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Airbrush Compressor Reviews (2019) | Find the best airbrush compressors here! Whether you are a hobbyist or an advanced airbrush user, are you looking for the best airbrush compressor in 2019? We have you covered with our airbrush compressor buying guide. On this website, we rank all airbrush compressors that are available on the market. Some are better than others when it comes to their specific use. There are also many brands and models available from various manufacturers and not all are equal! Finding the right airbrush for your specific need is no easy task. We've simplified this process for you by testing out and reviewing all models. Check out the table below for our ratings and click on the compressor that you're interested in for a full review. Therefore we made this buying guide for you. Our buying guide is for hobbyist airbrush compressors. The Best Airbrush Compressor in 2019 Before we continue with the buying guide, I'd like to show you the best airbrush compressors. This table includes both highly rated compressors and less desired ones so you can easily compare all the available models as opposed to other websites which only present the top three or top five. Click on the airbrush compressor you are interested it for a more detailed review. Nevertheless, before you commit to purchasing a model, I recommend that you take a look at the rest of the guide below. Choosing an Airbrush Compressor to Meet Your Needs There are many purposes for compressors as they can be used for personal, commercial or industrial purposes. A hobbyist would use their device for personal purposes. However the type of art work varies from one another. The intended purpose of the compressor needs to be considered, whether its for make-up application or for model painting. The following list presents some of the characteristics of the different types of airbrush compressors. Silent Compressors: A lot of people believe the silent models are the best. They typically require little to no maintenance and beginners favor them as the silence allows one to concentrate on the task at hand. As most of the silent models are smaller than their counterparts, they are more portable, which is also preferred by many. Oil-less Compressors: These models produce some noise however they are durable and handy over extended use. For an oil compressor, it is necessary to change the oil over time (generally every 3 to 6 months). The oil-less models do not require such frequent changes and they usually better regulate temperature and prevent overheating. Overall, these compressors are more expensive. Diaphragm Compressors: These air compressors are the least expensive and preferred by hobbyists. The one downside is the pressure generated by the motor. The model would advertise a specific PSI, say 45, but once you pull the trigger, the pressure decreases significantly. For a small job, this may not be a problem but for a job that a requires a constant pressure over an extended period of time, a bigger compressor would be preferred. Choosing an airbrush Most beginner airbrushes come with a single-action airbrush. If you want to become a little more crafty and complete more advanced projects, a double-action airbrush may be required (these can easily be purchased separately). Let us explain the difference between each type of brush. Single-action: As the name states, a single-action airbrush has just one action, either on or off. In essence, you have no control over the amount of paint comes out of the nozzle in proportion to the air pressure. It happens automatically. Double-action: A double-action airbrush has a much more complex system built behind the nozzle which enhances your flexibility and control over the paint. There's a two-part system, a push and pull. Pressing down on the trigger releases the air and when you pull t back it releases the mixture. Therefore, you have direct control on the amount and pressure of paint released. A double-action airbrush takes practice to perfect but the control over the paint and pressure allows one to complete a wider range of projects. A beginner hobbyist is recommended to practice using a single-action airbrush before moving on to a double-action. Using a double-action while inexperienced can lead to a lot of wrecked projects. Check out our guide on the top 3 airbrushes in 2019 to purchase to tackle your toughest projects! Other factors These are other factors that need to be considered when choosing a compressor model: Capacity: A model with high capacity is always preferred over one with less capacity. You never know what kind of project you will undertake and how much capacity is needed. Therefore, when choosing a model, choose one with more capacity than you expect to use. Portability: If you have one dedicated location to use your airbrush, it doesn't matter if it's portable or not. If you expect to travel with it or move it around, a portable model is preferred. Noise: Larger models with big engines and high PSI are typically louder than their smaller counterparts. If noise doesn't bother use than this may not be an issue. For others, a set of ear plugs can alleviate all noise issues. Choosing an airbrush booth Spray booths are not always needed but for some projects they are indispensable. There are a lot of great booths on the market and a lot of them are adequate for all purposes. There are three qualities we typically look for when choosing an airbrush booth: good design, high efficiency and affordability. We created a separate list with our top 3 airbrush booths in 2019, read it here.
