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Robert Leuallen
Worked at Raku Firemeister, Paonia, CO
Attended Mesa Community College
Lives in Paonia, CO
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Another peek into one of our more puzzling world neighbors.
 
North Korea has the Internet? Yes. Here's what we know about it.

Lots of interesting insight into North Korea in this article. Fascinating read.

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/22/7435625/north-korea-internet
Inside the tiny, closed, super-elite world of North Korea's internet users.
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Interesting Bedfellows....

"PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pikeville based Patriot Bio-Energy Corporation released a white paper report on the analysis of industrial hemp and high sulfur coal.

Both the Kentucky and West Virginia Hemp Growers Cooperative helped with the study.

The report found industrial hemp as a viable resource for the region, and when paired with coal to create energy...the amount of sulfur emissions and other pollutants can be reduced.

Roger Ford says, "We are looking to not only strengthen coal but to provide its longevity. So we are mining coal into the future but also doing things to clean up the environment..that does some positive things and helps diversify obviously a local economy that needs diversification."

Ford says they will continue to study how to incorporate industrial hemp into the local economy while also working to remove the restrictions on growing the crop."
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Benefits of Cannabis for Pain Relief

"We weren’t looking for people to get high,” says Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University Health Centre. “We were looking to help them relieve symptoms, and use the smallest amount possible to get symptom control.”
In a landmark 2010 study, 21 participants smoked low doses — one puff three times daily for five days — of cannabis containing different amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana. People were treated over four different periods, with marijuana containing between 0 and 9 per cent THC. They reported less pain and improved sleep after smoking the pot with the highest potency of THC, according to the study called Smoked Cannabis for Chronic Neuropathic Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal."
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HOT OFF THE PRESS
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Sorry, couldn't resist the play on words.
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Hey +Gretchen Minnotte, I didn't realize you are on G+, cool. Missing SPI, the Ocean, all you cool folks.
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Joe Cocker Fans may want to check in on this tribute...

...recorded today at our local Public Radio station. Joe's final years were spent here in the calm and beautiful Western Colorado North Fork Valley, his and Pam's Cocker Kids Foundation providing help and support for local youth programs. He'll be so missed.

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Long-time friends & associates of rock icon (& Crawford, Colorado, resident) Joe Cocker spent this afternoon on the air, (in KVNF's Cocker Studio,)
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#JoeCocker Performing in his Colorado Mountain Valley Home.

"Joe Cocker hops up on stage with Otis Taylor and his band for a very rare and special rendition of "Hey Joe". Captured at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Colorado in 2009. (Footage courtesy Jay Canode and Terravision media .)"

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Joe Cocker hops up on stage with Otis Taylor and his band for a very rare and special rendition of "Hey Joe". Captured at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Col...
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Has Cuba's organic Food System actually been "Saved" by 54 years of embargo from USA?

With Obama announcing new relations with Cuba, here's an interesting take from two local folks here in Western Colorado Paonia, CO, who recently visited Cuba.

 "The Cuban experiment made a radical shift in 1989 when the Soviet sugar daddy collapsed, which cut off the subsidies it had enjoyed as a cold war puppet. Largely due to political pressure from Cuban-Americans in Florida, a strict trade embargo by the United States remained in place—and is still in effect today. Unable to afford the fuel, fertilizers and pesticides that had made industrial agriculture possible, Cuba was forced to go organic almost overnight. The dramatic decline in crop production between 1990 and 1994 was known as “the Special Period,” during which the average Cuban lost 20 pounds!

