Neva-Mind, Northern Nevada Mensa Volume 37, Issue 5, May 2013

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PROGRAM CHAIR Richard Arbib GIFTED CHILDREN COORDINATOR Volunteer needed WEBMASTER Mindy Hsu TESTING COORDINATOR Mindy Hsu TEST PROCTORS Fallon Anna Wright REGIONAL VICE-CHAIR Reno/Sparks Annemarie McTaggart Mindy Hsu Volunteers Needed: SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR Anna Wright OMBUDSMAN Gloria Dondero Pedro S.I.G.H.T. COORDINATOR TEST PROCTORS HISTORIAN UNR PROCTOR Debra Reiger RECRUITMENT Don MacGregor MEMBERSHIP CHAIR Sandra Lackovic Other Areas Volunteers needed NEVA-MIND DISTRIBUTION Robert McAllister AREA COORDINATORS Churchill County Ken Wright



“Cinco de Mayo” in Mexico Cinthia Reyes (www. Another hypothesis considers a prophecy of the return of Quetzalcóatl (also known as Kukulkan by certain groups). interventions and more negotiations with countries like the United States of America. Before Christopher Columbus discovered America (from the European point of view) in 1492. Europe gained some fancy things from Mesoamerica: like the sewage system idea (which was pretty well implemented here). was a Spanish conqueror who led in the fall of the Aztec Empire. Cinthia Reyes. Thank you. Mesoamerica in contrast. clear up some of our misunderstandings. a man-shaped god represented as tall. the Mexican territory was split in two areas: Aridoamerica and Mesoamerica. (Continued on page 4) 3 . Unfortunately for everyone in this area. The Aztec Empire was ruling the Mexicas area and also had other enemies.” you are right! One important detail that is questioned sometimes is why weren’t the Spanish attacked when they first arrived this continent? One hypothesis says they looked like Vikings. potatoes and tomatoes. corn. and I believe this may be the case with the 5th of May. who had been long time visitors to the continent. energetic young woman. Nevertheless. cocoa. Much of the written material was destroyed. Hernán Cortés. The strongest group living there was the Chichimecas (which is a náhuatl word for barbarian or uncivilized).com) I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce one of my favorite friends from Mensa Mexico. some of which became allies with Spain to take them down. And yes. and a chemical engineer who has chosen to become a teacher. I met Cinthia three years ago at the Denver AG. She has also been Chair of Mensa Mexico for two terms and served as our International Liaison during Reno’s 2012 AG.cinthiareyes. Olmecs. the Spanish indeed vanquished the Aztecs and took the cultural and astronomical legacy of Mesoamerica down as well. Cinthia! — Anna Wright Cinthia Reyes Mexican history is filled with negotiations. who is said to have taught science to Mayans. if you are guessing “Mexican” and “Mexico” comes from “Mexicas. Aztecs and others. dry and mostly nomadic. Therefore I present to you a very short review of what happened in this area prior to this famous date and afterwards I will explain what happened with this battle. hopefully. She is a delightful. Aridoamerica was the north area. had a very rich pre-Columbian history featuring famous sedentary and developed groups like the Aztecs (also named Mexicas — it sounds sort of like mechjias) and Mayans. white and bearded. I asked her to write a few words to help us understand the Cinco de Mayo celebration and. some of our commemorated dates are subject to confusion outside of the country. Spain and France. Although.

gained more than half of the Mexican territory and paid a symbolic amount to Mexico to recover from war. taking the very president as prisoner to force him to accept Texas as non-Mexican territory. also wished to expand its territory and invaded Mexico.S.) During the time of the dictator Mexican President Santa Anna. Napoleon Bonaparte had invaded Spain. 1821. religion and brought cows. forcing King Carlos IV and his son to abdiAn extra bonus detail in my story: this is the original Mexican cate the throne in faterritory as in 1821.A. the first intention was actually meant to change the political organization but remain at the service of Spain. it’s just for short and to avoid confusion with the U. The U. The current Mexican territory is delimited by vor of Napoleon. It is said that Brazil was given to Portuguese as a mandate of a Catholic Pope (Alejandro VI) who “cut” the map in two parts to give each of the Empires a geographic part. though. Mexico accepted the territorial conditions of its northern neighbor in exchange for peace. Several years and struggles later between the U. The Mexican territory was the first one to begin a war “of Independence” (16th of September.S. and Mexico (in 1848). bulls. Although.S.S. Our country was then named: Estados Unidos Mexicanos and became independent from Spain. the people living in Texas expressed their desire to become independent from Mexico. horses. The the black-segmented line which unites at the east of Paseo del official independence Norte with the red one. 4 . 1810). and not just for internal reasons. rice and Mediterranean products. Mexicans are taught in school that the war was meant to make an independent country from Spain. They imposed language. date of Mexico is considered to be the 27th of September.(Cinco de Mayo continued from page 3) The Spanish rule over the now Latin America and part of the United States territory lasted long. (Mexico is actually not the real name of the country. This concept has been debatable. The U.