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You can see why law students spend a significant fraction of their time on various aspects of this "federalism." quotidian But I'm here to talk about a relatively simple aspect of having 50 different sets of laws for the same thing. What happens when the people involved are from different states, and the states' laws are significantly different? The Right to Work Where You Want This issues comes up in two different ways in the fairly recent case, General Electric Co. v. Uptake Technologies, Inc.. The basic facts reveal a very common type of dispute. Some of the defendants used to work for General Electric or its subsidiaries ("GE") on some technology involving "connect[ing] heavy industrial equipment to cloud-based software and analytics," and yadda yadda yadda. Over time, they were recruited by Uptake Technologies (also a defendant), which was working on similar technology. When they were initially hired by GE, they promised not maintain certain information confidential, and they promised not to solicit other GE employees if they left. But (GE alleges) those that were recruited first by Uptake helped Uptake recruit the others, which would violate the anti-solicitation provision. But wait! Several of these individual defendants are residents of California. And California law won't enforce non-solicitation provisions! California believes that letting workers take their knowledge and talent wherever they want is most encourage that knowledge and talent to be applied most effectively. Something about free markets. But wait again! GE is headquartered in New York City, or maybe Boston, Massachusetts, or maybe even Fairfield, Connecticut, depending on the date and how you look at it. And in each of those states, non-solicitation provisions are OK, so long as they're "reasonable." How do you tell which law applies to a contract when the contracting parties are in different states? It turns out that's a really, really hard question! And there can only be one law governing a contract (normally). The general rule is the governing law is the law of the "state of contracting," which was developed back before fax machines, when the parties probably met face-to-face to negotiate and execute the contract. But it has almost no application today, when negotiations are carried out by phone or email and the contract can be signed in different states. Fortunately, we don't have to guess. The contracts each had a provision specifying that New York law applied. So, end of story. Sorry to get you excited. Except that's not the end of the story. When you choose the governing law in a contract, a court can override that in favor of another state's law under the right circumstances. But, wait—where does that rule come from? It has to come from somewhere. There's no federal law governing what to do when two state laws conflict, as you might very reasonably expect. No, the source of the law governing conflicts of laws is…state law. New York's? California's? No—it would be the law of the state where the lawsuit was filed, which in this case is… Illinois! So, we're applying Illinois law to figure out whether to apply New York or California law. Illinois law says that it'll go with the chosen law (New York) unless it would be contrary to the "fundamental policy" of the law of another state with an interest in the case (California). Obviously, "fundamental policy" has to be more than just the existence of law that would lead to a contrary result. It's 100% the case that California greatly values employees' right to change jobs frictionlessly. Anyone who has conducted business in California knows this is a key—dare I say, fundamental—feature of California business. Dozen of reported court decisions back this up. And, yet, the court here found that, at least as applied to non-solicitation decisions, this was not a fundamental policy of California. That was because there is a stray mid-level appellate decision from 1985 kind of, sort of suggesting that maybe sometimes a non-solicitation provision might be OK under the right circumstances. The court recognized that this old decision has been well and truly overruled and generally regarded as a mistake. But its existence put enough doubt in the court's mind about California's commitment to employees' freedom of mobility that it's not quite fundamental enough to override the parties' choice of New York law, under Illinois law. Got that? This is an unusual case. Normally, it's a mug's game to try to guess which state's law will benefit you more in case of a breach of the contract. Usually, you don't know until it's been breached, and it's not worth paying your lawyer to guess at every possible breach and compare laws. Besides, even though there are 50 state laws, there's a lot of overlap, since most of them arise from the same legal foundations. Fate and the Law: Inevitable Disclosures We're not done yet. While the individual defendants were focused on attacking the New York choice-of-law provision, they were also