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

Northern Nevada Mensa Volunteers
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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



Aztecs and others. hopefully. And yes. was a Spanish conqueror who led in the fall of the Aztec Empire. who had been long time visitors to the continent. I met Cinthia three years ago at the Denver I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce one of my favorite friends from Mensa Mexico. Cinthia Reyes. potatoes and tomatoes. 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. (Continued on page 4) 3 . Olmecs.” 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. some of which became allies with Spain to take them down. who is said to have taught science to Mayans. and a chemical engineer who has chosen to become a teacher. Aridoamerica was the north area. the Spanish indeed vanquished the Aztecs and took the cultural and astronomical legacy of Mesoamerica down as well. Hernán Cortés. Europe gained some fancy things from Mesoamerica: like the sewage system idea (which was pretty well implemented here). The Aztec Empire was ruling the Mexicas area and also had other enemies. dry and mostly nomadic.“Cinco de Mayo” in Mexico Cinthia Reyes (www. Although. Mesoamerica in contrast. 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. She is a delightful. Cinthia! — Anna Wright Cinthia Reyes Mexican history is filled with negotiations. energetic young woman. interventions and more negotiations with countries like the United States of America. if you are guessing “Mexican” and “Mexico” comes from “Mexicas.cinthiareyes. cocoa. clear up some of our misunderstandings. a man-shaped god represented as tall. white and bearded. and I believe this may be the case with the 5th of May. the Mexican territory was split in two areas: Aridoamerica and Mesoamerica. some of our commemorated dates are subject to confusion outside of the country. She has also been Chair of Mensa Mexico for two terms and served as our International Liaison during Reno’s 2012 AG. Unfortunately for everyone in this area. corn. Nevertheless. Much of the written material was destroyed. Thank you. I asked her to write a few words to help us understand the Cinco de Mayo celebration and. Another hypothesis considers a prophecy of the return of Quetzalcóatl (also known as Kukulkan by certain groups). The strongest group living there was the Chichimecas (which is a náhuatl word for barbarian or uncivilized). Before Christopher Columbus discovered America (from the European point of view) in 1492. Spain and France.

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

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

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If you were stranded on a deserted island. Who is your real-life hero? My mother. what’s the one thing you would bring? My volume of the complete works of Shakespeare and a Bible. She did an excellent job in everything she was involved in. where we eventually lived. So she had her five children. was a wonderful and caring mother. They normally had three doctors but all three were in the service. I did have a good career as a singer of German Lieder and French songs and am now quite happy playing the piano. as my father was able to get a residency in Seattle. a Mensa member since 1966. After the war. as if it was the only one we had. 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.  Annemarie McTaggart 7 . This was sad. graduating from medical school in the late 1920s. When we moved to Seattle. 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. but I do love opera. What is always in your refrigerator? Yogurt. she couldn't get a residency at any other hospital so they had to give her one at Marquette University in Milwaukee. If you could live anywhere in the world. Because she was a woman. so she ended up doing all the work while holding my father's practice together (he was in the service) and raising her children. where would it be? Paris. and when the war came in the 40s she was able to find employment with the Seattle Health Department. She was a doctor. if I could afford to live there. and she is my ideal.” — 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 could get no work as a doctor because she was a woman.Meet a Mensan by Ashley Cullins Meet Annemarie McTaggart. Wisconsin.

Best guess says it was from a remote part of the South Pacific.” And yet. Olbers’ paradox — the one that says the sky should not be dark..e. 8 . 4. your location would be about 10 km off each day. wait. The noise in question rose rapidly in frequency over a minute while being “of sufficient amplitude” (i. Because the satellites that make up the system are in orbit.. And not just because it’s mainly alcohol.Puzzle Page Science. three thousand) years ago there lived the Most Recent Common Ancestor. 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. (Well. If you get scared by stories of things hitting the earth. Whoops. hence the name. loud enough) to be heard by hydrophones 5000 km apart. they run a tiny bit faster than clocks on earth. Ain’t science fun?) Can you spot the fake stories? 1. It also has traces of a compound called ethyl formate — which happens to be what gives raspberries their flavor. but not all of them are true. They were using a hydrophone setup derived from equipment used to detect Soviet submarines.. female whose mitochondria we all carry. 200. In the middle of our galaxy is a massive cloud of organic compounds which has scientists very excited. 5. 2. 6. According to extensive genetic research. The GPS system has to adjust itself for the Theory of Relativity. one ancestor of every single person on earth — this despite the fact that he had about 50 million contemporaries. making her the “mother of us all. Needless to say this left a huge mess. A scientist at NOAA said he believed it was from some sort of animal. well. much louder than the loudest noise any animal has been known to make. by Travis McCord Below are 10 interesting little science stories. Without that adjustment.” Something out there has to be absorbing light energy. and therefore subject to much less gravity..... researchers for the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) recorded a mysterious sound. it was only 3000 (that’s right. brace yourself: the current theory of where the moon came from is that somewhere around 4. the final frontier. 3.” a woman. we’re even closer related.. In 1997...5 billion years ago the proto-earth was hit by a planet the size of Mars. read “in line with current theory” for “true” — these may be all false by the time you read this. part of which coalesced via gravity into our satellite. by about 38 microseconds per day. despite it being much. Which would mean the center of our galaxy includes about 10 billion billion billion liters of something close to raspberry rum.000 years ago in Kenya there lived “Mitochondrial Eve..