María Julia (2010) Atlas conmemorativo 1810. and by the way.Siglo XXI Editores.wikipedia. But. México.And at last we get to the 5th of May event. once order could be restored to this land. 2010. France had clear intentions of establishing a French empire in Mexico (or what was left of it!). faced the French in Puebla.  http://fr. were not alone. pp. The French. The story doesn’t end there. The 5th of May is commemorated in Mexico probably because it’s inspiring to recognize the Mexican army’s capacity to defeat one of the most dreadful armies of the time. ISBN 978-607-03-0141-4. Mexico was outnumbered and had fewer resources. Spain and France. Porrúa. Santa Anna’s period was not peaceful. Basado en Zorrilla.84-85. Mexico had been in internal and external battle since 1810. they (France) could help it develop and become the first industrialized region of Latin America as well as a Catholic empire allied to France — capable of competing against theçaise_au_Mexique Image with Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3. and he left a bankrupt state with external debt to France. and at that time was still split in two main groups: those in favor that Mexico should be driven by an external country (the conservatives) and those against that idea (the liberals). breaking the treaty. Yet the French were defeated that day in that battle. But. the Mexican General. Reynaldo. Porfirio Díaz. ed. He actually was Austrian but represented France. led the right wing. The four countries signed a treaty in hope that Mexico could afford paying them back again as soon as possible. England and Spain. We do have a military parade in Puebla that day and it’s an official day off in the whole country. It’s a kind of “David and Goliath” symbol where the weakest faces and defeats (temporarily) the strongest.0 Unported license by Sodro Cedeño. Conservatives supported and accompanied them. Ignacio Zaragoza. Sierra Moncayo. declared that Mexico could not continue to pay them back. 1910.S. According to French Wikipedia. (1977) Historia de las relaciones entre México y los Estados Unidos de América 1800-1958. The French military forces arrived at Port of Veracruz and headed towards the capital city. and stopping the Anglo-Saxon and protestant expansion along the American continent. Earlier. México pp-208-209. and with clear intention of taking over the country. was kind of liberal and tried to help Mexicans. 5 . one of the most glorious armies of the time (hardly defeated besides Waterloo). ed. It should not be confused with our independency and it is not the most important date in our civic calendar. On the 5th of May. This caused a new military invasion from England. This struggle required money. Luis G. as president. Benito Juárez. Mexico lost the war against France anyway and we had a French Emperor: Maximiliano I. it is almost certain that it has become far more celebrated as a party outside of the Mexican territory. who would become president eventually (and a new dictator).

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Who is your real-life hero? My mother. graduating from medical school in the late 1920s. as if it was the only one we had. If you were stranded on a deserted island. Favorite quote: “It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest. she could get no work as a doctor because she was a woman. she ended up as Superintendent of Medicine for the Seattle Public High Schools and served on many boards and in many helping capacities in several organizations. She was a doctor. where would it be? Paris. Because she was a woman. If you could live anywhere in the world. but I do love opera. She did an excellent job in everything she was involved in. I did have a good career as a singer of German Lieder and French songs and am now quite happy playing the piano. Wisconsin. was a wonderful and caring mother. They normally had three doctors but all three were in the service. where we eventually lived. This was sad. When we moved to Seattle. a Mensa member since 1966. After the war. if I could afford to live there. So she had her five children. What is always in your refrigerator? Yogurt. and when the war came in the 40s she was able to find employment with the Seattle Health Department. so she ended up doing all the work while holding my father's practice together (he was in the service) and raising her children. what’s the one thing you would bring? My volume of the complete works of Shakespeare and a Bible.  Annemarie McTaggart 7 .” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross What talent would you most like to have? I wish that my voice had been larger so that I could have been an opera singer. she couldn't get a residency at any other hospital so they had to give her one at Marquette University in Milwaukee. as my father was able to get a residency in Seattle.Meet a Mensan by Ashley Cullins Meet Annemarie McTaggart. and she is my ideal.

