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The Immortal Wars

The CD's main concept deals with Punic Wars, a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 B.C. to 146 B.C. The epic legendary wars come to life and bring the showdown between two of the greatest generals that ever walked the earth, Hannibal and Scipio Africanus, both of whom rewrote the rules of war and strategies. The album also features other unexplored subjects on Ancient Rome surely to raise the epic level to the maximum.

The Immortal Wars

The Yamani Islands sent troops to help the Tortallans deal with the increasing hostility and battles. A few types of immortals aided the efforts of the Tortallans, like ogres, dragons, and some Stormwing flocks.

lan RYAN'S ''Liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education'' is a post-culture-wars reflection on American higher education. The culture wars in higher education are not quite over, but it does seem to be the case that the number of more impassioned books and articles is in decline, and we now have somewhat cooler voices reviewing the situation. Ryan's is one of them. As a liberal, he takes it for granted that change is good, reform is good and there is room for improvement. But after reading his book -- revised from a group of lectures given at the University of California, Berkeley -- I find it hard to see just what he would want changed in the education students receive at the better liberal arts colleges, the part of American education that Ryan knows best. As he writes at one point, with such institutions in mind, ''More students than ever are getting what is at present the best undergraduate education in the world.''

IT is true Ryan is not worried much about some of the developments that do worry conservatives: the transformation of a fixed canon of great works, the extension of literary studies to cover or uncover all the varieties of sexual behavior, the rise of women's studies and multiculturalism. But he gives his own gloss on all these matters, and in doing so it seems his liberalism thins. He does not, for example, dismiss the past: ''At its best, liberal education opens a conversation between ourselves and the immortal dead, gives us voices at our shoulders asking us to think again and try harder.'' Nor does he mind that almost all the voices in the conversation with the immortal dead will be those of white men. He insists that some things are hard, and students cannot be protected from what is hard. Nor should they be protected from what challenges their beliefs. (These days what challenges their beliefs is likely to be conservative views, and students are commonly protected from them in liberal arts colleges.) Ryan is for a national curriculum and national standards. He implies that our own rancorous effort at national history standards erred in dealing more ''with the victims of American colonialism and with the lives of previously unnoticed Americans, and rather briefly with Jefferson, Washington and the heroes of the more usual sort.'' He likes E. D. Hirsch and his notion of cultural literacy -- that is what liberal education should in large part be about.

So are the CRM wars over? Are the remaining 18.5 percent of diehards that have yet to jump on the CRM bandwagon all that is left for, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, and 35 other core CRM solution providers the study identified to fight over? Maybe, maybe not.

Considering these and the other factors, existing CRM users would be well advised to test the waters to see if something that would work better for them exists. And CRM vendors should be looking at these numbers to see if and where their install base of users is at risk. In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra: "It ain't over till it's over." 041b061a72


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