as objectifying women. Of their Holocaust on a Plate campaign, Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abraham Foxman said “The effort by PETA to compare the deliberate systematic murder of millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhorrent.” (Newkirk later issued an apology for any hurt it caused). Perhaps most controversial amongst politicians, the public and even other animal rights organizations is PETA’s refusal to condemn the actions of the Animal Liberation Front, which in January 2005 was named as a terrorist threat by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

David Shankbone attended the pre-release screening of I Am An Animal at HBO’s offices in New York City on November 12, and the following day he sat down with Ingrid Newkirk to discuss her perspectives on PETA, animal rights, her responses to criticism lodged against her and to discuss her on-going life’s work to raise human awareness of animal suffering. Below is her interview.

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Toothpaste fills cavities without drilling

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A paste containing synthetic tooth enamel can seal small cavities without drilling. Kazue Yamagishi and colleagues at the FAP Dental Institute in Tokyo say that the paste can repair small cavities in 15 minutes.

Currently, fillers don’t stick to such small cavities so dentists must drill bigger holes. Hydroxyapatite crystals, of which natural enamel is made, bond with teeth to repair tiny areas of damage.

Yamagishi and colleagues have tested their paste on a lower premolar tooth that showed early signs of decay. They found that the synthetic enamel merged with the natural enamel. The synthetic enamel also appears to make teeth stronger which will improve resistance to future decay. As with drilling, however, there is still the potential for pain: The paste is strongly acidic to encourage crystal growth and causes inflammation if it touches the gums.

The paste is reported in the journal Nature.

Get Your Movie Recognized With Dvd Replication Services

byAlma Abell

If you have created a DVD and are working to get it to the public either as a demo, as an item for sale, or as a give-away to possible producers and interested companies, you need to work with professional DVD replication services. This may be your one chance to grab their attention, so getting it right is essential.

The reasons that it is so important to work with professional DVD replication servicesinstead of trying to do it yourself include several different factors. By carefully considering how these factors can impact how people react to your movie, animation, documentary or creative efforts you will quickly see the value in this service over the other options.

Top Quality with Each DVD

It is possible to buy equipment and software to create your own DVDs at home. However, it is important to realize that this not able to create the same quality that you can find with professional services. These companies have the hardware and software, combined with the technician experience and ability, to create amazing DVDs that are consistently top quality and identical to the original.

Cost Factor

While professional DVD replication services do have an associated cost, they are definitely worth the additional expense. With higher quality your DVD is very professional and polished and creates the exact viewing and listening experience that you want.

To keep costs down you may want to consider DVD replication services for the large numbers of disks you want to use for sales and giveaways. This is often a more reasonable price option that provides beautiful quality. It is uniquely applicable to large orders and produces the DVDs that are ideal for your needs. Talk in advance to the company you are using to determine which is the more cost effective option considering the specifics of your project.

It is important to keep in mind that DVD replication services are not all going to provide top quality, consistent DVDs. It is always important to select a company that has a proven track record with the type of project that you are considering. Calling around and comparing quotes and options is always time well spend before choosing a professional service to work with.

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