2. hence the name.... 5. The GPS system has to adjust itself for the Theory of Relativity. despite it being much. but not all of them are true. 4. making her the “mother of us all. 3.. the final frontier. we’re even closer related. female whose mitochondria we all carry. your location would be about 10 km off each day.. Whoops. Olbers’ paradox — the one that says the sky should not be dark. Which would mean the center of our galaxy includes about 10 billion billion billion liters of something close to raspberry rum. Without that adjustment.” a woman. by about 38 microseconds per day. (Well. wait. brace yourself: the current theory of where the moon came from is that somewhere around 4. And not just because it’s mainly alcohol. 200. and therefore subject to much less gravity...” Something out there has to be absorbing light energy. Ain’t science fun?) Can you spot the fake stories? 1.. If you get scared by stories of things hitting the earth..e.5 billion years ago the proto-earth was hit by a planet the size of Mars. The noise in question rose rapidly in frequency over a minute while being “of sufficient amplitude” (i.Puzzle Page Science. loud enough) to be heard by hydrophones 5000 km apart. much louder than the loudest noise any animal has been known to make. researchers for the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) recorded a mysterious sound. Needless to say this left a huge mess. Best guess says it was from a remote part of the South Pacific. they run a tiny bit faster than clocks on earth. It also has traces of a compound called ethyl formate — which happens to be what gives raspberries their flavor. 8 . part of which coalesced via gravity into our satellite. Because the satellites that make up the system are in orbit. A scientist at NOAA said he believed it was from some sort of animal.. They were using a hydrophone setup derived from equipment used to detect Soviet submarines. read “in line with current theory” for “true” — these may be all false by the time you read this. one ancestor of every single person on earth — this despite the fact that he had about 50 million contemporaries. it was only 3000 (that’s right. three thousand) years ago there lived the Most Recent Common Ancestor. 6.000 years ago in Kenya there lived “Mitochondrial Eve. In the middle of our galaxy is a massive cloud of organic compounds which has scientists very excited. because if the universe is infinite any point in the night sky should have the light of a star — is part of what prompted the theory of “dark matter. According to extensive genetic research. well. In 1997..” And yet. by Travis McCord Below are 10 interesting little science stories.

If you have a pair of tango shoes. Wear comfortable clothing that does not inhibit your movements. at 7 p. they got several suggestions mailed in. suggestions. and Any questions. which flattened forests in Siberia in 1908.. and that it was enough to achieve critical mass. After surveying over 200. and adding the light gathered together. they can go very far back. but they are not necessary.” 8. please feel free to contact me at .7. or just want to say hi. their studies show that the amount of CO2 in the air is not just at a recent high. Cost is $10. If you haven’t already done so you can renew your Mensa membership online at www. brilliant ideas..mensa. the seismic event measuring 5. NNM Yahoo group. Its height was recorded as 1720 feet — the height of the Empire State Building.m. they came up with an average color that is a very light beige.000 years. Try to avoid sneakers and shoes with rubber soles. They take the ice from those holes and go over them millimeter by millimeter to check out the temperatures and air composition in the past — since the ice down there never melts. Wear shoes that will stay on your feet and pivot easily: thin leather soles are ideal for this. or someone was doing atomic theory many years before anyone we've heard of. May 2.0 on the Richter scale measured at about the same time — somehow brought two uranium-rich rocks together. which leads to speculation that something — say. concerns. There were 5 deaths. radiation levels measured immediately after the blast are consistent with a uranium blast. After jokingly saying they were looking for a name for the color. Among other things. You may also have heard of the Tunguska Blast. The tallest wave ever recorded on earth was a tsunami (boosted by a big chunk of a mountain falling into the water) that hit Alaska in July of 1958. I look forward to hearing from you!  9 . wear them. Current theory says those two facts are related. NNM Facebook group.. and eventually settled on “Cosmic Latte.000 galaxies. You may have heard that uranium is so volatile that you just need to get enough of it together to get a reaction — that's how atom bombs work.  Answers on page 26 Membership by Sandra Lackovic The Mensa membership year begins April 1 and ends March 31. A team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins university has determined the “average color” of the universe. Either that. but is in fact the highest it’s been in over 100. Join your Mensa friends at our newest event: Let’s Tango! Have you ever wanted to learn this beautiful and sensual dance? Then join us for a beginning tango lesson at The Ballroom of Reno on Thursday. Climate scientists go down to Antarctica to drill holes in the ice. No partner is necessary. 9. plus 40 stories.