A team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins university has determined the “average color” of the universe. Its height was recorded as 1720 feet — the height of the Empire State Building. Any questions.. 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. or just want to say hi.” 8. If you have a pair of tango shoes. I look forward to hearing from you!  9 . Current theory says those two facts are related. 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.. they came up with an average color that is a very light beige. at 7 p. Either which flattened forests in Siberia in 1908. but is in fact the highest it’s been in over 100. but they are not necessary. Cost is $10. 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. NNM Yahoo group. plus 40 stories. please feel free to contact me at . or someone was doing atomic theory many years before anyone we've heard of. 9. 10. You may also have heard of the Tunguska Blast.. There were 5 deaths. and eventually settled on “Cosmic Latte. radiation levels measured immediately after the blast are consistent with a uranium blast. Climate scientists go down to Antarctica to drill holes in the ice.mensa.0 on the Richter scale measured at about the same time — somehow brought two uranium-rich rocks together.000 years. they got several suggestions mailed in. wear them. Among other things. Wear shoes that will stay on your feet and pivot easily: thin leather soles are ideal for this.7. the seismic event measuring 5. they can go very far back.000 galaxies.. suggestions. 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. which leads to speculation that something — say. brilliant ideas. May 2. concerns. their studies show that the amount of CO2 in the air is not just at a recent high. Try to avoid sneakers and shoes with rubber soles. NNM Facebook group.m. After surveying over 200. and that it was enough to achieve critical mass. After jokingly saying they were looking for a name for the  Answers on page 26 Membership by Sandra Lackovic The Mensa membership year begins April 1 and ends March 31. Wear comfortable clothing that does not inhibit your movements. If you haven’t already done so you can renew your Mensa membership online at www. and boom. No partner is necessary. and adding the light gathered together.

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

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

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

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. June 1.m. Contact: Joe . 4:30 to 8:30 p. Potluck. 13 . May 4.

the hidden words below are so commonly used in the English language that we sometimes forget that they came originally from Spanish too. Use the clues to identify these words first. 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. Biscayne is one. Wright Everyone knows a few Spanish words (fiesta. 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. etc.) But. Clever and wise Crawling bug that infests homes Desert canine Diner who eats not with the neighbors. (Also a popular 60's TV show.) 14 Answers on page 26 . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Also called cherry pepper American animal that takes it's fortress with it. then find them in the puzzle.Spanish to English by Anna M. www. Spellings can go in any straight line direction and overlap too.WordSearchMaker. taco.

16 Horse that needs to be tamed. 20 Metal with atomic number 78. If you receive the Neva-Mind in black and white.13 Grain storage location 14 Green gemstone 15 Herb that's usually associated with Italian cuisine. — Loren MacArthur 15 . The alcove I photographed was bright yellow and blue softened by the green shades of the foliage. 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. 29 The slammer 30 This fish has a long jaw with powerful teeth. greens and shades of rust. 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. blues. 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. where I studied Spanish. blazed with the colors of Mexico — bright yellows. I’d be bright blue trimmed in bright green living in a beige neighborhood. you can check out the colors on the net version. oranges.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A. 1st Vice-Secretary: Ken Wright.: Seconded Unanimous approval Member Preisach. C. Wright.: Move to pay Grassroots Books $25 (one time only) as a gift for allowing NNM to use their facility for testing. Preisach. A. No motion necessary.: Seconded Unanimous approval 9:12 p. J.Notes from Your ExComm: April 14.: Request calendar entry for skeet shooting event date to be decided. Also present were Membership Chair: Sandra Lackovic. A.m.: Motion to approve. 2013 Minutes of 08-893 April ExComm meeting: Present were LocSec: Bob McAllister. Lackovic: Request permission to publish calendar events in community calendars accessible by the general public (where appropriate) in order to facilitate public interest and recruitment.: Seconded Unanimous approval Lockhart: Motion to adjourn Wright. McAllister: Second Unanimous approval McAllister: Appointment of Gloria Dondero Pedro as NNM Ombudsman (AKA Mediator/Arbitrator) Discussion of position responsibilities. Appointment stands.: Discussion regarding $25 testing payment received from American Mensa national office. Wright.: Motion to make payment for guest speaker meal when meeting is held in a restaurant. Wright. A. Past LocSec: Ed Hanley. Wright. with condition of protecting all members personal data. Neva-Mind Editor: Anna Wright. Meeting convened 8:56 p. C. — Kenneth Wright 24 .at Bangkok Cuisine South. 2nd Vice-Secretary: Gerry Lockhart. Treasurer: Carole Preisach.: Will coordinate for open dates and publish when scheduled. Program Chair: Richard Arbib and Member John Preisach. A. Preisach. Wright. K. standard operating procedure.m.

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

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