attacking GE's claims for misappropriation of trade secrets. Now, at this stage, all we have is the complaint, and trade secret claims awkward to plead. On the one hand, a defendant has a right to know what it's accused of doing, and that includes knowing what alleged trade secrets it allegedly misappropriated (and how). On the other hand, complaints are public documents, and exposing a trade secret to the public is the equivalent of exposing a vampire to sunlight. Courts are slowly reaching a consensus that all the plaintiff needs to do in the complaint is describe generally the trade secrets at issue, with enough detail that the defendant has a pretty good idea what they are but not enough detail that the public can figure them out. This works on the theory that, if the defendant really did misappropriate the trade secrets, it'll recognize the trade secrets with enough hints. GE had another problem pleading its trade secrets claim. Sure, you don't have to detail the trade secrets, but you do need to say which defendants misappropriated which trade secrets. It's not a test, but GE can probably take reasonable guesses about which defendants have done what. GE argued it didn't have to get that specific because, under the doctrine of "inevitable disclosure," it doesn't matter whether a given defendant has yet to misappropriate a trade secret, only that such misappropriation will eventually happen. Thus, all of the individual defendants have effectively misappropriated all of the trade secrets, because they're alleged to all be on the verge of doing so. Inevitable disclosure is one of the most divisive concepts in intellectual property law. It's almost the exact opposite of California's right employee mobility. Taken to an extreme, once you've been exposed to a certain level of your employer's trade secrets, you can never work for a competitor in the same capacity. It was briefly in vogue in the 1990's, but courts have generally shied away from it since then, and many courts have been downright hostile to it. But guess where it the 1990's vogue for inevitable disclosure started? Illinois. The court ruled that Illinois law applied to GE's trade secrets claim. But not because the court happened to be in Illinois. But because Uptake is based in Illinois. Which is also probably why the lawsuit was brought in Illinois, but jurisdiction (judicial power over a defendant) is different from choice of law (which law applies to a given legal question). Defendants can rarely avoid application of their own state's laws! What about those choice-of-law provisions? Wouldn't New York law apply? Maybe! It would depend on the language of those provisions. Typically, choice-of-law provisions are drafted to apply only to the contract, e.g., "New York law shall govern the construction and enforcement of this contract." But rarely, it's broader, e.g., "New York law shall govern this contract and the parties' relationship for all matter related to the subject matter of this contract." In this case, the choice-of-law provision was of the more typical, narrow type. So, to conclude, Illinois law provides that New York law governs the contact claims, despite California's deep fundamental policy, and that Illinois law governs the trade secret claims, despite the New York choice-of-law provision. Thanks for reading!
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ClareDaly TD | claredaly.ie To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Defence Forces personnel have located the recommendations for military honours made by a person (details supplied) for their subordinates at Jadotville; and if he will commence a review of all recommendations for military awards from 1958 to date in order that the men of Jadotville and all others with outstanding medal recommendations now receive the medals to which they are entitled. (Details Supplied) Commandant Pat Quinlan. REPLY The siege of Jadotville was a prominent event that occurred during Ireland's peacekeeping mission in the Congo in September 1961. "A" Company, 35th Infantry Battalion took responsibility for the UN post at Jadotville on 3rd September 1961. On the 9th September, a large force of Katangese Gendarmerie surrounded them and early on the morning of the 13th September "A" Company came under attack. From the 13th to the 17th September they endured almost continuous attack. They were taken into captivity on the 17th September and remained in captivity until finally released on the 25th October 1961. In accordance with Defence Forces regulations the award of medals for bravery is time bound. These may not be awarded in any case unless a recommendation is made through the usual channels to the Chief of Staff, not later than two years in the case of the Military Medal for Gallantry, and not later than four years in the case of the Distinguished Service Medal, after the performance of the act in respect of which the recommendation is made. Such awards are made on the recommendation of a Military Board appointed by the Chief of Staff for the purpose of examining and reporting on every recommendation for an award. The issue of the award of medals to the men of "A" Company, 35th Infantry Battalion was comprehensively addressed in 1965. A properly constituted Medals Board considered the various cases presented and made a decision that no medals