Farming became verdant. Another has it that he adopted the Celtic form of dress favored by the Scots and Irish of wearing a short tunic that left his legs bare. One confrontation between the Scots at the northern end of the Kintyre Peninsula. Haakon refused just as he had refused when Alexander II previously had offered. Thus. resulted in a bargain struck to avoid a battle that promised much bloodshed. the Vikings took the tactic of beaching their boats a few miles away from protected harbors and conducted sneak attacks from behind the unsuspecting villages. A black stone was discovered that actually burned. a long inlet that cut almost all the way across the peninsula to a very short isthmus (less than a thousand yards) that led to the Firth of Clyde. A Norwegian king.From the LocSec by Bob McAllister Conclusion of “The Celts” Along with the new Irish (Scoti) visits came the incursions of the Vikings. The eleventh and twelfth centuries in Scotland came to be known as Scotland’s Golden Age. The national flower of Scotland isn’t observed as such merely because of its attractive purple color. He brought more than 150 longships from (Continued on page 21) 10 . named Magnus Barelegs (sometimes called Magnus Barefoot) had a surprise in store. (History has it that he was called Barefoot because he emulated the Irish practice of riding barefoot. “carry/ drag-boat. As the Scots had their harbors fortified against direct attacks of Vikings boldly sailing their longboats directly into the Scottish harbors. One of Alexander III’s nobles. the Orkney Islands. Magnus Barelegs. work their way down the Scottish west coast and take over the Hebrides Islands and make incursions into the Kintyre Peninsula. The Vikings soon discovered that the Scots had planted plots a half mile thick of Scotch thistle. Coal was a primary source of energy there for a long time afterward. He sailed a boat up Loch Tarbert. He had one of his hardy crews portage a boat across the narrow isthmus and laid claim to the entire peninsula. The isthmus is located at a place called Tarbert.” Eventually the Vikings had made incursions as far as the Isle of Man where Magnus became King of Man. There was little strife in an otherwise harsh place. The barelegged warriors approached the death of a thousand cuts to their exposed legs well before making any headway. This infuriated Haakon and he began to amass an invading army. The etymology of the word means. Viking. the Earl of Ross launched an attack on the Isle of Skye. a part of the Irish Sea. giving the Scots warmth during winters. The Vikings from Norway were able to occupy the Shetland Islands. The Vikings would be allowed to lay claim to an area that they could circumnavigate with one of their boats in a day’s time. roughly. King Alexander III approached the Norwegian King Haakon (also Haco) and offered to buy the Hebrides (the Western Isles) from Viking occupation.

Our speaker will be from the Audubon Society. Contact Richard Arbib Calendar@northernnevada.. Sporting Clays: $45/100 targets.mensa.S. May 4. NNM Yahoo group. Turn LEFT onto Steamboat Parkway. May 2. but can we apply our knowledge of ballistic trajectories and time in a real-world setting? You simply say “Pull!” and a clay target is thrown into the air. Reno. (Trap or Skeet: $8/25 targets. at the Reno home of Loren. Reno. Contact Sandra at . Reno June We are all smart She’ll show the slides and tell you some of the best stories after the potluck. Follow Rio Wrangler onto the access road and into the shooting facility (We're up on the hill above you).Events and Activities: May May 19. whales. speaker at the Washoe Valley home of Bob. and disasters. http://www. at Grassroots New Event: Lets Tango! Join us for a beginning tango lesson at The Ballroom of Reno. June 15. 7 p. She told passengers stories about Alaska’s fascinating history and its bears. 660 E. Forest Service aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry the Columbia. Gun rental $25) 11 . 395. Your contact is John .m. RSVP (helpful but not required) at .org Mensa Programs: Second Saturday at 6 p. glaciers. Pot Luck dinner. ravens. Turn LEFT onto Rio Wrangler. Directions: From U. exit at Damonte Ranch Parkway and drive EAST. Directions: . Grove St. distance and direction of the target and intercept it with a stream of pellets from a shotgun. 2540 Sutro St #1.m. No partner is necessary. Potluck at 6:30 p. (775) 851-1123.mensa. until ? Sage Hill Clay Sports. Wear comfortable clothing that does not inhibit your movements. at 7 p.sagehillclays.S. NNM Facebook group.m. on Thursday. Contact Mindy Hsu: Testing@northernnevada.m. Your goal is to quickly evaluate the speed.m..m.m. speaker at 7:30 p. 7370 Desert Way. Speaker: Loren MacArthur worked for five summers as a seasonal ranger for the U. Along the way she took or collected photos of America’s wild and stunningly beautiful state. New Location: the Clubhouse at Skyline Villas. volcanoes. Mensa Admissions Testing: First Saturday from 3-5 p. Multi-Dimensional Physics Practical Exercise (Involving Shotguns and Clay Targets) 11 a. Cost is $10. by Richard Arbib May 11.

Wild River Grille. Dinner at the Chocolate Bar. Supper Club: Third Tuesday at 6 p. 13999 S. Sushi Pier 2 Contact Sandra or NNM Facebook group. June 29. Games at Tahoe: Saturday 4 p. Reno Contact Barbara or Sandra. Sushi Lovers — Not Just Sushi! Everyone is Welcome! May 21. you could select a spicy Cinco de Mayo lunch. The world’s leading countertenor. or NNM Facebook group. in keeping with the Hispanic theme of this Neva-Mind. Reno. . 11 N. Opera. Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Sierra St. 95 N.m.m.m. Last opera of the season. 6 p. May 21. May 25. It will be held on May 28 and. Oceano at the Peppermill Reno Hotel Voted Reno's Best Seafood by the Reno Gazette Journal. 5 p. Reno 12 Contact Don or Laura . Reno. Virginia Street. Extensive seafood menu set in a dramatic undersea environment. Oceano at the Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino.m.m. B. The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. (866) 821-9996. June 18. Reno. Century Riverside. May 28. May 15. 853-7575 was picked by Natalie Sera. Reno.J. Reno. new production.peppermillreno. www. sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. Combined with Supper Club this month.m. 6 p.m.m. Virginia. Sierra St. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.'s Brewhouse. Join us for games at Sandy's place in Incline Village.More Events and Activities: Dinner and the Opera: Wednesdays at 5:00 p. Reno For more information or to offer suggestions for future dinners contact Sandra. Space is limited so please RSVP for address and driving instructions to NNM Facebook group. David Daniels. Let's head to Hi Point Coffee and Café. June 25. Lunch Bunch: Fourth Tuesday at 11:45 a. Bring food and/or drinks to share. June 22. 2707 S. 6:30 p.

