Under me were two armies and four corps as well as attached air assets. One thing that was noticeable about the game was the number of new players there on their first megagame so only having got their briefing materials that morning. Being six games in I was something of a veteran by comparison, a somewhat unsettling idea especially as it was my first time in the lofty heights of high command My command team included Evan as my operations officer, Chris as Logistics/Amphibious Landings/ Naval officer; his economic acumen was superb he made sure that everyone had enough supplies to fight and that the right amount of shipping was available when needed (he and I managed to go through the logistic side of things from the pre game briefings on Thursday that really helped both of us) and new player Ken as my intelligence officer (his job was to liaise with everyone and keep us all informed as to where the front line were) who did sterling work all game..

Plan to work to represent a progressive voice in Tennessee in the 2008 elections. As the former 2006 Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate, I plan to build on my experience and knowledge for the 2008 elections. My work as a peace activist working with statewide coalitions to end the war in Iraq for the past five years will be helpful in getting out the antiwar message which is at the core of my campaign.

In this study, triploid and diploid Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) were used to examine the effects of polyploidy on specific and genome wide gene expression response using quantitative real time PCR (qRT PCR) and microarray technology after an immune challenge with the pathogen Vibrio anguillarum. Although triploid and diploid fish had significant differences in mortality, qRT PCR revealed no differences in cytokine gene expression response (interleukin 8, interleukin 1, interleukin 8 receptor and tumor necrosis factor), whereas differences were observed in constitutively expressed genes, (immunoglobulin (Ig) M, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) II and beta actin) upon live Vibrio anguillarum exposure. Genome wide microarray analysis revealed that, overall, triploid gene expression is similar to diploids, consistent with their similar phenotypes.

PaulRevere, You may be on to something with the dust coming off Africa. I have not seen definitive information regarding how this year dust loads compare to some longer term average amount, but have seen references to drought across North Africa, with the Sahel region notably drier than usual and vegetation well below average across the Sahel and toward the western end of the Sahara desert. Decreased vegetation and drier sand/dust source regions can enhance dust plume production by lowering somewhat the wind threshold need to loft the dust.

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