would be awarded. The Chief of Staff of the day considered the decision of the Board and was satisfied with the findings. Subsequently at that time, the question was raised again in a letter to a newly appointed Chief of Staff. He forwarded the letter to the original Medals Board and asked that they reconvene and review their decision. The Board indicated that the issues raised had received due consideration and that they were not prepared to alter their findings. A review was conducted in 2004 by military officers for the purpose of a broader examination of the Jadotville case. This Board recommended that the events of Jadotville and the contribution of the 35th Battalion be given recognition. In this context, a number of measures have taken place to honour and to commemorate the events at Jadotville and the very significant contribution of "A" Company and of the 35th Battalion, as a whole, to the UN Peace Support Mission in the Congo. Recognition of their contribution over the years include: A. A presentation of scrolls to "A" Company in 2006. B. Portraits of Lt Col McNamee (35th Battalion Commander) and Comdt Quinlan (Company Commander "A" Company) were commissioned in 2006. C. In July of 2010 the 50th anniversary of the first deployment to the Congo was commemorated in a highly publicised and well attended event in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. D. A nominal roll of "A" Company, printed in copper, was affixed to the monument in Costume Barracks and was unveiled as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Jadotville affair in September 2011. E. On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Siege of Jadotville, I decided to issue a Unit Citation to honour the collective actions and bravery of the men of "A" Company. This was the first time a Unit Citation was awarded within the Defence Forces and I was delighted to be able to formally recognize the brave actions of these men. Furthermore, on 13th June 2017, the Government decided, as an exceptional step, to award a medal known as "An Bonn Jadotville" or "The Jadotville Medal" to each member of "A" Company, 35th Infantry Battalion and to the family representatives of deceased members to give full and due recognition in honour of their courageous actions at the Siege of Jadotville. This medal presentation ceremony took place on 2nd December 2017 in Custume Barracks, Athlone. This location is considered the spiritual home of "A" Company and it is from here that "A" company assembled in advance of their fateful deployment to the Congo. Concerning the documents you refer to, Officials in my Department have examined all documents that have been submitted to date for consideration and have discussed them with Defence Forces management. Having consulted with the Defence Forces, it has been determined that those papers did not produce any new material or evidence that was not already considered. If additional documentation is made available which could throw new light on the circumstances on the issue of medals, this would be greatly welcomed. My Department stands ready to give full and careful consideration to any documents provided to it on the matter of Jadotville.
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They get to rely their decisions on complex actions that involve RSS feeds featured on several social networks at a time, collect new friends and followers and turn them into clients, combine bookmarks and accurately consolidate messages, keep track of the times their company's name is mentioned in the online environment and do all this with the help of some special social media tools and widgets they can easily find on the Internet. The price of these tools and applications usually does not go through the roof and some of them are free of charge. So whenever a company is not fully satisfied with the services that a certain social media aggregator is providing it with, the respective company is recommended to keep exploring its options. There is an impressively wide range of choices to look into and the ever-evolving social media environment is forcing clever IT minds to add value to each upcoming social media aggregator, for competitiveness reasons. A business manager looking to considerably simplify the overall all-too-complicated social media experience of a company can read the product info all of these aggregators come accompanied by and make a clever decision. Online forums where folks are recommending or advising against these aggregators could also stand for some reliable sources of information at times, especially for the inexperienced. Successfully managing content across several networks under the same generous umbrella and hence incorporating social media into a blooming business all depends on the efficiency and accuracy of a social media aggregator. Some aggregators will personalize trending topics online, others will constantly keep an eye on Internet users' interests and needs in terms of information, some will carefully analyze comments and messages and other will even incorporate thoughtful social feed streams and useful bookmarks. All in all, the success of a business relies on the type of tools it uses to make itself and its products and services seen, heard of and talked about. No matter if your name is Frank Bobby and you are simply considering