May 2013 Sun Mon Tue Wed 1 May Day Thu 2 New Event: Let’s Tango! 3 Fri Sat 4 Game Night at Joe’s & Mensa Testing 11 Mensa Program & National Train Day 18 5 Cinco de Mayo 6 7 8 9 10 12 Mother’s Day 13 14 15 Dinner and the Opera 16 17 20 19 Skeet/ Trap Shooting 21 Supper Club & Sushi Lovers 28 Lunch Bunch 22 23 24 25 Games at Tahoe 26 27 Memorial Day 29 30 31 June 1 Game Night at Joe’s & Mensa Testing Game Night at Joe's Place: First Saturdays. 4:30 to 8:30 p. Potluck.m. June 1. May 4. Contact: Joe . 13 .

etc. Use the clues to identify these words first. www.) But.WordSearchMaker. T O T N E Q O M C H H L G U E R R I L L A O I S T A M P E D E Y O S E N O L A B A V R O A B C S F T Y K R E J V I R N L A A E L A B I N N A C K O K L H N G D L K F V S A C E G L E B Y O T A T O P N O W I I Y G Y O W A N O J D E C M I G G N A M D F D K A A T A A O I R F A R Z T D T A B R L O N C R M K N O Q S V A P O A C A R K E A R R U Q R G E C P N G Z A N T D M O G V V T C A O E F O N P E I O T N P O A C R R B T Y C R F L N G L Y B H B O C T J G H D A L N A O O E L L Y O T A M O T C O Z C T T L B A R R A C U D A V A L M L L M O I P L A T I N U C O L A T E X H W R U C M A C N M M E N L T M H Copyright © 2008 Anna Wright. Biscayne is one. taco. sombrero. Clever and wise Crawling bug that infests homes Desert canine Diner who eats not with the 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Also called cherry pepper American animal that takes it's fortress with it.Spanish to English by Anna M. the hidden words below are so commonly used in the English language that we sometimes forget that they came originally from Spanish too. Wright Everyone knows a few Spanish words (fiesta. (Also a popular 60's TV show.) 14 Answers on page 26 . then find them in the puzzle. Spellings can go in any straight line direction and overlap too. but the neighbors Do you remember when Dan Quayle had trouble spelling this vegetable? Dried meat treat 10 Favorite food espoused especially by Mensans 11 Freshmen often line up for meals here 12 Gold rush exclamation.

29 The slammer 30 This fish has a long jaw with powerful teeth. I’d be bright blue trimmed in bright green living in a beige neighborhood. blues. oranges.13 Grain storage location 14 Green gemstone 15 Herb that's usually associated with Italian cuisine. often mistaken for silver 21 Narrow space between mountains 22 Not a cigarette or a Tiparillo ® 23 Partial or complete prohibition of trade 24 Pipe filler 25 Red vegetable that's actually a fruit 26 Southwest Indian tribe famed for it's fierce warriors 27 Tasty mollusk that's larger than a clam 28 That large slab of concrete in your yard. The alcove I photographed was bright yellow and blue softened by the green shades of the foliage. If you receive the Neva-Mind in black and white. 31 Town square (or 5-star NY hotel) 32 Twister 33 Warrior who uses stealth and surprise as main tactics 34 When the cattle go wild 35 Where the hands tend the “dogies” 36 Wild horse native to Nevada Cover Credits: Loren MacArthur On the cover: The Don Quijote school in Guanajuato. blazed with the colors of Mexico — bright yellows. — Loren MacArthur 15 . where I studied Spanish. you can check out the colors on the net version. 16 Horse that needs to be tamed. 20 Metal with atomic number 78. greens and shades of rust. If I were a house. I miss the bright colors of the houses I passed every day walking to school there. 17 Huge storm from the Atlantic 18 It's a small boat 19 It's cousin is a crocodile.

in October 2011. and sustainable economies in the Americas. 2011 16 . Our mission on return was to share the experience and knowledge we gained with our communities in an effort to increase understanding and ease tensions. as part of a “Witness for Peace” delegation funded by the Hagedorn Foundation. Matias Romero. Mexico. It was an amazing life-changing experience! by Sandra Lackovic Parade as part of a celebration of the many native cultures.Postcards from Oaxaca I traveled to Oaxaca. My group was sent to study the issues surrounding migration because of the hostile climate for migrants on Long Island. justice. Witness for Peace is an organization that supports peace.