When it was recognized that industrial farming was no longer possible, the peasants were granted more control of over the land. With the help of the country’s agronomists, plant breeders, soil scientists, and hydrologists (Cuba has 2 percent of Latin America’s population but 11 percent of its scientists), farmers adopted a system known as Agro-ecology. Agro-ecology is a method that mimics natural systems to increase soil fertility and deal with pests. The techniques will be familiar to many of our readers: nitrogen-fixing beans replace the use of inorganic fertilizer; flowers are used to attract beneficial insects to manage pests; weeds are crowded out with more intensive planting. Cuba has largely recovered from those harsh times; it now only needs to import 16% of its food, whereas in the Soviet heyday it imported 70%. So although U.S. policies have caused severe economic hardships, one can’t help but be impressed with how the nation has pulled together."
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~ Made in the Western Colorado North Fork Valley ~
Monday these ladies will be shipped from PaoniaCoLand to their new home in Georgia. It’s difficult to photograph Raku Ceramic Art and get a good representation of all its variety of iridescent metallic colors, best appreciated in person. These 3 raku kids were a commission work that always adds extra apprehension and pressure to the firing process, what if one blows up, or comes out blah? Fortunately all 3 of these hit our goal of “spectacular,” so I was doing the raku happy dance when I pulled these from their reduction chambers. For those interested in the raku firing process, check out the following link from our website for more pictures and information. http://www.rakubyshekinahclay.com/raku-firing-process/ 
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"Lab Testing Reveals EnviroTextile's Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph Bacteria"

"Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items. Technological improvements for hemp textile development began in the early 90s when EnviroTextile’s lead textile engineer, Barbara Filippone, began working with hemp in China. To date, the company has over 100 hemp and hemp blended fabrics available to suit any traditional fabric application. In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use."
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Rakuuuuu...Ceramic Art

The glitzy raku fired oval my Artist wife is holding now lives in Georgia, another buyer missed out and commissioned another, which we fired today with spectacular colors, always sweat commissions, hoping they don't blow up in the 1900 degree firing process.

See more raku at our 24/7 Art Show & Gallery: www.Raku4U.Etsy.com, web site: www.RakuByShekinahClay.com
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If some of them didn't blow up the ones that survived wouldn't be so valued. 
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Should we be worried about this?
 
#fukushimanuclearaccident   #fukushima    Think it couldn't get any worse - think again!
"The thing is, no one has been able to find out the exact cause of the rising, mysterious radioactive steam because the combination of physical damage and, more importantly, lethal radiation levels have made investigating the reactor impossible. Tepco has known that a followup meltdown was a severe possibility, though. The Reactor 3 fuel storage pond is still home to about 89 tons of plutonium-based mixed-oxide fuel according to the The Ecologist, and should that fuel storage pond dry out, the highly radioactive rods will melt down with devastating results."
The newest update in the highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that (unexplained) plumes of steam have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, there's a chance Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown.
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Raku Firemeister, as a business partner, helping my wife with all aspects of her Clay Art business, Shekinah Clay. Art Show rig driver, set up and tear down guy and general grunt labor. Marketing and Sales help at shows and in general, spent 8 years working for the Montrose Daily Press in advertising. Other past work includes Mesa College photographer, VISTA volunteer for 2 years, Youth Program Development Director, one of the founders & pioneers of Third Level Crisis Intervention Center early 70's, Director until '83, Photography Studio assistant, custom color lab manager, marketing & advertising director for a start-up weekly newspaper, admissions director for Alzheimer program, publisher for 11 years of a newspaper for singles distributed in 7 western states region, crew leader 2000 census. See our raku art work at www.rakubyshekinahclay.com
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Paonia, CO
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Traverse City, MI - Plum Valley, MI - Grand Junction, CO - Montrose, CO - Chicago, IL - South Padre Island, TX - Wauzeka, WI
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At age 67, been around the block a few times, lov'n life living in Paonia, Colorado
Introduction
There should only be one Robert Leuallen, if you run across another one, let me know as they may be a long lost relative. Or maybe I'm the lost one.
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Helped create, pioneer & directed one of the first 24 hour crisis intervention centers in U.S., Traverse City, MI, opened May 15, 1972, 40 some years later, still going and now serving 20 counties in Northern MI.
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  • Mesa Community College
    Photojournalism/photography
  • Central Michigan University
    Everything, photography, psychology, sociology, broadcasting...
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