launching a new online T-shirt printing business or you are an experienced furniture company looking to get more out of your social media visibility, social media aggregators are the right impact tools you should make full use of. Pros and Cons of Social Media A lot of ink has been spilled over the matter of using social media means as promoting or boosting one's business. Social media web sites such as Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter have also been attentively analyzed for their powerful role as information sources, as well as for their ability to cause negative impacts and lead to obsessive-compulsive behaviors online. Shortly put, there are both pros and cons that should be mentioned in relation to social media, and you can check it out following the lines below. More and more people are creating social media accounts, wishing to stay connected to everything occurring around them on a 24/7 basis. Social media is also the breaking ground of promoting one's business worldwide, and you can now find and compare several accredited nurse practitioner schools, instead of choosing to visit that place or the other and spend a great deal of time doing unnecessary travelling. You can also check out the Facebook page of your favorite cosmetics' brand and see if you can find your favorite natural hair products or coconut oil for skin you can purchase online. You can also keep in touch with your friends and long-distance siblings, chat, share photos, videos, thoughts and wishes in real-time. All of these are to be considered the strongest pros of using social media. Plus, the tweets originating from trustworthy information sources informing you of the latest local or worldwide news are now successfully replacing your regular information sources such as the news or online newspapers. Today, information reaches you via social media platforms, and you no longer need to go on a hunt for it on a daily basis. This is probably one of the biggest advantages of inserting social media into your daily routine. Information continues to be the key to success, so, so far, so good. But the amount of time millions of folks tend to spend online is the disturbing factor we should mention here. The social media bug can be caught by a lot of people, and the gap between normality and social media addiction is not that large and hard to cross. Teenagers and young adults altogether are the main targeted individuals, as they are most interested in being hyperactive and keeping in touch with all the important events worldwide. If we are to mention to case of the Boston Marathon bombing and the misleading information that has been leaked to the public, or other similar unfortunate events such as the death hoax cases that have involved celebrities worldwide and which have caused psychological damage similar to car accident negligence, we can see why social media is also faulty. While you can easily buy some serviced apartments London via Facebook contacts, you can also be bullied via social media platforms, so, without drawing the fine line between the pros and the cons, social media can prove to be a tool that is hard to control. Social media: Mass connection or mass disruption? We live in the world in which everyone is connected to everyone else. However, I once read a quote somewhere which said something like go into the forest; you won't find an internet connection there but I promise you will connect better. This small and very simple quote managed to capture my attention greatly. It is true, nowadays the only place where we may not have access to a goo internet connection may be a deserted spot in a forest or out in the middle of the ocean. Everywhere else seems to have a good wifi connection! Go to the malls, you will find access to the internet so that you can 'check in' an let your friends know that you are having a great time. Restaurants also have wifi enabled. If you happen to go somewhere without a wifi connection, you can simply turn on the mobile internet service provided by your operator! Going online is therefore no longer a problem at all. Now you wouldn't just go online because you want o surf the internet in a public place; mostly people surf the internet at home! The main reason why one wants to go online is because he or she has a massive circle of 'friends' on any one or more of the many social networking websites present. Today, I will discuss the different roles that such sites are playing these days. The social media is often filled with details of an individual's life that should not be disclosed to the hundreds of 'friends' that a person has on these platforms. You see, some information is either too personal or too trivial to be shared with everyone an individual knows. The concept of privacy seems to be nonexistent in the present world; everyone seems to know where you are, what you are doing and how you feel. Relationships have been strained because of such actions; fights have broken out among friends over petty issues generated from the social media. We live in a world where people deem it important even if they have health problems like sciatica pain. What people fail to understand is that some things are better left unpublicized. Such details about one's life are not for show; they should only be shared with close friends and family. Speaking of