View from Paulina hostel. 2011 Mural in support of migrants. Oaxaca 2011 17 . Oaxaca.

we have a minimum investment requirement of $10. If you call that 800 Call now for a free number. completely glossing over the fact that he might be selling gold coins. If you say “no. Is that a problem for you?” If you say “yes. and attempt to tailor his pitch to your particular interests. not gold bullion.” he’ll ask for your address and send you an amazingly slick. and often personable individuals who commit fraud for a living. fast-talking. he may even act a little rude. For example. Simkin Imagine an entire room full of con men whose only job is to convince their victims to write them big checks. for example. for example. Smith. he might casually say “Mr. Here are the four stages of their frauds: The Front: Things typically begin with an advertisement Buy Gold in a newspaper or an infomercial on TV. if you tell him you think gold is a safer investment than stocks. he’ll enthusiastically reinforce some of his earlier points. mutual funds. indicating. These are the boiler-room scammers — those well-organized. What they sell varies — for example. or cell phone kiosks. the brochure arrives quickly and the con man calls back.000. It’s better than money!” Widows are particularly susceptible to such pitches because their husbands made all their investment decisions. If you ask yet additional questions. you’ll talk to one of these con artists. What they want is always the same — your money! And they know how to get it. four-color brochure that cost in excess of $75. He’ll also ask for your phone number so that he can call you back after you’ve read it. For most scams.The Boiler Room Scammers by Mark G. He’s especially likely to wonder out loud why you are not jumping at the chance to buy this amazing investment today — what’s the matter with you? 18 . oil and gas leases. But even single males are susceptible to such tactics — for example. vending-machine routes. that such questions are trivial or that he’s already answered them. explain in general terms how terrific his product is and 1-800-123-4567 how lucky you are to have called today — they have only one or two memberships left. But tucked into this exchange will be one critical question: “can you write him a big check?” For a gold scam. He will also ask personal questions about you and reveal personal facts about himself. The scam artist will also ask you if you are ready to buy now. who will brochure.000 to print. because they’ve lost money in the stock market and are seeking better returns elsewhere. The Drive: Sure enough.” he’ll hang up as quickly as possible. and “safety” is important to them. extolling the The Safest Investment virtues of whatever product they’re selling —see the adon Earth! vertisement for gold included here. he’ll say “No one has ever lost money buying gold.

Inc. Mauri will be sorely missed. 2012). friend and editor 19 . We dedicate this issue to Maurice Pollack (1929 . if the scam involved franchising. Often. for example. Outsmarting the Scam Artists (New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons. there is a good chance you’ll never hear from them again. that you agree to buy gold coins at huge markups and or that you realize some of the coins may not even be authentic. Anna M. The gold coins or vending machines never quite get delivered.  We were all saddened by the news of the loss of Mensa member and dear friend. and will appear to randomly pick the names of other customers for you to call. But the individuals you’ll get to speak to are all “singers” who work for the scammer’s organization. Before you can hire a lawyer and file a law suit. and repetitive calls to the company are deflected or never answered. This would probably be important to you. Geronimo Jones. In short. this requires him or her to liquidate 401k plans or other assets. the company is out of business. He helped us create the Mensa for Kids! pages and contributed the always inquisitive character. Simkin is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of Nevada. and they’ll carefully read from a script. your lawyer may discover fine print in your contract that says. Wright. or even to take out a second mortgage — tasks for which the organization has inhouse specialists. And once they receive your check or wire transfer. you’ve been scammed — big time! For further reading: Doug Shadel. But even if it’s still in operation. Mark G. The Close: This final phase of the fraud occurs when the victim agrees to invest with the company. singing the praises of the company and bragging about all the money they’ve made since signing up with it.. When asked. They aren’t the customers they pretend to be. for example. Maurice Pollack. Mauri was great at sharing unusual tidbits of information and always had a cheerful thing to say to everyone.The Singer: The one question that a scammer cannot easily deflect is a request to speak to other customers.2013). Reno. the scammer will act as though he is delighted to fulfill the request.

of course. neck and joint pains.Ac). non-physician acupuncturists attend 3 . and the common cold or flu. Up until the last century. the various branches of TCM are together able to treat most common medical conditions. generally undergo a 300 hour course in addition to their medical school and residency training. migraine headaches. Physician 20 . etc. due to its traditional use as primary and specialty medicine. While they cannot prescribe Western medications or make Western Diagnoses.4 years of graduate level studies at a facility accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). anxiety / depression / stress. which requires additional studies in Chinese Herbology. practitioners of TCM generally practice Acupuncture and Moxibustion. as well as Chinese Herbal Medicine. http://medicalacupuncture. but not the full range of TCM. Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD). For instance. fibromyalgia. Physician acupuncturists. infertility. Massage. Howard Chen Question: I know you are trained in the art and science of acupuncture. well trained in all aspects of TCM. they are. when Western Allopathic Medicine became the standard of medicine throughout the world. on any given day. Chinese Massage. Today. In addition. peripheral neuropathy. the modalities of TCM functioned as the sole primary and specialty medical care for Asian populations throughout the Orient. or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). There are two broad categories of acupuncturists: Non-physicians trained in TCM and Acupuncture as well as physicians trained in Medical Acupuncture. This initial course enables them to practice Medical Acupuncture. non-physician acupuncturists are trained to understand Western Allopathic Medicine. digestive disorders.html The training of acupuncturists is worth understanding. Branches of TCM include Acupuncture and Moxibustion. In the Western hemisphere. What are some ailments acupuncture can ameliorate? Does it hurt? Answer: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of therapeutic modalities that were first developed over five thousand years ago. on the other hand. For the sake of completeness. In the United States. tobacco and substance Herbal Medicine. and are generally designated with the title of Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ask the Doctor by Dr. Acupuncture can also be effective in treating many other chronic systemic conditions. and Bone setting. patients in my acupuncture clinic are seen for conditions such as low back. allergies and respiratory issues. both the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture as well as the World Health Organization have developed lists of conditions treatable by acupuncture. such as multiple sclerosis. and inflammatory bowel disease. including both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. rheumatoid arthritis.

Howard Chen is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. King of Man Magnus Barefoot. Alexander III’s wife and two sons died unexpectedly. He briefly married a French princess. not just in Europe. If needle pain develops after needle insertion. and Medical Director of Preventive and Integrative Medicine Services at Renown Health. The Scots’ council of nobles found themselves without a ruler. And that’s a whole bunch more of history. insertion technique.mensa. This succeeded and Haakon. Against counsel of his advisors. would be caught in the eventual onslaught of early winter storms. Alexander III stalled Haakon’s forces with negotiations that were engaged so that Haakon’s fleet. The English promptly turned on the Scots. What has gone on before is in large part forgotten. One night during a storm. For those patients who have multiple medical problems and who take multiple medications. but worldwide. They turned for assistance and direction to their trusted southern cousins and friends. There has been almost continual strife.acupuncturists generally achieve medical board certification through the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Thousands of years have passed and humanity has fought its way to the here and now. An acupuncture treatment generally lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and is usually done in a relaxing environment where you may rest or sleep. I recommend seeking a nonphysician acupuncturist. Haakon wasn’t all that successful and. retreated to Norway and his In selecting an maintains a list of acupuncturists in the U. A lot of it is even good. with whom he hoped an heir might be gained. the English. Yolande. Pain from acupuncture needling is generally minimal. but Alexander III became separated from his guards in the storm. Some.  Ask the Doctor yourself: Email editor@northennevada. His horse arrived home the next morning.  (LocSec continued from page 10) Norway and stopped briefly at an Orkney island where he had hoped to recruit Dr. Against all odds. and type of needle used. I recommend seeing a Medical Acupuncturist. both categories of practitioner are acceptable. Alexander III found himself at the Edinburgh Castle after conducting business of state and found that an exceptionally wild storm had arrived. Much of what we do today will be forgotten tomorrow. People have lived their lives at the edge. negotiated a payment for the territories of Man. His body later was found at the foot of cliff. Kintyre and the Hebrides and then joined Haakon back in Norway. leaving him with no heir to his kingdom. And all that we know is what the victors of those strivings have recorded for us to believe. feeling defeated by the fates. anyway. but is dependent on needle location. a fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. vulnerable while still at sea. they did not drown. Reno. They galloped on. please inform your acupuncturist. I’ve written about this to show that an incredible amount of effort has gone into history. the would-be invaders unnervingly experienced a total solar eclipse.  21 . as they set sail.acpuncture. For healthier patients who are more interested in general wellness and Chinese herbs. Http://www. rider less.S. he and two bodyguards saddled up and rode to a ferry to cross the very large Firth of Forth.

be/0yFMF1sSb2E Bugging the bugs.Mensa for Kids! (and kids at heart) by Maurice Pollack and Anna Wright Dining Out Mexican Style: Rearrange the letters to spell these foods. Computer Zone All links are from National places/find/mexico/ 22 . Back to the Future? Build your own “hoverboard” with plywood and a leaf blower. Mexico. an introduction especially for kids. http:// kids. How much do we really know about the Mormon cricket? https://www. Then use the numbered letters To decode the message below.