close friends and family, often people have others added in their social network streams when they aren't even acquaintances. You see, someone you once spoke to on a bus simply does not qualify to be added to your circle. You see, you can delude yourself by the statistics on your social media sites that you have hundreds of friends. That random man standing next to a shiny automobiles may be someone you meet at the grocer's daily, however, that does not make that person a friend! One must understand that in times of need, none of these friends turn up leaving the individual broken and confused. It is true that the social media has brought massive changes to our lifestyle and that it does have several benefits. However, the destruction caused by social media is a lot more than the benefits it gives. Fire Ants; Beneficial Pest? It is sometimes easy to forget about the little critters of the microscopic world. Crawling around in a tiny world, so intricately connected to our own, are over 900 million different species of insect. Some of the most profound, and interesting species are the ants, and there is no shortage of them! There are over 12,000 known species of ants and the total biomass of all the ants in the world is believed to be roughly equal to the biomass of humans; scientists estimate that for every human alive, there are 1.5 million of them! One particular type of ant, probably caught most of our attentions when we were very young; the fire ant (or to clarify; ants of the solenopsis genome). Many of us probably had our first encounter in the form of a sharp burning sensation when we sat in the way of one; hence the name "fire ant". Yes, the fire ant is perhaps most notorious for it's brutal sting. Other ants tend to bite and then spray venom into the wound. The fire ant bites only to grip on, and then injects a venom through a sting in the abdomen. The venom is an alkaline compound containing solenopsin. The effect is painful for humans, and often fatal for other insects. Interestingly, this particular alkaline has been used in homeopathic therapies, and has recently had scientific light shed on it to reveal it's qualities as an antibacterial, insecticidal, anti fungal, and anti-HIV properties. The fire ant might be paying us back for it's stings. That's better than the deals on nomorerack. Another claim to fame made by a certain fire ant, the Solenopsis invicta has another claim to fame; it is said to cause an estimated $5 billion in damages per year to North America, in medical treatment, damage, and control. These is an invasive fire ant species which is said to arrived by boat in the early 1900's. But there is much more to the fire ant than it's distinguishable sting, and it's ability to run up a whopping bill with the FDA. Like other ants, the societies they form are vast and complex, hierarchical and efficient, and there is much scientific interest around them. To nest, the fire ant produces large mounds, sometimes in open areas. They feed off plants, seeds, other insects like crickets, and sometimes small animals, which they are capable of attacking, and sometimes killing and eating. Colonies are founded by queen ants, who can give birth to an expansive population in a matter of months. Their primary focus is breeding, and they can lay up to 3,500 eggs in a single day. They live for around 6 or 7 years; much longer than any ant workers or males. That makes for a lot of eggs, perhaps as many as 9 million in a queen's lifetime. The workers, and soldiers, in the colony are born sterile, to the reproductive process of the queen. The workers tend to take care of the everyday tasks around the nest, including foraging for food, taking care of the larvae, and cleaning the nest. The soldiers are bigger, stronger ants, which have powerful mandibles. There are male ants in the fire ant societies, and their role is mate with the queen. Before anyone starts thinking this is the easy job, the male seems only to live for reason of this mating; he dies shortly afterwards. The males, and the queen, interestingly, have been shown to be born to a "cloning" process. Where workers are born to normal reproductive processes on the part of the queen, daughter queens are always clonally produced. This increases the queens relatedness to reproductive daughters but potentially damages the males reproductive success. As a result of this the male has developed a response by reproducing clonally too! They achieve this, it is suggested, by eliminating the maternal half of the genome in diploid eggs. Perhaps even more bizarrely, some colonies of fire ants have only one queen, known as a monogyne queen, and some societies involve multiple queens, aptly named a polygyne colony. The two colonies have also been shown to display differences in behaviour, with the monogyne acting more aggressively, and territorially, killing any queen that tries to attach itself to the colony. The polygene colonies, on the other hand, accepts strangers, including new queens to help colonize. Whether you love them, or hate them, the fire ant is a fascinating creature. With social and political structures that seem as complex as our own, stinging venoms that could become potential cures, and strange genetic behaviours that are leaving scientists baffled, the fire ant earns it's right to be king of the insects.