Anne of Cleves was number four. 1. 1881 . Maybe you did. Catherine Howard. papel. scissors. he wished instead He chopped off poor Anne Boleyn’s head. Sixth and last was Catherine Parr Sixth and last and luckiest far For this time it was Henry who Hopped the twig. paper. Answers on page 25 23 . and a couple of Annes. I think that it is very funny. The first he asked to share his reign Was Kate of Aragon. Her portrait thrilled him to the core. Geronimo Jones Henry the VIII (by Eleanor Farjeon. In the first line. But when he met her face to face Another royal divorce took place.Hi. number five. I did not learn this poem in elementary school. But after one year as his bride She crept into her bed and died. which was rather soon. and out she went. But one day Henry felt depressed. And. what does “Bluff” King Hal mean? (Hint: It’s not the same as in today’s English language.) 2. He married the next afternoon Jane Seymour. Billed and cooed to keep alive. But seeing a third. The executioner did the rest. Research project:. in the last line. and a good job too. straight from Spain But when his love for her was spent He got a divorce.1965) Bluff King Hal was full of beans He married half a dozen queens For three called Kate they cried the banns And one called Jane. what do you think is meant by the phrase “Hopped the twig”? How does that relate to the poem’s theme? Rock. Piedra. Anne Boleyn was his second wife. tijeras. He swore to cherish her all his life.

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Some were shy. which is the information related about the queens in the poem. Everyone was friendly. Debra Mensa for Kids! answers: Dining Out Research: “Bluff” means portly or fat. it was because I had read a magazine article about Mensa which listed test scores that would provide “prior evidence” to qualify.From the RVC by Debra Reiger What does your Mensa membership mean to you? Opportunities to meet and socialize with other smart people? Access to games. Keep an eye out for social networking opportunities being developed by our national organization.mensa. and member discounts via the American Mensa website (www. and then I volunteered to organize some events. enjoying the Bulletin and my local newsletter. and intellectual stimulation. Then I sat back and lurked.mensa. and was delighted to join. some were talkative. Active or observing. Have a great month. articles. sent them in. I hope your Mensa experience is a good one. which may provide some good ways for the tech-loving crowd to reach out and stay in touch. just because I could. met the man who is now my spouse. and along the line I made The Bulletin and local newsletter? RGs and AGs? The Mensa Foundation (MERF) and its research and scholarship programs? My membership means a lot to me. So I dusted off my old ACT scores. When I joined Mensa in the 1980s. “Hopped the twig” means to die. Eventually I took a deep breath and went to a local event — wow. rvc8@us. Wow. a little shy about actually participating. and on several levels. good conversation. and have had many years of fun. 25 . but there was so much interesting conversation! So I started going to

000 years. Wikipedia) for then go out of the visible range. Mitochondrial Eve: Wikipedia: Global Positioning System Mitochondrial Eve. Wikipedia: Error Analysis for the 2: True. tence of Dark Matter is speculated be1: Tunguska blast on a comet impact. ice The sound known as “The Bloop” 9: True. Wikipedia: Olbers’ paradox astrobiology 6: True. but it’s explained by the universe still expanding. The other planet has been 400. papers/CommonAncestors/ Wikipedia: Tunguska event NatureAncestorsPressRelease. Some records go back as far as 3: True..stat.) hypothesis Wikipedia: Ice core 4: True. Wikipedia: Bloop Wikipedia:1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami Puzzle Page answers: Spanish to English answers: pimento armadillo key savvy cockroach coyote cannibal potato jerky chocolate cafeteria bonanza silo jade oregano bronco alligator cigar tomato patio hoosegow barracuda O I R F A R Z T D T A B R L O N C R M K N O Q S V A P O A C A R K E A R R U Q R G E C P N G Z A N T D M O G V V T C A O plaza tornado guerrilla E F O N P E I O T N P O A C R R B T Y C R F L N G L Y B H B O C T J G H D A L N A O O E L stampede ranch mustang L Y O T A M O T C O Z C T T L B A R R A C U D A V A L M L L hurricane platinum embargo Apache canoe T O T N E Q O M C H canyon H L G U E R R I L L A O I S T A M P E D E Y O S E N O L A B A V R O A B C tobacco S F T Y K R E J V I R N L A A E L A B I N N A C K O K L H N G D L K F V S A C E G L E B Y abalone O T A T O P N O W I I Y G Y O W A N O J D E C M I G G N A M D F D K A A T A A M O I P L A T I N U C O L A T E X H W R U C M A C N M M E N L T 26 M H .uk/science/2009/apr/21/ hallmarks is that it doesn’t interact with space-raspberries-amino-acidslight at all.5: False. one of its www. strangely enough: http:// cause of gravitational effects.yale. many thanks to the “Font of All which means light tends to red-shift and Human Knowledge” (i. The exisnice basic articles on these concepts. Current theory blames the ancestor: 8: True. Wikipedia: Cosmic Latte is now believed to have been Antarctic 10: True. Most recent common 7: False. Many. Wikipedia: Giant impact here in town does some of this research. including the numbers. (Desert Research Institute named Theia. Olbers’ paradox is real.

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